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Thursday, January 23, 2014 • Vol. 48, No. 35 • Verona, WI • Hometown USA • ConnectVerona.com • $1 Badger Ridge Middle School seventh-grader Ilya Webster is hoping to find a bone marrow match after being diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia. A donor drive will be held Saturday at the middle school.
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Family searches for donor to aid seventh-grader with leukemia
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extremely high white blood cell count and contacted the University of Wisconsin hospital, which immediately had Webster come in for tests. The tests confirmed she was suffering from acute myeloid leukemia, or AML, a rare cancer. “It’s one thing to hear about you, and it’s one thing to hear about your child,” Ron Webster, Ilya’s father, said. “For a parent, there’s nothing worse, as I’ve learned going through this, nothing worse than seeing your child suffer and feel completely powerless to anything.” But her family and the Verona community quickly sprang into action. While Ilya has undergone two rounds of

In early December, Ilya Webster was just another seventh-grader with a cold. But that cold became much more serious after her parents took her to the doctor’s office to get it checked out. The doctor measured an

chemotherapy since being admitted Dec. 5, her aunt April Lumpkins organized a bone marrow registration drive at Badger Ridge Middle School set for this Saturday. “That was just the first thing that came to mind was we need to do everything we can to get a donor,”

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Verona Area School District

Space crunch limits open enrollment
Some fifth-grade open enrollees unlikely to return
SCOTT GIRARD
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Open enrollment caps
Year Spots 2011-12 139 2012-13 98 2013-14 85 2014-15 30

Current fifth-grade open enrollment students in the Verona Area School District will likely have to leave next year’s enrollment in the hands of a lottery. Monday, the district limited open enrollment spaces to 30 total, with only five for sixth-graders. The district requires students to reapply for open enrollment between their fifth and sixth-grade years, leaving 23 students to apply for the five openings at Savanna Oaks Middle School. Every school district can choose one year to have open enrollment students reapply, and VASD has had the year between fifth and sixth grade since open enrollment began in the 1998-99 school year. The 30 total spots is about one-third of last year’s and far below the more than 400 requests Verona got to open enroll last year. But district staff say there simply isn’t enough space to

accommodate the sort of open enrollment numbers that have boosted the district’s budget in recent years. The board’s decision Monday comes as the district explores the possibility of building at least one more elementary school in the near future. Elementary school enrollment has been nearing and sometimes surpassing capacity limits. “It’s a significant change recognizing that our schools are tight,” VASD director of community services John Schmitt said. “Most of the elementary schools said right from the top, ‘We can’t add additional kids.’” Schmitt said recent legislation that moved the date for boards to approve open enrollment numbers

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Bad kitty, good book
With a live cat to join in the fun, the Verona Public Library’s “Bad Kitty” program features games, crafts and activities celebrating author Nick Bruel's Bad Kitty character. Kids got to make cat-themed crafts like instant tattoos and treats that look like felines. “Vader,” a seven-year-old black cat owned by one of the children’s librarians, was the best part for the youngsters, who happily petted and chased their fuzzy friend. Magdalena Wijaya and Jivan Wijaya, 15 months old, say “hello” to Vader.

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Board awards $179K in ‘innovation grants’
SCOTT GIRARD
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The Verona Area School Board is doubling down on its “Innovation Grant” investment for the 2014-15 school year. Monday night it voted unanimously to fund nearly $180,000 in new

grants, which are designed to spur “innovative, creative, entrepreneurial ideas” in district classrooms. In the first two years of the grant program, the board had awarded a total of $137,857, so the $179,432 for 13 grants represents a significantly heavier investment. Much of it will be in the purchase of computer equipment.

However, Verona Area School District superintendent Dean Gorrell said it is well worth it based on the success of past grants. “If you talk to the people that have received them … they’re pretty jazzed (about what they’ve done),” he said.

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Dance camp
The Verona Area High School dance team hosted a dance camp Saturday for girls from kindergarten through eighth grade. The group also made cards for children at the UW Children’s Hospital, which received some of the proceeds. The girls performed the routine at Saturday night’s girl’s basketball game at the high school. Above, Marissa Feller and Kaylee Krantz demonstrate a dance to a group of girls, who follow along. Right, Lexy Richardson, middle, shows a pair of girls how to point their toes while one of them demonstrates her splits. Below, Marissa Feller leads girls during a practice routine. Lower left, dance team member Sophie Fromberger tries to tag a girl during a game of “zookeeper” played between dance lessons. Upper left, girls strike a pose during one of the dances.
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City of Verona

First steps in north-side planning
JIM FEROLIE
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Several dominoes have to fall before the City of Verona can really come up with a good plan for development on its north side, but a perceived shortage of housing and upcoming road upgrades are creating some urgency. The knowledge that the planned two-lane roundabout at the intersection of county highways M and PD won’t be sufficient is one major issue, and on the other end of the section with the most potential is an unknown configuration of Nine Mound Road. To top it all off, there’s the matter of an 18-year-old agreement with Madison providing an “open space corridor” near the M/PD intersection that some people see as an ineffective or even pointless means of separating the two cities.

All of those will involve working out details at the staff level and with engineers first, and in the meantime, city administrator Bill Burns and planning director Adam Sayre gave the Common Council some things to think about Monday. Much of the two-hour Committee of the Whole meeting was a staff presentation of the issues surrounding plans for the roughly 1,500-acre North Neighborhood. As massive as that area is, a large chunk will end up being part of Epic’s campus and another large chunk will stay an environmental corridor or agriculture. Of greater concern was how to get the prime chunk of about 375 acres between M and Nine Mound ready for development. Not only would it need to go through a frequently cumbersome regional planning process, it will need

to accommodate a large regional stormwater basin and might be the site of a new school. And within the next four years, it is expected to be surrounded on three sides by newly rebuilt and widened roads. The area is likely to contain a significant commercial area, a large swath of single-family homes and a “transitional” area that could be apartments, senior housing, townhomes, row houses or some combination. But that will of depend on what the council allows and what the market can bring. Burns said he hoped to have general decisions about the area made by this summer so it can be brought into the city’s developable (urban service) area next year and be ready to start when County M is expanded to four lanes in 2016. Ald. Scott Manley (Dist. 2) will have stepped down

from the council by the time those big decisions are made, but he lives within a few blocks from that area and previously served on the Plan Commission. He had plenty input for his fellow alders and Sayre on Monday. Manley noted that the entire stretch along PD will be “highly desirable” for commercial development because of the high traffic counts, and he cautioned against allowing a school there, sucking away its potential to have high tax value. He then argued, against fellow Dist. 2 Ald. Dale Yurs’ suggestion that the city try to get senior housing there, that the city “let the market decide” whether it belongs. Yurs replied that it would be part of the “vision that needs to come from the Common Council.” Sayre also suggested that the “traditional

neighborhood design”inspired experiment being considered on the southeast side of the city might make more sense in this northern area, considering the high traffic and the Epic-heavy demographic likely to be interested in settling there. He suggested it could compare to the Middleton Hills neighborhood. But Manley and Mayor Jon Hochkammer were skeptical, wondering if the small-lot homes would not only not be “affordable” but in fact possibly cost more than similarly sized standard single-family homes. Ald. Luke Diaz (D-3), who tried last November to remove all extra funding for planning the North Neighborhood, said he’d support hiring a consultant to figure out that answer, but Hochkammer asserted that the increasing demand for housing would keep the prices high regardless.

Burns considered most of the evening to be simply an introduction to the issues, though it was capped by a closed-session discussion of negotiation strategy with both Madison and the Town of Verona on potential new boundary agreements. The agreement with the town is probably of less importance to the city, and Diaz and Manley both expressed skepticism toward allowing more town development in exchange for some small additional powers. The Madison deal, however, renews automatically if the city doesn’t opt out by 2015, and it restricts development near the M/PD intersection and does not address land west of Shady Oak Lane, leading both sides to be interested in a change.

Update: SWAP employee knew police would come ‘eventually’
The woman who allegedly stole thousands of dollars from UW SWAP in Verona told police during the investigation she knew they would come eventually. Sonja Dedrick, 43, of Verona, was an accountant for UW SWAP, and was charged with theft in a business setting of more than $10,000 after a financial program supervisor and assistant general manager noticed a loss of more than $45,000 between July 16, 2013, and Sept. 17, 2013, the criminal complaint states. Dedrick will have a status conference on Feb. 3, according to online court records. According to the complaint: University of Wisconsin-Madison Police began investigating the issue in late September when the supervisor noticed the loss. The supervisor told police that Dedrick was supposed to deposit funds received for surplus goods sold by SWAP into a UW bank account, but that the stolen funds were never turned over to the contracted UW bank courier service nor deposited. At least 17 deposits were stolen. The supervisor also reported looking into Dedrick’s cubicle and seeing “a number” of deposit bags hidden, with $600 missing from one deposit bag she looked into. The detective contacted Dedrick, who said “she knew that the police would be coming eventually” and that “it was about the money she took,” and admitted to the theft of the missing $45,870.71. She told police she began “borrowing money” around Oct. 25, 2012, and did so until around Sept. 19, 2013 from a total of 38 deposit bags. She said the total she borrowed and later returned was $98,771.81. She used the money for repaying loans and other monthly expenses after her home had gone into foreclosure twice, and “she feared she would lose her house, family and husband” if she did not use the money. After 30 to 60 days,

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she would save enough to replace the funds and return the amount of “borrowed” money to the deposit bags. She began stealing entire deposit bags of SWAP sale funds around July 16, 2013, with a total of 17 deposit bags taken plus $600 from a bag from Sept. 17, 2013. The detective found the 17 bags in her bedroom dresser, with a total of $22,385.32 in checks, $702 in currency and $448.28 in coins. The detective reported Dedrick took a total of $144,642.52, with all but $23,485.39 found in her dresser or deposited by her. – Scott Girard

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Former Epic employee sentenced to 15 years of prison in federal court
A former Epic employee accused of videotaping and committing sexual assaults on female friends and coworkers was sentenced to prison last week. B r i a n S t o w e , 2 9 , Stowe of Madison, will spend 15 years in prison, according to a report in the Wisconsin State Journal. Stowe pleaded guilty to the federal charge of sexual exploitation of a child in October. That charge was related to taking sexually explicit pictures of a 17-yearold girl he had met while sharing a cab home around bar time in October 2012. Stowe also faces state charges that could add up to hundreds of years in prison. Online court records show Stowe pleaded guilty in December to 16 counts of sexual assault and 11 counts of taking or possessing sexually explicit images of his victims. He is scheduled for sentencing in March for the state charges. – Mark Ignatowski

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Activities abound at Verona Senior Center
The Verona Senior Center’s exercise classes featured in last week’s Verona Press are a very important community resource for its older residents. We really appreciate the publicity that the Press has given them. What was missing from the article is that there are several other fitness classes at the Senior Center, including yoga, tai chi (two levels), and fitball. There is also an exercise class aimed specifically at older persons with arthritis. The Senior Center and its partner the Verona Area Active Adults are committed to offering affordable ways to help Verona’s older population stay fit and active. The recent growth in the participation in all of these classes is gratifying, and shows that we are meeting a community need. As interest grows, we will offer more classes and activities for older adults. Call the Senior Center (845-7471) to find out more. Chris Nye, Verona Senior Center Dale Hagen, Verona Area Active Adults

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heard the quote on the radio from a woman who didn’t want to give her name. “You just never know, the This policy will be printed from time to time in an abbreviated world seems to get more and form here and will be posted in its more evil every day.” This was a response to yet entirety on our websites. another school shooting, in Roswell, N.M. We also learned that a retired police officer shot and killed a man in a movie theater over Thursday, January 23, 2014 • Vol. 48, No. 35 a texting dispute in Wesley USPS No. 658-320 Periodical Postage Paid, Verona, WI and additional offices. Chapel, Fla., Published weekly on Thursday by the Unified Newspaper Group, and another A Division of Woodward Communications, Inc. man randomly Peters POSTMASTER: Send Address Corrections to shot and killed The Verona Press, 133 Enterprise Drive, Verona, WI 53593. two people at Phone: 608-845-9559 a convenience store in Indiana FAX: 608-845-9550 before being shot and killed by e-mail: veronapress@wcinet.com police. What is going on? ConnectVerona.com It makes me wonder if in fact This newspaper is printed on recycled paper. the world is getting more evil every day. Of course these are General manager News tragic incidents that receive an David Enstad Jim Ferolie abundance of media coverage. david.enstad@wcinet.com veronapress@wcinet.com And yes, I would agree that the school shooting phenomena we Advertising Sports have witnessed since the tragDonna Larson Jeremy Jones edy at Columbine High School veronasales@wcinet.com ungsportseditor@wcinet.com in 1999 is very disturbing. However, evil on this scale Classifieds Website is nothing new in our world. Kathy Woods Victoria Vlisides Theologians would direct us to ungclassified@wcinet.com communityreporter@wcinet.com Cain killing his brother Abel Circulation Reporters (Genesis 4:8) in a fit of jealousy Carolyn Schultz Scott Girard, Bill Livick, Anthony Iozzo, as evidence that we humans are ungcirculation@wcinet.com Mark Ignatowski, Scott De Laruelle capable of some pretty bad stuff toward one another. Unified Newspaper Group, a division of Before we pass judgment on anyone else, consider whether WOODwARD COMMUNIcATIONS,INc. you have ever been angry A dynamic, employee-owned media company enough at someone that you Good People. Real Solutions. Shared Results. wished they were dead. Maybe you would never be capable of actually harming someone physically but you wouldn’t mind NATIONAL NEWSPAPER seeing their name in the obituarASSOCIATION ies section of the Verona Press. I’ll admit that I have had SUBSCRIPTION RATES passing thoughts like along those lines when someone has One Year in Dane Co. & Rock Co. . . . . . . $37 wronged me. One Year Elsewhere . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . $45 Although our society and legal system punish people Verona Press differently based on an actual Oregon Observer • Stoughton Courier Hub

