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Free film "Bidder 70" at January Middleton Green Thursday

Kick off your sustainable 2015 with Middleton's January 8th Green Thursday and a screening of "Bidder 70".

The documentary follows the story of Tim DeChristopher, a college student who disrupted a controversial BLM Oil and Gas leasing auction in 2008. He posed as a bidder, number 70, and bid $1.7 million to win 22,000 acres of land he had no intention of paying for. The film documents his journey from college student to incarcerated felon in the name of climate justice.

The event will be at the Willy West Co-Op Community Room, 6825 University Ave.

And save the date for Middleton's February 5th Green Thursday, when representatives from Madison Fruits and Nuts will discuss what it takes to implement and run a public fruit orchard on community property. A representative of Bock Community Garden will be on hand to provide an update on fruit and nut trees that we planted there in 2010, as part of a Fruit Tree Planning Foundation Grant project.


Middleton students heading to London for New Year?s Day parade

The Middleton High School band will be traveling to London, to perform in a New Year?s Day parade.

The band was in the same parade four years ago. This year, it will be accompanied by the Middleton High School choir, orchestra and theater departments.

The band will march in the New Year?s Day Parade, which is said to be a combination of the Macy?s Thanksgiving Day Parade and Times Square on New Year?s Eve.

The choir and orchestra will be in a concert of their own, and the drama students will get to soak in the London theater experience.

Local businesses played a big role in making this dream come true for the high schoolers.

?They really stepped up and fully funded our trip grant for the kids that needed a little extra help to make this possible,? said Brad Schneider, the Middleton High School band director.

It costs around $3,000 per student and around 65 chaperones are along for the ride.

The Middleton High School band will be traveling to London, to perform in a New Year’s Day parade.

Stoughton fire chief: Radio failures could jeopardize lives

Stoughton?s fire chief said repeated radio failures are putting his 39 volunteer firefighters? lives in danger.

?If we get paged to an incident we can?t communicate back and forth with the 911 Center, and at times we can?t communicate with each other,? Chief Martin Lamers said. ?Because if our firefighters are entering a burning building, and they lose radio communication their lives are in jeopardy.?

Lamers said the Dane County 911 system worked for decades and was dependable until a few months ago when it stopped working.

?We don?t know why,? Lamers said. ?Was it the turning on of the DaneCom system at that time? Or is it just the system's age that?s making it the problem? But it?s coming to the point we don?t have communication. That?s a real problem for us in emergency service.?

Police cite crash as example of texting while driving dangers

Middleton police are pointing to a crash early Sunday morning as an example of the dangers of texting while driving.

Officers were called to Nursery Drive near Forsythia Street at 12:10 a.m. for a report of a car that crashed into a tree.

Police said an 18-year-old Milton woman was driving north on Nursery Drive when she looked down at her phone to send a text message, crossed into the oncoming traffic lane, went off the road and crashed into a tree. The woman was wearing a seatbelt and was not injured, but the car was severely damaged.

She was cited for texting while driving and driving without insurance.

Police ask for help identifying theft suspects

Police ask for help identifying theft suspects

Police are asking the public's help in identifying two men in connection with a theft at a local drug store Monday afternoon. 

The Middleton Police Department provided two surveillance images depicting two men inside the Middleton Walgreens at about 3:30 p.m. 

Sgt. Don Mueller said diapers were stolen from the store. The total worth of the merchandise taken was not immediately clear. 

Police asked anyone who recognizes the men pictured or with information in the theft to call or text 608-824-7300 and mention case number 14-6811. 

Prep Mania Game of the Week winter schedule released

The Prep Mania Game of the Week will offer live coverage of high school sports this winter sports season.

The games will air live on Channel3000.com.

Here's the schedule:

Thurs., Dec. 18 -- Madison Memorial at Madison West - boys hockey - 8 p.m., Madison Ice Arena

Tues., Jan. 6 ? DeForest at Mt. Horeb boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 8 ? Reedsburg at DeForest girls basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 16 ? Poynette at Lodi boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Thurs., Jan. 29 ? Madison Memorial at Sun Prairie boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Jan. 30 ? Janesville Parker at Verona girls basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Fri., Feb. 6 ? Sun Prairie at Middleton boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.

Tues., Feb. 10 ? Middleton at Madison West boys hockey ? 8 p.m. (Madison Ice Arena)

Tues., Feb. 17 ? Stoughton at Monona Grove boys basketball ? 7:30 p.m.