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‘An air of discovery’
Fitchburg resident takes up childhood dream of paleontology KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group
Festival of Speed photos Page 2 City opposes North Stoner Prairie development Page 3 Fitchburg dog park opens for summer Page 8
Business Paik’s martial arts opens on Research Park Drive
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Ta’Nijah Mondy, 8, tapes ribbons onto the top of her maraca during the Leopold Community Night on Tuesday, July 10.
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Schools New principal for Leopold Elementary School OSD Friends group raises money for local programs Page 15
Liz Zimdars has had a busy summer. Every Monday through Thursday, Fitchburg’s outreach librarian loads up the library’s van full of activities and supplies and makes the six-minute drive to Aldo Leopold Park, where the community outreach program has been running since June 18. “I haven’t slept for Zimdars weeks, I’m full of mosquito bites and covered in sunburn,” she told the Star last week. “It has been so much fun.” The program started on a much smaller scale last summer, when the van was introduced in August 2017. Some Fitchburg residents don’t have access to the library and its services because of the city’s wide range of residents with different socioeconomic situations, some of whom may not be able to pay for transportation to get to the library. The goal was to strengthen the PRSRT STANDARD ECRWSS US POSTAGE
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through a program offered by the senior center, as well as dance classes and yoga. “We’re seeing how important a program like this is,” Zimdars said. “We’re seeing, on average, at least 50 people a day, so the response really has been fantastic.” And while they can’t use stationary services like the library’s computers during the outreach events, some of the library services are able to fit into the white van that Zimdars stuffs full. “So far, we’ve had almost 200 kids sign up for the summer reading program, that’s bananas and so awesome,” Zimdars said. “They might not have been able to participate otherwise because they can’t get to the library, so now we can do it together, each afternoon, with a snack and a story. We’re all reading together.”
community connections between those individuals and the programs the library can provide. Last summer, the program ran just a few days a week, with some special events during the school year. This year the program was expanded to afternoons four days a week, with special events Tuesday nights. The events include games, reading times and crafts, as well as some other activities coordinated Community for community with local businesses and organiHowever enthusiastic and passionzations. These include free lunches ate, Zimdars is only able to accomwith REAP Food Group and bike plish so much on her own. safety programs and obstacle coursBut she has wide-reaching supes with Healthy Kids Collaborative port. and Dream Bikes Repair. For adults, The library hired three part-time there’s free blood-pressure checks
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Tom LaChance has loved dinosaurs for the majority of his life. Born and raised in Waterbury, Connecticut, he remembers going to Yale University’s Peabody Museum of Natural History with his older brother and aunt at the age of seven. Upon walking into the dinosaur hall, he threw his hat up into the air – as high as he could — and shouted, “Hurray!” From that day, the love of dinosaurs never left him. “I’ve been enthusiastic ever since,” he said. LaChance, a Fitchburg resident, had considered going into paleontology after high school, until “well-meaning” people convinced him out of it, saying “you don’t want to live grant to grant.” So he opted for a variety of different careers – bank auditing, running a printing shop, and separate State of Wisconsin government stints in the departments of the Disability Determination Bureau, Natural Resources and Revenue – where the only thing in common was a paycheck. It took a few decades, but LaChance has finally come around to being the paleontologist he had dreamed of as a child. It’s a spark that was rekindled in 2003, when he accompanied Boy Scout Troop 11 to South Dakota for a dinosaur dig. “ O n t h e wa y b a c k , I decided, ‘well, I have a new hobby,’” he said. Fossil hunter That hobby has since taken LaChance to Morocco, England and Wales in search of fossils. Last month, he spent five days in Hanksville, Utah alongside other volunteers with the Burpee Museum from Rockford, Ill., looking for
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A festive Fourth of July Residents in Fitchburg’s Quarry Hill prizes, scrambled for candy after breakneighborhood participated in a Fourth ing star-shaped piñata and cooled off with of July parade last Wednesday. Children popsicles. decked out their bikes, scooters and wagons in red, white and blue for the parade. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimAfter the parade, participants gathered at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her Quarry Hill Park, where kids won raffle on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.
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Competitors in a Master’s 35+ criterium race around the course around the Agora pavilion and Promega Life Sciences complexes during the Fitchburg Festival of Speed on Saturday, July 7. The 11:30 a.m. criterium was an hour-long race, the longest of all races.
New athletic event speeds into Fitchburg Fitchburg’s newest athletic competition, the Fitchburg Festival of Speed, had its inaugural event on Saturday, July 7. The event focused heavily on cycling events, holding criterium races for the Wisconsin Cycling Association’s state championship, but also had a 25-mile ride, 5K race and a kid’s fun run. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.
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Center, Oliver Jaw, 4, rides down the parade route on Quarry Hill Drive alongside his brother Charlie, 6.
From right, Eva Webb carries an ice cream coneshaped balloon while holding hands at Fitchburg Festival of Speed with her mother Ashley and sister Nora. Her sister Olivia behind her also attended as the three sisters watched their father race in a criterium race earlier in the day.
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City of Fitchburg
North Stoner high-density gets majority opposition Neighbors complain about plan change, alders call it a ‘mistake’ SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group
While the plan hasn’t been changed yet, it looks unlikely any high-density housing will be part of the North Stoner Prairie Neighborhood. Dozens of neighbors of the development at the corner of Seminole Hwy. and Lacy Road turned out to the June 26 Common Council meeting to express opposition to rezoning a portion of the development to allow for a 182-unit housing development. Such zoning is part of the city’s comprehensive plan, which was changed last August when developer Chris Ehlers asked to add a church to the development. Ehlers has said the change was necessary to recover taxable value, since the church’s property is now tax-exempt. Neighbors said they felt betrayed at the idea of high-density, which was not part of the initial plan worked out in 2013. Many told the council they had lost “trust” in their local government. Ald. Dan Carpenter (Dist. 3) said the council “erred” in changing the plan last year. “I think people have made it very clear over the course of months where they stand on this issue,” he said. “The council made a mistake in the first place; we were gonna correct our mistake. “In the meantime, you have done nothing to change your proposal,” he added, speaking to the developer. He, along with Alds. Tom Clauder (D-4) and Dan Bahr (D-2), proposed a new amendment to the
comprehensive plan that would return the zoning to medium-density residential, with five to six dwelling units per acre. “The whole amendment I sponsored has to do with trust,” Clauder said. “If you can’t trust somebody, you can’t vote for them.” The zoning has not been changed despite being listed as planned-development district in the comprehensive plan. The request to change it was on the June 26 agenda as a referral to the Plan Commission, rather than a discussion item for the council. Usually, the commission discusses rezoning requests first and makes recommendations to the council. The council voted to send it to the commission, even though some alders said that was a waste of time. Ehlers and his legal representative argued referring it out was “simply procedural” and he had “a right to apply” for the referral. “I’ve never seen one in my entire career not referred to the Planning Commission,” said real estate attorney Robert Procter. “You want to go to the substance (of the idea), without the substance ever being presented.” Bahr said there “is not a majority on this Council that supports this.” “I’m not gonna ever vote for 182 units on that property,” Bahr said. While the rezoning requests and the comprehensive plan amendment were both referred out for the July 17 Plan Commission meeting, the rezoning was scheduled initially to come back to the Council July 24. The plan amendment wasn’t scheduled to return until September. Alders asked Mayor Jason Gonzalez to make sure all of the items came back to them at the same time – likely in September. Contact Scott Girard at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @sgirard9.
Short-term fix eyed for station CIP: $8 million in 2024, expansion around 2030 ALEXANDER CRAMER Unified Newspaper Group
Fitchburg’s police department might have to wait for the new station city leaders have envisioned. Alders decided July 12 to scrap plans for a $25 million standalone facility and instead build a smaller, shorter-term fix in about five years that could be expanded in 2030. The timing and scope of the facility have been a source of debate over the past several years, particularly in 2015, when then-Mayor Steve Arnold put it in his five-year capital improvement plan for 2020 and alders voted to remove it. The plan, which is not binding but guides the budget planning process each year, has since become a 10-year planning document. Mayor Jason Gonzalez had proposed this year to build the full facility in 2021-22, a year earlier than in last year’s CIP, but some alders did not find that feasible. “I would like this to building to be built soon, but the money’s not there,” Ald. Julia Arata-Fratta (Dist. 2) said. “Otherwise, we put the city in a precarious financial position.” Arata-Fratta joined Ald. Dan Bahr (D-2) and Tony Hartmann (D-4) on an amendment to cut the project into phases, the first of which would open in 2024 and cost $8 million. A modified version of that amendment, which included spending another $10 million to finish the project in 2030, passed unanimously. Alders passed eight other amendments to the mayor’s proposed CIP, most
of which were the subject of light debate. A proposal from Ald. Tom Clauder (D-4) to eliminate funding for a Fish Hatchery Road fix got contentious before failing 7-1. Though most alders agreed the police department needed a new building soon, some said they were “handcuffed” by the city’s finances. The city’s policy is to not exceed a 25 percent ratio of debt to operating budget, and alders proposing the amendment argued that exceeding this could affect the city’s bond rating, making loans more expensive. Ald. Dan Carpenter (D-3) said the city has had financial problems before and previous leaders reined it in by instituting policies like keeping the debt ratio below 25 percent. A 2015 space-needs analysis recommended more than doubling the department’s square footage, finding a 12,684 squarefoot deficiency already and the amendment plans for 80,000 square feet total in the coming years. The plan as amended would spend $1.6 million in 2020 for planning and land acquisition on a facility to alleviate short-term space needs, with a construction cost of about $6.4 million. Police chief Chad Brecklin told the council he understood the “quandary” the council was in and that he would not advocate irresponsible fiscal policy. “However, obviously I do need to advocate for the personnel that work out of the police department,” Brecklin said. “We’re talking about a 2015 recommendation that may not be fully addressed for 12 to 15 years.” Ald. Tom Clauder (D-4), a retired Fitchburg police officer, said the needs of the department should be
prioritized, even if it would mean filling fewer potholes or building fewer park shelters. Inadequate police infrastructure might make it harder to attract talent to the force, he said. Bahr said he agreed with everything the chief said, but concluded, “We just don’t have the money.” Gonzalez recommended approving the amendment with the understanding that the CIP is a planning document and the real work would come during debates over the budget in the fall. “You have a commitment as a mayor and someone who supports this, if we can get this done, we’ll get this done as soon as possible,” Gonzalez said. The CIP passed 6-2, with Alds. Arata-Fratta and Clauder dissenting, citing the high cost to taxpayers.
Fish Hatchery debate The Fish Hatchery Road discussion was the most contentious debate of the night despite its lopsided vote. The mayor’s plan included $12.3 million for work on the road, and Clauder’s amendment proposed simply removing the project, saying it is the county’s responsibility to fix it. Alders and the mayor all agreed the road needs to be fixed soon, but the majority conceded the city bears some responsibility to pay for it. The county has offered to pay 20 percent of the cost to redo the road – which is also County Hwy. D – from the Beltline to McKee Road. But under that deal, the road would be transferred to the city’s jurisdiction, leaving it with the future responsibility of all maintenance. Alders have hesitated to take that deal as the road has fallen into disrepair. Gonzalez said the county
is “shirking” its duty to maintain the road. “I’m sick of it,” the mayor said. Clauder raised his voice and slammed his hand on the table to emphasize points while arguing against the city taking over the road. “It’s a commuter road,” he said. “I don’t want the taxpayers paying for that road.” Arata-Fratta said maintaining the road could cost $500,000 a year, including plowing and maintaining the surface, the retaining walls and the infrastructure above and below it. At one point, Carpenter sharply questioned Ald. Dorothy Krause (D-1), who also sits on the County Board. Krause said she had not studied the issue carefully enough to have an opinion, but Carpenter pointed out that she represented the area. “It’s your district,” Carpenter said. Gonzalez said at one point the city should fix the road and send the county the bill. “I’m serious,” he said. He also asked whether he had the power to put signs on the road directing motorists to call their Dane County Board representative if they want the road repaired, listing names and phone numbers. City administrator Patrick Marsh told him he did. After the meeting, Alds. Arata-Fratta and Bahr suggested a referendum asking voters whether they want to take responsibility for the road. Until February, it was assumed the county would transfer the road to Fitchburg when its population officially reached 500,000, as provided in state law. That law has since been changed to require a population of 750,000.
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Resource Conservation Commission
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Volunteers needed for invasives Thank you to City of Fitchburg and Verona Cub Scout Pack 549/Leader Chris Hauski, whose scouts and families on May 19 planted over 100 mature native prairie plants into the Wildwood Kettle in Fitchburg, located just south of Fire Station No. 1 at Lacy and Osmundsen Roads. About 2.4 acres, it is a gently rolling glacial formation, now used for stormwater collection/retention. Over time it has become crowded with invasive plants, such as buckthorn, non-native honeysuckle, wild parsnip and garlic mustard. Despite this, common milkweed grows, providing summer breeding habitat for survival-threatened monarch butterflies and other native pollinators, now better recognized as essential to farm/ food production. The donated plants were from neighbors to prairie areas, whose vegetable gardens had been unintended hosts. The city provided compost and mulch to give them a good start. Prior to the project start, the parcel was given a burn treatment, providing a more receptive growing environment. Throughout the season these new plants varieties will provide nectar.
Many un-mowed park and open space areas are losing the battle with invasive species which continue to choke out beneficial plants, causing dead zones and requiring ongoing citizen help. This is expensive to repair and, if left unattended, these areas can become unusable. As for Wildwood Kettle and nearby Wildwood Prairie Park, we need volunteers to continue the momentum. Whether on your own or as an organization, youths or adults, we would love your help and support. Even a small amount of time goes a long way. We have some preplanned work dates, and will also make arrangements to work to your schedule. Please join our invasive control patrol. Scheduled dates are July 14 and 28. Meet on Osmundsen Road at Norwich Street. If you plan to attend, and for more info contact Sue Easterday at 628-9910, email@example.com. Sturdy shoes, long pants/ sleeves, insect repellant and gloves are recommended. If you have them, bring lopping tools, clippers and bow saws. Susan Easterday City of Fitchburg
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Fitchburg’s runoff water cycle
ext time a politician promises to “cut your taxes” ask, “From where?” and, “What will we have to give up?” If you’re told government institutions like the EPA stand for something like the “Employment Prevention Association,” ask yourself what happened before that department existed. Here’s a hint: It started with the consolidation of several federal agencies in 1970, a year after the Cuyahoga River caught fire in Cleveland. The Madison area had an environmental crisis of its own last month, when Lake Mendota saw one if its earliest and largest blue-green algae blooms. Many of us not only saw but smelled it. Blue-green algae is really a toxic bug, cyanobacteria, and Lake Mendota stunk so badly that people from the Tenney Park Locks all the way to the UW Boat House evacuated the lakeshore. Exposure to, and especially ingesting Cyanobacteria can be fatal to animals. The official cause of these blooms is “nutrient pollution.” What this means is phosphorous-polluted water, which comes from fertilizer. If we’re ever going to fix our phosphorus problem, we’re going to have to start using less and help farmers keep more on their fields. Agricultural runoff is the primary driver behind algae blooms in our lakes, as Steve Carpenter, UW’s professor emeritus of limnology, explained. “Despite all of the work we’ve done,
we’ve still got a tremendous amount of manure on the land and phosphorus in the soil, and when we get these unusually high precipitation events, that material can just wash into the lake,” said Carpenter. These “unusually high precipitation events” are getting more and more common, driven by our warming climate. Farmers, planners and developers often get the blame, but we are all responsible. Fitchburg’s environmental engineers have continually reminded us the city needs to be mindful of our stormwater retention and runoff planning. That means building and aintaining ponds and channels that allow for soaking into the ground, which acts as a natural filter. From the beginning, we’ve studied flowing water as a matter of public safety, to help predict flooding. Later, we used this information to help slow it down and reduce soil erosion (though 12 tons per acre of valuable Midwest topsoil still makes it into the Gulf of Mexico every year). More recently, we have come to understand that controlling stormwater is a major weapon in the fight to reduce nutrient runoff and pollution, especially phosphorus. The city has more than 50 public and scores more private ponds, which need regular attention and proactive management. Most of our stormwater eventually flows into the Rock River, and then into
the Mississippi near the Quad Cities. It takes a lot of nutrients with it. We have a master plan for one of Fitchburg’s seven watersheds, the Nine Springs Watershed, which flows into Mud Lake near Monona and covers the densest, most populous part of our city. Before politicians began dismantling the state Department of Natural Resources, Wisconsin’s EPA rule enforcer, the city was awarded three DNR planning grants to address stormwater planning (from 2009-2012, though one was rescinded). That’s a good start, but Fitchburg has 7 distinct watersheds. Regarding your farmer neighbors – ask if they have the resources they need to deploy best practices like low tillage and planting perennial ‘cover crops.’ At your own home, make sure you don’t overwater or use high levels of fertilizer. Compost your leaves and household organics, then use that compost to offset fertilizer on your garden or your lawn. It’s as easy as recycling. Also be sure to only use fertilizer with a zero in middle of the NPK recipe, such as “6-0-2.” Finally, the next time a politician says “vote for me. I’ll cut your taxes,” remember how we got here and why we have a DNR and an EPA. Tony Hartmann is an alder for District 4 and a member of the City of Fitchburg’s Resource Conservation Commission.
Consider lifestyle changes along with a good cleanse
art of the job of any good health care provider is to empower the people they work with. If we can give you the knowledge and tools to make consistent healthier lifestyle choices, you’ll have the best chance of living a full and enjoyable life, healing faster and setting yourself up to prevent problems in the future. One of the more powerful changes I see people make on their own is to start detoxing their body and reducing their exposure to toxins. This can help the brain and body calm down, come out of a hypervigilant state and allow for healing and repair of damaged tissues. Detoxing is the process of getting rid of the stuff in your body that you don’t need or that is harmful to you. It is a process that is happening at all times, naturally, through organs like your lungs, liver, kidneys, bowels and skin. If your exposure to toxins exceeds your body’s ability to eliminate them or if the organs that do this work are functioning at a reduced level for whatever reason, you can start to experience signs and symptoms of needing to detox. One client recently came to the office to address chronic hip and low back pain, as well as some more systemic digestive issues. She had done a 21-day cleanse in the past with great results, and she chose to repeat it shortly after we started working together. Her goal was to reduce her food cravings; she knew smart dietary changes would help the inflammation and pain in her body calm down but was having a hard time being consistent. She and I both believe the work she did on her own
helped her get the positive results she was looking for. There are some generally accepted signs that suggest you might want to consider detoxifying your body. They include fatigue that isn’t helped by more sleep (especially in the mornings), a visible coating on the tongue, food cravings, blood sugar swings, increased abdominal/belly fat, moodiness, brain fog, autoimmunity problems, chemical sensitivity, skin issues and insomnia (especially between 1 and 4 a.m.). Many sources say it’s good to consider an intentional detox twice a year, regardless of symptoms. To start to identify where these toxins are coming from, stop for a second and look around your home. There are cleaning products under your sink with poison warning labels, processed food on your shelves that can stay there for months without going bad and shampoo bottles with ingredients you probably can’t pronounce. Toxins are all around us, and many are in a hidden form that we can’t see, smell, touch or taste. You can think of your solution in two parts. First, reduce the number of toxins you are exposed to on a daily basis, and second, enhance the effectiveness of the detoxification pathways in your body that are used to keep you clean. Reducing your exposure to toxins can include buying organic and free-range food when possible. The Environmental Working Group (EWG) offers helpful lists on foods that hold a higher pesticide content and therefore should be bought organic or avoided (EWG’s “dirty dozen” list).
Use natural cleaning products in your home, as well as natural personal-care products, such as deodorant (my favorite is American Provenance, a local company), shampoo and soaps. Have your tap water tested, and if contaminants are found, install an appropriate water filter. Avoid using plastic water bottles. Also consider removing any metal dental fillings, as they are a source of mercury (be sure to use a qualified biological dentist). To upgrade your body’s ability to process and eliminate toxins more effectively, proper rest, more pure water, daily exercise with sweating and increased fiber intake (fruits, vegetables, and psyllium husk powder) will help. Add 1-3 teaspoons of lemon juice to a glass of water every morning to help your liver do its daily detox work. Avoid processed foods when possible. If you want to do deeper work by following a specific dietary or supplement-based cleanse for a period of time, it does help to make sure that your own detox pathways are up to speed first, generally through rest, movement and water intake. I’ve also heard great results from people following a juice cleanse for a few days; the yoga studio I attend, Perennial Yoga, offers these occasionally. Whenever considering a cleanse, it is important to make sure that your body would have the additional “metabolic energy” to do this extra work. When in doubt, consult with a doctor or health care professional to see if you are ready for a deeper cleanse. Dr. Laura Konopacki is the owner of BodyWave Chiropractic in Fitchburg.
Environmental accountability needed with development Upon discovering a new “for sale” sign near our home at the intersection of Whalen and Caine roads, my 6-year old daughter decried, “No! They are going to tear down all of the trees to put a ton of houses here! I’m so tired of this! Who is in charge of cutting down all of the trees and putting these houses here, mama?” I couldn’t answer because there are myriad of influences governing our city’s choices to so aggressively develop. We bought our first home here in what was a primarily rural area. Young families purchased homes in the area because they were an affordable option and an
alternative to your typical suburb. We love our homestead and are doing our part to honor the two acres we bought by growing food on it, planting native plants to attract bees and butterflies and staying connected with our community surrounding us. What my child sees is the inherent lack of honoring the environment as this city thrusts forward in its “capital improvement plan.” In the midst of all of this “growth,” I fail to see what improvements are being done to honor the land. What are our attempts to offset the huge carbon footprint left in the wake of creating
suburbia? We are not going to thwart the city’s urgency to burgeon, I realize this. We need to call upon environmental and social accountability as we move forward so that this city doesn’t turn into another vanilla suburb replete with tiny boxes and zero authenticity. More community involvement, more environmental impact and more awareness to the fact that we do have a voice and we should use those voices to call out our governing body when necessary. Annie Wiszynski Miller City of Fitchburg
July 13, 2018
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1 up, 1 down for senior housing proposals SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group
A pair of senior housing proposals for opposite ends of Fish Hatchery Road got opposite outcomes at the June 26 Common Council meeting. A proposal that would’ve added 73 senior units in a three-story building at 2556 South Fish Hatchery Road, near Nobel Drive, was voted down 5-2 by the Council, many of whom praised the project but expressed concerns about traffic. The other project, to add 160 units in a four-story building at the corner of Traceway Drive and North Fish Hatchery Road, was discussed in closed session. When the council returned to open session, administrator Patrick Marsh said alders directed staff to proceed with a letter of support the developer needed to apply for public grants, and with negotiations toward a development agreement, which could include city funding.
South Fish Hatchery Alders had debated turning down the proposal for the South Fish Hatchery Road apartments two weeks earlier without even referring it to the Plan Commission. On a 4-4 tie vote, broken by Mayor Jason Gonzalez, they sent it to the commission, and it came back with a favorable recommendation. That was not enough for some alders. “It is so obvious that this is not the right spot for this kind of housing,” said Ald. Dan Carpenter (Dist. 3). “Just because we need something doesn’t mean we put it anywhere.” Ald. Julia Arata Fratta (D-2) was one of the two yes votes on the proposal. She said the city could work with the developer to satisfy the traffic concerns. “We need to have more
affordable senior housing,” she said. But Alds. Aaron Richardson (D-3), Tom Clauder (D-4), Anne Scott (D-1) and Dan Bahr (D-2) joined with Carpenter in opposition. “It’s a great project in the wrong location,” Clauder said.
Traceway Drive The plan for the larger of the two proposals was mostly discussed in closed session June 26, but direction from alders that followed indicated general support for the project. The complex, which would feature a mix of 1- and 2-bedroom apartments, would require someone to be 55 or older to be on the lease (though a second tenant could be younger). Developer David Gevers told alders June 12 his company, E.J. Plesko and Associates, was hoping to receive $3.1 million in tax-increment financing for the $33 million project, and that it would also be applying for other grants to help support the development. One of those, through the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority, had a deadline of June 29 and required at least a letter of support from a city. The council authorized that letter from Gonzalez in closed session. According to the project plan submitted to the city, the complex would feature federal and state low-income housing tax credit units with an average unit income restriction of 60 percent of the Dane County median. The site would also include 185 off-street parking stalls – 74 surface and 11 covered – which is below the city’s normal requirement of two per residential unit. The proposal states that in the developer’s experience with senior housing developments, two would be “excessive.”
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A home on the 5800 block of Tree Line Drive is uninhabitable following a fire on Tuesday, July 3, that destroyed half of the roof. The fire’s cause could not be determined as of Wednesday, July 11.
Fire leaves home with $500K in damage Source of fire confirmed to be in upstairs bathroom KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group
A house fire last week that displaced a family on the 5800 block of Tree Drive has caused $500,000
in damage, a fire department spokesperson said Wednesday. Fitchburg Fire Department chief Joe Pulvermacher said last week Tuesday that he estimated that the fire had caused no less than $200,000 worth of damage and said an investigation would need to be conducted to determine the actual damages.
Promega Corp. will begin its expansion later this month after the Common Council approved a plan for public funding assistance. The Council last month approved boundaries and a project plan for tax-increment financing district No. 12 to help the biotech company fund its $190 million expansion of its research and development operation. The TID will contribute up to $14.8 million toward the project, which will also include “several roadway improvements” in the area. TIF districts allow cities to control any taxes on the increased value of developed land from all underlying taxing jurisdiction when it is determined the development
wouldn’t happen without the financial assistance – known as the “but for” test. The new 270,000-squarefoot facility, which the company will hold a groundbreaking for July 19, would be located on the business’ current campus along East Cheryl Parkway. The plan also calls for two new floors of parking with about 340 spaces and a 4,800-squarefoot central utility plant. Occupancy is anticipated by the end of 2020. Area roadway improvements include extending Fahey Glen from the East Cheryl Parkway roundabout to Lacy Road, reconstruction of that roundabout and traffic-calming improvements along East Cheryl Parkway. Of the $14.8 million authorized in TIF, $3.2 million is projected to go toward public
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First major upgrades made in 18 years Riders of the Capital City State Trail in the Fitchburg area will need to take an alternate route for the next six weeks. The first phase of the Capital City State Trail repaving project began July 9. In it, 6.5 miles of the trail will be resurfaced from Nob Hill Road in the city of Monona to Glacier Valley Road in the city of Fitchburg. The portion
of the trail being repaved runs near County MM, Syene and McCoy roads. Alternate routes will be posted for the duration of the construction, which are rated by anticipated traffic stress levels for bikers. The first phase of the project is to be completed no later than Nov. 1, according to Dane County’s Parks website. In addition to being repaved, the trail will also get culvert replacements and shoulder restoration.
Phase 2 of the project, which is scheduled for 2019, will focus on the portion of the trail from Glacier Valley Road to Seminole Highway. The third phase will finish off the project by completing upgrades to the portion of the trail from Seminole Highway to Verona Road
in 2020. According to the county’s website, the project is being funded by a $45,000 Recreational Trails grant a n d a $ 2 4 5 , 0 0 0 S t ew ardship grant from the Department of Natural Resources. – Kimberly Wethal
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were able to escape the home safely with the family’s dog. The home was uninhabitable after the fire due to substantial damage to the roof.
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That same investigation determined that the fire started in the ceiling of the upstairs bathroom, department spokesperson Meredith Shelton told the Star Wednesday. An exact cause of the fire could not be determined. Two children were home at the time of the start of the fire around 11:15 a.m. on Tuesday, July 3. They
July 13, 2018
‘Upping the ante’ ‘24-hour challenge’ for annual Boys and Girls Club bike fundraiser KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group
Each year, Fitchburg Family Pharmacy owner Thad Schumacher promises to do something “kooky” in order to boost the amount of fundraising for the annual Bike for Boys & Girls Club event. The first year he participated in the non-profit’s fundraiser, held at McKee Farms Park, he agreed to ride his 45-pound “fat bike” on the 50-mile course if his team raised $2,000. Last year, after meeting a $10,000 goal, Schumacher rode that same 50-mile bike route three times over. “We’re upping the ante every year,” he told the Star last week. Since Schumacher can’t really increase the amount of cycling from what he did last year as an incentive, he’s had to be a little bit creative. So this year, he and his team are going to rack up as many miles as they can … before the actual event even starts. This year’s Bike for Boys & Girls Club event is 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21, featuring 8-, 25- and 50-mile bike routes. However, for every mile ridden before the event from 7 a.m. Friday, July 20, to 6:30 a.m. Saturday, Schumacher and the Fitchburg Family Pharmacy will donate $1 to the Bike for Boys & Girls Club for their 24-hour
If You Go What: Bike for Boys & Girls Club fundraiser When: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 21 Where: McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road Info: bike4bgc.com
Challenge. He said they’ll donate up to $4,000 for the miles ridden before the event. Individuals and other businesses are welcome to join the challenge, Schumacher said. The event is the non-profit’s largest fundraiser, he said, helping the club provide services such as tutoring, transportation and food needs. All riders will start and finish routes at Saris, a bike rack manufacturer at 5253 Verona Road, with their mileage calculated at the beginning and end of their rides. Schumacher was in the top 15 fundraisers last week, having brought in $975, 20 percent of his $5,000 goal. He called the work done by the Boys & Girls Club in Fitchburg as “essential” to the community through the services they provide. “They do tremendous work in our community helping youth,” he said. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly. firstname.lastname@example.org and follow her on Twitter @ kimberly_wethal.
Annual Agora Art Fair turns 10 100 artists, many local, to show off their work
ALEXANDER CRAMER Unified Newspaper Group
A decade in the making, the Agora Art Fair is showing no signs of slowing down. Featuring 100 artists, food, five live bands and artful kites flying through the air, the fair will celebrate its tenth birthday in style. Held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 18, at the Agora Pavilion, 5500 E. Cheryl Pkwy., the fair gives people the chance to stroll between artists’ booths to browse their work, ranging from pottery to paintings and most everything in between. Most of the artists are local, including jewelers Kerri Shannon and Julie Snyder of Fitchburg, and a few from 14 South Artists, a group of southern Wisconsin artists who meet in Oregon. There will be an array of food options from brats to salads, ribs to rice boxes and donuts to jambalaya. Liliana’s Restaurant, the Rolling Pin Bake Shop and Slide Cart and Catering are a few of the local vendors, and Capital Brewery will be on hand at the beer garden. Music will kick off early with the Madison Flute Club playing at the Agora Pavilion starting at 9:45 a.m. The fair’s two stages will each host two bands, with Celtic music from Bi Dána on the Art stage from 10:30 a.m. to
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Ashley Holland, of New Glarus, and Katie Voss, of Madison, flip through prints by Town of Middleton acrylic painter Karen Watson-Newlin at the 2016 Agora Art Fair. 1:30 p.m. and the Tony Castaneda Latin Jazz Band set to play the second set from 2-5 p.m. At the Capital stage, the Red Hot Horn Dawgs will play the early slot from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. and West Side Andy with Reverend Raven will finish things off from 2-5 p.m. If you happen to look to the sky while you’re checking out a show, you might find some unexpected art floating around. Back by popular demand, “Art in the Wind” is a chance for local
kitefliers to show off their artistic creations, some of which are homemade and can be as big as a house. If you’re feeling creative, Artful Escapes and Dane Arts Mural Arts will be teaming up to present demonstrations and host a mini-painting lesson. And for the younger crowd, the Children’s Art Yard will offer simple projects like clay sculpture, mask-making and coloring. For more information, visit agoraartfair.com.
If You Go What: Tenth annual Agora Art Fair When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, August 18 Where: 5500 East Cheryl Parkway Info: agoraartfair.com
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Calendar of events Friday, July 13
• 4-5 p.m., Perler beads (ages 5-12), library, 7291760
Saturday, July 14
• 3-4 p.m., Musical instrument crafts (ages 5-12), library, 729-1760
Monday, July 16
• 9:30, 11 a.m., Preschool storytime (ages 2-5), library, 729-1760 • 6-10 p.m., Concerts at McKee: Kinfolk, McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road, fitchburgchamber.com
Tuesday, July 17
• 3:30 p.m., LEGO Mind-
storm (ages 7-12, registration required), library, 729-1762 • 5-7 p.m., Leopold Community Night, Aldo Leopold Park, 2906 Traceway Dr., fitchburgchamber.com • 6-7 p.m., Adult craft evening (registration required), library, 7291763
Wednesday, July 18
• 10-11 a.m., Wednesday morning book discussion: “Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore,” library, 7291763 • 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., Toddler Explorers – STEM workshop (ages 1-3),
library, 729-1762 • 10 a.m., Wednesday bike ride, senior center, 270-4292 • 6:30-8:30 p.m., Get involved in Wisconsin Solar presentation, community center, 270-4285 • 7-8 p.m., Best travel apps (registration required), library, 7291763
Thursday, July 19
• 10 a.m. to noon, Wellness checks, senior center, 270-4290 • 3-6 p.m., Fitchburg Farmers Market, Agora Pavilion, 5511 E. Cheryl Pkwy., fitchburgchamber. com • 7-8 p.m., Summer concert series: Prairie Bayou Cajun Band, library, 7291763
Friday, July 20
• 4-5 p.m., Perler beads (ages 13-17), library, 7291760
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• 7 a.m. to 2 p.m., 16th Annual Bike for Boys & Girls Club, McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road, b4bgc.com
• 2-3 p.m., Magic Morgan and Liliana show, library, 729-1760 • 5-7 p.m., Leopold Community Night, Aldo Leop-
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Wednesday, July 25
Monday, July 30
• 10-11 a.m., Toddler art (ages 1-3), library, 7291760 • 10 a.m., Wednesday bike ride, senior center, 270-4292 • 6-7:30 p.m., Getting to know Medicare class, library, 729-1763
Thursday, July 26
• 9:30-11 a.m., Getting to know Medicare class, library, 729-1763 • 10-11 a.m., STEAM Power! (ages 2-5), library, 729-1762 • 10-11:3o a.m., iPhone and iPad device seminar with FACTv (registration required), senior center, 270-4290 • 10 a.m. to noon, Wellness checks, senior center, 270-4290 • 1-1:45 p.m., Bouncing babies storytime, library, 729-1762 • 3-6 p.m., Fitchburg Farmers Market, Agora Pavilion, 5511 E. Cheryl Pkwy., fitchburgchamber. com
Friday, July 27
• 11 a.m. to noon, Kindness Rocks! (ages 5-12), library, 729-1762 • 4-5 p.m., Marble run mazes (ages 5-12), library, 729-1762 Saturday, July 28 • 1-3 p.m., LEGOS at the
com • 6:30-8:30 p.m., Movies Rock! Footloose (1984), library, 729-1763
Friday, Aug. 3
• 11-11:45 a.m., Book • 2:30 p.m.-4 p.m., Making boogie (ages 2-5), library, a commercial (ages 7-12, 729-1762 registration is required), • 4-5 p.m., Pokemon library, 729-1762 party (ages 5-12), library, 729-1762 Tuesday, July 31 • 5-7 p.m., Leopold Community Night, Aldo Leopold Park, 2906 Traceway Dr., fitchburgchamber.com • 6-6:45 p.m., Brain games (ages 13-17), library, 729-1760
Wednesday, Aug. 1
• 10 a.m., Wednesday bike ride, senior center, 270-4292 • 10:30-11:30 a.m., Toddler Explorers (ages 1-3), library, 729-1762 • 3-3:45 p.m., Rockin’ dance party (ages 5-8), library, 729-1762 • 7-8 p.m., Health and wellness apps (registration required), library, 7291763
Thursday, Aug. 2
• 10-11 a.m., Preschool science (ages 2-5), library, 729-1762 • 10 a.m. to noon, Wellness checks, senior center, 270-4290 • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., A Good Yarn monthly book club: “Dandelion Wine,” library, 729-1763 • 3-6 p.m., Fitchburg Farmers Market, Agora Pavilion, 5511 E. Cheryl Pkwy., fitchburgchamber.
