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Thursday, January 30, 2020 • Vol. 55, No. 37 • Verona, WI • Hometown USA • ConnectVerona.com • $1.25

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Search firm timeline Jan. 28: Send out request for proposals to consultant firms Feb. 25: Proposals from search firms due March 10: Select firms to interview March 16: Interview consultant firms April 6: Approve selected consultant firm

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During a goodbye party on Friday, Jan. 24, Town of Verona administrator/planner Amanda Arnold talks with town residents. Arnold was hired by the town in May 2012 and is leaving at the end of the month for a senior land use planning job at JSD Professional Services.

‘What the town needed’ Administrator/planner Arnold leaves town with growth, planning accomplishments KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

When Amanda Arnold earned her bachelor’s degree in landscape architecture in 1990, she thought she’d work in the private sector with a

planning firm. Eight years later, she earned her graduate degree, then spent more than two decades working for various governments, including almost eight as the administrator and planner for the Town of Verona. Next month, she’ll start the job her college self dreamed of having. “It’s really hard – everybody here is so darn nice,” she said. “I’m excited for myself, but sad and guilty about the work that I’m leaving behind.”

Arnold won’t be going far in her new role, as a senior land use planner for JSD Professional Services, a civil engineering, land use and planning company with an office on Horizon Drive among its seven locations. She said she’ll be helping develop projects and guide them through the process of receiving municipal approval. Plan Commission chair Doug Maxwell said Arnold’s presence has

Less than three weeks after Verona Area School District superintendent Dean Gorrell announced his retirement, the school board has launched the process to find his replacement. At its Monday, Jan. 27, meeting, board members approved the wording of a document seeking a superintendent consulting firm. Proposals are due back to the board by late February, and the board plans to interview and select a consulting firm by early April. Gorrell’s retirement is effective June 30, 2021, with a new superintendent to start the next day. Much of this year will be dedicated to selecting a search firm and then working with the consultant to

collect community feedback before the job is posted, likely in October. The consulting firm will then find candidates that align with the goals identified by the district and community. The board plans to interview candidates in November and December and make their selection before the year is up.

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Spring election

E-pollbooks promise quicker voting, but could come with risks Security experts say security and convenience should be weighed RENEE HICKMAN Unified Newspaper Group

The City of Verona will begin using electronic poll books during the spring primary election on Feb. 18 to make the voter checkin process run more smoothly.

Although the electronic poll books are designed to speed up operations on Election Day, cybersecurity experts say municipalities should still consider the possibility that they could introduce vulnerabilities to the system. The electronic poll books, also known in Wisconsin as Badger Books, will replace the traditional method of looking up voters on printed paper lists of registered voters at polling sites. The devices are not the same as the ballot

machines used to count votes. In 2017, the Wisconsin Elections Commission developed the Badger Books with feedback from municipal clerks and poll workers. The software will check in and register voters, process absentee ballots and upload election participation into the WisVote database. “The only difference is they’ll be looking up the voters electronically,” city deputy clerk Kayla Martin said, noting that the

electronic poll books are similar to point of sale terminals used at restaurants. City clerk Ellen Clark said the city chose to switch to the Badger Books to eliminate long lines and make the experience of voting faster and more convenient. Reid Magney, a public information officer at the Wisconsin Elections Commission, said the machines can also end up saving time and money for cities like Verona.

Recording voters individually in printed poll books is a time consuming process for city staff, Magney said. “It could take a month or more for clerical workers in the clerk’s office – and sometimes they have to hire temps to do this – to go through pages and pages and pages of these poll books to record all the participation,” he said. Badger Books connect to one

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Canned good construction project benefits BPNN NEAL PATTEN Unified Newspaper Group

Over 5,000 canned goods left their station at CUNA Mutual Group and reached their final destination at Badger Prairie Needs Network on Tuesday, Jan. 21. The effort will go on to feed 3,790 families within the Verona Area School District, according to BPNN executive director Marcia Kasieta. A nearly life-sized train engine with one car and a small caboose built from the cans of food, most of them red and green for the Christmas holiday, was the result of a “can-struction” d r ive i n t e n d e d t o b o t h raise awareness and fight hunger. The holiday train, on display in CUNA Mutual’s Madison headquarters’ atrium from mid-December until last week, was constructed by its workplace solutions team as an employee team-building experience. It accomp a n i e d t h e c o m p a n y ’s approximately 17-foot Christmas tree in the lobby. J i l l S t r a n s ky, C U NA Mutual workplace solutions assistant, became friends with Kasieta when the two met at Sustain Dane events. The pair wanted to bring attention to CUNA Mutual being one of BPNN’s Kitchen-to-Table recovery partners. Kitchen-to-Table is a BPNN sustainability initiative where volunteers collect surplus prepared foods from the cafeterias of local companies and organizations, repackaging the foods

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A group of volunteers from Sugar River United Methodist Church help to build a school during a service trip in Guatemala.

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A group of Verona area volunteers has returned from Guatemala after serving the country’s residents through a Sugar River United Methodist Church mission trip. Every January for the past ten years, Sugar River UMC has sent a group of around ten to 15 Dane County do-gooders to provide for Guatemalans via the charity Mission Guatemala. Erin Wilson, who oversees ministry and mission at Sugar River UMC, said January is the best time to send a team to the country as it allows for college students on break to go. The national charity, founded in 2009 by a United Methodist pastor, is headquartered in Indiana, and has a base of operations near the municipalities of Panajachel and San Andrés Semetebaj, Guatemala. This permanent facility is not only home to the charitable organization, but also provides a medical clinic, which attracts people from miles away. The cost of a clinic visit is around $2, but at the clinic, nobody is denied service for inability to pay. Wilson said the trip is not for evangelizing. The trips focus on providing healthcare, nutrition, wellbeing, education and community development. But, she acknowledged the mission of serving and caring for people in another country is in keeping with the spirit of John Wesley, a theologian and co-founder of Methodism. “Do all the good you can,” Wesley famously said, “By all the means you can. In all the ways you can. In all the

places you can. At all the times you can. To all the people you can. As long as ever you can.” Every month at Sugar River UMC, the collected offerings during church services are donated to a predetermined cause or support different outreach projects of the church. For the six weeks of Lent around March, donations are collected to support projects on the ground in Guatemala. The money raised during Lenten collections at Sugar River helps support the mission’s projects. Generally, the yearly fundraising effort raises between $5000 to $8000 to better support the programs they provide Guatemalans. The church does not fundraise for its volunteers to go on the service trips. These donations have funded doctors at Mission Guatemala’s clinic, provided food for children with chronic undernourishment, funded continuing education beyond elementary school and helped build energy-efficient stoves. For the past six years, Phil Swain, director of orthopedics at UW Health, has volunteered as the trip planning coordinator while also serving with the rest of the team. Swain said Sugar River UMC has been partners with Mission Guatemala from the beginning of the charity. A decade ago, members of Sugar River UMC were seeking an international mission opportunity, and a Google search turned up the fledgling charity which was just coming into being. T h e vo l u n t e e r s w h o choose to go pay their own way to serve in the country. Depending on how many people go, the cost per

person ranges from $1600 to $1900. This is an all-inclusive cost covering lodging, transportation and food for the volunteers. Swan said many service projects of Mission Guatemala revolve around providing modern amenities for local schools. Volunteers have helped build new classrooms and bathrooms for schools. Donations also provide vocational training including sewing and craftwork classes and a computer lab for teaching basic computer skills. Mission Guatemala helps install water filtration systems in homes and schools, which costs around $25 a filter, providing kids and families access to safer drinking water. It is traditional for locals to cook over open flames inside their homes, but poor ventilation causes respiratory issues and eye problems. Their makeshift wood-burning stoves are also often inefficient. For $125, Mission Guatemala provides locals with cinderblock stove kits, which are fuel efficient and burn less wood, helping them to cook in a better-ventilated environment. “It is a simple way to improve their lives. It doesn’t seem like much to us, but these stoves in poverty-stricken Guatemala can be life changing,” Swain said. Every January, the returning volunteers share their experience with the rest of the Sugar River congregation. “People come back feeling excited by what they’ve done and motivated to do more,” Erin Wilson said, “It is a reciprocal feeling of giving.”


