City of Stoughton

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Issue 4, Spring 2014
From the Wisconsin Historical Society’s website:
can help pay for their building’s rehabilitation. 1. The Federal Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program This program returns 20 percent of the cost of rehabilitating historic buildings to owners as a federal income tax credit. 2. The Wisconsin Historic Preservation Tax Credit Program This program returns 20 percent of the cost of rehabilitating historic buildings to owners as a Wisconsin income tax credit. Owners of historic income-producing properties in Wisconsin may be eligible for two income tax credits that formally list the property in the National Register prior to claiming any tax credits. If an owner is using only the state tax credit, a building is considered “historic” if it is listed in the State Register or the National Register of Historic Places or if it contributes to the character of a listed historic district. A building can also receive a preliminary determination of eligibility for the Register through the tax credit application process. In this case, the owner must formally list the property in the State Register or the National Register prior to claiming any tax credits. 2. Use the Building for Income-Producing Purposes Income-producing buildings are those used in a trade or business or for the production of rental income. 3. Formally Apply to the Wisconsin Historical Society Prior to submitting application materials, we recommend you contact one of the preservation architects listed below. Depending on the complexity of your project, they may want to tour the building with you to determine if the proposed project meets the Standards. Application materials must be completed and mailed to the Society. 4. Rehabilitate the Building Following Program Standards All work must comply with the Secretary of Interior’s Standards for Rehabilitation. 5. Spend the Minimum Amount Required on Rehabilitation If an owner plans to spend at least an amount equal to the building’s adjusted basis value or $50,000, whichever is greater, then the owner can apply for both the 20 percent federal tax credit and the 20 percent state tax credit. If an owner plans to spend less than the building’s adjusted basis value, but more than $50,000, the owner can apply for the 20 percent state tax credit independently. Both state and federal programs allow this amount of money to be spent in either a two-year or five-year period. 6. Claim the Credit for Eligible Expenses Only The cost of all work on the historic buildings, inside and out, is eligible for the credit with the exception of moveable equipment. The cost of site work, such as landscaping or paving, and the cost of new construction (such as new additions) are not eligible expenses. 7.  Maintain Ownership of the Building and the Building’s Historic Character for Five Years If within five years of the building being placed into service, it is sold or altered in a way that diminishes its historic character, the tax credit must be repaid to the IRS and to the Wisconsin Department of Revenue (DOR). Repayment is prorated over the five-year period after the building is placed in service.

How to Qualify for the Federal Historic Preservation Credit

This is a summary and is not intended to cover all program rules and guidelines. Additional information on the federal credit can be obtained through the National Park Service.

While the goal of the program is to preserve significant buildings, it is also an income tax program. Applicants must meet IRS and Wisconsin Department of Revenue requirements. Before you apply, we suggest you talk to your accountant to see if the program will work for you. 1. Own a Historic Building If an owner is using both the state and the federal tax credits, a building is considered “historic” if it is listed in the National Register of Historic Places or if the NPS determines that it contributes to the character of a National Register historic district. A building can also receive a preliminary determination of eligibility for the Register through the tax credit application process. In this case, the owner must

How to Qualify:

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Street Department: (608) 873-6303
Dumpster – Permits Street Complaints Street Lights – Downtown Page to Fifth Street Opening Permits *Note – if it involves Water or Sanitary Sewer a permit & fee from Stoughton Municipal Utilities also. 873-3379 Street Signs Traffic Signals Trees – Park row

City Hall: (608) 873-6677
Building Complaints – Department of Planning & Development (Building Inspector) 873-7626 Building Permits – Department of Planning & Development(Building Inspector) 873-7626 or (Zoning Administrator) 646-0421 City Licenses – City Clerk’s Office 873-6677 Sidewalks – Department of Planning & Development (Zoning Administrator) 646-0421 Recycle Containers - 873-6677; John’s Disposal 1-888-473-4701 Signs/Permits – Department of Planning & Development (Zoning Administrator) 646-0421 Taxes – Finance Department 646-0420

NOTE: THESE STANDARDS ARE ONLY FOR PRIVATE PROPERTY NOT FOR PARKING ON PUBLIC LANDS OR ANYWHERE IN THE STREET RIGHT-OF-WAY. A RECREATIONAL VEHICLE IS ANY OF THE FOLLOWING: MOTOR HOME, CAMPING TRAILER, TRAVEL TRAILER, BOAT/TRAILER, SNOWMOBILE/TRAILER, ATV/TRAILER OR SIMILAR VEHICLES/TRAILERS. PARKING OR STORAGE OF RECREATIONAL VEHICLES IN RESIDENTIAL, OFFICE, AND BUSINESS DISTRICTS ARE PERMITTED IN THE FOLLOWING MANNER: Recreational vehicles: (a) Shall be parked or stored within dedicated, hard surfaced, parking spaces (not on grass) and shall be a minimum of five feet from any private property line or right-ofway line. (b) Shall not be parked or stored within a front or street yard except for (a) above. (c) Shall be owned by the resident who is occupying the property on which the vehicle is parked or stored. (d) Are permitted only for storage purposes except mobile homes and campers may be used for overnight sleeping for a maximum of 14 days in one calendar year. (e) May not be connected to wastewater or sanitary sewer lines, or electricity except for charging of batteries.

Stoughton Municipal Utilities: (608) 873-3379
Bulk Water Sales Drinking Water Questions Electric Service Applications Sewer Backups – Stoughton Municipal Utilities (Wastewater Division) Street Lights Water Service Applications

Media Services Department/WSTO TV: (608) 873-7523
Cable Channel 98 or 981 WSTO Webstream  DVD/CD Duplication Event Coverage Media Transfers (MiniDV, VHS, DVD, CD etc.)


The City of Stoughton has vacancies on several committees. If you are interested in serving on a City of Stoughton Com- (f) May not be used for storage of goods, materials or equipmittee, you may contact City Hall at 873-6677. ment other than those items considered to be part of the unit or essential for its use. Board of Appeals – 2 alternate Cemetery Board – 1 Commission on Aging – 2 Housing Authority – 1 Library Board – 1 Rivers & Trails Task Force – 3 Tree Commission – 1 IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS REGULATION PLEASE CONTACT THE ZONING ADMINISTRATOR AT 608-646-0421.



(1) Purpose. The purpose of this section is to alleviate or THE ANNUAL BOARD OF REVIEW OF THE CITY OF STOUGHTON WILL BE HELD IN THE COUNCIL CHAMBERS OF THE prevent congestion of public rights-of-way so as to promote PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING, 321 SOUTH FOURTH STREET, ON MONDAY, MAY 12, 2014 AT 10:00 O’CLOCK A.M. the safety and general welfare of the public by establishing The Board of Review is a quasi-judicial hearing process to appeal the assessed value of your property. The judicial process minimum requirements for the provision of vehicular vispresumes the Assessor correct and requires the property owner to prove the Assessor is not correct under the law. To learn ibility. more about property assessment values and the Board of Review process, visit the following web site link resources. (2) Requirement. In order to provide a clear view of intersecting streets to motorists there shall be a triangular area This is a Guide for Homeowners as to the Board of Review Process: of clear vision formed by the two intersecting streets and a This is a Guide for Homeowners as to how properties are valued: chord connecting said centerlines, as determined by the diImportant Notice: A WRITTEN OBJECTION ON THE PROPER FORM MUST BE PROPERLY FILED WITH THE CLERK OF THE rector of planning and development. Generally, the following standards shall apply: BOARD OF REVIEW AT LEAST 48 HOURS PRIOR TO THEIR FIRST MEETING. Forms and information for property owners may be found by visiting the web site link resources provided below. Objection Form for Real Estate Property: Objection Form for Personal Property (Business): Clerk of the Board of Review, Maria Hougan, City Clerk, Ph # (608) 873-6677 Table 78-703: Vision Clearance Triangle Standards Right-of-Way Distance from Right-of-Way Width Intersection 66 feet or less more than 66 feet 10 feet 20 feet

The City of Stoughton will have new election tabulator machines starting in 2014. The DS200 is a voter-activated paper ballot counter and vote tabulator. It has a 12” LCD touch screen which is used to provide voters with feedback, such as an overvote warning. Voters will need to make sure and wait for the touch screen to say “You are finished-Thank You for Voting” if there are not any errors on your ballot. If there is an error, there will be a message regarding the type of error displayed on the touchscreen. The ballots have also changed, instead of drawing a line to connect the arrow in the past; you will now fill in an oval.

Within said triangular area, no signs, parking spaces, structures, or earthwork in excess of 30 inches, and no vegetation, fencing, nor other such obstructions between 30 inches and eight feet in height shall be permitted which exceeds 30 inches in height above either of the centerline elevations of said two streets. *THIS REQUIREMENT ALSO APPLIES TO SNOW . VISION MAY BE RESTORED BY: • TRIMMING SHRUBS OR HEDGES TO A MAXIMUM HEIGHT OF 30 INCHES. • TRIMMING LOW HANGING TREE BRANCHES TO A MINIMUM HEIGHT OF 8 FEET.

2014 Election Dates

Spring Election-Tuesday April 1, 2014 - An election will be held on Tuesday, April 1, 2014 for the following offices: Court • REMOVAL OF OBSTRUCTION. of Appeals Judge, Circuit Court Judges, County Board Supervisor, Mayor, Alderperson (Districts 1-4) and School Board. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS REGARDING THIS ISSUE There will also be three referendum questions on the ballot. PLEASE CONTACT THE CITY PLANNING DEPARTMENT AT Remaining 2014 Election Dates: 608-646-0421 Tuesday, August 12, 2014 Partisan Primary Tuesday, November 4, 2014 General Election Search your voter registration record online at you can also view a sample ballot or find your assigned polling site location on this site.

Would you like to be part of Stoughton’s Syttende Mai celebration? The co-chairs of the Art Fair Committee are retiring after 10 years, and we’re looking for someone new to take over. Share duties with the current cochairs during the transition. Do you have a computer and organizational skills? Do you enjoy working with artists and volunteers? Are you available for a few hours each week between January and May? Then this job is for you! Call Laura Trotter at the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce for more information, 873-7912.

City of Stoughton Polling Places:
ALDERMANIC DIST. 1 2 3 4 1, 2


LOCATION First Lutheran Church 310 E. Washington St. Stoughton Fire Station, 401 E. Main St. United Methodist Church, 525 Lincoln Ave. Lakeview Church, 2200 Lincoln Ave.

3, 4, 10, 11, 12 5, 6 7, 8, 9

Polling places of the City of Stoughton will open at 7:00 a.m. and will close at 8:00 p.m.

