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Inside Tash collection fees going up Page 3 Roundabout opens after 3 months

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JIM FEROLIE Fitchburg Star editor

limiting his other senses. “I had music coming out of the (headphones), and I could hear it, but I couldn’t hear what the words were saying,” he said. “I just felt weird.” When Murphy started shaking, Robinson’s first emotion was fear. While Robinson was on the phone with the 911 dispatcher, Murphy’s body had curled up and turned stiff. It prompted Robinson to start crying, he said, as he tried to listen to the instructions the dispatcher was giving him. “This lasted 40 seconds, but if felt like a lifetime,”

The first budget proposal by Mayor Aaron Richardson puts a priority on restricting the city’s spending. His proposed 2020 operating budget, released Sept. 20, lists f iv e “ c o m mitments” h e c o n s i d - Richardson ers the most important, and the result is a budget that provides only a fraction of department requests for staffing and funds roads at a lower level than the mayor and staff believe it ought to be funded at. While his introductory letter states keeping taxes low is his top priority, it’s clear that other limitations, set by the state, are the main driver for the tax rate, which would go down by just under 1 percent but still likely would mean a tax increase for most people. Whether alders agree with the resulting compromises remains to be seen. Amendments were due Thursday afternoon, Oct. 10, two days after the mayor’s budget went to a public hearing, and alders will hold a general discussion of them at the Oct. 24 Committee of the Whole meeting. That all leads up to a Nov. 12 public hearing, after which alders will vote on the amendments, and then the resulting budget. Alders had a preliminary discussion of the budget process and priorities at the Aug. 28 Committee of the Whole meeting, and Richardson said there were “no easy cuts” in department head requests this year.

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From left, Verona Area High School sophomore James Robinson saved the life of his cousin Ronnie Murphy, also a VAHS sophomore, on the morning school bus route on Tuesday, Sept. 17. Murphy had a seizure, and Robinson prevented him from sustaining injuries and called for help, subsequently saving his life.

Family over Fear 15 year old saves cousin’s life during seizure on school bus KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

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Despite being a month and two days younger than his cousin Ronnie Murphy, Verona Area High School student James Robinson has always claimed to be his “big cousin.” Robinson has earned some clout behind that statement, after he saved Murphy’s life on the bus last month. On Tuesday, Sept. 17, the two sophomores got on the bus near their home in Fitchburg. Shortly after, Murphy experienced a seizure. It prompted Robinson, who knew his cousin had seizures, to figure out

‘This lasted 40 seconds, but if felt like a lifetime,’ James Robinson, on cousin Ronnie Murphy’s seizure what to do within seconds. The two boys are playful with one another, their mothers told the Press last week, and are often goofing around. But when Murphy continued to dig his hands into his cousin’s leg and start wiping his hands on his face to get his attention, it became a sign to Robinson that he wasn’t okay. “I was like, ‘bro, what is wrong with you?’” Robinson recalled. “I was just

thinking he was being weird, but at the same time, curious what was wrong with you.” When Murphy had gotten on the bus a few minutes earlier, he had felt fine, he said, and even playfully argued with his cousin. But the bus took a corner, and it was in that moment that Murphy started to feel “sick to his stomach,” he said. The seizure quickly progressed into Murphy not being able to talk, and




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The $1.4 million roundabout at Fitchrona and Nesbitt Roads opened Oct. 4, two days late, after a nearly three-month closure.

Fitchrona-Nesbitt roundabout opens two days late JIM FEROLIE Fitchburg Star editor

Three months after the installation of a roundabout at Nesbitt and Fitchrona roads added one more point of inconvenience to area drivers, it’s open again. The road opened Oct. 4, two days later than planned because of heavy rain last week that also closed part of Fitchrona leading up to Lacy Road.

The Verona Road Business Coalition held a party Oct. 2 to celebrate the opening of the $1.4 million intersection and the upcoming opening of the bridge over McKee Road. The combination of those two construction projects, as well as nearby ones on County Hwy. M east and west of Fish Hatchery Road and M at and around the County Hwy. PD intersection, have made traffic on and around Verona Road frustrating for drivers all summer.

A release from the City of Fitchburg said landscaping in and around the roundabout will continue for a few weeks but will be restricted to off peak times, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. That could involve temporary blockages or delays. The release asked travelers to slow down and be careful and recognize that it remains an active construction zone. T h e Ve r o n a R o a d p r o j e c t will eliminate stoplights at PD and McKee Road, among

other things, and that overpass is expected to open in November, around the same time the County M and PD project will be complete. The two-day delay in opening the Fitchrona-Nesbitt intersection was waiting to paint new pavement markings. The roundabout has been planned since the approval of the SuperTarget store to the north, which opened in 2007. It is designed to reduce delays and backups

that happened during peak hours at the four-way stop and to plan for growth for the next 25 years, according to the city release. Integrity Grading and Excavating was the general contractor for the project, which was designed by AECOM. Email Fitchburg Star editor Jim Ferolie at fitchburgstar@wcinet. com.

City of Fitchburg Five meetings at City On the Web Hall, neighborhoods To view the public meeting KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

The city will provide five opportunities to weigh in on the rewrite of the comprehensive plan this month. Starting Thursday, Oct. 10, neighborhood information meetings and listening sessions will be held at three spots in the community – in two neighborhoods and at the City Hall council chambers. The comprehensive plan, which is redone every 10 years, guides development and zoning decisions in the city. A state-mandated document that looks 20 years out, it can be amended once a year. The last plan was approved in 2008. Alders approved a timeline of having the comprehensive plan rewrite complete before the April 2020 election. Each of the five meetings will focus on a specific area within the city. The first, held at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10, will be at Aldo Leopold Elementary School, 2602 Post Road, and will focus on the neighborhoods along the Fish Hatchery Road corridor near the Beltline and the anticipated Town of Madison annexation area. Two residence areas will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the City Hall council chambers. The first, at

schedule and see the meeting area boundaries, visit: CompPlanUpdate 5 p.m., will focus on the southern rural areas and a small portion of rural area near Clayton Road on the eastern edge of the city. At 6:30 p.m., areas of heavy development south of McKee Road and east of Syene Road will be the focus. At 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 21, the King James Way neighborhood will have its public meeting at Redeemer City Church, 5356 King James Way. The meeting area includes parts of the city to the north of McKee Road and west of Seminole Highway. The final meeting, at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 24, in the council chambers, will include neighborhoods around the eastern side of McKee Road, Fish Hatchery Road and East Cheryl Parkway. Residents are encouraged to attend meetings that focus on their neighborhoods, an email from Wade Thompson, city community development planner, said, but all meetings are open to the public regardless of where they live. The public can also weigh in on the comprehensive plan through the city’s Polco app.

When can I give my input? Listening sessions • 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 10, Aldo Leopold Elementary School, 2602 Post Road • 5 and 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Oct. 16, City Hall council chambers, 5520 Lacy Road • 6:30 p.m., Monday, Oct. 21, Redeemer City Church, 5356

King James Way • 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 24, City Hall council chambers, 5520 Lacy Road Open house • 6:30 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 20, City Hall council chambers, 5520 Lacy Road

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hen I was a kid, if I did not finish all my food at meal time, my mom would tell me that I should eat it all, because children were starving in China. I was never sure how the food that was on my plate was going to help those children, so it was not a very convincing incentive. Unfortunately, there are still people starving in many parts of the world, even though food is being produced in abundance in many areas. Over 800 million people worldwide live every day without enough food, while approximately one-third of the food that is grown for human consumption is lost or wasted every year. That amounts to 1.3 billion tons of food. Reasons for food loss in poorer countries include poor growing conditions, lack of irrigation, inadequate storage and inability to transport what is grown to places where it is needed. Wealthy countries are more successful at growing and distributing food, but waste a higher percentage of food than poorer countries. Reasons for food loss in wealthier countries include aesthetics such as blemishes on produce or only prime parts of produce being used while discarding the rest. Crops often rot in fields, because the cost of harvesting is more than the market price at the time. Labor shortages also leave crops unharvested. According to the U.S. Department of Agriculture, 30-40% of all the food that is grown in the United States is wasted every year. In addition to being tragic when

date the food was made. This saves both time and energy. Save stems, stalks, leaves and peelings that you would normally discard and make veggie stock to use in soups or sauces instead of buying it. Plan your meals carefully. Make many people are going hungry, this sure you know what you have before waste of food puts 4.4 gigatons of you go shopping so you do not carbon dioxide into the air every duplicate. If you need half of an item year as it decomposes in landfills or for one meal, make sure your menu is composted. Water, electricity, fuel, plan uses the other half before it labor and money are also wasted in goes bad. production. Once every few months, cook from There is work being done around the freezer or pantry for a week so the world to reduce food waste that you use food before it loses flaand to distribute what is produced vor or becomes freezer burned. to those in need. You can join the Take an air tight container for leftmovement and save money while overs when you go out to eat. The you reduce your impact on this food will stay fresher and be more growing problem. appetizing if it is stored properly and Here are few suggestions of things you will not send a disposable container to the landfill. you can do the help: Understanding food labeling is Only buy what you can eat. Do important. “Sell By,” “Best By” and not be taken by sales at the grocery store, if what you buy is going to be “Use By” dates on food do not mean the food should not be consumed wasted. Or if you get one for free and cannot use it, donate it to a food after any of these dates, if it has been properly handled. People often throw pantry. away food because they misunderPlant a garden. If you grow more than you can eat, give the surplus to stand these labels. a neighbor or a food pantry. A few simple changes in our habits Cook with food thrift in mind. If can save natural resources, time, and you cook too much, put it an airtight money, and reduce greenhouse gascontainer in a designated place in es. These may seem like small steps your refrigerator. Always check there to take, but over time food waste first when you are looking for lunch awareness by all of us, can make a or a snack. big difference. Make enough for multiple meals and freeze what you do not eat for Nancy Horns is a Fitchburg resident another meal. Keep lists of what is and a member of the city’s Resource in your freezer, keeping track of the Conservation Commission.

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Manage seasonal mood changes the old-fashioned way W ith fall comes beauty in nature, but some of us also begin to feel sad as the weather changes. Sadness is an emotion we often will try and push away by staying busy or numbing the intensity of the feeling with food, alcohol or other distractions. It can be hard to tell a friend when we feel sad. Our culture tends to emphasize the “stay positive” mindset, so either we won’t want to worry people by Konopacki telling them about it, or our well-intentioned listeners may try and hurry us to the conclusion that all we need to do is think happier thoughts. To maximize your mood and feel better, it makes sense to work with the energy and intelligence of the season. It would be out of balance to maintain summer activity levels during a polar vortex or to harvest in the spring. Look around you and take clues from nature on how to thrive during different seasons. In the old days, we were much more tied to cycles of daylight, local food availability and activity demands that came with the change of seasons. The way we live today

allows us to continue as normal; we are not forced to slow down and rest. We notice daylight changes, but artificial light and cultural pressures have us thinking we should stay just as busy throughout the whole year. Winter is a time for deep rest, inward reflection and quiet preparation for the next cycle of growth. Spring is for planting seeds, starting things and carefully supporting new life. Summer is intense: Things are in full bloom, we stay active and there’s lots of daylight. Fall is time to harvest what the previous seasons have brought us. We prepare for the coming winter by slowing down, letting go, getting organized and prepared and starting to turn inward. Because emotions can intensify this time of year, it helps to see them as a kind of check-engine light that should be paid attention to. They can show when we are getting stuck and give us a chance to locate the emotion in our body as a stiff neck, tight back or uneasy stomach. Awareness itself starts to loosen the pattern. Yoga poses that support a healthy transition into fall focus on the lungs and large intestines, as these organs are more easily out of balance this time of year. Chinese medicine recommends switching from cold to warm drinks and from raw foods to cooked, hearty vegetables and meals. It’s even better if you can build

menus from what grows in your area this time of year. The way we live and the stress held in our bodies and organ systems can affect our mood through the seasons. If you are curious to try some things to improve a low seasonal mood, know that each person is different. You’ll have your own unique contributing factors (lifestyle, genetics, etc.), as well as your own recipe to increase well-being, so it can take some trial and error to feel like you’re moving forward with this. If you want to understand factors that could be a part of your seasonal mood struggles by all means look into approaches that help detect and correct underlying imbalances that can impact your mood, and get professional help if things feel overwhelming. In fall, things may look and feel different than we want, but it is possible to build yourself out of seasonal patterns. Know the outcome you want and with time you can find resources to move you towards that. You may even start looking forward to fall in a new way. Dr. Laura Konopacki is the owner of Body Wave Chiropractic in Fitchburg, and she has additional training in pediatrics and functional neurology.

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Trash collection services to increase Costs go up due to high fees for recycling KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

The only changes coming to trash collection services for the next four years will be the cost. The Fitchburg Common Council approved a contract with Pellitteri Waste Systems on Tuesday, Sept. 24. The major terms of the contract are mostly the same as the previous contract: unlimited recycling and 14 brush pickups a year. The city had considered adding two bulk pickup collections per year at a cost of $9 per household and reducing the number of brush collections. Refuse and recycling collection is set to increase by $36 per household next year, from $144.10 to $181, with the cost continuing to increase each year until 2024, when it will be more than $200 a year. The increase is partly due to increased costs for recycling, as China has stopped accepting plastic waste from the United States. The council had sent the contract back to the Resource Conservation Commission in August to answer questions about the environmental impact of the bulk collection services and how frequently brush pickup was used. Ald. Sarah Schroeder (Dist. 3) said the RCC disagreed with the idea of adding two bulk pickups both because of its cost and because of concerns that more waste would get sent to the Dane County landfill rather than being resold. “A lot of times it’s just very easy to put it out on the curb,” she said. “There are other options of trying to get as much use out of items as possible … it would be great if we could encourage that.” The RCC was also concerned about communicating with residents about the timing of the two bulk pickup days, Schroeder added. Residents can have Pellitteri pick up bulk off the curb at any time, under the contract, but the cost of

Highlights • Trash collection services will stay the same through 2024 • Residents allowed unlimited recycling, 14 brush pick-ups • Council votes down adding bulk pick-ups

doing so is added directly to their taxes. The council was divided on its benefits. Ald. Dorothy Krause (D-1) was torn, saying having a twice-yearly collection would allow people to “curb shop” for items left out on the street, but she also made a point of wanting to see people reuse items by selling or giving them away. “I am a very strong proponent of trying to pass things down to people who could make continued use of it rather than landfilling it,” she said. “On the county level, we’re talking about approaching the end of the landfill’s life and having to look for new land.” Ald. Anne Scott (D-1), who was in favor of the bulk collections, said there’s just too much junk on the side of the road that needs to be taken care of. “We have garbage that sits out, we have mattresses, couches, we have stuffed chairs … stuff sits on the curb for weeks at a time,” she said. In an attempt to negate the increased cost of recycling, city staff encouraged the reduction of brush pickups from 14 to 12 because of low participation – some pick-ups had less than 10 percent of residents using the service, Schroeder said. Ald. Tom Clauder (D-4) disagreed with the staff recommendation, the brush pick-up option is important in his district, as it has a significant number of trees. “You start messing with trash, you’re in trouble,” he said. “You can’t tell people when to trim their treetops … to reduce (brush pickup) is not the direction we want to go.”

