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Sub-Zero gets
$2M from city
Page 3

Schools
Behavior
concerns raise
tensions at VASD
Page 11

Sports

Habitat for Humanity

Building a new life

Future homeowners reflect on Fitchburg house projects


SAMANTHA CHRISTIAN
Unified Newspaper Group

Wearing red, pinstriped overalls, her hair in braids and a pair


of glasses, longtime research
scientist Katharine Hoffmann of
Paoli seemed an unlikely person
to be wielding a cordless drill in
the Agora parking lot this spring.
Yet she was among hundreds
of other employees from Promega Corporation, Terso Solutions

and Fitchburg Center who


swapped out their computers, lab
coats and business attire for tools
and blue Habitat for Humanity
shirts at the mobile construction
site May 29. As sponsors, the
group of volunteers took part in
a house panel build alongside
future homeowners Hassan and
Maryam Benani.
Im glad to be out here,
Hoffmann said. I wanted to
learn and help some neighbors

out at the same time.


After the interior and exterior walls were built, volunteers
used colorful markers to scrawl
welcoming wishes for the family
into the wood as a reminder of
their ongoing support. Then, the
walls were loaded onto a truck
Photo by Samantha Christian
to be erected near Dunns Marsh
in the Renaissance on the Park Terso Solutions employee Jason Markgraf, of
neighborhood, where Habitat for Madison, signs well wishes on the frame of the
Habitat for Humanity house during a frame build

Turn to Habitat/Page 22 in the Agora parking lot on May 29.

Moving
to the
sidelines
Roachs tenure as
city administrator
marked with strife
and growth

Two more gold


medals for Olin
Hacker
Page 15

JACOB BIELANSKI
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Photos by Scott Girard

A pair of competitors dig in during the pasta eating contest Saturday, May 30, at Festa Italia.

Festa Fitchburg

Fitchburg hosts
Bike Week event,
bike rodeo
and Dawley bike
hub opening

May is a busy month for community festivals in Fitchburg. After


all of the city approvals came through, McKee Farms Park played
host to Fitchburg Days again this year May 15-17. The familiar
carnival returned, along with foods from local organizations and
bands Friday and Saturday nights.
Not long after, Fitchburg played host to Festa Italia, hosted by
the Italian Workmens Club, also at McKee Farms Park.

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Left, Bridget
Hanrahan, 4, of
Fitchburg, eats an
ice cream cone to
cool off.

Ezra, 6, and Eleanor Burger, 5, of Fitchburg, ride the swings on the


opening day of Fitchburg Days.

Tony Roachs office has


a window that looks out
across Fitchburgs technology campus. Rolling fields
are punctuated by a smattering of government buildings and subdivisions. But
the buildings, the
view and
the window
itself did not
exist when
he first sat
down to be
t h e c i t y s Roach
administrator.
The day that I did my
interview here that road
that goes into Research
Park Drive and into Quarry Hill, that subdivision
wasnt there, they were just
putting that road in. Roach
said. There was nothing.
Roach came to Fitchburg
by way of the City of Two
Rivers. As a finance manager for Two Rivers, Roach
said he didnt really have
direct experience as a city
administrator before arriving here.
Now, after five mayors

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City approves $2.25M for Sub-Zero Mayor begins listening sessions


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The city will provide up


to $2.25 million in taxpayer
funding to bring more than
300 new Sub-Zero/Wolf
jobs here.
That amount is far less
than the $6.7 million the
appliance company originally sought, but state economic development and
transportation grants are
expected to make up the difference.
Under an agreement the
Common Council unanimously approved June 9, a
new tax-increment financing district will cover the
remaining cost of infrastructure improvements. A
letter from Mike Harrigan
of Ehlers and Associates,
the citys financial adviser,
explained that a Department of Transportation TEA
grant is expected to provide
$1 million and the Wisconsin Economic Development
Corporations grant/loan
program will provide another $3.5 million.
The TIF deal will provide
the remaining $2.25 million
in a pay-as-you-go structure, which means the city
is only obligated to pay as
much as increased tax revenue provides. That amount
is cited in the project plan
the city approved at the
same meeting for the TIF
district, its fifth.
The new Sub-Zero/Wolf
facility is expected to employ
313 people by 2018, at an
average hourly wage of $18.
Sub-Zero/Wolf had identified $6.7 million in infrastructure, including water
lines and roads, that it needed to complete the project. If
it could not get that amount
covered, Harrigans letter
explained, it was prepared to
instead expand into an abandoned plant in Kentucky

What: Joint review of


TID 9 plan
When: Tuesday, June
16, 2 p.m.
Where: Fitchburg City
Hall, 5520 Lacy Road

that it owns.
There had been some
concern because of a large
discrepancy between the
expected $55 million cost
of the companys expansion
and its expected assessment,
which is determined by the
state and likely to be heavily discounted because it is a
manufacturing facility.
When first presented, the
TIF financing for the project was expected to be able
to cover the full amount
for infrastructure improvements. However, the project plan initially estimated
the growth in tax base for
the plant expansion at just
over $30 million. Ehlers
later revised those estimates
to just under $12 million,
reducing the amount Fitchburg could recover in TIF to
just over $2 million.
TIF is a form of taxpayer
assistance that is used as a
subsidy for redevelopment,
infrastructure, and other
community-improvement
projects. It combines the
increased revenues from all
taxing jurisdictions on projects that would not exist
but for the use of TIF.
Often, the but for question is answered by reviewing a companys finances
and determining whether
the project truly would not
be possible without the
TIF. And Ald. Jake Johnson (D-4) had questions to
that effect. The citys TIF
adviser, Jim Mandt, a consultant with Ehlers, said the
company had not provided
financials.
In this case, however,
Mandt and Mayor Steve
Arnold explained that the

Alder: interest in dog park growing


New leash laws have created a small but dedicated
group of citizens eager
for a dog park in Fitchburg,
according to Alderman Jake
Johnson (D-4).
Johnson said that he is
currently putting together a
group to look into a new dog
park, and is encouraging
interested citizens to get in
touch with him.
The new leash law passed
in February requires all dogs
on public grounds within
the city to be controlled by

a leash. Ald. Carol Poole


noted on Feb. 24 that exceptions to the law included
hunting grounds and a yetto-be-built city dog park.
Johnson said topics of
discussion would include
potential locations, rules and
maintenance. Those looking
to join the group can contact
Johnson via email, at Jake.
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or by calling 443-6117.
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question was not about


whether Sub-Zero/Wolfs
expansion was economically viable, but rather
whether it would happen
here. Harrigans letter further explained that the plant
in Richmond, Ky., is fully
served by utilities, but SubZero wanted to build here if
the cost were similar.
Fitchburg economic
development director Mike
Zimmerman said the state
agencies providing the
remaining funding have
been very supportive of
the project and that were
on par to make the package very competitive with
what Richmond can offer.
The Richmond Register,
Richmonds local newspaper, reported last October
that an abandoned SubZero/Wolf dishwasher manufacturing plant employing
up to 130 people may be
revived.
It reminds me of the old
story about being chased by
the bear, Arnold said at the
meeting. We dont have to
run faster than the bear, we
have to run faster than our
companion.
City attorney Mark Sewell
called the agreement with
Sub-Zero one of the easier
development agreements
Ive ever had to do.
The project plan now
heads to a joint review board
for consideration. A JRB has
representatives from each of
the four taxing jurisdictions
Madison Area Technical College, Dane County,
Verona Area School District
and the City of Fitchburg
that will redirect tax payments from any increases in
property value in the new
district over the 20-year life
of the district.
The JRB meeting begins
at 2 p.m. June 16 and is
open to the public.

Informal events to be held


monthly throughout city
JACOB BIELANSKI
Unified Newspaper Group

McKee Farms Park and a sunny Tuesday


evening provided the perfect backdrop for
playing, biking and discussions about city
policy.
Throughout the summer, Fitchburg Mayor
Steve Arnold is holding a series of listening
session in different locations every month.
The events are open to the public and visitors
are welcome to come by any time.
Though locations have not been confirmed
for all meetings, Arnold told the Star he
intends for the sessions to occur generally
on the first Tuesday of the month in different
districts.
The next meeting will be held at The Fairways Apartments community room and will
have a Spanish interpreter.
Around 30 people came out to McKee
Farms in this weeks meeting Arnolds second as mayor to present some concerns to
a business-casual Arnold. Topics included
ways of controlling tax rates with Arnold
advising that the city controls expenses, not
necessarily tax rates as well as policies on
zoning.
In the latter instance, he said the McKee
Farms neighborhood provides both low-density housing on one side and higher-density
housing on the other, which illustrated the
often tenuous balance the city must strike
between the interests of economic development and the needs of the population.
One resident expressed concern that zoning changes were being used as a handout
to landowners to help them get more money
for their properties. In response, Arnold
explained the citys zoning process and

Future meetings
These events are open to the public
and will follow an open house format.
Tentative locations and times include:
June 30: Leopold (Dist. 3)
Aug. 4: Greenfield (Dist. 4)
Sept. 1: Belmar (Dist. 1)
Oct. 6: Hatchery Hill (Dist. 2)
Nov. 3: Quarry Hill (Dist. 3)
Dec. 1: Wildwood South (Dist. 4)
Jan. 5: Jamestown (Dist. 1)
Feb. 2: Highlands of Seminole (Dist. 2)
March 1: Swan Creek (Dist. 3)
April 5: Seminole Forest (Dist. 4)
Times are generally 6:30-8 p.m.
master plan, addressing specific examples.
He noted the city still faces a lawsuit for
downzoning Chapel Valley lots 53 and 54
to a lower-density residential.
In addition to the general public, Tuesdays meeting also brought out current and
former alders, including Tony Hartmann
(D-4), Patrick Stern (D-2) and Richard
Bloomquist. Hartmann, clad in cycling gear,
called the event well-attended on his Facebook page.

Water issue brought up


Arnolds first listening session was held
at Picassos Pizza May 21. At that meeting,
Arnold said, a stormwater flooding problem at the intersection of Monticello Road
and Whitney Way - previously unknown to
public works officials - was brought up by a
local resident and subsequently fixed by the
city in the days following. He told the Star he
hopes these sessions will bring to light similar problems.

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A little cooperation can go a long way


I

was both a little surprised and


impressed that Fitchburg voters
chose Steve Arnold as mayor
in the spring election. Its difficult
enough for a challenger to win
a high-profile post like that, but
especially so when the incumbent
has been able to enact almost every
policy he wanted because a majority of members of the Common
Council supported his goals.
Compared with the other communities we cover at UNG, most
Fitchburg elections have messy
transitions because of the biennial,
all-at-once format. But finding a
happy middle ground seems particularly challenging this year.
Hopefully, Arnold and his political opponents will find a way to
disagree respectfully so they can
keep citizens engaged in their government, rather than irritated by
bickering and spite.
Arnold, for his part, is undoubtedly ambitious. Regardless of what
anyone thinks of his politics
which are further left than most on
the council hes already shown
he will spend a large portion of his
ample free time representing Fitchburg in a variety of ways.
But its also clear that he faces
an uphill battle for many of the
initiatives he hopes to attain. And
at least in the beginning, that
has made events in the council

chambers messy, and at times contentious.


Im not worried Arnold cant
handle himself. Hes
already made
adjustments,
and like his
predecessor,
hes politically adept and
experienced
and good at
Ferolie
crafting and
spinning a
message.
But he faces vastly different territory than Shawn Pfaff did in 2011.
Pfaff swept in during a shift
to the right that appeared to be a
hangover from the 2010 state and
national elections. He always had
a majority on his side, which is
on the conservative side of Dane
County politics despite how frequently he has made a point to
proclaim that hes a Democrat.
As a result, Pfaff never really
had to work the system much to
get his policies in place with
most contentious votes going
6-2 in his favor but he did spin
things for public relations reasons,
and he even played a few games
as a citizen in order to effect
changes on the Police and Fire
Commission.

Arnold, meanwhile, faces an


uphill battle to get any of his policy
objectives in place. Hes got three
reliable voters on his side and a
few new faces on the council, but
unless he can persuade a fourth
person to lean his direction, well
see a lot of his initiatives voted
down. And even if he does, nobody
really wants to see regular mayoral
tiebreakers making local decisions.
To Arnolds credit, he has
adapted well to some early setbacks. He figured out how to earn
a majority vote for his committee
appointments, but his initial plan
of not renewing one Plan Commission member and working out
a political deal that fell apart at the
last second was not a good start.
He has since tailored his goals to
what he thinks will win broad support, but he probably will have to
take his time with a few of them.
And he has to win some confidence and faith, too. His veto of
the councils approval of Fahey
Fields isnt going to endear him to
the moderates on the council, and
a miscommunication with another
alder over an appointment to a
countywide board probably didnt
help, either.
It wont get any easier if Pfaff
continues to be a thorn in his side,
as he was last month in front of
the Plan Commission.

Pfaffs political theater in lobbying for a spot on the commission


he knew Arnold would never offer
him had the feel of a late-night
infomercial, with an assist from an
all-too-eager commissioner. Why,
yes, Shawn, we DO need another
commissioner or two with some
experience. Do you know anyone
who might be interested?
Not that Arnolds appointment
of a fellow environmentalist to
that coveted citizen commission
was any less brazen or more likely
to happen. But the way some
alders expressed objections to his
other appointments seemed trite
and politically based.
And that brings me back to my
point about keeping the community engaged and working together.
That requires respect, honesty,
good faith and transparency.
Putting citizen appointees
through the inquest they faced
during the appointment process
is not a good way to keep people
involved in volunteering for government service.
Political gamesmanship such
as Pfaff and his supporters stoking of the 5-year-old sidewalks
issue and some current and former
alders Chicken Little comments
about the nonbinding Capital
Improvement Plan is not a good
way to keep a community together.

And being stingy with information, as weve found trying to follow the search for the successor to
15-year administrator Tony Roach
(which has spanned both administrations), does not engender trust.
That last point is something that
flies under most peoples radar,
but its an important position and a
well-paid job. Searches Ive covered
in other communities were extremely open and forthright, but this one
has been a fight at every turn.
Were all used to politics being
battles these days, but local government (any government, really)
works best when there are people
willing to compromise and work
together, and that happens when
you can trust one another. Arnold
and the council did that with the
second attempt on the appointments, but it remains to be seen
whether they can do it again.
If things dont get better, theres
obviously plenty of blame to go
around. Its no fun pointing fingers, so please, lets work together
for the communitys sake.
Jim Ferolie is the editor of the
Fitchburg Star and three other
community newspapers. He has
covered and supervised coverage of local government for nine
years, including nearly six in
Fitchburg.

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Lately, Ive been spending a lot


of time interacting with the African
American community, both within
meetings of community groups and at
events around the area.
In part, this has been preparing for
a new version of last years jail study
for the Dane County Board, which no
one found acceptable. Not only was it
costly, but it seemed
to be a new and
improved version
of what we already
have, which truthfully, doesnt serve our
community well.
Before were
Krause
done, we will have
involved many
people in workgroups, which will
give direction for the future. Among
the groups Ive associated with are
the Justified Anger folks, the Black
Lives Matter movement (starting
before Tony Robinson was killed) and
M.O.S.E.S.
One thing is clear: We have to make
changes.
There are safety issues. We dont
have space to separate youthful offenders from adults, nor for those with
medical issues. There arent even
separate educational programming

facilities. And too many people end up


in solitary cells, which isnt good for
anyone.
We need to figure out how a jail
should work to be most effective in
serving the members of our community: inmates, families, staff, volunteers
and the community itself. Well be
looking at mental health, length of stay
and alternatives to incarceration questions over the summer, preparing to ask
for a new recommendation and adding
some elements into the 2016 budget.
The ideal outcome would be to have
a jail system that releases people back
into community having resolved issues
that landed them there in the first
place. However, working on the conditions in the jail for people during the
time they are incarcerated and preparing to be released is just a small part of
the whole.
Bigger questions are how and why
people in our communities get into
trouble in the first place. A lot has to
do with poverty, both long and short
term. Between the need for income and
too much time on their hands, people
too often find activities most of society
disapproves of, and we end up with
public safety issues.
Even before that, we need to look
at the communities where people live,
and, with their help, explore what

Holding open debate isnt being anti-business


businesses.
I still dont know, but
strongly suspect that
Poole et al. object to
anything except the pro
forma approval of any
business plan.
Yes, business is
important, but city
government was not
intended to be a rubber
stamp for any private
interests. And the process should be open and
transparent. If a business has concerns, they
should be openly discussed, not the product
of rumor, back-room

Dorothy Krause is northern Fitchburgs representative on the Dane


County Board of Supervisors (District
27) and the District 1 representative on
the Fitchburg Common Council.

Letters policy

Letter to the editor


For several years, Ive
heard various alders
claim that the city was
inhospitable to business.
The charge is trotted
out under various guises, the latest being Ald.
Carole Pooles letter in
the last issue regarding Sub-Zero/Wolfs
expansion plans.
Back when I was I
was a reporter, I was
unsuccessful in determining what antibusiness entailed, even
though I repeatedly
pressed for more information from alders and

changes could be provided there.


With the jail study, weve been
fully involving the community in discussions about decisions about their
residents. So it should be with larger
questions, as well. There are various
community and faith groups already
working with residents, but we need
seats at the table for more of the folks
directly affected by issues of poverty.
We can work with people to find
out what family-supporting jobs
and job-readiness education would
be most helpful for their neighborhoods, including transit needs. We can
encourage public-safety discussions
looking at community interactions.
We can bolster childrens learning
through better after-school activities.
We can provide adult education to promote financial well-being and to help
improve housing and living conditions
generally.
Most of us take our good quality of
life for granted, but many people in the
community dont share our experiences.
Working together, we have the means to
make changes, if we have the will.

discussions and vague


charges.
In the past, the Council has throttled discussion of unacceptable
topics by disbanding
commissions and limiting the number of meetings.
I had hoped those
tactics ended with the
departure of Richard
Bloomquist from the
Council. Apparently,
however, some alders
are unable or unwilling
to break old habits.
Kurt Gutknecht
Fitchburg

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June 12, 2015

To Your Health

Its easy to forget about hydration

henever we went
biking, wed hear
it.
Hydrate, hydrate!
It was the call to action
that Vanika Mock, a fellow
cyclist, routinely declared
to the group I often ride
with.
She has conditioned us so
well. Even now that she has
moved
away, we
tell one
another
in her
absence to
hydrate.
Granted, we
may be
Schumacher
joking
with one
another at times, but it is
truly a crucial part of our
cycling activity. Hydration
is an important part of every
activity and every person's
life from Olympic athletes
to couch potatoes. And its
especially important as we
head into our short, but
warm Wisconsin summer.
Even as I try to drink
as much fluid as possible,
I still have suffered the
effects of dehydration.
The first signs minor
ones include fatigue,
drowsiness and dry mouth.
And through my years
working as a pharmacist,
I have also seen the symptoms of severe dehydration. Some indications of
extreme dehydration have
included itchy skin, sunken

eyes, confusion and sometimes labored speech.


