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City, town planning votes
in next couple of weeks
Mark IgnatowskI
Unifed Newspaper Group
A draft of the agreements that
will turn the Verona Fire Depart-
ment into a city-run department is
headed to both the city and town.
The two municipalities are set
to digest the two agreements and
make decisions in March. Elect-
ed officials have a few weeks to
wrestle over the finer details of the
agreements. Several issues they’ll
have to agree upon include: the
fate of fire department personnel,
the cost of services and the level of
services residents will receive.
The pr ocess cont ai ns t wo
agreements – one to dissolve the
current fire district, and another for
the city to provide service to the
town for at least the next 30 years.
The agreements, drafted by city
administrator Bill Burns and town
administrator Amanda Arnold,
have been reviewed by attorneys
and are now ready for a look by
Verona Fire District
Photo by Jim Ferolie
In sync
Members of the Wildcat Dance Team leap in unison during their performance at the sixth annual Multicultural Showcase at Verona Area High School last Friday. The show,
which is put on three times during the day – once for freshmen and sophomores, once for juniors and seniors and again for the public – featured 23 acts from a variety of
cultures. Among them were hip-hop, Bollywood and LGBT dance, Korean, Hawaiian and Spanish singing, African stepping, European magic and spoken word poetry.
More photos: Page 2
Plans could be ready
for initial city review
in april
Mark IgnatowskI
Unifed Newspaper Group
Updated plans to expand
the Epic campus earned a
more favorable reaction
from neighbors last week
than the original plans did
in December.
The expanding health
care soft ware company
proposed moving its North-
ern Lights Road shift away
from the Westridge Estates
subdivision and revamping
its building design to blend
in with the surroundings
and displace less light.
The company is working
submit plans for part of the
8-to-10-building project to
the city for review by the
Plan Commission as soon
as April, city administrator
Bill Burns told the Press on
Things didn’t go nearly
as well two months earlier,
when Epic invited neighbors
in the Westridge subdivision
to review concept plans for
its next growth phase – two
new campus additions to the
north and east of the cur-
rent buildings. That move
requires purchasing vacant
lots originally planned for
houses and apartments in
Westridge and realigning
City of Verona
Plan aim: bolder action downtown
JIM FerolIe
Verona Press editor
With a new planner in town and
the city poised to take advantage of
increasing economic activity, Verona
is taking a hard look at the future of
the city’s downtown.
After setting the table with a couple
of smaller discussions, the city and the
planning firm it has hired, MSA, are
looking for residents’ feedback on what
is most important in the long run. The
first of what could be multiple public
forums for the Downtown Transpor-
tation and Corridor Study is set for 6
p.m. March 7 at Verona City Center.
City administrator Bill Burns said
there aren’t as yet any hot-potato
issues like roundabouts or split one-
ways to discuss, but city leaders felt
residents ought to be given a chance
to kick things off before a new plan
starts taking shape.
“We didn’t want to go ahead and
put together the draft concepts with-
out talking to the public and giving
them a chance to talk about what
their concerns and their issues are,”
Multicultural show
If you go
What: Downtown plan public forum
When: 6-8 p.m. March 7
Where: Verona City Center, 111
Lincoln St.
Info: Call city administrator Bill
Burns at 845-6495
Turn to Epic/Page 8 Turn to Downtown/Page 12
In brief
The city and town are set to vote on dissolving the Verona
Fire District to have the city run the department. The town
will contract for services, and both sides must agree on:
• What services will be provided
• How the services will be paid for
• What happens to the existing personnel
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This year’s Multicultural Leadership Club was the biggest ever, with 31 members from at least 13 dif-
ferent ethnic backgrounds, and adviser Carri Hale couldn’t have been happier. Johnnie Yang (left, per-
forming Taylor Mail’s “What Teachers Make” in spoken word) wrote the script for the show while she
got to watch the process. She also called the audience the “most mature” yet.
Above, teachers and performers all dance to V.I.C.’s “Wobble Baby.
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Right, Deanna Sagapolu (left)
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Verona Area High School
AP scores hit all-time high
seth Jovaag
Unifed Newspaper Group
For the second straight year, more Vero-
na Area High School students who tackled
college-level courses last spring earned
passing scores on year-end exams than
ever before, according to data released last
week by the state Department of Public
Nearly 21 percent of VAHS students
in 2011-12 tackled Advanced Placement
courses that can earn them college credits,
slightly lower than the 22 percent of stu-
dents who took AP tests in 2010-11.
At the end of AP courses, students take
high-stakes exams to see if they’ve mas-
tered the content. On a scale of 1 to 5, a
3 is generally a passing score. VAHS stu-
dents who took AP classes scored 3 or bet-
ter on 82.6 percent of the exams. That’s
a 4-point increase from last year and the
highest percentage in 16 years of data.
Among 16 school districts in Dane
County, VAHS ranked third – trailing only
Mount Horeb (84 percent) and Oregon
(83.9) high schools in terms of the percent-
age of students earning passing marks.
At VAHS, 313 students took a total of
535 exams last year. In the 16 Dane Coun-
ty school districts, VAHS ranked third
behind Middleton-Cross Plains and Sun
Prairie high schools in terms of how many
kids took AP classes.
VAHS continues to struggle with low
numbers of minority students in AP cours-
es, however.
Only five of 149 black students (4 per-
cent) and five of 166 Hispanic students (3
percent) enrolled in the courses, according
to DPI data. Asian students provided the
lone exception, as 12 of 52 eligible stu-
dents (nearly 23 percent) took AP tests.
Female students bettered their male
counterparts, with 83.6 percent of girls
earning passing scores, compared with
81.4 percent for the boys. Both were all-
time highs.
VAHS offers 13 AP courses in subjects
ranging from biology, calculus, English,
history, psychology, music theory and sta-
tistics, according to the high school’s web-
Wisconsin ranks first in the 13-state
Midwest region in terms of how many
seniors scored 3 or better on an AP exam
last year, with 20.6 percent, according to
a DPI news release. Nationally, the figure
was 19.5 percent, and the state ranks 14th
in that category, and 24th in terms of the
percentage of 2012 graduates who took
AP courses, according to an annual report
from the College Board.
The data from DPI can be viewed by
gender and race and can be compared to
other districts at its website,
On t he homepage, scrol l t o t he t ab
named “data and media” and click on the
“WINNS” link, then follow the prompts to
see VAHS results.
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Verona Area School District
Officials criticize lack of
funding in Walker’s budget
seth Jovaag
Unifed Newspaper Group
Gov. Scott Walker’s pro-
posal last week to freeze
spending limits for public
schools over the next two
years didn’t sit well with
the head of the Verona
Area School District.
Joi ni ng a chor us of
public school advocates
critical of Gov. Walker’s
proposed biennial bud-
get, superintendent Dean
Gorrell said he was sur-
prised and “frustrated” by
the Republican governor’s
plan. He called it a “worst-
case scenario” for schools
as the district heads into
its annual budget-planning
“It’s hard to imagine
many kinds of businesses
that are looking at long-
term sustainability with
this kind of business mod-
el,” he said.
Walker’s proposal calls
for raising state funding
for public K-12 schools
by $129. 2 million over
the next two years, or 1
percent annual l y. That
boost in state aid could
lower property taxes. But
at the same time, districts
couldn’t exceed current
spending limits without
going to voters first, some-
thing officials here haven’t
That could spell trouble
for many districts, includ-
ing Verona. Health insur-
ance and ut i l i t y cost s
typically increase year to
year. Even modest salary
increases for staff could
drive costs up hundreds of
thousands of dollars more,
since salaries are the vast
majority of the budget.
Walker’s proposed bud-
get still requires passage
by state lawmakers, which
could take weeks or even
months. Many critics are
calling for a compromise
that will allow districts
to raise revenue caps by
at least $100 per student,
which would mean nearly
a half-million dollars more
in spending authority for
VASD’s 2013-14 budget.
Gorrel l and busi ness
manager Chris Murphy
said in a conference call
last week that they need
more information from
state education leaders
about the impact of Walk-
er’s proposals before deter-
mining how much fund-
ing each of the district’s
10 schools will receive in
2013-14. It’s too early to
say if class sizes, staffing
levels or programs will be
affected, Gorrell said.
But typically, staffing
decisions are made by mid-
April so the district can
issue contracts to teachers.
“We can’ t wai t t oo
long,” Gorrell said. “We
can’t wait until June to do
our budget.”
Continuing trend
Until several years ago,
districts typically could
increase annual spending
by roughly $270 per stu-
dent. That fell to $200 per
student in 2010 under for-
mer Gov. Jim Doyle, who
was facing a massive bud-
get deficit.
Then Walker’s 2011-13
biennium budget further
cut spending limits. Verona
schools had to cut spend-
ing by $550 per student,
or roughly $2 million, in
2011. That cut was mostly
offset by greater pension
contributions required of
public employees under
Act 10, the controversial
law that sparked wide-
spread protests in spring
Last year , spendi ng
was allowed to increase
by about $100 per student
to $10,539, bringing the
VASD budget to roughly
$57 million.
Before last week, Gor-
rell said he had anticipated
spending limits next year
would increase by at least
$100 per student, and state
Superintendent Tony Evers
had called for a $225-per-
student increase.
School boards have the
power to choose whether
to spend up to the revenue
caps. With Walker’s pro-
posal to freeze spending
limits, that “local control”
is eroded, Gorrell said.
“I understand that it’s a
way to provide property
tax relief, but it does take
away yet another decision
that the board has to make,
in my opinion,” he said.
Critics abound
Since Walker’s budget
address last week, many
public school advocates
have joined leading Demo-
crats in chastising the pro-
posal, which includes a $73
million boost in taxpayer-
funded aid to expand vouch-
er schools to several new
cities, including Madison.
Evers, the Wisconsin Asso-
ciation of School Boards and
the School Administrators
Alliance all released blister-
ing statements. The SAA
called it “the worst state
budget for public school stu-
dents in Wisconsin history.”
Local Rep. Sondy Pope-
Roberts of District 80,
the ranking Democrat on
the Assembly’s education
committee, blasted the plan
on her Facebook page:
“A 24% increase in over-
all private voucher school
spending and a 0% increase
for public schools? That is
not acceptable,” she wrote.
Fellow Democrat Sen.
Jon Erpenbach of Middle-
ton, said Walker’s proposal
for K-12 funding has deep-
ened a political divide.
“It’s getting to the point
where you’re either for
public education or you’re
for pri vat e educat i on, ”
Erpenbach told Baraboo
School Board members
Monday, according to the
Portage Daily Register.
“Those are the lines that
are being drawn.”
Walker’s proposal also
calls for a new perfor-
mance i ncent i ve grant
program that, beginning
in 2014-15, sets aside $64
million to reward schools
that score well or show
improvement on the state’s
new school report cards.
Fi ve l ocal school s –
Country View and Stoner
Prairie elementary schools,
Core Knowledge and New
Century charter schools and
Verona Area High School –
scored in the top two tiers of
that new system this spring,
which could qualify them
for rewards. But Gorrell said
that how, exactly, that pro-
gram could affect Verona
are still unknown.
“We don’t have any inside
information,” he said. “We’re
playing that waiting game.”
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f you saw the Wisconsin
Badgers’ Ben Brust make
his miracle shot against
Michigan on television earlier
this month, chances are you
were still talking about it with
your co-workers or classmates
on Monday morning.
I was, too, and it got me
When I
was a middle
schooler in
the 1970s, the
best morning
to go to school
was Wednes-
day. This had
nothing to do
with what was
planned for us
at school that
It was all about the previous
Several readers will remem-
ber that in the mid-1970s, most
families had only three or four
television channels to choose
from. Tuesday night was when
the ABC television network
scheduled its blockbuster lineup
of situation comedies, beginning
with “Happy Days,” followed
on the half hour by “Laverne
and Shirley,” “Three’s Com-
pany,” and -- if your parents
didn’t know you were watching
– “Soap.”
Unless your parents were
ogres, if you were below the age
of 14 you watched those shows
religiously. The next morning,
the bus ride to school and much
of the school day would be con-
sumed by the repetition of Jack
Tripper’s double entendre from
the night before, intense dis-
cussions about whether Fonzie
really would marry Pinky Tus-
cadero on next week’s episode
(assuming she survived the
demolition derby), or specula-
tion about what the women on
“Soap” were really referring to
while they gobbled that cake.
To a large swath of Ameri-
cans, Tuesday evening televi-
sion (and the discussion of it
the next morning) was a shared
Television once provided the
nation with a number of shared
experiences. Perhaps the great-
est example was the miniseries
“Roots.” I’ve watched this
show on cable within the last
10 years, and unfortunately, the
1970s production values make
it less impactful than was when
it first aired, but back then, the
entire nation was talking about
that show. It ran every night
over nine days, and every morn-
ing you could count on a vigor-
ous debate.
I was reminded of this phe-
nomenon a few weeks ago as
I sat through rehearsals with
Verona Area Community The-
Don’t worry, VACT isn’t
doing one of those word-for-
word recreations of a 1970s sit-
com. We were just recounting a
shared experience of our own –
but in an entirely different way
from when I was growing up.
Typically, for actors who are
not in lead roles, a rehearsal
can be a great deal of “hurry up
and wait.” You come on stage,
do your little bit, exit, and then
wait for your next entrance.