Fitchburg woman charged in shooting One had life-threatening injuries, police say A 22 year old woman is facing two charges of felony first-degree attempted homicide with the use of a dangerous weapon charges after three people were shot on the 2100 block of High Ridge Trail just before noon Sunday, Sept. 29. The woman, Shaquita Lee, of Fitchburg, shot a 21 year old woman, who sustained life-threatening injuries, and a 49 year old woman, who later arrived at a local hospital with

non-life threatening injuries. The incident is believed to have stemmed from a feud related to a family matter, the release said, and is not random. Police are also interviewing a 28 year old male who was at the scene Sunday who is believed to have fired additional shots, a news release from the department stated. Police responded to a report of shots fired Sept. 29, finding two people with gunshot wounds in a parking lot upon arrival, according to a department news release. Lee was one of those two people found with

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services for our more vulnerable residents, infrastructure improvements to maintain public safety as our community continues to grow, and efforts to preserve our unique outdoor spaces.” T h e bu d g e t i n c l u d e s $300,000 for the restoration of Badger Mill Creek, including habitat restoration around the Ice Age Trail. The budget also includes $350,000 to purchase electric vehicle charging stations at 16 county sites, including Badger Prairie. Human services initiatives, totaling $231.1 million, compose the most significant portion of the budget. Those initiatives include a $500,000 grant program for community centers to launch new mental and behavioral health work for kids and families, and over $600,000 in new funds for those centers to help address young peoples’ mental health needs. The budget allots $33.6 million for “clean lakes, parks for people to play,

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Several programs in the proposed Dane County budget that County Executive Joe Parisi unveiled Oct. 1 could affect Fitchburg area residents. Those include social services, environmental protection and modern conveniences. Pa r i s i ’s 2 0 2 0 c o u n t y budget proposal, headed to the Dane County Personnel and Finance committee for a round of public meetings next month, totals nearly $592 million, with a capital budget of more than $61.8 million. It would increase the operating portion of the county levy by 3.9% and increase of around $21.85 on the average home, valued at $300,967 this year, according to a county news release. The County Board is set to vote on the 2020 budget at its Monday, Nov. 11 meeting. Parisi said the budget “makes significant investments in compassionate

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a gunshot wound in the parking lot, and was arrested following her discharge from the hospital. Lee’s preliminary hearing was held on Thursday, Oct. 10. Bond was set at $250,000 per case. Anyone with information related to the shooting is asked to call the Fitchburg police at 270-4300, or Madison Crime Stoppers at 2666014.

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Fitchburg Star 6 Fitchburg Star Sieling, Zimmerman are mayoral awardees, reception to honor the two set Wednesday, Oct. 16 October 11, 2019

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Mayor Aaron Richardson is to honor former mayor Jeanie Sieling and city employee Mike Zimmerman at a reception next week for their community leadership and impact on

Fitchburg. A city email release states the reception is set for Wednesday, Oct. 16, in the Fitchburg Senior Center lower level, 5510 Lacy Road. The awardees will be presented with their honors at 5:15 p.m. in the Stoner

Prairie Dining Room. The release states Sieling has been an “integral” part of many Fitchburg “milestones” — she’s served on the town board and has also been involved in creating the senior center and building the library. Zimmerman has served

the city for over 20 years. As the Economic Development Director, he has been an “essential” part of the growth of Fitchburg, according to the release. For more information about the reception, visit

If You Go What: Mayoral awards special reception When: 5:15 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16 Where: Fitchburg Senior Center lower level, 5510 Lacy Road Info:

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Saturday, Oct. 12

• 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Fitchburg Fire Department open house, Fitchburg Fire Station #1, 5791 Lacy Road, • 11 a.m. to noon, Pumpkin painting (ages 5-12, registration required), library, 729-1762 • 7:30-9:30 p.m., Gallery Sessions Concert Series, Yahara Bay Distillers, 6250 Nesbitt Road, 288-8284

• 3-4 p.m. Knit Club, library, 729-1762 • 3-6 p.m., Fitchburg Farmers Market, Agora Pavilion, 5500 E. Cheryl Parkway, 277-2592 • 4:30-5:30 p.m., Terravessa Groundbreaking, corner of Lacy Road and Radicchio Drive, 2888284 • 6-6:45 p.m., UnBookClub! (ages 9-12), library, 729-1762 • 7-10 p.m., Free movie night, Yahara Bay Distillers, 6250 Nesbitt Road, 288-8284

Friday, Oct. 18

• Noon to 5 p.m., Friends of the Fitchburg Library used book sale, library, friendsoffitchburgliSunday, Oct. 13 • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., One Sky One World International Kite Fly • 4-5 p.m., Unbirthday Party, library, 729-1762 for Peace, McKee Farms Park, 2930 Chapel Valley Road, 288- • 5-9 p.m., Fifth annual Dane Arts Buy Local art market, 8284 Yahara Bay Distillers, 6250 Monday, Oct. 14 Nesbitt Road, 288-8284 • 9:30 a.m., Preschool storytime Saturday, Oct. 19 (ages 2-5), library, 729-1762 • 9 a.m. to noon, Great PumpTuesday, Oct. 15 kin Giveaway (while supplies • 9-11 a.m., Flu shorts with last), Oak Bank, 5951 McKee Fitchburg Family Pharmacy, Road, 441-6000 senior center, 270-4290 • 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Friends of • 11-1:45 a.m., Lapsit story Fitchburg Library used book time, library, 729-1762 sale, library, • 7 p.m., Go Big Read live stream, library, 719-1762 • 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Fifth annual Dane Arts Buy Local art marWednesday, Oct. 16 ket, Yahara Bay Distillers, 6250 • 10-11 a.m., Toddler art (ages Nesbitt Road, 288-8284 1-3), library, 729-1762 • 3-4 p.m., Halloween nail • 10-11 a.m., Wednesday morn- art (ages 13-17, registration ing book discussion, library, required), library, 729-1762 729-1762 Monday, Oct. 21 • 2-4 p.m., Apple pie making • 6:30-8:30 p.m., Neighborhood with Gus, senior center, 270information meetings/listening 4290 sessions (about city’s Compre• 5 p.m., 2019 Mayoral Awards hensive Plan), Fitchburg City recognition and reception, Hall, 5520 Lacy Road, fitchFitchburg Senior Center, 5510 Lacy Road, • 5-6:30 p.m., Neighborhood Tuesday, Oct. 22 information meetings/listening • 6:30-7:30 p.m., CPR class, sessions (about city’s Compre- library, 729-1762 hensive Plan), Fitchburg City • 7:30-10:30 p.m., Fitchburg Hall, 5520 Lacy Road, fitchCommon Council meeting, City Hall, 5520 Lacy Road, fitch• 7-8 p.m., Snapchat 101, library, 729-1762

Thursday, Oct. 17

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

Wednesday, Oct. 23

• 10:30-11:30 a.m., Financial fitness drop-in sessions with Curt Arnold, senior center, 270-4290

• 6-6:30 p.m., Family pajama story time, library, 792-1762

Thursday, Oct. 24

• 10 a.m. to noon, Wellness checks with the nurse, senior center, 270-4290 • 11 a.m. to noon, Cookbook Club - Soup/Stew, library, 7291762 • 3-6 p.m., Fitchburg Farmers Market, Agora Pavilion, 5500 E. Cheryl Parkway, 277-2592 • 6-8 p.m., Film Screening: The Addams Family, library, 7291762 • 6:30-8:30 p.m., Neighborhood information meetings/listening sessions (about city’s Comprehensive Plan), Fitchburg City Hall, 5520 Lacy Road, • 7-10 p.m., Free movie night, Yahara Bay Distillers, 6250 Nesbitt Road, 288-8284

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• 7:30-9:30 p.m., Free Live Music: 90 To Harmony, Yahara Bay Distillers, 6250 Nesbitt Road, 288-8284

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Wednesday, Nov. 13

• 10-11 a.m., World Kindness Day toddler art, library, 7291762 • 6-6:30 p.m., We Are In A Book Club, library, 729-1762 • 7-8 p.m., Cutting the Cable Cord, library, 729-1762

Thursday, Nov. 14

• 3-4 p.m., Knit Club, library, 729-1762 • 6-7 p.m., Cupcake wars, library, 729-1762 • 6:30-7:30 p.m., Adult craft evening, library, 729-1762 • 7-10 p.m., Free movie night, Yahara Bay Distillers, 6250 Nesbitt Road, 288-8284

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Wednesday, Nov. 6

• 11 a.m. to noon, Book Boogie, library, 729-1762

Thursday, Nov. 7

• 11 a.m. to noon, Bullet journaling, library, 729-1762

• Library closed for staff in-service day • 10-11 a.m., Preschool art, library, 729-1762 • 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., A Good Yarn Book Club, library, 729-1762 • 6:30-8:30 p.m., First Thursday Films: “Yesterday,” library, 7291762 • 7-10 p.m., Free movie night, Yahara Bay Distillers, 6250 Nesbitt Road, 288-8284

• 1 p.m., Crossing the Driftless - Author Talk, senior center, 270-4290 • 6-7 p.m., Make your own Friday, Nov. 8 monster mask, library, 729-1762 • 4-5 p.m., LEGO Ninjago Party, library, 729-1762 Tuesday, Oct. 29 • 3:30-4:15 p.m., Spooky breakSaturday, Nov. 9 out challenge, library, 729-1762 • 10-11 a.m., In the News, • 6:30-7:30 p.m., Stop the library, 729-1762 Bleed, library, 729-1762 • 11 a.m. to noon, Friendship Bracelets, library, 729-1762 Wednesday, Oct. 30 • 10-11 a.m., Toddler art, library, Sunday, Nov. 10 729-1762 • 2 p.m., Film Screening: • 6-7 p.m., Zombie Dolls, library, “Almost Sunrise”, library, 729729-1762 1762


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• 9:30-10 a.m. and 11-11:30 a.m., Preschool story time, library, 729-1762 • 4-5 p.m., Afternoon Arts & Crafts, library, 729-1762

Tuesday, Nov. 19

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Wednesday, Nov. 20

• 10-11 a.m., Wednesday morning book discussion, library, 729-1762 • 10-11 a.m., Toddler art, library, 729-1762 • 6-6:30 p.m., Family pajama story time, library, 729-1762 • 6:30-8 p.m., Bob Ross paint night, library, 729-1762

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October 11, 2019

Fitchburg Star


Winning the battle for woman suffrage Historical presentation set for Sunday, Nov. 3 EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

Just over a century ago, women earned the right to vote in the United States. To celebrate that victory, the Fitchburg Historical Society, Dane County Historical Society and library

have joined together to host “How The Great Battle for Woman Suffrage Was Won.” The presentation is scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 at the library, 5530 Lacy Road. It will feature Bob Kahn, Ph. D in curriculum instruction who Catherine Schneider, member of Fitchburg Historical Society, said is “very well educated” and has engaging storytelling abilities. He will bring the history of the Woman Suffrage

If You Go What: “How The Great Battle for Woman Suffrage Was Won” When: 1:30 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 3 Where: Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road Info: 729-1760

movement to life, Schneider said, answering questions how how we relate to that history, where we see ourselves fitting into

the narrative and why its important to get involved in the political process, even today. “ I t ’s a d r a m a t i c

story that’s taken place over a number of generations,” Schneider said. Longtime poll worker Winnie Lacy will speak with a Fitchburg emphasis on the movement while Kahn will present on the state’s involvement. Visitors will learn facts, Schneider said, like how the late Wisconsin governor Robert La Rollette’s wife, Belle, was a state catalyst for woman suffrage. Schneider said Belle traveled around and spoke

around the country for 64 consecutive days, advocating on women’s behalf. “Hearing this story helps us appreciate this was not always a right that we had,” Schneider said. “This came with a price ... our heritage with this is to appreciate and cherish the fact that we have the right to vote and never miss the opportunity. Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@wcinet. com or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.

‘Halloween Nail Art’ Paint your nails with spooky themes or fall colors during Fitchburg library’s Halloween Nail Art. The event geared towards ages 13-17 is set for 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the library and registration is required. Juanita Wiltbank, who has a YouTube channel dedicated to painting nails, plans to be present to guide participants, supply tools and templates and teach free-hand designs. For more information, call 729-1760. Contact Mackenzie at

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Wesley Eastman, age 1, walks through the makeshift pumpkin patch outside Oak Bank during their Great Pumpkin Giveaway event on Saturday, Oct. 13, 2018.

Great Pumpkin Giveaway set Oct. 19 Karen Virnoche has been working at Oak Bank since the pumpkin giveaway started 18 years ago. “A t fi r s t w e s t a r t e d ordering 500 (pumpkins),” Virnoche said. “Then 800 the next year, then 1,000, now it is up to 1,500 pumpkins delivered 6:30 that morning.” This year Great Pumpkin Giveaway is 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 19 at Oak Bank, 5951 McKee Road. Since its inception,

Coming up Pumpkin painting

Paint and decorate your own pumpkin from 11 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 12, at the library. The crafting session is recommended for children ages 5-12. Space is limited, so registration is required. For information, call 7291762.

Gallery sessions

In a Gallery Sessions Art Series from 7:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12, at Yahara Bay Distillers, 6250 Nesbitt Road, visitors can listen to Skylar Nahn. Nahn will bring his handmade suitcase kick drum, tambourine and loop pedal. He will transform from a singer into a band for all the audience to see. The event is free to attend. For information, call 2888284.

about 28,500 pumpkins, weighing in at an estimated 192,000 pounds, have found homes, according to a news release. The free event offers pumpkins, decorative masks, face painting, temporary tattoos, a bouncy house and horse and carriage rides. The first 400 participants will receive canvas goodie bags that can be reused as trick or treat bags. They’ll be filled with things like

Sky One World” will take place from 11 am. To 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 7 at McKee Farms Farm, 2930 Chapel Valley Road. Many kits will be flown by regional kitefliers, banners and ground displays. There will also be bird gliders that drop from the sky and kite making activities for youngsters. For information, call Paul Fieber at 271-8265.

Apple pie making

snacks, small toys and coupons. There will be hot dogs, Badger popcorn, orange cotton candy, coffee, hot cider and cookies available. All cash donated to the event goes to Safe Harbor, a child advocacy charity. In years past, the event has raised more than $2,000, Virnoche said. For more information, call Oak Bank at 441-6000. - Mackenzie Krumme

Snapchat 101 class. Come to this class to get started with the mobile messaging app. The app’s platform is a way to send photos and videos to friends and family. Registration is required. For information, call 729-1762.

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Celebrate your birthday, no matter what day it is, with a party from 4-5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18, at the library. The event will feature games, snacks and crafts, and is recommended for children ages 5-12. For information, call 7291762.

