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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.

Sherwin Williams opens Middleton location

Sherwin Williams will open its store in Middleton Saturday.

The ribbon will be cut at 7:30 a.m. at 8301 Murphy Dr,  Suite 100, followed by an open house, according to the Middleton Chamber of Commerce. ... Read More

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews KJ's Curry Bowl

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews KJ's Curry Bowl

I had to experience for myself KJ’s Curry Bowl's diverse menu, which boasts Asian, Mexican and American cuisine. I mean, where else can you get chicken Marsala, a chipotle chicken burrito and Bourbon Street chicken in one sitting?

First, a note on the service. The servers are all extremely friendly and eager to help patrons navigate the menu. I was curious why they all wear Bluetooth earpieces, but I didn't ask.

Let's start with the appetizers. Read more at www.eatdrinkmadison.com.

Annual 'Wine Walk' returns May 1

Annual 'Wine Walk' returns May 1

A local business organization's popular wine tasting tour through the downtown Middleton area returns next month for its seventh run. 

The Downtown Middleton Business Association will host the Spring Wine Walk on May 1 from 5 to 8 p.m.

Tickets are $25 and go on sale Thursday at Marilyn's Salon, 1833 Parmenter St. starting at 5 a.m. 

The Wine Walk will begin at BMO Harris Bank, where tourists will receive a wine glass and wristband. Each guest will move on to visit the 13 area businesses participating in the event for a taste of a red and a white wine. Some businesses will also offer appetizers to compliment the wines, organizers said. ... Read More

Middleton Employee Abby Attoun-Tucker Named 40 Under 40

The city of Middleton is pleased to announce that In Business Magazine has named Abby Attoun-Tucker, Middleton’s Assistant Director of Community Development, to its ‘40 Under 40’ list for 2014... Read More

Mining documentary to be shown in Middleton

A documentary covering the frac sand mining from the viewpoint of anti-mining activists and the sand mining companies will be shown at the Willy West Co-Op Thursday.

According to a release, the hour-long documentary explores the issues surrounding frac sand mining in Wisconsin and Minnesota.

The film will start at 7 p.m. in the community room, according to the release. Free refreshment will be provided.

The showing is sponsored by the City of Middleton Sustainability Committee and the Natural Step Monona, with support from Willy Street Co-op, Madison Gas and Electric and Richard and Judy Fritz.

Recent rise in mail thefts leads to police alert

Recent rise in mail thefts leads to police alert

Police warned residents to be wary of thieves targeting mailboxes in the last month. 

The Middleton Police Department said it has seen an increase in reports of thefts from mailboxes. Police said information thieves obtain from mail can be used to steal one's identity. Checks and other items of value are also targeted in the thefts, according to the alert sent Tuesday afternoon.

Police offered tips to thwart mailbox theft: