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Thursday, April 18, 2013 Vol. 48, No. 47 Verona, WI Hometown USA ConnectVerona.com $1
 Verona Press
Victoria Vlisides
Unifed Newspaper Group 
Ten-year-old Maeve Butzbaugh-Patrick’s mom was skeptical,13-year-old Colton Godfraiux’smom was relieved, and 9-year-old Molly Bauhs’ mom knew shedidn’t get it from her.Despite mixed reactions fromtheir parents, at a young age,Maeve, Molly and Colton compete,practice and have found their foot-ing in competitive hip-hop dancecrews.
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islooking to profile a fewpets and their owners forthe upcoming Pets specialsection. We’d love to hearabout all sorts of pets fromcats to dogs to reptiles tobirds and more. We’realso looking for photos.Go to ConnectVerona.com to fill out the form tosubmit to us under the link “Submit an item” that’s atthe top of the site.Email Victoria Vlisidesat communityreporter@wcinet.com.
Verona Area School District
Energy-savingproject gainsmomentum
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seth JoVaag
Unifed Newspaper Group 
From energy-efficientlights and water-savingtoilets to a new roof fora local middle school,Verona schools are eye-ing up to $4.4 million inupgrades that could bepaid for with future sav-ings on utility bills.That’s according to areport reviewed Mondayby the Verona Area schoolboard, which now has todecide whether to proceedwith the work.The school district islooking to take advantageof a 2011 change in statelaw that allows districts tooverride spending limitson projects that cut utilitycosts.Proponents say so-called “performance con-tracting” doesn’t cost tax-payers, improves the heat-ing and lighting at schoolsand saves districts moneywhile reducing their car-bon footprint.Representatives fromMadison-based H andH Energy Managementfirst floated the idea withVerona officials more thana year ago. Last Novem-ber, the company wrappedup an energy audit of thedistrict’s nearly 1 millionsquare feet of buildingspace.District officials thenwhittled a list of potential jobs to roughly $3 mil-lion worth of improve-ments that would generatean estimated $187,000 inutility savings annually.With other state or fed-eral incentives for cuttingenergy usage thrown in,the annual savings couldpay for the work in lessthan 15 years.In addition, the districtcould also use the perfor-mance contracting mecha-nism to tackle a $1.2 mil-lion roof job at BadgerRidge Middle Schooland to upgrade heatingand cooling units at twoother schools. With those
Youth in Rhythm
Local kids show off swag incompetitive hip-hop dancing
Photos by
Victoria Vlisides
Top and below, Colton Godfraiux, 13, (cen-ter) and the rest of his dance crew perform“Gotham City” at the regional Show Stoppercompetition March 22 in Middleton.Above, Maeve Butzbaugh-Patrick, 10, andMolly Bauhs, 9, (left corner) perform “MakeA Wish” at Show Stopper in their genie-themed dance group. The two are also in acompetitive dance trio.All three attend Verona Area Schools andare part of Move Out Loud dance studio inMadison.
On the web
See a video with Maeve and Molly’sdance crew last year performing“Heroes.”
Turn to
Hip Hop
 /Page 16 
All three Verona youthsstarted out with little to no
dance background, much lesship-hop. After all, hip-hop is afairly new dance genre, pickingup steam in the 1980s, and it’soften accompanied by stigmasof bad language, sex and vio-lence.At first, it’s not exactly easyto see where this type of thingfits in with kids. At Move OutLoud dance studio, on Madi-son’s west side, is where allthree have been able to learnhip-hop and compete in a posi-tive atmosphere – and that’sfrom the toughest judge of all,their parents.Perhaps most skeptical wasButzbaugh, who admits heruneasiness lessened after wit-nessing her daughter’s excite-ment for the sport. But shecame around.“When a kid is passionateabout something, it’s hard not tofall in love with it with them,”she told the
Verona Press
.Even at a young age, beinga competitive dancer for theseVerona kids means havingpractices that average up tofive hours a week and canapproach 20 hours a week before competitions. So withbalancing school, friends, out-of-state dance conventions anda handful of competitions on
Turn to
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In brief
A $4.4 millionplan to upgrade thedistrict’s facilitieswould have a 20-yearpayout guaranteedby the companyoverseeing thework and would notincrease propertytaxes.The borrowingproject would requirea public hearing.
