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Thursday, March 5, 2015 • Vol. 48, No. 41 • Verona, WI • Hometown USA • • $1


Hometown Care, Without the Wait!

Verona Area School District

Officials hope to
explain referendum
Few questions so
far from public
Scott Girard
Unified Newspaper Group

scheduled a series of open
houses and meetings with
community groups and
created a fact sheet for the
website and school locations.
“We really want people
to call, email, show up at
these open houses to ask
questions,” Gorrell said
last week. “I literally have
heard nothing from anybody.”
That didn’t change at the
first “open door” session
with the superintendent
Monday, as no one showed

Verona Area School
District officials expect a
few questions about the
April 7 referendum.
They believe they have
the answers – explaining
the need to purchase three
pieces of land, including
the use of eminent domain
on one.
That’s why officials Turn to Referendum/Page 4

Photo by Scott De Laruelle

Colin Berning is as full of energy as any 7-year-old child, but he is living with an extremely rare and fatal disease, Sanfilippo Syndrome.

Fighting for hope

Unified Newspaper Group

Just before Colin turned 2, Hilary,
who works in Madison as OB-GYN
nurse, began having concerns that
What: Fundraiser for Colin Berning
his liver was starting to look unusuand Team Sanfilippo Foundation
ally large. Initially, his condition was
misdiagnosed, and doctors could not
When: 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
figure out what was wrong.
Saturday, March 7
Searching for answers, they came
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to the University of Wisconsin WaisRoad, Fitchburg
man Center, where experts on genetInfo:
ics soon concluded that Colin might
suffer from an extremely rare, but
way, and to soon add a little brother unfortunately fatal disease, Sanfilippo Syndrome. Most children stricken
or sister.
All those dreams ended with a sinTurn to Colin/Page 16
gle phone call.

If you go

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October 12, 2009, should have been
a joyous day in the lives of Hilary and
Ross Berning.
Instead, it is one remembered with
utter heartbreak.
The couple, married since 2003,
had just closed on their dream home
in Verona, a spacious ranch with a
large, wooded backyard – the perfect place to raise a growing family.
Already parents of a toddler, Colin,
they were ready to experience their
new world with him every step of the

April candidate
Duerst likely choice
Scott Girard

Parents look to gene therapy to save son’s life
Scott De Laruelle

Board to fill vacant seat

Tom Duerst might get
to join the Verona Area
School Board a few weeks
Duerst, a former board
member and president, is
the lone candidate for an
open at large seat for the
April 7 election, but he
might be appointed to fill
the seat before then.
The seat became vacant
when John McCulley left
the district to move with
his family to South Carolina at the end of February.
His resignation is official

as of March 13.
Duerst has attended
every board meeting as a
member of the public since
he became a candidate and
told the Press after the
meeting it was a “safe bet”
he’d apply for the opening.
Board president Dennis Beres joked during
the meeting that the board
would “consider anyone
who applies – Tom Duerst
– anybody who applies.”
The board will interview candidates before
the March 16 meeting and
likely swear in their choice
at the beginning of the
Whoever is chosen will
serve for the March 16 and
March 30 meetings before

Turn to Vacancy/Page 8

Verona Area School District

VAHS students compete in statewide cooking contest
Scott Girard
Unified Newspaper Group

The menu begins with beef tartare with
truffle vinaigrette quail egg, with pan
seared duck breast to follow and crepes
bananas foster to finish.
While that could belong at a high-priced
restaurant, this meal will be cooked by
four Verona Area High School students in
a statewide cooking competition Tuesday,
March 10.
The team of Kate Klein, Alecs Natanson,
Serafima Grimms and Zane Rhodes has
been preparing for the ProStart competition since early last semester. It will be the

third year in a row Verona has had a team
at the competition.
“We’ve practiced really hard and we’ve
been really prepared for this, and we’re
excited to see what place we’ll get,” said
Klein, a senior.
The four competitors were part of the
ProStart class that met first semester.
Teacher Megan Wenn and professional
chef Dave Heide, who owns Lilliana’s in
Fitchburg and is helping out with the team,
chose the four participants after a vote
from the class, Klein said.
Wenn said it’s been a big deal to have
Heide helping out, and she hopes it will
boost the team’s chances for a strong finish

after not having a professional chef the
last two years. Last year, the team finished
14th out of 28 teams after placing fourth
two years ago.
Teams that finish in the top three receive
a scholarship, while the winning team gets
a trip to the national invitational April
18-20 in Anaheim, Calif.
Klein, who will attend culinary school
next fall at Madison College largely due to
the interest she developed during the class
and competition, echoed the importance
Photo by Scott Girard
and benefits of having Heide around.
“He’s definitely taught me a lot more Alecs Natanson and Serafima Grimms practice
cooking the ProStart menu in the VAHS cafeteria

Turn to ProStart/Page 8 ahead of the March 10 competition.


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Bielanski joins UNG staff
Jacob Bielanski has
joined the staff of Unified
Newspaper Group.
The Wisconsin native
comes to UNG from New
Orleans, where he reported for the
St. Charles
HeraldG u i d e
weekly and
The TimesPicayune.
Bielanski’s posi- Bielanski
tion is a
new one for
UNG, created to add to
our coverage of Fitchburg
for our year-old Fitchburg
Star publication. He will
fill a variety of roles in our
newsroom and will assist

with the reporting and production for all of UNG’s
publications – the Star,
Oregon Observer, Verona
Press and Stoughton Courier Hub.
Prior to moving to Louisiana, Bielanski, a 2012
University of WisconsinMadison graduate, operated as a freelance journalist, reporting for BRAVA
and Madison magazines,
among others. He will be
moving back to Madison
with his wife and 6-yearold daughter, where he
hopes to rekindle his love
for brewing beer.
Bielanski said tentative
plans have been made to
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Alexander Leake takes a bite of green eggs.

Green eggs
and ham
The Verona Public Library
served a free, catered breakfast
featuring green eggs, ham,
muffins and juice for more than
100 people Monday morning in
celebration of Dr. Seuss’ birthday. Children also watched the
“Green Eggs and Ham” movie
and colored activity sheets.
At left, Collins Eigsti, 3, and
Andrew Hilburger, 3, wait in line
for breakfast.

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March 5, 2015

City of Verona

Apartment plan draws traffic concerns
Jim Ferolie
Verona Press editor

As expected, the proposed
addition of an apartment
complex in the Scenic Ridge
neighborhood has gotten
neighbors talking, concerned
about the potential impact on
one of the city's most recently filled subdivisions.
At a public hearing Monday, two residents and an
alder who has spoken with
several others reported their
own and their neighbors'
worries about a 45-unit complex on West Chapel Royal
Drive. Those concerns were
amplified in light of the addition last year of two similar
complexes in Scenic Ridge
with a total of 107 units.
The subdivision was
designed nearly a decade
ago with apartments in those
three spots, and the traffic
and stormwater plan was
designed with them in mind.
However, unlike the first
two, the third building is on
the western side of the development, sending the traffic
further inside and raising
concerns about kids walking

to school or bus stops.
Ultimately, the Plan Commission voted 4-2 to both
approve a site plan and forward a permit for the apartments to the Common Council with some reservations,
as well as some suggestions
of possibly adding stop
signs or additional parking
restrictions. The site plan is
final, but the permit will be
reviewed Monday.
Voting against were Ald.
Jack Linder and commissioner Scott Manley. Both
suggested that while this
might be the appropriate spot
for apartments, the city could
perhaps do better to avoid
adverse impact on the neighborhood.
“The horse has kind of left
the barn, and we as a city are
more cognizant today of how
we do multifamily development planning in residential
areas than we probably were
four or five years ago,” said
Manley, who was on the Plan
Commission the year Scenic
Ridge and Cathedral Point
were approved, in 2006.
Linder was an alder at the

One of the most heavily
discussed points was a concern that people traveling
along the streets were not
following traffic laws, making it unsafe and adding to
fears that additional traffic
would make things worse.
City engineer Bob Gundlach rattled off a thorough
analysis of why the streets
are designed properly and
then admonished residents to
enlist the help of the police
department. Mayor Jon
Hochkammer, one of the first
residents of that 6-year-old
subdivision, acknowledged
the presence of scofflaws
but agreed with Gundlach's
assessment that because it's
a closed neighborhood, residents are the ones who would
be ticketed.
Commissioner Mike
Goetz, a former police officer himself, agreed and noted
that traffic and kids walking
to school or bus stops is a
problem everywhere.
Neither Manley nor Linder
was moved by the idea of
increasing enforcement or
adding stop signs.
Linder said there were "too

many questions" to proceed,
and Manley went so far as
to suggest cutting off roads
that might remove some traffic continuity and therefore
reduce traffic on West Chapel Royal, a collector street,
an idea city engineer Bob
Gundlach rejected for how
it would affect emergency
Any additional stop signs
or parking limitations would
be handled through the public safety committee.

Other discussion
• The commission forwarded plans for the Goddard School after answering
some questions relating to
traffic on Prairie Oaks Drive.
A site plan was approved,
but the council will need to
approve a permit.
• The commission forwarded a permit for a senior
housing complex to exceed
the city's maximum height
for such a project of 35 feet.
• The commission
looked over plans for a
57,000-square-foot biopharmaceutical plant in the
Verona Technology Park

Verona man
arrested for
felony OWI

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(United Vaccines) and a
13,000-square-foot commercial building (The Employer
Group) on Solar Court, just
off County Hwy. M on the
southeast side.
Most questions related to
the United Vaccines proposal
related to traffic and parking.
Manley called it "exciting,"
and the mayor agreed, adding that Verona is not trying to grab companies away
from neighboring communities – United Vaccines is
expanding from its Fitchburg
facility – and that Verona
always notifies neighbors of
such discussions.
The closest thing to a
criticism of The Employer
Group's project was when
Jeff Horsfall noted the odd
juxtaposition near a set of
storage units. Architect Brad
Koning responded that it was
unavoidable and the plan is
to "put a better face on M."

Jeff Buchanan
Verona Press Correspondent

A Verona man faces a
felony and other charges
after he led police on a
vehicle pursuit that ended
with the man crashing
into a garage on Hemlock
Drive early Feb. 14.
Tommy Counts, 32,
was charged with felony
fleeing/eluding an officer by a vehicle operator,
third offense OWI, hit
and run adjacent to highway, speeding, operating
with a suspended registration, possession of marijuana and having open
intoxicants in his vehicle.
He was released on a signature bond on Feb. 17.
Counts is scheduled for
an initial appearance with
the court commissioner
March 16.

