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table.” Following his grandfather’s suggestion, Popp applied to the youth version of the program, having to submit his school transcripts, a list of his extracurriculars and an essay he wrote on what he thought leadership to be. From there, he was one of six students interviewed by a panel of four law enforcement officers at the Appleton Police Department, and received the call he’d been selected later that night. “The whole process of him going through the motions of him applying made me really proud,” Popp’s mother Sarah said. “I think it was such a great experience at such a young age to go through

As a Fitchburg police officer responded to a report of a stolen car located in the city around 3 a.m. June 21, he noticed an open garage door. Then he saw a group suspiciously entering a home on the 2800 block of Ivanhoe Glen. As it turned out, he was interrupting a burglary in which the garage door had been opened by a garage door opener left in an unlocked vehicle parked outside. That story is an example of what Fitchburg Police Department Sgt. Edward Hartwick says is an upward trend over the past few years in the number of stolen vehicle reports in the city. So far, he said, there have Hartwick been 46 compared to 38 at this time last year, when 64 were stolen by the end of the year. “It’s a bit of an alarming trend that these stolen vehicles are now being used to commit other crimes and facilitate other crimes,” Hartwick said. “From a homeowner’s perspective, it’s alarming that someone is going to enter your home to look primarily for vehicle keys. “We obviously have a significant concern for everyone’s safety at that point.” As in the past few years, Hartwick said, it’s primarily juveniles committing the crimes, some as young as 12, and many repeat offenders. That can make a solution more complex. “The challenge is coordinating a community-wide response between law enforcement, juvenile justice providers and the criminal justice system … to adequately provide resources and address whatever issues are going on with these juveniles on a case by case basis,” Hartwick said. “Making arrests is not going to necessarily solve the problem.” In 2017, there were 72 car t h e f t s ove r t h e e n t i r e y e a r

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From right, Fitchburg residents Will Popp and Tom Marquardt hold onto their Yellow Bricks earned from their time with the FBI Leadership Program. Popp completed the Youth Leadership Program as a delegate for the state of Wisconsin late last month.

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For most, the phrase “yellow brick road” conjures up thoughts of a fairy tale, where a young girl is trying to find her way home to Kansas. I n F i t c h bu rg r e s i d e n t Wi l l Popp’s case, a “yellow brick road” symbolizes a few early mornings, some mental stamina and a chance he received to follow in his grandfather’s footsteps, after completing the FBI National Academy Youth Leadership Program. Popp was the Wisconsin delegate for the 2019 program, a teenage version of the FBI National Academy, from June 20-28. Popp, who is starting his sophomore year this fall, was one of 60 students aged 14-16 selected to attend from around the world, he spent a little over a week in Quantico, Virginia, at the end of June. The FBI Leadership Program is an “intense eight-day program (with) classroom lectures on leadership, ethics, values, juvenile crime and character strength,” a news release from Lakeside PRSRT STANDARD ECRWSS US POSTAGE


“Going into it, I wasn’t a really confident person. But I learned that I can be a confident leader and outspoken, and be a leader not just by actions, but through words.” – Will Popp Lutheran High School, where Popp attends, said. Popp found out about the program from his maternal grandfather Tom Marquardt, who is a retired FBI agent and served as a counselor at the professional FBI National Academy, meant to educate U.S. law enforcement officers. Marquardt’s career spanned more than three decades, working in Boston, New York City and Detroit before coming to the Madison area in 1979. He was asked to be a counselor for the National FBI Program in the early 2000’s, and completed four thirteen-week sessions in a single year. “I had officers from Chile, Switzerland, Lebanon,” he said. “Everyone brings something to the





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The number of housing units allowed in part of the North Stoner Prairie Neighborhood has been reduced after the plan got the Common Council’s approval in June. The contentious comprehensive plan amendment, which had been sent back and forth between the council and Plan Commission four times before the June 25 vote, limits the allowed zoning to nine units per acre. Alders had supported the plan since early last year, but the Plan Commission had favored it remaining high density or allowing up to 16 units per acre. The city’s attorney had offered the opinion that the bodies needed to pass the same amendment for it to go into effect. Since the last time the Plan Commission had voted prior to its June 18 meeting, three new members had joined the commission. The council was responding to concerns from residents in the area over a 2017 change that allowed high density and an ensuing proposal for an apartment complex. Ald. Janell Rice (Dist. 3) ran for her seat in this April’s election after speaking regularly at council meetings in support of the nine units per acre plan, and she said June 25 she was glad to see the amendment approved. “This has been a long time coming, almost two years, thousands of hours, countless meetings to ultimately put a plan in place that was promised years ago,” Rice said. Ald. Tom Clauder (D-4), who was one of the sponsors of the amendment to go to nine units per acre, said it was “a new day.” “Time to turn the page,”

“This has been a long time coming, almost two years, thousands of hours, countless meetings.” – Ald. Janell Rice (Dist. 4)

Clauder said. A new development proposal on that lot at the corner of Seminole Highway and Lacy Road received positive comments from commissioners June 18, but was not reviewed by the council. It would build 72 Map courtesy Veridian Homes single-family and 46 twin A new plan for the corner of Lacy Road at Seminole Highway. homes. “I look at this, and I think it’s a great product in that area, and I think it’s gonna be very popular,” said Mayor Aaron Richardson, who chairs the commission. The proposal was brought only for initial review, but a representative for developer Veridian said the company hopes to start construction Fitchburg is our home. We live here. in spring 2020 after going through the development We work here. We are your neighbors. process later this year. The North Stoner plan originally allowed up to six units per acre. It had been amended in 2017 to allow high density, and there were no complaints from the public at the time. But when developer Chris Ehlers proposed an apartment building in 2018, residents and some alders came out strongly against it and worked to change the plan back to its original density limitation. The council repeatedly approved bringing the limit back down to medium density last year and earlier this year, but the commission Feel at home with your hometown bank. voted differently, leaving it Visit to learn more. in limbo.

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A controversial 73-unit senior housing proposal for South Fish Hatchery Road is dead after the Common Council voted it down Tuesday, June 25. On a 5-2 vote that came after no discussion – at the city attorney’s recommendation, based on potential litigation – alders voted against allowing developer Jacob Klein to construct the “affordable” senior complex at 2556 S. Fish Hatchery Road. The vote was on the specific implementation plan, the final step of the threestep development process. Last year, the Council approved the general development plan for a similar project after denying it earlier in the year and bringing it back for reconsideration. A GDP approval normally entitles a developer to approval of a similar project for the SIP stage. However, the GDP approval included a condition that the project satisfy concerns alders and other residents had about traffic, and the plan as voted on included the only entrance and exit into the complex via South Fish Hatchery Road. Klein told alders he b e l i ev e d h e h a d d o n e enough by getting approval from city and Dane County staff for a wider exit and

restricting exits to right turns. But members of the council in previous meetings – and Plan Commission on June 19 – disagreed, with several maintaining that it’s a fine project in the wrong location. They have also noted the lack of amenities for the proposed complex’s residents within walking distance. Klein and his attorney, Jessica Polakowski, have used those references to its location to allege opponents don’t want low-income seniors near them. They cited “disparate impacts” resulting from concentrating low-income housing in specific areas of the city, and during a vote on a different proposal for the property in April, Polakowski cited Supreme Court rulings saying litigation can be based on those impacts regardless of intent. Because of that and other threats of litigation, city administrator Patrick Marsh discouraged alders from discussing the project Tuesday. “Our city attorney has recommended that there be no additional discussion beyond the public appearances on this matter and that you vote with the knowledge you have in front of you,” Marsh said. Polakowski said she and Klein requested a meeting with the mayor and city administrator, but the city’s attorney turned that down. “I would like to say there are options, but at this point, we’ve tried to explore them, and there are none,” Polakowski said.

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Arata-Fratta inconsistent on votes

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As a resident of Fitchburg, I am concerned about how fast Alder Julia Arata-Fratta changed her position on the high-density development proposal on South Fish Hatchery Road near the Byrnewood Neighborhood entrance/ exit. This project has faced strenuous opposition from many residents due to the location, increased traffic, transparency, and other concerns. This proposal was voted down by the Plan Commission in March. At that time Arata Frata (then the Common Council representative on the Plan Commission) and other commission members cited “traffic concerns” as the main reason for their opposition. As a concerned citizen, I was glad to see the commission finally take the concerns of residents seriously. However, it seems there were politics involved in her vote. The March commission meeting took place just two weeks before the April 2nd election, an election in which Arata-Fratta faced opposition. The exact same project appeared before

In the last 10 years, Fitchburg has experienced double digit growth as young professionals, families with children and seniors have moved to our city. My fiance and I were a part of this growth when we moved to the Quarry Hill neighborhood in 2017. We moved here in search of lower housing and living costs, but we’ve stayed because of the abundant city parks, businesses within walking distance of our home and quiet residential neighborhoods just a short drive from downtown Madison. Many other young professionals, families and seniors that have made a similar move and enjoy Fitchburg for the same reasons we do. However, when talking about the future – a first house, raising children or a fulfilling retirement, Fitchburg’s place in that vision isn’t always secure. In my mind, this is Fitchburg’s ultimate test – our biggest challenge and

the council on April 23rd. This time recently re-elected Arata-Fratta changed her position and voted in favor of the project. Fortunately, the Common Council voted down the project because some Alders listen to their constituents year-round and not just before an election. Unfortunately, Arata-Fratta is not one of them. She may have thought no one would notice she changed her position on this project. She repeatedly said she only makes policy decisions without regard for political consequences. It would be nice if that were true, but it is clear her actions are all about politics. Concerned and engaged citizens are watching. I hope Arata-Fratta stops playing politics and starts listening to taxpaying residents instead of profit-driven developers. Rita Hendricks City of Fitchburg

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opportunity. Can we accommodate these new residents with new housing, business growth, and community services to ensure they call Fitchburg home for years to come? Can we accomplish this without disturbing the close-knit neighborhoods and residents who have lived in Fitchburg for decades? I’m applying for City Council because I believe we can do both. I believe we can build on Fitchburg’s strengths of diverse communities, jobs and people to create a city that young folks, families, and seniors want to move to and more importantly, stay. We do this by being welcoming of newcomers, whether they rent or own, working to attract new businesses and continuing to build community through green places and community resources – like our library. This can be done without disrupting Fitchburg’s original neighborhoods

and by including residents into the conversation who have called Fitchburg home for decades. It’s important to me and should be important for the council to be transparent about upcoming proposals, collaborate with neighborhood leaders and advocates and listen to the voices of residents who reside in communities affected by growth and building projects. I believe it’s important to bring residents into the process who historically have not been engaged. This includes renters, people of color and new home buyers. Including their ideas, voices and perspectives is key to achieving the goal of an inclusive and welcoming community. We can only meet Fitchburg’s challenges by working together, and I’m ready to do my part. Sam Voorhees City of Fitchburg

