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Hwy. PD gets fixed ... Well, kind of. Page 3

Construction season takes over
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As the long, freezing winter comes to an end, Fitchburg will see plenty of action around the city in what should be a busy season of construction. With new apartments, homes, businesses and roadwork, just going for a short drive around town brings the sights of orange cones, big machinery and, yes, a few traffic delays. “There’s more than a lot of people realize,” city economic development director Mike Zimmerman said.

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Pat Caine is a local dairy farmer who’s been volunteering his time – and his cattle – to help interested youth show his animals and learn about their care. He’s become a mentor who helps kids succeed at showing animals in area fairs from his Byrne Road farm in Fitchburg.


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Farmer, mentor volunteers with youth to instill rural values
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FFA student Jordan Beyler doesn’t have any farm animals of her own, but she’ll still have a chance to show cattle because of the help she gets from a local farmer who’s been mentoring kids like her for about a decade. Beyler is among countless other youth who have been able to get hands-on experience with showing cattle because of help from the Caine family of Fitchburg. Local farmers since the 1940s and business owners since 1955, Jeanne and Tom Caine laid a foundation in community service and farming for their son Pat, 47, to continue having kids come out to the farm.

“We’ve all always been into the cattle,” Jeanne said. Pat, a Fitchburg native living on Byrne Road, and his family are what people might picture when they think of a typical Wisconsin dairy farm family. With his parents nearby, Pat lives at the fifth-generation dairy operation with a two-story farm house. Many in the Fitchburg-Oregon agricultural community are already familiar with the “Caine” name (as in Caine Road off Hwy. M), which comes with history and respect, and Pat’s dedication to local youth carries on that tradiPhoto by Becki Clark tion. His work represents rural values that can sometimes be forgotten in a Caine has mentored Bailey Clark for a coubig city filled with sprawling urban ple of years in cattle showing. She recently

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saw a calf being born on his farm.

Much of the major construction in the upcoming season will be for new apartments, especially on the city’s east side near the new interchange at U.S. Hwy. 14 and Lacy Road. Avante Properties is in the process of adding to its existing 84-unit Riva apartment complex on East Cheryl Parkway with construction of a new 78-unit building, which should take through the spring and part of summer. Just around the corner, Tim O’Brien homes is also constructing its third single-family home among 27 the company plans to build in the new Uptown neighborhood off Hwy. 14. It broke ground on the first home last October. Zimmerman said this construction is the first of much expected in the neighborhood in the foreseeable future as businesses expand as a response to the growing population in the area. “People want to see rooftops,” Zimmerman said, referencing the attraction residential buildings can bring for businesses. In the nearby Swan Creek neighborhood, two new buildings with 95 units total will be built this summer, as well.

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VANN grants will help local families
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Verona Area Needs Network is donating funds to two causes in the community this spring. VANN pantry director Karen Fletcher said the first grant of $1,500 will go toward helping families paying their overdue bills. That’s in anticipation of the moratorium on electric companies not shutting off power during the winter is up in mid-April. VANN - which serves Verona and Fitchburg

– donated the money to Joining Forces For Families so liaisons can help out their clients with, on average, about $75 toward their bill, said JFF social worker Lisa Hemauer, who works in Verona. Additionally, VANN will give $1,000 to the Verona Area School District’s Family Assistance Fund. This funding will go toward various student needs, such as helping students pay for fees to take the ACT and SAT tests. The donations were part of VANN’s 2013-14 budget.
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Woman killed in traffic Bike on accident in Janesville
A Fitchburg woman died in a rollover accident on a Janesville offramp Monday, March 17. According to Channel3000, Shondra Lynette Morbley, 36, of Fitchburg died, while five other passengers were injured. Emergency crews were called to the Interstate 39/90 offramp to Hwy. 14 around 2:46 a.m., Channel3000 reported. A 31-year-old Madison man lost control of his car on the ramp, where it rolled over and came to rest on the driver’s side, according to Channel3000.

A pair of bike experts from the Freewheel Community Bike Shop (1804 Park St., Madison) stopped by the library Saturday afternoon to talk bicycles and show people how to keep theirs in good shape. Above, Brel Hutton-Okpalaeke demonstrates some maintenance techniques. Right, Charlie Pastore concentrates on a quick repair.

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City, county agree to McKee Road repairs
Formal contract delayed
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Drivers along McKee Road should have a smoother commute before next winter hits. City of Fitchburg and Dane County officials have agreed to a deal that would fix McKee Road and transfer responsibility for maintenance and future repairs to the city in the next few years. The Common Council was set to approve an agreement with the county April 8, but that action was delayed while the county works out details of the formal agreement. City administrator Tony Roach told the council at its April 8 meeting that Dane County had not yet given the city a copy of the agreement. It was still to be reviewed by the county highway department and corporation counsel, he said. The Dane County Board won’t take action on the agreement until May, but that wouldn’t delay the work. The county executive’s chief of staff, Josh

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McKee Road isn’t as bumpy as it was two months ago, but the city and county reached a deal this month to prevent the heaving drivers experienced on it all winter from returning.

Wescott, confirmed the work would still be done before next winter. “There continues to be a lot of good progress,” Wescott told the Star, adding that the legislative action needed to approve the project is slightly delayed, but work at the staff level is still on track. “The project will happen this year.”

Elected leaders for the city are expected to agree to terms later this month, but officials came to a conclusion about the bumpy stretch of road between Fish Hatchery Road and U.S. Hwy. 18/151 in early April. The Fitchburg council last month directed city staff to work on an agreement with county staff. The

$3 million deal features the city and county cost-sharing 50/50. Roach previously told the Star that an agreement would have to be made by April 1 for any repair work to be included in the county’s bidding process for 2014. The agreement reached Monday includes:

• Removal and repaving 6 inches of the asphalt • Installation of a paving fabric that has some waterproofing abilities and helps absorb stresses in the road • Removal of and compacting of the about 10 percent of the base course material at some of the cracks and installment of underdrains to allow water to flow away from the roadway, which should result in less pavement heaving. • Snow removal by the city starting in 2016 • The city taking over maintenance of the road by Jan. 1, 2020 Maintenance in the short term would still be partly covered by the county. The county would fill cracks and maintain traffic signals for five years after the transfer. In the fifth year, the county would chip seal the road if the city wants, with the city paying half. The city is also in the midst of applying for a grant that would take the Badger Ridge State Trail crossing underneath McKee Road. If approved, the county would share in half the local costs, as well.

Man who ran over son reaches plea agreement
The Fitchburg man who was charged with intentionally running down and killing his 2-year-old son and attempting to stab two others to death in July 2012 will be sentenced in June. Jesus Castillo-Dimas reached a plea deal with prosecutors after abandoning an insanity defense, according to Channel3000 and online court records. Castillo-Dimas had faced felony charges for first-degree reckless homicide, first-degree intentional homicide, seconddegree recklessly endangering safety and stalking resulting in bodily harm. He pleaded no contest to the first three on April 7, while the stalking charge was dismissed as part of the plea deal, according to online court records. His sentencing hearing is scheduled for June 12. According to the criminal complaint, CastilloDimas had followed a vehicle with his son, exgirlfriend and her new boyfriend inside, then confronted them near an apartment complex on Red Arrow Trail. It said he then got back in his car, running over their son twice with his SUV’s tires and throwing the ex-girlfriend into a nearby rock wall before charging at her with a yellow pocket knife. – Scott Girard

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An employee from Adaptive Restoration helps conduct a prescribed burn at the McGaw Park entrance prairie Wednesday, April 2.

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The City of Fitchburg will conduct a set of prescribed burns this spring in prairies around the city. The burns promote native vegetation and oak regeneration. The city hired Adaptive Restoration LLC to care for its prairies, and that company will conduct the burns. Burns require certain weather conditions, including certain wind prescribed burns: directions and strengths, and there· Briarwood Park fore notice is often within 24 hours of · Dawley Conservancy when a burn will be conducted. · Gorman Wayside The city recommends keeping doors · Harlan Hills · McGaw Park and windows closed when burns take place in your neighborhood to keep · Seminole Glen Park smoke and its smell out of your home. · Swan Creek Park The following prairies are set for

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Major rebuild continues along Verona Road
It should come as no surprise that Verona Road is a mess for drivers right now. Traffic was shifted to the southbound side of Verona Road to rebuild the northbound lanes during the next few months. Drivers need to be aware of temporary lane closures and shifts, as well as backups while crews work on a number of projects in the area. Work has already started on a pedestrian underpass just south of the Beltline. Verona Road will eventually

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Verona Road project weekly updates pass over a jug-handle intersection south of Summit Road and Atticus Way. Traffic is expected to shift to the northbound lanes in July while crews complete the other half of the road and intersections. That phase is planned for completion this fall. Despite the construction

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Work has begun on a pedestrian Verona Road underpass, and traffic will begin shifting again in July.

headaches, the Wisconsin Department of Transportation has been trying to keep access available to businesses in the area. Temporary roads near the frontage road and the Freeport connection along the Southwest Commuter Path give drivers access to both sides of Verona Road. For up-to-date details on the project, look for weekly updates on Connect and through the WisDOT website – Mark Ignatowski

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Friday, April 11, 2014 • Vol. 1, No. 2

It wasn’t a party vote, but three incumbents were defeated convincingly during an Oregon School Board election Tuesday that could fundamentally change the board’s outlook on some key recent issues. According to the Dane County Clerk, in Area II, covering the City of Fitchburg, incumbent board president Courtney Odorico lost to former school board member Charles Uphoff, 1,983-1,587. In Area III, covering the towns of Dunn, Blooming Grove and Rutland, Barb Feeney defeated incumbent Lee Christensen, 1,961-1,581. In Area IV (towns of Oregon, Montrose, Brooklyn and Union and the Village of Brooklyn) Gwen Maitzen defeated incumbent Wayne Mixdorf, 1,942 to 1,616. According to the Rock County website, all three OSB races registered one vote for each candidate. Uphoff, Maitzen and Feeney were

Area III: Christensen (I) 1,582 Area III: Feeney 1,962 Area IV: Mixdorf (I) 1,617 Area IV: Maitzen 1,943 County Board Krause (I) 528 Stern 377

the front during the recent campaign. In February, the school district had a rare primary in Area IV, where Mixdorf and Maitzen outpolled a third candidate, Justin Zander, who later endorsed Maitzen. School board terms are three years. Other Oregon School Board members are Steve Zach, Jeff Ramin, Rae Vogeler and Dan Krause.

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endorsed by the Oregon Education Association, and given the limited difference in public comment from candidates, the results could be seen as a referendum on relations between the school district and teachers. The recent controversy over the Unified Newspaper Group reporter “Just Cause” language in the district Scott Girard contributed to this story. employee handbook was brought to

On the Dane County Board, incumbent supervisor Dorothy Krause comfortably retained her seat in a battle of Fitchburg city alders April 1. Ald. Patrick Stern, Dist. 2, had challenged Krause, who represents Dist. 1 on Fitchburg’s council, following her first two-year term in office. Krause won the election with 58.1 percent of the vote to Stern’s 41.6 percent, according to the Dane County clerk’s website.

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Jacob Connor isn’t waiting until he “grows up” to start the career he dreams about: being an actor. In fact, he isn’t waiting to win an award for his acting work either. The 12-year-old Savanna Oaks Middle School student won a regional Emmy award for his contribution on an educational kids show called “Into the Outdoors,” produced by Discover Mediaworks, which also produces the show “Discover Wisconsin.” Connor, who has been pursuing acting for about two years, said trying out and getting chosen as one of the hosts of the show that airs on channels all over Wisconsin, including WKOW Channel 27, was his biggest accomplishment yet. And winning an award for his work was an honor. Connor, along with several other members of the cast and director Dan Bertalan, of Oregon, accepted the award in November at the ceremony in Chicago. It is the third-consecutive award the show has won as the “Top Educational and Informational Youth Series” in the Midwest from the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences. “It was awesome,” Connor said of winning. “We were like ‘please, please,

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Fitchburg’s Jacob Connor, left, takes part in a scene from “Into the Outdoors” with fellow co-host Caroline Smith. The cast and crew of the kids’ educational TV show accepted a regional Emmy in November. It is the third-consecutive award the show has won as the “Top Educational and Informational Youth Series” in the Midwest.

please’ when our category came up.” His mother, Laura, has been one of his main supporters and said, as a parent, seeing her son win an award that many people strive to win as an adult “is amazing.” His previous commercial acting includes a commercial for the Kalahari Resort in Wisconsin Dells and print ad work for local companies Demco and Florsheim Shoes. Connor’s involvement with the local TV show has taken him all over Wisconsin. Shooting is usually during the spring and summer, and this spring will mark his second season with the show, which produces around 5-10 episodes per year that air all over the state, including in La Crosse, Milwaukee and

Madison, as well as out of state in parts of Michigan and Iowa. Jacob is one of four youth hosts of the show. He must memorize lines and be able to deliver them naturally working with another host. Together, they interact and ask questions to many types of field experts and discover geographical areas of Wisconsin as well as agricultural practices like making cheese or cow manure. “We learn about sustainability and the ecosystem and Einstein’s theories,” he said. “All this cool stuff.” A few activities he has done through the show include building a bat house, looking for frogs in a marsh, observing a Native American pow wow and visiting a sustainable farm, as well as a cave similar to Cave of the Mounds.