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Wayward car shatters Wine Cellar inventory
Jim Ferolie
Verona Press editor

Photo courtesy Verona Police Department

Accidental acceleration was blamed for this damage to the Verona
Wine Cellar. The shop lost 1,600 bottles.

a wine rack in the middle of
the store.
“It was like a small bomb,”
said Dearworth, who was in
his office at the time and only
poked his head out when he
was pretty sure it was safe.

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Don’t call the Verona
Wine Cellar a hole-in-thewall shop, but for now,
there’s a big hole in its wall.
And it’s still in business,
despite a severe shortage of
Five days after a car
smashed into the front of the
liquor store and destroyed
1,600 bottles of wine, Rick
Dearworth was back on the
job, with a line of customers
waiting to make purchases when the Verona Press
called Tuesday.
“Are we fully operational, no,” Dearworth said.
“But we’re operational.”
At 1 p.m. Thursday,
according to Verona police
records, a 54-year-old Madison man outside the store
accidentally and “abruptly”

The shop was closed until
Tuesday, when, as its Facebook page announced, it
was “limping to open … in a
somewhat limited capacity.”
There’s still no drivethru – not that there ever
was one until Thursday –
but on Tuesday, a couple
large pieces of plywood and
makeshift insulation covered the area that previously
contained an unused door
and dozens of cases were
stacked on the floor while
Dearworth and partner Nick
Panka helped customers find
what they were looking for.
While the shop’s best
ones were thankfully
behind a glass door that
somehow managed to avoid
even a scratch and insurance should cover all but a
$500 deductible, Dearworth
said it will take months to
replace what has been lost.
“You don’t just create
inventory and find wine
overnight,” he said. “I’m
probably not going to be
whole for six months.”


No injuries, shop
reopens despite
losing 1,600 bottles


March 5, 2015

The Verona Press

Referendum: District to hold

Edelweiss cheese shop moving to New Glarus

information sessions this month

Owner: Not ‘enough foot

Continued from page 1
up, he reported at Monday night’s
school board meeting.
As the election gets closer,
Gorrell expects to hear more, and
he and VASD public information
officer Kelly Kloepping said their
biggest focus is to reach both
Verona and Fitchburg residents
about the ballot question.
“We just want to make sure
we inform the public so it’s very
clear what this action item is
about,” Kloepping said.
A fact sheet and another
reminder notecard will be mailed
to all VASD households.
The district will also focus on
reaching Spanish-speaking voters, both encouraging them to
register and ensuring they understand the issue through Spanish
translators that will be present at
the library open houses later this
month, Kloepping said.
They are also having to deal
with some timing issues, as election day falls over the district’s
spring break, meaning some parents and families may be out of
town for the vote.
“The timing of this is not ideal,
that’s for sure,” Gorrell said.
They added information about
absentee voting to the fact sheet
and on an FAQ document on the
website for that reason.
Gorrell also said explaining the
“bizarre” eminent domain issue
has been a challenge.
“I hope we get a lot of questions about (eminent domain),”
he said. “It is so complicated …
you could spend forever trying
to talk about it as a narrative, and
I’d much rather talk about it faceto-face or over the phone.”
School board member Amy
Almond said at Monday’s board

March 19: Open door with
superintendent Dean Gorrell,
3-5 p.m.; Fitchburg Senior
Center, 11:30 a.m. to noon
March 23: Fitchburg Library
public open house, 6-7:30 p.m.
March 24: Open door with
superintendent Dean Gorrell,
3-5 p.m.
March 25: Verona Library
public open house, 6-7:30 p.m.
March 31: Verona Senior
Center, 10 a.m.; Open door with
superintendent Dean Gorrell,
3-5 p.m.
(All “open door” sessions
located at VASD administration
building, 700 N. Main St.)

meeting she had gotten questions
from a few residents, and they
weren’t concerned about what
buildings might eventually go
on the land, just understanding
why it was necessary and how it
would affect their taxes.
VASD business manager Chris
Murphy recently estimated a
successful referendum would
increase the mill rate $0.15 per
$1,000 of assessed value from
what it would otherwise be. The
exact rate cannot be determined
yet as the district awaits passage
of the state budget.
To learn more about the referendum, visit the district’s website
at or pick up a
fact sheet at any school location
or the administrative building.

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Cheese enthusiasts will have an
extra 20-minute drive to get their
Edelweiss Cheese Shop fill soon,
as the store is moving to New
Owner Kathy Workman said
the shop, which opened in July
2012 at 202 W. Verona Ave.,
“just didn’t have enough foot
“We tried for three years,”
Workman said. “We just didn’t
get enough people.”
The store initially got assistance from the City of Verona
to renovate the building and frequently has been mentioned by
municipal and business leaders
as an example of the type of business Verona should be looking
for. It will reopen in New Glarus.
Workman said she and husband
Bruce, a master cheesemaker,
hope to open there by May for a
festival in the village.
Workman said the winter months were “really difficult,” and the city simply hasn’t
become enough of a destination
city to support a shop like Edelweiss.
“I don’t think that Verona’s a

Photo by Jim Ferolie

A realtor sign recently appeared in front of Edelweiss Cheese Shop on West
Verona Avenue. Owner Kathy Workman hopes to move the store to New Glarus
by May.

real destination,” she said. “People drive by here. People really
only come here that they know
it’s a cheese store. I don’t think it
really draws visitors.
“They’ve had a lot of good
ideas as far as (attracting) people
coming here, but that takes time
and money,” she added.
The former Verona Area
School District teacher, who told
the Press in 2012 she was “glad to
be in the community again,” said

she would miss Verona but hopes
customers will “drive another 20
minutes south to see us there.”
“There are some regulars who
come in, and I get to see teachers and parents and students that
I had at school, so that’s always
nice to have familiarity,” she
said. “I put a lot of time and energy to try and make it work.”
Workman said one person has
expressed interest in purchasing
the property.

Press wins five WNA awards
The Verona Press won five
awards from the Wisconsin
Newspaper Association’s convention last week, including three
for first place.
The three first-place awards
were editor Jim Ferolie’s business coverage,
Scott Girard’s
photo of the aftermath of the June
17 tornado and
intern Kathryn
Chew’s environmental reporting
In addition,
assistant sports
editor Anthony
Iozzo took second
place for a sports
feature story and
the Press was
third in all-around
photography. The
t o p f i n i s h e r i n Chew
photography was
another Unified
Newspaper Group
publication, the
Stoughton Courier
The Press,
Hub and Oregon
Observer, along
with the monthly
F i t c h b u r g S t a r , Ferolie
are collaborative
efforts among the
entire UNG staff.
The WNA recognizes winners
in six categories –
daily and weekly
newspapers of
three sizes each
–  in its statewide Girard
competition. The
Press and Hub are
in the middle category of weeklies, with circulations of 2,0003,500. The Observer is in the
lower circulation category.
Ferolie’s business coverage
included research pieces digging

WNA awards
First Place

Photos by Jim Ferolie

Above, the coverage of Epic’s campus
4 was part of the first-place winning
business coverage entry. Below, intern
Kathryn Chew won the environmental
reporting award for her coverage of
the USRWA’s fight against invasive

Business coverage: Jim
Spot news photo: Scott Girard
Environmental reporting:
“Help! Beetles to the rescue as
USRWA fights invasive species,”
Kathryn Chew

Second Place

Sports feature: “Inspirational
battle,” Anthony Iozzo

Third Place

All-Around Photography: Staff

into planned construction at Epic
and Liberty Business Park. Bill
Livick’s business coverage for
the Observer won the lower category.
Girard’s compelling photo of a
back wall of Country View Elementary School helped tell the
story of the EF3 tornado that ravaged the northwest side of Verona and did $4 million of damage
to the school alone.
Chew’s piece, “Help!” on how
a local organization is using

beetles to ward off invasive species, was originally planned as
a simple photo shoot but turned
into an insightful look into one
of the many ways area people are
working to protect the environment.
Iozzo’s feature detailed a
cancer-stricken player’s fight to
play through the ravages of her
disease – leading to a well-documented meeting with NBA star
LeBron James.
The all-around photography
award recognizes quality photography throughout the newspaper,
including in community, news
and sports stories. The Press
entry, which finished behind
its sister publication, the Hub,
included coverage of the tornado
and Hometown Days.
UNG’s three weekly news
publications earned a total of 17
awards this year, including seven
for first place, after earning 13
last year. The Press earned six
awards each of the previous two
years, including four first-places
last year.

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March 5, 2015

The Verona Press


Meet ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’ USRWA annual
The story unfolds within
the walls of a small New
York City apartment, home
of a “Man in a Chair,” who
starts out sitting on a darkened stage. He is a fan
of vintage musicals who
seems to be suffering from
free-floating depression,
and he quickly decides to
cheer things up by playing
a record of the original cast
recording of a (fictional)
Broadway musical entitled
"The Drowsy Chaperone.”
Long-time Verona Area
Community Theater member Marie Kyle, who is
directing the group again
this year, said the play features “so many talented area
teens who really have developed great character roles.”
Audience members are
invited to sit back and enjoy
this wonderfully entertaining tale, a musical comedy

meeting March 8

If you go
What: VACT presentation of “The Drowsy
When: 7:30 p.m. March
12, 13 and 14
Where: Verona Area
High School PAC, 300
Richard St.
Info: 845-2383 or vact.
and stage manager Andrea
Showtimes are at 7:30
p.m. for shows March 12,
13 and 14. Tickets are
$15 for adults and $10 for
seniors and students. For
tickets, call 845-2383 or
visit to order tickets and learn more about the

Photo contributed

VACT is presenting “The Drowsy Chaperone” at 7:30 p.m. March 12,
13 and 14 at the Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center.

with a book by Bob Martin
and Don McKellar, with lyrics and music by Lisa Lambert and Greg Morrison.
Missy Holcomb, another

Features fracking

VACT veteran, is the producer. Also on the production staff are musical director Peggy Dallman, choreographer Calli Ingebritsen

Sneak peek of Wisconsin Film Festival picks is March 16
Leave your wallet at
home and enjoy a night of
movie clips at the Verona
Public Library from 6:30-8
p.m. Monday, March 16.
Selected trailers of the
17th annual Wisconsin Film
Festival picks will be previewed at the library for free.
The full-length versions of
the films will be shown at
various theaters throughout
Madison from April 9-16.
After the screening, join

one of the film festival’s staff
members for an in-depth discussion on the filmmaking
process and coordinating the
WFFs. Bring questions for
an evening of conversation.
The WFF, presented by
the UW Madison Arts Institute in association with the
UW Department of Communication Arts, is the largest campus-based film festival in the country.
The WFF features dozens

of films in various genres,
including avant-garde, experimental, comedy, documentary, sci-fi, animation and
even non-English language
films. New this year is the Big
Screens for Little Folks series
for kids and families.
Registration for the library
sneak peek is suggested at
For more information,
visit madisonpubliclibrary.

