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Verona Road

Long crossing
distances and
fast, heavy traffic can make
crossing Verona
Road difficult
for neighbors.
aim to make
travel safer
for people
without cars
who need to
cross the major

Fitchburg girl is
front-runner at Walk
for Wishes
Page 2
New Metro route
serves Swan Creek
Page 5

5 things to watch
for each district
Page 8-10

Photo by Mark

A long road ahead

Regional traffic and neighborhood concerns meet at Verona Road


Mark Ignatowski
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Madison West
football starts 2-1
Page 15


When Nancy Lopez

needs to get to the west
side of Madison, she has to
take a twisting maze of partially closed roads through
a series of temporary traffic signals onto a congested
Verona Road.
Ohhh, its a mess,
Lopez said. Its complicated its a lot of roads
closed. Its not too loud, but
theres more traffic in this
Lopez a resident of
nearby Allied Drive who
was cooking out with her
parents-in-law on Thurston
Lane just a few blocks east
of Verona Road on Sept. 7

be frustrating and full of

delays. Businesses see
fewer customers. Commuters add time to their drive.
Residents hear more noise
and have a hard time getting around because roads
are closed and drivers are
looking for alternate routes.
While the six-year, $175
million construction project ultimately was designed
to keep the highway traffic
away from the neighborPhoto by Mark Ignatowski hood, in the meantime, its
adding traffic to residential
Nancy Lopez and Angel Anguiano live near Verona Road. Added
traffic from the construction makes it hard to get around the neigh- streets and adds to concerns
about safety and accesborhood and to places beyond the construction zone.
sibility. Nearly a decade
shares the same struggle traffic corridor each day.
of planning went into the
as thousands of other drivL i v i n g , w o r k i n g a n d project and neighborhood
ers. Nearly 60,000 vehicles t r a v e l i n g t h r o u g h t h e
pass through the major Verona Road corridor can Turn to Verona Road/Page 22

In brief
A six-year
reconstruction project
continues to reshape the
interchange of Verona
Road and the Beltline.
The project creates
travel delays for drivers
and poses health risks
to neighbors living in
the area.
The construction
zone will move south
along Verona Road
toward McKee Road
starting in 2017, where
businesses are already
preparing for detours
and fewer customers.

Neighborhood, church unite after double homicide

Elements brings
massage approach
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through both her work and in the

Highlands of Seminole neighborhood, where they resided.
Those who knew Ashlee Steele
took a step toward dealing with
their grief, though, with an Aug. 31
candlelight vigil at Rosecommons
Park in the neighborhood. There,
neighbors, coworkers, city officials
and those whose children had gone
through Ashlees class recalled her

glowing characteristics and how

she had impacted their lives in a
positive way.
First and foremost, I remember
Ashlee as a warm, effervescent
woman, beautiful both inside and
out, said 14-year neighbor Pam
Baumgartner. Up until Andys
recent diagnosis, I never had a

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when former Dane County Sheriffs deputy Andrew Steele, 39,

allegedly shot and killed his wife,
Ashlee Steele, and sister-in-law,
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The Fitchburg Star

A Wishing Star

Fitchburg girl is front runner in annual Walk for Wishes fundraiser

Samantha Christian

If you go

Unified Newspaper Group

Friday is a day most people look forward to because

it signals the end of the
school or work week. But for
Fitchburgs Kendall Oberg,
9, all that day brings is anxiety over a weekly routine of
Kendall, who is this years
Walk for Wishes front runner, is battling a rare, lifethreatening autoimmune disease. Takayasus arteritis is a
type of vasculitis that causes
inflammation, narrowing and
weakening of the large blood
Since she was diagnosed in
2011, much of her childhood
has been consumed with doctor appointments, procedures
and surgeries, including five
angioplasties. Kendall typically goes to the doctor once a
week for injections and every
six weeks for IV treatment.
She also takes three different
blood pressure medications
every day.
Although she dreads them,
the needles are necessary to
help keep her from having
flare ups that can damage her
Thats kind of going to
be her life, said her mother
Lori. She just wants to be a
normal kid. Her favorite thing
is to just go outside and run
around with her friends and
have playdates. I think the
part thats frustrating for her
is ... she will still try to do
things she probably shouldnt
because it hurts her.
Lori explained that her
daughter has a difficult
time keeping up with other
children because she gets
fatigued easily and the lack
of blood flow causes a stinging pain in her legs when she
runs. Also, sometimes she is
too sick to go even make it to
classes at Cesar Chavez Elementary School, where she is
in the fourth grade.
In a word, Kendall said it
makes her feel sad.
Shell say, I dont know
why this has to happen to
me, why do I have to have
it? And I dont really have
an answer for that, and
thats hard, said Lori, who
explained there is no known
cause or cure for the disease.

Wish granted
To put a smile back on
Kendalls face and give the
whole family a much-needed
break, Make-A-Wish Wisconsin picked the Obergs up
in a stretch limousine and
sent them to Atlantis Resort

What: Walk for Wishes

When: Sunday, Sept. 14;
8:30 a.m.
Events: One- or two-mile
walk, 5K and wheelchair
Where: McKee Farms
Park, 2930 Chapel Valley
Register: Free at www.

Keeping up
with Kendall
Info: vasculitisfoundation.
Photo by Samantha Christian

Kendall Oberg, 9, of Fitchburg, will be back at McKee Farms Park on Sunday as this years Walk for Wishes front runner. Oberg is living
with a rare type of vasculitis.

in the Bahamas for a week

last summer.
We went swimming with
dolphins and played with
sea lions, said Kendall. Her
favorite memory was watching a sea lion go up to her
dad, Rick, and kiss him with
its tickly whiskers.
It was nice to not have
to think about anything. No
doctor appointments, no running around. It was just really nice to see her laughing
and happy and relaxed, said
Lori. For kids thats such an
amazing thing, because they
do get depressed and have to
deal with so much more than
most kids ever have to think
about, unfortunately.
Kendall has been sharing
her story and is looking forward to being the star of
Walk for Wishes along with
other Wish kids at McKee
Farms Park this weekend.
The fundraising event helps
grant the wishes of other kids
going through tough medical
This year, in honor of
Make-A-Wish Wisconsins
30th birthday celebration,
there will be free admission
to everyone who pre-registers for the 5K run and walks.
People are encouraged to set
up a fundraising goal, make a
donation, raise pledges, share
their story and invite others
to get involved, according to
an event brochure. They can
even join particular teams,
including Kendalls Dream
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awesome. Ive seen wishes

that a lot of other kids have
wished for some crazy
stuff and they just go all
out. Any way that they can
possibly pamper the kid they
just do it, said Lori. She
said Kendall was originally
deciding between meeting
Disney Channel actors or
going to a big cat sanctuary.
My real wish would be
to not have to go to school
and never have homework,
joked Kendall. My mom
wouldnt let me do that.
Lori said the application
process for Make-A-Wish
was fairly straightforward.
You need a referral from
a doctor to specify that (the
child) does have a life-threatening illness, and then once
they get verification from the
doctor its a go, she said.
Then they contact you and
send wish granters to your
house and ask questions
to get an idea of what (the
child) would like to do.
There are more than 270
Wisconsin children in the
process of having their wish
granted, according to MakeA-Wish Wisconsin. Walk for
Wishes will directly benefit
Madison-area children.
They make dreams come
true, said Kendall.

Difficult diagnosis
While there are many
types of vasculitis that cause
inflammation in the body,
Takayasus arteritis is very
rare, with only two or three
people in a million diagnosed
each year.
Kendall had many
appointments with her
pediatrician before she was

actually diagnosed. She had

symptoms like stomach pain,
fatigue and dizziness, and
doctors told her she needed
to eat more fiber or just had
a virus.
No matter what I would
say, it was always explained
away by everyday normal
kid things, Lori said. But
intuition just kept telling me,
something isnt right, this
shouldnt be normal.
It wasnt until Kendall and
her older siblings, Piper and
Ostara, all got sick that Lori
took Kendall directly to the
ER. Whereas her sisters were
getting better, Kendalls
fevers kept spiking and she
was complaining of pain.
That was the decision
that probably saved her life,
because the first thing they
do in ER is your stats, said
That included checking
blood pressure.
They never once took
her blood pressure at the
doctors office she was at,
said Lori. If they wouldve
checked during that year and
a half when I kept bringing
her back, they would have
known that something was
really, really wrong.
Lori understands that it is
very uncommon for children
to have high blood pressure,
but she urges parents to trust
their instincts and simply ask
the doctor to check.
Just ask it literally only
takes a minute or two to take
somebodys blood pressure,
said Lori. You never know
yes, what she has is really
rare, but obviously shes not
the only one.
Once they found out how

high her blood pressure was,

Kendall was admitted to
Meriter Hospital overnight
and then transported to the
American Family Childrens
At that point I knew
that I was right that something was wrong with her,
said Lori.
Kendall stayed in the ICU
for a month while doctors
tried to figure out what was
going on in her body. It took
doctors two weeks to determine she had renal stenosis,
but that was only a symptom
of the disease.
She was diagnosed (with
Takayasus arteritis) at 6,
but by (that time) she was
in pretty bad shape, said
Lori. Her body had actually
set up a secondary system
to kind of compensate (and
make a detour) for the blockages.

Bringing awareness
Since Kendall has spent
so much time in and out of
hospitals, she has learned to
keep herself busy with arts
and crafts.
She loves to draw. When
she was in the hospital for a
whole month she would just
sit in bed all day and create
her little masterpieces, said
To pass the time, Kendall
also worked on completing
puzzles. The irony is, her
disease is just that: puzzling.
Shortly after diagnosis,
Lori took Kendall to Mayo
Clinic for a second opinion.
They said, Honestly,
its a very complicated disease and its going to be a
battle, a balance of meds

and surgeries, and thats all

we can do at this point until
theres more research into
the disease and they can figure out something better.
So its just frustrating knowing that thats the life shes
going to have to deal with,
said Lori.
Lori wants to bring awareness to the disease, because
the reality is, many people
dont find out they have vasculitis until its too late.
A lot of people pass
away because they dont
know they have it. Sometimes they dont find out
until after the autopsy what
caused their death, because
on the outside they look
completely normal, said
Lori has set up a Facebook page with updates
about Kendalls journey
with the disease. Someone
from Madison messaged
Lori through social media
saying that she, too, has
Takayasus arteritis.
It was very nice to make
that connection to find
somebody else in your town
that actually has it. We actually got to meet her about a
week or two ago, said Lori.
The woman gave Kendall
a stuffed porcupine she can
take to the doctor since it
has needles that wont hurt
While Kendalls real wish
is to not have the diagnosis,
she would be satisfied if she
could buy a farm with lots of
animals, including cats (her
favorite), horses, dogs and
maybe even an elephant.
And someday she wants
to help others.
What I would want to do
is be a doctor, said Kendall.

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September 12, 2014

McKee Road project more than half done

Construction slated
to end by late
Mark Ignatowski

New population signs

part of city rebranding
City paying $1,900
for 38 refacings

Unified Newspaper Group

The bumps have been

smoothed out, but work will
continue this fall on McKee
Drivers have been down
to one lane in each direction for much of August
and September. Those
conditions will continue
through this month and into
next month. Traffic was
switched to the newly paved
eastbound lanes Aug. 27 so
that crews could repair the
westbound side.
Repair work has caused
temporary closures of intersections. Most recently, the
Chapel Valley Road and
Richardson Street intersections had been close to traffic.
City officials have posted
detours for business access,
particularly near the Fish
Hatchery Road intersections. Drivers can use Brendan Avenue and Chapel
Valley Road to access businesses along the corridor.
Local traffic to residential
areas along McKee Road
have been finding their own
detours, as no posted detour
for traffic was planned, city
officials previously told the

The Fitchburg Star

Scott Girard
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Photo by Jim Ferolie

McKee Road construction has shifted from one lane to the other
over the past month and restricted access at various times.

The 6-inch layer of existing asphalt pavement will
be removed from the entire
stretch of McKee Road
from S. 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.
U p d a t e s o n t h e p r o ject and alternative access
maps are available from the
city. For information, visit

Entering the City of

Fitchburg will bring a
new sight soon as the city
replaces its population
The new signs feature a
new logo and new population numbers, and they
were part of an overall
rebranding effort the city
has undertaken with the
Chamber of Commerce,
explained city economic
development specialist
Joyce Frey.
People dont know
Fitchburg, Frey said.
Because we dont have
our own school district,
we dont have our own
ZIP code, we dont have
all that fun stuff that helps
identify an area.
Part of it is this is a
good way for us to delineate our boundaries to
show people that yes, you
are in Fitchburg.
The first phase of signs
features 14 arch signs at
some of the bigger entry

Rendering submitted

The new signs incorporate a new logo for the city as part of a full
rebranding effort.

points, such as Fish Hatchery or McKee roads. The

second phase will bring
another 24 smaller signs to
other spots.
The city is paying $1,900
total for the 38 new signs,
which are being designed
by Badger State Industries,
comprising prisoners in the
state Department of Corrections system. They are
taking the old signs, which
were standard and boring, Frey said, and refacing them with the new logo
and information.
The new signs are
among a set of new projects aimed at rebranding
the citys image, Frey said,

including the website and

logos on the police departments squad cars. The
city worked with Madison business ZEBRADOG
on the design and how to
include different elements
of Fitchburg.
The final design was
inspired by the ancient
symbolism of the Celtic
Knot, tying into Fitchburgs
European roots, according
to a slide presentation on the
design process.
Frey said on Sept. 5 the
timeline on the signs was
uncertain, but she hoped at
the time it would be within
a few days.

