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   VOL. 126, NO. 10 THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018 MIDDLETONTIMES.COM SINGLE COPY PRICE: $1.25 Middleton-Cross Plain schools look to hire more diverse staff  Students plan  walk-out to spur action on school safety  MIDDLETON - School has always brimmed with worries. Exams. Bullies. Algebra. Fickle and eeting social hierarchies and cliques. But in 2018, there is some-thing far more horrifying on the minds of many students, teach-ers and parents - the real possi-bility that someone might walk into school and start shooting.Such slayings are not a likely threat, but images of children and teens gunned down in other schools across the country are part of the national conscious-ness now. It doesn’t happen everywhere, but increasingly MIDDLETON - The Middle-ton-Cross Plains Area School Board discussed the current demographics of district staff, past recruitment efforts and news ones going forward. The gap between non-white stu-dents and non-white staff is a persistent issue throughout the country and not one that Mid-dleton is immune to. Reducing the gaps are expected to narrow the achievement gap between white and non-white students.Director of employee ser-vices Tabatha Gundrum pre-sented to the school board what the current demographics of the staff are some plans that could make change.Gundrum said the board has been talking about the need for more diverse staff for years but only recently pulled the num-bers to see what they actually are. She said anyone can look around and visually see the difference between diversity among staff compared to that of students. Gundrum said district staff are about 8% non-white and only about 5% are teachers, whereas students are about 30% non-white. “It denitely highlighted for me and I think for us what those numbers are,” Gundrum said. About ten years ago the district partnered with Madi-son and Verona and advertise nationally to recruit teachers at traditionally black colleges, Gundrum explained. “We invested a little bit of money in that and we ended up not seeing much change, nor did Madison or Verona,” Gun-drum said.After follow-up discussions  ACI wins Manufacturer of the Year MILWAUKEE - A local company with humble roots has earned a big award. Automation Components, Inc., located in Middleton, was one of seven Wisconsin com-panies awarded a prestigious Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award. Four Grand Award winners, categorized by number of em-ployees, were recognized for “impeccable performance.” This year, three companies were also honored for awards in special categories, including exceptional growth and service, enterprise-wide precision and global brand growth. The win-ners were announced Thursday, February 22 at a black tie ban-quet honoring the 23 nominees.Automation Components took home the Grand Award in the Medium Category.“Winning this award is the biggest acknowledgment that I can imagine, it also embodies the hard work and dedication of a long-term group of great peo-ple,” said ACI’s owner, Troy Schwenn. “We are all excited about our future and ACI’s newer employees now have the opportunity of raising the bar even higher!”Schwenn said an important part of Automation Compo-nents’ success is the ability to intuitively know what the mar-ket needs and, as a result, to engineer a strong strategy for growth. Photo contributed Recent energy efciency upgrades are saving energy and money for the Ice Age Trail Alli - ance’s headquarters in Cross Plains. Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program provided a nancial incentive for the work conducted by local contractor, Nelson Electric. Pictured (from left) are Mark Lydon, Focus on Energy; Jillian Page, Madison Gas & Electric Company; and Mike Wollmer, Ice Age Trail Alliance. BY MATT GEIGER Times-Tribune BY MATT GEIGER Times-Tribune BY CAMERON BREN Times-Tribune Public domain photo Mourners at a vigil for the victims in Florida. Focus on Energy has Ice Age Trail on efficient path CROSS PLAINS - An incentive for efcient lighting from Wisconsin’s Focus on Energy program has the Ice Age Trail Alliance saving energy and money.Focus on Energy is Wiscon- sin’s energy efciency and re -newable energy program.The Ice Age Trail Alliance oversees the development, maintenance, and planning of a 1,000-mile hiking trail known nationally for its diverse beauty. The non-prot organization’s staff operates out of an ofce building built in 2003 at 2110 Main Street in Cross Plains. Lighting xtures throughout the Ice Age Trail Alliance’s building were aging and in-creasingly costly, standard 32- watt uorescent lamps. Nelson Electric, a local con-tractor and registered Trade Ally with the Focus on Energy program, explained the pro- jected energy and cost savings from retrotting the lighting with LED (light emitting diode) technology.