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doesn’t speak Spanish, he said, so the learning curve to produce a show in a language he doesn’t understand can be steep. Controlling the teleprompter, which gives the co-hosts the script at their reading pace, is a challenge. “They’re reading it slow enough for us to read,” he said. Much of the content for “Descubriendo Contigo” comes from the FACTv show Crosby hosts, “Talking Fitchburg.” Crosby takes the stories from the English show and places them in Google Translate to turn it into

Most incumbents from the Fitchburg area have decided to run for re-election next spring. But a handful of seats have no incumbent as the window for gathering nomination papers to seek local public office next April opens. For all local and county governmental bodies, the first day aspiring candidates could start circulating nomination papers and collecting signatures was Sunday, Dec. 1. One incumbent who has announced she will not run for re-election is City of Fitchburg District 1 Ald. Anne Scott. And in the Oregon School District – one of three school districts in the city – two familiar names will not be on the school board ballot. Courtney Odorico, a former board president, and Barb Feeney will not seek re-election to their school board seats, both told the Star in emails. The spring election, held Tuesday, April 7, will also be a primary for the 2020 presidential election held later that year on Tuesday, Nov. 3. Incumbents have until late December to announce if they do not plan to run again, providing prospective candidates time to collect signatures to get nominated. Each race has a different number of qualified signatures a candidate must collect to get their name on the ballot, and all nominations must be fully completed and turned in to each respective organization clerk or agency by the end of the day Tuesday, Jan. 7. Candidates who plan to run again include Mayor Aaron Richardson, who is running for the post again after holding it for a little less than a year. Three Fitchburg Common Council members, Alds. Dan Bahr (D-2), Shannon Strassman (D-3) and Janell Rice (D-4) have all filed to run again. This is the first year in the city’s 36-year history that half the council will be up for election; in prior years it was all or none. Both of the school board members in the Verona Area School District, Debbie Biddle and Kristina Navarro-Haffner, will be on the ballot. Navarro-Haffner’s seat is limited to candidates from the City of Verona, but all district residents have the ability to vote for all seats. Biddle is serving out the final year for former board member Russell King, who

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Co-hosts Lupita Montoto and Julia Arata-Fratta talk on set during a filming of “Descubriendo Contigo”on Monday, Nov. 18.

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‘Descubriendo Contigo’ FACTv starts Spanish language TV show to reach underserved residents KIMBERLY WETHAL

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FACTv would like to go “discovering with you” – that “you” being the Spanish speaking population of Fitchburg. Translated, that’s Descubriendo Contigo – the name of the Spanish language news program FACTv started this year. The show started as an idea to reach the Latino community, Ald. Julia Arata-Fratta (Dist. 2), who co-hosts the show, told the Star in August. Fitchburg has the highest Hispanic population per capita in Dane County (about 17 percent based on 2018 U.S. Census estimates), and Arata-Fratta said about 70% of the 4,000 members of the Latino community here speaks Spanish. The idea of using the city’s resources to provide that population with information eventually transformed into the creation of “Descubriendo Contigo,” to bring them information they otherwise would miss. “We don’t see that community participate in some of the activities

FACTv manager Jeremy Crosby motions toward cameras the hosts are supposed to be looking. in the city,” she said. “The idea was how to communicate with the Latino community in Fitchburg about all of the activities that are happening.” The show went from dream to concept when Arata-Fratta and Lupita Montoto, co-founder of La Movida 94.5 FM, who co-hosts the show, demonstrated interest in creating a program for Spanish-speaking residents. The goal is to film Descubriendo Contigo every other week as a headline news show that plays on FACTv’s Community Channel at 5 p.m. daily. FACTv manager Jeremy Crosby

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The Agora Center in Fitchburg held three nights of holiday activities during the “Get Festive with Agora” event, held Thursday Dec.6 to Saturday, Dec. 7. Inside a heated festival tent were live musical performances by the Wheelhouse bluegrass band,

Zweifel Bros polka band and SlipJig Celtic Band, in addition to holiday pop To view more photos of Get Festive up shops, mulled cider and At Agora, visit wine, and food vendors. ConnectFitchburg.com Activities included horse-drawn carriage rides, strolling carolers, elves, Jingle and Bell. Neal Patten, community kids crafts, holiday movies reporter, can be contacted and business open houses. at neal.patten@wcinet. Jennifer Binder, general com. manager of the Fitchburg P r i n c e t o n C l u b , e n t e rtained children dressed as Mrs. Claus in a homemade outfit. She was joined by Erin Anderson and Joyce Zimmerman dressed as the

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Taxes up almost $400 in VASD, MMSD Oregon homeowners’ bills drop $89 on average JIM FEROLIE Fitchburg Star editor

Fitchburg taxpayers in the Verona and Madison school districts can expect to see big property tax increases this year. The city mailed its unusually complicated tax bills this week with bad news for homeowners in both areas – average increases of nearly $400 per home. Oregon School District taxpayers, meanwhile, get somewhat of a reprieve despite last year’s $46 million referendum to build a new school, paying around $100 less on average, according to calculations provided by the city. Mostly, the increases are due to rising home values around the city, and that’s why the exact impact of the changes in property taxes will vary significantly from home to home. The method of keeping property tax assessments in line with market rates

varies from community to community. That can make it confusing for homeowners as they see their bills change from year to year and try to follow how each government’s taxes are changing. For example, despite the Verona Area School District announcing that its equalized tax rates were nearly even for the third year in a row, Fitchburg taxpayers in that area (mostly the west side of the city) saw increases of nearly $200 each of the past two years. They will get hit with a $369 increase this year (including an offsetting increase to the state’s Lottery Credit). That’s partly owing to what was at the time the largest construction referendum in state history, when voters approved $182 million for a new high school on the west side of Verona. In the Madison Metropolitan School District area of Fitchburg (mostly the north side), where MMSD is considering both a $36 million operating referendum and a $315 million building referendum next year, the increase was $22 last year but $390 this year.

In OSD (south and east), which passed a $46 million construction referendum last year for a new school on Fitchburg’s east side, the average home’s property taxes went up $4 in 2017, increased $126 last year and will fall by $116 this year. In addition, some homes will experience large increases and others might have no increase at all, based on the City of Fitchburg’s rolling assessment method, which analyzes market rates by neighborhood and property type. That method typically prevents the shocking increases in property values seen in communities such as Verona, which holds values even between full reassessments unless there’s a sale or a change in the home, such as an addition. Fitchburg produces three sets of tax information, one for each district, but uses a common average across the city, which can add to the confusion. This year, that average home went up from $294,000 to $310,900, a roughly 5% increase that’s commensurate with the Dane County average. But the actual average could vary in each school district area.

One change that’s common to most tax bills in the city (those which are a property owner’s primary home), the state’s Lottery Tax credit, will save homeowners some money, as it’s increasing by $27. It does not vary based on the price of the home. Going the other direction, all single-family, duplex and triplex homes in the city will get hit with an increase in the city’s garbage rates, which are going up $41 per home. That’s mostly a result of a change in the global market for recyclable materials, and some other communities in Dane County are seeing increases or changes to their services for the same reason, as well. Typically, school taxes account for about half of a property’s tax bill. This year, the city’s share of the tax bill, which is about 40 percent, will bring a $67 increase to the average homeowner. County taxes are also a factor, adding an average $38 to each bill. Email Fitchburg Star editor Jim Ferolie at fitchburgstar@wcinet.com. ​

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Jurisdiction 2018 2019 $ inc. % inc. City of Fitchburg $8.19 $7.96 -$.23 -2.8 Dane County $3.02 $2.98 -$.04 -1.4 MATC $.93 $.91 -$.02 -1.9 MMSD $9.37 $9.85 $.48 -5.1 Net taxes $21.52 $21.70 $.18 -0.9 Avg. home value $294,000 $310,900 $16,900 5.7 Avg. tax bill $6,326 $6,746 $421 6.6 Lottery credit $188 $218 $30 -First $ credit $78 $79 $1 -Garbage fee $162 $161 $1 --

Jurisdiction 2018 2019 $ inc. % inc. City of Fitchburg $8.19 $7.96 -$.23 -2.8 Dane County $3.02 $2.98 -$.04 -1.4 MATC $.93 $.91 -$.02 -1.9 OSD $9.67 $8.49 $1.18 -12.2 Net taxes $21.81 $20.34 -$1.47 -6.7 Avg. home value $294,000 $310,900 $16,900 5.7 Avg. tax bill $6,414 $6,324 -$89 2 Lottery credit $194 $221 $27 -First $ credit $80 $80 0 -Garbage fee $162 $203 $411 --

Jurisdiction 2018 2019 $ inc. % inc. City of Fitchburg $8.19 $7.96 -$.23 -2.8 Dane County $3.02 $2.98 -$.04 -1.4 MATC $.93 $.91 -$.02 -1.9 VASD $11.07 $11.40 $.33 3.0 Net taxes $23.21 $23.25 $.04 .2 Avg. home value $294,000 $310,900 $16,900 5.7 Avg. tax bill $6,824 $7,227 $403 5.9 Lottery credit $217 $252 $34 -First $ credit $90 $91 $1 -Garbage fee $162 $161 $41

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olidays are a wonderful time to spend with loved ones, but they can also significantly increase our production of trash. It is estimated that household waste increases by more than 25% between Thanksgiving and New Year’s Day due to packaging, food waste and shipping materials. We should always make environmentally friendly practices a yearround routine, but it’s especially important as the end of the year approaches. In addition to seeing our trash and recycle bins getting increasingly fuller at this time , the year’s end can also serve as a time to look ahead and review our environmental opportunities and responsibilities. This is particularly notable heading into 2020, as homeowners will all be seeing our charge for refuse and recycling increase. This fall, the Fitchburg Common Council approved a new solid waste contract that will increase annual waste charges $41 (from $162 to $203) for each residence. This expense, a special charge on tax bills, aligns with challenges waste providers have encountered as China has imposed stricter regulations on purchasing recycled materials. All waste proposals received were significantly higher than current rates and emphasize the need to thoroughly evaluate our waste practices and reduce and reuse whenever possible. Fortunately, there are some easy changes you can make that will help lighten the load on landfills and recycling centers this holiday. Supporting sustainable choices today can provide the best outlook for our future generations tomorrow. Consider using reusable bags, shopping local to save on packaging, coming up with alternatives to gift-wrapping or taking a loved one

As ribbons and bows are not recyclable, reused gift tags can serve as an attractive and environmentally conscious gift topper option.

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When shopping, be sure to bring a reusable bag to avoid using additional plastic. In addition to helping reduce waste, you might also be able to take advantage of retail discounts for bringing your own bag. Reusable bags provide a perfect win-win scenario of saving money while saving resources and consuming less plastic. To remember my reusable bags when shopping, I try to immediately put them back in my car after emptying so they are available the next time I visit a business that offers discounts.

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Consider alternative gift-wrapping options to limit the amount of paper you use. For example, newspaper comics or posters can be eye-catching alternatives to the traditional holiday wrap, while reusable bags can serve dual purpose as both a holiday wrap and a gift to encourage others to use them when shopping. For a different experience, wrapping paper could be avoided all together by treating gifts as a scavenger holiday hunt and providing clues as to where unwrapped gifts are located. In addition to gift wrap, recycled holiday cards can serve as beautiful name tags and provide an excellent opportunity to reuse. Simply cut off the front of the cards and write the recipient’s name on the blank side to serve as a gift tag.

Start a new holiday tradition of providing memories rather than gifts. Taking a child to the Children’s Museum, a parent to a movie or a friend out to lunch all avoid gift wrap while providing a memorable experience for those you care about. For that special someone, consider an in-town get-away to provide a perfect event that breaks from the day-to-day routine.

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Although plastic ware can be convenient when entertaining, single-use plastic plates and cutlery significantly add to the waste stream. Consider using reusable plates and cutlery to save landfill space or compostable versions that can help your garden grow in the spring and summer. Include washing dishes as part of the tradition to spend time with loved ones and instill environmental values for generations to come.

Sustainable gifts

When looking for the perfect gift for someone, consider homemade options that avoid excessive packaging such as homemade baked goods or gifts from a thrift or antiques store. If you purchase a new item, consider local businesses to support our local economy. Local businesses are often owned by our own neighbors and supporting these individuals help keep money within our community and build relationships with our neighborhoods. Sarah Schroeder serves on Fitchburg’s Resource Conservation Commission.

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Cars travel along Verona Road below the Williamsburg Way bridge on Tuesday, Dec. 10. The three-lane under- and overpass project was completed in November after years of construction.

Verona Road opens A years-long construction project The under- and overpass lanes of The final phase of construction will that caused significant delays along Verona Road between Williamsburg be done next year to reconstruct parts the Verona Road corridor was com- Way and McKee Road opened on of McKee Road near the overpass. pleted last month. Monday, Nov. 12.