Evil thoughts need God’s forgiveness, too I
act of violence vs. a vengeful thought towards another, God views them both as a violation of His standards. The Apostle John made this sobering statement in a letter he wrote to early Christians: “Anyone who hates another brother or sister is really a murder at heart. And you know that murderers don’t have eternal life within them.” (1 John 3:15). Really John? A hateful thought is akin to killing someone? I think John is reminding us that we are all made in the image of God (Genesis 1:27). So when we hate someone or even think poorly of them, we are tarnishing what God has created. Please don’t misunderstand me. Random acts of violence against innocent victims are a horrible reality of the sin-filled world we live in. Civil authorities have a duty and responsibility to punish those who have violated the law and to protect its citizens to the full extent that they can. I grieve for the friends and families of the victims of crime and the seemingly total disregard for human life. I can’t imagine losing someone I love in a random act of violence. In fact, I am quite sure I would have hateful and vengeful thoughts toward the perpetrator of the crime. After all, that is just human nature, as psychologists would tell us. And that is the point. We are incapable of reacting to these unjust acts in a way that reflects the image of God. Contrast our desire for “justice” with Jesus’ words to His accusers while dying on the Cross on Good Friday: “Father, forgive them, for they don’t know what they are doing.” (Luke 23:34). Imagine praying that prayer while being persecuted as an innocent man. I find it hard to forgive someone who cut me off on the Beltline! That is why I am eternally

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grateful that I bear the image of God only through the sacrifice Jesus made for me as an act of pure grace. God sees through my sinful “human nature” and sees His Son in me. I am a new person in Christ. Ok, great; thanks for the theology lesson, you might say, but I still see evil people doing evil things that make me angry beyond measure. I agree. I am sick and tired of reading about school shootings and people losing their lives over petty disagreements. And I am not naive enough to believe we won’t see more such incidents in the future. But we can do something about it in our own community one person at a time. We can take some time to be a neighbor to someone in need. We can mentor kids who are in at risk situations. We can pray for opportunities to defuse potential situations that might explode into violence. We can even pray for the guy who cut us off on the highway without waving our middle finger at him. Whether or not you are a follower of Jesus, we can all try to live by the Golden Rule: “One should treat others as one would like to treat oneself.” Jesus put it this way in affirming a man’s question on how he might inherit eternal life: “Love the Lord your God with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself.” (Luke 10:27). Maybe 2014 will be the year that we look out for our neighbors and love the people in our community in a way that reflects the fact that they are made in the image of God. If we do, maybe the world won’t seem so evil after all -- at least in Verona. Happy New Year and God’s peace be with you all. Mike Peters is the pastor of The Church in Verona.

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Verona Fire District

Judge: Lawsuit will go on
Hearing pushed back to March
MARK IGNATOWSKi
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A Dane County Circuit Court judge refused to throw out a lawsuit aimed at letting firefighters keep their job last week. The lawsuit – filed by the firefighter union Local 311 – is an attempt to keep the city from hiring new firefighters under a dissolution agreement approved in the middle of last year. The city sought to dismiss the suit last week, but Dane County Circuit Court Judge Peter C. Anderson denied that motion Friday. The decision continues to block the city from hiring any new full-time firefighters as it was preparing to take over the dissolved Verona Fire District, but

fire protection is expected to continue without interruption. The city has contended that when the Verona Fire District – a joint agreement between the city and town – was dissolved in June, the city would take over and hire new full-time staff, as it was creating a new department. The union has argued that the city did not provide adequate warning per the existing union agreement, and that the city is essentially a continuation of the Verona Fire District. Attorneys for the city indicated at the hearing in December they intend to try to have the lawsuit dismissed. They argued then that the Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission, a state agency that oversees public and private employment conflict resolution, should handle the case.

An attorney for Local 311 attorney said in December that the circuit court would be the most expeditious way to get a ruling on the issue, as WERC decisions can drag out for months and even years. Online court records show the schedule for the next steps – a temporary injunction and a potential motion for summary judgment – has been pushed back a few weeks to give the city and union more time to respond to each other’s filings. The temporary injunction would prevent the city from hiring outside firefighters and would require that they maintain the current fulltime unionized staff that was hired by the Verona Fire District. The next hearing is set for 9 a.m. March 7, in Dane County Circuit Court.

VAHS teacher goes to D.C. for SOTU
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A blast from the past
Jessica Michna visited the Verona Public Library Saturday to portray Cordelia Harvey, a former first lady of Wisconsin who helped organize relief for Wisconsin soldiers and their children during the Civil War. The program was part of a series in connection with the library’s Lincoln exhibit, on display until Friday, Jan. 24.

A Verona Area High School teacher will be in the White House for President Barack Obama’s annual State of the Union address Jan. 28. Jason Knoll, who teachers social studies at VAHS,

will attend as part of a “White House Social” event that allows social media followers to engage with administration officials. Knoll will live-tweet the event at @jasonlknoll. After the speech, Knoll

will have a chance to participate in a panel with senior staff to talk about the vision and policies Obama lays out in his speech, which Knoll will also live-tweet.

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Normally, siblings are matches for bone marrow donations, but Ilya is an only child. Bone marrow is the tissue inside of bones that produces blood cells, and AML leukemia causes abnormal production. Lumpkins said people around her have brought the event to life, and it now has more than 200 set to attend on the Facebook event and many more asking, “How can I help?’” “The amount of support is incredible,” Lumpkins said. “It’s extremely overwhelming, but in a positive way.” To organize the drive, Lumpkins contacted Be The Match and the Blood Center of Wisconsin, who helped her decide a drive was worth doing. The group will need to get more than just marrow donors, however. Lumpkins said it costs about $100 to put people on the Blood Center and Be The Match registries. To help cover that cost, Saturday’s event will also feature a silent auction and a raffle with an “overwhelming” number of items donated by the community, including Visa gift cards and a Kalahari gift certificate. Webster said seeing the response to Saturday’s drive, visits to the hospital from school friends and other gifts people have sent to Ilya has shown his

‘It’s not an illness where they come into a room and tell you ‘This is what it is, and we have this treatment and everything will be OK.’’
Ron Webster, Ilya’s father or three dogs, a couple of cats, gerbil, horse. It’s all animals.” “Hopefully, I get a spot somewhere,” he added jokingly. While she’s had to miss about a month of seventh grade since she was admitted at the hospital, Webster said the American Children’s Hospital offers a teacher on site that stays in touch with her teachers at Badger Ridge Middle School to keep her as on track as possible. people to become bone marrow donors and worked with Lumpkins for Saturday’s drive, chemotherapy can lead to remission for those who suffer from AML, but often a transplant is the best long-term cure. “It’s not an illness where they come into a room and tell you ‘This is what it is, and we have this treatment and everything will be OK,’” Webster said. “That’s not the conversations they have with you with this type of leukemia. You realize that there’s a long road before you ever feel the possibility of breathing, of taking a breath and feeling like things are OK.” While parents can be donors, Webster said, it’s not as good as a “stranger” match can be, because it’s only a 50/50 match. However, that hasn’t caused him to give up hope

for finding a match for his daughter, even if the odds are low in an international database that has found just one potential match for his daughter to this point. “Of course, you have to maintain some type of hope, just period, going through the process,” he said. “You have to go into it each day hoping that in some way…it will work out.”

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Above is a screen capture of the Facebook event the community can join to support Ilya Webster Jan. 25.

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daughter how much people care for her. “She felt that people had forgotten about her, so when she receives things or people come to see her or knowing things like this are going on, it just reminds her that people haven’t forgotten about her,” he said.

Future veterinarian

Webster described his daughter, who volunteers often at St. Christopher Parish in Verona and plays soccer in a Verona rec league, as “active, very giving, very

Ilya’s disease is the less common of the two main leukemias found in children. It is also considered to be less treatable than the more common acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL). funny, strong, (and) a child According to bethematch. of faith.” org, which advocates for “She is my most beautiful blessing,” he added. Recently, he said his 12-year-old daughter had fallen in love with animals, and now plans to become a large-animal veterinarian In accordance with the transportation policy adopted by the Verona after beginning horseback riding lessons. Area School District Board of Education, transportation costs “She’s read up tons on will be paid for those qualified resident students attending private horses, different animals; she can tell you about the schools within/outside the district. Parents wishing to receive breeds and everything compensation are required to sign transportation contracts. Please else,” he said. “She wants to own a house one day, call Patti Fenske at 845-4331 for more information. and it’s going to (have) two

Treatment and cure

Many people will not be a match for Ilya, but they might be a match for someone else. While Webster said hopes to find a match for his daughter, he is also glad the drive will raise awareness of an issue that now hits close to home. “Somebody might register that, now or down the road, is match for somebody in a like circumstance,” he said. The drive will be from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 25, in the Badger Ridge Middle School step room. Anyone age 18-44 can register, and the process begins with a cheek swab.

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Kiwanis Club accepting winter wear donations
The Kiwanis Club of Verona is continuing its annual collection of winter wear donations. If you have any winter coats, hats, gloves, or scarves, you may place them in the large collection bin in the Glacier Edge Elementary School entrance area. historical and traditional connection. Yet despite similarities between the two faiths, major theological differences exist. Join Fahed Masalkhi, Ph.D. student in the UW-Madison Department of Languages and Cultures of Asia, on Thursday, Jan. 23, from 7-8 p.m. at the library to gain an understanding of these two religions. Call 845-7180 for information. to attend one or more of the featured trainings and register by emailing Verona Family Child Care Association at veronafcca@gmail.com.

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

Veteran’s support group starting

The Verona Area Senior Center is starting its own Veteran’s support group, open to men and women who served in or are currently serving in the U.S. Armed Forces. All branches of service and all age groups are welcome. For more information, call Becky at 845-7471.

Badger Ridge Middle School will host a bone marrow registration drive along with the Blood Center of Wisconsin and Be the Match Foundation Saturday, Jan. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for people 18-44 years old. 50 Mission Crush A Badger Ridge seventh grader This Madison-based musical group was recently diagnosed with highwill perform at the Verona Senior risk AML leukemia and is waiting Center at 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23. for a bone marrow transplant. For For information, call 845-7471. more information, visit the event page on Facebook at facebook.com/ events/1448391435375875/

Bone Marrow registration drive

Verona Family Child Care Association is hosting an area-wide training day for child care providers and parents, on Saturday, Jan. 25, at St. Andrew’s Catholic Church Parish Basic Beliefs of Christianity Center, 301 N. Main St. and Islam The cost is $50 per person. Parents Christianity and Islam share a and family members are encouraged

Child care training day

Laughter and joy presentation

Come to the Verona Senior Center at 12:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, for a presentation on laughter and joy and aging by Pam VanKampen from the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources.

