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Officials to break ground for new Middleton park

There will be a groundbreaking ceremony Monday for a new park near the Bishops Bay neighborhood, according to a release.

The Harvey John and Lucille Taylor Memorial Park will honor Lucille Taylor for her generosity in donating her life estate for the development of the park, officials said.

The park will be located near the entrance to the Bishops Bay neighborhood off County Road Q, according to the release.

The groundbreaking ceremony will be at 5:30 p.m. with speeches from Middleton Mayor Kurt Sonnentag, PRFC Chairperson Leif Hubbard and Lucille Taylor.



Middleton opens year-round recycling center

The city of Middleton’s recycling center opened Saturday, and will be collecting items to be recycled or reused according to a release.

The city started planning the recycling center around April of 2009 when the city undertook the first Clean and Green Middleton event at the high school parking lot, officials said. The event was organized by the city’s sustainability committee.

The new Middleton Recycling Center is a work in progress, and organizers hope to expand the recycling offerings from what is currently available to include additional items as they are requested by residents.

The center will be open Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon year round at 4330 Parmenter Street.

Items that can be dropped off to be recycled or reused include batteries, CFL bulbs, household items, metals, durable medical goods, paper shredding, printer cartridges and textiles, according to the release.

Project will relocate, mitigate Pheasant Branch Creek

About 480 feet of stream channel will be moved away from eroding streambanks and a steep eroded slope as part of the Pheasant Branch Kromrey Middle School Stream Relocation Project.

The project will create a new stream channel using ecologically-sensitive techniques to mitigate erosion created as a result of increased stormwater inputs into Pheasant Branch in Middleton, officials said.

Relocation of the section of stream will also increase flood flow capacity at the site, which will allow flood flows to rise up out of the channel and spread out over the newly created floodplain, according to a release. The relocation will decrease the flow of the stream, and will offer increased protection at the top of the steep slope, which is where a new addition to the Kromrey Middle School has been built.

The project is funded by TIF funds and is not a city of Middleton Public Lands Department work item.

Construction is expected to last 2-3 weeks.

Clean & Green Middleton hosts spring cleaning event for community members

Community members are invited to drop off donations during their spring cleaning at the last Clean & Green event in Middleton, according to the city.

The last-ever Clean & Green will take place April 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Airport Road Business Park.

The city invites residents to donate and properly recycle items at a single location and learn about the new, permanent City of Middleton Recycling Center.

Environmental group to show free film 'Bidder 70' in January

Kick off your sustainable 2015 with Middleton's Jan. 8 Green Thursday and a screening of "Bidder 70."

The documentary follows the story of Tim DeChristopher, a college student who disrupted a controversial BLM Oil and Gas leasing auction in 2008. He posed as a bidder, number 70, and bid $1.7 million to win 22,000 acres of land he had no intention of paying for. The film documents his journey from college student to incarcerated felon in the name of climate justice.

The event will be at 7 p.m. in the Willy West Co-Op Community Room, 6825 University Ave.

The February Middleton Green Thursday is scheduled for Feb. 5. Organizers said representatives from Madison Fruits and Nuts will discuss what it takes to implement and run a public fruit orchard on community property. A representative of Bock Community Garden will be on hand to provide an update on fruit and nut trees planted there in 2010 as part of a Fruit Tree Planning Foundation Grant project.

Free presentation to focus on natural burial, green cemeteries

The community is invited to an event Thursday focusing on after-death environmentalism.

Coordinator of Natural Path Sanctuary Kevin Corrado will provide a free presentation on natural burials and green cemeteries at 7 p.m. at the Willy West Co-Op Community Room.

Organizers said attendees will learn about the roots of conventional burial practices in the United States, how they differ from customs around the world, and how the practices impact the environment.

Corrado will also provide resources to help inform consumers about funeral and burial services and discuss natural burial.

The Green Tuesdays & Thursdays programs are supported in part by the City of Middleton Sustainability Committee, Willy Street Co-op, Madison Gas & Electric, Dane County Environmental Council and Richard and Judy Fritz.  Free refreshments are provided.

Willy West Co-Op is at 6825 University Ave. in Middleton.

FREE Stricker Pond Ecologist-Guided Pond Tour

On Wednesday, August 13, the City of Middleton is allowing residents to join an ecologist and discover the prairies and wildlife of Stricker Pond Conservancy and Tiedeman Pond Conservancy for a free tour. The tour will start at 6 p.m. and end at 7:30 p.m.

The tour will meet at the northeast end of Stricker Pond Conservancy, near the intersection of Middleton St. and Voss Pkwy.

The tour will be guided by Mike Healy, restoration ecologist with Adaptive Restoration LLC, Dr. Mary Linton, wetland ecologist of Snapping Linton Ecology, and Aaron Steber, senior project scientist with Cardno JFNew.

The tour will highlight the City's efforts to restore the ponds' shoreline and improve water quality.

Participants are advised to wear clothing and footwear suitable for walking on trails. The tour will involve a 1- to 2-mile walk around the ponds.