If you go
What: Film festival sneak
When: 6:30-8 p.m.
Monday, March 16
Where: Verona Public
Info: 845-7180,

The Upper Sugar River
Watershed Association will
hold its annual meeting and
open house from 12:30-3
p.m. Sunday, March 8.
The meeting is open to
the public at the Delphi
Room on the Epic campus, 1979 Milky Way. It
will feature a free screening of the award-winning
documentary “The Price of
The film
c o v e r s
the major
increase in
frac sand
mines in
a n d W i s - Zambito
why sand
has become such a valuable commodity and what
some of the consequences
have been in the mining
The meeting will also
feature a question and
answer session about frac
sand mining with geologist Jay Zambito from the
Wisconsin Geological and
Natural History Survey.
An annual update on the

If you go
What: Upper Sugar
River Watershed
Association annual meeting and open house
When: 12:30-3 p.m.
Sunday, March 8
Where: Delphi Room at
Epic campus, 1979 Milky
Info: 437-7707, usrwa.

On the web
To view a trailer of “The Price of
Sand,” visit:
USRWA will be presented, and refreshments will
be provided beginning at
12:30 p.m.
The following day, Monday, March 9, will be the
USRWA Board of Directors
Meeting. The public is welcome to attend the meeting
the second Monday of every
month starting at 7 p.m. at
207 E. Main St., Mt. Horeb.
For more information,
contact organizer Wade
Moder at 437-7707 or visit

Schedule of events

Polar Plunge
While there was no
“Plunginator” team for Verona
Area High School at this year’s
Polar Plunge in Madison, at
least four VAHS sophomores
jumped into the ice cold water
Saturday, Feb. 21, to support
Special Olympics of Wisconsin.
From left, Kenzie Imhoff, Mariah
Gingrich, Sigal Felber and Ella
Hall pose for a photo before
jumping in the water. Three of
them took the plunge as freshmen the year before.

12:30 p.m.: Sign in and reception begins with refreshments
1 p.m.: Annual review of the USRWA
1:30 p.m.: Candle on the Water award recipient; board
of directors voting
1:50 p.m.: Break
2 p.m.: Introduction on frac sand mining in Wisconsin
with geologist Jay Zambito
2:10 p.m.: Screening of the documentary “The Price of
3:10 p.m.: Question and answer session with Zambito
3:30 p.m.: Adjourn

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GENERAL: Mortgage Credit Certificate Program, Feb. 19; Public hearing, Department of
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The family of Lucille Meudt would like to
extend their thanks to Care Wisconsin; Agrace
Hospice Care team; Orchid Home, Verona; Ingleside Manor,
Mount Horeb; Dr. Daley, Dr. Heide and Dr. Miner; Miller & Son’s
Supermarket and St. Andrew Catholic Women for lunch; Father
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March 5, 2015

The Verona Press

Coming up


Spring and summer recreation
Registration is now open for the
Verona Recreation Department spring
and summer programs. The brochure,
which features athletic and enrichment programs for adults and youth,
can be accessed online at veronwi.

Library film series
The library will host a four-part
documentary film series, “Created
Equal: America’s Civil Rights Struggles,” from February through March.
“Slavery by Another Name” will
be shown from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday,
March 5. “The Loving Story” will be
shown from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday,
March 12.
While only segments of the films
will air during the evening sessions,
the library will make the films available for circulation. All films are free
and open to the public.
Register online at or by calling 845-7180.

Child development day
Do you have concerns about or
want to learn more about your child’s

development? Come to Child Devel- are welcome.
opment Day from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
For more information, call Becky at
Monday, March 9.
The event will be held at Good
Shepherd Church, 5701 Raymond Estate planning discussion
Road. To make an appointment, conThere will be an estate planning
tact Stacey Paulos at 845-4817.
discussion at the senior center at 9
a.m. Friday, March 13.
TRIAD Program
Join Fred Siegenthaler of Restaino
Deputy Mike Butler from the Dane & Associates, and Dera Johnsen-TraCounty Sheriff’s Department will cy of Horn & Johnsen SC as they discome to the senior center at 12:30 cuss estate planning, living trusts and
p.m. Wednesday, March 11, to give the decisions that come with downsizan informational presentation on the ing living space.
conceal and carry law and firearm
Faculty recitals
Upcoming faculty recitals at RhapHealthy Lifestyles Group
sody Arts Center, 1031 North Edge
The senior center hosts its monthly Trail, at 2 p.m. Sundays, are Teacher/
Healthy Lifestyles Group at 10:30 Student Duets on March 15 and Original Compositions/Music Inspired by
a.m. Thursday, March 12.
Formerly the Diabetes Group, this Literature on April 19.
On March 15, members of the facgroup meets the second Thursday of
the month and is open to people with ulty, including Chris Collins, Julie
diabetes and others interested in learn- Stalheim, Amber Bruns and Leo Van
ing more about health and wellness.
Asten, will be joined by their students
in a performance of musical duets.
Veteran’s Group
The events are free to the
The senior center hosts the Veter- public. For more information, visit
an’s Group at 3 p.m. Thursday, March
12. All branches and all age groups

Community calendar
Thursday, March 5

• 4 and 7 p.m. VACT Children’s
• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., AARP tax prepa- Theater Aladdin/Hairspray ($8),
ration (register), senior center, 845- VAHS PAC, 845-2383
• 7 p.m., Old Cool, Tuvalu
• 4 p.m., Anime Club, library
Sunday, March 8
• 5:30-8:30 p.m., Game night: play • 12:30-3 p.m., USRWA Annual
500 and eat pizza, senior center
Meeting and Open House, Epic
• 7 p.m., “Slavery by Another
Systems, 1979 Milky Way
Name” A Film Series Focus on
Monday, March 9
Civil Rights Struggles (register),

to 5 p.m., Child
Development Day, Good Shepherd
• 7 p.m. VACT Children’s Theater
Church, 5701 Raymond Road,
Aladdin/Hairspray ($8), VAHS
PAC, 845-2383
• 7 p.m., Common Council, City
Friday, March 6
• 2-4:15 p.m., Movie: “The Theory
• 7-8:30 p.m., USRWA Annual
of Everything,” senior center
Meeting and Open House, 208 E.
• 7 p.m. VACT Children’s Theater
Main St., Mt. Horeb
Aladdin/Hairspray ($8), VAHS
Tuesday, March 10
PAC, 845-2383
• 9:30 and 10:30 a.m., Little
• 7:30 p.m., Madison Songwriters
Showcase featuring Keith Hampton Jammers: Music and Movement
(2-5, register), library, 845-7180.
and Les Hoffman and open mic
• 11 a.m. to noon, Mary’s Unique
($5/$3), Tuvalu
Boutique - Display and Scarf Tying,
Saturday, March 7
senior center
• 10 a.m. to noon, Trinity Irish
Wednesday, March 11
Dancers open house appearance,

a.m., Wii game: Are
VAC Sports Center, 411 Prairie
You Smarter Than a Fifth-Grader?,

senior center
• 12:30-2 p.m., Firearm safety with
Deputy Mike Butler, senior center

Thursday, March 12

• 10:30-11:45 a.m., Healthy
Lifestyles Group, senior center
• 3-4:30 p.m., Veterans’ Group,
• 7 p.m., “The Loving Story” A
Film Series Focus on Civil Rights
Struggles (register), 845-7180

Friday, March 13

• 9:00 a.m., Chat and Chew
• 9:15 a.m., Sensory Friendly Story
Time (3-5, register), library, 8457180 ext. 137
• 10-11:30 a.m., Young and the
Restless (0-5), library
• 10-11:30 a.m., Bingo ($1), senior
center, 845-7471
• 2-4 p.m., Movie: “The Good Lie,”
senior center
• 7 p.m., Northern Hooks (duo),

Saturday, March 14

• 10:30-11 a.m., Family Story Time,
• 7 p.m., Greg Thornburg, Tuvalu

What’s on VHAT-98
Thursday, March 5
7 a.m. – Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
9 a.m. – Daily Exercise
10 a.m. – Greg Matysik at
Senior Center
3 p.m. – Daily Exercise
4 p.m. – Hearing Help at
Senior Center
5 p.m. – A Taste of Theater
6 p.m. – Salem Church
7 p.m. – Words of Peace
8 p.m. – Daily Exercise
9 p.m. – Chatting with the
10 p.m. – Verona Post Office
at Historical Society
Friday, March 6
7 a.m. – Hearing Help at
Senior Center
1:30 p.m. – Chatting with
the Chamber
3 p.m. – Senior Center
4 p.m. – A Taste of Theater
5 p.m. – 2012 Wildcats
8:30 p.m. – Senior Center
10 p.m. – Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
11 p.m. – Greg Matysik at
Senior Center
Saturday, March 7
8 a.m. – Plan Commission
(from March 2)
11 a.m. – Senior Center

1 p.m. – 2012 Wildcats
4:30 p.m. – Verona Post
Office at Historical Society
6 p.m. – Plan Commission
(from March 2)
9 p.m. – Senior Center
10 p.m. – Verona Post Office
at Historical Society
11 p.m. – Greg Matysik at
Senior Center
Sunday, March 8
7 a.m. – Hindu Cultural Hour
9 a.m. – Resurrection
10 a.m. – Salem Church
Noon – Plan Commission
(from March 2)
3 p.m. – Senior Center
4:30 p.m. – Verona Post
Office at Historical Society
6 p.m. – Plan Commission
(from March 2)
9 p.m. – Senior Center
10 p.m. – Verona Post Office
at Historical Society
11 p.m. – Greg Matysik at
Senior Center
Monday, March 9
7 a.m. – Hearing Help at
Senior Center
1:30 p.m. – Chatting with
the Chamber
3 p.m. – Senior Center

4 p.m. – A Taste of Theater
5 p.m. – 2012 Wildcats
7 p.m. – Common Council
9 p.m. – Hindu Cultural Hour
10 p.m. – Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
11 p.m. – Greg Matysik at
Senior Center
Tuesday, March 10
7 a.m. – Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
9 a.m. – Daily Exercise
10 a.m. – Greg Matysik at
Senior Center
3 p.m. – Daily Exercise
4 p.m. – Hearing Help at
Senior Center
5 p.m. – A Taste of Theater
6 p.m. – Resurrection
8 p.m. – Words of Peace
9 p.m. – Chatting with the
10 p.m. – Verona Post Office
at Historical Society
Wednesday, March 11
7 a.m. – Hearing Help at
Senior Center
1:30 p.m. – Chatting with
the Chamber
3 p.m. – Senior Center
5 p.m. – Common Council
(from March 9)
7 p.m. – Capital City Band
8 p.m. – Senior Center

10 p.m. – Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
11 p.m. – Greg Matysik at
Senior Center
Thursday, March 12
7 a.m. – Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
9 a.m. – Daily Exercise
10 a.m. – Greg Matysik at
Senior Center
3 p.m. – Daily Exercise
4 p.m. – Hearing Help at
Senior Center
6 p.m. – Salem Church
8 p.m. – Daily Exercise
9 p.m. – Chatting with the
10 p.m. – Verona Post Office
at Historical Society

Support groups
• AA Meeting, senior center, Thursdays at 1 p.m.
• Caregivers Support
Group, senior center, first
and third Tuesday, 10:30
• Healthy Lifestyles
Group meeting, senior
center, second Thursday
from 10:30 a.m.
• Parkinson’s Group,
senior center, third
Friday at 10 a.m.

