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Verona Area School District

worry for
PALs future
Stoner Prairie
considers ending
multiage program
Scott Girard
Unified Newspaper Group

Photos by Samantha Christian

It’s still
Students at Sugar Creek
Elementary School were eager
to play in the falling snow during recess Tuesday morning.
The blast of cold air and snow
was somewhat unexpected
(though fitting for Wisconsin)
since the area saw record-breaking temperatures in the mid-50s
Above, fourth-grader Zaki Zaidi
and fifth-grader Edgar De La
Cruz Garcia use a climbing
structure on the playground as
a fort.
Left, fifth-grader Maria
Gonzalez Pacheco, left, shoots
a basketball during a round of

A group of parents is
pushing hard to keep a
multi-age learning and
community-building program at Stoner Prairie
Elementary School from
ending this year.
The Partners Actively
Learning, or PALs, program first began at the
school in 1992 with students grouped in homerooms spanning grades
1-3 and 4-5. Two of its

Recruitment begins for
public works director
Rieder retires in
July; position gets
Verona Press editor

Veteran: Letter from SOMS
students ‘kindest gesture’
Scott Girard
Unified Newspaper Group

Retired colonel Rick Walker
opened the envelope in his Washington state home assuming it was “some
The return address was for “Verona
Public Schools,” and Walker could
think of only one person he knew in
the entire state of Wisconsin as a set

of Valentine’s Day cards fell out of
the envelope.
“I opened it up and
here were these really
sweet and obviously
kid-crafted valentines
all addressed to me,”
Walker, 68, recalled.
“I was overwhelmed. I
looked at that and said, Walker in the Army
‘How sweet is this?’”
After some initial digging – including a call to the Verona Area School
District central office – to find
out where to express his gratitude,

Walker connected with an old friend,
Matt Reinfeldt. Reinfeldt’s daughter Lora,
as it turns out, is in the
sixth grade at Savanna
Oaks Middle School.
“I got a good chuckle out of it,” Reinfeldt
said of Walker figuring
out who had sent them. Walker today
“He was trying to track
down who it was, I was like, ‘Come
on Rick, how many people do you

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City of Verona

Jim Ferolie

Washington veteran gets a ‘sweet’ valentine’s treat

founders, Paula Wick and
Liz Buerger, still teach
with the program, but
both are retiring at the end
of the year. Sue Cook is
also retiring, leaving just
two of the program’s five
teachers familiar with
PALs to continue it for
next year.
But two dozen parents currently or formerly
involved in PALs told SP
principal Mike Pisani,
who will make the final
decision, that talk of ending the program because
of the retirements is foolish. A petition to save the
program on
had 251 signatures as of

Though Ron Rieder isn’t
retiring until July, the city
is planning to begin advertising for his successor
within the next few days.
Monday, the city’s
Personnel committee
reviewed and approved
a job description for the
public works director, a
position that has changed
markedly since the last
time the city filled it –
more than 30 years ago.
Even then, there wasn’t
much of a search – Rieder
was already on staff and a
natural candidate to succeed Donald Crownhart.
Now, rather than a

working public works
staffer with managerial
duties, the job operates at a
much higher level – overseeing other department
heads and supervisors,
managing large projects
and strategizing and negotiating with developers and
large companies like Epic.
So rather than requiring a commercial driver’s
license, experience running a plow and a high
school education, for
example, the new position
will ask for management,
administrative and budget
experience, comprehensive understanding of a
department that’s far more
advanced than it once was,
people skills, an understanding of grant-writing
and possibly engineering
Along with the position

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March 3, 2016

The Verona Press

As opportunity knocks, she dances
Kate Newton
Unified Newspaper Group

At age 15, Maurissa
Powell already has her life
planned out. But unlike most
other girls her age, those
plans aren’t dreams for a distant future – they’re already
in motion.
That sense of motion, both
literally and figuratively, has
been a constant presence
since Maurissa, a freshman
at Verona Area High School,

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began dancing when she was
3 years old. She currently
trains as an advanced student
at the School of Madison Ballet, which she said she “fell in
love with” after performing
in the organization’s annual
production of the Nutcracker

at age 4.
For young ballerinas pursuing dancing as a career,
growing up early seems as
unavoidable as buying their
first pair of pointe shoes. The
competition to land a coveted
spot in a professional dance
company is steep, and ballerinas pay their dues in blood,
sweat, tears and, in some
respects, their youth.
Maurissa already has the
resume to show for it: She’s
studied at summer ballet
intensives in New Mexico
and Chicago, requiring her
to live away from home for
weeks at a time, and also
recently participated in the
International Association of
Blacks in Dance (IABD) first
annual Ballet Audition for

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From an early age, Maurissa had to battle anxieties
that as a biracial dancer, her
appearance, not her abilities, might dictate whether
the industry would accept
her. But a turning point came
when she realized that what
seemed to limit her might
actually set her apart – not
unlike her idol, Misty Copeland, the first African-American to be named a principal
dancer for the American Ballet Theatre.
“In the beginning, (Maurissa) would say, ‘I’m the only
brown girl in the class,’” her
mother Rebecca Powell told
the Press. “But then at some
point she came to me and
said, ‘You know what? I also
feel kind of special about it.’”
Both Maurissa and Rebecca said it helps that the Madison Ballet and its artistic
director, W. Earle Smith,
work to include dancers of all
races and body types, and are
thankful that Maurissa also
has had a biracial instructor
to look to as a role model.
Rachelle Butler, a recently
retired company dancer for
the Madison Ballet, said
teaching Maurissa for the
past five years has been “like
seeing a little girl grow up
into this really determined,
strong dancer.”


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After the audition, she was
offered scholarships from
the Washington Ballet and
the Pennsylvania Ballet’s for
their year-round programs,
as well as for the School of
Oregon Ballet Theatre’s summer intensive program. She’ll
also appear in VAHS’ annual
Multicultural Showcase at
7 p.m. Friday in the VAHS
Performing Arts Center, performing the Kitri variation
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professional ballet

Photo by Takiyah Wallace Brown Girls Do Ballet

VAHS freshman and School of Madison Ballet dancer Maurissa
Powell, 15, appears in a photoshoot for the start-up organization
Brown Girls Do Ballet in Denver in January. Powell has been dancing since she was 3 years old, and recently participated in the first
annual International Association of Black Dance ballet audition.

For Butler, growing up
surrounded by almost exclusively white dancers “was a
hard thing to go through,” but
she said increasing conversation around the issue and
the success of black dancers
like Copeland will hopefully
create “a more open situation” for Maurissa and other
young, minority dancers as
they audition for professional
“I think that it’s amazing that she has this group
(IABD) that are opening
their minds to the fact that
it doesn’t have to be white,
tiny ballerinas everywhere,
but powerful women, strong
women (that) come in all
shapes and sizes and all different colors,” Butler said.
That certainly describes
the scene during the January
IABD event. After arriving in
Denver, Maurissa appeared
in a photo shoot for “Brown
Girls Do Ballet,” a division
of the start-up organization
Brown Girls Do., Inc. The
audition followed the next
day, with nearly 90 black
and multiracial dancers participating in the three-hour
session under instruction
from Delores Brown, one
of the nation’s first AfricanAmerican ballerinas. The
directors of about 15 national
dance companies attended to
“It was really nice to know
that everyone was looking for
someone different, and they
(didn’t) know what to expect
coming there,” Maurissa
said. “A lot of companies
don’t want to change, but
they have to because … the
world is changing.”

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Maurissa said that the
“turning point” to continue
in ballet for a lot of young
dancers is the introduction of
pointe shoes. They run about
$100 per pair, and professional dancers can wear out
several pairs in a single performance.
Few dancers have that
luxury (Maurissa said she
makes hers last for a monthand-a-half to three months),
but unfortunately, shoes only
represent the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the
cost of pursuing ballet. Maurissa receives scholarships to
attend the School of Madison
Ballet, but as the youngest in
a family of five with “needs

all around,” her decision of
which program to attend this
summer depends on what
the family is able to gather
in savings, financial aid and
proceeds from a GoFundMe
organized for Maurissa and
two other young dancers.
Summer programs are
essential if dancers want to
be considered by the more
prestigious companies, but
can cost anywhere from
$4,000 to $6,000 to attend.
While Maurissa received a
full scholarship to participate
in the five-week Oregon Ballet Theatre Summer Intensive, she’ll still have to cover
about $3,100 in housing
She’s considering returning for Ballet Chicago’s summer program, which she participated in last summer and
would be cheaper, but wants
to experience the “variety” of
a new program and setting.
The Powells are applying for
additional financial aid, and
are all “on board” with providing Maurissa with opportunities in any way they can,
Rebecca said.
Fortunately, Maurissa
believes that Madison also
has plenty to offer when it
comes to her future in the
industry. While one of her
dreams is to attend the School
of American Ballet in New
York City, she has no plans
to move away from home
and wants to take advantage of her training here, as
well as a possible career as a
company dancer or instructor
with the Madison Ballet, as
long as possible.
But even she acknowledges that the concept of “long”
in the fleeting, fast-paced
world of ballet – a world
she’s occupied for nearly her
whole lifetime – is always up
for interpretation.
“(Dance) is very demanding on the body. We’re doing
things we’re not supposed to
do – you’re not supposed to
stand on your toes!” Maurissa said with a laugh. “I
don’t think I’d be OK with
not being able to dance anymore, but if I did get injured
or want to retire, I think I definitely could be happy with

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The Verona Press


Bittersweet goodbye

Senior center program director Miller moving on
New program
manager hired

Scott De Laruelle
Unified Newspaper Group

Jennifer Miller only served as program
director at the Verona Senior Center for just
over a year, but in that time she made changes that will be felt for many years to come.
Miller, who started at the center in September 2014, is leaving this month as she
and her family move to the La Crosse area
to pursue opportunities there. But despite her
relatively short stay in Verona, center director Mary Hanson said staff and clients alike
will miss Miller and the “new energy” she
brought to the position.
Hanson said that in addition to managing
the transition to the center’s “newly revised
and expanded newsletter,” “The Chronicle,”
Miller introduced engaging programming
that seniors could look forward to.
“Jennifer (came) up with creative special events, scheduling interesting speakers,
increasing the variety of musical entertainment and adding a book club,” Hanson said.
“She increased the fitness options by adding
a walking group and starting a weekly core
strength exercise class, which has become
very popular.
“Her standards are high and have left a
lasting impression.”
Miller previously worked with “lowerfunctioning seniors” in the Madison area
for more than six years before coming to
the senior center. She said that working with
more independent seniors in Verona “was a
little hard” to get used to at first.
“I always wanted to walk with people to
make sure they wouldn’t fall, and the seniors
would definitely laugh at me from time to
time and kindly remind me that they didn’t
require my assistance,” she said in an email
to the Press.
Miller said she came upon the posting for
the program manager position “on a whim”
while searching for jobs in Milwaukee,
where she was considering moving. She
found the job description around 10 p.m. –
just two hours before the deadline.
“I feverishly got to work writing a cover

Verona Area Senior Center director
Mary Hanson told the Press in an email
Tuesday that Alasa Wiest has been
hired to take over for Jennifer Miller as
program director. Hanson said Wiest,
a Stoughton resident, has 13 years of
experience working with seniors and has
been serving as the activity coordinator
at Middleton Glen, a large retirement
community for independent seniors. Prior to that, she worked at East Madison
Monona Coalition of the Aging, where
she managed an adult day center and a
nutrition site. “Alasa is very engaging
and energetic, and brings with her many
good ideas drawn from her years of
experience with program development,
marketing and outreach, and volunteer
coordination,” Hanson said.
The center will host a welcome reception for Wiest at 9 a.m. Friday, April 1.
Photo submitted

From left, outgoing Verona Senior Center program director Jennifer Miller shares a smile with Verona
resident Vi Bergum and senior center director Mary Hanson.

letter and submitted all the necessary information just before midnight,” Miller said.
“I got a call from director Mary Hanson the
very next day for an interview. It felt like this
was a sign to stay in the Madison area.”