Legislative opinion

Planning ahead means including minority views What I love most about Fitchburg is the rich tapestry of cultures that live here. Whether it’s language, religion, ancestry, economics, jobs, housing preferences, education or politics, we have amazing diversity in the city. At a recent chamber event, I asked about the future of housing in Fitchburg. The most Krause basic answer was that upcoming generations are less interested in buying large single-family homes, predominantly because of economics, but also because the “American Dream” is changing and typically no longer includes a big house in the suburbs. So as we are looking at our current update of the 50-year comprehensive plan, the question becomes what kind of housing should we plan for in the update? Where does it need to be to best serve the needs of our residents? Groups with common interests often

live near one another. That’s OK when it’s a choice, but too often people are forced into or out of certain areas. When the Town of Fitchburg became a city, we acquired many large apartment complexes in the northern borders of aldermanic Districts 1 and 3, which, as they’ve aged, have become low-income housing, largely containing communities of color. That has caused the city, sadly, to become red-lined based on ancestry and economics, and at this point, we’ve lost the benefit of encouraging rich diversity throughout the city. Both districts are now majority-minority. Since those populations often rightly feel unrepresented, we seldom hear from those residents in City Hall. They are the populations of widest diversity. It’s essential we take their thoughts into consideration as we make decisions about the future of the city. For folks in the rural south of the city, there is an ongoing city committee for ag and rural interests, but there isn’t one for the large-population, highly-urbanized, culturally-mixed residents of the areas in the northern parts of the city.

The closest is CEDA, the Community and Economic Development Authority. Unfortunately, there isn’t a resident of either of those two districts on CEDA, so they aren’t directly represented there. Through the efforts of city staff, we’ve adopted the Healthy Neighborhoods Initiative, which outlines issues and solutions for those neighborhoods. Hopefully we won’t lose track of that, though I fear some might want to shelve it. As we look at the future of the city, we need to strongly consider who is living where throughout the city, how well they feel they are doing and how we can help meet their needs. We especially need to explore where and what kind of housing to plan. We also need to ask folks who are struggling – up and down the economic spectrum – what opportunities need to be incorporated in the update. Dorothy Krause represents District 1 on the Fitchburg Common Council and District 27 on the Dane County Board of Supervisors.

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The inner aisles have healthy food, too Most likely, you’ve have heard that you should only “shop the perimeter of the grocery store” – possibly even from a dietitian or health expert. The perimeter of the store is lined with all the fruits and vegetables, lean meat and dairy products, while the inner aisles hold the “bad” foods, like chips, candy and sweets – processed items that are shelf stable and contain no nutritional value. Hoerr I’m calling this advice out as a diet myth. I’m a practical, real-life dietitian, and this is probably as far from practical as it can get. Who actually only shops the perimeter of a grocery store? I know I don’t. The perimeter of the store is getting too much credit, in my opinion. Just like the inner aisles have some less-thanhealthy food choices, the perimeter has the bakery, the brats, bacon, ice cream and frozen pastries. If we only shopped the perimeter of the store, we’d also be missing out on a lot of nutritious foods that are found only in the inner aisles, such as whole grain bread, beans and lentils, canned tuna or salmon, nut butters, oatmeal, spices, frozen fruit and canned tomatoes. Not only would entire food groups simply not be touched, it’d make for some very bland

meals. Let’s not forget that all foods can fit into a healthy lifestyle. The candy aisle isn’t one we need to go down every week, but it doesn’t mean it’s off limits either. Restricting any kind of food (or entire aisles) only leads to larger cravings and a sense of deprivation later. The intent of shopping the perimeter is so we’re less tempted by the processed foods, which often are higher in sodium and sugar. However, processed foods can be anything that has been altered in order to change or preserve it. Spiralized zucchini, canned beans and precooked quinoa all are considered processed. The convenience of having the zucchini already spiralized and the beans or quinoa cooked actually helps our busy-selves eat healthier. Processing foods in order to preserve them also helps reduce food waste (those frozen berries keep much longer than the fresh) and allows us to keep pantry items on hand that are just as nutritious as the items you store in the fridge. In those busy moments during the week, it’s nice to have that jar of pasta sauce and whole grain noodles at the ready. No extra trip to the store and no going out to eat yet again. Rather than avoid part of the grocery store, it’s more helpful to go with a plan and to be a smart shopper. Start by making a list before you go. By doing so, I often unintentionally skip

several of the aisles that are filled with the most processed and tempting foods. Then, I can successfully make it home without any impulse buys (or very few, anyway). When you do go down the inner aisles, be smart. For instance, in the cereal aisle, there is likely a fully loaded sugar bomb cereal sitting right next to a box of plain Cheerios or canister of oatmeal. Take a glance at the nutrition facts label to identify the better options. Choose a cereal or granola bar that contains less than five grams of added sugar, look for bread or pasta that has whole grain as the first ingredient and opt for a salad dressing that has a short ingredient list, perhaps one with no preservatives in it. This goes for food items located anywhere in the store – aisle or perimeter. Just because it’s located on the perimeter doesn’t automatically make it healthy, and food on shelves in the middle aisles aren’t necessarily poor choices. Shop every aisle in the grocery store, just be sure you have your grocery list in hand. Kara Hoerr, MS, RDN, CD, is a registered dietitian nutritionist and owner of Kara Hoerr Nutrition. To learn more, visit, email Kara at, or call 620-4461.


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You can reduce plastic use in your everyday Krumme joins UNG Stoughton native takes over as community reporter

Here are a few additional things we do to cut back on our plastic consumption: * We no longer buy plastic water bottles; we bring our own reusable water bottles everywhere. * We make our coffee every morning and carry our metal reusable coffee mugs with us. * I make our deodorant, soap and lip balm. * Instead of buying harsh cleaning products in plastics, I make my own using baking soda, vinegar, water and lemon. We are starting to see grocery stores looking at phasing out plastic bags or looking at ways to cut back on how they package their items. We as consumers have a voice and a pocketbook, and it’s up to us to put pressure on businesses and demand that they do more to address our plastic addiction. O u r fa m i l y i s c o m m i t t e d t o doing what we can to cut down on our plastic consumption and will continue to look for ways to make changes in our everyday life. We hope that you will look for ways to reduce your plastic consumption so we can start to create a healthier environment with less plastic.

Mackenzie Krumme has joined the staff of Unified Newspaper Group. Krumme, a Stoughton native, graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 2018 with a bachelor of arts in journalism and international studies. She most recently was a reporting intern at both Madison Magazine and Madison365, Krumme where she will continue to do some freelance work. She has recorded a podcast and worked with high school students to teach journalism skills at Centro Hispano. Krumme had freelanced for Unified Newspaper Group previously, writing two cover stories for Your Family

plastic wrap. I researched other options and decided on beeswax wrap. Beeswax wrap can be washed and reused, and it has the clinginess that plastic wrap has. Once it’s done, it can be composted or will break down in the landfill. I also realized that as I packed my son’s school lunch every day, I was using plastic containers and Ziploc baggies. I would try to reuse the baggies as much as possible but realized that there had to be heathier and better options. After some research, I invested in washable food storage bags that have replaced the bags and metal and glass food containers that have replaced the plastic containers. We already had phased out the use of plastic bags at all stores. We keep reusable bags in our cars and use them every time we go shopping. I also carry a small foldable bag in my purse. If I am without a bag, I will carry it out or put it in the cart without a bag. Kim Warkentin is a member of the Earlier this year, I purchased Fitchburg Resource Conservation reusable food bags so we no longer Commission and is the youth educause the plastic fruit and vegetable tion director for the WI Land+Wabags at the grocery store. I decided ter Conservation Association. She to gift these bags to family members lives in Fitchburg with her husband at Christmas so they had something and son. reusable, and it helped them cut down on their plastic bag use.

Feiner joins UNG Illinois native takes over as sports editor Adam Feiner has joined the staff of Unified Newspaper Group as its sports editor. Feiner, a Freeport, lllinois, native, most recently was a sports reporter at Sauk Valley Media in Sterling, Illinois, covering 17 local high schools and Sauk Valley Community College as part of a four-person sports staff. He also cov- Feiner ered the PGA Tour’s John Deere Classic, as well as two Chicago White Sox games during his time with SVM. Feiner graduated from Western Illinois University in 2016 with a bachelor of arts in sports broadcasting and a minor in journalism. He also played two years of Division I baseball as a walk-on catcher for the Leathernecks. Feiner served as a sports editor for the Western Courier in his final semester at WIU, after two years as a staff writer. He freelanced for four Illinois newspapers during his college days: The McDonough County Voice in Macomb, The Journal Standard in Freeport, The Rockford Register in Rockford

From the editor’s desk

Roundabout isn’t a waste or a dumb idea I understand the pain people are feeling with the Fitchrona-Nesbitt road closure as well as anyone. I live in Verona, just a couple miles away from it, and that is my main route into Fitchburg and Madison when I make my trips there. It’s going to suck for three months. It’s going to suck whenever I take my son to band practice at Savanna Oaks. It’s going to suck when I take him to his friend’s house in the Belmar neighborhood or to his appointm e n t s o n M i d va l e Ferolie Road. Especially with Verona Road compromised because of its own project. But I also have known it was coming for more than 10 years. And we’ve been reminded about it by the city for at least the past year and more directly for the past few months. It’s anything but a surprise. So I have to say the outrage that I’ve been hearing about the closure, and even more about the roundabout, borders on the ridiculous. Yes, I understand people don’t always pay attention to these things. And frustration is not a function of logic. But this has been carefully

planned. And as even Ald. Tom Clauder explained to a well-attended neighborhood meeting last month in between scoffs and eye rolls about a traffic device he clearly doesn’t care for, it is, was and always has been the only option that makes any sense. This roundabout was planned all the way back when SuperTarget got the go-ahead. That predates even the entire decade I have been involved in covering Fitchburg government, and I knew about it then because people in Verona are annoyed by it, too. Everyone living close by the roundabout knew about it then, and if they let it slip their minds, let’s be honest – it was probably because they wanted to. It’s not true that, as Ald. Julia Arata-Fratta tried to explain this week, it won’t use taxpayer money. It’s all taxpayer money, even if some of it essentially comes from the state and county. But it’s money well spent. That intersection is getting busier and busier and will soon fail. The stop signs are just not cutting it, and a stoplight would take an extreme rerouting effort. And it is true that there’s a limited time where the city’s money is combined with other sources because of tax-increment financing.

