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Middleton businesses set to light town

Downtown Middleton businesses are sponsoring an open house and tree lighting to bring in the holiday season November 30.

The Downtown Middleton Business Association will host the open house from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Businesses will be serving hot cocoa, roasted marshmallows, horse and wagon rides, and special holiday deals, according to a release. 

Customers and residents are also invited to attend  tree lighting at City Hall on Hubbard Avenue starting at 4:30. According to the release, the lighting will be accompanied by carolers and hot beverages.

Families are also being asked to bring in canned foods to donate to the Middleton Outreach Ministry. The first 200 kids will also be given a bag filled with treats and items from downtown businesses.

Middleton man named state AARP president

Middleton man named state AARP president

A Middelton man has been appointed as the state's new AARP president, according to a release from the senior citizen organization.

David A. Stella, 65, was appointed Friday by Midwest Volunteer is set to take his position immediately. Stella's time in office will last two years.

According to the release, Stella will work with AARP members, volunteers and legislators to lobby for more than 820,000 members statewide.

Stella was formerly the state's Secretary of the Department of Employee Trust Funds. Under his supervision, D.E.T.F. was responsible for providing pensions, health insurance and other employee benefits to more than 570,000 current and retired public employees.

According to the release, Stella is also a University of Wisconsin - Madison graduate. He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees.

Stella said his goal is to work on public policy issues focusing on consumer protections, particularly those elderly living in local areas.

MHS to perform 'The Crucible' this weekend

MHS to perform 'The Crucible' this weekend

The MHS Drama Club will present Arthur Miller’s "The Crucible" on Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center.

Tickets may be purchased at the door and are $7 for adults and $5 for students and seniors.

This Tony-Award winning play invites the audience to Salem, Mass., in 1692 as the fear of witchcraft is being spread throughout the area. As panic builds and more people are accused, neighbors and friends turn on each other, faith is shaken, and lives are ended. Miller’s theatrical version of historical events, a thinly-veiled allegory paralleling McCarthyism of the 1950s, raises important questions about truth, power, and the marginalization of "the other" as fear takes over.

The MHS production includes a cast of 22 performers, while more than 100 high school students will be involved as set builders and painters, costumers, lighting and sound designers and operators, stage managers, ushers and actors.

Police hold Halloween photo contest

Police hold Halloween photo contest

The Middleton Police Department is hosting a photo contest for area school-agers.

The "Trick or Tweet" contest is a Halloween photo challenge that offers a ride to school in a police car and lunch with an officer as the prize.

To enter, parents of Middleton school-aged kids can submit a photo of their trick-or-treater online before midnight Thursday. Pictures will be posted on the Middleton Police Department’s Facebook page and the child with the most likes will win the car ride and lunch, police said.

Organizers said only one entry per child is allowed. Winners will be chosen on Monday, according to the website.

Submit a photo online to Middleton PD at http://www.middletonpd.com/trickortweet.htm.

City to host weekend Halloween Events

The city of Middleton is hosting it's 4th annual haunted Hustle Marathon Oct. 26 and 27.

The marathon will include a full marathon, a half marathon, 10k and 5k. There will also be a stroller derby as a part of the events. 

Saturday, Oct. 26, racers will be able to run in the 5k run/derby and 10k race. The marathons get underway Sunday morning. All the events will start and end at the Keva Sports Center. Areas will be designated no parking zones from 2:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Residents can visit the Middleton police website to find those areas.

The city is asking drivers to be on the look out for runners and walkers throughout the city, as the routes have been changed.

Extreme couponer to host Black Friday boot camps

Extreme couponer to host Black Friday boot camps

A Wisconsin blogger known for her coupon-clipping skills will be hosting two Black Friday boot camps to help shoppers get the most out of their holiday shopping.

Dannelle Gay will host boots camps in Middleton and Monona on two separate days. According to a release, Gay will help shoppers make a shopping plan for Black Friday to get gifts for all the occasions on their list.

The first camp is on Nov. 6 at 6 p.m. at Monona Public Library on Nichols Road. The second is at the Middleton Public Library on Nov. 16 at 10 a.m.

The boot camps are free, but couponers must register to attend. To register, contact either library for more information.

Open house scheduled on $1.1M brick replacement project

Leaders on a city project to replace bricks in downtown Middleton will host an open house next week.

The city of Middleton said anyone interested in learning more about the nearly $1.1 million brick terrace and crosswalks project can stop by city hall on Oct. 29 from 4 to 6 p.m.

According to the city, staff determined in July that the project should be moved from late fall 2013 to early spring 2014 for more time to coordinate details.

For example, the city said it needed to investigate uniform sidewalk widths and determine street light wiring locations. The extra time could also allow for lower bids with more competition between crews at the beginning of construction season, the city said on its website.

Middleton City Hall is at 7426 Hubbard Ave.