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Thursday, May 22, 2014 Vol. 48, No. 52 Verona, WI Hometown USA ConnectVerona.com $1
 Verona Press
 Nobody knows Veronalike Bartels
Coldwell Banker Success Kathy Bartels
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Water system nourishes Verona’s community garden
Organizers expect to sell all 90 plots
Unified Newspaper Group 
Badger Prairie Community garden went from blueprint to blooming during the past two years, making 2014 its first official growing season.OK, it might not be bloom-ing quite yet, but water is finally flowing and plot own-ers have already begun plant-ing at the 1-acre spot near the park and ride lot off Old PB. Plans for the garden, across from the Badger Prairie Health Care Center in an area once farmed by the hospital’s residents, were announced in fall 2012 as a Dane County parks plan initiative. It got off the ground with dedica-tion from a committed group of about 8-10 local organiz-ers as well as financial and infrastructure support from the county and Community Action Coalition. Organizer Deb Vaughan said while they had hoped to have garden plots available last summer, delays last year turned out to be a blessing in disguise. Rainy spring weath-er kept county officials from installing a planned water well and watering system to help get the garden going, she said, but added that the extra time also allowed organizers to do a soil test that yielded favorable results that the land is rich for planting crops. The delay also allowed for more time to map out the structure of the garden.
County oversight
The garden is Dane Coun-ty’s first to get “direct over-sight” as part of its 2012 Parks and Open Space Plan, which calls for county-owned lands
Photos by
Edna Kunkel
A new watering system (shown below) and well installed by Dane County at the Badger Prairie Community Garden in Verona brings life to the 2-year-old project. The garden has its first growing season this year, with plot owners growing vegetables, herbs and flowers. Above, former Verona mayor Bob Kasieta and wife his Marcia cultivate land for a garden on the 1-acre, 90-plot space off Old County Hwy. PB.
Sign up
Register for a plot at Badger Prairie Community Garden by June 1 by visiting badgerprairiecommunity garden.org.
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Verona Area School District
Board makes $3.4M land deal
Nov. ballot could have 40 acres in  West End, plus second property
Unified Newspaper Group 
It’s been clear for months that the Verona Area School District was looking to buy land for expansion. The only question was where.The first answer came Monday, as the district made a move to pur-chase 40 acres of land on the west side of the city for $3.4 million. The parcel is in an area long-planned for major commercial growth but  just a few blocks of the massive Westridge sub-division, which sends children to Sugar Creek or Country View ele-mentary schools further east.It’s the southern end of the mostly dormant 62-acre West End retail/ residential development, on land its owner, Vanta Commercial Properties, previously indicated would be suitable for condominiums.The West End pur-chase has plenty of con-tingencies before it’s finalized, including a big question of road access and a referendum, but it’s not the only land
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Hancock case scrutinized again
Verona Press editor 
During the past seven years, two infants have died in Verona under suspicious circumstanc-es.But more than five years after Verona day care provider Jenni-fer Hancock was found guilty of causing the first death, her case is getting a closer look.The Medill Justice Project, working with the Wisconsin State Journal, has been dig-ging into the facts of the case and the testimony in Hancock’s seven-day trial in 2009 and has found some doubts about the convic-tion, which led to a 13-year prison sentence. The State Journal ran a two-part series on the case Sun-day and Monday, and it reported that the Wis-consin Innocence Proj-ect is planning a third appeal of her case.The Wisconsin Inno-cence Project famously worked to overturn a 1985 rape conviction of Steven Avery in 2003,
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Looking both ways
A pair of recent events around the Verona Area School District invited kids to learn the rules of the road on their bicycles. The first, at Stoner Prairie Elementary School on Saturday, May 10, offered a chance for Fitchburg residents to test their skills. The second event, May 17 in the parking lot at Badger Ridge Middle School, included eight stations with different lessons, from how to stop while riding on a hill to looking both ways at a stop sign. Above, Verona police officer Ryan Adkins, right, helps Kaitlin Nhenn at a station focused on stopping your bike at the right time at BRMS. Left, Michael Haslem, 4, gets some steering tips from dad, John, at Stoner Prairie.
Photo by
Scott Girard
Rowan Kuehl rides toward Verona police officer Ryan Adkins at a station focused on stopping while going both up and down a slight hill in the BRMS parking lot.
Photos by
Scott De Laruelle
Above, Teagan Gilbertson, 11, gets some bike safety tips from Nathan Kensley from Fitchburg Cycles at the Bike Rodeo earlier this month in the Stoner Prairie Elementary School parking lot. Below, Michael Haslem follows sister Hannah, 6, as they get ready to ride through the cone course.
May 22, 2014
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The Town of Verona is accepting sealed bids for the purchase of a 2008 Ford 550 with 9 ft Western plow and Swenson spreader. Axel weigh is 17,000 lbs. and the truck has approximately 43,000 miles.