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So while the timing is frustrating, there weren’t a lot of better options. If I have learned anything by covering or supervising coverage of 15 different government units over the past 13 years, it’s that the vast majority of local government decisions make sense and are as well thought-out as can be expected. And this is one of them. Some don’t stand the test of time, of course. Sometimes minority opinions get marginalized. And rarely will everyone agree on a big decision (otherwise, it would be an easy one and not discussed much). But it’s rare that the majority of people volunteering their time in service to the people whom they live around were just dumb, misguided or didn’t care enough to find out what people think about the choice they faced. So go ahead and grumble. Go ahead and complain that there’s other construction nearby and it should have been done some other time. But don’t be tempted to think our collective inconvenience is a failure of the public process or a bad decision. It’s just irritating, and we’ll all live. Jim Ferolie has been the editor of the Fitchburg Star and since 2009.

and Sauk Valley Media. He also worked as a sports intern for WIFR, the CBS affiliate in Rockford, in the summer of 2016. Feiner has a pair of cousins who played minor league baseball after standout careers at Sun Prairie High School. Kevyn Feiner, the 2005 state player of the year, spent six seasons in the Cincinnati Reds organization. Korey Feiner played six seasons in the minors, reaching Triple-A with the Twins, Mariners and Reds. Another cousin, Kodey Feiner, is the manager and lead singer of The Soggy Prairie Boys. Adam Feiner is taking over for Jeremy Jones, who had been UNG’s sports editor since September 2003 before retiring earlier this month. Feiner will work alongside assistant sports editor Mark Nesbitt, who is a Sterling, Illinois, native and 1995 Sterling High School graduate. Feiner can be reached at ungsportseditor@wcinet. com.

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magazine and working with our Spanish-language Corre la Voz publication in Verona. While at Madison, Krumme worked as an editor at the Badger Herald. She has also previously volunteered at WORT Radio in Madison. She has lived abroad throughout her early adulthood, in Mexico, Nicaragua and Spain. Krumme is taking over for Amber Levenhagen, who had been the Stoughton community reporter since October 2016. Levenhagen has moved to a government reporting position, covering the City of Stoughton and Village of Oregon. Krumme will work with fellow community reporters Emilie Heidemann and Kimberly Wethal in their coverage of Oregon and Verona, respectively. Krumme can be reached at mackenzie.krumme@wcinet. com. Community news for any of UNG’s coverage areas can be sent to assistant editor Scott Girard at


At the conservation camp I help run, we showed high school students a film called Plastic Ocean. It was shocking to see how much plastic we have created over the years. It was hard to watch the wildlife and ocean animals choking and dying from ingesting plastics and chilling to see how plastics are moving through our water ways and food streams. Luckily, the film wasn’t all doom and gloom, and it highlighted the countries taking the initiative to address their plastic consumption. This film really hit home for me. I couldn’t stop thinking about the images and how we as consumers are drowning ourselves in plastic. I vowed to start making a change at home by reducing our plastic consumption. At first, it was challenging, but when you start making small changes you realize what a big impact you can have over time, and like everything else, it becomes second nature. My family started by cleaning out our kitchen cabinets and drawers. We rounded up all of our Tupperware dishes, plastic straws, water bottles and other plastic containers. It was overwhelming to see how much plastic we were using and had collected over time. After filling three bags with plastic containers and water bottles, we recycled what we could, donated and put other items to good use in the garage and garden. Another area we looked at addressing was to get rid of the

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July 12, 2019

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Wallace Jany, 5, of Verona, pets City of Fitchburg Police K-9 Drago with the help of Officer John Parker during the “Touch a Truck” event on Thursday, June 27, at the library.

Photos by Kimberly Wethal

Cameron Kilbourg, 5, is raised up in a snow plow seat during the “Touch a Truck” event on Thursday, June 27, at the library.

Touch a truck Gus Tran, 2, of DeForest, is helped up into one of the public works’ road graters by family member Nancy Anderson during the “Touch a Truck.”

The annual “Touch a Truck” event was held on Thursday, June 27, at the library. Children got to explore construction equipment and city vehicles, as well as meet Drago, the City of Fitchburg police department’s K-9 officer. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at and follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.​

Calendar of events 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

Saturday, July 13

• 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

Monday, June 15

• 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,

Tuesday, July 16

• 1 p.m., Travel show, senior center, 270-4290 • 3-6 p.m., Fitchburg Farmers Market, Agora Pavilion, 5500 E. Cheryl Parkway, 277-2592 • 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

• 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

• 2-4 p.m., Movies in Space: “Guardians of the Galaxy” (rated PG-13), library, 729-1763

Monday, July 22

• 4-5 p.m., Universe of STEAM: Math (ages 5-12), library, 7291762 • 6-7 p.m., Adventure Films (ages 13-17), library, 729-1762

Tuesday, July 23

• 12:40 p.m., Movie Day - Hotel the library (recommended ages Mumbai, senior center, 270-420 5-12), 729-1762 • 6-9 p.m., NERF lock-in at the Tuesday, Aug. 6 library, (recommended ages • 7:45-9 a.m., Fitchburg Busi8-12), 729-1762 ness Before Nine - Social Saturday, July 27 Media and the Local Market, 275-1050 • 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Fitch-Rona Blues & Booze Festival, Yahara • 6-7:30 p.m., Tie Dye at the Bay Distillers, 275-1050 library (ages 13-17), 729-1762

Monday, July 29

• 11-11:45 a.m.; 1-1:45 p.m. and • 6-7 p.m., Planetary Cake 3-3:45 p.m.; Planetarium at the Pops at the library (ages 9-12), library (ages 5-12), 729-1762 729-1762. • 2 p.m., Active Women’s Group, Wednesday, July 31 senior center, 270-420 • 10-11 a.m., Toddler space art Wednesday, July 24 at the library (ages 1-3), 7291762 • 10-11:30 a.m., Sensory play time at the library (recommend- • 6-7 p.m., Family Night at the ed ages 2-5), 729-1762 library, 729-1762 • 1:30 p.m., I Love a Mystery Thursday, Aug. 1 Book Club, senior center, 270• 1-145 p.m., Bouncing Babies 420 at the library, 729-1762 • 6-6:30 p.m., Family pajama Friday, July 19 Friday, Aug. 2 storytime at the library (ages • 11 a.m. to noon, Music togeth- 2-5), 729-1762 • 4-5 p.m., UW Space Place er (ages 0-5), library, 729-1762 at the library (ages 5-12), 729Thursday, July 25 1762 Saturday, July 20 • 10 a.m. to noon, Wellness • 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bike for Saturday, Aug. 3 checks with the nurse, senior Boys and Girls Club ($35 regis- center, 270-4290 • 1-3 p.m., “LEGOs @ the tration fee), McKee Farms Park, Library” (suggested ages 5-12), 2930 Chapel Valley Road, bike- • 3-6 p.m., Fitchburg Farmers 729-1762 Market, Agora Pavilion, 5500 E. Cheryl Parkway, 277-2592 Monday, Aug. 5 • 10:30-11:30 a.m., Space party Friday, July 26 (ages 2-5), library, 729-1762 • 4-5 p.m., Big Nate Party at

Wednesday, Aug. 7

• 10-11 a.m., Family Staycation at the library (ages 1-8), 7291762

Friday, Aug. 9

• 6-9 p.m., Pack ‘n’ the Park, McKee Farms Park, 270-4200

Monday, Aug. 12

• 10-11 a.m., Preschool art at the library (ages 2-5), 729-1762

Thursday, Aug. 15

• 1-145 p.m. Bouncing babies at the library, 729-1762

Friday, Aug. 16

• 11-11:45 a.m., Book Boogie at the library (ages 2-5), 729-1762

Saturday, Aug. 17

• 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Agora Art Fair, • 10:30-11:30 a.m., Indoor Camping Adventure at the library (ages 5-12), 729-1762

July 12, 2019

EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

Biking might be good exercise but it can also serve as a means to benefit the community’s youth. The public can join in on the 17th annual Bike for Boys & Girls Clubs event from 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20 at McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road. Hundreds of bikers can “pedal their way across the finish line and into the postride party of cold drinks and even colder custard,” the event website states. The bike route will start and finish at McKee Farms Park. People or teams of all ages and abilities can sign up to participate and choose from one of three planned routes: Advanced, Intermediate and Family. Advanced route riders

Coming up Galaxy goo 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 materials will be provided. Registration is required for both events. For information, call 7291762.

eBook app Wa n t t o l e a r n a b o u t the library’s eBook app? Librarians will lead a tutorial on the library’s “Libby” app from 7-8 p.m. Wednesday, July 17. Registration is required. For information, call 7291763.

Unicorn party Join the library for a glitter-filled unicorn party from 4-5 p.m. Thursday, July 18. The library will have rainbow crafts and games on hand for children ages 5-12. For information, call 7291762.

Universe of STEAM Join the library as they

If You Go What: 17th annual Bike for Boys & Girls Clubs When: 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 20 Where: McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road Info: can check in for the 50-mile ride from 7-7:30 a.m., with the ride starting at 7:30 a.m. The ride has multiple rest stops and will take a few hours, as it contains hills. Intermediate route participants can check in for their 20 to 25-mile ride from 8-9 a.m.for a 9 a.m. start. The route is “perfect for those looking for an enjoyable and possibly challenging ride,” the website states, and contains “a few” hills. explore the universe through STEAM projects and activities from 4-5 p.m. Monday, July 22. This session, will focus on learning through math. The session is recommended for children ages 5-12. For information, call 7291762.

Adventure Films Are you an adrenaline junkie or enjoy adventure stories? Watch films featuring stories about remote journeys and ground-breaking expeditions from 6-7 p.m. Monday, July 22. Teenagers from 13-17 can join the library as it plays movies involving snowboarding, climbing, mountain biking and fishing. For more information, call 729-1762.

Planetarium Come to the Fitchburg Public Library and learn about the seasons, constellations, planets, and more during three sessions on Tuesday, July 23: 11-11:45 a.m., 1-1:45 p.m. and 3-3:45 p.m. Kids ages 5-12 will enter a Starlab Portable Planetarium and see the night sky. A projector displays more than a thousand stars, the sun, and the moon onto the

Family route participants will check in for the 7 to 8-mile ride from 9-10:30 a.m. with the ride starting at 10:30 a.m. This ride route is mostly flat. Participants are encouraged to think about the time their route will take before signing up, as they are invited to join in on the Bike for Boys & Girls Clubs afterride party, where they can hydrate and enjoy food from Metcalfe’s market. They can also dance to live entertainment. To register, participants can visit the Biking for Boys & Girls Clubs website at There, they can also find map directions for their respective routes. For information, visit Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@wcinet. com or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.