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• 8 a.m., Country View open house • 12:30 p.m., bingo, senior center

Friday, Jan. 24

• 9-11 a.m., Verona Area International School open house • 1-2:30 p.m., “Kindle and OverDrive: Making the Connection,” library • 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Child Development Day, Country View Elementary • 1 p.m., Stoner Prairie open house • 7 p.m., Common Council, City Center • 8 a.m., Verona Area International School open house • 8-10 a.m., New Century School open house • 6:30-7:30 p.m., “The Giver: Curtain’s Up with CTM,” library • 6-7 p.m., open house, Core Knowledge Charter School

Saturday, Jan. 25

• 8-10 a.m. and 6-8 p.m., New Century School open house • 8 a.m., Sugar Creek open house • 12:30 p.m., Pam VanKampen presentation on laughter and joy and aging, Verona Senior Center • 1 p.m., Glacier Edge open house • 8:30 a.m., Glacier Edge open house • 12:45 p.m., Sugar Creek open house • 6-8 p.m., Course Information Fair, VAHS • 6:30 p.m., Plan Commission, City Center • 8 a.m., Stoner Prairie open house • 6:30 p.m., Verona Town Board, Town Hall • 7:30 p.m., St. Olaf band concert, VAHS • 7 p.m., Common Council, City Center

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We Learn From Our Mistakes We hear the advice to learn from our mistakes so often that it almost seems a cliché, but perhaps we need to push this advice a bit further. Isn’t it the case, after all, that we learn most when we make mistakes? We send children to school for twelve long years, expecting they will make plenty of mistakes, but knowing they will learn to read and write and do math and science better by continually improving on their mistakes. In medicine nowadays, common mistakes are taught in medical schools, so that new doctors and nurses might avoid them. In some areas, mistakes are sought after as portals of discovery. In jazz music, the so-called “blue note” or what seems a clear mistake, is often the start of an inspired improvisation. Poets too seek the “blue note” in language, the place where a mistake in usage or grammar leads to some insight or a nice turn of phrase. A genius is not necessarily someone who makes fewer mistakes, but rather someone whose mistakes are often productive or beautiful. So, we should learn from our mistakes, but perhaps more importantly, risk making mistakes in order that we might grow and learn. – Christopher Simon via Metro News Service “For the righteous falls seven times and rises again, but the wicked stumble in times of calamity.” Proverbs 24:16

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UW’s Wisconsin Singers coming to Verona performing arts series
Badger Ridge Middle School choral students to open show
BILL LIVICK
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Who: Wisconsin Singers When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 1 Where: VAHS Performing Arts Center Cost: $15 adult; $8 student More info: 848-2787

Twenty-nine of UW-Madison’s most talented students will perform a fast-moving show of singing, dancing and hilarious fun next week when the Wisconsin Singers take the stage of the Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center. The show, “Hot! Hot! Hot!,” will include a wide variety of American popular music from the past 40 years and is part of the Verona Area Performing Arts series. “The audience is going to see everything from The Beatles and Billy Joel to classics like Frank Sinatra and Ella Fitzgerald, all the way through to Beyonce and Katy Perry,” promised the troupe’s producer and director, Robin Whitty-Novotny. “Plus for the little kids we have Peter Pan and a guest appearance by Barney the Big Purple Dinosaur. You’re pretty much engaged from beginning to end because

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Wisconsin Singers director Robin Whitty-Novotny adjusts a microphone for one of the performers.

there’s so much going on.” The Wisconsin Singers were formed in 1967 to serve as ambassadors of goodwill for the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Today, they are considered one of the best collegiate performing groups in America. Whitty-Novotny said next Saturday’s performance includes “a lot of different

styles, whether country or Top 40 or classic rock ‘n’ roll, so that the audience gets a little piece of everything and our students also get the opportunity to perform a lot of different styles.” She and the troupe’s choreographer began working on this year’s production last spring. The company held auditions in May and

the entire troupe came to campus for a week in July to begin preparing for the 2013-14 season. “They learn the vocal music, and then they’re back for two weeks before classes begin and that’s when we work with our Broadway choreographers and arrangers to mount the show,” Whitty-Novotny explained.

“The fist semester is primarily rehearsing once a week and then second semester is just performing, which is the best part of the year.” The troupe performs about 40 shows per season throughout the state. Whitty-Novotny said students come from all parts of the UW-Madison campus and major in a wide variety of fields. She said only one student is a music major, but they all share a passion for performing. “That’s really what draws them together,” she said. “They love to perform. Many of them have not had private dance or private voice lessons, but they all have an individual talent that they bring to the

table. People will be very impressed with their professionalism. It’s really like watching a Broadway caliber show.” Verona area residents will enjoy seeing and hearing a choral group from Badger Ridge Middle School open the show. Heather Thorpe, the school’s choral director, is a former Wisconsin Singer. “We’re actually going to be doing a song with them that the Singers will teach them the choreography to,” Whitty-Novotny said. “And so the middle-schoolers and the Singers will all share the stage to open the show, which is pretty exciting for those middleschoolers but it is fun for the Singers, too. We do that as a part of our mission of outreach as well, doing a lot of workshops with middle school and high school kids.” Saturday’s performance will be only the fourth of the Wisconsin Singers’ new season. “We’ve already done three shows but we’ve been rehearsing since last July, so the show is definitely audience ready,” WhittyNovotny said.

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Springdale Inn gives owner chance to share the ‘magic’ of her love for nature, outdoors
SCOTT GIrArD
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A ‘country haven’ open for guests

Nancy Hylbert was “always just drawn” to the outdoors, but she did not expect that love for nature would turn into a bed and breakfast. But after teaching for years and eventually being unable to find another teaching job, Hylbert wanted to find something to do and a way to make money. So she built the Springdale Inn, which gave her an opportunity to not only build an environmentally friendly building, but also to ensure her “country haven” did not become an annoyance requiring her to drive into the city every day. “I want to be able bring in enough money to allow me to continue to support myself as I get older and to allow me to live in a place I really want to live in,” Hylbert said. “It’s a way that I can continue to live independently and continue to do the things I love.” The land she bought now features a 54.5-acre prairie with 18 species of flowers and 21 species of birds on the land, along with turkeys, deer and even a badger spotted by one visitor, offering a chance for plenty of exploration for Hylbert’s guests.

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2160 Erb Road 832-6707 springdaleinn.com That secret was “perfect” for Hylbert, who laughed and confessed back that they were her first customers. Since then, Hylbert said all sorts of people have stayed at the Springdale Inn, from elderly couples on wedding anniversaries and new couples looking for a spark to Epic visitors and high school reunions. “I did have an engagement,” she recalled on the back deck. “They’d gone to a super romantic restaurant … and I guess that wasn’t romantic enough because it was the back deck that brought out the proposal.” So far, she said the busiest months have been June through October.

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Springdale Inn owner Nancy Hylbert stands next to her restored piano in the Inn’s common room, which also features a fireplace.

restore was just one step in many along the way in making the Springdale Inn a green and environmentally friendly place. “I just have such a passion for it,” she said. “Nature gives me so much joy. What could possibly be more important than caring for the earth?” Energy efficient With big windows and an The prairie she helped extra-long overhang on the

southern side of the building, Hylbert ensured the sun could do its part to heat the building during the cold winter months, when it passes lower in the sky, while avoiding increasing the summer heat thanks to the overhang. Solar panels from Full Spectrum also sit on top of the roof, and on a cold and snowy January day, they were

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a private screened-in porch with a bed on it, offering guests a chance to sleep outdoors when the weather suits them. Hylbert noted that lessens the need for air conditioning over the summer. And often, she and guests will spend their time on the patio in front or the deck in back during meal times, again diverting the need for air conditioning, she said.

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Couples and reunions

Her first clients, who booked a room for June 23 in March 2012 after Hylbert had spent months delaying opening the inn, made a confession as soon as they walked in: “This is our first bed and breakfast,” they said.

With hiking trails, an alpaca barn, a berry patch, garden and 14 fruit trees, Hylbert has plenty else to share on the land with her guests beyond the building. She also offers classes in meditation and yoga, something she used to teach. The chance to share all of those with guests coming through, whether on business or for pleasure, is one she treasures. “I kind of had a bit of a touch of emptiness, and I love having people over,” she said. “I love having a full house and just taking care of people. I love sharing the magic of this place.”

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Metro Lynx work to tie Rock County Fury
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Junior forward Brodie Roehrig had two deflections for goals Tuesday evening at Oregon as third-ranked Verona rolled the host Panthers 7-1. Fellow senior Charlie Parker also scored a pair of goals in the blowout.

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non-conference game at Oregon Arena wearing the team’s hard hat award, given following each game to the team’s top performer. “I just like to sit down low and let JEREMY JONES people hack me. I actually enjoy it,” Sports editor Roehrig said with a smile. “I have to Verona junior forward Brodie give a shout out to my power play Roehrig finished Tuesday evening’s buddies, they always help me out.” While the host Oregon Panthers went 0-for-4 on the powerplay, the Wildcats scored on their first threeman advantage opportunities, finishing 3-for-4 on the game. “The power play is something we’ve been struggling with all year,” Wildcat head coach Joel Marshall said.“We’ve tried a bunch of combinations, trying to give the guys a little adversity that we haven’t been getting in some of these games.” Roehrig accounted for one of those, tipping in one of two shots in front of the Panthers’ goal. Fellow senior Charlie Parker added two

Middleton girls hockey co-op senior forward Jordann Herrling scored twice against the host Rock County Fury on Thursday, including a goal just over four-and-a-half minutes into the first period, yet the visitors needed to claw back just to force overtime inside Beloit’s Edwards Ice Arena en route to a 3-3 Badger Conference tie. Despite taking the early lead, the Metro Lynx (9-42 overall, 3-1-1) allowed a late goal in the first period and second period powerplay goal to go down 2-1 heading into the final 17 period. Herrling drew the Lynx even six-and-a-half minutes into the third period before teammate Anna Buna finally helped Middleton regain the lead less than a minute later. Rock County captain Ellie Woodman, who assisted on all three Fury goals, helped the Beloit (8-7-2, 1-3-2) answer once again with 58 seconds remaining in regulation, setting up Bailey McKillips. Neither team could take advance in the eight-minute overtime period, however, as Hunter Kurbel made 23 saves for Middleton, while Molly Gross stopped 64 of 67 shots on goal for the Fury. Any shot the Lynx have at capturing their first conference title hinges on Friday evening’s game against the Sun Prairie

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Nettles-Bey inspires basketball community
ANTHONY IOZZO
Assistant sports editor

Girls basketball

Junior guard Ebony NettlesBey is not just an inspiration to her teammates but to the entire basketball community, head coach Angie Murphy said. Before a Big Eight Conference game last Saturday against Sun Prairie, the visiting Cardinal players honored Nettles-Bey, who is battling a rare form of cancer (Rhabdomyosarcoma), with headbands that read, “No one has to fight alone.” The entire Cardinal team and several Verona players wore these yellow bands during the game. But this was not the first time a team went out of their way to show how much they care. In a game at Madison East on Jan. 3, the Purgolders gave flowers, although Nettles-Bey had to miss the game for a chemotherapy session.

“She is out there battling the way she feels, and it shows everyone how you can play tough. She never complains and is a great role model,” Murphy said. The Wildcats get to see Nettles-Bey’s example whenever she can make practice or a game, and senior guard Jenni LaCroix said it motivates everyone. “She is someone who is fighting every day and working her hardest every day, whether she is resting for the team or coming to practice or just sitting there and watching so she knows everything that is going on,” LaCroix said. “We want to work harder for her because we know she would rather be out on the court playing with us, so it is inspirational and makes us work that much harder for her.” But there will still be hard times ahead for both Nettles-Bey

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Junior guard Ebony Nettles-Bey looks for an open teammate after bringing the ball down the court in the fourth quarter last Saturday against Sun Prairie. The Cardinals honored Nettles-Bey, who is battling a rare form of cancer (Rhabdomyosarcoma), with a headband that read, “No one has to fight alone.”

Senior forward Marley Campbell (right) and senior guard Jenni LaCroix cheer from the bench in the fourth quarter last Saturday after senior guard Ari Hoslet scored and was fouled. The Wildcats took out their starters after three quarters after grabbing a 40-point lead over Sun Prairie, eventually winning, 63-18.

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Pins not enough in defeat
The Verona Area High School varsity wrestling team lost a close Big 8 Conference dual at Janesville Craig on Tuesday, 41-39. Senior Eric Schmid (145 pounds), senior Logan Postweiler (192), senior Scott Rohlfing (220), junior Dakin Coons (182), junior Jackson Bryant (152), sophomore Trayvonn Johnson (heavyweight) and freshman Brandon Daniels all picked up wins. Schmid pinned Zach Mulrooney in 3 minutes, 47 seconds, while Postweiler pinned Alex McNall in 3:17. Rohlfing came back from injury to pin Brock Bennet

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in 1:24, and Coons got a fall in 1:55 over Caleb Mollet. Bryant pinned Logan Basker in 3:09, and Johnson also had a pin over Owen Ross in 1:31. Daniels defeated Nate Farrell 7-3. Verona continues the season at 8 a.m. Saturday at Janesville Parker in the Big Eight Duals. Parker, Madison Memorial, Madison West and Middleton are the other teams.

Mukwonago 42, Verona 39

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Wildcats drop to 7-7 overall
The Verona Area High School boys basketball team dropped to 7-7 overall (5-6 Big Eight) after a 61-53 loss last Thursday at Beloit Memorial and a 66-65 loss Saturday against Burlington. The Wildcats host Sun Prairie Thursday and travel to Janesville Craig Saturday. Both games are at 7:30 p.m. Schmitz scored 13 points, while junior guard Will Kellerman added 12. Junior forward Jake Toman chipped in 10, and senior forward John Tackett and senior guard Mitch Flora each had seven points.
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Senior Jake Armstrong, shown competing Dec. 20, helped the Wildcats cap Saturday’s Big Eight Conference win over Madison West as Verona/Mount Horeb swept the top three spots of the 400-yard freestyle relay. Armstrong joined fellow seniors Erik Wickstrom, Adam Francis and Kade McGilvray to finished third as Verona cruised past the host Regents 122-48.

Burlington 66, Verona 65

Beloit 61, Verona 53

Verona traveled to Beloit and trailed by two heading into the fourth quarter but Verona could not stop the Purple Knights, as they were outscored 20-14 to end the game. Sophomore guard Cole

Verona hosted non-conference Burlington Saturday but fell behind by nine after three quarters. The Wildcats battled back but could not get over the hump in a one-point loss. Kellerman (16 points), Schmitz (15), Toman (11), Tackett (10) and Flora (10) all reached double digits.

Verona swims to fifth at Cardinal invite
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Sports editor

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Stone named to Scholar from squirts to seniors open. Registration is $280 for All-North/Central Region adult teams (four to seven players), $240 for youth team
Former Verona Area High School standout Allie Stone was recognized at UW-Eau Claire by the National Soccer Coaches Association of America (NSCAA) and named to the Scholar AllNorth/Central Region team. Stone, a midfielder, is a kinesiology major with a 3.9 GPA. She finished with seven points (2 G, 3 A) and was second on the team with two game-winning goals. Last season Stone was also honorably mentioned on the NSCAA Scholar All-Region team.