Shooting on-camera segments are usually a halfday to a full-day, Laura said. Depending on what is involved, it can be multiple shoots for one episode. Voiceovers, which are done in the Discover Media office on the east side of Madison, last about one-to-two hours. Jacob, who also enjoys hanging out with friends and playing football, said his favorite endeavor with the show was an episode where he got to learn kayaking, archery and mountain biking. He said upcoming shoots will likely include venturing into the wetlands in Northern Wisconsin, tracking moose and getting to check out a helicopter. In addition to getting to be an actor on a TV show, Jacob said he’s gained life skills from his time on “Into the Outdoors.” “It’s actually helped me be more confident in front of people,” he said. “I built up the nerve to be on camera.” The show also includes web extras for more education on the environment. Go to for more information.

April 11, 2014

The Fitchburg Star


Paying it forward
A group of middle school students from Minnesota spent their Spring Break traveling around the Midwest and performing service activities. They stopped in Fitchburg at the McKee Park Apartments to help residents get rid of trash and junk mail. Below, a group also helps to pull the legs off of lawn flamingos.
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Fun at the Library
The Fitchburg Public Library hosted a children’s activity time Wednesday, April 2. Children had the chance to play with toys and join their parents in drawing with wet chalk. Above, Liz Zais helps her niece, Sydney Housh, with her artwork. Left, Maya Wilfer, 2, points at a face her grandmother, Jean Benjamin, drew with wet chalk. Lower left, Sophia Ihlenfeldt, who was at the event with her grandmother, colors with wet chalk.
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STEAM open house

No appointment necessary. Call 729Registration is required for participants. Call 729-1763 or email walker. 1763 with questions. The next major event sponsored by to register. the Oregon STEAM Advisory ComVASD K-12 art show mittee is a Technology Education Open Diabetic support group See artwork made by Verona Area House at Oregon High School on April A new support group aimed at School District students throughout the 15 from 6:30-8:00 p.m. enhancing people’s lives with diabetes month of May. The purpose of this open house is to is set to meet April 17. This event will run from May 2-29 at bring in parents, community members, The group will meet once/month the Sugar River Gallery within Verona business owners and others to view with some variation in meeting dates. Area High School. what is currently in place at Oregon The first meeting will be from 1:30High School related to STEAM educa- 3 p.m. Thursday, April 17, the Fitch- An antiques appraisal event tion. burg Senior Center. There will be a Find out how much one of your presentation on footcare challenges in antiques is worth at a Fitchburg Book discussions for adults people with diabetes. appraisal event next month. Join the Fitchburg Public Library’s There is no cost for the support Mark Moran will appraise one item Wednesday Morning Book Discussion group, but advance registration is for each participant in this fun event, group to read and share thoughts on appreciated. co-sponsored by the Fitchburg Senior books with other adults. Call the Senior Center at 270-4290 to Center and the Friends of the Fitchburg The group meets monthly at 10 a.m. sign up. Library. in the library conference room. DiscusAdvance registration for appraisals is sion books may be checked out at the Nerdy Girl's Night required; register by calling 729-1763. library’s reference desk on the second Enjoy an evening to celebrate being a Registration is not required to watch floor. girl, a nerd, and completely awesome at the program, which will take place at The next discussion is set for 6 p.m., Tuesday, April 22, at the Fitch- 1:30 p.m. Sunday, May 4 at the library. Wednesday, April 16, and features burg Public Library. “Lost in Shangri-La,” by Michael There will be nerdy crafts (and not Video production series Zuckoff. just so-called “girly” ones either), nerd Learn how to shoot and edit video For more information contact Erin trivia and games, plenty of snacks and like the pros. Saylor at chocolate, and time for every girl to This spring, the library is partnering or 729-1763. talk about what she loves. Share your with FACTv to offer a hands-on semipassion for books, movies, anime - nar series on video production. Topics Film screenings whatever - with other awesome girls. will cover equipment, shooting, editing, As part of the Madison Opera’s The event is open to teen girls in as well as special topics like video with Extending the Stage program, the grades 6-12. iPad. library will be offering three free film Classes are free to the public, though screenings in April. Celebration of El día de los registration is requested to ensure ade“Unlikely Friends” will be shown at quate space. 6 p.m. on Wednesday, April 16, and niños/El día de los libros Classes will be held Mondays at 6:30 Be part of an annual national celebra“Race to Execution” will be shown at 6 p.m. beginning May 5. tion of children, families, and reading p.m. on Wednesday, April 23. Call 729-1763 for more details. The former is a documentary about at 6 p.m., Wednesday, April 20. Share a storytime, activities, snacks, Tri-North kid’s building day victims of brutal crimes who, through forgiveness, become friends with their and information about our new Día Parents will want to bring their budperpetrators; the latter is a documentary Family Book Club. ding builders - ages 4-12 - to McKee Diverse books, languages, and culthat follows the stories of two Death Farms Park in Fitchburg on May 10 to Row inmates while exploring the dis- tures will be emphasized and celebrat- let them experience what it’s really like ed. turbing link between race and the death The event is planned for kids up to to build everything from a birdhouse to penalty in America. a city. Both films will be followed by dis- age 12 and their families. Kids Building Wisconsin will feature For more information, email kelly. cussions led by Rev. Phil Haslanger of a variety of fun and educational Memorial United Church of Christ. on activities for children ages 4-12. Contact Kate Hull at 729-1763 with Exhibits and activities will be open eBook drop-in help any questions. Learn how to get library eBooks from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. to help kids Open Mic Night on your Kindle, Nook, iPad or other explore many aspects of the construction industry. Open mic event returns to the library device. Stop by the second floor conference at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17. Musicians, poets, and performers of room at the library at 6 p.m. Tuesday, all kinds are invited to come and share April 29 with the device and get questions answered during this open lab. in the cultural life of our community.

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A photo of the Midway carnival rides at night during a previous Fitchburg Days festival.

Fitchburg Days coming in May
We’ll kick off Fitchburg Days this year with music and lots of fun. The night starts with music by Pilot. At 9 p.m., there will be the annual Fitchburg Days Fireworks Show sponsored solely by our own local Stop-NGo here in Fitchburg. Ending the night with a wild BANG! will be Wisconsin’s own Pat McCurdy who will be on the main stage from 9:30 to midnight. Don’t forget, all three days will feature carnival rides, fantastic food and music in the entertainment tent. Every day the Children’s Tent has different themes. On Friday the theme will be Family Fun Night. Activities run from 4-8 p.m. and include a reading corner, arts and crafts, children’s games and face painting.

Capital City Jazz Fest April 24
The Madison Jazz Society will kick off it second quarter century of festivals with the 26th annual Capital City Jazz Fest at the Madison Quality Inn & Suites, 2969 Cahill Main, Fitchburg. This year’s event will feature jazz artists from all over the country performing a broad range of jazz styles, along with a kick-off celebration on April 24. Although both sessions on April 26 are sold out, tickets are still available for the kick-off celebration on April 24, and the sessions on April 25 and April 27. Advance individual

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Calendar of events
• 9-10:30 a.m., Emerald ash borer informational meeting for property owners, Community Center • 3 p.m. Teen Game Day Super Smash Bros. Tournament, library • 9:30 & 11 a.m. Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5), library • 4 p.m. Spring Break Teen Movie, library • 6:30 p.m., Oregon School District, Rome Corners Intermediate, 1111 S. Perry Pkwy, 835-4000 • 7 p.m., VAHS Band Concert, VAHS gym • 11 a.m. Lapsit Storytime (ages 0-2), library • Noon to 5 p.m. Scavenger Hunts, library • 2 p.m., American Red Cross volunteers talk, Senior Center • 5:30-7 p.m. R.E.A.D. to a Dog (signup), library • 7:30 p.m. Plan Commission, City Hall • 10 a.m. Book Discussion (Adults), library • 10 a.m. Toddler Art (ages 1-3), library • 6 p.m. Film Screening: Unlikely Friends, library • 7 p.m. Mother-Daughter Book Club, library • 1:30 p.m., Diabetic Support group begins, call to register, Senior Center • 4 p.m. Duct Tape-O-Rama (ages 6-12), library • 5 p.m. Teen Writers Group, library

Saturday, April 12

• 7 p.m. Open Mic Night, library • 7-8:30 p.m., 15th Annual OHS Art Department Art Show and Silent Auction, high school commons • 10 a.m. Tot Together Time (ages 0-4), library • 12:40 p.m., Movie day: “12 Years A Slave,” Senior Center • 3 p.m. DIY Crafts (ages 5+), library • 9 a.m.-noon, Stormwater cleanup, meet at Dunn’s Marsh Park, meet at Apache Pond, 4491 Crescent Rd • 1 p.m., Annual Easter egg hunt, McKee Farms Park, 278-8344 • 9:30 & 11 a.m. Preschool Storytime (ages 2-5), library • 7 p.m., Verona Area School District meeting, administration building • 11 a.m. Lapsit Storytime (ages 0-2), library • 10 a.m., Free glucose testing, Senior Center • 6 p.m. Film Screening: Race to Execution, library • 11 a.m. Storytime (ages 3-5), library • 6:30-8 p.m., awards show for high school Congressional Art Campaign, Library • 4 p.m. Plant a Tree! It’s Arbor Day! (ages 3-8) (sign-up), library • 3 p.m. Kids Movie, library

Friday, April 18

Monday, April 14

• 10 a.m., Eccno salon walk/fundraiser • 1-3 p.m., Schumann Greenway Cleanup with All Saints Lutheran Church, McKee Farms Park northwest pond near the Splash Pad • 5 p.m., Oregon School District, Netherwood Knoll, 835-4000 • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Blood Drive, Tri North Builders, Conference Room, 2625 Research Park Dr. • 10 a.m. Playtime with Colors & Shapes (ages 1-4), library • 7:30 p.m., West High School band concert, West auditorium • 6:30 p.m. Green Thursdays Film, library • Free Comic Book Day – For teens only (all day), library • 7:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m., Shred Day, Oak Bank, 5951 McKee Road • 8:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m., Electronics Recycling, Surplus-IT, 901 Watson Avenue, Madison • 8:30 a.m. -12:30 p.m., Fitchburg Arbor Day – Migratory Bird Day Celebration, McKee Farms Park shelter • 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Compost Bin and Rain Barrel Sale, Alliant Energy Center • 1:30 p.m., Antique Appraisals, library, 729-1763 • 7 p.m., Verona Area School District, administration building • 7 p.m. Teen Mother-Daughter Book Club, library

Sunday, April 27

• 5 p.m. Teen Library Council, library • 7:30 p.m., West High School sex trafficking presentation, West library • 10 a.m. Toddler Art (ages 1-3), library • 1 p.m. Getting to Know Medicare, library • 6 p.m. Storytime for Families, library • 6 p.m. Getting to Know Medicare, library • 4-5:30 p.m. Lego Club, library • 6:30 p.m., Evening Birding in Nine Springs, Nine Springs E-Way, 1947 Moorland Rd • 10 a.m.-noon, Fitchburg Bike Rodeo, Stoner Prairie Elementary School (parking lot) • 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Tri-North Kid’s Building Wisconsin, McKee Farms Park • 11 a.m. Social Security 101, library • 6:30 p.m. Video Series: Shooting and Editing, library • 6:30 p.m., Oregon School District, Rome Corners Intermediate, 1111 S. Perry Pkwy, 835-4000 • Noon, Fitball exercise class begins ($35 for 8 weeks), Senior Center • 2 p.m. Planning for Retirement, library • 7:30 p.m., Common Council Nine Springs decision, City Hall • 10:30 a.m. Kids Dance Party (ages 1-5), library

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Wednesday, May 14

Coming Up Dog walk for cancer awareness May 4
Finding a cure for cancer just got infinitely cuter. Local dog lovers and 2 Million Dogs have created a partnership to host Wisconsin’s first Puppy Up! walk in order to create awareness for the common links between canine and human cancers. 2 Million Dogs is an organization that funds oncology research to find the links between cancers of the two species to increase survival rates of both. The walk will be held on Sunday, May 4, and can be participated in whether a furry friend tags along or not. It will be held at McKee Farms Park at Fitchburg with registration starting at 9 a.m. and the walk starting at 10 a.m. Preregistration opens April 27 and is $20 for adults, and kids under 14 are free and must be accompanied by an adult. Registration the day of the walk is $30. Participants may bring up to two dogs apiece, and the dogs must be at least four months or older, up to date on any and all vaccinations and must be a non-retractable leash that is six feet or less at all times. Water and clean-up bags for dogs will be supplied. For more information, go to puppyupmadison. or visit their Facebook page. – Kimberly Wethal

April 11, 2014

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Kids have fun learning bike safety skills at a previous Fitchburg Bike Rodeo event.

Safety tips and fun offered at bike rodeo
Get “geared up” for summer by joining in the fun at the fourth annual Fitchburg Bike Rodeo. The city will once again host the Fitchburg Bike Rodeo to teach safe bicycling skills to kids of all ages. The Bike Rodeo is a free, bikes-on activity that consists of a series of fun and educational stations that kids can bike through to learn real world skills for how to safely operate and navigate their bikes in traffic. Bike experts will be onhand to provide a free safety check of kids’ bikes and helmets. Kids can also join in a bike parade. There will be prizes, refreshments and more. The rodeo will be held Saturday, May 10, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Stoner Prairie Elementary School parking lot at 5830 Devoro Road. Registration for this event will be available at FitchburgBikeRodeo. Registration will also be accepted on the day of the event. Parents will have the opportunity to learn how children see traffic (it’s different from adults), understand the most common crash types for children on bikes, and ensure that their child continues to practice these skills by reinforcing

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What: Fitchburg Bike Rodeo When: May 10, 10 a.m. to noon Where: Stoner Prairie Elementary School

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At last year’s Migratory Bird Day celebration, mayor Shawn Pfaff, right, meets the beautiful Julie, a Western red-tailed hawk. Abbey Ruppert (left) of Raptor Education Group, Inc. will be back with her cool raptors on May 3.

safe biking skills at home. Interested in volunteering? Plenty of volunteers are needed for the event. Send an email to Ahna Bizjak at to sign up for an activity at the annual Fitchburg Bike Rodeo.

