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City of Verona

Verona Area School District

Split council
picks Stewart
that we had
five candidates that if
they were
running and
they would
have won
any of them
could have Stewart
done the
job, Hochkammer told the council.
I just thought Scott, he
nailed it, he hit a home run.
Two alders openly preferred Badger Prairie Needs
Network board member
Marcia Kasieta, and one
advocated for bicycle/

Realtor will
represent District 2
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Photo by Scott Girard

Verona Area School District human resources director Jason Olson, second from left, takes notes as district residents talk about the
options for future buildings.

Referendum feedback
all over the board
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If theres one theme Verona Area

School District officials took from the
first two community workshops on
what could be the biggest referendum
in the districts history, its that Verona wants a single high school.

Other than that, VASD public information officer Kelly Kloepping said,
feedback from attendees at the first
two sessions, which were both held in
Verona, was all over the board.
Kloepping also cautioned repeatedly in an interview with the Press
on Tuesday morning that there was
still another workshop left Tuesday
at the Fitchburg Public Library, after
the Press deadline and they were
looking at what theyd gathered so far
as incomplete until they heard from
those at the final session.

The district is expected to release a

summary report in about two weeks
with information about the feedback
they got, and its working toward a
fall survey on the potential April 2017
Its absolutely essential that Fitchburg and Verona residents respond to
that, Kloepping said.
More than 120 attended the workshops at the Verona Public Library
and Sugar Creek Elementary School

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Plan changes fuel large crop of retirees

Those who wait past
this year cant claim
previous benefits
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This year was decision-time for many eligible

retirees in the Verona Area
School District.
After the district made
changes two years ago to
retirement benefits to make
them sustainable in the
long term, this year was the

final chance to get the best

deal for retirees.
The changes, meant to
avoid fluctuations in health
care costs and help the district build in a solid budget
number it can count on each
year, came after negotiations between the district
and its employee unions,
the Verona Area Education
Association and the Verona
Educational Support Professionals Association.
While the plan is far from
the only consideration staff
have when deciding when
to retire as evidenced

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by the many responses to

the Press 20-plus retirement questionnaires sent to
teachers some acknowledge the changing benefits
were part of the decision.
The changes were made
in a tiered system, designed
in a way to avoid huge
changes for teachers who
had come to expect a certain level of financial help
and insurance coverage
over their years in retirement while changing what
would be available in the

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Hometown Days

Thursday a focus again

More kids activities

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When: June 2-5
Where: Hometown USA

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When Hometown Days

kicks off June 2, the Verona Area Chamber of Commerce hopes to see a bigger crowd on Thursday
night. Again.
The opening night of
Veronas annual festival than the other times, and
has been a topic of discus- this year the weekends
sion in recent years with
much lower attendance Turn to Hometown/Page 9


This week
Financial changes lead
to an increase in retirees.
Next week
Profiles of some retirees, and what it means
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than 120 attendees

It wasnt quite 2013, but

alders retreated to familiar
positions Monday when
choosing a peer to fill a
vacant position representing District 2.
The Common Council
split 4-3 over the decision,
with the majority throwing
their support behind Scott
Stewart, the candidate
advocated by Mayor Jon
Were very fortunate

May 26, 2016

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May 26, 2016

Montrose crash kills

Pewaukee man

New public works

director starts May 31
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The citys new public

wo r k s d i r e c t o r a l r e a d y
knows a little something
about the territory hes taking over. And hell get a
month to learn the rest from
the one whos retiring.
Theran Jacobson will
start Tuesday as the head
of the 15-person department hes worked with for
four or five years as an
employee of AECOM, the
firm Verona contracts with
for engineering services.
Hes worked on high-profile projects for the city,
including the ongoing
Northern Lights and Nine
Mound road expansion and
Jacobson will be paid
But until July 1, hell
shadow or be shadowed by

as a stormwater modeling
engineer, but Rieder told
the Press he was very
i nvo l ve d a n d h a n d l e d
roads, utilities, everything on the Epic projects.
That was crucial in multiple ways, he said.
I think Theran has
developed a very good
communication with all the
key utility people Alliant,
MG&E, TDS hes developed a good relationship
with the county highway
people, and hes very well
respected with the stormwater people at the DNR,
as well, Rieder said. He
far exceeded the other
two candidates without a
Jacobson also drew strong
references from Epic facilities managers.
His face is just very
familiar with Epic people,
Rieder said.
Asked about the emphasis
on building work contacts
in a position that was advertised as needing engineering

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skills and once required a

commercial drivers license,
Mayor Jon Hochkammer
explained that most of
the job these days is public relations and managing
Hochkammer noted that
the committee recommending his hire himself, Rieder and the personnel and
public works committee
chairs unanimously recommended Jacobson and the
council was unanimous, too.
Rieder said while there was
no formal interview process
with city staff, the candidates met with department
heads and toured the facilities and the staff felt comfortable with Jacobson.
The council voted in
closed session May 9 and
Jacobson accepted the job
May 13, according to emails
provided to the Press.
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editor Jim Ferolie at

A 48-year-old Pewaukee
man died in a single-vehicle crash early on Friday,
May 20, in the Town of
Montrose near Paoli, Dane
County Sheriff s Office
Mustafa L. Qureshi, the
driver and only person in
the vehicle, was driving
south on Hwy. PB when
he crashed at the T-intersection at Hwy. 69, police
The police reported that

Administrator candidates interview

The city hosted four candidates for the citys vacant
administrator position last
week and discussed the candidates in closed session
Monday but took no official
We are still deliberating,
is the only comment Mayor
Jon Hochkammer said the

Two Verona productions

earned several local residents Tommy Award nominations.
Verona Area Community
Theater childrens production of Bring It On: The
Musical and Verona Area
High Schools Honk!
received numerous nominations.
The Tommy Awards,
organized by the Overture Center, honor those
involved in high school
musical performances
from throughout southern
Wisconsin. The seventh
annual Tommy Awards
ceremony will be held at
Overture Hall at 6p.m.
Sunday, June 12.
Among the nominees
from Bring It On are
Alyssa Dvorak (Outstanding Direction, Outstanding
Choreography); Marsha
Heuer (Outstanding Choreography); Paul Stiller (Outstanding Stage Management); Jonathan Woolums
(Outstanding State Management); Nathan Lucas
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(Outstanding Dance Performer); Abby Walsh (Outstanding Dance Performer); Maya Greengus (Spirit
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The nominees for
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which included a brief official meeting of the council.

Meanwhile, staffers discussed the candidates with
recruiter Steve Hintz for
more than an hour.
Official interviews were
Saturday morning in closed
session, and the deliberations lasted until 2p.m.


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council had regarding the

discussion. He would not
confirm whether the city
was negotiating with a single candidate, which would
be typical at this stage.
The group toured Verona
and interviewed with department heads in pairs Friday afternoon, then joined
alders and the mayor at the
Verona Senior Center for
an unstructured gathering,

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Local performers receive

Tommy Award nominations

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Candidates for the citys vacant administrator position chat with alders and the mayor Friday, May 20, at a social gathering a day before
their formal interviews. From left, David Nord, Catherine Schmit, Tammy LaBorde, alders Elizabeth Doyle and Heather Reekie. Facing away
at right is candidate Kevin Flanagan.

Qureshis vehicle crossed

Hwy. 69 and went into a
ditch where it became airborne and landed against
a brick retaining wall at
about 1:25a.m. Qureshi
died at the scene and his
injuries were sustained in
the crash, Dane County
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Ron Rieder, who has been

in charge here for more
than 30 years.
Jacobson, a 2005 University of Wisconsin-Platteville graduate, was
on paper,
at least, the
l e a s t ex p e rienced of
t h e t h r e e Jacobson
beating out
fellow AECOM engineer
Kelly Wolf, a 2002 Platteville grad who is a project
manager there, and Kristine Anderson, whos been
a supervisor with Ayres
Associates for the past 15
B u t h e k n e w Ve r o na already, and Verona
knew him, as one of the
three people sharing the
duties previously handled
by engineer Bob Gundlach, who retired in February. His resume lists his
experience with the city



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City hires familiar

face in Jacobson

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May 26, 2016


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Letter to the editor

Reflect on positives within VASD

I am always reflective as we
round out the academic year.
Its a time filled with school
concerts, programs, sports banquets and backpacks returning
home full with artwork, writing
samples and the fruits exploration and discovery. I know
many in the district, including my family, have concerns
about our childrens lives within the VASD, yet, I hope we can
reflect on all the good that is
happening within the district.
I am not a perfect parent, my
children are not perfect students, and I know our district
is not perfect. Imperfection is a
human condition. And yet, I am
thankful for all the great things
that are going on in our district:
dedicated teachers, staff and
administrators; hard-working
students who are learning and
growing through their successes
and through their mistakes; and
engaged families and community members voicing concerns
while proactively and respectfully serving as change agents.
I certainly have had complaints, which Ive attempted to resolve directly with the
schools. When Ive felt the
need, Ive voiced these concerns publicly, and I thank my
friends and family for being
supportive. Let me share some
of the good from my childrens
school year:
My daughter was struggling
with math, and her teacher and
school aids identified the needs
and enlisted additional support
to help her.
My son had an issue at
school, and his teacher, the
assistant principal, and others supported my son and his
friend resolve the issue (a great

growth opportunity).
My daughter had great musical opportunities at school that
helped support music interests
she pursues outside of school.
My son is exploring social
justice topics through reading
and writing, and he is a more
empathetic person because of
this study.
I know we have many stories
like this to share.
I also know many within the
Verona Area School District are
concerned about several topics,
including, but not limited to:
personalized learning, uniform
grading systems, bullying, violence in the schools, opportunities for advanced and gifted
learners, behavior, restorative
justice, nourishing our hungry
students, balancing the academic needs for a wide range
of students, supporting those
with special needs, administrative transparency, so on and so
I am thankful for administrators, teachers, staff, students,
parents, family members and all
who are collectively raising our
village of students within the
Verona Area School District. I
am appreciative of those who,
as my Aunt Sharon would say,
question authority, and probe
where they think there are
harmful or problematic issues.
I would like to encourage members of our community to keep
these discussions and actions
courteous, respectful and
mature. It is through our actions
and words that we set positive
examples for our children on
effective discourse.
Laura Olsen,
City of Fitchburg

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Community Voices

Looking back at 10
years on Silent Street

ts been 10 years since the

library moved to Silent
Street. It doesnt feel like
a long time, and Im still in
the habit of saying the new
library, but truly, a lot of things
have changed.
When the library opened in its
current location in May 2006,
Pluto was still a planet and there
was no such thing as an iPhone.
Kite Runner,
and Marley
and Me were
all bestselling
books that
hadnt been
made into
movies yet.
J.K. Rowling
was still writing the last
Harry Potter book.
The housing market hadnt
crashed. Netflix sent you DVDs
in the mail and wouldnt start
streaming for another year. YouTube was brand new. FaceBook
was just picking up momentum
and MySpace was the social
network of choice.
Back then, you watched your
favorite shows when they aired
on TV, and binge-watching
was not even a term. No Twitter,
no Uber, no Airbnb, no iPads,
no apps. Google Maps was new
and featured road maps of five
And closer to home, Epic had
just over 2,000 employees.
I started working for the Verona Library in 2005. At that time,
the library was on Franklin
Street. It was a dark and crowded little building, the shelves
packed tight with books. But it

was also a busy place with great

Longtime library staffers
Ronda Evenson and Virginia
Pitts seemed to know every
person who walked through the
doors. Jan Gessler was a wonder with the little kids, keeping
them spellbound in her story
times. Having just come from
working at a small community
college, I recognized and appreciated the friendly sensibility
of Verona right away. And the
excitement for the new library
was definitely in the air.
The experience of the new
library building was a little
like Field of Dreams, with its
iconic message, If you build it,
they will come. That they did.
Library visits spiked as soon
as we opened and the library
now has twice as many library
cardholders and double the
amount of library visits each
year. The spacious and open
floor plan of the new library has
allowed us to bring in a dozen
national-level traveling exhibits
over the last decade.
The biggest changes in
day-to-day life over the last
decade have centered around
technology and how we share
information, and technology
has changed dramatically at the
library, as well.
Now, smart phones and tablets are everywhere, and people
are almost always connected to
the Internet. But in 2006, the
librarys web presence was one
page that listed our hours and
Now we have a social media
plan and a library catalog app
and check out laptops and

Chromebooks for patrons to

use on our high-speed wireless
network. When the building
opened, we did not have Wi-Fi
and neither did most public
Several years ago, we put
radio-frequency tags in all the
library books so people could
use self-checkout stations and
their books get checked in from
their accounts on a spin down a
conveyor belt.
I cant even venture a guess
as to what the library will look
like in another 10 years, what
new technology and devices
will be shaping our lives. Maybe my car will be driving me to
work. However I get there, Im
glad to have had the opportunity
to be a part of the move to the
new library and to see it come
together from the ground up.
Im also glad to see firsthand how much it is used and
appreciated. The flexibility of
the space lends itself to learning opportunities that would
not have been possible in the
old building. Im excited to
see what the next 10 years will
bring and how our work and
community will change.
Regardless of what technology and devices will be shaping
our lives, people will still need
to learn and connect through
culture and stories, facts and
information need to be stored
and shared, and Verona will still
have a beautiful library in which
to accomplish those things.
Stacey Burkart is the director
of the Verona Public Library.