However, it is important
to remember that you can
be dehydrated and not show
any of these symptoms. If
you feel as if you might be
dehydrated, check darkness of your urine or do a
pinch test with your skin to
measure its elasticity. Of
course, it never hurts to just
drink more fluids.
The hardest part of dehydration is that it creeps
up on us. I often see an
increase in the complaints
associated with it in the
summertime. Many dont
realize how much more
they sweat, even while
resting, when the weather
warms up.
It is even more difficult
for athletes, for whom it is a
challenge to intake as much
fluid as they are losing.
Our elderly folks find
themselves fighting dehydration, as well. Many
times their bodies do not
regulate fluid levels as
efficiently as in younger
years. Seniors can also be
concerned about issues with
incontinence due to improper kidney or bladder function or drug side effects.
For whatever reason, I
find elderly people sometimes avoid water for fear
that they will have to use
the bathroom often or in
situations where one is not
available which I'm sure
is a scary experience.
There are a few things

you can do (other than finding a friend like Vanika


to remind you to hydrate
often) to avoid dehydration.
One is to have a large cup
of water to keep around all
the time, and sip frequently.
Maybe you want to stock
up on fruits and veggies
with high water content, as
proper hydration doesn't
necessarily mean the conventional glasses of water.
Broth-based soups can be a
terrific way to boost hydration, too.
Of course, one thing to
remember when trying to
properly hydrate is that caffeinated beverages are not
the right route to take. In
fact, caffeine works in your
body as a diuretic, making
you lose water, rather than
gain it.
More than anything,
hydration should be a
part of your consciousness. Make a plan on how
you intend to intake the
equivalent of eight 8-ounce
glasses of water. Be a good
neighbor and check on the
older folks that you know,
making sure they are well
and that they stay hydrated.
When you have guests over,
first offer them water before
other beverages.
We can all find the
health-conscious Vanika
in us.
Thad Schumacher is the
owner of and pharmacist at
Fitchburg Hometown Pharmacy.

Many ways to recycle for free


If you missed Fitchburgs
spring cleaning Events on
May 9, you can still Spring
Clean in a green fashion.
You might not be aware that
there are many items you can
drop off at city facilities at no
charge at your convenience
for reuse or recycling.
These include batteries,
cell phones, eyeglasses,
expired or surplus medicine and Styrofoam packing
material (other than packing
peanuts).
Other commonly used
materials, such as fluorescent light bulbs, electronics and hazardous household products will need to
go elsewhere.
For hazardous household
materials, Dane Countys
Clean Sweep is a good
option. It accepts items
such as: pesticides, poisons,
ignitables, aerosols, fertilizer, household cleaners, and
paint-related products.
These and other hazardous household wastes can
be harmful to the environment and require special
disposal. They should not
be put in your refuse container (except paint cans
with less than one inch of
paint, which can be included
if you take the lid off and let
the paint dry). Dane Countys Clean Sweep charges
$10 per visit to cover disposal costs.
If you have usable items
that you no longer need or
want, you could get them
back into circulation by
posting them at Freecycle
(freecycle.org). Freecycle
requires a free membership,
posts are monitored, and,

The Fitchburg Star

Arnold joins CARPC board


County commissions
power in question in
state budget
SCOTT GIRARD
Unified Newspaper Group

Fitchburgs mayor now


sits on the county commission that last year rejected
the citys efforts to expand
to the Northeast Neighborhood because of water quality concerns.
Although that decision was
partially overturned by the
state Department of Natural
Resources, the Capital Area
Regional Planning Commission remains the first review
of Dane County sewer service expansions, and Steve
Arnold will have one of the
commissions 13 votes.
To approve an expansion,
CARPC needs eight of the
13 commissioners to vote
yes. Historically, the Dane
County Cities and Villages
Association has had three
representatives who vote in
favor of those expansions.
Arnold, though, is more
environmentally focused
and stated his strong opposition to the Northeast Neighborhood expansion throughout the review process last
year.
Arnold acknowledged to
the Star that the DCCVA
might not like the way hell
votes. He was the only
applicant for the open seat.
But his and the commissions power may be more in
question than it already was,
as the state budget includes
a provision weakening its

Fitchburg Lands files lawsuit


The company that owns the most land in the Northeast
Neighborhood has filed a lawsuit against the Department
of Natural Resources on its decision to partially approve
sewer service expansion.
The Cap Times reported Wednesday morning that Fitchburg Lands, LLC filed a suit in Dane County Circuit Court
arguing the DNR, which overturned a complete rejection
of the expansion by the Capital Area Regional Planning
Commission, exceeded its authority in the approval.
The DNR in April approved 375 acres of the proposed
985 because of concerns of how some areas would affect
the water quality in the Waubesa Wetlands nearby.
The DNR acted arbitrarily, capriciously, unreasonably,
and beyond its authorized range of discretion by imposing conditions unrelated to water quality, and by imposing
conditions that the City and Petitioner cannot implement,
that are ambiguous as to scope, time and responsibility,
that are inconsistent with prior practice, and that have not
been adequately explained, the complaint claims, according to the Cap Times.
The states Department of Justice will represent the
DNR in the case.
role in the sewer service
expansion review process.
All of its decisions denying extensions have been
partially or fully overturned
by the DNR to this point,
anyway, but going that route
has generally taken more
than a year. Now, the DNR
would be required to make
a decision within 90 days
of an application under the
proposed law, and lack of
action would be an approval.
The proposed law change
specifically mentions Dane
County, and the state senator who proposed it cited
long delays at CARPC for
plans put forward by the
Village of Mazomanie and
the City of Fitchburgs own
recent long reviews.
Fitchburg sent the Northeast Neighborhood and

North Stoner Prairie Neighborhood Plans to CARPC


in February 2014, and
decisions were made until
November and October,
respectively. The DNR
reversal in the Northeast
case was in April.
The motion, adopted in
the Joint Finance Committee
last month, states that if the
DNR does not approve or
reject a proposal by the 90th
day after the application, it
will be considered approved
on the 120th day.
The budget is being
debated in the state Legislature and will be sent to
Gov. Scott Walker for final
approval after it is voted on.
Fitchburg Star editor
Jim Ferolie contributed
to this story

City of Fitchburg

Roads, police station cause jump in CIP


SCOTT GIRARD
Unified Newspaper Group

Spring cleaning
Free recycling
Alkaline and rechargeable batteries: Drop Off container, Fitchburg City Hall lobby
Cell phones: Drop Off container, City Hall lobby
Eyeglasses (including prescription sunglasses) and
Hearing Aids: Drop Off container, Fitchburg City Hall
lobby or Fitchburg library, main entrance
Inkjet cartridges: Drop Off container, City Hall lobby
Expired or surplus medications, including narcotics Police Station lobby (M-F 7:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m.
Expired or surplus medications, other than narcotics:
Hometown Pharmacy, Cahill Main
Styrofoam packing material (not peanuts): Fitchburg's
Recycling Drop Off site, 2373 S. Fish Hatchery Road

Possible fee/limited times


Fluorescent light bulbs: Home Depot, Menards or any
other store that sells them
Hazardous household products: Dane County Clean
Sweep, 7102 US Hwy. 12, danecountycleansweep.com
($10 charge per visit)
Paper shredding: Fitchburg shred event (spring and
fall), free
Electronics recycling: Fitchburg recycling event
(spring and fall), fees vary
Packing peanuts: Fitchburg electronics recycling event
(spring and fall) free

as the name implies, items


must be offered for free. But
its an easy way to dispose
of surplus paint, unneeded
indoor or outdoor furniture,

seasonal decorations, VCR


tapes, plants, lawn equipment, tools and just about
anything else thats still useable.

Fitchburgs new mayor


did not shy away from big
proposals in his first Capital Improvement Plan with
a $33 million increase from
former mayor Shawn Pfaffs
proposal last year.
The CIP sets out potential
spending for the next five
years from the city, but only
the items budgeted for the
next year are authorized in
the yearly budget. It serves
as a long-term planning document.
Pfaffs 2015-2019 CIP
last year called for $45.4
million of spending during
that period, while Mayor
Steve Arnolds proposal
for 2016-2020 recommends
$78.8 million.
Most of the proposed
increase is from a new $23
million police station proposed for 2020, with much
of the rest coming in an
increase in street resurfacing
projects. The need for the
police station was identified
in a space needs study presented to the Committee of
the Whole in February.
That increase, along with
a change in the way the
document was presented to
alders and the public, drew
concerns from some sitting
and former alders.

A question of process
Alders, and one former
alder who spoke at the public hearing June 9, questioned the CIP process and

the police station project this


year.
Former alder Becky
Baumbach told the council
that in her time in city government, the council was
briefed in a joint meeting
with the Finance Committee
on the CIP proposals before
the public hearing. This
year, that joint meeting is
scheduled for June 22.
The process did not
inform (alders) of what
was the cause or concern,
Baumbach said. How can
the council members come
tonight prepared for an
entire CIP plan as proposed
by their mayor when they
dont really understand the
rationale?
City administrator Tony
Roach said the change in
the schedule had not seemed
like a big deal to him.
I didnt expect that the
council would feel the need
to be briefed on the details
before the public hearing,
Roach said.
Ald. Carol Poole (Dist. 1),
though, said her constituents
are calling me and asking
me whats going on.
I dont have the information, she said.
Arnold expressed his
regret that the meeting
had not taken place, but said
there will be opportunities
for public input at the next
two council meetings, June
23 and July 14.

spending proposals.
Citizens are watching,
and we will be coming and
speaking if crazy spending
becomes a habit here, she
said.
According to the plan,
the new police facility idea
comes from a space needs
analysis that was completed in 2015. The $23 million cost is for a standalone
building, not including land
acquisition, though Arnold
cautioned after the meeting
that the price is only an estimate.
You throw an order of
magnitude guess in there
and as the thing moves
closer, then you start refining it, Arnold told the Star,
adding that there would be
a study once the building is
closer. These things are to
help you not be surprised
and to help our bond holders
not be surprised.
What we like to do in the
CIP is estimate high.
Three other citizens questioned other proposals in the
CIP. One opposed a plan to
realign and extend Herman
Road in 2017 and 2018, and
two others opposed a plan
to build a trail on the south
side of Lacy Road in 2017.
Arnold said people with
ideas on some of the proposals should share them now,
before details are finalized.
At the beginning of the
project, you can influence,
and there are no details, at
Cost concerns
the end of the project everyBaumbach also expressed thing is known and you
her concerns about Arnolds cant influence, he said.

June 12, 2015

The Fitchburg Star

ConnectFitchburg.com

Calendar of events
Friday, June 12

11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Kick-off


registration for summer reading
program event, library, 7291763
11 a.m., Petting Farm, library,
729-1760
7:30 p.m., An Evening
with Tyler Preston ($10, $8
advance), True Coffee

Party (ages 1-5), library


11:30 a.m., UW Extension
Nutrition with Tonia: What
Makes a Meal, senior center
12:30 p.m., Jessica Michna
as Sari Semple, senior center,
270-4290

Loon, library
2 p.m., Active Womens
Group, senior center
6 p.m., Family Game Night,
library

Wednesday, June 24

10:30 a.m., iPad II (sign-up),


senior center, 270-4290
3-6 p.m., Strawberry Fest:
2-4 p.m., Cupcake Decorating
Fitchburg Center Farmers
($27, sign-up), senior center,
Market, Agora Pavilion,
Saturday, June 13
270-4290
fitchburgcenter.com
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Soap Box
3 p.m., Science of
6 p.m., Schools Out Party (for Superheroes: Flight (ages
Derby, 2625 Research Park
teens), library
Dr., aasbd.org
6-12), library
7:30 p.m., Cherry Suede ($8,
6 p.m., Comic Bookmarks (for
Friday, June 19
$6 advance), True Coffee
11 a.m., Superhero Bracelets teens), library
(ages 3-6), library
Sunday, June 14
Thursday, June 25
Noon to 5 p.m., Friends Book 1 p.m., Bouncing Babies
8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fitchburg
Flea Market, McGaw Park, 332- Sale, library
(ages 0-1), library
9905
12:40 p.m., Movie Day:
1-1:30 p.m., Nuts and Bolts of
Selma, senior center
Home Internet class (sign-up),
Monday, June 15
senior center, 270-4290
Saturday, June 20
9:30 and 11 a.m., Preschool
1:30 p.m., I Love a Mystery
storytime (ages 2-5, Mondays), 8 a.m., Honor Ride leaves
library
from Saris Cycling Group, 5253 Book Club: Betrayed by Lisa
Scottoline, senior center
Verona Road, ride2recovery.
6 p.m., Comic Book Mod
3-6 p.m., Fitchburg Center
com
Podge Magnets (ages 6-12),
Farmers Market, Agora
library
10 a.m., Wisconsin Ovarian
Pavilion, fitchburgcenter.com
Alliance
Run,
Rock
and
Stroll,
6 p.m., Concerts at McKee:
5:30-7:30 p.m., Verona Road
McKee Farms Park, 262-797Dead Horses, McKee Farms
Open House, Fire House No.
7804
Park
2, 5415 King James Way, 844
10
a.m.
to
4
p.m.,
Friends
Tuesday, June 16
1230
Book Sale, library
11 a.m., Lapsit Storytime
6-7 p.m., Free Credit Report
Noon, LEGOs at the Library
(ages 0-2, Tuesdays), library
and Score Educational
(ages 5-11), library
Seminar, Summit Credit Union,
1 p.m., Advance Care
3 p.m., Kids Movie, library
2939 S. Fish Hatchery Road
Planning: Its About the
Conversation, senior center
Sunday, June 21
Friday, June 26
2 p.m., Learning Annex:
8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fitchburg

11
a.m.,
Topics in Music: The
Travels from the Crane
Flea Market, McGaw Park, 332- String Quartet, senior center
World, senior center
9905
7:30 p.m., Noah Guthrie ($15,
5 p.m., READ to a Dog (signMonday,
June
22
$13 advance, $25 VIP), True
up), library, 729-1760
Coffee
8 a.m., Coffee with a Cop,
Wednesday, June 17
senior center
Sunday, June 28
10 a.m., Book Discussion:
2 p.m., Alzheimers Education: 7:30 p.m., Andrew Tufano
The Girl You Left Behind by
Healthy Aging, senior center
($8, $6 advance), True Coffee
Jojo Moyes, library
7 p.m., Best of the Web:
Tuesday, June 30
10 a.m. to noon, Apple
Entertainment, library
Computer Classes ($15, regis 6 p.m., Teen LEGO
Tuesday, June 23
ter), FACTv office, 270-4290
Challenge, library
10:30 a.m., Superhero Dance 2 p.m., Truly Remarkable
6:30-8 p.m., Listening Session

Thursday, June 18

with Mayor Steve Arnold,


Fairways Apartments community room, 2301 Traceway Dr.

Wednesday, July 1

10 a.m., Star-Spangled
Stories and Crafts (ages 2-6),
library

Thursday, July 2

Noon, Crafternoon: The


Dressmaker of Khair Khana,
library
3-6 p.m., Fitchburg Center
Farmers Market, Agora
Pavilion, fitchburgcenter.com
7 p.m., Summer Concert
Series: Le Gran Fromage
Cajun Band, library

Friday, July 3

11 a.m., Super Power Crafts


(ages 2-6), library

Saturday, July 4

Library closed

Sunday, July 5

8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fitchburg


Flea Market, McGaw Park, 3329905

Sunday, July 12

8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Fitchburg


Flea Market, McGaw Park, 3329905

Monday, July 13

2 p.m., Alzheimers Education:


Memory Loss, Dementia and
Alzheimers, senior center
7 a.m., Device Advice, library

Tuesday, July 14

2 p.m., LEGO Mindstorm: Part


1 (ages 8-11, sign-up), library,
729-1760
6 p.m., Superhero Cookie
Decorating, library, 729-1760
7 p.m., LEGO Mindstorm for
Adults (sign-up), library, 7291760

Wednesday, July 15

10 a.m., Book Discussion,


library
10 a.m., Toddler Art (ages
1-3), library
7 p.m., Introduction to
Meditation, library

Thursday, July 16

2 p.m., LEGO Mindstorm: Part


Monday, July 6
2 (ages 8-11, sign-up), library,
7 p.m., Android Photos, library 729-1760
3-6 p.m., Kids Fest: Fitchburg
Tuesday, July 7
Center Farmers Market, Agora
2 p.m., Soda Pups, library
Pavilion, fitchburgcenter.com
Wednesday, July 8
6 p.m., Super Duct Tape
3 p.m., Science of
(ages 6-12), library, 729-1760
Superheroes: Lightning (ages
Friday, July 17
6-12), library
11 a.m., Superhero Symbols
6 p.m., DIY Sleep Masks (for
(ages 2-6), library
teens), library
11 a.m., Crime Scene
Thursday, July 9
Discovery (teens and adults),
1 p.m., Bouncing Babies
library
(ages 0-1), library
3 p.m., Superhero Training
3-6 p.m., Fitchburg Center
Academy (ages 6-12), library
Farmers Market, Agora
Saturday, July 18
Pavilion, fitchburgcenter.com
7 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Bike for
Saturday, July 11
Boys and Girls, McKee Farms
Noon, LEGOs at the Library,
Park, bike4bgc.com
library
3 p.m., Kids Movie, library

Coming Up
the Appalachian Mountains of the Healthier You: Healthy Aging,
mid-19th century. Call one day in July 13 - Memory Loss, DemenMore than 40 youth from the advance for lunch at 270-4290.
tia & Alzheimers, July 27Madison area are expected to
Know the 10 Signs: Warning
compete in the gravity-powered Schools Out Party
signs of Alzheimers Disease,
Soap Box Derby races on SaturThe library will host a Schools Aug. 3 Conversations about
day, June 13. The event will be Out Party for Teens in grades Dementia: Tips to Help and
held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at 2625 6-12 from 6-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17 Living with AlzheimResearch Park Dr., Fitchburg.
June 18. The event will include ers: For Caregivers.
For more information, visit sidewalk chalk decorating, a balaasbd.org, call 209-9960 or email loon toss and ice cream. For more Best of the web
paul@ganshert.com.
information, call 729-1762.
Come to the librarys technology
center at 7 p.m. Monday,
Advance care planning
Book sales
June 22 for the next Best of the
Advance care planning is a proT h e F r i e n d s o f F i t c h b u r g Web class, a monthly program
cess that helps you think about Library will hold book sales that examines at the best apps and
your health care values and goals, to benefit the Fitchburg Public websites on a topic.
consider health care choices you Library. The sales will be held
This months theme is entertainmay have to make in the future, on the second floor of the library ment, and topics include streamtalk about your choices with your from noon to 5 p.m. Friday, June ing TV shows, movies and music
doctor and your loved ones and 19 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Satur- sites. To register, call 729-1763.
make a written plan for the future day, June 20.
(Advance Directive).
There will be a wide variety of Coffee with a Cop
A representative from Honor- books for sale at low prices, with
Stop by the senior center at
ing Choices Wisconsin will be at more childrens books than ever. 8:30 a.m. Monday, June 22, to
the senior center for a discussion Young adult books are only 25 have your morning coffee with a
at 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 16.
cents. For more information, visit Fitchburg police officer.
friendsoffitchburglibrary.com.
This is a very informal opportuLearning Annex Presents
nity to ask questions of and get to
Travels from the Crane Ovarian cancer 5K
know an officer.
World returns to the senior center
The Wisconsin Ovarian Canat 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 16 to share cer Alliance is set to kick off its Truly Remarkable Loon
the details of a trip to India and the second annual WOCA Run, Walk
At 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 23,
research sites of the International and Stroll (formerly known as the the library will be the setting for
Crane Foundation and to experi- Whisper Walk) at 10 a.m. Saturday, wacky stunts, side-splitting comeence the culture and life there.
June 20, at McKee Farms Park.
dy, gravity-defying plate spinning
Anne and Mary Lacy will show
There will be a 5K run/walk fol- and spectacular juggling from
pictures and tell stories of their lowed by a Rascal Romp for the Truly Remarkable Loon.
trip which included some inside kids. The event is free for ovarian
tourist activities with their hosts. cancer survivor participants.
Science of superheroes
Indian tea and treats will be
For more information, visit
Starting at 2 p.m. Wednesday
served.
wisconsinovariancancer.org or June 24, the library will be the
call 262-797-7804.
place to explore the science behind
Appalachian storyteller
the most amazing superheroes. At
Join Jessica Michna as Sari Alzheimers education
this bi-weekly program, discover
Semple at 12:30 p.m. Wednesday,
The Alzheimers Associa- superpowers like Supermans abilJune 17 at the senior center.
tion educational series will begin ity to fly, Storms amazing affect
In the great oral tradition of the at 2 p.m. in the lower level of on weather and Magnetos power
storyteller, Semple takes her the senior center, starting June of magnetism manipulation.
audiences back to the foothills of 22 with, Healthy Habits for a
This fun science program is

Soap Box Derby

recommended for kids ages 6-12.

