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Memorial Day
Page 2

Two hotels and a

brew pub filling
up many projects,

Rally aims at
curbing violence
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Judy Christie, front, helped to found the Fitchburg Ukulele Network band, which rehearses weekly.

Band on the FUN

Fitchburg Ukulele Network offers musical joy

They also sing and want to spread smiles with
their music.
It didnt come easily, though. The groups
initial winter practices had sparse attendance.
Thats when Christie presented three monthlong instructional classes. As a result, F.U.N.
jumped to more than a dozen members.
F.U.N. also was boosted by an association
with the Fitchburg Senior Center, which provides rehearsal space and support. The band
practices there from 1 to 2:30p.m. Tuesdays.
It isnt just for seniors, though. The groups
youngest member is 42, a mother of three
who decided she wanted to do something for
herself, Christie said. The oldest member is
in his 80s; most are in their 60s.
Playing the ukulele isnt easy, Christie said.
If youre going to play the ukulele, she
said, you really have to practice it.
F.U.N.s setlist ranges from patriotic
(America, the Beautiful) to Beatles (When
Im 64) to staples (Tiny Bubbles).
For information on joining the group, contact the senior center at 270-4290.
And, of course, the emphasis is on fun.
The name came to us like in a flash of
light, Christie said. I said to everyone,
Fitchburg Ukulele what? And three of us
said, Network.

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One year ago, Fitchburgs Judy Christie

wanted to start a new activity to stay sharp.
She didnt want to play piano and she already
studied a foreign language in college. So she
started playing guitar.
And that didnt work.
The guitar proved cumbersome and the
strings were hard on her fingers. Then someone mentioned learning the ukulele.
I thought, Thats it, Christie said.
She took two ukulele classes at Madison
College and played with a friend, Carol Tyler,
when she decided to form an all-ukulele
After starting slowly last January, the Fitchburg Ukulele Network or F.U.N., an intentional acronym began to grow with more
than a dozen members.
The group has performed publicly twice
in recent weeks and it has another show at
Waterford assisted living Tuesday, June 14.
The latter gig developed through word of
mouth, which pleases Christie that this group
is earning its enjoyable acronym both among
performers and audiences.
Members wear Hawaiian shirts and leis
during performances, such as a May show at
Contact Tom Alesia at
the Fitchburg Senior Center.

Last falls much-publicized massive indoor

sports complex is still
under consideration,
and Fitchburg likely
will have
a Belgian
brew pub
called the
this fall.
Those are among many
noteworthy comments
during an hourlong presentation to about 60
c o m m u n i t y bu s i n e s s
leaders in mid-May and
updated to the Star late
last week by the citys
economic development
director, Michael Zimmerman.
Zimmerman also said
he sees considerable
potential for Uptown
Fitchburg, which has
400 acres of undeveloped
area with Hwy. 14 on the
east, Syene Road to the
west, Clayton Road to
the north and Lacy Road
to the south with easy
access via Hwy. 14/Lacy
Road interchange.
Seventy percent of the
Dane County population
is within a 10-mile radius, he said. Theres not
a spot in Sun Prairie or
Middleton that reaches
that kind of population.

Housing occupies
much of that Uptown
region now. But the city
has much bigger plans in
Everybody keeps asking, When is the commercial (development)
coming? That will follow the housing as the
trade ring and market
demand support it, Zimmerman said. Weve
had preliminary conversations with everybody
from hotel developers
to grocery stores to the
sports complex.
Housing development
planned for the northeast
neighborhood on the east
side of Hwy. 14 will also
help to strengthen the
trade ring demographics, he added.
A city employee for 20
years, Zimmerman said
Fitchburg has become
one of the go-to spots in
Dane County business.
Weve evolved from
a bedroom community
of Madison to a suburban community, and now
were seeing ourselves as
moving towards a more
urban form of development, he said, adding
that people enjoy having
those commercial benefits while still being five
minutes from a farm.
In addition to the
U p t ow n p o t e n t i a l ,
some of the other proposals Zimmerman touted included a 120-room
Sheraton hotel, a Staybridge Suites hotel, new
office buildings near
County Hwy. PD and
McKee, the Sub-Zero/
Wolf expansion and the
brew pub.
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June 10, 2016

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Memorial Day
in Fitchburg
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Fitchburg residents and

nearby community memb e r s m a r ke d M e m o r i a l
Day with an observance
ceremony Monday, May
30 at the Fitchburg Senior
Center. Members of the
Members of the Oregon/
Brooklyn VFW Post 10272
and Brooklyn/Oregon
American Legion Post 160
were in attendance, and
photographer Ida Wyman
served as the events keynote speaker. After the
ceremony, a wreath laying
was held at the nearby Bob
Schley Memorial in Gorman Wayside Park.
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Photos by Kate Newton

Members of the Oregon/Brooklyn VFW Post 10272 perform a volley salute to honor fallen veterans at
the Bob Schley Memorial in Gorman Wayside Park.

On the web
See more photos from Memorial

Mayor Steve
Arnold looks
on as keynote
speaker Ida
Wyman discusses her
respect for
the American
flag as part of
the ceremonys theme,
The Flag and

Oregon/Brooklyn VFW Post 10272 Sergeant-at-Arms Gil Hohnberger (far left) salutes as attendees sing America the Beautiful at the
conclusion of the ceremony.



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June 10, 2016

The Fitchburg Star

Third Fitchburg resident

enters Assembly race
Democratic primary
set for Aug. 9
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Photo by Tom Alesia

Community leaders and residents gathered at the Allied Boys & Girls Club in Fitchburg to emphasize
curbing violence. At the end, everyone formed a circle and were led in prayer by Pastor Alex Gee of
Fountain of Life Covenant Church on May 16.

Allied neighborhood
bonds against violence
Fitchburg finds itself
along border of
tragic situations
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Although three nearby

spring murders occurred in
Madison, police and government officials agree its
not just a Madison problem.
Its a Fitchburg problem,
Its a regional issue.
Its a county-wide issue.
And Fitchburg has not
been immune to violence
or gang activity over the
years, Fitchburg police Lt.
Chad Brecklin told the Star
before area residents and
community leaders spoke at
a crowded press conference
May 16. It takes an entire
community thats willing
to work together to get to
the root causes and bring
about positive, permanent

During the gathering, at

the Boys and Girls Club of
Dane County
near Allied
Drive, officials unveiled
a 15-point
plan to curb
violence in
the wake of
t h e h o m i - Johnson
and Girls
Club CEO
Johnson presented what
he called a
widespread Arnold
solution to
the current problem and to
address future needs.
His plan ranged from
buying back guns to hiring
former gang members as
outreach workers and treating substance abuse.
Get one gun off the
street, Johnson said, and
that may be the one gun that
saves somebodys life.

Politicians, clergy, police

and community representatives spoke at the gathering. Madison Pastor Colier McNair of Zion City
Church wants the community to help neighborhood
residents break from crime.
Quit complaining, he
said, and start training.
Before the meeting,
Fitchburg Mayor Steve
Arnold emphasized how
close to the border of Madison this situation is. One
was several blocks from
Fitchburg, he pointed out.
And the border lines blur
for residents.
Outside Allied Drives
Boys and Girls Club,
Arnold led a visitor between
the cities within three steps.
The clubs parking lot is in
Madison; the building is in
Fitchburg, he said.
The recent troubling situation is a lot of Madison
and Fitchburg, Arnold told
the Star.
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Fitchburg Ald. Tony Hartmann became the citys third

resident to enter the race for
the State
47th District.
The seat is
open after
Robb Kahl
opted not to Hartmann
run after two
Hartmann, a Democrat,
joins previously announced

Democratic candidates,
Fitchburg Ald. Julia Arata-Fratta and
lawyer Jimmy Anderson.
a longtime
environmental worker Arata-Fratta
and advocate,
his candidacy May 16.
He stressed
in campaign
materials that
he wants to
restore education fund- Anderson
ing, maintain
lakes and develop clean-energy jobs.

The district is a stronghold

for Democrats and includes
much of Fitchburg, all of
McFarland and Monona and
parts of Cottage Grove, Madison and town of Dunn.
The primary is Aug. 9. To
be on the ballot, 200 signatures from district residents
had to be provided to state
election officials by June 1.
One other candidate has
entered the race affiliated
with a party called Bernie
Sanders Independent. He is
Adam Dahl, 37, of Madison.
Dahl, an IT specialist, told
the Star that he will be on the
November ballot.
No Republican candidate
filed to run.
Contact Tom Alesia at tom.

City of Fitchburg

New courts set for Wildwood South

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Two new tennis courts will be built

this summer at Wildwood South Park.
Originally built in 1986, Wildwood
Souths two courts have become cracked,
and required repairs in 2007 and 2011.
The Common Council approved the
lowest of three bids $105,000 from
Janesvilles Frank Brothers to handle

the work.
Scott Endl, director of the citys parks,
recreation and urban forestry department, told the Star that the courts will be
completed by late summer.
The new courts are expected to last for
25-30 years.
Wildwood South is on Mutcher Road,
a few blocks south of Lacy Road. It is
one of six city parks providing amenities
to residents with a half-mile radius.

Boys and Girls Club gets $50K donation from city

Fitchburg will continue its funding agreement with the Boys & Girls Club of Dane
County by giving the organization $50,000
this year.
More than 900 Fitchburg residents, children
and adults, were served by one of the clubs
in 2015, according to the Boys & Girls Club

The city funds will allow us to support
more kids and families in Fitchburg, wrote
Karen Gallagher, Boys & Girls Clubs director
of development, to city officials.
Fitchburgs Common Council unanimously
approved the funds at its May 24 meeting.



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June 10, 2016

The Fitchburg Star

Letter to the editor

Resource Conservation Commission

Find a neighborhood Just

that wants a dog park W

I am writing a second
time on this topic, because
I have new information
concerning the location of
a dog park in my immediate neighborhood.
On May 13, a program
named Science Friday
aired the results of the
new study on dog parks
on 970 AM. They wanted to determine how well
dog owners picked up
the feces their dogs left
behind in the dog park
over a years time.
They counted the feces
for one week, then multiplied that number by 52.
In a years time, approximately 32,000 feces were
added to the park.
It happens that our
house and acre are located
directly downwind of the
proposed dog park. When
the nursery owner sprayed

poisons on crops there,

my garden was extensively damaged, and the smell
was strong. When the
chicken barn was cleaned,
the air was so foul you
could not be outside at all.
My goal, in my last
years, is to preserve the
value of my artist husbands hard work: building our home. All of us
in Hillside Heights have
an acre of land, and we
should not be forced to
take on a dog park we
dont want.
But I believe you could
find a Fitchburg neighborhood that would love
to have it or cancel the
Beverly Ryder,
City of Fitchburg

See something wrong?

The Fitchburg Star does not sweep errors under the
rug. If you see something you know or even think is in
error, please contact editor Jim Ferolie at 845-9559 or
at so we can get it right.

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say no to plastic

hen grocery store baggers

first started asking Paper or
Plastic, I wondered which
was better for the environment.
At the time, I researched and found
support for both. I ended up opting for
paper because my household uses paper
bags for other purposes. However, back
then I still used a plastic bag for loose
produce, e.g. bananas, parsley, cilantro,
etc., and never took a bag along when I
did other shopping.
Things have changed. There is more
information on what happens to plastic
when its done being used. Plastic has
many ill effects on the environment,
both in its manufacture and disposal,
and we should reduce our use of it as
much as possible.
Heres why: Most plastic bags are
petroleum-based (PET). Although PET
plastic is recyclable, most plastic bags
are not recycled. Many are left to blow
in the wind and end up littering the
landscape and waterways.
With enough sunlight, this plastic will
break down, but it breaks down into lots
of little pieces of plastic. These little
pieces of plastic are toxic chemicals,
and they end up in the guts of fish and
animals, which are then consumed by
A lot of plastic bags are thrown in
the trash, and those bags end up in a
landfill. Landfills spend a lot of time
and money trying to contain and recover
windblown plastic bags. Plastic bags
(or other plastic) buried in a landfill will
never degrade.
We can make a big difference by
choosing other options, like reusing
bags, avoiding them altogether, and/or
using reusable shopping bags.
Reusable shopping bags are easy to
find; you see them almost everywhere
you go. Some of these bags are made of
cotton canvas; some are even made of
recycled plastic.
They have long handles and generally larger capacity than either the thin
plastic or paper grocery bags, which

means fewer trips to load and unload

your groceries or other purchases. Some
reusable shopping bags fold up into a
self-contained pouch about the size of
a wallet, making it very convenient for
you to take them along whenever and
wherever you shop.
I keep reusable bags in my car and
grab them whenever I go into a store.
I no longer put my loose produce in a
plastic bag. They do just fine without,
but another option is a reusable produce
I also dont put cleaning supplies in
a plastic bag. If the caps are on tightly,
they dont leak. So there is no reason to
put them in a plastic bag.
Some clerks now ask if youd like a
bag for your purchase, and I say kudos
to them! I thank them for asking, but if
Ive forgotten to bring my bag along,
I carry out my purchase without a
bag thats a good incentive for me to
remember the bag next time!
So the next time you go shopping,
think about paper, plastic ... and instead
choose reusable bags (cotton or recycled plastic) and make life easier on
yourself and your planet.
Resist the urge to put produce in a
plastic bag. Resist the urge to put 2-liter
bottles of pop or household cleaners in a
plastic bag.
Of course, forget about putting something already in a plastic bag into another plastic bag just to carry it out to your
car. If someone else is bagging your
groceries and starts to put any of the
above in a plastic bag, thank them and
say no plastic bags.
You can also cut down your use
at home. Plastic bags formerly filled
with yard waste end up in the landfill

Landfills spend a lot of time

and money trying to contain
and recover windblown
plastic bags. Plastic bags (or
other plastic) buried in a
landfill will never degrade.
because they are too contaminated to
recycle. These discarded plastic bags
from Fitchburgs November 2011 yard
waste collection totaled 1,000 pounds.
Since they are buried in a landfill they
will never degrade. Save yourself some
money and compost your yard waste.
If that isnt an option, use reusable
containers (boxes, garbage cans, reusable bags designed for yard waste) or
compostable bags when placing your
yard waste curbside for collection. To
encourage residents to stop using plastic
bags for yard waste, Fitchburg residents
may pick up one reusable yard waste
bag at no charge (additional bags are
$2) at the city clerks counter in City
There are many other areas you can
eliminate plastic bags. Recyclables
placed curbside for collection dont
need to, and actually should not, be
placed in plastic bags. Refuse (garbage)
doesnt necessarily need to be in a plastic bag.
While youre at it, you can work on
reducing your use of plastic in general
bottled water is a great place to start.
Every year, 18 billion pounds of plastic
are discarded into the worlds waters.
Why not challenge yourself and other
household members to see how much
you can reduce your use of plastic bags
and other plastic? And if you must use
plastic, please reuse it, and then recycle
Diane Streck is a member of Fitchburgs Resource Conservation Commission.

