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Council: No to CARPC user fees
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It might not ultimately have had much effect, but the Verona Common Council held its first real debate over the tricky topic of regional planning since its political landscape suddenly shifted last April.

After an hour-and-a-half discussion that got occasionally snippy Monday night, the group voted much the same way previous Verona councils have – putting protective interests ahead of theoretical bridge-building with the county and towns. The merits and impacts of either position are dubious

at best; the 5-3 vote against using development fees to help fund the controversial Capital Area Regional Planning Commission is merely advisory to the 18-member Dane County Cities and Villages Association, which holds one of four votes on CARPC’s budget panel. But it nonetheless made a statement

of no-confidence in the decision-making body that the county deliberately underfunded last fall. CARPC, of course, has been a bad name to Verona’s council since it imposed its first development-restricting rules in 2008. But after a court

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Karen Fletcher is the pantry coordinator at the Verona Area Needs Network food pantry, located at

Verona Area Needs Network revises goals
New Fitchburg board members, pantry position gets salaried
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In the past few months, Verona Area Needs Network made some organizational changes to accommodate growth. While it continues to fundraise for a planned expansion of its food pantry, the nonprofit group also added three new board members and made one of its positions salaried for 15 hours. VANN became an incorporated nonprofit

in January 2011. Formerly the Verona Area Food Pantry, the group supports families in the Verona Area School District, which reaches the town and city of Verona and parts of Fitchburg. In January, it expanded its board to include three new members to help represent Fitchburg, as 75 percent of the people the food pantry serves are from Fitchburg. New members Nancy Arnold, Paula Possinand Marianne Staidl are from Fitchburg and will help represent it. Mark Yurs, VANN’s board

Photo by Scott Girard

A midday show
Glacier Edge Elementary School students all participated in music concerts Feb. 18 and 19, with kindergartners through second-graders performing Tuesday morning and afternoon and grades three through five Wednesday morning and afternoon. The students sang and played instruments for their parents and teachers in the audience as music teacher Melissa Bremmer told stories along with the music. More photos:

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City’s winter budget runneth over by $160,000
Verona Press editor

This winter has been tough everywhere, but for the City of Verona, it has been more than a mere annoyance. In 2013, the city’s public works

department went more than $100,000 over budget for its overtime, fuel and de-icing material. And that was before it got so cold the governor considered ordering all schools to close and pipes began bursting all over the place. If the rest of this winter and the The

beginning of next are normal, the department figures to be at least $62,000 in the hole for just overtime and salt costs for 2014. And that doesn’t even factor in the potential cost of any roadwork that might be discovered after the thaw. So far this winter, the city’s public

works department has poured 1,400 tons of salt and sand on roads, according to figures provided by public works director Ron Rieder. He told the Common Council on Monday that the continual de-icing

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Verona Area School District

Charter deadline gets extended
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Brewery to release new beers, distribute statewide in April
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If you go
What: Charter school information meeting When: 6:30 p.m., March 3 Where: Verona Public Library

Verona Area School District officials extended the deadline for applications to the district’s charter schools to March 12 after two schools received fewer applications than they had open spots. New Century School and Verona Area International School had 11 and six open spots remaining, respectively, after the original Feb. 14 deadline. The district changed the way it got information to parents of incoming kindergartners this year, opting to send home a DVD and information packet rather than hold a large meeting as it had in past years. “We don’t know all the reasons (for the low numbers),” said John Schmitt, VASD director of community services. “Maybe parents just decided not to. We just don’t know, but (superintendent) Dean (Gorrell) was willing to

give them a couple of more weeks to say ‘try it again.’” The schools will hold an informational meeting March 3 at 6:30 p.m. at the Verona Public Library. The district also sent out a letter Tuesday informing the 200 or so parents who did not return the original choice forms of the extension, though Schmitt said some of those parents may have simply chosen to remain in their attendance-area school and not returned the form. Core Knowledge, the district’s third elementary charter school, received enough applications to fill its openings.

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Wisconsin Brewing Company brewmaster Kirby Nelson is getting back into his award-winning comfort zone. He’s got a new beer set to debut in April as the company expands its distribution statewide and boosts its production capacity. Nelson has had success historically with bock-style beers, and he hopes to continue that with the upcoming Maibock, the fifth offering from WBC, which opened in November 2013. “(Kirby)’s been brewing German-style bock beers for nearly 30 years,” CEO Carl Nolen said Monday. “This is his passion, his sweet spot.” The beer was tested last week at the Great Dane Pub and Vintage Brewing Company in Madison, and Nolen said it got “rave reviews.” With that feedback in mind, WBC will begin production of the beer next week and hopes to release it in April, when the company will also begin distributing its product across Wisconsin. Nolen added, however, the Maibock will only be available through May or early June before the company switches to a different new brew. The April rollout will also coincide with another new offering, the “Porter Joe.” The beer will combine the company’s Brown and Robust Porter with Barrique’s special coffee blend, with eight-tenths of a pound of coffee in every barrel of the brew, making it almost stout-like. Nolen said he expects “Porter Joe” to remain on the market for a similar time period as the Maibock because of the limited availability of the coffee beans from Barrique’s, but he expects it to return in the fall. The new products require some more space at the brewery, and to give them the room for the rollout, the company installed four new brewing tanks Tuesday

Photo by Scott Girard

A crane moves one of Wisconsin Brewing Company’s new brewing tanks toward the building’s garage door to be installed Tuesday morning. The four new tanks add 7,000 barrels of yearly capacity.

morning. The new tanks will add around 7,000 barrels of production capability per year to the previous 20,000-barrel capacity. “Without new capacity

we won’t be able to create new products, and we have to create new products,” Nolen said. The original four styles (Brown and Robust Porter, American IPA, Session IPA

and Amber Lager) won’t miss out on changes at the company, either. All four will be available in cans beginning April 1 along with the statewide distribution.


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Monday night and explained that the type of music and volume would not likely be as loud as a bar setting, and he suggested that aiming the noise to the northwest could go a long way to avoiding problems. The committee did not recommend any specific hours of operation and decided to take a waitand-see approach with how outdoor activities go. Nolen said he would be glad to revisit any decision the Plan Commission ultimately makes if neighbors express issues. A public hearing for the permit will be held during the Plan Commission meeting, starting at 6:30 p.m.

Downtown Plan returns for approval


An updated plan for the city’s downtown will be back in front of the City of Verona Planning Commission Monday. After more than a dozen people spoke in opposition of the plan, commission members directed staff to edit plans to connect Silent Street to North Main Street. City planning director Adam Sayre told the Press that staff was still working on details for that part of the plan Tuesday. “We’ll have some recommendations for modifications,” Sayre said. “The details … are not finalized yet.” The updated plan will be back for review and discussion – and a potential recommendation of approval to the Common Council. – Mark Ignatowski

February 27, 2014

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Student paper details shooting
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Hy-Vee employee Randy Schultz prepares ground beef Monday afternoon for the store’s Tuesday opening.

Hy-Vee opens in Fitchburg
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Grocery chain Hy-Vee opened its third Madisonarea location Tuesday in Fitchburg. The company, which has stores in eight states including three in Wisconsin, brings a range of specialty and healthy food options and perspectives to the grocery market, from on-site nutritionists to experts on pairing wines and cheeses. Hy-Vee chairman, CEO and president Randy Edeker told the Verona Press the Fitchburg location is ideal because of the traffic between nearby Madison and Verona, and he hopes people will stop at the store when traveling either direction. The 85,000-square-foot store, at 2920 Fitchrona Road across from the Super Target, will employ 605 people, with 141 full-time positions. The store also features a “Market Grille,” which is similar to but more fully staffed than the Market Café restaurants at the two Madison locations. Edeker said he thinks Hy-Vee’s presence in the

The Verona Area High School student who was removed from the school last month had written a 13-page essay that ended with a school shooting, a police report shows. Verona Area School District administrators sent a letter home to VAHS parents Jan. 28 alerting them to the threat, and informing parents that the student would not return to the school. “Rest assured that we treat these matters seriously and that we will continue to keep you informed within the bounds of the law,” VAHS principal Pam Hammen wrote. Administrators did not release any more information at the time, but according to the police report on the incident: The 17-year-old male senior had written a 13-page paper for his final assignment in a creative writing class, which was first read by his teacher on Jan. 14 and immediately reported to VAHS administrators. The paper included references to people at the school,

whose names were either not changed or only slightly changed and still recognizable, and ended with a shooting incident. Throughout the paper, the student described experiences he admitted were personal to him. However, he maintained that the response of the “fictional character” in his paper was not how he had reacted or how he would ever react. “(The student) stated…he always chose to respond to things that upset him by trying to take leadership roles and make positive change rather than the way his character dealt with them,” the report reads. The student told Hammen and police that he was feeling “less important and less valuable” during his senior year, and that he used his writing as an outlet for stress. When Hammen asked the student directly if he would bring a gun to school or shoot anyone, the student said “no” to both. Officials brought in the student’s parents, who were unhappy with the behavior and “inappropriate” writing. The father also stated he had two guns at home he used for hunting, but that they were locked up and the son did

not know they were in their home. The student’s creative writing teacher said the story “was the most disturbing piece of writing she had received over the past eleven years of teaching creative writing classes at the high school level.” She expressed concern for her own safety, as well, if the student were allowed to return to the school. The teacher also cited the student’s Twitter page, which included negative posts about Verona and his acceptance at the school. Witnesses who had peerreviewed his paper or were his friends stated that the student felt he was discriminated against due to his race and sexual orientation, though none of them reported witnessing any of the bullying he described to them at times. The case was closed after a Jan. 28 meeting at City Hall between the student, his parents and Hammen. Channel3000 obtained a copy of the essay, but the Verona Police Department did not provide it to them or the Verona Press. The department cited privacy laws that protect minors in not providing the letter.

Candidates go head-to-head in debate
Verona Press editor

If you go
What: Mayoral forum When: 7 p.m. March 13 Where: Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli St. Info: Call 845-5777 or email the city as an adult. District 4 aldermanic candidates Mike Bare and Evan Touchett and unopposed District 2 candidate Jack Linder have also been invited to introduce themselves, as well as unopposed incumbents Mac McGilvray (D-1) and Brad Stiner (D-3). Touchett was unseated last April and is running for the district’s other seat against Bare, who was appointed in

Hy-Vee employee Laura Linde places price tags Monday afternoon to prepare for Tuesday’s opening.

communities it moves to sets it apart from other grocery stores, and he hopes the store continues that involvement in addition to the product it offers. “I think we’ve done a good job of coming in and becoming a part of the tapestry of the community,” Edeker said. “We understand perishables well, we understand health well, like natural and organic like most people don’t. “We do lots of little things

that just make a difference.” The company contributed $15,000 to Fitchburg’s Splash Pad project last summer, something Fitchburg Mayor Shawn Pfaff thanked it for at a grand opening ceremony Tuesday morning. Gov. Scott Walker also attended the ceremony and thanked the company for bringing jobs to Wisconsin. The store will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Both candidates for Verona mayor have agreed to an election debate next month. The Verona Press and Verona Area Chamber of Commerce are jointly coordinating the forum, which will be held at 7 p.m. March 13 at the Verona Senior Center, 108 Paoli St. This election is the first contested race for mayor since incumbent Jon Hochkammer was elected in 2006 over fellow alder Bob Kasieta. Hochkammer, who spent nine years as an alder before that and has lived here since 1992, is being challenged by local attorney Chad Kemp, who grew up in the Fitchburg area of the Verona Area School District and moved to

June after a highly contentious selection process. All questions will be directed to the mayoral candidates. Verona Press editor Jim Ferolie will moderate the discussion, which will be based off questions devised by himself and chamber executive director Karl Curtis, a former Verona Press editor. The format will be a standard one, similar to last year’s aldermanic forum, which accommodated a city record four challengers, one for each seat. The public will be allowed to submit questions to Curtis and Ferolie after the initial round of questions. These questions will be asked as time allows. Refreshments will be provided by the chamber, and the event is expected to last around an hour.
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Touchett will serve local interests on City Council
donations received by Bare from outside Verona, 69 percent of these donations are from outside Dane County and 44 percent of this money is from outside the state. Of Touchett’s $2,552 in donations, 97 percent is from 38 donors living in Verona (excluding his personal donation to cover expenses for a campaign event). The finance report is public information available at the city clerk’s office. Although I do not live in District 4 and thus cannot vote in this election, my wife and I have been residents of Hometown USA for 16 years and it is the only city our boys have lived in. We are concerned for the direction the council is headed. Decisions about our great city’s future should remain local. Influence and money from political players outside the city is not how Verona residents should have their local government run. Please vote for leaders who have served our great city in the past, have local connections and understand and are passionate about our local issues. Please vote Evan Touchett on April 1. Greg Hoppe City of Verona

The District 4 aldermanic elecThis policy will be printed from tion is April 1 between Mike time to time in an abbreviated Bare and Evan Touchett. Bare form here and will be posted in its was appointed to the position one entirety on our websites. year ago when Jeremy Charles unexpectedly resigned. I was curious how Bare and Touchett were funding their respective races. In reviewBecause of a reporting error, last week’s article about charter school ing each candidate’s Campaign enrollment numbers mistakenly said the schools could receive appli- Finance Report filed thru Janucations until all spots were filled. The district has extended the dead- ary, Bare has raised six percent line for applications until March 12, but that will be the cutoff date for more in donations ($4,075 for applying to VASD charter schools. The Verona Press regrets the error. Bare vs. $2,552 for Touchett). Of Bare’s $4,075 in donations, See something wrong? 9 percent is from five donors The Verona Press does not sweep errors under the rug. If you see living in Verona (excluding his something you know or even think is in error, please contact editor personal donation and his wife’s Jim Ferolie at 845-9559 or at so we can get donation). Of the 91 percent of it right.


