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A split
Board opts for 2
capital questions
on April ballot
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Photo by Scott Girard

Kindergartner Biniyam Knife, left, concentrates while working with fourth-grader Courtney Metcalf to direct a character on
the screen with Osmo Coding.

Coding with confidence

On the web
See more photos from Hour of Code:

Turn to Questions/Page 16
She also stressed the importance of hands-on activities that allow the students to see the code transferred
into physical responses.
Huttner said she looks forward to the future coding events
and continuing the work in the schools design labs.
Coding is not a solitary activity with students in front
of a screen, she wrote. My goal is to debunk this practice and open up the possibility of inspiring our students
to see coding and computer science as something they
want to learn more about and do.
Find out more about Hour of Code at or read
Huttners blog at
Scott Girard

City of Verona

I just really liked it here

Engelke retires from the job she didnt think she wanted

She hadnt even been looking for

jobs, and she initially had no interest after a co-worker in Janesvilles
When Cindy Engelke applied for finance office told her it would be a
the Verona finance director job in good opportunity. It came with a pay
1999 she wasnt expecting to stick cut, it was in a much smaller city and
nothing was computerized.
around long.

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But she interviewed, anyway, figuring maybe it would be a nice stepping stone, a learning opportunity to
get her some versatility for a different
big-city job.

Turn to Engelke/Page 13

Capital Question 1
What: High school plus
Cost: $162.8 million
Tax impact: 42 cents
per $1,000 of property

Capital Question 2

What: Pool, outdoor

athletic fields
Cost: $18.55 million
Tax impact: 35-38 cents
per $1,000 of property


What: Recurring
payment for increased
operating expenses
Tax impact: 59 cents
per $1,000 of property
*Based on previous
years taxes, not the full

$500K in new staff

positions next year?
Centralizing plan
would create
domino effect,
less for sites
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The Verona Area School

District is looking to take
another step toward centralizing its operations.
Monday, administrators presented a list of
new staff positions theyd
like to see in the district
over the next four years to
the Curriculum, Instruction and Assessment

See a list of
position requests
Page 12
committee. It would eventually cost as much as $1.5
million a year.
It would start more
slowly in 2017-18, at
around $500,000. And
while some of the positions could be reallocated from other parts of the
budget, much of it would

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Students around the Verona Area School District joined

their peers around the country in Hour of Code events in
recent weeks.
The week, which officially ran from Dec. 5-11, creates
opportunities for students to spend a chunk of their day
working with computer coding.
VASD schools used the opportunity to also have older
students get some experience mentoring those in lower
grades. At Sugar Creek Elementary School, for, example,
students came from the high school to help teach the kids.
At Stoner Prairie Elementary School, fourth-graders
worked with kindergartners on different programs. The
tools include Ozobots, which perform different movements
based on the color line they are following, and Dash, which
allows students to program in a set of movements.
SP and Country View Elementary School educational
technology coordinator Karie Huttner wrote on her blog
about the event that she saw students rise to the challenge in their mentoring roles.
There is real magic when upper grade students are
paired with younger students, Huttner wrote.

The question the Verona Area school board has

been wrestling with was
whether its April referendum would be about the
plan itself or about the
Based on the consensus
expressed Monday, its the
With opinions divided
and board member getting
tired, they compromised,
directing consultants to
write a pair of capital
questions on the April
ballot, plus a third for the
operating expenses associated with the new facilities.
One would include $153
million high school and
renovations and about $9


December 22, 2016

The Verona Press

Christmas with Ellen

VAHS grads get surprise visit, holiday prizes from DeGeneres crew
On the Web

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Things typically dont

bode well when strange men
in black appear at your door
unannounced, but two 2015
Verona Area High School
graduates found themselves
the exception to that rule
when a camera crew from
The Ellen DeGeneres
Show visited their apartment this month.
With gifts in tow, no less.
N ow s o p h o m o r e s a t
the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Sara Endres,
Maddie Weston and their
four roommates Becca
Strigenz, Maddy Hottinger,
Makaia Frober and Maddie Kreis appeared on the
Dec. 8 broadcast of the show,
which they watch together
often. While decorating their
apartment earlier this year,
they thought a cardboard
cutout of DeGeneres would
make the perfect addition
to the decor, and jokingly wrote to DeGeneres in
November to tell her theyd
bonded over their love for
(her) and the show and to
ask if they had any extra cutouts lying around, Endres,
20, told the Press.
What they never expected was to not only get the
cutout, but to also receive a
surprise visit from Ellen
correspondent Jeannie
Klisiewicz and her crew, a
chance to talk with DeGeneres herself and a plethora

To watch the roommates

appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres
Show, visit:

Photo submitted

Sara Endres (back left) and Maddie Weston (front right), both 2015 Verona Area High School
graduates, were surprised alongside their roommates at their campus apartment Dec. 7 by
a crew from the Ellen DeGeneres Show, which brought a cardboard cutout of DeGeneres the
roommates had requested by writing into the show in November. Pictured (from left to right
in back row) are Endres, Maddie Kreis, Maddy Hottinger and Makaia Frober, and (left to right
front row) Becca Strigenz, Ellen correspondent Jeannie Klisiewicz and Weston. While at their
apartment, the crew filmed a segment with the roommates that appeared on the Dec. 8 broadcast of the show. They also each received all the prizes from Day 12 of DeGeneres 12 Days of
Giveaways contest, including two round-trip JetBlue airline tickets and a trip to the Dominican
of prizes that puts the average holiday haul to shame,
thanks to the shows annual 12 Days of Giveaways
contest. By the end of the
whirlwind visit with the

crew, the roommates had

each walked away with a
Ring wireless video doorbell,
an Ecobee 3 smart thermostat, a $450 G-Ro suitcase,
$300 Home Depot gift card,

two-round trip tickets from

JetBlue and a six-day, fivenight stay at Casa de Campo resort in the Dominican
We always joked about

how we applied for 12 Days

of Giveaways and would just
never get it, Weston, 19, said.
We were just excited about
the cutout and getting to talk
to Ellen, and then when she
told us about the (other prizes), we didnt know what to
do with ourselves.
The Facebook video of
their enthusiastic appearance
on the show (hint: turn the
volume down) had racked
up 2.4 million views as of
Dec. 20, and while Weston
said being part of their own
viral moment is definitely
something off the bucket list,
they all had to buckle down
and get through finals before
getting too swept up in the
I think were all really
excited about the trip (to the
Dominican Republic, where
they plan to spend spring
break), and then were like,
Oh my gosh, we have to
study! Endres added.
D u r i n g t h e t wo - h o u r
meet-up with the crew, the
roommates watched their
appearance on the show in
real time and hung out with
Klisiewicz, who told them to
keep in touch and that theyre
now part of the Ellen family, Weston said. While the

visit itself was a blur, the

ongoing response from their
family and friends, as well as
watching Klisiewicz surprise
a mother and daughter on the
show just a few days later,
helped the memory sink in.
We just have a different
perspective just knowing that
out of the thousands of emails
that are sent to that show, she
took time out of her day to
figure something out for us,
Weston said. I think it just
shows how amazing Ellen is.
The Ellen cutout now has
a place of honor in their
front window, where theyve
watch people stop and take
pictures while exclaiming
theyre where the Ellen
girls live. But the 2D Ellen
likely wont stay in one place
for long: The roommates
plan to bring it along on their
spring break trip and document the experience with
plenty of pictures they can
share with Klisiewicz.
And with all of them planning on living together again
next year, the roommates
dont have to worry about
splitting up and putting the
cutout on rotation just yet,
Endres said.
Thankfully thats not a
problem right now, Weston
added with a laugh. I think
overall its such an amazing
experience. I cant believe it
happened to us. I dont think
Im ever going to get over it.
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December 22, 2016

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Verona Area School District

Commencement policy gets first look

In brief


The board adopted a behavior statement that outlines

seven principles the district will follow on behavior initiatives.
It also specifies four practices the district will use and
offer professional development on: the Nurtured Heart
Approach, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports, Non-Violent Crisis Interventions and Restorative
The policy is a result of more than a year of work by the
districts Behavioral Emotional Support Team.
This will give us much-needed clarity to guide our
work for many years to come, said district director of student services Erin Schettler.

Behavior policy

The Verona Area School

District will soon have a
more detailed policy outlining when students can
and cannot participate
in the Verona Area High
School graduation ceremony.
A VA H S c o m m i t t e e
of students, teachers and
administrators presented the new policy to the
school board Monday
night, along with an update
to the policy for students to
graduate from the school.
It outlines requirements
for credits, attendance and
following school rules to
take part in the commencement.
In the past, the participation requirements were part
of the student handbook,
but not board policy, where
participation in the ceremony was mentioned in only
one sentence in the graduation requirements.
This is quite different
already in that it calls this
whole process out, said
board president Dennis
That all became relevant in late spring, when
an Exploration Academy
student appealed to the
school board to participate
in graduation after being
told his credit deficiency
related to an immune disorder would not allow him
to walk.
While Noah Currier was
allowed to participate after
his appeal hearing the day
before the ceremony, the
board asked the high school
to recommend a new policy.
The policy now states
that a student must complete all of the graduation
requirements outlined,

including 23.5 credits or

reaching the required learning targets for EA students,
with potential exceptions
for students with an individualized education program or 504 plan for medical reasons.
Other provisions in the
policy include prohibiting
students who are truant
in their final semester of
school or have remaining

fees or fines from participating.

The rule also allows
VAHS or VASD administration to revoke the privilege of participating in the
ceremony for students suspended from school or who
violated school rules related to violence, threats of
violence, property destruction, distribution of illegal
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who had been suspended in
the final two weeks of the
semester, which principal
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The board also held first readings on a pair of policies

related to the Two Way Immersion program.
The Spanish-language immersion program, located at
both Sugar Creek and Glacier Edge elementary schools,
outlined the lottery procedure for getting into the program.
It specifies that open enrollment students will get into the
program only after the waiting list of resident students is
The board is expected to vote on the policy Jan. 9.

