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Middleton Hills development plan ignites controversy

VOL. 121, NO. 31



A proposal to build a 35-unit apartment complex in Middleton Hills hasnt gone before the city council yet, but it has already prompted a backlash by some people in the neighborhood. by MaTT GEiGEr

Photo contributed

Above, Mustard Museum curator Barry Levenson shared a laugh with a customer during last years National Mustard Day celebration.

The headline could easily be from a decade ago. But this time it is a proposal to build an apartment complex, not a grocery store, that has incited residents in the wealthy new urban enclave. The controversy could end before it even begins if the Middleton Common Council approves a resolution on Tuesday night that would effectively block Yahara Builders plan to construct a 35unit apartment building on the corner of Frank Lloyd Wright Avenue and Glacier Ridge Road. But while the districts former representative on the common council au-

thored the resolution, which would reiterate an existing deed restriction that limits development of the lot to civic purposes, Middleton Hills current representative, Ald. Susan West, who is also the council president, said she would like the see the proposal officially unveiled before shutting the door. West said her belief that the proposal, which has not yet been officially brought before elected officials, should go through the traditional process is not indicative of support for the apartments, however. Andy Lewis, who represented District 6 on the council before West, and who lives next to the proposed development, countered that Yahara Builders plan flies in the face of Mid-

District will outsource for substitute teachers

MCPASD?will work with

At the July 22 Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Board meeting, superintendent Don Johnson shared the districts decision to outsource for its substitute teachers. The district is turning to Teachers on Call, a Minnesota-based company with an office in Madison. This means the district will no longer employ substi-

MCPASD avoids millions in energy costs. Page 5


Saturday will mark the 22nd annual National Mustard Day. The festivities, which will take place in downtown Middleton at the intersection of Hubbard Avenue and Parmenter Street, will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This years event will raise funds See DEVELOPMENT, page 6 for the non-profit portion of the National Mustard Museum and Middleton-Cross Plains American Legion Post 245. [F]olks should come out and play the mustard games, eat a hot dog theyre free but donations are suggested - try Culvers frozen mustard custard with salted caramel ripTeachers on Call s Madison ple, get a temporary tattoo and more, said Patti Levenson, AKA tute teachers directly. Mrs. Mustard. Johnson indicated the change would Boulders Climbing Gym is bringbe revenue neutral in the short-term, ing a portable rock wall and will be with long-term potential savings. He contributing back to the fundraising said he believes the change will be benpot, as will Culvers and the sausage eficial to the district staff, teachers and company Klements. substitute teachers. Levenson said condiment fans When asked about Johnsons revwill also have the opportunity to enue neutral statement, Tabatha Gunmeet mustard makers and taste their drum, director of employee services, specialties in the Mustard MarketPlace. See SUBS, page 7

dleton Hills new urbanist philosophy. Lewis wrote the resolution that will be introduced by Ald. Hans Hilbert (Dist. 7) next week. Lewis said allowing the land to become an apartment complex, even if the building contains a room for some kind of public purpose, doesnt come close to meeting the civic use requirement contained in the current deed restriction. I was on the council when this deed restriction was written, said Lewis, and the specific intent was to keep this kind of thing from happening. I think they should be embarrassed by what theyre proposing, Lewis

by MaTT GEiGEr

Mustard Day returns

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The Oscar Meyer Wienermobile will return as well, and people can form teams and compete by posting photos of themselves with the vehicle via Instagram and Twitter, using the hashtag #BornToBun. We want to thank the City of Middleton, Middleton Parks & Public Lands, the Middleton Tourism Commission along with the downtown and other neighboring businesses for their tremendous support and assistance in producing our big yellow day, said Levenson. Of course, we couldnt do any of this without our dedicated staff and the many, many volunteers who work on National Mustard Day. Kerl-Endres-Brannon American Legion Post 245 serves the Cross Plains and Middleton communities. Together with veterans, auxiliaries and Sons of the American Legion, the group works to preserve the memories of wars and conflicts. The post is currently working to make sure its facilities are accessible for everyone who uses them. Saturdays proceeds will go toward the purchase an elevator that would allow aging and wounded veterans to more easily access the clubhouse.

Pool cue company moves headquarters. Page 13


Former MHS star had tumor removed. Page 14


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Interns buoy green group

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Growing Food and Sustainability, the environmental group founded by Middletons Gabrielle and Natalie Hinahara, is getting a boost this year from many hardworking interns from the University of Wisconsin, including Rita Chen, at right, seen here working in the garden at Clark Street Community School two weeks ago. Natalie Hinahara is pictured above, working alongside interns in the same garden.

On an end-of-school-year day at Middleton High School, when seniors traditionally wear a t-shirt trumpeting their next step, Val Doebley wore a shirt simply stating GAP. She is one of several recent MHS grads who wont be attending college, joining the military, or finding a job this fall. Instead, theyre doing something common to Europeans their age: taking a gap year. Doebley, 18, said when she first heard two years ago about hiking the Appalachian Trail in its entirety, called a thru-hike, she was hooked. For her, the question was when, not if. Taking a gap year seemed the best solution, she said. According to Doebley, the challenging thru-hike takes about six months. Last summer she practice hiked forty miles on the trail, whetting her appetite to finish the whole 2,180 miles. She was attracted to the can-do simple lifestyle, carrying everything she needed on her back, and looks forward to trying something extremely different, she said. [Last year] helped me feel confident Im making the right decision in taking a gap year, Doebley stated. To prepare for the trip, this fall she plans to attend a two-month Outward Bound program in Utah that will allow her to be certified as a Wilderness First Responder. She currently holds certification in Wilderness First Aid. Then shell work to earn money before starting her trek in March. I think having this certification would give me (and my parents and friends) a little more peace of mind while Im on the Appalachian Trail, Doebley concluded. Indeed, her mother, Korise Rasmusson, said people react one of two ways when they hear of her daughters daunting plan. Either wistfully, wishing theyd done something similar while young, or And youre ok with this? She thinks about it every day and has been preparing for over a year, Rasmusson said, adding that although shes worried, she can rely upon Doebleys extensive backpacking experience, research of the plan, mile-bymile guide, and meetings with those who have accomplished the feat. Shes young and healthy, enthusiastic and smart, and ready to challenge

Young women seek out adventure



by KaThEriNE PErrETh

herself in a less academic way, Rasmusson concluded. I cant help but think that the experience will give her direction and academic motivation once she returns. Doebley agrees. She figures there will be plenty of time for thinking while shes on the trail, and expects to gain knowledge about herself to aid her in focusing her college studies. She plans to be finished in time to attend Colorado State University fall of 2014, she said. CHILE AND FRANCE, AMERICORPS, AND KENYA

For three other young women, the attraction of a gap year includes service projects, both here and abroad. Katerina Stephan, 18, joked that shes relabeled her gap year a leap year. One of her goals is to become proficient in another language, her third. For two summers, Stephan spent several weeks in France with the MHS mini-exchange program, and called those experiences incredibly eyeopening. She credits them with piquing her interest in pursuing a gap year. During her senior year, MHS guidance counselor, Marcela Smith gave her information on over 100 ways to spend a gap year, she said. With the help of MHS staff, she customized her 2013-2014 year to fulfill her multiple goals. She plans to explore sustainable farming, hopefully in France the spring of 2014, she said, before attending Northeastern University in Boston next fall. But this fall, shell start in South America. Stephan will be living in Chile with a host family for one semester, in a program with Council on International Educational Exchange (CIEE). Doing so will enable her to accomplish two more of her goals: travel and exploring the field of education. (CIEE) gap years are centered around service learning and cultural immersion, she explained. Besides learning Spanish, shell be involved in several projects, including teaching English. The component of service learning drew her to the CIEE programs, she said, and shes looking forward to community work such as gardening, cooking at a youth shelter, See GaP, page 21

Val Doebley on the Appalachian Trail summer of 2012.

Photo by Korise Rasmusson




Staff at Clark Street Community School, the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Districts charter institution, have been hard at work this summer with a group of parents, students and community members to plan for the coming year, which will be the schools second. The collaborative planning process is an example of one of Clark Streets core principles: that learning should be self-directed with close supervision and support from educators and advisors, and that students have voice and choice and help shape their school environment and the ways in which they learn. There are still a few open spaces for the coming school year at Clark Street. Interested students and families can visit to learn more and fill out an application. Clockwise from top left: Student Emilie Zens speaks with teachers; teacher Vicki Shaffer and student Emily Thorson crack up while planning for the coming year; student Luke Laufenberg and teachers Debi Dennis and Mary Lee McKenzie work together.

Charter school prepares for year 2

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School district has avoided $2.4 million in energy costs





Neal Bickler, the Middleton-Cross Plains Area School Districts energy manager, shared results of the Utility Cost Avoidance program with the district board of education July 22. This program is a personnel-based energy savings initiative that includes such actions as organized planned power shutdowns of lights, HVAC equipment, and computers on non-use hours and days (e.g. evenings, weekends, breaks). Bickler estimates these efforts have saved the district $2.4 million in cost avoidance during the nine-year period in which the district spent $10,040,476 on energy-related utilities. Bickler indicated he had been educating new teachers about the program through the districts new teacher orientation program at a rate of about 60 teachers per year since its inception, so there are now approximately 500 teachers who have gone through the energy savings orientation. He hopes to integrate sustainability into the curriculum and get more students involved in saving energy. Bickler also shared that geothermal systems will be used to heat/cool two schools in the district. He said these systems wont require the use of backup boilers. Assistant superintendent CHURCH NOTES Tom

The July 22 meeting began with board recognition of MHS state soccer team participants who attended the meeting. It also included discussions of a teacher and principal evaluation pilot, the districts decision to outsource their substitute teacher program (see related article), and school enrollment projection updates. Superintendent Don Johnson described the districts upcoming participation in the pilot of the Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness Program, a comprehensive evaluation system for teachers and principals. The Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness program was commissioned by the Wisconsin Department of Instruction (DPI) and its use is legislated by Wisconsin Act 166 in 2011. The district was chosen as one of the 2013 pilot sites for the program, which will be implemented statewide in 2014. According to the Educator Effectiveness website (, The Wisconsin Educator Effectiveness (EE) System is a comprehensive, performance-based evaluation system for teachers and principals using multiple measures across two main areas: professional practice and student outcomes. The stated purpose of the system is to provide fair, valid, and reliable evaluation models statewide for teachers and principals that support continuous improvement of professional practice resulting in improved student learning. The various components of this program as well as the general process that will be used in the pilot were described See SChOOLBOarD, page 8

Wohlleber applauded these achievements and noted that this allows the district to spend more on instruction and other priorities instead of power. Wohlleber also thanked the school board for their support of the program and remarked that unless there is resource such as Bickler dedicated to this effort, the cost savings potential wont be realized.