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Work up a sweat while

h o n o r i n g ve t e r a n s t h i s
Memorial Day by participating in the Murph Challenge at CrossFit 1847,
501 S. Nine Mound Road.
T h e fa c i l i t y i s h o s t ing the workout which
requires participants to
wear a 20-pound vest or
body armor and perform a
series of rigorous exercises for the second year.
The Murph Challenge
will be performed at CrossFit facilities across the
U.S. over Memorial Day
weekend in honor of the
late Lt. Michael P. Murphy, who was killed during
Operation Red Wings (later depicted in the 2013
film Lone Survivor) in
Afghanistan in 2005.
Participants will perform two one-mile runs,
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The workout will double
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The Verona Press

Hike-a-thon on Ice Age Trail June 4

In celebration of National
Trails Day, the Dane County
Chapter of the Ice Age Trail
Alliance is organizing a hikea-thon event with the choice
between two routes on Saturday, June 4.
The event will give participants an opportunity to
explore the trails (portions
of which have been recently
re-routed in Verona) as well
as raise funds to build, maintain and protect the Ice Age
National Scenic Trail. The
goal is to raise $5,000 for the
trail alliance, so pledges of
$30 or more per person are
There is a 6.4-mile Prairie-to-Prairie hike from
Prairie Moraine Park to
Badger Prairie Park and a
21-mile hike from Brooklyn
State Wildlife Area to Badger
Prairie Park. Both routes will
meet at the Ice Age Junction
Area parking lot on County
Road PD in Madison. The
longer hike meets there at
8a.m. and the shorter hike
meets at 12:30p.m. Buses
will transport participants to
the starting locations.
Participants from both
hikes will likely cross the

If You Go
What: Ice Age Trail hikea-thon
When: Saturday, June
4; 21-mile hike meets
at 8a.m., 6.4-mile hike
meets at 12:30p.m.
Where: Meet at Ice Age
Junction Area parking
lot on County Road PD

On the web
For more on recent developments
on the Ice Age Trail, including the
process of re-routing sections
of the trail and steps to create a
sustainable sidehill trail, visit:
finish line starting around
4:30p.m., when there will
be refreshments, snacks
and a celebration. The
hikes will be canceled in

Photo by Samantha Christian

Over 50 volunteers, including some from Blackhawk Church and the Ice Age Trail Alliance, re-routed a
section of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail along County M, just south of Whalen Road, on May 1. The
trail will be used during the IATAs Hike-A-Thon event on June 4.

the event of severe weath- a folding chair if attending org/event/dane-countyer. Dogs are not allowed on the celebration afterwards. chapter-hike-a-thon.
the hikes. Participants are
For information and to
encouraged to bring along sign up, visit iceagetrail.
Samantha Christian

Memorial Day tribute at VAHS,

Verona Cemetery Monday
Ceremonies begin
at 10a.m.
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What: Verona Area Memorial Day ceremonies
When: 10a.m. Monday,
May 30
Where: Verona Area
High School gymnasium
(300 Richard St.) and
Verona Cemetery (565
N. Main St.)
Info: 845-6538

Ve r o n a s A m e r i c a n
Legion Mason-Lindsay
Post 385 will hold its
annual Memorial Day tribute to veterans at the Verona Area High School gym
at 10a.m. Monday.
The tribute will be followed by ceremonies at
Verona Cemetery, including a firing squad and the playing of Taps.

What: The Murph Challenge workout and charity event

When: 10a.m. to 3p.m.
Monday, May 30
Where: CrossFit 1847,
501 S. Nine Mound Road
Info: 848-6459

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Recreation classes
Registration for youth T-ball, baseball and softball through the City of
Verona Recreation Department is
now open for the season beginning
June 20.
The summer program runs for
six weeks; register based on the
grade your child is currently in
(Pre-K through 4th grade). The recreation department is also offering
instructional activities this summer:
lacrosse, volleyball, flag rugby and
For full class descriptions and to
register online, visit

Open trail event

The staff and youth of Operation
Fresh Start will hold their first official Open Trail event from 10 a.m.
to noon Wednesday, May 25, at Prairie Moraine County Park, 1970 Hwy.
County Executive Joe Parisi and
other guests are scheduled to make
brief remarks at 11 a.m. There will
also be youth-led tours through the
trails in the park. The event will be
canceled in the event of rain.

Fo r i n f o r m a t i o n , c o n t a c t J i l l and Beethoven, among others. Van

Pfeiffer at 444-8095.
Asten plays music from the Baroque
to the Romantic periods.
VASD art show
For information, 845-7471.
Artwork by students from the
PowerPoint class
Verona Area School District, grades
K-12, will be on display at the library
Learn the basics of Microsoft PowerPoint from 6:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesthrough May 31.
F o r i n f o r m a t i o n , v i s i t day, June 1 at the library. or call 845Participants will learn how to cre7180.
ate slides with text and pictures, as
well as how to use certain techniques
Camp counselors
for more engaging presentations.
Training is provided by John HarThe City of Verona Recreation
Department is currently hiring cre- ris of Harris Multimedia and Comative and energetic camp counselors puters. Registration is required and
for their Playground Program this class size is limited.
For information or to register, call
The Playground Program is a day 845-7180.
camp for children ages 5-12 at local
Selling your home
parks in Verona.
For information or to apply, conLearn more about your options
tact Ali at 497-2070 or ali.tackett@ while downsizing or moving to a new
home during Chat and Chew from
a.m. Friday, June 3 at the
Classical piano performance 9-10:30
senior center.
Lindsay Koch from Stark Realtors
Visit the senior center for a classical piano performance at 10:30 a.m. will discuss the benefits of a sellers
market and more, and refreshments
Tuesday, May 31.
The music, performed by Leo Van will be provided.
For information, call 845-7471.
Asten from Rhapsody Arts, will
include selections by Liszt, Mozart

Community calendar
Wednesday, May 25

7:30 p.m., Time Held Me VAHS

spring choir concert, Verona Area
High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St., 845-4400

Thursday, May 26

6 p.m., Draft boundary agreement question-and-answer session, Verona Town Hall, 335 N.
Nine Mound Road, 845-7187

Friday, May 27

9:15-9:45 a.m., Sensory Friendly Story Time (ages 3-5), library,

1 p.m., Movie Matinee: Infinitely
Polar Bear, senior center, 8457471

Saturday, May 28

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

Kitchen free community meal,

Monday, May 30

Memorial Day: senior center

10 a.m., Memorial Day cere-

monies, VAHS gymnasium (300

Richard St.) and Verona Cemetery, (565 N. Main St.), 845-6538
10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Murph Challenge workout and charity event
(advance registration required),
CrossFit 1847, 501 S. Nine Mound
Road, 848-6459

Tuesday, May 31

Friday, June 3

Hometown Days, Hometown

USA Community Park
9-10:30 a.m., Chat and Chew:
Ready to Sell. Now What?,
senior center, 845-7471
1 p.m., Movie Matinee: Elsa
and Fred, senior center, 845-7471

Saturday, June 4

10:30 a.m., Classical piano per- Hometown Days, Hometown

formance, senior center, 845-7471 USA Community Park
Hike-a-thon, Ice Age Trail,
Wednesday, June 1 6:30-8:30 p.m., Microsoft PowerPoint Basics class, library, 845- chapter-hike-a-thon/
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Prairie
Kitchen free community meal,
7:30 p.m., VAHS Band ShowBPNN,
case Concert, VAHS Performing
Arts Center, 300 Richard St., 845Sunday, June 5
Hometown Days, Hometown
USA Community Park
Thursday, June 2
Hometown Days, Hometown
Monday, June 6
USA Community Park
12:30-2:30 p.m, Strawberry
7:30 p.m., VAHS Orchestra Fina- Shortcake fundraiser and live
le Concert, VAHS Performing Arts music, senior center, 845-7471
Center, 300 Richard St., 845-4400

Whats on VHAT-98
Thursday, May 26
7 a.m. 1988 Verona Basketball
8 a.m. Zumba Gold
9 a.m. Daily Exercise
10 a.m. Bonnie and Bill
Stevens at Senior Center
2 p.m. Zumba Gold
3 p.m. Daily Exercise
4 p.m. Greg Anderson at
Senior Center
5 p.m. Crossing Cultures at
Senior Center
6 p.m. Salem Church Service
7 p.m. Tom Waselchuk at
Senior Center
8 p.m. Daily Exercise
9 p.m. Arbor Day at Senior
10 p.m. Burial Mounds at
Historical Society
Friday, May 27
7 a.m. Greg Anderson at
Senior Center
1 p.m. Arbor Day at Senior
3 p.m. Lincoln Elementary
Choir at Senior Center
4 p.m. Crossing Cultures at
Senior Center
5 p.m. 2014 Wildcats
8:30 p.m. Arbor Day
10 p.m. 1988 Verona Basketball
11 p.m. Bonnie and Bill
Stevens at Senior Center
Saturday, May 28
8 a.m. Common Council
from May 23

11 a.m. Lincoln Elementary Choir at Senior Center

1 p.m. 2014 Wildcats
4:30 p.m. Burial Mounds at
Historical Society
6 p.m. Common Council
from May 23
9 p.m. Lincoln Elementary
Choir at Senior Center
10 p.m. Burial Mounds at
Historical Society
11 p.m. Bonnie and Bill
Stevens at Senior Center
Sunday, May 29
7 a.m. Hindu Cultural Hour
9 a.m. Resurrection Church
10 a.m. Salem Church
Noon Common Council
from May 23
3 p.m. Lincoln Elementary
Choir at Senior Center
4:30 p.m. Burial Mounds
at Historical Society
6 p.m. Common Council
from May 23
9 p.m. Lincoln Elementary
Choir at Senior Center
10 p.m. Burial Mounds at
Historical Society
11 p.m. Bonnie and Bill
Stevens at Senior Center
Monday, May 30
7 a.m. Greg Anderson at
Senior Center
1 p.m. Arbor Day at Senior
3 p.m. Lincoln Elementary
Choir at Senior Center
4 p.m. Crossing Cultures at

Senior Center
5 p.m. 2014 Wildcats
9 p.m. Hindu Cultural
10 p.m. 1988 Verona Basketball
11 p.m. Bonnie and Bill
Stevens at Senior Center
Tuesday, May 31
7 a.m. 1988 Verona Basketball
10 a.m. Zumba Gold
9 a.m. Daily Exercise
10 a.m. Bonnie and Bill
Stevens at Senior Center
2 p.m. Zumba Gold
3 p.m. Daily Exercise
4 p.m. Greg Anderson at
Senior Center
5 p.m. Crossing Cultures at
Senior Center
6 p.m. Resurrection
8 p.m. Tom Waselchuk at
Senior Center
9 p.m. Arbor Day at Senior
10 p.m. Burial Mounds at
Historical Society
Wednesday, June 1
7 a.m. Greg Anderson at
Senior Center
1 p.m. Arbor Day
3 p.m. Lincoln Elementary
Choir at Senior Center
5 p.m. Common Council
from May 23
7 p.m. Capital City Band
8 p.m. Lincoln Elementary
Choir at Senior Center

10 p.m. 1988 Verona Basketball

11 p.m. Bonnie and Bill
Stevens at Senior Center
Thursday, June 2
7 a.m. 1988 Verona Basketball
8 a.m. Zumba Gold
9 a.m. Daily Exercise
10 a.m. Bonnie and Bill
Stevens at Senior Center
3 p.m. Daily Exercise
4 p.m. Greg Anderson at
Senior Center
5 p.m. Crossing Cultures at
Senior Center
6 p.m. Salem Church Service
7 p.m. Tom Waselchuk at
Senior Center
8 p.m. Daily Exercise
9 p.m. Arbor Day
10 p.m. Burial Mounds at
Historical Society

All Saints Lutheran Church

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

1371 Hwy. PB, Paoli

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

The Church in Fitchburg

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

St. James Evangelical Lutheran

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.