Many accomplishments
Six weeks and two interviews later, she
started a job that she would soon come to
love. Miller said she’s most proud of adding fitness and wellness classes with focuses
like core strength, line dancing, MELT and
a monthly pilates workshop. She’s also added gatherings for dominoes, 500, and Wii
games, as well as a book group.
However, she said the thing she’s most
proud of is a project she won’t be able to see

through in its entirety – working with a staff
member from Rhapsody Arts on a joint collaboration for a program revolving around
the Madison Symphony.
“We are looking at getting grant money to
not only get season tickets and transportation
to the Madison Symphony performances,
but also host a lunch and have a member of
Rhapsody Arts present on the composers
being featured prior to each symphony concert,” Miller said. “We are hoping to not only
include area seniors, but also young students
who attend Rhapsody Arts to make this an
intergenerational performing arts program.”
Miller said what she will hold most dear to
her heart as she leaves the senior center are
all the memories and friendships made with

area seniors.
“They have made me feel so welcome and
respected during my seventeen months at the
center and I cannot thank them enough,” she
said. “We’ve had some many laughs as well
as tears together and I am definitely going to
miss each of them. Our staff has been phenomenal to work with. They are so passionate about what they do and each goes above
and beyond for our seniors.”
While Miller and her family will be heading to La Crosse later this month, where her
“significant other has accepted a position
with Kwik Trip Corporate,” she’ll be coming
back to Verona later this spring to coordinate
Verona Hometown Days.
“I’m hoping all those who I’ve had the
opportunity to meet throughout my time in
Verona will stop by Hometown Days and say
hello,” Miller said.

City of Verona

Hometown Circle, Solar Court up for review at Plan
Jim Ferolie
Verona Press editor

A second mini strip mall
along East Verona Avenue
is up for a public hearing and
review by the Plan Commission next Monday night.
The commission will also
take a first look at a personal
storage facility in the Solar
Court complex that was originally built for an expansion
of Krantz Electric.

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more than eight years ago
with the claim that drivers
wouldn’t even be able to
see its facade because of the
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It’s similar in size and
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The 146-unit personal
storage facility would complement a facility about onequarter the size currently on
one of the four lots at the
Solar Court development.
Krantz, which includes
solar installations in its
business, started the Solar
Court development at the
peak of the Great Recession

and built its first building, a
flexible spec facility, there
in 2010. It has held various
tenants, including a cheerleading school and a floral
design studio.
A year ago, the city
approved plans for a
13,000-square-foot office
building for The Employer
Group on another lot.
One of the other two was
rezoned in 2012 to accommodate the storage facility.

The new proposal would
build more, further east,
where Krantz originally
planned to expand and actually began pouring a foundation several years ago.
City planning director
Adam Sayre reported that
if the proposal is adopted,
Krantz plans to sell the
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building, it faces a public
hearing for a pickup window
on one side of the building.
The commission will also
consider the site plan for
the roughly 8,000-squarefoot building. No tenants
have been identified yet,
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Community Voices

Don’t build walls,
tear them down

ou are aware, no doubt, of
the recent dust-up between
Donald Trump and Pope
One of the
mantras in
Trump’s campaign for the
presidency is
that he wants
to build a
wall along the
Mexico border.
Another of
Trump’s mantras is that he
wants Mexico to pay for it.
Francis is quoted as saying
Trump is not Christian if he thinks
building walls to divide people is
a good idea. Team Trump fired
back at the Pope almost immediately, claiming that no one has a
right to question another person’s
I agree with Trump on that. But
I side with Pope Francis on the
To pass judgment on whether
another person is a Christian, to
claim to know where that other
stands with God, is to venture into
territory none of us can go. Those
judgments are matters of the
secret places of the heart. I believe
only God can get there.
Whether Donald Trump is a
Christian is not for me to decide.
Nevertheless, I side with the
Pope in the spirit of his remark.
I do not believe wall-building is
consistent with a Christian point

of view.
Jesus was not a wall-builder. He
was a wall remover and a border
crosser. Read the New Testament
with one eye to the map in the
back, and you will see Jesus was
always crossing borders when
border crossings were not socially
The New Testament world
knew of walls between Jews and
Gentiles, Jews and Samaritans,
the clean and the unclean, the welcome and the outcast, the rich and
the poor. They were not physical
walls, of course, but they were
Jesus broke through them all.
New Testament Christianity seems to me to have more in
common with Ronald Reagan
than with Donald Trump when it
comes to walls. Reagan, as you
might recall, stood beside the
Berlin Wall in Eastern Europe and
growled, “Mr. Gorbachev, tear
down this wall!”
I believe the New Testament
summons us to not only work at
tearing walls down, it also wants
us to understand who really pays
the cost of building them up.
The United States is running up
against so many walls these days
that it seems as though our country is trapped within itself. These
walls are not at our borders. They
cut straight through our center.
Because they cut through our
center, we have to pay their price.
No one else can.
That is the kind of thing Jesus

saw. The walls at which he
chipped away were not physical
ones at borderline places so much
as inward and spiritual ones cutting through the hearts and minds
of people at a heavy cost.
We have been building inner
walls steadily, brick by solid
brick, between races, between
income brackets, between regions
of the country and between the
great faiths of the world. They
also stand between our two major
political parties, and, within those
parties, between moderates and
extremists, representatives of the
establishment and newcomers.
It does not take much to add
up the cost our nation is paying
for the walls running through our
interior. It is a cost paid not in
dollars as much as it is in deterioration at our core.
The more walls we build, the
harder it is for the core values
enshrined in our founding documents to break through. The price
is that we box in the very thing
that makes us great, so it no longer does us much good.
The Christian task today is one
of handing out sledgehammers to
help tear down the walls that cut
through our center, not handing
bricks and mortar to the bricklayers who are only too happy to
separate us one from the other and
thus from our best selves.
The Rev. Dr. Mark E. Yurs is
pastor of Salem United Church of
Christ in Verona.

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Press wins 3 WNA awards

Girard named ‘Future Headliner’

Verona Press editor

The Verona Press won three
awards at the Wisconsin Newspaper
Association’s convention last week.
They were among 16 editorial
awards produced by Unified Newspaper Group and include a firstplace award in all-around photography. UNG’s staff swept that category, with the Stoughton Courier Hub
finishing second and the Oregon
Observer third.
“Great art in each issue and lots
of it!” the judge wrote of Verona’s
submission. “Overall excellent use
of photography.”
All nine members of the UNG
editorial staff – which collaborates
on its four weekly and monthly
newspapers – won at least one
WNA award this year.
The Press also took second place
for its 50th anniversary special section and third for coverage of local
government. UNG’s Your Family
magazine, which is delivered quarterly in the Hub, also won honorable
mention for a feature story by Jacob
Bielanski about a transgender teen.
The winning photography entry
featured a photo essay from intern
Karina Galvan with University
of Wisconsin-Madison basketball players visiting a local school,
Samantha Christian’s photos of the
U.S. Speedskating championship
at the Verona Ice Arena and several shots over the summer from the
many library programs.
The 50th anniversary issue commemorated the Press’ 1965 debut
and detailed how far the newspaper
has come from those early days,
caught up with the former editors
and looked at Verona overall in that


Photo by Scott Girard

The Verona Press won three awards at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association
convention: a first-place award for all-around photography, second place for its
50th anniversary special section and third place for local government coverage.

“Great commemorative piece,”
the editorial judge wrote. “Articles
do a great job of tying the past to the
The issue also was second place
in the advertising contest, for best
“This special section captured the

fun of looking through old newspaper and reminded readers all that the
publication has done for the community,” the advertising judge wrote.
Editor Jim Ferolie’s coverage
of local government dug into the
massive Nine Mound Road project and the copious amounts of
taxpayer money helping to fund

Verona Press reporter and
photographer Scott Girard was
named one of
five 2016 “Future
Headliners” by
the Wisconsin
Newspaper Association.
The award
recognizes “rising stars” around Girard
Wisconsin under
the age of 30 for
their emerging leadership in the
journalism industry. Editor Jim
Ferolie nominated Girard for the
Girard, 24, joined Unified

Newspaper Group in September 2013 after graduating from
the University of WisconsinMadison that spring. Since then,
he has covered the Verona Area
School District, while also writing features and covering business in each of UNG’s communities.
The award-winners will participate in networking and educational opportunities with
WNA over the next two years.
Girard also won a first-place
award last year for his photo of
the damage at Country View
Elementary School after the
2014 tornado.

At a glance

particularly of its name.
The editorial team also produced
the Hometown Days preview section, which earned a third-place
award for best niche publication. It
was one of six advertising awards,
including second place for the 50th
anniversary section (best promotion). UNG won 10 ad awards
The WNA recognizes winners in
six categories – daily and weekly
newspapers of three sizes each.
UNG’s three weekly newspapers
competed in the middle category
of weeklies, E, with circulations of
Another UNG publication, the
monthly Fitchburg Star, is not eligible because it has free circulation.
UNG’s three weekly news publications earned 17 editorial awards
last year, with eight first-place

First Place
All-around Photography: Staff
Second Place
Special section: Press 50th
anniversary, Jim Ferolie and Scott
Third Place
Reporting on Local
Government: Jim Ferolie
Honorable Mention
Feature: “About a Boy,” Jacob
Bielanski (Your Family)

it. It also recounted the premature
conclusion of alders that the historic Matts house might not be salvageable and the brief controversy
over the Wicked Jezebel distillery,

Driving instructor falls asleep during VAHS lesson
Teacher got medical help,
program says

Verona police began
investigating three sexual
assaults, including one of
a teenager, over the last
Police told the Press
Hannible Walker, 43, of
Madison, was arrested
as a suspect in the sexual
assault of a teenager. Lt.
Dave Dresser told the
Press that Walker was an
invited guest in the home
of the victim.
Suspects in the other
two assaults had not yet
been arrested, Dresser
said, as investigators continued to gather witness
statements and additional
information. He said the

Scott Girard
Unified Newspaper Group

A driving instructor who teaches
Verona Area High School students
received medical help after he fell
asleep during a lesson last year.
An instructor with CESA 2, which
contracts with the Verona Area
School District to provide driver’s
education, fell asleep twice during a
lesson last November, according to a
Facebook post by parent Kevin Wunder.
“The day after Thanksgiving was
one of my daughter’s first ‘Behind
the Wheel’ experiences,” Wunder
wrote. “There were three students in
the car, including her. The instructor had her driving on a rural 50 mph
road ... and dozed off! When another
of the students was driving, he dozed
off again!”
Channel3000 first reported the story.
CESA 2 driver’s ed director Kurt
Schultz told the Press that while the
incident was unfortunate, he investigated as soon as he received the complaint from the Wunder family. The
instructor, Schultz said, had a medical
condition that caused the incident.
He has since been medically
cleared to continue the instruction.
“If you get a complaint on somebody, you don’t just call them up and
fire the person,” Schultz said. “You
try to work with the employee. We
Schultz acknowledged that he did
not communicate directly with the
complaining family after that solution
was determined.
“I did not feel that was needed to
inform individual parents on what
CESA was doing with our employee,” he said. “That would’ve been
my decision not to get them back

Juvenile, two adults sexually
assaulted in separate incidents
unrelated incidents include
the assault of a former
girlfriend and of a spouse,
and that both victims were
Dresser called the timing
of the assaults a “fluke,”
noting that while all of the
incidents occurred Feb. 26
through Feb. 28, none of
the crimes were random.
“I hope we don’t have to
deal with something similar in the future,” Dresser
Charges against Walker
were not filed with the
Dane County Circuit Court
as of Tuesday.
– Jacob Bielanski


& Heartland Country Band
Benefit Concert

For the Brooklyn Area Veterans Memorial

Photo by Scott Girard

CESA 2 driver’s ed director Kurt Schultz said the instructor who fell asleep had a medical
issue, and he has since been cleared by a doctor to continue instruction.