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Council loses S. Fish Hatchery lawsuit KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

The City of Fitchburg Common Council violated Open Meeting laws when it reopened a previously finished rezoning process for a South Fish Hatchery Road proposal in October 2018, a Dane County judge ruled Wednesday, Dec. 4. Though the project was never built, a couple who owns a nearby business sued the city this year, claiming the city had violated its own city and state laws by putting a revote on the project on the Oct. 9, 2018, meeting agenda without proper notice. It was rejected in April in a later

step of the process, which drew threats of a lawsuit from the developer. Circuit Court Judge Stephen Ehlke sided with plaintiffs David and Cheryl Strassman, ruling that by voting the project down earlier in the year, the Council had essentially closed the zoning process, and therefore it needed to go through another public hearing at the Plan Commission. The council had rejected the project, a 73-unit senior housing facility, at its June 26, 2018, meeting because of traffic concerns. At the time, the only access point available to the apartment building was on Fish Hatchery Road. The lawsuit claimed the council should have started over with the process, rather than “reopen” a finished process and therefore failed to give proper notice for

resident comment and allow for a public hearing prior to approving the rezone request in October 2018. The Strassman lawsuit also claimed the Common Council violated Open Meeting laws when then-Mayor Jason Gonzalez sent an email to the entire council asking if anyone would support putting the rezoning request back on the agenda. Ehlke declined to rule on that claim because he voided the council’s rezoning vote. In voiding the vote, Ehlke wrote that the council gave the public the impression that the process for the proposal was finished. “This case does not involve an amended rezoning proposal where the public would reasonably expect the rezoning process to continue and an additional hearing may or

may not be required by due process,” Ehlke’s ruling stated. “Instead, the Council’s June 26 vote informed the public the proposed zoning amendment … had failed and the process had ended. Once the rezoning process ends, there no longer exists a proposal that can be amended.” A City of Fitchburg ordinance requires that any zoning proposal must have at least 10 days’ notice to all property owners prior to being brought to a municipal governing body, Ehlke’s ruling states, and by state law, it must be published in a city’s legal newspaper. The email the Strassmans claimed violated Open Meeting laws was sent by Gonzalez after developer JT Klein Company, Inc., indicated to him that it was considering bringing the project back for consideration

Budget: HNI, inspector get more funds Alders compromise, put off McKee fixes KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

Not everyone got what they wanted during the final step of the City of Fitchburg 2020 budget process Tuesday, Nov. 12. But the two alders who proposed the amendments could at least walk away with a part of something that they asked for. The final budget, which is mostly identical to what Mayor Aaron Richardson proposed in September, addresses only a fraction of staffing requests but still results in a 2.8 percent increase in city taxes on the average home. Over the final two months of the public process, Alds. Julia Arata-Fratta (Dist. 2) and Tom Clauder (D-4) hoped to squeeze just a bit more out of it without exceeding the state spending cap Richardson’s budget was bumping up against. Arata-Fratta’s amendment asked for more funding for the Healthy Neighborhoods

Initiative, and Clauder’s amendment sought a halftime code enforcement officer position for the building inspection department. After the public hearing Nov. 12, alders funded part of those requests by removing several other items that had been suggested in related amendments. After deciding to fund the HNI request, which w a s f o r $ 1 5 , 0 0 0 , t h ey decided to reduce it by $2,000 and put that toward the salary of the code enforcement position. In order to pay for the budget amendments without going over the state limit, alders voted to take multiple items out, including the replacement of two separate items at McKee Farms Park – the tennis court fence ($25,000) and the utility enclosure ($5,000). A l d e r s vo t e d a ga i n s t another cost-saving move, delaying data migration to Fitchburg-based company OneNeck ($15,000). They also voted down raises requested by the Fitchburg Fire Department ($13,544) to promote three of its

Sub-Zero employee dies after machine ‘accident’ EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

A Sub-Zero employee is dead after being trapped inside a piece of manufacturing equipment on the evening of Friday, Dec. 6. The Fitchburg Fire Department extricated the person from machine at the facility on Basswood Drive, a department news release stated. After a medical evaluation, the employee was pronounced dead. The person’s identity will be released at a later date, according to the Dec.

7 release. The release states the entrapment was an “accident.” The emergency call was made about 8:14 p.m., and the person was reported to be without a pulse and not breathing. The release states the incident is under investigation by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration, the Fitchburg Police Department, the Dane County Medical Examiner’s Office and Sub-Zero representatives. F i t c h bu rg p o l i c e a n d Fitch-Rona EMS assisted with the incident.

firefighters to lieutenant. An amendment to fund a consultant to reconsider the amount of compensation given to the city’s elected officials was withdrawn after alders were advised that city staff could do the same work. An amendment to prioritize the repair of streets

in the Briarwood subdivision over other city street repairs also failed. Some alders said the city’s scientific process of identifying streets in need of repair should outweigh promises given to residents that the roads would eventually be fixed.

in October. Over email, two alders, Dorothy Krause and Julia Arata-Fratta agreed to sponsor putting an item on the agenda to rescind the June vote on Friday, Oct. 4, a timeframe the Strassmans argued was not enough time for proper notification and a public hearing with the Plan Commission. The project was proposed as part of a three-stage process known as a planned district development. The second, and most important, step, the general implementation plan, is what the council voted against and then reconsidered. It covers big-picture items – site

layout, building types and sizes and traffic flow – while the third step, the specific implementation plan, is finer details such as architecture, landscaping and lighting. Typically, GIP approval entitles a developer to complete the project as long as the SIP follows the plan. Commissioners and residents opposed to the development have cited traffic and a lack of amenities for seniors in the area as concerns. Klein argued to the Plan Commission in June 2019 that its recommendation against the plan was motivated by fears of bringing lower-income people to the area.

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ping fundraiser (open to the public), Woods Hollow Children’s Center, 5470 Thursday, Dec. 19 Research Park Drive, 273• 10:30-11:15 a.m., Pediatric 4433 Therapy Center storytime, • 11 a.m. to noon, Shaving library, 729-1760 cream art, library, 729-1760 • 1 p.m., Bird watching • 3-4 p.m., Punny plant pot group, senior center, 270gift, library, 729-1760 4290 • 7:30-9:30 p.m., Gallery • 3-6 p.m., indoor farmers’ sessions concert series: market, Promega BTC Thomas Burns, Yahara Atrium, 5445 East Cheryl Bay Distillers, 6250 Nesbitt Sunday, Dec. 15 Parkway Road, 275-1050 • 10-10:45 a.m., Cookie • 3:45-7 p.m., Society for decorating and crafting, Sunday, Dec. 22 Marketing Professional Serlibrary, 5530 Lacy Road, vices ugly sweater holiday • 2-3:30 p.m., Kids’ holiday 729-1760 social, Yahara Bay Distillers, movie, library, 729-1760 • 10:45-11:45 a.m., Church 6250 Nesbitt Road, smpFriday, Dec. 27 swisconsin.org Christmas program, All • 7:15-9:15 p.m., Live music: Saints Lutheran Church, • 5:30 p.m., Live music: Lo Marie, Liliana’s Restaurant, Dead Sea Squirrels, Yahara 2951 Chapel Valley Road, Bay Distillers, 6250 Nesbitt 2951 Triverton Pike Drive, 276-7729 Road, 275-1050 • 1-5 p.m., She’s a Ten! pop- 442-4444 up vendors shopping event: • 5:45-7 p.m., Grief Through • 8-11 p.m., Live music: Shekinah King, The Thirsty jewelry, clothing, handmade the holidays and Agrace Goat, 3040 Cahill Main, Grief Support Center tour, items, Ten Pin Alley, 6285 422-5500 2906 Marketplace Drive, Nesbitt Road, 845-1010 Saturday, Dec. 14 327-7110 • 4 p.m. to 2 a.m., Toys for • 9 a.m. to noon., Crafts Saturday, Dec. 28 and cookies for Bethlehem, Tots donation drive at Atom- • 6-6:45 p.m., Unbookclub!, • 1-5 p.m., Madison Gayic Koi, 2685 Research Park library, 729-1760 Memorial United Church mers meetup, Noble Knight of Christ, 5705 Lacy Road, Drive, 441-5077 • 6-9 p.m., Batman MinGames, 2835 Commerce 273-1008 iatures game open play, Park Drive, 758-9901 Monday, Dec. 16 Noble Knight Games, 2835 • 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Annu• 11 a.m. to noon, Holiday Tuesday, Dec. 31 Commerce Park Drive, 758al winter art show, Fitchburg crafts (for children ages • 8:30 p.m. to 12:30 a.m., 9901 Farms, 1839 County Road 2-5), library, 729-1760 Live music: Vehicle 6, Me MM, 819-6693 • 7-9 p.m., Euchre tourna• 4-5 p.m., Holiday mug art and Julio, 2784 South Fish ment at Yahara Bay Dis• 10-11 a.m., Kids in the (for children ages 5-12), Hatchery Road, 278-1428 tillers, 6250 Nesbitt Road, kitchen class for ages four library, 729-1760 • 9 p.m. to 2 a.m., New 275-1050 to 10: rosemary pumpkin • 7-10 p.m., Live music: Rod Year’s Eve party, The Great hummus, reindeer snacks Tuesday, Dec. 17 Dane Pub and Brewing and no-bake cheesecakes • 10-11 a.m., Preschool art, Ellenbecker, The Flying Company, 2980 Cahill Hound Alehouse, 6317 ($10), Hy-Vee, 2920 Fitchro- library, 729-1760 Main, 442-9000 McKee Road, 310-4422 na Road, 273-5120 • 5-6:20 p.m., READ to a • 10-11a.m., Mingle and Thursday, Jan. 2 Dog, library, 729-1760 Friday, Dec. 20 jingle puppy socialization • 6:30-8:30 p.m., Film • Diabetic footcare appointWednesday, Dec. 18 hour ($10), The Puppy Den, screening: “Blinded By The ments ($30), senior center, • 10-11 a.m., Toddler Art (for 3124 Syene Rd, 665-3375 Light”, library, 729-1760 270-4290 children ages 1-3), library, • 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Photos • 12 p.m., Christmas violin Friday, Jan. 3 729-1760 with Santa, the Progress and piano music during the • 9 a.m. to Jan. 4 at • 10-11 a.m., Wednesday Center for Black Women, senior center lunch, 27011:30 p.m., Exploricon morning book discussion: 5936 Seminole Centre 4290 Seventh Annual Conven“Eleanor Oliphant is ComCourt, 467-6744 • 7-10 p.m., Live music: • 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Dust pletely Fine” by Gail Honey- Ryan Mauer and Jaye Bar- tion, Wyndham Garden Hotel, 2969 Cahill Main, 1947 game play day, Noble man, library, 729-1760 beau, Yahara Bay Distillers, exploricon.com Knight Games, 2835 Com- • 1:30-3 p.m., Caregiver 6250 Nesbitt Road, 275• 3:20-8 p.m., Pinnacle merce Park Drive, 758-9901 support group, Agrace Grief 1050 Indoor Triathlon, Pinnacle Support Center, 2906 Mar• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Drop-in • 8 p.m., Live music: Dave Health & Fitness, 5973 ketplace Drive, 327-7110 holiday crafts, library, 5530 Shaub’s Music Adventure, Executive Drive, 278-8118 • 5:45-6:45 p.m., Circle of Lacy Road, 729-1760 The Thirsty Goat, 3040 • 4-5 p.m., Wii gaming for • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Holiday Sacred Activism, Perennial Cahill Main, 422-5500 all, library, 729-1760 pop up shop at the distillery, Yoga Studio, 5500 East Saturday, Dec. 21 • 4-5 p.m., Hot cocoa stir Yahara Bay Distillers, 6250 Cheryl Pkwy, 288-8448 • 6-6:30 p.m., Family paja• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Gift wrap- sticks making (for ages Nesbitt Road, 275-1050 • 10:30 a.m. to noon, Pete the Cat meet and greet, library, 729-1760 • 12:45 p.m., “Christmas Tree Ship” documentary screening with filmmaker Bob Leff, senior center, 270-4290 • 4-5:15 p.m., Movie screening: “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” library, 7291760 • 6-9 p.m., Live music: Myles Talbott Dyad, The Thirsty Goat, 3040 Cahill Main, 422-5500 • 6:30-9:30 p.m., Live music: Lo Marie and the 2 Broads No Band, Liliana’s Restaurant, 2951 Triverton Pike Drive, 442-4444 • 7-10 p.m., Live music: Small Blind Johnny, Yahara Bay Distillers, 6250 Nesbitt Road, 275-1050

• 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fat Bike free demo day, Fitchburg Cycles, 2970 Cahill Main, 630-8880 • 3-4 p.m., Perler beads workshop, library, 5530 Lacy Road, 729-1760 • 6-9 p.m., Live music: John Widdicombe and Stan Godfriaux, Liliana’s Restaurant, 2951 Triverton Pike, 4424444

13-17), library, 729-1760 tillers, 6250 Nesbitt Road, • 7:15-9:15 p.m., Live music: 275-1050 Small Blind Johnny, Yahara Saturday, Jan. 11 Bay Distillers, 6250 Nesbitt • 11-11:45 a.m., Yoga for Road, 275-1050 kids, library, 729-1760

Saturday, Jan. 4

• 10-11:15 a.m., Wandering in winterland (for ages 1-7, adult participation required), Greenfield Park, 5187 Greenfield Park Road, naturinginmadison.com • 10 a.m. to noon, Greyhound Pets of America meet and greet, Mounds, 5350 King James Way, 2999473 • 1:30-3:30 p.m., FTC Robotics Discovery (for ages 5-12), library, 7291760

Monday, Jan. 6

• 9:30-11 a.m., Preschool storytime, library, 729-1760 • 6:30-7:30 p.m., “Encounters Along the Iditarod Trail” presentation, library, 7291760

Wednesday, Jan. 8

• 10-11 a.m., Toddler art (for ages 1-3), library, 729-1760 • 6-6:30 p.m., “We are in a Book Club!” (for ages 5-8), library, 729-1760 • 7-8 p.m., Learn about the library’s freenew online language learning system, library, 729-1760

Monday, Jan. 13

• 4-5 p.m., Snow science (for ages 5-12), library, 7291760 • 6-7 p.m., Adults’ craft evening, library, 729-1760

Wednesday, Jan. 15

• 10-11 a.m., Book discussion: “Sing, Unburied, Sing” by Jessamyn West, library, 729-1760 • 10-11 a.m., Winter themed toddler time (for ages 1-3), library, 729-1760 • 6-6:30 p.m., Pajama storytime (for ages 2-5), library, 729-1760

Thursday, Jan. 16

• 10:30-11:15 a.m., Pediatric Therapy Center storytime (for ages 2-5), library, 7291760 • 6-6:45 p.m., Unbookclub! (for ages 9-12), library, 7291760 • 6:30-7:30 p.m., Start your New Year with radical selfcare,

Friday, Jan. 17

• 11 a.m. to noon, Finger painting, library, 729-1760 • 7:15-9:15 p.m., Live music: Thursday, Jan. 9 Mark Croft, Yahara Bay Dis• 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., A tillers, 6250 Nesbitt Road, Good Yarn Book Club: “My 275-1050 Brilliant Friend” by Elena • 8:30-11:30 p.m., Dueling Ferranti, library, 729-1760 Pianos, Me and Julio, 2784 • 1:30 p.m., REACH Book South Fish Hatchery Road, Club: “A Man Called Ove” 278-1428 by Fredrik Backman, senior Saturday, Jan. 18 center, 270-4290 • 6-7 p.m., Zen gardens (for • 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., 9-Pin Tap Bowling Tournament ages 13-17), library, 729Hosted by Fitchburg Fire 1760 Rescue, Ten Pin Alley, 6285 Friday, Jan. 10 Nesbitt Road, 278-2980 • 11-11:45 a.m., Book boo• 3-5 p.m., Movie screening: gie reading and movement “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” (for ages 2-5), library, 729(ages 13-17), library, 7291760 1760 • 6-9 p.m., Live music: Sunday, Jan. 19 Myles Talbott Dyad, The Thirsty Goat, 3040 Cahill • 9:30-10:30 a.m., Puppy Main, 422-5500 yoga ($25), The Puppy • 7:15-9:15 p.m., Live music: Den, 3124 Syene Road, Old Oaks, Yahara Bay Dis665-3375

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Toy donation drive

Toys for Tots will host a donation drive at Atomic Koi bar, 2685 Research Park Drive. From 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, bring in a new wrapped or unwrapped toy and place it under the tree. Progress Center Anyone donating a toy will Santa photos receive a free beverage. The Progress Center for For information, call 441Black Women will be offer- 5077. ing photos with Santa from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Holiday crafts for kids Dec. 14. The library will host holChildren can also decorate iday crafts while librarians an ornament, color, check read holiday-themed stories out books from the lending for children ages 2-5 and their library and have a sweet treat caregivers from 11 a.m. to at the center, 5936 Seminole noon Monday, Dec. 16. Centre Ct.. For information, call 729There’s no cost, but dona- 1762. tions to the center will be Make holiday mugs accepted. For information, call 467The library will provide 6744. materials for children ages 5-12 to design and personalDrop-in holiday crafts ize a mug for themselves or A drop-in craft making pro- to give as a holiday gift from gram geared toward adults 4-5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16. will be at the library from Directions will be includ11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, ed for baking your Sharpie Dec. 14. marker design onto your mug For information, call 729- at home, and hot chocolate 1763. will be provided. Registration required, call Holiday pop up shop 729-1762. Local artisans and small businesses will take part Indoor farmers market in a holiday pop up shop The final Promega indoor from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sat- farmers’ market of 2019 urday, Dec. 14, Yahara Bay will be held from 3-6 p.m.

