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Thursday, February 20, 2014 • Vol. 48, No. 39 • Verona, WI • Hometown USA • ConnectVerona.com • $1

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Verona Area School District

Hwy. 69

Citizen group will aim to reshape district
Will consider locations, charters, ‘equalizing’ policy
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Building a new school (or two) brings about plenty of questions for a school district, from where and when to build to how to realign attendance boundaries. In the Verona Area School District, the school board and superintendent Dean Gorrell are hoping to have community members help them in answering those questions, while also tackling a more philosophical one.

The district is looking for 12 to 15 citizens to join elected officials in that discussion. It opened applications on its website last Thursday, and it had 13 applicants by the end of Friday. They’ll be looking at the big picture surrounding the need to build up to two new schools within the next decade as a result of tightening space throughout the district. The first likely would be built within the next three to five years. The committee, which was first discussed at a special board meeting in December to talk about expansion, is officially

Photo by Mark Ignatowski

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Hwy. 69 is in rough shape due to a severe winter. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation will spend between $2 and $3 million to resurface the road this fall.


Charter interest drops for 2014-15
Kindergarten applicants 34 fewer than last year
Unified Newspaper Group

Poor conditions lead state to move up schedule of repairs
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Rough roads
in Fitchburg and Hwy. 69 just south of Verona. The conditions along Hwy. 69 have been bad enough to get the state to move up a planned reconstruction project to this coming fall. According to a news release from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation, the state will spend between $2 and $3 million to fix up to eight miles of buckled pavement. The resurfacing project was planned for 2016, but will be done later this year because the road is rapidly deteriorating. This winter’s prolonged periods of subzero temperatures have caused frost to penetrate deep into the ground. “Currently moisture is

The three elementary charter schools received much less interest for the 2014-15 school year than last year for incoming kindergarten spots.

Last Friday was the deadline for parents to apply to send their kids to one of the district’s three elementary charter schools – New Century School, Core Knowledge Charter School and Verona Area International School – and the number of requests for kindergarten spots as of Tuesday was at 69, well below the 103 requests for last year.

Wisconsin is sometimes said to have two seasons – winter and road construction. The two are intrinsically linked, as winter takes a serious toll on roads. This winter has been especially hard on main thoroughfares like Hwy. PD

freezing in the soil beneath the roadway, causing an upward expansion resulting in the pavement heaving or tenting,” the WisDOT said in a news release Friday. “In most cases, the pavement settles once the weather warms up in the spring.” Still, the WisDOT plans

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February 20, 2014

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Rendering courtesy Five Bugles Design

A three-dimensional rendering of the proposed fire station shows a much larger building – nearly 40,000 square feet of floor space on two levels -- that would face East Verona Avenue and include ample windows and a showroom spot for the department’s antique tractor.

Fire/EMS station

Open house set for Tuesday
The city will host an open house next week to give people a look at what a new fire and EMS station could look like. The open house is from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25, at the current Verona Fire Station, 101 Lincoln St. Residents can weigh in on the conceptual design of the station. As it stands now, the station would be about 40,000 square feet over two floors with living quarters and equipment bays for fire and Fitchrona EMS members. The current station, built in 1974, is about 12,000

If you go
What: Fire station design open house When: 5-7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 25 Where: Verona Fire Station, 101 Lincoln St. Info: ci.verona.wi.us square feet with office and training space. “Residents are invited to stop in anytime during the open house to view the design concepts, talk with the architect, and ask

questions about the plans,” the city’s news release said. The city is working with Five Bugles Design to develop a new fire station. This station would be located just north of the current fire station on the same parcel of land at the corner of Lincoln Street and East Verona Avenue. “Detailed design development will continue through the spring with the goal of having a project that is ready to bid by late spring with construction starting by mid-2014,” according to the news release. – Mark Ignatowski

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Verona Area High School’s Model UN team took on the role of the Russian Federation at its trip to the Universiy of Chicago this month.

VAHS students win awards at Model UN conference
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Hwy 69: Dane County maintains road
Continued from page 1 to repair this stretch of Hwy. 69 in the fall. The resurfacing “partially addresses the issues” the WisDOT said, but a full reconstruction is still planned for 2019. Hwy. 69 is not the only bumpy ride drivers have had this time of year. Town of Verona administrator Amanda Arnold said the town has gotten a few calls about Range Trail this year. Arnold said the road is on the town’s list of repair projects this year. Nearby roads – like Hwy. PD in Fitchburg

‘In most cases, the pavement settles once the weather warms up in the spring.’
Wisconsin DOT – have also been a problem for cars. The road is owned by Dane County, but is considered to be a major thoroughfare for the City of Fitchburg. Dane County has offered to repair the road this year and transfer jurisdiction to the city for future repairs and

maintenance. The city has been reluctant to take the county’s offer, saying the road is a county issue. While the county has negotiated deals in the past – Hwy. M north of Verona, for example – other municipalities haven’t agreed to take over county roads. In Oregon, Janesville Street is one of the city’s major thoroughfares. It’s also County Hwy. MM. Oregon Public Works director Mark Below has advised the village to not take jurisdictional transfers because the cost of maintenance and repair is often too much for the municipality.

As the Olympic Games in Russia come to a close, a group of 30 Verona Area High School students could probably tell you more about the host country’s national and foreign policies than anything you’ll learn about an athlete competing at the games. The students are part of the school’s Model United Nations club, led by social studies teacher Jason Knoll, and recently took home nine awards at the Model United Nations of the University of Chicago conference to cap a successful year. The students played the role of Russia at the conference, a “very difficult country to represent,” Knoll said in an email. He said that’s because of the country’s often conflicting views with Western industrialized nations. The Feb. 6-9 conference had around 2,500 student

VAHS students Bea Kealy and Zoe Shaw work with other delegates in their committee at the February conference.

participants and was only the second the group attended this year. Because of the cost, it will also be the last for the season. Students spent two hours per week before school preparing for the conference, with another four to six outside of school as the conference date approached. Senior Shahan Zaman, who is one of the team’s captains, called his experience in the group “amazing” since he joined his sophomore year, saying he


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improved his public speaking, writing, critical thinking and communication skills, among others. “(I learned) how the world works,” Zaman said. “I never really had that full cohesive knowledge of it.” On top of that learning, many students said the group’s “family atmosphere” stands out among teams from other schools at the conferences that are often more well-funded and attend more conferences than Verona. But beating those schools, such as one that attends nearly 10 conferences each year, brings a lot of excitement for the students. “A lot of us are in it for the educational part, but winning awards on top of it is great,” Zaman said. “It just feels good to see people on my team successful.” Verona students who received awards were: (Verbal Recognition) Bea Kealy and Zoe Shaw, Commission on the Status of Women; Claire Van Fossen and Leah Hollar, UN High Commission for Refugees; (Honorable Mention) Sydney DeMets and Noah Roberts, Disarmament and International Security Committee; Jen Wagman, South African Cabinet, 1994; Kia Godfriaux, World Cities Summit; (Outstanding Delegation) Conlin Bass, Commonwealth of Independent States, 1992; Jack Childers and Zaman, Historical Security Council, 1980; Taylor Weigel, Interpol; and Riley Grittinger and Nick Hansen, Legal.


February 20, 2014

The Verona Press


Verona Area School District

Graduation requirements changing to match state
Board also adjusts hiring policies
Unified Newspaper Group

Photo by Jim Ferolie

School’s not out
Employees from the city’s public works department prepare to dig to a water main that broke outside Verona Area High School’s K-wing on Friday morning. School continued on as normal, however, with workers digging up an extra route into the back of the school building so students could avoid all the new ice. The K-Wing houses the Exploration Academy and a number of high school classes. Exploration Academy director Mike Murphy said water was restored by noon, so the only disruption to the day was students and staff having to use bathrooms in the main building for the morning.

Fitchburg: Star will include coverage of Verona schools
Continued from page 1 setup and our initial monthly frequency, the Star will be similar to the Press a n d o u r o t h e r c o m m unity weekly newspapers, the Oregon Observer and Stoughton Courier Hub. It will feature coverage of city government, business, local sports, features and upcoming events, as well as highlights of our coverage of the Verona Area School District and Oregon School District – both of which include parts of the city – with coverage of all Fitchburg schools. The previous version of the Fitchburg Star had been published continuously in various forms since 1976, well before Fitchburg became a city in 1983. UNG continued to maintain its ConnectFitchburg.com website, and the city increased publication of its UNGproduced Fitchburg Update newsletter from quarterly to every two months. City leaders and community groups approached UNG several times since 2009 about publishing a newspaper in Fitchburg, but it was not feasible until UNG proposed the elimination of the Fitchburg Update, meaning the two products would not compete for ad revenue. The agreement, which came out of meetings between UNG general manager David Enstad, Mayor Shawn Pfaff, Ald. Steve Arnold and city staff, will nearly double the postage costs to about $30,000 by making the publication monthly. Alders debated the proposal in November and included it in their 2014 budget. The city and UNG have been finalizing details of their contractual arrangement in recent weeks. Though the contract could be renewed for all or part of 2015, UNG plans to convert the Star into a subscriber-based weekly model like its other newspapers. Details of the timing and manner of that transition have yet to be determined and will depend on interest from potential subscribers and advertisers. It’s not clear whether the paper would immediately switch to weekly publication. UNG will produce the Star using the same newsgathering staff, led by editor Jim Ferolie, but will increase coverage all around, including at local schools. Unified Newspaper Group is part of Woodward Community Media, a division of Woodward Communications Inc., based in Dubuque, Iowa.

The Verona Area School Board is considering changing graduation requirements for the district’s high school to come in line with state requirements. Recent changes to state law require three science and three mathematics credits to graduate from high school, while the current VASD policy only requires two for each subject. The change would not affect students graduating in 2014-16, but begin with the current freshman class. VASD director of instruction Donna Behn said more than 85 percent of students already complete the new level of requirements, so they do not expect it to have major impact. The total number of credits required also would also rise from 22.5 to 23.5, with the required elective credits dropping from 9.5 to 8.5.