Mad City Pond Hockey Championships

The inaugural Mad City Pond Hockey Championships are set for Jan. 24-26 at the Vilas Park Lagoon. The 4-on-4 round robin tournament features nine divisions

teams and is still open up until the tournament. A Winter Carnival, with bouncy houses, popcorn and cotton candy machines, small carnival games, hockey shooting lanes and much more entertainment to enjoy, will be held inside the UW Carbone Cancer Pancreas Cancer Task Force tent, fully enclosed with heat. One hundred percent of the proceeds raised from the carnival will be donated to the Pancreas Cancer fund. To make a personal or corporate donation, make a check payable to the “Pancreas Cancer Research Fund,” and send it to: UW Carbone Cancer Center, Attn: Pancreas Cancer Research Fund, Madison, WI 53792-6164 or, make a contribution online at: uwhealth. org/pcrfund.

Verona/Mount Horeb boys swimming finished fifth a Saturday’s Cardinal Invitational in Middleton as eight of 16 relays beat their seed times. The Wildcats’ 100- (4x25) and 200yard freestyle quartets led the way for the Wildcats as both relays took third to pace the team. Kade McGilvray, Jacob Wellnitz, Erik Wickstrom and Glen Hook placed third in 44.5 seconds of the 100 free. McGilvray and Wickstrom joined Bryce Angaran and Wellnitz on the 200 free relay which posted a time of 1:32.28. Verona’s 400 free medley (4x100) relay Wickstrom, Wellnitz and Angaran were joined by Jimmy Conway to finish fourth in 4:01.68 Junior Cullen Meurer had a lifetime best in the 500 free on the 850 crescendo relay (5:13.50) where he and teammates Chad Zachman-Brockmeyer, Will McMillan and James Wellnitz finished fourth in 8:48.5. Meurer competing in his last of year, as he will be attending an Environmental Conservation program in Lake O’Lakes second semester. Meurer added season-best times in the 200 and 50 free. Wisconsin Interscholastic Swim

Coaches Association top-ranked Division 1 team in the state, Madison Memorial took the meet with a score of 197 – 30 points ahead of second-ranked Madison West. The Cardinals, ranked 10th in the state, finished third with 155. McFarland, ranked second in D2, finished fourth Saturday with 135 points – two ahead of Verona. The Wildcats travel to Madison La Follette at 5:30 p.m. Friday for a triangular against the Lancers and Madison Memorial.

(24.18) and 500 free (5:30.16). Mount Horeb junior Jimmy Conway led a 1-2 finish in the 200 free, winning in 2:03.84. Conway also had a seasonbest 50 free split, anchoring the 200 free relay (Jacob Wellnitz, Adam Francis and Cullen Meurer) to a win when he touched out the Purgolders’ relay by one-hundredth of a seconds in 1:38.77. In a meet used as an opportunity to swim some different events, the Wildcats still finished the meet with 32 of 41 season-best. Magnus Kittleson beat his end-ofseason goal time in the 100 free as part Verona 122, Madison East 48 of the winning varsity 400 free relay Verona/Mount Horeb won 10 of 11 (3:46.91) with teammates Angaran, events Friday in a 122-48 Big Eight Hoppe and McMillan. The Wildcats’ JV team rolled 94-70. Conference dual win at Madison East. The Wildcats swept the top three spots in the 100-yard freestyle and 100 Spartan JV Invitational backstroke behind the performances of Earlier in the week, the Wildcat JV Glen Hook (55.22) and Erik Wickstrom team traveled to Madison Memorial for (1:04.63), respectively. the Spartan JV Invitational on ThursSophomores Bryce Angaran and day. Will McMillan helped the Wildcats Donald Ditzenberger reached his endopen the meet with a victory in the 200 of-season goal time in the 50 free on the medley relay, posting a time of 1:50.09 200 free relay, which finished fourth. with freshman Bryce Hoppe and senior Verona’s top individual finishers teammate Kade McGilvray. were: Bailey Christensen in the 100 fly McGilvray went on to lead a 1-2 fin- and Paul Stiller in the 100 back – both ish in the 200 IM (2:06.72) and added took sixth. Overall, the team had 19 of 29 the 100 breaststroke (1:07.9) – both lifetime bests. season-best times in their individual Angaran led a 1-2 finish in the 50 events.

Gymnastics
JEREMY JONES
Sports editor

Gymnasts short 75 hundreths of a point in dual loss at Janesville Parker
Verona/Madison Edgewood gymnastics was unable to wrap up its first dual meet victory of the season Thursday at Janesville Parker, losing the Big Eight Conference dual meet 124.150-124.075. Sophomore Mandy Michuda finished second overall on the vault with an 8.2 Senior Rachel Samz (8.0) and Sammy Seymour (7.8) finished second and third on the balance beam. Sophomore Kirsten Queoff (8.475) and junior Hannah Semmann (8.35) matched the finish on the floor exercise. Semmann (7.975) finished third on the uneven bars. Parker senior Hailey Leisten (35.0) won the allaround competition. Samz finished runner-up with a 31.5. The Wildcat/Crusaders host the Madison La Follette/Madison East co-op at 6 p.m.

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Mandy Michuda won the balance beam and finished third or better in two of the other three rotations of Saturday’s Madison East Invitational. Michuda’s performance helped Verona/Madison Edgewood win the lower purple division with a 124.325. Her performance was enough to help Michuda (32.350) finish second in the varsity all-around competition. Teammate Rachel Samz (30.025) finished third. Janesville Parker (115.150) and Waunakee/ DeForest (114.525) and Turn to Gymnastics/Page 11

Madison United (111.80) rounded out the field. The girls had their best performance yet this year on floor and vault, Hauser said. Queoff (8.375) and Semmann finished second and fourth on the floor, respectively, while Michuda and Seymour tied for fifth on the floor exercise. “They put on an actual performance on floor that was really fun to watch,” Hauser said. “Our boosted scores on the last two events was enough to send us to the top of our division.” Michuda finished third on vault with an 8.250. Rachel Samz, Kirsten Queoff and

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Girls BB: Cats move to 13-1
Continued from page 9 and the Wildcats as she will miss the next game at 7:30 p.m. Friday at Janesville Craig (10-3 overall, 7-3 conference). But LaCroix said the team doesn’t want to let her down as she continues to fight. “We want to win every game possible and let her go out with a bang,” LaCroix said. with a floater by the freethrow line to make it 33-16. “Obviously, everyone was shooting pretty well,’ LaCroix said. “The guards did our best to get to the post, but they are a great post-defense team. So it really just came down to working the ball around and playing as a team and that is what got it done tonight.” Junior forward Lexy Richardson started the third with two baskets. Luehring and sophomore forward Grace Mueller finished the quarter. Luehring scored a putback and a 3-pointer, while Mueller made a 3-point play with 15 seconds left. Hommerding made the only basket in the second half for Sun Prairie with a 2-pointer at the buzzer of the third quarter. LaCroix finished with 15 points, while Luehring added 11. Mueller and Richardson chipped in eight and seven, respectively.

Verona 63, Sun Prairie 18

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Hanson, Kirwin win youth wrestling tournament
Jay Hanson (left) and Nathan Kirwin won their weightclasses last Sunday in Oregon. Hanson won again Sunday in Stoughton where Logan Neuroth took second, Will Neuroth placed third and Carl Wozniak and Nathan Kirwin finished fourth.

Hockey: Wildcats shut out Madison Edgewood
Continued from page 9 mores goals for Verona in the win. Verona senior forward Harry Seid scored a whirling goal from the crease just over three-and-a-half minutes into the first period. But it was Parker’s wristshot from the blueline seven seconds later that sealed the Panthers’ fate. Yet it was the second period where the Wildcats (131-2) were able to distance themselves from Oregon. Looking for a spark in net, the host Panthers pulled senior goaltender Zach Jordan in favor of freshman Henry Roskos. Oregon hockey coach Rick Fleming did mince words following Tuesday evening’s loss at home against Verona. “I was very confident going into tonight’s game,” said Fleming, who saw his team play tentative, and struggle to win battles all over the ice. “... I thought we had spurts where we looked OK, but from the goaltending out, we were really bad tonight.” The lone goal for Oregon (10-5-1) came with the Panthers already down 7-0 in the third period when senior Zach Miller went hard to net, colliding with and driving the puck past Wildcat goaltender Alex Jones, who finished with 16 saves. Jordan (12) and Roskos (11) split time in goal, combining for 23 saves. Verona (12-1-2 overall, 8-0-0 Big Eight) hosts the Janesville Bluebirds co-op (8-8-1, 4-3-1) at 5:30 p.m. Thursday before heading to the Resch Center in Green Bay at 5:30 p.m. for the third game in four days at 5:30 p.m. Friday in the Wildcats most anticipated game of the year against top-ranked and undefeated Notre Dame (170-0). “Janesville has a great first line, so we’re preparing for them,” Roehrig said. “You try to not look past anyone, but Notre Dame and the rivalry that has developed there is definitely something we lookout for in the beginning of the year.” Despite losing four straight to the Tritons, Verona knocked off Notre Dame in the WIAA state tournament semifinal round last year. “Notre Dame is definitely one of the best teams around, year in and year out,” Marshall said. “For us to play that underdog role is nice – we don’t get that opportunity too much during the year.” Much of that Tritons team returns from last season looking for revenge this Saturday, including senior forwards Brett Gruber (22 goals, 21 assists) and Mason Appleton (18G, 28A). Notre Dame also has a stout defense, which has only allowed 12 goals this season. Seniors Eli Hicks (.941 save percentage) and Aaron Campbell (.950) have split time in goal this season, earning a team-best seven wins apiece – also the same number of shutouts Notre Dame has posted this season.

Verona 4, Edgewood 0

Verona sophomore Nathan Cleghorn posted 21 saves to record his third shutout of the season and captain Charlie Parker scored two goals and assisted on another Friday en route to a 4-0 shut out inside LaBahn Ice Arena against Madison Edgewood. Wildcats’ senior defenseman Pat Stevens netted a goal and two assists. Sophomore Josh Novotny added a goal and an assist in the drubbing, while senior defenseman Philippe Fromberger two chipped in two assists. Crusaders (7-7-0) goaltender Tony Rehm turn aside 28 of 32 shots on goal.

Lynx: Girls shut out Black River Falls
10th in the state – at Stoughton’s With another three goals, ConnyMandt Community Center on Tues- bear ran her team-leading goal total to nine for the Metro Lynx. co-op (7-8-2, 5-0-1) inside the Wau- day, Jan. 28. Teammates McKenzie Imhoff and nakee/DeForest Ice Rink. Faceoff is Metro Lynx 7, Black River Falls 0 Amanda Holman of Verona added set for 7 p.m. Sophomore forward Lizzy Cony- second period even-strength goals. Middleton follows that up with a 4:55 p.m. game against the Badger bear accounted for nearly half the Maegan Sheehan and Herrling also Thunder (5-7-1, 1-3-1) on Saturday Metro Lynx’s offensive output in a netted goals in the blowout. Kurbel turned away all 22 shots inside Hartmeyer Ice Arena and a 7-0 shellacking of non-conference 7 p.m. game against the rival MSO Black River Falls (4-10-0) Saturday she faced, while Miranda Jessie stopped 44. Icebergs (11-6-2, 4-1-1) – ranked inside Madison Ice Arena. Continued from page 9

And winning is exactly what Verona, ranked No. 7 in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association poll, has been doing so far, moving to 13-1 overall, 9-1 Big Eight after a 63-18 win over the Cardinals. It wasn’t just the offense that dominated this game, but the defense was what helped Murphy get the bench on the court for the entire fourth quarter after holding the Cardinals to just two points for the second half. The game even went to a running clock with four minutes to go after Verona built a 40-point lead on a 3-point play by senior guard Ari Hoslet. “To be able to switch and make changes to our defense according to how they were playing really shows that our team is willing to learn and willing to get better and do everything we possibly can to get the win, whether that also means playing a different type of position,” La Croix said. After holding a four-point lead halfway into the second quarter, 14-10, the Wildcats went on a 19-6 run. LaCroix started it off with two 3-pointers, the first from a no-look pass from Nettles-Bey as she drove to the inside and saw LaCroix open in the right corner. Senior forward Marley Campbell then made a 3-point play with a hard cut to the paint. After a 3-pointer by Sun Prairie senior guard Jenna Conom, Nettles-Bey found some space on the inside and drilled a jumper to put Verona up 25-13. Sun Prairie junior guard April Hommerding made a 3-pointer to cut the lead to 25-16, but freshman Alex Luehring got hot from the perimeter and drained backto-back 3-pointers before LaCroix finished the half

Verona 69, Beloit 39

The Wildcats also had a big win against Beloit Memorial last Thursday, 69-39. Already up by 16 at halftime, Verona ran away with the game after a 21-7 third quarter. Luehring led Verona with 19 points, while Mueller added 11. Campbell scored nine.

