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Thursday, January 23, 2020 • Vol. 55, No. 36 • Verona, WI • Hometown USA • ConnectVerona.com • $1.25

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Verona girls bond over shared rare form of hearing loss NEAL PATTEN Unified Newspaper Group

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Jeanette Newberry, the first graduate of the high school Grow Your Own program, works with Abigail Beyler on her math assignment at Sugar Creek Elementary School earlier this month.

Grow where you’re planted ‘Grow Your Own’ program offers financial, moral support to educators KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group


eanette Newberry knew teaching was the right career for her after she spent a semester in an adaptive physical education class at Verona Area High School. She mentored students with special needs in that class, something she had seen the value of first-hand as the younger sister of a person born with a disability. The 2015 graduate had always wanted to be a part of that for other children but wasn’t sure she could afford a college degree.

“You just grew to love the kids so much,” she said. “I just knew I wanted to keep doing this.” As the first graduate of the high school track of the Verona Area School District’s Grow Your Own partnership with Edgewood College, Newberry got her education for free. It was a bonus, she said, that the program is from the university she wanted to attend. Newberry graduated from Edgewood in December and finished her student teaching assignment at Sugar Creek Elementary School last Friday. The high school track allows up to two students from a graduating class to

attend Edgewood with all tuition costs covered by the district. In return, they agree to come back to teach for at least four years. It’s had nine students attend so far. The other track pays for tuition and books for current district staff to get their teaching licenses at any accredited college. It has had 32 participants across the district. The district started the Grow Your Own program as a way to “stop admiring the problem” of a lack of diversity in its teaching staff, district human resources coordinator Jason Olson said. The district has a higher percentage

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Two Verona girls, who first became friends as neighbors, have since had their bond solidified under remarkable circumstances – sharing the same rare form of hearing loss. Addie Hammes and Ellie Neuman are neighbors in the city, living just a few houses apart. Both girls’ families moved to Verona in 2017. One of the girls, Hammes, was born with unilateral hearing loss. Neuman later developed the condition after an illness. Now, the two girls share more than friendship. Both girls attend Core Knowledge Charter School, with Addie in third grade and Ellie in second grade.

Ellie was diagnosed with unilateral hearing loss in December 2018 after American Family Children’s Hospital doctors found a mass behind her ear bone, which caused nerve damage and ultimately left her without the ability to hear in that ear. At first, doctors told the Neuman family that Ellie’s hearing loss wasn’t permanent; however, after follow-up MRIs, a specialist told them that Ellie’s hearing would not return. Following Ellie’s diagnosis, her teachers began to use the Roger Focus microphone system, which works like an FM radio – sending her teachers’ voices directly into her good ear via a wireless receiver worn behind the ear. Addie had been the only user of the system previously. Teachers can also remove the wireless microphone and

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A second chance to star VACT to hold auditions for its first seniors-only production NEAL PATTEN Unified Newspaper Group

People in their golden years will be able to steal the spotlight in an upcoming Verona Area Community Theater show. VACT will present its first seniors-only show, “ T h e M u s i c M a n S r. ,” May 15-17. The senior show will be a shortened version of the 1957 Tony

If You Go What: “Music Man Sr.” auditions When: 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30 Where: Verona Area Community Theater Building, 103 Lincoln St. Info: Call 332-7991 award-winning Broadway classic musical and will feature a cast of performers ages 55 and older. Since its founding in 1992, VACT has produced

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City of Verona

Second fire chief search down to 2 Interim chief, candidate from Pennsylvania will hold public Q&A

And just as it did last director Mitch Weckerly time, the Police and Fire told the Press on TuesCommission has asked day, Jan. 21. both to give presentaMachotka has been with the department tions to the public, set for 6 p.m. Feb. 4, before since 2010, when it JIM FEROLIE holding panel interviews was still under the conVerona Press editor with them. trol of the Verona Joint Dan Machotka Fire District, and has The finalists are Vero- Matt Arnold Almost three months after a city comserved as VFD’s training na interim fire chief Dan mission rejected its first round of candi- Machotka and York (Pennsylvania) Area officer, a lieutenant and deputy chief. dates for the open fire chief position, it United Fire and Rescue EMT battalion has two new finalists. chief Matt Arnold, city human resources Turn to Chief/Page 3

The Brothers Four They have played thousands of college concerts, sung for U.S. Presidents, countless community concerts, and symphony orchestras. Truly “Americas Musical Ambassadors to the World.”

Saturday, February 15, 2020 7:30 pm Verona Area High School PAC



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Photo by Kimberly Wethal

From right, Jonas (Owen Seghal) learns what the color “red” is from The Giver (Donavon Armbruster) during the Verona Area Community Theater’s performance of “The Giver” on Saturday, April 6.

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Verona Area Community Theater

Dancing Queens

Donna (Mattie Isaac) glides on the shoulders of a handyman while singing “Money, Money, Money.”

Photos by Kimberly Wethal

From left, Rosie (Amanda Reichhold), Donna (Mattie Isaac) and Tanya (Shannon Payette Seip) sing “Dancing Queen” during Verona Area Community Theater’s production of “Mamma Mia!” on Sunday, Jan. 19. Verona Area Community Theater performed its first weekend of “Mamma Mia!” Jan. 17-19, at the Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center. Three more shows will be held from Jan. 23-25, at the PAC. Information about the upcoming shows can be found at vact.org. Based on the 1999 Broadway show that was later made into a movie and sequel, the show tells the story of Donna

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for her father to walk her down the aisle, Sophie invites the three men who could be her father to her wedding at Donna’s To see more photos of VACT’s performance of “Mamma Mia!”, visit: hotel on an island they hadn’t been to in 21 years. ConnectVerona.com The performance’s music is from the songs of Swedish pop band ABBA. Tanya (Shannon Payette Seip), left, and Rosie (Amanda Sheridan, whose past comes back to Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kim- Reichhold) comfort Donna (Mattie Isaac) as she cries over berly.wethal@wcinet.com and follow her past catching up to her. haunt her the day before her daughter her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.​ Sophie’s wedding. Wanting desperately

Sophie (Emma Elsberry Tenebruso), center, reads her mother Donna’s (not pictured) diary from the summer she became pregnant with her two friends Ali (Kenzie Merucci) and Lisa (Peyton Morgan).

From right, Eddie (James Toal) introduces himself to Tanya (Shannon Payette Seip), one of Donna’s friends in town for the wedding.

Pepper (Marcus Wisniewski), left, and Eddie (James Toal), right, fill in Sky (Antonio Jacobson) on what they’re going to do during Sky’s bachelor party.



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Town of Verona

Two developments go to board for approval Supervisors to consider storage facility, subdivision final plat KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

Two development projects will go to the Town Board at its Feb. 4, meeting. The board is set to vote on a rezone request for a self-storage facility on

Maple Grove Road on the town’s northeast side and decide whether to approve a subdivision on the town’s western edge. Cameron and Jamie Lindau of Swan You See, LLC, is looking to rezone their 12.6-acre lot from rural residential to heavy commercial for a multi-building self-storage facility just south of the Maple Grove and Nesbitt roads intersection. Three of the nine self-storage buildings will be climate-controlled, and the proposed

office building is modeled to look like a barn. The board could also vote to approve the final plat of the 74-acre Twin Rock subdivision near the intersection of Springrose Road and County Hwy. G. The project features 27 single-family lots and a native prairie between the homes and County Hwy. G to the south. The prairie, in addition to three planned retention ponds, will assist with stormwater management, Plan Commission chair

Doug Maxwell told the Press. The Twin Rock development, named for the dairy that used to sit on the land, would still need permitting from the state Department of Natural Resources. The developer plans to begin building the roads in late summer, with homes being constructed in 2021. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly.wethal@wcinet.com and follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.​

Loss: friends share same hearing condition by chance the future. Katie said it has been hard on Ellie to deal with classmates following her diagnosis, who ask her questions about her hearing loss. The questions leave her feeling different from other kids, but Katie believes the questions are born out of genuine wonder and are not intended to be malicious. “When kids play with her, there are misconceptions,” Katie said. “Ellie has had to learn how to navigate that without feeling bad about herself. She asks Addie, ‘What do you do or say if a friend doesn’t know about your hearing loss?’”