Tuesday, Aug. 7
• 6-7 p.m., Mindfulness (ages 13-17), library, 7291760
Wednesday, Aug. 8
• 10-11 a.m., Yoga buds (ages 2-5), library, 7291762 • 10 a.m., Wednesday bike ride, senior center, 270-4292
Thursday, Aug. 9
• 10 a.m. to noon, Wellness checks, senior center, 270-4290 • 10:30-11 a.m., Toddler dance party (ages 1-3), library, 729-1762 • 1-1:45 p.m., Bouncing babies storytime, library, 729-1762 • 3-6 p.m., Fitchburg Farmers Market, Agora Pavilion, 5511 E. Cheryl Pkwy., fitchburgchamber. com
Friday, Aug. 10
• 11-11:45 a.m., Dinosaur storytime (ages 2-5), library, 729-1762 • 6-1o p.m., Pack ‘N The Park, McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road, fitchburgchamber.com
July 13, 2018
Registration is required. will be presenting a class on For information, call 729- getting know to Medicare Children ages 5-12 are 1763. from 6-7 p.m. Wednesday, invited to make a musical July 25, and 9:30-11 a.m. instrument from 3-4 p.m. Video fun Thursday, July 26, at the Saturday, July 14, at the Children ages 5-8 can library. library. The class will discuss begin to learn how to use The crafts activity match- video in an intro class from insurance options through es the library’s summer 2:30-4 p.m. Monday, July Medicare and acquaint reading program “Libraries 23, at the library. attendees with the four Rock” theme. Registration is required, parts of the program. For information, call 729- and space in the program is For information, 7291760. 1763. limited. For information, call 729Concerts at McKee Kindness rocks 1762. The second Concerts at Children ages 5-12 can McKee for the 2018 season Magicians at the make “kindness rocks” will take place from 6-10 library from 11 a.m. to noon Frip.m. Monday, July 16, at day, July 27, at the library. Magician duo Magic the park, 2930 Chapel ValThe activity will include Morgan and Liliana will be decorating rocks with kind ley Road. R&B band Kinfolk will performing a show from 2-3 messages that can be kept, perform a diverse set of p.m., Tuesday, July 24, at given to someone else or rock-based, Latin, funk and the library. left for someone to find. Their show will include Jamaican-based music, will For information, call 729optical illusions, balloons 1762. play at 7 p.m. and stunts with animals. A youth band from the For information, call 729- Marble mazes Madison Music Foundry will 1760. open the concert at 6 p.m. Show off your buildFood trucks will sell food Ice cream taste test ing abilities by creating starting at 6 p.m. Attendees a marble maze at an ages Children ages 9-12 can 5-12 workshop from 4-5 are allowed to bring in their own adult beverages and show off their taste-testing p.m. Friday, July 27, at the skills with an ice cream library. food. testing session from 6-7 For information, visit Children will have one p.m. Tuesday, July 24, at hour to create and test their fitchburgchamber.com the library. design. Adult crafting evening Multiple brands and flaFor information, call 729The library is hosting a vors of ice cream will be 1762. crafting evening for adults provided for the taste-testMake a commercial from 6-7 p.m. Tuesday, July ing. For information, call 72917. Children ages 7-12 can The crafting evening is a 1760. write, produce and shoot recurring event on the third Toddler art a commercial for FACTv Tuesday of each month. from 2:30-4 p.m. Monday, An hour-long art work- July 30, at the library. Previous crafting experience is not necessary. Reg- shop will be held from FACTv staff will be on 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, July hand to teach children vidistration is required. For information, call 729- 25, at the library for chil- eo techniques. dren ages 1-3. 1763. Registration is required. The activities will focus on For information, call 729Solar energy seminar developing fine motor skills. 1762. Parents are encouraged Legacy Solar Co-op staff to dress their children in Explore health apps will be at the community center from 6:30-8:30 p.m. clothes that are allowed to T h e l i b r a r y i s o ff e rWednesday, July 18, to get messy. ing a class from 7-8 p.m. For information, call 729present about solar energy. Wednesday, Aug. 1, about The staff will be able 1762. different health and wellto answer questions about iPhone assistance ness smartphone apps. placing solar panels on The apps covered in the Senior citizens wanting class focus on a range of homes, businesses or organization buildings follow- help with their iPhone and health topics, including iPad devices can get assis- nutrition, fitness and mediing the presentation. For information, call 270- tance from FACTv staff cal information. 4285 or email peter@lega- from 10-11:30 a.m. ThursRegistration is required. day, July 26, at the senior cysolarcoop.org. For information, call 729center. 1763. Travel apps The staff will answer Join the library from 7-8 questions about damage to Preschool science p.m. Wednesday, July 18, your phone, slowness and Children ages 2-5 can to learn about smartphone tips and tricks to make your discover the magic of color apps and websites that can device more user-friendly. and light from 10-11 a.m. Registration is required. help with planning your For information, call 270- Thursday, Aug. 2, at the next trip. library. 4290. Apps and websites such The workshop will as Priceline, Trip Advisor, Medicare information include hands-on activities. Uber and First Aid will be For information, call 729John Leis, a teacher of 1762. discussed. retirement-related classes,
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A summertime soiree ‘Pack ‘n the Park’ celebrates end of summer rec ALEXANDER CRAMER Unified Newspaper Group
“Pack ‘n the Park” is the city’s annual celebration of the end of the recreation department’s summer programming, bringing games, prizes and a movie to McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road, starting at 6 p.m. Friday, Aug. 10. It’s a “celebration of the summer before kids go back to school,” Optimist Club co-president Jake Johnson told the Star. The Optimists will provide food at the event, which will include pizza and hot dogs and juice, water and soda. Plus, of course, popcorn to go along with the movie — “Sherlock Gnomes,” which starts around 8:15 p.m. The food will be sold basically at cost, Johnson
Families watch a movie in the park as night descends.
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Fitchburg’s first dog park opens for public use Volunteer-led project took three years to complete KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group
The grass at Sunnyside Park has finally grown in. That’s what was holding back the opening on the park earlier this spring, Fitchburg Dog Park Advocates (FDPA) founder Jake Johnson told the Star in May. N ow, w i t h t h e m o r e mature roots able to withstand all of the activity from dogs running around on it, it’s open to the public from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. each day. The park had an official opening ceremony Saturday, June 30. Multiple city officials and members of the FDPA were present, along with the donors of the land, Maxine Wilke and her children. Bringing the dog park to fruition has been a threeyear process, starting when Johnson was an alder on the Common Council with a pet project. Dozens of volunteers stepped in to make the dog park a reality, Johnson said, whether it was maintaining a website, coordinating fundraising or planting trees throughout the park. “It couldn’t have happened without all of you and without all of your help,” he told volunteers at the ceremony.
The park cost around $100,000 to build, with half donated money collected by the FDPA and half from park dedication fees, which are collected by the city from developers who build in the city but don’t create their own green spaces. The park, designed by F D PA m e m b e r R a c h e l Holdener, features several sustainable features. It has recycled pathways created from crumbled-up asphalt from a recent Lacy Road construction project, solar-powered lights that dim as the evening stretches closer to closing and a retention pond to minimize the effects that run-off water will have on the surrounding neighborhood. The paths are also accessible for those who have difficulty walking. Mayor Jason Gonzalez, who brought his own dog to the park for the opening, has been a supporter of the park since “day one,” Johnson said, noting the two were alders together during Johnson’s time on the council. Gonzalez said it was meaningful that the dog park was established during the same year as the city’s 35th anniversary, which it celebrated in April. “I think it’s fitting that you’re seeing a diversity of parks and park space come to fruition here,” he said. “I think this park is not just about the dogs, it’s about the people that are going to come here. You’re going to see your neighbors and
Photos by Kimberly Wethal
From left, Fitchburg Dog Park Advocates founder Jake Johnson, Fitchburg mayor Jason Gonzalez and Maxine Wilke, whose family previously owned the land that the dog park now occupies, cut a ribbon during the grand opening ceremony on Saturday, June 30. The dog park’s opening took three years of work in order for it to come to fruition. your friends.” Sunnyside Park is named for the chicken hatchery that once occupied the land it’s built on. Maxine Wilke and her husband Carl operated Sunnyside Hatchery there with 2,000 laying hens from 1950s to the 1990s. “(My parents) were extremely proud of the business, especially being a part of the Fitchburg community,” the Wilkes’ daughter, Jean Hammen,
said. “My mother … who is a young 96, is here today, and very happy to see that the name Sunnyside will be forever seen by anyone visiting the park. Our entire family is honored to have this recognition.” Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly. email@example.com and follow her on Twitter @ kimberly_wethal. At right, Gretchen Crook’s dog Ruby stands on top of a table after the opening ceremony held Saturday, June 30.
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The opening ceremony of the Sunnyside Park was one of the first times Eagle Scout Zakry Esch had seen his project standing upright. Esch built a kiosk for the dog park, but the top of it features an overhang and was too heavy to stand up by itself unsupported. Now, it’s bolted on top of concrete. The kiosk will feature the names of donors who helped make the park possible.
Esch, a 2017 Madison West graduate and a member of Boy Scout Troop 11, was barely able to complete the project before his Eagle Scout project deadline because of city delays over the design of the kiosk. To qualify for the Eagle Scout distinction, Scouts must finish projects before they turn 18. Esch’s mother, Amy, who initially worried that the project would be too much for her son to take on at once, said it was “awesome”
to see it standing at the entrance of the dog park. “When we saw it a year ago in February, it was upside-down,” she said. After the design was approved and the materials were donated, Esch spent a week-and-a-half building the kiosk inside the shelter at McKee Farms Park. Over two weekends, leaders and members of his troop helped with assembly. “We worked after school and had adults who would take serious time out of
their day to help me,” he said. “One actually had an appointment that he blew off to help me.” He finished the project in the winter of 2017, months before the groundbreaking on the dog park and over a year before the park officially opened on Saturday, June 30. “It felt good when I first saw it,” Esch said. “It just felt good to be a part of this, because this is something Fitchburg has needed. I was happy to be a part of it.”
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The Oregon High School girls soccer team finished as a WIAA Division 2 state runner-up on June 16 after making its third state final in four seasons. In four trips to state, the Panthers now have a championship (2015) and two runner-ups (2016, 2018).