Letter to the editor

Consider positives when reflecting on school year

I am always reflective as we round
out the academic year. Its a time filled
with school concerts, programs, sports
banquets and backpacks returning home
full with artwork, writing samples and
the fruits of exploration and discovery.
I know many in the district, including
my family, have concerns about our childrens lives within the VASD, yet, I hope
we can reflect on all the good that is happening within the district.
I am not a perfect parent, my children
are not perfect students, and I know our
district is not perfect. Imperfection is a
human condition. And yet, I am thankful for all the great things that are going
on in our district: dedicated teachers,
staff and administrators; hard-working
students who are learning and growing through their successes and through
their mistakes; and engaged families and
community members voicing concerns
while proactively and respectfully serving as change agents.
I certainly have had complaints, which
Ive attempted to resolve directly with
the schools. When Ive felt the need,

Ive voiced these concerns publicly, and

I thank my friends and family for being
supportive. Let me share some of the
good from my childrens school year:
My daughter was struggling with
math, and her teacher and school aides
identified the needs and enlisted additional support to help her.
My son had an issue at school, and
his teacher, the assistant principal, and
others supported my son and his friend
in resolving the issue (a great growth
My daughter had great musical opportunities at school that helped support
music interests she pursues outside of
My son is exploring social justice topics through reading and writing, and he
is a more empathetic person because of
this study.
I know we have many stories like this
to share.
I also know many within the Verona Area School District are concerned
about several topics, including, but
not limited to: personalized learning,

uniform grading systems, bullying, violence in the schools, opportunities for

advanced and gifted learners, behavior,
restorative justice, nourishing our hungry
students, balancing the academic needs
for a wide range of students, supporting
those with special needs, administrative
transparency, so on and so forth.
I am thankful for administrators,
teachers, staff, students, parents, family
members and all who are collectively
raising our village of students within the
Verona Area School District. I am appreciative of those who, as my Aunt Sharon would say, question authority, and
probe where they think there are harmful or problematic issues. I would like to
encourage members of our community
to keep these discussions and actions
courteous, respectful and mature. It is
through our actions and words that we
set positive examples for our children on
effective discourse.
Laura Olsen,
City of Fitchburg

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June 10, 2016

The Fitchburg Star

Contractor fraud alleged in Oregon

Couple arrested while
living in Fitchburg hotel

County Jail in connection with several fraud cases.

The investigation began in the
Town of Bristol, when a couple
reported being cheated out of hundreds of dollars by a tile contractor
hired from Craigslist, police said.
The customers signed a contract and
paid a 50 percent deposit, then never
heard from the contractors.
Most of the advertising was on
Craigslist or consumer service website Thumbtack, police said, and
the couple traveled in a gray Dodge
Dakota with Texas plates.
French and Venters may have operated businesses under at least eight
different names, including Creative
Custom Tile, Granite Pro Source

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Two operators of a contractor that

allegedly committed fraud in five
communities including Oregon
were arrested in a Fitchburg hotel
May 20, the Dane County Sheriffs
Office reported.
Police said they began working on
the fraud investigation in April and
believe there may be more victims in
the Madison area.
John A. French, 43, and Angela L.
Venters, 39, are being held in Dane

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colorful fun
Rathyatra festival
shows off areas
growing Hindu
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File photo by Scott De Laruelle

Aurodyuti Dutta performs Odissi, a classical temple dance from

India, in front of the chariot in praise of the Almighty. The American
Hindu Associations fifth annual Rathyatra Festival will be held July

Fitchburg restaurant
wont have alligator back

If You Go
What: Fifth Annual Jagannath Rathyatra Festival
When: 9a.m. to 2p.m.,
Saturday, July 9
Where: AHA Shiva
Vishnu Temple, 2138
Fish Hatchery Road,
Info: 234-8634 or visit


Ratha Yatra (Festival

of the Chariots), is one of
Indias most ancient and
popular festivals a sacred
day celebrated by millions
of Hindus all over the world.
And that includes Fitchburgs Hindu community, home to the American
Hindu Associations Shiva
Vishnu Temple. And while
the temple always has its
doors open to the public, the
annual Jagannath Rathyatra
festival presents an opportunity not only for area Hindus
to come together and have
a big celebration, but for
non-Hindus to check it all

Screenshot from Adam Hills-Meyer video

An alligators appearance at a new Fitchburg restaurant turned into

unwanted online publicity.

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A new Fitchburg restaurant, Me & Julio, drew

unexpected attention online
when a 7-second video of
an alligator atop one of its
tables spread quickly on
social media Thursday,
May 26.
Co-owner Michael Shaul
told the Star that no one
was in danger and that two
professional reptile handlers were alongside the
alligator, which remained
on a large corner table.
Shaul said a friend of
one of his business partners
knew the handlers, and the
alligators appearance was
There was nothing in

The main ceremony is a

chariot procession, featuring
the three deities of Jagannath (reincarnation of Lord
Vishnu/Lord Krishna), Balabhadra (elder brother) and
Subhadra (sister). The colorful chariot will be pulled
with large ropes, accompanied by devotional songs,
chanting and the playing
of musical instruments.
Scott De Laruelle

harms way, Shaul said.

The alligator did not move
around the restaurant and
customers enjoyed it.
A restaurant inspector
from Public Health Dane
County issued a notification
to the restaurant that it is
illegal to have any animals
in the dining or bar space.
Me & Julio received no fine
from the incident.
Initially surprised at the
unwanted attention, Shaul
said, It will never be done
Me & Julios, a Tex-Mex
restaurant, opened on Monday, May 23, at 2784 S.
Fish Hatchery Road.
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The Fitchburg Star
Cross-cultural art exchange in Promega showcase Art Cart comes twice in June
June 10, 2016

Opening reception,
symposium Tuesday
A partnership between
artists representing Wisconsin and Japan is the
focal point of Promegas
Summer Art Showcase,
which opens Tuesday.
The showcase, titled
Floating on Waves, features a cross-cultural art
exchange between professional artists from both
places, according to a
news release from Promega. The exhibit will be
open to the public from
8a.m. to 4p.m. Monday
through Friday from June
14 through September 23
at the Promega BioPharmaceutical Technology
Center, 5445 E. Cheryl
Inspired by collaborative exhibitions, personal homestays and shared
travels, Wisconsin and

If You Go
What: Promega Summer Art Showcase presents Floating on Waves
When: 8a.m. to 4p.m.
Monday through Friday
through September 23
(opens June 14)
Where: Promega BioPharmaceutical
Technology Center, 5445 E.
Cheryl Pkwy.
Info: promega-artshow.

Japanese artist friends

will meet to share their
most current contemporary
works, including altered
books, drawings, paintings, printmaking, mixed
m e d i a a n d fi b e r, t h e
release said.
A symposium with
the artists will be held at

3:30p.m. on the exhibits opening day, followed

by a reception from 4:306 : 3 0 p . m . f e a t u r i n g a
musical performance by
Tony Castaneda with Andy
Ewing and Tani Diakite.
According to the release,
the relationships between
the artists began in 2000,
w h e n Wi s c o n s i n Vi s u al Artists of the South
Central Chapter led an
exchange exhibition at
the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Friendships
forged between the artists
at that initial meeting continued as subsequent exhibitions spanning from
Wisconsin to Tokyo were
held, and in 2013, both
Japanese and Wisconsin
artists met again for an
exhibit opening at Tokyos
Bumpodo Gallery. New
artists continue to join the
Artists featured in
F l o a t i n g o n Wa v e s
include Kanako Akiyama,

Bonnie de Arteaga, Pat

Filzen, Minoru Ishihara,
Nanami Ishihara, Kimiko Kamijo, Kenji Kato,
Shizue Kido, Sohee Kim,
Yuji Kobayashi, Lee Mothes, Kohji Ohsono, Katherine Steichen Rosing, Tori
Tasch, Kazuyuki Terada
and Rita Yanny.
Promega Corporation
has hosted an artists showcase for two decades in an
effort to promote creativity
and innovation in the arts.
Floating on Waves is
curated and produced by
Daniel Swadener in conjunction with Promega.
Groups larger than 10
can visit the exhibit by
appointment only, and can
make reservations by calling 277-2669.
For information on
Floating on Waves and
future art showcases, visit
Kate Newton

The art cart is rolling through Dane County

again, with two stops in
Fitchburg in June.
Wi t h ex p e r t i n s t r u c tion through the Madison
Museum of Contemporary Art and the Madison
School and Community
Recreation, the Art Cart
and Art Cart EXTRA! programs offer children ages
3 and above a variety of
opportunities for creative
expressions outdoors.
Art Cart will be held
from 1-4p.m. Thursday,
June 16, at Aldo Leopold
Elementary School. Art
Cart EXTRA! will be held
from 2-4p.m. Saturday,
June 25, at McKee Farms
Participants can work
on projects such as relief
printmaking, art journals
and found-object sculptures.
Families are invited to
d r o p i n , bu t o rga n i z e d
summer camps and other

If You Go
What: Art Cart
When: 1-4
p.m. Thursday, June 16
Where: Aldo Leopold Elementary School, 2602
Post Road
Info: 204-3021
What: Art Cart EXTRA!
When: 2-4p.m. Saturday,
June 25
Where: McKee Farms
Park, 2930 Chapel Valley
Info: 204-3021

childcare programs must

pre-register for weekday
sessions by calling 2043021. All children should
be accompanied by a
supervising adult.

Calendar of Events
Friday, June 10

Exercise Your Mind Read! summer reading program begins, library,

10:15-10:45 a.m., Ready, Set,
Read! storytime and magic show,
library, 729-1760
1-3 p.m., Drop-In Crafts, library, 7291760

Saturday, June 11

9 a.m. to 5 p.m., FirstEnergy

All-American Soap Box Derby, 2625
Research Park Dr.,
10:30-11:30 a.m., Ballet 101 (ages
3-7), library, 729-1760
1-3 p.m., LEGOs at the Library (ages
5-12), library, 729-1760
3 p.m. (check-in begins at 1 p.m.),
Crohns and Colitis Madison Walk,
McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road, (414) 475-5520

1-4 p.m., Art Cart (pre-register), Leopold School, 204-3021

3-6 p.m., Strawberry Fest, Fitchburg
Farmers Market, 5511 East Cheryl
Pkwy., 277-2592
6-6:30 p.m., Guys Read: Funny
Business by Jon Scieszka (ages
9-12), library, 729-1760

Friday, June 17

Noon to 5 p.m., Friends of Fitchburg

Library book sale, library, 271-0582
12:45 p.m., Star Wars: The Force
Awakens (136 min.), senior center,
4-5 p.m., Tween Chefs (ages 9-12;
registration required), library, 729-1762

Saturday, June 18

10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friends of Fitchburg Library book sale, library, 2710582

2-3:40 p.m., Kids Movie: Open
Season: Scared Silly (PG, 79 min.),
library, 729-1762

6:30-8 p.m., Dead Presidents presentation with author Brady Carlson, library,

Thursday, June 23

1:30 p.m., I Love a Mystery Book Club:

Girl Waits With Gun by Amy Stewart,
senior center, 270-4290
3-6 p.m, Fitchburg Farmers Market
open, Agora Pavilion, 5511 E. Cheryl
6 p.m., Financial presentation with
Thrivent (registration required), senior
center, 345-3496
6-7 p.m., Stop motion animation drop-in
session, library, 729-1762

Friday, June 24

11 a.m. to noon, Book Boogie (ages

1-3), library, 729-1760
4-5 p.m., Do It Yourself Spa Day (ages
9-12), library, 729-1760

7:30-9 p.m., An Evening of Laughter

($18), VAHS PAC,

Sunday, July 3

9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fitchburg Flea Market,

McGaw Park, 5236 Lacy Road, 338-4223

Tuesday, July 5

11-11:30 a.m., Lapsit Storytime (ages

0-2), library, 729-1760
1:30-3 p.m., Drop-In Science Lab (ages
5-12), library, 729-1760

Wednesday, July 6

10-11 a.m., Toddler Art class (ages 1-3),

library, 729-1760
6-7 p.m., Book Buddies reading group
(ages 5-8), library, 729-1760

Thursday, July 7

11 a.m. to noon, Crafternoon book

group, library, 729-1760
1-1:25 p.m., Bouncing Babies storytime,
library, 729-1760
Saturday, June 25
Sunday, June 12
3-6 p.m, Fitchburg Farmers Market
10:30-11:30 a.m., Family Fitness Chal 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fitchburg Flea Maropen, Agora Pavilion, 5511 E. Cheryl
lenge, library, 729-1760
ket, McGaw Park, 5236 Lacy Road,
Sunday, July 19
2-4 p.m., Art Cart EXTRA! (pre-register), Pkwy.
9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fitchburg Flea Mar- McKee Farms Park, 204-3021
Friday, July 8
ket, McGaw Park, 5236 Lacy Road,
Monday, June 13

