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City budget hearing takes place next week


Tax rate expected to rise 8.44%


Rebel with a blog

Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM), an area non-profit working to prevent homelessness and end hunger, continues a heartwarming and important initiative this Thanksgiving season. During three separate events, MOM is distributing all the goods needed to celebrate a traditional Thanksgiving meal. On two separate Wednesdays the weeks before Thanksgiving, MOMs Mobile Food Pantry took a truck filled with Cornish hens, fresh produce, and

Times-Tribune photo by Matt Geiger

With the deadline to finalize the 2014 budget quickly approaching, city leaders continue to grapple with addressing financial constraints and sustaining programs. Recent Middleton Common Council meetings focused on determining 2014 priorities within the limitations of the current economic climate. The need to balance necessary city maintenance costs, support community projects, and finance numerous construction plans strained officials struggling to decide what objectives are most essential for Middletons prosperity. The result, according to the latest numbers, will likely be another mill

rate increase for local taxpayers. Local issues such as weekend bus operation, sidewalk and road reconstruction, as well as youth program-

Feeding those in need

Miki Knezevic will read from Behind Gods Back on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at Alicia Ashman Library

Local photographer Derrick Look lined up the perfect shot of blogger Jessica Brant in front of the Middleton Depot recently. Brant is a self-described candy-loving vegetarian who writes on about 80s pop music, old-school hip-hop, puns, glitter, fairy tales, big cities, date nights, international travel, Indian food, mind-bending movies and the sound of wind through trees. Creative Look Studios is located at 1835 Parmenter St.

Terms of four alders, mayor expire in spring

Those who wish to run for office can circulate papers in December
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ming all faced the chopping block. While conversations surrounding budget priorities emphasized the importance of protecting city services, how leaders would preserve public amenities, move forward with construction, and maintain programming See BUDGET, page 26

A public hearing on the 2014 budget is scheduled for Tuesday at 7:35 p.m. at Middleton City Hall

Behind Gods Back a powerful debut

See NEED, page 29 Milwaukee is big on celebrating ethnic diversity, through festivals, dance, music, folk fairs, and I was always in contact with people who have come here as refugees after every conflict, she remembered. One woman in particular piqued Knezevics interest, an inspiring relative born in 1899 who had lived in Belgrade. Her stories and others sat for decades, finally breaking forth in Knezevics debut novel, Behind Gods Back. This epic work of historical fic-

Thanksgiving dinner items to Voss Haus and Segoe Terrace, where nearly 100 low-income and mobility-challenged residents of these two apartment complexes were treated to a free

In December, nomination papers can be distributed for Middleton aldermanic districts 2, 4, 6 and 8 as well as for the mayors seat. The mayor serves a three-year term and the district representatives serve two-year terms. While nomination papers are distributed in December, the

elections will be held in spring 2014. Incumbents are Mayor Kurt Sonnentag as well as alders Gurdip Brar (District 2), Jim Wexler (District 4), Susan West (District 6) and Mark Sullivan (District 8). Even numbered districts are elected in even numbered years and odd numbered districts are elected in odd numbered years. Nomination papers can begin to be distributed and completed in December and must be turned in by the January 7, 2014 deadline at the City Clerks Office on Hubbard Avenue. In order to See FORMS, page 14

Growing up in Milwaukee, ensconced in an ethnic neighborhood, Miki Knezevic heard the stories. Her parents were immigrants from former Yugoslavia before two wars engulfed the world, yet still, there were the stories.

Miki Knezevic, left, will read from Behind Gods Back on Wednesday, Dec. 11 at 7 p.m. at Alicia Ashman library branch.
by Katherine Perreth Times-Tribune photo

City council honors Boehmke. Page 3


Plus-size boutique open at Cayuga Court. Page 8


See GODS, page 29

Girls basketball has big plan. Page 16


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Inside this issue:

The Downtown Middleton Business Association (DMBA) will be sponsoring an Open House and a Tree Lighting event on Saturday, November 30. The Open House will go from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. To end the day, there will be a Tree Lighting from 4:30-6:30 p.m. at City Hall, 7426 Hubbard Avenue. The day will start with many of the businesses offering hot chocolate, treats and specials for your holiday shopping. The DMBA will sponsor See TREE, page 9

City hall tree lighting is Saturday



Sure, it feels like winter this week, but technically it is still autumn in Middleton. It wasnt long ago that photographer Jeff Martin captured this image of a bigtooth aspen on a windy day in the Pheasant Branch Conservancy.

A late autumn scene

Times-Tribune photo by Jeff Martin/JMAR Foto-Werks

Remember that all items of trash set out for collection must be in the provided carts. Items placed at the curb outside of carts will not be picked up and are a violation. Large items can be broken up and placed in the cart over successive weeks. CallPelliteriWaste Systems 257-4285 in advance to arrange for pickup of large items that wont fit into carts or make other arrangements. There is a charge for this additional service.

Fall, winter reminders for city residents

Trash pick up Leaves


Please place leaves and branches on the terrace (the space between the street and the public sidewalk) and not in the street where they block the street,clog storm sewers and feed the lake algae.

Please remove snow and ice from sidewalks, handicap ramps to the street and fire hydrants within 24 hours following the accumulation. Snow should be removed from the full width and down to the surface of the sidewalk. Ice is to be sprinkled with salt, sand or a combination of both until it can be removed. Do not put snow or ice into the adjacent street.

Snow removal

Snow must also be removed from around a fire hydrant down to 4 below the lowest outlet by the adjacent property occupant/owners. Note that it is not necessary to dig down to ground level as the connecting fire hose will lie atop the surrounding snow.

Middleton City Hall will be closed on Thursday, November 28 and Friday, November 29 for Thanksgiving. We will reopen on Monday, December 2 at 7:45 a.m.

Hall closed

City honors Boehmkes contributions


The City honored Boehmkes memory by issuing a proclamation declaring November 21st to be Louan Mike Boehmke Day. In the City of Middleton, and we urge all Middleton area citizens to honor her memory as a trusted public servant for the community while we pass along our condolences and well wishes to her family and friends. We join them in mourning the loss of this great life which was lived in the true spirit of the Good Neighbor City, reads the City proclamation.



At last weeks Middleton Common Council meeting, the City of Middleton remembered Louan Mike Boehmke, who passed on November 18. A Milwaukee native and graduate of the NW Institute of Medical Technology in Minneapolis, MN, Boehmke made her mark on the Good Neighbor City by serving as a charter member of the Volunteer Middleton Emergency Medical Service (MEMS). Boehmke continued on as a regular MEMS

Plan commission sets hearings on development proposals


backup for 27 years and often responded from her home or job to fill the first or second ambulance crew. She was a cornerstone during the first chapter of MEMS, serving as a mentor for many and a friend to all. She humbly donated her time and support to the MEMS organization and exemplified all of the compassionate traits of the emergency medical profession, stated Mayor Sonnentag. She helped preserve life, alleviate suffering, promote health and safety in the community and show respect for human dignity.

Decisions made by the Common Council at last weeks meeting: - The City approved a purchase agreement for the Department of Transportation site for the Municipal Operations Center. The DOT is selling the property as is and the staff believed that an environmental study is not needed to necessitate the purchase. A Park and Ride maintenance agreement with the DOT was also approved as an appendix to the aforementioned purchase agreement. - The Council considered a redevelopment site access concept which

would link High Point Road with the property north of the railroad tracks and west of the Highway 12 Beltline. Developer Jeff Kraemer expressed interest in building a multi-family housing development at this location. While no construction plans were made on Tuesday, City Administrator Mike Davis urged the Councils approval so that this project can be added in with the 2014 Terrace Avenue Project funding. - A request to fill the vacant Public Works Engineering Technician position was approved.

At the latest Middleton Plan Commission meeting the city moved forward on a couple proposed developments. There will be a discussion with a public hearing on a proposed ordinance for creating a conservation subdivision. This ordinance would affect the development of the proposed Pleasant View Ridge subdivision. There will also be a public hearing for a condi-

tional use permit local businessman Buzz Menz needs for converting a property of his into a boat building school. The conservation subdivision ordinance spells out the procedures for future land development in the city.It would play a key-role in the outcome of the 164-acre Pleasant View Ridge

C OUNTY G OVERNMENT County exec Parisi signs the $509 million budget
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subdivision. In mid-September the council approved annexation of the land while insisting that the approval is in no way an approval for any further development. The decision sparked public outcry and comments from environmental advocate organizations. The neighborhood would use community and

Dane County executive Joe Parisi signed the countys 2014 budget Nov. 20. As he inked the $509 million package, he declared it creates opportunity and stability for children from birth to adulthood. Parisi made no vetoes. The Dane

County Board adopted the budget on Nov. 18. The county board has adopted a budget that embraces the future, said board chair John Hendrick, increasing sustainability and decreasing racial disparities. We will continue addressing homelessness, promoting public safety and cleaning up our lakes and See COUNTY, page 28

individual septic tanks despite county officials strong efforts in recent years to prevent any new developments from utilizing septic tank systems. The claim is that they give way to sprawl because they are free from routing to city plumbing. This makes developers less likely to do in-fill or rebuilding as it is often more costly, claim critics. There are also concerns that septic tanks may leak hazardous materials and chemicals into the Black Earth Creek watershed. Middleton planning director Eileen Kelley noted the ordinance may need more review. We might as well, agreed Mayor Kurt Sonnentag. It could not hurt. The commission voted unanimously to set a public hearing and refer the ordinance to the Public Works Committee, Water Resources Management Commission, Sustainability Committee, and Parks/Recreation/Forestry

Commission. The hearing is set for Tuesday, December 10 at 7:15 p.m. Approval of the ordinance would be contingent upon whether it endures public scrutiny as well as the revisions and approval from the various boards and committees. Another public hearing was set for a conditional use permit Buzz Menz hopes to attain so he can establish a boat building school on his Middleton property. Mr. Menz has explained to me that as he eases into retirement he has a hobby with boat building he wants to expand and teach other people how to build these boats, saidMark Opitz, assistant city planning director. He wants to do a 720 square foot addition to the garage. The hearing will take place the same date as the ordinance hearing on Tuesday, December 10 at the time of 7:05 p.m.





Each year the employees of Meridian Group, Inc. have an annual conference at which they hold an auction for charity. Meridian takes the proceeds from the auction and donates it to charities at various locations throughout the state of Wisconsin. The auction this year raised over $5,500 all funded by employees who bid on wonderful items donated by local vendors, with a total of $1,100 to Prevent Homelessness and End Hunger through MOM. Pictured: Al Ripp, MOM Executive Director; Diane Sefcik, Vice President, Kishia Peters, Regional Manager and Josh Dilley, Activity Coordinator, all from Meridian Group, Inc.

Meridian donates to MOM

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Thanksgiving giving

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Shurfine Food Centers and Certco sponsored Middleton Outreach Ministrys 2013 Thanksgiving Basket Program. Pictured above, Middleton Outreach Ministry executive director Al Ripp receives an envelope full of checks from Stephanie Pederson.

When most Middletonians think of the holidays, their thoughts tend to veer toward warm memories of family sharing a spectacular home-cooked meal, and of course, gifts spilling out from beneath an ornate tree. But for many friends and neighbors, the holidays mean something entirely different. For many, this time of year carries an unmanageable financial and emotional burden. Children and parents alike go without gifts, and many go without food. Middleton Outreach Ministry (MOM) would like to change that reality for hundreds of families in its service area, and everyone in the community is invited to help. Run a Holiday Food Drive. Gather your friends, family, and collect food to stock our Food Pantry. Especially needed this year are hams. Purchase gifts for a family through the Sharing Christmas Program. Donor individuals or groups are matched with a family for whom they purchase gifts. In its 14th year, the programmatches donors with hundreds of local families who have successfully registered through MOM. Each family will be screened and will be matched with donors who are willing and able to spend $50 per family member to ensure that each receives something special for the holidays. Donors may deliver their gifts directly to the family with whom they have been matched or may drop them off at the MOM office for the family to pick up. Register online! Assemble a Baking Kit. Include your favorite Christmas Cookie recipe and all of the ingredients and tools needed to bake them. You can bring your kits to the Distribution Center during their regular business hours. A list of kit items and other needed kits can be found online. Join MOM at the Creating for Causes: Holiday Art Fair, which will take place December 7 & 8, 2013, at the MOM Distribution Center. Shop MOMs new Gift Catalog for all gift-giving needs. Connect your wish to honor friends, family or business associates with a gift that MOM links to those in need. Donate Warm Clothing, Linens, Bedding and Blankets, and other Winter Gear to the Distribution Center.

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Ways to help

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P UBLIC S AFETY Town leaders, EMS director work toward new contract



Steve Wunsch, city of Middleton Emergency Medical Services director, updated the Middleton Town Board last week on drafting a new agreement between the town and city to replace the 34-year-old EMS contract. The existing contract is ancient and no longer relevant, Wunsch told the board. A draft contract was nearly completed but was on a computer that crash halting further work until the document can be restored, he said. The town paid $182,000 this year for EMS provided by the city and the cost next year should be nearly unchanged, Wunsch said.

Christmas Trees Christmas trees can be a beautiful symbol of the holiday season. Unfortunately, they can also be deadly. Do not let this holiday season leave you homeless from a fire because you and your family did not practice fire safety. Here are a few safety tips to keep you and your family from being a fire statistic this holiday season: * Natural trees should be cut flat at the base and placed in water. * Check for freshness.

Beginning November 28, the Middleton Fire Department will be initiating its holiday fire safety program, Keep the Wreath Green. To encourage Middleton Fire District residents to have a fire safe holiday season and develop fire safety awareness regarding holiday decorations, the Middleton Fire Department will hang a wreath on the outside of both Fire Stations. The program will conclude on January 1, 2014. The holiday wreath, decorated with green lights, will be symbolic of a holiday season free from accidental fires related to holiday decorations. If the Middleton Fire Department responds to a fire attributed to holiday decorations, a light in the wreath will be changed from green to red.