Bringing home another trophy
State runner-up Panthers make third state final appearance in four years
Grutzner coaches final game at OHS
ANTHONY IOZZO Assistant sports editor
Another season. Another trophy for Oregon girls soccer. The No. 3 Panthers fell 2-0 to No. 1 Brookfield Central in the WIAA Division 2 state final on June 16 to finish runner-up in their fourth straight state appearance in Kohler Engines Stadium at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee. After winning a title in 2015 and finishing runner-up in 2016, this was the third time during the run that Oregon (12-4-6 overall) brought home some hardware. Senior captain midfielders Sammy Eyers and Emma Krause were both on the 2015 championship team and have been a part of all four state appearances by the program. Eyers remembered winning the gold ball as a freshman, but this year, she said it was more of a struggle early on, which made winning the silver ball just as exciting. “I don’t think anyone really thought we would make it this far,” Eyers said. “I am just extremely proud of this group of girls. … It is crazy that we are here. It is just so surreal, and I am happy with the silver ball. We really worked hard for it.” Even in the loss in the final, the Panthers had strong performances. Sophomore goalie Melia Moyer finished with eight saves, including two that kept the game scoreless in the first half. Senior forward Emma Staszkiewicz twice used her speed to force turnovers near the midfield and to get into position for a shot. But both times, Moyer’s arm was in the way. In the 17th minute, Moyer dove
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Senior captain forward Kailie Sweeney (3), pictured winning possession in the D2 state final, was named to the first-team All-Badger South Conference list this season and as an honorable mention All-State. to her left and punched the ball away near her wrist on a one-onone breakaway. In the 23rd minute, Moyer had a similar save with traffic in the box, and the rebound was cleared before another shot could be taken. “I am just excited to be at this stage and in this tournament,”
Moyer said. “Our defense is definitely one of the best in the state. Without them, our team would not be half as good as it is.” But there wasn’t much Moyer could do in the 49th minute when Brookfield Central broke the scoreless tie. Staszkiewicz rushed into
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Coach Julie Grutzner held back tears on June 16 after the Oregon girls soccer team’s WIAA Division 2 state runner-up finish. It was her final game on the Panthers’ sideline, and after going 169-62-32, she said it was difficult to see it end. “It was hard to coach my last game,” Grutzner said. “I am so proud of these girls. I didn’t think we would get this far. We gave ourselves a chance, but it is just hard knowing that this is it for me.” Grutzner coached Oregon to its first state tournament in 2015, and after a championship and two runner-up finishes in four straight state appearances, she said the Panthers will now be in the conversation with Milwaukee-area schools like Brookfield Central. “To win a gold ball and two silvers in four years, not many teams can say that,” Grutzner said. “Coming to state four years, people know that Oregon is a program that can compete at this level.” With nine sophomores and two freshmen on the state roster, the future still looks bright for the program. And Grutzner said she hopes for another state appearance next year. “There is so much potential for this team in the future, this whole program,” Grutzner said. “They are going to be very good for the next several years. … We started to play well at the right time, and they gave me everything today. I would love to be sitting on the other side next year and see them go for the gold ball again.”
Madison Edgewood High School Athletic Director Chris Zwettler didn’t have to look far to find the school’s new volleyball coach, filling the vacancy with Eliza Zwettler. Eliza is the daughter of the school’s AD and was also an assistant with the Crusaders the past seven seasons. She Zwettler replaces long-time coach Steve Bleier, who decided to step down last fall. “We are excited about the hire after months of consideration,” Chris Zwettler said in a press release. “Eliza is not only a former player for the Crusaders, but has been an assistant coach for the team, so the transition for players and families should be a smooth one. “She is well-liked and respected by the Madison-area volleyball community. Eliza has paid her dues in moving through the ranks and now we are happy to give her the opportunity to take the lead in developing players and a competitive squad.” As an Edgewood High School student-athlete, Eliza was an 11-time letterwinner, playing volleyball, basketball and softball. She went on to be a four-year starter and three-time captain for
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Cavaliers clinch playoff berth ANTHONY IOZZO Assistant sports editor
The Verona Home Talent team is going to play for the Western Section championship this season after clinching a spot in the playoffs Sunday with a 9-6 win over Muscoda. The Cavaliers (11-1 overall), which can be no worse than a No. 5 seed, still have a lot to play for. Verona is two games ahead of West Middleton (9-3) and two-and-a-half games in front of Mount Horeb/Pine Bluff (8-3). So the Cavaliers’ magic number to clinch the North Division and a No. 1 seed without tiebreakers is now three with five games to play.
Verona 9, Muscoda 6 John Moynihan lit up Muscoda with four RBIs, including a two-run double in the fourth inning that cut Verona’s deficit to 5-4. The Cavaliers added four runs in the fifth and another in the sixth to pull away. Besides Moynihan (2-for-4), Justin Scanlon (3-for-4), Luke Yapp (2-for-4) and Klayton Brandt (2-for4) also had multiple hits.
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July 13, 2018
Bainbridge earns second All-State honorable mention
ANTHONY IOZZO Assistant sports editor
Verona Area High School graduate Chandler Bainbridge was recognized by the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association once again. Bainbridge was named to the 2018 All-State team as an honorable mention. She was also an honorable mention in 2017, though as a midfielder. Bainbridge moved to the backfield her senior season and was a defender for the first time in high school. She excelled at the position and was named Player of the Year in the Big Eight Conference as a first-team selection. Bainbridge finished with five goals this season as a defensive captain and also helped the Wildcats finish 5-1-3 in the Big Eight, earn a No. 5 seed and make the regional final. Verona allowed 12 goals in 15 games against Wisconsin opponents in 2018.
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Austin Gaby was named honorable mention All-State by the Wisconsin Golf Coaches Association for his junior season.
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Garhett Kaegi was named honorable mention All-State by the Wisconsin Golf Coaches Association for his senior season.
Gaby, Kaegi make honorable mention All-State ANTHONY IOZZO Assistant sports editor
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Chandler Bainbridge, shown blocking a pass against Madison West this season, was named honorable mention AllState by the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association for the second straight season.
Verona graduate Garhett Kaegi and future senior Austin Gaby were the No. 1 and No. 2 golfers on the VAHS varsity squad this season, and both were named honorable mentions on the All-State team. Kaegi, who won an individual Big Eight title, and Gaby, who took third at conference and finished runner-up at sectionals, helped the Wildcats not only win a Big Eight title as a team but also helped them advance to the
WIAA Division 1 state meet for the first time with a team sectional title. Kaegi ended up tied for 38th at state with a 156, and Gaby was tied for 45th with a 158. Verona was 11th out of 16 teams with a 647. Kaegi also advanced to state as an individual in 2016 and 2017. Gaby had never been to state before. Both were also first-team All-Big Eight selections. Kaegi finished with an average 18-hole score of 75.25 in conference meets, and Gaby had an average 18-hole score of 78.25.
Verona Little League hosts Mid-Summer Classic ANTHONY IOZZO
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Several Verona Little League tournament teams had success June 30-July 1 in the annual Mid-Summer Classic at Centini Park. Verona had six teams in the tournament, the Verona 8U Orange, Verona 8U Black, Verona 11U Orange, Verona 11U Black, Verona 12U Orange and the Verona 12U Black. The Verona 12U Orange finished 3-0 in the tournament, defeating East Madison 12-6, the Stockton (Ill.) Warhawks 9-8 and Baraboo Thunderbirds 14-4. The Verona 11U Orange went 2-1 and earned a No. 2 seed, making the championship game before thunderstorms canceled most of Sunday’s games. The 11U Orange lost to Reedsburg 10-6 but bounced back with a 6-5 win over East Madison, and a 12-0 win over Mount Horeb. The Orange were waiting to play the winner
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of Kimberly and East Madison in the championship. Kimberly led East Madison 5-0 in the first inning before the rain came. The Verona 8U Black won one of three games, defeating Portage 18-4, and scored 32 runs total. Saturday’s games were played in 95-plus degree temperatures, and Sunday was shortened by thunderstorms. Several families attended the tournament and enjoyed food and cool treats like snow cones to outlast the heat.
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Chase Naugle gets the out at second on a throw by Caleb Schafer for the Verona U8 Orange in the second inning June 30 against the Diamondbacks.
Evan Gormley throws a pitch in the first inning June 30 for the Verona U11 Black in a game against Kimberly.
Cavaliers: Verona gets closer to earning top seed in Western Section playoffs the game in the fourth two walks in six innings, inning and ended up earning striking out four. the victory. He allowed an Kyle Nelson started and Jason Erxleben entered earned run on two hits and allowed three earned runs
on three hits and four walks in three innings, striking out four. Nelson left with the Cavaliers trailing 5-2.
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Verona’s offense started and ended strong on June 27 in a 14-4 win over Hollandale in seven innings at Stampfl Field. The Cavaliers sent 15 batters to the plate in a nine-run first inning, and then after several scoreless innings, regrouped to add five runs in the bottom of the seventh to win by 10-run rule over the Rockies. First baseman Mike Jordahl (4-for-5) led the way with two RBI singles in the first and a 2-run double in the seventh. “I was struggling at the beginning of the year, but I have finally started to settle down and see the ball a lot better obviously,” Jordahl said. Moynihan (2-for-4) also
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Brad Laufenberg throws a strike in the first inning June 27 against Hollandale. Laufenberg pitched three innings and allowed three earned runs on six hits, earning the win as Verona won 14-4 in seven innings.
had two RBI singles in the first and also walked and scored a run in the seventh. Designated hitter David Lund (3-for-4) added three runs scored, and catcher Tyler McClure (2-for-3) had a 2-run single in the first inning and also had an RBI in the seventh after being hit by a pitch with the bases
loaded. Left fielder Jacob Slonim (2-for-5) scored twice, and right fielder Mitch Flora walked and scored in the first inning and added an RBI single in the seventh. Center fielder Tucker Teskey walked and scored in the first and seventh innings, and shortstop Connor McGowan added an RBI fielder’s choice and a run scored in the first. Brandt reached base three times and had the game-winning play on a grounder to shortstop in the bottom of the seventh that was booted to allow Slonim to score the winning run. Brad Laufenberg started and earned the win. He allowed three earned runs on six hits in three innings. Jeff Bishop came in and allowed no runs on two hits, three walks and a hit batter in three innings. Bishop struck out three. Alan Kopp pitched the final inning and allowed no runs on two hits.
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Edgewood girls soccer
Eight Crusaders make All-Badger South Conference list ANTHONY IOZZO Assistant sports editor
Fitchburg residents junior Maddie Cruz, junior Jordy Rothwell and freshman Hailey Rothwell all were named to the first-team All-Badger South Conference list this season for the Madison Edgewood girls soccer team. Hailey Rothwell and Cruz earned honorable mention All-State honors, as well. Senior goalie Jamila Hamdan was also named to the first-team all-conference, and four other Crusaders made the all-conference
list – seniors Karen Walker, Emma Spaulding goal and two assists. five assists. and sophomore Lizzie Drake (second-team) Drake finished with five goals and six Walker had one assist as a defender and and freshman Maya Alberts (honorable men- assists, and Spaulding had three goals and two helped Edgewood limit opponents to 13 tion). assists. Alberts finished with five goals and goals in 20 games. Edgewood (15-3-2 overall) made the WIAA Division 3 sectional final this year, falling 1-0 against Sugar River. Hailey Rothwell finished with 18 goals and 10 assists, and Jordyn Rothwell had 11 goals and four assists. Cruz had a goal and five assists. Hamdan had 37 saves and nine goals against in 1,255 minutes in net. She also had a
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Crusaders: Zwettler replaces Bleier Continued from page 11 the Troy University and Eastern Illinois University volleyball teams, 20042007. She is one of only a few collegiate players to record 1,000 assists, kills and digs in a four-year career. Eliza was also an Academic All-Conference selection all four years. “Edgewood High School has always held a special place in my heart and becoming the head volleyball coach has been a longtime dream of mine,” she
said in a press release. “I am thankful to coach Bleier for all of his hard work over the past 17 years. His dedication to making Edgewood one of the best volleyball programs in the state while mentoring me as his assistant has inspired me deeply. “I am excited to get in the gym and start leading these student-athletes to success both on-and-off the court.” Eliza earned her bachelor’s degree in physical education at Troy (2004-06) and Eastern Illinois (200609) and received a master’s in athletic administration
from Ohio University. She returned to the area after college and started a job at Prairie View Middle School in Sun Prairie, where Eliza also served as the seventh-grade athletics and activities coordinator and coached boys and girls basketball. As if that wasn’t enough, she also served as an assistant softball coach at Sun Prairie and was a freshman varsity assistant volleyball coach at Waunakee High School (2008-10) before taking the assistant coach position at Edgewood.
