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Principal takes blame for grad confusion SHS revises protocol for including transition students’ names in program KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

When it came to printing the names of special-needs students graduating into the 18-to-21 program, Stoughton High School principal Mike Kruse told the Hub his mindset had always been to play it safe. He’s since changed that approach. After the outcry from the June 3 graduation ceremony resulting from those students’ names being omitted from the printed program, Kruse told the Hub in an email he takes the blame

and has pledged to ensure it’s fixed. The “hurt” that resulted and the school’s “inconsistent” approach resulted from policies not being written and communicated clearly, he wrote. Kruse also apologized “if I have given the impression that anybody except me is responsible” after his predecessor, Jerry Movrich, told the Hub that practice did not exist when he was leading the school. Last week, after a Facebook post garnered hundreds of responses and parents spoke to the school board, district spokesperson Derek Spellman told the Hub the practice of omitting the names of students with special needs who

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Jeanne Schwass-Long checks the pantry shelves at the Stoughton United Methodist Church Food Pantry.

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Bach Dancing and Dynamite to close Opera House season Troupe returns with guest singer Emily Birsan

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The Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society is planning to have a little fun at this year’s closing performance of the Stoughton Opera House’s 2017-18 season. The chamber orchestra’s creative directors, flutist Stephanie Jutt and pianist Jeffrey Sykes, have put together a program they’re calling “Rubber Ducky,

What: Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society When: 7:30 p.m. Friday, June 22 Where: Stoughton Opera House, 381 E. Main St. Tickets: $43 Call: 877-4400 You’re the One,” which features pieces connected to ducks and other waterfowl. The idea sprang from the fact that playing chamber

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Virginia Lunde has been a member of the Stoughton United Methodist Church for over 70 years and a volunteer with the SUMC Food Pantry for the entirety of its 30-year run. That’s at least as best as she can guess, because it’s not easy to put a point on exactly when you started with a program that has taken up three days a week for a such a significant portion of your life. “Over the years we’ve gotten to know people,” Lunde said of the relationships she’s made at the pantry. “We give hugs; if somebody is having a bad day, we listen. People talk to each other and everyone is friendly.” She was gathered with a group of nearly a dozen volunteers early Monday morning, who together helped unpack and sort food for pantry clients to choose from during the Tuesday and Wednesday morning pantry hours. The room was full of laughter, with brief pauses for conversation, and together the group efficiently unpacked dozens of boxes in just a few hours that came with a donation from Second Harvest Foodbank in Madison. The pantry is open every Tuesday and Wednesday mornings and clients

‘We give hugs; if somebody is having a bad day, we listen. People talk to each other and everyone is friendly.’ – Virginia Lunde

are invited to shop once a month. It’s affiliated with - though financially separate from - the church, and has been operating in its basement at 525 Lincoln Ave. since the church relocated in 1990. It had operated on a much smaller scale for a few years prior.

Modest beginnings Lunde and pantry director Lori Olson helped start the program out of a closet in the group’s former location on Main Street. “They got a call from the secretary upstairs that someone needed food, so they made a bag and it was given away. From there, we’ve come to here,” said Jeanne Schwass-Long, motioning to the expansive room full of volunteers and tables of food. She has been volunteering with the pantry with her husband, Francis Long, since around 1994 when they sold their herd of dairy cows.

They help coordinate food deliveries, among a slew of other duties, and Francis even takes it a step further to help Stoughton residents make it out to the pantry to help get their donations. “When you have dairy cows, you don’t have time for anything else,” Francis said. “So all of a sudden I had all kinds of time and nothing to do so that’s when I started volunteering.” The pantry supplies basic goods like canned vegetables, soups, meal kits and cereals, but also dairy, produce and meat products. Several large freezers hold items like pizzas and ready-to-eat sandwiches; all maintained by “refrigerator woman” Jo Doyle, who has been with the pantry since moving to Stoughton three years ago. “Comfort is really important to us,” Doyle explained while giving a tour of the pantry. “We’ve been told (by clients) that they really enjoy the space and being able to pick out anything they want, as much as they want, and that we don’t follow them around and dictate what they pick out.” Clients are able to fill up a paper bag with whatever products they want, and only a few specialty items are limited, like coffee and snacks.

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Construction crews continue road work Construction continues this week around Stoughton as crews work along Vernon, Academy, South Forrest and Gjertson streets. Crews were out early Tuesday morning starting the reconstruction of Vernon and Academy streets. Those sections of the street will be closed throughout construction, which is expected to wrap up near the end of August. Work on South Forrest Street, right

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A Town of Dunn crash Tuesday morning left a Stoughton woman with minor injuries. Tr a ffi c wa s s t a l l e d for over an hour around 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, after a vehicle driven by a 49-year-old Stoughton woman struck a vehicle attempting to turn left onto County Hwy. B, according to a news release from the Dane County Sheriff’s Office. The driver of the truck, owned by Hilliard Concrete of Monticello, will be cited for failure to yield while making a turn, the release said. He was not injured in the crash. The Stoughton woman was transported by EMS with minor injuries, the release said. Dane County Sheriff’s deputies and McFarland Fire and EMS responded to the crash. – Amber Levenhagen

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A salute to Duane Thorsen I was saddened to read of Duane Thorsen’s passing. He was an outstanding person of high integrity and loyalty to his family, community and country. When I think of Duane, I remember seeing him vividly, when I was just a rural grade school boy attending the Stoughton High School Boxing Sport’s night with my father. I remember being stunned seeing this young man suddenly floored in the first of three rounds, by his opponent, Bobby Grefsheim. But then, who could forget this young man coming off the mat, with an energetic passionate vitality, coming back in the next two rounds, out-boxing and out-fighting his equally worthy opponent who was ultimately awarded the three round match. The big evening’s award went to Duane, named as the night’s “Fightenist Fighter.” That was Duane. He never quit. There were many unforgettable events in Duane’s life and in his many accomplishments and contributions. For me, though, and for all the Burull immediate and extended family, Duane’s singular composition, “The Chalk Ring,” reflected his own grief of an injustice done to an innocent man killed in the line of duty by a corrupt community which white washed their own sins leading to that evil moment. He

meticulously described and characterized the shocking demise of a Stoughton policeman, Pal (Paul) Kraby, who was murdered in the line of duty. Officer Kraby had earlier immigrated from Norway to Stoughton and had become a naturalized citizen as a nephew of Albert, Johan, and Ole Burull. Years after Pal’s murder (1934), Thorsen’s “Chalk Ring” inspired the current Stoughton Police Department, especially Sgt. Nathan Hartwig, Lt. Dan Jenks and former chief, Steve Grady, to finally recognize and singularly honor Paul Kraby for giving and sacrificing his life in the line of duty. When the Stoughton Police Department recently honored officer Kraby at a past Memorial Day service, Duane was there as well. His actual presence graced this final salute by his comrades in arms to a fellow brother who gave his life for God, country and his community. But then, Duane’s “Chalk Ring,” was not only his own personal salute to the Paul Krabys of this world, but to an incredible honored way of life and right living in a free, giving and loving nation. God bless you, Duane. We salute you. J. Robert (Bob) Burull Former Stoughton resident


An article in last weeks’ Hub reported that Brett Schumacher and Tim Riley have applied for an open District 1 seat on the Stoughton Common Council. The article incorrectly reported that Schumacher is a co-coordinator of the city’s Syttende Mai festival. He is a co-coordinator of the Syttende Mai Arts and Crafts Fair, not the overall festival. The Hub regrets the error.