May 3: A day to celebrate birds and trees
The city will hold its Arbor Day and second annual International Migratory Bird Day Celebration at McKee Farms Park on Saturday, May 3. Both trees and birds make the community a vibrant place to live and work, so take one morning to celebrate these living assets. There will be fun and educational activities for families, youth and adults. If you can’t stay for the entire event, at least take an hour to meet the raptors. Last year, these feathered educators from the Raptor Education Group, Inc. (REGI) inspired both kids and adults. Those attending the 2014 event will be welcomed by Mayor Shawn Pfaff at 10:15 a.m., with the raptor program soon to follow; or come early for birding in the park and a tree planting with the mayor. Kids can learn the craft of building their own bird feeders out of recyclables with provided supplies. Participants will also be able to learn tree planting, pruning and identification skills from the city forester. For the full event schedule visit Want to volunteer? Contact Dana Dentice at dana. or 270-4287 to find out how you can help. Since 1993, International Migratory Bird Day has become a primary vehicle for focusing public attention on the nearly 350 species that travel between nesting habitats in our community and

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What: Fitchburg Arbor Day-Migratory Bird Day When: May 3, 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. (rain or shine) Where: McKee Farms Park Info:

Historical society learns about American Indian struggle
Longtime Fitchburg resident Ada Deer has a personal as well as historical perspective on the struggle of the Menominee people – and the struggle of American Indians generally. She attended the University of Wisconsin on a tribal scholarship, but dropped out of law school to lobby for restoration of the tribal status of the Menominee people, she told the Fitchburg Historical Society April 6. Her mother had told her it was time to start paying back the Menominee. She did that and more, helping forge America’s policy toward Indians – Deer doesn’t like the term “native American” – as assistant secretary of the interior and head of the Bureau of Indian Affairs under President Bill Clinton, as well as teaching generations of students at UW. When Congress terminated the tribal status of the Menominee in 1961, the former tribe was burdened with enormous costs. Non-Indians were given control of the meager resources of the Mernominee, schools closed, the hospital closed and the Menominee people sank further into poverty. By 1964, tribal members were petitioning for repeal of the termination act. The Menominees’ corporate overseers’ decision to sell tribal lands for lakefront vacation homes was the last straw. Deer helped found DRUMS – Determination of Rights and Unity for Menominee Shareholders. In 1970, the group halted the sale of tribal lands and finally, in 1973, won restoration of tribal status. The vote in the U.S. House was 404-3. Termination, Deer declared, “was a cultural, political and economic disaster.” “We were the first tribe to be terminated. We were the first tribe restored,” Deer said. “We achieved the historic reversal of American Indian policy. We set up a whole new relationship with the tribe, a whole new relationship with the federal government.” The Historical Society elected Eric Amlie to its board of directors, and the board elected Roger Tesch treasurer, to succeed Deborah Henke. Rich Eggleston will present his family tree at the June 7 board meeting at 10:30 a.m. at the library. – Rich Eggleston

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Above, The VAHS “Step Team,” from left, Danesha Thomas, Brianna Harrington, Daishoneria Clemons, Ayanna McGlothin, Neysa Guzman and Tazyiah Stewart, bring some of the crowd to its feet with their moves.

James Fisher brings cheers from the crowd with his vocals and guitar playing during a performance of “I’m Yours” by Jason Mraz.

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Committee will rethink calendar OSD makes progress
Decisions about more than ‘spring break, winter break’
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The Verona Area School District recently created its second new committee of the year focused on outlining the district’s future. This one, though, won’t look at how to structure a school or redraw boundary lines. Instead, it will consider remodeling or expanding that traditional September to early June schedule that schools have run on for much of their history. “I don’t envision a meeting to just decide ‘okay this is spring break, this is winter break,’” VASD superintendent Dean Gorrell said. The goals of the new committee include looking

specifically at the 2015-16 school year calendar, how to extend the school year, increase or maximize hours of instruction and increase the amount of time available for staff development. Gorrell said the focus is especially on finding more time for teacher-parent interaction as the district moves toward every student having a personalized learning plan by the 2016-17 school year. Those plans will outline specific goals and learning habits for each student, and parents are an important part of determining that structure, Gorrell said. “Even with the confines of what we have, should we be expanding (that time) and using fewer days for inclement weather and more for parent-teacher days?” Gorrell said. Currently, state law allows for five of a district’s

180 scheduled school days to be used for inclement weather or parent-teacher conferences, and Gorrell said the district used just one of those days for conferences this year. “We’ll kind of explore … to see what there is about how we could structure this differently,” he said. At the same time, the committee will also consider alternative schedules, such as “year-round” school, something that has progressed slowly in the United States but is gaining support in some districts, including Oregon, where administrators at one of the district’s three elementary schools are scheduling listening sessions to hear from the public on the idea. Gorrell said the group will look at how other districts or schools that have switched to a year-round schedule have handled the transition

and how those schools are performing. He also said that if the committee decided something like a year-round schedule or otherwise differently structured schedule was a fit for one school, it wouldn’t necessarily mean every school in the district would to make the change or any other change that might be decided on. The committee will consist of school board members and community members who apply through the district’s website by completing a survey. The district has received 49 applications for the committee, and will look for a range of community members to serve including parents of school children and business owners. Gorrell expects the committee to have 15-20 members and to begin regular meetings next fall.

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Graduation date could move back a week in 2015
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Verona Area High School seniors would have to attend three days more in the 2014-15 school year than those graduating this spring if a new graduation date is approved. VAHS principal Pam Hammen brought the proposed change, which would move the date back one week, to the school board Monday night after what she said was a few years of conversation with the site council. Currently, seniors graduate the first weekend in June, while students in grades 9-11 attend school for at least part of the next week. The plan would instead have seniors join the rest of the school for that last week and have graduation

the second weekend. For 2015, that would fall on June 14. Hammen said the change would bring many positives, including more days of instruction for the seniors and eliminating some disruption from those classes that have multiple grades and therefore are missing part of their class for some days. She said most of the VAHS staff supported the plan to move the date back a week. “We think they always have more to learn,” Hammen said. “We just really value the time we have with our students.” Although the board did not formally vote on the change, they indicated they were comfortable with it as long as Epic, which has hosted it for the past six years, can accommodate it.

“From an efficiency standpoint, I always wondered why we let the seniors go a week early,” board member Amy Almond said. “I’ve also heard students (in grades) 9 through 11 say ‘all the seniors are gone, the classroom dynamic has changed.’” Hammen said she had not heard much from parents on the issue, other than that they want to know what the plan is so they can share with others who may plan visits for graduation weekend. “It doesn’t seem to me that parents have a huge preference, they’d just like to be informed as much in advance as possible,” she said. Hammen said she will check with Epic and the athletic department for possible conflicts before the board’s next meeting.

SOMS art show
Savanna Oaks Middle School students had their artwork on display the week of April 7 at the school. Works included sculptures, paintings, drawings and more. Left is a clay and glaze sculpture of popcorn by seventh-grader Katri Altenberg.
Photo by Scott Girard

While both sides agree progress was made at a recent mediation session, some issues still separate the Oregon School District and the Oregon Education Association (OEA) on teacher contracts for 2013-14. Continuing talks that started in October, district superintendent Brian Busler said Monday that after some “setbacks and challenges” in the bargaining process, a mediation session March 12 led by WERC (Wisconsin Employment Relations Commission) mediator Bill Houlihan made “great progress.” He said last month the sides were arranging another session, and he hoped a deal could be struck some time after spring break, around the first week of April. A “significant increase” in starting teacher salaries is “part of the process” for recruitment and retention purposes, Busler said. “We have on the table the maximum salary amount allowable by law,” he said. District legal counsel and human relations director Jina Jonen said the board has offered teachers a 2.07 percent maximum pay increase. Busler said Houlihan told representatives from both sides there were “no substantial differences” in their lists, though there are still a few details to hammer out. “We’re excited about it, and we appreciate the hard work and commitment our teachers make to our students every day,” he said. “We feel we are close to reaching a voluntary contract settlement, which is

always our goal.” OEA policy management team chairperson Jon Fishwild, a physics teacher at Oregon High School and union negotiator, said while progress was made during the mediation, he disagreed with Busler’s characterization of how close to an agreement the sides are. “I would not say that a voluntary settlement is necessarily imminent,” he said. “We have asked the district on three different occasions for a written copy of their offer and they have not yet provided that to the OEA.” Fishwild said Busler’s assertion that the district is offering the maximum allowed by Act 10 is “not completely accurate.” “Even applying the rules of operation that the district is using, they are allowed to provide larger pay raises in what is called supplemental pay,” he said. “This would be pay that would not be applied to the base salary and is pay that is not guaranteed going into the future. This is not our preference moving forward, but it is an option.” Issues that Fishwild cited as remaining points of contention are disagreements about teacher prep time, how summer school is paid, and in particular how teachers with 1-3 years of service are paid. “We are not yet satisfied that their offer resolves the dispute and are cautious about moving forward until we have the comfort level,” he said. “We are also concerned about how this fix may cause other salary issues that stem from compacting the salary schedule over multiple bargains.”

Former OSB member will be Edgewood college president
A former Oregon School Board member and current Oregon resident was hired as president of Edgewood College. Scott Flanagan, who served on the OSB from 200307, will succeed president Dan C a r e y i n Flanagan August. “I am deeply grateful for the faith that the board and this community have placed in me to lead Edgewood College,” Flanagan said in a statement released by the college. “Edgewood College’s mission to build a just and compassionate world through educating students has never been more important, and it is my privilege to be invited to serve as its president.” Flanagan has worked at Edgewood College for 16 years, most recently as the school’s executive vice president. In the past, he served as the dean of admissions and financial aid, vice president for planning and enrollment and interim chief financial officer. He also has taught a doctoral course on higher education finance. While on the Oregon School Board, Flanagan contributed to “Accountability for Student Achievement,” a policy paper that received recognition from a national school board association. He currently serves on the board of the Urban League of Greater Madison.

Four finalists for BRMS principal opening
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The Verona Area School District has narrowed the field to four finalists for the Badger Ridge Middle School principal job. A committee including parents and district administrators looked at applications from the original 108 applicants for the job, held

a first round of interviews and will now hold a second round for the finalists in the coming weeks. The goal is to put forward a candidate at the school board’s April 21 meeting, superintendent Dean Gorrell said. Current BRMS principal David Jennings will retire at the end of the year. The finalists are:

• Paul Christiansen, associate principal at Fort Atkinson Middle School • Sandy Eskrich, associate principal at Savanna Oaks Middle School • Mary Kramer, associate principal at Oregon High School • Todd DeBruin, principal at Farnsworth Middle School in Sheboygan

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Oregon teacher’s Brazil trip tackles growing agricultural challenges
a global perspective,” Beaty said, and the sheer number of potential future population at the century’s halfway mark (36 years from now) gives an idea of how quickly the world is growing. With an expected world population around 9 billion by then, feeding those extra people without hurting the environment will be a challenge, she said. “These are the problems my students are going to have to worry about,” she said. The trick is doing something about it, which is just what the group had in mind when traveling to observe different agricultural practices in action. “We’ve got to collaborate,” Beaty said. “Which countries have the best systems to grow things?”

A global perspective

When it comes to answering the question, “How do you feed 9 billion people in 2050?” Oregon High School agriculture education teacher Jillian Beaty might have found some answers among the towering South American sugar cane. Beaty recently returned from eight days touring Brazil with an American Farm Bureau program, funded in part by Farm Credit Service and Monsanto. She was one of only 10 people from around the nation selected by American Farm Bureau to attend. “I’m excited they gave me this chance to get this message back to my kids,” she said. “It’s going to help me be a better leader.” The program is designed to Sugar-coated solution With a population of more provide some “understanding how the United States fits into than 184 million to feed,

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Jillian Beaty, far right, stands with a group of travelers stands outside of a Monsanto plant.

Brazil is a good place to start looking for this generation’s agricultural solutions. According to National Geographic, it ranks fifth in the world in both population and area, and is seen as a key to a region on the rise. One of the country’s key exports is sugar cane, which

Beaty includes around 400, with harvests used for making either raw sugar or ethanol, depending on the market. There’s plenty of promise in the cane fields that can reach up to 16 feet tall, as when converted, they’ve proven an excellent source of ethanol. “In Brazil, 87 percent of their vehicles are flex fuel, because they can use ethanol,” she said. The reason is the type of ethanol extracted from the chopped cane - cellulosic ethanol – that turns out to be pretty efficient. “How do I pick up that extra sugar cane and turn it into some sort of energy?” Beaty said. With Brazil’s warm

temperatures and high humidity, that can be the difficult part, with problematic pests causing some fields to be sprayed 20 times a year, a number American farmers “couldn’t fathom,” she said. “They’re trying to produce quality sugar that competes with our sugar industry, with corn and corn syrup,” she said. “They are our competitors, and they continue to grow in quality and quantity of products. “And we also have to collaborate, because we need to feed the world.”