The scene at The Little Gym in Middleton last week was pretty typical. Kids between the ages of four months and 12 years old were running, jumping and tumbling in a fun, structured environment designed to build self confidence and healthy lifestyles. Except that one of the people lined up to jump on an inflatable air track wasnt a kid; she was Middleton resident Dianne Hesselbein, a Democratic member of the Wisconsin State Assembly. Hesselbein spent time there as part of an ongoing tour of businesses in her district. Located at 1920 Cayuga St., The Little Gym is a learning and physical development center where progressively structured classes and a positive learning environment create opportunities for children to try new things and build self confidence through a range of programs including parent/child classes, gymnastics, karate, dance and sports skills development. In addition to the classes, The Little Gym of Middleton hosts camps, Parents Survival Nights and birthday parties. The business is owned by Bob and Cindy Joers, pictured at right speaking with Hesselbein during her visit. It is helpful to me as State Representative to visit and learn from district employers and employees about how best to help them contribute to our local economy, Hesselbein said. I also enjoy learning about the different options available to our community. After her visit, Hesselbein added that perhaps embattled state lawmakers could learn something from the fun, constructive atmosphere she encountered at The Little Gym. Wouldnt it be great if we did things a little more like that? she chuckled.

State lawmaker visits Little Gym

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Most City of Middleton buildings display signage instructing people who enter that weapons are not allowed. They were put up at the behest of the city council after the state began allowing concealed carry. The sign above, which was photographed on the inside of the door to the citys current public works department headquarters, shows a different take on the issue.

Sign on city building door shows a different perspective on concealed carry debate

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Tuesday, July 23 9:14 a.m. - Weapon violation, 6100 block of Century Ave. 11:02 a.m. - Weapon violation, 6100 block of Century Ave. 3:13 p.m. - Theft, 6800 block of

Monday, July 22 8:10 a.m. - Property damage, 6300 block of Lakeview Park 10:36 a.m. - Fraud, 6700 block of Spring Grove Ct. 2:02 p.m. - Domestic disturbance, 3400 block of Webber Rd. 2:12 p.m. - Animal bite, 1300 block of N. High Point Rd. 2:15 p.m. - Theft, 6200 block of Elmwood Ave. 3:32 p.m. - Theft, 6200 block of Elmwood Ave. 7:37 p.m. - Fraud, 6700 block of Century Ave.




Friday, July 26 2:51 p.m. - Accident, 8300 block of Greenway Blvd. 7:13 p.m. - Domestic disturbance, 1700 block of Middleton St.

Thursday, July 25 4:35 a.m. - Property damage, 7500 block of Graber Rd. 8:30 p.m. - Animal bite, 2800 block of Pleasant View Rd.

Wednesday, July 24 7:42 a.m. - Burglary, 6400 block of University Ave. 12:52 p.m. - Burglary, 3500 block of Salerno Ct. 6:52 p.m. - Theft, 3500 block of Salerno Ct.

Century Ave.

Saturday, July 27 12:08 a.m. - Domestic disturbance, 1700 block of N. High Point Rd. 4:56 p.m. - Property damage, 5800 block of Baskerville Walk. 6:01 p.m. - Accident, Airport Rd. & Deming Way. 6:26 p.m. - Fraud, 1200 block of Sweeney Dr. Sunday, July 28 11:35 a.m. - Property damage, 6700 block of Franklin Ave. 5:36 p.m. - Sexual assault, 7300 block of Donna Dr. 8:35 p.m. - Theft, 1800 block of Parmenter St. 8:47 p.m. - Theft, 1500 block of Middleton St. 11:06 p.m. - Domestic disturbance, 5400 block of Mathews Rd. continued from page 1

continued. Middleton Hills is no stranger to controversial developments. The Copps grocery store there was once at the center of a bitter dispute that divided many in the community. Once again, some people feel the development being proposed runs contrary to the philosophy that was supposed to make the Middleton Hills neighborhood unique. New urbanism was pushed by developers as an antidote to the car-dependent, segregated development that took place throughout much of the county over the past century. Proponents of new urbanism say neighborhoods should be diverse in use and population, that communities should be designed for the pedestrians and transit users as well as the car, and cities and towns should be shaped by physically defined and universally accessible public spaces and community institutions. According to the same principles, places should be framed by architecture and landscape design that celebrate local history, climate, ecology and building practices. Lewis said Middleton Hills, which was once touted as a poster child for the new urbanism movement, is straying from that mission.

Honestly, Middleton Hills has been little more than a seller of lots in recent years, he said. Its not just a neighborhood issue either, because this is supposed to be used for a civic purpose in other words it is supposed to be something that is open and accessible for everyone. This is a city issue. Lewis said the question isnt of whether the proposed apartments are well designed. Its about a deed restriction and the vision and intent of the neighborhood, he said. He called the resolution a legal way to remind future councils of the [deed restrictions] intent. Lewis was also critical of Wests refusal to introduce the resolution herself. West countered that she will vote with her constituents on the development proposal which could mean shell vote against the apartments - but she added that shed like to see the matter go through the traditional municipal review process first. Im not comfortable with this resolution because I want the city to review the proposal, and discuss it, and I want everyone to have a say, she said. Ive promised to vote with my constituents on this. West also disagreed with the asser-

tion that Middleton Hills has strayed from its guiding principles. A neighborhood is made up of the people in it, and the people in this neighborhood make it a success in my eyes, she stated. The resolution that will go before the common council cites the original General Implementation Plan (GIP) for Middleton Hills at length. The planning document indicates that the civic quality of the neighborhood will be equally as important as the residential and commercial uses. The GIP also says [t]here will be a strongly defined linkage between civic sites such as the proposed school site [which never came to fruition] and the surrounding neighborhoods, or the undetermined civic site and the proposed wetlands educational center [which also has not been developed]. But West also cited the GIP, which goes on to say: Although the specific civic programs have not been defined, the sites will be maintained as civic spaces until the appropriate uses are determined. Hilberts resolution claims that the developer has already converted 89 percent of the land originally intended for civic use into residential development. West disagrees with the figure,

but both sides concur that some of the lots that were initially slated for public use eventually became private developments. Lot No. 326 was originally to help fulfill the civic vision of the Middleton Hills GIP, but that land was instead developed residentially. As a condition of the change in use of civic lot 326, the Middleton Common Council required a deed restriction be placed on the remaining two small civic lots in Middleton Hills to prevent the developer from repeating the conversation of civic spaces to other uses. Middleton Hills consists of approximately 400 single-family homes, townhouses, apartments and live/work units, as well as a cluster of businesses. It was designed and master planned by Andres Duany and Elizabeth PlaterZyberk (DPZ), internationally known architects and community planners. The founder of Middleton Hills, Marshall Erdman, claimed the community would help achieve the goals of new urbanism. Hilberts resolution goes on to state that the developer has not fulfilled their obligation of providing civic uses to the neighborhood or city and has indicated that they are now interested in selling lot 80 to another developer who wishes to develop the site as

something other than as a civic use as outlined in the existing deed restriction. In a letter mailed to Middleton Hills residents in July, Robin Gates, President of the Middleton Hills Neighborhood Association, called for citizen input on the plan. The letter said Yahara Builders will hold a community meeting in late August to explain the details of its proposal, answer questions, and get community input. The meeting is slated to occur before Yahara submits a formal proposal to the city. The outcome of Tuesday nights common council meeting could alter those plans. Even without passage of the resolution, developing lot 80 would requires Yahara Builders to follow the normal review and approval processes required by the City of Middleton. The apartment project would require getting the Middleton Common Council to amend the deed for lot 80. The deed presently restricts site use to civic purposes such as a church, school, or community building. The neighborhood association plans to survey its membership on its support or opposition to the development.

EMS cost shift troubles Westport



by MiKE DrEw

Waunakee Area Emergency Medical Services (WAEMS) is currently embroiled in the middle of a quickly-escalating political battle between Dane County and the municipalities it covers over the insurance costs of its ambu-

The Cross Plains Wondermakers 4H club is helping out in the community once again. The club was awarded grant money at the beginning of the year to pay for filling jars with cookie ingredients. With the $250 they received, they were

4-H club delivers cookie jars to MOM

able to purchase 108 cookie jars, and all the ingredients for chocolate chip cookies. The members formed an assembly line and each member walked through, filling each jar with all of the necessary ingredients. Attached to each jar was the recipe, along with a 4-H clover sticker on the top of the jar. All the jars were delivered to the Middleton Outreach Ministry Food Pantry at the end of the week. Club president Sara Griswold, who organized the project, was shocked to hear from one of the directors of the food pantry that all the jars would be off the shelves by the next day. Anyone interested in joining the Wondermakers can come to a meeting, The club meets on the first Tuesday of every month. benefit eligibility to the district. Per ACA eligibility rules, ten substitute teachers would have qualified to receive district health benefits and 20 others were close to eligible, based on their hours worked last year. If a change to Teachers on Call were not made, this benefit eligibility change would potentially have cost the district upwards of $200,000 per year. As an employer, Teachers on Call must also follow the guidelines of the Affordable Care Act, but they employ teachers on an annual basis instead of a school year basis, which changes the eligibility formula. The third reason offered by Gundrum for the change was that the district would enjoy staffing efficiencies by having Teachers on Call run the districts substitute teacher program. Gundrum said other districts reported using approximately 90 percent less time managing the substitute teacher program after transitioning to Teachers on Call. Outsourcing frees up district employees to do other work. Gundum also indicated that districts that used Teachers on Call enjoyed close to 100 percent placement of substitutes, which is considerably better than the district was able to achieve. She indicated this was due to Teachers on Calls ongoing recruitment of substitute teachers beyond what the district is able to do and the fact that Teachers on Calls substitute teachers can work in several school districts. The districts substitute teachers compensation rate will be the same this year as last year and the district would set the compensation rate in the future as well. Gundrum indicated there were several benefits for substitute teachers from this arrangement, including: weekly instead of bi-weekly pay; benefit and IRA eligibility; and more customized substitute specific job training. She also indicated substitute teachers would be paid in full or halfday increments instead of hourly as they were by the district, which could result in their receiving more compensation for partial days than they would have earned if the district paid them. The process for existing teachers requesting a substitute teacher would be largely unchanged. The transition includes a change in technology from a CRS to an AESOP system but the user interface for requesting a substitute

lance vehicles and volunteers. WAEMS is a volunteer EMS that provides ambulance and emergency medical services to the towns of Dane, Springfield, Vienna, and Westport in addition to the Villages of Dane and Waunakee. It is an entirely volunteer EMS, and is currently comprised of approximately 60 trained volunteers. Until recent developments, Dane

County assisted the WAEMS with its general liability, auto liability, and workers compensation insurance costs, after signing a contract with the WAEMS in November of 2007. The Village of Waunakee received a notice of termination and intent to enter into a revised IGA as of the end of the year, signed by county executive Joseph Parisi, late in June of this year.