Hiring policies
The board also discussed at its Monday meeting a change to the staff recruitment and hiring policy aimed to “get a diverse pool of qualified candidates,” VASD director of

human resources Jason Olson told the board. “We’re just trying to broaden our tool kit,” he said. The changes would authorize district administrators to use a set of recruitment and retention programs, including high school or college scholarships, signing and/or retention bonuses, loan forgiveness programs and partially or fully paid teacher certification programs for VASD support staff. Several board members questioned one of the suggestions, giving administrators the option to waive posting requirements for jobs. Olson described a hypothetical situation in which a job would be posted soon but he meets a “superstar” candidate at a job fair and would like to discuss it with the candidate there. “We wouldn’t envision this being an often used tool,” superintendent Dean Gorrell said. “If we don’t have a full toolkit, that’ll put us at a distinct disadvantage over time relative to others that do.” The board asked Olson to report to the personnel committee any time the requirements are waived as a “check and balance,” and Olson agreed. The board will likely consider a vote on the policies at its March 3 meeting.

City of Verona

Water utility asks customers to monitor water pipes
With the subzero temperatures this winter, the City of Verona Water Utility is requesting that all customers immediately begin monitoring the temperature of the water entering their homes and businesses. “This winter’s abnormally cold weather has driven the frost to unusual depths, and it is possible that water service pipes may freeze,” the city said in a news release. Residents should take temperature readings at a cold water faucet closest to their water meter. Readings should be taken for 30 seconds while the cold water is flowing. If the reading is below 35 degrees, residents should call the water utility at 845-6695. The city said that customers who don’t use a lot of water are at risk for frozen pipes. “This includes cul-desacs and dead-end streets,” the city said. “Also, if you are planning on an extended vacation resulting in little water consumption, we recommend that you contact the Water Utility.” In order to keep pipes from freezing, customer might have to run water continually in a pencilsized stream. Customers won’t be charged for the additional water usage.

Charters: New Century gets only 10 kindergarten applicants
Continued from page 1 New Century School received the lowest, with just 10 applications for 21 open spots for incoming kindergartners. The school, which in 2010 had its charter changed to become a “green” charter school, focused on environmental lessons, had 21 applicants for 18 open kindergarten slots a year ago. NCS director Jim Ruder said he expects the number to grow in the coming months as the school continues its marketing efforts to incoming VASD parents. He said the new format of reaching out to parents, which had a DVD sent home and offered open houses at each school rather than a single mass meeting with all of the schools present, likely contributed to the low number. “We didn’t have the same traffic for the open houses,” Ruder said. If the numbers were to stay that low, he said the school would have issues with staffing and class size, but they won’t have to worry about that as long as the numbers come up before Sept. 1. Parents can still apply for spots at the schools as long as they are open. He said the school’s site council would meet Tuesday night to form a plan going forward. Verona Area International School, entering its fourth year of existence and being a full K-5 school for the first time next year, received 16 applications for its 22 openings at the kindergarten level. That’s a stark contrast from last year’s 38 applications for the same number of spots. Core Knowledge Charter School, however, surpassed its number of openings by three, meaning the district will have to hold a lottery to decide which of the 43 applicants will fill the 40 open spots. Core Knowledge also received 25 applications for grades 6-7 and another 27 for grades 1-5. VAIS received two additional first-grade applicants and NCS had six additional applicants for grades 1-5. The Exploration Academy, the district’s charter high school, is accepting applications through Friday, and plans to grow from 60 to 80 students next year, director Mike Murphy said.
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February 20, 2014

The Verona Press



Open dialogue is vital with downtown plan
Verona is one of the fastest growing cities in the state of Wisconsin. I first came to Verona in 1984, as a 5-year-old student. Since that time, the city has grown significantly, while maintaining the small town feel that we hold dear. As Verona continues to grow, it is vital that we have a downtown that is unique and offers choices to citizens. Additional commercial options will help diversify Kemp our tax base while also providing the opportunities for new development like restaurants and diverse retail. For some time, the city has invested a great deal of time, effort and funds into developing a plan that will help attract unique businesses to downtown Verona. I applaud those efforts. Currently, there are a number of options that are available to move the city forward, but it important for everyone to understand that they are options. None of the plans are set in stone. Having said that, I do have to some concerns with the process thus far. In order to make sure that the city ends up with a downtown that is pleasing to the most people, stronger and direct communication needs to occur. Each and every resident and business owner in Verona is a stakeholder. At the Plan Commission meeting held on Feb. 3, residents came to speak in opposition to the proposed Downtown Plan. While I agree that these recommendations will not necessarily come to pass, the recommendations themselves should not be a surprise either. It was clear that many residents and business owners are discouraged and upset, not just with the recommendations themselves, but with the fact that they were not consulted in a timely fashion before they were unveiled. The city has a responsibility to its constituency to be as direct and as clear as possible. It is also important that citizens are involved in the process and continue take the time to give suggestions. Open and transparent communication from the city government and active participation of the citizens is paramount to our future success. Many public comments were focused on the proposed Silent Street connection. Some were understandably concerned that a number of youth athletic programs would lose the green space between St. Andrew Church and the cemetery. Others strongly expressed their concern for how connecting Silent Street to Main Street would adversely affect traffic in an already high-traffic residential neighborhood. In other instances, citizens offered other potential alternatives that alternatives that should be considered. All of these are understandable and considerable concerns, and it is my belief that those who are affected most by these potential changes should be made aware in a direct and timely fashion. I would encourage all citizens to take a look at the plan as it currently stands and think about what you want your community to be. Verona has a bright future, but clear and transparent communication with everyone is not only a necessity, but vital to the future of our city. Chad Kemp is a candidate for Verona mayor. This column is a departure from the Verona Press’ usual policy that forbids letters to the editor from candidates once they are announced. It is being allowed as a response to a piece from Mayor Jon Hochkammer last week that was printed in an inadvertent violation of this policy.

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Open-ended experience trumps the all-inclusive


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little more than a week ago, I married the girl of my dreams. And soon I found myself in Panama City, lounging next to her at the pool, sipping mojitos and working on my tan. I could smell the sirloin steak coming from the kitchen; it will be my dinner in a few hours. After that, perhaps I’ll go down to the casino or ask the concierge for a good nightclub to go to. There is no doubt in my mind that it will be a classy night. After all, Dresser Donald Trump has a building named after him in this city. Three days later, back in my home in neighboring Costa Rica, I counted all the luxury hotels, five-course meals, room services, and $10 drinks and wondered if I had made a mistake. No, Mom, don’t panic… I definitely married the girl of my dreams, but our honeymoon was totally out of character. It was the height of luxury, but we didn’t learn anything about the culture or the country. We never ate the regional food. We didn’t wander off into residential neighborhoods. Besides my wife’s innocent chatter with the taxi driver about why people don’t swim in the ocean (it’s contaminated), we hardly spoke to the locals. Instead, we spent a lot of time in shopping malls and nice restaurants, and without a friend to show us the ropes, we felt fairly restricted to the superficial tourist area. In effect, we treated ourselves to the all-inclusive package, yet it was probably the most exclusive thing either of us had ever done. My honeymoon reminded me of why I chose to live in Costa Rica: so I could continue to relive and share the experience of authentic travel that swept me off my feet so many years ago.

Most of us know the joy of experiencing a baby’s firsts: first words, first steps, first tooth, etc. Well, what if I told you that I get to live that euphoria of firsts every single day with people of all ages? I have seen a 50-year-old’s first words in Spanish, a 12-year-old’s first gallo pinto breakfast and countless others’ first realization that the world of Latin America is not half as scary as people think it is. People here are quick on the smile, generous with laughs and eager to help – and real travel has nothing to do with nightclubs and luxury hotels. Every once in a while, this constant, privileged euphoria slowly gets lost in my dayto-day routine until a special group comes along and gives me another injection. This January, in fact, I came dangerously close to an overdose. First, a group of University of Minnesota students came down for two weeks during their winter break. I didn’t really begin to understand the depth and impact of their experience until the final night, when their professor proceeded to give a 15-minute bilingual speech in a pizza parlor – and he is not bilingual – where he reflected on his experience and expressed his gratitude to all of the Costa Ricans. A few days later, I received an email from this professor with a link to his 38-page journal that he had been keeping since he arrived. It was complete with pictures, diagrams, and reactions – practically ready for publishing. It wasn’t just about good food and comfortable beds, but rather a cultural immersion in Costa Rica had inspired him in many new ways. It reminded me of why I am here. Then, my extended family flew down for an exciting week of adventure that culminated in my wedding day. Every day was filled with an amazing energy to share and to embrace different cultures. Every effort was made so the

events took place in both languages, and when communication broke down, people got creative. (Well, not so creative; we just uncorked more wine!) I got to watch my family’s first attempts at dancing salsa and cumbia, first cracks at Spanish pronunciation, and unfortunately, firsts exposures to extreme sun. People were eager to organize, record and document every aspect of their newfound Latin American family, and our Costa Rican counterparts were delighted to share and learn, as well. Many notebooks were filled with memories, countless photos were taken, and everyone agreed that whatever just happened was a blurry, amazing, heartfelt, unforgettable experience. It’s sometimes hard for me to fathom how what I consider to be my daily life now is the experience of a lifetime for others. I do remember that feeling some eight years ago though, and it still comes back to me on occasion: the insatiable curiosity, the sense of adventure, the relaxed pace of life, how the tropical climate is different and intoxicating when you come from a fast-paced, extremedriven society. Even though that seems so long ago for me, it is good to have that reminder of where I started. My trip to Panama ended up being a refreshing experience, as it reminded me of what I’ve got. At this point, I don’t see myself trading in the open-ended for the all-inclusive anytime soon. Dustin Dresser is a 2004 VAHS graduate who lives in San Ramon, Costa Rica, where he founded a company that provides travelers immersion experiences through tours, volunteering and educational opportunities. For information, visit costaricafrika.com.


