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Laura Anderson begins applying paper mache to the frame of the Earth, part of the plastic monster display that will be featured at the Earth Day Expo and Syttende Mai parades.
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Sustainability project highlights recycling, overconsumption monster, and it hit me like ‘yeah, that’s kind of what we’re doing,’” Anderson said. The project will be unveiled during Earth Day Expo April 27 the Sustainable Stoughton Earth Day Expo and will be featured in the SytPage 7 tende Mai parades. The plastic monster will be stationary during the expo but will be pulled organization, jumped into the project on a flatbed attached to a Nissan Leaf during the parade, if the test runs immediately. “I think what really struck me was go well. Anderson said they want to Nicholas’ initial idea of having this Turn to Plastic/Page 7 Earth being eaten by a big plastic
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When Yolibeth Fitzgibbon’s son, Nicholas, approached her with a concern about the overuse of plastic, she decided to take it to Sustainable Stoughton. That concern was discussed during a volunteer appreciation dinner last fall, and members of Sustainable Stoughton came up with an idea to create a symbolic plastic monster. Laura Anderson, a member of the
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Rev. Cathy Christman was on a “working vacation” when she spent a week watching the livestream of the United Methodist Church special General Conference session. Following the vote that
a ffi r m e d t h e c h u r c h ’s ‘We won’t ask you about your gender, we position on disallowing won’t ask you about what happens in the LGBTQ c l e rg y a n d bedroom, we won’t ask you how much marriagmoney you make or why you wear what es within the church, you wear. We’re going to simply say, ‘What Christman do you need and how can we help?’’ had to prepare for how – The Rev. Cathy Christman she would l e a d h e r Christman church service – and how she would Sunday. the Commission on a react to that vote – at T h a t s p e c i a l s e s s i o n Wa y F o r w a r d , w h i c h Stoughton United Method- was held from Feb. 23-26 ist Church that following to act on a report from Turn to SUMC/Page 14
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Policy: Time to start ‘reining in’ debt City’s finances healthy, finance director says
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The city’s finances are in good shape, and officials have been working on policies to keep it that way and improve the situation going forward, finance director Jamin Friedl told the Hub last week. Amendments to the city’s debt management and
tax-increment financing policies got the approval of the Common Council at its April 9 meeting. Those include limiting the a m o u n t o f Friedl new debt the city will issue, what proportion of taxes should be used to pay for debt and labeling pay-as-you-go TIFs the city’s preferred funding
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A Stoughton Police Department officer who is being sued for allegedly using excessive force received what the department called “verbal counseling” months later for his use of force in another incident. The lawsuit against Officer Christopher Stachel stems from a September 2015 incident at a Kwik Trip on the west side of the city. It claims Stachel used excessive force when he took the plaintiff to the ground after the man declined to present identification. The action is working its way through the federal court system, with a jury trial scheduled for late 2019. The legal team for the plaintiff, Brian Doyle, 30, of Stoughton, announced
its experts at the end of March, including his treating physician following the incident in question and a retired police captain who now serves as a consultant for law enforcement issues. The Hub has requested personnel files for Stachel and reports of all incidents related to his personnel file, as well as reports from the plaintiff in the case. The police department has turned over part of that request but opted to hold some back and redact others because of the ongoing litigation. The SPD declined to release the full report on the incident with Doyle because it is involved in ongoing litigation. Police chief Greg Leck declined to comment or confirm whether Stachel was disciplined for it. An expert witness hired by the plaintiff notes in his report filed with the court March 29 that Leck had testified the officer’s actions were considered within
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Egg hunt with Stoughton Kiwanis The Stoughton Kiwanis held its annual Easter egg hunt this past weekend. More than 100 people showed up at Norse Park on Saturday for the Easter celebration, which featured three egg hunts and crafts.
Vicki Haskell holds on to Emerald Haskell, 2, before the start of the egg hunt.
It was the first year the event was held at Norse Park; it had previously been held at Mandt Park, but families in the area requested that be changed. – Amber Levenhagen
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Long-term staffing needs get a look For the first time in more than a decade, Stoughton Area School District administrators and board members will be taking a hard look at staffing, with an eye to find a fit with the district’s continued declining enrollment. SASD superintendent Tim Onsager told board members Monday that
Schools in brief Lunch, rental fees raised Stoughton Area School District board members approved several recommended fee increases without debate Monday night. The board voted to increase the cost of K-12 lunch 10 cents for the 2019-20 school year. It also raised several fees for use of its facilities. Among the increases are the rental fee for the Stoughton High School cafetorium (with technical assistance) to $41 per hour for residents and $42 for non-residents; the SHS auditorium to $52 per hour for residents and $60 for non-residents ($55 and FREE
The district held a series of drills earlier this school year in November, and superintendent Tim Onsager said the district will follow the same process as in the fall by letting families know when the drills will be held and where. Board president Frank Sullivan said board members want to take a look at the policy for ALICE training and drills this summer before additional district ALICE drill next staff are trained in the program. month “We’d like to have a The district plans to presentation on that and a hold another round of ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate) security drills set during the week of May 20. $63 with general use stage lighting and $62 and $71 with theatrical production/ concert lighting). The board also approved raising the base hourly fee for using the pool for a group of 1-25 patrons to $70 for residents and $85 for non-residents. Fees will then increase $10 per hour for residents and non-residents for each additional group of 25 patrons.
Marathon closing pushed back
The Redevelopment Authority and the contractor responsible for demolishing buildings on the MillFab site came together for a mediation session on Friday, March 22, in Janesville that RDA chair Roger Springman called “frustrating.” “ We r e a c h e d a p o i n t where we couldn’t make any progress,” Springman reported to the group. “We wished our mediator had been a bit more aggressive and said ‘Really, there’s no point in you folks getting together.’ Would’ve saved us a lot of time and money.” A portion of the century-old building collapsed after a late-October windstorm, and the RDA and the demolition contractor Earth Construction have disagreed over who should pay for the damage. The RDA has maintained the contractor was in violation of its contract and has withheld the last $150,000 payment on the $750,000 contract, which called for the structure to remain intact. The mediation was originally scheduled for February before being postponed.
The closing date for the former Marathon gas station property has been pushed back again, to May 6. The most recent deal between the Redevelopment Authority’s realtor Blake George and developer Todd Nelson called for a closing date of April 15. This will give time for Nelson to apply for a remediation grant as a future owner of a contaminated site, RDA chair Roger Springman told the Hub. The RDA has been trying to sell the property at the corner of West Main and Prairie streets since 2011, after tearing down an abandoned gas station there the year before. Nelson has planned to build two fourunit apartment buildings there. This is at least the sixth time a deal between Nelson and the city for the site has fallen through or been delayed. As a condition to close the deal, Nelson will have to address stormwater issues at another of his properties, 400 S. Van Buren St., which has been cited four times by the city for nearly $2,000 for noncompliance.
Adding art instruction To meet student demand, board members approved adding a .30 part-time art teacher at Stoughton High School for the 2019-20 school year and a commensurate decrease of hours for the SHS School to Work Coordinator at SHS, at no net cost to the district.
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The Abel Contemporary Gallery hopes to open in downtown Stoughton next month, and it has asked the city for some help in getting a grant to pay for repairs. Gallery owner Theresa Abel told the Redevelopment Authority (RDA) she’s pushed w e l l p a s t Abel i t s r e n ova tion budget and has at least $100,000 of work to do before moving in. She pointed to the roof and HVAC systems as being particularly costly. The RDA agreed to help, and it approved spending up to $1,500 for consultant Gary Becker to help the gallery with a grant application. His assistance will be limited to 10 hours of work helping to edit the application and coordinating with Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation and the city for necessary approvals. The gallery is eyeing a Community Development Investment grant from the WEDC, but those grants are only available to redevelopment and community development authorities,
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are currently doing, does their current function and job description make sense or should it be slightly different as we move into a different kind of educational model, which should be changing as the world changes,” he said. Onsager said the district should continue looking at the big picture of staffing every five or 10 years. “As the needs of our students change, so should we be looking at the staffing, and not only looking at it when it ‘s time to cut,” he said.
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Becker wrote in a memo to the RDA. The gallery, which Abel owns with her husband Tim O’Neill, opened in 1987 in Paoli. The couple, who are both artists, purchased the historic tobacco warehouse at 524 E. Main St. last July after learning the gallery would no longer be able to remain in the unincorporated town south of Verona. RDA members expressed support for the business and what it would bring to the city. The only reservation appeared to be whether the RDA could be on the hook for ongoing administrative costs for the loan, w h i c h fi n a n c e d i r e c t o r Jamin Friedl said could be avoided with properly written agreements. Abel said the gallery will have three concurrent exhibits as well as six artist studios with a separate entrance and exit. She said three of those studios, which will be accessible 24/7 and rented by working artists, are already spoken for. Abel anticipates opening May 24.
“with our declining enrollment and with our priorities and looking at our continuous improvements,” it’s time to take a big-picture look at staffing throughout the district. He said such a project hasn’t been taken on in the district for “at least 10 years.” “It’s time,” he said. “(We’ll be) taking a very comprehensive look at our staffing, what roles we have, how much staff do we have. We’re not going into this saying we’re going to eliminate this or that, were saying, what do we need?” Onsager said district officials will be looking at “all the roles in the district from administration to support staff, teaching, you name it.” “It’s kind of a study of what they
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Stoughton Courier Hub 4 Stop signs and socialism April 18, 2019
Stop signs must be abolished! Stop signs warn us of creeping socialism. Socialism pretends to help people to a life that is a little better with governmental interference, than it is with liberty. Stop signs destroy liberty. They force us to stop. See? Stop signs, and stop lights are red. Red is communist. That’s socialism! Green means “go.” That’s liberty. True liberty is green lights. No restraints. Leave air, or water, or food, or education, health or the unrestrained free flow of money alone! Kill Obamacare! Climate change is a Chinese hoax. You will become poor, unable to breathe healthy air, or drink clean water, or eat tainted meat and contract food poisoning, or
be ignorant, sick, in traffic crashes or dead. But you will have liberty! You think stop signs are harmless, innocent? Don’t be fooled, America! Tear up your social security and medicare cards. Your driver’s licenses and your voter IDs before it’s too late! Corporations become gigantic. The gap between the rich and the poor increases. The middle class vanishes. Every alcoholic got his start drinking milk. Socialism begins with stop signs. Banish milk! Banish stop signs! Before it is too late! Cry freedom! Cry liberty! Mr. Donald Trump, tear down those stop signs. Steve Fortney City of Stoughton
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Correction In the April 11 edition of the Hub, the date of the Partners of Stoughton Hospital card party was incorrect. The card party will be held at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 24, at Christ Lutheran Church. The Hub regrets the error.
