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Middleton opens year-round recycling center

The city of Middleton’s recycling center opened Saturday, and will be collecting items to be recycled or reused according to a release.

The city started planning the recycling center around April of 2009 when the city undertook the first Clean and Green Middleton event at the high school parking lot, officials said. The event was organized by the city’s sustainability committee.

The new Middleton Recycling Center is a work in progress, and organizers hope to expand the recycling offerings from what is currently available to include additional items as they are requested by residents.

The center will be open Saturday mornings from 8 a.m. to noon year round at 4330 Parmenter Street.

Items that can be dropped off to be recycled or reused include batteries, CFL bulbs, household items, metals, durable medical goods, paper shredding, printer cartridges and textiles, according to the release.

WATCH: Madison West tops Middleton 2-1

Madison West faced off against Middleton at Mansfield Stadium. 

2 area students named Presidential Scholar finalists

Two area students are among nine semifinalists for the 2015 Presidential Scholars award, which is considered the nation’s highest honor for graduating high school seniors, according to a release.

“Students chosen for this program have shown exceptional academic scholarship and talent in the visual, creative and performing arts,” State Superintendent Tony Evers said in the release. “I congratulate them on being recognized for their hard work and thank the parents and teachers who supported this accomplishment.”

The Presidential Scholars program was established in 1964 to recognize and honor some of the nation’s most distinguished high school students, according to the release.

The state’s nine semifinalists, among 565 semifinalists for 2015, include Tanner R. Tanyeri of Middleton High School and Nathan B. Wang of James Madison Memorial High School in Madison.

Spaghetti lunch to raise money for Restoring Hope Transplant House

Friends of Restoring Hope Transplant House is hosting a spaghetti lunch April 26 to raise money for the transplant house.

The event will benefit the hundreds of transplant families from all parts of Wisconsin who call Restoring Hope Transplant House their home during and after their organ or bone marrow transplant at UW Hospital.

The lunch is from 11:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church at 2947 Thinnes St. in Cross Plains. Tickets are $10 per person and $7 for children under 10. Tickets are available at the door or at Harbor Athletic Club, Terry’s Westgate Barbers and the Restoring Hope Transplant House.

The menu includes spaghetti and meatballs, salad, French bread and dessert. 

Businesses hope Highway 14 construction won’t keep customers away

A $10.4 million, months-long road project just started on a main road through Cross Plains, and despite detours, business owners said they are not seeing a major impact in sales.

Jodi's Bar and Grill is on Main Street in Cross Plains, but instead of seeing the usual cars driving past, their view for the next couple of months will look more bare and rocky than usual.

"You worry every day, but it's a day by day. Once they get down closer to us it might be a little more of a fear right in front of the building, but as far as now we keep our hopes up and wish for the best," said Brenda Newman, manager at Jodi's Bar and Grill.

As crews start an eight-month construction project on Highway 14 that was four years in the making, Newman is hoping to keep customers’ attention with daily specials and homemade pizza, the restaurant's newest addition.

Middleton Public Library to hold bag sale of books

The Middleton Public Library will hold a special bag sale for a large selection of books Sunday, according to a release.

The sale will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Attendees can purchase a bag of books for $4 or individual books for 25 cents.

Sales will take place in the lower level of the library. Proceeds will benefit the library and its programs.

Crew gets permission to hold controlled burn amidst burn ban

With a red flag warning across a majority of the state, the DNR banned burning in the counties where the wind and dry conditions could create the most danger for wildfires.

So smoke above the Holy Wisdom Monastery might have been a surprise for those who thought setting fire to anything was not allowed.