February 20, 2014

The Verona Press


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Living our lives
Young Life’s fourth annual showcase will be held Feb. 23 at The Heights: 411 Prairie Heights Drive. It will show and inform the community of greater Verona on the impact the group is having in the community. Young Life works with middle and high school students in Verona who participate in youth activities. A silent auction will be held at 6 p.m. followed by a special speaker, Danny Rydberg at 6:30 p.m. This showcase is also Young Life’s biggest fundraiser to help sustain their annual budget of operations and expenses to continue their time with teens. RSVP for the event at verona.younglife.org. Above, Verona Young Life middle schoolers tailgate before football game last fall.

Caitlyn Suemnicht of Fitchburg (right, pictured with other food-related award-winners) is the managing partner of the Food Fight Restauarant Group.

Several from area honored as ‘Women to Watch’
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A few years ago Katie Hensel was one of thousands of Epic Systems Corp. employees. Now, she’s one of 28 local women honored this year by a regional women’s magazine for their accomplishments and ability to weigh in on the future of our community. It started by quitting her job. Hensel then started the Verona-based non-profit group, Tri 4 Schools, which hosts recreational race competitions in Dane County for kids. Her nonprofit donates the proceeds – raising almost $80,000 over three years – to local schools, including ones in Verona. She’s one of four local women from the Verona area saluted by Women to Watch, which featured an awards ceremony and profiles in Verona-based Brava Magazine’s “Empowerwed Women” issue in January. That award honored women in seven categories who inspire and lead and are poised to achieve even more. The categories are public servants, creative types (performance and storytellers), athletes, doctors, educators and chefs. For more on the list of “Women to Watch,” see bravamagazine.com.



Suemnicht, who has lived in Fitchburg since 2005, has opened a string of more recent Food Fight restaurants, including DLUX off Capitol Square, in the span of a yearand-half, according to the Brava story. As the Claire w o m a n behind the design, menu and beverage development two new restaurants, she is excited to open another in downtown Madison this spring. The new place, which she will also be the managing partner for, will be a fine dining Italian restaurant featuring handmade pasta, wood-fired pizza and entrees, and a custombuilt rotisserie, she told the Verona Press in an email. It will seat approximately 130-150 people, and is on the corner of Mifflin and Fairchild in the new Block 100 development of State Street is slated to open in the spring.

School 2010 graduate, is making her foray into the world of comics. The University of St. Thomas (Minn.) student has been working with Bluewater Publishing’s “Female Force,” a publication of comic books about prominent and influential woman role models. Her first book was about famed philanthropist Melinda Gates, and she hopes to help bring empowering women to the forefront. Seymour, a former Verona Press intern, was featured in a Verona Press story about her work with books in August 2013. She told the Press last year that she believes “powerful women are still not taken seriously by the media today.” Seymour is now working on a novel and aims to empower young girls through her FEMPOWER blog’s interviews with influential women, according to the Brava story.

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Girl Scout cookie time
Verona Daisy Girl Scout Troop 1104 (above) greeted shoppers with energetic smiles at Copp's Grocery Store on Maple Grove Road on Sunday Feb. 9.  The 12-member group consists of girls in Kindergarten from four Verona and Fitchburg area grade schools.  The Annual Girl Scout Cookie Sale proceeds support local girl scouting and individual troops.  Right, three members of local Verona Area Daisy Scout Troop 2896 had their first cookie booth on Feb. 8 in the west side of Madison. Mireya Caulkins, Annabelle Fowler, and Sierra Posey talked to people about Girl Scout cookies, handling cookies, bagging and making change. This year the troop will also collect donations for a battalion of our soldiers who are currently serving in Afghanistan. Cookie Sale run through March 23.

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Coming up
Caring for the caregiver
This program at 12:15 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20, offered at the Verona Senior Center provides support and resources for unpaid caregivers to relieve some of their physical, financial and emotional stress. other families. The event features story time, songs and arts and crafts based around a theme. The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Friday in the school’s Step Room. The event is free and open to all families. artist to inspire one or more of their own creations. For more information, contact Neal at 848-9519 or visit 3150studioartists.com.

ALL SAINTS LUTHERAN CHURCH 2951 Chapel Valley Road, Fitchburg (608) 276-7729 allsaints-madison.org Pastor Rich Johnson 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. worship times THE CHURCH IN FITCHBURG 2833 Raritan Road, Fitchburg, WI 53711 (608) 271-2811 livelifetogether.com Sunday Worship: 8 and 10:45 a.m. THE CHURCH IN VERONA Verona Business Centre 535 Half Mile Rd. #7, Verona. (608) 271-2811 livelifetogether.com Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. FITCHBURG MEMORIAL UCC 5705 Lacy Road, Fitchburg (608) 273-1008 • memorialucc.org Phil Haslanger GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN CHURCH ELCA (608) 271-6633 Central: Raymond Road & Whitney Way SUNDAY 8:15, 9:30 & 10:45 a.m. Worship West: Corner of Hwy. PD & Nine Mound Road, Verona SUNDAY 9 & 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship LIVING HOPE CHURCH At the Verona Senior Center 108 Paoli St. • (608) 347-3827 livinghopeverona.com, info@livinghopeverona.com SUNDAY 10 a.m. Worship MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH 201 S. Main, Verona (608) 845-7125 MBCverona.org Lead pastor: Jeremy Scott SUNDAY 10:15 a.m. Worship REDEEMER BIBLE FELLOWSHIP 102 N. Franklin Ave., Verona Pastor Dwight R. Wise (608) 848-1836 www.redeemerbiblefellowship.org SUNDAY 10 a.m. Family Worship Service RESURRECTION LUTHERAN CHURCH Wisconsin Synod, 6705 Wesner Road, Verona (608) 848-4965 • rlcverona.org Pastor Nathan Strutz and Assistant Pastor: Jacob Haag THURSDAY 6:30 p.m. Worship SUNDAY 9 a.m. Worship Service ST. CHRISTOPHER CATHOLIC PARISH 301 N. Main St., Verona (608) 845-6613 Stchristopherverona.com Fr. William Vernon, pastor SATURDAY 5 p.m. Sunday Vigil, St. Andrew, Verona SUNDAY 7:30 a.m., St. William, Paoli 9 and 11 a.m., St. Andrew, Verona Daily Mass: Tuesday-Saturday at 8 a.m., St. Andrew, Verona ST. JAMES EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN CHURCH 427 S. Main Street, Verona (608) 845-6922 www.stjamesverona.org Pastors Kurt M. Billings and Peter Narum Services 5 p.m., Saturday, 8:30 and 10:45 a.m., Sunday - office hours 8-4 Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday; 8 a.m. to noon Wednesday SALEM UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST 502 Mark Dr., Verona, WI Phone: (608) 845-7315 Rev. Dr. Mark E. Yurs, Pastor Laura Kolden, Associate in Ministry www.salemchurchverona.org 9 a.m. Sunday School - 10:15 a.m. worship service - Staffed nursery from 8:45 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. Fellowship Hour SPRINGDALE LUTHERAN CHURCH-ELCA 2752 Town Hall Road (off County ID) (608) 437-3493 springdalelutheran.org Pastor: Jeff Jacobs SUNDAY 8:45 a.m. Communion Worship SUGAR RIVER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 130 N. Franklin St., Verona (608) 845-5855 sugar.river@sugarriverumc.org, sugarriverumc.org Pastor: Gary Holmes SUNDAY 9:00 & 10:30 Contemporary worship with children’s Sunday school. Refreshments and fellowship are between services. WEST MADISON BIBLE CHURCH 2920 Hwy. M, Verona, WI 53593 Sunday (nursery provided in a.m.) 9:15 a.m. - Praise and worship 10:45 - Sunday School (all ages) 6 p.m. - Small group Bible study ZWINGLI UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST – Located at Hwy. 92 & Ct. Road G, Mount Vernon (608) 832-6677 for information Pastor: Brad Brookins SUNDAY 10:15 a.m. Worship ZWINGLI UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST – At Hwy. 69 and PB, Paoli (608) 845-5641 Rev. Sara Thiessen SUNDAY 9:30 a.m. Family Worship

Technology for small business
Technology can make your a business thrive. Become more efficient, productive, and responsible to customer needs by correctly implementing the latest technologies. Presented at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 4, at the library, in partnership with the Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation. To register, call 257-5450.

Glacier Edge personalized learning

Aging & Disability Resource Center
What is the ADRC and what services do they provide? Find out from Amy Elske, information and assistance specialist with the group at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Verona Senior Center. Call 845-7471 for information.

Parents can go to the Glacier Edge cafeteria on Thursday, Feb. 20, from 6-7 p.m. to hear about personalized learning and collaboration teams at the school. School officials will share a Power Point about personalized learning, what it looks like at GE and what it will look like in the future. ‘Making Our Marks’ There will also be time for questions, Verona studio artists Bea Neal and reflections and suggestions. For more her group “3150 Studio Artists,” will information, contact principal There- have their mixed media and fiber art sa Taylor at 497-2110. works on display from March 1 to April 11 at the Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St. This is the Play and Learn at Sugar Creek fourth annual exhibit, and this year, Sugar Creek offers a chance for members chose an American woman parents and children to interact with

Social Security 101
At 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, March 18, the library will host this informational session. There are more than 500 different combinations of Social Security benefits for married couples. Jesse Grutz, from the Retirement Classroom, will be available to help you decipher this government program.