“Conservation is at the root of our organization’s goals and being able to reduce our impact on the environment is partic-ularly important to us,” said Mike Wollmer, Ice Age Trail Alliance’s Executive Director. “So, when Nelson Electric ap-proached us with a plan to save on energy costs and do well by the environment at the same time, it made sense to pursue it.”The payback on investment would be quickened thanks to a $2,240 incentive from Focus on Energy’s Small Business See WALK-OUT, page 7See DIVERSITY, page 7See ACI, page 2See TRAIL, page 8 Hetrick drops re-election bid MIDDLETON - Elizabeth Hetrick, the City of Middle-ton’s current District 4 Com-mon Council Alder, made a surprise announcement Tues-day that she will drop her cam-paign for re-election.Hetrick is facing challenger Emily Kuhn on the spring elec-tion ballot this April 3. “My hus-band and I recently found out that we are expecting another ad-dition to our family in [the] fall of 2018,” said Hetrick in a message to her constituents. “After long and hard reection, I determined a couple of days ago that I could not in good conscience commit to devot-ing the time and attention that being an Alder requires while also making sure that I give my family the time they deserve.”“My name is on the ballot and I am unable to withdraw from the election, but as of today, I will effectively end my campaign activities and will no longer be seeking election on April 3,” she continued. “I have appreciated the opportunity to serve my neighbors as alder and I have treasured the support and friendship I have received in this position, however I believe that this is the right decision for me and my family at this time.”While Hetrick’s announce-ment means Kuhn will be the only active candidate to appear on the ballot, Tom Yost, who resides in District 4 and lost in a prior race for the seat, told the Times-Tribune  that he may now be interested in running as a write-in candidate. BY MATT GEIGER Times-Tribune Hetrick Incumbent in District 4 has a joyous reason for ending campaign  “Most of our success stems from empowering our employ-ees to challenge themselves to better their situation and the company,” he explained. “Maintaining key concepts like quality and service only goes so far as the people who are in the positions to inuence these goals daily. Historically, rein-vesting back into the company would also be a major factor in our success.”As a leading manufacturer in its industry, ACI says it strives for “excellence and innovation” in every aspect of its business. Producing high-quality en-vironmental sensors for the HVAC industry, the organi-zation has adopted the motto: “Engineering a better sensor solution.”The Manufacturer of the Year Awards are sponsored by Wisconsin Manufacturers & Commerce - the state chamber and manufacturers’ associa- tion - the law rm of Michael Best & Friedrich LLP and the accounting and advisory rm of Baker Tilly. Additional in-formation can be found online at www.wimoty.com.Winning the Wisconsin Manufacturer of the Year Award not only recognized ACI as a thriving business, but also as a company who is mak- ing a signicant impact in our local community. ACI’s great-est philanthropic efforts have come through their partnership with the University of Wiscon-sin Carbone Cancer Center. The Schwenn Family, along with ACI, have setup a ve- year ACI & Schwenn Family Professorship that commits to over $500,000. This donation will be matched dollar for dol-lar by another donor, totaling $1,000,000 in research funds. When discussing the Profes-sorship, Schwenn noted “By building a solid foundation of philanthropy, we continue to champion the concept of look-ing past our own needs to better the situation of those who need additional support.”“We have made it a com-pany-wide goal for well over a decade to make a notable difference in our community,” he continued. “Sometimes we collectively try to do the little things like highway clean up or bell ringing for charities. We have really come together on a different level to make a differ- ence in the ght against cancer. Through the generosity of our vendors, customers and most importantly our employees, we are in our third year of a ve- year, $500,000 commitment to the UW Carbone Cancer Re-search Center.”“Most of us have been im-pacted by cancer in some shape or form,” he added. “We want to dene ourselves as champi -ons for a cure instead of victims of this terrible disease.”  