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Thursday, November 28, 2013 Vol. 48, No. 27 Verona, WI Hometown USA ConnectVerona.com $1
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Fostering Furry Friends
Cat – and dog – rescue shelter always seeking volunteers
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They’re not sure how old Poppet was when they found her, but they knew she was old – old and in bad shape.The cat, who had lived outdoors for years, was shot in the her rear leg with a .22 bullet, which broke her leg and still remains lodged in her hip. She’s missing an eye, her tail and part of her ear and only has five teeth.But after she was adopt-ed in June by a Milwaukee couple, Poppet has a Vero-na-based pet rescue organi-zation to thank for the soft cat food her new family lovingly feeds her. Jennifer Chung and her husband Steve, of Milwau-kee, said they’ve always had a soft spot for animals who need adopting and found an ad for Poppet online. They adopted through Angel’s Wish Pet Adop-tion and Resource Cen-ter, which is a 13-year-old foster home-based animal organization that adopts cats, kittens, and dogs to the Madison area. The main adoption site is in Verona at 161 Horizon Drive, but the all-volun-teer organization has other adoption events throughout the Madison Area.The couple adopted Pop-pet from foster mom Lynn Erbach, a Verona resident since 1980 who has been volunteering since 2004 and has fostered around 200 cats.Foster care is one of the ways to volunteer at Angel’s Wish. Volunteer Christine Bartlein said the organization is looking for foster home volunteers, among many types of vol-unteers.
Pet fostering
Angel’s Wish got its name from an abandoned kitten found on a construc-tion site in 2000 by found-er Lois Lawrence. Though Angel didn’t survive the night, the experience caused Lawrence to look for ways to give homes to other orphaned pets.All of the animals at Angel’s Wish live in fos-ter homes while awaiting adoption. “Fostering is accepting an animal into your home for a temporary amount of
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Milwaukee residents Jennifer Chung and her husband Steve adopted Poppet through Angel’s Wish Pet Adoption and Resource Center in Stoughton.
Helping Hands
Angel’s Wish161 Horizon Drive #106848-4174angelswish.orgFounded in:
 Adoption and Resource Center open Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Chamber: New HS exit, CDA key for downtown
 Meetings, interviews coincided with planners’ study
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The future of Verona’s downtown has been at the forefront of discussion for the past year, and after months of research, the Verona Area Chamber of Commerce has weighed in on what could make the area thrive.Creating a new access to the high school and making space for “destina-tion” retailers could ease traffic concerns and create the type of downtown feel the community has been seeking, the chamber said in a position paper released last week in advance of the final downtown steer-ing committee meeting. And the city’s Community Development Authority could help lead the way.
Pub plans Verona expansion
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If you like craft beer, 2014 could be a good year for you.In addition to the new brewery that just opened on the southeast side of the city, two new restau-rants on East Verona Ave-nue plan to ride the wave of enthusiasm here for craft beer.One, which has yet to be named, is planned to be a larger operation, with out-door volleyball courts and mostly Wisconsin area beer, but still has to work out construction plans and get approval for its new building from the city’s Planning Commission. The other signed a deal last week to move into the fourth spot in a new strip
Hometown Holidays
‘Hometown Crawl’ adds to local holiday activities
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This year’s Hometown Holidays will offer a new opportunity for Veronans to explore local businesses in addition to the classic events the weekend has been known for.The event always includes a chili supper, the lighting of the Christ-mas tree and children’s activities on Friday night, but other events have varied from year to year.Verona Area Chamber of Com-merce executive director Karl Cur-tis said the “roving raffle,” officially dubbed “Hometown Crawl,” will fea-ture 24 local businesses where visi-tors will be asked to complete a task. That “might be something like eat a
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Business news
Advance Auto Parts opens, Holiday Inn wins international awards
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A Veronan weighs in on short-term traffic improvement plans at the last public meeting about plans for the city’s downtown.
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time until they can be placed in an appropri-ate home,” explains the Angel’s Wish’s website.Some of the animals are healthy, but oth-ers are under socialized, unweaned, pregnant, sick or injured and need addi-tional specialized care to become ready for adop-tion, the website states.Erbach said among many reasons to do foster care, she enjoys all the dif-ferent cats she gets to help.“I get my kitten fix every year without adopt-ing more cats/kittens,” she wrote in an email inter-view.
Inside help
The organization is also seeking volunteers to work in the adoption and resource center, which is an 800-square-foot retail space where pet items are sold. Some of the pet ser-vices they offer are nail trimming and microchip-ping for cats and dogs, which costs $20.Other volunteer oppor-tunities are assisting with membership and volunteer activities, michrochip-ping animals, adminis-trative work, marketing and special events. Youth and adult volunteers are welcome. An application form to volunteer can be found on their website at angelswish.org.There is a wish list of items to donate to the organization listed online, too. A few items they need donated are kitty litter, dry cat food, cat beds, pet carriers, dry cat shampoo, catnip and prescription pet medications and supplies. For more information, contact info@angelswish.org or 848-4174.