Community calendar
• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., tax assistance, senior center, 8457471 • 5:30 p.m., “Books ‘N Booze” discussion, “Big Trouble” by Dave Barry, Pasqual’s Cantina, 100 Cross Country Rd. • 6-8 p.m., Downsizing boom event, senior center, 845-7471 • 6 p.m., Children’s Theater of Madison comes to the Library, Ages 3-8, VPL • 7 p.m., “Dr. King’s Dream” performance, VPL

Thursday, Feb. 20

• 7 p.m., St. Ambrose Academy presents “Annie,” VPAC

Sunday, Feb. 23

• 7 p.m., Common Council, City Center

Monday, Feb. 24

• 5-7 p.m., Fire Department design open house, Verona Fire Station, 101 Lincoln Ave., ci.verona.wi.us

Tuesday, Feb. 25

• 12:30 p.m., bingo, senior center • 7 p.m., St. Ambrose Academy presents “Annie,” VPAC

Friday, Feb. 21

• 6:30-8:30 p.m., Planning for Your Retirement, VPL

Wednesday, Feb. 26 Thursday, Feb. 27

• 10 a.m.-noon, Microsoft Word 2010, registration required, VPL • 7 p.m., St. Ambrose Academy presents “Annie,” VPAC

Saturday, Feb. 22

• 10 a.m., Women’s Group presents Janet Bollig of Home Health United at senior center, 845-7471

• 9:30-11:30 a.m., “Young and Restless” open indoor playtime, library

Friday, Feb. 28

What’s on VHAT-98
Thursday, Feb. 20 7 a.m. – United Way 211 at Senior Center 9 a.m. - Daily Exercise 10 a.m. - Kat Trio at Senior Center 3 p.m. - Daily Exercise 4 p.m. – Four Winds Presentation at Senior Center 5 p.m. – A Taste of Theater 6 p.m. - Salem Church Service 7 p.m. - Words of Peace 8 p.m. - Daily Exercise 9 p.m. – Chatting with the Chamber 10 p.m. – Stoner School at Historical Society Friday, Feb. 21 7 a.m. – Four Winds Presentation at Senior Center 1:30 p.m. - Chatting with the Chamber 3 p.m. – 911 Information at Senior Center 4 p.m. – A Taste of Theater 5 p.m. - 2012 Wildcats Football 8:30 p.m. - 911 Information at Senior Center 10 p.m. - United Way 211 at Senior Center 11 p.m. – Kat Trio at Senior Center Saturday, Feb. 22 8 a.m. – Common Council from 02-1014 11 a.m. - 911 Information at Senior Center 1 p.m. - 2012 Wildcats Football 4:30 p.m. – Stoner School at Historical Society 6 p.m. – Common Council from 2-1014 9 p.m. - 911 Information at Senior Center 10 p.m. - Stoner School at Historical Society 11 p.m. - Kat Trio at Senior Center Sunday, Feb. 23 7 a.m. - Hindu Cultural Hour 9 a.m. – Resurrection Church 10 a.m. - Salem Church Service Noon - Common Council from 02-1014 3 p.m. - 911 Information at Senior Center 4:30 p.m. - Stoner School at Historical Society 6 p.m. – Common Council from 02-1014 9 p.m. - 911 Information at Senior Center 10 p.m. – Stoner School at Historical Society 11 p.m. - Kat Trio at Senior Center Monday, Feb. 24 7 a.m. – Four Winds Presentation at Senior Center 1:30 p.m. - Chatting with the Chamber 3 p.m. - 911 Information at Senior Center 4 p.m. – A Taste of Theater 5 p.m. - 2012 Wildcats Football 7 p.m. – Common Council Live 9 p.m. - Hindu Cultural Hour 10 p.m. – United Way 211 at Senior Center 11 p.m. – Kat Trio at Senior Center Tuesday, Feb. 25 7 a.m. – United Way 211 at Senior Center 9 a.m. - Daily Exercise 10 a.m. - Kat Trio at Senior Center 3 p.m. - Daily Exercise 4 p.m. – Four Winds Presentation at Senior Center 5 p.m. – A Taste of Theater 6 p.m. - Resurrection Church 8 p.m. - Words of Peace 9 p.m. - Chatting with the Chamber 10 p.m. - Stoner School at Historical Society Wednesday, Feb. 26 7 a.m. – Four Winds Presentation at Senior Center 1:30 p.m. - Chatting with the Chamber 3 p.m. – 911 Information at Senior Center 6 p.m. – Common Council from 02-2414 7 p.m. - Capital City Band 8 p.m. – 911 Information at Senior Center 10 p.m. - United Way 211 at Senior Center 11 p.m. – Kat Trio at Senior Center Thursday, Feb. 27 7 a.m. – United Way 211 at Senior Center 9 a.m. - Daily Exercise 10 a.m. – Kat Trio at Senior Center 3 p.m. - Daily Exercise 4 p.m. – Four Winds Presentation at Senior Center 6 p.m. - Salem Church Service 8 p.m. - Daily Exercise 9 p.m. – Chatting with the Chamber 10 p.m. – Stoner School at Historical Society

Be Tough When You Need To While Jesus is generally portrayed in the Gospels as mild and understanding, there were times when he became angry, even violently so, as when he overturned the tables of the moneychangers. The Old Testament is filled with characters that could be tough when they needed to. Think of the prophets and the judges of the Old Testament. They were sometimes mild and wise, like Solomon, but they were not above entering into the fray of battle. It takes both courage and wisdom to know when you should get your hackles up and how tough you should be in those circumstances. God Himself is portrayed as someone who can take only so much before He loses His temper. Every parent knows that there is a time to be meek and mild with your children and a time to be tough. So, we should have the courage of our convictions, and not be afraid to express our anger, at least when it is justified. – Christopher Simon via Metro News Service “Therefore, having put away falsehood, let each one of you speak the truth with his neighbor, for we are members one of another. Be angry and do not sin; do not let the sun go down on your anger, and give no opportunity to the devil.” Ephesians 4:25-27

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February 15-22

2014 National FFA Week
The Verona FFA Chapter will celebrate National FFA Week, Feb. 15-22. This year’s theme is “Ignite,”and it embraces more than 80 years of FFA traditions while looking forward to the organization’s future. More than half a million members will participate in National FFA Week activities at local, state and national levels. Designated as National FFA Week in 1947, the week of George Washington’s birthday is FFA Week, and runs from Saturday to Saturday. FFA Week gives FFA members an opportunity to educate the public about agriculture. During the week, chapters conduct a variety of activities to help others in their school and community learn about FFA and agricultural education.

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Verona FFA officers
Verona FFA Chapter officers this year are (back) Abigail Lindsay, Lauren Randall, Erica Norman, Keely Johnson, Katie Fan, and (front) Molly Jennerman and Elizabeth Sarbacker, who are the co-presidents.

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Competitors at the FFA district speaking contest are (front) Valerie Artega, Keely Johnson, Ciara Bushek (back) Molly Jennerman, Heidi Mueller, Katie Fan, Melissa Biesman, Elizabeth Sarbacker, missing is Emma Thompson.

Students move on to sectional speaking competition
Verona FFA members faired well at the regional FFA contest. Valerie Aritego took second in Creed speaking. district speaking competition this winter. All three will advance to the sectional competition Katie Fan placed first in prepared speaking. Molly March 10 at Milton High School. Jennernan placed second in extemporaneous speaking

A special thank you to everyone who supported the Agricultural Dept. and the FFA this past year. With your support we have had a very successful year and look to finish the year on a strong positive path. The Verona FFA


Hypno is hip, no?
Jim Wand, hypnotist, works his magic on volunteers at the Verona FFA-sponsored event two years ago. Kevin Hoffman, FFA advisor, said they will again bring Wand’s expertise to the stage at the VAHS PAC Feb. 28.
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Upcoming event
Who and what: Dr. Jim Wand, renowned hypnotist Where: Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center When: Feb. 28 (Time is TBA, but will be in the evening.) Tickets: $8 Proceeds: Will go the the American Cancer Society.

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National FFA Officer Workshop
At right are FFA members Blair Wermouth, Erica Norman, Brooke Felsheim, Jenna Butler and Julia Butler and Justin Blackburn participating in a workshop. National FFA officers from around the country did workshops including this one where the students passed a tennis ball as fast as they could -- but had to pay attention to the words like “love” written on the ball. The lesson was not to pay attenion to the “little stuff.”

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The National FFA Officer Workshop was sponsored by the Verona FFA and was held on the Epic Systems Corp. campus in January.

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uotes from FFA members about their experience at the day-long FFA National Officer Workshop. Setting up everything was really fun and meeting the National FFA Officers was fun because they’re all really cool.” - Keely Johnson I absolutely had a blast getting to know all the National FFA Officers! They are true leaders and role models to me. I enjoyed the opportunity to talk and learn from their experiences. I am so glad I had the chance to host them and very lucky that I am still in contact with them today!” - Elizabeth Sarbacker Anyone, no matter their interests, would’ve enjoyed it” - Lauren Randall

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I was really happy to have been a part of it, especially since it was the first time in multiple decades that all of the National Officers visited Wisconsin.” -Heidi Mueller I really enjoyed meeting the national officers because they’re all very inspirational and I loved having the opportunity to ask them questions.” - Abigail Lindsay FFA has given me so many opportunities to develop myself as a leader, and I have met so many new people that have inspired me to learn and grow as a person. I wouldn’t trade my experience as an FFA member for anything.” - Katie Fan

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Sunday, March 2, 2014 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. Evansville Field House





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Erica Norman, of Verona FFA, does a workshop that talks about what you can do to change the world one day at a time. Giving blood was one idea during the workshop.
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FFA enthusiasts
Verona FFA members sponsored and attended the National FFA Officer Workshop at the Epic Systems Corp. campus in January. FFA members of many area schools also attended. Here, FFA welcome the National FFA Officer team with a banner and badger hats. From left to right are Kanoog Yang, Pheng Lo, Valeria Artega, Osica Pasachke, Keely Johnson, Erica Norman, Katie Fan, Elizabeth Sarbacker, Blair Wermouth, Heidi mueller, Molly Jennerman, Abigail Lindsay, Justin Blackburn, Brooke Felsheim and Ciarah Hellenbrand. National officers for 2013-14 are Mitch Baker of Tennessee, Wes Davis of West Virginia, Jason Wetzler of Oregon, Jackson Harris of Alabama, Steven Brockshus of Iowa and Brian Walsh of Virginia.