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December 22, 2016


The Verona Press

Letter to the editor

VAIS will build on past successes

As you may have learned over
the past year, the Verona Area
International School (VAIS)
Governance Council (GC) is
made up of parents, teachers,
and community members who
work collaboratively with our
director to make decisions and
plan for the success of VAIS. As
the president of the VAIS GC,
it is with heartfelt gratitude that
I offer our most sincere thanks
to Scott Girard and the entire
staff of the Verona Press, who so
eloquently and tirelessly covered
the charter renewal process from
start to finish, the many residents of the Verona Area School
District (VASD) who took time
to sign our charter renewal petition and offer their support for
language immersion and global
education, and the VASD Board
of Education who said YES to
VAIS and supported the hard
work of our students, teachers
and parents.
During the course of the
charter renewal process, we had
many conversations that will
ultimately help us improve our
communication, curriculum and
testing, but most importantly,

we were able to dispel common

myths about VAIS and charter
school funding (we are funded
at the same rate as all neighborhood schools) and share the
successes of our school, which
recently scored highest out of all
VASD schools on the Wisconsin
Department of Instruction report
This is an amazing feat given
that our kids spend 50 percent of
their day learning in Mandarin,
and for several, Mandarin will
be their third language. We are
so very proud of all of them!
As we move forward, we will
be building upon the successes
of the past six years and working to improve in areas where
growth is needed. Enrollment
and fidelity to the 50/50 immersion model will continue to be
areas of focus for us, as well as
supporting learners and setting
appropriate Mandarin benchmarks. Thank you again to the
hardworking Board of Education, parents of our students and
community supporters.
Carolyn Jahnke,
City of Verona

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Didnt know what we had til

our junk drawer was gone

ver the past summer

my wife and I had our
kitchen remodeled. We
used a local contractor with a
great reputation, and they did
outstanding work. Were very
Our project involved gutting
the entire kitchen down to the
studs and starting from scratch.
We have new cabinets, new
appliances and new floors.
If you have
ever made a
major purchase such as
this, you might
what I mean
when I say the
project also
comes with a
new attitude.
Similar to the
way one treats
a new car with kid gloves trying
to avoid scratches, spills and
dings, the new kitchen is something we want to keep pristine
for as long as we can.
There is new attention to
dirty shoes in the house. Leaving a fingerprint on the new
stainless steel refrigerator will
earn someone a lecture. Even
a minor spill is reason to activate the family equivalent of a
hazmat team.
I have to tell you, this upgrade
has increased the general stress
level in our house, but I understand it.
There is one change I find I
am struggling to accept, however.
When our project was finished and we began moving our
things from the basement back
to the new kitchen, my wife
unilaterally decreed that despite
the increased storage space in
our new kitchen, we would no
longer have what is commonly
referred to as a junk drawer.
This was not a democratic

decision. I was left completely

out of the process.
I can honestly say I have
never known a home that didnt
have a junk drawer, but in case
you live in one, the junk drawer is typically a drawer in the
kitchen used to store a jumbled
mess of daily living items such
as batteries, shoe polish, writing utensils, playing cards, nail
clippers, coupons, scissors,
small tools, odd nuts and bolts
and anything else that you dont
really think about until you
need it.
Finding something in the
junk drawer usually involves
a great deal of pushing things
aside until you locate what you
are looking for. Things stored
securely in a junk drawer have
been known to disappear without explanation, and sometimes
reappear when you are looking
for something else.
Count this as the latest proof
to the enduring wisdom of Joni
Mitchell. At least once each day,
some variation of this conversation occurs in our house.
Me: Dear, do you know
where the (fill in the blank) is?
My wife: I havent seen that
since we remodeled the kitchen.
Me: Me neither, but if we
had a junk drawer I would know
right where it was.
My wife: Scowl.
Like the items I once stored in
it, I never really appreciated the
value of our junk drawer until
it was no longer available to
me. Not having one in the new
kitchen is both incredibly inconvenient and time wasting.
Finding something as simple as a pen to leave a note
now involves climbing stairs
to another level of the house. I
have several pens on the desk in
my basement office, and a few
on my dresser in the upstairs
bedroom, but there are no pens

on the main floor of my home. I

once had several dozen of them
in the junk drawer, many of
them mindlessly pilfered from
my bank.
Of course, when scouring
the house for a pen I had best
remember to find a note pad,
too, as those were also denizens
of the junk drawer.
This is what my life has
devolved to. If I need a pair of
pliers, I go to the basement. If
I need a cable tie, I go to the
garage. If I need a jackknife, I
get the one I keep in my car for
emergencies. If I need to fasten
two pieces of paper together,
Im out of luck, because I havent seen a stapler or a paper
clip since sometime in July.
All these items were once
readily available in the junk
To date, my wife has
remained steadfast in her opposition to a junk drawer, but
I think she will crack given
enough time. As soon as she
needs to climb the stairs to treat
a hangnail, or when she doesnt
have a role of scotch tape at the
ready when wrapping Christmas
presents, she will soften up.
Ill also passive-aggressively
push her along by using a kitchen steak knife to open envelopes
(our letter opener collection
is in the basement) and interrupting her when trying to do
math in her head, because Lord
knows where the calculator
wound up.
As I struggle, I beseech you
to cherish and defend your junk
drawer. You may not realize
how important it is now, but the
next time you need a bread tie
or a pin to inflate a basketball,
you will thank me.
Karl Curtis is a Verona resident and a former editor of the

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December 22, 2016

Police: Car theft part

of recent pattern
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A recent car theft in the

Military Ridge neighborhood
has added to what police
are calling a relatively new
crime pattern of thefts of and
within cars.
A car stolen in the 800
block of Harper Drive on
the morning of Dec. 9 was
recovered Friday in the City
of Madison, Verona Police
Department Lt. Dave Dresser
told the Press in an email. An
electric play vehicle was
also stolen out of a garage
Dec. 9 on Ashton Drive on
the northwest side of the city.
That brings the total to at least
eight vehicle thefts around the
city since July.
While Dresser said no link
has been confirmed among
the unprecedented string of
thefts, the department could
possibly make some better
inferences now that the most
recent stolen car has been
The Harper Drive resident posted on neighborhood
social network site Nextdoor.
com Dec. 9 that her husbands
car had been stolen out of
(their) driveway around
4:30a.m. despite being
locked with no spare keys
around. She added that while
they had a camera on their
home, they werent able to
get a view of the individual or
individuals involved and that

it took them less than three

minutes to actually steal the
There were several other
theft incidents Dec. 9, Dresser
said, including a car reported
stolen from Cross Country
Circle in the Town of Verona that was later recovered
in DeForest the same day
DeForest police got a report
of another stolen vehicle.
Also, a purse was stolen from
inside a vehicle on Hemlock
Drive, not far from Cross
Country Circle and Ashton
Dresser added that while it
would seem pretty likely the
thefts could be related based
on date, time (and) proximity, it was not confirmed.
If you look at all of the
incidents the thefts (since
July) are not occurring in
one area of the city but rather
all areas of the city, he added. It is believed the thefts
occurred after midnight and
the suspects are prowling
around the neighborhood on
foot looking for open garage
doors and unlocked cars.
Dresser said while the car
stolen from Harper Drive
might have been locked, the
department has determined
that people go car to car in
hopes of either taking valuables or the entire car if
they find an ignition key.
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rifling through vehicles on

Lynne Circle, Jenna Drive
and Westridge Parkway on
Wednesday night, but nothing was reported as missing
except for possibly a set of
Dresser recommended residents report any suspicious
activity they observe as it is
occurring by calling 911 and
providing clothing descriptions, direction of travel and a
vehicle description, including
a plate number if possible, in
addition to securing their own
Its important for residents
to remember to lock their
vehicles, remove valuables
from their vehicle, and not to
store an ignition key in the
vehicle, he said. Most theft
issues are crimes of opportunity, so if you take away the
opportunity, you reduce the
chance of becoming a victim.
Contact Kate Newton at kate.

All reports taken from the log book at the to police that her son had gotten out of the
Verona Police Department.
house through the patio door and fled as she
was putting their dog on a chain, and she
Sept. 1
quickly lost sight of him.
3:58 a.m. While on bike patrol in the 100
5:08 p.m. Graffiti of swastikas and upblock of Prairie Oaks Drive, an officer ob- side-down crosses in permanent marker was
served markings in black spray paint of an located in the mens bathroom stall at Homealien face and the words new kids on the town Junction in the 300 block of South Main
side of the Citgo car wash.
4:06 p.m. An officer responded to Verona
Area High School to reports of a male student Sept. 5
who was unresponsive. The student was re12:46 a.m. A 28-year-old Madison man
sponsive when the officer arrived, but was was arrested for his first-offense OWI after
found to be intoxicated and was transported being pulled over and cited for speeding near
to the hospital by Fitchrona EMS.
U.S. Hwy. 18 and Locust Drive. The man consented to a blood draw and was transported
Sept. 2
to Meriter Hospital.
9:42 p.m. Officers detected the smell of
5:16 p.m. A 27-year-old Madison woman
marijuana on three middle school students was cited for suspended registration, criminal
arriving at the Verona Area High School operating with a revoked license, violations
football game. Badger Ridge Middle School of license restrictions involving an interlock
principal Michael Murphy was notified and device and keeping open intoxicants inside a
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dents. No illegal drugs were located, but the and East Verona Avenue. A 22-year-old male
students admitted to being around marijuana passenger was also cited for having an open
prior to the game. They were sent home and intoxicant inside the car.
their parents were contacted.
Sept. 6
Sept. 4
2:09 a.m. A 44-year-old Verona man was
11:21 a.m. A mother and 2-year-old child arrested for domestic battery and domestic
were reunited after a caller reported seeing disorderly conduct after officers responded
the child attempting to cross the street near to a physical disturbance in the 700 block of
Grace Street and North Nine Mound Road Aspen Avenue.
with no adults present. The mother reported
Kate Newton

Remember all the long Christmas lists we thought
would bring us happiness? At West Madison Bible
Church, we are celebrating Gods eternal gift!
Come to our Christmas services on:
Saturday, December 24 at 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, December 25 at 9:15 a.m.
West Madison Bible Church
2920 County Highway M
Verona, WI


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Coming up
Dog licenses
Verona residents can purchase their
2017 dog licenses in person from 8
a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday at City Hall, or by mail.
A rabies vaccination certificate must
be presented before a license will be
issued. The license form is available
at City Hall or can be downloaded at
View/1425. The license fee is $15 if
the dog is spayed or neutered/$20 if
not. If purchasing a license through the
mail, include a copy of your rabies certificate and a self-addressed stamped
envelope and mail to the City of Verona, Attention Dog License Applications, 111 Lincoln Street, Verona, WI
For information, call 845-6495.

Holiday sing-along
Join program manager Alasa Wiest
and friend Tammy Haverburg as they
lead a holiday sing-along at 10 a.m.
Thursday, Dec. 22, at the senior center.
Haverburg will play piano and Wiest
will sing as they take song requests
from attendees. There will also be
time to share holiday memories. Light

refreshments will be provided.