Continued from page 1 pass it around to students to speak to Ellie and Addie. The district owns the system, so the girls only use it while at school. The girls are taking auditory processing training sessions to help train their brains to hear better in loud environments. This involves taking the wireless ear piece out for one subject, which will build up to taking it out for two subjects, slowly decreasing their dependence on the ear piece until they are not using it at all. The deaf and hard-of-hearing counselor also taught the girls how to advocate for themselves in the classroom. Some of that advocating involves speaking up when they need assistance, Jenny Hammes, Addie’s mother said. “It can be scary to say ‘turn your mic on or off’ or say, ‘from where I am sitting, I can’t hear you,’ Jenny said. “Addie has learned if she isn’t comfortable, to take the teacher aside. We have taught her that if she doesn’t advocate for herself to get the things she needs, she can fall behind in school.” It’s easier, though, as the girls now have each other to rely on with the condition – and the significance of their daughters’ friendship is not lost on their families. It’s resulted in the two girls looking out for one another, Jenny said. “Unilateral hearing loss is not super common,” Hammes said. “Someone you already played together with who at first did not have hearing loss, but now has the same condition as you, and is your best friend – it is a special little bond.” Katie said that she’s “thankful” her daughter has a friend who deals with the same medical condition to help her through the transition. “While Ellie’s story is different from Addie’s, it’s crazy how nice it is to have a friend just down the street with a similar situation,” Katie said.

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Ellie Neuman (left) and Addie Hammes (right) bonded over their shared experience of unilateral hearing loss.

single-sided deafness. While nine-year-old Hammes has never known a life without unilateral hearing loss, Neuman spent six years with full hearing before becoming impaired. This has required a great deal of adjustment. “Because it’s not something you can see, Ellie has to remind people about her hearing loss, which is scary and embarrassing,” Katie Neuman said. It wasn’t until a school field trip to the Madison Children’s Museum when Neuman’s mom, Katie, asked her to smile for a photo and noticed half of her daughter’s face was paralyzed. Initially, Katie thought Ellie was just making a funny face, but Ellie insisted she was not feeling well. From there, Katie said everything began to move quickly for the family, as Ellie spent two months visiting various doctors to diagnose the pain she was feeling in her left ear. To the family’s disappointment, doctors couldn’t find anything wrong with her. That later changed with a visit to an American Family Children’s Hospital Discovering something wrong doctor, who found the mass behind her Being born with hearing loss, Hammes ear, and a specialist who delivered the has known no other life than one with bad news about Ellie’s ability to hear in

Adjusting to a new life

Apart from Addie’s help, teachers and staff at Core Knowledge Charter School have worked hard to help Ellie adjust. When Ellie first returned to school after losing her hearing, her deaf and hard of hearing teacher and her audiologist accompanied her to the classroom to help her field questions from classmates and educate the kids about her condition. Jenny says that because Addie is in-between not being fully deaf nor fully capable of hearing, a lot of people don’t consider her daughter to have a disability. She says unilateral hearing loss is sometimes regarded as a “silent disability.” Ellie faces the same problem. “My child is not ignoring you, she probably just isn’t hearing you,” Jenny recalls telling other adults who have attempted to get Addie’s attention. As Ellie has had to adjust to unilateral hearing loss after living most of her life with full hearing, Addie has provided support. With Ellie’s hearing loss being in her left ear, and Addie’s hearing impairment being in her right ear, the girls like to say that when they are together, they have a “pair of ears.” Jenny tells the girls that their hearing loss is, “just a part of you, but it doesn’t define you.” Neal Patten, Verona Community Reporter, can be contacted at neal.patten@wcinet. com.

If You Go What: Town of Verona board meeting When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 Where: Town Hall, 7669 Hwy. PD Info: 845-7187

Verona woman arrested for 5th OWI A Verona woman was arrested for what would be her fifth drunken-driving offense on the morning of Sunday, Jan. 19. Just after 9 a.m., Verona police stopped a vehicle after its driver failed to stop at the Cross Country Road and Hemlock Drive intersection, a department news release stated. The driver, Monica A. Martell-Egan, underwent sobriety and breathalyzer tests, resulting in a .16 reading, twice the legal limit of 0.08. Based on previous convictions, the release stated, she

is restricted to having a blood alcohol concentration of less than 0.02 to drive. She was Martell-Egan taken to the Dane County Jail with a preliminary charge of operating while under the influence of intoxicants, the release stated. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly.wethal@ wcinet.com and follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.​

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Snowmobile season is here County trails all open as of Jan. 19

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For area snowmobile enthusiasts, it’s a bit like Christmas in January. Almost one month into winter, all five snowmobile trails regions in Dane County parks have opened, with the southwest, northwest and north central opening Sunday, Jan. 19. For snowmobile trails to be open, there must be at least 6 inches of snow with steady below-freezing temperatures, the Dane County Parks Department

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website states. The county has more than 500 miles of snowmobile trails that link to a state-wide trail network. For more information, call the 24/7 Trails Information Line at 242-4576. Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet.com.

Chief: Both candidates have worked with combo fire departments in the past Machotka has been the officer in charge of the department since Sept. 27, the last day former chief Joe Giver was in the office before his months-long vacation. He has been interim chief since Jan. 2, Giver’s official retirement date. Arnold has been responsible for fire and rescue operations in York for almost four years, following a 10-year career in IT during which he was a volunteer with the fire department most of that same time. York, which covers 23 square miles and 35,000 people, is the first regional “combo” fire department in Pennsylvania, notable because Verona – which covers 14,000 people in 32 square miles – is also a combo department.

If You Go What: Fire chief presentations and Q&A When: 6 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 4 Where: Verona City Center Info: Call human resources director Mitch Weckerly at 845-0965 Combo departments have complicated management challenges, as they depend on both full-time (career) firefighters and (paid on-call) volunteers, groups that often have vastly different backgrounds, motivations and skills. The management difficulties of Verona’s fire department has drawn attention for

many years, going through three leaders in less than five years before Giver became its first full-time chief in 2011. Giver’s management, too, was called into question last year, when the Local 311 firefighters union called for his resignation in the wake of a report showing widespread complaints about the culture and leadership of the department. That report had been compiled by an independent investigator after the union complained one of its members was being punished unfairly for behaviors it said were similar to that of an assistant chief. Giver, however, outlasted a six-month performance improvement plan that included adding training and communication protocols. He told the Press he had planned to retire in January 2019 but

extended his stay to retire on his own terms and ensure the department was in a better place. The PFC rejected its first round of candidates Nov. 12 after its two finalists, Jeffery Pricher and Ralph Webster, spoke to the public and interviewed with the commission in October. It drew 12 new candidates in a second round and narrowed that group to two finalists last week. Arnold and Machotka will each interact with the public for 25 minutes during their public interview process, which will be at Verona City Center. Each session will be a 10-minute presentation and a 15-minute Q&A, Weckerly said. Audience members then will be able to submit feedback on each applicant after the sessions, Weckerly said.

The panel interview will be conducted the same day by the PFC, city administrator Adam Sayre and Oregon Area Fire/EMS chief Glenn Linzmeier. “The feedback will be reviewed by the PFC, and the

information will be used as an important element in the overall decision-making process,” he added. Email Verona Press editor Jim Ferolie at veronapress@ wcinet.com.​

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Schools have separate histories On Page 11 of the Jan. 2, 2020, edition, it says that the New Century School building originally housed the Gordon School. Of course, the Gordon School was the rural school at the corner of Mid Town Road and Hwy. M that was torn down for the road expansion. It had nothing to do with the New Century building. The New Century building was originally the Verona State Graded School that served kindergarten through eighth grade students in the Village of Verona, a small rural area to the north, and a rural area to the southeast of the village. This was when the Verona State Graded School and the various rural schools in the area were all independent school

districts that were unified in the early 1960’s to become the current Verona Area School District (originally named Verona Area Public Schools). The original portion of the current Sugar Creek building was built for grades 3-8 because the original building on Verona Avenue could no longer handle the students for the growing village. It was a detached building originally. The “graded school” later became Verona Elementary School, later renamed Sugar Creek. Ken Behnke Former school board member

VACT production ‘outstanding’ Does the cold weather have and the characters, sets, and you feeling down? Warm up your music were outstanding. The hearts by attending the Verona music is absolutely infectious!!! Area Community Theater’s production of “Mamma Mia!” Sandra Rost I attended this past weekend, City of Verona

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Another winter of agonizing over buying a snow thrower


have lived in my house for 30 years, and each winter I ask myself whether I should buy a snow thrower. I always think about it seriously but never make the purchase. Truthfully, I’ve done quite well with my collection of snow shovels. Most storms leave only a dusting or a few fluffy inches, and I have developed a two-shovel technique that allows me to clear my short driveway in a matter of minutes. When bigger storms rumble through, I will go out two or three times during the day, preferring to clear three inches from the driveway three times as opposed to nine inches all at once. Occasionally, we get dumped on, but even then, it doesn’t take too long to clear the driveway. I have been very thankful for my neighbor, who usually uses his snow thrower to clear the end of my driveway in these extreme circumstances. When I think about it, the end of the driveway is the primary reason I consider mechanical snow removal each year. Is there anything closer to a Charlie Brown moment than clearing away all the snow and then hearing the plow come rumbling around the corner? And what is it about the end of the driveway snow that is so much heavier and clumpy than regular snow? It is as if the snow plow adds a special icing agent that makes it miserable to deal with. At 55 years old, I am not as