This termination and intended costtransfer has caused heated discussion at town and village boards throughout the area. My question is, commented Tom Wilson, town attorney and administrator for Westport, how can the county executive terminate a contract that was entered into by the county board without the authority of the county board to do it?

The July 14 Westport Town Board meeting was heavily focused on the issue, and while discussion on political strategies and legalities of preventing termination was fervent, the board took no official action on the subject. I would prefer to do this peacefully and amicably, concluded Westport town chairman John Van Dinter. But I do love a fight.

We always welcome new members, but enrollments for the new year arent turned in until September, said Griswold. Hope to see everyone at the fairs this summer!

explained there would be a slight increase of approximately $40,000 in the approximately $1.1 million substitute teacher budget this year, but that the district would offset that additional cost by not increasing clerical staff as was planned before the change was made. Gundrum said considerations other than cost savings were behind the change. She said the three key reasons are an IRS ruling on retiree eligibility; Affordable Care Act cost implications; and improved efficiencies to district staff. According to Gundrum, the IRS issued a new rule interpretation that impacted the districts ability to hire recently retired teachers. The district concluded that complying with the IRS rule interpretation would prevent them hiring teachers who had retired within the past three years as substitute teachers because these individuals would also be receiving a stipend from the district, which is not allowed under the new interpretation of the ruling. Recent teacher retirees frequently work as substitute teachers and are considered very valuable resources for the schools, so the district wanted to find a way around this. By working directly for Teachers on Call instead of the district, recent retirees are eligible to work as substitutes immediately. Gundrum said the upcoming rollout of The Affordable Care Act (ACA) would have impacted substitute teacher

Chris Bauman, Middleton Teachers Union President, indicated she had only recently been made aware of the change, but that did not surprise her since the Middleton Teachers Union does not represent substitute teachers. She did, however, share that teachers that planned to retire at the end of last year and who had recently retired were concerned about the rule interpretation that would have prevented them from being employed by the district. Bauman indicated, If using this third party vendor allows for those individuals to sub, that is a benefit to not only them, but to the current teachers. According to Gundrum, essentially every teacher who substituted for the district last year is pre-approved to be hired by Teachers on Call. Each individual would still need to complete a comprehensive employment application and clear background checks, but they would not need to be interviewed or evaluated for hire as would typically be done.

teacher is essentially the same. A few former district substitute teachers have expressed concerns about needing to complete a comprehensive application and/or needing to interface with new technology used by Teachers on Call. However, Gundrum has talked with several other districts who use Teachers no Call and believes the overall transition to the new system will go smoothly. The district staff is currently working to allow substitute teachers with Teachers on Call to access the districts teaching platforms as guest users instead of employees, and is confident they will have this change made by the time school starts in the fall. Those interested in applying to be substitute teachers or in learning more about teachers can go to

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at the meeting. Chris Bauman, Middleton Teachers Union president, indicated the MEA



had agreed to participate in the pilot as part of their contract negotiations and will also be participating in a joint

Assistant superintendent George Mavroulis said current total district student enrollment projections are 107 more than this time a year ago. Northside, Sunset Ridge, and Kromrey were the most under their projections, while the high school and Kromrey were the largest over their projections. The district will continue to monitor projections carefully to insure staffing resources are allocated where they are most needed. Marvoulis also presented enrollment projections for the Clark Street Community School, which is near its capacity but has a disproportionately large senior class. He said the projected enrollments for grades 9-11 are likely lower because they havent actively recruited middle school students. Given they are near capacity this year, this isnt viewed as an issue, but he believes they will likely need to provide some ongoing education so that the program is better understood by middle school students, parents and staff.

committee that will be working on the pilot implementation throughout the school year. I think that there are concerns anytime anything new is implemented because we just dont know what all of the ramifications and/or pitfalls will be, said Bauman. We hope to work in partnership with the district administration so that this new evaluation system works to benefit both teachers and our students,

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The county and Mounds Pet Food Warehouse are teaming up once again to help provide care for the animals that call Henry Vilas Zoo home, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced Monday. Back in May, Mounds Pet Food Warehouse staff and customers at all five store locations raised $20,000 for the Henry Vilas Zoos Animal Welfare Fund. The donation will be used to purchase new toys and enrichment materials to keep the zoos animals happy and healthy. The overwhelming community support we receive for the countys zoo has helped keep it one of the best zoos in the nation, said Parisi. With the continued support of great partners like Mounds Pet Food Warehouse we are providing free fun for families across the region, and a great home for our animal friends. During the promotion, Mounds stores held a competition between employees, complete with displays unique to each store. Mounds Middleton raised the most donations, and as a result of that hard work, will go on a behind the scenes tour of Henry Vilas Zoo. The Henry Vilas Zoo has been working with Mounds for several

Middleton Mounds raises most for zoo


years, collecting donated pet products that zoo staff uses to enhance the lives of the zoos residents. The first fundraising contest was in 2011 and resulted in a generous donation of $18,000 for the countys zoo. Mounds is always overwhelmed by the support and generosity of the community, said Heather Sullivan, Mounds marketing manager. It gives us a great sense of pride that we are part of a community that is always so willing to give back to animals in need. Zookeeper and enrichment coordinator Jennifer Zuehlke spoke about the Henry Vilas Zoos important relationship with Mounds, As a free zoo, we rely so much on the communitys support to keep our animals healthy both physically and mentally. These donations, and our continuing partnership with Mounds, is an incredible gift for us. Although this fundraising event is over, people can still purchase and donate animal toys and supplies or gift cards to the zoo through the Madison area Mounds stores. You can also donate directly to the zoos Animal Welfare Fund by visiting The Henry Vilas Zoo is one of only ten free zoos in the entire country, and See MOUNDS, page 21




As the Alderwoman representing the Middleton Hills area, I am writing about the proposed construction of a 35 unit apartment building on Lot 80 at the intersection of Frank Lloyd Wright Avenue and Glacier Ridge Road. In 2007, due to the efforts of my predecessor, Andy Lewis, the Common Council restricted this site to civic uses such as a private school, veterans associations or clubs, neighborhood center, branch library, conservatory, cultural center, religious center or church, neighborhood pool and similar but yet to be determined uses. I commend the Middleton Hills Neighborhood Association (MHNA)

West pledges to votes with constituents on development

To the editor,

Letters to the Editor


for informing the neighborhood of this issue in a recent letter (http://community/, their willingness to conduct a survey to assess support or opposition to the proposal and convey that information to the Common Council. I encourage everyone interested in this issue to attend the informational meeting hosted by Yahara Builders, ask questions, and arrive at an informed opinion as to how Lot 80 should be developed. Issues to consider are the effect on the retail area, the impact on adjacent property, lighting, parking and traffic issues, tax revenues for both the city and school district, compliance with architectural standards, agreements from the developer, etc. If it is decided that only a civic use is acceptable, an appropriate civic use must be identified as stated in the zoning regulations for this neighborhood. The various issues identified above would also apply to a civic use (except for architectural standards, as there are none regulating a civic use). Depending on the specific civic use, the annual

dues for the MHNA may also be affected. A civic use only requires Design Review by the Plan Commission with no requirement for a public hearing. I will make every effort to assure that there is also a process for public input about any potential civic uses. At the MHNA annual meeting, I stated that I will vote with the majority of my constituents on whether to amend the zoning regulations to allow construction of an apartment building. This letter is to reaffirm that pledge. The poll by the MHNA will be my guide. I would also ask that discussion of these issues be respectful of all involved and acknowledge that there is a public process for resolution of this issue. Susan West Alderwoman, District 6

The Middleton Public Librarys Summer Reading Program has once again been a huge success! Many community members come through our doors each day not only to check out books and other materials, but also to enjoy our events. This summer, weve hosted concerts by a variety of talented musicians, presentations by local authors, book clubs, a world-class yo-yo champion, and even a baby calf! Library visitors have had the chance to create sushi, catapults, tie-dyed t-shirts, and fleece pet blankets to donate to the Humane Society. Teens who attended our Speakeasy had the opportunity to travel back in time and spend an evening celebrating the 1920s. In addition, over 1500 readers of all ages have participated in our incentive programs, earning prizes for reading throughout the summer. Great, I thought. Now I couldnt even complain without sounding petulant. After all, my problems were decidedly of the First World variety essentially issues of discomfort. My wife and I headed to a hotel on the other side of the city. There, we relaxed by glaring at (but definitely not touching) some kind of ash tray/bed amalgamation in our room. Then we ate an alleged continental breakfast, which had been flown in from the little known continent of Starchica, which is populated entirely by melancholy, slightly lethargic people. Then we decided to head back to the airport to try our luck again. As I sat down in the back of our cab, I had no idea I was about to embark on the most terrifying ride of my life. Our driver fumbled with a large, yellowed Tupperware container as she drove. Then her cell phone rang. Its hard to interpret one side of a conversation when you cant hear the other interlocutor, so Ill just share what I heard on my end: Yup Cans My gall bladder is acting up again That was my husband. When she hung up, our driver redoubled her efforts to open the mysterious, jaundiced plastic container. After she ran a second red light, I reached forward and offered to open it for her. With my gall bladder functioning at 100 percent and no steering wheel to distract me, I was able to open the container in a few seconds. In retrospect it was a mistake. Inside the box sat a row of white hot dog buns, all of which contained what I really hope was baloney. These greyish, vaguely pink slices were doused in mayonnaise, and had clearly been left to fester in the hot vehicle for quite some time. the way. Having good turnover parking is critical to that goal, and our hope is that all Downtown business owners and employees will also seek more remote parking like the Terrace Avenue lot. Given the interest we all have in good health, walking an extra block or two will certainly help. Nonetheless, if a person has to drop something off,he/she can still park anywhere in the Downtown for 2 hours without getting a ticket. If one has a disabled parking sticker,he/she also has access

Thanks from the library

To the editor,

The Friends of the Middleton Public Library generously sponsor all of our events and the Summer Reading Program; we surely couldnt offer this robust program without the support of the Friends! Thank you to the Friends of the Middleton Public Library! We would also like to thank the following sponsors for their support of our Summer Reading Program: American Transmission Company; Atterbury, Kammer, & Haag, S.C.; Cave of the Mounds; Chocolate Shoppe Ice Cream; Crystal Cave; Daniel M. Soref Planetarium; The Free House Pub; Hubbard Avenue Diner; Madison Mallards; Menchies of Middleton Hills; Middleton Sport Bowl; Milwaukee Public Museum; Noodles and Company; Roman Candle Pizzeria; Schusters Playtime Farm; Scotts Pastry Shoppe; SwimWest; Walter R. Bauman Aquatic Center; Wisconsin State Parks and Forests. Amanda Struckmeyer, Head of Youth Services Middleton Public Library