Avoid holiday blazes to help Keep the Wreath Green

* A fresh tree is deep green in color and has a strong sent of pine. * The needles of a fresh tree are hard to pull from branches and do not from the branches; readily fall moreover, the branches should bend easily. * The trunk of a fresh tree is also sticky with resin, and when tapped on the ground, the tree should not lose many needles. * Trees should be securely fastened in the holder. * Keep the tree in an area away from a radiator, fireplace, or other heat sources. * Place the tree out of the way of traffic and do not block doorways. * Because heated rooms dry live trees out rapidly, be sure to keep the stand filled with water. Water your tree often. * When the tree becomes dry, discard it promptly. Do not store the tree on the balcony of your apartment or near your home * Never put tree branches in a fireplace or wood-burning stove. * Do not overload outlets. Be careful how many items you plug into a receptacle. * Check each set of lights, new or old, for broken or cracked sockets, frayed or bare wires, or loose connections, and throw out damaged sets. Do not use damaged lights. * Use no more than three standardsize sets of lights per single extension cord * Do not knot or tangle the wires. * Do not leave lights on unattended. * Use only lights designated for outdoor use, outdoors. Fake Trees * When purchasing an artificial tree, look for the label Fire Resistant. Although this label does not mean the tree will not catch fire, it does indicate the tree will resist burning and should extinguish quickly. * Never use faulty or damaged electric lights on a metallic tree. The tree can become charged with electricity from faulty lights, and a person touching a branch could be electrocuted. * Always follow the same safety tips listed above regarding decorations.

The increasing cost of EMS and decreasing communications between the town and Middleton EMS has the board looking at Ryan Brother Ambulance Service as a possible provider. Town Administrator David Shaw said it is too late to change EMS providers for 2014 and a little early for 2015, but its better to be early than late. Nothing has been decided yet, Shaw said Tuesday. Middleton EMS serves the city and town of Middleton and part of the town of Springfield. Its annual operating budget is approximately $1.5 million but collects much of its operating revenue in user fees paid by individuals and insurance companies, said Wunsch.

The three municipalities in the EMS district contribute between 33-40 percent of the districts budget and the town of Middletons annual contract contributes about 24 percent of that total, Wunsch has said. As it considers renewing the EMS contract, the town board has talked to Ryan Brothers Ambulance Service in an effort to control its EMS annual cost. The towns portion of its EMS cost is based on its population relative to the district. Board members asked how the cost would change it if was based on assessed property evaluation or call volume by municipality. There would be little difference in cost to the town since assessed evaluation and population track closely, said

Wunsch. A bigger change would result if EMS cost was based on call volume because of the EMS districts approximate 1,500 annual calls only 132 were generated within the town. While about 55 percent of EMS costs are recovered from users or their insurers, Town Chair Milo Breunig said the cost recovery percentage was probably higher in the town due to its demographics. We have 18 people in the town in elderly housing. I think that deserves a little consideration, he said. However, when calculating EMS expense after netting out revenue from users, fewer calls can mean more costs to the town, Wunsch notes. Call volume for the two Middleton

EMS ambulances could reach 1,650 this year, but labor and equipment expense continues when the ambulances are not in use. Those down time costs need to be recovered through one basis or another, Wunsch said. EMS costs are borne by users and taxpayers. The city of Middleton sets costs charged to EMS users. Traditionally, EMS is operated with roughly 33 to 40 percent of its costs paid by taxpayers and the balance from users, he said. Compared to other services, were on the high end to keep costs acceptable to taxpayers, he said. The town would negotiate a new contract with the city, said Wunsch.

Using these simple rules coupled with common sense will lead your family through a happy holiday season and help prevent a tragedy from happening in your home. The holiday season is a time for special celebrations among families and friends. The Middleton Fire Department wants you to enjoy the holiday season safely. If you have any questions regarding fire safety, please call the Middleton Fire Department at 827-1090 and we will be glad to assist you.

Lights * Indoors or outside, use only lights that have been tested for safety by a recognized testing laboratory, which indicates conformance with safety standards.



The Middleton High School Chamber Singers and drama program are pleased to present Ye Ole Madrigal Dinner, Saturday, Dec. 14 and Sunday, Dec. 15, beginning with Hors doeuvres at 5:00 p.m. and royal procession and fanfare at 5:15 p.m. You wont want to miss the strolling minstrels and carolers, trumpet fanfare, and the royal regalia sure to warm your spirit this holiday season! The dinner theater performance for the evening would not be complete without Renaissance-style music, pageantry, and the frivolity of this years masque entitled The Royal Wedding which highlights a cast of characters from the royal court including knights, court jesters and royalty! The festivities will take place in the Middleton High School Courtyard located at 2100 Bristol Street. The Madrigal Dinner Celebration menu will include Creamy Butternut Squash Soup with herb bread and whipped butter, Shepherds Chicken Vegetable Pie (vegetarian option available), Apple

Ye Ole Madrigal Dinner is fast approaching

Compote, Gingerbread, whole apples and cheese along with coffee and tea. Tickets for the dinner and theater performance are $25 for adults and $20 for students. Madrigal Dinner Reservation forms can be found at Tickets are sold on a first-come, first-served basis. To guarantee reservations, please return the form with payment by December 7. For questions or additional information, contact John Stampen at 831-2252 or at The Middleton High School vocal program is under the direction of Mr. Tom Mielke; the drama program is directed by Ms. Kendra Dando.



At right are Tina Bouril and Stephen Kolison in last years Madrigal Dinner performance.
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Pasta Nuovo: A place for culinary adventurers

Family owned and dedicated to natural, local ingredients, Pasta Nuovo breathes life into local dining scene





Long before John Marks was executive chef at Pasta Nuovo in downtown Middleton, he was a young culinary student who would intentionally meander through poor neighborhoods on his way home from work in San Francisco. I would catch the trolley and purposely walk back through the bad side of town so I could go into all the shops in Chinatown, recalls Marks. Id shop for new ingredients all the way home. That sense of adventure has permeated Marks life in the business of food, as he has inhabited the kitchens of intimate fine restaurants and large-scale institutions and resorts. From veal mouse to Carpaccio with truffles and black Hawaiian salt, from North Carolina to California, he knows his way around a kitchen. Sipping the sudsy head off of a rich amber Autumnal Fire beer, Marks looks right at home overseeing the recently opened Pasta Nuovo, which of-

fers something genuinely new in a community known for its glut of food options, not all of them very good. His Beef Osso Bucco features braised shanks from local farms laid over creamy polenta. The Wood Roasted Chickens poultry aroma mingles with the smell of a blazing wood oven that runs perpetually in the kitchen. Many types of pasta are made by hand, as are meatballs and sausages. The menu is eclectic, including fig prosciutto pizza and a wide range of seafood. A burly chef with an emphatic tenor, Marks doesnt look like the sentimental type. But when it comes to the protein he serves, he is unabashed about his feelings. I know it sounds hokey, he says, but when you cook and eat meat, I think its important to never forget that an animal gave its life. Thats why we focus on locally-sourced, organic ingredients, and thats why were so dedicated to the whole-animal philosophy. Marks takes his food so seriously that he removed all of the salt shakers from Pasta Nuovos tables when the restaurant first opened, in what was a short-lived attempt to encourage diners to actually taste their dishes before dousing them with sodium chloride. I realize now that it made it seem See NUOVO, page 9

Executive chef John Marks at work in the Pasta Nuovo Kitchen. The recently-opened eatery is located at 1900 Cayuga Court, Suite 101. It can be reached by phone at 608-821-4700.

Times-Tribune photo by Matt Geiger

The people behind Z.Bella Boutique believe all women, not just petite ones, deserve fashionable clothing

Whats the big idea?





The average woman in the United States is a size 14, according to some studies. So why are most fashion de-

signers seemingly bent on making clothing that would be snug even on a Dickensian waif? Zoe Schuler, owner of Z.Bella Boutique, thinks it has a lot to do with a stereotype. Something like 67 percent of women are a size 14 or higher, yet the fashion industry simply doesnt cater to those women, she said. I think the reason is they believe, for whatever reason, that plus-size women dont

want to be fashionable. Schuler and fellow shop owner Marvel Felton, who happens to be her mother, are out to prove the stereotype wrong. Their goal is to provide women fashionable, flattering and well-made clothing sizes 12 and up. Z.Bella carries exclusive brands not found anywhere else. The shop has everything See BELLA, page 26

I was always frustrated by the lack of options for plus-size women, says Z.Bella owner Zoe Schuler. It was as if you always found yourself having to dig through some bin of frumpy outfits.

Times-Tribune photo by Matt Geiger




In October, I led a four week journaling workshop for members of the First Unitarian Society (FUS) in Madison. The title of the workshop was Journaling Your Way to Joy. Writing has been a huge part of my life since I was a child. My inspiration was the Diary of Anne Frank. Early entries chronicled the every day happenings of my life, true diary form. For a very brief period I drove my mother crazy by starting a Three-Dimensional Diary. I collected things from special days to remind me of the event. We lived in a first floor flat without much extra room. On top of that, my mother was an immaculate, clutter-free housekeeper. The Three-Dimensional

A Thankful Heart

Diary was a very short-lived phase. Later I wrote more about my feelings, journaling to release the ups and downs of life as a teenager. There were a lot of poems tucked between the entries, mostly about love or lack thereof. I filled volume after volume during my late forties and early fifties. It was a time of incredible change and loss. In a period of several years, my only child went to college four hours away, my mother died after a long battle with cancer, the dog that I loved for fourteen years died, the rural school that I taught at, also for fourteen years, closed, and I divorced my husband and friend of twenty-six years. I wrote to reflect, and as a means of making sense of everything that was happening. It was during that time, that I discovered the healing and empowering practice of gratitude journaling. One night, I was feeling desperately sad and lonely. It was almost claustro-

phobic. There seemed no way out. By some grace, it came to me to make a list of the people who I loved. The list went on for pages and pages. I stopped because I was exhausted and needed to sleep, rather than having exhausted the list. As I closed my eyes to sleep, the terrible feeling of aloneness and sadness had lifted because as I wrote those names, the feeling in my heart had switched to one of gratitude, rather than loss. For many months, I slept with a journal and pen on my bed. Id wake in the middle of the night, sometimes with deep understandings or even poems that felt like song lyrics. Other times, I woke in a panic and Id start writing about things or people who I was grateful for, not just as a list, but with detailed reasons why. When I was house-sitting in France for eight months, my days were quite busy, but my nights were often alone times. I didnt see the gift in that at first, but after awhile, I relished the times that I had at the dining room table, a candle lit and my notebook open. Being away from everything familiar created a sort of buffer zone around me. I felt anonymous and emotionally der of the overcoat into something useful. When hes finally left with just a button, readers may think theres nothing else to make but Joseph has a surprise in store! Clever illustrations featuring die-cut holes, each of which becomes a key part of the illustration on the following page, make this book an enduring favorite. The most recent Caldecott Award was also given to a book about outerwear; This is Not My Hat by Jon Klassen is narrated by a little fish with a big confession: the hat hes wearing isnt his! He took it from a big, sleeping fish. The little fish knows this could spell trouble for him, but hes convinced that the big fish wont have any idea what happened to his hat. Hes sure hell never get caught. The the bad neighborhoods all years ago in the hopes of finding new flavors. Order something you wouldnt normally try, he says. I guarantee youll find something you like. continued from page 7

safe to write from the depths of my being and to release what I didnt even realize until then, that I had been holding in. I wrote out healing conversations. And, most importantly, I owned and faced the choices that I had made in my life. It was both empowering and by writing those things out of me, made room for more joy. Holding onto old hurts and confusion takes energy. Science is beginning to measure the ways that our emotions and thinking influence our physical health and quality of life. When I was preparing for the journaling workshop at FUS, I read many studies about the ways journaling positively impacts our lives. These are in addition to physical health. Writing occupies the left side of our brains. That frees the right side to be creative and to make associations. Research shows that writing helps to: reduce stress, resolve disagreements, problem solve, clarify thoughts and feelings, track patterns and trends and helps keep the brain supple. Journaling is recommended for baby boomers as a means to ward off Alzheimers and other dementia. Cultivating a grateful heart is another healthful practice. When you hat was too small for the big fish anyway, or so rationalizes the little fish. Meanwhile, readers are clued in to the approaching big fish. I wont give away the ending, but I will tell you that the big fish swims away with his hat on his head. Simple text, lots of subtle humor, and illustrations that flow together like water make this a great choice for sharing. In Red Knit Cap Girl by Naoko Stoop, readers are introduced to Red Knit Cap Girl, who lives in an enchanted forest with her friends, all of whom are animals. The forest is a wonderful place to live, and there is plenty to see and do, but what Red Knit Cap Girl really desires is the ability to talk to the moon. With the help of her owl friend, she realizes that she is probably too far away from the moon to talk to it. She has no way to get to the moon; can she possibly entice the

combine writing and gratitude, you have a double winner! Many of the dozen people who were signed up for my workshop said that they enrolled because just making lists of things they were grateful for became boring after awhile. So in the class, we explored more ways to gratitude journal. Whether you do it in writing, in prayer or meditation, in conversation or reflection isnt as important as just doing it. Giving yourself the time and space to feel the gratitude is key. It doesnt work to just thank and run. Lip service is show rather than substance. To have the healthful and life-altering benefits, it is important to connect your head and heart as you give thanks. Theres a song that goes, If everyday, could be just like Christmas, what a wonderful world, it would be. Im not bashing Christmas with this next statement. But, I think, that if everyday could be filled with true thanks-giving we would have an even more wonderful world. In my experience, a grateful heart is a happy heart. I hope that the lists of what you are grateful for this year, are much, much longer than your holiday wish lists. Happy Thanksgiving! moon to come closer to her? This book is charming and thoughtful, featuring rich, natural colors. Good news for fans of this book: Red Knit Cap Girl to the Rescue was published on November 5 of this year. The Mitten by Jan Brett is a classic winter story about a stray mitten and the new life it takes on. One by one, forest animals find the mitten and snuggle inside. First a mole burrows in, then a rabbit, a hedgehog, and several more, including a bear. The final animal to find a cranny in the already overcrowded mitten is a little mouse, who just might be the one to stretch the mitten past its limits. Bretts signature detailed illustrations with borders provide hints about the story beyond the text. Look for additional retellings of this classic tale, including Alvin Tresselts well known version.

by Amanda Struckmeyer Middleton Public Library

Tis the season for hats, mittens, coats, scarves, and even boots! Soon, well be digging out snow pants and long underwear. Brace yourself for the chilly winter weather by checking out a few books about outerwear! like I thought my food was perfect, he laughs, adopting his best impression of a supercilious French accent. But I just wanted people to taste their food before they salted it. The shaker experiment was quickly called off by Marks wife, Trish, who, along with their teenage daughter, Cheyenne, make Pasta Nuovo a true

Bundle Up!

