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Orchestra’s first concert of season features Madison native

Orchestra’s first concert of season features Madison native

The first concert of the Middleton Community Orchestra’s fifth season will feature Madison native and violinist Vicki Powell.

Powell, 26, grew up in Madison, and went to the Curtis Institute of Music and the Julliard School, according to a release. She lives in New York City when she isn’t traveling for performances.

The concert will be at the Middleton Performing Arts Center on Bristol Street Wednesday at 7:30 p.m., doors open at 7 p.m. Tickets are available at Willy St. Co-op West and at the door for $10. Students can get free tickets at the door on the night of the show.

Walker asks federal government for travel ban

As concern over the possibility of an Ebola outbreak grows, Gov. Scott Walker called on the federal government to institute a commercial travel ban for West African countries affected by Ebola.

Walker announced his call for the travel ban on Friday, along with other steps to prepare in case anyone in Wisconsin contracts the disease.

Walker said Friday morning in Middleton that he would confer with public health officials and health care providers Friday to hear their assessment and whether they believe a travel ban would be effective in preventing Ebola from entering Wisconsin.�

By Friday afternoon, Walker's office said he'd directed state leaders to implement emergency preparedness measures to protect the public in the event that Ebola spread to Wisconsin, and that he was asking the federal government to ban commercial travel for affected West African countries.

Walker warns cities Burke will restore unions

Republican Gov. Scott Walker is warning city officials that Democrat Mary Burke would tie their hands by restoring public-sector collective bargaining.

Walker and the Republican-controlled Legislature passed a law in 2011 stripping most public workers of their union rights and eliminating automatic union due deductions from their paychecks. Burke, who is running against him in the Nov. 4 election, supports restoring collective bargaining for public workers and the deductions.

Walker told members of the League of Wisconsin Municipalities at the organization's annual conference in Middleton on Friday that Burke's moves would tie municipal officials hands and make it harder to deal with their expenses. He said Burke would put "put you back in the box again."

A Burke spokeswoman didn't immediately return an email message.

Area shelters participate in nationwide adoption weekend

Four area animal shelters will be participating in a nationwide adoption event this weekend, according to a release from the Dane County Humane Society.

The American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals teamed up with dozens of animal shelters across the country for their annual Mega Match-a-thon, officials said. Over the weekend of Oct. 17-19 animal rescues across the country will be hosting adoption events.

During the events at participating shelters, people looking to adopt will get to decide the adoption fee for all dogs and cats, according to the release.

?The ASPCA Mega Match-a-thon is a great motivator for our staff and for the members of our community to help the many wonderful cats and dogs in our shelter find loving homes,? said Gayle Viney, DCHS public relations coordinator. ?We look forward to helping you find the new perfect addition to your family.?

Participating groups in the area:

Most area districts get increase in aid; Middleton gets 7th largest cut

Most area school districts will receive a small increase in general state aid, but the Middleton-Cross Plains School District will get the seventh biggest cut in the state, according to a release.

The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction released the Oct. 15 certified amount each school district will receive from the $4.476 billion available under current law for general state aid.

General state aid for school districts increased by $94.4 million from last year, but the actual amount of aid that the state?s 424 public school districts will receive is $85.5 million more than last school year, according to the release. That is due to statutory reductions to general state aid for private voucher schools in Milwaukee and independent charter schools supported by state tax dollars.

Verona, Edgewood lead WIAA girls golf

Verona leads Division One and Edgewood has the top spot in Division Two after the first day of the WIAA State Girls Golf Championship at University Ridge in Verona.

The Wildcats (315) have a four-shot lead on Arrowhead (319) with Middleton (320) within striking distance in third.

Individually, Middleton's Loren Skibba had the best round of the day with a three-under par 69. Skibba had a five-shot lead on defending champion Jessica Reinecke of Verona and Homestead's Annika Hitt.

In Division Two, Edgewood has a 15-shot lead on Fox Valley Lutheran as the Crusaders posted a score of 328.

Edgewood's Tess Hackworthy shot 74 to take a two-shot lead on Racine St. Catherine's Sarah Busey.

Last year's champion, Caroline Lake, is just five shots behind her teammate after shooting 79.

The final round of the WIAA State Girls Golf Championship is Tuesday at University Ridge.

2 men charged in Poynette Bank, earlier sandwich shop robberies

Two men are in custody after authorities said a Lodi bank was robbed Saturday.

The Columbia County Sheriff's Office said Karl Lee Kreier, 28, of Madison, and Peter Lee Meeker, 48, of Middleton, are facing several charges of armed robbery and party to a crime in connection with the Saturday bank robbery and another robbery of the Subway restaurant near Poynette on Wednesday.

Columbia County Sheriff Dennis Richards said in a news release that deputies responded to a report of an armed robbery at the Harmony Grove branch of the Bank of Poynette at 11:52 a.m.

A man entered the bank displaying a handgun and demanded cash, according to the report.

A deputy spotted a vehicle matching the description of the getaway vehicle and took the two occupants into custody at 11:59 a.m. with assistance from Lodi police, the sheriff's department said.