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MHS fruit sale to benefit music programs

MHS fruit sale to benefit music programs

Fundraiser to help pay for kids to go to New Orleans, uniforms and more

High school band and orchestra students kicked off their annual fruit-sale fundraiser to benefit student music programs.

The Middleton High School Band and Parents Association’s sale offers a variety of fruit options including Texas “Rio Red” grapefruit, California navel oranges, apples, pears and citrus medleys. Varietal gift packs are also available. Prices range from $18 to $42.

The fruit is shipped to the high school and hand-sorted and packed by parent and student volunteers. The citrus is on the tree less than a week before our delivery day in Middleton.

Organizers say the fruit keeps well and makes great holiday gifts. Buyers can also designate all or part of an order to be donated to Middleton Outreach Ministry food pantry.

Sale proceeds provide funds for student music camp scholarships, guest performers, clinicians, uniforms and equipment upkeep.

Middleton, Cross Plains voters approve spending on schools

The Middleton Cross Plains school district will be getting a new middle school and more funding for other schools, thanks to two referenda passed by voters on Tuesday.

Voters approved spending nearly $60 million for a new middle school in the district by a 68-32 percent margin. Voters also approved a referendum to exceed levy limits by $797,000 in the future.

The plan calls for major renovations at the district's two middle schools -- Kromrey Middle School in Middleton and Glacier Creek Middle School in Cross Plains.

Voters have voted down two other similar referenda in the past seven years. Now that the referendum was approved, construction is expected to start next year.

Officials said a new building would eliminate mold issues at Kromrey Middle School, which canceled classes for six days in 2010. It would also reduce overcrowding by moving fifth-graders to the middle schools.

Orchestra to bring ‘British’ at upcoming concert

Orchestra to bring ‘British’ at upcoming concert

The Middleton Community Orchestra will present “The British are Coming” to the Middleton Arts Center on Nov. 14 at 7:30 p.m.

Tickets are $10 and students are admitted free of charge.

The concert will feature great symphonic works by England’s most renowned composers. 

In addition to fiery excerpts from “The Planets” by English composer Gustav Holst, MCO Conductor Steve Kurr will lead the orchestra in live performances of works by George Frederic Handel and Edward Elgar.

Vaughn Williams' violin masterpiece, “The Lark Ascending,” will also be performed, led by the recently appointed Madison Symphony Orchestra Concertmaster Naha Greenholtz and Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra Principal Clarinetist and MCO Guest Conductor, Kyle Knox. 

Victim in restaurant sex assault waits for justice

Three months after an alleged sexual assault inside a Cross Plains restaurant, the victim spoke exclusively with WISC-TV and said the hope for justice has turned into a waiting game.

Weeks after its summertime grand opening, Cinco De Mayo quickly found a following, but the popularity of Cross Plains' newest restaurant started unraveling in early August.

"The food wasn't quite ready, so I sat down at the bar," said Jane (whose name has been changed for protection) describing the night of Aug. 3.

It was not the first time Jane had ordered take-out from Cinco De Mayo, but she said it would be her last.

"And I was still at the bar waiting (for food), and then they offered me a margarita. So I'm thinking, I'll drink this for about five minutes, and I'll grab my food," Jane said.

Shortly after sipping the drink, Jane said she felt "cloudy in the head."

Police ID suspect in sexual assault at Cross Plains restaurant

The Cross Plains Police Department has identified a suspect in connection with a sexual assault at a restaurant.

Cross Plains police said they have referred charges against Alejandro Gonzalez-Carmona, 23, of Cross Plains, to the Dane County District Attorney's Office. Police said they referred a charge of first-degree sexual assault.

Police said the charge stems from an investigation into an alleged assault that occurred Aug. 3 at Cinco de Mayo restaurant in Cross Plains.

Police Chief Thomas Janssen said other charges are a possibility as the investigation is ongoing.

Police said a woman was reportedly picking up takeout food at the restaurant around 9:40 p.m. Aug. 3. While she was waiting for her food, restaurant staff her offered a margarita, which she accepted and then quickly started feeling foggy in the head, according to a search warrant.

University Avenue opens after months of construction

One of the most heavily traveled roads in Madison is open to traffic after what was a long summer for some drivers.

Local leaders on Thursday officially reopened University Avenue. The $14.7 million reconstruction project replaced the pavement, from Allen Boulevard, to Segoe Road, and added new bike lanes, traffic signals and lights and improved intersections.

WISC-TV visited with the manager of Brennan's Market, which is right in the heart of the construction, earlier this year just as the construction was starting.

The manager said the store was ready for the worst, anticipating upwards of a 25 percent drop in business.

"We knew it was going to be a headache, and it certainly was for the duration of the summer and the entire seven months. Luckily, we're thankful we have a core customer base," said Tim Mulcahy, manager at Brennan's Market.

Red Cross blood donation schedule

Upcoming Red Cross Blood Drives

All blood types are needed to ensure an adequate blood supply is available during a disaster, especially type O positive, O negative, A negative or B negative blood. Call 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or visit redcrossblood.org to make an appointment or for more information. A blood donor card or driver?s license, or two other forms of identification are required at check-in. Individuals who are 17 years of age (16 with parental permission in some states), weigh at least 110 pounds and are in generally good health may be eligible to donate blood. High school students and other donors 18 years of age and younger also have to meet certain height and weight requirements.