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Candell earns honorable- Panthers pick up first win mention All-State honors ANTHONY IOZZO
out one. Brandon Knobel and Morgan each allowed a hit and struck out one in one inning on the The Oregon Senior Legion team traveled to mound, and Landas allowed two unearned Middleton on June 27 and earned its first win runs on two hits in one inning, also striking out one. of the season. Carpenter went two innings and allowed The Panthers’ (1-7 overall) offense came three earned runs on five hits and two walks. alive with a 7-5 win over the Cardinals. Zach Tower singled with one out and stole Oregon, Milton (doubleheader) second in the top of the seventh. After advancOregon took on Milton in a doubleheader ing to third on a wild pitch, Noah Brindley hit a sacrifice fly to knock him home to give Ore- on July 9 and fell by four runs in each game. The Panthers (1-7 overall) dropped the first gon a 7-3 lead. Middleton came back with two runs in the game 6-2. They scored runs in the second and bottom of the seventh and loaded the bases, third innings. Derek Schroeder doubled and scored on a but Tower was able to get a foul out to Brindwild pitch in the second, and Kevin Alvord ley at first to end the inning. Tower earned the win. He allowed five runs walked and later scored on an RBI single by on seven hits and five walks in a complete Carson Knobel in the third. Patrick McCormick finished 2-for-3 at the game, striking out four. The Panthers took a 3-0 lead in the first. plate to lead Oregon. Carson Knobel started and allowed two Tower walked with one out and stole second and third, and Brindley walked and stole sec- earned runs on six hits and two walks in five innings, striking out three. Eli Landas allowed ond to put runners on second and third. Eli Landas knocked home Tower on a three earned runs on three hits and a walk in groundout, and Duncan Morgan tripled home one inning, striking out one. In game two, the Panthers’ offense broke Brindley. Carson Kakuske later reached on an out for eight runs, but Milton ended up error that scored Morgan. In the fourth, Cameron Carpenter walked sweeping the doubleheader with a 12-8 win. Oregon tied the game at 6-6 with three runs and stole second and third with two outs. Brandon Knobel later singled home Carpen- in the fourth. Schroeder was hit by a pitch, and Thor Abraham (2-for-4) singled. McCorter to make it 4-2. Oregon added two runs in the sixth. Connor mick (2-for-4) then reached on an error that Belville singled home Morgan, who walked scored both Schroeder and Abraham. Alvord was later hit by a pitch, and Landas and reached third on an error and a stolen worked a two-out walk to bring home another base, and Kakuske scored on a wild pitch. run. Madison West 9, Oregon 8 Alvord doubled home McCormick in the Oregon hosted Madison West on June 28 sixth, and Carson Knobel scored on an error in the seventh for Oregon’s final runs. and lost a slugfest 9-8. The Panthers scored three runs in the first Tower (2-for-3) singled home two runs in the bottom of the seventh to cut the deficit to inning. Kakuske reached on a fielder’s choice. 9-8, but the Panthers stranded the tying run at Brindley reached on an error, and Alvord was hit by a pitch to load the bases. third base to end the game. Belville was hit by a pitch to bring in one Morgan (3-for-3) singled, stole two bases on scored on a groundout by Knobel in the run with two outs, and Carson Knobel (3-for4) followed with a two-run double. second. Kakuske started and allowed six earned Landas (2-for-4) doubled home Tower in the fourth, and Morgan doubled home Lan- runs on nine hits and three walks in three das. Belville (2-for-2) singled home Morgan innings, striking out three. McCormick took the loss. He allowed two and later scored on a wild pitch. Kakuske walked and later scored on a wild earned runs on three hits and five walks in 1 2/3 innings, striking out one. Alvord finished pitch in the sixth. Kakuske started and allowed two unearned the game. He struck out three and walked one runs on two walks in two innings. He struck in 2 1/3 innings. Assistant sports editor
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Oregon graduate Ryan Candell was named an honorable mention on the AllState boys golf team this season. Candell, who was the No. 1 golfer on the Panthers, was also a first-team All-Badger South Conference selection. He finished fourth in the conference meet and was runner-up at regionals. Candell then outlasted Verona’s Austin Gaby, who was also named as an AllState honorable mention, in a one-hole playoff to claim File photo by Anthony Iozzo a WIAA Division 1 section- Ryan Candell was named honorable mention on the All-State al title and advance to state. boys golf team by the Wisconsin Golf Coaches Association At state, Candell finished this season. tied for 41st with a 157.
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Galloway walk-off leads to third win ANTHONY IOZZO Assistant sports editor
If the Oregon Home Talent team is going to push for the final playoff berth, the Orioles need several clutch plays and some help in the final few games. Oregon (3-10 overall) did what it needed to do on July 8 with an 11-10 win over West Middleton (9-3) in the Western Section in a game of North Division foes. Ian Galloway came through to cap a three-run ninth inning with a two-run single to center field with two outs to complete a comeback in a wild
game. There were 21 combined runs and 31 combined hits in the slugfest that started with both teams exchanging runs in the first and second innings. West Middleton went on to take a 7-3 lead in the top of the fourth, but the Orioles cut into the deficit with three runs in the bottom of the fourth and took a brief 8-7 lead with two more runs in the bottom of the seventh. West Middleton came right back with three runs in the top of the eighth and took a 10-8 lead into the bottom of the ninth. But after scoring a run to
cut West Middleton’s lead to 10-9, Ian Galloway (3-for-4) came up with the bases loaded and two outs before getting the game-winner. Ross Galloway (4-for-6), Ian Schildgen (2-for-5) and Jack Sommers (2-for-4) also had multiple hits. Jack Sommers also had two RBIs. Logan Laski earned the win with 5 2/3 innings in relief. Laski allowed three earned runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out seven. Brandon Knobel started and allowed seven earned runs on eight hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings, striking out two.
Panthers: Oregon finishes 12-4-6 overall as D2 state runner-up Continued from page 11 the box and kicked the ball toward a teammate near the net. Moyer came out to challenge the pass and ran into a couple of players, and it allowed senior midfielder Jenny Cape to bury the shot in the lower-left corner. Oregon was held to three shots in the second half and could never get enough possession time to work its offense. Brookfield Central struck again in the 78th minute to build its lead. Statszkiewicz once again sped past several defenders and had a teammate to her side. Moyer had to defend both in case of a pass, but Statszkiewicz took it herself and knocked it past a leaning Moyer. “They did everything we wanted them to today,” coach Julie Grutzner said. “We gave them a game, and that was our goal. We knew their senior class was going to be really tough. … That first goal was unfortunately on a scramble in the box.” Sophomores Avary Fanning and Hanna Rohrer each had shots turned away by sophomore Maggie Doyle in the second half. Rohrer’s came with the Panthers down 1-0 in the 57th minute. It took a couple of funny
bounces, and Doyle needed to time a jump to prevent a score. Fanning’s shot came in the 70th minute. She sped open, but her kick was easily caught by Doyle. The only other shot came from senior Kailie Sweeney in the first half on a scramble near the box, but that, too was saved by Doyle. “Brookfield Central is just a really good team,” Moyer said. “We gave it our all, and there isn’t much else we could do.” When the final seconds ticked away and the Lancers began to celebrate their state title, the Oregon girls still smiled, pointed at the crowd and danced. The Panthers fell one win short of a championship but leaving runner-up in a year with so many ups-and-downs was still special to them. “All of these girls, everyone works extremely hard,” Eyers said. “This club is only going to keep growing. They are going to come back here each and every year. I can almost promise anyone that.”
State semifinal O r eg o n ’s w i n i n t h e WIAA Division 2 state semifinal on June 14 put the Panthers in the state final for the third time in four years.
No. 3 Oregon defeated No. 2 New Berlin Eisenhower 2-0 in Kohler Engines Stadium at Uihlein Soccer Park with two first-half goals and a stifling defense that held the Lions to seven shots. “To make it to state is awesome, and I told the girls that if we win this game it is so much more fun to be here on championship Saturday,” coach Julie Grutzner said. There are only four starters left from last year’s state semifinals lineup and just two starters left from the 2016 state finals lineup – senior Emma Krause and junior Sydney McKee. That inexperience and a slow start to the season led many area coaches to underestimate the Panthers. The Panthers were considered an underdog in the sectional final for the first time during its run of four straight state appearances, earning a No. 2 seed, and once again took the role of underdog Thursday in the state tournament with a No. 3 seed. But it was Oregon who showed zero nerves from the start, as several girls danced and smiled during both warmups and starting lineups. That relaxed feel fueled an aggressive game plan, with players challenging passing lanes to frustrate the Lions. Even in the final 25
minutes with New Berlin Eisenhower showing urgency, the defense did enough and sophomore goalie Melia Moyer turned into a brick wall. “This was a physical matchup, and we knew it would be,” Grutzner said. The Panthers’ defense has yet to allow a goal in five postseason games, outscoring opponents 22-0 and limiting each team’s best player. Senior forward Kayla Jedrzejewski tallied 23 goals and 10 goals for New Berlin Eisenhower during the regular season, but she was held to one shot Thursday. No one had more than two shots for the Lions, but most came in the final 25 minutes. Grutzner said she told the girls at halftime the first 15 minutes of the second half was going to be key, as well as the final 20-25 minutes. “Every sub that went in, I said we have to think defense first because we don’t need to score,” Grutzner said. “They did a great job of filling in. Even if it wasn’t their player, they were hustling back, trying to get the ball and at least clearing it.” Oregon’s offense didn’t generate a lot of shots, either, and didn’t get off a shot in the second half, but the Panthers made the most of their limited opportunities
in the first half. Freshman midfielder Jenna Bennett struck first, in the 19th minute. Sophomore forward Avary Fanning headed a ball that took a chaotic bounce. As Fanning and several players battled for position, Bennett came over and blasted a kick from about 15 yards out that sailed past senior goalie Ava Seifert into the top-left corner of the net. Later in the first half, sophomore Katie Eisele also scored a goal amidst chaos. Seifert came out to challenge several Oregon players on a kick into the penalty box, and a collision left Seifert and several other players on the ground. Eisele came free from the scrum with the ball and easily knocked in a goal in the 33rd minute. The only other shot for the Panthers was a shot by freshman forward Bri Sauer that Seifert handled for her only save. “Getting those two goals in the first half was really helpful for our confidence,” Grutzner said. “Our defense just shut them down in the second half when they started to pressure us.” Moyer made a couple of big saves in the final 25 minutes. Freshman Sara Jedrzejewski blasted a shot from 15-yards out in the 69th
minute that Moyer dropped with her arm straight to the ground and secured before a rebound attempt. Kayla Jedrzejewski later had a free kick from 15 yards out just outside the penalty box and drilled the ball toward Moyer. Moyer once again came down with the ball as she leaped and snatched the save near the cross bar. Moyer ended with five saves. “This is awesome, being my last season,” Grutzner said. “What a better way to end, knowing that we are going to have some hardware.”
All-State Captain forward Kailie Sweeney was named to the 2018 Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association AllState team. Sweeney, who had three goals and six assists in 22 games in her senior season, was named as an honorable mention. Sweeney had a goal and three assists in the playoffs, and she also scored a goal in a regular season game against Milton that kept the Panthers alive for a Badger South Conference title. Sweeney was also named to the first team in the Badger South Conference.
