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2 egg hunts scheduled in April at local parks

2 egg hunts scheduled in April at local parks

Two local groups will host Easter egg hunts this month.

On April 13 the Middleton Jaycees will host its annual Easter Egg Hunt at Lakeview Community Park in Middleton. The hunt is completed in three phases: kids 4 and under at 11:30 a.m.; kids 5-8 years old at noon; and kids 9 and up at 12:30 p.m. Live bunnies are also scheduled to be at the park for the event. 

Organizers said there is no cost to participate but attendees are asked to bring at least one non-perishable food item to be donated to the Middleton Outreach Ministry Food Pantry. Egg hunters also need to bring a basket or bag to collect their eggs. 

On April 19 the Downtown Middleton Business Association will host an egg hunt from 10-11 a.m. at Middleton Fireman's Park. 

Bags with various freebies are distributed to the first 600 kids who arrive to the hunt, which begins at 10 a.m. sharp, organizers said. 

Federal limits to school snacks could eat away at revenue

Federal limits to school snacks could eat away at revenue

A federal program aimed at getting kids to eat healthier snacks could force cuts in certain districts' lunchrooms.

Susan Peterson is in charge of nutrition for the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District. Peterson said the effects of the Smart Snacks In Schools program will have a much greater impact on her lunch line and her bottom line.

Peterson estimated the changes will lead to a $100,000 structural deficit for the food services sector, thanks to the impact they will have on her al a carte items.

"These programs are a rare opportunity to give kids a look at what a balanced meal looks like with fruits and vegetables and milk in an appropriate portion size for their age. But I can't provide that for them if I can't keep them in my lunch line," Peterson said.

Madison Area Sports commission awards $30,000 to youth sports orgs

The Madison Area Sports Commission has awarded more than $30,000 in funding in its’ bi-annual disbursement of youth grant funds. Youth grant funds are allocated to established organizations that introduce Dane County youth to the lifelong enjoyment and health benefits of sports.

·         Allied Running Club – $1,750

·         Boys & Girls Club of Dane County – $5,000

·         Camp Randall Rowing Club – $1,500

·         East Madison Community Center – $2,250

·         Glide Disc Golf – $875

MHS skiers, snowboarders fare well at state

MHS skiers, snowboarders fare well at state

The MHS Ski and Snowboard team competed at the 39th Wisconsin High School Ski & Snowboard Championships Feb. 15-17 in La Crosse, Wis. 

Snowboarders participated in the giant slalom and boardercross events. Their time in each event was combined to determine their overall finish.

Meggie Acker was the top MHS girls snowboarder, taking eighth in the combined giant slalom and boardercross, while Kaitlin Hanarahan placed 18th.

Scott Fabbri was the top MHS boys snowboarder, taking 15th in the combined giant slalom and boardercross, while Max Lawrence placed 24th. Fabbri finished 30th in state in 2013.

Nine boys teams competed at state and MHS finished eighth.

Skiers competed in the slalom, giant slalom and Super-G. Their time in each event was combined to determine their overall finish. Olivia Krigbaum was the top MHS skier, placing 24th.

MHS biology students help with DNR deer study

For the second year in a row, MHS Field Biology students from Dan Drangstveit and Jeff Erickson's classes took part in collecting field data as part of a five-year Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources buck mortality study.

In 2006, a panel of experts in big-game population modeling recommended that the DNR document buck recovery rate through a long-term mark-recapture study, thus making this study a top priority. As the name suggests, this means capturing and tagging bucks, monitoring their activity, and determining the causes of buck mortality, or death. 

Two study areas have been established; one primarily forested area in northwest Wisconsin, and one farmland area in east-central Wisconsin. The different study sites were chosen to monitor differences in buck mortality and harvest rates across areas with different habitat types, hunting pressure, types and relative densities of predators, and vehicle traffic.

Girls basketball back on top in conference

The Middleton girls basketball team earned the Big Eight conference title Thursday with a 74-64 win over Madison La Follette. 

Middleton held the conference title for six consecutive years before slipping to fourth place last year, according to the Middleton Times-Tribune.

National Play Therapy Week

National Play Therapy Week starts Feb. 2. Licensed mental health professionals throughout the country are taking part in Play Therapy of Week.

According to the Association for Play Therapy, Play is our first language. The APT said that, just as adults use words to communicate, children use play to express thoughts and feelings that might otherwise remain hidden. 

APT adds that thousands of licensed mental health professionals within and outside of the United States use play therapeutically to help their clients, especially children, to describe and manage their behaviors and mental health problems.

Many professionals using Play Therapy are identified by credentials that they obtain through specific Play Therapy training and supervised experience beyond their general licensure requirements and enable them to publicly advertise their Play Therapy expertise.