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Creativity sought for Sugar Creek Potential developers will tour site Feb. 21, proposals due March 30 RENEE HICKMAN Unified Newspaper Group

Developers will be given tours of the Sugar Creek Elementary and New Century School sites this month ahead of a redevelopment project that could change the face of the neighborhood. The tour will kick off a developer search for the 12-acre area that includes the two school buildings at 401 W. Verona Ave. and 420 Church St. The buildings are being abandoned by the Verona Area School District this fall when it opens a new high school on the city’s west side, and students move to other buildings. Verona issued a call for potential developers to submit plans – a process known as a request for proposals – on Jan. 7, with a submission deadline of March 30. T h e c i t y ’s c o m m u n i ty development specialist Katherine Holt said the Feb. 21 tour – on a day with no school – currently has RSVPs from five applicants who requested tours. The tour will be given by the Director

of Building and Grounds f r o m t h e Ve r o n a A r e a School District. Holt said the director can answer questions from the applicants about the history of the grounds. The 10-page RFP for the site states Verona is looking for proposals that provide “public access and amenities to help drive pedestrian traffic and retain its historic character.” It says the city will give preference to plans that list the 102 year old New Century School building on the National Register of Historic Places. The 64 year old, 64,000 square foot Sugar Creek building, however, is planned for demolition. The RFP states the entire 14 acre planning area includes other sites the city does not own – the former Treads restaurant, T-shirt shop Leisure Threads, a hair salon and two houses. The school sites will be transferred to the city later this year as part of a 2018 agreement negotiated with the district. The city’s Community Development Authority, an arm of the local government that leads urban renewal projects, solicited feedback on plans for the site in the fall of 2019 with an open house. The University of

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Photo by Kimberly Wethal

Sisters Andrea Ramirez Miranda and Lilly Ramirez Miranda work on coloring sheets with a family member during the Sugar Creek Elementary School’s first Family Breakfast on Friday, Jan. 31.

Starting off the day right On the Web

Sugar Creek hosts first ‘Family Breakfast’ KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

Families of Sugar Creek Elementary School students joined them for breakfast before the start of the day on Friday, Jan. 31. The breakfast, which had 230

family members registered to attend, was free to parents and students. Breakfast is free to Sugar Creek More photos of the Sugar Creek Elementary students every day, as a part of the School Family Breakfast school’s healthiness initiatives that connectverona.com it has won awards for in the past few years. P r i n c i p a l To d d B r u n n e r t o l d kimberly.wethal@wcinet.com and the Press the breakfast was well follow her on Twitter @kimberreceived by families, students and ly_wethal.​ staff. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at

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Persistent flooding prompts updates, study


Stormwater management presentation set for Feb. 13

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KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

An emerging pattern of increased precipitation – including a damaging storm in August 2018 – is prompting the Town of Verona to look into preventative flooding measures. The town is considering revising its subdivision ordinance, and it’s also planning to work with the City of Fitchburg on a study of Goose Lake, which has repeatedly

would include redefining how the Town of Verona manages its stormwater with new developments. As a part of the process, the next Plan What: Town of Verona stormwater Commission meeting will feature a management presentation presentation on stormwater manageWhen: 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13 ment. Where: Town Hall, 7669 County The presentation begins at Hwy. PB 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 13, at the Town Hall, 7669 County Hwy. PB. It Info: Call the Town Hall at 8457187 is open to the public and will be led by Jason Valerius of MSA Professional Services. overflowed and resulted in the cloOn Tuesday, Feb. 4, the Town sure of Fitchrona Road underneath Board was scheduled to review and U.S. Hwy. 18-151. Turn to Stormwater/Page 12 Part of that revised ordinance

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Senior Center throws beach party NEAL PATTEN Unified Newspaper Group

While the temperature only reached a high of 33 degrees on Monday, Jan. 27, inside the senior center, guests enjoyed a glimpse of summer during a “beach party.” “Bahama Bob” Milan, of Fort Atkinson, performed a variety of upbeat songs on his authentic handmade, 29-dimpled steel drum from Trinidad. Milan performed songs including “Never on a Sunday,” “Brazil” “Yellow Bird,” “Over the Rainbow,” Amazing Grace” and “The Lion Sleeps Tonight” in the signature sound of his traditional steel drum.