The minimum bid considered will be $28,000. Bids will be opened at 1 PM on Friday, May 30. Send bids to Attn.: Truck Bid, 335 N. Nine Mound Rd., Verona WI, 53593. Town Board authorization of the sale will take place at approx. 6:45 PM on June 3. The Town reserves the right to accept or reject any bid. Possession of the truck can be taken on Friday, June 6th. Payment in the form of cashier’s check only. Please call 608-845-7187 with questions.
Skatepark competition celebrates volunteering
A youth skatepark com-petition will coincide with a national day of service to connect youth and adults.According to a press release from National Mutual Benefit, “Join Hands Day” has been cel-ebrated since 2000 by America’s fraternal benefit societies, including NMB.There is no entry fee for interested skaters, though participants are asked to supply their own skate-board and protective gear.All participants will win a prize, and winners of the different competitions will win bigger prizes donated by local businesses.The competitions include beginner lev-el from 12-12:30 p.m., intermediate from 12:30-1 p.m., advanced from 1-1:30 p.m. and “Best Trick” from 1:30-2 p.m.Winners will be chosen between 2 and 2:30 p.m. and prizes will be given out beginning at 2:30 p.m.Free snacks and drinks will be provided at Verona Skatepark, located in the Community Park between the baseball and softball fields near the Eagles Nest on East Verona Avenue.Registration will pre-cede the competition beginning at 11 a.m. For more information, contact Dianne Gintz of National Mutual Benefit at 845-5346 and 513-5346.
If you go
 Skatepark com-petition
 Verona Skatepark
 Saturday, May 31, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
 845-5346 or 513-5346
Verona Area School District
Graduation rates: State improves, Verona still ahead
Unified Newspaper Group 
A successful school career almost always leads to high school graduation, leaving the percentage of students who graduate as a big indicator of successful school districts.Across Wisconsin, those rates have risen in recent years, but the Verona Area School District continues to remain well above average in comparison.A recent Wisconsin Depart-ment of Public Instruction (DPI) press release showed the state has continued its recent upward trend, graduat-ing 88 percent of students at the end of the 2012-13 school year, up from 87.5 percent the year before.State superintendent Tony Evers said the data confirm national reports placing Wis-consin among the best states in the nation for graduation rates. Wisconsin’s 88 per-cent rate tied for second in the nation with three other states behind only Iowa at 89 percent, according to the National Center for Education Statistics.“Earning a high school diploma is critical to the next steps in a young person’s life – (getting) ready for college and careers,” Evers said in the press release. “Through the hard work of teachers, school staff members, parents and the students themselves, we are making progress to improve graduation rates for all students.”Verona’s numbers are even higher, with a rate of 92.9 percent in 2013. Though that number was down from the 93.5 percent rate in 2012, it’s still nearly 5 percent ahead of the state rate.
CKCS student wins coding contest
Unified Newspaper Group 
A Verona eighth-grader was one of four winners in a Madison area coding con-test for middle schoolers.Noah Goth, a Core Knowledge Charter School student, won the Madison Area Middle School Cod-ing Contest put on by Edge-wood College for his game “Flappy Birds 2.”Goth designed the game, which asked players to use the arrow keys to move a bird around the screen and avoid getting hit by fall-ing objects, through a coding pro-gram called “Scratch.”To make the game, Goth had to decide when the objects would fall and how quickly, and after some friends tested it out and found “trick spots,” he adjusted the times.“It got considerably hard-er,” Goth said, noting his record time was only seven seconds of survival.Goth said he spent about three days coding and recoding the game dur-ing the contest period from April 7 to 27.For his win, Goth got the first choice among a group of four devices and he went with the iPad Mini 2, which he received at an award banquet Tuesday, May 13.Goth is now working on a new Zombie game, and said he began to enjoy cod-ing in a seventh-grade sci-ence class when a project required it.While his game may not have been the best look-ing, Goth said he just had to offset that with his coding skills.“It’s a good thing I’m good at programming,” he said, “Because I’m definite-ly not an artist.”For more information on the contest, visit middle schoolcodingcontest. studentserver.org.
Photo by
Scott Girard
Core Knowledge eighth-grader Noah Goth plays “Flappy Birds 2,” a game he designed for the Madison Area Middle School Coding
Graduation rates
Year VAHS State2010
92.6 85.7 percent
90 87
93.5 87.5
92.9 88
 National Center for Education Statistics
Reports collected from the log book at the Verona Police Department.
March 25
7:29 p.m.
 Two different Apple products, an iPad mini and iPhone 5s, were stolen in separate incidents from the boy’s locker room during and after the school day.
March 26
10:05 a.m.
 A 38-year-old woman reported accidentally locking her keys in the car with her 18-month old daughter. Upon arrival, the child was crying and was only buckled in by the chest strap of her child safety seat and slowly slip-ping down in the seat. The lockout kit used on the vehicle was unsuccessful, and the woman gave police permission to break the passenger side window due to the baby being in imminent danger. The woman was hoisted through the broken window to due to the unlock button not working to retrieve the child.
– Kimberly Wethal 

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