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Study: Language program lacks clear ‘vision’ KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

A review of the Verona Area School District’s World Language program shows it falls short of student proficiency and lacks a “clear overarching district vision” for meeting that goal. The review, conducted by a panel of three foreign language educators from the American Council on the Teaching of Foreign Languages, was designed to measure student proficiency and determine how the district can grow and improve it. And Monday, Jan. 6, the school board and administrators discussed what the next steps would be accomplish that. District director of curriculum and instruction Ann Franke, director of bilingual programs and instructional equity Laurie Burgos and Verona Area High School Language Chair Beth Rodriguez-Strizic are will go over the review in detail over the next few weeks and bring recommendations back to the school board in March. Among the suggestions

recommended by presenter Paul Sandrock are added professional development and having one person in charge of the program. Sandrock also suggested the district to build on its strengths in the TWI and dual language programs to create a vision with consistency for all students, regardless of when specific languages are available to them. The board had asked for the study as the middle schools prepare to add Chinese to their language options, and the district moves toward having its language curriculum match at both schools. The district asked the reviewers to provide feedback on whether the district was developing “appropriate” levels of language proficiency in its students and whether teachers are being given the guidance they need in curriculum planning to create language proficiency. The answer to both of those questions is no, Sandrock told the board. The goal of the review wa s n ’t t o fi x t h e p r o gram for the district, he explained, but to give the district the “bigger picture” of the program. “We really got a good view of the program that we want to reflect back to you, and

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From left, Ruhi Bhargava of Verona captures a New Year’s memento of Preeti, 11, in the photo booth at the library’s Noon Year’s Eve party on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

Embracing the New Year JUSTIN LOEWEN Press correspondent

Area families who couldn’t wait to ring in the new year gathered at the library for a Noon Year’s Eve party on Tuesday, Dec. 31, which

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The make-up of the elected bodies representing the Verona area will largely look the same after the spring election. Both the City of Verona and the Verona Area School District races feature incumbents in seats without challengers. The exception is the At-large school board seat, which had a challenger register to run on Tuesday.

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featured a photo booth, various New Year’s-themed crafts and a dance party in the community room. Attendees also wrote their 2020 hopes and dreams on “wishing stars” and hung them across the library’s north windows.

While there are vacant seats on the Dane County Board and Verona Town Board, there is only one candidate between them – Mike Bare is running uncontested for the District 32 County Board seat held by Jason Knoll. Manfred Enburg’s Town of Verona supervisor seat has no candidate to run for it. The spring election will be held across the state Tuesday, April 7. In addition to local and regional races, it will feature primaries for the November

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Treasured, not trashed VASD restructuring provides students in Africa with books NEAL PATTEN Unified Newspaper Group

150 boxes of books were collected across the school disctrict. have fun together, so when she called me to help, I immediately said yes,” Lahn said, “You couldn’t work for a nicer person, so when she called me up, it wasn’t a matter of if I’d do it, it was when and how.”

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Math, science, chemistry, English, language arts and world history textbooks are all requested. Weiss said donations shouldn’t be too U.S.-centric – students in Kenya do not need to study U.S. history, he explained. The Rotary also accepts library books, particularly general fiction, Weiss said. Donations of pop culture books focused on people such as athletes, movie stars and other celebrities are discouraged, but Weiss said story books for children are sought after donations. Weiss said many teachers who receive these books in Africa report they have never had books to teach from before, and that the children who get them have sometimes never held a book before. “In our society, it’s so easy for kids to get books,” he said. “When you go to some of these countries, the need, desire and appreciation by these kids just getting a little picture book into their hands is magnificent. It becomes a prized possession.”

Voss said seeing inside the warehouse brought the donation process to life for her. Despite moving the books during one of the coldest Photos submitted days of December, both Rotary volunteer Gary Muldoon helps unload books. Voss and Lahn said they had fun and would be happy to go through the donation process again. Salem UCC presents: “It really couldn’t have happened without a lot of us working together,” Voss Building Bridges: Portraits of Immigrants and Refugees said. “Support from district staff, custodial staff manpower, support from teachExhibit, Reception, and Border Presentation ers knowing that even if we January 12 @ 6:30-9pm couldn’t sell the materials they still had a nice home to Doors Open for the exhibit at 6:30 go to.”

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When it comes to all of the moving next summer at the Verona Area School District, books aren’t exempt. But some of them won’t be staying in the district – instead, high school librarian Teresa Voss is donating 4,500 pounds of books to the Rotary Club of Madison, which will ship them across the world through Books for the World. Books for the World is a national project organized by regional chapters of Rotary International. Since beginning in Texas in 2000, discarded books from schools and libraries in the U.S. have been distributed by the project to over 25 countries in southern Africa, Central and South America, as well as India, Afghanistan and Pakistan. The Rotary Club of Madison supervises Wisconsin’s Books for the World initiative, which began in 2007. The state’s program has shipped over two million pounds of books from 200 libraries valued at over $20 million. Thom Weiss, who oversees the project, said most of the books Verona donates will end up going to Africa. In the past the Rotary received donations of between 10 to 30 boxes from the district at a time. This time, Voss collected 150 boxes of books from the schools, each weighing around 30 pounds. Voss sought to find a new home for the books instead of throwing them away. Initially, she tried to sell the books, but after finding out resellers weren’t interested, she decided she could donate them to the Rotary. Books were also collected from other schools, including New Century Charter School and Verona Area International School, which both will be moving to the current K-Wing building of the high school next fall. District custodian Greg Lahn helped transport the boxes to the Books for the World warehouse on the east side of Madison. “We have worked together before and we always

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Four Rotary volunteers were waiting for Voss and Lahn when they arrived, ready to unload the truck. Sorting tables and pallets were ready, and volunteers shrink-wrapped the pallets in plastic once full. Altogether, the 150 boxes of books filled seven and a half pallets.

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3 from admininstration team to retire 2 principals, business manager to leave KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

Each year, the Verona Area School District loses decades, if not centuries of teaching experience as educators at the seven schools retire.

Elementary But significant for the retiring from School 38 district, for three retirees the district years ago and leaving at the end of June, for the second time on is ending it those years of experience June 30, disas the busiare being lost from its trict superness managadministrative team. intendent er of the past Two principals, Country View’s Michelle NumDean Gorrell 30 years. He Eskrich Nummerdor merdor and Savanna Oaks’ announced attempted to Sandy Eskrich, will be at Monday’s retire from retiring at the end of the school board meeting. that job in 2015, but came school year, as will disM u r p h y s t a r t e d h i s back as a consultant. t r i c t bu s i n e s s m a n a g e r career as a physical eduNummerdor has been Chris Murphy, who will be cation teacher at Verona with the district for 21

years, and Eskrich, in addition to being the leader of a school for almost a decade, previously was a psychologist and also spent time on the school board. “In my time in the district, all three of them have been prominent in my children’s lives, and mine, too … it’s a triple whammy for me,” board member Amy Almond said during Monday’s meeting. “I’m very

happy for them, but they will be missed.” The last time the district hired a principal was for Stoner Prairie Elementary School in 2018. It received 91 applications and conducted two rounds of interviews. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly. and follow her on Twitter @ kimberly_wethal.​

No open enrollment Machotka becomes acting fire chief planned for grades K-5 City of Verona

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The officer in charge of the Verona Fire Department has assumed the role of acting fire chief. Deputy chief of supportive services Dan Machotka assumed the role Jan. 2 upon the official retirement of Joe Giver, who had left the role Sept. 27 on paid leave. The city’s Police and Fire Commission chose Machotka to lead the department

Dec. 4 after the group restarted the fire chief hiring process. The commission began Machotka its initial search for Giver’s replacement in A u g u s t a n d eve n t u a l ly selected two finalists, Jeffery Pricher and Ralph Webster, both of whom were former fire chiefs. However, the commission rejected the candidates Nov. 12 and restarted the search, with a second round of applications due

Dec. 1. There were 12 new candidates, none of whom w e r e f r o m t h e p r ev i ous search, city human resources coordinator Mitch Weckerly wrote in an email to the Press. The commission decided to invite six of these candidates for initial interviews, commission president Delora Newton wrote in an email. “We are looking at dates in January and are coordinating PFC member schedules to find a date that works best (to interview),” Newton wrote last December.