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Using E-cigarettes for marijuana is a disturbing trend
ver the past few years, Stoughton CARES Coalition has reached out to the community about marijuana around April 20, a traditional day recognizing cannabis culture. This year, we want to inform parents about the trend of youth in our community using vape pens, weed pens and e-cigarettes to get high. Yes, parents, there are reasons to be concerned with youth using these devices. There are three main reasons: They are easily concealed and Kalina carried, they intensify the user’s high and they’re easy to obtain on the Internet. In addition to being easy to hide, youth are using these devices because they are small and portable and allow users to inhale marijuana without producing any smoke. The JUUL, which is a brand of an e-cigarette, is used frequently because of the size and the odorless vapor. JUULs resemble a USB memory stick. Vape pens looks like a ball point pen or stylus. You might consider checking your child’s room. Studies have found that
certain liquids can be 30 times more concentrated then the marijuana plant. Also consider marijuana dabs, wax or shatter – these forms of concentrated marijuana can be 40 to 80 percent THC. Take a minute and take this in. The marijuana plant normally measures 25 percent THC. Smoking marijunana through the e-cigarette/vape pen involves taking the oil, dried marijuana, dab, wax or shatter, then heating it using the device, producing vapors that ensure an instant high. How-to videos are easily accessible through YouTube. The internet has made all of these products easily obtainable. To purchase the JUUL in a retail store, you must be 18. But online, there isn’t a way to make sure that the person who is ordering these devices is 18. Think about who is at home when your packages are delivered. We know that some youth order these devices online and have them delivered right to their front door, and unfortunately, parents don’t even know. Marijuana is addictive and harmful to the developing brain. Our brains don’t stop developing until around 25 years of age, and the Center for Disease Control and Prevention confirms in its statement, “Marijuana use interferes with brain development.”
A new study in the American Journal of Psychiatry suggests cannabis might actually have a more negative impact on teens’ cognitive development than alcohol. Its findings suggest young people should do everything they can to delay the onset of their cannabis use, if not avoid it entirely. Parents, please take a moment and get online and educate yourself on this topic. Share with your children your feelings and expectations when it comes to smoking marijuana. Educate your children about their brains and the impact smoking, vaping marijuana can have on their not-yet-developed brains. Many youth view smoking marijuana using vape pens and the like as healthier than smoking cigarettes, and they think it is trendy. What we don’t know yet what the health impacts this could have on their futures. We don’t want this generation to be the one that finds out that smoking marijuana and using these devices has such a horrible impact on their lives as previous generations did when it came to cigarettes. Talk with your children. Your opinion matters to them. Cathy Kalina is a prevention specialist with Family Service Madison and the coordinator of Stoughton Cares.
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The Town of Dunn annual Arbor Day potluck is back this year from 4-6 p.m. Saturday, April 27. Residents are encouraged to bring a dish to pass, and the town will provide brats, hot dogs, plates, napkins,
The town orders some trees from a local nursery, but gives others away that the tree board has sprouted from older, local oaks native to the area. This year, Gae Bergmann will present and discuss monarch butterfly habitat and conservation, according to the spring newsletter. Contact Alexander Cramer at alexander.cramer@ wcinet.com.
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A Dunn neighborhood park is receiving $1,000 from Dane County for help purchasing and planting trees. Simpson Park, at the end of Parkland Drive and just south of Mahoney Road, received a Dane County Environmental Council Grant to increase land diversity, according to a news release.
Town clerk Cathy Hasslinger said residents have also raised $500 to build a path through the park with exercise stations, funding the town has matched. T h e c o u n t y a p p r ove d n e a r l y $18,000 in grants to fund 19 environmental projects around the area. Other recipients include $801 to the Village of Windsor for a sign to direct hikers to a “rare, intact sedge meadow” in the Token Creek Conservancy, according to a release, and $1,803.45
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Stoughton Hospital was recognized last week with a five-star rating from the U.S. Centers for Medicare (CMS) and Medicaid Services, one of only 282 hospitals nationwide to receive the ranking. CMS’ Hospital Compare website, which reports on quality measures, rates more than 4,500 hospitals nationwide, according to a news release from Stoughton Hospital. The ratings are based on 57 quality measures that are broken into seven categories: effectiveness of care, efficient use of medical imaging, mortality, patient experience, readmissions, safety of care and timeliness of care.
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Don Vruwink’s Rutland listening session started in the parking lot. The Democratic state representative from Milton, elected in 2017, had scheduled a session at the Rutland Town Hall before a Town Board meeting, but he showed up to find the building locked. While a town supervisor left to get a key, Vruwink started talking in the parking lot to the two people who had shown up early to hear him speak. By the time Town Sup. Deana Zentner arrived back to unlock the building, Vruwink had already touched on the massive amount of student debt owed by Wisconsin students ($25 billion, he said) and his multi-step plan to solve it (it involves bundling the debt together and having the state take on the risk so that banks can lower interest rates). Once inside, the crowd continued to grow until about 20 people were there to listen to the former teacher explain his positions. He focused on school funding, the intransigence of state politics and the need to figure out a way to pay to fix the state’s roads. Vruwink said he was drawn to the issue of student debt when a constituent told him of the excessive suicide rate among veterinarians who are saddled with seemingly unpayable loans. He said he had met with a consortium of bankers to work on a deal that would yield lower interest rates for debt-holders, less risk for banks and a tax incentive to keep graduates in Wisconsin. Shifting to K-12 education,
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State Rep. Don Vruwink (D-Milton) talks about the need to tackle the state’s $25 billion student debt problem at the Rutland Town Hall April 3. vouchers are costing public schools, Vruwink said, though he drew a sharp distinction between those and charter schools. He said an active lobby supports voucher schools in the legislature, allowing its participants to continue to profit from the industry. “If you starve the public schools (and get them to fail), you’ll get more money for vouchers,” Vruwink said. He agreed with an audience-member’s assertion that teachers aren’t being valued for their work, and described how districts have been forced to part ways with longtime teachers and the state has lowered licensing standards in an effort to save money. He said former Republican Gov. Scott Walker’s recent increases for school funding, which increased per-pupil funding in the form of solvency aid and rural transportation aid, came about because 16 schools were going to go bankrupt without it. The school-funding formula is broken, he said, and Republicans in the legislature have tried to fix the symptoms rather than addressing the formula itself. “I was told there wouldn’t be many bills passed this
year,” Vruwink said. He said the strategy is to obstruct the work of the legislature to make the new Democratic governor look as though he can’t get anything done. Vruwink also said Democratic Gov. Tony Evers’ budget is “dead on arrival” and that the Republicans would “tear it up” and write their own. While the Wisconsin governor has far-reaching powers to edit a budget using the line-item veto, he or she is not able to add money to what is already proposed. “(Assembly Speaker Rep. Robin) Vos (R-Burlington) told me personally we’re going to give (Evers) a budget and if he vetoes it, we’ll give him another one with less (money) in it,” Vruwink said. To deal with the state’s roads, Evers’ budget proposal raises the gas tax by $.08 per gallon, but cuts the state’s “minimum markup requirement” which he has said might mean drivers will end up paying less at the pump. Vruwink expressed tepid support for such a measure. While a gas tax is worth considering to pay for roads, the minimum markup might hurt smaller, rural gas stations that would be forced
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eating utensils and a beverage. It will also provide some small trees to take home, as well as a presentation about local pollinators. Town clerk Cathy Hasslinger said the event has been going on for at least 30 years. “It’s just a really neat event,” she said. “People come together and we give away some small trees and we talk about planting those.”
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Geranium sale Partners of Stoughton Hospital will sponsor its annual Geranium sale, with orders being taken by Thursday, May 2. Order forms are available at the Stoughton Gift Shop or at the lobby desk. Geraniums can be picked up in the Stoughton Hospital Wellness Gardens from 1-4 p.m. Thursday, May 9. All plants are pre-order, pre-pay only. For information, call 873-6611 or visit stoughtonhospital.com
ROHS meeting The next R Olde House Society meeting will be held at 7 p.m. Thursday, April 18, at 308 N. Van Buren St., across from the Nazareth House. In addition to a tour of the home, Patrick Kelly, of Matchless Restoration, will speak on “Historic Restoration with Custom Woodworking.” Attendees are asked to bring a light snack to share and their own beverages. ROHS is a group of people interested in the history and preservation of older houses. For information, contact email@example.com.
Stoughton Hospital during a Coffee with the President event from 9-10:30 a.m. Tuesday, April 23, at Stoughton Hospital, 900 Ridge St. The event will take place in the Close to Home Cafe at the hospital. Dan DeGroot, president and CEO, will join Michelle Abey, vice president and CFO. They will answer questions and lead a tour of the updated facility. Registration is required and space is limited. For information, call 873-2356.
Library crafts Children ages five and up, and younger with adult assistance, are welcome to create custom alien masks during a library craft event from 3:30-7:45 p.m. Tuesday, April 23. Supplies will be provided, including google eyes, pipe cleaners and other craft items. The event is part of The TARDIS Lands at the Library, an event sponsored by Beyond the Page, the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Madison Community Foundation and the library. It is a monthlong celebration of Doctor Who. For information, call 873-6281.