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Change your clocks, Change your batteries!
Stoughton Fire Department wants to remind everyone to change the batteries in your Smoke and Carbon Monoxide detectors!

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Stoughton is known for the dedication and commitment of the many volunteers that assist in our schools, at the Senior Center, area churches, library, food pantries, youth center, and numerous other areas of our city. We are equally blessed with businesses and business people that take their commitment to the community very seriously. It would be very difficult to count the many times and ways that local businesses step to the forefront when asked to donate to an upcoming benefit or event. We would like to formally thank all volunteers and businesses during National Volunteer Week, April 6-12, 2014. The Volunteer of the Year plaque, Business Person of the Year plaque and Friend of Youth plaque will be presented at a reception in their honor in the Mayor’s Office at 381 E. Main Street on Tuesday, April 15, 2014 from 3:00 until 4:00 p.m. We are seeking nominations to highlight one special volunteer(s) for the annual “Stoughton Volunteer of the Year“. We are also seeking nominations to highlight a special business person(s) for the annual “Stoughton Business Person of the Year”. Recipients will be chosen by the Mayor and staff based upon information regarding their contributions to our community included in the nomination letter. Nominations must be received no later than April 7, 2014. Please send your nominations to: 2014 Volunteer(s) of the Year 2014 Business Person(s) of the Year Mayor Donna Olson, 381 E. Main Street, Stoughton WI 53589 E-mail: What’s it like to work daily to save lives and help people? Find out from real-live heroes. CampHERO is the place for girls who want to find out what it’s like to be a firefighter, police officer or emergency medical technician. CampHERO helps girls find courage, gain confidence and build character while learning skills and exploring careers. Every girl who attends will create memories for a lifetime and may even discover her future career. CampHERO is an experience open to any girl, from anywhere. It was developed by Girl-Scouts of Wisconsin-Badgerland Council in partnership with local police, fire and EMS agencies. Over 120 professionals have contributed to its success. The program is hands on and age appropriate. Dates and costs vary by age level. CampHERO is open to ANY girl in K-12. You do NOT have to be a girl scout to register. To learn more about activities and CampHERO levels, please visit: or call Stoughton Area EMS at 873-6500.

The National Fire Protection Association recommends that you change the batteries in your smoke and CO detectors every 6 months, an easy way to remember is to do it the same day you change your clocks! If you haven’t changed them already take a few extra minutes to change your batteries! It could save your life!


Memorial Day

Monday, May 26, 2014 All collections will be delayed by one day.

Independence Day Labor Day

Saturday, April 15th, 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. at Banushi’s Bar & Grill (BBG’s) Tickets: $25.00
Come and join us for an afternoon fashion show, viewing this spring’s fun styles and shopping a selection of donated jewelry, scarves, purses, and other accessories. The ticket price includes a selection of hors d’oeuvres, dessert, and a complimentary drink. There will also be a raffle and door prizes. Tickets are available at the Stoughton library. Seating is limited so get your ticket soon!

Friday, July 4th, 2014 Friday collections will be delayed by one day. Monday, September 1, 2014 All collections will be delayed by one day.

Being a Volunteer Firefighter is very rewarding and is a valuable way to give back to your community. If you are willing to dedicate your time and effort, you have the opportunity to meet new people, to make lifelong friends and become part of an American tradition that dates back to Benjamin Franklyn who started the first Volunteer Fire Company in the US in 1736. There are long hours of training and dirty hard work, many times dealing with dangerous situations, working under the toughest conditions, working with your fellow firefighters to get the job done. To be a firefighter is a commitment by the entire family, sacrifices are made by the entire family. As a firefighter, you are part of a bigger family, a bigger family that is there for you whenever needed. Being a Volunteer firefighter can be challenging, at times very difficult, responding to emergencies at all times of the day or night regardless of the weather, dealing with tragedy. At times dealing with a tragedy is extremely difficult, but when a person who has just lost everything due to a fire comes up and says Thank You, or when an accident victim can Thank You for saving their life, giving them a second chance, it is all worth it! We have many enjoyable times together, with family events, fundraising and community events. We enjoy each other’s company in good times and bad, we support each other. The best for me is at a fire is when the firefighters have extinguished the fire and come out the building with a smile on their face because they Love what they do. Volunteer firefighting gets in your blood, Firefighters are committed to do what we do because we love what we do. If you are willing to make the commitment to become a volunteer firefighter, applications to become a Stoughton Volunteer Firefighter can be picked up at Stoughton City Hall or call 608-873-7218. National Volunteer Week is April 6 – 12, 2014 Thank your community Volunteers for what they do. Martin W. Lamers, Chief, Stoughton Fire Department.

Thanksgiving Day Christmas Day

Thursday, November 27, 2014 Thursday & Friday collections will be delayed by one day. Thursday, December 25, 2014 Thursday & Friday collections will be delayed by one day.

New Year’s Day

Thursday, January 1st, 2015 Thursday & Friday collections will be delayed by one day. The holiday collections may be at an earlier time of day than normal. Please be sure to put your refuse and recycling out the night before your scheduled collection day. Please contact Johns Disposal with any questions. Phone: (262) 473-4700 • Toll Free: (888) 473-4701 Fax: (262) 473-6775 •

What we do in our yards can directly affect our lakes and streams. Before using fertilizer on your lawn or gardens, test your soil. A $15 soil test will show if your soil is lacking anything so that you don’t waste your money on something you don’t even need. Instructions and forms from the UW Soil and Plant Analysis Lab are online at http://uwlab.soils. Results will tell you exactly what you need for healthy lawn and gardens. If your test shows you do indeed need fertilizer, be sure to clean up any that lands on your sidewalk, driveway or other hard surfaces. If left on paved areas, it can easily make its way to the nearest lake or stream with the next rainfall. Keeping leaves, grass clippings and other yard waste, which contain nitrogen and phosphorus, out of the street also help prevent lakes and streams from becoming green and scummy. When these nutrients wash into lakes and streams they can promote nasty algae blooms and excessive weed growth (which can lower oxygen levels in the water) and may release ammonia (toxic to fish). Healthy yards add to the beauty and value of your home. They can also help our lakes and streams by allowing rainwater to soak into the soil rather than running off to the nearest storm drain. So, do your part and keep your lakes and streams healthy by using fertilizers only if and where they are needed.

Garage sale signs may be placed in the parkrow or terrace, in front of the residence where the sale is being held, for a period not to exceed three (3) days and no more than three (3) times in a calendar year. Signs may also be placed in the parkrow or terrace at various intersections for the days of the sale; such signs shall not have a height greater than 2 ? feet from grade and shall not exceed four (4) square feet in area, two (2) feet in height and two (2) feet in width. GARAGE SALE SIGNS ARE NOT TO BE ATTACHED TO UTILITY POLES, TREES, TRAFFIC REGULATORY STRUCTURES OR FENCES AND SHALL NOT OBSTRUCT VISION FOR VEHICULAR TRAFFIC. NO MORE THAN 3 SALES ARE ALLOWED PER YEAR. A SALE OF UP TO 3 CONSECUTIVE DAYS IN LENGTH SHALL BE CONSIDERED ONE TIME. If you have any questions regarding garage sale signage, please contact the Zoning Administrator at 608-646-0421

Chalet Veterinary Clinic
Family Pet Care at its Best
• Computer Set-up • Printer Set-up • Data Backup and Transfer • Virus & Spyware Removal • Training • System Restore • Repair Services • Upgrade Services • Wireless Networking • Computer Tuneup 1621 E. Main St., Stoughton (608) 873-8112

“Great waterfront dining, drinks & fun!” Daily Lunch & Dinner Specials • Sunday Breakfast

On-site or in store!


2384 Jackson St., Stoughton 877-9548 M-F: 9-8; S: 9-5: Sun. 10-5

A RadioShack Franchise 613 E. Main St., Evansville New Drop-Off Location 882-0680 1015 North Main St., Oregon M-F: 9-7; S: 9-5; Sun. 10-5 835-2980

3097 Sunnyside St., Stoughton (608) 205-9300 •

Mon. - Fri. 7:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. Sat. 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

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Free Memory Screenings
Wednesday, April 16, 1:00-4:00PM

With spring finally making its 2014 appearance it is time to start thinking about summer fun and safety. Families and friends will be heading the beach, baseball games and backyard parties. With a few safety tips we can all better enjoy the precious days of summer we get in Wisconsin. Heat issues are always a concern, dressing in light weight brightly colored or white clothing that reflect the heat of the sun will help keep you cooler. Drinking water even if you don’t feel thirsty is very important to maintain hydration. Avoid caffeine drinks like soda, coffee, tea and alcoholic beverages as they constrict blood vessels near the skin and reduce body cooling. Hats with wide brims and sunscreen will protect you from the sunburn. Sunscreen that protects against UVA (causes wrinkles) and UVB (causes sunburns) should be used and with a SPF no less than 15. Kids that will be swimming should have the maximum SPF you can get and be waterproof. The water of the lake or pool will reflect the light back up increasing the risk of sunburn so apply often. Remember kids and pets in closed cars, campers and RV’s are at risk for heat stroke as the temperature can quickly rise to 140 F – 190 F very quickly. If someone has a temperature, hot dry skin, not sweating and possible unconsciousness they may be suffering from heat stroke, move them to a cool shady location and call 911. Let’s not forget our four legged friends that often accompany outside. Make sure dogs have a shady place to lie down and rest. Plenty of water to drink and that they are not stuck on hot asphalt or sand as it will cause burns to their paws. Dogs love a kiddy pool filled with cool water and it can be very entertaining. Keep track of “short faced” dogs as they can’t pant as well and “Long Faced” dogs and don’t cool as well. So keep an eye on our Pug and Pekingese friends and have a great fun summer.

In October 2013, we were awarded our third national accreditation. Only 24 senior centers in the country achieved this honor last year. The accreditation process is a time-consuming task. We were very lucky to have a dedicated committee that worked hard to review all nine standards of excellence that are set forth by the National Institute of Senior Centers. Our staff worked with the committee and our Commission on Aging to complete all of the materials and submitted them for review. Not only is this a prestigious award, it really challenges us not to just focus on what we do currently but encourages us to plan for future needs. We want to thank everyone for their participation and support. We continue to strive for excellence at the Stoughton Area Senior Center; it is what our community deserves.

15-minute screenings designed to identify cognitive problems associated with dementia and other medical conditions will be performed by a trained Dean Foundation mental health professional. To make an appointment, call the Senior Center at 873-8585.

