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Burns resigns
He takes finance job for Middleton

While second-grade teacher Lisette

Venegas was able to fund the News-OMatic app on her students iPads last
year through her classroom budget,
the $5-per-student app was going to be
harder to pay for this year.
Venegas, who teaches second-graders in Spanish as part of the Two-Way
Immersion program at Sugar Creek Elementary School, has had trouble finding
materials in Spanish.
Any time we can get some resources in Spanish, its a big deal, Venegas
Continuing to use the iPad app, which
translates news stories into Spanish for
her students, is where the Verona Area
Education Foundation grants came in.
While the Verona Area School District discontinued its Innovation
Grants last year to instead fund more
iPads for students, VAEF continued
its annual grants to help teachers fund
projects in their classroom. This year,
VAEF, a non-profit that is unaffiliated
with the school district, provided $3,539
in grants to teachers.
We try to spread money around the
district, said Nancy Horns, who has
been on the VAEF board since 2001.
This years grants included a carpet
for the Stoner Prairie Elementary School
music class, funding for an iPad app for
Photo submitted
a Two-Way Immersion class at Sugar
Creek Elementary School and objects to Stoner Prairie Elementary School student Valeria Malina works in the schools Innovation
decrease students anxiety at both Gla- Lab, which had help purchasing some equipment with a grant from the Verona Area
cier Edge and Country View elementa- Education Foundation.
Much of the money for the grants, as
well as funding for the ropes courses at
both Badger Ridge and Savanna Oaks
middle schools, comes largely from the
To donate to VAEF and help fund the organizations grants and the
annual craft show each fall, which was
ropes courses at the Verona Area School Districts middle schools, send
Turn to Grants/Page 14 money to the central office, 700 N. Main St., Verona, WI 53593.

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Verona Press editor

Nearly six years after beating out several highly qualified candidates to help run
the city he lived in, Bill Burns has
resigned as Veronas city administrator.
His last day will be April 25.
Burns announced his decision
Tuesday morning after meeting
with Mayor Jon Hochkammer and
informing him. He told the Press an Burns
excellent opportunity presented
itself to work as the finance director position with the City of Middleton.
Ive had a great experience in Verona and was

Turn to Burns/Page 15

Verona Area School District

Admins propose $500K

more for 1-to-1 iPads
Lease would add to current $300K
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Verona Area School District administrators

brought forward a plan Monday for $500,000 more
in yearly spending on iPads to get to a one-to-one
device-to-student ratio.
The district currently has a four-year lease,
which costs about $311,000, that got most students
in grades four through 10 their own device to use.

Turn to Devices/Page 7


Matts House

Safe plan seeks council approval

Five abstain on Rosts proposal to renovate house on site
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After nearly two hours of discussing

a pair of competing proposals Monday
evening for purchasing and rehabilitating the historic Matts house, the group
of elected and appointed officials
debating it seemed no closer to a resolution.
But on the mayors urging, alders
and members of the Community

Development Authority finally voted to

recommend what Ald. Evan Touchett
called the safe choice Troy Rosts
plan to buy the building for a dollar and
turning it into historically compelling apartments-over-retail over the
next year or so.
The vote is not binding, and neither
would the Common Councils vote be
next Monday, if it agrees. City administrator Bill Burns explained to the
group and later clarified for the Press


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that he would look for alders to authorize staff to seek an agreement with
Rost based on his comprehensive,
19-page proposal.
What that appears to mean for Madisons Brandon Cook is that his proposal to move the house, add parking and
build an addition to make a restaurant
wont get a second look. The council
will either take the recommendation for
Rost or leave it, partly because Cooks
proposal was determined to be incomplete.

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Verona Area School District

Health insurance changes could plug $700K budget hole

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With a $700,000 budget deficit looming for the Verona Area School District,
administrators hope a new health insurance
agreement can help plug the gap.
Its been a pleasant surprise, business
manager consultant Chris Murphy said of
the costs they are looking at.
Five years ago, the district used a federal government grant to help negotiate a
favorable deal with Physicians Plus that
capped annual premium increases for the
life of the agreement.
At the time, superintendent Dean Gorrell
said the agreement was a big deal for holding the districts second-highest costs for
staff, behind salaries, down.
Negotiations will still determine the new
insurance costs, but administrators expect
Its the same type of deal the district is
currently seeking. District administrators
have set an April 1 deadline for a decision on a new plan to give time to staff to
understand the changes to their benefits

Competition key
Human resources director Jason Olson,
who has also been involved in both the
2011 and current negotiations, said the
competition among health insurance providers in the Madison area is a key to the
district getting the deal it wants.
Olson noted that rings especially true in
Verona, where all of Dean, Unity and GHC
have in-network doctors at the University
of Wisconsin Clinic in the city.
Theyre competitors, but theyre also
collaborators, Olson said.
That competition has helped keep the
premium costs for the district still in line
with the marketplace as they came back to

Gauthier resigns from school board

Cites overwhelming
time commitment
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Joanne Gauthier submitted a surprise resignation from the Verona Area

School Board Monday
Board president Dennis
Beres, who read her letter
at the Monday night board
meeting, called reading it
Gauthier cited the
overwhelming time
commitment to be on the
board and its various committees, and wrote that she
planned not to run in the
2015 election before being
convinced against her
better judgment.
I have spent considerable time coming to this
conclusion, she wrote
in the March 10 letter. I
believe the work this district is doing is important.
I am only sorry I can no
longer dedicate the time
and effort to continue.
The district will seek a

replacement for Gauthier,

who represented areas outside the cities of Fitchburg
and Verona. Anyone interested in the position will
have to come from those
Those interested in the
can submit
a letter of
to the district. The
district is
to put out
an official
notice after
spring break with a deadline within the week.
If there are multiple
applicants, the board will
discuss them in open session at an April meeting to
determine who to appoint.
The appointee would hold
the position for one year
until an April 2017 election, which would cover
the rest of Gauthiers term
through April 2018.
Gauthier, who has four
children, began her service
on the board in 2009.
It has been my pleasure

to serve the families of the

Verona Area School District, she wrote. I only
hope my service has made
a difference.
This is the second year
in a row the board ha to
fill an open seat after a
resignation, after John
McCulley left the board in
spring 2015. That seat was
easy to fill, though, as the
board simply appointed
the only nominee for the
seat in the election, which
was only a month away at
the time.

the open market to find a new deal.

The type of deal the district is leaving
and the kind it hopes to have again helps
year-to-year in more than keeping costs
down, Murphy said. It also keeps them
Its a very effective budget planning
tool to have that largest non-salary
expense known for five years, he said.
At $8 million, its 12, 13 percent of our
budget. If its not controlled, you can have
10, 15, 20, 25 percent increases.
Although Olson said the district doesnt
take lightly potential changes to employees benefit structures, he said it was simply a necessity in negotiating the new deal.
Along with Verhelst, Olson said the benefits for staff will still be comparable to
other area school districts. Verhelst, for his
part, understands the need to find a balance
between what works within the districts
budget and whats best for the employees.
This will be a good deal, he said. My
big concern and my big goal is that we
continue with the quality of insurance that
we had, and the delivery of the service.
Verhelst and Kropp said theyre also
simply glad to be part of the discussions
with the district administrators.
I think the teachers are very fortunate to

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Gorrell had warned board members at

meetings throughout the past year that having to negotiate a new plan could create a
budget problem.
Those concerns likely grew after the
state biennial budget passed in 2015, which
covered school funding for the 2015-16
and 2016-17 school years, and offered only
small increases in per student aid for districts.
This biennium was really rough, Murphy said.
Gorrell revealed at a recent building,
grounds and transportation committee
meeting that the district, before having
settled on a new insurance agreement, was
facing a $700,000 deficit.
But now that the potential plans are coming into focus, Murphy said the first year of
the new deal will actually see a decrease
in the districts premium costs.
At this point, instead of saying, Oh, we
have to go out and cut positions because
we have this budget deficit, were working and anticipating that our year one
insurance settlement can erase most, if not
all of that, Murphy said.


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Verona Area Education Association
board member Greg Verhelst, who is taking part in the negotiations along with
Mariann Kropp from Verona Area Support
Professionals Association, which represents VASD support staff, said that education will be key after a decision is made.
Once the education has occurred as far
as what went on in the process and what the
new plan looks like, I think everybody will
be satisfied, Verhelst said. Will it happen the day after we make the announcement? Probably not, because everybody
will have 1,000 questions.


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Letters to the editor

Community Voices

Grandau most qualified for VASB

Charyn Grandau is the most qualified candidate to fill the vacancy
left by Ken Behnkes retirement
from the school board. She has had
six years of serving on the board
from 2006-2012.
Her dedication to the district is
outstanding. She has a vested interest in the success of this district,
with a son who is in seventh grade
and a daughter in fourth grade. For
the past three years, Charyn has
continued to play a role in the district serving on the site council and
the board of directors for New Century School.
I have had the privilege of serving for six years on the Verona
Area School Board, portions of
those years with both Ken and
Charyn. I appreciated the perspective that Charyn brought to the
board. She understands the community of people that need to surround
our students so that everyone is able
to experience success.
As our district moves forward
with a building referendum, we
need the experience that Charyn
brings. She has toured other districts that have created partnerships

to build programming for students

and who have built schools with
flexible building plans that can better address the changing needs of
education. As a board member in
2012, Charyn helped to develop the
employee handbook, which is considered a model for other districts.
Additionally, she served as
the co-chair of the committee to
develop the 4K program. Her prior
experience on the finance committee, as well as the building and
grounds committee, is valuable as
the board is responsible for managing a $63-million budget.
As we say thank you to Ken for
his 21 years of service to the community, we need to elect a community member that can make the transition to board member seamlessly.
I am confident that Charyn will represent us well and manage the complex issues the board must deal with
in a mature and thoughtful manner.
Join me in voting for Charyn
Grandau for School Board.
Kathy Pielage,
Town of Verona

Skilled, fair judges are critical

In addition to the presidential
primary and the important state
Supreme Court race, there are
equally important local races such
as school board. The contested
municipal judge position that covers the Town of Springdale is one
of those races.
Judge Jody Morey has been our
judge in the municipal court system for 10 years. In that time, she
has demonstrated her dedication
to helping at-risk youth and her
fair, compassionate and committed approach to the judgeship. Her

unparalleled experience includes

10 years municipal judge, 18
years as a municipal court clerk,
years of judicial education seminars and years as a Sauk Prairie
As can be seen in the state
Supreme Court, having skilled
and fair judges is critical to our
communities. Please vote for
Judge Morey and her proven judicial experience.
George Hagenauer,
Town of Verona

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Learn to help the

superheroes among us

uperman had a secret. He

was born with Kryptonite
in his blood, and this made
him different from others.
Spiderman had a secret, too.
One arachnid bite later, and
he was forced to put aside his
homework in order to learn how
to control his bodys newfound
mind of its
In fact, its
safe to say that
one of the fundamental characteristics of
being a superhero is having
a secret.
Yet according to the 2014
National Diabetes Statistics
Report, in 2012 alone 1.25 million American adults and children had that sort of secret: Type
1 diabetes. But they have yet to
appear in any comic books or
blockbuster films.
Like superheroes, they walk
among us, but the average citizen remains mostly unaware of
their existence.
I learned this the hard way
when my boyfriend told me
he had Type 1 diabetes. In the
beginning, I was fascinated
to know that he was a kind of
superhuman, but I soon became
worried that he would be unable
to harness his paranormal powers and that other people would
misread him when he most
needed help.
For example, we can be reasonably sure that we will be able
to recognize a heart attack or a
choking incident and that someone nearby will know how to
administer CPR or the Heimlich
maneuver. However, the general
public is significantly less educated about how to identify and
respond to hypoglycemic shock.

As good public citizens, we

can do more to inform ourselves
about diabetes in order to help
these superheroes.
Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that prevents
the cells in the pancreas from
transforming the sugar in the
body into energy. Unlike Type 2
diabetes, the cause of the disease
is unknown, and it frequently
appears in childhood or young
adulthood. While there is no
cure, the disease can be managed
through rigorous lifestyle changes and daily insulin injections
that regulate blood sugar levels.
In other words, a diabetics
insulin is Supermans Kryptonite.
The problem is that a wide
variety of factors can affect
blood sugar levels and this
makes it difficult for even an
experienced diabetic to get the
insulin level right every single
time. This inevitable margin of
error means unexpected irregularities could lead to a drop
in sugar and the possibility of
hypoglycemic shock, also known
as an insulin reaction.
In most cases, a diabetic is
able to recognize when he or she
is low on sugar and respond to
the situation before it becomes
serious by consuming something
sweet. (A half a cup of natural
orange juice or regular, non-diet
soda is a good fast-acting solution). But sometimes their alarm
system fails and they enter a disorientated state known as hypoglycemic shock.
Hypoglycemic shock is most
often characterized by dizziness, sweating, rapid heart rate,
irritability, and confusion. If left
untreated, it may cause seizures,
coma, and even brain damage.
Unfortunately, these symptoms can be so subtle at first
that they are often confused with

having a bad day if you dont

know the person is diabetic.
Over time, I have learned to
become a pretty good superhero
sidekick. A good sidekick shows
up with the perfect weapon at
exactly the right moment.
When my superhero gets too
low on sugar, my response is
less than two minutes. In severe
cases, I resort to the Glucagon
(glucose injection), which I lovingly refer to as the Gluco Gun.
The Gluco Girl doesnt have
quite the same ring to it as Catwoman, but its cool enough.
To this day, my boyfriend still
insists that his diabetes is not a
superpower, but I have plenty of
proof to the contrary: He keeps
himself in very good shape, to
the point where he could lift a
car with his bare hands. He can
calculate the amount of carbohydrates in any type food with a
single glance. He injects himself
with insulin several times a day
and never complains.
His own immune system is
working against him night and
day, and he faces this villain
with the stoic demeanor of a
man on a mission.
So for the sake of the 29.1 million (and growing) Americans
with Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, I encourage everyone to seek
out the appropriate superhero
sidekick training.
If we are able to identify and
respond to the basic symptoms
of hypoglycemic shock, we
can prevent a minor medical
emergency from turning into
something major and make life
a little easier for our everyday
Ashley Dresser is a 2005
VAHS graduate who is living
and working among superheroes
in the Basque Country of Spain.

