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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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.

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Myth Busters have officially proven that bulls do not become angry or charge when ‘seeing red.’ Animal scientists have long known that cattle are color-blind to red. Instead, they may become spooked by an unexpected shadow or by a jacket flopped over the gate. So the expression “like waving …

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Lions Clubs International celebrated its 101st anniversary in 2018, and prides itself on being the world’s largest service organization. There are over 1.4 million members in 46,000 clubs, including a club in Milton.

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NOBODY likes busywork. It is insulting! It feels like a waste of time. Every adult has heard this plaintiff question and many can remember asking — “So, why do I have to show my work when I can just do it in my head?”

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Feeling guilty because I have not been paying enough attention to the Babs and Cali, I bought them a new toy. They can consider it their Easter treat.

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The city of Milton’s new public library has now been open for over a year, and what a year it has been Thousands from the community and beyond have visited our state-of-the-art facility for hands-on learning, collaborative creativity, meeting spaces, information, and entertainment.

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If a child’s first responsibility is to embarrass parents, the second job is to push buttons — following the motto “The More, The Merrier!” While having your buttons pushed is definitely frustrating, we can marvel at their creativity and persistence.

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One of my goals of these periodic columns is to give the readers good information about policing topics that I haven’t covered before. Sadly, today’s column is not a new topic.

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Working at the Milton House has turned me into one of the most unwavering optimists you will ever meet. The transition was inevitable. I work in a building that represents everything that is "good" about humanity

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In the aftermath of school shootings like the one our country experienced last month in Parkland, Florida, many of us take a moment to reflect while we join others and mourn the loss of the innocent students and staff who were killed in yet another senseless tragedy in America’s schools. The…

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When it comes to training and developing the future workforce of Rock County, Blackhawk Technical College continues to play a major role with its new Advanced Manufacturing Training Center (AMTC), located in Milton in the former ANGI Energy Systems building.

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Update from last week’s column: There’s been no knock from the label squad (yet), but the concern about labels has been stomping around in my mind. Can I turn scary labels into friends? What if I gave them a new label? Instead of warnings, can labels become directional signs — changing “Dang…

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Last week, while changing the bed sheets, an “under penalty of law”’ label waved at me. Suddenly, I did the unimaginable. I cut it off! You will be relieved to learn that I have not heard that dreaded knock on the door -”Open up, lady. It’s the label squad.”

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I was just a simple question, asking for some basic information. So, why did I get “I Don’t Know?” That response is irritating, disrespectful. I become defensive. It can stop me in my tracks and even derail my train of thought.

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I was sitting at my desk typing at my computer when I started to get the feeling that someone was staring at me. I looked around the room trying to find out who the culprit was, I was sure it was Becky trying to get my attention, but no, she was typing away too. I then checked the back of th…

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As we finish off the first month of 2018, it’s important to look back at how successful 2017 was and the work that was done to ensure 2018 is even more successful.

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It is really fun to work with middle-schoolers. One of my favorite activities was a mind-twisting challenge. To begin, I would make sure students knew the ‘right’ answers to a) “How was school, today?” and b) “What did you do in school today?” Of course they knew — a) “Fine.” b) “Nothing.” (…

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Beginning Jan. 18, The Connecting Church (Milton Seventh Day Baptist) will host a time of prayer 6:30-7:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of each month. Meet in the church parlor at 720 E. Madison Ave. Senior Pastor Nathan Crandall will lead us in prayer.

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Cali and Babs sit on a chair listening to The Cranberries on Spotify in memory of singer Dolores O’Riordan, who died on Monday. Something Else.