Proposed fire station is too elaborate for Verona
The beautiful library, half full of books, is a wonderful addition to Verona and a well-utilized community access site. The computer room and meeting room are usually busy. It is gorgeous in every way but it is a burden on the Verona operational budget. This is something to consider when putting together the new firehouse plan: • $10,000,000 or $1,000,000 per year for the next ten years is a lot of money. • 40,000 square feet is a lot of room. 11,000 square feet is a large home for a family of four. The Middleton fire station is overbuilt and a burden on the community. If you have ever noticed the flag poles in front, the bases are large enough to support 100’ poles, totally unnecessary and a waste of money. A 50 year projection for municipal needs is silly. No one knows what size Verona will be in 2064, if Epic will still be a viable concern or what the Verona Area School District will need so why must fire plan for that year today? Believe me, if Verona needs more fire buildings in 2039, they will be able to provide them. Madison’s surrounding communities have expanded fire buildings recently with the philosophy that no expense should be spared, hence those flag poles and the 8 - 20’ overhead glass paneled garage doors in Waunakee, two which provide a viewing space for an antique fire engine. Firefighters deserve a lot of respect but a Taj Garage is a disservice to the community. Fritz Kroncke Town of Verona

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Use emails to judge Gov. Walker by the company he keeps
An old proverb states, “judge a man by the company he keeps.” With that in mind, how should we judge our governor? A recent trove of e-mails released to the public from the first John Doe investigation reveals the nature of Scott Walker’s leadership. In the high level correspondence by Walker’s staff, we find racist, homophobic, mean-spirited attempts at humor. There are slurs against the mentally disabled and cruel jabs at the poor. Many messages are directly related to Walker’s political campaign despite the strict prohibition on campaigning while working on state time. In fact, the very network Walker’s office used was secretly set up and illegally operated – a hidden system reserved for Walker’s “inner circle.” The messages tell of an authoritative, power hungry bully at the helm, surrounding himself with a petty staff of the worst character imaginable. They reflect actions that would get people fired at most workplaces. I believe they cross over the threshold into criminality. How will history judge Scott Walker? That is up to us. We have a chance in November to start anew. With our votes, we have the ability to retire Walker and his lackeys to the dustbin of political history. It will not be easy; his out of state multimillion-dollar war chest is formidable. His deep-pocketed corporate donors will add millions more to keep their marionette in office. However, we Wisconsin citizens have the final say on the quality and integrity of our leaders. My vote will be with Mary Burke. Tim White Town of Springdale

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CARPC: Decisions on water quality
Verona Area High School students reherase Tuesday evening for their presentation of “Freckleface Strawberry.”
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Continued from page 1 battle and two subsequent overturned deci sions (including Verona’s Southwest Area) by the state Department of Natural Resources – the final word on most urban expansions – CARPC’s authority has been squashed and its value and purpose questioned by people all along the political spectrum. The scientists who analyze the potential waterquality impact of development earn the lion’s share of the cost of CARPC, and with or without the commission, that analysis would need to be done at some level, meaning some or all of that cost is inevitable. But because its namesake appointed body – which acts as a gatekeeper to the DNR’s approval to connect to essential sewer services – requires an eightperson supermajority to make any substantive decision, it is often derailed by politics. After the Verona decision in 2012 riled some members of the County Board, County Executive Joe Parisi threatened to cut off funding altogether for the 8-year-old body. CARPC itself had been created by a majority vote of county municipalities after its predecessor organization had been disbanded by member towns for allowing annexations too easily, and the new commission was controversial even before the ink was dry on Gov. Jim Doyle’s executive order to create it. So this year, CARPC’s budget – already down from previous years – was saddled with a $50,000 revenue line item derived from unspecified user fees. And while that sounds simple enough on the surface, it comes with a host of complications. For starters, CARPC legal counsel had already determined that it wouldn’t be legal to impose the fees only upon approval. And then there’s the matter of municipalities passing along the cost to developers. That’s problematic, Ald. Scott Manley (D-2) pointed out, because developers don’t make the application and often don’t build right away, as has been the case in the Southwest Area. So municipalities could be stuck with all or part of the costs for a while. The DCCVA’s lobbyist, attorney Forbes McIntosh, facilitated Monday’s discussion and offered historical perspective, answering whatever questions he could about a still unclear proposal to fund an organization that in any form is doomed to be “crippled by the fact that everyone wants to control the game,” as he put it. Manley, a former Verona Plan Commission member who has often complained about CARPC’s interference in local planning, did far more talking than anyone Monday and eventually made the motion to oppose any funding by user fees, despite claiming he was “not against the idea,” but rather was concerned about

VAHS presents ‘Freckleface Strawberry’
Often, what makes everyone different is exactly what makes them so special. Proof positive is the story of “Freckleface Strawberry,” a girl just like any other, except she had freckles everywhere. And she’ll do anything to get rid of them – from scrubbing them with soap, to wearing a ski mask to school. Will her schoolmates realize it’s her under the mask? Will Freckleface be brave enough to finally face her complexion in the mirror? With the help of her loveable schoolmates, including a talented ballerina, a cutie jock, a charming ditz and a totally kooky teacher, she learns an important life lesson. Based on the book by Julianne Moore, VAHS Theatre

If you go
What: “Freckleface Strawberry,” the musical When: 7 p.m. Friday, March 7; 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Saturday, March 8 and 2 p.m. Sunday, March 9 Where: Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St. Info: 845-4488 Arts will present four performances of “Freckleface Strawberry” next weekend, and people are invited to come and check it out. Tickets are $5 and can be obtained by calling the

VAHS Theatre box office at 845-4488.

Cast and crew

The VAHS Theatre production includes a cast of veteran performers as well as some new faces, featuring Natalie Long in the title role. Joining her onstage in the ensemble are Alex Roller, Max Luke, Randy Kessenich, Elise Everitt, Frost White, Enya Joyner, Cassidy Slinger, Rylie Butzbaugh, Makena Meyers, Erin Bormett, Molly Kempfer, Thomas Endter, Zoe Hansen, Maggie Ferguson, Cierrah Stampfli, Jenine Ybanez, Mary Schroeder, and Sheldon Wood. Harry Ireland will stage manage and Mariah Braier will choreograph.

“enabling bad behavior” by the commission. Alds. Luke Diaz (Dist. 3), Elizabeth Doyle (D-1) and Dale Yurs (D-2) all voted against the motion, each arguing that CARPC should not be left to wither as it has been, with some staffers already having left and those remaining funded at 90 percent. But the majority agreed that the $50,000 would not solve the problems and might not even restore funding for staff. Parisi sent out a letter to the commission, County Board and budget panel last month complaining that Hochkammer, as the DCCVA’s representative, had been holding up the process by being unavailable for a vote on the issue because of “scheduling conflicts.” Hochkammer replied in an interview with the Verona Press that he wouldn’t have been able to vote, anyway, because he had not yet gotten instructions from the DCCVA’s membership and could not vote against their will. Meanwhile, a bill has been circulating through the state Legislature that would force CARPC to make a decision on any expansion within 90 days (most take several months; Verona’s Southwest Area took about three years) and require all

decisions to be related to water quality. It was still in search of a sponsor earlier this month. Water quality is, in fact, the only legal criteria of CARPC’s decisions, unlike the other eight regional planning commissions around the state. That hasn’t stopped commissioners from making decisions after referencing things like aesthetics, highways, public transportation and low-cost housing. McIntosh noted Monday that CARPC also is the only one of those nine commissions that represents a single county, but Hochkammer added that with all RPCs, the county is responsible for funding. Verona joined DeForest as the only communities to have voted on the issue so far, and both voted against the user fees. McIntosh asserted that the county and town representatives on the commission almost certainly will vote in favor of them, leaving just the DCCVA’s vote and the City of Madison vote possibly making a 2-2 tie. That panel is expected to consider a vote as early as next week.

Needs: Board raises more than $80,000
Continued from page 1 president, said this is the first time the board will have a mix of members from Fitchburg and Verona. Possin That’s a good thing, he said in an e-mail to the Verona Press last week, and will “bring us a much-needed Fitchburg presence, perspective and influence.” The now nine-member board, with the help of volunteers, will continue conducting a capital fundraising campaign that was announced in 2012 to expand and re-locate the food pantry. However, since then the board has tweaked its fundraising goals from $400,000 to $300,000. Yurs said after initial brainstorming, consulting with construction staff lead them to knock about $100,000 off the total while including the original construction goals. VANN will be expand its food pantry operations to a space about two and a half times larger (from 1,500 to 3,500 square feet) than the current location in the basement of Sugar River United Methodist Church, which was donated by the city. The most recent fundraising figures said they’ve raised just under $82,000 in monetary funds for the expansion that’s to be located on the west side of the St. Vincent thrift store in Verona. Yurs said in addition to fundraising, they’ve received other materials donations. The original plan was also to finish up construction in 2013, as reported by the Verona Press in 2012. Yurs said their only major plan change is moving construction back. “At the present, construction plans are on hold, pending additional funding,” he said. While fundraising is about a third of the way there, Yurs gave up some of the main fundraising duties to become board president this summer after former president Jake Closson moved away to Idaho to take a different job. Restructuring of the board, including the new Fitchburg members, will help jumpstart a more widespread fundraising effort, Yurs said. The new space will be home to the VANN Food Pantry, VANN offices and a Joining Forces for Families Social Worker. Other goals for VANN are to establish a “Community Fund” or Verona Area Community Foundation to provide financial 
support to local nonprofit service organizations and to organize a Community Transportation Program to fulfill local transportation needs of families and youth in the VASD, which were included in its 2013 Strategic plan. statistics listed on its website, Pantry coordinator Karen Fletcher has been a volunteer with the pantry for those last 10 years, and in September, her position became salaried for 15 hours. Her position was all volunteer previously. Fletcher said the VANN board’s decision to allocate salaried hours to her position allows her to devote more time to projects that will improve services at the pantry. Some of these projects include working with Marcia Kasieta to oversee upkeep of the website, expanding VANN’s outreach presence and creating a volunteer handbook. She also serves on the VANN committee for communication. When Fletcher started as coordinator her duties were much more limited, but increase as the number of people who use the pantry do. On a busy week, she puts in around 25-30 hours. The Verona resident works for the pantry at its location in the basement of Sugar River Church on the main pickup days, Monday and Thursday, as well as out of her home, she said. “Before, I would just make sure that we had food, and coordinate that part,” she said. “I wasn’t at the pantry on Monday and Thursdays that often.” Fletcher along with Shannon Meyer, who coordinates pantry volunteers, are the main volunteers who ensure pantry days go smoothly.

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(Please use the Fair St. entrance) Admission: $3.00 (children under 10 are FREE) Kiddie Pedal Pull at 12:00pm Lunch provided by the Evansville FFA (Sandwiches, chips, desserts and beverages) Exhibits include: Farm machinery, trains, cars & trucks, train & farm displays, real farm tractors, a kiddie pedal pull, & much more. For more information contact: Ron Buttchen, 32 Cemetery Rd., Evansville, WI 53536 (608) 882-4125. Supported by the Evansville FFA & Alumni

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

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Coming up
Play and Learn at Sugar Creek
Sugar Creek offers a chance for parents and children to interact with other families. The event features story time, songs and arts and crafts based around a theme. The event is from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. every Friday in the school’s Step Room. The event is free and open to all families. April 11 at the Madison Senior Center, 330 W. Mifflin St. This is the fourth annual exhibit, and this year, members chose an American woman artist to inspire one or more of their own creations. For more information, contact Neal at 848-9519 or visit 3150studioartists. com. will be provided.

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ALL SAINTS LUTHERAN CHURCH 2951 Chapel Valley Road, Fitchburg (608) 276-7729 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 Sunday Worship: 8 and 10:45 a.m. THE CHURCH IN VERONA Verona Business Centre 535 Half Mile Rd. #7, Verona. (608) 271-2811 Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. FITCHBURG MEMORIAL UCC 5705 Lacy Road, Fitchburg (608) 273-1008 • 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, SUNDAY 10 a.m. Worship MEMORIAL BAPTIST CHURCH 201 S. Main, Verona (608) 845-7125 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 SUNDAY 10 a.m. Family Worship Service RESURRECTION LUTHERAN CHURCH Wisconsin Synod, 6705 Wesner Road, Verona (608) 848-4965 • 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 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 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 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 Pastor: Jeff Jacobs SUNDAY 8:45 a.m. Communion Worship SUGAR RIVER UNITED METHODIST CHURCH 130 N. Franklin St., Verona (608) 845-5855, 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

Aging & Disability Resource Center

iPad Session A, Part 2

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

‘Making Our Marks’

Verona studio artists Bea Neal and her group “3150 Studio Artists,” will have their mixed media and fiber art works on display from March 1 to

The Verona Public Library is hosting this event from 6-7 p.m., Monday, March 3. Join us for a neat technology workshop and have some fun while students from Verona Area High School provide hands on instruction. The iPad is a device that can be used to create a lot of neat things. Imagine taking photos or video footage of your grandkids. Learn how you can take photos or video, edit them and email them to others. Also, learn about some iPad apps that can help you in everyday life. There are 100,000s of apps available. Let the students show you some of the top ones for your personal use. iPads

The Verona Public Library is hosting this fun event from 9:30-10:30 a.m., Thursday, March 6. Join us for a special breakfast in honor of Dr. Seuss’s birthday. This free event includes green eggs, ham, muffins, juice, and milk. Registration required, limit 100 people.