New submission deadlines for the Press Our deadlines have changed. For many years, the Press accepted all forms of submissions until noon on Mondays. But as times have changed in the newspaper industry, our production processes have, as well. With limited exception, our new deadlines for submissions to our calendars and opinion pages, as well as other types of reader-generated content, such as photos, is the end of the day Friday for the following week’s edition. Readers are always welcome to submit events after this deadline, but because of space and time constraints, we can’t always ensure it will publish in the next issue. If you expect to have a submission for the following week,

On the Web To submit an event visit it can help to let us know before it’s ready. If you have questions on the policy or how it might apply to something you wish to submit, ask editor Jim Ferolie at or call our office at (608) 845-9559. To submit a story idea on our website, look for the “Submit an item” dropdown menu.

Administrators want to see how boundaries affect school capacity

The district could still allow for older students in the middle schools for the next academic year, Murphy said, something the district hasn’t been able to do in recent years because schools were close to their capacity. For each grade a t b o t h S ava n n a O a k s and Badger Ridge middle 2014: 30 schools, there would be five 2015: 78 open enrollment spots, or a total of 30 new students. 2016: 88 Ninth grade would allow for 10 students to enroll, 2017: 104 with six for sophomores, 2018: 39 four for juniors and two for seniors. 2019: 33 That’s still higher than the 33 open enrollment 2020: 52 proposed spots the district allowed last year. The school board is scheduled to vote on the number of open enrollment outside its boundaries was spots the district will have 104 in 2017. The lowest was 30 in 2014. at its Jan. 27 meeting. Email reporter KimberThat number changes ly Wethal at kimberly. from year to year. In the last and five years, the largest numfollow her on Twitter @ ber of new open enrollment kimberly_wethal.​ students the district was approved to bring in from

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With attendance boundary shifts taking place at the start of the 2020 school year, Verona Area School District administrators are recommending the district close open enrollment for students in grades K-5 for the upcoming school year. Last year, the school board approved letting the district offer a spot to around just under a dozen each of kindergartners and first graders who live outside of the district, but this year, administrators want to let the elementary schools adjust before adding in more students. The idea is to keep the ratio of staff to elementary school students similar in 2020-21 to what it is right now, district director of student services Emmett Durtschi said. “We’ve just got to see how things settle out with boundary changes,” district business manager Chris Murphy added. “It’s pretty unknown right now.”

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Languages: One finding says there is not enough equal access to language from grades K-12 Continued from page 1

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Senior Center hosts craft fair NEAL PATTEN Unified Newspaper Group

On Saturday, Nov. 23, the senior center hosted its annual craft fair and bake sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sponsored by the Friends of Verona Senior Center Board of Directors, the proceeds from Saturday’s event will benefit senior center programs. Local artists had a variety of projects for sale including woodwork, painting, jewelry, fabric art and photography. Contact Neal Patten, Verona Community Reporter, at

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Vroman civilization From helping build the area’s first mill to even providing the name “Verona” (from their hometown in New York), the Vroman family included some of the earliest and most influential settlers of the Verona and Fitchburg areas. The Verona Area Historical Society’s monthly meeting will tell more about these early settlers, who actively shaped the early years of both communities. The meeting is set for 10 a.m. Saturday, Jan 18, at the senior center, 108 Paoli St. The guests this month will be members of the Vroman family, who will “help us get to know these early pioneers and the mark they left,” VAHS president Jesse Charles wrote to the Press in an email. The society will also hold its annual meeting, and elect officers for 2020. For information, visit or email Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at

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just really dig into to every aspect of the program,” Sandrock said. “It may not present answers to all of your questions, but our goal was to frame various issues for your consideration.” Sandrock and the two other reviewers, Donna Clementi of Appleton and Brandon Locke of Anchorage, Alaska, reviewed lesson plans and tests from district educators prior to coming to Verona for three days in October to observe and speak with teachers, students and parents about the language program. The district also got plenty of commendations from the review. Strong support for language learning from parents and good rapport between language students and teachers were two that stuck out to reviewers. The district boasts high participation in its language programs in comparison to other schools, Sandrock said, with 60 percent of middle schoolers enrolled in world language and 70 percent for high school, in comparison with the 31 percent national average. The district also offers four languages at VAHS: Spanish, German, French and American Sign Language, which Sandrock said was impressive for a school district of 5,500. Most times, he said, it’s considered good when a district of 35,000 students offers three choices. “You are definitely promoting and providing opportunities more than many districts across the state and the nation,” he said.

Reaching proficiency

Many of the recommendations provided to the district involve increasing proficiency in its World Language students. The way to do that is to design the curriculum backward from the Wisconsin Seal of Biliteracy’s requirements, using the state’s high standard of language proficiency to set proficiency targets for each grade level, Sandrock said. That might require having language start at a younger age or eliminating the Exploratory Wheel for sixth graders to allow them to take a full year of language, rather than just nine weeks. The district’s World Language

program is not at a point where many of its students could achieve the Seal of Biliteracy from the curriculum alone, he said. “If that is the goal, then to plan backwards by grade and say, ‘By grade 3, by grade 5, by grade 8, by grade 10, by grade 12, this is how we can build towards it and not have these gaps of plateauing and catchup,” Sandrock said. Another thing the district needs to do to increase proficiency in students is making sure the teachers have consistency in curriculum and achievement targets through professional development, he said, rather than relying on each teacher’s best intentions. “There’s challenges in the curriculum of knowing, what is my target?” he said. “If we were here as a brand new teacher, what guidance would we have? Yes, it would be a lot of collaboration with my colleagues, but that’s not always easily facilitated if I’m at a different school, if I’m teaching a different language, if I’m teaching a different grade level.”