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Bowlers can support the Fitchburg Fire and Rescue Association at the nine-pin tap bowling tournament Saturday, Jan. 18. Tournament shifts are at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. at Ten Pin Alley, 6285 Nesbitt Rd. Teams are asked to get there 30 minutes before the scheduled start time. Those interested in participating are asked to register using the form at fitchburgfirerescue.com and send it to Fitchburg Firehouse 1, 5791 Lacy Rd., by Friday, Jan. 17. There is a $75 fee per five person team due at registration. Shift times will be first come, first served. The tournament is not

If You Go What: Fire and Rescue Association Bowling Tournament When: Shifts at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 Where: Ten Pin Alley, 6285 Nesbitt Rd. Cost: $75 per team Info: Chad Grossen at 278-2980 or ffdbowling@ yahoo.com

Thursday, Dec. 19. The market, held inside the Promega BioPharmaceutical Technology Center’s atrium, 5445 E Cheryl Pkwy., draws vendors from all over southern Wisconsin selling items from produce to baked goods. For information, call 2772592.

Woods Hollow Children’s Center will wrap gifts people bring in from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 21. Woods Hollow, 5470 Research Park Drive, is a nonprofit childcare center sponsored by Promega Corporation and Fitchburg Center offering full time care for children ages 6 weeks Grief through through third grade. The suggested donation is the holidays $2 per gift. Agrace Grief Support CenFor information, call 273ter will host “Grief Through 4433. the Holidays” from 5:457 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 19. Make punny plant pots Presented by Jessie ShivTeens ages 13-17 in need eler, MS, CT community of a holiday gift can make a grief manager the event will punny plant pot at the library include a tour of the center, from 3-4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 2906 Marketplace Drive. 21. For information, call 327Registration required, call 7110. 729-1762.

Lunchtime Christmas music

Madison Community Orchestra violin players Kathy Sylvester and Sharyn Burney will perform during lunch at the senior center Friday, Dec. 20, in addition to Dorothy Konopacki on piano. It begins at noon. Registration required, call 270-4290.

Madison Gaymers meetup

The Madison Gaymers group will meet at Noble Knight Games, 2835 Commerce Park Drive, from 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 28 and Saturday, Jan. 25. Board games, card games and tabletop RPGs will be played. Everyone is welcome to attend and no gaming experience is necessary. Gift wrapping Madison Gaymers is a fundraiser group of LGBTQIA individStaff and volunteers at the uals who enjoy various types

of games. They provide a safe and fun environment for the LGBTQIA community and friends to come together, play games and socialize. For information, email info@madisongaymers.com.

Gaming convention The 17th annual Exploricon gaming convention will run from 9 a.m. Friday, Jan. 3 to 11:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 4. Exploricon is gaming convention focused on learning new games, playing old favorites and meeting others who share a love for gaming. There will be two full days of tabletop gaming, as well as scheduled and open gaming for board games and RPGs at the Wyndham Garden Hotel, 2969 Cahill Main. For information, visit tabletop.events/conventions/ exploricon-7.

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From 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Saturday, Dec. 14, Fitchburg Farms is hosting its annual Winter Art Show, 1839 County Road MM. There will be up to 60 vendors providing a variety of products inside the farm’s greenhouse. Dozens of local artists will be offering their arts and crafts including jewelry, wood items, pottery, metal artwork, handblown glass, holiday-oriented gifts and home décor. Locally-made food such as honey, jams and kettle corn will also

to play and find community while exploring parks in the area. These meetups are designed to spark wonder and curiosity and enhance relationships with the natural world. Be sure children and adults are both dressed to be comfortable during the entire program. Snacks and water are recommended. The cost is $15. To register, visit naturinginmadison.com.

Bring puppy to yoga Wishing Tree Studio and The Puppy Den are teaming up to offer a yoga class where puppies are invited to come play from 9:30-10:30 a.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Den, 3124 Syene Road. Yogis of all skill and fitness levels are welcome. The class costs $25. Registration required, visit thedogden.com.

Japanese New Year

The Naturing in Madison group will host a winter wandering for children ages 1-7 years at Greenfield Park, 5187 Greenfield Park Road from 10-11:15 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 4. Adult participation is required. Wandering in winterland is designed for children and caregivers to get outside

The Madison Japan Association is hosting a New Year celebration from 3-5 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. It features a variety of Japanese music, traditional New Year games, crafts and activities for all ages to enjoy at the Fitchburg Community Center, 5510 Lacy Road. For information, call 2704285.

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Wisconsin-based documentary filmmaker Bob Leff will present his film “Christmas Tree Ship” at the senior center at 12:45 p.m. Friday, Dec. 13. This film tells the true story of a Lake Michigan commercial schooner challenging the elements to deliver thousands of Christmas trees to Chicago in 1912. For information, call 2704290.

Distillers, 6250 Nesbitt Road. This event features holiday gifts including fine art prints, cards and jewelry. Locally-made spirits and food items will also be available. For information, call 2751050.

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Fitchburg Singers director honored for volunteering Koster has spent 20 years with RSVP NEAL PATTEN Unified Newspaper Group

All veterans present were asked to rise to be recognized.

Photos by Neal Patten

Veterans Day recognition held at senior center NEAL PATTEN Unified Newspaper Group

The Fitchburg Senior Center hosted a Veterans Day Recognition program at 11 a.m. Monday, Nov. 11. Korean War veteran Jim Klahr, of Fitchburg, presented the colors at the start of the program. Fitchburg Fire Chief Joe Pulvermacher, an Air Force veteran, provided a brief reflection on the importance of why Veterans Day is celebrated. Students from Eagle School then led the missing man table ceremony. The table serves as a focal point of remembrance in honor of fallen, missing or imprisoned military service members. Music director Doris Koster and accompanist Carolyn White led the Fitchburg Singers in a retrospective of war songs from a variety of eras. Many familiar songs roused the audience into singing

Students from Eagle School read the poem “In Flander’s Fields” while Doris Koster and the Fitchburg Singers look on.

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along. Eagle School students read WWI Lt. Col. John McCrae’s poem, “In Flanders Fields,” introducing a wall of artwork representing various depictions of the poppy flower, led by Eagle School art teacher Jayne Baitinger-Peterson. Poppies are a memorial flower for those who died in wars. The students performed patriotic songs, led by Eagle School music instructor,

Darlene Harper. At the conclusion of the program, Koster led the Fitchburg Singers in performing the official service songs for each of the five branches of the military, while Pulvermacher handed out the corresponding branch’s flag to veterans from each branch to wave. He waved the Air Force flag during its service song, 1947’s “Off We Go” by Robert MacArthur Crawford. Jim Klahr retired the colors, concluding the program.

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Johnson Creek native What: Iditarod race and avid Iditarod fan Linda photos and tales Degnan will share photos When: 6:30 p.m. Monand tales of the people and day, Jan. 6 dogs who compete in “The Last Great Race on Earth” Where: Fitchburg Public in a presentation at the Library library at 6:30 p.m. MonInfo: 729-1760 day, Jan. 6. Dengan followed the grueling 1,000-mile dog sledding race online for years, the mushers as she checked becoming familiar with the standings, watched videos names, faces and records of and followed GPS maps. Her dream of seeing the

Iditarod at the start, finish and some checkpoints in between finally came true in March. Degnan’s other travels have taken her to China, Australia, New Zealand, Greece, Turkey, Costa Rica, Panama and Egypt. The only continent Degnan has not visited is Antarctica. She has worked for several decades as a paraeducator in the Waunakee School district, as an assistant to hearing impaired students. For information, call 7291760.

Madison resident and Dane County Retired Senior and Volunteer Program (RSVP) member Doris Koster received a RSVP Length of Service Award in October, recognizing her for over 20 years of volunteer service to the Fitchburg community. She was one of nine RSVP volunteers honored with Length of Service Awards at the 47th annual RSVP of Dane County volunteer appreciation event Oct. 17, and the only Fitchburg volunteer awarded this year. The Length of Service Award is given to volunteers after 20 years of service. “She’s so much fun, she lights up the room,” said Fitchburg Senior Center director Jill McHone. Koster enrolled in RSVP in August 1999 and has spent her two decades in the program volunteering at the Fitchburg senior center. Her primary work is directing the Fitchburg Singers, an activity group supported by the senior center. Each year, Koster develops a themed music program presented to other senior centers in the area, as well as hospices and assisted living facilities. The overarching theme connects each song of the program, such as “every song is a question,” “traveling through America” and “parts of poems.” This year, it was country western music of the 1950s, including songs like “Tumbling Tumble Weeds,” “Pistol Packin’ Mama” and “Wabash Cannonball.” A harmonica rendition of “Home on the Range” was also featured. Koster also directs the annual musical accompaniment for the Fitchburg senior center’s Veterans Day

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Doris Koster, left, directs the Fitchburg Singers during their patriotic medley performance. recognition program, as well as a Christmas program. She estimates she spends 800 hours annually selecting music and organizing the performances, and she is already working on next year’s Veterans Day program. She also has helped out at the center in other ways, including holiday gift wrapping and teaching a writing class that encourages seniors to write about their pasts they would want people to know after they’re gone. She recalled an encounter with a Jewish man who lived through the Holocaust. “He first came just to hear us and I told him ‘you don’t have to write, we’re just glad to have you come,’” Koster said. “One day, he just started talking, and I told him, ‘You need to tell these stories to your family,’ and he started writing. Eventually, he got dementia, but his children got his story. “My generation is going to be gone soon; we need to tell our stories.” Koster grew up in Fergus Falls, Minnesota, in the 1940s. One of four children, her family could not afford to send her to college. One time, when her father got sick and had to be hospitalized, he directed his children to a hidden coin jar with $18 in change. She said that was enough for her

family to live off of for three months until her dad could work again. After getting married, her dream of attending college finally came true. She got a degree in education and taught history and social studies at Madison East and later Edgewood High School. Her first husband had a passion for astronomy, which led to years of traveling and witnessing eight eclipses together. Their travels to see eclipses led them to cross paths with astronaut Neil Armstrong and writer Isaac Asimov. She has been to all of the continents except Antarctica and has traveled to Africa five times, including Egypt. In 1986, her husband asked her to be an accompanist for the then-named Fitchburg Eldersingers. She reluctantly agreed, feeling she lacked musical talent. Several months later, he passed away unexpectedly. After taking some time to mourn, she returned to the singers. She became co-director of the group in 1999 and lead director four years ago. “My husband is up there in heaven saying, ‘You’re d o i n g w h a t ? ’ ” Ko s t e r said. “He was so talented, but I was always just Mrs. Koster.”

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From Friday, Dec. 13 t o We d n e s d a y, J a n . 1 , 2020, the Fitchburg Police Department is set to participate in the statewide “Drive

Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign. The campaign is aimed at reducing the number of crashes and deaths that result from impaired driving, according to a department release. It states that for the past five years, Wisconsin has averaged almost 200 deaths a year from drunken driving. Police are also seeing m o r e i m p a i r e d d r iv i n g from controlled substances, according to the release. Along with the deaths,

Wisconsin has averaged 5,000 crashes and 3,000 injuries per year from impaired driving for the past five years. The release encourages people who see a driver they believe is impaired to contact law enforcement. The Wisconsin Department of Transportation also has a “Drive Sober” app that can help people find alternative rides. For information, contact the police department at 270-4300.

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Thousands keep the Berbee Derby running strong JUSTIN LOEWEN Star correspondent

Turkey hats, costumes and several years of accumulated Berbee Derby T-shirts could be found among the crowd of nearly 6,500 racers who participated in the 16th edition of the charity race on Thursday, Nov. 28. The Berbee Derby’s 10K run, 5K run and 5K walk seized several Fitchburg streets on the morning of Thanksgiving Day, while numerous other roadways overflowed with the parked cars of attendees.

The event generated over $300,000 in revenue, race director Suzy Shain wrote in an email to the Star. After accounting for expenses, 100% of the profit will go toward the Technology Education Fund. Berbee Derby founder Jim Berbee created the fund in 2004 to be the recipient of all race proceeds. Last year, the TEF gave almost $100,000 in grants to local organizations for providing better access to computers, software and technological resources, according to the Berbee Derby website.

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Children’s holiday brings festive fun NEAL PATTEN Unified Newspaper Group

The 33rd annual children’s holiday party was held at the community center on Sunday, Dec. 8. Organized by the Fitchburg Recreation Department, the event included an inflatable bouncy playground, a cardboard castle obstacle course, face painting, craft projects, Christmas cookie decorating, a LEGO train village, visits with Santa and a hot chocolate bar. The children’s visits with Santa were recorded and parents could sign up to receive a copy of the video. Neal Patten, community reporter, can be contacted at neal.patten@wcinet.com.

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Scott: Potential candidate materials due Jan. 7 resigned partway through his term. Three seats on the Madison Metropolitan school board will be up for re-election – the seats of Kate Toews, Nicki Vander Meulen and Savion Castro, who’s only spent a few months on the board fulfilling the term of Mary Burke, who resigned in July. Two of those candidates, Vander Meulen and Castro, have publicly stated they plan to run again. Two Dane County Board supervisors, Dorothy Krause (District 27) and Ann DeGarmo (D-33), also plan to vie for their seats again. Candidates must file a campaign finance registration form prior to collecting signatures on nomination papers for their respective jurisdiction; otherwise, the District Attorney would have the right to file a complaint for campaigning without being registered. The spring election will also feature an election for the city’s Municipal Court judge; a state Supreme Court Justice; a court of appeals judge for District 4, which covers the southern central and western part of the state; and a Dane County Circuit Court judge.