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Look back to see the future of public education The class of 1988 has a high school reunion coming up this fall, and even though the building is still standing, it won’t be held at the school. Too bad, because it could bring in some money, and the school district could sure use it. I have some ideas how such an event could rally not only some school spirit, but also some funds. Nostalgia can have a powerful effect on a person… and her purse strings, too. I would gladly pay, for example, $25 to park Mom’s Wollin-Dunn old Chevy truck in the student section just one more time. She still has it (and I’m not currently grounded), so I think she’d let me have the keys for a night. I’d even pay extra to not have to park in the back row with the other trucks, but instead in a section up front, next to a small herd of vintage Sprees, just for giggles. I’m pretty sure I can’t afford the private reserve parking space where Coach Johnson’s green AMC Pacer “bubble car” always sat by the track, but I’d bet somebody can. At the door, I’d pay the admittance and get my hand stamped for the dance, and I’d drop a dime into the pay-phone on the wall while I waited in line, in honor of my sister who had to use it so often to call for a ride home after play-practice or a swim meet. Given the opportunity, I dang sure would run in the hallways – and nobody would stop me! I’d pay to do that just once of my own

free will, instead of somebody telling me not to (and without a coach making me do it). If someone were to set up a vintage rummage sale in the hall by the principal’s office, I’d definitely buy in to that. I’d pass on the Rubik’s cubes, heavy metal concert T-shirts, parachute pants, neon shoelaces, banana clips and half-empty bottles of White Rain hairspray and Polo cologne, but I’d get myself a pair of Guess jeans that I never had, plus two or three Swatch watches and, of course, a “Free Nelson” button, to make me appear more worldly and considerate than I ever was back in school. I wouldn’t know what to think about any meal served at this reunion, but I’d give it a shot if somebody would save me a spot at a table (preferably the “cool” one). Or I could just bring a sandwich and an apple in a brown-bag like I always did. After the meal is where the real money could come – from some interactive tours. In the Norwegian Dancers’ practice room, I might try on a bunad and learn some of the simpler dance moves. Or I might test my skill at the long-forgotten art of lighting a Bunsen burner in the Chemistry lab, where I’d also get some foggy souvenir goggles to take home. If they’d let me wear one of those classy Navy jackets I always envied but never had, I’d happily sit through a lecture in the FFA room because I really do miss the smell of cow and pig manure. But the first tour I would take would be to the art room. I wouldn’t know where to find it, since my parents hadn’t let me take the electives I had really wanted to take, so I’d gladly pay double the

tour fee to spend just an hour in there, making something “totally awesome.” Before the dance, I’d be happy to drop a dollar in the bucket to race some classmates up and down those old wooden bleachers, simply for a shot at some bragging rights. But maybe not the freethrow contest – I wouldn’t want to disappoint Coach Lynch any more than I did years ago. At the end, I’d be ready with my checkbook for the silent auction items. They might include a floor lamp from Wallner’s room; a conducting baton of Gohlke’s or Beutel’s; a white towel once fervently wrung by Coach Marshall; the pull-down map of France from Hesse’s room; a bean-bag chair from the library. The one thing I’d really want to pull out my pen for would likely be well out of my reach. But I would ink in the starting bid, and I’d make it high. Public education is for everyone, and it is what young people build on the whole rest of their lives. That should be common sense without anybody having to turn out the lights and direct our attention to the front of the room. But since he isn’t here to do it anymore, I will do it for him. SASD, if you still have Pryor T. Smith’s overhead projector, I guarantee you’re sitting on a gigantic nugget of nostalgia that might very well be worth its weight in gold to some old alumnus who cares as much as he did for this district, and all its children. Kelsey Wollin-Dunn is a Town of Rutland resident and a member of the Stoughton High School class of 1988.

Thank you for a successful Post Office food drive We did it again! Letter carriers at the Stoughton Post Office along with other postal employees and local volunteers teamed up to stamp out hunger in the community. I want to thank everyone who helped make this year’s food drive a success. It could not have been done without you. Across the country, the food

drive – held in cooperation with the Postal Service – resulted in millions of pounds of non-perishable food collected and distributed to deserving charities nationwide. Closer to home, the Stoughton carriers collected 9,164 pounds of food from generous donations left at mailboxes, which were then delivered to our local community food pantry.

For years our local community has come together for this important event to help make it successful. This clearly shows the generosity of everyone involved with the project – people who make a difference in other people’s lives. Stan Moore Stoughton Postmaster

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Parents with babies up to age 2 are invited to try out a new program at the Stoughton Public Library later this month. Dubbed “Baby Explorers,” the program is designed to give babies a chance to explore their surroundings and learn motor skills. It starts at 10 a.m. Thursday, June 21, in the Carnegie Room at the library, 304 S. Fourth St. Children’s librarian assistant Diane Fossum got the idea for the program from an online class she took recently, where she learned other

What: Baby Explorers sensory play time Where: Stoughton Public Library, 304 S. Fourth St. When: 10 a.m. Thursday, June 21 Info: Ages 0-2, stoughton libraries have similar events. “We’ve never done something like this here before, so I thought it would be a really good idea,” she said. “Parents are able to come in and let the babies interact and engage with whatever they want.” A ball pit, blocks, items of different textures, a water activity and tummy time with

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Baby programs The library regularly offers programs for children, such as the popular baby and morning story times on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. It will also offer a dance party, a new event, on July 24. The event was another that grew from Fossum’s class and interactions with other libraries. It will be open for ages 3-5, though younger and older siblings are always welcome, starting at 10 a.m. For a complete list of library events, visit stoughton

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Artistic director and pianist Jeffrey Sykes of Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society accompanies soprano Emily Birsan. The pair and other members of the company will perform at the Opera House Friday, June 22 at 7:30 p.m. BDDS has appeared at the Opera House for years and has become the regular closing act for the season. Crownover said the group scheduled this year’s performance to coincide with Birsan’s return to the area because the venue is “terrific for the voice.” “We have been performing at the Opera House almost since the beginning,” Crownover said. “Of course, we had to take a hiatus while it was being restored, but we couldn’t wait to get back in and we’re so happy to be there.”

Crownover said with its history and intimacy, the Opera House is “a completely different feeling” from everywhere else that BDDS performs. “Stephanie and Jeffrey love to sit in the stairway between the main floor and the balcony when they’re not on stage because they think it’s where the music sounds the best,” she added. Contact Bill Livick at bill.

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music is similar to child’s play in that it’s fun, imaginative and creative, explained BDDS executive director Samantha Crownover. Bach Dancing and Dynamite Society is organized by Crownover, Sykes and Jutt, and invites guest musicians and performers each season from universities and orchestras throughout the country. Appearing with Sykes and Jutt at the Opera House will be soprano Emily Birsan, who will sing five songs by five different composers, including “Ugly Duckling op. 18” by Sergei Prokofiev, accompanied by Sykes on piano. A UW-Madison School of Music graduate, Birsan “is becoming quite wellknown in the Madison area because she graduated from the UW and has gone on to a big opera career all over the country and in Europe,” Crownover said. Other guest performers include Suzanne Beia, violin (from the Madison Symphony Orchestra, Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra and Pro Arte Quartet), Leanne League, violin (from the MSO and WCO), and three musicians from the Dynamite Factory: Jeremy Kienbaum, viola, Trace Johnson, cello, and Satoko Hayami, piano. The Dynamite Factory is a program BDDS started last year to feature emergent artists. Other musical selections include “The Swan” by Camille Saint-Saens, “Mother Goose” by Maurice Ravel, “Four Sketches” by Sir Eugene Goossen and “Piano Concerto No. 27” by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Crownover said “The Swan” will be performed on cello and piano. She noted that Ravel’s “Mother Goose” will feature “two piano forehands playing together, which is always so fun to watch.” The creative directors threw in Mozart’s “Piano Concerto No. 27” – a piece for strings, piano and flute – because this is BDDS’s 27th year of existence, Crownover said.