2951 Chapel Valley Rd., Fitchburg
(608) 276-7729
Pastor Rich Johnson
Sunday: 8:30 & 10:45 a.m.
2833 Raritan Rd., Fitchburg
(608) 271-2811
Sunday: 8 & 10:45 a.m.
Verona Business Center
535 Half Mile Rd. #7, Verona
(608) 271-2811
Sunday: 9 a.m.
5705 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg
(608) 273-1008
Pastor Phil Haslanger
Sunday: 8:15 & 10 a.m.
Sunday school 10:15 a.m.
(608) 271-6633
Central: Raymond Road & Whitney
Way, Madison
Sunday: 8:15, 9:30 & 10:45 a.m.
West: Corner of Hwy. PD & Nine
Mound Road, Verona
Sunday: 9 & 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.
The Verona Senior Center
108 Paoli St., Verona
(608) 819-6451,
Pastor Tim Dunn
Sunday: 9:30 a.m.
201 S. Main St., Verona
(608) 845-7125
Lead Pastor Jeremy Scott
Sunday: 10:15 a.m.
130 N. Franklin St., Verona
(608) 848-1836
Pastor Dwight R. Wise
Sunday: 10 a.m. family worship
6705 Wesner Rd., Verona
(608) 848-4965
Pastor Nathan Strutz and Assistant
Pastor Steven Pelischek
Thursday: 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m.
St. Andrew Church
301 N. Main St., Verona
St. William Church
1371 Hwy. PB, Paoli

(608) 845-6613
Fr. William Vernon, pastor
Saturday: 5 p.m., St. Andrew, Verona
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., St. William, Paoli
Sunday: 9 & 11 a.m., St. Andrew,
Daily Mass, Tuesday-Saturday: 8
a.m., St. Andrew, Verona
427 S. Main St., Verona
(608) 845-6922
Pastors Kurt M. Billings and Peter
Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 8 a.m.noon Wednesday
Wednesday Lent services March 11,
18, 25: 12 and 7 p.m.
Saturday: 5 p.m.
Sunday: 8:30 & 10:45 a.m.
502 Mark Dr., Verona
(608) 845-7315
Rev. Dr. Mark E. Yurs, Pastor
Laura Kolden, Associate in Ministry
Sunday: 10:15 a.m.
Sunday school: 9 a.m.
Staffed Nursery: 8:45-11:15 a.m.
Fellowship Hour: 11:30 a.m.
2752 Town Hall Rd. (off Hwy ID),
Mount Horeb
(608) 437-3493
Pastor Jeff Jacobs
Sunday: 8:45 a.m. with communion
415 W. Verona Ave., Verona
(608) 845-5855,
Pastor Gary Holmes
9 & 10:30 a.m. contemporary worship.
Sunday School available during worship. Refreshments and fellowship
are between services.
2920 Hwy. M, Verona
Sunday Praise and Worship: 9:15 a.m.
Nursery provided in morning.
Sunday school (all ages): 10:45 a.m.
Small group Bible study: 6 p.m.
Hwy. 92 & G, Mount Vernon
(608) 832-6677
Pastor Brad Brookins
Sunday: 10:15 a.m.
Hwy. 69 & PB, Paoli
(608) 845-5641
Rev. Sara Thiessen
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. family worship

In the Gospel of Luke we are told that Jesus appointed
72 disciples to go out in advance of his coming: “After this
the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them two
by two ahead of him to every town and place where he was
about to go.” (Luke 10:1) They were given specific instructions and by Luke’s account the spirit was moving mightily in
those early days. But, what does it mean to be a modern-day
disciple of Christ, one who would spread the word of God
in advance of His second coming? This is an important but
neglected question. Most Christians would probably assent
to being labeled followers of Christ, but how many of us are
true disciples of Christ? And, what precisely does it mean
it to be a disciple of Christ in these times? The author Dan
Solis addresses these questions in a recent book entitled
Discipleship, worthwhile reading for anyone who takes seriously the biblical instruction to spread the gospel. Perhaps
the catchiest gospel exhortation is the one apocryphally
attributed to Saint Francis to his followers to go forth and
preach the gospel, with words if necessary. Ultimately, all
Christians are called to share the good news, with both word
and deed, and so we all should reflect on how we can best
do this, and be committed to actually doing it.
– Christopher Simon
The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the
Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his
harvest field. Go! I am sending you out like lambs among
Luke 10:2-3

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Tickets available for VACT children’s shows
March 5, 2015

Trinity Irish Dance team
wins world championship
Verona dancers
featured at open
house March 7
In anticipation of St. Patrick’s Day, two Verona
members of the reigning
world championship Trinity
Irish Dance team will make
a special appearance at an
open house.
Livelli, 12,
and Grace
13, will
meet with
the community from
1 0 a . m . t o Greening
noon Saturday, March
7, at the
VAC Sports
Center. The
free, family-friendly event
is meant
to showc a s e h o w Livelli
Irish dance
empowers youth.
“As is our goal with all
of the children in our program, these team members
will undoubtedly go on to
be great leaders in their
lives,” Trinity founder
Mark Howard said. “We
are so pleased to introduce
them to the community at
our open house,”

If you go
What: Trinity Irish
Dancers open house
When: 10 a.m. to noon,
Saturday, March 7
Where: VAC Sports
Center, 411 Prairie Heights
Info: 877-326-2328,

What: St. Patrick’s Day
Party featuring Trinity Irish
When: 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, March 17
Where: Verona Public
Library, 500 Silent St.
Info: 845-7180
Livelli has been dancing
with Trinity for six years,
joining the troop after
watching her older sister
perform. At the age of two,
Greening watched a team
of Irish dancers perform at
a festival in Santa Barbara,
which inspired her to start
dancing when she was six.
The Trinity Irish Dance
team won its 17th world
championship title in April.
The competition was held in
London featuring 5,000 Irish
dancers from five continents.

At the open house, the
dancers will sign autographs, pose for pictures
and teach all attendees the
first-ever “TriniJig” routine. The dance will start a
nationwide contest to find
the “TriniJig” champion,
who will win a chance to
make a public St. Patrick’s
Day appearance with the
Trinity dancers this season.
There will also be prize
giveaways, including an
eight-week introductory
training course and free
summer camp session.
Outside of dancing, Livelli enjoys lyrical gymnastics,
figure skating, playing flute,
piano, tennis and softball,
singing and writing songs.
Greening enjoys traveling
with her family, swimming,
playing golf and making
videos of different dances.
Trinity’s world champion
team features 18 dancers from
around Wisconsin and Illinois, ages 10 to 14 years old.
Trinity won its first world title
in 1987 and has won more
titles than all other American
Irish dance schools.
The Trinity Irish Dancers will be performing at a
St. Patrick’s Day event at
the Verona Public Library
at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday,
March 17. The event, which
features kids crafts and
refreshments from 5-7:30
p.m., will also host Gaelic
harp musician Jeff Pockat
at 6:30 p.m.

The Verona Area Community Theater is
excited to present its latest children’s musical shows “Hairspray Junior” and “Aladdin
KIDS” at the Verona High School Performing Arts Center running March 5-7.
“Hairspray Junior” is a family-friendly
comedic musical based on the 1988 movie
“Hairspray.” It carries lessons about love
and acceptance no matter your size, race or
economic class. With a cast of 100 children
between the ages of 8-13, this show provides
non-stop excitement.
“Aladdin KIDS” is a short production
based on the Disney movie. Complete with
familiar songs such as “Friend Like Me” and
“A Whole New World,” the musical is a fun
family show. There are 52 area children ages
5-7 in the production.
Directed by Terry Dvorak and Katie
Monk, respectively, “Hairspray Junior” and
“Aladdin KIDS” truly represent the many
ways that people can be involved in theater in our community. With many adults
as mentors and members of the production
staff, they are able to share their love of theater with the youth. The Verona Area High
School Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m.
March 5 with additional evening shows at 7
p.m. March 6 and 7.. There is also a matinee
at 4 p.m Saturday, March 7.
Ticket prices are $8 and all seats are
reserved. To reserve tickets, call 845-2383,
or to order by email, send to vacttickets@

The Verona Press

Photo submitted

The Verona Area Community Theater is presenting two children’s musical shows – “Hairspray
Junior” and “Aladdin KIDS” – at the Verona High
School Performing Arts Center, from March 5-7.
Here, members of “Hairspray Junior” go over
their lines at a recent rehearsal.

If you go
What: Verona Area Community Theater
presents “Hairspray Junior” and “Aladdin
When: 7 p.m. March 5-7; 4 p.m. March
Where: Verona Area High School PAC,
300 Richard St.
Info: 845-2383 or email vacttickets@

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On the web

the newly elected board
member – likely Duerst
again – is sworn in April.
The position is open to
any district resident, and
those interested can submit a resume and letter of
interest until 5 p.m. Tuesday, March 10.
For information, visit the
district’s website at verona.