Grandau has invaluable experience with schools

I support Charyn Grandau as candidate for a seat
on the Verona School Board. I have worked with
Charyn as a parent volunteer on the New Century
School Site Council and have valued her perspective on the important issues facing our schools.
As a former VASD school board member,
Charyn has the experience that is required to manage an organization with a $63 million budget, 800
employees and over 5,000 students. The school
board is responsible for guiding the overall goals
of the district, including curriculum, hiring, staff
retention and benefits, and building construction and maintenance. They are held accountable
for the safety, health and security of our children.
Charyn is the best person for the job.

School board members must be forward-thinking team players with well-rounded experience.
The perspective Charyn brings as a parent of two
Verona students is invaluable when making critical decisions about our schools. She is passionate, dedicated, thoughtful and fair. She takes the
time to consider all sides of an issue, and she is
resourceful and inclusive in reaching out to the
community for additional viewpoints.
Please join me in voting for Charyn Grandau on
April 5.
Leigh Schmidt,
City of Fitchburg

Support incumbent Judge Morey on April 5

We have known Judge Jody Morey since the
70s, when the height of fashion was bell bottoms
and leisure suits. Fashions come and go, but some
things never go out of style, such as honesty and
Jodys career in teaching makes her a good fit
to work with at-risk juveniles. Serving 10 years as
municipal judge and 18 years as municipal judge
clerk set her apart from her opponent. There is no
substitute for experience.

Please join us in supporting incumbent Judge

Jody Morey for municipal judge, Village of Mount
Horeb and townships of Primrose, Springdale and
While we are trying to ignore that 70s fashions
are back, election day April 5 is something too
important to ignore.

More letters


The Verona Press had more letters than we could

publish this month, including several related to the
April 5 election. Please see more at:

Due to a reporting error, last weeks story, MT

Treads open again, mistakenly referred to the
business by its former title, MT Treads. The business is now just Treads.
The Press regrets the error.

Stephen and Aime Gauger,

Mount Horeb

March 24, 2016

Verona Area School District

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The Verona Area School Districts

Chinese immersion school faces possible changes as soon as the 2017-18
school year.
The Verona Area International
Schools charter agreement for the
district expires in June 2017, and
school board member Renee Zook
told board members Monday that
administrators are talking with the
schools governing council about
how to proceed.

Life writing
presentation is next

Zook said that discussion is still

in research and will be rolled out
shortly. She added that the effort, as
well as a district-wide look at what
languages to offer by the world languages department, are separate
topics from the potential change for
The school, which currently has
classrooms split between Savanna
Oaks Middle School and Stoner Prairie Elementary School, will move
entirely to SP for the 2016-17 school
Administrators are expected to
continue discussions with the governing council in the coming months,
board president Dennis Beres said.

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Linda Abbott believes

stories are one of the most
precious gifts people can
give to their loved ones, but
many people dont know
how to get started.
Abbott, founder of Never
Forget Legacies and Tributes, will share tips, tools
and resources to help people
capture and preserve their
memories and life stories
during a presentation at 7
p.m. Thursday, March 31 at
the library.
Participants will learn
how to create timelines to
organize their memories and
use memory sparks to recall
more of the past. Theyll
also learn about the benefits
of life story writing, something Abbott calls a joyful
Sharing our stories connects us more deeply to our
children and grandchildren,

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Feb. 1
6:48 a.m. Police responded to four separate car accidents at the overpass of U.S.
Hwy. 18/152 and Cty. Hwy.
PB. In one instance, a driver
going eastbound lost control
and slid into the middle ditch

Tom Alesia has joined

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Before that, he spent five
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and, while attempting to get

out, was struck by a second
vehicle that had lost control
in same area. Minutes later,
a 25-year-old Jackson man
going Westbound hit a patch
of ice and lost control, crashing into a cement barrier, and
was later cited for driving
too fast for conditions. Six
minutes later, a 22-year-old
Madison woman crashed
into a cement shoulder barrier while passing one of the
previous crash scenes, and
ultimately cited for inattentive driving.

Abbot said in a press release

from the library. Older
adults sometimes dont
realize how cherished their
memories and stories will be
to future generations.
People who grew up
when having a car was a
luxury, who attended oneroom country schools or
fought in World War II possess snapshots of the past
that are a gift to the next
generation. Life story writing also is a great way to
pass on our values, wisdom
and faith traditions.
The public is welcome to
attend this free program. For
information, call Abbott at
826-6215 or email abbott@

with a north-side Madison

non-profit group.
His career includes nearly
16 years as a features writer
and arts/entertainment editor at the Wisconsin State
Journal and The Capital
Times. An Indiana University grad and Chicago area
native, he lives in Madison with his wife, teen son
and two wonderfully noisy
On April 18, Alesia will
run in his fourth Boston
Marathon and his 27th marathon overall.

Keyes-Ziebarh Engagement

Jacob Bielanski
and Kate Newton

Holy week worship

7:00 pm Maundy Thursday
7:00 pm Good Friday

Easter Sunday Worship

7:00 am Sunrise Worship
8:30 am Festival Worship
10:45 am Festival Worship
427 S. Main Street, Verona | ph. 608.845.6922

w w w. s t j a m e s v e r o n a . o r g
Julie and Kevin Keyes of Verona are excited to
announce the engagement of their daughter,
Mackenzie, to Joseph Ziebarth, son of Laura and
Paul Ziebarth of Lake Mills.


Jan. 30
12:54 a.m. Officers were
dispatched to a hotel on the
600 block of West Verona
Avenue to respond to an
elevator alarm with people
trapped inside. Upon arriving, an employee informed
them that the elevator was
working, but that an intoxicated customer had accidentally set off the alarm system.
Officers escorted the intoxicated man to his room.
1:57 a.m. During a traffic
stop at Cross Country Road
and North Main Street, police
cited an underage man for
his first OWI, failure to stop
for a flashing red signal, lacking registration and for the
possession of THC, a controlled substance and alcohol. He was taken to Meriter
for a blood draw and expert
evaluation, and was released
to a responsible party. His
passenger, a minor, was
also cited for possession of
THC and was released to his
10:11 a.m. Police were

good to discuss the subject

with her children, she should
avoid actually calling 911.
4:50 p.m. Police cited a
man for possession of THC
and paraphernalia after they
smelled marijuana while
interviewing him during a
disturbance investigation in
the 200 block of Industrial

What: The Joy of Life

Story Writing with Linda
When: 7 p.m. Thursday,
March 31
Where: Verona Public
Library, 500 Silent St.
Info: 845-7180

Alesia joins UNG

as staff reporter

Samantha Christian

All reports taken from the dispatched to reports that
Verona Police Department a driver was traveling the
log book.
wrong way on U.S. Hwy.
18/151 between Verona and
Jan. 29
Mt. Horeb. The driver exited
12:29 p.m. A manager at a and was stopped by Mt.
business in the 100 block of Horeb officers, who deterEast Verona Avenue informed mined the driver was sufferpolice that she had received ing from a medical condition.
a fraudulent $20 bill. After
transporting the bill to the Jan. 31
State Bank of Cross Plains,
7:51 a.m. Officers conthe bill was found to be legiti- tacted a 32-year-old Verona
mate from 1996, and that the woman after she called
woman had been comparing 911 and disconnected. She
the bill to a newer-style $20 explained that she had been
bill with additional security teaching her children to use
Siri on her cell phone to call
4:49 p.m. A student at 911. Officers advised the
Badger Ridge Middle School woman that while it was
reported being hit multiple times with a sled and
punched twice in the head
by two other students during
recess on Jan. 28. Officers
planned to follow up at the

If you go

Mackenzie is a 2010 graduate of Verona High School

and a 2015 graduate of the Paul Mitchell Beauty
School in Salt Lake City. She is currently working at
Im Beautiful Salon and Tsunami Restaurant & Sushi
Bar in South Jordan, Utah. Joe is a 2008 graduate
of Monona Grove High School and a 2012 graduate
of MATC with an Associates degree in Electron
Microscopy. He is currently working at IMFlash as a
Failure Analysis Technician in Lehi, Utah.
Mackenzie and Joe, with their two kitties Thor and
Loki, are new homeowners in West Jordan, Utah.
Their wedding will take place August 27, 2016 in
Cottage Grove, Wisconsin.


Agreement ends in 2017

Saving stories

VAIS, district look toward next charter

The school, which had to hold a
lottery in its first two years, has had
low initial enrollment numbers since,
with 10 in-district applicants at the
kindergarten level each of the last
two years.
Zook said initial ideas include
Chinese immersion becoming a language immersion strand within the
schools, like the Spanish Two-Way
Immersion program, or an offering at
a specific school.
At this time we are just having a
discussion, Zook emphasized.
The school has also been discussing options for continuing Chinese
education into middle school, as the
school only serves K-5 students.

The Verona Press

The Verona Press

Coming up

River Wetlands State Natural Area from
9 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 26.
Volunteers will be cutting invasive
species to promote the growth of native
plant species. For information or to
RSVP to the workday, visit

Animal communication

Asia Voight, an expert animal communicator, will discuss how to further a

connection with your pets from 7-8 p.m.
Thursday, March 24 at the library.
Voight will lead a presentation titled
Awakening the Silent Messages of Animal Telepathy. You may bring photos Egg hunt
of your animal companions for a chance
The West Madison Bible Church,
at a free reading, but animals should not 2920 Hwy. M., will host its annual egg
accompany you to the discussion. For hunt at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 26.
information, call 845-7180.
The hunt is open to kids through grade
will be held rain or shine. Children
Open gaming
can bring their own bag or basket and
Kids grades 1-6 can participating in hunt for their share of 5,000 candy-filled
open video gaming at 1 p.m. Friday, eggs. For information, call 845-9518.
March 25 at the library.
Bring your own device and play your Adult coloring club
favorite games. The library will have a
Channel your inner child at meetlimited number of laptops set up with ings of the new adult coloring club from
Minecraft and a video game console 6:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 28 at the
connected to the big screen. All experi- library. Participants can drop in any time
ence levels, interests, and devices are during the two-hour program. Colored
welcome to attend.
pencils and coloring pages will be proFor information, call 845-7180.
vided, or you can bring your own.
For information, call 845-7180.
USRWA meetings/workdays
The Upper Sugar River Watershed
Association (USRWA) is partnering
with the Wisconsin DNR to hold a volunteer workday spent restoring the Sugar

Monday, March 28 at the senior center.

Participants will learn the current rules
of the road, defensive driving techniques
and how to operate a vehicle more safely in todays increasingly challenging
driving environment. Youll also learn
how you can manage and accommodate
common age-related changes in vision,
hearing and reaction time. You may be
eligible to receive an insurance discount
upon completing the course, so consult
your agent for details.
Participants should bring a sack lunch.
The class is $15 for AARP members and
$20 for non-members. Scholarships are
available. For information or to register,
call 845-7471.

Water quality presentation

Learn more about our local watersheds during a Phosphorus in the Badger Mill Creek and Sugar River presentation from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, March
29 at the library.
Marten Cieslik, Assistant Director of
Public Works for the City of Verona,
will discuss phosphorus levels and management in the Badger Mill Creek and
Driving class
Sugar River. He will also discuss the
Drivers ages 50 and older can brush up stormwater management rebate opporon their driving skills during an AARP tunity for Verona residents.
For information, call 845-7180.
Smart Driver Class from noon to 4 p.m.

Community calendar
Thursday, March 24

7-8 p.m., Awakening the Silent

Messages of Animal Telepathy
presentation, library, 845-7180

Friday, March 25

1 p.m., Movie Matinees:

Woodlawn (PG, 125 minutes),
senior center, 845-7471
1 p.m., Open video gaming,
(grades 1-6), library, 845-7180
7-9 p.m., Jen Brady, Hannah
Busse and Gavin Jones, Tuvalu

Saturday, March 26

No Prairie Kitchen free community meal; returns April 2, BPNN,
9 a.m. to noon, USRWA volunteer work day, Sugar River
Wetlands State Natural Area,
10 a.m., Dungeons and Dragons
(grades 3-6; registration required),
library, 845-7180
11 a.m., Community egg hunt
(kids through grade 6), West
Madison Bible Church, 2920 Hwy.

