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Thursday, February 27, 2014 Vol. 48, No. 40 Verona, WI Hometown USA ConnectVerona.com $1
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 A midday show
Glacier Edge Elementary School students all participated in music concerts Feb. 18 and 19, with kindergartners through second-graders performing Tuesday morning and afternoon and grades three through five Wednesday morning and afternoon. The students sang and played instruments for their parents and teachers in the audience as music teacher Melissa Bremmer told stories along with the music.
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Verona Area Needs Network revises goals
New Fitchburg board members, pantry position gets salaried
VICTORIA VLISIDES
Unified Newspaper Group 
In the past few months, Verona Area Needs Network made some organizational changes to accommo-date growth. While it contin-ues to fundraise for a planned expansion of its food pantry, the nonprofit group also added three new board members and made one of its positions salaried for 15 hours. VANN became an incorporated nonprofit in January 2011. For-merly the Verona Area Food Pantry, the group supports families in the Vero-na Area School Dis-trict, which reaches the town and city of Verona and parts of Fitchburg. In January, it expanded its board to include three new members to help rep-resent Fitchburg, as 75 percent of the people the food pantry serves are from Fitchburg. New members Nancy Arnold, Paula Possi-nand Marianne Staidl are from Fitchburg and will help repre-sent it. Mark Yurs, VANN’s board
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Karen Fletcher is the pantry coordinator at the Verona Area Needs Network food pantry, located at
City’s winter budget runneth over by $160,000
JIM FEROLIE
Verona Press editor 
This winter has been tough everywhere, but for the City of Verona, it has been more than a mere annoyance. In 2013, the city’s public works department went more than $100,000 over budget for its over-time, fuel and de-icing material. And that was before it got so cold the governor considered order-ing all schools to close and pipes began bursting all over the place.If the rest of this winter and the beginning of next are normal, the department figures to be at least $62,000 in the hole for just over-time and salt costs for 2014. And that doesn’t even factor in the potential cost of any roadwork that might be discovered after the thaw.So far this winter, the city’s public works department has poured 1,400 tons of salt and sand on roads, according to figures provided by public works director Ron Rieder. He told the Common Council on Monday that the continual de-icing
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City of Verona
Council: No to CARPC user fees
JIM FEROLIE
Verona Press editor 
It might not ultimately have had much effect, but the Verona Common Council held its first real debate over the tricky topic of regional planning since its political landscape suddenly shifted last April.After an hour-and-a-half discussion that got occasion-ally snippy Monday night, the group voted much the same way previous Verona coun-cils have – putting protective interests ahead of theoreti-cal bridge-building with the county and towns.The merits and impacts of either position are dubious at best; the 5-3 vote against using development fees to help fund the controversial Capital Area Regional Plan-ning Commission is merely advisory to the 18-member Dane County Cities and Vil-lages Association, which holds one of four votes on CARPC’s budget panel. But it nonetheless made a statement of no-confidence in the deci-sion-making body that the county deliberately under-funded
 
last fall.CARPC, of course, has been a bad name to Verona’s council since it imposed its first development-restricting rules in 2008. But after a court
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Verona Area School District
Charter deadline gets extended
SCOTT GIRARD
Unified Newspaper Group 
Verona Area School District officials extended the deadline for applica-tions to the district’s char-ter schools to March 12 after two schools received fewer applications than they had open spots.New Century School and Verona Area Interna-tional School had 11 and six open spots remain-ing, respectively, after the original Feb. 14 deadline.The district changed the way it got information to parents of incoming kin-dergartners this year, opting to send home a DVD and information packet rather than hold a large meeting as it had in past years.“We don’t know all the reasons (for the low num-bers),” said John Schmitt, VASD director of com-munity services. “Maybe parents just decided not to. We just don’t know, but (superintendent) Dean (Gorrell) was willing to give them a couple of more weeks to say ‘try it again.’”The schools will hold an informational meeting March 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Verona Public Library. The district also sent out a letter Tuesday informing the 200 or so parents who did not return the origi-nal choice forms of the extension, though Schmitt said some of those parents may have simply chosen to remain in their atten-dance-area school and not returned the form.Core Knowledge, the district’s third elementary charter school, received enough applications to fill its openings.