July 13, 2018
Madison Metropolitan School District
New Leopold principal ‘ready for a good challenge’ Keeler has been in Madison district for more than 30 years SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group
Peg Keeler was happy being the principal at Van Hise Elementary School in Madison, as she had been for the last 10 years. But when former Leopold Elementary School principal Karine Sloan announced her departure from the school last school year and Keeler had the opportunity to transfer, she decided to give it a try. “I took this job because I was ready for a good challenge,” she said. “There’s no other place like (Leopold) in Madison schools or anywhere else.” Keeler brings more than
30 years of experience in education – all in the Madison Metropolitan School District – to a school with more than two-thirds of students considered “low-income” and nearly half classified as English-lan- Keeler guage learne r s . S h e ’s also familiar with it, having spent time as Leopold’s Title 1 program coordinator and assistant principal at Leopold 14 years ago. While the school has plenty of similarities to when she last worked there – she emphasized the “amazing diversity” – it’s also seen some changes, notably the Community School designation it received two years ago. A Community School
program, funded by a grant from the Madison Community Foundation, allows the school to create programming and services for students, families and community members in the area, from health care and food access to tutoring . Keeler is spending some of her time early this summer working with a group to hire a new resource coordinator for the program after the previous one left. That position serves as a liaison between the school and community members. “ We ’ r e n e e d i n g t o relaunch (the program) again,” Keeler said. “You have all of these opportunities or options within it.” The ideas behind the program also created some controversy over Keeler’s hiring. Some parents complained the decision to bring Keeler in was made
by superintendent Jennifer Cheatham through a transfer, rather than a community-led hiring committee, which left them feeling out of control of their school, according to a story in the Cap Times. Keeler said she heard that criticism and has made an effort to reach out to some of the people who questioned her hiring. “It felt like they wanted to be empowered again,” she said. She hopes to use the Community School system to do just that, along with improving student academic performance and the school’s culture and climate. While work on the latter will include regular checks of behavior data and referrals and a plan to “celebrate each time it goes lower and lower and lower,” Keeler said success in that area
will also depend on the “feel” people have as they walk into the school. “You know when you walk into a place how welcoming it feels,” she said. “I think we can just tell by talking to people, I want to see the extent to which (staff) feel good about coming to work.” It will also include talking with students, staff and parents and looking at survey data. The same is true for academics, Keeler said, where results are below “where it could be or should be.” As Keeler sees it, the two areas are actually directly related, and if they can create a culture of students acting as “allies” for each other, it will help them grow academically. “Our children cannot continue to be in a habit … of behaving in ways that
keep them from learning,” she said. Through early conversations with staff – as of last week, she had met with 82, she said – Keeler has already heard many ideas for improving the school, from changing the perceptions about the English language instruction program as compared to the school’s Dual Language Immersion program to working to add a food pantry or adult education to the building that serves as a “hub” for the area around it. “I really, really want to change the narrative of the school,” she said. “If we’re calling Leopold a success story, it means the kids are thriving.” Contact Scott Girard at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter @sgirard9.
Group’s mission to feed kids is gaining attention, support SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group
The Friends of the Oregon School District started looking to make a difference in the Oregon area two years ago by providing food for students in need. Last year, it expanded its programs to provide educational opportunities, as well. Now the group is looking for more volunteers and partners as it continues to seek ways to help students get the best education they can in the Oregon area. The Friends are holding an annual meeting on 7:30 p.m. July 31 (location yet to be determined) to answer questions and find ways to get more people involved. That could be donating their time, talents or money. Founders Christine Erickson, Krista Flanagan, Karin Victorson and Julie Swartzmiller – all parents of district students – started the group because they were concerned with the growing number of district students who qualified for free or reduced lunch – around 17 percent, or 700 students, last fall, up from 5 percent a decade ago. To help feed hungry kids, the group started four programs. One is an “Adopt-a-kid’s lunch balance” program. Another supplies “food backpacks” to students during extended school break. A third provides healthy snacks to help fuel up students during the school day, and the last purchases food gift cards for school breaks. Victorson said all four programs grew last year, and to date, the Friends have raised more than $60,000. “We have a very generous and supportive community, so it’s been really exciting for us to continue those programs for the schools,” she told the Observer.
That mission expanded last year to include educational opportunities with the “Champions Fund,” which provides funds to give kids opportunities to experience growth and learning outside of the classroom. Students were able to attend things like orchestra and sports camps and karate lessons, and purchase needed equipment like basketball shoes, bike helmet, clothing and personal care items.” “District staff, if they see a need or opportunity for a student, they submit an application form and we approve that,” Victorson said. “That’s been really exciting to partner with the schools for that and staff have been really excited and very overwhelmed by the generosity of the community to provide these opportunities for kids who wouldn’t get an opportunity to do these things otherwise.” They got school and community groups involved in helping, from raising money to helping put together snack packages. Brooklyn Elementary School principal Kerri Modjeski said the group provided a scholarship for a BKE student to participate in karate, providing some “structure for a student who may otherwise be home alone.” “He loves it (and) we can’t believe the support that they give our students to experience activities that they may not otherwise be able to,” she wrote the Observer in an email. “Likewise, the food for snack and meals over long weekends has been consistent and amazing.” Oregon High School principal Jim Pliner said the Friends have made a “strong impact in so many ways,” from working with staff to establish priorities to partnering with schools to meet student needs and help “close the opportunity gap for many.” “I am grateful to have such strong support from the Friends of the Oregon School District,” he wrote the Observer in an email. “They have accomplished so much in such a short time.”
Seeking to stay in step with expected growth, the Oregon school board created a task force to figure out if a new way is needed to represent district residents. The group, with former board president Dee Atkinson acting as chair, will submit a written report to the board on or before Sept. 30.
Verona Area School District online District back to rework deal With the school district apparently unable to come to terms with a key landowner, board president Noah Roberts asked the Verona Common Council on Monday for help.
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2018 Verona graduation Carson Bull poses for the official photographer while receiving his diploma from Verona Area School District superintendent Dean Gorrell.
New class preps for postgrad life A new senior seminar class at Oregon High School this school year helped students plan their own paths after graduation, whether it’s heading for more schooling or going straight into the workforce.
District exploring sites for schools The Oregon school board met in closed session “to discuss the land acquisition process, including negotiations.”
OHS hosts national STEAM workshop Referendum wording in works
A handful of Oregon School District Still gathering costs and information in educators participated in a national conference on Science, Technology, Engineering, preparation for a referendum pitch to voters Art and Math – STEAM – facilitated by for this fall, the Oregon school board is aiming to approve referendum language in July. two of their peers.
Jon Roach, a 2010 Verona Area High School graduate who lives in Oregon, has been spending parts of the past few weeks feeding logs at the new VAHS site through milling machines to reuse wood in the school, much of it for walls.
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VASD Summer School 2018 Reese Manning, a fifth-grader at Country View Elementary, paints the coral in her jar red.
The school board worked on ideas for its strategic plan, and it came up with five “pillars” that will guide the district’s work over the next five years. Those are: authentic relationships; equitable allocation of resources; high expectations for students; a safe, inclusive learning environment; and supportive and empowering staff.
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July 13, 2018
City of Fitchburg
City of Fitchburg
Proposed pay raise divides council
Apartment proposal appears done
A proposal from Mayor Jason Gonzalez to raise elected official salaries has drawn a mix of criticism and praise. At least three alders indicated they wouldn’t support the idea, which would take effect next May after the spring election, and more than double the mayor’s salary. “I think it’s a ridiculous idea, and especially outside the budget process,” said Ald. Aaron Richardson (Dist. 3). Under the resolution, which was tabled indefinitely, the mayor’s salary would have increased from $10,000 to $25,000, alders from $5,000 to $7,500, the council president to $5,500 to $10,000 and the municipal judge from $15,000 to $20,000. Gonzalez said the last increase came in 1997. Gonzalez indicated during the council’s discussion he would create an ad hoc committee of city residents to discuss the idea and look at area municipalities for comparison. A pair of alders – Dorothy
A proposal that would’ve built at least 160 “affordable” apartment units straddling the City of Fitchburg and neighboring Town of Madison apparently is no longer being considered. The Common Council discussed the proposal in a closed meeting June 26, and city administrator Patrick Marsh announced afterward
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dissolves, which, by terms of an agreement between the two municipalities, will be in 2022 at the latest. According to the project plan presented to the city’s Plan Commission in May, the one- and two-bedroom apartments would include some “live-work units” offering “workforce housing for start-up or home occupation businesses, service-type uses or artist workspaces.” The developer planned to pursue other state and federal credits, tax-exempt bonds and tax-increment financing to help fund the project. The goal was to have at least 90 percent of its units “affordable” to those earning no more than 60 percent
Krause (D-1) and Julia Arata-Fratta (D-2) – suggested it should at least be discussed. “A lot that goes on in our society anymore is the value of money, and how money assigns a value to things,” Krause said. “I very often don’t feel real valued up here. “I know I do a whole lot more than $5,000 worth of work for this city.” Alds. Dan Carpenter (D-3) and Dan Bahr (D-2) indicated strong opposition to the idea. “This boils down to priorities,” Bahr said. “We could barely balance our budget in the last budget. The next budget’s going to be even tougher. This is ridiculous.” Carpenter pointed out what he considered a bad look for the city after it cut $50,000 that had historically gone to the Boys and Girls Club of Dane County in the last budget, which inspired strong opposition from the community. Gonzalez said that was unrelated. “Taxpayer money is to go toward city uses, not to fund a nonprofit. That has no business in city government whatsoever,” he said. “The city’s become more and more complex, requiring more and more time of everyone up here.”
in an open session that alders recommended ending negotiations with the developer but did not elaborate on why. He said they also declined to offer a letter of support from the city to help the Alexander Company apply for a grant from the Wisconsin Housing and Economic Development Authority. Earlier in the meeting, alders had approved a rezoning request and certified survey map for the proposal, which called for seven two- or three-story buildings on land off of Oregon Road and Novation Parkway. The area in the Town of Madison included in the proposal will be absorbed into Fitchburg when the town
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Alders recommend ending negotiations with Alexander Company
July 13, 2018
Respect, tradition: martial arts Paik’s family business Paik’s puts philosophy behind the punches SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group
Growing up in Seoul, South Korea, Grand Master Peter Paik learned traditional Korean and Japanese martial arts he’s happy to teach to students. But if they prefer the latest styles, he’s got the staff to help there, as well. And though Paik and his instructors teach a variety of techniques, their Peter Paik common theme is creating a respect for the martial arts while imparting the wisdom to use those skills only when needed. Started in Madison in 1971 by Paik’s father, the late Grand Master Sang Kee Paik, Paik’s Traditional Martial Arts Center teaches a variety of styles, with instructors with backgrounds in everything from yoga to kickboxing. “Today, there are a lot of different martial arts schools and styles; some that started hundreds of years ago and some that were made up last week,” Paik told the Star.
Paik’s Fitchburg 2690 Research Park Dr. 709-1444 paiksmartialarts.com Paik’s Fitchburg, which opened in April, is the center’s third location, joining ones on the west and east sides of Madison. The new addition was prompted by demographics, he said, with students from the Fitchburg area previously having to travel to Whitney Way or Monona Drive for classes. Now, it’s a much shorter drive to 2690 Research Park Dr. for students of all ages to study the ancient — and modern — forms of martial arts, with classes for all skill levels. “Our students go from four years old up to 74,” he said. “We want to help people – especially kids – reach new heights in their life.”