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fit to tackle those snow piles as I once was. The driveway seems a little longer and the snow banks a little taller each year. Curtis I have also lost my help. One of my sons has married and has his own driveway to shovel, and the other works odd hours and is often away or asleep at the key shoveling times. And, of course, what kind of husband would I be if I expected my wife to shovel? The problem with buying a snow thrower is it creates more problems than it solves. For example, I don’t know where I would store it. Despite not having much clutter, I can barely squeeze two cars into my garage as it is. If a snow thrower were to move in, something would need to move out, like my lawn mower. An obvious solution is to move one of my cars outside. That would mean my wife’s car or my car, and you can probably guess which one would go. If my wife is too fragile to shovel snow, she certainly can’t be scraping ice off her windshield in the morning. I don’t want to scrape ice off my windshield, either, so let’s just forget that plan. If I had a shed, I could store both my lawn mower and a snow thrower and free up precious space in the garage. Immediately, two problems

come to mind. One is that there are few flat spots in my yard, and none of them are in an ideal location for a shed. I’d have to locate it behind my house, and because of this I would need to use my snow thrower to create a path from the back yard to the driveway each time it snowed. That seems kind of dumb. The other is the timing. Even if I could find a good location for a shed in my yard, I should have built it in the summer or fall. Building a shed now would be difficult, which essentially eliminates the idea for this year. And, of course, having waffled about purchasing a snow thrower until the middle of January probably means our local snow throwers dealers are low on inventory anyway. If I’m going to buy one, I don’t want the one nobody else wanted. So it looks as if my fate is sealed. I’ll be shoveling for another winter. Next year, I’ll need to get to the task earlier, but that may be the root of the problem. I don’t like thinking about winter. It’s cold. The days are short. We’re locked inside much of the time, and going out often brings on the stress of winter driving. Here’s to an early spring. And if you see me outside when it finally warms up, remind me to get to work on a shed so I can store the snow thrower I buy in the fall. Karl Curtis is a City of Verona resident.

review the layout team’s work to catch any last-minute mistakes before sending the paper to the printer, but the internet outage prevented that process. The Press regrets any errors not resolved. Due to an editing error, a story in the Jan. 16 edition

mistakenly identifies former school board member Ken B e h n ke a s b o a r d p r e s i d e n t , rather than Tom Duerst, who is a current board member but p r ev i o u s l y h e l d t h e t i t l e o f president. The Press regrets the error.


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January 23, 2020

Annual ‘Bring on Spring’ concert to take place Feb. 1

Two library programs to help with job searches, career changes

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David Landau, a former Verona Area School District first grade teacher, will perform his annual “Bring on Spring” concert next month. The free concert will be held 10-11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 1, at the high school Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St. Since 2014, Landau has brought a mix of storytelling and children’s music to the PAC each year. Landau was voted 2019 Children’s Performer of the Year by the Madison Area Music Association. According to Landau’s website, his performances are meant to be “educational, entertaining and motivating … helping children understand themselves and the world around them.” Past concerts have had children dancing in the aisles of the PAC and singing along to the songs. Landau says he aims to engage kids as active participants during his interactive shows. While the shows are geared

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David Landau greets kids following his performance at the Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center on Jan. 2. towards youth in Pre-K through second grade, children and families of all ages are welcome. For more information, call 845-4813. Neal Patten, Verona Community Reporter, can be contacted at neal.patten@wcinet. com.

If You Go What: “Bring on Spring” children’s concert When: 10-11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 1 Where: Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St. Info: Call 845-4813

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Area residents looking for a new job or looking for a career change have two upcoming free opportunities at the library to help them fulfill their ambitions. Jennifer Seese, an employment and training specialist from the Workforce Development/Job Service, will offer one-on-one assistance with job searching, resume writing and interview skills from 9 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, Jan. 28. Walk-ins are welcome, but registration is encouraged. For information or to register, call 845-7180. Later in the week, University of Wisconsin-Madison Adult Career and Special Student Services is offering a career change workshop at the library from 2-4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31. The workshop will teach attendees how to identify reliable career change resources and how to use them effectively. Registration is required.

What: Career change 101 When: 2-4 p.m., Friday, Jan. 31 Where: Verona Public Library, 500 Silent St. Info: Call 263-6960

If You Go What: Job search assistance When: 9 a.m. to noon Tuesday, Jan. 28 Where: Verona Public Library, 500 Silent St. Info: Call 845-7180 For information or to register, call UW-Madison Adult Career and Special Student Services at 2636960. Neal Patten, Verona Community Reporter, can be contacted at neal.patten@ wcinet.com.

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Little League baseball to host parent information sessions NEAL PATTEN Unified Newspaper Group

Parents interested in registering their children for Little League Baseball have two upcoming opportunities to learn more about the local program. From 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 4, and from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, board members from Verona Little League will be hosting informational sessions. The Feb. 4 session will be held at American Legion Post 385, 207 Legion St. and the Feb. 11 meeting will take place at Badger Ridge Middle School, 740 N. Main St. Parents need only to attend one of the two meetings. Board members will provide a general overview of the league, discuss the

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What: Verona Little League information session When: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 4 Where: American Legion Post 385, 207 Legion St. Info: Visit veronalittleleague.org

What: Verona Little League information session When: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11 Where: Badger Ridge Middle School, 740 N. Main St. Info: Visit veronalittleleague.org

divisions of play, go over the games schedule, explain player assessments and drafts and outline the fees and equipment needed. Parents are encouraged to ask questions. The VLL is a Wisconsin District 4 chartered league of Little League International for players in first grade

through high school who live in the Verona Area School District. It was founded in 1996. For information, visit veronalittleleague.org. Neal Patten, Verona Community Reporter, can be contacted at neal.patten@wcinet.com.

VACT: Seniors are set to bring “The Music Man” to life Continued from page 1 hundreds of shows, some featuring casts of children and high school students, and others being all-ages shows. Its upcoming senior show will be the first time the group will host a show exclusively starring an older set. Director and VACT founder Dee Baldock said other theaters have produced seniors-only shows and have seen “great interest.” “I think it’s a really great idea; these are people like me who are past the time we can usually get a part in a show, but we still have a desire to sing, perform and dance,” she said. “The board said, ‘How exciting,’ and was supportive from the very beginning.” Auditions will be held from 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30, at the VACT building, 103 Lincoln St. Auditionees should be prepared to sing approximately 30 seconds of a song. Baldock said she first heard about the seniors-only style of production last summer. As she was attending the American Association of Community

Theatre conference in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, she heard another director talk about how they had adapted the children’s version of “The Music Man” for a senior-only show. VACT has produced many “Jr.” shows over the years, with actors in grades 5-8. The “Jr.” shows are abbreviated versions of the full shows, with run times of approximately 60 minutes. The VACT production of “Music Man, Sr.” will be the first performance of the adapted Jr. show in Wisconsin. Baldock says the concept is so new, she believes the scripts will actually still say “Music Man Jr.” on them, despite all of the roles being played by seniors. Baldock said she will be casting for approximately 30 to 40 cast and chorus roles. “The Music Man” tells the story of a traveling con man who comes to River City, Iowa, and persuades the community to start a local band by purchasing uniforms and instruments from him. He intends to flee with their money

and never provide the promised music lessons. Baldock said the abbreviated show still contains most of the music from the full-length version, although the music was simplified for kids to perform. Baldock said while seniors could handle more difficult music, they are performing the simpler “Jr.” show for ease of adaptation. Baldock added that the dancing numbers might be somewhat trimmed down to accommodate the seniors. After announcing the seniors-only show, Baldock said she has heard from some VACT alumni who plan to audition after years of not being on stage. “A lot of people that started with me in 1992 are coming back, so it’s going to be a lot of fun. Some of the people had drifted away when there were no longer roles available for them,” Baldock said. For information, call 332-7991 or email Dee@jbstats.com. Neal Patten, Verona Community Reporter, can be contacted at neal.patten@wcinet.com.

