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Middleton unveils mobile visitor center, the Know-N-Go

Middleton unveils mobile visitor center, the Know-N-Go

The city of Middleton unveiled the first mobile visitor center in Dane County Thursday.

The Know-N-Go will be staffed by Patty Bois, a Middleton know-it-all, who will travel around the county encouraging people to visit Middleton and give suggestions for great places to eat, attractions to see and fun things to do, officials said.

“I look forward to spreading the word about all the wonderful things there are to experience in Middleton,” Bois said. “When people visit our city, stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores, they help our small businesses thrive. In return, the families of Middleton thrive.”

New business to offer free massages at ribbon-cutting

New business to offer free massages at ribbon-cutting

A Sun Prairie business will offer food and free massages at its official grand opening next week. 

Elements Massage's open house will take place from 3-7 p.m. Aug. 6 at the business, 2804 Prairie Lakes Drive, Suite 102. 

The company said it will offer free 15-minute chair massages and serve light hors d’oeuvres. Attendees can get tours of the facilities and information about massage and overall wellness. 

The Sun Prairie Chamber of commerce will also hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

Elements Massage of Sun Prairie is located across from Costco. There are two other Elements Massage business in the Madison area including Fitchburg at 6317 McKee Road and in Middleton at 1950 Cayuga St., according to the company website. 

Nearly 50 restaurants offer fare for summer's 'Restaurant Week'

Nearly 50 area eateries will take part in a semi-annual area food event next week. 

Madison Magazine's summer season Restaurant Week runs July 20-25. Forty-seven restaurants from Madison, Middleton, Verona and Fitchburg will offer special menus during the week. Each menu features three courses for a fixed price that shows off the eatery's culinary specialty and offers diners the opportunity to sample new or favorite cuisines from local establishments. 

Executive Chef Charles Lazzareschi at Dayton Street Grille in downtown Madison previewed some of the restaurant's planned menu. Dayton Street Grille is offering House Cured Salmon Spring Rolls as one of three appetizer options on the dinner menu. 

Police: Man uses car seat to steal liquor

Police: Man uses car seat to steal liquor

Police asked for help identifying a man and woman pictured in five surveillance images the department released Friday. Police said the man used an infant car seat to take alcohol from an area gas station.

The Middleton Police Department said officers are trying to locate the vehicle or the pair pictured in connection with two recent retail thefts.

The five images show a man and woman exiting a silver or gray vehicle. The man is carrying a baby's car seat with a blanket draped over it and the woman is carrying a tan handbag.

Sgt. Don Mueller said the man and woman are suspected of stealing multiple bottles of liquor from the Kelly Mobil gas station on University Green Thursday night.

Mueller said according to the report, at about 8 p.m. the man put bottles of liquor in the infant carrier and the woman put bottles in her bag and neither paid for the alcohol. 

06/11/2014 - Ribbon Cutting - Blackhawk Country Club

Join us for a Ribbon Cutting Ceremony for Blackhawk Country Club's beautiful new patio.  Check out the great view of Lake Mendota!
 

City warns of misleading water service solicitations

The Middleton Water & Sewer Utility said some customers may be mislead by water service insurance solicitations received in the mail.

The utility said in an alert last week that mailings titled "Important Information Regarding Your Water Service Line" were received recently by some Middleton residents. Recipients of the mailings believed the Middleton Water & Sewer Utility was affiliated with the solicitor, HomeServe USA. The utility clarified Friday that it is not connected to any private insurance solicitors and it does not endorse their services.

"We suggest that our customers thoroughly research any company before doing business with them," MWSU said in a statement. "As part of your research, you may want to contact the State of Wisconsin Better Business Bureau."

MWSU said that in one instance, a Middleton customer was personally approached by a private insurance representative.

American Family Insurance having success being green

American Family Insurance having success being green

American Family Insurance started a simple recycling program at its national headquarters in 1989. In the 25 years since, the company has developed it into one of the most aggressive programs in the country in diverting waste from landfills.

"We just feel like it is about doing the right thing, and we pledge to protect the dreams of our customers. And we do that in part by being supportive of the communities in which they live and we feel this is one way in which we can do that," said Maggie Becker, facilities program analyst for American Family Insurance.

With nearly 3,000 employees working at ther national headquarters, a significant amount of waste is generated. Currently, American Family Insurance is able to divert 78 percent of that waste from landfills. It has an expansive recycling program but also collects organic items, which are then sent to a composting facility in Oshkosh. Their goal is to reach a 90 percent rate of waste diverted from landfills.