For information, call 845-7471.

p.m. that afternoon.

For information, call 845-7180.

Language development

Jazz performance

Learn how to enhance your childs

language skills through reading during
a snowmen and Santa-themed Child
Development Storytime from 10:30-11
a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at the library.
Attendees will have an opportunity to ask questions about their childs
development during this storytime, led
by therapists from Communication
Innovations Pediatric Therapy Services. It is geared toward all ages and
their caregivers.
For information, call 845-7180.

Celebrate the New Year early at

the senior center with a performance
by the Al Anderson Jazz Band from
12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 30.
The four-piece jazz group will perform Dixieland and big band favorites
ending with Auld Lang Syne. Lunch
will be served at 11:45 a.m. before the
performance, and reservations are due
by noon Thursday, Dec. 29. The event
is in honor of Pat Rienks and family.
For information, call 845-7471.

Stuffed animal sleepover

Kids can drop off their stuffed animals at the librarys childrens desk
anytime Tuesday, Dec. 27, for an
overnight adventure and listen to bedtime stories with them during a storytime from 7-7:30 p.m.
The stuffed animals can be picked
up during the librarys hours Wednesday, Dec. 28, and slideshow showing
what happened during the slumber
party will be shown before a screening of Finding Dory from 1:30-3:15

Birthday, anniversary party

Join the senior center for the January birthday and anniversary party
beginning at 11:45 a.m. Wednesday,
Jan. 4.
Lunch will be served at 11:45 and
live entertainment provided by Jim
and Mary Ann Helzel will begin at
12:30 p.m. (reservations required by
noon Monday, Jan. 2).
The monthly parties will now be
held on the first Wednesday of every
month. For information or to make a
reservation, call 845-7471.

Community calendar
Thursday, December 22

10 a.m., Holiday sing-along with

Alasa Wiest and friend Tammy
Haverburg, senior center, 845-7471
10:30-11 a.m., Child Development
Story Time: Snowmen and Santa (all
ages), library, 845-7180

Friday, December 23

All city facilities closed

Sunday, December 25

Christmas Day

4-5:30 p.m., Teen Gaming (ages

11-18), library, 845-7180

Friday, December 30

12:30-1:30 p.m., Al Anderson Jazz

Band performance (lunch at 11:45
a.m.; reservations required), senior
center, 845-7471
2 p.m., Friday Movie: My Man
Godfrey (90 min.), senior center,

Tuesday, January 3

port Group (repeats first and third

Thursdays; refreshments 5:30-6
p.m.), senior center, 845-7471

Friday, January 6

9 a.m., Chat and Chew: Dying with

Dignity and Choice, senior center,
10-11:30 a.m., The Young and the
Restless (ages 0-5), library, 8457180
1 p.m., Movie Matinee: Petes
Dragon (PG; 103 min.), senior center, 845-7471

Monday, December 26

World War I and America exhibit

begins (through Jan. 23), library, 8457180

Tuesday, December 27

Wednesday, January 4

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

free community meal, BPNN, bpnn.

Thursday, January 5

10:30 a.m., Healthy Eating program with Alasa Wiest senior center,

All city facilities closed

7-7:30 p.m., Stuffed Animal

Sleepover Storytime, library, 8457180

Wednesday, December 28

1:30-3:15 p.m., Free Kids Movie:

Finding Dory (PG), library, 8457180

Thursday, December 29

2:30-4 p.m., Family Game Day (all

ages), library, 845-7180

11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., Birthday

and anniversary party (reservations
required), senior center, 845-7471
8:30-9:30 a.m., Tours for incoming
K-5 students, New Century School,
401 W. Verona Ave., 345-9529
4 p.m., Anime Club (grades 6-12),
library, 845-7180
6-7 p.m., Evening Caregiver Sup-

Saturday, January 7

Monday, January 9

11 a.m. Verona 90-91

Boys Basketball
1 p.m. 2015 Wildcats
4:30 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society
6 p.m. Common Council
from Dec. 12
9 p.m. Verona 90-91
Boys Basketball
10 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society
11 p.m. Kat Trio at Senior
Sunday, November 25
7 a.m. Hindu Cultural Hour
9 a.m. Resurrection
10 a.m. Salem Church
Noon - Common Council
from Dec. 12
3 p.m. Verona 90-91
Boys Basketball
4:30 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society
6 p.m. Common Council
from Dec. 12
9 p.m. Verona 90-91
Boys Basketball
10 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society
11 p.m. Kat Trio at Senior
Monday, December 26
7 a.m. Trippers Music at
Senior Center
1 p.m. Active Shooter
Training at Senior Center
3 p.m. Verona 90-91
Boys Basketball

The Church in Fitchburg

2833 Raritan Rd., Fitchburg
(608) 271-2811
Sunday: 8 & 10:45 a.m.
Fitchburg Memorial UCC
5705 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg
(608) 273-1008
Pastor Phil Haslanger
Sunday: 8:15 and 10 a.m.
Good Shepherd Lutheran
Church ECLA
(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.
Memorial Baptist Church
201 S. Main St., Verona
(608) 845-7125
Lead Pastor Jeremy Scott
Sunday: 10:15 a.m.

Sunday: 9 & 11 a.m., St. Andrew,

Daily Mass, Tuesday-Saturday: 8
a.m., St. Andrew, Verona

St. James Lutheran Church

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
No service Saturday, Dec. 31
Sunday, Jan. 1 worship: 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.
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
Christmas Eve Worship: 5 p.m.
Christmas Worship: 10 a.m.
Contemporary worship with
professionally-staffed nursery

Redeemer Bible Fellowship

130 N. Franklin St., Verona
Pastor Dwight R. Wise
Sunday: 10 a.m. family worship
Resurrection Lutheran Church
6705 Wesner Rd., Verona
(608) 848-4965
Pastor Nathan Strutz and Assistant
Pastor Benjamin Phelps
Thursday: 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m.
St. Christopher Catholic Parish
St. Andrew Church
301 N. Main St., Verona
St. William Church
1371 Hwy. PB, Paoli
(608) 845-6613
Fr. William Vernon, pastor
Saturday: 5 p.m., St. Andrew,
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., St. William,

West Madison Bible Church

2920 Hwy. M, Verona
(608) 845-9518
Pastor Dan Kukasky Jr.
Sunday Worship: 9:15 a.m.
Sunday School: 10:45 a.m.
Zwingli United Church of
Hwy. 92 & G, Mount Vernon
(608) 832-6677
Pastor Brad Brookins
Sunday: 10:15 a.m.
Zwingli United Church of
Hwy. 69 & PB, Paoli
Rev. Sara Thiessen
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. family worship

Tuesday, January 10

9:30 a.m., Hometown Helpers

group meeting, senior center, 8457471

Whats on VHAT-98
Thursday, December 22
7 a.m. Harp Music at
Senior Center
8 a.m.- Zumba Gold
9 a.m. Daily Exercise
10 a.m. Kat Trio at Senior
2 p.m. Zumba Gold
3 p.m. Daily Exercise
4 p.m. Trippers Music at
Senior Center
5 p.m. Celtic Carols at
Senior Center
6 p.m. Salem Church
7 p.m. Wayne the Wizard
at Senior Center
8 p.m. Daily Exercise
9 p.m. Active Shooter
Training at Senior Center
10 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society
Friday, December 23
7 a.m. Trippers Music at
Senior Center
1 p.m. Active Shooter
Training at Senior Center
3 p.m. Verona 90-91
Boys Basketball
4 p.m. Celtic Carols at
Senior Center
5 p.m. 2015 Wildcats
8:30 p.m. Active Shooter
Training at Senior Center
10 p.m. Harp Music
11 p.m. Kat Trio at Senior
Saturday, December 24
8 a.m. Common Council
from Dec. 12

All Saints Lutheran Church

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

4 p.m. Celtic Carols at

Senior Center
5 p.m. 2015 Wildcats
9 p.m. Hindu Cultural
10 p.m. Harp Music
11 p.m. Kat Trio at Senior
Tuesday, November 27
7 a.m. Harp Music
10 a.m.- Zumba Gold
9 a.m. Daily Exercise
10 a.m. Kat Trio at Senior
2 p.m.- Zumba Gold
3 p.m. Daily Exercise
4 p.m. Trippers Music at
Senior Center
5 p.m. Celtic Carols at
Senior Center
6 p.m. Resurrection
8 p.m. Wayne the Wizard
at Senior Center
9 p.m. Active Shooter
Training at Senior Center
10 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society
Wednesday, November 28
7 a.m. Trippers Music at
Senior Center
1 p.m. Active Shooter
Training at Senior Center
3 p.m. Verona 90-91
Boys Basketball
5 p.m. Common Council
from Dec. 12
7 p.m. Capital City Band
8 p.m. Trippers Music at
Senior Center

10 p.m. Harp Music

11 p.m. Kat Trio at Senior
Thursday, December 29
7 a.m. Harp Music
8 a.m.- Zumba Gold
9 a.m. Daily Exercise
10 a.m. Kat Trio at Senior
3 p.m. Daily Exercise
4 p.m. Trippers Music at
Senior Center
5 p.m. Celtic Carols at
Senior Center
6 p.m. Salem Church
7 p.m. Wayne the Wizard
at Senior Center
8 p.m. Daily Exercise
9 p.m. Active Shooter
Training at Senior Center
10 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society

Smile More
The advice to smile more is ancient wisdom.
Proverbs 17:22 tells us that A cheerful heart is good
medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.
And even more to the point, we are told in Proverbs
15:13 that a happy heart makes the face cheerful.
But it also works in the other direction: a happy face
gladdens the heart. Where the body goes, the mind
will follow, and it turns out that the mind can be easily
tricked into being happy (or sad) simply by making
the face corresponding to the desired emotion. Smile
long enough and youll start to feel happy; frown and
youll soon be feeling quite down. The mind follows
the body as much as the body follows the mind. When
the body plays a role convincingly, the mind believes
it. Dance and exercise work similarly, but smiling is
something we can do throughout the day, and it has
the added benefit of spreading to those around us.
We all know how refreshing it can be to see children
laughing and playing. Most adults have somehow lost
that playful gusto for life, but we can regain it just a
bit by simply smiling and laughing more often.
Christopher Simon, Metro News Service
All the days of the oppressed are wretched, but the
cheerful heart has a continual feast.
Proverbs 15:15 NIV