Support for Ebony Night

The Verona girls basketball team invites fans to a “Black Out” at its next home game Thursday, Jan. 30, when the Wildcats will be raising money and awareness for Nettles-Bey and her fight against cancer during its game against Madison La Follette. The Wildcats will be selling replicas of their shooting T-Shirts, which are -- in keeping with the theme of the night -- black with neon lettering that read “Beat Cancer” on the front. On the back, they have NettlesBey’s number (10) under the word “Team.” In addition, there will be a chance to shoot halfcourt shots at halftime for a $1 donation as well as other donation opportunities at the concession stand. The JV will play at 5:45 p.m. The varsity will tip off at 7:30 p.m.

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Wrestling: Verona edged by Mukwonago
(120), freshman Austin Lesperance (220), Schmid, Coons, Johnson and Daniels Mukwonago last Thursday all picked up wins. and lost a close match 42-39. Schmid pinned Derek Sophomore Matt Waller Hermanson in 56 seconds, Continued from page 10 while Coons pinned Jake Matson in 3:13. Bryant pinned Skyler Mayotte in 4:17, and Waller edged Nick Armstrong 4-2. Johnson pinned Charlie Younger in 5:09, and Daniels pinned Brett Schmitz in 2:45. Lesperance won by injury default over Tom Stingl. –Anthony Iozzo

Gymnastics: Semmann, Michuda go 1-2 on uneven bars
Continued from page 10 finish on the uneven bars with Michuda (7.7). Samz took fifth, while Emma McGuire finished seven. Sammy Seymour tied for fifth place Awards at the meet went to the top with an 8.10. eight places. Hannah Semmann (7.85) led a 1-2 “We had decent bars, but struggled a lot with beam,” Hauser said. “We had some unexpected falls and missed connections which dropped our scores pretty significantly.”

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40 years ago
• State officials explained that the best way the village and town could merge -- a move being considered to put a stop to frequent annexations from Madison -- would be to have the village annex the entire town. That never happened, and several other attempts at consolidation -- generally to stem growth within the Verona Area School District -- were dropped before investigating them fully. • Engineers determined a 48-acre piece of land near the Dane County Hospital and Home was suitable for a county landfill, and irate citizens spoke out about the plan. Engineers also warned citizens that they should consider what they wanted the landfill -- which started operations in 1976 -- to be after it filled up in five or 10 years. It is now an aeromodeling field for remotecontrol airplanes. Residents appointed a small group to attend County Board meetings regarding the landfill. • The Verona Jaycees installed name signs in five Verona parks. • Thieves stole more than $2,000 from the new Fischl’s Lanes on Nine Mound Road. • A new sign language club grew to about 30 students.

30 years ago

Dolan. Estimates to fix the poorly built roads were about • As part of a community- $40,000. supported program, 23 volunteers finished a 32-hour 20 years ago training course in dealing • The school district created with alcohol- and drug-related a 28-person steering commitproblems among students. tee to consider whether to start They then created a 24-hour one or two charter schools in hotline. the district. The move was a Volunteers included juvenile response to a new state law officers from Fitchburg and allowing charters. Verona police departments, VASD did eventually start school district staff and sev- two of the state’s first chareral concerned adults living in ters, New Century and Core the district. Knowledge. • The Town Board voted 3-2 • The town put restrictions not to allow local resident John on mining by WIngra Stone Rowley to establish a junkyard after residents in the nearby on his Riverside Road prop- Hillside Heights subdivision erty, even though it had been complained about noise and in existence in violation of his dust from preparations for zoning for 12 years. Rowley highway projects. vowed to continue fighting • A Verona graduate helped for the rezone, and Rowley’s tend to injured people at a Garage still maintains a sal- University of Wisconsin footvage operation. ball game after dozens of • A disagreement over a bro- people were trampled in a celken promise by Viking Cable ebration of the team’s victory ended up costing VHAT fund- over Michigan. Ryan Schmid, ing for its programming, which 20, was a volunteer emerwas estimated to cost at least gency care technician for the $6,000. Alders narrowly voted Devil’s Head Ski Patrol and -- on a mayoral tiebreaker -- to splinted the injuries of about increase its budget from $500 five people in what he called a to $1,000, all from restricted “nightmare.” funds. As a results, the chan• The city approved a nel had to seek outside fund- $69,500 bid to erect lights at ing. Stampfl Field, the local base• The city hired an attorney ball stadium. Around half of to help with possible litigation the money was expected to over road work done in Cross come from park funds and Country Heights by Payne and donations.

• Mayor Art Cresson broke a 4-4 tie to spend $135,500 to connect Harriet and Arthur streets on what was then the city’s north side, ending a seven-year debate on the topic. Those in favor wanted to improve traffic flow, while those opposed said it would increase traffic in residential areas and create risk to kids walking to school. • The school district created a five-person communication subcommittee to listen to residents’ concerns through such initiatives as focus groups. • The Verona football team was unable to handle Sun Prairie in its first game of the state tournament, losing 48-16. The Wildcats had qualified for state after a triple-overtime victory over McFarland. • Senior Tom Marks finished fourth in the Division 1 state cross country meet. The team however, finished 15th at state after dominating sectionals the week before. • A family of new Verona residents opened the Verona Country Store on South Main Street. • Sara Schuetz signed a letter-of-intent to play basketball for the Division-1 Butler Bulldogs. • The library installed a new device called a Magni-Cam, which used a 19-inch TV to magnify words on paper for readers with vision limitations.

-- Jim Ferolie winning six conference titles in 12 years at the helm of 10 years ago the girls’ team and the honor • After facing a bumpy road of Wisconsin girls tennis through the Plan Commission, coach of the year (as voted the city approved a proposal to by the Wisconsin Coaches Association) in 2000. expand World of Variety. Christofferson also coached The commission was in favor of the general idea of freshman basketball for five the project, but several issues years and was a varsity assiscaused them to vote down tant for one year before takthe precise plan. The key ing over the tennis team. He issue had been concerns the remained the coach of the planned loading dock would boys’ team. He reached over create congestion with trucks 100 career dual wins with both bringing supplies to Millers the boys and girls. • A 43-year-old former manand Sons grocery store. However, Mayor John ager of the Long John Silver’s/ Volker, in adamant support of A&W in Verona was charged the project, called for a revote with having inappropriate sexon the final stage, which ual relations with a 16-year-old passed 5-2. It then cruised female co-worker. The alleged through the Common Council incidences took place at work, when the manager would send on a 5-1 vote • Meng-Ju “Mark” Wu, the all the workers home, leaving suspect of the triple homicide himself and the girl alone to that rocked Verona in June, close the store. • The former Grabandt and returned to Dane County to face justice. Captured by the Mani store building next to FBI and New York Police Hardee’s, was razed in an Department in New York, Wu effort to spruce up downtown. had fought the extradition to At the time, three downtown retail locations, the Citgo Wisconsin. Dane County Court station, A&W building and Commissioner Todd Meurer Hardee’s building, had been set a record high bail of $30 sitting empty. Verona girls’ swimmillion due to the accused’s • lack of ties to the community ming won the Badger South and access to large amounts Conference meet after dominating the competition all seaof cash. • Pete Christofferson, head son going 6-0 in duals. -- Michael Fiez coach of the Verona’s tennis teams, stepped down after

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Reports collected from the would not buy him the sundae hurt you” and “I can hurt the log book at the Stoughton because he was supposed to kids.” Police confronted him Police Department. be on a diet. and handcuffed him when he refused to follow orders. Oct. 18 The man was released to his Oct. 21 3:56 p.m. Juvenile males 7:25 p.m. A 50-year-old father because of his intoxiwere reported to be skate- woman stole $385.79 worth cated state. boarding on a basketball court of merchandise from the St. and defacing a bench with Vincent de Paul store. She was Oct. 24 their boards. The 59-year-old also found with prescription 10:05 p.m. An anonymous man who reported them had pills in her purse, and when caller reported loud yelling asked them to stop during a a search of her 58-year-old and possible indoor smoking different incident two weeks friend’s car was consented, at a bar on the 100 block of earlier and had to physically more stolen merchandise was Railroad Street. Upon arrival, sit on the bench for the boys found along with Oxycontin. two people were seen giving to stop. 11:42 p.m. A 36-year-old each other piggy-back rides 5:28 p.m. A 50-year-old man reported harassment around the parking lot, but no woman stopped by the police from another tenant in his smoking was observed. station with a dead cat in a apartment building on the plastic bag that she had found 100 block of Paoli Street Oct. 25 hit on Cross Country Road. after the other tenant told him 4:16 p.m. A 36-year-old She said she had been told by that “stalking is a crime.” He reported her 37-year-old a vet to bring it to the police. wanted her comment docu- ex-husband had made gun She refused the offer to place mented and reported that in threats towards her life as he the animal in the police sta- the past, she has taken down picked up their children from tion’s dumpster and said she his clothes from a drying line her residence on the 100 wanted to the cat to be used before they were done and block of Prairie Heights Drive. for research or cremated. replaced with her own cloth- The ex-husband stated that he ing. was only explaining to her why Oct. 19 he had a handgun and how it 1:44 p.m. A juvenile male Oct. 22 was a preventative measure took the keys out of the igni5:44 p.m. A 46-year-old to insure the children’s safety tion of his mother’s car in woman was walking on Ice when a fight escalated. the Dairy Queen drive-thru Age Trail when she observed because she would not order a 28-year-old man screaming Oct. 26 him a peanut butter sundae. threats into his cell phone, 4:01 p.m. A woman in her The mother explained that she making threats such as “I can 20s was seen vomiting in the Culver’s bathroom before passing out outside the restaurant. The woman left with friends before police arrived, but was able to be tracked down through the help of left- of its injuries. behind items and Madison Police. Nov. 3 6:46 p.m. Police responded Oct. 31 to an attempted suicide by a 1:15 p.m. A 34-year-old woman on Enterprise Drive. woman reported disturbing She had taken 60 or more Traand profane text messages zodone pills, and stated that and Facebook status being she “felt lousy” and wanted sent and posted by her son’s to “not wake up.” The woman father. She felt his texts and was taken to the hospital for posts on Facebook, such as treatment. “needing a hitman” were directed towards her. Nov. 5 8:00 p.m. A welfare check Nov. 1 was requested for a 64-year1:12 p.m. A Dane County old man who stated to a Minjuvenile justice worker report- nesota DEA Duty agent that he ed information about a young wanted to kill the drug dealgirl on the 600 block of Green ers that are killing his son. The Meadow Drive sending reveal- man was upset over 22-yearing photos of herself to an old son’s drug use and said unknown person in Ireland. that if the drug dealers ever The device that the minor came to his house, he would used to send photos was con- take matters into his own fiscated. hands. When contacted, the man assured police that he Nov. 2 would not seek these people 6:59 p.m. An 18-year-old out. autistic man was reported to be attacking his mother at Nov. 6 their home on Lincoln Street. 8:51 p.m. An 18-yearOnce controlled after being old man was cited for his sedated, the man was sent to first OWI offense after being UW Hospital for further treat- stopped for a defective brake ment. lamp on Cross Country Road 7:40 p.m. A raccoon was and was found to have open found trapped in a fertilizer intoxicants and marijuana in spreader inside a garage on his vehicle. the 600 block of Fairview Terrace. The raccoon had to be Nov. 7 put down due to the severity 7:43 p.m. An anonymous caller reported seeing a gray Impala in the Miller and Sons parking lot with McDonald’s bags covering the license plates. The suspects, men ages 18, 19 and 21, smelled of marijuana, and when the car was searched, large amounts of shake were found, along with a small glass pipe. The 22-year-old was cited for felony bail jumping, and all three were cited for possession of marijuana. Nov. 8 12:40 a.m. A 43-year-old woman was given her 2nd OWI offense after failing to stop her vehicle for police as they tried to pull over for speeding and driving left of center. The pursuit ended in an accident, where she was immediately arrested and taken to UW Hospital for medical clearance. Nov. 10 5:40 p.m. A 40-year-old woman reported having three juvenile males ding-dongditch her house on the 900 block of Hillside Way, leaving dog feces rolled up in a dollar bill on the front porch. 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Continued from page 1 “We don’t approach it from an ‘OK, we have X amount of dollars.’ We vet them on their own for the value of the idea.”

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iPads for ninth-graders $36,530 Chromebooks for GE 4/5 $31,887 iPads for GE 1/2 $30,198 SOMS software, training $27,000 BRMS Chromebooks, iPads $14,450 Photography equipment $7,695 Large Format Printer $7,500 TAREA $6,000 GE Augmented Reality $6,000 ELL summer course $5,000 Nurtured Heart Approach $3,500 SP Augmented Reality $2,072 LEGOS kits $1,600 Total $179,432 trying to meet their needs in a more personal way is very exciting,” said GE technology coordinator Kurt Knueve. “It’s daunting … but at the same time it’s reinvigorating for someone like me who’s been in education for 15 years.” Savanna Oaks Middle School, which last year was awarded 180 Chromebooks for all of its sixth-grade students, received another $27,000 this year to acquire more software and provide staff development to seventh-grade staff so they can be ready to work with their incoming students. Although the Chromebook devices likely will remain with the sixth-grade classes, the seventh-graders would be able to access their online personalized learning plans from any device that can reach the Internet. In order to continue their programming, they needed new software and more staff development, SOMS associate principal Sandy Eskrich explained.