The Church in Verona

Verona Business Center
535 Half Mile Rd. #7, Verona
(608) 271-2811
Sunday: 9 a.m.
Fitchburg Memorial UCC
5705 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg
(608) 273-1008
Pastor Phil Haslanger
Sunday: 8:15 and 10 a.m. Worship
Sunday School: 10:15 a.m.
Good Shephard Lutheran Church
(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.
Damascus Road Church West
The Verona Senior Center
108 Paoli St., Verona
(608) 819-6451,
Pastor Justin Burge
Sunday: 10 a.m.

Salem United Church of Christ

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.
Springdale Lutheran Church
2752 Town Hall Rd. (off Hwy ID),
Mount Horeb
(608) 437-3493
Pastor Jeff Jacobs
Sunday: 8:45 a.m. with communion
Sugar River United Methodist
415 W. Verona Ave., Verona
(608) 845-5855,
Pastor Gary Holmes
9 & 10:30 a.m. contemporary
Sunday School available during worship. Refreshments and fellowship are
between services.

Memorial Baptist Church

201 S. Main St., Verona
(608) 845-7125
Lead Pastor Jeremy Scott
Sunday: 10:15 a.m.
Redeemer Bible Fellowship
130 N. Franklin St., Verona
Pastor Dwight R. Wise
Sunday: 10 a.m. family worship

West Madison Bible Church

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.

Resurrection Lutheran Church

6705 Wesner Rd., Verona
(608) 848-4965
Pastor Nathan Strutz and Assistant
Pastor Eric Melso
Thursday: 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m.

Zwingli United Church of Christ

Hwy. 92 & G, Mount Vernon
(608) 832-6677
Pastor Brad Brookins
Sunday: 10:15 a.m.
Zwingli United Church of Christ
Hwy. 69 & PB, Paoli
Rev. Sara Thiessen
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. family worship

St. Christopher Catholic Parish

St. Andrew Church
301 N. Main St., Verona
St. William Church

Believing in Each Other

The philosopher and historian Jennifer Michael Hecht says
that we believe each other into being. She is arguing
against the individualistic bias of our age which says that
we can make ourselves. On the contrary, we are intimately
tied to the people in our lives, including
our family, friends and co-workers, and sometimes even
people we barely know. Believing the best about our family
and friends helps them to become better people. Her recent
book Stay: A History of Suicide and the Philosophies
Against It argues for a communitarian approach to persuading others not to commit suicide. Rather than the
moral or religious arguments against it, we should try to
convince would-be suicides that they are connected to others who will be affected by their action. She also addresses
the argument advanced in Camuss essay The Myth of
Sisyphus,that while life may be absurd and doesnt always
make sense, we should embrace that absurdity and not
commit suicide out of a respect for our future selves,who
will know things that we cant currently know. The Bible
is full of recommendations for us to encourage and help
each other, and this advice was especially prominent in the
advice which Paul gave to the early churches.
Christopher Simon, Metro News Service
Therefore encourage one another
and build each other up, just as
in fact you are doing.
1 Thessalonians 5:11 NIV

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.


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Alder candidates
Karl Curtis
Occupation: Executive director, Brain Injury Alliance
of Wisconsin
Notable skills/experience: Verona Area Chamber of
Commerce executive director, 2006-2015; Verona
Press editor 1998-2006
Quote: We need to make a decision (with downtown) commit and do something bold or do something elsewhere and let it grow by extension.
Sarah Gaskell
Occupation: Wisconsin Bike Federation planning
manager and Gaskell Consulting owner
Notable skills/experience: New Century School site
council, 2012-present; various civil planning and design positions, 1999-present
Quote: Its near impossible to find housing in the
middle market.
Derek Johnson
Occupation: General manager, Infrastructure and Energy Alternatives
Notable skills/experience: Various executive/leadership and civil engineering jobs from 1991-present
Quote: Ive sort of procrastinated getting involved in
a more meaningful way.
Marcia Kasieta
Occupation: Retired business lecturer
Notable skills/experience: Badger Prairie Needs
Network board of directors, volunteer coordinator and
fundraiser; Department of Transportation policy analyst,
Quote: Theres a lot of fast food (near downtown). I
would like to bring businesses that provide living wages
... and attract people to our community.
Scott Stewart
Occupation: Real-estate agent, Coldwell Bank Success
Notable skills/experience: Wisconsin Bankers Association Government Relations Committee; Core Knowledge Charter School treasurer
Quote: Im pro business but the right business, (ones
that match) the citys overall brand and identity.

50 years ago
The proposed high school
lost its referendum vote by
a 578-395 margin. A second
referendum was later held on
April 21, but was defeated
soundly once again.
The Village Board passed
a proposal for a pool in the
newly proposed high school.
The resolution would have
allowed the public access to
the pool whenever it was not
being used by students or
Robert Anderson and Mrs.
Emily Elder took over operation
of the Verona Press as managing editor and office assistant,
respectively. The pair replaced
Mr. and Mrs. David Enersen,
who had been running the
paper since its inception the
previous May.
Robert W. Krogstad, President of Carnes Corp., signed
a new employment contract
for the Sheet Metal Workers
Union Local 565. The contract bestowed, among other
things, a 39-cent an hour
increase in wages over a threeyear period.
Verona high schoolers
were tested by a survey team
attempting to determine the
incidence rate of histoplasmosis (a fungal infection
caused by the inhalation of
spores found in avian feces
and guano) in communities
throughout Dane County. The
testing uncovered a 2 percent
reaction with histoplasmosis.
The Verona Area Chamber
of Commerce advocated that
the Industrial Development
committee purchase $15,000
worth of land on which to create a golf course.
Matthew Barton
40 years ago
An ice storm knocked out
power lines around the area,
leaving some people particularly in the rural areas west of
Verona without power for a
week or more. Mile after mile
of poles went down in some
places, a spokesman said.
Wisconsin Power and Light
followed the week with a large
ad saying, Thanks for being
so patient when nature pulled
the plug, citing a linemans
comment that it was the most
disastrous in the utilitys history.
With total debt at $685,000
and another $300,000 in
expenses coming from a
sewer expansion, the village
sought out an extension of its
Village trustee Ed Adams
blasted the annual Fourth of
July festival, which started
with the 1972 sesquicentennial, as a public bar and saying
he had yet to see any tangible
That festival came to be
known as Hometown Days
in future years and moved to
The school district added
an early graduation (after seven
semesters of high school) to
its policies, by request of Principal Lloyd Hornbacher.

focus on creating public

consensus and how the city
must manage its growth and
pay attention to its downtown.
Diaz and Reekie did not
attend the interview with
Kasieta a retired staff lecturer at the University of
Wisconsin School of Business and wife of former
mayor and alder Bob Kasieta but both spoke with her
separately and said she was
their choice. Kasieta spoke
of her extensive volunteer
experience, attracting more
diversity to downtown, managing growth and attending
Other candidates
to the needs of those outside
After the final interview the upper class.
and then later, during the
Email Verona Press
councils debate, Doyle
editor Jim Ferolie at
clearly stated she would
not support Stewart because
of his narrow focus on
finance. Doyle is a member
of the citys Finance comEasy to Use!
mittee and said the city is
already doing well financially.
While she would have
been happy with Kasieta,
Gaskell or Curtis, she said
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she leaned toward Gaskell,
800-582-2788 or 641-766-6790
whom she had met previously in relation to her bicycle planning work. Gaskell
emphasized how her planning work requires constant
the prairie experts

appointed an alder to fill a

vacant spot was in 2013,
weeks after Yurs took office.
T h e a p p o i n t m e n t p r ocess was contentious and
involved behind-the-scenes
politicking and left bad
blood that didnt go away
until after 2014 election.
In that situation, with
Jeremy Charles having
resigned, the four newest
alders prevailed, against
the wishes of the mayor
and then-council president
McGilvray. This time, with
Yurs out, the mayors recommendation was chosen.



Mr. and Mrs. George Raffel

celebrated their 50th anniversary.
The Verona High School
play, a Moliere story about a
wheelchair-bound person, was
the now politically incorrectly
titled Imaginary Invalid.
Bloodmobile donations
totaled 94 pints for its first
visit of the year.
30 years ago
Facing financial difficulties,
Bailey Bus Service asked the
school board to renegotiate its
contract or release the company from it.
Veronas Engineering
Industries was honored as a
1985 Employer of the Year
by Dane Countys Over 55
Employment Service.
More than one-fifth of the
employees at the South Nine
Mound Road business were
over the age of 55 when hired,
the company reported.
Greg and Peg Bailey celebrated their 50th anniversary.
Students at the University of Wisconsins urban and
regional planning department
began holding public meetings to discuss a strategic plan
theyd devised for Verona.
The city approved using
the city hall parking lot as an
alternate site for the Hometown USA festival if its plan
to use Town and Countrys
lot didnt work out. The festival had normally been held at
Harriet Park, but that site was
The state unveiled several alternatives for the U.S.
18-151 bypass, including a
route along Cross Country
Road, one along the Military
Ridge State Trail, three variants
that cut up to County Hwy. PD
or just south of it and the current configuration to the south.
The route was expected to
cost $13 million to $16 million.
A Verona couple, Vivian
and Bernard Killerlain, began
hosting a Mexican boy whod
had heart surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospital.
The surgeon who performed
the operation also was from
the Town of Verona.
20 years ago
The school district
announced the name for the
new elementary school in
Fitchburg would be called
Savanna Oaks.
Third-grader Asratu Checol
and fifth-grader Becky Hendrickson got the honor of
announcing the new name,
which was narrowed down out
of 169 initial options to three,
then voted on by students.
The school eventually became
a middle school and Stoner
Prairie is now the elementary
school at the site.
John Bass defeated incumbent District 3 alder Chris Nass
despite having withdrawn from
the race in January. It wasnt
even close, with Bass winning
184-77. That left newly elected
mayor John Volker to fill the
position a month later, after the
new council convened.

The city shot down an

attempt by Wildcat Lanes to
build an outdoor volleyball
court across the street, but the
plan eventually returned and
they were built.
The annual school district report incorrectly stated
that 110 students, or about
12 percent of the high school
student body, were habitually
truant or absent without an
excuse for five of 10 consecutive school days.
Casey FitzRandolph,
showed off his skates and
gave a motivational speech to
seventh-graders at the middle
school after being chosen to
join the U.S. Olympic Team in
the 1998 games in Japan.
The Verona FFA and police
department jointly offered a
gun safety course in order to
reduce the number of injuries
and deaths nationwide caused
by children handling guns and
prevent them locally.
City planner Mike Slavney
advocated establishing a
financing district to encourage economic growth, but the
council was hesitant.
Jim Ferolie
10 years ago
State Bank of Cross Plains
announced it would be opening a branch in Verona in the
summer, though it didnt actually happen.
Instead, after it bought and
demolished the Grandview
Motel on West Verona Avenue,
it purchased the Independent
Bank of Verona and moved
into that building the next year.
The school board considered a proposal to open a kindergarten charter school for
4-year-olds. It did not come to
The districts 4K program
started several years later.
The chamber of commerce
held a forum for the two mayoral candidates, Alds. Jon
Hochkammer and Bob Kasieta.
Karl Curtis moderated it several days after leaving his job
as the Verona Press editor and
joining the chamber.
The boys basketball team
made its first trip to the state
tournament. The Wildcats fell
in the semifinals to the eventual champion, Oshkosh West.
Construction began on the
new Sara Investments building
on South Main Street, where
the former Bretls Wine and
Spirits had been.
Emily Collien finished seventh on the floor at the WIAA
state gymnastics meet for the
Verona/Edgewood team.
The color of Veronas new
street lights along West Verona Avenue drew some attention, and not all of it positive.
Mayor John Volker, who ultimately picked the color a
bright, deep blue said he
heard mixed reviews.
Verona Area High School
principal Kelly Meyers became
one of the first three school
administrators to receive Master Administrator certification.
Jim Ferolie


