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14 - The Verona Press - People You Should Know - July 24, 2014
Family: Not married, 4
siblings
Where do you live:
Madison (near Verona)
– Stone Meadows
Neighborhood
Occupation(s):
Groundskeeper/Assistant
Tournament Director for
Reddan Soccer Park and
MAYSA (Madison Area Youth
Soccer Association)
Occupation duties:
Tournament and Leagues –
Manage tournament HQ and
staff, and scheduling MAYSA
leagues.
Reddan Park – Pretty much
anything and everything:
paint fields, landscaping, lawn
mowing, maintain irrigation
and machinery, and various
construction projects like, re-
shingling the picnic shelter, to
building a fence, to demolish-
ing the old awards terrace.
Most enjoyable part of
your job: Being outside on
a sunny day working on the
fields when the breeze is just
right.
Most challenging part:
The weather – especially with
the storms this year. We had
a lot of debris from the torna-
do that hit Verona. We found
lots of rocks and shingles and
even a hack saw in the new
stadium.
How long have you lived in
the area: 15 years
What brought you to the
area: School at UW Madison
How else are you active
in the community: I love ani-
mals so I’ve done volunteering
for the Dane County Humane
Society.
What do you like best
about your communi-
ty?: There is always some-
thing going on in Madison.
It’s really easy to be active and
to get out and have something
to do.
Favorite trip outside of
Verona: One summer my
family drove out to Colorado
crammed into a van. We
stopped at Mt. Rushmore and
the Badlands and did a lot of
outdoor stuff like mountain
biking and swimming. It was
fun, because it was really only
big family trip we ever man-
aged.
What are your hobbies and
interests: Big surprise – I
love soccer! I play as much
as I can. A couple summers
ago I was on 6 teams at the
same time. I also love music.
I’ve never bought an album
digitally. I think I’m one of the
few people left who still enjoy
reading the liner notes and
looking at album art. I also
have the stub to every concert
I’ve ever attended. It must be
up to at least 50 by now.
Family: I recently rescued
a German Shepard mix, but if
we’re talking about humans,
I have parents, siblings, and
close extended family that
live in the area. In fact, if you
see someone dressed up
in period clothing for Duck
Soup Cinema at the Overture
Centre, that’s probably a rela-
tive of mine. Not all of them
are open to embarrassing
public displays (ahem, Dad),
but most play along quite well.
Occupation(s): Teen
Librarian at Verona Public
Library and Instructor at Kehl
School of Dance
Occupation duties: As
a dance instructor, I spend
a lot of time creating cho-
reography, giving personal
feedback to dancers, and los-
ing my voice (talking to kids
over loud music will do that
to you). At the library, I’m in
charge of teen collection man-
agement and programming,
as well as daycare outreach
at local childcare facilities.
Basically, in one day I may:
buy books, fill 46 water bal-
loons with diluted paint, help
a parent find the best series
for her nine-year-old son,
make sushi, or practice telling
painful preschool jokes in a
strange voice—with puppets.
So, if you see me at Miller’s
with flour in my hair and paint
on my face, please be kind!
Most enjoyable part of
your job: At Kehl, I love see-
ing my dancers grow week-
by-week. The level of personal
improvement each dancer
achieves by the end of the
year always amazes me! And
at the library, I love the vari-
ety of duties—from helping
patrons, to providing a safe,
fun space for teens. The best
days involve puppet shows at
story time!
Most challenging part:
Sometimes I can get carried
away . . . I have a lot of ambi-
tious ideas but not a lot of
time, so I have to cut back on
my expectations. My cowork-
ers also make it difficult for
me to leave the building
because they’re so encourag-
ing and gracious!
How long have you lived in
the area: I’m a Verona native,
and I attended UW-Madison
for my Bachelor’s and
Master’s, so I’m quite a
homebody. It’s actually a
little nerve-wracking giving
presentations at schools, as
my former teachers are often
watching (and mentally grad-
ing, I know it!).
What do you like best
about your community: I love
all of the community support!
Our residents and local busi-
nesses care about the youth.
The only way I can provide
awesome opportunities for
teens is through the support
of people who live and thrive
in Verona!
Favorite trip outside
of Verona: I look forward
to hiking and backpack-
ing the mountains around
Breckenridge, Colorado every
summer.
What are your hobbies and
interests: I enjoy embarrass-
ing myself with family, hiking
with my dog while listening
to audiobooks, dancing (obvi-
ously, although tap is my
favorite), cooking, playing
These Are Some Of The
People In Carl Miller’s Life
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recreational sports, singing
along to big band jazz, and
fencing. And as a librarian,
spending copious amounts of
time reading is a given.
Family: Wife, two daughters
and one son
Where do you live: Verona
Occupation: Retired
Occupation duties:
Crossing guard
Most enjoyable part of
your job: Getting to know
people
Most challenging part:
Taking people across the
street
How long have you lived in
the area: 43 years
What brought you to the
area: Work at Modern Kitchen
Supply in Madison for 33
years and thne as a custodian
at Country View Elementary
School for 11 years
How else are you active in
the community: Help out at
Senior Center through deliver-
ing Meals on Wheels
What do you like best
about your community: It’s
friendly
Favorite trip outside of
Verona: Going to Colorado
and visiting my grandson and
brother
What are your hobbies and
interests: Riding my scooter,
garage saleing, helping peo-
ple, going to my grandson’s
LaCrosse games.
Where do you live: City of
Verona
Occupations: City of
Verona Crossing Guards
Occupation duties:
Employed by the Verona
Police Department to escort
students safely across the
various designated intersec-
tions within the City.
Most enjoyable part of the
job: Interacting with the stu-
dents and sometimes parents/
general public. It’s our experi-
ence that these students are
some of the politest individu-
als we have ever encountered.
Most challenging part:
Getting vehicle drivers to stop,
slow down, and put the cell
phones away! It’s a challenge
every day, getting drivers to
pay attention and yield to our
flashing stop signs.
How long have you lived in
the area: 36 years
What brought you to the
area: Jim was a Police Officer
for Verona.
How else are you active
in the community: No other
participation.
What do you like best
about your community: Jim;
I feel we have the greatest
group of public works (City
employee), personnel around.
Miller’s grocery store. If they
don’t have it, they will get it
Great sport community. And
its proximity to Madison, with-
out having to live in Madison.
Favorite trip outside of
Verona: Any sun belt area
during the below zero/snowy
months.
What are your hobbies
and interests: We walk daily.
The average mileage is six
miles. Going North to a Loon
infested Lake, eating fresh
caught walleye. Jim enjoys
airplanes, boats, cars, and
anything military. Barb is the
one responsible for all of the
beautiful flower gardens, in
and around the house!
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