Unequal access

One of the findings from the ACTFL’s report was that there is not equal access to language from grades K-12. K-5 students have the ability to enroll in the Two-Way Immersion program, which teaches in both English and Spanish at Glacier Edge and Sugar Creek elementary schools, or Verona Area International School, which splits its instruction between English and Mandarin Chinese. But for students not enrolled in either program, Sandrock said, there’s not a language option open to them. “If you are in the TWI program … if you are at the Verona Area International School, you have access to a great elementary language learning program,” he said. “If you’re not in those schools, you don’t. There was a very strong cry to say, ‘Could you figure out a way to make some language program … could there be something available for those students as well?’” Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at and follow her on Twitter @ kimberly_wethal.​

Election: Incumbents running Continued from page 1 presidential election and House of Representatives. No primaries for the Senate will be held in Wisconsin this year. Statewide, two people are hoping to unseat David Kelly as a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Ed Fallone and Jill Karofsky. The seat is nominally nonpartisan, though each candidate is backed by traditionally conservative or liberal groups. All five of the City of Verona seats will stay the same after the election. The four alder seats up for election only have the incumbents running: Chad Kemp in District 1, Katie Kohl in District 2, Kate Cronin in District 3 and Evan Touchett in District 4. Luke Diaz does not face a challenger for his second term as mayor. And Bill Weigel, the incumbent at municipal judge,

is the only person who’s filed to run. Newcomer Bob Ross has registered to run for Biddle’s At-Large seat, which anyone throughout the district can run for. As of 4:30 p.m. Tuesday, the City of Verona seat had only incumbent Kristina Navarro-Haffner running. In the town, if no one runs for Enburg’s seat, the Town Board could either appoint someone to the seat or a write-in candidate could win. Doug Maxwell, the other incumbent, is running for his Supervisor 4 seat with no challengers. Bare, the only candidate for the District 32 seat, is a former alder of the Verona Common Council and a member of the city’s Plan Commission and chair of the city’s Parks, Recreation and Forestry Commission. Reporter Renee Hickman contributed to this story.

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Salem UCC to host photo exhibit Highlights stories of immigrants, refugees who came to United States EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group Photo submitted

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The Verona Area Community Theater will present two weekends of the hit musical “Mamma Mia,” Jan. 17-19 and Jan. 23-25. The show will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, and Saturday, Jan. 18, as well as Thursday, Jan. 23, to Saturday, Jan. 25. The show on Sunday, Jan. 19, will be held at 2 p.m. The performances at the Verona Area Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St. Ti c ke t s a r e $ 1 2 f o r seniors ages 65 and over and for students through high school. Tickets for adults are $17. The VACT performance will feature a cast of 70 performers from the Verona and Madison area. “Mamma Mia!” uses decades of hit songs from the Swedish pop group ABBA to tell the story of a young woman searching for her birth father. She invites three different men to her wedding, all whom she suspects could be her father based upon her mother’s diary. Drama and comedy ensue on the Greek Island where her wedding is due to take

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Ve r o n a A r e a H i g h School students are set to perform one of William Shakespeare’s most famous tragedies. The Fair Verona Area Shakespeare Company, a student-led organization, is set to perform Macbeth,” 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, and at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11. The shows will be held at the Verona Area Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St. Tickets are $5.00 for students and seniors and $7.00 for general admission. Tickets are purchased at the door. Each year Fair Verona Area Shakespeare Company performs two shows a year with a cast of students from Verona Area High School and the Exploration Academy. The show is directed by Kristy LaCount and Hannah Amell with Parker

What: “Building Bridges: Portraits of Immigrants and Refugees” photo exhibit When: Presentation: 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12; Exhibit: Sunday, Jan. 12 to Sunday, Feb. 2 Where: Salem United Church of Christ, 502 Mark Drive Info: 845-7315 organizations that provide assistance to immigrants and refugees – such as Wisconsin Faith Voices for Injustice and Open Doors for Refugees – will be at the reception to share how they are working to improve the lives of people who have been displaced, Pundt said. The event will also serve

as an information fair to connect community members interested in helping the organizations. For information about the presentation or the exhibit, call 845-7315. Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@wcinet. com or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.

If You Go What: “Mamma Mia!” performances When: 7:30 p.m. Jan. 17-18; 7:30 p.m. Jan. 23-25; 2 p.m. Jan. 19 Where: Verona Area Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St. Info: place. Many of ABBA’s best known songs are featured throughout the musical, including “Dancing Queen,” “Money Money Money,” “Voulez Vous,” and the eponymous “Mamma Mia.” Mamma Mia is currently the ninth-longest running show in Broadway history and to date has been performed in more than 50 countries across six continents and in 16 different languages. In 2018, amateur licensing rights became available for the first time, allowing for groups like Verona Area Community Theater to perform the show. For information and to purchase tickets, visit vact. org

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If You Go What: “Macbeth” When: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10; 1 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 11 Where: Verona Area Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St. Cost: General admission ($7), Students and seniors ($5) Info: fairveronashakespearecompany.weebly. com Mindermann serving as tech director. “Macbeth” tells the story of a Scottish general who, after being told in a prophecy by a trio of witches he would someday become king of Scotland, fulfills the prophecy himself by killing the king and assuming the throne. He is then consumed by paranoia and guilt over his actions.

Verona Press journalists to host ‘Coffee With a Reporter’ NEAL PATTEN

community residents to engage with reporters from Unified Newspaper Group, If you have story ideas, which in turn helps the concerns about the city or reporters better serve the feedback about Press sto- community. ries, our reporters invite Verona residents to share their thoughts during “Coffee With a Reporter.” Lovingly raised by From 2-3 p.m., Friday, Jan. 10, reporters Kimberly Wethal and Neal Patten will be available to hear from citizens at The Sow’s Ear, 125 S. Main St. Group editor Jim Ferolie will be available, as well. The three will talk with and listen to Verona residents during the inaugural “Coffee with a Reporter” discussion and will consider potential story ideas generated from the conversations. These informal feed back sessions allow for Unified Newspaper Group

Wethal and Patten plan to begin hosting “Coffee with a Reporter” sessions regularly and welcome suggestions on times and locations for the discussion.

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Salem United Church of Christ will highlight stories about immigrants and refugees in a touring photo exhibit starting Sunday, Jan. 12. The exhibit, titled “Building Bridges: Portraits of Immigrants and Refugees,” includes photographs and interviews with people who have come to the U.S. from around the world. The

exhibit is being sponsored by the Family Diversity Project. Salem UCC will kick off the event with a reception and a border presentation offered by the members of Plymouth United Church of Christ in Madison. Doors will open at 6:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12, at 502 Mark Drive, with the presentation starting at 7 p.m. The exhibit can be viewed until Sunday, Feb. 2. In an email to the Press from Salem UCC, Jon Pundt, who oversees communications for the church, said the group participated in an immersion mission experience at the United States southern border. Madison-area