Support groups
AA Meeting, senior center, Thursdays at 1 p.m.
Caregivers Support
Group, senior center, first
and third Tuesday, 10 a.m.
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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December 22, 2016

The Verona Press

Biz briefs
the complex with Arbys
and an AT&T store.
Monks Bar and Grill
James Buggs owns the
will open Dec. 26.
store, his third Jimmy
The restaurant, which is Johns location.
the franchises third location in the area, has tak- Burn Boot Camp
en over the former loca- opens in VAC
tion of Cucos Mexican
A new fitness facility
Restaurant at 1050 North
in August in the
Edge Trail. Cucos closed
Verona Athletic Center.
unexpectedly in August.
Burn Boot Camp also
Jimmy Johns opens opened a new location in
Middleton in October.
A new Jimmy Johns
The fitness franchise
location opened this
focuses on women whoa
month off East Verona
re building careers and
have families, according
The sub sandwich shop
to a news release.
that highlights its freaky
The workouts are 45
fast delivery is located at
minutes long.
631 Hometown Circle, in

Monks opening

In business
Photo by Scott De Laruelle

Four Winds Skilled Care and Rehabilitation was recently remodeled, with several new spaces created, like this cozy area for
sharing a meal or a cup of coffee.

complete at care/rehab center
Unified Newspaper Group

If you havent been to

Four Winds Manor recently to visit a friend or family member, you might
find yourself doing a double-take the next time you
Thats because a yearand-a-half of renovations
at the manor have been
completed, with a new look
and amenities. And it all
started with a crumbling
delivery ramp.
Ly n n H o w a r d , F o u r
Winds Manor administrator since 2003, said she
had been considering some
major changes to the facility for the past few years,
as the needs of the senior
community changed.
But it was a humble,
aging delivery ramp that
finally pushed the decision
to make some needed renovations, and to right-size
the facility for the future.
It had been here for
forever, and the wall was
starting to cave, she said.
That started it. But then
I thought, While were
doing this, lets think about
the future of the industry,
where are we going, what
do we need to do?
Howard had already been

working with
an architect
to transition some
of the facili t y s b e d s
from skilled
nursing to
assisted liv- Howard
ing, which
dont require
24-hour care by licensed
nurses or therapists.
Then, she said, the
Good Lord perhaps had
a hand in speeding up her
timeline. In late 2014, a
unit in the skilled bed section was flooded because
of a faulty sprinkler head,
forcing 16 residents to
With the manor already
in some degree of chaos,
Howard figured it was the
right time to get started on
some serious changes. The
skilled nursing unit was
shut down for renovations
that cost around $1.5 million; converting the area to
assisted living beds while
in turn remodeling some
of the existing assisted living area to create a secure,
dementia-specific memory
care area.
That was important,
because the manor was
having to discharge residents for a lack of a

Four Winds
303 S. Jefferson St.

dementia-specific area,
or because they required
a mechanical lift to get
around. No longer.
We now have that, she
said. We built it for wider bathroom doors, wider
doors, new showers, and
made it so we can keep
those residents there.
After the renovations,
which were completed in
August, the facility is now
better positioned to deal
with the needs of future
residents, Howard said,
with 44 skilled nursing
beds and 35 assisted living
beds. She said the facility
now has a better balance.
Theres always a certain population thats going
to need the services of an
assisted living facility
if its a hip replacement or
heart surgery, they need a
place to rehab afterwards,
she said. And theres still
a handful of people who

are long-term nursing

home residents; they just
cant be served anywhere
The manor, which has
about 100 employees, is
now generally between
89-92 percent occupied,
Howard said, which is a
good ratio.
That memory care is
really what people are
needing, she said, noting
the manor currently has
two openings. I hope we
would be full the plan
is to stay full because the
need is there for Alzheimers and memory care.
Email Unified Newspaper
Group reporter Scott
De Laruelle at scott.

Tuvalu Coffeehouse and Gallery

The coffeeshop at 300 S. Main St. OK Heating and Cooling

opened in 2006 under the name Indigo,
OK Heating and Cooling opened in
and later changed its name to Tuvalu.
Verona in 1986.
It regularly hosts musical acts on weekCurrently located at 161 Horizon Dr.,
ends and also includes a gift shop and gal- Suite 105, the company provides 24-hour
emergency service for residential and
small commercial clients.

Verona Vision Care

Other than a move across the street, not

much has changed at Verona Vision Care
since it opened in 2006.
Dr. Tami Hunt and her husband Jason
opened the practice at 301 S. Main St. that
year, and in 2012 broke ground on its new
location at 320 S. Main St.
The business has also added several

Specialized Electric
Specialized Electric, located in the Verona Technology Park, opened 30 years ago
in Mount Horeb and later moved to Verona.
Located at 1041 Thousand Oaks Trail,
Specializeds work includes commercial
offices, data centers, educational facilities,
manufacturing and restaurants.

Locally owned. Locally operated

521 Half Mile Rd., Verona


For information about Verona

and the business community

Low Rate HELOC

1.99% APR for the rst 9 months following
closing. Variable annual percentage rate
(APR) as low as 4.00% thereafter.*


Business anniversaries
Some local businesses marked a decade part- and full-time employees since opening, after beginning with just Hunt, part(or a few) in 2016:
time, and one full-time employee.

The Verona Area Chamber of Commerce

recognizes the Business of the Month!


Call Howard for a free consultation

(608) 836-4322


*Capitol Banks Home Equity Line of Credit includes a 1.99% Annual Percentage Rate (APR) for the rst 9 months following closing for
qualied applicants. Variable APR as low as 4.00% thereafter. After the introductory period ends, the APR will vary to reect changes in an
index, but will not be lower than 4.00%. Without this interlocutory APR, using the current index rate of 3.50% and a margin of 0%, the APR
would be the minimum rate of 4.00%. Using the index rate and a margin of 2.50%, the APR would be 6.00%. This introductory rate requires a
new home equity line of credit, secured by a rst or second lien on the home, this credit plus the amount of other credit secured by the home
do not exceed 80% of the property value, that you already own the home, that you maintain a qualied Capitol Bank checking account during
the term of the line of credit. How your rate is determined: The index that is used to determine the APR is the Prime Rate published in the
Midwest Edition of the Wall Street Journal. As of October 7, 2016 the Prime Rate was 3.5%. After the 9 month introductory APR period
ends, the APR is variable and will consist of the Prime Rate plus a margin ranging from 0% to 2.5% depending upon the occupancy status of
the property, the combined loan to value ratio, maintaining a Capitol Bank checking account and your creditworthiness; however, the APR
will not be less than 4.00% or greater 18.00% under any circumstances. Any APR rate changes on your billing statement will be determined
as disclosed above. See your billing statement for actual APR rate changes and effective dates. Other charges: An annual fee of $35.00
applies to all accounts and will be assessed on the anniversary date of the loan. Appraisal, title costs, recording fees, and ood determination
fees range from $200 to $1,000. Insurance on the property securing this loan is required and payable by the borrower. Other requirements:
This offer is only valid in the State of Wisconsin and is subject to credit approval and property evaluation. Proceeds for this account may not
be used to pay off an existing Capitol Bank line of credit unless an increase of $10,000 in line availability is established. Limited time offer
subject to change. Consult one of our mortgage lenders at (608) 836-1616 for current rate and conditions. Member FDIC.

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The Verona Press publishes a business page on the

fourth Thursday of every month. If your business is
new to Verona, is celebrating an anniversary this year
or has other news that might fit on this page, email or call 845-9559 and ask for
assistant editor Scott Girard.

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Ask the Verona



Q. Christmas Trees: Are you aware of the deadly danger?

A. Tis the season to be merry, fa la la la la. Christmas tree fires account for hundreds of home fires

Q. Are all these holiday treats okay for my teeth?


Tis the season! If your workplace or home is anything like ours, the holidays bring lots of cheer and an abundance of goodies. Christmas cookies of
all types, English Toffees, Peanut Brittle always bring a smile to our faces.
Unfortunately, the toffees and brittles can sometimes do a number on your
teeth. Due to their sticky nature, they often stick around even after you think
theyre gone. With their high sugar content, they continually feed those pesky
bacteria that can lead to cavities. Another risk of hard sticky treats is that they
Dr. James Sands, DDS
can sometimes remove old or worn out restorations. Weve even seen teeth
break as a result of a bite into something just a bit too crunchy. Honestly, I
dont think the treats are worth it. If you find yourself in the possession of any
of these items and youre at your wits end trying to decide what to do with them,
just bring them to us! Ive talked it over with our caring staff and as our gift
to you, well happily take them off your hands. Feel free to drop by anytime
during our convenient office hours, we cant wait to see you again.

each year. Up goes the tree and all the presents. Unfortunately, electric light shorts or open fires or
candles start horrific tree fires. The results are devastating and sometimes deadly. In-home fires are
fast and the Christmas tree will ignite more quickly and be more deadly the drier the tree. Most people
are not aware of this danger. The hot blaze spreads shockingly from room to room quickly and in
seconds. BEWARE. The home owner will be responsible and liable for any damage, burns or deaths
especially if they failed to take simple steps to protect their home and injuries are to a guest or a third
party. Here are some tips: water your tree at least every day. You do not want a dry Christmas tree
in your home, it will ignite easily and become fully inflamed within seconds. Check your Christmas
Gail Groy
lights and get rid of any damaged lights. Do not leave unattended open fires or candles. Make an
escape plan for your family so you are prepared for this type of disaster emergency! Seasons greeting for a safe holiday!

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Q. What Should I Consider For My New Years (Financial) Resolutions?

A. Weve almost turned the calendar to 2017 so its a good time to make some New

Q. How Do I Buy When I Need to Sell First?

This article was written by Edward Jones for the use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

Brendon Diers, AAMS, Financial Advisor

161 Horizon Dr., Suite 107a Verona, WI 53593

(608) 845-2533 Member SIPC



Q. How can I make sure my elders home is properly insulated

Q. Are there any natural ways to prevent a cold?

A. Our immune system is our natural defense against disease

including cold, flu, and sinus infections. The best way to maintain a
healthy immune system is by minimizing stress. Moderate exercise, a
healthy diet low in processed carbohydrates and sugars, and adequate
sleep of at least 7 hours per night are things that you can do daily to
Jill Unwin,
Lee Unwin,
keep your body up to the task of fighting off illness. Additionally,
research studies find chiropractic adjustments and massage therapy
to be mutually beneficial in prevention by supporting our immune systems. Chiropractic adjustments increase
our bodies immunoglobulin A levels while massage therapy increases levels of our killer cells known as
lymphocytes, with both treatments decreasing levels of cortisol (a major component of stress). All of these tools
combined will make you a healthier individual so even if you catch that cold you will be on a pathway to a more
rapid recovery.

and safe from the cold in the winter?