It may be 15 or 20 minutes of
To fill this void, many of the
actors bring books. A popu-
lar choice of reading material
among the actors in the last
show I was in was the “Game
of Thrones” series by George
R.R. Martin, which is also a
popular television series about
to start its third season on HBO.
I, in fact, was turned on to the
books after watching the televi-
sion series, as were many of my
VACT colleagues.
Over the course of the
rehearsal schedule, I heard
countless comments on either
the book or the show.
“I’m surprised at how closely
the television show resembles
the novels,” or “I’m trying to
finish the third book before the
third season of the series begins
in March.”
Despite the large number of
comments by the “Game of
Thrones” fans in the cast, how-
ever, I did not hear much dis-
cussion about the show.
This may be because the most
frequent comments among my
castmates tended to be along the
line of “I got the second season
on BluRay last Christmas and
watched it all in one weekend,”
or “I have the entire series on
my DVR.”
Thanks to the wonders of
modern technology, almost none
of my castmates had watched
the television show the way I
had watched “Happy Days” or
“Roots” all those years ago, by
sitting on the couch the day it
was actually broadcast. They
don’t need to. They can watch
almost anything when it is con-
In our busy world, I am sure
this counts as a blessing, but I
cannot help but wonder if this
technological wizardry also
comes with an unintended con-
sequence, the decline of the
shared television experience.
“Roots,” and the discussion
that followed each episode,
brought us closer together in
our own communities and as a
nation. It was what people were
talking about.
“Game of Thrones,” despite
what seems to be a large audi-
ence, does not have the same
effect. None of my castmates
gathered in a corner to debate
whether King Joffrey would
get his or if Robb Stark would
someday rule.
Several years ago, a book
titled “Bowling Alone,” lament-
ed how people were eschewing
bowling leagues, service groups
and other community activi-
ties in favor of more solitary
pursuits. The DVR and entire
seasons of television shows on
DVD, I fear, provides us with
one more thing we can do by
Of course there is Ben Brust
and his miracle shot, but it is
just a matter of time before the
Badgers’ season, like the Pack-
ers’ season before it, comes to
an end.
Then what will we talk about?
Karl Curtis is a devoted fan of
pop culture and a former editor
of the Verona Press.
Have we jumped the shark
on shared experiences?
Community Voices
Letter to the editor
County preservation efforts lauded
The Dane County proposal to
preserve nearly three miles of
frontage along the Sugar River
south of Verona, land currently
owned by the Bruce Co. is certain-
ly to be applauded.
A footnote to this is that Trout
Unlimited recently decided to
bring their national convention of
officers and key chapter leaders to
Madison Marriott West later this
Primarily a conservation orga-
nization, TU chose to convene
here upon invitation from local
TU members and, when they vis-
ited last year, they loved the great
trout fisheries and conservation
efforts here.
Hats off to Dane County, local
TU members and to all who have
worked to preserve and maintain
our precious local trout ecosys-
Jeff Holcomb
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Verona resident performs in percussion extravaganza
A Verona resident will
perform in the Wisconsin
Youth Symphony Orchestras
(WYSO) annual Percussion
Extravaganza at 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 2.
Eric Peterson and the per-
cussion ensemble will per-
form a diverse repertoire by
Antonin Dvořák, Andrew
Stout, Bela Fleck, the Bee
Gees and jazz legend Dave
Thi s year ’ s Ext r ava-
ganza, “Heart Beats,” will
celebrate the life-saving
skills taught by the Ameri-
can Red Cross and the beats
that energize all percus-
sion music. Peterson and
the percussion ensemble
received training in hands
onl y CPR duri ng t hei r
rehearsals and will help
the event’s audience learn
the correct compression
tempo for this important
skill when they perform an
arrangement of the Bee-
Gees’ “Stayin’ Alive.”
The 12th Annual Per-
cussion Extravaganza will
be held in Mills Concert
Hall at the UW Humani-
ties Building, 455 N. Park
St., Madison. Tickets are
$10 for adults and $5 for
youth and will be avail-
able at the door or online
For further directions and
information, please contact
the WYSO office at 263-
3320, ext. 11 or visit wyso.
Evansville FFA
22nd Annual
South Central Wisconsin
Farm Toy Show
Sunday, March 3, 2013
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Evansville Field House
401 S. Third St., Evansville, WI 53536
(Please use the Fair St. entrance)
Admission: $3.00 (children under 10 are FREE)
Kiddie Pedal Pull at 12:00pm
Lunch provided by the Evansville FFA
(Sandwiches, chips, desserts and beverages)
Exhibits include: Farm machinery, trains, cars
& trucks, train & farm displays, real farm tractors,
a kiddie pedal pull, & much more.
For more information contact:
Ron Buttchen, 32 Cemetery Rd.,
Evansville, WI 53536
(608) 882-4125.
Supported by the Evansville FFA & Alumni
Tobin and Jackie Ruhde of New Glarus are pleased to an-
nounce the engagement of their daughter, Therese Ruhde, to
Michael Yarroch, son of Joan Pavlowich and William Yarroch
of Hancock, Michigan. The couple plans to wed on May 30,
2013 in Riviera Maya, Mexico with close friends and family
in attendance.
The bride-to-be is a 2004 graduate of Verona Area High
School. She earned a bachelor’s degree in Spanish from Val-
paraiso University in 2008 and is currently in her final year of
medical school at University of Wisconsin School of Medicine
and Public Health in Madison. The future groom is a 2003
graduate of Hancock High School in Michigan and received a
bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Michigan
Technical University, Houghton Michigan. Michael is employed
as a Manager at Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Madison, WI.
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Service dog mission
Kehl School of Dance students take part in a
charity performance Sunday at Verona Area
High School. They performed their new dances
for the year at the as a fundraiser for two local
families in need of service dogs.
The fundraiser raised more than $3,000 for the
families, both of whom have young boys, one
with epilepsy and one with autism. Because
of the high costs, one family will have to raise
around $12,000, so they look to the fundraiser
to offset costs.
Those that cannot attend the performance can
still donate at the studio, 5117 Verona Road,
through March 5. For more information, contact
Left, Hannah Anderson shows off her skills.
If you go
What: Youth Symphony
Orchestras Percussion
When: 1:30 p.m.
Saturday, March 2
Where: Mills Concert
Hall at the UW Humanities
Building, 455 N. Park St.,
Tickets: $10 adults, $5
Photo by Jon Harlow and Krystal Stankowsi
Percussion ensemble member Eric Peterson plays the xylophone.
Police rePort
Info from Verona police logs:
Feb. 6
3:43 p.m. A burglar report-
edly stole a kitchen stove/oven
and a lockbox from a fore-
closed home in Kettle Court.
Police believed the burglary
happened sometime over the
previous three days.
Feb. 8
3:38 a.m. The Depart-
ment of Public Works let
police know that a plow truck
knocked over a light pole on
the corner of Maple Road and
Spruce Circle. There were no
injuries, and the light pole fell
into a neighbor’s yard.
Feb. 11
10:09 a.m. Staff at Verona
Area High School extinguished
a fire in a boys bathroom.
Police cited the 19-year-old stu-
dent, who allegedly had ignited
paper towels and put them in
the trash, with negligent han-
dling of burning material.
Feb. 13
2:31 a.m. Police arrested
a 42-year-old woman on the
300 block of East Verona
Avenue based on probable
cause that she was operating
a motor vehicle without the
owner’s consent. Tipped off
by Stoughton Police, Verona
officers stopped her and
found drug paraphernalia
and the stolen vehicle keys.
11:05 p.m. A vehicle
crashed into a backyard on the
200 block of Todd Street with
the female driver and two or
three males fleeing in a second
vehicle. Police attempted con-
tacting the vehicle’s registered
owner, a 26-year-old woman,
and suspected 24-year-old
male getaway driver.
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Bible discussions
Resurrection Lutheran Church, 6705
Wesner Road, Verona will be hosting
discussions on the Bible miniseries at
6:30 p.m. March 4, 11, 18, 25 and April
1. This miniseries is running on the His-
tory Channel on Sunday evenings in
March, culminating on Easter Sunday,
March 31.
Resurrection’s pastor, Nathan Strutz,
and assistant pastor Timothy Rosenow
will be leading the discussions.
For more information contact
Resurrection at 848-4965 or email:
CKCS Trivia Night
Enjoy an evening of trivia fun and
prizes to support Core Knowledge Char-
ter School from 5:45-8 p.m. Friday,
March 1, at the Fitchburg Community
Center, 5510 Lacy Road.
Registration fee is $30 per person with
up to eight people on a team.
To reserve a spot or table for a team,
please email Jack Grotsky, Ravi Talluri
or Brett Stousland of the Verona Area
School District. You can also call 318-
Mixed media and fiber art
The art group, 3150 Studio Artists,
will be showing a collection of their
Mixed Media and Textile Art, at the
Madison Senior Center starting Friday,
March 1.
The artists - Barbara Lulack, Bea
Neal, Chris Thomas, Linda Olson, Mary
Young, Pam Bell and Patricia Towne
- come from Verona and surrounding
areas and are dedicated to exploration,
experimentation of Mixed Media and
Fiber Art.
For info, call 848-9519
The Young and the Restless
Run, jump, slide, balance and dance at
the Verona Public Library.
Enjoy a session for children up to age 5
from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. Friday, March 1.
The Young and the Restless open
indoor play time is an opportunity for
kids be active, develop motor skills, and
make new friends.
Rain garden workshop
Learn how to conserve water with a
rain garden workshop from 9 a.m. - noon
Saturday, March 2, at the Verona Public
The cost for the workshop is $5.
For more information, to register or
to order plants, visit
Introduction to Excel
Solve the mystery of the spreadsheet
with Introduction to Excel, a how-to
computer class at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday,
March, 5, at the library.
This program is free. Register online
Green Eggs and Ham
Join the library for a free breakfast in
honor of Dr. Seuss’ birthday from 9:30-
10:30 a.m. Wednesday, March 6.
Staff will be serving green eggs, ham,
muffins, and juice.
Please register each person in
your party who will be eating at
Learn about volunteering with RSVP
of Dane County at 9:15 a.m., Tuesday,
March 5, at the Verona Senior Center.
Volunteers will be on hand to share
information about what it means
to volunteer as a driver, what time
commitment is required and more.
Family wellness fair
A family wellness fair will be held
from 5-8 p.m. Thursday, March 7, at
Savanna Oaks Middle School, 5890
Lacy Road.
The f ai r wi l l i ncl ude l ocal
organizations providing educational
booths, family fun activities, food, and a
speaker at 8 p.m. Chandra Dobson form
the Madison Police Department will be
speaking on “Cyber Safety for Teens.”
The public is invited to attend. For more
info, email
Men’s group
Join the men’s group for a con-
versation with Gary Kuzynski, who
provides chair massage three times a
month at the Verona Senior Center and
also does foot reflexology, a fascinat-
ing, and sometimes very beneficial
service for overall health.
The conversation takes place at 9:30
a.m. Friday, March 8, at the senior cen-
Green and Gold Bingo
Start celebrating the Luck o’ the Irish
at the Green and Gold Bingo event at
12:30 p.m. Friday, March 8, at the senior
All prizes are either green or gold.
Play costs $1 per two cards. Come
wearing green and gold to be eligible for
added prizes.
Coming up
Community calendar
2951 Chapel Valley Road, Fitchburg
(608) 276-7729
Pastor Rich Johnson
2833 Raritan Road, Fitchburg, WI
(608) 271-2811
Sunday Worship: 8 and10:45 a.m.
Verona Business Centre
535 Half Mile Rd. #7, Verona.
(608) 271-2811
Sunday Worship: 9 a.m.
5705 Lacy Road, Fitchburg
(608) 273-1008 •
Phil Haslanger
(608) 271-6633
Central: Raymond Road & Whitney
8:15, 9:30 & 10:45 a.m. Worship
West: Corner of Hwy. PD & Nine
Mound Road, Verona
9 & 10:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Worship
At the Verona Senior Center
108 Paoli St. • (608) 347-3827, info@
10 a.m. Worship
201 S. Main, Verona
(608) 845-7125
Lead pastor: Jeremy Scott
10:15 a.m. Worship
102 N. Franklin Ave., Verona
Pastor Dwight R. Wise
(608) 848-1836 www.
10 a.m. Family Worship Service
Wisconsin Synod, 6705 Wesner
Road, Verona
(608) 848-4965 •
Pastor Nathan Strutz and Assistant
Pastor: Timothy Rosenow
6:30 p.m. Worship
9 a.m. Worship Service
301 N. Main St., Verona
(608) 845-6613
Fr. William Vernon, pastor
SATURDAY 5 p.m. Sunday Vigil,
St. Andrew, Verona
SUNDAY 7:30 a.m., St. William,
9 and 11 a.m., St. Andrew, Verona
Daily Mass: Tuesday-Saturday at 8
a.m., St. Andrew, Verona
427 S. Main Street, Verona
(608) 845-6922
Pastors Kurt M. Billings and Peter
5 p.m., Saturday
8:30 and 10:45 a.m., Sunday
502 Mark Dr., Verona, WI
Phone: (608) 845-7315
Rev. Dr. Mark E. Yurs, Pastor
Laura Kolden, Associate in Ministry
9:00AM Sunday School (for all ages)
10:15AM Worship Service
Staffed nursery: 8:45am-11:30am
11:30AM Fellowship Hour
2752 Town Hall Road (off County
(608) 437-3493
Pastor: Jeff Jacobs
8:45 a.m. Communion Worship
130 N. Franklin St., Verona
(608) 845-5855,
Pastor: Gary Holmes
9:00 & 10:30
Contemporary worship with
children’s Sunday school.