That was what most irked Wunder,
according to Channel3000.
“It’s infuriating and the worst part
is the lack of response on their part,”
Wunder told the Madison news station. “The office had no reaction and
there’s been no apology, there’s been
no acknowledgement that there is
something wrong.”
Schultz said the driver has worked

for CESA for 12 years.
He said more common complaints
about instructors involve personality
conflicts, and he has in the past reassigned instructors or students to help
clear those. He added that he always
looks into complaints that reach his
“For me, all it takes is one person
and we do investigate it internally,”
he said.

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Coming up


Tree and brush clearing

play titled “Legends of the Leprechauns” at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, March
The play, based on Celtic folktales
collected by William Butler Yeats
and Thomas Crofton Croker and
presented by Heartline Theatricals,
will be performed at eight libraries in
Dane County and is sponsored by the
Beyond the Page Endowment Fund.
For information, contact Diana at
655-3123 or

The Town of Verona Public Works
staff will be performing maintenance
of vegetation growing along various
town roads through the end of March.
This maintenance will consist of
trimming brush and may include
some tree cutting along Fritz, Spring
Rose, Sugar River, Dairy Ridge and
Paulson roads, as well as Shady Oak
Lane and Sunset Drive. The schedule
is subject to change due to weather
and unforeseen conditions. For more Conquering cancer
information, call the Town office at
The senior center will host a discus845-7187.
sion for its “Conquering Cancer: Prevent, Survive, Support and Thrive”
Free community meal
series at 10 a.m. Thursday, March 10.
Anyone is welcome to attend free
Kirsten Norslien from Gilda’s Club
community meals from 11:30 a.m. will discuss what you can do to supto 1 p.m. Saturdays at Badger Prairie port yourself or others after receivNeeds Network, 1200 E. Verona Ave. ing a cancer diagnosis. She will talk
BPNN volunteers will be on hand to about steps you can take to advocate
help prepare, serve and clean up. No for yourself or others and the types of
reservations are required. Bring your support and resources available in the
own takeaway container between community.
12:30-1 p.m. if you would like to take
Gilda’s Club offers those living
leftovers with you (as available). For with cancer and their families and
information, visit
friends support groups, informational
lectures, craft workshops, exercise,
Radio play
and social activities such as potluck
The library will host a live radio dinners and comedy nights.

For information, call 845-7471.

USRWA meetings/workdays
The Upper Sugar River Watershed
Association (USRWA) will hold its
annual meeting from 12:30-3 p.m.
Sunday, March 13 at Epic Systems,
1979 Milky Way.
This year’s presentation will
feature the work of UW-Whitewater
students who developed an Erosion
Vulnerability Assessment for
Agricultural Lands (EVAAL) model
of the Upper Sugar River Watershed.
This model was completed during the
Fall 2015 semester, and students from
the class will provide details. For
more information about the meeting
and the EVAAL model, visit usrwa.
The USRWA is also partnering with
the Wisconsin DNR to hold two volunteer workdays spent restoring the
Sugar River Wetlands State Natural
Area from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday,
March 26. Volunteers will be cutting invasive species like buckthorn,
honeysuckle and more to promote the
growth of native plant species.
For information or to RSVP to the
workday, visit

Community calendar
Friday, March 4

1-3), library, 845-7180

• 1 p.m., Movie Matinees: “A Walk
in the Woods” (R), senior center,
• 7 p.m., Open mic, Tuvalu
• 7-9:30 p.m., Verona Area High
School Multicultural Showcase
($5), VAHS Performing Arts
Center, 300 Richard St., 8454400

Saturday, March 5

• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Prairie
Kitchen free community meal,
• 6:30 p.m., The McDougals,

Monday, March 7

• 4-8 p.m., Maker Monday (ages
11-18), library, 845-7180

Tuesday, March 8

• 6:30 p.m., “Legends of the
Leprechauns” live radio play,
library, 655-3123

Wednesday, March 9

• 4 p.m., Minecraft Club (grades

Thursday, March 10

• 10 a.m., “Conquering Cancer:
Prevent, Survive, Support and
Thrive” series with Kirsten
Norslien, senior center, 845-7471
• 10:30 a.m., “Healthy Lifestyles”
with Barbara Rasmussen, senior
center, 845-7471
• 4-5:30 p.m., Anime Club (grades
6-12), library, 845-7180

Friday, March 11

• 9:15 a.m., Sensory Friendly
Story Time (ages 3-5), library,
• 10 a.m., The Young and the
Restless open indoor play time
(ages 0-5), library, 845-7180
• 1 p.m., Movie Matinees: “The
Martian” (PG-13, 144 minutes),
senior center, 845-7471
• 7 p.m., Jekyl and Hyde, Tuvalu

Saturday, March 12

• 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Prairie
Kitchen free community meal,

• 7 p.m., Ajaminus, Tuvalu

Sunday, March 13

• 12:30-3 p.m., Upper Sugar River
Watershed Association (USRWA)
annual meeting, Epic Systems,
1979 Milky Way,

Tuesday, March 15

• 12:30 p.m., Card making with
Katie Johnson ($10; RSVP by
March 14), senior center, 8457471
• 6-8 p.m., Trinity Irish Dancers
performance and free dance
class, library, 845-7180

Wednesday, March 16

• 12:30 p.m., Literature Lovers’
Book Club: “Stormy Weather” by
Paulette Jiles, senior center, 8457471
• 2-4 p.m., “An Afternoon of
Painting with Carol Ann” ($10),
senior center, 845-7471
• 4-5:30 p.m., Minecraft Club
(grades 4-6), library, 845-7180

What’s on VHAT-98
Thursday, March 3
7 a.m. – How to Stay Young
at Senior Center
8 a.m.­Zumba Gold
9 a.m. ­Daily Exercise
10 a.m. – Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
3 p.m. ­Daily Exercise
4 p.m. – Four Seasons
Theater at Senior Center
5 p.m. – Do Not Resuscitate
at Senior Center
6 p.m. ­Salem Church Service
7 p.m. ­Rhapsody Arts at
Senior Center
8 p.m. ­Daily Exercise
9 p.m. – Honor Flight at
Senior Center
10 p.m. – Verona History at
Historical Society
Friday, March 4
7 a.m. – 4 Seasons Theater
at Senior Center
1 p.m. ­Honor Flight at Senior
3 p.m. – Why We Love the
Packers at Senior Center
4 p.m. – Do Not Resuscitate
at Senior Center
5 p.m. ­2014 Wildcats
8:30 p.m. ­Why We Love the
Packers at Senior Center
10 p.m. ­How to Stay Young
at Senior Center
11 p.m. – Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
Saturday, March 5
8 a.m. ­Common Council
from Feb. 22
11 a.m. ­Why We Love the

Packers at Senior Center
1 p.m. ­2014 Wildcats
4:30 p.m. – Verona History
at Historical Society
6 p.m. – Common Council
from Feb. 22
9 p.m. ­Why We Love the
Packers at Senior Center
10 p.m. ­Verona History at
Historical Society
11 p.m. ­Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
Sunday, March 6
7 a.m. ­Hindu Cultural Hour
9 a.m. – Resurrection Church
10 a.m. ­Salem Church
Noon ­Common Council
from Feb. 22
3 p.m. ­Why We Love the
Packers at Senior Center
4:30 p.m. ­Verona History at
Historical Society
6 p.m. – Common Council
from Feb. 22
9 p.m. ­Why We Love the
Packers at Senior Center
10 p.m. – Verona History at
Historical Society
11 p.m. ­Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
Monday, March 7
7 a.m. – 4 Seasons Theater
at Senior Center
1 p.m. ­Honor Flight at Senior
3 p.m. ­Why We Love the
Packers at Senior Center
4 p.m. – Do Not Resuscitate
at Senior Center

5 p.m. ­2014 Wildcats
6 p.m. ­Plan Commission
9 p.m. ­Hindu Cultural Hour
10 p.m. – How to Stay Young
at Senior Center
11 p.m. – Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
Tuesday, March 8
7 a.m. – How to Stay Young
at Senior Center
10 a.m.­Zumba Gold
9 a.m. ­Daily Exercise
10 a.m. ­Edvard Grieg Chorus
at Senior Center
2 p.m.­Zumba Gold
3 p.m. ­Daily Exercise
4 p.m. – 4 Seasons Theater
at Senior Center
5 p.m. – Do Not Resuscitate
at Senior Center
6 p.m. ­Resurrection Church
8 p.m. ­Rhapsody Arts at
Senior Center
9 p.m. ­Honor Flight at Senior
10 p.m. ­Verona History at
Historical Society
Wednesday, March 9
7 a.m. – 4 Seasons Theater
at Senior Center
1 p.m. ­Honor Flight at Senior
3 p.m. – Why We Love the
Packers at Senior Center
5 p.m. – Plan Commission
from March 7
7 p.m. ­Capital City Band
8 p.m. – Why We Love the
Packers at Senior Center

10 p.m. ­How to Stay Young
at Senior Center
11 p.m. – Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
Thursday, March 10
7 a.m. – How to Stay Young
at Senior Center
8 a.m.­Zumba Gold
9 a.m. ­Daily Exercise
10 a.m. – Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
3 p.m. ­Daily Exercise
4 p.m. – 4 Seasons Theater
at Senior Center
5 p.m. – Do Not Resuscitate
at Senior Center
6 p.m. ­Salem Church Service
7 p.m. ­Rhapsody Arts at
Senior Center
8 p.m. ­Daily Exercise
9 p.m. – Honor Flight at
Senior Center
10 p.m. – Verona History at
Historical Society

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

2951 Chapel Valley Rd., Fitchburg
(608) 276-7729
Pastor Rich Johnson
Sunday: 8:30 & 10:45 a.m.

(608) 845-6613
Fr. William Vernon, pastor
Saturday: 5 p.m., St. Andrew, Verona
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., St. William, Paoli
Sunday: 9 & 11 a.m., St. Andrew,
Daily Mass, Tuesday-Saturday: 8
a.m., St. Andrew, Verona

2833 Raritan Rd., Fitchburg
(608) 271-2811
Sunday: 8 & 10:45 a.m.

427 S. Main St., Verona
(608) 845-6922
Pastors Kurt M. Billings and Peter
Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday,
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 8 a.m.noon Wednesday
Saturday Worship: 5 p.m.
Sunday Worship: 8:30 and 10:45 a.m.

Verona Business Center
535 Half Mile Rd. #7, Verona
(608) 271-2811
Sunday: 9 a.m.
5705 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg
(608) 273-1008
Pastor Phil Haslanger
Sunday: 8:15 and 10 a.m. Worship
Sunday School: 10:15 a.m.

502 Mark Dr., Verona
(608) 845-7315
Rev. Dr. Mark E. Yurs, Pastor
Laura Kolden, Associate in Ministry
Sunday School: 9 a.m.
Sunday Worship: 10:15 a.m., staffed
nursery available
Fellowship Hour: 11:30 a.m.