Itty Bitty Hip Hop class
Monday, June 27
9:30-10 a.m., Preschool Storytime
9:30-10 a.m., Preschool Storytime (ages
(ages 2-5), library, 729-1760

Martial Arts class
Monday, June 20
2-5), library, 729-1760
11-11:30 a.m., Preschool Storytime
(ages 5-12),
9:30-10 a.m., Preschool Storytime
11-11:30 a.m., Preschool Storytime
(ages 2-5), library, 729-1760
library, 729-1760
(ages 2-5), library, 729-1760
(ages 2-5), library, 729-1760
2-4 p.m. Lights, Camera, Action
11-11:30 a.m., Preschool Storytime
Saturday, July 9
7-8 p.m., YouTube workshop, library,
sound effects workshop (ages 7-12;
(ages 2-5), library, 729-1760

1 p.m., Golf outing to benregistration required), library, 729-1762 2-4 p.m. Lights, Camera, Action
Warrior Project ($40;
Tuesday, June 28
7-8 p.m., Buying and Selling Online stop motion animation workshop (ages
registration required), Nine Springs Golf
workshop, library, 729-1760
11-11:30 a.m., Lapsit Storytime (ages
7-12; registration required), library,
Course, 2201 Traceway Drive, 358-2430
0-2), library, 729-1760
Tuesday, June 14
Sunday, July 10
2 p.m., Active Womens Group (social
10:30 a.m., Next Steps: Reinventing 6 p.m., Concerts at McKee featuring hour 1-2 p.m.), senior center, fitchburgse- 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fitchburg Flea Market,
the Dead Horses, McKee Farms Park,
Your Life in Retirement discussion
McGaw Park, 5236 Lacy Road, 338-4223
2930 Chapel Valley Road, facebook.
one (registration recommended),

Monday, July 11
senior center, 270-4290
Steve, library, 729-1760
9:30-10 a.m., Preschool Storytime (ages
11-11:30 a.m., Lapsit Storytime (ages 7-8 p.m., YouTube workshop, library,
5-7 pm., Filming a Commercial work729-1760
2-5), library, 729-1760
0-2), library, 729-1760
shop (ages 13-17), library, 729-1760
10 a.m. to noon, Voter ID information
2 p.m., Mens Group, senior center,
Tuesday, June 21
7:30 p.m., Common Council meeting,
and voter registration, library, 729-1760
11-11:30 a.m., Lapsit Storytime (ages City Hall council chambers
11-11:30 a.m., Preschool Storytime
2-3 p.m., Science Alliance, library,
0-2), library, 729-1760
(ages 2-5), library, 729-1760

2 p.m., Learning Annex with Cross 5-6 p.m., Foley Sound Effects class
3:30-6:30 p.m., Floating on Waves
ing the Driftless author Lynne Diebel, 10-11 a.m., Birthday Storytime (ages
(ages 13-17; registration encouraged),
art showcase symposium and opening senior center, 270-4290
2-5), library, 729-1760
library, 729-1762
reception, Promega BioPharmaceutical 5 p.m., Couples Dinners Group
10:30 a.m., Record Over-The-Air TV
Technology Center, 5445 E. Cheryl
(RSVP required), Me and Julios, 2784 demonstration (registration required),
Tuesday, July 12
senior center, 270-4290
Fish Hatchery Road, 467-3990

Next Steps: Reinventing
7:30 p.m., Common Council meeting, 5-6:30 p.m., READ to a Dog (grades 6-7 p.m., Pajama Storytime (ages 2-5),
discussion two
City Hall council chambers
K-5; registration required), library, 729- library, 729-1760
(registration recommended), senior cen1762
ter, 270-4290
Wednesday, June 15
Thursday, June 30
5-7 p.m., Stop motion animation
10-11 a.m., Wednesday Book Dis 10-11 a.m., Messy Storytime (ages 1-3), 11-11:30 a.m., Lapsit Storytime (ages
workshop, library, 729-1762
0-2), library, 729-1760
cussion: Lets Pretend This Never
library, 729-1760
7 p.m., Plan Commission meeting,
Happened by Jenny Lawson, library,
11 a.m. to noon, Cookbook Club: Dairy
Wednesday, July 13
City Hall council chambers
Month, library, 729-1760

Build It! (ages 2-5), library,
10-11 a.m., Toddler Art (ages 1-3),
3-6 p.m, Fitchburg Farmers Market
Wednesday, June 22
library, 729-1760
open, Agora Pavilion, 5511 E. Cheryl
10:30-11 a.m., Toddler Dance Party
Thursday, July 14
7-7:45 p.m., Mother Daughter Book
(ages 1-3), library, 729-1762
Club: The Thing About Jellyfish by Ali 1 p.m., Social Networks: What You

Yoga Storytime (ages
5-7 p.m., Commercial editing workshop,
Benjamin, library, 729-1760
Need to Know workshop (registration
3-6 p.m, Fitchburg Farmers Market
required), senior center, 270-4290
Thursday, June 16
Saturday, July 2
open, Agora Pavilion, 5511 E. Cheryl
6-7 p.m., Fine Art Card Making (ages
1-1:30 p.m., Bouncing Babies story 1-3 p.m., LEGOs at the Library (ages
time, library, 729-1760
5-12), library, 729-1760

June 10, 2016

The Fitchburg Star

Cyberwise event to promote online safety for kids, teens

Parents can get a crash course in cyber
safety during a CyberWise course lead
by former Naval Criminal Investigative
Service agent Heather Ryan Thursday.
The event, presented by the Junior
League of Madison, will be held from
10-11:30a.m. Thursday in the Promega BioPharmaceutical Technology Center, 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy. The aim of the
course is to explore issues of safety many
parents confront as their child inevitably
begins to spend time online, confronting

issues like cyber predators, cyber crime in

the area, and potential dangers as well
as safeguards to be aware of.
Ryan served as an NCIS agent for 14
years, investigating felonies ranging from
rape and child abuse to homicide.
For 14 years, Special Agent Ryan
investigated felonies ranging from rape
and child abuse to homicide and espionage, according to a description of
the event on the Junior League website. After having conducted hundreds

of interrogations, she now spills the bad

guys secrets about how they choose their
The event is free and open to the public; donations to benefit area women and
children will be accepted at the door. To
register, visit
Kate Newton

If You Go
What: CyberWise: What Parents Need to
Know to Keep Kids Safe Online
When: 10-11:30a.m. Thursday, June 16
Where: Promega BioPharmaceutical Technology Center, 5445 E. Cheryl Pkwy.

Coming Up
Summer reading
The Fitchburg Public Librarys
sports and fitness-themed summer
reading program Ready, Set,
Read! will feature fitness programs and various activities during
the summer months.
The program begins with a
performance by Magic Mark at
11 a.m. Friday, June 10 in the
librarys Storytime Room. Before
that, an all-ages Ready, Set
Read! storytime will be from
10:15-10:45 a.m.
For information, visit

Soap box derby

Fitchburg kids and teens will
participate in a Soap Box Derby
race from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, June 11 at 2625 Research
Park Drive.
Race winners will automatically qualify for the 79th annual
All-American Soap Box Derby
Championship in Akron, Ohio
on July 16. Participants build a
gravity-powered car from a kit;
the cars can reach speeds up to
30 miles per hour, and must pass
a pre-race safety and construction
inspection. The Fitchburg race will
also feature a super kids division
for mentally and physically disabled children, who will race in
a two-person car with an experienced driver.
For information, visit

Ballet 101
Instructor Miss Nicole will teach
young dancers ages 3-7 how to plie,
releve and saute during a Ballet 101
class from 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 11 at the library.
For information, call 729-1760.

Film workshops
Join FacTv at the library for
film-related workshops as part of the
Lights, Camera, Action series.
Learn how to add sound effects to
film using everyday noises from 2-4
p.m. Monday, June 13 and 5-6 p.m.
Monday, July 11 (ages 13-17); create the illusion of movement using
stop motion animation from 2-4
p.m. Monday, June 20; and find out
more about cinematography from
2-4 p.m. Monday, June 27. Teens
13-17 can also learn how to film a
commercial from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday,
June 28.
The workshops, with the exception of the sound effects workshop
on July 11 and commercial workshop, are geared for children ages
7-12. Space is limited and registration is required.
For information or to register, call

Online workshops
The library will host a series of
online workshops during the month
of June.
Learn about a variety of websites
you can use to buy or sell items
online from 7-8 p.m. Monday, June
13 at the library. The workshops will
cover Etsy, Craigslist, and eBay.
Discuss channels, subscriptions
and more during a YouTube class
from 7-8 p.m. Monday, June 20, and
learn how to access, place holds and
check out eBooks using the Wisconsin Digital Library during a class

from 7-8 p.m. Monday, June 27.

For information, call 729-1760.

Retirement next steps

Canoe trip presentation

Visit the senior center for Learning Annex with author Lynne Diebel
at 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 21.
Diebel, a Stoughton resident and
author of Crossing the Driftless,
will discuss her 359-mile canoe trip
through the Driftless region of Wisconsin, following the traditions of
the French voyageurs and Native
For information, call 270-4290.

The Retiree Rebels will return to

the senior center for three discussions on Next Steps: Reinventing
Your Life in Retirement at 10:30
a.m. Tuesdays, June 14, July 12 and
August 9.
Over the three discussions, Carol
Larson and Mary Helen Conroy will
explore the topic, What are the next
steps in your reinvention? Partic- Stop motion animation
ipants can come to one or all three
Attend a stop motion animation
gatherings; registration is recomworkshop
from 5-7 p.m. Tuesday,
For information or to register, call June 21 at the library.
The Fitchburg library is participat270-4290.
ing in a Teen Book Trailer contest
Science Alliance
for teens ages 13-17. This contest
Learn about the human body challenges teens to use stop motion
during Science Alliance from 2-3 animation to make a book trailer
p.m. Tuesday, June 14 at the library. about a book that has impacted their
Attendees can discover more lives.
A follow-up drop-in lab will be
about exercise, the Food Plate and
available on from 6-7 p.m. Thurseating the rainbow.
day, June 23 for teens to finish their
For information, 729-1760.
trailers (they may also work on them
Strawberry Fest
on their personal devices at home).
For information, call 729The Fitchburg Center Farmers
Market, located in the Agora Pavil- 1762 or email jamie.hernandez@
ion at 5511 E. Cheryl Pkwy., will
host the annual Strawberry Fest Social networks
from 3-6 p.m. Thursday, June 16.
Learn more about the most popThere will be strawberry-themed
offerings from vendors, strawberry ular social networks, what they do
sundaes from the Fitchburg Lions and how to use them during Social
Club and live Celtic music. The Networks: What You Need to
event is sponsored by Promega Cor- Know at 1 p.m. Wednesday, June
22 at the senior center.
This workshop will cover promFor information, visit fitchburginent social networks, including
Facebook, Twitter, Snapchat, and
Book sale
Google+. Dave St. Amant from
The Friends of the Fitchburg Community PC, LLC will lead the
Library will host a book sale presentation. St. Amant has been
from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, June recognized as an important contrib17 and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. utor to the Internet from its earliest
days in the 1990s. Registration is
Saturday, June 18 at the library.
There will be a wide variety of required for this program.
For information or to register, call
books at low prices, with 25-cent
young adult books. Proceeds will
support library programming.
History program
For information, email fofl@
Attend a presentation from author
Brady Carlson from 6:30-8 p.m.
Tween Chefs
Wednesday, June 22 at the library.
Carlson will discuss his book,
Expand your culinary reperDead
Presidents: An Ameritoire during a Tween Chefs
Into the Strange
program from 4-5 p.m. Friday,
June 17 and Friday, July 15 at the
A queslibrary.
Learn new cooking and gar- tion-and-answer session and book
nishing techniques and sample signing will follow. The event is
your creations. The workshops sponsored by the Friends of the
are open to tweens ages 9-12; Fitchburg Library.
For information, call 729-1760.
registration begins June 15 for
the second session. For informa- Financial presentation
tion or to register, call 729-1762.
Thrivent Financial will hold a
Concerts at McKee
presentation on Social Security and
Concerts at McKee returns for retirement at 6 p.m. Thursday, June
three summer concerts Mondays, 23 at the senior center.
The seminar will be hosted by
June 20, July 18 and August 15 at
financial representatives
McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel
and Adam Schinke;
Valley Road.
be served. RegisBring a picnic and a bottle of
wine, or have dinner and drinks
For information or to register,
at one of the many available food
Jan at 345-3496 or email
carts and brew carts. Food and
drink carts open at 6 p.m., along
with Madison Music Foundry DIY spa day
youth bands. Headliners begin at
Visit the library for a Do It Your7 p.m., and this years acts are the
Dead Horses, The People Brothers self Spa Day from 4-5 p.m. Friday,
June 24.
Band and Grupo Candela.
Relax while learning to make
For information, visit facebook.
homemade chapstick, face scrub
and cucumber eye pads; the event is

geared towards ages 9-12.

For information, call 729-1760.

Fitness challenge
Participate in a Family Fitness
Challenge from 10:30-11:30 a.m.
Saturday, June 25 at the library.
Bring the family and participate
in a morning of brain and bod challenges, from bowling to obstacles
to word puzzles and dancing. This
event is recommended for ages 5-12,
but younger siblings are welcome.
For information, call 729-1760.

For information, call 729-1760.

Preschool hip hop

Join instructor Ms. Lizzy for an
Itty Bitty Hip Hop class from
11-11:30 a.m. Friday, July 8 at the
Kids will learn basic moves and a
mini-routine to Happy by Pharrell
Williams. This event is recommended for ages 2-5.
For information, call 729-1760.

Martial arts class

Join the library to celebrate its

fifth birthday during a Birthday Storytime from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday,
June 29.
Participants will listen to stories,
sing Happy Birthday to the library
and make birthday crafts. This event
is recommended for ages 2-5.
For information, call 729-1760.

Join the Young Warriors from the

Iron Pagoda Athletic Club to explore
traditional Chinese Martial Arts
from 2-2:45 p.m. Friday, July 8 at
the library.
This basic class, held in the
upstairs meeting room, is meant to
inspire passion for martial arts for
children ages 5-12. No registration
is required.
For information, call 729-1760.