From 2-4 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 16, at the senior center, you can engage in an apple pie making activity. Come learn and practice techniques to make the best crust and filling for an apple pie. The class will start with CPR class Come and learn CPR in apples from Eplegaarden, a a class from 6:30-7:30 p.m. local Fitchburg orchard. For information, call 270- Tuesday, Oct. 22, at the library. 4290. In as little as 10 minutes, Snapchat 101 the Fitch-Rona EMS paraFrom 7-8 p.m. Wednes- medics will teach you how ‘One Sky, One World’ day, Oct. 16, at the library, to do hands-only CPR and The 33rd International visitors can engage in a use an AED. Kite Fly for Peace “One

If You Go What: Great Pumpkin Giveaway When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Oct. 19 Where: Oak Bank, 5951 McKee Road Info: 441-6000

If You Go What: Halloween Nail Art When: 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 Where: Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road Info: 729-1760


Used book sale starts Oct. 18 Gently used books will be for sale on behalf of the Friends of Fitchburg Library later this month. Shoppers can find CDs, DVDs, children’s books, adult fiction and nonfiction. The sale goes from noon to 5 p.m. Oct. 18, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 at the library. There is a fill up a bag of books for $5 sale, from 2-4 p.m. Saturday. All funds benefit the nonprofit organization that supports the library — more than $3,000 has been raised at previous events. For information, contact 729-1788 or email fofl@

If You Go What: Fitchburg library used book sale When: Noon to 5 p.m. Friday, Oct. 18 and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 19 Where: Fitchburg Library, 5530 Lacy Road Info: Call the Friends of Fitchburg Library at 729-1788

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Space if limited, so regis- the story time room. 729-1672. tration is required. Registration is required Trick or Treating For information, cal 729- for kids 5-12 years old. The City of Fitchburg 1762. For information, call 729will host its Trick or Treat1670. ‘Salem Witch Trials’ ing festivities from 4:30‘Stop the Bleed’ 7:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. event F r o m 6 : 3 0 - 7 : 3 0 p . m . 31, or the spookiest day of From 3-4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 27, at the library, join Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the the year. Come and celebrate Halin on a presentation about library, participate in a Stop the Bleed training. loween throughout the comthe Salem Witch Trials by Learn how to control munity with friends and historical performer Jessica bleeding in an emergency family. Michna. For information, visit Michna will share the situation until first respondtale of Good Rebeka Nurse, ers are able to take care of Trial by Fire. The resident an injured person. Fitch- Adult costume party of Salem, Massachusetts Rona EMS will instruct Join in on an adult coswas tried and executed like attendees on the skills and tume party from 7-10 p.m. basic tools needed to stop many other “witches” of the Thursday, Oct. 31 at Yahara bleeding. time. Bay Distillers, 6250 Nesbitt Registration is required. For information, call 729Road. For information, call 7291762. The party will be free 1762. with door prizes and craft Spooky breakout chalZombie dolls cocktails available for purlenge From 6-7 p.m. Wednes- chase for patrons 21 and F r o m 3 : 3 0 - 4 : 1 5 p . m . day, Oct. 30, teens can cre- older. Tuesday, Oct. 29, at the ate their own zombie dolls Doors will open at 4 p.m. library, attendees can par- at the library. with Halloween movies on ticipate in a spooky breakTeens ages 13-17 can the big screen in the Big out challenge. come and bring their cre- Room all night. Solve puzzles, decipher ations to life for a HallowFor information, call 275creepy clues an unlock a een scare. 1050. scary mystery inside the For information, call library. Event will be inside


October 11, 2019

Fitchburg Star

Dane County

Manure ordinance raises standards Incorporates recommendation from county task force JUSTIN LOEWEN UNG correspondent

A new ordinance has increased standards and requirements for manure spreading in Dane County. Chapter 49 of the Dane County Code of Ordinances

went into effect July 1, replacing subchapter 1 of the county’s older manure ordinance, Chapter 14. Along with cleaning up some confusing language, the new ordinance incorporates recommendations from Dane County’s Healthy Farms, Healthy Lakes Task Force. These include adopting state standards and prohibitions, broadening manure storage requirements, adding a certificate of use program and expanding the

On the Web View the complete ordinance at: county’s winter spreading permit. State agricultural performance standards require that farmers must retain soil on their land, cannot till up to streams of banks and must comply with the state phosphorus index. Farmers must also operate manure storage facilities properly

and abandon them if there is a health threat, must have clean water diversions and must have a nutrient management plan on file. Agricultural prohibitions maintain that manure storage facilities must not overflow, manure piles in a water quality management area must not be uncovered and there must be no direct runoff into water of the state. A 20-year manure storage permit costs $1,000 a n d r e q u i r e s t h a t n ew

structures have a 350-foot setback from property lines and roads. Permit users must also include storage systems that can process wastewater and collect runoff from barnyards. To ensure farmers are following these requirements, the ordinance is introducing a certificate of use program for all manure storages. If the county receives the application by Nov. 1, 2020, it will waive the $1,000 fee. The ordinance also updated Dane County’s winter

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spreading permit, which farmers must have if they apply manure during frozen or snow-covered conditions. The permit was previously limited to pumpable liquid manure, but now encompasses all forms of manure including solid waste. For information, call Dane County conservationist Amy Piaget at 224-3740 or email

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From right, circulation manager Phil Hansen makes a button for Simon Niemcek, 11, during the library’s Great Pumpkin Hunt event on Saturday, Oct. 27.

From right, Alison Zuba, of Madison, visits with friend and artist Megan Bloesch during the Dane Arts Buy Local Market held on Saturday, Oct. 13, at Yahara Bay Distillery.

‘Great Halloween Hunt’

DABL market set Oct. 19,20

Just days before the spooky holiday, the Fitchburg Public Library will host its ninth annual Great Halloween Hunt. The event will take place from 6-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 26, at the library, located on 5530 Lacy Road. The hunt is free for all ages and will include a scavenger hunt, crafts,

games, a movie and “balloon twister.” Treats and entertainment will also be featured. For more information, call the library at 729-1760. Email Emilie Heidemann at or follow her on Twitter at @ HeidemannEmilie.

Dane Arts, in celebrating the fifth year of its buy local market, will feature 23 Dane County artists on What: Dane Arts Buy Local 2019 market Friday, Oct. 19, through When: Friday, Oct. 19, through Saturday, Oct. 20 Saturday, Oct. 20. Where: Yahara Bay Distillers, 6250 Nesbitt Road #200 The public is invited to the event at Yahara Bay Info: 266-5815 Distillers, 6250 Nesbitt Road #200. A Dane Arts release states that the annu- cultural and economical local businesses.” al pop up Dane Arts Buy impact of art by “connectTo date, the market has Local market fosters the ing artists with a variety of aided in over $125,000 of

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sales and commissions. Every $25 spent on an art piece during the DABL will give visitors a chance to enter a drawing for a custom American Rider Cruiser donated by Crazy Lenny’s E-Bikes. For more information about the DABL, contact director Mark J. Fraire at 266-5815. - Emilie Heidemann

Fitchburg Fire Department open house Oct. 12 In honor of National Fire Prevention Week, the Fitchburg fire department plans to host their annual open house 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Saturday, Oct. 12. The event takes place at Fire Rescue Station 1, 5791 Lacy Road. Chief Joe Pulvermacher said it is a great time for community members and firefighters to come face to face. “Prevention isn’t necessarily something we should limit to one week a year, but this is a significant time in fire service history … where we can talk about the importance of fire safety,” he said. Referring to the Great Chicago Fire and Wisconsin’s Peshtigo fire which set ablaze cities in 1871, Pulvermacher said this is a

If You Go What: Fire Department Open House When: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 12 Where: Fitchburg Fire Rescue, 5791 Lacy Road\ Info: Call the fire department at 278-2980 time to spotlight fire safety on a national level. Organizers plan to hand out fire prevention pamphlets and flyers, there will be display boards with information about what firefighters do on scene, and organizations such as Safe Kids of Madison, Swim West and local insurance companies plan to be

present. Children have the opportunity to practice safety drills in the fire safety house - an imitation home set on a trailer that produces fake smoke that allows kids to navigate through rooms and practice escape routes. Pulvermacher said there will also be plenty of fun activities for kids intertwined with educational material. Sparky the fire dog plans to make an appearance, along with equipment demonstrations and of course fire engine rides. For more information, visit the event’s Facebook page by searching “Fitchburg Fire Dept Annual Open House” or by calling the department at 278-2980. - Mackenzie Krumme





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October 11, 2019

Fitchburg Star

Former PFC chair receives award EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

Lucas Wizner, 8, Spring Green, gets his face painted.

Photo by Emilie Heidemann

On the road again Despite rainy skies, dozens joined on the Verona Road Business Coalition’s “Open Roads Ahead” celebration Wednesday, Oct. 2. The event took place at Wisconsin Bank and Trust, 6180 Verona Road, with a bouncy house for youngsters, live music from the Black Star Drumline and Wheelhouse, games, food and more. - Emilie Heidemann

Hop Haus breaks ground To celebrate the start of construction of a 13,000 square foot brewing facility in Fitchburg, its owners tapped a firkin keg with a shooting beer geyser. On Friday, Sept. 20, Hop Haus Brewing Co. owners Sara and Phil Hoechst drank the first beer at the new site, near the intersection of Seminole Highway and Sub Zero Parkway. “It feels surreal,” Phil said. The couple has been looking for a new space for more than two years, he said. The first location in Verona became too small 18 months after opening in June 2015. Phil said they couldn’t brew enough beer to supply the tasting room in the 1,500 square foot space, so they had to brew 75% of the beer off site. Now, all the beer production will happen on site at the second location. They will also add a canning facility. The new space will have a full kitchen serving upscale bar food, Phil said, such as tacos and burgers. An event space will have a 120 person capacity for private parties like wedding rehearsals or corporate events. Garage doors will open to a 3,000 square foot patio, where guests can sit around a fire or play corn hole in the lawn. Phil’s favorite aspect of the new facility is the rooftop patio, which he said has the same capacity as the entire Verona location. Phil was a homebrewer as a hobby, and he told the Verona Press in 2015 that he opened the brewpub primarily to create a downtown hangout in Verona. Now, Hop Haus brews 1,300 barrels a year, much of which is bottled and distributed throughout Dane County. The brewery is expected to open summer 2020 with a 2,500 barrel capacity. - Mackenzie Krumme

Photo by Mackenzie Krumme

Co-owner Phil Hoechst taps the “firkin-keg” with a shooting beer geyser, during Hop Haus Brewing Co.’s ground breaking ceremony at the intersection of Seminole Highway and Sub Zero Parkway on Friday, Sept. 20.

Greg Jones, former chair of the City of Fitchburg Police and Fire Commission, received the 2019 Whitney M. Young, Jr. Award in September for his many years of equal opportunity and affirmative action work. An email release from the Urban League of Greater Madison states the Whitney M . Yo u n g , J r. Aw a r d is given by Jones the league’s Board of Directors affiliates across the country in his memory. It states he was one of America’s most “charismatic, courageous and influential civil rights pioneers” who worked to help African Americans gain access to job, educational, healthcare and housing opportunities. “You go through your mind and wonder what you’ve done to measure up,” Jones told the Star about how it felt to receive the honor. “It’s a humbling experience.” Jones received his undergraduate degree in political science and a graduate degree in education from the University of Wisconsin Eau Claire. He said he originally wanted to pursue a career in the social sciences because of the segregated conditions of his home state – Mississippi. That’s what Jones and a friend thought they would do in 1971, he said, was to go to college, get their degrees, come back to their state and start the first African African law

office. “ We h a d p l a n n e d t o return to the segregated south,” Jones said. But like most career paths, Jones said his shifted, although he still aimed to fight for equal opportunities for all. So Jones, a Fitchburg resident, went on to hold positions in higher education and Wisconsin state government. The email release states he worked as a minority student advisor and admissions counselor at UW-Eau Claire, then a financial aid counselor at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. For the state, Jones worked for the Governor’s office and the departments of Public Instruction, Health and Social Services, Corrections, Employment Relations and Workforce Development and Commerce. He worked as a budget and management analyst, program and planning analyst, equal opportunity specialist, training officer, supervisor and administrator. Of Jones’ affirmative action and equal opportunity work, he said he’s trained supervisors in those areas as well as in sexual harassment and leadership. The release states he’s worked to develop diversion programs for teens, supervise the uninsured employer’s program and facilitate the state safety and buildings program. Jones said most of this work took place in the early 1990s, when affirmative action had a different connotation than it does today. Back then, he said it was all about finding minorities, women and people with disabilities opportunities for employment based on

empirical data. Today, affirmative action has taken on more undertones of inclusion and diversity – which he said makes those types of programs ever the more significant. In addition to his career, the release states Jones has served on boards and committees including the SS Morris AME Steward Board, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People, Urban League of Greater Madison, Wisconsin Association of Black Public Sector Employees, Americans with Disabilities Wisconsin Partnership Committee and the Wisconsin Association of Equal Opportunity, among others. Since 2011, Jones has been retired, but his passion for treating everyone equally stayed intact. He currently serves as the president of the Dane County NAACP, and formerly served as the Fitchburg PFC chair, Wisconsin Conference of Branches Political Action Committee NAACP chair, Dane County Equity and Inclusion Advisory Board, Wisconsin Poor People’s Campaign Tri-chair, United Way Law Enforcement Leaders of Color Collaboration co-chair and more. This is Jones’ second time living in Fitchburg, since 2004, with his wife of 41 years. He first lived here from 1983 until around 1989. He and his wife had two children together, now adults. And while Jones deviated from his original path, he said he’s felt right at home with the work he’s done here and around the state – because “we are all in the same boat.”


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October 11, 2019

Fitchburg Star


Natalie Ortega, of Natalies Garden and Greenhouse in Oregon, hands fresh veggies to a customer of Fall Fest.

Celebrating autumn Dozens of visitors turned out to Fall Fest to celebrate the beginning of the season Thursday, Sept. 19. The event included free carriage rides, games for youngsters, live music of Prairie Bayou and fresh fruits and vegetables to purchase. Festivities took place at Agora Pavillion, 5511 East Cheryl Pkwy.

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Email Emilie Heidemann at or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie. Finley Shesman, 4, Fitchburg, makes crafts at Fall Fest.

Arunava Prabhakaran, 7 (far left), his brother Anirban, 8, (far right) play bean bags with Vivian Settergren, 9. All are Fitchburg residents.

Fresh fruits, vegetables and other goods lined the tables of Fall Fest Thursday, Sept. 19.


October 11, 2019

Fitchburg Star

Pollinator project takes flight Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area receives educational grant

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On a sunny September afternoon, Edgerton resident Jamie Wright brought her Morab horse, Max, to the Silverwood County Park, on a trail they’ve ridden several times. “A lot of people don’t trail ride show horses, but we want them to experience the world,” Wright said while she and Stoughton resident Nyssa Sheridan prepped their horses for the ride. Trails loop through the agricultural fields, woodland and pollinator prairie of the nearly 300-acre park bordering Rice Lake in the Town of Albion. The property had been in the Silverwood family since 1870, and Edgerton High School teacher Irene Silverwood donated it to Dane County in 2001 to be used for park, recreation, conservation, research, education and agricultural purposes. The Friends of Silverwood Park, which formed in 2013 and became a nonprofit in 2015, is seeking funding opportunities to support the development and maintenance of the park. One of those, for trail signage, is coming from a grant this year. In the parking lot by historic farm buildings, Wright and Sheridan drove their trucks and trailers up a long gravel driveway. On one side is a corn field, and the other features rows of skinny white tubes, some with green leaves sticking over the top. Painted stakes at the end of each row indicate the starter trees and plants growing within, such as wild plum, white oak hybrid poplar and black currant. This 18-acre agroforestry field is one of two in the

A bee visits purple hyssop at a small pollinator garden, recently designated as a Monarch Waystation, near the Lussier Family Heritage Center in September. Signs indicate what’s been planted here in case people want to learn about them or plant their own prairie garden. The Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area recently received a grant that will allow them to install about 40 plant labels at the Lewis Nine Springs E-Way prairie. park that will demonstrate “ p o l y c u l t u r e ” fa r m i n g , where typical crops like beans or grains are interspersed with fruit and nut trees planted in May. At the north end of the park, an 8-acre project planned to be installed next spring would show how riparian buffers trap runoff water. These techniques not only conserve and build soil to help keep lakes clean but can also provide growers with potential multiple-source farm income. Without many signs on the property, the Friends of Silverwood Park realize many visitors are unaware of what is being planted or planned for in the park. That’s why the nonprofit is applying for grants and fundraising to support its conservation activities and outreach efforts. Last month, the Foundation for Dane County Parks notified the Friends of Silverwood County Park the nonprofit received a $2,000 Friends of Dane County Parks Endowment grant. The grant will go toward

the fabrication of interpretive signage at the park to educate visitors about regenerative agriculture and the importance of pollinators when they stop by for a hike, watch a cross country meet or go for a horseback ride. “We want to make sure we can educate anyone who comes to our park and have a positive impact on them and our environment, especially as it pertains to agriculture,” Kyle Richmond, president of the Friends of Silverwood Park, told the Hub. The design and development of the sign project will cost around $8,000, and Richmond hopes the signs will be installed after the ground thaws in spring. The Friends group partners with the Savanna Institute on some interactive programs and workshops, but this grant would initially be intended for passive education. “We’re really excited (about this seed grant), and we’re going to lean on the Savanna Institute to help

Photos by Samantha Christian

Clare Carlson, naturalist with the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area, points out several bees visiting goldenrod at a small pollinator garden, recently designated as a Monarch Waystation, near the Lussier Family Heritage Center in September. us develop the design and information on the agroforestry pieces, and go back to Dane County and other sources to develop the pollination pieces,” Richmond said. The Friends group thinks about different ways to engage its three target audiences: K-12 students, the general public and its growers and farmers. Richmond said some of those educational topics may include agroforestry, organic farming, pollinators, soil building and “eventually the mix between conservation lands and agricultural lands and why the restoration of oak savanna is important to the whole picture too.” Katie Whitten, vice president of the Friends of Silverwood Park, said the Friends group rents some of the parkland from the county and then subleases it to local growers who are required to spend a certain

number of hours educating the public, such as teaching summer school kids how to make strawberry rhubarb jam. Roe Parker, president of the Anderson Park Friends, Inc., said he would like their group to learn organic growing techniques from Silverwood County Park, which has 15 acres that are certified organic and even more transitioning next year. In addition to human visitors, the Friends group also wants to attract more pollinators. The park has already installed a 2-acre pollinator prairie and an organic flower garden full of colorful zinnias, which seemed this summer to be doing the trick for attracting butterflies and bees. Another potential project on the h o r i z o n a t S i l ve r wo o d would feature an apple

orchard with pollinator strips rather than just grass or weeds between the rows of trees. Richmond said Silverwood County Park has “big ideas but not as much volunteer energy and resources as we want right now,” so the grant for interpretive signage is “helpful in getting the ball rolling” for an even larger educational vision noted in Silverwood’s master plan: a learning center. “Part of what we want to do is connect the dots for people at Silverwood and tell them these are the connections between daily behaviors, wildlife, what you eat and the activity on the land, and here are some things you can do to make all of these elements healthier,” Richmond said. “We’re trying to get them to understand the relationships out on the land and how everything is so interdependent.”