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Coming up rent them for an additional $10. Department of Natural Resources American Girl tea party For information, email support@ fish biologist Dan Oele and ecologist Celebrate American Girl with a tea Jim Amrhein will discuss the delicate party at the library geared towards balance between maintaining woody children ages 5 and up and their care- Pet portraits for a cause habitats and preserving river navigagivers. Affinity Studios photography will bility. There will be three seatings: From For more information, visit upper4-4:45 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 and from be taking portraits of pets for $25 1-1:45 p.m. and 3-3:45 p.m. Satur- from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 12 at Wisconsin Brewing Company, 1079 day, Jan. 11. Responsible gun ownership Fancy attire is encouraged and American Way. The Mt. Horeb/Verona chapter of Half of the proceeds will support all dolls are welcome. Registration the Moms Demand Action group Key To Happiness Pet Rescue, a nonrequired, call 845-7180. profit volunteer based dog rescue will discuss ways to keep kids safe Snowshoe Scurry helping save abused, neglected or around firearms in a presentation at A snowshoeing 5K (or a trail run if unwanted animals. There will also be the Verona library 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesthere’s no snow) will help raise mon- an auction and a showcase of the res- day, Jan. 14. ey for the Wisconsin Second Harvest cue’s available pets. For more information, visit momsFoodbank from 5-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. Reservation required, call 472- 10 at Badger Prairie County Park, 1562. Glaucoma awareness 4654 Maple Grove Drive. Dr. Hunt and Dr. Letlebo from Snowshoe Scurry is an organiza- Conservation talk The Upper Sugar River Watershed Verona Vision Care will discuss risk tion whose mission is to offer opportunities for runners, families and out- Association will host a Conversa- factors, signs, symptoms and treatdoor enthusiasts to get outside and tions About Conservation event 6:30- ments for glaucoma in a presenta7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the tion at the senior center at 11:30 a.m. compete in the snow. To participate requires a $22 dona- Wisconsin Brewing Company, 1079 Wednesday, Jan. 15. tion. Bring your own snowshoes or American Way. For information, call 845-7471.

Community calendar Thursday, Jan. 9

• 4-5:30 p.m., Teen Dungeons & Dragons, library, 845-7180 • 6:30-7 p.m., Snow-themed family story and craft time, library, 8457180 • 7-9 p.m., Homebrewing Stammtisch, Wisconsin Brewing Company, 1079 American Way, 8481079 • 7-9:30 p.m., Trivia, Fisher King Winery, 1105 Laser St., 497-1056

Friday, Jan. 10

• 10 a.m., Death café, senior center, 845-7471 • 10-11:30 a.m., Young and restless open indoor play time for children up to age 5, library, 845-7180 • 12:30-2:30 p.m., Movie screening: “The Peanut Butter Falcon,” senior center, 845-7471 • 4-4:45 p.m. and 3-3:45 p.m., American Girl tea party, library, 845-7180 • 5-8 p.m., ‘Snowshoe Scurry’ trail run 5K ($22), Badger Prairie County Park, 4654 Maple Grove Drive, • 6-8 p.m., Movie screening: “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” Country View Elementary PTO, 710 Lone Pine Way, 845-4800 • 7-9 p.m., Live music: Taylor Schereck, Fisher King Winery, 1105 Laser St., 497-1056 • 8-11 p.m., Live music: Shawn Schell & Olas Witts, Riley Tavern, 8205 Klevenville Riley Road, 8459150

Saturday, Jan. 11

• 10-11 a.m., ‘It’s Code Outside!’ STEAM-based story time for ages 4-6, library, 845-7180 • 1-1:45 p.m. and 3-3:45 p.m., American Girl tea party, library, 845-7180 • 7-9 p.m., Live music: Chance Stine Trio, Fisher King Winery, 1105 Laser St., 497-1056

Sunday, Jan. 12

Monday, Jan. 13

• 9 a.m., Coffee with a cop, senior center, 845-7471 • 7-9 p.m., Common Council meeting, City Hall, 111 Lincoln St., 8456495

Tuesday, Jan. 14

• 6:30-7:30 p.m., Conversations about conservation, Wisconsin Brewing Company, 1079 American Way, • 6:30-8 p.m., Moms Demand Action responsible gun ownership presentation, library,

Wednesday, Jan. 15

• 11:30 a.m., Glaucoma awareness presentation, senior center, 845-7471 • 1:30-2 p.m., Kids yoga for ages 2-6, library, 845-7180 • 4-5 p.m., Pokémon club, library, 845-7180

Thursday, Jan. 16 • 1 p.m., Poses and paws pet portrait photos ($25), Wisconsin Brew- • 6:30-8:30 p.m., Bingo, Fisher ing Company, 1079 American Way, King Winery, 1105 Laser St., 497472-1562 1056

Churches All Saints Lutheran Church 2951 Chapel Valley Rd., Fitchburg (608) 276-7729 Pastor Kristin Woelk Sunday: 8:30 & 10:45 a.m. The Church in Fitchburg 2833 Raritan Rd., Fitchburg (608) 271-2811 Sunday: 8 & 10:45 a.m. Memorial UCC 5705 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg (608) 273-1008 Interim Pastor Laura Crow Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Good Shephard Lutheran Church ELCA (608) 271-6633 Madison: Raymond Road & Whitney Way, Madison Sunday: 8:30 & 10 a.m.. Verona: Corner of Hwy. PD & Nine Mound Road, Verona Sunday: 9 & 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Damascus Road Church – West The Verona Senior Center 108 Paoli St., Verona (608) 819-6451, Pastor Justin Burge Sunday: 10 a.m. Memorial Baptist Church 201 S. Main St., Verona (608) 845-7125 Lead Pastor Jeremy Scott Sunday: 10:15 a.m. Redeemer Bible Fellowship 130 N. Franklin St., Verona (608) 845-1615 Pastor Dwight R. Wise Sunday: 10 a.m. family worship Resurrection Lutheran Church – WELS 6705 Wesner Rd., Verona (608) 848-4965 Pastors Nathan Strutz and Andrew Ewings, and Assistant Pastor Seth Krueger Thursday: 6:30 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. St. Christopher Catholic Parish St. Andrew Church 301 N. Main St., Verona St. William Church 1371 Hwy. PB, Paoli (608) 845-6613 Fr. John Sasse, pastor Saturday: 5 p.m., St. Andrew, Verona Sunday: 7:30 a.m., St. William,

Paoli Sunday: 9 & 11 a.m., St. Andrew, Verona Daily Mass, Tuesday-Saturday: 8 a.m., St. Andrew, Verona

St. James Lutheran Church ELCA 427 S. Main St., Verona (608) 845-6922 Pastors Kurt M. Billings and Peter Narum Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 8 a.m.-noon Wednesday Saturday Worship: 5 p.m. Sunday Worship: 8:30 and 10:45 a.m. Salem United Church of Christ 502 Mark Dr., Verona (608) 845-7315 Rev. Dr. Mark E. Yurs, Pastor Sunday school for all ages: 9 a.m. Worship: 10:15 a.m. Fellowship: 11:30 a.m. Springdale Lutheran Church ELCA 2752 Town Hall Rd. (off Hwy ID), Mount Horeb (608) 437-3493 Revs. Loren and Linda Schumacher Sunday: 8:45 a.m. with communion Sugar River United Methodist Church 415 W. Verona Ave., Verona (608) 845-5855, Pastor Gary Holmes 9 & 10:30 a.m. contemporary worship. Sunday School available during worship. Refreshments and fellowship are between services. West Madison Bible Church 2920 Hwy. M, Verona (608) 845-9518 Pastor Dan Kukasky Jr. Sunday Worship: 9:15 a.m. Sunday School: 10:45 a.m. Zwingli United Church of Christ Hwy. 92 & G, Mount Vernon (608) 832-6677 Pastor Brad Brookins Sunday: 10:15 a.m. Zwingli United Church of Christ Hwy. 69 & PB, Paoli (608) 255-1278 Pastor Rich Pleva Sunday: 9:30 a.m. family worship