(608) 271-6633
Central: Raymond Road & Whitney
Way, Madison
Sunday: 8:15, 9:30 & 10:45 a.m.
West: Corner of Hwy. PD & Nine
Mound Road, Verona
Sunday: 9 & 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

2752 Town Hall Rd. (off Hwy ID),
Mount Horeb
(608) 437-3493
Pastor Jeff Jacobs
Sunday: 8:45 a.m. with communion

The Verona Senior Center
108 Paoli St., Verona
(608) 819-6451,
Pastor Justin Burge
Sunday: 10 a.m.
201 S. Main St., Verona
(608) 845-7125
Lead Pastor Jeremy Scott
Sunday: 10:15 a.m.
130 N. Franklin St., Verona
(608) 848-1836
Pastor Dwight R. Wise
Sunday: 10 a.m. family worship
6705 Wesner Rd., Verona
(608) 848-4965
Pastor Nathan Strutz and Assistant
Pastor Eric Melso
Thursday: 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m.

415 W. Verona Ave., Verona
(608) 845-5855,
Pastor Gary Holmes
9 & 10:30 a.m. contemporary worship.
Sunday School available during worship. Refreshments and fellowship are
between services.
2920 Hwy. M, Verona
Sunday Praise and Worship: 9:15 a.m.
Nursery provided in morning.
Sunday school (all ages): 10:45 a.m.
Small group Bible study: 6 p.m.
Hwy. 92 & G, Mount Vernon
(608) 832-6677
Pastor Brad Brookins
Sunday: 10:15 a.m.
Hwy. 69 & PB, Paoli
(608) 845-5641
Rev. Sara Thiessen
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. family worship

St. Andrew Church
301 N. Main St., Verona
St. William Church
1371 Hwy. PB, Paoli

The Radical Nature of Faith
The story of Abraham is often told as an example of the
radical nature of faith. Abraham accepted on faith that his
wife Sarah would give birth to a child in her nineties, and then
after this actually happened, he accepted on faith that God
required him to sacrifice this very son, Isaac. God relented of
this demand after seeing Abraham’s willingness to do so, but
the philosopher Kierkegaard wondered what effect this whole
experience must have had on Abraham. Can we go through
such experiences and not be radically altered? Look at any
of the Old Testament prophets and you see how radical faith
can be. Isaiah went barefoot and naked for three years as a
prophetic gesture. Hosea married a harlot in order to show
how God was similarly yoked to the unfaithful people of Israel. Jesus’s message must have been extremely radical in his
day, enough for it to get him executed. The early Christians
practiced their faith in secret because they too were in danger
of being executed for it. Faith can be comforting, but if all it
does is let you sleep well at night, then perhaps you aren’t
taking it far enough. As David Platt says in the book Radical,
“I could not help but think that somewhere along the way we
had missed what was radical about our faith and replaced it
with what is comfortable.” Consider whether you have made
an idol of comfort and have in the process watered down
your faith.
– Christopher Simon, Metro News Service
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves
and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
—Luke 9:23 NIV


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New Century School students
have had an introduction to
architecture in recent weeks
from local architect Arlan Kay as
part of the Terrace Town project. Kay visited K/1 classes in
early February and followed that
with a more recent visit to 4/5
classrooms. Kay explained city
planning to the classes using
3D blocks and a smartboard.
Kay built a five-foot-long bridge
across two tables with the K/1
class using wood pieces held
together by pegs. The activity
demonstrated force, tension and
Above, Kay works with fourthand fifth-grade students.
Right, teacher Lee Lohr walks
through the arch ahead of a line
of students.

Photo by Scott Girard

Honoring the presidents
Sugar Creek Elementary School students took to the podium on President’s Day last month to present a history on past presidents. The students also designed personalized podiums to highlight their
designated president. Above, Kurtis Cataldo presents part of the history of presidents.










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Director: City last filled
position 30 years ago
Continued from page 1
change will come a more
comprehensive overhaul of
the entire 15-person department.
In the meantime, the city
will start advertising now for
a new public works director
to provide plenty of time for
a smooth transition.
According to the timeline
discussed Monday, city staff
and the Personnel committee
hope to have the new director working side by side with
Rieder for about a month
before his July 1 retirement.
The position will be advertised mostly regionally, with
some national reach, until
the end of March, with the
intent to hire a candidate in
early May, allowing for a
few weeks’ notice to current employers. The budgeted cost for advertising is

Big changes

Photos by Samantha Christian

Magic meeting
About 80 members of the Verona Area Chamber of Commerce attended the annual meeting at Marquis Ballroom on Feb. 24. This year
the event featured a magic show and photo booth. Above, Magician Nickey Flynn, left, does a trick involving a ring and rope with Rina
Courtier of Summit Credit Union.

Featured magician Matthew
Teague, left, asks Adam
Crowley, of Anytime Fitness of
Verona, to make a “whoosh”
sound effect during a card trick.

While the only change the
committee made was to add
a mention of environmental
and fiscal sustainability to
city projects, the four-page
job description was full of
strikethroughs and revisions
previously suggested by city
For example, instead of
noting that administrative
support will be offered by
an assistant, it notes that the

position supervises an assistant director, a streets superintendent, a billing clerk and
an engineering project coordinator. It also refers to five
separate budgets the director
will prepare and oversee.
The previous position
required a high school
degree, three years of
increasing responsibility in a
job and a CDL, and it sought
experience operating a variety of heavy equipment. The
new position asks for a bachelor’s degree with preference for a master’s and five
to 10 years of public works
management experience and
focuses more on “strong oral
and written skills,” the ability to “develop relationships
with citizens and community
business leaders” and familiarity with computers and
office equipment.
The new position will
be advertised at between
$81,575 and $101,347,
which corresponds exactly
to the position’s range as
defined last year with the
modernized, post-Act 10
salary structure Verona and
several other Dane County municipalities worked
together to create. Burns
compared that range to that
of several other communities
that have recently hired public works directors, including
Oregon, and the committee
found it similar.

MASC brings 43 events,
$17.3 million to area
As part of the city’s
annual contribution to
the Madison Area Sports
Commission, the city got a
report from the MASC and
the Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau
during its Feb. 22 meeting.
The city levies a 7 percent tax on hotel stays, and
the first 1 percent goes to
the MASC, which dedicates itself to competing for
national and regional sporting events throughout Dane
CVB and MASC president Deb Archer and
MASC vice president
Jamie Patrick reported
that in the fifth year of the
arrangement, the commission’s impact continued to
grow, with 43 events totaling $17.3 million in direct

spending and 31,095 hotel
room rights.
Among the 2016 events
drawn by the MASC is the
U.S. Speedskating Short
Track Age Group Nationals
next month at the Verona
Ice Arena.
Alders and the mayor had
a few comments and questions for the two, who also
presented overall information on the CVB and its
efforts and impact and discussed their involvement
in proposals for new major
sports facilities – including
one that could be a multifield facility on Ho Chunk
land and another that would
be a $77 million indoor
complex in Fitchburg.
– Jim Ferolie



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Senior Kira Opsal goes in for a layup Saturday in a WIAA Division 1 regional final against eighth-seeded Muskego. The top-seeded Wildcats won 81-50.

Conquering regionals
Verona cruises to D1
regional title, fifth-seeded
Sun Prairie up next
Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

The top-seeded Verona Area High
School girls basketball team was not
going to overlook its opponents in the
WIAA Division 1 sectional 3 regionals.
It showed both Friday and

If you go
What: WIAA Division 1 sectional
semifinal, No. 1 Verona against
No. 5 Sun Prairie
When: 7 p.m. Thursday
Where: Madison Memorial High
Saturday with 83-18 and 81-50 wins
over 16th-seeded Kenosha Bradford
and eighth-seeded Muskego as the
Wildcats (21-3 overall) dominated en

route to a regional title.
“We are really playing our best
basketball right now. The girls have a
lot of confidence,” head coach Angie
Murphy said.
Verona now gets ready to take on
fifth-seeded Sun Prairie in the WIAA
Division 1 sectional semifinal at 7
p.m. Thursday at Madison Memorial
High School.
The Wildcats defeated the Cardinals twice this season, including a
59-42 win at Sun Prairie on Feb. 18.
“We are prepared for whatever
they are going to throw at us. We

know we just need to play our game,
and we know it is going to be a tough
game,” Murphy said. “We went
down there and we were up 25 at the
half, and I don’t expect that scenario
on Thursday.”
The winner of that game will travel
to Janesville Craig at 1 p.m. Saturday
to take on the winner of second-seeded Middleton and third-seeded Craig
in the sectional final.
Verona beat Janesville twice while
splitting with Middleton.

Turn to Regionals/Page 10

Five-hundredths of a point,
that’s all that separated Verona senior Kirsten Queoff and
a berth to this weekend’s
WIAA Division 1 state gymnastics meet in Wisconsin
Queoff scored an 8.825 on
the balance beam for sixth
place, while Holmen senior
Carly Cornelius earned the
final state spot with an 8.875
to finish fifth.
“Kirsten had one of her
best beam routines of the season, and the score definitely
reflected that,” V/ME head
coach Rachael Hauser said.
“She had a fall on floor and
her vaults were a little off, so
I think she really focused on
hitting beam, and it paid of
with her sixth-place finish.”
Queoff was also the Wildcat/Crusaders top finisher on
the floor exercise, scoring
an 8.55 for 11th place Saturday at the WIAA Division 1
Madison Memorial sectional
Verona senior Mandy
Michuda tied Holmen senior
Heather Lager for 12th place
on the vault with an 8.325.
The Wildcat/Crusaders struggled on the uneven bars with
Michuda posting a team-best
7.650 for 18th place. Saturday was the final meet for
Queoff and Michuda.
“Both Kirsten and Mandy
have been solid varsity competitors as well as captains,
and it will be tough for the
team to lose them,” Hauser said. “It’s always tough
to lose seniors, and in this
case, both girls were upperlevel club gymnasts, which

Turn to Gymnastics/Page 10

Girls hockey

Lynx fall a game short of state
Jeremy Jones
Sports editor

With the rival Sun Prairie
and Onalaska girls hockey coops already knocked out of the
WIAA playoffs, it looked as
though the top-seeded Metro
Lynx could finally get over the
hump and into their first state
tournament this postseason.
Despite beating the Badger
Conference rival Rock County
Fury twice during the regular
season, the hosts Metro Lynx
were outplayed through the
first two periods Saturday in a
3-2 WIAA sectional final loss
inside Madison Ice Arena.
“When it comes down to it
each game is individual, but

they were three hard games,”
Lynx head coach Derek Ward
said. “We could have won
the first and lost the second.
Tonight we just didn’t do it.
They have a really good goaltender. I’m not a huge fan of
their game, but they’ve taken
their game and perfected it.”
It was the third time in the
last four years the Metro Lynx
fell a game shy of the WIAA
state tournament.
“I kind of knew it was a fourteam race with Cap City, Rock
County, Onalaska and us all
being so close,” Ward said. “I
did feel like we had the best
team talent-wise, but obviously
that doesn’t always go toward

Madison Edgewood junior
forward Julia Dragoo scored
both Lynx goals in the loss,
including an even-strength goal
that cut the Fury lead to a goal
with five-and-a-half minutes
remaining following a teammate
sliding into Beloit goaltender
Molly Gross.
The Lynx pulled sophomore
goalie Sydney McKersie with
1:07 left and even on the power play 6-on-4 with 29 seconds
remaining, but were unable to
come up with the equalizer.
It was the final game for Lynx
seniors Samantha Dingle of
Verona, Madison West defensePhoto by Jeremy Jones
man Isabella Peterson and Edge- Metro Lynx senior forward Lizzy Conybear (5) and sophomore Vivian Hacker hug
wood forward Lizzy Conybear in tears following the team’s 3-2 loss in the WIAA sectional finals against the Beloit

Turn to Sectionals/Page 10 Memorial co-op.