CARPC considers Fitchburg developments on east and west

A regional planning body was
expected to consider moving
plans for the city to expand on its
eastern and western fringes this
The Capital Area Regional
Planning Commission, which
advises the state on extensions
of sewer service, scheduled its
monthly meeting for Sept. 11,
after the Stars print deadline,
but it was set to include a public
hearing on expanding the citys

Urban Service Area (USA) to the

Northeast and North Stoner Prairie neighborhoods.
A USA is the area within which
a municipality can provide sewer
service, which is necessary for
most urban development, and
CARPC advises the state Department of Natural Resources on
extensions to that service.
CARPC had been essentially
the final word on those determinations until a 2010 decision on a

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to the DNR. Its decisions have
sometimes been highly political,
unlike its predecessor, the Dane
County Regional Planning Commission.
A recommendation from CARPC requires eight of its 13 members
to vote in favor. Of those 13, four
are appointed by the City of Madison, and three each are from the
county, the Dane County Cities and

Villages Association and the Dane

County Towns Association.
At a June CARPC meeting
when it first discussed the developments, commissioners asked
staff to investigate how the potential developments, moved forward to CARPC by the Fitchburg
Common Council in the spring,
fit with city transportation plans,
environmental effects and stormwater outcomes.
The Northeast Neighborhood

covers an area around the new

U.S. Hwy. 14 interchanges and
has been opposed by the West
Waubesa Preservation Coalition.
The North Stoner Prairie Neighborhood is west of Stoner Prairie
Elementary School and extends up
to, but does not include, the Quarry Vista development on the corner of Fitchrona and Lacy roads.
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The Fitchburg Star

Button collection reminds
us of politics of the past


September 12, 2014

Do you ever get the

feeling in March that the
Wisconsin winter is never
going to end? Over the
past few years, those of us
in Fitchburg and elsewhere
could be forgiven for thinking that the political campaign season might never
end, either.
To celebrate the enduring
politics of Fitchburg, Wisconsin and the entire country, the Fitchburg Historical
Society has put together a
display on the second floor
of the Fitchburg Public
Library. Fitchburg Star stories on local elections from
the 1970s are featured, along
with my personal political
button collection and bumper stickers on loan from
Sam Martino of McFarland,
a former Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel reporter.
"It's not really about the
buttons," I told Doug Moe
for a column he wrote for
The Capital Times in 2001.
"It's about the stories and
the political history that
come with the buttons."
The button that sparked
my favorite story was
Cofrin for Senate, a relic
of the Milwaukee radio
station owners 1980 Senate campaign. Doug Cofrin
intended to announce
his candidacy one winter
day by helicoptering in

to Fighting Bob La Follettes Town of Primrose

birthplace. Everything was
all arranged, but in that
pre-GPS world, the pilot
couldnt find the La Follette
Eventually the copter touched down, but by
then all the supporters and
school kids had left. Only
the reporters and an angry
farmer greeted Cofrin. That
enabled me to write in my
AP story, Doug Cofrins
campaign for the U.S. Senate got off the ground all
right today. It just didnt get
back down on schedule.
The buttons on display
feature many failed candidacies: Bill Proxmires run
for governor in 1960; Kerry/
Edwards for president and
vice president, Steve King,
the Watergate-era Republican who lost a U.S. Senate primary in 1988, former
Attorney General Peg Lautenschlager for Congress,
Jesse Jackson in 1984 and
1988, and many more.
But let's not go there.
Wisconsin already has a
long enough political winter as it is.
Rich Eggleston is a Fitchburg Historical Society volunteer who worked for the
Associated Press from 1970
to 1996.

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Healthy living

Be smart about your snack choices

fter experiencing and thankfully surviving my first

winter here in the Madison area,
I am not ready for this summer to be
Growing up in Northwest Iowa my
entire life, I thought I had seen it all in
terms of cold winters. But then, after
finishing my dietetic internship and
becoming a registered dietitian, like a
stereotypical girl, I moved to Wisconsin for a boy. Im pretty sure he was
worth the cold winter, but there are
times Ive questioned it.
Im not looking forward to thought of
more cold weather so soon, except for
one thing: all the cozy, comfort food
that goes along with it.
With our late spring, I feel like summer just arrived, but ready or not (and
Im not), the leaves on the trees will
start to change colors, my morning
runs through the winding Ice Age Trail
are already starting to feel a little bit
more brisk and kids are heading back
to school.
Even after being out of school for
several years, the Type-A personality in
me comes out in full force and I always
feel like fall is a time to bring back
the schedules, planners and structure
after a summer of spur-of-the-moment
trips, breaks from regularly occurring
meetings and the laid back attitude that
accompanies summer. And this includes
getting back to healthy, structured
snacks both for kids and adults alike.
During this time of year, I find parents coming to me in search of new,
healthy snack ideas. This is great, and I
love helping them come up with ideas
their kids might enjoy, but the best way
to get your kids eating healthier is to
start with yourself youre their role
model when it comes to many things,
including what you choose to eat.
Im constantly eating a variety of
snacks throughout the day to keep up
with all my trainings for half marathons
and marathons, but even for those of
you who arent as active, snacks should

Snack ideas
Plan ahead and bring along your
own snacks. Here are some ideas I
recommend to clients who are looking
for healthy snack options:
String cheese + grapes
Apple + raisins + peanut butter
Raw almonds + dried cranberries
+ dark chocolate chips
Whole grain tortilla + low-sodium
deli turkey + 1 ounce of cheese
Hummus + baby carrots + whole
grain crackers
Guacamole + bell peppers + whole
grain tortilla chips
Yogurt + berries + granola
Kefir + low-sugar granola bar
Bagel Thin + peanut butter + jelly
Popcorn + dried fruit + nuts
be an important part of your day. As a
dietitian, I talk with a lot of people who
dont realize the benefits snacks have
for them they only see them as a
source of extra and unwanted calories.
This doesnt have to be the case if
you space your meals out right. It all
comes down to smart snacking.
Smart snacks provide us with the
nutrients and fuel we need to keep going
throughout the day. Without them, our
bodies start to run on empty and our
attention span also starts to dwindle.
I find that keeping a stash of snacks
in my desk drawer, such as pretzels,
whole-grain crackers, low-sugar granola bars or trail mix, guarantees that Ill
have healthy options available when
hunger strikes which is often due to
my active lifestyle.
Snacks should be thought of as a
mini-meal that act as a bridge from
one meal to the next, consisting of
about 200 calories. They arent intended to fill you up, but just enough to
keep you satisfied until your next meal.
Going long stretches without eating

may seem like a great weight-loss plan,

but in reality, eating small frequent
meals with snacks will help you better
control your blood sugars, give your
metabolism a boost and prevent you
from overeating at meals by keeping
your hunger in check.
Plus, instead of caving for that enticing piece of cake in the break room at
3 p.m., youll be more satisfied and
feel better after eating the snacks you
Because snacks act like a small meal,
they should look like one, too. Often,
I see snacks consisting of the closest vending machine finds I get it;
theyre tempting and convenient but
in order to fuel your body and keep you
going, its important that your snacks
include most of the food groups from
the U.S. Department of Agricultures
MyPlate Program (fruits, vegetables,
protein, grains, and dairy). What you
put into your body will affect how you
feel, so why not fill it up with the best?
Fiber found in whole grains,
fruits, and vegetables and protein
sources, such as dairy, nuts, beans,
and meat, will keep you satisfied longer. These foods will give you lasting
energy rather than chips or a candy bar,
which are high in sugar and will leave
you feeling hungry much sooner.
Whether youre preparing snacks for
a house full of hungry kids or packing
them to take to work, remember to make
your snack one that will keep you and
your kids going at their best all day long.
Even though I dont think Ill ever be
ready for winters to arrive, I have comfort in knowing Ill have good snacks to
get me through it.
Kara Hoerr, MS, RD, CD, is the
registered dietitian at the Fitchburg
Hy-Vee. For more nutrition information or questions, contact her at or 273-5125.
This information is not intended as medical
advice.Please consult a medical professional
for individual advice.

Fitchburg is prepared for responsible growth

ome Dane County residents are

surprised to hear that Fitchburg
has been a city for nearly 35 years.
Fitchburg has this reputation of a young,
upstart community, still trying to figure
out how to manage our growth.
Nothing could be further from the
Fitchburg is a mature, robust community that is recognized as a leader in
community engagement with a heritage
and commitment to environmental
sustainability and responsible land use
planning focused on
high quality development.
The Northeast and
North Stoner Prairie
Neighborhood Plans
that have been submitted to the Capital
Area Regional PlanPfaff
ning Commission
(CARPC) for consideration at their meeting on Thursday, Sept. 11, continue
that tradition and commitment. CARPC
staff, after a thorough review and
analysis of the documents and information submitted by the city, recommends
approval of both neighborhood plans
with conditions that Fitchburg and our
private sector partners agree to implement.
Fitchburg has been doing land use
planning since the 1970s, with our
first plan that adopted an urban service
boundary. That was followed by General
Land Use Plans in 1984 and 1995, and
our first Comprehensive Plan in 2009.
As part of our Comprehensive Plan,
the city created a long-term growth
boundary which identifies neighborhoods for future urban growth.The city
utilized a Future Urban Development
Area (FUDA) process to identify areas
for future inclusion in the urban service

The FUDA process consisted of a

rigorous methodology that analyzed
various environmental and socio-economic data, incorporating significant
public participation, to determine areas
within the city most suitable for future
development. In fact, CARPCs own
FUDA process is based on Fitchburgs
Each proposed future growth boundary expansion requires a detailed
neighborhood plan, which examines
environmental, land use, transportation, and other factors.Fitchburgs
long standing commitment to planning
allows for growth to occur in an orderly
and systematic manner that aligns with
city plans.
Even with the addition of the Northeast and North Stoner Prairie neighborhood plans, Fitchburgs developable
area will be within the maximum
amount of acreage allowed in our Comprehensive Plan. This acreage allows
flexibility to meet the ever-changing
demand for development land.
Fitchburg is not a typical suburban
community. We are the most diverse
community in the county, with over 30
percent represented by minority populations. Fitchburg has the third-highest
ratio of multi-family to single family
residential units in the county and ranks
third in residential unit density. Fortyeight percent of our housing stock is
multi-family housing.
Currently, Fitchburg has 1,300 additional multi-family units either planned
or under construction. Fitchburg, along
with the City of Madison, is providing
the high-density housing needed within
the greater Madison region as population increases due to many economic
factors unique to the fastest growing
region in the state.
Fitchburg is a unique community
that is part of three quality school districts (Madison, Oregon, Verona). It is

important to the economic health of our

city and the taxpayers in those respective school districts to have growth and
The City of Fitchburg has managed
its growth and development in an
orderly, efficient and effective manner
as evidenced by our Aa1 bond rating
from Moodys Investors Service. That
fiscal stewardship will continue as
we extend urban services to these two
neighborhoods with logical, phased
extensions of sewer and water service.
Public safety (police and fire) needs
are included in our five-year Capital
Improvement Plan.
CARPCs purview and focus is
storm water management and water
quality. Both Fitchburg neighborhood
plans excel at meeting their requirements based on the unique topographical and aquifer conditions in each of
these areas. The City of Fitchburg and
our private-sector partners are willing
to explore innovative techniques like
evapotranspiration to exceed those
CARPC requirements.
One point of clarification regarding
the Northeast Neighborhood is that
there is no high-capacity well included
in that plan.
I encourage CARPC to approve our
applications for expansion of urban
service areas into the Northeast and
North Stoner Prairie neighborhoods.
Fitchburg has demonstrated time and
again that we take planning seriously
and are at the forefront of environmental protection.
It is time to recognize that Fitchburgs proximity, adjacent to Madison
and the urban core of Dane County, is
the most logical area to expand to meet
the growing needs of our region.
Shawn Pfaff has been the mayor of
Fitchburg since 2011 and resides in
the Swan Creek neighborhood.

September 12, 2014

The Fitchburg Star

Health survey to Reworked bus route 49 serves Swan Creek

include residents
of Fitchburg
Debra Seubert

Fitchburg Star Correspondent

Unified Newspaper Group

If someone comes to your

door over the next month
and asks for a urine and
blood sample, it might be
for a good reason.
The Survey of the Health
of Wisconsin (SHOW) is
focusing its study on Dane
County, among others, the
rest of this year, and some
of its randomly selected
participants include Fitchburg residents.
The study, which began
as a statewide survey to
measure health in 2008,
changed this year to focus
in on selected areas, codirector Kristen Malecki
told the Star.
We know whats happening in Dane County is
probably very different than
whats happening in Racine
County, Malecki said of
the change.
Previously, the survey
would get between 10 and
30 residents in each county
surveyed, but this year they
expect 250-300 responses

Commission approves
bike trail location change
Business had
complained about
extra costs involved
Scott Girard
Unified Newspaper Group

The citys Plan Commission approved a change to

a bike trail that has brought
strong opposition from a
local business owner.
The path, which would
connect with the Military
Ridge State Trail bridge
over McKee Road, was
originally planned to go on
the west side of the bridge
near General Beverages
But that was changed
due to General Beverages
plans to expand its parking
on that side of its building
to accommodate a wider
fire lane, according to draft
meeting minutes from the
Aug. 19 Plan Commission

Midwest Decorative
Stone owner Deb Paul, a
Town of Verona plan commission member herself,
had questioned the move
last month, saying it would
cost her business an inordinate amount of money and
even made the path less
Ald. Steve Arnold (Dist.
4), who is a well-known
bike enthusiast, spoke as a
citizen at the Plan Commission meeting to oppose the
change, according to the
meeting minutes.
But after representatives
from General Beverage said
there was no feasible way to
have the path on their side
of the bridge and expand
their parking, the commission voted unanimously,
with one abstention, to
approve a conditional use
permit for the change.

Fitchburg to work, as well as the

downtown area, where parking is
limited. Route 49 will run during
peak times in the morning and the
afternoon, five days a week, Beck
said. Metro and city officials hope
the expanded route will increase ridership, productivity and allow people
to be involved in other activities
besides driving.
People will be saving money
and time as they are riding the bus,
Arnold said.
Metro Transit has been promoting the new route with advertising
on buses as well as its website. For
information, visit
or call 266-4466.

Swan Creek assisted living gets OK

Mark Ignatowski
Unified Newspaper Group

Detailed plans for an

assisted living community in Swan Creek earned
council approval last
The vote was another
step for developers who
plan to add a 28-unit
senior living building and
13 twin-home buildings.
Construction is expected to
start this fall with completion of the main building in
The neighborhood layout, which covers about
six acres between East
Cheryl Parkway and Sassafrass Drive, is designed
for seniors and people
with cognitive disabilities,
developers said. The latest design drew unanimous
support from the citys
Plan Commission members
and the Common Council.
I thinks a great use for
the property, Plan Commission member Tony
McGrath said. It kind of
completes the neighborhood. This kind of caps it
Commission members
had questioned why the
neighborhood, which has
one main road bisecting it,
didnt have more access to

Roughly six acres of land in Swan Creek will soon become a senior-living neighborhood. The plan
calls for 13 twin homes and one 3-story senior living facility.

the rest of the Swan Creek

Development partner
Holly Hanewall said the
area is designed to be
internally focused to allow
neighbors to keep an eye
on one another. Some of
the residents will be in
various stages of dementia or have head trauma,
so caregivers will be able
to watch out for residents
by having buildings face
each other and not have too
many connections to nearby streets.

Building design
The 13 twin homes
will have opposite-facing
porches and garages and
have parking for visi tors. The buildings will be
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siding and aluminum siding accents, developers

said. The twin homes will
also have patio areas on the
backs of the homes.
No more than four people will be allowed to live
in each twin home, giving the development about
nine people per acre. That
density provides a good
transition from the higher-density buildings across
the street to the duplexes
and single family homes in
other parts of Swan Creek.
The neighborhood will
also have one three-story
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Scott Girard

in Dane County.
Participants are randomly
selected and will receive a
postcard in the mail alerting
them to the survey. Within
two weeks, someone from
SHOW will follow up in
person at the household to
determine residents eligibility and interest.
The project, which is supported by Public Health
Madison and Dane County, aims to measure health
trends, and will also look
at what health practices are
successful as it expands to
include children and the
Theres probably some
lessons learned from (older adults) on how to stay
healthy, Malecki said.
The survey includes
measurements of height,
weight, blood pressure and
cholesterol and asks respondents to also provide blood,
urine and DNA samples.
Adults 21 and older will
receive $100 for participating, while children will
receive $15-20, Malecki
Malecki said she hopes
people selected are willing
to participate so the study
can be fully representative.
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Former statewide
effort switches
focus to county

A modified Metro Transit bus

route began running around Fitchburg Aug. 25.
The move to create the new Route
49 bus was prompted by the development of the Swan Creek neighborhood and the growing population
in Fitchburg, which both fueled the
demand for transportation options.
Routes 44 and 48 were unproductive and not cost-effective, explained
Metro Transit planning director
Drew Beck, so the company restructured the routes to create Route 49,
which extends farther east.
District 4 Ald. Steve Arnold, vicechair of the citys Transportation
and Transit Commission, lauded the

Route 49 will provide those that
live in Fitchburg other transportation
options, Arnold told the Fitchburg
Star. MMT will provide people
with an opportunity to go downtown
and promote safety as professional
drivers will be behind the wheel.
Greenhouse gas emissions will be
lowered due to fewer cars being on
the road, an idea the city of Fitchburg is committed to, Arnold added.
The bus expansion idea unfolded
as Metro Transit received feedback
from city of Fitchburg alders and
residents, Beck told the Star.
The city of Fitchburg is a strong
partner, and we appreciate their support on this project, Beck said.
The route is designed to meet the
needs of those that commute from

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The Fitchburg Star

Calendar of events

Saturday, Sept. 13

10-11:30 a.m., NFL Punt,

Pass and Kick Competition
(for girls and boys ages 6-15,
no cleats), McKee Farms Park
soccer fields, 270-4285
11 a.m.- 3 p.m., Taste of
Fitchburg, McKee Farms Park,
12-11 p.m., Annual Midwest
Gypsy Swing Fest, Art in the
7:30-11 p.m., A Tribute to Neil
Diamond by Denny Diamond
and The Family Jewels (tickets
$8 at door, $6 in advance),
True Coffee Roasters

Sunday, Sept. 14

7 a.m.-1 p.m., Fitchburg Flea

Market, McGaw Park
8:30 a.m., Make-A-Wish
Wisconsin annual Walk for
Wishes, McKee Farms Park

Monday, Sept. 15

9:30 a.m., Preschool

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

Tuesday, Sept. 16

5:30 p.m., READ to a Dog
(ages 5-11, sign-up required),
library, 729-1760

Wednesday, Sept. 17

10 a.m., Toddler Art (ages

1-3), library, 729-1760
10 a.m., Book Discussion,
library, 729-1760
2 p.m., Guide to preventing
and self treating muscle pain
presented by Jonathan Garber,
Registered Massage Therapist,
senior center, 270-4290
7:30 p.m., Pop Culture Showand-Tell, library, 729-1760

Thursday, Sept. 18

7 a.m.-noon, Red Cross blood

donation, Fitchburg Community
Center, 5510 Lacy Rd.
12:40 p.m., Live Theatre:
Helen Keller portrayed by
actress Jessica Michna, senior
center, 270-4290
1 p.m., iPad beginner class
(registration required), senior
center, 270-4290
3-6 p.m., Fall Fest Ecycle
Food Drive at Farmers Market,
Agora Pavilion
5 p.m., Teen Craft Lab:
Sharpie Tie Dye, library, 7291760
5-7 p.m., Verona Road
Corridor Business Rally,
Quiveys Grove
7:30-11 p.m., The Strumbellas
(tickets $8 at door, $6 in
advance), True Coffee

Friday, Sept. 19

11 a.m., Lapsit Storytime

(ages 0-2), library, 729-1760
11 a.m., Tai Chi Chih free
demo, senior center, 270-4290
2 p.m., Learning Annex
presents Amy Carlson, NBC
Channel 15 weekend weather
anchor, senior center, 270-

11 a.m., Superhero Party

(ages 3-6), library, 729-1760
12:40 p.m., Movie Day: Ida,
senior center, 270-4290
7:30-11 p.m., Brett Harris
(tickets $8 at door, $6 in
advance), True Coffee

Saturday, Sept. 20

9 a.m.-2 p.m., Paint Leopold

Neighborhood (rain date Sept.
27), Turbot Drive area
1-4 p.m., Globe-athon to End
Womens Cancers, McKee
Farms Park,
7:30-11 p.m., Fairview with
special guests Trap Saturn and
Kayla Selvaag, True Coffee

Tuesday, Sept. 23

11 a.m., Lapsit Storytime

(ages 0-2), library, 729-1760
2 p.m., Active Womens
Group (new members welcome), senior center, 270-4290
4:30 p.m., Teen Movie (for
teens), library, 729-1760
7:30 p.m., Common Council,
City Hall

Wednesday, Sept. 24

11 a.m., Gmail Basics, library,


Thursday, Sept. 25

1:30 p.m., I Love a Mystery

Book Club discussion The
Bones of Paris by Laurie King
(new members welcome),
senior center, 270-4290
3-6 p.m., Farmers Market,
Agora Pavilion
4:30-7:30 p.m., Wisconsin
Tailgate Party, Rick Vanden
Heuvel CPA, 288-8784
5 p.m., Teen Library Council,
library, 729-1760

2 p.m., Tooth Time: A

Program for Kids and Their
Parents, library, 729-1760

Sunday, Sept. 28

7 a.m.-1 p.m., Fitchburg Flea

Market, McGaw Park

Monday, Sept. 29

9:30 a.m., Preschool

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

Tuesday, Sept. 30

10:30 a.m., iPad beginner

class (registration required),
senior center, 270-4290
11 a.m., Lapsit Storytime
(ages 0-2), library, 729-1760
1 p.m., iPad continuation/
advance class (registration
required), senior center, 2704290
6 p.m., Taste Testers (for
teens), library, 729-1760

Thursday, Oct. 2

3-6 p.m., Fall Fest at Farmers

Market, Agora Pavilion
5-7 p.m., Verona Road
Corridor Customer Appreciation
OktoberFest Event (tickets
$12.50), Quiveys Grove
6:30 p.m., Green Thursdays
Film, library, 729-1760

Monday, Oct. 6

9:30 a.m., Preschool

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

Tuesday, Oct. 7

7:45-9 a.m., Business Before

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and Decrease Turnover,
Candlewood Suites, 5421
Caddis Bend, 228-8284
11 a.m., Lapsit Storytime
(ages 0-2), library, 729-1760
6 p.m., Paint Like Picasso,
library, 729-1760
7 p.m., Resume and Interview
Coaching, library, 729-1760

Wednesday, Oct. 8

10:30 a.m., Kids Dance Party

(ages 1-5), library, 729-1760
11 a.m., Pinterest, library,

Thursday, Oct. 9

11 a.m., Cookbook Club: Fall

Flavors, library, 729-1760
3-6 p.m., Farmers Market,
Agora Pavilion
6 p.m., Minute to Win it (for
teens), library, 729-1760

Friday, Oct. 10

11 a.m., Fall Crafts (ages

3-6), library, 729-1760
5:30 p.m., Trivia Night,
sponsored by Dane County
Libraries, Madison Central
Library, 201 W. Mifflin St.,

Saturday, Oct. 18

9 a.m.-12 p.m., Great

Pumpkin Give-Away, Oak
Banks parking lot, 441-6000

Saturday, Oct. 4

10 a.m.-3 p.m., Fitchburg

Friday, Sept. 26
Fire Department Open House,
4 p.m., Mother Daughter Book Firehouse #1, 5791 Lacy Road

visitors to see artists at

work demonstrating their
What: Fall Studio Art
By driving from studio
to studio, visitors will not
only have the opportunity
When: 10 a.m.-4 p.m.,
meet artists in their creative Sept. 13-14
environment, but they can
Where: The Wood Cycle
also discuss their work with
in Oregon, Paoli Mill Park
Gallery in Paoli and Allen
The tour includes 10 gal- Creek Gallery in Evansville
leries, three of which act
Info: 14southartists.
as information centers and
starting points The Wood com/index.php/fall-tour/
Cycle in Oregon, Paoli
Mill Park Gallery in Paoli
and Allen Creek Gallery in Evansville.
Signs and flags will be
used to guide visitors along
the way.
For more information,
stop into any of the gallery
partners before the event.

If you go


Saturday, Sept. 27

Monday, Sept. 22

9:30 a.m., Preschool

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

Fall Studio Art Tour this weekend

Ever wonder who is the
talent behind the artwork
you see at local galleries?
This weekend visitors will
have the opportunity to
meet artists demonstrating
their craft at the 11th Annual Fall Studio Art Tour. The
event will be held at various
locations from 10 a.m. to 4
p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13
and Sunday, Sept. 14.
Presented by 14 South
Artists, a local group of
artists who aim to promote
visual arts in south central
Wisconsin, the tour allows

Club & Author Visit with Gayle

Rosengren to discuss What
the Moon Said (grades 3-5),
library, 729-1760
7:30-11 p.m., Comedian
Henry Phillips, True Coffee

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1239 S. Fish Hatchery
Road, Oregon
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5188 Buttonbrush Dr.,
5639 Polworth St.,
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5545 County Road A,
895 Storytown Road,
1483 Sunrise Lane,
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6891 Paoli Road, Paoli

Fire dept. open

house Oct. 4
Gearing up for National
Fire Prevention Week, the
Fitchburg Fire Department
What: Fire Department
will host its annual open
house from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Open House
Saturday, Oct. 4.
When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.,
Themed Working Smoke Saturday, Oct. 4
Alarms Save Lives - Test
Where: Firehouse #1,
Yours Every Month, the
5791 Lacy Road
open house is free and open
Info: fitchburgwi.
to the public.
All fire stations across
the country have the same fire
theme, explained firefighter
Adam Dorn.
This year, stressing the
The Fitchburg Depart- importance of smoke alarms
ment then tries to include will be a high priority.
that theme in the open house
A working smoke alarm
through safety presentations. cuts the chances of dying
in a reported fire in half,
according to the National
Fire Protection Association.
Almost two-thirds of home
fire deaths resulted from fire
in homes with no smoke
alarms or no working smoke
The open house will also
include other useful fire safety presentations, fire truck
rides and have fire trucks and
equipment on display.
In addition, the fire department will be on hand to
answer any questions visitors
may have.
With free food and refreshments, the event will be hosted at Firehouse #1, at 5791
Lacy Road.

If you go


Friday, Sept. 12

4 p.m., Pop Culture Bingo (for

teens), library, 729-1760
6 p.m., Wheels and Reels
Bike-in Movie Theatre, Gunflint
Trail Park,
6-11 p.m., Annual Midwest
Gypsy Swing Fest, Art in the

September 12, 2014

The Fitchburg Star

Coming Up
The Fitchburg Historical
Society has a collection of
campaign buttons displayed
on the second floor of the
Fitchburg Public Library.
The political buttons that
were popular back in the
1960s-1970s acted as a
communication and advertising device in an effort to
get a candidate elected. The
buttons have been on display since late July and will
continue until the first week
in November. For more
information, call Adrianne
Imikowski at 271-8614.

Taste of Fitchburg
The Taste of Fitchburg
will be held from 11 a.m.
to 3 p.m. on Saturday,
Sept. 13, at McKee Farms
Park. The event features
food from local Fitchburg
restaurants, live music, a
silent auction and a childrens area. Proceeds from
this event support 4-C, a
local non-profit child care
resource and referral agency. For more information
contact Joyce Schneider at
216-7013 or visit tasteof

Girl Scout sign-up

Fitchburg area Girl Scout
troops are forming now for
the new school year. Girls
and their parents are invited
to sign up at I Cant Wait
to be a Girl Scout Night!
from 7-8 p.m. on Monday,
Sept. 15, at the Fitchburg
Public Library, 5530 Lacy
Road. All girls in grades
K-12 are invited to join.
The Girl Scout mission is to
build girls of courage, confidence and character who
make the world a better
place. Girl Scouts go on fun
adventures, make friends,
help their communities and
become the next generation
of leaders. There are plenty
of adult volunteer opportunities as well. For more
information or if you cannot
attend the meeting, contact
Ellen Weiler, recruitment
specialist, at 237-1168 or

Is there a movie, book,
album or television show
that made a lasting impression on you? If so, come to
this discussion for pop culture enthusiasts at 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Sept. 17, at the
Fitchburg Public Library.
If you just want to pick
up some great recommendations, listeners are more
than welcome too.

global movement to raise

awareness about below the
belt cancers, with the goals
of increased early detection
and prevention. The public
is invited to honor and celebrate all women affected
by gynecologic cancers
during Globe-athon Madison 2014 from 1-4 p.m. on
Saturday, Sept. 20, at McKee Farms Park with a 5K
awareness walk. The schedule of the day is as follows:
12:30 p.m. registration, 1
p.m. welcome and kickoff,
2 p.m. 5K (or half) walk
- wear purple, 3:30 p.m.
closing and music from
Tangled Up in Blue and the
Ryan McGrath Band. There
will also be a raffle. This
family-friendly event is
free. For more information
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register visit

Agrace offerings
Agrace HospiceCare,
5395 E. Cheryl Pkwy., will
offer volunteer orientation
and grief support opportunities this month. Volunteer orientation will be held
Monday, Sept. 22 from 1-5
p.m. Prior to attending one
of these sessions, prospective volunteers will complete an application and
an interview process will
Agraces Volunteer Services staff to identify the volunteers skills and interests.
To begin the pre-orientation
process call 327-7163.
Two grief support groups
are also open to the public and provided without
charge. Bridges Grief Support Group, held Wednesdays from 9:30-11 a.m., is
an ongoing, weekly grief
support group for adults
who are grieving the death
of a loved one.
Kids Support Group
is a five-week group for
elementary-through-highschool-aged children who
are grieving a death. This
group discusses concepts
specific to children coping
with grief and offers activities and projects. The dates
are Thursdays from 5:30-7
p.m. from Sept. 25 to Oct.
23. For more information
visit or to register call Jessie Shiveler at

Teen Library Council

Come to the first Teen

Library Council meeting
led by the new teen librarian, Jamie, at 5 p.m. on
Thursday, Sept. 25. This
meeting is for teens grades
6-12 to discuss programs,
books and anything else
Purple for Globe-athon related to the Teen Library.
G l o b e - a t h o n t o E n d Free pizza will be provided.
Womens Cancers is a

Tooth Time
A presentation will be
made by a hygienist from
the Childrens Dental Center at 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept.
27, at the Fitchburg Public
Library. She will discuss
tips and tricks for keeping
kids teeth healthy. Following the presentation, there
will be a special tooth-related story time.

for the 3rd annual Trivia

Contest on Saturday, Oct.
11. Doors will open at 5:30
p.m. with games beginning promptly at 7 p.m.
The event is sponsored by
Dane County Libraries. All

proceeds benefit Beyond

the Page, a county-wide
library endowment that
supports humanities programs in public libraries.
The event will include food,
beverages and prizes.

For more information contact Kate Hull at

729-1780 or kate.hull@ For the
cost, rules and to register,

Taste Testers
All teens are invited
to the Fitchburg Public
Library at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 30, to test their
taste buds. Teens will be
testing two different pizza
chains and Coke versus
Pepsi. For grades 6-12.