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mirrors are among the nearly dozen activities Fossum has planned for the event. She said there are numerous benefits to sensory-driven activities. “Motor skills is a big one,” she said. “They get stronger by doing and seeing things, so when babies can touch and see and feel, it’s a wonderful thing to help develop their brain.” For now, the program is just a one-off, but Fossum said it could turn into a regular library event if the feedback and attendance is strong. The event is a way to gauge community interest to see if the program should continue in the future. “We’ll see how many people come, and after that we can look into it and see if it works to be a once-a-month


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and enjoy punch, cereal bars and visit donuts. Voter registration The annual motorcycle run under For information, call 873-6281. the direction of Rick Gullickson and Volunteers with the League of Support group guest speaker Women Dan Gallagher is set for June 9. Voters will be at the library Registration will be at StoughThe Chron’s, Colitis and IBD from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, ton American Legion Post 59, with support group at Stoughton Hospi- June 23, to help people register for stops planned for the Orfordville tal will have a guest speaker for the voting. VFW Post, the Shopiere Tap and the 5:30 p.m. special meeting WednesThe volunteers will provide votVFW Post at Fort Atkinson. day, June 20, at the hospital, 900 ing information and use library The entourage will then assemble Ridge St. computers to help register. Citizens at the Viking Lanes for a police-esKristine Phillips, RN, is the without a Wisconsin drivers license corted parade downtown to the director of Critical Care Services can register on paper but need proof Stoughton VFW at 4:30 p.m. and Advance Care Planning at Mer- of address. Addresses in the library cy Hospital and Trauma Center in system can serve as proof. Sons of Norway bingo Janesville. For information, visit lwvdaneT h e S o n s o f N o r wa y – M a n d t The support group is free and Lodge, 317 S. Page St., will host intended for families and individbingo at 6 p.m. Saturday, June 16. uals over 18 years of age. Family Retirement party Food will be available after 5 members and caregivers are encourCelebrate Pastor Richard Dowp.m., with bingo beginning at 6. aged to attend. ling’s retirement during a potluck Anyone under 18 years old must For information, call 873-7928 or at West Koshkonong Church, 1911 have and adult family member pres- visit Koshkonong Road, immediateent to play. Bingo is open to the ly following the 9:30 a.m. service public and is held the third Satur- Meditation class Sunday, June 24. day of each month (except DecemVisit Stoughton Hospital, 900 Dessert will be provided. ber). Donations for the Stoughton Ridge St., for a meditation class For information, call 873-9456. Food Pantry are encouraged. starting at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21. For information, contact Bingo The program will be led by Anne Tie-dye day chairperson Becky Lunde at 205- Adametz, holistic medicine practiThe library will host a tie-dye 2234. tioner and mentor. She will explain craft activity from 4-6 p.m. Thurshow meditation works, answer ques- day, June 28. Guitar pick crafts tions and lead participants in a guidTeens in grades 6 and up are Teens in grades 6 and up are ed style easy for all experience lev- invited to enjoy a slice of pizza and invited to attend a guitar pick crafts els. tie-dye. It’s suggested that particiactivity at the library starting at 10 A free audio download will be pants wear something old because a.m. Tuesday, June 19. included for attendees. the dye will stain. Make bookmarks and bracelets For information and to register, For information, call 873-6281.

Baha’i Faith

For information: Alfred Skerpan, 877-0911 or Gail and Greg Gagnon, 873-9225 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: Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Worship Sunday: 9 a.m. Worship, 10 a.m. Fellowship

Christ the King Community Church 401 W. Main St., Stoughton • 877-0303 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 • Saturday: 5:30 p.m. Worship Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Worship, 10:30 a.m. Fellowship

Ezra Church

515 E. Main St., Stoughton • 834-9050 Sunday: 9 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.

Seventh Day Baptist Church of Albion

616 Albion Rd., Edgerton 561-7450 • Worship Saturday 11- Sabbath School 10 Fellowship Meal follows service on first Sabbath

Stoughton Baptist Church

Corner of Williams Dr. & Cty. B, Stoughton 873-6517 Sunday: 10:30 a.m. - Worship; 6 p.m. - Evening Service

First Lutheran Church

310 E. Washington, Stoughton 873-7761 • Sunday: 8:30 and 10 a.m. Worship

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.

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United Methodist of Stoughton 525 Lincoln Avenue, Stoughton Sunday: 8 a.m. - Short Service; 10 a.m. - Full Worship

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‌Thursday, June 14‌

• 9:30-10:30 a.m., Qigong class (repeats every Thursday), senior center, 873-8585‌ • 6-7:30 p.m., Gazebo Musikk concert, Rotary Park Gazebo, 401 E. Main St.,‌ • 6:30-8 p.m., Thursdays with Murder mystery book discussion: The Wyoming Duo, library, 873-6281‌

‌Friday, June 15‌

• 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Farmers market, 1050 W. Main St., David Woodcock, 873-9943‌ • 9:30 a.m., Morning storytime (ages 0-5), library, 8736281‌ • 10:30 a.m., Morning storytime (ages 0-5), library, 873-6281‌ • 1 p.m., Classic Movie Friday: “Oklahoma,” senior center, 873-8585‌

‌Saturday, June 16‌

• 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Stoughton Community Farmers Market, Forrest Street (North of Main St.),‌ • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stoughton Historical Society open, 324 S. Page St.,‌

‌Tuesday, June 19‌

• 10 a.m., Guitar pick crafts (teens in grades 6 and up), library, 873-6281‌

‌Wednesday, June 20‌

• 9:30 a.m., Morning storytime (ages 0-5), library, 8736281‌ • 10:30 a.m., Morning storytime (ages 0-5), library, 873-6281‌ • 5:30 p.m., Crohn’s, Colitis and IBD support group guest speaker, Stoughton Hospital, 900 Ridge St., 873-7928‌

‌Thursday, June 21‌

• 9:30-10:30 a.m., Qigong class (repeats every Thursday), senior center, 873-8585‌ • 1-5 p.m., Personal Essentials Pantry, 343 E. Main St.,‌ • 6-7:30 p.m., Gazebo Musikk concert, Rotary Park Gazebo, 401 E. Main St.,‌

‌Friday, June 22‌

• 7 a.m. to 1 p.m., Farmers market, 1050 W. Main St., David Woodcock, 873-9943‌ • 9:30 a.m., Morning storytime (ages 0-5), library, 8736281‌ • 10:30 a.m., Morning storytime (ages 0-5), library, 873-6281‌

‌Saturday, June 23‌

• 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Stoughton Community Farmers Market, Forrest Street (North of Main St.),‌ • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Stoughton Historical Society open, 324 S. Page St.,‌ • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., League of Women Voters voting registration assistance, library,‌

‌Sunday, June 24‌

• 9:30 a.m. (after service), Potluck to celebrate Pastor Richard Dowling’s retirement, West Koshkonong Lutheran Church, 1911 Koshkonong Road., 873-9456‌

‌Wednesday, June 27‌

• 9:30 a.m., Morning storytime (ages 0-5), library, 8736281‌

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“You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of others, but God knows your hearts. What people value highly is detestable in God’s sight.” —Luke 6:15 NIV How much of our daily speech is devoted to justifying ourselves to others, explaining why we did something or trying to correct possible misunderstandings? We really should stop justifying ourselves.If others think poorly of us, so be it. Self-justification is an ego trip and is almost always an attempt to salvage our pride or manipulate others into thinking well of us. Others are usually not thinking enough about us for there to be a need to justify ourselves; they are busy thinking of themselves! Keep things simple, and let your yes be yes and your no be no. Perhaps the best example of this was how Jesus responded to Pilate’s questions, when he knew that his very life was at stake.(Matthew 27:11-14) He wasn’t quick to justify Himself and appeared to not even dwwefend himself. Others may tear you down and go to great lengths to damage your reputation or assa sinate your character, but trust that God knows the truth, and you won’t need to justify your motives to Him. He knows the truth and sees your heart more clearly than even you do. – Christopher Simon

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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Nordic Ridge splash pad opens for the season The Nordic Ridge Park splash pad is officially open for public use. The water spray amenity, which was opened Saturday, June 9 at 9 a.m. with an open house event, is open throughout the summer from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. each day, weather permitting.

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Oliver Miller, 6, is brought close to the water jets by his older sister Natalie Zientek at the Bella Haak, 7, weaves her way through the water jets at the Nordic Ridge splash pad Tuesday Nordic Ridge Splash Pad on Tuesday morning. morning.

The Stoughton girls track and field 4x800 relay (from left) junior Alex Ashworth, freshman Ellie Trieloff, sophomore Grace Jenny and junior Abby Kittleson and alternates (not pictured) senior Gigi Zaemisch and junior Margaret Ross advanced to the WIAA Division 1 state meet, which was held at Veterans Memorial Stadium at UW-La Crosse on June 1-2. The girls finished 19th at state.


Congratulations stoughton Vikings! Congratulations to Stoughton boys tennis players Nolan Meyer (above) and Steven Benoy (below) on qualifying for the WIAA Division 1 Madison Memorial sectional meet.

Stoughton’s 4x400-meter relay, consisting of (from left) seniors Ian Bormett, Sam McHone, Sean McLaury and Jake Deutsch, and senior pole vaulter Evan Ouk (right) all made the WIAA Division 1 state boys track and field meet. McHone also made it in the long jump, 100 and 200 and medaled in the long jump with a fifth-place finish. Alternates in the 4x400 (not pictured) were seniors Brandon Wheeler and Jordan DiBenedetto.

