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Friday, July 11, 2014 • Vol. 1, No. 5 • Fitchburg, WI • • $1

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Fitchburg native
chases songwriting

Library ‘pulled this town together’
But at its third birthday,
supporters say there’s
still lots of work to do

Page 10

Scott Girard
Unified Newspaper Group

Kathleen Martens has lived in Fitchburg for 28
years, but until three years ago, she had to go to
Oregon to get her fix of nonfiction books.
“I read a lot,” said Marten, one of 12,000 Fitchburg residents who had a library card in another
community before the library was built, based on
statistics given by library supporters in 2009.
Marten was on hand when that changed, on June
29, 2011, with the opening of Fitchburg’s own
library. Three years later, she and her two grandsons were back to celebrate the building’s third
“I think (the library’s) what has pulled this town
together,” Martens said. “It’s become such an
important part of our life.”
Becoming an important part of community life
is what the ultimate goal for the library was, in a
city that has no downtown and no school district
of its own, said library board member Pauli Nikolay.
“We’d like the heart and soul of the community
to be the library, and provide functions for babies
all the way up through grandparents and senior
citizens,” Nikolay said.
While many think of classic, hardcover books
when they think of a library, in Fitchburg it’s
much more, whether a meeting place, a fun program for children or using the computers to check
But for those most heavily involved, from
Library Board members to director Wendy Rowson, their work is far from over. They still have
much to do to reach the entire Fitchburg community, especially those who might not have a way to
access the Lacy Road facility.
“How do we create more and more partnerships
and relationships?” Nikolay said. “That is critically important, because we still have people who
don’t know there’s a library.”

Flea market creates
Page 7


VAHS boys win
state lacrosse
Page 14


Page 22

Council confirms
two-station plan
Page 3


A long road
Before a 2008 referendum that approved funding for the library’s construction (and even soon
David Yi, 12, of Fitchburg, reads a comic book in a bean bag chair while Danielle Scott, left, and Nina Kajian, 13, after), it wasn’t always clear Fitchburg would
Photo by Samantha Christian

of Verona, right, search through the stacks in the teen section Tuesday at Fitchburg Public Library.

Out on a Limb
Arborist readies for international
tree-climbing championships
Seth Jovaag

OSD: Teachers,
union hope for
quicker resolution
Page 9

Turn to Library/Page 12

Star Correspondent

Shelly Wollerman admits she was
“freaking out” the first time she worked on
the “tree crew.”
“I was 15 feet off the ground and was
like, ‘What the hell am I doing?’” she
recalled of working for her employer,

Steven R. Bassett, Inc., a landscaping company in the Town of Verona.
Four years later, the Fitchburg resident
has clearly conquered her fear.
On Aug. 2, Wollerman will represent
Wisconsin for the fourth consecutive year
at the International Tree Climbing Championship in Milwaukee. Previous competitions have taken her to Australia, Portland,
Ore. and Toronto, Canada.
In a sport and vocation dominated by men,
Wollerman said she became the state’s first

Turn to Tree/Page 23

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Veronabased Steven
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Photos by Victoria Vlisides

Above, Mike Barry purchased a 16-year-old Clydesdale horse that
will pull a four-seat carriage.
Below, Barry, his son Pat Barry, and Stacey and Dave Anderson
hitch Silas to the cart last Thursday morning in the Barry Stables
inside arena.

Silas takes Stacey and Dave Anderson of Oregon for a ride June 19 morning. The Clydesdale horse came from New York and was purchased by Mike Barry of Barry Stables, 5556 County Hwy. M in Fitchburg.

New addition to stable is hard to miss
Victoria Vlisides
Unified Newspaper Group

Mike Barry of Barry Stables got a new horse that
comes with a lot of history
and is hard to miss.
Silas, the 16-year-old,
1,800-pound Clydesdale
horse, hails from New
Silas came to the County Hwy. M horse stable
last month and is adjusting

nicely to his new home.
Barry described him as a
“kind” and “gentle” horse
with a lot of experience
pulling carriages. He is
used to being one of the two
“lead” horses on the eighthorse hitch, Barry said.
“It’s kind of neat,” said
Barry, who celebrated
this 80th birthday in June.
“I don’t know, we might
even put him in a couple of
parades or something like

Barry also said he
thought it’d be nice to give
carriage rides with Silas
to clients who house their
horses there and friends.
On June 19, he was
hitched up for the first time
to a four-wheeled carriage
in the indoor arena at the
stable that houses about 35
Oregon residents Stacey
and Dave Anderson, who

are friends of Barry’s and
have worked with Clydesdales for 30 years, helped
Barry get the horse hitched
up to the carriage that’s
black and has red leather
seats and took him for a
spin around the arena.
Barry’s son, Pat, who has
worked at the stables all his
life, took a drive, too.
“He’s really responsive
for a big horse,” said Pat, as
he drove the carriage.

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magic show included audience participation and
comedy for all ages. Above, Mitchell’s greenwinged macaw Toby flies from one arm to
the other at the end of the magic show. Right,
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Council moves forward with twostation plan for fire department
First station could
open late 2015
Mark Ignatowski
Unified Newspaper Group

Station location
Picking a new spot – or
spots – for the fire department has taken nearly half a
decade. The city began the
process with a space needs
study that was completed in
2009. That study by SEH,
Inc. indicated that a twostation model would fit the
department’s needs.
The city’s continued
growth in the northeast part

CARPC questions
Fitchburg developments
Staff to bring
final plan to
commissioners on
two neighborhoods
Scott Girard
Unified Newspaper Group

Map courtesy SEH, Inc.

A map shows the 5-minute response times from the potential east and west fire station locations.

of the city and the development along the northwest
meant that relocation of at
least one station was needed.
The economic down turn around 2009 pushed
the city’s plans back a
few years as development
slowed and the burden of
two new stations would
have been too much for
taxpayers, Ald. Carol Poole
(Dist. 1) told the council in
The city revisited that
space needs study as it plans
for the new stations in the
coming years and found that
the results still applied.
In March the city’s committee had narrowed down
locations for the stations, but
has not yet finalized those
specific sites.
For the northeast station,
the committee favored a
13-acre site near Ninebark
Drive and Syene Road and
a 20-acre site near Syene
Road and West Clayton
Road. Both sites are close
to the North Fish Hatchery
Road corridor, though the
first site has proposed residential areas nearby and the
second site is not served
by city water or sewer services.
The northwest sites
favored by the group were:
• Market Place and Executive Drive
• Spoke Drive north of
McKee Road
• South side of Spoke
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get a recommendation from
the commission, eight of its
13 members must vote in
That vote is likely to happen at the commission’s
Aug. 14 meeting, where
staff will deliver its final
presentation on the neighborhoods after addressing
the questions at the June
meeting. That commission
is tentatively planning to
hold that August meeting
in Fitchburg, said CARPC
director of environmental
resources planning Kamran
When the Fitchburg
Common Council decided
to forward the plans to
CARPC earlier this spring,
the West Waubesa Preservation Coalition presented
the city with a petition
against it, signed by 625
residents, due to the Northeast Neighborhood’s proximity to the wetlands.
CARPC’s July 10 meeting was expected to have
a presentation on the quality and significance of the
Waubesa Wetlands by professor Calvin B. DeWitt of
Nelson Institute for Environmental Studies.
For a full list of staff
suggestions and questions
from the June presentation,
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The Committee of the
Whole discussion also
focused on building costs
and construction types for
the new stations.
The city plans to spend
about $11.6 million on construction for the two stations,
according to city documents.
Another $1.9 million is
planned for land acquisition,
design and engineering.
The city already has authorized about $9.7 million
worth of debt for the stations.
The Fire Station Oversight Committee submitted a
request for the last bit of funding to be included in the Capital Improvement Plan earlier
this year. The remaining $3.6
million would be added to the
budget in 2016 if the request is
approved as planned.
Details about construction
types will become clearer
as the planning process progresses, but initial discussions pointed to a mixture
of construction types to

maximize space and save
money while still having an
attractive building. Depending on the location and space
needs, the buildings could be
made of anything from steelframed with precast concrete
exterior to a masonry, steelframed apparatus bay with
a wood-framed office area.
Examples of different construction types had prices
from about $175 per square
foot to $225 per square foot.
The city will likely need
about 50,000 square feet
between the two buildings.
The oversight committee’s
recommended plan calls for
designing and building the
northwest station this year
and next year. The department could occupy that station as soon as late 2015 or
early 2016, according to the
plan. At the same time, the
city would work to acquire
land for the second station.
The northeast station would
be built in 2016 and 2017,
with the department moving
in late 2017.

After getting some initial
comments from a regional
planning body, plans to
prepare the city for development on its eastern and
western fringes will go
back for approval next
The Capital Area Regional Planning Commission,
which advises the state on
extensions of sewer service,
heard preliminary presentations from staffers at the
June CARPC meeting on
expanding Fitchburg’s urban
service area (USA) into the
Northeast and North Stoner
Prairie neighborhoods.
Discussion mainly centered on how the developments fit with city transportation plans, environmental effects on surrounding areas and stormwater.
Commissioners asked staff
to investigate further.
A USA is the area within
which a municipality can
provide a set of services
including sewer service,
and CARPC advises the
state Department of Natural Resources on approving
extensions to that service.
Most urban development is
impossible without it.
CARPC had been essentially the final word until a
2010 decision on a lawsuit
from the Village of Mazomanie clarified that its
decisions are only advisory
to the DNR. Its decisions
have often been highly
political, in contrast to that
of its predecessor, the Dane
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Although specific locations haven’t been selected,
the Common Council gave
the nod to staff to continue pursuing a two-station
plan for the Fitchburg Fire
As the city builds its Capital Improvement Plan, the
group tasked with overseeing the fire station building
process continues to seek the
right sites that will provide
fast response times to incidents.
No land has been acquired
yet for the two stations –
which will be in the northeast and northwest parts of
the city. But city officials
have narrowed down some
general locations and plan
to start construction on the
smaller northwest station late
this year or early next year.
The Common Council met
in closed session at its June
25 meeting to get updated on
the process and discuss some
of the specific sites they’re
looking at purchasing, city
administrator Tony Roach
told the Star.
“We basically got, from
the council, the agreement
or nod ... to continue to
pursue two locations – one
on the east side, one on the
west side,” Roach said.
“We’ve been narrowing
the locations down through
fire station committee. We
needed to make sure council
was on board with the two
locations we identified.”
The council, as a Committee of the Whole, talked at
length about the two-station
plan and some of the potential construction costs and
types at its May meeting.

The Fitchburg Star


July 11, 2014


The Fitchburg Star

Whirlwind visit to a hospitable community
joins UNG as L
staff reporter
Samantha Christian has
joined the staff of Unified
Newspaper Group.
T h e
W a t e r town native
comes to
UNG after
three years
her hometown area Christian
with the
Daily Times, where she
was the chief photographer and a feature writer.
Christian will be the community reporter for all of
UNG’s publications – the
Fitchburg Star, Oregon

Observer, Verona Press
and Stoughton Courier
Hub. She will also take a
lead role in photographing events, so expect to
see her out and about frequently.
Christian succeeds
Victoria Vlisides, who
left UNG to spend a year
teaching in Japan.
Christian, a 2010 St.
Norbert graduate, has
also worked at Wisconsin
Trails Magazine and at the
St. Norbert Times. She
lives near Fitchburg and
enjoys outdoor activities,
tennis, photography and

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obscene content.
For questions on our
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David J. Enstad
Donna Larson (west side)
Rob KItson (east side)
Kathy Woods
Carolyn Schultz
Jim Ferolie

ast month, I woke
from a deep sleep to
a loud wail. By the
time I was fully awake, I
realized I had rolled under
the bed in an attempt to
hide from the impending
air raid.
“Wait a minute,” I
thought. “This is the United
States of America; no one
will launch an air raid.”
After I Googled the cause
of the noise, I learned it
was something even more
terrifying. A tornado warning!
I gathered my
and cellphone and
made a
to the
silly on the dorm room door
that I had forgotten to unlock
in my haste to a safe haven.
Once there, I noticed the
other South African student
was not among the group
already there. Somehow, she
had slept through the whole
As an exchange student,
this was the first, and
(hopefully) last tornado
warning in my life. And it
will be a fun story to tell
people back home in South
How I got to Fitchburg is
another story altogether.
Last year I wrote my
name on a list, along with
around 100 other students,
for the possibility of participating in a pharmacy
exchange student program
between the North West
University in South Africa
and the University of Wisconsin.