A. Not only is it important for an elders home to be protected against the cold to help

Stephen Rudolph

102 N. Franklin Street Verona, WI 53593

(608) 848-1800

the elder stay warm, it also saves energy costs. Here are some things you can do to help!
Properly insulate the windows and doors to keep the warm air in and the cold air
out. This should be examined each year for maximum energy efficiency and a family
member or other home care provider can help with this project.
Examine all windows to make sure they are fully-closed and locked.
Seal the windows with a plastic sheeting window insulation kit. This is an inexpensive
way to keep the cold air from seeping through the window pane.
Additionally, check under the edges of windows and doors. If daylight can be seen,
the door or window is not properly sealed. Fix this with inexpensive draft-protection
insulation or clear caulk.
By making sure the elders home is warm and draft-free, home care providers can help
the elder live a happier, healthier life while staying warm and comfortable in the winter.

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(608) 442-1898




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Q. Should I have a humidifier for my home?

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Girls basketball


Thursday, December 22, 2016


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Cats stumble at Middleton

Assistant sports editor

It was not the performance that head

coach Angie Murphy wanted to see Tuesday at Big Eight Conference rival Middleton.
With first place on the line, the Wildcats turned the ball over 19 times and
were held to 17 points in the second half
in a 58-38 loss.
I wanted to see complete, 100 percent
effort in every possession, and I didnt
see that, Murphy said. We have to figure that out. We have to get everybody
playign every possession because you
cant have three out of four. You cant
take plays off.
There were some really bright spots,
but there were some really disappointing
things as well.
There were some signs from a Verona
team that is much younger than during
its WIAA Division 1 state championship
run last season.
In the first half, junior Chandler Bainbridge drained a 3-pointer to give Verona
a 9-8 lead.
Later, senior Alex Luehring scored,
and senior Sisi Mitchell forced a turnover. Mitchell passed back to Luehring
who scored again to tie the game at 14.
But Middleton senior Bria Lemirande came back with a 3-pointer, and the
Wildcats trailed the rest of the way.
In the second half, two turnovers led to
two quick buckets to make it 39-21 Middleton, and Verona trailed by as much as
27 points.
Bainbridge helped force two turnovers
and turned them into points with under
three minutes to go, but those were the
last of the highlights for Verona.
Luehring led the Wildcats with 15
points, and Bainbridge finished with
Photo by Anthony Iozzo
Bria Lemirande finished with 19 points Senior Sisi Mitchell draws the defense to allow senior Grace Schraufnagel to get open
to lead Middleton, and her sister senior during the first half Tuesday at Middleton. Mitchell finished with five points in a 58-38 loss.
Alyssa Lemirande and senior Alexis
Thomas each scored 10 points. Junior
Claire Staples added seven.
We will have an intense practice to
just get us competing, Murphy said. If
The Wildcats are off until they travel to non-conference Monroe at 7:30 p.m. Thursday,
you can do that day-in and day-out, you
Dec. 29. They then host non-conference Waunakee at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan 3.

Whats next?

Turn to Girls bb/Page 11

Player of the
From Dec. 13-20

Name: Tyler McClure

Grade: Senior
Sport: Basketball
Position: Guard
Highlights: Finished with 14 points,
including the game-winning 3-pointer in
a 72-69 win over Madison La Follette on
Dec. 13
Honorable mentions: Nick Pederson
(boys basketball) combined for 22 points
in games on Dec. 13 and 15; Brandon
Daniels (wrestling) defeated Middletons
Kevin Meicher, the 2016 126-pound state
champion, 2-1 at 145 pounds; Porter
Sundin-Donahue (wrestling) pinned
Karim Said in 5 minutes, 59 seconds
at 106 pounds after trailing by two with
15 seconds left; McKenzie Imhoff (girls
hockey) had one goal and three assists
as the defending Badger Conference
champions defeated the winless
Stoughton Icebergs 10-0 on the road
Thursday; Brockton Baker (boys hockey)
scored twice and assisted on two more
goals Dec. 13 as the Wildcats came back
to beat Sun Prairie 9-6; Lauren Samz
(gymnastics) tied for third on the balance
beam Dec. 13 against Madison Untied
with a 8.15. She added a third-place finish on the floor exercise with an 8.1

Boys hockey

Verona improves to 5-0-0 in Big Eight Storm forces

cancellation of
weekend events
Sports editor

Senior Jack Keyes helped the Verona

boys hockey team cement its place over the
first five games of the Big Eight Conference
schedule on Tuesday.
Keyes scored a pair of goals five minutes
into the third period, including a short-handed score that capped his first hat trick of the
season, and helped the host Wildcats skate
to a 6-3 victory over the Janesville Bluebirds
co-op inside Verona Ice Arena.
The win improved Verona to 5-4-0 overall
and 5-0-0 in the Big Eight after a round start
in which the team went 0-4-0 to start the season.
Tonight was a huge win for us, said
Keyes. Were ready to take on the rest of the
conference and hopefully win another title.
Keyes went top shelf over Janesville goaltender Jack Bostedt three minutes in the third
period and capitalized on a short-handed
opportunity a minute-and-a-half later.
Fellow senior forward, Jack Anderson added a pair of second-period goals.
The depth on this team is ridiculous,
Anderson said. All our lines have confidence
they can score.
I believe in the guys, and I know they
believe in each other.
Verona junior goaltender Garhett Kaegi had

Sports editor

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Junior Garhett Kaegi stretches backwards to make a stick save against Janesvilles Ben
Coulter on Tuesday. Kaegi finished the game with 31 saves to lead Verona to a 6-3 win over
the visiting Bluebirds.

31 saves in the win, but perhaps none were apart. But Kaegi was up to the challenge fendmore important than the ones he made early in ing off a barrage of Janesville shots to help the
the second period.
Wildcats retain their two-goal advantage.
Leading 2-0, Verona was assessed a hooking and crosschecking penalty 19 seconds
Turn to Hockey/Page 10

Snowfall of up to eight inches fell across

Dane County last weekend, leading to
inclement weather and unsafe driving conditions.
The storm front caused several area cancellations, including three varsity and JV
games on Friday, two varsity invitationals
and boys basketball at every level Saturday.
Verona and several other Madison area
schools let out school early Friday before
the snow began falling.
Saturday games were canceled later, based on the expected impact of the
second part of storm, Verona Area High
School athletic director Mark Kryka said.
Most have already been rescheduled.
Though Kryka said the roads seemed
OK on Saturday morning, he said

Turn to Snow/Page 10


December 22, 2016

The Verona Press

Girls hockey


Daniels, Sundin-Donahue Marquee matchup against Storm snowed out

collect wins against Cards
Sports editor

Assistant sports editor

Senior Brandon Daniels

and sophomore Porter Sundin-Donahue picked up the
lone wins Thursday in a 60-9
loss to Big Eight rival Middleton, with both wins ending in exciting finishes.
Daniels (145 pounds)
was able to edge the 2016
126-pound state champion
sophomore Kevin Meicher,
who is ranked No. 1 at 132
pounds, 2-1.
Meicher is the second No.
1 wrestler that Daniels has
beaten this season. He also

knocked off Sauk Prairies

Drew Fjoser who is No. 1 at
145 pounds.
Daniels has seen a lot of
good competition this year,
head coach Bob Wozniak
said. He wrestled really
well and is good on defense,
so he is always going to keep
matches close.
Daniels (9-3 overall,
ranked No. 8) needed three
overtimes as Daniels escaped
for a point in the second period and Meicher escaped for
a point in the third.
After no points were
a w a r d e d i n t h e fi r s t

Turn to Wrestling/Page 11

Boys basketball

Cats fall to Middleton, East

The Verona Area High
School boys basketball team
traveled to Middleton before
hosting Madison East Tuesday in a pair of Big Eight
Conference games.

Middleton 79,Verona 42
The Wildcats trailed by 19
at halftime Thursday to the
No. 7-ranked Cardinals and
never recovered in a 79-42
Senior Nick Pederson led
Verona with 12 points, and
senior John Van Handel followed with seven points.

Senior Tyree Eady, a

NCAA Division 1 recruit
for North Dakota State, led
Middleton with 20 points.
Seniors CJ Fermanich and
Myron Ashford Jr. each added 11 points.

East 68, Verona 51

Verona fell behind by
12 at halftime Tuesday en
route to a 68-51 loss to
Madison East.
Van Handel and Pederson each scored 15 points
to lead the Wildcats.
- Anthony Iozzo

With a marquee matchup

against top-ranked Central
Wisconsin canceled because
of weather, the Metro Lynx
only played one game last
week, a 10-0 blowout against
the winless Stoughton Icebergs girls hockey co-op.
Despite a slow start, the
Metro Lynx managed to light
the lamp with four goals in
each of the first two periods
inside the Mandt Community
Ice Arena.
Madison Edgewood senior
forward Julia Dragoo was
responsible for three of those
points, scoring on the power
play in the first period before
adding a goal and an assist in
the second.
Veronas McKenzie Imhoff
chipped in with a goal and
three assists, while Brooke
Rockouski, Hailee Brandon,
Taylor Lyons, Haley Meskin,

Kara Epping, Sierra Berg

and Ally Conybear all added
goals in the blowout. All total,
the Metro Lynx had 15 players record at least one point.
Senior goaltender Erin
Webb faced six shot to earn
her second shut out of the season, while Stoughtons McKenzie Nisius saw 51 saves and
stopped 41.
The Metro Lynx (3-1-3
overall, 2-0-2 Badger Conference) were supposed to host
the top-ranked Central Wisconsin Storm (9-0-0) inside
Madison Ice Arena on Saturday, but had the game postponed by weather.
Head coach Derek Ward
said the teams have not
agreed upon a makeup date
yet, but said the game will
still be played sometime this
I definitely want to get
it (that game) in. They are a
really good team, he said. I
dont want to miss that game.

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Verona senior forward McKenzie Imhoff moves the puck

along the end boards Thursday in Stoughton. The Madison
Metro Lynx won the Badger Conference road game 10-0.
Imhoff had a goal and three assists in the win.