Muslim Journeys: Let’s Talk About It

Learn more about the people, places, history, faith, and cultures of Muslims in the United States and around the world. All discussions will be held on Saturdays from 10-11:30 a.m., and will be led by Nevine El Nossery, Ph.D., of the UW-Madison Department of French and Italian. The discussion on March 8 is Book 2: Persepolis: The Story of a Childhood by Marjane Satrapi Books are available for check out.

Community calendar
• 10 a.m., Women’s Group presents Janet Bollig of Home Health United at senior center, 845-7471 • 9:30-11:30 a.m., “Young and Restless” open indoor playtime, library • 7:30-9:30 p.m., open mic with Jim White, Tuvalu Coffeehouse & Gallery • 6:30 p.m., Plan Commission, City Center • 6:30 p.m., VASD charter school informational meeting, Verona Public Library • 7 p.m., Verona Area School District, administration building • 6:30 p.m., Town Board, Town Hall • 6-7:30 p.m., Technology for Small Businesses, VPL

Thursday, February 27

Friday, February 28

• Southwest Eagles Mite Showdown tournament, Eagles Nest Ice Rink in Verona, • 9:30-11:30 a.m., “Young and Restless” open indoor playtime, library • 7 p.m., Freckleface Strawberry, VAHS PAC • 7:30 p.m. Armada Winterguard and Shadow Indoor Percussion, Oregon High School, • Southwest Eagles Mite Showdown tournament, Eagles Nest Ice Rink in Verona, • 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Freckleface Strawberry, VAHS PAC • Southwest Eagles Mite Showdown tournament, Eagles Nest Ice Rink in Verona, • 7 p.m., Freckleface Strawberry, VAHS PAC • 11:30 a.m., “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore”

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Thursday, Feb. 27 7 a.m. – United Way 211 at Senior Center 9 a.m. - Daily Exercise 10 a.m. - Marci & the Highlights at Senior Center 3 p.m. - Daily Exercise 4 p.m. – Four Winds Presentation at Senior Center 5 p.m. – A Taste of Theater 6 p.m. - Salem Church Service 7 p.m. - Words of Peace 8 p.m. - Daily Exercise 9 p.m. – Chatting with the Chamber – New! 10 p.m. – White School at Historical Society Friday, Feb. 28 7 a.m. – Four Winds Presentation at Senior Center 1:30 p.m. - Chatting with the Chamber – New! 3 p.m. – 911 Information at Senior Center 4 p.m. – A Taste of Theater 5 p.m. - 2012 Wildcats Football 8:30 p.m. - 911 Information at Senior Center 10 p.m. - United Way 211 at Senior Center 11 p.m. – Marci & the Highlights at Senior Center Saturday, Mar. 1 8 a.m. – Common Council from 2-24-14 11 a.m. - 911 Information at Senior Center 1 p.m. - 2012 Wildcats Football 4:30 p.m. – White School at Historical Society 6 p.m. – Common Council from 2-24-14 9 p.m. - 911 Information at Senior Center 10 p.m. - White School at Historical Society 11 p.m. - Marci & the Highlights at Senior Center Sunday, Mar. 2 7 a.m. - Hindu Cultural Hour 9 a.m. – Resurrection Church 10 a.m. - Salem Church Service Noon - Common Council from 2-24-14 3 p.m. - 911 Information at Senior Center 4:30 p.m. - White School at Historical Society 6 p.m. – Common Council from 2-24-14 9 p.m. - 911 Information at Senior Center 10 p.m. – White School at Historical Society 11 p.m. - Marci & the Highlights at Senior Center Monday, Mar. 3 7 a.m. – Four Winds Presentation at Senior Center 1:30 p.m. - Chatting with the Chamber – New! 3 p.m. - 911 Information at Senior Center 4 p.m. – A Taste of Theater 5 p.m. - 2012 Wildcats Football 6:30 p.m. – Plan Commission Live 9 p.m. - Hindu Cultural Hour 10 p.m. – United Way 211 at Senior Center 11 p.m. – Marci & the Highlights at Senior Center Tuesday, Mar. 4 7 a.m. – United Way 211 at Senior Center 9 a.m. - Daily Exercise 10 a.m. - Marci & the Highlights at Senior Center 3 p.m. - Daily Exercise 4 p.m. – Four Winds Presentation at Senior Center 5 p.m. – A Taste of Theater 6 p.m. - Resurrection Church 8 p.m. - Words of Peace 9 p.m. - Chatting with the Chamber – New! 10 p.m. - White School at Historical Society Wednesday, Mar. 5 7 a.m. – Four Winds Presentation at Senior Center 1:30 p.m. - Chatting with the Chamber – New! 3 p.m. – 911 Information at Senior Center 6 p.m. – Plan Commission from 3-3-14 7 p.m. - Capital City Band 8 p.m. – 911 Information at Senior Center 10 p.m. - United Way 211 at Senior Center 11 p.m. – Marci & the Highlights at Senior Center Thursday, Mar. 6 7 a.m. – United Way 211 at Senior Center 9 a.m. - Daily Exercise 10 a.m. – Marci & the Highlights at Senior Center 3 p.m. - Daily Exercise 4 p.m. – Four Winds Presentation at Senior Center 6 p.m. - Salem Church Service 8 p.m. - Daily Exercise 9 p.m. – Chatting with the Chamber – New! 10 p.m. – White School at Historical Society

Vulnerability The word “vulnerable” comes from the Latin word “vulner,” meaning wound. All of us are vulnerable, because we are capable of being wounded. We can obviously be wounded by accidents or illnesses, but also by words and even by the expression on someone’s face. It’s even possible to be wounded by someone not speaking to us or not looking at us, which wounds us on account of them not recognizing us. These physical and emotional vulnerabilities make us feel weak and perhaps needy, and ironically, the best way to overcome them is to admit them and to reach out to others by admitting our vulnerability. But, we are also spiritually vulnerable, a result of the fact that we have all sinned, and will continue to sin, in disobedience to God’s will. We are, in short, wretched creatures in need of God’s mercy. How uncertain you are of receiving God’s mercy is a measure of your ultimate vulnerability. We are like convicted criminals seated at a lavish banquet in the King’s presence, and we really don’t know whether we will be pardoned or executed at the end of the meal. We certainly don’t deserve to be pardoned, we are guilty after all, but by going to God with love in our heart and admitting our sins we find that our spiritual vulnerability is diminished. – Christopher Simon via Metro News Service “I acknowledged my sin to you,and I did not cover my iniquity;I said, ‘I will confess my transgressions to the Lord,’ and you forgave the iniquity of my sin.” Psalm 32:5

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University of Minnesota sophomore Austin WhitePentony might just be starting his first full semester of business courses, but he’s got plenty of first-hand knowledge with his technology resale business. White-Pentony, a 2012 Verona Area High School graduate, along with business partners Tony Grisham and Aklilu Dimore, has opened a second mall kiosk in Madison and the group is making its way into business-to-business sales in the Minneapolis area. The partnership – named TechBank – works by purchasing old smartphones and tablets, refurbishing them and reselling the devices. White-Pentony said in an interview with the Verona Press that the company hopes to double its size this year. “Overall the kiosks have been going well,” he said, adding that the Minnesota location brings in a couple hundred devices each month. The West Towne mall kiosk opened in January, and TechBank has plans for another kiosk in East Towne in March, along with one in metropolitan Minneapolis area.

The kiosk also offers a better price for used devices than most wireless carriers because resale is all they do, White-Pentony said. Part of the reason for the company’s success is the fact that White-Pentony, Grisham and Dimore agreed to work together. They all ran similar businesses prior to pooling their resources. White-Pentony started out as running Mad Town Phone Sales, for which he earned Wisconsin’s Young Entrepreneur of the Year award in 2012. The partnership has eased some of the workload for the three, but running a business can still be stressful. “There’s no way we’d have two locations right now without the three of us running this,” White-Pentony said. In addition to TechBank kiosks, the company has been growing on the business-to-business side. White-Pentony said they have partnered with a Verizon retailer to purchase, wipe data and resell phones in Minnesota. Another large Photo submitted company has been using TechBank, co-owned by VAHS grad Austin White-Pentony, recently opened a phone buy-back kiosk at West Towne Mall in Madison. The TechBank to resell its corcompany is an offshoot of one started by White-Pentony when he was in high school. porate smartphones, WhitePentony said. The kiosks are a way to business – and funded his selling used phones. Now, safer, he said. “Having a local way to provide customers with own undergraduate edu- customers can come to the “It’s safer than Craig- quickly get new handsets is a safe, easy-to-find area cation – through a similar kiosk and make their trans- slist,” White-Pentony said. convenient,” he said. to sell their old devices. service. He used to scour action. “You don’t have to worry White-Pentony started his Craigslist to find people The kiosks are easier and about getting ripped off.”

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include how to select a builder, refacing or replacing cabinets, fireplace design, bath and kitchen remodels, metal roofing, color trends, energy efficiency, outdoor lighting, building a dream floor, innovative use of interior space and creative outdoor landscaping. For both Anderson and Driftmier, the best part of the showcase is meeting new people. “I love meeting the show attendees and talking with them about the best solutions for their design projects,” she said. This year’s Dream Home Showcase non-profit partner is the Wisconsin Women’s Health Foundation, which will receive a portion of the ticket sales. Throughout the show the foundation will conduct free health screenings, raffle off a wine refrigerator, and host coloring contests for children. Other highlights for kids include a Home Depot building project and activities about fire prevention and safety at the Fire Safety House. The Dream Home Showcase in Madison is Feb. 28-March 2 at the Alliant Energy Center. Times are Friday 2-7 p.m., Saturday 9 a.m.-6 p.m., and Sunday 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Admission is $5 per person. Visitors who text the word TICKET to 20357 will receive a buyone, get-one-free coupon. For more information about exhibitors, seminar schedules and maps and directions, visit dream-home-showcase. Submitted by Mark Crawford Continued from page 7

Dream Home Showcase Feb. 28
Turning your home into the dream home you have always wanted doesn’t have to be a complicated or expensive process. Of course, maybe you are looking for a complete remodel, but chances are an updated kitchen or bath, theater room or man cave, new cabinets, skylights, fireplace, screened porch or revitalized back yard might just do the trick. The first step in making this dream come true is attending the Madison Area Builders Association’s Dream Home Showcase (formerly the Home Products Show) at the Alliant Energy Center in Madison on Feb. 28-March 2, 2014. This once-a-year event gives attendees the opportunity to draw on the collective expertise of hundreds of seasoned building professionals—all under one roof. This is the place to have your questions answered, often by company owners themselves. Even if you don’t really know what you want, but are still looking for that certain “something” to make your living space a dream space—this three-day event is a good place to find it. With a stronger economy, and consumer confidence growing, more people are making the decision to invest in their existing homes. Visitors to the Dream Home Showcase will learn about the latest trends, products and services in the home-building industry from more than 150 exhibitors. The showcase is also the perfect place to compare solutions and products and find the best value for your construction budget. Verona exhibitors are

Petta: Opened bank in Verona
month and bottles of A&W always in a refrigerator near the desk. In his 33-year bank ing career, which began in Juneau, Petta said he most enjoyed helping entrepreneurs start businesses and people manage their money. “Some people asked me one time if I’m jealous when I lend somebody money to start a business and they get successful,” he said. “I say ‘no, why would I be jealous? I didn’t take the risk they took.’” The former Verona Area Chamber of Commerce president, who lives on the southwest side of Madison, won’t be a stranger to Verona now that he no longer works here, though. His children and grandchildren all live in the city, and he plans to stay involved in committees and organizations around the area as the city continues to plan its growth. But in his retirement, Petta also hopes to enjoy his Rhinelander cabin more, take time to read, walk and, sometimes, simply “do nothing.” “I think we’re a timedeprived country right now,” he said. “People say they want more money and they want more of this or that, I think most of us would settle for more time.” But he didn’t hesitate on his most important task after Friday: “Not work.”

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Busch’s Signs and Designs, Capitol Lawn Sprinkler, Driftmier Design, Rockweiler Insulation, Worry Free Remodeling and Zander Solutions. “The Dream Home Showcase is a perfect place to see the latest products and trends for home building and improvement and to meet industry professionals who can make your home dreams become reality,” said Cathy Driftmier, owner of Driftmier Design, an interior design firm.

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want to use this space in more creative ways, and to also add value to their homes,” said Mark Anderson, co-owner of Worry Free Remodeling. “More people are also removing whirlpools and tubs from their master bathrooms and replacing them with custom showers.” “Energy efficiency continues to be popular topic and there are a lot of options for products and construction techniques to learn about,” added Driftmier. “For interiors, simple and clean looks are most popular. Efficient, organized storage, especially in the kitchen and bath, is the key to creating the look. Gray tones continue to trend upward as the neutral backdrop for color, which ranges from soft tranquil blues to bold pops of tangerine.”