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CUNA Mutual Group purchased 5,000 canned food items to build a holiday-themed train as part of a “can-struction” drive. The goods were later donated to Badger Prairie Needs Network. in BPNN’s kitchen for dis- between the layers. tribution in its pantry and “I couldn’t build a train at other food pantries in the from Legos if you left me region. Other area partners with them for a whole day, in this program include UW so when I had 5,000 cans Health and Epic Systems. and 17 pages of drawings, Working together with I said ‘no can do,’ StranKasieta and food pantry sky said. coordinator Maggie GleaEUA project specialist s o n , t h e c a n n e d g o o d s Ross Kelley helped the were purchased from Fes- CUNA Mutual team get tival Foods in Verona. The started and Stransky said cans were color coordinat- that from there, the train ed for the holiday, but still came together fast. healthy food items that Stransky called the BPNN needed. experience both “fun” and C U NA M u t u a l a s k e d “humbling” and said they Eppstein Uhen Architect firm of Madison to make plan to do it again next a design for the train and year. A f t e r d e l iv e r i n g t h e were given a 17-page outcans on Tuesday, Jan. 21, line on how to assemble employees returned to one. CUNA Mutual had made BPNN on Wednesday, Jan. “can-struction” projects 22, to help unpack them previously, but they were in addition to food from built and designed by staff other deliveries to the panand smaller in scale. This try. The service day was was the first time they in honor of Martin Luther hired an architectural firm King Jr. Day. to ensure the construction Neal Patten, Verona Community Reporter, can be wouldn’t collapse on visitors to their headquarters. contacted at neal.patten@ wcinet.com. It was braced by plywood


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School board opens 10 spots for kindergarten Admin recommended none, but board wanted to allow entry for siblings KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

The Verona Area School District will have 10 kindergarten spots for students to open-enroll in for the 202021 school year. The school board’s decision at its Monday, Jan. 27, meeting was against the VASD administration’s recommendation of allowing no open enrollment for K-5 students. Administrators warned that the shifting attendance boundaries that will take effect for fall 2020

could change school populations. But board members appeared to be swayed by the testimony given by an open enrollment parent who spoke during the open comment portion meeting. Stoner Prairie Elementary School parent Macarey Reimer said the school has provided her first-grade 2014: 30 daughter with an environment where she feels safe 2015: 78 and loved, and she would 2016: 88 like to see her son, who will be a kindergartener in fall 2017: 104 2020, have the same experience. 2018: 39 “We don’t want to leave 2019: 33 Stoner Prairie or have our kids split up at different 2020: 62 schools next year,” she said. “I just think that keeping kids together is useful and can only be positive for open enrollment spots, 29 families and the district.” more than the previous T h a t ’s a t o t a l o f 6 2 year. Each grade at both

Open enrollment seat availability

middle schools gets five open enrollment spots, with another 10 for freshmen, six for sophomores, four for juniors and two for seniors. Siblings get priority over other students. Parents wanting open enrollment for their student can request which school their child attends, but district staff makes the final call on where those students attend based on available space. The board agreed there should be spaces available at the kindergarten level to allow for siblings of current open enrollment students to join them in the district, though some members agreed it would be good to let schools instead adapt to the new attendance boundaries for a year. B o a r d m e m b e r To m Duerst said he understood

both arguments but ultimately felt the district should do what it’s historically done by allowing some spaces for kindergarteners. “I question whether we couldn’t at least have some spaces for kindergarteners with the hope that your sibling would be the one using them up, and let the administration deal with it,” he said. Board member Meredith Stier-Christensen said when it comes to making a decision between allowing open enrollment or closing it off, she preferred to do what is best for the students and their families. “I know we have a weird year coming up,” she said. “We haven’t had an overwhelming demand for open enrollment for siblings,

so since we have a small request, I think approving a number that would accommodate grandfathered siblings is permissible.” Initially, school board president Noah Roberts had suggested allowing five open enrollment spots for kindergarteners, arguing that between four neighborhood schools and three charter schools, the district could find a place for them. Under state law, school districts are required to approve the number of open-enroll students it will accept each year in January. Open-enroll students who are accepted into the program as elementary school students only need to reapply once as they enter middle school.

Dane County deal extends public Sugar River access

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A Verona firefighter clears out a hydrant in front of the Sow’s Ear on South Main Street while other firefighters investigate the source of a burning smell inside Avanti Italian Restaurant on Wednesday, Jan. 22.

Heating unit brings Main Street fire call buildings caused a burnt rubber smell in the dining room. Patrons continued to eat while Verona and Fitchburg trucks partially blocked South Main Street and prepared a hydrant. But after a quick investigation, the fire department canceled a requested ladder truck and cleared the scene in less than an hour. — Jim Ferolie

Police respond to burglary in progress report RENEE HICKMAN Unified Newspaper Group

Police cited a man for trespassing after a burglary report was found to be unsubstantiated. O n T h u r s d a y, Ve r o na police responded to a report of a burglary in

determined a burglary had not taken place. The release encouraged residents of the apartment buildings in the Berkley Road area to secure their buildings and call 911 if they believe illegal activity is occurring.

process on the 100 block of Berkley Road. According to the department, a suspect was headed toward Sugar Creek Elementary School, which resulted in the school being notified that a K-9 unit was on the way to investigate. But, police stopped an 18-year-old male on Topp Avenue before a K-9 track could be dispatched. The person was interviewed and released with a trespass warning after police


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A broken heating unit in a downtown building caused a brief ruckus around 7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 22, but it turned out to be no fire hazard and only a slightly disrupted dinner. Verona Fire Department assistant fire chief Andrew Jensen told the Press a motor malfunction in an HVAC unit atop the building containing Avanti Italian Restaurant and second-floor apartment

Dane County is continuing to add public access points along the Upper Sugar River. The county, which in 2013 began building what is now known as the Falk/ Wells Sugar River Wildlife Area, has purchased more than 560 acres of land or access to the land along the river, stretching from the Town of Verona to Basco. The Dane County Board of Supervisors voted Jan. 23 to purchase permanent access to another 1,450 feet of undeveloped streambank along the river for $23,540, on property owned by the Sarbacker family near Paoli. The access will allow for public fishing, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced in a Jan. 21 press release. It comes in the form of a permanent easement in the Town of Montrose. “By purchasing this easement along the Sugar River, more Dane County residents and visitors will have access to our natural spaces and be able to take part in recreational activities,” Parisi wrote. “These types of easements also protect

our outdoor spaces so they can be enjoyed by future generations.” The Sugar River is a cold-water trout stream identified as a Tier I Stream Project in the 2018-2023 Dane County Parks and Open Space Plan. According to the county release, the easement would also protect water quality and preserve fish and wildlife habitat. Dane County’s 13 year old streambank easement program has protected more than 24 miles of streams countywide, the release states. The program keeps the land in private ownership while opening public access to trout fisheries. “This part of the Sugar River is close to long stretches of the river that the county has restored and opened for public fishing,” Southern Wisconsin Chapter of Trout Unlimited president Amy Klusmeier wrote in the county release. “The Sarbackers


Board votes to purchase 1,450 feet on Sarbacker farm


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Letter to the editor

Senate needs to allow fair trial To anyone watching the impeachment trial of Donald Trump, it is clear that we have a New York mob boss posing as President. On Jan. 22, we watched a stellar presentation by House prosecutor Adam Schiff and his more-than-able associates give a clear and concise description of Trump’s “corrupt scheme” of abusing his presidential power followed by a clear obstruction of a Congressional investigation. This followed GOP Senators continued blockage of calling essential witnesses and allowing documents that would seal Trump’s fate. Trump is a criminal oligarch who attacks the basic foundations of democracy with constant lies (thousands clearly documented by media sources) on a daily basis. His flagrant criminal behavior has been normalized because we have accepted his

daily boorish rants and treasonous behavior. This scenario has been falsely depicted as a fight between Democrats & Republicans. The acceptance of “crazy” and government by tweet from a deranged Trump is a clear sign that many in our country have abandoned responsibilities essential to maintenance of a healthy democracy. As Ben Franklin said, “we have a republic if we can keep it.” It is time that responsible citizens demand that a bipartisan Senate do the obvious and impeach the “fu—ing moron” so aptly described by former GOP Sec. of State Rex Tillerson. If any Senator votes not to impeach, we should run vigorous campaigns to ensure they are never re-elected. Bob Menamin City of Verona

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The transformation of Quivey’s Grove Tour, lunch part of the historical society’s February meeting The Verona Area Historical Society February meeting will be accompanied by a tour – and possibly a meal. This month’s theme is the “Transformation of Quivey’s Grove,” and the restaurant, 6261 Nesbitt Road, will host a free presentation and tour beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8. There is also an option to purchase lunch after the meeting, though people planning to stay for lunch

are asked to email saveveronahistory@gmail.com or call 577-5525 to help provide a head count. The historic home had many identities over its 160 years, with the most r e c e n t b e i n g Q u ivey ’s G r ove r e s t a u r a n t s i n c e 1980, VAHS president Jesse Charles wrote the Press in an email. The meeting will focus on the large restoration and renovation project of that year, which balanced maintaining historic relevance with the needs of a modern business. The guest speaker is architect Arlan Kay, who designed and guided the property’s transformation and preservation, and is now helping the society

If You Go What: Verona Area Historical Society meeting When: 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 8 Where: Quivey’s Grove, 6261 Nesbitt Road, Fitchburg Info: Email saveveronahistory@gmail.com or call 577-5525 with its museum project at the Lillesand House. According to the 1982 application by Leonard T. Garfield that led to the Quivey’s Grove farmhouse being listed on the National

Register of Historic Places, the building – originally the John Mann farmhouse – was erected in 1856, using sandstone from a neighboring quarry. Mann, a New York native, arrived in Wisconsin in 1850 and operated a livery service in Madison for several years before he bought the property. Exchanging timber for sandstone from a neighbor’s quarry, he built the house and barn as the centerpiece for what became a 130-acre farm. His son, Edward, sold the property in 1876, and it passed through several hands until sold to J. P. Comstock in 1886. The Comstock family retained ownership until 1935, when

it later became the home of Dr. and Mrs. William Waskow until its conversion to Quivey’s Grove Restaurant in 1980. “Today, it is one of the finest sandstone farmhouses still in good condition in Dane County, and its three-acre, tree-studded lot helps preserve a sense of its historic context despite the nearby encroachments of spreading urbanization,” read the application. The application also noted the house retains “almost complete exterior integrity and much of the original interior including stone walls, hemlock floors, and a maple bannister and newel post.” “It is considered

architecturally significant both as a representative of the Italianate domestic style adapted to a rural setting, and as a fine example of native sandstone architecture in Dane County,” read the application. “Graced with quiet dignity as well as substantial construction, the house is distinguished by the warm color and careful craftsmanship of its thick sandstone block walls, by the classical Italianate proportions and detailing of its architectural features and attractive setting amid a grove of walnut trees.” Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet.com.