Hockey: Wildcats win fourth straight Big Eight game

Continued from page 9
Probably the biggest bonus
for us tonight is that we were
able to kill a couple of crucial
penalties, head coach Joel
Marshall said. Thats usually
been our downfall this year.
For us to kill that 5-on-3 was a
huge turning point for us.
Garhett was awesome. He
gained some confidence in
the first period and that just

from our house 2016
to yours!

flowed from the pipes out to

everyone else.
Six-and-a-half minutes later
senior Jack Anderson added
Verona and Notre Dame was one of the best rivals in the
his second goal of the period,
for a four year stretch a couple seasons ago. Friday
one-timing a pass from Drew
the Wildcats and Tritons (2-3-0) will add the next chapter
Dingle past the stick of Janesville senior Jack Bostedt to
of the rivalry at 7 p.m. inside the Verona Ice Arena.
extend the Verona lead.
The Wildcats will follow that up at the annual RochesThe Bluebirds (3-4-0, 3-20) hoped to get some life with
ter Kiwanis holiday tournament in Rochester, Minn. Dec.
a breakaway goal by Ty Per28-30, where they will face Appleton United, Rochester
kins in the 10th minute, but
Lourdes and Fargo South.
the gap proved too big with
the Wildcats adding a trio of
third-period insurance goals.
Friday evenings home game announced as the Press went
Big Eight Conference to print on Tuesday.
Verona, Memorial (ppd.) against
rival Madison Memorial.
The threat of unsafe trav- No make-up date had been
el forced the cancellation of

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have been the best.
There is no need to put
the safety of students and
spectators in question, he
said. Single games wont
be difficult to reschedule.
We do that all the time in the
He said rescheduling the
games will involve a simple
discussion among athletic
directors, as theres only one
weekends worth of cancellations so far.
Winter scheduling is easy
compared to spring, where
we might have whole weeks
of contest being rained out,
he said.
Boys swimming against

Boys swimming at Sun Prairie, 5:30 p.m. Jan. 3
Boys hockey at Madison Memorial, 7 p.m. Jan. 10
Boys basketball vs. Madison La Follette, Jan. 13
Girls basketball at Madison La Follette, Jan. 24
Girls hockey vs. Central Wisconsin Storm, TBD

Swimming, Beloit invitational
Wrestling, Mount Horeb invitational
Sun Prairie has been moved
to 5:30 p.m. Jan. 3, while
boys hockey against Madison Memorial has been
rescheduled for Jan. 10 at
7 p.m. Boys basketball has
been moved from last Saturday to Jan. 13 at home
against Madison La Follette.
No make-up date has been
announced yet for the girls

basketball game or the Madison Metro Lynx girls hockey co-op.

The Beloit invitational
swimming meet and Mount
Horeb wrestling invite both
ended up being canceled by
the host school. Both are
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Continued from page 10
sudden-death overtime, the two wrestlers went to the two 30-second overtimes to see who would outlast the other.
Daniels was awarded the game-winning
point on a penalty hold.
He had some legitimate takedowns
on the edge (that he didnt score on),
Wozniak said. If that is a little bit different, he gets that takedown and the
match doesnt go to overtime.
Sundin-Donahue (106) won one of
the better matches of the night, over
freshman Karim Said. He trailed 14-12
with about 15 seconds left, and he not
only scored a reversal to tie the match,
but he also got the pin with one second
left on the clock.
It is those new kids that win matches
like that, that get pins that give coaches
enjoyment, Wozniak said. It is huge
to see that for him in front of the home
The two wrestlers exchanged reversals in the second period, with Sundin-Donahue trailing 11-9.
The match continued to go back and
forth in the third before Sundin-Donahue earned the pin. An escape and
a takedown put Sundin-Donahue up
12-11 before an escape and a takedown
by Said put him up 14-12.
Sundin-Donahue trailed 6-2 in the
first period before getting a reversal and
a two-point near fall to tie the match at
Porter is a second-year wrestler that
didnt wrestle much on varsity last year,
but this year he is our 106-pounder. It is
good to see him get a win like that and
come back, Wozniak said.
Juniors Jono Herbst (113) and Reagan Stauffer (182) also had competitive
matches. Herbst was edged 4-3 by sophomore Jesus Quechol, and Stauffer fell
9-5 to junior Dion Huff.
Senior heavyweight Jordan Recob
remained scoreless with junior Matthew Davey after one period, but he was

Boys swimming

Cats fall just short

S ports editor

Photos by Anthony Iozzo

Sophomore Porter Sundin-Donahue attempts to turn Middleton freshman Karim

Said Thursday in the 106-pound match in a Big Eight Conference dual. Sundin-Donahue was able to get a reversal in the final seconds and later earned a
pin with one second left. The Wildcats lost the dual 60-9.
pinned in 3:05.
Sophomore Jeremy Grim was out
with a sprained ankle, and freshman
Brooke Murphy was ill.
Next up for the Wildcats is the
Bi-States invite at the downtown La
Crosse Center Thursday-Friday, Dec.
29-30. The meet begins at 9:30a.m. on
Dec. 29.
It is a team-building thing because
the whole team goes with and we are in
a hotel, but then it is also a really good
tournament for your best kids, Wozniak
said. Our guys that are on the fringe
of taking steps are Reagan and Jordan
Recob. They are both team captains with
Could they do something there?
If they decide they want to wrestle,
then yeah.


The Verona Press

The Verona Area/Mount

Horeb boys swimming
co-op came up one event
s h o r t Tu e s d a y eve n i n g
against the fifth-ranked
Sauk Prairie/Wisconsin
Heights co-op.
The Wildcats won
five of 11 events but fell
two-hundredths of a second shy of victory on the
400-meter freestyle relay,
dropping the dual meet
Seniors Zeke Sebastian,
Bryan Touchett and Jacob
Wellnitz and sophomore
Shane Rozeboom posted
a time of 3 minutes, 47.57
seconds only to barely be
touched out at the wall.
Sebastian won the 200
free (2:04.1) and fellow
senior Bryce Hoppe added
the 50 free (25.42) before
the break.

Rozeboom took the 100

free (56.29) and Sebastian added a second event,
winning the 400 free in
Rozeboom, Hoppe,
Sebastian and Wellnitz
gave the Wildcats their
only relay win, taking the
200 free in 1:42.55.

Verona, Sun Pra. (ppd.)

Inclement weather
forced the cancellation of
last weeks Big Eight meet
against Sun Prairie on Friday. The meet has been
rescheduled for 5:30p.m.
Jan. 3.

Beloit invite (cancelled)

Close to 10 inches of
snow that fell over the
weekend and forced the
cancellation of Saturdays
Beloit invite, which will
not be made up.

Girls bb: Cats now 4-1 in Big

Eight Conference
Continued from page 9

Senior Brandon Daniels attempts to

control the wrists of Middleton sophomore Kevin Meicher Thursday in overtime of the 145-pound match. Daniels
won 2-1 in three overtimes, earning a
penalty point.

are going to win games,

but we didnt deserve this
Murphy said that the
g i r l s h ave t o g e t m o r e
aggressive and more physical to be able to not only
get rebounds but to avoid

second-chance opportunities.
The initial defense isnt
bad. It is the second shot,
Murphy said. We have to
find a way to get in there
and battle. We need kids to
understand the importance
of every single possession
because it is tough work.

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Administrators reminded
the Curriculum, Instruction
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That money has been
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money this year to fund an
initial four-year lease.
We have to be planful
going forward, said VASD
director of technology
Betty Wottreng, because
when devices are ready to
be updated, we have to
have some funds set aside
and be prepared to do the
refresh in a couple years.
As superintendent
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Save a little now or
save a lot later, he said.
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Staffing: Positions move toward centralization

need to come from the current site budgets.
Thats nobodys favorite, conceded superintendent Dean Gorrell. This is a
domino effect and ... is going
to be less flexibility at the
sites for FTE, less flexibility
for the sites for scheduling
people that are part-time this
and part-time that, and that
will not be viewed with great
positive emotions.
The total request which
covers until the 2020-21
school year includes $1.5
million of new positions.
Some would be necessary
regardless, to help the district
comply with laws, while others would help move toward
that centralization, which has
been a goal since last year,
when the board approved
stripping some power from
site councils.
The requests include a
central registrar, full-time
technology coordinators and
instructional coaches, health
assistants, a curriculum coordinator, a behavior coach
and a homeless coordinator.
Many of these functions have
been performed on a parttime or as-needed basis by
school secretaries or district
Board members on the
committee agreed on the
importance of those and other positions.
These are all things that I
think are necessary and critical and important, and I see
how theyre going to push us
in the direction we want to be

The full school board
is expected to consider
further changes to the
site council policy in February or March, which
will lead to discussion on
the staffing positions.
going, board member Meredith Stier Christensen said.
None of it is certain, and
the effects wont be entirely
clear until the state budget is
discussed and approved later this year with funding for
The prevailing thought is
people are entering into the
budget assuming no new dollars, Gorrell said.
If that proves to be true,
it would leave the district to
find funds for the positions
mostly from current jobs
allocated at sites, which likely would mean sacrificing
existing part-time positions.
Whos going to be the bad
guy? asked board president
Dennis Beres. Somebody
has to be the one to examine
those quarters and halves and
all those little ones thats out
Responses from site
administrators were generally supportive after a presentation, according to a handout
at the meeting that included
feedback, but many left wondering how the centralization

would impact them.

There is the, We think
this is all necessary and I
dont understand how its
going to impact my site,
director of curriculum and
instruction Ann Franke said.
Theres a definite feeling of,
Great, please add these, but
not at our expense kind of
Administrators hope whatever expense comes from the
changes in the short-term
will be paid off in the long
term through increased efficiency, one of the main goals
of the overall centralization
change. Gorrell pointed to
the director for 4K and mentoring programs as successful positions with responsibilities on a similar level to
many of the proposed positions.
Weve got internal models of people that have that
as their dedicated position
and job function, and theyre
doing well in that, Gorrell
Time will tell which sites
will be happy about the
changes and those that wont,
as some have used their
site budgets in past years
to already build in more
technology coordinators or
instructional coaches, for
The sites that wont like it
are the ones that have already
invested in (these areas),
Gorrell said.
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Occupational therapy/Speech-Therapy
Tech coord.
Extended day for tech. coord.
Instructional coaches
Curriculum coord.

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Bilingual teacher
Response to Intervention coord.
Assessment coord.
Behavior coach
Ed. tech. asst.
Health assts.
Instructional coaches


Network manager
Instructional coaches

In brief
Transgender training


9 am - 9 pm


FTE Cost Funding



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womens clothing, footwear, tools and other gear

9 am - 8pm

FTE Cost

Bilingual teacher
Homeless coord.