What’s on VHAT-98 Saturday, Jan. 11 8 a.m. — Plan Commission from 01-06-19 11 a.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 1 p.m. — 2018 Wildcats Football 4:30 p.m. — Badger Prairie Cemetary at the Historical Society 6 p.m. — Plan Commission from 01-06-19 9 p.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 10 p.m. — Badger Prairie Cemetary at the Historical Society 11 p.m. — Eleanor Maher at Senior Center Sunday, Jan. 12 7 a.m. — Hindu Cultural Hour 9  a.m. — Resurrection Church 10 a.m. — Salem Church Service Noon — Plan Commission from 01-06-19 3 p.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 4:30 p.m. — Badger Prairie Cemetary at the Historical Society 6 p.m. — Plan Commission from 01-06-19 9 p.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 10 p.m. — Badger Prairie Cemetary at the Historical Society 11 p.m. — Eleanor Maher at

Senior Center Monday, Jan. 13 7 a.m. — 4 Seasons Theater at Senior Center 1 p.m. — Bird Brothers at Senior Center 3 p.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 4 p.m. — Shoulder Pain at Senior Center 5 p.m. — 2018 Wildcats Football 7 p.m. — Common Council Live 9 p.m. — Hindu Cultural Hour 10 p.m. — Ron, Rosie & Rodger at Senior Center 11 p.m. — Eleanor Maher at Senior Center Tuesday, Jan. 14 7 a.m. — Ron, Rosie & Rodger at Senior Center 10 a.m.- Zumba Gold 9 a.m. — Daily Exercise 10 a.m. — Eleanor Maher at Senior Center 2 p.m.- Zumba Gold 3 p.m. — Daily Exercise 4 p.m. — 4 Seasons Theater at Senior Center 5 p.m. — Shoulder Pain at Senior Center 6  p.m. — Resurrection Church 8 p.m. — Knee Pain at Senior Center 9 p.m. — Bird Brothers at Senior Center 10  p.m. — Badger Prairie

Cemetary at the Historical Society Wednesday, Jan. 15 7 a.m. — 4 Seasons Theater at Senior Center 1 p.m. — Bird Brothers at Senior Center 3 p.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 5 p.m. — Common Council from 01-13-20 7 p.m. — Capital City Band 8 p.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 10 p.m. — Ron, Rosie & Rodger at Senior Center 11 p.m. — Eleanor Maher at Senior Center Thursday, Jan. 16 7 a.m. — Ron, Rosie & Rodger at Senior Center 8 a.m.- Zumba Gold 9 a.m. — Daily Exercise 10 a.m. — Eleanor Maher at Senior Center 2 p.m. — Zumba Gold 3 p.m. — Daily Exercise 4 p.m. — 4 Seasons Theater at Senior Center 5 p.m. — Shoulder Pain at Senior Center 6 p.m. — Salem Church Service 7 p.m. — Knee Pain at Senior Center 8 p.m. — Daily Exercise 9 p.m. — Bird Brothers at Senior Center 10 p.m. — Badger Prairie Cemetary at the Historical Society

Do the Good You Can Human beings know how to help each other. We rise to the occasion after natural disasters,for instance, and demonstrate that we are at our best when our fellow humans need us most. But why can’t we do this all the time? What keeps us from reaching out and helping others in the mundane give and take of our everyday lives? Or why do we sometimes fail to rise to the occasion in certain crises, such as helping refugees from war-torn regions. The fact that we sometimes help and other times look away or just plain refuse to help is perhaps an indictment of our moral sentiments,the feelings of empathy and sympathy which move us to help. Sometimes our heartstrings are pulled and we rise to the occasion and other times we fail to do so. Social Psychology offers some clues to this puzzle. It turns out that what is referred to as bystander apathy (not helping when you see someone in need) can be overcome by 1) noticing that someone needs help; 2) interpreting the situation as one where you could be helpful; 3) taking responsibility for helping; 4) developing a plan (or deciding what should be done); and 5) implementing the plan. It’s not terribly complicated. Most of us could be doing more to help our sisters and brothers in 2020 need. – Christopher Simon



Thursday, Jan. 9 7 a.m. — Ron, Rosie & Rodger at Senior Center 8 a.m.- Zumba Gold 9 a.m. — Daily Exercise 10 a.m. — Eleanor Maher at Senior Center 2 p.m. — Zumba Gold 3 p.m. — Daily Exercise 4 p.m. — 4 Seasons Theater at Senior Center 5 p.m. — Shoulder Pain at Senior Center 6 p.m. — Salem Church Service 7 p.m. — Knee Pain at Senior Center 8 p.m. — Daily Exercise 9 p.m. — Bird Brothers at Senior Center 10 p.m. — Badger Prairie Cemetary at the Historical Society Friday, Jan. 10 7 a.m. — 4 Seasons Theater at Senior Center 1 p.m. — Bird Brothers at Senior Center 3 p.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 4 p.m. — Shoulder Pain at Senior Center 5 p.m. — 2018 Wildcats Football 9 p.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 10 p.m. — Ron, Rosie & Rodger at Senior Center 11 p.m. — Eleanor Maher at Senior Center

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Boys hockey

Top-ranked Wildcats keep on winning ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Ve r o n a e n t e r e d t h e n ew year ranked where it hopes to end the season: atop the Division 1 rankings in the Wisconsin Prep Hockey Coaches Poll. The Wildcats continued their hot streak with a 6-2 home win over Big Eight Conference rival Madison West on Friday, Jan. 3. Verona (12-1, 7-0 Big Eight) won its 10th straight game and completed a regular-season sweep of the Regents. “When we’re going good, our guys can be a little too confident, so I have to deflate t h e m a l i t t l e b i t ,” Ve r o n a coach Joel Marshall said. “We’ve won some big games, but we’re still stressing that w e h ave t o p l a y t h e r i g h t way. There’s still work to be done.” The Wildcats started fast, as Keegan Lindell scored 2:15 into the game off a cross-ice pass from Leo Renlund. Josh Osting also assisted on the goal. Parker Ploc scored a power-play goal amid a scrum in front of West goaltender Ian Hedican with 1:18 left in the first period. Ostling and Anthony Heinrichs assisted on the goal to give the Wildcats a 2-0 lead. D r ew Ye a g e r c e l e b r a t e d his 18th birthday by shoving home a rebound 2:34 into the second period. Lindell and Ryan Ritter collected the assists. Cale Rufenacht corralled the puck after a turnover, and sent a pass to Ploc for his second goal with 4:50 left in the second. Yeager also assisted on the goal to give the Wildcats a 4-0 lead.

“When we’re going good, our guys can be a little too confident, so I have to deflate them a little bit. We’ve won some big games, but we’re still stressing that we have to play the right way. There’s still work to be done.” Coach Joel Marshall P l o c p l a y e d o n t h e fi r s t line in the final two periods after Walker Haessig exited after the first with an injury. Marshall said Haessig did not play the final two periods for “precautionary reasons.” “Marshall told us to get pucks in deep and worked behind them,” Ploc said. “Our forwards were a lot stronger than their defensemen.” Both teams scored a pair of power-play goals in the third period. West trimmed its deficit to 4-2, as Eric Horein scored off an assist from Devin Huie 1:55 into the third, and Beckett Frey scored off a rebound with 10:36 left. Joe Schaak assisted on Frey’s goal. Ve r o n a ’s N a t h a n J u r r e n s scored with 3:17 left off passes from Rufenacht and Ostling, and Heinrichs scored with 34 seconds left off passes from Conrad Moline and Calvin Moioffer. The Wildcats finished 3-for6 on the power play and outshot the Regents 48-20. Kaden Grant made 18 saves in net. West went 2-for-5 on the power play. Hedican had 42 saves.