My wife and I were recently on an airplane that experience hydraulic failure 30,000 feet above the icy North Atlantic Ocean. It wasnt even the most terrifying ride I took that day. It all started when, more than three hours into our flight from Chicago to Ireland, where we planned to begin our vacation, the pilot got on the intercom. Uuuggh, I hope youre all settling in nicely, he said. It appears some of our hydraulics arent working and this aircraft isnt fit to take across the Atlantic. Were going to have to turn around and take you back to Chicago. Then, to our dismay, the little digital picture of an airplane that had been tracking our progress on all the cabins tiny screens pulled an actual, slightly illegal looking U-turn. Oh, by the way, the captain added. This plane has, like, a million backup systems, so theres nothing to worry about. A lack of attention to detail is okay in many professions. In an abstract

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painter, for instance, or a community newspaper editor. Yet I find it troubling in an airline pilot. I kept waiting for him to get back on the speaker and add: Seriously. Dont worry. Were, like, a million miles above the ground. I also didnt understand why plummeting many miles into the ocean would be any worse than falling to our deaths in, say, Buffalo, New York, on our way back to Chicago. While the former would certainly be cold, wet, and scary, the latter would combine the unfathomable horror of nonexistence with a trip to Buffalo, which is only marginally better. For the next three hours, something beneath us something cold, metal and broken made a perpetual screeching sound. As we approached OHair International Airport, our trusty captains voice returned. Okay everyone, theyve set aside the longest runway for us, he said, his voice crackling like that of a radio personality from the 1920s. Its a thousand miles long. I looked out the window and saw a tarmac teaming with flashing lights. Police were there to keep the peace while medics hauled away our corpses and firefighters put out the fiery wreckage of the plane, I reasoned. Death will come whenever it chooses and you generally dont have

much say in the matter. (Its a lot like your local newspaper that way.) But to spend my last six hours of life sitting in a chair designed for a person 80 pounds lighter than me, digesting a terrible meal that was produced in a kitchen run by sadists, would be a terrible end to what had been a pretty good life. I wont even talk about the in-flight movie, except to say that Billy Crystals Botox-infused face is not the last thing I want to see before I leave this earth. As you probably guessed due to the fact that I was able to write this column, we landed uneventfully to the sound of hearty clapping. We were then towed to the gate, which was not even close to being a thousand miles away. Inside the airport at 4 a.m., we learned we would have to book a new flight and try again in several hours. The thing that kept me going the thing to which I clung with mad desire was my indignation. Until it was stolen by a large Indian family sitting on the floor to my right. And by a young American woman to my left. You see, I was travelling to Ireland in order to drink slightly blacker beer in a slightly greener setting. I was supposed to be in a pub in Dublin by now! I grumbled to my wife. This is the worst day of my life. The family to my right glanced up, the father replying: We are supposed to be attending my sisters wedding, but it appears we wont make the connecting flight. In his arms he cradled a tiny baby that was bawling in the same manner I was. Im going to miss my connection too, said the young women to my left. And Im supposed to be building an orphanage in Ghana tomorrow. parking enforcement a priority. Mark has done a good job of making it a priority, and his work andthe Citysfollow-up may help the City avoid an expensive new parking ramp ($4 million or more) and costly annual maintenance costs of about $100,000/year out of the Citys operating budget. In all of this, a primary goal is to provide visitors and customers with available parking to patronize our Downtown businesses and to seek City services without having to drive out of

I masked a gagging sound by pretending to cough, quickly handing the sandwiches to our driver. As she ate, I tried to converse with her. So, you must meet a lot of interesting people while driving a cab in this city, I said. Right? Not really, she grunted. I met one. He was a golfer. I didnt like him. Stuck as I was at a conversational impass, I glanced out the window and stared at all the cars were about to hit. Our driver was unable to remember the exact result produced by pressing each of the cars two pedals. The result was that, every time we needed to accelerate or come to a stop, there was a 50 percent chance she would slam down on the wrong one with her foot. After a moment in which we were either hurtling toward stopped traffic or grinding to a halt in the fast lane, she would realize the problem and switch pedals. The steering wheel was similarly enigmatic for our driver. She seemed to believe it worked on some kind of mysterious, inverted axis. The result being every left turn was a little panicky, preceded as it was by a very hard jerk to the right. Her sandwiches consumed, she settled in and focused all of her energy on driving with the kind of energy a fly has when it comes up against a glass window. I figured another polite attempt at conversation was worth a shot. Do you have any idea how much further it is? I queried. Yeah, she said through a ferocious burp. Its seven more miles exactly. I glanced over at my wife, who had terror in her eyes. I smiled and mouthed the words: Were going to be fine. for those spaces in the City lot by the Senior Center and in the space in front of the City Recreation Department at City Hall. Im asking our own City employees, in addition to other Downtown employees and business owners,to support these efforts. Downtown employees can do so by parking in the Terrace Avenue (non-restricted) lot, or by parking on the street outside of the See DaViS, page 21

Earlier this summer, after the parking study commissioned by the city council indicated the lack of enforcement (no surprise) was the primary rea-

son for the lack of parking at peak times in the Downtown area, I asked Mark Walther, the Citys Community Services Director, to make Downtown


Biking or walking to Pleasant View Golf Course just got a whole lot safer. A key missing link in Middletons South Fork Trail was completed on July 19, marking the first time that bicyclists and pedestrians can travel between Greenway Center, including Greenway Station, and the golf course property without having to use Pleasant View Road. Prior to the linkage, trail users could only travel along the South Fork of Pheasant Branch Creek to Greenway Boulevard next to Raven Software. Starting in early August, the city will initiate a project to complete the oneblock gap in the South Fork Trail between Terrace Avenue (near Esser Pond) and University Avenue/ Highway 14. Upon completion of this final missing link in October, bicyclists and pedestrians will be able to travel entirely via trails between northeast Middleton (Orchid Heights Park) and Pleasant View Golf Course, a distance of more than five miles.

New trail link connects Greenway with golf course

scape, and how the surveys affect the perception of landscapes today. Other activities include a hike and tour of Indian mounds led by Amy Rosebrough, assistant state archaeologist, and childrens art projects conducted by the Middleton Public Library. The event is co-sponsored by REI and Dane County Parks. It will be held in the northern portion of the Conservancy at the site of a new gathering place currently being restored. Beverages, snacks and sweets are available. There is no charge for the event, but goodwill offerings to the Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy are greatly appreciated. More details, including directions and parking, are available on



The Friends of Pheasant Branch Conservancy is hosting its annual summer event on Friday from 5-8 p.m. A Summer Evening in the Conservancy features storytelling by renowned Surley Surveyor Rob Nurre. Nurre will present an interesting interpretive program about original land surveys, the pre-settlement land-

Conservancy event Friday

The Middleton Police Departments National Night Out will take place Wednesday, August 7 at Lakeview Park. The event will run from 5:307:30 p.m. National Night Out is an opportunity for communities nationwide to promote police-community partnerships, crime prevention and neighborhood camaraderie. This years festivities will include free food, door prizes, DJ, childrens games/activities, VIP dunk tank and participation by our Fire Department, EMS, Police Department and other local law enforcement agencies including K-9 and mounted horse patrols. Med-Flight and DEA and Air-one helicopters have also been invited. Citizens will be able to tour the squad cars, fire apparatus and ambulance and have a chance to meet and talk to Officers, Paramedics and Firefighters. Hope to see you there! said Community Awareness Officer Jill Tutaj.

Police to host Night Out

All Middleton residents currently have an opportunity to provide their input on local government. The citys 2013 citizen satisfaction survey is available now at The Middleton Common Council will review the surveys results during this years budget process. Throughout the summer residents, visitors, people who work in Middleton, business owners and property owners will be able to take the survey online (or by paper copy). Paper copies will be available at the Library, Senior Center, Tourism Department, City Hall, Police Department and Middleton Chamber of Commerce. The deadline for survey submittals online is Sunday, August 25.For paper copies, they will need to be submitted no later than Friday, August 23.

Still time to fill out city survey



Join the Middleton Public Library on Thursday, Aug. 22 at 7 p.m. for an introduction to Zinio, the librarys newest online resource. With Zinio, you can download current issues of over four dozen magazines to read on your computer or mobile device. Library staff will walk you through setting up an account, downloading the app, and checking out magazines. For more information or to register for this class, email or call 608-827-7403.

Library to teach Zinio

Hundreds of motorcyclists will ride together in Middleton on Sunday to raise money for research of pediatric brain tumors, which are the deadliest type of childhood cancer. The leisurely ride is escorted by local and state police. The grand finale features interviews with local childhood brain tumor survivors and award presentations to top fundraisers. Participants receive special Ride for Kids premiums and are eligible for a drawing that includes a new Honda motorcycle. They also enjoy free beverages, breakfast pastries and a light lunch. Proceeds benefit medical research grants and family support programs at the Pediatric Brain Tumor Foundation (PBTF). Motorcyclists have helped the PBTF raise more than $67 million to find the cause of and cure for childhood brain tumors. Research supported by the PBTF has led to treatments that are extending the lives of children afflicted with brain tumors. Registration starts at 8 a.m. and closes at 9:30 a.m. The ride leaves at 10 a.m. sharp, rain or shine, from Firemens Park on Lee Street, next to Middleton High School. For more information, visit or call 800-253-6530.

Ride for Kids set for Sunday

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CHICKEN BROCHETTES The sauce is a pungent addition to these brochettes. Served with any type of rice, it is well worth the effort. 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts

Otherwise known in households across America as: skewers, shish kebabs, satay, or brochettes, kebabs have become a very popular Western Food over the last few decades. Kebabs originated in the Middle East and later on were adopted in the Balkans, the Caucasus, other parts of Europe, and are now found worldwide. Kebab refers food being cooked on a stick. Just about everyone has eaten a kebab at one time or another in his or her lifetime. Kebabs are skewered meats and vegetables cooked over a hot flame on a grill. They are the ultimate cookout food. The beauty of a kebab is that almost anything goes. Combine your favorite meats and vegetables, marinate with your favorite home made or store bought marinade and grill to perfection. The result will be a vibrantly colorful and delectably flavorful array of grilled kebabs, brochettes, skewers or whatever you wish to call them.


Cut each chicken breast into eight cubes. Cut red pepper into 12 rough squares. Remove and discard mushroom stems. Halve then cut onion into large pieces to match the red pepper. Thread chicken, red pepper, mushroom and onion alternately on skewers and place in a shallow glass dish. Mix together corn oil, soy sauce and lemon juice. Pour over brochettes and baste well. Cover and refrigerate for at least 1 hour, or preferably overnight. Bring a saucepan of water to a boil and score a cross on top of each tomato. Plunge tomatoes into boiling water for 10 seconds, and then transfer to a bowl of cold water. Peel the skin away from the cross. Quarter, seed,

1 large red sweet pepper, halved and seeded 12 button mushrooms 1 onion 3/4-cup corn oil 1/3-cup soy sauce Juice of 1 lemon 2 tomatoes 1 onion, chopped 1/3 cup white wine vinegar 2 cups chicken stock 1-teaspoon fresh thyme 10-12 inch long wooden or metal skewers

and then coarsely dice tomatoes. Lift brochettes from marinade, reserving the liquid. Grill 4 minutes on each side or until chicken juices run clear. Transfer to a serving plate, cover and keep warm in the oven while you make the sauce. Over medium heat, brown onions in a little butter until lightly colored. Add vinegar and stir until reduced by half.