10 am - 6 pm

FTE Cost Funding

Existing resources
Existing resources
Title 1, district
1.0 $50K District
Spec. ed., district

Administrators told members of the CIA committee Monday they have been
meeting with staff about the
recently approved transgender

FTE Cost Funding

policy, which outlines support
for transgender students and
allows them to use the bathroom and locker room of the
gender they identify with.
VASD director of bilingual
programs and instructional equity said they have met
with staff at the Natatorium
and PE classes, as well as

administrators and student

services staff.
There will be a community workshop in January
with GSAFE, an LGBTQ+
advocacy organization, and
professional development for
teachers is expected to begin
in February and over the summer.

December 22, 2016

The Verona Press


Engelke: City finance director never regretted coming to Verona from Janesville
Continued from page 1
But then I just really
liked it here, she added. I
never had the desire to do
Seventeen years later,
Engelke retired from Verona on Friday at 59, having
fallen in love with the job
and her co-workers and
The people were just so
nice, she said of the interviewing committee, which
i n c l u d e d a f ew a l d e r s ,
Mayor Tom Ferch and city
administrator Larry Saeger.
Funny thing about that,
almost all the people she
worked with at the beginning are now gone, with
the notable exception of
Mayor Jon Hochkammer
then the Finance committee
chair Ald. Brad Stiner and
a handful of co-workers,
none of whom work out of
the same building wing.
Shes the last of a parade
of long-term employees
who have retired since
September 2015: assessor
Bob Courter, engineer Bob
Gundlach and public works
director Ron Rieder. Add
to that the exits of administrator Bill Burns and clerk

On the Web

Kami Scofield during that

time and Verona City Center is a very different place
from where she started
across the parking lot at the
old City Hall.
Engelkes life is different now, too. She will be
replacing her busy workdays with busy domestic
days, baking cookies,
reading, taking enrichment classes
and planning
trips. A big
tennis fan,
she hopes
to attend
the Australian Open in January 2018
and perhaps someday go to
Roland Garros and take in
the French Open.
She was never able to
plan such things because,
as finance director, theres
a lwa y s s o m e t h i n g c r u cial going on: January is
audits, and the French and
Wimbledon are during capital budget preparation in
June. She did get away to
the U.S. Open one August,
where she and husband Bill
(who still plays in a USTA
league) got engaged in

But she couldnt even
retire when she wanted to
after last years budget
not when all those crucial
staff changes left the office
So finally, after Jeff
Mikorski ended a fivemonth vacancy in the citys
administrator position in
late August and the tax bills
were prepared, she gave her
notice Nov. 21.
(I figured) if we can get
the budget adopted and get
the tax bills out, then I can
leave before we start yearend audit, and I will just
separate myself from that
process, she said. The
thing is, I decided, if I kept
staying because something
is happening here, I would
never leave.

And then, only after some

cajoling from co-workers
did she agree to be part of
a goodbye lunch last Thursday and a farewell cake party the following day before
she snuck away early to
finish her last bits of transitioning important duties to
other staff members.
Her last day on the job
was suspiciously like her
first, which involved a commute home to Stoughton
in the dark during a nasty
April snowstorm.
It was awful, she said
of the weather.

Quiet exit

Learning and teaching

Finance directors are

not typically big on grabbing the spotlight. So when
Engelke finally got a chance
to leave, she did her best to
exit quietly.
Though she gave the
mayor a warning as far
back as Oct. 21, she held
off her announcement as
late as possible, just in case.

But the job wasnt. Back

then, Verona was in the
Dark Ages compared to
Janesville, where shed
had a specialized role as
the accounting manager,
doing things like accounts
payable, tracking tax-increment financing districts
and working with Housing
and Urban Development

curve; thence Northeasterly along a

curve to the right which has a radius
of 25.00 feet and a chord which bears
N760919E, 36.01 feet to the point of
beginning. The land to be zoned Suburban Industrial is A parcel of land, including Lot 2, Certified Survey Map No.
12099 and a portion of John P. Livesey
Boulevard, located in the NW1/4 and the
SW1/4 of the NW1/4 and in the NW1/4 of
the SW1/4 of Section 25, T6N, R8E, City
of Verona, Dane County, Wisconsin, towit: Beginning at the West quarter corner
of said Section 25; thence N003403E,
along the West line of the said NW1/4,
2603.91 feet; thence S893343E, 89.29
feet; thence S002617W, 10.00 feet
to a point of curve; thence Southeasterly on a curve to the right which has
a radius of 1577.10 feet and a chord
which bears S734005E, 863.80 feet
to a point of curve; thence Southwesterly along a curve to the left which
has a radius of 25.00 feet and a chord
which bears S760919W, 36.01 feet;
thence S300504W, 146.45 feet to a
point of curve; thence Southwesterly
along a curve to the right which has a
radius of 333.00 feet and a chord which
bears S403040W, 120.53 feet to a
point of reverse curve; thence Southerly along a curve to the left which
has a radius of 25.00 feet and a chord
which bears S103559W, 32.36 feet;
thence S294418E, 259.22 feet to a
point of curve; thence Southeasterly
along a curve to the right which has
a radius of 333.00 feet and a chord
which bears S143355E, 174.32 feet;
thence S003628W, 1572.15 feet to a
point of curve; thence Southerly along
a curve to the right which has a radius
of 933.00 feet and a chord which bears
S061049W, 181.19 feet to a point of
reverse curve; thence Southeasterly
along a curve to the left which has a
radius of 25.00 feet and a chord which
bears S313043E, 34.27 feet; thence
S744636E, 74.85 feet to a point of
curve; thence Easterly along a curve to
the left which has a radius of 1167.00 feet
and a chord which bears S823930E,
320.06 feet; thence N892736E, 9.45
feet; thence S002843W, 1146.30 feet;
thence S893838W, 1302.82 feet; thence
N002036E, 1298.64 feet to the point of
3) Zoning Map Amendment to rezone
Lot 16 of the Verona Technology Park
from the current classification of Suburban Industrial (SI) to Suburban Commercial (SC).
4) Conditional Use Permit to allow a
commercial animal board land use to be
located on Lot 16 of the Verona Technology Park that would allow for the construction of a 7,400 square foot dog daycare
5) Conditional Use Permit to allow a
commercial apartment land use to be located at 410-416 East Verona Avenue that
would allow for the construction of a two
(2) story mixed-use building.
Interested persons may comment
on these planning and zoning matters
during the public hearings at the January
3rd 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, January 9th.
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: December 15 and 22, 2016

Stats, there is hereby created a Tourism

Commission in the City of Verona, where
duties may include:
1. Contracting with tourism entities
to provide tourism services, provide support for staff or activities that promote
tourism at the City of Verona, or provide
funding to agencies that manage events
or activities that bring people to the City.
2. Reporting any delinquencies or
inaccurate collections/reports to the City
3. Authorizing the expenditure of
70% of the Room Tax collected by the
City for tourism promotion and tourism
development for the City of Verona, to
include funding existing agreements to
the Greater Madison Convention and
Visitors Bureau, and the Madison Area
Sports Commission, and the Verona
Chamber of Commerce for tourism services; contingent on the approval by City
4. Providing a report annually or
when requested, to the Verona City Council, showing the purposes for which the
Room Tax was spent.
(b) Composition; Appointments.The
Tourism Commission shall consist of five
(5) members. One (1) Commissioner shall
be a Common Council representative and
one (1) shall represent the Wisconsin hotel and motel industry. Commissioners
shall be appointed by the Mayor and approved by the Common Council for one
(1) year terms commencing on May 1 of
that year.
All vacancies shall be filled for the
unexpired term in the same manner as
appointment for full term.
(c) Organization.The Tourism Commission shall organize by May 1 in each
year. Thereupon, the Commission shall
elect a chairperson and vice-chairperson, a secretary to keep minutes of all
meetings, and other such officers as
may in the judgment of the members be
necessary. The Commission shall adopt
its own rules of procedure and meeting
times. Three (3) Commissioners shall
constitute a quorum. All actions shall
require an affirmative vote by a simple
majority of the Commission.

Jon H. Hochkammer, Mayor
Ellen Clark, City Clerk
ENACTED: December 12, 2016
Published: December 22, 2016

Q&A with Engelke:

projects. There, they had

a large, complex computer system for her entire
13-year tenure, and Verona was still working with
I got to build all these
different processes, she
said. It took a lot of hours,
but in the beginning, its fun
to do it.
Early on, the former
Cindy Speich said, she
learned a lot from Hochkammer, who was very
serious about ensuring the
city had a strong financial
position. And she gave back
when Hochkammer won the
mayors job in 2006, leaving Ald. Mac McGilvray as
Finance committee chair.
McGilvray spoke glowingly about Engelke
when her retirement was
announced, at the last Common Council meeting of the
year, Dec. 12.
Shes been an enormous
help, he said. (She had) a
knack for making you feel
like you understand the
situation. Sometimes I
walk in and I dont know

get-together, she endured

the spotlight reluctantly,
getting a steady stream of
hugs, goodbyes and kind
words from city employees and current and former
We had our differences
at times, community cable
producer Andy Scott said
on the way out the door,
but Ill tell you, there was
not one time where I didnt
know you were doing what
was the best for the city.
Hochkammer joined
Engelke and crew for the
Thursday lunch, and he
shared with the Press a letter hed delivered to alders
announcing her retirement.
Her work ethic is
unmatched, it said. Cindy truly cares for the people we serve. She will be
missed dearly.
For Engelke, the feeling
is mutual.
I never regretted coming
here, she said. Whoever
comes into my position is
a lucky person. Its a great
place to be.
Email Verona Press editor
Jim Ferolie at

Saying goodbye


F r i d a y s


Case No. 16PR778

1. An application for Informal Administration was filed.
2. The decedent, with date of birth
August 10, 1921 and date of death October 27, 2016, was domiciled in Dane
County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 309 S. Jefferson Street,
Verona, WI 53593X.
3. All interested persons waived notice.
4. The deadline for filing a claim
against the decedents estate is March
17, 2017.
5. A claim may be filed at the Dane
County Courthouse, 215 S. Hamilton
Street, Madison, Wisconsin, Room 1000.
Lisa Chandler
Probate Registrar
December 8, 2016
Kurt Flechtner
309 S. Jefferson Street
Verona, WI 53593
(608) 845-7607
Published: December 15, 22 and 29, 2016