Photos by Adam Feiner

Verona’s Ryan Ritter prepares to shoot during the first period against Madison West on Friday, Jan. 3, at Verona Ice Arena.

Verona’s Cale Rufenacht passes the puck during the second period against Madison West on Friday, Jan. 3, at Verona Ice Arena. He had two assists in the Wildcats’ 6-2 win.

VAHS grad Nelson wins prestigious national award ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Beata Nelson built a legacy at Verona Area High School few swimmers in the state can rival. She made an immediate impact at the University of Wisconsin, and developed into one of the country’s best. Nelson was named the 2019 NCAA F e m a l e S w i m m e r o f t h e Ye a r b y after a banner senior season. The 2016 VAHS graduate won three NCAA individual championships, the only collegiate swimmer to accomplish the feat. She joined an established list of American Olympians to have won the award, including Missy Franklin (2015, California), Lilly King (2016, Indiana) and Katie Ledecky (2017, Stanford). Nelson won the 100-yard backstroke (49.18), 200 backstroke (1:47.24) and 200

individual medley (1:50.79) at the NCAA Championships. She broke the NCAA records in the backstrokes, becoming the only woman to break the 50-second mark in the 100-yard event six times in a career. She became the second woman in NCAA history to break the 1:51 mark in the 200 IM. No other swimmer broke an NCAA record in more than one individual event in 2019. Nelson made waves in one of the best

conferences in the country. She was honored as a two-time Big Ten Swimmer of the Year, and is the conference record-holder in the three events she won at the national championships. Nelson holds Wisconsin school record in both backstroke events, the 200 IM and the 100 butterfly (50.56). She is a 7-time All-American, 6-time honorable mention All-American and 5-time Big Ten champion.


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Girls hockey

Metro Lynx blast past Lightning at MIA ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Photo by Adam Feiner

Madison Metro Lynx players (from left) Mia Goetzke, Grace Bonnell, Sydney Raaths and Rachel Mirwald celebrate after Raaths scored during the second period against the Lakeshore Lightning. The Metro Lynx won 5-1 on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Madison Ice Arena.

The Madison Metro Lynx spent most of a nonconference home game against the Lakeshore Lightning in the offensive zone. The Lynx ran their winning streak to four after a 5-1 victory over the Lightning on Saturday, Jan. 4, at Madison Ice Arena. Madison outshot Lakeshore 63-14, as Addie Armstrong (13 saves) picked up the win in net. Kami McCardle finished with 58 saves for the Lightning. “We provided a lot of pressure, and did a really good job with puck possession,” Lynx coach Mike McKersie said. “We only allowed one shot in the first period and one in the third.” The Metro Lynx (9-2) struck first 4:25 into the game, as Kaya Pelton-Byce scored off a centering pass from Hannah Kolpien. Abby Ahlborn also assisted on the goal. Pelton-Byce sent a pass from behind the net in front to Ahlborn for a goal with 9:54 left in the first period. The Lynx made it 3-0 on somewhat of an unnatural goal. What looked like a backhand pass by Sydney Raaths slipped through multiple skaters and

past McCardle 4:29 into the second period. Rachel Mirwald assisted on the goal. Armstrong made a pair of saves at the end of the second period, but Lakeshore (5-4-1) broke through with 11:43 left in the third. Elle Fisher sent a cross-ice pass to Noelle Simbro, who snuck a backhand shot through Armstrong’s padding and just past the goal line. The Lightning had other opportunities to chip away at their deficit, but finished 0-for4 on the power play. “We have some really quick forwards who have quick feet and quick hands. They’re very good at taking away time and space when they’re on the penalty kill,” McKersie said. “Several of our defensemen also do a great job clearing pucks in front of the net after the initial shot.” The Lynx were 0-for-2 on the power play, but added a pair of insurance goals in the latter stages of the third period. Pelton-Byce had a shot from the point partially blocked, but Kolpien scored on a backhanded rebound with 5:44 left, a second before being knocked to the ice. Ava Jambor capped the scoring with a short-handed empty-netter with 10 seconds left.

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Girls basketball

Turnovers hurt Wildcats in home loss to Lancers MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

A young Verona girls basketball team is still learning to find ways to win. The latest lesson came in a 46-38 Big Eight Conference home loss to Madison La Follette on Friday, Jan. 3. “They just had more energy than we did,” said senior Rayna Briggs, who scored a team-high 18 points, grabbed 12 rebounds and swiped four steals. “When we got a basket, we were not as energetic and I think that starts with us seniors. We just needed more energy and it wasn’t there.” Verona (4-7, 3-5 Big Eight) had 18 turnovers and was within three points four times in the final 3:30, but couldn’t get over the hump. “The turnovers just killed us,” Verona assistant coach Reggie Patterson said. Briggs was aggressive down the stretch driving to the basket and drawing fouls. She made 10 of 13 free throws. The WIldcats finished 19-for-31 from the charity stripe. The Wildcats turned to a press in the second half to create a spark. Briggs knocked down two free throws to cut the Lancers’ lead to 37-35 with three minutes left. La Follette had 11 offensive rebounds in the game and they converted on a putback to extend the lead back to four. Verona freshman Paige Lambe scored down low to slice the Lancers’ lead to 39-37. She finished with five points and seven rebounds. “I think our press was pretty good because we were talking and applying that pressure that was needed,” Briggs said. La Follette sophomore Mailia Green scored a team-high 15 points and the

Verona junior Katie Pederson (left) drives by Madison La Follette senior Megan Lowrey during the second half Friday, Jan. 3, in Verona. Pederson scored six points and had 11 rebounds in the Wildcats’ 46-38 loss. Lancers hit 4 of 6 free throws in the final minute to preserve the victory. Verona also battled foul trouble throughout the game. Junior Katie Pederson, who scored six points and had 11 rebounds, fouled out with 4:19 left, and freshman guard Abbi Rupnow fouled out with 2:05 to go. The Lancers jumped out to a 10-2 lead to begin the game, as Green scored five points during the surge. “We can’t come out flat,” Patterson said. “I think we will come back at practice and get better at taking care of the ball and executing around the rim. We have to come out and be the first person to hit the other team in the mouth.” The Wildcats battled back behind Briggs and Pederson. Briggs scored eight points and Pederson scored all six of her points Photos by Mark Nesbitt in the first half to help the Wildcats cut the Verona sophomore Lexi Stemlow (right) drives by Madison La Follette junior Evelyn Walker Lancers’ lead to 23-18 at intermission. on Friday, Jan. 3, in Verona. The Wildcats lost 46-38.