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Inaugural evening event to take place Aug. 14 MACKENZIE KRUMME Unified Newspaper Group

Join Fitchburg law enforcement, first responders, business owners and community resources for the city’s first Community Night Out. On Wednesday, Aug. 14, the City of Fitchburg Police Department, first responders, area businesses and people representing community resources will be at the Huegel Jamestown Park from 5-8 p.m.. There will be food and

inner surface of the dome. Planetary Cake Pops. Registration is required. From 6-7 p.m. Monday, For information, call 729July 29, come to the library 1762. to make cake pops. NERF Lock in Decorate your cake pop G e t l o c ke d i n a t t h e to look like planets, space library from 6-9 p.m. Fri- or the universe and then eat your tasty treat. Recomday, July 26. Children ages 8-12 can mended for ages 9-12. Registration required. challenge their friends to For information, call 729a NERF battle, eat pizza and other refreshments and 1762. relax to a movie. Zombie Spheros Registration is required. From 3-4 p.m. Tuesday, For information, call 729July 30, and Wednesday, 1762. July 31, at the library, the Blues and Booze public can engage with The first-ever Fitch-Rona Sphero robots. phero, a robotic sphere, is Blues & Booze Festival set to take place from 11 a.m. designed to inspire children to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 27 to engage with STEAM at Yahara Bay Distillers, skills through creative play. 6250 Nesbitt Road, in part- This session we will play nership with the Madison zombie tag with the lights off. Recommended for kids Blues Society. Musical acts will include ages 9-12. Registration is required. Luke Cerny, Small Blind For information, call 729Johnny, Bird Dog Blues Band, The Ryan McGrath 1762. Band, and Too Sick Char- Space Place lie. General Admission is The library will teach $15. VIP tickets are $35 per person and include two kids about how astronauts signature cocktails with eat, sleep and take a bath Festival admission. Tickets from 4-5 p.m. Friday, Aug. purchased prior to Friday, 2. Experts from the UniJuly 5, qualify for a complimentary large Festival versity of Wisconsin Space Place will be present to t-shirt. For information, call 275- teach youngesters ages 5-12. 1050. Fo r i n f o r m a t o n , c a l l


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According to the event Facebook page, the goal of Community Night Out is to “help build a safer, healthier and more connected community for all.”

refreshments served. Participants are welcome to explore emergency vehicle displays on site, and they’ll get a chance to meet Fitchburg K9 officer Drago. There will also an appearance from the University of Wisconsin-Madison Med Flight helicopter.


Big Nate Party From 4-5 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5, the librry will host a party for fans of the Big Nate series, authored by Lincoln Pierce. Attendees will place the Scribble Game and do other crafts and activities based on the book. Recommended for ages 5-12. The event is recommended for ages 13-17.

Tie dye Learn some new tie dye techniques, and upgrade those summer whites from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6, at the library. Materials will be provided, but feel free to bring in whatever you would like to dye. The event is recommended for ages 13-17. For informaton, call 7291762.

Family Staycation From 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, at the library, the public can enjoy Wisconsin themed crafts and activites. There’ll be a little of something for ages 1-8 years. For information, call 7291762.

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‘n the Park from 6-9 p.m. Friday, Aug. 9 at McKee Farms Park. There will be games, inflatables, prizes, food for purchase from the Fitchburg Optimist Club, and a movie. The movie showing will be Moana and it will start at around 8:15 p.m. For information call 2704200.

Book boogie From 11-11:45 a.m. Friday, Aug. 16, the library will host a book boogie with dancing, crafts and more. Attendees will listening to some music and move along with the tunes. Recommended for ages 2-5. For information, call 7291762.

Indoor Camping Adventure If you’re tired of mosquitos or just not interested in sleeping on the ground, joing the library for a camping experience from 10:3011:30 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Attendees will be able to build a bird nest, make animal tracks, read in a tent and enjoy s’mores. Event is for ages 5-15. For information, call 7291762.

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July 12, 2019

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Safety, security, happiness given to Fitchburg families Habitat for Humanity of Dane County. The organization hosted a double home dedication Thursday, July 20, – for Tara and Guarani Rai and Lee EMILIE HEIDEMANN Vang and Yeng Yang – where the public was invited to meet Unified Newspaper Group the new homeowners, take Two Fitchburg families tours and enjoy some refreshfinally have homes they ments at 4605 and 4607 Unity can call their own through Way.

Habitat for Humanity dedicates homes to two families

A Habitat for Humanity of Dane County news release states that the homes, sponsored by Findorff, Bethel Lutheran Church and Fiskars mark the 288th and 289th Habitat homes built in the county – the 23rd and 24th homes built in the neighborhood. Tara told the Star his family is originally from Bhutan.

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They were forced into refugee camps in Nepal in 1992 due to a civil war in their home country. He said they had to leave their Bhutan home and their property, and didn’t end up in the United States until 2011. “Our life was very difficult in Nepal,” he said. “We lived in huts made of bamboo and thatch.” Tara, however, said his family tried to make the best of a bad situation – he was still able to attend school and learn English. “We were around 8,000 people – individual groups living in the huts,” Tara said. “That’s really sad to remember, but we are survivors.” Tara, a young boy at the time, recalled doing his

schoolwork by the light of a kerosene lamp. Though he was able to expand his mind, his family wasn’t able to extend beyond the borders of the camp. “It felt like a small cage,” he said. “(The camp) provided education and food but that wasn’t enough.” Through the United Nations, Tara’s family was able to make the journey to the U.S. on May 6, 2011. He reminisced about arriving to the airport, where a staff member from Bethel Lutheran Church and a Dane County case worker were both there to welcome his family with flowers. Tara recalled seeing “this beautiful country” for the first time. He had never seen such “light” he said.

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From left, Guarani, Serene, 8, Tara and Elliot, 3, were dedicated a home from Habitat for Humanity of Dane County last month.

From left, Lee, Yeng, Abby, 1, Natila, 5, Ahliya, 3 and Lexianna, 2, cut a ceremonial ribbon at the Habitat for Humanity of Dane County double home dedication that took place last month.

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Now, Tara and his wife since 2008, Guarani, and their two children have a three-bedroom home that’s “safe and secure.” Tara holds a full-time job and Guarani stays at home with the kids. He said the family looks forward to having a garden and yard. The release states the other family, Lee, Yeng and their four daughters, “are grateful to finally fill a (home ownership) gap they struggled to fill for many years.” According to the release, Lee was born in Madison and works as a Hmong translator and store manager for an alteration business. “With a growing family, we knew we needed to take a big step and change the way we are living now,” he said in the release. He said his family couldn’t rent forever, but they are proud to say they’ve found the home they’ve been looking for through Habitat. The Habitat for Humanity website states that in order to qualify for a Habitat home, an applicant must demonstrate a need for safe and affordable housing, partner with Habitat throughout the home building process through “sweat equity” and be able and willing to pay an affordable mortgage, which gets cycled back into the community. Anyone can apply for a Habitat home, and the organization considers each house an investment, the website states. Both Lee and Tara thanked Habitat and sponsors for their generosity and for helping them build not just a house, but a foundation for a better life. “Our family is very happy and safe,” Tara said.

Hailing from the flatlands of Joliet, Illinois, relay runner Kelli McDonald was thankful she didn’t practice on the 179-mile course she ran last week that traveled through Fitchburg. Otherwise, some of the hills she experienced on the western side of the state might have been enough McDonald to scare her away from completing her MS Run the U.S. segment, she told the Star last Wednesday.

McDonald ran through Fitchburg on Thursday, July 4, as part of her relay segment from Dubuque, Iowa, to Milwaukee; one of 19 runners in the 2019 MS Run the U.S. relay run. This year is McDonald’s sixth time running in the relay. She runs for her mother, who was diagnosed with MS when she was in eighth grade. “A lot of people ask me why I am doing it again, and I explain to them that my mom still has MS,” she said. The run benefitting Multiple Sclerosis, which starts in April in Santa Monica, California, is a 3,620 mile feat that ends in August in New York City. During that time, runners take a “segment” of the distance and attempt to

run it in one week’s time. McDonald’s segment had her running from Monday, July 1, to Sunday, July 7. During her time in Fitchburg, she ran up Seminole Highway, through the Lacy Road neighborhood to Fish Hatchery up toward the Beltline. McDonald said she’s met quite a few people who have also been diagnosed with MS in the years she’s been doing the relay run, and they’re often surprised she puts in so many miles to help find a cure for a disease she doesn’t have. “I almost feel like this has been my fight, this has been my family’s fight, for 30 years,” she said. “When my mom was diagnosed, my whole family was diagnosed.”

July 12, 2019

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Strawberry Fest Returns The Fitchburg Strawberry Fest sold more than 400 quarts of strawberries in the first hour at the Agora Pavilion on Thursday, June 20. The event generally draws more than 25 vendors and this year there were kid’s games and live music. Vendors included cold ice cream, fresh produce, cheese curds and of course, strawberries. Eden Glute, 19 months, Fitchburg enjoyed fresh strawberries during the Fitchburg Farmers Market Strawberry Fest on Thursday, June 20, at Agora Pavilion. Right, Silas Lentz, 6, sunk a beanbag during a cornhole match at the Fitchburg Farmers Market Strawberry Fest. Photos by Mackenzie Krumme

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Williamsburg Way bridge opens which will travel under Verona Road. All turning movements are open at Williamsburg, but the state Department of Transportation, which is leading the $200 million Verona Road upgrade, advised motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians to watch out for crews and equipment around the bridge while construction continues, and to plan i n c r e a s e d t r ave l t i m e s when commuting on and around Verona Road. The 207 foot long Williamsburg bridge features 22 girders and nearly 600 cubic yards of concrete, according to a DOT release. For information and

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Trio of Panthers, Crusaders garner All-State honors MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

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Oregon junior goalkeeper Melia Moyer (right) makes a save on a corner kick against Whitefish Bay in the WIAA Division 2 state championship on Saturday, June 15 at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. The Panthers won 2-1.