I remember telling my
friends I wasn’t likely to
be picked, not with average
marks, not being particularly popular or good looking and having the added
disadvantage of a wife. I
figured there were at least
99 students better suited to
the exchange program than
My first surprise was
getting picked. Surprise
No. 2 was getting to work
in Fitchburg’s Hometown
Pharmacy, with Thad Shumacher as the pharmacist
in charge of my rotation.
It was something I figured
would be a cake walk.
My third surprise was
that I speak a version of
English that apparently is
incomprehensible to those
of you in Wisconsin about
50 percent of the time.
I already knew all Americans have an accent. And
I knew the accents here
differed from what I hear
when I watch an episode
of “CSI: New York,” but
to me, they’re still distinctively American.
What I didn’t realize was
I had one, too. Apparently,
my accent is so terrible that
communicating for the first
week was quite the challenge.
Luckily, the people I met
were friendly enough to
allow me to repeat my sentences at least three times.
I remember during the
first week of my stay having a cashier explaining to
me where the fresh produce
section is when I said no
to a shopping bag, because
the items were “as light as
a feather.” After a bit of
elaboration, it became clear
she thought I was looking
for a pear.
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work on my English, even
though I have spoken it
since “I were twice.”
Another big challenge
for me was the big difference in how the pharmacies here and back home
operate. In South Africa,
patient consultation is not
as important as here, where
Thad taught me to explain
to the patient the directions
of use, what to expect from
the therapy and all possible
side effects.
But probably the most
difficult aspect of life in
Wisconsin is the traffic.
Not the volume, but how
you drive on the right side
of the road.
More than once, the driver
of a vehicle had to slow
down to avoid the ignorant
pedestrian gazing off in the
wrong direction when crossing a street. And every time
somebody offered me a lift, I
promply tried to get into the
driver’s seat. Not because I
thought the person drove like
a hooligan, but because I’d
never seen a left-hand drive
car in my life.
I flew back home earlier
this week, and I’ll remember several things about this
visit for a long time.
One is the friendliness of
the people. Another is the
many beautiful residential
areas that filled me with
a sense of peace and contentment. And the muffins
from a local bakery that a
lady visiting the pharmacy
brought us.
I’ll also remember the
charming elderly lady
who had great difficulty
comprehending me over
the telephone but had graciously allowed me into her
home to deliver her medication. And the helpful bus
driver who explained to me

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America’s gun violence
has gone far enough
To the editor,
I am so sick and tired
of hearing the latest news
about people getting shot
with guns.
As a writer and exoffender, I strongly
believe all gun purchases
here in the United States
should require background
checks before another
loaded gun gets into the
hands of some lunatic!
Regarding gun background checks, of course

this is highly important
and they should be done
for all gun purchases anywhere else.
How many more innocent people have to die
before we wake up to reality and stop letting the
National Rifle Association
kill up America’s citizens?
Shame on us. It’s totally
embarrassing, too!
Michael A. Walker

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Henrico Heystek is a college exchange student from
South Africa who worked
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more than once how the bus
routes work and made my
morning commute interesting by sharing his thoughts
with me.
My fondest memory, one
that will accompany me to
the grave, was meeting a
fellow Afrikaans speaker.
This lady from Zimbabwe – whose accent I
mistook for an Australian
– suddenly started speaking Afrikaans, my home
language, after she recognized my accent. We
spent 10 minutes conversing about everything from
rugby through to biltong,
the South African version
of jerkey. Not in my wildest dreams would I have
guessed at meeting another
person from Africa during
my stay in the States.
I would return to Fitchburg in a microsecond if the
opportunity arose. Compassion and friendliness such
as what I’ve experienced
here, I will never experience back home. There,
we need to wall ourselves
in to keep thieves out, but
here you do not build walls
between neighbors.
In short, Fitchburg is
a community where the
residents have big hearts,
so big that they let me feel
like part of the Fitchburg
family in a very short time.
Thanks to all of you for the
opportunity to be a part of
you, even if it was only for
a short time.
As we say in Afrikaans,
“Totsiens en vaarwel, alles
van die beste” – or farewell, and all of the best.

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the words. But we can’t be
everywhere or know everything.
The Fitchburg Star depends
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to keep a balanced community perspective. This includes
photos, letters, story ideas,
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and announcements.
If you know of something
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Castillo-Dimas gets 55
years for killing son

July 11, 2014

Tornado damages Triple K Stables
No injuries as EF1
tears up barn, trees

The Fitchburg man who
ran over his 2-year-old son
in an SUV and attempted
to murder his ex-girlfriend
and her new
boyfriend in
July 2012
was sentenced to 55
years in prison in June.
J e s u s
C a s t i l l o - Castillo-Dimas
Dimas, 32,
was found
guilty of 1st-Degree Reckless Homicide, 1st-Degree
Intentional Homicide and
2nd-Degree Recklessly
Endangering Safety in the
June 12 decision.
The incident occurred
July 9, 2012, in an apartment complex parking lot

Scott Girard
Unified Newspaper Group

Photos by Mark Ignatowski

Above, damage at Triple K Stables included a tin roof flying off. Owner Keith Kramer said he heard
the sound of the roof hitting his house’s roof from his bedroom. The damage to his stables should
be covered by insurance. Below, Crews clear debris June 30 morning after an EF1 tornado came
through the Town of Dunn Sunday night.

“You’ve got to have a
second source of warning
information, have some
sort of redundancy.
“People need to be
actively engaged in how
they get their warning
With no one hurt, it
seems many did just that
Sunday night and Monday
as another round of severe
storms came through Dane
Kramer said the Oregon
and Fitchburg fire departments were extremely
helpful, bringing lighting to help him and the 25
neighbors and employees
start the cleanup process
even without electricity.
Kramer said he expected insurance to cover the
damages, and with that

Driver dies after accident
A motorcycle driver died
at the scene of an accident
June 29 in Fitchburg.
Police responded to a
motorcycle crash at the
intersection of McKee and
Omundsen roads, according
to a news release from the
Fitchburg Police Department.
The Dane County medical examiner identified
the deceased the next day

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knowledge and no injuries, wasn’t working.
“I was having fun with it,”
“The damage is done,”
including a call to Direc- he said. “You’ve got to
TV to report his satellite learn to live with it.”

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The criminal complaint
outlined reported signs
of emotional problems
for Castillo-Dimas in the
month-and-a-half after
breaking up with his girlfriend of five years, who
he stabbed repeatedly after
running over the two-yearold child.
Castillo-Dimas reportedly laughed and told the
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of them could “have” their
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He plead no contest to the
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Keith Kramer was lying
in bed when a tornado
rolled through the Town of
Dunn overnight June 29.
“When I heard the roof
of the barn land on my
house I kind of figured
something was wrong,”
Kramer said June 30.
He and his wife went
downstairs as he called
9-1-1 to let them know
his house and land, which
includes Triple K Stables
at 4721 Schneider Drive,
had been hit. He also took a
quick look out the window
and saw a car sitting on the
road, “sitting under a bunch
of live power lines.”
Although the confirmed
EF1 tornado did plenty of
tree damage and tore up
parts of his barn, Kramer
was focused on what was
not damaged.
“No biggie,” he said.
“Nobody got hurt, none of
the horses got hurt.”
Dane County Emergency Management public information officer J.
McLellan said the agency only received “two
or three” other damage
reports in the area beyond
Triple K Stables from Sunday’s storm.
But McLellan also cautioned people to take an
active role in understanding the severe weather
around them when it takes
“If you hear a warning, you’re in the warning area,” McLellan said.

The Fitchburg Star


July 11, 2014

The Fitchburg Star

Agora Art Fair Aug. 16
More than 100 Wisconsin
artists will be showcased in
the sixth Fitchburg Agora
Art Fair, set amid the stunning architecture of Agora
and the natural prairie landscape of southern Wisconsin.
The event, which runs
from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 16, will feature
local and regional artists
from every medium, including painting, ceramics, jewelry, photography, glass,
metals, woodwork, mixed
media, fiber and sculpture.
Besides the art there are
plenty of other activities
during the day, including
live music on two stages, a
Capital Brewery beer and
wine garden, a Children’s
Art Yard, local food and
beverage choices, retailer
specials and, new this year,
the Adult Art Experience.
The Children’s Art Yard,

If you go
What: Agora Art Fair
When: 10 a.m.-5 p.m.,
Saturday, Aug. 16
Where: 5500 East Cheryl
Parkway, Fitchburg
and on Facebook
which will be hosted under
the shade of the Agora
Pavilion, will be a fundraiser for Woods Hollow
Children’s Center. Nominal
fees apply. The Adult Art
Experience, presented by
Artful Escapes, will have
demonstrations and opportunities for adults to put
brush to paper or contribute
to a larger communal project.
Local restaurants featured
include Liliana’s, Oasis
Café and EVP Coffee,

Roman Candle, Veranda,
Yum-Yum Ice Cream and
Buckhorn Kettlekorn.
Selections will include
brats, hot dogs, pizza,
wraps, salads, jambalaya,
Italian specialties, pastries,
beer, wine, coffee and soda.
The live music lineup
includes The Madison Flute
Club, Ida Jo, Tairis, Tony
Castaneda Latin Jazz and
West Side Andy and the
Mel Ford Band.
The event is free to attend
and open to the public. The
art fair will take place rain
or shine. Plenty of free
parking will be available
with free shuttles running
throughout the day from the
surrounding parking areas.
Volunteer opportunities are
The Agora is located
two miles south of Highway 12/18 Beltline off Fish
Hatchery Road.

If you go
What: National Night Out
When: 1-4 p.m. Aug. 2
Where: McKee Farms Park
Info: 270-4300

National Night
Out Aug. 2
The Fitchburg Police
Department invites the public
to its annual National Night
Out Picnic, “A Going Away
Party to Crime” from 1-4 p.m.
on Saturday, Aug. 2, at McKee
Farms Park.
The event will feature
refreshments, games and law
enforcement displays, including the Fitchburg Police/Fire/
EMS, bicycle officers, crime
prevention materials, the U.S.
Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco
and Firearms, Middleton
Police, UW Police, Mounted
Horse Patrol, UW Med Flight
and Wisconsin Air National
Guard Security Services.

Photo by Jim Ferolie

Coming Up
Bicycle Tour
The Flavors of Wisconsin
bicycle tour starts Sunday, July
13, and ends Saturday, July 19,
in Fitchburg. The moderately
challenging route takes riders
through scenic vistas sampling
craft cheese and beer and staying at bed and breakfasts. Visit for more

Orchard Volunteer Training
Erin Schneider of Hilltop Community Farm, LLC will present
a workshop on orchard management and maintenance between 9
a.m. and noon on Tuesday, July
15. During Arbor Day weekend,
the 4-H Fireflies of Fitchburg
planted an orchard, which consists of eight apple trees and two
pear trees, behind the Fitchburg
Community Center. The orchard
will provide fruit for Fitchburg
residents and excess fruit will be
donated to local food pantries. It
will be cared for by community

volunteers, especially interested feature tasty treats from Funks
seniors. The workshop is open to Pub, Mighty WheelHouse tunes
the public and will focus on what and Potosi Brewery on tap.
volunteers need to know to care
for and maintain the new commu- Concerts at the Library
nity orchard.
The Fitchburg Public Library
is offering two free concerts this
Kids’ Fest
Bring the kids to the Fitchburg
On Thursday, July 17, at 7 p.m.
Farmers’ Market at Agora Pavil- join the library for some lively
ion, 5511 E. Cheryl Parkway, bluegrass from Milkhouse Radio.
for Kids’ Fest from 3-6 p.m. on
On Thursday, Aug. 7, at 7
Thursday, July 17. Kids’ Fest is p.m., Prairie Bayou Cajun Band
a benefit for Woods Hollow Chil- will offer the wonderful music of
dren’s Center, sponsored by UW Southwestern Louisiana.
Health. Enjoy popcorn, snow
For more information, call the
cones, face painting, a visit from Reference Desk at 729-1763.
the Fitchburg Fire Department,
balloons, live music and the usual Interview Coaching
market finds.
Time to update or fine-tune
your resumé and interview skills?
Summer in Bloom Party
The Fitchburg Public Library is
Oak Bank and the Fitchburg hosting a Resumé and Interview
Chamber of Commerce invite Coaching session from 7-9 p.m.
you to a “Summer in Bloom” on Wednesday, July 23. Contact
party from 4-7 p.m. on Thursday, the Reference Desk to sign up for
July 17, at the Oak Bank Build- a one-hour session with an expeing, 5951 McKee Road. The 14th rienced volunteer resumé and
annual Summer After Hours will interview coach. Registration is

required, and you must already
have a resumé to participate.
Call 729-1763 to register for
one session or with any questions.
Additional dates are Aug. 13 and
Aug. 27.

Build a Bat House
Join the City of Fitchburg
Resource Conservation Commission (RCC) in building a bat
house from 5:30-7 p.m. on Thursday, July 24, at McKee Farms
Park Shelter.
Heather Kaarakka from the
Wisconsin Department of Natural
Resources will be giving a presentation on bats and their importance in Fitchburg ecosystems.
After the presentation guests
can follow along as members
of the RCC demonstrate how to
build your very own bat house.

Tuesday, Aug. 5, at Candlewood
Suites, 5421 Caddis Bend. This
month’s speaker, Chuck West,
will focus on: Intent, Intelligent
Questions and Influential Listening. West is the program director
of Sales, Sales Management and
Advanced Management programs
for Wisconsin School of Business
Executive Education. The event is
free for Chamber members. Contact Kate Wicker at 288-8284.