Refreshments and fellowship are
between services.
2920 Hwy. M, Verona, WI 53593
Sunday (nursery provided in a.m.)
9:15 a.m. - Praise and worship
10:45 - Sunday School (all ages)
6 p.m. - Small group Bible study
CHRIST – Located at Hwy. 92 & Ct.
Road G, Mount Vernon
(608) 832-6677 for information
Pastor: Brad Brookins
10:15 a.m. Worship
At Hwy. 69 and PB, Paoli
(608) 845-5641
Rev. Sara Thiessen
9:30 a.m. Family Worship
430 E. Verona Ave.
Park Printing
House, Ltd.
550 E. Verona Ave.
Verona • 845-6505
Call 845-9559
to advertise on the
Verona Press
church page
Thursday, Feb. 28
7 a.m. – Home Instead at Senior Center
9 a.m. - Daily Exercise
10 a.m. - Gilda’s Club at Senior Center
3 p.m. - Daily Exercise
4 p.m. – Marcy & the Highlights at Senior
6 p.m. - Salem Church Service
7 p.m. - Words of Peace
8 p.m. - Daily Exercise
9 p.m. – Chatting with the Chamber
10 p.m. – Memorial Baptist at Historical
Friday, Mar. 1
7 a.m. – Marcy & the Highlights at Senior
1:30 p.m. - Chatting with the Chamber
3 p.m. - Renters Assistance at Senior
5 p.m. - 2011 Wildcats Football
8:30 p.m. - Renters Assistance at Senior
10 p.m. - Home Instead at Senior Center
11 p.m. – Gilda’s Club at Senior Center
Saturday, Mar. 2
8 a.m. – Common Council from 2-25-13
11 a.m. - Renters Assistance at Senior
1 p.m. - 2011 Wildcats Football
4:30 p.m. – Memorial Baptist at Historical
6 p.m. – Common Council from 2-25-13
9 p.m. - Renters Assistance at Senior
10 p.m. - Memorial Baptist at Historical
11 p.m. - Gilda’s Club at Senior Center
Sunday, Mar. 3
7 a.m. - Hindu Cultural Hour
9 a.m. – Resurrection Church
10 a.m. - Salem Church Service
Noon - Common Council from 2-25-13
3 p.m. - Renters Assistance at Senior
4:30 p.m. - Memorial Baptist at Historical
6 p.m. – Common Council from 2-25-13
9 p.m. - Renters Assistance at Senior
10 p.m. – Memorial Baptist at Historical
11 p.m. - Gilda’s Club at Senior Center
Monday, Mar. 4
7 a.m. – Marcy & the Highlights at Senior
1:30 p.m. - Chatting with the Chamber
3 p.m. - Renters Assistance at Senior
5 p.m. - 2011 Wildcats Football
9 p.m. - Hindu Cultural Hour
10 p.m. – Home Instead at Senior Center
11 p.m. – Gilda’s Club at Senior Center
Tuesday, Mar. 5
7 a.m. – Home Instead at Senior Center
9 a.m. - Daily Exercise
10 a.m. - Gilda’s Club at Senior Center
3 p.m. - Daily Exercise
4 p.m. – Marcy & the Highlights at Senior
6 p.m. - Resurrection Church
8 p.m. - Words of Peace
9 p.m. - Chatting with the Chamber
10 p.m. - Memorial Baptist at Historical
Wednesday, Mar. 6
7 a.m. – Marcy & the Highlights at Senior
1:30 p.m. - Chatting with the Chamber
3 p.m. – Renters Assistance at Senior
5 p.m. – Common Council from 2-25-13
7 p.m. - Capital City Band
8 p.m. – Renters Assistance at Senior
10 p.m. - Home Instead at Senior Center
11 p.m. – Gilda’s Club at Senior Center
Thursday, Mar. 7
7 a.m. – Home Instead at Senior Center
9 a.m. - Daily Exercise
10 a.m. – Gilda’s Club at Senior Center
3 p.m. - Daily Exercise
4 p.m. – Marcy & the Highlights at Senior
6 p.m. - Salem Church Service
8 p.m. - Daily Exercise
9 p.m. – Chatting with the Chamber
10 p.m. – Memorial Baptist at Historical
What’s on VHAT-98
Calling all churches
Is your service time changing? See a change that has yet
to be made? Please let us know so we can have the correct
listing in our church directories. Call Victoria at 845-9559
ext. 249 or email
Thursday, Feb. 28
• 10 a.m., Women’s group discussion, Verona Senior
Center, 845-7471
• 6-8 p.m., Business idea class, Verona Public Library,
Friday, March 1
• 9:30 a.m., The young and the restless session,
Verona Public Library, 845-7180
• 5:45-8 p.m. Trivia Night to support Core Knowledge
Charter School, Fitchburg Community Center
Saturday, March 2
• 9 a.m., Rain garden workshop, Verona Public
Library, 845-7180
Monday, March 4
• 6:30 p.m., City Plan Commission, City Hall
• 6:30 p.m., Bible discussion, Resurrection Lutheran
Church, 6705 Wesner Road, 848-4965
Tuesday, March 5
• 9:15 a.m., RSVP info session, Verona Senior
Center, 845-7471
• 9:30 a.m., Hometown helpers, Verona Senior
Center, 845-7471
• 6:30 p.m. Excel workshop, Verona Public Library,
Wednesday, March 6
• 9:30 – 10:30 a.m. Green eggs and ham breakfast,
Verona Public Library, 845-7180
Thursday, March 7
• 5-8 p.m., Family Wellness Fair, Savanna Oaks
Middle School, 5890 Lacy Road
Friday, March 8
• 9:30 a.m., Men’s group – Gary Kuzynski, Verona
Senior Center, 845-7471
• 12:30 p.m., Green and gold bingo, Verona Senior
Center, 845-7471
Sunday, March 10
Daylight Savings Time starts
Puttering and Other Ways to Savor Life
During my childhood, my father would often preface his trips to
the garage with the announcement that he was going downstairs to
“putter,” often saying that he was “just going to putter around” in
the garage. What he usually ended up doing for the next few hours
was fixing broken toys, lamps or other appliances, or working on
the cars. I distinctly remember looking up the word “putter” after
hearing my father use the term, trust me, he “puttered” a lot, and
chuckling when I read the definition: to occupy oneself with minor
or unimportant tasks. But even then I knew that what my father
was doing wasn’t minor or unimportant. Seeing him fix broken
stuff around the house was an important lesson on the value of
resourcefulness, frugality, and helping others. Some of my most
productive days now are those lazy Saturdays when I putter around
the house, doing some housework perhaps between writing these
short pieces, and then maybe going for a walk. We never know
what we might find or how we might get inspired when we putter.
You don’t always need a prioritized list in order to get stuff done
or to savor life in all its glory. Sometimes you just need to take the
time to putter.
“Praise the Lord, my soul; all my inmost being, praise his holy
Psalm 103:1
Victoria Vlisides
Unifed Newspaper Group
Nineteen years ago, the
owner of a new Verona yoga
studio tried hot yoga for the
first time.
Si nce t hen, “I never
stopped,” said Marit Sathrum,
owner and director of Inner
Fire Yoga, which opened a
Verona location earlier this
month in the Verona Athletic
Center, at 411 Prairie Heights
Inner Fire’s
been in the
M a d i s o n
area for 10
years. While
Sathrum, 50,
feels her stu-
di o hel ped
“pri me t he
market” for
ot her yoga
studios in town, Madison’s
yoga scene was getting some-
what “saturated,” she said.
Until Inner Fire opened its
second location in Verona,
the closest yoga studios were
in Fitchburg or the Town of
Springdale. Sathrum said
Inner Fire gets a lot of west
side visitors at their Universi-
ty Avenue location, including
Epic Systems Corp employ-
This coupled with a little
serendipity brought Inner
Fire to Verona. Sathrum had
scoped out nearly six loca-
tions, including several on the
east side of Madison before
she landed at the Verona Ath-
letic Center location. She’d
been in negotiations to start
a studio on the east side for
about a year when that fell
through and from that, some-
one suggested the athletic
The studio includes a yoga
room, complete with a heat-
ing system, that can accom-
modate around 40 people.
It also has a few changing
rooms and retail and recep-
tion area. All of it comes to
about 1,200 square feet.
An advantage was that the
shower area was already built
in at the center, she said. That
helped with saving in expens-
es to open a second location.
So far Sathrum said Verona
has responded well to a new
yoga studio, including high
attendance to free classes dur-
ing the first week they were
open in mid February.
She first opened Bikram
Yoga Madison in October
2002. It became Inner Fire
Yoga in 2006 because she
wanted it to encompass many
types of yoga.
Yoga’s been a part of Sath-
rum’s life since she first tried
it 19 years ago while living in
San Francisco, although she
wasn’t always certain it’d be
her career.
Sathrum had finished her
MBA at Thunderbird School
of Global Management in
2003 and was working in the
financial world as an equity
analyst when she tried bikram
yoga, a type of heated yoga
named after its creator, in
San Francisco. It was a great
stress-reliever and she began
teaching yoga as a hobby. Her
regular job was stressful and
she finally quit a well-paying
job but ultimately one that she
“(Yoga) helped me come to
a self realization about the job
and the industry,” she said.
“There was more to life than
making money.”
In 2002, she moved back to
the Midwest to raise kids. She
was looking at a job in medi-
cal sales and wasn’t consid-
ering opening a yoga studio
until she spotted the perfect
spot for it.
She later adopted her
daughter in 2005 and came
upon rough financial times
with the business.
“Life was really hard,” she
said. “I almost quit.”
After talking to a business
coach, she honed her vision
for Inner Fire and refocused.
Inner Fire’s mission reflects
Sathrum’s values of charity
and community.
“The mission is really ulti-
mately about freedom,” she
said. “And freedom is a pretty
big word, but freedom and
peace go together for sure.
The vision is to spread yoga.”
Inner Fire offers a free
yoga scholarship to two yogis
every three months for peo-
ple who couldn’t otherwise
afford it. Inner Fire has raised
more than $62,000 for char-
ity to date for organizations
including Domestic Abuse
Intervention Services.
The Verona studio is sav-
ing room to grow, starting
with offering three types of
classes, two to four times
a day, seven days a week.
Though Sarthum said she’d
like to offer up to as many as
eight different yoga classes.
The three classes are hot
yoga, power flow and inner
fire flow 60.
Inner fire flow 60 is a hot
“static” yoga class (inspired
by hot yoga) with the power
flow class at a level accessible
to all yoga students, including
beginners, according to Inner
Fire’s website. It is 60 min-
utes long, in a heated room,
and is appropriate for new
and more experienced yoga
Power flow is 60, 75 or 90
minute vigorous vinyasa flow
yoga class in a warmed room.
It includes sun salutations,
strengthening, stretching and
keen attention to the breath.
Hot yoga is a classical stat-
ic yoga practice. You hold a
pose, stop and rest. It encom-
passes 26 poses and two
breathing exercises. It’s in a
heated room at 105 degrees.
She said hot yoga classes
can be called different names
but if they don’t include the
aforementioned, they aren’t
truly hot yoga.
Inner Fire also has teach-
er training and workshops
offered to members and non-
February 28, 2013 The Verona Press
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Photo submitted
Inner Fire Yoga has two locations in Madison and Verona. Above, a class holds a pose at the Madison
New yoga studio has deep roots
Inner Fire
411 Prairie Heights Dr
Hours vary daily
Mark crawford
For Unifed Newspaper Group
Several Verona busi-
nesses will be among 200
vendors at the 33rd annu-
al Home Products Show
March 1-3 at the Alliant
Energy Center in Madi-
The show highlights
multiple aspects of home
design and remodeling
and affords visitors an
opportunity to get ideas
for projects or ask ques-
tions of contractors.
This year’s show will
feature Verona businesses
Zander Solutions, Worry
Free Remodeling, Rock-
weiler Insulation, Gla-
cier Landscape, Driftmier
Design, Busch’s Signs
and Designs and Capitol
Lawn Sprinkler.
Attendees can speak
with the actual owners of
the companies that inter-
est them, who are often
present at the booth.
The Home Pr oduct
Show al so offers free
seminars throughout the
three-day event by local
The Home Product s
Show i n Madi son i s
March 1-3 at Exhibition
Hall in the Alliant Energy
Center. Times are Friday
2-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-
6 p.m., and Sunday 10
a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is
Expo draws
derek spellMan
Unifed Newspaper Group
John and Lori Faber, co-
owners of the Verona Cul-
ver’s, have won the compa-
ny’s highest honor.
The couple was named the
winner of this year’s GM
Culver Award earlier this
month, the company said in
a press release. The award
is named for Culver’s late
co-founder George Culver,
and is “the highest honor
in the organization which
recognizes individuals who
have demonstrated long-
term visionary leadership
and success,” the company’s
release said.
Faber has been with Cul-
ver’s since 1996, and he has
spent nearly that entire time
with the Verona store at 430
E. Verona Ave.
“Quite the surprise. It
really was,” John Faber told
the Press Tuesday morning
when asked about the honor.
Culver’s is an expanding
franchise system with more
than 470 independently
owned and operated restau-
rants in 20 states, the com-
pany said in its release.