On the Web To see more photos of the senior center’s beach party, visit

connectverona.com The senior center staff set up a tropical “beach” by filling a wading pool with sand, buckets, sea shells, beach balls and pink plastic flamingos for guests to play with, and provided a swinging hammock nearby. Four Winds Manor nursing home donated the food for the event including popcorn, cheese and crackers, pinwheels, fruit bowls, punch and colorful cupcakes adorned with sunglasses and flip-flops.

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Sue Dahlk and Pat Eggen play in the sand while Barb Walker and Alyce Kocal recline. “Bahama Bob” Milan demonstrated his skills with a steel pan drum at the senior center’s beach party.

Upper Sugar River Watershed Association continues monthly volunteer days Despite temperatures only reaching a high of the mid30s on Saturday, Jan. 25, 11 volunteers joined in an effort to clean up the Sugar River Wetlands. Throughout the year, volunteers of the Upper Sugar River Watershed Association help cut down and pile up invasive species such as buckthorn and honeysuckle, then treat the area with herbicide. They also girdle an invasive clone of the aspen tree, cutting them down gradually over time. This was USRWA’s first monthly “4th Saturday” outdoor volunteer workday of the year. Executive director of USRWA Wade Moder estimates that the nonprofit organization has had between 200 to 300 unique volunteers attend the workdays since the initiative began in January 2016, providing over 1,000 combined volunteer hours. The protected area is adjacent to Epic Systems’

campus, is on the west side of Military Ridge State Trail. The winter months from January through April are the best time for burning these piles of collected brush, as snow helps control the burns, Moder said. And eventually, as the area is restored, it should be possible to see the river from the trail. In the autumn months, volunteers collect seeds from native plants in the area for replanting. “To speed up mother nature taking back over,” Moder said. Moder said that around ten volunteers is typical for one of these workdays and that this month most were regulars. Moder said the “4th Saturdays” are a bonding activity where people can meet and a great way to experience the outdoors. Volunteer Robyn Weis of Sun Prairie said between all of the DNR’s State Natural Areas Volunteer Program sites, she is outside volunteering almost every weekend.

At the Sugar River Wetlands State Natural Area, she comes to help save a Burr Oak tree she’s affectionately named Clem. “I do it for Clem,” she said. The next volunteer day will be held from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Feb. 22.


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February 6, 2020

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New school brings updated facility use rules Large-scale events can sidestep request timelines KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

As the Verona Area School District prepares to open a new high school in September, it has updated its rules for public use of its facilities. The school board approved new facility usage guidelines at its Monday, Feb. 3, meeting with only one change from its Jan. 28 review of the documentation. To address concerns the district wasn’t allowing organizations

enough time to put in requests for large-scale events – such as tournaments using the gymnasium and performances in the Performing Arts Center – the rental policy will allow those type of events to reserve space before the normal start of the application window, which is up to six months out. Events eligible for early application could include athletic performances, Performing Arts Center reservations and craft fairs, the policy outlines, as well as any regional, state or national events. Any events would be required to be approved by district facility and event scheduling coordinator Jeanne Ennis, as well as the district athletic director, the school’s

principal, facility director and the maintenance and grounds director. For all other events, request forms for facility reservations will start four to six months in advance, depending on the time of year. District administrators considered that as a way to decrease the amount of “bumping” of community groups out a site in favor of another group with higher priority. The new school is set to open in September as part of a $180 million construction project that will shift five other schools to new locations. It includes all new athletic fields on the 161 acre site, as well as a 343,000 square foot

building that features two pools, a 2,500-seat field house, a greenhouse and performing arts center. The existing high school will retain its current facilities but will become the site of Badger Ridge Middle School. Under the new policy, which covers all district facilities, district-sponsored activities such as sporting events are the highest priority, followed by municipal recreation programs for the cities of Verona and Fitchburg, which have contractual agreements with the district. Next would be student interest groups, such as clubs, organizations with more than half their memberships composed of students, then other non-profit

Board: Metrics measure progress Would be used to see if district is meeting strategic plan goals KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