TV recording workshop

Golf outing

Birthday storytime

Visit the senior center as David

Hill gives a hands-on demonstration
of his Channel Master recorder at
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 29.
Learn how the Channel Master hard drive allows Hill to record
all the over-the-air TV programs
in high definition. Registration is
required. For information or to register, call 270-4290.

People will have a chance to work

on their golf swing and help wounded veterans at the same time during
Nine Springs Golf Courses outing
to benefit the Wounded Warrior
Project at 10 a.m. Saturday, July 9,
at 221 Traceway Drive.
The cost is $40 for nine holes of
golf, Firehouse subs and beer from
the Great Dane for lunch.
For information, contact Tom
Cookbook Club
Brooke at 358-2430 or email
The librarys Cookbook Club will
honor Wisconsins great dairy farming tradition from 11 a.m. to noon Voter registration
Thursday, June 30.
Make sure youre prepared on
Make your favorite dish using Election Day by attending a voter ID
dairy products, and bring it plus the information and voter registration
recipe to the meeting. Attendees will session from 10 a.m. to noon Monsample all the dishes and the library day, July 11 at the library.
will provide beverages and utensils.
The Fitchburg city clerks staff
For information, call 729-1760.
will be in attendance, and will have
information on the new state Voter
Commercial editing
ID Law. They will be checking IDs
Learn how to edit a commercial to see if they are acceptable with the
from 5-7 p.m. Thursday, June 30 at new law, and will take voter registrations. Attendees will need an acceptthe library.
Participants will meet in the able form of proof of residence to
teen room at the library, then walk register to vote.
For information, call 729-1760.
across the parking lot to City Hall
for the workshop. FACTv will show
attendees how to use their editing Yoga Storytime
equipment before piecing together
Bring your little yogis to the
a commercial using footage from library for a morning of peaceful
the filming program on June 28. The stories and gentle movement during
program is geared for ages 13-17.
Yoga Storytime from 10-11 a.m.
For information, call 729-1760.
Thursday, July 14.
This event is recommended for
Toddler art
ages 2-5 and their parents or careKids ages 1-3 can explore and givers.
For information, call 729-1760.
play with art materials during Toddler Art from 10-11 a.m. WednesImprov comedy
days, July 6 and 20.
Art activities will help children
The library will host a Guys in
master fine-motor skills and help Ties: Improv Comedy show from
them learn about cause and effect 6:30-9 p.m. Friday, July 15.
as they make changes and a lot
Guys in Ties Improv Comedy is
of mess in materials. Smocks or family-friendly entertainment for
messy clothes are recommended. ages 8 and up. The cost to attend
No registration is required.
is $15 for pre-registration and $20
For information, call 729-1760.
at the door; Great Dane Brewerys
cash bar and snacks will be available
Book Buddies
before the show and during interReaders ages 5-8 can strengthen mission. Doors open at 6:30 p.m.,
their skills in the summer months and the show begins at 7. Seating is
with the librarys Book Bud- limited, and pre-registration is availdies reading group from 6-7 p.m. able at This event is sponsored
Wednesday, July 6.
Participants will read books aloud, by the library and Friends of Fitchand can also partake in snacks and burg Library; proceeds will benefit
games. Parents and caregivers are library programming.
For information, email fofl@
encouraged to drop off participants
and spend a quiet hour at the library.

June 10, 2016

The Fitchburg Star

Fitchburg Days
McKee Farms Park hosted thousands of people last month for the annual Fitchburg Days festival. The
event, which includes a carnival, kids activities, music and food, began Friday, May 20, and ended
Sunday, May 22, with a performance by The Nylons as part of the groups farewell tour. Above, Evie
Nestell, 2, of Fitchburg, picks out a winning duck at a carnival game.

Photos by Scott Girard

On the web
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Alexis Cox, 8, left, of Marshall, and Adeline Jahnke, 4, of Madison, feel the wind rushing against them on the swings ride.

An evening
of laughter
Comedians to raise
money for BPNN
July 2
Comedy stars James P.
Connolly and Rob Brackenridge will come to
Verona Area High School
on Saturday, July 2, to
perform live to benefit the
Badger Prairie Needs Network.
PG-13 show
will be held
from 7:309p.m. at the
Arts Center.
Connolly Connolly
and Brackenridge
h ave b e e n f r i e n d s f o r
20 years doing stand-up
comedy in Los Angeles,
but they bonded over their
Wisconsin family ties.
Connollys wifes family (related to Verona
resident and BPNN volunteer Judy Dettwiler) is
from the Madison area,
and they come back each
summer for about a month
to give their son a real
Wisconsin family exper i e n c e . B r a c ke n r i d g e
grew up in Appleton, and
m a ke s m e n t i o n o f h i s
home state a lot in his act.
The friends decided to
put on this show to help

If You Go
What: Evening of Laughter
When: 7:30-9p.m. Saturday, July 2
Where: Verona Area
High School Performing
Arts Center, 300 Richard
Tickets: $18

Russell Lynch, 4, of Madison, peers out of the trains engine to see

whats ahead.

Festa Italia
Dozens from Fitchburg and surrounding communities embraced
Italian culture and heritage during
the Italian Workmens Clubs
annual Festa Italia celebration,
held in McKee Farms Park June
3-5. The chance to partake in
Italian fare from local vendors,
watching live music and dancing and participate in a bocce
tournament or the ever-popular
pasta-eating contest proved for a
festive weekend for Italians and
honorary Italians alike.
At left, Tommy Hannigan, of Madison, looks to the audience for
encouragement as he attempts to
finish his bowl of pasta.
Photos by Kate Newton

On the web
See more photos from Festa Italia:
Ti c ke t s c a n b e p u rchased in advance online
The 100
VIP seats
are $25,
and general
tickets, also
available at
S t . J a m e s Brackenridge
Church and
at the door, are $18.
All proceeds will benefit BPNN, which is an
all-volunteer nonprofit
dedicated to ending hunger and addressing the
root causes of generational poverty.
For information, visit

Biagio Scalissi, 10, of Monona, Evan Crouthamel, 10, of Fall River, Francesco Schiro, 17, of Madison, and Jerry Trevathan of Cross Plains
listen closely to instructions before the pasta eating contest begins.

Verona schools

June 10, 2016

The Fitchburg Star

TIF will fund iPads for all this fall

Board OKs $2.6
million lease of
5,865 devices
Unified Newspaper Group

Photo by Scott Girard

Verona Area High School Class of 2016 students Brooke Felsheim,

left, and Allissa Woodman will be wearing silver cords as they cross
the stage at graduation. The pair served as student council coordinators of the volunteer recognition program in its first year.

Satisfying silver
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Verona Area High School

students have helped out
community organizations
for years.
Now, as they graduate,
those who accrued 100 volunteer hours or more this
year will be recognized
for their efforts with a silver cord to wear over their
This Sundays ceremony,
set for 3p.m. at Epics Voyager Hall, will be the first to
feature the silver cords.
Of the 411 students in the
Class of 2016, 38 with
4,400 hours among them
will wear the cord across
the stage. For its first year,
thats great, senior coordinators Brooke Felsheim and
Allissa Woodman said, and
they hope it can grow in the
future as it becomes more
(The program) wasnt
really known at all, Woodman said. A lot of people
I know have a lot of volunteer hours and didnt know
about it.
This years graduates
needed 100 hours in their
senior year to receive the
cord, but in the future students will need 100 hours in
both their junior and senior
years. Adviser Sarah Domres added that students will
have to demonstrate ongoing service in at least four
different activities.
Opportunities for volunteering included Second
Harvest Food Bank, the
Call an Elf program and
the schools Childrens Carnival, among other community groups.
Felsheim, who along with
Woodman will be among
those wearing the cords
Sunday, credited the Class
of 2015 with creating the
initiative that allows the
school to recognize more
than just academics at graduation at the end of last
Its great that people in
NHS (National Honor Society) and highest honors get
recognized but the silver
cord recognizes the people
who are doing more in their
community and really making an impact on the lives
of those around them, she

If You Go
What: Class of 2016 graduation
When: 3
p.m. Sunday,
June 12
Where: Epicenter, Voyager Hall
Graduates: 411
Song: Good Riddance
(Time of Your Life) by
Green Day
Flower: Lavender
Quote: In the end, its not
the years in your life that
count. Its the life in your
years. Abraham Lincoln

E v e r y Ve r o n a A r e a
School District student will
have an iPad starting this
The school board unanimously approved a fouryear lease agreement June
6 that will use nearly $2.6
million of the expected
$11.2 million from the
closeout of the Epic tax-increment financing district
to accelerate the timeline
for getting students to a
1-to-1 student-to-device
Director of technology
Betty Wottreng said Tuesday it is amazing that
were at this place.
Im almost speechless,
Im so happy, Wottreng
told the Press. This is
something weve talked
about for a long time.
A letter sent to district
staff June 7 to explain the
purchase said the money

will be paid on or before

June 1, 2017, to Apple,
which is leasing the devices.
The lease includes 5,770
iPad Air 2s with 64 GB
memory each, a case for all
of them, and 95 additional Macbook Air laptops to
offer more teachers a laptop, though some will also
replace old devices and
other teachers will still be
without one.
Last year, the district
entered a four-year lease
agreement for iPads that
offered most students in
grades four through 10 an
iPad. Those devices will
be resold, with the district
hoping to get in the ballpark of $600,000, superintendent Dean Gorrell
The board discussed
the agreement in closed
session during Mondays
meeting and approved it
after returning to open session.
The staff and Board are
very excited to be able to
provide this technology to
our students and their families, the letter told staff.
With the guidance of our

expertly trained and dedicated staff, our students

will encounter learning
experiences never before
realized in the Verona Area
School District.
The district began discussing the one-to-one
devices during the 201415 school year, when it
became increasingly clear
students had more or less
access to a device depending on what school they
attended. With the districts
focus on equity for all students, that became a problem.
Administrators advocated for treating the cost of
devices as a utility, like
electricity or water.
That will ultimately be
the goal and this agreement buys the district four
years to make that happen,
Gorrell said.
Thisll jump start this
and position us so that in
four years we will have
built in a line item over
time to take the place of
the one-time money, he
said. It was like, Gosh,
this looks like Mount Everest to climb in one budget

Some, including business

manager consultant Chris
Murphy, were skeptical of
using one-time money for
the purchase at past meetings. Murphy acknowledged, however, that the
TIF closeout might be a
special case, as its a larger sum of one-time money
than taking some out of the
districts fund balance, for
In the letter to staff,
Gorrell expanded on additional benefits of the lease,
including that it standardizes the devices in the district, which will help with
service and accessing similar applications. Through
this year, some middle and
elementary school students
had Google Chromebooks.
It sure makes professional development easier
when were on the same
platform and we have the
same capabilities, Wottreng said. Its taking
away a lot of barriers.
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Read more Verona Area School District stories at

Behavior series: SOMS and BRMS

The latest story in the series on behavior initiatives
in the Verona Area School District looks at how Badger
Ridge and Savanna Oaks middle schools look to build a
culture of respect for their students.

A two-part series looks first at a change to retirement
benefits that led to more than 900 years of VASD experience leaving at the end of this school year, then profiles
many of the retirees. Greg Verhelst, who has worked in
the district for 37 years, is the longest-tenured retiree.

Transgender policy presentation

Both of the coordinators said the opportunity
is especially important to
improve the general attitude
some have toward their age
Teenagers have a bad
r a p , Wo o d m a n s a i d .
When the community sees
theyre giving back and
volunteering for the greater good, theyre like, Hey,
we shouldnt judge them so
Getting the program
off the ground and checking on everyones hours
to ensure the integrity, Felsheim said did
not count toward their own
hours for the pair of students, but they were glad
to do it anyway. Somehow,
they found the additional
time to meet the standard
Its really hard to find
100 hours in a school year,
Woodman said.
Both of the students hope
the initiative will help create lifelong habits for those
who choose to take on the
challenge but it already
changed their own outlooks.
Its an important life
habit, Felsheim said. If
you can start in high school
hopefully you can volunteer
and really have that kind,
helpful spirit throughout
your life.
Contact Scott Girard at
and follow him on Twitter

The past two months alone have created plenty of

questions for school districts as they wade into the controversial waters of creating policies for transgender
students and staff. A lawyer presented to district officials, board members and parents on the topic with an
explanation of best practices. The board is expected to
take up the policy later this summer.

Princl to lead both VAIS, NCS

In May, longtime VASD teacher Ann
Princl got her first administrator job.
This month, she got her second. Princl
was hired as the VAIS director in May to
replace retiring director Barb Drake, and
more recently appointed interim director
at NCS to replace the retiring Jim Ruder.
Princl said she was ready for the challenge of leading the two schools and Princl
getting to know their communities.

Community workshops on referendum

The district began its outreach for its potential building referendum in April 2017 with three community
workshops. Hundreds of interested community members attended the meetings, and the district is in the
process of creating a summary of the feedback it heard.
Using that feedback, the district will develop a survey to
send out this fall on a specific building option to ensure
it has community support before going to referendum.

Future of VAIS uncertain

Photo by Scott Girard

Stoner Prairie Field Day

Stoner Prairie Elementary
School students got out their
energy Wednesday, May 25,
See more photos from Stoner
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Prairies Field Day:
Day. The event included relay
races, tag and the chance to
play with a giant parachute.
Younger students rotated
through the different stations in the morning, while the older
grades waited until the afternoon. Above, Jackson Bubbers tries
to walk and keep the ball above his racket at the same time.