• 3 p.m., Computer class: Google Drive for anyone, senior center, 873-8585 • 7 p.m., River Bluff Middle School band concert, SHS Performing Arts Center, 600 Lincoln Ave., 877-5600 • 7 p.m., R Olde House Society meeting, 308 N. Van Buren St., firstname.lastname@example.org
• 10 a.m., Library play date, library, 873-6281 • 6 p.m., Sons of Norway Bingo, Mandt Lodge, 317 S. Page St., 205-2234
Learn about UFOs and alien encounters in Wisconsin during a program at the library from 6:307:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 24. Chad Lewis, a researcher, author and lecturer, will cover what he calls a “rich history” of alien encounters, including stories of people who believe to have come face-to-face with creatures not of this earth. For information, call 873-6281.
Clean up day
The annual River and Trails earth day clean up will start at 9 a.m. Saturday, April 27. Participants are asked to meet at the pedestrian bridge on Division Street for garbage bags and clean up area assignments. For information, call the City of Card party Stoughton Parks and Recreation Coffee with the hospital The Partners of Stoughton Hos- department at 873-6746. president pital will sponsor a spring card parPeople can meet officials from ty at Christ Lutheran Church, 700 Baha’i Faith
For information: Alfred Skerpan, 877-0911 or Gail and Greg Gagnon, 873-9225 us.bahai.org Stoughton study classes.
Bible Baptist Church
2095 Hwy. W, Utica 873-7077 • 423-3033 Sunday: 10 a.m. - Worship; 6 p.m. - Worship
Christ Lutheran Church
700 Hwy. B, Stoughton 873-9353 • e-mail: email@example.com Sunday: 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Worship, 9:10 a.m. Family Express and Sunday School
Christ the King Community Church 401 W. Main St., Stoughton • 877-0303 christthekingcc.org Sunday: 10 a.m. - Worship
Christian Assembly Church
1844 Williams Drive, Stoughton • 873-9106 Saturday: 6 p.m. Worship Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship
The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints
825 S. Van Buren, Stoughton 877-0439 • Missionaries 957-3930 Sunday: 9 a.m. Sunday school and Primary
Cooksville Lutheran Church
11927 W. Church St., Evansville 882-4408 Pastor Karla Brekke Sunday: 10 a.m. Worship and Sunday School
Covenant Lutheran Church
1525 N. Van Buren St., Stoughton • 873-7494 firstname.lastname@example.org • covluth.org Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Worship Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship, 10:30 a.m. Fellowship
515 E. Main St., Stoughton • 834-9050 ezrachurch.com Sunday: 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.
First Lutheran Church
310 E. Washington, Stoughton 873-7761 • flcstoughton.com Sunday: 8:30 and 10 a.m. Worship
9209 Fulton St., Edgerton 884-8512 • fultonchurch.org Sunday: 8 and 10:30 a.m. Worship Services Coffee Fellowship: 9:10 a.m. Sunday School: 9:30-10:30 a.m. Varsity (High Schoolers): 12-3 p.m. AWANA (age 2-middle school): 3-5 p.m.
Good Shepherd By The Lake Lutheran Church
1860 Hwy. 51 at Lake Kegonsa, Stoughton 873-5924 Sunday Worship: 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Education hour for all ages: 9:15 a.m. Adult Bible Study: 9:15-9:45 a.m.
2200 Lincoln Ave., Stoughton 873-9838 • lakevc.org Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship
Seventh Day Baptist Church of Albion
616 Albion Rd., Edgerton 561-7450 • email@example.com forministry.com/USWISDBGCASD1 Worship Saturday 11- Sabbath School 10
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221 Kings Lynn Rd. Stoughton, WI 53589 (608) 873-8888
Saturday, April 20
• Library closed
Sunday, April 21 Tuesday, April 23
• 9-10:30 a.m., Coffee with Stoughton Hospital president and CFO, Stoughton Hospital, 900 Ridge St., 873-2356 • 2-4:30 p.m., Healthy living with diabetes series ($20 per person for six weeks), Stoughton Hospital, 900 Ridge St., 873-2356 • 3:30 p.m., Alien masks for children craft activity, library, 873-6281 • 6:30 p.m., Page Turners book discussion, library, 873-6281
Wednesday, April 24
• 9:30 a.m., Family music time, library, 873-6281 • 11:30 a.m., Spring card party ($10 includes lunch, Bridge or Euchre), Christ Lutheran Church, 700 County Road B., 873-6818 • 1 p.m., Page Turners book discussion, senior center, 873-8585 • 5:30 p.m., Customized knee replacement presentation, Stoughton Hospital, 900 Ridge St., 877-3419 • 6:30-7:30 p.m., UFOs in Wisconsin space program, library, 873-6281
Thursday, April 25
• 9:30 a.m., Family music time, library, 873-6281 • 3:30 p.m., Recycled robots for teens, library, 8736281
Stoughton Baptist Church
St. Ann Catholic Church
323 N. Van Buren St., Stoughton 873-6448 • 873-7633 Weekday Mass: Nazareth House and St. Ann’s Church Weekend Mass: Saturday - 5:15 p.m.; Sunday - 8 and 10:30 a.m.
United Methodist of Stoughton 525 Lincoln Avenue, Stoughton stoughtonmethodist.org Stoughtonumc@Wisconsinumc.org Sunday: 8 a.m.; 10 a.m. - Full Worship
United Pentecostal Church of Stoughton
1501 E. Main St., Stoughton • 608-205-6444 Pastor Rich Thomas • firstname.lastname@example.org Sunday Worship: 10 a.m., Thursday Bible Study: 7 p.m.
West Koshkonong Lutheran Church 1911 Koshkonong, Stoughton Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - Worship
Western Koshkonong Lutheran Church 2633 Church St., Cottage Grove Sunday: 9:30 a.m. worship 11 a.m. Bible study
“The appetite of laborers works for them; their hunger drives them on.” – Proverbs 16:26 NIV
1358 Hwy 51, Stoughton
Friday, April 19
• 1 p.m., Classic movie Friday: “A League of Their Own,” senior center, 873-8585
Corner of Williams Dr. & Cty. B, Stoughton 873-6517 Sunday: 10:30 a.m., 6 p.m. Worship
Controlling Our Desires
Thursday, April 18
County Road B, starting at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 24. The cost is $10, which includes a sandwich lunch and desserts, and an afternoon of Bridge and Euchre. Raffle tickets for a variety of door prizes will be available for purchase. Walk-ins are welcome, but reservations are encouraged. For information, call Barb Harried at 873-6818.
The Old Testament story of Esau giving up his birthright for a bowl of stew illustrates a variety of important lessons, and perhaps the most relevant one is that our appetites can make us impulsive and prone to bad judgement: “Once when Jacob was cooking some stew, Esau came in from the open country, famished. He said to Jacob, ‘Quick, let me have some of that red stew! I’m famished!’Jacob replied, ‘First sell me your birthright.’ ‘Look,I am about to die,’Esau said. ‘What good is the birthright to me?’But Jacob said, ‘Swear to me first.’ So he swore an oath to him, selling his birthright to Jacob” (Genesis 25:29-34 NIV) Like Esau, we often make bad decisions and act impulsively because our appetites get the upper hand. The lesson here is as much about controlling our impulses as it is about being careful to not make important decisions when our appetites are engaged. Going to the grocery store when you’re famished is a bad idea. Conversely, it is possible to make your desires and appetites work for you. As the saying goes,“Hunger is the best sauce.” Desire is not inherently bad; it can be used for good or ill. Staying hungry, as it were, can be a strong motivator. Consider how to harness your appetites in order to improve your life. –Christopher Simon
Food pantries City of Stoughton Food Pantry The City of Stoughton Food Pantry, 520 S. Fourth St., is open from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It will also be open from 4-6 p.m. Thursday evenings and the first Saturday of the month from 9-11 a.m.
SUMC Food Pantry The Stoughton United Methodist Church Food Pantry, 525 Lincoln Ave., is open from 9-11 a.m. Tuesday and Wednesdays. It will also be open from 5-7 p.m. Tuesdays.
Personal Essentials Pantry The Personal Essentials Pantry (PEP), 343 E. Main St., is open from 1-5 p.m. on the first and third Thursdays of each Month. The pantry will be closed on holidays and if SASD is closed due to weather.
Support groups Diabetic Support Group • 6 p.m., second Monday, Stoughton Hospital, 873-2356 Dementia Caregivers • 2 p.m., second Thursday, senior center, 873-8585 Crohn’s/Colitis/IBD Support Group • 5:30 p.m., third Wednesday, Stoughton Hospital, 873-7928 Grief Support Groups • 2 p.m., third Wednesday, senior center, 873-8585 Low Vision Support • 1-2:30 p.m., third Thursday, senior center, 873-8585 Parkinson’s Group • 1:30-2:30 p.m., fourth Wednesday, senior center, 873-8585 Multiple Sclerosis Group • 10-11:30 a.m., second Tuesday, senior center, 873-8585
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April 18, 2019
Earth Day Expo April 27 AMBER LEVENHAGEN Unified Newspaper Group
The Sustainable Stoughton Earth Day Expo returns for its third year on April 27. Held again at the Lageret, 515 E. Main St., the expo will feature activities for people of all ages. New this year is a presentation on parrots by a local parrot sanctuary. There will also be an owner panel on the benefits of owning an electric car, with four cars, including a Tesla, expected to be on site. There will also be a field demonstration on selecting and designing a pollinator and butterfly garden by Agrecol, a local nursery. More than 60 indoor and outdoor booths will feature sustainability topics. Some displays will include permaculture, community supported agriculture and solar energy collection. Some craft activities will also be available. From 1:152:15, people will have an opportunity to make a Celtic flower crown. Throughout the afternoon, attendees can create their own
If you go What: Sustainable Stoughton Earth Day Expo Where: The Lageret, 515 E. Main St. When: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, April 27 Info: sustainablestoughton.org wood block Earth Day t-shirt. There’s a $5 fee to participate and participants must bring their own shirts. Live music performances will feature the Yahara River Hootenanny and Olivia Panthofer. There will be a happy hour from 1-5 p.m. with local beer, wine and hard cider, all for purchase. Food trucks will be on site, selling wood-fired pizza, sandwiches and homemade pastries. For a complete schedule of events, visit sustainablestoughton.org or search for “Sustainable Stoughton” on Facebook.