Penalty kicks lead to gold MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Being a goalkeeper during a shootout can be an intimidating and lonely feeling. For Oregon junior goalkeeper Melia Moyer, it became a chance to shine. Moyer stopped two kicks in the shootout of the WIAA Division 2 girls soccer championship Saturday, June 15, to help the second-ranked Panthers win their second state in five years. The Panthers earned a

shot at the title after shutting out Brookfield East 2-0 in a state semifinal on Thursday, June 13. O r eg o n ( 1 8 - 0 - 1 ) wa s making its fifth straight state appearance and won the championship for the first time since 2015. The Panthers finished with a school record 103 goals and posted 15 shutouts this season, one away from the school record. Senior defender Sydney McKee said the state title game was reminiscent of her freshman year, in 2016, when Oregon lost the title

game to Homestead 2-1 in a shootout after two overtimes. “Being on this team the past four years having to come to state every year and not getting to go away with that gold ball, it made this win so much better,” McKee said. “I’m just ecstatic.”

Oregon 2, Whitefish Bay 1 (SO) Moyer proved up to the challenge in the shootout, making two saves on Saturday to propel the Panthers

to a 2-1 win over Whitefish Bay in the state title game at Uilhlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. The title game between second-ranked Oregon and top-ranked Whitefish Bay lived up to its billing. After two overtimes where both the Panthers and Blue Dukes had golden scoring opportunities, it ended with a 4-1 shootout. Oregon got goals from senior defender Sydney McKee, junior defender Emma Halverson, senior Randey Lewis and senior midfielder Katie Eisele.

The Oregon girls soccer team won a state title and three players earned recognition June 18 for helping the Panthers accomplish the feat. Senior defender Sydney McKee and junior goalkeeper Melia Moyer were named second-team All-State by the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association. McKee, a Division I commit to Stetson University in DeLand, Fla., was one of the anchors of the Panthers’ defense. Oregon posted 15 shutouts this season, one away from tying the school record. Moyer had 51 saves and also was part of a stingy defense that limited opponents to six goals all season (0.31 per game). “To me All-State is one of the biggest awards you can get in high school,” Moyer said. “For the coaches and people who voted for me, I definitely think it’s amazing. It feels good that all my hard work is paying off.” Junior forward Avary Fanning was named honorable mention All-State. Fanning led the Panthers with 18 goals. The Oregon trio of McKee, Moyer and Fanning helped lead the Panthers to the WIAA Division 2 state championship. It marked the second state title for Oregon in the past five years. The Panthers finished the season 18-0-1. It will be a busy summer for Moyer and Fanning, who will practice with the Madison 56ers as they gear up for the fall season. Five other Oregon players are on the same club team — Emma Halverson, Ashley Hanson, Mara McCombs,

‘To me All-State is one of the biggest awards you can get in high school.’ - Melia Moyer Hanna Rohrer, Bri Sauer and Sage Sauer. “I want to stay in shape and continue at this level so I can perform like this again next year,” Moyer said. Bay Port junior Emma Nagel was named the state player of the year. Badger South rival Madison Edgewood had three players honored. Edgewood senior Jordyn Rothwell was named firstteam all-state and senior Madeline Cruz, a University of Wisconsin-commit, was named second-team allstate. Sophomore forward Hailey Rothwell was named honorable mention all-state. The Crusaders finished as the WIAA Division 3 state runner-up.

Four to play in WSCA All-Star game July 20 Four Oregon girls and boys soccer players were selected to play in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Masonic AllStar game July 20 at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse. The quartet selected includes defender Sydney McKee and midfielder Maddy Swartzmiller of the Panthers’ WIAA Division 2 state championship team. The two boys players selected from Oregon’s Division 2 state team are Madison Conduah and Colin McCombs. The girls’ game is slated for 11:30 a.m. July 20 and the boys’ game is set for 1:30 p.m. the same day.

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Crusaders bring home silver MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Madison Edgewood senior Madeline Cruz was coming off a broken nose and one doctor advised her not to play in the WIAA Division 3 state tournament. She sought a second opinion and helped the Crusaders bring home the silver ball; as the state runner-up after a 1-0 loss to Catholic Memorial in the Division 3 state championship game Saturday, June 15 at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. Cruz, a University of Wisconsin-Madison commit, missed two regional games, but found a doctor who fit her with a plastic face mask

and cleared her for a return to state. “I’m incredibly proud of my team,” Cruz said. “We couldn’t have asked for more. The goal was unlucky. It wasn’t like there were any breakdowns.” After a corner kick from sophomore forward Hailey Rothwell, Cruz fired a shot off the left post with 5 minutes, 24 seconds left in the game. “I was just unlucky,” Cruz said. “I thought I could bend it in a little more with the wind, but the wind took it the other way.” It was Edgewood’s only shot on goal of the game, and only its fifth shot overall. Catholic Memorial had

only five shots, too, but three of them went on goal — and one got past freshman goalkeeper Ellie Meriggioli. Catholic Memorial junior Emma Westrick’s corner kick from the left side was centered, and senior Shannon McWilliams tried to send a header past Cruz and Meriggioli. While Meriggioli was able to tip the ball, it went directly to junior Emma Kober — who headed the ball to her right and into the goal at 34:20. Meriggioli finished with two saves. In the second half, the wind picked up and the temperature dropped 15 degrees. Memorial ran a soccer version of basketball’s

four-corners offense, keeping the ball on the Crusaders’ side of the field without trying to attack the goal. Cruz said she will remember her team the most. “My team was incredible,” she said. “Sometimes everyone doesn’t mesh together, but everyone did mesh together. I couldn’t have asked for more in practices and games.”

Edgewood 3, Notre Dame 1 Rothwell scored two goals to lead the Crusaders to a win over Notre Dame on Thursday, June 13, in a Division 3 state semifinal. Jordy Rothwell scored on a corner kick for Edgewood.

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Madison Edgewood seniors Madeline Cruz (left) and Jordyn Rothwell carry the silver trophy off the field after losing 1-0 in the WIAA Division 3 state championship game against Catholic Memorial 2-1 on June 15 at Uihlien Soccer Park in Milwaukee.


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Nathaniel Buss is transferring from Madison College to Division II Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida, to play basketball next year. “It’s a dream come true,” said Buss, who committed to Flagler on June 1. “I always wanted to play at the highest level I could. All of my hard work has started to pay off.” Buss, a 2017 Verona Area High School graduate, is the son of former Verona boys head basketball coach Alan Buss. Nathaniel was named second-team all-region at Madison College this season after averaging 12.9 points and leading the team in 3-pointers (67 of 166) at 40 percent and was second in assists (84). He shot 74.5 percent from the free-throw line and scored a careerhigh 31 points against Anoka-Ramsey Community College in a 93-86 loss Nov. 9 in Coon Rapids, Minnesota. The Wolfpack went 14-13 this season and lost to Elgin Community College 90-79 in the NJCAA Region IV Tournament. Buss finished first for career assists in Verona program history with 378. He is 10th in Verona career scoring with 740 points. Buss is majoring in strategic communications and wants to be a college basketball coach. He visited Flagler College in February and said he made a connection with the coaches two months before his tour of the campus. “It’s in a place where it’s warm and it’s a beautiful city,” he said of St. Augustine. Buss said the biggest improvements in his game since he played at Verona are he is stronger, a better defensive player and has become an even more efficient shooter. He attended

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Verona Area High School standouts Molly McChesney (left) and Meghan Anderson capped their prep careers by being named first-team All-State.

Verona has quartet of All-State selections JEREMY JONES Star correspondent

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Nathaniel Buss, a 2017 Verona Area High School graduate, will play basketball at Division II Flagler College in St. Augustine, Florida. Madison College to try to earn a scholarship so he can continue his basketball career. “You have to keep working and have a chip on your shoulder if you want to get to the next level,” he said. “I just knew coming into

this year, if I wanted to play in Division II, I had to shoot the ball at a higher level.” He’s lifting weights and shooting in the gym every day this summer. The first day of school at Flagler is

Aug. 28, but he will travel there a week before to get settled in. “I want to thank my family for always being there for me and all the time they put into my basketball,” he said.


Verona softball standouts Meghan Anderson and Molly McChesney capped their impressive high school careers last week, earning first-team All-State honors. Starters for the past four years, Anderson and McChesney shared Big Eight Conference Player of the Year honors, helping the team to a perfect 16-0 conference record. The team advanced all the way to the sectional finals, where they lost to Big Eight rival Sun Prairie. Anderson, a Northern State University (Aberdeen, S.D.) recruit, tossed 140 of a possible 169 innings this season for the Wildcats, going 21-3 in the circle with a 1.08 ERA and 218Ks on the year. She walked 41 and allowed 36 earned runs. A University of Akron recruit and the team’s leadoff hitter, McChesney led Verona in batting average (.594), on-base percentage (.645), hits (57), singles (53) and runs scored (54). “They came up to varsity as freshmen and they’ve been here ever since,” coach Todd Anderson said following the team’s sectional final loss. “What they brought to the program was more than anything you could measure statistically. They brought heart, hard work and they

worked hard in the offseason – all the things that are trademarks of great players.” Anderson Kasie Keyes and McChesney VAHS junior will also represent Team Wisconsin at the 2019 Border Battle against Team Minnesota on Tuesday, July 16. The doubleheader will start at 11 a.m. at the Goodman Softball Complex on the campus of Madison College. Junior Kasie Keyes (shortstop) and sophomore Alyssa Bostley Alyssa Bostley (first base) were VAHS selected as hon- sophomore orable mentions. Bostley led the team in RBIs (39), tied for the team lead in triples (5) and home runs (3) and was second on the team in hits (46) and slugging percentage (.777). She also legged out five triples. Keyes, who led the Wildcats in doubles (13), walks (16) and slugging percentage (.814), tied Bostley for the second most runs scored and for the team lead in home runs. All four girls were named to the Wisconsin Fastpitch Softball Coaches Association first-team All-District squad.

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Gaby, a two-time WIAA Division 1 state qualifier, averaged a 76 in 18-hole Verona graduate Aus- matches this season, and tin Gaby was helped Verona take third in named honorthe Big Eight Conference. able mention Gaby tied for 39th at the All-State by Division 1 state meet, shootthe Wisconsin ing a 15-over-159 at the UniGolf Coaches versity Ridge Golf Course. Association on Austin Gaby Gaby will golf at Friday, June 21. VAHS grad UW-Stout next season. Assistant sports editor

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traveled to larger competitions before going pro last year. He emerged on the international scene this summer. Lutz gives credit to his father, Jim Lutz, for helping get him hooked on archery. “I always had my own bow,” Jimmy Lutz said. I did it so I could hang out with him.” He still recalls the advice his father has given him about not taking any shortcuts. “He told me I can’t go out there and make any excuses,” Jimmy Lutz said. “Whether it’s fishing or shooting trap, he’s given me the mindset I need for this.”