“It’s daunting … but at the same time it’s reinvigorating for someone like me who’s been in education for 15 years.”
Kurt Knueve, Glacier Edge technology coordinator

Technology reigns

While the district funded grants that were technology-focused and those that weren’t, the overwhelming majority of the money went to technology once again. The five most expensive grants all focus on bringing district schools closer to the one-to-one technology ratio in order to expand the district’s “personalized learning,” totaling $140,065 on their own. “It was really our goal to plant seeds for growth in the future with using technology as a tool to get us toward the personalized learning plans,” said board member Amy Almond, who served on the sub-committee that looked at the nearly 40 applications this year. The most expensive grant, at a cost of $36,530, will provide 70 iPads to the high school to more than triple the 30 units science teacher Matt Austin already has in his classroom. He said that while the step toward personalized learning has been positive, he is excited to offer each student the opportunity to have their own device. “We’re very excited about what it’s going to allow for our students to do,” Austin said. “The different ways that they’re going to learn. We’re going to allow them to have more voice and choice as far as what they want to learn and how and how they want to demonstrate that as well.” The 100 iPads will allow Austin and the four other teachers in his ninth-grade pod to offer a one-to-one device-to-student ratio for their classes. And after the district passed a policy last fall allowing students to take technology home, it will also offer students a chance to continue their studies outside the classroom. The two other grants over $30,000 both were awarded to Glacier Edge Elementary. Fourth- and fifth-graders will have oneto-one Chromebook access as a result of a $31,887 award, and first/second multiage students at the school will have one device per two kids from a $30,198 grant to purchase 50 iPad Airs. “The idea of trying to get kids more engaged and motivated in education and

or other in-classroom projects include a “marker” that will bring up a video or related information when seen by a certain device, at GE. • $2,072 for Augmented Reality at Stoner Prairie

Other programs

Other technology awards include:

• $14,450 to Badger Ridge Middle School for 15 Chromebooks and 15 iPads for seventh-graders. • $7,695 for photography equipment to expand photography classes at VAHS • $6,000 for “Augmented Reality,” a type of technology that has flashcards

For the third year, the board decided to fund TAREA, or Teaching and Reaching Every Area, a program designed to reach Glacier Edge students and their families from areas that bus to school. The program has had so much success with its consistent funding of $6,000 that Gorrell told Jenny Schultz to give up applying each year and instead expect the money to come as part of the district’s regular funding in future years. New this year is $5,000 provided to Country View Elementary School teacher Christine Frei for a three-week summer reading program for English-language learner (ELL) students. Frei said she ran a 10-person program last summer and “the students enjoyed it and got a lot out of it,” specifically helping them feel more confident in speaking up in the classrooms when they got back to school in the fall. “We have a big ELL population, and we need to start better meeting their needs,” she said, adding that she hopes to expand the program to 20 first- and second-graders for the upcoming summer. While Frei will look to help her students get ready to go back to school at the end of summer, Country View counselor Tammy Holtan Arnol hopes to help teachers understand how impactful their words can be to students. She applied to send five teachers to a conference on the “Nurtured Heart Approach,” which focuses on how a teacher’s words, positive or negative, can affect a student’s self-esteem in the long term. The board awarded $3,500 to send one

teacher. “Whatever we say to kids is building their portfolio of whether they see themselves as successful or unsuccessful,” Holtan Arnol said. VAHS educational technology coordinator Rita Mortenson, who has applied for and been awarded more grants than any other district teacher, was awarded $7,500 for a large format printer, which she hopes to use for both student and district needs. “(Students) could print on posters, canvas, vinyl, photography paper,” she said. “I really hope to use it as a way that students can not only print out their work and showcase it, but also it’s a great communication piece for the district.” Glacier Edge teacher Joyce Pfeiffer received the final grant for a Lego kit to help reluctant writers learn to be creative and express themselves. The kit cost $1,600.

Funding

Gorrell said the funding for the grants comes from other revenues, including open enrollment, regular enrollment and this year in particular, a larger-than-expected TIF fund closing out. With open enrollment being capped at a much lower level next year, some of that funding may tighten up. While that may change the number of grants the district can give out, Gorrell hopes the program can continue into the future to keep teachers and administrators around the district thinking outside of the box. “At some point (personalized learning) will be part of what we do and part of who we are,” he said. “But I’d like to think at some form there’ll be innovation grants because innovation isn’t going to stop once we have a personalized learning plan for every kid.”

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VERONA AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT Board oF EdUcation MeetinG MinUtes November 18, 2013
LRB-3569/1 requiring all newly elected Board members to have 16 hours of Board member development – The Board discussed the proposed legislation LRB-3569/1, which would require all newly elected Board members to have 16 hours of Board member development. Board members expressed concern with the proposal as they feel that the Board orientation they receive within the district and WASBA is better suited for their needs. The Board decided that they will not support this legislation. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT Update on considerations for incoming kindergarten information dissemination – John Schmitt attended to update the Board on considerations for incoming kindergarten information dissemination. In previous years, VASD hosted meetings to inform incoming kindergarten families of the districts choices for kindergarten. The turnout has not been what we had been hoping for, reaching about 1/3 of the families at best. John believes that there are certain populations that for a variety of reasons are not being reached during these meetings. This year John and the elementary school principals will be working with Jeremy, a representative from Fitchburg TV to record informative DVD’s for incoming kindergarten families. These DVD’s will be mailed out along with a paper packet detailing for families their choice of kindergarten options, including traditional and charter schools that are available within VASD. The DVD’s will also have a short clip from each school principal along with a variety of captured scenes. Jeremy is planning on visiting schools this week to begin the video process. The goal is to have the video completed by the end of December and mailed out the middle of January. The video will be available in both English and Spanish. The cost to produce these videos will be approximately $3000. The Board expressed interest in feedback from 2014-2015 kindergarten parents regarding this process. Board election reminder – Dean briefly reviewed with the Board the 2014 Spring Election schedule that was included in this week’s Board packet. North Stoner Prairie Neighborhood update – Dean announced that there will be a meeting on Tuesday, November 26th regarding the adoption of the neighborhood plan. A vote to approve the plan will take place that night. Update on innovation grants – Dean reported that there were 38 innovation grant applications this year, slightly down from last year. Dean will forward the applications to Amy, John and Renee and will schedule a date to meet. Report on Dane County Mill Rates – Dean briefly reviewed the Dane County Mil Rates report with the Board and the audience. Verona is listed in the middle at 8th with a 2013-14 mil rate of $12.27 / thousand dollars of assessed valuation. The average is $12.05 with a range from $13.85 to $10.46. PERSONNEL ITEMS Consider action on preliminary notice of non-renewal to the following administrators who were hired on one year only contracts (not for performance related): Amanda Zanchetti-Mayo, Barbara James, Sandra Eskrich and Wendy Whitley – Motion (Zook) second (Almond) to approve preliminary notice of non-renewal to the administrators who were hired on one year only contracts. Motion carried (5-0). FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS / MEETING DATES Denny reviewed the future meeting dates. COMMITTEE REPORTS Building, Grounds and Transportation Committee – Jeannie reported that the committee met on November 7, 2013 at 7 a.m. The committee discussed a conflict in next year’s homecoming schedule, which conflicts with the district’s religious observation policy. There are only 4 home football games next year and there is not a date for the homecoming celebration that does not conflict with a religious holiday. The committee discussed options and decided that the parade on September 26th although it conflicts with the start of Rosh Hashanah is the best option as other weekends have greater conflicts. Jeannie announced that VASD received their Project Lead the Way certification in Engineering and Bio- Medical. This is an honor as there are not many school districts that have both certifications. Currently, VASD has 3 teachers certified. There is discussion regarding remodeling the lower wing of the high school to account for Project Lead the Way for some of the additional computers that are needed, which also brings about the need for additional air conditioning and desk top computers. The committee is looking into plans for the work and is estimating the cost to be approximately $500,000 for the remodeling. Chris and the committee discussed possible ways to fund that project that include year-end funds and / or fund 41. Amy added that students can now receive dual credit (high school & college) now that district is certified. Mike Pisani from Stoner Prairie attended to discuss traffic patterns at SP. Residents are concerned about traffic and kids on the roads, various pick up and drop off options and children crossing the busy roads. The committee discussed painting crosswalk signs on the sidewalk to encourage more walkers and less driving. That presents a concern for a long traffic line outside of the school and kids walking in front of that traffic. The committee talked about putting up internal signs on the sidewalk but realizes that there are no legal implications associated with that and cannot legally enforce drivers to adhere to the signs is awaiting word from Jon Anderson regarding further instruction. The committee discussed a list of projects and where we are with all of those. The performance contracting items, which include the lighting updates. The outside lights are almost complete and the indoor lights are completed in those areas designated. Domestic water (water conservation), the building envelope, ice bank chillers are all complete and the cooling towers are almost complete. The boilers at Stoner Prairie and Savanna Oaks are up and running. Security card access system is complete. Heat recovery at the pool and exhaust fan at the high school are not yet complete but are being worked on. The thermal curtain in the greenhouse was not installed; it was decided to block off a portion of the greenhouse that needs to maintain a certain temperature during the winter, as it was more cost effective. Denny added that there is a possibility of putting up a sign at the entrance of the high school, similar to the one at the Eagles Nest to display performing arts information. Finance Committee – Renee reported that the committee met tonight at 6:30. Chris provided a brief update on the 2014-2015 year budget and the committee reviewed the Dane County Mil rates. Motion (Zook) second (McCulley) to approve payment of the bills in the amount of $3,563, 753.78. Motion carried (5-0). Personnel Committee – has not met. ADJOURN to closed session - Motion (Porter) second (Zook) to adjourn at 8:15 p.m. to closed session under WI Statute 19.85 (1) (c) and (e) for the purpose of discussing the evaluation of the superintendent Roll call to vote: Almond-Yes; Porter-Yes; Beres-Yes; ZookYes; McCulley-Yes. Motion carried (5-0). Adjourned from closed session – Motion (Porter) second (Zook) at 9:00 p.m. Motion carried (5-0). Published: January 23, 2014 WNAXLP student council will host “Call an Elf,” where phone numbers are given out to elementary students who may phone in and speak with an “elf” and give their Christmas wish list. In January they will have an event called “Pennies for Patients” where they will collect pennies for kids in Verona affected by cancer and other serious illnesses. They will also sell candy grams to students as well as a “penny war” to see which grade can collect the most pennies for the cause. The music department will have two concerts in December. On December 12th, 5-30-8:00 pm there will be a small concert at the Verona library during Santa’s visit. On December 17th, the music department will have the holiday concert. The holiday concert is one of very concerts that donations are requested as they help provide scholarships in the music department. Karin and Katie also reported that the student council in collaboration with FFA and student services will have a mitten program where they will collect toys for about 300 families around Verona. Students made mittens and poster boards where people can take the mittens and purchase gifts for families. The gifts will be collected and sorted over the next two weeks and will be delivered to families on December 20th. Katie also announced that the FFA applied for the national officers to visit Verona and their application was accepted. For the club this is big news (equivalent to the President visiting) because it is the first time in 25 years that all 6 officers will be coming to Wisconsin. The group is looking into hosting the event January 8th at EPIC; there will be other chapters from other schools in attendance. Karin also shared that Mr. Becker from the high school is having his annual “ceramic sale.” Anyone interested may stop by the high school to see Mr. Becker. Audience Portion – No one present to address the Board. Announcements – No announcements. BOARD BUSINESS Consider approval of minutes – Motion (Porter) second (Zook) to approve the minutes from the November 18, 2013 Board Meeting. Motion carried (6-0). Consider action on 2013-2014 base wage contract approval with the Verona Educational Support Professionals Association (VESPA) – Motion (Behnke) second (Gauthier) to approve the 20132014 base wage contract approval with the Verona Educational Support Professionals Association (VESPA) as presented. Motion carried (6-0). Update from the Verona Area International School – Amanda Mayo attended to update the Board on Verona International School and the level of immersion in each grade, particularly in the 3rd, 4th blended age classrooms. VAIS is a 50% immersion charter; all K-2nd grade classes are running well over 50% immersion. It is the first year of having blended 3rd / 4th graders and it is noticeable that the concept of science and math is more difficult to teach and remains in the target language. As a result, VAIS started earlier this year to implement flipped classroom in math outside of the classroom and will implement the same thing with the science program. Response from parents has been favorable, thus far no technology barriers with families but VAIS is prepared in the event that issues arise. Amanda added that long range 4th / 5th grade may see some curriculum / subject changes so they may bring that issue to the Board in the spring. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT Review of agenda for the December 7th Board workshop – Dean briefly reviewed with the Board the agenda for the December 7th Board workshop. PERSONNEL ITEMS Consider approval of teaching contracts – Motion (Gauthier) second (Porter) to approve the teaching contract for Janelle Kenny. Motion carried (6-0). FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS / MEETING DATES Denny reviewed the future meeting dates. COMMITTEE REPORTS Building, Grounds and Transportation – Jeannie reported that the committee has not met. Denny reviewed the plans from the downtown development committee. Finance Committee – Renee reported that the committee has not met. Personnel Committee – Ken reported that the committee has not met. ADJOURN - Motion (Porter) second (Zook) at 7:34 p.m. Motion carried (6-0). Published: January 23, 2014 WNAXLP