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pedestrian planner Sarah

Stewart became a Realtor with Coldwell Banker
Success in recent months,
but he had spent the previous 25 years in the banking
industry, most recently as a
financial services manager
with Park Bank. He heavily
emphasized fiscal responsibility, tax rates and business expansion during his
interview with the councils
ad hoc committee.
Only three alders were
present for more than one
of the interviews committee members Elizabeth
Doyle (Dist. 1), as the council president, Jack Linder,
as the other District 2 alder,
and Brad Stiner (D-3) as
an observer along with
the mayor. Alds. Luke Diaz
(D-3) and Heather Reekie
(D-4) caught part of Karl
Curtis interview.
Even that took more than
two months to arrange,
after Ald. Dale Yurs stepped
down from the position
March 14, and all but Curtis were held in the middle
of the day, from 1-3p.m.
Mainly, thats because elected officials have had their
hands full with the hiring of
a public works director and
an administrator at the same
time. Filling this spot clearly
became the third priority.
Each of the candidates
touched on some element of
fiscal responsibility as part
of his or her nine-question,
30-minute interview, and
each took note of the financial windfall coming from
the impending closing of the
tax-increment financing district containing the first three
Epic campuses. But Stewart
emphasized his work history
with financial planning and
his volunteer experience on
the Ridgeview Pool board,
which he said was previously struggling financially but
now has a waiting list for
membership and has been
getting rid of debt. He
also pointed out his history
as treasurer on Core Knowledge Charter School governing council, where his children attended.
Stewart spoke of establishing the citys brand and
identity when asked about
quality-of-life issues, though
he didnt elaborate on what
that might be. And like most
of the candidates, he touted
his ability to help drive consensus from groups.
Stewart was the first
candidate for the position,
and the only one until days
before it closed April 14. He
spoke with Hochkammer by
phone early on, and some
other candidates spoke with
alders individually.
Linder said after the
interviews he was most
impressed by Stewarts
financial experience but that
he got good ideas by listening to all the candidates.
Ald. Mac McGilvray (D-1),
the citys Finance committee chair, had positive comments about Stewarts focus
on money.
Ald. Evan Touchett (D-4)
did not explain his vote
during the meeting but
said hes known Stewart
for years and knows hes
interested in the position
because he cares about the
The last time the council

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Alder: Vote reminiscent of 2013 appointment

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Former Epic employee opens Sugar River Pizza location in Liberty Business Park

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After reaching 12 years at

Epic in 2015, Sarah Thomas
joked that she was kind of
ready to retire.
Instead, she opened a
Owning a restaurant really isnt work, its more like
a lifestyle choice, she joked
about her career change.
Thomas, along with her
husband Ross, owns and
operates Veronas newest pizza spot, Sugar River Pizza,
at 957 Liberty Dr. in Liberty
Business Park. The restaurant
is the third location for the
company, which began with
delivery and carry-out only
in Belleville, where Thomas helped her mother open a
store in 2009.
Since opening the Verona
location March 21, Thomas,
who began working in restaurants at 14 years old before
eventually going to college to
study software development,
said business has been building up, aided by its proximity to the popular Wisconsin
Brewing Company. That location in a new and happening
area is something Thomas
expects to be increasingly
beneficial as the Liberty Business Park itself continues to
expand, with a hotel expected
by the fall.
If 50 percent of what they
say happens out here happens, itll be good, she quoted a neighboring business
owner as saying. We seem in
the middle of nowhere right
now, but Im sure itll come
over time.
In the meantime, Thomas
said shes already getting to
know some of the restaurant
and bars regulars, like a
group of Epic employees who
come in the mid-afternoon
and answer emails while eating appetizers and drinking

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Sugar River Pizza co-owner Sarah Thomas said they pay just as much attention to the restaurants bar as they do the food. Below, Sugar
River Pizzas Verona location is in Liberty Business Park, just off County Hwy. M.

I know them by name

now, she said. It makes
work fun.
She first found out how
much fun when her parents
opened the restaurants second location in New Glarus.
That was their first venture
into a dining-in restaurant,
and Thomas said the relationships that she saw built
through that, rather than a
delivery and carry-out-only
place, making the extra effort
worth it.
The Verona location came
about because of Thomas
familiarity with the city, given

her years as a software developer at Epic. When Dean Slaby, a visitor to the New Glarus
location and the president of
KSW Construction who is
leading the development of
Liberty Business Park, told
Thomas he had a good spot
for the restaurant, she jumped
at the chance.
They made it easy for us
here to pick this spot, she
Though the core of each
of the three locations is the
same, Thomas said the menu specialty and build-your-own
at each location is a little dif- pizzas, pasta, soup, salads and
ferent. In Verona, it includes sandwiches.
All of those items are made
with local ingredients, including from the Thomas farm,
where they get the beef for
the restaurant. Thomas said
the local partnerships theyve
built with their 20 or so vendors are another enjoyable
part of her ownership.
These people become
your friends, she said.
But it also has its fallbacks.
Sometimes we run out of
things, she said, noting that


Monday afternoon they were

out of steak. Homemade
soup is great, but that means
somebodys got to make it.
Customers are generally
understanding, though. They
also more than likely can find
a local beverage to make up
for it, as Sugar River Pizza
offers a full bar.
She mentioned WBC and
Hop Haus, both Verona breweries, as popular choices for
customers. A soon-to-be-built
patio could increase the popularity of beer choices even

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As that popularity grows,
Thomas said she continues to
be glad to be in her position,
even on a day like Mothers
Day, which she had to spend
entirely at the restaurant
instead of with her family.
(They celebrated it on the following Monday.)
It was a very rewarding
Mothers Day for me, she
said, mentioning all of the
families she saw with smiles
on their faces. Much better
than sitting in a spa all day.
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Which buildings?

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on May 19, which included

presentations from district
officials and consultants
on the districts anticipated
growth, current buildings
and future preliminary
building options.

Other main topics discussed at the meetings

included what to do about
New Century School and
Sugar Creek Elementary
School both of which are
housed in aging, connected
buildings that will be expensive to bring up-to-date and
the option of having two high
schools, rather than one.
A straw poll of district
board members and administrators earlier this month
indicated that most preferred
to see the district end use of
NCS and SC by 2020.
Kloepping said responses from attendees were split
on NCS and SC, with some
wanting to preserve part of
the buildings and others concerned with the cost of renovating them. But the high
school reactions were not as
The most recurring
theme was that people overall agreed that the two high
schools versus the one was
not the route to take, she
said. Thats probably the
main thing that was really
kind of a screaming outcome.
Kloepping acknowledged
that didnt mean most supported building a new high
school, but rather whether a potential new building should include all high
school students or just half
and half.
Kloepping said the summary report will be sent to
all attendees and posted on
the districts website, and
emphasized the importance of citizens remaining
involved so the school board
can make an informed decision before deciding whether
or not to have an April 2017
Were just excitingly
overwhelmed by the turnouts
at the workshops, she said.
Its just not worth going to
referendum if we dont have
the community support.
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planners hope music can

solve the problem.
When the chamber took
over direction of the festival
two years ago, then-executive director Karl Curtis said
finding a way to promote
that night and make money
from it was a top priority.
Last years Community Night did not quite do
the trick, so new executive director Le Jordan said
she and Hometown Days
coordinator Jennifer Miller
decided to bring in a bigger
music act: Milwaukee-based
band Love Monkeys.
People didnt feel like
they had as compelling a
reason to go, Jordan said of
past Thursday nights. You
have to make an enticing
reason for people to want to
That kicks off a year of
small changes, with big
events like the fireworks,
parade and carnival falling
at the same times as recent
The biggest change outside of the Thursday musical
act will be increased activities for children throughout
the day Saturday and Sunday, including a portable
Ultrazone laser tag tent and
the return of the penny find.
We want to make sure

At what cost?
Kloepping said another major theme she noticed
from those first two meetings
was questions about the costs
of different options, but she
said were just not at that
point yet, and noted that any
numbers mentioned at the
meeting would not be related
to any specific option.
We w e r e ex t r e m e l y
impressed by the desire of
the community to want to
jump to that level, she said.
Theyre obviously interested.
The districts financial
consultant, PMA, did pass
out a sheet of preliminary borrowing scenarios,
though, based on different
potential costs.
Without a referendum and
with no other changes, PMA
explained, the districts tax
rate is projected to drop to
$9.73 per $1,000 of property
value for the 2017-18 school
year, from a potential $11.98
in the 2016-17 school year
and this years $11.99.
That is mostly from the
closeout of the Epic tax
increment finance district,
which will increase the
districts equalized value
rate. But because state aids
will drop accordingly the
next year, the districts taxes would likely rise again,
though how much exactly
could change based on the
next state budget.
A $100 million referendum would bring the 201718 rate to $11.55. A $150
million ballot question
would increase the rate to
$12.63 per $1,000 of property value.
The debt service for a
referendum likely would
remain part of property taxes for somewhere between
10 and 20 years.

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Medallion Hunt
returns to event

Safe way
The Safe Ride bus
returns this year courtesy of the Dane County
Sheriffs and Verona Police departments.
The bus will take those
within five miles of the
festival home between
9p.m. and 1a.m. Friday and Saturday.
The bus will pick up in
the parking lot near the
beer tent.

The Hometown Days Medallion Hunt, which began

two years ago, begins again this week ahead of the June
2-5 festival.
The winner of the hunt, which has a clue per day for
a week to find a medallion somewhere in Verona, will
receive $250.
Clues begin Thursday, May 26, at 5p.m. on the
Verona Hometown Days Facebook page and Twitter.
Clues will continue there each day, along with
There will be six clues in total.
For information on the hunt, call 845-5777.
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that theres quite a few

items they can do so they
dont break the bank, Jordan said.
Pat McCurdy will also
bring a closing note to the
weekend, playing in the
entertainment tent with no
cover beginning at 2p.m.
The Sunday morning pancake breakfast will be back,
though once again run by a
new group after Verona Area
Community Theater did it
on last year. This year, the
Verona Area High School

football program will handle

VACT also did not have
time to again do the parents
night out, which last year
offered babysitting for kids
while parents enjoyed the
music and beer tent.
The marketplace, however, will return this year,
which Jordan was excited
about. She acknowledged
it would take years to build
up to its full capacity, but
was glad to get that process
started for an event that has
come and gone.
(Its a) nice way for people to show off their crafts,
Jordan said.
Jordan said shes excited

to have the first Hometown

Days under her leadership
get going.
It helps out all of the various community groups,
she said. (Festival goers
are) really supporting the
whole community.
Shes also hoping Mother Nature will play her part
in that community support,
sounding a familiar refrain
from those in charge of
major outdoor events.
Pray for good weather,
she said with a laugh.
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Organizations, Local Businesses
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Girls track and field

Boys tennis

Verona unable to
seal the deal at
Big 8 Conference
Sports editor

Kundinger was one of five jumpers that cleared 4-10. She ended up
fourth based on a jump-off.
The season also continued for a
pair of Verona pole vaulters as senior
Lexi Alt reached 9-6 for second place
and fellow senior Kirsten Queoff
added a fourth-place finish based on
attempts with a clearance of 8-6.
Seniors Lexy Alt and Kylie
Schmaltz were joined by sophomore
Emilia Lichty and Sieanna Mitchell
to earn Veronas lone relay victory of
the evening in a season-best 49.96 in

Ever since losing last

year at the WIAA Division 1 individual state tennis match the conversation
for Verona boys tennis had
been where would Alex
Pletta and Patrick Conley
play this season.
With freshman Will Tennison joining the team,
Pletta and Conley dropped
down to No. 2 and 3 singles, respectively. Its a
move that helped the Wildcats wrap up their first Big
Eight Conference dual meet
season. But nothing Verona
could do at the conference
tournament was able to help
the team take the outright
conference title from Middleton.
A two-day tournament
Wednesday and Thursday inside Nielsen Tennis
Stadium, it was Pletta and
Conley that secured Veronas top finishes winning
titles at No. 2 and 3 singles,
The second-seeded Pletta dropped a mere two
games through his first two
matches against Janesville
Craig and Madison Memorial before avenging a regular-season loss against Middleton freshman Ryan Gold
7-5, 6-1 in the championship match. It was a stark
contrast to Plettas 6-0, 6-3
loss against Gold during the
regular season.
I played a little more
consistent today and was
a little more aggressive,
Pletta said. I just focused
on playing my game a little
bit differently today against
a good opponent.
Conley looked like the
top seed at No. 3 singles
throughout the tournament
rolling 6-1, 6-0 against

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Photo by Jeremy Jones

Senior Carissa Witthuhn finished third at Mondays WIAA Division 1 regional meet at Janesville Parker with a season-best 108 feet, 5 inches in the discus. The top four
advanced to Thursdays WIAA Division 1 sectional meet in Stoughton.