Over 90 Luncheon

Friday, April 25, 12:00 PM Are you 90 years of age or older and still live independently in your home? Then we want to honor you and your life longevity with lunch & entertainment. Music provided by John Duggleby who will perform memorable pieces to take you on a “Sentimental Journey.” Call to make your reservation by April 21.

Mondays beginning April 7-May 5, 3:00-4:00 PM
The Music Appreciation series organized by John Beutel will begin its 12th season this April. The presentations cover a wide variety of musical topics, and is aimed at anyone who loves music and would like to learn more. Classes are free, but donations are accepted to assist in offering a small gratuity to our performers. Several of the topics covered will be a class that celebrates the life of Pete Seeger who passed away this January. His amazing legacy will be heard in word and music. Dan Schmidt, SHS Band Director will give a brief overview of the offerings of the outstanding SHS Music Dept. and have some of his students perform solos and ensembles to celebrate their accomplishments. Also on the schedule will be Henry Sapoznik from the UW who is a prominent national figure in preserving and presenting Yiddish Culture and Music. See the Yahara Senior for specific events and topics to be presented. 248 W. Main Street, Stoughton WI, 53589 (608) 873-8585

Car Cleaning Clinic
Saturday, April 5, 10:00AM-12:00PM The Stoughton High School Student Senate will vacuum and wipe all interior surfaces to give your car a fresh start to Spring! There are limited slots available for this service, so call to make your appointment today, 873-8585.

AARP Driver Safety Program

Tuesday, April 10, 9:00 AM—1:00 PM Cost is $12 AARP members, $14 regular Drivers especially those age 50 and older, will learn to improve their driving skills, drive crash free, managing the effects of aging on driving and maintain independence! Participation may earn you a discount, so check with your insurance.

Upcoming Classes
As part of our mission, Stoughton Hospital is dedicated to providing quality health and wellness education to improve the lives of the people and communities we serve. Hernia Relief Join Dr. David Melnick, General Surgeon, to learn about hernias, associated problems and surgical solutions. Thursday, April 24th at noon - Free To register for this event, please call Sonja at 873-2356 or Cooking for 1-2 People Susan Mawst, Clinical Dietitian, will help with tips, tricks and recipes for preparing healthy meals for one or two. Wednesday, May 7th at 10 am - Free To register for this event, please call Sonja at 873-2356 or Container Gardening Learn how to make beautiful and thriving container gardens. Register to win the container made during the class! Friday May 30th at 10 a.m. - Free To register for this event, please call Sonja at 873-2356 or Essential Oils Classes (a 6 week series) In this workshop learn what Essential Oils are and learn about the 7 most universally healing oils. Learn about safety, usage and application techniques and test different oils. Mondays at 6:15 p.m. beginning June 2 through July 8. Price is $60 for the entire 6 weeks or $15 per class. To register contact Anne at 608- 577-yoga (9642), or visit All classes will be conducted in the Bryant Health Education Center in the lower level of the hospital.


Opera House
Spring 2014

+Real Vocal String Quartet • Mar 28 +Jerry Apps: A Farm Story • Apr 5

+Rhonda Vincent & The Rage • Apr 3 +Stoughton Festival Choir—The Pirates of Penzance • Apr 6 +Maggie Mae & the Heartland Country Band • Apr 10 +Red Molly • Apr 11 +The Persuasions • Apr 12

+Playtime Productions Children’s Theater • Apr/May

+Literary Artist: Michael Hecht Beyond the Canvas—Vincent Van Gogh • Apr 30 + An Evening with Roger McGuinn • May 2 +Dailey and Vincent • May 3 +St. Ann’s School Drama Department • May 9 & 10 +NEW • The Milk Carton Kids • May 10 +Stoughton Chamber Singers Sing Me a Song and Play Me a Tune • June 1 +NEW • The Steel Wheels • May 1

+The Sweetback Sisters • Apr 25

+Opera for the Young—The Barber of Seville • Apr 13

+ Jim Brickman: The Love Tour • Apr 26

+Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society • June 20 & 28

A Little Help Goes a Long Way!
Looking for a way to give something back to your community? The Opera House is looking for Volunteers! We are particularly in need of daytime Box Office volunteers and handy people to help with the upkeep of the restoration. For more information call 877-4400 and find out how your time and talents can keep this community treasure a shining jewel.

Become a Friend of the Opera House!
Join now and be amoung the first to be able to purchase tickets for next season!

900 Ridge Street Stoughton, WI 53589

Visit our website for complete information on our updated Spring 2014 schedule


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Spring 2014 5 What criteria does the Landmarks Commission use to designate a Local Landmark?

What is a Local Landmark?
A local landmark is a building, structure or site that has been designated by the City of Stoughton as having special historical, cultural or aesthetic value. Local landmarks are significant to the architectural and social history of the city and contribute to the unique character and shared heritage of Stoughton.

400 Garfield Street, West School 515 S Fourth Street, Stoughton City Power Plant #1 at the Fourth Street Bridge 1009 Summit Avenue, South School 304 S Fourth Street, Carnegie Public Library 381 E Main Street, Stoughton City Hall & Opera House 100-110 E Main Street, Scheldrup Block 111 E Main Street, Hausmann Block 120-130 E Main Street, Brickson Block 134 E Main Street, Boyce Block 160 E Main Street, Masonic Hall 172 E Main Street, Allen Building 187 E Main Street, G. Chrestoffer Building 195 E Main Street, J. Hausmann Building 255 E Main Street, Badger Theater 515 E Main Street, Turner, Dearborn & Atkinson Tobacco Warehouse 532 E Main Street, Chicago, Minneapolis, St. Paul & Pacific Depot 201-217 W Main Street, Hyland-Olson Block 188 W Main Street, Erickson Block (221 Water Street) 101 S Fifth Street, Brown-Sewell House 111 S Fifth Street, Jens and Ingeborg Cold House 620 S Prairie Street, Martin House 118 N Page Street, Gerard House 148-154 E Main Street

How does Local Landmark designation affect what I can and cannot do with my building?

Local Landmarks are designated using the Criteria as defined in the City’s Ordinance Section 38-34 (a)- (b). Specifically: (1) Whether it exemplifies or reflects the cultural, political, economic or social history of the city, state or nation. (2) Whether it is identified with important historic or prehistoric persons or events in community, state or national history. (3) Whether it embodies distinguishing characteristics of an architectural type specimen, valuable for a study of a period, style, construction method or indigenous materials or craftsmanship. (4) Whether it is representative of the notable work of a master builder, engineer or architect. (5) Whether it is a unique and irreplaceable asset to its neighborhood and the city. (6) Whether it provides an example of the physical surroundings in which past generations lived.

To help safeguard the unique architectural and social history of Stoughton, local landmark designation offers protection from inappropriate changes or destruction. This is accomplished through a process where alterations, reconstructions, demolitions or new construction affecting the exterior of the landmark are approved by the Landmarks Commission in advance. This doesn’t mean you can’t make repairs or changes to your building, only that those actions must be appropriate to the historic character of the building. For more information, see the information sheet, What is a Certificate of Appropriateness?

Can I nominate my building to be a Local Landmark?

Yes. If after review of the designation criteria you believe your building is eligible, you are welcome to join us at a Commission meeting to tell us about your building. The Commission can then assist you in moving forward with the nomination process. You can write the nomination yourself, or ask the Commission for help completing the nomination.

Can my building be listed as both a Local and National landmark?

Is my building a Local Landmark?
126 E Washington Street, Naeset House 327 E Washington Street, Johnson House 211 N Forrest Street, High School 201 S Franklin Street, Rinde House 404 S Fifth Street, Roe House 324 S Page Street, Universalist Church 401 W South Street, Ovren House

The following is a list of all locally designated landmarks in the City of Stoughton as of January 1, 2013.

Yes. Because these are different programs, historic resources are often eligible for both designations. In the City of Stoughton, many local landmarks are also listed in the National Register. For more information about the National Register of Historic Places see the information sheet, What is the National Register of Historic Places?

Who can I contact with questions?

Contact the City of Stoughton Planning Department with any questions you may have. The Landmarks Commission works closely with Planning Staff to make sure your questions are answered. Department of Planning & Development, 381 East Main Street, Stoughton, WI 53589. Mike Stacey, Zoning Administrator (608) 646-0421. If you own property within the City of Stoughton and allow the above named noxious weeds to grow and/or allow grass/weeds to exceed 1-foot in height, you are in violation of the City of Stoughton Public Nuisance Ordinance Section 58-8(6). A citation may be issued to the property owner after notice of violation. Additionally, the City may contract to have the grass and/or weeds mowed and bill the property owner. Violations are found through weekly inspections by Department of Planning & Development staff. If you have any questions related to this issue, contact the City Building Inspector at 608-873-7626

WHAT IS THE DiFFERENCE BETWEEN NOXiOUS WEEDS AND GRASS INFORMATiON Noxious weed as defined by the State of Wisconsin Statute A LOCAL LANDMARK AND BEiNG 66.0407(1)(b) is, ”Noxious weed” means Canada thistle, LiSTED IN THE NATiONAL REGiSTER OF § leafy spurge and field bindweed (creeping Jenny) and any other weed the government body of any municipality or the HiSTORiC PLACES? county board of any county by ordinance or resolution deLocal Landmark designation and National Register designation are two distinct programs both with the goal of preserving the unique architectural and cultural heritage of a community. The programs are differentiated by the fact the one is local (municipal) and the other is federal. clares to be noxious within its respective boundaries.” Noxious weeds as defined by the above Wis. Statute are not allowed in the City of Stoughton. The City of Stoughton does not have an ordinance or resolution for any additional noxious weeds.

Local Landmarks and Landmark District Designation

• This is a local program; properties are designated by local municipal ordinance. • The Landmarks Commission, supported by the local landmarks ordinance, has authority to influence certain proposed inappropriate changes to protect the historic character of a landmark. • The best tool available to protect local resources and the historic character of a community.

National Register of Historic Places: Individual and District listing

• This is a federal program; properties are designated by the National Park Service. • There is no local control; private property owners are free to do what they want with their property. * • Listing is honorific; listing offers no protection from inappropriate changes to the building or demolition when privately owned. ** • Owners of National Register listed properties are eligible for financial incentives for preservation.

Can my building be listed as both a local and national landmark?
• Yes. Because these are different programs, historic resources are often eligible for both designations. For further information please see the information sheets: Is My Property a Local Landmark? and What is the National Register of Historic Places?