Simms Tabacks Caldecott Award winning book, Joseph Had a Little Overcoat, has been delighting readers for over twenty years. The story is about Joseph, the owner of a worn-out overcoat. When the coat gets too shabby to wear, he makes it into a jacket. The resourceful Joseph continues to turn the ever-shrinking remainfamily business. I love to dance, says Trish, who originally hails from Brazil. Thats why I love my husband: I always eat well and have plenty to burn off on the dance floor. His advice for diners is to become a culinary adventurer, just like that young chef who made his way through

horse and wagon rides and marshmallows roasted over an open fire from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Tree Lighting event will begin with carolers singing outside City Hall from 4:30 until 5 p.m. The lighting of the tree will take place around 4:30 p.m., followed by an opportunity to visit with Santa and have your picture taken inside City Hall. Hot chocolate and coffee from Starbucks and some treats from Hubbard Avenue Diner will


be served. Organizers are asking that everyone bring a canned good for Middleton Outreach Ministry, in doing so, they will have a chance to win a family overnight stay at the Staybridge Hotel & Suites in downtown Middleton. The first 200 kids will be given a special bag filled with some treats sponsored by several downtown businesses.

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Katherine Perreth wins International Book Award




Local author, Times-Tribune reporter and mother extraordinaire Katherine Perreth has been awarded a silver medal in the Readers Favorite International Book Award contest. She was in Miami over the weekend to receive the honor, which her book, Making Lemonade with Ben: The Audacity to Cope, won in the Non-fiction: Inspirational category. Lemonades story begins when Perreths seven-year-old son, Ben, is found in a coma. He suffers myriad disabilities and, later, mental health issues. Yet love wins. Narrated with irrepressible humor, this tale culminates with Bens victorious invitation to Washington D.C., to represent Madison Childrens Museum at a national award ceremony. Perreth said she entered the Readers Favorite International Book Award contest on a whim. I wondered how Id stack up, and tried, pretty much unsuccessfully, to keep my hopes in check, she commented. Yeah, I was holding my breath. So now I get to say my award-winning book, and Ill never tire of that! she exclaimed. Or of seeing the silver medallion on my book it makes me so happy to have this validation. Do I want someone to hand me a medal for writing that book? the added. Yes, I do believe I do!

Perreth said that even if she had not won the award, the responses shes receiving from readers on her website and in person are making the labor of writing the book worthwhile. Its being used as a tool, as Id hoped it would be. And people are entrusting me with precious cargo: their own hearts, she said. Besides telling me they didnt expect to laugh so hard given my subject matter, they tell me how the book has helped them or will help others. From explaining their own mental health challenges to loved ones and professionals, to telling me they dont feel so alone, to saying all parents should read the book, to thanking me for writing. Thanking me? People are honoring the sacrifices I made to tell our story, the sacrifices my family made, and, really, to be thanked is the greatest award of all. I couldnt be happier with the responses and reviews Im receiving on Amazon, Goodreads, and other sites, and with the local support from bookstores The University Book Store, Mystery to Me, and A Room of Ones Own, as well as Middletons Prairie Caf and The Regal Find, she said. As a self-published author, the chain bookstores wont carry my book on their shelves, but they can still order copies. Any library can too, and the local libraries in and just outside Dane county have been phenomenally supportive, ordering copies and having me speak. Next year, Ill be venturing farther afield, presenting at the

Wauwatosa Library (my husbands hometown), as well as in multiple communities close by. At her public debut in April at the Middleton Library, 70 people showed up. It blew away the librarian and Perreth, too. People from every decade of my life were there it still makes me choke up and shake my head in grateful disbelief, Perreth said. The support from my hometown has been crucial, giving me kudos and courage, and I am so thankful I live in the Good Neighbor City. So far, she has donated partial proceeds to Walbridge School, Yahara House, REACH a Child, and in December shell be selling and signing to benefit Middleton Outreach Ministry. Ben will be there with her, doing what he does best: juggling, hugging, schmoozing, and signing books. In March, Ben and her will be keynote speaking at NAMI Dane Countys annual banquet and also donating partial proceeds. E-versions for any device are available on; Amazon carries both paperback and Kindle versions. Barnes & Noble online carries paperback and Nook versions. And Im still selling from the back of my car, she added with a grin. The perpetual 80 pounds of books will keep me from fishtailing this winter. For additional information, visit

Award winning author Katherine Perreth, pictured at left with Readers' Favorite International Book Award contest founder Debra Gaynor in Miami, will appear at Creating For Causes, a Holiday Art Fair Benefit for MOM at 3502 Parmenter St., Saturday, December 7, 1 - 7 p.m. and Sunday, December 8, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

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Meet Cindy Herbst, Executive Director and Co-Founder of the Restoring Hope Transplant House, a nonprofit organization that seeks to create a home for individuals coming to Madison for bone marrow and organ transplants. A Wisconsin native, Cindy was born in Door County and lived in several cities before returning to her birthplace. While working in the resort business in Door County, Cindy met her husband, Brian. The couple first moved to the Madison area when Brian became a student at the UW. Cindy has two children from a previous marriage, Eric and Karen, and she and Brian have two children together, Stefanie and Brittany. Cindy also has two infant grandchildren, Piper and Griffin. Cindy has spent nearly 30 years of her life as a Middleton resident. She chose the Good Neighbor City as her home because it seemed similar to Door County: scenic, with a welcoming and small-town feel. These feelings carried over as the main reason behind opening Restoring Hope in Middleton. We certainly have the best neighbors. Without the city of Middleton, we would not be open, Cindy proclaimed. Cindy has had several personal experiences that make her a perfect fit as the Executive Director of Restoring Hope. She grew up in a family with a lot of illness, so she learned early on how to understand illnesses and be compassionate. She also has pastoral care and hotelier backgrounds, which allow her to understand the residents from both care and customer service perspectives. The idea of starting a transplant house first formulated when Cindys father-in-law was diagnosed with multiple myeloma, a blood cancer, and required a bone marrow transplant. After receiving the transplant at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, MN, Cindy and Brian stayed with her father-in-law at a large transplant house in the area to better facilitate his recovery. This transplant house set the foundation for Restoring Hope. Since opening in December 2012, the five bedrooms of Restoring Hope have accommodated over 40 families. Cindy disclosed that construction plans are in the works to add on to the house, increasing kitchen space and adding on 11 bedrooms with connected bathrooms. The Restoring Hope Transplant House is a member of the Middleton Chamber of Commerce. Cindy person-

Cindy Herbst

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ally is affiliated with the Middleton Lions and Madison Downtown Rotary Club, and also serves on the Patient

and Family Advisory Council for UW Hospital. When she can find the time, Cindy enjoys traveling domestically, reading, walking around Middleton and eating at the variety of restaurants in downtown Middleton. Stay tuned to meet more of your Good Neighbors! In the meantime, if you know someone who you think is a Good Neighbor and deserves recognition, email me at



The Summit Credit Union Haunted Hustle, a Halloween-themed series of running events in Middleton each October, is supposed to be a little spooky. But its not supposed to be this scary. Kevin Nelson, above, second from right, dropped to his knees just seconds after crossing the finish line this year. The next thing he remembers is waking up in a hospital, the survivor of a heart attack. Luckily for Nelson, Middleton EMS paramedics Tom Landgraf and Bryan Adler were stationed just a few yards away from the finish like, thanks in part to extensive planning on the part of marathon organizers. They all reunited on Sunday, Nov. 17 at the Middleton EMS station, located at 2020 Parmenter St. The first time I met him he wasnt smiling, said Landgraf to Nelsons friends and family, who gathered with race organizers and first responders. Im glad to see his is now. Nelson, who is a 44 years old and is the father of young children, was at a loss for words. I dont even know what to say, he said. Landgraf, Adler and Nelson are pictured above with Jen Anderson, director of operations for Capitol View Events, which organizes the Haunted Hustle.

Happy to be alive

Times-Tribune photo by Matt Geiger

Cindy Herbst co-founded Restoring Hope Transplant House, a nonprofit organization that seeks to create a home for individuals coming to Madison for bone marrow and organ transplants.

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OPERATIONS DIVISION In September, Middleton Officers handled 1,584 calls for service, 609 were field initiated, 975 were dispatched, issued 415 citations and 74 written warnings, made 11 criminal arrests and investigated 37 accidents. In October, Middleton Officers handled 1,454 calls for service, 528 were field initiated, 926 were dispatched, issued 376 citations and 74 written warnings, made 11 criminal arrests and investigated 45 accidents. Significant Events in October: Numerous case numbers, weekend of 10/5-6/13, Industrial Park, Thefts: Numerous thefts were reported occurring over the first weekend in October in Middletons Industrial Park. In most cases, trailers and vehicles associated with the businesses were broken into and items taken. MI13-6874, 10/06/13, 12:35 AM, 6600 block of Century Avenue, Battery/Attempted Strong Armed Robbery: A 22 year old woman reported she was walking on the sidewalk on the south side of Century Avenue, approaching Branch Street when three suspects came out of the tree line and one punched her in the face. She was struck in the head area at least two other times and her coat pockets were rifled through, although nothing was taken. The suspects then fled into the woods. No suspects have been developed, but there are similar incidents in Madison adjacent to bike and walking paths. MI13-6940, 10/09/13, 1600 block of Blackwood Court, Burglary: Residents mistakenly left the garage door open overnight and the door leading from the garage to the residence unlocked. Overnight, unknown suspect(s) entered the house and took a purse and wallet, including credit cards, cell phones and cash.

Calls for service are down in MIPDs October Report

MI13-6989, 10/10/13, 10:00 AM, 7700 block of Westchester Drive, Unlawful Trespass: A woman was upstairs in her home and heard her dog barking. She went to the stairs and observed a male who she did not know in her residence. He mentioned something about looking for his dog and left. It appeared he entered the house through the garage door, which was open. lated citations, five Registration related citations, two citations for Seatbelt violations, one citation each for No Drivers License and Operating After Suspension, and two warnings each for Failure to Obey Sign and Failure to Yield to Pedestrian. Roadways targeted were: Hwy 12, Hwy Q, Bristol Street, Century Avenue, Clovernook Road, N Gammon Road, N High Point Road, Parmenter Street and Pheasant Branch Road. sion of child pornography. An investigation involving Mr. Anderson was initiated after the Police Department received some concerning information from the local school district. Based on Detective Kakuskes investigation and interviews, Mr. Anderson was arrested in October and charged with six counts of possession of child pornography. This investigation is still ongoing. In October, another significant case investigated by the detective division came to a conclusion as former St. Lukes Music Director James Alex Gillespie was sentenced for two counts of 2nd degree sexual assault of a child. Detective Faust spent a great deal of time investigating this case from earlier in the year and based on this investigation, Mr. Gillespie, after pleading no contest, recently received a one year jail sentence and 15 years of probation for his actions. Lastly, a human trafficking case, which started in late 2011 and early 2012, came to a conclusion with the recent plea agreement for Alvin Siller. Mr. Siller received a 20-year prison sentence for orchestrating a very indepth and disturbing prostitution business involving multiple victims, weapons and drugs. Detective Jessica Quamme spent countless hours working on this investigation and based on her hard work and determination, was able to build a very successful case resulting in the imprisonment of a very unscrupulous individual. COURT ACTIVITY Dane County Adult Criminal Referrals: 19 Adults, 46 Criminal Counts, 2 Civil Forfeitures. Dane County Juvenile Criminal Referrals: 4 Juveniles, 5 Criminal Counts, 0 Civil Forfeitures.