March 3, 2016

The Verona Press

Boys basketball


Cats drop regular season Daniels edged in first appearance at state
finale to Spartans, get
ready for playoffs
Anthony Iozzo

Assistant sports editor

Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

The Verona Area High
School boys basketball team
traveled to Madison Memorial Thursday for the regular
season finale and lost 61-49.
The Spartans’ win gave
them the 13th consecutive
Big Eight Conference title,
with Madison Memorial, Sun
Prairie and Middleton finishing in a three-way tie for first
place (14-4 Big Eight).
The Wildcats (8-14 overall, 7-11) fell behind 11-2
early and trailed by six at
halftime. In the second half,
senior Cole Schmitz, who
finished with 17 points, hit a
3-pointer to cut the Spartans
lead to 52-47 with less than
two minutes left, but Memorial closed the game at the
free-throw line.
Seniors Kwan Clements
and Keaton Knueppel added

If you go
What: WIAA Division
1 regional semifinal, No.
9 Verona against No. 8
Janesville Craig
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Janesville Craig
High School
16 and eight points, respectively.
Junior Billy Wilson led the
Spartans with 13 points.
Verona travels to Janesville Craig at 7 p.m. Friday in
a WIAA Division 1 regional
semifinal. The ninth-seeded
Wildcats lost both times to
the eighth-seeded Cougars
(13-9, 9-9) this season.
The winner of that game
will most likely travel to topseeded Sun Prairie at 7 p.m.
Saturday in the D1 regional

Junior Brandon Daniels needed
a takedown in the final seconds but
couldn’t get it in a 6-3 decision loss
against Kenosha Bradford/Reuther
freshman Marco Infusino Thursday
in the 132-pound preliminaries at the
WIAA Division 1 individual state wrestling tournament at the Kohl Center in
Daniels trailed by one with 1 minute
left following an escape and a stall penalty on Infusino. Daniels attempted to
shoot for the takedown twice but was
denied, and Infusino was able to counter
for a takedown at the end.
“It was a cool experience. Just going
there was awesome. Going in, I was just
kind of starstruck by the whole place,
and I just didn’t wrestle how I usually
wrestle,” Daniels said. “Not getting that
last takedown kind of sucked, but I have
next year too.”
Daniels (35-6), who was in his first
state meet in his career, did not get a
wrestleback after Infusino (31-4) lost
in the quarterfinals to Cedarburg senior
Josh Hickey (40-2).
“It was a good season,” Daniels said.
“I just need to get better for next year
and work in the offseason – make it back
there again and hopefully place high.”

Photo by Anthony Iozzo

Junior Brandon Daniels (132 pounds) looks for an opening to score a takedown in the third
period against Kenosha Bradford/Reuther freshman Marco Infusino Thursday in the WIAA
Division 1 state preliminaries at the Kohl Center in Madison. Daniels lost the match 6-3 and
was eliminated from the tournament.

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Senior Kirsten Queoff concentrates on the balance beam during his routine at Saturday’s WIAA Division
1 Madison Memorial sectional meet. Queoff scored an 8.825 on beam for sixth place. Only the top five
advanced to this weekend’s WIAA Division 1 state gymnastics meet in Wisconsin Rapids.

Gymnastics: Verona takes sixth overall
Continued from page 9
makes them very difficult to
Middleton junior Madeline
Pflasterer-Jenne won the
all-around title with a combined 37.025 points thanks
to first-place finishes on the
bars (9.40) and floor (9.40).
She also took second on the
Madison United junior
Celia Ramsey (35.875)
and Madison Memorial
sophomore Natalie Donkle
(35.625) rounded out the top
Ramsey won the vault
with a 9.4, while Memorial
junior Sam Adler claimed the

balance beam with a 9.40.
Michuda was the Wildcat/
Crusaders’ top all-around
competitor, finishing 11th
with a 32.525. Freshman
Annie Maher placed 16th
with a 29.950.
Middleton (137.625)
and Madison Memorial
(136.275) finished 1-2 as
teams to qualify for the
state team meet. Holmen
(132.750) rounded out the
top three, while Verona/
Edgewood (126.375) placed
“Overall, the majority of
the team had an off meet.
Everyone’s warm-ups were
solid, and some of the best
gymnastics I have seen from

the girls, but unfortunately,
that didn’t carry over to competition routines as we saw
falls and mistakes on every
event,” Hauser said. “There’s
always something positive to
take away from any competition though, and surprisingly,
it was the newest members of
the team that seemed to handle the pressure best. I think I
can say with confidence that
Lizzie (Lyubchenko) had
one of her best meets of the
season on Saturday.
“Annie and Emelia (Lichty) also put up solid vaults
and Annie stuck her beam
routine despite being first up
on the event, always a tough
position to be in.”

Regionals: Sectionals begin Thursday
14. Senior Cheyenne Trilling chipped in 13 points, and
junior Alley Johnson and
Verona 83,
senior Alyssa Erdman scored
nine and seven points, respecKenosha Bradford 18
The Wildcats jumped out to
Freshman Sydney Strelow
a 60-8 lead at halftime Friday led Bradford with six points.
in the regional semifinal and
easily cruised to a win.
Verona 81, Muskego 50
Senior Kira Opsal led the
Verona followed up Friway with 17 points, while
day’s win with another
senior Grace Mueller added
Continued from page 9

dominant performance in the
regional final against Muskego.
The Wildcats jumped out to
a 41-22 lead at halftime.
Junior Alex Luehring
led the way with 18 points,
while Mueller and Opsal both
added 15. Trilling scored 14,
and senior Heather Rudnicki
chipped in 11.
Junior Maddy Harrison led
Muskego with 13 points.

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Madison West junior Kara Epping (10) celebrates a third period goal by the Metro Lynx against the
Beloit Memorial co-op. The goal cut the deficit to one, but that was the last time the Lynx scored.

Sectionals: Lynx finish season 16-7-4
Continued from page 9
and defenseman Anna Schieldt.
“We talked all year about being a family and right now it hurts a lot for everybody involved,” Ward said. “It hurts
because we’re here everyday, giving
two or three hours from Nov. 9 through
today. It hurts because you have given
everything you’ve got and it should hurt.
The seniors, that’s where it hurts the
Milton sophomore Maggy Henschler
shot high and missed the Lynx’s net in
the final two minutes of the first period.
Henschler wasn’t done, however, picking up a goal and assisting on another as
the Fury skated to a 2-0 lead on a fortunate bounce or two late in the period.
“I think we just came out a little tight.
The moment kind of overcame us early,” Ward said. “I still think we’re the
better hockey team, but sometimes the
game comes down to a couple of bounces and we gave away like five minutes
of momentum in the beginning of the
game. I think that was the difference for
the whole game.”
Defenseman Danielle Heitsman broke
a scoreless drought with a little more
than a minute remaining in the period.
Henschler followed that up herself 30
seconds later with .36 remaining in the

The Fury kept the pressure on the
Lynx early in the second as Ally Burke
split a pair of defenseman only to be
stopped as her shot rang off the post
with just 30 running of the clock to start
the period.
Despite being outplayed for nearly
a period-and-a-half, the Metro cut the
Rock County lead in half on a Dragoo
shot that appeared to deflect off a Fury
defenseman six minutes into the period.
Three penalties over a three-minute
span, however, sealed the Lynx’s fate.
Taking a tripping penalty six-and-a-half
minutes into the period, the Lynx followed that up with a pair of too many
men on the ice infractions to remain
down 5-on-3.
The Fury eventually capitalized at
9:33 thanks to the power-play goal of
Bailey Cronin, which pushed the visitors’ lead back to two, 3-1.
Gross finished with 29 saves, 15 of
which came in the third period.
“I think one time we had kind of
changed one of the lines up and that’s
kind of where it went and the second
one – she’s right at the bench and the
girl jumps and the puck’s right there,”
Ward said. “That’s kind of an unlucky
situation, but that was a big point in the
game that’s probably going to haunt us
for awhile.”
McKersie made 10 saves in the loss.

March 3, 2016

The Verona Press


Verona History

– Jim Ferolie

20 years ago
• Core Knowledge Charter
School unanimously earned its
charter from the school district
after eight months of sometimes heated debate.
It would start as a K-7
school with a maximum 144
students and become a K-8
school a year later, with the
elementary grades housed in
the soon-to-be-built new elementary school in Fitchburg
(now Stoner Prairie). Its presence, and that of New Century
School, led district administrators to host a statewide conference on charter schools.
Given concerns that had
been raised, board member
Pat Scheibel felt compelled
to emphasize that the school
would be fully public, “not a
private school within a public
• Alds. John Volker and Tom
Ferch faced off in the election
to succeed Mayor Art Cresson
as mayor. Both were East View
Heights residents who worked
as engineers. Volker would
eventually win and serve four
(nonconsecutive) terms.
• Despite news of several
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and the arrival of Culver’s, 10 years ago
• More than 200 people
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insisted the Verona franchise attended a joint town and city
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• The school district’s Long
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• Police arrested a 14-yearold Illinois runaway who had
stolen a car. He was reported
by his stepfather, a Verona resident, who spotted him driving
the car here.
• The city appointed a committee to begin work on a longrange comprehensive plan, in
conformity with a new state
law. The plan would later be
put on hold during the merger
process and was not finished
until 2010.
• Residents of the Goose
Lake neighborhood expressed
concerns to the City of
Fitchburg over stormwater
runoff that was filling their
Town of Verona lake and ruining the biological diversity of
the pond.
• Many businesses who had
geared up for the huge influx
of Epic employees in recent
months expressed concerns
that it wasn’t leading to the big
boom they’d expected.
• Cleary Building Corp commemorated the completion of
a 13,000-square-foot addition
to their Verona world headquarters.
• Capitol Bank opened its
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sibility of a merger.
Though it was still early in
the process and many people
didn’t expect it to go very far,
it was an attempt to solve
problems that had plagued
negotiations on a boundary
agreement between the two
entities, which were always at
odds over development.
The process, which had
been considered several times
over the past 50 years, would
go as far as a 2008 referendum, where it succeeded in the
city but failed in the town. The
city and town are now back to
negotiating a boundary deal.
• Political newcomer Chris
Ehlke joined Alds. Bob Kasieta
and Jon Hochkammer in the
mayoral race, forcing a primary. Ehlke, a part-time employee
at Wildcat Lanes, did not make
it past the primary.
Many in Verona thought
it would just be Ehlke and
Hochkammer after a Madison
newspaper incorrectly reported
that Kasieta had not returned
his nomination papers, but
they went in after the deadline.
• Sara Investments tore
down the 108-year-old
Schuetz building, which had
been home to Bretl’s Wine and
• Sugar Creek Elementary
School principal Heather Terrill
resigned to seek part-time
work so she could spend more
time with her family. She was
succeeded by Todd Brunner,
who remains the SC principal.
• A high-speed chase involving Madison and Verona police
ended at the intersection of


40 years ago
• The Village Board held a
lively debate over whether to
convert to a fourth-class city
and appointed a committee to
study the issue.
Village President Burr
Weiland felt the community
would be better represented
with alders representing specific districts. Weiland, who
had hoped for an immediate vote on the issue, also
noted that jurisdiction over the
town would increase, allowing Verona to better contain
Madison’s growth.
Some board members were
concerned, however, that
because all but one of them
lived in the northwest part
of the village, it could affect
incumbency. They also wanted
to study the issue more thoroughly.
The Verona Press supported
the idea with a front-page editorial, the chamber supported
it, and it was put on an advisory referendum that spring.
Verona officially became a city
in 1978.
• The town objected futilely, but “in strong words,” to
Madison’s planned annexation
of land near Maple Grove. The
school district also raised concerns, with the Maple Grove
School now bordered on three
sides by Madison.
• Press publisher Henry
Schroeder announced he was
running for a spot on the
Village Board.