Skewered meats and vegetables cooked over a hot flame on a grill, kebabs are the ultimate cookout food. Add reserved marinade and cook for 2 minutes. Add stock and cook on medium high for another 10-15 minutes, or until reduced to syrup. Stir in tomatoes, thyme and season to taste.

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COOKS TIP: Brochettes may be prepared the day before and kept in the refrigerator overnight. Simply heat up the next day.

2 Pounds assorted sausages such as Kielbasa, Bratwurst, or Spicy Italian, cut into 2 inch slices See KEBaBS, page 21






Sperry Van Ness, one of the nations largest commercial real estate investment brokerage firms, has announced that Jeff Jansen, CCIM of the Madison, WI office has completed the lease of 1,761 SF of retail space in Cayuga Ct, Middleton, to Z. Bella Boutique. Z. Bella Boutique, a new retail business, is scheduled to open in September of 2013 and is a boutique aimed at women size 12 and up plus accessories for any woman. Visit for more information. Jeff Jansen represented the both the landlord and the tenant. Founded in 1987, Sperry Van Ness is one of the largest and fastest-growing commercial real estate brokerage firms in the industry, with more than 990 advisors in over 150 locations; the Madison office is locally owned. Sperry Van Ness delivers results for clients through a proven business model that immediately markets every one of its clients properties to the entire brokerage community as well as its own investor data base. Based in Irvine, Calif., the firm operates internationally and provides brokerage, tenant representation, consultation, asset management, property management, leasing, accelerated marketing, and auction services. Sperry Van Ness represents clients in billions of dollars annually in office, multifamily, retail, industrial, self-storage, hospitality and land transactions.

New boutique will offer sizes 12 and up



Viking Cue Manufacturing, LLC announced last week that it is moving its office and manufacturing operations to 2228 Pleasant View Road in Middleton. A company press release said the new state-of-the-art facility will demonstrate Viking Cues values, vision and commitment to innovation, quality and craftsmanship. In 2010, the U.S manufacturer of billiards cues closed its doors after 45 years as one of the leading cue designers and manufacturers in the industry; some thought that was the end of the company. Demand had slowed and imports from China had pushed down both the price of cues and the margins. Many saw this as the end of an era for the company started in Gordon Harts basement in Stoughton. Viking was revived in May of 2011 when Middleton resident Mark Larson visited the unique business at the insistence of his friend Rick Rolli, head of production at Viking for 27 years. Now the iconic company is back and growing and ready for the next chapter after once again taking its place as a leader in product innovation and personalized customer service in the close-knit billiards industry. Since reopening in 2011, we have received extremely positive feedback on our new breed of performance shafts and cues. said Mark Larson, president of Viking Cue. Whether you are a fan of our Viking eXactShot shaft with its black sightlines and hybrid construction or prefer the traditional look and solid feel from our playertested ViKORE performance shafts, this company will remain to be a company that is built around our artisans and the art of handcrafting cues Vikings old facility was built long before anyone had heard of lean man-

Viking Cue is coming to Middleton

ufacturing, Ethernet cabling and ergonomics. We needed a facility that will blend the new company culture that is growing here with the legendary craftsmanship that was born long ago By September, the new Viking Cue headquarters will be home to more than 20 employees including office and manufacturing staff. The energy-efficient, contemporary designed building features large offices that surround a spacious lobby with vaulted ceilings and domed skylights. The office and manufacturing areas use natural and LED lighting throughout, cultivating a more lively and collaborative working environment. Marketing and customer service teams will have new tools and technologies that will keep retailers informed and at the forefront in every decision making process. Our design teams will have new workflows and prototyping capabilities to enhance new product designs. All this will strengthen our abilities as a manufacturer, enrich the way we work, and amplify the ways we listen to our customers and retailers. Viking cues and performance shafts are sold worldwide through authorized retailers and start at $199 manufacturer suggested retail price. The new Viking Cue building in the Good Neighbor City.

Creative Soren, a growing leader in design, development and strategy for both web and mobile applications, held a ribbon cutting and open house at its 8383 Greenway Boulevard office on July 23. Pictured from left to right at the event are chamber ambassador Deana Porter of Regus Management; Middleton Mayor Kurt Sonnentag; Creative Soren co-founder Christian Carnahan; Van Nutt, chamber of commerce board president; Randy Krantz of Neckerman Insurance; chamber ambassador Annie Thym of American Printing. Creative Soren has offices in Seattle, Honolulu, Singapore and Middleton.

A Creative ribbon cutting

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The second season awaits

Middleton hosts Cross Plains in HTL playoffs
by rOB rEiSChEL




The Home Talent League playoffs are always an unpredictable affair. Black Earth barely snuck into the postseason in 2012 and came within one game of winning the championship. When Middleton reached the Final Four in 2008, it had just the third-best record in the Northern Section. So with the postseason set to begin Sunday, Middleton manager Brandon Hellenbrand isnt looking back. Hes looking forward. And with Middleton set to host Cross Plains at 1 p.m., Hellenbrand likes what he sees. This is the start of a second season, Hellenbrand said. Anything can happen now and I feel very confident in our team and am excited to see what we can do. Middleton closed the regular season with a 6-4 win over Montello Saturday. Middleton finished the regular season with a 12-4 record and closed with a four-game winning streak. Middleton lost a tie-breaker to Black Earth (12-4) in the East Division and earned the No. 3 seed in the postseason. This marks the first year the East and West are seeded together inside the Northern Section. West Division champion Sauk Prairie (13-3) is the top seed, followed by Black Earth, Middleton, Reedsburg (12-4), Ashton (11-5), Cross Plains (10-6), Cazenovia (6-10) and Richland Center (6-10). Heading into the playoffs, I feel See hTL, page 19

Brandon Scheidler and Middletons Home Talent League team begins the postseason Sunday when it hosts Cross Plains at 1 p.m.

Former MHS standout Dean had a tumor on her ovary

by rOB rEiSChEL

Dodging a bullet

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Former Middleton High School standout Darcy Dean found out in June that she had a tumor on her ovary.

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Darcy Deans head was spinning. Middleton High Schools Female Athlete of the Year was vacationing with her family in late-June when her doctors office called. When the nurse told Dean what was going on, she was so distraught she handed the

phone to her sister, Diana. All I heard was the word tumor, Dean said. I couldn't believe it. Who could? The 18-year old Dean is in the physical prime of her life. She just completed sensational seasons in cross country, basketball and track and field. And now, Dean learned she had a tumor on her ovary. I was just in shock, Dean said. This story has a happy ending, though. Dean had surgery June 26 and doctors discovered the tumor which was the size of 2 grapefruits was benign. Dean is slowly recovSee hTL, page 19

The Middleton Gators capped an undefeated dual meet season with a 579.5-497.5 win at Parkcrest last Saturday. Ryanne Woodall, Erin Gonter, Ella Graf, Miles Worledge, Nate Lamers and Anna Landgraf each won two events for the Gators. In the girls 8-and-under events, Woodall, Olivia Bergstrom and Krista Lederer swept the 25-meter freestyle. Woodall also won the 25meter backstroke, while Bergstrom took second and Bailey Flock was third. Gonter, Bailey Flock and Sammi Kubsh swept the 25-meter breaststroke. Natalie Charles won the 25-meter butterfly, while Emma Chandler was second. Gonter won the 100 meter IM, while Kubsh was second and Charles wasthird. The Gators A relay team also won the 100-meter medley and freestyle relays. In the boys 8-and-under events, Ben Keith and Jack Alexander were second and third, respectively, in the 25-meter freestyle. Matthew Golden was third in the 25-meter backstroke. Keith also won the 25-meter breaststroke, while Jack Madigan was third in the 25-meter butterfly and won the 100-meter IM. The Gators A relay team was second in the medley and freestyle relays. In the girls 9-10 events, Ella Graf won the 50-meter freestyle, while Hailey Barrett was third. Melanie Golden won the 100-meter IM and Emma Pinder won the 50-meter breaststroke. Graf also won the 50meter butterfly, while Molly Haag was second. The Gators A relay team won the medley and freestyle relays. In the boys 9-10 events, Nate Lamers won the 50-meter freestyle and John Kaney took second in the 100-meter IM. Kaney and Peter Hoferle were second and third, respectively, in the 50-meter breaststroke. Lamers also won the 50meter butterfly, while the Gators A relay team won the medley and freestyle relays. In the girls 11-12 events, Grace Madigan won the 50-meter freestyle, while Julia Carey was second. Alexis Barrett won the 50-meter backstroke,

Gators cap unbeaten season



The Middleton Gators will host the All-City Swim meet from Thursday through Saturday. Nearly 2,000 swimmers ranging in age from 4 years old to recent high school graduates, will descend upon Middletons Walter R. Bauman Aquatic Center to compete in this years All-City Swim Meet. There are 13 teams from around the Madison area set to compete in this years event a competition that has grown to be one of the largest outdoor amateur athletic events in the country. A festival like atmosphere will permeate the grounds during the three days of the meet.There will be a Tent City housing all the teams, concessions, face painting and a photo booth to capture memories. This event began in 1962 when Tom Knoche, pool director at Hill Farm, had the idea to invite the four other local pools Maple Bluff, Ridgewood, Shorewood and West Side to one giant meet where they would compete against one another. Although a city-wide swim meet had been in existence at Lake Monona for a number of years, the 1962 swim meet is considered the first of what is now recognized as the All-City Swim Meet. From 1962-64, this half-day meet was attended by fewer than 150 swimmers. All children under 14 years while Ani Graf and Sarah Wood were second and third in the 50-meter breaststroke. Sitori Tanin was third the 50-meter butterfly, while the Gators A relay teams won the medley relay and was second in the freestyle relay. In the boys 11-12 events, Miles Worledge won the 50-meter freestyle, while Nic Draves was second. Worledge, Draves and Max Peterson swept the 50-meter backstroke. Noah Williams and Adam Hanson were second and third in the 100-meter IM. Max Newcomer was second in the 50-meter breaststroke, while Wlliams also won the 50-meter butterfly. The Gators A relay teams won the medley relay and was second in the freestyle relay. Caroline Hippen won the girls 1314 100-meter freestyle event, while Jordan Winkler taking third. Margaret McGill won the 100-meter backstroke, while Victoria Lin and Hippen were second and third in the 100-meter IM. McGill also took second in the 100-meter breaststroke, while Lin also won the 50-meter but-