Brewery to release new beers, distribute statewide in April
SCOTT GIRARD
Unified Newspaper Group 
Wisconsin Brewing Com-pany brewmaster Kirby Nelson is getting back into his award-winning comfort zone. He’s got a new beer set to debut in April as the company expands its distri-bution statewide and boosts its production capacity.Nelson has had success historically with bock-style beers, and he hopes to con-tinue that with the upcom-ing Maibock, the fifth offering from WBC, which opened in November 2013.“(Kirby)’s been brewing German-style bock beers for nearly 30 years,” CEO Carl Nolen said Monday. “This is his passion, his sweet spot.”The beer was tested last week at the Great Dane Pub and Vintage Brew-ing Company in Madison, and Nolen said it got “rave reviews.”With that feedback in mind, WBC will begin pro-duction of the beer next week and hopes to release it in April, when the company will also begin distributing its product across Wiscon-sin. Nolen added, however, the Maibock will only be available through May or early June before the com-pany switches to a different new brew.The April rollout will also coincide with another new offering, the “Porter Joe.” The beer will combine the company’s Brown and Robust Porter with Bar-rique’s special coffee blend, with eight-tenths of a pound of coffee in every barrel of the brew, making it almost stout-like.Nolen said he expects “Porter Joe” to remain on the market for a similar time period as the Mai-bock because of the limited availability of the coffee beans from Barrique’s, but he expects it to return in the fall.The new products require some more space at the brewery, and to give them the room for the rollout, the company installed four new brewing tanks Tuesday morning.The new tanks will add around 7,000 barrels of pro-duction capability per year to the previous 20,000-bar-rel capacity.“Without new capacity we won’t be able to create new products, and we have to create new products,” Nolen said.The original four styles (Brown and Robust Porter, American IPA, Session IPA and Amber Lager) won’t miss out on changes at the company, either. All four will be available in cans beginning April 1 along with the statewide distribu-tion.
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WBC seeks outdoor permit
The Wisconsin Brew-ing Company will go to the Plan Commission next Monday to seek a permit to hold outdoor gatherings this summer and beyond.WBC CEO Carl Nolen said that while the com-pany already can serve beer in its outdoor patio area, it wants to be sure to comply with city rules on noise and hours.The permit WBC has applied for asks to hold activities until 11 p.m. on weeknights and midnight on weekends.“We’re making sure we’re coordinating things the right way,” Nolen said.Nolen went before the Public Safety committee Monday night and explained that the type of music and volume would not likely be as loud as a bar setting, and he sug-gested that aiming the noise to the northwest could go a long way to avoiding problems. The committee did not recommend any specific hours of operation and decided to take a wait-and-see approach with how outdoor activities go. Nolen said he would be glad to revisit any deci-sion the Plan Commis-sion ultimately makes if neighbors express issues.A public hearing for the permit will be held during the Plan Commis-sion meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m.
Downtown Plan returns for approval
An updated plan for the city’s downtown will be back in front of the City of Verona Planning Commission Monday.After more than a dozen people spoke in opposition of the plan, commission mem-bers directed staff to edit plans to connect Silent Street to North Main Street.City planning director Adam Sayre told the Press that staff was still working on details for that part of the plan Tuesday.“We’ll have some recom-mendations for modifications,” Sayre said. “The details … are not finalized yet.”The updated plan will be back for review and discus-sion – and a potential recom-mendation of approval to the Common Council.
 – Mark Ignatowski
Photo by
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A crane moves one of Wisconsin Brewing Company’s new brewing tanks toward the building’s garage door to be installed Tuesday morning. The four new tanks add 7,000 barrels of yearly capacity.
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 Charter school information meeting
When:
 6:30 p.m., March 3
Where:
 Verona Public Library
 
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Hy-Vee opens in Fitchburg
SCOTT GIRARD
Unified Newspaper Group 
Grocery chain Hy-Vee opened its third Madison-area location Tuesday in Fitchburg.The company, which has stores in eight states includ-ing three in Wisconsin, brings a range of specialty and healthy food options and perspectives to the gro-cery market, from on-site nutritionists to experts on pairing wines and cheeses.Hy-Vee chairman, CEO and president Randy Ede-ker told the Verona Press the Fitchburg location is ideal because of the traffic between nearby Madison and Verona, and he hopes people will stop at the store when traveling either direction.The 85,000-square-foot store, at 2920 Fitchrona Road across from the Super Target, will employ 605 people, with 141 full-time positions.The store also features a “Market Grille,” which is similar to but more fully staffed than the Market Café restaurants at the two Madison locations.Edeker said he thinks Hy-Vee’s presence in the communities it moves to sets it apart from other gro-cery stores, and he hopes the store continues that involvement in addition to the product it offers.“I think we’ve done a good job of coming in and becoming a part of the tap-estry of the community,” Edeker said. “We under-stand perishables well, we understand health well, like natural and organic like most people don’t.“We do lots of little things that just make a difference.”The company contrib-uted $15,000 to Fitchburg’s Splash Pad project last summer, something Fitch-burg Mayor Shawn Pfaff thanked it for at a grand opening ceremony Tuesday morning.Gov. Scott Walker also attended the ceremony and thanked the company for bringing jobs to Wisconsin.The store will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.