Cupcake decorating
The senior center is collaborating with Fitchburgs Rolling
Pin Bake Shop to offer a cupcake
decorating class.
The event will be held at
the Rolling Pin from 2-4 p.m.
Wednesday, June 24. All supplies
will be included in the $27 program cost, and participants can
take home six cupcakes. Call 2704290 by June 17 to register.

Android photos
Visit the library at 7 p.m. Monday, July 6 to learn how to take,
edit, organize and share your photos on an Android device.
Registration is recommended
by calling 729-1763.

Soda Pups

Come to the library at 2 p.m.


Tuesday, July 7 to see the talented Soda Pups.
This long-running show
includes agility, dog tricks, obedience and plenty of audience parCredit report seminar
Summit Credit Union, 2939 S. ticipation. Each dog, named after
Fish Hatchery Road, will hold a a soda, performs cools tricks.
free Credit Report and Score Books and Brews
educational seminar from 6-7
The Friends of Fitchburg
p.m. Thursday, June 25.
Seminar participants will learn Library will present Books and
what is good and bad credit, how Brews from 6:30-9:30 p.m. Saturto improve your credit score and day, July 11, at the library.
Guests (21 and over) can enjoy
how to create a debt pay-off plan.
Attendees will receive a compli- beer and food samplings from local
mentary copy of their personal breweries, live music from Milkhouse Radio and Marcus Sullivan,
credit report.
To register for the event, visit a raffle and bidding on products
and services in a silent auction.
summitcreditunion.com.
Proceeds will benefit the library.
Tickets are $40 each at
The string quartet
The senior center will be the friendsoffitchburglibrary.com.
scene for a history discussion of Super cookie decorating
the string quartet at 11 a.m. FriThe library is hosting a superday, June 26.
hero
cookie decorating program
Stoughtons Hal Brown will
draw upon his knowledge from at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 14.
Teens in grades 6-12 are invited
his bachelors degree in music
history and use music examples to come decorate a cookie inspired
from famous composers such as by their favorite superhero.
Haydn, Beethoven and Brahms.
Introduction to meditation

Summer Concert Series

Come to the library at 7 p.m.


Thursday, July 2 for an hour of
free rollicking music with Le
Gran Fromage Cajun Band. Call
729-1763 for more information.

Come to the library at 7 p.m.


Wednesday, July 15 for a session
led by an experienced meditation
practitioner from the Shambhala
Center in Madison.

ConnectFitchburg.com

June 12, 2015

The Fitchburg Star

Boys and Girls Club bike ride July 18

A summer of reading fun

13th annual event


moves to McKee
Farms Park

Library program
starts Friday

After outgrowing its former location at Edgewood


High School, the Bike for
Boys and Girls Club has
a new location at McKee
Farms Park. The 13th annual bike ride, which draws
thousands of spectators,
volunteers and bicyclists,
will be held on Saturday,
July 18.
Hundreds of riders will
pedal their choice of 8
miles, 25 miles or 50 miles
around Fitchburg to raise
money for the Boys and
Girls Club of Dane County.
With a goal of $450,000,
the event is the biggest oneday fundraising bike ride in
South Central Wisconsin.
Pledges raised support
the ongoing mission of
the club. Cyclists of all
ages and abilities can get
involved as an individual
rider or join a team. As of
press time, about 60 teams
had been formed and had
raised more than $95,000.
The routes, which depart
at 8 a.m. (50-mile), 9 a.m.
(25-mile) and 10:30 a.m.
(8-mile), start and finish
at McKee Farms Park, followed by an after-ride party
from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Bicyclists can grab a cold
drink from local breweries, re-energize with frozen
custard and food from local
sponsors, listen to music,
win prizes and relax with

Photo by Samantha Christian

The Boys and Girls Club of Dane County announced that it would
move its largest fundraising event, Bike for Boys and Girls Club,
to McKee Farms Park on July 18. Shown from left on April 6 are
BGCDC CEO Michael Johnson and Steve Arnold.

If you go
What: Bike for Boys and
Girls Club
When: 7 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Saturday, July 18
Where: McKee Farms
Park
Cost: $25 registration
plus pledges
Info: bike4bgc.com
yoga in the park.
Volunteers are also needed to register riders, direct
traffic, staff rest stops and
serve food and beverages.
Everyone who volunteers
receives a T-shirt and can
enjoy the after party.
Earlier this spring, the
City of Fitchburg and

Chamber of Commerce
pledged $10,000 to the
Boys and Girls Club of
Dane County to assist with
the transition of moving the
ride to Fitchburg.
The event is a perfect
fit for Fitchburg, Angela Kinderman, chamber
executive director, said. It
helps extend our bicyclefriendly community brand
and it utilizes some of our
most prized assets, like
our parks, trails and scenic
routes. The ride also gives
our citizens and businesses
opportunities to connect
with their community.
For more information,
visit bike4bgc.com or email
jstephens@bgcdc.org.
Samantha Christian

Summer may still officially be a week or so


away, but with the end of
the school year comes the
start of the summer reading program at the Fitchburg Public Library.
The program, which
runs from June 12 to Aug.
7, kicks off Friday with a
registration event from
11 a.m. to 1 p.m. that will
include some cute and cuddly critters. Havens Petting Farm is bringing its
mobile petting farm to the
library with animals such
as lambs, goats, alpacas,
pigs, ducks, bunnies and
a miniature donkey. Kids
can also enjoy a pony ride.
There are plenty of
options for readers of all
ages in the librarys summer programs. For children up to grade five,
the Bam! Pow! Read!
program will explore all
things superhero, with
programs, storytimes and
prize drawings for passes
to local events and books
as well as gift cards. For
teens entering grades
6-12, this years theme
is Unmask! with each
book read earning them
a chance to win a grand
prize, including gift cards,
gift baskets and a bookbuying trip with the Fitchburg teen librarian. Small
prizes and free books are
also offered at specific

Summer performer programs


Superhero Crafts: School Age Edition: 6 p.m. June
15, July 16 and Aug. 6
Superhero Crafts: Preschool Edition: 10 a.m. June
19, July 3, July 17 and July 31
Science of Superheroes: 2 p.m. June 24, July 8, July
22 and Aug. 5
Truly Remarkable Loon: 2 p.m. Tuesday, June 23
Science of Superheroes: 2 p.m. Wednesday, June 24
Summer Concert Series: Le Gran Fromage Cajun
Band - 7 p.m. Thursday, July 2
Soda Pups: 2 p.m. Tuesday, July 7
Superhero Training Academy: 3 p.m. Friday, July 17
Traveling Lantern Theatre Company: 2 p.m.
Tuesday, July 21
Prehistoric Explorers: 2 p.m. Thursday, July 23
Camp Superhero: 10 a.m. Friday, July 24
points throughout the program.
The librarys adult summer reading program,
Escape the Ordinary,
gives readers a chance to
read and review books,
and earn the chance to
win an hour-long massage, meal and gift cards
or entertainment gift cards.
For more information,
call 729-1762. To register
online , visit fitchburgwi.
gov/2009/SummerReading-Program.

If you go
What: Library summer
reading program registration kick-off
When: 11 a.m. to 1
p.m. Friday, June 12
Where: Fitchburg
Public Library, 5530 Lacy
Road
Info: 729-1762

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money and awareness for
an organization aimed at
helping veterans recover
from injuries.
The Ride 2 Recovery
honor ride rolls out of the
Saris Cycling Group facility in Fitchburg at 8 a.m.,
Saturday, June 20. Riders will travel routes of 12,
38 or 70 miles throughout
Dane County and make
their way back to Saris at
the end of the ride.
The 12-mile route takes
bikers through the University of Wisconsin arboretum

in Madison. The 38-mile


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Fitchburg down to Oregon,
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Mount Horeb and almost up
to Cross Plains before heading back through Verona
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Routes will be fully supported with SAG and fun
rest stops along the way,
according to the rides website. A home-cooked lunch
and music will welcome the
riders back to Fitchburg.
Day-of registration is $80
for individual riders, but

Registration includes
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Information can be found
What: Ride 2 Recovery
online at ride2recovery.
honor ride
com/honorRide.php.
When: 8 a.m. Saturday,
Funds raised through
June 20
the honor ride go to Ride
Where: Saris Cycling
2 Recovery programs at
Group, 5253 Verona Road
military installations and
Cost: $70 for individual
VA hospitals around the
riders before June 19
country, and the purchase
of bikes for participating
Info: ride2recovery.com/
veterans.
honorRide.php
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founded in 2008 and uses
cycling-based programs to
registering before June 19 help veterans rehabilitate
will save you $10. Teams and recover from injuries.
of five or more receive a
discounted rate. Injured
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FACTv to hold video camps

ConnectFitchburg.com

June 12, 2015

Fitchburg Farmers Market in full swing

On the web

FACTv, 5520 Lacy


Road, will hold three video
summer camps for fourth- To sign up for the summer video
through ninth-graders.
camp:

Camp 1

Are you interested in


making videos? Summer
Camp 1 will cover basics
of video production in the
studio and in the field.
Students then use skills
to create a variety of programming. Other projects
include creating commercials, stop-motion animation, news program and a
short film.
The camp will be held
from 9-11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from
June 22 through Aug. 5.

Camp 2
Summer Camp 1 is a
prerequisite for Camp 2,
which will take video production skills to the next
level with projects such

With more seating and


more vendors, this years
Fitchburg Farmers Market
season promises to be even
better than the last.
Held every Thursday at
the Agora Pavilion from
3-6 p.m., the market offers
a variety of Wisconsingrown produce until October. In addition to produce,
a number of locally-produced goods are available,
including cheeses, popcorn
and baked goods.
New for this year are Prairie Pearls, offering herbs for
cooking and medicinal uses;
Farm Phresh, selling heirloom plant varieties; and a
yet-to-be announce bakery,
selling gluten-free items.
The latter is expected to
begin in June.
Select vendors will also
be able to accept SNAP
benefit cards. On-site parking and an ATM are also
available.
Certain market dates
are also slated to feature
special events. On June
18, the market will hold
Strawberry Fest, while July
16 promises a Kids Fest.
The events are sponsored
by local businesses, with
the proceeds benefitting
EAGLE school, the Lions
Club and Woods Hollow
Childrens Center.
In addition to the new
vendors, shoppers can
expect to see many of the

fitchburgwi.gov/173/
Classes-Workshops
as audio effects, green
screen, studio lighting and
advanced stop-motion animation.
The camp will be held
from 12:30-3 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays from
June 22 through Aug. 5.

Camp 3
Summer Camp 1 and 2
are prerequisites for Camp
3. During the six weeks at
this camp, students will be
taking all the skills they
have learned and will apply
them to a large video project of their choosing.
The camp will be held
from 9:30 a.m. to noon
Tuesdays from June 23
through Aug. 4.

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same vendors from previous years. These including squeaky cheese curds,
custom-dyed yarns and
eggs, native prairie plants,
three different CSA vendors, goat milk soaps and
lotions, European pastries,
a selection of beef cuts and
game meat, and various
preserves.
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Special events

If you go

June 18: Strawberry Fest


July 16: Kids Fest
Aug. 20: Community Pig
Roast
Sept. 17: Fall Fest

What: Fitchburg Farmers


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Where: Agora Pavilion,
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Oregon schools

June 12, 2015

Busy summer of building ahead


Referendum
projects scheduled
throughout district
SCOTT DE LARUELLE
Unified Newspaper Group

Oregon School District


taxpayers got good news for
their pocketbooks late last
month.
Oregon School District
business manager Andy
Weiland said the district
saved $12.5 million when the
20-year bonds they sold in
January for the referendum
projects turned out to be less
costly than anticipated.
We hit the perfect time in
the market, he said.
Weiland and director of
curriculum Leslie Bergstrom gave a presentation
on referendum construction
plans May 21 at the Oregon
Area Chamber of Commerce
meeting, outlining the various projects at the schools
for this and next year.
The presentation unveiled
the plans for Oregon High
School and Oregon Middle
School, as well as updates
to the plans previously introduced to the Prairie View and
Netherwood Knoll upgrades.

Oregon High School


Improvements at OHS for
2015 are highlighted by a new,
more secure vestibule and
office at the south end of the
building, which was listed by
residents as top high priority in
the community survey.
Weiland said one significant
change from previous referendum plans, though, is establishing a 2,000-seat space for
special events like graduation,
in case of inclement weather.
The field house, which was
previously going to be razed,
will instead be renovated, with
new paint, floors and lights.
Weiland said the woefully
inadequate locker rooms will
be replaced, the trainers room
will be enlarged and individual
shower stalls will be added for
students. Coaches and phy ed
teachers will have additional
space, and there will be an area
for students to do homework.
A planned stormwater project the school and village are
working on will take around
40 percent of the stormwater
in the area and divert it south
with a new pipe that will be
installed, Weiland said. A new
parking lot with around 100
spots will be added to the west

Photo submitted

Students from Prairie View and Netherwood Knoll elementary


schools dig in to their groundbreaking ceremony as district officials
look on.

of the tennis courts. The north


parking lot off North Perry
Parkway will be doubled.
New areas will be created
for students to plan and collaborate, as well as areas where
students can build and create
for STEAM classes.
The school board voted to
delay construction until the
spring.

to the building.
Music rooms will be renovated and two kindergarten
classrooms will be added at
the front of the school, based
on parent requests. Another
significant change is a newly redesigned cafeteria that
includes a small stage, similar to the setup at Rome Corners Intermediate School.

Oregon Middle School

Prairie View/
There are a lot of chang- Netherwood
es planned for OMS this
summer, Bergstrom said, Elementary
in particular a new building
entrance with a secure vestibule where visitors will buzz
in for access.
Music rooms will eventually be located near receiving doors and will be focused
around an open courtyard to
provide more natural light.
STEAM classrooms will be
added on the south end of the
building to have access to a
southern-facing greenhouse.
The design changed over
a few months, she said. It
was an evolution of thought.
Science rooms will be next
to new laboratory rooms for
students to conduct experiments or work on computers.
Staff members are working
out final details.
A newly designed Phy
Ed area will concentrate on
developing lifetime fitness
skills and making students
are active for as much of the
class period as possible.
The cafeteria will also be
enlarged.

Brooklyn Elementary
Bergstrom said Brooklyns
dynamic design team came
up with some changes from
the basic referendum plan
that was far superior. The
secure vestibule was idea
No. 1, and will include a
new office area where visitors must buzz in for access

VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

In an effort to improve traffic flow, Weiland said Soden


Drive will be improved
around the two schools. He
said the addition of a new
outside classroom in the area
really simplified things in
terms of routing student dropoff and pick-up traffic.
People will automatically
be directed to the west of the
parking lot, where they can
drop off at Prairie View or
they can go a little bit further
and drop off at Netherwood,
Weiland said. There (will
be) 10 or so more parking
spots than there are now.
The outdoor classroom
will have amphitheater seating and will have a variety of
possible uses for teachers.
The idea is to use natural
products as much as possible, he said. There are also
some significant stormwater
features underground here to
deal with some of the water
problems weve been having
at the back of Netherwood.

School pool

Weiland said a secure vestibule will be added this summer in the front of Prairie
View, where visitors can be
buzzed into a waiting area.
The construction will effectively take the school out of
the mix for summer school
and activities, said Bergstrom.

Just in time for the summer pool season, construction is complete at the districts pool, Weiland said.
The new facility is more
energy efficient, but the most
noticeable aspect will be less
humidity and a lack of the
familiar chlorine smell, after
a significant upgrade in the
buildings ventilation system.

The Fitchburg Star

Graduation set for Sunday


The Oregon High
School Class of 2015 will
mark the end of their high
school careers Sunday at
graduation.
Students will graduate

during a ceremony at Oregon High School Sunday,


June 14, beginning at 1
p.m.
For more information,
call 835-4300.

If you go
What: Oregon High School Class of 2015 graduation
ceremony
When: 1 p.m. Sunday, June 14
Where: Oregon High School, 456 N. Perry Parkway
Info: 835-4300
Motto: To accomplish great things, we must
not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but
also believe.

Whats online
Read more OSD
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stories

at

OSD retirements
Teachers Leyla Sanyer and Dale
Schulz retire at the end of this year after
decades of service in the Oregon school
District.