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The Brothers Four will perform at at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, at the Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center.

The Brothers Four to perform Feb. 15 If You Go What: The Brothers Four presented by the Verona Area Performing Arts Series When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 Where: Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St. Tickets: $32 ($30 seniors, $10 students) at vapas.org, the State Bank of Cross Plains-Verona, Capitol Bank-Verona or 848-2787.

The Sugar River Gardeners club will host Marty Cieslik, public works construction manager, for a discussion on rain barrels and recycling a t 6 : 3 0   p . m . , Tu e s d a y, Feb. 11. The discussion will b e h e l d a t S t . A n d r ew Church, 301 N. Main St. Cieslik will speak about the City of

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Upper Sugar River Watershed Association will host a “Winter Woodland Walk” from 2-3 p.m., Sunday, Feb. 9, as the first of its 2020 Watershed Explorers series. This outing, to be held at Olson Oak Woods, 1744 Fritz Road, will be led by Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources staffer and wildlife biologist Jared Urban.

The Watershed Explorers 437-7707 or visit uppersugseries, funded by Friends of ar.org. Neal Patten, Verona ComDane County Parks Foundation grants, is targeted munity Reporter, can be towards families. contacted at neal.patten@ The series offers free, 60 wcinet.com. to 90 minute outings in natural area locations around the Upper Sugar River Watershed and Dane County Each outing explores a different topic or theme. Arcade Games The Feb. 9 outing will focus Classic Over 60 games in one Great G on searching for animal ift! tracks. For information, call

If You Go Their all-acoustic presentation consists of guitars, banjo, upright bass and the trademark rich blend of their four voices. The current full-time lineup now comprises Mike McCoy, Karl Olsen, Mark Pearson and founding member Bob Flick. Ticket prices are $32 for adults, $30 for seniors over 65 and $10 for students 18 and under. They are available at vapas.org, by calling 848-2787 or at the Verona branches of State Bank of Cross Plains and Capitol Bank. All seats are reserved. The show is sponsored in part by Mid-West Family Broadcasting, Miller and Sons Supermarket, Carolyn White and an anonymous donor. For information, call 848-2787. - Submitted by Verona Area Performing Arts

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The Brothers Four are set to perform as part of the Verona Area Performing Arts Series at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. The show will be at the Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St. An evening with this quartet will be a time of pure acoustic music entertainment, a VAPAS news release states. Since the early 1960s, The Brothers Four have played thousands of college concerts, sung for U.S. presidents at the White House, appeared at countless community concerts, performed with symphony orchestras and jazz stars and toured dozens of foreign countries. The release calls them “America’s Musical Ambassadors of the World.” Musical million sellers for The Brothers Four include such releases as “Greenfields,” “Try to Remember,” and “Across the Wide Missouri.” Their hit recording of “The Green Leaves of Summer,” from the movie, “The Alamo,” was nominated for an Academy Award, and they performed the song at the awards presentation for the network telecast. The Brothers Four were global pioneers in the musical movement that came to be known as the folk revival, according to the VAPAS release, which points out they are one of the few groups from that time still performing today and one of the most popular.

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Coming up For information, call UW-Madison Tuesday, Feb. 4. “The Music Man Sr.” auditions The session will be held at AmeriAspiring actors and performers Adult Career and Special Student can Legion Post 385, 207 Legion St. ages 55 and older are invited to audi- Services at 263-6960. The meeting will offer a general tion for “The Music Man Sr.” from Welcome spring with overview of the league, discuss the 6-9 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 30. divisions of play, go over the games Auditions will be held at the VACT David Landau Former Verona Area School Dis- schedule, explain player assessbuilding, 103 Lincoln St. This Verona Area Community The- trict first grade teacher David Landau ments and drafts and outline the fees ater production of “The Music Man” will once again bring his perform- and equipment needed. Parents are is the first time VACT is exclusively ing talents to Verona for the annu- encouraged to ask questions. al “Bring on Spring” concert from For information, visit veronalittlecasting seniors for all roles. league.org. For information, email dee@ 10-11 a.m., Saturday, Feb. 2. The concert is open to all ages at jbstats.com. the high school Performing Arts Cen- Hospice and Career change help palliative care 101 ter, 300 Richard St. If you’re looking for a career Landau was voted 2019’s “ChilMolly Dean from Agrace Hospice change but don’t know where to start, dren’s Performer of the Year” by the will be at the senior center to discuss the University of Wisconsin-Mad- Madison Area Music Association. what makes a person eligible for hosison Adult Career and Special Stupice or palliative care at 11:30 a.m., For information, call 845-4813. dent Services is offering a workshop Wednesday, Feb. 5. at the library from 2-4 p.m., Friday, Little League information She will also explain the guidesessions Jan. 31. lines for making a referral. Parents interested in registering The workshop will teach you how For information, call 845-7471. to identify reliable career change their children in Little League BaseContact Neal Patten, ball should plan to attend an informaresources and use them effectively. Verona Community Reporter, at tional session from 6:30-7:30 p.m., Registration is required. neal.patten@wcinet.com.

Community calendar Thursday, Jan. 30 • 4-5:30 p.m., Teen gaming, library, 845-7180 • 5:30-8 p.m., Live music: Dead Sea Squirrels, Fisher King Winery, 1105 Laser St., 497-1056 • 6-9 p.m., Auditions for “The Music Man Sr.” (for ages 55 and older), VACT Building, 103 Lincoln St., dee@jbstats.com

Friday, Jan. 31 • 1 p.m., Movie screening: “The Queen,” senior center, 845-7471 • 2-4 p.m., Career change 101, library, 845-7180 • 7-9 p.m., Live music: Raine Stern, Fisher King Winery, 1105 Laser St., 497-1056

Saturday, Feb. 1 • 10-11 a.m., Bring on Spring concert with David Landau, Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St., 516-1339 • 6-8 p.m., Live music: Mark Harrod, Paoli Schoolhouse Bistro, 6857 Paoli Road in Paoli, 5169649

• 7-9 p.m., Live music: Durango and the Love Street Boogie Band, 1105 Laser St., 497-1056 • 7-10 p.m., Live music: Beth Kille, Hop Haus Brewing Company, 231 S. Main St., 497-3165 • 8-11 p.m., Live music: Mark Croft Band, Riley Tavern, 8205 Klevenville Riley Road, 845-9150

Monday, Feb. 3 • 9-10 a.m., Coffee with the director, senior center, 845-7471 • 6:30-8 p.m., Plan Commission meeting, City Hall, 111 Lincoln St., 845-6495

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Wednesday, Feb. 5

• 11:30 a.m., Hospice and palliative care 101, senior center, 8457471 • 4-5 p.m., Magic the Gathering for ages 8-18, library, 845-7180 • 6:30-7:30 p.m., Make your own terrarium, library, 845-7180 • 6:30-8:30 p.m., American Legion Post 385 membership meeting, American Legion Post 385, 207 Legion St., 845-6538

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• 6-8 p.m., Live music: Ken Wheaton, Paoli Schoolhouse Bistro, 6857 Paoli Road in Paoli, 5169649 • 6:30-7:30 p.m., ADHD sensory & anxiety workshop, Family First Chiropractic, 1029 N. Edge Trail., 497-1801 • 6:30-8:30 p.m., Bingo, Fisher King Winery, 1105 Laser St., 4971056

• 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Quilts of Valor group, American Legion Post 385, 207 Legion St., 608-577-5906 • 4-5 p.m., Kids’ read aloud book group for ages 5-8, library, 8457180 • 6:30-7:30 p.m., Verona Little Friday, Feb. 7 League informational meeting for • 12:30 p.m., Movie screening: parents, American Legion Post “The Grapes of Wrath”, senior cen385, 207 Legion St., 608-848-4770 ter, 845-7471

What’s on VHAT-98 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 Friday, Jan. 31 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

Saturday, Feb. 1 8 a.m. — Common Council from 01-27-19 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 01-27-19 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, Feb. 2 7 a.m. — Hindu Cultural Hour 9  a.m. — Resurrection Church 10 a.m. — Salem Church Service Noon — Common Council from 01-27-19 3 p.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 4:30 p.m. — Badger Prairie Cemetary at the Historical Society 6 p.m. — Common Council from 01-27-19 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, Feb. 3 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 6:30  p.m. — Plan Commission 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, Feb. 4 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, Feb. 5 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. — Plan Commission from 02-03-20 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, Feb. 6 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

