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First, for those of you haven’t heard, the building at 513 Vernal Ave. is no longer the home of the Milton Courier. Today (Feb. 28) is our moving day. We are setting up desks at the Daily Jefferson County Union in Fort Atkinson. News and sports editors will be there on Tuesdays for productio…

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Milton is a constantly-changing community that has witnessed its share of watershed moments over the past 100 years. Some of these changes are as momentous as when in 1920, the villages of Milton and Milton Junction came together to build one high school. That moment was instrumental in layi…

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Editor’s note: This article is timely as the asbestos abatement portion of the Milton High School pool project will take place from March 22 (after 3 p.m.) to March 31 (spring break).

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Editor’s Note: The Milton Courier is publishing the Top 4 essays from the Milton High School AP Language and Composition class. Students in Jeff Churchwell’s class were given an assignment to write about “Friday Night Lights” and write using a theme directly or remotely related to football.

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I love Crazy Days sales. Those are the sales where prices are so low I buy things that I might not use right away — or ever.

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I know you’ve heard me say this before, but these days libraries are more than just books. If you’re not one to pick one up, that’s okay! But did you know that you can get more than just physical books with a library card? For years, traditional library materials have included books (both fi…

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On Jan. 22 Gov. Tony Evers gave his first State of the State address, an annual report from the Governor on the condition of our state, what is going well, and what we can work on.

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Each one of us is different, but the average person will get about 200 colds in his or her lifetime. If you do the math, that means more than two colds each year for someone who lives until age 75. That’s not even factoring in bouts with influenza and gastroenteritis. Many of these illnesses…

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We ask our kids to finish what they have started. If they sign up to be on a team, they should stay on that team and stick it out the entire season. Unfortunately, the Milton High School swimming pool might not last because its air handling equipment is failing. Either way, the pool is closi…

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You never know when someone with ties to Milton is going to attract national or international attention.

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The Gathering Place’s annual Cabin Fever Dinner and a show is on the horizon. Twist and shout the night away to the sounds of the “Classics,” Milwaukee’s premier ’60s tribute band. Join us at The Gathering Place for our first fundraiser of the year on Saturday, March 2. Doors open at 5 p.m. …

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The doors of the church I serve are glass from top to bottom.

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For anyone who knows me, it’s no secret that the Christmas season is my favorite time of the year. So much so that I celebrate all year long surrounded by lights, Christmas trees, and nativity scenes. That’s why I am delighted to share a reflection about Christmas with all of you. Memories o…

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Christmas came early for Babs and Calzone (We call her that sometimes.). In fall, just before the temperatures dropped and outside doors had to be shut, Renee found our Copycats a new cat tree. It’s used, but barely used with not a strange cat hair in sight.

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I have often thought school utility costs could be cut drastically if we designed a collector to harness the energy coming from the cafeteria and gymnasium. We know that energy is never extinguished; it is simply transferred. We could even make a profit by having an all-school collector this…

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The holidays are a great opportunity to enjoy time with family and friends, celebrate life, to be grateful, and reflect on what’s important. They are also a time to appreciate the gift of health. Washing hands at key times with soap and water is one of the most important steps you can take t…

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Though they’ve been around for decades, big changes are happening in the world of joint replacement surgeries. More people are undergoing the procedures, and patients are getting younger.

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A century ago the most devastating pandemic in recent recorded history, the 1918 influenza virus (Spanish Flu) infected up to a third of the world’s population and is estimated to have killed more than 50 million worldwide; 675,000 in the United States. At the time, there were no vaccines av…

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Ever have one of those moments when what you thought was going to be another routine life event morphed into something deeply moving and significant? When right before your eyes you saw and felt a tableau that became a marker – something that has staying power – something you learned that ca…

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The Holocaust was the systematic, bureaucratic, state-sponsored persecution and murder of 6 million Jews by the Nazi regime and its collaborators. Holocaust is a word of Greek origin meaning “sacrifice by fire.” The Nazis, who came to power in Germany in January 1933, believed that Germans w…

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Animals are nutty. You never know what they will do next.