Middleton to host All-City Meet

of age swam only 25 yards/meters in each event and girls did not swim the butterfly. Throughout the next four decades, more teams were added: Monona (1964), Parkcrest (1968), Nakoma (1973), Middleton (1986), Cherokee (1987), High Point (1994), Seminole (1994) and Hawks Landing (2006). Cherokee left the league in 2006 and the Goodman Pool joined the league in 2011. The All-City Swim Meet Team Champion is not the only crown up for grabs. There is also a competition between all the teams to see who can raise the most meals per swimmer for their local food pantry. Each Team raises money/collects food throughout the season, which is turned over to Second Harvest Food Bank in the name of the teams chosen charity. The winner is announced on Championship Saturday and is almost as highly sought after as the overall championship is. Last years collaborative effort yielded over 180,000 meals for local food pantries. The Middleton Swim and Dive Team is proud to continue this tradition at the 2013 meet. Dozens of volunteers have been planning and preparing to welcome Madisons rich and vibrant swim community. The anticipation of close to 2,000 swimmers in the pool and 1,000 spectators is always exciting. Slater won the 200-meter IM and Madeline Bielski was second. Mack won the 100-meter breaststroke and Slater was second. Landgraf also won the 100-meter butterfly and Prestigiacomo was second. The Gators A relay teams also won the medley and freestyle relays. Nick Lund took second in the boys 15-18 100-meter freestyle. Zack Parkin won the 100-meter backstroke and Cooper Green was third. Rory Slattery took third in the 200-meter IM and was third in the 100-meter breaststroke. Parkin also took second in the 100-meter butterfly and the Gators A relay team was second in the medley and freestyle relays.

terfly. The Gators A relay teams won the medley and freestyle relays. In the boys 13-14 events, Evan Birschbach took second in the 100meter freestyle and Gunnar Kunsch was third. Kunsch also was third in the 100 meter backstroke. Harrison Bielski was second in the 100 meter IM, while Luke Delaney was third. Isaac Hanson and Evan Birschbach were second and third in the 100meter breaststroke, while Bielski also won the 50-meter butterfly and Delaney was second. The Gators A relay team won the medley and freestyle relays. In the girls 15-18 events, Anna Landgraf, Paige Prestigiacomo, and Olivia Kossel swept the 100-meter freestyle. Emily Tiedemann won the 100-meter backstroke, while Madeleine Mack took second. Ellie


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Aug. 29 Sept. 7 Sept. 13 Sept. 19 Oct. 3 Oct. 10 Oct. 17

vs. Madison Memorial vs. Beloit Memorial at Janesville Parker vs. Madison East at Madison West vs. Verona at Sun Prairie vs. Janesville Craig at Madison La Follette vs. Beloit Memorial Purple at Janesville Parker Green vs. Madison East Purple vs. Madison West Blue at Sun Prairie Red vs. Janesville Craig Blue at Madison La Follette Red

4 p.m. 4 p.m. 9 a.m. 4 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 11 a.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 9 a.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 9 a.m. 8:30 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 9 a.m. 5 p.m. 9:30 a.m. Noon 9 a.m. 4:30 p.m.

Girls JV cross country

at Verona Invite at River Valley Invite Grade Level Challenge at Yahara at Janesville Craig Invite 5-team Challenge at Sun Prairie at Stoughton Invite Big Eight Conference Meet at Verona Invite Grade Level Challenge at Yahara at Janesville Craig Invite 5-team Challenge at Sun Prairie Big Eight Conference Meet

Girls varsity golf

Aug. 16 Aug. 19 Aug. 20 Aug. 22 Aug. 26 Aug. 29 Sept. 3 Sept. 4 Sept. 7 Sept. 9 Sept. 12 Sept. 14 Sept. 19 Sept. 23 Sept. 26

Freshman White football

Aug. 29 Sept. 7 Sept. 13 Sept. 19 Sept. 26 Oct. 3 Oct. 10 Oct. 17

Boys varsity cross country

Sept. 7 Sept. 14 Sept. 17 Sept. 28 Oct. 1 Oct. 5 Oct. 19 Sept. 7 Sept. 17

vs. Madison La Follette Gray at Janesville Parker Gold vs. Janesville Parker Gold vs. Verona White vs. Verona White at Sun Prairie White vs. Janesville Craig White at Madison La Follette Gray

Girls JV golf
Aug. 20 Aug. 22 Aug. 26 Aug. 27 Aug. 29 Sept. 3 Sept. 4 Sept. 12 Sept. 14 Sept. 16 Sept. 19 Sept. 24 Sept. 26

at Madison Edgewood Invite 9 a.m. at Homestead Invite 9 a.m. at Homestead Invite 8:30 a.m. Middleton Triangular 9 a.m. at Waunakee Invite 8:30 a.m. at Madison East Triangular 9 a.m. at Madison La Follette Triangular 2 p.m. at Milton Invite 1:30 p.m. at Middleton Invite 11:30 a.m. at Madison Edgewood Invite 1 p.m. at Madison West Triangular 2:30 p.m. at Janesville Parker Invite 7:30 a.m. vs. Janesville Craig 2:30 p.m. at Green Bay Notre Dame Invite 9 a.m. at Big Eight Conference meet at Evansville Golf Club, 9 a.m. vs. Janesville Parker and Janesville Craig 8 a.m. Middleton Triangular 9 a.m. at Sun Prairie Invite 9 a.m. at Janesville Scramble 9 a.m. at Madison East Triangular 9 a.m. at Madison La Follette Triangular 2 p.m. vs. Janesville Craig and Janesville Parker 4 p.m. at Madison West Triangular 2:30 p.m. vs. Madison Memorial 11:30 a.m. at Janesville Invite 2:30 p.m. vs. Janesville Craig 2:30 p.m. at Sun Prairie Scramble 2:30 p.m. at Big Eight Conference meet at Evansville Golf Club, 9 a.m.

Boys JV cross country

at Verona Invite at River Valley Invite Grade Level Challenge at Yahara at Janesville Craig Invite 5-team Challenge at Sun Prairie at Stoughton Invite Big Eight Conference Meet at Verona Invite Grade Level Challenge at Yahara


Boys varsity soccer

Aug. 27 Aug. 30 Aug. 31 Sept. 3 Sept. 6 Sept. 7 Sept. 10 Sept. 12 Sept. 14 Sept. 17 Sept. 19 Sept. 20 Sept. 21 Sept. 26 Oct. 1 Oct. 5 Oct. 8

Boys JV Red soccer

Aug. 29 Sept. 3 Sept. 7 Sept. 10 Sept. 12 Sept. 13 Sept. 14 Sept. 16 Sept. 17 Sept. 19 Sept. 20 Sept. 21 Sept. 24 Sept. 26 Oct. 1 Oct. 3 Oct. 5 Oct. 8 Oct. 10

vs. Madison Memorial vs. Hartland Arrowhead at Neenah Quad vs. Beloit Memorial at Kettle Moraine Quad at Kettle Moraine Quad at Janesville Parker vs. Madison East at Marquette at Madison West vs. Verona at Muskego Invite at Muskego Invite at Sun Prairie vs. Janesville Craig vs. Brookfield East at Madison La Follette


7 p.m. 5 p.m. 10 a.m. 7 p.m. TBD TBD 7 p.m. 7 p.m. Noon 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 5 p.m. 9 a.m. 7 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 11 a.m. 6:30 p.m.



Boys JV White soccer

Aug. 22 Sept. 7 Sept. 9 Sept. 14 Sept. 16 Sept. 19 Sept. 30

Oct. 10

vs. Madison West Gold



5 p.m. 5 p.m. 10 a.m. 5 p.m. 10 a.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 1 p.m. 5 p.m. 10 a.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 10 a.m. 5 p.m. 9 a.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 1 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 10 a.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 10 a.m. 9 a.m. Noon 9 a.m. TBD TBD 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 1 p.m. 9 a.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 4 p.m. 3 p.m. 9:30 a.m.

Girls varsity swimming

Aug. 30 Sept. 4 Sept. 12 Sept. 14 Sept. 20 Sept. 21 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 5 Oct. 11 Oct. 12 Oct. 18 Oct. 22 Nov. 2 Aug. 30 Sept. 4 Sept. 12 Sept. 20 Sept. 27 Oct. 4 Oct. 5 Oct. 11 Oct. 18 Oct. 22 Oct. 26

vs. Madison West Gold vs. Madison Memorial vs. Madison West Blue vs. Marquette vs. Madison West Gold vs. Verona vs. Madison West Blue

Boys JV White soccer

Sept. 9 Sept. 21 Sept. 24 Sept. 25 Oct. 4 Oct. 10

vs. Madison Memorial vs. Beloit Memorial at Brookfield East at Janesville Parker vs. Madison East Purple vs. Beaver Dam Invite vs. Beaver Dam Invite vs. Madison West Gold vs. Madison West Blue vs. Verona at Muskego Invite at Muskego Invite vs. Madison West Blue at Sun Prairie vs. Janesville Craig vs. Madison West Gold vs. Brookfield East at Madison La Follette vs. Madison Memorial vs. Verona vs. Waunakee vs. Madison Memorial vs. Madison West Blue vs. Madison West Blue vs. Madison West Gold

5 p.m. 5 p.m. 9:30 a.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. TBD TBD 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 10 a.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 11 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 9 a.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 11 a.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 4:30 p.m.

Girls JV swimming

vs. Beloit Memorial at Janesville Parker vs. Madison East at Brookfield East Invite at Madison West at Waukesha South Invite vs. Verona at Sun Prairie at Middleton Invite vs. Janesville Craig at Homestead Invite at Madison La Follette vs. Madison Memorial at Big Eight Conference Meet at Beloit vs. Beloit Memorial at Janesville Parker vs. Madison East at Madison West vs. Verona at Sun Prairie at Middleton Invite vs. Janesville Craig at Madison La Follette vs. Madison Memorial at Big Eight Conference Meet at Middleton at Hartland Arrowhead Invite at Madison West Invite at Madison West Invite at Eau Claire Memorial Invite at Eau Claire Memorial Invite vs. Madison Memorial vs. Beloit Memorial at Janesville Parker at Nicolet Invite at Nicolet Invite vs. Madison East at Madison West vs. Verona at Sun Prairie vs. Janesville Craig at Madison La Follette at Big Eight Conference Meet at Nielsen at Big Eight Conference Meet at Nielsen

Girls varsity tennis

Aug. 17 Aug. 23 Aug. 24 Aug. 26 Aug. 27 Aug. 28 Aug. 29 Sept. 3 Sept. 6 Sept. 7 Sept. 10 Sept. 12 Sept. 17 Sept. 19 Sept. 24 Sept. 26 Oct. 3 Oct. 4

Boys freshman Red soccer

Aug. 22 Aug. 29 Sept. 3 Sept. 7 Sept. 9 Sept. 10 Sept. 12 Sept. 17 Sept. 19 Sept. 26 Oct. 1 Oct. 8 vs. Madison West Blue vs. Madison Memorial vs. Beloit Memorial at Brookfield East at Verona at Janesville Parker vs. Madison East vs. Madison West Gold vs. Madison West Blue at Sun Prairie vs. Janesville Craig at Madison La Follette


