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'Night Out' returns with food, music, K-9s, cop cars

Residents will have the opportunity to check out police cars and ambulances at a community event geared toward neighborhood camaraderie.

The Middleton Police Department said the 2013 National Night Out in Middleton will take place at Lakeview Park on Wednesday from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.

Community Awareness Officer Jill Tutaj said National Night Out is an opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships and take part in crime prevention.

Festivities will include free food, door prizes, music, children’s activities and a VIP dunk tank, organizers said.

Middleton firefighters, paramedics, officers and members of other local law enforcement agencies, including K-9 and mounted horse patrols, will also be at the park. Tutaj said citizens will be able to tour the squad cars, fire apparatus and ambulance and have a chance to meet and talk to officers, paramedics and firefighters.

National Mustard Day at the National Mustard Museum

The National Mustard Museum will host its 22nd annual National Mustard Day celebration on Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.on the corner of Hubbard Avenue and Parmenter Street in Middleton.

Find more information or view the schedule at http://mustardmuseum.com.


Area swim teams warm up for All-City

Area swim teams warm up for All-City

Local swim teams are gearing up for a big battle at the All-City Swim Meet happening in less than two weeks at the Middleton pool.

Some of the favorites to win this year's event got victories in meets around the area last week.

Middleton remained undefeated with a 542-491 victory over High Point on Wednesday. High Point goes to 1-4 on the year following the loss.

Ridgewood rounded into shape by beating West Side and Maple Bluff at a tri-meet at West Side on Saturday. Beata Nelson again led the way, by setting a pool record in the 13-14 girls 50 Butterfly. Ridgewood goes to 7-1 on the year, with their only loss being a one point defeat to Middleton at the Middleton pool last week.

Shorewood Hills went to 4-1 with a 654-345 win against Hawks Landing. Shorewood goes to Ridgewood next week in a big battle before All-City.

Parkcrest also had a strong victory, winning 665-357 against Hill Farm.

Middleton boys place 1st, 2nd in PGA Future Tour event

Middleton boys place 1st, 2nd in PGA Future Tour event

It was a great day for Middleton boys at the Wisconsin PGA Future Tour tournament at Door Creek Friday. In the top two spots were Andy Zucker and Henry Taylor. Both boys are 13 and will be in eighth grade in the fall.

Zucker finished +3 and Taylor finished +5 in a field of 31 golfers.

The Wisconsin PGA hosts dozens of junior tournaments throughout the state each summer encouraging young golfers of all ages and skill levels to participate.

Currently both Zucker and Taylor are in the top five on the Wisconsin PGA Future Tour among all participants in the state of Wisconsin. The rankings and tournament results can be viewed here.

Firefighters' dance offers music, food, family fun

The fire department will celebrates 112 years this weekend with its annual festival.

The Middleton Fire Department's fundraiser will begin at Capital Brewery at noon and include activities for all ages, organizers said.

From noon to 3 p.m., there are games and water-play events. The Dimensions in Sound Big Band will also play starting at noon, followed by bluesy Primitive Culture and swing ensemble The Jimmies.

Organizers said food will include brats, italian sausage, burgers, veggie burgers, pulled pork and more.

Tickets are $7 at the door.

The event ends at 10 p.m.

The department said funds raised at the at the annual event are used to buy firefighting equipment and community education programs.

The Middleton Fire Company is made up of about 115 members.

Sikh worshipers dine together each Sunday

Sikh worshipers dine together each Sunday

Temple-goers prepare a traditional meal at a gurdwara

Sunday represents a special time for many American families, cultures, and religions. At a temple, a gurdwara, in Middleton, Wis., the Sikh community gathers at 1 p.m. every Sunday for langar.

Langar, which means community kitchen, is a “special meal, not like a household meal,” according to Satwant Kaur, member of the Middleton Sikh community. The meal is prepared during the Sunday service by a different family each week, and for the Middleton Sikh community that means the extended family. Everyone from nieces, cousins and brother-in-laws help prepare some aspect of the meal.

Cancer survivor takes on extreme marathon for charity

Cancer survivor takes on extreme marathon for charity

A local runner is taking on an extreme footrace for the third time for a cause near to his heart.

Darren Fortney's put on a lot of miles since he began running in 2005 but nothing like he'll experience during the Badwater Ultramarathon, a 135-mile foot race in central California where runners often experience extreme heat.

Fortney, a Middleton native and cancer survivor, is training to run the race this year on July 15-17. It will be his third time on the Death Valley course.

Fortney is a part of the Gilda's Club Madison board and participates in the race to raise money for the organization. Gilda's Club provides support, education and social events as a supplement to medical care for people touched by cancer.

For more information on the fundraising effort, visit gildas.kintera.org/badwater.