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Thursday, July 17, 2014 Vol. 48, No. 8 Verona, WI Hometown USA ConnectVerona.com $1
 Verona Press
Feel Better…Live Better!
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Founding volunteer ends 37-year run
Verona Press correspondent 
The old joke at Fitch-Rona EMS, says Rita Martin, was that she wouldn’t stop volun-teering there until she deliv-ered a baby on an emergency call.But after 37 years and countless ambulance calls, Martin last month called it quits.“I never got my wish,” she said with a laugh. “But that’s OK. I am sad to be leaving but I also know that it’s the right time.”Martin, who turns 58 next month, recently decided to let her licensing expire as an IV tech on the Fitch-Rona crew, ending a stretch of volunteerism that began when Fitch-Rona first offered local ambulance service in Sep-tember 1977. Her last official day was June 30. The Common Council plans to honor her at an upcoming meeting.Martin, who has lived in Verona since she was a freshman in high school, is “one of the most caring people that I know,” said Fitch-Rona deputy chief Cindy Diedrich, who met Martin as a fellow volunteer in 1997. “She’s  just a wonderful woman.”Martin joined Fitch-Rona at age 21, when her younger brother, Ron Martin, told her that a friend’s father, Jack Vaughan, was looking for help starting a local ambulance service. Both siblings signed up immediately, and Ron Martin still volunteers today.In the early days, Fitch-Rona was an all-volunteer service, and Rita Martin was often on-call for three or four 12-hour shifts a week for the measly pay of 50 cents an hour.In the 1980s, she cut back to one shift a week and began a 28-year stint teaching Emergency Medical Technician courses at Madison Area Technical College. That work often consumed three or four nights a week. And that was on top of her full-time work from the Middleton office of the Department
City of Verona
Wherever it may go, alders on board with VACT move
City would purchase current building, provide land
Verona Press editor 
While there remains some question about the choice of loca-tion, there can be no doubt the city wants to help Verona Area Community Theater build a new home.The latest plan, after consid-ering a few other options over the past year, would put a new, 10,000-square-foot facility with a 148-seat theater on the same plot of land as the fire station that’s being built in 2015.Asked for feedback Mon-day – but not a vote – all seven alders present and the mayor were unequivocal about their support for providing some sort of pub-lic land for the nonprofit group to relocate to. Its current home is 5,000 square feet and is next to the city’s crammed public works facility, making for a natural, mutually beneficial land swap if the two sides can agree on a price for the 10-year-old building. Even Ald. Jack Linder (Dist. 2), who has been relentless in his quest for the city to explore the fiscal impact of all alternatives, called the possibility of growing the space, and thus programming, a “great opportunity for the kids in the city” and said he would be in support.Ald. Brad Stiner (D-3) took the opposite tack, criticizing the location as “not compatible” with the fire station. Stiner, who has for several years unfailingly announced each of the group’s upcoming shows at the end of council meetings, called himself “a fan” but worried about the possibility of illegal parking during a big show getting
Rock On, Country View
Creative fundraisers inspire generosity all over community
Verona Press correspondent 
Kayde Shaeffer, 8,and Ben Matilla, 7, stood excitedly in front of their lem-onade stand on Thursday afternoon as a passerby slowed down to a stop. But as Kayde approached the car to take a lem-onade order, a friendly face popped out and simply said, “We’ve got a donation!” and handed her a $20. This type of generosity was seen numerous times throughout the after-noon. Clearly this was not your typical lemonade stand. Instead, it was one of many fundrais-ers held to help raise money for Coun-try View Elementary School, which was heavily damaged by the EF3 tornado that tore up the northwest side of Verona on June 17. By the end of the day, Shaeffer and Matilla had collected over $150 for the PTO’s tornado relief fund. This was a small, yet pivotal part, in the community’s overall fundraising efforts, which have already brought in more than $11,000 to help out teachers. This suc-cess is not only due to the creativity of the fundraisers, but also to the generos-ity of the community and their consistent giving of more than what is asked. While most of the estimated $4 million
Upcoming Country View fundraisers
• Walgreens is holding a supply drive and a “Country View Elementary School Teacher Appreciation Week” from July 20-26. Teachers will get 15-20 percent off items with their teacher ID. • Madison Swim Academy is holding a Family Open Swim Fundraiser on Sunday, July 27 from 2-5 p.m. for $5 per person. All proceeds go to Country View Elementary School.• Culver’s will hold a 10 percent night for the school on July 28.