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The League of Women Voters and City of Verona clerk Ellen Clark will host a voting information presentation at 10 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24, at the senior center. Topics that will be discussed include voter registration, voting IDs, previewing ballots online and voting by absentee ballots will be discussed. The presentation will also teach attendees how to use myvote.wi.gov, a voting information website sponsored by the State of Wisconsin. The League of Women Voters is a nonpartisan grassroots political organization established in 1920 that advocates for informed and active participation in government. The League neither supports nor opposes

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January 23, 2020

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Coming up Women’s craft night gathering

Crafters of all levels and ages are welcome to join the Wisconsin Women’s Hive craft night from 6-8 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23, at the Sow’s Ear, 125 S. Main St. On Jan. 23, the group will be working on bullet journaling and art journaling. Attendees are asked to bring pens, markers, colored pencils, stickers, washi tape and notebooks. Those not into journaling are welcome to bring whatever creative projects they are working such as crocheting, knitting, cross stitching, embroidery, painting, cricutting, scrapbooking, card making and jewelry making. The group welcomes people of all ages and skill levels to come enjoy the company of other crafters. For information, call 616-0432.

Churches will present the hit musical “Mamma Mia” Jan. 23-25. The show will be at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 23 to Saturday, Jan. 25. The performances will be held at the Verona Area Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St. Tickets are $12 for seniors ages 65 and over and for K-12 students. Tickets for adults are $17. For information and to purchase tickets, visit vact.org

USRWA volunteer day

The Upper Sugar River Watershed Association will host a volunteer day to restore the Sugar River Wetlands State Natural Area from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 25. Volunteers will help remove invasive species including buckthorn and honeysuckle, treat native plants with herbicide and help burn brush piles. VACT presents “Mamma Mia!” People of all ages and abilities Verona Area Community Theater are invited to participate. Volunteers

will meet project leaders where Epic Lane turns into County View Road. An approximate address is 2517 Country View Road. For information, call (920) 8506902.

Lunar Chinese New Year celebration A celebration of the Lunar Chinese New Year will be held from 10-11 a.m., Saturday, Jan. 25, at the library. Attendees can ring in the Year of the Rat with Mandarin Chinese stories, Chinese language practice, songs, crafts and refreshments presented by students and staff of Verona Area International School. Attendees are encouraged to wear their favorite red outfit. All ages are invited to attend. For information, call 845-7180.

Community calendar Thursday, Jan. 23

• 3:30-4:30 p.m., Qigong class ($5), senior center, 845-7471 • 4-5:30 p.m., Anime and manga club, library, 845-7180 • 6-7 p.m., Books ‘n booze book club: “The 71/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle” by Stuart Turton, Sugar River Pizza, 957 Liberty Drive, 8457180 • 6-8 p.m., Wisconsin Women’s Hive craft night, The Sow’s Ear, 125 S. Main St., 608-616-0432 • 6-7:30 p.m., Do you have 2020 Vision?, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7291 County Road PD, 8458955 • 6:30-7:30 p.m., Common sense self-defense class, library, 845-7180 (registration required) • 7-9 p.m., Mike’s MUD Music, Hop Haus Brewing Company, 231 S. Main St., 497-3165 • 7:30 p.m., VACT presents “Mamma Mia!” ($10.75-$15.75), Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St., vact.org

Friday, Jan. 24

• 10 a.m., “What you need to know about voting” presentation, senior

center, 845-7471 • 12:30 p.m., Movie screening: “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” senior center, 845-7471 • 6-8 p.m., Live music: Van Orman and Helwin, The Hop Garden, 6818 Canal St. in Paoli, 848-6261 • 6:30-9 p.m., Live music: Glacial Drifters, Fisher King Winery, 1105 Laser St., 497-1056 • 7:30 p.m., VACT presents “Mamma Mia!” ($10.75-$15.75), Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St., vact.org

Saturday, Jan. 25

• 9 a.m. to noon, Volunteer day at Sugar River Wetlands: remove invasives and burn, 2517 Country View Road, 920-850-6902 • 10-11 a.m., Chinese New Year celebration, library, 845-7180 • 6-8 p.m., Live music: Jim White, Paoli Schoolhouse Bistro, 6857 Paoli Road in Paoli, 516-9649 • 7-9 p.m., Live music: The Dawg Bones, Fisher King Winery, 1105 Laser St., 497-1056 • 7:30 p.m., VACT presents “Mamma Mia!” ($10.75-$15.75), Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center,

300 Richard St., vact.org

Sunday, Jan. 26 • 3-6 p.m., Live music: Frank Martin Busch, Riley Tavern, 8205 Klevenville Riley Road, 845-9150

Monday, Jan. 27 • 12:30 p.m., Beach party with Bahama Bob, senior center, 845-7471 • 4-5 p.m., Harry Potter wand making class (ages 9-12), library, 8457180 • 6:30-8 p.m., Adult craft: simple bookmarking, library, 845-7180 • 7-8 p.m., Common Council meeting, City Hall, 111 Lincoln St., 8456495

Tuesday, Jan. 28 • 9 a.m. to noon, Job service assistance to job seekers, library, 8457180 • 4-4:45 p.m., Kid craft for ages 6-8: paper lanterns, library, 845-7180

Wednesday, Jan. 29 • 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., U.S. Green Building Council of Wisconsin annual meeting ($20+), Epic Headquarters, 1979 Milky Way, wisconsin@usgbc. org

All Saints Lutheran Church 2951 Chapel Valley Rd., Fitchburg (608) 276-7729 allsaints-madison.org Pastor Kristin Woelk Sunday: 8:30 & 10:45 a.m. The Church in Fitchburg 2833 Raritan Rd., Fitchburg (608) 271-2811 livelifetogether.com Sunday: 8 & 10:45 a.m. Memorial UCC 5705 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg (608) 273-1008 memorialucc.org 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 info@damascusroadchurch.com, damascusroadonline.org Pastor Justin Burge Sunday: 10 a.m. Memorial Baptist Church 201 S. Main St., Verona (608) 845-7125 MBCverona.org Lead Pastor Jeremy Scott Sunday: 10:15 a.m. Redeemer Bible Fellowship 130 N. Franklin St., Verona (608) 692-2046 redeemerbiblefellowship.org Pastor Dwight R. Wise Sunday: 10 a.m. family worship Resurrection Lutheran Church – WELS 6705 Wesner Rd., Verona (608) 848-4965 rlcverona.org 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 stchristopherverona.com 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 stjamesverona.org 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 salemchurchverona.org 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 springdalelutheran.org 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 sugar.river@sugarriverumc.org, sugarriverumc.org 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 www.wmbiblechurch.org 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 paoliucc.com Pastor Rich Pleva Sunday: 9:30 a.m. family worship

What’s on VHAT-98 Saturday, Jan. 25 8 a.m. — Common Council from 01-13-19 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. — Common Council from 01-13-19 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. 26 7 a.m. — Hindu Cultural Hour 9  a.m. — Resurrection Church 10 a.m. — Salem Church Service Noon — Common Council from 01-13-19 3 p.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 4:30 p.m. — Badger Prairie Cemetary at the Historical Society 6 p.m. — Common Council from 01-13-19 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. 27 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. — Ellis Island 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. 28 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. — Ellis Island at Senior Center 6  p.m. — Resurrection Church 8 p.m. — MIA at Senior Center 9 p.m. — Bird Brothers at Senior Center 10 p.m. — Badger Prairie Cemetary at the Historical

Society Wednesday, Jan. 29 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 01-27-20 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. 30 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. — Ellis Island at Senior Center 6 p.m. — Salem Church Service 7 p.m. — MIA 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

Be Proactive, Not Pro-anxious Being proactive entails creating or controlling a situation by causing something to happen rather than waiting for it to happen and then reacting to it. In this context,“proactive”is usually contrasted with “reactive,” and we are often open to the criticism that we should be more proactive. Knowing that your car is having problems, the proactive response would be to make the repairs ahead of time rather than waiting for your car to break down on the side of the road. When thinking about the future, it is common for us to worry about events that may or may not happen, and thus we are often “proanxious,”when we might be proactive. Anxiety can serve a useful purpose in our lives; it has been aptly described as an alarm which warns us of danger. When we have legitimate anxieties, it is like the smoke alarm telling us that something is burning, but when we have anxiety over nothing, that is like the false alarm when nothing is on fire. When the anxieties are real, it is best to be proactive. When there is nothing we can do about the situation, the biblical advice to “not worry about tomorrow”is appropriate. When there is something we can and should do, we should follow the advice given in Proverbs, and be like the ant who stores up its food for the winter. –Christopher Simon



Thursday, Jan. 23 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. — Ellis Island at Senior Center 6 p.m. — Salem Church Service 7 p.m. — MIA 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. 24 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. — Ellis Island 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



January 23, 2020

The Verona Press

The power of the sun


Everlight Solar looks to expand business around Midwest EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

Business in brief CLE Consulting LLC changes ownership Dane County now has its first female-owned construction firm. Dawn A. McIntoch, of CLE Consulting, LLC, started her new position in December 2019, according to a news release. CLE Consulting, the release states, was established by Verona resident Charles Elliot in 2013. For the past 18 months, he and McIntosh worked to design and build residential and commercial projects together, the release states, with a focus on affordable housing. The release states that McIntosh has 33 years of experience in the construction industry. She is a certified state builder and has worked in interior design and supply chain leadership. McIntosh has held various

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JNJ Craftworks is located on 1051 N. Edge Trail.