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Lake sediment removal to start Project first of 5 phases of Yahara Lakes restoration
An estimated 8.5 million pounds of sediment enters the Yahara Lakes each year from urban runoff. Later this year, Dane County will start a new project to help reduce that number and the subsequent flooding effects around the area, including around Lake Kegonsa. On April 9, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced the sediment-removal project will start on a stretch of the Yahara River between Lakes Monona and Waubesa that’s restricting water flowing south through the lakes. With a cost of $2 million, the project is one of six sites the county is planning to target in coming years to “improve water flow, flood storage capacity, and fish and wildlife habitat in the Yahara Lakes,” according to a county news release last week. Later phases will include the Lake Kegonsa area. This year’s work will be bid out this summer, and work in future years will be carried out as the county secures permitting. At the first site, between Lakes Monona and Waubesa, county officials are hoping to remove between two and three feet of sediment from a corridor
In addition to the announced $2 million initiative to begin clearing sediment from the Yahara Lakes later this year, Dane County included $440,000 in the 2019 budget for two new aquatic plant harvesters and $50,000 for a hydraulic crane to help remove debris that restricts flow through the waterway. The county now has 13 harvesters and two barges to assist in clearing the lakes. about 50 feet wide and 1.75 miles long. Last week’s announcement comes after the county released a technical report that identified opportunities to address flooding on the Yahara Chain of Lakes, and the County Board’s Lake Level Task Force submitted its final policy recommendations. Parisi said the initiative will help the county “increase the flow of water through the Yahara Chain of Lakes and mitigate future flooding risk.” “Climate change rains will continue to affect Dane County,” he said in the
news release. “That’s why it’s important we support initiatives like this one so our area can manage increasing volumes of storm water that come with being the fastest growing county in Wisconsin.” After last August’s heavy rains and widespread flooding, a county technical work group began meeting to evaluate lake level conditions and model scenarios to improve resiliency for future events. The group’s technical report found removal of sediment produced a great benefit for lowering flood risks. Currently, water comes into the Yahara Chain of Lakes faster than it goes out – taking two inches of rain over two weeks to leave the Yahara Lakes system, according to the release. Nearly a month after last August’s heavy rains, water levels on Lake Monona were eight inches higher than they were on Lake Waubesa. Michele Ritt, Chair of the Dane County Board’s Environment, Agriculture, and Natural Resources committee, wrote in news release that removing sediment and improving the flow of the water out of the system is a “critical component of managing lake levels. – Scott De Laruelle
Plastic: Project will be featured during Earth Day Expo, Syttende Mai parades make sure the electric car has enough power to pull the monster. It’s not quite done yet, but the final project, made with chicken wire, wood and conduit, will feature a paper mache Earth with a wave full of plastic about to crash over it. Anderson and her husband, Michael Kurtinitis, have opened their home for space to construct the plastic monster, which stands at about 10 feet tall. The plastic monster idea didn’t change much from the original plan that was birthed at the volunteer dinner, but some research was done to help round out the project. “In researching the plastic monster, I did Google searches and saw all these images that are ridiculous, tons of plastic and floating garbage in water that should be accessible,” Anderson said. An important part of the construction will rely on community support. Sustainable Stoughton is encouraging people to bring their plastic recycling to the Earth Day Expo Saturday, April 27, to help fill out the plastic wave. The expo will be held from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Lageret, 515 E. Main St. Additionally, Sustainable Stoughton is looking for youth groups to get involved with the project by walking along with the float during the parades. To learn more, visit sustainablestoughton.org.
Sustainable support From beginning to end, a goal of the project is to avoid becoming part of the plastic problem. Anderson said about 90 percent of the materials were scrap items people on the committee had laying around. The rest,
metal design, and she said that she has enjoyed combining that with her passion for the environment. “Design and creating in that way is just second nature to me. It hit me that I have this idea and I get to put it together? It was like, ‘Are you kidding?’” she said with a smile. When the completed plastic monster floats down Main Street during the Syttende Mai parades, people who might not have contributed to the construction of the project will be able to participate, Anderson
Photo by Amber Levenhagen
The plastic monster structure, when completed, will feature a wave of plastic overtaking the earth. particularly the metal conduit, was purchased from local businesses. “We do not want to create garbage in making this, we want to create a statement,” Anderson said. “We don’t want this to be part of the problem.” At the expo, attendees will be able to attach their plastic items to the metal wave. Items could include plastic bags, water bottles, food containers and milk jugs, though all should be cleaned beforehand. “Part of recycling is rinsing the containers out really well, and I didn’t realize that,” Anderson said. “I would just put it in the recycling and not think about that.” And while collecting the plastic is a part of the project, properly disposing of it after the Syttende Mai parade is an important follow-up. To avoid having to take the plastic home, people are asked to help disassemble the monster after the Syttende Mai parade so the
items can be recycled. People are asked to take pieces home to recycle in their own containers. Anderson said that while the project is highlighting the overconsumption of plastic, there’s no shame in bringing your own recyclables to the expo. “We all use plastic, it’s super hard to avoid, it’s not a judgement, it’s just saying this is what it is,” she said.
collaborative.” Committee members have been able to bring their own expertise to the project. For Anderson, that’s her background in sculpture and
said, because they will be able to recognize the impact that plastic consumption has on the environment and that it’s a problem that isn’t going away. “All of these steps we’ve made as humans, this is still a problem,” Anderson said. “In my mind I had this idea of a giant wave overtaking the Earth and it made a big impact visually for me, and to make it a reality is really exciting.” Contact Amber Levenhagen at amber.levenhagen@ wcinet.com.
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Power of teamwork The project began shortly after the new year. R eg i n a H i r s c h b ega n coordinating “Plastic Monster” committee meetings at the library, and when construction began a few months ago, Anderson took over planning the work events. Around 10 people make up the committee and more than 40 work hours have put into constructing the monster. “If we didn’t have the rest of the committee, it would have been really hard,” Anderson said. “It’s very
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Nathan Detroit (Laura Perry) and Miss Adelaide (Madeline Olsen) talk about their anniversary. Photos by Amber Levenhagen
Members of the underground gambling operation sing about how it’s the oldest established craps game in the city.
‘Guys and Dolls, Jr.’ River Bluff Middle School performed “Guys and Dolls, Kailee Whitmire as co-director. Trish Gates was the proJr.” last week at the Stoughton High School Performing ducer, Jen Tallman and Beth Weitner were in charge of Arts Center. costumes and Fred Trotter was the stage technician. The cast featured nearly three dozen students. River Bluff vocal music teacher Ethan Zick was the – Amber Levenhagen play’s director, with Stoughton High School student
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Vikings shoot to fifth
PLAYER OF THE WEEK From April 10-16
Wozniak, Livingston lead Stoughton with 91s MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor
Stoughton junior Jake Livingston and sophomore Patrick Wozniak each shot a 91 at the first Badger South Conference mini meet Tuesday, April 16, at the Stoughton Country Club. The Vikings shot a 388 as a team to finish fifth. It came one day after the Vikings took 17th out of 20 teams at the Edgewood Invitational at the Blackhawk Golf Course in Madison. “I was very happy with our fifth-place finish today,” coach Stephen Stokes said. “We finished almost 30 strokes better than we did on the same course a week ago at the Stoughton Invite. Our goal as a program is to improve every week and we did that this week.”
Name: Ryan Curry Grade: Junior Sport: Baseball Position: Pitcher Highlight: tossed a five-hit complete game on Monday to get the win in a 5-1 victory over Deerfield.
Conference dual Oregon’s Sam Schroeder shot a 3-over-par 75 for medalist honors Tuesday in Stoughton. He was two shots better than Edgewood’s James Gilmore. Madison Edgewood captured the team title 325-340 over Monona Grove. Oregon took third (351). Stokes was excited to have Livingston and Wozniak each finish with a 91. “I was very happy with Jake and Patrick’s scores,” he said. “That is the best score that Patrick has shot on varsity and he has shown tremendous improvement from a year ago.”
Photo by Mark Nesbitt
Stoughton senior Carter Hellenbrand hits a tee shot on No. 8 during a Badger South Conference mini meet on Tuesday at the Stoughton Country Club. Livingston tied for 63rd with a Stoughton senior Thomas Apel carded a 102 and senior Carter 97. Wozniak carded a 109 to finish 78th. Hellenbrand shot a 113 Hellenbrand finished with a 104. and Apel rounded out the top four Edgewood Invite for the Vikings with a 120. Verona edged Waunakee for The Vikings shot a 439 to take 17th on Monday in the Edgewood the team title 319-327. Edgewood took third (328). Invitational.
What’s next Stoughton travels at 9 a.m. Saturday to play at the Oak Ridge Golf Course.
Honorable mention: Jake Livingston (boys golf) shot a team-best 91 on Tuesday. Zerek Zeichert (boys tennis) had wins against Waunakee, Pius XI and Waukesha North last weekend at No. 3 singles. Hannah Furseth (girls soccer) had six saves in a 10-0 loss to Oregon on Monday. Nathan Hutcherson (boys track) finished third in a personal-best 24 seconds Saturday at the McFarland Invitational. Abigail Groleau (girls track) won the 100meter dash Tuesday in 13.45. Kailey Hammersly (softball) had a solo home run in the second inning of a 12-2 loss to Platteville on Monday.