Green films
The Natural Step Monona
will feature Green Thursdays films at the Fitchburg Public Library the first
Thursday of the month. The
free events include film
screenings, presentations
from experts and conversations to learn and share
ways to live more sustainably. The next film, on Oct.
2, is Genetic Roulette,
which talks about evidence
pointing to genetically
modified (GM) foods as
major contributors to rising rates of disorders, allergies, diseases, infertility
and other health problems
in humans, especially children.

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Five things to watch in 2014-15

1. Country View
A 14-year-old school
opening to students for
another school year would
not normally be a highlight.
But part of that school
was decimated by a tornado
less than three months earlier, leaving holes in walls
and debris all around. So the
prospect of children entering the building Sept. 2 has
become a momentous occasion for the community.
The June 17 tornado, which
also damaged nearby homes,
left the district scrambling
to replace the gym floor,
rebuild three classrooms
and sort through what items
were salvageable. But VASD
superintendent Dean Gorrell
was adamant from the first
day that the school would be
ready for students, and that
optimism proved true.

2. April referendum?
Late last school year, the
Verona Area School Board
approved a $3.4 million land
purchase for a high schoolsized, 40-acre plot on the
west side of the city, and
Gorrell indicated another
might be on the way for a
pair of November referenda.
But some contingencies on
the first purchase and stalled
progress on the second have
forced the district to hit the
pause button with respect
to asking voters for their
The board has held regular closed sessions to discuss
potential purchases at its
meetings over the summer
but has not spoken about
them openly.

3. Enrollment numbers
The motivation behind
those purchases and potential referenda is a continuing upward trend in district
While that trend brings the
space issues district is trying to get ahead of with new
buildings, it also has become
a financial boon, as state aid
has continued to increase.

Verona schools

Enrollment well
below projections

Back to school

A major factor in the

growth was the creation of
the 4K program in 2012,
which brought a big jump in
the districts numbers. But the
number of students in K-12
has also continued to grow,
though an unofficial tally
Sept. 4 found only a small
increase for the 2014-15 year.

Initial count shows

increase of 6
Scott Girard
Unified Newspaper Group

4. VAIS fills; whats

The Verona Area International School began five years
ago with a kindergarten class
as a pair of parents brought
the idea of Chinese languageimmersion to the district.
This year, it will fill out to
a full K-5 elementary school,
leaving a decision on the horizon about what to do as those
fifth-graders move on to middle school. The district has
no other Chinese language
instruction available.
New VAIS director Barbara Drake, who took over for
one of the schools founders, Amanda Mayo, said she
expects the discussion on
what to do next will include
a community of parents,
district administrators and
school staff.

5. Common Core
The Common Core standards and tests that come
along with them have riled
up controversy in recent
months both in Wisconsin
and nationwide.
The standards, which were
adopted in 2010 in Wisconsin, will be tested for the first
time in the 2014-15 school
year with the Smarter Balanced test. Legislators in
some states that initially
approved the standards have
since backed off under political pressure, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has
made comments opposing
the standards in the run-up to
the November gubernatorial
District officials will move
forward as planned unless
or until a change in the law,
Gorrell has told the Press.
Scott Girard

Photo by Kathryn Chew

A return to the routine

Students returned to school Sept. 2 around Verona. For some,
it was more significant than the typical first day of school, as
Country View Elementary students returned for the first time to
the building and classrooms that were partially destroyed by a
tornado June 17.
Above, Second grader Kelsi McCulley barely contains her excitement as she enters Country View Elementary School for the first
day of school on Sept. 2.
See more photos at

Eskrich named SOMS

acting principal
A Savanna Oaks Middle
School associate principal
took over for the schools
principal in August due to
the principals health concerns.
Sandy Eskrich, who has
been at SOMS for four
years, took over Aug. 18,
to a letter
sent home
to parents
from principal Steve
Penne and
superintendent Dean
In the
letter, Penne said he was
taking a medical leave

immediately, and that
no return
date had
been established.
T h e
school also Penne
teacher Pete Christofferson
as acting associate principal
to fill Eskrichs position.
Gorrell said he could not
elaborate any further.
That letter is about the
extent of the detail that I
can offer at this point,
he said in an email to the

While the number of students in the Verona Area

School District will likely
grow once again in 201415, it might not be by much.
A preliminary count Sept.
4 showed only six students
more than last years 5,433,
listed on the state Department of Instruction (DPI)
website. The district had
projected total enrollment to
grow to 5,500.
The number did not differentiate between open enrollees and resident students,
however, a distinction that is
key for budgetary purposes,
as the number of resident
students determines a districts revenue cap.
Because of space concerns, the district had
capped open enrollment
at 55 students this spring,
much lower than the usual
nearly triple-digit number.
The district would not
have to make any cuts
regardless of the number of
resident or open enrollment
students, VASD business
manager Chris Murphy said
in an email Sept. 9, because
of contingencies built in
through extra open enrollment money and interest.
Throughout the districts
budget process in the spring
and summer, officials

planned on an increase of
121 resident students, but
that number will not be
determined until the third
Friday in September, when
districts must submit counts
to the DPI. Gorrell cautioned that the impact on
the district cannot be determined until that count.
The two schools farthest
from the districts estimates
are Country View and
Sugar Creek elementaries,
each more than 40 students
below projections. Glacier
Edge Elementary School
has 25 more students than
Gorrell told the board at
the Sept. 8 meeting that last
year the district was on the
opposite side of this, with
95 resident students more
than projected.
The board initially had
set the tighter-than-usual
open enrollment cap for
the upcoming school year
at 30 as a result of a coming space crunch, then later
relaxed it somewhat up to
55, though only 40 of those
spots are filled.
While the district still
maintains an overall net
budget gain from open
enrollment, it is much lower than in past years, with
around $550,000 coming
in this year, compared with
$1.2 million last year, said
That $550,000 is still well
above what was budgeted
for the school year, Murphy

Whats online at

VASD leaders
Read about three new assistant principals at VAHS
and the new director at VAIS.

VAHS: AP demographics improving

The high school has faced issues with demographics
in advanced placement classes, but last year numbers
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September 12, 2014

The Fitchburg Star

Five things to watch in 2014-15

Back to school

1. Principal turnover

Photo by Scott Girard

Another year begins

Students around Madison returned to school Tuesday, Sept. 2, for the start of a new year, as they got
to know new classmates and meet their new teachers. At Leopold Elementary, the first day back began
with class gatherings and parent goodbyes outdoors on a beautiful morning. Above, Heather Molnar,
right, walks her second-grade daughter Aubrey Krueger into Leopold Sept. 2.

Work at West lowers energy costs

Heating and cooling a high
school can be expensive,
even more so when the systems to do so are at the end
of their lifespan.
For that reason, the Madison Metropolitan School District replaced the old steam
boiler heating system and
rooftop cooling system with a
geothermal system this summer at West High School.
Previously, the air

conditioning had also been

limited to the main office,
library, weight room, auditorium, caf and other miscellaneous areas. Now, it covers
everywhere heating pumps
were replaced.
The district also replaced
windows and lighting to save
on energy costs.
The project had a budgeted
cost of $10,538,277, with
$150,000 of that covered

The Madison Metropolitan School District has 11

new principals in the 201415 school year, including
new leaders at all three
schools Fitchburg students
They will be required to
bring expertise to schools
dealing with transitions,
from new standards to new
ways of evaluating teachers.
MMSD superintendent
Jennifer Cheatham told the
citys Committee of the
Whole (COW) Aug. 27 the
district had implemented a
new system in its principal
Longtime assistant principal Beth Thompson took
over at West, while former
district employee Karine
Sloan got the top spot at
Leopold. At Cherokee, Kevin Brown was hired from
the Racine Unified School

are the School Improvement

Plans, which ask each of the
districts schools to develop
and receive approval on a
yearly SIP.
The SIP defines how a
school will meet expectations in five areas, including
effective school-based leadership, student achievement
and family and community
The 2014-15 school SIPs
have been worked on since
April, and will be finalized
by Sept. 30. They will be
posted online in October,
according to the districts
For more information,

3. New behavior plan

Cheathem told the COW

that the old behavior plan
had a highly punitive code
of conduct that disproportionately affected AfricanAmerican boys and students
with disabilities.
The new plan, which will
2. School
be implemented this year,
Improvement Plans
focuses on teaching children
A major component of the correct behaviors and
the districts strategic plan ensuring they do not always

with a grant, said MMSD

assistant building services
director Rick Hopke.
Work began in April 2013,
with a break during the 2013
school year, and will continue with behind-the-scenes
work, such as installing
shades, into this school year.
Were working to complete it here before winter
break, Hopke said.
Scott Girard

have to leave the classroom

for bad behavior, she said.

4. April referendum?
Cheathem also told the
COW that the school board
is working on a facilities
plan, and will consider an
April referendum along
with it.
She said there were still
plenty of factors that would
determine the outcome of
that decision, but it will
likely be made by a December deadline.

5. Common Core
The Common Core standards, which were adopted
in 2010 in Wisconsin, will
be tested for the first time
in the 2014-15 school year
with the Smarter Balanced
test. Legislators in some
states that initially approved
the standards have since
backed off under political pressure, and Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker has
made comments opposing
the standards in the run-up
to the November gubernatorial election.
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September 12, 2014

The Fitchburg Star

Back to school

Oregon schools


OSD asking for $55 million for

capital projects on Nov. ballot
Unified Newspaper Group

Photo by Samantha Christian

Taking the school year to

new heights
Netherwood Knoll students line up on the first day of school as they
wait to begin the new year. Incoming fourth-grader Jack Kreckman,
right, measures how tall he is next to classmate Mason Diercks as
they stand in line waiting to enter the school.
See more photos at

Annual meeting set for Sept. 22

The Oregon School District
will hold its annual budget
hearing and meeting Sept. 22.
Oregon School Board members unanimously passed a
preliminary 2014-15 budget
Sept. 8 with a property tax
levy of $22.5 million, down
1.5 percent from last years
$22.8 million.
Effects on property taxes
will depend on the Nov. 4 referendums.

If you go
What: Oregon School
District annual budget
When: 6:30 p.m.
Monday, Sept. 22
Where: Rome Corners
Intermediate School, 1111
S. Perry Pkwy.
FMI: 835-4000

Whats online at

OSD budget details
Read more about how the budget could affect your taxes and what factors are left to determine.

New OHS assistant principal

Josh Iverson is following in the footsteps of his mother,
a longtime special education teacher.

Two years after rejecting Oregon School District

referendums totaling $33
million, voters will decide
Nov. 4 on a new pair of
referendums asking for $55
Last month, the board
approved, 6-1, the two
questions, related to capital
projects and maintenance
on district schools.
November is a brass
ring and weve got to grab
for it, said board president
Dan Krause.
The first asks voters to
approve $54.6 million in
building renovations and
improvements and the second asks for authorization to
exceed revenue limits on a
recurring basis by $355,864
to pay for the operational
expenses of those improvements. The cost estimate of
approval of both referendums, according to district
officials, would mean an
extra $55 per $100,000 of
property value for district
residents next year.
If the referendums do not
pass, school board members may decide to pay off
outstanding bonds and keep
the levy the same for next
year, said district business
manager Andy Weiland. If
the referendums do not pass
and the board decides not
to retire outstanding bonds,
the debt service levy could
be reduced by up to $1.3
million or around $73 on a
$100,000 home.

On the web

Read about the specific projects

the referendum would fund at:
A third potential referendum question related
to teacher compensation
was pushed back, as board
members indicated a desire
to instead put that on the
April ballot. That means
the district would be asking taxpayers for money in
two consecutive elections,
which gave pause to some
board members, though
only Rae Vogeler voted
against the plan.
I really believe that a
voter would ask the question why would you have
a referendum in November and now youre asking me to pony up again in
April? she said.
The major reason for
deciding to wait until April
for the teacher compensation referendum was the
lack of a clear, final plan,
as members of the Teacher
Compensation Committee
indicated the details needed
to be ironed out before the
district could try to sell a
plan to voters.

Planning for future

District officials have
said the referendum projects will alleviate overcrowding, add security
measures and create more
flexible learning spaces,
including an $8 millionplus two-story classroom
addition to the high school.

The plan is ready to go,

board member Steve Zach
said. There is great scheduling benefit to having this
plan approved in the fall for
purposes of the construction and design schedule.
The likely higher turnout in a November election
with a gubernatorial race
on the ballot helped lead
to the 6-1 vote, presenting
a mostly united front on an
issue that will have longterm effects on the district
however it turns out.
The last time the district
went to referendum, voters soundly defeated a $33
million plan to upgrade
the high school, middle
school and athletic fields
and a second referendum
to exceed revenue caps by
$150,000 a year to maintain
the new facilities. Board
members said they felt it
was a different time then,
and pointed to the work the
board has put in since that
failed vote to put together a
comprehensive plan for the
district facilities moving
The board also recognized the importance of
reaching out to voters to
avoid the same fate. In that,
separating the two major
referendums seemed like a
good plan to some.
I realize the danger and
Im hoping that we can
convince the people who
would rather wait that
maybe its okay to go forward and to do one thing
at a time, Krause said.
This way we dont have
to push two things uphill.

1. Referendum
(or three)
Board members approved
a $54.6 million referendum Aug. 25, setting up an
important vote for the district on Nov. 4. Many items
have been slated for projects
for the past several years,
including in the 2012 failed
referendums, and all schools
except for 13-year-old Rome
Corners Intermediate School
would receive upgrades.
The November ballot will
also include a recurring referendum for $355,864 to
cover the annual costs of
maintaining those upgrades.
The school board also
appears ready to go to another referendum in April to
increase teacher compensation.

2. Personalized
The districts recent
emphasis on personalized
learning is gaining it a positive reputation around the
region as taking a lead in
bringing new approaches to
its classrooms. A recent event
hosted by the district on personalized learning attracted
nearly 150 educators from all
over the state, and the number
of teachers using PL methods
is growing.

3. Teacher pay
In a district overshadowed
by relations between staff
and district administrators
in recent years, the past several school board elections
have shifted membership to a
staunch pro-educator stance.
Continuing that theme,
compensation for teachers
is high on the boards todo list, said president Dan
Krause, citing recent progress of a task force slated to
formalize a compensation
plan, with a possible $3.5
million recurring referendum on the April ballot.

4. Career readiness
STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and
math) courses are becoming
increasingly important, and
part of the proposed referendum includes expanding
STEAM facilities at OHS.
To help provide more of
these opportunities, district
school-to-career coordinator
Greg Granberg said Oregon
is increasingly teaming with
schools like Madison Area
Technical College to provide
dual credit options that will
transfer to technical colleges.

5. Common Core


Scott Girard and Scott

De Laruelle

Five things to
watch in 2014-15

While November elections

could swing the balance of
power in Madison, state legislators could also have a say
in the public schools performance standards. Earlier this
summer, Gov. Scott Walker
announced his wish for legislators to scrap the recently
adopted Common Core
standards. Many school
administrators, including
state superintendent Tony
Evers, have been strongly
against a change.
School board member Rae
Vogeler said repealing the
standards and taking a twoyear break to invent new ones
would disrupt our childrens
education and cause Wisconsin to lag behind the nation.
Scott De Laruelle

September 12, 2014

The Fitchburg Star


Photo submitted

More than 160 members of the Kinney family take a break from swapping family stories to pose for a picture at their large family reunion.
Members had travelled from 11 states to reunite at the farm their ancestors had established in 1844 and where five Kinney families still

170 and counting

Photos by Evan Halpop

Kinney family celebrates 170 years on Irish Lane Farm

More than 160 members
of the Kinney family from 11
states (and a phone call from
a distant cousin in Ireland)
came together on June 28 to
celebrate the 170th anniversary of their Irish Lane farm.
Amongst lots of socializing, ancestry notes and genealogy charts were shared to
bring the family together and
find common roots.