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First Choice Dental welcomes Casey Salverson as IT manager. Salverson will lead, manage and support the computer networks at First Choice Dental’s ten office locations throughout Dane County. He will be based out of the business office located in Verona at 925 North Main St. A Wisconsin native, Salverson graduated from Herzing University in 2003. Salverson brings almost ten years of network and systems administration experience to First Choice Dental.

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Junior Eric Schmid (145 pounds) fights to flip Elkhorn’s John Olsen for a near fall in the semifinals in the WIAA D1 sectionals at Oconomowoc High School. Schmid won the match with a pin in 3 minutes, 50 seconds. He finished second overall and advanced to state.

Schmid finishes second at sectionals as rivalry builds with Joe Nelson

A photo slideshow will be linked Stoughton junior Joe Nelson, to the article online Thursday. as the two faced off for the second straight week Saturday at the WIAA Division 1 sectionals at Oconomowoc High School. Although Schmid has been on the Kohl Center in Madison. ANTHONY IOZZO “Technique is crucial when the opposite end of where he would Assistant sports editor like to be, finishing second at 145 i t c o m e s t o w r e s t l i n g t h e s e pounds both times, he expects b i g m a t c h e s , ” S c h m i d s a i d . A wrestling rivalry seems to be to get over that hump at the state brewing for Verona Area High tournament Thursday-Saturday at Turn to Sectionals/Page 12 School junior Eric Schmid and

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It wasn’t that long ago the Middleton girls hockey co-op didn’t even have a WIAA playoff win to its credit. The last two seasons, however, the Metro Lynx have reached the sectional finals. Despite earning the third-seed and going on the road, the Metro Lynx took care of the Badger Conference rival Cap City Cougars inside the Sun Prairie Ice Arena on Tuesday, 3-2. Verona junior Amanda Holman scored twice in the win, including a powerplay goal in the second period. It was senior teammate Jordann Herrling’s emptynet goal with 40 seconds remaining that sealed the Cougars’ fate. Senior Hunter Kurbel finished with 13 saves for the Metro Lynx (18-6-2). Sarah Fuerstenberg stopped 16 shots on goal for the Cougars (12-11-2). The Cap City Cougars and Metro Lynx split during the regular season with each team losing on its home ice. Both teams shared the Badger Conference title. The win propelled the Lynx to within a game of the state tournament for the second straight year as top-seeded Onalaska (17-7-0) knocked off the fourth-seeded MSO Icebergs 6-1 inside the Omni Center on Tuesday. Middleton faces

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McGilvray reaches podium twice at Division 1 state meet
Senior Kade McGilvray reached the medal podium of Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 boys state swimming meet twice. The Verona/Mount Horeb standout finished fifth overall in the 100yard butterfly with a season-best time of 51.85 seconds. Cutting threetenths off a season-best, McGilvray managed to post the fourth-best time in Verona Area High School history. McGilvray’s trip to the 100 fly medal stand was his second Saturday, as the senior earlier placed sixth overall in the 50 free with a 21.58. “That was pretty much my goal today – just to get on the podium – and get best times,” McGilvray said. “Everything today went how I wanted it to go.” For V/MH head coach Bill Wuerger, who has coached McGilvray since the age of 6 every summer at Ridgewood Pool, it was nice to see the senior go out with some hardware. “Kade had been here before, but he’d never finished in the top eight,” Wuerger said. “It was nice to see him make it up on the podium his senior year.” McGilvray nearly made a third trip to the podium as part of the 200 free relay where he and the team of sophomore Bryce Angaran, freshman Jacob Wellnitz and fellow senior Erik Wickstrom finished seventh. Cedarburg earned the final spot on the podium, however, turning in a 1:28.15. The Wildcats concluded the meet with a 10th-place finish in the 400 free relay as the team of McGilvray, Angaran, Wellnitz and Wickstrom finished just off their seed time in 3:16.23. “It hasn’t quite hit me yet that high school swimming is over,”

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Senior Kade McGilvray finished fifth overall in a season-best 51.85 seconds at Saturday’s WIAA Division 1 state swimming meet. The time was the fourth-fastest in Verona Area High School history.

McGilvray said. “It is kind of strange to think that high school swimming is over, but I am excited to swim in college.” Individually, Wickstrom cut more than five-tenths off his 200 free time to finish 13th overall in 1:46.33.

Wickstrom’s 200 free and McGilvray’s 50 free were both the third -fastest in school history. “The guys swam really well last week, so for almost everyone to come back today and swim even faster, that was great to see,”

Wuerger said. Both Wickstrom (21.85 split of 200 free relay) and Wellnitz (49.73 split on 400 free relay) achieved season-goal times Saturday. Always having the goal of swimming collegiately, McGilvray said he spent the last year contemplating his options. “I wasn’t sure if I wanted to go to UW-Madison and not swim or attend UW-La Crosse and swim,” McGilvray said. It was about two weeks ago that he decided to pursue his collegiate goal with the Eagles at La Crosse. “Erik and I didn’t plan to go together, but in the end we ended up going there together,” McGilvray said. “It’s going to be nice having someone who I have swam with so long on the team, and he’s also my best friend.” McGilvray and Wickstrom were the only Verona seniors competing

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Verona finishes regular season in double OT thriller
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What: WIAA D1 regional semifinal: No. 5 Verona vs. No. 4 Madison West When: 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 28 Where: Madison West High School Schmitz chipped in 16, while senior forward John Tackett and junior guard Will Kellerman each scored eight points. Junior guard De’Shawn Burks led East with 21, while sophomore guard Deang Deang picked up 16. Verona now begins the WIAA Division 1 playoffs as a No. 5 seed and will travel to No. 4 Madison West at 7 p.m. Friday for the regional semifinal. The winner plays the winner of No. 1 Madison Memorial and either No. 8 Madison East or No. 9 Watertown. The regional final is at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The Verona Area High School boys basketball team was able to survive a double overtime game against Madison East last Saturday to close the regular season with a 79-77 win. Junior guard Will Kellerman made a free throw with just over a minute remaining in the second overtime to put Verona (12-10 overall, 9-9 Big Eight Conference) up by four. East cut the lead to two with under a minute to go, but the Purgolders missed a 2-pointer and then a 3-pointer at the buzzer with a chance to win the game. Junior forward Jake Toman finished with 23 points for the Wildcats, while senior guard Mitch Flora picked up 21, including going 13-for-17 from the free-throw line. Sophomore guard Cole

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Senior forward Charlie Parker fights for a face-off win during a 6-on-3 advantage by Monona Grove with 21 seconds left Tuesday in the WIAA sectional final at Eagles Nest Ice Arena. Parker won the faceoff and won another to seal a 3-2 win for the Wildcats. Parker added two goals, as well.

Parker ices MG in sectional semi
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What: WIAA sectional final: No. 1 Verona vs. No. 3 Madison West When: 6 p.m. Saturday Where: Hartmeyer Ice Arena in Madison Baker was there to finish the play with a quick shot to the bottom-right of the net to make it 1-1 at 11:34 of the second. “We were reeling on the mishap of not handling the puck well on the first goal, and Charlie is a class player,” MG head coach Dave Kinsler said. “He knows what an opportunity is. He stepped up and found his moment of opportunity.” Monona Grove thought it bounced back quickly in the third with what looked like a goal in the first minute of the period, but the referees disallowed the shot because the net was knocked off its mooring. The Wildcats looked to blow the game open with a 5-on-3 four minutes later after Travis Johnston was called for tripping and senior defenseman Garrett Baldwin was called for unsportsmanlike conduct. But Verona was unable to get the goal, and the Silver Eagles were able to get their second goal by Zach Johnston. That is when everything began to turn against the Wildcats as Fromberger was called for a crosscheck with just over two minutes left and senior defender Joe Stevens was called for holding. Monona Grove pulled their goalie and called a timeout stressing the faceoff. “We have to win the faceoff,” Kinsler said. “We didn’t win any of those faceoffs, and that was a critical moment.” Verona sophomore goalie Alex Jones finished with 18 saves, while Nahirniak had 31. The Wildcats travel to Hartmeyer Ice Arena at 6 p.m. Saturday to play third-seeded Madison West, which knocked off second-seeded Madison Edgewood in its sectional semifinal Tuesday, with a chance to go to state. “It is a whole different game. It is one of the most intense game a high school kid can play in,” Marshall said. “We are going to see the best from every team we play.”

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Verona boys hockey team’s 3-2 win in the WIAA sectional semifinal against Monona Grove on Tuesday was not an easy one. The host Wildcats, seeded No. 1, found themselves on a penalty kill in the final 21 seconds of the third period inside the Eagles Nest Ice Arena with the Silver Eagles on a 6-on-3 advantage. That is when senior forward Charlie Parker, who scored the go-ahead and game-winning goals in the second period, took to the face-off circle. Parker not only won the first faceoff, but also won a second with eight seconds remaining as MG kept a 6-on-4 advantage with its first line on the ice. “I like taking draws, and I was fortunate enough to be able to tie up and get the puck back,” Parker said. “Pat Stevens made great plays both times getting the puck out of the zone, and that was huge.” Senior forwards Zach and Travis Johnston were involved on both goals for the Silver Eagles. Zach had both goals with Travis picking up the assists off 2-on-1 breakaways. Stopping that first line was one of the keys for Verona, and head coach Joel Marshall said the defense did a good job limiting their chances. “They don’t have 90-plus points in high school hockey for no reason,” Marshall said. “They are talented for sure and were a focus on our game plan, and when we succeeded with that, we obviously came out on top.” Still, offense was needed, and with the game tied at 1-1 late in the second, that offense came from Parker. Sophomore forward Noah Maurer shot a quick pass to sophomore defender Zach Lanz who then found Parker in the middle of the ice. Parker slapped the shot past MG freshman goalie Andryi Nahirniak 16 minutes, 12 seconds into the second, and the Wildcats took a 2-1 lead. Before anyone had a chance to think about that goal, Parker came free on a scrum in front of the net 35 seconds later, and he chipped his second goal. “Brogan and I and Brodie were all battling down low and trying to find the puckl and it kind of ricocheted off the goaltender and past the goal line,” Parker said. “I don’t know if it was lucky or what, but it ended up working out in the end.” The Wildcats trailed 1-0 after the first period, despite outshooting the Silver Eagles 15-7. But it only took one bounce to turn the tide. Senior defender Phillipe Fromberger attempted a shot from the blue line that ricocheted off of Nahirniak’s stick and rolled in front of the net. Verona senior forward Brogan

Verona 6, Sun Prairie 1

Parker, a Mr. Hockey finalist, racked up five points in the team’s 6-1 victory against Sun Prairie last Thursday in a regional final. Parker netted a hat trick and was assisted on goals by Pat Stevens and Baker. Baker, who finished with two goals and an assist, added the Wildcats’ other goal to spark a three-goal first period. Jones turned away 26 shots on goal to secure the win, while Jake Thornton stopped 49 for the Cardinals.

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Cats earn No. 2 seed for WIAA D1 playoffs
The Verona Area High School girls basketball team (19-2 overall, 15-2 Big Eight Conference) will be a No. 2 seed for this year’s WIAA Division 1 tournament. The Wildcats will host Madison West at 7 p.m. Friday, March 7. The winner of that game will host the winner of the No. 3 Madison La Follette/No. 6 Madison Memorial game at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 8, in the regional finals. Middleton earned the No. 1 seed and plays the winner of No. 8 Madison East/No. 9 Watertown in its opener. The other game in the top part of sectional 3 is No. 4 Sun Prairie against no. 5 Oconomowoc. In the bottom half of the bracket, Janesville Craig is the No. 1 seed and plays the winner of No. 8 Kenosha Indian Trail/No. 9 Muskego in its opener. No. 2 Mukwonago hosts No. 7 Kenosha Bradford with the winner playing the winner of No. 3 Lake Geneva Badger and No. 6 Beloit Memorial. The final two teams in sectional 3 is No. 4 Kenosha Tremper and No. 5 Janesville Parker. Verona closes the regular season at 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Beloit Memorial.

Verona 44, Mad. West 30

The Wildcats traveled to Madison West last Thursday and won 44-30. Verona jumped out to a 24-8 lead at halftime and held serve the rest of the way. Sophomore forward Kira Opsal and freshman forward Alex Luehring each scored 11 points, while senior guard Jenni LaCroix added nine.