Girls JV tennis
Aug. 21 Aug. 23 Aug. 24 Aug. 29 Sept. 3 Sept. 10 Sept. 12 Sept. 17 Sept. 19 Sept. 24 Sept. 26 Sept. 28

Girls varsity volleyball

Aug. 30 Aug. 31 Sept. 3 Sept. 10 Sept. 14 Sept. 17 Sept. 19 Sept. 21 Sept. 24 Sept. 26 Sept. 27 Sept. 28 Oct. 1 Oct. 3 Oct. 5 Oct. 8 Oct. 19

at Monroe Invite 9 a.m. at Madison Edgewood 9 a.m. at Madison Edgewood 9 a.m. Middleton White vs. Beloit Memorial 4 p.m. Middleton White at Janesville Parker 4 p.m. Middleton Red vs. Madison East 4 p.m. Middleton Red at Madison West 4 p.m. Middleton Red vs. Verona 4 p.m. Middleton White at Sun Prairie 4 p.m. Middleton White vs. Janesville Craig 4 p.m. Middleton Red at Madison La Follette 4 p.m. Big Eight Conference Meet at Madison La Follette, 8 a.m. at Homestead Invite at Homestead Invite vs. Madison Memorial vs. Beloit Memorial at Appleton West Invite at Janesville Parker vs. Madison East at Middleton Invite at Madison West vs. Verona at UW-Oshkosh Invite at UW-Oshkosh Invite at Sun Prairie vs. Janesville Craig at Menomonee Falls Invite at Madison La Follette Big Eight Conference meet at Beloit at Sun Prairie Triangular vs. Madison Memorial vs. Beloit Memorial at Janesville Parker vs. Madison East at Madison West vs. Verona at Sun Prairie vs. Janesville Craig at Madison La Follette at Madison La Follette Triangular at Madison West Triangular vs. Madison Memorial Green vs. Beloit Memorial Purple vs. Lodi at Janesville Parker vs. Madison East Purple at Madison West Blue vs. Verona Orange at Sun Prairie Red vs. Janesville Craig at Madison La Follette Red at Middleton Triangular Noon 9 a.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 9 a.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 8 a.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. TBD TBD 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 9 a.m. 6:30 p.m. 8 a.m. 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 9 a.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 4:30 p.m.




Girls freshman White volleyball

Sept. 3 Sept. 10 Sept. 14 Sept. 19 Sept. 24 Sept. 26 Oct. 1 Oct. 3 Oct. 8 Oct. 10 Oct. 15 Oct. 17

Oct. 15 Oct. 17

at Madison La Follette Triangular at Madison West Triangular



5:45 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 9 a.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 5:45 p.m. 4:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 9 a.m. 6:30 p.m. 9 a.m. 6:30 p.m. 9 a.m. 9 a.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 8:30 a.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m. 6:30 p.m.

Girls JV volleyball
Aug. 27 Sept. 3 Sept. 10 Sept. 17 Sept. 19 Sept. 24 Sept. 26 Oct. 1 Oct. 3 Oct. 8 Oct. 15 Oct. 17

Boys JV volleyball
Sept. 10 Sept. 12 Sept. 17 Sept. 21 Sept. 24 Sept. 28 Oct. 8 Oct. 10 Oct. 12 Oct. 15 Oct. 17 Oct. 22 Oct. 24 Oct. 26

Sept. 10 Sept. 12 Sept. 14 Sept. 17 Sept. 21 Sept. 24 Sept. 28 Oct. 5 Oct. 8 Oct. 10 Oct. 12 Oct. 15 Oct. 17 Oct. 22 Oct. 24

Boys varsity volleyball

vs. Madison Memorial White vs. Beloit Memorial vs. Lodi vs. Madison East Gold at Madison West Gold vs. Verona White at Sun Prairie White vs. Janesville Craig at Madison La Follette Gray at Middleton Triangular at Madison La Follette Triangular at Madison West Triangular

at Fort Atkinson vs. Madison Memorial at Racine Park vs. Beloit Memorial at Wauwatosa East vs. Madison La Follette at Kaukauna Invite at Middleton Invite at Beloit Memorial at Madison West at Whitefish Bay Invite at Madison Memorial vs. Madison East vs. Fort Atkinson at Madison La Follette

Girls freshman Red volleyball

Sept. 3 Sept. 10 Sept. 14 Sept. 17 Sept. 19 Sept. 24 Sept. 26 Oct. 1 Oct. 3 Oct. 8 Oct. 10

Boys freshman volleyball

Sept. 10 Sept. 21 Sept. 23 Oct. 7 Oct. 8 Oct. 10 Oct. 22

at Fort Atkinson 5 p.m. vs. Madison Memorial 5 p.m. vs. Beloit Memorial 5 p.m. at Burlington Invite 9 a.m. vs. Madison La Follette 5 p.m. at Kaukauna Invite 9 a.m. at Beloit Memorial 5 p.m. at Madison West 5 p.m. at Kettle Moraine Invite 9 a.m. at Madison Memorial 5 p.m. vs. Madison East 5 p.m. vs. Fort Atkinson 5 p.m. at Madison La Follette 5 p.m. at Big Eight Conference meet at Madison La Follette, 8 a.m. 5 p.m. 9 a.m. 5 p.m. 4:45 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m. 5 p.m.

at Fort Atkinson at Burlington Invite at Hartland Arrowhead Quad at Kettle Moraine Invite at Beloit Memorial at Madison West vs. Fort Atkinson


that we are in a very good position to make a run at the Final Four, Hellenbrand said. We know that playing in the North, anyone can beat anyone on any given day, so we need to make sure we bring our best baseball from here on out. We have been playing very good ball the last three weeks and thats right where you want to be. You always want to be playing your best ball at the end of the season. If we want to win the North, we cant take any plays off. We need to go hard after every ball, take every at-bat like its our last, and just play harder and smarter than everyone. Middleton won both games against Cross Plains this season, defeating the Businessmen, 3-0, on June 2 and 6-5 on July 4. But Cross Plains has been red hot of late, rolling off five straight wins since losing to Middleton four weeks ago. The players on both sides know each other well, and many have played together for years. So Sunday should be an extremely intense afternoon. Coming into Sunday, we know we have to play a perfect game to beat Cross Plains, Hellenbrand said. Cross Plains earned a No. 6 seed, but the way that they have been playing recently, they could have been right in the top two. Cross Plains is a young aggressive team. We need to make sure we are making the routine plays and not giving them extra outs. Middleton closed the year with a 64 victory over winless Montello (016). The game was tied, 4-4, but Middleton scratched across single runs in the seventh and ninth innings. Andrew Zimmerman led

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No. 8 Richland Center at No. 1 Sauk Prairie No. 7 Cazenovia at No. 2 Black Earth No. 6 Cross Plains at No. 3 Middleton No. 5 Ashton at No. 4 Reedsburg

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Northern Section Divisional round all games Sunday at 1 p.m.

Boys soccer practices Dance team summer clinic

Aug 11: Sectional semifinals, 1 p.m. Aug 18: Sectional finals, 1 p.m. Aug. 25-Sept. 8: Championship Series

Middleton High School boys soccer captains' practices are being held every Monday, Wednesday and Thursday at the Airport Road practice fields from 8-10 a.m. All potential players (incoming freshman through seniors) should attend as often as possible. Players are asked to bring a ball, shin guards and water.



Middleton going 3-for-5 with an RBI. Josh Hinson finished 2-for-5 with a double and two RBI and Mike Brabender also added two hits and a RBI. Eric Simon threw all nine innings for Middleton, didnt allow an earned run, struck out four and walked none. Once again, Eric threw a great game, Hellenbrand said. Every time we send him out there, we know that he is going to get strikes and keep us in the game. I'm really proud of the way he threw. Middleton scored all six of its runs with two outs. In the third inning, Hinsons twoout double scored Matt Brabender and Kevin Dubler. Zimmerman followed with a single to score Hinson. In the fifth, Middleton took a 4-0 lead when A.J. Redders walked with the bases loaded to score Dubler. Montello scored four unearned runs in the sixth when Middleton committed four errors. But Middleton answered right back. In the seventh, Zimmerman singled

and stole second with two outs. Mike Brabender followed with a single that scored Zimmerman and proved to be the game-winning RBI. Then in the ninth, Middleton added an insurance run when Cole Cooks two-out single plated Zimmerman. With this being the last game of the regular season, we really wanted to get a win before heading into playoffs, Hellenbrand said. We came out and played strong. We had one bad inning defensively. Other than that, we really played a good all around game. Cross Plains 5, Ashton 3 The Businessmen notched their fifth straight win by topping visiting Ashton Sunday. Brian Lochner led the way with his bat and his glove. The former Middleton High School standout allowed just two earned runs in seven innings. Lochner also had two RBI. Kenny Allen didnt allow a hit in the final two innings and notched the save.

The Middleton Dance Team will be holding a summer clinic Aug. 12, 14 and 16 from 1-4 p.m. at Middleton High Schools Small Gym. Anyone interested in dance and will be going into grades 5-8 is invited to participate. Each dancer will have an opportunity to try out for pom, jazz, and hip-hop. Dancers will perform the routines they learn throughout the week on August 16 at 4 p.m. in a mini-recital for their friends and family. The cost of the clinic is $75 per dancer and $50 for every additional dancer in each family. To sign up or questions, email MHS dance team coach Jackie Jaucian at

Golf scores

MWGA Flight A Low Gross: Diane Wirkas, 44 Low Net: Phyllis Bennett, 33 Play of the Day: Bernie Rongstad, 30 Flight B Low Gross: Kim Storch, 50 Low Net: Kim Storch, 32 Play of the Day: Kim Storch, 35

Flight C Low Gross: Connie Brachman, 60 Low Net: Kathy Dudgeion, 30 Play of the Day: Connie Brachman and Mary Ellen Ripp , 43 Parkcrest Flight A: Susan Hyland, 46 Flight B: Judy Conne, 60 Flight C: Evie Young, 55


ering and recently re-started her summer job of lifeguarding at Bishops Bay Country Club. Dean also still plans to compete on the track team at St. Thomas (Minn.) next season, where shes expected to be a heptathlete. I guess Im pretty lucky, Dean said. It couldnt have happened at a better time because Im not in the middle of a season. Im just glad its behind me. Dean began having back pains during basketball season, but didn't think much of it. When the pain lingered into the track and field season this spring, Dean became more concerned. She was sleeping on the floor each night because her mattress was simply too soft. And when Dean tried the long jump at the Big Eight Conference meet, the pain was intense. But Dean never stopped competing. Her season was going too well, and Middleton was also in the midst of a terrific year. At the WIAA Division 1 state meet, Dean led the Cardinals 1,600meter relay team to a third place finish and the 3,200-meter relay team to a fourth place showing. When the season was over, though, Dean told her teammates, I cant wait to go in and find out whats wrong with me. At first, Deans doctor thought there was a calcium build-up on her vertebrae and ordered an X-ray. Thats when Dean learned she had

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what was called a teratoma tumor that measured 13 cm x 9 cm x 9 cm. Dean had a 3 -hour surgery less than a week later, and quickly got the good news that the tumor was benign. I am extremely lucky that this was found when it was and the timing, really, could not have been any better, Dean said. I am 2.5 pounds lighter and very curious to see how fast I can run now that this monster is out of me! In retrospect, its remarkable Dean what she did during a terrific senior season.