Agricultural ‘rising star’

She said one thing Brazilians and Americans do have more in common is their

concern for environmental impacts of agriculture. “They’re farmers,” Beaty said. “It’s fascinating - a lot of media talk about how Brazil is growing because they are cutting rainforest, but that’s not really happening (because) here are so many regulations and consequences.” Even while keeping its forests intact, Brazil’s abundance of land makes it a prime candidate for plenty of future growth, she said. “South America is such a rising star when it comes to agriculture - they still have land to farm, and growth is happening because they’re embracing technology to allow them to improve production,” Beaty said. As the world looks to feed its growing populations, Brazil will continue to “find economic strength because of agriculture,” Beaty said, noting recent Chinese interest and investment in the area. Now, the question is how U.S. agriculture will react. “(Chinese leaders) know they have 3.7 million people to feed and Brazil is overproducing what they have,” she said. “I foresee (Brazil) possibly overtaking America...What are we doing to stay competitive and working together in the U.S.?”

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The final session in a series of cooking classes that began in March was held April 8 at thed Aldo Leopold Elementary School. The cooking class was lead by Sandy Meier, who taught the group of around two-dozen people how to make a slow-cooker Zesty Chicken and Rice Supper. “The outpour of support has been great,” Meier said before the lesson. “People who miss a week will still come ask me for the recipes from the week before.” Left, Crystal Revord helps Morgan Post, middle, and her friend Haley, left with the prep work. Below, Josefina Garciá stirs up the spicy concoction.
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11 Leopold teacher chosen for state task force
April 11, 2014

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A third-grade teacher at Leopold Elementary was named to a state task force looking at Wisconsin’s achievement gap. The gap has historically existed along racial or socioeconomic lines, Cerniglia particularly as measured by highstakes exam scores. Kendra Cerniglia will join the state task force consisting of 18 teachers and administrators from around the state. The Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction selected Leopold as a school, and the school’s principal then asked Cerniglia is she was interested. “I think it’s something that’s really important for our schools and our state,” Cerniglia told the Star. She said Leopold has brought in speakers, spent time on interventions for

students most in need and used graphic organizers to keep students organized in the school’s fight against the achievement gap. The “State Superintendent’s Task Force on Wisconsin’s Achievement Gap” will aim to “identify and recommend classroom-centered practices to address achievement gaps in the state,” a press release from DPI said. According to the release, although overall academic success in Wisconsin is high, there are “sizeable gaps” between students of color and white students. Those on the task force, which includes 10 teachers, five principals, two school staff members and one superintendent, were selected after a data analysis found their schools showed high academic achievement, a smaller achievement gap and higher achievement by nonwhite students. The task force held its first meeting Wednesday, April 9.

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Madison West junior infielder/pitcher Rock Cates (24) traveled to Puerto Rico in coordination with the PRoBaseball High School Academy for the third time this past winter, training and practicing baseball skills with coach Carlos Rivera. Above, Cates gets a hit during a game; (top right) coach Rivera talks with the team; (bottom right) Cates, right, and teammate Valentine stand in the dugout; (bottom left) Cates, in the front left, travels on a bus to school.

Cates visits PRoBaseball High School Academy this past winter
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Skills and drills in Puerto Rico
Every day was a good day for Madison West High School junior and varsity baseball captain Rock Cates this past December, and not just because he was somewhere warm for four weeks. Cates attended the PRoBaseball High School Academy in Puerto Rico for the third time this winter, and he said that between training, going to school, meeting new people and going to the beach with his mother Meg, he had a lot to do to escape the polar vortex. But most importantly to Cates, he was able to do something that he loved – play baseball. “I have learned so much about myself and so much about how I can develop my skills and be a better baseball player and a better person,” Cates said. “It is pretty awesome.” Cates was searching the Internet two years ago when he stumbled on a “great opportunity,” and since he has good grades, he was able to arrange the baseball trip with full support of family and Madison West teachers. camp, and Cates said he learned a lot from him, including the mentality to hustle on every play because there is no reason not to. “Everything I have learned about hitting, I have learned from Rivera,” Cates said. “We practice it every day, and we get 150 to 200 swings per day. He also taught me more about the strategy, especially for pitching and how to attack batters. He really knows where to be on every play and every pitch.” And those skills he picked up are now showing up at the high school level. Being a captain this season, Cates is called upon to not just lead the Regents but to also help motivate his teammates to excel. Cates said the trips have helped grow his leadership abilities. “I am really trying to help my teammates learn because they haven’t really experienced what I got to experience. I am helping to understand things like doing all the little things right,” he said. “If I can get them to do the little things right and if I lead by example, I know they will follow me and it will help the team overall.”

A day at camp

Cates started his training at 7:30 a.m. and practiced until 11 a.m. After a lunch break and school, he and his teammates went to the track to practice hitting and running drills or play intersquad games. This was a Monday through Thursday occurrence for the four weeks. Carlos Rivera – who was an assistant coach for the Atlanta Braves’ minor league affiliate the Danville Braves, in 2005 – was the coach at the

Finding time for new friends

Besides baseball, Cates also was able to learn a lot about the culture in Puerto Rico, meeting locals and picking up Spanish. Cates and his mother, Meg, stayed in a house with local Puerto Ricans over the trip, becoming “roommates by baseball.” But it wasn’t as hard to get to know people as one may think. There was

The Oregon High School girls soccer program has had much success the past few seasons, from winning two straight Badger South Conference titles to coming a shootout away from state in 2013. The Panthers had nine graduating seniors in 2013 – losing nine letterwinners and five starters – but although the team is younger, head coach Julie Grutzner still sees them as contenders for a conference title and in the sectional this year. “We are a young, quick team led by first-teamers Kelsey Jahn and Jen Brien, but we will need to replace the loss of Annie Zavoral, who scored nine goals for us,” Grutzner said. “Our defense returns three outstanding players and the addition of a senior and a freshmen will make it one of the strongest overall backlines that I have worked with. We should battle for a conference title again this year.” Jahn is a junior midfielder, while Brien is a sophomore forward. Both girls made the first-team All-Badger South, and Jahn also was named as an honorable mention AllState. The two led the offense last season with eight and nine goals, respectively. Jahn added eight assists, while Brien collected six. Sophomores Taylor Martin (2 goals, 1 assist) and Makena Fanning (3G, 3A) return to the forward position. Senior Eliza Neidhart (3G, 3A) and junior Paityn Fleming (1G, 4A), who was an honorable mention all-conference member, return to help the midfield. On defense, senior Jess Kutz, a second-teamer, junior Brenna Petersen and sophomore Jess Jacobs return to lead the backline. Other returners are senior forwards Megan Brugger and Kristin Marshall, senior midfielders Dani Ironmonger and Hailie Schnabel and senior

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VAHS track and field

Wildcats fueled by last year’s disappointment
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Verona Area High School boys track and field team was disappointed with last year’s fifth-place finish at the Big Eight Conference meet. It’s a finish the Wildcats will be looking to improve upon this season. “Last year was our lowest finish at a conference championship since 1996,” Wildcats head coach Joff Pedretti said.

“Although Middleton appears to be the team to beat and might be out of reach for us, we hope to improve and get within striking range of them by the end of the year.” Leading Verona on the track this season is a healthy Ryan Nameth. Battling injuries throughout most of last season, Nameth went on to finish 14th overall at state in the 3,200. A third-place finisher at the WIAA state cross country meet

as a freshman, since then the junior distance standout fell behind rival Olin Hacker of Madison West. “Ryan is our top athlete after finishing second at state, however, the state champion is also from our conference, so that will be a battle,” Wildcats head coach Joff Pedretti said. Hacker was the only person who beat Nameth during last fall’s cross country season as the Verona standout ran to a

second-place finish at the WIAA Division 1 state cross country meet a year ago. Steven Queoff is the Wildcats lone returning Big Eight conference champion. Despite watching teammate Matt Dietlin go on to a second-place finish at the state meet, it is Queoff who is the defending conference high jump champion. Steven Hartnett is a returning Big Eight medalist in the hurdles, while Cameron Tindall and

Ben Feller are back as medalists in the 100 and 1,600, respectively. As far as the conference race shaping up, “Middleton is the clear favorite to win this year,” Pedretti said. “Although they graduated some key guys, they were so dominant last year hey still have a sizable gap on the rest of the conference.” The conference meet is slated

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April 11, 2014

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Verona Area High School Girls soccer

Cats look to rise to first
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Verona softball spent the last two years playing in the shadow of Sun Prairie, who won the Big Eight Conference and advanced to the state tournament at the conclusion of both seasons. The Cardinals were 46-7 overall and 31-5 in conference over that span, advancing to the state championship game two years ago and losing to eventual state champion Westosha Central in the state semifinals a year ago. Sun Prairie has since graduated the heart of those teams, including All-State pitcher/ shortstop and Big Eight Player of the Year Kristen Hoppman as well as All-State third

baseman Katelyn Huemmer. Outfielder Briana Peterson, Nicole Hoffmann and utility players Jenna Dammen were also first-team all-conference selections that graduated. With that kind of turnover, Wildcats head coach Todd Anderson feels 2014 is the year Verona finally gets back on top. While Sun Prairie lost plenty of talent, the cupboard is far from empty as the Cardinals welcome back a pair of its top hitters in first-team catcher Cheyenne Holmes and junior outfielder Raylin Betthauser. Junior infielder April Hommerding, who was a second team all-conference player recipient, is also back.

Wildcats look to excel on the pitch
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The Verona Area High School girls soccer team returns 12 players from last season but remains young with 10 sophomores and three freshmen, but head coach Jennifer Faulkner said the roster is skilled throughout all grade levels. The Wildcats finished 7-9-2 overall (4-4-1 Big Eight Conference) last year and look to build from the experiences of 2013. “We expect to compete well in our conference and around the area,” Faulkner said. “Our goal is to build on the successes we found last year, and we believe we will have a strong

season.” Senior captains Felicia Retrum (second-team forward) and Maddie Hankard (first-team defense) join seniors Gabby Douglas (defense) and Becky Schultz (midfielder) and juniors Teeghan Tvedt (second-team midfielder) and Ari Makuch (forward) as the upperclassmen returners. Sophomores Bella Genova (forward), Emily Krogman (midfielder), Makenna McGilvray (midfielder), Emily Roark (midfielder), Shelby Wing (forward) and Alexandria Zaugg (forward) are also back from last season’s squad. All of the top goal scorers from 2013 are back. Retrum picked up nine goals and six assists, while Wing had five goals and five assists. Makuch picked up six goals, while Roark picked up

five goals and four assists. Tvedt also returns after getting at least 10 points with four goals and three assists. Senior Maddie Westfall makes the jump to goalie this season to replace graduate Sarah Schoeberle, while junior Erica Higgins and freshmen Dani Gilboy (defense), Kate Melin (midfielder) and Rachel Knoebl (midfielder) are also expected to contribute right away as newcomers to varsity. Faulkner said the girls will need to win the possession battle in order to do well this season. “When we play our style of soccer, a game of possession and control we do well,” she said. “We need to focus on dictating the speed of play so that other teams have to adjust to us instead of us reacting to them.”

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Boys tennis
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Cats look to build on last season
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Young team looks to step this season
A year ago the stars were seemingly aligned for the Verona Area High School boys tennis team to reach the WIAA Division 1 state tournament after a nine–year hiatus. The Wildcats were, after all, finally moved away from Middleton to the much less-competitive Lake Geneva Badger sectional with Madison East. Despite advancing the team’s top two individuals all the way to the round of 16 at the WIAA state tournament, however, the Wildcats fell well short on the doubles side. The since-graduated duo of Andrew Argall (32-2) and Brian Davenport (323) both won Big Eight Conference and sectional titles with a combined record of 64-5 atop the Verona lineup. The Wildcats (19-5 overall, 7-2 conference) did not advance one doubles team to sectionals and the goal of playing at team state was overtaken by Madison West, 41-34. “We will be young, but very hungry to move past the loss to Madison West for team state,” head coach Rick Engen said. “We want to finish in the top two in conference and move to the team state berth.” Senior Phillip Rudnitzky and sophomore Alex Pletta return as the Wildcats lone two players with singles experience from a year ago. Rudnitzky (22-7) won the conference title at No. 4 singles as a freshman before taking second at 3 singles last year. He went on to win the sectional title at No. 3 singles, while Pletta (20-8) finished third at conference and runner-up at sectionals at No. 4 singles last season. “Phillip and Alex have both improved since last year, knowing they would have to compete for the one spot,” Engen said. Verona’s No. 1 doubles team of Alex Hadjiev and Austin Gerdes finished third at conference, but graduated following last season. Davenport and Hadjiev are both playing at Edgewood College this season. Verona will also be without junior doubles player Nolan Fink, who played No. 4 doubles a year ago. He quit tennis this spring in favor of lacrosse. Sophomore Matt Blessing and senior Jackson Hutchcroft finished third

The Verona Area High School baseball team was young in 2013, and it struggled with consistency during a 6-17 season (5-13 Big Eight), but head coach Brad D’Orazio said the Wildcats look to “build on the lessons learned from last season.” Verona returns nine letterwinners from last season, including four starters. Sophomore catcher Ben Rortvedt, who earned second-team All-Big Eight Conference last season, returns as one of the top players and will be a captain in 2014. He batted .328 and picked up 12 RBIs last season. Seniors Jake Armstrong (.222, 11 RBIs), John Moynihan (.281, 1-2 record,

3.16 ERA), Mitch Flora (.243, 13 stolen bases), Ryan Pynnonen (0-2 record, 3.00 ERA) and Jeffrey Reinholtz (.333) join Rortvedt along with juniors Connor Volker (4 RBIs), David Rogowski (.261, 4 RBIs) and sophomore Keaton Knueppel (2-3 record, 2.07 ERA). D’Orazio said he expects the pitching to be strong this season. Besides Pynnonen, Knueppel and Moynihan, the Wildcats also have juniors Tekoa Whitehead and Jake Toman, who he said pitched well for JV in 2013. “We hope to rely on our pitching to keep us in games,” D’Orazio said. “Moynihan, Knueppel, and Pynnonen all threw valuable innings last year, and we expect them to continue to find success.”

overall at conference a year ago at No. 2 doubles. As the Wildcats’ most experienced doubles team, they expect to move up to 1 doubles this season. “It is possible they could move up, but my doubles lineup is in flux right now trying to find the right combinations,” Engen said. Verona’s only other returning player with doubles experience is senior Jun Yan, who played 4 singles and 3 doubles a couple of times. Johnny Yan, Mitch Kealy, Luke Schoeberle, Patrick Conley, Jonah Gerrits, Trent Pederson, Doug Wilson and Alex Breitfelder figure to battle for one of the remaining five spots. The team could also ask freshman Matthew Happel, son of VAHS girls head coach Mark Happel, to be a key contributor right away. Middleton will once again be very strong in the conference, as will Madison West. “All of the other teams in the Big 8 also have improved in the past few years,” Engen said. “Sun Prairie will have a strong No. 1 doubles team. And we never overlook any team in the Big 8.”