Leaping to sectionals
Olson moves on to
sectionals for third year
in a row in the high jump
Sports editor

Monterey Stadium hasnt been

kind to Verona track and field athlete
Kailey Olson the past two seasons
at sectionals. Needing only to finish
in the top four (rather than the top
three) Monday at the WIAA Division
1 Janesville Parker regional Olson

finally continued her season through

Olson and Beloit Memorial Raevin Peek were the only competitors
to clear 5 feet, though Olson took
second based on attempts. The finish was good enough to advance the
junior on to Thursdays sectional
meet held in Stoughton at 4p.m.
Ive had a lot of ups and downs
trying to get back in the swing of
things this season. My heights have
been pretty unpredictable, thats kind
of frustrating, but thats the sport of
high jumping, said Olson who has
dealt with nagging shin injuries all

season. Its exciting to qualify for

sectionals. This track hasnt necessarily been the nicest to me (finishing
one spot shy of state there the last
two years).
Olson knows qualifying for state
wont be easy, after finishing out spot
out of contention in fourth place the
past two seasons based on height and
then attempts.
It all depends on whos clicking
and what the weathers like, she
said. It would mean so much to
qualify for state. I pretty much think
about it year round.
Freshman teammate Ally

Boys track and field

Ifediora helps 1,600 relay

advance to sectionals, wins 400
Sports editor

Junior Obi Ifediora took the baton with a

sizeable deficit Monday and posted a blistering 49.9 split. The effort was good enough to
pull the Verona boys track and field teams
1,600-meter relay from fifth into third place
as the quarter of Lance Andrew, Peter Barger,
Corey Pedersen and Ifediora posted a time of
3 minutes, 28.85 seconds.
The top four finishers moved through the
WIAA Division 1 Janesville Parker regional
and onto Thursdays sectional meet at Stoughton.
I knew our position wouldnt have gotten us through to sectionals when I took the
baton, Ifediora said. I heard my all teammates and coaches screaming, youve just

got to pass one guy. I was using that as fuel. It

hurt, but it was worth it.
Earlier in the night, Obis brother Chudi
(who is also an alternate on the 1,600 relay)
pulled up in the 100 dash prelims and did not
finish the race.
He hurt his hamstring at our first meet
the West Relays hes never been able to get
back to his old self since. This was definitely
for him too.
Leading up the relay, Obi had already
claimed the 400-meter dash in 50.78.
Junior TJ Manning and senior Brady Traeder were the only other runners, beside Ifediora,
to qualify for state in open events. Manning
Photo by Jeremy Jones
placed fourth in the 1,600 (4:38.59), while Verona advanced three throwers on to sectionals, including senior Robbie Freitag (above) in the disTraeder took fourth in the 3,200 (9:54.98).
cus. Freitag finished fourth with a heave of 133 feet, 1 inche. Senior Reggie Curtis launched a throw of
Junior Jack Herkert entered the evening as 52-4 for first place in the shot put, while junior Hunter Bourne secured the fourth and final spot to

Turn to Boys track/Page 15 sectionals with a personal-best toss of 47-1 1/2.

May 26, 2016


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Boys golf

Girls soccer

Kaegi takes 10th overall at Big 8 meet

Wildcats claim
Big Eight title

If You Go
What: WIAA Division 1 boys golf Onalaska Sectional
When: 9a.m. Wednesday, June 1
Where: La Crosse Country Club

Assistant sports editor

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Photos by Anthony Iozzo

Garhett Kaegi tees off on the 12th hole Thursday in the Big Eight Conference Golf tournament at Evansville Golf Club. Kaegi shot an 80, which was good for 10th overall. Verona
took third with a 338. Middleton won with a 307, and Madison Memorial and Sun Prairie
tied for second with a 324.

The Verona Area High

School boys lacrosse team
held off Waunakee Monday
for a 13-7 win, clinching
the Madison Area Lacrosse
Association red division.
The Wildcats (21-2 overall, 11-1 MALA) jumped
out to a 7-1 lead over
Waunakee (9-3 MALA) in
the first quarter and never
looked back.
Junior Jake Keyes had
three goals and two assists,
while sophomore Ian
Edwards picked up a goal
and three assists. Sophomore Graham Sticha (three
goals), senior Noah Maurer
(two goals), junior Patrick
Stigsell (two assists), senior
Josh Novotny (two assists),
senior Dom Sabbarese (two
goals) and junior Jack Scott
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Senior Nick Meland and Jon Rebholz discuss a chip on the ninth hole Thursday in the Big
Eight Conference Golf tournament. Meland finished with an 82. Both Meland and Kaegi also
qualified for sectionals.

Madison Wests Aaron Sordia (81) also made sectionals.

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Kaegi and Meland both earned
spots at sectionals in Tuesdays
regional at Pleasant View Golf
Kaegi shot a 79, while Meland finished with an 80 to earn the first two
individual qualifying spots.
The Wildcats took fifth as a team
with a 340. Bates shot an 86, and
sophomore Steven Kellerman finished with a 95.
Middleton (311), Waunakee (317),
Madison Memorial (319) and Oregon (332) all moved on to sectionals.

Peter Christian both added

goals, and senior Brycen
Smith collected an assist.
Senior Alex Jones finished with 13 saves.
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31. Brackets come out this

Verona 8, Middleton 3

Follette on May 19.

Keyes (four goals), Sticha (four goals, assist),
Edwards (three goals,
assist) and Stigsell (goal,
three assists) led the
offense. Maurer, senior
Austin Powers and senior
Taylor Scott all chipped in
goals, while seniors David
Romens, Novotny, Christian and sophomore Jake
Doerfler all added assists.
Sophomore Cameron
Corless had one save, and
Jones collected six saves.

The Wildcats knocked off

Middleton on May 18, 8-3.
Edwards had three goals
and three assists, while Sticha collected three goals
and an assist.
Sabbarese and Scott
added goals, while Keyes Verona 16,
p i c ke d u p t wo a s s i s t s . Milw. Marquette 6
Stigsell chipped in with an
The Wildcats traveled to
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Jones finished with eight Marquette University High
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Keyes had six goals and
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Lacrosse Association red Edwards (goal, four assists)
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Novotny had two goals

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Verona Area High School sophomore Garhett Kaegi finished 10th

overall Wednesday in the Big Eight
Conference boys golf meet at Evansville Golf Course.
Kaegi shot an 80 and won a scorecard playoff over Middletons Andy
Zucker for a 10th overall finish.
Senior Nick Meland was next on
the team with an 82, while Nick
Buchert followed with an 85. Junior
Jack Bates finished the scoring with
an 87. Junior Will Zunkers 89 was
thrown out.
The Wildcats finished with a 338,
which was good enough for third
place. Middleton won the event with
a 307. All five Middleton golfers finished in the top 11.
Joey Levin was second overall (76), and Nils Arneson (77)
was third. Brady Thomas (77) was
fourth, and Emmet Herb (77) was
Madison Memorial and Sun Prairie both tied for second with a 324.
Sun Prairies Carter Simon took
overall medalist to win the Big Eight
(72), and Madison Memorial was led
by seventh-overall Jacob OLaughlin
(77) and ninth-overall George Weitz
Beloit Memorials Sam Klobuchar
was sixth overall (77), and Janesville Parkers Matt Zimmerman was
eighth overall (77).

at 7p.m. Thursday at
Waunakee, while the seeding meeting is also this
The Verona Area High week.
School girls soccer team Verona 5,
won the Big Eight Conference title with a 5-0 win Madison East 0
over Madison Memorial
The Wildcats defeated
Madison East 5-0 on May
The title is the first since 5.
2012, when the Wildcats
Senior Bobo Zaugg,
also finished 8-0-1 in the Melin (two) and Krogman
Big Eight.
(two) all scored goals.
Senior Kate Melin and Senior Makenna McGilfreshman Julia Gilboy vray, Melin, Zaugg, Wing
both scored two goals, and Dani Gilboy all had
while senior Emily Krog- assists.
man added the fifth.
Freshman Nicole ThomSenior Shelly Wing, as and Nelson each had a
junior Dani Gilboy, soph- save.
omore Anna Heinzen and
Krogman all added assists. Verona 11, La Follette 1
Sophomore Rachel NelVe r o n a k n o c ke d o ff
son finished with three
Madison La Follette 11-1
The regular season ends
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May 26, 2016

The Verona Press

Photo by William McGilvray

The Verona Area High School girls soccer team won its first Big Eight Conference title since 2012
Thursday with a 5-0 win over Madison Memorial. The Wildcats finished 8-0-1 in the Big Eight.

Soccer: Wildcats go undefeated in Big Eight

had a goal and an assist, with seven saves.
and senior Bella Genova
Verona 1,
added a goal.
on May 12.
N e l s o n a n d T h o m a s Edgewood 1
Krogman scored four combined for three saves.
Ve r o n a t o o k o n
goals and added an assist,
non-conference Madison
while sophomore Lauryn Verona 2,
Edgewood on May 23 at
Hahn and Melin each add- Sun Prairie 1
Reddan Soccer Park and
ed two goals. Melin also
The Wildcats edged Sun tied 1-1.
had an assist.
Melin scored the lone
Sophomore Chandler Prairie 2-1 on May 17.
Bainbridge and Melin goal for the Wildcats,
Bainbridge had a goal and
three assists. Julia Gilboy each had a goal and an w h i l e N e l s o n fi n i s h e d
assist. Nelson finished with three saves.
Continued from page 13


Wildcats earn No. 2 seed for Division 1 playoffs

Assistant sports editor

The Verona Area High

School baseball team
earned a No. 2 seed and a
first-round bye in sectional 5 of the WIAA Division
1 baseball tournament.
The Wildcats host the
winner of No. 7 Stoughton and No. 10 Monona
Grove Thursday, June 2,
at 5p.m. in the regional
I f Ve r o n a w i n s , t h e
sectional semifinal is at
2p.m. Tuesday, June 7,
while the sectional final
is at 5p.m. on June 7. The
other sectional semifinal
is at 11a.m. on June 7.
Janesville Craig earned
the No.1 seed and a bye.
The Cougars will face the
winner of No. 8 Milton
and No. 9 Oregon on May
31 in the regional final.
Beloit Memorial (No. 3)
and Fort Atkinson (No. 4)
will also have byes. Beloit
plays the winner of No. 6
Madison West and No. 11

Madison La Follette in the

regional final, while Fort
Atkinson plays the winner
of No. 5 Janesville Parker
and No. 12 Elkhorn in the
regional final.
Regionals are at the
higher seed, while sectionals is at Beloit Memorial.

Verona 6,
La Follette 0
The Wildcats defeated
Madison La Follette 6-0
Keaton Knueppel hit a
3-run double in the bottom of the fourth that
scored Jason Frahm,
Nick Anderson and Jacob
Anderson added a 2-run
double in the second that
scored Sam Favour and
Jason Frahm.
Stephen Lund scored
the other run on a passed
Knueppel dominated
on the mound once again,
striking out 16 batters in
a two-hit complete game

shutout. Knueppel also

walked one batter.

Verona 5,
Sun Prairie 1

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Cats knock off Oregon

in final home game
The Verona Area High
School girls lacrosse team
hosted its last regular season game Tuesday, May 17,
at Conner Field, defeating
Oregon 12-9.
Senior Morgan Fritzler
and sophomore Megan Lois
led the scorers with four
goals each, while senior

A m a n d a B e s t h a d t wo
goals. Senior Abby Filsinger and junior Makena Meyers each found the net once.
Freshman goalkeeper Sofia
Jeddeloh had six saves in
the win.
The seven seniors and
their parents were reco g n i z e d i n a p r eg a m e

Playoffs begin the week
of May 30. Carroll University will host boys and girls
state championship games
on Saturday, June 11. Seeding was not known at press
- Michelle Felber

Big Eight Conference title slips away

from Wildcats in loss to Sun Prairie
Sports editor

Verona softball had a

chance to claim a share
of their third straight Big
Eight title on Thursday, but
instead fell 6-5 at Sun Prairie.
In a game that featured
five lead changes it was a
fielders choice to score
Schyler Ek in the seventh
that helped the host Cardinals take the lead for good.
The top of the third saw
Verona take an early lead,
4-0. Amie Rudnicki got
things rolling with a single.
She later scored on an RBI
single by Savanna Rainey
and Claire Everson scored
when Alyssa Erdman drew
a bases loaded walk. Nicole
Neitzel and Heather Rudnicki also scored in the
Sun Prairie rallied with
two runs in the fourth, sixth
and seventh inning, though.
The Cardinals scored
twice in the fourth on a
2-run error, bringing home
Skylar Muller and Alyssa
Blair. Sun Prairie Cardinals
later tied the game in the
sixth on a 2-run single by
Gabi Westphal that scored

WFSCA all-stars
The Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association Senior All-Star Games Division 1 roster set for
June 13-14 at Woodside Sports Complex near Wisconsin Dells will feature Verona Area High School players
Heather Rudnicki, Nicole Neitzel and Alyssa Erdman.
A series of games will take place both days, featuring 17 teams made up of top seniors from all four divisions.
Area coaches who will lead teams include Monona Groves Barry Witkowski, Division 1 Blue; Fort
Atkinsons Jeff Agnew, Division 1 Green; and Mount
Horebs Mike Umberger, Division 2 Blue.
Other Division 1 players from the area are Morgann
Harbort and Sarah Stewart of DeForest, Bre Feiler of
Monona Grove, Shelby Ballweg of Middleton, Jessi
Inman of Madison East, Kendall Fellers of Sun Prairie, Taylor Allard of Fort Atkinson, Holly Brickson of
Stoughton and Maria Sanchez of Beloit Memorial.
Muller and Blair.
Verona scored once in the
top of the seventh to take
a 5-4 lead, but Sun Prairie
answered with two runs of
their own to sneak past the
Neitzel had a pair of
RBIs in the loss, while
Quinn Nelson tossed all six
innings in the loss, allowing
four-earned runs on seven
Kendall Fellers went the

distance for the Cardinals,

striking out three and walking two over seven innings.
She allowed five-earned
Ve r o n a r e c e iv e d t h e
top-seed and a first-round
bye for its WIAA Division 1 playoff bracket.
The Wildcats host the winner between eighth-seeded Madison East and
ninth-seeded La Follette at
5 p.m. Thursday.