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Headed to Slovakia

Dow wins spot on 2018 U.S. Junior World GrecoRoman squad

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ANTHONY IOZZO Assistant sports editor

Stoughton graduate Tyler Dow has two notes on his mirror at home to remind him of what his biggest goals are his summer and fall – “2018 world team member” and “2018 world medalist.” Friday, Dow accomplished one of those goals when he defeated Lenny Merkin (New Jersey Regional Training Center) in two matches in a best-of-three matchup at Friday’s 2018 World Team Trials in Indianapolis. Dow, representing Madison’s Badger Regional Training Center, earned his spot at 72 kilograms (158 pounds) with a 10-0 technical fall and an 8-4 decision over Merkin. The wins put Dow on the 2018 U.S. Junior World Greco-Roman Team, which will compete at the Junior World Championships in Trnava, Slovakia, Sept. 17-23. “It is really exciting,” Dow said. “I have kind of been working toward this goal to make a World Team and compete in the World Championships for a long time now. To finally make a World Team and represent the U.S., it is a good feeling.” A USA Wrestling recap said Dow used double underhooks to overpower Merkin in both matches, but after Dow ran away with the first bout, Merkin brought more intensity in match two. Despite the challenge, Dow scored points at critical moments to pull away for the sweep. Dow said the first match was the first time he and Merkin had faced each other, and Dow said File photo by Anthony Iozzo he felt he controlled the match Stoughton graduate and University of Wisconsin incoming freshman Tyler Dow advanced to the 2018 U.S. and was able to get to his ties and Junior World Greco-Roman Championships on June 8 after winning a best-of-three match with Lenny Merkin attacks. Merkin made several adjust- (New Jersey Regional Training Center). Dow (Badger Regional Training Center) made the World Team with 10-0 ments before the second match, technical fall and 8-4 wins to sweep Merkin at 72 kilograms. and Dow said it made it a lot look back and say, ‘Hey, what match (Merkin) came out a little get to my offense and my attacks, closer. “There is time in between worked? What didn’t work?,” bit different and had a different which worked.” That experience of having to matches when you can go and Dow said. “So in the second game plan, but still, I just had to

Girls soccer

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Senior Paige Halverson was named to the Badger South All-Conference second-team as a midfielder this season.

Senior Paige Halverson and j u n i o r H a n n a h Wi r a g w e r e named to the Badger South All-Conference list this season. Halverson represented Stoughton girls soccer with a second-team selection at midfielder, and Wirag was named as an honorable mention defender. Halverson was a captain out of the midfield and used her experience to help the Vikings win two Badger South games against Monroe and Fort Atkinson and eight wins overall.

handle an opponent’s adjustments is nothing new to Dow, who won an individual state title and added two runner-up finishes in his 200-plus win high school career at Stoughton from 2014-2018. At this level, he said, if you trust your coaches and discuss what will work and what won’t against an opponent, it can help dictate the control in the match. Dow said he’ll need similar hard work and dedicating his time preparing for the World Championships in order to medal in Slovakia in September. “I am just constantly, constantly reminding myself of thinking about it and making the right choices and really wanting to accomplish this goal,” Dow said. Dow was one of three Wisconsin wrestlers to win a title Friday. Elkhorn’s Benji Peak (60 kg), Plover’s Brady Koontz (55 kg) and Fennimore’s Alston Nutter (63 kg) also won. Everyone except Peak makes the World Team with the wins. Peak must win a wrestle-off with 2016 World bronze medalist Taylor LaMont (Oklahoma University) at a later date. Wisconsin has six wrestlers on the World team, and Dow said knowing he comes from a competitive state helps him with his success. “When I go to training camp, I always look forward to it, because I know there are people in the state that I can wrestle and that will challenge me,” Dow said. “That is how you get better, you have to wrestle the best guys.”


Halverson, Wirag named to Badger South All-Conference teams ANTHONY IOZZO

Tyler Dow and the 2018 U.S. Junior World Greco-Roman team heads to Trnava, Slovakia from Sept. 17-23 for the Junior World Championships. Dow is wrestling at 72 kilograms.

Wirag was a captain defender, who scored a goal this season. Madison Edgewood and Oregon shared the conference title. Edgewood had four girls on the first team and eight total, and Oregon had two on the first team and six total. Milton, which finished runner-up, had three selections on the first team and four total. Wa t e r t ow n a l s o h a d f o u r selections with one girl on the first-team, and Monona Grove finished with six selections with one on the first-team. Fort Atkinson and Monroe joined the Vikings with two selections total.

Four named to academic all-state team ANTHONY IOZZO Assistant sports editor

Stoughton wrestling not only won its first team state title since 1988, the Vikings also had success in the classroom, with 13 members making the Wisconsin Wrestling Coaches Association Academic All-State team. Tyler Dow, Luke

Geister-Jones, Hunter Lewis and Brooks Empey all earned first-team honors. Cade Spilde and Luke Mechler added second-team honors. Honorable mentions included Freem a n D e t w e i l e r, Aodan Marshall, Rose Ann Marshall, Gavin Model, Will Neuenfeld, Nathan Rein and Alex Wicks.


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Stoughton Home Talent

Medina’s walk-off propels Merchants past Grays JEREMY JONES ​Sports editor

Second baseman Irvin Medina helped deliver the Stoughton Home Talent team from a trap game and into a sixth-straight victory Sunday with his 10th inning walk-off single. The 2-1 Southeast Section win over Lake Mills marked the Merchants’ 23rd straight Sunday league victory. The Merchants scratched out a run in the home half of the ninth inning before Medina delivered the game-winning single to center field on a 1-2 change up. “I was just trying to make adjustments at the plate and get a basehit for my team,” Medina said. Pitcher Jeremy Dunnihoo went the distance for the Merchants, allowing one run on eight hits over 10 innings. He sat down seven. Darren Strasburg tossed 9 2/3 innings and took the loss for the Grays. He allowed two runs on 11 hits, while striking out four and walking one. It wasn’t all smooth sailing for Dunniho, who allowed the Grays lead-off hitter to reach base in four of the first five innings. Lake Mills loaded the bases in the first and second innings but were unable to capitalize.

second inning, but catcher Jake Wenzel lost track of the ball, allowing Yandre to reach first base. Lake Mills loaded the bases on a pair of errors following a two-out fielder’s choice before Dunnihoo got himself out of trouble with his second strikeout of the inning. The Grays finally took advantage in the fourth inning as Yandre drew a walk and Darren Strausburg singled. Both runners were then sacrificed into scoring position. Dunnihoo recorded his fifth strikeout of the game for the second out, only to see Adam Hosey single to right to plate the game’s first run one batter later. “The walks every inning didn’t do anything to help our cause,” Stoughton manage Dale Seffens said. “To their credit, their pitcher threw well and we just didn’t hit the ball well.” Stoughton went down in order in the fifth through eighth innings, despite Ben Gerber reaching base safely with a oneout single in the eighth. Gerber moved into scoring position Photo by Jeremy Jones with a stolen second base by Stoughton right fielder Sam Schretenthaler rounds third base Sunday against Lake Mills. Schretenthaler scored the Merwas later thrown out at the plate chants’ game-winning run on Irvin Medina’s single in the bottom of the 10th inning. Stoughton won the game 2-1. following a Medina fly out in left field. Schretenthaler, Gerber and The Stoughton starter struck Medina all had multiple hits. Dunnihoo walked two in singled with two outs, but the with a ground out to first baseout Kris Yandre to lead off the Medina was 3 for 5. the first inning and Eric Burow Merchants got out of the inning man Max Fuller.

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Wilberg, Hansberry Jr. and Schmidt take home wins at Madison international Speedway Bobby Wilberg (Late Models), Robert Hansberry Jr. (Sportsman) and Nick Schmidt (Bandits) picked up feature wins last Friday at Madison International Speedway. Jevin Guralski was the winner for the visiting Bandoleros.