The Verona Area Board of Education met on Monday, November 18, 2013 in the District Administration Building. Board President Dennis Beres called the meeting to order at 7:07 p.m. Deputy Clerk Jeannie Porter confirmed the meeting was properly noticed. Present: Renee Zook, John McCulley, Dennis Beres, Amy Almond and Jeannie Porter Absent: Ken Behnke and Joanne Gauthier Student recognition – Students from Stoner Prairie were recognized at the Board meeting for their outstanding achievements. Farhiyo Ali, Jack Choles, Lensa Hamda, Erika Kelley, Jackson Lawrence, Kylie Magnus, Peyton Traeder and Julian Urfer received certificates of recognition. Maddie Kroger, Aaliyah Smith, Trey Standiford and Winter White were unable to attend. Audience Portion – Evan Dove, a 2014-2015 incoming freshman to Verona Area High School, attended to address the Board regarding the possibility of starting a boys’ volleyball team next year. Evan spoke briefly to the Board regarding his request. Announcements – Dean announced that Wednesday, November 20th is educational support professional day. Dean thanked all the educational support staff throughout VASD. BOARD BUSINESS Consider approval of minutes – Motion (Zook) second (Porter) to approve the minutes from the November 18, 2013 Board Meeting. Motion carried (5-0). Second reading on proposed changes to Board Polices 443.5 Student Use of Cellular telephone, 656 Student Fees and 742 Authorized Use of District Owned Equipment – Betty attended to give the Board a brief update of the proposed changes previously read at the last Board meeting and answer any questions regarding the policy changes. Based on recommendation from Nancy Dorman (WASB consultant), these policies were updated to include relevance to the new Board policy 363.4 that was approved at October 21, 2013 meeting. Motion (Almond) second (Porter) to approve the proposed changes to the policies as presented. Motion carried (5-0). Agenda items for the December 7th Board workshop – Denny briefly reviewed the agenda items for December 7th Board Workshop. Agenda items include: Updating municipal growth and enrollment study, discussing potential land purchases, long range projections on mil rates and possible look at new school areas impact on attendance. Dean added that the Board will probably meet for 3 hours; however that may not be enough time to cover all the agenda items so the Board will work on prioritizing the agenda items. Discussion of proposed legislation

The Verona Area Board of Education met on Monday, December 2, 2013 in the District Administration Building. Board President Dennis Beres called the meeting to order at 7:17 p.m. Clerk Ken Behnke confirmed the meeting was properly noticed. Present: Renee Zook, John McCulley, Dennis Beres, Jeannie Porter, Ken Behnke and Joanne Gauthier Absent: Amy Almond Student Council Presentation – Karin Wong and Katie Fan reported on student council activities. They reported that the girls swim team finished 4th in state. Beata Nelson set two new state records and won two individual titles as well. Both the boys and girls basketball teams have begun and thus far are doing well. The student council has two big events planned. On December 13th, the

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The Verona Area Board of Education met on Monday, December 7, 2013 in the District Administration Building. Board President Dennis Beres called the meeting to order at 12:30 p.m. Clerk Ken Behnke confirmed the meeting was properly noticed. Present: Renee Zook, John McCulley, Dennis Beres, Jeannie Porter, Amy Almond, Ken Behnke and Joanne Gauthier BOARD DISCUSSED • Municipal growth / enrollment growth study update • Potential land purchases • Long range mill-rate analysis • Ideas to relieve growing space pressures at middle schools • Potential impact of new school(s) to current attendance area boundaries ADJOURN – Motion (McCulley) second (Gauthier) at 3:25 p.m. Motion carried (7-0). Published: January 23, 2014 WNAXLP

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Enrollment: Applications due at end of April
Continued from Page 1 up to January was another part of what led to the lower number, because school principals are unsure what their in-district enrollment will be. That means they do not want to risk having enrollment be too high and therefore having to hire another staffer or something else that will increase expenses. “It handcuffs the school districts,” he said. When there are more applications than spaces, the district holds a “lottery” to pick who will fill the open spaces and creates a waiting list. Applications for open enrollment are due at the end of April, and Schmitt said any potential lotteries will take place in early May. The Verona Area International School will have an open enrollment spot for one second-grader and one third-grader, the only spaces for new elementary school open enrollees. At Verona Area High School, there are 12 openings for new ninth-graders, six 10th-graders and five 11th-graders. That means no spots for
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new seniors. Schmitt said that was a calculated decision he and VAHS principal Pam Hammen made, as many of those students come to the district creditdeficient and don’t graduate at the end of the year. “That counts as a ding against us,” Schmitt said. The decision will also have a significant financial impact – with the district likely hundreds of thousands of dollars less than what it has received in past years from open enrollment students. The state reimburses the district for these students at the cost of attendance, which will be $6,634 per student next year, superintendent Dean Gorrell said. During the 2012-13, open enrollment brought $1,077,865 to the district’s budget through having more students enroll in than out. District business manager Chris Murphy said this year’s numbers have not been calculated yet, because the district does not calculate open enrollment funds into the budget on a recurring basis, instead waiting until numbers are final at the end of each year. While the exact impact of
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the lower limits for next year could fluctuate depending on how many students open enroll out of the district, Murphy said he’d expect it to be around $250,000 less than 2012-13.

Retirements

Two longtime district administrators were approved for early retirement at the Monday night board meeting. Badger Ridge Middle School principal David Jennings has been principal for 19 years, but he will step down at the end of this school year. Schmitt will also retire after 26 years in the district, and after he spoke to the board about open enrollment at Monday’s meeting, he thanked the members for letting him serve the district for so long. Gorrell, who has been with the district for nine years, said he would “miss them very much.”

of the school year will be Thursday, Oct. 30, to Monday, Nov. 3, over Halloween weekend. Winter break will last from Wednesday, Dec. 24, through Friday, Jan. 2. Spring break will be the week of April 6-10.

The board also voted to alter the administrator salary schedule to increase the salary for the New Century School director and special education supervisor, a position created last year. As the schedule had been previously approved, that position was making less than an associate principal was making at another school, even though the NCS position was a 240day contract, while the associate principal contract was for 220. The salary was increased from $93,600 to $103,920, which director of human resources Jason Olson said Calendar finalized was below the elementary The board also voted to school principal level but finalize the 2014-15 school above the associate princicalendar. School will begin pal level. Tuesday, Sept. 2, and go until Thursday, June 11. The first long weekend
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Eighth-grader Rachel Gagen, left, was named champion of the Savanna Oaks Middle School spelling bee after 14 rounds Wednesday, Dec. 11 when she spelled “bazooka” correctly. She will represent SOMS in the regional spelling bee in February. Riley Griffen, right, also in eighth grade, came in second and is the alternate. Below, the group of all spelling bee participants.

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OWNER OPERATORS Average $3K/week! Be out up to 14 days, enjoy GUARANTEED home time! Weekly settlements. Cardinal Greatwide pays loaded/ unloaded. Class-A CDL & 1yr driving experience. Fleet Owners Welcome. Operate under your own authority or ours! Call Matt 866-309-5830. DriveForCardinal.com (CNOW) Drivers-CDL-A Train and work for us! Professional, focused CDL training available. Choose Company Driver, Owner Operator, Lease Operator or Lease HEALTH AND BEAUTY Trainer. (877) 369-7893 www.CentralTruckDrivingJobs. PELVIC/TRANSVAGINAL MESH? Did you undergo com (CNOW) transvaginal placement of mesh for pelvic organ MISCELLANEOUS prolapse or stress urinary incontinence between 2005 This classified spot for sale! Advertise your product or and the present? If the mesh caused complications, you may be entitled to compensation. Call Charles H. recruit an applicant in over 179 Wisconsin newspapers! Johnson Law and speak with female staff members. Only $300/week. Call this paper or 800-227-7636 www. cnaads.com (CNOW) 1-800-535-5727 (CNOW) DISH TV Retailer. Starting $19.99/month (for 12 mos.) HELP WANTED- SKILLED TRADES Broadband Internet starting $14.95/month (where FOREMEN to lead utility field crews. Outdoor physical available.) Ask About SAME DAY Installation! CALL work, many positions, paid training, $20/hr. plus weekly Now! 1-800-984-0292 (CNOW) performance bonuses after promotion, living allowance SPORTING GOODS when traveling, company truck and benefits. Must have strong leadership skills, good driving history, and be GUN SHOW Jan 31, Feb 1-2 Washington Co. able to travel in Wisconsin and nearby States. Email Fairgrounds, West Bend, WI. Fri 3pm-8, Sat 9-5, resume to Recruiter6@osmose.com or apply online at Sun 9-3 Buy/Sell/Trade. $6 Admin 14 & under FREE www.OsmoseUtilities.com EOE M/F/D/V (CNOW) (CNOW) HELP WANTED- TRUCK DRIVER Drivers: Class A CDL Tractor/Trailer & OTR Drivers Wanted. Competitive Pay, Great Home Time. JOIN THE DEBOER trans TEAM NOW! 800-825-8511 www. drivedeboer.com (CNOW)

Wisconsin Management Company
“A Better Way…Of Living”

READING TUTORS Flexible hours/part time. Stoughton, Mount Horeb, Middleton. Teacher certification a must. Reading license a plus. Successful - growing - send resume. Arnold Reading Clinic, 8551 Greenway Blvd. #210, Middleton, WI 53562

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TOMAS PAINTING Professional, Interior, Exterior, Repairs. Free Estimates. Insured. 608-873-6160 SAFE STEP WALK-IN TUB Alert for Seniors. Bathrooms falls can be fatal. Approved by Arthritis Foundation. Therapeutic Jets. Less than 4 inch step-in. Wide door. Anti-slip floors. American made. Installation included. Call 888960-4522 for $750. off (wcan)

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DRIVERS: CDL-A Route Delivery. Need Drivers for New Business in Elkhorn. $3,000 Sign On Bonus! $58K AVG 1st yr, $63 AVG After 2-3 day routes. Excellent benefits. Need 1 year T/T experience www.MBMCareers.com 877-662 0014

554 LAnDSCApIng, LAwn, TREE & GARDEn WORK
SNOWMARE ENTERPRISES Property Maintenance Snow Removal 608-219-1214

DRIVERS: DEDICATED. Regional & OTR. Start up to $44/mi + Excellent Benefits. 401K + Bonuses. Excellent Hometime! CDL-A 6 mos exp. 877-704-3773

668 MUSICAL InSTRUMEnTS

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OFFICE CLEANING in Stoughton Permanent part time M-F. 4 hours/night. Visit our website: www.capitalcityclean.com Or call our office: 831-8850.

560 PROFESSIOnAL SERvICES
APPLIANCE REPAIR We fix it no matter where you bought it from! 800-624-0719 (wcan)

AMP: LINE 6 Spider IV 75 watt guitar amp. Tons of built in effects, tuner, and recording options. Like new, rarely used, less than 2 years old. Asking $250 OBO. call 608-575-5984

1 BEDROOM apartments available NOW in Verona for persons 62+ and/ or handicapped/disabled. Rent starts at $443 and includes major appliances, off street parking, water and sewer, garbage pickup and SNOW Removal. Call 888237-5710 for more details. This institution is an Equal Housing Opportunity provider and employer.

DEER POINT STORAGE Convenient location behind Stoughton Lumber. Clean-Dry Units 24 HOUR LIGHTED ACCESS 5x10 thru 12x25 608-335-3337 FRENCHTOWN SELF-STORAGE Only 6 miles South of Verona on Hwy PB. Variety of sizes available now. 10x10=$50/month 10x15=$55/month 10x20=$70/month 10x25=$80/month 12x30=$105/month Call 608-424-6530 or 1-888-878-4244 NORTH PARK STORAGE 10x10 through 10x40, plus 14x40 with 14' door for RV & Boats. Come & go as you please. 608-873-5088 OREGON SELF-STORAGE 10x10 through 10x25 month to month lease Call Karen Everson at 608-835-7031 or Veronica Matt at 608-291-0316 RASCHEIN PROPERTY STORAGE 6x10 thru 10x25 Market Street/Burr Oak Street in Oregon Call 608-206-2347 UNION ROAD STORAGE 10x10 - 10x15 10x20 - 12x30 24 / 7 Access Security Lights & Cameras Credit Cards Accepted 608-835-0082 1128 Union Road Oregon, WI Located on the corner of Union Road & Lincoln Road

STOUGHTON 211 E Main St. 3400 sq. ft. Retail space plus 1800 sq. ft. display or storage space. Beautifully remodeled $1900/mo plus utilities. 608-271-0101 STOUGHTON 307 S Forrest Retail or Office Space. 400 sq ft. $299/month utilities included. 608-271-0101 VERONA- OFFICE/WAREHOUSE 1000 Sq Ft.$500 +Utilities. 608-575-2211 or 608-845-2052

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WOULD YOU like to be part of a successful planning team for organizing the Pancreatic Cancer Action Network's PurpleStride Madison 2014 event which will be held on April 27th? This includes all categories within event planning, such as marketing, media, registration, sponsorship, etc. The next planning meeting is Feb 3rd. Become a Reading Buddy for a kindergarten5th grade student and gain valuable mentorship experience connecting with youth at the Lussier Community Education Center. Help the student improve their reading skills though reading, literacy games, and being a positive mentor. A successful buddy will be highly flexible, dependable, open-minded and eager to connect with diverse personalities. United Way 2-1-1 is seeking new volunteers to become Information and Referral Specialists. If you are looking for an opportunity to learn more about community 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 telephones 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.

