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Board: Mutual
trust, respect low
Consultant works on
tough issues during
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SCOTT GIRARD
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For Verona Area school


board member Noah
Roberts, the problems
started May 2 with his first
vote as a board member.
The first action that I had
as a board member was to
appoint two new members,
Roberts recalled Saturday
during a three-hour board
discussion about how the
board interacts. That
process, I think, reinforced
right from the start a lack of
trust and a lack of respect.
Trust was one of the
key topics six of the seven
Photo by Samantha Christian

Fitchburg resident Theresa, right, and her 8-year-old son, Kane, pick out a squash during Badger Prairie Needs Networks
Thanksgiving basket distribution Wednesday, Nov. 16.

Season of giving

Pantry distributes record number of Thanksgiving baskets


On the Web

SAMANTHA CHRISTIAN
Unified Newspaper Group

Jacqueline and Les Beecher spent


their first day of volunteering for
the Badger Prairie Needs Network
helping with the Thanksgiving basket
giveaway for local families in need
Nov. 16.
They had learned about the annual
holiday event while Jacqueline was
registering voters at BPNN, and Les
agreed that giving some of their time
to the food pantry would be a good
way to re-energize ourselves after
the election.
The west-side Madison residents
were among 60 other volunteers in the
faith, business, school and nonprofit
communities who greeted hundreds
of food pantry patrons and a few
new faces and filled their shopping
carts with turkeys, vegetables and
other holiday fixings the week before
Thanksgiving.
Eighty people walked through
the doors in the first 80 minutes of
the five-hour giveaway, said BPNN
volunteer Dennis Appleton.
This year BPNN handed out over
375 baskets, compared with 299 in

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2015 and 225 in 2014. Food pantry
coordinator Pat Berry said that
upward trend is also visible during
food pantry distribution days.
The last four months the
number of individuals we serve has
been up about 30 percent, she said.
To put that number into perspective,
the food pantry has seen a 114
percent increase in the number of
individuals registered for services
since BPNN relocated to its new
building on East Verona Avenue in
August 2015, according to a news
release. It provides assistance to 3,002
individuals (more than half of which
are now children) and 902 households
in the Verona Area School District,
which includes portions of Fitchburg
and Madison.
To us, it looks more like theres
more households with multiple
generations in them, Berry said.
The

Verona Press

And, honestly, if you look at the rents


around here, you know why.
The holidays can be stressful
enough without having to worry
about the cost of a turkey and other
ingredients, BPNN volunteer Kristi
Johnson said, which is why people are
so appreciative of the Thanksgiving
basket giveaway.
This way they can have a meal
with their family, at their home, which
is a lot of what Thanksgiving is, she
said.

Community collaboration
A sign at the entrance of BPNN
listed more than 15 local donors
who had helped make the annual
Thanksgiving basket giveaway
possible, but many more people than
that had a hand in the event.
Getting ready for this is just as
much work as it is the day of, and
weve had several groups help with
that, too, Berry said. That includes
cleaning up the room after last
Saturdays community meal to make
enough space for distribution.
Storage has been tight at BPNN

board members discussed at


Saturdays meeting, which
board president Dennis
Beres began planning
for after three new board
members joined. Its one of
four integrity values the
board established more than
a decade ago, and some
members felt is was not
being adequately practiced.
The divide seemed to lie
largely between the three
newest members of the
board Roberts and the
two appointees, Meredith
Stier Christensen and
Russell King and the
more experienced: Renee
Zook, Amy Almond and
Beres. Board member Tom
Duerst, elected in April
2015, was unable to attend
the Saturday morning

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City of Verona

Always learning
Mikorski brings
big-city experience
to Verona as city
administrator
JIM FEROLIE
Verona Press editor

Jeff Mikorski once thought


he was on track for a life
in the world of academia,
researching and studying
brain patterns and behavior.
I n s t e a d , h e s c h o s e n
another form of neverending
study running a growing
city.

After 20 years on the


shadow of the
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Mountains in
Morgantown,
W.
Va . ,
Veronas
new city
administrator
has returned Mikorski
t o
h i s
Wi s c o n s i n r o o t s . H e s
using his background in
psychology to help him as a
manager and his experience
running a bustling college
town to help him focus on
growing Veronas downtown.

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An early Thanksgiving
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VAHS food drive hopes to overcome early


struggles, meet 23,000-pound goal
On the Web

SCOTT GIRARD
Unified Newspaper Group

Student leaders with the


Verona Area High School
food drive are hopeful
they can overcome early
low returns.
Three weeks into the
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considering that line was
being delivered by a team of
Cat in the Hats, the tonguein-cheek line didnt demand
to be taken literally.
The play, which ran Friday, Nov. 18, and Saturday,
Nov. 19, at the Verona Area
High School Performing
Arts Center, featured a cast
of nearly 90 young actors
doubling as both wellknown Dr. Seuss creations
and characters in the classic
Charles Dickens story, A
Christmas Carol.
Even with Cindy Loo
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and Scrooge sharing the
stage with the Whoville
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We think thats a big
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The group has a goal to
raise 23,000 pounds for
the Badger Prairie Needs
Network food pantry by
the end of the drive on
Dec. 15.
Conlin, who said she
and the other student leaders have so much real
experience through running the drive, stressed the
importance of the supermarket sweeps at Miller
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Those sweeps have students stand by the doors
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Verona Area School District

VAIS, SP score highest;


BRMS, SOMS, VAHS lowest
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The Verona Area School District


met expectations during the 201516 school year, according to state
Department of Public Instruction
report cards released Thursday.
Among its 11 schools, six received
exceeds expectations grads, three
received meets expectations grades,
one received a meets few expectations grade and the Exploration
Academy received an alternate grade
of satisfactory progress.
The highest scorers each just
above an 80 were Verona Area International School and the area elementary it is housed in, Stoner Prairie.
They scored 80.6 and 80.1, respectively.
On the other end of the grades were
school above the elementary level,
with both middle schools and Verona Area High School scoring 68.7 or
below. Badger Ridge Middle School
had the lowest score in the district
at 62.3, with Savanna Oaks Middle
School scoring 68.4 and VAHS scoring 68.7. BRMS score put the school
in the second-lowest category possible, among 243 statewide.
The district overall scored a 72.5,
compared to a statewide district

Report Card
Grades
School Score Expectations rating
VAIS 80.6
Exceeds
SP 80.1
Exceeds
NCS 79.6
Exceeds
GE 79.2
Exceeds
CKCS 74.6
Exceeds
CV 73.6
Exceeds
District 72.5
Meets
SC 71.9
Meets
VAHS 68.7
Meets
SOMS 68.4
Meets
BRMS 62.3
Meets few
average of 73.5.
Statewide, more than 82 percent
of public schools met or exceeded
expectations. The grades measure
schools is four areas: student achievement in English language arts and
math, student growth, closing gaps
between student groups and measures
of readiness for graduation and postsecondary education, according to a
news release from DPI.
BRMS scored especially low compared to other middle schools in the
student growth and closing gaps categories. It scored 55.3 on closing gaps
compared to 64.1 for middle schools

statewide, and 59.4 on student growth


compared to 66.0 for other Wisconsin
middle schools.
The district as a whole scored just
below state averages in those same
two categories, but beat the average in
the student achievement and on-track
and postsecondary readiness measures.
The districts two charter schools
besides VAIS Core Knowledge and
New Century each scored in the
exceeds expectations range. NCS
received a 79.6 and CKCS scored
74.6.
The other area attendance elementary schools scored in the 70s. Sugar
Creek received a 71.9, Country View
scored a 73.6 and Glacier Edge scored
a 79.2.
Report card grades from DPI were
not given after the 2014-15 school
year, and the DPI news release with
this years results said they are not
comparable to report cards issued in
prior years. DPI also cautioned that
they do not represent a full picture
of the important work taking place in
schools throughout the state.
Factors in the grades included graduation and attendance rates, thirdgrade ELA scores and eighth-grade
math scores. Schools were penalized
for missing targets on test participation, absenteeism and dropout rates.
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City of Verona

Pedestrian improvements taking shape


SAMANTHA CHRISTIAN

On the Web

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eventually be added at
other intersections along
Hwy. M when sidewalks at
Locust and Prairie Heights
drives are completed.
Basically its an appetizer for what well be
doing in the future, Jacobson said. Some (projects)
are going to get accelerated, some area going to get
delayed.
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Town Hall
building for sale
SCOTT GIRARD

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The soon-to-be-former
Town Hall in Verona is
for sale.
As town officials prepare to move to the new
Town Hall on County
Hwy. PD early next year,
theyre hoping to find
a buyer for the current
building at 335 N. Nine
Mound Road.
The asking price listed
on the First Weber Realtors website is $364,900,
which would help cover
costs for the new building.
Town administrator/
planner Amanda Arnold
sent an email to town
residents announcing the
sale Nov. 18. Arnold listed three possibilities for a
buyer: keeping the property in the towns jurisdiction and operating a
business under current
Dane County zoning; ask
to annex the property into
the City of Verona and
operate a business under
city zoning; or demolish
the buildings and redevelop the site, which would
involve a public review
process and likely annexation into the city.
I know many residents
have spent a lot of time
in the Town Hall over the
years and I thought you

might be interested in
the plans for it, Arnold
wrote. Its nice little
building, and I personally hope that it gets reused
or redeveloped for something really interesting.
The current Town Hall,
which Arnold estimated
was built in the 1950s,
was remodeled in 2012
to upgrade the bathrooms
and entryway to Americans with Disabilities
Act standards, but almost
immediately after, the
town began a space needs
study with an eye on a
new building.
The town purchased 43
acres for the site of the
new town hall in December 2014 for $700,000.
Officials then worked
with Epics architect to
design a building. After
receiving approval from
residents at the annual
meeting in April 2016,
Town Chair Mark Geller
signed a contract with JP
Cullen for more than $3
million to complete the
construction.
Epic purchased about
37 acres of the land not
needed for the new building for about $2.4 million.
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Ve r o n a s t r e e t s a r e
becoming more bicycleand pedestrian-friendly
with the completion of a
few improvements this fall,
including pavement markings and medians.
These improvements
are among 12 wide-ranging projects identified in
the citys bike/ped study
intended to be completed
over the next five years.
The total project cost is
$4.2 million, which is
being submitted into the
citys capital improvement plan with the hope of
encouraging more use of
bicycles and walking.
Parking and biking lane
striping began in October
at four streets on the north
side of the city between
Cross Country Road and
Verona Avenue. A shared
parking and bike lane has
been marked on Edward
Street and Hemlock Drive,
while dedicated parking
and bike lanes have been
marked on Basswood Avenue and Tamarack Way.
Public works director
Theran Jacobson said so far
the cost for the striping is
$37,565. Some of the benefits he cited include better
use of the roadway width,
better access to parks and
schools and a safer ride for
bicyclists and drivers.
Also finishing up this fall
is a refuge island, or median, along County Hwy. M
at Whalen Road.
The purpose is to keep
traffic moving through
there but also provide a
safer pedestrian crossing
there, Jacobson said.
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Opinion