With one lap to go the advantage was down to one car length, but Wilberg was able to hang on to pick up the win. “We’ve struggled a little bit and sometimes you have to preserve and keep moving forward. Our crew guys have been working really hard,” Wilberg said. “Hope Wilberg back in victory lane this is start of many more.” Shaun Scheel set fast time with a lap of Wilberg held off John Baumeister Jr. to win the 30-lap feature for the NASCAR 18.782 (95.836 mph). Jon Reynolds Jr. won Late Models. Wilberg has more than the Dash Series race. Heat race wins went to Baumeister Jr. and Brent Edmunds. 60-career feature wins at Madison. With 10 laps to go, John Baumeister Jr. moved to the inside of Rece to regain the Clean sweep for Hansberry Jr. second position. Hansberry Jr. won the 20-lap feature for As Wilberg was working around lapped the Dave’s White Rock Sportsman. It was traffic, it allowed Baumeister Jr. to cut the his 20th career feature win at Madison. gap to two car lengths with three laps to go. Fast time was set by Robert Hansberry

Jr. with a mark of 20.080 (89.641 mph). He races were won by Jevin Guralski and also won the Dash Series and the heat race. Zachary Konop. Check out complete results at misracing. Schmidt takes checkered flag com. Racing continues at Madison on June Schmidt won the 25-lap feature for the 15 for the Herr’s Potato Chips 200 for Pellitteri Waste Systems Bandits. Quick time in qualifying was Dave the ARCA Racing Series presented by Schmidt with a lap of 14.761 (60.971 mph). Menards. Qualifying begins at 5 p.m. followed by Schmidt also won the six lap Dash Series an on-track autograph session and racing at event. Nick Schmidt won the heat race. 8. Check out the series website at arcaracGuralski declared winner or the track website at misracing. Guralski was declared the winner in the com. The One on One Street Drags will take 15-lap feature for the Bandoleros after the apparent winner failed post-race inspec- to the 300-foot dragstrip on Thursday, June 14 with pit gates open at 6 followed by tion. Alex Hartwig was fastest in qualifying practice/grudge matches at 6:30 and brackwith a lap of 14.885 (60.464 mph). Heat et racing at 7:30.

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Utica, which won its first game of the season 23-9 over Lake Mills, has since lost the five straight. T h e A’s m o s t r e c e n t loss was a 1-0 decision at Evansville on Sunday, June 3. Jameson Lavery went the distance for Evansville in that game, allowing no runs on four hits over nine innings. He struck out 14. Aaron Schauer sat down four for Utica. He lasted eight innings, allowing seven hits and one run while striking out four. Evansville’s Trevor Aasen drew a two-out bases loaded walk to plate the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth inning. Ben Veenstra and Griffi n A l l e n a l l c o l l e c t e d

What’s next? Utica travels to Fort Atkinson (1-3) at 1 p.m. Sunday for a Southwest Section game. The A’s (0-3) travel to Albion Park at 6 p.m. Thursday, June 21 for a East Section Night League game. multiple hits for the Jays. Allen and Veenstra all had two hits to lead Evansville. Nick Woodstock went 2 for 3 at the plate to lead Utica in hits. Utica’s game Sunday at home against Jefferson (5-0) was canceled due to rain. No make-up date has been set as the Courier Hub went to press on Tuesday.

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‘It’s your day’ AMBER LEVENHAGEN

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Bev Fergus, coordinator of the “It’s Your Day” program, arranges birthday baskets on a food pantry table.

What’s in a basket? Each of the baskets contain enough items for a party of eight or more people. The baskets are designed to fit a child of any age or gender. • 9x13 disposable pan or cupcake pan/liners • Cake mix, any flavor • Can of frosting • 12 oz. can of soda to make cake with no eggs or oil

• Birthday candles, no matches • A banner/centerpiece or decoration • Party napkins • Colored paper plates • A book • At least three gifts from a list of suggestions

Of the 3,125 people served by the Stoughton United Methodist Church Food Pantry, more than 900 are children. Bev Fergus, a partner with the pantry, decided to help make sure some of those children are able to celebrate the important milestones in their lives particularly birthdays. “I’m a celebration person, I want any excuse to have a party,” she said. “So when I think of people who either can’t give their children a party, or kids who aren’t getting anything for their birthday, it kills me.” Fergus connected with Kay Weeden and decided to start the program, called “It’s Your Day” last month. The pair creates mobile party kits that are distributed through the church’s food pantry. Weeden focuses on McFarland and Oregon, while Fergus is spearheading the movement in Stoughton. The kits come with everything needed to throw a party: Disposable pan or cupcake pan with liners, cake supplies, birthday candles, napkins, plates, decorations and some small gifts. The name is vague enough that the program can change to accommodate any reason to party, Fergus explained. “I even made a couple graduation baskets,” she said. “If we ever want to do something for a specific holiday, we could do it and people can get their baskets at the food pantry and celebrate with their family.” The program is

Bev Fergus is seeking volunteer support to help create the “It’s Your Day” baskets. For information, contact her at 576-6563 or coordinated and managed by Fergus and Weeden, who are looking for volunteers to help donate baskets. Fergus said her goal is for the program to eventually become sustainable from volunteer support. She said the cost per basket is less than $20, but how much spent is up to the volunteer. “It’s not a huge expense, we probably spend $15 on each basket, and then it takes three minutes to put together,” she explained. “People can sign up if they want to contribute a certain number a month or maybe even a youth group can make 10 at a time, or just a one-time donation.” Families who qualify for the SUMC food pantry are able to inquire about their birthday basket while visiting the pantry, open Tuesday and Wednesday mornings at the church, 525 Lincoln Ave. They will also be distributed through the Dane County Human Services Department, 125 Veterans Road. For information about Its Your Day, email or call Fergus at 576-6563 or info@ Contact Amber Levenhagen at amber.levenhagen@

SUMC: Pantry supported more than 3,000 people last year, and even some of their pets Continued from page 1 Bigger items like boxes of cereal and flour are left out of the bag to make room for more substantial items, like vegetables, meat and staples for basic meals. The pantry even offers dog and cat food and treats. In earlier years, pet supplies came from the Dane County Humane Society, but an influx of rescues at the society has limited the amount of recent contributions. Schwass-Long spent a portion of her afternoon organizing packaged snacks and bakery items on a table in the main room of the basement. She explained that because a significant number of pantry clients are part of the free and reduced lunch program offered by the Stoughton Area School District, the pantry gets an uptick of lunch type items during the summer months when that resource disappears for families that are struggling financially. The Lunches for Vikings summer food program helps offset that, but the pantry also increases the amount of lunch items that can be selected by a family to add another resource. “We let families with schoolaged children pick as many of these items as they’d like, while being mindful of others,” Schwass-Long explained. “The line gets long, everyone waits their turn, sometimes they wait quite a while, but nobody seems to mind because everyone talks to

SUMC Food Pantry The food pantry, located at 525 Lincoln Ave., is open Tuesday and Wednesday from 9-11 a.m. Clients are able to register at the door and must provide an ID during the first appointment. Food is supplied by donations from Kwik Trip, Aldi’s, Pick ‘n Save and Second Harvest Foodbank. Excess food is donated to the senior and youth centers, when available. The SUMC food pantry is seeking volunteers and donations to help support its mission. Food donations can be dropped off at the church’s main office between 9 a.m. and noon. To make a cash donation, send checks or cash made out to SUMC Food Pantry to 525 Lincoln Ave. Photo by Amber Levenhagen

The Stoughton United Methodist Church Food Pantry is supported by a team of 24 volunteers, some who have been there as little as two months and some who have been around since the pantry opened 30 years ago. each other.” Clients are able to come once a month, which is the same as the city food pantry, so Doyle said they suggest clients alternate food pantries every two weeks depending on what their need is. “We’re not the police, our idea is get the food and get the food out there to the people but have them select things they’re going to use and enjoy,” she said. “Frequently, our clients will say ‘I don’t want to take more than I will use because I know I’ll be back and this is all I need right now,’ they let somebody else take their share because they don’t need it this week. And that’s really nice.”

Growth over the years In 2017, the pantry supported 1,215 families and 3,125 individuals, including 472 over the age of 60. Over the last 30 years, the pantry has established a partnership with Second Harvest Food Bank, Kwik Trip, Aldi’s and Pick ‘n Save, as well as a substantial amount of donations from SUMC’s congregation and other community members. “They’ve kept this program running for the last 30 years,” Olson said. “We wouldn’t be anywhere without the support of (these organizations). And the passion of our volunteers is like no other.”