Churches 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

Science and Religion Did you know that the man who first formulated the Big Bang theory was a Jesuit priest? Georges Lemaitre was a Jesuit-trained mathematician, astronomer and physicist who surmised that the recession of nearby galaxies could be explained by an expanding universe, and went on to develop what he called the theory of the primeval atom (later referred to as the “Big Bang”theory). Lemaitre postulated that if we extrapolate backwards from the observable fact of an expanding universe we come to a point in the distant past when the entire mass of the universe was concentrated in a single point, the “primeval atom,” as it were, from which time and space as we know them came into existence. Lemaitre believed that this event was essentially the creation of the physical universe, and although Lemaitre wasn’t prone to mixing scientific and religious explanations, he didn’t see any conflict here. Gregor Mendel, the man who is usually considered the father of modern Genetics, was an Augustinian friar. His work with pea plants established many of the rules of heredity, giving us the terms “recessive” and “dominant”with respect to inherited traits. Mendel’s work is important because it explains an important mechanism by which species change over time. Religion is sometimes seen as the benighted cousin of ignorance and superstition, but in reality, truth is one. There is only conflict if we insist on reading ancient religious texts as scientific treatises, which they were never intended to be. -Christopher Simon





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Lynx push winning streak to nine MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Senior forward Sydney Raaths scored three goals to lead the Madison Metro Lynx to two wins last week. The Metro Lynx (14-2, 5-1 Badger Conference) outdueled the Cap City Cougars 4-2 on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Madison Ice Arena. Madison then went on the road and and shut out the Fox Cities Stars on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Tri-County Ice Arena in Neenah.

Metro Lynx 2, Fox Cities 0

Raaths and Verona sophomore forward Rachel Mirwald each scored for the Lynx, and freshman goaltender Addy Armstrong made 23 saves for the shutout. Raaths scored the first goal off an assist from sophomore defenseman Grace Bonnell with 2:51 left in the first period. Mirwald scored a power-play goal off a pass from Raaths 32 seconds into the third period to seal the victory.

Metro Lynx 4, Cap City 2

Raaths and her teammates couldn’t wait to take the ice in a showdown against the Cougars after losing the first meeting between the two teams. The Lynx, who came into the game ranked third in the Wisconsin Prep Hockey Coaches Association Poll, kept pace with second-ranked Cap City in their bid to earn at least a share of the conference title. “It’s a big rivalry and we knew we were going up against a really strong team,” Metro Lynx coach Mike McKersie said. “Cap City came ready to play and I think we were able to match that pace and speed.” The Lynx avenged a 3-1 loss to Cap City on Dec. 10.

“Ever since that game, we were super excited to show them what we were made of and I think we did,” Raaths said. “We were definitely prepared and I think it showed out on the ice we were all ready.” Raaths, an Amherst College commit, scored first from just above the circles after sophomore defenseman Lauren Johnson pinched in on the boards with 4:48 mark left in the first period. “I just turned and saw the blocker side open, so I went for it,” Raaths said. “We came out really hard and fast,” McKersie added, “and I think that first goal was a really big lift for us.” Cap City scored the equalizer 36 seconds into the second period, as junior forward Amanda Bauer snuck a rebound past Armstrong. Metro Lynx freshman defenseman Sam Olander answered 31 seconds later with a go-ahead goal off an assist from senior forward Abby Ahlborn. Mirwald scored on the power play off a cross-ice pass from Bonnell to give the Lynx a 3-1 lead with 46 seconds left in the second. Johnson also assisted on the goal. “She (Bonnell) found me on the backdoor and I just happened to put it in,” Mirwald said. “I saw that LJ (Lauren Johnson) had the puck at the top and I started to creep down. She passed it to Grace and I called for it. Luckily, it came to me clean and I put it in the back of the net.” The Cougars pulled goaltender Lexi Holman for a 23-second stretch with 10 minutes left in the third period to get another attacker on the ice. Cap City senior forward Zephryn Jager Photo by Mark Nesbitt scored on the power play with 5:35 left to cut the deficit to 3-2, but Raaths put Madison Metro Lynx senior forward Sydney Raaths (2) celebrates with teammates in the third period against the Cap City Cougars on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Madison Ice Arena. She Turn to Lynx/Page 11 scored two goals in the Lynx’s 4-2 win.

Boys hockey

Wildcats remain undefeated in Big Eight play ADAM FEINER Sports editor

A r e n ew e d s e n s e o f urgency was evident in watching Verona complete a regular-season sweep of Middleton. The Wildcats scored five goals in the first period en route to an 8-0 home win Friday, Jan. 24, snapping their first losing streak of the season. Verona (15-3, 10-0 Big Eight Conference) came into the game ranked third in Division 1 in the Wisconsin Prep Hockey Coaches Association Poll behind Notre Dame de la Base and Wausau West, the two teams that handed the Wildcats consecutive losses. The Big Eight leaders beat Middleton 8-2 on Dec. 14 at Capitol Ice Arena, and like the first meeting, wasted no time jumping ahead. Leo Renlund scored on a breakaway 23 seconds into the game off a stretch pass from Nathan Jurrens. “It was almost good for us to lose two straight,” Verona coach Joel Marshall said. “The goal was to have a good start, and

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Verona goaltender Kaden Grant makes one of his 15 saves against Middleton on Friday, Jan. 24, at Verona Ice Arena. He recorded his seventh shutout of the season in the Wildcats’ 8-0 win. when we get that, it makes it a lot easier for us.” Josh Osting made it 2-0 with 5:17 left in the first off a pass in front from Anthony Heinrichs.

Conrad Moline also assisted on the goal. Parker Ploc scored six seconds into a power play off assists from Keegan Lindell and Ryan

Ritter with 4:20 left in the first. Ploc scored again almost three minutes later off a rebound, as Derek Iszczyszyn and Drew Yeager picked up the assists.

Moline converted on a rebound with 33 seconds before the first intermission off assists from Heinrichs and Reece Cordray. Jurrens scored on the

power play 3:21 into the second period off assists from Cale Rufenacht and Walker Haessig to put into effect the running clock. Calvin Moioffer scored right in front 3:10 into the third period to make it 7-0. Rufenacht capped the scoring when he took a pass from Renlund and flipped a backhand past Middleton goaltender Noah Hogan with 4:15 left. The Wildcats outshot the Cardinals 46-15 and finished 3-for-6 on the power play. “Even though we had a long week of practice leading up to this game, we worked on it for probably 10 minutes,” Marshall said. “We worked on a few X’s and O’s and wanted to get a shot right away. Sometimes less is more w h e n y o u ’r e c o a c h i n g that. They feel and see the openings.” Kaden Grant stopped 15 shots for his seventh shutout of the season. Hogan made 38 saves for Middleton, which finished 0-for-4 on the power play.


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Girls basketball

Verona holds off Craig after falling to Middleton MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Verona bounced back from a Big Eight Conference home loss to Middleton with a road victory over Janesville Craig on Saturday, Jan. 25. Freshman forward Paige Lambe led the Wildcats to a 57-50 win over the Cougars, two days after a 59-41 loss to the Cardinals.

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Madison Metro Lynx sophomore forward Rachel Mirwald (left) looks to skate by Cap City senior Coco Eberhard on Tuesday, Jan. 21, at Madison Ice Arena. Mirwald scored one goal in the Lynx’s 4-2 win.

Verona 57, Janesville Craig 50

Lambe scored a game-high 18 points to propel the Wildcats, who stormed ahead late in the second half. The Cougars jumped out to a 12-11 lead, but Verona (6-8, 5-6 Big Eight) answered with an 18-0 run. The Wildcats made 14 of their first 22 shots and converted three of eight second-half chances during the spurt. Verona led 33-22 at halftime and pushed its lead to 15 three minutes into the second half.Craig came all the way back, as sophomore Kate Huml drilled a 3 to give the Cougars a 49-48 lead with 3:59 remaining. Lambe made a layup out of a press break to give Verona the lead for good. She converted a three-point play to make it 53-49 Wildcats with 3:02 left. Senior guard Rayna Briggs and freshman guard Megan Murphy each added 12 points for the Wildcats.