TRAFFIC ENFORCEMENT During the month of October, there were 42 reportable accidents of which nine were in parking lots. This compares to 2012 which had 35 accidents of which six were in parking lots. Officers assisted on several special events with traffic control and direction. On the 10/11/13, officers closed off streets and directed traffic for the Annual Middleton High School Homecoming Parade. On 10/13/13, officers assisted with the Annual Gildas Run hosted by the Middleton Chapter of Gildas Club. On 10/26/13 and 10/27/13, officers assisted with the Annual Haunted Hustle runs. Halloween on the 31st had officers assisting with the Middleton Hills Annual Halloween Parade. Officers also spent extra patrol hours in residential neighborhoods during the Halloween trick or treating hours. There were two deployments of the speed awareness trailer during the month. In addition, the traffic display signs were deployed on several occasions to educate the public about various traffic laws and activities that could affect regular traffic route. Approximately 24 hours were spent on directed traffic patrols during the month. Sixty- two enforcement actions were taken: 36 citations for Speeding with five warnings, eight Insurance re-

INVESTIGATIVE UNIT REPORT Traditionally as the leaves begin to fall and as the cooler temperatures arrive, the Police Department receives fewer calls for service. As everyone prepares themselves for the upcoming winter months, outdoor activities decrease and our citizens spend more time indoors in the comforts of their home, resulting in fewer opportunities for criminals. As a result of fewer calls for service, the Investigative Unit reviews a few less cases during the fall and winter months. For the month of October, the Investigative Unit reviewed a total of 62 cases, approximately 20 fewer cases then in September of 2013, with 25 of these cases being assigned to a detective for further follow up. A summary of some of the cases assigned to a detective for follow up include: 4 domestic incidents; 1 battery complaint; 9 larceny investigations; 3 burglary reports; 2 heroin overdoses; 4 fraud complaints. Additionally, as recently reported in the Times-Tribune, Detective Kakuske made an arrest of a local resident and former employee of the MiddletonCross Plains Area School District. After a very thorough and time intensive investigation, Detective Kakuske arrested Middleton resident Todd Anderson on multiple counts of posses-

CRIME PREVENTION/ COMMUNITY RELATIONS On Tuesday, October 1, Middleton Police went to the Little Red Preschool

to talk about Halloween Safety to the 4k class and gave a tour of the police car. On Friday, October 4, Middleton Police went to the Justice for a Cure event in Madison. On Saturday, October 5, Middleton Police hosted the first annual bowling event to raise money for the Community Awareness Fund which supports all community awareness programs. On Thursday, October 10, Middleton Police gave two kids a ride to school, which was won in a silent raffle for charity. On Wednesday, October 16, Middleton Police gave a presentation to all of Greenway Station on retail theft prevention. On Friday, October 18, Middleton Police gave a tour of the police station to the MOMS club of Middleton organization. On Saturday, October 19, Middleton Police, along with the Middleton Senior Center and Middleton Ford, came together to provide a great community service for senior residents by preparing their vehicles for Wisconsins winter. The event was held at Middleton Ford and was dedicated to ensuring that vehicles were in good operating condition and letting the owners know of any potential problems their vehicle might have. On Friday, October 25, Middleton Police participated in the Middleton downtown trick or treating event. On Tuesday, October 29, and Wednesday, October 30, Middleton Police talked on the news about Halloween safety tips for the community. On Wednesday, October 30, Middleton Police gave several tours of the Police Department to students from Sauk Trail Elementary. If you would like more information or would like to involve the Police Department in a community presentation or event, please contact Community Awareness Officer Jill Tutaj at 8247323 or

Reischel teams up with Butler for Packers Pride



MTT editor talks about his latest book


successful books about the Packers, this one is a little different because you have a co-author. How did you end up writing alongside LeRoy Butler? me with a former Packer that not only had a lot of stories to share, but still had a presence in the state of Wisconsin. LeRoy Butlers name was the first one that popped into my head, and I dont think we could have found a more engaging ex-Packer. Hes a sensational storyteller, hes honest and hes entertaining. On top of that, he truly loves the fans and meeting people in general. Butler has an amazing connection to people for both the Lambeau Leap, and his role in bringing a Super Bowl title to Green Bay in 1996. Working with him was a thrill.

Q: While youve written several A: Triumph Books wanted to pair

People simply cant get enough of the Green Bay Packers, and really the NFL in general, says author Rob Reischel, pictured at right with Leroy Butler. Their book, Packers Pride, is available now. Reischel is the Middleton Times-Tribunes sports editor.

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A: LeRoy says in the book: I always mingled with the fans. If you mingle with the fans, the fans will protect you. The only time I wouldnt do a lot of the stuff was when I was with my kids because they require a lot of attention. But if Im by myself, Hey man, fans we can talk. Because you cant have it both ways. You cant tell someone you want them to buy your jersey and then blow them off. Thats always been Butlers mantra. He felt the fans that pay his salary, the fans that keep the league running and buy anything and everything on the market, deserve answers. And hes right. When the Packers lost at 0-10 Indianapolis in 1997, most players ran from the locker room afterwards like there was a fire. Butler stayed and took every question. He gets it. Most of todays players believe less access is a good thing. Many feel theyre above answering questions and telling the fans what truly happened. Butler wasnt like that and fans respected that. Thats why he remains one of the most popular players from those 1990s Packers.

out that Butler wasnt just a dynamic player; he was also honest, accountable and loquacious. How do Butler and the other Packer greats whose stories are told in the book compare to todays NFL stars in that regard?

Q: In the introduction you point

A: I did. A lot. LeRoy told some fascinating stories about Brett Favre, Reggie White, Ron Wolf and others he was closely associated with throughout the 1990s. Of Favre, Butler says: Heres why theyll never be another Brett Favre. When Brett Favre got there, you had black guys playing a game of spades, white guys playing backgammon, the younger guys playing video games, the older guys playing hearts. And Brett fit in with every culture. Hed go over to the brothers and listen to hip-hop. Hed go over to the white guys and listen to country. Hed go hang out with the hunters, hed go hang with the young guys. There was no guy that ever did that. Hell, I never did that.

Q: Youve written a lot about this team over the years. Did you learn anything new while researching this book?

He didnt even know how to play spades, but hed be yelling, I got next. He didnt even like hip-hop, but he would dance to it. He didnt want to get up at 4 in the morning to go hunting before practice at 9, but he did it. He didnt want to go to some of these functions with us, but he did it because he loved his teammates. Of Reggie White, he said: When Reggie White got there, our culture was losing. We had no idea how to win. And I remember Reggie saying he wanted guys to go to bible study. It was on Fridays at 6 oclock in the morning and no one wanted to go, of course. Then he wanted to do it an hour before games at 7 in the morning on Sundays. Now Reggie and I were very close and I was kind of a clown and Reggie was pretty serious. And I said, Reggie, if you want these guys who go to the clubs or hang out, the younger generation to come to bible study, you have to come down to their level. So every Thursday night, everybody in the league goes out, drinks, has

some wings. Just be a guy. So Reggie went to a watering hole that we would always go to and he never did that. Hell no. Reggie was in bed at 7 oclock. But he got to that establishment early, one of the first guys there at like 6 or 7 oclock and he stayed until like 9. And the guys, they saw that and now there was an incredible connection. Well, the next morning, there were like 40, 50 guys at bible study. Before that, he probably had five guys, maybe three-to-five.And thats when I knew we were a team. Then there were some interesting stories from other ex-Packers along the way. I learned that Don Beebe has the ball from Super Bowl XXXI and how he got it. I heard some fun stories about how Paul Hornung, Max McGee and others used to tear it up off the field. Bart Starr told me the biggest mistake he ever made in his life was returning to coach the Packers in 1975. Bob Hyland told the story of how he broke the leg of former Packers coach Dan Devine. Really, every chapter has something new and exciting. No matter how much you think you know about the Packers, I think youll learn something else every few pages.

So I certainly dont anticipate or believe the appetite for the Packers will wane. This is one of the most loyal, devoted fan bases in professional sports, and even during a 4-12 season like 2005, the passion rages on.

A: I grew up a diehard Packers fan, and their journey to the 1996 Super Bowl championship was something Ill never forget. I could still recite to you every score, every stat, every key play from that season. Their journey in reaching the NFC title game in 1995, then putting it altogether the following season was remarkable. The state had suffered for three decades with that team. To now write a book with one of the stars of that team and talk to several legends from that squad was pretty exciting. Q: You cover some pretty legendary pro athletes, but you also write about our local high school sports. Do you need to switch gears when you go back and forth?

Q: What is your favorite Packers memory?

When you wrote the Aaron Rodgers book, it came in the afterglow of the Super Bowl win. The Mike McCarthy book came after a 15-1 season. Have you perceived any diminished appetite for Packers content since, or do you anticipate that this book will match the success of your first two?


The Packers have a license to print money. And I think that sums it up perfectly right now. People simply cant get enough of the Green Bay Packers, and really the NFL in general. When I was a kid in the 1980s (yes, Im old), you read the paper, watched a game on Sunday and hopefully Mom would let you stay up for Monday Night Football. Today, football goes 24-7-365 and it still seems fans are clamoring for more.

A: A friend of mine recently said,

A: Without question. I love high school sports. Absolutely love them. The kids are in them for all the right reasons. They dont make a nickel. Theyre sacrificing an enormous amount of time. Win or lose, I try to keep the overwhelming theme and message pretty positive when it comes to preps. Professional sports are the epitome of big business. Every move, every play, every game deserves intense scrutiny from media and fans alike. That means a lot of negativity, analysis and questioning when things dont go right. Athletes and coaches dont always like that, but its the nature of the beast.
For a signed copy of Packers Pride, email Reischel at

Q: The book contains a wide range of stories, and I think you said you interviewed about 70 sources while doing your research. How did you decide which memories made the final cut? A: I looked for some of the better

stories in team history and tried tracking down the key figures from that game. It wasnt easy, as many are now deceased or simply hard to find. But I think we did a good job covering all of the eras in Packers history. I learned a lot myself, the stories behind great games, where players are today, and how being a Green Bay Packer helped so many of them later in life. All in all, the book was extremely time consuming, but fantastically enjoyable.

Fired Up Pottery opens seasonal store in Middleton




In the 1964 New York Worlds Fair a six-year-old Kim Stanfill-McMillan stared transfixed at a potter. She knew one day she wanted to make her own pottery. At the age of twelve she learned how to throw pottery and began selling her work a few years later. Now she is sharing her passion with the community and seeing how far she can reach out. Stanfill-McMillan is the local entrepreneur behind Fired Up Pottery. People who visit the store can paint their own pottery, make a fused glass piece, or take a pottery wheel class. The potter has locations in Monona in the Lake Edge Shopping Center and a new seasonal satellite store neighboring the Willy Street Co-op in Middleton. The seasonal store will be open in November and December only. It is a really happy, high energy place, but you can also chill out, says Stanfill-McMillan, giving an account of the atmosphere, When families come they say, we have not had such a good time as a family in a long time and they might be here for two or three hours creating and nobody has to get up. She points out if a group wants to get together they may not have the same bonding time if they went out to eat or to see a movie. When your meal is done you have to leave, but when you are here you can keep hanging out, says StanfillMcMillan. She allows people to bring in or order food as well, so you wont have to pass on a meal altogether. StanfillMcMillan wants to grow her business and says a permanent store in Middleton could be her next step. I did not think I could afford to go out there yet to pay rent on two stores, she spells out, Then I got to thinking,

they have those Halloween Expresses, where you just move into a temporary location for like 2 months then you disappear again. The store owner says whether she decides to make the satellite store a permanent location will depend on her sales during the two months its open. If our sales are strong enough then I will surely be talking to the landlord and if it is not strong enough then maybe we will do the pop-in location again. The businesswoman chose November and December strategically. These months tend to be her biggest in sales. There store attracts Christmas shoppers who want to give a gift they actually made or painted. Customers can select from a menagerie of clay items. Then they can choose from a myriad of paint colors and brushes to create any design they like. These items are perfect for Christmas gifts that hold a sentimental value. Kim Stanfill-McMillan wants to her business to grow so she can share her hobby, but she also wants to make a difference. There are 12 of us who work here now, she says, and that started from zero, it started from just me, in eight years I think that is pretty awesome. Stanfill-McMillan has also made giving a primary focus of Fired Up Pottery. The store tries to have at least one fundraiser a week, My real goal is to have one a day but I will take one a week. When a group holds a fundraiser 30 percent of proceeds will go to the cause. Groups can do this to raise money for their own organizations or others. If you are reading this thinking you would like to make a personalized gift for someone this holiday season, get in there and start creating. December 15 is the latest one can submit their piece of pottery to be fired and get it back before Christmas.

It is a really happy, high energy place, but you can also chill out, says Kim Stanfill-McMillan.

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run, 20 signatures are needed on nomination papers. Signing a nomination paper does not represent a vote or even support - it just gives the candidate the right to run for office. Past campaign workers advise getting a few extra signatures in case some are invalidated. 200 signatures are needed to run for mayor. All candidates need to first complete the registration form GAB-1 and declaration of candidacy form GAB-162. Forms are available on the Government Accountability Boards website at or the City of Middletons website. If you are unsure which district you are in, detailed maps are available on the Middleton website as well. The mayor and city council are Middletons highest-ranking elected officials. They craft and approved policies and decide the budget and tax levy.


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Gunning for the top

Middletons girls basketball team is thinking big

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Many teams across the state would love the type of girls basketball season Middleton enjoyed last winter. The Cardinals went 15-9 overall. Middleton was a respectable 12-6 in the Big Eight Conference and finished fourth. And the Cardinals reached the WIAA regional finals, where they fell in overtime to Madison La Follette. All in all, it was a solid season. But the Cardinals have become accustomed to being more than solid. Theyve been special. And this years outfit could be exactly that. Middleton returns the majority of its key players from a year ago and picked up a talented foreign

Hopes are high for hockey Cards

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exchange student. Now, the Cardinals are aiming to move back atop a league they had dominated for years. That journey begins Friday, when the Cardinals face Oak Creek the No. 1 team in the state at 7:45 p.m. at the Brookfield Central Thanksgiving Shootout. I think well have some pieces, an understated Middleton coach Jeff Kind said. We just need to figure out where they fit. Whos better at what role and things like that. Between the 2006-07 season and the 2011-12 campaign, Middleton had its most dominant stretch in school history. The Cardinals won or shared six straight Big Eight Conference titles and reached the WIAA Division 1 state tournament five years in a row. Over those six years, Middleton was a remarkable 94-10 in the Big Eight Conference (.904). The Cardinals also went a stellar 129-24 (.843) overall. This years team has the potential

Liz McMahon (15) and Middletons girls basketball team are hoping to reclaim the Big Eight Conference title this winter.

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Middleton has many questions to answer


The players have changed even more than expected. There will be new lines, rotations, and combinations. But despite some heavy turnover, one thing wont change inside Middletons hockey program and thats expectations. The Cardinals began their year Tuesday night against Beloit Memorial. And despite a bevy of personnel changes, Middleton will be aiming high once again. We have high expectations, said Middleton veteran co-coach Steve Libert. We expect to compete for conference titles and state. With a large turnover from last year there will be some growing pains, but we have the capability. We have a lot of work to do. Middleton went 18-6 last season and finished second in the Big Eight Conference at 11-3. The Cardinals reached the sectional semifinals, before losing to Madison Edgewood. Middleton has reached the WIAA state tournament three times in the last decade. And the Cardinals have finished at or near the top of the league for more than a decade, now. If Middleton hopes to remain a force, it will have to find a goalie.