Faber, who was raised
in Verona, started out in
the hospital administration
field before embarking on
a career as a restaurateur.
He had spent 12 years with
Meriter Hospital before
he decided to own his own
business in the 1990s.
“From a little kid, I want-
ed to own my own busi-
ness,” he said, noting that
“for years and years I looked
at options in the business
His wife suggested Cul-
ver’s. After meeting with
representatives of the com-
pany, he quickly concluded
that he “believed in their
vision and their model.”
As a new restaurant owner,
he had started training with
the company to build and
run a new Culver’s in Lake
Mills. In 1996, he started his
training in Spring Green and
continued it in Verona.
It was then that Craig
Culver, the current com-
pany CEO, approached
Faber about purchasing the
Verona Culver’s, which had
opened in June 1996. The
store had been struggling
under its original franchise
owners before the company
purchased it in 1996 and
offered it to Faber.
“Verona has always been
my hometown,” Faber said.
He turned out to be “at the
right place at the right time.”
He purchased the Verona
store in June 1997, and the
store, like Verona, has only
grown since. Faber attributes
that success to his employ-
ees and to the “outstanding”
Verona community, he said.
“Those two things have
created what I’ve been fortu-
nate to own all these years,”
he said.
Fabers receive Culver’s highest accolade
Photo submitted
Lori and John Faber earlier this month were awarded the GM Culver
Award, the company’s highest honor.
February 28, 2013 The Verona Press
Northern Lights Road.
Many nei ghbor s had
strongly objected to the plan,
saying the road and buildings
would be too close to their
The company and city held
a series of focus groups and
open meetings over the ensu-
ing weeks, and the city pre-
sented revised plans to the
public last week.
The most notable change
moves the road’s new eastern
shift about 200 feet north,
farther from nearby homes,
creating a minimum distance
of about 400 feet from the
road to homes in the area,
Epic officials said.
Deana Turner, senior proj-
ect manager for the campus’
builder, Findorff, said the
focus groups wanted a buf-
fer between the company and
their homes. Epic announced
it will build a berm along the
length of the Northern Lights
Road to shield the neighbor-
hood from the campus.
Turner said the company
has instructed its architect to
flow the new building design
into the existing landscape
and to make the buildings
less visible from the neigh-
Those plans met with less
hostility from the nearly 60
residents who attended the
meeting at the Verona Senior
Center last Thursday. Some
residents said the corporate
campus would be a better
addition to the neighborhood
than the planned apartment
lots and duplexes that would
add traffic volume to the
Traffic was still a concern,
however, and Epic and the
city are still working on a
traffic study that will proj-
ect needs several years into
the future. Those results
will likely be ready in early
March, with a public meet-
ing planned for late March,
Burns said.
Although the city is pay-
ing $85,000 for the traffic
study out of tax-incremental
financing, Epic plans to pay
for the majority of traffic
improvements in the area,
including moving Northern
Lights Road.
One traffic change the
company plans to make from
its original plan would add
more access to Nine Mound
Road on the north end of
the subdivision. That would
give residents more ways to
access their homes without
creating through traffic from
Epic employees.
“We didn’t want to pro-
vide any connections to
Northern Lights for fear that
people would find it as a
shortcut,” Turner said. “We
kept access to the neigh-
borhood in ways that Epic
employees wouldn’t find a
Epi c of f i c i a l s a l s o
addressed neighbors con-
cerns about “construction
fatigue” from the company’s
seemingly endless building
Turner sai d Epi c has
changed how and when it
takes delivery of construc-
tion materials to cut down
on traffic. In addition, she
said, the exterior work on
the Deep Space auditorium
should be completed by this
summer in order to cut down
on exterior lighting, and the
Farm Campus to the south
should be completed this
summer, too.
Turner said the company
continues to make adjust-
ments on the amount of light
that emits from the campus.
Bruce Richards, the compa-
ny’s facilities and engineer-
ing director, said the com-
pany has hired a full-time
light manager who makes
adjustments to the lights in
the company’s buildings and
at construction sites.
Epic officials urged resi-
dents to call the company if
they have concerns about the
construction projects.
Next step
Burns met with Epic on
Monday and said the com-
pany is considering turning
in plans to city staff in early
March. That would allow the
city’s Plan Commission to
review it in April.
The city would look at site
plans for individual build-
ings, permits for linking the
buildings together, the prop-
erty purchase and rezoning
and a plat change.
“There are several differ-
ent reviews that we would go
through,” Burns said.
Staff will review the plan
before the Commission takes
a look at it, and the Common
Council will take action on
the commission’s recom-
mendation for the permits,
plat and zoning change, like-
ly in May or June. The site
plans will not need council
“It’s a multistep process,”
Burns said. “There are notic-
es and public hearings that
take place throughout that
What’s next?
The formal review
process for Epic’s
plans to expand its
Verona campus could
head to the Plan
Commission as soon
as April. It would likely
go to a public hearing
at the next month’s
Plan Commission
meeting and then
council review.
Epic: 200 feet farther away
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Boys hockey
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The Verona Area High School boys hockey team celebrates after a 4-2 win over Madison Edgewood last Saturday in the WIAA sectional final at Hartmeyer Ice Arena. The
win clinched Verona’s second straight state tournament berth for the Wildcats.
Wild(cats) ride
Photo by Anthony Iozzo
Sophomore Eric Schmid (second from left) receives his second-place medal Saturday
at the WIAA Division 1 state wrestling tournament at the Kohl Center.
Schmid grapples to second at state
Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor
Sophomor e Er i c Schmi d
marched around the mats as the
lights went off and the crowd rum-
bled the Kohl Center Saturday at
the WIAA Division 1 state wres-
tling tournament.
Schmid was in the 145-pound
finals, the first Verona wrestler
since Andres Caceres in 2007 to
make it that far, and he made it after
a thrilling semifinals match that he
won by sudden victory.
The only one in his way was Sun
Prairie junior Jared Scharenbrock,
who had beaten him in a confer-
ence dual, the conference tourna-
ment, regionals and sectionals in
consecutive weeks – with the last
four being for titles.
Scharenbrock (46-0), ranked No.
1 on, defeated
Schmid once again in a 14-2 major
decision, but Schmid said it didn’t
take away from both the experience
and reaching second on the podi-
um, the highest Verona finish since
Ben Sarbacker won the 160-pound
title in 2007.
“Words don’t put it into
perspective – the whole deal. The
lights are off, the full house. Wres-
tling in front of a big crowd is super
cool,” he said. “All eyes are on you,
so it puts a little pressure, but all the
coaches and people I talked to told
me to realize that I have to enjoy
and soak in how cool it really is.
“It was the best experience I have
ever went through as a wrestler and
all the hard work I have put in has
really paid off.”
Schmid (46-8), who came in
ranked No. 6, defeated Milwaukee
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Parker punches Verona’s
ticket back to state with
pair of third-period goals
Jeremy Jones
Sports editor
Perhaps no other state-qualifying
team from a year ago had more ques-
tions than Verona, which lost 13
seniors, including both goaltenders
and 75 percent of the offense, follow-
ing last season.
Despite the deck seemingly
stacked against them and a one-goal
road loss at Stevens Point to start the
season, the Wildcats showed they
still had plenty of talent. Verona went
on to rattle off 15 straight victories
and a spotless 14-0 Big Eight record
on its way to the team’s second-
straight conference title.
All of that would have meant
nothing, however, if the Wildcats
lost Saturday’s sectional final game
inside Hartmeyer Ice Arena.
Verona junior forward Charlie
Parker wasn’t about to let that hap-
pen, however, scoring a power-play
and an empty-net goal in the final 10
minutes to help propel the Wildcats
to a second-consecutive state appear-
ance and the fifth overall for the
Wildcats with a 4-2 victory over rival
Madison Edgewood.
“It feels just as good as last year,”
Parker said. “Every new player on
this team and every returner – it feels
like the first time. It’s an amazing
The victory set up a state quarter-
final game Thursday between the
Wildcats (25-2) and the Wausau
West Warriors (17-9-1) at noon
inside the Dane County Coliseum.
“The beginning of last year we had
some expectations to be at state,”
Verona head coach Joel Marshall
said. “We obviously had our core
group, but basically losing our entire
D core, we had some questions there
and in net.
“For the 13 new faces we had play-
ing tonight, this was very rewarding.”
Despite everything the Wildcats
found themselves deadlocked with
Madison Edgewood with 10 minutes
The Wildcats began to turn the tide
in their favor minutes before, howev-
er, as Parker drew a hooking call on
forward Daniel Gerhard.
Twelve seconds later Parker put
the Wildcats ahead for good, wristing
a shot from the left circle up and over
the stick of Edgewood senior Connor
In a game packed full of drama,
a bit of trepidation began to creep
into the Wildcat faithful when Nolan
Kepler took an interference penalty
with 2:21 remaining in the game.
Already 1 for 4 on the power play
though, the Crusaders were unable to
get the puck past Alex Jones.
“Alex played the best I’ve seen
him play and defenseman Zach Lanz
played remarkably well,” Marshall
said. “Those two freshmen stepped
up and played exceptionally well in a
sectional final game.”
Parker finally allowed the Wildcat
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Alt, Afable
qualify for
state, team
makes it too
If you go
What: 43rd WIAA state
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When: 5:40 p.m. March
Where: Wisconsin
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Jeremy Jones
Sports editor
Despite the outstanding sea-
son, Verona/Madison Edge-
wood gymnast Lexi Alt has
still managed to shock herself
at Saturday’s WIAA Division
1 Waunakee sectional meet.
Competing against juniors
Aryn Skibba of Middleton
and Caroline Smith of Madi-
son Memorial all season,
Alt distanced herself from
Skibba and tied Smith for
first place all-around honors
with a 37.375 to automatically
earn herself a spot at the 43rd
annual WIAA gymnastics
state championships March
1-2 at Wisconsin Rapids Lin-
coln High School in Wiscon-
sin Rapids.
“I was kind of shocked,”
Alt said. “I hadn’t beaten them
this season.”
Alt secured her first section-
al title on the final rotation,
taking the vault with a 9.40.
“Aryn, Caroline and me,”
Alt said. “I knew it would be
one of us.”
Alt went on tie for second
with Middleton senior Bianca
Bakkar (9.25) on beam and
finished runner-up .25 behind
Skibba (9.50) on the floor. Alt
took fourth on bars 9.25.
Madi son Edgewood’s
Claire Afable knows the feel-
ing of just missing out on an
individual state berth all too
well. Saturday she put that all
behind her. Posting an 8.9 on
the Wildcat/Crusaders open-
ing uneven bars rotation, Afa-
ble saw her score hold up to
secure the fifth and final state
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senior Travis Smith, ranked
No. 2, in a 9-7 sudden victory
in overtime Friday to make
the finals. He was down two
points with 10 seconds to go.
“I knew that he was pretty
exhausted, and my coaches
were really telling me to get
on him,” Schmid said. “I can
feel throughout the match ...
he was breaking mentally. He
was slow to get back into the
circle and had a lot of blood
time outs and injuries. So I
just picked up the pace, and it
worked out for me.”
Schmid started the tourna-
ment with wins over Hart-
land Arrowhead senior Mitch
Berenz, ranked No. 3, and
Mukwonago senior Joe Matt-
son, ranked No. 11, in the
preliminary match. Schmid
defeated Berenz 7-2 and
pinned Mattson in 2 minutes,
52 seconds.
“It was extremely impor-
tant for me to get that first
win, and with that first win,
it definitely gave me some
momentum to keep winning,”
he said. “It is a lot more fun
to win.”
Now that the season is
over, Schmid said he will
take some time off to clear
his head, but he expects to get
back to work soon to try and
get stronger, fix weaknesses
and make it back to state and
contend for a title.
“I am really glad I can
make my family and the
Verona school proud – all
the students and everyone
who knows me,” he said. “It
was definitely something else
to stand up there and get the
second-place medal.”
Hansen finishes career
at state tournament
Senior Ben Hansen also
qualified for state at 126
pounds, and he went 2-2 in
the tournament, just missing a
chance at the podium.
Hansen made the consola-
tion semifinals Friday, but
he fell in a 12-2 major deci-
sion to Holmen junior Darius
Wright, ranked No. 3. Wright
later took fifth.
Hansen was a little disap-
pointed he didn’t make the
podium, but he was glad he
finished his career at state.
“(Wrestling at state) is
definitely something that not
many people get to experi-
ence. I am definitely happy
that I was able to,” he said.
“It is something that you can
never substitute in life.”
Hansen did defeat Brook-
field Central junior Brandon
Peltier, ranked No. 15, in
the consolations with an 8-1
win, and he began the tour-
nament with a 4-2 win over
Whitefish Bay senior Joey
Davey, ranked No. 14, in the
Hansen’s other loss was in
the quarterfinals to Merrill
senior Garrett Schmelling,
who is ranked No. 7, falling
Hansen finished the season
with a 41-11 record. He fin-
ished his Verona Area High
School career with a 123-38.
He said the experience was
fun, and he was happy he
could go through the Verona
program. He also said he
didn’t plan on wrestling in
college, but he will still be a
part of the sport as an assis-
tant coach, helping people out
in the wrestling room.