In the last few years, the pantry has established a relationship with Dane County Extension and is now able to offer blood pressure screenings. A nutritionist with the program visits the pantry and teaches people about healthy recipes, based around what is available at the pantry that week. “SUMC has always been one to reach out to the community and find ways to give back,” Olson said. “We’ve looked for ways to reach out to help those in need in our community. I think it still stands that this is what we’re trying to keep growing.” And while it has grown with the numbers of volunteers and people served, Olson said she and the rest of the board want to keep growing. They’re seeking more volunteers, which could eventually lead to expanding the hours

to offer more flexibility for the community to participate in the pantry. While reflecting on the last 30 years, Olson said they held a “Special Sunday” program in August and were able to listen to some pantry clients talk about what the pantry was able to provide for them. “It was emotional, we interviewed two people who said the atmosphere was so loving and that was they came and felt comfortable using the pantry,” she said. “I asked if their needs were being satisfied and (one) said ‘you’re more than meeting my needs,’ and that was extremely touching.” Contact Amber Levenhagen at


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E-cigarette business open downtown BILL LIVICK

Smokes on the Water

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Businessman Chris Kelley’s store on West Main Street, Smokes on the Water, sells vaping devices and pipes, including water pipes. Kelley is pretty adamant that people keep the purpose of his store clear. If he hears you talking about using his merchandise for anything that’s not legal, he’ll probably ask you to leave. “The way I see it, it’s really only two rules: We check IDs and we make sure that nobody’s talking about things that are illegal,” he said. “Besides that, we’re fine.” Customers have to be 18 to purchase “almost anything in the store,” he added. Kelley opened Smokes on the Water in November, about seven months after launching a similar shop in Beaver Dam. He’s an Arizona native who was drawn to Madison in 2008 when the company he worked for, Chipotle Mexican Grill, had a job opportunity there. His wife’s sister lived in Madison, “so we decided to take it,” he said. Kelley had worked as a manager for Chipotle for close to a decade when he decided to leave and become his own boss. By then, he already knew how to run a business for a big corporation, he explained, and “operating this business is nothing different. It’s mostly inventory, customer service and paperwork.” He acknowledges that his business operates in “a gray area,” to some extent, because some people may use his products – especially pipes and water pipes but also vaping devices – to smoke a controlled substance like marijuana. But everything about his business is legal, he stressed. “I would say a majority of

Location: 233 W. Main St. Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday; 11 a.m. to 10 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday Contact: 205-6868, On the web: smokesonthewaterthedeuce

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Chris Kelley opened his vape and water pipe shop Smokes on the Water in November at 233 W. Main St. people know that we operate in a gray area and our products are sold for tobacco use,” he told the Hub. “Once you purchase a product and leave my shop, then it’s up to you how you use it.” Kelley chose to open his business here because he was looking for a small town where there’s demand and less competition than in a place like Madison. For the uninitiated, vape shops sell electronic cigarette products

like vape pens – an e-cigarette containing a battery-powered heating element that vaporizes a liquid containing nicotine – and pod mods, small devices that typically vaporize pre-filled pod-like cartridge. The shop also sells e-liquids that are used in the vapor products. Kelley said vaping is typically done by younger customers “who do it for fun” and also older people who are trying to quit

smoking cigarettes. He told the Hub the store started as a “half-and-half model” – part pipe and part vape shop – “but the vape stuff is what’s really taken off, so I adjusted to that.” The location that Kelley chose to open his store here – along the Yahara River at 233 W. Main St. – is perfect for his business name (a nod to the classic rock band Deep Purple) and he loves the space, which has plenty of room

to expand his operation. “It’s an awesome spot,” Kelley said. “It’s a beautiful building with the multi-levels.” The Sun Prairie resident said he’s felt welcome in Stoughton and has begun to get to know neighbors and reps from some community organizations, who post notices on a small bulletin board in his shop. In the first days after opening Smokes on the Water, Kelley heard a negative comment or two about his business coming to downtown Stoughton. Nobody said anything to him directly, but he heard about things on a community Facebook page. “There were a couple people who were not happy about it,” he said. “But most people that I talk to are so happy we’re here because everyone pretty much traveled to Madison or Janesville for vape stuff and water pipes and pipes. “There’s always going to be somebody who’s like that, and it doesn’t bother me,” he added. “If somebody wanted to come talk to me about it, that would be just fine. I would have a conversation with them.” Contact Bill Livick at bill.livick@

Nordic Ridge in ‘Parade’ until June 24 One of nine Parade of Homes sites this month

Wildwood Cafe, 218 S. Forrest St., opened late last month. The owners are still determining the hours.

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Wildwood Cafe opens on Forrest St. AMBER LEVENHAGEN

The cafe, which does not yet have Instagram, @wildwoodcafe, for more permanent hours, sells homemade information. It can also be reached by calling baked goods and coffee beverages 719-5016. Wildwood Cafe, 218 S. Forrest St., that are standard at any coffeeshop. While working out its schedule, opened late last month. It had a soft opening during Syttende Mai week- the cafe will be open with fluctuating Contact Amber Levenhagen at amber. hours on the weekends. Check faceend., or Unified Newspaper Group

For the second year in a row, the Nordic Ridge development on Stoughton’s west side will be featured in the Madison Area Builders Association’s annual Parade of Homes Showcase. This year’s event will “introduce exciting new enhancements and feature over 40 newly constructed homes” in nine different sites throughout the Madison area, according to a MABA news release. The event, now in its 71st year, runs from Saturday, June 9 through Sunday, June 24, with homes available to visit from 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays and 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays. This y e a r ’s o t h e r s i t e s a r e Happy Valley Addition (Bristol/Windsor), The Vineyards at Cambridge (Cambridge), Heritage Gardens (DeForest), The

If You Go What: 71st annual Madison Area Builders Association Parade of Homes When: June 9-24 Where: 4-8 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays; 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays and Sundays Info:

Reserve at Stoner Prairie (Fitchburg), The Legend at Bergamont (Oregon), The Reserve (Sun Prairie), Kilkenny Farms (Waunakee) and Westbridge (Waunakee). Nordic Ridge includes single-family homes ranging from about 2,200 to 3,500 square feet. Its inclusion in last year’s parade marked the first time Stoughton hosted the event. Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at

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Stoughton Girl Scouts were recognized in April for earning silver awards.

Stoughton Girl Scouts earn silver award Five Stoughton High School sophomores were honored in April for earning their silver awards. Jianna Krueger, Gabby Greenwald, Rachel Foldy, Kate Elliot and Amelia Rhinerson, of Troop 2301, received their silver award pins at the Badgerland Girl Scouts Awards Ceremony. They were recognized for “the troop’s commitment to building a stronger community in a meaningful way,” according to a release from the Girl Scouts of

Wisconsin. In order to earn the award, scouts must spend at least 50 hours working on their community service project. The group volunteered with the Personal Essentials Pantry. They helped stock shelves with paper products and cleaning supplies and also created a visibility campaign to help market the pantry. Troop 2301 is one of 40 troops that make up Badgerland. “There is something so

special when we get to see, in person, the significant impact this organization is making on our girls, and in turn, the impact the girls are making on their communities,” Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Badgerland CEO Marci Henderson said in the release. The awards ceremony also recognized 11 gold awards and the 2018 graduating seniors from across the Badgerland Council. – Amber Levenhagen

POLICE REPORTS‌ The following were select- nilworth Court.‌ ed as significant cases by the Stoughton Police Department.‌ ‌March 20 ‌ Officers arrested a 29-year‌March 17‌ old man for OWI (second ofOfficers arrested a 28-year- fense) and possession of marold man for disorderly con- ijuana and transported him to duct and bail jumping after a the detoxification unit after a domestic disturbance on Van traffic stop on South Street. ‌ Buren Street.‌ Officers arrested a 29-year- ‌March 22 ‌ old woman for first-degree Officers took a 14-year-old reckless endangerment, sub- girl into protective custody and stantial battery with a weapon transported her to the juvenile and disorderly conduct after a reception center on charges domestic disturbance on Ke- of possession of Schedule I

