February 27, 2014
The Verona PressConnectVerona.com
Verona Area School District
Charter deadline gets extended
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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
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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
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.
If you go
Charter school information meeting
6:30 p.m., March 3
Verona Public Library