M., 845-9518
7 p.m., Girls Rock Camp
Madison fundraiser with Gin
Chocolate and Bottle Rockets
and guests (donations accepted),

6-12), library, 845-7180

7-8 p.m., The Joy of Life Story
Writing workshop with Linda
Abbott, library, 845-7180

Friday, April 1

10:30-11 a.m., Baby Story Time

Monday, March 28
(ages 0-18 months), library, 845 Noon to 4 p.m., AARP Smart
Driver Class ($15 AARP members, 1 p.m., Movie Matinee: Everest
$20 non-members, registration
(PG-13, 112 min.), senior center,
required), senior center, 845-7471 845-7471
2-3 p.m., Shopkins Trading
7:30 p.m., Songwriter Showcase
Party, library, 845-7180
and open mic featuring Beth Kille
6:30-8:30 p.m., Adult Coloring
($5/$3), Tuvalu
Club, library, 845-7180

Tuesday, March 29

1 p.m., Legos Block Party (ages

5 and up), library, 845-7180
6:30-8 p.m., Phosphorus in
the Badger Mill Creek and Sugar
River presentation, library, 8457180

Thursday, March 31

1:30 p.m., Free Kids Movie:

Minions, library, 845-7180
4-5:30 p.m., Anime Club (grades

Saturday, April 2

11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Prairie

Kitchen free community meal,
7 p.m., Last Minute Notice,

Monday, April 4

9:30-10 a.m., Toddler Story Time

(ages 1-2), library, 845-7180
10:30-11 a.m., Everybody Story
Time (ages 0-5), library, 845-7180

Whats on VHAT-98
Thursday, March 24
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. Cough & Cold
Remedies at Senior Center
10 p.m. Verona History at
Historical Society
Friday, March 25
7 a.m. John Duggleby at
Senior Center
1 p.m. Cough & Cold
Remedies at Senior Center
3 p.m. Self Defense at
Senior Center
4 p.m. Do Not Resuscitate
at Senior Center
5 p.m. 2014 Wildcats
8:30 p.m. Cough & Cold
Remedies at Senior Center
10 p.m. How to Stay Young
at Senior Center
11 p.m. Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
Saturday, March 26
8 a.m. Committee of the
Whole from March 21
11 a.m. Self Defense at

Senior Center
1 p.m. 2014 Wildcats
4:30 p.m. Verona History
at Historical Society
6 p.m. Committee of the
Whole from March 21
9 p.m. Self Defense at
Senior Center
10 p.m. Verona History at
Historical Society
11 p.m. Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
Sunday, March 27
7 a.m. Hindu Cultural Hour
9 a.m. Resurrection Church
10 a.m. Salem Church
Noon Committee of the
Whole from March 21
3 p.m. Self Defense at
Senior Center
4:30 p.m. Verona History at
Historical Society
6 p.m. Committee of the
Whole from March 21
9 p.m. Self Defense at
Senior Center
10 p.m. Verona History at
Historical Society
11 p.m. Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
Monday, March 28
7 a.m. John Duggleby at
Senior Center
1 p.m. Cough & Cold
Remedies at Senior Center
3 p.m. Self Defense at
Senior Center
4 p.m. Do Not Resuscitate
at Senior Center

5 p.m. 2014 Wildcats

7 p.m. Common Council
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 29
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. John Duggleby 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. Cough & Cold
Remedies at Senior Center
10 p.m. Verona History at
Historical Society
Wednesday, March 30
7 a.m. John Duggleby at
Senior Center
1 p.m. Cough & Cold
Remedies at Senior Center
3 p.m. Self Defense at
Senior Center
5 p.m. Common Council
from 032816
7 p.m. Capital City Band
8 p.m. Self Defense at
Senior Center

10 p.m. How to Stay Young

at Senior Center
11 p.m. Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
Thursday, March 31
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. John Duggleby 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. Cough & Cold
Remedies at Senior Center
10 p.m. Verona History at
Historical Society


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
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
Maundy Thursday Upper Room Service: 6:30 p.m.
Good Friday Tenebrae Service: 6:30
Easter Sunday Services: 9 a.m. and
10:30 a.m.
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
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

Putting on the Armor of God

The sixth chapter of Ephesians advises us to be
strong in the Lord, and to protect ourselves from the
evils of this world by putting on Gods armor. And
while there is both natural and moral evil in this world,
natural evil being such things as famine, natural disasters and illness, this armor is intended more as a protection against moral evil, the kind of evil carried out
by human beings of their own volition. We dont have
to look far to see human beings taking advantage of
their fellow human beings, kidnapping, enslaving and
even killing them. The worst of these actions are the
ones done in the name of God. When you see someone
killing innocent men, women and even children in the
name of God, you can be sure that you are in the presence of Gods enemies. Notice how Pauls description
of the armor serves also as a criterion of what is good.
Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around
your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in
place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that
comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this,
take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the
helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which
is the word of God.Ephesians 6:14-17 NIV
Christopher Simon, Metro News Service

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.
Parkinsons Group,
senior center, third
Friday at 10 a.m.


March 24, 2016

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Blood drive
More than 100 Verona Area High School students and staff
donated a combined 98 pints of blood at the VAHS blood drive
Wednesday, March 9. VAHS is one of the largest high school
blood drives in Wisconsin. Yearbook students who staff and organize the drive help get donors through the experience with books.
Above, Greta Schmitz reads to teacher Nicholas Faus.

Photos submitted

Some of the Verona Boy Scouts with Troop 349 who delivered food donations to the Badger Prairie Needs Network food pantry on March
12 are, front row, from left: Tyler Shunk, Isiah Dewerd, Ben Johnston, Nicolas Hendricks, Jared Price and Evan Maier; back row, from left:
Nate Jaschinski, Alexander Hendricks, Patrick Ross, Noah McCarthy, Seamus Angell and Max Hoover. Not pictured is Avery Durnen.

Scouting for food

Local troops collect 1,810 pounds for BPNN

Verona Boy Scout Troop 349 and
Cub Scout Troop 549 went doorto-door this month to collect food
for area families in need. Part of
the annual Scouting for Food drive,
scouts went around the community to
solicit food donations for the Badger
Prairie Needs Network food pantry.
On Saturday, March 5, over 50
Cub Scouts distributed fliers to more
than 3,000 neighborhood homes in
Verona. The following Saturday, over
a dozen boy scouts returned to those
homes to pick up and deliver the food
to BPNN.
The scouts collected about 1,810
pounds of food, which will be distributed to area families in need.

food to help area families in need, and

provided nearly 40,000 hours of service to communities across the Council.
The Glaciers Edge Council is now
among the top performing Boy Scout
councils in the country. Of the nearly
300 councils in the United States, the
Glaciers Edge Council ranked No. 15
in 2015.
The Boy Scouts of America also
honored the Glaciers Edge Council
with the distinction of being in the
Gold standard of excellence for
2015 meaning it ranks in the top 10
percent of local Boy Scout councils
in the United States. Local councils
are recognized for achievement in 18
Verona Boy Scouts with Troop 349 collected areas, including outdoor programs,
Glaciers Edge Council
food donations for the Badger Prairie Needs youth advancement, community service, growth in membership and fiscal
Scouting for Food is an annual Network food pantry on March 12.
event sponsored by the Boy Scouts of
For information, visit glaciersedge.
America. In 2015, local scouts from the Glaciers Edge Council, BSA collected more than 103,000 pounds of org.

grades 4 and 5 at one-toone. Currently, Wottreng

said, Verona Area International School and Core
Knowledge Charter School
fourth- and fifth-graders
do not all have iPads, and
neither do fourth-graders
at Glacier Edge Elementary
School. That would add a
$29,000 yearly cost.
The final tier has two
options, one of which would
cost $30,852 per year and
would get third grade to
one-to-one while getting
K-2 to two-to-one. The second option, which would
cost $62.212 per year would
get all grades to one-to-one.

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The new plan would start

another four-year lease to
finish the program.
VASD director of technology Betty Wottreng and
director of curriculum and
instruction Ann Franke
told the school board Monday night the new plan was
about continuity and equity.
We needed to come up
with some ideas that we can
sustain over time, Wottreng said.
The two leases, plus necessary software and app
subscriptions, would cost
more than $800,000 combined, and if the district
thinks of technology as a
utility, as Wottreng has
proposed in the past, it
would be the second-largest
after only electric costs.
Superintendent Dean Gorrell explained to the board
that such an expenditure
would almost surely come
with cuts to other areas.
It has a lot of policy implications that are
far reaching because
its big dollar, and its

never-ending, Gorrell said.

Right now, we cant afford
any of this, other than what
weve already earmarked.
It can come to the board
as a recommendation from
the administration, but its
ultimately going to need to
be a board policy decision
because its going to have
impact on everything else.
The district is currently
facing an expected $700,000
budget deficit, but it is possible a new health insurance
agreement expected by April
1 will cover that gap. An
additional decision that could
increase transportation costs
is also expected during April.
The plan from Wottreng
and Franke comes in three
tiers, with the first covering
the rest of the high school
and grades six and eight
at Savanna Oaks Middle
School, replacing all iPad
2s with newer models, adding more teacher iPads,
replacing 30 T3 laptops and
purchasing 60 more. That
alone would cost $300,000
per year.
Tier two would finish getting the entirety of

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Devices: Cuts to other areas would be likely

Sigal Felber reads to Rich Smith

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Cassidy Harvancek and Zoe Howard of the Trinity Irish Dancers chat
with their fellow dancers in between acts during a March 15 performance at the Verona Public Library.

Photos by Scott De Laruelle

Irish Dancers at the library

Delaney Lupiezowiec relaxes before going on stage.

From left: Molly OBrien, Zoe Howard, Cassidy Harvancik, Bryn Stacey, Emma Lenzendorf and Annika Olson strut their stuff, along with the
rest of the Trinity Irish Dancers, who performed in front of a full house March 15 at the Verona Public Library.

Family fun


The Country View Elementary

School PTO hosted a Family
Fun Night Friday, March 4, with
activities including dancing, a
photo booth, face painting and
a silent auction that raised more
than $17,000 for the PTO.


At left, from left, third-graders

Maren Prosa, Isabel Hartberg
and Rowan Fickling pose in the
photo booth.


Photo by Scott Girard

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Fourth-grader Talia Wagner admires her newly painted face in a mirror.

March 24, 2016

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Photos by Scott Girard

Breakfast with Bucky

Bucky Badger visited Stoner Prairie Elementary School Friday,
March 11, to help students celebrate National School Breakfast
Week. The Wisconsin Badgers mascot provided plenty of excitement for students and staff, who took selfies with him and danced
to Jump Around during the visit. The Wisconsin Milk Marketing
Board helped organize the event, along with two other Bucky visits
to schools in Dane County earlier in the week. The week encourages
healthy options at school breakfasts around the United States.
Above, Bucky and Joy Carr take a selfie on Carrs iPad.

Eve Coan smiles for a selfie with the Badgers mascot.

Above left, Delany Cruz-Lopez was among the students who high-fived Bucky on their way into the cafeteria that morning. Above right, Lauren Meier and Valeria Malina ask Bucky to take a selfie with them.


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Prescribed burn
Nearly 60 acres of mostly grassland at Prairie
Moraine County Park in Verona went up in
flames as part of a scheduled prescribed burn in
the area Monday, March 21.
Above, volunteer Anne Helsley starts a fire along
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March 24, 2016

The Verona Press


Bridal shop wants to make shopping fun

In brief
Sugar River Pizza

Moments to Cherish opens along Verona Avenue


Moments to Cherish Bridals

Unified Newspaper Group

303 E. Verona Ave., Verona

848-LOVE (5683)
Hours: 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays,
Wednesdays and Fridays
11 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursdays
10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturdays
By appointment on Sundays

Our No. 1 goal is customer service and to help them

work through the whole process. Let them choose what
dresses they want to try on.
Listen to what the bride is
saying and go from there,
DeForest said. Sometimes
they come in flustered,
especially if theyve had a
bad experience some place
else. They might have their
defenses up. I ask a lot of
questions about the wedding
and try to find out what their
needs are and what theyre
looking for.
DeForest offered two suggestions for brides-to-be:
Limit the number of people
Photo by Tom Alesia joining while on the dress
hunt and dont schedule too
After five years in Fitchburg, Arlene DeForest moved her store,
many appointments in one
Moments to Cherish Bridals, to Verona to increase visibility last
If you bring too many
downsize a bit last year, she apparel as well as prom people, there are too many
found the Verona location dresses and tuxedos.
opinions and it confuses the
to suit her business. The
DeForest has learned to bride, she said. Weve
store includes all wedding treat brides-to-be gently.
had 12 or 13 people with
a woman. She was overwhelmed.
DeForest realizes there
is ample competition in the
bridal dress business.
All brides will search
several stores before choosing, DeForest said, adding
that it helps not to pile on
dress shop appointments.
Dont schedule too many
appointments in one day.
By the time you get to the


last place its like (shrugs),

Do I have to try another
one on?
DeForest also stresses joy
at Moments to Cherish.
We to help the bride
through the whole process
and let them have fun while
doing it, DeForest said.
There are so many different styles. Theyll look
through magazines and
think, Thats what I really
want. But until they try it
on they may realize its not
the right style.
DeForest also wants customers happy with one other concern: price.
Im always looking for
something different I dont
have in the store. I want
options, including price
ranges, she said. Some
say, I like this one. I like
that one. But I cant commit. Its a big investment.
I do encourage girls to look
around. I dont want to push
someone into a dress they
cant afford.
And Moments to Cherish hasnt forgotten what
motivates its customers.
The stores phone number is
When we moved (to
Verona), we had to change
the first three numbers,
DeForest said. We asked if
we could keep the L-O-V-E
and did.

The Verona Area Chamber of Commerce

recognizes the Business of the Month!

Capitol Banks representative,

Jim Wermuth, has delivered
services to residents of several
Verona retirement communities
over the past ten years.


For information about Verona

and the business community

Call to learn how we go above

and beyond to serve our customers.