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A white-belt student waits for her belt-testing ceremony to begin at Paik’s Traditional Martial Paik said his father was Arts Fitchburg on Saturday, July 7. one of the first black belts t o c o m e o u t o f Ko r e a , father’s “true calling” was generations; it’s proven struggling at school because studying under the masters martial arts, and in 1971 he the test of time,” he said. of lack of focus, and he can of taekwondo, a “conglom- started what is now Paik’s “Those same skills my learn concentration skills,” father learned when he was he said. “Martial arts teacheration of nine different Academy of Martial Arts. “A lot of Madisonians growing up in Korea, they es the discipline of self-conmartial arts” brought from Japan. In 1966, Paik started were in the dark as to what still apply when I’m teach- trol.” Learning respect is also his own training in South martial arts was all about ing and they’ll apply after I’m gone.” something that “probably Korea before his family then,” Paik said. When his father retired means more now than ever,” moved to Madison where Paik said. his father got a job as a sci- in 1997, Paik took over the Building character family business, and now “You don’t answer to a entist at UW-Madison. Martial arts are particWhile that work was enjoys passing down all the ularly beneficial for young black belt by going, ‘Yeah, inspiring, Paik said his traditions and lessons he’s people, Paik said, as they man,’ you say, ‘Yes sir, no learned. provide “self-developmen“Like anything signifi- tal” and “character-building cant in life, (martial arts processes.” has) been passed down for “A c h i l d m a y b e
sir, yes ma’am, no ma’am,’” he said. “These are traditions that have been passed down through countless years. Life is more than acting like a baby so you get your way, so you can get on to your video game.” Park said kids can use the “strong sense of inner strength and self-esteem” martial arts can provide – but that means more than learning “just kicking and punching.” “Any martial arts school can teach a child how to defend themselves (but) unfortunately, the knowledge, wisdom and skills go by the wayside,” he said. “You’ve got people who are teaching how to kick and punch without the philosophy, without the traditions, like a sport. All you’re teaching the kids how to do is be bullies.” The key is teaching students to handle themselves in difficult situations, Paik said. “You teach them how to avoid conflict by improving their esteem and confidence, but if something does happen, (it’s) having the skills necessary to know they can defend themselves and help somebody out if they need to,” he said. “Having the skills makes a huge difference.” Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott. firstname.lastname@example.org.
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These Monday-Thursday weekly camps have a new theme each week. Some of the camps offered are Anything Goes, Blast Off! Boom! Science, Mystery Masters, Outdoor Adventurers, H2WHOA and Sports Mania Week! • Ages – 6-11 • Days/Times – Mon-Thur., throughout the Summer, 1-4pm • Location – McKee Farms Park Shelter • Fee - $50 each camp
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The 3 Day Community Clinic will cover basic fundamentals of soccer technique when in possession of the ball: Dribbling, Passing, Receiving and Shooting (defending will not be covered in this clinic). Each topic will be covered and instructed with the use of small sided activities in a match like environment. The main focus of this clinic is for players to have FUN while bringing the community together through soccer. This is a FREE Clinic sponsored by The Fitchburg Recreation Department in partnership with ACE Soccer Club - Madison. • Ages – 6-14 • Days/Times – Tue-Thur., Aug 14-Aug 16, 5:30-7pm • Location – Huegel-Jamestown Park • Fee – FREE (Registration is required though)
Join the FACTv guys for these awesome classes! July 24th is Cinematography, July 31st is Studio Production, and August 1st is Green Screen Production. Learn the ins and outs of what it takes to make a movie and create your own project! • Ages – 4th – 8th Grade • Days/Times – Cinematography July 24th, 1:30-3pm, Studio Production July 31st, 1:30-3pm, Green Screen Production August 1st, 1:30-3pm • Location – FACTv Studios @ City Hall • Fee - $20
Volleyball Camp – Serving Clinic
Volleyball development program for beginning players and skill enhancement program for advanced players. Participants will learn and review the fundamentals of serving. Serving to different zones and styles of serving (including jump serves) will be emphasized. The children will have numerous opportunities to participate in practice drills and enjoyable skill-based games. Additionally, strength and cardiovascular conditioning will be emphasized throughout the camp. The goal of this program is to increase the athletes’ volleyball abilities, prepare them to compete at the next level, and instill fervor for the sport. Grade refers to the 18/19 school year. • Ages – 6th – 9th Grade • Days/Times – Tuesday-Thursday, July 24 – July 26, 6:30-8pm • Location – Stoner Prairie Large Gym • Fee - $50
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Flag Football is back for the 2018 season. We have leagues for K & 1st, 2nd & 3rd, 4th, 5th, 6th, and 7th- & 8th Grade. The fee is $65 for residents and $75 for non-residents. Each child gets an NFL Team Jersey. • Days/Times – Saturdays and weeknight practice • Location – McKee Farms Park • Grades – Kindergarten – 8th Grade • Fee - $65R/$75NR
Beth Marshall is offering a multitude of programs this summer including Cycles of Seasons, Family Music, Music Makers, Nature Trails, and Music at the Playground. These classes will be held outside at area parks. Classes range in ages from babies up to 7 years old. For descriptions and more info, visit the online registration page. • Ages – Varying ages for each class • Day/Time – Thursdays, July and August, Mornings and early Afternoon • Location – Fitchburg Parks • Fee - $20-$50 depending on class
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Mrs. Nicole offers a variety of dance classes for kids ages 2-12 years old. She offers Monday classes, Tuesday classes, and Saturday classes. All three days have an end of the year Dance Recital which will be 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 (6-9 yrs.), Ballet 3 (7-10 yrs.), Jazz 1 (4-7 yrs.), Jazz 2 (6-9 yrs.), Jazz 3 (7-10 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, Tuesday Evenings, and Saturday Mornings, September-March (Over 18 classes plus Rehearsal and Recital) • Location – Fitchburg Community Center • Fee – Ranges from $174-$246 (Recital costumes included)
Wisconsin Martial Arts
Each student will receive a well-rounded martial arts and fitness education. We teach the standard striking and blocking movements, traditional forms, and weaponry. We also offer more unique aspects, such as practical self-defense and joint manipulation applications, tumbling and acrobatics, fitness tracking and goal-setting, two different kinds of ground fighting, armored weapon fighting, two different kinds of stand-up fighting that incorporate elements of boxing and take-downs, throws, and more. • Ages – Adults • Days/Times – Mondays and Wednesdays, August 6-August 29, 6:45pm-7:30pm • Location – Fitchburg Community Center • Fee - $45
Paint in the Park – Field of Poppies (Adults Only)
Whether you are a master painter or have never picked up a paint brush, this will be a fun night for all! What could be more relaxing than painting with friends in the park on a beautiful summer night? Local artist, Sara Lenz, will be here to instruct you and help you create your own masterpiece! She will walk you through the painting step by step. You will take home your 16 x 20 canvas ready to hang on your wall. All art supplies will be included. You may bring your own beverage and food. • Ages – Adults • Day/Time – Thursday, July 26th, 6pm-8pm • Location – Huegel-Jamestown Park Shelter • Fee - $50
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Outreach: Librarian hoping to expand program to other underserved areas of Fitchburg Continued from page 19 staff members for the summer, made possible with funding from the Friends of the Fitchburg Library, allowing for the expanded services. “We’re doubling (our presence) from last year because we feel that having that consistent presence is so important,” Zimdars said. “We can do so much more than when it was just me.” Next Step Ministries also provides middle and high school student volunteers, who are able to help with some of the more basic activities. When the program expanded, it also expanded the need for additional basic supplies, such as first aid kits, cups, sunscreen. The volunteers help organize those, but Zimdars also now has to coordinate Porta-Potties, sprinklers and a dance floor for upcoming events. An anonymous donor has funded new books for giveaways, further strengthening the reading program. “I’m able to come up with new, high-interest b o o k s , a n d ev e r y b o d y gets at least one,” Zimdars explained. “(The kids) get so excited because they get to pick out their own, they’re brand new, and for all ages.”
Beyond Leopold Now that the library programs are embedded into Leopold, Zimdars said she is working on reaching new parts of Fitchburg that could benefit from similar programs. She also has been working with the Madison-based Literacy
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From left, Felicea Minor and City of Fitchburg outreach librarian Liz Zimdars color in a hopscotch path during a Leopold Community Night Tuesday, July 10. Network to provide free English as a Second Language classes as part of an outreach program at Nine Springs Golf Course, 2201 Traceway Drive. The next class will be at 6 p.m. Wednesday, July 25. “We hope to keep that going year round because it’s important to have a space in the neighborhood that’s easily accessible,” Zimdars said. “There’s a lot of interest in the Literacy Network, so we’d really love to continue that partnership.” S h e a l s o wo r k s w i t h Trail to Success, a program that offers after-school enrichment program for kids who live in the Pines Apartments but get bused over to Chavez Elementary School instead of attending the much closer Leopold. Looking ahead to the
summer outreach program specifically, Zimdars said she is looking into other areas in the Fitchburg community to host more afternoon activities. She said she anticipates announcements on the locations to come in January. “Because we’re able to do this more consistently, people who happen to be walking by almost always c o m e b a c k a ga i n ,” s h e said. “We’re seeing more adults than I thought, more grandparents with younger kids, so we’re trying to work together to get activities that get kids out of the house, allows parents to socialize, so this summer can be fun for everyone.” Photo by Kimberly Wethal Contact Amber LevenhaFrom left, Sylvia Direnzo, of Austintown, Ohio, blows bubbles with Savannah Riley, 5, as she gen at amber.levenhagen@ wcinet.com. plays with Play-Doh. Direnzo was at the Leopold Community Night on Tuesday, July 10.
Discovery: Utah dig last month turned up ‘enormous’ fossils in riverbed Continued from page 1 fossils on state land. It was hot in the Utah desert, with the first day hitting 110 degrees and the second 108 degrees. “It was just debilitating,” he said. Workers used 30-inch fans to keep a large population of gnats away and create a breeze at the excavation site – which in turn blew sand around, meaning volunteers often kept their backs to the fans, with gallon jugs of water close at hand to stay hydrated. Around noon each day, they’d get a natural breeze, LaChance said, but with the heat, it didn’t help much. “The first two days, it was like standing in front of a hand dryer; a hot wind,” he said. LaChance and the other volunteers were digging in an area where dinosaur fossils had been documented (unlike “prospect” areas where paleontologists are still looking for evidence), so they knew before departing they’d collect fossils. They excavated the bed of a former river with currents so strong that skeletons of dinosaurs — thought to be sauropods with long necks and tails, large limbs and small heads — were separated. The larger bones, like leg and pelvis bones, sunk to the bottom in the area where the group was
digging, while smaller bones were likely carried further down the former river and likely lay buried miles away, LaChance said. Fossils eventually piled on top of one another in the riverbed, meaning paleontologists could find themselves digging down several feet in a terrain of sand and pebbles, he said, rather than the couple of inches they were at during this trip. “Every time you started to dig one out, you ran into another one,” LaChance said. “Apparently, there had been a number of accidents in the river … everywhere you looked, there were bones waiting to be taken out of the ground.” The bones dug up were “enormous,” he said. “When I say bones, I mean bones – leg bones as long as that coffee table,” he said, gesturing toward the 4-foot-6-inch coffee table in his living room, where a plastic stegosaurus is perched. The process of digging up and transporting the bones out of the site was a laborious one, as caked-on sand and rock had to be carefully removed with gasoline-powered portable air compressors. Once removed, fossils were “jacketed” with straps of burlap covered with plaster so the fragile bones would survive the trip from to Illinois. LaChance said the coating was necessary, as the roads leading up to the dig site were “the
second-roughest” he’d seen in his lifetime, something he thinks is actually done on purpose to discourage poachers from stealing the bones. For LaChance, there’s always a next dig, and the next one planned is at a county park in northern central Iowa, where fossilized fish from the Devonian period might be found. And the hunt continues, as La Chance said there’s just something about recovering fossils of animals that used to roam the Earth that “grabs you.” “It is an astonishing sight to look around you and find these enormous bones that in some cases, the ends of which were on the surface, and others became apparent when you were digging,” he said. “To think these were once living animals walking around is just mind-boggling. “There’s certainly an air of discovery about it because anything is possible from that particular time period.” Had his 7-year-old self had known about the trips he was yet to take later in life and the dinosaur fossils he would discover, LaChance knows exactly what he would have said. “Can we go now?” Email reporter Kimberly Wethal Photo submitted at firstname.lastname@example.org The leg bone discovered by Fitchburg resident Tom LaChance and his feland follow her on Twitter low volunteers in Hanksville, Utah in June. The group spent five days on @kimberly_wethal. state-owned land at an excavation site where fossils were known of.
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