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Verona traveled to Sun

Prairie on Tuesday and
pulled off a 5-1 win.
Knueppel and Rortvedt
(double) both had two hits
and runs scored, while
Lund hit a 2-run home run
and scored another run.
Slonim and Favour
added RBIs, and Tyler
McClure had a double and
two hits.
Jeff Bishop got the win.
He struck out seven in
seven innings, allowing
an earned run on nine hits
and one walk.
Marquis Reuter took
the loss. He allowed four
earned runs on four hits
and five walks in two
innings, striking out two.
T h e Wi l d c a t s t r a v el to Mansfield Stadium
at 5p.m. Thursday for
the regular season finale
against Madison Memorial.

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The Verona Area High School seniors honored at the final home game against Oregon on May 17 (from
left) are: Samantha Dingle, Amanda Best, Sasha Anderson, Abby Filsinger, Morgan Fritzler, Carly Grover
and Natalie Schad.

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Home Talent League

Cavaliers fall to West Middleton

Assistant sports editor

The Verona Home Talent

team couldnt solve Austin Leggett Sunday against
West Middleton in an 8-1
Leggett allowed no
earned runs on three hits in

eight innings, striking out

eight and walking six.
Zach Spencer took the
He allowed five earned
runs on seven hits in six
innings, striking out and
walking one.
Justin Scanlon was
2-for-4 for Verona.

Girls track: Verona is second

Continued from page 12
the 400-meter relay.
The same quartet added a third-place finish in the
800 relay (1:44.79) and then
closed out the meet with a
third sectional-qualifying race
in the 1,600 relay where their
time of 4:09.74 was good for
Senior Carissa Witthuhn
finished third with a season-best 108-5 in the discus,
while fellow senior Europa
Christoffel posted a thirdplace finish in the triple jump
with a season-best 34-9.
Sophomore Annika Larson
qualified for sectionals for the
first time, placing fourth in
the 300 hurdles, breaking 50
seconds for the first time in
Veronas 4x800 relay of
senior Grace Mueller, junior
Preston Ploc, senior Cheyenne
Trilling and freshman Jori
Walsh earned the final spot
for sectionals, taking fourth in
Trilling and Walsh finished

fifth and sixth in the 400,

while Christoffel was fifth
in the long jump and sixth in
the 100 hurdles. Junior Grace
Schraufnagel posted a sixthplace finish in the shot put.
Senior Autumn Gaillard
was seventh in the long jump
as was Kundinger in the 200
and Preston Ploc in the 1,600.
Verona finished runner-up
to Beloit Memorial (119.5)
with 94 points, while Oregon
(88) rounded out the top three.
The Wildcats travel to
Stoughtons Collin Field
at 4p.m. Thursday for the
WIAA Division 1 sectional meet. Only the top three
finishers at sectionals will
advance onto state June 3-4 at
UW-La Crosse.
We got 16 kids through,
including alternates, Verona
head coach Mark Happel said.
Thats more people than we
were seeded to qualify, so it
was a good night overall. The
big step is the next one you
have to be in the top three
and its going to be extremely
competitive in everything.

Boys track: Sectionals is

Thursday at Stoughton
Continued from page 12
the top seed in the 100 hurdles, but neither he or Milton
senior Philip Smecko would
finish their preliminary race
It just happened that we
went over the first hurdle at
the exact same time. I happened to bring my trail leg
a little bit faster than his and
we caught our legs and both
tripped, Herkert said.
Both Herkert and head
coach Joff Pedretti though the
race should be rerun, but the
meet referees didnt agree.
Theyre so random on
which events get rerun and
which dont, that I had a bad
feeling, Pedretti said. I talked to the officials. Whoever
was at that hurdle, judging,
didnt see anything. I showed
them video tape of what happened both trail leg knees
basically hitting each other
but they said they cant review
video evidence.
In another bit of bad luck,
Verona senior Spencer Polk
was DQed in the 110 finals.
Only carrying two events
into regionals, the questionable no-call allowed Herkert
to focus all his attention on the
high jump.
One of the to ranked jumpers in the state, Herkert came
in at 6 foot and then took a
couple of practice jumps to
officially win the title with a
clearance of 6-4.
I was originally coming
in just to jump to win but
because of what happened
in the hurdles, coach (Mike)
Kundinger let me do two

jumps, Herkert said. I wanted to jump full out, but he

wouldnt let me.
With Herkert out, teammate
Jared Biddle raced to a runner-up finish in the 110, finishing behind Oregons Alex
Duff (15.03) in 15.19.
Verona advanced three
throwers on to sectionals,
including two in the shot put
where senior Reggie Curtis
launched a throw of 52-4
for first place. Junior Hunter
Bourne secured the fourth at
final spot to sectionals with
a personal-best toss of 47-1
, while teammate Austin Schwartz missed out on
sectionals by a foot and two
spots, taking sixth place.
Senior Robbie Freitag
was the Wildcat lone discus
thrower to advance, finishing
fourth with a heave of 133-01.
Junior Corey Pedersen,
sophomore Peter Barger,
sophomore Jared Jenkins and
junior TJ Manning finished
third in the 3,200 relay with
close to a six-second PR.
In one of the more surprising moves of the night, freshman Tim Soko (23.87) qualified for sectionals with a huge
PR to finish fourth in the 200
Freshman Mason Jordan
just missed qualifying for
sectionals by one spot and
.24 seconds, taking fifth in
the 400. Junior Josh Madalinski placed sixth in the pole
vault a finish the Wildcats
400 relay team of junior Meja
Maka, sophomore Joe Riley,
senior Lance Andrew and
Soko matched.
Verona finished fifth overall
with 91 points.


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Tennis: Verona tied with Oregon after subsectionals

Continued from page 12
Beloit Memorial and Madison East
before knocking off second-seeded
Brian Bellissimo 6-4, 7-6 (4).
Theres a lot of work that went
into this. Every year since I lost at
individual state, weve been talking
about where Id be playing this year,
Conley said. To be able to win a conference championship today is good,
but the goal is still to make sure we
get to team state and as many guys as
possible to individual state.
Tennison meanwhile, added a thirdplace finish after losing 6-3, 7-6 (4)
to junior Xavier Sanga. Second-seeded sophomore Vivek Swaminath
matched his seed, falling 6-2, 6-3 to
Middletons Haiwen Dai.
Verona and Middleton were tied
at 26 through all four singles flights
before the Cardinals swept all three
doubles titles to capture the conference tournament crown 50-42.
Middleton is a really good team,
Conley said. They were short a couple of guys when we played them
during the regular season, but we
thought we definitely earned that firstplace spot during the regular season.
Senior Matt Blessing and sophomore Jackson Hutchcroft bounced
back from a second-round loss to the
eventual No. 1 doubles champions of
Dan Jin and Cody Markel for third
place with a 6-4, 2-6, 7-6 (7) victory
against Madison Memorial.
Veronas No. 2 doubles team of
senior Connor Melzer and Mitch
Kealy werent challenged much until
the finals where they fell 6-3, 6-4 to
Middletons Rafael Sanga and Mason
Senior Luke Schoeberle and freshman Chris Queoff needed a 4-6, 7-6
(3), 6-3 gem of a match in the second round against Madison West to
reach the No. 3 doubles championship
where they forced another marathon
match, but fell 6-1, 4-6, 7-5 to Middletons Colin Hogendorn and Sam
Our guys played really well. This
is the first year in a long time that Ive
seen the team not back down to anybody, head coach Rick Engen said.
We always talk at this point in the
season about matching the level of
play, this is the first year I think we
have an entire team that actually does
The Wildcats havent reached team
state since 2004.
Team state is something our senior
class has been working for the last
four years, Pletta said. It would
mean so much to all of us to be able
to get back.

Photos by Jeremy Jones

Senior Patrick Conley knocked off second-seeded Brian Bellissimo 6-4, 7-6 (4) of Middleton to win the Big Eight Conference title at No. 3 singles last week. Verona, which defeated Middleton during the regular season, finished second to the Cardinals 50-42.

team state tennis tournament Tuesday

by simply playing the teams seeds.
Instead, the hosts Wildcats suffered a
pair of costly losses late at the WIAA
Division 1 Verona subsectional, however, and now enter Thursdays sectional meet back at Nielsen Tennis
Stadium tied with Oregon.
Both teams advanced five of seven flights and sit deadlocked with 20
Verona advanced at No. 1, 2 and 4
singles, as well as at No. 1 and 3 doubles. Oregon moved on at No. 1 and
2 singles and all three doubles flights.
Tennison earned a controversial
third-seed at No. 1 singles and cruised
to a 6-0, 6-0 win against Stoughtons
Stefan Butterbrodt.
Blessing and Hutchcroft also only
needed to win once on Tuesday, holding off Madison La Follette 6-1, 3-6,
6-1 at No. 1 doubles.
Number 1 singles and doubles players need only to win their first match
Thursday to qualify for the individual
state tournament. Every point expects
to count as Verona and Oregon battle for the team state spot based on
points from the subsectional and sectional meets.
Pletta received a first-round bye and
then knocked off Monona Groves
Max Nelson 6-2, 6-0 to move on at
No. 2 doubles, while Swaminath
played his way to sectionals following
a bye and a 6-1, 6-1 win over MGs
Ben Travis.
Top-seeded Queoff and Schoeberle
also received a first-round bye before
knocking off Madison Memorial 6-3,
6-0 to advance.
A top-seed didnt guarantee a vicSubsectionals
tory however, as Conley found out,
Verona could have all but locked up dropping a heartbreaking 0-6, 7-5, 6-1
a return trip to the WIAA Division 1 decision to Madison Wests Quinlan

Senior Alex Pletta dropped a mere two

games through his first two matches
against Janesville Craig and Madison
Memorial before avenging a regular-season
loss against Middleton freshman Ryan Gold
7-5, 6-1 in the No. 2 singles Big Eight Conference championship match last week.

Gallagher at No. 3 singles.

Veronas only loss came at No.
2 doubles where Kealy and Melzer
blanked La Follette but fell 6-4 6-4 to
the second-seed No. 2 doubles team
of Michael Wolter and Jordan Willauer from Madison West.
The Madison Memorial sectional meet gets underway at 10:30a.m.
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Crash course in bike safety

Verona area residents had the chance to get a crash
course in bike safety Saturday, May 14, at the Verona
Police Departments youth bike safety event.
Verona officer Ryan Adkins said about 50 kids registered at the event, which included chances to practice
braking, signaling turns and looking both ways when leaving a driveway.
Area organizations were also on hand to advocate for
helmets and make sure bikes had enough tire pressure.
The Wisconsin Bike Fed asked parents in attendance to
sign a pledge that covered four ways to make road biking
safer: stopping to let people cross the street, watching for
people on bikes, minding the speed limit and obeying traffic laws.
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Tessa Wallace, 5, of Verona,

pauses before turning left as she
waits for the car to pass.

