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Clean & Green Middleton hosts spring cleaning event for community members

Community members are invited to drop off donations during their spring cleaning at the last Clean & Green event in Middleton, according to the city.

The last-ever Clean & Green will take place April 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Airport Road Business Park.

The city invites residents to donate and properly recycle items at a single location and learn about the new, permanent City of Middleton Recycling Center.

$10.4M construction project scheduled to start Monday in Cross Plains

Reconstruction work is scheduled to start Monday on Highway 14 in Cross Plains, according to a release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

The 1.2 miles of Highway 14 between County Road KP and Westview Court is expected to be closed until mid-October, officials said. The posted detour route will use County Road KP, Bourbon Street and County Road P. An alternate route will be posted using Highway 78 and Highway 12.

According to the release, traffic delays are expected in the village, and motorists traveling through Cross Plains are encouraged to use alternate routes.

Businesses on Main Street in Cross Plains will remain open during the construction work, and parking will be available on streets near Main Street, officials said.

Bring your own basket to Easter egg hunt at Fireman’s Park

The Downtown Middleton Business Association will host an Easter egg hunt Saturday.

The Easter egg hunt starts at 10:05 a.m. at Fireman’s Park on Lee Street, according to a release.

Event organizers said some kids dress up for the event, but all kids should bring their own baskets.

After the kids collect their eggs, they will bring them back to the shelter area and the first 550 participants will get a goodie bag filled with candy and coupons or promotional items from many of the downtown businesses, according to the release.

Participants will have an opportunity to visit with the Middleton police, EMS and fire departments, organizers said. There will also be an appearance by the Easter Bunny and the police department’s McGruff.

Orphaned female kit's health improves under care

A volunteer wildlife group caring for a fox found orphaned in a Middleton church parking lot Sunday said the baby is responding to medical treatment, and her health is improving.

Wisconsin WildCare shared pictures of the kit online Friday night and said the female is doing well.

"She has doubled in body weight while in care and her future is bright," the group wrote.

WildCare said the kit has been given specialized care to maintain natural behaviors she needs to thrive in the wild. Specialized care includes housing needs, dietary needs and necessary enrichment.

The group also thanked people who donated funds to the volunteer-only operation.

A second fox was found near the same location but later died.

Middleton holding contest to select name for "market arcade"

According to the City of Middleton website, Middleton and Capital Brewery are asking the public to submit names for the new "market arcade" on Terrace Avenue.

The "market arcade" is located in front of Capital Brewery and is part of a project bringing a new face to Terrace Avenue.

The person who submits the selected name will win a $50 iTunes gift card. The contest closes April 16.

Garage burns in town of Cross Plains

Firefighters were called to a home in the town of Cross Plains Friday morning for a report of a garage fire.

The fire was reported at 8:09 a.m. at 8682 W. Mineral Point Road. Video from the scene showed fire coming from an unattached garage behind the home.

The garage was being used to store vehicles and tools. It's considered a total loss. Damage is estimated at $35,000.

The cause of the fire has not been determined.

Cross Plains, Black Earth, and Mt. Horeb fire departments responded to the fire.

Baby foxes found in Middleton parking lot

Two baby foxes found near a Middleton parking lot are feared to be orphaned.

The Dane County Humane Society said the foxes were discovered Sunday.

After the first one was found and admitted, another was found near the same location. The second one later died.

The fox is being cared for by Wisconsin Wildcare, where one of the members specializes in raising fox kits.

The organization tried but failed to find the den and reunite the babies with their mother.

The poor condition of the second baby fox suggests the two are orphans, according to Wisconsin Wildcare. Kits of this size would rarely roam far from the den site unless they were hungry and searching for the mother.

The first kit is stable and doing well.