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When Jimmy Lutz was a kid, he would hunt and do target practice with a compound bow with his father. Now, he won’t shoot a compound bow without wearing long white socks. In one of his first competitions, he wore long white socks and had success. The ritual stuck. “With our (Team USA) jerseys, it looks better than all black socks,” he said. He’s not worried about handing out fashion advice, but his superstitions have made the 21-year-old Lutz a rising star with the Team USA men’s archery team. The 2016 Oregon High School graduate won the world championship in the compound bow in The Netherlands on June 15, shooting a 148 out of 150 in just his second international event. It’s the first time in a decade a man from the United States has won a world compound title. “I definitely didn’t expect it,” Lutz said. “I went over to The Netherlands with the mindset to win it. I never would have went over if I didn’t think I could win.” With the world title, he won a gold medal, a watch and money from a bow company. Lutz is now ranked fifth in the world and is an emerging face in a sport, compound bow, that enthusiasts hope to get added to the 2024 Summer Games. Lutz compared the recurve bow competition now in the Olympic men’s archery competition to the compound bow. “The recurve bow is like

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Jimmy Lutz, a 2016 Oregon High School grad, won a world championship in compound bow in The Netherlands on June 15. Lutz is currently ranked fifth in the world. the old bow with a stick and a string,” he said. “The compound has cams or wheels on the top and bottom you have to pull back.” Lutz has been archery training full-time this summer in Southern California and is now in Montello training on family land. In two weeks, Lutz will travel to Pennsylvania for

some competitions. Lutz is traveling to Russia for the World Cup final the first week of September. It marks the final outdoor competition of the season. He will then spend more time training and gearing up for the indoor season that starts in late November. Lutz said he will compete in the indoor season in Italy,

France, Korea and China. Though he’s only been shooting with the compound bow for three years, he has gotten hooked on compound competitions now and is continuing as a professional. “I never pictured myself shooting for a living or having a career in it,” he said. “I’m going to do this for as long as I can support myself.”

Getting his start Lutz has enjoyed shooting since he was a kid, but it was only after graduating from Oregon in 2016, he found interest in the compound bow. “I was bored and I decided to practice to see how I could do,” he said. He entered some small competitions and then

Lutz made a lasting impression in his international debut. He finished first in the Hyundai Archery World Cup in Antalya, Turkey, on May 27, shooting a perfect 150-for150. “I felt like I got all my nerves out in Turkey,” he said. Lutz defeated USA teammate Kris Schaff, the reigning indoor and outdoor circuit champion. It was a nail-biter with Schaff dropping just one point. Three weeks later, in the Netherlands, Lutz defeated U.S. teammate Braden Gellenthien, ranked third in the world at the time, in a semifinal and world No. 1 Mike Schloesser, of The Netherlands, in a quarterfinal. He said the pressure of the moments and the crowds energized him. “When I’m shooting, there are still butterflies that are running around in my stomach,” he said. “I just don’t let them get to me as much as some other people.”

Soccer: Panthers claw way to second state championship in five years Continued from page 11 Halverson gave the Panthers a 2-1 lead in the shootout, and Moyer kept the lead by making a diving save on Whitefish Bay senior midfielder Liz Murphy’s shot. She said she had shaken off her nerves with the previous kick going in. “When I dove, I just went for it and trusted my instincts,” Moyer said. “When I got on the ball, I got some confidence that carried on to the next couple of shots.” The Blue Dukes had outshot the Panthers 24-8 and had 14 corner kicks, but Moyer finished with 10 saves. She entered the championship game with 41 saves this season and 15 shutouts, one away from the school record set in 2017. “I’m just so grateful I was able to perform for my team,” Moyer said. “To be able to come through in the end is amazing. It’s been our No. 1 goal all year.” Oregon coach Nelson Brownell wasn’t surprised it

came down to a shootout. “We came into that second overtime thinking if we can hold them, we can win that shootout because Melia has just been unbelievable as far as goalkeeping goes lately,” Brownell said. “She’s one of the top goalkeepers in the state in my mind.” The Blue Dukes struck first when Belle Patzer scored on an assist from Starker in the 48th minute. The Panthers answered when junior midfielder Hanna Rohrer scored from 23 yards out on a direct kick in the 52nd minute. “On those kicks, I try to aim for the far right corner,” Rohrer said. “I knew the wind was behind me. I kicked it less hard than I usually would.” Brownell said set plays like free kicks and corner kicks are areas the Panthers worked on extra during practice leading up to the state tournament. The Panthers won two sectional games sparked by three header goals off corner kicks. “We saw things in games past that we didn’t like what was happening,” Brownell

In the second overtime, Moyer made a save on a shot by Starker in the 10th minute. The Blue Dukes also had two shots sail over the cross bar in the two extra sessions. When the Panthers got to the shootout, that set the stage for the most prolific offense in program history. Oregon finished the season with a school record 103 goals in a single season. Halverson was excited to contribute a goal in the victory. “I have been waiting for this gold ball for so long,” Halverson said. “It’s just surreal.” Halverson recalled her battles with Moyer in practice on penalty kicks and shootout situations. Photo by Mark Nesbitt “All I could think about is Oregon senior forward Macie Cox (right) looks to put a shot we have done it in practice, on net against Whitefish Bay’s Liz Murphy late in the second and if I can score against half of the Panthers’ 2-1 shootout win in the WIAA Division Melia in practice, then I can 2 state championship on Saturday, June 15. score against any goalie in said. “Hanna had a great ball. first extra session, midfield- the state,” she said. You have to put it on frame er Maggie Starker fired a Oregon 2, in order to give yourself a shot with 49 seconds to go chance, and Hanna did exact- that Moyer made the save by Brookfield East 0 ly what she needed to do.” scooping up the shot. With Ella Hughes took her Both the Panthers and one second left, Starker’s coach’s advice about crashBlue Dukes dodged bullets shot inside the box sailed ing the net to heart. With a scoreless tie 41 in the two overtimes. In the wide right.

m i n u t e s i n t o O r eg o n ’s WIAA Division 2 state semifinal, the senior forward corralled the ball from a deflected shot by junior forward Ashley Hanon and powered a goal past Brookfield East goalkeeper Shannon Coryell. Combined with a defense that earned its 15th shutout of the season, that goal was the only score Oregon needed to advance to the title game with a victory over Brookfield East on Thursday, June 13, in Milwaukee. “ I t wa s a t wo - t o u c h moment,” Hughes said. “It was a really good ball into the middle. Someone just had to touch it, and it ended up being me.” The Spartans’ defense had been tough to crack for most of the first half. “It was a huge relief that we could relax a little bit,” Hughes said. “We are usually pretty tense starting out games.” Junior Kaitlyn Schrimpf scored on a breakaway at 63:14 to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead. The Panthers outshot the Spartans on goal 6-3. Moyer had three saves.


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July 12, 2019

Prep sports

Zimba to host two meet and greets MARK NESBITT

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New Verona Athletic and Activities Director Joel Zimb a w i l l h o s t t wo meet and greets this summer to meet

community members before school begins. The first meet and greet is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 5 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center. The second meet and greet session is slated for Tuesday, Aug. 6 from 6 to 7 p.m. at the Boys and Girls

Club of Dane County. Zimba will share his philosophy and take informal questions. 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. Zimba takes over for Mark Kryka, who stepped down at the end of the year after 31 years. He has a master’s degree in sports administration from Valparaiso (Ind.) University.

If You Go What: New Verona Area H.S. Athletic Director Joel ZImba meet and greet When/Where: 5-6 p.m. Monday, Aug. 5 at Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 6 at Boys and Girls Club of Dane County

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The new attendance boundaries for when Verona schools reconfigure in 2020 make direct plans for a new elementary school by 2025. That school has yet to be voted on, and the Verona Area School District board still expects to tweak details of the boundaries, but its members agreed Tuesday, June 25, to make that plan – known as Option E – the baseline for deciding which schools elementary children will attend in fall 2020. When the new, $180 million Verona Area High School opens in fall 2020, Badger Ridge Middle School will move into the current high school building, the charter schools will move into its K-Wing and Sugar Creek Elementary School will move into the current Badger Ridge facility. Both of the plans that remained under discussion on Tuesday, E and A1, had multiple schools over capacity by 2025, meaning a referendum likely would be necessary either way. However, the urgency is greater with Option E. Under that plan, if development occurs as expected and a referendum fails, the district would likely have to come up with another short-term redistricting solution, as it did in 2016 for Glacier Edge. “My hesitation about E initially was I didn’t want to rely on a referendum,” said board member Meredith Stier Christensen. “However, it seems like we will be relying on a referendum no matter what.” Option E would keep the Scenic Ridge and Cathedral Point neighborhoods together

Six students can move early The new attendance boundaries will cause some students to attend one school in 2019-20 and switch to another in 2020-21. Among those are six sixth-graders who would attend Badger Ridge Middle School this fall but have to move to Savanna Oaks Middle School for seventh grade. The board agreed at its June 25 meeting to allow all of them to move a year early. Board members agreed it was a small enough cohort that it was important to allow them the option. The 48 students who would have the same problem with the schools switched – starting at SOMS and going to BRMS – will not be allowed to move early, as that number of students would cause enrollment problems at Badger next year, principal Alan Buss previously told the board. at Country View, which students there have attended since the 2016 short-term solution for overcrowding at Glacier Edge Elementary School. The initial plan would move 12 percent of elementary students (177) to a new attendance area. Some board and Attendance Area Advisory Committee members had concerns about the diversity balance, as Stoner Prairie Elementary School would be 47 percent students of color, with the rest in the low to mid 30 percent range. Consultant Mark Roffers showed the board how changing one or two neighborhoods can help balance that, though each change adds to the number of students switching schools. The board continued looking at that level of change at the following meeting, which was held at 7 a.m. Wednesday, July 10, because of schedule conflicts among board members. As board members brought up specific neighborhoods to

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Providing more staff focused on safety at the high school will help create a better environment and provide more responsiveness when incidents occur, Verona Area School District administrators hope. The district had already planned to add three new security assistant positions when the new high school opens in fall 2020, but fights on campus and parent concerns prompted moving the change a year earlier. The positions will aim for the right balance between building relationships with students and responding to incidents, district director of human resources Jason Olson said. “We don’t really see them as mutually exclusive,” Olson said. “Regardless of the relationship, we’re still going to need to enforce our school practices and policies and procedures.” According to an email from Olson, the $172,750 for the three positions was repurposed from various areas, including some part time positions and professional development funding. The district announced the change

shortly after three fights occurred in one day at Verona Area High School this spring. The school will continue to have a school resource officer on the premises, as well. Olson said a focus on school practices led to interest in a person supervised by the district rather than an additional SRO, which is a Verona Police Department employee. “It wouldn’t make sense from our perspective to hire additional law enforcement officers when we’re trying to get more assistance and support on the school rules and procedures,” he said. “We want to let our law enforcement partners address the criminal behaviors and issues, and we’ll address the school behavior and issues.” The three new staff members will report to the district’s head of security, Corey Saffold. The job description, which the district provided to the Press in June, lists nine “essential job functions.” Those include: • Build positive relationships with students based on open communication and mutual respect. • Assist with supervision of students during the school day to provide a safe and culturally responsive environment in

which learning can take place. • React and respond to crisis situations using appropriate crisis response protocols. Olson said he’s hopeful the staff members can help free up time for other staff, such as social workers and counselors, who have more “specialized training” and certifications, to avoid as much “supervision and coverage” as they’ve had to do in recent years. “We’re just trying to make the best use of people’s time,” he said. The focus on proactive efforts to prevent disruptive behavior or rulebreaking is consistent with the past few years of initiatives in the district that aim to reinforce positives in student behavior, the Nurtured Heart Approach and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Staff have received professional development on those systems, which reward or give attention to students for following rules or setting good examples. The concept is that celebrating good work and relationships built through those interactions will encourage students to behave in a positive manner, as opposed to focusing on negative behaviors.