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As of Wednesday, Dec. 11, both county races for the city had no challengers. Krause, who represents the northwestern corner of the city, told the Star she plans to run again to make sure people in the area who are of lower socio-economic status have a voice on the board. DeGarmo was elected in a special election last June after long-time representative Jennifer Dye vacated the seat after being hired into Gov. Tony Ever’s administration. Her district represents the rest of the city. Potential candidates must fill out four documents – a Campaign Finance Registration statement form that should be filled out prior to announcing intentions to run; a Declaration of Candidacy form; nomination papers that should include at least 50 signatures from the district of candidacy, and no more than 200; and a completed Statement of Economic Interest describing what organizations a candidate’s immediate family members are involved with, where their income comes from and what real estate is owned. All materials must be turned in to the Dane County clerk by 5 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 7. If there are more than two candidates running for a single district, a primary election will be held to narrow the field Tuesday, Feb. 18.

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At least two people will challenge an incumbent this spring. Gabriella Gerhardt, a District 2 resident, will be on the ballot alongside incumbent Bahr come April. Gerhardt said in a news release she believes “citizen

engagement in policy decisions is vital.” “A s t h e c a m p a i g n unfolds, I look forward to meeting with neighbors, learning more about our shared values and finding ways we can work together to ensure that Fitchburg remains a vibrant community where everyone can thrive,” she wrote in the release. Bahr confirmed to the Star Dec. 2, he would be running for his seat again and said in a news release that as an alder, he has “been a dependable voice for fiscal responsibility.” “As your Alder, I have made your issues my issues at City Hall,” the release wrote. “I have led the fight to restore balance to ensure that citizens’ voices are heard when it comes to growth and development decisions in the city.” In District 4, newcomer Randy Udell, treasurer for the Wisconsin Democratic Party, will challenge Rice for Seat 8. Rice is also running for reelection after being elected this past spring to a oneyear term. The seat up for reelection will return to being two years in length after the terms were staggered in the last election to avoid having the entire council up for reelection every two years. Joe Maldonado, owner of Luna’s Groceries and director for community impact for the United Way of Dane County, has filed to run for the seat that Scott will vacate in April.

clerk Katie Hertz said neither Odorico nor LeBrun had filed non-candidacy papers as of last week Friday. With reapportionment comes changes in term lengths and the districts members serve. The reapportionment gave Area II an extra seat – raising its representation to two representatives – and consolidated the remaining townships in Areas III and IV into one constituency that also holds two seats. While both of the Area II seats represent the City of Fitchburg and the towns of Blooming Grove and Dunn, only one of the seats will have three year terms; whoever gets elected into Seat 1 will serve two years. The Area III seat will also serve a three-year term. District superintendent Brian Busler said earlier this year the purpose of reapportionment is to evenly distribute the number of students geographically. Odorico was first elected to the board in 2003, representing the City of Fitchburg in Area II, and later was chosen as its president before being defeated in 2014 by former board president Charles Uphoff. She reclaimed her board seat three years later after Uphoff declined to seek re-election, running unopposed. Feeney was first elected in 2014 to represent Area II (towns of Blooming Grove, Dunn and Rutland) when she defeated incumbent Lee Christensen, and three years later ran unopposed.

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The two seats on the school board up for re-election are an at-large seat and a City of Verona seat. City of Fitchburg residents will be eligible to run for only the at-large seat. Every year, the entirety of the Verona Area School District residents vote on an at-large member, with the exception of every third year, which has two at-large seats up for election. Every three years, a seat specific to a resident of the City of Verona, the City of Fitchburg or outside the cities is up for re-election. Nomination papers can be picked up at the district administration office, 700 N. Main St., Verona, and school board clerk Tom Duerst will review each set of nomination forms to ensure all of their 100 signatures qualify. Duerst said he recommends having more than 100 signatures, in case not all of them can be counted as legitimate voters of the Verona Area School District, he told the Press last Friday.

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Open for election in April are two seats in Area II and one seat in the Area III region. Those are held by Courtney Odorico (II, Seat 1), Feeney (II, Seat 2) and Tim LeBrun (III, Seat 1). Feeney told the Observer this week she will not seek re-election to spend more time with a growing number of grandchildren. District

Madison school board members have a lot of responsibility coming their way in 2020 – a new superintendent, continued discussions about the contract of the school police officer and two referenda that will hit the ballot in November 2020. All three of the seats up for reelection are at-large, meaning any adult who lives within the district can run for a seat. The superintendent search started earlier this year after former superintendent Jennifer Cheatham resigned in March to join the faculty at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. In the interim, Jane Belmore is serving in the role, but the district hopes to have a decision on a new superintendent made in February, with a start date of or before July 1, 2020. Those elected will face continued discussions about having SROs in the district’s four public high schools, a point of contentious debate over racial disparity in school arrests and two referenda that will be on pace to be two of the largest referenda in state history. The two referenda, a $315 million capital and $36 million operating, would preliminarily fund renovations at each of the four public high schools, build a new elementary school in the Rimrock Road area and consolidate Capital High School into the Hoyt building. Reporter Scott De Laruelle contributed to this story .

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FACTv employee Scott Yarbrough adjusts cameras prior to a filming of “Descubriendo Contigo”on Monday, Nov. 18.

Spanish: Public channel takes stories from English show and has them translated Continued from page 1 Spanish. From there, Arata-Fratta and Montoto comb through the translated script and correct the verbiage, since Google Translate doesn’t always get the correct meanings right and there are multiple dialects of Spanish, so generic words need to be swapped into the script to give it the same message no matter who’s listening. Crosby said when the city started “Talking Fitchburg” in 2015, he knew a significant part of the city’s population would not be able to absorb it. It was a “no brainer” to take what the city was already doing with Talking Fitchburg and create a Spanish version of it, Crosby added. “Diversity has kind of been on our radar because we’ve heard it from Council, we’ve heard it from mayors,” he said. “It’s been a priority in the city to get the news out to everyone in our city.” Filming “Descubriendo Contigo” not only allows for Spanish speaking residents to be informed with the news, Crosby said, it also allows them to stay engaged with what their

city is doing. That’s especially important as the city is evolving, in ways such as upcoming Fish Hatchery Road reconstruction, Arata-Fratta said. “This comes in a critical moment where we can inform about all of these new changes,” she said. “They live close in the reconstruction area, so this show can be very important to communicate.” Montoto said there’s a need for the community to have more outlets for information and everyday resources, and not just in the Fitchburg area. With the city being home to three school districts and having almost unnoticeable boundary lines with the City of Madison, they didn’t want to put “Fitchburg” in the name of the show, because they knew they might have a larger reach that just its residents, Crosby added. “We wanted to make sure it’s open for everybody,” he said. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly. wethal@wcinet.com and follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.​

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South Fish Hatch properties stay high density Vote on rezoning postponed to April 2020 KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

Two properties along Fish Hatchery Road that have been a point of zoning contention for years will stay zoned as high density at least until April. The Common Council voted to postpone a vote on whether to return the properties at 2546 and 2556 South Fish Hatchery Road to a low density residential classification with the potential for industrial or commercial use. That vote now is scheduled to take place at its first meeting in April, prior to when the council could potentially turn over, with four members up for re-election. Earlier this year, the council rejected a proposed senior housing complex there, citing mainly

traffic and safety concerns. An October 2018 vote to approve a version of the project after it had failed earlier in the year drew a successful lawsuit voiding the approval, and the developer proposing the project suggested this year he might take legal action, as well. Ald. Sarah Schroeder (Dist. 3) proposed postponing the vote until April so both the council and nearby residents can do more research on what kind of projects could go there. “Having four options is kind of confusing,” she said. “If we can answer questions of exactly what the Industrial-Commercial allows and potentially give examples, talk with residents to make sure there’s full understanding.” Ald. Shannon Strassman (Dist. 3) agreed, stating she feels extra time needs to be put forth to ensure any decision the council makes can withstand any court case that comes up against it.

“I took a look at the ordinance, and you can put anything there – anything,” she said. “A huge apartment complex, anything.” One condition of the rezone proposal was that any future industrial or commercial development to the property would have to be accessible only from either Nobel or Research Park drives, rather than South Fish Hatchery Road. The condition was created after residents expressed concerns over the impact on traffic if the access point was located on heavily traveled Fish Hatchery Road. Ald. Dorothy Krause (D-1) said she has no issue with industrial or commercial development on the property and that an access point off of Nobel or Research Park would completely alleviates the traffic concern. The two properties do not line up next to either Nobel or Research Park drives, however; any development would need an access point that goes through

fields currently zoned for industrial-commercial. “The property owners on Nobel Drive adjoining these properties are not interested in using their properties as an access point for residential to come through from these other properties,” Krause said. “The only option if it goes to residential is for that traffic to enter onto Fish Hatchery Road, which I have heard, if it is low density residential, is going to be just as much traffic and just as much problem as we’ve discussed ad nauseam.” During the ordinance’s public hearing, resident Rita Burke-Hendricks said zoning for the property should be restricted to what was in the original comprehensive plan, as low density residential. “The right thing to do is to return this property to where it was in 2009,” she said. “It can be amended when a good project comes forward, but it needs to follow state laws concerning

notification. Adding something back that was not properly noticed in the first place is not doing the right thing.” Dane County Judge Stephen Ehlke ruled this month the city had failed to provide proper notice when alders reconsidered the initial rejection of the senior apartment project in June 2018. More than a dozen residents registered in opposition, all with similar language to what Burke-Hendricks proposed: “Return to low density residential and publish or delay until April 2020 Common Council meeting.” City administrator Patrick Marsh warned against postponing the rezone, stating that doing so would leave the property at its current zoning classification. “If a project comes forth as high density that meets those requirements, it’s going to be up to this body to come up with reasons not to allow it,” he said. “That could be an issue moving forward.”

Fitchburg earns bike-friendly honor Community misses out on gold, as advocates keep trying NEAL PATTEN Unified Newspaper Group

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Mayor Anderson uncouples the fire hose with Deputy Chief Chad Grossen.

Fitchburg’s third fire station opened Dec. 6 NEAL PATTEN Unified Newspaper Group

Fitchburg’s third fire station is officially open. The 26,800-square-foot station, which cost $6.37 million to build, had an uncoupling ceremony Friday, Dec. 6, at 2950 S. Syene Road. The new station, which serves Fitchburg, Dunn, Oregon and parts of Madison, includes a four-port vehicle bay, kitchen, locker rooms, weight room, training room and houses members of the EMS. “Since 2011 we have been eagerly awaiting this project and it has finally come to fruition,” Chief Pulvermacher said at the ceremony. “We’re here to serve our communities and we are very proud of the service this station can provide.” Pulvermacher said the new station is already proving to be beneficial for improved response times in the north Fish Hatchery corridor. He s a i d t h e bu i l d i n g wa s constructed with an interdisciplinary approach, considering how the fire department and EMS could work together to

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ConnectFitchburg.com best serve each other. “This brick and mortar may seem like just a building,” said one of the architects, “but when filled with staff, it can be a symbol of safety.” At the uncoupling ceremony, where two fire hoses are disconnected, families were welcome for cake and guided tours. There was a post of the colors by the fire department’s honor guard, and several short speeches were made to highlight what the station will provide for Fitchbu rg a n d s u r r o u n d i n g communities. “About a year and a half ago, I stood on this spot when it was just a vacant lot,” Fitchburg Mayor Aaron Richardson said. “This was no small feat. A tremendous amount of effort was put into planning this before a shovel was first put in the ground.” Neal Patten, community reporter, can be contacted at neal.patten@wcinet. com.

In 2012, Fitchburg joined the now 488 other communities across the country in the League of American Bicyclists’ Bicycle Friendly Community program. In 2015, it improved its status from the lowest level, bronze, to silver, after making improvements based upon their 2012 report card. This year, it earned a silver again despite striving to achieve gold. When scoring communities, the league focuses on the “six E’s”: engineering, education, encouragement, enforcement, evaluation and planning, equity and diversity and inclusion. Former mayor and alder Steve Arnold told the Star he and other biking advocates will pore over the new report card, will work on some weak points and try again in a few years. He noted some needs include paving the Military Ridge Trail and

paving a way to Epic. “There are few ills in society that can’t be solved by bikes,” Arnold said. “Health, air pollution, traffic congestion, climate protection.” He also noted the ways biking helps to improve Wisconsin. “Manufacturing, tourism, commerce, economic development, transportation, workforce development and youth retention all benefit from bikes,” he said. Arnold is an at-large board member of Bike Fitchburg, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit local advocacy organization, which was established as the outside group to help implement these 6 E’s by promoting safety, access and improved infrastructure for people who bike in Fitchburg. “You can’t get out too far ahead in

City going to court to build path KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

The City of Fitchburg plans to ask a Dane County Circuit Court judge in the coming weeks to let it build a lighted bike/pedestrian pathway along the edge of Nine Springs Golf Course. The land has a deed restriction that prevents lights there, but the city’s plan would include a bridge and complementary safety lighting. Nine Springs Golf Course was gifted to the city in 1986 by Golf Creek Limited Partnership and Knutson Investment Company, both of Minnesota. As part of the gift, the deed required the property to be solely be operated as either a golf course or park, with no lights placed on the property other than near the pond and no sports or

activities permitted other than ice skating or cross country skiing. With the path ostensibly in the spirit of the original restrictions, city leaders are hoping for the restriction to be lifted. Normally, that would mean approaching the entity that gifted the deed, but both Golf Creek Limited Partnership and Knutson Investment Company ceased to exist within two years of the donation, according to the Minneapolis Department of State. That means the city would need to go to court so a judge can adjust the language of the deed, city attorney Valerie Zisman told the Common Council at its Tuesday, Nov. 26, meeting. “We’re not asking the court to remove the restriction, rather, to just open it up to allow other complementary uses of that land,” she said.

one area because then that effort is wasted when the other areas hold you back,” Arnold said. The nonprofit works closely with the state advocacy group, the Wisconsin Bike Fed, which is the country’s largest statewide bicycle organization. Kristie Schilling, who was the communications director for the Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce in 2012, first applied to the program for Fitchburg, deciding biking was a key part of the city’s identity. While serving as an alder in 2014, Arnold learned that Fitchburg needed both an official city bicycle committee and an outside, nonprofit bicycle education group to earn a better ranking from the League. “They were looking for a group within the council and a separate independent group,” Arnold said. In 2015, as mayor, he helped to establish a committee of Fitchburg bicycle advocates to complete some key tasks on the checklist to help the city reach the gold certification. Neal Patten, community reporter, can be contacted at neal.patten@wcinet. com.

