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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.


Middleton outreach ministry calling all superheroes to help end hunger

According to a release, Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) is inviting community members to attend the 5th Annual Canstruction Madison, which combines competition with donation, April 20 through April 26 at West Towne.

The release said teams compete to build structures with canned goods and packaged food, which is donated to the MOM Food Pantry. This year's theme is "Calling All Superheroes to Help End Hunger" and will feature superhero-themed structures.

Construction project to change Parmenter Street traffic

A project to bury overhead utilities along Parmenter St. in Middleton will alter traffic patterns and parking on the street next week, according to a release from the Middleton Police Department.

According to the release, MG&E, Charter and TDS are starting construction before expected because the ground thawed early. A four-block stretch of Parmenter Street between University Avenue and the roundabout, as well as along Rohlich Court will be affected.

Project will relocate, mitigate Pheasant Branch Creek

About 480 feet of stream channel will be moved away from eroding streambanks and a steep eroded slope as part of the Pheasant Branch Kromrey Middle School Stream Relocation Project.

The project will create a new stream channel using ecologically-sensitive techniques to mitigate erosion created as a result of increased stormwater inputs into Pheasant Branch in Middleton, officials said.

Relocation of the section of stream will also increase flood flow capacity at the site, which will allow flood flows to rise up out of the channel and spread out over the newly created floodplain, according to a release. The relocation will decrease the flow of the stream, and will offer increased protection at the top of the steep slope, which is where a new addition to the Kromrey Middle School has been built.

The project is funded by TIF funds and is not a city of Middleton Public Lands Department work item.

Construction is expected to last 2-3 weeks.