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A 30 percent rent-to-income (RTI) ratio is a standard used nationally to define housing affordability. Based on this standard, households can afford to spend up to 30 percent of their income from all sources (wages or salaries, government benefits, retirement income, or other payments) on gr…

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Milton is an amazing place with a community that never ceases to amaze me. Last Sunday’s high school trick or treat is an excellent example of what our community can do for the good of our students.

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As we approach the second workshop inviting the public to give input on school district facilities and a possible April referendum, we have several thoughts to share.

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If you are on social media or listen to the news or even go to the store, it can be upsetting. It’s easy to find anger, frustration and divisiveness. We don’t even have to really look for it. It seems like it is more challenging to be positive and look for the good, the common good, the comm…

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As we approach the second workshop inviting the public to give input on school district facilities and a possible April referendum, we have several thoughts to share.

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Have you noticed that people love to change words and the meanings? My students had to memorize “Our language is always growing and changing.” No area of our lives is exempt. Take grading in school. It used to be very clear to understand your progress because the grade was A, B, C, D or F. I…

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This year’s theme for National Newspaper Week, observed next week Oct. 7-13, is “Journalism Matters.” Look no further than the comments of Bruce Brown, executive director of the Reporters Committee for Freedom of the Press, about why press freedom and journalism matters to all.

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I have very few regrets; they consume more energy than I am willing to take away from enjoying life. Yes, there are some things I would like to do over, but that’s because hindsight provides 20-20 vision.

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Every two years, the Legislature convenes study committees to examine important issues facing Wisconsin. This year I serve on the Special Committee on the Investment and Use of School Trust Funds.

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Confession: I have been putting off Cali’s rabies vaccination.

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If you have high blood pressure, you are not alone. In fact, you’re far from being alone. Nearly half of American adults have high blood pressure. Some people think a high blood pressure diagnosis means they’ll simply get a prescription from the doctor. However, there are many ways to improv…

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Almost everyone has/had interactions with debt (car loans, mortgages, credit cards, etc.) at some point in their life. If you have too many interactions with debt, it can “eat” up your paycheck or force you into bankruptcy and/or debt settlement arrangements. In most cases, as individuals we…

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Although I live in the middle of town I have the good fortune to have a couple of acres of woods adjacent to my back yard. The yard flows naturally into several flower gardens interconnected with paths that Sue and I have cultivated over the years in the margin of the woods. Amongst these ga…

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As fall approaches, The Gathering Place is preparing for its biggest fundraiser of the year. Dave’s 6th annual Brat Bash will be held on Friday September 7, 2018 from 11:00 a.m. to 1 p.m. We invite the entire Milton area community including TGP members, local businesses and friends to join t…

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Twenty-two people die every day in the United States waiting for a kidney transplant. The team at MatchingDonors.com is working to make sure that doesn’t happen by finding altruistic living organ donors for people needing kidney transplants. The average patient gets their transplant through …

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Hometown News considers its letters to the editor column to be a very important public forum. We make every effort to publish all letters, with those from persons in our readership area taking precedence.

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During election season, endorsement letters must be submitted two weeks prior to the election (or earlier) in order to allow the opportunity to correct misinformation from opposing candidates or groups on opposing sides.

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I was talking about my recent trip to “the toilet museum,” when I felt a tap on the shoulder. Babs had climbed up on a desk shelf and wanted my attention. I’ve never had a cat tap me on the shoulder before. I picked her up and then held her for a while. After I set her down, she followed me …

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“History is written by the victors.” Winston Churchill’s immortal words ring true across the millennia. History is often thought of as the story of “great men,” their triumphs and victories. Generals, Kings, Emperors, and Chiefs dominate our historical narratives as the “heroes” of the story.

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When school is out these children do not stop being hungry. They just stop having access to school meal programs. As a community, it is our challenge to help fill this summer meal gap and their empty stomachs. To address this need it is proposed that a partnership of local churches and organ…

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An accidental discovery by Naval engineer Richard T. James in 1943 has provided untold hours of amusement and learning. While searching for a way to keep sensitive ship equipment steady at sea, he invented “Slinky”, a toy that has intrigued since 1945.