Board members are looking for a way to measure the Verona Area School District’s success with its five strategic plan pillars. Those pillars, part of a five-year plan approved in July 2018, are authentic relationships; a safe, inclusive learning environment; high expectations for every student; supporting and empowering staff; and equitable allocation of resources. Without a baseline goal for the district to measure its actual growth against, board member Carolyn Jahnke told administrators at its Monday, Feb. 3, meeting, it’s hard for the board to know where it needs to allocate resources. Jahnke said even if the

goal set is too high for the district to achieve, having it established would help the board focus on where the district needs to improve. “Maybe we don’t hit it, because X, Y and Z happens – we reprioritize,” she said. “At least we can measure how Burgos far did we get in our goal, versus if we don’t have an idea of how much we want to move that, then how do we know we put the right resources into it, or made the right efforts?” Board member Debbie Biddle also asked if district staff – mainly assistant superintendent Laurie Burgos and the continuous improvement teams of educators at each site – can present metrics that allow the board to both get a district overview of the data and see site-specific data. “I just don’t see how we’re going to know whether we’re making any progress,” she said.

Pillars 1. Authentic relationships 2. Safe, inclusive learning environment 3. High expectations for every student 4. Supporting and empowering staff 5. Equitable allocation of resources

Burgos told board members the district could provide end-of-year reports from site principals. “I think then as a board, you would feel like if you know we’re looking at the end of each year at attendance data, office visits and referrals, suspensions, these are things we know for sure that we can pull and present to you,” she said. C u r r e n t l y, t h e d i s trict is measuring student growth, academically

and behaviorally speaking, and district improvement through multiple data points, Burgos told board members Monday night. One area where the district collects data is third grade reading standardized test scores, which is an indicator of future acad e m i c s u c c e s s , B u rg o s said. Others are the eighth grade math test scores, the amount of ninth grade “F” grades given out and referrals to each school’s office for students with behavioral needs. The district also collects data on from site climate surveys, in which students answer questions regarding whether they feel they belong at the school or if there’s at least one adult they trust in their building. “There’s always more to the story than what the metric is,” she said. “We want to make sure we’re telling that story.” Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly. wethal@wcinet.com and follow her on Twitter @ kimberly_wethal.​

groups and users. Ennis told the board at its Jan. 28 meeting the updated rules were meant to create an equitable system that allows for transparency in granting facility usage. R e s e r va t i o n s f o r a l l d i s trict facilities over the summer months will be reduced, Ennis said, because of construction at the new high school and renovations that will be happening at the current high school and Badger Ridge Middle School to prepare for school site shifts taking place at the start of September. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly.wethal@wcinet.com and follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.​

Old National Bank locations to consolidate in Verona Branches in surrounding area will close in April EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

Old National Bank is planning to consolidate its Oregon, Fitchburg and Stoughton locations into the existing Verona location, 420 W. Verona Ave. Andrea Marquardt Finck, community relations manager for Old National Bank, told the Press the three will consolidate their services on Friday, April 24. All four locations were Anchor Bank branches before 2017.

She said even though the physical bank locations are closing, the company is working to keep active ATMs there. The company is assessing staffing needs for each branch, Finck said, with some newly created and open positions available. “In the financial services industry as a whole, retail branch traffic is down as more and more people are choosing to be served digitally,” Finck said. Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@ wcinet.com or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.

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Verona Area Performing Arts Series

Brothers Four bring vintage folk Group known for harmonies, counter melodies, rich baritones

If You Go What: The Brothers Four performance When: 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15 Where: Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St. Tickets: $32 adult; $30 seniors over 65; $10 students 18 and under

BILL LIVICK Press correspondent

The group performed at the 1961 Academy Awards show, entertained at the White House and worked as the opening act for The Beatles in 1963. The Brothers Four are still together after more than 60 years in the music business and are set to take the stage at the Verona Area Performing Arts Series 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15. It has been playing vintage American folk music since 1957 and continues to draw from the “great American folk songbook,” said original member Bob Flick in a phone interview from his home in Los Angeles. The quartet scored big hits in the early 1960s with such songs as “Greenfields,” which sold more than 1 million copies and reached No. 2 on the pop music charts in 1960, and “The Green Leaves of Summer,” a song the group performed at the 1961 Academy Awards show. Other popular tunes they like to perform include “Yellow Bird,” “Try to Remember” and “500 Miles.” “The majority of what we do are the songs that people expect to

