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3 generations celebrate bakery's 60th anniversary

Three generations of men were on Madison's south side at the bakery named for the family to celebrate a milestone Thursday morning. 

"It's been a lot of hard work, a lot of struggles, moving from location to location. But it's all been worth it," Chuck Lane said.

Lane's Bakery celebrated a grand re-opening and anniversary at its new location, about a mile and a half south of its former operation on South Park Street. Lane's closed for about a year before reopening Dec. 18, 2013. The first store originally opened its doors in 1954.

A frosted filled favorite from the eatery, Lane's kringle, would become a specialty. The bakery makes nearly 200 kringles a week, with peak kringle popularity on Fridays and Saturdays.  

Festival brings activities, crafts to Elver Park neighborhood

Festival brings activities, crafts to Elver Park neighborhood

Madison Parks is hosting the second annual Fall Festival Craft Fair Saturday from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at Elver Park.

The free arts and crafts show will be held rain or shine at the park on McKenna Boulevard, according to a release.

"Last year Madison Parks introduced an arts and crafts show to our Fall Festival, and it was a big hit," Parks Superintendent Kevin Briski said in the release. "We are really excited to bring the Fall Festival Craft Fair back this year with talented crafters, food, music and fun activities for families."

The festival will have local artists, crafters, food vendors and live music by the Dang-Its, according to the release. Artists and crafters will be selling original, handmade pieces like pottery, jewelry, quilts, paintings and other decorative pieces.

New rib joint menu full of southern items

New rib joint menu full of southern items

EatDrinkMadison.com reviews JB’s Eat-A-Bite BBQ

The south end of Park Street seen new businesses sprout up recently, including JB's Eat-A-Bite BBQ, which opened in the winter. It took over for the space once occupied by Mario’s Pizza and is adjacent to 7-Eleven.

The menu is full of wonderful southern items, from chicken gizzards to frog legs to candied yams. Of course, it has the staples, many of which are found in the sandwich section.

Read more about the restaurant's catfish fillets, alligator bites, ribs, mac and cheese and more at EatDrinkMadison.com.

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.

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.