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Clean & Green Middleton event to be held Saturday

Clean & Green Middleton event to be held Saturday

 

Clean & Green Middleton will be held on April 28 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

The event will be held at Greenway Station at 1600 Aspen Commons.

Folks are invited to drop off donations for charities and properly recycle items all at a single location.

Donate to St. Vincent de Paul, Habitat ReStore, Middleton Kiwanis and other local charities: clothing; household goods; furniture; appliances less than 10 years old; durable medical equipment (crutches, wheelchairs, shower chairs, etc.); eye glasses; books; used and surplus construction materials, fixtures, tools and  supplies. Visit www.restoredane.org/donations for details.

Recycle safely for the environment and at NO COST to you: 

Arbor Day celebration scheduled at Pheasant Branch Conservancy

Arbor Day celebration scheduled at Pheasant Branch Conservancy

The city of Middleton is celebrating Arbor Day and the recognition of International Migratory Bird Day on Saturday, April 21, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at John C. Bock Community Forest, in the Pheasant Branch Conservancy.

Visitors can help plant trees as part of oak savanna and oak woodland restoration at Bock Forest. The city’s forester, an ISA certified arborist, and an ecologist will be on hand to offer tree planting tips and an update on the restoration process.

Following the tree planting, an ecologist from BioLogic Environmental Consulting will lead a birding hike to educate visitors about area birds and enhancing local habitat.

Middleton Airport improvements approved

Middleton Airport improvements approved

A $315,790 project to install fencing and address soil erosion concerns at the Middleton Municipal-Morey Field Airport has been announced by Gov. Scott Walker.

Eric Johnson, airport development engineer with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, said the chain link fence and gates will provide added security to the aviation fueling terminal on the east side of the airport.

In addition, the project includes funding to stabilize the banks of Pheasant Branch Creek to prevent erosion along airport property.

The project is expected to begin in May and be completed by August.

The state and city of Middleton are each contributing $7,895 to the project. The rest of the funding will come from the Federal Aviation Administration.

Middleton tackling waste by controlling unwanted mail, phonebooks

Middleton tackling waste by controlling unwanted mail, phonebooks

To combat unwanted mail, the city of Middleton has joined forces with communities across the country to debut a zero-waste initiative that will allow consumers to stop unwanted phone books, catalogs, coupons and credit card solicitations at the source.

The free service, designed by Catalog Choice, will help Middleton shed millions of pounds of waste and thousands of dollars in costs. Middleton residents and businesses can sign up for the mail preference service at https://middleton.catalogchoice.org.

Middleton is a leader taking strides toward a zero-waste mission and is setting a positive precedent for consumer choice, said Chuck Teller, Executive Director of Catalog Choice in a news release.

With the annual collection and landfill cost of the mailings estimated at up to $10 per household, the cost savings will be significant.

Middleton Named Finalist For National Sustainability Award

Middleton Named Finalist For National Sustainability Award

The U.S. Chamber of Commerce and Siemens Corporation have named Middleton one of three national finalists in 2012 for the small community category of the Sustainable Community Awards.

Now in its fifth year, the Sustainable Community Awards honors communities dedicated to improving their overall sustainability through impactful environmental, economic and social solutions.

On April 17 in Atlanta, Mayor Kurt Sonnentag will be attending the national awards ceremony to represent the city, which was chosen from 135 total applications.

Middleton’s recognition is due in no small part to the living systems approach adopted in the Middleton Sustainable City Plan. By considering sustainability as a factor in every major decision made, and updating its plan annually, the city has been able to ensure that development and other improvements are undertaken in an environmentally-astute manner.

New Business, ScooterCabs, Helps Eliminate Drunk Driving

New Business, ScooterCabs, Helps Eliminate Drunk Driving

ScooterCabs, a local business created by three University of Wisconsin-Madison grads, aims to provide an affordable alternative to taking a taxi home or driving under the influence. 

The service was created as an extra option for patrons that drive out to a bar or restaurant and have a few too many drinks.  The concept is similar to a taxi, except for one fundamental difference; the taxi is now the patron’s own vehicle.  There is no longer a need for patrons to abandon their vehicle at the bar or restaurant to make it home safely.

"With Wisconsin’s high rates of drunk driving, Madison seemed to have a need for this type of service," said owner Justin Sisley, "but even for the majority of people who would make the responsible decision to call a cab, our service provides a much more convenient option for them.  No more waiting around for a friend or cab to take you back to your car in the morning."