Lunney leaving a conservation legacy At the nexus of Fitchburg, Madison and Monona is Capital Springs State Recreation Area, operated and managed by Dane County Parks and the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources and the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area. This nearly 2,500-acre area features several parks, trails, marshland, woodland, prairies, springs, creeks, lakes and other points of interest stretching from Verona Road east to Hwy. 51 mostly south of the Beltline. Among them are the Capital City State Trail, Lewis Nine Springs E-Way, Lussier Family Heritage Center, the new Lower Yahara River Trail and the recently renamed William G. Lunney Lake Farm County Park in honor of William (Bill) G. Lunney’s conservation legacy. Lunney, 77, retired in 2019 after more than 50 years of service in county government, including 30 years as Parks Commission Chair. He and his wife, Judie Pfeifer, were celebrated for their contributions to Dane County Parks during a Foundation for Dane County Parks fundraising event Sept. 18. The couple received a Wisconsin Legislative Citation and flag, Governor Tony Evers’ Certificate of Commendation and a sign dedication at the Lussier Family Heritage Center. At the event, several state, county and nonprofit representatives described Lunney as a mentor, role model, leader and friend. They shared examples of how he builds relationships, listens to others and rallies people to join a cause, turning a vision into reality. Descriptions, photographs and timelines

of the couple’s work are displayed on a kiosk at the Lunney/Pfeifer Shelter Area No. 2 at the park bearing Lunney’s name. Signs recount, for example, how Lunney helped save Dunn’s Marsh in Fitchburg from development, which in turn spurred the creation for the Wisconsin Wetlands Association and his speech at the first Earth Day in 1970. His leadership has also helped grow the Dane County Parks from 3,500 acres to over 15,000 acres. “What I think is the most important part is inspiring other people to become deeply involved in natural resource conservation,” Lunney told the Star. “And to show it doesn’t happen unless people make it happen,” Pfeifer added. The couple launched a Healthy Parks Tour and co-founded the Friends of Capital Springs Recreation Area and the Foundation for Dane County Parks, which has raised nearly $600,000 in five years to support the county parks system. Lunney serves as chair of the nonprofit, which distributed the first round of the Friends of Dane County Parks Endowment grants last month to 11 conservation nonprofits, many of which are Dane County Parks Friends groups. “We are ecstatic to be able to use the endowment built by our generous donors to provide grants to improve the parks and help build the (Dane) County Parks over 3,000-person volunteer base,” Lunney said in a county news release. - Samantha Christian

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Fitchburg Star


Budget: Departments asked for $785,000 in added staffing, got $55,000 Continued from Page 1

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From left, Madison La Follette High School students Mattaya Ledford, Breana Alderman and Ivy Rick perform triage on a teddy bear during a youth preparedness public service career day at Fitchburg Fire Station No. 2 on Tuesday, Oct. 8.

Emergency procedures Fire Station No. 3 hosts first student career day

JUSTIN LOEWEN Star correspondent

While spending a day in the home of first responders, Madison La Follette High School students got an authentic glimpse into emergency techniques and strategies. La Follette ninth-graders kicked off the inaugural youth preparedness public service career day on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the recently-opened Fitchburg Fire Station No. 3. Coinciding with National Fire Prevention Week, the UW Health-sponsored event came at the request of the Madison Metropolitan School District as a way to inspire interest in emergency response careers. The Center for School, Youth and Citizen Preparedness, a Lodi-based nonprofit, ran the program with assistance from members of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and the American Heart Association. Mary Jean Erschen-Cooke, the center’s executive director, told the Star the event was to “not only introduce the students to emergency response professions, but also (teach them) how to take care of themselves, others or their family if an emergency or disaster would occur.” For the first activity of the day, representatives of FEMA put together an interactive “extreme event” game tasking students with responding to a

American Heart Association member Margaret Finco, center, demonstrates a bandaging technique on Madison La Follette High School student Ava Sieger, right, as fellow student Madison Childs looks on during a youth preparedness public service career day at Fitchburg Fire Station No. 2 on Tuesday, Oct. 8. variety of emergency scenarios on game boards. The second phase of career day consisted of three rotating stations. At “teddy bear triage,” students assessed the wounds of stuffed animals that were strewn across the pavement outside the fire station. Students also learned splinting and bandaging techniques from American Heart Association members, while a course on emergency incident command helped prepare kids for coordination in log roll and

blanket carry games. Following lunch, the ninth-graders mingled with several first responders from Fitchburg and Madison, whose assorted emergency vehicles quickly became overrun with curious students. The career day then ended with a mock disaster exercise. The Center for School, Youth and Citizen Preparedness will hold a five-day camp next summer for more intensive exposure to emergency response career fields.

“Some of the stuff I’m cutting I want to do, we just have to come up with the money somewhere,” he conceded. Among the items his proposal funds are about $55,000 of departments’ $785,000 in requests for added staffing, an increase of about $75,000 in road maintenance, two technology upgrades designed for long-term cost savings and maintenance at McKee Farms Park. Requests his proposal leaves out include a police lieutenant, a fire division chief, another building inspector, additional public works and parks maintenance workers and added hours in limited-term or parttime roles at several positions. State limitations provide for about a half-million dollars for the city to work with this year, though much of that goes to increased costs in general and a proposed 2 percent cost-of-living adjustment for most employees. That increase is determined by the city’s new construction, calculated for the 2018 assessment year at 3.7 percent, slightly higher than the county average of 2.5 percent. Other limiting factors for this year’s budget include a drop in state transportation aids of $176,000 (based on a rolling six-year average of spending) and an ambulance crew for Fitch-Rona EMS. That crew was funded last year to start more than halfway through the year and therefore represents an even bigger increased commitment for this budget cycle. That’s known as a structural deficit. At the Aug. 28 meeting, finance director Misty Dodge lectured alders on such practices, pointing out that last year’s council went against her recommendation to reserve some spending capacity for the move. “What actually happened was that money was spent,” she told alders this year. Alders offered few comments about items in the budget at the Aug. 28 and Oct. 8 meetings, though there were discussions during department head presentations Oct. 1 and 2. Though city budgets typically put an emphasis on tax rates, those are offset by any increases in assessed home value, and home values are up 6 percent on average in Fitchburg, just as they are across the county. Richardson’s budget includes six of the staffing proposals brought to him by city department heads, one of which is a cut. Included in the budget is additional hours for staff in multiple departments, including a senior center activity instructor, a part-time human resources representative and an intern in the planning and zoning department. Each of those costs less than $10,000, and Richardson’s budget explains that senior center

Budget highlights The situation 3.7% new construction, above county average $176,000 less revenue in transportation aid Committed to ambulance crew hired last year 6 percent increase in home values The proposal $55,000 in additional staffing $75,000 in additional road maintenance 2 percent cost of living adjustment 1 percent decrease in tax rates activities have increased and the city is required to put together its comprehensive plan prior to the April election. It also funds increased part-time election workers who will be charged with managing the 2020 presidential election cycle in the city. And it eliminates a vacant part-time court assistant position. The proposal would keep a grant-supported beat patrol police officer who was hired earlier in 2019 and add another new hire. For both, 75% of their salaries are being covered by a state grant given to communities with a population of 25,000 or more that have high violent crime rates. Most staffing proposals requested by department heads didn’t make it into the budget. The police and fire departments both requested to either create or restore administrative positions or promote current staff to that level. Other staffing requests include a Geographical Information Systems employee, code inspector, an additional public works employee, a parks employee and a restored parttime horticulturist. The GIS employee was jointly requested by multiple department heads because of how often their departments do data management. Having a dedicated GIS employee would allow a “more coordinated and comprehensive approach” to data management, the proposal document stated, and would free up employees to do work elsewhere. R i c h a r d s o n ’s bu d g e t d o e s n ’t include a dedicated city staff member to manage GIS, but rather funds the migration of the city’s data to a center where it will be kept safe, and an off-site cloud back-up system. – Reporter Kimberly Wethal contributed to this story.

Seizure: After losing friend to homicide in August, Robinson knew he couldn’t lose his cousin Continued from Page 1 Robinson said. He was able to get Murphy to the ground, straighten his body out and hold his head away from the ground so he didn’t cause additional harm to himself. Those actions were life-saving for Murphy, his mother Jamiya Brown said. “James, honestly, a lot of the things you did, while not being trained to do, was good,” Brown told her nephew during an interview with the Press. “It’s different seeing it, and having to react at that instant … the reaction that he had to put forth was life-saving.”

Murphy kept going in and out of the seizure, he said, and whenever he’d come to, he saw Robinson there by his side and asking him if he was okay. It made Murphy feel safer during the seizure knowing his cousin was there for him, he added. With the death of friend Shay Watson, a former VAHS student who was murdered in late August, still fresh in his mind, Robinson knew he couldn’t afford to lose another person in his life. Robinson said he was filled with emotion while Murphy was having the seizure, knowing he was one of the only people in the moment responsible for his

cousin’s survival. “Say if I wouldn’t have protected his head, he probably would have never woke up,” he said. “I couldn’t lose him, so I had to try my best to save him.” Murphy and Robinson may be cousins, but they were raised like twins, Trish Crisler, Robinson’s mother, said. “You aren’t going to have one without the other,” she said. “They need each other … they have other siblings, but out of all of our family, these two are like the real brothers, like twins.” The boys grew up alongside each other, and spend much of their time together goofing

around, their mothers said. But when it really mattered, they were proud that their sons looked out for one another. S t i l l , t h e b oy s ’ c l o s e n e s s caused some worry for Brown and Crisler, who were concerned about Robinson being negatively impacted by watching his cousin go through a seizure. Worry subsided and turned to pride when the mothers started receiving tearful calls from the EMS and VAHS principal Pam Hammen commending Robinson for his actions that saved his cousin’s life. “We’re just thankful they know their limits of playing too much, because in that moment, they both

got headphones on and they both was playing,” Crisler said. “I’m glad you knew that wasn’t a playing situation.” At the end of the day, Brown and Crisler see the incident as a testament to how they’ve raised their children. “I’m proud of us,” Crisler said. “It’s kind of like a thank you and a pat on the back that we did a good job, because if we wouldn’t have put that in them, it would have probably gone a different way.” Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at and follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.

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Wednesday, October 16 – 5:00 p.m. Fitchburg Senior Center Stoner Prairie Dining Rom Mayor Aaron Richardson will honor and recognize long-time community member, Jeanie Sieling, Fitchburg business Promega Corporation, and Fitchburg city employee Mike Zimmerman

at a special reception on Wednesday, October 16th at the Fitchburg Senior Center (lower level). Awards will be presented at 5:15 p.m. The public is invited to attend.


12TH ANNUAL GREAT HALLOWEEN HUNT AT THE FITCHBURG LIBRARY Boo! The Fitchburg Public Library will be hosting the 12th Annual Great Halloween Hunt on Saturday, October 26th from 6-9:30 p.m. Activities include a scavenger hunt,

Saturday, October 12 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. 5791 Lacy Road, Station 1

crafts, games, magic shows, balloon twister, treats, and a movie. For more information, contact the library at (608) 729-1760.

BRING YOUR OWN REUSABLE BAG EVENT SUNDAY, OCTOBER 27TH Fitchburg’s Resource Conservation Commission has partnered with Pick ‘n Save, 3010 Cahill Main, to reward shoppers who bring a reusable bag when they grocery shop on Sunday, Oct. 27, from 10:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. During this B.Y.O.B. (bring your own bag) event and while the coupons last, customers entering the store with a reusable bag

will receive a coupon for a small Blizzard at Fitchburg’s Dairy Queen. If you do not have a reusable shopping bag, Pick ‘n Save will be selling them at a discount. Get rewarded for helping the environment!

FALL CLEANUP DAY ON NOVEMBER 2, 2019 8:00 A.M. TO 11:00 A.M. Features Paper Shredding, Electronics Recycling, and Medicine Disposal Gather up old papers, electronics and meds for the City’s fall clean up event held on City Campus, 5520 Lacy Road. - Residents can bring up to three boxes or bags of paper for shredding. - Household electronics will be collected for recycling free of charge. Flat screen tele-

visions will have an associated fee. Large appliances are not accepted. - Dispose of unwanted or unused medications at the Fitchburg Police Department’s MedDrop box. No sharps allowed. Illegal drugs not allowed in the MedDrop, however you can turn them over to the Police – no questions asked.

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

Youth Basketball Programs and Leagues

For more information regarding a specific basketball program or league, please visit

Basketball – Kindergarten & 1st (Coed)

This coed skill-based instructional program is specifically designed to introduce players to the game of basketball in a high-energy and fun atmosphere. Players will be taught fundamental skills and rules each week which will eventually lead up to 3 on 3 games by the end of the program. Parents are strongly encouraged to help their child on the court each week. Participants will receive a T-shirt. This is an instructional program. Participants will not be placed on teams and contacted by a coach. Please plan to arrive a couple minutes early to check in on the first date of the program. • Days – Saturdays, Nov. 2 – Dec. 14 • Time – 8:15 - 9:30 a.m. • Location – Savanna Oaks School • Fee - $50 resident, $60 non-resident

Musikgarten – Thankfulness, Kindness, & Generosity

We will enjoy dancing, singing, playing instruments and creating music together. Music can bridge the connection we aim to have with our family, friends, and neighbors. Music also enhances children’s development in every respect; developing impulse control and body awareness, ability to sit still, be calm, listen and move gracefully and learning to share and take turns. This is a multi-age music experience for families of children ages birth-4 years old. Children are fully engaged in the playful music making process right along with their parent/guardian! • Days – Thursdays, Nov. 7 - 21 • Time - 9:00-9:40 a.m. • Location – Fitchburg Community Center – Prairie View Room • Ages – Less than 5 yrs. • Fee - $36

Spanish for Preschoolers – Welcome to Spanish

Boys and Girls have separate leagues at this level. This league has an instructional focus, with the emphasis placed on developing skills in a relaxed game atmosphere. The league uses a size 27.5 basketball. • Days – Saturdays, Nov. 2 – Jan. 25 • Time – 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. • Location – Savanna Oaks or Stoner Prairie School • Fee - $60 resident, $70 non-resident

Children ages 3-5 learn Spanish vocabulary and basic phrases in a fun and active way with these lively classes. Award-winning teacher, Marti Fechner of Grow into Spanish LLC, incorporates music, movement, games, stories and more to make learning Spanish easy and engaging for preschool-age children. It is easy for children to learn a foreign language at this young age, and SO beneficial. Come try it! It is a great way to prepare your child for a bilingual future. • Ages – 3-5 • Day – Thursdays, November 5 – January 14 • Time – 9:30-10:15 a.m. • Location – Fitchburg Community Center • Fee - $90

Basketball – 4th, 5th, 6th, 7th/8th

Spooky STEM (Ages 6-10)

Basketball – 2nd & 3rd

Boys and Girls have separate leagues at these levels. These traveling basketball leagues include teams from other area Recreation Departments including; Verona, Monona, Cottage Grove, Middleton & Waunakee. Home games will be played at Stoner Prairie or Savanna Oaks Schools in Fitchburg. Please note travel will be required to all road games. • Days – Saturdays, Nov. 23 – Mar. 7 • Time – 9:00 – 10:00 a.m. • Location – Savanna Oaks or Stoner Prairie School and traveling road games • Fee - $70 resident, $80 non-resident

Spend your day off from school with this spooky themed STEM program! We will be experimenting with science, technology, engineering, and math in all sorts of unique ways. We will be using pumpkins, apples, and creating monsters! This program will be run by a recreational therapist and will support the needs of all individuals and abilities. • Day – Friday, October 25 • Time - 1:00-3:00 p.m. • Location – Fitchburg Community Center • Fee - $20

Martial Arts Classes – November session. (Ages 9-15 & Adults)

On the Move! (Ages 6-10)

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 takedowns, throws, and more. Martial Arts are not about fighting, they are about self-defense and self-betterment. Therefore, we have a Code of Conduct that we expect all students to uphold. Students of any age can maximize their potential through our program and become better people. Values like courage, optimism, and humility along with concepts of leadership, including outstanding citizenship & community service, are all character development goals embodied in the program. • Days – Mondays & Wednesdays, November 4 – November 26 (Last class is Tuesday, Nov. 26th). • Time - 6:00 - 6:45 p.m. • Location – Fitchburg Community Center • Fee - $50

Spend a Saturday morning playing fun and active indoor games including scooter bowling and relay races. This program will be run by a recreational therapist and will support the needs of all individuals and abilities. • Day – Saturday, November 16 • Time - 9:00 am -12:00 p.m. • Location – Fitchburg Community Center • Fee - $30

Adult Coed Open Power Volleyball

This program is open to low-high power level players. Please note games are self-officiated. Please enter through the door located off the main gym, not the school’s main entrance. The maximum number of participants in the program is 28. Those that are registered for the full 8-week session have priority. Drop-ins will only be accepted as space allows at a daily drop-in fee of $5. • Days – Tuesdays, Oct. 22 – Dec. 10 • Time – 7:30 – 9:30 p.m. • Location – Stoner Prairie School Gym adno=98882 • Fee - $28 resident, $36 non-resident, $5 daily drop-in


October 11, 2019

Fitchburg Star


Developers look to bring solar farm to Fitchburg Project would sit on private land near Seminole, Lacy intersection

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and a mix of vegetation and native grasses that are conducive to pollinators like bees and Monarch butterflies will be planted in between the arrays, Thomas said. The land will also keep its status as agricultural land, he added, so after the project cycles through its lifetime, it can be made back into farmland if the owners choose. When the O’Briens were first contacted about the project, they were “very enthused,” Thomas said. They see it as a way to keep their land so it can be passed down to the next generation and as a way to do their part in combating global climate change, Thomas said. It also preserves their land, Thomas added, keeping it from being turned into a housing development. Thomas didn’t disclose the conditions of the lease but said it’s “a little more profitable than growing corn and soybeans.” “We have a win-win feeling, so to speak,” he said.

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For years, Fitchburg residents Thomas and Pat O’Brien have tried to be “good neighbors,” they told the Star. But as active farmers who at one point had a dairy herd, they have seen development inch closer and closer to their operations, sometimes creating conflicts because of agricultural noises and smells. They say they’ve found a use for the land that’ll allow them to reduce those impacts while still bringing in an income. The O’Briens are working with Madison Gas and Electric and EDF Renewables to create a solar farm on more than 150 acres of their farmland, located just south of Lacy Road. The project would generate 20 megawatts of energy, which is enough to power 6,300 homes, or the equivalent of about half of Fitchburg. “I’m a fourth-generation on the farm,” Thomas said. “We fed cows, and we’ve fed people with the products from the cows for years, so now we would like to provide energy for them.

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EDF Renewables employees go over the project with attendees during a presentation on the solar farm project on Monday, Sept. 16, at MG&E’s Fitchburg office. “The world is changing, why not try to be a part of that?” he added. According to the agreement, EDF is contracted to help design and facilitate the project, which would be owned by MG&E. The power would be used for ratepayers who opt in to the Shared Solar program, which funnels energy gene r a t e d f r o m r e n ewa b l e

sources to their homes or businesses without having to install solar panels on their buildings. MG&E operates two solar arrays for the program, both of which are in Middleton, at the Morey Field airport and on top of the municipal operations center. The O’Brien farm solar project would be four times

the size of the Morey Field farm, which will generate 5 megawatts of energy upon completion. Sterling Root, business development manager for EDF, said the O’Brien farmland is one of the only places in the Madison area that can accommodate a solar project this size. “One advantage of this property that’s unexpected

is that because it’s flat land that’s been farmed for a while and is in Madison,” he said, noting it’s near a substation. “It’s a pretty unique situation in that regard.” Under the agreement signed by MG&E, EDF and the O’Brien’s, the land would be rented for 25 years, with the potential of a 10 year extension,

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Business in brief Goldfish Swim School opening this winter

Goldfish Swim School will open its doors in Fitchburg this winter, and will be located at 2922 Hardrock Road. A business release states the school is to provide indoor, year ‘round swim instruction to children ages four months to 12 years old in a family friendly setting with instructors, small class sizes, “shiver-free” 90 degree pools and a “state-of-the-art” water purification system. The school will also offer weekly swims for members and non-members and party packages. A family owned and operated business, the release states owners Spiro and Laura Liras with their partners Matt and Casy Lipari are “thrilled” to bring a Goldfish Swim School to Fitchburg. Families can pre-register for lessons by calling 8074949.

Terravessa groundbreaking set

A Terravessa groundbreaking ceremony is set for from 4:30-5:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 17, at the civic space at the corner of Lacy Road and Radicchio Drive. The public is invited to join in on the celebration. For information, contact the Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce at 288-8284.

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Attendees play on Gymfinity’s obstacle course equipment at the 20th anniversary celebration on Sunday, Oct. 6.

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Gymfinity celebrates 20 years Twenty years seem to have gone by fast for Gymfinity owners J and Stephanie Orkowski. “It doesn’t feel like we’ve been doing it for this long, but when you love something- time flies.” says J Orkowski. On Sept. 4, Gymfinity celebrated the 20th anniversary of providing gymnastics and children’s activities to Dane County. O n S u n d a y, O c t . 6 , ow n e r s

celebrated with a birthday party to thank their member families for their loyalty and also welcome in some new participants. During the celebration, owners unveiled a new ninja cage. There were plenty of activities for kids, including the warrior rig, allowing kids to swing from ring to ring, and the warrior wall, where children can reach up to 12 feet. Gymfinity also hosted a silent

auction to raise money for charities important to their staff. “We really wanted to be able to give back for all the good that has come our way,” Stephanie said. The silent auction raised almost $500 to be distributed to local and international charities. For information, call 848-3547. Contact Mackenzie at mackenzie.

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Edgewood girls golf

Crusaders roll to state Jaeger were named second-team all-conference. Hegenbarth shot a 91 that included birdies on the par5 5th and par-4 8th. Leske and Jaeger had a 93 and 94, respectively.

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Edgewood will attempt to defend its Division 2 state championship Monday, Oct. 14 and Tuesday, Oct. 15, at University Ridge Golf Course in Verona after winning the Prairie du Chien Sectional on Tuesday, Oct. 8. The Crusaders have remained No. 1 in Division 2 in the Golf Coaches Association of Wisconsin Rankings throughout the regular season and postseason. Edgewood won its own regional Wednesday, Oct. 2, with a team score of 333 at Pleasant View Golf Course in Middleton. The Crusaders shot 356 as a team to win the Badger South Conference Tournament at The Legend of Bergamont in Oregon on Tuesday, Sept. 24. “We really value our conference and the dual season,” Edgewood coach Peggy Gierhart said. “It’s been a while since we won the conference tournament, and we’re proud to have done that this season.” The Crusaders finished 6-0 in Badger South duals with a win over Stoughton on Wednesday, Sept. 18, at Yahara Hills Golf Course in Madison. Edgewood finished third with a team score of 361 at the 10th annual Crusade Fore A Cure Tournament on Monday, Sept. 16, at Maple Bluff Country Club in Madison. The Crusaders took third out of 15 teams with a season-low score of 327 at Janesville’s Riverside Golf Course on Saturday, Sept. 14.

Edgewood 168, Stoughton 177

Welch carded a 4-over-par 40. Jaeger and Hegenbarth had a 41 and 42, respectively. Leske rounded out the counting scores with a 45.

Crusade Fore A Cure

The tournament was rescheduled from Aug. 26, due to inclement weather. Welch tied for third with a 4-over-par 78. Jaeger (89), Hegenbarth (95) and Leske (99) rounded out the counting scores. The event raised over $110,000, with all proceeds supporting women’s health at the UW Carbone Cancer Center. “We gear up for that all Photo by Adam Feiner season,” Gierhart said. “We Edgewood’s Grace Jaeger putts on the 6th hole at Yahara Hills’ want to teach the girls about East Course on Wednesday, Sept. 18, against Stoughton. fundraising, and that also lines up with what we value 80, and Leske was third with at Edgewood. It’s also excitPrairie du Chien an 84. Jaeger claimed sixth ing to hear from other teams Sectional with a 93. and hear how they fundraise. Edgewood blew away I think it bonds people, and the field with a team score Badger Conference we’re really proud of that.” of 351 at Prairie du Chien Tournament Country Club. Welch earned first-team Janesville Parker Crusaders senior Grace all conference honors after Invitational Welch won the individufinishing third with a 6-overWelch finished second al sectional title with an par 78. She rebounded from with a 1-over-par 72, while 8-over-par 80. Junior Caitlyn Hegenbarth a 42 on the front nine with a Jaeger claimed seventh with finished third with an 86, 36 on the back, including a a 78. Hegenbarth (87) and Leske (90) had the other and senior Anaka Leske was birdie on the par-4 10th. “After a good par on 9, counting scores. fourth with an 87. Junior “We came into the seaGrace Jaeger rounded out that got my momentum going,” Welch said. “That son a little rusty, but that’s Edgewood’s counting scores lifted my spirits knowing I what’s nice about these long with a 98. had a fresh nine. I’ve come seasons. You warm up for Edgewood Regional back from a bad nine before, the end,” Gierhart said. “We Welch was the medalist and I knew I could do it did really well in the conwith a 4-over-par 76. Hege- again.” ference matches and played nbarth took second with an Hegenbarth, Leske and really well at Riverside.”


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Verona girls golf

Wildcats’ season comes to a close ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Verona senior Andrea Schleeper finished two shots out of a playoff for the final individual state tournament berth Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Division 1 DeForest Sectional. Schleeper carded a 14-over-par 84 at The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove, finishing ninth overall and recording the best score among all individuals not on teams competing at the sectional. She advanced to the DeForest Sectional after a strong performance at the Madison Memorial Regional on Friday, Oct. 4. Schleeper earned firstteam all-Big Eight Conference honors Thursday, Sept. 26, at the conference tournament.

DeForest Sectional

Schleeper carded a 45 on the front nine, which is a par-36. She had double bogeys on the par-3 2nd hole and par-4 6th in between a birdie on the par5 4th. However, a 9 on the par-4 8th hole was a crucial blow to her shot at state.

Schleeper played solid down the stretch with a 5-over 39 on the back nine. She had bogeys on the par3 10th hole and par-4 10th and 12th, then had a double bogey on the par-4 16th before closing with two pars.

Madison Memorial Regional

Schleeper tied for second with a 13-over-par 85 at Blackhawk Country Club in Madison. Alice Overland tied for 25th with a 118, as she improved four strokes on the back nine (61-57). Audrey Stoetz was 35th with a 135, as she improved three strokes on the back (69-66).

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Schleeper shot a 16-overpar 88 to finish fifth at Evansville Golf Club. Verona rounded out the seven-team field with 444 strokes. Caitlyn Ott carded a 105, and Overland finished with a 124. Page Comstock rounded out the Wildcats’ counting scores with a 127.

Oregon girls golf

Schmidt captures individual conference crown ADAM FEINER Sports editor

The Oregon girls golf team rounded out the seven-team field at the Division 1 Madison Memorial Regional with a score of 488 on Friday, Oct. 4. The Panthers did not have an individual advance to the DeForest Sectional. Junior Alyssa Schmidt won the individual title at the Badger South Conference Tournament on Tuesday, Sept. 24, helping Oregon take fifth out of seven teams with 421 strokes.

Madison Memorial Regional

Schmidt’s aspirations of leading the Panthers to the DeForest Sectional and a finish at or near the top of the leaderboard came to an end after seven holes. She tried to fight through

an injury on the front nine at Madison’s Blackhawk Country Club, but was ultimately forced to withdraw. “She battled and tried to play through it,” Oregon coach Eric Instefjord said of Schmidt’s injury. “That was a huge blow to us. She carries us with that low score.” Pa n t h e r s j u n i o r S a m McKee placed 19th with a team-best 110. Freshman Tori Disch tied for 27th with a 120, freshman Kennedy Gladden was 32nd with a 126, and freshman Reece King rounded out Oregon’s counting scores in 35th place with a 132.

Badger Conference Tournament

Even though The Legend at Bergamont is not Oregon’s home course, Schmidt felt right at home. She won the individual title with a

2-over-par 74, earning firstteam all-conference honors with her performance in blustery conditions. Schmidt fired a 1-underpar 35 on the front nine, the only player in the tournament with a nine-hole round under par. She led Stoughton junior Caylie Kotlowski by three strokes at the turn, and shook off a double bogey-bogey start to her back nine by finishing the final four holes 1 under. “I’ve learned to focus on the shot coming next,” Schmidt said. “I had to remind myself that I had just shot 35 on the front and could do it.” McKee carded a 106, and Disch added a 116. Bella Lindert rounded out the counting scores with a 125, one stroke ahead of Gladden. “This was about where we thought we’d finish,”

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Verona’s Andrea Schleeper watches her approach on the par-4 14th hole at the Division 1 DeForest Sectional.