In 1844, after leaving
County Mayo, Ireland, brothers Michael and Andrew
Kinney established what
became a 200-acre farm on
Irish Lane in Fitchburg.
Michael, his wife Mary and
their two daughters lived in a
log cabin and farmed 80 acres
of the Irish Lane farm west of
Caine Road until Michael and
Mary died and their daughters
married and moved west.
Andrew, his wife Mary
Jane Clark Kinney and their
four children built their log
home on the current farm site
east of Caine Road.
Later, their eldest son
Edmond moved to the Hudson, Wis. area with one-third
of the livestock and feed,
beginning a large generational family there.
Andrew, Mary Jane and
their descendants brought the
direct Kinney lineage to the
current seventh generation
on the farm totaling 170
The Kinney farm was initially a wheat farm until the
stock farming era. By the late
1800s it became a dairy and
hog farm as it remained until

Now, with five Kinney residences on the farm, including
nine members of the seventh
generation, the 140-acre farm
is leased out for corn and soybean production.

The Reunion
At the reunion, Bill and
Dan Kinney introduced
members of the extended
family to the neighborhood
with a nine mile tractorpulled, hay wagon tour. The
wagons stopped at the old
Dogtown schoolhouse on
Whalen Road, sites of earth
homes, the Fox House on
National Register of Historic Homes, the old St. Marys

Cemetery and other sites of

Fr. Kenneth Klink celebrated a Mass on Saturday
afternoon for all the current
and deceased members of
the Kinney family.
Tom Kinney gave a brief
history of the farm, and
Greg Kinney and Mary Ann
Kinney Pattison spoke about
the family branch that had
moved to the Hudson area.
Kay Kinney gave demonstrations of natural horsemanship, and Andrew Kinney, an orchestrator in the
movie industry in California, entertained the family
with piano and vocal music
in the evening with some of

the cousins.
Kids kept busy with volleyball, ladder golf, and
other games.
Sunday was spent at
Greenfield Park with softball
games (north versus south),
horseshoes, and a proclamation by Mayor Shawn Pfaff,
congratulating the Kinney
family on their 170th anniversary of preservation and
continuous ownership of the
farmland on Irish Lane in
the City of Fitchburg and for
their good citizenship.
Fitchburg TV (FACT)
recorded a portion of the
event with interviews.
Carole and Bill Kinney

Touch a
Kids around
Fitchburg got a
chance to get up
close to emergency
vehicles Wednesday,
Aug. 6, at the Touch
a Truck event at
the Fitchburg Fire
Above, Owen
Keesely, right, gets
excited as Officer
Andre Poehnelt
shows him the
functions of his
Left, Kylie Bamlett
shows off her crafty
fire helmet.

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Art Fair
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Madison West football

Taking it to the next level

Friday, September 12, 2014



Fitchburg Star

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Verona girls golf

Regents exceed preseason

expectations with 2-1 start
Evan Halpop
Fitchburg Star correspondent

Not a lot of people knew what to expect for

the Madison West High School football team
this season, as only 10 players returned with
varsity experience.
But the Regents (2-1) have exceeded
expectations coming back to upset Verona
in week 1, eking past East in week 2 and nearly knocking off Big Eight Conference power
Madison La Follette last Friday with the use
of younger players. Sophomore quarterback
Xavier Miller and sophomore wide receiver
Terrell Carey helped the offense shine along
with senior wide receiver Isaac Dennis, senior
running back Terrence McNeal Jr. and junior
running back Greg Wright.
And those players have also helped on a
defense anchored by senior linebacker Jackson Middleton.
West head coach J.C. Dawkins said that
he was proud of how far West has come as a
team these past several weeks, even with the
Regents 22-15 loss to La Follette on Sept. 5.
The Regents never trailed by more than a
touchdown against the Lancers (3-0) at Lussier Stadium, and they had a chance to tie or
win in the closing minutes. However, Miller
fumbled on the 10-yard line with nine seconds left when La Follette senior defensive
lineman Tom Bartz forced the fumble on a
West took a 15-14 lead with four minutes
left in the third quarter after Carey caught a
40-yard touchdown from Miller (13-for-23,
190 yards). The two hooked up again for the
2-point conversion.
But La Follette grabbed the lead back when
senior running back Cahleel Copus broke
through Wests defense for a 5-yard touchdown run. Copus later ran in a 2-point conversion to make it 22-15 with six minutes left.
La Follette scored twice before West
grabbed its second lead of the game. Senior
quarterback Jordan Carlson connected with
senior wide receiver Cortez McCree for a
12-yard touchdown pass with 4:29 left in the
first half. Carlson, who finished 13-for-25,
picked up his second touchdown on a 36-yard
pass to senior wide receiver Caden Parr four
minutes into the third.
West struck first with a 53-yard run by
Wright (12 carries for 127 yards).

Photo by Anthony Iozzo

Junior Melissa Biesmann tees off on the 10th

hole Monday in the Crusade Fore a Cure invite
at Maple Bluff Country Club. Biesmann finished
with a 92.

Reineckes strong
start leads Cats
Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

Photo by Evan Halpop

Madison West running back Greg Wright (23) reaches toward the goalline on a touchdown run on
Aug. 29 against Madison East at Lussier Stadium. The Regents won the game 39-34 and are currently 2-1 in the Big Eight Conference.

West tied the game at 27 when Miller connected with Carey on a 29-yard touchdown
pass and later passed to McNeal Jr. for the
2-point conversion.
West then forced the Wildcats into a 3-andout on offense with just under two minutes
left, and the Regents were able to grab a 29-27
lead when the snap on a punt went over VeroWest 36, Verona 27
The Regents opened the season with a na senior kicker Nick Hansons head into the
14-point comeback in a 37-26 win against end zone, resulting in a safety.
Verona attempted an onside kick and
Verona (0-3) at Mansfield Stadium on Aug.
couldnt recover, and Wright scored on a

35-yard touchdown run to complete a wild

fourth quarter for West.
Miller was 6-for-13 for 157 yards and three
touchdowns, while Dennis caught three passes for 68 yards and two touchdowns. Carey
caught two passes for 86 yards and a touchdown.
Wright had 16 carries for 150 yards and
two touchdowns.

Turn to Regents/Page 20

Senior Jessica Reinecke won four of six

tournaments to start the season, with Madison
Edgewoods Tess Hackworthy and Caroline
Lake being the only girls to best her so far.
Reineckes start, coupled with the rest of the
Verona Area High School girls golf teams
scores ranging from the low 90s to low 80s,
has helped the Wildcats to finish no lower than
fifth in any of those tournaments, including
wins in the Wisconsin Dells Invitational and
the Portage Invitational.
Verona travels to Riverside Golf Course for
the Janesville Parker invite at 1:30 p.m. Saturday and to Thornberry Creek Country Club at 9
a.m. Monday, Sept. 22.
The Big Eight Conference meet is at 8:30
a.m. Thursday, Sept. 24, at Evansville Golf
Course, and regionals is at 9 a.m. Wednesday,
Oct. 1, at Odana Hills Golf Course.
Sectionals is at 9:04 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 7, at
Pleasant View Golf Course.

PGA Rewards invite

The Wildcats opened the season Aug. 15
in the Edgewood High School/PGA Rewards
invite at Yahara Golf Course and took third as
a team with a 327.
Reinecke won the meet with a 1-under 71,
while juniors Bailey Smith and Emily Opsal
were tied for 23rd with a pair of 84s. Junior
Melissa Biesmann was tied for 36th with an 88.

Wisconsin Dells invite

Reinecke won her second invitational of the
season Aug. 19-20 at the Wisconsin Dells Invitational, and the Verona Area High School girls

Turn to Golf/Page 18

Oregon boys soccer

Panthers ranked No. 4 in D2 rankings

Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

Juniors Dylan Ziomek and

David Heim each scored two
Heim scored both of his
goals in the second half.
Ziomek and junior Drew
Christofferson scored the other
two goals in the half.
Ziomek also scored in the
first half, along with senior
Colin Hughes. Hughes and
Ziomek also had assists, along
with senior Chris McGuine,
senior Zach Rampetstreiter and
junior Jared Hann.
Senior goalie Dan Dombrowski had three saves.

but lost in a shootout (3-1) for

the quad championship.
Senior Nick Steidemann
scored the first goal, and he
assisted on the second, scored
by senior Mitch Morhoff.
Dombrowski finished with
three saves.
The Panthers defeated
Appleton Xavier 2-0 last Friday.
Junior Zach Hanson scored
the first goal with an assist to
Steidemann. Steidemann added
the second goal on a penalty
kick. Dombrowski finished
with three saves.

The Oregon High School

boys soccer team began the
season ranked No. 1 in the
Wisconsin High School Soccer
Coaches Association poll, but a
2-1 loss at Whitefish Bay (no.
3) ultimately dropped the Panthers to No. 4.
Despite the setback, the
Panthers remain a favorite to
win their fifth straight Badger
South Conference title and get
back to the WIAA Division 2
state tournament to defend their
2013 championship.
Oregon 4, Baraboo 0
The journey to another Pewaukee Quad
The Panthers traveled to
Oregon traveled to Baraboo
conference title began last
Tuesday, Sept. 9, as Oregon Pewaukee High School on Aug. 26 and pulled out a 4-0
knocked off Monona Grove Aug. 23 and went 1-0-1.
Photo by Anthony Iozzo
Oregon tied Pewaukee 2-2
Turn to Soccer/Page 17 Senior Zach Rampetstreiter wins a header near the penalty box on Sept. 2 against Reedsburg.


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Oregon High School


Girls golf

Panthers start season 2-1 overall

Jeremy Jones
Sports editor

Photo by Anthony Iozzo

Sophomore Taylor McCorkle tees off on the fourth hole Monday

in the Crusade-Fore-a-Cure invite at Maple Bluff Country Club.
McCorkle finished with an 89.

McCorkle, Johnson lead Oregon

Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

Junior Jenny Johnson

and sophomore Taylor
McCorkle have switched
off No. 1 and No. 2 spots all
season because both have
been finishing in the top 20
of tournaments.
Monday, Sept. 8, was no
different as McCorkle shot
an 89, and Johnson followed
with a 91 at Crusade-Fore-aCure invite at Maple Bluff

Country Club.
The Panthers finished
15th out of 18 teams with
a 411, as senior Ashley
Brechlin (104) and junior
Olivia Davis (127) had a
tough tournament.

PGA Rewards invite

The Panthers traveled to
the Edgewood High School/
PGA Rewards invite on
Aug. 15 at Yahara Hills

Turn to Golf/Page 17

The Oregon football

team improved to 2-0 for
the first time since 2009
with victories over Sauk
Prairie and Portage to start
the season.
The Panthers, which
hadnt won back-to-back
games since 2010, were
unable to run their winning
streak to 3-0, however,
as the team fell 38-7 to at
Monona Grove on Sept. 5.
Inspired by the loss of
co-captain Peter Kisslings
grandfather, Oregon
opened the season with a
19-14 win against Sauk
Prairie. Kissling caught
a 7-yard touchdown and
rushed for a 37-yard score
in the victory.
Josh Sromovsky ran
for two touchdowns and
reeled in another in his
2014 debut one week later
to help the Oregon football
team roll 62-7 against Portage.
Junior running back
Lucas Mathews led the
Panthers ground attack
with senior BJ Buckner out
with an injury, racking up
101 yards and two scores
on nine carries.
Quarterback Trent
Ricker attempted just two
passes in the win, connecting on both for a 65-yard
touchdown strike to Sromovsky and a 23-yard
score to tight end Charlie

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Senior co-captain Peter Kissling (20) responded to the loss of his grandfather, Erwin Boob Kissling,
by scoring a pair of touchdowns in a 19-14 Badger Conference crossover win against Sauk Prairie on
Aug. 22. Kissling caught a 7-yard pass and rushed for a 37-yard touchdown in the win.

Kissling, Christian Alcala and Derrick Parsons all

added rushing touchdowns
for Oregon, which rang up
157 yards and seven touchdowns on the ground.
Big, strong, fast and
well-coached there is a
reason why the Monona
Grove football team has
won the last six Badger
South titles.
And while Oregon
matched the host Silver

Eagles for a while, mistakes ultimately cost the

Panthers on their way to a
38-7 loss
Returning first-team allconference running back
Toren Young, who rushed
the ball 26 times for 197
yards, had three touchdown
runs for the Silver Eagles.
While only throwing the
ball nine times, completing five for 55 yards, MG
racked up 324 yards and

five touchdowns on the

Monona Grove is good.
They might be better
than they were last year,
Oregon head coach Dan
Kissling said. I thought
our team speed was pretty
good they matched it.
Mathews eclipsed the
century mark for the second straight week to pace
Oregon with 103 yards on
10 carries.


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Girls tennis

September 12, 2014

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Cross country

Hughes, Christensen plotting

the course for Panthers
Jeremy Jones
Sports editor

Juniors Emma Hughes and

Maddie LeBrun started off the
2014 season in a promising
fashion Aug. 30, finishing six
seconds apart to lead the Panthers at the Jamie Block Invitational in West Bend.
Hughes posted a team-best
16:59, while LeBrun crossed
the 4k finish line in 17:05.
The Panthers finished 15th
out of 20 teams with a collective time of 1:28.41.
Hughes paced a group of
five juniors to lead the Oregon
girls cross country team to a
12th place finish Sept. 6 at the
Verona Invitational.
Hughes finished her first 5k
course 23rd overall in 21 minutes, 1 second.

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Junior Claire Massey defeated Silver Eagle junior Rachel Wilson 6-1, 6-1 in straight sets on Sept. 2. Oregon, however, lost to Monona
Grove 6-1 in the Badger South Conference dual.

Panthers open conference season 1-2

Jeremy Jones
Sports editor

The Oregon girls tennis team has

had an up-and-down season out of
the gate within the Badger South.
Although the Panthers knocked
off Milton 5-2, Oregon dropped
conference duals to Monona Grove
6-1 and later fell to Stoughton 5-2.
Junior No. 4 singles player Claire
Massey was credited with Oregons
lone win of the night against MG.
She also picked up a win against
Stoughton, as did No. 3 singles
player Kenzie Torpy.
Massey defeated Silver Eagle
junior Rachel Wilson 6-1, 6-1 in
straight sets and breezed to a 6-2,

6-0 victory against Stoughton.