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For the past few years, the Verona Area High School boys golf team was a state contender, but this year will hold new challenges with graduates Tyler Reinecke, Caleb Baltes and Matt Feller leaving starting spots open. Seniors John Tackett and Riley Schmitz both return with varsity

experience, while senior John Stevens also received a letter in 2013. The other two openings are expected to be filled by junior Joey McCormick and sophomore Nick Meland, who was the top freshman last season. “Tackett and Schmitz should provide good leadership, and hopefully some of the younger guys will be ready to step up,” head coach Jon Rebholz said. “We are the defending conference champs

and despite the talent level that graduated, our mantra this year will be to play each match and invite like we are defending something.” The Wildcats were 9-0 in conference duals in 2013 and finished second in the Big Eight meet, falling three strokes behind Middleton. Verona took second at regionals, a stroke ahead of Middleton and

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With 11 seniors and a junior returning, including starters, head coach Kevin Connor said the Oregon baseball team is going to compete this season. The key will be pitching, he said, but the run production will propel the Panthers to the top half of the conference or drop them to the middle of the pack. “If we can consistently score runs we should finish

in the top half of the conference and compete for a conference crown with our pitching staff,” Connor said. Seniors Logan Laski and Ross Galloway and junior newcomer Lukas Mueller will look to lead a staff that includes returning seniors Abe Maurice and Jack Krueger and junior Mitch Weber. Senior newcomer Bryan Putnam and juniors Travis Fluckiger and Will Paltz are also listed as pitchers.

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the Badger South meet, which they will the 110 high hurdles (16.47), while both look to defend. Wood finished second in the 4x100 and 4x200 relays took third, as the long jump, while Jones also finished well. The 4x100 team of sophomore Lucas Oregon girls track and field senior fourth in the 1,600. Knipfer, freshman Lucas Mathews, middle distance standouts Jamie Wood Turner and Buckner finished in 44.76, and Valerie Jones both return will high Boys The Panthers finished fifth overall in while the same team had a time of expectations after outstanding seasons a the Badger South Conference a year ago. 1:32.96 in the 4x200. year ago. Senior Graham Otis (graduated) and With 10 letterwinners back along with Maddie LeBrun, Wood and Jones are back in the 4x400 where they finished a strong sophomore class, however, the Mathews finished tied for fourth in the eighth overall last year. While Dani Panthers should be able to crack into the high jump (5-8). Junior Jack Maerz grabbed fifth in both the shot put (45-8 Steinberg graduated following last sea- top third of the conference this season. Senior Jawon Turner won the Badger 1/2) and the discus (133-1). son, the trio of LeBrun, Wood and Jones Sophomore Chris Cutter finished fifth will look to defend their Badger South South Conference title in the triple jump and will once again help the Panthers out in the 800 and seventh in the 1,600 at title. Wood, Jones and LeBrun joined Stein- on the sprints and relays. BJ Bucker add- conference year ago. Lease said the goal is simply to move berg to finish 10th overall in the state for ed a fifth-place finish in the 100-meter up within the Badger South and to qualdash. the 4x800 relay . Sophomore Alex Duff took second ify as many individuals as possible for Individually, Jones placed 14th in the 800-meter dash at state, while Wood fin- in the 200 (41.58 seconds), while junior the WIAA Division 1 state meet, “We can tangle with anyone when firing on all ished 17th overall in the 400-meter dash. John Hermus finished eighth. Junior Christian Alcala was third in cylinders.” Both won their respective events at

Oregon looks to bounce back
Sports editor

Boys golf

Third-year head coach Michael Derrick inherits another very young Oregon softball team that finished 1-15 overall (1-11 Badger South) last year. After bowing out with a 9-1 loss to Waterford in the first round of the WIAA playoffs last year, this year’s Panthers squad, however, has a lot of talent and potential, Derrick said. “The pieces are there as they grow with experience,” he said. “We will

be very competitive, and after last year, I think we may even surprise a few teams.” Defensively, the team needs to build around solid pitching led by senior Cee Cee Herale, who had 95 strike outs a year ago and posted a 5-10 record as a starter. A hard thrower, Herale also returns a powerful bat after missing last year due to injury. Pitcher Lacy Fluckinger is expected to a lead a very talented freshman class that will be expected

New coach for up-and- Sights set on Edgewood coming Panthers
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Boys tennis

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Panthers. Torhorst shot an 85 at regionals, helping the Panthers to a sixth-place finish. Oregon High School boys Torhorst also took third in golf has a new coach, and Bill Scheer is inheriting a lot Turn to OHS Golf/Page 16 of experience in 2014. The only loss from last season’s starting five is Grant O’Donnell who transferred to Evansville after making sectionals for Oregon. Junior No. 1 Carson Torhorst returns to lead the
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Ben Conklin enters his 15th season as coach of the Oregon boys tennis team, aiming for two goals. Over his time at OHS, Conklin has never won a conference title or advanced a

team onto the WIAA Division 1 state team tournament. Madison West advanced through the sectional a year ago, while the Panthers tied Milton and Fort Atkinson for sixth (out of 15 schools). That’s something Conklin is

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OHS Softball: Seeking improvement from last year
Continued from page 15 to contribute right away on varsity. Offensively, the Panthers return some quick sticks with a nice mix of power, Derrick said. Sophomore MacKenzie Kressin batted .333 as a freshman, earning herself second team all-conference honors as a utility player. A solid player who can play anywhere, Kressin led the team in most offensive categories. Senior Dani Moore, a two-year varsity starter and letterwinner in the outfield will take over behind the plate as the field general. Moore’s leadership abilities and experience should go a long way in helping the team improve from a year ago. Oregon also expects to see major contributions from seniors Randi Ortman, Mikayla Berge and Allie Greene, who is injured to start the season. The Panthers need to find a way to replace allconference starters Alyssa Damon (Edgewood College), Hailey Morey (UWRiver Falls) and Alexa Nelson (Purdue University), who missed all of last season with an ACL injury as they have all taken their talents to college. Junior Sarah Anderson, Jasmine England and Kyrie Heath, as well as sophomores Maddy Knaack, Quincey Newton, Liz Auer and Kate Spierings will also be counted on heavily to improve upon last season. “Every learning experience we can take to earn a few extra nuggets will push us along,” Derrick said. The Panthers have finished 14-42 overall and 7-29 in the Badger South over the past three years, but are hoping to move up within the conference this season. The task won’t be easy, though. Monroe went 12-0 in conference play and should once again also be in the mix, though the Cheesemakers need to fill the void of Becca Armstrong, who won 24 games in the circle. The team returns several talented seniors, including first team all-conference catcher Chandra McGuire, infielders Kayla Updike and Ellie Grossen and outfielder Taylor O’Leksy. Fort Atkinson (9-3) finished second in the conference last year and looks to be among the favorites again this season. The Blackhawks will need to replace utility player Lauren Pfeifer, catcher Aly Garland and pitcher Kaitlyn Hollman, though.

OHS Baseball: Ballplayers
look to compete this year
Continued from page 15 Seniors Austin Adams and Pierce Peterson will join Krueger, Weber and Mitchell as returning outfielders. The infield returns seniors Will Reinicke, Jere Bauer and Tyler Mortensen to join Laski, Galloway and Maurice. Senior catcher Colin Byron is also back. Juniors Andrew Pliner (infielder/outfielder), Travis Fluckiger (infielder/pitcher), Chris McGuine (outfielder), Parker DeBroux (junior), Zach Clementz (catcher), Mueller and Paltz were named as key newcomers by Connor. Baseball Coaches Association rankings, and it is also one of the favorites to win the Badger South Conference. Oregon (6-15 overall, 4-8 conference) looks to finish higher in the competitive league. Connor said that Milton and Fort Atkinson will once again be tough to beat, while Monona Grove can be a sleeper if its pitching comes through.. “It is a competitive race every year, and I don’t see any reason why it wouldn’t be this year again,” Connor said. The Vikings shared the conference title with Monona Grove and Fort Atkinson in 2013. All teams were 8-4. Madison Edgewood and Milton were tied for second at 7-5. Monroe finished 0-12.

OHS Tennis: Ready to battle Edgewood, again
Continued from page 15 hoping to change this season, though. The Panthers once again finished second behind Madison Edgewood in the Badger South Conference a year ago, but managed to advance senior No. 1 singles player Jackson Schneider (16-7) onto the WIAA state tournament. “Edgewood is once again going to be very good,” Conklin said. “Every step we take toward them they take another step above. We certainly have a shot to beat them, but it’s going to be tough.” Schneider ended a nearly decade-long drought by Oregon at state, winning his first-round match to advance to the round of 32 at the state tournament. The Panthers welcome back seven varsity starters, including all of last year’s singles lineup in seniors Alec Onesti (No. 2), Dakota Tallokson (No. 3) and sophomore Drew Christofferson (No. 4). Onesti (17-6) placed third overall in the conference tournament before going on to finish second at sectionals to Verona senior Brian Davenport, who advanced all the way to the round of 16 at state. A pulled calf muscle forced Tollakson to retire during his third-set match at No. 3 double tied at 3-all in the second set at conference a year ago. Just because Oregon returns all four singles doesn’t mean Conklin won’t tweak his lineup. Schneider’s younger brother, Calvin, as well as fellow freshman Charles Donovan will both play on varsity. Oregon returns the Badger Conference No. 3 doubles championships team of seniors Jackson Wilhelm and Brady Behrend. In winning the title the duo became the Panthers’ first conference champions since the No. 2 doubles team of Mark Heller and Tom Bandow back in 1998. Behrend, however, may make the move to singles this season. Junior Dan Griffith is also back with doubles experience, which leaves only three varsity spots open.

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OHS Soccer: Girls go for
third straight conference title
Continued from page 13 defenders Megan Lowe and Lara Frankson. Also, four freshmen newcomers look to be contributors this season. Abby Brietbach is going to be an alternate goalkeeper, while Meagan Brakob will help the midfield. Both played for the Wisconsin Rush Premier squads last year. Madelyn Peach, who will be the other goalkeeper, and Holly Kaboord, who will help the defense, also have experience as both played for the Madison 56ers. Also new to the team is senior defender Morgan Wendt. Grutzner said the Panthers look to compete for the conference title with Monona Grove and Madison Edgewood this season.

OHS Golf: Scheer takes over as head coach
Continued from page 15 “We have an experienced but still have Grove High School in 1981, turned pro a young team,” Scheer said. “I think we in 1986 after attending the University of the Badger South Conference meet and have the potential to be very competitive Louisville and Madison College. this year and next.” He was the club professional at Glenearned all-conference honors. way Golf Course from 1999-2012. Also back from last season are juniors Scheer’s coaching experience was Austin Busler and Collin Bundy and New coach Scheer joins the Panthers this season earned at MATC. He coached there for sophomore Brandon Michek. Michek 13 years and was named Coach of the shot an 89 at regionals, while Bundy and to take over for Ben Cowan. Scheer, who graduated from Monona Year seven times. Busler each had 94s.

VAHS Softball
Continued from page 14 Having finished no worse than third since moving to the Big Eight back in 2009, the Wildcats return six of nine starters from a year ago, losing a pair of first-team all-conference players in outfielder Leslie Banzhaf and third baseman Claudia Kepler as well as honorable mention infielder Taylor Maier. “We’re senior-rich, which means you’ve got a lot of knowledge, a lot of saavy out there,” Anderson said. “If you start to breakdown and have a few errors these kids have been in enough games to know that’s not the end of the story.” Though Verona returns the majority of its lineup, the team looks far from the same with several girls playing new positions. A second-team all-conference outfielder a year ago, Kori Keyes makes the move to shortstop this season. Fellow second-team honoree Bailey Buisker is back at first base. Senior pitcher Emma Ray was perhaps the team’s biggest addition this season. As her family was all set to move to Tennessee following last year. Ray, a second-team allconference pitcher, is only one of the team’s top hitters. The return of Ray in the circle reunites one of the best batteries in the conference with catcher Nicole Neitzel, who also finished last season as a second-team all-conference nominee. Sophomore lead-off hitter and center fielder Heather Rudnicki, was an honorable mention all-conference player a year ago, as were seniors Steph Keryluk and Bea Kealy. Keryluk.