“I have been wrestling
since I was in kindergarten
and everything I ever worked
for is over now, so it is rough
keeping that in my head,” he
said. “I still have plenty of life
ahead of me, though, so I am
not going to get stuck in the
Continued from page 9
Photos by Anthony Iozzo
Above: sophomore Eric Schmid controls the arm of Mukwonago
senior Joe Mattson Thursday in his preliminary match. He won 4-2.
Right: senior Ben Hansen (126 pounds) grapples with Joey Davey
(Whitefish Bay) in his preliminary match Thursday during the WIAA
Division 1 state wrestling tournament at the Kohl Center.
State: Hansen finishes his Verona Area High School wrestling career 123-38
Girls hockey
Photo by Jeremy Jones
The Middleton co-op reacts (in the background) following top-seeded Onalaska’s final goal in a 7-4
loss Friday in the WIAA sectional final at the Onalaska Omni Center. The Metro Lynx won their first two
playoff games in the program’s history this season before falling a game short of state.
Third-period deflection sinks Lynx
Jeremy Jones
Sports editor
Verona sophomore forward Amanda
Holman scored a pair of power-play
goals, but the second-seeded Middleton
girls hockey co-op were unable to pull
an upset against top-ranked Onalaska in
a 7-4 WIAA girls hockey sectional final
loss Friday inside the Onalaska Omni
Trailing 5-4 entering the third peri-
od, the sixth-ranked Metro Lynx saw a
quirky bounce turn the tide as Aquinas
defenseman Kianna Kalmes scored just
over 12 minutes into the third period.
With a winger coming out of the corner,
Middleton watch the puck ricochet off its
player only to bounce over the shoulder
of goaltender Katie Roe.
“It’s a tough bounce, but that’s the
game of hockey,” Metro Lynx head coach
Peter Brenner said. “We’ve had bounces
go our way and some against this year.
Unfortunately, this one came at a bad
The state’s leading scorer, junior for-
ward Theresa Knutson (70G, 14A), was
held without a goal throughout nearly the
entire game until tacking on an empty-net
goal with 20 seconds remaining. She add-
ed three assists.
The Hilltoppers (22-4) proved to be
anything but lacking in depth, how-
ever, as senior forward Baylee Darling
(1G, 2A) and sophomore forward Jacyn
Reeves (2G) proved.
“That’s probably one of the best lines
in the state,” Brenner said. “They just
keep coming at you. They’re great skat-
ers with great shots. A couple of them
may end up playing DI at some point.”
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It was a welcome relief
for the senior who rolled her
ankle two days prior off the
beam in practice
“I’ve rolled it before, so
at first I didn’t think it was
that bad,” Afable said. “By
Friday I was concerned it
might affect my floor and
vault scores, but I was never
concerned about it affecting
With Middleton’s Skibba
and Bakkar and Smith and
Alt expected to take four of
the state qualifying spots,
Afable knew she’d have little
room for error at sectionals.
Adding some new skills to
her routine two weeks ago,
Afable did enough to hold off
Sun Prairie junior Katyalex
Schoenike (8.725).
“I knew there were some
very talented girls battling for
that fifth spot today. I’m just
glad I was able to finally get
one of those spots,” Afable
Afable finished one spot
out of all-around state com-
pletion, taking sixth overall
with a score of 34.325.
The individual champion-
ships will begin Friday at
5:40 p.m. The team competi-
tion begins at 11 a.m. Satur-
State preview
Homestead and Middleton
lead the 10 teams competing
on Saturday by making their
21st and 17th appearances at
the state tournament, respec-
tively. Arrowhead, Burling-
ton/Badger/Catholic Central/
Wilmot Union, Chippewa
Falls, Eau Claire Memorial/
North, Franklin/Muskego/
Oak Creek/Whitnall, Graf-
ton/Cedarburg, Verona/Edge-
wood and West Bend West
round out the field.
The Franklin/Muskego/
Oak Creek/ Whitnall co-op
won the Division 1 team
championship for the second
straight season last year with
a score of 147.648.
Four events in Division 1
feature returning champions.
Junior Jessica Krause of
Arrowhead is the returning
two-time champion on the
floor exercise, where she will
attempt to become just the
fourth gymnast to win three
titles on floor.
Sophomore Bailey Fitz-
patrick of Burlington/Bad-
ger/Catholic Central/Wilmot
returns as the all-around
Sophomore Molly Bena-
vides of Burlington/Badger/
Catholic Central/Wilmot was
a co-champion on the balance
beam a year ago, sharing
the title with senior Sammie
Olson of Franklin/Muskego/
Oak Creek/Whitnall.
“We’ll be looking to best
our previous two years’
eighth-place finishes,” VME
co-head coach Rachael Haus-
er said. “Looking at team
scores from other sectionals,
it looks like we should be
expecting some tight compe-
tition between all the teams
except for FMOW and BBW,
who will lead the pack by at
least five points.”
Photo by Jeremy Jones
Madison Edgewood’s Claire Afable performs on the parallel bars Saturday at the WIAA Division 1
gymnastics sectional at Waunakee High School. Afable finished with an 8.9, qualifying for state.
Gymnastics: Wildcats take second
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faithful to exhale with his
empty-net goal with 33 sec-
onds remaining.
“We may have looked past
them a little bit, thinking they
were just going to lay down
for us, but we definitely
shouldn’t have,” said senior
captain Zac Keryluk, who
struck paydirt with a goal
midway through the first peri-
od. “The playoffs are a whole
different animal. They defi-
nitely came to play in those
first two periods.”
Though the Wildcats skat-
ed to a 6-2 win back in early
January, Marshall certainly
didn’t expect a similar result
this time around.
“They didn’t really have
that will or fight that they had
tonight, no question,” he said.
“The smaller rink definitely
played into their favor and
we struggled to control the
Junior defenseman Phillip
Fromberger helped Verona
go ahead by one goal again
late in the second period, fir-
ing a power-play goal past
Curliss with under two min-
utes remaining.
Edgewood, however, drew
even on Eliot Fridow’s goal
off a goofy bounce with 24
seconds left in the period.
Though the Wildcats have
trailed in games before, Sat-
urday was the first time a
team outshot them in a peri-
Jones turned in 34 saves,
including 11 in the first peri-
od, to stymie the Crusaders’
attack. Curliss took the loss,
making 25 saves.
State preview
Second-ranked Verona
(25-2) drops the first puck on
the first game of this week’s
state tournament, squaring
off against eighth-ranked
Wausau West (17-9-1) in the
first game at noon Thursday.
Verona’s furthest advance
at state was to the semifinals
in 2002 and again last season.
The Warriors, who have
played in the title game the
past three seasons, including
a championship season in
2011, are appearing at state
for the fourth consecutive
season and 13th time overall.
“We scrimmage them at
the beginning of the year and
see them regularly now in the
state tournament,” Marshall
said of the Warriors. “They’re
always a well-coached team
by Peter Susens, who is argu-
ably one of the best high
school coaches around. It
should be a good game.”
The winner of that game
most likely will move on to
face top-ranked Notre Dame
(24-1-1) in the semifinals at
6 p.m. Friday. Verona fell 6-3
to the eventual state cham-
pion Tritons in the second
round last season.
Notre Dame has two of
the state’s top players at their
respective positions in junior
Brett Gruber (22G, 23A)
and junior defenseman Luke
Davidson (3G, 28A).
Notre Dame’s shot at
defending its state title begins
against Wisconsin Rapids
Lincoln (18-8). The Tritons
are making their fourth con-
secutive state appearance.
Despite being decided under-
dogs, Madison Edgewood senior
Kathryn Anderson helped the
Lynx strike first, just over 10
minutes into the game, before
Onalaska responded with a pair
of goals 2:20 apart to go up a
goal. The Metro Lynx (20-6-1)
kept the pressure on, however,
as Holman buried her first of
two power-play goals with 20
seconds remaining in the period.
“We would have obviously
liked to come out of that peri-
od with the lead, but consider-
ing we had a 2-and-a-half-hour
bus ride up here, coming out of
that period tied 2-2 was exactly
where we wanted to be,” Brenner
said. “I would have thought that
power-pl ay goal woul d have
given us some momentum going
into the second.”
If the Hilltoppers had lost any
momentum with Holman’s late
goal, it didn’t show as Onalaska
scored three straight goals just
over 11 minutes into the second
period before Brenner and the
Metro Lynx called time out.
“I wanted the girls to make
sure t he game was far from
over,” Brenner said. “The one
thing I don’t like to see is girls
shrugging their shoulders and
hanging their heads. I saw a lit-
tle bit of that.”
Goals by Verona sophomore
Tayl or Ol st ad and Hol man
pulled the Metro Lynx within a
goal, but it would be as close as
the game would get.
Other than Friday’s loss, all
five Lynx losses were by a goal.
Winning goaltender Jeanalyn
Schindler turned in 22 saves for
the Hilltoppers.
Madison West senior Katie
Roe kept the Metro Lynx in the
game with 38 saves.
Roe and Dodgeville senior
Mackenzie Johnson both gradu-
ate following this season and
will leave a huge void in net.
The Metro Lynx will also take
a big hit offensively, losing cap-
tain and leading scorer Lizzi
Schieldt and Anderson.
Dodgeville forward Shelby
Hill and Madison Edgewood’s
Jessie O’Brien round out this
season’s senior class.
“It’s a great senior class, ”
Brenner said. “Their leadership
was a big reason why we were in
this game tonight and a big rea-
son why we won 20 games this
“They’re going to be difficult
to replace, but we’ve got a great
group of juniors.”
Only Schieldt will be playing
collegiately, signing early this
season to play at DIII Hamline
College (St. Paul).
Brenner added, “Once we get
over this loss we’ll go right back
to work, trying to maintain this
level of play for the Lynx pro-
Onal aska appear ed i n si x
straight state tournaments from
2002-07 and finished runner-up
last season.
The Hilltoppers had back-to-
back runner-up finishes in 2005-
The D. C. Everest/Mosinee/
Wausau East/Wausau West co-
op, formerly identified as the
Mosinee co-op with the same
schools, returns as the defending
champion. The Storm have now
qualified for State for the fifth
straight year. The co-op also
won the State crown in 2008 and
finished runner-up in 2011.
Photo submitted
Youth wrestlers hit mat for annual tourney
The Verona Youth Wrestling Club hosts a youth wrestling tournament at 9:30 a.m. March 3 at Verona Area High School. The youth tour-
ney brings around 500 kids and families into the Verona community.
Hockey: State quarterfinals begin Thursday
Lynx: Season ends one game short of the WIAA girls state tournament
Continued from page 10
Continued from page 9
Three of the eight
American Family
Insurance/WHCA Player of
the Year finalists will be on
display this week, includ-
ing Verona senior forward
Zach Jones (28G, 24A),
Notre Dame senior forward
Steven Phillips (17G,
13A) and WNS Storm senior defenseman
Thomas Aiken (8G, 41A).
“It’s an honor to be selected to repre-
sent Verona,” said Jones, who is a four-
year letterwinner, as well as the leading
scorer in program history with 161 points.
“I really didn’t think about it throughout
the season, but I’m definitely grateful for
the selection.”
Jones’ team-leading 31 goals and 26
assists helped lead the Wildcats to back-
to-back Big 8 conference titles.
“Zach is easily one of the most
respected hockey players to ever wear
a Verona hockey sweater,” Verona head
coach Joel Marshall said. “His skills,
work ethic and character are unmatched,
making him an ideal high school scholar
Jones excels away from the ice as well,
carrying a 3.8 cumulative GPA. He is a
part of the National Honor Society and has
also been a volunteer for many church
and community service projects in the
past few years.
Jones is finalist for Player of the Year
Girls basketball
Cats finish 16-2 in the Big 8
The Verona girls basketball
team defeated Madison West
50-40 last Thursday to finish
second in the Big Eight Con-
The Wildcats (18-4 overall,
16-2 conference) held off a
West rally in the fourth after
having their lead cut to two .
Senior forward Shannon
Kant finished with 17 points,
while senior guard Jamie
Hintz added nine.
Senior guard Jenni LaC-
roix and junior forwards
Lexi Richardson and Marley
Campbell chipped in seven
points each.
The Wildcats are the No. 1
seed in the WIAA Division
1 playoffs. They host No. 8
Watertown/ No. 9 Madison
East at 7 p.m. Friday. The
regional final is at 7 p.m. Sat-
urday at the higher seed.
–Anthony Iozzo
D1 regionals
No. 1 Verona vs. No. 8
Watertown/No. 9 Madison
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Verona High
Regional final
When: 7 p.m. Saturday
Where: at higher seed
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the Town Board and Com-
mon Council.
T o wn s u p e r v i s o r s
expressed comfort with the
idea of shifting to a city-run
fire service at public meet-
ing last year, but this will
be the first time they’ve
seen a draft of the agree-
ments. The Common Coun-
cil, meanwhile, examined
the documents Monday in
closed session.
Town Chair Dave Combs
said the board will debate
the impact of the agree-
ments next Tuesday.
Payment for services
As has been envisioned
for several years, the exist-
ing assets of the department
will be used to offset costs
of building a new station.
The town will also pay an
annual share of running the
department similar to what
it has been paying, but bro-
ken down by more variable
factors – mostly predictable
numbers worked out in the
agreement. It includes a
fixed cost of $30,000 that
will be adjusted for infla-
tion plus a percentage of the
operating and equipment
budget based on property
value, call volume and pop-
The “facility utilization
cost” covered as part of the
dissolution agreement has
the town giving up its claim
to the land and building that
the current fire station sits
on in exchange for not hav-
ing to make payments for a
new facility.