It stuck around until 2004
and was later torn down to
make way for Park Bank.
• Part-time Verona Press
reporter Karl Curtis ran for
Dane County Board against
incumbent Dave Ripp, who’d
been on the board for 12 years
and remains on the board,
albeit in Waunakee. Verona
volunteer Inger Kay challenged
incumbent Philip Salkin,
Verona’s mayor, for the other
Verona area seat.
• Rhody Close bought
the Town and Country Ford
Tractor business on West
Verona Avenue and renamed it
Rhody’s. The building was torn
down in 2007 to make way for
the Holiday Inn Express.
• The newly chartered FitchRona Little League began
seeking donations and team
sponsorships for its first summer. The group (later renamed
Verona Little League) would
get its own facility in Verona
10 years later.
• Greg Andrews opened
an accounting firm on South
Main Street. He’s still in business in Verona, as a partner in
Hometown Tax and Financial.
• The school board hired
an outside facilitator to help it
determine its identity and what
it should be deciding. The session ended in a “verbal group
• The city passed a new ordinance regulating adult entertainment even though no such
business had yet attempted
to settle in Verona. Current
rules allow such businesses in
heavy industrial districts, and
there are no properties zoned
that way in the city.
• Two students received
semester-long expulsions,
one for bringing marijuana on
school grounds and the other
for bringing a disarmed pellet
pistol to school.


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farther apart. The board offered
an 8 percent increase, but
teachers moved their request
from 9 percent to 10.
• The girls swim team won
the state small school championship.
• The city denied a request
for a 22 percent increase in
rates by Verona CableVision,
forcing the company to work
out an agreement to ensure
better customer service and
public access before bringing
it back for approval.
• The Boy Scouts sold a
record 827 Christmas wreaths,
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the families were unable to
salvage anything from the fire,
a town fund was later started
to aid them.
• Members of the school
board heard a presentation for
cost estimates for the construction of a new high school.
The estimates were between
$1.5 million and $1.6 million,
due to varying heat systems.


50 years ago
• Verona Electric advertised
that Admiral TV had released
its new “Quality 9” portable TV,
with both color and black and
white options available.
• The Dane County Board
approved a soil survey for the
whole county, resulting in the
digging of lakes and ponds and
the implement of erosion control practices, and 240 farmers
put in practices on their farms
because of them.
• Wisconsin real estate
values were increasing at a
steady pace and were expected
to continue on the upswing,
according to UW real estate
specialist R.J. Penn.
• Local politicians Harland
Dahlk (town clerk) and Ole
Week announced they would
be running for county board.
• Many community leaders
gathered to discuss industrial
development in Verona. Some
of the community structures
proposed that night were additional education facilities due
to population growth, and a
municipal building and storm
sewers for the village.
• The Verona Public Library
increased its operating hours
to 12 per week.
• Verona Area Public Schools
received a $22,500 grant to
open a reading improvement
center for kids who needed
extra help. The project was
funded under Title 1 of the federal Elementary and Secondary
Education Act of 1965.
• Verona High School students performed “Notes to
You” as the Verona Varieties
• In an ad for electricity,
Wisconsin Power and Light
Company claimed that electricity would make consumers happier than ever before.
The ad itself touted “No longer
do you have to put up with
a balky furnace, dripping ice
box, uncontrollable range or
other things that can spoil the
day for you. Electricity, your
automatic servant, adjusts,
controls and saves you time
for other things throughout the
• An African plant owned
by Mr. and Mrs. Harold
Zurbuchen experienced a rare
wintertime bloom for the second year in a row. The plant,
strelitzia reginae, is colloquially
known as the bird of paradise
due to its colorful blossoms.
• The explosion of a furnace in the basement of Paoli
Grocery resulted in a fire that
burned down the building, as
well as the adjacent Aebly’s
Tavern and the apartments
they housed. All three families residing in the apartments
were able to escape unharmed,
with the Disch family having to
break open a glass door with a
100-pound block of cheese in
order to reach safety. Though


March 3, 2016

The Verona Press

Police reports
All reports taken from the the threat was made toward a
Verona Police Department log Michigan school and that the
proper authorities were aware
of the post.
Jan. 5
4:35 p.m. An officer
9:48 a.m. A girl advised an received an anonymous
officer that her sister, also a complaint regarding a black
minor, had made her provide Jeep that was speeding and
a urine sample for her and a had cut off the complainant
friend, and had then threat- at Cross Country Road and
ened her not to tell anyone N. Main Street. The owners
about the incident. The officer claimed their daughter had
told the girl they would follow been driving the vehicle, and
up with her sister.
told officers they talk to her
4:11 p.m. A student told about her driving habits. The
police he received a Facebook tipster did not want any legal
message in which threats action taken.
were made about an event to
11:10 p.m. A patron accihappen at a “Madison school.” dentally pulled the fire alarm
Upon further investigation, at a business on the 100 block
the officer determined that of W. Railroad Street while

grabbing their coat, prompt- after an officer issuing a parking police officers to respond. ing ticket on a car at the 200
block of Noel Way noticed
Jan. 6
the smell of "burnt marijuana"
1:01 p.m. While monitoring from inside the vehicle. The
the 400 block of S. Main Street vehicle's owner was called,
for approximately 45 minutes, who then provided the keys
police stopped a 63-year-old to the vehicle and consented
Verona man for speeding.
to a search.
1:20 p.m. Police monitored
10:14 a.m. A woman
the intersection of N. Nine reported money was stolen
Mound Road and Edward from her backpack at a locker
Street for approximately one room at a business on the 300
hour. One warning was issued, block of Richard Street.
and a 57-year-old Verona man
6:07 p.m. Five units
was cited for speeding.
responded to a Madison man
who had been kicked off a
Jan. 7
Madison Metro bus line at the
1:42 a.m. An 18-year-old 100 block of E. Verona Ave.
woman was cited for posses- for creating a disturbance.
sion of drug paraphernalia
8:55 p.m. An 18-year-old

Madison man was cited for
possession of THC and drug
paraphernalia after a traffic
stop made at N. Main Street
and Cross Country Road.
Jan. 8
12:26 a.m. A 23-year-old
Belleville man was cited for
his first OWI, possession of
marijuana and possession of
drug paraphernalia after officers found him slumped over
his steering wheel at the intersection of Maple Grove Drive
and E. Verona Ave.
2:38 p.m. Police monitored
the intersection of S. Main
and W. Railroad streets for
approximately 25 minutes.
One warning was issued and a
27-year-old Brooklyn man was
cited for lack of registration.
Jan. 9
10:28 a.m. Police monitored traffic at the 600 block
of N. Main Street for approximately one hour. A 44-yearold Milton man was cited for
1:33 p.m. Police monitored traffic at the intersection of Paoli Street and S. Nine
Mound Road for approximately 25 minutes. A 51-year-old
Madison man was cited for
5:38 p.m. Police stopped
a woman from driving her
vehicle away from a business
at the 1000 block of Enterprise Drive after her friends
claimed she was too drunk to
drive home. Police arrived and
blocked in the woman’s vehicle, noting that she showed
signs of intoxication. After
the woman refused to make
arrangements for a ride home,
her husband was called and
he arranged for the woman's
sister to pick her up.

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Jan. 10
2:11 a.m. A 41-year-old
was arrested for her first OWI
after a being stopped at the
intersection of N. Main and E.
Harriet streets. A field breath
test found the woman to have
a BAC of .15. Police released
the woman to her sister.
2:31 a.m. Police monitored the 600 block of N.
Main Street for approximately
30 minutes. Four warnings
were issued and a 71-year-old
Madison woman was cited for
4:59 p.m. A manager
at a business 600 block of
Hometown Circle reported
repeated "prank" calls from
what appeared to be a group
of young girls giggling and
5:23 p.m. Police monitored
the intersection of N. Main
and Llanos street for approximately one hour. A 68-yearold Verona man was cited
for lack of registration and a
16-year-old Madison boy was
cited for speeding.
11:32 p.m. A 34-year-old
Verona woman was arrested
for her first OWI and hit-andrun, after an off-duty officer
reported the woman walking
along Range Trail. Responding officers found that the
woman had crashed her car
into a tree near the intersection
of Westminster Way. She was
also cited for operating while
suspended, failure to maintain
control, and lack of insurance
before being released to a
responsible party.
Jan. 11
3:09 a.m. A 21-year-old
homeless man was arrested
for his first OWI after crashing
his red SUV into a light pole
on the 200 block of N. Main

Street. Police cited him after
finding drug paraphernalia,
and the man was later taken
to the Dane County Jail for a
12-hour hold.
7:46 a.m. A 55-year-old Mt.
Horeb man was arrested for a
warrant violation after being
pulled over at E. Verona Avenue and Gilman Street. The
man, whose has a suspended
registration and a revoked
driver's license, was released
after filling out paperwork.
10:55 a.m. An officer investigated a complaint of a dog
left outside without shelter on
the 1000 block of Tamarack
Way. While on site, the owner
came home and was warned
that the dog needed shelter.
The owner argued he had only
been gone for only an hour
and the dog, who was digging in the snow at the time,
enjoyed being outside. The
officer returned a few hours
later with a copy of the state
statute and city ordinance
on the matter, at which point
the owner disagreed with the
officer’s interpretation of the
term "adverse" within the law,
saying the weather was not
Jan. 12
12:57 p.m. A 28-year-old
Verona woman was pulled
over for speeding at N. Main
and Llanos streets. The woman said she was speeding
because she was distracted
while talking to her son in the
back seat.
3:16 p.m. Police assisted
the Dane County Sheriff's
Office with a rollover crash on
the 8000 block of Cty. Hwy.
G. Officers assisted the driver
out of the vehicle.
Jan. 15
11:48 a.m. A man reported
sending $1,100 via MoneyGram as part of what he later
suspected was a Craigslist
scam. Police suggested the
man try to cancel the money
4:54 p.m. A man on the
100 block of Paoli Street
called police after getting into
an argument with his neighbor about a pack of cigarettes.
The problem was resolved by
the time police arrived.
Jan 16
9:57 p.m. The owner of a
restaurant on the 100 block of
Main Street called to report a
couple who walked out without paying for a meal and
drinks they'd ordered.
11:01 p.m. Police received
a tip of a man on a bike who
was falling over repeatedly
on Cross Country Road and
appeared intoxicated. Police
found the man lying on the
sidewalk on Cross Country road, just east of Walnut
Street, incoherent. He was
transported from the scene by
EMS for cold exposure, and
his bike taken to the police
station for safekeeping.
Jan. 17
6:30 a.m. A woman was
found deceased by police at
200 block of Marietta Street.
The cause of the death was
unknown to officers.
Jan. 18
12:17 a.m. Police warned
an Iowa couple for being in
Ceniti Park after hours. The
couple told the officer that the
baseball field at Ceniti was a
destination they were looking
for as part of a GPS-based
smartphone game called
–Jacob Bielanski

March 3, 2016

Badger Ridge/Core Knowledge middle schools

The program, which
is a mix of students who
request to be in it and others assigned to it after their
kindergarten year, is not
well-known around the
school, parents said. That
leads to misunderstanding
of what it’s about and the
results for students who go
through it, they added.
Parent Vanessa Beardsley
recalled her confusion the
day after her first child was
assigned to the program.
She he had never heard of
the program and tried in
vain to find out from other
“I called my neighbor,
I said, ‘Oh my God, what
is PALs?’” she said. “My
neighbor said, ‘It’s a gifted
and talented program, only
the high achievers are in
“I put the phone down
and called my other neighbor, ‘Oh my God, what’s
“‘It’s a remedial program.’”
In actuality, the program
was designed to allow for
students to get more comfortable with their teachers
as they continue with them
year-to-year. It also allows


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Read testimonials from those who
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for collaboration among
the grades, the parents said,
noting how outgoing fifthgraders, for example, tell
third-graders what to expect
in the 4/5 classroom.
The parents said those
opportunities, along with
assignments like a speech
to their class as early as first
grade, have provided their
children with the chance to
become leaders.
“PALs offers certain
opportunities that straight
grades just can’t do,” said
Jane Funke, a first-grade
teacher at SP whose child
went through PALs. “We
have leaders in our room,
but they are not the leaders
that they could be if they
continued on from year to
Funke also emphasized
that PALs fits directly with
the district’s emphasis on
personalized learning.
“There is no program
that’s more personalized
than PALs,” she said to
applause from other parents.