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Declan Killeen Toomey, 5, of Verona, gets a high five from Ardiana

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Retirement: District borrows money, creates flat annual cost

Continued from page 1
long term.
The two-year window
they decided on for retirees to stay in the highest
tier, with the best benefits,
was so employees were not
forced to feel like they
need to pull the rip cord in
one year, Olson explained.
Those who do not retire this
year as part of the Tier 1
group will move into Tier
2 until they retire.
Despite declining pension costs, which are being
phased out under changes
following Act 10, the district projected its costs for
retirement benefits would
more than double in 20
years. As part of its presentation, it said it would
be paying $5.3 million per
year, mostly in health care,
without any changes by
2035-36, way up from the
2014-15 cost of $2.3 million per year.
The jump is equivalent,
VASD director of human
resources Jason Olson said,
to 50 staff positions.
(It) forced us to confront
some of the economic realities of agreements that were
made decades ago, Olson

Big picture
Early on in the 18-month
process, the group working
on a new system for retirement benefits agreed on a
pair of big picture goals:
h o n o r i n g t h e p r ev i o u s
retirement agreements to
the maximum extent and
creating a fixed number for
budgeting in the future.
The group which
included Olson, superintendent Dean Gorrell, business
manager Chris Murphy,
three school board members and a representative
from both VAEA and VESPA achieved both of those
goals in the agreement they
eventually came to.
Greg Verhelst, who represented VAEA on the committee and is one of the
retirees this year after 37


Big picture

The district broke employees into four tiers to create a sliding scale for
how much the changes would affect a given employee*:
Tier 1:
Age 55 and 15 years of service OR 25 years of service
Two-year window to retire (2016 deadline) or move to tier 2
$150K family/$73K single health cap
Up to two years post-age 65 at $10K family/$5K single
Tier 2:
Age 50 and 15 years of service OR 20 years of service
$120K family/$57K single health cap
Must still meet age 55 and 15 years of service or age 60 and 10 years of service
requirements when retiring
Tier 3:
Not yet age 50 and 15 years of service OR 20 years of service
Hired before July 1, 2011
$3K/year of service into an HRA at retirement
No access to VASD insurance
Tier 4:
Hired after July 1, 2011
$3K/year of service into an HRA at retirement
Must meet age 55 and 20 years of service requirements when retiring
No access to VASD insurance

Retirement structure
goals the district and
unions agreed on two
years ago:
Honor previous retirement provisions to
maximum extent
Create a fixed budget amount for benefits
gave them confidence.
The practice is more
common in Minnesota,
Olson said, as some districts in Wisconsin have
previously lost money in
such an arrangement. He
blamed that on going for
the big payday, rather than
the approach the district has
For the districts finances,
the early returns are good.
The portfolio, from an
interest standpoint, is doing
better than our benchmark
and our projection, so it
would stand to reason it
would stretch out longer

than we anticipated, he

On the bubble
While Olson was happy
about the ultimate agreement and is pleased with
the performance so far, he
acknowledged it did not
work for everyone.
Always a challenge for
people who are on the bubble, he said.
But without changing
someones benefits, the
solution would not have
been sustainable long-term,
he said.
Hopefully, this model
will be consistent long into
the future, he said.
No one can ever predict
the future, but based on the
past experiences, its been
more about the financial
sustainability of the obligations than anything, he
said. Based on the data
that were seeing so far, I
have a lot of confidence in
this plan being able to continue.
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*All years as of July 1, 2014

investment market.
The district borrowed $34
million to fund 20 to 30
years of its health insurance
for retirees. The fixed annual payback of $2.5 million
per year now can be built
into the budget as a solid number, which replaces
the annual guessing game
of how many retirees there
are in a given year and how
much health insurance will
By investing that money
into a conservative portfolio that focuses on fundwhats needed yearInvesting in the future ing
to-year instead of looking
The best solution, the to hit the jackpot, Olson
district decided, was in the emphasized.

years in the district, said

at the 2014 board meeting when the changes were
approved that it was a winwin.
I think in the long run,
its sustainable, which is
a benefit to the district to
save money and put money
back into the classroom,
Verhelst said then. Its also
a win-win for us, because
we know what the options
are, weve been given time
to think about what the
options are. Were looking
out for 20 years.

Im not trying to get 10

percent, Im just trying to
structure it so I can get a
return thats going to target 2.2 percent or this
or that, Olson said. We
are very cognizant of the
fact that as a public sector
entity we have to be more
concerned with the return
of principal than the return
on principal.
While he acknowledged
there was some concern
about a potential crash in
the market or other harmful event, he noted PMA,
the districts financial consultant, has a division that
just works on public sector
portfolios. That, he said,



May 26, 2016

The Verona Press

Academic Achievements
Academic Achievements run as space is available, and this list of honorees and graduates is
not complete. Due to the increased number of
submissions after spring and fall graduation
times, there is often a backlog in the following

Alejandra Diaz-Caballero, honor roll; Benjamin

DuCharme, honor roll; James Karls, honor roll;
Tracy Kempfer, deans list; Quincy Roman,
honor roll

University of Wisconsin-Platteville
Taylor Alexander, deans list; Alyssa Becker,
deans list; Rachel Cropp, deans list; Kyle
Krueger, deans list; Jenna Livezey, deans list;
Taylor Lorbiecki, deans list; Samuel Porter,
deans list; Michael Prudisch, deans list; Jeffrey
Reinholtz, deans list; Karl Schauer, deans list;
Alyssa Becker, chancellors list; Rachel Cropp,
chancellors list; Taylor Lorbiecki, chancellors
list; Michael Prudisch, chancellors list
Emily Arida, deans list; Erika Friis, deans list;
Nickolas Schuch, deans list; Emily Arida, chancellors list; Erika Friis, chancellors list

Milwaukee School of Engineering

Austen Gross, deans list

Fall 2015 honors
Julia Anastasi, chancellors award; Theresa
Everett, chancellors award; Matthew Feller,
University of St. Thomas
chancellors award; Rebecca Jensen, chancelVerona
Sophie Fromberger, deans list; Madeline lors award; William Reilly, chancellors award;
Nicole Roehl, chancellors award
Hankard, deans list
University of Iowa
Gwendolyn Miller, deans list
Chizom Ekpunobi, deans list; Cameron Phillips,
Drake University
deans list
Alexander Reich, deans list; Sarah Schoeberle,
Ripon College
presidents list
Elizabeth Currier, deans list
Taylor Weigel, presidents list

All reports taken from the residence and attempted
log book at the Verona Police to open the passenger side
doors of the vehicles in their
driveway. The caller said they
March 6
tried to confront the suspects
12:18 a.m. Three units as- before they took off running
sisted the Dane County Sher- and were likely picked up by
iffs Office in stabilizing a the same vehicle that dropped
victim who had been ejected them off. A search did not
from the car after getting in a turn up any trace of the vehicrash near U.S. Hwy. 18 and cle.
Grandview Road.
March 7
11:59 p.m. A resident in the 9:06 a.m. A construction
400 block of Military Ridge worker notified police that he
Drive reported to police had found a glass pipe conthat two teenage boys were taining burnt marijuana resdropped off outside of their idue at a site near U.S. Hwy.

18 and Locust Drive. The

paraphernalia was placed into
9:35 a.m. and 10:12 a.m.
Officers responded to two
separate reports of car
break-ins in the 400 block
of Lucerne Drive. One woman reported that nothing had
been taken or damaged from
her car, while a man reported
that the glove boxes had been
opened in two of his vehicles
and his work cell phone was
missing. There were no signs
of forced entry on either of
the vehicles.

Nina Louise Brandenburg, deans list; Melanie
Elizabeth Chanos, deans list; Megan Rose
Clark, deans list; Emily Kay Duffy, deans list;
Celia Zoe Fleischman, deans list; Gary P King,
deans list; Pakou Lee, deans list; Adriana
Patricia Pimentel, deans list; Alexandra Marie
Sabin, deans list; Joshua Edward Wilson,
deans list
Kendra Von Behren, deans list; Karli Elizabeth
Bryant, deans list; Jerod Jax Butler, deans list;
Quinnipiac University
Kathryn Margery Chenoweth, deans list; Trevin
Geier, deans list; Derek Li, deans list; Daniel L
Joseph Fiala, deans list
Mork, deans list; Dayna Diane Nagel, deans
list; Katelin Hope Joo Princl, deans list; Carly
Amanda Roethlisberger, deans list; Mitchell
Anna Beckerleg, honor roll; Jordan Black, McCabe Schutte, deans list; Kaylee Anne
honor roll; Noah Borchardt, deans list; Alyssa Simon, deans list; Steven Garrott Villacrez,
Call, deans list; Emma Charlton, honor roll; deans list; He Zhang, deans list


The City of Verona Plan Commission will hold Public Hearings on Monday June 6, 2016 at City Hall, 111 Lincoln
Street, for the following planning and
zoning matters:
1) Conditional use permit amendment to the Epic Systems Corporation
Group Development to allow for the
construction of an underground parking
structure located at 1979 Milky Way.
2) Conditional use permit amendment to the Epic Systems Corporation
Group Development to allow for the
location of two (2) contractor work sheds
at 1979 Milky Way.
3) Conditional use permit for a proposed Indoor Commercial Entertainment
land use, known as Jimmy Johns, to be
located at 631 Hometown Circle.
4) Conditional use permit to convert
an existing car wash bay at 991 Kimball
Lane to a drive-thru pick-up area for coffee and food.
5) General Development Plan (GDP)
for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) to
be located at 506,508, and 514 Commerce
Parkway to allow for the expansion of
Pure Sweet Honey Farm.
6) General Development Plan (GDP)
for a Planned Unit Development (PUD) to
allow for the construction of a mixed-use
building that would contain 29 apartment
units and approximately 3,900 square
feet of commercial space to be located at
142 Paoli Street.
7) Zoning Map Amendment to zone
approximately 16.40 acres of annexed
land to Urban Industrial (UI). The property
to be zoned UI is located in the northeast
quarter of the southeast quarter of Section 21 and the northwest quarter of the
southwest quarter of Section 22, Township 6 North, Range 8 East.
8) Zoning Map Amendment to rezone
Lot 16 of the Verona Technology Park
from the current classification of Suburban Industrial (SI) to Suburban Commercial (SC).
9) Zoning Map Amendment to rezone
lots 1 through 32 located within the proposed Hometown Grove Plat from their

current zoning classification of Community Residential (CR) with a Planned Unit

Development (PUD) Overlay to Community Residential (CR) located at 845 Kimball
Interested persons may comment
on these planning and zoning matters
during the public hearings at the June
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, June 13th.
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: May 19 and 26, 2016



of Verona and Town of Verona will hold a
public hearing on Monday, June 20, 2016
at 6:30 pm at the Verona Fire Station, located at 101 Lincoln Street. Verona WI.
The joint public hearing will be held by
City of Verona Common Council and the
Town of Verona Town Board to gather input on a proposed boundary agreement
between the City of Verona and the Town
of Verona. The purpose of the agreement
is to create predictability for development in both jurisdictions.
The draft agreement and associated maps can be found at or
Interested persons may also receive copies of the draft agreement by contacting
the Town Planner/Administrator or City
Director of Planning and Development.
Interested persons may comment
on the draft agreement during the public
hearing or submit comments in writing
If anyone having a qualifying disability as defined by the American With

340 Autos

402 Help Wanted, General

1995 BMW Convertible Classic Model

925, 57,000 MILES. PRICE $12,500

BADGER STATE Drilling has an immediate opening for a driller/driller's assistant.

CDL preferred. Must pass DOT physical
Excellent opportunity for advancement,
Year round work. . 608-877-9770.

350 Motorcycles
'79 HARLEY Davidson low-rider, original
forward controls, leather bags, $4,500
OBO. '06 Harley Davidson Dynaglide
low-rider, 4,000mi, $8,500 OBO. Both
garage kept. 608-934-5562

370 Trucks
2008 CHEVY Silverado crew-cab, leather
interior, all power, OnStar, 1500Z71/4x4.
Garage kept, $16,500 OBO. 608-9345562

PAR Concrete, Inc.

Phil Mountford 516-4130 (cell)

835-5129 (office)


Nature Center, in Stoughton, is hiring
camp counselors for summer. Full and
part time available. Email resume to fort.