Photo by
Kat Chew
Kayde Sheaffer, 8, of Verona, and the wildcat mascot enthusiastically flag down passersby to their lemonade stand last Thursday. The stand earned $150 toward the Country View PTO tornado relief fund.
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Mad Science
Mad Science of Iowa visited Verona’s Public Library in hopes of introducing chil-dren to the wonderful world of science. Themed, “Fiz, Boom, Read!”, scientist and entertainer Jim Birkel had numerous volunteers help him with a wide variety of entertaining science experiments. Through exhibitions of fire and smoke, Birkel made sure children were excited by all of the opportunities science may bring. Leilani Abegglen of Verona, 7, participates in a dance off where she was instructed to dance with a big jar of gas.Birkel brings the “boom” to his show by blowing cannon puffs into the crowd. Evelyn Obarski of Madison, 7, watches in awe as a balloon expands in her hands without blowing air into.
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Verona Road
Major traffic shift planned Thursday
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As major reconstruction of Verona Road and the Beltline continues, drivers should prepare for a major traffic switch this week.Crews are finishing up work on the new north-bound lanes of Verona Road and both north and southbound drivers will be shifted to that new road for the remainder of the construction season. That switch is scheduled to be completed by the morn-ing of Thursday, July 17, according to the Wisconsin Department of Transporta-tion.“To safely and effi-ciently complete this over-night switch, periodic turn restrictions will be in effect to and from Verona Road (in this work zone) between 8 p.m. Wednesday, July 16 and 10 a.m. Thursday, July 17,” a news release from WisDOT read. “Alternate routes are encouraged dur-ing these hours.”A temporary closure of the current Home Depot entrance from Verona Road was planned for this, proj-ect chief John Vesperman told the Press. The entrance will be shifted slightly to the north in preparation for the major switch.Drivers should expect delays as people get used to the new traffic pattern, WisDOT officials warned. Still, people are encour-aged to patronize local businesses along the con-struction route. Two lanes of traffic will be maintained each way, officials said. In the months following the switch, several major components of the project will be completed:• A jug-handle intersec-tion at Summit Road• A roundabout under Verona Road• A pedestrian underpass under the intersectionAbout $28.2 million worth of work on these projects is slated to be completed by November. That will mark the halfway point of the first phase of the three-phase project. The second part of the first phase will focus on the Beltline. From fall 2014 through fall 2016, crews will work to expand the Beltline to three lanes west towards Whitney Way. That project includes new Beltline bridges over Vero-na Road and a new, single-point interchange at Verona Road.While the main focus of the WisDOT project has been improving safety for drivers along major roadways, advocates have fought to have improve-ments made to the sur-rounding neighborhoods, as well. A recent study by the University of Colorado at Denver focused on some of the challenges local resi-dents have faced when try-ing to improve public health along the Verona Road cor-ridor. Some concerns have been addressed, including the construction of sound barriers, local detours and pedestrian connections. But the main focus of the proj-ect continues to be traffic management for the arterial roads. Details about the project, including videos of how intersections will work and maps of construction phas-es, can be found online at veronaroadproject.wi.govCAPITOL BANK; 5.126 in; 6 in; Black; 359716-01
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The wonderful neighbors of 1109 Tamarack Way who’ve rallied together for each other with love and support for all of us directly or indirectly affected by this storm! All the others not specifically named here who have offered prayers and positive thoughts during these days. We feel and appreciate that support!
Thank you, Verona, for everything! 
If disaster strikes, the best place in the  world to be is in Verona, WI, Hometown USA.
Suzanne Qualia and her children Taylor & Justice Lorbiecki wish to thank everyone for their love, compassion, kindness & support following the severe damage to our home by the tornado early a.m. on June 17.