Read the letter the school board
agreed to send to Gov. Scott
Walker and state legislators at

Internet upgrade
Board member Renee
Zook reported the Buildings, Grounds and Transportation Committee is
looking into being part of
the Metropolitan Unified
Fiber Network.
MUFN will run a fiber
network Internet connection from the University
of Wisconsin-Madison to
UW-Platteville, passing
through Verona along the
Hwy. 18-151 bypass, Zook
The committee OK’d
$22,000 worth of engineering work to run a
connection from a point
on the network to the district’s central office. That
would allow the district to
upgrade from one gigabyte
of Internet connection to
10 for the Verona campus.
Zook said the connection could not extend to the
Fitchburg schools.
Estimates for the full
implementation will come
in the near future, Zook

Other news

Continued from page 1

• The board officially
approved a letter to send
to Gov. Scott Walker and
state legislators outlining
its concerns with the governor’s proposed school
Read the letter online at
• The board approved
the continuation of the
Verona Area High Schools
boys’ swimming cooperative agreement with Mount
Horeb High School.
Mount Horeb had 10
swimmers on the team this
year, with Verona having
31, VAHS athletic director
Mark Kryka told the board.
• Derrell Connor was
appointed board treasurer
in McCulley’s absence.
Connor has served as
the other member on the
finance committee since
his election last year.

than what the program
would’ve taught us just in
general,” she said, adding
that she now has a job at Lilliana’s where Heide teaches
her even more. “He definitely went out of his way to
help the whole class.”
Klein said the team spent
much of last semester developing the menu to stand out
from the other teams.
“I don’t think a lot of other schools are going to be
like, ‘Hey let’s serve some
raw meat,’” she said, referring to the beef tartare.
“We were definitely looking for something to catch
somebody’s attention.”
The four cooks will compete Tuesday as part of
the Midwest Food Service
Expo in Milwaukee. During
the 60 minutes of cooking
at the competition, they’re
not allowed to receive any
communication from Wenn
or Heide.
So they’ve been practicing
often, Klein said, and that’s
allowed her and her teammates to form a strong bond.
“I didn’t know anyone
on the team before, and
now it’s like we’re family,”
she said. “They’re like my
brothers and sisters.”
Wenn hopes the ProStart
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said it’s been a great learning experience.
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and it’s like people get

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Statebound gymnasts
Wildcat/Crusaders sent four
to state, finish one spot
away from team state
Jeremy Jones
Sports editor

Verona/Madison Edgewood gymnastics coach had roughly calculated her team’s scores entering the
final rotation of Saturday’s WIAA
Middleton sectional meet. Setting
her sights on a 35 on the final rotation in order to reach the team’s season goal of a 135, Hauser watched
the Wildcat/Crusader co-op exceed
even her own expectations, recording a 35.225 on balance beam.
V/ME then could only wait as the
scores were officially calculated and
read aloud.
Shooting for a top two finish and a
return trip to this weekend’s WIAA
Division 1 state meet, the Wildcat/
Crusaders knew they weren’t going
to catch the Cardinals, who finished
well ahead of the eight-team field
with a 137.525.
V/ME was unable to catch Madison Memorial as .0075 points separated the Wildcat/Crusaders and
Spartans with Memorial holding a
136.450-135.675 advantage and the
final spot to team state.
“I actually didn’t know where we
stood compared to Madison Memorial or any other teams,” Hauser
said. “I try to just focus on the team
and our performance at big competitions, so the final standings are
usually a surprise to me.”
Sophomore Maddie Molitor, who
ranks fifth in the state on balance
beam, scored a meet-best 9.225 to
carry the event on to this weekend’s
WIAA Division 1 state gymnastics
meet in Wisconsin Rapids.
Molitor wasn’t done, however, as
she’ll also be competing as an allaround after finishing fourth on the
uneven bars (8.425), sixth on vault
and eighth on floor for a combined
35.150 points – good for fourth
place overall.
“I absolutely cannot be more
proud of our team.  The girls did
exactly what they needed to do, and
tried as hard as they possibly could

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Verona/Madison Edgewood senior Hannah Semmann qualified for her first WIAA Division 1 individual state appearance after
scoring an 8.30 on the uneven bars at Saturday’s Middleton sectional meet.

If you go
What: 45th annual Division 1
state gymnastics meet
When: 2 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m.
Where: Wisconsin Rapids
Lincoln High School
on every event and every routine,”
Hauser said. “Finishing on beam is
as hard as starting on beam in my
opinion, and to know these girls not
only kept it together, but put up the
top event score of all the teams is
In total, the Wildcat/Crusaders

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Submitted photo

Verona/Madison Edgewood gymnasts (from left) Maddie Molitor, Sammy
Seymour, Mandy Michuda and Hannah Semmann for this weekend’s individual
state competition at Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln High School.

Boys and girls ski
and snowboard

takes 12th
at state
The Verona Area High
School ski and snowboard
team qualified for the 2015
state tournament at Mount
La Crosse on Feb. 14-16,
and Forrest Hammen took
12th overall based on his
score in the kombi, boarder
cross and giant slalom.
Hammen finished sixth in
the boarder cross in 24.88
seconds. He also took 11th
in the giant slalom race in
42.51, and added a 29thplace finish in the kombi
race in 56.6.
J o s h D u c o m m u n f o llowed with a 23rd overall
finish. He took 17th in the
boarder cross in 27.35 and
18th in the giant slalom in
44.1. Ducommun was 46th
in the Kombi in 67.01.
The snowboarders took
seventh overall as a team.
Jack DeMarco, Gus
Schmidt, Jake Alexander,
Christian Baltes and Patrick Hammen also participated.
On the skiing side,
Jacques Frank-Loren finished 88th overall. He was
43rd in the giant slalom in
29.31 and 45th in the Super
G in 38.21.
The skiers were 21st out
of 21 teams.
Ben Nelson, Jack Butler,
Nolan McCormick, Gavin
Geronimi and Jackson
Pundt also participated.
Verona girls snowboarder Gillian Arnold finished
eighth overall after placing
eighth in the girls slalom
(47.16), kombi (57.08) and
11th during the boarder
cross (31.62).
Teammate Gretz Schmitz
took 18th place overall after
finishing 17th on kombi
and boarder cross and 16th
in the giant slalom.


Coons, Johnson fall one win short of podium at individual state wrestling tournament
Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

Verona Area High School
senior Dakin Coons and junior
Trayvonn Johnson both battled
Thursday and Friday in the
WIAA Division 1 individual
state wrestling tournament.
Coons and Johnson entered
their consolation semifinals
matches needing just one more
win to move on to Saturday and
guarantee a spot on the podium.
Johnson (220 pounds)
remained scoreless with Hudson senior Max Gierke after
two periods in his match, and he
needed an escape in the third to
grab the lead. However, Johnson
– ranked No. 7 – made one mistake and was rolled on his back,
falling to Gierke – ranked No . 8
–by pinfall in 3 minutes, 40 seconds.
Coons (195) – ranked No. 8
–  came even closer to earning
more matches to wrestle. Coons

picked up a late escape against
Oak Creek junior Ross Agg –
ranked No. 12 – and sent the
match into sudden-victory overtime.
Coons then appeared to have
a takedown 30 seconds into the
overtime but just couldn’t get
the control needed to score the
points, and that allowed Agg to
find an opening and be the one
to score the takedown.
“They both had wins here. A
lot of kids come here and don’t
get a single win. I am proud of
both of them,” co-head coach
Bob Wozniak said. “They are
both good kids and are hard
workers … We wanted both of
them to get on the podium.”
Coons, although disappointed with his loss, did not let it
ruin his state experience. Making state had been a goal since
Coons first started wrestling,
and he said he was glad to do it
as a senior.
“It was really just amazing to

come wrestle here. I have been
coming here every day since I
was little and watching these
guys and now actually being
able to wrestle with them and
being one of them is amazing,”
Coons said.
As for Johnson, he was also
disappointed with his early exit,
but he said that it makes him
thirstier to get back here next
season and go even further.
“I wish I could have done better, but it was still an accomplishment to just make it,” Johnson said.
And that is something Coons
said he will root for, after being
Johnson’s partner in the wrestling room all season.
“Every day, we worked
together, and it was awesome to
be able to come here and do this
together,” Coons said. “I know
next year, he is going to be one
of the top guys here at state, and
I hope he can win it.”
Coons opened state Thursday

Photo by Anthony Iozzo

Junior Trayvonn Johnson (220 pounds) attempts to get West Bend West’s Zack
Klemenstein on his back after a takedown Friday in the WIAA Division 1 individual
state wrestling meet at the Kohl Center in Madison. Johnson won by pinfall in 4
minutes, 30 seconds.

with a 5-3 win over Marquette a takedown in the second period
U n i v e r s i t y S c h o o l s e n i o r to offset giving up a reversal late
Michael Rolfe – ranked No. 16.
Coons picked up an escape and
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Girls basketball

Baltes follows
in his father’s
footsteps at NMU
Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

Senior Christian Baltes
didn’t always know he
would be playing football in college, but when
the opportunity came up,
Northern (Marquette)
Michigan University
made sense.
Baltes, who was a
starting split end on the
Verona Area High School
football team this past
season, is also a captain
of the VAHS ski and
snowboard team. He was
already familiar with
the area, having grown
up skiing on Marquette
But besides the possibility of also competing
on a race team that has
his uncle as a captain,
Baltes also has another
family connection to
the area – his father also
played football at NMU.
“Coming into this past
season, my goal was to
start one football game
as a senior, and I never
really thought I would be
able to play at Northern
as it has always been a
dream of mine because of
my dad and all the ties up
there,” said Baltes, who
signed his National Letter
of Intent on Feb. 4 to go
to the NCAA Division II
NMU. “Now that I am, I
am still kind of in shock.”
Christian’s father John
was a running back at
NMU and earned most
valuable player on the
team in 1985. Christian
is going to be a part of
NMU’s spread offense as
a wide receiver, which is
an offense that often uses
four to five wide-receiver
“They run a very fast
offense, which I like personally,” Baltes said.
But besides the potential to play in a style he
likes, the area is already
known to him, having
grown up 20 minutes

away from campus.

Wildcats to Wildcats
Baltes not only reached
his goal of starting one
game as a senior for the
Verona Wildcats, but he
ended up leading Verona with 34 receptions
for 778 yards and seven
touchdowns in 10 games.
Baltes helped the Wildcats win six straight after
an 0-3 start to make the
Baltes earned first-team
all-Big Eight Conference honors, and he was
named honorable mention
“Verona was definitely
one of the top programs I
think we have in the state,
and I was fortunate to be
a part of it because coach
(Dave) Richardson had
been a part of our lives
since we were in fourth
grade,” Baltes said. “He
was a good motivator and
a good helper with the
college search.”
And now that Baltes
knows he will playing
football at the next level
for the NMU Wildcats, he
is starting to prepare. He
gained 10 pounds since
November, and he hopes
to gain 10 more pounds
by the summer.
“They said I shouldn’t
expect to be red-shirted
but don’t be surprised if
I am,” Baltes said. “My
goal going into it is to not
be red-shirted. I would
like to be a part of the
traveling team my first
year, so that is why I am
really working hard right
now to improve my size
and physical stature to be
a contender to be on the
travel team.”
Right now, Baltes is
working with a personal
trainer and has a worksheet of the workout regimen the team is doing
right now.
Football won’t be

Photo by Tood K. Olsen

The Verona Area High School bench erupts after junior Kira Opsal tied Sun Prairie in the WIAA Division 1 regional final at the end of regulation. The Wildcats went on to win the regional title in overtime, 62-50.

