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Take precautions to prevent pipe freezes, utility says

Take precautions to prevent pipe freezes, utility says

The local water utility said the season's frigid temperatures mean residents should take precautions to prevent household pipes from freezing.  

Middleton's Water Utility asked that all city customers start monitoring their water temperature. The recent abnormally cold weather has driven the frost underground to unusual depths, making it is possible for water service pipes may freeze.

The water utility encouraged residents to take periodic temperature readings of water from the cold faucet closest to the meter.

Residents should let the cold water run gently over a household thermometer for approximately 30 seconds. If the cold water temperature is less than 34 degrees Fahrenheit, it is recommended that a pencil-sized stream of water is run from the faucet continually, 24 hours a day, until further notice.

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More than 800 lbs. of lights recycled in city drive

More than 800 pounds of unwanted holiday lights were recycled over four months in the Middleton's collection drive this season, according to city officials.

The City of Middleton said in the Holiday Lights Recycling Drive that began in October and ended in January yielded 836 pounds of burned out, broken or otherwise unwanted lights. The city said some reusable components from the lights can be saved harvested from recycled strings. 

This season's total adds up to nearly 4,000 pounds of lights saved from landfills through the recycling drive since its initiation. 

Lights were collected at Ace Hardware in the Middleton Springs shopping center and Wolff Kubly Middleton Ace Hardware stores and the city streets department picked up the donated lights and delivered them to the recycling facility. 

Participants in conservation challenge to share tips

Contestants in Middleton’s year-long water conservation challenge will share their conservation tips at an event Thursday.

Attendees will also be welcome to show their own conservation tips at the event scheduled at 7 p.m. in the Willy West Co-Op Community Room, according to a release. Free refreshments will be provided along with a brief presentation by Olson Toon Landscaping on rain gardens.

Everyone who shares a water conservation tip will be entered to win water- and energy-conserving door prizes provided by MG&E, according to the release. 

City recycles old, broken holiday lights

City recycles old, broken holiday lights

The holiday season is rolling in, and with it a Middleton committee offers residents a place to send their old, broken stringed lights.

Middleton's Sustainability Committee is sponsoring the recycling program for a third year, according to a release.

Lights can be dropped off at Ace Hardware in the Middleton Springs strip mall, 2540 Allen Blvd., or Wolff Kubly Ace Hardware, 6305 University Ave., for safe and proper recycling free of charge, organizers said.

A gray container with a wreath poster is located at both hardware stores for residents to drop burned out lights. The stores will collect bad lights through January 2014, according to the city.


Middleton hosts single-stop donation, clean-up center

The city of Middleton announced it will be making fall cleaning a one-stop event this year.

Clean and Green Middleton will be held on Nursery Drive and Deming Way in the Airport Road business park on Saturday. The one-stop clean-up shop will be open from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. according to a release.

Cleaners can donate clothing, household items, furniture and appliances less than 10 years old to the St. Vincent de Paul, Habitat ReStore, Middleton Kiwanis charities on site.

Paper shredding will begin at 9 a.m. and end at noon.

There will also be free recycling for CFL light bulbs, batteries, computers and electronics. 1-800-Got-Junk will be collecting mattresses and box springs to be delivered to Midwest Mattress Recovery for $10 per piece, according to the release.

Televisions up to 27 inches will be accepted for nominal fees, organizers said.

See sunflowers in bloom at conservancy

See sunflowers in bloom at conservancy

A spectacular scene is in full bloom in the town of Middleton.

A 9-acre field of sunflowers at the Pope Farm Conservancy is the highlight at the educational preserve in its sixth year.

Mel Pope will host an annual free walking tour Wednesday evening from 6:30-8. Pope will discuss the history and features of the conservancy.

A 1,200-foot stone fence built in the 1840s-1850s that wraps around the field “really makes it special, that’s for sure,” Pope said.

The conservancy at 7440 W. Old Sauk Road is managed by the town of Middleton.