Additional information on the Manufacturer of the Year  Awards can be found online at www.wimoty.com. PAGE 2 TIMES-TRIBUNE  THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018  C  o  m e   J o i n  U s !  maple syrup weekend    5260 Otto Kerl Road, Cross Plains, WI  A Tour of the Maple Woods and Sugar Shack   Join Open Kettle Farms’ Owners, Tim and Jan Noll,  for their annual Maple Syrup Production Open House! See maple syrup processing equipment in use and learn all about tapping trees, and collecting, cooking,  filtering and bottling the yummy sap. Tim Noll will host 15-minute seminars beginning at 1:00pm each day to teach about maple syrup production, tree identification, climate and weather influences, and quality control. Admission and is free-and so is the hot coffee and cider! Enjoy sweet maple syrup samples and treats, and have the opportunity to purchase Open Kettle Farm’s first batch of maple syrup of 2018! Don’t forget your boots!   Sat. & Sun. March 10 & 11March 17 & 189 am - 4 pm ride the maple syrup wagon Photo contributed Pictured above, Jill Roberts dancing role of Tabitha Twitchet in The Tale of Tom Kitten and Mrs. Rabbit in The Tale of Peter Rabbit and Benji Bunny. Local dancer in Mitby Theater’s Peter Rabbit PERFORMING ARTS  ACI continued from page 1 Photo contributed From left to right with the award: Chad Schwenn, Brian Statz, Connor Meloy and Ross Stadelman. Dance Wisconsin presents The Story of Peter Rabbit and Friends Ballet Sunday, March 11 at 2 p.m. in the Mitby The-ater at Madison College/Truax Field. 4 tales of Beatrix Potter brought to life through story-telling, music and dance. Per-fect for young children and families with new choreogra-phy, costumes and characters to enhance the repertoire of Dance Wisconsin. Original music by the late David Lewis Crosby, former Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra conduc-tor. Originally set in 1983 and presented at the Oscar Mayer state with live music this ballet is a treasure. Newly updated with a new tale “The Tale of 2 Bad Mice” choreographed by Chelsey Bradley will truly delight the audience. Find out what happens when two mice, Lucinda and Jane, get loose in the beautiful doll house of Winefred and are disappointed to nd the table full of food is made of porcelain. Then watch the antics of Tom Kitten and his sisters Moppet and Mittens who get into mischief while waiting for ne company to arrive. Fi -nally enjoy the rambunctious Peter Rabbit as he gets loose in the live garden of Mr. Mc-Gregor. While being chased Peter loses his clothes and must return to nd them with the as -sistance of his cousin Benjamin Bunny. Benjamin lallygags in the garden much to Peter’s dis-may and then they encounter a cat. Hiding under a basket for safety they become trapped and must be saved by Benjamin’s father. Visit madisoncollege.edu/mitby-theater or www.dance-wisconsin.com for tickets.  Bauer deserves another term Residents of the Middle-ton-Cross Plains School Dis-trict have a unique opportunity to enhance the already impres-sive quality of our schools by returning Anne Bauer to the Board for another term.Knowing her for many years, we have observed how she effectively uses her prior teaching experience in serv-ing on various School Board committees. In this leadership role, combined with being the proud parent of two boys in the schools, she has focused her efforts to assure that every student receives a top notch ed-ucation, while always seeking optimal results from taxpayer dollars.We are indeed fortunate to have an ideal individual such as Anne Bauer seeking this po-sition. She is solidly commit-ted to addressing the education challenges of the future in our community. Please join us on April 3 in voting to re-elect her to the School Board.Harry and Linda Argue Middleton Use your  power: Vote! Recently there has been a lot of media attention given to the Parkland, Florida students and their inspiring examples of the political power of youth. These students have channeled their anger and grief into action. But after the rallies, marches, and walkouts, our greatest power remains in voting.As American citizens, we are fortunate to live in a coun-try where we have the right to vote. With this right comes the obligation and responsibility to register to vote, inform our-selves about the candidates, and vote in every election.On Monday, March 12, Mid-dleton High School is hosting a voter registration drive for its students who will be 18 years old and eligible to vote by our next election, which is the Spring Election on April 3. I hope you will remind any eli-gible young people you know to register and then vote in every election. I encourage all citizens to take part in the dem-ocratic process and make your voice heard and use your power to vote.Jack EggertMHS Student Opinion Published every Thursday by News Publishing CompanyP.O. 