Madison West girls golf

Two Regents play at sectional ADAM FEINER Sports editor

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Oregon’s Alyssa Schmidt hits a drive at the Badger South Conference Tournament. Instefjord said. “Alyssa had the great round, but our other girls battled through some tough holes and tough conditions.”

Madison West senior Ashley Fleming wrapped up her high school career with a 96 at the Division 1 DeForest Sectional on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at The Oaks Golf Course in Cottage Grove. Junior Ava Downing bounced back from a 55 on the front nine to shoot 45 on the back at the DeForest Sectional as the other Regent to qualify out of the Baraboo Regional. Both players missed out on qualifying for the Division 1 state tournament.

Baraboo Regional

West finished fifth out of nine teams with 384 strokes at Baraboo Country Club on Friday, Oct. 4, five strokes behind Reedsburg for the final team-qualifying spot at the DeForest Sectional. Downing tied for sixth place with a 13-over-par 85. Fleming tied for 12th and snagged the final individual-qualifying spot for the sectional with a 91. Freshman Ava Rikkers tied for 26th with a 101, and classmate Brooklyn Fleming tied for 33rd with a 107 to round out the Regents’ lineup.


October 11, 2019

Fitchburg Star

Verona boys soccer

Wildcats crowned conference champions ADAM FEINER Sports editor

La Follette had an own goal at the 24-minute mark. Sam Lynch dove and headed in a corner kick by Sam Abreu in the 30th minute. Max Lynch scored off a pass by Diego Luna in the 34th minute, and Luna sent a right-footed blast into the back of the net 12 seconds before halftime. “We were doing really well with our offensive attack,” Luna said, “taking each other’s spots and filling different roles. I just found the gap on the assist, and the volley happened because everybody was in the right place at the right time.” Lynch dove and headed in another corner kick by Abreu in the 55th minute. Jorge Lagunes’ left-footed strike deflected off the right post and into the back of the net in the 58th minute to cap the scoring. Nate Hanson (two saves) and Owen Gibson (one save) combined on the shutout.

Verona clinched the Big Eight Conference title with a 7-0 home win over Madison La Follette and Sun Prairie’s 2-1 win over Madison East on Monday, Oct. 7. The Wildcats were coming off a 4-2 road win over Madison Memorial on Thursday, Oct. 3. DePere defeated Verona 1-0 on Saturday, Sept. 28, in the DePere Invitational, handing the Wildcats their only loss of the season. The Wildcats beat Green Bay Preble 3-0 the previous day in the invite, and shut out Sun Prairie 2-0 on the road Thursday, Sept. 26. Verona came away with a 3-2 home win over Middleton on Tuesday, Sept. 24, at Reddan Soccer Park. The Wildcats went on the road and routed Kettle Moraine 6-0 on Saturday, Sept. 21, two days after a 4-1 home win over Madison West 4-1. Verona routed Janesville Verona 4, Craig 10-0 at home on Tues- Madison Memorial 2 Eliot Popkewitz scored in day, Sept. 17, three days after a scoreless tie at home the third minute for Verona, and Jack Knight made it 2-0 against McFarland. in the ninth minute. Verona 7, Sam Lynch scored in the Madison La Follette 0 42nd minute on an assist Bennett Luttinen began from Luttinen in the 42nd the scoring with a left-foot- minute to make it 3-1 Wilded strike just inside the left cats at halftime. Luttinen post in the 22nd minute. scored in the 61st minute.

and sent a right-footed blast into the lower left corner of the net in the 79th minute. Two minutes later, Simonett snuck a pass between three Sun Prairie defenders to Knight for a goal.

Verona 3, Middleton 2

Simonett scored in the 86th minute to lift the Wildcats past the Cardinals. Popkewitz scored in the fifth minute before the game was postponed on Sept. 12 with the game tied 1-1 in the 28th minute. Abreu put the Wildcats ahead 2-1 with a goal in the 39th minute. Hanson and Gibson combined for three saves.

Verona 6, Kettle Moraine 0

After a Kettle Moraine own goal, Popkewitz scored in the 40th minute to put the Wildcats up 2-0 at halftime. Gamez scored in the 54th minute, Popkewitz scored in the 57th minute, and Gamez scored in the 60th minute. Jack Heilman added an Photo by Adam Feiner Verona’s Bennett Luttinen fires a shot against Big Eight rival insurance goal in the 78th minute. Sun Prairie on Thursday, Sept. 26. The Wildcats won 2-0.

De Pere 1, Verona 0

Popkewitz found the back of Gibson and Hanson made the net in the 58th minute. Lagunes added an insurance one save apiece in the loss. goal in the 82nd minute.

Verona 3, Green Bay Preble 0

Verona 2, Sun Prairie 0

Gannon Simonett corKnight scored unassisted in the 33rd minute. ralled a pass from Knight

a penalty kick in the 44th minute to cut the Regents’ deficit to 2-1 at halftime. West had several opportunities to tie the game early in the second half, but couldn’t find the equalizer. “They stunned us with those two goals in the first 16 minutes,” West coach Pat Bauch said. “The margin for error against a team like them is a lot thinner than other teams we’ve played.” Simonett headed in a corner kick by Gamez in the 60th minute. Gamez added an insurance goal in the 83rd minute. Oscar Herrera made eight saves for the Regents, and Gibson stopped three shots.

Verona 10, Janesville Craig 0

Knight netted a hat trick, scoring in the 7th, 12th and 72nd minute. Stanley Maradiaga had a goal in the 49th minute, and his goal late in the 77th minute put the mercy rule into effect. Gamez scored in the 61st and 82nd minute. Popkewitz scored in the 19th minute. Abreu scored in the 35th minute. Sam Verona 4, Lynch scored in the 87th Madison West 1 minute. Gamez scored in the Gibson and Hanson each eighth minute, and Luttinen made a save. tucked a right-footed shot into the lower left corner of Verona 0, McFarland 0 the goal in the 16th minute. Hanson stopped the SparTonio Ermakoff converted tans’ one shot on goal.

Oregon boys soccer

Panthers finding stride on the pitch MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Oregon earned a 1-0 win over Monona Grove on Tuesday, Oct. 8, in a Badger South Conference showdown at Huntoon Field. The Panthers shut out Mount Horeb 2-0 on the road Thursday, Oct. 3. Oregon battled a pair of top-10 Division 1 teams at the Middleton Quad. The Panthers shut out sixthranked Eau Claire Memorial on Saturday, Sept. 28, a day after falling to eighth-ranked Hudson. E t h a n Va n d e r m a u s e scored his first varsity goal in the 22nd minute to help the Panthers beat Stoughton at home Tuesday, Sept. 24. Oregon pitched a shutout at Fort Atkinson on Tuesday, Sept. 17. The Panthers tied Madison Memorial at home

Saturday, Sept. 14, two days later. LoBreglio picked up the shutout in net. after a loss to Waunakee.

Oregon 1, Monona Grove 0

Pat Brognano made a quick strike before the Silver Eagles could set up a wall for a direct kick, resulting in the 11th-minute goal. “Not many people expected this result,” he said. “It makes a statement that we can compete with those top teams. We can battle, fight and get the result we want against any team.” Oregon keeper Coltrane LoBreglio had eight saves.

Oregon 2, Eau Claire Memorial 0

Bjerke and Alex Rodriguez scored in the Panthers’ win over the previouslyunbeaten Old Abes. LoBreglio earned the shutout in net.

Hudson 1, Oregon 0

LoBreglio had three saves in the loss.

Oregon 4, Stoughton 1

Brognano scored off a direct kick in the 6th minute. Jayson Howard in the 40th minute. Oregon 2, Eli Lehmann added an Mount Horeb 0 insurance goal off an assist Collin Bjerke scored two by Rodriguez. goals to propel the Panthers LoBreglio and Lincoln to a win over the Vikings. Martin combined for three Bjerke converted a penal- saves. ty kick in the 43rd minute, and scored again 12 minutes Oregon 4,

Fort Atkinson 0

Bjerke scored in the 7th, 65th and 69th minute, and Jaison Fishwald added an insurance goal. LoBreglio made one save.

Oregon 1, Madison Memorial 1

Aaron Kluck scored off a rebound in the 29th minute for the Panthers. Memorial scored the game-tying goal in the 48th minute off a free kick. LoBreglio had five saves.

Waunakee 3, Oregon 0

The Panthers outshot the Photo by Mark Nesbitt Oregon junior goalkeeper Coltrane LoBreglio makes a save in Warriors 14-8. LoBreglio the first half of the Panthers’ 1-0 win over Monona Grove. made five saves.

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Fitchburg Star


Madison West girls tennis

Regents carry momentum into sectional ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Madison West coach Ryan Reischel said his team had two goals this season – win the Big Eight Conference dual season, then win the conference tournament. The Regents accomplished both goals, and were ranked fourth in Division 1 in the final regular-season Wisconsin High School Tennis Coaches Association Poll. West’s top three singles players and its top doubles team advanced out of the Division 1 Madison Memorial Subsectional on Monday, Oct. 7, at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison. The Regents edged Middleton and Madison Memorial for the Big Eight Tournament title Thursday, Oct. 3, at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. “I tell the girls to play the ball and not worry who they’re playing,” Reischel said. “We created a schedule where we played the top 13 teams in the state aside from

us to prepare our girls for Carroll 6-0, 6-1 to advance. this time of the season.” West’s fourth-seeded No. 4 singles player Lucy FriedMadison Memorial man beat Waunakee’s Alexis Subsectional Loomans 4-6, 6-2, 6-4 in the Maddi Bremel (No. 1 sin- first round, but lost to the top gles), Abby Bremel (No. 2 seed – Madison Memorial’s singles), Abby Lin (No. 3 Jessica Jiang – 6-2, 6-3. singles) and the Regents’ The Regents’ fifth-seedNo. 1 doubles team of ed No. 2 doubles team of Camille Vadas and Sophie Suzanne Oriel and MereKnigge advanced to the dith Gallagher knocked off Waunakee Sectional, which Waunakee’s Julia Zabel and was Thursday, Oct. 10, at Eliza Endres 6-0, 6-1 in the Nielsen Tennis Stadium. first round, but lost to VeroMaddi Bremel, the top na’s top-seeded duo of Mary seed in the subsectional, Saley and Meghan Samz breezed past Oregon’s Jor- 6-0, 6-2. dana Burkeland 6-1, 6-0 West’s fourth-seeded No. to advance. Abby Bremel, 3 doubles team of Ashley seeded second, defeated Valle and Kathryn ChristianMadison East’s Naomi Mon- son lost to Madison Memoat 6-2, 6-2 and Middleton’s rial’s Emily Cai and Elfin Karsen Dettman 6-1, 6-2 to Wiriyan 3-6, 6-4, 7-6 (6) in advance. the first round. Lin, also seeded second, swept Oregon’s Ellie Koop- Big Eight Conference man and Middleton’s Mary- Tournament lynn Hu 6-0, 6-0 to advance. Reischel found it fitting The top-seeded duo of that the Regents (42 points) Vadas and Knigge cruised beat Middleton (41) and past Madison East’s Cal- Madison Memorial (37) by a lie Pauklowski and Kelly small margin.

“The duals we had against Middleton and (Madison) Memorial were 4-3 outcomes, so this was really a microcosm of our dual season,” he said. “I couldn’t be any more proud of the girls. We’ve progressed nicely all season.” Tournament play began Wednesday, Oct. 2, and ended late the following day. No. 1 singles player Maddi Bremel and the No. 1 doubles team of Vadas and Knigge backed up their top seeds with titles. Maddi Bremel beat Madison East’s Amelia Hoffman 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals, Madison Memorial’s Grace Olson 6-4, 6-3 in the semifinals and Verona’s Meredith Conley 6-1, 6-4 in the championship match. “Maddi played a great match against Meredith,” Reischel said. “She diversified her game; she pulled Meredith in, she passed her, hit lobs and won points at the net.” Vadas and Knigge swept

Madison East’s Paulowski and Carroll 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals, cruised past Verona’s Sydney Breitbach and Kasie Keyes 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals, and battled for a 6-4, 6-7, 6-3 victory over Middleton’s Jessica Pientka and Noor Rajpal in the championship match. Abby Bremel (No. 2 singles) and Lin (No. 3 singles) were seeded second and finished second in their respective brackets. Abby Bremel beat Madison East’s Monat 6-1, 6-1 in the quarterfinals and breezed by Verona’s Saley 6-0, 6-1 in the semifinals, but lost to the top seed – Middleton’s Julia Zhou – 4-6, 6-2, 6-1 in the championship match. Lin defeated Sun Prairie’s Kannita Fakthong 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals and swept Verona’s Samz 6-0, 6-0 in the semifinals, but lost to Madison Memorial’s Nikita Remesh 6-1, 6-0 in the championship match. Friedman captured third in No. 4 singles. She cruised

past Madison La Follette’s Emily Zamber 6-0, 6-1 in the quarterfinals, lost to Verona’s Elsa Queoff 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the semifinals, and swept Janesville Craig’s Myrka Ceballos 6-0, 6-0 in the third-place match. The Regents’ secondseeded No. 3 doubles team of Valle and Christianson also took third. They beat Madison La Follette’s Lydia and Norah Burke 6-3, 6-0 in the quarterfinals, lost to Verona’s Hannah Bertrand and Zoe Qureshi 7-5, 6-2 in the semifinals, and knocked off Madison Memorial’s Cai and Wiriyan 6-3, 6-1 in the third-place match Oriel and Gallagher were seeded third in No. 2 doubles, but settled for fourth. They beat Verona’s Sam Breitbach and Morgan Kreuser 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinals, then lost three-set matches to Madison Memorial’s Meera Manohoran and Elizabeth Wu and Sun Prairie’s Mackenzie Shanahan and Jordan White.

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Oregon girls tennis

Wildcats’ quintet moves one step closer to state

Panthers’ season comes to close


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The Oregon girls tennis team’s season came to an end after no one advanced out of the Division 1 Madison Memorial Subsectional on Monday, Oct. 7, at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison. The lone win for the Panthers came at No. 2 singles, where Lauren Gragg defeated Sauk Prairie’s Gaia Citro 6-2, 4-6, 6-1 in the first round. Gragg lost 6-0, 6-0 against Madison Memorial’s Julia Zhou in the semifinals. Gragg defeated Stoughton’s Karlie Halverson 7-5, 7-6 (3) in the No. 2 singles third-place match at the Badger Conference Tournament on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Nielsen Tennis Stadium.

No. 1 singles player Meredith Conley and two doubles teams from Verona advanced to the Division 1 Waunakee Sectional out of the Madison Memorial Subsectional on Monday, Oct. 7, at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison. On Wednesday, Oct. 2, the Wildcats advanced all four singles players and two doubles teams to the semifinals of the Big Eight Conference Tournament at Nielsen Tennis Stadium. Verona finished fourth out of 10 teams with 33 points a day later.

Madison Memorial Subsectional

Conley, the 2 seed in the No. 1 singles bracket, cruised to a 6-2, 6-0 victory over Waunakee’s Jena Opsahl to advance to sectionals. Sydney Breitbach and Kasie Keyes, seeded fifth in No. 1 doubles, battled for a 7-6 (2), 2-6, 6-3 win over a duo from Madison Memorial to advance. Mary Saley and Meghan Samz, the top-ranked No. 2 doubles team, beat the duo from Madison East 6-0, 6-1 in the first round, then defeated a duo from Madison West 6-2, 6-0 in the semifinals. Verona’s third-seeded No. 4 singles player Elsa Queoff beat Madison East’s Jaylyn Decorah 6-2, 6-4 in the first round, but lost to Middleton’s Julia Zhang 6-3, 6-2 in the semifinals. Fifth-seeded No. 3 singles player Sam Breitbach beat Sauk Prairie’s Jordan O’Connor 4-6, 6-3, 6-2 in the first round, but lost 6-1, 6-1 against Madison Memorial’s Nikita Remesh in the semifinals. Verona’s No. 3 doubles team of Hannah Bertrand and Zoe Qureshi, ranked second in their bracket, knocked off Oregon’s Sam Mikkelson and


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Verona’s Meredith Conley hits a backhand in her No. 1 singles semifinal match during the Big Eight Conference Tournament on Thursday, Oct. 3, at Nielsen Tennis Stadium in Madison. Ella Wirtz 7-6 (9), 6-1 in the first round. They lost 6-4, 7-5 to a duo from Waunakee in the semifinals. No. 2 singles player Morgan Kreuser lost 6-0, 6-0 in the first round to Madison Memorial’s Julia Zhou.