Torpy cruised to a 6-3, 6-2 win
over Vikings junior Kaitlyn Hedman.
Leah Koopman cruised to her
first conference win of the season
6-2, 6-1 at No. 1 singles against
Milton, while Cassandre Krier and
Torpy added 6-3, 6-3 and 6-0, 6-4
wins, respectively. Massey capped
the singles sweep 7-5, 6-0.
Katie Pliner and Renee Lewandowski added the Panthers lone
doubles win 6-2, 7-5 at 1 dubs.

competition Sept. 6 at the Stoughton Invitational. In fact, the senior

played all the way to the championship at the Stoughton Invitational,
defeating Stoughtons Kaitlyn Hedman 6-3, 6-2.
Freshman Bridget Corcoran added a championship at No. 4 singles,
defeating Stoughton senior Maddie
Boegel 6-4, 3-6 (10-8) to help the
Panthers take third place with 21
Oregon finished third at No. 1
doubles where Pliner and Lewandowski beat Madison La FolStoughton Invitational
lette 2-6, 6-1 (10-8), while Torpy
Outside of conference, Massey dropped her third-place match 6-3,
moved up to No. 3 singles and did 6-1 to Stoughtons Anna Nelson.
anything but struggle against the

Soccer: Oregon knocks off Reedsburg and Brookfield

Continued from page 15
win in a Badger Conference
Senior Spencer Pearson
and Steidemann both scored
penalty kick goals, while
junior Zach Stone and Hanson also added goals.
Dombrowski picked up
two saves.

junior Kjetil Odden to open

the scoring in the second half,
and Hann used some footwork to weave around three
players to score in the 72nd
minute. Junior AJ Breitbach
had the assist on the latter

Ziomek started the scor- and fell 2-1.

ing in the 28th minute with
McGuine scored with nine
an assist by Hughes and minutes left in the first half
for the lone goal.
Dombrowski finished with
Whitefish Bay 2, Oregon 1 nine saves.
The Panthers traveled to
Whitefish Bay last Thursday

Senior Josh Christensen

finished 10th overall with a
time of 17:00.82, while Ben
Vogt finished 16th overall in
17:20.88 to help the Panthers
to a seventh-place finish out
of 19 teams.
One week later Christensen

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Junior Emma Hughes crosses

the finish line Sept. 6 in the
Verona Invitational in 23rd place
with a time of 21:01 seconds.
Oregon finished 12th.

broke even further away from

the pack and ran to a teambest 29th-place finish Sept.
6 at the Verona Invitational
with a 40 second course PR of
Oregon finished 13th overall out of 21 teams participating Saturday with 327 points.
Badger South Conference
rivals Monona Grove and
Stoughton finished 10th and
11th overall.

Golf: Girls third at Dells

Continued from page 16
Golf Course and finished tied
for 10th with a 358.
McCorkle finished tied for
10th with an 80, while Johnson was tied for 16th with an
82. Brechlin shot a 95, and
Davis rounded out the scoring with a 101.

Wisconsin Dells invite

McCorkle and Johnson led
the Panthers to third place
with a 741 (368-373) Aug.
19-20 in the Division 1 Wisconsin Dells invite.
McCorkle finished fourth
with a 165 (78-87), while
Johnson was fifth with a 166
Brechlin (102-97 199) and
Davis (106-105 211) finished
the scoring.

Portage invite
Johnson and McCorkle

tied for sixth on Aug. 27 at

the Portage invite at Portage Country Club, and they
helped the Oregon girls golf
team finish fifth with a 382.
Johnson and McCorkle
each shot an 86, but no other
Panther golfer could crack
100. Brechlin shot a 101, and
Davis finished the scoring
with a 109.

Morgan Stanley
The Panthers traveled
to University Ridge Golf
Course on Sept. 3 for the
Morgan Stanley Shootout
and finished ninth out of 18
teams with a 370.
McCorkle shot an 81,
while Johnson finished with
an 88. Brechlin was third on
the team with a 96, and Davis
finished the scoring with a

Oregon 2, Br. Central 0

The Panthers traveled to
Brookfield Central Aug. 29
and won 2-0.
Senior Mitch Morhoff and
Hughes scored goals, while
Hughes added an assist.
Dombrowski finished with
six saves.

Oregon 4, Reedsburg 0
It was a bit frustrating at
times during the Oregon High
School boys soccer teams
4-0 win against Reedsburg
on Sept. 2, head coach Kevin
May said.
They dropped a lot of
guys back, and it is sometimes tricky to find opportunities, May said. I thought
we did a pretty good job
of moving to create some
opportunities for us and play
the ball quickly.
But Oregon scored three
times in the second half to put
the game away, capped by a
goal by Hanson from a corner
kick taken by Heim.
Stone scored in the 65th
minute with an assist to

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Verona Area High School


Cats search for answers after 0-3 start to season

ANthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

Photo by Anthony Iozzo

Senior linebacker Sam Favour (34) and junior defensive lineman

Trayvonn Johnson (67) stop a run by Janesville Craig senior running back Austin Huber in the first quarter last Friday. The Wildcats
lost 29-28 on a game-winning field goal with nine seconds left and
fell to 0-3 on the season.

for the grab.

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Senior running back Dan

Ouimet instead remained
on the sideline near head
coach Ben McCormick and
appeared to be out of bounds.
Craig then faked the punt
and Ouimet ran behind the
referee and down the field,
making a wide-open 19-yard
The play was discussed
at the area WIAA District
5 meeting Monday, and
the play was called illegal,
according to Rob Hernandez
of the Wisconsin State Journal.
It was totally unethical
and illegal, and their coach
knows it, Richardson said.
It was a big play. It got them
a score and turned the field
around. And it just shouldnt
have happened.
Verona senior quarterback
Noah Roberts finished 8-for20 with 178 yards and three
touchdowns. Two of those
touchdowns were caught by
senior split end Christian
Baltes (23 and 31 yards),
and the other was caught by
Cameron Tindall (55 yards).
Senior running back Eric
Schmid also scored on a
4-yard run.
Verona looks for its
first win of the season Friday, Sept. 12, at Janesville
Parker at Monterey Stadium, and it travels to Beloit

Memorial (Sept. 19) the following week..

The Wildcats host Madison East (Sept. 26) and Madison La Follette (Oct. 2), and
they travel to Sun Prairie at
Cardinal Heights (Oct. 9). All
games are at 7 p.m.

West 36, Verona 27

Verona held a two-touchdown lead with 11 minutes
to go in week 1 against Madison West at Mansfield Stadium, but the Regents came all
the way back for a 36-27 win.
Schmid scored a touchdown on a 15-yard run, and
Roberts added another on a
1-yard run. The third Verona
touchdown was scored on a
fumble recovery in the end
zone by senior running back
Jackson Bryant.

Middleton 32, Verona 9

The Wildcats offense had
a tough time on Aug. 29 in
a week 2 loss to Middleton,
Roberts, who was 8-for-25
for 108 yards, connected with
Baltes on 43-yard touchdown
pass, while senior kicker
Nick Hanson finished the
scoring with a 29-yard field
Verona led 9-3 after those
scores, but the Cardinals
scored 29 unanswered points
to finish the game.

Girls golf: Wildcats win Portage invite

69 on Aug. 27 in the Portage
invite at Portage Country Club.
Opsal was tied for fourth
golf team (344-348 692) won
with an 84, while Smith and
its first meet of 2014.
Reinecke shot a 73 on day Rebholz were tied for eighth
one of the tournament at Trap- with a pair of 87s.
pers Turn Golf Course, and
Morgan Stanley Shootout
she shot a 75 on day two to
Reinecke shot a 70 to take
finish with a 148, six strokes
ahead of second-place finisher second overall on Sept. 3 in the
Maddy Neumeier of Green Morgan Stanley Shootout at
University Ridge Golf Course,
Bay Preble (77-77 154).
Opsal (86-85 171) was tied helping the Wildcats to a thirdfor seventh, and Biesmann place 328.
Smith was second on Veroshot a 185 (90-95). Junior Hanna Rebholz finished the scor- na with an 80, while Opsal
added an 88. Biesmann fining with a 188 (95-93).
ished the scoring with a 90.
Continued from page 15

Sept. 6 for the Cardinal invite,

and Reinecke won her fourth
meet of the season with a 71.
Verona took fourth out of 24
teams with a 327.
Smith was second on Verona with an 84, while Biesmann
and Rebholz finished the scoring with a pair of 86s.


Reinecke finished third (76)

in the Crusade-Fore-a-Cure
invite at Maple Bluff Country Club last Monday, and the
Wildcats finished second overall as a team with a 348.
Smith was second on the
Portage invite
Wildcats with an 86, while
Biesmann (92) and Opsal (94)
Reinecke won her third tour- Cardinal invite
finished the scoring.
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It has been over a decade

since the Verona Area High
School football team started
the season 0-3, but the Wildcats lost two fourth-quarter
leads this season, including
last Fridays, Sept. 5, 29-28
loss to Janesville Craig.
Verona held a 28-26 lead
with under four minutes to
play against Craig, but two
plays changed the momentum and the field position,
allowing Craig senior kicker
Joe Glowacki to hit a gamewinning 37-yard field goal
with nine seconds left.
The Cougars (3-0) committed a delay of game that
put them out of field goal
position. Now, senior quarterback Shayne Ellis had to
try and make a play toward
the end zone, but his pass
was tipped at the 3-yard line.
That is when senior defensive
back David Rogowski came
in for an acrobatic interception, leaping and stretching

poised to get the first down it

needed to end the game.
But then, a delay of game
penalty pushed them back to
the 7-yard line, and Verona
was later forced to punt with
under two minutes to go.
Craig senior running
back Austin Huber broke a
16-yard run on the first play
of the game-winning drive,
and Janesville made it to the
Verona 20-yard line before
Glowackis field goal.
When we get into the
fourth quarter, it is like, how
many ways can we make a
mistake that is almost catastrophic? It is just mistakes
that seniors shouldnt be
making, head coach Dave
Richardson said. It comes
down to us. Why are they
making those mistakes? We
are not coaching them well
enough. We have to do a better job of coaching them.
But those two plays
werent the only ones that
helped the Cougars pull off a
comeback. There was a little
bit of controversy at the end
of the first quarter.
Verona forced Janesville
into a fourth-and-8 situation
on the Verona 44-yard line,
and it went into a punt formation. Six players ran off the
field, but only five ran back
in between the hash marks on
the field.

Verona Area High School

Girls swimming

September 12, 2014

The Fitchburg Star


Girls cross country

Nameth, Hacker renew rivalry

Jeremy Jones
Sports editor

Photo by Anthony Iozzo

Junior Beata Nelson splashes up in the 100-meter backstroke in her final 50 meters on Friday, Aug. 29,
in a dual meet against Middleton in the Verona Area High School Natatorium. Nelson won in 1 minute,
3.36 seconds. Nelson also helped the 200-meter medley and 400-meter free relays to first place.

Cats edge Middleton in dual

Jeremy Jones
Sports editor

Junior Beata Nelson and

the Verona/Mount Horeb
girls swimming co-op slayed
a giant Aug. 29, defeating
four-time defending Big Eight
Conference champion Middleton for the first time, 89-81.
Nelson won both of her
individual events and led each
of her relays to the wall in the
historic win.
Not surprisingly, the staterecord holder in the 100-meter
freestyle blew away the competition by more than fourand-a-half seconds with a time
of 57.63.
Beata is a versatile swimmer we can put her anywhere in the lineup, whatever
is best for the team against
a given opponent, and she
will do well, Verona/Mount
Horeb head coach Bill

Wuerger said.
Nelson was even better
defending her other state title,
taking the 100 backstroke
close to eight seconds ahead
of the second place competitor
from Middleton in 1:03.36.
The girls were very excited about the outcome of the
meet, Wuerger said. Top-tobottom, the team stepped up
and swam very well. It should
give them confidence that
they can compete with any
team in the conference.
Well see Middleton
nine more times this season
(including JV meets). Im
guessing every one will be
close and competitive like last
Despite the big win,
Wuerger said the goal remains
the same.
Its early in the season, and
theres a lot of work ahead of
us in the upcoming weeks,

Wuerger said. Our team

goals have not changed from
Day 1 continuously improve
throughout the season and
swim season best times at the
final taper meet.
Junior Julia VerVoort,
sophomore Kristi Larsen,
senior Shelby Rozeboom and
Nelson added the 200 medley
relay in 2:00.89.
Sophomore Maizie Seidl,
freshman Sophie Henshue,
VerVoort and Nelson capped
the historic win, helping Verona post a 4:07.11 in the 400
freestyle relay.
Rozeboom (28.08) and
Larsen went on to add a 1-2
finish in the 50 free, while
VerVoort secured the 200
IM (2:33.05) and Seidl, who
didnt swim many distance
races a year ago, won the
200 (2:12.80) and 400 free

Verona boys cross country saw Ryan

Nameth win the Glenn Herold Invitational in
Watertown on Aug. 30. On Sept. 6, however,
Nameth renewed his friendly rivalry with
Madison West senior Olin Hacker.
The top two runners at last years WIAA
Division 1 state cross country meet, Hacker
best Nameth on his own course, covering the
5k Randy Marks Cross Country course in
15 minutes, 21 seconds. The 4:57 mile split
helped Hacker smash the previous course
record by 24 seconds.
Nameth also broke the course record, finishing second in 15:33.
Verona junior Brady Traeder (17:23),
senior Nick Stigsell (17:25), sophomore
TJ Manning (17:55) and senior Ben Giese
(17:59) formed a nice pack but didnt get out
fast enough to help Verona push the pace
as the Wildcats came in sixth out of the 21
teams competing with a 172.

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Sophomore McKenzie Imhoff crosses the finish

line Sept. 6 in the Verona Invitational in 22nd
place with a time of 21 minutes. Imhoffs finish
helped the Wildcats to a ninth-place finish as a

The Wildcats placed ninth out of the 22

teams competing, with Erica Higgins (22:39)
Underclassmen McKenzie Imhoff and and Emily Doyle (22:46) finishing 72nd and
Julia Pletta have paced the girls team in both 76th overall. Sophomore Franny Donovan
(23:13) rounded out the pack in 91st place.
of the Wildcats races so far this season.



Verona starts 8-2 overall, 2-0 in Big Eight

Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

The Verona Area High

School Wildcats started the
season 8-2 overall (2-0 in the
Big Eight), including a first
place on Sept. 6 in the Richland Center tournament and
a third place in the Burlington invite on Aug. 30.

Verona 3, Middleton 0
Junior setter Victoria Brisack said the Verona Area
High School volleyball team
came prepared for last Tuesdays Big Eight Conference
showdown with Middleton.
And it was apparent with
the blocking and defense, as

well as the offense in a 3-0

(25-19, 25-18, 25-22) sweep.
Junior middle blocker
Julie Touchett led the way
with 3 1/2 blocks, while
junior middle blocker Grace
Mueller and Brisack assisted
on a few others.
Senior libero Samantha
Kolpek and senior defensive
specialist Morgan Schmitz
both added 20 digs to throw
the Cardinal attack off balance.
Senior outside hitter Jessica Coyne finished with 12
kills, while Brisack collected
37 assists.

Senior outside hitter

Hannah Miller, Brisack,
Schmaltz and Schmitz all
added an ace.

Verona 3, West 0
The Wildcats traveled to
Madison West on Sept. 4
and won 3-0 (25-11, 25-19,
Coyne, Schmaltz and
Grace Mueller each had six
kills, while Schmaltz added
six aces.
Brisack picked up 24
assists, and Kolpek collected
12 digs.