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The Brothers Four will perform at the Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 15, 300 Richard St. hear from those days,” Flick said. “We have to keep in mind that for a lot of folks, this may be the first time they’ve come to one of our live shows. So it’s cool and okay for us to perform those songs.” He added the group never tires of playing their hits and folk standards, and having audiences join in singing them. “We are honored to be able to sing them,” Flick said. “That’s why we’re still around after 60 years.”

Kirkland, and Dick Foley — were fraternity brothers and students at the University of Washington. They each played guitar and sang, with Flick on bass guitar, and became a performing group in ’58 after being tricked by a rival fraternity into going to an audition at a popular music club in Seattle. T h e c l u b m a n a g e r wa s n ’t expecting the audition but decided to let the young men play a few songs anyway. After the four finished, the manager hired them. Changing times Flick explained that for about The Brothers Four formed in the first five years, the group 1957 when its original mem- played songs that were popubers — Flick, John Paine, Mike larized by others such as “Good Night Irene,” from the Weavers, and Woody Guthrie’s “So Long, It’s Been Good to Know You.” When a folksinger by the name of Bob Dylan emerged in Greenwich Village and began playThursday, Feb. 6, 2020 • Vol. 55, No. 38 ing and singing his own original songs, other folk groups followed USPS No. 658-320 suit, including The Brothers Four. Periodical Postage Paid, Verona, WI and additional offices. Published weekly on Thursday by the Unified Newspaper Group, Flick credited music curaA Division of Woodward Communications, Inc. tor Alan Lomax with collecting POSTMASTER: Send Address Corrections to and recording folks songs from The Verona Press, PO Box 930427, Verona, WI 53593. around the country — blues Office Location: 133 Enterprise Drive, Verona, WI 53593 songs, work songs and prison Office Hours: 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday songs — that “became the library Phone: 608-845-9559 • FAX: 608-845-9550 from which we all found our e-mail: veronapress@wcinet.com material.” Circulation customer service: (800) 355-1892 “We were adapting those songs and creating our own versions,” ConnectVerona.com he explained. “But when Bob This newspaper is printed on recycled paper. Dylan came along, he became the writer of his own songs in the folk Circulation General Manager song format. He really started the ungcirculation@wcinet.com Lee Borkowski singer-songwriter movement, and News lborkowski@wcinet.com we began writing songs too.” Jim Ferolie Sales Manager The group’s original material ungeditor@wcinet.com isn’t as well known as the stanKathy Neumeister Sports dards, Flick added, and today kathy.neumeister@wcinet.com Adam Feiner their concerts consist mostly of Advertising ungsportseditor@wcinet.com songs in the American folk canDonna Larson non. Community/Business veronasales@wcinet.com Classifieds ungclassified@wcinet.com Inside Sales Suzy Schleeper insidesales@wcinet.com

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“Those are the kind of songs that we sing,” he said, “and maybe a couple others that we created, and maybe a couple more that people wouldn’t expect us to do.” He noted the quartet recorded an album of Beatles’ songs in 1966 and may perform something written by John Lennon and Paul McCartney.

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Between 1960 and 1970, The Brothers Four released 19 albums. One reached the Top 10 and another made the Top 20 on pop music charts. But with changing tastes in music, the group’s popularity began to fade and after ’70 it didn’t release another album for 26 years. Instead, they made a living touring and performing live. They were popular fixtures on what became known as the “college circuit” in the early ‘60s, Flick said. “We got into the college circuit at the very beginning of it happening,” he recalled. “We were doing probably a couple hundred of those college concerts per year.” Also early in their career, the quartet appeared a few times on the Ed Sullivan Show, the country’s most popular television variety show. Their connection to Sullivan led the famous MC to invite The Brothers Four to perform before The Beatles at a 1963 concert. “We opened for the Beatles on the last show of their first American tour,” Flick said, remembering one the group’s most cherished moments. “We would see Ed Sullivan on the streets of New York when we were based in New York in the ‘60s. He had asked the Beatles to do a charity show at the Paramount Theater in New York, and he invited us to be the opening act for The