Sanyer

Administrator shuffle at OHS


Two elementary school principal positions are open and Oregon High School
changed some of its administrators titles
and roles at the school.

OHS construction delayed


Read more about the school boards
vote to delay construction at the high
school until next spring.

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Madison schools

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Photo by Evan Halpop

A runner charges through a cloud of color at the Cherokee event.


Photo by Scott Girard

A pair of
fund-runs
Cherokee Middle School and
Leopold Elementary School held
runs last month to raise money
for their parent-teacher organizations. The Leopold Timberwolf
Trample was in its 10th year,
while this year marked the inaugural Cherokee Color Run.
Above, Leopold principal Karine
Sloan gives a go signal to the
runners.
Left, a group of girls near the
finish line holding hands at the
Leopold run.
Right, Lucy Friedman poses for
a photo following the color run
May 17.
Photo by Scott Girard

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Class of 2015 graduation set


for Saturday at Kohl Center

Meet Our
Class of 2015
98% going directly
on to college
with $3.5 million
in accepted
scholarships
95% participation
in co-curricular
activities, fine arts
and sports
65% graduating
with honors
(g.p.a. of 3.5+)
100% completed
100 or more
community service
hours, including
19 students who
completed 500 or
more hours, and
two with over
1,000 hours

Wests, so heavy traffic is


expected downtown.
There is no limit on seating inside the Kohl Center
for the ceremony and tickets are not required. Balloons and glass vases are not
allowed in the Kohl Center.
For parking information
and more information on
the ceremony, visit west.
madison.k12.wi.us/seniorinformation-class-2015.

If you go
What: Madison West
graduation
When: 1 p.m.
Saturday, June 13
Where: Kohl Center,
Madison
Info: west.madison.
k12.wi.us/seniorinformation-class-2015

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charge at school
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Clothing with Native
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District next year.
Madison West junior
Gabriel Saiz told the school
board May 18 the mascots
existence destroys our
self-esteem, according to
the Cap Times.
They show us how

people really think of us,


Saiz said. You dont think
of us as people who have a
complex history, you dont
think of us as 562 federally recognized tribes. You
think of us as redskins.
He and others in the
Native American community spoke at that nights
meeting about the harm
those logos can cause
before the board approved
an amendment to the districts dress code banning
the logos.
According to the Cap
Times, the rule states that

students may not wear


clothing with words, pictures, or caricatures based
on negative stereotypes of
a specific gender, ethnicity,
nationality, religion, sexual orientation or disability. Students may not wear
shirts, hats, or other attire
depicting Native American
team names, logos, or mascots.
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Times reported, the board
approved the change to the
policy unanimously.

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The Madison West High


School Class of 2015 will
celebrate its graduation
Saturday afternoon at the
Kohl Center.
The ceremony will begin
at 1 p.m.
Graduates should arrive
between 12:15 and 12:30
p.m. to ready for the ceremony.
Madison Memorials
graduation will take place
in the morning before

Clothing with Native


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Verona schools

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Discipline complaints return to board


Standing room only
crowd waits out
long behavior talk

The Fitchburg Star

The Verona Area high


The ceremony is schedSchool Class of 2015 will uled to begin at 3 p.m.
walk across the stage at Sunday, June 14.
Epics Epicenter Sunday
There are 366 students
for graduation.
in the class.

If you go

SCOTT GIRARD
Unified Newspaper Group

They waited two hours


longer than expected, in a
hot room filled by a standing
room only crowd.
And then a large group of
Verona Area School District
parents stood and applauded as others questioned the
school boards behavioral
policies during the school
boards public comment period June 1.
The long discussion that
preceded it was on that same
topic, and the combined three
hours of discussion brought
out raw emotion, accusations
of lying and poor planning
and pleas for patience as parents and administrators went
back and forth about the Nurtured Heart Approach (NHA)
and Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
strategies the district has
implemented over the past
few years.
Both are positive-focused
behavior programs that celebrate good behaviors and
attempt to teach students
behavior expectations, similar
to how academic subjects are
taught. But some parents and
teachers have complained that
the emphasis on the positive
has led to some students acting without consequence and
led to safety issues.
Concerns about NHA in
particular boiled over at Stoner Prairie Elementary School
this spring, and parents from
other schools began to add
their own complaints to the
board through letters and
emails, with all of it coming
to a head Monday night.
With those concerns in
mind, the board had scheduled a board/administration
retreat Monday to discuss the
behavior and discipline programs at each site, starting an
hour before the 7 p.m. regular board meeting. But with
the exception of a 45-minute
student recognition segment
that was inserted in the midst
of the discussion to allow
other people to get on with
their night, the presentations
by site principals lasted until
after 9 p.m., punctuated by
many questions from board
members for administrators
from all 10 district schools.
And yet, the crowd not
only did not dissipate much,
it instead joined in the discussion. Many in the audience expressed frustration
or disagreement more than
once with what was said by
principals, even speculating
at one point the board might
be delaying the public comment period to avoid hearing
parents concerns. But board
members said they were simply trying to get all of the
information they could on

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Graduation set for Sunday
June 12, 2015

What: Class of 2015 graduation


When: 3 p.m. Sunday, June 14
Where: Epicenter, Voyager Hall
Graduates: 366
Song: I Lived One Republic
Flower: Sunflower
Quote: What lies behind us and what lies ahead of
us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.
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A standing room-only crowd listens to Verona Area School Board member Derrell Connor ask a question to Badger Ridge Middle School officials during the presentations from all site principals on their
behavior and discipline strategies.

On the web
Read the full story, plus more information about board member Derrell
Connors points on the behavior discussion turning into a racial issue and
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what is rapidly emerging as
a serious problem for the district.
The eventual public comment period, with four speakers, proved to be similar to
two weeks ago, when two
parents and a student questioned behavior and discipline
policies around the district.
What was different was
board member Derrell Connor ensuring the discussion
did not become a racial one,
an issue he said has been
creeping up in comments
on the districts behavioral
policies online and at the last
meeting.
And while the board did
not respond directly to the
comments, board president
Dennis Beres indicated the
board would investigate the
issues brought up throughout the summer. Already, the
district has begun exploring a
change in the authority of site
councils, which would allow
it to better control behavior
policies and how they are
implemented.
Were all concerned about
these issues, were going to
get to the bottom of this,
he said. Sometimes people
wont like the individual
answers, but we will give
answers to all of the questions
that were raised.

Skepticism for sites


During the presentations,
board members questioned
site administrators on many
issues, including where the
line is drawn on behavior that
deserves a punishment and
how they handle repeated
problems between specific
students.
Administrators defended
their programs, with some

pointing to the relative short


time theyve been in place as
a reason they havent been
fully effective yet.
Parents were skeptical
throughout the presentations,
getting especially argumentative during the Badger Ridge
Middle School discussion and
giving sarcastic applause after
the final presentation of the
night.
Done with the lies, said
one audience member after
the final presentation, from
Verona Area High School,
finished at 9:15 p.m.
It led to a tense moment
that Connor helped defuse.
Were all here because
you said there are issues, he
said. Lets get to them. The
idea was to bring folks in here
to talk about what their process is, then we can go from
there.
One problem the presentations highlighted was the
variety of policies throughout the district. While they
all share common themes, the
implementation is at different
stages with different points of
emphasis and staff training.
Verona Area High School
principal Pam Hammen
asserted that schools, teachers
and parents are all looking
for the same outcome, there
just isnt agreement on the
method.
We all want students who
feel safe at school who can
focus on learning, Hammen
said.
The board and site leaders acknowledged that better communication is clearly
a need, because they sensed
that parents did not understand some of the positives
that have come out of the new
approaches.

Complaints and
demands
At times during the site presentations, parents decided
they could not wait for the
public comment period to
share their thoughts.
At one point, board member Ken Behnke and board
president Dennis Beres had
to ask an audience member
to not speak before the public comment period, after she
questioned the behavioral
policies at Badger Ridge Middle School.
We feel like we havent
been listened to, the woman
said when Behnke explained
they couldnt deviate from the
publicly noticed agenda.
Just prior to that, Behnke
had cited a perception coming forth to (the board) that
the teachers cant discipline.
Thats the reality, some
in the audience immediately
responded, prompting a few
quick anecdotes from other
audience members.
Eventually, the waiting
parents had their say, and the
room full of parents applauded each speaker.
Complaints ranged from an
alleged lack of discipline and
punishment to the board and
district officials ignoring the
parents.
Jeff Standiford, speaking on behalf of a group of
teachers, IT professionals, business people doctors,
lawyers, nurses, taxpayers
parents and more called
Verona for Positive Change,
told the board he appreciated
hearing about the spectrum
and the diversity of different
implementations at sites. But,
he said, Thats also a primary concern of the group.
Former teacher Randy
Marks later added that while
he love(s) the Nurtured
Heart Approach, the implementation has been totally
backwards and inconsistent.
The process is wrong; the
goals are great, Marks said.

Mural
painting
Volunteers with AT&T
Wisconsin Pioneers painted a
20-foot by 30-foot mural of the
United States on the playground
at Stoner Prairie Elementary
School on Tuesday, June 2.
Photo by Samantha Christian

Photos by Rumasa Noor

Stoner Prairie Field Day


Stoner Prairie Elementary School students got some end-of-theyear energy out May 27 at the schools Field Day.
Above, Yared Garcia and Rosetta Marcinko run during a relay
race.
Below, Isabella Smithback, Jayla Lattimore, Abby Rammer and
Breanna Smith work as a team to balance with their tennis
rackets.

Whats online
Read more VASD stories at ConnectFitchburg.com:

Personalized Learning at VAHS


See how some teachers at Verona Area High School
are doing the little things to make personalized learning a part of the school.

Discipline statistic differences in first year of


new system
Find out why there are significant differences in the
reported behavior incident numbers at schools around
the district.

District retirements
Four teachers with more than 20 years of experience
in the district retired this year.

Stousland leaves CKCS


Core Knowledge Charter School director Brett Stousland is leaving at the end
of the year to become the superintendent
of the Barneveld School District.

Graduates learned lifelong


lessons at VAHS

Stousland

Through organizing and participating


in one of the states largest high school blood drives,
some VAHS seniors learned lessons theyll keep with
them for life.

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Learning the
trades
Kids and parents got a taste
of the trades Saturday, May 9,
at McKee Farms Park for Kids
Building Wisconsin. The event
brought hundreds of people
from the construction industry to show off interactive
exhibits, including building
kits, a video game simulator
and the chance to climb on
construction equipment.

Photos by Scott Girard

Maximino Luna, 2, waits for sisters Adelia and Delayla, all of


Madison, at the end of a construction tube.

Ben Dolejs, 4, of Verona tries


on oversized boots.
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Sasha, 4, and Yuriy Gusev, of Verona, construct a small basket they
could later paint to decorate.

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Finding his mark with art


On the web

High schooler
honored last month
by VSA Wisconsin

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Fitchburgs Nolan Council doesnt like to talk too


much, but get him around
some art supplies, and it
turns out he has plenty to
express.
The Madison West
sophomore was honored
last month for his piece of
abstract art by VSA Wisconsin, a state organization
on arts and disability, during the its annual Call for
Art. His piece, reviewed
by a jury of art professionals, was selected from 24
entries in his age category.
According to a press
release from VSA Wisconsin, his award-winning
painting is comprised of
thick strokes of blue and
yellow paint, and is layered
with thick brush strokes of
pastel pink and purple
the element of finger painting to the right side of the
canvas brings forward an
aspect of originality, and
adds different texture and
balance to the piece.
The most interesting part
of it all is that Nolan, who
has Down Syndrome, never painted until he got to
high school, said his proud
mother, Brenda Council. She credited Nolans
special ed teacher, John

Photo submitted

Nolan Council of Fitchburg, a


sophomore at Madison West
High School, was honored last
month for his artwork by VSA
Wisonsin, a state organization on arts and disability. His
abstract piece was selected from
24 entries in his age category,
and will join 29 other works
in Visual Expressions, VSA
Wisconsins traveling exhibition,
which will be shown throughout
the state at libraries, galleries
and corporations for the next
three years.

Mysliwiec for suggesting


he take an art class at West
with Barbara Drew, whom
she also had high praise for.
For him, it takes time,
and Barbara does a great
job with Nolan; she makes
sure no one helps him with
his painting, she said. We
are so proud of him. He did
a very good job, and its
nice for him to celebrate
something he did.

Nolan isnt very verbal,


Brenda said, but when it
comes to his artwork, hes
very detail-oriented, picking out just the right colors and brushes he wants
to use to create a mood on
the paper or canvas. And he
really gets into his work.
When he comes home,
his clothes will have paint
all over, she said. Barbara told me sometimes
Nolan begins to paint at the
beginning of class and other
days he ponders on what he
would like to paint.
For winning his age
group, Nolan won $100 and
received a congratulatory
plaque. His artwork will be
on display for three years
throughout the state as part
of the program. Brenda said
when the family visited the
gallery to see the painting,
it was a very special day.
As soon as Nolan
noticed his artwork, Nolan
had a giant smile on his
face, she said. He loves
to paint; this is the way
Nolan can express himself.
Its awesome that since his
artwork will be displayed,
Nolan can express himself
to his fellow Wisconsinites.

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Nine Springs Golf Course

New disc golf course opens Friday


Junior golf lessons
also begin this
month
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Unified Newspaper Group

Photo by Scott Girard

Memorial Day
Ken and Nona Brookbank of Oregon, U.S. Air Force veterans, listen
to Lt. Col. Todd Berge speak at the citys Memorial Day ceremony
outside of the senior center. Berge encouraged those in attendance
to thank anyone they know who has served as often as possible.
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City looks for more firefighters


Open house slated
for June 20
The Fitchburg Fire
Department is looking to
hire more paid-on-call firefighters.
Individuals living in, or
near, Fitchburg who are
interested can attend an
information session at 9 a.m.
Saturday, June 20, at Firehouse #1, 5791 Lacy Road.
During this two-hour
session, members of the
department will provide
an overview of the department and explain the paidon-call firefighter position
as well as its requirements
and expectations to potential recruits. There will also
be ample opportunity to ask
questions.
Since the founding of the
Fitchburg Fire Department
in 1971, the majority of the
departments staff has consisted of paid-on-call members. Paid-on-call firefighters do receive some compensation for responding
to fire calls, participating
in training, and performing
other authorized activities; however, their primary
source of income comes
from employment in another
profession outside the fire
department. Fitchburgs
paid-on-call and career firefighters are trained to the
same professional standards
and work together in all
areas of the fire service.
If you are a Fitchburg

If you go

Its still a golf course,


but Nine Springs will have
a new attraction for nongolfers beginning Friday.
The course will open its
$9,000, 9-hole disc golf
course that was designed
by a professional with
a good reputation in the
game.
I didnt just go dig a
bunch of holes and throw
baskets out, joked Nine
Springs course manager Dan Larsen. It can
accommodate all levels,
from professional to very
beginner, and thats something I couldnt have done

myself.
Larsen, who has worked
at the course in many
roles over the last eight
years, took over management after Sam Schultz
stepped down at the end
of last year. Hes making lots of improvements
to the course, he said, but
hopes to have a long-term
commitments from the city
instead of the year-to-year
lease it has used in the past
to have the golf course
managed.
I want to know its
appreciated, he said of the
improvements. I have to
know whats going to happen.
He also hopes the disc
golf course can bring a new
demographic to the course.
It will be $5 for nine holes
and $8 to play 18, which
would involve playing the
9-hole course twice.

There will be challenges, he acknowledged, as


the course will have a few
more rules and options
than many disc golf courses.
Theres never been a
disc golf course where
you can rent a golf cart,
he said. What theyre not
going to like is they cant
bring their own beer. Ill
have to drive around and
be the ranger, because I
can lose my license.
For more information on
the course, or to schedule a
tee time for disc golf, call
271-5877.

Junior league begins


The course will also
begin to host its junior
league every Tuesday,
June 16.
The 30 spots for the
golf lessons, which were
offered at $80 this year

instead of the $165 in the


past, are already full, but
there are unlimited spots
for the playground time
after the lessons.
For $16, beginning at
noon, kids can use the driving range to play soccer,
tennis, footgolf and other
games, Larsen said. Its
new this year, and another way Larsen wanted to
show the city they could
come up with new activities for residents of the
neighborhood.
Once the kids know
theres going to be soccer,
its going to take off, he
said. There wasnt enough
activities and amenities for
the Fitchburg residents.
Kids in the program will
also have lunch served at
11:30 a.m.
For more information on
the playground or to sign
up, call 271-5877.

What: Paid-on-call firefighter information session


When: 9 a.m. Saturday,
June 20
Where: Firehouse #1,
5791 Lacy Road
Info: wes.coppersmith@
fitchburgwi.gov

resident, no previous experience education or experience is necessary to become


a paid-on-call firefighter.
Successful applicants will
be provided with the equipment and support needed to
complete State of Wisconsin
entry-level firefighter training requirements.
The minimum requirements for paid-on-call firefighter applicants are:
18 years of age
Possess a high school
diploma or equivalent
Live within the City of
Fitchburg, if you do not have
previous firefighter training
Possess a valid Wisconsin drivers license
No felony convictions
Not subject to restrictions that would interfere
with firefighting duties
For more information
about the paid-on-call firefighter position, see the
departments website at
fitchburgwi.gov or contact
Wes Coppersmith at wes.
coppersmith@fitchburgwi.
gov.

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Summer Swimming Lessons


& Otter Adventure
Summer Camp
Swim Birthday Parties
Family Open Swim
Senior Water Aerobics

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Nine Springs kick off


Nine Springs Golf Course hosted a kick off event for its summer
programs on May 19. In addition to finding out about junior golf
and playground programs, attendees had the opportunity to eat
pizza, find out more about the library, and play games.
Above, Amarion Larrue, 11, races through a bounce house obstacle
course.
Right, Jasmine Boers, 4, attempts to putt a golf ball into the hole.