April 18, 2013
 The Verona PressConnectVerona.com
Garden group gets going
Jim Ferolie
Verona Press editor 
The county has poniedup for a well and parkingfor a community garden inVerona, and the communityis doing the rest.At the April 9 kickoff meeting for the BadgerPrairie Community Garden– a first for the county –more than 40 people attend-ed, learningthe initialplans for the5-acre plot just acrossEast Vero-na Avenuefrom theBadger Prai-rie HealthCare Cen-ter. Anothermeeting isplanned fornext week.DaneCounty Sup.Erika Hotch-kiss, who ledthe projectthrough thebudget process last year andhas continued to be a liai-son, was impressed by theturnout for the pet projectshe has adopted.“Great engaged andexcited community!”Hotchkiss wrote in an emailto the
last week. “Weneed to continue to get theword out.”Verona resident JohnMigon and Hotchkiss areco-coordinating the effort,which is being run by agroup called “Friends of Badger Prairie Garden.”The Community ActionCoalition of Southern Wis-consin is helping with plan-ning, and three of the groupmembers are attending aUW-Extension Master Gar-dener course.The group also picked upa volunteer website design-er and treasurer from itsApril 9 meeting.“We have a large groupthat have been activelyinvolved and doing a sub-stantial amount of work from its inception,” Hotch-kiss wrote.Local groups, schools,churches, families and indi-viduals will be able to rentplots on a sliding scale feeat the garden.More than half of the gar-den will be managed by theCommunity Action Coali-tion to grow fresh food forlocal food pantries. Theother 1-2 acres will be usedfor individual garden plotsof about 20 feet by 20 feet,for a total of 96 plots. Of those, more than 40 hadbeen requested early thisweek. The group plans toput pumpkins on any left-over plots.The Badger Prairie Mas-ter Plan adopted in 2009called for installing com-munity gardens at BadgerPrairie County Park. Thegardens at Badger Prairiewill be the first ever in thecounty park system andserve as a pilot program.Registration for plotsbegins May 1, and fees willrange from $7.50 to $60,depending on family sizeand income and whetherthe plots are collaborative,according to informationfrom the April 9 meeting.At the meeting, countystaff said the well is ontrack for an April 30 com-pletion date and that theparking lot can be poured assoon as the weather allows.The group is still lookingfor volunteers with specificskills, including grant-writ-ing, preserving, commu-nications, composting andevent-planning, as well aslabor for work days, main-tenance and harvesting. Thegroup is looking into thepossibility of incorporatinginto a 501(c)3 (nonprofit)and considering ways toexpand its community con-nections, such as throughthe school district, libraryand food pantry.Next week’s meeting willbegin coordination of thegroup of interested volun-teers and making plans foroutreach and fund-raising. Itbegins at 7 p.m. April 23 atthe Verona Senior Center.“We have a lot of fund-raising to do,” Hotchkisssaid Tuesday. “We need ashed, we need tools…”For information, visitthe group’s new website atbadgerprairiecommunity-garden.org, email contact@badgergarden.org or call217-7118.
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Above, more than 40 peopleattended the kickoff meetingfor the new Badger PrairieCommunity Garden held April9 at the Verona Public Library.Several people in the group vol-unteered to help, as well.
Photos submitted
Above, a map of thenew Badger PrairieCommunity Gardenshows 96 plots of20 feet by 20 feetusing about oneacre on thesouthwest cornerof Old PB and EastVerona Avenue.More acreage couldbe available if theneed is there.Left, the plot isready for pavingonce the weathercooperates.
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 Dailey and Vincent
Saturday, April 20, 2013 ~ 7:30 pm
 VAHS Performing Arts Center
(Verona Area High School, 300 Richard Street)
The band has a level of synergy that only comes from constant liveperforming. It exudes the enthusiasm of a venture still fresh for all itsparticipants. Jamie Dailey and Darrin Vincent have been bluegrassmusicians throughout their careers and never depart from that coresensibility on Brothers from Different Mothers. But, like the earliesticons, they also push the bluegrass envelope. Best of all, they’ve foundthe closest thing to brotherhood – a true musical partnership.
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Verona Area School District
High school graduation rates take slight dip
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seth JoVaag
Unifed Newspaper Group 
High school graduationrates dipped slightly lastyear at Verona Area HighSchool, according to datareleased last week by thestate Department of PublicInstruction.Just under 94 percent of VAHS seniors in 2011-12graduated after four yearsof high school. That’s about1 percent down from lastyear’s “four-year rate” but1 percent higher than a yearearlier.Last year’s graduationrate reached 94 percentwhen using “the legacyrate,” which factors instudents who obtain theirdegrees later, either becausethey are special-educationstudents or because theyfinished their work aftertheir senior year ended.That’s down from the94.8 percent legacy rate thedistrict reported for 2010-11. The 2010-11 figureslisted on the DPI databaseare incorrect, local officialssaid last year, because of errors made by local staff when entering data forsome students.Just over 82 percentof VAHS students fromlow-income homes earneddiplomas last year, up from75.3 percent last year butdown from 91.4 percenttwo years earlier.This year’s VAHS gradu-ation rate ranks slightlybelow the middle of thepack compared to 15 DaneCounty high schools out-side of Madison. Elevenschools had higher legacyrates; three were lower,according to DPI figures.Using the four-year rate,VAHS outpaced six schoolsand trailed eight. VAHStopped all Madison highschools in both categories.Data for this year’s grad-uating class won’t be avail-able until next spring.Statewide, the four-yeargraduation rate rose half a percentage point to 87.5percent last year, accord-ing to a DPI news release.The legacy rate rose wasup one-tenth of a percent to90.6.