Arlene DeForest knows

the look: The bride-to-be
will linger as if twirling in
a fairy tale and sport a yardwide grin.
She found the dress.
Once they find the right
one, DeForest said, they
dont want to take it off.
Last fall, DeForest
opened Moments to Cherish Bridals, 303 E. Verona
Ave., after five years in
business in Fitchburg. Visibility brought her to Verona.
We were hidden away,
said DeForest, whose previous shop was tucked behind
a strip mall along Fish
Hatchery Road.
DeForest savors the new
location, which is closer to
her home between Mount
Horeb and Verona. She has
been married more than 40
years to Wayne DeForest
and remembers shopping
for her wedding dress.
I still have it, she said.
She bought Moments to
Cherish in 2010, keeping
the same store name as the
previous owner. But DeForests background wasnt
in the bridal industry. She
worked for decades in customer service and had been
working in the medical
products industry.
Moments to Cherish survived the recession and,
when DeForest wanted to

Sugar River Pizza opened

its Verona location earlier
this week.
The pizza company,
which has locations in Belleville and New Glarus, is
located in Liberty Business
Park at 957 Liberty Dr. off
of County Hwy. M.
The restaurants hours
11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday
through Wednesday and 11
a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday
through Saturday.
Delivery is not available
yet for the location, but
might be in the future. Customers can call ahead for
carry out at 497-1800.
For information
on the business, visit

Goddard School
offering tours
The Goddard School, a
preschool that will open
next month at 102 Prairie
Oaks Dr., began offering
tours to interested families
in mid-February.
The school uses the
F.L.E.X Curriculum,
which allows us to provide
individualized instruction
for each child, according to
the website.
For information on the
school or to schedule a tour,
call 571-5980 or visit God

Cleary sales reps

receive recognition
Two Verona Cleary
Building Corp. building
sales specialist were
recently recognized for
their 2015
sales performance.
G u n d e r - Gunderson
son won
and Sales
of the Year
The award
an employ- Leeser
exhibits a
highly professional sales
personality, energy, drive
and motivation leading to
dedication, leadership and
excellence in all aspects
of sales, according to a
Cleary news release.
Travis Leeser, another
building sales specialist in
the Verona office, won the
Elite Award.
The award recognizes
similar qualities as the
awards Gunderson won.
Cleary, which opened in
1978, has its headquarters
in Verona.
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Boys track

Girls basketball

wins twice
at Dubuque
Sports editor

File photo by Anthony Iozzo

Senior Grace Mueller (40) was named to the first-team All-State squad to add to her first-team All-Big Eight and Big Eight Player of the Year selections.

Mueller adds to her hardware


Assistant sports editor

University of Wisconsin recruit

Grace Mueller added more hardware to her impressive resume
with a first-team All-State selection last week.
Mueller, who already earned Big
Eight Player of the Year and firstteam All-Big Eight selections this
season, helped the Wildcats win
their first state championship in
school history.
Mueller who finished her
senior season with 416 points,
169 rebounds, 33 steals and 17
blocks scored a total of 26 points
and collected 14 rebounds in the
WIAA Division 1 state semifinals
and finals.
Mueller played on varsity for
all four seasons for Verona, and
she finished with 947 points in her

career. She averaged a career-high

15.4 points per game this past season.
Mueller joined unanimous selections Bre Cera (Mukwonago) and
Taylor Drost (Divine Savior Holy
Angels), as well as Morgan Glatczak (Mukwonago), Taylor Klug
(Sussex Hamilton), Mariah Miller (Brookfield East), Maddie Re
(Bay Port), Kenzie Schmitz (Germantown), Delaney Schoenenberger (Janesville Craig) and Destinee Tooks (Milwaukee King) on
the first team.
Kari Brekke (Appleton North),
Ema Fehrenbach (Marshfield),
Brooke Harris (Bay Port), Madison Hart (Oak Creek), Anna
Grasskamp (Eau Claire Memorial), Carly Graverson (Franklin),
Alona Johnson (Milwaukee Riverside), Madie Kaelber (Kenosha Indian Trail), Bria Lemirande

(Middleton), Maggie Negaard steals and 32 blocks.

Mueller was joined on the first
(Stevens Point) and McKayla
Scheuer (Marshfield) were All- team by Schoenenberger, LemirState honorable mentions.
ande, Bree Porter (Janesville Parker) and Jada Jansen (Sun Prairie).
Luehring was joined on the secMueller also helped the Wild- ond team by Sydney Stroud (Madcats share the Big Eight Confer- ison Memorial), Megan Corcoence title as a first-team All-Big ran (Madison La Follette), Alexis
Eight selection and conference Thomas (Middleton), Erin Howard
(Madison East) and Julia Hartwig
player of the year.
Mueller was joined on the first (Janesville Parker).
Opsal was joined on the third
team by Schoenenberger, Lemirande, Bree Porter (Janesville Park- team by Ali Carlson (Janesville
Craig), Kate Carlson (Madison
er) and Jada Jansen (Sun Prairie).
Junior Alex Luehring (second- West), Justice Filip (Madison
team) and senior Kira Opsal East) and Carly Coulthart (Sun
(third-team) were also named to Prairie).
Beloit Memorials India Godthe all-conference list.
Luehring finished the season win-Dorsey and Madison La Folwith 355 points, 152 rebounds, 122 lettes MaCrista Barber-Smith
were honorable mentions.
assists, 44 steals and 27 blocks.
The Wildcats finished 17-1 in
Opsal finished the season with
358 points, 148 rebounds, 40 the Big Eight (25-3 overall).

Junior Jack Herkert won

two events and earned field
athlete of the meet honors
Saturday at the University
of Dubuque High School
Indoor Classic inside the
A.Y. McDonald Indoor
Verona finished fifth
overall as a team with 44
points. Dubuque Senior
held off Cedar Rapids Jefferson 81-66 for top honors, while Iowa City High
School (58) rounded out the
top three.
Cedar Rapids Jefferson
(53) finished nine points
ahead of Verona.
Herkert cleared 6 foot,
6 inches to move into
fourth place in school history in the high jump. His
effort was six inches better than runner-up Matt
Bandy of Wahlert Catholic
(Dubuque) and made the
B qualifying standard
for the National Scholastic
Outdoor Nationals.
Jacks capable of big
things. He really worked
hard over the winter and
hes seeing the rewards. I
believe he can go higher
in the high jump (for sure
6-8 and possibly 6-10), but
the key to his success this
year will be consistency
at those high heights,
Wildcats head coach Joff
Pedretti said. The best
high jumpers weve had
in the past were not necessarily the ones that could
go high from time to time,
but the ones who had a
certain level they could
achieve at every meet.
Herkert also took third in
the 55 hurdles (the top Wisconsin athlete) with a time
of 7.91 .02 faster than his
preliminary time. His time

Turn to Boys Track/Page 12

Girls hockey

Lynx land four players on all-conference list

Sports editor

Metro Lynx senior forward Lizzy

Conybear, senior defenseman Anna
Schieldt, junior forward Julia Dragoo and sophomore defenseman
Mackenzie Bakken were named to
the Badger All-Conference team on
March 7.
Conybear received unanimous
first-team honors after leading the
Metro Lynx in goals (18), including
three game-winners, and points (30).
She finished second on the team with
12 assists over 24 games.
Lizzy is a offensive threat anytime she is on the ice, Metro Lynx
head coach Derek Ward said.
Schieldt posted five big goals and
assisted on nine others in 24 games
to finish out her prep career with

second-team honors. The senior

scored team-best three power-play
goals and assisted on two more.
Anna is a player that can excel
in any situation.She has been our
leader the last two seasons, Ward
said. She is a player that will be
very hard to replace. She has left a
very big hole to fill for the team next
Dragoo was second on the Metro
Lynx with 12 goals, including a
team-high four game-winners. She
added nine assists.
Julia has a nose for the net and
always seems to find herself in the
right spot, Ward said. She was
also a captain for this season. She is
a great person and just as good of a
hockey player.
Bakken proved to be a solid defenseman for the Metro Lynx as an

underclassmen. The sophomore had

four assists during the regular season. She scored her first career goal
in the playoffs against the Stoughton
girls co-op.
Mac is a solid player that has
a great ceiling for her athletic
career.She has grown to be a great
player for us, Ward said. We are in
good hands with Mac for the future.
Conybear, Schieldt and Dragoo
are all Madison Edgewood students.
Bakken attends Middleton High
The Metro Lynx finished the regular season 14-6-4 overall and 9-1-0
in the Badger to win the teams first
outright Badger Conference title and
File photo by Jeremy Jones
the teams second in the last three
years. The girls went on to advance Madison Edgewoods Julia Dragoo earned a second-team Badger-Allto the sectional finals for third time Conference selection this season. She scored 12 goals, including four
in the past four seasons.


March 24, 2016

The Verona Press

Girls track

4x200 relay takes third in

Nelson-Daniel Classic
Sports editor

Seniors Kylie Schmaltz

and Lexi Alt, junior Sieanna
Mitchell and sophomore
Emelia Lichty earned a teambest third place Saturday at
the Nelson-Daniel Classic
for the Verona girls track and
field team.
The quartet took an early
lead and posted a 4x200meter relay time of 1 minute,
50.85 seconds good for third
Beloit Memorial (1:47.76)
bested Waukesha South
(1:48.63) for first place.
Verona finished 13th overall out of 24 teams with 19.5
points. Brookfield East (57.5),
Franklin (54) and Beloit
Memorial (39) rounded out
the top three.
Senior Europa Christoffel
and junior Kailey Olson each
finished a fourth. Christoffel
stretched the triple jump tape
to 33 feet, 5 1/2 inches for
fourth place inside the Kachel
Fieldhouse on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater
campus to help lead the Wildcats in the field events. Junior
Katie Wissing of Divine Savior won the event in 36-10
Europa worked hard during the off-season and picked
up right where she left off last

season, Happel said.

Olson tied Cary-Groves
(Ill.) Tabor Gleason for fourth
place with a clearance of 5
feet in the high jump. Brookfield East junior Eleni Tongas
won the competition at 5-2.
Fresh off helping the Verona girls basketball team to its
first state title, junior Sieanna
Mitchell finished sixth overall
in the 55-meter dash with a
time of 7.55 for the Wildcats
final medal in Whitewater.
Sieanna looked fantastic
coming right into competition
off the basketball season,
Happel said.
Fellow basketball players Grace Mueller, Cheyenne
Trilling, Grace Schraufnagel
and Cassie Hei will also be
counted on after taking a short
time to recover over spring
Verona sophomore Kayla Johnson, freshmen Ally
Kundinger and Jori Walsh
and Lichty took ninth place
in the 4x800 with a time of
Kundinger, Walsh, Litchty
and Mitchell finished 10th
overall on the 4x400 relay in
Verona returns to action at
4:30 p.m. April 7 for the Middleton double dual.
Madison East will also be
competing with the Wildcats
and Cardinals.

USA picks up first win
at 2016 World Womens
Curling Championship
Team USA earned its first
win of the 2016 Ford World
Womens Curling Championship as Verona resident
Nicole Joraanstad and Madison native Erika Brown
led the Americans to a 5-3
victory over Italy Monday
morning at the Credit Union
The win for Team Brown
(Oakville, Ontario) and
teammates Allison Pottinger (Eden Prairie, Minn.),
Natalie Nicholson (Bemidji, Minn.), Joraanstad and
alternate Tabitha Peterson
(St. Paul, Minn.) came at a

time when the U.S. was very

much in need of one after
an 0-3 start to the 11-game
round robin.
The U.S. team controlled
most of the game against
Italys Federica Apollonio
rink, which is still seeking
its first win of the tournament.
Joraanstad and her teammates (2-4) went on to add
a 10-3 win over Korea on
USA played Russia on
Tuesday afternoon but
results were unavailable by
the Verona Press deadline.
USA faced Russia and
Japan on Wednesday and
Finland and Sweden on


Photos by Samantha Christian

National speedskating comes to Verona Ice Arena

Competing in the junior 500 meter heats on Saturday are, from left, Joel Foster (Madison), Chiyuan Zhong (Saratoga Springs), Jae Ha
Song (Potomac) and Ethan Cepuran (Glen Ellyn).
Foster finished third overall in the Junior B division, and he was the top finisher from the Madison area.
More than 1,500 people watched 184 speedskaters during the 2015-16 National Short Track Championships, hosted by the Madison
Speed Skating Club at the Verona Ice Arena March 18-20.

Sport shorts
Russell wins national
title at UW-Whitewater
Lucas Russell, a junior
social work major from
Verona, won a national title
as a player on the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater mens wheelchair

basketball team.
The Warhawks capped
a perfect 27-0 season by
defeating the University
of Alabama 73-55 at the
National Intercollegiate
Wheelchair Basketball
Association championship
on March 12, held at the

Jeremy Lade said. Our

athletes came together as
a team at the best time and
we were able to play our
best basketball of the season at the correct time.
The victory marks the
teams 13th national title
since 1982.