City in brief U.S. Cellular tower The Common Council approved a building permit for a U.S. Cellular tower at its Tuesday, Nov. 26, meeting. The 125-foot tower will be located on private property on the 2100 block of South Fish Hatchery Road, and will include 5G services. The cell phone carrier tried to find space on existing towers to expand its coverage area and increase capacity, but there was none available, Mayor Aaron Richardson explained to alders. The new tower will allow other cell phone carriers to have space to broadcast.

Stormwater study The council unanimously approved funding for a stormwater study in the North Stoner

Prairie/Sub-Zero area. Its goal is to examine watershed drainage in the entire area, city administrator Patrick Marsh said, and is part of the project plan for the TID district. There are concerns about the watershed draining to nearby glacial kettles, which have no natural outlets. Strand Associates, Inc., a Madison-based engineering consultant firm, will conduct the study.

Dog license fees Licensing fees for dogs will increase by $5. In its 2020 budget, Dane County raised its fee by $5 to help fund the Dane County Humane Society. That prompted the city to raise the fees accordingly. Licenses for dogs will be $25, or $20 for spayed or neutered dogs.


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PUBLIC NOTICE ABOUT SOLID WASTE RATE INCREASE Solid waste collection rates will increase from $162 per household/ year in 2019 to $203 per household/year in 2020. This fee will appear as a special charge on your tax bill and includes curbside solid waste, recycling, brush, and yard waste pickup. It also helps fund other City expenses such as the Recycling Drop-off facility on S. Fish Hatchery Road, recycling and solid waste collection at municipal buildings, and proper disposal/recycling of items collected at City Hall (such as MedDrop and holiday lights). The rea-

son for this increase is the City’s new 2020-2024 Solid Waste Contract. The services were competitively bid and the City received three bids (from Pellitteri (incumbent), Badgerland, and Advanced Disposal). All proposals were significantly higher than our current rates, reflecting a global increase in the cost to recycle. Pellitteri will continue to provide solid waste and recycling services for the next five years. If you have any questions, please contact Claudia Guy at (608) 270-4262.

CITY HOLIDAY CLOSURES December 24 & 25 – City Hall, Recreation Dept., Library & Senior Center CLOSED December 31 – City Hall, Recreation Dept., & Senior Center Closing at Noon, Library closing at 5:00 p.m. January 1 – City Hall, Recreation Dept., Senior Center & Library CLOSED January 20 – City Hall, Recreation Dept., Senior Center CLOSED

DOG LICENSE FEE INCREASE FOR 2020 Dane County passed an increase of $5 per dog license for 2020, therefore we will be collecting an additional $5 per license to pass on to the County. Licenses will be $25, $20 for spayed/neutered dogs. 2020 dog licenses will be available mid-December and may be obtained from the Clerk’s office at City Hall or downloaded from the website. Learn more here: http://www.fitchburgwi.gov/165/Pet-Licenses

REFUSE TAG UPDATE residents a trip to City Hall and make it easier for Pellitteri to know ahead of time how many extra bags to expect on a route. Residents can schedule extra refuse bags by calling 608257-4285 any time before 4:00 p.m. on the weekday preceding the next collection day.

2019-2020 WINTER RECREATION PROGRAMS ARE OPEN FOR REGISTRATION! Go to www.fitchburgwi.gov/recreation and click on “View Activities” to see our full list of programs!

Basketball Holiday Skills Camp – K-6th

Looking for some extra fun over the holiday break? Please call all your friends and come join us for our annual Holiday Basketball Skills Camp. We will have lots of instructional skills, drills, and fun challenges for you, and we’ll be in a nice warm gym! Campers: you will be very active so please remember to bring your own basketball and a water bottle. Space is limited in each group and the camp fills fast, so secure your spot by registering today! • Days/Times – Thursday & Friday, December 26th & 27th (see specific age group for further details on time) • Location – Savanna Oaks School Gym • Fee - $30, $5 sibling discount

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These recreational leagues are for 5th - 8th graders who would like to have fun learning skills and getting involved in competition against players at their own skill level. Practices and games will be on Sundays, and tournaments will be played against other communities including: Cross Plains, Verona, Middleton, Stoughton, Cottage Grove and Mt. Horeb. • Days/Time – Sundays, January 12 – March 8 (see specific league for further details on time) • Location – Stoner Prairie School Gym and Traveling • Fee - $60 resident, $70 non-resident

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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 – Tuesdays, January 21-March 10 • Time – 9:30-10:15 am • Location – Fitchburg Community Center • Fee - $90

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courtyard, kitchen space with tables, activity room, nutrition center and spa with a specialized standing tub. In the activity room are toys and fidgets for the patients. One of the toys was a baby doll — Husom said it’s common for memory care patients to revert back to a younger age, to a time when their kids were young. Others include fur friends, or life like animals that research shows brings the patients comfort, she said. There is also a charting center for medical staff and Nordic Relax Chairs to relax patients when they are agitated. Patients will receive 24/7 care via nurses with specialized memory care training, overseen by doctors and nurse practitioners with geriatric psychiatry and dementia, Husom said. A news release states that specialized hospice memory care at the end of life can reduce the psychological symptoms as well as the need for medications and hospitalizations. Marketing director Liz Kopling said to date, three donors contributed a total of $115,000 to the unit. In 2020, staff will be putting more effort into raising funds to support it. Donors of $50,000 of more have the opportunity to name a room within the suites, she said. At the time of the tour, Husom said the unit was already receiving inquiries about potential patients. Any Agrace HospiceCare patient is able to apply to live in the memory care suites, a news release states. If you are not a patient, but want to discuss eligibility to live in the unit, call 327-7117. Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@wcinet.com or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.

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The Agrace HospiceCare memory care unit features a circular walking path around the space.

Roman Candle pizzeria is closing two of its four restaurants — one this week and the next week. The Fitchburg location will have its last day on Saturday, Dec. 21. It originally opened in 2010 and is located on 2685 Research Park Drive.

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Director Sue Husom holds up an example of a fidget for patients who live in the memory care unit and want to use the activity room.

Oak Bank announced in a press release it was selected as an In Business magazine Executive Choice Award finalist earlier this month. Award categories are chosen by area business leaders through a survey. Oak Bank was a finalist in 2016 as well, a news release states.

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People afflicted with dementia, Alzheimer’s disease and other conditions affecting memory can experience an array of harrowing symptoms. Agrace HospiceCare memory care unit director Sue Husom told the Star one of those symptoms can include not recognizing your own reflection in the mirror. In addition, you might find it increasingly difficult to communicate, plan out your day and remember the names of loved ones — or where you live. And along with the cognitive changes comes the psychological: anxiety, depression, paranoia, agitation and hallucinations. But that’s where Agrace’s 12 new hospice memory care suites come in. The unit opened in mid-December at the Fitchburg campus, located at 5395 E. Cheryl Pkwy. Husom invited the Star to tour the suites in late November. She gestured to various amenities around the unit — even the art on the walls depicts natural features and settings to evoke feelings of peace among the patients. The rooms are equipped with the standard hospital beds, tables, chairs and easily accessible bathrooms. But Husom also pointed to shelving where patients could display personal belongings, a neutral color palette of earthy tones on the walls and doors without handles to prevent escape. The doors are instead windows with an ample view of nature — the morning sun was shining on the room’s wooden flooring. In the bathrooms are drawable shades above the sink mirrors — for the patients who can’t recognize their reflection. Besides the suites, more design features include continuous circulation paths. Husom said this guides patients who like to wander in a circle. There is also a secure outdoor

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Dream becomes golden Wildcats finish off dominant season with state championship ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Clutch goals, crisp passing, stifling defense and crucial saves were hallmarks of Verona’s season. True to their form, the Wildcats controlled the Division 1 state championship Saturday, Nov. 9 , a ga i n s t N e e n a h a n d emerged with a 2-0 victory at Uihlein Soccer Park in Milwaukee to win the program’s first golden ball. “The way we possessed the ball was our style to the max,” Verona coach Chris Handrick said. “What we saw was the end result of their full hearts coming alive. “Coming into this season, they knew they wanted to bring home the gold ball. Their focus, work ethic and unified mindset in every practice and game was unmatchable.” Verona (21-1-2) defended its top seed at the state tournament with three shutouts to end the season. It was the Wildcats’ 17th shutout of the season and eighth in their last 10 games. Senior goalkeeper Nate Hanson made a diving save to his left in the 8th minute, and denied Neenah’s Cristian Quinonez at close range in the 25th minute. “I’ve played with some of these guys for four years,

Verona head coach Chris Handrick receives the Division 1 state championship trophy.

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Verona senior midfielder Eliot Popkewitz (6) celebrates his goal during the first half of the Division 1 state championship Saturday, Nov. 9, against Neenah. The Wildcats beat the Rockets 2-0 to win their first golden ball in program history. and others since I was 10,” Hanson said. “Being able to hang up the boots after playing so well down the stretch with these guys is amazing.” The Wildcats outshot the Rockets 19-9 (9-3 on goal), and finished with a 9-3 advantage in corner kicks. For the third straight

ga m e , E l i o t P o p kew i t z scored first. The senior midfielder controlled a centering pass by classmate Gannon Simonett, and sent a right-footed strike into the lower right corner of the net for his 13th goal of the season at the 13:04 mark of the first half. Neenah goalkeeper Ian

Bogan stopped a header by Popkewitz in the 10th minute, but the Verona captain remained confident. “We come into every game knowing we’re the better team,” he said. “We have the quality of players who can move the ball wherever we want. When we started pressing, I just

knew that we had them right where we wanted them.” Neenah (18-2-3), which was making its 17th state appearance, stayed in the game thanks in large part to Bogan. He denied senior forward Jack Knight in the 18th minute, and stopped a mid-air shot by junior Sam

Abreu two minutes later. Verona senior defender Diego Luna had a rare scoring opportunity in the 56th minute, but Bogan made a diving save. Abreu had a shot saved in the 57th minute, Knight’s left-footed blast in the 60th minute sailed just over the crossbar, and junior Jonathan Gamez curled a right-footed strike into Bogan’s arms. The Rockets’ best scoring chance came off a corner kick in the 77th minute. The ball skimmed off Hanson’s fingertips as he was knocked to the ground in a mad scrum, but sophomore defender Brooks Luttinen cleared the ball at the goal line. “I was a little nervous with everyone coming at me, but I knew I had to get it out,” Luttinen said.

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Edgewood wins fifth straight Division 2 state title Crusaders crush competition at UW Natatorium and Baraboo Sectional MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

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The Edgewood girls swimming team celebrates after winning a fifth straight Division 2 state championship Friday, Nov. 15, at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium.

Maeve O’Driscoll couldn’t wait to jump into the pool with the gold trophy. The senior and her Edgewood teammates celebrated the Crusaders’ fifth straight Division 2 state championship on Friday, Nov. 15, at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium. Edgewood crushed the field with a dominant performance. O’Driscoll and sophomore Anna teDuits were a part of four of Edgewood’s five individual state titles. The Crusaders captured gold medals in all three relays – the 200-yard

Edgewood freshman Izzy Enz tied for third in the 100-yard butterfly (58.09) at the Division 2 state meet Friday, Nov. 15, at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium. medley, 200 freestyle and 400 free relays – and set two state records. “This team is really something special,” O’Driscoll said. “Senior year, going out with the win (gold trophy) is more than I could ask for. I will always remember this day. It’s

just been perfect.” The Crusaders racked up 290 points, well ahead of runner-up McFarland (163.5). It marks the second straight year the top two teams in the state came from the Badger South Conference.

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VA/MH, West just miss state medals MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Ve r o n a A r e a / M o u n t Horeb senior Sara Stewart was an eyelash away from medaling in the 100-yard backstroke at the Division 1 state meet. Stewart finished eighth in the event with a time of 56.13 seconds, .12 seconds away from earning a sixthplace medal Saturday, Nov. 16, at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium. “I got a lifetime-best time, so I had that on my mind and I was more happy about that than going out with a faster time and making it on the podium,” she said. The Illinois State commit had mixed emotions after swimming in her final prep race — the 400 freestyle relay. “It was really sad thinking about my lasts on the team and I couldn’t wrap my head around it,” Stewart said. “I feel like the four years went by in a second.” Of the Wildcats’ seven individual events and three relays at state, none earned a medal. However, multiple individuals and relays turned in season-best and lifetime-best times in the final meet of the season. “This meet gets faster and faster every year,” Verona Area/Mount Horeb coach Bill Wuerger said. “Just getting here is a huge accomplishment.” The Wildcats had a Division 1 program-record nine participants in the state meet, and the team posted seven personal-record times. VA/MH freshman Peyton

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Verona Area/Mount Horeb senior Sara Stewart fires off the wall in the backstroke during the 200-yard medley relay at the Division 1 state meet Saturday, Nov. 16, at the University of Wisconsin Natatorium. The Wildcats finished 10th in the event with a time of 1:48.67. Stewart also took eighth in the 100 backstroke (56.13), .12 seconds away from a medal. Drexler finished eighth in the 200 freestyle (1:54.17) and ninth in the 500 free (5:06.75). Both were season-best times. “I was hoping to (get on the podium), but I wasn’t expecting it because I’m a freshman,” Drexler said. “This was a great experience for her,” Wuerger said of Drexler. “You never really know how a freshman will react to swimming in front of a crowd this big. I thought she handled the state meet atmosphere really well.” S t ewa r t t e a m e d w i t h seniors Sam Malecki and Josie McCartney and sophomore Kenzie Zuehl in the 10th-place 200 medley relay (1:48.67). The Wildcats’ 200 free relay team of Malecki, Kenzie Zuehl, senior Kaitlyn Zuehl and

sophomore Maia Blas also placed 10th (1:38.53), 1.2 seconds faster than their seed time. Stewart took 12th in the 100 free (53.10). The Wildcats’ 400 free relay team of Stewart, McCartney, Drexler and sophomore Tola Klabough claimed 13th (3:34.93), .6 seconds faster than their seed time. McCartney (57.90) and junior Bailey Felsheim (58.59) finished 15th and 19th, respectively, in the 100 butterfly. “I will definitely remember coming to state my freshman year,” McCartney said. “Everything was completely new to me and the seniors were really welcoming, made sure I knew what was going on and they appreciated what I had achieved. My goal going

into my senior year was to make sure the freshmen felt the same way.” Malecki added a 17th-place finish in the 200 IM (2:09.86). Three of the four seniors for the Wildcats were fourtime state qualifiers: Stewart, McCartney and Kaitlyn Zuehl. “They will be tough to replace,” Wuerger said of the seniors, “not only the points they score in the pool, but their leadership. Their teammates really respect them.”