Ticket information Tickets are available at www. vapas.org, the State Bank of Cross Plains-Verona, Capitol Bank-Verona or by calling 848-2787. Beatles. All we could says was, ‘Why not?’” The Brothers Four’s first performance outside the United States came in ’65 and was an unusual destination for the time — Vietnam. Pres. Lyndon Johnson had asked the group to go during a visit to the White House, Flick recalled. He and his fellow bandmates had mixed emotions about making the trip during the controversial war. “We were the first entertainers to go there, before even Bob Hope and those people,” he remembered. “President Johnson said, ‘I’m sure you boys would like to go to Vietnam.’ And how can you say no? So we said yes sir, we believe we would like to go.” He said the performances went off without a hitch and the group returned the following year. “I still get personal emails from people saying, ‘That song got me through the night when I was pinned down in the delta,’ and that type of thing,” Flick recalled. “Music can be such a strong connector for people. You can close your eyes and it all kind of comes back.” One of the four’s favorite places to visit is Japan, where the group has toured “at least 50 times” and remained consistently popular for six decades, Flick said. “We go there every couple of years and have done so since we began,” he said. “We first went in 1961 or ’62, and we were the first to bring this sort of acoustic, self-contained Americana music to Japan. And we’ve been rewarded because we’ve had a very loyal following.” Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@wcinet.com or follow her on Twitter at @ HeidemannEmilie.

Verona Lions Club to hold food drive for Badger Prairie Needs Network Feb. 15 NEAL PATTEN Unified Newspaper Group

The Verona Lions Club is holding a food drive to benefit the Badger Prairie Needs Network food pantry from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 15, at Miller and Sons Supermarket, 210 Main St. During the drive, Verona Lions members will greet shoppers entering the store and provide them with a list of food and nonfood items currently needed by the pantry. Shoppers are encouraged to purchase one or more of the items as they shop. Collection boxes will be located near the exit of the store for shoppers to donate any

collection drive. Cash donations will also be accepted for the pantry. This local food drive is part of What: Food drive for Badger the “relieving hunger” service Prairie Needs Network campaign of Lions Clubs InternaWhen: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturtional, one of the five core focus day, Feb. 15 areas for the international organization as it celebrates its centenWhere: Miller and Sons Supernial, in addition to funding vision market, 210 Main St. health, raising diabetes awareInfo: Call Lions secretary Jim ness, protecting the environment Fletcher at 845-6067, or email and combating pediatric cancer. verona.lions@gmail.com For information, call Lions Club secretary Jim Fletcher at 845-6067, or email verona. lions@gmail.com. purchased goods. Neal Patten, Verona Community The Lions Club has set a goal Reporter, can be contacted at to collect 1,000 pounds of donated items during the four-hour neal.patten@wcinet.com.

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February 6, 2020

VACT presents “Four Weddings and an Elvis”

Photographer to share stories of 117 Midwestern covered bridges

NEAL PATTEN Unified Newspaper Group

While Elvis may be in the VACT building, the upcoming Verona Area Community Theater’s upcoming production is not a musical. VACT continues its 2020 season with its second show of the year, “Four Weddings and an Elvis.” The show will run at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, through Saturday, Feb. 15; 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 20 through Saturday, Feb. 22; and at 2 p.m. on Saturdays Feb. 15 and Feb. 22. Performances will be at the VACT Building, 103 Lincoln St. The show lasts approximately two hours and contains mild adult themes. Tickets are $15.75 for adults; $10.75 for seniors and students. Tickets are available on the VACT website at vact.org. The show, a romantic comedy set in Las Vegas, features wedding chapel-owner Sandy, played by Sara Ward-Cassady, who is a serial monogamist who has been married four times, and divorced three. The show features four of the funniest weddings that have taken place in Sandy’s chapel. Those wedding couples include Bev (Liz Nickels) and Stan (Curt Hanke), who get married to seek revenge on their exes; aging stars Vanessa (Sara


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VACT presents “Four Weddings and an Elvis” Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 20-22 Pfantz) and Bryce (John Beard) who are looking for publicity; gentle post office worker Martin (Greg Stravinski) and ex-con Fiona (Julia Fure) who attempts to tie the knot before police show up; and Sandy’s own fifth wedding. Other characters include Elvis impersonator John, played by Scott Wieland, Lou, portrayed by Tom Arnol, and Fist, who is played by Paul Carlson. The show is directed by Dale Nickels, and produced by VACT founder Dee Baldock.