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Everlight Solar staff members install panels on the roof of a Verona resident’s home. They did the installation in an hour’s time.

JNJ Craftworks to stay open after busy holiday season

JNJ Craftworks 1051 N. Edge Trail 692-1476 jnjcraftworks.com

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Everlight Solar 1155 Clarity St. (Warehouse) (833) 786-4387 everlightsolar.com making it easy to replace the power bill with a solar bill instead,” Casey said. “For example, if your current power bill is usually around $45, the payment for a solar system would likely range from $40-50 … give or take a few bucks.” More customers are impressed with how little time it takes for Everlight Solar to go through its solar panel installation process. Casey said the staff takes care of acquiring construction permits and applications for the homeowners and compiles up to a year of energy usage data to determine the annual cost of a solar panel setup. He said that takes around a month, while with other companies it can take up to six to eight months. To keep the process transparent for customers, the business sends email notifications with updates every few days. Casey said the company is developing technology where customers can track the status of their solar installation and

leadership positions, including serving on the board of directors for Habitat for Humanity of Dane County, the Madison Area Builders Association and Wisconsin Builders Association.

Goddard patrons help families in need Ve r o n a ’ s G o d d a r d School granted holiday wishes for 26 families in the Adopt-a-Family program this December. A news release stated that families, teachers and staff at the local preschool donated more than 500 items. The school, the release stated, partnered with The Road Home — Dane County, a nonprofit organization in Madison that “provides opportunities for homeless children and their families,” to host the “Adopt-a-Family” event.

Everlight Solar’s Verona warehouse is located at 1155 Clarity St. The business’s Wisconsin location serves as its second headquarters. upload necessary contracting documents. When solar array installation day comes, that process takes an hour, Casey said. After installation is complete, customers own the hardware and the power the array generates. He said solar systems last on average 40 years — complete with a 25 year warranty. “Since the homeowner actually owns the solar system, the cost is fixed and not subject to future price hikes or inflation, making the long term value even better,” he added. Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie. heidemann@wcinet.com or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.

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Now it seems the 60-70 hours per week Julius said she invests into her gift shop will be worth it after all the help she received from the community. She said some customers helped her put up flyers and spread the word on social media about the expected closing. “The word of mouth is the best referral we can give,” Julius said. Julius said it was that effort that likely led to her discovering the store reached its target sales goal Christmas Eve. “It’s the best gift anyone can give,” Julius said. “Everyone who supported me … I thanked them.” Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@wcinet. com or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.

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Jerina Julius recalls a time before the 2019 holiday season when she was in tears every day – after almost four years, she was getting ready to close JNJ Craftworks. But the support of a loyal customer base and a busy holiday season turned Julius’ sad tears into happy ones. She told the Press last week that JNJ Craftworks is to remain open for another year – and for perhaps longer. The gift shop carries items from paintings, to signage, to candles and artisan soaps – all locally made, Julius said. JNJ Craftworks customers saw value in her merchandise, Julius said, some of it exclusive to her shop. Julius said she buys from artists who don’t sell their work anywhere else – they wouldn’t have had anywhere else to go.


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“Jill’s unique skillset will be an asset when providing tailored services to our Private Banking clients,” said Thompson. Jill currently serves as a Board Member for Friends of UW Health. Her previous involvement includes Board Chair of Breast Cancer Recovery and a Ronald McDonald House volunteer. Watching and attending Badgers, Packers and Brewers sporting events are Jill’s favorite ways to spend time with her husband and two children. Jill especially enjoys hockey and is an avid reader. Jill Mack NMLS #553790


Everlight Solar is looking to offer easier access to renewable energy in Wisconsin and the Midwest. Casey Creech, co-founder and chief revenue officer, told the Press the business thinks it found the perfect location to do just that in February 2019: Verona. Everlight Solar opened in Liberty Park on the city’s southeast side, joining its other locations in Idaho, Utah and Nevada, because Wisconsinites want renewable and clean energy options, no matter their political leanings, Creech said. “Everlight Solar is driven to make solar affordable for every homeowner and we strive to make enrollment in the program as simple as signing up for an app like Netflix,” Creech said. Creech said Everlight Solar’s Verona space serves as the business’ second headquarters. After less than one year of opening, Creech said the company has reached 400 homes with its services and hired local talent from engineers to salespeople, creating around 30 jobs in the greater Madison area. He said when Everlight Solar staff examined the state’s market, they didn’t see competitive solar companies installing the latest technology on homes or offering personalized financing options for systems. And with William Creech, CEO, having worked in the solar industry previous to Everlight’s 2017 establishment, Casey said the company wished to make purchasing solar systems easy – from beginning stages of contracting to the final installation. A percentage of Everlight Solar’s customers seek to put solar panels on their homes because they want to reduce their carbon footprint, Casey said. Others use renewable energy as a way of having more control over their finances and saving money on future energy bills. “For the typical homeowner, a solar payment will be very similar to what they pay now for electricity,

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Thursday, January 23, 2020


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Boys basketball

Purple Knights pull away

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Boys soccer

from Wildcats MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Verona sophomore point guard Jonah Anderson takes his coach’s advice to heart about playing fast. With a young rotation of players, the Wildcats are learning how to walk a fine line between playing fast and limiting turnovers. Beloit Memorial took advantage of Verona turnovers and held a decisive edge on the offensive glass in a 70-55 road win over Verona on Thursday, Jan. 16. The Wildcats committed 24 turnovers and the Purple Knights grabbed 13 offensive rebounds. Anderson scored a gamehigh 14 points. He did most of his damage at the freethrow line, making 10 of 13. “I think we can play fast at times like on a defensive rebound and we can push the ball,” Anderson said. “On a made shot, we need to set up our offense and just relax and take our time because Beloit really doesn’t like to play defense.” First-year coach Eddie Singleton likes the way Anderson has stepped up as

a starting point guard. “We have been harping on him about the turnovers, controlling the game, not shying to a croner, staying in the middle and being a floor general and he’s doing those things,” Singleton said. “It’s a lot to throw at a sophomore who has never played varsity basketball. We are just starting to get to the best version of Jonah.” Beloit Memorial senior forward Daonne Hanna scored on a layup and then tipped in an offensive rebound to give the Purple Knights (1-7, 1-6 Big Eight Conference) their biggest lead at 65-45 with 3:30 left. Verona (2-9, 2-6 Big Eight) played without two starters — senior guard Haakon Anderson (concussion) and junior point guard Cam McCorkle (shoulder). The Wildcats have three sophomores and two freshmen on the varsity squad. “The growth we are making you can’t necessarily find in the stat sheet,” Singleton said. “You can see it in the cohesiveness from getting out of one offense into another, and our fullcourt pressure defense is a lot better.

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Verona sophomore Jonah Anderson makes a free throw during the second half against Beloit Memorial on Thursday, Jan. 16, in Verona. He scored a game-high 14 points in the Wildcats’ 70-55 loss.

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Verona senior forward Eliot Popkewitz (right) verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin on Sunday, Jan. 12.