The Cardinals expected to have standout Max McConnell back for his junior season. Instead, McConnell left the program and is playing with the Milwaukee Junior Admirals. I did not expect to lose Max, Libert said. As I have said before, good goaltending can hide flaws. But at the same time good team play can cover up for a goalie. Bottom line is this team will have to develop their

Davis Bunz and Middletons hockey team opened their season Tuesday night. own identity. Senior Zach Kasdorf and sophomore Tony Wuesthofen who both backed up McConnell last season will vie for the starting position. We play three games next week and they will each get a chance to play, Libert said. It will be new for everybody having a different teammate between the pipes. While goaltending is suddenly

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Middletons greatest question mark, the rest of the positions appear in good shape. Senior forward Jordan Carey was Middletons second-leading scorer last season, with 11 goals, 15 assists and 26 total points. And Carey figures to headline what appears to be a strong group of forwards. Jordan is the most skilled forward, but needs to develop his ability to sup-

port and use his support this year, Libert said. If Jordan develops that ability he will be hard to stop. Senior forwards Brendan Sheehan (3-5-8) and Ryan Dohmeier (4-4-8) both have some experience and should be poised for big senior seasons. Ryan and Jordan are better at scoring, but Brendan is the guy that creates turnovers and crashes the net, Libert See HOCKEY, page 22




Middleton senior defensive end Derek Rogeberg (11) was named first-team all-Big Eight Conference and honorable-mention all-state.

Middleton lands 17 football players on allBig Eight team


Strength in numbers

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Tim Simon was borderline giddy. And really, who could blame him. Simon, Middletons football coach, recently learned that 17 of his Cardinals received some form of allBig Eight Conference recognition. And after a year in which Middleton went 7-2 in the league and tied for second place, Simon knew that his team was extremely well represented. Only league champion Sun Prairie (22) had more all-conference picks than Middleton. Overall, Im very pleased, Simon said. To get 17 on there is really good. Middleton senior offensive linemen Hayden Acker and Jack Mayers, senior running back Charles Braxton, senior defensive end Derek Rogeberg, senior linebackers Matt Hong and Elliot Tanin, and senior cornerback Luke Schafer were all named firstteam all-conference. The Cardinals second-teamers included senior wideout Derek Rongstad, junior tight end Mitchell Herl, junior defensive lineman Chase Jollie and senior safety Max Oelerich. Rongstad was also named secondteam at kicker. Middletons honorable mention

all-conference players were senior quarterback Kasey Miller, senior wideout Demond Hill, senior offensive lineman Lon Yeary, junior offensive lineman Derek Ramsey and junior defensive tackle Nikko Miller. Acker and Mayers were two major reasons Middleton averaged 190.8 rushing yards per game and 6.0 yards per carry. Acker benefitted greatly from Middletons offseason conditioning program. And after working as the Cardinals No. 6 offensive lineman in 2012, Acker became a force at right tackle this fall. He met all of our expectations and was very consistent, Simon said of Acker. He spent a lot of time last winter reconstructing his workout and at first he wasnt sold. But in less than three weeks, we started seeing the difference. Mayers added 20 pounds of muscle between his junior and senior seasons, and played left tackle this fall at a sturdy 240. Hes a kid who put the time in the weight room and reaped the benefits, Simon said. He was a real pleasant surprise. He has a long frame and long arms, and when hes locked on you, forget about it. Braxton played very little as a junior, but he erupted with a huge senior season. Braxton ran for 1,275 yards, 13 touchdowns and averaged 5.8 yards per carry. We knew he was gifted, Simon said. But with Charles, it was a matter of being all in. But he bought in and he was all in and he had a great season. See FOOTBALL, page 24



Sports briefs
Kiddie clinic


The Middleton High School cheerleading team is offering a kiddie clinic on Dec. 14. Sign-in is at 2:30 p.m. and the program begins at 3 p.m. Grades will be split up for one-on-one practice with the MHS cheerleaders. All participants will then be part of the halftime performance at that nights boys varsity basketball game against Madison East. Pizza and T-shirts are included with the $30 registration fee. Participants are reminded to wear tennis shoes and shorts and bring water bottles. Only personal checks are accepted. They should be made out to MHS Cheerleading. Email questions to

Dance team teaching routine to kids

The Middleton Dance Team will teach participants a routine to be performed at halftime of the boys varsity basketball game on Jan. 4. Kids will be divided into different age groups and each group will learn and perform a different routine. The older the kids are, the more difficult the routine. Kids will play games, get pizza and fruit, and receive a T-shirt to wear and take home. Parents will also receive two tickets for admission into the game. More detailed information will be e-mailed to registered parents prior to the clinic. Registration is due Dec. 20. The cost is $30 per child and checks can be made payable to the MHS Dance Team. Any questions can be emailed to



Pos. F F F M M M M D D D D G Pos. F F F M M M M D D D D G Pos. F F F F F F F M M M M M M M M M M M M D D D D D D D G G G

Name Sean Surtees Woo Jin Jeon Luke Miller Alex Young Ghedi Omar Garrett Grunke Sasa Yodkerepauprai *Jack Hagstrom Teon Fountain Trevor Stewart Kye Hanson Connor Rortvedt Name Trent McKinnon Ty Pelton-Byce Santiago Azcarate Jose Barron Devin Ott Jake Wilkins James Bon Nick Kielty Kurt Schneider Keifer Kubly Zach Thal Paul Koebke Barsic

All-Big Eight Conference Boys Soccer

First Team
Yr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr.


Five Middleton soccer players named all-league


Getting their kicks

Middleton senior defenseman Jack Hagstrom was named first-team all-Big Eight Conference. pick. Senior forward Trent McKinnon and junior midfielder Devin Ott were named second-team all-league. And senior midfielder Will Salmon, senior forward Emerson Kovacs and senior defender Devin Vandermause were named honorable-mention all-conference. Hagstrom had a sensational season finishing with a team-high 12 goals and 25 points. Hagstrom also had a team-best five game-winning goals and was truly a do-everything player for the Cardinals. Jack Hagstrom is all-universe in my book, Kollasch said. I have never seen a central defender lead a team offensively.He did that, not only in goals scored by a large margin but he was our emotional leader and go-to guy on offense. He scored lots of goals out of the air, but also off free kicks and through the run of play. He was often the most tightly marked player on our team and he shored up the defense too. He was voted our Most Valuable Defender by his teammates and statistically was also our best attacker. Ott had three goals and four assists (10 points), as well as two game-winning goals. Devin has such a smooth touch and awareness of the field, Kollasch said.He has moves that make opponents look silly.He is our only junior represented in all-conference awards and we look for great things to come

Second Team
Yr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Soph. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr.

School Madison Memorial Madison West Madison West Madison Memorial Madison West Verona Madison East Middleton Madison Memorial Madison West Verona Verona School Middleton Madison Memorial Verona Beloit Memorial Middleton Sun Prairie Madison La Follette Sun Prairie Madison La Follette Madison East Madison West Madison Memorial

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Ben Kollasch would have loved greater representation. Who wouldnt? But even though Kollasch Middletons boys soccer coach felt his Cardinals deserved more than five all-Big Eight Conference players, he understood the process. The parity in the Big Eight Conference makes it tougher and tougher to get players recognized, said Kollasch, whose team finished the year 12-8 overall. The relatively low amount of Middleton players compared to previous years is much more a function of the rest of the league getting better as opposed to Middleton getting worse. (Madison) West finished fifth in the conference standings, but tore through the playoffs up to the state semis. The Big Eight is becoming one of the hallmark soccer conferences in the state. As it was, the Cardinals fared just fine. Senior defender Jack Hagstrom was a unanimous first-team selection and an honorable-mention all-state

from him. McKinnon had a team-high seven assists. He added five goals and finished second on the team with 17 points. Trent racked up more assists than goals and was the strongest target forward in the conference this year, Kollasch said Kovacs was third on the team with 11 points. Kovacs finished with four goals, three assists, and two gamewinning goals. He brought energy to our attack and a creative streak that allowed for unexpected opportunities to pop up, Kollasch said of Kovacs. He was often the offensive spark that created a chance. Vandermause had five assists and was a solid cog in back all season. A solid, second year starting defender, Kollasch said of Vandermause. He gave us an offensive capability from his great long serves as he moved forward. Salmon shined in the midfield and finished with three goals and one assist for seven points. Will was the workhorse of our midfield, Kollasch said. Will defended and attacked and did everything we asked and more. He does not have flashy statistics, but was consistently a thorn in opponents sides and consistently part of shaping our attack. He started every game this season because of it.

* unanimous selection

Name Joaquin Rodriguez Alhagi Dukuray Aaron Weber Emmerson Kovacs Ziyad Sultan Ian Reinicke Hozai Ceballos Dan Swales Muhammed Jarjue Dominick Mesdjian Will Salmon Jacob Asbjornson Declan Schlichting Conlin Bass Alexis Solache Michael Bliss Casey Thompson Pedro Gonzalez Simon Weaver Troy Lipker Jeremy Gottlieb Quenton Nauer Tanner Maier Devin Vandermause Brady March Jake Boebel Andy Mengelt Connor Schlichting Luis Pedroza

Honorable Mention
Yr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Soph. Sr. Jr. Soph. Sr. Soph. Jr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Jr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Sr. Jr. Jr. Sr. Fr. Jr.

School Sun Prairie Sun Prairie Beloit Memorial Middleton Madison La Follette Janesville Craig Janesville Craig Janesville Craig Madison East Madison Memorial Middleton Madison La Follette Madison East Verona Madison West Madison Memorial Verona Beloit Memorial Madison West Janesville Craig Madison Memorial Janesville Parker Madison La Follette Middleton Janesville Craig Sun Prairie Sun Prairie Madison East Beloit Memorial


Boys volleyball team dominates all-Big Eight Conference team


Lucky 7



A Big Eight Conference title. A sectional crown. A trip to the state tournament for the first time since 2009. Almost everything came up roses for Middletons boys volleyball team this year. And not surprisingly, the Cardinals dominated the leagues allconference teams, as well. Middleton senior outside hitter Andy Keeler, senior setter/opposite hitter Connor Zimmick and senior libero Colin Gloudemans were named first-team all-conference. Senior middle hitter Noah Kern was named second-team all-league, while junior outside hitter James Caldwell, senior setter Robbie Drachenberg and senior outside hitter Alex Klubertanz were all named honorable-mention all-conference. Keeler was named the leagues Player of the Year, while Middleton coach Ben White was named the conferences Coach of the Year. Fun year, White said. We played our best volleyball at the end of the season and thats all you can ask. Keeler certainly had a fun season. He led Middleton in kills (205) and had a solid attack percentage of .215. Keeler was also first in aces (41), tied for second in digs (181), and received high honorable mention all-state honors. Keeler, a tri-captain, was a threeyear varsity player who made his final season his best. When Andy was involved in the offense, we were very tough to beat, White said. He plays at a high level, but is always very even-keeled. However, when Andy got excited about a big play, the entire team would erupt because we knew it was something special. He has high volleyball I.Q. and is intelligent off the court as well. Hes a definite role model for all the younger players in the program. Zimmick had a sensational year and earned second-team all-state honors. He led the Cardinals in assists (453), was fourth in kills (122) and second among Middletons regulars in attack percentage (.358). The 6-foot-6 Zimmick was also second in aces (38), fourth in digs (131) and first in total blocks (67). Nobody was playing better at the end of the year than Connor Zimmick, White said. For the last month he was easily one of the top five to eight players in the state of Wisconsin. I couldnt be happier for him that he received second-team allstate.He definitely deserved it. Late in the season, White changed Middletons rotation to get the ball to Zimmick more. In Middletons final five matches, Zimmick had 59 kills and just eight errors. Zimmick was arguably the best player on the floor during Middletons loss at state to Germantown, he was voted Middletons MVP by his teammates and was also named a tri-captain. He was clutch when you needed a clutch player, White said.He came in with high expectations three years

ago and especially this year. It took a little while but he came around and he went above anything I could have expected both on and off the court. Im very proud of all he accomplished this year. Gloudemans was Middletons libero the last 2 years and was a dynamo in the back row. This season, Gloudemans led Middleton with 272 digs and was also named a tri-captain. Halfway through his sophomore year, I threw him in a match at the Cardinal Invite, and since then weve never looked back, White said.Colin could hit and play all the way around, but we needed his leadership and his intelligence in the back row all year. He is a competitor and nobody worked harder in the strength and conditioning sessions than Colin. Colin had no fear in the back row and always seemed to be in the right place at the right time. Kern was named second-team allconference, but White felt he deserved far better. Kern was second on the Cardinals in kills (188) and led the team with a .378 attack percentage. Kern was also third in blocks (65) and sixth in digs (49). There was no better middle in conference, and I dont think a middle See BOYS VB, page 21

Middleton senior setter/opposite hitter Connor Zimmick was named first-team all-Big Eight Conference and second-team allstate.