Have you ever wanted to look
inside a real fire engine or a
police car?
On Wednesday, Aug. 6, from
3-6 p.m. the Fitchburg Public
Library will host Touch-a-Truck.
Visitors will be able to see a
Fitchburg Fire and Rescue fire
engine, a Fitch-Rona EMS ambulance, a Fitchburg Police DepartBusiness Before 9
ment vehicle and more. This free
The August topic for Busi- family event will be located at
ness Before 9 is “The Art and Fire Station No. 2, 5415 King
Science of Good Conversation,” James Way.
being held from 7:45-9 a.m. on

Calendar of events
Monday, July 14

• 9:30 a.m., Preschool
Storytime (ages 2-5), library,
• 11 a.m., Preschool Storytime
(ages 2-5), library, 729-1760
4 p.m., Teen Gaming, library,

Tuesday, July 15

• 9 a.m.-noon, Community
Orchard Volunteer Training,
senior center, 270-4295
• 11 a.m., Lapsit Storytime
(ages 0-2), library, 729-1760
• 2 p.m., Learning Annex
presents: Olbrich Botanical
Gardens, senior center, 2704290
• 5:30 p.m., READ to a Dog
(ages 5-11, sign-up required),
library, 729-1760
• 7:30 p.m., Plan Commission
meeting, city hall, 270-4200

Wednesday, July 16

• 10 a.m., Toddler Art (ages
1-3), library, 729-1760
• 10 a.m., Adult Book
Discussion, library, 729-1760
• 11:30 a.m., UW Nutrition
presents: Flavor Without
Sodium, senior center, 2704290
• 1 p.m., Dr. Heidi Brown presents: “Mind Over Matter, Brain
Over Bladder” Pelvic Floor
Disorders, senior center, 270-

• 2 p.m., Toppers Pizza Party
(ages 5-11, sign-up required),
library, 729-1760

Tuesday, July 22

• 10 a.m., Next Stop College
- Finding the Right College for
You (for teens), library, 7291760
Thursday, July 17
• 11 a.m., Lapsit Storytime
• 2 p.m., Toppers Pizza Party
(ages 0-2), library, 729-1760
(ages 5-11, sign-up required),
• 2 p.m., Sounds in Nature (for
library, 729-1760
kids), library, 729-1760
• 7-8:30 p.m., Summer Concert:
• 7:30 p.m., Common Council
Milkhouse Radio, library, 729meeting, city hall, 270-4200

Saturday, July 19

• 8:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Hickory
Knoll Combined Driving Event
(dressage and cones), 5423
Hwy. M, 835-7473

Sunday, July 20

• 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Hickory
Knoll Combined Driving Event
(marathon), 5423 Hwy. M, 8357473

Monday, July 21

• 9:30 a.m., Preschool
Storytime (ages 2-5), library,
• 11 a.m., Preschool Storytime
(ages 2-5), library, 729-1760
• 6 p.m., Candy Sushi (for
teens), library, 729-1760
• 6-8:30 p.m. Concerts at
McKee - Count This Penny,
McKee Farms Park, 270-4290
• 7-9 p.m., Public information
meeting for McKee Road project, City Hall

• 11 a.m., Preschool Storytime
(ages 2-5), library, 729-1760

Tuesday, July 29

• 10 a.m., Next Stop College There’s A College Scholarship
for You (for teens), library, 7291760
• 11 a.m., Lapsit Storytime
(ages 0-2), library, 729-1760

Wednesday, July 30

• 10:30 a.m., Summer Dance
Wednesday, July 23
Party (ages 1-5), library, 729• 1 p.m., Card Making with Kate 1760
(cost $10, sign-up required),
Thursday, July 31
senior center, 270-4290

Data in the Cloud
• 6 p.m., Family Movie in
(sign-up required), senior cenSpanish, library, 729-1760
ter, 270-4290
Thursday, July 24
• 6 p.m., Teen Craft Lab: Perler
• 1:30 p.m., Mystery Book Club: Beads, library, 729-1760
“City of Veils” by Zoe Ferraris,
Friday, August 1
senior center, 270-4290

a.m., Little Clickers
• 1:30-3:30 p.m., Diabetic
(ages 3-5, sign-up required),
Support Group (sign-up
requested), senior center, 270- library, 729-1760
Monday, August 4
• 9:30 a.m., Preschool
Friday, July 25
Storytime (ages 2-5), library,
• 10:30 a.m., Little Clickers
(ages 3-5, sign-up required),
• 11 a.m., Preschool Storytime
library, 729-1760
(ages 2-5), library, 729-1760
• 3 p.m., Grossology (ages
7-11), library, 729-1760
Tuesday, August 5
• 11 a.m., Lapsit Storytime
Monday, July 28
(ages 0-2), library, 729-1760
• 9:30 a.m., Preschool
• 2 p.m., Bubble Wonders (for
Storytime (ages 2-5), library,
kids), library, 729-1760

• 6:30-8:30 p.m., The Science
(and Art) of Homebrewing,
library, 729-1760

Wednesday, August 6

• 8:30 a.m., Kindle One-onOne (appointment necessary),
senior center, 270-4290
• 10 a.m., Toddler Art (ages
2-5), library, 729-1760

Thursday, August 7

• 6 p.m. Storytime for Families,
library, 729-1760
• 7-8:30 p.m., Summer Concert:
Prairie Bayou Cajun Band,
library, 729-1760

Friday, August 8

• 11 a.m., Teen Movie:
“Divergent” (permission slip
required for anyone under 17),
library, 729-1760
• 6 p.m. Pack ‘N The Park (carnival games, inflatables, movie,
prizes, food), McKee Farms
Park, 270-4200
• 6 p.m., Adult Summer
Reading contest review sheets
due, library, 729-1760

Tuesday, August 12

• 7:30 p.m., Common Council
meeting, city hall, 270-4200

Saturday, August 16

• 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Agora Art

Concerts at McKee lineup

July 11, 2014

The Fitchburg Star

Music lovers looking for
monthly outdoor music can
head to McKee Farms Park
on the third Monday of July
and August at McKee Farms
Park, 2930 Chapel Valley
Road, Fitchburg. Food and
drink carts open at 6 p.m.;
concerts begin at 7 p.m.
Concerts at McKee has
been running for 12 seasons
with concerts planned each
month. The musical lineup
for the free concert series
this year includes:
• Count This Penny, July 21
• The Kissers, Aug. 18
McKee Farms Park is
easily accessible by bike
and car and has free ample

Eclectic mix found at flea market
Samantha Christian
Unified Newspaper Group

When Ed Oakey turns
into McGaw Park in his
red pickup truck Sunday mornings, he’s never
really sure what he’ll find
among the eclectic mix of
treasures displayed in the
upper parking lot.
As the organizer of the
Fitchburg Flea Market,
Oakey said there is “a good
assortment” of vintage
collectibles, repurposed
items, furniture, crafts,
jewelry and yard art.
He has seen a steady
improvement in both public attendance and vendor participation since the
market’s start in late April,
but he is hoping for more.
Although vendors do not
have to call ahead of time
to confirm whether they
are coming, he said about
20 vendors show up Sundays.
The vendor cost is $15
each week, and everyone is
encouraged to come.
“We have very nice
vendors, and many are
repeat,” said Carol Oakey.
“The idea is anyone can
bring anything they want.”
There are a few exceptions, however, including no sales of guns,

pornography, animals,
alcohol or food unless a
health permit is presented.
Ed Oakey said he’s hoping to get more people who
sell produce to come to the
market, especially for the
fall harvest before Halloween.
“It’s a nice park and
nice people,” said Verona

If you go
What: Fitchburg Flea
When: 6 a.m.-1
p.m. Sundays through
October, weather-permitting
Schedule change:
6-10 a.m. July 13; no flea
market July 20
Where: McGaw Park,
5236 Lacy Road
Cost: Free admission
and parking
Info: 271-6944 or 3352045
vendor Victor Rasmussen,
who is always adding to
his album and cassette collection.
However, he noted not
many people show up
before 9 a.m.
Ed Oakey also said many
bikers also ride through the

market and, upon spotting
a good find, will return later with a vehicle.
“There’s a late crowd
after 8:30 — the church
crowd,” he said.
Dennis Wieczorek of
Brooklyn, who often displays chairs and golf
equipment, said not all
vendors show up at 6 a.m.
or stay until 1 p.m., which
can cause some people to
just pass on by without
stopping. The recent rainy
weather and area road construction were also cited as
possible factors for fluctuating attendance.
Since the flea market is
just getting off the ground
and working around the
current park schedule,
“we will figure out what
works,” said Carol. “Not
everyone knows about us
What she does know is
her husband’s passion for
flea markets.
“Ed has been going to
these things his whole life.
He’s been collecting for
years. He likes the camaraderie – going around
chatting with people,” said
For information, call Ed
Oakey at 271-6944 or 3352045.

Photo submitted

If you go
What: Concerts at McKee
When: 7 p.m. Mondays
July 21, Aug. 18
Where: McKee Farms
Park, 2930 Chapel Valley

About the bands
The bands from this
year’s Concerts at McKee
hail from Madison. Here’s a
short bio about each band
from their websites:
Count This Penny
Count This Penny was
founded by Amanda and
Allen Rigell as a songwriting duo in 2009.
Nowadays, they’re a fullfledged country-folk band.
Recently named one of
Wisconsin’s 10 ‘Bands to
Watch’ by the Milwaukee
Journal-Sentinel, they’re
hard at work on a new EP
for wide release. Playing
recently as a four-piece
with Ben Wolf on drums
and Andrew Harrison on
lead guitar, and amidst
sold-out hometown and
regional shows, they’re
writing new songs that ring
out shinier -- and sharper
around the edges -- delivering on the promise of
their first steps onto the
The Kissers
The Kissers are known
for the frenzied energy
of their live shows, their
off-kilter humor, and their
eclectic instrumentation.
Violin, banjo, accordion, and an array of
sonic effects combine with
diverse musical influences
for a unique sound that
straddles the gap between
indie-rock and Irish music.
The Kissers maintain that
they are rock musicians
who learned to play Irish
music, not vice versa, and
so their music sometimes
feels more at home in a
club than in a pub.

Photos by Samantha Christian

At top, Traci and Josh Mandell
sort through old records at
the Fitchburg Flea Market on
Sunday while talking to vendor Victor Rasmussen, not
Above, Alvera Hosher and her
Chihuahua, Chiquita, browse
the Fitchburg Flea Market
Sunday, as is their weekly

Photo submitted

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July 11, 2014

The Fitchburg Star

Madison schools

Three schools get
new principals
Cherokee, West,
Leopold hire new
leaders for 2014-15
Scott Girard
Unified Newspaper Group

Goodbye seniors
More than 500 Madison West seniors said goodbye to their high school careers Saturday, June 14, at the Kohl Center in Madison during the school’s graduation ceremony. U.S. Sen. Tammy Baldwin, D-Wis., who is a West High alumnus from the class of 1980, spoke to

School news
Read about the MMSD
preliminary budget
approval, and follow
the budget process for
online at:

Five minutes added to elementary school days
Madison Metropolitan
School District elementary
students will have five minutes longer to be in school
every day in the 2014-15
MMSD announced it
would add five minutes to
each school day at the district’s elementary schools,

including Leopold, in June.
The change will create
an additional three snow/
weather days for the school
year after districts around
the state had to add time
this past year following
severe cold and snow.
School will now last
from 7:45 a.m. to 1:05 p.m.

on Mondays at early start
schools, and 7:45 a.m. to
2:37 p.m. on Tuesdays-Fridays.
Late start schools will
now start at 8:30 a.m.
Monday-Friday. Mondays,
school will end at 1:50
p.m., while it will end at
3:22 p.m. Tuesday-Friday.

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Three Madison schools
hired new principals in
Madison West High
School, Cherokee Middle
School and Leopold Elementary School each had
openings after their previous principals left or retired.
West hired 11-year assistant
principal Beth Thompson,
while Kevin Brown came
to Cherokee from his position as principal at Gilmore
Middle School in the Racine
Unified School District. At
Leopold, Karine Sloan will
take over after spending
time as a school improvement partner in the district.
Former West principal
Ed Holmes retired at the
end of the 2013-14 school
year after 10 years leading
the high school.
But West won’t lost too
much in terms of continuity for the school, thanks
to Thompson’s 11 years at
West and 34 total in Madison schools.
“Just the natural next step
for me,” Thompson told
the Star. “I absolutely love
West High School. I love
the atmosphere, our students
and parents are awesome.
It’s where I want to be for
the rest of my career.”
Thompson said she’s
excited to take over at a
time of great change in the
education world, from new

Common Core test standards to personalized learning and plenty in between.
“My whole career I kind
of have served in that role
of creating change movements,” she said. “They’re
all really good changes that
are going to make things
better for all kids.”
She also
said she
looks forward to
working on
the Educator Effectiveness
i n i t i a t i v e , Thompson
which will
performances based on
a variety
of factors,
as it brings
“so much
opportun i t y ” f o r Brown
growth for
those teachers.
Thompson previously
as a support teacher
and special Sloan
Brown, who officially
began at Cherokee July 1,
took over as principal at
Gilmore in 2008, and has
also served as an assistant
principal at both the middle
and high school levels in
the past.
Brown said his past
experiences in a variety of
roles, including teaching
sociology and psychology
at Milwaukee Area Technical College, will help him
ensure all students at Cherokee are equipped with “the
best possible education,” no
matter their socioeconomic
status or race.
He also emphasized his
“open door policy.”
“The school does not
belong to the school district,
it belongs to the community,” Brown said. “Parents
are always welcome.”
Sloan will take over for
John Burkholder, who had
been at Leopold since 2008.
In her most recent position at MMSD, she worked
with principals and schools
to provide “targeted support.” Previously, she
worked as a teacher leader
in the Office of Multilingual and Global Education and as an English as a
Second Language/bilingual
teacher at Cherokee.
She has also worked in
three other countries as a
She was unable to make
time for an interview before
the Star’s deadline. Look
for an updated story with
her comments later in July