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Letters to the editor

America is getting what we voted for


Donald Trump has chosen
Steve Bannon to be his senior
counselor and strategist. Until
he took over the Trump campaign in August, Bannon was
the chairman of Breitbart News
Network, the company that puts
out the website Breitbart News.
This website is a platform for the
alt right, which is a politically
correct term for people who are
racist, sexist, Jew/Muslim/feminist-hating white supremacists.
That is not an exaggeration.
Applauding Bannons new
appointment is Rocky Suhayda,
the chairman of the American
Nazi Party, who said because of
the pick Trump might be for
real and that its going to be
a real opportunity for people
like white nationalists, acting
intelligently to build upon that.
Meanwhile, David Duke, the
former imperial wizard of the
Ku Klux Klan, called the choice
excellent.
Steve Bannon believes Fear is
a good thing. Fear is going to lead
you to take action. He has said
Im a Leninist ... Lenin wanted
to destroy the state, and thats my
goal too. I want to bring everything crashing down, and destroy
all of todays establishment.
Does this reflect the thinking of
Trump voters, and the rest of the
Republican Party?
Many Democrats, conservative
commentators and even some
Republicans are condemning
Trumps choice, but not nearly
enough. How many times did we

hear through the campaign how


gross, disgusting and unacceptable fellow Republicans thought
Trumps words and actions were,
but supported him anyway? They
have no honor, and they display
none of the courage of their convictions. Of course they are in
good company considering the
number of Americans who also
voted for Trump. Is anyone else
getting sick of hearing people
say Oh, I dont agree with most
of what he says, but we need a
change?
I know people who voted for
Trump because he is a Republican, and they always vote Republican. I know of people who are
defending their vote on social
media, that it is unfair to assume
they are racist, sexist bigots just
because of their vote.
My answer to that is that every
action has a consequence. Voters make their choices based on
the information provided by the
candidate, the example of the
life they have led, the mark they
have made on the world and their
plans for the many issues facing
the country. Trump left no doubt
about the kind of man he is. Why
is anyone surprised that he would
choose a hater like Bannon? As
H.L. Mencken said, democracy
is the theory that the common
people know what they want, and
deserve to get it good and hard.
Colleen Bass,
Town of Springdale

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Community Voices

Students struggling with social


turmoil need community support

ince the election, the


Verona Area School District has seen an increase in
number of culturally insensitive,
derogatory and discriminatory
comments targeted toward some
of our students of color, those
who are English learners or
Muslim and those who identify
as LGBTQ.
Some students who support
President-elect Donald Trump
have reported similar comments
and behaviors targeted
toward them.
Students and
staff indicate
that some of
what they are
experiencing
or witnessing
constitutes bulGorrell
lying, harassment and/or
hate speech.
While this is not unique to our
school district, it nevertheless is
our matter to address locally.
VASD will not tolerate speech
or actions that are harassing, discriminatory or bullying toward
any student, group of students
or staff member. The Board of
Education has several longstanding policies that address these
matters, and we will continue to
enforce them.
We are unable to make a blanket statement about what constitutes harassment, discrimination,
bullying or hate speech, as it
depends on the context of each
situation.
For example, a student
expressing delight in the outcome of the election would not
fall under this. Nor would a
student wearing a T-shirt with
Trump on it.
In 1969, the Supreme Court
of the United States, in the
landmark case of Tinker vs.
Des Moines School District,
ruled that the First Amendment
applied to public schools and
that school officials could not
censor student speech unless
it disrupted the educational
process. In this famous case,
students had been suspended
for wearing black armbands to
protest the Vietnam War and
the court determined it was not
disruptive. It said students do
not shed their constitutional
rights to freedom of speech or

expression at the schoolhouse


gate.
However, a comment directed at a Latino student, such as,
When you leave school today,
why dont you keep on driving
back to Mexico? would likely
be considered harassing, discriminatory, bullying and/or hate
speech. So might a comment
directed at a supporter of President-elect Trump, such as Go
to the back parking lot so we can
jump you.
And in 2016, the schoolhouse
gates can also include statements made on social media.
Indeed, while weve seen fewer incidents of face-to-face bullying or harassment on school
grounds, there is still considerable action on social media
platforms. Our students and staff
have been encouraged not to
address these matters on their
own, but to report such instances
to the administration.
On Nov. 9, I put out a message
to all VASD parents indicating
that some high school students
had engaged in a peaceful protest over the results of the election and the saying of the Pledge
of Allegiance in school. This
protest did not disrupt the school
day, and the students were permitted to continue.
One response I received
from that message inquired as
to whether the students who
engaged in the protest were
truant and that those students
should get on with their job of
getting an education. While we
agree each student is accountable for engaging in their learning, this was impossible at that
time for some students, as they
had much deeper concerns that
crowded out participation in daily lessons.
The following are examples
of such concerns that have been
expressed to me:

Some of our Latino students (many of whom are U.S.
citizens) have expressed great
fear that their parents or other
family members will be deported and that their families will be
split up.

Some Muslim students
are now wondering if they and
other members of their family
will have to wear some sort of
identification badge indicating theyve been vetted as a

non-terrorist threat.

Some of our LGBTQ
students have expressed fear for
their lives.

Some of our African-American students have
expressed total disenfranchisement and are wondering if this
democracy will include them.

Some of our students
who support President-elect
Trump have expressed feeling
unsafe.
For some of our students,
these thoughts and feelings are
real and ongoing and create fear,
uncertainty and anxiety. Anyone
with these fears is likely unable
to engage in any kind of higher
order functioning until they feel
safe.
Our teachers, support staff and
administrators recognize this,
and they have been absolutely
incredible in helping students
navigate these tumultuous times
by creating and maintaining safe
places for students. Staff are
asked to put their own thoughts
and feelings aside so as to not to
appear to be indoctrinating students who are a captive audience
in their classroom.
This is exhausting work, and I
am proud of them. They cannot
do this on their own; they need
the help of the entire community.
In his book Moral Courage,
Rushworth Kidder identified five
core values that his research suggests cut across all ethnicities,
religions and cultures. They are
honesty, respect, responsibility,
fairness and compassion. Perhaps these are indeed the threads
that bind us together as humans.
They certainly represent a good
place to start.
This is an important time in
the lives of our students. Now,
more than ever, it is important
that as a community, we work to
create a safe learning environment for each of our students.
And also now, more than ever,
we need you to work with us, as
you have in the past, in support
of all of our students so each
student in our school district has
a positive experience and each
student is successful.
Dean Gorrell is the superintendent of the Verona Area School
District.

ConnectVerona.com

November 24, 2016

USRWA looks to bolster new farmer-led group

Wonderful Life gets


musical treatment
VACT show debuts
Dec. 1
KATE NEWTON
Unified Newspaper Group

Contact Kate Newton at kate.


newton@wcinet.com.

If You Go
What: VACT presents Its
A Wonderful Life: The
Musical
When: 7:30p.m. Dec.
1-3; 2p.m. Dec. 3-4
Where: Verona Area High
School Performing Arts
Center, 300 Richard St.
Tickets: $15 ($10
seniors, children and
students)
Info: vact.org or 8452383

Contact Samantha
Christian at samantha.
christian@wcinet.com.

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It already ranks high on


many cinephiles movie list,
but Its A Wonderful Life
can be seen beyond the television screen this holiday season with a stage adaptation by
the Verona Area Community
Theater.
The production a musical version of the 1946 film
starring James Stewart and
Donna Reed will debut at
7:30p.m. Thursday, Dec.
1, with additional shows at
7:30p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, 2
and 7:30p.m. Saturday, Dec.
3, and 2p.m. Sunday, Dec.
4, at the Verona Area High
School Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St.
The story tale follows
George Bailey (played by
John Beard), a small-town
man who sacrifices his
dreams of traveling the world
to keep his late fathers business afloat despite frequent
challenges from the villainous Mr. Potter (Matt Pulda).
While stuck in Bedford Falls,
George starts a family with
Mary Hatch (Bridget Finnel)
and enlists help from Clarence (Karl Dahlen), a guardian-angel-in-training who
intervenes when George faces
a desperate predicament on
Christmas Eve.
Memorable moments from
the film are transformed
through song with numbers

like You Are Now in Bedford Falls, Would You Like


to Dance with Me? and the
titular Its a Wonderful Life.
The musical version, which
premiered in 1998 in Dallas,
features a book and lyrics by
Keith Ferguson and music by
Bruce Greer.
A cast of more 30 area
adults and children will be
featured in the production,
including a special appearance from the Mayor Jon
Hochkammer as the mayor of
Bedford Falls.
This cast has been an
absolute joy to work with,
director and VACT founder
Dee Baldock said in a news
release for the show. They
are doing such a phenomenal
job of bringing this story to
life.
The shows production
team includes Alyssa Dvorak
as choreographer, Sue Mielke as music director, Dale
Nickels on producing/sound
design, Missy Holcomb as
assistant director and costume
designer and Alex Rosenbaum as stage manager.
Tickets are $15 for general
admission and $10 for seniors
65 and older and children/
students through high school.
Tickets can be purchased
in advance or at the door,
depending on availability.
For information or to purchase advance tickets, visit
vact.org, email tickets@vact.
org or call 845-2383.

Moder said the group is


looking for farmers to join
who want to try best-management practices or cover
crops who wouldnt normally have the funds or be
willing to take the economic risk of buying different
seed or renting expensive
equipment.
The group is also considering organizing a field
day next year so farmers
can go to one of the farms
that used a cover crop, for
example, and compare the
results.
Were pretty open to a
lot of things that farmers
think could make a difference, Moder said. If its
something youre interested in, give it a shot, and if
it turns out that it worked,
maybe they do it on more
acres next year.

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which is really helpful.


He said the mission is
meant to be mutually beneficial for the environment
and farmers businesses.
Some of groups goals
are to control erosion and
reduce phosphorous and
other agricultural runoff
in the watershed. In September, the group applied
for another $20,000 grant
through the state Department of Agriculture, Trade
and Consumer Protection,
which would help provide
farmers with low-risk
options for conservation
enhancements on their
farms (cover crops, equipment rental for no-till or
manure injection, etc.).
Even though most of the
people in the group are
dairy farmers with hundreds
of acres of land, the DATCP
has a broad definition for
farmers, which makes it a
little more inclusive for
cash crop, community supported agriculture or even
horse farmers, Moder said.
Five of the farmers in the
group have already received
funds from the first grant to
put in cover crops on their
lands this fall with a try
before you buy mentality.

Ensuring the future of


agriculture by being responsible stewards of the
land and water quality in
the Upper Sugar River
Watershed.

Join us at our

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UW-Extension).
Moder, who helps organize the group, said the
speakers will introduce
Farmers for the Upper Sugar River and share some of
the issues the watershed
is facing, as well as what
farmers are doing in the
watershed that is making a
difference.
(Leverich) is on the
front-lines of farming
research and what is working environmentally and
for the farm, but then he
also is a farmer himself of
20-some years, Moder
said. So he carries a certain credibility with him
that farmers can relate to,

usrwa.org/farmers

Mission
statement

CROSS PLAINS

This summer, the Upper


Sugar River Watershed
Association received a
$10,000 grant to partner
with several local farmers
in the watershed as part
of the states first Producer-Led Watershed Protection program.
The farmer-led group,
named Farmers for the
Upper Sugar River, now
has a mission statement
and nine members from the
Verona, Mount Horeb and
Pine Bluff areas who try to
meet monthly. The coalition
is ready to grow, which is
why its holding an educational Lunch and Learn
event specifically for farmers in the watershed on
Nov. 30.
The free event in Cross
Plains will feature several speakers, a meal and
time to meet with farmers
in the group. Among the
speakers are USRWA executive director Wade Moder, group members Mark
Keller and Brian Brown,
no-till farmer Jim Leverich
(also a research coordinator from the University
of Wisconsin) and cover
cropping specialist Heidi
Johnson (the crops and soils
educator at Dane County

Learn more about the Farmers for


the Upper Sugar River:

All reports taken from the August 29


log book at the Verona Police
2:54 p
.m. Multiple officers
Department.
responded to the 500 block
of South Main Street after a
August 25
caller reported overhearing
6:37 p.m. While respond- a man threatening to shoot
ing to a 911 disconnect call someone and repeatedly usat the Dairy Queen, an officer ing obscenities. It ended up
observed marijuana in plain being a 17-year-old boy who
view inside a car. The car advised police he had been
owner admitted it was his, playing Call of Duty and got
and he was cited for posses- carried away. He apolosion of the drug and for para- gized and said it wouldnt
phernalia.
happen again.
6:44 p.m. Multiple officers
responded to Fitchburg to August 30
assist with the aftermath of
12:10 a.m. A minor was
a home explosion near Cher- arrested for their first-offense
yl Drive and Fish Hatchery OWI after being pulled over
Road. They provided crowd for driving left of center near
and perimeter control.
South Main and Paoli streets.
They were also cited for drivAugust 26
ing in possession of a con1:52 p.m. Multiple units, trolled substance.
as well as deputies from the
Dane County Sheriffs Of- August 31
fice, responded to a report
6:20 a.m. A 36-year-old
of a man with a weapon who Madison woman was cited
wanted to harm himself in- for driving with a suspendside an apartment in the 400 ed license, stolen plates, no
block of East Verona Ave- proof of insurance and a denue. The 44-year-old man fective brake light during a
was found not to be in the traffic stop near East Verona
apartment and was ultimate- Avenue and Hometown Cirly taken to UW Hospital by a cle.
friend.
Kate Newton
August 27
2 : 2 4 a . m . O f f i c e r s
warned a 21-year-old Verona woman to get off the roof
east of Cahoots bar. She
said she had been attempting to get near the statue
on the deck above the bar
so she could take a picture
with it.