Cats take down Sun Prairie in OT to win regional title
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Sometimes you need luck to win
come tournament time, and the Verona Area High School girls basketball
team took advantage of some luck in
a 62-50 overtime win over Sun Prairie Saturday in a WIAA Division 1
regional final.
The Wildcats trailed by seven
points in the second half, and they
needed the Cardinals to miss free
throws and get the baskets on the other end as time wound down.
Junior Kira Opsal nailed a lastsecond layup to tie the game at the
buzzer, and then the Verona defense
clamped down and only allowed two
points in the overtime.
“They are a tough matchup for us,
always have been, and we got a little
lucky,” head coach Angie Murphy
said. “The girls just kept battling and
never gave up.”
After winning their first conference title since 2010 during the regular season, the Wildcats added their
first regional title since 2011. Verona entered the season with limited

What: WIAA Division 1 sectional
semifinal: No. 2 Verona vs. No. 3
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Waunakee High School


varsity experience – with two seniors,
seven juniors, two sophomores and
two freshmen – and Murphy said the
girls exceeded everyone’s expectations expect theirs.
“We know this team can go to state
if they put their minds to it,” Murphy
said. “They are confident, and when
they play that way, they are tough to
Sophomore Alex Luehring led with
23 points in the win, while junior
Cheyenne Trilling added 16. Junior
Grace Mueller finished with eight.
Freshman Carly Coulthart led Sun
Prairie with 14 points.
Now, Verona (22-2 overall)
looks to add to its 20-game winning
streak at 7 p.m. Thursday when the

Verona 75, Kenosha Bradford 18
Verona jumped out to a 33-0 lead
after the first quarter and cruised to
a 75-18 win Friday in a D1 regional
semifinal against 15th-seeded Kenosha Bradford.
Sophomore Sie’anna Mitchell led
with 14 points, while Luehring and
Opsal chipped in 12 and 11, respectively. Cheyenne Trilling added eight
points, and junior Heather Rudnicki
scored seven.

Wildcats open WIAA regional semifinals at home Friday
The eighth-seeded Verona Area
High School boys basketball team
looks to finish the season strong as
the Wildcats host ninth-seeded Lake
Geneva Badger at 7 p.m. Friday in
a WIAA Division 1 regional semifinal.
Verona (13-9 overall, 9-9 Big
Eight) dropped its final game of the

season 81-73 to Big Eight Conference champion Madison Memorial,
and it gets another tough opponent
to open the playoffs.
Badger (16-6, 12-2 Southern
Lakes) is on a five-game winning
streak entering the playoffs. Badger
needed a 54-47 win over Waterford
last week to win the conference outright.
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third-seeded Middleton in a WIAA
Division 1 sectional semifinal.
Murphy said that it is difficult for
both teams when you play three times
in a season, especially with teams that
have played as well as Middleton and
Despite different playing styles,
Murphy said the game is really going
to come down to who can score more
If the Wildcats win, they will play
the winner of No. 1 Janesville Craig
and No. 12 Madison Memorial in the
sectional final.

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sophomore Nathaniel Buss have
lead Verona in points. Schmitz has
306 total, while Kellerman has 300.
Toman collected 246 points so far,
and Buss has 152.
Junior Kwan Clements also
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Gymnastics: V/ME individual state debut
Continued from page 9

Photo by Anthony Iozzo

Senior Dakin Coons (195) pounds fights for a takedown against Kettle Moraine’s Noah Martinez in
the consolation quarterfinals Friday in the WIAA Division 1 individual state wrestling meet at the Kohl
Center in Madison. Coons won the match 5-1.

Wrestling: Wildcats battle back at state
Continued from page 9
in the third.
In the quarterfinals, Coons lost 12-10
to Marshfield junior Josh Lang – ranked
No. 14. Coons led by one after two periods but allowed a reversal in the third to
fall behind again. Lang later picked up
two more takedowns on Coons to seal the
Coons came back in the consolation
quarterfinals Friday and defeated Kettle
Moraine senior Noah Martinez – ranked
No. 5 – 5-1.
“I went into the last match confident,
and I knew it was all-or-nothing when
it went into overtime,” Coons said. “I

gave it everything I had I guess and just
messed up a little bit.”
Johnson opened state Thursday and
went up against Bay Port senior Alec
Ingold – ranked No. 1. Johnson was
pinned in 2:45, but Ingold won his quarterfinals match to allow Johnson a chance
to wrestling in the consolation bracket
Johnson opened a 3-0 lead over West
Bend West senior Zack Klemenstein –
ranked No. 15 – before rolling him on his
back in the third period. After Johnson
scored a 3-point near fall, he finished the
move by pinning Klemenstein in 4:30.
Coons finishes the season 42-7, while
Johnson finishes 32-7.

Boys: Wildcats ready for tipoff with Badger
Continued from page 10

If you go

and Lincoln Wieseman (318) are BadWhat: WIAA Division 1 regional semifiger’s top scorers, with both reaching 30 nal: No. 8 Verona vs. No. 9 Badger
points in a game this season.
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Seniors Bryant Sontag (172) and Joe
Where: Verona Area High School
Freeman (167) and junior Chase Kruger (103) have also been key for Badger
If Verona wins, it will travel to Mus- Memorial clinched the Big Eight Conferkego (21-1, 13-1 Classic Eight) at 7 p.m. ence outright.
Kellerman finished his final regular
Saturday for a regional final.
season with Verona by scoring 30 points.
Madison Memorial 81, Verona 73 Toman and Buss each added nine.
Senior Shareef Smith led the Spartans
The Wildcats fell behind by 13 points
in the first half Thursday as Madison with 28, while senior Koko Songolo added 19.

sent an individual to state
on every rotation but vault,
where Molitor’s 9.0 took
sixth place. Only the top
five on each event moved
on to state.
Middleton sophomore
Madeline Pflasterer-Jenne
won the floor and uneven
bar title en route to top allaround honors (36.275),
while Madison United
underclassman Celia
Ramsey (35.600) and Madison Memorial freshman
Natalie Donkle (35.450)
rounding out the top three
just ahead of Molitor’s
35.150. Verona senior Hannah Semmann just missed
the cut, finishing sixth with
a 33.875.
Wildcat/Crusader senior
Sammy Seymour meanwhile advanced on to state
as an individual for the first
time after posting a 9.05 on
floor to finish behind only
Pflasterer-Jenne (9.35).
Dealing with reoccurring
ankle pain, junior Mandy
Michuda finished one spot
away from state on floor,
taking sixth with an 8.70.
She did, however, qualify as
an individual on the beam
with an 8.85 after finishing
tied for fourth with Donkle.
“While Mandy has scored
higher on beam this year,
this performance really
stands out to me because of
the confidence she showed
throughout the entire routine, especially in performing her back tuck-backtuck acro series (a rare and
very difficult connection),”
Hauser said.
Semmann earned the final
spot on the uneven bars and
will also be competing at
state after scoring an 8.30.
Semmann and Michuda
were the only Wildcat/Crusaders to have reached the
state tournament before,
competing only in the team
“I’m especially excited
for Sammy to be attending
state since she only joined
the team last year and
missed the previous two
years when we attended as
a team,” Hauser said. “She
had been trying for a 9.0 on
floor all year, so it was really great to see her finally hit
it at sectionals.”
Pflasterer won bars with
a 9.325, while teammate
Lucy Bergenthal despite
struggling throug,h much of
the meet, won the vault with

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Verona/Madison Edgewood senior Sammy Seymour qualified for
her first WIAA Division 1 state meet on floor after scoring a 9.05
at Saturday’s Middleton sectional meet.

a 9.55.
Team competition at
the 45th annual state meet
inside Wisconsin Rapids
Lincoln High School is set
for 2 p.m. Friday with the
individual competition to
follow at 11:15 a.m. Saturday.
“Overall, I think all the
qualifiers from our sectional will do well; they’re
all very talented gymnasts,”
Hauser said. “While we
may compete on separate
teams throughout the year,
we all represent the Big 8
conference when it comes
to state, so I wish the best
of luck to everyone competing.”
The Franklin/Muskego/
Oak Creek/ Whitnall coop won the Division 1 team
championship for the fourth
straight season with a score
of 147.285. The Burlington/
Badger/Catholic Central/
Wilmot co-op placed runner-up for the fourth year in
a row as well with a score
of 147.233.
Each one of the events in
Division 1 will feature at
least one former champion
returning to challenge for
another crown.
Senior Jorin Fredman is
the defending champion in
the all-around competition.
The title in 2012 and 2013

belonged to senior Bailey
Fitzpatrick of Burlington/
Badger/Catholic Central/
Wilmot. The two former
champions will compete for
possession of the title this
year. Fitzpatrick was also
the champion in the uneven
parallel bars in 2012 and
2013, but fell to fourth in
the event last season. She
is entered in the event again
this year for another attempt
for a third title.
Senior Molly Benavides
of Burlington/Badger/Catholic Central/Union Grove/
Wilmot is the returning
champion on the balance
beam. She is entered in the
event with sights on her
third crown, having also
won the title in 2012.
Benavides is also a twotime champion on the vault,
winning back-to-back titles
in 2013 and again last year.
She has also qualified in the
floor exercise where she is
looking to regain the form
that won her the title in
The defending champion in the floor exercise
is junior Sam Balcerak of
Creek/Whitnall. She has
also qualified again to produce a highly competitive
field in the event.

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Baltes: Also focused on
academics at NMU
Continued from page 10
everything for Christian at NMU, however. He is also very
focused on his academics, majoring in
sports medicine.
NMU head football coach Chris
Ostrowsky told Baltes
that his GPA will be
important, stressing
the need for a strong
“I live in a very
household, so that

will be very important,” Baltes said. “I
am going to be very
focused on academics
but will also have the
pleasure of playing
football on the side.”
Submitted photo

Verona Area High School
senior Christian Baltes
(middle) signs his National
Letter of Intent last
Wednesday to play football
for Division II Northern
Michigan University
(Marquette, Mich.)

Sports Shorts
Fifth annual Wildcats
Mite Hockey Showdown
The Verona Wildcats
Youth Hockey Association
is hosting the fifth annual
Mite Showdown at the Verona Ice Arena March 6-8.
The tournament will host
11 Mite Red hockey teams
from Beloit, Dubuque, Hudson, Mequon, Waukesha,
Janesville, Madison, Oregon
and Middleton.
Come cheer on the Verona
Wildcats Mite team: Patrick
Alt, Boden Brotzman, Justine Cieslak, Tehya Dorn,
Andrew Lalik, Nathan Martin, Charlie McGinnis, Niles
Monroe, Jackson Quinn,
Rowan Severson, Annika
Simpson, Emma Stebbeds,
Alton Vanderson and Caden
The tournament will begin
with the Verona Wildcats
taking on the Madison Polar
Caps at 6:30 p.m. on Friday,
March 6.
The Wildcats will then
play Beloit at 3:30 pm on
Saturday. Pool play will
determine additional game
times. The championship
game will be played on Sunday, March 8 at 3 p.m.
Teams will also compete
in an accuracy and fastest
shot competition. Checkout
the raffle that includes NHL
signed items, local business
certificates, Wisconsin Dells
waterpark stays and passes,
electronics and much more.