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Oregon schools

The Fitchburg Star

OHS graduation set for Sunday Board talks teacher


If You Go

Unified Newspaper Group

Members of the Oregon

High School class of 2016
have a class motto: I dont
know where Im going from
here, but I promise it wont
be boring.
On Sunday, 285 of them
will be going on from
Oregon in that annual rite of
passage at their high school
graduation. Ceremonies will
be held at 1p.m. at Panther
Stadium, adjacent to the
high school, 456 N. Perry
Class officers are: president Annika Victorson

What: Oregon High

School Class of 2016
graduation ceremony
When: 1
p.m. Sunday,
June 12
Where: Panther Stadium, Oregon High School,
456 N Perry Pkwy.
Info: 835-4300

and vice-president Sydney

Keiner, with executive council members Nina LeBrun
(president), May Stevenson
(secretary), Jenny Johnson

(treasurer), Emma Groblewski (media director) and

Jess Jacobs (project manager). Students must have
completed all 23 required
credits to participate in the
2016 commencement ceremony.
In case of inclement
weather, the ceremony will
be held in the OHS gymnasium. Each graduate is given
four tickets for admission to
an indoor ceremony, due to
seating constraints, so the
gym may reach capacity.
Tickets are not needed if the
ceremony is held outside.
For more information, call
the high school at 835-4300.

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The latest story in the series on how Oregon schools are including science, technology, engineering, art and math in their curricula.

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As the school year ends, the district says goodbye to eight staff members with more than
15 years of experience.

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Aiming to put a new

teacher compensation plan
to referendum in November, Oregon School Board
members and administrators held a work session of
sorts Monday to brainstorm
a bit and better define how
they can present the idea to
district residents.
At the beginning of the
session, district superintendent Brian Busler, serving as the facilitator, asked
board members to write
down ideas on a variety
of items about the plan,
including key elements,
whats missing, how it
meets with district initiatives, and what should be
done next. Some common
themes that emerged from
board members were that
compensation decreases
would be bad for educators
morale, and that the plan
must be affordable, or it
wont happen.
Board member Charles
Uphoff said how the district
evaluates teacher performance is critical.
Id like to see more input
from teachers and frankly,
students, he said.
T h e b o a r d s s t u d e n t
(non-voting) member, OHS
senior Nina LeBrun, said
she would like to see a
greater student element in
teacher evaluation, though
weighed appropriately.
It would be unfair to the
educator and the administrators evaluation of them

to not have a holistic evaluation of that teacher, she

said. Maybe its not an
official element of their
evaluation like theyd get
a really good student evaluation and then they get a
raise or something but it
could be something that initiates a conversation. When
you roll out this plan, Ill
probably be in college, but
I will push for that until I
leave, because that is super,
super important.
Uphoff said the plan
needs to be about more than
simply teachers pay, and
that compensation is just
part of a much broader
conversation, and that residents need to know of the
value for the community
with such a plan.
Were trying to improve
the education and environment of students, he said.
Theres too much focus on
the money part.
Board president Steve
Zach said financial information and terms of the
plan are lacking, and much
more information is needed for the board to make a
determination on accepting
a plan.
The public is asking
those questions, he said.
If we are going out and
trying to sell it, we need
to have those answers,
and the document we have
now doesnt have those.
Board members have asked
for information related to
those, and thats coming
for some of them, but more
needs to be done.
Email Unified Newspaper
Group reporter Scott
De Laruelle at scott.

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A teacher compensation referendum aiming
to attract and retain top
educators by increasing
pay and benefits has
been a stated goal of
Oregon School District
administrators and board
members since 2014.
That fall, a $55 million
capital projects referendum was easily passed
by voters, but it was originally to be joined by one
also covering teacher
As that latter referendum was delayed both
to gather more information and to not overwhelm voters with two
expensive projects the
Oregon Education Association has been working
with school board members and administrators
to come up with a new
system of paying staff.
Since that time, a
committee made up of
board members and Oregon Education Association members have been
working on a draft survey
and recommendation to
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Madison schools

June 10, 2016

The Fitchburg Star


Learning from the land Graduation set for Saturday


Cherokee garden
gives students
hands on lessons

The Madison West High School Class

of 2016 will walk across the Kohl Center
stage Saturday afternoon for the schools
graduation ceremony.
Parents should be aware that Madison
Memorial students will graduate Saturday
morning at 10a.m., so traffic will likely be
busy in downtown Madison.
The district will have an area set up on
both sides of the stage in the seating sections for close up photography, but asks
that parents do not sit in those areas for the
entire ceremony.
Respect the fact that the space needs to
rotate so all families can have a good photo

Unified Newspaper Group

Ten years ago, Cherokee

Middle School students
got to learn through a new
school prairie.
But after four years, the
schools science teachers,
including Dawn Schmid
realized, there wasnt
much that the students
could do hands-on.
So they created a school
garden, where the students
could learn plenty of lessons while also getting
their hands in the soil.
That way we could teach
the kids all about sustainability, Schmid said.
The 35-by-70-foot garden, which now includes
half-raised beds and halfopen soil, produces potatoes, corn, squash and other
vegetables, which are then
used in the schools family and consumer education
class to cook.
A neighborhood family donates all of the seeds,
Schmid added, which helps
keep costs for the garden
The sixth-grade science
teacher said shes seen students learn to appreciate
the earth a little more as
the garden has grown in
popularity, and she loves

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What: Madison West graduation

When: 1p.m. Saturday, June 11
Where: Kohl Center

opportunity, the districts website asks.

The event has no limits on how many
guests can come to celebrate their graduate, so will not have tickets for the ceremony.
Students should arrive for the ceremony
between 12:15 and 12:30p.m. to get ready.

Photo submitted

Donations helped add raised beds to the school garden at Cherokee

Middle School. Families take care of the garden over the summer
on a week-by-week volunteer basis.

seeing the surprise of what

a garden can produce for
some students who are
So many of these city
kids have never even dug
a hole before, she said. Its
very interesting when we
have to plant the tomatoes.
The end of the process,
though, is even more fun,
she said.
Some kids dont even
know potatoes grow underg r o u n d , S c h m i d s a i d .
When they unearth all
those roots and see eight to
12 potatoes being gleaned
from one plant, they think,
I hit the motherlode, Ms.
Over the summer, the
school asks families to volunteer to water and weed

for a week at a time. Families then get to take home

the produce that is ready to
be harvested during their
week, with the rest being
saved for the school year.
S c h m i d s a i d s h e s
extremely happy with how
the garden has gone so far,
and in the future it could
grow even more.
Were thinking of possibly making it a community
garden some year where
people in the neighborhood
can also come and work,
she said. Right now its
just our Cherokee families
but well kind of see where
it goes.
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Student musicians selected as exemplary soloists

Four Madison West High
School student musicians
were selected as exemplary soloists at the 2016
Wisconsin School Music
Association State Solo and
Ensemble festival.
They are Rachel Park
(flute solo), Sam LaRoi
(music theater male
solo), Liam Forrest (baritone

to be

or bass solo) and Virginia

Morgan (soprano solo).
Adjudicators nominated hundreds of students
whose performances were
truly exceptional beyond
what is typically expected
for the age group at the
festival at UW-Platteville
on April 30.
The 610 students


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among the 8,036 vocal
and instrumental solos will
receive a certificate from
WSMA in recognition of
their outstanding performance at the state festival.
For information on the
festival visit wsmamusic.
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Friday, June 10, 2016


Fitchburg Star
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VAHS boys track

and field


Jeremy Jones, sports editor

845-9559 x226

Anthony Iozzo, assistant sports editor

845-9559 x237
Fax: 845-9550

Edgewood boys golf

Herkert becomes
Veronas first state
champion since 2011
Sports editor

Junior Jack Herkert can

expect his phone to get a lot
busier over the next couple
of months.
Though he was unable
to match his lifetime best
6 foot, 10 inch effort which
moved him to 27th nationally a week ago at sectionals, Herkert was happy to
settle for a clearance of 6-8
and his first state title.
Im fine with winning,
but another goal I had was
trying to tie the state record
(7-0). I still have a year left
to try and do that, he said.
I cant wait to see what I
do next year.
Fridays effort at the
WIAA Division 1 state
meet at UW-La Crosse was
a big improvement from
last year when Herkert
cleared 6 feet at state for
17th place.
Ive gotten so much

Photo by Peggy Gierhart

The Madison Edgewood High School boys golf team finished runner-up at the WIAA Division 2 state boys golf meet at the University of Wisconsin - Madisons University
Ridge Golf Course. The boys shot a 633, and the finish was the first in school history.

Another silver for Edgewood

Crusaders finish runnerup for third year in row at
D2 state tournament

Turn to VAHS boys/Page 17


West girls soccer

The Madison Edgewood High

School boys golf team finished
runner-up June 6-7 in the WIAA
Division 2 state meet at the University of Wisconsin - Madisons
University Ridge Golf Course.

Peaslee lifts
Regents to
regional title
Assistant sports editor

Rachel Peaslee scored the

game-winning goal in the
48th minute Saturday in a
WIAA Division 1 regional final to lift the Regents
to a 2-1 win over the second-seeded Cardinals.
Kristen Brown tied the
game in the 38th minute.
West earned a rematch
with top-seeded Verona
Thursday in the WIAA
Division 1 sectional semifinal, but it was after the
Stars Wednesday deadline.
West and Verona tied in
their match earlier this season.

West 10, Craig 1

West opened regionals
with a 10-1 win over Janesville Craig Thursday.
Peaslee finished with a
goal and two assists, while
Brown had three goals.
Sophie Grutzner chipped in
two goals.
Claire Mooney finished with a goal and an
assist, and Sierra Barho,
Patty Grimmer and Maya
Nitschke-Alonso each
picked up goals.
Simo Bambi added an
assist, and Giselle Monette
finished with two saves.

Assistant sports editor

The Crusaders shot a 312 on the

second day to clinch second-place
at state, finishing with a 633. The
boys shot a 321 on the first day.
It was the third straight years
the Crusaders took home the silver.
It is always great, head coach
Joe Ring said. The state tournament is a hard thing to win. ... We
didnt play well the first day but
werent completely out of it. We
were just looking at the guys to
play well and put pressure on all
the teams in front of us.

It is a great way to end the season.

Four of the five golfers finished
in the top-20. Senior Andrew
Yontz had the best finish, tying for
11th place with a 157 (80-77).
Junior Ben Gilles tied for 14th
with a 158 (80-78), and senior
Tommy Mohs (80-79) and sophomore Rory Gierhart (81-78) both
finished tied for 17th with a 159.
Senior Jack Drake was tied for
33rd with a 167 (86-81).
The seniors this year never got
to win the state tournament but got

there three of the four years and

were able to take second all three
times, Ring said. They have
had a great career these past four
years. They had a great stretch in
the state tournament at Edgewood,
and in the end, it was exciting to
see what they accomplished.
Sophomore Matthew Phelan
was an alternate on the team.
Sheboygan Falls senior Matt
Bachmann won the individual title
with a 147 (72-75), and Catholic
Memorial won the D2 team title
with a 621 (318-303).

OHS girls track and field

Jackson wins three
state titles in La

Sports editor

Last weekend was one

Oregon sophomore Alexis
Jackson will never forget.
Jackson won three state
medals and was part of
three OHS records at the
WIAA Division 1 track
and field meet, while helping the Panthers to a thirdplace tie with 30 points in
the process.
Jackson entered state at
UW-La Crosse with the
second fastest qualifying
time in the 100 hurdles and
after not posting a great
time (she was fifth after the
preliminaries) the sophomore blew up with a school
record 14.75 to earn her

first state championship.

The top seed in the 300
hurdles, Jackson took a
similar path to gold once
again, sitting in third after
the prelims.
I guess theres a little
pressure, but a lot can happen during a 300 hurdle
race, Jackson said about
the pressure of being the
top seed.
Determined to add to
her medal total, however,
Jackson went from a 46.02
to a 44.44 which held off
Middletons Lauren Smith
(44.61) and broke Nicole
Northrups 16-year-old
school record in the process, raising the standard
from 45.04.
We knew Alexis had
it in her, Oregon head
coach Ned Lease said.
Friday wasnt her greatest 100 hurdle race and
the same for the 300s, but
she came and ran so fast

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Top-seeded sophomore Alexis Jackson sat in third place following the 300-meter hurdle preliminaries
on Friday with a time of 46.02 seconds. She came back Saturday and won the 300 (44.44) and 100
(14.75) hurdle titles, while also helping the girls 800 relay to victory in 1:40.76.

and aggressive on Saturday. Shes only a sophomore and is still learning

to race and refine her technique, but I think she has
the potential to go under

13 seconds in the 100s next 1:40.76.

Maddie LeBrun, Danica
The Panthers werent Keisling, Scarlet Egwuondone racking up state titles wu and Jackson entered
yet, adding the 800 relay in
yet another school record
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Madison West High School

June 10, 2016

The Fitchburg Star


Boys tennis

Boys track & field

Seniors finish at individual state tourney

4x800 relay
takes ninth at
state meet

Sports editor

Madison West seniors

Matt Munns and Cameron Carlson where the only
Regents to advance to last
weeks WIAA Division 1
individual state tennis tournament.
Despite all the doubles
teams around the state, however, Munns and Carlson
drew a pair of familiar faces in Sun Prairie sophomore
Taran Katta and junior Henry Blair, who they defeated
6-2, 6-3.
Munns and Carlson faced
a much tougher opponent
in the second round and fell
6-3, 6-2 against sixth-seeded
Marquette University High
School seniors Nick Kallman and Danny Royston.
Madison West sophomore
Quinlan Gallagher (24-9)
won the No. 3 singles flight
at the Madison Memorial
sectional, but was unable to
advance to state.
Junior Evan Oriel (18Photo by Jeremy Jones
12) added a second-place Madison West seniors Matt Munns (at the net) and Cameron Carlson (22-8) advanced to the WIAA Division 1 boys individual state tenfinish at No. 4 singles, nis tournament where they won a round, defeating Sun Prairies Taran Katta and Henry Blair (16-7) 6-2, 6-3. They went on to fall 6-3,
while Munns and Carlson 6-2 to Marquette seniors Nick Kallman and Danny Royston.
(22-8) and senior Michael
Wolter and sophomore
itself from Oregon 18-14 at the first time since 2004 with 34, while Madison
Luca Willauer (18-6) add- respectively.
Ti e d w i t h 2 0 p o i n t s sectionals to return to the with a total of 38 points.
West was a distant third
ed runner-up finishes to
Oregon finished second with 28.
Monona Grove and Oregon, apiece, Verona separated state team tournament for

Assistant sports editor

The Madison West High

School boys track and field
team qualified several to the
WIAA Division 1 state track
and field meet at the Veterans
Memorial Field Sports Complex at the University of Wisconsin - La Crosse June 3-4.
The 4x800 team of sophomore Daniel Jacobs, senior
Nick Lawson, freshman
Kaleb John and junior Noah
Zamzow-Schmidt with
alternates junior Sam Bishop
and senior Robleh Omar finished a team-best ninth in 7
minutes, 59.78 seconds.
Omar also added a
14th-place finish in the 400
in 50.18, while ZamzowSchmidt finished 15th in the
800 in 1:58.43.
The Regents also qualified in the 4x400 relay. The
4x400 team of Lawson, junior
Cooper Hart, John and Omar
with alternate sophomores
Lukas Wellenstein and Jacobs
finished 21st in 3:30.68.