The town and city have
an even share of the land
and building that were val-
ued at about $6 per square
foot when the Town of
Springdale left the district.
The town’s share of about
$665,000 would be held in
escrow and a portion paid
to the city annually over the
course of 30 years.
The annual cost of ser-
vices is a bit more compli-
It st art s wi t h a fi xed
component to cover major
capital costs and apparatus
(vehicle) purchases. It is
set at $30,000 for 2014 and
will be adjusted annually
based on the federal Con-
sumer Price Index for All
Urban Consumers. Since
2003, that index has risen
2.5 percent annually.
The variable component
will cover the town’s share
of operating costs and will
be determined each year
by Oct. 15. The town’s
percentage of emergency
calls, total equalized value
of property and population
will be tallied and divided
by three to determine what
percent of the operating
budget it will be respon-
sible for.
This year, for example,
it would pay 17.5 percent
under t hat formul a, up
slightly from the town’s
actual 15 percent based
solely on property value.
That’s because the town’s
t hree-year cal l vol ume
average was 22 percent and
its population is about 15
percent of the district’s.
Burns said those numbers
would be updated later this
year for the 2014 contract.
He said the city won’t see
much change in its budget
responsibility as a result.
The city’s share could actu-
ally drop slightly because
the current payment struc-
t ure i s based sol el y on
equalized value. However,
the department’s budget
likely will grow in the com-
ing years as it adds more
staff in accordance with
their strategic plan.
The department is on
track to be staffed with a
full truckload of four fire-
fighters 24 hours a day,
seven days a week in the
coming years.
Burns said the fact that
the city grows faster than
the town will also contrib-
ute to budget increases over
the coming years, but he
anticipates that would hap-
pen under the current agree-
ment, as well.
Services provided
Cost is one thing, but one
key for the town had been
getting assurances that the
city will maintain a certain
level of service.
The agreement binds the
city to provide the town
with a similar level of fire
protection services as if the
department has at the time
the agreement is signed.
Mor e speci f i cal l y, i t
states the city will have to
provide urban and rural
structural firefighting, grass
and brush firefighting, res-
cue response, assistance on
EMS calls and fire inspec-
tion and code enforcement
within the town’s service
The depart ment must
strive to meet National
Fire Protection Associa-
tion standards that deter-
mine how many firefighters
should be on scene within
a certain amount of time.
Meeting those standards
plays a role in the Insur-
ance Service Organization
ratings, which would be
the standard the department
would be held to under the
new agreement.
The city has a rating of
4 on a scale of 10, with 1
being the highest. Town
properties within five miles
of the city and not served
by fire hydrants have a rat-
ing of six. Those farther
than five miles have a rat-
ing of 10.
Chi ef Joe Gi ver sai d
Verona is comparable to
similar departments with
its ratings. Only one or two
cities have a rating of 1,
while most rural areas have
a rating of nine or 10, he
said. The department would
have to maintain or exceed
those standards under the
new agreement.
The agr eement does
allow for these services to
be covered under mutual
aid agreement with neigh-
boring departments. For
example, a brush fire on the
east end of the town might
have f i r ef i ght er s f r om
Fitchburg be the first to
arrive on scene.
The agreement states that
the officers in charge of a
scene can’t base their deci-
sions to send personnel and
equipment to a call based
on the geography. Calls in
the town and city must be
treated equally.
The contract includes a
“no guarantee” clause that
drew concern from Verona
Fire Commission member
Bill Krell. The clause states
that the city makes no guar-
antee to meet the fire pro-
tection standards but will
“endeavor to reasonably
provide” those services.
Krell thought that clause
gave the town no recourse
if the city failed to provide
Burns t ol d t he Press
the clause was included
because there are factors
outside the city’s control
that could keep the depart-
ment from meet i ng t he
NFPA standards. Multiple
calls at the same time or
inclement weather could
st rai n t he depart ment ’s
resources and prevent it
from having the standard
number of f i r ef i ght er s
on scene within a given
time, Burns said. Plus, the
department doesn’t meet
the NFPA standards all
the time under the current
In addition, the contract
calls for one joint meeting
between the municipalities
each year to set the variable
cost rate and discuss any
issues between the town
and city. The town could
also seek legal recourse if
they thought the city was in
breach of the contract.
Although it’s not part of
the agreement for services,
the city will have the task
of determining what will
happen to the department’s
existing personnel.
If the agreement to dis-
solve passes, the entire fire
department will be out of a
job at the end of 2013. State
statutes then would require
the city’s police and fire
commission to hire a chief
and work with the chief
to hire other firefighters,
Burns told the commission
last Tuesday.
Burns said discussions
about how that hiring pro-
cess would work can’t real-
ly happen until an agree-
ment to dissolve is reached
between the city and town.
Still, the prospect of fire-
fighters losing their jobs
weighs heavy on the depart-
ment, personnel committee
member Bill Krell told the
“Morale is very, very
poor in our fire department
– all through the ranks,”
Krell said. “That’s a very
serious issue. It’s very dis-
concerting not to know
whether you’re going to
have a job.”
Krell urged the officials
to move quickly on the
agreement so that they can
begin hiring the chief, then
other officers and firefight-
“We will have people
leave the force that we
woul d l i ke t o keep on
because of t he cl osi ng
down of this district,” Krell
said. “We need to take
action as quickly as pos-
sible to secure positions for
our folks.”
Bur ns t ol d t he com-
mission he thinks the city
wants to get the employ-
ment situation lined up for a
smooth transition on Jan. 1,
2014. That includes getting
employees hired, figuring
out wage rates, benefits and
union contracts.
He told the Press if the
deal is signed in March, the
Police and Fire Commis-
sion could begin working to
hire a chief, but discussions
about how they would go
about doing so haven’t hap-
pened yet.
“It’s up to them to define
that process,” Burns said.
“We have not started those
discussions. We don’t want
to do that until after there’s
an agreement.”
Fire commission chair
Dave Combs said the city
and town attorneys said the
city must follow the state
statutes for hiring proce-
dures because it is a new
governing body taking over
the department.
“There is really no choice
to do this other than the
way we’re doi ng t hi s, ”
Combs said.
Feb. 19: Draft agree-
ment presented to fire
Feb. 25: Council dis-
cusses drafts in closed
March 5: Town board
discusses draft agree-
ments; possible vote
March 11: Possible
council vote on agreement
Fire: Key issue has been ensuring town needs will be met
Continued from page 1
File photo
Key to the agreement is maintaining rural equipment such as this
new tanker truck, and training standards to keep a good ISO rating
for the town so insurance rates don’t go up.
Agnes Whitesel
Agnes Mae Whitesel,
96, passed away peace-
fully Feb. 21, 2013, at
Lander House in Centra-
lia, Wash. Agnes was born
May 8, 1916, to Joseph
and Minnie (Lange) Kel-
sch in Bentley, N.D. She
was united in marriage
to Everett Whitesel Nov.
24, 1936, in New Leipzig,
N.D. Agnes and Everett
brought three beautiful
children into the world,
daughters, Audrey Ann
and Elaine and son, Rob-
ert; all of whom she loved
dearly. Agnes was a mem-
ber of St. James Lutheran
Church in Verona and a
past member of the Verona
Chapter No 282 O.E.S.
She is survived by her
son, Robert (Kay) Whi-
tesel; son-in-law, Charles
Garrett; their children and
Agnes was preceded
in death by her parents,
Joseph and Minnie Kel-
s ch; l ovi ng hus band,
Everett; daughters, Audrey
Ann and Elaine (Garrett);
brothers, Lloyd, Kenneth
and George; and sisters,
Florence and Arlene.
At Agnes ’ r eques t ,
memorial services will not
be held. In lieu of flow-
ers, memorial donations
may be made to your local
Hospi ce or gani zat i on.
Arrangements are under
the care of Sticklin Funeral
Chapel in Centralia, Wash.
Agnes Whitesel
Concordia University
Wisconsin, Mequon, gradu-
ated 415 students during Fall
Commencement Exercises
Dec. 15, including Debra
Levin, who received a mas-
ters of business administra-
tion in human resource man-
Edgewood College
Edgewood College
Commencement ceremonies
were held Dec. 16. Local
graduates included Verona
resident Cody Legreid, who
received a master of business
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Town of Verona
regular Town
Board MeeTing
Tuesday, March 5, 2013
6:30 P.M.
Town hall,
335 n. nine Mound road
Verona, wi 53593-1035
1. call To order/approval of agenda
2. Public comment
This section of the meeting pro-
vides the opportunity for comment from
persons in attendance on items that are
either listed below or is a matter over
which this governing body has jurisdic-
tion. comments on matters not listed on
this agenda could be placed on a future
board meeting agenda.
3. Public hearing – comprehensive
Plan amendment for 2778 Prairie circle
4. discussion and possible action
on right-of-way agreement for installa-
tion of a power line in the public right-of-
way to serve epic.
5. discussion and action on tax as-
sessment issue related to 7399 cTh Pd
6. Presentation by Paul Musser
about next steps in the reevaluation
7. discussion and possible action
on extension of Pellitteri contract
8. reports
a. Public works:
discussion and action on consul-
tant selection for the old PB Bridge
B. Plan commission:
c. eMs:
d. fire:
discussion and possible action on
fre service agreement and dissolution
e. open space and Parks:
f. Town chair:
g. supervisors:
h. Planner/administrator:
claim for reimbursement for dam-
age of decorative lights at 2779 cross
country circle
follow up on building fees
i. clerk/Treasurer:
9. discussion and approval of pay-
ment of bills for month of february
10. review of Building Permits, in-
spection reports, road haul Permits,
and right-of-way Permits
11. discussion and approval of min-
utes of february meeting.
12. adjourn
Board agendas are published in the
Town’s offcial newspaper – The Verona
Press – (legal section) and are posted
at the Town hall and the Town’s bulletin
board at Miller & sons grocery – 108 n.
Main st. if an agenda is amended after
publication the offcial sites for notice of
the fnal version are the Verona Public
library bulletin board, Town hall and
if anyone having a qualifying dis-
ability as defned by the American with
disabilities act, needs an interpreter,
materials in alternate formats or other
accommodations to access these meet-
ings, please contact the Town of Verona
clerk @ 608-845-7187 or aarnold@town. Please do so at least 48
hours prior to the meeting so that proper
arrangements can be made.
other upcoming meetings include
open space and Parks commission
on 3/6/2013 and Plan commission
on 3/28/2013. agendas will be posted
on the locations listed above and the
Town’s website ( use the ‘subscribe’ feature on the
Town’s website to receive town meeting
agendas and other announcements via
“Town info”.
notice is also given that a possible
quorum could occur at this meeting
of the Plan commission and/or open
space and Parks commission, for the
purposes of information gathering only.
david K. combs,
Town chair, Town of Verona
Published: february 28, 2013
* * *
VoTing By
aBsenTee BalloT
ciTy and Town of Verona
sPring elecTion,
aPril 2, 2013
Any qualifed elector who is un-
able or unwilling to appear at the poll-
ing place on election day may request
to vote an absentee ballot. A qualifed
elector is any u.s. citizen, who will be
18 years of age or older on election day,
who has resided in the ward or munici-
pality where he or she wishes to vote for
at least 28 consecutive days before the
election. The elector must also be reg-
istered in order to receive an absentee
To oBTain an aBsenTee Bal-
loT you MusT MaKe a reQuesT in
contact your municipal clerk and
request that an application for an absen-
tee ballot be sent to you for the election.
you may also request an absentee bal-
lot by letter. your written request must
list your voting address within the mu-
nicipality where you wish to vote, the ad-
dress where the absentee ballot should
be sent, if different, and your signature.
special absentee voting application
provisions apply to electors who are
indefnitely confned to home or a care
facility, in the military, hospitalized, or
serving as a sequestered juror. if this ap-
plies to you, contact the municipal clerk.
you can also personally go to the
clerk’s offce or other specifed loca-
tion, complete a written application, and
vote an absentee ballot during the hours
specifed for casting an absentee ballot.
Kami lynch, Verona city clerk
111 lincoln street, Verona, wi 53593
(608) 845-6495
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-f
John wright, Verona Town clerk
335 north nine Mound road, Verona,
wi 53593
(608) 845-7187
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. M-f
The deadline for MaKing aP-
PlicaTion To VoTe aBsenTee By
Mail is 5:00 P.M. on The fifTh day
Before The elecTion, Thursday,
March 28, 2013.
MiliTary elecTors should
conTacT The MuniciPal clerK
regarding The deadlines for
reQuesTing or suBMiTTing an aB-
senTee BalloT.
The firsT day To VoTe an aB-
senTee BalloT in The clerK’s of-
fice is Monday, March 18, 2013. The
deadline for VoTing an aBsenTee
BalloT in The clerK’s office is
5:00 P.M. on The friday Before The
elecTion, friday, March 29, 2013.