July 11, 2014

The Fitchburg Star


Oregon School District

Push for contract pleases both sides
Scott De Laruelle
Unified Newspaper Group

“Make hay when the
sun’s shining,” goes the old
farmers’ adage.
And with Oregon School
District (OSD) and Oregon
Education Association
(OEA) officials fresh off
successful negotiations to
wrap up the recently completed school year, both
sides seem poised to take
advantage of the recent
spate of sunny weather, so
to speak.
After wrapping up the
2013-14 collective bargaining agreement OEA
negotiations last month – a
process that started in October – Oregon School Board
President Dan Krause said
he wanted to keep things
going and try to get the

2014-15 contract settled
and signed as soon as possible. The school year started July 1 and runs through
June 30, 2015.
“We’d like to capitalize
on that momentum,” he said
last month. “We don’t want
to be bargaining all the
time, which is what we’ve
been doing the last few
years. It’s frustrating.”
Oregon School District superintendent Brian Busler, speaking on
his personal opinion and
“not an official position”
of the school board, said
it’s always important to
start the school year with
a settled contract with
employee groups. He
said he was pleased when
Krause suggested the sides
actively work on the 201415 school year contract
for a “timely settlement.”
Though in the past few
years, negotiations have
dragged out to the end of
the school year, Busler
said that in his time at the


Districts get state STEM grants
Program set to
begin in 2014-15
Thanks to a pair of
$19,000 state grants, the
Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics
(STEM) programs in the
Oregon and Verona Area
school districts will take
another step forward for
the 2014-15 school year.
The districts were among
15 around the state to
receive a one-time grant,
according to a news release
from the Department of
Public Instruction. The
funding will help enhance
STEM offerings for students in grades K-5, said
state superintendent Tony
“STEM education is
vital to our students and
the future,” he said. “These
courses take an innovative
approach to engage, motivate and inspire students
to spark their interest in
careers in science technology, engineering and mathematics. These fields hold

The All

so much potential as the
source of innovation and
entrepreneurship that drive
economic development and
the knowledge-based economy.”
The program requires
that the districts provide
a matching amount equal
to 25 percent of the grant,
and evidence of sustainability beyond the grant
was also part of the evaluation process, Evers said,
with 70 districts applying
for funding. Grant applications were based on a needs
In Verona, the grant
will go to New Century
School. NCS director Jim
Ruder sent an email to parents after receiving word
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district, that’s been the
exception, rather than the
“There has always been
an interest in reaching a
voluntary contract settlement in a timely matter,” he
said. “However, post-Act
10, this has been exceedingly challenging due to the
numerous legal opinions on
what the law means, how it
should be interpreted and
its impact on the local bargaining process.”
OEA member Jon Fishwild said in the past, the
school board has held “hard
and fast to a pretty strict
interpretation of Act 10,
even when some of its provisions have been called
into question by a judicial
body.” He said the OEA
has in turn offered language
that allows the sides to
reopen negotiations in the
event a final ruling “definitively shows” something
in the bargain ran afoul of
state law.
“Until very recently, the

they further determine
some budget issues, so no
meetings between the two
sides are imminent.
Oregon School Board
members were contacted
to comment on the negotiations – past and present
– but only one responded, asking that comments
be left off the record.
Busler said he hopes the
sides can build on the
agreement signed last
month, for the benefit of the
“A settled contract brings
everyone together and
allows us to keep the focus
on our core mission of
educating the youth in the
Oregon School District,”
he said. “A voluntary contract suggests that we have
reached common ground
with the best contract possible given the challenges
we face with limited school
“We value our teachers
and want the contract to be
fair and meet their needs.”

Districts get preliminary state aid increases
MMSD increase
$5 million below
its own budgeted

State aid

Scott Girard
Unified Newspaper Group

All three school districts
Fitchburg students attend
can expect state aid increases for the 2014-15 school
year, though for one district
it’s a much lower increase
than expected.
The Madison Metropolitan School District had
passed a preliminary budget
June 16 with state aid numbers expected at nearly $60
But the Department of
Public Instruction numbers
released July 1, which are
preliminary and will not be
finalized until final student
counts are done in September, only project that number at $54.9 million. That’s
still a $2.7 million increase
from 2013-14, but not nearly as large as expected.
School Board vice

2014-15 projected

president James Howard
told the Wisconsin State
Journal he was unsure how
the district had come to its
$60 million projection.
“That’s a very good question, and that’s one we’ll all
be looking for an answer
for,” Howard told the State
Journal. “If the preliminary
budget is based on that $60
million state aid estimate,
then that’s going to be an
That preliminary budget included a 1.99 percent property tax increase,
which was lower than the
initial April proposal of
2.11 percent.
The Verona Area School
District, however, planned
in its own budget for $25.4

million in general state aid,
and could get even a bit
more based on the preliminary projection of $25.7
That would amount to a
nearly $6 million increase
from the 2011-12 school
year, illustrating the district’s rapid growth and the
financial boon provided by
including 4-year-old Kindergarten students in the
student population. That
growth includes an expected 121 more students next
year, which would mark
the third-consecutive year
of triple-digit enrollment
The district is also proposing to purchase at least
one piece of land through a

November referendum to deal
with the growing enrollment.
The district will hold its
annual budget meeting in
In the Oregon School
District, the state projects
to increase its general aid
by 3.73 percent, up to $19.3
million. In the 2013-14
school year, OSD received
$18.6 million in state aid.
OSD finance director
Kara Newton said the district had not yet projected
for the state aid, and will
use the DPI estimate as it
moves forward in its budget
The district will hold its
annual meeting in September, Newton said.
Statewide, 53 percent
of districts are expected to
receive more aid than in
2013-14, while the other
47 percent can expect a
Total state aid is expected to increase to $4.5 billion for the 2014-15 school
year. That’s a 2.1 percent
increase compared to 201314.
Official state aid numbers
will be finalized Oct. 15.

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interest in going down this teachers to the same salary,
road,” he said.
in real dollars, perpetually,”
he said. “It wasn’t until this
Relationship-building last bargain that the school
O E A P r e s i d e n t M a r k board even entertained the
Lindsey said in the past, the concept of supplementary
district has chosen to put pay to recognize the impact
“significant dollars” toward of Act 10 on teacher salaattracting new teachers, ries.”
Crediting the new memwhile remaining staff has
“fallen further and further bership of the school board
behind.” He said the dis- and HAC as being “more
trict’s human assets com- willing to discuss issues”
mittee (HAC) has been with the OEA, Fishwild
“cognizant of this dispar- said they “seem to be empaity” and adjusted its think- thetic to the effect of Act 10
on teachers.
ing, which he appreciates.
“They ask, ‘What’s going
“We are not opposed to
increasing the starting pay on?’ rather than reply with,
for a teacher in an attempt ‘No,’ and, ‘We haven’t
to attract qualified candi- heard that before so it must
dates,” Lindsey said. “It not be an issue,’” he said.
just cannot continue to take “That alone has been very
place without looking at refreshing.”
compensation reform for all
Next steps
The district has been
Fishwild said HAC com“steadfast in its approach” mittee members recently
to wage increases for staff, asked the OEA to hold off,
Fishwild said, though cit- at least temporarily, on
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July 11, 2014

The Fitchburg Star

Do-it-yourself pop

Fitchburg native
pursues songwriting,
singing dreams in
Los Angeles
Seth Jovaag
Fitchburg Star correspondent

In her music videos,
Fitchburg native Caitlin
Timmins appears to be a
confident young singer with
a bright future.
In reality, the recent
college graduate admits
that chasing her dream of
becoming a pop music star
is “pretty terrifying.”
“You release your heart
and soul and you don’t really
know what’s going to happen with it,” said Timmins,
a 2010 graduate of Verona
Area High School. “You
don’t know how people are
going to react. You just try
to make something good and
cross your fingers.”
Timmins, who turns 22 on
Sunday, released a new video last month on YouTube
for her single, “Audrey Hepburn Legs,” under her stage
name Caity Copley. It’s one
of several videos she’s made
in the past couple of years in
a do-it-yourself campaign
to launch a career she’s
dreamed of since her first
solo in middle school choir
at age 11.
In 2010, she enrolled at
the prestigious Berklee College of Music in Boston,
which offers a rare major in

Photo submitted

Fitchburg native Caitlin Timmins recently moved to Los Angeles in
her pursuit of a songwriting career.

Her coursework often
required her to write a song
or two a week. One semester, her teacher was former
“American Idol” judge Kara
DioGuardi, who required
students to craft and produce radio-ready songs each
“That was probably the
most grueling class,” Timmins said. “It was like a
full-time job basically. But
it was amazing.”
The daughter of Jim and
Laura Timmins, Caitlin
graduated from Berklee
in three-and-a-half years,

aided by a full scholarship
her final two semesters. She
also got a financial boost in
2013, when a crowdsourcing campaign on netted her more than
$4,000 to fund an album
she’s still working on.
After graduating last
December, she stayed in
Boston to work and save
money until late May, when
she moved to Los Angeles
with her boyfriend – who
is also her producer – to be
“in the center” of the music
In L.A., she works as a

photographer’s assistant,
but her free time is devoted
to making and promoting
her music as Caity Copley,
the stage name she adopted
in February. It was a college nickname combining
her first name with Copley
Square in Boston.
For now, Timmins is simply trying to build up her
fan base. She releases her
songs for free through her
YouTube channel and on When
people download her songs
from the latter site, she adds
them to her mailing list.
In addition to singing,
Timmins also plays piano.
Her short-term goal is to
land a contract with a publishing company that would
pay her to write songs for
other artists or commercial
campaigns. That money
would free her to work on
her own career, she said. Her
newest single also landed her
a deal with Yamaha to use
their keyboards and potentially play at future company-sponsored concerts.
Timmins said she wrote
“Audrey Hepburn Legs”
with college friend Charlie Puth, whose songs on
YouTube have gone viral
and earned him an appearance on the Ellen Degeneres
Show. Now, Timmins hopes
she can gain similar fame.
“It’s all kind of a guessing
game and a risk, but it’s all
worth it, I think,” she said.
“It’s just that love of music,
that’s what it all comes
down to.”

Photo by Samantha Christian

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Aug. 23 community event
planned at Nine Springs
Although Fitchburg’s Common Council voted to keep
Nine Springs Golf Course as just that, the city’s parks
department is working on ways to bring more community
members in the surrounding area into the park and use
the land to serve a “park-deficient” section of the city.
The first such event will be Aug. 23, and will likely
include a movie, kids games, a golf activity, informational booths and much more. It’s expected to begin at
5:30 p.m. and end around 10 p.m., or at the end of the
The parks department will meet throughout July to
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As major reconstruction of
Verona Road and the Beltline
continues, drivers should prepare for a major traffic switch
later this month.
Crews are finishing up work
on the new northbound lanes
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north and southbound drivers will be shifted to that new
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July 11, 2014

The Fitchburg Star

Library: Supporters work to reach entire community

A look back
2007: Friends of Fitchburg
Library forms
Nov. 2008: Voters
approve $10 million referendum for library construction;
decline nearly $1 million for
annual operating costs
Feb. 2009: Council votes
to allow Library Board to
begin fundraising, planning
and likely construction; does
not approve the bonds to
pay for the library

Continued from page 1

July 2009: City approves
contracts with architects and
construction companies,
bond sales of $5 million to
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Fall/Winter 2009: City
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library design
April-June 2010: Actual,
ceremonial groundbreaking
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have a library.
But a group had worked on
making it happen for years
before, including Marykay
Zimbrick, who was part of
a Library Committee in the
early 2000s after moving to
Fitchburg in 1996.
“I was surprised to find
out we didn’t have our own
library,” Zimbrick said. “I
always thought that was a
drawback to Fitchburg.”
She said the committee,
which she served on with
two others and which had
former mayor Tom Clauder’s support, heard “very
strong opinions one way or
the other” on the library during their time. It took many
factors into consideration,
she said, in putting together
the referendum.
Even after that vote, it
was not clear how the plan
would move forward as voters simultaneously rejected
an increased budget for the
annual operating cost. The
Common Council followed
later that month by opposing a resolution in support of
the library, leaving the next
move up in the air.
Eventually, the Library
Board reduced the operating
costs and got approval from
the city in 2009 to go ahead
with construction plans.
The city held three open
houses to hear from the public
on what features it wanted to
see in a new library, and construction began in June 2010.
One year later, Fitchburg
finally had its own library,
though those in support of
it saw it as much more than
“It’s something that Fitchburg was sorely lacking in
the past, a place for people
in the community to meet,”
Zimbrick said. “Bringing
those things to our community that really make it seem
like a community rather than
a bunch of houses built out in
the country.”