FFA activities
Throughout the year, Verona FFA particpates in the follwing: State Fair Workshop Dane County Fair EPIC Petting Zoo Washington Concessions Leadership Conference Fruit Sales State Convention The Mitten Program National Convention Koats for Kids Sectional Collection Leadership Workshop Speaking Contest National Officer Farm Toy Show

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FFA Farm Toy Show The FFA Farm Toy

Show was held Feb. 9 at Verona Area High School. Families came out to purchase, browse and check out hundreds, if not thousands, of tractors and other tiny farm equipment. Exhibits were held inside the entire gym area as well as the hallway commons area outside it. Refreshements were provided by FFA members including (below, middle) Ciara Busheck, Elizabeth Sarbacker and alumna Pat Shaughnesy. Left, Michael Brunner, grandson of Tom Brunner of Tom’s Toys, shows off 1/5-scale-sized automated farm equipment. All other photos are patrons and exhibitors at the event.

A boy looks at a few of the hundreds of toys exhibited at the show.

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Boys swimming

Boys hockey

Parker named finalist for Mr. Hockey
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Senior Erik Wickstrom moved up from the sixth seed to finish sixth overall in the 100-yard freestyle Saturday in the Middleton sectional at Middleton High School with a time of 49.66 seconds.

McGilvray, Wickstrom will swim together at state and in college
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State bonds
If you go
What: WIAA Division 1 state tournament When: 3 p.m. Saturday Where: UW-Madison Natatorium Cost: $6

Verona/Mount Horeb seniors Kade McGilvray and Eric Wickstrom have been swimming together or against one other for the better part of 14 years. While the returning state qualifiers will no longer be part of the Wildcats’ prep swimming program following this Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 state swimming meet where they helped the Wildcats qualify in four individual events and as part of two relays, it doesn’t

mean they’ll stop being teammates. Though Saturday will mark the final prep meet of their careers, the friends who have been swimming together since they were 3-years old, will continue on together Photo submitted even after this weekend taking Seniors Kade McGilvray (left) and Erik Wickstrom lead Verona/Mount Horeb into their talents to the University of this weekend’s WIAA Division state swimming meet with medal expectations.

Turn to Sectionals/Page 16 of the Wildcats’ 200 and 400-yard freestyle relays as well.

McGilvray qualified in two events, while Wickstrom advanced in one. Both are part

For the third-straight year Verona boys hockey saw one of its own named as a finalist for t h e A m e r i - Parker can Family Insurance / WHCA Player of the Year award. Senior captain Charlie Parker was one of seven forwards and one defenseman that garnered a selection when the eight finalists were announced earlier this month. After the initial round of voting, the members of the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association have cut the list of players down from 28. The final group will be honored at the POTY/State Tournament banquet, which will be held at a site to be announced on Wednesday, March 5, the night before ‘Quarterfinal Thursday.’ Still, some wondered if Parker would be on the ice for second-ranked Verona (20-2-2) at all this season after he was drafted by the Muskegon Lumberjacks of the United States Hockey League following last season’s run to the WIAA state championship game. Parker, however, didn’t make the team and the Lumberjacks’ loss has continued to be Verona’s gain. A four-year varsity athlete, Parker has amassed 72 career goals, including 13 game-winners and 96 assists. Parker has at least one opportunity to play after high school, having signed a tender to play with the Coulee Region Chill, a Junior A Tier II ice hockey team based in Onalaska, of the North American Hockey

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Six earn spots at sectionals
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If you go
What: WIAA Division 1 Oconomowoc sectional When: 10 a.m. Saturday Where: Oconomowoc High School Tristan Jenny, ranked No. 15 at 113 pounds, Daniels still needed a win in a wrestleback to take second. Daniels went on to pin Dalton Frakes (Mount Horeb/Barneveld) in 1:59 to finish the day. “It was good to bounce back to get some confidence in me

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Junior Jackson Bryant (152 pounds) gets a takedown in his third-place match against Fort Atkinson’s Sam Healy. Bryant finished third with a 7-2 decision over Healy to advance to sectionals.

Freshman Brandon Daniels is not only excelling in his first year on the Verona Area High School wrestling team, but he is also one of the leaders on the mat this season with a 34-5 record. Daniels, ranked as an honorable mention on wiwrestling. com, continued that success Saturday at the Sun Prairie regional at Sun Prairie High School with a second-place finish and a sectional berth. After dropping the 106-pound finals match to Stoughton’s

ConnectVerona.com before sectionals,” Daniels said. “My expectation now is to make it to state. That has been my goal all year.” Senior Scott Rohlfing (220) and junior Eric Schmid (145) also made finals matches, but neither could come out on top. No. 3 Schmid fell to No. 1 Joe Nelson (Stoughton) in a 6-4 loss, while Rohlfing fell to Brian Wagner (Stoughton) in an

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Girls basketball

Boys basketball

Cats knock off East, move a game back from first place
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Big Eight
Team W L Middleton 15 1 Verona 14 2 Janesville Craig 12 4 La Follette 11 5 Janesville Parker 9 7 Sun Prairie 7 9 Mad. Memorial 5 11 Madison West 4 12 Madison East 2 14 Beloit Memorial 1 15 Croix led Verona with 14 points, while senior forward Lexy Richardson added 12. Junior guard Ebony Nettles-Bey chipped in nine, and sophomore forward Kira Opsal scored seven. Freshman Jada White led Madison East with 14 points. The seeding meetings are this weekend with WIAA brackets expected to be released Sunday night.

Despite both losses coming to Middleton, the Verona Area High School girls basketball still has a shot at the Big Eight Conference title after a 54-39 win Friday. The Wildcats (18-2 overall, 14-2 Big Eight) are now just a game back of Middleton after the Cardinals were upset at Janesville Craig last week. Middleton still has to play Madison La Follette (11-9, 11-5) and Madison Memorial (5-13, 5-11). Verona travels to Madison West (5-14, 4-12) Thursday and Beloit Memorial (4-16, 1-15) next Thursday to close out the regular season. Both games are at 7:30 p.m. Against East, the Wildcats fell behind early but slowly regained control in the second and third quarters to turn a three-point deficit into a nine-point lead. Senior guard Jenni La

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Sophomore guard Cole Schmitz (right) celebrates with senior guard Mitch Flora in the fourth after Flora scored a basket and was fouled Thursday, Feb. 13, against Middleton at Verona Area High School. Schmitz led Verona with 27, while Flora and junior guard Will Kellerman each added 14 in a 67-50 win.

Defense, free throws power Wildcats
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Blackhawk Bowhunters score a Bullseye with Area Archers
Blackhawk Bowhunters hosted a 3D Brush Shoot the weekend of Jan. 25-26, 2014. Close to 100 area archery enthusiasts participated in the event over the two days of competition. Adult Men’s Class 1 Leader was Bob Whaley with a score of 221 followed closely by Chad Worrall with 217. Adult Women’s Class 2 Frontrunner was Angie Crary with a score of 190 followed by Cortney Merry with 184. Kid Classes 3 & 4 were dominated by brothers Kolton Hammer and Kyle Hammer, respectively. Kolton (Class 3) scored 226 followed by second place Ryan Gitzke with a score of 219, while Kyle (Class 4) scored 221 followed by second-place Kaleb Johnston with a 214. The Adult Class 5 was led by Chad Worrall with 222 followed by Joe Maier with 219. For upcoming Blackhawk Bowhunter events and classes visit their website at: blackhawk bowhunters.com.

Henderson makes UW-Whitewater track and field quad
Tyler Henderson, a sophomore sociology major from Madison, Wis., has made the 2014 University of WisconsinWhitewater women’s track and field team.

Defense was the emphasis for the Verona Area High School boys basketball team Thursday, and it showed right away after holding Middleton to just three points in the first quarter. The host Wildcats also got some hot 3-point shooting from sophomore guard Cole Schmitz, who knocked down 4-of-5 in the first half, and Schmitz and the rest of the Wildcats finished strong at the free-throw line in a 67-50 win. “We haven’t been playing good on defense, so that was our main focus coming into the game,” Schmitz said. “That was the best defensive half of the season because we really focused.” Verona (11-10 overall, 8-9 Big Eight Conference) led the Cardinals (10-9, 8-8) by as many as 18 points early in the third quarter, but that lead shrunk to just five in the fourth after a 3-pointer by

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Middleton senior guard Luke Schafer with five minutes to go. Before that, the Wildcats had a couple of fouls, a turnover and a technical foul on head coach Alan Buss that allowed the Cardinals to go on a 12-1 run. Schmitz stopped the bleeding, however, knocking down two free throws, and the Wildcats rode the double bonus the rest of the way. Senior guard Mitch Flora, junior guard Will Kellerman and Schmitz were able to combine to go 18-for-21 from the free-throw line in the fourth quarter. Schmitz, who finished with 27 points, was 7-for-8, while Kellerman (14 points) was 8-for10. Flora (14 points) iced the game with a basket and a foul with 41 seconds to play. He was 3-for-3 from the line in the fourth. “We had really solid games – probably the last four or five for sure – at the free-throw line,” Buss said. “Kids have been knocking them down, and I felt good about it, that if we can get into the bonus early in that fourth quarter we would be in good shape.” The first quarter was all Wildcats as Schmitz led off with three 3-pointers in addition to two free throws by senior forward John Tackett and two baskets by Flora to make it 15-3 after one quarter. Middleton senior guard Derek Rongstad, who had 18 points, knocked down two 3-pointers in the second to cut the lead to 18-9, but Flora came right back with a 3-pointer of his own. Schmitz later added a 3-pointer, and Kellerman made a layup with two seconds left in the first half to make it 30-14. Verona finishes the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against Madison East. Schmitz said the team is

Junior guard Jake Toman is fouled on a drive Thursday, Feb. 13, against Middleton at Verona Area High School.