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld


made first-team all-conference, which doesnt make sense to me, White said.Kern hit hard.Really hard.And he was the player other coaches around the state would notice.He can jump and he can hit.And when he is on, you arent stopping him. Kern is an intense player and expects greatness out of himself.He is explosive. And there is no way he is only second team all-conference. Im sorry, but if you put him on any other team in conference, that coach is nominating him for conference player of the year. Klubertanz is another player White felt deserved better. Klubertanz was third on the Cardinals in kills (150) and had a .209 attack percentage. Klubertanz was fourth in blocks (43), sixth in digs (47) and voted Middletons Most Improved Player. Kluby hit with a cannon on the outside, White said. Alex hit both outside and right side for us and he made the biggest difference blocking down the stretch. From where Alex was at the beginning of the year to the confidence he played with at the end of the year was night and day. Drachenberg was one of Middletons two setters, and finished second with 436 assists. He was also fifth in digs (97). Robbie has the ability to run the show by himself, but with the depth we had, I had to put in an Alex or Kern for Robbie in the front row, White said. But I know he can play allaround. He proved it in practice daily. He was the politest player on the team. Id love saying, Nice set Robbie, because Id always get a Thank you Coach, right back. Robbie is just a solid kid and player. Hed be the No. 1 setter and running a 5-1 offense on another team but ours. But Robbie is a great team player. He never complained and always did what we asked.We were lucky to have him. Caldwell was the Cardinals lone junior honored, and hell be counted on for big things next year. Caldwell tied for second in digs (181), was sixth in kills (83) and fifth in blocks (25). James came on as one of our outside hitters, White said. He had no training other than basic drills and hit lines. Hes always been a defensive specialist. Well those days are gone.Hes a hitter and a big block. James is so solid in the back row. A lot will be put on James next year because of his experience and his ability. I know he will more than be able to handle it and Im looking forward to seeing what he can do. As for White, he won Coach of the Year honors for a fifth time. And after leading to Middleton to its seventh league title in eight years, perhaps the biggest question is how White hasnt been honored more. Its a nice honor to receive, but it goes to the coaching staff, players and the parents that help support the program, White said.The parents who organize everything from pasta parties, to concessions to coordinating volunteers at the Cardinal Invite allow me to focus on coaching. More awards: Cardinals senior Michael Padrutt won the Coaches Award, which is given to the player that best represents Middleton both on and off the court. Michael didnt see a lot of playing time, but worked his tail off every single day in practice, White said. He was also the player you could count on to help with anything at a moments notice. Also, former Middleton standout Tim Owen was named the states Coach of the Year. Owen is now the head coach at Brookfield East and guided the Spartans to just the second



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Name Andy Keeler Keahn Dunn Connor Zimmick Riley Anderson Andrew Dahl Alex Bakken Colin Gloudemans Alec Podrasky Name Kevin Joswiak Caleb Schober Noah Kern Armann Cabrera David Ebben Andrew Moen Aran Lennon Brett Tauber

All-Big Eight Conference Boys Volleyball

First Team
Yr. 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 Yr. 12 12 12 12 11 12 12 11 Pos. OH OH S/OPP OH OH OH L OH Pos. S MB MH OH RS MB MB MH


Second Team

School Middleton Madison La Follette Middleton Madison La Follette Fort Atkinson Fort Atkinson Middleton Beloit Memorial School Madison West Beloit Memorial Middleton Beloit Memorial Fort Atkinson Madison West Madison East Madison Memorial

state appearance in school history and their first-ever victory at state. Owen, in his sixth season at Brookfield East, took over a fledging program and brought it to new

Middleton senior outside hitter Andy Keeler was named the Big Eight Conferences Player of the Year. heights. Owen, a 2001 graduate from MHS, was an all-state volleyball player while at MHS.

Times-Tribune photo by Mary Langenfeld

Coach of the Year: Ben White, Middleton Player of the Year: Andy Keeler, Middleton

Name Kevin Dunn Deron Cribbs Andres Oselio James Caldwell Logan Nytes Aaron Wendt Robbie Drachenberg Christian Schober Alex Klubertanz

Honorable Mention
Yr. 11 11 11 11 12 11 12 11 12 Pos. S MB S OH MB S S MB OH

School Madison La Follette Madison East Beloit Memorial Middleton Madison West Fort Atkinson Middleton Beloit Memorial Middleton


continued from page 16 said. He is fearless and does the unselfish things that help a team go, but do not always show up on score sheet. These three guys are going to need to lead the way in showing their teammates what it means to be a teammate. They are going to be as important off the ice as on it. Senior leadership cannot be underestimated and they have to look out for their teammates. Junior forwards Taylor Dickert (74-11), Eddy Matush and Daylon Reifsteck all have experience and should contribute. Of that trio, Libert said: They have played enough that I am sure this year they expect to be players that make a difference. Taylor has played a lot the last two years so he should be ready to accept more responsibilities. Senior Dylan Wetzel is a high-energy player that could contribute. Sophomores Casey Harper, Nolan Kouba, Jordan Hylbert and Garrett Graf should also provide a boost. At forward we have a group of pretty even players, so it will be interesting to see how it shakes out, Libert said. There is not a wide disparity of talent between players. Determining who made the team this year was very difficult. Sophomore defenseman Davis Bunz (6-10-16) was arguably the best freshman in the conference a year ago and he should spearhead Middletons defense. Senior Vaughn Kottler is as steady as it gets, while juniors Joey Duff and Nikko Miller have some varsity experience. Junior Michael Bakken and sophomore Braxton Walby round out the six-man unit. It is an interesting mix of physical play and puck handling skills as a group, Libert said. They each have more of one and less of another, so some balance will need to be found. Davis, only a sophomore, is probably as good as their is in our conference with a lot of upside. Vaughn, while he does not standout, does everything pretty well and really


works to help the others around him get better. Vaughn can make a good first pass as well as move the puck out himself. Libert believes his team will have good speed. And he expects the Cardinals to be awfully deep. After that, he admits theres plenty of uncertainty. More questions than answers, Libert said of his team. How good will we be at stopping the puck? How will we score? Two pretty important questions, eh? Like last year we do not have any pure goal scorers, but hopefully the foundation we laid last year of learning to score by committee will give us something to build upon. We shoot pretty well, but we need to become better at using each other and finding holes in the opponents defense. Defending conference champion Verona is the favorite once again. Libert expects Madison Memorial and Madison West to be in the hunt, too. As for Middleton, the biggest question is between the pipes. If the Cardinals find a satisfactory answer, then anything seems possible. I dropped and broke my crystal

Name Zach Kasdorf Eric Karwoski Joey Duff Daylon Reifsteck Michael Bakken Nikko Miller Nolan Kouba Davis Bunz Taylor Dickert Garrett Graf Brendan Sheehan Ryan Dohmeier Braxton Walby Vaughn Kottler Casey Harper Eddy Matush Dylan Wetzel Jordan Carey Tony Wuesthofen Jordan Hylbert

Boys Varsity Hockey Roster

No. 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 33 12 Ht. 5-9 6-2 5-9 5-11 6-1 6-1 6-0 6-0 5-9 511 5-10 5-8 5-9 5-10 5-9 5-7 5-10 6-2 6-1 6-0 Wt 175 180 155 165 175 220 170 165 135 170 170 150 155 175 155 140 161 190 180 147 Pos. G F D F D D F D F F F F D D F F F F G F



ball, so now I have wait and see how Zach and Tony will play, Libert said. Team defense in front of them before and after that first shot is just as critical. What type of first shots we allow and then clearing the slot of dangerous plays as well as recovering the puck. We need to develop the skills and the desire to guard the castle.

Yr. 12 11 11 11 11 11 10 10 11 10 12 12 10 12 10 11 12 12 10 10


No. 4 5 10 12 14 15 20 22 24 25 30 32 34

Head Coach: Jeff Kind Varsity Assistant: Dave Zingg

Name Elizabeth Norregard Katie Fermanich Kelly Roach Emily Peterson Darby Raffel Liz McMahon Josie Meinholz Jenna Blair Lia Passini Grace Douglas Emily Bergum Cole Jordee Anna Bunyan

Middleton Girls Varsity Basketball Roster

Ht. 56 57 60 58 52 59 58 510 55 61 58 60 60 Pos. G G F G G F F G G G/F G F F



Yr. 11 11 12 11 12 12 11 11 11 10 11 11 12

D a r b y Raffel and M i d d l e t o n s girls basketball team open their season Friday against Oak Creek at the Brookfield C e n t r a l Thanksgiving Shootout.

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to once again dominate the conference. While we return many talented players from last year, I think with the additions weve made we have a very solid roster, Middleton senior forward Liz McMahon said. Our team expectations are to be a strong contender in conference. We are playing a very tough non-conference schedule, and that will prepare us for challenging conference games and the playoffs. McMahons return certainly gives the Cardinals a terrific starting point. Last season, McMahon was named first-team all-Big Eight Conference after averaging 16.5 points per game, which was roughly one-third of the Cardinals total offense. And over McMahons final five games, she averaged a whopping 23.4 points per contest. McMahon led Middleton in


rebounding (9.8) and steals (2.9), and shot 48.0% from the field. And McMahon was recently named second-team preseason all-state by She has put in a lot of work in the offseason conditioning program, Kind said of McMahon. Shes worked on her athleticism, her quickness, that kind of stuff. She knows that she has to be a scorer for us. But this year, shell have some help and thats a big thing. That will help a lot. Some of that help will come from junior guard Elizabeth Norregard, a foreign exchange student from Denmark. The 5-foot-6 Norregard has the skills to play point guard and the shooting ability to play off guard. No matter where Norregard ends up, Kind expects her to be a huge addition. You can tell skill wise, experi-

ence wise, she has played for a while, Kind said of Norregard. Shes used to a fast paced game and our system is different. But shes catching on. The rest of the Cardinals have certainly taken notice. Elizabeths been a great addition to the team, McMahon said. Shes got a nice shot and is a good guard. Shes fitting in well and learning quickly. Middleton has plenty of other impressive parts to build around. Junior forward Cole Jordee was third on the team in scoring last season (8.0) and could be poised for a breakout season. Coles got a lot of skills and shes easily our best free throw shooter, Kind said. She has all these skills, now she has to make the step to be aggressive and explosive. Sophomore Grace Douglas, who is

Middletons tallest player, will either be one of the states biggest point guards or play power forward. The two positions actually have a lot of the same responsibilities inside Middletons offense, and Douglas eventual landing spot could be decided by where the Cardinals decide to play Norregard. I think shell have a nice year, Kind said of Douglas. Shes only been a point guard for half of a year, so shes still learning a lot of stuff about that. No matter where she plays, though, shes going to help us. Senior center Anna Bunyan (4.5 ppg) had some key performances last year. And Kind believes Bunyan can have a big season if she becomes more consistent. Senior guard Darby Raffel was a key bench player last season who will again factor in the rotation. Junior

guards Lia Passini and Emily Bergum are also fighting for playing time. Kind calls junior forward Jenna Blair one of his most improved players, and expects her to contribute. Senior forward Kelly Roach is another returning letterwinner. Kind has traditionally gone at least 10 players deep, pushed the pace and worn opponents out. This years bunch should be able to do that again. I would like our team to be a team others dont want to play, McMahon said. We want to control the game and not let the other team play comfortably. If that happens, Middleton should be in the hunt for conference supremacy again. Last year certainly wasnt a bad year, Kind said. But it makes you appreciate where you were and where you want to be. Hopefully, we can get back there this season.

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All-Big Eight Conference Football

QB WR WR WR TE OL OL OL OL OL OL OL RB RB RB RB PK RS QB WR WR WR WR TE OL OL OL OL OL OL OL RB RB RB RB PK RS QB QB QB QB QB QB QB WR WR WR WR TE OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL OL RB RB RB RB PK Ryan Curran Daurice Fountain Tripp Soma Michael Marchese Aubrey Johnson Chase Crothers Adam Stiner Jack Mayers Mack Arnold Hayden Acker Alex Daugherty T.J. Steinke Noah Diaz Cahleel Copus Eric Schmid Charles Braxton Dustin Wunderlin Rodney Poe


Offense First Team

Sun Prairie Mad. Memorial Sun Prairie Sun Prairie Madison West Sun Prairie Verona Middleton Mad. La Follette Middleton Sun Prairie Janesville Parker Sun Prairie Mad. La Follette Verona Middleton Sun Prairie Mad. La Follette

Middleton senior running back Charles Braxton (2) was named first-team all-Big Eight. Rogeberg led Middleton with eight sacks and nine tackles for loss, and was third on the team with 64 tackles. Rogeberg was also named honorablemention all-state. He has really good speed off the edge, long arms and quickness, Simon said of Rogeberg. Pass rush was his calling card and teams had to look out for No. 11. Hong missed most of his junior season with a broken foot. But he rebounded with a terrific senior year

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in which he led Middleton with 97 tackles, was second with eight tackles for loss and second with 2.5 sacks. He was a downhill player who loved contact, Simon said of Hong. There were probably some growing pains that first game against (Madison) Memorial. But he shook off the rust pretty quick and had a great year. Tanin was one of Middletons leaders, and made most of the defensive calls. He also had a sensational

season and finished second in tackles (89) and third in tackles for loss (seven). Hes a great athlete and a student of the game, Simon said of Tanin. In the classroom, he gets it. He knows how to organize a front seven. And he could really run sideline to sideline. Great year. Schafer was Middletons quarterback in 2012, and platooned with Miller at the outset of 2013. But when See FOOTBALL, page 25

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John Tackett Verona Hunter Mickelson Mad. La Follette Derek Rongstad Middleton Chris Graf Madison West Terrell McFadden Madison West Mitchell Herl Middleton Adam Carlson Janesville Craig Zack Oruruo Mad. La Follette Chase Mikula Sun Prairie Trevor Bell Madison West Justin Oneill Beloit Memorial Scott Rohlfing Verona Paul Jacobson Janesville Parker Dai-Von Vance-Jenkins J. Parker Aaron Fischer Sun Prairie Trevahn Hall Janesville Craig Andre Saunders Mad. La Follette Derek Rongstad Middleton D.J. Weberg Janesville Craig

Second Team

12 12 12 12 12 11 12 12 12 12 11 12 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11