Difficult decision
Pisani told the parents
that he appreciated their
feedback but had other factors to consider from the
“whole school perspective”
when deciding the program’s future.
He specifically mentioned changing budgets
and the challenges of creating a school-wide community when there is a separated program like PALs.
“Whatever the outcome
is, there are strengths that
clearly mean a lot to a lot
of people,” Pisani told the
group. “This is an opportunity, however it comes out,
to make our school better.”
He said he welcomed
input from parents who
could not be at the meeting.
A decision is expected in
mid-March, with a “transition plan” for students
affected, if there are any
changes, near the end of the
Buerger, who was at
the meeting with three of
the other teachers in the
program, read emotionally from a letter written
by PALs co-founder Wick,
who could not attend.
“We are not an elite
group of teachers,” the letter said. “We were teachers
that were given an opportunity that we ran with and
gave our hearts to.”


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save 24-year program
Tuesday morning.
“It seems to me like the
program should be expanded rather than eliminated,”
Nancy Horns, a former
Verona Area school board
member, said at a Feb. 24
parent information meeting.
That opinion was echoed
by others, who said the program should be held up as a
“crown jewel” at the school
and used as an example for
The meeting, nearly an
hour-and-a-half long, consisted almost entirely of
parents explaining to Pisani
how PALs
had helped
their children grow
more comfortable
at school.
Many pare n t s g o t Pisani
during the
discussion of the program,
which has 98 students
enrolled this year.
A former student, who is
now a high school teacher
in Middleton, offered his
own high praise for the program.
“What they do with that
community is magic,” said
Danny Lynam, who was in
PALs in the 1990s. “It is
organic, it is homegrown,
and if I can create half the
community with my high
schoolers they do with elementary, I consider it a success.”


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March 3, 2016

The Verona Press

Academic Achievements
Spring 2015 academic honors
Concordia University
Amanda Holman, Regents scholar
University of Wisconsin-La Crosse
Leslie Banzhaf, dean’s list; Cameron Bathe, dean’s list; Jessica
Blatter, dean’s list; Claire Burke, dean’s list; Kyle Burke, dean’s
list; Rebecca Conn, dean’s list; Heather Grelle, dean’s list; Corey
Herman, dean’s list; Elise Montesinos, dean’s list; Carleigh Olson,
dean’s list; Jennifer Onken, dean’s list
Kayla Anderson, dean’s list; Shannon Chamberlain, dean’s
list; Ashley Everett, dean’s list; Jennifer Eversoll, dean’s list;
Emily Francis, dean’s list; Anne Hauer, dean’s list; James Heindl,
dean’s list; Kaitlyn Keyes, dean’s list; Scott MacFarlane, dean’s
list; Theresa Maurer, dean’s list; Michaela Nash, dean’s list;
Erih Zinggist; Demitra Weisbrod, dean’s list; Anna Zimmerman,
dean’s list; Hanna Zingg, dean’s list

dean’s list; Sarah Smiley, dean’s list; Joseph Snodgrass, dean’s
honor list; Bibiana Snyder, dean’s list; Julia Stathas, dean’s list;
Bridget Stern, dean’s list; Andrew Teduits, dean’s list; Jenna
Tipple, Dean’s high Honors; Luke Carmichael Valmadrid, dean’s
list; Johnnie Wagman, dean’s honor list; Eric Walsh, dean’s honor
list; Jonathan Winch, dean’s honor list; Anthony Zwaga, dean’s
list; Michael R. Fleischman, Katherine Buerki Scholarship; Noah
Roberts, College of Letters and Sciences general scholarship
Connor Acker, dean’s honor list; Alex Anderson, dean’s list;
Blaine Barker, dean’s list; Saivenkateshkomal Bathula, dean’s
list; Kyle Beth, dean’s honor list; Anupama Bhattacharya, dean’s
honor list; Amanda Bird, dean’s list; Julia Boles, dean’s list;
Christina Bouril, dean’s list; Christian Brandon, dean’s honor
list; Tanner Breisch, dean’s honor list; Trevor Breisch, honor
roll; Rebecca Burton, dean’s honor list; Patrick Carney, dean’s
list; Kimberly Chernak, dean’s list; Asia Christoffel, dean’s list;
Nathaniel Corey, dean’s honor list; Olivia Dittmann, dean’s honor
list; Elizabeth Doyle, dean’s honor list; Jasmine Erbs, dean’s
list; Samuel Fauble, dean’s list; Connor Ford, dean’s honor list;
Jordan Gabourie, dean’s list; Amber German, dean’s honor list;
Anna Gibbs-Soeteber, dean’s honor list; John Goodwin, dean’s
list; Ashley Griffin, dean’s list; Lorraine Guerin, dean’s honor
list; Jonathon Gulliver, dean’s list; Marie Hebert, dean’s honor
list; Hannah Hippen, dean’s list; Andrew Holman, dean’s honor
list; Kaitlyn Hopfensperger, dean’s list; Emma Johnson, dean’s
list; Zachary Jones, dean’s list; Sai Suraj Kandukuri, dean’s list;
Shannon Kant, dean’s list; Timothy Klockziem, dean’s honor
list; Kendl Kobbervig, dean’s list; Eric Koberle, dean’s list;
Kyle Krueger, dean’s honor list; Claire Melin, dean’s list; Ryan
Michuda, dean’s honor list; Katherine Miller, dean’s list; Kevin
Miller, dean’s list; Jeni Nestler, dean’s list; Anna Ostermeier,
dean’s list; Arel Otles, dean’s honor list; Gregory Plumb, dean’s
list; Jason Reilly, dean’s list; Brooke Richardson, dean’s list;
Gabrielle Russell, high honor roll; Rachel Samz, dean’s list;
Elijah Sanborn-Faris, dean’s list; Kathleen Schachte, Dean’s high
Honors; Cassidy Schorr, dean’s honor list; Kendall Schorr, dean’s
list; Erin Seliger, dean’s list; Alannah Spencer, dean’s list, Phi Beta
Kappa honor society; Megan Tancill, dean’s list; Alexander Tanke,
dean’s honor list; Leah Tews, dean’s honor list; Max Thongnuam,
dean’s list; Claire Vitcenda, dean’s honor list; Kelsey Waier, honor
roll; Brianna Witte, dean’s list; Matthew Wolf, dean’s list; Kaitlin
Worman, dean’s list; Jun Yan, dean’s honor list; Troy Zeuske,
dean’s honor list; John Zunker, dean’s honor list; Julia Wilson,
Phi Beta Kappa honor society

Andrew Argall, dean’s list; Eleanor Axe, dean’s list; Kevin
Barnett, dean’s list; Kole Binger, dean’s list; Hayley Cleghorn,
dean’s list; Logan Connor, dean’s honor list; Rebecca Cowan,
dean’s list; Jeffrey Curless, high honor roll; Grant Davies, dean’s
list; Joshua Degrave, dean’s list; Zachary DeGrave, honor roll;
Tyler Donnelly, dean’s honor list; Lindsey Douglass, dean’s
list; Samuel Douglass, dean’s honor list; Maria Egle, dean’s
list; Hannah Elfman, dean’s list; Brian Elmer, dean’s honor list;
Channah Ernstoff, dean’s list; Kathleen Espich, dean’s honor list;
Dana Friske, dean’s list; Kelly Gavigan, dean’s list; Catherine Gee,
dean’s list; Christian Gerhart, dean’s list, Phi Beta Kappa honor
society; Alexander Gidal, high honor roll; Bradley Gundlach,
dean’s honor list; Tyler Hansen, dean’s list; Brandon Hill, dean’s
list; Nathan Hofmeister, dean’s honor list; Maura Johnson,
dean’s list; Aradhika Khanna, dean’s honor list; Karam Khateeb,
dean’s honor list; John Koller, dean’s honor list; Elizabeth Kopp,
dean’s list, Phi Beta Kappa honor society; Olivia Lilly, dean’s list;
Madeleine Lodes, dean’s list; Meng Lou, dean’s list; Wanying
Lou, dean’s list; Eric Madsen, dean’s list; Natalie Meicher, dean’s
list; Danielle Murray, dean’s list; Bailey Nachreiner-Mackesey,
dean’s list; Tanner Nystrom, dean’s list; Claire Odorico, dean’s
list; Scott Odorico, dean’s list; Casey Olsen, honor roll; Emma
Pankratz, dean’s list; James Payne, dean’s list; Trisha Pedone, Cornell College
high honor roll; Alexander Politowicz, dean’s honor list; Alesha
Potter, dean’s list; Steven Queoff, dean’s list; Kelsey Rayment,
Katy Krogstad, Gast Award in Elementary Education, Alpha
dean’s list; Zachary Rickman, dean’s honor list; Annelise Ross, Kappa Delta, Winston and Margaret Ehrmann Senior Award for
dean’s honor list; Rachel Schaser, dean’s list; Louis Schulz-Welo, Excellence in Sociology, magna cum laude, dean’s list
dean’s list; Prateek Sharma, dean’s list; Alexander Shuchuk,
Graceland University
Devon Corless, honors list


Any qualified elector who is unable
or unwilling to appear at the polling place
on Election Day may request to vote an
absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any
U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age
or older on Election Day, who has resided
in the ward or municipality where he or
she wishes to vote for at least 28 consecutive days before the election. The
elector must also be registered in order
to receive an absentee ballot. Proof of
identification must be provided before an
absentee ballot may be issued.
You must make a request for an absentee ballot in writing.
Contact your municipal clerk and
request that an application for an absentee ballot be sent to you for the primary
or election or both. You may also submit
a written request in the form of a letter.
Your written request must list your voting
address within the municipality where
you wish to vote, the address where the
absentee ballot should be sent, if different, and your signature. You may make
application for an absentee ballot by mail
or in person.
Making application to receive an absentee ballot by mail
The deadline for making application
to receive an absentee ballot by mail is:
5 pm on the fifth day before the election,
March 31, 2016.
Note: Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors
who are indefinitely confined to home
or a care facility, in the military, hospital-

ized, or serving as a sequestered juror. If
this applies to you, contact the municipal
clerk regarding deadlines for requesting
and submitting an absentee ballot.
Voting an absentee ballot in person
You may also request and vote an
absentee ballot in the clerk’s office or
other specified location during the days
and hours specified for casting an absentee ballot in person.
Ellen Clark, Verona City Clerk
111 Lincoln Street, Verona, WI 53593
(608) 845-6495
8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. M-F
John Wright, Verona Town Clerk
335 North Nine Mound Road, Verona,
WI 53593
(608) 845-7187
8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. M-F
and 8 a.m.-5 p.m. on Friday, April 1, 2016
The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office is: Monday, March
21, 2016
The last day to vote an absentee
ballot in the clerk’s office: Friday, April
1, 2016
No in-person absentee voting may
occur on a weekend or legal holiday.
The municipal clerk will deliver
voted ballots returned on or before Election Day to the proper polling place or
counting location before the polls close
on April 5, 2016. Any ballots received
after the polls close will be counted by
the board of canvassers if postmarked
by Election Day and received no later
than 4:00 p.m. on the Friday following the
Published: March 3, 2016