 American Family Insurance Brian Wagner and StaffJeremy Scott Pastor at Memorial Baptist ChurchMemorial Baptist Church Staff and ParishionersRed Cross
Holiday Inn Express – Jaqueline, Gretchen, Debra, Maddie, Charlie, Lucia and Rest of Staff!
Home Depot Volunteer Team – Jack H./JimMiller & Son’s GroceryPlastic Ingenuity – Mary Jo & Team Coach RichardsonUW Platteville Women’s BB Team and Staff Coach Wilson and FamilyCoach Murphy & Verona HoopsLiz Leonard - Bunbury AssociatesThe Draft HouseJeff M.Lori S. & familyJeanne H.Michele B and Michael F.Sharon S.Mary –Picture RestorationBrian – US PostmanRoxanna O. & FamilyBrenda N. Amy & Dave L. & FamilyJen L.Marny S. & Jacob B.Roly T. Tracy T.Gene C. & FamilyJustin B. & Family Alyssa D.Cassidy H. & Family Abby P.Janell V. & Kimmie W.Randy B. Clark family – Riverdale IA Kim and Dan S.The “Crew”
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Dane County
Financial outlook improves
Bond rating moved from ‘negative’ to ‘stable’
Bond ratings might not sound too exciting, but Dane County’s top admin-istrator said some recent changes have provided welcome good news on the county’s financial health. According to a press release Monday from Dane County, both of the county’s bond-rat-ing agencies – Moody’s Investments and Fitch Ratings – praised its restored reserve fund, with Moody’s removing the “negative outlook” label put on the coun-ty’s bond rating in 2011, upgrading it to “stable.” Dane County Execu-tive Joe Parisi said the move is a “significant financial milestone” and recognizes the work done to rebuild the coun-ty’s fiscal foundation. “It is good to receive positive feedback for sound fiscal manage-ment,” he said. “But more importantly, this is good news for our taxpay-ers because capital proj-ects will cost less due to a better borrowing rate.” Fitch Ratings also revised the county’s fiscal outlook to stable, adding, “finan-cial management is strong and has improved with more conservative bud-geting and recent imple-mentation of multi-year forecasting … the county has restored structural balance and demonstrat-ed an ability to maintain adequate financial flex-ibility despite a 2010 state law that limits growth in property tax revenue.” Moody’s awarded the county with an Aa1 rat-ing, citing a “stable and strong local economy, the General Fund reserve and limited fixed obligations.” According to county offi-cials, Dane County’s general reserve fund has gone from a negative bal-ance during the recession to its current $20.9 mil-lion. Parisi said as the 2015 budget process soon begins in earnest, there are reasons for “cautious optimism” about the coun-ty’s financial situation. “Making tough decisions together in recent years now means important work like cleaning up our lakes and rebuilding our roads can be done at a lower cost in Dane Coun-ty,” he said.
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Mark Ignatowski
Traffic will be shifted to the newly constructed northbound lanes of Verona Road, seen here on the left side of the photo, by Thursday. Construction will continue through November.
Former Verona man pleads guilty to heroin delivery
A former Verona resident pleaded guilty July 8 to fel-ony charges after delivering heroin in 2012.Quinnten Endl, 20, of Prescott, Ariz., was found guilty of delivering a con-trolled substance in Septem-ber and August 2012. In one case, Endl had pur-chased heroin with a man who later overdosed on the drug, according to court doc-uments.According to a crimi-nal complaint filed in Dane County Circuit Court: Endl and a 21-year-old Waunakee man had pur-chased heroin together on Sept. 17, 2012. Endl had warned the man not to take any more of the drug and had given him Narcan, a drug intended to reverse the effects of an overdose. Police were called to the 21-year-old man’s home, where they found him dead. Endl later admitted he had pooled is money together with the man to buy the drug. Text mes-sages exchanged between the two showed that they had also exchanged money and drugs about a month earlier.Endl told police he had been trying to get clean and later reached out to the fami-ly of the young man who had overdosed.Endl faces penalties of up to 12 years and six months imprisonment, and a fine of up to $25,000, for each charge. His sentencing hear-ing is scheduled for Sept. 2.
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