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We won’t publish your address and number, but we need to be able to verify who you are. Anonymous letters and letters written under pseudonyms will not be considered.We prefer letters that are fewer than 600 words and take as their  starting point an issue that is important to our community and our readers. To write a guest column of more than 600 words, contact the editor first.Letters are edited for clarity, fact checked and sometimes trimmed to fit the space available in the newspaper. The opinions expressed are always the writer’s own. The editor won’t try to make you seem more (or less) intelligent than you really are, but may clean up some  grammatical issues according to our style guide. We want your opinions, even when we don’t agree with them. But this isn’t the  Internet, so you can’t just say anything you want. Try to base your letters on reason and fact. We will not publish claims that are demonstrably false.For additional information, contact mgeiger@newspubinc.com. Times-Tribune   Letters to the Editor policy PAGE 4 TIMES-TRIBUNE  THURSDAY, MARCH 8, 2018  Fight club Childhood is a confusing time. Parents and teachers tell you not to hit people, then they put you in a ring, barefoot and dressed in white pajamas, and expect you to brawl with other kids.For years they tell you to “use your words” when you disagree with someone. But as some kid, hopped up on sugary soft drinks your parents won’t allow in the house, his muscles surging with steroids transmitted into his youthful body by thousands of fast food hamburgers, punches you in the face over and over again, the adults don’t step in and tell him to sort things out peacefully. They laugh, and cheer, and applaud!When it’s all over, the other kid receives a wooden plaque with his name on it. Just for beating up Matt Geiger. It was my rst foray into ghting. My mother, having re -cently enrolled me in tap dance classes, realized I’d probably need to defend myself, so she also signed me up for martial arts. Her dreams of raising a little Fred Astaire were quickly dashed. I refused to go back after the rst lesson, relegating a small pair of very noisy shoes to the furthest, cobweb-strewn hinterlands of the hallway clos-est. I stuck with the taekwondo for slightly longer. My teacher  – my “sa bum” - stressed that we were not really learning to ght. We were learning how to move, how to control our minds and bodies, and ultimately how to live a better life. I made it to the modest rank of yellow belt, with a strip of torn brown tape wrapped around it to suggest a modicum of progress toward the next color in the rainbow of martial arts waist-wear. It’s a weird system – a world in which the color of a person’s belt directly represents how much damage they can inict with their sts. But it’s been around for centuries, and I wasn’t going to question what my little western mind assumed was ancient eastern tradition steeped in wisdom. Imagine if we all did this. What if people wore certain hats to indicate how large their vocabularies were, or how good they were at math. Imag-ine how simple dating would be if you could tell, simply by a piece of clothing, who was the better lover. What if some-one with blue shoes could run really fast, and someone who wore blue shoes with strips of tape on them was even faster. I think my parents selected taekwondo because it, like my little sister, was Korean in srcin. As if it would give us something in common. This was why we were always trav-eling to Korean restaurants in Boston – as if my kid sister, who came to our family as a squalling infant, might take a bite of fermented cabbage and say, “I remember this!”Taekwondo didn’t smell much better than kimchee. My strongest recollection of our lessons, which took place on a warped parquet oor in front of a wall-length mirror, was the odor of everyone’s feet. I had wanted to learn to ght in a verdant bamboo grove, or perhaps on a snowy mountain top, thanks to the stereotypes I’d picked up in cartoons. Not a place pervaded by the distinc-tive crotch-and-toe smell of a middle school locker room. I listened to our instructor, who wore a shaggy brown, sheepdog-ish bowl haircut out of which a domineering, hooked nose protruded. His name was Bruce, which was yet another in an increasingly long string of disappointments. “Master Bruce” would never sound right to my ear. Yet he was kind, and patient, and most importantly he wore a different color belt than me, so I knew for a fact he could beat