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Thursday, August 7, 2014 Vol. 48, No. 11 Verona, WI Hometown USA ConnectVerona.com $1
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Beetles to the rescue as USRWA fights invasive species
Press Correspondent
In brown overalls, work boots and gloves, Bill Keen carefully steps over a patch of purple loosestrife plants into the bank of the Sugar River. He carries a shovel and a wilting, weak plant.Sea Grant Institute vid-eographer John Karl, on hand to chronicle the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association’s fight against invasive species, remarks on the nearly comical absurdity of the situation.“Not every gardener puts in the effort to replant a nearly dead plant,” Karl  jokes as he follows Keen off the path and into the tangle of plants. But Keen is not your typ-ical gardener. For more than two months, Verona resident and USRWA volunteer Keen has been working like a dog to nurture Galerucella beetles on purple loosestrife plants in his backyard.On July 29, the plants and beetles were released by Lake Belle View, near Belleville, in an effort to control the spread of the invasive purple loosestrife and help return the Sugar River Watershed back to its original state. Even though the plants were nearly chewed to death by the beetles, it was important to relocate them
Election total: $42k raised, $35k spent
Verona Press editor 
The last two weeks of Verona’s most recent local election included a flurry of spending on literature drops and advertisements.According to paperwork from the July 21 filing deadline, Mayor Jon Hochkammer outspent the other three candidates combined in the most recent period (March 17-June 30), with $14,415, including $1,200 on a victory party, a campaign meet-and-greet event and food. By far, the majority of the spending was on litera-ture, about $8,000 in all. He had spent barely more than $3,000 between Jan. 1 and March 17.Hochkammer, who held off upstart challenger Chad Kemp 1,470-1,180 in the April 1 election, also added $3,806 to his campaign after the last reporting period, giving him a total of $21,140 raised, though that includes a $4,000 “loan” from his own pocket that might very well be repaid. He ended the June reporting period with more than $7,600 remaining in his campaign fund.Overall, the four candidates (two for District 4 alder, two for mayor) ended up raising more than $42,000 for their campaigns and spending more than $35,000 – and that doesn’t include the fliers that were sent out in favor of some of the candidates by regional interests.It blew away last year’s surprisingly high totals that caused some candidates to complain about an end to the inno-cence of the low-budget knocking on doors that local campaigns had previ-ously been known for. The four chal-lengers last year combined to raise $9,000, and none of the four incum-bents who lost claimed more than $1,000 in donations and therefore did not file.But money and incumbency clearly weren’t everything this year, however, as appointed incumbent Mike Bare lost handily to Evan Touchett (438-297) despite outraising him 2-1 and spend-ing more than double on his campaign. Bare also started early, raising more than $4,000 before he officially had an
Town of Verona
Extra patrols aid enforcement
New municipal court will help fund eight hours weekly of dedicated DCSO help
Unified Newspaper Group 
Drivers in the Town of Verona can expect some tighter traffic enforcement from Dane County Sheriff 
s Office (DCSO) deputies than in past years.The town recently entered into a contract with the DCSO to receive eight dedicated hours of patrol each week.
We haven
t had a very good way of enforcing some of our codes, because we have just us here in the office,
 town administrator/planner Amanda Arnold said.
So sometimes all we can do is shake a finger at people.
With increased patrol comes increased citations, and the town needed a place to send those who receive them.As of the beginning of July, they have been sent to the Town of Madison municipal court, which the town entered an agreement with earlier this year. The Town of Middleton has a similar arrangement with sheriff 
s deputies and the Town of Madison court.