If You Go What: Verona Area Community Theater’s “Four Weddings and an Elvis” When: 7:30 p.m. Feb. 13-15 and Feb. 20-22; 2 p.m. Feb. 15 and Feb. 22 Where: Verona Area Community Theater, 103 Lincoln St. Info: vact.org

Dave Mossner will present photographs and stories of 117 covered midwestern bridges at 7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13, at the library. Mossner traveled throughout Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Michigan, Minnesota and Wisconsin capturing the architecture of the wooden enclosures. Covered bridges are a timber-truss bridge with a roof and siding. The bridges were covered to protect the wooden structures from weathering. Six of the bridges became well-known through the 1995 film, “The Bridges of Madison County.” This presentation is offered in partnership with

What: Presentation on midwestern covered bridges When: 6:30-7:30 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 13 Where: Verona Public Library, 500 Silent St. Info: veronapubliclibrary.org Oakwood Village, where Mossner works as the Development Director. He and his wife, Rhonda, live in Verona. For information, visit veronapubliclibrary.org, or call 845-7180. Neal Patten, Verona Community Reporter, can be contacted at neal.patten@wcinet. com.

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‘Coffee With a Reporter’

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. For information, email Wethal at kimberly.wethal@wcinet.com.

Historical society meeting

Rain gardens, recycling talk

The theme for this month’s Verona Area Historical Society meeting 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 Sugar River Gardeners club will host Marty Cieslik, public works construction manager, for a discussion on rain barrels and recycling at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Feb. 11, at St. Andrew Church, 301 N. Main St. Cieslik will speak about the City of Verona’s rebate program for rain gardens and how to use rain barrels. Cieslik will also provide tips on recycling and encourage better habits. For information or to RSVP, call 692-5031.

Community calendar Thursday, Feb. 6

• 4-5:30 p.m., Anime and manga club, library, 845-7180 • 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 • 7-9 p.m., Live music: Ken E. Curtis, Toot + Kate’s Wine Bar, 109 S. Main St., 497-1111

Friday, Feb. 7

• 12:30 p.m., Movie screening: “The Grapes of Wrath”, senior center, 845-7471 • 2-3 p.m., Coffee with a reporter, Tuvalu Coffeehouse and Gallery, 300 S. Main St., kimberly.wethal@ wcinet.com • 6-8 p.m., Country View family fun dance, Country View Elementary PTO, 710 Lone Pine Way, 8454800 • 6:30-7:30 p.m., Paint a watercolor of your house ($30), JNJ CraftWorks, 1051 N. Edge Trail, 692-1476 • 7-9 p.m., Live music: Dan Lepien, Fisher King Winery, 1105 Laser St., 497-1056 • 7-10 p.m., Live music: Soggy Prairie bluegrass band, Hop Haus

Brewing Company, 231 S. Main St., 497-3165 • 8-11 p.m., Live music: Skylar Nahn, Riley Tavern, 8205 Klevenville Riley Road, 845-9150

Saturday, Feb. 8

• 10 a.m., Historical Society meeting, Quivey’s Grove, 6261 Nesbitt Road, 577-5525 • 10-11:30 a.m., Meet your favorite characters from books and television, library, 845-7180 • 4-7 p.m., Live music: Tracy Jane Comer, The Hop Garden, 6818 Canal St. in Paoli, 848-6261 • 6-8 p.m., Live music: Mike McCloskey, Paoli Schoolhouse Bistro, 6857 Paoli Road in Paoli, 516-9649 • 7-9 p.m., Live music: Curtis Goodman, Fisher King Winery, 1105 Laser St., 497-1056 • 8-11 p.m., Live music: No Name String Band, Riley Tavern, 8205 Klevenville Riley Road, 845-9150