Middleton 59, Verona 41

Briggs battled through an illness, scored 10 of her team-high 14 points in the second half and knocked down all six of her free throws, but the Wildcats’ comeback fell short. “I feel like our team did a really good job with their effort,” Briggs said. “A lot of the shots they (Middleton) blocked; they are just so big, there is nothing you can do about that.” The Cardinals used their size advantage to capitalize on second-chance opportunities in the second half to maintain a double-digit lead. Senior Sitori Tanin (6-foot-2) scored a gamehigh 15 points and grabbed eight rebounds to power the visitors. “I feel like just because they are taller doesn’t mean they should get rebounds,” Briggs said. “We should have boxed out and pushed them back further.” Verona got within seven points with 7:46 left in the game. Senior Rachel Wi t t h u h n c o nve r t e d a t h r e e - p o i n t play and senior Rachel Parman, who played through an ankle injury, drilled a 3-pointer to cut Middleton’s lead to 45-38. Sophomore McKenna Monogue had a three-point play and Tanin hit a runner in the lane to stretch it to 55-38

Lynx: Miwald plays key role in winning streak Continued from page 10

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t h e ga m e awa y w i t h a breakaway goal with 2:50 remaining. Armstrong made 25 saves filling in for sophomore Cam

Verona freshman Abbi Rupnow (10) drives by Middleton senior Evie Coleman in the Wildcats’ 59-41 loss to the Cardinals on Thursday, Jan. 23.

with 5:18 to go. The Wildcats had a stretch with three turnovers in four possessions in the final six minutes. “The wheels fall off and that is on me as a coach,” Verona coach Angie Murphy said. “When the wheels start falling off, I have to figure out what I can go to to calm them down. We have a very small margin for error.” The Cardinals raced out to a 19-8 lead in the first half. Middleton seniors Josie Lemirande and Evie Coleman combined to score 15 points during the surge. Megan Murphy knocked down 3s on back-to-back possessions to cut the Cardinals’ lead to 21-14 with 7:09 left in the first half. Coleman scored nine of her 11 points during the first half, and hit three 3s to give the Cardinals a 26-18 lead at the break. Megan Murphy finished with 11 points and Parman chipped in eight. Tanin scored 10 of her 15 points after halftime. One key sequence that summarized the game was when Middleton 5-foot-10 senior Kendall Roquet grabbed an offensive rebound early in the second half that led to a putback by 5-foot-11 senior Karina Bursac to give the Cardinals a 34-20 lead. “I thought our posts battled. They should be proud of what they did,” Angie Murphy said. “They are a tough matchup. They are huge.”

McKersie, who remains out with a bruised kneecap and tibia. The Lynx outshout the Cougars 30-27. Mike McKersie said it is undetermined when his daughter will return.

“One of our greatest depths is in goaltending,” he said. “Cam has played great this year and so has Addy. As a freshman, she (Armstrong) has really stepped into that role.” Madison Metro Lynx senior forward Hannah Kolpien (left) looks to make a pass with pressure from Cap City’s Amanda Bauer.


Boys basketball

Wildcats unable to stop skid ADAM FEINER Sports editor

A key member of the Verona lineup returned Friday, Jan. 24, against Janesville Parker, but it wasn’t enough to end a long losing streak. The Wildcats dropped their ninth game in a row with a 68-58 road loss to the Vikings. Verona was coming off a 75-42 home loss to Madison East on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Verona (2-11, 2-8 Big Eight Conference) will look to snap the skid Thursday, Jan. 30, when it hosts Middleton. The Wildcats beat the Cardinals 59-56 on Dec. 12 in Middleton.

reached double figures. Adam Bekx led the way with 14 points, while Cole Jannusch added 13 points. Haakon Anderson returned to the lineup from an ankle injury and scored 11 points. Kolson Roddick also had 11 points. Robert DeLong poured in a game-high 21 points for the Vikings.

Madison East 75, Verona 42

Eleven different Wildcats scored in a loss to the Purgolders. Malik Odetunde scored a team-high eight points for Verona, which trailed 33-22 at halftime. Jannusch and Bennett Sherry added six points apiece. Thirteen different players scored for East, which came into the game receiving votes in the Division 1 Associated Press Janesville Parker 68, Verona 58 state poll. The Purgolders made 33 field The Wildcats couldn’t climb out of a goals, as Keonte Jones poured in a game36-20 halftime deficit, but four players high 20 points.

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Wildcats battle Big Eight foes on the mat ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Three Verona wrestlers went 4-1 at the Kane Family Classic Varsity Multi-Duals on Saturday, Jan. 25, at Madison East High School. The Wildcats were coming off a 40-39 win in the Big Eight Showcase over host Madison La Follette on Friday, Jan. 24.

Kane Family Classic Varsity Multi-Duals

Verona finished seventh out of eight teams with a 2-3 record. The Wildcats beat Madison Memorial 33-31 and Madison West 57-18, but lost to Monona Grove/McFarland (41-30), Madison East (52-30) and Wilmot Union (64-18). Cael Wozniak and Caden Page each went 4-1 on the day at two different weight classes. Wozniak pinned Memorial’s John Prine in 1:22, West’s Cayden Byington-Smith in 1:48 and MG/McFarland’s Brandon Thao in 1:58 at 145 pounds, but lost by major decision against Wilmot. He received a forfeit victory against East at 152. Page pinned West’s Patrick Burke in 54 seconds, East’s Elliott Tuinstra and Memorial’s Adam Garland in 3:19 at 170. He pinned Wilmot’s Kyle Lantz in 54 seconds and lost a 2-1 decision to MG/McFarland’s Connor Frasier at 182. Heavyweight Jay Hanson also went 4-1 for the Wildcats. He recorded pins o f We s t ’s B u r ke G u s t a f s o n ( 1 : 2 5 ) , East’s Angel Tejeda (1:38) and Wilmot’s Andrew Tucknott (3:20) and beat Memorial’s Patrick McDonald 5-1. MG/McFarland’s Kristian Schlicht beat Hanson 6-2. Verona’s Blake Herburger and Ben Grandau each went 3-2 at two different weight classes. Herburger pinned Memorial’s Griffin Paulsen in 3:08 at 113, and beat West’s Jaime Nava 8-2 and received a forfeit victory against MG/McFarland at 106. He also lost by major decision and by pin against Wilmot at 106. Grandau pinned Memorial’s Brody Weiler in 3:20 at 132, and pinned Wilmot’s Cameron Baird in 3:59 and received a forfeit victory against West at 126. He also lost by pin against East and MG/ McFarland at 126. Logan Neuroth (138) also went 3-2. He pinned East’s Nanette Hunter in 28 seconds, MG/McFarland’s Travis Pysher in 39 seconds and Memorial’s Zolen Walker in 41 seconds, but lost by pin against West and Wilmot. Tag Snell (170) finished the tournament 2-1. He received a forfeit victory against MG/McFarland and lost by pin against Wilmot at 170, and also received a forfeit victory against West at 182. Atticus Marse went 2-2 at two different weight classes. He pinned East’s Nathan Starr in 2:24 at 145 and pinned West’s Joe Harris in 5:52 at 152, but lost by pin against Memorial and Wilmot at 152. Jacob Munson (132), Achilles Mendes

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Verona’s Ben Grandau takes down Wilmot Union’s Cameron Baird during their 126-pound match Verona’s Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Kane Family Classic Varsity Multi-Duals in Madison. Neuroth won by pin in 3:59. (195) and Adam Murphy (220) received forfeit victories against West, but could not pick up a win in their other matches. Spencer Lokken (160) received a forfeit victory against MG/McFarland. Verona forfeited at 113 against East, MG/McFarland, West and Wilmot; and at 120 against East, Memorial and Wilmot. The Wildcats forfeited at 152 against MG/McFarland and at 220 against East and Memorial. There were double forfeits in Verona’s duals against Memorial (106 and 126), MG/McFarland (120) and West (120).

Verona 40, Madison La Follette 39 The two Big Eight Conference teams split the 14 matches, but the Wildcats came out on top against the Lancers. Murphy (220) pinned Caleb Hillson in 22 seconds, Ben Willkom (182) pinned Lexus Browning in 1:07, Wozniak (145) pinned James Lacey in 3:27 and Lokken (160) pinned Darien Browning in 5:35. Marse (152) beat Ibrahim Bassalat 9-5. Verona received forfeit victories at 132 and 285, and forfeited at 113 and 120. Herburger (106) lost by decision. Grandau (126), Neuroth (138), Page Verona’s Atticus Marse (back) pins Madison East’s Nathan Starr at the 2:24 mark of their 145-pound match Saturday, Jan. 25, at the Kane Family Classic Varsity Multi-Duals in Madison. (170) and Mendes (195) lost by pin.

Boys swimming


VA/MH sweeps road double dual MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Verona Area/Mount Horeb coach Bill Wuerger shook up his lineup and the team delivered in a tuneup before the Big Eight Conference Meet. The Wildcats swept a double dual against Madison East (115-55) and host Janesville Parker (101-69) on Friday, Jan. 24, in Janesville. “East and Parker both had some very good swimmers, so our boys needed to swim well to come out on

top,” Wuerger said. Junior Ben Wellnitz won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.81 seconds for VA/MH. He teamed with classmate Conner Arneson and sophomores Nathan Rozeboom and Max McCartney to win the 200 medley relay (1:46.63). Wellnitz and McCartney teamed with senior Gabe Piscitelli and sophomore Luke Bennin to win the 200 free relay (1:33.38) by three seconds over the Vikings. Rozeboom won the 200 individual medley (2:02.48), while Kyle

Hoppe placed third (2:11.44). Arenson finished second in the 100 butterfly (1:00.39) and 100 breaststroke (1:08.03). Christopher Lofts finished second in the 100 free (52.27) and McCartney took second in the 500 free (5:10.66). The Wildcats’ 400 free relay team of Bennin, Hoppe, Rozeboom and Owen Rothamer finished second with a time of 3:31.50. Avery Blas added a third-place finish in the 100 fly (1:01.62).

Verona/Edgewood dominates East MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

T h e Ve r o n a / M a d i s o n Edgewood gymnastics team won three of the four events en route to a 129.125104.475 win over Madison East on Thursday, Jan. 23 at Glacier Edge Elementary School in Verona Freshman Ella Crowley and senior Hailey Dohnal tied for first in the all-around competition with a score of 36.625. Crowley won the

balance beam (8.525), and Dohnal finished first on the floor (8.80). The Wildcat/Crusaders swept the top five spots in the vault and on the floor. Lily Merrick took won the vault (8.25), while Katie Ryan placed second in the vault (8.20) and on the floor (8.60). Sophomore Alyssa Fischer competed in her first full dual meet since suffering a concussion and finished second on the uneven bars (7.850).


January 30, 2020

South side subdivision up for review RENEE HICKMAN Unified Newspaper Group

A plan for a new subdivision on Verona’s south side will get a review at the Feb. 6 Plan Commission meeting. Commissioners will consider a general development plan for the Woods at Cathedral Point, a mixture of single-family and multifamily homes to be built by Veridian Homes across Range Trail from Veridian’s original Cathedral Point subdivision, which has been under development for 15 years and is in the final stages. With its proximity to the Ice Age Trail, which extends across 1,000 miles of the state and is known for its high ridges and other unusual landscape features left by receding glaciers, the plan for the Woods would dedicate a little more than seven acres to the trail and its connections. The single-family homes in the development would include carriage lane homes, which would be a first in Verona. The houses would be set closer to the street and their garages would be placed behind the homes, accessed by privately maintained alleys.

The commission and the Common Council advanced an initial version of the plan in September but expressed concerns about safety and maintenance of the alleys, which require a deviation from standard zoning but allow for thinner lots and therefore higher density housing than other subdivisions. Veridian representatives told alders last year the size of the lots could help them keep the price point of those homes close to $300,000, with other homes in the subdivision ranging up to $600,000. With affordable housing in short supply in Verona, plans with smaller, less expensive lots have drawn some interest from alders. Veridian’s plan states the layout will allow houses to sit closer together with a “human-based scale and texture in which the emphasis is placed on the pedestrian and front porches.” Veridian representatives told alders last year that if approvals move as planned, construction would start in April and be a five to seven year build out. Renee Hickman can be contacted at renee.hickman@wcinet.com or follow her on Twitter at @ReneeNHickman

Planning in brief Paoli Street turn lane The Plan Commission will consider a plan at its Feb. 6 meeting for the school district to add a right-turn lane to Nine Mound Road from Paoli Street. The district would purchase right-of-way from the Velocity development at the corner to help provide access to the new Verona Area High School.

Epic workshop The commission will consider plans for a new workshop on Epic Systems Corporation’s campus. The workshop would be located south of the annex be and used for painting and woodwork. The commission will consider approving a site plan and recommending a permit to the Common Council.

Journalists to host ‘Coffee With a Reporter’ NEAL PATTEN

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If you have story ideas, news tips, concerns about the city or feedback about Press stories, our reporters invite Verona residents to share their thoughts during “Coffee With a Reporter.” From 2-3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7, reporters Kimberly Wethal and Neal Patten and group editor Jim Ferolie will be available to hear from citizens at Tuvalu Coffeehouse and Gallery, 300 S. Main St. The three will talk with and listen to Verona residents during


\ OFFICIAL NOTICE TO BIDDERS 2020-101, 2020 VERONA STREET ASPHALTIC REHABILITATION PROJECT CITY OF VERONA, WI OWNER: Notice is hereby given by the City of Verona, Wisconsin that it will receive Sealed Bids for the Project ID 2020-101, 2020 Verona Street Asphaltic Rehabilitation Project. PROJECT: The major work consists of the following items: Approximately 5,700 square yards of asphaltic surface milling 1,100 cubic yards of common excavation, 2,400 tons of base aggregate dense, 8,000 linear feet of shaping shoulders, 1,085 tons of HMA pavement, Type 3 LT 58-28 S, 750 tons of HMA pavement, Type 4 LT 58-28 S, 550 linear feet of marking line epoxy 4-Inch 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, on and after January 17, 2020 for viewing or copies may be obtained online at QUESTCDN.com. 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. Please contact QuestCDN.com at 952-233-1632 or info@ questcdn.com for assistance in free membership registration, downloading, and working with the digital project information. No paper plan documents will be provided. TIME: Sealed Bids will be received until 11:00 A.M., February 18, 2020, in the office of the Director of Public Works, 410 Investment Court, Verona, Wisconsin. At this time, all bids will be publicly opened and read aloud. BIDS: All Bids shall be sealed in an envelope clearly marked “2020-101, 2020 Verona Street Asphaltic Rehabilitation Project”. The name and address of the bidder shall be clearly identified on the outside of the envelope. BID SECURITY: A bid bond or certified check, payable to the City of Verona, in the amount of not less than 5% or more than 10% 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 contract by the City. WAGE SCALE: Prevailing hourly wage rates are not required as Part of Wisconsin Act 55. CONTRACTOR and SUBCONTRACTOR shall pay competitive wages for each classification of employee engaged in the work. 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.

What: ‘Coffee With a Reporter’ When: 2-3 p.m., Friday, Feb. 7 Where: Tuvalu Coffeehouse and Gallery, 300 S. Main St. Info: Email kimberly.wethal@ wcinet.com t h e s e c o n d “ C o ff e e w i t h a Reporter” discussion of the year and will consider potential story ideas generated from the conversations. These casual feedback

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 *** 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

sessions allow for community residents to engage with reporters from Unified Newspaper Group, which in turn helps the reporters better serve the community. Wethal and Patten plan to continue hosting “Coffee with a Reporter” sessions regularly throughout the year and welcome suggestions on times and locations for future discussions. For information, email Wethal a t k i m b e r l y. w e t h a l @ w c i n e t . com. Neal Patten, Verona Community Reporter, can be contacted at neal.patten@wcinet.com.

Ellen Clark, City Clerk Published: January 23 and 30, 2020 WNAXLP *** TOWN OF VERONA REGULAR TOWN BOARD MEETING TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 4, 2020 6:30 PM TOWN HALL/COMMUNITY CENTER 7669 COUNTY HIGHWAY PD, VERONA, WI 53593-1035 1. Call to Order/Approval of the Agenda 2. Pledge of Allegiance 3. Public Comment 4. Approval of Minutes from January 7, 2020 Regular Meeting, January 11,2020 Special Meeting, and January 18,2020 Special Meeting 5. Discussion and Action — Land use application 2019-11 – Submitted by Cameron and Jamie Lindau on behalf of Swan You See LCC for a rezoning from RM8 (Rural Residential) to HC (Heavy Commercial) and a site plan review for a self-storage facility proposed for Parcel Number 0608-132-8790-0 on Maple Grove Road. Discussion and Action on changing zoning from RM8 to HC Discussion and Action on concept plan 6. Discussion and Action — Land Use Application 2019-4 – The final plat and associated agreements for the Twin Rock residential subdivision at Spring Rose Road and Highway G (parcel numbers 0608-302-8507-2, 0608-193-9000-2 and 0608-193-8500-9). Twenty-seven residential lots and two outlots are proposed. A rezoning, concept plan, and preliminary plat were previously approved. Presentation of new information Discussion and action on the final


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Fire chief finalists to meet public Presentations, Q&A will follow format of previous round, held in October

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

JIM FEROLIE Verona Press editor

The two finalists for Verona’s fire chief position are set to meet with the public to discuss how they would handle the position Tuesday, Feb. 4. Verona interim fire chief Dan Machotka and York (Pennsylvania) Area United Fire and Rescue Dan Machotka EMT battalion chief Matt Arnold have each been asked to deliver 10-minute presentations, followed by 15-minute Q&A sessions. It will start at 6 p.m. Matt Arnold in the Verona City Center council chambers, 111 Lincoln St. Arnold is to present first, then Machotka, city human resources director Mitch Weckerly told the Press. Audience members then will be able to submit feedback on each applicant. The two candidates will also each have panel interviews that evening with the city’s five-member Police and Fire Commission, city administrator Adam Sayre and Oregon Area Fire/EMS chief Glenn Linzmeier. Weckerly told the Press the PFC will review the audience feedback before making a decision. PFC chair Delora Newton told the Press in an email the PFC


Discussion on Covenant Declaration and Developer Agreement 7. Update on the Department of Safety and Professional Services Review of the Updated Town Building Code Adopted by Ordinance 2020-01 8. Discussion and Action re: Request for Partial Refund of 2019 Pay 2020 Taxes Due to Correction of Assessment Error by Assessor for Parcel 0608-2548501-0 Submitted by Darcey Hagemann, Member of the Hagemann Century Farm, LLC, for the Amount of $1,075.31 9. Resume Discussion and Possible Action to Approve a Firm to Conduct the 2019 Financial Audit in 2020 Review firms that were contacted and the results of a quote request Review discussion with Tara Bast from Johnson Block regarding their costs for the Town of Verona Consider a revised engagement letter from Johnson Block for the 2019 Financial Audit in 2020 10. Discussion and Possible Action Regarding and Intergovernmental Agreement Between the City of Fitchburg and the Town of Verona for the Town Share of a Fitchrona Road/Goose Lake Analytical Study to Evaluate Storm Water Control for $15,000 11. Reports and Recommendations Plan Commission Public Works: i. Continued discussion and possible action – plow truck acquisition Merits of tandem axle versus single axle Quote(s) for consideration to approve Estimate of insurance cost difference between the current vehicle and its replacement, if any Financial Sustainability Committee

would not make the decision that night. The city held a similar process for a previous round of applicants in October. The PFC rejected both finalists, Scappoose (Oregon) Fire District division chief Jeffery Pricher and former Woodstock (Illinois) fire chief Ralph Webster, in November, then drew another round of 12 applicants. In the meantime, Machotka has been leading the department, first as officer in charge, then acting chief. Former chief Joe Giver’s last day in the office was Sept. 27, despite an official retirement date of Jan. 2. Machotka has been with the department since 2010 and has served as VFD’s training officer, a lieutenant and deputy chief. 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, with both full-time (career) firefighters and (paid on-call) volunteers.