Want to play softball?
I will not be that long until
young girls in the area can
start dreaming playing softball on hot and sunny days.
Before young athletes hit
the softball diamonds this
summer, leagues need to get
organized and formed.
That is where the Verona
Area Girls Softball Association (VAGSA) has helped
out with a variety of programs for more than 11
VAGSA is a non-profit
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The following Youth Softball programs are available
each summer:
• Pre-Season Warm-up
Camp (April 12) – Grades
• Leagues (Recreational and/or Competitive) –
Grades 3-12
• Cougar Tournament
Teams – Grades 3-12
• Instructional (skillbased) – Grades K-9
No matter the skill level or
how long your daughter has
played softball, there will be
an opportunity to not only
play the game, but to build
and refine needed skills.
New and lasting friendships
will also be made.
Last year, the clubs Cougar tournament teams were
successful placing in tournaments across Wisconsin and
Illinois. All five teams, 10U
through 18U, either placed
or won tournaments, which
are a testament to the quality
of VAGSA programs.
On April 12, VAGSA will
host a pre-season warm-up
camp at the VAHS gym to
help athletes warm-up after
a long fall and winter break
from softball. This camp will
also help prepare players for
skill evaluations that will be
held the following weekend.
On April 19, skill evaluations will be conducted at
the VAHS gym to assess
each player’s level of play
and understanding of the
game. Team assignments
(recreation and competitive)
will be based on each individual player’s evaluation.
Earlier this month, households in the Verona area
received program and registration materials from
VAGSA. The deadline for
registering for the 2015 summer program is April 12. If
you didn’t get this mailing
or misplaced it, all materials
are available on the vagsa.
org website.
For more information on
VAGSA, visit them at www. or email

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Jeffrey Cameron Bitzer

Jeffrey Cameron Bitzer

became proficient at guitar
and piano.
After high school, he
attended the University
of Wisconsin-Madison
for three years, 1977-80,
as a music major with an
emphasis on theory, composition, and performance.
In his third year at UW,
his compositions were performed at his junior recital.
In September 1980 he
transferred to the Oberlin
College Conservatory of
Music where he completed

his undergraduate studies
and received a B.A. degree
in music, with a focus on
composition and theory.
He was an accomplished
singer of his own and others’ songs. In Madison he
frequently played piano,
sang, and acted in the ARK
Improvisational Theatre at
the Club De Wash in the
Washington Hotel.
From 1985 to 1988 he
was a graduate student
in the school of music at
Columbia University, New
York City. Here he earned a
MA degree and commenced
work toward the Ph.D.,
supported in part by fellowships and teaching assistantships.
In July and August of
1986 he was at Tanglewood
near Lenox, Mass., studying
music and composing. He
and many other young and
promising composers, conductors, and musicians were
selected as fellows in the
Tanglewood Music Festival.
Here he and other composers heard one or more of

Lucille Teresa Meudt
Lucille Teresa Meudt, age
86, of Verona, passed away
peacefully on Tuesday, Feb.
24, 2015, surrounded by her
family at Ingleside Manor,
Mt. Horeb.
“Bless her heart.” She
was born Sept. 29, 1928,
in Avoca, the daughter
of Anthony and Gertrude
(Miller) Munz. She was
married to Paul A. Meudt
on Nov. 9, 1948, and
together they raised seven
Lucy worked for Carnes
Corporation for 30-plus
years. She was a member
of St. Andrew Catholic
Church since 1967. She
loved baking bread and
sewing clothes for her children. She loved bowling
and was on a league for
Carnes. She was a friendly face who made many
friends at the senior center
and Miller & Sons Supermarket. She liked playing
the piano and telling her
children stories about her
childhood years. Her children and family were the
most precious things in life
to her. She will be dearly
missed by all.
She is survived by seven
children, Sharon Schubert,
Verona, Nancy (Lee)
Marek, Eau Claire, JoAnn
(Gary) Skaife, Evansville, Pauline (Willie)

Lucille Teresa Meudt

Miller, Madison, Paul G.
(Cindi) Meudt, Monroe,
Ken Meudt (Jacque Boviall), Delavan, and Ruth
Danforth, Prairie du Sac;
14 grandchildren, Brian,
Heather, Erica, Shera, Shaleen, Jeremiah, Sarah, Laura, Derrick, Isaac, Alyssa,
Arley, Ariana, and Chani;
21 great-grandchildren; a
sister, Mary Helen Meudt,
Dodgeville; a brother, Felix
(Coletta) Munz, Avoca; sister-in-law, Margaret Wiest,
Dodgeville; and numerous
nieces, nephews, extended
family and friends.

She was preceded in
death by her parents; three
brothers, Bernard, Lawrence and Leo Munz; a
granddaughter, Angela
Meudt; and sisters and
brothers-in-law, and former
husband, Paul A. Meudt.
The family wishes to
thank Orchid Home of
Verona for their care since
2010, especially Sue, Ingleside Manor of Mt. Horeb
and the Agrace HospiceCare team.
A Mass of Christian
Burial was held Saturday,
Feb. 28, at St. Christopher
Parish, St. Andrew Catholic Church, 301 N. Main St,
Verona, with Father William Vernon officiating.
Burial was at St. Anthony
Cemetery in Highland.
Memorials may be directed to Alzheimer’s and
Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin, 517 N. Segoe Road,
#301, Madison, 53705 or
Agrace HospiceCare, Inc.,
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After returning to the
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resume studies at Columbia but he worked with
Janice in her jewelry company. At the same time,
he composed, performed,
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Jeffrey Cameron Bitzer,
age 55, died Feb. 17, 2015,
at University Hospital,
Madison, where he was
being treated for lung cancer.
Jeff was born March 7,
1959, in Iowa City, Iowa.
He and his family moved to
Madison in 1961, and to the
Town of Verona in 1966,
where he attended Verona
grade and high school,
graduating in 1977.
In 1976 part of his high
school education took place
in South Africa where he
was an AFS student living with a family in Johannesburg during the Soweto riots. He was deeply
impressed by the struggle
for freedom and equality.
During these early years
he played some tennis,
baseball, and football,
and in South Africa some
rugby. But his main interest was always music. He
learned cello in the fifth
grade, and later played
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143 Notices
Small Animal Advocates
Saturday, March 7
Stoughton Fire Station
401 E. Main St.
10-10:30 am Cats Only
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Contact Larry Eifert 608.206.1178
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WI 53593
(608) 845-7187
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Lincoln Street
City of Verona,

OWNER: The City of Verona, Wisconsin hereby gives notice that sealed
unit price Bids will be received for the reconstruction and widening of the E. Verona Avenue/Lincoln Street intersection
and reconstruction of approximately
900 lin. ft. (centerline length) of Lincoln
Street. Work also includes reconstruction of 800 lin. ft. length of S. Main Street.
The street reconstruction includes miscellaneous removals, approximately
1,775 cubic yards common excavation;
980 lin. feet of 6-inch and 8-inch diameter ductile iron water main replacement
and appurtenances; 30 lin. ft. 20-inch

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of 12-inch diameter reinforced concrete
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square yards salvaged asphaltic pavement and 1300 square yards of salvage
asphaltic pavement milling; approximately 2330 lin. feet concrete curb and
gutter removal and 3100 lin. ft. of new
or replacement curb and gutter; 2020
sq. feet concrete sidewalk removal and
replacement; 1260 sq. feet new concrete
sidewalk; 2950 tons crushed aggregate
base course; 73 sq. yards 9-inch thick
concrete pavement; 35 sq. yards 9-inch
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TIME AND PLACE OF BID OPENING: Sealed Bids will be received until
2:00 p.m., Local Time on the 19th day
of March, 2015 in the office of the City
Clerk, 111 Lincoln Street, Verona, Wisconsin. After the official Bid closing
time, the Bids will be publicly opened
and read aloud.
BIDDING DOCUMENTS: The Bidding Documents are on file for review
at the office of the City Clerk, City Hall,
Verona, Wisconsin, and the offices of
AECOM, 1350 Deming Way, Suite 100,
Middleton, WI 53562.
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letting shall be subject to the provisions
of Sections 62.15, 66.0901, 66.0903, and
779.15 of the Wisconsin Statutes.
shall be required to pay not less than the
prevailing wage rates on the Project as
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Farming experience and office skills
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Applications due by 4:30 pm, March 6,
2015. USDA is an equal opportunity
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Department of Workforce Development.
Copies of these wage rates are on file in
the office of the City Clerk and incorporated in the Contract Documents.
BID SECURITY: Bid Security in the
amount of not less than 5% or more than
10% of the Bid shall accompany each
Bid in accordance with the Instructions
to Bidders.
CONTRACT SECURITY: The Bidder to whom a Contract is awarded shall
furnish a Performance Bond and a Payment Bond each in an amount equal to
the Contract Price.
OWNER reserves the right to reject any
and all Bids, waive informalities in bidding or to accept the Bid or Bids, which
best serve the interests of OWNER.
BID WITHDRAWAL: No Bid shall be
withdrawn for a period of 60 days after
the opening of Bids without consent of
Published by authority of the City of
Verona, Wisconsin.
Jon H. Hochkammer, Mayor
Kami Scofield, Clerk
Middleton, Wisconsin
Project No. 60329319
Published: March 5 and 12, 2015

Town of Verona Hall
335 N. Nine Mound Rd,
Verona, WI

Pursuant to §66.1003 (4)(b) of the
Wisconsin Statutes, a public hearing
will be held by the Town Board of the
Town of Verona at the Verona Town Hall
located at 335 N. Nine Mound Road, Verona, Wisconsin, on April 2, 2015 during
a regular meeting of the Town Board
commencing at 6:30 PM to discuss a