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Conley (No. 1 singles), Queoff (No. 4 singles) and the No. 3 doubles team of Bertrand and Qureshi finished second in their respective brackets. Conley beat Sun Prairie’s Lauren Hope Bruemmer 6-0, 7-6 (3) in the semifinals, but lost to Madison West’s Maddi Bremel 6-1, 6-4 in the championship match. She swept Janesville Craig’s Kerington Sauser 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. Queoff edged Madison West’s Lucy Friedman 6-4, 7-6 (2) in the semifinals, but was swept 6-0, 6-0 by

Middleton’s Zhang in the championship match. She battled for a 5-7, 6-1, 6-2 win over Madison East’s Decorah in the quarterfinals. Bertrand and Qureshi beat Madison West’s Ashley Valle and Kathryn Christianson 7-5, 6-2 in the semifinals, but lost to Middleton’s Nika Agapov and Anja Newcomer 7-5, 6-0 in the championship match. The Verona duo cruised past Sun Prairie’s Abbie Mott and Reagan Schwartzer 6-1, 6-2 in the quarterfinals. The Wildcats’ No. 1 doubles team of Keyes and Sydney Breitbach finished third after beating Madison Memorial’s Janna Liu and Jessica Jiang 6-3, 6-3. Breitbach and Keyes defeated Janesville Craig’s Jordyn Schroeder and Allison Grund 6-3, 6-3 in the quarterfinals, but lost to Madison West’s Camille Vadas and Sophia Knigge 6-1, 6-1 in the semifinals. Saley (No. 2 singles) and

Samz (No. 3 singles) finished fourth. Saley defeated Madison La Follette’s Loreen Bischof 6-3, 6-2 in the quarterfinals, but lost to Madison West’s Abby Bremel (6-1, 6-1) and Middleton’s Karsen Dettman (6-4, 6-0) on the second day of competition. Samz cruised past Madison East’s Sa’dee Decorah 6-2, 6-1 in the quarterfinals, but lost to Madison West’s Abby Lin (6-0, 6-0) and Middleton’s Maylynn Hu (7-5, 6-2). The Wildcats’ No. 2 doubles team of Kreuser and Sam Breitbach went 1-2 en route to a sixth-place finish. They lost to Madison West’s Suzanne Oriel and Meredith Gallagher 7-5, 6-4 in the quarterfinals. They beat Janesville Craig’s Madison Denu and Autumn Tullar 6-1, 6-2 in the consolation semifinals, but lost to Janesville Parker’s Ryann Porter and Lucy Barnes 6-4, 6-3 in the fifth-place match.

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Oregon’s Jordana Burkeland lost to Madison West’s Maddi Bremel 6-1, 6-0 in No. 1 singles. Ellie Koopman lost to Madison West’s Abby Lin 6-0, 6-0 in at No. 3 singles. Middleton’s Julia Zhang defeated Oregon’s Joanie Sommers 6-1, 6-1 in No. 4 singles. The Panthers’ No. 1 doubles team of Anna Donovan and Gianna Schulz lost to Middleton’s top duo 6-1, 6-1. Oregon’s No. 2 doubles team of Sam Schaefer and Jordan Streiff lost to another duo from Middleton 6-0, 6-1. Sam Mikkelson and Ella Wirtz lost to Verona’s Hannah Bertand and Zoe Qureshi 7-6 (9), 6-4 in No. 3 doubles.

Badger Conference Tournament

Gragg, the 4 seed, defeated Monroe’s Bekah Rath 6-0, 6-2 in the first round and Beaver Dam’s Lindsay Propst 7-6 (4), 6-4 in the quarterfinals on Friday, Sept. 27, to advance to Saturday.

She lost to top-seeded Jewel Lindwall of Monona Grove in the semifinals. The Panthers’ No. 3 doubles team of Mikkelson and Wirtz sprung a pair of upsets as the 12th seed to advance to Saturday. They beat DeForest’s fifth-seeded duo of Ashley Hegarty and Annie Manzi 6-3, 6-1 in the first round, then knocked off Monona Grove’s fourth-seeded duo of Mary Clark and Maggie Davis 4-6, 7-6 (4), 6-2 in the quarterfinals. Top-seeded Danielle Rogers and Jadyn Statz of Waunakee beat Mikkelson and Wirtz 6-2, 6-2 in the semifinals. Sauk Prairie’s Grace Fauerbach and Emily Querio edged Mikkelson and Wirtz 6-4, 7-5 in the thirdplace match. Burkeland, the 8 seed in the No. 1 singles bracket, beat Reedsburg’s Hayden Stovey 6-0, 6-0 in the first round, but lost to top-seeded Baluck Deang of Madison Edgewood 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. Koopman sprung a firstround upset as the 11th seed in No. 3 singles, knocking off Monroe’s Grace Mathiason 6-3, 6-7 (5), 10-8. She then lost to Monona Grove’s Maelia Dziedzic 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. Sommers, the 3 seed in No. 4 singles, beat Reedsburg’s Emily Wood 6-0, 6-3 in the first round, but lost to 10th-seeded Danielle Krakow of Watertown 7-5, 6-3. Oregon’s eighth-seeded No. 1 doubles team of Donovan and Schulz edged Stoughton’s Katie Zacharias and Taylor Nisius 6-1, 1-6, 10-7 in the first round. They lost to DeForest’s Cecile and Samantha Fuchs 6-0, 6-0 in the quarterfinals. The Panthers’ 15th-seeded No. 2 doubles team of Schaefer and Streiff lost 6-0, 6-4 in the first round to Beaver Dam’s Madelyn Connaughty and Abby Okon.


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Fitchburg Star

Verona volleyball

Wildcats control destiny in Big Eight race ADAM FEINER

19 digs, thanks in large part to her positioning and willingness to take on Sun Prairie’s hitters. “It’s all about reading the ball, stepping in and being confident,” Hust said. “The adrenaline definitely helps, too.” Bobb slammed a matchhigh 14 kills, and Armstrong dished out a match-high 35 assists. Bobb and Karnosky added three aces apiece. “We’ve been working hard to build our mental toughness, and this was a step in the right direction,” Bauer said. “We’ll see Sun Prairie again, whether it’s at the conference tournament or in sectionals.”

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Verona def. Madison Memorial 21-25, 25-16, 25-12, 25-16

Jordan Armstrong recorded seven service points to begin the second set, mixing in float serves to keep the Spartans out of system. “The gym really affects how I serve,” she said. “Plus, the float serve is a lot harder to handle than a regular topspin serve.” The two teams traded points for the rest of the set.

Verona def. Madison West 25-11, 25-9, 25-11

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Verona’s Megan Touchett (middle) and Rachel Witthuhn (right) try to block a spike by Sun Prairie’s KJ McNabb on Thursday, Sept. 26. The Wildcats beat the Cardinals in four sets. The Wildcats finished off the third set with 10 straight points. “We’ve talked all season about out-working the other side,” Bauer said, “whether that’s our defense, communication or bench. Our bench came to life in the final three sets, and that helped the on-court kids get going.” The two teams traded short runs early in the fourth set before the Wildcats went ahead for good up 11-9. The Wildcats took their first lead of the match up 13-12 in the first set, but the Spartans closed the first with a 7-2 run. “Part of it was beating ourselves, and part of it was not coming ready to play,” Bauer said. “The girls know

I’m a pretty direct person, so I called them out on it. They responded very well.” Armstrong finished with 35 assists and five aces. Claudia Bobb recorded 14 kills, and Amelia Hust had 14 digs. Maddy Kelley and Rachel Witthuhn added two blocks apiece.

Kettle Moraine Invitational

Verona def. The Wildcats cruised past Sun Prairie 25-18, Whitewater (25-15, 25-8) 25-14, 21-25, 25-18 and Merrill (25-13, 25-11) before falling to Lake Mills 29-27, 25-19. Armstrong racked up 46 total assists, two blocks against Merrill and two aces against Lake Mills. Hust had 27 total digs. Kelley added seven kills and three blocks

Girls swimming | Edgewood 104, Oregon 66

Panthers can’t keep up with Crusaders MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Madison Edgewood, the top-ranked Division 2 team in the Wisconsin Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association state poll, won 10 of 11 events to hand Oregon a 104-66 loss on Tuesday, Oct. 8, at the Oregon Community Pool. The lone win for the Panthers came from junior Zoe Rule, who finished first in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 1:09.65. Edgewood has won four straight WIAA Division 2 state championships and has its sights set on the top prize once again. “We have really set a standard where you have to earn a state title every year,” Edgewood coach Emily Schwabe said. “You don’t just repeat it. At the end of the day, we have a young team with new girls, and this is our year to do what we want to do now.” Edgewood freshman Izzy Enz and senior Maeve O’Driscoll each had a hand in winning four events. Enz won the 200 individual

against Lake Mills to go with six kills and two blocks against Merrill. Bobb slammed seven kills and Rachel Karnosky served three aces against Whitewater. Delaney McIntosh had four aces against Merrill. Witthuhn picked up three blocks against Lake Mills.

The Wildcats took sole possession of first place in the Big Eight with their victory over the Cardinals. Kelley had a match-high five blocks against a Sun Prairie squad with a plethora of offensive weapons. Hust finished with a match-high

The Wildcats got off to fast starts in all three sets en route to a sweep of the Regents. Verona jumped out to a 5-1 start to the match, but West responded with a 4-1 run to trim its deficit to 6-5. “That was definitely our opportunity to push them and make the set a lot closer,” West coach Ben Sperstad said. “We were making them uncomfortable and had Verona def. Janesville them out of system. After we Craig 25-19, 25-13, lost serve and lost a couple 25-19 points, our energy dropped.” Bobb recorded 12 kills in Bobb finished with a match-high 13 kills. Arm- the Wildcats’ home win over strong dished out 20 assists, the Cougars. Armstrong dished out 32 Hust had 10 digs, and Kelley assists, and Hust had eight added three blocks. digs. Karnosky and McInMiddleton Invitational tosh each served three aces. Verona defeated Madison Kelley and Witthuhn each Edgewood 25-16, 25-16 in had two blocks. the championship match, capping a day of dominance. Verona def. Middleton The Wildcats beat Plat- 25-18, 25-16, 25-20 McIntosh slammed 11 teville 25-21, 25-20 in the semifinals. In pool play, kills in the sweep. Armstrong recorded 37 Verona beat Monticello (25-10, 25-13), Holmen assists and three aces, while (25-10, 25-23), Edgewood Bobb finished with 23 digs.


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Edgewood’s Maeve O’Driscoll won the 400-meter freestyle with a time of 4:51.04 in a dual at Oregon on Tuesday, Oct. 8. medley (2:31) and 100 backstroke (1:09.81). O’Driscoll finished first in the 100 breaststroke (1:23.27) and 400 freestyle (4:51.04). Enz and O’Driscoll teamed with sophomores Claire Sweeney and Abby Reid to win the 200 medley relay with a time of 2:08.29. O’Driscoll and Sweeney teamed with senior DeeDee Walker and freshman Sophie Reed to take first in the 400 free relay (4:14.06). Abby Reid also won two individual events – the 100 free (1:03.44) and 200 free (2:15.43). The Crusaders’ 200 free relay team of Enz, Walker and the Reids took first with a time

of 1:54.18. Oregon freshman Izzy Block took second in the 100 butterfly (1:10.43) and 200 IM (2:36.83). Junior Halle Bush finished second in the 100 free (1:05.19) and 200 free (2:21.97). The Panthers’ 200 medley relay team of Block, Rule, junior Victoria Helvig and freshman Noelle Marsh placed second with a time of 2:14.05. Block, Bush, Rule and Marsh also took second in the 200 free relay (1:56.80). Bush and Marsh teamed with freshmen Jane Ciambrone and Hailey Sieren in the Panthers’ second-place 400 free relay (4:29.32).

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Verona shook off a slow start en route to a four-set road win over Madison Memorial on Thursday, Oct. 3. Lake Mills ended the Wildcats’ 19-match winning streak in the championship match of the Kettle Moraine Invitational on Saturday, Sept. 28. Verona defeated Whitewater and Merrill at Kettle Moraine, and also picked up a Big Eight Conference road win over Sun Prairie on Thursday, Sept. 26. The Wildcats swept Madison West at home on Tuesday, Sept. 24. Verona won all six of its matches Saturday, Sept. 21, en route to a championship at the Middleton Invitational. The Wildcats were coming off a sweep of Janesville Craig on Thursday, Sept. 19. “We’re asking them to make changes and putting a lot on their plate to execute, and they’ve responded well to those changes,” Verona coach Jillian Bauer said. “I also think they’ve bought in to what we’re trying to accomplish.” The Wildcats went on the road and swept Middleton on Thursday, Sept. 12.

(25-12, 25-16) and Wisconsin Heights (25-14, 25-14). McIntosh slammed six kills in the championship against Edgewood, five kills against Wisconsin Heights, eight digs and three aces in the pool-play match against Edgewood and five digs and four aces against Platteville. Armstrong dished out 101 assists in the Wildcats’ six matches. Megan Touchett racked up 18 kills in the matches against Edgewood and Platteville. Bobb added nine digs and three aces in the championship match, six digs against Holmen and five kills against Wisconsin Heights. Witthuhn was a force at the net with four kills against Monticello and a combined 10 blocks in the other pool-play matches. Hust recorded nine digs in the championship match, 10 digs and two aces against Wisconsin Heights and six digs and two aces against Holmen. Kelley added six kills against Holmen and three blocks in the pool-play match against Edgewood. Karnosky served two aces against Holmen.

October 11, 2019

Fitchburg Star


Verona football

Wildcats become playoff eligible caught four passes for 43 yards. Anderson racked up 90 yards on eight carries and 30 more yards on three catches. Acker ran for 116 yards on 23 carries. Stier added five carries for 36 yards and three catches for 25 yards. Laham and Keegan Lindell recorded a sack and a half each.

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Verona split its four games in Weeks 4-7, routing Madison La Follette on Friday, Oct. 4, and outlasting Madison West on Friday, Sept. 13, at home. Sun Prairie scored with 15 seconds remaining to beat the Wildcats on Friday, Sept. 20, and Madison Memorial scored the game-winning touchdown as time expired a week later at Mansfield Stadium.

