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Nurse delivers sister's baby at home

Nurse delivers sister's baby at home

Nurse: 'It all just sort of happened at once … it was pretty wild'  

When Amanda Van Gorden finished her shift at St. Mary's Hospital on the night of Feb. 16, she envisioned a pretty uneventful evening. But a text from her sister Ashley an hour later would change everything.

"She texted [me] to say her water had broken and wondered if I could take her to the hospital," Van Gorden said.

Ashley's husband had left just a few moments earlier to drop her son off at her parent's house. It was after he left that the contractions started every two to three minutes.

Theater event includes ‘Casablanca,’ kisses, cocktails

Theater event includes ‘Casablanca,’ kisses, cocktails

Oscar-winning film to be screened Valentine’s evening  

The Majestic will hold a Valentine’s Day screening of the 1942 Oscar-winning romance, “Casablanca.”

The movie is part of the theater’s “Brew ‘n View” events, in which attendees are invited to take in an older popular film for a fee and alcoholic drinks are on the menu.

Organizers said the theater will offer free Hershey’s kisses to attendees.

“Casablanca” won outstanding motion picture, best director and best screenplay Academy Awards.

The all-ages show is $5 Thursday night. Majestic’s doors open at 8 p.m. and the film begins at 9 p.m.

Tickets are available online or at the door.

Snow contributes to tree collection delay, city says

Snow contributes to tree collection delay, city says

Division collects 600 tons of trees, brush in Jan.          

The second round of Christmas tree collection in Madison has been delayed. 

The City of Madison said Wednesday that the Streets Division is running behind due to the amount of storm-damaged limbs being picked up along with the trees. The frequent snowfall and ice operations of the last two weeks have also contributed to the delay by tying up staff who usually work on tree collection, the division said in a news release.

"Our crews collected over 600 tons of Christmas trees and brush in January," Madison recycling coordinator George Dreckmann said. "That is three times more than our average."

Dreckmann said the large amount of material has doubled the amount of time it usually takes the department to complete a first round of tree collection; four weeks instead of the usual two. 

Part of N. Mills St. closed for crane removal

Part of N. Mills St. closed for crane removal

City to shut down traffic at 100 block for 5 days    

A portion of North Mills Street is scheduled to be closed to traffic for five days beginning Monday to remove a construction crane, the city’s traffic engineering department said.

The crane removal will close the 100 block of North Mills between West Dayton Street and north of the Southwest Commuter Bike Path through Friday, according to a city news release.

A 150-foot tall crane that’s been stationed at the Charter Street Heating Plant for more than two years will be removed, city employee Phil Nehmer said.

Nehmer, program specialist with the city’s traffic engineering department, said the crane is scheduled to be removed by Feb. 8 but inclement weather could delay workers.

“The crane company said [work on the crane is] weather dependent, so if it’s too windy or too icy or if it’s raining or snowing, they’ll be working on the weekend,” Nehmer said.

‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

 ‘Family Business of the Year Award’ seeks nominees across the state

Award celebrates impact of family biz on Wis. communities    

A state group that celebrates family-owned businesses is seeking nominations for the 2013 “Business of the Year” award, which is also the group’s 10th year sponsoring the program.

One family business will be selected for grand awards in categories including small (less than 50 employees), medium (50-99), and large (100 or more) companies. The organization said special awards will also be given to companies excelling in a particular area.

Created by Smith & Gesteland, a Middleton accounting and business consulting firm, the annual awards highlight the importance of family-owned businesses.

The deadline for nominations is April 13.

Salvation Army down bell-ringers, donations

Salvation Army down bell-ringers, donations

As grocery store customers walk out of the Copps on Monona and Broadway, they're greeted by a bell-ringing veteran.

"Do what I can to help," 30-year "golden ringer" Ed Burke said.

Burke is decked out in Packers gear, sporting a pin on his green and gold cap, each dangling addition signifying 20 hours of service in a holiday season.

He brings his own brass bell, one he can hear clearly. Burke also has a basket of candy by his side. "Can't do any harm," Burke said.

Just before his shift, Larry Dobie wore his four-pointed Santa hat, teaching a new generation of bell ringers and collecting as many donations as possible. "You see ones, or fives and tens and occasionally a twenty," Dobie said.

Both Burke and Dobie have seen the signs of a suffering Salvation Army. This year, the group is down volunteers and donations compared to last year's early return.

Kids to ‘Shop with a Cop’ Sunday

Kids to ‘Shop with a Cop’ Sunday

About 79 kids will get to spend the day shopping, wrapping with officers

Area families who may not have the finances for Christmas gifts will get to share in the season through a program organized by area police officers.

Dane County area police departments will pair officers with kids for the annual “Shop with a Cop” program on Sunday.

Each year, children from families in need are chosen to participate in the event. Each child receives $150 -- collected through private and corporate donations -- to buy gifts for his or her family. The shopping spree will take place at the East Side Target, organizers said.

Detective Kathy Wessel with the Dane County Sheriff’s Office said about 79 kids are participating in the event Sunday. She said the little shoppers enjoy taking part in the giving season.

“They get a kick out of shopping for their families and picking out presents for brothers, sisters, mom and dad,” Wessel said.