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Pet needs
 • Kitty litter • Canned cat food • Dry cat food (ProPlan, Science Diet, Royal Canin, Iams, Nutro, Authority, Mounds Purrfectly Natural) • Cat toys-greatest need is feather toys and other interactive string/ pole toys for adoption meet and greets • Cat beds • KMR (kitten milk replacement) and Just Born • Catnip • Feliway spray • Dry cat shampoo • Pet carriers • Pet condos/playpens • Heating pads • Hot water bottles • Snuggle safe heating pads • Ceramic and stainless steel pet dishes • Revolution • Prescription pet medications and supplies
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‘I just plain love fostering’
Angel’s Wish volunteer explains why she does it
Verona Press
 caught up with Lynn Erbach, a Verona resident who’s vol-unteered with Angel’s Wish for almost a decade, on what it’s like to be a “foster mom” for cats.
How long have you been volunteering for Angel’s Wish? How did you get involved?
LE: I have been volun-teering with Angel’s Wish since I retired in 2004. I got involved because a stray cat had five kittens in our barn, and my hus-band was going to be put-ting round hay bales in and would block the entrance to where she had the kittens and he said, “You need to do something.” I had no idea what I was going to do with six cats. An hour later I was going to Miller’s and saw the sign in the intersection of Main/Verona Avenue say-ing “Angel’s Wish, Kitten Adoptions.” At that time they were on Paoli Street, I walked in and (the worker) asked if she could help me. I told her I had six cats that I had to get out of the barn. She said, “We can help if you can foster.” I had no idea what “foster-ing” was but said I would. I’ve been fostering ever since. We still have the mother cat as one of our house cats.
What has been the best aspect of being a cat “fos-ter mom”?
LE: There are so many “best” things about fostering. I get my kitten fix every year without adopting more cats/kittens. I know I am helping helpless animals; it gives me a purpose now that I am retired. I have met many wonderful new friends who have similar interests. I just plain love fostering; the cats/kittens make me laugh.
About how many ani-mals do you think you’ve been a foster home for?
LE: I don’t know how many animals I have fos-tered; it’s probably close to 200. I am thankful that both our cats (who were Angel’s Wish mother cats) are very tolerant of having other cats in our home. I have fostered cats that needed hospice; cats from hoarding situations that needed socializing, kittens, pregnant cats who gave birth in our kitten room and cats like Poppet who needed lots of medical attention before she was adopted. However, Poppet is the only one-eyed, no-tail, bullet-in-the-hip cat that I have fostered. Presently, I have two 7-month-old male cats, Willie and Jase, that I’ve been fostering since June. Their sister has been adopt-ed.
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 Verona service helps find pets new homes
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Poppet was a foster cat with Verona resident Lynn Erbach before she was adopted by a Milwaukee couple.
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Nomination papers go out Dec. 1
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Politicians may soon knock on your door look-ing for signatures to get their name on the spring election ballot.Nomination papers for the spring election go out Dec. 1, and several alders, school board members and the mayor are up for reelection next year. Verona Mayor Jon Hochkammer is up for another 4-year term. Chad Kemp has already announced he will chal-lenge Hochkammer.Alders William ‘Mac’ McGilvray (D-1), Scott Manley (D-2), Brad Stiner (D-3) and Michael Bare (D-4) hold seats that are set to expire, as well. On the Verona Area School District Board of Education, president Den-nis Beres’ term ends, along with at-large member Jean-nie Porter.Town of Verona supervi-sors Manfred Enburg and Mark Geller are also up for reelection.Dane County Circuit Court judges John W. Markson and William E. Hanrahan also face reelec-tion. Nomination papers for the seats will be out Dec. 1 and must be returned by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014.The spring election will be held Tuesday, April 1. A Feb. 17 primary will be held, if necessary. The deadline for incumbents to file non-candidacy forms is Dec. 27.Nomination forms and election materials are available from your local clerk, or online at gab.wi.gov.
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Verona Area School District
Video will highlight K choices
FACTv project aims to connect with more parents of incoming kindergartners
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Verona Area School Dis-trict officials hope a new method of getting informa-tion to incoming kinder-garten parents will allow more of them to have a full understanding of choices of where to send their chil-dren.The new project will be in partnership with FAC-Tv, the city of Fitchburg’s television station, and will involve creating a video with site principals giv-ing a short explanation of their school. The video will be put online and sent out as a DVD to all incoming kindergarten parents, along with a newsletter with more information.VASD director of com-munity services John Schmitt said the principals are also hoping to hold multiple “open houses” at their sites to answer more personalized questions and offer tours to interested parents. In past years, the district has held an incom-ing parents meeting in early January, but Schmitt told the school board last Mon-day that turnout has been disappointing in recent years.“We were maybe hitting a third at best, and recog-nizing the people who were coming were people that had very much interest in it, but we weren’t attracting many people that weren’t able to get to the school easily,” Schmitt said.The project will cost in the “ballpark” of $3,000, he said. Board member Renee Zook questioned the reasoning behind the change and whether it would truly reach the intended audience, worry-ing some people may just throw the DVDs away.She wondered how it would reach “transient families, families that don’t even have DVD players, yet don’t have internet access either,” though Schmitt said a written element will also be sent home with the video.Zook said she was “will-ing to try it,” but wanted to make sure district officials followed up with parents later this school year to see what they thought of the information they received. The DVDs are currently being produced and will be sent out in early January.