Dean was a key cog in Middletons cross country team that finished fourth at state. Dean helped the girls basketball team go 12-6 in the Big Eight Conference and 15-9 overall. Then Dean had a memorable track and field season to cap off her sensational MHS career. To learn later she did it was a giant tumor inside her borders on remarkable. Im just so glad its over and that its all behind me, Dean said. Its just great to feel good again.

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Preheat a gas or charcoal grill. Thread sausages, red and green bell

In a heavy medium saucepan, bring water to a boil. Stir polenta and salt into the water, lower heat to mediumlow and simmer, covered, stirring from time to time. Cook until polenta is cooked through and thickens, about 2025 minutes. Remove pan from heat and stir in cheese and jalapenos until smooth. Pour polenta into a lightly oiled shallow baking dish. Cover tightly with plastic wrap and refrigerate until firm, at least 6 hours, and up to 2 days in advance. Run a knife around edge of baking dish and unmold polenta onto a cutting board. Cut into 3inch by 3-inch squares and keep cool, wrapped until ready to grill.

2 red bell peppers cut into 1-inch pieces 2 green bell peppers cut into 1-inch pieces 3 medium yellow onions cut into 8ths 10 to 12 inch long wooden or metal skewers 4 cups water 1-cup polenta 2 teaspoons salt 1/2 cup Fontina or Monterey Jack cheese, grated 1 Tablespoon minced jalapeno pepper




pepper pieces and onions alternately onto skewers. Brill brochettes until sausage is cooked through and vegetables are lightly charred, turning occasionally for about 8-12 minutes. Meanwhile, place polenta squares on the grill and cook until warmed through and marked by the grill, about 2-3 minutes per side. Remove brochettes and grilled polenta from grill. Slide sausages and vegetables from skewers and serve on top of polenta squares. Cooks Tip: Soak wooden skewers in water for at least 30 minutes before using to avoid burning the wood. MARGARITA KEBABS

or working at a pubic health organization. She concedes she has much to learn. Ive got the student part down, she quipped, but dont know about being a sustainable-liver or a teacher. The Stephan family is well versed in cultural exchanges, having hosted French and German students over the years. Mother, Shirley, is grateful for those invaluable experiences, and knows theyll help her daughter navigate the future. Im really excited for her, she said. She has a strong sense of purpose, but doesnt know how to get there. So I feel this gap year will help her find her way. During her spare time in Chile, Stephan said she will plan adventures, and is already reveling in the climate and geography shell experience: 70s year round, oh yeah, she said with a grin, within driving distance of mountains and beaches. While Doebley and Stephan had positive life experiences related their gap year pursuits, Kendl Kobbervig, 18, came to her decision via personal suffering. Her junior year, the combination of her choice to take almost entirely on-


1 1/4 pounds fresh or frozen peeled and deveined shrimp, or chicken breast 1 large red or green sweet pepper, cut into 1-inch pieces 1 medium red onion, cut into wedges 1 cup orange marmalade 1/3-cup lime juice 1/4-cup tequila (optional) line classes, and her newly diagnosed Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD), lead me to make decisions that hurt my academic performance, she explained. She credits her supportive family and some friends with enabling her to finish her junior year. I vowed not to make the same mistake, Kobbervig said, and began my senior year with a confidence I had never felt before. It worked. Kobbervig called her final year at MHS fulfilling and terrific. Bolstered by her new attitude that bred success, she decided to spend her first year post-high school in team service as a member of AmeriCorps NCCC (National Civilian Community Corps). She called serving ten months with AmeriCorps NCCC her way of choosing who she wants to be. She will be based in the Southwest Region, sent out as needed to help in any number of scenarios: from disaster sites, to energy conservation, to improving infrastructure, to environmental conservation and stewardship, to urban and rural development. According to the AmeriCorps NCCC website, the organization trains

This kebab can be made with either shrimp or chicken, and is complimented with a sauce based on the classic cocktail. The alcohol helps the flavors blend subtly, but you can omit it. I always do.

Cooks Tip: Fish should not smell. Well, maybe a little. More precisely, fresh fish should never be malodorous. A fish should smell of its source: a salty ocean, a clean river or lake. STEAK, NEW POTATO AND PORTOBELLO KEBABS ON ROSEMARY SKEWERS

Rinse shrimp and pat dry. For chicken, cut into 1-inch chunks. Thread shrimp and or chicken, sweet pepper, and red onion onto about six 10 to 12 inch skewers. In saucepan combine marmalade, lime juice, tequila, (if you like, I dont like) oil, cilantro and garlic. Cook and stir till marmalade melts. Divide in half. Grill over medium heat for 10 to 12 minutes until shrimp turn pink or chicken in done, turning several times. During the last 5 minutes of grilling, add pineapple to grill and brush kebabs and pineapple with half of the sauce mixture. Turn pineapple once. Serve remaining half of sauce with kebabs and pineapple.

2 Tablespoons corn oil 2 Tablespoons fresh cilantro, chopped 2 cloves garlic, minced 6 1/2 inch thick slices fresh pineapple

Place potatoes in a small saucepan, cover with water and bring to a boil. Boil potatoes for 10 minutes or until barely fork-tender. Remove from water and cool before cutting in half. Set potatoes aside until ready to use. Remove stem and gills from the Portobello and cut into 8 wedges. Place wedges in a medium bowl. Cut the steak into pieces, about 1 1/2 inches thick and season with 1/2-teaspoon sea salt and black pepper. Place in the bowl with mushrooms. Add vegetable oil, balsamic vinegar, and rosemary to the bowl and stir to coat mushrooms and steak well. Wrap with plastic wrap and refrigerate for up to 2 hours. Remove from refrigerator and skewer a have become a firm believer in the ability to change, and am now the sort of person who decorates her walls with quotes like, I just woke up one day and decided I didnt want to feel like that anymore, or ever again. So I changed.Just like that. It is that kind of freedom, the ability to embrace self-exploration that in turn encourages change, that resonated with all four young women planning their gap year. Emma Werntz has in common with the others embarking upon adventures this fall, dreams of travel and learning about the world and self before recommencing formal education. Werntzs childhood yearning for cross-cultural experiences led her to ponder taking a gap year. So did a particularly challenging day at high school, she said. I have been going to school for 13 years of my life, and for [their] entirety, I have dreamed of flying and doing what I want to do because I want to,

4 new potatoes 1 large Portobello mushroom cap 1 14 to 16 ounce sirloin steak 1 1/2 teaspoons sea salt 1/2 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper 1/3-cup vegetable oil 1/3-cup balsamic vinegar 2 Tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary 4 to 6 wooden skewers

I have never succeeded in skewering anything onto a rosemary stem. However, the idea intrigues me. Instead, I use a wooden skewer, and chop up the rosemary to season the skewer.

potato on wooden stick, followed by a piece of steak, mushroom wedge, followed by another piece of potato, steak and mushroom. Continue in same manner with remaining skewers. Reserve any marinade for basting skewers as they cook. Heat grill to medium-high. Grill kebabs, basting with remaining marinade ad the cook, for about 3 minutes. Turn and cook for another 3 minutes, basting. Continue turning and basting. Season kebabs with remaining salt and serve with your favorite rice. Cooks Tip: Always store cooked foods above raw foods in the refrigerator. Never put raw meat on a shelf above the cheesecake. When raw juices drip, bacteria spread. Kebabs were once known as a mundane boring meal. They have become a creative way to combine different meats and vegetables, in small bite sized pieces. Easy to make, kebabs can satisfy any palate. If someone doesnt like a certain vegetable, leave it off his or her kebab. I almost never buy the pre-skewered kebabs found in the meat counter. I find them somewhat suspect. For the Love of Food!

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members in CPR, first aid, public safety and other skills prior to venturing out on service projects. Kobbervig will be trained in Denver, she said. Kobbervigs region serves eight states, including Arizona, Colorado, Texas and Oklahoma, she said. She expects much learning to occur through dealing with the rigorous conditions, physical labor, intense situations, and diverse populations. She wondered if it was selfish to say she wishes to take from her upcoming Americorps experiences, but concluded, I want to both change myself and perhaps change the world around me, even if it is only the world of a handful of people. She plans to attend UW-Madison the fall of 2014 to pursue a degree in physics. Her ultimate goal is to become a material science engineer, she said. Upon thinking about next year, she concluded, Perhaps now I am not someone who can rebuild a town ravaged by a hurricane but who says I cannot make myself into that person? I

she said. I finally get to do it! She researched online and fell in love with a Global Vision International orphanage in Mombasa, Kenya, she said. She couldnt pass up the opportunity to teach English and art to African children for two months minimum, she said, while also exploring the country and going on safari. In addition, she plans to visit friends in Liberia, she said. Werntz isnt sure where her wanderlust will lead her, only that traveling with no definite plan is on her bucket list, she said. Werntz also may end up at UWMadison fall of 2014, but at this point is unwilling to commit, she said. Im not sure what the future brings, she mused. For the first time in my life, I am allowed to not know! I dont have to plan, or be anything but myself in order to get anywhere with my life, I can just do me, and I think that my future will turn out the way it is meant to be!

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2-hour parking zone.Downtown employees are asked not to park in the lot by the Senior Center, as we are trying to make that available for seniors participating at the Center and for visitors and customers to our Downtown. We also request that Downtown employees dont park in the Library public lot which is posted for 2-hours. That parking lot is very important for Library patrons as well as Downtown business customers and visitors. If you park in Downtown Middleton and receive a $10 ticket, please keep in mind that the bigger picture is to avoid a costly parking ramp and annual maintenance costs. Our hope in all of this is to keep Downtown Middleton a thriving and fun place to do business, have fun and enjoy the many amenities we have to offer in the Good Neighbor City. Thanks for your support of these efforts!


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The Henry Vilas Zoo family can be seen every day from 9:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.

one of the few that also provides free parking for zoo guests. Admission at the zoo has continued to climb year after year, with the zoo reaching nearly one million guests in 2012 a zoo record. Everywhere you look on the zoo grounds you can point to a partnership that has made things better for staff, visitors, and our animal family, said supervisor Chuck Erickson. Our zoo continues to thrive because of that special community connection.

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