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Turtle stops traffic


On May 17, Fitchburg resident Andy Lanz was out for a run near his house when he spotted a large
snapping turtle trying to cross Seminole Highway near Dunns Marsh. He halted traffic temporarily to
help the turtle, and managed to do so without losing any fingers.
A video clip appears on the Fitchburg Star Facebook page.
The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources released an article about what to do if you encounter
a turtle on a roadway, which can also be found at 1.usa.gov/1SEOUvv.
1. Be safe. Do not put yourself or anyone else in harms way.
2. Avoid picking turtles up by their tail; instead, pick them up by the sides of their shell.
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4. When dealing with a large snapping and spiny softshell turtles, have them bite down on a stick or
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Q. What can I do to protect my elderly relatives from nursing home neglect and

Q. What is the difference between Assisted Living and Memory Care?


A. If someone needs to transfer a loved one to a long term care setting, doctors and social workers

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Ryan Wagner,
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Maximizes safety and supports functional abilities. Provides sufficient stimulation
Facilitates social opportunities
Helps the resident to maintain their self-identity
Provides an opportunity of privacy and control for the resident

A. If you are refinancing, you can either pay the fees in advance
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figure out whether the nursing home is licensed in the State of Wisconsin. Determine if the staff
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out if its up to you to observe what is happening in the nursing home or if a physician will be
relied upon for this task. Remember that google is your friend, check out the nursing homes
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State gold

Hacker defends state title,


Wellenstein earns his first
JEREMY JONES
Sports editor

Senior Olin Hacker repeated as WIAA Division 1 state champion in the two mile and added
the mile title June 5-6, while fellow Madison
West senior Jack Wellenstein culminated his
prep career with his first state title.
Undoubtedly Hackers most exciting race at
state, if not in his career, came in the 1,600-meter
run June 6 at UW-La Crosses Veterans Memorial Stadium.
A year removed from a disappointing third
place finish, Hacker used a late kick and had
just enough left in the tank to hold off Wisconsin Lutheran senior Eric Brown II by three-hundredths of a second in 4 minutes, 13.75 seconds.
Brown II didnt have too much to be disappointed about over the weekend, however, capturing his third-straight 800 run title in 1:54.78.
A nationally ranked distance runner, Hacker
defended his own state title in the 3,200 on Friday, pulling away from Big Eight Conference
rivals Ryan Nameth (9:07.3) of Verona and Finn
Gessner (9:08.69) of Madison La Follette in
9:00.86.
Nameth jumped to the lead at the start, playing
the role of the rabbit until Gessner passed him
two laps in.
Hacker waited until the sixth lap to take the
lead, and extended his lead to about 15 meters by
the end of the seventh lap. Then came the afterburners, allowing Hacker to win the race by 6.46
seconds.
Hacker looked like he had a shot at Chris
Rombough of New Londons 2005 state record
but fell off the pace. He finished his prep career
with five state titles between track and cross
country.
Having beaten Nameth the last two years at
the WIAA Division 1 state cross country meet
and in the two mile, the friends are set to become
teammates this fall at UW-Madison.
The returning state runner-up in the 400 dash,
Wellenstein was seeded second behind Oak
Creek junior Caleb Ogden with a 48.46 after prelims. While Ogden cut .19 in the finals, Wellenstein dropped more than a half second in the
finals to take the 400 in 47.82.
Nine-hundredths of a second separated
Wellenstein from second place in the 200 dash,
but he settled for a third-place finish in 22.37
behind Wisconsin Lutheran junior Josh Kren
(22.28). Wellenstein was eighth in the 200 last
year.

Photo by Anthony Iozzo

Sophomore Tyler McClure celebrates a run he scored on a wild


pitch Tuesday, June 9, in the
D1 sectional semifinal against
Janesville Parker. The Wildcats
won 9-4 but later lost 10-0 to
top-seeded Janesville Craig in
the final.

VAHS baseball

Wildcats
finish as
sectional
runner-up
ANTHONY IOZZO
Assistant sports editor

Photo by Jeremy Jones

West senior Olin Hacker celebrates with Verona senior Ryan Nameth, who was runner-up for the second straight
year, after winning the two-mile race Friday, June 5, in the WIAA Division 1 state track and field meet at Veterans
Memorial Stadium at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. Hacker also added a state title in the mile race.

Wellenstein and Hacker first met playing soccer together at 5-years-old. They will be rivals in
the fall though with Hacker running at UW and
Wellenstein headed to Minnesota.
Meanwhile, Milwaukee King senior Maurice
Simpson blew the field away in the 200 in 21.88
and also added the 100 title in 11.04.
West seniors Izak Oltman and Caleb Wilson
capped their prep careers, helping sophomores
Sam Bishop and Noah Zamzow-Schmidt race to

a 10th-place finish in the 4x800 relay in 7:59.61.


West junior Nick Lawson was 23rd in the 400,
while sophomore Dejan Noel finished 24th in
the 300 hurdles.
The Regents finished third overall with 36
points when all was said and done. Bay Port took
home top honors with 67 led by the dominating
performances of junior thrower Cole Van Lanen
in the shot (62) and discus (183-8), while Wisconsin Lutheran finished runner-up with 48.

For the second straight season, the Verona Area High


School baseball team finished
sectional runner-up Tuesday.
That feat is something
that has never happened in
the history of VAHS. And
despite the season ending in
a 10-0 loss in five innings to
top-seeded Janesville Craig
ranked No. 2 in the state
head coach Brad DOrazio
said it is one that the guys
should be proud of, especially
the five seniors that were in
eighth grade the last time the
Wildcats made state.
To be one of the last 16
teams playing and to give
yourself a chance to play to
go to state is all you can ask

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OHS boys track

Duff and Cutter medal at state


JEREMY JONES
Sports editor

After struggling through rash


of injuries early this season,
Oregons Alex Duff made the
most of his WIAA Division 1
state track and field debut last
weekend. Finding his stride
at the Badger South Conference meet, Duff continued to
drop time all the way to Friday
and Saturday when he broke
the school record both days at
state.
Duff sat in fifth place following Fridays 300-meter hurdle
prelims, but the junior proved
he had plenty more in the tank
on Saturday, cutting .33 seconds to jump into third place
in his first meet with a time of
38.8.
It was really rewarding to
be able to crack the top three at
state after missing two weeks

and a couple meets this season, Duff said.


Alex struggled with injuries, but came through from
conference on to help the boys
team in a big way, Panthers
head coach Ned Lease said.
There was no doubt from the
coaching staff that Alex could
podium, especially after an
impressive week of practice
and a fifth-place finish in prelims.
When coach (Kathleen)
Mentink saw that Alex got an
inside lane she predicted a top
3 finish.
Alex is a special athlete
who also models the three sport
athlete ideal, Lease said. He
works hard all year round to
keep himself multi-dimensional and his other sports benefit. I
wish more student athletes took
a similar approach.
As the only junior on the

podium Saturday, Duff said


the bar is high for his senior
season. Next year he would
only need to improve another
half second to break the state
record.
This season I thought I
could get close to the school
record, he said. Next season I
want to win state and break the
state record.
Junior Chris Cutter cut more
than three seconds and 15 spots
off last years performance at
state to take fifth place last Saturday in one of the most competitive 800 finals in state history with a 1:56.33. Wisconsin
Lutheran senior Eric Brown II
his third title in the 800 with a
1:54.78.
Eric and Perrin (Hagge of
Photo by Jeremy Jones
Middleton), who finished second are great runners, Cutter Junior Alex Duff broke the Oregon High School record in the 300-meter hurdles twice last weekend

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at the WIAA Division 1 state track and field meet at UW-La Crosse. Duff ended his season in third
place with a time of 38.8 seconds.

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Boys tennis

Pletta falls short of familiar


rival, Conley cant keep pace
JEREMY JONES
Sports editor

Juniors Alex Pletta and


Patrick Conley entered
their first WIAA Division 1
individual state tennis tournament on Thursday just
hoping to have fun and play
well.
Although both lost
their first round matches,
they both felt better having gotten the chance to
play amongst the states
elite inside UW-Madisons
Nielsen Tennis Stadium.
Despite reaching the state
tournament, Plettas draw
was almost hard to believe,
getting Big Eight Conference rival Iram Turrubiartes
of Sun Prairie.
I guess it is just the luck
of the draw. I would have
liked to see him face someone else, but you get who
you get, Wildcats head
coach Rick Engen said.
Pletta was blown out in
the first set by Turrubiartes
only to rally to take the second and force a tiebreaker.
We told Alex he had to
maintain depth on his shots
to keep Iram out of his
comfort zone, Engen said.
Iram likes to put a lot of
spin on the ball and to use
short angles. But he can not
do that in a baseline game.
Knotted at 8-all though,
Pletta was unable to closeout the match, falling 6-3,
3-6 (10-8).
I think I played really
well and it was a good way
to go out, I guess, Pletta
said. Im bummed I didnt
win, but it was a really good
match all the way around.
Looking forward to his
senior season, Pletta said,
My goal is to get back to
the state tournament next
year and Im going to work
as hard training and playing
tennis as much as I can in
the offseason. My goal is to
win state, but well take it
one step at a time.
Conley won his first
game and then dropped the
next 12 en route to a 6-1,
6-0 loss against 13th-seeded Nicolet senior Kevin
Ballacer.
I try to go into every
match with the mentality that I can beat the guy.
I knew he was a senior, so
I was hoping to try and get
in his head a little bit and
make him feel the pressure of the moment, Conley said. He was nervous
early, but turned it around.
Hes obviously a very good
player.
Ballacer in turn lost 6-3,
6-2 to Kenosha Tremper
sophomore Daniel Moore
in the second round.
I think both Alex and
Patrick went into state
a little nervous and that
showed in the beginning of
both matches, Engen said.
Alex took the nerves and
played well after the first
set.
For Patrick, it is always
tough when you draw a
seeded player. He went into
the match with a strategy in
mind and he did not waiver from that strategy and
adjusted as he played. That
was a big learning experience for him, which will
carry him into next year.
Middleton sophomore

Photos by Jeremy Jones

Junior Alex Pletta returns a


backhand during his first round
match at the WIAA Division 1
state tennis tournament. Pletta
lost his match 6-3, 3-6 (10-8)
against Iram Turrubiartes of Sun
Prairie.

Junior Patrick Conley reacts


to hitting a bad shot Thursday
at the WIAA Division 1 state
tournament.

Jake Van Emburgh, who


finished third a year ago,
won the state title 7-5, 6-1
over top-seeded David
Horneffer of Brookfield
East. Van Emburgh (14-0)
did not lose a set the entire
tournament, although he
nearly fell behind in his
final match against Horneffer who beat him last year
in the semifinals.
The son of UW Madison tennis coach Greg Van
Emburgh, Jake now plans to
move on to the prestigious
IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla. Where he will be
coached by his father for
his final two years of high
school.
Van Emburgh joined
Middleton during the season after playing on the
U.S. Tennis Associations
juniors tour, was seeded
second.
Looking to next year,
Engen said there is plenty
of reason to be excited
as Verona graduates two
seniors (Christian Gross
and Alex Breitfelder) from
this seasons team and figures to be one of the favorites once again next season
to reach the WIAA Division
1 team state tennis tournament. The Wildcats havent
reached the state team tournament since 2004.
I think we will again
be in the same situation
next year as we were this
year Memorial, Oregon,
West and us, Engen said.
Hopefully next year I do
not lose my 1 doubles player to a broken wrist. I have
a couple of very talented
freshmen coming up so
that should fill some senior
voids.

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Boys track

Nameth finishes second to Hacker


JEREMY JONES
Sports editor

Senior Ryan Nameth cemented his


legacy as the top distance runner in
Verona Area High School history
last weekend at the WIAA Division
1 state track and field meet at UW-La
Crosse with his second runner-up.
Big Eight rivals Olin Hacker of
Madison West, Madison La Follette sophomore Finn Gessner and
Nameth shook free of the pack early
and carried the pace to a sweep of
the top three spots in the 3,200-meter
run.
UW-Madison teammates this fall,
Hacker repeated as state champion
in 9 minutes, 0.86 while Nameth followed across the line in 9:07.30.
It was Nameths second track AllState performance and fifth All-State
performance when you combine
cross country and track.
Ill remember the memories more
than anything, Nameth said. You
dont necessarily see all the hard
work you put in paying off, especially when you have a tough season, but
it all paid off in the end.
I accomplished my goals to be
the best runner in school history, but
training with some of the younger
kids, I wouldnt be surprised if someone steps up to take my place in the
next couple of years.
The fact Nameth could break the
school record again and finish second
only to a nationally ranked distance
runner like Hacker after all the weeks
of training he missed due to injury
and illness, Wildcat head coach Joff
Pedretti simply called as shocking.
Hacker went on to add a victory
in the mile, holding off Wisconsin Lutheran senior Eric Brown II
by three-hundredths of a second in
4:13.75.
Verona senior Cameron Tindall
had hoped to reach the 100-meter
dash finals, but did not qualify, finishing 22nd well off his sectional
seed time of 11.36. His season-best
sectional time of 11.16 would have
earned him fourth place. Milwaukee
King senior Maurice Simpson won
the 100 in 11.04 and added the 200
title in 21.88.
The Wildcats 4x200 relay of
seniors Jacob Auman and Tindall,
sophomores Chudi and Obi Ifediora
reached the finals with the 10th fastest time in prelims only to be disqualified.

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Verona Area High School senior Ryan Nameth celebrates following his second straight
3,200 runner-up finish to Madison Wests Olin Hacker at the WIAA Division 1 state track
and field meet. Nameth crossed the finish line in a second best 9 minutes, 7.30 seconds.

Based off the film I watched from


Fridays prelim, I made a few adjustments to help us move from 10th
spot up to a medal finish (top six),
Pedretti said.
In the end, one of the three adjustments resulted in the relay running
out of the zone before making the
pass, resulting in the disqualification.
I really believe we would have
needed all of those adjustments to
work out for us in order to move up
to medal position, so I dont regret
making the adjustments, but I do feel
very bad for the guys that had hoped
for a better finish, Pedretti said.
The group broke the VAHS school
record by another three-tenths of
a second in prelims and finished
ahead of Milwaukee King, which had
Simpson on both relays, with a time
of 1:29.1.
Racine Parks Jamias James, Vince
Cosey, Justin and Jeremy Steward
won the 4x2 in a state record 1:26.84.
Senior Noah Roberts checked two
goals off his checklist Friday in the
shot put, recording a lifetime best
49-7 . Not quite able to crack 50
feet, however, Roberts settled for
14th place.
Bay Port junior Cole Van Lanen
dominated the field by nearly 7
feet, winning with a heave of 62-0.
Van Lanen was nearly as dominant
in the discus, taking the event by 6

feet with a toss of 183-08.


Roberts meanwhile, finished 14th
once again with a throw of 146-08
his second best effort of the season.
I feel good about Noahs performance at the meet, Pedretti said.
He finished about middle of the
pack in both throws, but I think that
shows that he really belonged there
and that he wasnt a guy that just
barely made it to state. It wasnt a
bad way to end his track and field
career at Verona.
Sophomore Jack Herkert cleared
6 feet to finish in a four-way tie for
17th place at his first state meet.
Bay Port senior Zachary Lorbeck
cleared 6-7 for the title.
Jack looked great at 6 feet and
had good attempts at 6-2, Pedretti
said. I think he might have got a
little caught up in the excitement of
the state meet, but I think the experience will serve him very well. He
already has big goals for next year
and now that hes had the experience of being at the big show, I feel
he will be a lot more confident and
ready the next time hes at state and
will complete at a very high level.
Verona tied Milwaukee Riverside, Onalaska, Waukesha South
and Wauwatosa West for 30th place
with eighth points. Bay Port (67)
distanced itself from Wisconsin
Lutheran (48) for top honors.

Girls track

Sprint relay falls shy of medal in D1 state meet


JEREMY JONES
Sports editor

Verona Area High School


girls track and field team saw
its sprint relays post mixed
results last weekend at the
WIAA Division 1 state meet
at UW-La Crosse.
Senior Shannon Kerrigan, juniors Kylie Schmaltz
and Lexi Alt and sophomore
Sieanna Mitchell broke the
VAHS record in the secondstraight week in prelims.
They then posted a ninthplace finish in the 4x100meter relay in 49.49 seconds.
Wauwatosa East juniors
Azya McLin, Mercy Ndon
and Brianna Horton and
sophomore CheriA Adams
won the 4x100 in 48.39.
All the girls ran well both
days and had good handoffs,
Wildcats head coach Mark
Happel said.
Veronas 4x200 relay
wasnt so fortunate, finishing 19th Saturday in 1:45.44.
Kenosha Bradford seniors
Jackie Baldwin and Faith

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Sophomore Sieanna Mitchell runs the anchor of the 4x100 relay Friday in the state track and field
meet at UW- La Crosses Veterans Memorial Stadium.

Taylor and juniors Alexus


Nelson and Madison Marko
took top honors in 1:39.4.
The hands just werent as
clean and we needed to make
finals, Happel said.

Verona returns both relays


minus Kerrigan.
We always tell the kids
to never look ahead because
you dont know what will
happen. All three of those

girls returning got faster over


the last 12 months. If they do
that again, who knows what
they can do?, Happel said.
Shannon wont be easy to
replace.

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Girls soccer

Verona pounces past Beloit, falls in regional final


Assistant sports editor

Photo by Anthony Iozzo

The Verona Area High School baseball team celebrates with its sectional runner-up plaque Tuesday in the WIAA Division 1 sectionals
at Riverside Park in Janesville.

Baseball: Cats win regional


Continued from page 15
for, DOrazio said.
Seniors David Rogowski, Brodie Roehrig, Tekoa
Whitehead, Connor Volker
and Jake Toman all leave
their legacy to the baseball
program, which is now setting the new goal of consistently making sectionals and
getting to state.
That goal was different a
few years ago when the Wildcats started to build up its program for the future.
Years ago the standard
was to try to compete and try
to finish around .500 and try
to win a playoff game. These
guys helped make it where
that is not good enough anymore, DOrazio said. We
go into it expecting more
than that and expecting to try
to compete for a conference
championship and expecting
to make it to sectionals. It is
just a changing of the culture,
and all of those guys helped
us do that.
A couple of guys have
been out for three years and
went through a tough year in
2013 and battled through it,
DOrazio added. They came
back last year and turned
it around. Then they took
it another step forward this
year.
The Wildcats finished
17-11 overall and took fourth
in the Big Eight Conference
(10-8) after being picked to
finish sixth in the pre-season
polls.

seven innings in a 9-4 win.


I thought we played very,
very well in the first game,
DOrazio said. I was really
proud of them. It was an emotionally draining game.
Volker hit a 2-run double in
the first inning, while Slonim
(2-for-3) doubled and scored
twice.
Knueppel added two
RBIs on a 2-run single in the
first, and sophomore Tyler
McClure and Roehrig each
picked up an RBI.
Knueppel struck out seven
and walked five in the win.
He allowed two earned runs
on six hits.

Craig 10, Verona 0 (5


inn.)
The sectional final didnt
go as well, as Janesville
Craig scored seven times in
the fourth to win 10-0 in five
innings.
Toman took the loss,
allowing three earned runs
on seven hits in 1 1/3 innings,
striking out two and walking
two.
Sophomore Brad Laufenberg came in and allowed five
earned runs on six hits in 2
2/3 innings, walking one and
striking out three.

The Verona Area High


School girls soccer team
blasted past Beloit Memorial on Thursday 7-0 en
route to a regional final
berth.
But the season ended in
a 3-2 loss to top-seeded
Middleton on Saturday at
Breitenbach Stadium.