Boys track and field
Benoy moves atop singles lineup
Walker has hand in pair of wins
Senior Nolan Meyer and sophomore Steven Benoy have been interchangeable for much of the season atop the Stoughton boys tennis singles lineup but that may have changed last week. Benoy won all four of his No. 1 singles matches in Waukesha over the weekend and added Badger South win against Oregon on Tuesday, April 16. “One thing that Steven has as an advantage over not only kids on our team, but any team, is that he really believes that he can hang with and beat anybody,” coach Amy Kahl said. “He plays very aggressively but always under control.” The Vikings traveled to the Waukesha Invitational (Friday, April 12 and Saturday, April 13) and finished 2-2 with wins over Pius XI and Waukesha North. Stoughton closed things out with a conference loss Tuesday to the rival Panthers.
Waukesha South 5, Stoughton 2
Stoughton hosts Watertown at 4:15 p.m. Thursday.
Benoy moved up to No. 1 singles Saturday morning and cruised 6-1, 6-1 over Evan Hein. Meyer added a 6-3, 6-0 win at No. 2 singles against Drew Running. Zeichert and Hayden Schreier Sean Bychowski 6-3, 6-2 at No. 1 each had a close set but fell 7-5, 6-1 singles. and 6-2, 6-4 at Nos. 3 and 4 singles. Meyer fell 6-3, 6-2 at No. 2 singles and freshman Hayden Schreier Stoughton 4, Pius XI 3 lost 6-2, 6-3 at No. 4 singles. The Vikings swept all four singles “Hayden has all the strokes and flights Saturday in a 4-3 win over I think when we gets a little bigger Pius XI. he’ll really be able to hit the ball Benoy had the closest match, with some pace,” Kahl said. grinding out a 3-6, 6-2, 10-8 win at
Waunakee 5, Stoughton 2
Steven Benoy and Zerek Zeichert earned wins at Nos. 2 and 3 singles Friday against Waunakee. Benoy cruised 6-0, 6-1 at No. 2 singles against Reed Christian. Zeichert lost his first set at No. 3 singles but bounced back to beat Collin Klug 3-6, 6-4, 7-5. “Zerek has played doubles in the Oregon 6, Stoughton 1 past and is doing a great job transiB e n o y h a d S t o u g h t o n ’s l o n e tioning to singles,” Kahl said. “He’s win in a 6-1 loss Tuesday at home been very patient he just needs to against Oregon, defeating senior learn to use his net play. Today he trusted himself.”
No. 1 singles against Andrew Larson. Meyer and Zeichert each won at Nos. 2 and 3 singles. Meyer beat Justin Loth 7-5, 6-1 at No. 2 singles and Zeichert won 7-5, 6-4 at No. 3 singles against Reuben Fendt. Schreier cruised 6-0, 6-2 at No. 4 singles against Thomas Birk. Brody Jerrick and Evan Jensen had a chance to add a No. 3 doubles win but were unable to close out the match, falling 6-3, 0-6, 10-3 to Austin Lehman and Khang Dao.
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The Stoughton boys Stoughton hosts Fort track and field team was Atkinson and Monroe able to get outside twice in a Badger South trilast week, competing in the McFarland Spartan angular at 4:15 p.m. Invitational on Saturday, Tuesday, April 23. April 13, before traveling to Fort Atkinson for a triangular on Tuesday, April 100-meter dash in 12 sec16. onds. Sophomore Brooks Spartan Invitational Empey was fifth in the Junior Nathan Hutcher- 400 dash in 55.2 secson took third Saturday at onds. Junior Evan Herbst McFarland High School (56.85) was eighth. Fellow junior Jack Sanin a personal-best 24 seconds in the 200. Hutcher- ford was sixth in the 300 son led a 5-6 finish in the hurdles (44.6). Stoughton placed three 300 hurdles with a time of 44.19. He placed fifth in in the top eight of the the triple jump (38-51/2). 3,200 run, led by senior Sophomore Alexander Parker Flint’s third-place Wicks cleared 10-6 for finish in 10:32.13. Sophthird place in the pole o m o r e s C a d e M i l l a m (10:46.29) and Christian vault. Freshmen Kai Sorensen Smith (10:55) were sev( 2 : 1 2 . 6 5 ) a n d J a y d e n enth and eighth. Sophomore Tyler MilZywicki (2:12.81) placed fourth and fifth in the 800. lard placed eighth in 17 Senior Dwight Walk- 31/4 long jump. Sanford er finished fifth in the
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April 18, 2019
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Vikings drop a pair of games JEREMY JONES Sports editor
Weather forced the postponement of one Badger South game and the cancellation of a tournament last week for the Stoughton softball team. The Vikings (1-5 overall, 1-4 conference) managed to get in a nonconference game against Platteville on Monday, April 15, before returning to conference action Tuesday, April 16, against Edgewood.
Stoughton hosts Oregon at 5 p.m. Thursday.
the bullpen. Tessa Pickett scored the other run in the third. Pickett led off the inning with a single and promptly stole second before being driven home on Savanna Jemilo’s double. Platteville third baseman Platteville 12, Amber Lancaster went 1 Stoughton 2 (5 inn.) for 3 with four RBIs. Wagner went all five Stoughton went down innings for the Hillmen 2-0 in the top of the first and struck out six. inning Monday and was forced to chase Platteville Edgewood 4, the rest of the way. H a m m e r s l y s m a c k e d Stoughton 3 Stoughton scored first a lead-off solo home run to cut the deficit to 2-1 in but were unable to hold the the second inning but the lead Tuesday as they fell Vikings lost 12-2 in five 4-3 to Madison Edgewood at Goodman Diamond. innings. T h e Vi k i n g s h a d s i x Platteville (4-4) batted around and blew the game hits, including a pair of open with up six runs in solo home runs by Madthe third. Pitcher Kaycie dy Brickson and HamWagner helped her cause, mersly in the top of the driving in two runs in the fifth inning to go up 3-1. S t o u g h t o n ’s l e a d w a s inning. Jessica Reuter toed the short-lived; however, as rubber for Stoughton. She Edgewood scored three allowed seven earned runs times in the bottom of the o n n i n e h i t s ove r f o u r inning. Madison Moore and innings. Kailey Hammersly threw one inning out of M i c h e l l e S c h m i t t e a c h
singled home a run in the fifth. A third run scored on a passed ball. Edgewood scored once in the second on an error and seventh innings, three times in the fourth and twice in the fifth. Stoughton second baseman Megan Marggi singled home a run in the second. Hammersly (2 for 3) homered in her third straight game and drove in two runs. Hammersly tossed six innings, allowed two earned runs and struck out four. Schmitt tossed went the distance in the circle for Edgewood. She allowed three earned runs and struck out six. The Crusaders committed five errors and the Vikings had three.
Stoughton, Watertown (ppd.) The late-season snow that hit the area on Thursd a y, A p r i l 1 1 , f o r c e d Stoughton to push its game against Watertown back to April 22.
Baraboo invite Inclement weather Saturday forced the cancellation of the Baraboo Invitational on Saturday. The Photo by Bob Christofferson tournament will not be Platteville’s Kaycie Wagner slides into home plate ahead of the tag by Stoughton catcher Grace Ott. The Vikings lost the nonconference game 12-2 in five innings. made up.
Girls track and field
Curry baffles Deerfield in five-hitter
Vikings win six events, finish second in Fort JEREMY JONES
team of Grace Guetschow, Adrianna Nelson and Annie Tangeman, who had a time of 53.94. Tangeman and Guetschow were joined by Victoria Ashworth and Matayla DeBruin to win the
4x200 in 1:56.32. Senior Anna Wozniak, normally a distance runner, took the 400 in 1:03.99. Wozniak helped Stoughton’s 4x800 relay Abby Kittleson, Gina Owen and Margaret Ross run to victory in 10:49.52. Ashworth won the 300 hurdles in a personal-best 5 1 . 0 9 . S e n i o r s M ega n Breuch (31-5 1/2) and Audrey Killian (30-5 3/4) were second and third in the shot put. Tangeman (14-6 1/2) and Trieloff (14-5) also finished second and third, accomplishing the feat in the long jump.
Stoughton High School graduate and University of Wisconsin-Madison distance Kiah Ehrke, a 2009 runner, finished the Boston Marathon on Monday, April
15, in 3 hours, 28 minutes, 47 seconds. Ehrke was a four-time state qualifier in track and cross country for the Vikings.
The Stoughton girls track and field team got back outside for the first time in a week on Tuesday at the Fort Atkinson triangular at Jones Dairy Stadium. The Vikings won six events and finished 15 points behind Monona Grove with a team score of 59. Fort Atkinson was last with 46. Freshman Abigail Groleau won the 100-meter dash in 13.45. Groleua was also part of the victorious 4x100 relay
Stoughton hosts Fort Atkinson and Monroe in a Badger South triple dual at 4:15 p.m. Tuesday, April 23.
MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor
The Stoughton baseball team got solid pitching and timely hitting last week. That led to wins in two of three games, including wins over Deerfield and Monroe. The Vikings (3-5 overall, 1-3 Badger South) fell to Madison Edgewood on Tuesday, April 16. Before Tuesday’s game, coach Jeremy Dunnihoo credited “quality starts” by
What’s next Stoughton hosts Fort Atkinson at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 23.
into our at-bats,” he said. The Vikings’ nonconference doubleheader at Reedsburg on Saturday, April 13, was postponed because of inclement weather.
Edgewood 7, Stoughton 0
Stoughton out-hit Edgepitchers the previous two wood on Tuesday but fell games and hits with players behind early and were never on base. able to recover in a 7-0 loss. “When we limit our walks The Vikings out-hit the from the mound we play better defense, and it carries over
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The Stoughton Thunder finished the regular season with the second best record earning a first round bye in the championship tournament, which they won on March 9. They faced Waunakee Team 2 in the first game of the tournament and defeated them 35-26, to earn a spot in the championship game. In the championship game, they defeated Waunakee Team 1, 30-17. Members (front, from left) are: Braylon Kane, Daniel Knoploh, Tanner Wevley, Brett Walter and Shaw Jackson; (back) coach Kane, Carter Klug, Quinn Bonti, Connor Wilson, Noah Nedbalek, Carter Franklin, Sam Anderson and coach Anderson.