Sunday, Feb. 9

• 1-4 p.m., Madison Sports Car Club slot car grand prix challenge, Draft House Bar and Restaurant, 1010 Enterprise Drive, madisonsportscarclub.com • 2-3 p.m., Winter woodland walk, Olson Oak Woods State Natural Area, 1744 Fritz Road, 437-7707 • 3-6 p.m., Live music: Kevin Moore, Riley Tavern, 8205 Klevenville Riley Road, 845-9150

Monday, Feb. 10

• 1-2 p.m., Senior case management outreach, library, 845-7471 • 6:30-8 p.m., Financial literacy workshop, library, 845-7180 • 7-8 p.m., Common Council meeting, City Hall, 111 Lincoln St., 8456495

Tuesday, Feb. 11

• 9 a.m. to noon, Job service assistance to job seekers, library, 845-7180 • 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Quilts of Valor group, American Legion Post 385, 207 Legion St., 608-577-5906 • 1:30-2:30 p.m., Bird crafts for ages 3-10, Willow Pointe,1125 N. Edge Trail, 845-7180 • 6:30 p.m., Rain garden rebates and local recycling talk, library, St. Andrew Church, 301 N. Main St., 692-5031 • 6:30-7:30 p.m., Verona Little League informational meeting for parents, Badger Ridge Middle School, 740 N. Main St., 608-8484770 • 6:30-7:30 p.m., Conversations about conservation, Wisconsin Brewing Company, 1079 American Way, usrwa.org • 7:30-8:30 p.m., Essential oils for women’s health and hormones, Wisconsin Brewing Company, State Bank of Cross Plains (Verona), 108 N. Main St., crooksandthieves.com

All Saints Lutheran Church 2951 Chapel Valley Rd., Fitchburg (608) 276-7729 allsaints-madison.org Pastor Kristin Woelk Sunday: 8:30 & 10:45 a.m. The Church in Fitchburg 2833 Raritan Rd., Fitchburg (608) 271-2811 livelifetogether.com Sunday: 8 & 10:45 a.m. Memorial UCC 5705 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg (608) 273-1008 memorialucc.org Interim Pastor Laura Crow Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Good Shephard Lutheran Church ELCA (608) 271-6633 Madison: Raymond Road & Whitney Way, Madison Sunday: 8:30 & 10 a.m.. Verona: Corner of Hwy. PD & Nine Mound Road, Verona Sunday: 9 & 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Damascus Road Church – West The Verona Senior Center 108 Paoli St., Verona (608) 819-6451 info@damascusroadchurch.com, damascusroadonline.org Pastor Justin Burge Sunday: 10 a.m. Memorial Baptist Church 201 S. Main St., Verona (608) 845-7125 MBCverona.org Lead Pastor Jeremy Scott Sunday: 10:15 a.m. Redeemer Bible Fellowship 130 N. Franklin St., Verona (608) 692-2046 redeemerbiblefellowship.org Pastor Dwight R. Wise Sunday: 10 a.m. family worship Resurrection Lutheran Church – WELS 6705 Wesner Rd., Verona (608) 848-4965 rlcverona.org Pastors Nathan Strutz and Andrew Ewings, and Assistant Pastor Seth Krueger Thursday: 6:30 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. St. Christopher Catholic Parish St. Andrew Church 301 N. Main St., Verona St. William Church 1371 Hwy. PB, Paoli (608) 845-6613 stchristopherverona.com Fr. John Sasse, pastor Saturday: 5 p.m., St. Andrew, Verona Sunday: 7:30 a.m., St. William,

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

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

What’s on VHAT-98 Saturday, Feb. 8 8 a.m. — Plan Commission from 02-03-20 11 a.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 1 p.m. — 2018 Wildcats Football 4:30  p.m. — League of Women Voters at Senior Center 6 p.m. — Plan Commission from 02-03-20 9 p.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 10  p.m. — League of Women Voters at Senior Center 11 p.m. — Eleanor Maher at Senior Center Sunday, Feb. 9 7 a.m. — