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Last community garden spots fill as officials look toward growing more KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

Justin Rademacher finds his escape from reality in a plot of dirt at a City of Fitchburg park. “Gardening can be therapeutic,” the Fitchburg resident said. “The (plants) don’t care what kind of day you’ve had, they just need someone to take care of them.” Rademacher and his fiancée were the last applicants accepted into the Swan Creek Park Community Garden on East Cheryl Parkway earlier this spring. The city implemented the garden concept in 2017 after it was identified as an initiative in the city’s parks and open space plan the year before. Swan Creek Park is the city’s first community garden. It’s now at capacity, with 16 gardeners from around the community sharing 13 10-foot-by-20-foot plots, in all totaling one-tenth of an acre. Wade Thompson, community development planner for the city, said the concept has grown in popularity as the demand for “passive recreation” has increased. The city started the community gardens program there last year. Thompson said the city picked Swan Creek Park because of the land use demographics surrounding it, with multiple apartment units close by where residents don’t have space to create gardens of their own. That was the case for Rademacher and his fiancée, who had been growing produce on their “crowded” patio. Swan Creek Park also had a lot of “open space” that wasn’t being used for other park facilities, Thompson added. “Overall, we just really think it’s a good use of park space,” Thompson told the Star. With gardeners having planted corn, tomatoes, peppers and beans

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Fitchburg resident Justin Rademacher plants a dahlia in his plot in the Swan Creek Park Community Garden on Saturday, June 8. last year, he said he was “amazed” at how much produce the gardeners could yield out of such a limited garden space. One of the gardeners was able to harvest 250-300 pounds of produce out of his portion of the garden, Thompson said. Gardeners choose how they want to use their crop – it’s up to them if they keep it all, or give it away, Thompson said. They’re are also free to plant whatever they want in their plot in the garden, Thompson said, minus the plants that are on the city’s no-plant list of produce that don’t do well in a

garden setting. In Rademacher’s garden, he’s planted peppers and tomatoes, and was working on transferring dahlias on a warm but overcast Saturday in June. Thompson said he hopes to see the concept grow, hopefully by creating larger gardens, and placing them in more of the city’s parks. “I think next year we hope to expand maybe to the north of where the (Swan Creek) garden currently is,” he said. “I imagine at some point there’ll be gardens popping up elsewhere at city parks – certainly, if residents are interested, we encourage

them to talk with their neighbors and come see us to talk about kicking off a garden in their park.” Having grown up with a mother who always had a garden, Rademacher said he’s enjoyed “watching things grow” and has found that having a garden and bringing in seedlings and produce is a quick way to make friends at work. “Everybody will be your buddy,” he said. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at and follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.​

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Groundbreaking sets future vision Fitchburg dignitaries symbolically broke ground on a new elementary school in the new Terravessa development June 6. They’d better keep those SCOTT DE LARUELLE shovels handy. For the next several years, Unified Newspaper Group Fitchburg – which occupies O r e g o n S c h o o l D i s - the far northern portion of trict officials, students and the district – will be the

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epicenter of construction projects, potentially including a middle school the district has already acquired land for. With the student population expected to jump from around 4,000 to more than 6,000 by 2030, the district identified the fast-growing northern section as the

most effective location for new schools to prevent overcrowding in existing schools. The grades K-6 elementary near the Lacy Road interchange was seen as the most pressing need, with a new middle school planned for the mid-2020s to address the expected

increase of students in that age group. The elementary school is expected to open ahead of the 2020-21 school year, with any changes to attendance areas still to be determined. Funded through the $47 million referendum approved

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The City of Fitchburg held its annual Memorial Day remembrance on Monday, May 27, at Fire Station Rice No. 2. The event featured Ald. Janell Rice (Dist. 4) as its guest speaker. Rice spoke on the sacrifices made by people in her family, and in

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Carpenter resigns from Dist. 3 seat Council likely to appoint for rest of oneyear term in August SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group

Ald. Dan Carpenter has resigned from his Common Council seat after moving out of the district he represented. The District 3, Seat 6 alder was elected four times a n d s e r ve d Dan Carpenter six years on the council, including four as president. He was in the early part of a one-year term after running unopposed in April. His resigned effective Friday, May 31. In a media statement, Carpenter wrote that he and his wife purchased a home in the Wildwood neighborhood, in District 2, and are “thrilled to make Fitchburg our longterm home.” “I am thankful to the voters of District 3 for entrusting me to represent them and be their voice at City Hall,” Carpenter said in the statement. “I am proud of the work we accomplished together and I will treasure the friendships I have made with my colleagues, constituents and residents throughout the city.” As of last month, he did not have any plans of running for elected office – he’s busy enough handling home ownership, he said – but he plans to be out and about in Fitchburg. “I’ll definitely stay involved in the community,” Carpenter said. “The thing I’m most grateful, I’ve learned a lot about local government and development and various businesses.” Throughout his time on the council, he regularly spoke about the need for affordable housing ownership options in the city, and in a telephone interview with the Star, he pointed out a bit of irony in having to step down because he could not find a house in his district. “We looked in District 3, but there was nothing that really fell in our budget and was something that we liked,” he told the Star. “We’re thrilled we were able to make it our long-term home, but it was frustrating for me as an alder for District 3 looking at the market and realizing the only thing we could afford was a condo.” The council will now have to fill the seat until next April’s election. According to the city notice, an appointment is expected in August after interviews at the July 24 Committee of the Whole meeting. Applicants must submit their resume and nomination papers by July 5 to be considered. Among the significant decisions that could now come before a

Replacement tmeline July 5: Applications due with nomination papers, resume July 24: Committee of the Whole meeting with interviews August: Appointment made

less-than-whole council are an amendment to the North Stoner Prairie Neighborhood plan – which was the subject of a mayoral tiebreaker last year – and the Comprehensive Plan rewrite timeline. Carpenter has been a strong advocate for lowering the density allowed near the corner of Lacy Road and Seminole Highway in the North Stoner Prairie Neighborhood, an issue that drew concerns from area residents after the developer proposed apartment buildings last year. He said density is a significant issue for constituents, as he heard opposition to apartments often in his years as an alder. “The number one thing that residents are upset with, especially in District 3 and District 4, is the way we’re growing,” Carpenter said. “I think the results from the last election show that.” He also suggested the push for density in planning has contributed to the turnover in the mayor’s seat – he served with four different mayors in his four terms – and that it may be more about that push for density from staff. “Maybe the reason that there’s turnover in the mayor’s chair is because people are unhappy with the agenda that they’re seeing from City Hall,” Carpenter said. “The mayor is held accountable every election by the voters, and if the voters don’t like what’s going on, they’re gonna vote for somebody else.” The council is also facing a lawsuit over the process of considering a senior housing project for South Fish Hatchery Road. A changed related to the properties that proposal was for was approved at the May 27 meeting after a 50-minute closed session. Alders only entered closed session after a 4-4 tie vote. Carpenter was among the four votes to not go into closed session. Carpenter said he is most proud of the accomplishments that “aren’t very flashy,” like adding yield signs at an uncontrolled intersection in Quarry Hill or changing parking restrictions to open up a roadway. “They’re the things that make a positive difference in the neighborhood, and that ultimately has a positive impact on the residents’ daily life,” he said. Contact Scott Girard at and follow him on Twitter @sgirard9.

DeGarmo defeats Jones for County Board seat SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group

Ann DeGarmo will represent much of the City of Fitchburg on the Dane County Board for the next two years after defeating Marc Jones 578-262 in a June 4 spe- DeGarmo cial election. She will be sworn in at the June 20 County Board meeting. The board seat was one of three contested in the unusual June election, which County Board Chair Sharon Corrigan said was prompted by the “unusual number of mid-term openings” created

earlier this year when three supervisors resigned to take positions with Gov. Tony Evers’ new government. One of those was longtime District 33 supervisor Jennifer Dye, who resigned in January to become Evers’ policy director. District 33 includes most of Fitchburg, covering city wards 7-8 and 12-19. DeGarmo, 27, a policy analyst with the Wisconsin Department of Revenue, wrote in an email to the Star last week she “wanted to run a race that was worthy of this community and showed that I was serious about service,” reaching out to around 3,500 people door-to-door, as well as mailers and Facebook. “I learned a lot about how folks would like me to

Sub-Zero gets up to $5.5M TIF

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Sub-Zero Group will get up to $5.5 million in taxpayer assistance toward the construction of a new facility on Seminole Highway. The Common Council unanimously approved the funding for the Madison-based appliance manufacturer, just under 10 percent of what’s expected to be a $60 million project, as part of a developer’s agreement Tuesday. The city expanded Tax Increment Financing District No. 9 in February to open the possibility of this agreement, as well as one with Promega, which is building its own

“Everyone will see me soon at the fun events coming up this summer; at neighborhood association and city council meetings and more,” she wrote. “I hope to be the kind of elected official who is accessible and answers questions and concerns quickly.” Jones, who was defeated in runs for Fitchburg mayor in 2017 and City Council this spring, did not respond to an emailed request for comment from the Star.

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spend my time – advocating for roads, healthy neighborhoods and protecting our environment,” she wrote. “The campaign was a great starting point to talk to folks who are engaged.” DeGarmo said she’s excited to get to work advocating for the community and plans to reach out to more neighbors and community leaders to “identify more specifically what our priorities are and how I can be the best advocate.”

facility nearby. Sub-Zero, which has its main manufacturing facility in a campus off McKee Road, will build a 350,000 square foot facility for research and development, testing, manufacturing and office space. The expansion is expected to add 100 jobs, according to the TID expansion document from February. TID 9 was created in 2015 to keep Sub-Zero here with an expansion of its existing campus, as the company had publicly considered a move to Kentucky. As part of the agreement, the project must be “substantially complete” by Dec. 31, 2021. If the project ends up with a cost below $60 million, the city’s contribution would be proportionately reduced.

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City should not donate tax dollars The Healthy Neighborhood Initiative recently granted $20,500 of taxpayer funds to the following tax-exempt organizations: $2,500 to Sugar Creek Elementary School bike program; $8,000 to the Verona Area High School college-prep program and $10,000 to Chapel Valley Church for social gatherings. These grants misuse city taxes and penalize taxpayers. Government units with the power to tax should not have the power to donate taxes to tax-exempt organizations. Especially, taxes from one government unit should not be donated to another government taxing unit without the consent of those paying the taxes. Fitchburg has three school districts that each tax their residents. Any decision to grant city of Fitchburg taxes to any one of these taxing school districts unfairly forces City of Fitchburg taxpayers in the other two school districts to fund programs in the third, without representation. None of the Sugar Creek attendance area is in Fitchburg. Yet, Fitchburg taxpayers are funding a program to teach Verona kids to ride a bike. That is the job of Verona parents, not Fitchburg taxpayers. Without their consent, Fitchburg residents

taxed by Oregon and Madison School Districts are being forced to help pay for the Sugar Creek bike program with taxes paid to Fitchburg. These same residents in the Oregon and Madison School Districts have not consented to use Fitchburg taxes to help fund the $8,000 grant for the college-prep program for Verona students. Taxes paid to the three Fitchburg school districts are already supposed to be used to adequately prepare students who want to go to college. The 1st Amendment principle of “separation of church and state” has already been eroded beyond recognition. We still think the $10,000 grant to Chapel Valley Church violates this principle. A likely consequence of Chapel Valley Church spending the $10,000 grant to organize and manage four social gatherings will be an increase in new members for Chapel Valley Church. Without the consent of Fitchburg taxpayers, City of Fitchburg taxes will be used to potentially increase the membership of the Chapel Valley Church. This is “promotion of church by state.” Dave and Nancy Halford City of Fitchburg

Stormwater management easier than you think My home, like many others in the Dane County area last year, suffered from flood damage last year. Though 2018 marked the second wettest year in the last 150 – and August brought us 11 to 13 inches of rain in less than 24 hours – the only reason my home didn’t weather it was poor ground sloping, combined with downspouts routing to a bad location in the yard. Extreme rainfall events are becoming the new normal for Fitchburg and other communities across Wisconsin. Last year, the more than 50 inches of rainfall caused all four Madison lakes to rise above their summer maximum levels, resulting in slow-no-wake orders for most of the summer, and the August downpour caused substantial damage to homes and businesses. We can’t control Mother Nature, but we can prevent damage to our homes and businesses – and reduce safety risks – by improving our stormwater management and incorporating green infrastructure. Homeowners in particular have many easy options. The most important is to prevent stormwater from entering your basement by making sure the ground slopes away from your house and that your downspouts send water far enough away to take advantage of the slope. It should be at least 6 inches over 10 feet. To manage water that falls on your roof, make sure your gutters are always clear of leaves, sticks and debris and are sized appropriately for larger storm events. For some of us, that means upsizing our current gutters. That’s just the beginning of the

stormwater battle. Directing water away from your home too quickly can pose problems for the local storm sewer and waterways, so to reduce localized flooding, we need to slow the path of water to the stormwater system. As you direct your downspouts away from your house, avoid routing them straight to the curb or driveway. These impermeable surfaces don’t allow water to soak into the ground and result in faster moving water. Insufficient stormwater infiltration contributes to flooding in general, and during extreme rainfall events, it can overburden local streets, storm sewers, and waterways. The more rainfall we can all keep on our own properties or slowed through the routing process, the less extreme the flood event will be for everyone. There are several green infrastructure solutions for promoting water retention and infiltration. These include rain barrels, rain gardens, vegetating bare spots and adding native landscaping. In addition to being a good stormwater management practice, native landscaping can increase the curb appeal of your home. As water moves off your property, don’t allow it to get stuck in clogged storm drains. Keep your curb area free of grass clippings, sticks, leaves

and debris from storm drains, which provide a clear flow path to the local waterway and reduce the amount of unneeded nutrients flowing into it. Excess nutrients in streams and waterways not only affect water quality but also promote vegetative growth. Too much vegetative growth slows stream flow and can block critical water paths, contributing to more flooding. Some of these simple improvements not only help manage stormwater issues and reduce the risk of water damage in your home and to other residents and businesses in the community, they can also reduce your bills. The City of Fitchburg Stormwater Utility offers credits to property owners who have rain barrels, rain gardens, previous pavement systems and to those who pledge to be a Fitchburg Creek Support. For information on Fitchburg’s stormwater credit opportunities, visit the city’s website at and search for Credit Opportunities. Since last fall, I fixed my water drainage problems by sloping the ground better, and relocating a downspout to a different area in my yard. By coupling these solutions with my existing rain garden, I feel a lot better knowing my yard’s stormwater is being better managed. Think about how you can manage your stormwater by beautifying your yard and preventing localized flooding. Nate Ewanowski is a member of Fitchburg’s Resource Conservation Commission.

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A healthy brain, spine helps us heal At a patient’s recent reevaluation, we sat down to look at functional improvements as well as talk about what she’s noticed since starting care. She was having less pain, more ease in her spine, better sleep and less anxiety. That all led her to realize that her body was changing old Konopacki patterns and healing from the inside. It’s always exciting to me when that starts to make sense to someone based on their own experience. There is a universality in how all healers and practitioners help people get well. In its most distilled form, it’s in how we help the person express their own natural healing force, to self-heal. We all just go about it in different ways. From a chiropractic perspective, your spine plays an important neurological role in helping you self-heal and keeping you healthy. Yes, I said healthy. Not just out of pain. Each bone of your spine stacks on top the next one. Where they fit together like puzzle pieces is a spinal joint, which gives movement between the bones. These joints have nerve wires wrapped around them.

Normal movement between the joints triggers these nerve wires to talk to the brain, essentially saying, “Everything is OK.” If a spinal joint gets stuck and the brain doesn’t hear enough of these movement signals, it will decide there’s a problem. Alarm signals are now sent out from the brain to the body, turning on a fight or flight emergency response. This hypervigilance puts healing and repair work on the back burner. It’s when we stay in this fight or flight response over time that symptoms and other health problems can start to show. So it is in our best interest to keep the joints of our spine aligned and flexible, to feed the brain with movement messages, letting our brain and body focus on normal growth and repair instead of fight/ flight. This helps you self-heal. A healthy spine is a neurological prerequisite for a healthy body, so it’s important to find ways to keep it close to that ideal function by monitoring tension and releasing it in real-time with micro-adjustments throughout the day. The brain and nerve system can be trained to do this. The first part of this is awareness. That means getting your brain tuned in enough to hear stress and tension signals coming from your spine.

It’s reversing the process of “checking out,” and instead becoming aware of triggers, movements, thoughts, behaviors, postures, etc., that allow tension to build up in your back and neck. These areas of high stored energy are often the most painful, tense and tight. The brain needs to see it before it can do something different. Then, the brain has to learn how to dissipate this stored energy through the spine, nerves and muscles. Ideally, automatic strategies such as precise movement, breathing or a postural or emotional state change will kick in, releasing the energy before a problem has gotten locked in or become chronic. It’s your body asking to change positions throughout your three hours of gardening, as opposed to not asking and paying for it later. These healthy brain and spine strategies also fuel healthy lifestyle changes. E n e rg y i s n o l o n g e r bound or stored in the flexible foundation of the body (spine), so that energy is now available and experienced as fuel for the person, for getting through their day and ideally as a surplus for driving a few healthy lifestyle changes. This should be at least partly automatic. A healthier system makes healthier choices. It also makes sense that

for some people, their body’s ability to ‘self-heal’ just has not been their experience. If someone hears that concept but doesn’t have the time, energy or mental bandwidth to make the changes necessary, they will rightfully conclude that (in their experience) there is nothing they can do. Or if they are facing a health crisis that depletes them faster than they can promote rebuilding, that also may make it seem like the body can’t heal. Talking about the body’s self-healing ability can even seem offensive if the person doesn’t experience the internal resources to step into that process. That will just make them feel powerless. Our beliefs are anchored in our own experience. Keeping this in mind helps us understand how there’s such a wide range of beliefs around healing and keep from getting stuck arguing which one is perspective is right. If you start to look for wa y s t o e n h a n c e y o u r self-heal ability and upgrade your self-heal strategies, you might find yourself dealing with fewer health problems for less time in the future. Dr. Laura Konopacki is the owner of Body Wave Chiropractic in Fitchburg,

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County to pay $8M for Comprehensive Plan rewrite begins Council, commission What’s next to decide on depth, Fish Hatch rebuild timeline this month City to take over winter maintenance of road in 2021 SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group

Dane County will pay $8 million toward the rebuild of Fish Hatchery Road next year in return for the City of Fitchburg taking over winter maintenance in November 2021. The deal, approved May 14 by the Common Council, is “a lot better than where we started,” Ald. Tom Clauder (Dist. 4) said. Negotiations have been ongoing for more than a year between the governmental entities, as the county initially pushed for a full jurisdictional transfer in return for contributing to the rebuild. Clauder and then-Mayor Jason Gonzalez both resisted that, saying the transfer of maintenance responsibilities would be more costly long-term than the city paying for the entire reconstruction project but leaving the county with responsibility in the future. Under the agreement, the county will still be responsible for routine maintenance like pothole patches, street lighting and center line painting. The two entities

will share responsibility for maintaining the pavement through repairs like chip seal coating. The $8 million is half of the cost of the “curb to curb” work planned for the rebuild, which will take place mostly in 2020. The total project cost was estimated at more than $22 million at the April public information meeting, but that includes funds for stormwater and beautification, Ald. Dan Bahr (D-2) said at the Council meeting, which the county will not share costs for. The city’s snow removal and winter maintenance will begin on Nov. 1, 2021, from Greenway Cross to McKee Road. The city will purchase an additional plow and have a new half-time position to help cover the work, but that would be needed regardless, city administrator Patrick Marsh told alders. “Every year we’re adding additional mileage of road, so we’re going to need that plow anyway, we’re going to need that individual anyway,” Marsh said. The agreement is similar to one recently approved between the county and City of Madison for Buckeye Road.

The Common Council and Plan Commission are expected to consider the timeline and depth of the Comprehensive Plan update at their June meetings.

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Dozens of people have filled the City of Fitchburg’s Council chambers a few times over the past year-anda-half. Almost always, it’s been because of proposed – or previously enacted – changes to a city document: its Comprehensive Plan. It guides the city’s future development for a 20-year period, helping map out where the next houses, apartments and businesses will go. Now, it’s due for an update, as required by the state of Wisconsin every 10 years. “We of course have a lot of land-use conflict and contention,” city planner Sonja Kruesel told alders at a May Committee of the Whole meeting. “It sets forth a predictable system for when, how and at what pace change may occur.” The Common Council and Plan Commission still have to decide what sort of rewrite process they’re interested in. Kruesel, who started in that position last summer, laid out the options to the Council at the May COW meeting.

They’ll have to decide where on the spectrum of “Refresh-Reconsider-Rewrite” they want the process to fall this time around after a yearslong process last time. Kruesel explained the closer the city gets to a full rewrite, the more time it will take and the more public input will be required. The closer to refresh, meanwhile, the quicker it can be completed, which she said would create a document “pretty similar to what we have now with some tweaks.” It’s an important decision, because as Mayor Aaron Richardson pointed out to the Star, the effects of the plan last well beyond its 10 year lifespan before it’s reconsidered. “Those buildings don’t go away in 10 years,” he said. It will set out expectations for city residents on the periphery of current

urban and suburban neighborhoods that will have growth next to them, as well as for landowners who would like to sell their property for development someday. It can be amended after approval at one time each year, with the ability to make as many changes as are requested. But for many, as evidenced by the controversy over a 2017 change to allow high density in the North Stoner Prairie Neighborhood from what had originally been limited to medium density in the last comprehensive plan, it will be taken as the city’s word about what will go where. Richardson said it’s an opportunity, and “probably the biggest reason” he ran for the one-year term as mayor. “We have in some ways a blank slate,” he said. “We don’t want every neighborhood to look the same.” While there will be input opportunities regardless of the level of change city officials choose, it could range from a survey sent to residents to simply offering public input time at regularly scheduled meetings. Richardson said they hope

to hear from residents, businesses and developers. Kruesel and Richardson said redevelopment will also be a key consideration this time around, something that hasn’t been a concern in the past given the city is less than 40 years old. North Fish Hatchery Road is an area undergoing “incremental improvements,” Kruesel said, and that strategy could apply elsewhere. Beyond the development it outlines, Kruesel added, it will play a role in what freedom it gives future planners as they consider what already exists, whether that’s sewer service or public amenities, and what that makes feasible. “We’re a relatively young community,” Kruesel said. “The decisions that we make today and where we decide to put our infrastructure or institutional sites for schools or how our neighborhoods develop, those decisions will impact us for the next 50 to 100 years, and more of course.” Contact Scott Girard at and follow him on Twitter @sgirard9.

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6 Fitchburg Star Concerts at McKee series returns with plenty of soul music, storytelling ballads June 14, 2019

There’s a little something for everyone in this year’s Concerts at McKee series. Held from 6-9 p.m. on the third Monday in June, July and August, the series will feature a singer-songwriter with character-driven songs, a band with classic funk and R&B music and a third group with a combination of salsa and soul.

The concerts, hosted by the Fitchburg Chamber, Visitor and Business Bureau, will be held at McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road. The June 18 concert will feature Trapper Schoepp, a Milwaukee-based singer and songwriter who writes snapshots of people struggling with the notion of

achieving the American Dream. On July 16, Mad City Funk will headline, bringing with them classic funk, soul and R&B songs played “with power and finesse,” according to the group’s Facebook page. The fourpart group is based in Madison and was formed in 2012.

Rounding out the series is Orquesta SalSoul Del Mad, a 15-piece group that is “the best of two cultural worlds,” playing both salsa and soul music. The Madison-based group first performed publicly to the public in 2015. Last year, two of the three concerts were rained out. The concerts will not be rescheduled if they need

Calendar of events‌ ‌Friday, June 14‌

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Blast off crafts (all ages), library, 7291762‌ • 11 a.m. to noon, Magic of Glen Gerard show, library, 7291762‌ • 2 p.m., Fighting fraud presentation, senior center, 270-4290‌ • 4-5 p.m., Perler beads (ages 5-12), library, 729-1762‌

‌Saturday, June 15‌

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Giant Jenga (ages 5-12), library, 729-1762‌ • 3-4 p.m., DIY solar ovens (ages 5-12, registration required), library, 729-1762‌

‌Monday, June 17‌

• 4-5 p.m., Universe of STEAM: Science (ages 5-12), library, 729-1762‌ • 6-7 p.m., Galaxy DIY bath bombs (ages 13-17), library, 729-1762‌ • 6-9 p.m., Concerts at McKee, McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road,‌

‌Tuesday, June 18‌

• 1 p.m., Ukulele Network, senior center, call Judy at 5143274‌ • 6:30-7:30 p.m., Adult craft evening, library, 729-1763‌

‌Wednesday, June 19‌

• 10-11 a.m., Wednesday Morning Book Discussion: “Kindred” by Octavia Butler, library, 7291763‌ • 10-11 a.m., Toddler art: Gravity (ages 1-3), library, 729-1762‌ • 10:30-11:30 a.m., Financial Fitness drop-in sessions, senior center, 270-4290‌ • 11:30 a.m., FoodWise Nutrition: Dietary Fat, Fact or Fiction, senior center, 270-4290‌ • 2-3 p.m., Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month lecture series: Effective Communication, senior center, 270-4290‌ • 6-7 p.m., Space camp (ages 5-12), library, 729-1762‌

‌Thursday, June 20‌

• 10 a.m. to noon, Wellness checks with the nurse, senior center, 270-4290‌

• Noon to 5 p.m., Friends of the Fitchburg Library used book sale, library,‌ • 1-1:45 p.m., Bouncing babies storytime (birth to prewalkers), library, 729-1762‌ • 3-6 p.m., Fitchburg Farmers Market, Agora Pavilion, 5500 E. Cheryl Parkway, 277-2592‌ • 6-7 p.m., (Sweet) Treat Yourself (ages 13-17), library, 7291762‌

‌Friday, June 21‌

• 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friends of the Fitchburg Library used book sale, library,‌ • 10:30-11:30 a.m., Silly stories and play time (ages 2-5), library, 729-1762‌ • 3-4 p.m., Ice cream taste test (ages 5-12), library, 729-1762‌

‌Saturday, June 22‌

• 3-4 p.m., Yard games (ages 13-17), library, 729-1762‌

‌Monday, June 24‌

• 4-5 p.m., Universe of STEAM: Technology (ages 5-12), library, 729-1762‌

‌Tuesday, June 25‌

• 1 p.m., Ukulele Network, senior center, call Judy at 5143274‌ • 2-3 p.m., Truly Remarkable Loon comedy show, library, 729-1762‌

‌Wednesday, June 26‌

• 2-3 p.m., Alzheimer’s and Brain Awareness Month lecture series: Understanding and Responding to Dementia-related behaviors, senior center, 270-4290‌ • 3-4 p.m., LEGO challenge (ages 5-12), library, 729-1762‌ • 6 p.m., LGBTQ+ terminology and culture presentation, senior center, 270-4290‌ • 6-6:30 p.m., Family pajama storytime (ages 2-5), library, 729-1762‌ • 7-8 p.m., Genealogy: Library resources, library, 729-1763‌

‌Thursday, June 27‌

• 10 a.m. to noon, Touch a

Truck, library, 729-1760‌ • 10 a.m. to noon, Wellness checks with the nurse, senior center, 270-4290‌ • 11 a.m. to noon, Cookbook Club: International recipes, library, 729-1763‌ • 1 p.m., Your Financial Future seminar, senior center, 2704290‌ • 3-4 p.m., Knit club, library, 729-1763‌ • 3-6 p.m., Fitchburg Farmers Market, Agora Pavilion, 5500 E. Cheryl Parkway, 277-2592‌

‌Friday, June 28‌

• 11 a.m. to noon, 4th of July crafts (ages 2-5), library, 7291762‌ • 4-5 p.m., Build a rocket (ages 5-8), library, 729-1762‌

‌Saturday, June 29‌

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Do Re Mi a Story time (ages 2-5), library, 729-1762‌ • 2:30-4:30 p.m., Movies in Space: “Gravity” (rated PG-13), library, 729-1763‌

‌Tuesday, July 2‌

• 4-5 p.m., Out of this World buttons (ages 5-12), library, 729-1762‌

‌Wednesday, July 3‌

• 10-11 a.m., Toddler art: Fireworks (ages 1-3), library, 7291762‌ • 10:30-11:30 a.m., Financial Fitness drop-in sessions, senior center, 270-4290‌ • 7-8 p.m., Genealogy: Library resources, library, 729-1763‌

‌Thursday, July 4‌

• 10 a.m. to noon, Wellness checks with the nurse, senior center, 270-4290‌ • 3-6 p.m., Fitchburg Farmers Market, Agora Pavilion, 5500 E. Cheryl Parkway, 277-2592‌

‌Friday, July 5‌

• 11 a.m. to noon, Train Party! (ages 2-5), library, 729-1762‌

‌Saturday, July 6‌

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Start Your Engines! play activity (ages 5-12), library, 729-1762‌

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‌Monday, July 8‌

• 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., A Good Yarn book club: “Driftless” by David Rhodes, library, 7291763‌ • 4-5 p.m., Universe of STEAM (ages 5-12), library, 729-1762‌ • 6:30-7:30 p.m., Intro to Video Editing (registration required), library, 729-1763‌

‌Tuesday, July 9‌

• 9-11 a.m., Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder ($20 per person), senior center, 270-4290‌ • 2-3 p.m., Yo-yo show with Mark Hayward, library, 7291762‌

If You Go What: Concerts at McKee When: 6-9 p.m. every third Monday in June, July and August Where: McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road Info: fitchburgchamber. com

• 6:30-7:30 p.m., Adult craft evening, library, 729-1763‌

‌Wednesday, July 17‌

• 10-11 a.m., Wednesday morning book discussion: “Behind the Beautiful Forevers” by Katherine Boo, library, 729-1763‌ • 10:30-11:30 a.m., Financial Fitness drop-in sessions, senior center, 270-4290‌ • 6-7 p.m., Global snack taste test (ages 13-17), library, 7291762‌ • 7-8 p.m., Library eBooks: All-new Libby app, library, 7291763‌

‌Thursday, July 18‌

‌Wednesday, July 10‌

• 10-10:30 a.m., Toddler dance party (ages 1-3), library, 7291762‌ • 6 p.m., Family night, library, 729-1760‌ • 6-8 p.m., Adult puzzle night, library, 729-1763‌

‌Thursday, July 11‌

• 10 a.m. to noon, Wellness checks with the nurse, senior center, 270-4290‌ • 3-6 p.m., Fitchburg Farmers Market, Agora Pavilion, 5500 E. Cheryl Parkway, 277-2592‌

‌Friday, July 12‌

• 11 a.m. to noon, Book Boogie (ages 1-5), library, 729-1762‌ • 4-5 p.m., Universe of Goo (ages 9-12, registration required), library, 729-1762‌

• 10-11 a.m., STEAM power story time (ages 2-5), library, 729-1762‌ • 10 a.m. to noon, Wellness checks with the nurse, senior center, 270-4290‌ • 1-1:45 p.m., Bouncing babies story time, library, 729-1762‌ • 3-6 p.m., Fitchburg Farmers Market, Agora Pavilion, 5500 E. Cheryl Parkway, 277-2592‌ • 4-5 p.m., Unicorn party (ages 5-12), library, 729-1762‌

‌Friday, July 19‌

• 11 a.m. to noon, Music together (ages 0-5), library, 729-1762‌

‌Saturday, July 20‌

‌Saturday, July 13‌

• 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bike for Boys and Girls Club ($35 registration fee), McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road,‌ • 10:30-11:30 a.m., Space party (ages 2-5), library, 729-1762‌ • 2-4 p.m., Movies in Space: “Guardians of the Galaxy” (rated PG-13), library, 729-1763‌

‌Monday, June 15‌

• 9-11 a.m., Healthy Bowels, Healthy Bladder ($20 per person), senior center, 270-4290‌

‌Tuesday, July 16‌

• 10 a.m. to noon, Wellness checks with the nurse, senior center, 270-4290‌ • 3-6 p.m., Fitchburg Farmers Market, Agora Pavilion, 5500 E. Cheryl Parkway, 277-2592‌

• All day, Fitchburg Festival of Speed, Agora, 5500 E. Cheryl Pkwy., fitchburgfestivalofspeed. com‌ • 11 a.m. to noon, Galaxy goop (ages 5-8, registration required), library, 729-1762‌ • 4-5 p.m., Universe of STEAM (ages 5-12), library, 729-1762‌ • 6-9 p.m., Concerts at McKee, McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road,‌ • 1 p.m., Travel show, senior center, 270-4290‌

‌Tuesday, July 23‌

‌Thursday, July 25‌



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The library will host a Proceeds from the sale t h e p o l i c e s t a t i o n a n d Summer reading crafts will go toward supporting Wingra Stone will on site “train party” from 11 a.m. Celebrate the start of the summer reading program with blast off crafts from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, June 14, at the library. Children in the reading program can receive their reading folders and earn prizes for reading during the craft session. For information, call 7291762.