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Unified Newspaper Group

What: Farmers for the


Upper Sugar River
Lunch and Learn
Who: Only farmers in
the Upper Sugar River
Watershed
When: 11a.m. to 2p.m.
Wednesday, Nov. 30
Where: The Red Mouse,
3738 County Road P,
Cross Plains
Cost: Free
RSVP: Appreciated at
sugarriverfarmers@
gmail.com
Info: Wade Moder, 4377707

On the Web

POLICE REPORTS

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SAMANTHA CHRISTIAN

If You Go

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Lunch and Learn for


farmers is Nov. 30

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November 24, 2016

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Coming up

Churches

p.m. the day of the event; cut into servFor information, call 845-7180.
Toy drive
ing size pieces and use containers that
Moving help
Donate toys for the Verona Area dont need to be returned, if possible.
High School FFA Clubs Helping
For information, call 845-7471.
Those considering how to start the
Hands holiday toy drive by Monday,
moving process can attend a workshop
Holiday decorating
Dec. 12.
during Chat and Chew at 9 a.m. FriKids ages 1-18 can receive toys
Help the senior center staff decorate day, Dec. 2, at the senior center.
through the drive. For information on for the holidays from 9 a.m. to noon
Representations from Moving Forhow to donate, contact a school social Monday, Nov. 28. Cookies and bever- ward will discuss options in the moving
worker, including: Andrea Bonapar- ages will be provided.
process, and refreshments will be prote (845-4491) or Cory Zimmerman
For information, call 845-7471.
vided. For information, call 845-7471.
(845-4433) at VAHS; Stacie Wagner
Santa visit
(845-4141) at Badger Ridge, Core Financial planning
Knowledge or New Century; Kathy
The Alzheimers and Dementia AlliThe Verona Lions Club will welcome
Garity (516-5095) at Savanna Oaks, ance of Wisconsin (ADAW) is offer- Santa to town from 9:30 a.m. to noon
Stoner Prairie or Verona Area Inter- ing free legal and financial planning Saturday, Dec. 3, at the State Bank of
national School; Knou Xiong (416- seminar to provide families with an Cross Plains, 108 N. Main St.
9536) at Country View or Pre-K; Trista overview of key legal and financial
Magician Nickey Flynn will also be
Olson (225-3033) at Sugar Creek or planning issues for older adults from on hand to perform magic tricks and
Glacier Edge; and Sandra Kurzbuch 5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at make balloon art. Healthy snacks will
(381-8593) for Spanish language pref- the library.
also be available, in addition to free chilerences. No single gift should exceed
Attorney Paul Schmidt of Boardman drens vision screening. For information,
$30 and gifts should not be wrapped. and Clark LLC will lead the workshop, contact Jim Fletcher at 845-6067.
For information or a full list of school which will explore the basics of estate
social worker contacts, visit verona. planning, advance directives, guard- Jingle Bell Run
k12.wi.us.
ianships, funeral pre-planning, medical
Join the movement to raise awareness
assistance, long term care insurance for arthritis during the 2016 Jingle Bell
Chili supper
and ways to pay for care. Handouts Run, which begins at 9:45 a.m. Saturday,
The senior center, Verona Fire and light refreshments will be provid- Dec. 10, at Verona Area High School,
Department and Verona Chamber of ed, and registration is requested.
300 Richard St.
Commerce are partnering to host a
For information or to RSVP, call
Participants can wear a holichili supper and holiday tree lighting 232-3400 or toll-free at 888-308-6251. day-themed costume while completing
from 4:30-7 p.m. Friday, Dec. 2, at the
a 10K run, 5K run/walk or 1-mile walk
Computer programming
senior center.
course with their team members. DayChili will be served starting at 4:30
Take a hands-on beginning computer of registration ($40 adult and $25 youth
p.m. and the tree lighting will follow in programming/coding class from 7-8:30 through 12) and packet pick-up will be
front of the center at 5 p.m. Santa will p.m. Tuesday, Nov. 29, at the library.
open at 9:15 a.m., and the event program
stop by for pictures at 5:30 and there
Attendees will learn about the basic will start at 9:45 before the 10K runners
will also be craft activities for the kids. structure and mechanics of HTML, and depart at 10:15. Post-race refreshments
Volunteers are also needed for set up, how web browsers translate this com- will be available inside the school.
serving, clean up and providing baked puter language into whats seen on web
For information or to register online
goods (drop off between 8 a.m. and 3 pages. Registration is required.
before Dec. 5, visit jbr.org.

All Saints Lutheran Church


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

Community calendar

Monday, November 28

9 a.m. to noon, Holiday Decorating Party, senior center, 845-7471

Tuesday, November 29

5:30-7:30 p.m., Financial planning


workshop with the Alzheimers and
Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin,

library, 232-3400
7-8:30 p.m., Beginning computer
programming/coding class (registration required), library, 845-7180

Thursday, December 1

7:30 p.m., Verona Area Community Theater presents Its a Wonderful Life ($15 general admission;
$10 students/seniors), Verona Area
High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St., purchase tickets at vact.org

Friday, December 2

9 a.m., Chat and Chew Program:


Moving assistance, senior center,
845-7471

10-11:30 a.m., The Young and the


Restless (ages 0-5), library, 8457180
4:30-7 p.m., Chili supper and tree
lighting, senior center, 845-7471
7 p.m., Songwriter showcase featuring Dave Hopper, John Duggleby
and The McDougals ($5 donation),
Tuvalu
7:30 p.m., Verona Area Community Theater presents Its a Wonderful Life ($15 general admission;
$10 students/seniors), Verona Area
High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St., purchase tickets at vact.org

Whats on VHAT-98
Thursday, November 24
7 a.m. The Harmonica
Man at Senior Center
8 a.m.- Zumba Gold
9 a.m. Daily Exercise
10 a.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
2 p.m. Zumba Gold
3 p.m. Daily Exercise
4 p.m. Volunteer
Appreciation at Senior Center
5 p.m. Accordion Music
at Senior Center
6 p.m. Salem Church
Service
7 p.m. WI Monument
Signs at Senior Center
8 p.m. Daily Exercise
9 p.m. Richard Bong at
Senior Center
10 p.m. Carnes
Manufacturing at Historical
Society
Friday, November 25
7 a.m. Volunteer
Appreciation at Senior Center
1 p.m. Richard Bong
3 p.m. Veterans Day/CCR
Training at Senior Center
4 p.m. Accordion Music
at Senior Center
5 p.m. 2015 Wildcats
Football
8:30 p.m. Richard Bong
10 p.m. Harmonica Man
11 p.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
Saturday, November 26
8 a.m. Common Council
from Nov. 21
11 a.m. Veterans Day/

CCR Training at Senior Center


1 p.m. 2015 Wildcats
Football
4:30 p.m. Carnes
Manufacturing
6 p.m. Common Council
from Nov. 21
9 p.m. Veterans Day/CCR
Training at Senior Center
10 p.m. Carnes
Manufacturing
11 p.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
Sunday, November 27
7 a.m. Hindu Cultural
Hour
9 a.m. Resurrection
Church
10 a.m. Salem Church
Service
Noon - Common Council
from Nov. 21
3 p.m. Veterans Day/CCR
Training at Senior Center
4:30 p.m. Carnes
Manufacturing
6 p.m. Common Council
from Nov. 21
9 p.m. Veterans Day/CCR
Training at Senior Center
10 p.m. Carnes
Manufacturing
11 p.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
Monday, November 28
7 a.m. Volunteer
Appreciation at Senior
Center
1 p.m. Richard Bong
3 p.m. Veterans Day/CCR
Training at Senior Center

4 p.m. Accordion Music


at Senior Center
5 p.m. 2015 Wildcats
Football
9 p.m. Hindu Cultural
Hour
10 p.m. Harmonica Man
11 p.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
Tuesday, November 29
7 a.m. Harmonica Man
10 a.m.- Zumba Gold
9 a.m. Daily Exercise
10 a.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
2 p.m.- Zumba Gold
3 p.m. Daily Exercise
4 p.m. Volunteer
Appreciation at Senior
Center
5 p.m. Accordion Music
6 p.m. Resurrection
Church
8 p.m. WI Monument
Signs at Senior Center
9 p.m. Richard Bong
10 p.m. Carnes
Manufacturing at Historical
Society
Wednesday, November 30
7 a.m. Volunteer
Appreciation at Senior
Center
1 p.m. Richard Bong
3 p.m. Veterans Day/CCR
Training at Senior Center
5 p.m. Common Council
from Nov. 21
7 p.m. Capital City Band
8 p.m. Volunteer
Appreciation at Senior

Center
10 p.m. Harmonica Man
11 p.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
Thursday, December 1
7 a.m. Harmonica Man
8 a.m.- Zumba Gold
9 a.m. Daily Exercise
10 a.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
3 p.m. Daily Exercise
4 p.m. Volunteer
Appreciation at Senior
Center
5 p.m. Accordion Music
6 p.m. Salem Church
Service
7 p.m. WI Monument
Signs at Senior Center
8 p.m. Daily Exercise
9 p.m. Richard Bong
10 p.m. Carnes
Manufacturing

The Church in Fitchburg


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

St. James Lutheran Church


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

The Church in Verona


Verona Business Center
535 Half Mile Rd. #7, Verona
(608) 271-2811
livelifetogether.com
Sunday: 9 a.m.
Fitchburg Memorial UCC
5705 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg
(608) 273-1008
memorialucc.org
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
info@damascusroadchurch.com,
damascusroadonline.org
Pastor Justin Burge
Sunday: 10 a.m.
Memorial Baptist Church
201 S. Main St., Verona
(608) 845-7125
MBCverona.org
Lead Pastor Jeremy Scott
Sunday: 10:15 a.m.
Redeemer Bible Fellowship
130 N. Franklin St., Verona
(608)848-1836
redeemerbiblefellowship.org
Pastor Dwight R. Wise
Sunday: 10 a.m. family worship
Resurrection Lutheran Church
WELS
6705 Wesner Rd., Verona
(608) 848-4965
rlcverona.org
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