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The Fitchburg Star

Boys soccer

Regents ranked No. 4 in D1

The Madison West High
School boys soccer team is
ranked No. 4 in the Wisconsin High School Soccer Coaches Association
D1 poll following a 6-0-2
The big win for the
Regents this season was a
3-1 victory over then-No.
1 ranked Green Bay Preble
on Sept. 6.
Senior Alexis Solache,
junior Chris Bajek and
junior Frankie Herrera all

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Bay Preble.
Adam Benjamin had one
West also tied Brookfield East, ranked No. 2 in
D2, 2-2 on Aug. 22.
The Regents opened the
Big Eight Conference season with a 5-0 win over
Verona on Aug. 28 and a
3-0 win over Madison East
on Sept. 2.
Anthony Iozzo

Regents: Two comebacks

Continued from page 15

West 39, East 34

West followed week 1 with
another comeback, defeating
Madison East 39-34 at Mansfield Stadium.
East, which hasnt won
a game since 2011, nearly
knocked off Madison Memorial in a 42-41 loss in week
1, and the Purgolders held
a 5-point lead against the
Regents late.
However, West held off
East after it scored a late
touchdown pass from senior
quarterback Zachary Zilm
to junior wide receiver Dale
Miller was 7-for-13 for 145
yards, with two touchdowns
and an interception. He also
rushed for 61 yards and three
McNeal Jr. led the team
with 127 yards on 12 carries.

He also caught 1 pass for 30

yards. Wright followed with
98 yards and a touchdown.
Dennis racked up 72 yards
and a touchdown on four
catches, while Carey caught
two passes for 55 yards and a
The Regents play Sun Prairie next at Cardinal Heights
Upper Middle School Friday,
Sept. 12 and plays Madison
Memorial Friday, Sept. 19, at
Mansfield Stadium. They then
travel to Beloit Memorial Friday, Sept. 26, before hosting
Middleton Friday, Oct. 2, at
Mansfield Stadium.
West closes the season
against Janesville Craig
(Oct.10) at Mansfield Stadium and at Janesville Parker
(Oct.17) at Monterey Stadium. All games are at 7 p.m.
Anthony Iozzo contributed
to this story

Madison West High School

Boys cross country

Hacker breaks Verona invite record

Jeremy Jones
Sports editor

Madison West senior

Olin Hacker and rival
Ryan Nameth of Verona
Area High School didnt
waste any time renewing their rivalry. The top
two runners at last years
WIAA Division 1 state
cross country meet, Hacker and Nameth celebrated
the 50-year anniversary
of the Wildcats cross
country program Saturday
by shattering the course
Hacker, who hasnt lost
a race since his sophomore
year at the WIAA Division
1 state meet, took top honors in 15 minutes, 21 seconds, breaking the course
record by 24 seconds.
Madison La Follette
held off the Regents
despite Hackers performance placing its final
three runners ahead of
West for the 46-51 victory.
(La Follettes) Finn
Gessner and Ryan were
pushing me a little bit on
some of the hills, Hacker
said, Eventually, on the
second loop, I made a little bit of a gap, and then
I knew I had to press my
Middleton rounded out
the top three with a 134,
while the Wildcats came
in sixth out of the 21 teams
competing with a 172.

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Dear Neighbors,
On a clear day, you can see virtually the entire 47th Assembly District in the
distance from the top of the Capitol dome. When I am in my Capitol office,
I never lose sight of the message voters gave me when I first ran in
November of 2012: stop the personal fighting in the Capitol and work
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Verona Road: Businesses band together to address coming phase of transportation project
Continued from page 1
meetings are ongoing but not
all the neighborhood concerns
could be fixed by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.
An academic study published this summer highlighted
the public health concerns of
having a major thoroughfare
run through a neighborhood,
especially one with a significant low-income population
that relies on pedestrian paths
to get basic needs from local
Businesses, too, have had
concerns. As planning for
future stages continues, the
City of Fitchburg and local
business owners along the
Verona Road corridor are
starting to band together to let
customers know they will still
be open as orange barrels line
the road.
The impact on traffic,
neighbors and local businesses
remains unknown, as almost
half a decade of construction
still looms for the area.

Study shows barriers

The majority of news related to Verona Road deals with
traffic moving through the
area. Weekly project updates
let drivers know about traffic
switches, lane closures and
Online viewers can take a
virtual drive through of the
recently completed bridge
near Atticus Way.
The coverage echos the goal
of the project to move traffic but one researcher argues
that neighborhood needs
should weigh just as heavily in
major planning projects.
Carolyn McAndrews, assistant professor at the University
of Colorado-Denver College
of Architecture and Planning,
looked at the Verona Road
planning process and found
that public health concerns
werent always addressed
when planning major transportation projects. McAndrews
worked with research assistant
Justine Marcus and collected
data through photo mapping,
interviews and by attending
public meetings. The study
was published this summer in
the Journal of Planning Education and Research.
In my classes I encourage
future transportation planners
to think of ways planning can
improve community health,
she said in a news release
announcing the study. This
is something that designers
love to do if you give them the
Nancy Lopezs comments
to the Star attest to some of the
themes of McAndrews study.
McAndrews found that
Verona Road neighbors see
the thoroughfare as part of
the neighborhood, rather than
the edge of it. Still, the road is
a significant barrier because
traffic makes it difficult to
cross the road.
Furthermore, about 20 percent of the poorest section of
residents dont have access to
a car. Because of that, local
stores like Walgreens (set to
close by the end of this year)
and McDonalds are important
for basic needs.
The study shows that bicycle and pedestrian paths serve
as important connections for
residents without cars. While
the paths might get some use
for exercise or for bicycle
commuting, theyre used
every day by nearby residents
to access important businesses.
The bike path lets

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neighbors avoid using Verona
Road by providing an alternative way to access businesses
there, and to live a full life
without using a car (as much
as possible), according to the
In addition to local transportation concerns, McAndrews study showed residents
had concerns about exposure
to hazards primarily fast,
heavy traffic and the perception of an unsafe neighborhood.
The lack of activity on the
bike path because the surrounding land uses do not
generate much activity creates a place where people feel
vulnerable to social threats,
McAndrews said. Photos of
truck traffic represented the
noise, air pollution and safety
hazards to which neighbors
feel vulnerable.
The neighborhood concerns, McAndrews wrote,
were sometimes heard by the
WisDOT during the planning
process, but not always incorporated into the plans.
Ultimately, the Verona
Road project maintained its
mission to solve regional
mobility problems, and never
became a serious opportunity
to mitigate the negative local
effects of traffic, she wrote.
Virtually all of the participants we interviewed (including Verona Road neighbors)
used language that situated the
neighbors struggle with the
local impacts of traffic in tension with regional transportation goals.

DOT project planning

While McAndrews study
highlighted examples where
neighborhood planning was
secondary to regional needs in
the Verona Road project, WisDOT project manager John
Steiner said the agency continues to do outreach to improve
the project.
Unfortunately, as you
go through there, locals feel
theyre taking a backseat,
Steiner said, adding that some
neighbors are hemmed in by
the Beltline and Verona Road.
But were still trying to provide better and safer access for
Since WisDOT began planning for the project in 2000,
Steiner said the agency has
held hundreds of meetings
with local businesses, neighborhood groups and the general public.
Designs have changed to
preserve parts of neighborhoods and local businesses
have been accommodated
with construction schedules,
Steiner said. One of the biggest concerns has been making sure pedestrians can access
local businesses from the nearby Allied, Belmar and Dunns
Marsh neighborhoods.
For example, a roundabout
intersection was added under
Verona Road at Atticus Way.
That intersection had been
designed as a jug handle to
keep cross traffic from having to go through Verona
Road, but the roundabout and

Photo by Jim Ferolie/Special thanks to Oliver Himsel

Workers continue construction of a jug handle intersection with a roundabout under a new bridge at Verona Road and Atticus Way. This
part of the first phase will wrap up this fall.

Project timeline

Photo by Mark Ignatowski

Pedestrian paths along Verona Road are used for recreation, but are also essential routes for neighbors
without access to cars.

heavy trucks, delays and traffic switches will inch closer

to Fitchburg. Businesses in
the area are working on ways
to make sure customers know
theyre still open.
Steiner said WisDOT is
working with construction
contractors to figure out a way
to stage work for the McKee
Road phase of the project that
is slated to begin in 2017.
Were working on a
sequential way that makes
sense for the contractor and
keeps access to businesses,
Steiner said of the staging.
The coordination is looking
at business and peak time periods.
Some businesses along that
stretch have more seasonal
operations, so different times
of the year might work better
for different phases, Steiner
Because of the added eastwest traffic from McKee
Road, traffic counts for the
intersection of McKee Road
and Verona Road jump by
as many as 12,000 to 15,000
extra vehicles each day, Steiner said. In addition, McKee
Road is in the midst of resurfacing project that has reduced
traffic to one lane in each
direction this fall. That project is slated to be finished next
With the construction along
McKee Road this year and
future stages of the Verona
Road project coming soon,
local officials and business
owners have been trying to
plan ways to keep traffic flowing to local businesses.
Part of that effort has been
to work with the City of FitchIn this together
burg to start a local In this
As the six-year reconstruc- Together program aimed at
tion project moves along, the letting customers know that

frontage roads were changed

to allow safer pedestrian
access to local businesses.
In addition, a temporary
road under Verona Road will
be turned back into a bike and
pedestrian path after this phase
of construction is complete.
Steiner said WisDOT is
always open to suggestions
from people who live and
work near the project. Quarterly neighborhood meetings
are hosted by the WisDOT
and the department continues
to reach out to neighbors and
local businesses.
If anybody, at anytime, has
questions, please bring them to
us, Steiner stressed.
Early in the planning process and when construction
started, Steiner said the agency
got a lot of feedback.
At the very beginning, we
get a lot of requests, questions
and complaints, Steiner said.
The biggest issues are usually about pedestrian access,
bike accommodations and
helping people get from point
A to point B, Steiner said.
But some of the requests
residents made arent things
the WisDOT can provide.
People wanted a school in
the area, and a grocery store to
come back, Steiner said.
People also wanted more
business growth in the area.
Steiner said that type of investment can come from businesses when they see that the area
is safer and has good access.
Thats not what were in
business to do, Steiner said in
regards to bringing a school or
store to the area. But we try to
make it more inviting.

businesses are still open during construction.

Theyve been very proactive getting some advertising
and outreach started, Steiner
The WisDOT-sponsored
program aims to help local
businesses keep customers
coming in during major construction projects. The program helps answer questions
from local businesses and
gives guidance on how to promote local businesses during
the project.
Cynthia K. Jaggi, a consultant with Economic Development Partners, LLC of Verona,
serves as the project manager
for that group. The project is
led by Jaggi and two executive
members: Deirdre Garton, coowner of Quiveys Grove, and
Toni Prestigiacomo, real estate
owner. The project area is
divided into seven sections or
blocks, each with a captain
who will work to coordinate
communication within those
The goal is to minimize
disruption to businesses, keep
consumers and customers well
informed and provide help and
support for these businesses,
Jaggi said.
The group will soon have
a website up with project
updates, detour routes and
business announcements.
There will also be social media
campaigns to let customers
know about promotions and
other events.
Local businesses have been
working behind the scenes
for a while and will soon take
their planning efforts public
with a kick-off meeting next
The Oct. 2 event aims to
bring Verona Road business

2000-2001: Initial planning for project began

Fall 2011: Environmental
Impact Statement approved
2012: Public information meetings for stages 1
and 2
2013: Temporary widening of Verona Road, additional traffic signals placed
along alternate routes
November 2014:
Southbound lanes of
Verona Road completed,
roundabout at Atticus Way
Fall 2014-Spring 2016:
Eastbound Beltline expanded to three lanes from
Whitney Way; New singlepoint interchange at Verona
Road and the Beltline
Spring 2015: Carling
Drive extension
Spring 2016: Westbound
Beltline expanded to three
lanes to Whitney Way; New
single-point interchange
at Verona Road and the
2017-2019: Stage 2 construction from Raymond
Road to McKee Road
2030 or as warranted:
Stage 3 - separate local
traffic from regional traffic by building freeflow
Hwy. 151 entrance and
exit ramps away from the
Verona Road/Beltline interchange.
owners and public officials
together and update them on
the project.
This is really the kick-off
event to rally the support and
get everybody working together, Jaggi said.
And although she just started about a week ago, Jaggi
said there are a lot of ways
for local businesses to get
involved. People can volunteer their expertise in social
media, marketing and graphic
arts. They can sponsor business events or hold their own
There should be ample
opportunity to pitch in
throughout the length of the
construction project.
This is the largest and longest urban road reconstruction
project in Wisconsin, Jaggi
told the Star. Theres never
been a comparable project to
this one.

September 12, 2014

The Fitchburg Star


Killings: Celebration of life for slain teacher set for Sept. 13; former deputy charged
Continued from page 1

other officers.
The group carried the
woman, later identified as
Tollefsbol, out to an ambulance. Before that, though,
an officer asked who had
shot her, and she replied,
My brother-in-law,
according to the report.
Tollefsbol was pronounced dead at 1:50 p.m.
at UW Hospital.
By 2:21 p.m., members
of the Dane County Tactical
Response Team had entered
the residence and found a
second victim, Ashlee Steele,
dead in the upstairs bedroom,
according to the report.
Officers also located
Andrew Steele in the laundry room, where they
observed a handgun, a charcoal grill with burning charcoal and the dryer running
and vented back into the
room, the report states.
After Andrew Steele
struggled with members
of the Tactical Response
Team, he was taken into
custody, according to the
Andrew Steele is being
held at the Rock County Jail
and had a bail/bond hearing
scheduled for Sept. 11, after
the Stars print deadline. He
is charged with two counts
of First Degree Intentional

Memories of Ashlee
While shootings occur
on a daily basis around the
country, when it happens to
a neighbor or friend, understanding it can be much
more challenging.
That was on the mind of
each speaker at the Aug. 31
This horrific and inexplicable tragedy has been emotionally jolting and jarring
and has left each and every
one of us constantly asking
ourselves and our families
and our neighbors of why
this could have happened in
the first place, but especially
here in our beautiful city,
said Mayor Shawn Pfaff, who
helped organize the vigil.
Last Friday, when the news
first started to come out I
have constantly thought about
what could be the answer to
(why this happened).
But beyond that possibly
unanswerable question was
a chance to honor the life
Ashlee had lived, and the
dozens of people at Rosecommons Park certainly took
advantage of that opportunity.
One of the things that I
admired most about Ashlee

was the way that she connected with other peoples

children, going out of the
way to make them feel
important, and special, and
loved whenever she spoke
with them, Baumgartner told the crowd before
they lit their candles. Our
neighborhood is a kinder,
closer community because
of Ashlees time there.
That community was
evident as the candles continued to burn after sunset,
well after the official ceremony had wrapped up, as
neighbors grouped together
and talked, whether about
Ashlee or just to catch up






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set to be in Ms. Ashlees
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Photo by Scott Girard

From left, Brian, Theo and Diana Mchaffey hold their candles during
the vigil Aug. 31. The family lived in the neighborhood with Ashlee

on each others lives.