More than books
That community idea is
something trumpeted by not
only Zimbrick, but other supporters, as well.
With no clearly identifiable
downtown and a municipal
boundary that accommodates
three different school districts
– each with another community’s name – Rowson said
the library has “really become
kind of a community center.”
And that idea helps to
keep the library modern, as
e-readers and Internet access
become just as important for
a community as a collection
of books.
Nikolay said that while
“we certainly believe in the
importance of books,” she
and others recognize that a
library must serve its users in
many ways.
That’s always been part of
the plan, and why statistics
showing what goes on at the
library outside of checked
out items are promising for
Those include 799 youth
programs with 25,277 attendees, 78,457 computer sessions
and “body counts” of 3,600
visitors in a given week.
But that doesn’t mean
books are ignored, especially
because an impetus for building the library was the number of Fitchburg residents
who checked out books at
other libraries in the area,
whether Madison, Verona or

Photos by Kat Chew

Sharice Howliet, a Verona resident, uses the library’s computers to print off documents.

Oregon, said library board
member Karen Julesberg.
“Fitchburg has always
been a community of readers,” Julesberg said.
That community has found
the books and other programs
useful, the board members
said, and that has helped to
change the opinions of some
who originally doubted the
usefulness of Fitchburg having its own library.
Alice Jenson, president
of the library’s fundraising
arm, Friends of the Fitchburg
Public Library, told the Star
about a neighbor who had
questioned whether the extra
Photos by Scott Girard
taxes were worth the library,
but has come around since.
Fitchburg resident Carolyn Gillis enjoys a quiet read July 8 on the
“About a year ago, he library’s first floor.
said, I gotta tell ya, ‘my kids
ride their bikes to the library
everyday in the summer
time,’” she said.
Zimbrick said her “greatest satisfaction” is now seeing those who opposed the
library checking out books.

Work left
While changing those
minds is good, those still
working with the library
know there is plenty more
to do to ensure the library’s
long-term health and benefit
the entirety of Fitchburg.
The library began developing its strategic plan in
2012, as the Library Board
gathered community input
and library data to determine
what the focus should be for
the library’s development.
After those determinations,
the library formed “action
teams” of board members,
library staff, community
members and members of
the Friends of the Library.
Those teams cover five
core issues: finances, organization, learning/discovery,
and getting the word out.
Rowson, Julesberg and
Nikolay all emphasized the
last two, specifically, as they
realize the size and lack of
centrality in Fitchburg limit
access for some to the facility and all it offers.
“This is a very large geographic community, which
makes it challenging,” Julesberg said.
“We need to still get out
there in terms of the services
and programming we offer,”
Nikolay added.
Specifically, Rowson
touched on the North Fish

Bella Sansone, left, 3, and Ella Langbehn, 4, laugh as children’s
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Hatchery Road/Leopold Elementary School area and the
Jamestown area, which both
include pockets of lowerincome residents.
That outreach began
over the last year, with
the library sending volunteers to the weekly Leopold
Open Schoolhouse nights to
remind the community of the
opportunities offered, and
will continue with outreach
programs into the fall.
“We’re aware not everyone at Fitchburg can get to
the library,” Rowson said.
Zimbrick said it was a
problem the original library
committee was aware of
from the start, though she
“didn’t fully appreciate” the
scale of the issue.
“It’s a complicated problem, and a lot of it can be

solved with people putting
their heads together and
thinking outside the box,”
she said. “It’s just a matter
of how do we do it in a costeffective way and a way that
we’re actually having some
Once they are able to
determine how exactly to
staff increased programs
in those areas, which is the
biggest hurdle to increased
programming, Rowson said
they are willing to consider
anything that can benefit
the community using the
library’s resources.
“We’re pretty open to
what those activities could
be, maybe book clubs, maybe storytimes,” she said. “It’s
kind of hard to tell until you
have something that’s successful that people attend.”

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VAHS boys lacrosse

Regents fall in
sectional final
Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

The Madison West High
School girls soccer team
defeated Middleton 1-0 on
June 12 and was a game
away from making state since
2012, when the Regents won
the Division 1 state title.
It seemed like West was
on its way – up a goal on
Kettle Moraine at halftime
of the WIAA Division 1
sectional final on June 14 –
but Lasers’ senior forward
Mandy Brux scored two of
four unanswered second-half
goals and the Regents fell 5-2
to close its season.
West senior forward Sarah
Mondschein (assisted by
Anali Osorio) scored her second goal in the 38th minute
to give West the lead at halftime, but junior midfielder
Julia Zach knotted the score
at 2-2 in the 54th minute with
an assist to senior forward
Gabby Solano.
Then it was all Brux as she
scored in the 70th minute and
then added another goal a
minute later. Junior forward
Olivia Hively had assists on
both goals.
Brux added an assist in the
73rd minute as sophomore
midfielder Erin Manion capitalized on a pass to make it
Mondschein’s first goal
came in the fourth minute
with an assist to sophomore
forward Rachel Peaslee to
give West a 1-0 lead, but
Kettle Moraine senior forward Danielle Melotte picked
up the equalizer in the 38th
minute – 35 seconds before
Mondschein’s second goal on
a penalty kick.
Senior goalie Meredith
Thompson finished with
eight saves, while Kettle
Moraine junior goalie Jessica Hoppe finished with two
The Regents finished 13-33 overall, 6-2-1 in the Big
Eight Conference and was
second behind Middleton.

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Photo by Josh Smith/Daily Jefferson County Union

Senior Connor Novotny celebrates Verona’s 7-6 overtime win over Waunakee Saturday, June 14, in the Division 1 boys lacrosse state championship at Perkins Stadium at
the University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.

Overtime magic

Cioci’s goal gives Cats
state championship
Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

Senior attacker Jack Cioci was
dealing with injuries the past few
seasons, but he was healthy this year.
And it was a good thing for the
Verona Area High School boys
lacrosse team, as Cioci was the one

who grabbed the puck early in overtime of the state championship game
on June 14 at Perkins Stadium at the
University of Wisconsin - Whitewater.
Cioci not only got a shot off, but
he was able to bury the game-winner
as the Wildcats defeated Waunakee
7-6 to claim the Division 1 title.
“I couldn’t believe it that after
the three years I was hurt that I was
able to score the goal that won us
the championship,” Cioci said. “The

whole time our coach (Michael
Storts) talked about earning our right
to win. It was always easy to stay
focused because we all had the same
goal of winning a state title.”
Waunakee took a 6-5 lead with
seven minutes to play when Mitch
Cords scored with an assist to Payton
Smith, but senior Kenny Keyes was
able to keep the Verona season alive
with an unassisted equalizer with just
over a minute left in regulation.
Verona jumped out to a 3-1 lead

earlier with goals by sophomore Josh
Novotny, junior Trey Kazda and
senior Alex Kramer. Kazda had an
assist on the Kramer goal.
Brett Templin cut Verona’s lead
with a goal at the start of the third
quarter, but Cioci scored with an
assist to Josh Novotny to make it 4-2.
Waunakee came right back with
three goals, two by Mark Herzberg,
and another by Templin, and then

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OHS boys tennis

Panthers make team state quarters
Josh Smith
Special for the Star

Photo by Mary Langenfeld

Jackson Willhelm of Oregon High School’s No. 2 doubles team returns the ball during
the WIAA boys state D1 tennis tournament at Nielsen Stadium in Madison on June 13.
Oregon defeated Stevens Point 4-3 in the quarterfinals before falling 7-0 to Eau Claire
Memorial in the semifinals.

The Oregon High School boys
tennis team continued its “year
of firsts” at the WIAA Division 1
state team tennis tournament from
June 13-14.
The Panthers added a State
semifinal appearance to an already
successful 2014 campaign that
included a Badger South Conference championship and a WIAA
Division 1 sectional title.
Oregon won a thrilling match
over Stevens Point, 4-3, during the
June 12 quarterfinals at Nielsen
Tennis Stadium on the University of Wisconsin campus. But the
Panthers’ season came to an end
following a 7-0 loss to Eau Claire
on June14.

“It’s really impressive,” said
OHS head coach Ben Conklin,
whose team finished the year with
a 14-5 overall dual record. “So
many firsts starting with conference, and then Sectionals and then
the Final Four.
“I’m sure the players don’t realize what a big deal it is to win the
first round and get to the Final
Four,” he added. “We had a great
year – a wonderful year.”
Oregon took the early advantage in its match with Stevens
Point, winning at Nos. 1 and 2
doubles to build a 2-1 lead headed
to singles play.
Oregon’s victory at No. 2 doubles was key to the victory given
how evenly matched the two
squads were, Conklin said.
Jackson Wilhelm and Drew

Christofferson lost their first set,
7-5. But the Oregon duo rallied to
take the next two sets, 6-2 and 6-2,
to claim the match.
“Once we saw No. 3 doubles
unfortunately lost, we kind of
knew we had to pull a win out
somewhere,” Christofferson said.
“We got it done.”
“We knew it was vital and we
had to come through,” Wilhelm
Wilhelm and Christofferson
raced out to a 3-0 lead in the second set to take control. Stevens
Point’s team of Connor Cook and
Dakota Zarecki won the next two,
but Christofferson held serve and
Oregon got a break to seal the set.
The Oregon pairing got out to

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Verona Area High School

Girls lacrosse

Comeback falls short in state final

July 11, 2014

The Fitchburg Star



Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

No team had come to within nine
goals of Hartland Arrowhead all
season until the state championship
game on June 14, but a late comeback
by the Verona Area High School girls
lacrosse team fell short in a 5-4 loss.
The Wildcats scored three times to
cut the deficit to one at Perkins Stadium at the University of Wisconsin
– Whitewater, and head coach Sue
Romens said the girls had control and
could have won the game if there was
just a little more time.
“Everyone would have loved to
see a state championship, because
we had such an outstanding season,”
Sue Romens said. “But the fact we
came to within a goal of Arrowhead
… I think that tells you how the girls
played Saturday.”
Junior Jessica Eversoll made it
5-4 after getting a pass from sophomore Amanda Best with 2 minutes,
33 seconds to play, and there was a
few chances to tie at the end, including a potential foul that wasn’t called,
Romens said.
Junior Sarah Guy (unassisted)
and junior Jenna Butler (assisted by
junior Maddison Jeddeloh) started
the comeback.
“I think our girls did an outstanding
job and really surprised Arrowhead,
because I don’t think they expected
the competition,” Sue Romens said.
Arrowhead went up 5-1 with 15
minutes to go after goals by Kara
Vana (assisted by Paige Kruse) and
Jessica Janzer (unassisted).
Verona struck first in the first half
with a goal by Butler, but Arrowhead
answered with three goals before
Callie Tjarkson (assisted by Vana),
Sarah Haun and Vana (assisted by
Kruse) all scored.
Senior goalie Rachel Romens finished with 10 saves, while Arrowhead goalie Grace Knoebel collected
The girls squad finishes the season
15-3 overall and returns all but two
players from this year’s team.
Sue Romens said this year was
better than expected with so many
first-year coaches. She added that the
future looks bright for the Wildcats

Photos by Anthony Iozzo

Heather Rudnicki (11) and Steph Keryluk hug as the rest of the
Verona Area High School softball team reacts in the background
following a 5-1 loss to Hortonville on June 12 in a WIAA Division
1 state quarterfinal at Goodman Stadium at the University of
Wisconsin - Madison.

Photo by Josh Smith/Daily Jefferson County Union

Senior goalie Rachel Romens holds up the state runner-up trophy as teammates celebrate
with her Saturday, June 14, after the state championship game at Perkins Stadium at the
University of Wisconsin-Whitewater. The Wildcats lost 5-4 to Hartland Arrowhead.

year and played relentlessly with all
of our players on the field. We can’t
be more proud of our girls and our
Lacrosse is still a club sport at
VAHS, but Romens added she
believes that the sport might be a
sanctioned WIAA high school sport
in the next few years, especially
when witnessing the growth of the
youth lacrosse program in Verona the
last four years.

Verona 10, Mukwonago 9 (OT)

Photo by Josh Smith/Daily Jefferson County Union

Amanda Best (20) passes around an
Arrowhead defender on June 14.

to be back next year.
“When you look at our overall season … I think it is phenomenal,” Sue
Romens said. “We have to remind
ourselves that we had an outstanding

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The Wildcats made the state final
with a 10-9 win over Mukwonago in
overtime on June 11.
Junior Sarah Guy picked up three
goals, while sophomore Abby Filsinger and Jeddeloh added two goals.
Butler had a goal and two assists,
and junior Sammy Seymour added a
goal and an assist. Junior Julia Butler also scored a goal, while Bethany
Russell had an assist.
Romens finished with 17 saves for
Eversoll and Seymour each forced
three turnovers on defense, while
sophomore Morgan Fritzler, freshman Elena Herman, Best and Filsinger all added one forced turnover.