Salem United Church of Christ


502 Mark Dr., Verona
(608) 845-7315
salemchurchverona.org
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
ECLA
2752 Town Hall Rd. (off Hwy ID),
Mount Horeb
(608) 437-3493
springdalelutheran.org
Pastor Jeff Jacobs
Sunday: 8:45 a.m. with communion
Sugar River United Methodist
Church
415 W. Verona Ave., Verona
(608) 845-5855
sugar.river@sugarriverumc.org,
sugarriverumc.org
Pastor Gary Holmes
9 & 10:30 a.m. contemporary
worship.
Sunday School available during worship. Refreshments and fellowship are
between services.
West Madison Bible Church
2920 Hwy. M, Verona
(608) 845-9518
www.wmbiblechurch.org
Pastor Dan Kukasky Jr.
Sunday Worship: 9:15 a.m.
Sunday School: 10:45 a.m.
Zwingli United Church of Christ
Hwy. 92 & G, Mount Vernon
(608) 832-6677
Pastor Brad Brookins
Sunday: 10:15 a.m.
Zwingli United Church of Christ
Hwy. 69 & PB, Paoli
(608)845-5641
Rev. Sara Thiessen
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. family worship

Year-End Reflections
The end of the year can be a trying time for many. The
hustle and bustle of the holidays, together with the felt
need to spend more money than one can afford adds
stress to our lives. Amid all the noise and celebrations, one
should take some time for quiet reflection at the end of
every year. Where did we fall short this past year? Surely
all of us have done things we wish we hadnt and failed to
do some things that we should have. Some of those things
might be items on our personal or professional development checklists, but more importantly we should reflect
on where we have failed morally and spiritually. Are we
closer to God now than we were a year ago? Is our prayer
life better than it was a year ago, and is our treatment of
family, friends and co-workers better as well? Reflect on
what went well in your moral and spiritual progress this
past year, and try to redouble your efforts in the areas that
might not have gone so well. Consider what you need to
work on next year, and consider going about it in a systematic way. There are a lot of ways to work on our characters,
and perhaps one of the best was Ben Franklins system,
which he describes in his autobiography. Franklin sought
to perfect thirteen different virtues, and he worked on each
one for a week, allowing him to work through all thirteen
virtues four times over the course of the year. Christopher Simon, Metro News Service
Let us examine our ways and test them, and let us
return to the Lord.
Lamentations 3:40 NIV

Support groups
AA Meeting, senior center, Thursdays at 1 p.m.
Caregivers Support
Group, senior center, first
and third Tuesday, 10:30
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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Thursday, November 24

Thanksgiving: Library, City Hall


closed
11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Annual
Community Thanksgiving Dinner
(reservations required by Nov. 21),
Memorial Baptist Church of Verona,
201 South Main St., 845-7125

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

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430 E. Verona Ave.


845-2010

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to advertise on the
Verona Press
church page

Business

ConnectVerona.com

November 24, 2016

The Verona Press

Biz briefs
Local companies
nominated for award
Two local companies
were nominated for the
Force for Positive Change
Award through the Wisconsin Alumni Research
Foundation and other partners.
Winners also received a
$25,000 gift.
The two companies with
Verona ties were the Farley Center for Peace, Justice and Sustainability and
the Purple Cow, which has
a center in the Town of
Verona.
The awards were given
out at a Nov. 18 ceremony
in Madison.

October in the Verona Athletic Center.


The club focuses on the
community-building philosophy of the martial arts
practice rather than the
tournament training focus,
according to a news release.
For information visit
SakuraJudo.org.

Purple Goose adds


shop

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General manager Ed Detmer is proud of the atmosphere Treads has created through embracing the sites history as a former
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Then, Detmer said,
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The restaurants walls are covered with old road signs and
license plates.

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would be considered vandalism.
At Treads Bar and Grill,
its simply an upgrade to
your basic hamburger.
The car-themed restaurant, which has been open
under owner Mark Tuescher
for about nine months at
407 W. Verona Ave., pays
homage to the sites history
as a Standard gas station.
Its attracting the kind
of customers one would
expect at such a place.
You get a lot of gearheads in here, said general
manager Ed Detmer, recalling some classic cars that
had recently been parked in
the lot. Its a really good
group.
Detmer is a former construction general manager
and had not worked in a
restaurant before this one.
Nonetheless, he was back in
the kitchen helping get food
out on a recent Wednesday
afternoon just one month
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Its also something Ive
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he said of working in a
restaurant. Come to work
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The restaurant has come
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though, Detmer said, pointing to the rapidly growing
restaurant scene in Verona
that has seen new spots pop
up, especially on East Verona Avenue over the past few
years.
But he thinks its a place
that can stand out from the
rest, describing Treads as
a mini Quaker Steak (&
Lube).
Its not a huge place, but
its a fun place, he said of
the building. We honestly
do have some of the best
food around at the best prices.
For the 20 years prior to
a surprise closing in October 2013, Michaels Frozen Custard was located

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
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assistant editor Scott Girard.

November 24, 2016

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Verona Area School District

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Avian exploration

EA students help create bird murals for Fitchburg bike tunnel, schools walls
SCOTT GIRARD
Unified Newspaper Group

Room K456 in the Exploration Academy


at Verona Area High School was recently
filled with birds for a week.
No flapping of wings was heard, as the
birds were simply paintings created by students and a pair of local artists from Dane
Arts. But two-dimensional or not, participants are excited for their paintings to
eventually help brighten up a bike tunnel
on a Fitchburg bike path next spring.
You ride by and its just cement wall,
artist Emida Roller with Dane Arts Mural
Arts said of the tunnel currently.
Roller, whose daughter attends EA the
Verona Area School Districts charter high
school and Alicia Rheal, also with DAMA,
led dozens of students through a week of
painting Nov. 8-11 on mural paper in whichever style they wanted, as long as it was a bird.
Among the students painting the morning of Friday, Nov. 11, two were finishing
up a collaborative project of a large bird,
another was putting the final touches on
her raven and Lea VanHook was discovering her talent for painting, which she said
she didnt know she had before.
Ive learned more about myself through
this, VanHook said. Ive been down here
like every single hour of the day.
Haley Carson, another student painting
that Friday, said it was also an opportunity
to learn about her classmates.

Photos by Scott Girard

The artists began hanging some birds


around the Exploration Academy, with the
rest planned for a bike tunnel in Fitchburg.

I learned a lot about other people and


how their brain works, Carson said. I like
just being in a community full of artists.
Katie Brye was working on a set of purple feathers for her raven, which she decided to paint based on her love for the book
The Raven Boys.
This makes me so happy, Brye said.
Ive kind of just been going with whatever
I feel like.
All three said they were excited to see
the birds out at the bike path next year
and already on the walls of their school,
where some will remain for good.
Itll feel really good like I helped out
the community and also made the school a
brighter place, VanHook said.

Lea VanHook, who said she learned about herself and classmates through the painting activity, paints her third bird of the week.
It also came at a key time for her, as she
Rheal and Roller looked around the
said she was stressed following the presi- room smiling as the student artists contindential election earlier that week, and she ued to paint away.
may have learned some long-term lessons
Its incredible, Rheal said. These kids
from this outlet.
have been absolutely amazing.
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The Exploration Academy
hosted its fall showcase
Thursday, Nov. 17, offering
a chance for its students to
share the projects theyve
worked on with the community. From musical instruments and book reports to
engineering and coding,
students use the projects to
demonstrate the educational
standards they must meet
before graduation. EA is the

On the web

See more photos from the fall


showcase:

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Boys hockey

Sports

Thursday, November 24, 2016

The

Verona Press
For more sports coverage, visit:
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Cats look to remain in state picture


JEREMY JONES
Sports editor

The Verona Area High School


boys hockey team finished as one
of the top two teams in the Big
Eight Conference for the sixth
time in the last seven years with
a 10-4-0 (15-10-1 overall) record
for the 2015-16 season.
Although the Wildcats expect
to be pretty deep with several talented forwards this season, the
team is untested on defense and
in goal. Verona enters this season
with 11 letterwinners, including
nine starters from last season.
The Wildcats lost five key
starters, however, including both
of their goaltenders (Nathan
Cleghorn and Alex Jones).
Senior forward Jack Anderson
(18 goals, 14 assists) returns as
Veronas leading scorer, and Jeff
Bishop is back as Veronas top
defenseman.
Anderson added seven more
points in the postseason, scoring
three times and assisting on one
goal as the Wildcats played to a
3-2 WIAA sectional semifinal
loss against Middleton in overtime.
Senior forwards Braeden
Schindler (6G, 8A) and Jake
Keyes (12G, 11A) and sophomores forward Mason McCormick (9G, 10A) and Graham Sticha should all add to the offense.
Bishop played in 24 games
on the blueline last season and
scored five goals, including three
game-winners. He assisted on
eight more goals.
I think well have to do some

Kryka named
State Athletic
Director of
the Year
JEREMY JONES
Sports editor

Prairie returns one of the states


top goalies.
For sure, we want to try and
go as far as we can get in the
playoffs and hopefully get back
to the Coliseum, Bishop said.
Ve r o n a o p e n e d t h e 2 0 1 6 1 7 s e a s o n o n Tu e s d a y, N ov.
22, against the Big Eight bottom-dwelling Madison La Follette/East co-op inside Hartmeyer
Ice Arena. The game happened

Ve r o n a A r e a H i g h
School athletic director
Mark Kryka was named
the 2016 State Athletic
Director of the Year earlier this month, beating out
more than 400 of his colleagues.
It was exciting to be
honored, said Kryka who
was one of seven finalist
for the award after being
named the District 5 athletic director of the year
last spring.
T h e awa r d i s b a s e d
on local involvement at
school, through WADA
(Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association) and on
t h e NA I A A ( N a t i o n a l
Interscholastic Athletic
Administrators Associ ation), Kryka said. If
youve contributed to all
three, youve got a pretty
good shot at winning.
Even though he expected to have a fairly good
chance at winning the
award, the announcement
was kept under wraps until
a special awards program

Turn to Boys hockey/Page 11

Turn to Kryka/Page 11

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Returning varsity players for the Verona boys hockey team (front, from left) are: Kade Binger, Braeden Schindler,
Riley Frieburg, Graham Sticha and Henry Smith; (back) Nate Borgerding, Mason McCormick, Jeff Bishop, Jack
Anderson, Aidan Schmitt and Jacob Keyes.
learning on the fly this year.
Weve still got some guys that
need to learn at the varsity level, but I think well be alright,
Bishop said. Itll be different to
start the season.
A quartet of newcomers should
go a long way towards determining this years success.
Sophomore Brock Baker
moved back to Wisconsin after
playing last season in Omaha.
Baker, along with brothers Jack
and Mack Keryluk, who had

previously played in the Madison


Capitols organization, all figure
to help out Verona offensively.
And junior Garhett Kaegi will
be the teams starting goaltender
this season.
The Middleton Cardinals are
seemingly always strong and
should be again this season
despite losing many players from
last year. Though not nearly as
deep as the Cardinals, Janesville will have one line thats
as good as any in the state. Sun

Girls basketball

Defending champion Cats bring back four players


ANTHONY IOZZO
Assistant sports editor

It was only eight months ago


when the Verona Area High
School girls basketball team celebrated the first WIAA Division
1 state championship in school
history.
Senior and University of Wisconsin-Green Bay recruit Alex
Luehring who averaged 14
points and four assists per game
and earned second-team AllBig Eight Conference is the
only starter back. Fellow seniors
Grace Schraufnagel (62 points),
Sisi Mitchell and junior Chandler Bainbridge (60 points) are
the only other players back from
last seasons Wildcats (25-3
overall, 17-1 Big Eight).
Seven girls are gone from
graduation UW-Madison womens basketball freshman Grace
Mueller (first-team all-conference and Player of the Year, 416
points), UW-Madison softball
freshman Heather Rudnicki (104
points), Winona State University womens basketball freshman
Kira Opsal (third-team all-conference, 362 points), Cheyenne
Trilling (369 points), Alyssa
Erdman (56 points), Bria Sweeney and Cassie Hei (27 points)
and senior Alley Johnson (138
points) moved to Janesville.
We have a lot of new faces and not a lot of varsity game
experience returning. We do
have a lot of great kids who are
willing to learn and play the role

Big 8 Schedule
Date Opponent Time/Result
Nov. 18
at Janesville Parker
W 48-36
Nov. 22
Beloit Memorial
7:30p.m.
Dec. 2
Madison Memorial
7:30p.m.
Dec. 8
at Madison West
7:30p.m.
Dec. 16
Madison La Follette
7:30p.m.
Dec. 20
at Middleton
7:30p.m.
Jan. 5
Madison East
7:30p.m.
Jan. 7
at Sun Prairie
7:30p.m.
Jan. 10
at Janesville Craig
7:30p.m.
Jan. 13
Janesville Parker
7:30p.m.
Jan. 19
at Beloit Memorial
7:30p.m.
Jan. 21
at Madison Memorial
7:30p.m.
Jan. 27
Madison West
7:30p.m.
Feb. 2 Middleton 7:30
p.m.
Feb. 4
at Madison La Follette
7:30p.m.
at Madison East
7:30p.m.
Feb. 10
Feb. 16
Sun Prairie
7:30p.m.
Janesville Craig
2:45p.m.
Feb. 18
asked of them and are so coachable, head coach Angie Murphy wrote in the Press preview
questionnaire. We will be a
different team this year than the
last couple years but our goal is
to surprise some people.
Juniors Brina James, Sarah
Schachte and Josie Mueller are
three newcomers expected to
contribute this season.
Turnover is nothing new for
any program, and the Wildcats

have handled it quite well under


Murphy in the 14 years she has
been head coach. After making
three straight state appearances from 2007-08, 2008-09 and
2009-10, Verona followed that
up with an 18-7 season in 201011 and a 16-8 season in 2011-12.
In the next three seasons, the
Wildcats had 19, 20 and 22 wins
Photo by Anthony Iozzo
before last seasons championThe returning letterwinners for the Verona Area High School girls basketship run.
ball team (front, from left) are: Grace Schraufnagel, Alex Luehring, Sisi
Turn to Girls BB/Page 11 Mitchell and Chandler Bainbridge.

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Boys basketball

Girls hockey

Metro Lynx looking One of four top scorers back for 2016-17
to reach state
ANTHONY IOZZO

Assistant sports editor

Sports editor

The Middleton Metro


Lynx girls hockey co-op
has reached the sectional
finals in three of the last
four years, but has yet
to reach the WIAA state
tournament.
Middleton finished the
season 14-6-4, but fell 3-2
to the Rock County Fury
in the sectional finals last
season.
The Metro Lynx enter
the 2016-17 season looking to finally reach state.
First, the Lynx, who finished 9-1-0 in the Badger
Conference, must work to
defend their title. The Sun
Prairie Cap City Cougars
(8-2-0) and Rock County
Fury (7-3-0) co-ops will
have something to say
about that, though.
I dont know that it is
out of the questions, but
Cap City and Rock County will both be better this
season, Lynx head coach
Derek Ward said. We
will be older and we will
have to come together as
a team.
Ward said he believes
the Cap City Cougars will
once again be at the top
of the conference this season with players like Jada
Ward being one of the
best in the area.
Jada Ward was a unanimous first-team all-conference forward and honorable mention All-State
player.
The Rock County Fury
(16-11-1) are ranked 10th
o n t h e Wi s c o n s i n P r e pHockey preseason poll
and could be right behind
the Cougars with a solid
group of returning players
that have played together for quite a few years,
including Maggy Henschler.
The Metro Lynx havent finished outside the
top two in the Badger
Conference since the
2011-12 season.
Middleton graduated
three starters following
last season, including
unanimous first-team
all-conference forward
Lizzy Conybear and second team defenseman

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Metro Lynx
Sun Prairie
Rock County
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8-2-0
7-3-0
2-7-1
2-8-0
1-8-1

Anna Schieldt. The Metro


Lynx also lost Mackenzie
Bakken, who was an honorable mention defenseman as a sophomore.
The Metro Lynx return
a talented senior class,
including Julia Dragoo,
Kenzie Imhoff, Kara
Epping and Siera Petet.
Dragoo returns as the
teams leading goal scorer
after finding the back of
the net 12 times last season. She was rewarded at
the end of the season with
second-team all-conference honors.
Julia has a great ability to get to the net in a
good position to score,
Ward said.
Imhoff made everyone
around here better last
year and hopes to carry
her playing skills over
into this season after
recording eight goals and
18 assists a year ago.
Epping is a hard worker
who had seven goals and
nine assists last season.
A leader on and off
the ice, Petet is back and
ex p e c t e d t o b e c o m e a
leading scorer. She had
five goals and nine assists
during the 2015-16 campaign.
Madison West junior
Vivian Hacker (7G, 7A)
found her spot on the
team last year and the
M e t r o Ly n x c o a c h i n g
staff is optimistic that she
can make even more of an
impact this season.
Junior Maddie McClimon (4G, 6A) started
to come into her own
last year and is ready to

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Photo by Anthony Iozzo

The returning letterwinners for the Verona Area High School boys basketball team (front,
from left) are: Tyler McClure, Nathaniel Buss and Nick Young; (back) Colton Reiber, Max
Fink, John Van Handel and Nick Pederson.

Big Eight Conference preview


The Verona Area High School boys basketball team plays in a very strong, physical
Big Eight Conference with all WIAA Division 1 schools.
The Wildcats will have to compete with
Madison Memorial which has won or
shared 13 straight conference titles Middleton, Sun Prairie and Madison East.
The Spartans (17-7 overall, 14-4 Big
Eight) return eight players including senior
forward Chris Knight (first-team all-conference, 397 points), senior forward Jake Ferguson (honorable mention, 204 points), senior
guard Billy Wilson (211 points), senior forward Matt Caropreso (210 points) and senior
guard Logan Knecht (174 points).
Middleton (19-5, 14-4) shared the conference title with Madison Memorial and brings
back 11 players including senior forward
Tyree Eady (first-team all-conference, 470
points), senior guard Storm Murphy (420
points), senior guard CJ Fermanich (251
points), junior forward Brogan Bunker (149
points) and senior forward Myron Ashford
(58 points).
Sun Prairie (19-6, 14-4) also shared the
conference title last season and returns
little things that good teams
do, Alan Buss said.
Junior Bui Clements also
looks to contribute right
away.
Alan Buss said Clements
can be a tough defensive
matchup this season.
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rim, but I think he is pretty
good at finding open guys
when he sucks the defenders in, Alan Buss said. He
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that is his biggest strength.

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Big Eight schedule


Date
Opponent Time
Dec. 1
at Parker
7:30p.m.
Dec. 6
Madison Memorial
7:30p.m.
Dec. 9
at Madison West
7:30p.m.
Dec. 13
La Follette
7:30p.m.
Dec. 15
at Middleton
7:30p.m.
Dec. 20
Madison East
7:30p.m.
Dec. 22
Beloit Memorial
7:30p.m.
Jan. 6
at Sun Prairie
7:30p.m.
Jan. 12
at Craig
7:30p.m.
Jan. 14
Parker
7:30p.m.
Jan. 20
at Beloit Memorial
7:30p.m.
Jan. 26 at Madison Memorial
7:30p.m.
Jan. 28
Madison West
7:30p.m.
Feb. 3
Middleton
7:30p.m.
at La Follette
7:30p.m.
Feb. 9
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7:30p.m.
Feb. 11
Sun Prairie
7:30p.m.
Feb. 17
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nine players including junior guard Marlon Ruffin (147 points), senior guard Ben
Hauser (115 points) and senior guard Sean
Suchomel (85 points).
The Cardinals graduated several key players from last season, including Sam Kerr
(first-team all-conference, 326 points), Roderick Johnson (second-team all-conference,
256 points), DeShawn Black (123 points)
and DJ Jones (96 points).
Madison East (17-7, 13-5) finished just
one game back of also sharing the conference title and brings back 11 players
including junior guard Keshawn Justice
(second-team all-conference, 331 points,
153 rebounds), senior forward Steve Wooten (248 points, 117 rebounds), senior guard
Kenny Jones (97 points, 53 rebounds),
senior guard Cameron Cratic (95 points, 36
rebounds) and senior guard/forward Chris
Warren (50 points, 28 rebounds).
The Purgolders graduated Big Eight
Player of the Year Deang Deang (first-team
all-conference, 458 points, 89 rebounds),
Oliver Allison (144 points, 78 rebounds) and
Trevone Irby (139 points, 28 rebounds).

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JEREMY JONES

There will be a lot of new


scorers for the Verona Area
High School boys basketball team this season.
Four players scored over
100 points during the 201516 campaign and the only
one back is senior guard
Nathaniel Buss (honorable
mention all-conference,
306 points, 83 rebounds).
The other three Cole
Schmitz (first-team all-conference, 452 points, 171
rebounds), Kwan Clements
(402 points) and Keaton
Knueppel (172 points)
are all playing athletics at
the college level.
Schmitz is a freshman
on the NCAA Division III
University of Chicago for
mens basketball, and Clements is a freshman at the
NJCAA Kankakee Community College for mens
basketball. Knueppel is a
freshman pitcher for the
NCAA Division 1 Gonzaga
University baseball team.
Despite the losses,
Nathaniel Buss and six other returners look to help
the Wildcats (8-15 overall,
7-11 Big Eight) compete in
a tough conference and sectional.
I think they are a pretty
tight-knit group of guys.
The seniors have all played
together for a long time,
and they are all friends
with the juniors, head
coach Alan Buss said. I
think we are going to be
a good team, but the conference is really good so
I have no idea how that is
going to translate into wins
and losses.
Joining Nathaniel Buss
are seniors Nick Pederson
(guard, 63 points), Max
Fink (forward, 54 points),
John Van Handel (forward,
53 points), Tyler McClure
(guard, 52 points), Colton
Reiber (forward/center, 38
points) and Nick Young
(guard).
While Verona also loses
graduates Brycen Smith,
Josh Hernandez, Marcus
Ferguson and Robert Wagman, the players coming
back have improved from
the previous season, Alan
Buss said.
It really is going to
come down to how well
we are going to defend and
rebound and be patient with
the ball and do all those

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Girls basketball

Cats knock off Parker to open season


ANTHONY IOZZO
Assistant sports editor

Senior Alex Luehring


scored 22 points and junior
Chandler Bainbridge added 11 as the Verona Area
High School girls basketball team opened the 201617 season with a 48-36 win

at Janesville Parker.
The Wildcats and the
Vikings were tied at 18 at
halftime, but Verona pulled
away with 30 points in the
second half.
Sophomore Julia
Hartwig led Parker with 13
points.
Verona hosted Beloit

Memorial Tuesday after


the Verona Press early
Thanksgiving deadline.
Results will be in next
weeks paper.
T h e Wi l d c a t s h o s t
non-conference Stoughton
at 7:30p.m. Tuesday, Nov.
29.

Girls hockey

Epping, Parker help Metro Lynx tie University School


Sports editor

Senior forward Kara


Epping scored a goal and
sophomore Gwen Parker
collected 19 saves Saturday as the Metro Lynx
skated to a 1-1 tie at the
University School of Milwaukee Ice Arena.
Epping struck late in
second period to give the
Middleton girls co-op the
lead. Vivian Hacker and
McKenzie Imhoff each had
an assist against last years
state runner-up.
U n i v e r s i t y S c h o o l s
Hannah Neudorfer tied
the host Wildcats with an
even-strength goal sixand-a-half minutes into the
third period. Gaby Turer
and Lexie Epperson were
credited with assists on the
goal.
Parker and fellow University School sophomore
Mari Dedert (25) combined
for 42 saves in the game.

Both teams appeared to


be working to figure things
out in the opening period,
with only five shots combined, none of which overly challenged the two goalies.
T h e Ly n x , h o w e v e r,
roared to life and outshot
their hosts 12-1 in the second period. Despite their
dominance, the Lynx were
continually frustrated by
Dedert, who blocked all
but one of the Lynxs shots.
Middleton shot the puck
deep in the Wildcats zone
where Halker tied up a
defenseman against the
right backboards. Junior
Ally Conybear pulled the
p u c k awa y a n d s k a t e d
behind the net. She then
passed the puck out front
to Epping, who snapped a
quick shot into the Wildcats net with 41 seconds
remaining in the period.
The Wildcats came back
to life in the third period,
outshooting the Lynx 11-5.

Senior defenseman Delaney Weiss stopped a Lynx


forward near the Wildcats blue line and pushed
the puck into center ice to
Lexie Epperson. Epperson took off down the left
boards and joined in a
3-on-2 with her linemates,
Turer and Neudorfer.
Crossing into the Lynx
end, Epperson feathered a
pass to Turer who fired a
shot on goal from the high
slot.
The puck bounced off
Parkers pads and came
back out to Neudorfer, who
immediately launched the
puck.
The shot flew past Parker to tie the game.
Parker and Dedert each
stopped the three shots in a
scoreless overtime.
The Metro Lynx travel
to another tough non-conference opponent at 5p.m.
Saturday when they head
to Onalaska.

Lynx: Girls open conference on Nov. 29


Continued from page 10
become one of the Lynxs
top players this season,
Ward said.
While the Middleton
co-op will be young along
the blue line, the team
returns two talented goaltenders.
J u n i o r S y d n ey M c K ersie (5-3-1) and sophomore Gwen Parker (5-2-2)

return between the pipes.


The Metro Lynx turned
to McKersie in several of
the teams big games last
year, finishing the season
with an .890 save percentage.
Parker, who Ward said
is, mature beyond her
years, was a steady force
for the team in goal last
season with a .925 save
percentage.

Schedule
Key games for the Metro Lynx include a Dec. 1
game in Beloit against the
Rock County Fury before
the Fury come to Madison
on Jan. 20.
The Lynx travel to Sun
Prairie on Dec. 8 to face
the Cap City Cougars, who
they will play at home Jan.
26.

Girls BB: Season started on Nov. 18


Continued from page 9
In fact, the last time
Verona didnt win at least
16 games was during
the 2005-06 season, and
the last season under
.500 came in 2004-05

Murphys second season


as coach at Verona.
One of the main reasons
for the sustained success
of the program is how
each group works together to utilize each unique
strength, which is something Murphy expects to

continue.
We have a very unselfish team where each player embraces their role and
stars in their role, Murphy
wrote. They have great
chemistry and work very
hard for us.

Big Eight Conference preview


The Verona Area High School girls
basketball team looks to have a tough
time repeating last seasons success in
the Big Eight with only four players
back, but that doesnt mean the Wildcats
wont be able to compete for a title.
Regardless of the outcome, Middleton, Madison East and Sun Prairie are all
expected to be top teams this season.
Middleton (21-4 overall, 17-1 Big
Eight) shared the conference title with
Verona and will be the favorite this season.
The Cardinals return senior first-team
all-conference guard Bria Lemirande
(286 points), senior second-team guard
Alexis Thomas (319 points), senior guard
Alyssa Lemirande (256 points), senior
forward/guard Carlee Lemirande (204
points), senior guard Claire Staples (170

points), senior forward Hannah Flottmeyer (95 points), junior forward Halle
White (89 points) and junior guard Katherine Hibner (83 points).
Sun Prairie (15-10, 11-7) returns junior
first-team all-conference guard Jayda
Jensen (425 points), junior third-team
all-conference guard Carly Coulthart
(313 points), senior forward/guard Alyssa Blair (230 points), sophomore guard
Alexis Baker (94 points) and senior point
guard Gabriella Miller (71 points).
Madison East (10-13, 8-10) brings
back junior second-team all-conference
forward Erin Howard (306 points), junior
third-team all-conference point guard
Justice Filip (309 points), junior guard
Aireyanna Connor (211 points), senior
forward Kalea Kruser (129 points) and
senior wing Riley Larson (122 points).

Photo submitted

Verona Area High School athletic director Mark Kryka was named 2016 State Athletic
Director of the Year earlier this month at the Kalahari in Wisconsin Dells.

Kryka: 29 years at the helm in Verona


Continued from page 9
Monday, Nov. 14 at the
Kalahari Resort and Convention Center in Wisconsin Dells.
It was just the latest in
a long list of honors given
to Kryka, whose contributions to interscholastic
athletics earned him multiple state and national
awards.
He received the NIAAA
( N I - Tr i p l e A ) D i s t i n guished Award in 2013
and the State Award of
Merit, the WADA Andy
Anderson Award, and was
honored as the District 5
AD of the year in 2002
He has more than three

decades of service as an
athletic director, including 18 years at the district
level and 10 years at Verona High School. During
many of those years, he
was also a physical education teacher and coached
baseball, football and
wrestling.
Kryka has been the
VAHS athletic director
for 29 years and served as
a two-time president for
WADA (Wisconsin Athletic Directors Association).
Under his athletic
administration, VAHS has
increased student clubs
and sport programs as
well as participation numbers. Using sports as a

means towards developing


successful scholars and
citizens during that time,
Veronas athletic teams
had a plethora of state
individual and team participants, and won multiple state championships.
K r y k a s s e r v i c e t o
WADA began in 1998 as a
district representative. He
has served on the executive board as well as being
elected president twice in
2005 and 2012. Additionally, he was instrumental in the development of
the WADA Hall of Fame,
has served as a NIAAA
Awards Committee Member for six years, and as a
WADA national delegate
four times.

Boys hockey: Season started Tuesday


See ConnectVerona.com
and/or the Dec. 1 Verona
Press for a recap.
after the Press early
T h e Wi l d c a t s h o s t
Thanksgiving deadline. S t eve n s P o i n t a n d t h e
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Dane County

Pay raise irks Parisi


2017 county budget
increases taxes
around 3 percent

Parisi, board clash on pay raise

SCOTT DE LARUELLE
Unified Newspaper Group

Photos by Samantha Christian

Jan Cis of Verona browses a selection of Christmas and holiday goodies at St. Andrew
Parish Center.

Craft fairs take over Verona


On the Web

Those looking to browse arts and crafts


didnt have to look very far in Verona on
Saturday, Nov. 12. The St. Christopher
Parish and St. Andrew Church annual
Christmas/Holiday bazaar and luncheon
was held at St. Andrew Parish Center, and
the Verona Area Education Foundation
craft fair was held at Badger Ridge Middle School.

Lilliana Hefty, 5, of Mount Horeb, gets


attached to a stuffed animal wearing a bandana from the Rukiss Rags stand at Badger
Ridge Middle School.

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Izzy Hartberg, 10, of Verona, checks


out a snow globe at St. Andrew Parish
Center.

The Dane County 2017


budget passed easily Nov.
14, but not without some
post-vote controversy.
The board voted 34-2
to approve a $587 million
operating capital budget,
but much more controversial was a 26-6 vote in favor
of raising the pay of county
elected officials that subsequently drew the ire of Dane
County Executive Joe Parisi.
He signed off on the budget on Thursday, Nov. 17,
amidst a warning he would
weigh all options on how to
proceed.
The budget increases
taxes by 2.8 percent, or
about $17 on a $200,000
home. County taxes represent about 15 percent of an
individuals total property
tax bill, depending on the
municipality and school district.
In a news release after the
board vote, chair Sharon
Corrigan wrote the budget
funds a path to a $15 minimum wage for contractual employees, makes real
progress in criminal justice
reform and advances projects that protect our environment.
Parisi said in a Nov.
17 news release the budget makes unprecedented
investments in compassionate services for our most
vulnerable, infrastructure
critical to continued economic vitality and safety,
along with a quality of life
that creates an environment
where new families and
businesses flourish. He
notes as examples a significant breakthrough in
lake clean-up efforts that
will result in cleaner lakes
decades sooner, investment in school-based mental health teams and strong
investments in services for
people with developmental
disabilities and mental illness.

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The county will invest $12


million over the next four
years to remove 870,000
pounds of phosphorus thats
settled into 33 miles of
streams feeding into county
lakes at a cost of roughly
$15 per pound of phosphorus. Parisi said it was the
countys boldest action
yet addressing climate
change.
Because of this breakthrough, we will see clean
lakes in our lifetime. he
said, noting that the budget
also triples Dane Countys
solar power production and
accelerates the conversion
of county snow plows and
other vehicles to renewable
compressed natural gas.
Parisi said since starting
the first school-based Dane
County Mental Health Crisis
Teams in 2013, hundreds of
students and families have
benefited from this program,
which received an additional
$183,000 in funding for next
year. Oregon School District
is one of several that have
expressed an interest in partnering with the county to
add teams in 2017, according to the news release.
The effects of mental

illness are far-reaching,


affecting classrooms, families, and workplaces, he
said. Dane County is stepping up and increasing our
commitment to get help to
those in need and address
mental health challenges.
Parisi said the budget will
also expedite long overdue resurfacing and repair
road projects, which will
include paved bike lanes
wherever possible, noting that 25 miles of new
paved bike lanes will be
added. To increase bike
path access, the budget also
includes more than $2 million for three major new offtrail projects, more staff to
accelerate design and engineering work, according to
the news release.
This budget is my largest
investment yet into reconstructing our aging county
highways and investing in
bike paths, he said. Our
bike paths are a reason people love living in Dane County and are an important part
of our transportation and recreation infrastructure.
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Dane County Executive Joe Parisi said he had serious


concerns about the Dane County Boards 26-6 vote on
Nov. 17 to increase county elected officials annual pay. In
a news release, he noted a new reality after the Nov. 8
elections, and said elected officials should proceed with
the utmost caution.
Funding sources we have depended upon to fund
county programming could face an uncertain future, he
said. Combined with the fact that thousands of teachers
and state employees have seen reductions in their takehome pay over the past six years, too many others in our
community struggle to make ends meet, and thousands
of our residents who depend upon the Affordable Care Act
for health insurance are now rightfully worried about how
they will access health care, the last thing the countys
elected officials should be doing right now is giving themselves a raise.
Parisi said he intends to weigh all options available to
me when deciding how to proceed, including a possible
veto.
County Board chair Sharon Corrigan, in a press release,
questioned Parisis stance on the first pay increase in 10
years for board members, noting that Parisi never gave
any indication he was concerned during discussions on a
pay raise during the past year.
Serving on the County Board is time-consuming, demanding work that takes people away from their families
and other work, Corrigan said. If we want our elected
officials to be more representative of the populations they
serve they need to be fairly compensated. It is a privilege
to serve, but it shouldnt be reserved for the privileged.
The board voted to increase board members annual
salaries from the current $8,200 to $10,900 and increase
pay for the full-time board chair from $37,000 to $51,500
by 2020.
It would also increase the county executives pay from
$134,200 to $144,900 by 2020.