*The responsibilities for private property owners varies from the responsibilities for local, state and federal governmental entities which own buildings listed in the National Register of Historic Places. **Private property owners have no restrictions on what they can do with their National Register listed building unless they are using public money for a project that affects the building.


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0-5 who is not yet in school to come by the Children’s Desk to sign up. The program is free and the reading charts are simple—check off a box for every book read (or every time the same book is re-read). You can enroll any time, and the program runs year-round. Don’t forget our annual Summer Library Program as well! Readers of all ages (including adults) can receive prizes for their reading achievements over the summer. We’ll also offer fun programs for the whole family, many with a science theme. The program runs May 31-August 9. If you have questions, please stop by the Children’s Desk or call 608873-6281.

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Your tax deductible donation can be made at the Stoughton Public Library or mailed to: Stoughton Public Library Fundraising Committee, P.O. Box 571, Stoughton, WI 53589. Thank you very much for your support!

Educate, Enrich, Empower, Engage!

Teen Tuesday: April Fool’s
Tuesday, April 1, 3:30-4:15pm The school day is over but there’s still time to play practical jokes on family members and friends. Come make some disgusting-looking yet tasty joke foods to gross people out. For teens in grades 6 and up. No registration required.

…to the Stoughton Public Library, located at 304 S. Fourth St., at the corner of 4th & Main in downtown Stoughton! The Library is open Monday-Thursday 9-9, Friday & Saturday 9-5, and closed Sunday. There is no charge for a library card – just bring in picture identification with proof of current address. If your ID does not show your current address, please bring another proof of address such as a piece mail, personal check, lease agreement, etc…. Parents must sign the registration form for children under age 18. Your library card can be used in any public library in Adams, Columbia, Dane, Green, Portage, Sauk, or Wood counties, all members of the South Central Library System. Materials may be returned to any library. Call the Library at 873-6281 or visit online at or on Facebook.

Access the internet at the Stoughton Public Library. There are 8 workstations available in the adult department and 4 in the children’s department. All computers offer access to Microsoft Office in addition to the internet, and can be reserved in advance. Scanners are also available. Printing is available from all workstations for 15 cents per page. The Library also has a photocopier available for your use at 15 cents per page.

Chess Club

Thursday, April 3, 3:15pm Volunteers from the Stoughton Area Senior Center will be in the Teen Area to teach you how to play chess, or to provide game opportunities for more experienced players. For patrons in grades 5 and up.

Adult Craft Club – Zentangles
Thursday, April 3, 6:30-8pm The Stoughton Craft Club takes on ZENTANGLES to create a craft. The club requires no previous skills in any particular craft – we won’t let the craft get the better of you! Teens are welcome to attend with an adult. Registration recommended 608-873-6281.

Library staff can help you find books and other library materials, help you get started on the internet, give you an introduction to the library’s online databases, and provide introductory or in-depth help to borrow Library eBooks. Contact the Library for more information.



Saturday, April 5, 10-10:45am Come and build a masterpiece with a variety of Legos. The library will provide the Legos; all you need are the ideas! No registration required.

For the first time, the Stoughton Public Library is offering a science fiction book group. If you like to read, talk, and learn about the history of this fascinating genre contact the Library and leave your name and email. Meeting dates, books, and the name of the group are all to be chosen by you! Any books written by other humanoid species (Klingon, Vulcan, Ferengi , etc…) will be available in English translation.

Why Renovate Now?

If you have recently been on the Library’s second floor, the home of adult and teen services, you’ve noticed that some improvements are needed. The lighting is poor, the carpeting is in disrepair, the furniture isn’t terribly comfortable, the space is cramped, and the shelving is falling apart.

Spring Fling Fashion Show
Saturday, April 5, 1:30-4pm Banushi’s Bar and Grill (BBG’s) Enjoy a fashion show featuring the latest styles from Maurices, Chico’s and more! The event also includes a jewelry and accessory resale. The Friends are collecting donations of jewelry and accessories at the library, so drop off some of your older items and then come to the event to purchase something new!

Renovation Highlights

In partnership with the City of Stoughton, our goal is to provide a safer and more welcoming space for the Stoughton community. • Install library grade shelving • Increase square footage • Increase display space • Increase space for teens • Improve lighting • Install more outlets for laptop users • Replace carpeting • Move and enlarge meeting rooms • Purchase new seating, tables & desks • Provide smaller, more space efficient public service desk To accomplish these renovations, the Stoughton Public Library is committed to raising $250,000.

The Friends of the Stoughton Public Library is a non-profit organization devoted to promoting and improving library services, materials, and facilities for the Stoughton community; encouraging gifts and bequests to the library; and promoting the broadest possible use of its facilities, materials and services. Friends membership is open to all, and all are welcome. Contact Marilyn Granrud at the Library for more details.

To Be! Shakespeare Here and Now
Saturday, April 5, 2pm The most famous playwright in the English language was also an actor, a student, and a very human Man of His Age. Portrayed by actor Ron Scot Fry, Shakespeare comes to life with an interactive, participation-driven performance. This program is appropriate for all ages.

Thursdays with Murder The Medieval Mystery
Thursday, April 10, 6:30pm Experience the wisdom of Brother Cadfael, the 12th century monk and herbalist in Shrewsbury, England by Ellis Peters. Copies available at the 2nd floor Reference Desk. Tonight’s meeting will be at Skaalen Home, 400 N. Morris St. in Stoughton.

by Amanda Bosky, Youth Services Librarian In early January, the Stoughton Public Library launched a new early literacy initiative: “1000 Books Before Kindergarten.” As the name suggests, we challenge parents and caregivers to read 1000 books with their child before he or she enters kindergarten. We provide fun reading logs, a child’s eye-level progress chart to track milestone completions, and jungle animal stickers to celebrate every 100 books read. Thanks to generous donations from the Stoughton Kiwanis and Conant Automotive, we were able to purchase incentive books as well. Each child will receive a free book after reading 500 books and again at 1000 books. Participants in the program will provide their children with a literature-rich foundation which will prepare them for success in school. We encourage anyone with a child aged

Improved Accessibility & Safety

Writing Series: Worldbuilding
Saturday, April 12, 2-3pm Local author Sarah Monette will give advice on creating a believable world in your stories. This workshop would be helpful for any writer of fiction or narrative non-fiction, but especially useful for writers of science fiction, fantasy and historical fiction. Be sure to join us for Sarah’s booksigning afterwards on the Mezzanine level. For adults as well as teens in grades 6 and up. No registration required.

Funding will also include other important improvements. We will make the library a more accessible community space, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). The combined costs of the second floor renovation and the other improvements summarized below, will cost approximately $660,000. • Replace single front entry doors with double doors for improved ADA accessibility, and add exterior outdoor lighting • Enlarge first floor rest rooms to improve ADA accessibility • Reconfigure first floor circulation area • Install security cameras

Booksigning on the Mezz: “The Goblin Emperor” by Katherine Addison
Saturday, April 12, 3-3:45pm Local author Sarah Monette, writing under the pen name Katherine Addison, will read a selection from her new book “The Goblin Emperor.” A Room of One’s Own bookstore will sell copies of her book for you to have signed by the author. Enjoy free refreshments. No registration required.

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For Our Teens

Changes will also include a larger space for our teen area which is housed on the second floor. This will become a warm, inviting, and safe space for teens and preteens. A dedicated teen space will increase teen use of the Library for studying, browsing materials, or just hanging out.
• Family Owned and Operated for Over 50 Years • Stop In During Happy Hour Fridays 3-5pm 1/2 Price Single Stem Flowers (Cash & Carry)

Pizza Parlor Math

Wednesday, April 16, 11-11:45am Work on math and pre-math skills in our pretend pizza parlor! Children will work together to take orders, make pretend pizzas and serve them to customers. We’ll use math skills for everything from counting out toppings to ringing up charges on a toy cash register. After the program is over, enjoy a free pizza lunch! For children ages 2-5 (younger siblings welcome with adult assistance). Space is limited; stop by the Children’s Desk or call 873-6281 to register, so we know how much pizza to order.

How to Get Involved

STOUGHTON FLORAL 168 E. Main Street, Stoughton, WI
Flower Phone: 873-6173 or 866-595-6800 Mon.-Fri. 8am to 5:30pm; Sat. 8am to 3pm

There are many ways to lend a hand such as holding fund raisers, writing letters to the local paper, and asking others to make donations to support the second floor renovation. If you are interested in learning more, please contact Fundraising Co-Chair Denise Duranczyk at 873-8302.

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Zany Zoo Animals
Friday, April 18, 9:30-10am Choose your favorite zoo animal shape from a selection of foam board hand-cut by artist Michael Hecht. Then, use your wild imagination to decorate. Sponsored by Skaalen Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. All ages. Please call 873-6281 to pre-register so we have enough animals for everyone who attends.

Spring 2014 7 The Art of Mendhi
Tuesday, June 17, 6:30-7:15pm Local artist Poonam Rao will teach you how to create traditional “temporary tattoo” henna body art. For teens entering grades 6-12. No preregistration required. Permission slip required (parent/ guardian may sign and turn in at the beginning of the program).


Tuesdays, June 24, July 22 & August 19 from 2:30-3:15pm Come and build a masterpiece with a variety of Legos. The library will provide the Legos— all you need are the ideas! All ages. No registration required.

Preschool Storytime

Wednesdays, June 11 – August 13, 10-10:45am Storytime for children ages 0-5 and their families, with stories, songs, puppets, flannel boards, science activities and more! A great mixed age group for families with multiple children. No registration required. No story time July 2.

Butterfly Gardening

Saturday, April 19, 2-2:45pm Enjoy stories a craft, then learn how you can create your own small garden to attract butterflies and provide food for growing caterpillars. Ages 2-8 (older and younger siblings welcome). No registration required.

The Sound of Science: DIY Speaker
Tuesday, July 15, 3:30-4:15pm Learn how to use simple household materials to make a doit-yourself speaker for your phone or digital music player. Experiment with different materials to see which produces the best or loudest sound. For teens entering grades 6-12. No pre-registration required.

Preschool Players

Wednesdays, June 11, 18 & 25 from 2:30-3:15pm Performance Wednesday, June 25 from 6:30-7:15pm Calling all actors ages 4 and 5 to star in a library play. Do you like to sing, wear costumes and act? Then this program is for you! Family and friends are invited to the performance. Space is limited—please drop by or call 873-6281 to register starting Monday, June 2.