April 18, 2019
Stoughton Courier Hub
Stoughton blanked by state runner-up Oregon, DeForest MARK NESBITT
Assistant sports editor
With five freshmen and nine sophomores, learning how to compete against some of the more experienced teams can be a challenge. On Monday, April 15, the Stoughton girls soccer team faced its biggest test yet. Defending state champion Oregon, ranked No. 2 in the Division 2 Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association state poll came to Collins Field and shut out Stoughton 10-0. The Vikings (0-5 overall, 0-1 Badger South) also lost a nonconference game Tuesday, April 16, to DeForest. They are still searching for their first goal, having been outscored 30-0. “We are young, so we are still working on how we play off of each other when we have the ball at our feet and how we are finding each other.” Kittleson said the Vikings are still learning how to play at game speed. Kittleson wants Stoughton to focus on the mental aspect of the game. Photos by Mark Nesbitt “Mentality is a big Stoughton sophomore goalkeeper Hannah Furseth completes thing,” she said. “Coma goal kick in the second half in a 10-0 loss to Oregon at ing into games not worCollins Field. Furseth had six saves. ried about prior games and
Stoughton travels to Elkhorn at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 23.
the components. When the ball is at their feet, they are playing with confidence and looking to play off each other.” Oregon erupted for six goals in the second half. Hanson scored two goals in the second half. The Panthers outshot the Vikings 35-0 in the game. “Their defense is strong,” Kittleson said. Oregon sophomore midfielder Aidan Hampton looks to get “We didn’t get a chance past Stoughton sophomore Karmen Smyth on Monday. to test them in this game. practices is key. “One of goal 1 minute, 11 seconds We were not able to build the big things will be not into the game. Senior mid- it up enough to challenge getting down when we are fielder Katie Eisele scored them.” about four minutes later. scored on.” Cox scored two goals in DeForest 5, Oregon 10, a 13-minute stretch to give Stoughton 0 the Panthers a 4-0 lead at Stoughton 0 DeForest had 26 shots on the half. Stoughton sophoOregon senior forward more Abbigale Kivett was goal Tuesday and scored Macie Cox scored three goalie in the first half and five goals in a 5-0 win at goals Monday to power posted four saves. Collins Field. the Panthers to a 10-0 win Cheyenne Hendler, Addy Sophomore Hannah over Stoughton. Conaway and Leah DouFurseth played goalie in J u n i o r f o r wa r d K a i t - the second half and had six cette scored in the first lyn Schrimpf and junior saves. half. Guadalupe Zaragoza forward Ashley Hanson “I think they are a tech- and Lydia Webster scored b o t h a d d e d t wo g o a l s . nical team,” Kittleson said in the second half. Schrimpf scored her first of Oregon. “They have all
Boys tennis: Benoy wins atop lineup against Oregon
Boys track: Walker wins 100
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Stoughton 4, Waukesha North 2
finished eighth in the 100 hurdles with a personal-best 18.2.
Stoughton again swept all four singles flights Saturday to close out a 4-2 win over Waukesha North. Benoy closed out the match with a 4-6, 6-1, (11-9) win in a tiebreaker at No. 1 singles over Ludek Zutepek. Meyer and Zeichert cruised 6-2, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-3 at Nos. 2 singles and 3 singles against Sam Ehwert and Jason Virasith, respectively. Schreier had Stoughton’s final win, defeating Adam Woehrer 6-4, 6-1 at No. 4 singles win.
Fort triangular Walker had a hand in an individual and a relay victory at Tuesday’s triangular at Jones Dairy Stadium in Fort Atkinson. He won the 100 in a season-record 11.73 and finished second in the 200 (24.39). The senior was joined by Andrew Straughter, Delvion Watson and Hutcherson to take the 4x100 by three s e c o n d s ove r M o n o n a Grove in 47.44. Stoughton scored
Stoughton, Monroe (ppd.) A late-season snowstorm Thursday, April 11, forced the Vikings to postpone their dual against Monroe. No make-up date had been announced as the Courier Hub went to press on Tuesday, April 16.
51 points and finished behind Monona Grove (69) and Fort Atkinson (63). Herbst, Empey, Sanford and Hutcherson added the 4x400 crown in 3:38.65 and the 4x800 team of Jack Albert, Gavin Model, Smith and Flint won the 4x800 by more than :25 with a 8:59.22. Junior Adam Hobson’s triple jump of 39-4 was the only other individual winner for Stoughton. Sheehy cleared a season-best 5-10 for second in the high jump. Wicks reached 10-6 for second in the pole vault.
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Sophomore Steven Benoy returns a shot Tuesday against Oregon senior Sean Bychowski at No. 1 singles. Benoy won the match 6-3, 6-2 but Stoughton dropped the dual meet 6-1.
Baseball: Stoughton falls to Madison Edgewood Continued from page 10 Crusaders 8-5 but committed five errors. Stoughton trailed 1-0 through three innings before Edgewood broke the game open with three runs in the top of the fourth. Right fielder Mitchell Wendler tripled home a run. A passed ball and a single drove in the other. Wendler singled home another run as part of a two-run fifth. Andrew Newton took the win for Edgewood. He allowed eight hits and
zero runs over six innings, striking out four and walking one. Jackson Wendler threw one inning in relief out of the bullpen. Connor Kalinowski took the loss for Vikings. He allowed five hits and six runs over four and a third innings. Ellingson went 3-for-4 at the plate to lead Vikings in hits.
five-hitter Monday to lead the host Vikings to a 5-1 nonconference win over Deerfield. “ We h a d s o m e o t h er guys lined up in relief since we haven’t played in awhile, but they way he was throwing he deserved to keep going,” Dunnihoo said. “He was effective because he threw strikes and was able to mix his fastball and curve ball.” Stoughton 5, Curry gave up one run and struck out four. The Deerfield 1 Vikings broke the game J u n i o r R y a n C u r r y open with a four-run sectossed a complete game ond inning to take a 4-1
lead. Brady Estervig had a sacrifice bunt to get runners into scoring position, and senior Kadin Milbauer, junior Ryan Ellingson and Curry drove in runs with two-out hits in the inning. Curry helped his own cause with two RBIs.
Stoughton, Reedsburg (ppwd.) The doubleheader between Stoughton and Reedsburg on Saturday was canceled due to inclement weather.
April 18, 2019
Stoughton Courier Hub
City of Stoughton
City adopts participation plan Necessary for part of KPW residential phase ALEXANDER CRAMER Unified Newspaper Group
The city now has a plan to guide the process of soliciting public input for big projects. The public participation plan bounced between the Plan Commission and Common Council over the past month after alders and commissioners expressed their desire that it include mechanisms to ensure
public feedback would be taken into account before a vote. A public participation plan is required by state law for any change to a municipality’s comprehensive plan, which will be necessary to implement the residential phase of Kettle Park West. This plan covers the process for KPW, but it could be used as a template for other projects that require public participation. Changes to the plan include steps to ensure it would be easy for the public to attend the sessions and that the oversight boards would have enough
time to take the feedback into consideration before acting on the plan. Rather than having a public hearing the night o f a vo t e o n t h e p r oposed comprehensive plan change, there will be a “public event” two weeks prior and multiple other attempts to disseminate information about the change. The Plan Commission will create a summary of the feedback and will review it before considering adoption of the plan. The tentative schedule for the comprehensive plan amendment for the rest of KPW Phase 2 calls for a public event Monday, April
22, a public hearing May 6 at the Plan Commission and another at a joint meeting of the council and commission May 28. Constructing the first 18 homes on the site would not require an amendment to the comprehensive plan, and that stage of the plan is working its way through city government separately. Forward Development Group officials have said that part of the project could break ground as soon as August. Contact Alexander Cramer at alexander.cramer@ wcinet.com.
Four rules for Stoughton budgets Finance director Jamin Friedl showed the Hub this month how the new and tweaked fiscal policies will affect the budget process moving forward. In his office at City Hall after a recent Redevelopment Authority meeting, some 13 hours after he’d arrived for the day, he pulled up a spreadsheet. It had four metrics in a green box in the corner with a “Yes” or “No” next to them, depending on the numbers Friedl had plugged in. Each will help guide budgetary decisions, and together they provide a framework as city staff build each budget proposal 1. Mill rate increase at or below 2 percent This number mirrors Gov. Tony Evers’ proposal to allow municipalities to raise levies by the amount of net new construction plus 2 percent. That had been the limit in Wisconsin before the Scott Walker administration changed it for the 2011-13 budget to be net new construction only. 2. No more than 40 percent of the tax levy can go to pay off debt This year, that number is 34 percent, Friedl said, explaining the 40 percent goal is both “attaina b l e a n d p a l a t a b l e ,” a s c i t y s t a ff d e t e r m i n e d . The amount is anticipated to approach and surpass 40 percent in the next three years, according to calculations by Ald. Denise Duranczyk (Dist. 1). 3. No more than 4 percent of the city’s value in debt This cap is 1 percentage point lower than the state’s. It had previously been raised from 2 percent. “The closer you get to the ceiling, you limit yourself to big projects down the road,” Friedl said. “If another big project comes down, but we’re sitting high, it kind of ties our hands.” 4. New debt moratorium The policy forbids adding to the amount of debt the city takes out. “It doesn’t mean we’re going to stop borrowing,” Friedl said, “it means if we pay off $3 million, we can borrow $3 million.” – Alexander Cramer
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Tony Ketterer, president of the Stoughton Village Players, thanks the Common Council for the 2019 Historic Preservation Award that recognized their work in restoring and maintaining the downtown Badger Theater.