Cats earn No. 5 seed for WIAA D1 tournament
The seeds were released for the WIAA Division 1 boys basketball brackets Monday, and Verona earned a No. 5 seed and will travel to No. 4 Madison West at 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28. Madison Memorial earned the No. 1 seed and will play the winner of No. 8 Madison East/ No. 9 Watertown. The Wildcats will play the winner of that game at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 1, if they can beat West. Sun Prairie earned the No. 2 seed and will play No. 7 Oconomowoc, and Middleton is No. 3 and will face No. 6 Madison La Follette to finish out the bracket.

feeling confident as they get the line again to hold off the ready for a tournament run. Vikings. Schmitz finished with Verona 66, Parker 59 17 points, while Kellerman The Wildcats traveled to picked up 15. Junior Jake Janesville Parker Saturday Toman added 14, while Tackett Chipped in 13. and picked up a 66-59 win. Parker was led by senior Verona trailed by one heading into the fourth quarter, but forward Cullen Osmond with the Wildcats stepped up at 15 points.


February 20, 2014

The Verona Press


Girls hockey

Lynx share Badger conference crown
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The Middleton girls hockey co-op capped the regular season on a five-game winning streak that culminated with a share of the first Badger Conference title in program history last weekend.

Metro Lynx 4, Badger Thunder 0

season, winning twice before skating to a 3-3 conference tie back on Jan. 16. The winner advances on to face either second-seeded Sun Prairie or seventh-seeded Black River Falls. Middleton defeated Black River Falls twice this season, while splitting with the Cap City Cougars.

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Junior Dakin Coons (195 pounds) grapples with Oregon’s Andrew Nyenhuis in the third-place match at regionals. Coons won the match by injury default to advance to sectionals.

Regionals: Verona doubles sectional qualifiers from last year
Continued from page 13 8-3 decision. Schmid ended up in second, but Rohlfing had to wrestleback for second. Rohlfing couldn’t regain the momentum from his 6-5 win over Sam Presser (Sun Prairie) in the semifinals, however. He ended up in third after dropping the wrestleback in a 12-6 decision to Ethan Foerster (Fort Atkinson). Junior Dakin Coons (195), junior Jackson Bryant (152) and sophomore Trayvonn Johnson (heavyweight) all took third to also make sectionals. Bryant also cruised to a third-place victory. He defeated Sam Healy (Fort Atkinson) 7-2. Bryant’s day began with a 13-6 win over Cody Jensen (Oconomowoc). “I haven’t made it to sectionals before, so it is a good feeling,” Bryant said. “It is a good feeling, especially since I felt like my season was going bad at the beginning. But it has boosted up since then, since BiStates.” Coons needed to knock off Andrew Nyenhuis (Oregon), ranked No. 14, in his third-place match. He jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the second period, and he was given the win after Nyenhuis forfeited with an ankle injury. Coons started the day with a pin over Brett Dunkleberger (Fort Atkinson) in 5:10. “I definitely could have done a lot better in my second match of the day, but I am glad to make it to sectionals,” Coons said. Coons also said it is nice to have a big group going to sectionals as he pushes toward a potential state berth. “Being together as a team is always going to help us wrestle better,” he said. Johnson was the final sectional qualifier with a pin over Josiah Nelson (Stoughton) in 2:32. But as the top seed in the bracket, Johnson had a chance to potentially make the finals. He even grabbed a 4-2 lead in the third period of his semifinals match against Dion Hupke (Fort Atkinson). But a reversal and a near fall ended his chances for a regional title in a 6-4 loss. Co-head coach Bob Wozniak said that despite the setbacks at the end of the day, he likes their chances at sectionals. That is because the seeds will allow early matches with the top wrestlers leaving wrestleback possibilities to make state even with an early loss. “We really like where they are place-wise because it puts them in a good spot in the bracket at the sectional, because several are on the same side as the No. 1 from here and we think the No. 1 from here is the best,” Wozniak said. “If you beat the No. 1, it is great because you are in the finals and will probably not have to do a wrestleback. If you lose to the No. 1 in the semis and go back to third, you are probably going to get a wrestleback for second. “Sometimes when you lose in the finals and have to go to a secondplace match, you are down. And the third-place wrestler has a good chance to win the wrestleback and go to state.” Senior Logan Postweiler (182) nearly made sectionals with a fifthplace finish. Postweiler defeated Nathan Meyer (Oconomowoc) by pin in 1:19 to make a fourth-place wrestleback against Matt Sampson (Oregon). However, Postweiler fell short of sectionals after Sampson pinned him in 3:15. “It was sad for him, but it was a really nice end of his career,” Wozniak said. “He was a great kid and was a team captain for us this year. … If you saw him when he was a freshman, he was pretty immature and was overweight, and he has really matured. “He was close to going to sectionals, and we are sad he didn’t make it. But we are proud of him.” Sophomores Noah Currier (126) and Dominic Sabbarese (160) both finished in sixth place. Verona finished fifth overall with 112 points. Stoughton won the regional with 238. Sectionals begin at 10 a.m. Saturday at Oconomowoc High School.

care of business on the road Thursday, posting a 4-0 victory over the Badger Thunder at Pierce Park in Baraboo. Middleton’s victory gave the Lynx (16-6-2 overall, 8-1-1 Badger Conference) a share of its first conference title in program history, splitting the conference with Sun Prairie (11-10-2, 8-1-1). Senior forward Jordann Herrling scored twice in the win, while Verona junior Taylor Olstad (1G, 1A) and senior Katie Moe also scored. Senior Hunter Kurbel posted 18 saves in the shutout, while Jamie Dutton stopped 40 shots on goal for the Badger Thunder (11-121, 3-6-1). Third-seeded Middleton hosts the Rock County Fury (10-10-2) in WIAA regional semifinal action in Sectional 3 at 8 p.m. Friday. The Metro Lynx played the Fury three times during the regular

Metro Lynx 3, The Metro Lynx took Fox Cities Stars 2 (OT)

Middleton needed overtime to settle Saturday’s regular-season finale against the Fox Cities Stars inside TriCounty Ice Arena in Neenah. Olstad, who had five points over the last three games, scored twice in the 3-2 non-conference win, including the game-winning power-play goal just over two minutes into the eightminute overtime following Nicole Barfknecht’s tripping penalty. Olstad and Herrling helped the Metro Lynx take a quick two-goal lead midway through the second period before sophomore Ally Fox, who had a goal and an assist for the Fox Cities, forced overtime 10:30 into the third period. The Stars (11-9-1) fought back with a late goal in the second. Kurbel stopped 26 shots on goal, while Morgan Talbot turned away 27 for the Stars.

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Seymour, Michuda vault to 1-2
Sammy Seymour and sophomore Mandy Michuda led a 1-2 finish by the Verona/Madison Edgewood gymnastics team on the vault Thursday inside Glacier Edge Elementary. Seymour posted a meetbest 8.625, while Michuda added an 8.60. Still it wasn’t enough as the visiting Madison Memorial Spartans rolled 137.875-132.625. Michuda scored a combined 33.050 to hold off Seymour (32.975) for top allaround honors. No one for the Spartans competed on all four rotations and thus scored as an all-around competitor. The Wildcat/Crusaders added a solid showing on the floor exercise as Seymour (8.475), Kirsten Queoff (8.375) and Michuda (8.30) turned in a 2-3-4 finish behind Memorial’s Caroline Smith (9.175). The Spartans swept the top three spots on the balance beam behind standout Caroline Smith’s 9325. Verona/Madison Edgewood’s top finisher was Seymour who finished fourth with an 8.60. Smith added a 9.375 to

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Hockey: Cats pick up non-conference win against Hartland Arrowhead
Continued from page 13 League next year. “That’s something that happened over the fall and I am very thankful for that,” Parker said. “I still have to make the team, but that gives me an opportunity to go and tryout.” Parker continued, “The USHL would be a great thing for this upcoming year, but I’m just trying to make it to the next level. If that next level is with the Chill or wherever, I’ll just be happy to play beyond high school.” Parker is definitely one of the most talented forwards in the state, playing on Team Wisconsin all four years of high school,Wildcats head coach Joel Marshall said. Also named Mr. Hockey finalists were Notre Dame’s Mason Appleton and Brett Gruber, Ashwaubenon defenseman Matt Berkovitz, Waukesha’s Zed Dietrich, Wisconsin Rapids’ Caleb Schroer, Fond du Lac’s Michael Wilson and Jake Bresser of the defending state champion Eau Claire Memorial Old Abes. The WHCA coaches will vote on the finalists, with the winner to be announced at the POTY / State banquet on March 5. Parker’s former teammates Eddie Matsushima and Zach Jones were Verona finalists the past two seasons. “It’s a huge honor for the program, showing the success we’ve had the past couple years,” Marshall said. “It kind of cycles through individuals, but it shows how consistent we’ve been.” Jones went on to became the first Wildcat player to win the honor last year. “I’m very happy to be mentioned in that same group,” said Parker who moved into a time Jones for the most points in school history (168) last week. “But of course, it’s about the team and having success as a team.” While Parker has been fortunate enough to play with some very talented players who went on to play after high school, Marshall has seen plenty of hard work from the senior over the past four years. “Charlie was easily voted our most dedicated player following last year, which just shows his character,” Marshall said. For Parker all the individual accolades are part of a much bigger picture. “If I happen to have individual success, I am happy about that, but as long as we keep winning games and moving on, it doesn’t matter what happens with individual awards.” Top-seeded Verona, which opens the WIAA regional semifinal round at 7 p.m. Thursday inside the Eagles Nest against ninthseeded Sun Prairie, is shooting for its third-straight state tournament appearance and sixth overall. “Losing in the championship game last year, that’s something we have kept in the back of our mind,” Parker said. “That’s something we don’t like, especially coming off such a big win (over Notre Dame). “We want to make it back to that championship game and win it this time.”

Verona 4, Arrowhead 1
The Wildcats finished out the regular season and the Howard G. Mulett tournament Saturday with a 4-1 win against non-conference Hartland Arrowhead. Parker scored twice and assisted on another, while sophomore goaltender Alex Jones turned aside 13 shots on goal for the Wildcats. Senior goaltender Trevor Macey stopped 24 for Arrowhead (12-9-2).


February 20, 2014

The Verona Press


Sectionals: State tournament begins at 3 p.m. Saturday at UW Natatorium
Continued from page 13 Wisconsin-La Crosse.

