Friday, May 29, 2015

Milton Public Library Fundraiser and Summer Reading Program Kick Off

Experts say that kids can lose months of learning over their summer vacation. One way to avoid the summer slide is for kids to participate in a library summer reading program. These programs are a fun way to encourage and build children's reading and language skills. 

The library will offer over 50 programs for kids, teens, and adults all summer long! Some of the programs include: Superhero Mini Golf, Spark Lab: Evil Villains Workshop, Spark Lab: Computer Coding for Kids, Lego Tuesdays, and more! 

In the case of inclement weather, the kickoff event will be moved to Wednesday, June 17 at 1 p.m. For more information and a complete list of programs and events go to or call 608-868-7462.

Press Release - Rock County Sheriff Cops & Bobbers

Sheriff Spoden is pleased to announce, the date and time for the first Sheriff’s Office Cops and Bobbers event for 2015. Cops and Bobbers will be held at Anchor Inn, 718 E Hwy. 59, Edgerton WI. On June 23rd, 2015 from 8:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Fishing will take place on Lake Koshkonong and the Rock River. Registration will begin at 8:30 am and a parent/ guardian must be present.

There will be a total of 25 available spots for kids 7 years of age and up. These spots will be filled on a first come basis. Any parent/ guardian wishing to sign there kid(s) up for the event can do so online at 

After completing the online registration, you will receive a confirmation email and additional registration information.

Kids participating in the event will receive an event t-shirt at the time of registration. Life jackets and fishing supplies will be provided during the event. Lunch will also be provided to kids and volunteers participating in the event.

The Sheriff’s Office is currently in the process of coordinating dates and times for additional events. An additional press release will be released once times, dates, and locations have been selected.

Additional information about the event and/or sponsorships can be found online at Please direct any additional questions to Deputy Krahn at 608-757-7932.

Robert D. Spoden

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Purple Heart Monument and Gold Star Families Monument to be Unveiled on Memorial Day

The Purple Heart Monument and the Gold Star Families Monument at the Milton Area Veterans Memorial will be unveiled during a ceremony on Memorial Day, May 25, 2015 at 8:30 a.m. at Veterans Park. 

Read more about the Milton Area Veterans Memorial and future plans in this Milton Courier article: Memorial Day: New memorials will be unveiled May 25.

Press Release: Kids Don't Float - Life Jacket Loaner Station

Sheriff Spoden is pleased to announce, the Rock County Sheriff’s Office has teamed up with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources to offer the “Kids Don’t Float” life jacket loaner station. The purpose of this program is to promote safe boating and help ensure all boats are properly equipped with personal flotation devices, as the law requires.

The Sheriff encourages all boaters to complete a pre-inspection before launch to ensure all safety items are on board. Wisconsin Law requires all vessels (including canoes, kayaks, and paddleboards) must have at least one USCG- approved Type I, II, III, or V life jacket for each person on board. In addition to the requirement for life jackets, one USCG – approved Type IV PFD, must be on board vessels 16 feet or longer and be readily accessible. Life jackets must also be in good/serviceable condition and of proper size for the intended wearer.

If you find, after pre-inspection you are missing a required life jacket you will now be able to borrow one at no cost, and return it after use. This station is equipped with adult, children, infant, and Type IV personal floatation devices. This program is honor based, and Deputies will inspect the station weekly.

This project will start Memorial weekend and the station will be located at the Newville Public Boat Landing off of N. Ellendale Dr, until Labor Day. This will be the first “Kids Don’t Float” loaner station available in Rock County, and the Sheriff hopes to expand the project to additional public boat landings in 2016.

Please direct any questions to Deputy Krahn at 608-757-7932.

Robert D. Spoden

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Civil War Living History Days - May 15-17

Civil War Living History Days is taking place this weekend! The same detour that is used for Arts & Crafts on the Lawn and MACC Chicken BBQ in August will be used for this event. Janesville Street will be closed for the event, but you will still be able to access businesses and residences on Janesville Street. However, no traffic will be allowed to pass in front of the Milton House.

The event will kick off tomorrow with School Day from 8:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Cannons will be fired every 20 minutes on Friday, and they are expecting approximately 2,500 students. Friday night there will also be a performance in front of the Milton House open to the general public.

Saturday's events will start with the Milton Lions Club Pancake Breakfast from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. Company K will muster at College Green Park near the former Milton College Campus. The beer tent opens at 5 p.m. and the concerts starts at 7 p.m. with 21 Guns.

On Sunday there will be a morning worship service, and at 1 p.m. there will be a walking tour of the Milton Cemetery. Cannons will fire on Saturday and Sunday at Noon and 2 p.m.