Verona 7, Beloit 0

I think we did. We built


some really nice goals.
Junior Shelly Wing had
three goals to lead Verona,
all in the second half. And
she also had three good
chances to score in the first
half and couldnt finish.
We played a lot more
composed and didnt play
as frantic. When we were
composed, we were connecting passes, which was
creating opportunities for
us, Wing said. After the
first goal in the second
half, it started our momentum and gave us more
energy to keep going and
to finish the game strong.
Junior Emily Krogman, junior Ellery Rourke,
junior Dani Gilboy and
freshman Chandler Bainbridge also scored goals.
Senior Teeghan Tvedt added two assists, while junior
Makenna McGilvray,
junior Bella Genova, Emily Krogman, Gilboy and
Rourke all had one assist.
Freshman Rachel Nelson
finished with three saves.

The Wildcats had lots of


chances to score in the first
half, but they only connected on one goal before
halftime.
Head coach Jen Faulkner
talked about finishing
stronger, and Verona
responded with six secondhalf goals to defeat Beloit
7-0.
Everything is do or die,
and we have to win and
score a lot of goals to do
that, Faulkner said. They
had their opportunities and
didnt finish, and we needed to change that. And we
needed to do a better job
in the second half, which Middleton 3, Verona 2

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Junior Shelly Wing celebrates with sophomore Kate Melin after


scoring the first of three goals Thursday in a WIAA Division 1
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The Wildcats won 7-0, but their season ended Saturday in a 3-2
loss at top-seeded Middleton.

The momentum nearly


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Verona 5, Oregon 1
The first step for this seasons playoff run was the
regional final Thursday
against sixth-seeded Oregon
at Stampfl Field.
Verona scored three in the
second inning. Jacob Slonim
had an RBI single, and Stephen Lund later added an
RBI infield single after a run
scored on an error.
The Wildcats also chipped
in a run in the third on a bloop
RBI single by Slonim.
Verona added an insurance
run in the bottom of the sixth
with an RBI single by junior
Ben Rortvedt, and the Panthers stranded a runner on in
the seventh.
Knueppel picked up the
win. He allowed an earned
run on four hits in six innings,
striking out nine and walking
three.
Verona had to get past second-seeded Janesville Parker
to start the day Tuesday at
Riverside Park in Janesville,
and the bats came ready to
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Boys golf

Torhorst ties for 46th overall at state


ANTHONY IOZZO
Assistant sports editor

Senior Carson Torhorst was in the


mix for most of the WIAA Division
1 state tournament Monday and Tuesday at University Ridge Golf Course.
Torhorst came into the second
round five strokes behind the leader, but a few swings here and there
pushed his score up from what it
could have been.
Torhorst ended with an 86 in round
two to couple with his first round 76,
putting him into a tie for 44th overall.
He is still one of the top players in
the state. There is no question about
it, head coach Bill Scheer said.
With a couple of swings or a couple
of breaks, I think he played a lot better than his score says. He is certainly
a better player than his score indicated.
Torhorst had two tough holes
Tuesday, including shooting a 10
on the par-3 17th. He also had a triple bogey, but besides those holes,
Torhorst played well in his final high
school golf meet.
I think it was a pretty good one,
especially being able to play well
down the stretch, Torhorst said of
his high school career. It really does
mean a lot to me to make it to state.
And although he was a little disappointed in his round on Tuesday,
Torhorst added that he knows he is
able to play with any golfer in the
state, whether in the high school season or in the summer.
Having the career that I have had
in high school, I am completely content, Torhorst said.
While high school golf has ended
for Torhorst, he hasnt decided on
whether he wants to play in college
yet.
Academics are really important
to me, so it is up in the air. It is still
a possibility, he said. It is still
something I really am thinking about

Sports editor

Photo by Anthony Iozzo

Senior Carson Torhorst reads the green on the seventh hole Monday in the first round of
the WIAA Division 1 state boys golf tournament at the University of Wisconsin-Madisons
University Ridge Golf Course. Torhorst finished with a 4-over 76 and tied for 46th overall for the
tournament with a 162 (76-86).

The front nine was not as kind to


wanting to do.
Neenahs Sam Galloway won the him, as Torhorst bogeyed the first and
individual medal with a 2-under 142. third holes and fell to 3-over.
On the sixth hole, Torhorst got a
Round 1
stroke back with a 15-foot putt for
Torhorst birdied three times Mon- birdie, and he had chances to birdie
day in the first round at the state tour- on holes seven and nine. However, he
nament, but he had a couple of three three-putted on seven and nine to fall
putts and ended up with seven bogeys back to 4-over.
Despite not capitalizing on all of
to finish the day at 4-over (76) par,
which was good enough to tie him for his chances, Torhorst was still only
five strokes back of the leaders after
13th overall.
Torhorst started on the back nine, day one Galloway, Whitefish Bays
and he was 1-over after nine holes. Patrick Sicula and Racine Cases Eric
Van Tubbergen all were 1-under par.

Panthers now two wins from first state appearance


semifinal. The winner will
play the winner of Milton/
Waterford for the sectional
The Oregon High School title at 4 p.m. Saturday at
girls soccer team took care of Waunakee High School.
business last week, claiming
the WIAA Division 2 region- Oregon 10, Poynette 0
Oregon only needed 60
al title in section three with
wins over Poynette/Portage minutes to get past eighthseeded Poynette/Portage
and Monona Grove.
Right now, we are focused Thursday in a 10-0 win.
Senior Kelsey Jahn finon our goal, which had been
our goal the whole time, to ished with five goals and an
get to state, head coach Julie assist, while junior Jen Brien
collected three goals and one
Grutzner said.
The top-seeded Panthers assist.
Junior Makena Fanning
(19-0-1 overall) host thirdseeded DeForest at 7 p.m. had a goal and three assists,
Thursday in the sectional and sophomore Brittyn

Assistant sports editor

Schneider wins match


at D1 state meet
JEREMY JONES

Girls soccer
ANTHONY IOZZO

Boys tennis

Fleming picked up a goal and


an assist.
Seniors Paityn Fleming and
Raegan Tervort each added
one assist.
Grutzner said the tie with
The Prairie School to close
the regular season help prepare the Panthers for regionals.
There are going to be
teams that park themselves in
their half, and it is going to be
tough to use our speed, she
said. I think that tie helped us
get motivated even more so
for regionals this past week.

Oregon 4, MG 0

Jahn and Brien each scored


two goals and added assists
in a 4-0 win over Monona
Grove Saturday in the D2
regional final.
I thought the girls played
incredibly well, Grutzner
said. I think they came out
and played hard from the getgo.
I feel if we can keep the
intensity and the focus we
did against Monona Grove,
we will give DeForest a good
run.
Fanning collected two
assists, and sophomore goalie
Abby Breitbach finished with
six saves.

Sophomore Calvin Schneider could have probably made


it further at the WIAA Division 1 individual state tournament last week if it werent for
an unfortunate draw.
Making his second appearance inside Nielsen Tennis
Stadium on Thursday, Schneider dominated No. 2 singles
Waukesha South sectional
champion Brett Belanger of
Kettle Moraine 6-1, 6-2 in
the first round before facing second-seeded Jake Van
Emburgh later Thursday afternoon.
The first set I played really
solid and the second set I started solid, but midway through
I hit a lull. Thankfully, I was
able to finish off the match by
playing some strong tennis,
Schneider said. Ive always
wanted to win a match at state.
That was the goal after losing
my first match here last season. It felt great to accomplish that goal.
Van Emburgh, who joined
Middleton during the season
after playing on the U.S. Tennis Associations juniors tour,
was seeded second after finishing third a year ago.
Im just going to go out
and do my best. You cant
really do too much against
him, I guess, with how good
he is, Schneider said. I dont
think he has too many weaknesses.
Schneider (22-9) managed to get two games on his
way to a 6-2, 6-0 loss, while
Van Emburgh won the state
title 7-5, 6-1 over top-seeded
David Horneffer of Brookfield
East.
Van Emburgh (14-0) did
not lose a set the entire tournament, although he nearly
fell behind in his final match
against Horneffer who beat
him last year in the semifinals.
The son of former UW
Madison tennis coach Greg
Van Emburgh, Jake now plans
to move on to the prestigious
IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., where his father will
coach him for his final two
years of high school.
Calvin had a great finish to
the year and is already thinking about goals for next year
(getting a seed at state and
winning three matches), Panthers head coach Ben Conklin
said. Winning the first round
is always tough theres no
easy matches at state. Then, he

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Sophomore Calvin Schneider


puts away a volley at the net
Thursday at the WIAA Division
1 individual state tennis tournament. Schneider defeated Brett
Belanger of Kettle Moraine 6-1,
6-2 before falling to eventual
champion Jake Van Emburgh in
the second round.

played the eventual champion


that was tough but Calvin
held his own. It wouldve been
nice to not face the champ in
the second round, but thats
the state tournament for you
very unforgiving.
Teammate Charles Donovan (23-6) dropped his first
individual state tennis match
6-2, 6-2 against Racine
Horlick sophomore Andre
Antressian (23-4).
He was good, but I could
have certainly done a little
better, Donovan said. With
conference and sectional victories and making it to the
second round of team state last
year, its kind of hard to complain, especially when I still
have two more years to try and
make it back to individual and
team state.
Also making their first
individual state appearance,
Oregons No. 1 doubles team
of Spencer Kresbach and Matt
Reisdorf fell (18-12) 6-2, 6-1
against Oshkosh North seniors
Chris Lightner and Justin Xie
(22-7).
We didnt execute the
shots weve been doing all
season, Reisdorf said. Its
frustrating to see that happen
on such a big stage. If we had
played well and lost, Id be
much happier.
Reisdorf and Kresbach lost
a three-set tiebreaker to the
same Oshkosh North team in
Manitowoc earlier this season.
We knew we could beat
them after nearly beating
them in a tiebreaker, Kresbach said. Its disappointing
that we didnt execute better,
but Im happy we got to play
here.

Medals: Juniors reach the podium at state boys track and field meet
Continued from page 15
said. It was a pretty awesome experience to run against those guys. I
was confident I could run well, but a
little surprised with how I finished .
While Cutter got caught up in the
jockeying of position a bit, he finished strong, running his second fastest time of the year.
Hagge and Duff return as the
favorites next year.
Im going to train for a shot at the
top three or top two next year, but
well see how it goes, Duff said.
Im also excited to see what we can
do as a team. We had a lot of juniors
on the relays.
Oregons 4x100 of Brennen
Deegan, Lucas Mathews, Peter
Kissling and Josh Sromovsky didnt

reach the finals, taking 12th place in


43.23.
The boys 4x100 relay ran their
fastest time of the year amidst the
states best, and just got edged out
of the final, Lease said. I know
the boys were disappointed with not
making the final, but they did end on
the highest note of the year. It was
great group of seniors who were a
pleasure to coach.
Muskegos Grant LeGros, Paul
Rapp, Cameron Rygiewicz and Sam
Sadowski held off Mukwonago by
four-hundredths of a second for top
honors in 42.39.
Senior John Hermus cleared the
opening height, but went no further,
tying for 18th place in the pole vault
at 13 feet inside the stadium where
he will compete next fall. Sheboygan

North senior Dan Becker raised the


bar to 15 feet for first place.
John did a great job in his final
competition as a senior. The field
was full of stiff competition, evidenced by the opening height being
just three inches lower than his 13-3
personal record, Lease said. He
cleared opening easily on his first
attempt, but was unable to put it
together on 13-6.
Going out on top of your game
is always satisfying no matter what
place you finish, Lease said.
We will miss him next year.
John has been lights-out MVP for
the boys team the past two years in
both the 110 hurdles and the PV,
two of the most technically challenging events. Im also proud that he
plans to compete in track and field at

UW-La Crosse next season.


Sromovsky wasnt so lucky in the
long jump, scratching all three of his
attempts.
Josh was focused on 23 feet all
week, which would have broken
the school record and landed him on
the podium, Lease said. Watching him sail dangerously close to the
state record marker was an awesome
sight. We had planned to swing for
the fences in the first three attempts
as the best jumps in the long jump
are usually the early ones on fresh
legs. Coach (Chris) Prahl was confident that if Josh could connect on a
big jump he could possibly best the
entire state field.
Josh was disappointed at the finish, but the effort was the best of the
season and surely something to be

proud of,
Bay Port saw junior Cole Van
Lanen dominate the shot put and discus, while senior Zachary Lorbeck
won the long jump by a quarter of an
inch and secured the high jump by
an inch to lead the Pirates to top team
honors with 67 points.
Wisconsin Lutheran (48) saw Eric
Brown II take the 800 as well as the
4x800 relay, while Madison West
(36) senior Olin Hacker repeat as the
mile and two mile champion. Fellow senior Jack Wellenstein, who
finished second last year in the 400,
took home top honors this season to
help the Regents take third.
Oregon finished in a four-team tie
with Appleton North, Sheboygan
North and Whitefish Bay for 25th
place with 10 points.

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Baseball

Girls track

Panthers 4x400 finishes fourth overall at state meet Panthers fall in regional final
JEREMY JONES
Sports editor

Photo by Anthony Iozzo

Senior Riley Rosemeyer (from left), freshman Alexis Jackson,


junior Samantha Girard and junior Maddie LeBrun celebrate
their fourth-place finish in the 4x400 relay Saturday in the WIAA
Division 1 state track and field meet at Veterans Memorial
Stadium at the University of Wisconsin- La Crosse. The girls
made the podium with a time of 3 minutes, 57.06 seconds.

home a fourth-place finish in


3:57.06 to cap their season.
Alexis held position and
was pulled to a faster time
than her prelim and then
Riley brought it home through
straight up determination and
strength, Lease said. This
was the definition of a team
effort.
Hamilton recorded the top
time Saturday, winning the
title in 3:55.75.
Going into finals ranked
10th with our best time ever,
we knew we had to win,
Rosemeyer said. We didnt
think wed get any better time.
All the girls on the relay are
very competitive, and I think
just the drive to know that we
could do something special
really pushed us to go faster.
Le Brun finished eighthundredths of a second and
two spots shy of the 400 dash
finals in 58.59 for 12th place.
The junior finished a spot
away from medaling in the
400 at state last year, finishing
seventh overall with a school
record 58.24.
I know Maddie was disappointed with her 400 prelim,
but she finished with one of
the best times of the year in
less than ideal conditions,
Lease said. The 400 prelim is
a tough one to gauge, because
the field is spread out making it hard to judge or race the
other heat competitors. In the
sixth lane position its hard to
race the five people on your
inside when you cant see
them. Im confident that if she
would have made finals she
would have ran in the mid to

low 57s and podium.


Badger South Conference
rival Monona Grove senior
Gabby Beauvais meanwhile
captured the 400 title in a
state record 54.82 to go along
with her victories in the 200
(24.32) and 100 (12.31) as
well.
Freshman Alexis Jackson,
juniors Jillian Moss and Cierra Collins and senior Riley
Rosemeyer qualified for finals
in the 4x100, earning 10th
place with a school record
49.53.
We will miss Riley next
year. Shes a hard worker
and a great competitor, a true

ANTHONY IOZZO
Assistant sports editor

The Oregon High School


baseball team was a few
breaks away from pushing the third-seeded Verona
Wildcats in a WIAA Division 1 regional final Thursday at Stampfl Field.
But the Panthers stranded
the bases loaded twice in a
5-1 loss to end its 2015 season.
Looking at the game, it is
hard because we had opportunities to win, head coach
Jake Soule said. I wouldnt
have said three months
ago that we could play
with Verona. A break here or
there, and this is a totally different game.
Oregon loaded the bases
with two outs in the second
inning, and a pop out ended
the threat. The sixth inning
hurt a little more, however.
Junior Pat Sommers
reached on an error, and
senior Parker DeBroux followed with an infield single.
Junior Jake Odegard then
walked to load the bases.
However, junior Ben Weiland struck out, and senior
Chris McGuine and junior
Jared Jones both popped out
to end the inning.
Verona added an insurance run in the bottom of the
sixth with an RBI single by
Ben Rortvedt, and the Panthers stranded a runner on in
the seventh.
Oregons lone run came in

the top of the fifth. Weiland


walked to lead off the inning,
and McGuine singled. After
a fielders choice and a pop
out, senior Andrew Pliner
singled home Weiland.
Verona scored three in
the second inning. Jacob
Slonim had an RBI single,
and Stephen Lund later had
an RBI infield single after a
run scored on an error. The
Wildcats also added a run
in the third on a bloop RBI
single by Slonim.
Senior Mitch Weber took
the loss. He allowed three
earned runs on eight hits in
five innings, walking two,
hitting two batters and striking out four.
Despite the loss, the Panthers still had one of its more
successful seasons, claiming
the Badger South title.
Seniors Luke Mueller,
Zach Klementz, Weber,
McGuine and DeBroux will
be gone, but Soule said there
is a high hope with so many
juniors back and with the
future additions of sophomores.
We met the goals that we
wanted. Not everyone can
be a regional champion or
a sectional champion, but I
cant say enough about this
senior group and their leadership and how they accepted what we were doing as a
coaching staff and how they
led the younger kids, Soule
said. Hopefully, it shows
the younger kids how to do
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Looking back on the past


four years as an athlete senior
Riley Rosemeyer said she has
only one regret. Rosemeyer,
a Winona State basketball
recruit, joined the Oregon
High School track and field
team a week before the start
of the season for the first
time this spring simply to get
in shape. Turns out she was
pretty lights out on the track
as well, leaving her name on
the school record board in just
one year of competition.
I did soccer my freshman
year and AAU basketball the
other two years, so I was pretty busy. But I honestly think
if I could go back, joining the
track team is the one thing I
would change about my high
school career, Rosemeyer
said. Who knows what I
could have done?
Junior Samantha Girard,
freshman Alexis Jackson,
junior Maddie Le Brun and
were seeded 10th after the
4x400-meter relay prelims
on Friday. The Oregon quartet, which was the only relay
to improve from prelims to
finals, wasnt about to go
home empty handed though.
They dropped the time
because they raced for each
other and wanted the podium, Panthers head coach
Ned Lease said.
Tactically, the Oregon also
changed in the order of the
4x4 from Jackson, Girard,
Rosemeyer and Le Brun in
prelims to having Le Brun run
the first leg for the lead.
We were all super scared
about changing the order. We
had done it the other way all
season, so we had no idea
how this would work, Rosemeyer said. When Maddie
came in leading the race, we
knew that was the best choice
that we could have made. Im
sure the coaches regret not
doing that all season because
we could have gotten some
really good times.
All of the girls ran their best
split of the season and executed the plan with a high level
of precision, Lease added.
The result was a school
record and five-team points
for a fourth place finish at
state.
Cutting more than a second and a half off their preliminary time, Girard, Jackson, Rosemeyer and Le Brun
moved up six spots bringing

multi-sport athlete, Lease


said. I hope more student athletes follow that example.
Wauwatosa East juniors
Azya McLin, Mercy Ndon
and Brianna Horton and sophomore CheriA Adams won
the 4x100 in 48.39.
The 4x100 team was a
joy to watch run in the finals.
They did their job on Day
1 by making finals and finished the season top 10 in the
state and school record 49.27
around their belt, Lease said.
Whitefish Bay (48) held off
Middleton (39) and Kenosha
Bradford (36) and Monona
Grove (36) for top honors.
Oregon (five points) meanwhile, finished in a four way
tie for 38th place with La
Crosse Logan, Hudson and
Divine Savior Holy Angels.
Next year looks very promising for the girls Lease added.
We will have state meet
seasoned athletes in the
sprints, relays, hurdles, and
mid-and-distance crews, he
said. Its not a crazy idea to
think that we could take all
four relays to the state meet
next year, along with some
individuals. Its just a matter
of work in the off-season and
health during the season.
Madelynn St. Clair, Jenna
IgI, and Taylor Schmidt also
had great seasons and showed
true grit at sectionals and state
in the 4x800 relay.
Though the team only had
Rosemeyer for one season
she ended her career with two
school records Saturday.