Theater restorers recognized at April 9 Council meeting ALEXANDER CRAMER
Common Council meeting. The Landmarks Commission recognized the groups The restoration of the involved as winners of the Badger Theater was front 2019 Historic Preservation and center at the April 9 Award.
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Stoughton had theaters before the Badger Theater was built in 1921 at 255 E. Main St., but it was the first one constructed to be a movie theater. It featured comfortable seating, ornamented interiors and the most modern projection equipment available at the time, commission chair Peggy Veregin told the council. Tony Ketterer, president of the Stoughton Village Players, which took over ownership of the theater in 1999, said being one of the few community theater groups in the state to have its own theater allows it to do things other groups would be envious of. “ We ’r e v e r y p r o u d
stewards of the building,” he told the council. The Landmarks Commission also recognized Brick Works Masonry for the skilled masonry work on the building’s facade. Owner David Udstuen accepted the award, and told the council it happened to be his 50th year in the industry, and was especially proud to work on a building in his hometown. “I don’t think there’s anything that gives me more pride than bringing an old building back to life,” Udstuen said. Contact Alexander Cramer at alexander.cramer@ wcinet.com.
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mechanism. Friedl referred to them as “guidelines” for the city’s borrowing. It’s not often municipalities invest in big projects like infrastructure for the business park, Kettle Park West, the riverfront project and the public works garage back to back to back, he said. Friedl had told the Finance committee in February it was time for the city to “tighten the purse strings.” “The last four or five years, we pretty much matched the total borrowing in the previous 11,” he said. The borrowing paid for what he called “forward-looking growth.” Stoughton’s debt once again earned an Aa2 rating from Moody’s Investors Service, which called “above average debt burden” a factor it weighed against its economic ties to the Madison area and “healthy” operating reserves. Moody’s also cited the city’s “conservative financial practices” and its year-over-year surplus as positive factors in the rating while noting the lack of flexibility the city has in raising its revenue due to Wisconsin state law. The policy changes are aimed at retaining that rating and ensuring the city doesn’t have to increase taxes “by an absurd
amount.” The debt management policy was adopted in 1999 and updated in 2008 and each of the past two years. This update includes guidelines for maintaining a minimum balance of $1 million in the construction fund and using excess money to pay off debt. It’s an important tool to smooth out the impact budgetary increases might have on the levy, Friedl said. For example, if a proposed budget would increase the mill rate by 3 percent rather than the preferred 2 percent, the city could use some money from the construction fund to pay off debt and lessen the increase in taxes. As of Jan. 31, the fund had about $2.6 million, which has built up over time, Friedl explained, and the new policy provides a guideline about how to spend it. Paying off debt is the safest way, he said, but the city is also looking into whether it can be used for other projects. The TIF policy was amended to name pay-asyou-go TIFs as the city’s “preferred” funding mechanism. In that arrangement, the developer pays upfront costs and the city reimburses the firm using future tax revenue, putting the majority of risk on the developer, Friedl explained. Contact Alexander Cramer at alexander.cramer@ wcinet.com.
April 18, 2019
Stoughton Courier Hub
Force: Officer suspended for insubordination in 2016, warned about aggressive actions Continued from page 1 department policy but he was nonetheless ordered to undergo extra reviews of communication and defensive tactics. Stachel’s file, which dates to 2014, otherwise contains four incidents for which he was warned or disciplined by administration. The most severe punishment was a one-day suspension for insubordination in May 2016, for an “argumentative” interaction with a sergeant in front of civilians involved in a domestic dispute. Another was related to an off-duty “road rage” incident in 2014 in which he gave an obscene gesture to another driver and identified himself as an SPD officer, and a third involved cleanliness at the station in 2017. In the fourth, in March 2016, he “decentralized” a juvenile to the ground before handcuffing her and putting her in the back of a squad car, according to Stachel’s report. The department supported his actions as “justified” but unnecessary, and a commanding officer warned him that such actions can risk getting the department sued. If there is a settlement or judgment in this lawsuit, the city would be responsible to pay the first $25,000, and its insurance carrier will take over to pay the balance, the city’s risk manager AJ Gillingham told the Hub. The lawsuit claims Stachel had harassed Doyle for years before the 2015 incident and knew the outstanding warrant he contacted him about had no effect in Wisconsin. Doyle’s suit claims the arrest was unnecessary and that Stachel used excessive force in throwing him to the ground in public. Stachel’s report on the incident claimed that Doyle resisted
In brief Lawsuit claims excessive use of force against Stoughton PD officer Officer used force in separate incidents that met policy but sergeant told him was unnecessary Plaintiff claims officer harassed him Trial scheduled for December the officer’s attempt to detain him and ignored warnings that he would be forced to take him to the ground. According to Doyle’s expert’s report, Stachel denied recognizing Doyle. The case is scheduled for a December trial, the defense must announce its experts by June, and settlement letters are due by the end of October.
Question of harassment The lawsuit centers around an interaction the plaintiff claims was the culmination of years of harassment. On Sept. 14, 2015, Stachel was working an overnight shift when shortly before midnight, he pulled into the Kwik Trip near Walmart on the west side of the city, according to his case report. That’s right around the time Doyle stopped at the store to get something to help his fever. Doyle had taken off work early that night because he was sick, according to the lawsuit. Doyle’s account claims he was already nervous when he saw Stachel in the store because they had a history. The suit claims he had been repeatedly “harassed”
by Stachel because of outstanding warrants. Stachel’s report doesn’t mention seeing Doyle in the store; it says Stachel confronted him at the checkout counter after having run the plates on his car in the parking lot. The Hub requested records of previous interactions between the two, but SPD denied those requests, citing the litigation. A report from John Ryan, one of Doyle’s expert witnesses, states that Stachel had arrested Doyle nine months before this incident and learned about the status of his warrant at that time. Ryan is an attorney and former policeman who works as an expert witness for the Indiana-based Legal and Liability Risk Management Institute. Ryan’s report mentions two other interactions between the two men in which Stachel had become aware of Doyle’s warrants. Stachel arrested Doyle on one of those occasions, according to the expert’s report. Ryan cites a third such incident, from January 2015, in which Stachel writes in his police report that the Colorado warrant is “extradition to surrounding states only.” When Stachel ran Doyle’s plates, according to the September 2015 case report, it came back with an outstanding warrant in “Eagle CO.” Stachel wrote he thought it was Eagle County, Wisconsin, which does not exist. The warrant is from Colorado and is non-extraditable in Wisconsin.
Question of resistance The accounts of the incident differ, but they agree on the initial interaction. They both say when Doyle went to the counter to pay, Stachel entered the store and asked for his identification, which Doyle refused to produce. Stachel then told Doyle he would detain him until he could get the warrant situation figured
out, and started to handcuff him. Stachel’s report says Doyle then resisted. Doyle’s lawsuit states he reached for his wallet to get ID when Stachel threatened to arrest him. Video stills included in the plaintiff’s expert report, as well as both Stachel’s and Doyle’s accounts, show Stachel reached up around Doyle’s neck with his left arm while using his right to push his hip and, in Stachel’s words, “decentralize him to the ground.” It is the plaintiff’s expert’s contention that the way in which Stachel threw him to the ground constituted excessive force, as Stachel did not protect Doyle’s head or neck. The expert’s report says it took 94 seconds for SPD dispatch to get back to Stachel with the information that the warrant has no bearing in Wisconsin. By that time, Doyle was on the ground with his head pressed into the tiles, as Stachel put it, with the officer on top of him. Once he learned the warrant did not apply in Wisconsin, Doyle remained handcuffed on the floor, and it took two minutes for him to be set free, according to Doyle’s expert witness. After he was cuffed, Doyle told Stachel the police were harassing him, and Stachel told him he could still be arrested for resisting, the case report says. Stachel then advised Doyle to “take care of” his warrant.
Justified, but unnecessary The incident bears several similarities to the March 2016 incident involving a juvenile that drew a warning from administration. In the incident, Stachel tracked down a juvenile girl who was allegedly involved in a fight. Officers eventually referred charges on the girl to the district attorney of battery, disorderly conduct, criminal damage to property and
resisting. The report indicates a person who asked to speak to the officers was upset the girl was tackled and that her face came into contact with the ground, but the meaning is unclear because of redaction. Sgt. Nathan Hartwig wrote in his verbal counseling report after the incident that Stachel could have handled things differently and told him “just because he is justified in the use of force, does not mean he has to use it.” “(We) knew who the suspect was in this case and that he could have simply went to her residence and spoke with her parents (sic),” Hartwig wrote. “When we use force, we open ourselves up even further for lawsuits.” During the incident, Stachel and his partner, officer Carson Hoeper, responded to a call at about 3:30 p.m. to the Stoughton Youth Center for a report of a fight. It was Stachel’s job to track down the alleged perpetrator of the fight, who had left on foot. His report says he found the girl using a description of her clothing and secured what he termed an “admission” that she had been involved in the fight. After she repeatedly refused to follow his commands to allow him to handcuff her, Stachel wrote, the girl ran away. He chased her down and ordered her to the ground after she stopped running and turned toward him, screaming. Stachel then “decentralized” the girl to the ground, according to his case report, before handcuffing her, placing her in the backseat of a squad car and taking her to the department. Hoeper wrote that the girl had run from officers and was put in handcuffs “according to our procedures.” Contact Alexander Cramer at email@example.com.