This is exactly what
we wanted to have happen
here, Pfaff remarked as he


Officers were first dispatched to the Steeles home

at 3038 Yarmouth Greenway
at 12:55 p.m. Aug. 22 with a
report of an individual with a
gunshot wound, according to
the incident report.
The report describes the
first detective to arrive
observing a patio door
open, and hearing a woman
saying, I am dying, I am
dying, before he entered
the residence through an
open basement door with

Officials clear the way for an ambulance to leave the scene of the double homicide at Yarmouth Greenway Drive in Fitchburg on Aug. 22.
Below, candles are spread on a table prior to the Aug. 31 vigil as a crowd gathers to honor Ashlee Steele and Kacee Tollefsbol.


The shooting

Photos by Samantha Christian (above) and Scott Girard (below)


conversation with Ashlee

that didnt end with me
laughing out loud, or at
least happier than when we
Several local news outlets
reported in the aftermath of
the incident that Andrew
Steele had been diagnosed
recently with amyotrophic
lateral sclerosis, or ALS, a
debilitating nerve condition
more commonly known as
Lou Gehrigs disease. ALS
awareness has been the subject of a recent viral video
campaign called the Ice
Bucket Challenge.
The Wisconsin State
Journal reported that Ashlee
Steele had led a campaign
to raise money for her husbands care needs, called
Tough as Steele/Taking
Down ALS, hosted by the website.
That campaign recently
showed up on the website
under the closed section
of campaigns and was no
longer accessible.
The website shows the
campaign had raised more
than $23,000 toward what
the State Journal reported
was a $75,000 goal.
But as they miss and
remember Ashlee Steele,
those who knew her have
had to face a tough question in the aftermath of the
unexpected event.
They want to know why
this guy that they knew
snapped and why this happened, Jeff Meyer, the
lead pastor at The Church,
told the Star after the vigil.
Theres no answers.

from young ears, and others

might decide on somewhere
in between.
How do we navigate that
when a child says, Wheres
Ms. Ashlee? he pondered.
And before we can even
answer another child says
(what happened).
The Church at Christ
Memorial held a parents
meeting Wednesday, Sept. 3,
to deal with that question, and
out of it they found that parents supported their original
idea to have basic answers
ready, and otherwise refer the
students back to their parents,
said Elsa Gumm, the staff and
lifeserve coordinator at The
The Church will hold
another celebration of
Ashlees life Saturday,
Sept. 13, that will include
childrens activities, a
chance to share thoughts
and prayers and an opportunity to sign cards and
posters that will be sent to
the Steeles children and
other community helpers
like police officers and firefighters, Gumm said. For
information on that event,
Ultimately, it is important
the community Ashlee had
been a major part of continues to grow, with her and
Kacee in mind, said Memorial United Church of Christ
pastor Phil Haslanger, who
emceed the vigil.
That after a tragedy like
this, after the heartache
that we experience, that
we as individuals, that we
as a community can overcome this moment and find
ways to move forward with
it cherishing what Ashlee
and what Kacee were trying to do with their lives
and making that part of
our lives, he said before
the group sang We Shall
Overcome at the conclusion of the vigil. This
will all work best if we are
all working together to hold
each other.

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The Fitchburg Star

Additional election
inspectors needed
The City of Fitchburg is
looking for people with an
extra eight hours to spare
during elections.
The city is recruiting for
new election inspectors to
help with future elections.
If you are interested in
helping with future elections, please complete the
Election Inspector Information sheet which can be
found online at
Drop-off or mail your
completed Election Inspector Information sheet to the
City Clerks Office, City of
Fitchburg, 5520 Lacy Road,
Fitchburg, WI 53711.

Senior Center briefs

Caring for a loved
one who may wander
Although we celebrated the safe return of two
Dane County older adults
with Alzheimers disease
who wandered off this
summer, it is critical that
we have a discussion on
what we can do to collectively reduce the risk of
wandering for the nearly
21,000 older adults with
dementia in south central
Join the Fitchburg
Senior Center, the
Alzheimers & Dementia
Alliance of Wisconsin and
the Dane County Sheriffs Office at 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, Oct. 8 to learn

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more about keeping your

spouse/partner, your parent, your neighbor or anyone with dementia safe.
Advanced sign-up is
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270-4290 by Oct. 6.

$45,000 for a two-person

household, 4. You take
three or more medications
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The United Way, along

with the Fitchburg Senior
Center, will be providing
medication reviews with
a qualified and trained
pharmacist on Wednesday, Oct. 8.
You can qualify for this
free service if: 1. You are
over 65 years old, 2. You
live in Dane County, 3.
Your annual income does
not exceed $35,000 for a
one-person household or

The Senior Center

offers a wide variety of
drop in activities that are
free and fun.
Call the senior center
for more information or
log onto the City web site
at and
search for senior center
under leisure services or
Our newsletter will
provide interested parties
with the details, as well.



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Misty Dodge, the former
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first week was a whirlwind.
Dodge takes the place
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died May 25 from cancer.
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Dodge said of the transition.
Dodge also had worked
for a pair of auditing firms
out of college for three
years. But she always knew
the position she wanted to
end up in.
It was always my career
plan to become a finance
director of a government,
she said.
Dodge said she is looking
forward to her first budget
in Fitchburg coming up,
and will see if she can bring
any outside ideas from her
time in Oconomowoc. She
also promised her former
colleagues shed bring back
any tips she might glean
from Fitchburgs process.
Its neat seeing how different municipalities do
things differently, Dodge
said. Thats the cool thing
about government is we all
like to share ideas.
Although she just finished the budget process
at her former job, she said
shes fully embracing doing
a second municipal budget
this year.
I got to do that budget
before I left, and now I get
to come here and do another one and Im actually
really excited, she said.


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City news

The latest version of the

McGaw Park shelter is a
6,000-square-foot, open
air design with an expanded area for gathering,
ADA-compliant bathrooms
and a serving area.
Rendering courtesy Angus and Young Architects

McGaw Park shelter bids due

Long history
The council first had
planned to renovate or
rebuild the McGaw shelter in 2007, when $240,000
was set aside in the citys
Capital Improvement Plan.
Bids in 2010 came back at
over $500,000, which was
far higher than the committee had expected.
The council voted to deny
bids in 2011 again when
they came back higher than
expected. Since then, staff
has been working to develop a more cost-friendly plan
that meets the citys needs
and the desires of the neighborhood.
Bids for the project are
due back Sept. 16.

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The city will see if plans

to update the McGaw Park
shelter will finally come to
fruition after bids for the
project are received later
this month.
City of Fitchburg parks
director Scott Endl said
staff has been working to
update the shelter and park
since the city passed the
master plan in 2012, but
debate over what type of
facility was appropriate for
the east-side park goes back
five years earlier.
Most recently, the city
budgeted about $225,000 to
renovate the existing shelter. Endl said the facility
will be increased an additional 24 feet to the north to
accommodate larger groups.
The building wont have
the same capacity as McKee
Park, but should meet the
needs of most events at the
With budgets, we were
given a parameter and we
needed to stay within that
parameter, Endl told the
Plan Commission.
The latest version is a
covered concrete gathering

space, serving area and

restroom facilities that will
meet Americans with Disabilities Act standards.
The total area covers about
6,000 square feet.
The East Fitchburg
Neighborhood Association and president Patrick
Cheney have been active in
planning the facility.
The group had weighed
in on the appearance of the
facility, reusing existing
concrete and detailed items
related to the serving area,
bathroom facilities and hose
Cheney said the latest
design was very good and
would be suitable and reasonable for almost all the
events occurring here.

to monitor increasingly busy intersections at

Grandview Road and Lacy Road, explore
alternate boundaries or agreements that could
allow for more efficient management of
Fitchrona Road and establish a maintenance
agreement for the shared sanitary sewer based
on use.
Pfaff said residents on the road had asked
for the governments to work together.
Theyve really reached out and asked us
as leaders to work together on this, he said.
The MoU is effective for three years, and
will be reviewed every 12 months. It can be
altered with both parties agreement and can
be terminated through a letter from the Fitchburg mayor or Town of Verona chair that
states the reason for termination.
Pfaff said the two municipalities have a
good relationship that hes glad to continue.
Anytime you can have two governments that are neighbors that are collaborating with each other thats good, he said.
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Residents on one side of Fitchrona Road

live in the Town of Verona. The other side
belongs to the City of Fitchburg.
That could create some sticky situations for
the two municipalities as the area grows, with
a housing development possible at Quarry
Vista and a potential quarry application in the
near future from Yahara Materials.
To avoid confusion, the two governmental
bodies recently agreed on a set of issues they
will work together on, including stormwater
management, traffic, sewer and utility placement and potential future changes to Fitchrona Road.
We want to make sure that the Town of
Verona and the City of Fitchburg have very
similar or unified voice when it comes to
traffic issues, impacts in that part of our city
when it comes to a potential mine application, Fitchburg Mayor Shawn Pfaff told the
The agreement includes a commitment
from both municipalities on working together

The Fitchburg Star


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September 12, 2014


September 12, 2014

The Fitchburg Star


Heres the Rub

Elements Massage opens just off McKee Road

Jeff Buchanan
Star correspondent

In 2007, Sherry Mix decided to

enter a field in which she had no firsthand experience: massage therapy.
I was 26 when I opened my first
studio. I dont think I had ever gotten
a massage, Mix said. Ive definitely learned a lot since then.
The success of that studio, Elements Massage Middleton, persuaded Mix to install a second Elements
in Fitchburgs Orchard Pointe, which
opened Sept. 6.
Mix, who is now 33 and lives
in Verona with her husband and
two young children, said that shes
working to double the new studios
10-person staff and that she hopes
to enroll 300 people in its wellness
membership program by September
Mix said she chose Fitchburg, and
Orchard Pointe, because both are
centrally located.
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coming from places like Verona and
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Inside, the atmosphere is soothing.
Orchids and other colorful flowers
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The current staff comprises five
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desk workers. Mix said the studio

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All therapists are trained in Swedish and deep tissue massage. Other
types of massage include sports, prenatal, and trigger point, which targets
knots where the body holds tension. Customers select one of four
pressure levels ranging from light
and relaxing to very deep.
Mix said customers may choose
among male and female therapists,
and that Elements works to find the
best match between client and masseur.
We ask questions ahead of time
to find out whether you have areas
of pain or have specific areas youd
like us to focus on, she said. Our
therapists listen to you and deliver a
massage that is customized to your
individual needs.
Massage is all Elements does. Mix
said her therapists possess a level of

Photos by Samantha Christian

Sherry Mix, left, of Elements Massage,

just opened a location in Fitchburg at
1234 McKee Road

expertise that may not be found at

places where massage is merely one
item on a menu of wellness treatments.
The studio offers individual
55-minute, 80-minute, and 110-minute sessions. New clients can get
a 55-minute massage for $59. Hot
stones are available for an extra fee.
Those desiring routine rubdowns
can sign up for the Elements Wellness Program. Members receive discounted rates and can share sessions
with an immediate family member or
significant other. Mix said the only

thing required of members is that

they pay for at least one massage a
Theres no fees or contracts, Mix
said. Youre not locked into anything.
Elements Massage has over 160
locations nationwide. Elements
Middleton was the chains fifth studio to open and is considered one
of its most successful, with nearly
600 members. Elements Sun Prairie,
which Mix does not own, opened in
Mix said signing up 300 members

in 12 months at Elements Fitchburg

is ambitious but within reach given
the current popularity of wellness.
With more awareness of the
health benefits of massage, Fitchburg
will be able to ramp up faster than
Middleton did, said Mix.
She added that in certain situations,
massage can be more effective than a
trip to the pharmacy.
Massage offers an alternative,
drug-free approach for your body to
naturally heal itself, she said. Its a
great option for preventative care, as
well as relieving chronic pain.








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September 12, 2014

The Fitchburg Star


In brief
Gymfinity expanding

Rendering submitted

Construction of Promegas new processing center will continue

before roads are built after the city gave early approval to start
masonry work. The 126,000-square-foot facility will be used to
package and ship enzymes and other bio-pharmaceutical products
made by the company.

Promega processing
center gets early
approval from city
Mark Ignatowski
Unified Newspaper Group

Construction of a $30 million processing facility at Promega Corporation will continue to move along this fall.
The citys Plan Commission
approved another early building permit for the company so
that it could avoid a delay in
construction while waiting for
street improvements to finish.
City of Fitchburg community planner Susan Badtke
said the citys land division
ordinance dictates that public improvements such as
streets and utility infrastructure must be completed
before building permits are
issued. The company had
received early approval for
starting foundation and steel

work on the 126,000-squarefoot facility in June and will

now be able to start masonry
work this fall.
Promega facilities director Dan Motl said the early
approval would help avoid a
delay in construction.
City staff were OK with the
approval. Concerns about fire
hydrant and building access
were addressed by the company, Badtke said. No construction traffic will be allowed on
Mica Road as it is a residential
Design plans were approved
in May for the facility located
along Nobel Drive and Mica
Road. The building will be
used to package and ship
enzymes and other bio-pharmaceutical products made by
the company.

Gymfinity is adding
about 7,000 square feet of
new gym space to its location on Nesbitt Road.
Gymfinitys addition
will include a larger parking lot with a pickup/drop
off zone, more elbow
room in the lobby for parents, larger bathrooms, a
dedicated retail space, and
an expansion to the gym to
provide Dane County a premier trampoline and tumbling space.
Construction will run
through the middle of
December. The center will
remain open during that

Lamb joins WB&T

Wisconsin Bank & Trust
recently added Alan Lamb
to its Fitchburg mortgage
lending team as a mortgage
loan originator.
Lamb brings over 17
years of experience in the
mortgage and real estate
industry. He is member of
the First Time Home Buyers Roundtable of Dane
County and the Wisconsin
Mortgage Bankers Association. He is a graduate
of WBA Residential Mortgage School and has a
degree in Real Estate.

Achievement award from

Professional Landcare Network (PLANET).
The award is designed
to reward green industry
companies that consistently demonstrate their commitment to safety.

Thermo Fischer grant

will help MMSD
Middle school students
in the Madison Metropolitan School District
(MMSD) will engage in a
more rigorous science curriculum during the 201415 school year, thanks in
part to a Thermo Fisher
Scientific grant to support

research projects, equipment costs and site visits.

The Inspire Grant, presented by Thermo Fishers
Community Action Council, will provide students
in sixth to eighth grade
with enhanced resources
to learn about applying the
scientific method to answer
Students will develop
their own research projects
and share results leading
up to the Middle School
Science Symposium, a
regional science fair to be
held next spring.
In addition to financial
support, Thermo Fisher
employees will serve as

volunteer mentors and host

field trips.

New clinic for women

Physicians for Women
is expanding its care of
women through the development of The Madison
The Triverton Pike Drive
womens health clinic previously known as Melius,
Schurr, Cardwell and
Raichle has hired Christine
Kern Steffen, a Certified
Nurse Midwife (CNM).
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by visiting mscwomens or themadison

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