Theoretically they might have been able to just
Verona Area School District
Still no boys volleyball
Gym space, cost both major hurdles, superintendent says
Unified Newspaper Group 
As the first practices begin for the fall sports at Verona Area High School, one sport will once again not be among them: boys’ volleyball.Last fall, Evan Dove, who will begin his freshman year at Verona Area High School this year, spoke to the Verona Area school board about creating a boys’ volleyball program, something six of the 10 schools in the Big 8 athletic conference have.After reviewing the idea, the district decided against it for several reasons – gym space, funding and inter-est issues. The denial was something the district has also done in the past, as the idea of a boys’ program comes up every four or five years, VASD superinten-dent Dean Gorrell said.“Our gyms, if we had three times as many of them, they would all be scheduled all the time,” Gorrell said. “There’s just a crush for gym time.”But those factors and the board’s initial rejection didn’t stop Jaimie Vareka, a 2010 VAHS graduate and varsity volleyball athlete who now coaches girls’ vol-leyball at Oregon High School, from coming up with a plan this spring to try to reignite the idea.“I did have a lot of stuff laid out,” Vareka said. “So it was more about having the gym space and getting the support from the school.”
Photo by
Kathryn Chew
From left, Bill Keen, Wade Moder work together to carefully move the Galerucella beetles from the netting onto wild purple loosestrife plants.
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 A fest at the Nest
The fifth annual Verona Fest at the Eagles Nest Ice Arena had some rough weather on Friday, but Saturday was a beautiful day, and lots of people came out to enjoy the activities both indoors and outdoors. The event was hosted by Ice Inc., a volunteer group for arena operations, Verona Ice Hockey, Ice Spirit Girls Hockey and the Verona Area High School hockey program. Ryan Ritter, 12, of Verona, fires a slap shot at a target.Above, some hockey players take a rest in between games at the arena. Below, Michael Guy, 13, and Drew Scadden, 13, both of Verona, face off in a jousting game outside.
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Election 2014
Polls open Aug. 12 for partisan primary
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Voters will be able to cast ballots Aug. 12 dur-ing the partisan primary election to see who will be on the final ballot come November.The biggest statewide race this fall will be for governor. Incumbent Scott Walker will face a chal-lenge from one of two Democrats facing off in the August primary. Mary Burke and Brett Hulsey will be on the August bal-lot.Racine Democrat John Lehman and Madisonian Mary Jo Walters will vie for a spot to challenge incumbent lieutenant gov-ernor Rebecca Kleefisch.Three Democrats are vying to run this fall for the state attorney general: Susan V. Happ of Jeffer-son, Dane County District Attorney Ismael Ozanne and Jon Richards of Mil-waukee.Julian Bradley of La Crosse will face Gary Beis of Sister Bay in the prima-ry for secretary of state.There will be a Demo-cratic and Republican pri-mary for state treasurer.
Dane County races
Dane County voters can cast a vote for demo-cratic candidates for Dane County sheriff. Incumbent Dave Mahoney will face a challenge from former sheriff’s deputy N. Peter Endres, of Waunakee.Wisconsin has an open primary in which voters can cast a ballot without declaring affiliation with a political party. How-ever, primary voters may only vote for candidates of one party, according to the state’s Government Accountability Board.Polls will be open from 7 a.m. until 8 p.m. Tues-day, Aug. 12.For information, sample ballots and answers to common election ques-tions, visit gab.wi.us
Verona Area School District
Sugar Creek, Stoner Prairie formalize ‘no snack’ policies
Unified Newspaper Group 
Birthday brownies will have to be saved for par-ties at home for some kids around the Verona Area School District after two elementary schools formal-ly cut out school snacks in their student handbooks.At Sugar Creek Elemen-tary, the changes had actu-ally gone into effect last fall but weren’t in the student handbook yet. “This change has taken place last year without any kerfuffle of any kind at school,” Sugar Creek prin-cipal Todd Brunner told the school board Monday.Stoner Prairie joined Sugar Creek in putting the chang-es in its student handbook. Brunner, who represented Stoner Prairie and the other elementary schools for other handbook changes at the meeting, said nurses, cooks, custodians, teachers and everyone else at the school was happy with the results of changing the policy.“The gangs of doughnut pushers up and down hall-ways are gone,” he joked.More seriously, the changes serve to eliminate issues with allergies, ensure students who can’t afford treats don’t feel left out and help students eat healthier. There is also no longer food at school-wide celebrations, with a few small exceptions.Food also may still show up when it relates to a topic, such as maple syrup when studying Wisconsin or apple-sauce when studying trees.Other handbook changes included clarifying that chap-erones for Sugar Creek field trips must be legal guardians or have prior approval from the principal, rewording the code of conduct at Stoner Prairie and a change at all neighborhood elementary schools to update any secu-rity policy information as the district moves toward a new security system.That system, called Rap-tor, will eventually include ID badges and on-the-spot background checks for school visitors, superin-tendent Dean Gorrell said. Before it’s implemented, however, the school board will have to pass policies to deal with likely issues. “We will have instanc-es … where we will have somebody check in and there is a criminal history,” Gorrell said, also point-ing out the possibility of undocumented parents.He did not provide a timeline on when the sys-tem might go into effect.