Notice is hereby given, that the following applications to serve alcoholic

beverages in the Town of Verona have
been received, and are on file in the Office of the Town Clerk. A public hearing
will be held on June 7, 2016 at 6:30 pm
to allow for comments regarding these
Dale Goytowski, President
d/b/a/ Blackhawk Bowhunters
2103 CTH PB in the Town of Verona
Susan Kaye Buchanan, President
d/b/a Ole Duffers Pub
1755 CTH PB in the Town of Verona
These applications are available for
inspection at the Verona Town Hall, 335
N. Nine Mound Road between the hours
of 8:00 a.m.& 2:00 p.m. M-F.
Tammy Dresser
Deputy Clerk/Treasurer, Town of Verona
Published: May 26, 2016


Outgoing adult woman in Verona seeks
supportive home-care worker. 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. Drivers license required and
comfortable driving a van. Please call
Joann (608-347-4348) for more info.
OREGON SUMMER Sitter Needed. Job
would be 5days/week Caring for 11 year
old boy. $10/hr. Drivers License Preferred. 608-835-3153, 608-358-2579
Oregon-area 3-4 times per week, for
sporting events. CDL-preferred, but will
train. Excellent pay. 608-669-2618

VAHS students 8th at state Science Olympiad

Students from the Verona
Area High School placed
eighth in the state at the
2016 State Science Olympiad Competition held Saturday, April 2, at UW-Stout.
High school teams from
throughout Wisconsin gathered for the Wisconsin Science Olympiad competition
in April on the UW-Stout
campus. Two teams from
t h e Ve r o n a A r e a H i g h
School qualified and were
among the teams competing. Their preparation for
the state competition began
in September and they
competed at three regional meets leading up to the
state tournament. The first
team placed eighth this year
out of the 45 qualifying
teams at the meet and the

second team placed ninth

among the 17 exhibition
The team members competing at the state competition included the following seniors: Brooke
Felsheim, Carissa Witthuhn, Claire Evensen,
Katie Fan, Luquant Singh,
Natalie Schad, and Elizabeth Thompson; juniors:
Alankrit Shatadal and
James Wellnitz, sophomore: Sophie Hawks; and
freshman: Kyllan Wunder.
Exhibition team members
were Europa Christoffel,
Nik Christoffel, Kevin Fan,
Quiwen Quan, Bri Wunder
and Bennett Yeo.
The tournament is an
academic competition with
28 events spread among

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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

434 Health Care, Human

Services & Child Care
Seeking caregivers to provide care
to seniors in their homes. Valid DL/
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Applications available at
Sugar & Spice Eatery.
317 Nora St. Stoughton.

Disabilities Act, needs an interpreter,

materials in alternate formats or other
accommodations to access these meetings, please contact the Town of Verona
@ 608-845-7187 or Please do so at least 48 hours
prior to the meeting so that proper arrangements can be made.
Amanda Arnold
Town of Verona
Adam Sayre
Director of Planning & Development
City of Verona
Published: May 26, 2016

Photo submitted

The Verona Area High School Science Olympiad team finished eighth in the competition at UW-Stout in
April. Pictured, from left, are, front row: Brooke Felsheim, Elizabeth Thompson, Sophie Hawks; second
row: Luquant Singh, Claire Evensen, Katie Fan, James Wellnitz, Carissa Witthuhn, Natalie Schad; third
row: Europa Christoffel, Nik Christoffel, Kevin Fan, Alankrit Shatadal; fourth row: Kyllan Wunder and Bri


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446 Agriculture,
Landscaping & Lawn Care
AGRONOMY SALES and Service Specialist Responsibilities include sales,
blending, delivery and service. CDL
required, salary with benefits. Qualified
applicants send resume to mfcoop@ Middleton Farmers Coop, PO
Box 620348, Middleton, WI 53562-0348
Company is experienced and professional. Call Ron at 608-217-6662
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Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)

categories. Among the 28
events and 45 teams, the
Verona Area High School
teams placed second in
Invasive Species; third in
Fossils and Cell Biology;
fourth in Protein Modeling;
fifth in Anatomy and Physiology; sixth in Microbe
Mission, Its About Time
and Forensics; seventh in
Chemistry Lab; eighth in
Green Generation and Mystery Design; and ninth in
For more information on
the Science Olympiad, see
the following web sites: and wisconsinso.
Submitted by Ann
451 Janitorial & Maintenance
EVENING CLEANING help needed in
Oregon WI. Part time shift can start 4,5 or
6pm. 4 hours per night. Monday through
Friday. NO WEEKENDS! Vacuuming,
dusting, mopping, restrooms, etc. Apply
at DIVERSIFIED BUILDING MAINTENANCE, 1105 Touson Drive, Janesville,
WI 53546 or call 608-752-9465
JANITORIAL / Custodian Cleaning Job
in Verona. We are currently hiring night
time staff for cleaning from 6pm-10pm
or 6pm-11pm, Monday-Friday. Starting
pay is $9.00 per hour with semi-annual
performance based raises. Call or text
Kevin today for more information and set
up an interview, 608-228-8729. Cleen
Trax Maintenance Inc

452 General
OFFICE CLEANING Team lead available in Stoughton Mon-Fri 4 hours/night.
Visit our website: www.capitalcityclean.
com or call our office: 608-831-8850

506 Beauty & Supplies

J.R. WATKINS Products for sale. Call
JoAnn 608-873-8779
CLASSIFIEDS, 873-6671 or 835-6677. It
pays to read the fine print.

548 Home Improvement

Light Construction Remodeling
No job too small
Gutter Cleaning & Gutter Covers
"Honey Do List"
No job too small
35 + Years Professional
Arthur Hallinan
RECOVER PAINTING Offers carpentry,
drywall, deck restoration and all forms of
painting 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.
Professional, Interior,
Exterior, Repairs.
Free Estimates. Insured.

554 Landscaping, Lawn,

Tree & Garden Work
trimming, roto-tilling. Garden
maintenance available.608-235-4389
Residential & Commercial
Fully Insured.
608-873-7038 or 608-669-0025
Shredded Garden Mix
Shredded Bark
Decorative Stone
Pick-up or Delivered
Limerock Delivery
5995 Cty D, Oregon, WI

602 Antiques & Collectibles

"Wisconsin's Largest Antique Mall"
Customer Appreciation Week!
June 6-12 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

STOUGHTON- 3250 Brooklyn Dr Sat

5/28 8am-4pm. Estate Sale-Antiques
Lifelong Discerning Collector of Antiques.
Queen Walnut bed, Mid-Century Dresser, Rocker, Windsor Chairs, Dressers,
Rugs, Glassware, China, Smalls, Antique
Clocks, Art, Iron patio Set, Glass Picnic
Table, Tools, Yard Items- Credit Cards

696 Wanted To Buy

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

705 Rentals
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
SHARE YOUR Space and Save We
roommate match individuals in 2 bed/2
bath luxury apartments at West End
Apartments in Verona. These luxury
apartments have all of the extras, come
tour today! One female space available
immediately, from $775/mo. Inquire for
additional availability. Details at 608-2557100 or
STOUGHTON- 105 West Street, 2 bedroom, appliances, water, heat, A/C, ceiling fan, on site laundry, well kept and
maintained. Off street parking. Next to
park. On site manager. Available June
15th, 2016. $770 a month. Please call
608-238-3815 or email with questions
STOUGHTON- 108 West Street, 2 bedroom, appliances, water, heat, A/C, ceiling fan, on site laundry, well kept and
maintained. Off street parking. Next to
park. On site manager. Available June
1st, 2016. $770 a month. Please call
608-2328-3815 or email with questions
STOUGHTON 1616 Kenilworth Ct.
Large 2-BR apts available now.
Pets welcome. Many feature new wood
laminate flooring.
$775-$825/mo. 608-831-4035.
STOUGHTON 2 bedroom Upper. $850/
mo + utilities $850 security deposit. 608873-3679
2-bedroom, water ncluded, Private
Owner. No Pets. $830 mo. Available July
VERONA 2 Bed Apts. Available 2
bed/2 bath luxury apartments at West
End with in-unit laundry, stainless appliances, wood floors, fitness center,
on-site office, 24/7 emergency maintenance. Large dogs welcome. From
$1,440/mo. Details at 608-255-7100 or

720 Apartments


style 2 bdrrm. $715 plus utilities. Private
entrance and patio All Appl inc/W/D. No
Pets No Smoking. 608-873-0884

750 Storage Spaces For Rent

10X10 10X15 10X20 10X30
Security Lights-24/7 access
Credit Cards Accepted
CALL (608)444-2900
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
Convenient location behind
Stoughton Lumber.
Clean-Dry Units
5x10 thru 12x25
Only 6 miles South of
Verona on Hwy PB.
Variety of sizes available now.
Call 608-424-6530 or
10x10 through 10x40, plus
14x40 with 14' door for
RV & Boats.
Come & go as you please.

975 Livestock

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

LAMBS: BLUE Face, fine wools,

LL-ewe/ram lambs, twin/trip, on pasture;
ewes with lambs; feeder lambs. Small
flock of chickens. Rainbow Fleece Fam

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
-Conveniently located at corner of
Whalen Rd and Kimball Lane
-Easy access to Epic and Hwy 151 to
downtown Madison
-Currently have 5 office suite with
reception/waiting room, conference
room, private bath/shower
-Can be sub divided
-Individual offices possible
Metro Real Estate

970 Horses

THE Verona Press CLASSIFIEDS, the

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or 835-6677.

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MEYER 4616 Heavy Duty forage wagons, tandems. Gehl 1265 chopper and
hay head. 608-214-3196

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The Verona Area School District is looking for two (2) dedicated,
hard-working Custodians. These full time, second shift positions are
responsible for general cleaning and upkeep of buildings, cleaning
and disinfecting rest rooms, performing heavy floor cleaning of rooms,
hallways, entrances, and athletic facilities and other indoor space. Prior
experience as a custodian, doing cleaning or other heavy work is desired.
The starting salary is $15.66 per hour plus exceptional fringe benefits,
including health, dental, vacation, sick leave and pension contributions.
How to Apply: Complete the WECAN online application at www.verona. and attach electronic copies resume and any certifications/
credentials to your application.
Deadline: Open until filled.
An Equal Opportunity Educator/Employer| Minorities are Strongly Encouraged to Apply

Looking for a Rewarding Career?


Auto/Diesel Mechanic
Competitive Starting Wage
Full Benefits


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

Seeking hard working individual to service and

maintain Fleet Autos, Crew Trucks, trailers, and
Construction Equipment. Will train the right person. Join our family owned, debt free, organization
located in Verona, Wisconsin!
Equal Opportunity Employer
Pre-employment background and
drug screens are performed.
APPLY in Person:
190 Paoli Street
Verona, Wisconsin
or via website:



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

Plastic Injection Molding

Press Operator
First & Second Shift
The Press Operator is responsible for the
production, finishing and packaging of
small injection molded plastic parts.
The Successful Press Operator requires
attention to detail and dependable
We offer competitive wages and excellent
benefits after 60 days.
Please stop at our corporate office for more
information and to complete an application.
Equal Opportunity Employer

Plastic Injection Molding

Material Handler
Second Shift
The material handler is responsible for accurately
mixing and preparing the raw materials and
moving them from the warehouse to the injection
presses as needed.

Production Drafting /
Materials Planner
Competitive Starting Wage
Full Benefits

This position requires attention to detail; working

with computers; lifting up to 55 lbs. several times
per shift; completing the job requirements with
minimal supervision and dependable attendance.

Responsibilities include developing drawings

and materials list for post-frame structures.
Will train the right person. Hands on construction
and Auto CAD experience helpful.

Prior experience in injection plastics manufacturing is desirable but not necessary.

190 Paoli Street
P.O. Box 930220
Verona, WI 53593

We offer competitive wages and excellent

benefits after 60 days.


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16379 W. Milbrandt Road
Evansville, WI


Garage Sale, Bake Sale & Used Book
Sale Fri May 27th & Sat May 28, Open
at 8:00 am Brats, hot dogs, chips, treats,
beverages in the Parsonage garage & in
the church basement

STOUGHTON- 1395 Washington Rd

Estate Sale. 5/29-31 8-5pm Farm Equipment, Household, Antiques, Misc

10FT DISK 2 bottom plow, 200 gallon

sprayer, Tree toad spade. McCormack
10 ft seed planter, King Kutter 7 ft blade,
rear tractor fork lift. Sunset Acres Tree
Farm. Stoughton. 608-719-7068 or

Custodian 1

652 Garage Sales

STOUGHTON- 1021 Riverview Dr, SatMay 27, 9-5pm, Sunday-May 28, 9-2pm.
40/year collection of aluminum ware and
picture frames,; furniture; china, household including antique folding wringer
washer stand, oil cans, saws, treadle
sewing machine

980 Machinery & Tools

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


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.


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

990 Farm: Service

& Merchandise


House and office cleaning,
Free estimates.


The Verona Press


516 Cleaning Services

May 26, 2016

Please stop at our corporate office for more

information and to complete an application.
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Were open
Monday, May 30
8:30 am to 5:00 pm
Town of Dunn
1828 Sandhill Rd.
Oregon, WI 53575

8:30 am-7:30 pm;
8:30 am-6 pm;
9 am-5 pm

Visit Wisconsins Premier Grower of Quality Bedding Plants & Hanging Baskets

Memorial Day Planters - Come Early for Best Selection!

Quality Bloomers at Reasonable Prices

We offer a line of organic vegetable plants, seeds & soil mix

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Limit one koupon per Kustomer per day.

Limit 6. $3.00 total. Starting at $1.99.

A live auctioneer will help us

auction our coveted sample
containers youve seen displayed
all season long! Proceeds from the
auction will be donated directly to
Badger Honor Flight

Sunday, May 29
3:00 pm

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