Boys swimming

Best shines for VA/MH at loaded Milwaukee-area meet MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

In a field similar to a state meet, the Verona Area/Mount Horeb boys swimming team posted four top-seven finishes en route to taking 10th in the 32-team Marquette Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 4, in Brown Deer. VA/MH racked up 113 points. “To my knowledge, this was one of the biggest high school meets ever held in

Wisconsin,” VA/MH coach Bill Wuerger said. “This was the most competitive field we’ll see outside of the state meet.” Sophomore Oscar Best finished second in the 100-yard butterfly (51.32) and fourth in the 50 freestyle (21.68). His time in the fly is the fourth-fastest in Division 1 this season. Wuerger said the Wildcats had 17 individual season-best times and two relays set season-best times. “Overall, I was happy with how the

team swam,” Wuerger said. Sophomore Nathan Rozeboom had a lifetime-best and made his end-of-season goal time in the 50 free, anchoring the 200 free relay to a seventh-place finish. The quartet of Rozeboom, classmates Luke Bennin and Max McCartney and senior Kyle Hoppe posted a time of 1:31.73. The Wildcats’ 200 medley relay team of Best, Bennin, Hoppe and McCartney placed seventh (1:39.19). Bennin added a

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ninth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.98). Best, McCartney and juniors Conner Arneson and Ben Wellnitz took 10th (3:22.67). Sun Prairie, the top-ranked team in the Division 1 Wisconsin Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association poll, won the team title with 226 points, two ahead of second-ranked Waukesha South/Catholic Memorial. Big Eight rival and fourthranked Madison West took third (212).


Verona routed on the road by Cardinals

Dohnal leads Verona/Edgewood to fourth in Mount Horeb


Senior Hailey Dohnal had two topfour finishes to propel the Verona/ Edgewood gymnastics team to a fourthplace finish in the White Division at the Mount Horeb Invitational on Saturday, Jan. 4. “We were honestly hoping to finish a little higher, but we had some mistakes on bars and floor that cost us,” Verona/ Edgewood coach Rachael Hauser said. “We took a risk with adding some new skills that maybe weren’t ready yet and the result was hit or miss, but I’m proud of the girls for getting out there and trying their best.” Dohnal finished third on the vault

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Sun Prairie remained undefeated and atop the Big Eight Conference standings, while Verona fell behind early and couldn’t recover when the two teams met Saturday, Jan. 4. The Wildcats went on the road and lost 81-46, as they fell behind 27-12 at halftime. Kolson Roddick paced Verona (2-6, 2-3 Big Eight) with nine points. Jacob Kisting and Gavin Farrell added eight points apiece. Sun Prairie came into the game ranked third in Division 1 in the Coaches Poll, and improved to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in the Big Eight with the win. Colin Schaefer, Deante Luster and Ben Olson each had 14 points for the Cardinals.

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(8.9) and fourth on the floor (8.925). She took eighth in the all-around competition (32.675). After falling on her first vault, Dohnal went big on her second one. Hauser said Dohnal got more height, which lead to a better landing position. “We just need to work on cleaning up the entry a little more to get her into the 9s,” Hauser said. The Wildcat/Crusaders finished with 128.80 points, less than a point behind third-place Sun Prairie (129.775) and less than three points behind runner-up Middleton (131.10) in the seven-team White Division. Whitefish Bay captured the division title (138.375). Freshman Ella Crowley placed seventh on the balance beam (8.625). The

Wildcat/Crusaders had three of the top 11 gymnasts on the floor. In addition to Dohnal, Katie Ryan took eighth (8.475) and sophomore Lily Merrick placed 11th (8.25) out of 34 gymnasts in the event. The team also had three of the top 11 in the uneven bars. Sophomore Alyssa Fischer finished seventh (8.00), freshman Kayla Wagner took 10th (7.70) and Merrick was 11th (7.55). “I don’t think anyone will say bars is their strong event, and I feel like we still have a long way to go on improving our bars sets as well,” Hauser said. “But it is encouraging to see that we can hang with our other conference teams in that event.”

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POLICE REPORTS Sept. 11 9:18 a.m. A man reported having his pant leg grabbed as he was exiting his truck by an individual who identified himself as an “off-duty police officer” while at the Kwik Trip on Hwy. PB. Once the man started recording the interaction, the individual left. 6:19 p.m. Police received an anonymous report of a 9 year old boy who had walked up to the caller and asked for money, saying he isn’t fed at home and will be beaten by his family if he comes home too early. Officers found the boy, who denied the allegation and became “emotionally distraught” over the accusation. The boy was taken home by a parent.

Obituary Michelle Sparks

Oct. 13 2:11 a.m. Police gave a man a ride home to Paoli after they found him walking in the median of American Way. The man told police he had been getting a ride from her best friend, but got out of her car after he and the woman got into a fight over her boyfriend, whom the man Sept. 29 9:21 a.m. Holiday Inn Ex- doesn’t like. press reported it would be seeking charges against one Oct. 15 4:39 p.m. A woman reof its guests after he set off a fire extinguisher in one of the ported seeing pink water hotel’s elevators while intoxi- come out of a drinking founcated. The man agreed to pay tain at Cathedral Point Park. the expenses related to the Police contacted the public works department, which repairs. 8:04 p.m. A Fitchburg said it had put antifreeze in teenager was cited for dis- the pipes to prepare for winorderly conduct after he ter and would develop a plan yelled profanities at police to turn the drinking fountain Sept. 13 at McDonald’s as they were off. An officer placed caution 12:10 a.m. A 61 year old conducting a traffic stop that tape on the fountains as a temporary solution. Madison man was arrested didn’t involve him. for his second OWI offense Oct. 16 after police watched him Sept. 30 9:37 p.m. An unknown 3:43 a.m. Police attemptfail to stop at a stop sign on man was reported to be ed to stop thieves who were Basswood Avenue. stealing vehicles in the area passing out fake $100 bills Sept. 15 of Jenna Drive. The officer at It’s Time and the Klassik 1:42 a.m. A 29 year old chased the thieves until they Tavern. He received approxFitchburg woman was arrest- started to drive over lawns to imately $190 in real money in change for the bills he was ed for her first OWI after she avoid the police. failed to use her turn signal Until just around 6 a.m., handing out. and stop at the flashing red police received reports of light at the intersection of break-ins from addresses Oct. 17 2:16 p.m. Police assisted Llanos and Main streets. on Wynnwood Drive, Mesa in transporting a 20-pound Road, Jenna Drive and Webag of prescription drugs that Sept. 17 stridge Parkway. Thefts in9:12 a.m. A woman ac- cluded loose change, a wal- was found in a St. Vincent de cidentally set off her fire let, a digital camera, a back- Paul donation box to Hometown Pharmacy for disposal. alarm while attempting to pack and a Honda Pilot. get a chipmunk out of her Oct. 18 garage on the 400 block of Oct. 2 1:14 p.m. A woman re2:10 p.m. Three Verona ceived a notice about a Westridge Parkway. She was warned about the city’s false Area High School students $20,000 Honda motorcycle were asked to put picnic that was purchased in Jackalarm ordinance. 12:37 p.m. Walgreens tables back and return to sonville, Florida, under with staff reported that a high school after they were seen her bank account. The womschool girl took a pregnancy making a “fort” with the ta- an told police she was the test off of the shelf, used it bles at Harriet Park. victim of identity theft bein the bathroom and left the cause she had never been to store with a group of friends Oct. 10 Jacksonville and didn’t know 3:25 p.m. A child report- how to ride a motorcycle. without paying for it. ed to a crossing guard that Sept. 20 a man in a small white truck Oct. 21 8:17 a.m. A Country View stopped in the middle of 11:27 p.m. A 17 year old Elementary School student Church Street to watch her Madison boy was cited for was suspended after he and her friend play in Home- reckless driving after he was brought an airsoft gun to town Junction Park. Being found drifting on East Verona school and was showing it to watched by the man made Avenue and through the Mcher uncomfortable, the girl Donald’s parking lot. The boy other students. 9:20 p.m. A 41 year old told the crossing guard. The admitted to drifting and said man was arrested for his man could not be located. he was doing it to impress a third OWI offense after he girl inside the McDonald’s. was found taking items from Oct. 12 3:27 a.m. A 27 year old Oct. 23 the Mobil gas station and admitted to drinking and Madison woman was cited 1:58 p.m. A man reportdriving. He was also cited for for a third OWI offense after ed that during the past two police stopped her because nights, someone removed retail theft. the the Green County Sher- the metal pumpkin decoraSept. 26 iff’s Office advised the wom- tions off of his front stoop on 8:32 p.m. An anonymous an had taken off in a vehicle the 600 block of Acadia Way, person reported neighbors while they were working on placing them at the edge of didn’t “quite fit into the an OWI investigation involv- his property or in the woods neighborhood” for throwing ing her. behind his house. 7:31 p.m. A resident called a party with loud music. Officers made contact with a police after a Toppers deliv- Oct. 25 woman, who stated she was ery driver used the person’s 9:08 p.m. A man was citat her aunt’s house for a fam- driveway to turn around while ed for trespassing at Mobil ily cookout. Kids were ob- delivering pizza. The driver after he became angry with served to be singing loudly, said he accidentally pulled an employee for not having but police observed no other into the wrong address on a specific brand of cigarette in stock and was asked to issues. Steeple Point Way.