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Like VA/MH, the Regents had several close calls at the Division 1 state meet. West had two individuals and a relay finish less than one second away from earning a medal

Boys soccer: Defense ends season with shutouts Continued from page 1 Verona finally broke through for the insurance goal it was looking for at the 86:09 mark. Gamez controlled a long pass by senior defender Tavion McNuckle, cut to his left and sent a left-footed strike into the lower right corner of the net for his 13th goal of the season. “That was incredible. I couldn’t believe it,” Gamez said. “We fought all game for that goal. I knew the goalie was going to come out on me, so all I needed was the touch and finish.”

Verona 3, Kenosha Tremper 0

Stout defense and relentless offense propelled the Wildcats past the Trojans in the state semifinals Friday, Aug. 8. Tremper (11-8-2) struggled to find scoring opportunities against Verona’s back line. The Wildcats outshot the Trojans 25-7 (13-3 on goal), and finished with a 9-3 advantage on corner kicks. “What’s made them successful is their mindset,” Handrick said of his team’s defense. “They’re unified and understand each other’s positions well enough that they can rotate.” The Trojans tested Verona’s defense right away, as Hanson made a save off a corner kick 40 seconds into the game. Tremper’s Vincent Bennage was one-on-one with Hanson in the 4th minute, but blasted a shot over the crossbar. Popkewitz, who scored the game-winning goal in Verona’s 1-0 victory over Madison West in the sectional finals, got the Wildcats on the board in the 10th minute. Tremper goalkeeper Ben Wajerski initially denied Popkewitz, but the senior midfielder

followed the rebound and powered the ball into the back of the net. “Once we went ahead, I could definitely see the guys relax and realize that we were doing just fine,” Popkewitz said. “We played good soccer and everything worked out fine.” Verona nearly added an insurance goal off a corner kick in the 22nd minute, as Tremper defender Alex Wajerski stood his ground in front of the goal line and headed the ball out of the box. Knight gave the Wildcats the insurance tally they were looking for in the 49th minute. The senior striker took a pass from Abreu and placed a shot into the lower left corner of the net for his team-high 15th goal of the season. “Before the game, I was watching videos on YouTube about how to penetrate space better,” Knight said. “One of the tips is if you have the ball and don’t see anybody in front of you, take a shot. I took that to heart.” Both teams nearly scored in the 57th minute. Abreu denied Tremper at the goal line, and Bennett Luttinen’s header off a Sam Lynch free kick sailed just over the crossbar. The Wildcats tacked on another goal early in the 74th minute. Knight flicked a backheel pass to classmate Simonett, who blasted a right-footed shot into the top left corner of the net for his eighth goal of the season. “It was one of those shots where you hit the ball and didn’t even feel like you hit it. You know it’s going in the back of the net,” Simonett said. “I saw the bench look at it after I struck it, and I knew it was going in.” Hanson made a diving save two minutes later to preserve the shutout.

The Regents finished eighth in the team standings with 128 points. Three other Big Eight Conference teams — Sun Prairie (3rd, 212.5 points), three-time defending state champ Middleton (6th, 143) and Madison Memorial (9th, 118) also cracked the top 10. Brookfield East captured the team title with 243 points. Arrowhead finished as the state runner-up (220). West sophomore Evy Laursen finished seventh in the 200 IM with a time of 2:06.94, .9 seconds away from a sixth-place medal. Laursen teamed with junior Bridget Sullivan and sophomores Bella Granetzke and Natalie Chandler to take seventh in the 200 free relay (1:37.84), .27 seconds away from a medal. The Regents’ 200 medley relay team of Chandler, fellow juniors Natalie Schick and Maddy Reid and freshman Zeynep Yapici placed seventh (1:47.61), .45 seconds away from a medal. Sullivan finished eighth in the 50 free (24.23), .6 seconds away from a medal. She added a 14th-place finish in the 100 free (53.23). Schick took ninth in the 100 butterfly (57.03) and 11th in the 100 backstroke (57.19). Granetzke placed ninth in the 200 free (1:54.19) and 19th in the 500 free (5:12.27). Laursen, Granetzke, Sullivan and Schick took 10th in the 400 free relay (3:33.73). Sophomore Rian Wells finished 11th in the 1-meter diving competition with a score of 361.10. Reid finished 14th in the 100 back (57.67) and 22nd in the 200 free (1:57.12). Sophomore

Quinn Weygandt took 16th in the 500 free (5:10.07) and 24th in the 200 IM (2:12.72).

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The 200 free relay team of freshmen Izzy Block and Noelle Marsh, sophomore Claudia Schwartz and junior Halle Bush finished 20th at the Division 1 state meet with a season-best time of 1:41.86. The Panthers were one second away from breaking the school record in the event. Bush swam the fastest split of 25.01 seconds as the anchor. The Panthers were seeded 23rd and moved up the rung at state. “It felt great,” Schwartz said. “We didn’t break the (school) record, but we were close. We are getting there. Hopefully, next year.” Even though Schwartz didn’t qualify for state in the 100 butterfly, she was honored to break the school record at the Beloit Memorial Sectional a week previous. “I was so happy,” she said. “I didn’t even realize that I broke the record at first. Next year, I hope to break my record.” Since joining the Division 1 field in 2012, Oregon has qualified for state in three events. Jenna Dobrinsky competed in the 500 freestyle and was a part of the 200 free relay in 2017. “I hope by next year we are Division 2. If we are, we will be on the podium and way more people would be here,” Schwartz said. “We made it to Division 1 state and that is a good accomplishment.”

Crusaders: Perform best down the stretch Continued from page 1 After the diving competition, Edgewood won three of the next four races. The Crusaders’ 200 medley relay team of O’Driscoll, teDuits, sophomore Abby Reid and freshman Izzy Enz won with a state-record time of 1:44.51. O’Driscoll and Reid teamed with senior DeeDee Walker and freshman Sophie Reed to win gold in the 200 free relay with a state-record time of 1:34.76. The Crusaders smashed their seed time in the event by seven seconds. “I knew what this team is capable of, and I knew we could do great things,” O’Driscoll said. “Touching and looking up and seeing the record flashing is the most amazing feeling.” Enz, Reed, teDuits and Walker dropped five seconds off their seed time in the 400 free relay (3:29.54).

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Edgewood was the top-ranked team in Division 2 in the Wisconsin Swim Coaches Association Poll all season, and showed why by winning nine of 12 events at Jack Young Middle School in Baraboo on Saturday, Nov. 9. The Crusaders racked up 353 points, ahead of runner-up McFarland (297). “We’ve been able to sustain our culture and leadership,” Edgewood coach Emily Schwabe said. “We always go into the season with goals, passion, energy and really good team camaraderie.” Enz and O’Driscoll each won two individual events and were a part of two

Team finishes 1. Edgewood: 290 points 2. McFarland: 163.5 3. Ashwaubenon: 141.5 4. Shorewood: 125 5. Rhinelander: 118 first-place relays. Enz won the 100 butterfly (58.53) and 200 free (1:53.24), while O’Driscoll took the 50 free (24.13) and 100 free (52.52). teDuits, Enz, Reid, O’Driscoll kicked off the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay (1:48.27). The 200 free relay team of O’Driscoll, Reed, Reid and sophomore Sam Vega won with a time of 1:38.51. Enz, Reed, teDuits and sophomore Claire Sweeney closed the meet by winning the 400 free relay in 3:34.49. teDuits also won the 200 IM (2:13.11). “It was tough for them to get through it, but at the end of the day, they know they’re swimming for their team,” Schwabe said. “That’s a really cool element of high school swimming. That definitely helps them go faster and push when they’re tired.” Carroll, the only diver at the sectional, advanced to state with a score of 331.55.


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Verona scored three goals in the second period to defeat Big Eight Conference rival Madison West 3-1 on Friday, Dec. 6, at Madison Ice Arena. The Wildcats scored three goals in each period of their home opener Tuesday, Dec. 3, against Beloit Memorial, shutting out the Purple Knights 9-0 at Verona Ice Arena. Verona (4-1, 2-0 Big Eight) finished second in the Paul Meyer Memorial Tournament, shutting out Bay Port 4-0 on Friday, Nov. 29, and losing to Milwaukee University 2-1 a day later at Uihlein Ice Arena in River Hills. Nathan Jurrens scored two third-period goals to lead the Wildcats to a 4-3 victory in the season opener against Edgewood on Monday, Nov. 25, at LaBahn Arena in Madison.

Verona 3, Madison West 1

Parker Ploc scored off an assist from Walker Haessig just 1:15 into the second period to tie the game at 1. Haessig scored the go-ahead goal at the 11:24 mark off assists from Cale Rufenacht and Conrad Moline. Rufenacht scored a little more than a minute later off assists from Haessig and Josh Osting. Verona goaltender Kaden Grant made 21 saves. The Regents’ Devin Huie scored an empty-net goal at the 6:03 mark of the first period.

Verona 9, Beloit Memorial 0

The Wildcats outshot the Purple Knights 71-7, as Grant recorded his second shutout of the season. Rufenacht finished with two goals and two assists. Haessig scored two evenstrength goals, and Ploc scored two short-handed goals. Leo Renlund and Moline dished out four and three assists, respectively. The Wildcats scored in the first two minutes of each period. Osting found the back of the net 1:17 into the game, Rufenacht scored 1:57 into the second period,

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Verona senior defenseman Keegan Lindell (11) passes the puck around Edgewood’s Payton Smith in the Wildcats’ 4-3 win over the Crusaders on Monday, Nov. 25, at LaBahn Arena in Madison. and Drew Yeager scored a minute into the final period. Haessig scored at the 11:15 mark of the first and 35 seconds after Rufenacht’s goal in the second period. Ploc scored at the 10:21 mark of the second and the 9:48 mark of the third. Reece Cordray scored with a second left in the first period, and Rufenacht scored on the power play with 9:21 left in the game. Osting, Jurrens, Ryan Ritter and Tanner Kaltenberg each finished with one assist.

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Renlund had a goal and an assist to lead the Wildcats past Bay Port in the tournament opener. He opened up the scoring 45 seconds into the game off assists from Rufenacht and Osting. Troy Tollefson scored a power-play goal off a pass from Osting at the 14:24 mark of the first. Jurrens scored a power-play goal off assists from Renlund and Rufenacht at the 10:34 mark of the second period. Moline capped the scoring a little more than two minutes later off an assist from Anthony Heinrichs. Grant finished with 16 saves against Bay Port. University’s Alex Thundercloud scored the game-winning goal at the 10:59 mark of the third period against

Verona. Yeager scored a power-play goal off an assist from Tollefson at the 5:34 mark of the second period to tie the game at 1. Verona was 1-for-9 on the power play.

Verona 4, Edgewood 3

Jurrens scored the game-tying goal on assists by Renlund and Rufenacht at the 4:43 mark of the final period. The junior defenseman delivered the game-winner off a pass from Haessig at 11:41. “He’s a dynamic defender for us with a lot of speed and poise,” Wildcats coach Joel Marshall said of Jurrens. “I think after losing one of the state’s top scorers from last year (Mack Keryluk), I think it will be a team effort for us this year. We have three lines that are strong.” The Crusaders had a shot clang off the post in the final 3:30, but Verona held on. The Wildcats struck first on Haessig’s goal 32 seconds into the first period off assists from Renlund and Rufenacht.The Crusaders’ J.J. Wiebusch scored a power-play goal off an assist from Aidan Lenz at the 10:21 mark of the first. Wiebusch scored off assists from Lenz and Nathan Walker a little more than two minutes later to give the Crusaders a 2-1 lead. The Wildcats answered less than two minutes later, with Ploc scoring off passes from Cordray and Moline.

The Madison Metro Lynx continued their hot start to the season with two more wins last week to remain undefeated. The Metro Lynx rolled to a 10-0 shutout of the Badger Lightning on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Madison Ice Arena, and blanked Milwaukee University 4-0 on Saturday, Dec. 7, at Uihlein Ice Arena in River Hills. Forwards Lauren Johnson and Kaya Pelton-Byce each netted hat tricks to lead the Lynx to a 14-4 win over Onalaska on Saturday, Nov. 30, at Madison Ice Arena. Sydney Raaths recorded four goals and three assists in the the Lynx’s 10-3 victory over the Icebergs on Saturday, Nov. 23, at Mandt Community Center in Stoughton. The Metro Lynx (4-0, 2-0 Badger Conference) are averaging 9.5 goals per game.

Metro Lynx 10, Badger Lightning 0

Mia Goetzke netted a hat trick and Rachel Mirwald posted two goals and two assists to lead the Metro Lynx past the Lightning. Johnson put the Lynx on the board with a goal just 1:06 into the game. Eight seconds later, Mirwald scored off assists from Hannah Kolpien and Grace Bonnell. Maddy Ahlborn scored off a pass from Bonnell at the 8:15 mark of the opening period. The Lynx exploded for four goals in the second period. Kolpien scored off a pass from Mirwald just 1:15 into the period. Five minutes later, Abby Ahlborn scored a power-play goal off an assist from PeltonByce. Mirwald scored her second goal off assists from Goetzke and Kolpien at the 6:16 mark. Goetzke scored a short-handed goal off assists from Bonnell and Abby Ahlborn at the 12:22 mark.

Metro Lynx 4, Milwaukee University 0

Jenna Culp scored at the 9:21 mark of the first period, and Olander scored off assists from Pelton-Byce and Ally Jacobson at the 8:43 mark of the second. Raaths scored off assists from Mirwald and Olander with 13:34 left in the game. Johnson scored off assists from PeltonByce and Raaths a little more than five minutes later. The Metro Lynx outshot the Wildcats 28-21, as goaltender Camryn McKersie picked up the shutout.

Metro Lynx 14, Onalaska 4

The Metro Lynx dominated the game from puck drop, scoring four goals in the first period. “I think our biggest strength was our speed against them,” Johnson said. “I

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Madison West junior Ava Downing (4) looks to make a pass with pressure from Onalaska senior Paige Christenson during the third period Saturday, Nov. 30, at Madison Ice Arena. The Metro Lynx won 14-4.

think this year, we have a lot of good forwards and defensemen that move the puck well together. I think with our speed, we are able to get pucks to the net.” Mirwald dished out a team-high five assists. Kolpien and Bonnell each had a goal and two assists. Jacobsen put the Lynx on the board at the 14:26 mark of the opening period with a goal off assists from Mirwald and Olander. Less than two minutes later, Kolpien scored off a pass from Mirwald. Ava Jambor scored off an assist from Bonnell at the 6:28 mark of the first. Pelton-Byce scored her first goal a little more than two minutes later off a pass from Raaths. The Metro Lynx added to their lead in the second period with three goals. Johnson scored her first goal, and Goetzke scored off a pass from Kolpien to give the Lynx a 6-1 lead. Raaths had a goal off an assist from Mirwald at the 4:57 mark. Pelton-Byce scored just 1:17 into the third period off a pass from Kolpien. Three minutes later, Johnson scored her second goal off an assist from Mirwald to give the Lynx a 9-3 lead.”