VAHS Track: Ready to move up the ranks
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Verona girls track and field is going to be young this season, but the Wildcats are hoping to improve within the conference ranks. “We have a lot of new girls this year to go along with our strong nucleus of returning athletes,” Wildcats head coach Mark Happel said.

“The Big 8 is probably the strongest conference in the state. It would be a great effort if we could be in the top half of the conference.” Verona returns three-fourths of its fourth-place 4x200 relay in Jenni La Croix, Kylie Schmaltz and Shannon Kerrigan. The threesome posted a time of 1:43.81 to finish behind only state champion La Crosse Logan (1:43.22), Wisconsin Lutheran and Bay Port at state. Juniors Hannah Miller and Nicole

Noltemeyer and La Croix also give the Wildcats three-quarters of its 13th-place 4x400 relay back from a year ago. Individually, La Croix finished 24th overall in the 800-meter run. Nikki Zimbrick qualified for state in the high jump, but did not clear the opening height. Senior Lexy Richardson is a returning All-State athlete from 2012, who battled injuries throughout most of last season.

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VAHS Golf: Tackett and
Schmitz return
Continued from page 14 seven strokes behind Madison Memorial, and it took fifth in a very tough Sparta sectional. The Wildcats shot a 313 at sectionals. The two state qualifiers Onalaska and Stoughton shot a 296 and a 299, respectively. the Wildcats being a part of the discussion by the end of the year. “We need to have a “next man up” mentality and some new guys need to step in and be ready to play smart, winning golf,” Rebholz said. Some of the other top players in the conference are Kellen Rice at Memorial, Emmet Herb at Middleton, Nils Arneson and Peter Conowall from East and Kolton Kelly at Beloit. The Big Eight Conference meet is at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 22, at Evansville Golf Club.


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April 11, 2014

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Regents return five to the golf course
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Boys golf

Young squad looks to upset foes
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The Madison West High School boys golf team looks to turn a corner in 2014. After a 1-8 dual record in the Big Eight Conference last season, head coach Kurt VanSomeran is preaching knowledge of the game and practice. West gets five returning letterwinners back, including three starters. Senior Luke Piper, junior Adam Benjamin and junior Will Welch all started at the Middleton regional last year. Benjamin was the No. 1 golfer and shot a 93 at regionals last year, while Piper and Welch each shot 90s as the No. 3 and No. 4

golfers, respectively. Senior Jack Cardwell and junior Zac Callies are expected to compete for playing time. Junior Lake Larson shot a 79 and qualified for sectionals last year, but he is not listed as returner in 2014. “I expect that our golfers will understand the game better and improve their play,” VanSomeran said. “I also expect that they will become better young men as a result of their experiences on the golf course.” West finished eight out of eight teams at regionals last year, 27 strokes behind the final sectional qualifier. The Big Eight Conference meet is at 9 a.m. Thursday, May 22, at Evansville Golf Club.

The Madison West High School baseball team lost seven starters from last year’s team, but head coach Ben Greiber said the Regents have the potential to pull out some upsets if other teams take them for granted. “The Regents might look young on paper, however they will play with a lot of heart and work hard every day in practice to get better,” Greiber said. West has four returning letterwinners back – senior honorable mention allconference pitcher Joe Trier, senior outfielder Aubrey Johnson, junior pitcher/ outfielder/infielder and second-team allconference selection Simon RosenblumLarson and junior infielder and team

captain Rock Cates. They, along with several key newcomers look to finish in the middle of the Big Eight. The newcomers are juniors first baseman/pitcher Hank Freyberg, junior outfielder Spencer Bauer, sophomore catcher Daelon Savage, sophomore pitcher/outfielder Cam Porter and sophomore outfielder Mark Alesia. “The pitching staff anchored by Simon Rosenblum-Larson and Joe Trier will look to keep games close with their stellar pitching,” Greiber said. “Rock Cates will anchor the middle infield and also get some time on the mound.”

Sun Prairie is led by senior pitcher/outfielder Ryan Curran and is a favorite to win, according to the preseason Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association rankings. Beloit Memorial is picked to finish second, led by senior outfielder Armann Cabrera and seven other returners. West finished 13-7 overall, 12-6 Big Eight in 2013, and they will need to battle with Janesville Craig and Verona for a potential top middle spot. West travels to Riverside Park at 5 p.m. April 22 to take on Janesville Parker, and it hosts Beloit Memorial at 5 p.m. April 30. The Regents travel to Sun PraiConference preview rie at 5 p.m. May 6, and they host Parker Greiber said Sun Prairie, Beloit Memo- at 5 p.m. May 20. West travels to Beloit Telfer Park at 5 rial and Janesville Parker should all battle p.m. May 28 to take on Beloit Memorial. for the top of the conference.

Cates: Varsity baseball captain learns in Puerto Rico
Continued from page 13 no culture shock because there was always baseball. Baseball was brought to the island by Cubans and Puerto Ricans who visited the United States. And now Puerto Rican baseball has become an influence on the MLB. That shows with the local love of the game, and that is something Cates fit right in with. “When you go out to the diamond, it is a universal language,” he said. “The coach teaches us to play hard and live each day, because he said every day is a good day. That is the way that I looked at it every day because I got to go out to the field and do something that I love.” And having his mother there to help him with school didn’t hurt. “My mom goes down there so she can help me with my school, so I am with her on the weekends,” Cates said. “We get to go to the beach quite often and that never gets old.” Despite not knowing whether he will be able to go again, Cates said he is hoping he can make it back at Photo submitted least one more time this next winter. “I cannot leave without it, espe- West junior Rock Cates (middle) is in the stands cially in the cold winter months,” he with teammate pitchers Elmer (left) and LC. said.


Girls look to break out
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The last few seasons have not been kind to the Madison West High School softball program, but head coach Jocelyn Lepinski said she sees that changing this year. The Regents have won a total of 10 games since 2008, but with a strong junior class, led by catcher Brooke Varian, Madison West looks to not just compete but also to pick up some wins in the process. “Finally, we have a team that is coming together,” Lepinski said. “It has been hard to find consistency, strong skills, and the desire to win. This team is now strong with a core group of juniors. I have great hopes that we can not only give teams a run for their money, but that we can beat them.” West was 0-22 the past two seasons, but it has seven starters back. Varien is a two-time first-team All-Big Eight Conference selection, and Lepinski said she expects her to “be a force behind the plate.”

“She is easily one of the best athletes I have coached and believe she will go on to play at a top school,” Lepinski said. Other returners joining Varien are senior outfielder Danielle O’Connell and juniors Sam Yaeger (P/3B), Audrey McNamara (1B/OF), Fiona Statz (P/3B), Kiley Penn (C/2B) and Iszie Tigges-Green (P/3B). Two newcomers that Lepinski expects to contribute right away are sophomores Maile Varian and Fitchburg resident Natalie Grosse.

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Nine Springs alternative plan advances to May decision
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The city’s Plan Commission and Common Council each approved the Nine Springs park alternative plan in March, meaning the debate between keeping the area a golf course or transitioning it to a park has officially begun. The plan was developed over the past nine months after the Common Council asked city planners to work out a plan in case it decided to change the use of Nine Springs golf course, which recently began costing the city money instead of bringing money in. The approvals did not come without concerns, however, with some Plan Commission members wanting to ensure there would be enough access and parking for full use of the park. Ald. Carol Poole (Dist. 1) called it “one of her biggest concerns” at the March 18 meeting, with little to no parking toward the southern end of the property and a small parking lot near the current golf clubhouse nearer the northern end. City planners, including planner Wade Thompson

who worked heavily on the plan, maintained that there is a possibility of street parking or working out agreements with apartment buildings in the area for use of their lots. Thompson also brought up concerns about safety that have been expressed by some throughout the public meetings process, and said planners designed the park in a way to keep activities that could lend themselves to bad behavior in a more visible area of the park. “All the intensive uses… that could potentially provide these gathering areas… we’ve tried to get them in the northern area of the property where there’s a lot of visibility,” Thompson said. “We’ve maintained the southern part of the park as more of this passive use.” Some commission members expressed other concerns about how it might affect the area long-term, but after a discussion clarifying the commission’s only decision was on if the plan in front of them was good enough in case the council decides to go a direction other than the golf course, the commission passed a motion supporting

the alternative plan. “I think this plan is very effectively vetted and I think if it is going to be a park I don’t think we could have asked for a better layout of the uses that would be in this park,” Poole said. “It may never be a park, it may be a park next year, we don’t know. But at least we know what the community is interested in if we decide to make it a park.” The Council then approved the plan at its March 25 meeting. The approvals did not signify a preference between the alternative and the golf course, instead only meaning that there is an official alternative should the council decide against continuing operation of the golf course. A health impact assessment group that worked with Dane County to assess the community’s interests in the decision will present at the April 23 Committee of the Whole meeting. The park commission might then make a recommendation between the golf course and park at its May 1 meeting before the Common Council ultimately decides between the two May 13.

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New city website frees up IT resources Council approves
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Fitchburg debuted its new website in late March and will add a mobile application in the near future. The new site had been under construction since September, when city staff first met with representatives from CivicPlus, the company that helped build and hosts the site. The project cost just under $70,000 and will have an annual maintenance cost of $10,000 to CivicPlus. City information technology Kevin Wunder said city staff had previously been in charge of maintaining the sites and troubleshooting, so there was not an exact cost of it, though it took a lot of staff effort and time from the five-person IT department. “It frees us up to do other things,” Wunder said. “It’s a much better way to get this out to the cloud where it’s not directly sitting on our network.” Wunder said the original plan called for a December launch date, but some realizations throughout the process delayed that plan. Those realizations included combining the senior center and recreation department calendars into one “leisure services” page and the fire and police departments into a “public safety” hub. The site includes mini-sites focused on

Solie for PFC
Former alder touts independence, desire for diversity
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A screenshot shows the homepage of the new city website.

economic development, the library, leisure services and public safety, and has a more professional-looking design than the old site, which had been designed by interns years ago. In the coming month, Wunder said, the city plans to add a mobile application that will allow for better two-way communication between residents and city staff when issues arise, such as potholes. Rather than a phone call, leading to an email, leading to a work report and eventually returning all of those to the original reporting citizen, a resident would be able to snap a photo of the pothole, write where it is and upload it to the website’s “Report a concern” module.

The new website also allows for emergency notices to be sent via text message. “We’re closing this road due to a crash,’” Wunder cited as an example. “They can decide ‘I want to drive home a different way today.’ It’s that ability to improve communication with the residents.” Wunder said CivicPlus offered many of the features the city knew it wanted on its site going in, and when it was the only company to submit a proposal, the decision was easy. “We’re very proud of the new site,” he said. “It’s higher quality, and that’s really what the residents of the city expect and what they deserve.”

Hammersley Quarry development back for more review
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The next step toward developing the Hammersley Quarry into a residential neighborhood is coming this month. The city’s Planning Commission is slated to review rezoning applications for the property along Lacy and Fitchrona roads, as well as a detailed stormwater plan for the area at its April 15 meeting at City Hall. Developers have proposed 184 single-family lots of varying sizes, 156 multi-family units including apartments of senior living facilities,

connections to pedestrian and bike trails. Part of the first phase being reviewed next week calls for 30 duplex lots and 17 single family lots. The April 15 meeting will look at stormwater management plans – one of the major concerns from the public

and commission at a January meeting. The developer is looking to install infiltration areas on the northwest corner of each block and in street terrace areas. Larger stormwater ponds will treat water in the park and open space areas. Permeable asphalt is proposed for the bike path. A detailed water management plan is included in city documents for the commission to review, as well. If approvals move forward as planned, construction for public infrastructure could begin in July or August, according to documents filed earlier this month.

A familiar face will be back on Fitchburg’s Police and Fire Commission following council approval late last month. Former alder and PFC member Denise Solie’s appointment was approved 6-2, with some alders concerned about the diversity on the PFC and quickness of Solie the appointment. Solie, a Fitchburg resident since 1983, touted her experience on the PFC, council, county board and in the private sector. She stressed her commitment to diversity and her ability to oversee a large staff and budget. The council was asked to approve the new PFC member following the resignation of Cora Higginbotham earlier this month. Higginbotham resigned after charges of a lack of impartiality were filed by mayor Shawn Pfaff. The council was set to hold a hearing on those charges March 13, but Pfaff dropped the charges March 13 after Higginbotham resigned. Solie works as an administrator at the Wisconsin Department of Transportation where she oversees nearly 300 people, she told the council last month. Her main goal, she said, would be to have the commission focus on hiring, firing and discipline.