State: V/MH finishes 12th overall as a team
Continued from page 9 for the Wildcats on Saturday. “We don’t lose a lot of seniors, we only had four, but they were four varsity swimmers who were big contributors to our team,” Wuerger said. “Depth-wise we may be a little deeper, but we’ll need some guys to step up.” Verona’s only other individual state qualifier, Angaran added roughly two-tenths of a second to his 100 backstroke time, finishing 19th (out of 24). “Bryce was in our sectional taper group,” Wuerger said. “He had very little time between the (200 free) relay and the first heat of the backstroke. I give him credit to swimming back-to-back events like that and coming very close to his seed time.” Going into next season, Wuerger said some of the guys that made it to sectionals this year, like Glen Hook, Will McMillan and Jimmy Conway, definitely have the potential to step up and fill some relay spots left by McGilvray and Wickstrom. Angaran and Wellnitz, who swam on two state relays, could also be back next year as individuals. “To compete at this level, you’ve got to be a year-round swimmer,” Wuerger said. “I expect all those guys to put in a lot of work over the summer and our freshman to come back even stronger.” Verona’s top returning swimmer won an individual state title and one relay title, except he did so in Spartan green, rather than Wildcat black and orange. Sophomore Ben Gebhart, who finished fourth in the 100 fly as a freshman a year ago, jumped ship to swim for Memorial this season. Gebhart captured the state title Saturday in a lifetime best 50.03. “Ben’s a very talented swimmer and we had no one of his caliber to step in and replace him,” Wuerger said. “That loss did hurt us, but the guys we did have swam really hard and improved all season. We’re proud of them.” Gebhart’s Madison Memorial (319) team once again dominated the meet for the fourthstraight year, defeating Big Eight Conference rival Madison West (216.5) by more than 103 points. The Spartans crowned two individual state champions and claimed two of three relays. Arrowhead (194.5), Muskego (166) and Greenfield/Greendale (134) rounded out the top five. Middleton (85) finished tied for ninth, while V/MH placed 12th (out of 41) with 70. Muskego won three individual events. Senior Jon Roberts improved on his efforts from a year ago to win both the 50 (21.10) and 100 freestyles (46.04), respectively. Senior Joe Szczupakiewicz successfully defended his championship in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:32.05, which ranks as the third fastest time in meet history for Division 1. Paul DeLakis of Eau Claire Memorial/ North won the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:49.81 and the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.46. Arrowhead snapped Madison Memorial’s string of four straight titles in the 400 freestyle relay. Freshman Nick Woida, sophomore Logan Roberts, junior Logan Kozlik and senior Jake Barry won the relay with a time of 3:09.04. Barry pulled away in the last lap of his anchor slot to clinch the win. Junior Nick Plachinski of Cedarburg surged to the lead late in the 200 freestyle to capture the gold medal with a time of 1:40.71. Senior Draven Feustel of Neenah won the one-meter diving competition with a score of 421.65. He improved on his eighth-place standing last year.

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Junior Hannah Semmann scored a 7.7225 on the balance beam Saturday inside Madison Memorial High School at the Big Eight Conference meet. Verona/Mount Horeb finished fifth overall as a team with 132.975 points.

Alt leads gymnasts at conference
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Sophomore Lexi Alt paced the Verona/ Madison Edgewood gymnastics team at

Saturday’s Big Eight Conference meet inside Madison Memorial High School. Battling through a left ankle injury

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Lynx: Girls knock off Rock County in regional final
Continued from page 9 sixth-ranked Onalaska at 8 p.m. Saturday, March 1 inside Madison Ice Arena. Onalaska is guided by one of the nation’s top scorers in Connecticut recruit Theresa Knutson. She leads the state with 74 goals and is second overall with 95 points through 24 games, capped the game with a goal and an assist. The Metro Lynx have never advanced to the WIAA state tournament, while Onalaska is the defending WIAA state champion. Amanda Holman scored twice as the Middleton girls hockey co-op skated past the Rock County Fury 5-2 in the WIAA regional final round Friday inside Madison Ice Arena. The Verona junior forward struck 14 minutes into the game and later added a power-play goal just under three minutes into the second period to give the Metro Lynx an early 2-0 lead. Both teams exchanged goals from that point with Lynx junior defenseman Meaghan Sheehan adding the game-winning goal midway through the second period. Sheehan also chipped in with two

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The fourth-annual Southwest Eagles Mite Showdown tournament will be March 7-9 at the Eagles Nest Ice Arena. The tournament will host Mite Red hockey teams from Dubuque, Waukesha, Milwaukee, Chippewa Falls, Janesville, Reedsburg and Wausau, including local teams from Madison, Stoughton, Oregon and Middleton. The tournament will begin with the Southwest Eagles taking on Middleton at 6:30 p.m. Friday. The Eagles will then play Reedsburg at 3:30 pm on Saturday. Pool play will determine additional game times. The championship game will be played on Sunday, March 9, at 3 p.m. Teams will also compete in an Accuracy and Fastest Shot Competition. The raffle will include NHL signed items, local business certificates, Wisconsin Dells waterpark stays and passes, electronics and much more. Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) Swimming and Diving Championships, held Feb. 13-15. Mathson received All-MIAC honors for his performance in the 800-yard freestyle relay. Along with his all-conference performance, Mathson took fifth in the 1650yard freestyle with a personal best time of 16:48.46 that was also third-best in Carleton history. The Knights finished third in the team standings with 536 points.

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Verona’s Stein skates to three medals
The Southern Wisconsin Figure Skating Club based out of McFarland competed in the Badger State Winter Games held Jan. 31-Feb. 2 in Wausau. Verona resident Irie Stein (not pictured) received gold medals in freeskate and compulsory and a silver medal in jumps. Team members (front, from left) are: Roselyn Phetteplace, Devan Luebke, Amy Qiao, Brookelle Ternus and Emily Hoang; (middle) Ashlee Calkins, Molly Bittner, Madeline Summers, Lola Barelmann, Katriel Sutton and Natalie Robb; (back) Lydia Hubacher, Sarah Jensen, Talia Resnick, Sammie Hinze, Ethan Dorn, Lexi Skeffington and Anna Larson. Between them all, they earned a total of 29 gold, 7 silver, and 6 bronze medals. In addition, the club’s two synchronized skating teams, the Icicles, both earned first place in their team event.

The Verona Youth Wrestling team traveled to Sauk Prairie for a tournament Sunday where Isaac Maier and Trei Udelhoven placed first. Will Neuroth, Logan Neuroth, Nolan Witkowski, Jay Hanson and Ben Grandau each added second-place finishes, while Cael Wozniak, Tyler Rebholz and Kaleb Maier finished third. Jay Hanson and Atticus Marse secured first place at Pardeeville on Saturday and Udelhoven finished second.

Mathson gets all-conference

Alex Mathson earned all-conference honors in one event at the Minnesota

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Sectionals: Johnson takes third, Daniels and Coons finish fourth in Oconomowoc
Continued from page 9 “Obviously, it has come down to a few points and just a few things I need to switch that will turn the match around, but I look forward to wrestling Nelson again in the finals.” Schmid ran into a similar roadblock last season when he wrestled Sun Prairie’s Jared Scharenbrock in the regional, sectional and state final. Schmid took second in all of those matches, but in his third trip to state, he looks to last year’s preparation as something that worked. He plans on remaining with his approach from 2013 and believes he can have just as much success, if not more, if he continues to work toward his goal of winning a state title. “I hope to get to that same point,” he said. “I will do as necessary with technique, mentally and conditioning. I feel like I am ready, but I still have a lot of work to do.” Schmid fell behind early to Nelson in the finals and wasn’t able to recover in a 10-4 decision. A late takedown and near fall in the first period put him down by five, and Schmid was not able to get a takedown until the end of the third. “There are a few things that happened in the match that could easily turn and easily change the outcome,” Schmid said. Schmid did pick up pins over Jacob Walker (Wilmot Union) in 31 seconds and John Olsen (Elkhorn Area) in 3:50. Nearly joining Schmid at state was sophomore heavyweight Trayvonn Johnson. Johnson pinned Richard Heidemann (Elkhorn Area) in 3:40 to win his thirdplace match, and he earned a second-place wrestleback
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against Fort Atkinson’s Dion Hupke for a chance to make state. Johnson nearly defeated Hupke at regionals, but the outcome Saturday was much different. Hupke caught Johnson and gained leverage early to pin him in 59 seconds. Despite the loss, co-head coach Jason Ott said Johnson’s quick progress makes the next two years an exciting prospect. “He has just been a phenomenal story all year,” Ott said. “He came up as a freshman and never did the sport before and came one match away from making state.” Johnson also defeated Hunter Nelson (Milton) with a pin in 1:20 in the quarterfinals. Junior Dakin Coons (195) and freshman Brandon Daniels (106) both finished fourth. Ott said that both wrestlers were able to gain valuable experience for next year, along with junior Jackson Bryant (152). Senior Scott Rohlfing

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Sophomore heavyweight Trayvonn Johnson goes for a near fall on Milton’s Hunter Nelson in the quarterfinals. He pinned him in 1 minute, 20 seconds and finished third overall.

(220) was the other sectional qualifier, and Ott looks at his finish to his high school career as something to be proud of. “Getting as close as he did is a great testament because he never wrestled before getting into high

school,” Ott said. “It was a fun experience being able to spend a number of years with him and seeing him improve. Having him come close to state is bittersweet because you would have loved to see him get all the way there.”

The individual state tournament begins at 3 p.m. Thursday with preliminary matches. Quarterfinals are at 5:15 p.m. Semifinals are at 7 p.m. Friday, while the finals begin with the March of Champions at 6 p.m. Saturday.

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Conference: Wildcat/Crusaders head to WIAA sectionals
Continued from page 11 throughout the season, Alt finished seventh on the uneven bars with an 8.75 despite not having a dismount. “The ankle is improving slowly and I’m going to try doing flyaways off bars this week, so hopefully I can do that in my routine during sectionals,” Alt said. Alt reached the state meet as a freshman last season where she finished second on vault and third on balance beam on her way to fifth overall as a varsity all-around competitor. That success has helped both Alt and her coaches temper expectations this season. “I haven’t gotten that frustrated,” Alt said, “It’s kind of fun just cheering my

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teammates on. It’s like a little mini-break from gymnastics.” Teammate Mandy Michuda finished 12th overall as a varsity all-around with a 33.650. Junior Hannah Semmann (33.175) took 14th. Michuda took 17th on the balance beam (8.375), 13th on floor (8.575) and tied for 12th on bars (8.1) and 13th on vault (8.6). First-year gymnast Sammy Seymour paced the team on floor, scoring an 8.70, which was good for 10th place. Madison Memorial senior Caroline Smith won three of four rotations and captured the all-around title as the Spartans outscored defending champion Middleton on every rotation but the floor exercise Saturday. Smith was crowned champion on

the floor exercise (9.55), balance beam (9.35) and the uneven bars (9.45) on her way to a 37.550 that helped Memorial earn the conference title, 142.650141.600. Middleton senior Aryn Skibba, meanwhile, finished runner-up with a 37.225. Skibba won the vault with a 9.375. Madison West finished third with a 134.950, while Sun Prairie (133.275) and Verona (132.975) rounded out the top five. The Wildcat/Crusaders return to Madison Memorial High School at 11:15 a.m. Saturday for the WIAA sectional meet. The top five individuals on each rotation and top two teams advance on to the WIAA Division 1 state meet March 7-8 at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School.

February 27, 2014

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John A. Wilson, age 59, passed away after a courageous battle with liver disease on Feb. 21, 2014, with friends and family by his side. He was born Dec. 31, 1954, the son of Wesley R. and Anna E. (Koester) Wilson. John worked at Park Printing for 38 years. He enjoyed softball, golf, and bowling- in which he was proud of his high score of 299. He was also an avid Packer and Badgers fan. He is survived by his son, Andrew; his siblings, Linda (Fred) Carlson, and Lary (Theresa) Wilson; a sister-in-law, Carmon Wilson; and his nieces. He was preceded in death by his parents; a brother, Doug; and a niece, Lisa. The family would like to extend a special thanks to his niece, Keare Armenta, and the staff of Agrace HospiceCare, Inc., for their care and support during John’s illness. A Celebration of Life Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services will be held from 1 p.m. until 3 p.m. on Saturday, Verona Chapel March 1, 2014, at Ryan 220 Enterprise Drive Funeral Home, Verona 845-6625 Chapel, 220 Enterprise Dr. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit:

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with the digital project information. No paper plan documents will be provided. SUBSURFACE AND PHYSICAL CONDITIONS: Subsurface and Physical Condition Reports and Drawings are on file for review at the office of the City of Clerk, City Hall, 111 Lincoln Street, Verona, Wisconsin and at the AECOM office listed for reviewing documents. Copies are available at no cost and may be obtained when requesting Bidding Documents from LEGAL PROVISIONS: The Contract letting shall be subject to the provisions of Sections 62.15, 66.0901, 66.0903, and 779.15 of the Wisconsin Statutes. WAGE RATES: CONTRACTOR’s shall be required to pay not less than the prevailing wage rates on the Project as established by the State of Wisconsin, Department of Workforce Development. Copies of these wage rates are on file in the office of the City Clerk and incorporated in the Contract Documents. BID SECURITY: Bid Security in the amount of not less than 5% or more than 10% of the Bid shall accompany each Bid in accordance with the Instructions to Bidders. CONTRACT SECURITY: The Bidder to whom a Contract is awarded shall furnish a Performance Bond and a Payment Bond each in an amount equal to the Contract Price. BID REJECTION/ACCEPTANCE: OWNER reserves the right to reject any and all Bids, waive informalities in bidding or to accept the Bid or Bids, which best serve the interests of OWNER. BID WITHDRAWAL: No Bid shall be withdrawn for a period of 60 days after the opening of Bids without consent of OWNER. Published by authority of the City of Verona, Wisconsin. By: Jon H. Hochkammer, Mayor Kami Scofield, Clerk AECOM Middleton, Wisconsin Project No. 60297764 Published: February 27 amd March 6, 2014 WNAXLP vey revealed a large discrepancy in the number of underrepresented students who are currently in AP courses compared to White and Asian students. Most of the students surveyed expressed the desire to attend college (either 2 year or 4 year), which was basically the same regardless of race and income. Many of the underrepresented students however were not aware of AP courses or what they actually were. Kia and Ross from EOS are working very closely with VAHS to help recruit students from the underrepresented population to AP courses. Many of the students have already been identified by staff and counselors at the high school and have expressed an interest in AP courses or learning more about them since the survey and the work with EOS. This work is important for many reasons but play a large part in preparing VAHS students for college courses, rigor as well as helping create equity and closing the achievement gap in the district. Review of proposed 2014-2015 school calendar – Dean briefly reviewed the proposed 2014-2015 school calendar. There are no significant changes from calendars past. The Board proposed possibly moving the October 3031 break up one week to October 23-24. Dean will discuss this change at the next admin team meeting to see if there are any conflicts with the sites and bring back to the Board in January. SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT Summary of Board work session held on Saturday, December 7th – Dean gave a brief review of the Board work session that was held on December 7th. Dean thanked the Verona Press for the complete, through article that was printed regarding the work session. The Board discussed land purchases; the possibility of building two new schools within the next few years, both possibly elementary schools (currently looking at two land sites for that). The Board also discussed finances that are projected to coincide with those possible land purchases. For more information, you may refer to the Verona Press article that was written or contact the district office. Dean also would like the Board to think about what is the charge of the sub committees that was discussed at the workshop and would like to have further discussion in January. Review of WASB resolutions – Dean briefly discussed the WASB resolutions that were in the Board packet. Ken is this year’s delegate and asked for input from Board members if they have any specific opinions regarding any of the resolutions before the convention in January. PERSONNEL ITEMS No personnel items FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS / MEETING DATES Amy reviewed the future meeting dates. COMMITTEE REPORTS Building, Grounds & Transportation Committee - Amy reported that the committee will meet on December 19th at 7:00 a.m. Finance Committee – Renee reported that the committee met tonight at 6:30 with Chris Murphy. The Committee discussed PMA is calculating predictions for next year’s budget, that data report will be available in January. The committee also reviewed the annual audit, which had three findings, which have been taken care of. The audit recommended the district to have a CPA on staff, which cannot be done at this time. The other two findings included a project coding error for the bilingual and special education staff. Motion (Zook) second (McCulley) to approve payment of the bills in the amount of $4,051,166.93. Motion carried (5-0). Personnel Committee – Ken reported that the committee met on December 9, 2013 at 8 a.m. The committee discussed the school calendar that was previously discussed at this Board meeting. They also discussed endorsing the change in Mary Moroder’s position at Country View to be similar to that of to Jim Ruder’s position at New Century. Because of this change, the committee will also have a proposal to increase the salary of Jim Ruder to provide equity between those two positions. The committee also discussed possible ramifications of the Affordable Healthcare Act that will have to be dealt with in the future. Dean also updated the committee on his insight on “The Grow Your Own” teacher program which would help the district in providing more diversity in the teaching staff. There will be more to come on that in the future. Adjourn - Motion (Gauthier) second (Zook) at 7:34 p.m. Motion carried (5-0). Published: February 27, 2014 WNAXLP Recognition of Adult School Crossing Guards – Dean thanked the adult school crossing guards in the City of Verona and City of Fitchburg for continuing to ensure the safety of the children in the district as they make their way to and from school. Audience Portion – Craig Neuroth, President of the Verona Youth Wrestling Club attended to address to Board regarding the gym rental fees associated with the club utilizing the facilities. Craig is asking the Board to consider not charging the wrestling club a gym rental fee so that the club can invest more earnings into the wrestling program that invests money into the high school and middle school programs. Announcements – Denny announced that the election deadline has passed. Jeannie Porter will be leaving her At Large seat with the Board and Derrell Connor has filed papers for that seat and is running unopposed. Barring any last minute write-in campaign, Derrell will be joining the Board in April. Denny also filed his papers for the City of Verona seat and will also be running unopposed and staying on the Board. BOARD BUSINESS Consider approval of minutes – Motion (Almond) second (Zook) to approve the minutes from the December 16, 2013 Board Meeting. Motion carried (7-0). Consider action on renewal of swimming co-op, girl’s hockey co-op and gymnastics co-op – Mark Kryka attended to briefly update the Board on the renewal of the swimming co-op with Mt. Horeb for another 2 years, the girl’s hockey co-op, which is currently considering who they would like to co-op with and the gymnastics co-op with Edgewood. Motion (Gauthier) second (McCulley) to approve the renewal of swimming co-op, girl’s co-op and gymnastics coop as presented. Motion carried (7-0). Consider action on open enrollment spaces for 2014 – 2015 school year – John Schmitt attended to update the Board on open enrollment spaces for the 2014-2015 school year. Jon shared with the Board that as a result of changes in the state statue the Board is now required to make a decision on open enrollment spaces in January. There are 30 spaces (K – 12) being recommended for open enrollment, which is a significant change from previous years. There is a decrease across the district because of limited space in schools. Motion (Gauthier) second (Porter) to approve the open enrolment spaces for 2014-2015 school year as presented. Motion carried (7-0). Consider action on 2014-2015 calendar – Dean briefly spoke about the 2014-2015 calendar, which has been discussed at the last few Board meetings and has no changes. Motion (Zook) second (Behnke) to approve the 2014-2015 calendar as presented. Motion carried (7-0). Consider action on Admin Salary Schedule – Jason Olson attended to ask the Board for a revision of the previously approved 2014-2015 admin salary schedule for a particular job classification / job title. The personnel committee is recommending that the salary for the position of New Century Director / Special Ed Supervisor be realigned to fall below the Elementary Principal range but above the Elementary Associate Principal range, a $7,000 increase that is budgeted for. Motion (Gauthier) second (McCulley) to approve the admin salary schedule as presented. Motion carried (7-0). Consider action on innovation grants – Dean thanked John, Renee and Amy for their time during the grant selection process. Dean also thanked staff members, individual and groups that submitted applications. There were nearly 40 applications this year, with just under $180,000 being recommended for approval. Motion (Almond) second (McCulley) to approve the innovation grants as proposed. Motion carried (7-0). Consider action on contract for 4K providers – Donna Behn attended to update the Board on the contract for 4K providers. Donna briefly reviewed the suggested changes of the contract. Motion (Gauthier) second (Porter) to approve the contract for 4K providers as presented. Motion carried (7-0). SUPERINTENDENT’S REPORT Update on summer school – Dean gave a brief update on summer school. VASD will offer summer school this year with Pam Hammen as the Director. Summer school will be at the same sites as last year, Savanna Oaks and Verona Area High School. Pam is currently working on putting together a portfolio of classes. Look for that information to be available sometime in April. Update on days and hours of instruction – Dean briefly gave an update on days and hours of instruction. Our school calendar builds in four days for inclement weather, so far this year we have used three which leaves one remaining day with a lot of winter left. With the Department of Public Instruction, there are hours of instruction and days of instruction that must be met. So far we are good on days of instruction; hours of instruction the high school is 8 minutes short. Another delay or cancellation the high school will have to make up minutes. If there is more than one more day of cancellation, we will have to make up days. Discussion of charge of Board sub committees – The Board previously discussed forming two sub different committees in regards to building an elementary school. One will handle the “nuts and bolts” surrounding the elementary school and the other will handle coming up with a philosophy. Dean asked the Board to come up with a charge for these committees. Review of Assembly Bill 549 – Dean thanked and credited Scott Girard for bringing Assembly Bill 549 to his attention. The bill will have an impact on VASD’s charter schools if passed, as it would force schools to become magnet schools. This would mean that federal funding would be lost because magnet schools do not qualify. Staff would not be employees of the board of education. Dean will follow up with the progress of the bill as it progresses. PERSONNEL ITEMS Consider approval of teaching contracts for Kristen Thomason – Motion (Behnke) second (Gauthier) to approve the teaching contract for Kristen Thomason. Motion carried (7-0) Consider authorization of final notice of non-renewal of one-year administrative contracts for those administrators hired for one-year positions – Motion (Behnke) second (Gauthier) to approve authorization of final notice of non-renewal of one-year administrative contracts for those administrators hired for one-year positions. Motion carried (7-0) Consider authorization of preliminary notice of non-renewal for teachers on one-year contracts – Motion (Gauthier) second (Almond) to approve authorization of preliminary notice of non-renewal for teachers on one-year contracts. Motion carried (7-0) Consider requests for early retirement for administrators David Jennings and John Schmitt – Motion (McCulley) second (Porter) to approve requests for early retirement for administrators David Jennings and John Schmitt. Dean added that David and John will be noticed in the future but extended thanks to them for their many years. Motion carried (7-0) FUTURE AGENDA ITEMS / MEETING DATES Denny reviewed the future meeting dates. COMMITTEE REPORTS Building, Grounds & Transportation Committee - Amy reported that the committee met on December 19, 2013. The committee discussed adding boy’s volleyball and the issue it would cause with Title 9, having more opportunities for boys than girls as well as the budget restraints for all sports, prohibiting adding any new sports at the moment. The committee also discussed adding boy’s lacrosse in the future but will need to figure out funding, gym space and possible co-op opportunities. The committee also discussed the renovation of the tennis court. VASD will be contributing about 40% of the cost, sharing some of the cost with the city, the tennis association and tennis boosters, who will be contributing upwards of $10,000 from their budget. There will be no new lighting and all the courts will be resurfaced and have landscaping added to shade the courts from surrounding neighbors. Amy also reported that the committee discussed the class of 1950, Curtis Jones stadium plaque. There will be a dedication ceremony this fall. They also discussed Project Lead the Way classrooms and the possibility if bidding out the project. Energy efficiency projects are just about complete. Lights have been updated, HVAC is coming along and the cooling towers at HS are set. Stoner Prairie is complete, ice bank chillers are set and in place. The committee also discussed land purchases. Finance Committee – John reported that the committee met tonight at 6:30 p.m. Chris Murphy provided an update on the 2014-2015 budget. According to the numbers there appears to be $750,000 of unallocated recurring revenue under the revenue cap, which the Board will further, discuss in the future how to utilize that funding. Chris also gave a capital projects update that included tennis court survey contracts and Project Lead the Way agreement. Motion (McCulley) second (Zook) to approve payment of the bills in the amount of $4,520,948.01. Motion carried (7-0). Personnel Committee –Has not met. IDAC Committee – Denny reported that the IDAC committee met on January 13th. Denny, Dean and Chris gave a district update. Bill Burns and Adam Sayre provided a City of Verona update. There are a number of things going on, some relevant to land purchases. Other than the EPIC TIF, there are two remaining TIFS, downtown and the PB business park area, which are scheduled for 2023. Liberty Business Park is looking to kick off a building of about 30,000 sq. ft. of commercial building space. Adam provided an update on the building permits from last year, 76 single-family homes built, the most since 2007. There is a 100 Unit project in Prairie Oaks that is proceeding. Scenic Ridge is also nearing completion. Denny also reported that EPIC is continuing their growth with future projects coming. Downtown report is nearing completion, pending approval. The current concept for the North neighborhood has expanded to about 1,000 units, which is larger than expected. Fitchburg will have a new development in Hamersley, about 170 homes that are in the works as well as a new restaurant and Hy-Vee. Amanda Arnold reported that 10 new houses were built in the Town of Verona. Currently going through lot inventory to see what can and cannot be built on. They are also pursuing boundary agreements with Madison, Verona and Fitchburg. George Hagenauer from the Town of Springdale reported that they had no development in Verona only in Mt. Horeb. Karl Curtis attended from the Chamber of Commerce. They are looking to provide a candidate forum for the City Council and Mayor Race. They will also be taking over the Home Town days and are looking for people to give input and help. This will be June 12th15th. The next IDAC meeting will be April 7th at 8 am. ADJOURN to closed session – Motion (Gauthier) second (McCulley) to adjourn at 9:24 p.m. to closed session per WI Statute 19.85 (1)(c), (e) and (f) for the purpose of (1) discussing the evaluation of the Superintendent and (2) to discuss a specific employee’s contract for the 2014-2015 school year. Roll call to vote: Almond-Yes; Porter-Yes, Gauthier-Yes; Behnke-Yes; Beres-Yes; Zook-Yes; McCulley-Yes. Motion carried (7-0). Adjourned from closed session – Motion (Gauthier) second (Zook) at 9:47. Motion carried (7-0). Published: February 27, 2014 WNAXLP ***

1. Call To Order/Approval of Agenda 2. Public Comment This section of the meeting provides the opportunity for comment from persons in attendance on items that are either listed below or is a matter over which this governing body has jurisdiction. Comments on matters not listed on this agenda could be placed on a future board meeting agenda. 3. Discussion and action re: field road access for 2157 Sugar River Rd. 4. Reports A. Plan Commission: B. Public Works: i. Discussion and action re: Authorization to bid paving Davis Hills Dr. and Sunset Dr. ii. Discussion and action re: Range Trial design options C. EMS: D. Fire: E. Open Space and Parks: F. Town Chair: i. Discussion re: potential Board retreat G. Supervisors: H. Clerk/Treasurer: i. Delinquent tax update ii. Board of Review training iii. Driveway ordinance update I. Planner/Administrator: i. Audit update ii. Municipal court update iii. Annexation at Midtown Rd. and Wood Rd. 5. Motion to go into closed session per Wis. Stats. §19.85 (1) (e) to discuss the potential purchase of property 6. Motion to return to open session 7. Discussion and approval of payment of bills for February 8. Review of Building Permits, Inspection Reports, Road Haul Permits, and Right-of-Way Permits 9. Discussion and approval of minutes of the February 4th meeting 10. Adjourn Board agendas are published in the Town’s official newspaper, The Verona Press. Agendas are also posted at the Town Hall, Miller & Sons Grocery, and the Verona Public Library. If an agenda is amended after publication, the official sites for notice of the final version are the Verona Public Library, Town Hall and Miller & Sons Grocery. If anyone having a qualifying disability as defined by the American with Disabilities Act needs an interpreter, materials in alternate formats, or other accommodations to access these meetings, please contact the Town of Verona Clerk @ 608-845-7187 or jwright@town. Please do so at least 48 hours prior to the meeting so that proper arrangements can be made. Other upcoming meetings include Open Space and Parks Commission on 3/5/2014 and Plan Commission on 3/27/14. Agendas will be posted at the locations listed above and Use the ‘subscribe’ feature on the Town’s website to receive agendas and other announcements via email. Notice is also given that a possible quorum could occur at this meeting of the Plan Commission and/or Open Space and Parks Commission, for the purposes of information gathering only. David K. Combs, Town Chair, Town of Verona. Posted: February 25,2014 Published: February 27, 2014 WNAXLP