Natural and Recreational Areas Committee EMS Commission Town Staff: i. Clerk/Treasurer report ii. Public Works Project Manager report Update on woody waste processing Town Chair Supervisors 12. Approval of the Payment of Bills 13. Adjourn Regular board agendas are published in the Town’s official newspaper, The Verona Press. Per Resolution 20162 agendas are posted at the Town Hall and online at www.town.verona.wi.us. Use the ‘subscribe’ feature on the Town’s website to receive agendas and other announcements via email. Notice is also given that a possible

quorum of the Plan Commission and/or Public Works, Ordinance, Natural and Recreational Areas, and Financial Sustainability Committees and could occur at this meeting for the purposes of information gathering only. If anyone having a qualifying disability as defined by the American with Disabilities Act needs an interpreter, materials in alternate formats, or other accommodations to access these meetings, please contact the Town of Verona Clerk @ 608-845-7187 or jwright@town. verona.wi.us. Please do so at least 48 hours prior to the meeting so that proper arrangements can be made. Mark Geller, Town Chair, Town of Verona Published: January 30, 2020 WNAXLP •••

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Verona History December 50 years ago

• Construction began on the new middle school wing. The school had grown to 360 students, and the wing brought its capacity to 550. • The Village Board voted to raise village employee salaries by 12 percent. Part-time patrolmen, for example, got bumped from $2 to $2.50 an hour. • The town levied a “surprise tax raise” of $2.30 per $1,000 in value, or about 7 percent, which it mostly pinned on assessment of manufacturing and forest lands well below their full value.

Spotlight: 41 years ago

knife took a bag of money from Hardee’s late one night, four days after Big Mike’s Super Subs was bu rg l a r i z e d a n d a d a y before a rash of home and vehicle burglaries in the Military Ridge area. • A farmland conservation group called American Farmland Trust opened an office in Verona. • T h e Ve r o n a P u b l i c Library paid off its mortgage and donated all its fines for the month to the Verona Food Pantry.

10 years ago

40 years ago

• The Common Council decided against a proposal to advance city administrator Robert Pugh more than $11,000 to help him move into a home in Verona. Though it would have been contingent on him remaining here until at least 1986, alders instead expressed a preference for giving him another raise (besides the almost $1,000 in the new budget). O n e a l d e r s a i d h e ’d rather see the residency requirement softened to allow him to live nearby, but Pugh said he felt it was important to live in the city because of his connection with the budget. Pugh, incidentally, did not even make it two years. • The city created a new Police and Fire Commission, composed of five citizen members. Applicants were asked to provide their political party affiliations to be considered. • T h e Ve r o n a s c h o o l board considered the purchase of a 24-digit computer to assist with accounting. It would cost about $30,000 and replace a state service agency contract, but some board members were concerned about technical obsolescence. The matter was referred to a committee. • T h e Ve r o n a J a y cees erected new signs

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The 1979 Verona High School Homecoming parade featured a variety of handmade floats and slogans, such as this one with cheerleaders and athletes, saying, “We like our team.” Other, less benign floats included one that looked like a cleated shoe, saying, “We Won’t Pussy-Foot Around,” another with a trash can labeled “Oscar” that said, “We’ll Waste ‘Em” and one with a dummy of a rival football player dangling from a rope, saying, “Hang ‘Em up a Tree.” welcoming travelers to Verona and featuring the city’s seal. All have since been replaced by monument signs paid for by Verona Community Betterment.

30 years ago

• After hearing objections from some students and parents and more information, the Verona Area school board reversed its denial of a request by the high school band to visit the Netherlands. The board had no trouble approving a Spanish Club trip to Spain a couple of months earlier, board President Jim Schroeder explained, because it was a smaller, more structured

trip scheduled through a professional agency. It eventually decided to approve the Netherlands trip after being assured that fundraising would go beyond the standard doorto-door sales and not inundate the community. • As citizens quickly gathered well over 1,000 signatures to force a referendum on a plan to build a new middle school, the school district tried to make its case for why the building was necessary. Officials noted that not only was the current building expected to far exceed its capacity of 550 students the next fall, there was an assortment of space problems, such as teachers

w o r k i n g i n c l o s e d - o ff areas, a shortage of lockers and excessively long lunch lines. • Mayor Phil Salkin announced he would not run again after two terms in office. Salkin, who said he wa n t e d t o s p e n d m o r e time with his family and give others a chance at the office, also was appointed by the governor to a state commission and was considering running for municipal judge. A week after Salkin complained that not enough people have been running for local office, challengers began taking out nomination papers for mayor, alder and school

board member.

20 years ago

• T h e Ve r o n a s c h o o l board decided to hold off on another referendum to override the revenue caps for fear that a February vote would cause it to fail. Meanwhile, the board held a public hearing at Fitchburg’s Savanna Oaks school to address concerns about potential boundary changes that had been dogging the transition committee since it started work in September. It eventually decided to send Military Ridge kids to Fitchburg for middle school and keep Eastview elementary kids in Verona. • A robber wielding a

• Walgreen Co. won a $63,000 tax refund judgment after the Dane County Circuit Court ruled it had been overpaying in taxes because of improper assessments. The lawsuit was one of many the company entered into statewide challenging assessments. • The City of Verona decided to break away from its longstanding agreement with the Town of Verona on senior services starting the following April. Doing so cost it some county funding, which some people involved in the decision thought might go away entirely, anyway, but allowed it greater control over its operations. • Town of Verona supervisor and former school board member Gregg Miller was hospitalized after flipping his four-wheel all-terrain vehicle and having it land on his head in the driveway of his White Crossing home. • City tax bills were mailed showing an increase of 6.5% overall, including a 12 percent jump in Dane County taxes. • Alders decided unanimously not to allow a Red Box DVD vending machine at Walgreen’s. Some thought it would be visually unappealing; others were concerned about kids renting movies they were too young for.

Spotlight: 20 years ago

After weeks of debate, new school boundaries set LUCAS PIPER Unified Newspaper Group

After weeks of public debate over where the boundaries for Ve r o n a a r e a s c h o o l s s h o u l d fall, the Board of Education made the final decision with little fanfare on Monday night. After a short discussion, the board voted unanimously to adopt the recommendations of the Boundary Committee for elementary schools and chose to implement Option A for the middle schools. Option A will send Military Ridge to Fitchburg for middle school, as well as large portions of the district’s rural areas. East View middle school students

will stay in Verona. Prior to the board’s decision on the boundary issue, board president Gregg Miller replied to criticism of the board regarding its actions. “This board has been accused of not having a plan… no vision for the future, which is certainly not the case. We have been planning all along. We can plan until we’re blue in the face, and if the community doesn’t support the plan, it does no good,” Miller said. He noted that in the past, the board has been accused of r u b b e r- s t a m p i n g c o m m i t t e e recommendations, but not it is accused of not honoring the committee recommendations. “It is the responsibility of

this board to be as thorough as possible in making decisions that affect the children of this district. Anything less would be wrong,” he said. He reaffirmed that charter schools receive consideration equal to the other schools in the district. He denounced the notion that the district problems would be solved with Fitchburg creating its own school district. “This is and will continue to be Verona Area School District. Since that portion of the district that is within the City of Fitchburg contributes a larger percentage of the tax revenue than it does students, I would suggest that the rest of us thank them for being part of this district rather than try to make

Fitchburg a villain in this process.” Miller concluded his comments by saying, “There is no silver bullet answer to this problem. People will be angry. We will decide using the same criteria we always use .. and that is what is in the best interests of the majority of the children of this district.” Nancy Horns withdrew her motion that was tabled at the last meeting, “clearing the slate” for the decision on the boundaries. Two amendments were added before final passage. Board member Dan Elsass, noting the public’s concern about the g r ow t h o f s u b d iv i s i o n s a n d the overcrowding of schools,

proffered an amendment placing Prairie Crest, the sixth addition of Eastview, Prairie Oaks and Fitchburg’s Harlan Hill developments all within the boundary of Savanna Oaks Middle School. It was unanimously approved. Ken Behnke entered an amendment placing students in the area bounded by Hwy. 69 to the east and Hwy. 18-151 to the north in the Verona Area Middle School instead of Savanna Oaks. It was submitted as an option to be discussed at the next meeting. “That area in the southwest really has no direct route to Savanna Oaks,” Behnke said.