Solie said she would seek to cut out PFC meetings unrelated to hiring, firing and discipline because those other meetings distract from the committee’s mission. Part of that goal would be to hire a new fire chief and have public safety departments that reflect the diverse make-up of Fitchburg. “As I look at the Police and Fire Commission, we should be reaching out in terms of trying to find firefighters, police officers that more accurately reflect what our community looks like,” Solie said. Still, Solie’s appointment didn’t sit well with alders Dorothy Krause and Steve Arnold, who voted against the approval. In a news release, Arnold criticized the mayor and council majority for not casting a wide enough net when searching for PFC replacements. Arnold said the five PFC members aren’t reflective of the city’s demographics – all five are white homeowners with an average age of 54. The city, meanwhile, has a median age of 33 and about 30 percent of residents are non-white minorities, Arnold wrote in his news release. “I wish Ms. Solie and the rest of the PFC good luck in overcoming the real and perceived challenges we face together and pledge my support, but regret this missed opportunity to better represent our residents and their values,” Arnold wrote. Arnold had asked to table or delay the approval and draw from a wider pool of applicants for the PFC seat. That request was dismissed by the council and Solie was approved as a PFC member March 25.

attendance has been growing steadily at the library, with more than 375,000 items checked out in 2012. Of the almost 25,000 residents in Fitchburg, more than 16,000 have a library card, and more than 9,000 kids and parents attended a youth program in 2012. Library officials have gathered information for both library users and non-users through a recent survey - in both English and Spanish – that was distributed online and in paper format. According to the library board, respondents were positive about the library facility, staff, programs, services, technology, study rooms and event/meeting spaces. The growing collection of books, CDs, DVDs and others materials available was also a positive, along with Overdrive and Linkcat online services. While some citizens were concerned about the cost of the library and the ongoing operational expenses, most of the people were pleased to have it in the community.

April 11, 2014

The Fitchburg Star

Library Board develops long-term growth plan
Since greeting its first patrons on June 29, 2011, the Fitchburg Public Library has been growing along with the city. Recently, the library board approved a strategic plan that will run until 2016. The process began in November 2012, with Dr. Pauli Nikolay as the facilitator. According to a press release from the library board of trustees, the “(board) recognized the need for a Strategic Plan to guide the library’s growth, to define its direction, and to help in decision making.” The release noted that it is the mission of the library to “inspire and connect people of all ages through a variety of enriching, innovative, and engaging experiences offered in welcoming spaces to enhance and strengthen our diverse community.” Collections and program


What’s next

Library Board members identified five “critical issues” from the data, and “action teams” were formed among library staff and community members to develop, implement, and evaluate actions based on those issues: • Generating a financial plan to meet the varied needs of a growing library • Defining and establishing the systems and infrastructure essential for an effective and dynamic organization

• Providing services, programs and emerging technologies responsive to identified needs and fulfill the library’s mission and vision • Fostering mutually beneficial relationships and connections with key organizations and partners to meet common goals and share resources • Developing strategies that communicate the benefits of using the library to user and non-user residents. Teams will present plans to the library board and staff in the coming months. If you have questions, contact library director Wendy Rawson at or strategic plan co-leaders Karen Julesberg at or Pauli Nikolay at

Spring is a good time to plant trees
The city is planting nearly 100 park and street trees throughout Fitchburg this spring. Most of the trees will be replacing dead, declining or already removed trees. Trees will consist of species such as common hackberry, hybrid elm, hawthorn, honeylocust, Kentucky coffeetree, Celebration maple, and ‘Schuettei oak’ (Quercus X schuettei). Homeowners are encouraged to plant trees on their property as well, especially in light of the ever-threatening emerald ash borer that is soon expected to kill untreated ash trees in our community. For tree planting instructions and a suggested tree list, visit

Electronics recycling, shred day May 3
Fitchburg’s Spring Electronics Recycling and Shred Day Event will be held Saturday, May 3. The Shred Day Event will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. behind Oak Bank (5951 McKee Road) at the corner of Executive & Marketplace Drives. Look for Pellitteri’s Shred Truck in the parking lot. This event provides shredding to destroy confidential paper documents. Up to five banker’s boxes of confidential paper documents can be shredded and recycled free of cost. Please contact Jeff Potter at 257-6232 ext 323, or Felipe Avila, engineering/GIS Specialist at 270-4277 or felipe., with any questions about the shred event. The Electronics Recycling Event will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Surplus-IT’s warehouse (901 Watson Ave.). Look for directional signage from the intersection of Fish Hatchery Road and Greenway Cross heading to the east. Monitors • $25 Charge: TVs less than 27”, Refrigerators, Dehumidifiers, Air Conditioners • $35 Charge: TVs 27” or larger (console TVs may cost more for disposal) Please contact Lee Shinefield (Surplus-IT) at 2098000, or Felipe Avila, engineering/ GIS Specialist at 270-4277 or felipe.avila@fitchburgwi. gov, with any questions about the electronics recycling. Information about other options for recycling may be found in Fitchburg’s 20122014 Recycling Guide on Fitchburg’s web page at: Hard copies are available in the lobby of Fitchburg City Hall.

Items accepted

• Free: Computers, LCD (Flat panel liquid crystal display) Monitors, Printers, Stereo Equipment, Media (cds, dvds, floppy disks, magnetic tape, etc.), lead acid and other recyclable batteries, Styrofoam Packing Peanuts • $5 Charge: Microwaves, other Kitchen Electronics • $15 Charge: All CRT (Cathode Ray Tube)

Changes in the Urban Service Area, burn permits
In early 2012, the urban service area boundaries were updated. Due to this change, some residents that were previously able to obtain burn permits are no longer able to do so. The regulations for the burn permits have not changed. The residents in the following areas are no longer able to obtain burn permits: East of South Syene Road to Hwy. 14, and from Tarpleywick Hills neighborhood north to the City limits. These areas are outlined on the map above. available for use.

Waterway cleanups Prevent oak wilt this summer set for April 19, 27 Don’t prune oaks wounding oaks in any
Fitchburg’s spring waterway cleanups for 2014 are planned for Saturday, April 19 from 9 a.m. until noon and Sunday, April 27 from 1-3 p.m., rain or shine. The April 19 cleanup will start at Apache Pond (4491 Crescent Road). The April 27 cleanup will start at the stormwater pond near the McKee Farms Park Splash Pad (2930 Chapel Valley Road). Volunteers are encouraged to wear boots and bring work gloves. Restroom facilities are often not convenient to the planned cleanup locations. Further details on the waterway cleanups will be posted at stormwater closer to the events. For more information and/ or to RSVP for the waterway cleanup events, contact Fitchburg environmental project engineer at rick.eilertson@ or 270-4264.

April through July

To protect oak trees from oak wilt, a fatal fungal disease, the DNR and Fitchburg Forestry Division advise people to not prune their oak trees from April through July. Pruning in spring and early summer makes oak trees vulnerable to the disease. “Pruning deciduous trees in general should be avoided in the spring, as this is the time when tree buds and leaves are growing and food reserves are low,” according to Don Kissinger, a DNR urban forester. While the risk of spreading oak wilt is low after July, avoid pruning or wounding oak trees through October, to be on the safe side. Take care to avoid

way. Accidently damaging a tree’s roots or trunk with a lawn mower or by attaching a birdfeeder could create an opportunity for the fungus to invade the tree. While tree paint or wound dressings are generally not advised for pruning cuts or wounds on most trees (because they slow down wound closure and promote decay), oaks are the exception in the growing season. If an oak is wounded in April through July, an immediate and light application of tree paint is recommended to keep out the beetles that transmit and spread the oak wilt fungus. Information adapted from DNR Weekly News article ( weekly).

Who can burn/who needs a burn permit?

• If you call for a burning permit just before dark, you will not be issued one.

Burn permit regulations

• If you are a resident that lives in the City of Fitchburg that wishes to burn the ordinary combustibles you need a burn permit to do so. You must live outside the urban service area to receive a permit for open burning. • If you live inside the urban service area, open burning is prohibited. However recreational and cooking fires are permitted. You still must call for a burn permit.

Where can I burn?

• All open burning must be a minimum of 50 feet from any structure. • Any recreational fires must be a minimum of 25 feet from any structure. All conditions that could cause a fire to spread to within 25 feet of a structure must be eliminated prior to ignition of the fire.

How long are burn permits good for?

Any open, recreational, or cooking fires shall be constantly attended to by a competent person until such fire is extinguished. This person shall have a garden hose connected to a water supply or other fire-extinguishing equipment readily

What can be burned?

• Tree limbs, brush, and wood may be burned. • Burning of all other materials is prohibited this includes trash. • During daylight hours only.

• Only issued on the day that you call and are good for one day only.

How can I get a burn permit?

When can I burn?

• Call Firehouse #1 at 278-2980, during normal business, and request a burn permit.

Rec department program registration now open

Fitchburg Recreation Summer Programs are open for registration. A full listing of summer programs being offered by the Fitchburg Recreation Dept can be viewed through the online registration site, Various activities are being offered for kids ages 3-16 years old, including adventure camps, tennis lessons, youth baseball and softball, instructional sports, arts and crafts classes, archery and much more. Contact the recreation department at 270-4285 with questions.

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April 11, 2014

The Fitchburg Star

Caine: Longtime mentor invites youth to farm to see how to care for and show cattle
Continued from page 1 growth and economic development. With Pat’s parents owning a local tack shop, Caine’s, that sells goods for horses, the 1985 graduate of Oregon High School grew up showing horses. His parents still have photos of him showing in grade school up on their wall at the shop. As the middle child of three kids, Pat would eventually become the main caretaker of the herd, which includes about 40 main milking cows, allowing him to become the skilled in everything about cattle. Learning, growing and caring for farm animals are values Pat aims to pass on to younger generations. His farming experience, education, including a 1988 farming and industry associate degree at University of Wisconsin-Madison, and passion for the animals has led him to allow youth, from ages 8 or 9 to high school, to show his herd, which has a total of 112 Brown Swiss cattle. It’s something he learned to enjoy through watching his parents Tom, 81, and Jeanne, 80, as 4H leaders when he was a kid. But Pat said his teachings go beyond showing cattle. He wants students to know how to care for their animal thoroughly – from ensuring a proper diet to how to groom it – and he watches as they build a bond that goes beyond simply using the cattle to win fair competitions. His goal is for them to also learn sound animal care, cultivation and breeding from the start of a calf’s life.

Caines have rich history in Fitchburg
Tom and Jeanne Caine know what Fitchburg was like before it was “The City of Fitchburg.”
Jeanne and Tom Caine of Fitchburg

Online exclusive
Photos by Becki Clark

Team Caine from left are Bailey Clark, Emma Xander, Pat Caine, Cole Xander, Caitlin Beyler at the Dane County Fair in 2013. At right, Caine coaches Clark in showing cattle with “Tessa.” Caine coaches a group of interested youth each season from about April to August at his farm on Byrne road.

Please visit our webiste,, to read about the Caine’s memories of Fitchburg and how they, for years, ran two successful bussinesses

there. One was the dairy farm their son Pat Caine bought from them in 2003. The other is Caine’s Saddle Shop on Byrne Road, which they still operate.

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What’s fair time like?
Participating in a fair is similar to a weekend-long sporting competition that youth prepare for starting in April. Showing is done in front of judges and the student will present their cattle, which will be judged on different criteria from how it looks to how it acts. The kids will spend all day at the fairgrounds on fair days. That can entail getting up before 5 a.m. to wash and groom their cattle to cleaning out their pens and, of course, showing in competition. The day can last past 11 p.m. or longer. Caine is their coach, and he’s there when they need him. –Victoria Vlisides there as soon as he’s done milking his cows to 11 p.m. at night,” said Becki Clark.

recalls their family first started to show animals in the Stoughton Junior Fair around 1947, and said she isn’t surprised her son has continued to work with youth as long as he has. “He does it because the kids want to show,” she said.

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Pat’s dedication to teaching kids about cattle is part of what makes him an “amazing teacher,” said Becki Clark, parent of Baily Clark, who’s shown with Caine for nearly three years. “He’s constantly telling them what’s going on with the calf,” she said. “All the ins and outs about ‘This is how it’s born, and this is how it eats.’ The kids are extremely comfortable with him and have a great time.” Though it’s not

uncommon for local kids who are growing up in the suburbs to find a farm that lets them use their animals for showing, said Becki, Pat’s flexibility in working with the kids’ schedule and always being willing to answer their questions makes him an invaluable mentor. Parent Pam Beyler said Caine is always willing to work around her daughter’s schedule. Jordan, an OHS sophomore is showing cattle with Caine for the first time, and her younger sister

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Caitlin, who’s been showing with Caine for nearly three years, will reach out weekly to come out to the farm. “They just call him up, and he says, “Yeah, come on over to the farm,” Pam said. Beyler and Clark agreed Caine’s students adore him. Oregon FFA adviser Jillian Beaty, who spoke with the Star last week, added that a group he mentored last year even made T-shirts in his honor that read “Team Caine.” They also agreed that Caine is the last person who would want to receive any recognition for the time he spends teaching the kids. “He says he’ll do it as long as kids want to show,” Becki said.