Season ends in state quarters
Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

It was a tough ending
for the Verona Area High
School softball team on
June 12 in a 5-1 loss to
Hortonville in a WIAA
Division 1 state quarterfinal at UW-Madison’s
Goodman Stadium.
The Wildcats (223 overall) were able to
knock off Madison La
Follette twice on their
way to a Big Eight Conference title and a state
berth, and they also
knocked off Westosha
Central, which made the
state semifinals.
But that success was
put on hold Thursday as
Hortonville was able to
jump out to a 3-0 lead
early with errors and a
few miscues being the
“This is loss isn’t what
you would call a quality
loss,” head coach Todd
Anderson said. “We made
some mistakes, and we
didn’t execute. When
we execute and when we
don’t make mistakes, we

“The key is that this
loss doesn’t diminish the
successes of the season.
… We set out to do some
amazing things, and we
did them all but win here
But the loss is not
something that tarnishes
the entire season, which
was the most successful
since Verona last made
state in 2010. Senior captain Emma Ray said the
girls became family as the
season progressed.
“We all have all come
a long with each other,
and I will remember these
girls for the rest of my
life,” Ray said. “This is
such a great team, and
it is hard to go out this
Ray hadn’t allowed a
run all postseason until
the bottom of the third of
the state quarterfinal. A
throwing error and a few
infield hits on bunts loaded the bases for the Polar
Sophomore second baseman Ally Fox
brought in the first run

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Big inning
Zach Lottes slides
safely into second base
on a double steal that
scored Spencer Bauer
in the top of the third
on July 7 at Stampfl
Photo by Josh Smith/Daily Jefferson County Union

The Regents scored
five runs in the inning
and went on to defeat
Verona 6-5.

The Verona Area High School boys lacrosse team celebrates a state title Saturday.

VP boys lax: Cats defeat Marquette
Continued from page 14
junior Jake Taylor scored to knot the game at
“Waunakee is a team we played before and
we knew we could match their talent,” Cioci
Senior Sam Becker finished with 12 saves
for Verona, while Kyle Katterman collected
10 for Waunakee.
The Wildcats had their banquet on Monday, but Cioci said the thought of being a state
champion hasn’t completely set in yet.
“We haven’t watched the game film yet,
and I think that is when it will sink in. But
right now, it is still kind of surreal,” Cioci said.

Verona 13, Marquette 12
Verona was able to get revenge on the team
that defeated them at state last season on June
11 with a 13-12 win over Marquette University High School.
Cioci scored four goals, while Kazda and
Keyes added three and two goals, respectively.
Senior Zach Nechvatal, sophomore Dominic Sabbarese and Kramer all added a goal.
Senior Connor Novotny and Kramer also collected three assists each.
Becker finished with 22 saves.

Keyes named All-American
Keyes was named a US and Wisconsin

Lacrosse All-American.
Keyes, who was also named an All-State
midfielder, picked up 28 goals, five assists
and 64 groundballs. He also added three
interceptions and had two
Keyes will be playing
lacrosse at the Division II
Wheeling (W.V.) Jesuit

Keyes was also named Keyes
to the first team of the
Madison Area Lacrosse
Association All-Conference list and was
named the MALA Player of the Year.
Kramer joined Keyes on the first team as
an attacker.
Kramer finished with 41 goals and 13
assists, and he collected 27 groundballs.
Cioci and Nechvatal were named to the
second team.
Cioci finished with 38 goals and 15
assists. He also picked up 18 groundballs.
Nechvatel finished with 12 goals and
four assists, and he also collected 37
Becker and junior specialist Luke Thomson rounded out the list as honorable mentions.
Becker finished with 180 saves and one
shutout, while Thomson finished with 80

Photo by Anthony Iozzo

MW soccer: Brown, Mondschein earn AllState Best of the Rest honors
Continued from page 14

West 1, Middleton 0

Maddie Mittelsteadt, Waunakee senior
Emily Mouille, Whitefish Bay senior Caroline Fink, Appleton North senior Mackenzie Greisch, Menomonee Falls senior Anna
Smalley Menomonee Falls, Whitefish Bay
senior Cassidy Blanchard, Divine Savior
Holy Angels senior Kristin Bronikowski,
Waunakee sophomore Jada Dayne and Middleton senior Liz McMahon.

West was able to knock off the Big Eight
champions in the sectional semifinal on June
Mondschein scored the lone goal in the
69th minute, and Thompson did the rest,
collecting three saves.
Middleton senior goalie Liz McMahon All-Conference
picked up one save.
Brown and Mondschein were also named
first-team All-Big Eight Conference. Brown
was a unanimous selection.
Senior defender Elise Brown and MondJoining them on the first team was sophoschein both were named to the All-State more midfielder Laura Kiernan.
Best of the Rest list by the Wisconsin High
Junior defender Josie Person and sophoSchool Soccer Coaches Association this sea- more midfielder Patty Grimmer were both
named to the second team.
The First Eleven on the All-State list
Senior forward Caitlin Jarrard, sophomore
were Catholic Memorial sophomore Emily midfielder Simo Bambi, Thompson and
Cervantes (Player of the Year), Waukesha Peaslee rounded out the selections as honorWest senior Katie Grall, DC Everest junior able mentions.

OO boys tennis: First state appearance ends in semifinals
Continued from page 14
a 3-0 start in the third set as
well. Wilhelm held serve to
go up 4-1 and Christofferson
hit a winner down the line to
seal the next game. SPASH
survived one more game but
then Oregon broke serve to
take the match.
The Panthers’ top duo
of Alec Onesti and Dakota
Tollakson got the ball rolling with a 6-3 and 6-2 victory over SPASH’s Trenton
Seegert and Noah Meier.
“They didn’t have a very
good individual tournament

last week,” Conklin said of
his No. 1 pairing. “They won
one match but they didn’t
play their best. So today, we
told them we wanted to see
their best and they got to set
the tone for everybody else.
“And they did it. They
played their best and they set
the tone.”
Onesti and Tollakson
opened the night with a service break. Then the pair held
serve throughout the first set
and got another break to take
the first set.
Stevens Point’s team
appeared frustrated throughout the second set. SPASH

double faulted twice in the
final game, including match
“Tennis is a mental game
more than anything,” Onesti
said. “At the start of the second set, we were the lower
team, but we eventually
overcame that.”
Brady Behrend chipped
in a 6-2 and 7-5 win at No.
3 singles and Charles Donovan clinched the match with
a three-set victory at No. 4
Donovan rolled to a 6-1
first set but dropped the
second, 6-4. He rallied to
take the third 6-3 and give

Oregon’s its fourth win of the
“In the second set, he
stepped up his game and
I was getting a little tired,
so my footwork wasn’t the
greatest,” Donovan said. “I
had to use my feet more and
I was playing a little more
aggressively (in the third).”
Donovan broke Skyler
Colegrove’s serve to go up
3-1 in the third and then
extended his lead to 4-1.
Colegrove, who entered
the tournament with a 27-1
record, rallied within two
games. However, Donovan
served out to take the match.

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Behrend’s victory at No. 3
singles was a hard fought one
that left him exhausted.
“He had to dig really
deep,” Conklin said. “It
seems like the last couple
times, like at subsectionals,
he was the losing end of that
real close match. So it’s great
for him, especially today, to
get that close match victory.”
After claiming a 6-2 first
set, Behrend led 4-1 in the
second. That’s when Stevens
Point’s Jon Peck came to life,
securing four wins in a row
to go up 5-4.
Behrend recovered to
win the final three games to
take the set 7-5 and win the
Oregon’s No. 3 singles
player said he was concerned
about the direction the second set was headed, but got
a boost of confidence when
he tied it 5-5 and was able to
extend points.
Jackson Schneider, who
dealt with pain throughout the tournament due to
a back injury, lost his No. 1
singles match with Brady
Luetschwager in straight sets.
Calvin Schneider lost a
third-set tiebreaker to Blain
Bancker at No. 2 singles,
6-4, 2-6 and 10-7, while Oregon’s No. 3 doubles team of
Matt Reisdorf and Spencer
Krebsbach lost in straight
sets, 7-5 and 6-3.
Oregon ran into a difficult opponent in Eau Claire
Memorial Saturday morning.
The eventual State runners-up topped the Panthers,

Combined, the Old Abes
lost a mere 10 games in doubles play en route to winning
all three matches in straight
sets. Eau Claire Memorial kept that momentum in
singles play, claiming those
four matches in straight sets
as well.
When Oregon faced E.C.
Memorial during the season,
the Panthers suffered a 6-1
loss with Behrend recording
the lone win of the day at No.
3 singles. However he was
unable to duplicate the feat
this weekend.
The Panthers’ closest
match came at No. 4 singles
where Donovan dropped a
third-set tiebreaker to Sohil
Brahmbhatt and lost the
match, 4-6, 6-1 and 10-3.
Donovan finished the season 25-4 overall.
Jackson Schneider was
10-11, Calvin Schneider was
18-7 and Behrend was 19-8
at Nos. 1, 2 and 3 singles,
Onesti and Tollakson
went 17-7 at No. 1 doubles,
Wilhelm and Christofferson finished the year 13-8 at
No. 2 doubles and the No. 3
doubles team of Reisdorf and
Krebsbach was 16-8.
Although the team suffered
a lopsided loss to end the season, Oregon’s coach was still
tremendously proud of all the
accomplishments the squad
achieved throughout the year
– most notably the team’s
Sectional championship and
Team State appearance.
“We had a lofty goal and
we reached it,” Conklin said.

Oregon High School

July 11, 2014

The Fitchburg Star


Girls soccer

Panthers fall goal shy of state berth at Waunakee
Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

It took less than three minutes for the Oregon High
School girls soccer team to
get on the board June 14 in a
WIAA Division 2 sectional
final at Waunakee.
The host Warriors came in
ranked third in Division 2 in
the Wisconsin High School
Soccer Coaches Association
poll, but it was the Panthers
looking poised to make state
early on.
Despite the early goal,
Waunakee scored two unanswered goals to end the first
half and survived a secondhalf barrage by Oregon, as the
Panthers’ season came to an
end in a 2-1 loss.
“This is much higher
expectations than I thought,”
head coach Julie Grutzner
said. “Coming into the season, we had to replace seven
starters, so it was us learning.
I felt that we got better during
the season, but I did not think
we would make it this far and
actually compete with Waunakee.
“This is the closest we have
been. We return 13 key players next year, and we have
some nice players in our program coming up as freshmen.
I hope to be back here again
and have better results.”
There was some bad luck
for Oregon on the game-winning goal when sophomore
defender Jess Jacobs went to
help freshman goalie Abby

Breitbach, who finished with
seven saves, on a shot toward
the net. The ball took a tough
bounce after being caught in
the wind, and as Jacobs tried
to clear, the ball hit her shin
and went into the net for an
own goal.
“It is hard to swallow,”
Grutzner said. “We could
have crumbled at that point,
but we kept fighting. We
knew we had 40 minutes to
try and put one in the back
of the net, and we sure were
The Panthers had the wind
to their backs for the second
half, and they controlled the
possession for most of it,
coming close to scoring with
five shots on goal and 12 total
Waunakee sophomore
defender Jada Dayne and
Mecham, who finished with
seven saves, were two key
players that halted the Panthers’ comeback attempt,
Warrior head coach Jesus
Torres said.
“It was nerve wracking, and
Jada got hurt a little bit at the
end,” Torres said. “I was worried because she was sitting
down and the ball was bouncing around, but it was a fun
Oregon struck first in the
third minute.
Sophomore forward Jen
Brien, with the wind in her
face, hit a through ball to the
right side of the field. Sophomore forward Makena Fanning remained onside and was

Photo by Anthony Iozzo

Sophomore Jen Brien reacts following Oregon’s 2-1 loss to Waunakee Saturday, June 14, in a WIAA Division 2 sectional final at Waunakee
High School.

able to stay in stride while
picking up the pass.
Fanning drilled a shot that
curved past Waunakee junior
goalie Olivia Mecham, who
slipped on the play.
“It is pretty difficult,” Fanning said. “I think we controlled the second half, but I
think it is hard from starting
off high with a goal and then
them getting two straight
For Fanning and Brien,
connecting on offense is nothing new this season, regardless of the stage. They both
are expected to continue to
have good chemistry in the

next two seasons.
“We see each other, and it
helps a lot with the offense,”
Brien said. “I love working
with her.”

Waunakee tied the game opportunity inside the penalty
in the eighth minute when box.
senior Maddie Shaw found
Oregon finishes 14-6-1
senior Macie Maulbetsch on a
cross. Maulbetsch finished the Turn to OHS Soccer/Page 19

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The Fitchburg Star

Verona Area High School

Softball: Verona finishes 22-3 overall

Girls soccer

Continued from page 15
with an RBI groundout, and senior
shortstop Katie Uhlenbrauck followed with a 2-run single.
“We don’t give up very many
runs, and giving three like that puts
us in a hole,” Anderson said. “If we
execute earlier and get a run or two
ourselves, we are not down three.
We are close or tied.
“I don’t think we gave up, but that
is a very good team, and it is hard to
come back from that.”
The Wildcats were able to get
on the board in the sixth, and they
threatened for more runs. Senior
first baseman Bailey Buisker
walked, and Ray singled to right
field to put runners on the corners
with one out.
Senior third baseman Bea Kealy
then reached on a fielder’s choice
and picked up an RBI as Buisker
But that was all the offense Verona could muster in the inning.
Verona had a chance to score in
both the second and third innings,
as well. In the second, a few throwing errors on bunts led to runners
on the corners with two outs. The
inning ended with a pop up.
In the third, sophomore center
fielder Heather Rudnicki, who made
a running catch near the wall in the
first inning, singled and advanced to
second on a wild pitch.
She was doubled off of second
later, however, when the umpires
said she left early on a sacrifice fly.
“I am waiting to see the video to
see if the call of leaving early on the
fly was right. If it was, awesome,
but I was not happy with the call,”
Anderson said. “But that doesn’t
loom as large if we execute on our
other plays – if we get some bunts
down and make some other things
happen. When we don’t do that,
it puts a lot of pressure on each at
Hortonville scored its other two
runs in the bottom of the sixth. An
throwing error by Buisker led to
one run, and senior designated hitter Heidi Huebner picked up an RBI
fielder’s choice.
Sophomore pitcher Sammi Sullivan went the distance in the win,
allowing a run on four hits. She
struck out two and walked two.
Ray took the loss. She allowed
no earned runs of five hits in six
innings. Ray struck out four and
walked two.