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Netherwood Knoll Elementary students and staff enjoyed the school’s outdoor classroom during a sunny day earlier this year.

‘Green’ and growing NKE earns national award for healthy education SCOTT DE LARUELLE AND SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group

Netherwood Knoll Elementary was one of three Wisconsin schools recognized this spring for “green and healthy” accomplishments. It became the fourth Oregon School District school to be honored for environmental and health education, and the third to earn a corresponding national designation. Its “Sugar Maple” status is the highest of four levels of state recognition in the Green and Healthy Schools Wisconsin program, earning it recognition by Wisconsin Superintendent of Public Instruction Carolyn Stanford Taylor on May 22, along with Milwaukee’s Schlitz Audubon Nature Preschool and Lincoln Avenue Elementary School. “In these schools, the whole community works to provide a healthy, supportive learning environment (and) students are also taught to understand c u r r e n t e nv i r o n m e n t a l challenges,” Taylor said in a Department of Public Instruction news release. “These are key pieces of ensuring our students graduate ready for the future.” The school’s “green and healthy” work includes spaces like the outdoor arboretum, student learning on concepts like

composting and planting and initiatives on energy, water, recycling and other green topics, according to its profile on the Environmental Education in Wisconsin website. “What was once an overgrown and little-used courtyard inside our school is now a captivating natural area that draws people of all ages and facilitates learning,” the profile states. “With the renovation of the space, our outdoor classroom now has art gardens, a stream/pond area with koi fish and waterfalls, a climbing structure symbolic of a tree fort that inspires imagination, six different raised vegetable beds, a vertical herb garden, a sand area with tools for building, a dirt digging area and a geology labyrinth/exploration area, among many other intriguing features.” The website also highlights various community connections that help the school in its environmental work, including with Anderson Farm Park, the Oregon Police Department and a group called Environmentally Concerned Oregon Students, which works with second graders to plant a school forest. The award wraps up a year full of honors for the Oregon School District, which has made health and environmental education a main focus in recent years. In September, Oregon

High School was awarded a second consecutive Bronze Award in the “A m e r i c a ’s H e a l t h i e s t Schools” award from the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. Schools earn the distinction by meeting criteria for serving healthier meals and snacks, getting students moving more and offering high-quality health and physical education. OHS was one of only 13 schools in the state honored. Also that month, Brooklyn Elementary School and Oregon Middle School were honored for being two of just 46 in the country named 2018 U.S. Department of Education Green Ribbon Schools. The schools were lauded for their “commitment to sustainable practices” and “leadership in facilities, health, and environmental education,” according to a U.S. Department of Education news release. OSD superintendent Brian Busler said district officials are “delighted” another school has been recognized by the Green and Healthy Schools Wisconsin program. “Helping students understand the importance of making healthy choices and practicing making those choices on a daily basis is the foundation for lifelong health and success,” he wrote in an email to the Star.

What’s online ‘Learning a common language’ As students reach OMS and OHS with the district emphasizing positivity, the key to success is ensuring a consistent approach, administrators say.

Sports task force aims for better parent behavior A new OSD group looking to promote equity is aiming for a strong, positive sports culture.


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Fitchburg Star

Pinnacle Health and Fitness adds ‘an outdoor oasis’

Health club adds family-friendly swim area to recreation

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Fitchburg is home to just one outdoor community pool — though a local health club is about to change that. Pinnacle Health and Fitness (5973 Executive Dr.) is adding an outdoor swim complex anticipated to open later this summer. The expansion project broke ground May 9 and promises to provide a more family-oriented space and “full fitness recreational experience,” Pinnacle owner and president Mike McMahon told the Star. The “L” shaped pool will feature a vertical 25-yard section for swimming laps and a shallow horizontal swim area lined with underwater benches for parents to watch their children. It will be a “perfect opportunity for the family to come together and spend some time together and yet still have space for our members who want to swim laps in the summer months,” he said. Lounge chairs and umbrellas will adorn the pool’s walkways, while the expansion will add two family change rooms and an accessible bathroom in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. The changes will supplement the club’s indoor a q u a t i c c e n t e r, w h i c h already features a 25-yard

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From left, Cody Fude and Aaron Krueger of Neuman Pools work on an outdoor pool at Pinnacle Health and Fitness in Fitchburg on Friday, July 5. lap pool and a 94-degree exercise pool. McMahon said the outdoor pool is being added to “attract a younger family,” which is a new twist for the center. “When we added the indoor pools in 2004, the whole program there was all about serving this burg e o n i n g s e n i o r m a r ke t that was about to explode and they loved exercise in water and they prefer warm

water,” he said. A membership at Pinnacle is a “full fitness recreational experience,” McMahon said, with the outdoor pool helping to round out “the warm months of the year.” McMahon joined his first health club when he was 16 and after a short stint in the insurance industry, his interest in fitness lead him to a management role with Century Nautilus Gym

in Hamilton, Ontario. He eventually returned to the United States to work for Market Square Fitness Center in Madison. “We turned them around to profitable businesses and after the second one, I decided if I can turn around a business, I can start a business,” McMahon said. “And so I started from scratch. We wrote the business plan, acquired investors, got a bank willing to

loan us the money.” When McMahon opened Pinnacle in 1997, the building was 16,000 square feet, before subsequent expansions in 2001 and 2004 increased its size. Along with its aquatic center, Pinnacle’s now-36,000 square foot complex is filled with weight training and cardio equipment, rooms for group exercise classes and space for personal and group training programs.

“We’ve got some square footage in the building that is currently going unused and we are trying to determine how we would potentially use that,” McMahon said. “We were throwing around a number of ideas, none of which we’ve settled on yet but there’ll be space for some additional features.” Pinnacle also added a second location on Capitol Square, 44 E. Mifflin St., in 2007, after surveying club members about potential expansion sites. “We found out that a lot of them would use the d ow n t ow n c l u b ve r s u s the other location that we were looking at and so it just worked out perfect,” McMahon said A premier membership at Pinnacle also brings access to partner businesses Prairie Athletic Club in Sun Prairie and Harbor Athletic Club in Middleton.

Hop Haus planning to add new brewery, restaurant Verona brewpub building 10,800 square foot facility SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group

Hop Haus plans to expand into a much larger facility in Fitchburg with an on-site restaurant while keeping its Verona location open. The 231 S. Main St. brewery opened in 2015 and has become a popular staple for trivia nights and music. The bar publicly announced the expansion proposal Monday, July 1. He has filed for a conditional use permit with the City of Fitchburg to construct a 10,800 square foot facility at the corner of Sub-Zero Parkway and Seminole Highway, which would be more than four times the size of its current location. According to the application, it would open in May 2020. “This has been a long time coming,” Hoechst told the Star in an interview Thursday. “It’s the right time, it’s the right spot.” Fitchburg’s Common Council approved a tax-increment financing agreement Tuesday with the developer, Supreme Structures, to construct that and a neighboring office building that will serve as the headquarters for Race Day Events. The Hop Haus proposal will go to the city’s Plan Commission at its July 16 meeting. The brewery celebrated its

anniversary the weekend of June 20-22, and a post on Facebook said “it has been an amazing journey so far and we can’t wait to see what this year brings! Cheers!” The application with Fitchburg states the brewery has outgrown its current location. “Their business has grown and they are looking to expand into a larger facility that provides greater opportunity for brewing, larger tasting room capacity with full service restaurant, and an opportunity for event space,” the application states. Hoechst said the menu would be “simple” with features like burgers, tacos and options for kids, but having a full kitchen would allow them to do specials. The new location would feature an outdoor patio for various events, lawn games and seating, as well as some rooftop seating. It will also have a separate event space available to rent out, Hoechst said. Owners Phil and Sara Hoechst are Verona residents, and Phil had been homebrewing as a hobby while working as a physical therapist before starting the business. Since then, some of its beers, particularly its signature Magic Dragon and Yard Work India pale ales and its Plaid Panther Scotch ale have been distributed in various locations around the Madison area, both on tap and in bottles. Phil Hoechst told the Star they plan to continue to brew small batches at the Verona location

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Hop Haus Brewing Company is proposing a new brewery and restaurant at the corner of Seminole Highway and Sub-Zero Parkway in the City of Fitchburg. and use the new space for larger batches. “It’ll allow us to do some cool stuff before we ramp it up on the big system,” he said.

That system will allow them to through a contract. brew up to 2,500 barrels a year, a jump from the 1,300 they did Contact Scott Girard at ungrelast year, Hoechst said, 1,000 and follow of which were brewed off site him on Twitter @sgirard9.

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FITCHBURG FESTIVAL OF SPEED FIREWORKS Saturday, July 13, 2019 starting at 10:00 p.m. after the live music has concluded at the Agora Pavilion. Bring your blankets, lawn chairs, and family for a great fireworks display! For more information on the Festival of Speed, visit

Thursday, August 8, 2019 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Fitchburg Community Center 5510 Lacy Road – Oak Hall

Appointments are not required but can be scheduled by calling 1-800-733-2767 or by visiting Use sponsor code: Fitchburg

COFFEE WITH THE MAYOR Join Mayor Aaron Richardson for coffee and conversation. Come with questions, concerns, or compliments:

PACK ‘N THE PARK Friday, August 9th at McKee Farms Park

– Saturday, July 27th from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. at Caribou Coffee, 2839 Fish Hatchery Road – Saturday, August 10th from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. at Oasis Café, 2690 Research Park Drive – Wednesday, August 14th from 8:45 to 9:45 a.m. at the Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 Lacy Road – Monday, August 26th from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. at the Fitchburg Senior Center, 5510 Lacy Road

Join the Fitchburg Recreation Department for free carnival games, inflatables, prizes, and the screening of a movie (to be determined). Carnival games start at 6:00 p.m. Movie starts at approximately 8:15 p.m.