All-staters make college choices ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Eliot Popkewitz and Sam Lynch were two key components to Verona winning the Division 1 state championship in its first state tournament appearance. The two seniors announced where they were continuing their soccer careers just two days apart. Popkewitz verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin on Sunday, Jan. 12, and Sam Lynch followed with a verbal commitment to the University of St. Thomas. Both players were selected to the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Fall High School Boys All-Great Lakes Region Team last month. Popkewitz continues a strong link between the Madison 56ers club team and the Badgers. He will be reunited with former club teammate Beto Spielvogel, a Cuba City native and sophomore goalkeeper at UW. “We have a lot of coaches at 56ers who have either played or coaches at Wisconsin. There’s definitely a bloodline between UW and the club,” Popkewitz said. “One of my coaches, Don Reddan, played for the Badgers.” Popkewitz sat out Verona’s preseason scrimmages and the first two games of the season with a broken ring toe on his right foot, but instantly became an invaluable part of the Wildcats’ attack once fully healthy. The 5-foot-8 midfielder and three-year captain became the program leader in goals (40) after finding the back of the net 14 times and dished out a single-season program record 16 assists. The Badgers were well-aware of Popkewitz’s skill level even before his senior year. “I attended their ID camp last winter,” he said. “They had me in for a visit with the head coach and my parents, then continued to express interest throughout my

Verona senior defender Sam Lynch verbally committed to the University of St. Thomas on Tuesday, Jan. 14. senior season.” Popkewitz was a first-team all-Big Eight Conference selection the last two seasons. He was the Big Eight player of the year and included in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association’s “Best 11” on the all-state team as a senior. After leading the Wildcats to a second consecutive Big Eight title, Popkewitz came up clutch in the postseason. He scored the game-winning goal in Verona’s 1-0 win over Madison West in the sectional championship, and scored first in the Wildcats’ state tournament games against Kenosha Tremper and Neenah. “(Wisconsin) coach (John) Trask told me, ‘I like winners.’,” Popkewitz explained. “I can’t remember exactly

what he said, but it was something along the lines of, ‘There’s a lot to be said about winning a state championship.’” Popkewitz plans to major in engineering at Wisconsin, which plays its home games at Dan McClimon Memorial Track/Soccer Complex in Madison. The Badgers are 23-8-6 at home over last four seasons. UW enjoyed three straight winning seasons from 2016-18, a stretch in which it went 33-15-11 overall, 14-7-3 in the Big Ten and won the 2017 conference tournament. The Badgers dropped off to 3-11-4 overall and 1-4-3 in the Big Ten last season. “It’ll be a large adjustment in soccer and academics,” Popkewitz said. “The engineering program will be a challenge, but I’m going to do the same thing as I’ve been doing on the soccer field.” Lynch became a first-team all-Big Eight honoree for the third straight season and a WSCA Best 11 selection after scoring nine goals and recording one assist as a senior. Lynch anchored a Verona defense that pitched 17 shutouts last season, including three to cap the 2019 campaign. He was also one of nine defenders selected to the 2019 United Soccer Coaches Fall High School Boys All-America Team. St. Thomas is located in Saint Paul, Minnesota. The Tommies have enjoyed nine straight winning seasons, including three straight NCAA Division III Tournament appearances from 2016-18. UST was involuntarily removed from the Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference on May 22, and will be a conference member until the end of the 2020-21 school year. The Tommies were invited to join the Summit League, a Division I conference, on Oct. 4. The school applied for an NCAA waiver to jump from D-III to D-I beginning with the 2021-22 school year.


January 23, 2020

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Girls hockey

Metro Lynx pepper Beaver Dam with goals ADAM FEINER Sports editor

The Madison Metro Ly n x e n t e r e d i t s B a d ger Conference home game against Beaver Dam ranked third in the Wisconsin Prep Hockey Coaches Association Poll. T h e Ly n x b a c ke d u p their poll position with a 20-1 rout of the Golden Beavers on Thursday, Jan. 16, at Madison Ice Arena. Madison scored 10 goals in the first period and seven in the second, and finished with a 70-5 advantage in shots. Hannah Kasdorf recorded a hat trick and an assist, while Naomi Held scored twice. Kaya Pelton-Byce, Stella Raichle and Mia Goetzke each had a goal and three assists. Hannah Kolpien and Rachel Mirwald each added a goal and two assists. Lily Waxenberg, Claire Wischoff, Maisey Nevins, Abbi Ahlborn and Ava Downing each had a goal and an assist. Maddy Alhborn, Josie Dragoo, Alina Stiller, Jenna Culp and Neva White each scored once. Sydney Raaths dished

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Madison Metro Lynx senior forward Sydney Raaths had four assists in a 20-1 win over Beaver Dam on Thursday, Jan. 16, at Madison Ice Arena.

out four assists. Grace while Ally Jacobson and Abby Nutini picked up T h e Ly n x ’s c o n f e r - scheduled for Friday, Jan. Bonnell and Ava Jambor Lauren Johnson each had the win in net with four ence road game against 17, was postponed due to t h e B a d g e r L i g h t n i n g inclement weather. added two assists apiece, one assist. saves.

Madison Metro Lynx sophomore forward Lily Waxenberg (13) had a goal and an assist in a 20-1 win over Beaver Dam on Thursday, Jan. 16, at Madison Ice Arena.

Madison Metro Lynx sophomore forward Stella Raichle (right) skates along the boards against Beaver Dam on Thursday, Jan. 16, at Madison Ice Arena. The Lynx won 20-1.


Verona/Edgewood edged by Middleton in Big Eight dual MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Verona/Edgewood’s Jayden Noll finished eighth (7.4) on the uneven bars against Middleton on Thursday, Jan. 16.

T h e Ve r o n a / M a d i s o n Edgewood gymnastics team has had three dual meets and one invitational, and yet the Wildcat/Crusaders have not been able to compete as a full team. Sophomore Alyssa Fischer returned from a concussion and competed on the vault only. Fellow sophomore Noelya Jamie Janite was limited to the uneven bars and balance beam while recovering from an ankle injury. Middleton swept the top

three spots on the uneven bars and beam en route to a 134.525-131.150 home win over Verona/Edgewood on Thursday, Jan. 16. Verona/Edgewood coach Rachael Hauser said her team had a number of injuries during warmups and ended up competing with only seven girls in a few events. “Overall, it was a rough meet for us having to roll with changing lineups on the fly, and it’s finals week for the girls to top it off,” Hauser said. Ve r o n a s e n i o r H a i l e y Dohnal won the vault with a score of 8.75. She finished

second in the all-around competition (34) and the floor (8.850), and took fourth on the balance beam (8.7). Katie Ryan placed third on the floor (8.80), and Ella Crowley took fourth on the bars (8.150). Fischer finished seventh in the vault (8.175) in her first competition since falling off the bars in practice last week. Jamie Janite took eighth on the beam (7.350). “Noelya had to cut back to bars and beam, but we are hoping to get her back on floor next week,” Hauser said.

Verona/ Edgewood sophomore Noelya Jamie Janite competes on the uneven bars Thursday, Jan. 16, at Middleton High School.

Photos by Mark Nesbitt


January 23, 2020

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Boys swimming

Boys hockey

Bennin shines at Cardinal Relays Wildcats’ power play struggles in losses MARK NESBITT

Assistant sports editor

The Verona Area/Mount Horeb boys swimming team had three topthree finishes at the Cardinal Relays on Saturday, Jan. 18, in Middleton. The relay meet featured several of the state’s top-ranked teams in the latest Division 1 Wisconsin Swim Coaches Association Poll, including Sun Prairie (No. 2), Madison West (No. 3) and Middleton (No. 4). Verona Area/Mount Horeb, ranked ninth, dropped a Big Eight Conference road dual to Madison West 11258 on Friday, Jan. 17. “Sun Prairie competed in the Cardinal Relays for the first time, making an already competitive meet even more so,” VA/MH coach Bill Wuerger said. “The guys swam with more energy than the previous night.”

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Sophomore Luke Bennin had a hand in all three of the Wildcats’ third-place relays. Bennin, sophomore Nathan Rozeboom and seniors Kyle Hoppe and

Gabe Piscitelli were a little more than three seconds off of Madison West’s winning time in the 200-yard medley relay (1:42.23). Bennin and Hoppe teamed with junior Christopher Lofts and senior Owen Rothamer in the 300 butterfly relay (2:39.45). The butterfly relay and the medley relay exceeded expectations,” Wuerger said. “Every swimmer on those relays had season-best times. We were happy to edge out Arrowhead.” Bennin and Rozeboom teamed with senior Parker Jones and sophomore Avery Blas in the Wildcats’ 300 breaststroke relay (3:05.66). Lofts, sophomore Max McCartney and juniors Ben Wellnitz and Conner Arneson placed fourth in the 800 free relay (7:29.86). McCartney, Hoppe, Arenson and Rothamer finished fifth in the 400 free relay (3:05.12). The Wildcats’ 500 free relay team of Jones, McCartney, Arneson and Wellnitz placed fifth (4:32.13). Arneson, McCartney, Hoppe and Rozeboom took fifth in the 100 free relay (44.32). Middleton captured the team title

with 189 points. Madison Memorial claimed second (172), Sun Prairie was third (171), West placed fourth (169) and VA/MH rounded out the top five (153).

Madison West 112, VA/MH 58

The Regents won 10 of 11 events and swept the top two spots in six events — the 200-yard freestyle, 200 individual medley, 100 free, 200 free relay, 100 breaststroke and 400 free relay. Wellnitz won the 500 free with a time of 5:03.97. “We didn’t swim with a lot of energy,” Wuerger said. “Preparing and taking semester exams may have had something to do with that.” Lofts posted a season-best time in the 200 IM (2:13.66), and a lifetime-best time anchoring the 400 free relay. Rothamer posted a season-best time in the 100 butterfly (55.39). West’s Isaac Casey broke the pool record in the 50 free (21.07) and was a member of the school-record-setting 200 free relay along with Charlie Feller, Ethan Dong and Andrew Fernandez (1:27.53).