Verona 21, Madison West 6

Verona 54, Madison La Follette 13

Haakon Anderson rushed for 107 yards and two touchdowns as the Wildcats crushed the Lancers at Curtis Jones Field. Verona (5-2, 5-2 Big Eight Conference) became playoff eligible with the win, as it rushed for 282 yards and scored on all five of its firsthalf drives. “We don’t want to take getting into the playoffs for granted,” Anderson said. “We have one more opportunity added to our season. These last couple of games we have to have a playoff mentality. We are do or die and have to stay alive once it’s playoff time.” Jackson Acker rushed for 169 yards on seven carries and had two touchdowns. Graham Stier also scored two touchdowns in the romp. The Wildcats broke the game open with 21 points in a 3:27 span from late in the second quarter to the opening drive of the third quarter. Anderson took a counter and bolted for a 62-yard touchdown with 1:12 left in the second. Adam Bekx

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Verona offensive lineman Adam Vandervest (73) and running back Jackson Acker (22) block as quarterback Adam Bekx throws during the first quarter against Madison West on Friday, Sept. 13, at Curtis Jones Field. The Wildcats beat the Regents 21-6. connected with Aubrey Dawkins on a 5-yard touchdown pass with 13 seconds left in the first half to put Verona up 34-13. Verona opened the third quarter with a six-play, 57-yard drive, ending in Stier’s 2-yard touchdown run. Cam McCorkle made a diving interception midway through the third, which led to a 12-yard touchdown run by Acker. Mason Fink tossed an 11-yard touchdown pass to Spencer Lokken in the fourth quarter. Anderson raced for a 45-yard touchdown run after La Follette opened the game with a score. Acker rumbled for an 83-yard touchdown run to

give the Wildcats a 13-7 lead 10 plays on their first drive that ended in Stier’s 25-yard with 1:02 left in the first. run. Madison Memorial 27, touchdown Acker scored on a 1-yard Verona 24 plunge in the second quarter. The Spartans rallied from Bekx found Dawkins for a a 17-point second-half deficit 36-yard touchdown pass, and to stun the Wildcats. Mason Armstrong later boot“We had a chance to put ed a 28-yard field goal right them away and we didn’t do before halftime to increase it,” Verona coach Dave Rich- the lead to 24-7. ardson said. “It’s a game we Bekx completed 11 of 17 should have had and in the passes for 136 yards. Dawsecond half, I got too conser- kins had four receptions for vative and I allowed (Memo- 59 yards. rial) to get back in the game.” The Wildcats’ defense Sun Prairie 27, forced four turnovers (three Verona 21 fumbles and an interception Brady Stevens scored on by Jake Poller), and used a a quarterback sneak with 15 mix of short passes to keep seconds left. the Spartans off balance “(Sun Prairie) did all the early, marching 80 yards in right things on that final

drive,” Richardson said. “They looked how we looked in the third and beginning of the fourth quarter.” Anderson tied the game at 14 with a 24-yard rushing touchdown on the first drive of the second half. Anderson scored a 30-yard touchdown on a counter play to give Verona a 21-14 lead with 8:49 remaining. Ve r o n a ’s J a m e s R a e blocked the first punt of the game, and Tyler Laham scooped up the bouncing ball and ran to the Sun Prairie 2. Acker ran in for a score on the next play to tie the game at 7 with 6:23 left in the first quarter. Bekx was 13-for-24 for 109 yards, while Dawkins

The Regents turned the ball over on downs four times against the stingy Wildcats. Cole Zoromski caught a 10-yard touchdown pass from Bekx with 7:28 left in second quarter. Acker’s 38-yard run gave Verona a 14-0 lead three minutes later. “We shot ourselves in the foot several times,” West coach Brad Murphy said. “We ran the ball effectively at times, but we have to complete the easy passes.” Acker capped the first drive of the second half with a 1-yard touchdown run. West matriculated the ball down the field using a zone read of Thompson and Nazier Jones to get on the board. Jones capped a long drive with a 4-yard touchdown run with 10:08 remaining. Acker was held to 88 yards on 18 carries. Bekx was 14-for-21 for 151 yards, and Dawkins caught five passes for 71 yards. Thompson found some success as a runner (16 carries for 67 yards), but not so much as a passer (10-for-23 for 88 yards). Jones rushed for 69 yards on 14 carries,. Khaki Sanford had four catches for 41 yards. Dayne Armwald rushed for 25 yards on eight carries.

Oregon football

Panthers have mixed results in Badger South play MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Oregon split its four games in Weeks 4-7, and are 3-4 overall (2-3 Badger South Conference) heading into a crucial matchup with Watertown on Friday. The Panthers lost to Monona Grove 21-7 on Friday, Oct. 4, a week after dominating Monroe 28-7. Milton held off Oregon 47-26 on Friday, Sept. 20, a week after the Panthers pitched a 35-0 shutout against Madison Edgewood.

Monona Grove 21, Oregon 7

The Silver Eagles outgained the Panthers 435-180 en route to a road win at Panther Field, with Brady Killerlain rushing for 167 yards and three touchdowns on 18 carries in the first half. Oregon drove 80 yards in 11 plays to begin the contest. Austin Saunders took a counter play around the left side for a 27-yard touchdown with 6:45 left in the first quarter. “I came around the corner and saw a hole outside,” Saunders said. “Two guys

crashed to the outside, so I cut it up and had to break a couple of tackles on my way to the end zone.” The Panthers had just 13 yards on its next six possessions. Oregon entered MG territory twice more in the first half, but both drives fizzled. Oregon’s multi-pronged rushing attack was held to 82 yards on 32 carries. Mason Grender led the way with eight carries for 26 yards. Saunders (nine carries) and Damien Johnson (four carries) each had 19 yards on Photo by Mark Nesbitt the ground. Erik Victorson Oregon’s Ryan McCorkle (left) sacks Edgewood quarterback finished 8-for-21 for 98 yards Logan Ritchie in the first half of the Panthers’ 35-0 win over passing. the Crusaders on Friday, Sept. 13, at Panther Field.

Oregon 28, Monroe 7

The Panthers went on the road and dominated the Cheesemakers in sloppy conditions. Oregon’s Logan Woodson intercepted Max Golembiewski late in the first quarter, and Grender went untouched for a 65-yard rushing touchdown on the next play from scrimmage. Grender finished the game with 150 yards rushing on seven carries and 206 yards of total offense.

Grender’s second score came with 9:03 left in the second quarter on a 59-yard run. Four minutes later, quarterback Erik Victorson rolled right and found Grender open on a corner route for a 56-yard touchdown. Oregon capped a 10-play, 67-yard drive in the fourth quarter with a touchdown pass from Victorson to Donovan Johnson. Victorson finished 5 of 7 passing for 94 yards. The Panthers outgained

Monroe 329-261 despite running 20 less plays.

Milton 47, Oregon 26

The Red Hawks erupted for 31 points in the second and third quarters in a road win over the Panthers. Victorson connected with Johnson on a 36-yard touchdown pass early in the first quarter. Saunders returned a kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown to give the Panthers a 13-7 lead after the opening quarter.

Matt Kissling’s 27-yard touchdown run gave Oregon a 20-14 lead midway through the second quarter. Victorson completed 5 of 14 passes for 97 yards. Matt Kissling rushed for 55 yards on three carries. Grender had 49 yards on five carries, and Teague Szudy added 43 yards on 10 carries. Saunders ran for 41 yards on four carries. Johnson finished with three receptions for 70 yards.

Oregon 35, Edgewood 0

Ryan McCorkle had an interception and a fumble recovery to help the Panthers smother the Crusaders at Panther Field. Gabe Pearson added two sacks for Oregon, which scored 14 points off three Edgewood turnovers. The Panthers limited the Crusaders to 97 total yards. Oregon gashed Edgewood for 293 total rushing yards. Szudy rushed for 117 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries, and Grender rushed for 103 yards and two touchdowns on three carries. “We ran sweeps, and the counter worked,” Szudy said. “We just followed our blocks, and the line did a

great job.” The Panthers’ offense got off to a rocky start when Edgewood’s Dylan Walton intercepted Victorson. The Panthers’ defense held strong, and the Crusaders missed a 31-yard field goal attempt. Grender had a 54-yard touchdown run with 3:56 seconds left in the first quarter to start the scoring. Saunders ran for a 57-yard touchdown on the next drive. Szudy darted for a 7-yard touchdown after McCorkle’s interception early in the second half. McCorkle then recovered a fumble at the Crusaders’ 41-yard line. Oregon took advantage of the short field, as Grender bolted for a 36-yard touchdown three plays later. Szudy recorded his second touchdown on a 19-yard run early in the fourth quarter. Connor Blanke intercepted an Edgewood pass later in the fourth to preserve the shutout. “Our defense played really well, and all 11 of them played together,” Dan Kissling said. “It was good to see.”


October 11, 2019

Fitchburg Star

Verona Area School District

Enrollment up for fifth straight year Increase of 110 double what was projected KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

For the fifth year in a row, the Verona Area School District has seen an increase in student enrollment. As of Sept. 20, the state’s official third Friday in September count, the total number of students within

the district is 5,736, 110 more than the year prior. That increase is twice what the district expected, superintendent Dean Gorrell told the Press, as it budgeted for an increase of 55 students. It will result in a bigger budget for the district to work with, but Gorrell said he didn’t know how much because pre-K students are weighted at 0.60% of a K-12 student, and that’s where the district saw the largest share of growth. The Pre-K program grew by

10.2%, up to 27 students over the prior academic year. Verona Area High School and the Exploration Academy together grew the most, with 53 more students than last year (3.4%). All of the elementary schools, including the Pre-K and charter school programs, grew slightly more than the high school, with 56 more students combined (2.5%). However, Country View having two less and Glacier Edge having the largest reduction, with 25 fewer

students. The loss of 25 students for Glacier Edge is actually beneficial for the school, as its enrollment exceeded capacity three years ago and the area around it has been growing. The two middle schools and the upper three grades of Core Knowledge Charter School are collectively up by 18 students. CKCS is enrolling six fewer students, which helps balance out the Badger Ridge Middle School increase of

19 students, as the two schools are housed in the same building. The district has grown by almost 18% in enrollment since the beginning of the decade, with just a little more than 1,000 more students being added to the district since 2010. Much of that growth has been at Glacier Edge, where 145 more students have been added to the school since 2010, and at Savanna Oaks, where the population has grown by 21%, to 563 students.

Bus routes, walking zones evaluated T h e VA S D B u i l d i n g , Grounds and Transportation committee will begin determining busing routes and walking zones for the new attendance boundaries this month. The opening of a new high school on the western side of the City of Verona next fall will result in a shuffling of other buildings and new attendance boundaries the district set this summer. That means new walking zones, beyond which the district provides busing. The current

distance is one mile for elementary schools and 1.25 miles for middle schools. Sugar Creek’s walking zones are likely to change dramatically, as it is moving north by almost a mile to the building that currently houses Badger Ridge Middle School. Other elementary schools’ walking zones are likely to change based on how the attendance boundary has shifted. Any new busing and walking zones will come before the school board for approval. – Kimberly Wethal

What’s online Read these and more Verona Area School District stories at Grandfathering rules approved The district plans to deliver rules defining who is eligible for grandfathering into new attendance boundaries to parents by the end of the month. The school board approved the rules guiding optional attendance boundary switches for fifth-graders Sept. 22.

GE teacher dies of cancer Glacier Edge Elementary School lost a family member last month when Lindsey Snow, multiage teacher at the school, died of cancer on Sept. 26. “She will forever remain an important and loved member of the Glacier Edge family,” read a post on the school’s Facebook page.

Threat assessment process introduced In February 2018, a few days after the Parkland, Florida, school shooting claimed 17 lives, a Verona Area High School student threatened to “shoot up the school.” Now, the district is working on a protocol to assess threats of violence toward the district or one of its students.

World language up for review An outside review of the Verona Area School District’s world languages program next month will include a look at student growth in the program and identify next steps the district should take to further build its programs.

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Sugar Creek Fun Run 2019

The “Fun Run Princess” Laura Marquardt, kindergarten teacher, gives Jonathan Krimmer and one of his family members a high five during the Sugar Crek Elementary School Fun Run on Saturday, Sept. 28. The Fun Run route took participants down Church Street, on South Main Street and then onto Military Ridge State Trail, before making their way back to the school.

High school hosts German students For German exchange students being hosted by Verona Area High School students, the answer is clear: Cheese curds are the best thing about Wisconsin.

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October 11, 2019


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The new Oregon School District elementary school being built on the northeast side of Fitchburg as seen Sept. 8.

New school on schedule At the Oregon School Board’s construction on the new elementary school have been submitted, with board annual meeting on Sept. 23, district school in Fitchburg is “on schedule members set to select several finalists superintendent Brian Busler said after and on budget” to open in July. for students to vote on later this month. a rainy spring caused a few delays, He said more than 100 names for the – Scott De Laruelle

Modjeski to lead new elementary SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group

In the first of several moves to determine which staff and students will fill the new K-6 elementary school in Fitchburg, the Oregon School District named Kerri Modjeski as the school’s leader. Modjeski, who is

currently the principal at Brooklyn Elementary School, will continue in her duties at BKE through the 2019-20 school year – her ninth as principal there – before heading north July 1 to be the first principal at the first OSD school in Fitchburg. In a district news release Monday, Sept. 16, superintendent Brian Busler called Modjeski “instrumental” in planning for the school as one of the co-chairs of the design team and said she “continues to be involved in


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that process, her interest in working with students in a wider age range “continued to grow.” BKE and the district’s other two elementary schools are K-4. S h e s a i d s h e ’s “ ve r y excited for the new adventure” but also “humbled to have been part of Team BKE.” “It has been my honor to have served so many kids and families in my time here,” she said in an email to the Star. Next year will start a new adventure, filled with new friends and new faces.” Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at


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the construction process as the school moves forward.” Modjeski started in the district in 1995, teaching at BKE, Rome Corners Intermediate and Oregon Middle School, and later working as an administrative intern at OMS and BKE. Busler said Modjeski’s experience with children in a wide range of ages makes her “uniquely qualified” to lead the school, which will initially serve grades K-6. Busler said Modjeski had told him the role at the new school seemed to be one that would “bridge (her) experiences across grade levels,” and she offered to co-chair the design team. Modjeski said throughout

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While the tax rate will likely drop slightly next year, due to rising home values, residents in the Oregon School District will probably pay a bit more in school taxes next year. Unanimously and without comment, district electors approved the tax rate, school board salaries and a board reapportionment plan at the Monday, Sept. 23, annual budget hearing/public meeting. The board is set to vote on the final budget this month.

The projected mill rate – subject to change with the final student enrollment count – is $11.15 for every $1,000 of assessed value, down from last year’s rate of $11.38. That would mean the owner of a $200,000 home would pay $2,230 in school taxes. While that would mean a drop of around $46 on that home, property values increased by about 6 percent around the county, which could still mean an increase, though it will vary by municipality. Growth is expected to dip slightly, from 7.9 % last year to 6.5% this year.

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October 11, 2019

Oregon schools

Fitchburg Star

What’s online Read these and more Oregon School District stories at Career program looks into ‘real world’

Students immersed in culture in Guatemala

Test scores above state averages

When their classmates are sitting in school learning the latest math or English lessons, around 70 upperclassmen are waiting on customers at banks, practicing floral design, watching children at daycares and yes, even helping to build a better vegetable.

Jumping off cliffs and hiking up an active volcano were memorable, but for OHS Spanish teacher Tina Halverson, the best part of a school trip to Guatemala was seeing her students get up close with their hosts, learning not only their language, but their culture.

Oregon School District students performed better than students statewide on the Wisconsin Forward Exam last year. The percentage of students scoring proficient or advanced in each of math, English Language Arts and social studies was above state averages.

Reapportionment approved

School District annual meeting Sept. 23 approved a recommendation to reconfigure school board zones and seats, more than 20 years since the last change.

German musicians visit

O r eg o n H i g h S c h o o l 2009 graduate Elise Cruz starts her new job Oct. 28 as the Village of Oregon’s first planning and zoning administrator.

At a music clinic this month, the Oregon High School auditorium was filled with sounds of jazz, folk music, African rhythms and German accents, all in one lesson.

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Jenna Sharkus throws candy with Matt Kissling during the Oregon homecoming parade Oct. 4.



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