6-0 6-3 6-1 6-1 6-4 5-11 6-6 6-6 6-2 6-2 6-1 6-4 6-0 6-0 5-8 5-9 6-0 6-0 6-4 6-1 6-5 6-1 6-0 6-4 6-3 6-3 5-8 6-2 6-3 6-0 6-3 5-7 6-0 5-9 6-3 6-5 5-10 6-0 6-3 6-0 6-0 6-1 5-11 6-1 5-11 6-4 6-1 5-11 6-2 6-0 6-0 6-3 6-3 6-2 5-8 6-4 6-0 6-1 6-3 6-2 6-0 5-10 5-11 5-9 6-0

185 185 170 185 240 240 280 240 229 305 260 290 175 173 165 176 170 175 200 180 180 166 155 200 260 301 215 218 225 210 250 160 235 155 210 180 175 190 190 180 192 180 195 222 179 180 167 150 195 210 225 240 285 227 200 240 260 215 264 240 180 195 180 150 190

Adrien Reilly Madison West 12 Brandon Toman Madison Memorial 12 Jordan Carlson Mad. La Follette 11 Kasey Miller Middleton 12 Zach Zilm Madison East 11 Tom Gabower Janesville Craig 12 Denzel Barnes Beloit Memorial 12 C.J. Jackson Mad. La Follette 11 Frederick Bobo Sun Prairie 12 Demond Hill Middleton 12 Jordan Chester Madison East 11 Taylor Watzke Verona 12 Jim Sullivan Madison Memorial 12 Dillon Villacrez Verona 11 Mitch McCloskey Sun Prairie 12 Bailey Playter Sun Prairie 10 Lon Yeary Middleton 12 Derek Ramsey Middleton 11 Bryce Hall Janesville Parker 11 Darby Lemkuil Madison East 12 Jordan Festge Madison East 11 Dylan Klinger Madison West 12 Ross Smith Janesville Craig 11 Trevis Miller Mad. Memorial 12 Ra Quan Cunnigan Mad. Memorial 12 Finley Nahn Madison West 12 Cameron Tindall Verona 11 Nick Hanson Verona 11

Honorable Mention


the Cardinals were hit with injuries in their defensive backfield, Schafer moved to cornerback. Schafer took to his new position rather quickly, and the coaches in the league took notice. In six games at cornerback, Schafer had eight passes defensed. What can you say about Luke Schafer? Simon exclaimed. His heart was at quarterback, but he said, Ill do whats best for the team. And thats what a leader and a captain does. He sacrificed his first love and that helped us to be a second place team in the conference. And the coaches respected how good of an athlete Luke is. Rongstad led Middleton in receiving yards (518) and receiving touchdowns (eight) and finished second on the team with 27 catches. The 6-foot5 Rongstad used his size to his advantage on shorter routes and jump balls. But Rongstad, who will play basketball at UW-Milwaukee next year, also had deceptive speed and could run away from defenders. As a kicker, Rongstad went 33-of34 on extra points and made all four of his field goal attempts. His first love is basketball, Simon said of Rongstad. But he gave everything he had to football. And Im sure his experiences on the football field are going to make him a better basketball player. Herl, a converted wide receiver, had a big year at tight end. Herl finished third on the Cardinals in receptions (23), receiving yards (323) and receiving touchdowns (three). His speed and receiving ability at tight end are outstanding, Simon said. And he started to pick up the run blocking part of the position, too. He was much improved as the year went on. Jollie finished the year fifth in total tackles (49), fourth in tackles for loss (five) and had 1.5 sacks. We knew Chase could play and he could be really good if he stayed within the scheme, Simon said. Defensive tackle isnt a glorious position, but Chase really bought in. Hes just a fighter. He has some grit in his teeth. The 6-foot-3 Oelerich was a wide receiver as a junior, but moved to safety this season. The move was seamless, as Oelerich finished fourth on the team in tackles (61), had one forced fumble and an interception. We talked with Max last winter about playing defense, Simon said. And he picked up the free safety position right away. He was another kid that had a great year for us. Simon insisted that Yeary was the best center in the conference. But the Big Eight doesnt pick its all-conference offensive linemen by position. Instead, they just select the best linemen. Lons a wrestler and he uses his hands and feet so well, Simon said. Shotgun snaps, under snaps. We



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All-Big Eight Conference Football

DL DL DL DL DL ILB ILB ILB ILB OLB OLB OLB DB DB DB DB P DL DL DL DL DL ILB ILB ILB ILB OLB OLB OLB DB DB DB DB P DL DL DL DL DL DL DL DL ILB ILB ILB OLB OLB OLB OLB OLB DB DB DB DB DB DB P Craig Evans Devin Webster Derek Rogeberg Harold Russel Tyran Kimball Michael Garvey Ben Mogilevsky Matt Hong Andrew Blair Antonio Hoye Elliot Tanin Noah Frassetto Marcus Collins Luke Kiefer Luke Schafer Mitch Flora Dustin Wunderlin


Defense First Team

Sun Prairie Sun Prairie Middleton Madison West Mad. La Follette Sun Prairie Mad. La Follette Middleton Sun Prairie Madison West Middleton Sun Prairie Mad. La Follette Sun Prairie Middleton Verona Sun Prairie

Nick Garey Janesville Parker Logan Postweiler Verona Aubrey Johnson Madison West Chase Jollie Middleton Nick Wewetzer Sun Prairie Ryan Breusewitz Mad. Memorial Evan Shortreed Janesville Craig Robert Garel Madison West Dakin Coons Verona Carlos Perez Madison East Harrison Henschler Janesville Craig Sean Smith Janesville Parker Paul Looper Mad. La Follette Reggie Roemer Mad. Memorial Malik Clements Madison West Max Oelerich Middleton Elijah Hill Mad. La Follette Sean Walker Kenny Keyes Tom Bartz Nikko Miller Fernando Ruiz Logan Carlson Isiah Berghammer Justin O'Neil Keegan Mickey Mike Gullens Mike Money Ben Horman Josh Phillips D.J. McDonald Mason Blaser Jesse Porter Gavin Green David Rogowski J.P. Curran Will Theisen Javen Murry Alex Sage Billy Phalin Madison West Verona Mad. La Follette Middleton Madison East Janesville Craig Janesville Craig Beloit Memorial Beloit Memorial Sun Prairie Janesville Parker Mad. Memorial Mad. La Follette Mad. La Follette Janesville Parker Beloit Memorial Madison West Verona Sun Prairie Janesville Parker Janesville Craig Beloit Memorial Janesville Parker

Second Team

12 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 12 11 12 12 12 12 11 11 11 12 12 12 12 12 12

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knew if Lon could handle center, the offensive line could be very good and thats exactly what happened. Ramsey had a terrific year at right guard, and should be poised for bigger and better things as a senior. Dereks a kid whos kind of like Chase Jollie, Simon said. He just fights you all the time. Hes so gritty and when he gets underneath you, its over. Miller took over the quarterbacking position early in the season and enjoyed a solid year. Miller completed 59.1% of his throws, threw for 1,442 yards, 13 touchdowns and six interceptions. We knew Kasey could throw the ball, Simon said. We worked on his mobility and that certainly improved. And as the year went on, he got to

Middleton senior defensive back Luke Schafer was named first-team all-Big Eight Conference. know his receivers and their routes a lot better and that helped make him a better player, too. Hill had a terrific season and led Middleton with 33 receptions. He also finished second in yards (407) and second in touchdown catches (four). Demond had a great year, Simon said. Hes an explosive kid and he could go over the top on you. I know he put a scare into some teams. Miller was another inside force who helped anchor the defense. Next season, he and Jollie should form one of the top defensive tackle duos in the league. Hes just a fighter and such a tough, hard nosed kid, Simon said of Miller. He was really consistent all season and just a pleasant surprise.

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In a housing crisis, knowing the resources available can make the difference in where someone sleeps at night. When it comes to homeless shelter space and rental housing openings, the new Dane County Housing Crisis Hotline works to fill existing service gaps by tracking up-to-the-moment availability of housing resources. Families and individuals without a place to stay or who are imminently at risk of losing their nighttime residence can call the hotline for a mini-assessment that will identify available options. Households who have been homeless for less than six months can

Countys Crisis Hotline works to fill housing gaps



from denim to dresses, accessories and more. Z.Bella Boutique is located at Cayuga Court in downtown Middleton just off University Avenue and the Beltline Highway. Schuler has years of experience in retail, most recently at Cornblooms, a footwear store at Hilldale Mall in Madison. An upwardly mobile young professional, she eventually decided to strike out on her own. I was always frustrated by the lack of options for plus-size women, she said. It was as if you always found yourself having to dig through some bin of frumpy outfits. With the help of a grant through the University of Wisconsin Small Business Development Center, Schuler and Felton drew up a business plan and went searching for a location. We looked all over the place, she said. We wanted easy access, which we found here, and we wanted to be in a place like Middleton, which is a growing community. Schuler said she immediately fell in love with Cayuga Court and its diverse shops. Z.Bella offers everything from denim to dresses, all with an eye toward the un-frumpy. Women literally come in here so excited, Schuler said. I had one who was literally fighting back tears because she was finally able to shop for clothes she liked, not just be limited to what fit. Z.Bella uses the term plussize to mean sizes 12 and up, but Schuler does so begrudgingly. Its a very bad term, she said. I kind of hate the word. I would rather just say average rather than plus-size. With a total of four employees, Z.Bella is very much a small business. With a motherdaughter team owning it, its also a family affair. My moms actually not a plus-size woman, said Schuler. Shes petite. But she loves boutiques, and shes seen how frustrating it was for me to find clothes, so she understands. Z.Bella is currently open at 1903 Cayuga St., Suite 101.


also meet in person with a caseworker for a full assessment, including referral to shelters with openings or apartments for rent. This intensive case management aspect also includes information about wait list procedures for housing units or shelters. Through these actions, the Dane County Housing Crisis Hotline works to divert people away from the homeless shelters by quickly providing information on stable housing options, thus shortening the length of homelessness for families and individuals in a housing crisis. This program provides what is needed for the individual by identify-

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posed a definite obstacle. The 10.8 percent levy increase for the city's portion of the tax bill is the total amount of all property taxes going up for the city's portion in the City of Middleton, including new construction, explained city administrator Mike Davis. The actual average rate increase for all city taxes will be 8.44 percent. The increase is primarily caused by maintaining city services in small part and in large part from the debt service for the three new public safety buildings constructed in 2008 and 2009, Davis added. Although the city benefited from low interest rates and competitive construction costs for those buildings, we have had a simultaneous drop in property values which has made the tax rate higher than anyone on the [city] council would like. With the most up-to-date version of the budget estimating the citys total 2014 expenditures at $46,398,099, this amount reflects funding allocated toward Saturday Metro bus service, sidewalk repair, the Middleton Youth Center, Branch Street reconstruction, city personnel, and storm water maintenance. Although filtering monies into these local objectives is creating an increased burden on Middleton taxpayers wallets, Davis claimed the success of certain Tax Increment Districts and upcoming projects offer the community notable financial promise. Tax Increment District (TID) 3 is extremely healthy to the point that it is paying for TID operating costs in the District to the tune of $1.75 million in 2014, said Davis. We are also able to pay cash [with no borrowing necessary] for improvements, like total sidewalk brick replacement and Terrace Avenue reconstruction, for our Downtown in 2014 thanks to a healthy TID 3. Weve been able to redevelop Amherst Road and enjoy the success of the Heritage Senior Campus on Allen Boulevard as a result of TID 5, Davis continued. The Meriter [medical campus] and Tribeca [Village development] projects also have great promise.


ing gaps in service, then providing more streamlined services to those experiencing a housing crisis than were previously available, said Kristina Dux, chair of the Homeless Services Consortium, the agency organizing the Dane County Housing Crisis Hotline. There were 3,382 homeless individuals in Dane County in 2012, including families with children. Many of them will find a place stay with help from the Dane County Housing Crisis Hotline, Dux said. Caseworkers will work with multiple agencies and with a variety of touch points to find help for those in need.

That includes a toll free phone number to call, in person outreach at other homeless services organizations, and the flexibility to meet with people at locations throughout the community. The Dane County Housing Crisis Hotline can be reached during normal business hours Monday through Friday from 8:00am-4:30pm by calling (855) 510-2323. The project is paid for by the City of Madison and the pilot program will run through December 2014 while plans for a longer term program are assessed. Founded in 1966, CACs mission is

to develop the economic and social capacities of individuals, families, and communities to reduce poverty in Dane, Jefferson, and Waukesha Counties. Services provided from CACs headquarters in Madison include a free Clothing Center, a food warehouse serving food pantries across Dane, Jefferson and Waukesha Counties, homelessness prevention and housing case management services, and CACs Community Gardens program. More information is available online at continued from page 1

From top to bottom: Property taxes and the mill rate in 2013 and 2014; the budgets proken down by fund type; the general fund detailed.