Boys hoops: Underclassmen starting to step up for Wildcats Continued from page 8 “It’s a marathon season and we have made strides every day in practice and in games. I think the second half of the season we will continue to do that. It’s just about being cohesive.” Anderson said the biggest difference in playing varsity basketball compared to JV is the faster tempo. “Haakon has just carried me through it,” Anderson said. “Haakon and Cam are great leaders off the court. I learned to take your time on offense and defense is everything. Defense leads to offense.” Senior forward Adam Bekx added nine points for the Wildcats. Senior forward Malik Odetunde and sophomore forward Cole Jannusch each chipped in six points. The Purple Knights used a 1-2-2 press to help them to a 15-8 lead early on. The Wildcats shot 20% (5-for-25) in the first half and trailed 34-23 at the break. Verona stayed in the game by getting to the freethrow line, as it shot 68.7% (22-for-32) for the game. “In past games, we would be in the bonus and not take advantage of getting to the free-throw line,” Singleton said. Anderson knocked down two free throws after the Purple Knights were called for a technical foul to slice the lead to 42-33 with 13:23 left in the second half. The Purple Knights responded with a 23-12 run. Beloit Memorial senior guard Kobe Chandler drilled two 3s and Hanna had six points during the surge, including Photo by Mark Nesbitt two baskets off offensive Verona senior Adam Bekx (4) looks to score down low against Beloit Memorial on Thursday, Jan. 16, in Verona. The Wildcats lost 70-55. rebounds.

ADAM FEINER Sports editor

A huge step in Verona becoming the top-ranked team in Division 1 in the Wisconsin Prep Hockey Coaches Poll was the Wildcats’ wins over Wausau West and Notre Dame de la Baie at the Showdown in Titletown. The host Warriors snapped Verona’s 12-game winning streak Friday, Jan. 17, at the Wausau West Invitational, and the Tritons edged the Wildcats a day later at Marathon Park Ice Arena in Wausau. Verona (14-3, 9-0 Big Eight Conference) will look to bounce back and stay unbeaten in conference play when it hosts Middleton on Friday, Jan. 24.

Notre Dame de la Baie 3, Verona 2

The Wildcats never led against the Tritons, who came into the game ranked second in Division 1. Notre Dame’s Isaac Rentmeester opened the scoring with 7:18 left in the first period off a pass from Josh DeLange. Nathan Jurrens tied it up 3:18 into the second period off assists from Walker Haessig and Leo Renlund. Brendan Poshak netted a


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power-play goal with 1:06 left in the second off a pass from Sawyer Scholl. The Tritons finished 2-for-4 on the power play, while the Wildcats were just 1-for-7. Scholl added an insurance goal 32 seconds into the third period off a pass from Brenden Gruber. Haessig scored on the power play with 4:45 left off assists from Jurrens and Cale Rufenacht, but Verona could not tie it to force overtime. The Tritons outshot the Wildcats 36-32. Kaden Grant made 33 saves for Verona.

Wausau West 3, Verona 0

The third-ranked tournament hosts scored twice in the first period and again in the second, while Adam Prokop made 30 saves in a shutout of the Wildcats. Verona outshot the Warriors 30-25, but finished 0-for-4 on the power play. Grant made 22 saves. Jacob Cebula scored on the power play with 3:52 left in the first off assists from Ty Bailey and Carson Marquardt. West finished 1-for-5 with a man advantage. Marc Sippel assisted Bailey’s goal with 1:32 left in the first, then scored off assists from Bailey and Thomas Gerum with 4:21 left in the second.

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*** INVITATION TO BID PROJECT ID 2020-102, 2020 SEAL COAT PROJECT CITY OF VERONA, WI OWNER: Notice is hereby given by the City of Verona that it will receive bids for 2019 Bituminous Seal Coat. PROJECT: The major work consists of the following items: Approximately 117,000 square yards Chip Seal (Granite), 20 each Infrared Seamless Patches, and all appurtenant work. PLANS AND SPECIFICATIONS: Specifications may be obtained at the office of the Director of Public Works, 410 Investment Court, Verona, WI 53593, Specifications are anticipated to be available on and after January 17, 2020. A link from the City of Verona web page will direct you to QUESTCDN.com, see http:// www.ci.verona.wi.us/253/Public-Works/ Project Bidding Tab on the left side of the web page. TIME: Sealed bids will be received until 11:15 A.M., February 18, 2020 in the office of the Director of Public Works located at 410 Investment Court, Verona, WI 53593. At this time all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. BIDS: All bids shall be sealed in an envelope clearly marked 2020-102, 2020 City of Verona Seal Coat Project. The name and address of the bidder shall be clearly identified on the outside of the envelope. The City has the right to increase or decrease the quantity up to 15%. PRE-BID MEETING: No pre-bid meeting is scheduled. BID SECURITY: A bid bond or certified check, payable to the City of Verona, in the amount of 5% of the bid shall accompany each bid as a guarantee that if the bid is accepted, the bidder will execute the contract and furnish 100% performance and payment bonds within 10 days after notice of award of the contact by the City. BID REJECTION: The City reserves the right to reject any and all bids, to waive any technicality, and to accept any bid which it deems advantageous to the City’s best interest. BID WITHDRAWAL: All bids shall remain subject to acceptance for a period of 60 days after the time and date set for the opening thereof. Published by authority of the City of Verona, Wisconsin Luke Diaz, Mayor Ellen Clark, City Clerk Published: January 23 and 30, 2020 WNAXLP *** NOTICE OF ABSENTEE VOTING IN RESIDENTIAL CARE FACILITIES CITY OF VERONA, DANE COUNTY, WISCONSIN Notice is hereby given that absentee voting will be administered at the following locations on Tuesday, January 28th and Tuesday, February 11th, 2020 beginning at 10 a.m.: Willow Pointe, 1125 North Edge Trail, Verona, WI 53593 Noel Manor, 471 Prairie Way Blvd., Verona, WI 53593 Four Winds Manor, 303 S. Jefferson St., Verona, WI 53593 Four Winds Lodge, 309 Schweitzer Dr., Verona, WI 53593 Special Voting Deputies appointed by the City of Verona will be administering absentee voting for the residents of these facilities for the February 18, 2020 Spring Primary Election at the above times and places. Any qualified elector who is unable or unwilling to appear at the polling place on Election Day may request to vote an absentee ballot. A qualified elector is any U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age or older on Election Day, who has resided for at least 10 consecutive days before the election in the ward or municipality where he or she wishes to vote. The elector must also be registered in order to receive an absentee ballot. Only observers from each of the two recognized political parties whose candidates for governor or president received the greatest number of votes in the municipality at the most recent general election may accompany the deputies to each facility where absentee voting will take place. The observers may observe the process of absentee ballot distribution in the common areas of the home, facility or complex. Each party wishing to have an observer present shall submit the name of the observer to the clerk or board of election commissioners no later than the close of business on the last business day prior to the visit. Family members of residents may be present at the time of voting. If you have questions, please contact: Ellen Clark 111 Lincoln St., Verona, WI 53593 608-848-9947 ellen.clark@ci.verona.wi.us Published: January 23, 2020 WNAXLP




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The Verona Area School District (VASD) is growing! This position will provide 2nd shift supervision of custodial and maintenance staff on a year-round basis. Salary range is $60,138 to $83,034 per year. The best qualified candidates will have excellent customer service skills, prior technical and supervisory experience, and the ability to support a diverse workforce and student population. Full posting details can be viewed on our website. Apply online at district website by completing the WECAN application.

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January 23, 2020

The Verona Press


Grow: Program gives staff, students help to become educators


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of students of color in the district than the staff does, and as a result, he said, those students’ needs weren’t being met. Combined with a looming teacher shortage from retiring Baby Boomers and reduced participation in teacher license programs, district administrators could find recruiting for minority candidates getting more difficult. But the program is open to any high school student willing to make the commitment. Olson pointed out that providing an opportunity to get a free education opens doors for recent high school graduates without any generational wealth, something more common in minority communities. The program for existing staff – which started at the same time as the high school program, in 2014, gives preference to candidates who express an interest in any of the fields the district is experiencing a shortage of, such as secondary math, science, special education and bilingual education. Olson said many of the district staff in the Grow Your Own program are already working full-time with the district, often with a second job to make ends meet, so asking them to then take out loans to earn their certifications wasn’t fair. “Both of these, kind of removing that financial barrier, was an important consideration for us for the program development,” Olson said. Lifting the financial burden of obtaining her teaching license made all the difference for Badger Ridge Middle School language arts teacher Andrea High, who joined the program in 2014. High started attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison for her certification less than a year after starting with the district as a special education assistant. The program, which focused on teaching with social justice, High said, lasted for four semesters, with classes on Saturdays. The support is more than financial. Two-Way Immersion first grade teacher Gaby Freire said the encouragement she received from district staff while enrolled in the Grow Your Own program was what helped her stick with it. “It definitely gave me the push I needed to be motivated to go back,” she said.