Meet the Author + Map Necklace Craft
Tuesday, August 12, 3:30-4:15pm Meet Angie Stanton, young adult author and former Stoughton resident. She’ll talk about how she became an author and discuss her newest book ROYALLY LOST (HarperTeen), about a girl who meets a prince during her summer vacation in Europe. Afterward, you’ll use an old map to make a pendant to wear. For teens entering grades 6-12. No preregistration required.

Youth Center Teens: Chain Reaction

Tuesday, April 22, 4-4:45pm Stoughton Area Youth Center Have you ever made a domino chain? We’ll be doing something a little different with popsicle sticks, making a chain that will stretch across the room and fly into the air when we’re done. We’ll also try a few other physical science experiments. No pre-registration required.

Science Lab Open House
Drop in to do science experiments, explore and learn. Each week we’ll have different hands-on activities and a few special community guests. Ages 4-10 (younger siblings welcome with parental supervision). No pre-registration required. We recommend arriving no later than 2:30 to fully explore the activities.

Thursdays, June 12-26 and July 10-24, 1:30-3pm

Let’s Put On a Show!

Friends of the Library Book Sale
Pick up some new books at discount prices! Books, DVDs, music cds and more will be for sale with proceeds going to fund library programs and collections. Join the Friends of the Library and you can get a sneak peek of the sale on Wednesday night!

Wednesday, April 23 – Saturday, April 26

Seeking actors and crew members entering the 6th grade and up for the library’s production of “Little Red and the Hood” to be performed July 30th & 31st at the Stoughton Opera House. Check out the website for more information and upcoming audition dates.

Toddler Story Time

Fridays, June 13 – August 15 at 9:30-10am Storytime for children ages 0-3 and their families, with stories, songs, puppets, crafts and science activities. Younger and older siblings are welcome. No registration required. No story time July 4.

Teen Movie Night

April Book Discussion
Tuesday, April 22, 7pm

A Tree Grows in Brooklyn by Betty Smith
Young Francie Nolan, having inherited both her father’s romantic and her mother’s practical nature, struggles to survive and thrive growing up in the slums of Brooklyn in the early twentieth century. Copies available at the 2nd floor Reference Desk.

Enjoy popcorn and drinks provided by the Stoughton Optimists Club while you watch a movie on our big screen. For teens entering grades 6-12. No registration required. Keep an eye on our Facebook page, website or program brochures for movie titles, dates and times.

Fizz, Boom, Dinosaurs & More

Thursday, June 19, 6:30-7:15pm Stoughton Fire Department Training Room Special guest Mary Tooley will bring rock specimens, giant crystals and lots of fossils including fossilized dinosaur eggshell for you to explore. Then you will make a 3D dinosaur diorama at the end of the program which you can take home. For children ages 4 and up (younger siblings welcome with parental supervision). No pre-registration required.

Fizz Boom Read! – Children’s Summer Library Program
Register Read
Children ages 2-12 can sign up at beginning Saturday, May 31. For every hour you read, have a parent/caregiver initial a test tube on the reading record. After completing 4 hours of reading, bring the record to the Science Lab and receive a prize. If you read 16 hours you will complete the program and win the grand prize: a free book! Please remember: Saturday, August 9 is the last day to turn in hours.

“Great Scott” the Magician

Chess Club
Thursday, May 1, 3:15pm Volunteers from the Stoughton Area Senior Center will be in the Teen Area to teach you how to play chess, or to provide game opportunities for more experienced players. For patrons in grades 5 and up.

Thursday, July 17, 6:30-7:15pm Stoughton Fire Department Training Room Magician Scott Obermann will wow you with magic tricks, ventriloquism, music and plenty of audience participation. All ages. No pre-registration required.

Truck Day

Find the Beaker
May 27-June 30 Look for a picture of a fizzing beaker hidden in the Children’s Room of the library. Children who find the hidden picture will win a small prize. The picture will be moved throughout the month, so be sure to search each time you visit the library. You can only win the prize once, however.

Wednesday, July 23 at 2-2:45pm (Raindate Wednesday, July 30 at 2-2:45pm) Mandt Park Parking Lot Take a tour of trucks provided by community helpers here in Stoughton. Be sure to bring your camera! All ages. No preregistration is required.

Little Red and the Hood

Spark a Reaction: Teen Summer Library Program
May 31-August 9, 2014 Teens entering grades 6-12 can sign up at the Adult Reference Desk beginning Saturday, May 31. For every five hours you read, visit the Adult Reference Desk to get a prize. If you read 20 hours you will complete the program and win the grand prize: a free book! Read above and beyond to enter a random drawing for one of five grand prizes. Don’t forget: Saturday, August 9 is the last day to turn in hours.

Guessing Game
July 1-31 Guess how many objects are in the jar and enter to win a prize bag full of goodies. The 5 closest guessers will win. Children can guess each time they visit the library in July.

Wednesday and Thursday, July 30 & 31, 7pm Stoughton Opera House Come see a play put on by teens in our community. Proceeds benefit the Stoughton Library Second Floor Expansion project. For more details, give us a call or see our website or Facebook page.

Book of the Week

Not sure what to read this summer? Check out the Book of the Week, a recommendation by Miss Diane and Miss Jane, for great picture and chapter books. These books have been read and enjoyed by Children’s staff. Multiple copies will be available for checkout each week.

Summer Library Program Finale: Get Excited About Science
We want to celebrate your summer reading achievements! Join us from 6-6:30 to enjoy free sundaes provided by Culvers. Then enjoy Steve Belliveau’s fast-paced science show full of large props, music, humor and audience participation. All ages. No pre-registration required.

Thursday, August 14, 6-7:15pm Christ Lutheran Church, 700 County Road B

Summer Family Movies
Dates TBA Enjoy popcorn and juice provided by the Stoughton Optimists Club while you watch a movie on our big screen. All ages. No registration required. Keep an eye on our Facebook page, website or program brochures for movie titles, dates and times.

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It’s been a long winter, but surely spring is just around the corner. And with the return of beautiful weather approaching, your list of outside work may be starting to grow - build a deck, plant some trees, install a gym set for the children, or more. If your list includes any digging, state law (Wisconsin Statute 182.0175) requires you to notify Diggers Hotline. Diggers Hotline is a statewide notification system developed to provide excavators and the general public with the ability to inform multiple owners of underground facilities of intended non-emergency excavation via a single telephone call. You may contact Diggers Hotline at 811 from any phone year round. You must, however, allow three working days (excluding weekends and holidays) notice for the location of the underground facilities prior to digging. Diggers Hotline will process three types of calls: 1) excavation 2) planning of excavation, and 3) safe working clearance information for overhead lines. The call center will ask for an address or location information. Specific marking instructions also will need to be provided. Once the locate is completed, you have ten calendar days to begin your excavation work before you must call to have the underground facilities relocated. Please note that there are no charges to individual customers for this service. For more information on Wisconsin’s Digger’s Hotline program, please visit

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For some customers, including seniors on fixed incomes, energy expenses can be a significant financial burden. Many here in our community cannot afford the energy to meet their basic needs. Wisconsin’s Home Energy Assistance Program (WHEAP) provides for assistance with heating costs, electric costs, and energy crisis situations. This program is operated by local social and human services, and is available to income-qualified households. Energy assistance is a one-time payment each heating season (October 1 through May 15). The amount of the energy assistance benefit varies according to household size, income level, and household energy costs Under the eligibility requirements, customers at or below 60 percent of the state’s median income may qualify for WHEAP assistance, including: • A single person earning up to $24,692 per year; • A family of four with an income of up to $47,484. Customers who did not qualify in past years may now be eligible. To determine eligibility, applicants must provide the following to their local social services or energy services office: • Proof of income for the past three months for all household members 18 years or older; • Social Security cards for everyone in the household; • Utility bills (heating and electric) for the past 12 months; • If applicable, a rent certificate or landlord’s statement verifying that heat is included in the rent. To apply for energy assistance, please contact Energy Services Inc. at (608) 267-8601 to schedule an appointment. You may apply anytime through May 15, 2014.

Working outdoors in Wisconsin’s unpredictable weather is hard enough, but when utility crews have to deal with dangerous drivers in work zones, it only makes it that much more difficult. Whether it’s around electric linemen restoring a power outage or a water crew repairing a water main break, work zones are no place for impatience or aggressive driving. The added seconds you may save while speeding through a work zone are not worth placing your utility’s worker’s lives at risk.


Tragically, over 1,000 people die across the nation every year in road work zones. Please follow these important tips for safely driving in road work zones. Your life, and ours, depend on it! • Always buckle up. • Pay attention. Normal speed limits may be reduced, traffic lanes may be changed and people and vehicles may be working near the road. • Always slow down, and travel at posted work zone speed limits. • Minimize distractions, such as cell phone use. • Keep a safe distance from traffic barriers, construction equipment, utility workers, and other traffic. • Watch for and follow all warning, lane closure, and construction detour signs. • Plan ahead and give yourself time to reach your destination. 

Stoughton Utilities is advising electric customers who are behind on their bills to immediately pay any delinquent balances or make payment arrangements with the utility to avoid service disconnection. Wisconsin’s Winter Emergency Period, often referred to as the moratorium on residential service disconnection, ends April 15. After that date, utilities statewide may begin to disconnect service to customers who are past due on payment of their electric bills for any period of time, including the winter months. Stoughton Utilities will disconnect all past-due accounts on April 16. The Winter Emergency Period, often referred to as the moratorium on residential service disconnection, ends April 15. The Public Service Commission of Wisconsin establishes the moratorium — from October to April — to protect customers from disconnection during harsh Wisconsin winters. On April 15, utilities statewide may begin to disconnect service to customers who are past due on payment of their electric bills for any period of time. To prevent disconnection, we are urging our customers to settle any delinquent accounts, or to contact us immediately to make payment arrangements for your past-due charges and/or customer deposits. Several factors are used when we consider granting a Deferred Payment Agreement for a customer. Some of the factors include: • Compliance with prior payment arrangements • The size of your overdue bill • How long your bill has been overdue • Payment history Customers are required to appear in person at our office to establish a Deferred Payment Agreement (DPA), so don’t wait until the last minute. Please note that you will be required to pay a down payment of up to 75% when entering into a Deferred Payment Agreement. For details about our DPA policies, please visit

Paperless E-Billing is simple, convenient, and smart. Wither paperless billing, there are no bills to mail, file or to clutter your mailbox. You can manage the entire bill-paying process online using our E-Pay system, including access 24 hours a day to view past bills and payment activity and flexible payment options. It also puts you in control of your personal information and reduces your impact on the environment. Visit to get started.