Photos by
Scott Girard
Hy-Vee employee Randy Schultz prepares ground beef Monday afternoon for the store’s Tuesday opening.Hy-Vee employee Laura Linde places price tags Monday afternoon to prepare for Tuesday’s opening.
Student paper details shooting
SCOTT GIRARD
Unified Newspaper Group 
The Verona Area High School student who was removed from the school last month had written a 13-page essay that ended with a school shooting, a police report shows.Verona Area School Dis-trict administrators sent a let-ter home to VAHS parents Jan. 28 alerting them to the threat, and informing parents that the student would not return to the school.“Rest assured that we treat these matters seriously and that we will continue to keep you informed within the bounds of the law,” VAHS principal Pam Hammen wrote.Administrators did not release any more information at the time, but according to the police report on the inci-dent:The 17-year-old male senior had written a 13-page paper for his final assignment in a creative writing class, which was first read by his teacher on Jan. 14 and imme-diately reported to VAHS administrators.The paper included refer-ences to people at the school, whose names were either not changed or only slightly changed and still recogniz-able, and ended with a shoot-ing incident.Throughout the paper, the student described experiences he admitted were personal to him. However, he maintained that the response of the “fic-tional character” in his paper was not how he had reacted or how he would ever react.“(The student) stated…he always chose to respond to things that upset him by try-ing to take leadership roles and make positive change rather than the way his char-acter dealt with them,” the report reads.The student told Hammen and police that he was feeling “less important and less valu-able” during his senior year, and that he used his writing as an outlet for stress.When Hammen asked the student directly if he would bring a gun to school or shoot anyone, the student said “no” to both.Officials brought in the student’s parents, who were unhappy with the behavior and “inappropriate” writing. The father also stated he had two guns at home he used for hunting, but that they were locked up and the son did not know they were in their home.The student’s creative writing teacher said the story “was the most disturb-ing piece of writing she had received over the past eleven years of teaching creative writing classes at the high school level.” She expressed concern for her own safety, as well, if the student were allowed to return to the school.The teacher also cited the student’s Twitter page, which included negative posts about Verona and his acceptance at the school.Witnesses who had peer-reviewed his paper or were his friends stated that the stu-dent felt he was discriminated against due to his race and sexual orientation, though none of them reported wit-nessing any of the bullying he described to them at times.The case was closed after a Jan. 28 meeting at City Hall between the student, his par-ents and Hammen.Channel3000 obtained a copy of the essay, but the Verona Police Department did not provide it to them or the Verona Press. The depart-ment cited privacy laws that protect minors in not provid-ing the letter.
Candidates go head-to-head in debate
JIM FEROLIE
Verona Press editor 
Both candidates for Vero-na mayor have agreed to an election debate next month.The Verona Press and Verona Area Chamber of Commerce are jointly coor-dinating the forum, which will be held at 7 p.m. March 13 at the Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli St.This election is the first contested race for mayor since incumbent Jon Hoch-kammer was elected in 2006 over fellow alder Bob Kasie-ta. Hochkammer, who spent nine years as an alder before that and has lived here since 1992, is being challenged by local attorney Chad Kemp, who grew up in the Fitch-burg area of the Verona Area School District and moved to the city as an adult.District 4 aldermanic candidates Mike Bare and Evan Touchett and unop-posed District 2 candidate Jack Linder have also been invited to introduce them-selves, as well as unopposed incumbents Mac McGilvray (D-1) and Brad Stiner (D-3). Touchett was unseated last April and is running for the district’s other seat against Bare, who was appointed in June after a highly conten-tious selection process.All questions will be direct-ed to the mayoral candidates. Verona Press editor Jim Ferolie will moderate the dis-cussion, which will be based off questions devised by him-self and chamber executive director Karl Curtis, a former Verona Press editor. The for-mat will be a standard one, similar to last year’s alder-manic forum, which accom-modated a city record four challengers, one for each seat. The public will be allowed to submit questions to Curtis and Ferolie after the initial round of ques-tions. These questions will be asked as time allows.Refreshments will be provided by the chamber, and the event is expected to last around an hour.
If you go
What:
 Mayoral forum
When:
 7 p.m. March 13
Where:
 Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli St.
Info:
 Call 845-5777 or email info@veronawi.com

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