File photos by
Anthony Iozzo

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Senior pitcher Emma Ray, a Northern Illinois University recruit, was named second-team
All-State after going 20-2 with 150 strikeouts in 139 innings. Ray was also named firstteam All-Big Eight Conference this season.

a Verona Area softball team that
recaptured the Big Eight Conference title and returned to the WIAA
state tournament for the first time in
four years this season.
Earlier this month the trio was
named to the Wisconsin Fastpitch
Softball Coaches Association’s
2014 All-State team.
Ray, a Northern Illinois University recruit who posted a 20-2 record
on the season, led the way, being
selected to the second team. She
struck out 150 in 139 innings and
walked 33.
Batting third in the order, Ray
also did plenty of damage with her
bat this season, leading the team in
batting average (.519), hits (43) and
RBIs (30).
Rudnicki, the Verona lead-off
hitter, earned a spot on the second
third team after scoring a team-best
37 runs and finishing second on the
team with 41 hits. She hit .471.
Keyes earned honorable mention
All-State honors, hitting .366 with
eight doubles and 15 RBIs.
Ray, Keyes and Rudnicki were
also named first-team Big Eight AllConference. Madison La Follette
pitcher Nicole Newman and Ray
shared co-Player of the Year honors.
Newman and Sun Prairie senior
catcher Cheyenne Holmes were the
only Big Eight Conference players
All-State and all-conference
to be tabbed for first-team honors.
Ray, Rudnicki and junior shortNewman, who is headed for
stop Kori Keyes were linchpins for

Drake University, was last year’s
Gatorade Wisconsin Player of the
Year. This year, she had a 22-5
record and 0.42 earned-run average, recording 391 strikeouts and 19
walks in 185 innings.
She had one five-inning perfect
game against Oregon in the playoffs
in which all 15 outs she recorded
were by strikeout. Newman also led
the Lancers in hitting with a .534
average, seven home runs and 19
Ray split head-to-head against the
Lancers to help the Wildcats (171) wrap up their first conference
title since 2010. Verona defeated
Newman in the sectional finals 2-0
to advance to the team’s first state
tournament in four years.
Kealy joined Keyes on the infield.
Kealy hit .472 and was the only girl
on the team to collect double-digit
extra basehits with 10 doubles and
one triple. She scored 23 runs to go
along with 31 RBIs.
Senior right fielder Shannon
Whitmus (.435) earned second-team
honors. Whitmus collected 30 hits
and five doubles to go along with
20 RBIs. She also appeared in the
circle, going 1-1 with 11 strike outs
and seven walks.
Playing solid defensive, senior
left fielder Leslie Banzhaf (.344)
and Buisker (.284) and sophomore
catcher Nicole Neitzel (.281) locked
up honorable mention honors.

Seniors Emily
(above, 13),
Maddie Hankard
(6) and Felicia
Retrum (at
right) all earned
all-Big Eight
Conference honors this season.

Three first teamers
Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

The Verona Area High
School girls soccer team
earned three first-team all-Big
Eight Conference players this
Senior forward Felicia
Retrum, senior defender Maddie Hankard and sophomore
midfielder Emily Krogman all
made top honors.
Retrum finished with 11
goals and four assists, while
Krogman picked up nine goals
and four assists. Hankard was


Two make second team
Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

Sophomore catcher Ben
Rortvedt and sophomore outfielder Keaton Knueppel both
represent the Verona Area
High School baseball team
as second-team all-Big Eight
Conference selections.
Rortvedt was 14-for-47

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a leader in the backfield, as
the Wildcats’ only allowed
more than two goals in a game
Senior Madison Westfall
(goalie) and freshman Dani
Gilboy (defender) also made
the team as honorable mentions.
Westfall finished with 88
saves in 19 games (.978 save
Verona was 6-2-1 in the
Big Eight, finishing tied for
second place. The season
ended in a WIAA Division 1
regional final.

(.298) with a home run, four
doubles, 11 RBIs and seven
runs scored in conference
Knueppel was 18-for-49
(.367) with two doubles, two
triples, 11 RBIs and six runs
scored. He also pitched 34
innings and allowed 15 earned
runs on 37 hits. He was 4-3
with 36 strikeouts and 21
Seniors Mitch Flora
(outfielder), Troy Granick
(infielder), John Moynihan
(utility) and Ryan Pynnonen
(pitcher) also made the list as
honorable mentions.
Flora was 16-for-51 (.314)
with three doubles, a triple,
eight RBIs and 11 runs scored,
while Granick was 11-for-31
(.355) with eight RBIs and 12
runs scored.
At the plate, Moynihan was
11-for-38 (.289) with two
doubles, nine RBIs and seven
runs scored. Moynihan also
pitched 30 2/3 innings and
allowed nine earned runs on
31 hits. He was 2-2 with four
saves, collecting 36 strikeouts
and 17 walks.
At the plate, Pynnonen
was 7-for-21 (.333) with four
doubles, five RBIs and six
runs scored. As a pitcher, Pynnonen was 1-1 with a save.
He allowed eight earned runs
on 23 hits in 20 innings, while
striking out 15 and walking
Verona finished 9-9 in the
Big Eight Conference and finished as a WIAA Division 1
sectional runner-up.

Oregon High School


Galloway, Peterson earn
first-team honors
Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

Seniors Ross Galloway
and Pierce Peterson both
represented the Oregon
High School baseball squad
as first-team All-Badger
South selections this season.
Galloway was a unanimous selection as an
infielder, while Peterson
was selected as an outfielder. Galloway was 16-for-38
(.421) with five doubles,
a triple, four RBIs and 13
runs scored in conference
games. Peterson was 17-for39 (.436) with five doubles,
six RBIs and eight runs
Seniors Logan Laski
(pitcher) and Jere Bauer (catcher) and juniors
Mitch Weber (pitcher) and
Andrew Pliner (outfielder)
all added second-team honors.
Laski pitched 36 1/3
innings and allowed 11
earned runs on 38 hits (2.12
ERA). He struck out 23 and
walked 11.
Weber went 29 2/3
innings and allowed five
earned runs on 15 hits. He
struck out 43 and walked
Bauer finished with seven RBIs, while Pliner was
12-for-39 (.308) with four
doubles, five RBIs and eight
runs scored.
Oregon finished 8-4 in
the Badger South, finishing
tied for second, and lost in
a WIAA Division 1 regional

July 11, 2014

The Fitchburg Star

OHS Soccer: Panthers finish 14-6-1
Continued from page 17
overall and is a sectional runner-up for the
second straight season.
“Oregon is very good, and Grutzner is a
really good coach,” Torres said. “It was a tale
of two halves. In the first half, we dominated,
and in the second half, they dominated.
“This is not the last time we are going to
face each other in a sectional final.”
Seniors Kristin Marshall, Eliza Neidhart,
Hailie Schnabel, Megan Brugger, Jess Kutz,
Morgan Wendt, Dani Ironmonger, Megan
Lowe and Lara Frankson all graduated, but
Fanning, Brien and the rest of the team hope
to learn from the examples of the seniors and
try and finally break through to state next
“We are a young team, and we have a lot
of young talent,” Fanning said. “Today could
have gone either way. You always want to
make state, and next year, we plan on putting
in that work to get there.”

Oregon 2, DeForest 0

Seniors Ross
Galloway (above)
and Pierce
Peterson (at right)
were both named
to the first-team
All-Badger South
Conference squad
this year.
Galloway was chosen as an infielder,
while Peterson
was named as an


Oregon was 8-4 in
the Badger South
this season

Girls lacrosse

Torpy is named All-American
Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

Junior McKenzie Torpy added to her
honors this season by being named an
honorable mention All-American.
Torpy, who was also named first-team
all-conference for the Madison Area
Lacrosse Association and first-team AllState, was one of four Wisconsin players
to make the list.
Torpy finished the season with 46 goals
and 15 assists and had a .568 shooting
She was also 6-for-18 on draws.
Senior Hannah Kane, who was also
named to the second-team all-conference for MALA, was named a 2014 U.S.
Lacrosse Academic All-American. Junior
Emily Schwartzstein and Torpy joined
her on the list.
Kane finished the season with 24 goals
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and two asssits and was 6-for-14 on
Junior McKenzie Torpy (left) was named an hondraws. Schwartzstein led the Panthers
orable mention All-American this season.
with 11 groundballs.
The Oregon High School girls lacrosse
team finished the season 6-7 overall and lost in the regional finals.

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Oregon High School girls soccer
juniors Kelsey Jahn and Paityn Fleming
were both named to the first-team AllBadger South Conference team.
Jahn, a unanimous pick, finished
with 10 goals and eight assists, while
Fleming collected three goals and three
Edgewood senior Lauren Neitzel,
Stoughton senior Hayley Bach, Milton
seniors Kelsey Buhle and Sydney Hecimovich, Fort Atkinson junior Brigette
Jira, Monona Grove junior Sam Kinsler
and sophomores Savanah and Sienna
Cruz and Monroe sophomore Maddie Kallgren were the other first-team
Sophomores Jen Brien and Makena
Fanning and freshman Holly Kaboord
joined Jahn and Fleming on the list as
second teamers.
Brien and Fanning played up top
together and picked up a goal or an
assist together several times, including
at Madison Memorial during the regular season and in the sectional final at
Brien finished with six goals and two
assists, while Fanning finished with
eight goals and four assists.
Kaboord was a defender, helping the
Panthers defense allow one goal or less
in 19 of 21 games. Kaboord also helped
the offense by taking a few direct kicks
and ended up with four assists.
Senior captain defender Jess Kutz and
junior Brenna Petersen also made the
list as honorable mentions.
Oregon finished 14-6-1 overall and
4-1-1 in the Badger South, sharing the
conference title.
The Panthers were sectional runnersup, falling to Waunakee 2-1 in the final.
All named players except Kutz return
next season.

Boys lacrosse

Midfielders make all-conference
Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

Oregon High School boys
lacrosse sophomore midfielder Trent Ricker was
named first-team all-conference for the Madison Area
Lacrosse Association White
Division this season.
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Jahn, a midfielder, helped lead the Panthers
as a captain after the team lost 12 seniors
from 2013, and Oregon was able to not only
share the Badger South Conference –its third
straight title – but also get back to within a
game from the state tournament.
Jahn finished with 10 goals and eight
assists this season.
The First Eleven on the All-State list were
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senior Katie Grall, DC Everest junior Maddie Mittelsteadt, Waunakee senior Emily
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Senior midfielder Christian Poe also made the list
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made the sectional semifinal.

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City news

The Fitchburg Star

FACTv launches updated channel programming
Rebranding adds new programs, commercials
Fitchburg Access Community Television (FACTv) launched a new design
for its three channels along
with changing the format
on one of the three channels.
The changes will add
new content to channels
and bring the stations’ formats more in line with traditional stations, community media services manager
Jeremy Crosby said.
“Before when you would
watch our stations you
would have to wait anywhere between 8 to 30
minutes for the next program to start,” Crobsy said.
“ While you were waiting
for your show to come on,
you would watch a slideshow that repeats over and
over. We felt changing to
this new format would help
keep viewers watching our
station longer and we still

could provide them with
community information
but in the form of a commercial instead of a slideshow.”
The Community Channel
now has commercials running in-between programs
to replace the community
slideshow board that would
play in between programs.
The new design to the
three channels also included changes to the names
of two of the three channels. The three channels
were called Public, Education, and Government.
Now, the Public Channel
is called Media, the Education Channel is called
Community or COM, and
the Government Channel is
still called Government or
GOV channel.
Crobsy said there would
not be any paid commercials to start with on the

New logos and channel lineups are now featured on FACTv.