Metro Lynx 10, Icebergs 3 The Lynx’s top line posted eight goals and six assists. Abby Ahlborn netted three goals. Pelton-Byce had two goals and two assists, and Johnson added two assists. The Lynx scored two goals in the first 1:23 of the first period. Raaths scored her first goal off an assist from Johnson just 50 seconds into the game. “The first shift I was a little nervous,” Raaths said. “I got the puck and there was a lot of space, so I went all the way down and shot it. It was a pretty good start.” Pelton-Byce scored 13 seconds later. Abby Ahlborn added a goal on a pass from Raaths to extend the Lynx’s lead to 3-0 with 8:30 left in the opening period. Pelton-Byce scored off assists from Raaths and Bonnell at the 5:14 mark.

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Crusaders crush Red Hawks, Vikings in Badger South Conference play the road and lost to Notre the first period and six goals Dame 9-1. in the second. The Crusaders lost their Edgewood goaltender T h e E d g ew o o d b o y s season opener to Verona Quinn Senke had 11 saves. hockey team is unbeaten in 4-3 on Monday, Nov. 25, at Notre Dame 9, the Badger South Confer- LaBahn Arena. ence and reached the .500 Edgewood 13, Milton 3 Edgewood 1 The Tritons were 3-formark overall after rolling Drew Lenz scored three past Milton on Tuesday, goals and had two assists to 5 on the power play and Dec. 10, at LaBahn Arena lead the Crusaders past the led 6-1 after two periods at Hartmeyer Ice Arena in in Madison. Red Hawks. The Crusaders cruised Aidan Lenz scored two Madison. Wi e bu s c h s c o r e d t h e to a 13-3 win over the Red goals and dished out three Hawks. Edgewood (2-2, 2-0 assists, and J.J. Wiebus- lone goal for the CrusadBadger South) dominated ch added two goals and an ers off assists from Cooper Fink and Cody Menzel at in a 12-2 win over Stough- assist. ton on Tuesday, Dec. 3, at Edgewood outshot Mil- the 7:56 mark of the secLaBahn Arena. Four days ton 60-14. The Crusaders ond period to cut the Notre later, Edgewood went on exploded for seven goals in Dame’s lead to 3-1. MARK NESBITT

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The Tritons outshot the 11-1 after two periods. what we need to learn for Crusaders 55-18, as Zach The Crusaders outshot the February, then I will take it.” Walker had a game-high 46 Vikings 52-13. saves. Verona 4, Edgewood 3 a dTvah en t aCgreu soaf d ae r sVetrooon ka Nathan Jurrens scored two third-period goals to penalty to tie the game Edgewood 12, lead the Wildcats to a come- at 1, as Wiebusch scored Stoughton 2 on the power play off an from-behind 4-3 victory. Drew Lenz recorded a The Crusaders had a shot assist from Aidan Lenz at hat trick and two assists to clang off the post in the the 10:21 mark. Wiebuspower the Crusaders past final 3:30, but Verona held ch scored off assists from the Vikings. Walker and Aidan Lenz a on. Nathan Walker added “ I t h i n k t h e r e a r e little more than two minutes two goals and two assists. moments where we have to later to give the Crusaders Payton Smith also had four be a little bit tougher to win their first lead. points with a goal and three games like that,” Edgewood Edgewood took a 3-2 lead assists. coach Pete Rothering said. on Aidan Lenz’s goal at the Edgewood led 6-1 at the “I would rather win than 14:13 mark of the second end of the first period and lose, but if this teaches us period.


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Panthers challenged early ADAM FEINER Sports editor

The Oregon girls basketball team is off to a 3-2 start to its season and went on the road to win its Badger South Conference opener. The Panthers crushed Milton 65-23 on Friday, Dec. 6. The rout came on the heels of a 58-47 road win over McFarland on Tuesday, Dec. 3. Oregon lost its marquee nonconference game Tuesday, Nov. 26, a 70-46 defeat against Beaver Dam at the Kohl Center. The Panthers also lost 51-46 on the road against Lake Mills on Thursday, Nov. 21. Oregon opened the season with a 62-38 home win over Evansville on Tuesday, Nov. 19.

Oregon 65, Milton 23

Ten different Panthers scored in the conference opener, as University of Illinois-Springfield recruit Liz Uhl led the way with 16 points. Kaitlyn Schrimpf also cracked double figures with 14 points. Emily Statz added nine points, while Emily Mortenson and Jaelyn Nedelcoff pitched in six apiece.

Oregon 58, McFarland 47

Uhl scored a game-high 13 points and also had three rebounds and three steals for the Panthers. Mortenson added 10 points, while Izzie Peterson chipped in nine points, four rebounds and two assists. Schrimpf helped with seven points, five rebounds and three steals. Megan Bloyer pitched in six points and eight rebounds. Statz had four points and game highs in rebounds (11) and

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Oregon senior guard Izzie Peterson (left) dribbles in transition after recording a steal against Evansville on Tuesday, Nov. 19, at Oregon High School. The Panthers won 62-38.

its lead to 30. Schrimpf paced the PanBeaver Dam 70, thers with a team-high 11 Oregon 46 points, and Uhl added eight The Panthers’ ballhan- points. dlers were constantly pressured into turnovers by Lake Mills 51, Beaver Dam in a Badger Oregon 46 T h e Pa n t h e r s t r a i l e d Conference crossover loss 22-18 at the half and in Madison. “We let them dictate what couldn’t overcome the defiwe wanted to do,” Oregon cit. Uhl recorded 11 points coach Adam Wamsley said. “They’re one of the best and three rebounds. Peterteams in the state regardless son also had 11 points, and of division, and I give them Carleigh Roberts added a lot of respect.” nine points. Statz chipped Schrimpf made a layup in seven points and seven to get Oregon on the board rebounds. Schimpf had five at the 14:46 mark. The points, five rebounds and Panthers cut their deficit five assists. to three on three separate occasions in the first half, Oregon 62, but Beaver Dam extended Evansville 38 The Panthers turned to its lead each time. The Beavers ended the the defensive end to get out first half on an 18-5 run to in transition and jump-start lead 33-17 at intermission. its offense against the Blue Beaver Dam used an 11-1 Devils. run to make it 44-20 with “We know we have the 14 minutes left. The Bea- ability to score, but this vers had a 9-3 run over the group strives to be great on next three minutes to extend the other end,” Wamsley blocks (2).

said. “I really commend our communication. We talked, helped and rebounded as well as we possibly could.” Both teams struggled with turnovers early on. Roberts split a pair of free throws to get the Panthers on the board with 14:52 left in the first half, and Peterson recorded Oregon’s first field goal at the 12:40 mark with her team trailing 7-3. Peterson’s layup was the beginning of a 14-0 run. “We’re really stressing defense in practice since we’re small,” she said. “We’re quicker than a lot of teams, and we need to get stops. That leads to points in transition.” U h l f o l l ow e d w i t h a steal and layup, and Bloyer knocked down a pair of free throws to tie the game at 7. Nedelcoff made a layup in transition to give Oregon the lead for good with 9:40 left in the first half. Schimpf drilled a 3-pointer from the left corner, Uhl hit a jumper from the right corner, and Peterson split a pair of free throws to cap the run. “Everyone just needed to settle down. We knew we’d be fine,” Uhl said. “Once we started scoring a little more, that got our confidence up, and we rolled after that.” O r eg o n s c o r e d s eve n points in 15 seconds to go up 25-10 with 4:17 left in the opening half. Schimpf canned another 3 from the left corner, Uhl recorded a three-point play off a steal by Schimpf, and Schimpf made a layup off a pass in transition by Uhl. Uhl scored 13 of her game-high 16 points in the first half, and Schimpf finished with eight first-half points.

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Icebergs still seeking first victory under Kurth MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

With a new coach and players from six different high schools, the Icebergs girls hockey co-op is still figuring itself out, particularly in net. Taylor Nisius assisted on all of the Icebergs’ goals in a 6-3 loss to the Lakeshore Lightning on Friday, Dec. 6, at Mandt Community Center in Stoughton. The Icebergs lost to Northland Pines 6-1 on Friday, Nov. 29 at the Fond du Lac Tournament, and the Fox Cities Stars (13-2) and the Warbirds Co-op (4-3) a day later at the Blue Line Family Ice Center in Fond du Lac. Abby Seybold played the first period Monday, Nov. 25, against the Cap City Cougars, and freshman Aven Gruner finished the game — a 9-0 loss at The Ice Pond at Waunakee. Izzy Newton scored two goals, but the Oregon junior forward couldn’t lead the Icebergs girls to a comeback in a season-opening 10-3 home loss to the Madison Metro Lynx on Saturday, Nov. 23.

bench,” Icebergs coach Zoe Kurth said. “To be up first hasn’t happened for us. We were really excited. It’s unfortunate we couldn’t finish it out.” Aeryn Olson scored at the 4:29 mark of the third period to trim the Icebergs’ deficit to 4-2, but the Lightning answered with goals 31 seconds apart. Sydney Schipper capped the scoring with a goal at the 7:49 mark of the third.

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Newton scored at the 16:56 mark of the third period off an assist by Rachel Louis against Northland Pines. Cora Zimmerman made 21 saves for the Icebergs, who were outshot 27-22. Olson scored on the power play just 2:14 into the second period to cut Fox Cities’ lead to 3-1, but the Stars responded with five straight goals to seize control. Schipper scored at the 14:26 mark of the second. The Stars outshot the Icebergs 40-6, as Seybold made 27 saves. Gruner made 40 saves, but the Warbirds scored two straight goals in the Lakeshore Lightning 6, middle of the third period to edge the Icebergs 3 Icebergs. Hefel scored just 2:12 into Hannah Weber gave the Icebergs an the third to tie the game at 2. Samanearly lead with a goal just 2:18 into tha Nelson scored off assists by Newthe game. ton and Olson at the 10:37 mark of the “It brought a lot of energy to our third. Newton scored off an assist by

Hefel with 1:37 left in the first period.

Cap City Cougars 9, Icebergs 0

Seybold finished with 13 saves in the first period, and Gruner recorded eight saves apiece in the second and third. “They made a lot of good first saves and tracked the puck nicely. I liked what I saw from them,” Kurth said. “We just have to work on clearing the house in front of them to give our goalies a little more of a break.” The Icebergs had a pair of 2-on-1 breakouts early in the first period, but could not capitalize against Cap City goaltender Lexi Holman. “We were hoping to take advantage of some loose pucks and get down in our zone,” Kurth said. “We wanted to mark the scoreboard. We thought that might light a fire under us.”

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Verona senior Eric Blum throws Madison West junior Daniel Brown during their 160-pound match Thursday, Dec. 5, at Verona Area High School. Blum lost the match via pin, but the Wildcats won the dual 45-24.

Wildcats top Regents to open season ADAM FEINER Sports editor

An increase in numbers afforded Verona and coach Bob Wozniak the opportunity to fill most of the weight classes in the season opener against Big Eight Conference rival Madison West on Thursday, Dec. 5. The Wildcats won five of the nine contested matches and earned four forfeit victories in a home win over the Regents. “Our numbers are up from 16 to 24,” Verona coach Bob Wozniak said. “We should have the kids to fill all the weight classes. We also bumped up three guys, and it was good to see Cael (Wozniak) get a win.” Four of the Wildcats’ wins came via first-period pins. Austin Conrad pinned West’s Leonarda Pribanic in 47 seconds at 126 pounds, and Cael Wozniak pinned Joe Harris in 1:09 at 152 pounds. Ben Grandau pinned Andres Villalobos in 1:19, and Jay Hanson (285) worked for a pin of Demarion Thompson in 1:29. Verona’s other victory came at 170, as Spencer Lokken earned a 10-5 d e c i s i o n ove r Pa t r i c k

Burke. Lokken used a takedown and a pair of escapes in the second period to take a 5-2 lead he would not surrender. The Wildcats’ forfeit wins came at 113, 182, 195 and 220. The Regents picked up a forfeit win at 113, and both teams forfeited at 132. The dual started with an overtime match at 145, as West’s Valentino Corona edged Atticus Marse 7-5. Marse scored two takedowns in the third period to tie the bout, but Corona had a takedown with 25 seconds left in the extra period. Verona’s Blake Herbu r g e r n e a r l y p i n n e d Jaime Nava late in their 106-pound match, but couldn’t overcome an early deficit in a 10-8 loss. Herburger had an early takedown, but Nava scored a reversal, takedown and a pair of back points to take a 6-2 lead after the first period. Logan Neuroth had three takedowns in the first period of his 138-pound match, but Dylan Chambers battled back to earn the pin in 3:50. The 160-pound bout between Eric Blum and West’s Daniel Brown included six takedowns before Brown earned the pin in 3:01.

Madison Metro Lynx 10, Icebergs 3

Newton got her team on the board, scoring on a rebound at the 5:33 mark of the first period. Olson scored off assists by Newton and Schipper to cut the Lynx’s lead to 4-2 late in the first period. Newton scored off assists from Schipper and Olson 43 seconds into the second half, but the Lynx finished the game with six goals.

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Madison West sophomore Jaime Nava (right) puts Verona freshman Blake Herburger in a headlock during their 106-pound match Thursday, Dec. 5, at Verona Area High School. Nava won the bout 10-8.


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Quartet of Verona seniors sign NLIs ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Verona seniors Karl Sutter, Jordan Armstrong, Sara Stewart and Kaitlyn Zuehl each signed their National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Verona Area High School. Sutter will play lacrosse at Merrimack College, and Armstrong will play volleyball at the University of Pennsylvania. Stewart and Zuehl will continue their swimming careers at Illinois State University and St. Cloud State University, respectively. Sutter verbally committed to Merrimack in mid-October. He received scholarship offers from the University of Indianapolis, Lewis University and Lindenwood University, and also looked into the programs at Marquette, Robert Morris (PA) and Vermont. “I wanted to get outside my comfort zone,” he said. “I had a couple other opportunities closer to home, but I like the tradition. They have guys with a winning mentality.” In addition to his spring season at Verona, Sutter plays for the club team Amplify LaCrosse, which is coached by the staff at Marquette. Merrimack, located in North Andover, Massachusetts, competes in NCAA Division I’s Northeast Conference. Armstrong verbally committed to the Quakers last May. She was named honorable mention allstate by the Wisconsin Volleyball Coaches Association after helping the Wildcats to a third straight regional title last month. She also garnered attention playing for the club team, Capital Volleyball Academy.

