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Middleton Employee Abby Attoun-Tucker Named 40 Under 40

The city of Middleton is pleased to announce that In Business Magazine has named Abby Attoun-Tucker, Middleton’s Assistant Director of Community Development, to its ‘40 Under 40’ list for 2014... Read More

Students compete in high school mock trial semifinals

Students compete in high school mock trial semifinals

Teams from 16 Wisconsin high schools will compete in the Wisconsin High School Mock Trial Semifinals at the Dane County Courthouse in Madison on Sunday, March 9, at 8 a.m.

The Mock Trial program provides high school students with an opportunity to act as attorneys and witnesses in a court case developed by State Bar members. In teams, students argue a criminal case before a panel of volunteer attorneys and judges in the regional competitions.

The two finalists will compete for the state title on Monday. The state winner will advance to the National Mock Trial Competition, which will also be held in Madison this May.

Students from the following schools will be participating in the semifinals:

Free health talk focuses on prescription drugs

This month, Jim Rybacki, director of pharmacy for Dean & St. Mary's starts a series of free events focused on prescription drugs.

The first in the series will kick off on Feb. 27. It will be an opportunity to learn about the 12 key medicines you and your family should know.

Rybacki said the health education session will teach attendees about aspirin and cholesterol-lowering medicines that you can get people on a path toward a healthy heart.

Rybacki is the author of "The Essential Guide to Prescription Drugs, Medicines and Your Family," national treatment guidelines and more than 30 books and eBooks. Rybacki has been active with the American Heart Association Patient and Professional Education committees and sits on the National Advisory Council for Mended Hearts International.

The free informational series is offered by Dean Clinic Pharmacy.

Recent rise in mail thefts leads to police alert

Recent rise in mail thefts leads to police alert

Police warned residents to be wary of thieves targeting mailboxes in the last month. 

The Middleton Police Department said it has seen an increase in reports of thefts from mailboxes. Police said information thieves obtain from mail can be used to steal one's identity. Checks and other items of value are also targeted in the thefts, according to the alert sent Tuesday afternoon.

Police offered tips to thwart mailbox theft:

Foundation's maze fundraiser helps families pay heat bill

Foundation's maze fundraiser helps families pay heat bill

Keep Wisconsin Warm/Cool Fund hosted its fourth consecutive A-Maizing Charity Corn Maze this fall to help keep the heat and power on in households all over the state.

 As a nonprofit statewide organization, KWWCF has worked since 1996 to help struggling households meet basic needs like energy costs. The charity corn maze has turned into an annual event that helps raise community awareness, and to tame the energy crisis affecting many Wisconsin households.

Middleton man named state AARP president

Middleton man named state AARP president

A Middelton man has been appointed as the state's new AARP president, according to a release from the senior citizen organization.

David A. Stella, 65, was appointed Friday by Midwest Volunteer is set to take his position immediately. Stella's time in office will last two years.

According to the release, Stella will work with AARP members, volunteers and legislators to lobby for more than 820,000 members statewide.

Stella was formerly the state's Secretary of the Department of Employee Trust Funds. Under his supervision, D.E.T.F. was responsible for providing pensions, health insurance and other employee benefits to more than 570,000 current and retired public employees.

According to the release, Stella is also a University of Wisconsin - Madison graduate. He received both his bachelor's and master's degrees.

Stella said his goal is to work on public policy issues focusing on consumer protections, particularly those elderly living in local areas.

Middleton body shop sees rise in cars with deer damage

Middleton body shop sees rise in cars with deer damage

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Jeff Hepp, the director at Ball Body Shop, is seeing seven to 10 cars come in every week with damage caused by car versus deer crashes.

"They're going a little crazy this year. There's been quite a few more," Hepp said.

The auto body shop in Middleton is filled with broken bumpers and crunched hoods. Hepp said the average repairs cost $3,500, with fixes ranging from $2,000 to $6,000. He said the accidents are happening at all hours, and the quantity is not something that he's used to.