No support for board conditions
VASD superintendent Dean Gorrell had asked board members if they would be interested in sup-porting recently proposed state legislation to require incoming school board members to have 16 hours of board member develop-ment. No members offered any support, and board presi-dent Dennis Beres said he worried about the effect it would have on who runs for board positions.“I think being a board member is onerous enough without requiring someone to do some sort of addition-al meetings,” Beres said. “I get the philosophy of it … but I think this is a citizen board that I just hate to see requirements put on people when it’s hard enough to get qualified candidates to run.”No board members dis-agreed with Beres, and the board decided against sup-porting the legislation.
Homecoming 2014 conflict
The Building, Grounds, and Transportation Com-mittee also reported Mon-day night that with only four home football games on next year’s schedule, there was no way for the entire Homecoming week-end to avoid conflict with a religious holiday. Board and BGT commit-tee member Jeannie Porter said the group chose the weekend of Sept. 26, which will cause the parade to conflict with Rosh Hasha-nah.While she said it wasn’t ideal, the other options had more conflicts than just the parade.
Board retreat
The board also final-ized its agenda for a Dec. 7 board retreat that will focus on the district’s growing enrollment and the issues that creates. Members will receive an update on municipal growth and enrollment, discuss long range mill-rate projec-tions, discuss potential land purchases and look into the potential impact of new schools to current atten-dance boundaries.The board has been dis-cussing the issue through-out the fall, with attendance growing by triple digits in each of the past two years.
Dane County
Parisi signs $560 million budget
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Dane County taxpayers will see about a 3.3 percent hike in the county tax rate on their annual bills due to an increase in the county’s 2014 budget.County Executive Joe Pari-si’s $560 million 2014 bud-get was approved and signed earlier this month with little objection by county supervi-sors.The $509 million operating budget was approved 34-1 with the only no vote by Sup. Kurt Schlict of Cross Plains. The $51 million capital bud-get was approved 32-3. The county tax levy was unani-mously approved at $3.11 per $1,000 in assessed value, an increase from last year’s rate of $3.01.Verona schools will get a significant investment through new “Mental Health Rapid Response Teams.” The initiative will put profes-sionals in classrooms to help de-escalate situations with students who have mental health challenges; and coor-dinate community and edu-cational services. Money for emergency siren upgrades and $300,000 for a trail near the Sugar River was also included. The area will also benefit from about $16,000 in county meal funding for seniors that will make up for lost federal funds.The 2014 budget also bol-sters public safety and human service programs, Parisi said in a news release announcing the budget’s signing.“Working collaboratively public, private, and non-prof-it partners, the budget … tru-ly puts resources and services where they are needed most – helping young people, our families, and communities succeed,” Parisi said.
Public safety
The budget includes $8 million for improvements to the Dane County Jail. The budget also includes money for two new court bailiffs and a new crime prevention board. The budget establishes a new crime prevention board that would distribute $20,000 to government law enforce-ment agencies and private crime prevention organiza-tions to support crime pre-vention efforts.The budget also allocates $147,900 to station two addi-tional sheriff’s deputies as bailiffs in family court.
Human services
The 2014 budget moves forward several partnerships to help children succeed in school and their community, Parisi said in a news release.Funds to prevent youth from being evicted and to curb homelessness are also included.The budget also includes $2 million to ensure a new domestic violence shelter opens in Dane County next year.
Youth initiatives
The county parks system will get a boost thanks to a partnership with Operation Fresh Start. Parisi’s budget creates the “Dane County Youth Conservation Corps,” a team of young people who will work year-round on a wide variety of projects to improve county parks. “This work will help young people develop critical job skills, and their projects will keep county parks and their amenities clean, accessible, and family friendly,” accord-ing to the news release.The 2014 budget also makes significant invest-ments in infrastructure and Dane County’s lakes and lands. The budget creates a projected $19 million gen-eral reserve fund, the highest it has ever been, better posi-tioning the county for future fiscal uncertainty, Parisi said.
2014 county budget
Year 2012 2013 2014Capital budget* $22.8 $32.7 $51Operating budget* $476 $491.9 $509County tax rate** $2.87 $3.01 $3.11* in millions**Per $1,000 in assessed value

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