Supporting staff

For both High and Freire, the Grow Your Own program provided the support they needed to earn their certifications. Freire, a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-Platteville with a major in Spanish, said she had a difficult time completing the process for her certification in Spanish education. Freire was hired in the district as a bilingual special education assistant at Sugar Creek six years ago and later began teaching with an emergency license from DPI. When she heard about the Grow Your Own program, she saw it as the perfect opportunity to get her teaching license while having the support behind her to finish it. “If there was a time to do it, that was it,” she said. High had started working for the district shortly after dropping out of graduate school three semesters into an MBA program while raising her infant son as a single mother.

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Jeanette Newberry, the first graduate of the high school Grow Your Own program, works with Esaias Williams on his math assignment at Sugar Creek Elementary School earlier this month.

A teacher shortage emergency According to a 2018 state Department of Public Instruction document, between 2010 and 2016, the number of people in Wisconsin enrolled in teaching programs dropped 35%, from 12,323 to 7,956 in 2016. Other states in the Midwest area seeing similar or worse teacher shortage problems than Wisconsin is – teaching licenses have decreased by 60% in Illinois and 64% in Indiana. Minnesota is on par with Wisconsin in the percentage of decreased licenses. At the same time, Olson said, the number of emergency licenses given out by DPI to people who hadn’t earned their licenses yet but were being called upon to fill a need in their district, increased by 276% from 2012 to 2016. The emergency licenses were most often for cross-categorical special education and bilingual-bicultural teachers. “I was really in a mindspace in a time of my life where I was trying to figure out, really, what I wanted to do with the experience and the education I had, and how I wanted to move forward,” she said. To help Freire, VASD human resources staff helped her figure out what the best program would be to get her teaching licenses. Freire received her certification in Grades 1-8 after attending the University of Wisconsin-Madison, and is attending Edgewood College for her bilingual certification. Once she turns in her portfolio, she’ll be done, Freire said. Her building principal, Todd Brunner, helped by connecting her with other TWI educators to coach her through the process of becoming a teacher, Freire said. She found a mentor in former Glacier Edge Elementary School TWI multiage teacher Lindsey Snow, who died of breast cancer in September. “She was a huge support and help,” she said. High said once she started working in the district, everything just felt “right,” and the work felt reaffirming to her that education was where she was meant to be. “Everything just started to come together,” she said. “Once I started working, immediately I felt like, ‘This is my foot in the door.’” The Grow Your Own program was the catalyst to securing a better life for her and her son because the district invested in her, High said. “It definitely provided support financially, and just support in general, to get

Sugar Creek Elementary School Two-Way Immersion first grade teacher Gaby Freire helps Matthew Hernandez Gonzalez with his math assessment. Freire was a part of the Grow Your Own staff track that allowed her to go back to school to earn her teaching certifications without the financial burden of paying for classes.

through the whole process of becoming a teacher,” she said.

Relieving a burden

The Grow Your Own program’s partnership with Edgewood College began after Tim Slekar, dean of education at the university and a VASD parent, got to talking with Olson about diversity in the teacher workforce. Being a private school, Olson said, there was less “bureaucracy” involved with creating an innovative program like Grow Your Own. The way the program is structured, Edgewood College covers the first year of tuition for Grow Your Own. During the remaining years, Edgewood College, the district and financial aid each cover a third of the tuition. Newberry said she wouldn’t have been able to afford to attend Edgewood College without the Grow Your Own program. But the timing worked perfectly, as the program started when she was a senior, just in time for her to apply. Acceptance into the Grow Your Own program not only made school financially achievable, but not having to worry about how she was going to pay tuition lifted a burden off her shoulders, allowing her to focus on her education and help out with her older brother’s special needs at home. “With college, not only are you stressing about school, but you’re stressing about money,” she said. “That was a big stressor for me, because I was going to pay for all of my (education) … to have that taken care of is such a relief.” The other eight candidates in the program are all students of color, helping with the district’s diversity initiative. Newberry will be placed into the district’s pool of substitute teachers until there’s an opening she can apply for. If the district doesn’t offer her a position within a year, she’ll be released from her commitment. Even as a student teacher, coming back to the district she spent the latter half of her K-12 education in is different to her experiences as a student, Newberry said. She relishes in having already established connections throughout the district from her time as a student, and will sometimes turn to her former teachers for advice. “I’m grateful to have a lot of connections to help me out,” she said. “I wouldn’t have asked for anything else.” Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly.wethal@wcinet.com and follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.​

Marcella M. “Marcy” Herfel, age 84, passed away on Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020. She was born Jan. 12, 1936, in Seymour, Illinois, the daughter of Russell and Nora (Williams) Chenoweth. She graduated from Verona High School in 1953. Marcy worked for the State Medical Society for over 36 years as an accountant for their membership department. She married Richard O. Herfel on Aug. 9, 1969, and just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. Marcy loved to travel and see the mountains. She and Dick had the opportunity to drive through the contiguous 48 states and loved every minute of it. She also enjoyed jigsaw puzzles, reading and tracing the William’s, Chenoweth, Hogard and Herfel genealogy. Marcy was a member of the Badger Jim Beam Bottle Collector’s C l u b f o r m a ny y e a r s . Above all, Marcy loved her family and especially her grandchildren. She will be dearly missed by her husband, Dick; son, Michael (Sue) Hogard; granddaughters, Laura (Nick) Holbrook and Diana (Mark) Davis; and a great granddaughter on the way. She is further survived by her brother, Marion Lee (Barbara) Chenoweth; sister, Polly (Bob) Boileau; sister-inlaw, Judith; and many nieces and nephews. She is preceded in death by her parents; brother, Virgil Dale; and sistersin-law, Covert “Chip” and Lucy. A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. on

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Thursday, Jan. 23, at St. James Lutheran Church, 427 S. Main St., Verona, WI. A visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 22, at Ryan Funeral Home, 220 Enterprise Drive, Verona, and again from 10 a.m. until the time of the service at church on Thursday. Marcy will be laid to rest at the Verona Cemetery. Memorials may be written to the UW Carbone Cancer Center, made payable to the University of Wisconsin Foundation and mailed to UW Foundation, U.S. Bank Lockbox 78807, Milwaukee, WI 53278-0807. Thank you to Noel Manor and to the doct o r s , n u r s e s a n d s t a ff at St. Mary’s Hospital. A special thank you to all of Marcy and Dick’s wonderful neighbors and friends throughout the years, especially, Phil and Pricilla Marshall, for their friendship, care and support to Marcy and her family. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit www.ryanfuneralservice. com. Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services Verona Chapel 220 Enterprise Drive 608-845-6625

Donald (Don) R. Woestman Donald (Don) R. Woestman, age 71, of Verona, died peacefully at Agrace HospiceCare on Tuesday, January 7, 2020. Don was born on Sept. 9, 1948, in La Crosse, WI, the first child of Ervin and Carmen Woestman. Don graduated from Healy Memorial High School in 1966 and was proud to serve his country in the US Army as an MP in Korea. After his honorable discharge and graduation from MATC in 1974, he worked for many years at Webcrafters in Madison as a graphic arts estimator and also as the president and treasurer of the employees’ credit union. More recently, he was employed by Miller & Sons, Verona, WI, a job he greatly enjoyed. Don was an avid hunter and outdoorsman, an interest he shared with his brother Doug and Doug’s children, Brittany and Blake. Don loved hiking and usually walked 5 to 7 miles per day. Don will be remembered for his kindness and wonderful sense of humor. Survivors include his wife of 48 years, Kris;

Donald R. Woestman

son, Brian; daughter, Brooke (Dustin); two grandchildren, Iris and Bryson; his mother, Carmen; two brothers, Mike and Doug; three sisters, Norma, Phyllis, and Janice; and many n i e c e s , n e p h ew s , a n d friends. His father and sister, Lois, preceded him in death. The family would like to thank UW Hospital, Agrace HospiceCare, Dr. Mark Beamsley, and special friends, Jerry, Nancy, Bill, Oscar, and Kraig. In honor of Don’s wishes, no services will be held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be made to Specialty Purebred Cat Rescue at www.purebredcatrescue. org.

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