Gary Allan Breuchel, age 67, of Stoughton passed away unexpectedly on April 9, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital, surrounded by family. He was born on Oct. 26, 1951, in Milwaukee, the
Florence Jane Reif On March 19, 2019, Florence Jane Reif, passed from this world to join her beloved husband, George A. Reif, and the many Tibetan Terriers she owned and had bred under the kennel name of Shaggar. “Jane” is survived by her only child, Curtis, her daughter-in-law, Claire, and granddaughter, Cayley. Jane was born in New Jersey as the only child of Florence and George L. McMunn. She and George Reif married in 1949, beginning their life together, and after several moves settled in
Middletown, Connecticut in 1969. After George’s death in 2011, Jane moved to Stoughton in 2012 to be closer to her remaining family. The family would like to extend thanks to Jane’s caregivers during her last years — Kari Aagerup, the staff of Brightstar Home Health Services, Oakwood Village at Prairie Ridge and Agrace Hospice Care. In lieu of flowers or a memorial service Jane asked that donations in her memory be made to local no-kill animal shelters or the health foundation of the Tibetan Terrier Club of America.
Kenseth) fan. Gary is survived by his sons, Scott (JoAnn) and Kevin (Kelly); daughter Amy; grandchildren, Isaac, Grace, Karli, Kaitlin, Keagan, Logan and Remi; Brothers, Mark and Dean (Ness); sisters Sheri and Cindy; as well as nieces, nephews and other extended family. He was preceded in death by his wife Kathy; and his parents. Services were held on Monday, April 15, 2019, at Christ Lutheran Church. Burial took place in Wheeler
Prairie Cemetery. A special thank you to the Stoughton Police Department, Stoughton EMS, Stoughton Hospital Emergency Room and the MICU staff at St. Mary’s Hospital. In lieu of flowers, gifts may be made to the Gary and Kathy Breuchel Memorial Fund which will be used to support education in the schools that were significant to them. Please share your memories of Gary at: CressFuneralService.com.
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Legals NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that City of Stoughton offices currently located at 381 E. Main Street will be moving to 207 S. Forrest Street (McFarland State Bank Building). City offices will be closed on Friday, April 26, 2019 and will reopen on Monday, April 29, 2019 at the new location. Questions regarding this matter can be directed to 608-873-6677. Published: April 18 and 25, 2019 WNAXLP *** MEETING OF: COMMON COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF STOUGHTON DATE//TIME: TUESDAY, MARCH 26, 2019 @ 7:00 P.M. LOCATION: COUNCIL CHAMBERS (2ND FLOOR OF PUBLIC SAFETY BUILDING) 321 SOUTH FOURTH STREET, STOUGHTON, WISCONSIN Members: Mayor Tim Swadley, Matt Bartlett, Sid Boersma, Phil Caravello, Denise Duranczyk, Regina Hirsch, Greg Jenson, Kathleen Johnson, Tom Majewski, Pat O’Connor, Lisa Reeves, Timothy Riley, and Ben Heili CALL TO ORDER Roll Call, Communications, and Presentations: Clerk Licht called the roll and noted there were 11 alders present. Caravello arrived at 7: 40 p.m. Minutes and Reports: the following minutes were entered into the record. Planning Commission (2/11/2019); Business Park North Committee (7/9/2018); Landmarks Commission (2/13/2019); (Finance 2/26/2019); Parks & Rec (3/4/2019) Public Comment Period: Roger Springman, of the RDA, spoke regarding the Public Participation Plan. He said that it should be sent back to Planning to amend the language. CONSENT AGENDA A. March 12, 2019 Council Minutes B. R-35-2019- Resolution Authorizing and directing the proper City official (s) to issue Operator Licenses Motion by Boersma, second by Jenson to approve the consent agenda. Motion carried 11-0. OLD BUSINESS O-9-2019- Amending Chapter 70-185 of the City of Stoughton Municipal Code; relating to Forty-eight Hour Parking by creating subsections 4, 5, and 6 Motion by Jenson, second by Riley to approve O-9-2019.Motion carried 11-0. O-10-2019- Amending Chapter 70191 of the City of Stoughton Municipal Code; relating to three hour parking by creating subsection 5 Motion by Jenson, second by Riley to approve O-10-2019. Motion carried 11-0. NEW BUSINESS R-36-2019- Authorizing the Issuance and Sale of $7,430,000 General Obligation Promissory Notes, Series 2019A Motion by Duranczyk, second by
Jenson to approve R-36-2019. Motion carried 11-0. R-37-2019- Authorizing and directing the proper city official(s) write off the 2013 – 2017 Delinquent Personal Property tax bills that have proven to be uncollectable for a total amount of $2,006.77 Motion by Duranczyk, second by Jenson to approve R-37-2019. Motion carried 11-0. R- 38-2019- Authorizing and directing the proper City official(s) to enter into an agreement with Advance Construction, Inc. for the 2019 Street and Utility Reconstruction Contract 1-2019 Motion by Duranczyk, second by Heili to approve R-38-2019. Motion carried 11-0. R-39-2019- Adopting a Public Participation Plan for the City of Stoughton Wisconsin Motion by Bartlett, second by Jenson to approve R-39-2019. Motion by Hirsch, second by Heili to send the document back to the Planning Commission to address ways of increasing public participation. Motion by Majewski, Jenson to call to question. Motion carried 10-2 with Boersma and Heili voting ‘no’. Questioned motion carried 12-0. Discussion and possible action regarding funding request to raze the structures at 801 Coolidge Road Motion by Duranczyk, second by Jenson to approve the funding request to raze the structures at 801 Coolidge Road. Motion by Duranczyk, second by Reeves to postpone voting on this matter until the 2nd council meeting in April. Motion carried 12-0. R-40-2019- Authorizing and directing the proper City officials to approve the Licensing Agreement for Communications Attachments to Utility Poles Between City of Stoughton and MCImetro Access Transmission Services Corp Motion by Hirsch, second by Duranczyk to approve R-40-2019. Motion carried 12-0. Discussion and possible action regarding purchasing the property located at 2464 County HWY A Motion by Duranczyk, second by Caravello to go into closed session at 8:000 p.m. pursuant to State Statute 19.85 (1) (e) for the purposes of deliberating or negotiating the purchasing of public properties, the invest of public funds, or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session. Motion carried 12-0. Adjournment Motion Jenson, second by O’Connor to adjourn at 8:50 pm. Motion carried 12-0. Respectfully Submitted, Holly Licht, City Clerk Published: April 18, 2019 WNAXLP ***
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SUMC: Church’s leadership boards wrote letter expressing disappointment at church vote Continued from page 1 examined The Book of Discipline and the church’s stance on sexuality. The outcome was a vote, divided by just 54 of 900 votes cast by church leaders from around the world, was to adhere to what’s called the Traditional Plan. The Traditional Plan keeps the church’s stance on disallowing LGBTQ individuals from being ordained as clergy or being married in the church, and enacts harsher disciplinary actions for clergy who behave outside of those restrictions. The General Conference session, which is held every four years, is a meeting of the worldwide delegate for the United Methodist Church. Around 900 delegates attended and voted at the conference, which was held in St. Louis, Miss. The One Church Plan, which says that persons from all different beliefs can be under the same roof, was backed by the Council of Bishops and brought to the conference as the recommended plan, though the delegates considered several other options on how to address the issue of sexuality. “It wasn’t the perfect plan, but it’s one that I could have stood behind,” Christman told the Hub. “The simple plan would have been to get rid of all the restrictive language in the Book of Discipline, with regards to sexuality.” The Traditional Plan is not in effect yet; the judicial council, which operates similarly to
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Hear the church’s letter To watch a video of the reading of the Stoughton United Methodist Church letter to the congregation, search for “Stoughton UMC” on YouTube and click on “ALB Response to GC.” the Supreme Court of the United States, will have determined whether to enact the plan by the end of the month, when the conference meets again in Minneapolis, Minn. If the plan is approved at that meeting, it would take effect Jan. 1, 2020. In response to the plan, Christman sent a series of emails to the SUMC Accountable Leadership Board to receive their input on the decision, before talking to the congregation about the vote. She wanted to do so, she said, because the General Conference vote is about the church, not her personal opinions. Board members Ken Chritton and Judy Atkinson responded first, and together the group wrote a letter meant to show their disappointment to the congregation about the vote. The letter was then sent to the board, where all board members agreed to have their name added to the letter as a sign of support. The board then created a video, shared on YouTube and other social media platforms, sharing the message about inclusivity. “We are saddened by this turn of events,” the letter said. “The world was watching as our church turned its back on our (LGBTQ) siblings in faith. The decisions made do not reflect
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What’s in the plan The Book of Discipline is the law and doctrine of the United Methodist Church. It’s written by John Wesley, the UMC founder, and other leaders of the church. Included in the book are restrictions for how the church handles the topic of homosexuality. It states that “the practice of homosexuality is incompatible with Christian teaching,” and people who are homosexual are not allowed to be ordained ministers or serve in the United Methodist Church. It also includes restrictions on financial support for LGBTQ groups. The book emphasizes that “all people may attend its worship services, participate in programs, r e c e ive t h e s a c r a m e n t s a n d become members in any local church in the connection;” however, based on the Book of Discipline, clergy and churches cannot perform a homosexual wedding. In addition to that, the plan adds penalties to the bishops who do not enforce the rules. “The implication seems to be that some of these things were happening, and the bishops were letting these things go, so this is
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like the big stick coming down,” Chritton told the Hub. Christman said that in her experience, if clergy members are brought upon charges, bishops work with the clergy to come to justice. Based on her interpretation, the Traditional Plan does away with just resolutions and goes right to punishment. “I personally am unclear about what happens if the church hosts (a homosexual wedding), but I know that I could be brought upon charges, like a year without pay for the first offense, and the second offense could be losing my credentials,” Christman said.
Response so far Chritton said the vote has left the global church community “very divided on the issue.” After the 2016 meeting, Christman surveyed the congregation as a way to gauge their feelings while also informing them about the decisions and discussions that were underway. At that time, around 70 percent of the congregation said they would stay with the church “no matter what happened,” Christman said. “Which speaks loudly to the work of this church, this church has been on the forefront of social justice for years,” she said. “You think of our social programs that are in Stoughton, a lot of them have started here. It didn’t surprise me to hear that.” Despite that support, Christman feels a divide. She said that she knows people on both sides of the issue. Some
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