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Thursday, July 25, 2013 Vol. 132, No. 51 Stoughton, WI ConnectStoughton.com $1
Photos by
Jeremy Jones
Stoughton youth wrestler Hunter Lewis, who wrestles for Ringers in Milwaukee, went to the Mazovia Cup in Poland in April and came out as a champion in the77-pound weight class. Lewis is now ranked No. 2 in the United States on the Future Olympians list.
Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor 
As 12-year-old Hunter Lewis stood onthe podium in Warsaw, Poland, he got amemory that he said will forever be etchedin his mind.Holding his gold medal, surrounded bywrestlers from around the world, the U.S.national anthem played just for the Stough-ton wrestler, recognizing his victory in the77-pound championship April 11-14 at theMazovia Cup freestyle tournament.“I feel good representing the U.S. in agood way and actually getting a chance,”Lewis said. “Winning a world tournament,that just sounds cool.”Lewis and fellow Stoughton youth wres-tler Cody Suddeth earned the trip with theirsuccess and the community’s help, witheach needing to raise $2,500 to fund theinternational trip.With their trip still uncertain as recentlyas March, the two ended up with enoughsupport from Stoughton businesses andresidents for the trip to Poland, somethingLewis said was special to know.“It felt good to know that people care,that the community cares about even justone person or two,” he said.
Representing the U.S.
When Lewis returned, not a lot of peopleknew he had even won the tournament, hesaid.But he did a presentation for his class,and he received also congratulations asword spread around Stoughton.He was one of eight Ringers Wrestlingmembers who placed at the Mazovia Cup,
Photo by
Bill Livick
Part-time employee Julia Blaikie showsoff the new Clavinova keyboard the OperaHouse acquired earlier this year, thanks to agrant from the Bryant Foundation.
Light schedule,plenty to do atOpera House
Upades, fixes e eadf busie fa
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Unifed Newspaper Group 
There hasn’t been much activ-ity on stage at the Stoughton OperaHouse this summer, but there is a lotgoing on behind the scenes.Opera House director Bill Brehmand event coordinator ChristianDollhausen have been busy bookingshows for the upcoming season. Thenew schedule is going to be releasednext week.Meanwhile, board member JohnLewis has been writing grant appli-cations. Already, the Opera Househas gotten three grants from the Bry-ant Foundation this year, totaling$47,000.They helped to upgrade the facil-ity’s sound system, refurbish theoriginal fire curtain and purchase anew keyboard. And a regular attend-ee’s donation could end the quirkybut sometimes uncomfortable tradi-tion of people bringing their ownseat cushions to shows.
Preliminary budget estimates a balance for 2013-14
Sae aid bump iep disi fiaes
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Unifed Newspaper Group 
A preliminary discus-sion of the Stoughton AreaSchool District’s budgetshows an increase in stateaid could help balance thebudget next year.However, the schoolboard still expects to dis-cuss plans soon for a ref-erendum in the comingyears.The projected bumpin school aid, increasedspending limits approvedin the state’s biennialbudget and additionalfunds approved through a2010 operational referen-dum should help the dis-trict in 2013-14, officialssaid.The June 30 signing of the state budget by Gov.Scott Walker gave schooldistricts across the statetwo increases in fundingduring the next two years,district finance direc-tor Erica Pickett told theboard’s finance committeelast week.“That budget allows foran increase of $75 per stu-dent in our revenue limitcalculation for 2013-14
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Stoughton Opera House
12-year-old wins international wrestling event
Stoughton Area School District
Top of the world
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Two new businesses!
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July 25, 2013
Courier Hub ConnectStoughton.com
Grant Applications
 are now being accepted
The SACF avors projects which:
propose practical solutions to currentcommunity needs
promote collaboration in addressingpositive change
promote volunteer involvement and/or strengthen an organization’s eectivenessand stabilityAny local nonproft or not-or-proft organi-zation that benefts a group o people, not anindividual, is eligible. To be considered, your organization must serve the people o thegreater Stoughton area and operate on theprinciple that no discrimination shall be prac-ticed as to race, religion, age, sex, mental or physical challenge.For more inormation, to contact us, or to down-load an application, please visit our website:
Applications are due by
September 15, 2012
…enhancing life for theStoughton Community.
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20, 2013
It’s all about the details!
Spring Cl
ean-ups, Tr
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emovals,Stump Grindin
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Caring for our Green World since 1978 
Tim Andrews Horticulturist - LLC
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Western KoshkonongLutheran Preschool
Open House & Registration
2633 Church StreetCottage Grove
(5 miles north of Stoughton off of Hwy. N)
Saturday, August 3, 20139 a.m.-12 p.m.Monday, August 5, 20135 p.m.-7 p.m.
Learn about the programs our preschoolprogram provides. A unique balance of learningand nurturing in a Christian environment.
For more information call (608) 335-3573.