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Sept. 27 9:16 p.m. An officer stopped at Zurbuchen Oil after he spotted a man looking at a vehicle in the parking lot. The man, another Verona police officer, said he was looking at the car because it was for sale.

leave. When asked to leave, he threw money at the employee. Oct. 30 9:23 a.m. An officer read books to children at the library during its reading program and gave them a tour of the squad car. Nov. 1 8:27 a.m. Several Verona Area High School students were sent home after a fight escalated between two students involving a punch in the face. None of the students was dealt with by law enforcement. 12:05 p.m. Two Madison LaFollette students were warned for trespassing after they accessed the Verona Area High School building during lunchtime. The students were told to not return to the school without permission. Nov. 2 4:13 a.m. The parents of a 3 year old boy were warned to keep a closer eye on their son after he was found wandering around the Hyatt Place hotel. This was the child’s first time staying in a hotel and he “likes to wander,” the parents told police. 11:41 p.m. A man called 911 after a woman dumped water on him at Cahoots. Upon arrival, witnesses and the woman told police the man had been harassing women at the bar and had refused to leave when asked. The man agreed to go home for the night and not return to the bar. Nov. 3 8:20 p.m. Police assisted two people whose car burst into flames on U.S. Hwy. 151 after hitting a deer. No injuries were reported, and the people were driven to a hotel. Nov. 7 12:13 a.m. Police received a call about a woman yelling in Behnke Park. Upon arrival, police found the woman yelling indistinguishable words from her back deck. The woman told officers she had been praying. Later in the day, her family members requested assistance because the woman had not slept, eaten or drank water in the past 48 hours and believed she was possessed by the devil. Fitch-Rona EMS provided the woman a sedative and transported her to the hospital. Nov. 9 4 p.m. Three children wearing Halloween costumes were warned after a man reported them for coming up to his house on the 1200 block of Scenic Ridge Drive to ask for candy. Police told the children to not knock on doors because it was no longer Halloween.

Michelle K. Sparks, 68, of Verona, died Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, with husband Steve by her side at Meriter Hospital. Her final days were spent with her entire family home for Christmas. Michelle will be remembered as a loving and attentive mother, grandmother and wife. She had a life-long love of reading and books, which she shared with her children and grandchildren who continue to be active readers. She also touched the lives of thousands of young people as an English teacher at Belleville (WI) High School. It made her day when former students told her how much her coaching in writing and appreciation of great literature helped them be successful in college and life. Michelle was born on June 25, 1951, in Sioux City, Iowa, the daughter of Dr. Robert and Melba (Harmon) Garvin. She grew up in Akron, Iowa, and graduated from Morningside College, Sioux City, Iowa, where she met her husband-to-be, Steven Sparks through music activities. Michelle had a beautiful voice, which her children loved hearing as they grew up. Michelle and Steven were married in June 1973. She made their home warm and welcoming, making sure Steve didn’t leave clutter around, spill food or save unneeded stuff. She looked her best every day and ensured the rest of the family did the same. Michelle challenged the kids to do their best whatever their talents, continue their love of books and stay close to their brother and sisters. When her four granddaughters came along, she

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loved spending time with them, taking great delight in finding the latest toy and a fun outfit to surprise them with. She always could find the best kids’ videos on-line. Michelle is survived by Steve; two daughters, Amber (Chris Backley) Sparks of Washington, D.C., and Kira (Johnny) Sparks, San Francisco, Calif.; son, Shane (Susanna) Sparks, Canmore AB, Canada; four granddaughters, Isadora Backley, Finley Sparks, Ainsley Sparks and Inara Sparks; and brother, Dr. Kevin (Janette) Garvin, Omaha, Neb. She was preceded in death by mother, Melba Garvin; father, Dr. Robert Garvin; and sister, Suzanne Garvin. An informal memorial gathering will be held at Gunderson Fitchburg Funeral and Cremation Care, 2950 Chapel Valley Road, Fitchburg, from 4 p.m. until 6 p.m., on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Friends are welcome to stop by any time to greet the family and share a memory. Memorials may be made to the charity of choice. Online condolences may be made at Gunderson Fitchburg Funeral & Cremation Care 2950 Chapel Valley Road (608)-442-5002

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The choir performs during the ‘Celebrate the Season’ winter concerts at VAHS.

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From Dec. 12-14, three consecutive nights of the “Celebrate the Season” winter concert were held at Verona Area High School’s Performing Arts Center. The annual concert featured performances by over 300 student musicians from the various VAHS bands, choirs, orchestras, and instrumental and vocal jazz groups. There were both large and small ensembles, including a handful of solos and duets. The main stage had a festive light projection of white pine trees for a background, with the surrounding color changing to fit the mood of different songs — from green during a rendition of “You’re A Mean One, Mr. Grinch” to blue during a medley of songs from Disney’s “Frozen.” The balconies flanking the stage,

decked in blue lights and hung with foil stars, hosted smaller group performances such as a gentle guitar solo of “First Snow.” The exits to either side of the stage were decorated to look like brick fireplaces, with red string lights for the flames, and also provided performance spaces for groups like the tuba quartet performing “We Wish You A Merry Christmas.” At one point, the flute ensemble performed “Parade of the Wooden Soldiers” in the back of the theater, nestled amongst the audience. A piano on the floor in front of the stage provided accompaniment for the vocal solo “Grown Up Christmas List” and a duet of “Last Christmas (I Gave You My Heart),” up-close to the audience. Proceeds from the ticket sales will be used to support scholarships and financial assistance for VAHS music students. Neal Patten can be contacted at

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