Stoughton Utilities issues an annual water quality report with important information about the source and quality of your municipal drinking water. In the past, this report was mailed to all households within the City of Stoughton. In an effort to lower our environmental impact and reduce paper waste, this report will now be published online. We are proud to report that your local drinking water meets or surpasses all federal and local standards set for quality and safety under the Safe Drinking Water Act. You can view the full report at If you do not have internet access, or if you prefer a physical copy of the annual report, please contact our office at (608) 873-3379 and we will mail a paper copy to your home or business at no cost.

Since 1995
As a customer of Stoughton Utilities, you can purchase renewable energy blocks to offset a part or all of your electrical usage through our Renewable Energy Program. Renewable energy is generated from clean, green energy sources such as wind, biogas, and the sun, and is purchased in 300 kilowatt-hour (kWh) blocks; each block costs $3. Purchasing one block of renewable energy each month for one year has the equivalent impact on the environment as not driving a car for six months and avoids emitting over three tons of carbon dioxide. In Stoughton, 607 customers purchase 1,163 blocks of renewable energy each month. That’s a customer participation rate of over 5.1%, which according to the U.S. Department of Energy’s National Renewable Energy Laboratory (NREL), gives Stoughton the distinction of being the utility with the ninth highest participation rate nationally! In addition, the 348,900 kWh of renewable energy generated and sold, enough to power 4924 averagesized homes in Wisconsin, accounts for 2.9% of our electric sales, which also earned Stoughton another ninth-place spot on the NREL’s top-10 ranking of total sales. This is the second time Stoughton has earned national NREL recognition for its successful green power program performance. NREL is the U.S. Department of Energy’s primary national laboratory for renewable energy and energy efficiency research and development. For more information, see To learn more about the utility’s Renewable Energy or Green Power for Business programs, or to enroll your home or business, please call (608) 873-3379 or visit us online at

Not all cheese is created equal
• 130 Unique Varieties of Cheese • Artisan Cheese Trays for Any Occasion • Fresh, “Squeaky” Curds Every Thursday • Fresh Lefse • Cheese Gift Boxes Always Enjoyed, Never Returned 183 E. Main Street, Downtown Stoughton • 608-873-1777
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Wow, what a long cold winter. I have been with the city for 33 plus years and this was one of the coldest winters I can remember. With all the days of sub zero temperatures and above average snowfall, many routine spring activities will be pushed backed this year. I know the city streets took a beating this winter and repairing them will be a top priority for street crews. The frost in the street this winter was a good 6 feet deep, causing many streets to heave. Street crews will be out patching daily this spring until all the potholes get filled. To report a pothole, please call the Street Department at 873-6303. In this article you will also find important information on services provided by the Street Department such as; brush collection schedule, new electronic-waste drop off site, streets to be reconstructed, along with other helpful tips. We want your feedback, is this information beneficial? What else will you like to see published in Street Talks? Lets us know by calling 873-6303 or email at kmanthe@ ****PLEASE READ – IMPORTANT INFORMATION****



A street opening permit is required if you or a contractor works within the city right-a-way. Permits can be obtained at the Street Department office or online at www. and click on street department tab and then permits link. Cost range from $50 dollars to $150 dollars.

The Street Department provides a spring leaf collection for those leaves that fall late or for those who like to rake in the spring. Depending on the weather (when all the snow melts and we can see our lawns again) Spring Leaf Collection will occur for two weeks (Tentative dates are weeks of April 21st and 28th). It is important to make sure leaves are placed in the terrace (area between curb and sidewalk) for collection. It is a violation to rake leaves into the gutter/street. Leaves raked into the street often wash into the stormwater system and pollute our lakes and rivers. Our leaf vacuums need to be close to the curb line of the street and it really helps if you can keep that area free of parked vehicles and trailers.

An encumbrance permit is required if you are going to leave a dumpster or POD in the street for more than 2 hours. Permits can be obtained at the Street Department office or online at and click on street department tab and then permits link. Cost is $25 dollars and the permit is good for 30 days, when it can be renewed for another $25 dollars.

When mowing your lawn, make sure to keep the grass clippings on your property and do not blow or sweep clippings from the driveway or sidewalk into the street. There is a city ordinance prohibiting yard waste in the street which will be strictly enforced.

Public streets may be closed (block parties, running events) for the use of private citizens and non-profit organizations provided said individual organization applies for a Street Closing permit and the completed application is submitted in time frame needed to Street Superintendent Karl Manthe.

City residents can bring e-waste items to Street Department during normal business hours to be properly disposed. City residents will need to check in at the Street Department office and show ID to verify city residency. If you have any questions, please contact us at (608) 873-6303. At this time there is no fee charged to drop off acceptable items.

SEC 50-5.
Offense against public peace, order and other public interests (h) Littering Prohibited (1) No person shall throw any glass, garbage, rubbish, waste, slop, dirty water, brush, yard waste, dirt, rocky materials or noxious liquid or other litter or unwholesome substance upon the streets, alleys, highways, public parks, or other property of the city of upon any private property not owned by him or upon the surface of any body of water within the city. This violation is subject to fines from $50.00 to $1,000.00

To reduce the chances that your mailbox may be hit by a snow plow during winter, summer is a good time to move your mailbox and follow US Postal regulations and place your mailbox 40-42 inches above the road surface and back 6 inches from the curb with the door down. Following these guidelines will increase productivity by snow plow operators.

List of Acceptable Items 
• Televisions • Laptops • Printers, scanners, copiers • Fax machines • Video display devices, monitors • Keyboards, mice, hard drives, flash drives, external modems & other computer devices • DVD, VCR, DVR & Video  NOTE: With computers make sure to remove all personal information or take out the hard drive and destroy it. • Desktop Computers

The Stoughton Tree Commission is hosting a Wood Craving Fundraiser during Syttende Mai to support the Tree-Recycle Program. The event is being held at the Street Department Parking Lot on Friday May 16 from 1:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. and on Saturday May 17 from 9:00 am to 4:00 p.m. at which time items will be auctioned off. Wood Carving Artists X.A.C.T. will be show casing their talents creating beautiful pieces of wood art. To view their work, you can visit their website at or artist Bob Younger’s website at

Still have a few residents that don’t follow guidelines for proper cart placement. John’s Disposal Service Inc. and the City of Stoughton request that carts not be placed in the street, but instead place refuse carts on the terrace or your driveway approach. Please place cart(s) a minimum of 2 feet apart at the end of your driveway or terrace area. Please do not set carts to close to mailboxes, trees, and light poles. Keeping the carts out of the street also allows street crews to effectively sweep streets, vacuum leaves and plow snow during the fall and winter season. These articles will be published in Tower Times issues and placed on our web site at with time related information. While on the web site, check out Frequently Asked Questions. Feel free to call with any questions, hope you find some helpful information Until the next time, enjoy the summer!!!!!!!!!! Sincerely, Karl Manthe Street Superintendent Karl Manthe 608-873-6303

Curbside brush collection will be collected ONLY during the following months; April, May, October and November. Brush must be piled in parkrow and away from any obstacles. Any brush placed in street will not be collected and is subject to violation. Please have brush placed in the parkrow on the Monday of collection by 6:30 am. It is not good practice or healthy to prune trees in the summer heat, open wounds attract insects that can spread diseases to your trees. If you need to prune or remove a tree during the summer months, brush can be hauled to yard waste site (permit needed). Street Department does not collect brush from work completed by private contractors; the contractor is responsible to dispose of brush and wood.

The city has scheduled major street reconstruction on the following streets this year; Church Street (E. Main St to Giles St), Ridge Street (Hillside Ave to Hospital parking Lot Entrance), Forton Street (N. Page St to Bridge). Street pulverization projects are scheduled for Palmer Street (Lincoln Ave to Smedal Dr), Smedal Drive (Lincoln Ave to Van Buren St), Lincoln Avenue (Kriedeman Dr to Eisenhower Rd), S. Harrison St (W. Main St to Hamilton St), Oakwood Court (Sundt La to dead-end), Sundt Lane (Roby to Oakwood). The city has also scheduled yearly preventive maintenance of crack sealing and boiler chip slag sealer. Streets to be determined, but residents affected by this work will be notified by door hanger/letter of scheduled work.

The site is located at 1051 Collins Road (off County Hwy A) in the Township of Dunkirk. The site accepts yardwaste (grass clippings, leaves, garden waste, and sod), shrubbery, and brush. The tentative opening date is April 1st this year, although with winter season still hanging around, the site will not open until the snow melts and lawns are dry enough to start spring cleanup. Yardwaste site will remain open until November 25th. The site is open Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 7:00 pm and Saturdays from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. A Permit (window decal) is required for the site and the cost is $20 dollars and is good for the entire season. Permits can be purchased at the Street Department during normal business hours at 515 S. Fourth Street or at the yardwaste site during hours of operations.

It is important to plant the proper tree in the parkrow to assure a long-lived and healthy tree. Also the size of the tree is important to insure that it will not have to be trimmed due to power lines. Permits are required to plant or remove parkrow trees. There is no charge for these permits; however we need this information in order to keep our tree Inventory up to date. These permits can be obtained at the street department or online at streets&parks/TreeCommission List of tree specifications are also available or you may view these on the web site. Remember to call Diggers Locate at 811 or 1-800-242-8511 or email them at at least 3 days prior to planting

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Our Zumba classes are taught by certified instructors through Fit Pro Services. Fit Pro Services teach Zumba and other fitness classes in many different locations in Rock and Dane Counties and will be bringing tremendous fitness class experience to Stoughton. Zumba fuses hypnotic Latin rhythms and easy-to-follow moves to create a one-of-a-kind fitness program that will blow you away.

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Junior Golf – Instructional League
Designed for children in grades 3-8 and have limited experience on the golf course. Instruction will be provided on course etiquette, rules, technique, pace of play and other facets of playing the game of golf during the course of playing approximately 3 -5 holes of golf each day. To maximize benefit of this program, participants are strongly encouraged to register for the Golf Clinic. Register by June 10. Class size is limited to 24. Program Code: 1161.211 Dates: June 17 – July 22 (No Class July 1) Days: Tuesdays, Noon-1:45 pm Place: Coachman’s Golf Course - Meet at Driving Range Instructors: Dave Taebel Fees: Resident - $60, Non-Resident - $65

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Free Zumba Days—4/23 & 4/25 (Regular times and location) Location: 2nd Floor of the Youth Center Who: Ages 16+ Times: 6:15-7:00 pm Min/Max Participants: 6/25 Day Monday Evenings Program Fee Code Dates (Res./NR) 2211.103 4/28-6/9, No 5/26 $30/$35 4/30-6/4 $30/$35 4/28-6/9, No 5/26 $50/$60

We are one of the first park and recreation departments in the country to list our activities in the GoStrive app. GoStrive is a National Parks & Recreation Association endorsed mobile app that allows people to register for activities and share them with their family and friends on social media net- works. The best part is the app if free to download and use. The app can be found on both the Google Play and iTunes store. Go to for more information.