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November 24, 2016

Mikorski: Focus on downtown growth

Silvan L. Larson

W. Va. and back


While Wisconsin was a
natural place for Mikorski to
return, it wasnt the idea of
going home that led him to
get on the list of applicants
for the Verona position.
Instead, it was getting out
of Dodge.
As the political situation in
Morgantown got uglier and
uglier including a lawsuit
between newly elected
members of the city council
and veterans and a personal
deposition to it Mikorski
decided he wanted to end his
16-year employment there.
Once I started looking
around, I gravitated to
Wisconsin, he said, noting
the natural connection with
his kids grandparents on
both sides. We typically
drove to Wisconsin once or
twice a year.
Prior to that, hed been
happy in West Virginia
d e s p i t e t h e s i g n i fi c a n t
culture shock for the 1990
University of WisconsinMilwaukee graduate.
After getting his specialized
behavioral research degree,
there were two colleges that
had the right program for him
to continue his path toward
academia Temple and West
Virginia University. But
within a few years, he realized
the academic life wasnt for
him, and he saw a way to
apply his behavioral expertise
to group behavior, in the field
of public administration.
A t t h a t t i m e , y o u
interned with either local
government or health-care

Silvan Larson

Photo by Scott Girard

New City of Verona administrator Jeff Mikorski talks with the


Verona Press about his personal life and role in the city.

Jeff Mikorski
Job title: Verona city
administrator
Age: 52
Family: Wife Robin,
son Logan, 22, daughter
Chloe, 16
Hometown: Greenfield
Education: Bachelors,
psychology, UW-Milwaukee, 1990; masters in
psychology, West Virginia
University, 1993; masters
in public administration,
WVU, 2002
Previous employer: City
manager in Morgantown,
W. Va., 2013-16, assistant
city manager 2000-13
administration, he said,
noting that he chose the
local route. Having the
psychology degree kind
of helped me work
with people better once I
got into the government
environment.
That eventually led him to
Morgantown, a city of 30,000
where he spent 13 years
as assistant city manager,
including a brief stint in 2010
as the interim city manager
before getting the permanent
position in 2013.
There he ran a much larger
government than Veronas
it had more than 120 fulltime personnel in the fire
and police departments, for
example. He was credited
for helping to increase the
citys budget to $34 million
and keeping public safety
a priority while improving
infrastructure, according to a
story on the website of radio
station WAJR.

Growing Verona
As the whirlwind of the
budget process winds down,
Mikorski plans to build on the
efforts started by Bill Burns
(who left April 25) toward
external communications
including engaging
citizens through the citys
website and social media.
He also plans to expand
internal communications
with systems designed to
track performance of each
department on a more
frequent basis, rather than
re-evaluating at each budget
cycle.
B u t eve r y o n e k n ow s
the big job for the new
administrator is cultivating
the citys immense potential

13

Obituary

Continued from page 1


Mikorski hasnt had much
time to stop and reflect since
starting the job Aug. 29,
right on the cusp of budget
season. But with his family
still in West Virginia, home
life is quiet. And when he
does take time for himself,
its usually in the form of
reading, always with an eye
on learning.
Im constantly looking
up information, trying
to educate myself on
management styles and
government, things that are
going on in other parts of
the country, he said. Also,
I spend time learning about
new technology and finding
ways to use it at home or for
the City.
He also looks forward to
biking and hiking Veronas
network of trails with his
family when his wife and
16-year-old daughter get
here, as well as going to dog
parks with their 3-year-old
black Lab. Theyre staying
behind to sell their house (his
22-year-old son will remain
a student at West Virginia
University).
In the meantime, hes been
commuting from Hartford,
where hes staying with
relatives, and going through
a trial by fire with the budget
process. Its been challenging
and exhausting, but Mikorski
figures thats a net positive,
as hell be able to apply
things he learns over the next
year to the next budget and
already be a veteran.
By then, he hopes to
have put his own stamp on
several areas of Verona,
including the downtown,
economic development, the
citys internal and external
communications and
performance management
for each department.

The Verona Press

On the web
Read the full Q and A with Jeff
Mikorski:

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for economic development
and focusing much of it on
the downtown area.
Verona went five months
without an administrator
this year and had all sorts
of proposals come in during
that time, many on the citys
periphery. Thats something
Mikorskis familiar with
from Morgantown, where
urban sprawl was always a
concern, and hes excited to
be part of that challenge.
Its important to keep a
downtown the core of the
city, and I saw this (job) as
an opportunity to develop the
downtown, he said.
Hes also familiar with
working to attract and retain
businesses. In fact, the citys
budget in Morgantown
depended on it, as the states
taxing structure puts the bulk
of taxes on businesses.
The business and
occupation tax had its
perks, particularly in a busy
college town, but he said it
also put a lot of pressure on
cultivating the citys night
life accepting some urban
sprawl as a necessary evil
and focusing on businesses
needs rather than those of
residents.
While Verona obviously
is unlikely to ever have the
sort of foot traffic generated
by WVU, which has nearly
29,000 students, Mikorskis
still excited about the
prospects of putting his
stamp on creating a thriving,
walkable downtown.
Part of that, he figures,
will be the responsibility of
an economic development
director, a position that was
expected to be approved
Monday in the 2017
budget. Another strategy
is increasing collaboration
among departments. And
key to it all is creating
a pedestrian-friendly
downtown, something the
city has already begun
working on.
Those types of things
will start to generate energy
that will bring in the small
businesses, bring in the
medium-sized businesses that
want to attract people to that
type of environment, he said.
Email Verona Press editor
Jim Ferolie at veronapress@
wcinet.com.

Silvan Laverne Larson


passed away unexpectedly
from a stroke on Thursday,
Nov. 17, 2016.
He was born on August
13, 1957 in Madison to
Doral L. and Arlene L.
(Swiggum) Larson. Silvan
grew up on Paoli Street
in Verona and graduated
from Verona High in 1975.
Silvan played the trumpet
in the high school band,
was on the football team
and enjoyed wrestling
and being in Boy Scouts.
In high school, he was
honored for never having
missed a day of class.
Silvan graduated from the

University of WisconsinMadison in 1980 as a


chemical engineer. He
moved to Clinton, Iowa,
and worked for DuPont. He
then received a promotion
and moved to Orange,
Texas. After several years,
h e m ove d b a c k t o t h e
Midwest in 1989, living in
the greater Chicago area
ever since. Silvan decided
to further his studies and
earned his law degree from
John Marshall Law School
in 1994.
While attending Willow
Creek Community Church
in South Barrington,
Illinois, Silvan met the
love of his life, Rebecca
Kallas. They were married
on April 20, 1996, at
the church. Silvan and
Rebecca welcomed the
joy of their lives, twin
sons, Nathan and Palmer
on August 20, 2002.
Silvan loved the Lord and
one of his favorite verses
from scripture was As
for me and my house,
we will serve the Lord.
Silvan loved taking the
kids to Camp Paradise
in the Upper Peninsula,
Newberry Michigan for

a one-on-one Christian
Camp each summer.
Silvan is survived by
his wife, Rebecca; his
sons, Nathan and Palmer;
his parents, Red and
Arlene; his father-in-law
and step mother-in-law,
Bill and Sherry Kallas;
brothers, Doral C. Larson
of Phoenix, Arizona, and
Claire (Debbie) Larson of
Grand Rapids, Michigan;
numerous nieces and
nephews, and great nieces
and nephews. Silvan was
predeceased by his motherin-law Caroline Kallas.
Visitation and funeral
services were at Willow
Creek Community Church
in South Barrington, Illinois,
on Monday, Nov. 21, and
Tuesday, Nov. 22. Burial
followed in Washington
Cemetery, Elgin, Illinois.
In lieu of flowers,
memorials can be given to
Camp Paradise via Willow
Creek Community Church
or to the kids education
fund at TCF Bank. For
more information please
call 847-515- 8772.
Online condolences can
b e d i r e c t e d t o w w w.
defiorejorgensen.com.

Academic Achievements
Academic Achievements run as space
is available, and this list of honorees and
graduates is not complete. Due to the
increased number of submissions after
spring and fall graduation times, there is
often a backlog in the following months.
Note: If you have a non-Verona address,
but your child attended school in the
Verona Area School District, please email
ungcollege@wcinet.com for consideration.

Ripon College
Fitchburg
Kathryn Bruhns, deans list; Elizabeth Currier,
deans list

Spring/summer 2016 graduates


UW-Platteville
Verona
Rachel Peters, B.S., animal science: dairy
emphasis, magna cum laude

Spring 2016 honors

UW-La Crosse
UW-Eau Claire
Fitchburg
Verona
Trevor Little, B.S., exercise and sport science
Hannah Claire Nybroten, Freshman Honors
Award

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC
HEARING REGARDING THE
PROPOSED CREATION OF
TAX INCREMENTAL
DISTRICT NO. 8 IN THE CITY
OF VERONA, WISCONSIN
Notice is Hereby Given that the Plan
Commission of the City of Verona will
hold a public hearing on December 5,
2016 at 6:30 p.m. at the Verona City Hall,
located at 111 Lincoln Street, for the purpose of providing the community a reasonable opportunity to comment upon
the proposed creation of, and proposed
Project Plan for, Tax Incremental District No. 8 (the District). The proposed
boundaries of the District are detailed on
the map below.

Proposed projects costs include


cash grants to owners, lessees or developers of land located within the district
(development incentives).
All interested parties will be given a
reasonable opportunity to express their
views on the proposed creation of the
District, the proposed boundaries of the
District, and the proposed Project Plan.
A copy of the Project Plan, including a
description of the proposed boundaries,
will be available for viewing in the offices
of the City Clerk at the Verona City Hall,
located at 111 Lincoln Street, during normal business hours and will be provided
upon request.
Such hearing shall be public and
citizens and interested parties shall then
be heard. This hearing may be adjourned
from time to time.
By Order of the City of Verona, Wisconsin
Published: November 17 and 24, 2016
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***

NOTICE
The City of Verona Plan Commission
will hold Public Hearings on Monday December 5, 2016 at City Hall, 111 Lincoln
Street, for the following planning and
zoning matters:
1) Conditional Use Permit to allow a
group development land use located at
324 South Main Street that would allow
for the construction of a 480 square foot
carriage house.
2) Zoning Map Amendment to rezone property located east of the Verona Technology Park from the current
Rural Agricultural zoning to the proposed Suburban Industrial zoning
district. Specifically, the land is located

in the NW1/4, 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: Beginning at the
West quarter corner of said Section 25;
thence N003403E, along the west
line of the said NW1/4, 2603.91 feet to
the southerly right-of-way of CTH M;
thence S893343E, along the said
southerly right-of-way, 89.29 feet; thence
S002617E, continuing along said
southerly right-of-way, 10.00 feet to a
point of curve; thence southeasterly on
a curve to the right, continuing along
said southerly right-of-way, which has a
radius of 1577.10 feet and a chord which
bears S691633E, 1093.59 feet; thence
S485922E, continuing along southerly
right of way, 251.24 feet to the east line
of the NW1/4 of the said NW1/4; thence
S003628W, 2028.60 feet to the northeast corner of the NW1/4 of the said
SW1/4; thence S002843W, 1303.32 feet
to the southeast corner of the NW1/4of
the said SW1/4; thence S893838W,
1302.82 feet to the southwest corner
of the NW1/4 of the said SW1/4; thence
N002036E, 1298.64 feet to the point of
beginning.
Interested persons may comment
on these planning and zoning matters
during the public hearings at the December 5th 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, December
12th.
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: November 17 and 24, 2016
WNAXLP
***