Search: Engage many people Continued from page 1 The request for proposals, or RFP, the district approved Monday provides interested consulting firms information about the district’s demographics, its leadership design and other characteristics of the district, such as the board’s strategic plan and the successful 2017 referendum that provided $180 million of funding for a new high school. The document emphasizes the district’s desire to engage as many people as possible and connect with diverse populations. Parts of it were written vaguely enough in order to require a consulting firm to do its research on the district before submitting proposals, explained consultant Roger Price who helped the board’s Policy and Personnel committee design the request. “Our intent was to be detailed, but still leave it open for individual consultants to demonstrate their capacity,” he said. In his written announcement on Jan. 8, Gorrell stated he was giving the board advance notice so there would be “ample time” to get feedback from staff, students, families and community members. Before then, the district will restructure its administration team, with three deputy superintendents, directors of elementary and secondary education and a family, staff and community engagement liaison. While the deputy superintendent of business services position will stay vacant until after the new superintendent is hired, the district is seeking applications for the director of elementary education for the start of the 2020-21 school year, as well as principal positions for Country View Elementary School and Savanna Oaks Middle School.

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Arnold: Role has taught her how to work directly with town board, budgeting Continued from page 1 cultivated a period of significant growth for the town because of her work on both the 2016 boundary agreement with the City of Verona and the 2018 comprehensive plan rewrite. That growth is only one challenge the town faces, Arnold said, as it experiences regional pressures as neighboring municipalities close in and costs for services increase. “It has certainly not been a sleepy little town to work in,” she said. When Arnold took the administrator job in May 2012, the town was recovering from some bitter divisions with the City of Verona after a referendum to merge two entities failed to gain town resident approval in 2008. It expanded the role of its administrator, held for many years by Rose Johnson before her retirement, to include planning duties. Planning was Arnold’s specialty, having spent six years as a principal planner for the City of Minneapolis. When her husband, Mike, was hired as the associate director and content director of Wisconsin Public Radio, they moved to Madison and she stepped out of her comfort zone, taking on oversight of all the town’s operations. Arnold said in addition to learning how to budget, she’s had the opportunity to develop close relationships with the Town Board, as they do the managing work together. Those relationships expanded when Arnold had the town create additional committees so the Town Board didn’t need to grapple with the details of proposals on its own and more residents could be involved. The committees fostered a greater sense of community within the town, Arnold added. “It’s been fun to see people come out of the woodwork and see the backgrounds

“She’s been exactly what the Town needed at the time. Amanda has just been great for that … she took a lot of that expertise with growth and brought it to us.” Town Chair Mark Geller that they have,” she said. Town Chair Mark Geller, who joined the Town Board the month before Arnold started, said the boundary agreement was one of her most significant accomplishments. It identified areas where the town could develop without creating friction in growth with the town’s neighboring cities of Verona, Fitchburg and Madison, something that was needed because growth had slowed nearly to a halt without it, Geller said. “She’s been exactly what the Town needed at the time,” he said. “Amanda has just been great for that … she took a lot of that expertise with growth and brought it to us.” Maxwell said he was disappointed when he heard that Arnold was leaving. When he joined the Plan Commission four-and-ahalf-years ago, he had no experience with land planning, he said, and she became Maxwell’s mentor. Because of Arnold’s work, the town has been able to add four condominium projects and two subdivisions since then, he said. “She was a wonderful person to work with,” he said. “Because of all (the development) happening, I interacted with her four out of every five days of the week.” Geller said it’s tough to see Arnold go. “That’s part of hiring somebody really good is that they get taken,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier for her.” Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly.wethal@wcinet.com and follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.​

Voting: E-pollbooks will replace paper lists Continued from page 1 another and update in real time, Clark said. The system improves accuracy and allows election workers to spot errors, such as a voter who is at the wrong polling location or has already voted. With convenience on Election Day and saved staff time comes a potential downside – security has been a driving concern since the 2016 elections, and experts say e-poll books like the Badger Books can be vulnerable to hackers. A 2019 U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee Report found that Russian hackers had targeted election infrastructure in all 50 states, including Wisconsin, with some activity targeted at voter databases. If electronic poll books are compromised by hackers, people could be removed from the databases, or fake accounts could be created, Jeremy Epstein, an elections and cybersecurity expert and former senior computer scientist at SRI International, said. Clark said the e-poll books used in Wisconsin do not connect to the Internet but are a part of a statewide intranet system that links Badger Books at different polling stations via a central server. Epstein said it was unclear to him how the e-poll books would connect to a server without

“Anything that has software on it, there is the potential for that software to be compromised.” Maurice Turner, deputy director of the Internet Architecture Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology an Internet connection. He suggested that it might be a question of how clerks and vendors were describing that connection. If the central server were in some way compromised, Epstein said, that could then compromise all the other poll books connected to it. Maurice Turner, deputy director of the Internet Architecture Project at the Center for Democracy and Technology, said municipalities moving to electric systems from paper ones will bring a “host of benefits.” “Anything that has software on it, there is the potential for that software to be compromised,” Turner said. “But I think overall the check-in process is something that’s gone smoothly across the country when it comes to electronic poll books, when compared to their paper counterparts.” Turner said the State of Wisconsin has done a good job ensuring that clerks and election workers are

well trained and using as few network connections as possible. Poll workers are also equipped with password-protected USB sticks to transfer data from the Badger Books to computers with Internet connections. Martin said in addition to the training Verona will require of its election workers, she has been trained by the Wisconsin Elections Commission on how to operate the poll books. Though he urged caution Epstein, who serves as an election worker in his home state of Virginia, said he is actually a fan of the poll books. “I’m a precinct chief myself” Epstein said. “They basically have eliminated lines (at his polling locations) for all practical purposes.” “If someone shows up in the wrong precinct, I can instantly look them up and tell them which precinct it is.” Clark said that if there were any mishaps on Election Day, printed copies of the electronic poll books would still be available to election workers as a backup. Turner said the main precaution voters could take is to check registrations a day or two before heading to the polls. Renee Hickman can be contacted at renee.hickman@wcinet.com or follow her on Twitter at @ ReneeNHickman

Sharon Corrigan resigns as board chairwoman Accepts new role as interim director at Alliant Energy Center The Dane County Board of Supervisors has a new leader and Sharon Corrigan has a new job – at least an interim one – after she announced her resignation from the board at its Thursday, Jan. 23, meeting. Analiese Eicher of District 3 will succeed Corrigan for the remainder of the term, which is through the elections in April and subsequent board reorganization. The morning after Corrigan’s announcement, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced she had been chosen as interim director of the Alliant Energy Center. Corrigan, a member of the board for the past 10 years and chair for the past six, had announced last year she would not seek re-election this spring. “This position is both an opportunity to continue to work on the redevelopment of the Alliant Energy Center and an obligation to continue to serve our valued clients and the community,” she said in a Friday, Jan. 24, county news release. “I look forward to guiding the work of the Alliant Energy Center as the county seeks new leadership

for the campus.” She succeeds Mark Clarke, who resigned as the center’s director Friday, Jan. 10, and will serve as interim director through May 15 as the county conducts a nationwide search to permanently fill the position, according to the release. Parisi called Corrigan, who is set to begin her new job Tuesday, Jan. 28, a champion of the campus and efforts to redevelop the grounds. “Sharon’s leadership as County Board Chair and advocacy for the Alliant Energy Center to be a vibrant economic development destination across this state and region make her the right choice for this position,” he said in the release. “Sharon will help oversee the critical design and planning work needed for the potential expansion of the exhibition hall, and I look forward to continuing our work together in this new capacity.” Corrigan’s resignation resulted in a brief swap of positions based on county ordinances. Initially, first vice chair Sup. Paul Nelson (D-9) became chair, and Eicher, the second vice chair, became first vice chair. O n M o n d a y, N e l s o n resigned as chair, citing the fact that he has only weeks left on his final term on the board.

“My primary reason for declining to serve as chair is a belief that the succeeding chair be someone with an eye on the board’s future, someone who will continue to serve as a board member after the April elections,” Nelson wrote in a county news release. Eicher represents District 3 in Sun Prairie and is completing her second term on the board. She first served in the 2010-12 term, representing District 5 in downtown Madison. She is unopposed in the April supervisory election. “I appreciate how thoughtful Supervisor Nelson has been in weighing what is best for this body in a time of transition,” she said in the news release “I think we all may be reeling a bit from the pace of leadership changes in the past several days.” Nelson thanked her for her service on the board and leadership. “Her ability to set priorities, move projects forward, work collaboratively and engage supervisors and the public in the policy work of the county has been an invaluable asset and is a model of effectiveness for future leadership to emulate,” he wrote. Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@ wcinet.com.


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