Community Channel.
“We do have to find other funding sources for our
station, and with running
this new format we are setting ourselves up to run
potential paid advertising
in the future,” he said.
The Community Channel

currently will be the only
station that runs commercials. FACTv is running
this new format as a test
and will look to change the
format on the Media Channel to match the Community Channel in the future
depending on how well this

method works.
The Media and Community channels are running some new programing along with programing
created by FACTv and
others in the community.
The Community Channel
will also run some public
domain programing including: older movies, cartoons
on Saturday mornings, and
some new educational programing weekday mornings.
The new format launched
on Monday, June 30.
“We were all excited
to watch the Community
Channel that morning and
things went off without a
glitch,” he said. “Our staff
has worked very hard the
last six months to get this
project off the ground.”
For the full list of shows,
schedules, and more visit
the City of Fitchburg’s

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When: 7-9 p.m. Monday,
July 21
Where: Council
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McKee Road
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The City of Fitchburg and
Dane County plan to reconstruct McKee Road later
this summer and into fall.
The project will resurface a bumpy road from
Seminole Highway to Fish
Hatchery Road. Drivers
will have to contend with
some road construction but
the pavement heaving experienced last winter should
be fixed before the snow
falls this year.
The proposed traffic staging plan includes reconstructing the road, one half
at a time, with traffic being
routed one lane in each
direction. Access across
closed sections of McKee
Road will only be maintained at the existing traffic
signal locations of Richardson/Longford Terrace
and Chapel Valley Road
intersections as well as
Woods Edge Way and the
two private driveways that
do not have alternate access
A public informational
meeting is planned from
7-9 p.m. Monday, July 21,
in the Council Chambers
of Fitchburg’s City Hall at
5520 Lacy Road, to inform
affected residents and businesses of project schedule
and traffic staging.
Construction is scheduled
to take place between early
August and late October
2014. The six-inch layer
of existing asphalt pavement will be removed from
the entire stretch of McKee
Road from South Seminole
Highway to Fish Hatchery
Road and replaced. Additionally, within the roughest stretch from Osmundsen Road to Triverton Pike
Drive, the existing base
course and soil underneath will be removed and
replaced, including a new
underdrain system to ensure
better drainage beneath the
asphalt layer.
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McKee-Rd, to keep interested persons updated on
the project status.
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to e-mail or text alerts of
changes in McKee Road
traffic routing (and other
roads in Fitchburg) at:
aspx. Just click on “Street
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If you have any questions
on this project, contact Rick
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July 11, 2014

The Fitchburg Star


Senior Center news

City of Fitchburg

Buy a Senior a Meal

Capital Improvement Plan discussion set for July 22

If getting in shape was one
of your New Year’s Resolution goals but you haven’t
quite reached it, then check
out all of the health and wellness opportunities at the
Fitchburg Senior Center.
Classes include yoga, tai chi,
Zumba, aerobics, functional
fitness, fitball and, new this
summer, a bike group. For
more information call 2704290.

Senior Center on
Check out the “What’s
Happening at the Fitchburg
Senior Center” show, which
can be seen on FACTv and
The informative and entertaining show is a great way to
learn more about the weekly
offerings at the center. Click
on the YouTube channel
link from the senior center
homepage: city.fitchburg.

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The Fitchburg Senior Center, along with the Vet Center, would like to offer group
counseling for veterans.
If you are a veteran of any
age and would like to participate please call 270-4295.
Organizers are looking for
days and times that would
work best for those attending.
All matters discussed with
clients and staff are strictly
confidential. This group is
led by veterans and offered to
veterans only.

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Council members will
work to shape the city’s
major spending projects
for the next five years as
details of the 2015-2019
Capital Improvement
Plan are debated later this
The plan is a guide for
future large-ticket items
that will be eventually
worked into the budget,
city administrator Tony
Roach told the Star.
“It does not officially
authorize any spending
whatsoever,” Roach said.
“It’s an adoption of a
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If you go
What: Capital
Improvement Plan discussion and possible approval
at the Common Council
When: 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, July 22
Where: Fitchburg City
Hall, 5520 Lacy Road
plan will be reviewed at the
Common Council’s July
22 meeting, Roach said.
The city’s finance and public works committees have
reviewed the plans drafted
by department heads, and

council members were
asked to have any amendments submitted earlier
this month.
One of the biggest items
that’s been on the CIP in
recent years is the city’s
plan to rebuild two fire
stations, at a total cost of
$13.5 million. The new
CIP requests $3.3 million
in 2016 to finish that project.
Otherwise, the lion’s
share of spending requests
in the plan comes, as usual, from the city’s public
works department.
Major public works
projects in the draft plan
• About $4.5 million
worth of traffic and safety

improvements along Lacy
• $3.85 million to expand
McKee Road to three lanes
from Commerce Park
Drive east to Spoke Drive.
• $6 million to bury ATC
power lines from the western city limit to Verona
• Just under $1 million
each year for road resurfacing projects
• $1.35 million to realign
and extend Herman Road
near the Nine Springs
• About $2.5 million for
streets and parks vehicle
and equipment maintenance and replacement
Not all costs associated

with the Capital Improvement Plan are paid through
the tax levy or debt. Some
projects are funded through
local aid, grants, tax-increment financing and special
assessments. For example,
the $6 million power line
project could be covered
by tax-increment financing funds, the Wisconsin
Department of Transportation and ATC.
Roach said he didn’t
expect many amendments
to the plan, adding that
it’s common for the city to
have about a dozen or so
from alders.
A copy of the draft plan
is available on the city’s

Algae in stormwater ponds not always harmful
With summer sun and
heat in full swing, another stormwater side-effect
becomes apparent: algae.
Algae refers to a large
group of plant-like organisms that undergo photosynthesis and grow in water.
Common in many of
our lakes and ponds, algal
growth is accelerated by
stormwater runoff collecting nutrient loads of nitrogen and phosphorus found
in fertilizers.
Algae is often misidentified with aquatic macrophytes, which are aquatic
flowering plants, ferns,
and mosses. Macrophytes
are common in stormwater
ponds, streams and wetlands
and are classified by four
categories: floating unattached, floating attached,
submerged and emergent.
Not all algae are harmful,
but some bacteria do occupy similar habitats as algae
and produce certain risks.
One of the largest offenders in Wisconsin is “bluegreen algae.” Blue-green
algae is actually not an
algae at all but a photosynthetic bacteria called cyanobacteria growing in nutrient-rich lakes and ponds
between mid-June and lateSeptember. In some cases,

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blue-green algae produce
toxins that can affect the
skin, liver, internal organs,
respiratory and nervous systems. Not all blue-green
algae produce these toxins,
and it is difficult to distinguish when the toxins are
being released. Exposure
can come from skin contact,
inhalation or ingestion.
Another problem associated with algae are algal
blooms, which are rapid
increases of algae populations in a lake or pond.
Algal blooms result from
excess nutrients running
off into the water body,
most notably phosphorus,
commonly found in fertilizers. The algal blooms last
a short period and produce
large amounts of decaying algae, which consumes
oxygen in the aquatic habitat. Reduced oxygen levels
damage the aquatic system
and harm other aquatic life.
The City of Fitchburg has
actively tested algae samples on stormwater ponds

for the last three years with
help from Professor Linda
Graham at the University of
Wisconsin. The ponds sampled over the three years
were Swan Creek Pond,
The Crossing Ponds, Northern Lights Pond, Arrowhead West and East Pond,
McKee Farms North Pond,
Longford Pond, Oak Bank
Pond and Ashbourne Pond.
Most of the ponds sampled
had healthy populations of
both macrophytes (aquatic
plants) and algae.
It was only on the ponds
with clearer water and lower populations of aquatic
plants and algae that cyanobacteria was found. When
there is a balance of aquatic
plants and algae harmful
cyanobacteria tend not to
exist in high concentrations.
“People might think
masses of green algae
unsightly, but it is far better to have those algae
sequestering nutrients from
the water, to prevent those
nutrients from helping

toxic cyanobacteria to
grow,” Graham said.
While certain algae sampled were harmless and
actually beneficial, the city
did find some toxic cyanobacteria in a few of the
ponds, specifically Swan
Creek, The Crossing and
Arrowhead West pond.
Stormwater ponds are not
designed for public recreation and should be treated
with caution, especially for
children and pets.
To view past algae and
nutrient sampling results
and recommendations for
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Health and Wellness

Mark Ignatowski


The Dane County Nutrition
Site in Fitchburg continues to
positively impact older adults
who rely on the program for
their food security.
This program also works to
keep older adults living independently as long as possible
in their homes. The meals on
wheels aspect of the program
is an essential function in
keeping track of frail seniors
who in many cases have no
one else checking in on them
on a daily basis.
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Contact Mandi Miller at
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July 11, 2014


The Fitchburg Star

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Development News
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Index Road
• Burkle Landscaping,
LLC, 2456 Hwy. MM
• Afimilk 5520 Nobel
Drive Ste. 175
• Tony’s Auto Repair
LLC, 2792 S. Syene Road
Ste. 8
• A+ Auto Works & Auto
Sales, 2792 S. Syene Road
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• Caged Crow Fabrications, 2792 S. Syene Road
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Evanco joins Agrace
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Chimmies’ flavor combinations making an impression
Scott De Laruelle
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It’s all about the sauce.
When you combine premium ingredients like
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cheese and the famous
Argentinian “chimichurri” sauce, you’re going to
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Owner Jose Fernandez
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in his native Argentina.
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guys do well so we should
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businesses go.’”
Fernandez, who has
worked as a graphic
designer since coming to
Madison 15 years ago,
always wanted to open a
restaurant. He previously
ran a Subway franchise.
Once he got some background in the business, he
found the taste was sweet,
despite the extra effort in
running a brand-new business these days.
“I’m working so many
hours,” he chuckled.
“Nobody told me about
What’s keeping Fernandez and his small but
swift crew busy has been
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of them. Is it the premium
ingredients like tenderloin
they keep coming back
for? Or the mysterious chimichurri sauce that gave
the restaurant its name?
Either way, hungry customers are getting something very different than
what’s around the area,
and Fernandez is happy to
provide it.
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Chimmies owner Jose
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busy even during the middle
of the afternoon.
The restaurant is located at
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The sandwiches feature premium ingredients and everything
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lettuce, tomato, egg,
cheese, ham, sauce and
banana peppers.
“It’s a good sandwich,”
Fernandez said. “There’s
a lot of work involved. We
do our own chimichurri
sauce – we do a few gallons a week. It’s good
In addition to sandwiches, the restaurant also

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fries” - a dish of French
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Despite the growing
popularity of the business,
and the fact that Chimmies
also caters certain events,
it only takes five to seven

minutes for an order, Fernandez said, inviting people to stop by and give it a
try if they haven’t already.
“Nobody can tell you
how they taste, you have
to experience it,” he said,
“Come on over.”

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Tree: Wollerman will climb at international competition

Right, Wollerman
hoists a mannequin at the
Portland competition in 2012.
Photo submitted

Fitchburg’s Shelly
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at the International
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as early as 6 a.m. to prep
equipment for that day’s job.
A coworker in 2010 also
suggested she try her hand
at competitive tree climbing,
which requires contestants,
armed with gear like harnesses, ropes and handsaws,
to perform a variety of tasks
that require speed, strength
and agility.
What really piqued Wollerman’s interest, she said, was
that ITCC qualifiers could get
a free trip to that year’s event
in Australia, courtesy of the
Wisconsin Arborists Association.
“I said, ‘Sign me up, what
do I have to do?’” Wollerman
Competitors are scored
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“Aerial Rescue,” “Work
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Wollerman doesn’t do
much specialized training for
the contest. After all, hoisting chain saws while scaling
trunks during her day job is
training enough.
Her best showing at

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Above, Shelly
Wollerman chainsaws through a
tree damaged during a June 17 tornado on Madison’s
southwest side.
She and her coworkers from
Steven R. Bassett,
Inc. spent long
days cleaning up
the wreckage.

The climb

been completely supportive,
she added.
“They’re just a big bunch
of friendly guys to work
with, and they give you credit where credit’s due,” she
Though this year’s ITCC
in Milwaukee won’t take her
to faraway lands, she’s excited to compete in her home
“Everybody I know is
going to be there,” she said.
“All the guys I work with,
my family’s going to be
there, so it should be fun.”
In addition to competing at
ITCC, Wollerman has other
goals in mind, including
doing more landscape design
work to satisfy her creative
side and scaling some of the
nation’s tallest trees.
“I want to climb a redwood,” she said. “I haven’t
done that, and it would be
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female entrant at the ITCC
in “five or six years” when
she qualified in 2011. At the
ITCCs, she competes against
15-20 of the top female
climbers from around the
Wollerman, 29, grew up
on a dairy farm near Fond du
Lac and played four sports
in high school. She didn’t
climb trees much as a kid,
but her first job as a teenager
was for a landscaping firm in
her hometown. She liked the
work and decided to study
horticulture and landscape
design at the University of
Wisconsin-River Falls.
“I knew I liked to be outdoors and I knew I couldn’t
have a desk job; it’s not who
I am,” she said.
In 2009, she was hired at
Bassett and moved to Fitchburg. Early on, she did routine maintenance and landscaping for the company
or worked as a “groundie,”
hauling and chipping brush
and preparing gear for her
co-workers in the trees. She
became a certified arborist in
When two of her coworkers left the company in 2010,
Wollerman was asked if she
wanted to join the tree crew.
She said yes and, to prepare,
lifted weights to strengthen
her upper body. It didn’t help
“I was so sore the next
day,” she said of her first day
of pruning. “You can’t really
train for it.”
But she liked the work and
kept at it, eventually becoming a crew foreman. She rises
most days at 4:30 a.m., checks
the weather and gets to work

internationals is 11th place,
though this year she’s hoping
to snag a top-three finish in
the “work climb” or “aerial
rescue” competitions.
She’s particularly qualified
for the latter contest, a timed
test that requires climbers to
“save” a life-sized dummy
from a treetop. She has been
an emergency responder in
Belleville since June 2013.
Wollerman said she
became an EMT because of
the dangers of her day job.
“If you use a chainsaw
in a tree,” she said, “it’s
dangerous. I thought the
more prepared I was to deal
with something like that, it
couldn’t hurt.”
Wollerman said she’s
driven, in part, by the desire
to “disprove people” that as
a woman, she can handle the
physical rigors of climbing.
But her arborist co-workers
and fellow contestants have

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