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Raptor experts ask observers not to disturb owl

Raptor experts ask observers not to disturb owl

Humane Society encourages watchers to keep distance  

Since a rare owl was spotted last week in Middleton, curious watchers and birders from near and far have stopped by to get a peek at it.

Clarence "Owl Man" Cameron, a Madison artist who's been sculpting owls for 46 years, said the normally rarely seen great grey is characterized by its deceptively large head, which is mostly plumage.

"Their heads are actually rather small, [what you see] is just about all feathers," Cameron said.

Dane County Humane Society’s Four Lakes Wildlife Center, a wildlife rehabilitation program, has been monitoring the great grey owl in Middleton. Wildlife Center representatives said keeping distance is for the better wellness of the bird.

Brooke Lewis, wildlife rehab supervisor with DCHS, said the great grey will eventually need to return back north, which will require peak health.

State offers safety reminders for daylight saving

State offers safety reminders for daylight saving

It's almost time to spring forward, and Wisconsin officials are using the occasion to remind residents about home safety.

Daylight saving time begins Sunday, when Wisconsinites will set the clocks ahead one hour. Safety officials said the event marks a convenient reminder to do annual checks.

For example:

  • Consider replacing the batteries in smoke detectors and carbon monoxide detectors
  • If you don't have an emergency kit at home, now's the time to get one
  • If you do have an emergency kit, put fresh batteries in the flashlight and make sure the food, water and first-aid kit are all in good condition

The Wisconsin Department of Military Affairs has additional safety tips on its website.

Pickleball complex opening in Middleton

Kirk Lingner talks about a new Pickleball complex opening in Middleton.


Free massage workshop to teach self-care

Free massage workshop to teach self-care

College students to host session at Middleton Library Dec. 6

A free workshop on self-massage techniques will take place Dec. 6 at the Middleton Public Library on Hubbard Avenue.

The class, hosted by students from career college Globe University-Madison West, will take place from 6 p.m.-8 p.m.

"Self-Care Through Massage” class participants will learn different ways to practice massage techniques by using simple household items such as tube socks and tennis balls. They will also learn easy ways to de-stress and relieve muscle tension.

The class is free and open to the public.

Contact community manager at Globe University-Madison West Jennifer Hilgendorf for more information.

Transplant recovery house opens in Middleton

Transplant recovery house opens in Middleton

The Restoring Hope Transplant House opened Wednesday after years of work.

The house in Middleton offers organ and bone marrow recipients a place to stay while they focus on their recovery.

The house, located on Terrace Avenue, will serve as a home away from home for families getting transplants at the University of Wisconsin Hospital in Madison.

Patients will find guest rooms, living spaces and experienced staff. It costs $35 dollars to stay at Restoring Hope per night, unlike hotels, which can cost more than $100.

"We are full of gratitude for those that have actually helped us get there,"Cindy Herbst, executive director of the Restoring Hope Transplant House, said. "As a nonprofit, you never do it alone. You need those people in the community, those donors and those friends that come together and say, 'We understand.'"

St. Clare Hospital offers 25 coupons for discounted mammography services

St. Clare Hospital offers 25 coupons for discounted mammography services

 BARABOO, WI  (September 28, 2012) 

In recognition of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month this October, St. Clare Hospital is offering 25 coupons as part of a reduced –cost mammography screening program for low-income women older than age 35.  Women may purchase a single coupon, valid anytime throughout the following 12 months, for just $75 which includes the mammogram and reading.  With just 25 coupons available, they are intended for those who do not have health insurance, who may have high deductibles for mammography or whose insurance does not cover the service. 

Officials see increase in whooping cough cases


Whooping cough cases are increasing in Wisconsin, and health officials are urging people to make sure their vaccinations are up to date.

Since the start of the year, state health officials have investigated nearly 3,500 cases. That's about 11 cases for every 100,000 people.

People who don't have school-aged children may not be thinking about immunizations, but doctors said they should be.

"Everybody sees it as I saw it before I had it as an adult -- that it's a childhood disease and it doesn't happen to adults," said Maxine Dwyer, a nurse at St. Mary's Hospital in Madison, who has had two bouts with whooping cough. 

"This is the (cough) that sounds like it's coming from your toes. It's deep and it goes on and on and on to the point you feel like you may not be able to catch your next breath," Dwyer said.

According to the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, the highest instances are in Dane County.