Epic traffic plan goes before the public
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mark ignatowski
Unifed Newspaper Group 
The public is invited toview the draft of a trafficimpact analysis study at apublic meeting next Tues-day.Early this week, cityofficials and representa-tives from AECOM, thefirm hired to conduct thestudy, were still hashingout details about the meet-ing at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday,April 23, at Verona CityCenter.City administrator BillBurns said the companylikely will have maps of the area, along with a 3-Dvideo computer modelingof traffic patterns and flowthrough the area. Both hadbeen presented to the Pub-lic Works committee lastmonth.Depending on the size of the crowd, AECOM mightwalk through some of themodels in a formal presen-tation. The company willalso have representativeson hand to answer ques-tions from residents.The city and AECOMhave previously discussedsome details of the traf-fic study as part of neigh-borhood planning meet-ings held by Epic earlierthis year for its plans tobuild two more campus-es. Epic is planning roadimprovements and campusadditions to handle anincrease to 8,000 employ-ees – about the number thatwould be in Verona afterCampus 4 and 5 are built –and the study considers thepotential of 11,000.Major improvementsrecommended in the studyinclude two new signal-ized intersections on afour-lane replacement forNine Mound Road, newofframps for all of thecompany’s parking garag-es, added turn lanes almosteverywhere and extra lanesalong Northern LightsRoad.The city has already tak-en steps to address sometraffic issues near the com-pany’s campus. The cityhired AECOM last week todesign a second lane on theU.S. Hwy. 18-151 offrampthat feeds onto Epic Laneand continues to North-ern Lights. A third lane on18-151 from Epic Lane toHwy. 69 is included as partof the recommendations inthe traffic study.The Common Council isexpected to review the traf-fic impact analysis at itsApril 22 meeting.Burns said informationabout the results could beposted to the city’s web-site, ci.verona.wi.us, asearly as this week.
If you go
Epic traffic impactanalysis meeting
6:30 p.m.Tuesday, April 23
Verona CityCenter, 111 Lincoln St.
Area graduation rates
High school 2011-12 2010-11 2009-10 2008-09 2007-08
Stoughton 97.7% 98.8% 99.3% 96.7% 93.9%Oregon 95.5% 95.4% 91.5% 95.6% 89.9%McFarland 95.6% 92.1% 93.2% 92.5% 92.9%Middleton 97.3% 93.6% 93.1% 92.7% 92.1%Verona 94.0% 94.8%* 96.6% 96.3% 94.5%
– Department o Public Instruction 
Numbers represent the “legacy rate” for graduation, or percentage ofstudents who graduate by age 21.* Correct figure provided by VASD. It differs from DPI’s figure due to adata-entry error.
City of Verona
Plan: More community parkswill be needed as city grows
mark ignatowski
Unifed Newspaper Group 
As Verona continues togrow, it will be in need of alarger community park and afew neighborhood parks.A sparsely-attended pub-lic meeting last Wednesdaydrew little public commentbut gave a few residents abetter idea of where parksmight be planned in thefuture, and what sort of needs the city has in regardsto open space.Jim Brickner, a consul-tant with JSD ProfessionalServices, noted the study’sfindings that the city is abovethe national average for park-land areas, but that continuedgrowth would put the cityin need of a large commu-nity park, as well as severalsmall, planned neighborhoodparks. The company is work-ing with the Parks Commis-sion on a new five-year plan.Community parks providelarge, open spaces for sportsfields and other recreationsuch as splashpads. Theseparks are larger than the typi-cal three- or four-acre neigh-borhood park that has someplayground equipment.Brickner said Verona’sproximity to areas like Red-dan Soccer Park, BadgerPrairie County Park andDNR lands near the SugarRiver gives residents accessto ample parkland. However,since those areas are con-trolled by other governmen-tal agencies, they don’t countas land residents always haveaccess to. For example, thelarge cyclocross champion-ship at Badger Prairie keptresidents from using that areafor other recreation.The city has about 7.6acres of community parklandper 1,000 residents. That’sshort of the city’s standardof 12 acres per 1,000 people.According to park plan cal-culations, the city will beshort about 55 acres of com-munity parkland by 2017,assuming no new commu-nity parks are built. That gapincreases even more as popu-lation projections increase.Brickner said long-rangeprojections also call for aboutnine or 10 new neighborhoodparks as the city grows.
In addition to park areas,the meeting also touchedbriefly on park facilityneeds. Parks director DaveWalker said the city is on acycle to replace park equip-ment about every 20 yearsin neighborhood parks.Brickner said the city mighthave to consider a shortertimetable for replacement,depending on the desires of the neighborhood.One resident at the meet-ing implored leaders to con-sider building a splash pad.Middleton has had one forseveral years, while Fitch-burg broke ground on a sitelast month.Walker agreed the splashpad park would be a good,cost-friendly addition to thecity, but in the past, resi-dents have preferred largeraquatic facility. That senti-ment showed in a surveyused to prepare the 2013-2017 parks plan. Surveyrespondents ranked “initiateplanning for an aquatic cen-ter” has their No. 1 priority,followed closely by “con-struct a spray park/splashpad.”Parks and Open SpaceCommission members willreview the draft and makechanges at their upcomingApril meeting. Their finalplan will be forwarded tothe city council in late Mayor June, Walker previouslytold the
. Their recom-mendations will be consid-ered by the council as partof the city’s master plan, aswell as for the 2014 munici-pal budget.

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