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MWHS baseball

Spencer Bauer (9)


celebrates with
Rock Cates after
scoring on a wild
pitch Tuesday,
June 2, in a WIAA
Division 1 regional
semifinal against
Fort Atkinson at
Mansfield Stadium.
West went on to
win 7-2 and then
knocked off Beloit
Memorial in the
regional final on
June 4. Wests
season came to an
end on June 9 in
a 5-2 loss to topseeded Janesville
Craig in the sectional semifinal.

Regents win regional, fall in


sectional semifinal
ANTHONY IOZZO
Assistant sports editor

The Madison West High


School baseball team
entered sectionals on June
9 with a mission to get to
state.
The team in the Regents
way was top-seeded Janesville Craig ranked No. 2
in the state and despite
holding the Cougars to
three hits, it was Craig
coming out on top in a 5-2

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win.
The Regents committed
three errors, and it led to
three unearned runs by the
Cougars.
Craigs McCauley Cox
walked three times, stole
four bases and scored once.
J.T. Smithback had two hits
Janesville led 5-0 after
three innings.
Senior Rock Cates
(2-for-4) led West at the
plate, while senior Hank
Freyberg and junior Mark
Alesia doubled.
Senior Simon Rosenbloom-Larsen took the loss.
He allowed two earned runs
on two hits in four innings,
striking out three and walking two.
Alex Marro won the
game. He allowed two
earned runs on seven hits in
seven innings, striking out
three and walking two.
With the season over,
that ends the high school
careers of seniors Declan
Callisto, Tony Osterberg,
Teddy Cranley, Spencer
Bauer, Kyle Kratchmer,
Ryan Blythe, Cates, Rosenbloom-Larsen and Freyberg.
I couldnt ask for a better group of guys to play
with, Cates said.

pitch in the fifth.


The other two runs
scored on errors.
Freyberg picked up
the win. He allowed two
earned runs on eight hits in
5 1/3 innings, striking out
four and walking one.
Tyler Ault took the loss.
He allowed three earned
runs on six hits in five
innings, striking out one
and walking four.

West 7, Beloit 2

Fifth-seeded West traveled to fourth-seeded Beloit


Memorial Thursday, June
4, and won a Division 1
regional title 7-2.
With the game tied at 2
in the top of the seventh,
the Regents crossed the
plate five times and Rosenbloom-Larsen shut down
the Purple Knights in the
bottom half of the inning.
Sophomore Tommy
Hill doubled, while junior
Keenan Woltman (2-for-4)
and Alesia (2-for-3, double) had multiple hits.
Rosenbloom-Larsen went
the distance on the mound.
He allowed two earned
runs on eight hits, striking
out four and walking three.
Miguel Betancourt took
the loss for Beloit. He
allowed two earned runs on
West 7, Fort Atkinson 2 four hits in 1 2/3 innings,
The Regents started the walking two.
playoffs on June 2 and
pulled away from Fort All-conference
Atkinson in a 7-2 win.
Rosenbloom- Larsen was
West scored in every named to the first-team
inning except the third, All-Big Eight Conference
taking advantage of five as a pitcher.
errors.
Alesia, Callisto and
Callisto knocked in Cates C a t e s w e r e h o n o r a b l e
in the first inning on an mentions in the infield,
RBI groundout, and Cates while sophomore Austin
added a 2-run double in the Cotharn was an honorsecond.
able mention utility player.
Callisto added an RBI
single in the fourth, and
Evan Halpop
Bauer scored on a wild
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Fitchburg hosts Bike Week event at roundabout


Bikers gathered at Fitchburgs bike path roundabout for coffee and bagels
to celebrate Wisconsin
Bike Week on Tuesday,
June 9. A bike commuter
station was set up near the
convergence of the Badger State and Capitol City
trails and Military Ridge,
Cannonball and Southwest
bike paths.
Fitchburg Mayor Steve
Arnold greeted riders
before joining the Wisconsin Bike Federations
Community Ride to the
Capitol Square. Also

present were Michael


Johnson, CEO of the Boys
and Girls Club of Dane
County, and Peter Gray,
board chair of the Wisconsin Bike Federation.
The greater Madison area has a number of
high quality trails for both
daily commuters and recreational cyclists, said
Andy Potts, one of the
many bike enthusiasts at
the morning event. Five
of these trails converge at
one point in northwestern
Fitchburg. The bike roundabout allows trail users to

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trail to the next, and off to
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MSA Professional Services of Madison provided
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services for the 2.3-mile
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the bike roundabout is
part of. The path connects
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painting project,
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library.
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Transportation project engineer Ahna Bizjak speaks with former Fitchburg alder Andy Potts at the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new bike hub.

Dawley bike rest station opens


City leaders past
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Christoph retired as director in 2006, only one year
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These included the Dane
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Some Habitat volunteers


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to the community, she said,
reflecting on Habitats tagline of building homes,
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Photo by Samantha Christian

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home with volunteers from Terso Solutions, Fitchburg Center and Promega Corporation in the Agora
parking lot on May 29.

by stabilizing challenged
neighborhoods, which make
up 54 percent of those Habitat serves. Johnson said this
is accomplished by having
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us their children excelled in
school after they moved into
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citing statistics of kids who

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in the distance, Hassan and
Maryam Benani took a break
from the panel build to talk
with the Star under the shade
of the Agora Pavilion.
Hassan moved from
Morocco to the United
States in 1998, first to New
York and then to Wisconsin.
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already has a presence.
A second house, sponsored by Blackhawk
Church of Fitchburg, will
also be built in that neighborhood for Rachel Turner
and her son. Habitat homes
will eventually make up 40
percent of the houses there.
A few miles away, on
Rimrock Road south of
Briarpatch Youth Services, Thrivent Financial is
sponsoring a third house
for Vicki Orth and her two
children. Volunteers broke
ground on that site in April,
and shingles are already on
the roof.
These families, who have
been set back because of
financial or medical reasons,
are eager to get out of their
cramped and pricey rentals
next spring and take pride in
a home with a yard they can
afford to call their own.

without any background in


construction, and thats more
than just OK its encouraged.
Full-time site leader Chris
Warfield said it is a rewarding challenge to teach new
volunteers how to use the
tools and build homes from
the ground up. In his experience, it is actually women
who seem to get the most joy
from the work.
You get a Sawzall in their
hand (and) they just get a
charge out of it, he said.
Habitat depends on volunteers to help keep services
affordable for its partner
families. Eligible families
pay monthly mortgage payments on a no-interest loan
and contribute 325-375 hours
of sweat equity in the
building of their homes.
There will be plenty of
opportunities for people who
want to volunteer locally,
since Habitat has purchased
26 lots in the Renaissance
on the Park neighborhood to
develop over the next five
years. But homes are not the
only things being built.
Habitat CEO Valerie
Johnson said volunteers are
also in the process of constructing streets and sewers
this summer to establish the
infrastructure there, which is
unusual for the nonprofit.
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June 12, 2015

The Fitchburg Star

23

A Brush with
Kindness
Habitat for Humanity
is now repairing homes
in partnership with
qualified, low-income
homeowners.
The new housing
repair program aims
to preserve home
exteriors and revitalize
neighborhoods. The
work is done by volunteers who use donated
materials whenever
possible.
Photo by Samantha Christian

Photo submitted

habitatdane.org

Rachel Turner and her son Cameron look forward


to moving into their new Habitat for Humanity
home in Fitchburg next spring.

Vicki Orth and her children Devon and Alexa pose for a picture at their in-progress Habitat for Humanity house on
Rimrock Road in Fitchburg on June 3 before taking a peek inside.

Continued from Page 22 to properly maintain the states. I could never call they will finally be able to gall bladder.

Turner family
Also living in the neighborhood will be Rachel
Turner and her 8-year-old
son Cameron.
Her mother tried applying for a Habitat home
in the past and was not
accepted, but that didnt
deter Rachel from giving
it a shot. She got her credit
report and application materials in order, and it paid off.
When she got the news that
she was accepted, she felt
overwhelmed, happy and
proud.
Rachel had been renting
the same apartment for the
last nine years because the
price of houses in the area
was daunting. But, with a
son who has asthma and
neighbors who smoke, the
combination wasnt working.
Growing up as a child,
I lived in three different

one place my real home,


Rachel wrote on Habitats
website. To give my child
that opportunity to have a
home is great.
Cameron is excited about
the new home because a
park with a basketball court
is nearby, but the move is
bittersweet as he will leave
school friends when he
changes districts in middle
school.
Rachel is glad her son
will be able to walk to the
Boys and Girls Club or the
playground and feel safe in
the community while enjoying himself outside. She is
also thankful for the volunteers and Habitat staff who
answer her questions, especially about finances.

Orth family
Vicki Orth has already
walked inside her unfinished
Habitat for Humanity home
on Rimrock Road with her
14-year-old daughter, Alexa,
and 12-year-old son, Devon.
They have even picked out
their rooms and the type of
flooring each will have.
With a garage, insulation
and backyard, the new house
will be a huge step up from
their current living space in a
trailer home on the east side
of Madison.
Vicki looks forward to
gardening, and the kids are
even more excited because

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But the doctors said they
are optimistic, and Im being
optimistic, Vicki said. Ive
got too much to live for. Ive
got my kids, my family, my
friends (and) a new house.
Because of the chemo,
Vicki is on medical leave
from work and cannot volunteer at the dusty construction site. Habitat has made
an exception for her sweat
equity hours and is allowing
her to volunteer at the office
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Although he hesitated
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he took a flight back home
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After the couple married
and returned to Madison,
they welcomed two children, Salma in 2011 and
Rayan in 2013, but were
running out of room in their
two-bedroom apartment,
where landlords were frequently changing.
They heard about Habitat
for Humanity a few years
ago through a friend and
decided to attend a meeting and apply. When Hassan received the call at work
that they had been accepted,
he was ecstatic and immediately called his wife to share
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Its definitely a lifechanging event, he said.
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June 12, 2015

The Fitchburg Star

Council picks
Monona
administrator
Marsh withdrew,
then resubmitted
application
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Less than a month after


losing out on its first choice
for city administrator, Fitchburg has picked Patrick
Marsh to be the citys top
official.
The Common Council voted
unanimously after a
closed session June
9 to extend
an offer to
Marsh, who
has spent Marsh
the past
eight years as Mononas
administrator.
Marsh had previously
served as the city administrator for Coal Valley, Ill.,
and Eldridge, Iowa, both
of which have populations
under 5,000. He holds a
masters degree in public
administration from Northern Illinois University.
Marsh was one of four
candidates who was interviewed by the panel. The
interviews were punctuated
by one job offer and two
candidates being ruled out.
In addition, Marsh had previously withdrawn his name
from consideration, but he
resubmitted the application
after Fitchburgs first choice
took another position.
On May 12, the council unanimously selected
Kathryn Schauf, the former
Sauk County administrator,
but she subsequently took a
position as Eau Claire Countys administrator. Runnerup Larry Bierke, a former
manager who was forced
out of positions in Platteville
and Mount Horeb, was not
considered after Schauf took
the other position.

Mayor Steve Arnold then


told the Star that he would
review the original pool
of applicants to determine
whether suitable candidates
could be forwarded.
Arnold told the Star last
Friday that two additional
candidates were interviewed
from the original pool. In
addition to Marsh, the city
also held an interview with
Reedsburg city administrator Ken Witt. Human
resources director Lisa Sigurslid emphasized in an
email to the Star, however,
that Marsh was the only one
considered a finalist.
Marsh was among the
initial pool of 26 candidates
who submitted applications.
Arnold said Marsh withdrew his application prior to
the first round of interviews.
The city will now attempt
to negotiate a contract with
Marsh, Arnold told the Star.
At that point, the council is
expected to vote on the contract and it will be up to the
mayor to then nominate him
for employment. That awkward process is common for
legal and statutory reasons.
Current city administrator Tony Roach officially
retires in mid-July but will
be on leave after June 19.
An interim group has been
established by Arnold to
cover for Roachs duties
while awaiting the arrival of
a new administrator.
Roach told the Star the
new administrator will
likely come in right as the
2016 budgeting process gets
into full swing. He said a
knowledgeable staff and an
improving economy should
make the transition to the
new administrator somewhat easier.
Its not going to be a
walk in the park, but it will
be a little easier to start planning for the future 2016
and beyond when youve
got some resources you can
count on, Roach said.

City of Fitchburg

Eilertson honored for water


sustainability program
Rock River
Coalition awards
River Protectors
Last month, the Rock
River Coalition honored
five River Protectors
who have done exemplary work to improve the
environmental, recreational, cultural or economic
resources of the Rock River Basin in Wisconsin,
including Rick Eilertson,
environmental engineer
for the City of Fitchburg.
According to a news
release from the Rock
River Coalition, Eilertson helped conceive the
Wisconsin Water Star Program, has been a leader in

the Legacy Community


(Green Tier) Program for
the state and has helped
make Fitchburg a leader
in sustainability and water
protection efforts in the
state.
Other winners were
Dane County Executive
Joe Parisi, UW-Whitewater professor Linda
Reid, the City of Beloit
and the Rock River Trail
Initiative. The coalition
also honored Joleen Stinson, Rock River TMDL
Group, Scott Taylor and
Jim Koepke for providing
exceptional service to the
organization.
For more information,
visit rockrivercoalition.
org.

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Roach: Library construction a highlight of 15 years


Continued from page 1
and countless meetings,
Roach has become a valuable resource on how a city
runs. On June 19, Roach
will report for his final day
of work as the top administrator in a city that has
grown by leaps and bounds,
from a tax base of roughly
$1 billion when he was
hired to more than $2.6 billion today.
Like any long-term
manager, Tony has a ton
of experience and history,
Mayor and long-time alder
Steve Arnold said. So we
say, How did this get that
way? And (Roach) will
have some entertaining
story about how it got that
way, and so that is going to
be a huge loss.

A perfect fit
From the moment Roach
arrived, he said, Fitchburgs
unique blend of urban,
suburban and rural spaces
seemed right up his alley.
I grew up in the Eau
Claire area, so this place
just spoke to me and the
entire family, Roach said.
After being offered the
job by then-mayor Mark
Vivian, Roach said he
moved his family into a
duplex on Lacy Road while
trying to acclimate to a new
life. At that time, he had to
sell his home back in Two
Rivers, adjust to a new job,
and get the Roachs three
children Angela, Carolyn and Casey enrolled
in school. The Roachs
eventually built a house
here and, now, in the face
of retirement, there are no
plans to leave.
Were gonna stay here,
Roach said. In fact, we
were just talking the other
day the we were going to
probably have to buy a
cemetery plot here soon.
As he turns 62 in July,
Roachs children have now
grown and provided him
three grandsons that are
now an important part of
the retirement plan.
As Roach reflected on his
time in Fitchburg, he noted
that though he loves the
city, his first few months
of retirement will include
a whirlwind of journeys,
from Portland for a nieces
wedding, to Florida for his
youngest sons wedding,
and a getaway to Door
County. Wearing a beaming
smile while collecting public input forms, one could
hardly tell before his final
Common Council meeting
June 9 that hed endured 15
years of public service.

Photo by Scott Girard

Retiring city administrator Tony


Roach ends his final administrator update at a Common Council
meeting by joking that he and
his wife are looking for burial
plots in a cemetery, so the city
wont ever be rid of him.
Right, Tony Roach poses in
this photo that ran alongside an
article in the Fitchburg Star in
July of 2000 about his hiring.

were most affected--it was


very hard for Tony and for
Jay to impose the furloughs
on the staff.
But that was only the
beginning. Immediately
after the city implemented
the furloughs and what
Roach called austerity
type things, the Wisconsin legislature passed the
now infamous Act 10,
effectively ending public employee unions and
requiring a larger portion
of public paychecks be
put toward healthcare and
retirement.
(Act 10) forced us to
change our relationship
with our employees in a
way that neither the city
government or the citizen or the employees had
anticipated or wanted,
Arnold said.
Roach notes that in spite
of this, as the city pulled
out of the recession, every
effort was made to reverse
the damage to wages the
economy had put on city
workers. Furloughs were
removed, and most recently, a new pay structure
was implemented that even
sought to integrate remaining and former unionized
employee into a meritbased pay system.
Roach, however, exhibited some trepidation in his
voice when he spoke of the
impact of those times.
Those were some pretty
tough times, Roach admitted. If you ask them now,
I would hope that they
would say that theyve
been treated fairly and that
theyre maybe even betThe lean times
ter off now than they had
R o a c h i s q u i c k t o been back in the days of
respond when asked about furloughs.
his most challenging times
as administrator. Long From darkness, a light
after the glow of moving
When asked what he
and settling had passed, is most proud of, Roach
the recession arrived. With again turned to the recesa faltering economy came sion years.
plunging home values,
Creating, out of nothwhich meant less money ing, a library in a city of
for the city.
our size was something
In the middle of the year, that hardly anybody gets to
Roach and the staff had to do, Roach beams. To me,
revise their budget. But that is a crowning achieveeven then, there simply ment for the city.
wasnt enough money.
And to do it during the
The solution (Roach recession, he adds.
and former mayor Jay
In 2008, a concerted
Allen) came up with was campaign began that would
furloughs, said Arnold, culminate in the construcwho was an alder at the tion of Fitchburgs first
time. I think that left deep library. Though $1 million
scars on the people that

was pledged at the time by


the Promega founder Bill
Linton, the city still had to
commit to an additional $3
million in bonds to make
the project a realitya difficult task in a dismal economic climate. Marykay
Zimbrick at the time told
the Star that, though a referendum on the money
would be hard in a struggling economy, decisions
have to be based on more
than economics.
Created in the late 1980s
from a loose township and
a state Supreme Court ruling, Fitchburg residents
had always struggled for
a sense of identity. The
library, it seemed, went a
long way to establishing
that identity.
(The library) was something that has really pulled
the community together,
Roach said.