Rivals. Teammates. Friends.
Throughout everything, William McGilvray said his son and Wickstrom have developed a wonderful relationship through out this journey. Leading the team in and out of the pool this season, the duo has known and swam for V/MH head coach Bill Wuerger, who also coaches at the Ridgewood Pool in Madison during the summer, from around the age of five or six. Wickstrom took out the 200 free harder than he has all season Saturday, holding the pace until the final turn. Falling back to fourth place in 1 minute, 46.85 seconds “When I was breathing coming down, I was surprised by how much of a lead I had,” Wickstrom said. “I was really happy with my time when I finished, but also a little disappointed because the last time I saw the rest of the competition I was in first and I finished fourth.” Tapered for the state meet, Wickstrom is hopeful he can cut time off his final 50 that was two seconds slower at the end of Saturday’s race. “Hopefully, I can finish stronger and get a little closer to the team record,” he said. Derek Toomey, now at the University of Minnesota, holds the 200 free record in 1:45.09. “It would be cool to be one of the few people in school history to break the 1:46 barrier,” said Wickstrom who is seeded fourth (12th overall) in the second of three heats at state. “Hopefully, my legs don’t give out on me over that last 50 next week.” Freshman Jacob Wellnitz’s 1:49.16 earned him the final spot on the 200 free medal podium. His time was not quite fast enough though as the state cutoff was 1:48.89. Despite finishing sixth overall at sectionals in the 100 free with a lifetime best 49.66, Wickstrom failed to make the qualifying standard of 49.45. McGilvray finished third in the 50 free behind Madison Memorial junior Alex Peterson-Weber (21.8) and Middleton senior Lars Haskins (21.96) with a time of

21.99 seconds. The senior’s time puts him within striking distance of a medal at state as the top seed in the second heat (ninth overall). McGilvray will follow that up after the break at state as the fourth seed in the 100 butterfly as his 52.17 at sectionals led to a team-best second-place finish to former V/MH teammate Ben Gebhart (51.26). “That was more the time I was expecting to see him go at state,” Wuerger said. “It was exciting to see him go that fast here today.” Sophomore Bryce Angaran was the only other individual to advance for the Wildcats, earning the 22nd seed (out of 24) with his lifetime best 56.13 in the 100 backstroke. Angaran placed sixth at sectionals, while senior Adam Francis finished ninth and missed the state cutoff time (56.71). The Wildcats’ 200 free relay of Wellnitz, Angaran, McGilvray and Wickstrom earned the top seed in second heat at state (ninth overall) with a 1:29.30. The quartet finished fourth at sectionals. Verona enters state as the eighth seed in the 400 free relay after McGilvray, Angaran, Welnnitz and Wickstrom posted a thirdplace 3:16.18 at sectionals. “My last three years of high school, we were always that fourth place team,” Wickstrom said. “Memorial is a dynasty and Madison West and Middleton have always been a little faster. “Last year our medley relay could beat any of those schools, but I wasn’t on that relay. So it’s cool being on a relay that can beat one of the big three in our conference.” It was the first time all four members of the relay broke 50 seconds at the same meet. Verona finished the day with 16 out of 18 individual bests, including five season-goal times and two of three season-bests on the relays. “We were hoping that 200 medley relay would have been a little faster, but beyond that, I am pretty happy,” Wuerger said. Junior Jimmy Conway posted a 2:10.8 to take eighth place in the 200 individual medley, He wasn’t close to the state’s 2:03.40 qualifying standard, however. Junior Glen Hook and Will McMillan also met their seasongoal times in the 200 IM.

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Verona’s Erik Wickstrom and Kade McGilvray have been swimming together for the past 14 years. Saturday the seniors will swim their final prep meet together at the WIAA Division 1 state swimming meet. The friends will continue swimming together in college, however, as both have been accepted to the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse.

V/MH’s 200 medley relay quartet of senior Adam Francis, Glen Hook, Conway and Angaran reached the medal podium in sixth place (1:44.31), but were more than two seconds off the state qualifying standard of 1:42.57. Junior Kyle Wolmutt finished fourth at Friday’s diving competition with a score of 313.55, but failed to reach the state meet by two spots as Racine Park junior Dallas O’Haver scored a 340.7. The 90th Annual Wisconsin Interscholastic Athletic Association Boys Swimming and Diving Championships will be held Friday and Saturday, Feb. 21-22, at the Natatorium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison. The Division 2 championships will be held Friday, with the Division 1 championships to follow on Saturday. The Division 1 diving competition is scheduled to begin at 10 a.m. Saturday, with the swimming events to begin at 3 p.m. Madison Memorial won its third consecutive team championship last year and its 13th title overall, claiming the Division 1 championship with 316 points. Madison West finished runner-up with 206 points.

There is just one individual returning to defend the title he won last season. Senior Joe Szczupakiewicz of Muskego won the 500-yard freestyle last season and returns as a favorite to repeat with his qualifying time of 4:38.03, which is the swiftest of all other qualifiers in the event. Szczupakiewicz also has the top qualifying time in the 200 freestyle after placing third in 2013. Senior Jon Roberts of Muskego qualifies as the top returning swimmer in two events. Roberts enters competition with the best time in the 50 freestyle at 21.48 after placing third in the event last season. He finished runner-up last year in the 100 freestyle, and he possesses the thirdfastest qualifying time of 47.27 this season. Senior Andrew Lindstrom of Madison West owns the fastest qualifying time of 46.90 in the 100 freestyle, with senior John Hornacek of Madison Memorial clocked in with the second-fastest time of 47.04 after placing fourth a year ago. Lindstrom returns as the top swimmer back from last year’s state meet in the 200 individual medley, having placed fifth. However, freshman Paul DeLakis of Eau Claire Memorial/North

has qualified with the fastest time in the event with a time of 1:53.65. He also has the best qualifying time in the 100 breaststroke at 57.49. Gebhart of Madison Memorial is among the leading contenders in the 100 fly. He is the event’s top returning finisher after placing fourth last season, and he possesses this year’s top qualifying time of 51.26. Senior Draven Feustel of Neenah enters the diving competition with the top qualifying performance at sectionals with a score of 486.85 after placing eighth last year. The event’s top finisher from 2013, senior August Beck of Franklin, placed sixth a year ago and scored the third-best qualifying mark of 435.35. The relay teams of Madison Memorial will attempt to sweep all three events like they did last year. The 400 freestyle relay attempts to win for the fifth-straight year; the 200 medley relay goes for its fourth-straight championship; and the 200 freestyle relay looks for its third consecutive title. Ticket prices for the meet are $6 and are sold only at the UW Natatorium each day of the competition.

Gymnasts: Verona’s Elizabeth Paul does first floor exercise of the season
and junior Hannah Semmann (8.4) finished third and fourth lead a 1-2 finish by the Spar- overall. Tatum Teskey (8.3) and tans on the uneven bars, while Rachel Samz (7.3) took first sophomore Lexi Alt (8.525) and second on the JV floor Continued from page 15
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exercise. Teskey also added the JV uneven bars title with a 7.15 en route to taking the JV all-around title with a 30.275. In the Wildcat/Crusaders

final dual meet of the season, Paul, who was born with teammate Elizabeth Paul per- Down Syndrome, joined the formed her first exhibition team this season. floor routine during a compe“She was a little nervous, tition. but we had her go last so she could watch the other girls perform first to make her more Looking for a New Tax Professional? comfortable,” V/ME co-head Call now to schedule your appointment for: coach Rachael Hauser said. • 2013 Income tax preparation “She included a tumbling pass Individuals • Businesses • Estates of cartwheel, forward roll, for• Year-around tax planning ward roll; a mixed series of handstand, tuck jump; and a • Experienced tax professionals dance series of leap, straddle ® Dennis Baker, EA, CFP jump and wolf jump.” David Launder, EA, CFP® Everyone stopped to watch, Heidi Schultz, CPA

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Obituaries CAROL M. BICE
the community, including serving on the Edgerton Hospital Capital Foundation Board. In 1998, Carol received the gift of a kidney from her sister Cathy. She dealt with numerous health challenges in recent years, but faced them head on in her indomitable way. Survivors include sisters Cathy Matts of Madison and Cherry Jones (Dick) of Brooklyn; a multitude of Matts cousins, Donald (Rose) Bice of Edgerton, Dan (Jan) Bice of Lake Geneva, and Ken (Pat) Bice of Verona, Catherine Zurbuchen Matts of Verona, Ronald (Vivian) Zurbuchen of Sun Prairie, Shirley Zurbuchen of Verona, Joan Uren (Douglas) of Verona; grandchildren, Curtis Bice of Madison, Marcy Wright (Bobby) of Madison, Ben (Miranda) of Salt Lake City, Brittany BiceUrbach (Clint) of Milwaukee, Kevin of Whitewater, Kinsey of State College, Pa.; and great-grandchildren, Leah Wright and Bridger Bice. A memorial service took place Thursday, Feb. 20, at Central Lutheran Church, 100 West Rollin, in Edgerton. Interment is Saturday, Feb. 22, at Oak Grove Cemetery in La Crosse. Memorials may be made to Central Lutheran Church or the Douglas T. Miller Transplant Fund, c/o UW Transplant Unit, UW Hospital, 600 Highland Ave., Madison, WI 53792. Albrecht Funeral Homes & Cremation Services, Edgerton are assisting the family with arrangements.

businesses. His years at Federal were very happy ones as many of the people he worked with were local friends and family. LaVerne is survived by his son Mark of Sacramento, Calif.; daughter Darcey (Mark Singel) of Elm Grove; and his two beloved granddaughters Laura Singel and Erin Singel. He is also survived by brotherin-law and sister-in-law, Bill and Pauline Durrant, his nephew Greg (Debra) Hageman, and nieces Marcia Durrant and Kim (Jeff) Orwin. Of course, he leaves behind many other dear friends and relatives. He was preceded in death by his parents, wife Pearl, a brother Clarence (Joe) and sister-in-law Betty. A gathering to celebrate LaVerne’s life was held at Salem United Church of Christ, 502 Mark Dr., Verona, on Sunday, Feb. 16, 2014, with a memorial service to follow. Burial will be private. Thank you to all his friends, relatives and neighbors who cared about him over the years. He was a perceptive gentle soul who cherished all his relationships and will leave behind a hole in our hearts. In lieu of flowers, please perform an act of kindness or donation to a charity of your choice. The Becker-Beal Funeral Home of Belleville is serving the family. An online memorial with guestbook is available at bealfuneralhomes.com