Budget data provided by the City of Middleton Finance Department




Foundation grants help students flourish

by PERRY HIBNER With a light blanket of snow on the ground, it almost felt like Christmas for a number of Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District students and staff on Monday. Thats because teachers at six schools Clark Street, Elm Lawn, Glacier Creek, Kromrey, Park and Sauk Trail received grants worth nearly $4,500 from the MCPASD Education Foundation. The nearly 2-hour yellow bus tour included stops at all six of the schools. The Foundation held its first bus tour in the spring when it handed out more than $3,200 in grants. Fourteen MHS band members played On Wisconsin in each of the schools before chair Courtney Ward-Reichard presented each recipient with flowers donated by Copps and a certificate. These are very special days, Ward-Reichard said. We love seeing the looks on the faces of all the students and staff when we announce they have won a grant. Other Foundation board members who attended part or all of the celebration included Don Johnson, Tom Kobinsky, Stephanie Moen-Mueller, John Selbo, Bill Reis, Brenda Delabarre, Kathy Nieber-Lathrop and Charlie Saeman. Other community members who attended included Middleton Chamber of Commerce executive director Van Nutt, State Bank of Cross Plains vice president Dawn Ferguson and Aleta Kaplan of BMO Harris. The Foundation was formed in 2011 to provide inspiring experiences for students and staff in the District. The Foundation has partnered with Madison Community Foundation and has raised nearly $120,000 for its endowment fund thanks to contributions from J.H. Findorff & Son, BMO Harris, HR Imaging, the MGE Foundation, District staff and individuals in the comMiddleton-Cross Plains Area School Dist.

munity. Next month, the Foundation will also unveil more than a dozen signs recognizing contributions of area businesses and individuals, and displayed in District schools. Weve come so far in such a short period of time, Kobinsky said. Its amazing to see the difference the Foundation is making for the students in our District. Im also excited that eight of the 10 schools in the District have received a grant in just the first year. There were 24 submissions during the fall grant cycle, Education Foundation Specialist Perry Hibner said. Thats a 60 percent increase over the number received in the spring. To get that many in the fall considering how busy it is was amazing, he said. We expect that number to continue to grow as more staff see the kinds of initiatives being funded. Clark Street Community School teacher Jason Pertzborn received a $1,250 grant funded by the State Bank of Cross Plains to help his students learn about tax preparation, insurance, investment and savings, budgeting and managing credit. The Foundation was also excited that elementary students will benefit from the program because CSCS students will lead Junior Achievement activities at other MCPASD schools. Chris Conohan, a fourth-grade teacher at Elm Lawn, will receive a grant of $950 to purchase an two Google Nexus 10s that he plans to have his Journalism Club students use to write stories, collect digital imagery and produce videos. These grants validate every students work and shows that their work is important and valuable, he said. Each grant is truly a credit to the students, staff, family and community members who have worked with each student now and in the past. It takes a village, and our students are so fortunate to have had such incredible teachers, families and community members

to help them get to the point that they can actively use these grants. Thank you! Jenniper Hylbert received a $440 grant to purchase an iPad that her fifthgrade students will use for reading, writing, blogging and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Support programs. Sauk Trail music teacher John Becker received a $400 grant to hire four experienced professional jazz musicians to work all with every student in the school while they learn about musical, cultural and dance traditions in jazz around the world. Holly Reardon and the other Block 6W teachers at Glacier Creek received a grant of $750 to purchase three Google Chromebooks. The Chromebooks will be used by all sixth-graders,

Members of the MHS band perform at Glacier Creek Middle School on Monday. Holly Reardon and the sixthgrade block was awarded a $750 grant thanks to a donation from Monsanto to purchase three Google Chromebooks. but especially struggling readers and writing workshop participants. The grant was made possible by a donation from Monsanto, Hibner said. Kromrey counselor Fred Bartman wrote a grant for $500, which will allow the school to begin a new transition program for students entering the middle schools. The year-long program trains eighth-graders to help younger students with their transition to a new

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building and to mentor them throughout the year. In all, the Foundations first year of grants should impact approximately 4,000 students in the district, Hibner said.To learn more about the Foundation and how to support similar grants in the future, please visit


streams. The new budget includes funds to reduce racial disparities, increase pay for human services workers, operate a day shelter for homeless people and provide services for them prior to the shelters opening. It also funds water quality projects and many other initiatives. In addition, it establishes a crime prevention board charged with distributing $20,000 to government law enforcement agencies and private crime prevention groups to support prevention efforts, and beefs up security in the city-City-County Buildings family court. Hendrick added, Millions of dollars of sustainability projects in this budget will allow us to reduce operating expenses, our use of fossil fuels, and the climate impact of greenhouse gas pol-




CHILDHOOD ZONES When we invest in the future of our children, we are making a commitment that will strengthen our entire county for generations to come, said the executive. The approved budget focuses funds on areas in the county where stability for children is a problem, like Madisons Allied Drive and areas around Westside Elementary in Sun Prairie. A

lution. We can save money, save energy, and save the world. The 2013 budget included total expenditures of $492 million, and had a tax levy of $138.7 million, compared to a 2014 levy of $143.5 million. Estimates are that the county budget will result in a property tax increase of around $20 on a $200,000 home.

press release from Parisis office indicates the budget authorizes $165,000 to be coupled with $185,000 from the charity organization United Way to create two additional Early Childhood Zones. These zones coordinate existing community programming through the United Way and Dane Countys Joining Forces for Families and the Early Childhood Initiative to provide handson resources for parents, located right in their own neighborhoods. This work helps kids succeedand parents find meaningful employment, creating long-term stability for the family. The largest new program in the 2014 budget creates new Mental Health Rapid Response Teams. This program is designed to put professionals in classrooms to help de-escalate situa-

JAILHOUSE TALK The budget includes $51.6 million in capital expenditures, including $8 million to plan and begin to implement recommendations of a consultant studying the needs of the Dane County Jail, according to a press release from Hendricks office. The consultants report is due in December. During the deliberations, supervisor Tim Kiefer moved to delete the funding, calling the $8 million a down payment on what will be a $120 million project. Kiefer was referring to a cost estimate for building an entirely new jail in downtown Madison. Other, like

tions with students who have mental health challenges; and coordinate community and educational services.

SHARED CONCERNS Parisi made a point of thanking supervisor Sharon Corrigan, who in addition to representing Middleton on the county board also chairs the Dane County Personnel & Finance Committee that did much of the budget development legwork. This was her second time leading the countys budget deliberations. Despite tight constraints, the 2014 budget process was marked by efforts to work together to address shared concerns, said Corrigan. I was struck by the extent of the agreement on major priorities. We found remarkable consensus when it came funding key initiatives like addressing homelessness and low-income housing shortages, funding clear lakes initiatives, improving public safety, and seeking longterm savings through sustainability projects. Corrigan went on to say the most significant area of disagreement among supervisors was on whether to begin planning to address the need for improvements in the jail. We house inmates in three different locations that suffer from health and safety hazards, lack of facilities for the many individuals with mental health needs, and a layout that requires far more staffing than more modern facilities, Corrigan continued. In the end, we included $8 million in the capital budget to begin to address these needs. We are awaiting a year-end report from a consultant that will analyze our options and provide us with cost-benefit comparisons. After reviewing the report the county board will provide direction on how the planning funds will be spent. Corrigan also lauded the capital budget for its inclusion of funds to create a master plan to renovate and upgrade Mendota County Park on the east side of Middleton. Corrigan spearheaded the push to include the money. The overall needs of this beautiful piece of property have not been examined in many years, she said. Its time to involve the community in shaping the future of the park and making it a destination for those who live in Middleton as well as those who travel to the park by car or via the new bike path that will keep cyclists off Highway M as they travel between Middleton and Highway 113 on the north side of Madison. Im looking forward to hearing what types of facilities & recreational opportunities are desired. Additionally, I hope that the process will prompt the creation of a Friends of Mendota County Park group to partner with the county in advocating for the park. -Matt Geiger contributed to this story

board vice-chair Carousel Andrea Bayrd, countered that the $8 million really is for planning, and does not constitute a commitment to a new jail. Were not voting for $120 million. Were not voting to build a new jail, said Bayrd. This is an amendment for remodeling and planning. This isnt a rush. This isnt an emergency. This is a conversation thats been happening for years. Sheriff Dave Mahoney said the money will address safety and health issues for both the jailed and the jailers. Its easy to think of them as inmates, but they are members of the community, reminded Mahoney. Other supervisors, like Paul Rusk, noted the budget is detailed in how the money can be spent, and requires all expenditures be approved by the entire county board as well as by relevant committees. Thats unprecedented, said Rusk. Kiefers motion to delete the $8 million failed on a 26-9 vote, and a motion by Al Matano to reduce the amount to $6 million failed 22-13.

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tion chronicles the life of a rarity as she navigates wartime Europe: a young female Serbian doctor, Desa. Desa is loosely modeled after Knezevics relative, whose identity she politely declined to disclose out of respect. Behind Gods Back traces Desas life, first as a teenager volunteering for Red Cross during WWI, through her pursuit of a medical degree in post-war France, and then through WWII and its Communist aftermath. Affiliated as a child with Milwaukees St. Sava Serbian Orthodox Cathedral, Knezevic mused as an adult on the reasons for wars that plagued her ancestral homeland. There was always a problem in the Balkans, [the people] live together then suddenly change and attack their


and festive shopping event. On Monday of this week, 350 families picked up Thanksgiving baskets, complete with a turkey and holiday sides. With the help of many volunteers and donors, thousands of pounds of holiday foods were provided to area families in need. MOM has remained committed to providing this important service to our neighbors in need, said Cheri Farha, Distribution Center Manager at MOM. Community support through donations and volunteer hours allows us to serve nearly 1,500 people through this wonderful Thanksgiving tradition. Disabled and elderly low-income citizens are often overlooked when it comes to access to quality and nutritious food. Not all of MOMs clients have the physical or financial means to shop at grocery stores or even food pantries, said Farha. To fully end hunger in our community means finding innovative ways to get the food to those in need. Our mobile food pantries are a welcome solution to many who lack the ability to leave their homes and would otherwise not enjoy a holiday meal. Farha credited several area businesses for helping make these special holiday services possible. The turkeys and Cornish hens were donated by Shurfine Food Centers. Thanks also are given to the employees of Certco who donated funds to pay for the sides, and to community members who provided financial donations to cover additional costs. MOM also has a dedicated, hard-working volunteer force who help organize the Thanksgiving Basket event, and make the twice-monthly Mobile Food Pantry services possible. The Thanksgiving Basket Program and MOMs Mobile Food Pantry initiative are innovative ways MOM is ending hunger in the West Madison, Cross Plains, and Middleton areas, said Al Ripp, MOM Executive Director. Through the Mobile Food Pantry, over 100 low income residents of two apartment complexes have had the opportunity to shop for food in the ease of their apartment buildings for more than three years. Middleton Outreach Ministry has seen an increase in use of services, with an additional bump after moving into their new buildings at 3502 Parmenter St. in Middleton. MOM, which works to prevent homelessness and end hunger in the West Madison, Middleton and Cross Plains areas, hit new records during the month of October, distributing over 85,000 pounds of food in one month. Clothing Center usage has doubled since March with the opening of the new larger, easier to shop space. MOM had a record year


neighbors, she said. Noting the confusion that people in this country often have regarding that area of Europe, Knezevic set out to explore and explain the regions background. Over a decade, she researched on the Internet, read history, and conducted interviews with scholars and immigrants alike, she said. Many of their stories flesh out the book. Knezevic offers a history lesson on the Ottoman and Austro-Hungarian Empires, she said, as she weaves her tale spanning 1914-1962. If I could explain the difficulties, the background of the peoples of [the Balkans], that may give some insight as to why there is always warring in that area, she stated. While Knezevic champions the role of strong women enveloped in

wartime brutality, she points out that her book is also a love story. It explores the personal and historical incidences that impacted Desas quest for love. The title comes from an old Serbian saying, Knezevic explained. Behind Gods back means that its so far away that nobody cares about it, she said. That was my thinking about small countries that get involved in the ambitions of big countries, its a matter of rolling over them to get to the goal and no one is thinking about those people who get rolled over. The book is sprinkled with Serbian, German, and French, lending authenticity, since the setting is frequently in France, Knezevic said. She provides embedded translations, as well as a listing of phrases in the back. In addi-

tion to linguistic and historical accuracy, Knezevic sought to be medically accurate, she said. I combed older history books and novels, plus anthologies and Wikipedia to search for medical treatments and techniques in the early 20th century, Knezevic explained. One thing I can say is that Im glad I didnt live at that time. If you had a serious communicable disease or had to have surgery, you were probably history yourself. According to Knezevic, Desa and the medical community at that time also had to combat superstition and folk remedies. Indeed, some closely held remedies often proved fatal, she said. Knezevic, who has lived in the Town of Middleton for 40 years, earns

her living writing ESL (English as a second language) textbooks. Shes also had stints as a freelance journalist and high school English teacher. Knezevic self-published her hefty tome in May 2013, after first considering an agents suggestion to make it into a trilogy, she said. As a writer you have an obligation to yourself and to your readers, she observed. I didnt think it would be fair to my readers. Her readers are asking for more. Shes considering a sequel, she said, but right now is taking a well-deserved break, enjoying her book-reading gigs. Behind Gods Back can be purchased through Amazon, or locally, at The University Book Store and A Room of Ones Own. continued from page 1

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in 2012, distributing over 750,000 pounds to area individuals and families. The pantry and mobile food pantries saw over 14,000, a two year increase in visits of over 80 percent. MOM is a local non-profit organization that leads a community-wide effort

to prevent homelessness and end hunger for our neighbors throughout Middleton, West Madison and Cross Plains. Through business partners, churches, schools, community service clubs, and numerous individuals, we provide food, clothing, housing assis-

tance, emergency financial assistance, and special services for seniors. All programs are provided free of charge to neighbors in need. To learn more

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Several members of the Middleton Action Team (MAT) have been trained to help people understand the enrollment process for the Affordable Care Acts online marketplace.

Action Team offers help navigating insurance changes


These volunteers will be available to answer questions and give assistance to anyone with questions about the process on three upcoming dates. All U.S. citizens and lawful perma-

nent residents are invited to attend. Most Wisconsin residents who already have health insurance through their employers will keep their plans. Those on Medicare will see no

changes. However, coverage will expand to include free preventative care, and not denying or charging more because of gender or pre-existing conditions. The lower a persons income, the higher the financial assistance for which they might qualify. Most parents who lose their BadgerCare coverage due to changes in eligibility requirements passed by state lawmakers will qualify for subsidized healthcare through the new Market-

place. These help sessions will take place at Sauk Trail School Library on Tuesday, December 3 and Wednesday, December 4 from 6:008:00pm; at the Middleton High School Library on Tuesday, Dec. 10, Wednesday, Dec. 11, and Thursday, Dec. 12 from 6:00-8:00pm; and at the Wisconsin Youth Company, 1201 McKenna Blvd, Madison, on Thursday, Dec. 5 and Wednesday, Dec. 11 from 6-8 pm.

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