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303 S. Jefferson St. Verona, WI 53593
Reliable, motivated people needed
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Public notice is hereby given that
the following applications for alcohol
licenses in the City of Verona have been
“Class B” Beer and “Class B” Liquor license for MT Treads, LLP located
at 407 W Verona Ave, Tina WatsonBircher, Agent residing at 303 N Marietta
Street, Verona, WI.
Reserve “Class B” Liquor license
and “Class B” Beer license for Hop Haus
Brewing Company, LLC located at 231 S
Main St, Philipp Hoechst, Agent residing
at 1105 Tamarack Way, Verona WI.
“Class A” Liquor license for Kwik
Trip #456 located at 2145 CTH PB, Naomi
Olayo, Agent residing at 366 Sugar Ave,
Belleville, WI.
Applications will be considered on
March 9, 2015 by the City of Verona Public Safety & Welfare Committee at 5:30
p.m. and by the City of Verona Common
Council at 7:00 p.m. at City Hall, 111 Lincoln Street, Verona, WI.
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453 Volunteer Wanted
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Ability to attend regular meetings and
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proposed resolution to discontinue the
public way Littleton Road. The resolution was introduced at a meeting of the
Town Board on February 3, 2015 and
is available for inspection at the office
of the Town Clerk, 335 N. Nine Mound
Road, Verona, Wisconsin. If adopted,
the resolution would discontinue a public way that exists between Black Cherry
Court and County Road PB, more particularly described as follows:
Being an approximately 400’ long
road located on the east 66’ of the north
400’ of the NW 1/4 of the SW 1/4 of Section 35, T6N, R8E, Town of Verona, Dane
County, Wisconsin.
Dated: February 23, 2015
Drafted by John M. Wright, Town of
Verona Clerk/Treasurer
Published: March 5, 12 and 19, 2015

452 General



Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request
to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified
elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be
18 years of age or older on Election Day,
who has resided in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote for
at least 28 consecutive days before the
election. The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee
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You may also request an absentee ballot by letter, fax or e-mail. Your request
must list your voting address within the
municipality where you wish to vote,
the address where the absentee ballot
should be sent, if different, and your
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facility, in the military, hospitalized, or
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specified for casting an absentee ballot.
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APRIL 2, 2015.
Published: March 5, 2015


an election to be held in the Verona Area
School District on Tuesday, April 7, 2015
the following question will be submitted
to a vote of the people:
“Shall the Verona Area School District, Dane County, Wisconsin be authorized to issue pursuant to Chapter 67 of
the Wisconsin Statutes, general obligation bonds in an amount not to exceed
$8,350,000 for the public purpose of paying the cost of acquiring, by purchase or
by eminent domain pursuant to Chapter
32 of the Wisconsin Statutes, parcels of
real estate for school sites consisting
of: (a) the “West End” parcel, consisting of approximately 45 acres of vacant
land situated south of West Verona Avenue, east of US Hwy 18-151 and north
of the Wisconsin DNR bike trail in the
City of Verona; (b) the “Erbach” parcel,
consisting of approximately 63 acres of
vacant land situated adjacent to, and
east and south of, the “West End” parcel
in the City of Verona; and (c) the “Herfel” parcel, consisting of approximately
18 acres of vacant land situated in the
Town of Verona and bordered on the
West by Locust Drive and on the North
by the Cathedral Point subdivision?”
A copy of the entire text of the resolution directing submission of the question set forth above to the electorate and
information concerning District boundaries can be obtained at the School District offices located at 700 North Main
Street, Verona, WI 53593.
Persons with questions regarding
the referendum election should contact
Kelly Kloepping, Public Information Officer.
Done in the VERONA AREA
SCHOOL DISTRICT on March 5, 2015
Kenneth L. Behnke
District Clerk
Published: March 5, 2015

Spring Election,
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Colin: Rare disease only second case diagnosed by UW’s Waisman Center specialists
Continued from page 1
with the disease don’t make it
past their teen years.
Neither Hilary nor the Bernings’ pediatrician had even
heard of it. Even the genetic
specialists at the Waisman
Center had only ever diagnosed one other case of
the disease that affects 1 in
70,000 children.
Colin was the second.

Holding out hope
Colin, now 7, doesn’t know
about his condition, as he never developed mentally beyond
a toddler. Children with Sanfilippo are developmentally
delayed, and finally reach a
point where they begin a slow
decline toward death.
In testing, he “maxed out”
at around 30 months developmentally before regressing
to where he now functions
like an 18-month-old. He was

never able to be potty trained,
count or write his name and
likely never will.
Ross said it’s been frustrating not being able to do anything about Colin’s condition,
but it’s not for a lack of trying. The Bernings are holding out some hope that recent
advancements in gene therapy
might at least stabilize Colin’s
condition, and have participated in some early studies trying
to establish baselines on how
Sanfilippo progresses.
They are currently in
another, with hopes to pave
the way for gene therapy trials. Still, they realize Colin’s
time is running out.
“Medical research takes
time, and it’s painful each
time a setback delays treatment – delays that mean
more days where each is a
little harder for Colin than the
last,” Hilary said.
In the meantime, to help

Bowling fundraiser

Photo by Scott De Laruelle

Hilary and Ross Berning hold their son, Colin, in his favorite area of
their house - a spacious basement filled wall-to-wall with toys.

Colin live as comfortably as to find a cure for Sanfilippo
he can for as long as possible, Syndrome, a cause they know
they’ve organized a bowl- is a longshot.
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Ten Pin Alley in Fitchburg ‘I don’t want to bury
to help fund the purchase of my son’
a service dog. The event also
It’s common for kids with
is designed to raise money
Sanfilippo to be misdiagnosed with autism or global
developmental delay, Hilary said, because they stop
meeting milestones and have
behavioral issues.
The doctors at UW
believed it was something
else, and kept looking and
running more tests.
Finally, a skin biopsy
brought the diagnosis. And
the phone call.
Even though the Bernings
had prepared themselves for
the worst, the news was devastating.
“I remember saying to
Ross after hanging up the
phone, ‘I don’t want to bury
our son,” Hilary said. “We
just held each other the rest
of the night and cried and
cuddled Colin a little closer.”
With that terrible news also
came the acceptance that not
only will the disease likely
take their only child from
them, it will also prevent them
from having other children, as
they had planned. Both parents
carry the same abnormal gene,
and there’s a 1 in 4 chance of
passing it on, something they
aren’t willing to risk. Ross
said after the diagnosis, the
first month for the couple was
“absolutely brutal.”
“You’re just trying to
wake up in the morning and
put one foot in front of the
other,” he said.
Perhaps the worst part,
Hilary said, was reliving it all
every time they had to tell a
friend or family member the
terrible news.
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Friends and family of Verona first-grader Colin Berning are gathering on March 7 at Ten Pin Alley to raise
funds to help find a cure for his rare, genetic, fatal disease called Sanfilippo Syndrome. There will be bowling, food, fun and 15 silent auction items and 60 bucket
raffle items, with funds donated to the Team Sanfilippo
Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charity dedicated to finding a
cure through a gene therapy study at Nationwide Children's Hospital in Ohio. A portion of the funds will also
be put toward a service dog for Colin.
Check-in is from 10-11 a.m., with bowling following until 1 p.m., when there will be raffle drawings. The
lanes are full, but people are invited for the raffles, food
and fun for a $10 ticket. For more information, visit, Colin’s Facebook page at facebook.
com/cureforcolin or email

One look around Colin’s
house would never betray
the fact that he has a fatal
disease, nor would his seemingly boundless energy, typical of a 7-year-old boy. But
he is very different, and he
continues to change.
Ross said the first thing
he noticed was regression in
Colin’s speech.
“We took a lot of videos
him, knowing what was going
to happen, and there was one
where I said, ‘it’s time for
bath,’ and he said, ‘I don’t
want to’ – a basic questionresponse,” he said. “We don’t
really get that very much from
him anymore. It’s just like you
have a 2-year-old.”
Ross said on a “good day,”
Colin will get up around 6:30
in the morning, beginning
the routine.
“We’ve got a half-hour to
give him a snack, and these
days he’s not going to tell
you if he’s hungry or thirsty,
you’ve got to figure it out,” he
said. “We change his diaper,
help him put his clothes on,
and take him off to the bus.
It’s basically hand-in hand,
step-by-step all morning.”
Colin has private therapy
in Fitchburg to help with
his speech and daily living
skills, but also attends Country View Elementary School,
where he gets constant oneon-one attention from three
aides. Colin loves being
around kids, and they, in turn,
are getting used to his different way of communicating.
“Everyone who knows
him falls in love with him
very, very quickly,” Hilary
said. “We just want him to
be the kid that everyone else
wants to be around and likes.
That’s the legacy he’s going
to leave behind and the people he’s going to touch in the
meantime. “
Back at home after school,
the Bernings are thankful the
house and backyard are big
enough to handle all Colin’s
energy. They bought him an
inflatable swimming pool for
the basement and filled it with
countless different kinds of
balls. His favorite thing to do
is zoom down a kiddie pool
slide into the colorful pile.
“He loves life,” Hilary said. “He’s got a lot of
energy, but he can’t really
read a book or something to
entertain himself; he’s got to
move. He’s a lot of work, but
he’s a real joy.”
Evenings can be tough,
though, because of his “baseline anxiety issues” that stir
him to pace the floor, whine
or cry out.
“You can’t really figure
out what’s wrong, which can
be emotionally hard,” she
said. “You have to do trialand-error, like a newborn.”
Since Colin likes to cuddle,

Ross said it’s hard to get him
situated in bed by himself.
Finally, though, he’s asleep,
and he and his parents can
catch a few hours of rest.
“And then you start all
over the next day,” he said.

Time running out
While there is more hope
for a treatment now than five
years ago, Colin’s current
prognosis unfortunately hasn’t
changed – he will likely not
live to see his 16th birthday.
And his parents are destined
to witness his heartbreaking
decline until that point, absolutely powerless to stop it.
“It’s progressive, so he’ll
eventually stop talking completely, he’ll lose his mobility, he’ll be wheelchair-bound
and bed-bound, then lose his
ability to eat and then major
airway issues,” Hilary said.
“You try not to think about it
every day because you’ll go
kind of crazy. But our reality
is that we’re going to bury
our kid someday, unless this
gene therapy works.
“When we were diagnosed, we had nothing, and
now five years later, we have
this ray of hope at the end of
the tunnel, so we’re going for
it; we’re fighting for it.”
They realize all too well
that ray of hope may arrive
too late to save Colin’s life,
Dr. Gregory Rice of the
University of Wisconsin
Hospital and Clinics, who
diagnosed Colin and follows
a “handful” of Sanfilippo
patients, said an enzyme treatment is now being studied
in research trials that looks
“very hopeful, for younger
children especially,” but is in
early stages. He said another
possibility is gene therapy,
studies of which have been
going on in Europe and are
“just starting” in the U.S.
“We’re very hopeful there
will be a treatment,” Rice said.
Despite the uncertain outcome for their son, as his
mind and body continue an
inevitable decline, the Bernings remain grateful for the
outpouring of support from the
Verona community, including
a good response to their fundraiser. And they continue to
believe that a medical miracle
might still emerge in time to
answer their prayers.
“That is our only shot not to
have to bury him as a teenager and watch him go through
the horrific progression of this
disease,” Hilary said. “This
can hopefully save his life
and his Sanfilippo buddies
we’ve met in the course of the
last five years, and those that
are yet to come.
“We realize it might not
end up being him who gets
treated soon enough, but if
it can save some other kids,
that’s what we need to do.”