Girls track & field

4x400 relay
Regents rally falls short against Wildcats at sectionals finishes at state

Unified Newspaper Group

The Madison West High

School baseball team entered
Tuesdays WIAA Division
1 sectional final at Pohlman
Field in Beloit as the sixthseed, and the Regents had
their work cut out against
second-seeded Verona.
Trailing by three runs in
the top of the seventh, West
freshman Drake Baldwin
walked, and senior third
baseman Daelon Savage
followed with a double to
left-center field to put runners
on second and third with the
tying run at the plate.
After an RBI groundout
by senior Cam Porter, however, West was unable to get

another hit and fell 5-3.

The Regents grabbed a 2-0
lead in the top of the third
after junior right fielder Austin Cotharn singled, stole second and got to third on a wild
Baldwin then tripled
him home, and Savage followed with an RBI double to
Verona scored four times
in the bottom of the inning,
Junior Jacob Slonim singled, and senior Keaton
Knueppel tripled him home.
Senior Ben Rortvedt followed with an RBI single,
and sophomore Stephen
Lund hit an RBI triple to
make it 3-2. Senior Sam
Favour then singled home

The Wildcats also picked
up a run in the fifth. Rortvedt
tripled, and Lund followed
with an RBI safety squeeze.
Porter took the loss on
the mound. He allowed four
earned runs on seven hits in 3
1/3 innings, striking out five
and hitting a batter.
Senior Max Golden followed and allowed an
earned run on one hit in 1
2/3 innings, striking out one.
Sophomore Eli Sorenson also
pitched an inning, striking
out one and allowing a hit.

West 4, La Follette 3
The Regents picked up a
game-winning walk-off hit
to win its WIAA D1 regional semifinal on June 1 against

Madison La Follette at Mansfield Stadium.

Baldwin blooped an RBI
single into center field which
brought senior Jack Zukowski home for the win.
There were two strikes
and I had to hit it, Baldwin
La Follette took a 3-2 lead
in the top of the seventh.
Senior Keenan Woltmann
had two RBIs, while Cotharn
(2-for-4) had an RBI and a
run scored.
Senior Zach Lottes also
scored a run.
Our seniors had clutch
hits when it mattered, head

coach Ben Greiber said.

Mad. West 7, Beloit

Memorial 3
The Regents traveled to
Telfer Field on June 2 and
pulled off an upset over
third-seeded Beloit Memorial with a 7-3 win, claiming
a WIAA Division 1 regional
The Regents took the lead
in the top of the sixth inning
and added another run to take
a 4-2 lead.
West added three more
runs in the seventh inning.
Anthony Iozzo contributed


Assistant sports editor

The Madison West High

School 4x400 relay team
qualified for the WIAA Division 1 state track and field
meet at Veterans Memorial
Field Sports Complex at the
University of Wisconsin - La
Crosse on June 3-4.
Senior Isha Senghore,
junior Kate Hetenbach, sophomore Maggie Hickman and
freshman Angela Maloney
with alternates junior Taylor
Lyons and sophomore Vivian
Hacker finished 25th out of
25 teams in 4 minutes, 18.33

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Madison Edgewood High School

Girls soccer

Rothwells goal sends

Madison Edgewood
to sectionals
top-seeded Belleville-New
Glarus Thursday in the D3
sectional semifinal after the
Freshman Jordyn Roth- Stars Wednesday deadline.
well scored in the 79th Edgewood 2,
minute to send the Madison Edgewood High School McFarland 0
girls soccer team to the
Junior Brita Hovde
WIAA Division 3 section- scored twice as the Cruals.
saders defeated McFarland
Sophomore Brialle Han- 2-0 On June 2 in a regional
son had the assist, and semifinal.
sophomore goalie Jamila
Senior Andrea Tipple
Hamdan finished with two and Rothwell both added
saves in the 1-0 win over assists, while Hamdan finMount Horeb.
ished with one save.
Edgewood traveled to

Assistant sports editor

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Girls track and field

Madison Edgewood junior Cecil Lingard, shown playing Oregons Calvin Schneider last month, earned second team All-State honors by
reaching the round of eight at the WIAA Division 2 individual state tennis tournament June 2-4. Noah Colletti also earned second-team
honors, while the Crusaders doubles team of seniors Connor Maloney and Thomas Thelen received the No. 4 seed on the doubles side
and played all the way to first-team All-State honors by making the final four.

4x400 relay makes finals at state

Boys tennis

Assistant sports editor

Maloney, Thelen earn first-team All-State

Sports editor

Madison Edgewood seniors Connor Maloney and Thomas Thelen

received the No. 4 seed on the doubles side of the WIAA Division 2
individual state tournament June
2-4 inside UW-Madisons Nielsen
Tennis Stadium and played all the
way to first-team All-State honors
making the final four.
Maloney and Thelen came out
swinging after a first-round bye,
knocking Reedsburgs Jack Yaeger
and Luke Friede off 6-1, 6-3. They
were equally dominant in their next
match, burying Brookfield Academy seniors Adil Bhatia and Bryan
Geenen 6-2, 6-2.
The Edgewood doubles tandem
finally found itself in a battle trying
to reach the championship match,
but fell 6-1, 6-2 against top-seeded

and eventual state runners up University of Milwaukee seniors Jacke

Coran and Zach Schneck (20-3).
Juniors Cecil Lingard and Noah
Colletti each earned second team
All-State honors by reaching the
round of eight in singles action.
Lingard (18-6) was seeded fifth
and breezed through his first two
rounds 6-0, 6-4 and 6-0, 6-0 against
Racine Saint Catherines and East
Troy, respectively.
He finally ran into trouble in the
round of eight where fourth-seeded
sophomore and eventual champion
Casey Johnson (23-3) grinded out a
6-7 (5), 7-5, 7-6 (1) victory.
Eighth-seeded Colletti (22-2)
staked off a scrappy McFarland
senior Zach Witt 7-6 (3), 6-1 in the
opening round and then cruised to
a 6-3, 6-1 victory over Andrew Liu
(26-3) of the Prairie School.
He eventually fell 6-3, 6-0 against
top-seeded freshman Anand Saluja

The Madison Edgewood

High School girls track
and field team qualified
three relays and sophomore Caitlin Link in the
400 at the WIAA Division 2 state track and field
championships at the Veterans Memorial Field Sports
Complex at the University
of Wisconsin - La Crosse
June 3-4.
The 4x400 relay team of
senior Aurora Resop, junior
Hannah Frazier, senior
Elizabeth Goodwin and
Link with alternates sophomore Kelly Rodriguez and

(18-1) of Brookfield Academy.

The Crusaders won championships at all seven flights to score a
whopping 56 points (24 at subsectionals, 32 at sectionals) to claim
the East Troy sectional and advance
back to the state team tennis tournament Saturday, June 11.
Lingard, Colletti, sophomore
Hunter Dunn (20-4) and freshman
Chris Boll (19-3) helped the Crusaders sweep all four singles flights,
while Maloney and Thelen; seniors
Daniel Garlock and Jack Best (173) and junior Charlie Weitz and
sophomore Forrest Lynn (13-4) won
at Nos. 1-3 doubles.
Edgewood (11-7) will face the
University School of Milwaukee
(2-5) at 9a.m. Saturday, June 11,
in the Division 2 state semifinals.
The winner moves on to play either
Sauk Prairie (10-2) or Notre Dame
(17-4) in the championship match at

freshman Kaitlyn Barth

had the best finish, reaching
the finals. They took ninth
in 4 minutes, 4.65 seconds.
In prelims, that team took
seventh in 4:04.16
Link added an 11th place
in the 400 in 59.71, while
the 4x100 team of sophomore Brooke Rockouski,
Resop, Goodwin and Frazier with alternate freshmen Arriika Maneb-deMacedo and Emily Schauer
took 11th in 51.15.
The 4x200 relay team of
Maneb-deMacedo, Resop,
Goodwin and Frazier
with alternates Link and
Rockouski took 14th in

Boys track and field

Ternus takes ninth at state

Assistant sports editor

Madison Edgewood
junior Bryce Ternus was
the lone boys track and field
athlete to qualify for the
WIAA Division 2 track and
field championships at the

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Sports Complex at the University of Wisconsin - La
Crosse June 3-4.
Ternus finished ninth in
the 400 in 50.43 seconds. In
prelims, he took eighth in


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The Oregon High School girls soccer team won its fourth straight regional title Saturday with a 4-0 win over DeForest in the WIAA D2
regional final.

Girls soccer

Boys track and field

Duff wins 300,

runner-up in 110
Sports editor

Track and field fans from

across the state got to see
what everyone following
the Oregon boys track and
field program already knew
last weekend just how
special an athlete senior
Alex Duff truly is.
Duff won a state title,
finished second in another
and could have broken the
300-meter hurdle record
were it not for a couple of
missteps all before he
helped the Panthers 1,600
relay to third place.
I just go out here and
do what I can, Duff said.
If people notice it, they
notice it. Coach says you
want people to notice you
when youre on the track,
and then stay calm and
humble off the track.
Duff blew away the field
by nearly seven-tenths of a
second, cruising to a preliminary best 37.95 seconds in the 300 hurdles.
And despite running far
from a perfect race in the
finals, the senior was able
to once again lower his
OHS school record even
further, winning his first
state title with a 37.73.
The mark left him .24
shy of Chris Pearson and
Lechein Nebletts state
record time of 37.49.
Once I hit that hurdle
on the turn, I kind of stumbled a little bit and (Racine
Parks Jamias James) was
breathing right down my
neck. I wasnt going to let
anyone beat me, Duff said.
I knew this was my last
time here, and I worked so
hard for this. I just had to
push through it and gave
it all I had. It showed how
much I cared.
Even though he hit two
or three hurdles, Duff PRed
by two-tenths of a second.
Ive been going to the
state track meet ever since

I was a little kid and Alexs

recovery from the 300s was
one of the most impressive
things Ive ever seen, head
coach Ned Lease said. To
be close to a state record
with a couple of missteps
was unreal. If he had held
it all together I thing he
could broken the record by
almost a second.
Duff ran a 14.79 in prelims and trailed only Wauwatosa West senior Christian Jackson (14.34) in the
110 hurdles. Though he cut
more than three-tenths of a
second off his prelim time,
Duff remained in second as
DC Everest senior Konner
Fierek moved from fifth
(14.89) to first with a 14.4.
Duff finished runner-up in
14.45, while Jackson took
third in 14.53.
This was my first year
doing the 110s, but everyone said if I had another
120 meters on that 110
race, I would have had it,
Duff said. Because I dont
have really good starts, I
catch up to people, so getting pushed and pulled in
the 300s helps me out a
Junior Hudson Kugel
had been nipping on the
heels of standout Chris
Cutter throughout the postseason, Friday in the 800,
Kugel final over took his
A week after Kugel tied
Cutters old school record
(and where Cutter set a
new OHS mark himself)
it was Kugels turn to set
a new Panther benchmark.
Getting out fast and battling amongst the states
top middle distance runners, Kugel, who was seeded ninth, blazed a path to
a second-place finish in
I tried to get out fast
and wear out the rest of
the pack out and it kind of

Turn to OHS boys/Page 16

Panthers win fourth straight regional title

Assistant sports editor

The Oregon High School girls soccer team won its

fourth straight regional title Saturday with a 4-0 win over
fourth-seeded DeForest in the WIAA D2 regional final.
We came out and played a really good game against
DeForest. There has always been tough games (against
DeForest, head coach Julie Grutzner said. They almost
beat us last year, so we knew it was going to be a tough
game. The girls really wanted this game. They didnt
want it to be a close game (like last time).
The host Panthers struck first in the 32nd minute with a
goal by senior Makena Fanning. Senior Jen Brien assisted on the goal.
Fanning was one of the players on last years championship team, but she was unable to play in the state final
due to an ACL tear.
She definitely wants to get back there and have her
opportunity to play in the championship game and bring
another first place to our school, Grutzner said. The
leadership of the four seniors that have been on varsity
is great.
Senior Taylor Martin added an unassisted goal to make
it 2-0 at halftime, and then junior Abby Breitbach, who
had three saves, made a key save to keep it 2-0 in the

second half.
Junior Brittyn Fleming scored twice in the second
half, with the last goal being assisted by junior Madelyn
Oregon hosts second-seeded Waunakee at 7p.m.
Thursday in the WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal.
The winner will play the winner of Burlington/Milton at
3p.m. Saturday at Waunakee in the sectional final.
While it is a big deal to have four seniors who have
contributed to the last four regional titles, the biggest
impact is how they prepare the younger players for the
grind of the postseason.
We are excited, but we feel like we arent there yet,
Grutzner said. (The seniors) drive is really teaching the
younger kids what it is going to take.

