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Middleton offers drop-off site for spring cleaning event

Middleton offers drop-off site for spring cleaning event

Middleton is helping its residents get started on spring cleaning with a drop-off site for donations and recycling this Saturday.

The city’s Sustainability Committee is hosting its biannual clean-up event on Nursery Drive in the Airport Road Business Park on Saturday.

Volunteers will be on hand from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. to assist those interested in dropping off clothing, household goods, furniture, tools and other items to be donated or recycled.

Assistant Director of Community Development Abby Attoun-Tucker said the twice-yearly event has blossomed in recent years.

"It's one of our most popular events. It's really ballooned into a huge event that we have in April and October of each year," she said.

The committee collected 30,000 pounds of electronics and two trailers full of items for donation during 2012's two clean-up events.  

Bi-annual flush of water main scheduled

Water may appear slightly discolored, OK to drink  

The City of Middleton said it plans to flush water mains beginning April 29.

Water Utility Foreman Ryan Madigan said the flush is common practice for the department and is done twice a year, in the spring and the fall.

"It's a standard thing we do to ensure that our system is operating correctly [and] to ensure quality of the water," Madigan said.

In a public notice sent Tuesday, the city's Water Utility said residents can expect to see a slight discoloration of water during the week as it clears out water mains.

Madigan said this does not affect the potability of water and it is safe to use and drink per normal.

4-month Middleton St. construction project begins Monday

Project to affect parking, bus routes through summer, city says   

The city said its street reconstruction project is scheduled to begin Monday, which will limit parking on Middleton Street and could affect bus routes and access to driveways through mid-August.

The Middleton Street Reconstruction Project will include a complete street reconstruction of Middleton Street from South Avenue to 1,200 feet south of Voss Parkway, the city said. The project scope includes street, curb and gutter, sidewalk, driveway apron and storm sewer improvements and is scheduled to be finished on Aug. 20, 2013, the city said.

For the duration of the project, street parking along Middleton Street will be unavailable Monday through Friday from 7 a.m.-7 p.m., or until construction activity is completed for the day, city officials said in a news release Thursday.

Middleton to host 50th anniversary celebration

Middleton to host 50th anniversary celebration

The City of Middleton is hosting an open house in celebration of its 50th anniversary as a city.

The city will host a community event the evening of April 9 at the Middleton Fire station.

Residents are invited to enjoy cake and sets by the Madison Brass Band and city officials will speak about the city's progression since its incorporation.

Middleton originated as a fur-trading post in the 1830s, according to a release from the city. Railroad tracks were laid through the area, with Middleton Station created in 1856. In 1905 Middleton Station became incorporated as a village, dropping the "Station" but retaining the name "Middleton."

Middleton now has 18,000 residents. 

School days to get 4 mins. longer

Buses, pick up times affected by change   

Starting April 1 through the remainder of the school year, the Middleton-Cross Plains School District will increase the school day by 4 minutes at all levels.

The addition will make up for instruction hours required by the state Department of Public Instruction that were lost due to inclement weather this winter.

The district said in release on its website that parents were notified about the change via e-mail on Thursday.

The 4 minutes will be added to the end of the day at every school except Glacier Creek Middle School, where the school day will start 4 minutes earlier.

Bus schedules in the morning will remain the same for all schools, including Glacier Creek, the district said. Buses will be affected after school, so the school district said children may arrive home a little later than they had before April 1.

Coffee shop that supports vets seeks donations

Coffee shop that supports vets seeks donations

Dryhootch Madison, a coffee house and resource center for veterans, opened about 10 months ago on Madison's far west side and "re-opened" Thursday to help give the community a better idea of what they're all about.

Organizers call Dryhootch a movement to help veterans reconnect with the community. Its mission is to act as an ally for vets having a tough time transitioning back to civilian life.

Offering vets the use of meeting rooms and a multimedia center, Dryhootch organizers are hoping that their blend of coffee and camaraderie will be the perfect combination for Madison-area vets.

Dryhootch Madison is seeking donations to keep the coffee shop open so veterans can get the help they need, from support groups to cope with post-traumatic stress disorder and resources to help with homelessness.

"When you can communicate about it, that's part of healing -- it promoted healing," said Bob Curry, Dryhootch founder.

After nearly 4 years, 32-mile utility project complete

After nearly 4 years, 32-mile utility project complete

$219 million project meant to improve reliability of power supply 

American Transmission Co. has energized the completed 32-mile, 345-kilovolt Rockdale-West Middleton Transmission Line.

Brian Fischer, Rockdale-West Middleton project manager, said in a news release that the company’s coordinated performance on multiple fronts during the past four years of planning, design and construction were evidence of the project’s success.

The line can carry 1,267 megawatts of electricity, enough to power 239,000 homes and connects through Monona, Blooming Grove, City and Town of Madison, Pleasant Springs and Middleton.