Men’s Slow Pitch Softball Leagues

Wednesday Evenings 2211.104 Monday & 2211.105 Wednesday Evenings

Junior Golf – Competitive League

We have four men’s softball leagues which is one of the largest in the area. We have leagues on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday nights. The leagues run from May to August. Contact the Recreation Department or go to our web site for an entry form. Contact the Recreation Department if you would like to be put on a free agent list. Entries are due April 15, 2014.


Adult Coed Softball League

These games are played on Friday evenings to help kick off a great social night out. Games are played at Mandt and Racetrack Parks. Contact the Recreation Department or go online for an entry form. Contact the Recreation Department if you would like to be put on a free agent list. Entries are due by April 14, 2014.

Adult Summer Coed Kickball League

We will be offering a kickball league during the summer. Teams will play a seven game schedule. The league will be played on Thursday nights. This is a great social activity. Please go to our website for a team registration form. Fees and roster are due at the Recreation Department by June 1 or until league is filled. League starts June 18.

This total body, high intensity style program, utilizing free weights, resistance, and body weight, masterfully combines the components of R.I.P.P.E.D.® — Resistance, Intervals, Power, Plyometrics, Endurance and Diet (on your own!) to help you attain and maintain your physique in ways that are fun, safe, doable, and extremely effective. The deliberate combination of the R.I.P.P.E.D.® elements and how they are precisely organized in the R.I.P.P.E.D®. class format provide the basis for the One Stop Body Shock System, by stimulating both different energy systems and muscles in each workout segment, changing the focus and activities ever y 6 to 9 minutes. Location: 2nd Floor of the Youth Center Who: Ages 16+ Times: 5:15-6:00 am Min/Max Participants: 6/25 Day Tuesday Mornings Thursday Mornings Tuesday & Thursday Mornings Program Code Dates Fee (Res./NR) 2214.100 2214.101 2214.102 4/15-5/20 4/17-5/22 4/15-5/22 $30/$35 $30/$35 $50/$60

Instruction will be provided on course etiquette, rules, pace of play and technique. Designed for children in grades 4 – 8 and who have experience playing on the golf course. Play will consist of 3 – 9 holes each day in a variety of formats. Parents are encouraged to sign their child up for the Beginner Series if they feel he/she will not be able to play nine holes on the course. Scores will be counted and the will culminate with a junior tournament. Register by June 10. Class size is limited to the first 24 entrant s. Program Code: 1161.212 Dates: June 17 – July 22 (No Class July 1) Days: Tuesdays, 2:00-4:00 pm Place: Coachman’s Golf Course - Meet at Driving Range Instructors: Dave Taebel Fees: Resident - $60 Non-Resident - $65 Sign up for both a league and clinic option and save $10

Spring Miniball Soccer

Yoga for Beginners
Improve flexibility and circulation, strengthen and tone muscles, and relieve stress with our Beginner’s Yoga class. This class is ideal for people who are new to yoga, who prefer a less strenuous workout, or those wanting to return to the basics. Our instructor is in the process of obtaining her 200 hour certification with the Alignment Yoga School, and also leads Chair Yoga classes for the State of Wisconsin. Please bring a yoga mat as they’re not provided. Participants may also do a drop-in class for the dates below for $10. Times: Tuesdays – 6:15-7:15 pm, Sundays – 5:00-6:00 pm Max/Min Participants: 20/6 Location: 2nd Floor of Youth Center Ages: 16+ Free Yoga Day 3/30 (normal location and times) Day Tuesdays Sundays Tuesdays & Sundays Program Code Dates Fee (Res./NR) 2201.100 4/1-5/6 $30/$35 2201.101 4/6-5/11 $30/$35 2201.102 4/1-5/11 $50/$60

Pound Fitness

Pound is a full-body cardio jam session, combining light resistance with constant simulated drumming. The workout fuses cardio, Pilates, isometric movements, plyometrics and Isometric poses into a 45-minute series. Burn between 600 and 900 calories per hour, strengthen and sculpt infrequently used muscles, and drum your way to a leaner, slimmer physique – all while rocking out to your favorite music! Drum sticks will be provided for. com/watch?v=2pCILV8tsqw Free Pound Fitness Day—4/12 (Regular times & location) Location: 2nd Floor of the Youth Center Who: Ages 16+ Days & Dates: Saturdays, 4/19-5/31, No 5/24 Program Code: 2213.402 Times: 9:15-10:00 am Min/Max Participants: 6/25

Start your little Pele on his or her way to a lifelong love of recreation activities. Nothing compares to soccer for an introduction to structured team sports. The emphasis on this program is having fun, getting your child to like sports, and developing their physical literacy. This program isn’t intended on teaching high level soccer skills to your child because of the ages of the participants. Volunteer coaches needed! Days: Sundays Dates: April 13 – June 1, No April 20 & May 25 Location: Racetrack Park Fee: $40 – Resident, $45 – Non-Resident Registration Deadline: March 29 Ages/Grades Pre-K (ages 3+) Kindergarten Program Code 1130.111 1130.112 Times 3:00-3:45 pm* 4:00-4:45 pm

*5/18 class will be at 5:00 pm to avoid Syttende Mai parade.

Rally Cap T-Ball

Vinyasa Yoga

SNAG Golf®
SNAG® stands for “Starting New at Golf”. It is a FUN game that is EASY to learn and can be played ANYWHERE. SNAG® contains all the elements of golf but in a modified form. Falling somewhere between miniature golf and regulation golf, SNAG® al lows for full shots, pitching, chipping, and putting. It is a proven learning & training tool for entry level golfers. For more information go to Max of 16 participants in a class. All equipment is provided for SNAG. Grades K-2 K-2 Program Code 1163.202 1163.203 Times 10:00-10:45 am 11:00-11:45 am

Improve flexibility and circulation, strengthen and tone muscles, and relieve stress with our yoga class. Classes are taught by our certified instructor who specializes in Vinyasa style yoga. This is yoga class is for people who participate in yoga on a regular basis or prefer an intense workout. Wear loose fitting clothing, bare feet or socks. Please bring a yoga mat as they’re not provided. Participants may also do a drop-in class for the dates below for $10. Times: 6:15 – 7:15 pm Max/Min Participants: 20/6 Location: 2nd Floor of Youth Center Ages: 16+ Free Yoga Day 3/30 (normal location and times) Day Thursdays Sundays Thursdays & Sundays Program Code Dates Fee (Res./NR) 2204.100 4/3-5/8 $30/$35 2204.101 4/6-5/11 $30/$35 2204.102 4/3-5/11 $50/$60

T-Ball provides the perfect introduction to the American pastime. Each week will be divided into a separate practice time of 30 minutes and a game time of 30 minutes. Teams will have 6-7 children to make the games move along at a faster pace and more playing time for each child. Practices will focus on the FUNdamentals of baseball such as proper grip on the ball and throwing motion. Practice plans will be provided to coaches. Players are responsible to bring their own glove. All other equipment is provided. Program Code: 1111.200 Days & Dates: Sundays, June 8 – August 3, No Class July 6 (8 weeks) Times: 4  :00, 4:45, and 5:30 PM Game Times. Please note that practice could start as early as 3:30 PM Place: Racetrack Park Fees: Resident - $40 Non-Resident - $48 (Register by June 1) Coaches: Volunteers needed

Days & Dates: Tuesdays, 6/17-7/22 (no class 7/1) Place: Coachman’s Driving Range Area Instructors: Dave Taebel Fees: Resident - $30, Non-Resident - $38

Learn to Play Girls Softball League (Grades K-2)

PiYo Strength

Golf Clinic

PiYo Strength™ is a unique class designed to build strength and gain flexibility. The moves fit perfectly together to form a class filled with intense choreography that’s fun, challenging, and will make you sweat. It’s about energy, power, and rhythm. Think sculpted abdominals, increased overall core strength, and greater stability. In a nutshell, PiYo™ will rock your world! Free PiYo Strength Day 4/12 (normal location and times) Location: 2nd Floor of the Youth Center Who: Ages 16+ Days & Dates: Saturdays, 4/19-5/31, No 5/24 Times: 10:05-10:50 am Program Code: 2215.400 Fee: $30-Residents, $35-Non-Residents Times: 10:05-10:50 am Min/Max Participants: 6/25

Improve your full swing and short game at our golf clinic. Participants will receive instruction each day on driving, iron p lay and putting using the facilities at Coachman’s Golf Resort. Clubs and balls are available for use at the Coachman’s Pro Shop. Prizes awarded each day. This clinic will also get your child ready for the playing lessons program. Register by June 1. Dates: June 11 & June 12 Days: Wednesday & Thursday Place: Coachman’s Golf Course - Meet at Driving Range Instructors: Dave Taebel Fees: Resident - $28 Non-Resident - $38 Program Code 1160.209 1160.210 Skill Level Time Beginner 9:00-10:15 Intermediate 10:30-Noon

Our youth softball program focuses on developing softball FUNdamentals, athletic skills, and the love of sports. Time each week will be divided into a separate practice of 30 minutes and a game of 45 minutes. Teams will have 6 -7 children to make the games move along at a faster pace and more playing time for each child. Practices will focus on the FUNdamentals of softball such as proper grip on the ball and throwing motion. Practice plans will be provided to coaches. Players are responsible to bring their own glove. All other equipment is provided. If not enough players register to have more than two kindergarten teams, the kindergarten program will turn into an instructional program. They will focus on developing fundamentals such as proper throwing motion. We will avoid combining with the 2 -3rd grade class. Program Code: 1100.209 - Grade K, 1100.210 - Grade 1-2 Dates: Sundays, June 8 – August 3, No Class July 6 (8 weeks) Times: 5  :30 & 6:15 PM Game Times Please note that practice could start as early as 5:00 PM Place: Racetrack Park Fees: Resident - $40 Non-Resident - $48 (Register by June 2) Coaches: Volunteers needed

