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First-graders help comfort friend, fellow classmate Liam

A group of first graders are learning the lifelong lessons of friendship, support and acceptance.

The students of Lynn Brosious' class at Sunset Ridge Elementary School make blankets for local hospitals.

One of their classmates, Liam, just happened to get one of those special blankets last weekend when he was at American Family Children's Hospital.

I've never seen a class that is so welcoming to children that have differences," Brosious said.

WATCH the report above or click: Middleton students help comfort friend, fellow classmate Liam

Dane Buy Local comes to Fitchburg, Middleton

Dane Buy Local comes to Fitchburg, Middleton

Dane Buy Local is expanding to Fitchburg and the city of Middleton in January.

Dane Buy Local is a nonprofit program that is dedicated to creating a sustainable and local economy. It was founded in 2004 and now has more than 800 members. The groups says it is the biggest buy local organization in the country on a city/county-wide scale.

“We are very pleased to see the support from a growing number of area municipalities around Dane County," said Dane Buy Local Executive Director Colin Murray. "This is a sign from our city and county leaders of support for all locally owned businesses."

Dane County was the first government to join the organization and it was followed by the city of Monona last year.

Fitchburg's mayor says joining the nonprofit will help the city's local businesses.

You can learn more about Dane Buy Local here.

2 Middleton schools, youth center get grants for appliances, field trip

2 Middleton schools, youth center get grants for appliances, field trip

Clark Street Community School, Middleton High School and the Middleton Youth Center received grants totaling more than $2,200 from the Middleton Community Endowment on Thursday.

The grants were announced by MCE board chair Ray Riddle at the Middleton Chamber of Commerce’s monthly Get Moving Middleton breakfast meeting at the Hilton Garden Inn.

CSCS, a project-based charter school for students in grades 9-12, received $933 for the purchase of a range and refrigerator for its Heat It Up, Cool It Down program. The grant will allow students to explore the biology connections associated with experiencing food, chemistry concepts with different recipes, thermodynamics with calorimetry experiments, and to explore the mind/body connection related to personal nutrition and eating habits over a three-week time period, CSCS educator Heather Messer said.

Dentist thanks community for candy donations

Dentist thanks community for candy donations

Midwest Dental in Middleton thanks its patients and community members who made contributions to this year's Halloween candy buy-back.

This year over 140 pounds of candy were collected along with additional treats, including homemade letters and drawings for the troops.

Children received $1 for every pound of candy donated.

The candy, letters, and dental supplies were shipped to Operation Gratitude, a volunteer organization which sends care packages to our military personnel deployed throughout the world.

 

Discussion continues on adding school resource officer, crossing guard

Superintendent Don Johnson and board President Bob Green updated the board of education on the status of having a school resource officer at Glacier Creek Middle School in the village of Cross Plains, along with adding a crossing guard at its regular meeting.

Johnson said at the on Oct. 27 meeting that the village is interested but is concerned about the impact on its budget. The village prefers a half-time position but Police Chief Tom Janssen has told the village board that will be difficult to fill. Johnson said he asked them to consider going to a full-time option if they find a half-time position isn't viable.  

Johnson said a couple of village members said they only wanted a school resource officer if the district paid for everything. He reminded them that is not the arrangement the district has with the city of Middleton with the school resource officers at Middleton High School and Kromrey Middle School.

Businesses to hand out candy during Halloween event downtown

The Middleton Business Association will host its fifth Halloween trick-or-treating event Friday with businesses and restaurants handing out candy to kids dressed in their costumes, according to a release.

Downtown Middleton will be decorated with corn stocks and scarecrows near the participating businesses, organizers said. Businesses will have orange pumpkin faces on their front doors to indicate they will be participating in the Halloween event. If a business is listed, but there isn’t a pumpkin face, that means they ran out of goodies.

The trick-or-treating event is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Participating businesses: