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Thursday, August 8, 2013 Vol. 133, No. 54 Stoughton, WI ConnectStoughton.com $1
Victoria Vlisides
Unifed Newspaper Group 
Six-year-old Brayden Welhoeferlifts up his T-shirt to show a scar thatstretches from one side of his upperbelly to the other.It’s a reminder of where he hadnot one, but four surgeries, includingtwo liver transplants, before he was2 years old. He doesn’t necessar-ily know why he needs his liver butsenses it’s a vital part of his body.Brayden told the
Courier Hub
lastWednesday that, after telling hisclassmates about his condition, mostof his peers now “care about my liv-er.”Likewise, his adoptive parents,Brenda and Ron Welhoefer, arequick to note how fortunate theyare that so many people have caredabout Brayden and his liver.Last month, the family, whomoved to Stoughton in 1995, helpedspread awareness of organ trans-plants by putting together a 20-mem-ber team to participate in the CapitalCity 5K Run/Walk.The Madison event had around900 participants and is one wayBrayden’s family and friends haveshown support nearly five years afterhis transplants.
Transplant triumphs
In 2007, at 3 months old, Braydenwas diagnosed with a life-threat-ening liver condition called binaryatresia in which the bile ducts insideor outside the liver do not have
Liver strong
Community supports healthy 6-year-old after 2 transplants
TV show to highlight Stoughton
Mark ignatowski
Unifed Newspaper Group 
A few years ago, Stoughton drewthe interest of a Norwegian televi-sion station as a director and pro-ducer for the foreign channel visitedthe city looking to get an idea aboutwhat life was like in the area.This summer, the community hasdrawn a local television station in fora closer look at the chamber, localbusinesses and the community.Madison’s CW57 (WBUW) spenttwo weeks in July filming for theprogram “Destination Stoughton.”The program features seven 3-min-ute interviews with local businessesand an introduction by the Chamberof Commerce director Erica Dial.The program is set to premiere at6:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15.McFarland State Bank was the
Stoughton Area School District
Board seeks public inputbefore setting referendum
scott de laruelle
Uniied Newspaper Group 
Eyeing a public refer-endum next year to offsetan expected district short-fall of around $5 milliondollars, Stoughton AreaSchool District Boardmembers will first gatherpublic input on plans toput the matter on the bal-lot.School officials andboard members talkedMonday night about their“to-do list,” beginningwith surveying opinionsfrom district residents anddeciding whether to holdthe referendum next Feb-ruary or April.The most recent refer-endum, passed in 2010, iswrapping up this monthafter bringing more than$7 million dollars to thedistrict that helped replacethe roof at River Bluff Middle School, install anew gym floor at Fox Prai-rie Elementary School,upgrade heating, air con-ditioning and ventilationunits, re-pave parking lots
Stoughton folks walkas part of “Team DeLiver Ants” at theCapital City 5K Run/ Walk to support6-year-old BraydenWelhoefer, whose lifewas saved becauseof a liver transplantin 2008.From left areJeremiah Villarrealand his son SeanBlankenheim-Villarreal in thestroller; his wifeMegan Blankenheim-Villarreal; LoriO’Connor; ErinBlankenheim-Villarreal and JimSchnell.
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Pie maker does it again
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scott de laruelle
Unifed Newspaper Group 
After more than threedecades of practice, JeffreyDoyle-Horney is makingbaking success look easy as,well, pie.The 56-year-old Stough-ton resident – fresh off win-ning the 2012 WisconsinState Fair Grand Champion-ship for his black raspberrylattice pie – was at it again,winning the Kenmore Fam-ily Fruit Pies Competitionat this year’s fair against31 other contestants. Andhis secret weapon – grand-mother Lucy’s raspberry
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Arick Vance pushes a few kids on the playground spinner dur-ing a day-camp that was part of the church’s service project thissummer.
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Mission trips openeyes, hearts and minds
MicHael Fiez
Hub correspondent 
As area churches sendmembers on mission trips,participants expect tohelp those less fortunate.Through their work, how-ever, many Stoughtonitessay they’ve grown andchanged on a personal lev-el.Bible Baptist Churchconsists of eight localchurches that will combinefor 11 mission projects thissummer.Luke Steuerwald, amember of Bible Baptist,has been organizing a tripto Kenora, Canada, everysummer since 2004. Fivemembers traveled there inlate July, including NathanLyle and Luke, Holly, Erinand Cierra Steuerwald, whospent two weeks work-ing with a vacation bibleschool for teens and pre-teens. Their responsibilitiesincluded directing the campand programs, counseling,lifeguarding, kitchen helpand cabin counseling.
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Ron and Brenda Welhoefer watched their son Brayden survive four surgeries before theage of 2 to become the healthy first-grader he is today.Stoughtonresident JeffDoyle-Horneywon theKenmore FamilyFruit PiesCompetition atthis year’s StateFair against31 other con-testants. His“grandmotherLucy’s rasp-berry lattice pie”was the winningrecipe.
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August 8, 2013
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Saturdays at 2:00 p.m.
Featuring Meat from Bills Food Center, Oregon
 August 3 - September 14
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Pulling agood time
Two-year-old Lily Bosch(clockwise, from top left)and her uncle Patrick of Franklin, Wis. wait forSaturday afternoon’s truck pull to get underway at the56th annual Utica Fest; afather and son watch Sat-urday morning’s tractorpull; spectators cover theirfaces and turn their headsto avoid smoke coming off the track during Saturdaymornings tractor pull; ateam of horses dig in dur-ing Friday evening’s pull;a family enjoys Saturday’spull.
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Kegonsa Elementary andStoughton High School.Director of BusinessServices Erica Pickett saidstaff has been working onthe latest referendum forthe past month. Prelimi-nary plans call for a ref-erendum to be held nextApril. In that scenario, theschool board would haveuntil Jan. 18 to approvea resolution. If the boardmoved the referendum toFebruary, they would haveto approve the measure byDec. 7, with public hear-ings scheduled for January.“Once a final decision ismade, we can really moveahead with opportunitiesto educate the community,whether it be listening ses-sions, printed materials,those types of things,” shesaid.Pickett said there is anupcoming school boardretreat scheduled to talk more about referendumpossibilities. She saidbased on how the districthandled the 2010 referen-dum, listening sessions inthe community could beheld in November, whenschool officials could pro-vide information aboutpast referenda and currentplans.“We would want to getthat on our calendar soonerthan later,” she said.School officials couldlikely determine theamount needed for the ref-erendum in November orDecember, Pickett said.“It could be a referen-dum combined with costreduction or cuts,” shesaid.
Feedback neededfirst
School board treasur-er Donna Tarpinian saidboard members need to seeresults from a communitysurvey before firming upreferendum plans.“It’s really going todrive whether we do thereferendum or not, andwhat we need to do,” shesaid. “We have to be armedwith information before wemake any decisions. We’retalking about doing strate-gic things before we reallyknow the data.”School board presidentLiz Menzer asked Pickettto provide members copiesof past surveys to be dis-cussed at their next meet-ing on Aug. 19 to get newmembers up to speed. Shesaid getting feedback fromthe community sooner thanlater is critical to the pro-cess.“If we get a big enoughsample, it is the indica-tor we’ve used previouslyas to whether or not ourcommunity is predisposedto support a referendum,”Menzer said. “If they arenot, we need every singleminute we can to be con-vincing them otherwise.If it’s favorable, if weknew everyone was feelingpretty positive, the timingbecomes less critical. Thisis a big decision point forthe board, and so the moreinformation we have, Ithink the more responsiblea decision we can make onbehalf of the district.”Citing an economy thatis “still not great in someareas,” she said a lot hashappened in the area sincethe 2010 referendumpassed.“This is going to be adecision point for a lot of community stakeholders,and so we want to makesure we have ample time toreally tell the good story,”Menzer said.District AdministratorDr. Tim Onsager suggestedthat board members dis-cuss the timing of a poten-tial referendum at theirnext meeting.Onsager said a Februaryreferendum is possible, butwould “back everythingup” in terms of the time-line in getting informationout to the public and staff and the board approvingthe referendum.“There’s pros and consfor a February (referen-dum) versus April (but) wecan certainly do that,” hesaid.Onsager, who will betalking to staff in Novem-ber about the referendum,said he didn’t want a situ-ation where district pro-grams would essentially be“pitted against each other”in explaining the possibleconsequences of a failedreferendum to residents.“You’ve heard otherdistricts say, ‘If it doesn’tpass, we’re going toeliminate ‘X,’ and this isgone,’” he said.“It’s a fine line, becauseour taxpayers want to knowsome specifics – what hap-pens if the referendumdoesn’t (pass)? What infor-mation do we provide themwithout going so specific?”
More input needed on referendum
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De Laruelle joins UNG reporting staff 
Scott DeLaruellehas joinedthe staff of UnifiedNewspaperGroup.TheGreen Baynative comes to UNGafter five years with the
Poynette Press
, wherehe was involved in everyaspect of that weeklynewspaper’s publica-tion. At UNG, he willfill a variety of roles,most notably coveringeducation in both Stough-ton and Oregon.De Laruelle succeedsDerek Spellman, whomthe Stoughton AreaSchool District hired lastmonth to fill its newly cre-ated community relationsposition.
De Laruelle
Police rePort
Reports collected from thelog books at the StoughtonPolice Department.
July 6
6 p.m.
A 15-year-old girlwas cited for battery after afight on the near Mandt Park.
7:06 p.m.
A 38-year-oldman was cited for openintoxicants, disorderly con-duct and possession of drugparaphernalia at Mandt Park.
July 7
3:10 a.m.
Officers founda man lying in the grassnear North Page Street andProspect Lane. The intoxicat-ed man said he was just tak-ing a break before continuinghis walk home.
10:01 p.m.
A 38-year-old woman called police foradvise about her 16-year-oldniece who has had computercontact with Brian Warner(a.k.a. Marilyn Manson). Thewoman said the contact islewd and she believed War-ner to be a pedophile.
July 8
2:28 a.m.
A 24-year-oldwoman was arrested fordisorderly conduct after aphysical altercation with herlive-in boyfriend on the 200block of West Main Street.
2:47 p.m.
A resident onRidge Street called city hallstating that he or she hadthree woodchucks trying toget in the back door. The resi-dent was given suggestionson using a live trap.
4:15 p.m.
A 36-year-oldwoman complained aboutyoung women who were top-less in the parking lot of TrollBeach. The girls were goneupon the officer’s arrival.
– Mark Ignatowski 
SASD to hold central registration at high school
The Stoughton AreaSchool District will holdits 2013-14 central registra-tion for all students from5-year-old kindergartenthrough 12th grade in thecoming weeks.The two sessions are 7a.m. to 6 p.m., Thursday,Aug. 15 and 8 a.m. to 7p.m., Tuesday, Aug. 20 atStoughton High School,600 Lincoln Ave. Peopleare asked to use the Dev-onshire Road entrance tothe parking lot and enterthrough Pool Door #24.At the registration, schoolpictures will be taken andpeople will receive thefollowing: a letter fromdistrict administrator Dr.Tim Onsager, attendanceinformation, school-spe-cific information, includ-ing supply lists, bus routeinformation and rules foreligible students. Rulesinclude bus identified cardsfor River Bluff students, freeand reduced meals applica-tions, breakfast/lunch menusfor September, a districtcalendar/handbook, studentinsurance information andRiver Bluff and StoughtonHigh School schedules andelementary teacher place-ments.

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