Oregon 10, Poynette-Portage 0

The Panthers opened regionals Thursday and defeated
Poynette-Portage 10-0 in 60 minutes.
Fanning had two goals and three assists, while Brien
added two goals. Sophomore Emma Krause and senior
Marialisa Brownfield each had a goal and an assist, and
Martin, junior Holly Kaboord, junior Megan Brakob and
Ella Hughes scored goals, as well.
Fleming, sophomore Kailie Sweeney and senior Jess
Jacobs collected assists.

OHS girls: Track finishes tied for third at state

Continued from page 12
state with the fastest seed time and
kept the pedal down in the prelims,
posting a meet-best 1:41.10 on
Friday. They were far from done,
I wanted to get out fast. It showed
in our 4x400 last year that it really
pays to get a good start and get as far
out as you can. That was really all I
was hoping to do, LeBrun said. It
is my senior year, and I have always
dreamt of being on the tallest podium. Even last year with fourth place,
I was so excited. And this year with
the state championship, it was like,
Whoa! It is just remarkable.
Perhaps the most amazing thing

about the girls 800-meter relay team

wasnt the blistering fast state-championship time of LeBrun, Keisling,
Egwuonwu and Jackson, but the fact
that the relay almost was never put
together in the first place.
The quartet quickly showed it was
the right decision, however, dominating Beloit Memorial by more than
two seconds at regionals and by a
second at sectionals before Saturdays championship performance.
I am so proud of how far we have
come, Keisling said. We have PRed
in regionals, sectionals, prelims and
now finals. I am so proud of all of
these girls. We did really good.
Egwuonwu secured the final spot
in the 100 dash finals with a 12.78

and then cut that down to a 12.69

to take ninth place. She once again
shaved time off her preliminary time
in the 200 dash, but this time fell
from seventh to ninth place with a
time of 25.67.
Alexis is a just a sophomore,
Scarlet is a freshman and Danica is
a first-year track athlete, Lease said.
Its amazing what these girls have
been able to do at such a young age.
Sophomore Taylor Schmidt, junior
Madelyn St. Clair, senior Emma
Hughes and LeBrun finished 20th
in the 3,200 relay with a time of
Last weekend marked the final
prep meets for Emma Hughes, LeBrun and 4x200 alternate Jillian Moss.


Photo by Jeremy Jones

Oregon senior Alex Duff stretches for the finish line in the
110-meter hurdles preliminaries on Friday at the WIAA Division
1 state track and field championships in La Crosse. Duff finished
second in prelims, but despite a .34 second PR remained in second
Saturday with a time of 14.45 in the finals.


June 10, 2016

The Fitchburg Star

Verona Area High School

Boys tennis


Tennison finishes VAHSbest sixth at state

Heading back to state

Sports editor

Before Will Tennison had

even hit a ball in a varsity
match for the Verona boys
tennis team it seemed like
the expectation was that this
freshman was something
Tennison showed that
throughout the Big Eight
Conference dual meet season, going undefeated,
which along with a solid
showing in the postseason,
helped him lock up the 10th
seed at last weeks WIAA
Division 1 individual state
tennis tournament.
I kind of expected it out
of myself (to be at state and
to be seeded). I didnt really
have an expectation. I just
wanted to play my best tennis, Tennison said.
While seeds look great on
paper they dont mean much
if you cant carry in over on
the court, which Tennison
showed he was more than
capable of by playing to a
program-best sixth place finish at No. 1 singles.
The son of HittersSportsplex general manager Joel
Tennison, Will has pretty much had a racket in his
hand ever since he was born.
I cant really tell you a
specific age when I picked
up a racket, he said. Ive
just always had a tennis
racket in my hand.
Te n n i s o n b l e w p a s t
Waukesha South junior
Riley Teutschmann (19-17)
6-0, 6-0 and Menomonee
Falls freshman Alex Buddle
(19-6) 6-3, 6-0, which set up
a showdown with a familiar
rival and seventh-seeded
Xavier Sanga (18-5).
Im definitely more
focused here at state than I
have been the rest of the season. I just wanted to get the
job done today, Tennison
said. Theres always a little

After two year hiatus, 1-2

punch leads Wildcats back
to state
Sports editor

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Verona freshman Will Tennison

was seeded 10th entering last
weeks WIAA Division 1 individual state tennis tournament.
Tennis ended up finishing a program-best sixth overall

bit of pressure, especially at

Tennison defeated Sanga
6-4, 6-4 during the regular
thing, but lost 6-3, 7-6 (4)
to Sanga at the Big Eight
Conference meet. The freshman took the grudge match
7-5, 7-6 (10-3), however,
before falling 6-1, 6-0 to
second-seeded Robert Krill
from Brookfield East who in
turn went on to fall 4-6, 6-2,
7-5 against his top-seeded
teammate David Horneffer.
The loss dropped Tennison into contention for
fifth place, where he beat
11th-seeed Nathan Balthazor
of De Pere 7-6 (7-4), 6-4, but
then fell to Big Eight rival
and fourth-seeded Colt Tegtmeier 6-1, 6-1 in the fifthplace match.
Senior Alex Pletta (275) defeated friend and
13th-seeded junior James
Paradisin 7-5, 6-4.
Pletta then fell 7-5, 7-5
against Racine Horlick
junior Andre Antressian (223).
Senior Matt Blessing and
sophomore Jordan Hutchcroft (10-9) fell 6-2, 6-7
(7-5), 10-3 to Franklin
seniors Matthew Brandes
and Alex Eder (22-5).

Junior Quin Nelson and freshman

Meghan Anderson took care of business in the circle, combining for a pair
of shut outlast weekend and senior
Nicole Neitzel supplied the offense.
Nelson and Anderson shut down
fifth-seeded La Crosse Central and
sixth-seeded Holmen last Wednesday
and Thursday, respectively, while Neitzel drove in half of the Wildcats RBIs
to help Verona return to the WIAA
Division 1 state tournament after losing in the regional finals last year.

Verona 5, Central 0
Senior Nicole Neitzel continued
to be red-hot at the plate with a pair
of home runs for the second straight
game, while Nelson and Anderson
combined to throw a four-hit shutout
Wednesday to help Verona softball to a
5-0 WIAA Division 1 sectional semifinal win over La Crosse Central.
Neitzel struck first with one out in
the bottom of the first, driving a 2-run
home run over the center field fence to
score leadoff hitter Heather Rudnicki,
who led the inning off with a single.
A second crack of the bat against
Central junior Leah Kramer accounted
for a solo home run and a third RBI in
the fifth inning.
Verona added two unearned runs in
the second inning.
Seniors Emily Osiecki and Alyssa
Erdman singled with one out before
Heather Rudnicki chopped an infield
grounder that was thrown over second
base and allowed a par of Wildcat runs
to cross the plate.
Conversely, The Red Raiders struggled to plate runners in scoring position, leaving two runners on base with
no outs in the first and fourth inning
and again in the fifth with one out.
Central leadoff hitter Emily Hayden
singled in the top of the first and then
moved to third as Emma Tryggestads
sacrifice bunt was thrown into right
Nelson worked out of the inning
with a strikeout and two fly outs.

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Freshman pitcher Meghan Anderson leaps into the arms of catcher Savanna Rainey after
the final out Thursday in the WIAA sectional final game against Holmen. Verona won the
game 4-0 to return back to the WIAA Division 1 state meet for the 12th time.

Hayden had a chance to score on the

second fly out, but never tagged up at
third base.
La Crosse clean-up hitter Megan
Kappauf lead-off the fourth with a
bloop single in left and moved to second when Kramer walked.
Verona again got out of the jam
thanks to a pair of ground outs and a
pop out.
Central led off the fifth with backto-back singles by Ashley La Rue and
Morgan Holter before the Wildcats
turned to Anderson to finish out their
second straight playoff game.
Anderson promptly struck out Tryggestad and Kappauf to end the threat.
The victory advanced top-seeded
Verona on to the sectional finals Thursday against sixth-seeded Holmen.

Verona 3, Holmen 0
Neitzel laid down a perfectly executed suicide squeeze in the bottom of the
fifth inning Thursday to score Heather
Rudnicki and help the Wildcats post a
3-0 WIAA Division 1 sectional final
win over Holmen in Sun Prairie.
Neitzels bunt and a second straight
shutout by Nelson and Anderson
worked so well together in fact that
they helped punched the teams 12th

trip to the state tournament.

Verona tacked on two more insurance runs in the sixth as Taytum Geier
singled and moved into scoring position on a Emily Osiecki sacrifice bunt.
Molly McChesney then singled to put
runners at the corners before Sydney
Schaefer reached base on an error that
allowed Geier and Osiecki to score.
Nelson allowed three singles and
struck out two in five innings. Anderson struck out four, including the side
in the sixth inning and gave up two
Holmen left two runners on with one
out in the first inning and Verona came
right back and loaded the bases and
stranded three.
Rudnicki, a standout volleyball and
basketball player, advanced to the state
tournament in all three sports this season including a girls basketball season which culminated with the Wildcats winning their first title in school
I think our last time at state softball my sophomore year, the nerves
got to us and we played one of our
worst games of the season, Rudnicki
said. With some experience on the
team, I think that will help a lot, and
that wont happen again.

OHS boys: Kugel and the 4x400 relay also reach the podium at state
That broke Chris
stride and got him boxed
it, Lease said. Chris was
tuned in all weekend and
bounced back with two
great 4x4 legs.
The only person to have
not medaled at state so far,
junior Logan Meier joined
Kugel, Cutter and Duff
to put up a 3:22.07 in the
1,600 relay prelims.
None of those four guys

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to Oregon without a medal though, dropping nearly
four seconds to move from
eighth up to third place in
the finals with a school-record 3:18.28.
We changed things up
in the finals. Logan came
out and ran a great lead leg
with a personal-best 50.8
and Hudson looked strong
again, Lease said. We
moved Alex into the third
leg and he moved us up to
second place before Chris
brought it home.
Brookfield East took top
honors in a state record
3:15.87, breaking the 26
year mark held by Nicolet,

and defeating second place

Oak Creek (3:17.8) by
nearly a full two seconds.
Senior Brenen Womack,
who battled through hamstring injuries all season,
didnt make finals.
Instead, he pulled up and
limped across the finish
line in last place (12.3).
O r eg o n t i e d K i m b e rly for fifth place with 32
points as a team.
It was a great team
effort by the boys and girls
all season, Lease said.
I dont think the boys or
girls ever thought of us as
two separate teams, but as
one team. They supported
one another all season.

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I was hoping just to
surreal my first time at make podium, but I didnt
worked until I got passed, state and doing really well. really expect anything.
Its just disappointing that
Chris wont be up on the
podium with me.
Franklin senior Brady
Snelson won the 800 in
Cutter, who medaled in
the 800 last year, fell back
to ninth place Friday in
1:56.58 after he was spiked
in the thigh around the 350
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more accurate over heights

and consistent, he said.
Coming into this season,
I cleared 6-6 at our first
indoor meet and at the next
meet I jumped 6-7. From
there on it just kept going
up and up thats when I
was on a different level.
While several Division
II and III schools have
already reached out to him,
Division I schools are only
now able to reach out to
potential recruits.
The University of
Nebraska already contacted me this season and
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head coach Joff Pedretti
said. UW-Madison and
Marquette have expressed
interest as well.
Herkert became the
first Wildcat state champion since Drex Jackson
in 2011 and the first boys
high jump champion with
the clearance. Never year
he will be the first Verona
athlete to have a chance to
defend his title since Luke
Sullivan in 1994.
H e r ke r t m e t t h e A
stand for the New Balance
National Scholastic meet
in North Carolina on four
different occasions this
season and he plans to participate in that meet considered by many to be the
top national meet for high
school track and field athletes in two weeks.
As a result of him reaching a high level in track,
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on the football field.
When you combine
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field, along with his academic success, Im quite
c o n fi d e n t h e w i l l h ave
many opportunities to
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level, Pedretti said.
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a school-record 49.53 in
prelims and then moved
up two more spots to finish
fourth overall with his first
state medal with a second
straight VAHS record in
Obi had two amazing
back-to-back performances, Pedretti said.
I n t h e fi n a l s , I f e d i ora stuck to his pace and
it paid off as he dropped
another half-second from
his time the day before.
Hes already set the goal
to try and take the record
ev e n l ow e r n e x t y e a r,
breaking it under 48 seconds.
That would be incredible, but I think its within reach, Pedretti said.
With three of the top four
in the state returning next
year, I think thats what he
will have to do in order to
move closer to the top step
of the state podium.
A s h wa u b e n o n s o p h o more Jose Guzman won
the event in 47.53 seconds,
while Oak Creek senior
Caleb Ogden (47.81) and
Kettle Moraine junior Ben
Psicihulis (48.36) rounded
out the top three.
Verona junior Jared Biddle earned the final spot in
the 110 hurdle finals Friday with a 15.2 and had an
even stronger performance

in Saturdays finals. A
first-time state qualifier,
Biddle posted a personal-best 15.07 to move up
to spots and scored a point
with an eighth-place finish
12 spots higher than he
was seeded.
The only senior competing for Verona at state,
shot putter Reggie Curtis
had the second-best throw
of his career and finished
ninth with a toss of 54-08.
Veronas three juniors
scored a total of 16 team
points, which was good for
14th place as a team.
Our goal this year was
a top 10 finish at state to
prove we are on pace with
our ultimate goal of winning the D1 state team
championship next year,
Pedretti said. Based on our
weekend, our returning
state qualifiers and I agree
that is a realistic goal.
Based on my look at the
results, I feel we are one of
just a handful of teams that
have a chance at coming
home with the gold trophy
Photo by Jeremy Jones
next year.
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Planting seeds of hope

Kenyan UW alum discusses permaculture with local groups
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for water cisterns one of their main projects.

success story can be captured in one word: permaculture meaning agricultural or social principles
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He said it means working with nature, not against,
to bring sustainable systems
to humans.
The study of permaculture first interested Syano
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of Kenya, a child draws
a name out of a hat and
reads it aloud. A woman
comes forward, beaming
and dancing her life forever changed by this simple
This is one of many stories Fitchburg resident
Joanne Joey Marshall
recalls when she looks
through images of her 2012
trip to Kenya she took with
a group of fellow Rotarians. That woman, captured
in one of those photos, was
celebrating her status as
the newest recipient of a
10,000-liter water cistern,
one of 87 installed in the
community since 2010.
The water cistern project
is just one of several efforts
revitalizing Miauni and
the 500-some families that
call the surrounding area
home. Those efforts started in large part with Miauni native Nicholas Syano,
a University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point alumnus.
Last month, Syano
returned to Wisconsin to
share the success story of
his home with about 20
organizations, including the
Fitchburg-Verona Rotary
Club. The club sponsored
his month-long trip, with
Marshall and her husband,
Tom serving as his hosts.