The City of Verona Plan Commission

will hold Public Hearings on Tuesday
January 3, 2017 at City Hall, 111 Lincoln
Street, for the following planning and
zoning matters:
1) Zoning Map amendment to rezone property located 425 and 427 South
Main Street, St. James Lutheran Church,
from the current Mixed Residential and
Neighborhood Residential zoning classifications to the proposed Public Institutional zoning district.
2) Zoning Map Amendment to rezone property located east of the Verona
Technology Park from the current Rural Agricultural zoning classification
to the proposed Suburban Industrial
and Suburban Office zoning districts.
Specifically, the land to be zoned Suburban Office is A parcel of land located in the NW1/4 and the SW1/4 of the
NW1/4 and in the NW1/4 of the SW1/4
of Section 25, T6N, R8E, City of Verona,
Dane County, Wisconsin, to-wit: Commencing at the West quarter corner of
said Section 25; thence N003403E,
2603.91 feet; thence S893343E, 89.28
feet; thence S002617W, 10.00 feet to
a point of curve; thence Southeasterly along a curve to the right which has
a radius of 1577.10 feet and a chord
which bears S734005E, 863.80 feet
to a point of curve, also being the
point of beginning; thence continuing Southeasterly along a curve to the
right which has a radius of 1577.10 feet
and a chord which bears S532255E,
241.56 feet; thence S485922E, 251.24
feet; thence S003628W, 2028.60 feet;
thence S002843W, 157.02 feet; thence
S892736W, 9.45 feet to a point of curve;
thence Westerly along a curve to the
right which has a radius of 1167.00 feet
and a chord which bears N823930W,
320.06 feet; thence N744636W, 74.85
feet to a point of curve; thence Northwesterly along a curve to the right
which has a radius of 25.00 feet and a
chord which bears N313043W, 34.27
feet to a point of reverse curve; thence
Northerly along a curve to the left which
has a radius of 933.00 feet and a chord
which bears N061049E, 181.19 feet;
thence N003628E, 1572.15 feet to a
point of curve; thence Northwesterly along a curve to the left which has a
radius of 333.00 feet and a chord which
bears N143355W, 174.32 feet; thence
N294418W, 259.22 feet to a point of
reverse curve; thence Northerly along
a curve to the right which has a radius
of 25.00 feet and a chord which bears
N103559E, 32.36 feet to a point of
reverse curve; thence Northeasterly
along a curve to the left which has a
radius of 333.00 feet and a chord which
bears N403040E, 120.53 feet; thence
N300504E, 146.45 feet to a point of




The Common Council of the City

of Verona, Dane County, Wisconsin, do
hereby ordain that Section 2-4-10
of the Code of Ordinances, City of
Verona, Wisconsin, is amended as follows, new matter underlined, deleted
matter struck through:
Sec. 2-4-10 - Tourism Commission.
(a) Commission Created; Powers;
Duties.Pursuant to the authority, powers
and duties granted in Sec. 66.0615, Wis.


DECEMBER 29, 2016,
6:00 P.M.

1. Call to Order/Approval of Regular

Meeting Agenda
2. Public Comment - This section
of the meeting provides the opportunity
for comment from persons in attendance
on items not listed below over which
this governing body has jurisdiction.
Comments on matters not listed on this
agenda could be placed on a future Plan
Commission meeting agenda.
3. Approval of minutes from November 29th meeting
4. Reports

Committees (Public Works, Finance,

Natural and Recreational Areas)
5. Discussion of Land Use Application # 2016-4 dated 11/9/2016 for the
Woods at Watch Hill development located
on Shady Oak Lane submitted by Robert
Proctor on behalf of Bar Down LLC. The
purpose of the application is to amend
the deed restriction limiting the development to 21 units, but limiting minimum lot
size to 1.6 acres or greater for six lots.
* Motion to un-table
* Discussion and action
6. Public Hearing re: Land Use Application #2016-5 dated 8/6/2015 for property located at 6433 Nesbitt Road submitted by Barnes Landscaping. The purpose
of the application is amend the C2 zoning
to allow for major repairs to motor vehicles; sales of new and used contractors
machinery and equipment; repairs, storage and service of contractors machinery and equipment;
* Discussion and action re: Land
Use Application 2016-5
7. Discussion only of potential rezoning and lot split at 2014 Manhattan
8. Discussion of the Comprehensive
Re-cap of December 13 Area 6 meeting
Schedule for Areas 7 and 8

Review survey for Areas 7 and 8

Chapter drafts
9. Confirmation of next regular meeting date - January 26th
10. Adjourn
Douglas Maxwell, Chair, Town of Verona Plan Commission
Plan Commission agendas will be
posted at Millers Grocery and Town Hall
and on the Towns website. Go to www. and sign up for the
Town List Serve to receive notices via
email. Public hearings will be published
in the Verona Press. If anyone having a
qualifying disability as defined by the
American With Disabilities Act, needs
an interpreter, materials in alternate formats or other accommodations to access
these meetings, please contact the Town
of Verona Clerks office @ 608-845 -7187
or Please do
so at least 48 hours prior to the meeting so that proper arrangements can be
made. Notice is also given that a possible
quorum could occur at this meeting for
the purposes of information gathering
only, of the Town Board, Natural and Recreational Areas Committee, and/or Public
Works Committee.
Posted: December 22, 2016
Published: December 22, 2016

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646 Fireplaces,
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602 Antiques & Collectibles


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December 22, 2016

The Verona Press

Questions: School board compromises, decides on 2 capital questions on April ballot

Continued from page 1
million for an auditorium,
with other money likely from the Epic tax-increment financing district
leftover funds paying for
K-Wing renovations. The
other question, at a total of
around $18 million, would
ask voters to consider a
pool and outdoor athletic
fields at the site of the new
high school.
They settled on that mostly to appease two board
members president Dennis Beres and Renee Zook
who were strongly against
having a single question
with all of the items on the
If we put it all together and our (non-parent,
non-staff) people come out
with a vengeance and they
represent its too much on
their tax bill, we lose it all,
Zook said. Then we have
no solution for whats best
for any student.
The compromise idea,
which was suggested by
superintendent Dean Gorrell, got backing from board
member Tom Duerst, who
had initially been the strongest proponent for a single
Weve gotta move forward, Duerst said as the
meeting, which included
several other agenda items,
approached the six-hour
mark. Gotta find a compromise. I dont like the
compromise, but (Ill agree
to it).
Board members agreed

On the web

Whats next?
Consultants will draft ballot language for the referendum questions before the boards Jan. 9 meeting. The
board can formally vote on the ballot measure at that
meeting or wait until Jan. 16, the last Monday before the
Jan. 21 deadline.
that all the items being
considered are necessary
for a properly functioning school. But at issue
throughout the discussion
were what data could be
reliably extrapolated on
items not tested on a survey such as the K-wing
as well as how high the
board could take the cost
and what message separating the items into multiple
questions would send.
I struggle with separating them simply because I
think the main focus, rather
than how can we get it to
pass, is what is the solution
we can offer that provides
an optimal functioning high
school, said board member Noah Roberts. (People
might think) if its necessary, it would be in the base
If it fails, some board
members said, its easier to
go back to referendum next
year for the pool and fields
than for the whole project.
Board members also
agreed to keep the base
plan for the high school
at its original cost, rather
than the extra $6.5 million cost incurred in a plan

to renovate the K-Wing.

That work would be paid
for instead by the districts
fund balance, which will
grow by about $11 million
next year from the Epic TIF
The separate questions
would allow the community to offer its feedback
more directly on the specific options, after residents
did not show strong enough
support for a pool on the
community survey this fall
to make the board comfortable.
The community can
have this discussion and
wrestle with these options
just the way we did, Beres
While no formal vote
o c c u r r e d M o n d a y, t h e
group with one exception
indicated it was comfortable moving forward with
the two-question plan, giving consultants the chance
to write the formal question
Russell King stated
he could not favor the
two-question approach.
You dont have unanimous consensus, but you
have consensus, King said

as the discussion neared

He added that he would Support for the pool, which could
s u p p o r t w h a t eve r t h e bring revenue:
board decides.

Sink or swim

At heart in the debate was

whether the overwhelming
popularity of the base plan
could carry the pool to success if the two options were
in the same question.
Some worried that the
pool would drown out support for the main building,
leaving the board in a challenging position.
We cant lose the high
school. Cant, said board
member Amy Almond. It
trickles down to every student.
By instead pairing the
pool with the athletic fields,
board members hope they
have brought together a pair
of vocal and passionate bases that can help get traction
for that question.
We all want to support
a pool very much, board
member Meredith Stier
Christensen told pool supporters in the audience.
The fear of losing the high
school is maybe outweighing our ability to fully support, but we really hope you
mobilize because we would
really like this to be successful for everybody.

Data unclear
Part of the problem for
board members was that a
$180 million option the
cost of all four projects
together was strongly

opposed on the survey.

We have no data to back
up other than our extrapolations of data and our personal feelings, Beres said.
But that plan wouldve
called for construction of
a new high school and elementary school concurrently. And to those on the
board who wanted a single
question, it was an apples
to oranges comparison.
Its a completely different project, Duerst said.
For Beres and Zook, it
was more simple, especially for the non-parent,
non-staff demographic that
makes up a majority of voters: look at the tax impact.
Weve always talked
about the tax impact, Zook
said. Its been really easy
to want to dream big and to
lose that grounding tenant
of what will the taxpayers

All important
Board members also
made it clear they believe
all four items are necessary
for the school to function at
its best.
As Roberts, who graduated from Verona Area High
School in 2015, put it, an
auditorium, pool and athletic fields seem like just

something that comes with

a high school.
In reality, we know
that if one (question) isnt
approved, it wont function
as well as a high school
should, he said.
A key point to ultimately getting support for the
two-question approach was
that, if the fields and pool
fail, the board can put it to
referendum again in 2018
with more time to explain
the needs.
I know were going to
have the outdoor fields and
I know were going to have
a great pool, Almond said.
With good communication
to our community, they can
all just happen at the same
time or shortly thereafter.
Residents can expect
to see plenty of communication from the district
from January to April once
the board has officially
approved the referendum
ballot language.
Board members are hopeful their decision to split
the questions wont affect
the outcome, and whatever
happens, theyll have a true
measure of community support of the options.
I think this provides
more opportunity for our
voters to make a financial
decision, Zook said. And
we still might get the wish
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