The MuniciPal clerK will de-
liVer VoTed BalloTs reTurned
on or Before elecTion day To The
ProPer Polling Place or counT-
ing locaTion Before The Polls
close on aPril 2, 2013. any Bal-
loTs receiVed afTer The Polls
close will Be counTed By The
Board of canVassers if PosT-
MarKed By elecTion day and re-
ceiVed no laTer Than 4:00 P.M. on
The friday following The elec-
Published: february 28, 2013
* * *
ciTy of Verona
noTice of PuBlic
MeeTing: coMMuniTy-wide
foruM and downTown
TransPorTaTion and
corridor sTudy PuBlic
inPuT MeeTing
The city of Verona is beginning
a downtown Transportation and cor-
ridor study to identify transportation
improvements and infll development/
redevelopment strategies for the down-
town area.
a public meeting will be held on
March 7, 2013 from 6 pm to 8 pm in the
council chambers at city hall, 111 lin-
coln street, Verona, wi. The meeting will
be conducted in an open house format;
the public is encouraged to attend, ask
questions, and share ideas. a short
presentation about the project scope
and schedule will begin at 6:30 pm. city
of Verona and project staff from Msa
Professional services will be available
before and after the presentation to an-
swer questions and discuss ideas and
concerns about transportation and land
use in the downtown area.
This meeting will also serve as a
general community forum. elected of-
fcials and City Staff will be on hand to
hear from residents on any city-related
citizens who are unable to attend
the meeting, or would like more infor-
mation about the downtown study can
contact Msa Professional services
Project Manager Kevin ruhland at 608-
242-7779. written comments regarding
the downtown project can be mailed to
Kevin ruhland, Msa Professional ser-
vices, 2901 international lane, suite
300, Madison, wi 53704, or emailed to
Published: february 28, 2013
* * *
ciTy of Verona
coMMon council
feBruary 11, 2013
Verona ciTy hall
1. The meeting was called to order
by Mayor Jon hochkammer at 7:00 p.m.
2. Pledge of allegiance
3. roll call: J. charles, s. Manley,
wm. Mcgilvray, s. ritt, c. solowicz, B.
stiner, r. streich, and e. Touchett. also
in attendance: city engineer, B. gund-
lach; city administrator, B. Burns; Pub-
lic works director, r. rieder; fire chief,
J. giver; and city clerk, K. lynch.
4. Public comment: none
5. approval of Minutes: Motion by
ritt, seconded by charles to approve
the minutes of the January 28, 2013
common council meeting. Motion car-
ried 8/0.
6. Mayor’s Business
(1) appointments to a Public safety
ad hoc committee. Motion by charles,
seconded by solowicz to approve the
appointments of chief Bernie coughlin,
chief Brian Myrland, chief Joe giver,
delora newton, Mike goetz, Joleen sem-
man, Mac Mcgilvray, clark solowicz,
scott Manley, diane smith, John wick-
strom, and Jon hochkammer, chair. Mo-
tion carried 8/0.
7. administrator’s report
8. engineer’s report
9. coMMiTTee rePorTs
a. finance committee
(1) discussion and Possible action
re: Payment of Bills. Motion by Mcgil-
vray, seconded by Manley to approve
the payment of bills in the amount of
$939,062.32. Motion carried 8/0.
(2) discussion and Possible action
re: resolution no. r-13-001 applica-
tion for a state Trust fund loan in the
amount of $75,000 to finance an indoor
Batting cage. Motion by Mcgilvray, sec-
onded by ritt to approve resolution
r-13-001. Motion carried 8/0.
(3) discussion and Possible action
re: resolution no. r-13-002 authorizing
amendments to $8,000,000 city of Ve-
rona, wisconsin Variable rate demand
industrial development revenue Bonds,
series 2007 (coating Place, incorpo-
rated Project). Motion by Mcgilvray,
seconded by ritt to approve resolu-
tion r-13-002. a roll call vote was taken
with the following member voting ‘aye’:
charles, Manley, Mcgilvray, ritt, solow-
icz, stiner, streich, and Touchett. There
were no members voting ‘no’. Motion
carried 8/0.
(4) discussion and Possible action
re: claim of excessive assessment for
Property owned by apex hawthorne
hills, llc and apex hometown grove,
llc. administrator Burns provided
background information on the claim.
Motion by Mcgilvray, seconded by Man-
ley to deny the claim of excessive as-
sessment as presented. Motion carried
B. Public works, sewer, and water
(1) discussion and Possible action
re: ordinance 13-823 amending chap-
ter 2 of section 15 of the city of Verona,
code of ordinances- construction site
erosion and stormwater runoff control.
Motion by Mcgilvray, seconded by solo-
wicz to approve ordinance 13-823. Mo-
tion carried 8/0.
10. old Business
(1) discussion and Possible action
re: Potential ground lease agreement
with u.s. cellular for a proposed cell
tower light pole located at Stampf Field.
The common council may convene in
closed session as authorized by section
19.85(1)(e) of the wisconsin statutes for
the purpose of deliberating or negotiat-
ing the purchase of public properties,
the investing of public funds, or con-
ducting other specifed public business,
whenever competitive or bargaining rea-
sons require a closed session. Motion
by ritt, seconded by charles to convene
into closed session for items 10 (1) and
10 (2). a roll call vote was taken with the
following voting ‘aye’: ald. charles, ald.
Manley, ald. Mcgilvray, ald. ritt, ald.
solowicz, ald. stiner, ald. streich and
ald. Touchett. Voting ‘no’ were none.
The Motion carried 8/0 and at 7:32 p.m.
the common council convened into
closed session. no action was taken in
closed session.
(2) discussion and Possible action
re: agreements between the city and
Town of Verona for the dissolution of
the Verona fire district and an intergov-
ernmental agreement for fire Protection
services. The common council may
remain in closed session as authorized
by section 19.85(1)(e) of the wisconsin
statutes for the purpose of deliberating
or negotiating the purchase of public
properties, the investing of public funds,
or conducting other specifed public
business, whenever competitive or bar-
gaining reasons require a closed ses-
sion. The common council remained
in closed session from the previous
item. Motion by charles, seconded by
Touchett to reconvene into open ses-
sion at 7:56 p.m. Motion carried 8/0. no
action was taken in closed session.
11. new Business
(1) discussion and Possible action
re: approval of operator’s licenses.
Motion by charles, seconded by Manley
to approve the licenses. Motion carried
12. announcements
13. adjournment
Motion by Manley, seconded by
Touchett to adjourn the meeting at 7:58
p.m. Motion carried 8/0.
Kami lynch, clerk
Published: february 28, 2013
Burns said.
But eventually, those sensitive
traffic issues and other controver-
sial ones – like buying property for
developers – are sure to be tackled.
This is hardly the first effort
to improve the city’s main com-
mercial corridor – which covers
most of Verona Avenue and Main
Street – but it’s the first time the
city appears poised to commit some
serious resources to the project.
The effort stems from a series of
disjointed proposals over the past
few years and builds on the Com-
mon Council’s frustration with
how one key property considered
crucial in the city’s long-term rede-
velopment goals turned into a tax-
exempt thrift shop that’s likely to
stay put for a while.
And of course, it all recognizes
the increasing traffic, both from
people passing through and those
that will be going from one desti-
nation area – like Farm and Fleet,
Epic, the West End or Liberty Park
– to another.
“You have to see what the com-
munity will support,” said Adam
Sayre, who has jumped into the pro-
cess since becoming Verona’s sec-
ond planning director Feb. 18. “You
have the activity there, it’s just try-
ing to capitalize on the activity.”
Learning a lesson
The stage was set for this pro-
cess a little more than two years
ago, when in the midst of the Great
Recession, city leaders directed
staff not to continue pursuing
redevelopment opportunities for
the three properties on and around
what had been the John Erickson
Chevrolet dealership before it was
closed at the request of General
Motors in 2008.
Less than a year later, the Society
of St. Vincent de Paul was sudden-
ly revamping the showroom and
service area into a thrift store and
collection area.
While it was an almost perfect
way to take advantage of the size
and structure of the building, some
on the Common Council saw it as
a blow to the city’s hopes of land-
ing a grand project that could help
transform the corridor from an old
U.S. highway stop full of gas sta-
tions, motels and the like to a mod-
ern business route that takes full
advantage of what will someday be
big-box retail stores on either end
and the presence of the county’s
largest employer.
Now, though that part of the city
is several blocks from what most
residents consider downtown, it has
served as inspiration for the city to
ensure it doesn’t let inaction cost
it other opportunities. City lead-
ers seem to be coming to the real-
ization that the only way to really
shape the downtown into a practi-
cal, marketable destination in its
own right might be to have some
skin in the game.
“The city can’t do it all, but we
may have to start it,” Mayor Jon
Hochkammer said at a preliminary
steering committee discussion on
the plan earlier this month, which
included representatives of the
school district, chamber of com-
merce and the business commu-
nity. “The city is going to have to
step up to the plate if we’re serious
about doing this ... and we’re going
to have to buy some property.”
The big picture
Just how aggressive the city
should be with acquisitions – either
for a developer or to encourage or
ensure redevelopment – and what
areas are most important to target is
one of the three main goals of the
downtown plan, Burns said.
“Are there key areas where we
are going to acquire it as it becomes
available, and other areas where
we don’t want to take the lead, but
say maybe there’s a package of TIF
(tax-increment financing) incen-
tives?” he elaborated.
The other goals, Burns said, are
taking a big-picture look at what
downtown should look like sev-
eral years from now, when Verona
could be Middleton’s size or larger,
and figuring out what to do with the
increasingly overwhelmed Main
Street-Verona Avenue intersection.
The latter is easily confused,
Burns said.
“Our goal isn’t to move as much
traffic as possible downtown but to
(preserve) the character and (iden-
tity of what is there),” he said.
The city has several tools to
accomplish the first goal if it
decides to take action.
For one thing, a large portion of
the downtown is contained within
city’s fourth tax-increment financ-
ing district, and each year the city
typically sets aside about $2 mil-
lion in its budget just in case a good
opportunity comes up. It also has
a revolving loan fund now, to help
prospective business owners, as
it did when Edelweiss Creamery
rehabilitated an old house on West
Verona Avenue.
But the key is being prepared to
help a business or developer fit into
an overall model, and Verona’s has
become outdated.
When the TIF district opened
in 1996, the city was considering
such ideas as having Ellis Manu-
facturing, the Memorial Baptist
Church or some smaller businesses
move out of downtown to clear out
some space. Those didn’t happen
and probably won’t, making any
major changes downtown depen-
dent either on a move by Miller and
Sons Supermarket or Ace Hard-
ware or some other complicated
series of acquisitions.
More recently, the city addressed
downtown and its need for shared
stormwater basins and parking into
its 2009 comprehensive plan, but
it was kept otherwise general and
mostly conceptual.
Sayre, who essentially rewrote
the zoning code in Oconomowoc
before taking the job here, said giv-
ing developers specific instructions
for what is and isn’t allowed is
one of the best ways to encourage
growth in a downtown. Otherwise,
the process can take too long and
become too risky.
“You need more certainties put
into place,” he said. “You need to
be clear.”
Recently, the city has had to react
to some specific plans on a smaller
scale, but it’s thinking bigger.
For example, when the Kehl
School of Dance proposed build-
ing a studio on North Main Street
in 2008, neighbors and city leaders
had major concerns about where
stormwater would go and how to
keep traffic from getting even more
backed up at peak times.
In the past year alone, the city
has had new buildings go up on
South Main Street (Verona Vision
Care), East Verona Avenue (Dairy
Queen) and West Verona Avenue
(Verona Chiropractic), and there
are proposals out for an auto parts
store on West Verona Avenue and
likely something coming down the
pike for Wildcat Lanes, which is in
Finding a way to focus all that
economic interest in Verona into
a cohesive plan that doesn’t drive
away developers will take not only
buy-in from the community and
resources from the city but also
a marketable concept. Guiding it
there will be the job of the steering
committee, explained MSA planner
Kevin Ruhland.
“That’s why that group has been
put together, to consider the dif-
ferent sides of the equation, who
will get involved and who will get
those different people interested,”
he said.
The presentation
Next week’s meeting will start
with a 30-minute open house,
giving people the opportunity to
browse the maps and diagrams and
speak individually with planners
and city staff.
MSA then will explain the scope
of the study and discuss the sort
of feedback it will be looking for,
and there will be time afterward
for questions. In addition, city staff
and/or the mayor will use the gath-
ering as an opportunity to bring up
some other looming issues, such as
the many recent requests to build
apartments, Epic’s proposed new
campuses and Liberty Business
Along the way, there will be an
opportunity to leave written com-
ments on the positives or negatives
of specific areas, Ruhland said.
Typically, he said, that includes an
exercise such as marking numbers
on a map with dots and having each
dot relate to a comment.
Burns said the meeting will serve
two main purposes:
“One, to let them know this proj-
ect is out there and we’ll be getting
started (soon). And two, to let them
(say) what their thoughts are and
concerns and what they would like
to see,” he said.
More specifically, the city is hop-
ing to get some initial feedback on
traffic and parking issues – both
short-term and long-term – as well
as current land uses and potential
redevelopment areas. Other feed-
back the city is interested in is what
sort of character the downtown
should have and pedestrian and
bicycle safety.
“I see this as going to another
level of detail as what was in the
comprehensive plan,” Burns said.
“The hope is to get something
that’s detailed enough that we can
work out a guideline so that we can
work on implementing decisions
in the short term and the medium
term that build toward a long-term
vision of the downtown.”