Edgewood College
Jenny Larson, dean’s list, semester honors; Tracey Woock,
dean’s list, semester honors; Colleen Latzke, dean’s list,
semester honors; Brandi Dahlk, semester honors; Brian
Finneran, semester honors; Shannon Whitmus, semester
honors; Kody Parman, semester honors; Kelsey Volenberg,
semester honors; Allison Schultz, semester honors; Mike
Wanta, semester honors; Sara Ellis, semester honors; Jenny
Sippola, semester honors; Chelsea Langrehr, semester honors; Alex Glebs, semester honors; Laura Johnson, semester
Benjamin Chylla, dean’s list, semester honors; Michael
Plemimling, dean’s list, semester honors; Melissa Downs,
dean’s list, semester honors; Michael Hershberger, dean’s
list, semester honors; Dan Schuchardt, dean’s list, semester
honors; Haley Schwenn, dean’s list, semester honors; Justin
Blackburn, dean’s list, semester honors; Jon Stewart, dean’s
list, semester honors; Meghan Phillips, dean’s list; Ashton
Lareau, semester honors; Molly Brennan, semester honors;
Emmalee Lightfoot, semester honors; Eric Zink, semester
honors; Auguste Wolle, semester honors; Rachell Foreman,
semester honors; Erica Remondini, semester honors; Erin
Peterson, semester honors; Taylor Maier, semester honors;
Amanda Wedderspoon, semester honors; Charles Thurow,

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Mercer University
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We are now accepting applications
for part time or half time positions
selling outdoor and casual furniture
in the summer and assisting in our
sportswear and clothing department
in the winter. This is a year round
job with flexible shifts ranging from
15-30 hours per week. If you enjoy
working with people, have a flair for
color and design and love the great
outdoor please stop by our store and
apply in person. Chalet is a fun and
friendly place to work and we've been
a member of the local community for
over 35 years. We sell the best quality
brand name merchandise and provide
a high level of personalized service.
Chalet is locally owned and we have a
great appreciation for our employees
and customers. We offer a generous
base salary plus commission, paid
training and a nice benefits package.
Please stop by the store and apply
in person:
Chalet Ski & Patio Store
5252 Verona Road
Madison, WI 53711

looking for experienced flat work
finisher, foundation form setter, concrete
foremen and operator. DL/CDL helpful.
Competitive wages, insurance benefits.
Consultant dietician. Must be licensed
in the state of Wisconsin. Duties
include planning menus, consulting
staff on dietary matters for our 8
clients. Attend resident annual
staffings and document in-residence
medical records. Call 608-873-7462
after 2:00pm. Ask for Mike. Email:
Seeking detail oriented and reliable
candidate. Flexible 20-30 hrs/wk. Job
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Part-time flexible. Nanny-type work w/
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with developmental disabilities in vocational & community settings. 30 hrs/
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548 Home Improvement
Light Construction Remodeling
No job too small

We specialize in finding people. www. 608712-6286

602 Antiques & Collectibles

750 Storage Spaces For Rent

WE BUY Junk Cars and Trucks.
We sell used parts.
Monday thru Friday 8am-5:30pm.
Newville Auto Salvage, 279 Hwy 59
Edgerton, 608-884-3114
Apartments for Seniors 55+, currently
has 1 & 2 bedroom units available
starting at $750 per month, includes
heat, water, and sewer.
608-835-6717 Located at:
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of two-flat, near downtown, River Bluff
School. Newly renovated. Central air.
W/D, water included. No pets. $855/
month+security deposit. 608-873-7655
or 608-225-9033.

35 + Years Professional
Arthur Hallinan
RECOVER PAINTING currently offering
winter discounts on all painting, drywall
and carpentry. Recover urges you to join
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every job is donated to cancer research.
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Monday for the Verona Press unless
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Evansville, WI

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Free Wi-Fi, Parking and
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Variety of sizes available now.
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Large 2-BR apts available now.
Pets welcome. Many feature new wood
laminate flooring.
$775-$825/mo. 608-831-4035.

Interested candidates should apply at

801 Office Space For Rent

Convenient location behind
Stoughton Lumber.
Clean-Dry Units
5x10 thru 12x25

705 Rentals

• Flexible Schedules/Work 6-40 hours per week
• Paid Training Provided
• Must be at least 18 years of age/High School
Diploma Required
• Reliable Transportation is a must!

10x10 - 10x15
10x20 - 12x30
24 / 7 Access
Security Lights & Cameras
Credit Cards Accepted
1128 Union Road
Oregon, WI
Located on the corner of
Union Road & Lincoln Road

Located behind
Stoughton Garden Center
Convenient Dry Secure
Lighted with access 24/7
Bank Cards Accepted
Off North Hwy 51 on
Oak Opening Dr. behind
Stoughton Garden Center
Call: 608-509-8904

696 Wanted To Buy

We are seeking energetic and enthusiastic
individuals to work one on one with children
in their homes.

6x10 thru 10x25
Market Street/Burr Oak Street
in Oregon
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10X10 10X15 10X20 10X30
Security Lights-24/7 access
Credit Cards Accepted
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"Wisconsin's Largest Antique Mall"
Customer Appreciation Week!
Apr 04-10. 20% Discount!
Enter daily 8am-4pm 78,000 SF
200 Dealers in 400 Booths
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Location: 239 Whitney St
Columbus, WI 53925

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month to month lease
Call Karen Everson at
608-835-7031 or
Veronica Matt at 608-291-0316


560 Professional Services

55+. 1 & 2 bedroom units available
starting at $750 per month. Includes
heat, water and sewer. Professionally
managed. Located at
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53589 608-877-9388

Wisconsin Early Autism Project
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We offer competitive wages, shift and weekend differentials.
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Retirement, vacation, sick and holiday pay.
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Equal Opportunity Employer


.8 FTE position, on-call required.
Full-time salaried management
Full to part-time clinic position.
part-time certified tech.
.8 FTE, part-time tech position.
Per diem opportunity in our skilled
nursing facilities.
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about all open positions and to
apply, go to our website at
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Dodgeville, WI 53533

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Maintenance Technician

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Send resume to:
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Residential & Commercial
Fully Insured.
608-873-7038 or 608-669-0025

10x10 through 10x40, plus
14x40 with 14' door for
RV & Boats.
Come & go as you please.

The Verona Press

Equal Opportunity Employer

The City of Verona is hiring communityminded residents to serve as poll workers on
Election Day. Must be at least 18 years of age,
eligible to vote and a resident of Verona. Must
be available for one shift (6:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
OR 2:30 p.m.-close) on Election Day.
2016 Election dates are:
April 5th, August 9th and November 8th.
Please contact Ellen Clark, City Clerk at
608-845-6495 or
if interested.


Delivery Driver – Part Time

Our current delivery driver is retiring so we’re looking to fill his position.
Duties include:
• Serving as a courier between our three offices.
• Delivery and sales tracking of our publications to established retail outlets.
• Scheduling maintenance and repairs as needed for our company van.
On average you will work about 10 hours a week, two hours every Monday morning,
approximately 8 hours every Wednesday. Once a month there be an additional
delivery day to distribute two specialty publications.
The successful candidate will be at least 18 years of age with a good driving record.
Able to drive in all types of weather and able to lift, load and carry bundles of papers.
If interested, please apply online at
Oregon Observer, Stoughton Courier Hub,
Verona Press, The Great Dane Shopping News
Unified Newspaper Group is a part of Woodward Community Media,
a division of Woodward Communications, Inc.
and an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Seeking caregivers to provide care
to seniors in their homes. Valid DL/
Dependable Vehicle required. FT & PT
positions available. Flexible scheduling.
$1000 sign-on bonus.
Call 608-442-1898

VERONA ONE Bedroom Available
March. Heat Included, $530 month. Dave


434 Health Care, Human
Services & Child Care

554 Landscaping, Lawn,
Tree & Garden Work


Immediate openings!
Assistant Front Desk Supervisor (F/T)
Driver (P/T) $10/hour.
Front Desk Associates:
$9-$10/hour (F/T, P/T).
Experience preferred,
but willing to train
right people.
Paid training, vacation, uniform. Free
room nights.
Apply in person:
131 Horizon Dr., Verona

March 3, 2016


March 3, 2016

The Verona Press

Photos submitted

to trees
New Century School
students used the Great
Kindness Challenge to
share some love with
the trees in late January,
wrapping yarn around
the trees in the school’s
front yard for “warmth.”
Jennifer Klawiter’s second/third-grade class
learned the chain stitch
technique and used it on
the trees.
Above, Cash
Christiansen finishes
wrapping some yarn
around a tree.
NCS director Jim Ruder works with students Adley Lombardi and Grace
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The cards read:
(Top) “To Colonel Rick Walker. I sincerely thank you for your dedication to our country. From Tia.”
(Bottom left) “To Colonel Rick Walker. Thank you so much for saving us and protecting us. We are
gratefuling proud and happy to say thank you! We are really happy because of you! We really thank
you! I hope you a great Valentine’s Day! Don’t get hurt! Sincerely, Kaya.”
(Bottom right) “To Colonel Rick Walker. Mere words cannot describe how thankful we all are for your
devotion and hard work. Happy Valentine’s Day. From, Jayden.”

Cards: Veteran plans to thank sixth-graders
Continued from page 1
know in Wisconsin who would do that?’
… It was kind of funny.”
The entire SOMS sixth-grade class
worked on the project, and sent Valentine’s Day cards to nearly 50 veterans in
total, teacher Stephanie Symes told the
“The sixth-graders jumped at that opportunity,” she said.
The sixth-grade teaching team decided to do the project after fellow teacher
Ramona Gasser brought the idea forward,
Symes said. It coincided well with discussions about “random acts of kindness and
doing things for people without acknowledgement or without being asked to,” she
That reached Walker because Reinfeldt,
himself a veteran, knew him from his days
living in Washington.
“He really did accomplish quite a bit
throughout his military career,” Reinfeldt
said of why he thought of Walker.
Symes said each student made cards
for at least two or three veterans, some
of whom were family and friends of the
teachers themselves.
Many of them, like Walker, have
expressed deep gratitude since Feb. 14.
“Getting these messages from seemingly nowhere just made their day,” Symes
said. “It’s been nice to pass those messages
along to the students and say, ‘Look, this is
how you made someone feel.’”
Walker will eventually add his message
to that list, as he plans to contact the school
directly to give a proper thanks for what he
called, “The kindest gesture to me as a soldier that I’ve ever had.”
“During the time I was in Vietnam and
came back, the military didn’t enjoy, shall
we say, a high reputation in the minds
of many people,” the helicopter pilot
said. “We were called a lot of names and
eschewed, shunned.”
He said the valentine cards showed

Two other cards Walker received read:
(Top) “To Colonel Rick Walker. Thank you for
your service. Hope you have the best Valentine’s
Day! From Mia.”
(Bottom) “Dear Colonel Rick Walker. Thank you
for your bravery and your courage. Your heroism
is inspiring me. Sincerely, Kaeden.”

him that some people are able to separate
“issues between the government versus the
“This was all proof that, you know, there
are a lot of things that have turned to crap
in the United States and we’re seeing a lot
of it in the publicity now, this indicates
there’s light,” he said. “This says somebody out there still has a heart and that
they’re being parented and led and taught
values that I think are important.”



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