COMMUNITY NIGHT OUT Join the Fitchburg Police Department and your neighbors for Fitchburg’s Community Night Out.


Wednesday, August 14th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Huegel-Jamestown Park, 5902 Williamsburg Way - Food & refreshments - Meet your neighbors - Meet first responders - Discover community resources - Explore emergency vehicles - Special visits from Med Flight & other area responders

Fitchburg residents typically have a 65-gallon recycling cart. If you need additional capacity, call Pellitteri Waste Systems at (608) 257-4285 to request a 95-gallon cart. There is a one-time cart swap fee of $15.

RECREATION DEPARTMENT Go to and click on “View Activities” to see our list of programs for this summer!

Youth Dance Classes

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Mrs. Nicole offers a variety of dance classes for kids ages 2-12 years old. She offers Monday, Tuesday, and Saturday classes. All three days have an end of the year dance recital held at the Oregon High School Performing Arts Center. • Classes Offered - Creative Movement (2-3 yrs.), Pre-Ballet 1 (3-5 yrs.), Pre-Ballet 2 (4-6 yrs.), Ballet 1 (5-7 yrs.), Ballet 2 (6-8 yrs.), Ballet 3 (7-11 yrs.), Jazz 1 (4-6 yrs.), Jazz 2 (6-9 yrs.), Jazz 3 (7-11 yrs.), Tap 1 (5-7 yrs.), Tap 2 (7-10 yrs.), Hip Hop (7-12 yrs.), and Lyrical (7-12 yrs.) • Day/Time – Monday evenings and Saturday mornings, September-March (over 18 classes plus rehearsal and recital) • Location – Fitchburg Community Center • Fee – ranges from $171-$251 (recital costumes included) Flag Football is back for the 2019 season. We have leagues for K & 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th & 8th grades. 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

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, H/B – 6pm, P/S – 3pm, Serving – 4 p.m. • Location – Savanna Oaks Gym • Fee - $50 each clinic 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

BOOST YOUR BONES The Fitchburg Senior Center is collaborating with DEXAFIT in Madison to get you excited about a new wellness class focusing on building and/or maintaining your bone density, as well as improving balance, flexibility and muscle strength.

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Save the date for the Senior Center’s 40th anniversary celebration on September 19th. The celebration will take place at the Senior Center from 4:00-7:00 p.m. and will include music by the Red Hot Horn Dawgs. Food and drink will be available for purchase. Watch for more details coming soon!

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Session 1 - August 20 to September 26 Session 2 - October 1 to November 7 Cost $60 per session. Scholarships available upon request. Sign up deadline one week prior to first class. For each registered participant of this class, DEXAFIT will be offering an optional DEXA Scan at a reduced rate of $90. This is $60 off their normal fee. This scan will provide you with the following information: - Bone Density - Body Composition (type and distribution of fat mass vs lean mass) - Body Fat % - Quantity of Visceral Fat (harmful fat surrounding organs) - Muscle Symmetry There is the option of a before and after scan (must take both six-week sessions to see results) for $170. To learn more about the class and benefits of this scan, please join us for a presentation from DEXAFIT on Tuesday, August 13th at 10:30 a.m. Class and presentation held at the Senior Center. To register or for more information, call 270-4290.


July 12, 2019

Fitchburg Star

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City picks public works director

3 apply for District 3 seat

JIM FEROLIE Fitchburg Star editor

The City of Fitchburg has chosen a new public works director. If Michael Bisbach passes his background check, he’ll be the city’s fourth in just over four years. Human resources manager Sarah Olson provided Bisbach’s identity and that of others involved in the city’s search to the Star after he accepted the city’s conditional offer Wednesday, July 10. Bisbach, a senior municipal engineering manager with Jewell Associates, was the second candidate to be offered the job. A candidate in an earlier round of interviews, Jefferson County highway operations manager Brian Udovich, turned down the city’s offer, Olson told the Star in an email. Bisbach is a 1990 UW-Platteville graduate who has also worked

in engineering and project management for the City of Dodgeville and the state Department of Administration, according to his LinkedIn profile. He has been with Jewell since 2014. A c i t y p a n e l i n t e rviewed 10 candidates in all, with five in the first round and five new candidates in the second round. Bisbach was chosen over: David Barber, vice president of operations of Himalayan Consultants; Barton Chapman, senior water resources engineer with Inter-Fluve; Ron Gibbons, senior project engineer with Principle Construction; and Kevin Juntuen, executive officer with the U.S. Navy’s Naval Facilities Engineering Command in Japan. Lisa Coleman, who began in the position July 30 last year, announced her resignation in a March 25 letter. Coleman succeeded Cory Horton, who had been here for more than three years. Email Fitchburg Star editor Jim Ferolie at​

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Three people have applied for the city’s open District 3 alder seat. They are Patrick Cheney, Parks Commission member; Sam Voorhees, who worked in a variety of political and union roles for five years before joining a marketing firm; and Shannon Strassman, an emergency room

technician at St. Mary’s Hospital. July 5 was the deadline to submit applications to succeed Dan Carpenter, who moved into District 2 in May. The Common Council plans to interview the candidates July 24. Cheney submitted a list of his Fitchburg government interests and connections in his application to the city, noting that he’s been a resident for more than 20 years,

has been the president of the East Fitchburg Neighborhood Association and attended every Parks meeting for 15 years before he was appointed in 2017. Voorhees submitted a resume, and he also wrote a letter to the Star this month explaining his interest. The Quarry Hill resident wrote that he hopes to accommodate the many people interested in moving to Fitchburg, while keeping the integrity of

its many existing close-knit neighborhoods. Strassman’s resume, as provided by the city clerk, shows experience as a deposition clerk for a law firm in Chicago before she switched to a healthcare career in 2008. She is an Edgewood High School and Madison College graduate. Email Fitchburg Star editor Jim Ferolie at​

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Time running short for comp plan, alders want detailed process SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group

The update to the City of Fitchburg’s comprehensive plan is already behind the initial schedule set out, and there’s still no decision on how detailed it will be. Alders discussed the possibilities June 25, with a mix of those wanting to get it done quickly, with limited changes, and those who want to take more time to explore new strategies and larger-scale decisions. The comprehensive plan is a state-mandated document that outlines planned

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development and zoning changes up to 20 years out, and incorporates other city plans like Forward Fitchburg and last year’s Housing Plan. The plan adopted 10 years ago established a 50-year planning horizon, far longer than typical comprehensive plans. Amendments can be made once a year to the plan, and the plan must be updated in its entirety every 10 years under state law. Ald. Julia Arata-Fratta (Dist. 2) was concerned about setting a timeline w i t h o u t k n ow i n g m o r e about how in-depth they needed to go, and she mentioned climate change and the anticipated Town of Madison annexation as

major issues to discuss. “We have to know what we are going to change first,” Arata-Fratta said. Ald Dan Bahr (D-2) suggested the council needed to set a timeline first and then determine what can be changed within that timeline. “We’ll never get to it if we don’t vote on a timeline,” Bahr said. With the 2020 census coming up, Ald. Dorothy Krause (D-1) suggested waiting until that information was available in 2021 to incorporate it into the plan. “I think we need to have a good sense of what we’re getting ourselves into and make a reasonable decision


on the best guess of how much time that would take, rather than just starting at the beginning and saying, ‘We want to get it done in six months, so let’s do whatever we can in six months and call it,’” Krause said. Public input opportunities will vary depending on the timetable that is set out, with a shorter one likely meaning the best opportunities would be at public meetings, while longer timetables could include surveys and specific meetings on the topic. Contact Scott Girard at and follow him on Twitter @sgirard9.

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FBI: After program, Fitchburg resident considers law career

Cars: Reporting suspicious activity helps solve crimes Continued from page 1 – but only 30 of those were before Sept. 1. The year before that, it was 24 all year. It’s a region-wide trend, as well, with multiple departments around the county seeing an increase, including Madison. The vehicles are often stolen in one community and then driven elsewhere, which Hartwick said requires cooperation among the agencies. Sharing a data analyst among the cities of Fitchburg, Monona, Middleton and Sun Prairie helps that effort, he said, and vehicle tracking systems like OnStar have been helpful. “The biggest consideration that we have now is coordinating our efforts with other law enforcement agencies and sharing information,” he said. They’re also reliant on citizen reports. Sometimes, those can be delayed or even skipped if nothing is taken during a car break-in. Hartwick said police often hear about such incidents during another interaction weeks or months later. Even if nothing’s taken, Hartwick advised residents to report any suspicious

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Will Popp, third from the left, stands with his family members during his graduation ceremony from the FBI Youth Leadership Program. Tom Marquardt, far left, was an FBI agent for 33 years and was a counselor for the adult program. said. “I was shaking so hard, but I knew I was not giving up.” Enduring the Yellow Brick Road was also a tough feat, Popp said, where he was sent running through the woods, parking garages and hilly, rocky terrain. But the friendships he developed in the process made the early mornings worth it. “I have so many friends all over the U.S. and all over the world, and it’s so nice that I’ll be able to keep in touch with them,” he said.

such a lengthy application … most kids don’t get that.” During that week, Popp was transported into a wo r l d o f “ l o n g d a y s ,” where he and other program participants were up at 4 or 5 a.m. doing physical training, and spending the rest of the days completing classes on leadership and ethical decision making. Attending the program helped change how Popp viewed himself, he said. “Going into it, I wasn’t a really confident person,” A potential career he said. “But I learned that Popp and Marquardt I can be a confident leader and outspoken, and be a both have their “yellow leader not just by actions, bricks,” earned from completing the U.S. Marine but through words.” physical challenge dubbed ‘Hard but fun’ “The Yellow Brick Road,” At the start of the week- Popp’s earned from comlong leadership program, pleting an abbreviated verPopp wasn’t really a fan of sion. For Popp and Marquardt, the early morning starts. And running through PT have matching bricks is was “hard but fun,” Popp something they take pride said, as he learned he could in. And while it’s not a tackle any physical challenge put in front of him guarantee that Popp will as long as he had the men- join his grandfather by tal ability to keep pushing going into law enforcehimself, including a plank- ment following the FBI ing competition where he Youth Leadership Program outlasted the other partic- – Popp is still only a sophipants for seven minutes omore in high school, after all – it’s something he’s and eight seconds. “If you have a strong now started seriously conwill, you can do it,” he sidering. “Before it was just an

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