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NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING THE PROPOSED AMENDMENT OF THE PROJECT PLAN AND BOUNDARY FOR TAX INCREMENTAL DISTRICT (TID) NO. 5 IN THE CITY OF STOUGHTON, WISCONSIN NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on June 26, 2018 at 6:45 p.m. the Redevelopment Authority (RDA) of the City of Stoughton will hold a Public Hearing pursuant to sections 66.1105(4)(a) and 66.1105(4)(e) of Wisconsin State Statutes in the City Council Chambers, 2nd floor, Public Safety Building, 321 S. Fourth St., Stoughton, WI. The City is proposing to amend the boundary and project plan of Tax Incre-

ment District (TID) #5. The hearing is to provide the public an opportunity to review and comment on both the proposed boundary and revised project plan. The proposed map and draft project plan may be found on the City’s website shown below, or by visiting City Hall and requesting a copy. Reasonable opportunity will be afforded to all interested parties to express their view on the proposed TID amendment. TID No. 5 is classified as a blight elimination district. Proposed changes include subtracting an area from the southern part of TID No. 5 that is roughly bounded by 4th St. on the west, E. South St. on the north, Dunkirk Ave. on the east and the Yahara River on the south.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING REGARDING THE PROPOSED PROJECT PLAN AND BOUNDARY FOR TAX INCREMENTAL DISTRICT (TID) NO. 8 IN THE CITY OF STOUGHTON, WISCONSIN NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on June 26, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. the Redevelopment Authority (RDA) of the City of Stoughton will hold a Public Hearing pursuant to sections 66.1105(4)(a) and 66.1105(4)(e) of Wisconsin State Statutes in the City Council Chambers, 2nd floor, Public Safety Building, 321 S. Fourth St., Stoughton, WI. The City is proposing to create Tax Increment District (TID) #8. The hearing is to provide the public an opportunity to review and comment on both the boundary and project plan of the proposed TID. A map of the proposed TID #8 boundary is printed below. The map and draft project plan may be found on the City’s website shown below, or by visiting City Hall and requesting a copy. Reasonable opportunity will be afforded to all interested parties to express their view on the proposed TID creation.

‌March 25 ‌ Officers arrested a 28-yearold man for endangering safety by reckless use of a firearm and possession of a firearm while intoxicated after the person apparently armed himself during a domestic disturbance on Roby Road. He was taken into custody without further incident.

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TID No. 8 will be classified as a blight elimination district based upon the identification and classification of the property proposed to be included within the District. Proposed public improvements include sanitary sewer and water system improvements, street improvements, riverfront stabilization and improvements, environmental remediation, professional and organizational services, administrative costs and finance costs. The proposed costs include projects within the proposed boundary and within ½ mile radius of the proposed boundary of the District. As part of the project plan, cash grants may be made by the City to owners, lessees, or developers of property within TID No. 8. Any such grant is required to be accompanied by a development agreement. At the public hearing, all persons will be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard concerning the proposed Project Plan. A copy of the TID #8 project plan and boundary is available for inspection and will be provided upon request. Arrangements for either inspection or receipt of a copy of the draft Project Plan may be made by contacting the City Clerk, City of Stoughton, 381 E. Main St.; Phone (608) 873-6677 or by visiting the City website at Dated this 4th day of June, 2018 Holly Licht Clerk Published: June 7 and 14, 2018 WNAXLP

The subtracted parcels will be included in newly created TID No. 8. The other change to the project plan includes extending the life of the TID by three years. No changes are proposed to the planned improvements and project costs. At the public hearing, all persons will be afforded a reasonable opportunity to be heard concerning the proposed boundary and project plan amendments. A copy of the TID #5 project plan and boundary amendment is available for inspection and will be provided upon request. Arrangements for either inspection or receipt of a copy of the draft Project Plan may be made by contacting the City Clerk, City of Stoughton, 381 E. Main St.; Phone (608) 873-6677 or by visiting the City website at Dated this 4th day of June, 2018 Holly Licht Clerk Published: June 14, 2018 WNAXLP *** PUBLIC HEARING NOTICE The City of Stoughton Planning Commission will hold a Public Hearing on Monday, July 9, 2018 at 6:00 p.m., or as soon after as the matter may be heard, in the Council Chambers, Public Safety Building, 321 South Fourth Street, Second Floor, Stoughton, Wisconsin, 53589, to consider a proposed Conditional Use Permit Application by Ron Grosso, for multiple principle buildings on a lot and for a personal storage facility at 300 Business Park Circle, Stoughton, Wisconsin. The property at 300 Business Park Circle is currently listed in Dane County records as being owned by the GIP Stoughton LLC, and is more fully described as follows: Parcel Number: 281/0511-051-01443, STOUGHTON BUSINESS PARK NORTH LOT 14 SUBJ TO ACCESS ESMT SUBJ TO CONSERVATION ESMT IN DOC #3897154 (This property description is for tax purposes and may be abbreviated) For questions regarding this notice please contact Michael Stacey, Zoning Administrator at 608-646-0421 Michael P Stacey Zoning Administrator Published: June 14 and 21, 2018 WNAXLP *** CITY OF STOUGHTON NOTICE OF JOINT REVIEW BOARD MEETING NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that on June 26, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. the Joint Review Board (JRB) of the City of Stoughton will hold a meeting pursuant to sections 66.1105(4m) of Wisconsin State Statutes at Stoughton City Hall, 381 E. Main St., Stoughton, WI. The JRB will review proposed actions regarding a boundary amendment and life extension for Tax Increment District (TID) #5 and the creation of TID #8. A map of the affected TIF districts and the draft project plans may be found on the City website – A copy of the agenda may be made by contacting Holly Licht, City Clerk, City of Stoughton, 381 E. Main St.; Phone (608) 873-6677. Published: June 14, 2018 WNAXLP ***

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Andrew B. ‘Bernie’ Sime

Andrew Sime

A n d r ew B . “ B e r n i e ” Sime, age 94, died peacefully surrounded by his loved ones on Thursday, June 7, 201,8 at Heritage of Monona. He was born in Stoughton, the son of Andrew E. and Bertha (Stokstad) Sime, on May 13, 1924. Bernie graduated from Edgerton High School in 1942. He was united in marriage to Lois Mason on Sept. 27, 1946. Bernie worked for Borden Dairy for over 30 years before his retirement. He was always helping others, which brought him great satisfaction and many valued friendships. Bernie was a member of Messiah Lutheran Church and a former member of the Elks Lodge No. 410. He will be greatly missed by his wife, Lois, of 71 years; daughters, Sandra (Robert) Bishop and Debra (Charles) Lewison; grandsons, Dr. Jeffrey (Danielle) Bishop, Timothy Bishop,

Matthew (Jessica) Kelm and Dr. Michael (Kate) Kelm; eight great-grandchildren, Jacob, Ashlyn, Raegan and Lillian Kelm and Madalyn, Griffin, Addisyn and Emersyn Kelm; sister, Clarice Linderud; brothers, Myron (Mary) Sime and Norman (Verjean) Sime; sisterin-law, Sharon Sime; and many treasured nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents; sisters, Mildred and Barbara; brother, Arnie; brothers-in-law, Earl Linderud Jr. and Herbert Phillips. Visitation will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church, 5202 Cottage Grove Road, Madison, from 10-11 a.m. Wednesday, June 13, 2018. A memorial service will be held at Messiah Lutheran Church, 5202 Cottage Grove Road, Madison, at 11 a.m. on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, with the Rev. Jeff Vanden Heuvel presiding. A family burial will be held at Roselawn Memorial Park. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Messiah Lutheran Church or to Heartland Hospice. A special thank you to Heartland Hospice and Dr. Shannon Smith for all their loving care. Online condolences may be made at Gunderson East Funeral & Cremation Care 5203 Monona Drive 608-221-5420

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150 Places To Go GUN SHOW: June 22, 23, & 24. Friday 4-9pm, Sat 9-5pm, Sat 9-3. Winnebago County Fairgrounds, Pecatonica, IL. Infor: 563-608-4401