Fighting fraud Fraud and phone scams run rampant in today’s society, but you can learn how not to be fooled by it during a presentation at 2 p.m. Friday, June 14, at the senior center. Two speakers from the state Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection will provide information about the warning signs of a scam and what resources can be used to address elder-abuse head-on. For information, call 2704290.

Giant Jenga See how tall you can make a Jenga tower without knocking it down at the library. From 10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday, June 15, children ages 5-12 can play Giant Jenga with friends. For information, call 7291762.

DIY solar ovens Learn how to make a solar oven from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, June 15, at the library. Children ages 5-12 will make solar ovens and test them out, sunlight permitting. Anyone ages 8 or younger will need a caregiver to assist them with the creation of the solar oven. Registration is required. For information, call 72-1762.

Space camp Children ages 5-12 can suit up for an evening of “space camp” from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, June 19, at the library. The event is part of the summer reading program’s theme of “outer space.” For information, call 7291762.

Used book sale The Friends of the Fitchburg Library will hold a used book sale on Thursday, June 20, and Friday, June 21. The book sale will run from noon to 5 p.m. June 20, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. June 21.

library programming. for children of all ages to For information, visit look at. friendsoffitchburglibrary. The police department’s com. K-9 officer Drago will on site for the event, and stoYard games rytime about construction Teens can stop by the vehicles will be offered library from 3-4 p.m. Satur- indoors at the same time. For information, call 729day, June 22, for a summer barbeque and yard games 1762. on the patio. The library will offer Cookbook Club yard games like cornhole Show off your favorite and ladder toss, and hot international dish from 11 dogs. a.m. to noon Thursday, June For information, call 729- 27, at the library, with the 1762. Cookbook club. The Cookbook Club Comedy show meets once a month with Witness wacky stunts, a different theme for each gravity defying tricks and meeting. Bring a dish to juggling during a comedy share, and the recipe that show from 2-3 p.m. Tues- you made the dish from. The library will provide day, June 25, at the library. Madison-based “Truly utensils and beverages. For information, call 729Remarkable Loon” will put on a show that’s appropriate 1763. for families and children of Finance workshop all ages. For information, call 729Learn about finances and 1762. an ever-changing market during a presentation at 1 Galaxy bath bombs p.m. Thursday, June 27, at Create bath bombs that the senior center. Curt Arnold, an Edward are out of this world from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 25, Jones representative, will talk about how emotions at the library. The crafting session is can impact investment decirecommended for teenagers sions, market expectations for investors and lessons ages 13-17. For information, call 729- people can take away from our country’s economic his1762. tory. LGBTQ culture For information, call 270A p r e s e n t a t i o n o n 4290. LGBTQ culture will be held 4th of July crafts at 6 p.m. Wednesday, June C e l e b r a t e A m e r i c a ’s 26, at the senior center. Ticia Kelsey, an LGBT birthday with a crafting senior advocate with the session from 11 a.m. to LGBT Senior Alliance, will noon Friday, June 28, at the present on the words associ- library. Children ages 2-5 are ated with the queer umbrella and why they’re used, as encouraged to drop in at well as culture related to any time during the hour. For information, call 729the group. For information, call 270- 1762. 4290.

Genealogy resources Learn about the resources the library has available for tracking a person’s genealogy from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 26. The seminar will cover both the Ancestry Library and Heritage Quest software. A second session will be held at the same time on Wednesday, July 3. Registration is required. For information, call 7291763.

Touch a truck Explore the inside of first responder vehicles and public works equipment from 10 a.m. to noon Thursday, June 27, at the library. Vehicles from public works and fire departments,

to noon Friday, July 5, and librarians want children ages 2-5 to hop aboard. The train party will feature books, songs, crafts and playtime that focus on trains and build early literacy skills. Registration is required. For information, call 7291762.

Intro to video editing Learn how to edit video with FACTV staff with a workshop from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, July 8, at the library. The workshop will cover Final Cut Pro, an editing program for Apple computers, as well as the basics of editing and preparing videos for different kinds of mediums. Registration is required. For information, call 7291763.

Bowels workshop Women who suffer with b l a d d e r o r b ow e l c o n trol issues can attend a three-session workshop from 9-11 a.m. on Tuesdays July 9 and 23 and Aug. 6, at the senior center. The workshop is designed to give women the education they need to alleviate their symptoms, including simple exercises. The cost is $20. Registration is required. For information, call 2704290.

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Learn to make your own galaxy-inspired gooey slime from 4-5 p.m. Friday, July 12, at the library. The crafting session is recommended for children ages 9-12. A similar session for children ages 5-8 will be held from 11 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 13. All Build a rocket materials will be provided. Registration is required. Children ages 5-8 can For information, call 729learn how to build a rocket from 4-5 p.m. Friday, June 1762. 28, at the library. T h e r o c k e t s w i l l b e eBook app made out of typical houseWa n t t o l e a r n a b o u t hold supplies that can be the library’s eBook app? launched over and over Librarians will lead a tutoagain. rial on the library’s “Libby” For information, call 729- app from 7-8 p.m. Wednes1762. day, July 17. Registration is required. Button designing For information, call 729Design a button that is 1763. “out of this world” from 4-5 p.m. Tuesday, July 2, at the Unicorn party Join the library for a glitlibrary. The crafting session is ter-filled unicorn party from recommended for children 4-5 p.m. Thursday, July 18. The library will have ages 5-12. All materials will be provided. rainbow crafts and games For information, call 729- on hand for children ages 1762. 5-12. For information, call 729Train party 1762.

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Fitchburg Festival of Speed returns for second year KIMBERLY WETHAL

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Fitchburg’s fastest festival is back for a second year. The Fitchburg Festival of Speed will take place all-day Saturday, July 13, at the Agora Pavilion. The event will feature cycling and foot races, a larger children’s area and two bands performing at night after all the races have finished, Race Day Events project manager Lucas Molloy told the Star. The day starts at 7:30 a.m., Molloy said, with the Fitchburg Family Pharmacy 25-mile ride. Following the start of the 25-mile race, additional races such as the Donor Dash 5K, the Kids Fun Run and the USA Cycling Criterium races will take place throughout the day. “It was very well received by criterium athletes, as well as City of Fitchburg residents,” Molloy said of last year’s inaugural event. “It was really well perceived.” Registration costs for each event varies depending on the specific race, the age of the racer and the day of which the registration is completed, and can be viewed on the event’s website at The Donor Dash 5K will start at 8 a.m. that day, named for Green Bay-based journalist Andy Nelesen, who “felt strongly” about organ donation, according to the event’s website. “Andy was a man of integrity and care that was great by many measures. His final gift was his organs,” the event description stated. “Through this event, we hope we will be able to achieve a greater level of awareness in the community for the benefit of organ donation.”

What: Fitchburg Festival of Speed When: All-day, Saturday, July 13 Where: Agora Pavilion, 5511 E. Cheryl Pkwy Cost: Varies by registration Info: The criterium races, which serve as the Wisconsin Cycling Association’s State Championship tournament, will start at 10:30 a.m. and run until just before 9 p.m. Competitors will be racing on a closedloop format around the Agora Pavilion and Fitchburg Center. Molloy said that organizers expanded the Kid’s Zone this year, with bounce houses, face paintings and an appearance from the Fitchburg Fire Department. “We really pride ourselves on encompassing athletes all the way through parenthood,” he said. Children will also be able to participate in the Kid’s Fun Run, which will take place at 2:40 p.m. and consists of one loop around the Agora building. The festival also changed the genre of music played at this year’s festival, Molloy said, with a focus on alternative music, which will be performed by New Politics and Twin XL. Both concerts will be free to the public. For more information about the festival, visit fitchburgfestivalofspeed. com. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly. and follow her on Twitter @ kimberly_wethal.​

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Nesbitt-Fitchrona roads intersection to close July 8 Roundabout construction will last until October SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group

Driving on Fitchburg’s west side will get a little more complicated next month as the Nesbitt-Fitchrona roads intersection shuts down for construction of a roundabout. Construction on what is currently a four way stop is set to begin Monday, July 8, two weeks after the initially planned June 24 start date. The intersection is expected to reopen on or before Oct. 2, with the full project completed by Oct. 25, according

to a news release. The city’s suggested detour would have drivers use Maple Grove Drive, McKee Road, Seminole Hwy. and Lacy Road to get around the construction, which is being performed by the same contractor handling the Verona Road construction. Access to businesses in the area, including Bavaria Sausage and It’s Your Party, which are both on the intersection, will remain open throughout the project. The change to a roundabout is expected to reduce “significant delays and long lines of traffic during peak hours” caused as traffic volumes have increased, according to the city’s project page. “The roundabout alternative was selected because it

best improves traffic flow and is anticipated to be the safest intersection configuration,” the project page states. Some alders had initially supported a mini-roundabout, partly because of concerns of the businesses at the intersection, but were told that the full roundabout would be a longer term solution and approved it in April 2018. “We gotta do it right the first time and not do it again,” Ald. Tom Clauder (Dist. 4) said at the time. The $2 million project is being funded through the Tax Incremental District No. 6. Contact Scott Girard at and follow him on Twitter @sgirard9.

Whalen Road closure began June 10 Detour uses Mutchler, Lacy, Seminole SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group

Whalen Road closed between Seminole Hwy. and Mutchler Road beginning June 10, remaining so into early July.

Crews will resurface the road and replace the culverts during the three week period. The city’s suggested detour would have drivers use Mutchler Road, Lacy Road and Seminole Hwy. to bypass the work area. The project also includes widening the shoulders on the road used frequently by bicyclists, at a cost of $250,000. The funding was

a sticking point for some alders during last year’s budget process but was eventually approved as a one-time expenditure after a nearby section previously had the shoulders widened. Contact Scott Girard at and follow him on Twitter @sgirard9.

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Fitch-Rona EMS staff, from left, Jesus Villagomez, Jeremy Owen and Kristy Schnabel and chief Patrick Anderson received recognition at the May 14 Common Council meeting.

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Team recognized for response to gunshot incident Trio awarded ‘Pediatric Champion of the Year’ SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group

A 12 year old who accidentally shot himself in the face would likely be dead if not for the paramedic work of a team at Fitch-Rona EMS and the Barneveld Area Rescue Squad. F o r t h o s e e ff o r t s i n response to a call last year, the crews received the 2019 Wisconsin EMSC Pediatric Champions of the Year award. The three-person Fitch-Rona EMS team that responded was made of up Jeremy Owen, Jesus Villagomez and Kristy Schnabel. Deputy chief Jeff Dostalek told the Star it was a “nice recognition of the job we do,” and credited a team that had a high variance in experience – from a fulltime paramedic in Schnabel, a part-timer in Owen who also works for another ambulance company and Villagomez, an intern.

“We had this wide range of somebody that’s really experienced to somebody that’s really in the process of just starting their career,” he said. “To have them work really well together, I thought that was pretty amazing. That’s a testament to Fitch-Rona really being a good training center and being a place where people can come here and learn from experienced people.” The training they undergo, even the “little, mundane” stuff, Dostalek said, is key to being able to function in a high stress situation like the one the responders faced that day. “You just hope that the stuff you’ve put together in your career all comes back at one time to help you,” he said. “Experience saved this young man’s life.” The Common Council celebrated the recognition at its May 14 meeting, where pediatric trauma program manager Ben Ethan presented the award. “In the 15 years that I’ve done this, probably one of the most horrific cases I’ve seen,” Ethan said. “This child not only survived his

injuries, but he was awake. Not only did the EMS crew have to provide medical care, but this kid was awake and was then a scared, injured child that needed emotional support as well.” Their work allowed the staff at the American Family Children’s Hospital – more than 100 who worked with the child within the first 24 hours, Ethan said – to perform their jobs and save the child. “The uniform theme that we heard was that none of this would’ve been possible had EMS not done what they did,” Ethan said. “I can say unequivocally, without any hesitation, that the actions of the men and women that responded to the care of this child absolutely saved his life.” Dostalek said the recognition “means a lot” for the department. “It’s an honor for our crew to be part of that,” he said. Contact Scott Girard at and follow him on Twitter @sgirard9.

Jadhav, Bautista compete at national bee


For the second consecutive year a Fitchburg grade school student competed in the Scripps National Spelling Bee. Maya Jean Jadhav, 10, a fifth grade student at the Eagle Grade School in Fitchburg, was among 565 spellers who competed last week in the 92nd annual National Spelling Bee staged at the Gaylord Resort Convention Center in National Harbor, Md. She is the daughter of Terra Theim and Nitin Jadhav of Fitchburg. Joining Jadhav in the national conglomerate of spellers was Francesca Katherine Bautista, 13, a seventh grader at Edgewood Campus School in Madison. I n M a y, J a d h av a n d Bautista made it through the first and second quarter-semi-final rounds of competition excelling in the test of spelling words and vocabulary words. Jadhav was among the top 50 national

quarter-semi-finalists but did not advance further on her second attempt at the national title. Last year she tied for 42nd place. Bautista, who was the 2018 All-City Madison spelling champion, did not advance to the Wednesday semi-finals. This was the first time for Bautista, daughter of Ryndon and Shiela Bautista, of Fitchburg, competed in the national competition. Last year her older brother, Martius Isaac Bautista, competed for four consecutive years, a state record, with his highest ranking at 46th place. Francesca was able to compete this year thanks to the second annual at-large RSVBEE online entry system. It offers students who had won a local spelling bee in the last year or those who previously competed at the national level, to take an online test to qualify for the national spelling bee competition. For the second

consecutive year, eight spellers from the state took part in the national contest. Those joining Jadhav and Bautista last week were RSVBEE winners: Julianne Rose Washa, 9, of Highland; Aiden Devmina Wijeyakulasuriya, 8, of Middleton; and returning RSBEE entrants Spencer Martin Phillips, 13, of McFarland, and Kieran Ryan McKinney, 14, of West Salem, a three-time national contestant. Also competing last week were the two 2019 Badger State Spelling Bee runners-up, Immanuel Ivan Goveas, 12, of Menomonee Falls, and Aryan Thomas Kalluvila, 14, of Hubertus. Both boys advanced only through the Tuesday quarter – semi-finals on May 28. – Submitted by Chris Jensen

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The Common Council approved a rezoning at its May 28 meeting for the 8-acre property to build a three-story, 180,000 square foot building on SCOTT GIRARD Fitchrona Road. The approval was for the general Unified Newspaper Group implementation plan, the second of A 130-unit senior housing project three steps in the development process. is one step closer to breaking ground A representative for Cameron General Contractors told the council it would behind Fitchburg’s SuperTarget. be back for the final step, the specific

implementation plan, in June. The application calls for construction to begin in April 2020, with completion scheduled for April 2022. If the project opens as planned, it would be operated by Resort Lifestyle Communities, including amenities such as a library, chapel, beauty salon, recreation facilities and valet parking. The center is expected to employ 25 people, according to the application.