Hat day
Verona Area High School students will be able to coordinate one more piece of clothing this upcoming year as the school changed its handbook to allow head-gear during the school day.Teachers still have the ability to ask a student to remove their headgear, and it cannot be offensive or display inappropriate or vulgar slogans.VAHS principal Pam Hammen said the change comes as part of a general change in how the school looks at discipline. “We’re really trying to move toward having rela-tionships with and engaging students,” she said.Other policy changes banned e-cigarettes from school grounds, clarified the credit requirements for students based on changed to state statutes and provid-ed advice for the school’s “Responsibility Pass” pro-gram.
Open enrollment
The district will allow in at least an extra 25 open enrollment students above the previously planned 30 for the 2014-15 school year. The new spots come mostly from Country View elementary, which had open spots at each level except fourth-grade, thanks to lower-than-expected enroll-ment numbers, including 20 fewer kindergarten students enrolled than capacity.The bulk of the new open enrollment spots, 11, are for kindergarten, which Gorrell said has a long wait list. That includes two at Verona Area International School and four at New Century School, both charter schools.Other openings include three first-grade at CV, three second-grade at CV and one second-grade at Stoner Prai-rie, two third-grade at CV and three third-grade at SP and two fifth-grade at CV.“We looked at the capac-ity versus current enroll-ment,” Gorrell said. “We are still very conservative in terms of the number of spaces we’ve opened up.”
The board approved a pro-posal to borrow $25 million from the state trust funds to fund the new retirement ben-efit program approved earlier this summer. The borrow-ing comes with a 4.25 per-cent interest rate, something Michelle Wiberg from PMA Financial Network, which advises the district on such matters, said was much more attractive than going to the marketplace. Originally, the fund had a $10 million lending lim-it, but after Wiberg and district business manager Chris Murphy met with them, the fund’s board agreed to bypass that limit. “Kudos to the state trust fund … to kind of hear us out,” Wiberg said.
McCulley to leave board by January
School Board member John McCulley, serving in his first term, is moving to South Carolina with his family sometime before January. He announced the move Monday night, say-ing his wife received a job opportunity there beginning Sept. 1. He will remain in Verona with his children while he works to sell the house, but will for sure leave before Jan. 1.“It’s hard to leave because we have a great community and I love being on the board,” McCulley wrote in an email to the Verona Press. “I will definitely miss it.”His at-large seat will be filled by an open election in spring, as his term was up next year anyway.
(Section 65.90[4])
Notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of the Verona Area School District, Dane County, that the Budget Hearing will be held at the Administration Building, 700 North Main Street in Verona, on the 18th day of August, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., which is the time and place of the Annual District Meeting. Copies of the budget are available at the Administration Building, 700 North Main Street, Verona, Wisconsin.
 Dated this 6th day of August, 2014.Kenneth L. Behnke, Clerk Verona Area School District 
(Section 120.08[1])
Notice is hereby given to the qualified electors of the Verona Area School District, Dane County, that the Annual Meeting for the transaction of business of said district will be held at the Administration Building, 700 North Main Street in Verona on the 18th day of August, 2014, immediately following the Budget Hearing, which begins at 6:00 p.m.Dated this 6th day of August, 2014. 
Kenneth L. Behnke, Clerk Verona Area School District 
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