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Church makes donations to Tanzanian ministry
Fami daes $15k
A local church is makinga difference overseas.Last weekend, FirstLutheran Church hosted Dr.Mark Jacobson, an award-wining doctor who doeshospital ministry in Tanza-nia. Many church memberswere inspired by him, andhis wife Linda’s, story aboutlife in Tanzania that theycollectively donated morethan $18,000 to help out.FLC purchased and donat-ed cardiology equipmentcalled an “ECG” for theArusha Lutheran Medi-cal Centre where Jacobsonworks. Pastor Bill Lehmansaid Jacobson was gratefulfor the donation because thehospital only had one ECG,which is used to measure therate and regularity of heart-beats, prior to the donation.The church purchasedit for around $3,000 withfunds raised over the pastfew months. They also hadabout $1,400 left over fromfundraising, which theydonated to Jacobson to usefor supplies as needed.In addition, an anony-mous family within thechurch donated $15,000 tosupport Jacobson’s medi-cal ministry. Lehman saidthis money will go towardsurgery for children andimproving amenities so theycan heal appropriately.Separately, one of FirstLutheran’s groups calledthe “Soul Sisters” collectedmore than $2,500 as a giftto Linda for her support of her husband. Lehman saidshe wants the money to gotoward an academic schol-arship for a Tanzanian girl.Because it is very rarefor someone to go to highschool in Tanzania, letalone a female going to highschool, Lehman said thiswas a special gift.“They’re in desper-ate needs for funding forschooling for girls,” he toldthe
Monday afternoonin a phone interview.A queen-sized, hand-crafted quilt, which incorpo-rated animals native to Afri-ca in the design, was alsodonated to Jacobson fromone of the members.
 – Victoria Vlisides
Photos submitted
Dr. Mark and Linda Jacobson making a presentation. Linda greeted the congregation first.Helen Bakken, left, and Lou Ann Ellingson, right, present a quilt toDr. Mark and Linda Jacobson. There are little animals from Africaon all of the outer edges.Dr. Mark and Linda Jacobson with the ECG machine.
Photo by
Kimberly Wethal
Fossil-fueled fun
Critterrrr Man demonstrated to a group of kids and parents onThursday July 18 about fossils, the types of energy that we useand how they tie together and the effect they have on the Earth.Kids had the opportunity to volunteer for multiple activities thatincluded life-like puppets and humor.Above, Critterrrr Man demonstrates how the overuse of energycan upset Earth’s balance with a leaf blower.
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July 25, 2013
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We love you,
Sharon, Bruce, Bonnie, Debi, Shane
Happy 68thWedding Anniversary!
Mom & Dad, Shirley & Butch Arnold
Special Sale Pricing
Friday, July 26 • 1-6 p.m.Saturday & Sunday, July 27 & 28 • 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
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George & Doris Bacon
4600 Rome Corners Rd., Brooklyn, WI 53521
(608) 334-4594 www.breezewayiris.com
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Mary-Rebecca Circle
will be
having a
Bake Sale
at the Nordic Nook on
Saturday, July 27From 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Come and buy a wide variety of Norwegiangoodies - lefse, krumkaka, rosettes,sandbakkles, plus pies, sweet rolls,quick breads, donuts, etc.
You don’t want to miss this!
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VFW Badger Post 328 Inc.200 Veterans Rd., Stoughton
Friday Night
All-You-Can-Eat Fish Fry 
Dine-in only. Regular menu also available
Karaoke by Big Johnson
Saturday Night Aloha Party 6-?Karaoke by Big Johnson
Drink Special, hors d’oeuvres and snacksGuest Bartender, Billy Manson
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and 2014-15,” Pickettsaid in a letter to the com-mittee. “The budget alsoallows for a $75 per stu-dent categorical aid alloca-tion for each district.”The categorical aid isseparate from the revenuelimit, Pickett told the com-mittee. The limit is a capon the amount of moneya school can receive fromthe state aid and local tax-payers without going to areferendum.“I feel like there’s lesssecurity in that (categori-cal aid),” Picket said.“That categorical aidexists for next year and theyear beyond, but I don’tknow if that’s still going tobe there after this currentstate budget.”The new figures bodewell for the district’s bud-get, though Pickett said thedistrict is still fine-tuningit. Total spending will varydepending on the numberof staff members the dis-trict hires - an ongoingprocess. Student enroll-ment next fall could alsoinfluence spending limits.“When we look at ourcurrent kindergartenenrollment, it’s not realpositive,” Pickett said.Pickett said there arecurrently about 185 kidsenrolled in the district’skindergarten program.That would be a sharpdrop for the district fromthe approximately 260 stu-dents who just graduated.
State aid
A July 1 estimate fromthe state Department of Public Instruction showan increase of 1.88 percentor $270,000. The districtwon’t know the final certi-fied aid payment until Oct.15, though preliminarynumbers are usually prettyaccurate.“That’s the first timethat’s happened in a num-ber of years,” Pickett saidof the increase.Stoughton has seen adecline in state aid for atleast the last five years,Pickett said.Pickett told the commit-tee last week that while theincrease will be beneficialthis coming year, the dis-trict can’t count on thosefunds increasing in thefuture.“This is just an esti-mate,” Pickett said.“They’ll finalize the actualamount on Oct. 15.”
Referendum plans
The good financial newswill be helpful as the dis-trict plans for a April 2014referendum.The district previouslysaid a worst-case scenariowould result in a shortfallof around $5 million afterthe 2010 referendum mon-ey runs out.That projection wasbased on a spending freezefor public school districtsthat was initially proposedin the most recent statebudget.Superintendent TimOnsager said the projec-tions won’t be as bad asthey initially thought.“I can tell you that we’renot going to be short $5million for that first year,”Onsager said. “Our realityisn’t as bad as our assump-tions.”The board will still con-tinue planning for a refer-endum, but a hard and fastnumber for what the dis-trict needs won’t be avail-able until October, Onsag-er explained.The board will likelybe looking at several sce-narios for the years beyond2014-15 budget in orderto plan how to garner sup-port in the community fora potential referendum.The board plans to meetin early August to discusspreliminary numbers andtimelines.
Despite good news, referendum talks continue
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Police rePort
Reports collected from thelog books at the StoughtonPolice Department.
June 19
12:51 a.m.
A 48-year-oldman was cited for his secondOWI on North Monroe Streetnear Jackson Street after hewas seen stumbling insideKwik Trip.
12:54 a.m.
A vehiclecrashed into a post at DeanClinic after the 41-year-olddriver got her sandal caughtin the accelerator and causedthe vehicle to speed forwardinto the post.
4:16 p.m.
An altercationon Sixth Street between a19-year-old man, a 42-year-old man and a 38-year-oldwoman resulted in two dis-orderly conduct citations forthe men.
11:46 p.m.
A 32-year-oldwoman was arrested for bailjumping after a traffic stopon North Van Buren Streetresulted in a drug parapher-nalia possession citation.
June 20
12:05 a.m.
A 20-year-oldwoman was cited for disor-derly conduct after a reportof a disturbance in which awoman was screaming nearthe 300 block of Olson Court.
June 22
12:06 a.m.
Police and fireresponded to a tree fire onKreideman Drive. The firewas believed to have beenstarted by lightning.
3:02 p.m.
A 42-year-oldman was suspected of dis-orderly conduct after a dis-turbance at Kwik Trip East.The man became upset afterthe store refused to sell ciga-rettes to his wife. He alleg-edly threw items and becameinsulting to staff and othercustomers.
June 24
4:21 p.m.
A man suspect-ed of stealing $1,500 worthof Crest White Strips wasarrested in another state, buta report from the Stoughtonpolice was needed.
June 25
10:30 a.m.
A 20-year-oldman was warned for shoot-ing carp with a bow and arrownear South Fourth Street.
12:45 p.m.
A 23-year-oldwoman was taken to detoxwith a BAC of .475, nearly sixtimes the legal limit for driv-ing in Wisconsin. The wom-an was taken to StoughtonHospital until her BAC wasbelow .40, the maximumaccepted at the detox center.
– Mark Ignatowski 
Utica Festival set for Aug. 2-4
The 42nd annual UticaFestival is slated for nextweekend.Visitors will find ampletruck, tractor and horsepulls, along with livemusic, food, and sportsentertainment.The weekend kicksoff Friday, Aug. 2 with aslow pitch softball tourna-ment at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m.,the Wisconsin Horsepull-ers Association Horse Pulltakes place, followed bylive music with ChameleonBand at 8:30 p.m.Saturday will see a craftfair in the school house allday. The slow pitch tour-nament continues at 8 a.m.Tractor and truck pulls takeplace at 10 a.m., 2 p.m.and 5 p.m. Stoughton takeson Utica in Home TalentLeague baseball action at1 p.m. and Madison Coun-ty takes the stage for livemusic at 8 p.m.Visitors will find moresoftball on Sunday, alongwith truck and tractor pullsat 10:30 a.m. and noon. Aspectator truck pull beginsat 3 p.m., followed by kara-oke at 5 p.m. At dusk, aThunderCat fireworks dis-play is slated for the skyover Utica CommunityPark.Festival events are run byvolunteers from the UticaCommunity Associationwith proceeds benefittingthe Utica Community Park.There will be concessionsand a beer tent all weekendlong.For more info, visit utica-park.org.
If you go
Utica Festival
All day, Aug. 2-4
UticaCommunity Park, on Hwy.B near Hwy. W betweenStoughton and Cambridge
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File photo
Jeremy Jones
Truck and tractor pulls can be found on Saturday and Sunday atUtica Fest, held this year Aug. 2-4.

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