MY COMPUTER WORKS - Computer Problems? Viruses, Spyware, Email, Printer Issues, Bad Internet Connections - FIX IT NOW! Professional, US based technicians. $25 off service. Call for immediate help. 888-885-7944 (wcan) ONE CALL Does it All! Fast and Reliable Electrical Repair and Installations. Call ServiceLive and get referred to a pro today: 800-757-0383 (wcan)

GUITAR: FENDER American made Standard Stratocaster guitar. Tobacco burst finish, mint condition. Includes tremelo bar, straplocks, and custom fitted Fender hard-shell case. Asking $950 OBO. Call 608-575-5984

3 BEDROOM, 1 bathroom, detatched garage, Available now. $550/mo Utilities not included. Evansville. Call Eric 333-2491 GREENWOOD APARTMENTS Apartments for Seniors 55+, currently has 1 & 2 Bedroom Units available starting at $695 per month, includes heat, water, and sewer. 608-835-6717 Located at 139 Wolf St., Oregon, WI 53575

870 RESIDEnTIAL LOTS

ALPINE MEADOWS Oregon Hwy CC. Only 8 lots remaining! Choose your own builder 608-215-5895

676 PLAnTS & FLOwERS

FRUIT TREES As low as $16. Blueberry, grape, strawberry, asparagus, evergreen & hardwood plants. Free catalog. Woodstock Nursery, N1831 Hwy 95, Neillsville, WI 54456 Toll free 888-803-8733 wallace-woodstock.com (wcan)

OREGON 1-BEDROOM Apartment. 2-Car garage. $640/month. No pets. Jane 608-271-7071

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ONE CALL DOES IT ALL! Fast and Reliable Handyman Services. Call ServiceLive and get referred to a pro today. Call 800-604-2193 (wcan) ONE CALL Does it All! Fast and Reliable Plumbing Repairs Call 800-981-0336 (wcan)

PROFLOWERS ENJOY SEND FLOWERS for any occasion! Take 20% off your order over $29! Go to www.Proflowers.com/ActNow or call 877-592-7090 (wcan)

STOUGHTON WEST St. Spacious 2 bdrm town home in nice neighborhood. 1 1/2 bath, full basement, 2 car attached garage, large yard with fenced area in back, includes lawn mowing except inside fenced area, central air high efficiency furnace. $1050. 1/2 month's rent sec. dep. Call Brady 608-286-5282.

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THE Verona Press CLASSIFIEDS, the best place to buy or sell. Call 8459559, 873-6671 or 835-6677.

WALMERS TACK SHOP 16379 W. Milbrandt Road Evansville, WI 608-882-5725

688 SpORTIng GOODS & RECREATIOnAL

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RECOVER PAINTING Currently offering winter discounts on all painting, drywall and carpentry. Recover urges you to join in the fight against cancer, as a portion of every job is donated to cancer research. Free estimates, fully insured, over 20 years of experience. Call 608-270-0440.

WE BUY Boats/RV/Pontoons/ATV's & Motorcycles! "Cash Paid" NOW. American Marine & Motorsports Super Center, Shawno. 866-955-2628 www.americanmarina.com (wcan).

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PLOWING, BLOWING, Residential and commercial. 608-873-7038

586 TV, VCR & ELECTROnICS REpAIR

692 ELECTROnICS

DONATE YOUR CARFAST FREE TOWING 24 hr. Response - TaX Deduction United Breast Cancer FOUNDATION Providing Free Mammograms & Breast Cancer Info. 866-343-6603 (wcan)

ROSEWOOD APARTMENTS for Seniors 55+, has 1 & 2 bedroom units available starting at $695 per month. Includes heat, water and sewer. Professionally managed. 608-877-9388 Located at 300 Silverado Drive, Stoughton, WI 53589 STOUGHTON 2BR $725 includes heat, water/sewer. No dogs, 1 cat is Ok. EHO. 608-222-1981 ext 2 or 3.

OREGON 1-BEDROOM Upper. Utilities included. Smoke free. No pets. Available 2-1-14. $550.00 835-9269

FOR SALE: 5 Registered bull calves that will be year olds in May-July. All calves are from dams classified as very good or excellent. For more information call Daryl Dammen at 608-465-1405

750 STORAgE SpACES FOR REnT
ALL SEASONS SELF STORAGE 10X10 10X15 10X20 10X30 Security Lights-24/7 access BRAND NEW OREGON/BROOKLYN Credit Cards Accepted CALL (608)444-2900 C.N.R. STORAGE Located behind Stoughton Garden Center Convenient Dry Secure Lighted with access 24/7 Bank Cards Accepted Off North Hwy 51 on Oak Opening Dr. behind Stoughton Garden Center Call: 608-509-8904

WANT SOMEONE to clean your house? Call DOROTHY'S SWEEP CLEAN. We are Christian ladies that do quality work. Dependable, insured, excellent references. Call 608-838-0665 or 608-219-2415

REDUCE YOUR Cable Bill! Get wholehome Satellite system installed at NO COST and programming starting at $19.99/mo. FREE HD/DVR Upgrade to new callers, so call now. 888-544-0273 (wcan)

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DISH TV RETAILER. Starting at $19.99/ mo for 12 mos. High Speed Internet starting at $14.95/month (where available) Save! Ask about same day installation! Call now 800-374-3940 (WCAN) TOP PRICES Any Scrap Metal Cars/Batteries/Farm Equipment Free appliance pick up Property clean out. Honest Fully insured. U call/We haul. 608-444-5496

801 OFFICE SpACE FOR REnT

STOUGHTON 209 E Main St. Retail or Office space. 1000 sq ft. Beautifully remodeled. $766. per month utilities included. 608-271-0101

CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE IS Noon Friday for The Great Dane and Noon Monday for the Verona Press unless changed because of holiday work schedules. Call now to place your ad, 8459559, 873-6671 or 835-6677.

RENT SKIDLOADERS MINI-EXCAVATORS TELE-HANDLER and these attachments. Concrete breaker, posthole auger, landscape rake, concrete bucket, pallet forks, trencher, rock hound, broom, teleboom, stump grinder. By the day, week, or month. Carter & Gruenewald Co. 4417 Hwy 92 Brooklyn, WI, 608-455-2411

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CONCRETE FINISHERS AND LABORERS. Experienced w/valid DL, CDL preferred.Competitive wage and benefits. Contact Jeff at: 608-884-9725 A&B ENTERPRISES Light Construction/Remodeling No job too small 608-835-7791

BRIDAL GOWN Sale $200-$500 OFF of 100's of Gowns By Pronovias, Maggie Sottero, Mori Lee and many more! EDITHS, 9 Main St, Fond du Lac, www. ediths.com (wcan)

FULL TIME DRIVERS NEEDED FOR REGIONAL WORK

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ALL THINGS BASEMENTY! Basement Systems Inc. Call us for all your basement needs! Waterproofing? Finishing? Structural Repairs? Humidity and Mold Control? Free Estimates! Call 888-9298307 (wcan) HALLINAN-PAINTING WALLPAPERING **Great-Winter-Rates** 30 + Years Professional European-Craftsmanship Free-Estimates References/Insured Arthur Hallinan 608-455-3377 NIELSEN'S Home Improvements Repairs, LLC Kitchens/Bathrooms Wood & Tile Flooring Decks/Clean Eaves *Free Estimates* Insured* *Senior Discounts* Home 608-873-8716 Cell 608-576-7126 e-mail zipnputts@sbcglobal.net CLASSIFIEDS, 845-9559, 873-6671 or 835-6677. It pays to read the fine print.

646 FIREpLACES, FURnACES/WOOD, FUEL 648 FOOD & DRInK

FARMI 3PT Logging Winch's, Valby 3pt PTO Chippers, New 3pt Rototillers, Loader Attachments and 3pt Attachments, New Log Splitters. www. threeriversforestry.com (866) 638-7885 (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.

WE BUY Junk Cars and Trucks. We sell used parts. Monday thru Friday 8am-5:30pm. Newville Auto Salvage, 279 Hwy 59 Edgerton, 608-884-3114.

$1,500 SIGN-ON BONUS $750 GUARANTEE WKLY

CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE IS Noon Friday for The Great Dane and Noon Monday for the Verona Press unless changed because of holiday work schedules. Call now to place your ad, 8459559, 873-6671 or 835-6677.

Tractor-trailer drivers needed for the Walgreens Private Fleet Operation based in Windsor, WI. Drivers make hand deliveries to Walgreens stores within a regional area (WI, IL, IA, MN, ND, SD). Workweek is Tues. ~ Sat. All drivers must be willing & able to unload freight. *Earn $21.90/hour (OT after 8 hours) or $0.4650/mile * FullBenefitPkgincludesLife,Dental,Disability,&Health Insurance with Prescription Card *401kPensionProgramwithCompanyContribution *PaidHolidays&Vacation *Homeeverydayexceptforoccasionallayover Driversmustbeover24yearsold,haveaminof18months T/T exp or 6 monthsT/T expWITH a certificate from an accredited driving school.

FOR SALE Oak firewood, seasoned and split. Delivered. 608-843-5961 SHARI'S BERRIES Order Mouthwatering Gifts for your Valentine! SAVE 20% on qualifying gifts over $29. Fresh Dipped Berries starting at $19.99. www. berries.com/happy or call 888-479-6008 (wcan) WRAP UP Your Holiday Shopping with 100% guaranteed, delivered to the door Omaha Steaks! SAVE 67% Plus 4 free burgers - Many Gourmet Favorites only $49.99. Order today. 800-931-1898 Use code 49377DLB or www.OmahaSteaks. com/gifts56 (wcan)

Resident Caregivers/CNAs Housekeepers
Now hiring part-time housekeepers and caregivers at our beautiful senior living residence on Madison’s west side. A variety of shifts are available, as well as shift & weekend differentials, paid training and an array of benefits.
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MEDICAL GUARDIAN Top-rated medical alarm and 24/7 monitoring. For a limited time, get free equipment, no activation fees, no commitment, a 2nd waterproof alert button for free and more. Only $29.95 per month. 877-863-6622 (WCAN)

8210 Highview Drive - Madison

608.243.8800

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OUTSIDE ADVERTISING SALES CONSULTANT
Do you have excellent communication skills? Creative ideas? The ability to develop and maintain client relationships? An interest in print and web based media? We have an established account list with growth potential. If you possess excellent communication and organizational skills, a pleasant personality, and the ability to prospect for new business we would like to speak to you. Previous sales experience desired. Media experience a plus. Competitive compensation, employee stock option ownership, 401(k), paid vacations, holidays, insurance and continuing education assistance.

Specialized Light Assembly, full or part-time
The work requires energetic people that can work on their feet for periods of 4-6 hours, must have excellent eye/hand coordination and hand/finger dexterity. Work requires assembling parts either individually or as part of a team at the rate of 200 – 300 per hour. Work shifts are 4 - 8 hours/day, Monday – Friday, between the hours of 5 a.m. and 9 p.m.

Fabricators Maintenance Mechanics TIG Welders
Wolf Appliance, Inc., the premier provider of quality appliances is seeking TIG Welders, Fabricators and Maintenance Mechanics to join our 2nd and 3rd shift teams at our Fitchburg facility. We offer a clean, climate controlled environment. Wolf offers competitive compensation plus incentive pay and shift differential. Benefits offered include: medical, dental, and vision insurance, free life insurance, pension, 401k, holidays, vacation and personal days. Qualification testing may be required. EOE. Apply online at www.subzero-wolf.com

Production Positions, Plastic Molding, full-time
This work requires operating plastic molding machines in a high tech facility. Prior experience in plastic manufacturing is required. Should be mechanically inclined in order to help maintain the equipment as necessary. Must have shift flexibility. EOE

For consideration, apply online at www.wcinet.com/careers
Oregon Observer, Stoughton Courier Hub, Verona Press, The Great Dane Shopping News Unified Newspaper Group is part of Woodward Community Media, a division of Woodward Communications, Inc. and an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Apply in person M-F, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Minitube of America, 419 Venture Ct., Verona, 845-1502, or email your resumé to hr@minitube.com.

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Send resume to: b.kriel@callcpc.com or call CPC Logistics at 1-800-914-3755

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Swingin’ sounds
The Retro Swing Band swung its way to the Verona Senior Center on Monday afternoon, where several dozen attendees braved the cold weather to come out to check out the musical maestros, who performed a number of holiday and other songs to an appreciative audience.
Photos by Scott De Laruelle

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Jeremy Grimm prepares food to deliver to other students.

Students take part in ‘Food Day’
A seventh grade Family and Consumer Education class at Badger Ridge Middle School created a public awareness campaign on eating local, seasonal food as part of a nationwide Food Day event last fall. Diana Lehnherr’s class created a visual display at the Verona Public Library featuring facts about the importance of eating healthy, fresh fruit and vegetables and delicious take away recipes developed by the students. The students also passed out food samples to other Badger Ridge students at lunch. Food Day is a nationwide celebration of healthy, affordable, and sustainable produced food, and a grassroots campaign for better food policies.

Community news
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