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Carol Bice, age 72, passed away on Feb. 14, 2014, at her home. Born to the late William and Vera Matts on Nov. 12, 1941, in Verona, Carol cherished her roots growing up on the family farm, loved teaching in both the classroom and the athletic arena, enjoyed a good joke as much as a good read, and hosted many gatherings where friends and family shared the fruits of her gardens and kitchen. Carol was inducted into the Edgerton Area Athletic Hall of Fame in 1998, following many years participating in and then coaching sports. She graduated from UW-La Crosse in Physical Education in1963 and earned her Masters in 1969. Carol taught P.E. at Edgerton High School from 1963 to 1986, where she met and married the late Richard G. Bice. Their lives revolved around the high school, but they loved retreating to their home and their dogs every day. Following retirement, Carol was an active volunteer at Central Lutheran Church and in

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LaVerne C. Hagemann, age 91, passed away on Feb. 12, 2014, at home in Verona. He was born on April 21, 1922 on the family farm outside of Verona to parents Carl and Anna (Kuehni) Hagemann. LaVerne worked side by side with his father on the farm from an early age and eventually made the farm his own, which he continued to tend in one form or another right up until the time of his passing. On Nov. 20, 1954, LaVerne married Pearl Long in Brooklyn. They assumed ownership of the farm and over the next 60 years farmed it, entertained on it, and made it a wonderful home for their children. LaVerne also worked briefly for Town and Country Ford Tractor in Verona and for many years he was employed by Federal Industries of Belleville. He was proud to have taken part in the manufacture of refrigeration units which found their way to all types of

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A group of 10 Sugar Creek Elementary School third-graders placed in the top 10 in their division in a national vocabulary competition. The competition, called the WordMasters Challenge, involved nearly 150,000 students nationally, according to a press release from Sugar Creek principal Todd Brunner. The students had to become familiar with challenging vocabulary words that are above their grade level and then use those words in analogies expressing various logical relationships. The team competed in the Gold Division, and achieved a team score of 176 out of a possible 200 points in their first of three meets this year. Teacher Jeanette Feifarek coached the students. Students on the team were: Maria Larson, Atticus Marse, Nathan Warner, Makiah Hawk, Allison Prough, Tom Kyle, Photo submitted Albie Luckas, Josh Bradl e y , I a n D o n o v a n a n d From left: Maria Larson, Allison Prough, Emma Zick, Josh Bradley, Atticus Marse, Nathan Warner, Ian Donovan, Nathan Warner, Tom Kyle (Makiah Hawk not pictured) Emma Zick.

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Century Barn, located in Mt. Horeb WI, has two part time Event Staff positions available (www. centurybarn.com). The individuals selected for these positions will provide assistance, organization, coordination, and direction for weddings and other events. Staff members generally alternate weekends. Must be outgoing, able to handle all types of people under various circumstances and situations, make quick decisions, be well organized, pay strong attention to detail, and have reliable transportation. Post High School degree preferred.

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The City of Verona is currently accepting applications for a full-time Public Works Equipment Operator to perform a variety of tasks related to the repair, maintenance, and operation of City of Verona streets, sidewalks, facilities, mechanical equipment and utilities. The position involves the performance of manual labor and the ability to operate heavy equipment including loaders, excavators and patrol trucks with snow plow and wing attachments. Applicants must possess a valid CDL. Starting salary $43,196 annually plus excellent benefits package. For complete position description and to apply go to www.ci.verona.wi.us or contact Public Works Department, 410 Investment Court by March 14, 2014. EOE

The City of Verona is seeking a detail-oriented and dependable individual to join our Finance team. Responsibilities include maintaining asset records, preparing and updating of spreadsheets, preparing journal entries, assisting with annual utility and general audits, and tax collection. A bachelor’s degree in accounting or related field is required. Desired qualifications include experience with spreadsheets, attention to detail, a positive attitude, and the ability to learn new tasks. Some accounting or related experience is preferred. Salary $45,000 to $50,000 DOQ plus excellent benefits package. For complete position description and to apply go to www.ci.verona.wi.us by February 28, 2014. EOE

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February 20, 2014

The Verona Press


School: Committee could consider switching certain grade levels into new buildings
Continued from page 1 charged with three main topics: discussing grade configurations for new schools, evaluating the district’s practice on equalizing students who get free or reduced-price lunches across schools and determining options for the locations of the district’s four charter schools. As Gorrell put it, “any one of those topics … could be a topic for a committee in and of itself.” The committee will attempt to tackle all three over the next year or so, Gorrell told the Verona Press. He anticipated the committee’s creation later this spring, with a break over the summer before school issues ramp up again in the fall. “It’s not something that we have to decide within the next three months, for sure,” Gorrell said, adding that the timeline will also depend on final enrollment numbers for next year, and a higher-than-expected increase could speed that up. He added that the presence of unelected community members likely will bring an outside perspective that some on the board Equalization might not have. Another topic that’s always controversial “We get into our own little way of looking at things, so … they call them blind spots for is redrawing boundary lines for attendance a reason,” he said. “We don’t see them, and areas. And when that must be done again, the for other people it may just be completely district will need to consider ways to even obvious to them.” out socioeconomic disparities. Grade configurations As has been the case for many years, the The committee will first have to decide neighborhoods that have the highest number what grades a new school should comprise, of students getting free or reduced lunches and that decision will likely inform discus- is the northeast section of the district. Currently, that area is carved up creatively to sions about the other topics it has to cover. Elementary schools are facing the most equalize the populations at all of the district’s immediate space crunch, but the middle schools. But it makes the notion that VASD is full schools and high school are likely to follow soon, leaving plenty of options for what of “neighborhood schools,” where students could walk to and from school, a “misnogrades the new schools could include. Gorrell said the decision will come down mer,” Gorrell said. “There are neighborhoods that go to to a balance between age-alike schools, like those currently in the district, with how to schools, but there aren’t necessarily neighborhood schools in the strict sense of it,” he said. best use current and future space. Instead, many students are bused out Other districts in Dane County that have expanded recently have chosen alternative of neighborhoods, which can be split up options to the traditional K-5 elementary, 6-8 middle and 9-12 high school make-ups. In Middleton, for example, the district added fifth-graders to the middle school, opening extra space in the elementary schools with open classrooms that had formerly housed fifth-grade classes and expanding the middle school with referendum money. “The benefit there is instead of building multiple elementary schools, you put maybe more money into a middle school and have that be a larger school,” Gorrell said. In another nearby district, Sun Prairie decided four years ago to have a 10-12 high school, 8-9 “intermediate” level school, 6-7 middle school and K-5 elementary schools to help alleviate space issues related to rapid growth. And in Oregon, Rome Corners Intermediate has hosted grades 5-6 since 2001. Gorrell said he’s even seen changes as low as kindergarten, with some districts creating “kindergarten centers” where all of the district’s kindergarten students go. “It isn’t just necessarily grade configurations at the middle school or high school level, but it’s also the elementary level, too,” he said.

Joining the committee
If you are interested in applying for the Future Schools Committee, visit verona.k12.wi.us and click on the link. If there are more applicants than spaces, superintendent Dean Gorrell said the district would likely hold a “lottery” to choose members. in many ways, with buses often traveling through a neighborhood all morning long on different routes for different schools. “The down side of that …is you literally have neighborhoods where if you live across the street you’re going to a different school and you’re a third-grader,” Gorrell said. But the school board has long favored the equalized approach, Gorrell said, estimating that for the last 25 or so years that’s been the priority, motivated to make sure district schools are representative of the community as a whole. “It serves everybody’s purpose,” he said. “It definitely looks more like our world, and I think that serves everybody well in the long run.” Longtime board member Ken Behnke expressed a similar sentiment at the December meeting, telling the board he would “never be in favor of a plan that would make … the populations more concentrated” and possibly create a situation where one school was looked at as the “economically deprived school.” At the same time, the district has had the same issues with the “achievement gap” that plague many schools around the country. The “gap” is data that shows lower test scores from minority students and those in lower socioeconomic classes than their white or more affluent peers. That issue led some to question the current system at the December meeting and advocate for reaching out to those communities to get their input. “Who’s doing well and who’s not doing

well in our school system?” VASD director of human resources Jason Olson asked. “It’s our lower students, so what do they need?” That’s a big part of why Gorrell hopes to get a diverse group of residents to serve on the committee. “You’re not talking about just the school community, you’re talking about the community as a geographic area, too, as a whole,” he said. “So what impact does it have moving kids out of their neighborhood to another school? I don’t know that. “It’s not just a numbers game.”

Charter school options
The district’s three elementary school charters (New Century School, Core Knowledge and Verona Area International School), have been facing crunches, too, and it’s been keeping their programs from growing. CK and VAIS share space with another school, and NCS is based in an old building, which Gorrell said would be excessively expensive to update. He said all of them have expressed an interest in growing at times over the years, especially CKCS, which shares a building with Badger Ridge Middle School. “The answer to Core Knowledge’s request to expand is ‘no,’” Gorrell said. “It’s been ‘no’ for the last several years because there’s no space there.” So Gorrell said the committee will consider the option of a “charter school building” that could house all three or decide whether being hosted at another site, as they are now, is sustainable. The schools’ fates are also likely tied to the fate of Sugar Creek Elementary School, the district’s “downtown” elementary school, which resides in a 60-year-old building. The decision not to do physical infrastructure upgrades to that building or the 100-year-old adjacent building that houses New Century could play a role in the big picture, Gorrell said. “So do we put money into that?” he said. “Or do we think about tearing that one down and building another one on site? Or not having one downtown?”

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