Expo and Dane County and state fairs. Caine’s teaching is “hands-on,” said Becki, meaning he’ll walk with the student to illustrate how to show the animal as well as care for it. And he invites them to come learn on their own time. For example, the Clark family went out to the 300-acre farm on a Saturday in March to see one of the new calves being born. Typically, Caine works with about eight to 10 kids weekly and helps out during competition time, too. Caine provides the transportation for animals to the fair while the families pay for items like hay bales for the cattle. Even though he works full time on a dairy farm with one farm hand and helps out A coach and teacher his parents, Caine still finds The students show their the time to make each comcattle at the Stoughton petition. “During fair time, Pat is Junior Fair, World Dairy

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Even though Caine has been working with kids for years, the process to get started is pretty informal. There’s no application process. The kids start working with him by simply asking. “Whoever wants to show … they can,” Caine said. Most hear about his mentoring through word of mouth or because their parents know him through growing up in the OregonFitchburg area. Kids have to have a certain amount of education “points” or credits built up in their respective organizations to ensure they are familiar with the animal and its needs before they can begin. When asked how much time he spends working with the kids, he said it was hard for him to estimate that because “it’s not about time.” “You know, the way I look at it, it’s great for the kids to do this,” he told the Star. “It’s a good way to introduce some of the farm practices … for kids that don’t have the opportunity to work with cattle.” Caine’s mother, Jeanne,

In addition to the educational value, Pat insists having fun and being safe are his priorities for the students. For the most part, he said, they are dedicated, and he’s never had a safety or behavioral issue. “Throughout the years, I’ve worked with some of the best kids and some of the best parents that you could ever ask for,” he said. Although Caine doesn’t have kids of his own, Becki Clark said he loves his cattle as he would his children. The kids pick up on the strong bonds he has with his herd. “You develop a relationship,” Caine said. “My own cows have got individual personalities. I treat them as individuals, not as a group.” Letting the kids name the cattle – yes, they all have names and Pat knows each one by heart – helps nurture that bond so they “make friends,” with the animal they work with, Caine said. Caitlin Beyler will again show the same animal she did a year ago, a winter yearling heifer she named “Munch.” Beaty describes him as an “open and caring” person who has been involved with Oregon FFA for a long time and who has enriched the area with his efforts and who also has won the FFA’s annual Outstanding Family Farm Award in 2013. “He’s just such an asset to the community,” she said. “(He’s someone who) we all love.” Jeanne said Pat’s work with the kids “is a lot of fun” but it doesn’t just benefit the community. “It’s been a great thing for both him and the kids,” she said. “For all of us really, I should say.”

April 11, 2014

The Fitchburg Star


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New apartments are being built near East Cheryl Parkway.

Construction: Lots of new apartment buildings
Continued from page 1 The Prairie Park neighborhood is also expected to see two new apartment buildings, with 64 units between them. The buildings’ design elements will need to go through a reapproval process. A few projects have yet to begin on open land in the Fitchburg Technology Campus off Lacy Road, but Zimmerman said he expects some approvals to come through this spring and see construction beginning this summer. The Madison Group is purchasing a lot just south of the Tri-North building and is in the approval process to build its new headquarters there. In another part of the campus, a developer will add a 39-unit apartment building this summer. Seventeen single-family homes will also be added in the “Phase II” area of the campus. Zimmerman said the city has less than a one-year supply of single-family lots, and that in an ideal situation, there would be open spaces in each of the three school districts residents of the city attend to offer more choices. Oak Bank, which is housed in the Fitchburg Center business complex, will construct a new headquarters at 5330 Research Park Drive this summer. to the area, which already has many lower-priced housing options. The city is also considering amending its tax increment financing district in the area to spur some other expansion and construction, Zimmerman said. He expects that to happen by Oct. 1, so that businesses can get started on projects before winter hits. On the west side, off Fitchrona and Nesbitt roads, a new lot has been approved for 82 apartment units in Orchard Pointe, although no permit has been issued. The Hammersley property north of Lacy Road and east of Fitchrona Road is also on its way through the approval process for a new plat that would consist of 156 multifamily units and 172 singlefamily lots if approved. “Road construction is going to be huge,” Zimmerman said. First comes Verona Road at the Beltline, where construction began in early March. The major thoroughfare to Madison is down to two lanes in each direction for a stretch, and can be especially rough at peak hours. And just a bit further down Verona Road, McKee Road/ Hwy. PD will see its own renovations this spring and summer after the city came to an agreement with Dane County on how to pay for renovations. The city will also turn two roads currently used as access roads for a pair of businesses into public roads. The roads, which give access for the Thermo Fisher Scientific campus, will become Spoke and Sprocket Road work drives, though the changes to Drivers can expect delays the roads will be minimally on two major roads in or near intrusive for most commuters, Fitchburg this year as part of Zimmerman said. a larger project.

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Opposition to a proposed quarry on Grandview Road that led to a heated public informational meeting in January has spent the months since organizing its efforts to fight the plan. The quarry, which would be on about 50 acres of what is currently the Wolf property at 6194 Grandview Road, would remain in Fitchburg for 20 to 25 years and consist of three phases, Yahara Materials superintendent Tim Geoghegan said at the Jan. 22 informational meeting. Most of the people in attendance at that meeting remained skeptical of the company after hearing from its representatives, and some in the neighborhood have used the time since to organize their opposition. Tim Barry, who lives with his wife within 1,000 feet of the proposed quarry, has been helping to lead that opposition, which has so far included four neighborhood meetings and putting up signs on Grandview Road explaining their problems with the proposal. The company, however, has yet to make a formal proposal to the city with its plans. City planner Tom Hovel said in an email the company was updating a transportation study and “likely gathering additional information.” Geoghegan could not be reached for comment as he

was on vacation, though at the January meeting he called Yahara Materials a community-focused company that would work with interested citizens. “We are a local company and we have to work with the local communities,” Geoghegan said. “The process is there so those concerns you have can be addressed. There’s nothing here with a hidden agenda.”

Barry was more skeptical of the company. “They are just a ruthless, horrible company,” he said, referencing other projects around the county they have been involved in that he has researched. Barry said the opposition group is “ahead of the game” in planning its fight, and has spoken with Alds. Steve Arnold and Becky Baumbach, who represent the

Grandview area. “If we can’t stop it, what do we want for the conditional use permits?” Barry said, referencing the rules the city can create for how a private company can use land. Barry hopes the council will agree with his group that “there’s really no reason… to approve it,” and expects meetings on the issue, whenever a proposal is formally made, to be testy.

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April 11, 2014

The Fitchburg Star


Indian restaurant opens in formerly troubled space
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A 10,000-square-foot space at 5957 McKee Road has not been a successful site for a series of restaurants that have come and gone since 2006. But the owners of a new Indian restaurant think they have a solution. Brothers Devinder Singh Badwal and Sital Singh opened Haveli Indian Restaurant Wednesday, April 9, in a 2,500-square-foot section of the larger space. Manager Rinku Badwal said the owners feel the smaller space will work well for their operation. “We’re pretty confident about this restaurant,” Badwal said. “The previous restaurants have operated in like 10,000 square feet - that’s a great big restaurant. This will be more manageable.” Badwal said Sital Singh will be the head chef at Haveli, which will have seating for about 80 diners. Singh and his brother also own and run the popular Taste of India on Monroe Street in Madison, which Rinku Badwal has managed in the past. They also operated a Taste of India in Rockford, Ill., which they closed in February. Like the brothers’ other restaurants, Haveli specializes in the cuisine of North India, which means lots of curry dishes. Badwal said North Indian food incorporates a lot of spinach in recipes. He described the recipes at

Haveli Indian Restaurant
5957 McKee Road, Fitchburg Hours: 11:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. lunch; 5-10 p.m. dinner, daily Telephone: 218-9200 Website: being developed Number of employees: 10 Seating capacity: 80

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Haveli features small and large, family-sized tables around its dining room. Left, Haveli Owner Devinder Badwal stands next to the restaurant’s buffet line, which features a wide range of Indian food options.

Haveli as less spicy than traditional Indian food. “It’s Americanized, because our customers are totally American,” he said. He noted Haveli’s menu is not as extensive as ones you’ll find in many Indian restaurants because the food is limited to dishes from just one part of India.

“Everything is curry,” he explained. “There is not the coconut milk and not all the same spices that they use in the south of India.” The new restaurant has about 10 employees, Badwal said, and there is not a lot of Indian décor because the dining room is mostly windows.

“Three-quarters of the space is glass,” he said. Badwal said Haveli serves lunch from 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. and dinner from 5 to 10 p.m. daily. “The restaurant may be closed on Mondays,” he said. “Right now we’re not sure about that. We want to see how it goes.”

The Fitchburg location has been vacant since Jimmy’s American Tavern closed in the fall of 2011 after about five months in business. Prior to Jimmy’s, the space had been home to Fitch’s Chophouse, Good Times and Kickshaw.

In business
The Fitchburg Star runs a business section each month, highlighting local business topics and news bits. To submit an item for this page, email business reporters Mark Ignatowski at ungeditorial@ or Scott Girard at ungreporter@ or call 8459559.

In brief
Comfort Care employees gain national certification
have advanced the quality of care management services by assuring individual competence to perform the full range of care management tasks through a validated, standardized examination that tests the skills, knowledge, and practice ethics needed to serve consumers.” Diane Thompson has been with Comfort Keepers since 2005. She is the Client Care Coordinator for Comfort Keepers. Julie Schultz joined Comfit Keepers in 2011 as one of its registered nurses.

Diane Thompson and Julie Schultz have earned the designation of Care Manager Certified. These credentials were bestowed by the National Academy of Certified Care Managers and the National Association of Professional Geriatric Care Managers. According to the credentialing bodies, “Diane Thompson and Julie Schultz

Bernathey heads chamber communications projects
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The Fitchburg Chamber staff has seen some new faces in the past year. The newest employee of the chamber, Marie Bernathey, took over the position of the Communications Coordinator in June of 2013. “I applied to this job as soon as I moved to Wisconsin,” B e r n a t h e y Bernathey said. “I was looking for a non-profit communications and design position, and when I found the position with the Chamber, I knew it was just what I was looking for.” Bernathey has moved around the country and has lived in various states ranging from Ohio to Wyoming, and is originally from Indiana. She also graduated from Columbus College of Art and Design with a BFA in Fine Arts, and enjoys the work that the Fitchburg Chamber has allowed her to

do. “Being able to work for an organization that helps to maintain a strong sense of community and a strong local economy by promoting local businesses allows me to feel good about the work that we do,” Bernathey said. Some of the projects that Bernathey has worked on since the start of her employment have been the 2014 Guide to Fitchburg, which aims its focus on business in Fitchburg, along with monthly educational and networking events and a weekly newsletter. “Working with Kate, the membership coordinator, and Angela, the executive director, is awesome,” she said. “They’re both very dedicated and also a lot of fun. I like the variety of projects I get to work on, as well as interacting with member businesses and the community.” Outside of the office, Bernathey spends much of her time outdoors biking and climbing and spends time her art studio printmaking.

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April 11, 2014

The Fitchburg Star


New pub brings European feel, food to Fitchburg
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Photo by Scott Girard

Fitchburg Farms’ new greenhouse, set to open April 18, is located near the roundabouts at the Hwy. 14 and MM intersection.

Fitchburg Farms opens greenhouse off Hwy. 14
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Floral and garden enthusiasts will have another option in Fitchburg beginning this month. Fitchburg Farms, located just off the intersection of Hwys. 14 and MM, will open its 20,000-square-foot greenhouse and office April 18 just a few weeks ahead of Mother’s Day.

Fitchburg Farms general manager Josh Wall said in March the business will be “community-oriented,” from where they have gotten the construction supplies to plans for future fundraisers once the business is up and running. Wall also said they hope to expand the business in the future, including a plan to double the business’ size by next year if all goes as

planned in year one. In the meantime, they’ll use some of their nearly 60 total acres of land for activities such as corn mazes and housing animals on the land. Their current space allows for nearly 5,000 hanging baskets along with plenty of table space for more plants and flowers. The company grew mums on the land last year, but

began constructing the greenhouse to allow for a fuller offering in December. While this past winter ended up not the best for construction, Wall said they built much of the building themselves, and nearing completion has been a huge relief. “It’s just nice to see it coming together,” Wall said.

In brief
Gundersen to lead Fitchburg dental office
Dr. David Gundersen, a dentist with First Choice Dental, will lead the company’s Fitchburg office location at 5950 Seminole Centre Ct. Gundersen, an associate dentist with First Choice Dental since 2011 is a Wisconsin native, and received his dental degree from Marquette University School of Dentistry. Visit for more information or to schedule online, or call the First Choice Dental Fitchburg office at 273-6500.

CHIMMIES now open

CHIMMIES “Home of the Awesome Sandwich” is now open in Fitchburg. Inspired by the famous Argentinean sauce Chimichurri, the restaurant is open for lunch and dinner Monday-Saturday from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. The shop is located at 3050 Cahill Main behind the Anchor Bank on Fish Hatchery Road. For a full menu and more information, visit

A new pub that opened April 7 has brought a “European” feel to dining options around Fitchburg. The Flying Hound, which is run by the same pair that runs The Free House in Middleton, will bring an atmosphere and menu inspired by countries throughout Europe, according to co-owner Alex Kammer. “We tried to make it much more of a classy European pub,” Kammer said. “I’m really proud of it.” That includes lion’s heads around the restaurant, stained glass and murals of castles covering the walls. As for food, the menu includes American pub staples like a bacon cheeseburger while showing its European influence with English-inspired bangers and mash or a schnitzel sandwich. The pub, at 6317 McKee Road, brings a type of restaurant that area of the

city is missing, Kammer said. “That area, that corridor, really lacks…a good restaurant,” he said. “There’s not a lot there. Not this kind of place. There’s certainly nothing like us.” He and his co-owner, Tim Thompson, weren’t always keen to the idea of opening the restaurant, Kammer said, with The Free House having only been open for a year. But after the developer put together a good deal for them, they decided to move ahead with it. Now that the opening has arrived, Kammer said Friday he was feeling “a little nervous” thanks to a “sense of anticipation” around the area. “We just want to make sure we’re ready to roll,” he said. “I just think we’re going to get crushed, which is a good thing. “It’s going to be a little bananas for awhile. We’re just trying to make sure we’ve got our ducks in a row.”

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