One of eight siblings
raised by a single mother,
Syano said no one in his
community expected him
to return. But as he studied,
returning again and again to
issues of water shortages,
nonrenewable energy and
habitat loss, he knew few
places would offer better
opportunities to apply his
knowledge than Miauni.
You can see the forests
are not there, you can see
the river is dry. You could
tell there are issues, Syano told the Star. When I
went back and I talked to
my neighbors, they say,
We dont have jobs, what
is our problem? We dont
have firewood for cooking.
Things are not OK in the
community. So I quickly
fed into that.

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Kenya, I can see it coming,
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smile. You just do what is
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When it comes to educating others on the benefits of
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moist wind coming from
the coastal city of Mombasa, which then cools and
generates rain.
Trees are now seen as a
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trees that when you harvest
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Each costs $1,200, with the
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During her trip to Kenya,
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It was life changing,
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and so grateful. They would
ask, Why are these people
so far away from us, why
do they care about us? And
Nicholas just said, Theyre
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But that even came a little
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some have wanted him here,
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Since 2008, (the) City of
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to increase its capacity with
a new 300-gallon still and a
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space has a 90-gallon still,
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The Fitchburg Star

Survey, open house will shape bike, pedestrian plan

The City of Fitchburg
is in the process of updating its Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan to maintain and
improve options for biking
and walking in the city,
especially by providing

better connections between

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A key component of the
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Fitchburgs main arteries will soon be aglow
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street lights. The Planning and Implementation
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grant, along with a $10,000 match from the
City, will allow Fitchburg to convert 250 high

pressure sodium streetlights with LED lighting. The lighting will not only save costs from
reduced energy use and maintenance, but also
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will work primarily between the hours of 8:30
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throughout the month of June. Motorists are
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on Mt. Everest, and even building a rocket
to land on the moon! Through application of
engineering principles, students solve numerous challenges as they make their virtual
world of Minecraft a safe place for humanity
once again.
Grades - 3rd - 6th Grade
Days/Times - Monday-Friday, 1:304:30pm, August 15-August 19
Location - Fitchburg Community Center
Fee - $205


Each listening session runs 6:30-8 pm and is open to the public. The sessions follow an open
house format, so attendees may drop in at any time. Come as you are and share your hopes
and concerns for your neighborhood and the city as a whole. Your voice is important.
Tuesday, July 5th Swan Creek Park shelter, 5175 E. Cheryl Parkway
Tuesday, August 2nd Byrne Park shelter, 2535 Richardson Street
Tuesday, September 5th Huegel-Jamestown Park shelter, 5810 Williamsburg Way
Tuesday, October 4th Tower Hill Park shelter, 5610 Cheryl Drive
Tuesday, November 1st Oasis Caf, 2690 Research Park Drive


On June 14, 2016 at 7:30 pm the Common Council will hold a public hearing at Fitchburg City
Hall regarding the Mayors proposed 2017-2021 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).
To access the CIP, please see:


For the nearly-and-newly retired, putting
one foot in front of the other can be challenging, confusing, scary and exciting, all at the
same time! Join Carol Larson and Mary Helen
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next steps.
Tuesday, JUNE 14, 2016 at 10:30 am
Tuesday, JULY 12, 2016 at 10:30 am
Tuesday, AUGUST 9, 2016 at 10:30 am
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Fitchburgs 2016 Spring Cleaning Events
were held 8-11am on Saturday, May 7th

Fitchburgs 19th Electronics Recycling

Event was provided at Surplus-ITs warehouse at 901 Watson Avenue. The event
served 140 families with over
1,277 electronic items turned in
for recycling. The items included
81 computer monitors, 52 tower
computers, 46 laptop computers, 55 printers, 32 stereos, 44
speakers, 30 televisions, 24 microwaves, and 17 cell phones.
All together the 2016 event
electronics weighed 13,790
pounds compared to the
Spring 2015 event with
2,280 pounds. Thanks to
all who participated in the
Electronics Recycling Event
and kept these electronics
out of landfills.
Please join us in thanking
Surplus-IT for their assistance
with this event. If you missed
the Spring 2016 Fitchburg
Electronics Recycling Event,
you can still arrange for electronics recycling with SurplusIT by calling 270-1100 for an
appointment. Additional recy-

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listed in Fitchburgs
Recycling Guide
available at http://
You can also call
Pellitteri at 2574285 to schedule
a special pick-up and for
pricing of electronics to be
We thank Surplus-IT,
Redemption Recycling, and
Fitchburg Public Works for
making this event available
to Fitchburg residents. Fitchburg
staff and partners are currently
reviewing schedules for a future
event. If you have any suggestions
on timing for these events or
would like to help out, please
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June 10, 2016

Community Voices

The Fitchburg Star


City of Fitchburg

Roads, police station

up again in CIP
Arnold proposes
$76.8 million
spending over
5 years

On the web

See Mayor Steve Arnolds Capital

Improvement Plan proposal:

Unified Newspaper Group

Photo courtesy Susan Badtke, Fitchburg Planning Department

Fitchburg is old news

any residents of
Dane County think
of Fitchburg as a
relatively new community,
developing just in the last
30-50 years.
While its true the region
has grown tremendously
in recent years, Fitchburg
both the current city and
the town before it has a
long history.
Fitchburg was one of the
first areas in Wisconsin to
be settled when it began as
an agricultural community
in 1837. But over time,
using the
land in
residency, commerce,
The transformation of
Fitchburg as a community
is revealed in the areas
historic properties, many of
which are in near original
When you can learn
about historic places, it
helps you connect with the
past and better understand
the events that took place
there, said Fitchburgs
Landmarks Preservation
Commission chair Michael
Couillard. Its very interesting to see what has
stayed the same as how it
was originally.
The John Mann Farmstead on Nesbitt Road
now Quiveys Grove hints
to historic trade relationships in the area.
In 1855, Mann, a successful livery stable owner
in Madison, purchased
acreage in Fitchburg and
exchanged timber on his
land for sandstone from
the neighbors quarry to
construct a stone home and
horse barn. Today, the property at Quiveys Grove is
a charming stop for dining
and camaraderie.
The Stone House
restaurant in the Italianate
architecture mansion has
well-preserved interior
features and antique decor.
The exposed supports within the neighboring barn,
the Stable Grill, showcase
construction methods of the
The property, listed on
the National Register of
Historic Places, offers
an immersive trip back

Photo courtesy
Fitchburg Historical Society

The Swan
Creek Farm,
built in
1852, is
most recent
addition to
the National
of Historic

through time.
Fitchburgs most recent
addition to the National
Register of Historic Places
is Spooners 1852 Swan
Creek Farm, a privately
owned property. The timber
farmstead structures on the
property provide a window
into early Wisconsin farming practices and include a
house, smokehouse, barn,
corncrib and granary. The
collection predates 1900
and has remained largely
The University of Wisconsin-Madison built a
student astronomical observatory in the 1880s that is
now in Fitchburg.
Designed to complement
the celebrated Washburn
Observatory overlooking
Lake Mendota, the Student Observatory and its
7-foot dome were donated
in 1959 to the Madison
Astronomical Society, and
it was moved to Fitchburgs
research park in 1960.
The observatory, renamed
the Oscar Mayer Observatory in honor of the relocation initiatives primary
donor, was used until the
mid-1980s, when the areas
light pollution increased.
These three properties,
and eight others, have been
documented in Historic
Properties of Fitchburg, a
publication coordinated by
the citys Landmarks Preservation Commission to
promote local history and
help preserve designated
landmarks. The publication
(distributed to Fitchburg
Public Library, Wisconsin Historical Society,
Fitchburg Historical Society, property owners and
featured online) presents
photographs, architectural
features and interesting stories of landmarks across the
The project helps make
people aware that there are
historic landmarks in our
city, said Couillard. There
are ties between the past

Photo courtesy Susan Badtke, Fitchburg Planning Department

The Oscar Mayer Observatory was built for UW-Madison students

in the 1880s and moved to Fitchburg in 1960.

and the present that people complete list of boards

sometimes forget.
and commissions under
To view Fitchburgs histhe Government tab.
toric landmarks or to learn
more about the commisAmy Steger is a member
sion, visit the citys website
of Fitchburgs Landmarks
at and click
Preservation Commission.

CIP proposal with $11.7

million each year in both
2020 and 2021. Last year,
it was projected for $23
million in 2020.
No decision has been
made on housing police
in a city hall addition or
in a stand-alone facility, or
the location of any standalone facility, Arnold noted in his proposal. The
cost estimate, timing, and
exact form of new space
to house city hall staff and
police for the next twenty
years will evolve as the
project is refined through
the next few CIP planning
Other major road projects not including the
regular road reconstruction total $33.6 million
over the five years. The
largest projects included are Lacy Road reconstruction ($6.9 million),
Fish Hatchery resurfacing
($4.8 million), McKee
Road reconstruction ($5.8
million) and South Syene/
McCoy roads ($6.4 million).
The citys Public Works
and Finance committees
held a joint meeting June 6
to hear presentations from
department heads on the
proposals, and the Common Council will hold its
first public hearing June
Alders can offer amendments to the plan until
June 30, and the council
will hold a second public
hearing July 12 after those
amendments are in. Alders
will then discuss and take
action on amendments and
are expected to adopt the
CIP at the July 26 meeting.
Contact Scott Girard at
and follow him on Twitter


Quiveys Grove was originally the John Mann Farmstead, developed in 1855.

Mayor Steve Arnold

has said repeatedly the
City of Fitchburg needs
to increase its funding for
road maintenance.
Hes trying once again
to get that message across
in his 2017-2021 Capital
Improvement Plan, which
is a five-year planning
document the city adopts
yearly to project longterm spending on projects
that will cost more than
$10,000. The plan, which
the mayor offered his proposal for last week, is not
binding for the citys ultimate budget.
The mayor proposed
nearly doubling the funding to $950,000 in 2017,
with $50,000 more each
year for the following four
years to get to the sustainable amount of $1.1
million per year.
Without significant
new funding, our roads
will continue to get
worse, Arnold wrote in
his proposal. Funding can
be via the tax levy, changing policy to assess part of
the cost to adjacent property owners, or new ideas
not yet considered.
Overall, the mayors
five-year plan totals $76.8
million of spending, just
below the $78.8 million he
proposed a year ago. That
plan drew the ire of alders,
some of whom said it was
too much to spend, and
others complaining they
were not involved earlier.
Last years proposal was
an increase of more than
$30 million from the previous CIP plan.
Alders eventually got
the number down to $46.7
million. Changes included removing the Lacy
Road reconstruction project and the police station,
which is back in the new


June 10, 2016

The Fitchburg Star

Hundreds of kids check

out Touch-a-Truck
Nearly 250 people attended Fitchburg Public Librarys annual Touch-a-Truck event, held
at Fire Station #2 on May 24.
The event allowed families to get up close to
multiple fire engines and ambulances, a squad
car, a 1-ton salter, a snow plow and a moving truck. Vehicles were provided by Fitchburg Fire, Fitch-Rona EMS, Fitchburg Public
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Rendering courtesy Sieger Architects

Staybridge Suites, an extended stay hotel, will be built near Target and Golds Gym in Orchard Pointe.

Upcoming development commercial projects in Fitchburg

Highlights of the most significant
proposals that Fitchburg is working
on this year, with commentary from
city economic development director
Michael Zimmerman:
Sports complex
A versatile indoor sports complex
suited for everything from hockey to
rugby is still possible. Two buildings,
located off Lacy Road and Hwy. 14,
would have more than 300,000
square feet of indoor space and one
could be arranged as a 4,200-seat
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with a similar project in an upscale
Indianapolis suburb this summer to
see if they secure their financing for
that project.
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checking the business model, Zimmerman said. We want to continue
the conversation and see if its real.
If it is, the mayor and Council have
indicated a willingness to consider 10
percent or less of TIF participation.
Once we receive some additional
information, there could be a future
Committee of the Whole meeting to
evaluate in more detail. Stay tuned on
this one.
Sheraton hotel
A 120-room Four Points by Sher-

aton hotel is likely to be built on the

current Fitchburg Christian Fellowship
property, 2924 Fish Hatchery Road.
Across the street and near Avalon
Senior Living, two retail buildings
one with interest from a national coffeehouse chain would be built, too.
A new intersection with traffic lights
would be needed with this development. As part of the proposal, the hotel developer would acquire an apartment building at 1911 Pike Drive to
extend the road east to Fish Hatchery.
PD office buildings
Despite continued Verona Road
construction investment continues
along the corridor.
The site at the County Hwy. PD/
McKee Road intersection is being cleared for construction of a
three-story office building with underground parking that will be anchored
by KL Engineering.
Benjamin Plumbing will relocate
its business to a new building under
construction in the Fitchburg Commerce Park.
Staybridge Suites
A 100-room, five-story Staybridge Suites Hotel is expected to
break ground late this month on the
lot south of Golds Gym at Orchard

Four Points by Sheraton would feature a hotel, conference area and restaurant on North Fish Hatchery Road.

Sub-Zero/Wolf expansion
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workers, will add 435,000 square
feet to its campus and add approximately 300 jobs.
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Brew pub
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the Thirsty Goat plans to take
the place of the former Mexican
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