Armstrong also looked into Dartmouth, Davidson and Saint Louis, but chose the prestigious Ivy League school located in downtown Philadelphia. “I really loved the campus and the fact that it was in the middle of the city,” she said. “That’s something I’ve always wanted to experience.” Stewart verbally committed to the Redbirds in July after a successful junior season and club season with Badger Aquatics Club. She also explored her options at Iowa, Iowa State and Buffalo, but chose a program on the rise in the Missouri Valley Conference. “I loved the environment and staff there. They were all so welcoming,” Stewart said. “It’s close to home, but still far enough away for me.” Zuehl, who also competes for Badger Aquatics Club, chose Division II St. Cloud State over DIII Wisconsin-Whitewater. She verbally committed to the Huskies in mid-September. St. Cloud State competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. “It was a little farther away from home,” Zuehl said, “but I liked the community and staff, and the team was very welcoming. It just felt like home.” Another senior, Andrea Schleeper, committed to play golf for the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse on Sept. 25. Schleeper led the Wildcats in scoring average this past fall as Verona’s No. 1 golfer. She was the lone Wildcat to qualify for the Division 1 DeForest Sectional. UW-La Crosse competes in Division III’s Wisconsin Intercollegiate Athletic Conference.

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Edgewood seniors (from left) Grace Welch, Truman teDuits, Nate Frucht, Maeve O’Driscoll and DeeDee Walker pose after each signed their National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Wilke Gymnasium. Welch will play golf at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. deTruits (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Frucht (Boston University), O’Driscoll (University of Minnesota) and Walker (Illinois State University) will continue their swimming careers. The facilities are amazing, and the team is strong and headed in the right direction.” O’Driscoll, a five-time state finalist, verbally committed to the Golden Gophers last May. She also explored Miami (Ohio), Boston and Penn State. “I wasn’t necessarily looking to stay in the Big Ten,” she said. “I didn’t know exactly where I was headed until I stepped on campus. Then I knew it was the right place for me.” O’Driscoll will look to close her Edgewood career in style Saturday at the Division 2 state meet. She will compete in the 50 free, 100 free, 200 medley relay and 200 free relay. Walker won the 500 free last season and has been a part of five gold-medal relays in her Edgewood career. She verbally committed to ISU, a member of the Missouri Valley Conference, in early August, after exploring Michigan State and Missouri State.

“Both of the coaches (Caitlin Hamilton and Josh Lercel) were very welcoming. When I first met them, something clicked,” Walker said. “Caitlin is like a second mom to me. She’s so supportive. When I went on my official visit, the entire team was so welcoming.” Welch verbally committed to UW-Green Bay, a member of the Horizon League, in early August. She also considered Loyola-Chicago, Northern Illinois and North Dakota State. “I knew wherever I went, we’d travel to play in warmer places, even if it was still in the Midwest,” she said. “I didn’t want to stay too close, but didn’t want to go too far.” Welch finished her Edgewood career with four top-five finishes at the Division 2 state tournament. She helped the Crusaders to their 15th state championship in mid-October as the individual state champion.

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Verona seniors (from left) Karl Sutter, Sara Stewart, Kaitlyn Zuehl and Jordan Armstrong pose after each signed their National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Verona Area High School. Sutter will play lacrosse at Merrimack College. Stewart (Illinois State University) and Zuehl (St. Cloud State University) will continue their swimming careers. Armstrong will play volleyball at the University of Pennsylvania.

Edgewood seniors Truman teDuits, Nate Frucht, Maeve O’Driscoll, DeeDee Walker and Grace Welch each signed their National Letter of Intent on Wednesday, Nov. 13, at Earl J. Wilke Gymnasium. Badger Aquatics Club members deTuits (University of Wisconsin-Madison), Frucht (Boston University), O’Driscoll (University of Minnesota) and Walker (Illinois State University) will continue their respective swimming careers. Welch will play golf at the University of Wisconsin-Green Bay. deTuits became the third member of his family to sign with an NCAA Division I school for swimming. Drew deTuits won a national championship in the 200 backstroke at UW-Madison, and Payton deTuits competed for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. Truman deTuits helped Edgewood claim the 2019 Division 2 state championship by winning the 200 IM and 100 breaststroke and by being a part of the gold-medal 200 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay. He looked at Big Ten rivals Iowa and Minnesota, but verbally committed to the Badgers last April. “I thought about looking outside the Big Ten, but I didn’t think that was right for me,” teDuits said. “My brother Drew did the same thing I’m going to do and he really loved Wisconsin. The campus is amazing, the coaching staff is very experienced, and we’re getting the new pool soon. Everything just came together.” Frucht decided to venture outside the Midwest to find his future home. He verbally committed to BU, a member of the Patriot League, in late September, choosing the Terriers over Holy Cross and American University. Frucht won the state title in the 200 free, and was a part of Edgewood’s gold-medal 400 free relay last season. “I’m excited to try something new,” he said. “As soon as I stepped on campus, everybody was so welcoming.


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VAHS students talk social justice at summit

DPI: VASD ‘exceeds expectations’ in 2018-19

Presentations on topics include race, media messages

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During an afternoon Social Justice Youth Summit session on Friday, Dec. 6, Dr. Decoteau Irby asked junior and senior Verona Area High School students to repeat a word after him, spell it and say the word again. The word was “silk.” For 45 seconds, Irby and the students chanted, “Silk. S-I-L-K. Silk.” He then asked the quest i o n : “ W h a t d o c ow s drink?” All of the students responded “milk,” only to realize seconds afterward they were wrong, despite knowing the right answer: Water. It’s that kind of conditioning and mental association that can alter your thinking, Irby said. If 45 seconds of conditioning can make you state the wrong answer, he said, imagine what years of skewed messaging surrounding race can do to a person. “Think about the power that conditioning has on you,” he added. Irby, an associate professor at the University of

What’s Online Read these and more Verona Area School District stories at ConnectFitchburg.com Limited campus lunch approved for new high school

At the new Verona Area High School, open campus lunch will be a privilege reserved for upperclassmen. The school board last month unanimously approved a limited-open campus.

Hazardous road study

The district is expecting this month the results of a study determining whether there are students who will live within walking distance of school but still need bus transportation. Results could affect transportation routes, which are set to change for the next school year.

From VAHS to NPR

While listening to the radio, some residents may recognize a familiar voice on a certain station. 2005 Verona Area High School graduate Kat Lonsdorf now works for NPR’s “All Things Considered” a behind-the-scenes producer and occasional on-air reporter.

Two school board seats up in April

The two seats on the school board up for re-election are an at-large seat and a City of Verona seat. Nomination papers can be picked up at the district administration office, 700 N. Main St.

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From right, third graders Jacob Wisniewski, Angelina Pogodzinski and Olivia Vanderslice during a work session with stop motion animation artist Mark Jones, second from left.

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On the morning of Thursday, Nov. 14, a group of Stoner Prairie Elementary School third grade students made squirrels lift acorns over their heads, and get dizzy as their eyes swirled around. But no animals were actually harmed in the process – the students were working with animated squirrel characters they created in Tina Christenson’s art class. All grades of Stoner Prairie students are creating a film with traveling artist Mark Jones, and plan to show it for the first time to the students at an all-school assembly next month, and to the public at the school’s Paint Night and Innovation Fair events in February. The project is funded by the Parent Teacher Organization’s Visiting Artist Program, who held a family Paint Night last April to raise money for the weekslong project. Stoner Prairie art teacher Christenson is leading the stop animation project, which she learned about at an art integration workshop where Jones talked about how teachers could include technology into their curriculum. The project allows students to express their

creativity and embrace their “uniqueness,” while still creating a cohesive work of art, Christenson said. “Our population is extremely diverse,” she said. “We’ve got students from all different backgrounds. In our project, we’re focusing on diversity and finding a place that you belong.” Each grade level is creating a different part of the stop motion animation movie, which includes animal characters such as jumping fish who hang out in a pond, turtles who are drumming and “sassy snakes.” The students make the movies using an iPad to take photos of their animal characters up against a g r e e n s c r e e n , m ov ing appendages around between each photo to create the illusion of movement. Christenson said she wants students to realize, over the duration of the project, being an artist isn’t quantified by being good at drawing or painting — it could be a viable career for them in the future. “You don’t have to be an amazing drawer to be a good artist, there’s all different types of artists,” she said. “Being an artist as an adult is realistic … I just want them to feel like they can connect with it.”

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Verona Area School District has been deemed to “exceed expectations” set by the state Department of Public Instruction. The distinction, given out based on the 2018-19 academic year, is higher than what the district has earned the two prior years when it rated as “meets expectations.” The district improved significantly over the 2017-18 year in the areas of closing gaps between students and growth in student knowledge. Almost all of the school sites in the district also meet or exceed expectations, with the exception of Badger Ridge Middle School, which remains in the same “meets few expectations” category it’s been in, though with a better score this year. Charter schools New Century School and Verona Area International School earned the distinction of “significantly exceeds expectations.” Core Knowledge, Glacier Edge Elementary School and Verona Area High School also scored highly on the report cards, with all three receiving the distinction of “exceeds expectations.” The district is outpacing state averages in student achievement in English and Mathematics, district-wide student improvement and

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Illinois at Chicago in the Department of Educational Policy Studies, spent an hour talking to students about race. He spoke about how race is a socially constructed concept, the ways institutions play a role in how you see and evaluate race and how it’s been constructed to allow for winners and losers in society. “You are socialized to believe and to act as though I ’ m b l a c k , a n d y o u ’r e Asian, and you’re white,” he said, talking directly to students in the audience. “We’re socialized to believe that way, and then we’re socialized so well that it becomes institutionalized. We believe it but we can’t even escape that reality. His talk was a part of VA H S ’s s e c o n d a n n u al Social Justice Youth Summit. The summit featured some of Verona Area School District’s staff, such as district school security coordinator Corey Saffold, who presented on the paradox of being a black law enforcement officer, and district mental health coordinator Andreina Suzie Sainvilmar, who spoke about mental health. Presentations on topics including race, media messages, Native American tribes, free speech and disabilities were also led by visiting lecturers.


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OSD report card: ‘Exceeds expectations’ Annual district grade climbs for third straight year SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group

As it has every year since the benchmarks were established in 2015, the Oregon School District improved its overall score on the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction annual report card grades. The district scored a 79.2, considered as “exceeding expectations,” for the 201819 school year in results announced in a DPI news release last week. That mark tops the previous year’s 78.7, which eclipsed the 78.6 scored in 2016-17. OSD scored 77.2 in the first round of the report cards, for the 2015-16 school year. The annual evaluation

process is required by state law. Scores are calculated in four priority areas: student achievement; school growth; closing gaps between student groups; and measures of students being on-track for postsecondary readiness, which includes graduation and attendance rates, third-grade English language arts achievement, and eighth-grade mathematics achievement. For the 201819 school year, OSD topped the state average in student achievement (76.7 to 62.3), closing gaps (78 to 68.8) and on-track/postsecondary readiness (91.8-84.8), but falling behind in district growth, scoring 64.2 compared to the state average of 66. Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott. delaruelle@wcinet.com.

OSD by school School DPI score Brooklyn Elementary 86.5 (Significantly exceeds expectations) Netherwood Knoll Elementary 70.6 (Meets expectations) Prairie View Elementary 82.9 (Exceeds expectations) Rome Corners Intermediate 74.8 (Exceeds expectations) Oregon Middle School 74.5 (Exceeds expectations) Oregon High School 80.5 (Exceeds expectations)

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Gaining diverse influence Multicultural Student Union educating teachers, students about difficulties students of color still face MACKENZIE KRUMME Unified Newspaper Group

As Carlie Monroe stood in front of about 20 students at Oregon High School last month, the senior asked her fellow students, representing a variety of races and backgrounds, “What have you experienced?” She didn’t have to explain her question or provide details before seven students immediately raised their hands. The students, all members of the Multicultural Student Union, which Monroe founded a year ago, each listed racist remarks, microaggressions and cultural appropriations they had witnessed or experienced over the past week alone. One year ago, at the first MSU meeting, six students of color sat around that circle showing support for their peers and sharing stories. Now, the group numbers 40 in all and regularly draws 20 students or more every Thursday. But today it is more than a support system, Monroe said. The organization is gaining influence and making OASD a supportive, safe and comfortable place for all students. It pledges to tutor, create awareness for white educators and be a support network for students of color in a district where 87.2% of students self identify as white, according

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Deja Smith listens as fellow Multicultural Student Union member questions the ethics of reading the N-word out loud from books at an MSU meeting at Oregon High School on Thursday, Nov. 14. to the state Department of Public Instruction. Monroe and other MSU students frequently meet with principal Jim Pliner and OHS counselor Alyssa Pon-Franklin to discuss ways in which the district can be more inclusive. Pon-Franklin is the only educator of color at the school, though soon she will be leaving the district to accept a position at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. At the group’s first meeting, she recalled, she asked the students if they were comfortable in the building. “Every single student said they felt like they didn’t belong,” Pon-Franklin said.

Today, however, the voices of MSU are amplified and students hope to be heard from school to school to ensure all students feel as if they belong. “This is a wonderful group of students who have so many strengths,” OHS principal Jim Pliner wrote to the Observer in an email. “The MSU helps provide a voice for students and it is important that these stories are heard. The stories there reaffirm the importance of the work that we, as a school and as a district, have committed to doing. “The stories also convince me that we have more work to do.” Contact Mackenzie Krumme at mackenzie.krumme@wcinet.com.

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Oregon School District 2018-19 DPI score 79.2 (Exceeds expectations) Student enrollment 4,091 Students with disabilities 11.2% Economically disadvantaged 17% English learners 2.1%

Last year, the district had to cancel six days of classes In the first election since the school board reappor- due to cold or snow. Three of those were made up by tionment was approved by district electors in September, extending a planned half-day at the end of the year and three school board seats will be up for grabs on April 7. adding minutes from April 1 through the rest of it. Incumbent TIm LeBrun is running again, while Courtney Repeat message Odorico and Barb Feeney are not seeking re-election. For the second year in a row, the Oregon School DisBrooklyn Elementary has 17 sets of multiples trict won multiple top state honors for its communicaKerri Modeski has seen a lot of students come through tion. The district was honored by the Wisconsin School her office in her time as Brooklyn Elementary School Public Relations Association with a Spectrum Award of principal. But last month, when she called on the inter- Excellence and an Award of Merit for its work in school com for siblings who share birthdays for a “Twin Day” communications photo for Homecoming week, things got crowded in a hurry.

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