Boys track: Next meet is on April 7

Continued from page 11
was good enough to move
him up to second in school
history and .05 from Steve
McKeons school record.
Herkerts final chance at
the 55 high hurdle school
record this season will be
the West Relays 4:30 p.m.
Saturday, April 2 at the
UW-Madison Shell.
Jacks only a junior,
so if he doesnt get it this
year, hell still have next
year, Pedretti said.
Additionally, Jared Biddle was out for the first
meet with an injury. The

two of them could potentially battle it out for the

record next year.
Linn-Mar senior Danny
Gorsisch, who sat in fourth
place after prelims, cut
.28 to overtake Dubuque
Senior Jacob Osterberger
by .01 for first place in the
Madison Memorial
junior Hunter Peters finished one spot behind
Herkert in 7.95 in what
should be a great Big Eight
Conference rivalry all season.
Verona junior TJ Manning posted an impressive
early-season race in the



University of Edinboro in
We are very excited to
end our season with a win!
It was a tough road and our
undefeated record does not
accurately depict the challenges we faced as a team
this season, head coach

1,600 to take the event in

4:40.44. Wisconsin dominated the meet as Monroe
sophomore Dylan Scace
(4:44.44) and Verona
senior Brady Traeder
(4:48.5) finished second
and sixth, respectively.
TJ ran a really smart
race. Most of the teams
we went against were from
Iowa who start their season two weeks before us,
so they are in better race
shape, Pedretti said. He
went out where he could
see the leaders, but didnt
expend himself too much.
At about the midway point
of the race he moved up
with the lead pack.
With about 400
meters to go he made a
move to the front and
started to pull away. It
was a very smart race to
start the season against
a group that had more
races under their belt.
Wildcat sophomore Peter
Barger just missed the top
10, placing 11th in 4:51.22.
Freshman JJ Gumieny
was Veronas top two-miler, taking 14th in 11:34.36.
Verona sophomore
Yousef Amiri (32-8) finished an inch shy of Monroe sophomore Kaleb
Sobacki for second place in
the triple jump
Veronas only other finisher to crack the top three
was junior pole vaulter
Josh Madalinski, who
cleared 10 feet for third
Monroe senior Mitch
Keith reached 12-0 for
top honors, while Madison Memorial junior DonDreon Conklin reached

11-6 for second place.

Meja Maka took fifth place
in the 55-meter dash with a
time of 6.92. Makas 6.88
preliminary time put him
on the VAHS all-time list
for the first time.
Cedar Rapids Jefferson senior Jacob Beaton
finished .02 off the meetrecord time in 6.69 for first
Wildcat senior Lance
Andrew stretched the long
jump tape to 18-8 for
sixth place. Teammate
Karlis Kalnins (18-3) finished eighth.
Junior Nick Lawinger
and seniors Reggie Curtis
and Lance Andrew joined
Maka to finish ninth on the
4x200 relay (1:40.05).
Verona junior Cory
Pedersen posted a time of
2:14.54 for eighth place in
the 800-meter run.
Manning and Pedersen
were joined by brothers
Chudi and Obi Ifediora to
finish eighth on the 4x400
relay in 3:49.76.
Freshman Bryan Lopez,
sophomores Jacob Strohman and Jared Jenkins and
junior Patrick Ross posted
a ninth-place finish on the
4x800 relay in 9:28.91.
Strohman and Lawinger,
sophomore Joe Riley and
junior Patrick Riley took
11th in 4:15.55.
Sophomore Reagan
Stauffer finished seventh
based on attempts in the
high jump with a clearance
of 5-10.
Junior Austin Schwartz
(46-7 1/2) and senior Reggie Curtis (45-4) placed
seventh and eighth in the
shot put, respectively.

March 24, 2016

Photos submitted

The Verona Press


Addison Zimmerman reads from her book about her first-grade

teacher at the Glacier Edge Elementary School author fair.

Science Fairs all around

Three Verona Area School District schools held their science fairs
earlier this month.

On the web

CKCS hosted its annual science fair for elementary and middle
school students Friday, March 4, with projects from students to
show to their peers and families. Stoner Prairie Elementary School
held its fair the same night, where kids showed off their experiments and got to try out some of the schools technology. Glacier
Edge Elementary School held its annual science fair Thursday,
March 10. The event also included an author fair and a book sale,
which benefitted the schools PTO.

See more photos from the Glacier Edge Elementary School science fair:

Above, Randa Amer and Mickey McCoy look through a microscope

with the High School Explorers at Stoner Prairie.

Ryder Blodgett plays with the LittleBits at the Stoner Prairie

Elementary School science fair.

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Photo by Scott Girard

Max Jones demonstrates how an egg behaves in different types of liquid.

First-grader Soha Gandhi follows the instructions on an exhibit on

air pressure.

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Continued from page 1

Funded projects

in its 20th year in 2015.

Many of the grant recipients who spoke
with the Press emphasized the importance
of the grants as school budgets tighten,
taking the teachers classroom budgets
with them.
Every year we get more and more budget cuts so the fact that theres these outside sources that can offer grants that we
can apply for, it shows us that they admire
what were doing in the classroom too,
Venegas said.
Horns said this years batch of grants
was more satisfying again after years of
requests centered on technology, instead of
really creative programs.
For a long time we were kind of frustrated, because we didnt want to buy
equipment, especially if its things we
felt like the district should be providing,
Horns said.
While they are still glad to help purchase
equipment, Horns said the goal is for it to
be part of a broader, creative goal ideally
one that helps many students.
Make sure that a large number of students is going to be either using materials
that will be purchased with the grant money or its something that a teacher will use
over the years, she said. Maybe one year
itll only affect one classroom, but over the
years itll affect many classrooms.

School Project Funding

Stoner Prairie Innovation Lab
Stoner Prairie Music carpet
Sugar Creek News-O-Matic app $330
Sugar Creek Modeling the city
Country View Sensory supports
Glacier Edge Sensory supports
Glacier Edge LEGO story kit
New Century Robotics challenge $180
New Century Cake Boss cooking $150
Graphene formation $460
Photos submitted (above) and by Scott Girard (right)

Stoner Prairie Elementary Schools music room

got a new circular carpet, above, that helps students stay focused during class.
Students in Lisette Venegas Two-Way Immersion
class at Sugar Creek Elementary School use
News-O-Matic, right, an app that translates
news stories into Spanish. The stories are also
rewritten for kids by a child psychologist, which
allows students to reflect on what they read in
different ways.

The VAEF funding also provided a

boost to other projects that could not fit
into classroom budgets.
Stoner Prairie Elementary School music
teacher Amy Schiefelbein, who had her
request for a circular carpet with music
notes on it fully granted, said while she
had a carpet at her old school, when she
arrived at SP this year, she found that key
piece of furniture was not there.
In the district I was in last year and for
the past 10 years, I found that its really
challenging for kids to make a circle and to
stay in a circle, Schiefelbein said. When
I came here this year and there wasnt one
and I dont have ginormous budget, of
course I was just looking for a way to
fill in the gaps of things I had in my last

Venegas students sit around her classroom SmartBoard screen most mornings
and read a story in Spanish on the board on
the News-O-Matic app.
They then use their individual iPads to
add context to their learning, through further reading, drawing or writing. Venegas
said her favorite part of the app is that a
child psychologist reads the stories before
they get on the app, which helps rewrite
them for kids to read.
Like theyre reading their newspaper in
the morning, she said.

Garage Sales

VAIS teacher wins statewide award

Unified Newspaper Group

Lumei Huang doesnt

teach at Verona Area International School to win
But being named an Early Career Educator by the
Wisconsin Association of
Colleges for Teacher Education was just fine with
her, all the same.
I work hard, I try my
best, but I just didnt
expect to win awards,
she said. Everybody else
is working hard, too. That
was surprising but really
good feeling to be recognized.
Huang, who teaches kindergarten at the Verona
Area School Districts Chinese-language immersion
charter school, was recognized at a March 13 event
in Madison.
According to a VASD
news release, recipients
of the award exhibit positive impact on their school
or community, innovation in designing learning

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Lumei Huang, center, a third-year kindergarten teacher at Verona

Area International School, won the Outstanding Early Career
Educator Award from the Wisconsin Association of Colleges for
Teacher Education. She is pictured with VAIS teacher Kay Lera, left,
and director Barb Drake.

experiences and advocating for students. The award

goes to teachers within
their first three years
of teaching in the state.
Huang, in her third year at
VAIS, previously taught in
A University of Wisconsin-Madison professor
who worked with Huang
to transfer her Michigan
teaching license to Wisconsin nominated her for
the award.
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At Verona Area High School, chemistry

teacher Jason Strauss has always had to be
creative in finding interesting activities to
fill his students time after the Advanced
Placement exam in May.
This year, and in both AP and regular
chemistry in future years, students will
attempt to create a nano molecule called
grapheme, which is a trend in chemistry.
I just want to expose them to what real
science is, Strauss said. You do problem
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labs at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, which is where he got the idea. He

also is glad to be able to repeat the experiment going forward.
The quartz tubes are kind of costly, but
once I have them I can do this over and
over again, he said.
Another project that will help satisfy
VAEFs goal of helping many students is
sets of Sensory Support tools at Country
View and Glacier Edge elementaries.
Bins full of objects that include seat
cushions, squeeze balls, slant boards and
fidgets are available to different classrooms at the schools.
All kids can benefit from these sensory
strategies and movement tools in the classroom to help them focus and concentrate
during their day, said Erica Gorzalski, a
VASD occupational therapist who applied
for the grant at CV.
Gorzalski said the objects are like having
a daily cup of coffee or other activities that
adults do when they need help concentrating or getting through an activity.
We need to show them appropriate
tools they can use to regulate so they can
stay focused and perform at their maximum potential, she said.

community feeling at
VAIS is a key to her success as a teacher, and that
atmosphere is aided by the
schools small size.
We only have one class
per grade, so we really
know every single student
in the whole school, she
explained. The staff, we
know each other so well.
Huang said teaching at
VAIS, which allows K-5
students to learn Chinese
while also learning the
core subjects, is also great
for them because of the
emphasis on a world language at such an early age.
It helps the development of their brain, Huang
said. It kind of opens up a
window for them, another
perspective, to know people in different places with
completely different backgrounds and perspectives
of thinking about things. It
helps them become a global citizen.

March 24, 2016

The Verona Press


Six Verona Police Department officers
participated in a comprehensive 40-hour
Crisis Intervention Training (CIT) session last month in Madison. The session
focused on helping law enforcement
officers recognize and understand the
signs and symptoms of mental illness
including depression, bipolar disorder,
schizophrenia, and anxiety disorders, as
well as other developmental and cognitive disorders and dementia.
The officers also learned best practices
for deescalating a situation involving an
individual who may be experiencing a
mental health crisis, legal issues associated with emergency commitments and
resources in the community for a mental health consumer and their families.
Thirty-seven police personnel from
13 law enforcement agencies across
Wisconsin completed the free training,
which was funded by NAMI Wisconsin
(National Alliance on Mental Illness).
Pictured from left are VPD Sgt. Jesse
Christensen, Officer Joel Zietsma,
Officer Travis Wetter, Officer Chris
Stanton, Officer Gordy Disch, and
Sergeant Matt Dart.
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Burns: Hired as city administrator in 2010

not actively looking for a
different position, he told
the Press on Tuesday, hours
after coming to terms with
Though its not what
would normally be considered a step up, Burns, 40,
has been heavily involved in
the financial side of things in
Verona during his time here,
and he had been finance
director in Sun Prairie for
several years before coming
to Verona and saw the position open earlier this year.
A release from Middleton on Tuesday called him a
natural fit for the position.
He will also get a significant
raise, to $107,000 a year.
I know the City of Middleton and the people there
and was interested in the
position of finance director in particular, he said.
Its more hands-on in the
finance area.
Burns said he also saw an
opportunity to attend fewer
night meetings. His wife,
Shelly, is a teacher in the
Verona Area School District and the couple has a
young daughter.
Verona has been a great
place to work and a great
place to be the administrator, he said dispelling any
notion that living in Verona
and being the administrator
here caused any extra difficulties. Its more that at
this stage in my career in
my life and my family, it
will be a better fit.
Burns exit is the fifth
high-profile position in a
one-year span the city will
need to fill. Public works
director Ron Rieder is retiring in July after 30 years
with the city, clerk Kami
Scofield took the same
position in Appleton in
November and longtime
contract employees Bob
Gundlach (engineer) and
Bob Courter (assessor) left
in February and August,
Burns has presided over
several significant projects

Verona has been a great place to work and

a great place to be the administrator.
Bill Burns, City of Verona administrator
during his time here and has
instituted several personnel
management systems that
were lacking under previous administrators. Hes
been regarded by elected
officials as thoughtful,
precise, professional and
always prepared.
I have been fortunate to
be part of a City that prides
itself on providing excellent
municipal services to the citizens of Verona, he wrote
in his resignation letter.
He was hired in 2010 to
succeed Shawn Murphy,
who had been forced to
resign after 2 years here.
At the time, there had been
talk about whether there
should be a requirement
that the administrator live in
Verona something that was
(and still is) the case with
Murphys predecessor, Larry
Saeger, but not with Murphy, who never moved here
despite an initial contractual

obligation to do so.
That point became moot
when Burns was chosen,
and coincidentally, among
the four finalists he beat out
for the job was another fellow Verona resident, who
actually lived across the
street from him.
In Sun Prairie, he had
risen steadily and quickly to
assistant administrator and
finance director under longtime administrator Pat Cannon. Cannon, incidentally,
was hired last year to work
as an economic development consultant for Verona.
Among Burns important
work was the early closure
of the Epic tax-increment
financing district (later this
year), the transition of the
fire district to a city department and the annual budget.
The city is in good
financial shape, and Im
glad to have been a part of
that, he said.