TOWN OF VERONA
PLAN COMMISSION
REGULAR MEETING
AGENDA
TUESDAY,
NOVEMBER 29, 2016,
6:00 P.M.
TOWN OF VERONA HALL,
335 NORTH NINE MOUND
ROAD
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 October
27th and November 14th meetings
4. Reports
Chair
Committees (Public Works, Finance,

Natural and Recreational Areas)


Commissioners
Planner/Administrator
Update on Woods at Watch Hill
5. Public Hearing re: 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.
* Discussion and action re: Land
Use Application 2016-4
6. Public Hearing re: Land Use
Application #2015-6 dated 8/6/2015 for
property located at 2778 Prairie Circle
submitted by Tim and Linda Sweeney.
The purpose of the application is rezoning from A3 to RH1 to allow for the splitting of one parcel into four. A preliminary
CSM is also included.
* Discussion and action re: Land
Use Application 2015-6
7. Public Hearing re: Land Use Application #2015-7 dated 8/19/2015 for property located 2771 Prairie Circle submitted
by David Dimaggio. The purpose of the
application is rezoning from RH4 to RH1
to allow for the splitting of one parcel into
four. A preliminary CSM is also included.
* Discussion and action re: Land
Use Application 2015-7
8. Discussion of the Comprehensive
Plan
Re-cap of November 14 Area 5 meeting
Area 6
Review of survey responses
Draft land use exercise
Chapter drafts
9. Confirmation of next regular meeting date - December 29th (Area 6 meeting
on December 13th)
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.
town.verona.wi.us 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
jwright@town.verona.w.us 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: November 22, 2016
Published: November 23, 2016
WNAXLP
***

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November 24, 2016

The Verona Press

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Board: Communication exercises aim to strengthen trust, respect among board members
Continued from page 1
session because of work on
his farm.
Consultant Buck Rhyme
led the session and plans
to attend the next three
regularly scheduled board
meetings to evaluate how
the group is working
on its issues, as well as
whether they are using their
time efficiently and their
meetings effectively. He
handed out a summary of
their meetings from April to
October this year showing
they have spent an average
of 2 hours, 41 minutes
m e e t i n g o n a ny g ive n
evening.
You guys arent getting
enough sleep, Rhyme told
them. I think thats too
much.
Rhyme had previously
conducted individual
interviews with each board
member to assess their
feelings on the boards role,
meetings and relationships
in the district.
Its pretty clear from
the interviews that the
relationships that you have
amongst each other are not
as strong as they could be,
Rhyme said, adding that he
hoped the meeting could be
a turning point.
During some breakout
conversations as part of
the meeting, Zook told her
discussion partner, King,
that with time the group
would find a more common
understanding of how to
disagree.
W h e n a n ew b o a r d
comes together, it takes time
to realize that disagreement
is disagreement with an
idea and not disagreement
with a person, Zook said.
She and others hoped
getting to know one another
better personally, as they
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Integrity values

Looking for improvements

The board has the following criteria set out as its integrity
values, established 13 years ago:
Respect: Honor each others opinions and differences.
Keep personal disputes out of decisions. Share information
and opinions respectfully. Encourage dialogue. Be true to
your word. Disclose potential conflicts of interest.
Trust: Accept that every board member is working to promote the best interests of the district. Accept that committee findings and staff recommendations are offered in the
best interests of the district. Respect the confidentiality of
the closed session.
Commitment: Do your homework. Stay connected to the
community and constituents. Remember only the full board
can commit staff or district resources. Work together to
achieve goals. Make compromises to achieve goals.
Support: Support adopted board policy and procedures.
Support decisions made by the board as a whole. Voice
support for majority decisions, even when you did not vote
in favor.

Board members and superintendent Dean Gorrell shared


ways to improve and takeaways from Saturdays meeting:
Gorrell: Listen. That doesnt mean stop talking until the
other person stops talking, it means listen.
Amy Almond: I felt like there was an overlying, maybe we
dont know each other well enough.
Dennis Beres: Theres no right or wrong on something
like this, its just getting to something thats workable. Im
certainly open to anything that anyone has to say.
Russell King: People were brave enough, honest enough
and really respectful enough to lay it on the table and just
to be honest with each other even when it might be a little
risky. People received that in a very respectful and constructive way, and I think that bodes well for the future.
Noah Roberts: Be open to the different perspectives that
other board members have and value where that different
perspective is coming from to learn from other board
members.
Meredith Stier Christensen: We want to make sure that
when were sitting at the board table were all working from
the same understanding of information.
Renee Zook: I feel like we have the makings of a really
good board. Were just kind of swimming in different
circles.

did on Saturday as well


as a potential change to the
agenda-setting process
could bring better days in
the near future.
Rhyme noted they are
not the first Verona school
board not to get along, and
led the members through a
series of activities Saturday
aimed at fostering better
connections.
There isnt a strong
sense among all of you,
(superintendent Dean
Gorrell) included, that
people are listening to each
other, he said. Nobody
thinks your meetings are
very much fun or very
effective at this point.

Building respect
On a scale of one to five,
board members rated the
respect among their group
at a 2.25.
That low rating seemed to
stem from what was seen as
an unwelcome atmosphere
t o d i ff e r e n t o p i n i o n s .
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Among the conflicts this


year have been procedural
items like the agenda and
weightier topics like the
Verona Area International
School charter agreement
or the transgender policy.
I think the response
to different viewpoints
is extremely important,
said Roberts, who joined
the board after a contested
election for an open seat
in April. Creating an
environment where its safe
but its also a norm that you
can bring this dissenting
opinion and it can be met
with a constructive response
(would help).
While no one pushed
back on Roberts point,
Zook suggested creating
a process to connect with
a board member when
someone feels that theres
been a personal affront.
King also offered an
idea to encourage more
constructive debate,
asking board members to
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acknowledge other opinions


and explain what they heard
before offering their own
dissent.
It lets the person know,
I was heard. They paid
a t t e n t i o n t o m e , h e
explained.

Distrust
While trust among the
board got a higher average
score than respect 2.7
the topic drew the longest
discussion.
Much of the concern,
Christensen said, came
from what she and others
felt were conversations
that are being had that are
not fully shared.
We want to make sure
that when were sitting
at the board table were
all working from the

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same understanding of
information, she said.
There is a sense that there
is a lot of information
thats maybe happening
behind the scenes that isnt
coming to the table.
To Roberts, it went back
to that first vote, when
there was no discussion on
the appointees.
W h e t h e r t h a t wa s a
premeditated decision or
not, it gives the appearance
that something was
happening behind the
scenes, he said. It has
dampened the trust with
the board.
Rhyme offered a
potential solution to the
lack of trust: assuming
positive intent.
If I assume positive
intent, then its OK that
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people are talking, he


said. Its at the core of
effective teams.

Setting the agenda


One of the issues that has
created resentment from
newer board members was
who gets to set the agenda.
Historically, it has been
board president Dennis
Beres and Gorrell, but
some of the new members
said Saturday that left their
ideas for potential agenda
items out in the cold.
Both Beres and Gorrell
were open, though, to
creating a process in which
ideas could be discussed
at each meeting during
the Future meeting dates
and agenda items section
on each agenda, currently
only used to briefly go over
the meeting dates.
It would weight for
respect and it would weight
for commitment and
individual board member
voice, said board member
Renee Zook.
Gorrell is then expected
to check in at future
meetings, explaining why
an item might not have
gotten on any given agenda
and when it might in the
future.
Almond, who has
served on the board since
2 0 0 5 , s a i d i t s s i m p l y
a matter of patience
with the agendas and
understanding when other
topics take precedence. As
an example, she said shes
been waiting to discuss
summer school for months.
Most people are not as
patient as me, Almond
said. I guess it comes back
to trust and respect.
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The Verona Press

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Photos by Scott Girard

Cash Christiansen, right, asks his sister Madeleine, left, to hold his plate while he scoops a
piece of banana cream pie.

An early Thanksgiving at NCS


On the Web

SCOTT GIRARD
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Second- and third-graders in Jennifer


Klawiters New Century School class are
thankful for many things this holiday season.
Among the top items: family, school, tacos
and, of course, underwear.
Her 19 students shared those items and
plenty else with family and friends Friday,
Nov. 18, just under a week before the
Thanksgiving holiday.
Her class arranged an early Thanksgiving
potluck with their families in the Sugar
Creek Elementary School step room, with
each family bringing its own traditional
dish ranging from pumpkin soup and stuffing
to couscous with raisins and fried chicken.
The room was decorated with handmade
Thanksgiving-themed crafts and the
walls were full of each students personal
Thankful poems.
Once the food was served, families

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watched a video of each student naming
three to five things theyre thankful for this
season.
Klawiter said she had done the activity
once before when she was a teacher at
Stoner Prairie, but she was glad to offer the
students and families a chance to share their
individual traditions alongside other families.
One student in the video knew her
audience well, proudly holding up a piece of
paper to show she was thankful for her mom
and dad.
They are the reason youre alive so you
should thank them, the student added.
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Mihika Chowdhry jokes around with a friend at the table.
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since its also food drive


season for the high school,
senior center and Epic.
This is an ideal time
for us to make sure were
getting first-in, first-out stuff
done and clear the pantries
before we get all the new
stuff, she said.
Volunteers also sorted
through nearly 500 bags
of nonperishable food
items the Sunday before
distribution, many of which
were donated by Verona and
Fitchburg area churches.
Johnson, who has
volunteered with BPNN for
nearly 10 years and helped
organize the giveaway the
last two, said when the
churches had originally
estimated what they could
bring in, BPNN was
concerned it was going
to have to dip into food
pantry funds to make up the
difference.
And when the bags came
in on Sunday, every single
church brought in more
bags than they had told us,
Johnson said. We had about
85 more bags which was
pretty amazing.
Berry said BPNN ordered
360 turkeys and Mad City
Gobblers donated another
100. Then on Saturday,
Madison Capitols player
Noah Weber, 18, dropped
off more turkeys weighing
a total of 534 pounds, which
means there will be enough
left over to add to the hams
that are typically distributed
to food pantry patrons
throughout December.
Weber said he raised the
money while working at

Photo by Samantha Christian

BPNN volunteers Linda Bullette and Gretchen Zimmerman


pass out dual-language instructions for how to cook a turkey
and a recipe for acorn squash to those picking up Thanksgiving baskets on Nov. 16.
hockey camp this summer
in his hometown of Eagle
River, and when he found
out about his cousins high
school food drive at VAHS
he wanted to help the city
he now lives in with a host
family.
What better time to give
back to the community, he
told the Press. Its a good
feeling.
Eplegaarden in Fitchburg
and Schroeders Orchard in
Verona donated apples, and
local farmers also donated
potatoes and over a thousand
pounds of fresh squash and
pumpkins. Summit Credit
Union donated the green
produce bags that were
later filled with produce
like potatoes, apples, sweet
potatoes, onions and carrots.
There was also a
miscellaneous table this
year with optional items like
flour, walnuts, cranberries,

canned pumpkin, a roasting


pan and dual-language
instructions on how to cook a
turkey. Guests also received
a recipe for cranberry
walnut acorn squash through
Fitchburg Hy-Vee, and all
of the ingredients for it
were available during the
giveaway and at the food
pantry.
Were always happy to
have extra things that we
can give out, Johnson said.
Johnson said she was
ove r w h e l m e d b y t h e
number of people who
donated food and their time
to make this event happen.
It speaks a lot to our
community, she added.
This time of year people
are thinking of giving,
but theres always need
throughout the year.
Contact Samantha
Christian at samantha.
christian@wcinet.com.