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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.

Meeting to discuss possible path between Pheasant Branch, Graber Pond

Meeting to discuss possible path between Pheasant Branch, Graber Pond

The City of Middleton will be hosting a neighborhood information meeting on July 30 at 5:30 p.m. to discuss a new trail area and a proposed bike and pedestrian plan.

The path would go from Pheasant Branch Conservancy to Graber Pond Trail. IOn the agenda for discussion are water resources, the trail corridor and trail planning. 

The hour-long event will take place at the Middleton City Hall Council Room, 4726 Hubbard Ave.

The meeting will be hosted by the Public Lands, Recreation, and Forestry Department. 

Meet a baby calf from Sassy Cow Creamery

Head over to the Middleton Public Library to meet a cow from the Sassy Cow Creamery on Monday June 23, and learn all about the life of a dairy farmer. Event goers will get to sample ice cream and milk and can meet a baby calf.

The event is open to all ages and runs from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Toxic algae spotted on Lake Mendota

Toxic algae spotted on Lake Mendota

Toxic algae were spotted on Lake Mendota near the University of Wisconsin campus and in Lake Waubesa, according to a release from UW officials.

Officials said cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae blooms, were spotted Tuesday in the area of Memorial Union and Hoofers.

The public is urged to avoid contact with the algae and not swim at night when the blooms can?t be seen.

The algae blooms occur when there is little wind and hot temperatures combined with lake nutrients.

Symptoms of a reaction to algae blooms include eye, throat, nose or skin irritation, and vomiting or diarrhea. These symptoms can happen between several hours and a few days after being exposed.

Middleton City Hall host informational meeting

Downtown property owners, business owners, and residents are invited to attend a public informational meeting on Thursday, June 5, from 5:00 to 6:30 p.m., at Middleton City Hall.

The meeting will discuss the City’s plans for reconstructing Terrace Avenue.

Project manager, Tom Stetzer and field representative, Jon Solan of Strand Associates will join City staff to discuss specific aspects of the project .

“This meeting will be an excellent opportunity to learn about project phasing and timeline. Work is scheduled to begin in mid June and be completed by early November,” said Mark Opitz City Project Manager.  

The City and its engineering consultant Strand Associates are working with the contractor Raymond P. Cattell to schedule the work to minimize disruption to businesses and residents.  

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.