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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. 

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.



Middleton Parks honored as finalist in national competition

The City of Middleton is celebrating its impressive parks as it was announced as a finalist for the 2013 National Gold Medal Awards in Parks and Recreation.

According to a City of Middleton statement, the award honors parks across the nation that highlight planning, development and environmental stewardship, among other characteristics. Middleton qualified in the small community category with three other finalists that will compete for the final honor this year, the statement said.

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.

Food Pantry teaches clients how to grow their own food, seeks donations


Believing that ending the cycle of poverty comes in part with empowerment and education, Middleton Outreach Ministry, which has one of the largest Food Pantries in Dane County, is for the second year, running an innovative program to teach and give the opportunity to people in need to grow their own food.

The MOM Food Pantry Garden, which itself is in its third year, is larger than ever.  The garden, which is located across the street from the pantry on donated land, grew over 6,500 pounds of food in 2012. 

"This year, the garden has so many client gardeners with their own plots, that we are using every inch of space on the land, and have even started a melon garden on a different plot of loaned land to increase the amount of produce available at the pantry," said Cheri Farha, manager of the MOM Distribution Center, in a news release.

Middleton community gardening program vies for national spotlight

Middleton community gardening program vies for national spotlight

Middleton's community gardening program is one of 15 finalists to receive a $4,000 grant from DeLoach Vineyards and appear in Organic Gardening Magazine.

Go to www.deloachcommunitygardens.com to vote for Bock Community Garden in Middleton once a day through Aug. 6.

Attic Angel to break ground on expanded facility

Attic Angel to break ground on expanded facility

Groundbreaking ceremonies for a bigger and better Attic Angel Place will be held at 10 a.m. on Thursday, May 10.

The groundbreaking will signify the start of a $7.5 million expansion at 8301 Old Sauk Road in Middleton. The plan will accommodate the changing needs of seniors seeking more independence.

A 3-story, 42,000 square foot addition at Attic Angel Place will include an easy-access rehabilitation center on the first level, with 10 assisted living units on both the second and third floors.

The current rehabilitation center will be moved and expanded to provide more convenient and assessable physical, occupational and speech therapy for people who have recuperated in the health center and can return home with outpatient therapy services.  It includes drive-up access and eliminates long walks to the rehabilitation facility.