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Candidate questionnaires

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Verona Area School Board

Noah Roberts

Charyn Grandau

Age: 19
Hometown: Fitchburg
Current Address: 5846
Devoro Rd, Fitchburg
How long youve lived in
Verona: 19+ years
Education: 13 years as a
student in the Verona Area
School District, Verona Area
High School Class of 2015; University of
Wisconsin Madison, College of Letters and
Science Honors Program - Class of 2019,
majoring in International Studies, Political
Science and Geography
Employer: Associated Students of Madisons
Student Services Finance Committee; Coach
with the Flying Vs Track Club
Family: Parents, Heather and Brian;
Brothers, Sam and Joel
Political experience: This is my first campaign for public office.
Notable affiliations: Founding Member
and Chair of the American Enterprise Institute
Executive Council (UW-Madison); Executive
Board Member and Secretary at the Alexander
Hamilton Society; Executive Board Member
and Founding Member of the International
Affairs Club; Former President of the
VAHS National Honor Society; Chairman of
Community Service for the Leadership Council

Essay questions

Age: 54
Hometown: Winfield, Ill.
Current Address: 106
Melody Circle, Verona
Lived in Verona: 15 years
Education: BS in
Geography (1993) with an
emphasis in Environmental
Planning; MS in Agribusiness
Economics (1997), from Southern Illinois
University at Carbondale.
Employer: Barnes and Noble West,
Family: Married for 21 years to Mark
Grandau, a software Engineer at ThermoFisher in Fitchburg.; two children: Ben,
12, seventh grade at Badger Ridge Middle
School, Sarina, 9, fourth grade at New
Century School.
Political experience: VASD school board,
2006 to 2012, serving as treasurer and as the
deputy clerk for one term each.
Notable affiliations: President of the
New Century School Board of Directors; Site
Council for New Century School since 2012;
Big Sister with Big Brothers/Sisters of Dane
County since 2003.

determined by their own efforts. I would work

to give our teachers the training and classroom resources they need to fully implement
personalized learning.
Do you agree with the districts emphasis
on positive behavior reinforcement and the
steps its taking to make it a consistent
district-wide approach?
Since all students meet in high school it
is important that they have a shared concept
of acceptable behavior. PBIS builds mutual
respect and personal responsibility and
involves building relationships between and
among students and teachers. Proactively
teaching behavior ensures our classrooms
are fully conducive to leaning.
Did the district make the right decision
to control Glacier Edges population, and
Reassigning some incoming students, who
have never attended Glacier Edge and who
would need to be bused to school anyway,
is in my opinion the least disruptive solution.
Now empty classrooms at Country View will
be filled and overcrowding at Glacier Edge will
be alleviated into the future.
Did the district go too far when it
changed site council powers this year, or
was it a necessary approach?
Essay questions
I believe that site councils build community
Why are you the best person for this job? and generate new innovative programs by
giving parents and staff a direct voice in their
I have worked in Verona schools along
schools. It is important to me that the school
side teachers, parents and administrators to
board maintains the integrity and autonomy
provide quality education to students since
of site councils while ensuring all students
2006. I spent six years on the school board
have equitable educational opportunities.
and three on the New Century site council.
Currently, I am the president of the New
Is the district doing a good job planning
Century Board of Directors. As a school board for growth? What could it do better?
member, I co-chaired the 4K committee. I
I know from my time on the board that
also toured schools that had built partnerVerona has had many difficulties accurately
ships to provide advanced programs for their forecasting enrollment trends, despite using
students. Ive seen all aspects of our district
multiple models. The recently formed future
and the challenges we face. I have the experi- schools committee should be made a standence to overcome our challenges and the
ing committee that actively gathers commuknowledge to build innovative programs.
nity input and information, as well as, purDo you agree with the districts emphasues educational partnerships with regional
sis on personalized learning and how it is
being implemented?
How should the district address the
We have stumbled in the implementaachievement gap?
tion of personalized learning. This program
We must remove cultural and economic
has the greatest promise to enable all our
barriers from our schools while providing a
students to achieve their fullest potential. I
rigorous curriculum that is relevant and chalenvision a future where students see a clear
lenging to all students We need to enable
path for success, that is based upon their
teachers to connect with and teach students
talents and needs, and charted specifically for in a manner conducive to their learning style.
them. Every parent should know where their
We must build strong teacher-to-student and
child is academically and where they need to teacher-to-family communications.
go. Every childs pace of learning should be


Why are you the best person for this job?

With 13 years of experience as a student
within VASD, I have a unique understanding of
how the district operates. Through my interaction and collaboration with teachers, students,
and parents, I bring a collective voice that
represents multiple perspectives that arent
currently represented on the board. I have
ardently championed and defended the voices
of our community, and I will continue to do so
as your elected representative. I will establish
greater transparency, inclusion, and collaboration in order to responsibly and properly
address the issues our district is facing.
Do you agree with the districts emphasis
on personalized learning and how it is being
I value the concept of personalized learning, because every student learns differently.
However, I believe that the district could
improve its implementation - Ive spoken with
many teachers who are disappointed thus
far. While personalized learning can address
individual student growth, we must also incor-

porate teaching teamwork, group problemsolving, and social interaction.

Do you agree with the districts emphasis
on positive behavior reinforcement and the
steps its taking to make it a consistent
district-wide approach?
Positive behavior reinforcement is appropriate and our policies should have continuity. However, I dont believe that behavioral
expectations should be narrowed. Our duty as
a school district is to prepare our students for
the real world - if we dont teach that consequences exist, we fail to prepare our students.
Did the district make the right decision to
control Glacier Edges population, and why?
Yes. It is the responsibility of the district to
ensure that our students and teachers are able
to utilize a space that is optimally conducive to
learning, and overcrowding can diminish that.
To prevent overcrowding in the future, I have
initiated greater partnership between the board
and the city councils.
Did the district go too far when it changed
site council powers this year, or was that a
necessary approach?
No - the change guarantees that each individual school and budget is in compliance with
state law. However, I believe that the districts
goals and decision making process needs to
be more inclusive and transparent - therefore,
I am against any attempt to limit parent, teacher, staff, or student input.
Is the district doing a good job of planning
for growth? What could it do better?
Residential growth is managed by the city
councils - therefore, I, along with 11 city council members from Fitchburg and Verona who
are endorsing me, believe that collaboration
between the board and city councils would be
immensely beneficial when planning for the
growth of the district. We can plan responsibly
through communication and cooperation.
How should the district address the
achievement gap?
I believe that the best way the school district
can further address the achievement gap is by
making our schools, programs, educational
opportunities, and facilities more accessible
to communities. For example, both Two-Way
Immersion Spanish speaking programs are
located in the center of Verona, while the vast
majority of Spanish speaking families live in
Fitchburg. Situations such as this make it difficult for parents, students, and the community
as a whole to be involved in our childrens
education. Parent and community involvement
is essential to school and student success.

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fifth-grade craft sale, computer coding projects that danced along
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and even (when the parent DJ played Let It Go) some screaming.
Above, kindergarteners Grace Posey, left, and Brianna Niesen, right,
dance with preschooler Leo Getz.

March 24, 2016

The Verona Press


Matts House: Rost plan would create commercial space, upstairs apartments at house
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Im very thankful that we have more
than one option to consider, Mayor Jon
Hochkammer told the group Monday.
Theres some things that I heard (Cook)
say that I really like, but I really am concerned about the integrity of the process.
At the same time, Hochkammer urged
them not to risk losing both options by putting off the decision, particularly considering that either would accomplish the citys
stated goal to save the house.
The members complied, voting 6-0
in favor of Rosts proposal, though five
A few clearly used the abstention to
express their dissatisfaction with the pick,
though some simply abstained because
they werent sure how they felt.
Ald. Heather Reekie started as one of the
latter, reluctantly changing her position at
the last minute to oddly give the proposal
one more yes than abstentions. After the
mayor pressed for action, she pointed out
what a few others implied that the city
should be happy to have the choice at all.
Several months ago, when the house
was going to be so expensive to get it
remodeled, then I would have preferred
Mr. Cooks proposal for sure, Reekie
said. But now that weve gotten all this
additional information from the historical
society, it seems like the main purpose is
to preserve the houses historical value and
sentiment of it.

Moving parts
One key point in that historical value
was the simple notion of whether the house
should retain its original foundation. Cook
and Rost clearly disagreed on whether the
foundation was not only salvageable but
would survive long term.
Cook argued that for the buildings
ultimate longevity, to do it right, the
160-year-old stone foundation needs to
replaced, and in doing so, hed move it to
a more functional part of the lot that would
allow parking in the rear to be shared with
nearby businesses. But Rost, whose team
remodeled the comparably aged but larger
Stamm House a year ago in Middleton,
said it should remain intact.
Taking out the foundation is wrong, he

Cook plan
Commercial main floor,
apartments upstairs
Restore exterior appearance
Modernize interior throughout
Move building to corner
1,600-square-foot addition
Share parking with dentist, salon
Purchase price $6
$350,000-$550,000 investment

Rost plan
Commercial main floor,
apartments upstairs
Restore exterior appearance
Emphasize historic interior
appearance on first floor
Preserve foundation
Limited parking in rear
Purchase price $1
$150,000 investment (in-kind

Photo courtesy Cuningham Group

The 1848 Matts house as it looks today.

While Cook focused on the exterior
appearance and making the building a
more functional piece of the citys 2013
Downtown Plan, his own proposal admitted to some moving parts, as hed need
to negotiate with neighbors and probably
work out a deal with the city to install a
larger water main. He added to his proposal during the discussion, offering to
swap the buildings placement with the
1,600-square-foot addition he proposed,
and he concurred with a suggestion of
opening the basement to an exposed-foundation home for the Verona Area Historical Societys small collection of artifacts.
Rost offered none of those things, only
the assurance he would do the work himself, take his time doing it and keep the
house well-maintained. He said the type
of bricks on the house would ensure a constant need for upkeep, but like Cook, when
he buys properties, he doesnt like to sell
Rost also argued that people would have
no problem walking a few blocks to the
building if it has more character and
vibrant surroundings, rather than parking.
CDA member Chris Zak, a commercial sales director at an underwriting firm,
agreed with Cooks approach, saying the

size and limited parking of the existing

building reduces its potential. But CDA
member Erin Welty, a downtown development specialist with the states economic
development corporation, agreed with
Rost, noting that keeping the foundation
intact is necessary for state and federal
designation as a historical landmark, as
well as ensuring future access to tax credits.

Contrasting styles
Both men offered significant experience restoring old houses in Dane County,
as well as real-estate licenses, but Cooks
resume indicated more updating inside and
historical character outside, while Rost
showed off his eye for bringing rustic,
original character inside as well as out.
They complimented one anothers
work during their presentations (for the
most part) but simply preferred different
approaches, much like alders and CDA
members who voted. The two proposals hardly could have been more different
given the guidelines offered in the citys
request for proposals.
However, Cooks suffered one fatal
flaw: It was incomplete at deadline.
Though his submission included a site
plan from a professional architect, it
hadnt included a purchase price or project

schedule by the deadline, and also lacked

information about his experience and his
He provided those things later, after city
planning director Adam Sayre showed him
Rosts proposal. Hochkammer argued that
put the city in an awkward spot, though,
and if it chose Cooks plan, it not only
wouldnt be fair, it would set a dangerous precedent for other proposals.
That led to several abstentions, along
with the vote for Rost. Some who abstained
asked for more time to consider the choice
and in fact, Rost told them thered be no
hurry while others lamented that with all
this work in a key piece of downtown there
wasnt an option for grander upgrades to
the downtown.
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The City of Verona Plan Commission

will hold Public Hearings on Wednesday
April 6, 2016 at City Hall, 111 Lincoln
Street, for the following planning and
zoning matters:
1) Conditional Use Permit amendment for Hop Haus Brewing Company to
allow an outdoor patio with seating to be
located at 231 South Main Street.
2) Conditional Use Permit for a proposed Indoor Commercial Entertainment
land use, known as True Studio, to be located at 160 Keenan Court.
Interested persons may comment
on these planning and zoning matters
during the public hearings at the April



Notice is hereby given that the Public Test of the Automatic Tabulating and
Electronic Voting Equipment to be used
for the April 5, 2016 Spring Election and
Presidential Preference in the City of Verona and Town of Verona will be conducted on Tuesday, March 29, 2016 @ 10:30
AM at the respective municipal buildings.
This test is open to the general public.
Ellen Clark, Clerk
City of Verona
111 Lincoln Street
Verona, WI 53593
John Wright, Clerk
Town of Verona
335 N Nine Mound Road
Verona, WI 53593
Published: March 24, 2016

FEBRUARY 22, 2016

1. Mayor Hochkammer called the

meeting to order at 7:04 p.m.
2. Pledge of Allegiance
3. Roll call: Alderpersons L. Diaz, E.
Doyle, J. Linder, M. McGilvray, H. Reekie,
B. Stiner and D. Yurs present. Alderper-

son E. Touchett absent and excused.