Plan goals
Consider what downtown
should become
Determine the role of the
city, and what areas should
it target
Plan for Main Street and
Verona Avenue
Downtown: City leaders acknowledge buying property might be most effective means
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Hugs and Kisses with Chocolates for
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688 SPorting goodS
& recreational
Camper Palooza
Feb 28th - Mar 3rd
Free admission
Deep Discounts-Huge Inventory
Campers and Motor homes
Trade-ins welcome-Financing
Exit 188 Wausau, WI
715-355-5556 (wcan)
WE BUY Boats/RV/Pontoons/ATV's &
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Shawno. 866-955-2628 www.american- (wcan).
690 wanted
24 hr. Response - Tas Deduction
United Breast Cancer FOUNDATION
Providing Free Mammograms
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866-343-6603 (wcan)
692 electronicS
mo (for 12 mos) & High
Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month
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SAVE ON CABLE TV, Internet, Digital
Phone. Packages start at $89.99/mo (for
12 mo's) Options from ALL major service
providers. Call Aceller today to learn
more! 866-458-1545 (wcan)
THEY SAY people don’t read those little
ads, but YOU read this one, didn’t you?
Call now to place your ad, 845-9559,
873-6671 or 835-6677.
696 wanted to Buy
TOP PRICES Paid. Any kind of Scrap
Metal. Cars, Batteries, Farm Equipment,
Free Appliance Pick Up, Property Clea-
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or not. Top Cash Paid. 315-569-8094
WE BUY Junk Cars and Trucks. We sell
used parts. Monday through Friday 8 am
- 5:30 pm. Newville
Auto Salvage, 279 Hwy 59,
Edgerton, 608-884-3114.
705 rentalS
3 BEDROOM DUPLEX 2 full baths,
appliances, 2 car attached garage. 1/2
month security deposit. Available April 1.
$1100/mo. 608-873-7756
ments for Seniors 55+, currently has 1
& 2 Bedroom Units available starting at
$680 per month, includes heat, water,
and sewer. 608-835-6717 Located at 139
Wolf St., Oregon, WI 53575
LARGE 2-BDRM units in quiet, owner
managed 10 unit. D/W, range, fridge,
A/C, decks/patios. Close to shopping.
Off street parking, large yard. Laundry
in building. April 1-$665/mo plus gas/
elec. Cats/small dogs ok-fee. Call/text
2-Car garage. $640/month. No pets.
Jane 608-271-7071
OREGON HISTORIC District 2 Bedroom
Flat. Screened In Porch. All Appliances.
Water/Sewer Paid. $545/mo. Call Angie
STOUGHTON- 2 b/4 unit on dead end st.
One up, remodeled bath, kitchen, dish-
washer, micro-stove-ref. window blinds-
oak-floors storage coin laundry. Heat,
water/sewer included. $700/mo 1 month
deposit. One cat okay. 561-310-5551
bath. No smoking-no pets. Available
2/15/13 $1005. Call 608-201-3077
VERONA 1 BDRM/1 BATH. Private laun-
dry/storage. New flooring, paint, light fix-
tures. Private entrance, close to schools,
shopping and Epic. $675. pr/month 608-
VERONA- 2 bedroom, no smoking, H/W
included, A/C, laundry hookups, appli-
ances, quiet neighborhood, $765/mo.,
VERONA 3 BDRM/1 BATH Private laun-
dry/storage, 1200 sq/ft. All new carpet,
flooring, light fixtures. Close to schools,
shopping and Epic. $1100. pr/month 608-
VERONA NICE 2 Bedroom Duplex.
Appliances, A/C, No Pets/Smoking.
$750/Mo. Available 3/1/13. 608-845-
The Verona Press Classifieds. Call 845-
9559, 873-6671 or 835-6677.
720 aPartmentS
OREGON-2 BDRM, 1 bath. Available
spring/summer. Great central location,
on-site or in-unit laundry, patio, dish-
washer and A/C. $700-$715/month. Call
Kelly at 608-255-7100 or visit www.ste-
OREGON NEWLY updated spacious 2
bedroom in 8 unit, off street parking
$635.00/mo. 608-312-3686 or 608-241-
55+, has 1 & 2 bedroom units available
starting at $680 per month. Includes
heat, water and sewer. Professionally
managed. 608-877-9388 Located at 300
Silverado Drive, Stoughton, WI 53589
VERONA 2 bedroom apartment. Air con-
ditioned, heat, appliances. No pets or
smoker. Available Now. $670/mo. 608-
750 Storage SPaceS For rent
10X10 10X15 10X20 10X30
Security Lights-24/7 access
Credit Cards Accepted
CALL (608)444-2900
Located behind
Stoughton Garden Center
Convenient Dry Secure
Units in all sizes
5x10 thru 10x30
Lighted with access 24/7
Bank Cards Accepted
Off North Hwy 51 on
Oak Opening Dr. behind
Stoughton Garden Center
Call: 608-509-8904
Convenient location behind Stoughton
Clean-Dry Units
5x10 thru 12x25
Friday for The Great Dane and Noon
Monday for the Verona Press unless
changed because of holiday work sched-
ules. Call now to place your ad, 845-
9559, 873-6671 or 835-6677.
Only 6 miles South of
Verona on Hwy PB.
Variety of sizes available now.
Call 608-424-6530 or
10x10 through 10x40, plus
14x40 with 14' door for
RV & Boats.
Come & go as you please.
6x10 thru 10x25
Market Street/Burr Oak Street
in Oregon
Call 608-206-2347
10x10 - 10x15
10x20 - 12x30
24 / 7 Access
Security Lights & Cameras
Credit Cards Accepted
1128 Union Road
Oregon, WI
Located on the corner of
Union Road & Lincoln Road
801 oFFice SPace For rent
BEST LOCATION in Stoughton. Retail
space for rent. 211 E Main 4,000+ sq
ft. Beautifully renovated. Available Now
$1900/mo.Call Connie 608- 271-0101
1000 Sq Ft.$500 +Utilities.
608-575-2211 or
870 reSidential lotS
Call for new price list and availability.
Choose your own builder! 608-215-5895
402 HelP wanted, general
OAKWOOD VILLAGE a nationally rec-
ognized retirement community is seeking
a full time housekeeper. Responsible for
helping maintain over all cleanliness of all
assigned areas at our University Woods
campus location. Duties to include: mop-
ping, sweeping, vacuuming, dusting and
trash removal. Prior housekeeping expe-
rience and/or training desired. To apply
please visit
work 2 to 3 days per week. $8.50 per
hour. Days only . Experience helpful.
Non smoker 835-0339
447 ProFeSSional
* Above Average Mileage Pay
*Teams Avg 6000 Miles/wk*
*Solos avg 2500-3500/wk*
*Flexible Home Time*
* 100% No Touch/Drop&Hook
* Full Benefit Pkg CDL/A
* 12 Months Exp. Preferred
1-888-545-9351 Ext. 13
Jackson WI (wcan)
449 driver, SHiPPing
& wareHouSing
$2000 SIGN On Bonus! Class – A, 2yrs
Exp. Company Drivers: .38cpm East &
.34 all other. Health/Dental/401K. Owner
Op’s: 78% of line haul, 100% FS Plate
Program, No electronics. Tom 800 972-
0084 ext-169
452 general
LA PETITE ACADEMY is hiring early
childhood teachers. Flexible hours, com-
petitive pay and great benefits. E-mail
your resume today to kbohacek@
453 volunteer wanted
student-run philanthropy group working
to raise money for American Family Chil-
dren’s Hospital. Our annual, high-energy,
15-hr event is held from sundown to
sunup. We are seeking high school and
college student volunteers to help with
setup, registration, general supervision,
serving meals and take down. Visit www. to register to vol-
unteer. The Schools of Hope Tutoring
Program-Middleton needs your help to
ensure every student succeeds in middle
& high school. We utilize hard-working
and dedicated volunteers to work with
students struggling in math and literacy.
Tutoring takes place in the school, either
during the school day or after school.
United Way 2-1-1 is seeking new volun-
teers to become Information and Referral
Specialists. If you are looking for an
opportunity to learn more about com-
munity resources and would like to assist
people in finding ways to get and give
help, United Way 2-1-1 may be the place
for you! Our volunteers staff our tele-
phone lines, answering questions about
resources available in the service area.
Call the Volunteer Center at 608-246-
4380 or visit www. volunteeryourtime.
org for more information or to learn about
other volunteer opportunities.
Carnes Company, a leading manufacturer of com-
mercial HVAC products, is now accepting applica-
tions for Painter. Prior industrial/manufacturing
painting desired but not required. Person should
have the ability to work with paints, caustic chemi-
cals and lab testing equipment to run and maintain
appropriate paint chemistry. Moderate to heavy
physical lifting, stand 8 hrs. /day and pass a pre-
employment drug test as well as daily attendance
are required. Carnes offers weekly paychecks, PAID
holidays, vacations, life & disability insurance and
more. Starting pay $10.82/hr. with increase to
$11.82 once probation period is completed with
scheduled increases every 6 months in the frst 2
years of employment.
Email resume’ to: or Apply in
person at 448 South Main Street,
Verona, WI 53593
7:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.
The City of Verona is currently accepting applications
for a full-time Park Maintenance Worker to perform a
variety of manual tasks related to the construction and
maintenance of city parks, grounds and recreational
facilities. Position requires previous experience in park
maintenance or closely related feld as well as ability to
obtain a CDL. Starting wage is $19.46/hr with excellent
benefts. Applications will be accepted
until Tuesday, March 12 and are avail-
able at 410 Investment Court, Verona or
online at
The City of Verona is an
equal opportunity employer.
C.N.A.’s Wanted To Join Our Team!
Full Time PM Shifts
(Sign On Bonus Available to Full Time Employees!)
Part Time Day, PM, & NOC Shifts
On Call Shifts Also Available
Nazareth Health and Rehabilitation Center is a 99-bed
skilled nursing facility in Stoughton, WI. We offer com-
petitive pay, fexible scheduling, and a full time benefts
package. Please apply online at or sub-
mit an application to:
Lauren Hartlaub D.O.N.
Nazareth Health and Rehabilitation Center
814 Jackson Street
Stoughton, WI 53589
Fax: 608-877-9016
LPN’s & RN’s
Wanted To Join Our Team!
Part Time AM & PM Shifts
On Call Shifts also available
Nazareth Health and Rehabilitation Center is a
99-bed skilled nursing facility in Stoughton, WI. We
offer competitive pay and fexible scheduling. Please
apply online at or submit an
application to:
Lauren Hartlaub D.O.N.
Nazareth Health and Rehabilitation Center
814 Jackson Street
Stoughton, WI 53589
Fax: 608-877-9016
Tractor-trailer drivers needed for the Walgreen’s
Private Fleet Operation based in Windsor, WI.
Drivers make hand deliveries to Walgreen’s
stores within a regional area (WI, IL, IA, MN, ND,
SD). Workweek is Tuesday-Saturday. All drivers
must be willing & able to unload freight.
• Earn $21/hour (OT after 8 hours) or $0.46/mile
• Full Beneft Pkg. includes Life, Dental, Disability,
& Health Insurance with Prescription Card
• 401k Pension Program with Company
• Paid Holidays and Vacation
• Home every day except for occasional
Drivers must be over 24 years old, have a min.
2 yrs. tractor-trailer exp. & meet all DOT require-
ments. Send resumé to:
or call CPC Logistics at 1-800-914-3755.
Verona Senior Center
Looking for Drivers
Must have reliable insured vehicle to transport
independent older adults to medical appointments.
Mileage is reimbursed, commitment level based on
your personal schedule.
Get details and more information at
Breakfast Meeting on
Tuesday, March 5 • 9:15 a.m.
(no reservations needed)
Verona Senior Center • 108 Paoli Street
CaLL BeCky at (608) 845-7471
with any queStionS
Seasonal Labor/ Truck Drivers
Operate pick-up truck,
straight truck or semi;
Assist in warehouse
Frontier-Servco FS
To vìew specìþc ]ob locctìons cnd cpply,
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or contcct your loccl FS cooperctìve.
Verona Boys Hockey... Going to state AGAIN!!!
Team Roster:
Grant Smith
Jacob Taylor
Wesley Taylor
Zach Jones
Brogan Baker
Zach Lanz
Brodie Roehrig
Alex Edwards
Phillipe Fromberger
Zac Keryluk
Zach Miller
Pat Stevens
Nolan Kepler
Liam Schmitt
Harry Seid
Charlie Parker
Alex Jones
Brett Storm
Jon Fiala
Joe Stevens
Nathan Cleghorn
Kenny Keyes
Head Coach: Joel Marshall
Asst Coaches: David
Bartkowiak, Kent Davyduke,
Austin Schmid, Zach Spencer
Managers: Hailey Polk,
MacKenzie Pabich
Captains: Zach Jones, Zac
Keryluk, Charlie Parker (A)
Photo by Jeremy Jones
Congratulations on Going to State!
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Suite 110
Open Daily M-F 10am
Sat. & Sun. 7am
You’ve worked hard...
Way to Go Wildcats!
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We’re Proud of You Verona!
Congrats Wildcats!
Barb Dawson
Anytime is a good time to buy a house!
Way to go Verona!
Kathy Hankard, CFP
Financial Planner
211 E. Verona Avenue
Verona, WI
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Go Wildcats Go!
A Big Thumbs Up Verona!
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(608) 235-2927
Nobody knows the Verona Area School District
housing market like Kathy Bartels!
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Family visiting for the Holidays?
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Call Holiday Inn Express of Verona!
When family gatherings have you tight on
space, the Holiday Inn Express & Suites
welcomes guests with upscale elegance and
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