From the sidelines


While alders, mayors
and committees have come
and gone, Roach has been
a constant in the rapidlygrowing mass that is Fitchburg. Roach said he didnt
have a favorite mayor, noting that each one brought
something different to the
table throughout the years.
As the latest mayor,
Arnold referred to the

administrator position as a
valuable resource. Unlike
being a council member, he
said, the mayoral position
mean that Roachs office is
right around the corner.
Perhaps more than anyone, I regret Tonys retirement because hes such
a value to the mayor,
Arnold said.
Roachs tenure has seen
the development of four
TIDs, including the one
that ultimately created
his and much of the city
staffs offices. Numerous budgets have come
and gone under his tenure.
Roach seemed to smile at
the idea of no longer being
a part of it, saying hell be
watching from the sidelines as the city grows
and develops. Roach said
he is confident that whoever takes the job will have
a great staff that will
bridge any of those gaps
that might show up.
Though he avoided picking favorites, Roach said
hell always be grateful to
Mark Vivian for hiring him
in July of 2000.
Mark and the council at
the time took a chance on
me, Roach said. I hope
they look back and think
they made a good decision.

Business

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Fitchburg building earns national award

ConnectFitchburg.com

Verona Road

Screenshot courtesy Veronaroad.info

The Verona Road Business Coalition website, veronaroad.info, offers construction updates, alternate
routes and special offers to businesses in the Verona Road construction project corridor.

Business coalition aims to


reduce construction impact
MARK IGNATOWSKI

On the web
Verona Road Business Coalition
website:

veronaroad.info

Unified Newspaper Group

Local businesses have


come together to support
each other and the community during the longest and
largest urban road construction project in Wisconsin.
As the Wisconsin Department of Transportation
is working on a five-year
reconstruction project
aimed at improving Verona
Road, a group of businesses in the area is working
to keep customers coming
through their doors.
The Verona Road Business Coalition was formed
to be a voice for these
businesses, ensuring that
their economic vitality is
protected and promoted
throughout the construction
process.
Part of that effort includes
the launch of a new website: veronaroad.info.
On the site, you can look
up alternate travel routes
and view traffic cameras
allowing you to avoid
construction delays. The
site has computer simulated drive-throughs of
what the new Verona Road
will look like once its

Groups Facebook page:

facebook.com/veronaroad.
info
completed.
You can track the construction process and progress, print special offers and
coupons for local businesses on the website. Visitors
can also sign-up for e-mail
updates and special offers
from coalition businesses.
Offers include coupons for
a reduced price meal at HyVee and Quiveys Grove.
Business resources with
city sign ordinances, toolkits, contact lists and more
are also available. Links to
VRBC events are also provided.
Information can also be
found on the groups Facebook page: facebook.com/
veronaroad.info

and communities. Construction will move closer


to Fitchburg starting in Fall
2016.
While the project will
ultimately increase safety, decrease traffic and
improve travel efficiency,
it will impact the businesses
located in the construction
area.
We look forward to the
projects completion and
the positive impact it will
have on the community,
Cindy Jaggi, VRBC project manager said in a news
release. In the meantime,
we are proud to represent
and support local businesses as we work through the
construction process over
the next several years.

Beo Mor Farm in Fitchburg earned a national


award building design earlier this year.
The National Frame
Building Association
(NFBA) recognized the
most outstanding projects
in February. Meigs Building Specialists in Black
Earth, was recognized
with a first place winner
in the category of Horse
Barns/Facilities over 5,000
square feet.
The first place winning equine facility was
built for Beo Mor Farm
in Fitchburg,with nearly
20,000 square feet under the
roof. Included in the project
is an 80-foot by 160-foot
riding arena with viewing
deck, which is attached to a
combination stall barn and
rider lounge area.
Meigs Building Specialists was also recognized
with two second place
awards at the show. The

The Fitchburg Star

Photo submitted

The Beo Mor Farm is a commercial equine facility that won a


national award last year.

first was for Livestock


Facilities for a Curved
Roof Run In Shed also
for Beo Mor Farm and the
other for a Hobby Shed for
Aaron & Karen Carlock of
Black Earth, Wisconsin.
Established in 1985,

Meigs Building Specialists has built hundreds


of buildings and homes,
winning many local and
national awards.

Way of Dane County and


is a past board member
for the Greater Madison
Agrace has appointed Chamber of Commerce
City of Fitchburg alder and Centro Hispano of
Julia Arata-Fratta to its Dane County.
board of directors.
Fitchburg doctor
Agrace provides specialized care and support named Group Health
to patients and their fami- interim CEO
lies facing serious illness.
The Group Health CoopArata-Fratta is a supervisor
erative
of South Central
in the tax and business serWisconsin
board of direcvices department of Wegner CPAs. She is a City tors appointed Dr. Mark
of Fitchburg alderperson, Huth as interim CEO in
past president of the Latino late May.
Huth has served as
Chamber of Commerce of
Dane County and founding GHC-SCWs Chief Medimember of the Latino Pro- cal Officer since 2007 and
fessional Association of
Greater Madison. She also
sits on the board of United

is a practicing physician at
the GHC-SCW Hatchery
Hill Clinic. He has held
leadership positions within
the organization over the
last four years.
The board of directors is
searching for a new chief
executive officer following the resignation of CEO
Kevin Hayden.
GHC-SCW is a nonprofit health plan that cares
for 82,000 members. The
Cooperative has served the
greater Dane County area
for nearly 40 years and
provides both insurance
and clinical services for
our members.

Mark Ignatowski

In brief
Arata-Fratta joins
Agrace board

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RECREATION DEPARTMENT
For more information and to register visit www. fitchburgwi.gov/recreation, call the
Rec. Dept. at 608-270-4285 or visit us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/fitchrec

Yoga and Mindfulness for Kids

This class will focus on exercises that foster a healthy mind, body and spirit. Expect
a fun and creative atmosphere with music
and movement combined with breathing and
relaxation.
Dates/Times Wednesdays 2-2:30pm,
June 10-July 22
Location Fitchburg Community Center
Ages 5 to 11 years old
Fee - $36

Football Camp Strength and


Endurance Training

Participants will go through speed and agility


drills, a strength training program and work on
fundamentals and techniques.
Dates/Times July 13-July 17, MondayFriday 8:30-10:30am
Location Fitchburg Christian Fellowship
2924 Fish Hatchery Rd.
Ages 4th-8th Graders
Fee - $30

Flag Football Camp

Participants will work on techniques for


running, throwing, and catching. They will also
work on plays, route running and defensive
strategies.
Dates/Times August 10-August 14,
Monday-Friday 8:30-10:30am
Location Fitchburg Christian Fellowship
2924 Fish Hatchery Rd.
Ages 4th-8th Graders
Fee - $30

Lacrosse Boys Summer Youth Camp

Each evening will be divided into 45 minutes


of skill development followed by 45 minutes
of scrimmages. Program is led by UW coaches and a number of current and former UW
lacrosse players.
Dates/Times Wednesdays 6-7:30pm,
July 15-August 19
Location McGaw Park Lacrosse Field
Ages Boys 8-16
Fee - $40

Nine Springs Junior Golf/Playground


Program

Golf instruction from course professionals


and play in the morning, followed by lunch and
playground program with Fitchburg Rec. Staff
and the Fit2Go Van.
Dates/Times Tuesdays Golf 9:30am-12pm,
Playground 12-4pm, Jun 16-Aug 4
Location Nine Springs Golf Course
Ages 7-14
Fees Golf $80 (Lunch included),
Playground Program $16

Adventure Camps

There are eight of these one week camps


throughout the summer. Each week will feature a new theme like: Messy Olympics,
Superhero Academy, Frozen in July, and more.
Camps will include activities, free play, arts,
crafts, sports and role playing. The first camp
starts June 16th.
Days/Times Tuesday and Thursday
Mornings, 9:30am-11:30am
Location McKee Farms Park
Ages 4-6 years old
Fee - $20R/$25NR

Half-Day Camps

There are eight of these one week camps


throughout the summer. Each week will feature a new theme like: Scout Days, H2WOW,
Sportacular, and more. Camps will include
activities, free play, arts, crafts, sports and role
playing. The first camp starts June 15th.
Days/Times Monday-Thursday afternoons, 1:00pm-4:00pm
Location McKee Farms Park
Ages 7-12 years old
Fee - $50R/$60NR

Tennis Lessons

We have tennis lessons for ages


4-5 all the way up to 13-16 years
old. Tennis lessons are on Mondays
and Wednesdays. Times are listed
online along with dates for each
session. The first session starts June
15th and the cost is $32R/$40NR.
Spots are filling up quickly, so register soon.

PeeWee Programs (Ages 3-5)

We have a lot of peewee programs going on


this summer. Some of our programs include;
instructional baseball, instructional basketball,
instructional soccer, Meet Me at the Park
1-day Camps, Tennis, Creative Kids Art Class,
Art Cart, and more!

Volleyball Camps and Clinics

We have one-week camps for K-2nd grade


and 3rd-5th grade. For 6th-8th
graders we have one-week clinics for hitting, serving, passing
and setting. Clinics and camps
are on Tuesday-Thursday,
June 23rd-June 25th at Stoner
Prairie School. Fees and times range, so check
online for specifics.

Sport Foundations Training Level 1

This program seeks to provide kids with a


fun and stimulating opportunity for physical and
psychosocial development. This 7-week program will focus on athletic movement; coordination, agility, strength, power, body control
and endurance. Program starts June 15th.
Days/Times Mondays and Wednesdays,
3:30pm-4:45pm
Location Stoner Prairie Gym
Ages 6-11 years old
Fee - $185

Sport Foundations Training Level 2

This program seeks to provide kids with a


fun and stimulating opportunity for physical and
psychosocial development. This 7-week program will focus on athletic movement; coordination, agility, strength, power, body control
and endurance. Program starts June 19th.
Day/Time Fridays, 1:00pm-3:00pm
Location Stoner Prairie Gym
Ages 11-14 years old
Fee - $125 (all classes) or $25 (day pass)

WATER CONSERVATION
by Samuel Cooke,
Resource Conservation Commission Member

Saving money, saving energy, saving water these are all


good reasons to learn more
about water conservation. And,
as Ben Franklin said: When the
wells dry, we know the worth of
water. Despite drought-like conditions during several past summers in different parts of the country, Fitchburg
typically has enough rainfall that we do not make
the headlines. However, there is a different
kind of drought occurring, under our feet. Im
talking about our groundwater and the fact that
we are using it faster than it is being replenished.
Whats happening is the amount of groundwater
recharging to Dane Countys aquifers is significantly less than the amount of groundwater being
extracted by groundwater pumps. With groundwater being Dane Countys primary source of
drinking water, this is a vital issue.
Conservation of water requires a change
in habits and expectations on the part of
Fitchburgs businesses and residents for commercial, household and outdoor water usage.
Now is the time for everyone to do their
part, especially with summer coming, a time
of year that strains our aquifers as we water
our gardens and lawns.
Here are some ways that you can conserve
water:

Outdoors

If your lawn is established, refrain from


watering during the summer just let it go
brown, like it wants to when it is dry, and it

Playground Programs

Come join other youngsters in group games,


crafts, sports and other fun activities. Program
runs one day a week from the 1st week of June
to the last week of July.
Days/Times McKee (Wednesdays, (9:3011:30am) Tower (Fridays, (9:30-11:30am)
Location McKee Farms Park and Tower
Hill Park
Ages 4-6 years old
Fee - $20R/$25NR

Fitchburg Smart Cycling Courses

These classes will discuss bike maintenance,


such as changing a tire and adjusting your
brakes. You will be guided through a series of
parking lot drills designed to make you react
quickly to avoid a crash. You will gain confidence on the road and trails with this course.
Days/Times Saturdays 9am-4pm
(3 dates available - June 20, Jul 18, Aug 22)
Location Stoner Prairie Parking Lot
Ages 16 and up
Fee - $50

Indoors

Use water saving products in your home


or business, such as low-flow showerheads,
faucet aerators and low-flush toilets.
When purchasing a dishwasher or washing machine consider ones that are energyand water-efficient, such as Energy Star (www.
energystar.gov) and WaterSense (www.epa.
gov/watersense/) certified.
Fill dishwashers and washing machines to
their capacity before running them.
Take shorter showers. Taking 5-minute
showers instead of 10-minute showers can save
over 10,000 gallons of water per year, per person. Consider a military shower by turning water
off for lathering and on again during rinsing.
Turn the faucet off when youre scrubbing
your hands or brushing your teeth, and turn
water on again for rinsing.
Thank you for doing your part to conserve
our water now and for future generations.
Every little bit makes a difference!

RESULTS OF THE 2015 SPRING CLEANING EVENTS


On May 9th, Fitchburg hosted the 2015
Spring Cleaning Events for household hazardous waste disposal, paper shredding and
recycling, medication disposal, and electronics recycling at four sites around Fitchburg.
Please join us in thanking Pellitteri, Oak

Kids Enrichment Classes

What is etiquette and why is it important?


These classes will teach your kids party etiquette, communication skills, manners, and
how to take on new responsibilities.
Days/Times Varying
Location Fitchburg Community Center
Ages 6-12 years old
Fee - $15

will green up when the rains return. An exception to this occurred during July 2012 when
an extended dry period of over 6 weeks was
combined with unusually high temperatures.
Use collected rainwater for lawn and garden
watering between rain events. Consider installing a
rain barrel to collect rain water (be sure and place
a screen over the top, or use the water fast, to
prevent mosquitoes from breeding). Mulch your
flower and vegetable gardens to reduce evaporation from the soil. Water it only when needed.
Mulch your flower and vegetable gardens
to reduce evaporation from the soil. Water it
only when needed.

Bank, Surplus-IT, Fitchburg Public Works


and Police staff, and the Fitchburg Resource
Conservation Commission for making these
four events available to Fitchburg residents.
Thanks also to residents for safely disposing
of their medical and household hazardous
wastes, and recycling paper and electronics.
Collected at the various recycling events:
Over 3,500 electronic items weighing
7,000 pounds by 150 participants

90 large recycling carts of paper from


200 participants for shredding weighing 8,440
pounds. (This represents an equivalent savings
of 72 trees!)
72 residents dropped off hazardous waste
at the Clean Sweep event
The MedDrop box at the Fitchburg
Police Station received 30 gallons of unused
medications.
If you missed the Spring 2015 Fitchburg
Electronics Recycling Event, you can still
arrange to drop off electronics at Surplus-IT
near Fitchburg (call 270-1100 for an appointment). Hazardous waste items can be taken
directly to Dane Countys Clean Sweep
Facility and there is a MedDrop Box available
M-F, 7:30-4:30 at the Fitchburg Police Station.
Fitchburgs Hometown Pharmacy (3000 Cahill
Main, Ste 114) is able to accept unused and
expired medications as long as they are not
considered controlled substances per state
and federal regulations. If you have any questions regarding MedDrop, feel free to ask
staff at the Hometown Pharmacy for more
information.
Additional recycling options are listed
in Fitchburgs Recycling Guide available at
http://www.fitchburgwi.gov/solidwaste.

DEMENTIA FRIENDLY KICK-OFF EVENT A SUCCESS


The May 15th Dementia Friendly kick-off
event was a huge success with close to 80
people in attendance at the BioPharmaceutical
Technology Center for the showing of Still
Alice. The City of Fitchburg is proud to be
partnered with the Alzheimers Association

with this initiative. Many City staff, along


with Fitchburg businesses, have participated
in the dementia friendly training on how to
recognize, communicate and best assist someone with dementia. Look for the Dementia
Friendly logo around Fitchburg.
In photo (from left to right):
Mandi Miller, City Of Fitchburg
Volunteer Program Manager,
Kari Patterson, Executive
Director of the Alzheimers
Association of South Central
Wisconsin and Bonnie Nutt,
Program Specialist at the
Alzheimers Association.

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City news

June 12, 2015

The Fitchburg Star

Mayor vetoes Fahey Fields development plan


Council attempt at
override fails
JACOB BIELANSKI
Unified Newspaper Group

The plan to build nearly


500 housing units on 50
acres near McGaw Park is in
question after Mayor Steve
Arnold vetoed the resolution
authorizing it last month.
I guess Im confused,
David Fahey, owner of
the land being used for the
development, said at the
May 12 council meeting.
The mayors veto puts a lot
of uncertainty in my mind, it
puts uncertainty in the process.
The project, located on
land between Irish Lane
and the Crossing Condominium property on the
edge of McGaw Park, called
for roughly 135 single family units on 35.7 acres and
approximately 333 multifamily units on 11.1 acres.
The project hit initial snags
when an area condominium
association raised objections

Map submitted

A plat map for Fahey Fields was approved by the Common Council, but vetoed by Mayor Steve
Arnold in May. A vote to override the veto failed to get the required six votes.

to the proposed surface a resolution went before the


water runoff plan. After council at its April 28 meetmodification of the compre- ing and passed 5-3.
hensive development plan,
Prior to the vote, Ald.

Jake Johnson (D-4) made


a motion seconded by Ald.
Dan Carpenter (D-3) to table
the resolution before the

vote. That motion failed 3-5.


At its May 12 meeting,
the council considered overriding the mayors veto.
Though the vote garnered
five ayes, an override of
a mayoral veto requires six,
sustaining Arnolds veto.
Ald. Patrick Stern (D-2)
noted at the May 12 meeting
that he could not remember
a veto issued from the mayors office in his five years
in the position.
Arnold defended his veto,
saying the decision was not
taken lightly. He said that
while the stormwater issues
were addressed, he said the
development plan only met
the 10-unit per acre density
requirement of the area by
putting a lot of multi-family
units outside of the citys
urban service area, which is
the area in which services
such as city sewer and water
lines can go.
We spent months going
through all the committees
and now we have to start all
over, Fahey said. I guess
Im just wondering where
well be in a year.

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FACTv

Community
videos on
YouTube
FACTv will have another place for viewers to see
videos from the Fitchburg
community.
The citys cable access
station will upload videos
to YouTube. The YouTube
channel will have videos
from local events, upcoming events, and more.
Videos can be found by
searching FACTv City of
Fitchburg.
The YouTube channel
will be used along with the
citys video on demand
to help promote the many
things that happen in our
city.
More videos can be
streamed from the citys
archives found on the city
website, fitchburgwi.gov.

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