Also in attendance: City Administrator, B.
Burns; City Engineer, J. Montpas; Police
Chief B. Coughlin; Diane Morgenthaler
(GMCVB); Jamie Patrick (MASC); and
City Clerk E. Clark.
4. Public Comment:
5. Approval of Minutes from the February 8, 2016 Common Council Meeting:
Motion by Reekie, seconded by
Doyle, to approve the minutes. Motion
carried 7-0.
6. Mayors Business: Update and
summary of 2015 activities from the
Greater Madison Convention and Visitors
Bureau (GMCVB) and the Madison Area
Sports Commission (MASC).
7. Administrators Report:
A. The automated refuse cart program is underway.
B. The citys Urban Service Area
Amendment will be approved by the DNR.
8. Engineers Report:
A. Ongoing construction projects
9. Committee Reports:
A. Finance Committee
(1) Discussion and Possible Action
Re: Payment of Bills.
Motion by MacGilvray, seconded by
Doyle, to pay the bills in the amount of
$332,344.19 contingent on approval of
Economic Development Grants for Sugar
River Pizza and Mark Tuescher. Motion
carried 7-0.
(2) Discussion and Possible Action
Re: Approval of Mark Tuescher, d/b/a
Treads, LLC Application for Economic
Development Grant for a Reserve Class
B Liquor License. Motion by MacGilvray,
seconded by Doyle, to approve an Economic Development Grant to Mark Tuescher, d/b/a Treads, LLC for a Reserve
Class B Liquor License. Motion carried
(3) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Approval of Sugar River Pizza
Company, LLC Application for Economic
Development Grant for a Reserve Class
B Liquor License. Motion by MacGilvray,
seconded by Doyle, to approve an Economic Development Grant to Sugar River
Pizza Company, LLC for a Reserve Class
B Liquor License. Motion carried 7-0.
C. Public Safety and Welfare Committee
(1) Discussion and Possible Ac-

tion Re: Approval of Class B Beer and

Reserve Class B Liquor Licenses for
Sugar River Pizza Company, LLC, located
at 957 Liberty Drive, Suite 100, Sarah D.
Thomas, Agent. Motion by Yurs, seconded by Reekie, to approve the Class
B Beer and Reserve Class B Liquor
Licenses for Sugar River Pizza Company,
LLC. Motion carried 7-0.
(2) Discussion and Possible Action
Re: Approval of Class B Beer and Reserve Class B Liquor Licenses for Mark
Tuescher, d/b/a Treads, LLC, located at
407 W. Verona Ave. Motion by Yurs, seconded by Reekie, to approve the Class
B Beer and Reserve Class B Liquor
Licenses for Mark Tuescher, d/b/a Treads,
LLC. Motion carried 7-0.
(3) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Approval of the City of Madison
Police Training Center Use Agreement.
Motion by Yurs, seconded by Reekie, to
approve the City of Madison Police Training Center Use Agreement. Motion carried 7-0.
10. New Business
A. Discussion and Possible Action
Re: Approval of Operator Licenses. Motion by Yurs, seconded by Reekie , to
approve the Operator Licenses for Tiara
Smith and Jameson Cortes at Vincenzo
BP, Travis Murphy at Pasquals, Tanya
Johnson and Tina Watson-Bircher at
Avantis, Lory Hoffman and Thomas DuPlayee at Treads, Kristen Rinker at Toot
& Kates Wine Bar, and Tanya Zradicka at
Montes. Motion carried 7-0.
B. Announcements:
C. Adjournment:
Motion by Yurs, seconded by Doyle,
to adjourn at 7:43 p.m. Motion carried 7-0.
Ellen Clark
City Clerk
Published: March 24, 2016

Hall, 111 Lincoln Street. Appointments

may be scheduled by calling 608-8489942 to speak to the assessor.
The purpose of Open Book is for
citizens to examine the 2016 Assessment
Roll and ascertain the assessed value
of either Real or Personal Property. During the Open Book period, citizens may
speak directly with the Assessor regarding the assessed value of their home or
personal property.
Review the City Assessment Roll
at the office of the City Clerk Monday
through Friday from 8:00 AM until 4:30
PM, beginning April 4, 2016.
Published: March 24, 2016


The Common Council of the City of

Verona, Dane County, Wisconsin, does
herby ordain that Section 13-2-5(c) of the
Code of Ordinances, City of Verona, is

amended as follows:
(c) Official Maps. Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM), panel numbers
55025C0576G, 55025C0580G, dated January 2, 2009; with corresponding profiles
that are based on the Flood Insurance
Study (FIS) for Dane County and Incorporated Areas (Volumes 55025CV001D,
55025CV004D dated June 16, 2016; Approved by: The DNR and FEMA
All other sections shall remain as
previously adopted.
The foregoing Ordinance was duly
adopted by the Common Council of the
City of Verona at a meeting held on March
14, 2016.
Jon H. Hochkammer, Mayor
Ellen Clark, City Clerk
Enacted: March 14, 2016
Published: March 24, 2016




that Open Book for the City of Verona will
be held Monday, April 4, 2016 Friday,
April 29, 2016 by appointment, phone or
email with the assessor at Verona City


Case No. 16-PR-135

1. An application for Informal Administration was filed.
2. The decedent, with date of birth
August 3, 1955 and date of death December 6, 2015, was domiciled in Dane
County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 809 Arbor Vitae Place, Verona, WI 53593.
3. All interested persons waived notice.
4. The deadline for filing a claim
against the decedents estate is June 3,
5. A claim may be filed at the Dane
County Courthouse, Madison, Wisconsin, Room 1000
Lisa Chandler
Probate Registrar
February 25, 2016
Attorney Catherine C. Orton
Curran, Hollenbeck & Orton, SC
111 Oak St., PO Box 140
Mauston, WI 53948-0140
(608) 847-7363
Bar Number: 1014941
Published: March 10, 17 and 24, 2016

6th Plan Commission meeting. The Plan

Commission will make recommendations
for these matters, which will then be reviewed by the Common Council for final
decisions on Monday, April 11th.
Contact Adam Sayre, Director of
Planning and Development, at 608-8489941 for more information on these items
or to receive copies of the submittals.
Ellen Clark,
City Clerk
Published: March 17 and 24, 2016





March 24, 2016

The Verona Press

Knights of Columbus

Sugar River Euchre League

LaBerge named
League championship match set for March 17
Spring tournament
Medallion award winner
Verona KC Council 11155
was honored in March with
its Grand Knight being
named the Madison Diocese
Medallion Award winner.
Sir Knight William LaBerge
became the second Verona
Knight to earn the award.
The award is given annually to an
Knight in the
Madison diocese who has
served the
council, district and state LaBerge
KC organizations.
LaBerge has been a Knight
for 26 years. He is a charter
member of KC 11155, established in 1993. He became
the councils 11th Grand
Knight in 2014.
LaBerge has served the
council in numerous positions, the past four years as
a member of the leadership
team. He served as Deputy

Grand Knight under past GK

Kenneth Lubich.
LaBerge has served in several programs as director.
A few of the most notable
are state programs: Penny
a Day Program, Mentally
Handicapped Program, Charity State Raffle fundraiser,
Respect-Life Program, Mentally Handicapped Program,
Charity State Raffle, Respect
for Life Fund, Family Hour
of Prayer/Traveling Rosary,
Punt, Pass, and Kick competition, Christmas Poster
Contest, Knowledge Contest,
Free Throw Competition,
Pro Life Essay Contest, State
KC Bowling Tournament,
Benefits (Insurance Night),
VAVS Support Program.
LaBerge was a lead person in the redevelopment of
Badger Prairie Needs Network and is a veteran of the
United State Armed Forces.
He and his wife, Lady Debby
LaBerge, have raised their
family in Verona and have
several grandchildren.

150 Places To Go


Outgoing adult woman in Verona seeks
supportive home-care worker to assist
her w/personal cares, tasks around the
home (light housekeeping, gardening,
etc.). C.N.A. not required. Two weekend days (5hrs/shift) a month, plus one
overnight per month (2hrs prior to bed,
8.5hrs asleep shift, 2hrs after waking up).
Hourly rate: $11.66/hr for awake, $7.25/
hr for asleep overnight. Please call Joann
(608-347-4348) for more info.

402 Help Wanted, General

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.
NOW HIRING! Both kitchen & server
positions. Upscale downtown restaurant.
Experience preferred. Inquiries 608-2198487, or apply 419 E Main, Stoughton.

seven to take an early 22 point lead.

Kleemans fought back winning
the next six rounds by a total of 57
points giving them the victory and a
place in the championship match.
The 2016 Sugar River Euchre
League Championship match
between Kleemans and HootervilleExpress will be held at Hooterville
Inn in Blue Mounds on Thursday,
March 24, at 8 p.m.

Academic Achievements
Timothy Kise, deans list
Konnor Heyde, deans list; Kari Mattison, deans list; Lauren
Ruchti, deans list

Spring 2015 academic honors

Marquette University
Andrew Schoeberle, deans list
Ashley Argall, deans list; Victoria Kennedy, deans list

UW-Eau Claire
Victoria Janikowski, deans list; Anna Myers, deans list;
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point
Geneva Seeger, deans list
VeronaLAuren Atkinds, deans list; Daniel Cegelski, deans
Gina Carrola, high honors; Emily Kuchenbecker, honors; list; Erin Delehanty, deans list; Megan Hanson, deans list;
Kathryn Maas, highest honors; Hannah Smart, honors
Jacqueline Jacobson, deans list; Hannah Jennings, deans
list; Jennifer Lacroix, deans list; Erika McCulloch, deans list;
Brandon Mueller, highest honors; Taylor Nibbe, high honors; Lauren Pink, deans list; Kristina Reinholtz, deans list; Amanda
Donald Schraufnagel, high honors; Nika Wanserski, honors
Tschudy, deans list; Danielle Weaver, deans list; Hayley
Wolfe, deans list
Iowa State University
to retirement, the Verona Area School
District has a vacant full-time, 12-month
Business Office Assistant position. Primary function is to assist Business Services with daily and on-going functions,
such as accounts payable, purchasing card tracking, etc. Requirements:
Minimum of high school diploma with
accounting courses desired. 1-2 years of
accounting/bookkeeping or office experience is required, while school district
experience with Skyward software is
preferred. Excellent computer skills are
required. Pay range is $16.61-$22.27
per hour, plus excellent benefits. Apply
online by 4/4/2016 at www.verona.k12.
THEY SAY people dont read those little
ads, but YOU read this one, didnt you?
Call now to place your ad, 873-6671 or

434 Health Care, Human

Services & Child Care
CNAS FULL-TIME Day Shift/Part-time
Nights. Oregon Manor is committed to
providing a work environment where
passionate people have the knowledge,
tools, opportunity and freedom to make
a difference in the lives of our residents.
We over competitive wages and benefits.
Qualified candidates will need a current
WI CNA license. Come join our team of
professional caregivers just 7 easy miles
off the Beltline. Please apply on line at EOE
Seeking caregivers to provide care
to seniors in their homes. Valid DL/
Dependable Vehicle required. FT & PT
positions available. Flexible scheduling.
Call 608-442-1898


Seeking detail oriented and reliable
candidate. Flexible 20-30 hrs/wk. Job
description and applications available at:
Applications available at
Sugar & Spice Eatery.
317 Nora St. Stoughton.

.8 FTE position, on-call required.
.5 To .75 FTE position, skilled nursing
1.0 FTE position
.6 FTE position
Part to full time position in our clinics
part-time positions in OB/GYN &
Orthopedic clinics
part-time certified tech.
.8 FTE, part-time tech position
on-call required
To find out more detailed information
about all open positions and to
apply, go to our website at www.
800 Compassion Way
Dodgeville, WI 53533
part-time. Unique, fun granny/nannytype work in Stoughton. Call Holly:

CLASSIFIEDS, 873-6671 or 835-6677. It

pays to read the fine print.


County is looking for experienced, confident care providers. We support a wide
variety of children and adults with developmental disabilities throughout Dane
County. Part-time positions available
immediately! For more information, or to
request an application, please visit our
website at or contact
Shannon at or (608) 273-3318. AA/EOE



SUNDAY, APRIL 3, 2016 @ 10:30 A.M.

Location: 2580 Rockdale Rd, Dubuque, IA 52003
Cleanest Lawn & Garden Equipment in the Midwest!
All Items Sell Regardless Of Price.
(800) 942-4673 OR (563) 556-2071

PAR Concrete, Inc.

Decorative Concrete
Phil Mountford 516-4130 (cell)
835-5129 (office)






TERMS: All Purchases Must Be Paid the Day Of Sale By Cash, Check, Or Credit
Card With A 4% Convenience Fee. 7% Sales Tax Will Apply. Photo ID Is
Required To Register. All Items Are Sold As-Is, Where-Is, And How-Is, With No
Warranty Or Guarantee Of Any Kind (Expressed Or Implied). Roeder Outdoor
Power And Powers Auction Service Are Not Responsible For Lost Or Stolen
Items Once Sold.

436 Office Admin. & Clerical

IMMEDIATE OPENING for a part-time
Office Assistant. The right candidate will
have strong customer service, phone and
organizational skills, a positive attitude
and will be attentive to detail. Must have
computer experience for word processing
and data entry. Experience with Microsoft Excel required and Peachtree Software knowledge a plus but not required.
Please apply at Galva-Closure Products
Co. 1236 East Street, Stoughton, WI
53589, (608) 873-3044
ORDER ENTRY Clerk/Receptionist
needed. Skills required: friendly, courteous, people/detail orientated, pleasant telephone demeanor, comfortable
with Microsoft Word/Excel, 10,000kph.
Approx. 35 hours. Respond to Jenny or
Todd L & L Foods, Inc. 608.848.6727

440 Hotel, Food & Beverage

Wait Staff (age: 18+)
Evening & weekend Come in and fill out
an application today! 134 S Main St,

444 Construction,
Trades & Automotive
HELP WANTED: Looking for a Heavy
Equipment Operator for Residential and
Light Commercial. Pit/Quarry experience
preferred. CDL license would be helpful.
If qualified and interested please call

449 Driver, Shipping

& Warehousing
DRIVERS AND Help wanted. Looking for
seasonal Class B CDL drivers with tanker
endorsement or candidates capable of
obtaining Farm insurance license. Please
contact Zac @ the Delong Co. Inc. 608882-5756

452 General
Mon-Fri 4 hours/night. Visit our website: or call our
office: 608-831-8850

508 Child Care & Nurseries

Increase Your sales opportunitiesreach over 1.2 million households!