Public notice is hereby given that an application for a Class “B” Beer and “Class C” Wine license has been received from Agent Steven Day, 8406 Windsor Drive, Weston, WI 54476 for Brews Brothers Pub, LLC located at 611 Hometown Circle, Verona, WI. The application will be considered on March 10, 2014 by the City of Verona Public Safety & Welfare Committee at 5:30 p.m. and by the City of Verona Common Council at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, 111 Lincoln Street, Verona, WI. Published: February 27, 2014 WNAXLP


OWNER: The City of Verona, Wisconsin hereby gives notice that sealed unit price Bids will be received for the reconstruction of approximately 2,625 lin. feet, (centerline length) of Lincoln Street, Holiday Court and Oak Court. The street reconstruction includes approximately 4,250 cubic yards common excavation, 2,750 lin. feet of 6-inch and 8-inch diameter ductile iron water main replacement; 900 lin. feet, 1-inch diameter water service replacement, 21 lin. feet of 12-inch diameter reinforced concrete pipe storm sewer including manhole and inlets; 11,100 square yards asphaltic pavement removal; approximately 5,230 lin. feet concrete curb and gutter removal and replacement; 8,800 tons crushed aggregate base course; 2,650 tons asphaltic concrete paving; street terrace restoration; erosion control and all appurtenant work. TIME AND PLACE OF BID OPENING: Sealed Bids will be received until 2:00 p.m., Local Time on the 20th day of March, 2014 in the office of the City Clerk, 111 Lincoln Street, Verona, Wisconsin. After the official Bid closing time, the Bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. BIDDING DOCUMENTS: The Bidding Documents are on file for review at the office of the City Clerk, City Hall, Verona, Wisconsin, and the offices of AECOM, 1350 Deming Way, Suite 100, Middleton, WI 53562. Copies of the Bidding Documents are available at Bidders may download the digital Plan Documents for $20.00 non-refundable payment by inputting Quest Project #3132653 on the website’s project search page. Please contact QuestCDN. com at 952-233-1632 or info@questcdn. com for assistance in free membership registration, downloading, and working



The Verona Area Board of Education met on Monday, December 16, 2013 in the District Administration Building. Board Vice President Amy Almond called the meeting to order at 7:04 p.m. Clerk Ken Behnke confirmed the meeting was properly noticed. Present: Renee Zook, John McCulley, Ken Behnke, Joanne Gauthier and Amy Almond Absent: Dennis Beres and Jeannie Porter Student recognition – Students from Badger Ridge Middle School were recognized at the Board meeting for their outstanding achievements. Colleen Quinn, Joanna Mena, Meghan Samz, Nicole Phelps, Riley Scheer, Stephen Lund and Kambui Clements received certificates of recognition. Denisa Ramseier was unable to attend. Audience Portion – There was no one present to address the Board. Announcements – No announcements. BOARD BUSINESS Consider approval of minutes – Motion (Gauthier) second (Zook) to approve the minutes from the December 2, 2013 Board Meeting and December 7, 2013 Board Work Session. Motion carried (5-0). Update on two-way immersion program – John Schmitt attended to update the Board on the two-way immersion program (TWI). Thus far, everything is going well 1/3 of the way through the year. There will be conferences in January in which further feedback from staff and parents will be gathered. Students are working on literacy, with half of their day in English and the other half in Spanish. John recognized and thanked the four two way immersion teachers who have really worked hard in making the program happen, Danielle Kison and Angie Rahn of Glacier Edge as well as Laura Marquardt and Krista Thusius of Sugar Creek. They have done an incredible amount of work and staff development in last year to get themselves prepared to deliver a quality program. John also thanked the building principals Todd Brunner (SC) and Theresa Taylor (GE) for their support as the programs got off the ground as well as Alexis Nass, the K-5 ELL coordinator who he has been working with in the field when issues arise. The TWI program is currently preparing for new teachers and new students for next fall. Current and future teachers are participating in professional development and trainings. There have also been a few parent information meetings with future meetings planned as well in order to assist parents with their choice placement opportunities. John distributed a timeline detailing important dates regarding TWI / Choice placement planning. Update on Collaboration between VAHS and Equal Opportunity Schools – Pam Hammen and Brian Boehm attended to update the Board on collaboration between VAHS and Equal Opportunity Schools (EOS). They have been working very closely with Kia and Ross of EOS to help increase the number of underrepresented students in AP (Advanced Placement) courses at the high school as well as help deal with equity issues and closing the achievement gap in all grades in the district. Pam and Brian presented a PowerPoint presentation to the Board detailing the findings of the student and staff survey conducted by EOS regarding AP courses at VAHS. The survey had a high percent of participation from both students and staff (about 93%). The sur-



The Verona Area Board of Education met on Monday, January 20, 2014 in the District Administration Building. Board President Dennis Beres called the meeting to order at 7:02 p.m. Treasurer Renee Zook confirmed the meeting was properly noticed. Present: Renee Zook, John McCulley, Dennis Beres, Ken Behnke (arrived at 7:04 p.m.), Joanne Gauthier, Amy Almond (arrived at 7:12 p.m.) and Jeannie Porter (arrived at 7:12 p.m.). Student recognition – Students from Glacier Edge Elementary School were recognized at the Board meeting for their outstanding achievements. Anna Bohrer, Raine Pullum, Luisa Tecalero-Xelhua, Trevor Novinska, Jazmin Justo-Gardunao, Aidan Lepien, Sophie Leskovar, Jason Martinez and Liliana Martinez-Perez received certificates of recognition. Alexa Stone was unable to attend.



1. The meeting was called to order by Council President McGilvray at 7:00 p.m. 2. Pledge of Allegiance 3. Roll Call: M. Bare, L. Diaz, E. Doyle, S. Manley, Wm. McGilvray, H. Reekie, B. Stiner, and D. Yurs. Mayor Hochkammer was absent and excused. Also in attendance: City Administrator, B. Burns; City Engineer, B. Gundlach; Fire Chief, J. Giver; City Planner, A. Sayre; and City Clerk, K. Scofield. 4. Public Comment: None. 5. Approval of Minutes: Motion by Manley, seconded by Yurs, to approve the minutes of the January 27, 2014 Common Council meeting. Motion carried 7/0. 6. Mayor’s Business 7. Administrator’s Report 8. Engineer’s Report 9. COMMITTEE REPORTS A. Finance Committee (1) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Payment of Bills. Motion by Doyle, seconded by Manley to approve the payment of bills in the amount of $1,026,899.07. Motion carried 7/0. B. Public Safety & Welfare Committee (1) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Recommended Denial of an Operator’s License for Timothy Knox. Motion by Manley, seconded by Yurs to deny an operator’s license for Timothy Knox because, based on the following factors, Mr. Knox failed to satisfy the qualifications for a license: 1. Mr. Knox failed to disclose several violations which he had been convicted of as required by the operator’s license application. 2. Mr. Knox is a habitual law offender under section 125.04 of the Wisconsin Statutes. 3. Mr. Knox’s multiple convictions for Operating While Intoxicated and his Theft conviction are substantially related to his ability to serve fermented malt beverages and/or intoxicating liquors. Mr. Manley noted that the applicant failed to appear at the hearing during the Committee meeting. Motion carried 7/0. C. Personnel Committee (1) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Employment Agreement for the Senior Center Director Position. The Common Council may convene into closed session as authorized by Section 19.85(1)(c) of the Wisconsin Statutes for the purpose of considering employment and compensation of a public employee over which the Common Council has jurisdiction or exercises responsibility. The Common Council may reconvene in open session and may take action on the closed session item. Motion by Doyle, seconded by Manley to convene into closed session. A roll call vote was taken with the following members voting ‘aye’ Bare, Diaz, Doyle, Manley, Reekie, Stiner, and Yurs. The Motion carried 7/0 and at 7:09 p.m. the Common Council convened into closed session. Motion by Diaz, seconded by Bare to reconvene into open session. The Motion carried 7/0 and at 7:14 p.m. the Common Council reconvened into open session. Motion by Doyle, seconded by Bare to approve the Employment Agreement for the Senior Center Director Position with Mary Hanson. Motion carried 7/0. 10. New Business (1) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Presentation of the Fire and EMS Facility Schematic Design and Preliminary Cost Estimates and Direction on Proceeding with the Design Development Phase. Steve Gausman of Five Bugles Design and Bill Pennoyer of Tri-North Builders made a presentation detailing the proposed schematic design of the new Fire/EMS facility. Motion by Stiner, seconded by Reekie to accept the proposed Schematic design so the project may move forward. Motion carried 7/1 with Ald. Bare voting ‘no’. (2) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Presentation on the CivicPlus Website Development Proposal and the Potential Redesign of the City Website. Bryan Hahlbeck from CivicPlus gave a presentation on the features and benefits of the CivicPlus hosted website for the potential redesign of the City of Verona Website. No action was taken on the item. (3) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Approval of Operator Licenses from Brenna Grotegut, Gray’s Tied House and Joni Waelchli-Buehl, Edelweiss. Motion by Bare, seconded by Yurs to approve the operator licenses. Motion carried 7/0. 11. Announcements 12. Adjournment Motion by Manley, seconded by Yurs to adjourn the meeting at 9:09 p.m. Motion carried 7/0. Kami Scofield, Clerk Published: February 27, 2014 WNAXLP ***



February 27, 2014

The Verona Press
FOUR WINDS Manor is seeking part & full time CNA's for the PM shift at our 60 bed facility. This position would include every other weekend and holidays with shift differentials on PM & weekend shifts. We offer excellent benefits with full time hours including health, dental, paid time off, Flex Spending Plan and 401k. If you share commitment to a positive attitude and respect for residents and colleagues, please consider joining us. Applications available at or 303 S. Jefferson St. Verona, WI 53593 NOW HIRING all positions. Sugar & Spice Eatery. Apply in Person. 317 Nora St, Stoughton OFFICE ASSISTANT General office knowledge. Good computer and phone skills. Flexible, part time position available. Send resume or stop by: ROTO ROOTER 4808 Ivywood Trail McFarland, WI 53558 608-256-5189 OTR DRIVERS NEEDED * Above Average Pay * * Avg 2500-3500 Miles/Wk * * Flexible Home Time * * 100% No touch * * Full Benefit Pkg CDL/A * * 12 Months Exp Preferred * 888-545-9351 Ext 13 Jackson WI (wcan) SERVICE TECHNICIAN Knowledge of plumbing helpful. Must be able to work some nights and weekends. CDL a plus. Excellent benefits. Send resume or fill out application at: ROTO ROOTER 4808 Ivywood Trail McFarland, WI 53558 608-256-5189 TINA'S HOME CLEANING Hiring personnel for residential cleaning position. Days only. Become a part of our growing Team! Call 608-835-0339 WANTED WAITRESS apply at Koffee Kup 355 E Main St, Stoughton WJZ CLEANING Belleville is seeking full time day and part time evening help with residential and office cleaning. Saturday early am cleaning available. Please contact Wendy at 608-206-0242.
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FOR SALE 2 Cemetery Lots Side by Side 608-698-6717 Sunset Memory Gardens



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CONCRETE FINISHERS and Laborers. Experienced w/valid DL. CDL preferred. Competitive wage and benefits. Call Jeff: 608-884-9725


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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.

WCAN (Wisconsin Community Ad Network) and/or the member publications review ads to the best of their ability. Unfortunately, many unscrupulous people are ready to take your money! PLEASE BE CAREFUL ANSWERING ANY AD THAT SOUNDS TOO GOOD TO BE TRUE! For more information, or to file a complaint regarding an ad, please contact The Department of Trade, Agriculture & Consumer Protection 1-800422-7128 (wcan)


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DISH NETWORK 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

211 E Main, Stoughton. 2-bedroom, 1-bath, second floor, 900 sq ft. Natural wood. Organized closet, bookshelf. Office w/built-in cabinet and desk, breakfast bar, A/C, Laundry on-sight. Storage and parking. $695. Available now. 608271-0101. 2 BEDROOM Townhouse apartment w/ full basement on Racetrack Rd-Stoughton $775/mo includes utilities. No Pets. Security deposit and references are required. Available Now for an approved applicant. Call 608-241-6609 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


FITCHBURG MARCH 15-16 CANDLEWOOD SUITES 5421 Caddis Bend Saturday & Sunday, 9am-3pm. Scrapbooking, Stamping & Craft Supply Re-Sale! FONDY VINTAGE Auto Club Annual Swap Meet. Sunday, March 16. 8am2pm. Fond du Lac County Fairgrounds Expo Center. Adm $5. Info: Greg 920579-8450 or Gary 920-579-0077 (wcan) .