me up. I listened as he spoke of the importance of forms, breathing and philosophy.In my bedroom at home I practiced these forms, working out of a brown-covered book full of blurry black and white photos of non-violent, slow mo-tion combat. I was often timid and introspective at school, I tended to worry about things more than other kids, and my chest was sunken and weak. I was always asking questions, which everyone, school teach-ers most of all, found annoying. Perhaps if I mastered my breathing, working for hours on end at the forms, like Mas- ter Bruce said, I could nd my inner strength and be lled with the radiance of bad-ass enlight-enment. My nal martial arts experi - ence was also my rst tourna -ment. I was allowed to break a thin, structurally awed board. It was fun. Then I was placed into a ring and made to ght another boy. It was not fun.For him, taekwondo was not about philosophy or forms. It was about kicking and punch-ing, as much as possible, while a circle of adults egged him on. He hit so hard! And at regular speed, not the slow motion we always used when practicing our forms. I was sure he was about to smash a bottle and insert the jagged, malty green teeth into my gut.The first punch to land squarely in your face is one of life’s most pivotal moments. With each new experience, we humans make a judgement. Do we like something and want it to happen again? Or will we literally step over our own mother’s grave to prevent it from happening again? I went with door number two.As blood gushed from my nose, I realized I had nothing against this boy. I didn’t dis-agree with him over politics or religion. We weren’t even in love with the same girl. We were just from different towns, and we had different patches on our uniforms – our “doboks.” “I mean you no harm!” I shouted as he punched and kicked me to the ground. Rather than stopping him, my overly theatrical cry gave him renewed strength. When it was over. I hadn’t landed a single blow. “Mom, dad,” I said from the back of the car on the way home. “I don’t want to do tae-kwondo anymore.”“We know, boy,” my dad said with a sigh. “We could tell.”I grew up to be fairly large. At the height of my beer-swill-ing days, I weighed 260 pounds, with a bushy, black beard and a heavy brow that harkens back to my cave-dwelling ancestors. I could usually stop a ght be -fore it started, just by occupy-ing space and pretending not to be scared. It nearly always worked. All I had to do was move slowly and be sure to master my breathing.But I always knew, deep in my heart, that I really, really didn’t want to get hit. I know what getting hit feels like, and I don’t like it.Maybe that’s why I love box-ing so much. Because I know, if I’m being honest, that every single person who steps into the ring is better than me. The worst boxer in the world is still made of stauncher material than I. In other sports, losing always comes with shame. But when a defeated ghter rises from the canvas and stumbles to the locker room, they always do so as heroes. Battered, bruised he-roes who might see some blood in their urine in the days to come. But heroes, nonetheless.They’ve been punched in the face, and they thought: “Well, that’s not so bad.” I’m a pacist, probably be -cause it’s the easiest way to rationalize my own cowardice. But I admire boxers more than anyone else. It’s because adulthood is a confusing time. People lie, and cheat, and steal, and none of the things we were told are admi-rable and good when we were children turned out to be true. But they are honest, and brave, and it’s one of the few things I know for sure.I used to write about mixed martial arts fighting for a weekly magazine in Madison, Wisconsin. More recently, I got to know a former pro boxer who now works as a trainer. She’s honest, and brave, and she, like every ghter I’ve ever met in real life, moves like a dancer. A boxer making a sandwich or answering a ring-ing phone, to me, always looks like someone dancing in a ver-dant grove of trees. I’m going to nd out more about her, and the ghters she’s training. I’m going to visit them in the gym. Against the steady background music provided by thudding gloves and shufing feet, I’ll ask questions about what it feels like to be brave. Maybe I’ll nally get some answers. Maybe, when I do, the world will be a little less con-fusing. Or perhaps the world will be  just as confusing as ever, but when it hits me in the face, I’ll think: “Hey, that’s not so bad.” by Matt Geiger, Editor G EIGER Counter  BishopsBayCommunity.com 608.831.5500608.831.5500 BishopsBayCommunit 608.831.5500 .com y BishopsBayCommunit LETTERS TO THE EDITOR
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