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Youth Lacrosse Skills Camp
FUNdamentals, Learning to Train
This program is for children in grades 1st-4th and all skill levels. The philosophy behind the program is to teach basic skills and fundamentals, develop athletic skills, make new friends, and most importantly have fun! Please let contact the Recreation Department if you would like to help out. All equipment will be provided. Days: Sundays Dates: April 13 – June 1, No Class April 20 & May 25 Time: 5:00-6:00 PM Location: Racetrack Park Fee: $35 – Resident, $43 – Non-Resident Registration Deadline: April 8 Grades Program Code 1-2 1301.100 3-4 1301.101

Spring 2014 11 Junior Viking Track Club Discovering Viking Park: A Madison Audubon Society Conservation Program

The Stoughton Recreation Department is proud to be working with Stoughton High School head girl’s track coach Eric Benedict a nd pole vault coach Craig Martens to offer this five week summer track and field program for 7 to 12 year olds. Junior Viking Track Club is the only program of its kind in the City of Stoughton. The goal of the Junior Viking Track Club is to supply a program of physical activity that serves as a strong foundation for all sports in a fun manner. The Junior Viking Track Club Program is targeting the most critical period of motor skill development in youth (age 8-11 for girls, 9-12 for boys) which can lead to future success in many sports. Under the instruction of the SHS Track and Field staff and varsity track and field athletes, your child will have fun learning the fundamental skills of running, jumping and throwing in age appropriate sequential progressions. At the end of the five weeks we will finish up with a JVT meet, allowing your child to demonstrate their growth and improvement! This program is scheduled to be during the dates of Summer Excel and the class starts right after the Summer Excel classes le t out each day. Parents are able to have their children go straight to the track before they need to be picked up for the day. Ages Time Program Code 7-11 11:00-11:45 1300.200 12-14 12:00-1:00 1300.201 Dates: 6/16-7/16 (10 classes) Deadline: 6/6 Days: Mondays and Wednesdays Locations: Collins Field Track (High School Track) Fee: $40 includes shirt

We have partnered with the Madison Audubon Society and Dane County Parks to offer a new birding and outdoor education class this summer. The class will be led by instructors from the Audubon Society and activities will be hands-on. Please dress appropriately and bring water to drink. Day 1: Observing Viking Park with new eyes. Day 2:  Discover and observe common birds of Viking Park and southern Wisconsin. Day 3: Exploring Viking Park through maps Day 4 : Exploring an important Viking Park natural area. Ages: 9-12 Days & Dates: Thursdays, July 17th – August 7th Times: 4:00-6:00 pm Location: Viking County Park (Meet at the shelter) Activity Code: 1231.200 Fee: $25 Min/Max Participants: 6/25


Junior Angler Club

We’re bringing the popular game from the Harry Potter movies to reality! Don’t know what a Quaffle, Bludger, or Golden Snitch is? No problem. Children will be taught the rules and terms of the game. Each week new teams will be formed and games will be played. The last week is reserved for parents to come watch their children play in the Stoughton Quidditch Cup. All equipment will be provided. Please note that our brooms won’t fly. Quidditch Video - http:// Ages: 10-12 Times: 6:00-7:00 pm Days & Dates: Wednesdays, June 18 – July 23 Location: Racetrack Park (green space near the barn) Program Code: 1800.200 Fee: $  35 – Residents, $40 – Non-Residents (includes shirt) Max/Min: 21/13

Participants will learn how to identify different species of fish, assemble a fishing pole, tie basic fishing knots, select bait, and safely cast and reel. The class will be taught by a certified angling instructor by the DNR. The goal of the program is to teach enough skills so that fishing becomes a regular social activity. This is a great class for children wanting to try fishing for the first time or ones with experience. The class will culminate with a shore fishing trip at Viking County Park. Participants must bring their own rod and reel. We have the ability to purchase discounted Zebco 33 spincast rod and reel combos. Spincast rod and reels are perfect for beginners. Days & Dates: Thursdays, July 10 – July 31 Times: 5:00-6:30 pm Location: E  ast Park Shelter for first three weeks, Viking County Park on July 31 Ages: 8-12 Fee: $  25 - Resident, $30 – Non-Resident. (includes shirt) Please add $20 if you would like us to order a discounted Zebco 33 spincast rod and reel combo. Deadline: June 4 Program Code: 1232.200 Min/Max Participants: 6/12

Bricks 4 Kidz – Laws of Motion
During this session, kids will launch paper footballs at targets with the catapult model, give their mini-figures a ride on motorized see -saw and swing-o-rama rides, and practice telling time as they build the clock model. At Bricks 4 Kidz, we know how to keep their hands and their minds busy! Who says physics is boring? Test out some of Sir Isaac Newton’s Laws of Motion with models that illustrate the concepts of inertia, force, mass, acceleration, and the observation that every action has an equal and opposite e reaction. What will your reaction be to our Bricks 4 Kidz actionpacked class? We doubt you’ll “stay at rest” with these challenging projects designed to accelerate the learning with the force of fun! Ages: 5-11 Days and Dates: Saturdays, April 26 – June 7 Times: 10:00-11:00 am Registration Deadline: April 21 Location: Stoughton Youth Center Fee: $72 Min/Max Participants: 5/20 Program Code: 1312.403

Summer Tennis Lessons

Our tennis lessons program is intended to develop a love of tennis in your child while working on the FUNdamentals. The 10 year old and under program features age appropriate equipment that is recommend by the USTA. Groups will be divided each week by skill level so the children will be challenged and engaged each week. Participants must provide their own racket. The USTA recommends 21, 23, or 25 inch racquets for 10 year old and younger participants. -the-equipment/about/ Dates: June 7 – August 2, No Class July 5 (8 weeks) Days: Saturday Mornings Fees: Resident - $40 Non-Resident - $48 Registration Deadline: May 26 Place: High School Tennis Courts Program Code 1180.200 1180.201 1180.203 Ages 5 – 8 9 – 10 11 – 12 Time 9:00 – 9:45 am 10:00 - 10:45 am 11:00 – Noon

Easy Indian Style Cooking

Are you intrigued by Indian cuisine? Do you want to eat healthy and tasty food on a budget? Do you like home -made meals that are quick & easy to make? Indian cooking does not need to be difficult, time consuming or an expensive affair! In this 2 hour class, you learn to make a complete 3-course Indian meal. Class features making lentil stew (soup or side), Mango lassi, fragrant cumin rice with a side of spinach-lentil Daal and potato fry, raita (dip) and kheer (rice dessert). Ingredients, equipment and recipes are provided in this hands-on class. Ages: 16+ Days & Dates: Saturday, July 26 Times: 11:00-1:00 pm Location: Stoughton Youth Center Activity Code: 2301.200 Fee: $17

Beginning Drawing & Water Color
This six week course will introduce basic contour lines, perspective, and using simple shapes to draw; as well as basic color theory and water color techniques. Join us and discover your hidden artistic creativity. This class is taught by retired Stoughton School District art teachers. Participants are required to purchase their own supplies. A supply list will be emailed out prior to the start of the class. Ages: 15+ Days & Dates: Wednesdays, 6/18 – 7/30, No Class on 7/2 Times: 6:00-8:00 pm, Class on 7/9 will be from 5:00-7:00 pm Location: Fire Department Training Room Activity Code: 2300.200 Fee: $75

Cupcake & Cookie Decorating

Little Gridders Flag Football (Pre-K)

This program will introduce four and five year olds to the sport of football. A head coach will run parent/child pairs through a variety of fun games and activities that teach movement skills (dodging, running, throwing) to future gridiron stars. Each week will consist of a practice and a fun scrimmage. Soft footballs will be used. Days: Tuesdays Dates: 4/22-5/27 Times: 5:30-6:30 pm Location: Racetrack Park – Diamond #2 Outfield Ages: Pre-K, Ages 4+ Fee: $30 – Residents. $38 – Non-Residents (Shirts are included) Program Code: 1152.100

Learn to decorate cookies and cupcakes in henna-style and fun patterns. All materials are provided. You get to take home the cook- ies and cupcakes you create. Poonam has been featured in Madison Magazine and the Wisconsin State Journal for her expertise in Indian centered arts and crafts. She has taught classes for Madison College, Madison Children’s Museum, and multiple area recreation departments. Ages: 5-9 Days & Dates: Saturday, April 12 Times: 11:00-Noon 1 Location: Stoughton Youth Center Activity Code: 1313.100 Fee: $17

Stoughton Rotary Gazebo Entertainment

Junior Zoo Workshop

Introduction to Ball Games

Hand-eye coordination, hand-foot coordination, receiving, and trapping skills will be worked on while a variety of ball games will be played. Whether the week focuses on soccer or football, skills will translate to other sports. The term used in athletic circles is called skill transfer. Before children play each week, the coach will guide them through a dynamic warmup that will work on their athletic skills. Days & Dates: Tuesdays, 6/17-7/22 Place: Norse Park Fees: Resident - $35, Non-Resident - $43 Min/Max: 6/20 Ages Times Program Code 1900.202 6-9 2:00-2:45 1900.200 10-12 3:00-3:45

Kids love to draw animals! Join us as we learn to draw a variety of animals found at the local zoo. We will draw giraffes, lions, tigers, birds, and more. The last day will result in one large scene of the zoo, divided into several habitats and incorporating the many animal friends we have learned to draw. Pencils, markers, Sharpies, and colored pencils will be used. Ages: 5-8 Days and Dates: Saturday & Sunday, June 7 & 8 Times: 10:30 am - Noon Registration Deadline: One week before session starts Location: Stoughton Youth Center Fee: $35 – Residents, $38 – Non-Residents Min/Max Participants: 5/20 Program Code: 1308.200

The Stoughton Recreation Department is in the process of scheduling weekly entertainment at the newly constructed gazebo in Stoughton Rotary Park, east of the fire station. We plan to have weekly shows on Thursday evenings, beginning in June. Music is the main theme, but we are open to other art forms. Contact us, if you are interested in being and entertainer or a sponsor for one of shows. Watch for further announcements concerning schedule and times

Stoughton Area Youth Center (567 E. Main St)

The Stoughton Area Youth Center provides a safe afterschool option for students in grades 5-8. The center is open on school days from 3-6 PM and 12-5 on non- school weekdays. Attendees may participate in homework club, computer repair classes, the makerbot program, and com- munity service programs. There is also a daily healthy snack, school connected computers, gaming opportunities and a gym for those looking to have fun with friends.

How to sign up for an activity

1. Online at 2. Get the GoStrive app from iTunes or the Google Play Store 3. Fill out a paper registration form or stop in at our office City of Stoughton Parks & Recreation 381 E. Main Street, Stoughton, WI 53589 608-873-6746

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