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Helen M. Smith

Helen Smith

Helen M. Smith, age 82, of Stoughton, passed away peacefully with family by her side on Tuesday, June 5, 2018, at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was born on Sept. 8, 1935, in Spring Green/ Plain, the daughter of Joseph and Mary (Beer) Feiner. She married Ray Smith on Jan. 4, 1991. H e l e n wa s a n u r t u rer, always saw the good i n o t h e r s a n d s h ow e d

Rich Bogen

Rich Bogen

Rich Bogen passed on June, 4 2018, with his wife, Dawn, daughters Adriane and Kate and his car parts by his side. Rich left us for his next

unconditional love. Spending time with family and friends, making memories, and the Lord were most important in her life. Helen loved baking and was especially known for her applesauce, cookies and smiley face apple pies. Helen enjoyed dancing, going on walks to explore nature, camping, and gardening. She was a servant to the Lord and helped others grow in their faith. She loved her St. Peter and St. Ann communities and volunteered to serve others by teaching religion classes, providing meals and serving communion. Her genuine warmth, gentle spirit, and contagious smile will live on forever in our hearts. Helen is survived by her daughters, Diane (Bill) Brue, Colleen (Chris) Benson, Sandra (Jason Carandante) Hanson and Ann (David Ward) Hanson; son-in-law, Kevin (Mary)

Domack; dear friends, Joan and Virginia; former spouse, Herb Hanson; grandchildren, Ciara “CC” (Ayron), Symone, Melissa (Sharif), Aaron, Natalie, Laura (Mike) and James (Alex); great-grandchildren, Kohen and Julian; brother, Louis; sisters, Viola and Flo; brother-in-law, Jerry; sisters-in-law, Phyllis and Mary; step-children, Thomas Smith, Randall (Sandy) Smith, Dick (Reenie) Smith, Susan Denson and Jeannie (Joe) Smith; step-grandchildren; Nikki (Tim), Kyle (Kim), Jacob (Katy), Kami, Doug (Christina), Pat, Daryl (Ashley), Aaron (Danielle) and Casey (Tammy); and 16 step-great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by husband, Ray S m i t h ; d a u g h t e r, L i s a Domack; parents, Joseph and Mary Feiner; brothers Bill, Felix and Al; and sisters, Erma, Marian and

Lucille. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at St. Ann Catholic Parish, 323 N. Van Buren St., Stoughton, at 11 a.m. on Saturday, June 9, 2018, with Father Randy Budnar presiding. Burial will follow at St. Ann Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the church from 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass on Saturday. Those wishing to give memorials may do so to St. Ann Catholic Church. Thank you to the Stoughton EMS, Stoughton Hospital and St. Mary’s Hospital for the loving care over the years. Online condolences may be made at

grand adventure after surviving just shy of 40 years of marriage to Dawn. He grew up in New York, on Long Island, driving his big brother, Michael, crazy about cars, ham radio and all things electronic. Although there was much more for Rich to see and do, the life he lived was full of wonderful adventures. Whether he was hitchhiking across the U.S., backpacking through the Grand Canyon, watching Jimmy Hendrix at Woodstock or playing the piano in one of his many bands, he was always busy. Outnumbered by women in

the house, he could often be found hiding in the basement using his ham radio gear as N9AMW. Then he discovered his next love, British sports cars. Restorations, drives, car clubs, car shows and fixing cars took up much of his time. Rich dragged Dawn around the U.S. and Canada for the last 20 plus years to car shows, where he continued to add photos to his ever expanding collection, photos his family will enjoy for generations to come. For his piece of mind, he asked to be told in his final moments that 45 had been impeached,

in which he grinned and peacefully passed. As per Rich’s wishes, there will not be a funeral or burial service. A celebration of his life will be held on August 25, 2018, at East Side Park Stoughton, WI 53589, from 1-5 p.m. Please bring a dish to pass, your instruments and a sense of humor. Please pass the information on to all who knew Rich. In lieu of flowers, please donate to the musical, car or amateur radio group of your choice. Signing off, The Bogen Farris Feltz Fitzmaurice family.

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See something wrong? The Courier Hub does not sweep errors under the rug. If you see something you know or even think is in error, please contact editor Jim Ferolie at 873-6671 or at so we can get it right. 402 Help Wanted, General DISHWASHER, COOK, WAITRESS, & DELI STAFF WANTED. Applications available at Sugar & Spice Eatery. 317 Nora St. Stoughton. NEED TRUCK drivers and combine operators for harvest crew. Call for detail 405-833-3183.

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EXPERIENCED PART-TIME servers, dishwashers and cooks Apply at Sunrise Family Restaurant 1052 W Main, Stoughton

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434 Health Care, Human Services & Child Care HEARTSONG ASSISTED Living now hiring Full Time 3rd shift caregiver, and 2nd shift lead position Caregiver. Join our team of wonderful, compassionate, hardworking, caregivers. If you are consistent, trustworthy, dependable and professional There is a place for you with our team!. Excellent Cooking and Baking skills a Plus for 3rd shift. Caregivers receive paid training in how to provide care, caring for those with dementia, providing hospice care, and much more! For interview, call Andy :608-290-7347 or Dan: 608279-9862

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652 Garage Sales OREGON-141 AMANDA COURT June 15, 8-4, June 16, 8-noon, Tools, household items, 10'x20' yard canopy, fish tank w/stand, dog kennel, xmas items. Many items never used.

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June 14, 2018


June 14, 2018

Stoughton Courier Hub

Graduation: Omissions to prompt ‘top-to-bottom’ review of services for kids with special needs Continued from page 1

Photo by Alexander Cramer

Mitchell Zimmerman, one of the students whose name did not appear in the 2018 Stoughton High School graduation program, waits to cross the stage during the June 3 ceremony.

were continuing into the 18-21 transition program, predated Kruse’s tenure as principal. Movrich, who spent eight years as principal (20002008), confirmed to the Hub on Monday his administration had not used that practice during his tenure. Kruse indicated the discrepancy resulted from a misunderstanding when he first came to SHS and spoke with the department that runs the program, which provides additional job training and life skills for students beyond graduation. “My understanding was our practice was to err on the side of caution when it came to transition students because we were worried that if we inadvertently listed a student as having graduated from SHS before they did, that could potentially affect their participation in the program,” he wrote. “I interpreted that to mean the names of transition students should not be listed in the written

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commencement program.” But that rule was not always applied, because the topic was never revisited with new staff and no graduation ceremony policy has ever been written. “As a result, in recent years, sometimes transition students were listed on the program, and sometimes they were not,” he wrote. “That’s the reason for the inconsistency, but it’s not an excuse.” Since June 3, Kruse wrote, the school has revised its protocols by eliminating the practice of having separate lists for the yearbook, diplomas and the graduation ceremony. Instead, there will be a master list created during the fall semester in the school’s Infinite Campus software that will be used to create the graduation programs. “Part of the issue is we have been using multiple lists,” he said. That list will be reviewed by multiple people during the spring semester, including the registrar, pupil services, administration and administrative support, he added. Kruse said omitting the names of students was never meant to upset or hurt anyone; rather, it was a means of protecting students in the transition program. But “I’m accountable for what happens at my school and take responsibility,” he wrote. The programs for the June 3 graduation have since been reprinted and sent out to families, he wrote. School board president Frank Sullivan said the school board won’t be intervening to create any policies because superintendent Tim Onsager and Kruse have resolved the matter on their own. “Dr. Onsager and Mr. Kruse have taken steps to ensure that going forward, the names of the special-needs students will be included in the graduation program,” he told the Hub. “The school board makes policy decisions; Dr. Onsager and his staff are responsible for operational decisions. We try really hard to not to get involved in the day-to-day operations of the district.” Sullivan said the school board takes the incident seriously, and while the graduation programs are being taken care of by administrative staff, the board intends to revisit policies it has set in regards to how the district educates students with special needs. “In the very specific sense, the school board hasn’t done anything about it, because we don’t have to do anything about it. It’s taken care of,” Sullivan said. “In a more general sense, what we are going to do is we are going to take a top-to-bottom look over the next few months at our services for special-needs students and policies related to special-needs students and make sure we’re not missing anything else. “It won’t happen again.” Sullivan added he’s “grateful” parents took the time to inform them “and tell us why this was important, and why it mattered.” Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly. and follow her on Twitter @ kimberly_wethal.​


6/14/18 Stoughton Courier Hub


6/14/18 Stoughton Courier Hub