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June 14, 2019

Fitchburg Star

‘A phenomenal resource’ Fitchburg resident takes part in yoga event for lung cancer research

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Fitchburg resident Renee Wolfgramm is grateful she shared her mother’s lung cancer diagnosis with the right friend last year. That friend had already been invited to join the Free to Breathe yoga event in Madison benefiting the Lung Cancer Research Foundation, and suggested Wolfgramm join her given the news. As it turned out, the event and organization were “a phenomenal resource.” “It was just really incredible, the resources and the sense of community and the support that the organization provided to me and my family,” Wolfgramm told the Star. “Just learning a lot more about how lung cancer is being treated and the research required to continue to move the needle.” This year’s event begins at 8 a.m. for check in, with an opening rally at 8:45 a.m. and yoga beginning at 9 a.m.. The day will conclude at 3 p.m. It costs $50 to register, with proceeds going to the Lung Cancer Research

Foundation. There is a “Wellness Marketplace” that runs concurrent to the yoga, so any breaks can be spent shopping for different products. There will also be music and snacks available. According to the American Cancer Society, lung cancer is the second most common cancer in both men and women — about 13 percent of all new cancers overall. ACS estimates it will cause about 142,670 deaths this year, “by far the leading cause of cancer death,” its website states. Wolfgramm was unaware of how common it is, and said she “certainly didn’t think it would ever happen to my mom,” who, she added, is doing well with treatments that were not even available when she was first diagnosed. “That speaks to the power of the research that is happening,” Wolfgramm said. “There are a lot more positive outcomes than

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Oregon Middle School English teacher Pernille Ripp sat next to her daughter, Thea, on the living room couch inside their Fitchburg home as they reflected on Thea’s time as a third grader – and their recent meeting with Pink. Now age 10 and a fourth grader, Thea had been bullied the previous school year. She told the Observer, with her mother close at her side, that she was slapped, kicked, tripped, called names like “stupid bitch,” and taunted the list seemed to go on. Thea sported a camouflage T-shirt, which read “Pink” at the top and in bold font underneath “Beautiful Trauma.” On the word “Beautiful” was handwriting that read “To Thea.” The shirt had been signed by pop musician when Pernille and her daughter attended her Beautiful Trauma World Tour 2019 concert earlier this spring in Milwaukee. But the musician didn’t sign Thea’s shirt under the usual circumstances, where concert-goers buy VIP tickets to meet the artist backstage. Rather, when the two arrived to the Fiserv Forum on the evening of May 2, they were met with a surprise when Pink’s assistant came up as they sat in their assigned seats, asking if they could come with her. The musician wanted to meet them. And it was all because of a tweet Pernille posted about her daughter overcoming her struggles with

bullying, which Pink saw and eventually responded to by pulling the mother-daughter duo backstage. “When Thea was viciously bullied last year – kicked, punched, shoved and repeatedly told how ugly she was and that no one would ever love her, we played @pink song Fing Perfect over and over to drown out the bullies,” Pernille’s tweet read. “Tonight she gets to see @pink in concert and we will celebrate that the bullies did not win. Fight on, Thea.” Pernille said the meeting “was a blur.” After winding hallways and security guard after security guard, the two were finally at Pink’s dressing room. They walked inside, and Pink gave Thea a hug. Pernille recalled tearing up during that moment. Pink told Pernille’s daughter that she is beautiful no matter what and that her bullies are wrong for being mean to her. The artist also talked with Thea about how she had been bullied as a child, also dealing with some family trauma – a lot of her song lyrics reflecting that, Pernille said. Later that night after the performance, Pink tweeted a photo of her and Thea with a response. Pernille said the musician had also given a shout out to Thea during the concert. “If I got to choose to eradicate one thing in this world – it would be bullying,” Pink’s tweet read. “Bullies are cowards. Period.” The tweet went on to read that Pink’s own kid said bullies “just need hugs themselves” and that “parents should teach their children to be kind.” Pernille said Thea was bullied for no reason other than she was the “new kid” after the family moved from Sun Prairie to Fitchburg in 2017, when she started

attending Leopold Elementary School in Madison. Soon, Pernille said she and the rest of the family saw Thea turn from a joyful little girl into someone angry and scared to go to school, who couldn’t sleep at night wondering what might happen the next day. “(The bullies) would hurt me … and make me feel like a mistake and tell me I wasn’t good enough,” Thea said. “I felt really alone.” “ S h e s h o u l d n ’t h ave had that many months of incidents,” Pernille added, stroking her daughter’s head. “We were sending her into an environment where we couldn’t protect her.” But the Ripp family never wavered, Pernille said. She wasn’t going to let her daughter succumb to the pain her bullies caused her. After the Ripp family worked tirelessly with the school’s administration and the Madison School District, Thea didn’t have to deal with being mistreated anymore. She still attends the school. “We had to really step up our parenting game,” Pernille said. “You have to be really forceful.” Thea, as painful as her experiences were for her, had some words to share about what she has learned about bullies. She even invited one of her bullies to her most recent birthday party – because she “maybe she needed a friend.” Pernille recalled not liking this decision, but she was proud of her daughter for being so compassionate. She said kids have something to teach adults about having empathy for others, even when they inflict pain. “If someone says you’re a mistake, you’re not … you’re good just the way you are,” Thea said. “If someone calls you ugly, you’re really beautiful on the inside.”


June 14, 2019

Fitchburg Star


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June 6 marked the second time in a year Promega celebrated beginning construction on a major building here. But company president and CEO Bill Linton cautioned the crowd not to get too used to the festivities. “Don’t always expect that we’re going to be back here next year,” Linton told a crowd of well over 100 at the Sub Zero Parkway site. “But it does give me ideas.” The newest addition to the biotech company’s collection of Fitchburg buildings will become a 150,000 square foot component manufacturing center north of Lacy Road. The $155 million project is expected to create 25 new jobs upon completion in early 2021, and as many as 45 within a decade, according to a company media release. It joins the initial campus on East Cheryl Parkway, which includes the research and design facility now under construction. That $190 million, 270,000 square foot building is set for a 2020 opening after its groundbreaking last July. Last week, speakers from the city, Promega and contractors celebrated their motivation for being involved with the project, later tossing sticks into a giant

A fire burned on the Promega construction site as part of the groundbreaking ceremony Thursday, June 6. fire burning behind them during the speeches. As Linton threw his into the flames, fireworks were set off and colorful streamers filled the air before falling to the fresh dirt that had been prepared for

construction. Fitchburg Mayor Aaron Richardson called Promega an “ideal partner for Fitchburg” and thanked the company for continuing its expansion here.

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Thank you to the residents of District 3 who entrusted me to be your voice at City Hall the past six years. It has been a privilege serving and I am proud of the things we accomplished together. I am thankful for the friendships I have been fortunate to make along the way. I recently stepped down as your Alder for District 3, Seat 6 because my wife, Katherine and I bought a house outside of the district. We are proud to have purchased our first home as a married couple in the Wildwood Neighborhood, and we are thrilled to stay in Fitchburg and make this great community our long-term home. Even though I will no longer be on the council, I plan to stay engaged and involved in the community in different ways. I firmly believe elected leaders need to listen to constituents and be their voice when decisions are being made. With this belief, I strove to advocate for constituents and make your issues my issues at City Hall. Sometimes that put me at odds with city staff, but at the end of the day, I was elected to represent and stand by constituents. Although some may try to make local politics reflect partisan politics at the state and national level, the truth is there is nothing partisan about the work we do at the local level. Ultimately, it is about public service, empowering residents and making our community better. I encourage everyone to become involved in city government. It has been a great experience and I have learned a lot about so many different things. I really appreciated working with and on behalf of constituents and residents throughout Fitchburg. We have caring and generous citizens who volunteer their time, get involved in countless ways and give back to numerous causes. I can honestly say that while I really appreciate the amenities that make our community a great place to live, work, play and do business, it is the people I appreciate the most. Thank you for your support and friendship. I look forward to being involved in various activities and seeing the people I have gotten to know in and around the community. Best of luck to you all today and tomorrow. Sincerely, Dan


June 14, 2019

Fitchburg Star

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Construction timelines ary 2020. Last month, district superintendent Brian Busler said the building’s foundation is expected to be completed this October, with the structure set to be “substantially completed” by July 31, 2020, and the district able to occupy the building Aug. 28, a few days before the start of the 2020-21 school year.

The interview process for teachers who want to move to the new school will involve all K-6 principals, superintendent Brian Busler said last month, since all the elementary schools and Rome Corners Intermediate School will be affected by any moves.

Name that school

The first of two referendums approved last November asked for $44.9 million to build and equip the new K-6 school in Fitchburg, as well as land for that school and a future middle school, also planned to be built in Fitchburg. The second asked for $2.1 million in annual operating and maintenance expenses for the elementary school, which would open for the 2020-21 school year. According to district releases, the maximum tax impact of the first part is around $112 per year for the owner of a $200,000 home and around $132 per year starting in 2020 for the second.

Busler said last month that with the input from residents, students and staff, the naming process would likely start in August, with a decision to be made in the fall. “Majority rule is usually what carries the day,” he said.

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OSD administrators have been working with consultant Mark Roffers since April on the boundary project, with the committee set for a “boundary kickoff meeting” May 20. He said the committee, chaired by OSD deputy superintendent Leslie Bergstrom, will meet around five times during the What’s next? year, with a goal of bringing OSD communications a recommendation back to director Erika Mundinger the board in September. said residents can expect a newsletter from the district Staffing switch later this month. She said District officials would over the summer, construclike to name a principal for tion at the site will be “ongothe new school by mid-Sep- ing,” the attendance boundtember, with interviews for ary committee will continue staff positions at the school to meet, and the district will to follow. The district would kick off the naming process then post vacancies created for the school, with “all invited to participate.”

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Kids from Prairie View, Netherwood Knoll and Brooklyn Elementary schools participate in the groundbreaking ceremony for the new elementary school by making the first few digs with shovels.

School: District spent about $2.1 million on 12 acres Continued from page 1 in November, the district spent about $2.1 million for around 12 acres in the Terravessa development for the new K-6 elementary school, set to open in fall 2020, as well as $250,000 for road development. The district also spent $926,080 for around 107 acres off County Hwy. M in Fitchburg for a planned middle school. Funding for the middle school would necessitate another referendum as early as 2022, according to district projections. District superintendent Brian Busler said the The new elementary school for Oregon School District, to be located on the Terravessa June 6 groundbreaking development in Fitchburg, is on track to open in Fall 2020. ceremony was a “historical ‘This new school will help us celebration” of the begincontinue the longstanding ning of construction on the district’s fourth elementary tradition of having schools school. closely located to where “This new school will help us continue the longstudents live.’ standing tradition of having schools closely located – Brian Busler, superintendent Busler to where students live,” he wrote in an email to the Observer. T h e a p p r o x i m a t e l y efficiency features include g o a l s , a n d t h e y h a v e 130,000 square foot build- solar panels, geothermal i n c o r p o r a t e d f e a t u r e s ing will have state-of-the- heating/cooling and build- known to create relevant a r t e n e rg y e ffi c i e n c i e s ing location, strategically and empowering learning and is designed to be a placed to take advantage of opportunities, with warm and inviting classrooms, “net zero” building, which natural light. group collaboration spacStaff were also includmeans it should produce at least as much energy ed on the design team to es, small group instruction as it uses. Some energy ensure the school meets rooms, an outdoor classthe district’s educational room, three inner courtyards and a butterfly garden. WE BELIEVE IN A FAMILY Busler said support for APPROACH TO DENTAL CARE. the school project around Dr. Russ Christian and his experienced team provide complete Fitchburg has been a “posand gentle dental care for your entire family - a pleasant drive itive outpouring,” and that for exceptional, up-to-date dental care in a relaxed setting. city officials “have been and will continue to be a cosmetic options • preventitive approach supportive partner as we restoring with fillings • protecting with crowns • gum care prepare to build the eleroot canal therapy • tooth whitening • tooth removal mentary school.” dentures • evening hours • rapid-access scheduling “We are looking forward payment plans available • 24-hour emergency service to working together,” he insurance accepted & processed said. “The Fitchburg community has been connected Russell L. Christian, D.D.S. to our school district for 522 Springdale St, Mt Horeb generations. adno=80183

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Fitchburg Star

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As Fitchburg Senior Center turns 40, core programs persist KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

The Fitchburg Senior Center got its start from a group of farmers who didn’t want to be lonely. The “Fitchburg Golden Agers,” as they called themselves, banded together in early 1970 as a way of socializing with one another. Within a decade, the Town of Fitchburg created a place for them and other seniors to stay active and navigate the complexities of aging. Now, 40 years after the town officially formed the Committee on Aging, the senior center it started has grown to serve a population of around 1,200 people and an average of 185 people a day, with more than 200 volunteers, recreational programs and social work programs. The city gave the senior center a new building in 1988, at its current facility on Lacy Road in the civic campus, and it took over the senior center’s case management services from Oregon in 1992, when it was deemed a “focal point of service,” said Jill McHone, who has been Fitchburg’s senior center director since 2004. In addition to adding social services to help seniors stay in their homes, the change also allowed the Fitchburg Senior Center to receive Dane County funding for the meal program, McHone said. In 1995, it was accredited by the Wisconsin Association of Senior Centers. That same year, the senior center expanded meal services to five days a week. “I suspect the city and the director advocated that we needed the local control, as more services were needed,” she said. While providing meals and transportation are still priorities for Fitchburg Senior Center, the demand for exercise classes and social services has grown along with the population, assistant director David Hill said. Exercise programs have just “taken off” in popularity, Hill said, as well as other educational health and wellness workshops and programs. Men’s and women’s groups are still popular as well, Hill added, and are often self-supported by some of the center’s 200 volunteers. “It’s what the original format was, just sort of magnified,” he said.

Assessing needs When Fitchburg Committee on Aging was created, it got to work immediately determining what area seniors wanted. It were fortunate to have an easy way to make contact with many seniors right away. According to the March 29, 1979, edition of the Fitchburg Star, the committee announced that it

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The Fitchburg Golden Agers celebrate its ninth anniversary in March 1979 with a St. Patrick’s Day Party. That same month, the Town Board approved the start of the Committee on Aging, which polled citizens ages 55 and older during the April 3, 1979, election to see what their concerns as older residents were. would conduct interviews of citizens ages 55 and older at polling locations the following week, during the April 3 election. Its members collected information from senior residents in order to make a recommendation to the Town Board, committee member Roger Chapman told the Star at the time. “ We a r e p a r t i c u l a r l y interested in knowing what the concerns and needs of the town’s older residents are,” he said. The primary needs they identified were food and travel assistance. Recreation and enrichment programs, while not as strongly emphasized as nutrition a s s i s t a n c e a n d m o b i l ity concerns – were also brought up. In the Thursday, April 26, 1979, Star, Aging chairperson Judy Koeppl said the issue of travel was “especially significant” since those polled did not have regular access to transportation. “This was not a random poll,” she said. “The participants had to be mobile in order to get to the polling place, and as voters, they represent only one segment of the community. “The fact that the majority recognized transportation to be a serious problem for some of their peers, is an indication of how widespread the problem is.”

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Right, Friends of the Fitchburg Senior Center treasurer Bob Hillner hands a patron a breakfast plate during the Friends of the Fitchburg Senior Center pancake breakfast on Sunday, April 7.

William Stoneman, a member on the Committee on Aging, said in the May 17, 1979, edition of the Fitchburg Star the program would guarantee seniors would get at least one good meal a week. “The social aspect of the dinner is as important as the nutritional,” he said. “There are 600 people in Fitchburg over 55 … many of them have no social life at all. The noon meals will give them the opportunity to get together with other people and have a good time – to develop friendships.” Eight years later, in 1987, the senior center became a department at City Hall. McHone said that’s a short timeline for starting a city service. “In the world of governFirst services ments, 1987 isn’t really that Much of the senior center long to wait and say, ‘We’re as it’s known today began going to add this,’” she to take shape over the com- said. “It’s a budget impact for the whole city.” mittee’s first eight years. In April 1979, Betty Anderson, then an Oregon A new focus Area Senior Center workThe senior center staff er, was hired as an out- has grown as the demand reach person for Fitchburg for services has increased. senior residents. Her job Now, two social workers remained within the Ore- assist seniors in ways that gon Area Senior Center, weren’t as in-demand years McHone said, as the crucial ago. Navigating the medical case management services world has become so comstayed with Oregon. On May 31, 1979, the plicated, Hill said, that the first meals for seniors start- demand for social workers ed being held on Thursdays to help people and their at old Town Hall on Fish families have a better grasp Hatchery Road. on their health decisions

has led the senior center to make social work a key component of its services over the past 15 years. “It’s not just going into a home and asking if they want home-delivered meals,” he said. “It’s very much more complex.” Lack of family members living near seniors also makes a difference in the demand for social services, such as information, referral to other programs, advocacy and in-home visits, McHone said. When the senior center began four decades ago, McHone said, families often were together for longer, often only had one parent working and lived in tight-knit communities. Today, she added, that’s not as often the case. McHone said she feels the sense of community between her staff and the seniors is what sets them apart from other senior centers. “We always hope this is an extension of their family when they come here,” she said. “It’s like you’re coming home to people that care about you … we are their family, and that’s a really important role to play, to give somebody that purpose and that quality of life.” Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly. and follow her on Twitter @ kimberly_wethal.​

1970: A group of Fitchburg farmers form the “Fitchburg Golden Agers” group, as a way to socialize with their neighbors March 1979: The Town of Fitchburg approves a senior program, and the Committee on Aging is formed April 1979: Betty Anderson, an Oregon Senior Center employee, is hired as an outreach worker for Fitchburg residents. Her main post remains at the Oregon Senior Center, which served Fitchburg residents for years before the city took over its own services. May 1979: The once-weekly meal program begins at Town Hall January 1980: Anderson is hired as first senior activities coordinator September 1987: The senior center is created as a city department September 1988: The senior and community center building opens at the civic campus on Lacy Road. The building is renovated in 2012 to give the senior center an entrance on the lower level January 1992: Fitchburg Senior Center is officially recognized by Dane County and starts to receive funding for meal program August 1995: Fitchburg Senior Center receives accreditation from the Wisconsin Senior Center Association

Volunteers keep doors open Rarely is a program put on or a service offered at the senior center without a volunteer behind the scenes. Senior center director Jill McHone said that often, volunteers are the ones setting up the tables for lunch, calling bingo, delivering meals, driving seniors to their doctor’s appointments or running programs that enrich the lives of seniors. The Friends of the Fitchburg Senior Center is also completely volunteer run. The group fundraises money for senior center programs, provides scholarships for financially disadvantaged seniors so they can participate in center activities and has a special fund to help people pay their rent or purchase medications. “It’s pretty amazing,” McHone said. “It’s a really supportive environment with our volunteers … every day we’re touched by at least 10 volunteers who help us open our doors.”

‘A community celebration’ The Fitchburg Senior Center will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a party on Thursday, Sept. 19. Times and other details have yet to be worked out, senior center director Jill McHone said, but the band “Red Hot Horn Dawgs” has been booked for the event, and senior center staff are in the process of booking food vendors. The celebration, held during National Senior Center Month, will be free for the community to attend. “It’s just a nice way to expose the community to what we do,” McHone said.


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FACTV employee Scott Yarbrough practices bocce before the tournament between Fitchburg city hall employees and the city’s firefighters during the Festa Italia heritage festival on Friday, May 31, at McKee Farms Park.

Rowan Parker, 1, is fed a piece of a meatball by her father Dan during the Festa Italia heritage festival on Friday, May 31, at McKee Farms Park.

The Italian Workmen’s Club held its annual Festa Italia heritage festival from Friday, May 31, to Sunday, June 2, at McKee Farms Park. The festival included multiple opportunities to indulge in pasta, play bocce, learn about Italian heritage and listen to music.

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Flag Football is back for the 2019 season. We have leagues for K & 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th & 8th Grade. The fee is $65 for residents and $75 for non-residents. Each child gets an NFL team jersey. • Days/Times – Saturdays and weeknight practice • Location – McKee Farms Park • Grades – Kindergarten – 8th Grade • Fee - $65R/$75NR Explore Bowhunting encompasses outdoor skills used not only to bow hunt, but also for anyone seeking a better understanding of the natural world. Explore Bowhunting is the perfect complement to the Archery Program and Hunter Education program that we have in Wisconsin. Students will learn a variety of skills that will not only help them become better hunters but develop an overall appreciation for wildlife and nature. • Ages – 11-17 • Day/Time – Tuesdays, July 16-August 6, 9:30-11:30 a.m. • Location – Fitchburg Community Center • Fee - $80

Volleyball Clinics

This summer we are offering three different clinics to improve your game.There will be a Hitting/ Blocking Clinic, Passing/Setting Clinic, and a Serving Clinic. The participants will have numerous opportunities to participate in practice drills and enjoy skill-based games. Additionally, strength and cardio-vascular conditioning will be emphasized throughout the camp. The goal of this program is to increase the athlete’s volleyball abilities, prepare them to compete at the next level, and instill fervor for the sport. • Grades – 6th-9th • Days/Times – Tue-Thur., July 30-August 1, HB – 6 p.m., PS – 3 p.m., Serving – 4 p.m. • Location – Savanna Oaks Gym • Fee - $50 each clinic

Lacrosse Open Sessions

We will meet on the following Wednesday nights and form teams for full field games of men’s lacrosse. Meeting dates are June 19, July 10, 24, & August 7. • Ages – 14-17 Year Old Group and Adults Only Group • Days/Times – Wednesdays, 6-8 p.m., Dates (See Online) • Location – McGaw Park Lacrosse Field • Fee - $30 fee or $10 drop-in

These Monday-Thursday weekly camps have a new theme each week. The camps offered this year are Aloha Summer,Young Scientists, H2WHOA, Nature Explorers, Spy School, Discovery Days, and Best of the Best! • Ages – 6-11 years old • Days/Times – Mon-Thur., throughout the Summer, 1-4 p.m. • Location – McKee Farms Park Shelter • Fee - $50 each camp Children will have days filled with games, art, crafts, music, sports and fun! We have created an attentive, stress-free environment in which kids can try new things and meet new friends. We will come up with a new theme each week and have a blast! • Ages – 4-6 years old • Days/Times – Session 2: Mon-Fri July 15-August 7, 9:30-11:30 a.m. • Location – McKee Farms Park Shelter • Fee – $90

Tennis Lessons

This is a youth instructional tennis program designed for all abilities. Instructors are skilled college and high school tennis players. Tennis balls will be provided, however participants need to bring their own racquet • Classes – Lessons for ages 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-12, and 13-16 years old • Days/Times – Mondays and Wednesdays, July 15-August 7 • Location – McKee Farms Park Tennis Courts • Fee – $32

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Do you love football? The Rec Dept. is organizing an open flag football program for kids entering grades 1-3 and 4-6. This isn’t an organized league. There will be football skill instruction for the first part of the class, then we will play a game. New teams will be picked each week and FUN is the main objective. • Classes – 1st - 3rd Grade and 4th - 6th Grade • Days/Times – Fridays, June 21-August 2, 9:30 a.m. (1st-3rd), 10:30 a.m. (4th-6th) • Location – Tower Hill Park • Fee - $30

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Mayor includes PD addition in five-year capital plan 2019 spending down, first public hearing July 9 SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group

Mayor Aaron Richardson’s first proposed capital improvement plan would drop spending by more than $2 million from 2019 to 2020, though it includes a police station addition within the next five years. The public can weigh in on Richardson’s proposal for the 10-year planning document at the July 9 Common Council meeting. Approval of the CIP, expected in early August, does not lock the city into any spending, but it helps set a baseline for the next year’s budget proposal that follows. Richardson’s propos al recommends spending $23.2 million on 2020 projects but forecasts an annual drop through 2023: It would fall to $17.8 million in 2021, $8.6 million in 2022 and $7 million in 2023. The largest capital expenditures in 2020 would be $8.6 million for McKee Road reconstruction, $4.5 million for Fish Hatchery Road resurfacing and $1.6 million for land acquisition and planning for an addition to planning for the police station. The plan also includes $1.1 million for general street resurfacing, with amounts between $1 million and $2 million throughout the plan’s 10 years. It also includes $6.4 million in 2024 for construction on the police station addition. Last year, the proposed CIP from then-Mayor Jason Gonzalez had plans for a $25 million standalone police facility to be built in 2021-22, but alder amendments removed that from the plan and replaced it with the shorter term fix Richardson included this year. Richardson wrote in his introductory letter he wants the city to focus on the maintenance and improvement of existing equipment rather than buy new equipment and facilities. “For example, all new park shelters and a new drone program, while

CIP schedule May 20: Mayor’s proposed CIP posted to city website June 10: Finance committee presentations by department heads June 26: Committee of the Whole discussion of borrowing needs, five year financial plan July 9: Common Council public hearing July 23: Alder amendments due Aug. 5: Amendment details posted to city website Aug. 13: Public hearing, possible adoption by council worthwhile projects, are not included,” Richardson wrote, noting the exception of new pickleball courts for McGaw Park. “Even though I prioritized maintaining existing equipment, there were still several delays needed to meet the financial constraints,” he added. Richardson also identified new stormwater projects under consideration after the flooding earlier this year and last year, writing that if the CIP were adopted, an average urban single family home’s stormwater rate would increase $25 per year and a rural single family home rate would increase about $12 per year. “The timing of these projects needed to be balanced with the willingness to increase stormwater rates for these projects,” he wrote. “While a few projects were delayed to find that balance, it is important to remember that solutions to problems are also delayed.” Richardson wrote that he, city staff and the Common Council will set priorities based on needs of the community and its limited resources. “The next few years are going to be challenging,” he said. “At the end of the process, this will not be staff’s plan, the Mayor’s plan, or the Council’s plan, but a community plan.” Contact Scott Girard at and follow him on Twitter @sgirard9.

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City of Fitchburg leaders stood at the front of City Hall’s council room with a giant rainbow flag Tuesday, June 11, as Mayor Aaron Richardson read a proclamation recognizing Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer Pride Month in June. A local LGBT+ leader called it a “very historical moment” for the city. Richardson, a lifelong city resident, told the Star he looked through old meeting minutes and couldn’t find any history of the city recognizing the month before. The proclamation mentions the 50th anniversary

of the Stonewall riots and the 49th of Pride Month. “Fitchburg is dedicated to ensuring that our LGBT community and its allies have a safe and inclusive environment to celebrate diverse sexual orientations and gender identities,” Richardson said Tuesday night. The proclamation and a rainbow flag will be put on display in City Hall to let visitors know it’s a welcoming place, Richardson said. A similar demonstration at the state capital has been the source of some controversy with some Republicans expressing unhappiness with the governor’s decision to fly a pride flag. Baltazar De Anda-Santana,

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director of Orgullo Latinx LGBT+ of Dane County, also spoke during the proclamation, thanking the city for the recognition “The Latinx LGBT+ community, we are here, we are your neighbors, we are the folks that work very, very hard to make sure this city advances,” De Anda-Santana said. Human resources director Sarah Olson said the city will reach out to staff to gauge interest in creating an LGBT+ employee group and look at how to attract a diverse workforce to the city. Contact Scott Girard at and follow him on Twitter @sgirard9.

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The city completed maintenance on the Kids’ Crossing playground earlier this month at McKee Farms Park, and it’s once again open for play. The work included some repainting and staining of the wood on the playground.

Unnamed ‘catalyst’ nonprofit coming to Uptown SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group

A nonprofit medical use company could soon be coming to Fitchburg’s Uptown neighborhood. City of Fitchburg administrator Patrick Marsh told alders at the June 11 Common Council meeting the company, which has not been publicly identified, could be a “catalyst” for the Uptown development, and would

eventually “snowball” into commercial development. “It’s going to bring jobs, it’s going to bring a lot of activity in that area,” Marsh said. The comments came as the council considered allowing Green Tech Land Company, which owns land in Uptown, to sell approximately 18.2 acres of land to a tax-exempt entity. The council approved the allowance unanimously. A plan for Uptown was unveiled

2012, centered around the nearby U.S. Hwy. 14 interchange, but progress was slow the first several years. Last year, Monona-based tech manufacturing company Phoenix asked the city for tax-increment financing to build a 50,000-square-foot global headquarters and a 10,000-squarefoot neutron imaging facility there. Contact Scott Girard at and follow him on Twitter @sgirard9.

Seminole Highway Trail nearly complete Crews have been paving the bike path along Seminole Highway and are nearly finished. The $227,262 project was initially bid out in 2018 but received only one response, so the city put it out for bid again this year, and got a bid $23,000 below the engineer’s estimate for the cost. Photo by Scott Girard

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The Madison Edgewood boys golf team celebrates after winning its third straight WIAA Division 2 state championship Tuesday, June 4, at University Ridge Golf Course.

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When it comes to big prep golf tournaments, the Gilmore brothers from Madison Edgewood don’t need any home cooking. University Ridge has been like a second home for the Crusaders, who captured their third straight WIAA Division 2 state championship Tuesday, June 4. I t d i d n ’t c o m e e a s y. Edgewood had to deal with a 90-minute lightning delay that shortened the final round to nine holes instead of 18. The team also had its hands full with Minocqua Lakeland Union, winning by three strokes 464-467. James Gilmore finished tied for third with a two-day score of 2-over-par-110 for 27 holes. He sank a fivefoot putt for birdie on the 535-yard No. 9 to clinch the

Name School Score Joe Forsting Edgerton 108 Smon Cuskey Rice Lake 109 Ty Kretz Marinete 110 James Gilmore Edgewood 110 Kyle Bengtson Lakeland Union 111 Karl Gilmore Edgewood 113 Lukas Heckmann Lakeland Lutheran 116 Ethan WIlkins Lake Country Lutheran 116 Jacob Schloser Kewaskm 116 Brody Andes Edgewood 116 Kyle WIlle Edgerton 116 Ansen Nomm Lakeland Union 116

title. James, a senior who is planning to walk on to the men’s golf team at MiamiOhio, said pressure and expectations were high after he tied for fifth last year and

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came back to a senior-laden defending champion team. “We just had to try to stay within our games and don’t get too cocky,” James said. “It’s pretty easy to do if you win a lot. You just have to

stay humble and really lock in on your game, because those guys from Minoqua are really good players.” Karl Gilmore shot a twoday score of 5-over-par 113 to finish sixth. Senior Brody Andes finished in a sixway tie for seventh (116), and sophomore Ethan Arndt carded a 125 to tie for 28th. “It was a great win,” coach Joe Ring said. “We had three guys who had never played in the state tournament before. You never quite know how they will respond or react. When play resumed after the lightning delay, James was disappointed the final round was being shifted to nine holes. “I always like playing the back nine,” he said. “I just accepted the challenge.” He talked with his brother Karl before heading back

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Panthers high-fiving to state MARK NESBITT

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After surviving Sauk What: WIAA Division 2 Prairie on Saturday, June state semifinal Oregon 8, junior Brooklyn Kane (16-0-1) vs. Brookfield hugged her teammates to East (8-12-1) celebrate a return trip to state. When: 7 p.m. Thursday As a defender, it was Where: Uhilen Soccer Kane’s goal on a headPark, Milwaukee er off a corner kick in the 61st minute that gave the Panthers the only score they would need in a 1-0 qualified for state. The win marked the victory in the WIAA DiviPhoto by Mark Nesbitt sion 2 sectional champi- 14th shutout this season onship game. It marks the for the Panthers, who are The Oregon girls soccer team celebrates wining a WIAA Division 2 sectional title 1-0 over Sauk Prairie on Saturday, June fifth straight year Oregon Turn to Soccer/Page 3 8, to earn fifth straight trip to state.

When Jackson Acker attended the UW-Madison football camp for the first time, i t c o u l d n ’t have gone any better if he had scripted it. Acker, a 6 foot, 1 inch, Acker 215-pound sophomore running back from Verona, received a scholarship offer Sunday, June 9, and verbally committed to play football for the Badgers. He is the second recruit in the Class of 2021 to accept an offer from the Badgers, joining offensive tackle JP Benzschawel of Grafton. Acker said he found out the news in a meeting with UW coach Paul Chryst in his office along with his mother, who is a nurse at UW Hospital and Clinics and attended UW-Madison herself. “I couldn’t believe it at first, knowing how young I am and how much time I have until college,” Acker said. Acker rushed for 528 yards and had seven t o u c h d ow n s l a s t s e a son for a Verona football team that finished 7-3 and displayed his ability as a receiver, with 15 receptions for 152 yards. Acker also is coming off a WIAA Division 1 state runner-up finish in the discus (171 feet, 5 inches).

Acker File Position: Running back Height: 6-1 Weight: 215 40-yard dash time: 4.6 2018 stats: 528 Rush yards, 7 TDs

He was also drawing recruiting interest from Iowa and Illinois. “I grew up here,” Acker said. “It just feels like the right place.” At the Badger football camp, it was a blend o f A c ke r ’s s p e e d a n d strength that stood out. He went through a series of skills tests, running the 40-yard dash in 4.6 seconds and doing 16 reps at 185-pounds on the bench press. Acker also went through football drills with UW running backs coach John Settle. “I didn’t know if there would be an opportunity,” Acker said. “They must have liked what they saw.” After finding out the news Sunday, Acker still had three more days at Verona Area High School as a sophomore. Acker now plans on getting stronger this summer. “I just need to get in the weight room,” he said. “Knowing that now I’m going to be a college athlete, I need to live up to that.”

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Horvath to throw hammer at Iowa State MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Madison West senior Patrick Horvarth will join the Iowa State track and field team in an event he never competed in during his prep career with the Regents. Horvath will attend Iowa State to compete in the hammer throw, one of the four throwing events in college track and field competitions, along with the discus, shot put and javelin. He said getting to compete in college is great for his competitive drive and that Iowa State was the best fit because of the coaching staff and the other throwers. “It’s really exciting,” Horvath said. “Iowa State is a really solid program.” Unlike the tool used for construction projects,

this hammer consists of a 16-pound metal ball attached to a steel wire to grip. Horvath tried the hammer throw last summer with the Madison Throws Club offered by Madison Memorial assistant track coach Joe Frontier, and found he had a knack for the event. “Right off the bat, I noticed it came pretty naturally to me than other people,” he said. “It was an event I always wanted to try out.” Horvath said he’ll probably redshirt his first season to get the technique down. He was a WIAA Division 1 state qualifier in the shot put and finished 13th with a throw of 50 feet, 2 1/4 inches Saturday, June 1, in La Crosse. “It’s harder to control and you are moving so much faster,” Horvath said of the hammer compared to the shot put.


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Acker shines for silver MARK NESBITT

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Verona sophomore Jackson Acker has been envisioning a future as a football player at the University of Wisconsin, but after surging to a silver medal in the discus, he might have also secured one in track and field at the next level. Acker unleashed a throw of 171 feet, 5 inches on his final attempt to shoot from the fifth seed to the state runner-up at the WIAA Division 1 state meet Friday, May 31. Fond du Lac senior Andrew Stone repeated as the state champion with a throw of 189-7. Acker got off to a rocky start at the state meet at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Veterans Memorial Stadium. He scratched on his first two throws in the preliminaries before getting a throw past 150 feet to reach the finals. “It felt good, but it was scary because I scratched my first two throws and I needed a good third throw to make the finals,” Acker said. “I knew it was going to take a lot, but I knew it was something I could do.” It was one of three medals for the Wildcats. Senior Max Herkert, who verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to become a decathlete, tied for sixth in the pole vault Friday, matching his school record (14-6), and the 4x200-meter relay team ran to a fifth-place finish Saturday. The Wildcats finished 15th at state with 16.5 points.

Discus and shot Acker again scratched on his first discus throw in the finals before exceeding several other competitors on his final throw.

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Sophomore Jackson Acker finished second in the discus with a throw of 171 feet, 5 inches at the WIAA Division 1 state meet on Friday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Veterans Memorial Stadium. “A lot of people who had thrown found the circle slippery,” he said. “It was something we had to adapt to.” Acker said at the start of the season his goal was 1500. He had his best throw at the Big Eight Conference meet, when he surpassed 191-0. “I honestly didn’t think I would end up much farther than that,” he said. “My coach thought that was so funny. It’s just amazing to see how far I’ve come, and to take second in state is just an amazing experience.” Acker added a ninth-place finish in the shot put (52-4). It was 2 1/2 inches away from a PR.

Pole vault With the pole vault bar wobbling, Herkert cleared 14-6 on his final attempt to tie for sixth. He missed at 15-0. Oconomowoc senior Maxwell Meyer won the title at 15-3. West Bend West senior Eli Tranel also cleared 15-3 and finished second based on misses. “It was a super competitive competition,” Herkert said. “It’s unheard of that seven people went 14-6. That’s just insane. I had a chance to PR.”

4x200 relay and 200 Sophomore Graham Stier didn’t know whether he would run in the 4x200 relay at state until late in the week. Stier got the call in place of Acker, who was competing at state in the discus and shot put, and made the most of his opportunity. The Wildcats’ 800 team of seniors Mason Jordan and Jayden Joe-Wright, freshman Javon Presley and Stier finished fifth with a time of 1 minute, 29.21 seconds Saturday. “We had a good week of practice, and I found out I was going to be running the prelims and there was a chance I would be running the finals,” Stier said. “I just wanted to come out here and get it done for the team. I had to step up, and I thought we did that today.” The Wildcats entered the finals seeded seventh. “We all knew we had it in us,” Joe-Wright said of the 800 relay. “We were just saying beat your seed like last year. It’s a real special feeling to go out with a medal.” The Wildcats were seeded fifth in the 4x400 relay last

year and finished fifth. Presley said Jordan and Joe-Wright are inspirations on and off the track. “Everyone was focused,” he said. “We came in with a razor-sharp mentality.” It marked Jordan’s second time at state. He was a state qualifier in the 400 last year. “There is no greater feeling than this,” Jordan said. “I’m happy I got to compete again.” Jordan said the team spent the past couple of weeks working on hand offs because the order was changed up several times during the season.” Joe-Wright took eighth in the 200 (22.21), .09 seconds away from medaling. He qualified for the finals by taking ninth in the prelims.

High jump It appeared early in the high jump competition the Wildcats could add two more medals to their total. Senior Jatavion Hawkins cleared 6 feet and 6-2 on his first attempt. He made 6-4 on his final try. Herkert enjoyed similar success in the early going, clearing 6-0 on his first attempt. He missed his first attempt at 6-2 before clearing it on his second jump. But Herkert couldn’t match his lifetime-best jump of 6-6 set last week at sectionals and finished eighth. Hawkins also cleared 6-4 to finish ninth based on misses. “I knew people would be PRing because it’s the state meet,” Herkert said. “It’s the state meet and you have to PR. I knew I could have gone higher. It’s a little disappointing.”

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Senior Will Tennison hits a winner against Sun Prairie senior Aidan Schutter at the WIAA Division 1 individual state tennis tournament. Tennison won the match to finish third.

Tennison finishes career third at state JEREMY JONES Sports editor

Senior Will Tennison spent the last four years accomplishing things no one else in the history of Verona boys tennis has come close to doing. Last weekend, however, there was something not even the most decorated player in school history could do – bring home a state title. The top seed at the WIAA Division 1 individual state tournament each of the past two years, Tennison ran into trouble last season with his shoulder and groin injuries. Healthy by all accounts last week, Tennison was unable to find his best tennis when he needed it most over the three-day tournament (March 30-June 1) inside Nielsen Tennis Stadium. In a match that by all accounts looked more like a championship bout than a semifinal, Tennison lost for the first time this season 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to Green Bay Southwest senior Johnny Zakowski. He then defeated sixth-seeded Aidan Schutter, a senior from Sun Prairie, to finish third. Fellow senior Kevin Fan was also playing at state and suffered some bad luck, losing in the first round for the second straight year. Tennison, a Marquette U n ive r s i t y r e c r u i t , p u t

together enough points to finish a personal-best third place at state, ending the season 26-1. He is the only boy in program history to make it to the final eight, doing it in all four years of his prep career. He finished sixth as a freshman, fourth as a sophomore and withdrew in the round of eight due to injury last season. “I’m definitely disappointed,” Tennison said. “You’re always disappointed when you don’t win or achieve a goal, but I’m looking forward to what’s coming up for me at Marquette.” Tennison will room with DePere senior Nathan Balthazor as teammates at Marquette in the fall. Balthazor was seeded second at state but lost the championship match 7-5, 6-3 to Zakowski, the tournament’s fourth seed. “I think we’re both going to be working extremely hard in the offseason just to get ready and to be better players,” Tennison said.

Semifinals Tennison was unable to find his first serve consistently all tournament, and in the semifinal, he resorted to using his second serve all match against the player with the biggest first serve in the tournament.

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Joel Zimba’s interest in being an athletic director goes back to his days playing high school sports as a senior at Madison West. “I think that was really when I started to understand that there was someone that put together an athletic program,” he said. “I love coaching, and I love playing sports, b u t j u s t Zimba the logistics that go behind games and events, has always been something that intrigues me.” The Mozambique native, who turns 31 in August, will get his chance to put his own stamp on Verona Area High School after

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Fan falls in first round Senior Kevin Fan (17-7) made his second appearance atstate, but cramping once again slowed his momentum. He lost in the first round for the second straight year Thursday, May 30. A year ago, Fan was a special qualifier but lost his first match of the year at state in straight sets. This time, he won a sectional title to qualify automatically, and he looked to carry that momentum into the first round. Fan took the first set with ease against Kettle Moraine junior Peter Wawrzyn (16-9), but the cramping he’d experienced at the Nielsen Tennis Center during the Big Eight Conference tournament came up again Thursday, and he lost 1-6, 6-3, 10-5. After a back-and-forth match early on in the second set, Wawrzyn got a break and held serve to take advantage with a 4-3 lead before Fan began noticeably wincing in pain. He tried to roll out his arm during the changeover but lost the set. Having split sets, Fan took a medical timeout before heading into a 10-point tiebreaker – first round matches at state don’t play a full third set. Fan did his best to fight through the pain when he stepped back onto the court, pulling even with a backhand winner to set the score at 4-4. A couple of errors by Fan gave Wawrzyn all the momentum he would need, hitting a drop shot, overhead put away at the net and a slice to the left corner put the match out of reach.

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Oregon girls lacrosse

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Oregon boys state track

Oregon wins inaugural championship JEREMY JONES Sports editor

Senior Lauren Rieder and freshman Shannon Gibbons may be on opposite ends of their prep lacrosse careers but the girls will forever before linked by one thing. Each starred on a team that jelled to win the inaugural Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation Lacrosse Invitational championship. They defeated Westside 14-9 at Schneider Stadium on the Carroll University campus in Waukesha. This season marked the first time that the Wisconsin Lacrosse Federation decided on a state championship and a state invitational bracket for both boys and girls lacrosse. All the teams were split into two brackets, with the top 16 playing for the state championship and the remainder battling to play in the state invitational championship. “The number of girls and boys lacrosse programs are growing, and there is a large gap between new and emerging teams and well established programs,” coach Josh Klein said. “I feel this was a good decision by the WLF. It encourages all teams to play in the games, and it gives new and emerging programs a

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Senior Autumn Copus scores one of her two goals Friday, June 7, to help Oregon win the Wisconsin State Championship Invitational at Carroll University in Waukesha. chance to experience bracket play without the David vs. Goliath aspect.” Rieder struck first for O r e g o n , b u t We s t s i d e freshman Sophie Gebhardt answered with three straight goals five minutes apart to give Westside a 3-1 lead early. T h e Pa n t h e r s p r ove d capable of their own quickstrike offense, as senior Autumn Copus, junior Ellie Tomczyk and Gibbons scored 28 seconds apart to put Oregon up 4-3. It was a lead the team would never relinquish, as a goal by junior Emma Wollangk and

two more by Rieder and Gibbons pushed Oregon’s lead to 8-4 at halftime. Westside (10-5 overall, 5-4 conference) had beaten Oregon 19-11 during the regular season, a game in which the Panthers were down five starters. Madison West senior Haley Meskin had six goals and an assist in that game, but she did not play Friday, as she was on a college visit. Freshman Daryn O’Malley scored her first goal with 16 minutes remaining in the second half for a 10-7 lead. Goals by sophomore Payton Urfer, Copus and

Wollangk extended the lead to 13-8 with a little more than 8 minutes remaining. Klein called the team, “the best mental conditioned team,” he has ever coached and said the girls were “a total team.” “While we don’t pay much attention to the scoreboard, we do feel winning is important,” Klein said. “But helping form young athletes into young, productive, employable adults is more important. Winning is a byproduct of a highly functional total team philosophy.”

Junior Matt Kissling cheers on freshman Yordanos Zeliniski after handing the baton to him on the final leg of the 4x400 relay. The Panthers finished seventh in the WIAA Division 1 state meet in the event with a time of 3 minutes, 26.45 seconds.

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Rerun knocks Panthers’ 1,600 relay off the podium‌

second or less away from reaching the podium at UW-La Crosse’s Veterans Memorial Stadium. Junior Matt Kissling couldn’t help but sprint onto the track to give freshman Yordanos Zeliniski a hug after the boys’ 4x400-meter relay. Zelinski was busy staring at the electronic jumbotron to see the Panthers’ time in what appeared like a fifth-place finish and a spot on the podium Saturday.

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It was a weekend of near misses in a push to win medals for the Oregon boys track team at the WIAA Division 1 state meet Friday, May 31 and Saturday, June 1 in La Crosse. Two sprint relay teams for the Panthers were one

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Soccer: Kane scores three of the Panthers’ six goals in two Division 2 sectional games has to keep putting shots on goal and make sure they are finishing opportunities. “We may not get that many opportunities,” he said.

undefeated this season at 16-0-1. Oregon, ranked second in the Division 2 Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association state poll and state runners-up last year, are second-seeded and will play third-seeded Brookfield East in a state semifinal at 7 p.m. Thursday at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. “We really wanted it, and they (Sauk Prairie) were really tough competition,” Kane said. “We really needed a lucky one (goal). I’m just glad Emma Halverson was there to get it with me. “I’m really happy I could do it for my team. Just knowing we did it and it was my header goal, I’m really excited about that.” The Panthers got a shot to return to state after defeating DeForest 5-2 in a Division 2 sectional semifinal Thursday, June 6, at Huntoon Field.

Oregon 1, Sauk Prairie 0 Oregon outshot Sauk Prairie 9-1, but it was a defensive battle, as the Panthers and Eagles played to a scoreless tie in the first half. The Panthers had three shots on goal in the first four minutes of the second half. Senior Katie Eislele had a shot sail over the top of the cross bar. It all changed when Kane scored her third goal in two games on a header off a corner kick by Halverson in the 62nd minute. It marked Kane’s 10th goal this season.

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Oregon junior Brooklyn Kane looks to score after getting her shoulder on a corner kick in the second half of the Panthers’ 5-2 win over DeForest in a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal Thursday, June 6, in Oregon. Sauk Prairie goalkeeper Bridget Fabian made a diving save of junior forward Avary Fanning’s shot in the 59th minute. The Panthers used a faster tempo in the second half. “We got away from it in the first half, which is why we didn’t have as many opportunities in the first half,” coach Nelson Brownell said. “We were just trying to do what we have been doing all season. They didn’t have a whole lot of subs. With the way we play and sub we were able to take advantage of that.” It appeared that Fanning had scored in the 76th minute to give the Panthers a two-goal lead. The goal was

wiped out because of an offsides call. Sauk Prairie had two golden opportunities in the 83rd minute, including one shot that went over the crossbar. “I think we all wanted it so bad to go back again for the seniors and everyone,” Fanning said. Brownell said Fabain

played fantastic in goal for Sauk Prairie. “We kept putting pressure on and taking shots,” he said. “The thing about this team is we are not going to let things get to us. We are going to continue to attack and put balls on frame.” Oregon junior goalkeeper Melia Moyer had one save. Brownell said the team

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Kane has a knack for being in the right spot at the right time on corner kicks. Kane used her leaping ability to score two goals on headers to lead Oregon to a 5-2 win over DeForest in a WIAA Division 2 sectional semifinal Thursday at Huntoon Field. “Honestly, I’m so excited for all of the seniors, especially (coach Brownell) because it’s his last year with us,” Kane said. “We really want to win it (state title) for him and the seniors” Brownell is moving to Washington in July for a new job. Three of the Panthers’ five goals against DeForest were scored off corner kicks. “Sydney McKee and me work really well in the box,” Kane said. “It’s always us two trying to get our head on the ball or a volley.” Kane credited senior

Emma Halverson and junior Hanna Rohrer for serving good corner kicks. Kane said if it wasn’t for Halverson and Rohrer, the Panthers wouldn’t score off corner kicks. The Panthers led 1-0 at the 50-minute mark, when the teams began picking up momentum, adding five goals in around three minutes. Senior midfielder Maddy Swartzmiller scored on a penalty kick in the 50th minute to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead. Moments later, Kane had her first goal on a header off a corner kick by Halverson to extend the Panthers’ lead to 3-0. A minute later, the Norskies scored. Kane scored her second goal on a header to give the Panthers a 4-2 lead. DeForest’s Mandy Fitzgerald scored 30 seconds later to slice Oregon’s lead to two goals with 11 minutes left. Junior forward Ashley Hanson added a goal on an assist by Fanning in the 81st minute. The Panthers got on the board first with Anna Rohrer scoring on a corner kick at 11:47.

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Edgewood girls soccer

Edgewood aims for gold at state MARK NESBITT

Edgewood 8, Lodi 1

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The Madison Edgewood girls soccer team rolls into the WIAA Division 3 state tournament riding a sixgame winning streak. Edgewood (17-2-2) received a second seed and was scheduled to play third-seeded Notre Dame in a WIAA Division 3 state semifinal on Thursday, June 13 at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. Notre Dame is the defending state champion and is making its fourth state appearance in five years. I t ’s t h e s e c o n d s t a t e appearance for Crusaders in the past three years. Edgewood won state championships in 2009 and 2011, both in Division 2. Edgewood edged Sugar River in a Division 3 sectional championship Saturday, June 8, to reach state. The Crusaders enter the state tournament averaging 4.86 goals per game. The one-two scoring punch of sophomore forward Hailey Rothwell (26 goals and 10 assists) and senior midfielder Jordyn Rothwell (22 goals,eight assists) have provided the firepower. In 17 games, senior midfielder and defender Madeline Cruz, a University of Wisconsin commit,

Edgewood senior forwa r d E l l i e Tr u d g e o n scored three goals to lead the Crusaders to an 8-1 win over Lodi Saturday, June 1, in a Division 3 regional final in Madison. The Crusaders scored five goals in the first half to cruise to the victory. Hailey Rothwell scored first on an assist by senior Madison Demorett at 2 minutes, 47 seconds. About four minutes later, Trudgeon scored her first goal on a pass by Hailey Rothwell to give the Crusaders a 2-0 lead. Hailey Rothwell had two goals and two assists. The Crusaders also got goals from senior midfielder Jordyn Rothwelll, freshman Ella Johnson and junior Lizzie Drake.

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Madison Edgewood senior Madeline Cruz pushes the ball up the field in a game against Oregon earlier this year. Edgewood made a run to the WIAA Division 3 state tournament. has 12 goals and 14 assists. Raiders on Saturday. E d g e w o o d ’s d e f e n s e Edgewood 1, held the Sugar River RaidSugar River 0 ers to one shot and none on Cruz scored a goal with goal. Cruz scored her goal 1 minute, 13 seconds on an assist from Hailey remaining before halftime Rothwell. Both were honto propel the host Cruorable mention All-State saders to a 1-0 sectional players last year. championship win over the

Golf: Gilmore brothers finish in top seven Continued from page 1 out on the course after the lightning delay. We told ourselves to lock in and focus because the team really relied on us,” James said. “I’m glad to beat him, and he’s been playing really solid. Playing with him and winning the state championship was even more special.” James birdied on No. 6, while Minoqua’s No. 1 player had a triple bogey – a four-shot swing. “I think that won us the tournament in my eyes because we ended up winning by three,” he said. James sunk a 40-foot shot for birdie on No. 6. He settled for bogeys on Nos. 7 and 8. Karl, who was the No. 5 golfer for the Crusaders last season, emerged as one of the Badger South Conference’s top players. Karl had an eagle on No. 6. He was looking forward to a full round of 18 holes. “I was a little bit bummed out because it’s always nice to finish the round on 18,” he said. “Then, I was also thinking it doesn’t matter how many holes we play if we can get this thing done. I grinded as hard as I could and hit the best shots I could.” Karl scored in the 70s three times in tournaments last year. He has scored in

I t ’s t h e s e c o n d t i m e this season the Crusaders have defeated the Raiders. Edgewood shut out Sugar River 2-0 on March 29.

to knock off the Vikings in a low-scoring, 4-0 battle on Thursday, June 6, in Madison. Jordyn Rothwell scored the go-ahead goal in the Edgewood 4, 79th minute off an assist Mount Horeb 0 from sophomore Brialle The host Crusaders cap- Hanson. italized on a late turnover

Jordyn Rothwell scored three goals as the Crusaders rolled to a 14-0 win over Arcadia in a Division 3 regional semifinal Thursday, May 30, in Madison. Edgewood exploded for 11 first-half goals and Arcadia didn’t have a shot on goal in the game. Hailey Rothwell had two goals and two assists and Shannon Watson added one goal and an assist.

Edgewood boys tennis

Sviatoslavsky finishes second at state JEREMY JONES ​Sports editor

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Madison Edgewood senior James Gilmore tees off on No. 10 in the first round of the WIAA Division 2 state tournament at University Ridge on Monday, June 3. the 70s his last nine tournaments this season. He couldn’t envision a better way to end his junior year and send his brother to college. “It means a lot,” Karl said of being part of another state title with his older brother. “I had to step up a lot because I was the No. 5 guy last year.”

First round Brothers James and Karl Gilmore shot a 1-over-par 73 in the first round as the Crusaders totaled a 305 and led Minocqua Lakeland by one stroke.

James got off to a tough start with a double bogey on No. 10. He rebounded, shooting a 2-under-par 34 on the front nine. Karl posted four birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey on No. 10. Andes carded a 77 and Arndt finished with an 82. Edgerton’s Joe Forsting was the individual state champion, shooting a 41 after putting up a 5-underpar 67 on Monday. Forsting finished at an even 108, one shot ahead of runner-up Simon Cuskey of Rice Lake.

The Madison Edgewood boys tennis team had a streak of 15 state trips to the WIAA Division 2 team state snapped by Catholic Memorial this postseason. The Crusaders won state in 2018 and 2016 and finished runner-up in 2017, 2015, 2014, 2011, 2009, 2007, 2006 and 2004. Edgewood lost in the semifinals in 2013, 2012, 2010, 2008 and 2005. Edgewood, which fell two points shy of qualifying for state, 48-46, qualified three singles players and one doubles team to individual state tennis tournament at Nielsen Tennis Stadium on May 30-June 1.

Individual state Sophomore Alex Sviatoslavsky (22-5) earned the second seed for the WIAA Division 2 individual state tournament and played way to a runner-up finish. Sviatoslavsky earned a first-round bye and then Photo by Jeremy Jones rolled 6-2, 6-3 and 6-2, Madison Edgewood sophomore Alex Sviatoslavsky returns a 6-0 to reach the final four. shot during his semifinal match at the WIAA Division 2 Turn to Crusaders/Page 5 individual state tennis meet. He finished runner-up.

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Zimba: Mozambique native excited to start Continued from page 2 being hired as the district’s new athletic director earlier this month. He takes over for Mark Kryka, who is stepping down after 31 years. The school will get an entirely new set of facilities in the fall of 2020, after voters approved a $182 million referendum in 2017. The district later added an $8 million package of enhancements that includes artificial turf on the football and soccer fields and a warm-water pool to complement its competition pool. Zimba told the Press last Thursday, he never imagined landing a job in a district building a new high school and athletic facilities. “I’ve always stayed motivated and thought, if I stayed true to myself an opportunity would come,” he said. “I’m just fortunate enough God pleased me with this opportunity when he did. “Now it’s just about stepping in here and proving that they made the right decision.” Zimba has a master’s degree in sports administration from Valparaiso (Ind.) University, where he later served as director of basketball operations. He has spent the past two weeks shadowing Kryka and officially takes over the position on July 8. “I think there is a lot you may not expect,” he said. “You may know the basic framework of what an athletic director does, but I think it’s a lot like the other roles I’ve had, you can put as much as you want on paper but every day is different.” Ultimately, his position is about helping coaches and student-athletes being successful and not wins and losses. “I want these coaches and students to feel like they have the resources and support they need to achieve their team and individual goals,” he said. “My coaches’ success is defined by their ability to lead their student-athletes to achieve their goals, graduate from VAHS, go on to graduate from college and/or have success in their future careers, and give back to their communities.”

Back to his roots Zimba has lived in America most of his life, but he spent three years in his African homeland during high school. Born in Maputo, Mozambique, his family left during a civil war when he was 2 and chose the Madison area for its health care and educational facilities. His sister was born with spina bifida, a genetic neurological defect that can limit motor control, and his mother wanted to pursue a doctorate degree. “I’m glad that we picked Madison, because it’s been a true home since,” he said. During Zimba’s freshman year, his father asked him to return to Mozambique. “My dad really wanted me to really dive into where I was from, a different culture and really be challenged,” he said. “I didn’t really want to go, but I thank my dad now. A lot of the person I am today when it comes to perseverance is because of him.”

Even though Zimba said he would complain, his father never let that change his mindset about the young man he wanted his son to become. “He’d say, ‘I understand that this is tough but there will come a day you will look back on this and cherish the time you had,” Zimba recounted. “He’d let me pout but he’d tell me that isn’t going to change you being here, so you might as well make the best out of it.” A soccer player growing up, Zimba decided to try to football when he returned and enrolled at Madison West High School. “I had always wanted to come back and experience the American athletics that I grew up loving so much,” he said. “And reconnect with my friends.”

Administration path Zimba’s career path toward being an athletic director started in earnest in graduate school. After earning an undergraduate degree in intergroup relations, part of UW-Madison’s Afro-American Studies program, he went to Valparaiso University to get his master’s degree. He interned with the men’s basketball team as a graduate manager for one year and was promoted to director of basketball operations. He managed day-to-day operations for the team, including its budget, travel itineraries, camps, recruiting visits, gear and overseeing the managerial team and player academics. The Crusaders won 69 games during his three years there, including a school-record 30 wins in 2015-16 and two regular season Horizon League championships. But his job got much more difficult when the team moved to the Missouri Valley Conference during his final year. “It was tough,” Zimba said. “I always say, it’s easy to win, but you learn the most about yourself and the people around when you hit struggles. It was a big challenge, but it really molded not only me, but also the team in the people we are today.” Zimba then moved to the university’s administration to gain fund raising experience, serving as associate director for Annual Giving at Valparaiso University. “A lot of the fundraising at the high school level is done by the boosters club; however, my role is to ensure that these booster clubs have my backing during their fundraising efforts,” Zimba said. “Initially, all fundraising initiatives are signed off by the AD.” Zimba will have a year at VAHS before taking on a new set of challenges as athletic director of a new high school that’s almost twice as big as the existing one. “A year from now, it’s almost going to be like starting over again,” he said. But he is eager to have the flexibility it will bring in terms of scheduling for each team. “It will be a learning curve,” he said. “But I think it will really simplify everyone’s jobs and obviously the students are going to love it, too, and that’s the most important part.”

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Continued from page 2 “Even on this final day, I couldn’t get it there,” Tennison said. “The more double faults you hit, the worse you are mentally. It takes a toll on you.” Compounding matters was Zakowski’s court coverage. Zakowski, who took fifth last season, played like a man possessed and rarely missed. Dictating points, Zakowski mixed up his shots, got to the net and forced Tennison to uncharacteristically spray balls all around the court. Tennison changed the momentum a little in the second set as Zakowski started to miss a few shots. But whatever Tennison had going didn’t last in the third, as Zakowski jumped out to a 4-1 lead. Tennison fought off match point to pull within a game at 5-4, but Zakowski held serve when it mattered most and rallied from a 30-0 deficit to take the final game with an overhead at the net. Zakowski was a bit of an unknown all season as the only player in the top four at state Tennison hadn’t faced this year. The seniors weren’t without a bit of history, though. Tennison was supposed to play Zakowski in the consolation bracket for a chance at fifth place last year but had to withdraw due to injury. He came back a week later at team state and defeated Zakowski 7-5, 0-6, 6-2 to give Verona a 4-3 win over Green Bay

Third-place match The loss to Zakowski set up a thirdplace match with Schutter, who had never beaten Tennison in seven previous attempts. Coming off an emotional and physically draining three-set loss, Tennison came out hitting everything as hard as he could before tiring late, grinding out a 7-6 (3), 2-6, 7-5 win after a two-hour break. “That was definitely one of my tougher matches of the season,” Tennison said. “I was running on fumes at the end. I was just trying to channel every ounce of energy I had into winning.” To come back and finish third after a tough loss in the semifinals and win a third-place match in a second straight three setter, showed Tennison’s grit, coach Rick Engen said. “He knew he had to come back and play, and I told him, ‘I love you no matter what, but I know you’re a winner. You don’t go out losing your last match.’”

Quarterfinals Eighth-seeded Menomonee Falls senior Alex Budde (27-6) and his first serve were all that stood between Tennison and second trip to the quarterfinals. Tennison took control of play and won 6-3, 6-4. “There are so many tough players in

this tournament,” Tennison said. “Being one of the last four players is a remarkable accomplishment.” Each took turns breaking the other’s serve in the first two games before Tennison rattled off four straight games to go up 5-1. Up 5-4 in the second set and leading 30-15, Tennison sprinted to a Budde drop shot and hit a sliding passing shot to set up match point. Budde sliced a return into the net to give the match to Tennison on the next point. “Alex is a really good player and he has a big serve, so it’s always important to hold your serve, which I’ve been struggling with so far this tournament,” he said.

Third round Friday morning’s third round match in the round of 16 provided little real challenge to Tennison. Able to put a little more pace on the ball, Tennison cruised against 16th-seeded Sam Rechek (22-11) of Eau Claire Memorial, winning 6-1, 6-2.

Second round Tennison drew a first-round bye as a top seed and faced a Whitefish Bay senior Grey Waedekin (22-7) in the second round for the second straight year. A pusher with a big, looping forehand, Waedekin frustrated Tennison enough to get six games off the top seed in a 6-2, 6-4 loss.

Track: Panthers’ 800 relay takes seventh after setting record Continued from page 3 An hour later, that medal was gone. A m e e t o ffi c i a l a n d appeal committee met with every coach before ruling teams could run the race again because of a disqualification on Neenah when runners collided on the final hand off. The Panthers’ team of senior Ian Ganshert, senior Carter Hendrickson, Kissling and Zelinski opted to keep its time of 3 minutes, 26.45 seconds and not run the race again. It was just off the Panthers’ season-best time they ran in the preliminaries on Friday of 3:23.85. Both Bay Port and Appleton North ran faster times in the rerun, bumping Oregon from fifth to seventh and causing it to miss a medal by 1.02 seconds. “We knew it was a risk not to run the race again,” Hendrickson said. Hendrickson took the stunning result in stride despite it being his final chance to medal at state. “It’s upsetting and sad,” Hendrickson said. “We

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Oregon senior Carter Hendrickson completes a hand off to junior Matt Kissling in the 4x400-meter relay at the WIAA Division 1 state track meet on Saturday at UW-La Crosse. The Panthers finished seventh in the race with a time of 3:26.45. can’t do anything about it. again was not fair because It’s insane that Bay Port some teams used alterand Appleton North ran nates that were fresh, othback-to-back 4x400 relays ers used their same runand ran a 3:24. For them ners and only four teams to do that, they deserve it.” elected to run the 10-team Coach Ned Lease said race again. h ow t h e r a c e wa s r u n The Panthers failed to

earn a medal. Their 4x200 relay team of Hendrickson, sophomore Ryan McCorkle, senior Kamron Armstrong and Kissling took seventh (1:29.51), 0.27 seconds away from a sixth-place medal that River Falls captured. The 800 relay team set a school record (1:29.23) taking fourth in the preliminaries on Friday. The top 10 finishers in preliminaries reached the finals. “All of this work has paid off for the past couple of months,” Kissling said after the race Friday. “Everything felt really good and seemed to click. There can be adjustments on hand offs, but overall, it was really strong.” Kissling placed 15th in the prelims of the 200 with a personal-record time of :22.38. “You always wish you can get on to that finals stage,” Kissling said. “I had a really good run and PRed. I can’t be disappointed with how I ran. Next year I hope to be on that finals podium.”

Crusaders: Team falls one point away from state berth Continued from page 4 Once there, Sviatoslavsky defeated third-seeded University of Milwaukee junior Daniel Taleghanni 6-3, 6-3 in the semifinals. Top-seeded Brookfield Academy junior Pablo Dale (210) capped an undefeated season to win his second straight state title with a 6-1, 6-0 win over Sviatoslavsky in the championship match. Dale took third at state as a freshman. Fellow sophomore Donovan Pfaff won a round at state before running into his team, falling 6-2, 6-3 to Sviatoslavsky in the second round. Pfaff defeated West Salem freshman Jack Hehli 6-2, 6-1 in the first round. Senior Chris Boll (20-1), who played No. 2 singles, won a match at state, beating

Black River Falls senior Paul Barbe 6-1, 6-0 before falling 6-1, 6-2 to fourth-seeded Myles Krzewinski of Notre Dame 6-1, 6-2. Sophomores Chase Korb and Gavin Maloney (8-6) lost their first match 6-3, 6-4 to Brookfield Academy sophomore Drew Buckholdt and junior Noah Godsell in the Division 2 doubles bracket.

Sectionals Edgewood advanced all seven flights through the East Troy subsectional but fell two points shy of catching Catholic Memorial, which had 48 points combined following subsectionals and sectionals. The Crusaders, who swept the No. 1-3 singles titles at the WIAA Division 2 sectional in East Troy, finished second with 46 points.

Sviatoslavsky won the sectional title at No. 1 singles, Boll added the No. 2 singles title and Pfaff won the No. 3 singles title to qualify each for the WIAA Division 1 individual state tennis tournament. Freshman Bartius Bautista (6-5) finished runner-up at No. 4 singles. Korb and Maloney (8-6) finished fourth at No. 1 doubles and also qualified for state. Senior Jackson Powless and sophomore Sam Katerov (7-2) were second at No. 2 doubles and senior Elliott Stockwell and sophomore Austin Buchner (5-3) also finished runner-up at No. 3. Edgewood did not reach the state team tournament, which was won by top-ranked Notre Dame. The Tritons defeated second-seeded Brookfield Academy 6-1 in the championship match.


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Oregon schools

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‘It’s Their Game’ Sports task force aims for better parent behavior SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group

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Oregon High School graduate Bailey Jerred shakes hands with school board member Krista Flanagan during the graduation ceremony Sunday, June 9.

Smiles on the way out Oregon High School seniors said goodbye to high school Sunday, June 9, at the school’s graduation ceremony in the gymnasium. With the stands filled in both the upper and lower decks, students heard from district leaders and three of their fellow students in encouraging them in their futures.

Principal Jim Pliner, who began at the school the same year these students were freshmen, told them they would be missed. “Congratulations to you all,” Pliner said. “I love you, 2019.” Students Emmanuelle Hannibal, Grayden Gruchow and Isabelle Krier each offered their advice for growing

in the future. Hannibal encouraged seeking out people with different opinions, Gruchow spoke about the importance of relationships and kindness and Krier recalled how they overcame the fear they had at beginning high school – so they can overcome anything that’s ahead.

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Nothing spoils youth sports programs quite the way adults do. Changing the culture of Oregon area youth athletics – specifically overzealous parents and coaches – is one of the top goals of the district’s Youth Sports and Athletics Task Force, comprising district administrators, teachers and residents. The group is spearheading a major push this year to make athletics in the district more equitable and accessible. Its overall goal, co-chair Krista Flanagan said earlier this year, has been to “ensure youth sports and athletic programs are built upon a foundation of learning and our sports culture is a strong and positive one.” And one of its first recommendations was finding a way to do handle poor sportsmanship. Members of the task force updated school board members on recent progress at Monday’s meeting, including working up a logo and slogan to help emphasize the importance of good sportsmanship. “You can be competitive at the highest level and still be educational,” said school board president Steve Zach, a former OHS athlete who talked about his experiences in youth sports. “I ran youth baseball for 12 years, and I was a game official and I now do neither,” he said. “I frankly got tired of fighting the culture in both capacities, and it think it is a cultural thing that has to happen.” Zach told members of the task force that in his experience, youth sports often struggle to “educate parents who have a different philosophy” about the goals of the programs. “Those who are strongwilled and have the ability by either time or money to dedicate to that can take over a team or sport or a philosophy if you don’t have a solid culture in place,” he said. “And that takes time.” The group’s “working draft” theme is “It’s Their Game,” to remind parents kids should be the center of attention. Task force member Tim Erickson said the group has learned there has been a “huge amount of game officials quitting throughout high school sports.” H e r e f e r r e d t o s eve r a l OHS baseball games that couldn’t be made up this year because of a lack of officials. “One of the reasons is they are quitting is coming from the sidelines … from the parents,” he said. “It’s unfair to our kids. We want to get people to understand what it means to be a sport parent, not a screaming parent.” Erickson said the task force wants to use branding methods like logos and slogans to help build

About the task force The OSD Youth Sports and Athletics Task Force was created in early 2017 to “examine the purposes, shared values and expectations for youth sports organizations and athletic programs in the district, desired outcomes, cooperative opportunities and equity for all students.” The task force spent more than a year reviewing national research, studied participation data and hosted a summit with more than 90 community members. Last fall, the Oregon school board adopted the group’s recommendations. Those were: conducting a district survey of students and parents about participation; working with youth sports groups to improve coach training, communication and age-appropriate development and creating an advisory council that helps parents become better educated and ensure sports experiences are centered in learning. According to the district, around 45 percent of middle and high schoolers participate in sports. that positive culture. Such reminders can eventually be printed in programs and on signage around playing fields and courts. “It’s more powerful if it’s in front of you at the game,” he said. “Everybody should understand what that means when they sit in the stands. It’s a consistent message that goes from youth all the way up to high school; something that brands Oregon.” Zach asked the group to work with OSD athletic director Mike Carr on any items the board might have to budget for later in the year. Carr is currently working on the results of the task force’s survey, sent out earlier this school year, which district superintendent Brian Busler said should be available later this summer. Board members thanked the task force for their continuing efforts. “This is just fantastic,” Barb Feeney said, “How ironic we have to be educating our parents in such a direct way, but I love the directness of your messages and the idea it will be in front of parents in a lot of ways and a lot of spaces is great.” Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at

Verona schools

June 14, 2019

Fitchburg Star


Tax rate stays even in preliminary budget Unified Newspaper Group

The Verona Area School District is staying true to its word for another year – at least preliminarily. An early version of the 2019-20 budget has the tax rate remaining at $12.77 per $1,000 of equalized property value. That’s the same rate as the past two years and what the district predicted publicly during the 2017 referendum process in which voters approved building a new high school and athletic facilities. The board will vote on the preliminary budget at its next meeting, which was moved from Monday, June 17, to Tuesday, June 18. District business manager consultant Chris Murphy explained Monday that while the rate would be constant, it is based on an equalized value. That means it could be vary from municipality to municipality, and could also change depending on when a property is assessed. “We have seven different municipalities in our school district,” Murphy said. “Some municipalities reassess every year … others don’t do it as often.” A n o t h e r c ave a t s u rrounds the unsettled state biennial budget. Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat elected last November, proposed a significantly larger increase in education funding than the Republican-led legislature

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VAHS class blends love of music, history Teachers at Verona Area High School are getting creative to connect students to subject matter like history. Andrew Larson’s Rock and Roll Society and American Culture class is one example, in which he helps students explore various music styles and how they coincide with major historical events.

Retiring VAHS teachers remember time fondly Getting to know students and celebrating their growth was a joy shared by each of the four teachers retiring from the high school this year. They leave with a combined 110 years of experience in the district, four of the nine certified staff retirees this school year.

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Graduates toss their caps in the air during the Verona Area High School graduation ceremony on Sunday, June 9, at Epic.

Class of 2019 graduates The Verona Area High School and Exploration Academy Charter School Class of 2019 was dismissed for the last time on Sunday, June 9. Held at Epic Systems, the

commencement ceremony for the Verona Area School District included speeches from students Michael Fischer and Nicole Phelps. Following the commencement

ceremony, graduates were led outside to the commons area on the Epic campus, where they were given the chance to toss their caps in the air and meet up with family members and friends.

Fights prompt security changes Security assistants, anonymous tip line among VAHS plans SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group

Verona Area High School will have three new security staff members and an anonymous tip line for students next year, among a set of new protocols following three fights in one day earlier this month. District superintendent Dean Gorrell announced those and other upcoming changes in a letter to parents Friday, May 17, eight days after fights brought police to the high school three separate times, leaving one staff member injured and 18 students suspended. Gorrell also acknowledged in the letter that the school’s communication after the fights “fell far short of hitting the mark” under the incident response communications policy the school board approved in December 2018. “I offer my heartfelt apologies for how the communication to parents and District staff was handled last week,” Gorrell wrote. “I can absolutely assure you that the lessons learned on Thursday will be used to ensure that the

lack of timely and on-going communication will not happen again.” In addition to the new staff and tip line, changes include additional supervision at the main entrance during lunch, reemphasizing its parent visitors policy and forming a “response team” at the high school to take on a new fight intervention protocol. That protocol will be i m p l e m e n t e d t h i s fa l l , according to the letter, and will focus on standardizing responses to physical fights, preventing injuries to staff and students and minimizing law enforcement intervention and potential consequences. In addition, the district will have a new policy regarding students returning to school after completing a suspension, Gorrell wrote. They will have to complete a reentry meeting, and readmission could require a law enforcement consultation, a victim safety plan, a student behavior contract or off-site placement. To ensure the communication plan works as intended in the future, Gorrell emphasized that the district has “reassigned tasks, changed our protocols and created built-in system backups.” On May 8, the first fight began around 11:55 a.m., with the second about an hour


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later and the third at around 2:56 p.m. Communication home from the district, in the form of an email from principal Pam Hammen, came at 8:47 p.m. that night. “Due to the number of incidents in a condensed period of time, staff in charge of communications were pulled away from their positions,” Gorrell wrote. “This resulted in the complete disruption of the communication stream to our families.” Meanwhile, news of the fights was spreading through student texts to parents and videos on social media. Some of that social media conversation continued into the evening, and among the students suspended for this month’s fights were “those who used social media in an effort to

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seems likely to approve, leaving state aid unknown until that budget passes. Murphy told the board Monday district officials were starting from a base of a $200 per pupil aid increase in year one and $204 in year two, which is what the Republican legislative leaders have proposed. “We’re hoping that’ll be higher,” Murphy said. “We’ll see how that plays out.” While the state budget has a June 30 deadline, officials ran late during the last budget process. School districts are required to approve their preliminary budgets by July 1, and the final budget is approved later in the fall after enrollment counts are official and the tax base in the district is certified. That also comes after the annual meeting of electors, held in VASD each August. “Meanwhile, we need to keep on paying bills and paying our staff,” Murphy said. If the district’s predictions continue to be accurate, the rate will jump for 2020-21 to $13.35 as the operating referendum goes into effect when the new high school opens. That was a separate question on the 2017 ballot from the two related to construction, and it will remain on a permanent basis. The result allows the district to go 58 cents over what would otherwise be allowed under state revenue caps.


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June 14, 2019

Madison schools

Fitchburg Star

West rocketry team heads to international contest Will look to continue 5-year run of winning for U.S. teams SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group

A group of Madison West students will travel to France to launch some rockets later this month. The team won the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) May 18 in Virginia to earn its place in the International Rocket Contest at the Paris Air Show on June 20-21. West’s Team 2 came in first among 100 other teams from around the country, including another from the school; the only two teams from Wisconsin competing. Students had to design, build and fly a rocket to carry one raw egg to an altitude

of 800 feet and return to the ground, uncracked, within 46-48 seconds, according to the rocketry challenge website. There was even a new twist to this year’s contest. “A new requirement this year calls for the rocket to separate during flight, safely returning the motor and the egg to the ground detached from one another in separate segments of the rocket,” the website states. According to the TARC website, United States teams have won five straight international championships, giving West an opportunity to carry on a tradition. For information on the international challenge, visit Contact Scott Girard at ungreporter@ and follow him on Twitter @ sgirard9.

West among potential 2020 referendum plans SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group

The Madison Metropolitan School District is considering a facilities referendum in 2020, and Madison West High School would be among the beneficiaries. A study earlier this year identified “site deficiencies,” including parking, retaining walls, the south side pedestrian bridge, practice fields and a lack of dugouts for the baseball field. Additionally, the building is over capacity and has “multiple” accessibility issues for persons with disabilities, including the stage of the theater and the fourth floor being inaccessible.

The study, last updated in May, outlined three potential options: maintenance, renewal and aspire. T h e fi r s t t wo i n c l u d e $20.9 million toward capital maintenance like roof replacements and exterior doors, while the third option includes $26 million for capital maintenance. The maintenance option is the cheapest of the three, and would total $33.9 million. That option would also include a welcome center and a three-story addition with classrooms and an elevator. T h e r e n ew a l o p t i o n would total $50.3 million. It would add on the same maintenance as the more basic option, but would also renovate the library

media center, add open collaborative spaces and classrooms for science, technology, engineering and math. It would also renovate the theater and pool, along with dugouts at the baseball stadium and improvements on the weight room. The aspire option totals $72.3 million, and would relocate the fine arts room, expand the library and create a new pool, among other features. The West High School Community Organization held a public forum on the proposed facilities plan June 3. If interested in getting information from the organization, email




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