NEW MATTRESS SETS from $89. All sizes in stock! 9 styles. www. 2133 Eastern Ave. Plymouth, WI Open 7 days a week (wcan)

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FOR SALE: 2 small wood stoves in good condition. $90.00 each. 608-873-5803 ENJOY 100%GUARANTEED, delivered to the door Omaha Steaks! SAVE 74% plus 4 FREE burgers - The Family Value Combo - ONLY $39.99. ORDER today. 888-676-2750 Use Code 48643XMT or (wcan) FARM FRESH BROWN PULLET EGGS. Delivery possible. $2.25/Doz 608-6281143

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YOUR GENEROUS car, truck or boat donation allows Rawhide Ranch to help troubled youth receive a second chance in life. Donate to Rawhide today! 888653-2729 (wcan)


ATVS SCOOTERS & Go-Karts. Youth ATV's & Scooters (80mpg) @ $49/mo. Sport & 4x4 Atv's @ $69/mo. American Marine & Motorsports, Schawano =Save= 866-955-2628 (wcan) CAMPER PALOOZA March 6th-9th Free admission Deep Discounts - Huge Inverntory Motor Homes & Campers Trades welcome - Financing King's Campers Exit 188, Wausau, WI 715-355-5556 (wcan)

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IMMEDIATE PRESS RELEASE! Why pay more at expensive boat shows? The 2014 boat and outdoor sport extravaganza Feb 26th-March 2nd in Schawano. 40,000 dollars in prizes given away including pontoon pkg! Free parking, Free drinks, Free food & Free soda. Trout pond for kids. Bring a blanket or quilt for a homeless vet and enter utility trailer drawing. See for free tickets (wcan)

PERSONAL CARE Giver/CNA; Belleville. If you have a heart for the elderly and want to put a song in their heart, this job is for you! Bring your enthusiasm and help residents achieve optimal independence and daily joy. Please call608-290-7346

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

Must have experience in all aspects of auto repair. Small shop atmosphere with high volume traffic.
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TRAILERS @ LIQUIDATION Pricing. Boat, ATV, Sled or Pontoons. 2 or 4 Place/Open or Enclosed. American Marine, Shawano 866-955-2628 www. (wcan)


AWNING INSTALLER: Must be handy with tools, comfortable with ladders. Safe Driving Record Apply in person at: Gallagher Tent & Awning Company. 809 Plaenert Dr, Madison 53713 DRIVERS: SEMI For 550 Mi radius runs. Home weekends. Mainly WI. Park truck at home! Must have 1 yr exp. Good driving record. Benefit pkg available. Call 800-544-6798 (wcan) ALL ADS SUBMITTED SUBJECT TO APPROVAL BY PUBLISHER OF THIS PAPER.

WISCONSIN COUNCIL for the Blind and Visually Impaired is seeking volunteers for Legislative Day at the Capitol on March 20th. We need 4 volunteers from 9-10am and 6 volunteers from 2-2:30pm to help with registration, serving light refreshments and guiding blind and visually impaired individuals to the legislator office in the State Capitol. Independent Living's Chore Corps is in need of volunteers to help seniors with light housekeeping tasks on a weekly basis. Volunteering at the Middleton Youth Center is a great opportunity to have a positive impact on youth in 5th-8th grade. We are looking for volunteers for a variety of activities including cooking, music, art, sports, gardening and outdoor education. Call the Volunteer Center at 246-4380 or visit for more information or to learn about other volunteer opportunities.

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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 (wcan) PROFLOWERS SHOW lots of LOVE this Valentine's Day! Save 55% on our Tender Hugs & Kisses bouquet with chocolates for $19.99 plus S/H. Get 20% off your other gifts over $29. Go to or call 800-3159042 (wcan)

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

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Regional Runs Available- CHOOSE the TOTAL PACKAGE: Regular, Frequent HOME TIME; TOP PAY BENEFITS, Mthly BONUSES, Automatic DETENTION PAY & more! CDL-A, 6 mos. Exp. Req’d. EEOE/AAP 866-322-4039 (CNOW)

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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.

BANKRUPTCY- STOUGHTON and surrounding area. Merry Law Offices. 608205-0621. No charge for initial consultation. "We are a debt relief agency. We help people file for bankruptcy relief under the bankruptcy code." 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.

CLAM CABIN Style Portable Ice Shack in excellent condition. Comfortably seats two people and assembles in just minutes. Plenty of room for a couple of bag chairs and is tall enough to stand-up inside. $180 or best offer. 608-873-8106

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

Send cover letter and resumé to: Century Barn, Attn: HR Department P.O. Box 930187, Verona, WI 53593


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STOUGHTON- 2/bedroom small house, N. Forrest St. Appliances, basement washer/dryer. Window A/C, deck, offstreet parking. Suitable for 2 people. $695/MO+ utilities/ security deposit. 608-225-9033 or 608-873-7655 STOUGHTON AVAILABLE April 1 Convenient location, safe neighborhood, 304 King St 2-Bedroom, 1 Bath, approx. 850 sq. ft., very clean and well maintained, off-street parking and A/C. Laundry and storage lockers available. No Cats. Smoke Free Building. $750/mo with discount plus electric heat. 608-293-1599 VERONA SCHETTLER Terrace 1-bedroom apartments available NOW. For persons 62+ and/or handicapped/ disabled. Rent starts at $443. major appliances included, off street parking, water /sewer, garbage pickup and SNOW removal. call 888-237-5710 for more details. EHO provider and employer. 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 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 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

February 27, 2014
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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



FARM/HORSE FARM: 35 Acres! Huge riding arena, tack room, barn/machine shed. Also beautiful 3 bedroom, 3 bath completely remodeled home. Large farm kitchen w/stand, 1st floor laundry, tiled floors, new roof. Creek running through property. fruit trees. $355,000 - - Call Pat's Realty, Inc. at 608-884-4311 FOR SALE BY VILLAGE: 455 Jefferson Street, Oregon Details at For more information and appointments call: 835-6286 or 835-3118


OREGON 400 Small Square Bales of Straw for sale. 608-835-5667 WALMERS TACK SHOP 16379 W. Milbrandt Road Evansville, WI 608-882-5725

EXCELLENT 4TH Cutting Alfalfa. Also 2nd cutting grass. Large square bales. Call 815-248-2381

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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OREGON 2-BDRM w/extra room. Upstairs, off street parking, all utilities included. No pets. No smoking. 608835-5083


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

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

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.

MADISON FOR SALE Two Scag Commercial Zero-turn lawnmowers. 1-48 inch machine ($2000) 1-61 inch machine ($3000) Professionally serviced and in very good condition. 608-249-6773

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.


We want to speak with qualified leaders who share our commitment to quality care. This position will manage the daily operations of All Saints Assisted Living and Memory Care on Madison’s west side. Day hours and no scheduled weekends.
ElderSpan Management, LLC 1402 Pankratz St. - Ste. 110 Madison, WI 53704. For information call 608.243.8800 or visit

EVANSVILLE TOWNHOUSE 2 Bedroom, Laundry Hook-up Big yard. 1 1/2 baths. $650 + utilities. 608-628-9569

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

ALL SEASONS SELF STORAGE 10X10 10X15 10X20 10X30 Security Lights-24/7 access BRAND NEW OREGON/BROOKLYN Credit Cards Accepted CALL (608)444-2900


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February 27, 2014

The Verona Press

Winter: More than half of 2014 overtime budget has been used USRWA hires new director
Continued from page 1 this winter will deplete the city’s supply purchased in 2013 and set up a more expensive stockup for the 2014-15 winter season. He estimated adding another 500 tons of salt to the budget, costing about $32,000. That has meant extensive mixing with sand, something seen in other cities frequently but unpopular here. Rieder told the council the city will not be receiving any new salt this year and is down to 250 tons, which it will continue mixing with sand. “We try to avoid using sand with the salt because of the complaints ... and the cleaning procedure in our storm sewers,” he said. Rieder noted that the department has already used $23,000 of its $40,000 overtime budget, adding that last year road crews put in about $5,000 a month all summer long. He had been hoping to reduce that this year, but frost has been warping streets all over the area and probably has done some damage here. And it’s still just February, he added. “We still have, unfortunately, some winter ahead of us,” he said. And yes, it’s been annoying, too, with staff working 11 straight weekends to deal with the frequent, short bursts of snow and ice. At least one more weekend will be coming shortly, to repair a water main that broke under North Main Street two weeks ago and do a permanent fix for the (compared with an average of seven per year), but other effects of the 6-foot-deep frost layer that has built up include a request of all residents last week to check their water temperature in pipes have frozen through the ground. Anyone with water temperature below 35 degrees was asked to run water continuously, and temperatures monitored (sometimes with the help of cityprovided thermometers) have ranged from 33 degrees to 54 degrees. That’s a tally of eight water customers who had to run water, seven more than Rieder had seen in his prior 31 years on the job. He’d also only seen one instance of a frozen lateral water line before, but in the past two weeks alone, the city has had to send out equipment to help thaw six laterals. Rieder amused both the Common Council and the public works committee with a well-delivered anecdote about finding a power tool for that job known as a DC welder. After struggling to find a good option here and recognizing that most companies that thaw pipes prioritized their regular farmer customers, Rieder said, he eventually asked Epic contractor J.P. Cullen, which has hundreds of employees on site. “(Division manager Jim Schumacher said) ‘I don’t know what they are, but I’m sure we have several,’” Rieder quipped. The company decided to lend the machine to the city throughout the winter at no cost.
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The polar vortex has tortured most of the United States has left us with some wild and wacky weather, including a brief, but somewhat violent hail storm last Thursday.

6-foot-long, 3-foot-deep sinkhole that opened up as a result. Originally, the city had hoped to repair it the following Sunday morning, but cold and snow have prevented it. Now it will wait until a Sunday after

Daylight Savings Time takes effect, meaning more hours of sunlight before the road is traveled heavily. Another annoyance has been not just the six water main breaks already in 2014

The Upper Sugar River Watershed Association will have a new director March 1. Wade Moder, who has served on the USRWA board of directors since September 2012 and has worked with the Strategic Planning Committee, has been shadowing current director Megan Philips since Jan. 1. He has also been on the Yahara River Grocery Cooperative board in Stoughton since 2010 (president the past two years) and has worked as a geographic information systems consultant, helping create the interactive map seen on the USRWA’s website. “Working with the co-op has entrenched skills like event planning, financial analyzing and volunteer coordination into my blood, which is extremely helpful in the non-profit world,” he said. “I hope to be a fresh perspective on assessing where we are with all facets of the organization and making it as smooth and efficient as Moder possible. “Megan did an amazing job building the organization financially from where it was three years ago, so my goal is to continue building off that. Getting us to that next level through grants and fundraising will be one of my main priorities.” The 2009 UW-Green Bay graduate in environmental policy/planning sees his role with the Mount Horebbased environmental nonprofit as a blank canvas. “Many of our programs, especially grants we apply for, can be molded the way we want and catered specifically to areas we feel take priority,” he said. “It’s both exciting and daunting, I suppose.” Moder plans to uphold the USRWA’s wide range of ecological projects, explaining that the variety is one of the things that he loves about the organization. “Any given day we might go from collecting water quality data along Badger Mill Creek to teaching young people at New Century School about invasive species,” Moder said. “I’d like to involve our members more by providing more educational events/forums on topics affecting the watershed.” He noted the USRWA hosts its annual meeting and open house from 1-3 p.m. Sunday, March 16, at Epic Systems in Verona. It features a screening of the documentary “Mysteries of the Driftless,” and a local geologist. For information, visit

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Verona 600 W. Verona Ave., 608-848-7600


ZTE Unite™

Samsung Galaxy S® 4 Mini



Motorola Moto X™



Samsung Galaxy Mega™



Applicable Shared Data Plan required. New 2-yr. agmt. and $35 act. fee applies.

Middleton 6711 Frank Lloyd Wright Ave., 608-831-1008

Waunakee 245 S. Century Ave., 608-850-4555


Things we want you to know: A new 2-yr. agmt. (subject to a pro-rated $150 early termination fee for feature phones, modems and hotspot devices and a $350 early termination fee for smartphones and tablets), Shared Data Plan and My Account registration required. $35 device act. fee and credit approval may apply. Regulatory Cost Recovery Fee applies (currently $1.57/line/month); this is not a tax or gvmt. required charge. Add. fees, taxes and terms apply and vary by svc. and eqmt. Offers valid on new smartphone lines of service only. Valid at participating locations only and cannot be combined. Promotional phone subject to change. Activation Bonus will be applied against the current smartphone price. Final purchase price shall not be less than $.01. If the current smartphone price is less than $100, then the remainder of the Activation Bonus shall be fulfilled by mail via a U.S. Cellular MasterCard® Debit Card issued by MetaBankTM Member FDIC pursuant to a license from MasterCard International Incorporated. Cardholders are subject to terms and conditions of the card as set forth by the issuing bank. Card does not have cash access and can be used at any merchants that accept MasterCard debit cards within the US only. Card valid through expiration date shown on front of card. Allow 10-12 weeks for processing. 4G LTE not available in all areas. See for complete coverage details. 4G LTE service provided through King Street Wireless, a partner of U.S. Cellular. LTE is a trademark of ETSI. Limited time offer. See store or for details. Trademarks and trade names are the property of their respective owners. ©2014 U.S. Cellular®