Advertise in our Wisconsin Advertising Network System.
For information call 835-6677.

NOTE: This is a partial listing due to daily business this listing is

subject to change. If you are coming for a specific item please call


PHONE: (608) 439-5764 or EMAIL:

Mike Doyle and Dean Disch

recorded a perfect score (120 points)
to take first place at the annual Sugar
River Euchre League spring tournament March 10.
The pair won three matches by two
or fewer points, though, making it a
challenging journey.
Stan Hook



ANTIQUES in Milton across from the
Milton House.

The 2016 Sugar River Euchre

League Championship match is set.
A second half playoff match between
Shenanigans and Kleemans was
necessary to determine who would
challenge Hooterville-Express,
the first half winners, for the 2016
Championship Trophy.
Shenanigans started out the evening very strong, winning the first
round by 15 and the second round by

Our Hunters will Pay Top $$$ To hunt your land. Call for a Free Marten Transport. NOW HIRING DRIVERS FOR DEDICATED
Base Camp Leasing info packet & Quote. 1-866-309-1507 & REGIONAL RUNS! Dedicated Fleet, Top Pay, New Assigned (CNOW)
Equipment, Monthly Bonuses. WEEKLY HOMETIME! CDL-A,
APPLY TODAY! 866-370-4476
600 Gun Estate Auction! Saturday, March 26. 9AM, Prairie du (CNOW)
Chien, WI. Collectible and
Modern Arms, Doubles, Colts, Military, Winchester. www.
ADVERTISE HERE! Advertise your product or recruit an (608) 326-8108 (CNOW)
applicant in over 178 Wisconsin newspapers across the state!
Only $300/week. Thats $1.68 per paper! Call this paper or 800RNs up to $45/hr LPNs up to $37.50/hr CNAs up to 22.50/ 227-7636 (CNOW)
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Calls Commissions Paid Daily Lifetime Renewals Complete John Q Hammons Dr., Middleton, WI. Fri 3-8pm, Sat. 9am-5pm.
Training Health & Dental Insurance Life License Required. Admission:$7 (14 & Under FREE) Buy/Sell/Trade 608-752Call 1-888-713-6020 (CNOW)
6677 (CNOW)

K&K CUDDLES DayCare in Stoughton

accepting all ages of children. Open
6am-6pm. M-F Call 608-877-9647

548 Home Improvement

Light Construction Remodeling
No job too small
"Honey Do List"
No job too small
35 + Years Professional
Arthur Hallinan
RECOVER PAINTING currently offering
winter discounts on all painting, drywall
and carpentry. Recover urges you to join
in the fight against cancer, as a portion of
every job is donated to cancer research.
Free estimates, fully insured, over 20
years of experience. Call 608-270-0440.


trimming, roto-tilling. Garden
maintenance available.608-235-4389
CHIPS available with provided dump
sites in Dane County. Accurate Tree
Service.. 608-347-8510
Residential & Commercial
Fully Insured.
608-873-7038 or 608-669-0025
MAGIC LAWN CARE. Residential, commercial, lawn-mowing, trim bushes,
dethatching, aeration, and spring cleanups. Over 21 years experience. Fully
Insured. Call Phil 608-235-9479.
RIGHT HAND MAN Services: Spring
lawn mowing & trimming, cleaning, etc.
Over 17 years experience. Call Jer 608338-9030.

602 Antiques & Collectibles


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

Dairy Queen

Now Hiring All Positions.

Apply in Person or call to set up an
immediate interview.

(608) 848-3169
651 Hometown Circle, Verona

696 Wanted To Buy

705 Rentals
514 S ACADEMY, Stoughton. Large
3-bedroom. Lower of 2-flat. Hardwoods,
large deck, washer/dryer in unit. AC.
Large backyard. Cats/dogs ok. $1230,
inc. heat and electric. Call Jim: 608444-6084.
721 S MONROE, Stoughton. 2-bedroom, upper of 2 flat. Wood floors. Washer/dryer in unit. Large kitchen. Off-street
parking. Dogs/cats ok. $825 inc. heat and
electric. Call Jim: 608-444-6084.
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:
139 Wolf St., Oregon, WI 53575
STOUGHTON 1616 Kenilworth Ct.
Large 2-BR apts available now.
Pets welcome. Many feature new wood
laminate flooring.
$775-$825/mo. 608-831-4035.
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.
Appliances included, A/C, garage, W/D
hook-up. No pets/smoking. Available
Immediately. $545/month.

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

750 Storage Spaces For Rent

10X10 10X15 10X20 10X30
Security Lights-24/7 access
Credit Cards Accepted
CALL (608)444-2900

Retail Store Manager

Experienced retail store manager needed to manage a high
volume garden center and flower shop. Knowledge of
blooming plants, green plants, annuals and perennials very
helpful. Candidate must possess superior leadership and
problem solving skills as well as being able to communicate
effectively with a wide variety of customers and employees.
Duties and responsibilities include leading a team of 16-25
employees, staffing, store accounting, product purchasing,
merchandising and strategic planning.
We offer a competitive wage, incentive bonuses, vacation
pay, holiday pay, health insurance and short term disability
insurance. Fellys Flowers has three flower shops in
addition to our Garden Center. This position is for a store
in Madison.

Email your resume to:

Caring Individuals
Are you a compassionate, dependable
person looking for a rewarding

renew your

801 Office Space For Rent

In Oregon facing 15th hole
on golfcourse
Free Wi-Fi, Parking and
Security System
Conference rooms available
Autumn Woods Prof. Centre
Marty 608-835-3628

970 Horses
16379 W. Milbrandt Road
Evansville, WI

990 Farm: Service

& Merchandise


Lawn care team members

with valid drivers license
and good record.

Cutting Edge
Lawn Care

(608) 835-2162 or
(608) 695-4910

Supporting Partnership of adults

with disabilities and employers
Join an excellent team and work with clients with disabilities in
the community at job sites in Madison and outside of Madison,
including Oregon, Stoughton, Verona, Fitchburg, Black Earth and
Mt. Horeb. Need the ability to work independently with 1 or more
clients at a time. Need to be creative, caring and conscientious.
Must be willing to be flexible in schedule from day-to-day. Must
be dependable and on-time person. Need own transportation
between job sites. Looking for people with morning availability.
This is for a Monday to Friday position, with no weekends or
evening hours. Hours would most likely be 25-30 hours per week.
Looking for people with experience in the human service field, but
willing to train the right person. Pay starts at $11.66 per hour, and
are eligible for mileage reimbursement between job sites.
To be considered for this opportunity, please email your resume
to:, or mail to Working Partnerships,
2645 Branch St, Middleton, WI 53562.



Dedicated Fleet, Top Pay, New Assigned Equipment, Monthly Bonuses
CDL-A, 6 mos. OTR exp. reqd EEOE/AAP

Do You Like to Meet People?

Are You Self-Motivated?
Do You Possess Computer Skills?

CAREGiving with Home Instead

Senior Care may be for you!
Our flexible schedules and unique
clients make Home Instead a premier
place to work in Dane County.
Contact Haili at (608) 663-2605 today!

Weve recently launched the option to

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Office/inside sales

Are you sick of feeling like a number in

your current or previous positions?


Friday for The Great Dane and Noon
Monday for the Verona Press unless
changed because of holiday work schedules. Call now to place your ad, 873-6671
or 835-6677.

to request an


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

8210 Highview Drive - Madison

and these attachments. Concrete
breaker, posthole auger, landscape rake,
concrete bucket, pallet forks, trencher,
rock hound, broom, teleboom, stump
By the day, week, or month.
Carter & Gruenewald Co.
4417 Hwy 92
Brooklyn, WI, 608-455-2411



"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
Third floor furniture, locked cases
Location: 239 Whitney St
Columbus, WI 53925

to download
an application:


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


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

Now hiring caregivers to help our seniors on a variety of

shifts. We offer competitive wages, Paid Time Off,
$1.00/hour night & weekend shift differentials, paid
training, plus health, dental & other benefits for eligible


6x10 thru 10x25
Market Street/Burr Oak Street
in Oregon
Call 608-520-0240

Resident Caregivers/CNAs



Proudy serving the local community
for 5 years. Call us today for all your
lawncare and landscaping needs.
Free your time! Call 608-807-3320.

Only 6 miles South of
Verona on Hwy PB.
Variety of sizes available now.
Call 608-424-6530 or


If youve answered yes, we are very interested in talking to you. We are

seeking candidates for part-time openings in our front office. Hours are
9am-3pm Monday-Friday. Responsibilities for this position include, but are
not limited to, selling and processing classified ads, selling special projects
by phone, receptionist duties, assisting walk-in customers and processing
reports. Previous sales experience preferred. Positions are located in the
Oregon and Stoughton offices.
We are an employee-owned company offering a competitive benefits
package including 401K, ESOP, vacation, and more.
If this part-time position interests you and you have the equivalent of a
high school diploma and at least two years of office/computer experience,
apply on-line today 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.


554 Landscaping, Lawn, Tree &

Garden Work

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


Professional, Interior,
Exterior, Repairs.
Free Estimates. Insured.

The Verona Press

March 24, 2016


20 - The Verona Press - March 24, 2016

Support your favorite teams all season with this

guide to Verona Area High Schools spring sports


Madison West
Janesville Craig
Janesville Parker
Beloit Memorial
Madison East
Madison La Follette
Sun Prairie
Madison Memorial
Madison West
Janesville Craig
Janesville Parker
Beloit Memorial
Madison East
Madison La Follette
Sun Prairie
Madioson Memorial
WIAA regionals
WIAA regionals
WIAA sectionals

Sun Prairie

April 5
Apriil 7
April 12
April 14
April 18
April 19
April 21
April 23
April 26
April 28
May 3
May 5
May 7
May 10
May 12
May 14
My 17
May 19
May 25
May 27
May 31
June 2

AJs Pizzeria

300 S. Main Street Verona

(608) 497-1303


May 19
April 2
April 7
April 12
April 18
April 22
April 26
May 3
May 6
May 13
May 23
May 26
June 3-4



Dubuque Invitational
Madison West Invite
Middleton triple dual
Verona triple dual
West triple dual
Sun Prairie Invitational
Memorial triple dual
Janesville Parker
Memorial Invitational
Big 8 conference meet
WIAA Regionals
WIAA Sectionals
WIAA State

Sun Prairie
La Crosse

April 11
April 12
April 18
April 19
April 21
April 23
April 26
April 30
May 4-5
May 6
May 10
May 16
May 19


Stoughton Invitaitonal Stoughton

Madison La Follete
Edgewood Invitational
Beloit, Mad. East dual New Glarus
East, Sun Prairie dual
Stevens Point
Stevens Point
Janesville Craig, Parker New Glarus
Waunakee Invitational Waunakee
Morgan Stanley Shootout Madison
Portage Invitational
Middleton, Memorial
Memorial Invitational
Big 8 Conference

Kathy Bartels



Whitewater Invitational
Middleton triple dual
Verona triple dual
West triple dual
Sun Prairie Invitational Sun Prairie
Memorial triple dual
Lake Geneva
Janesville Parker
La Crosse Invitational
La Crosse
Big 8 Conference
WIAA Regionals
WIAA Sectionals
WIAA State
La Crosse

Sponsored by:

U.S. Cellular

Coldwell Banker Success

(608) 235-2927

611 Hometown Circle (In front of Farm & Fleet)

(608) 848-7600



Wis. Dells

Miller & Sons Supermarket

210 S. Main Street Verona

(608) 845-6478



April 8-9
Eau Claire Invitational
April 14
Madison West
April 19
April 21
Janesville Craig
April 26
Janesville Parker
April 28
Beloit Memorial
April 29
Verona Invitational
May 3
Madison East
May 5
Madison La Follette
May 6-7
Nicolet Invitational
May 10
Sun Prairie
May 12
Madison Memorial
May 18-19
Big 8 Conference
May 20-21
WSTCA Classic

Eau Claire

Sponsored by:

Culvers of Verona

430 E. Verona Avenue Verona

(608) 845-2010

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Sponsored by:

Ray & Shirley Maurer

Hwy PD & Shady Oak Lane Verona

Sponsored by:

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April 7
April 9
April 12
April 18
April 22
April 26
April 29
May 3
May 5
May 13
May 23
May 26
June 3-4

Get sports scores/results and photos in

your weekly hometown newspaper


Verona Meadows Golf

Driving Range

Stevens Point
Sun Prairie

Sponsored by:


Hughes Flooring


April 1
Loyola Academy
April 2
St. Ignatius College
April 7
April 14
Madison West
April 15-16
April 19
April 21
Janesville Craig (DH)
April 23
Mount Horeb
April 28
Janesville Parker
May 3
Beloit Memorial
May 5
Madison East
May 12
Madison La Follette
May 17
Sun Prairie
May 19
Madison Memorial
May 23
May 26
June 2
WIAA regional
June 4
WIAA regional
June 9
WIAA sectional
June 11
WIAA sectional

Sponsored by:

407 E. Verona Avenue Verona

(608) 845-6403

Janesville Craig
Janesville Parker
Beloit Memorial
Madison East
Madison La Follette
Sun Prairie
Madison Mem. (DH)
Madison West
Janesville Craig
Janesville Parker
Stevens Point
Beloit Memorial
Madison East
Madison West
Madison La Follete
Sun Prairie
WIAA regionals
WIAA regionals
WIAA sectionals
WIAA sectionals
(608) 845-9559


Sponsored by:



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April 9
April 12
April 14
April 16
April 19
April 21
April 23
April 26
April 28
April 29
May 3
May 5
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June 7



April 1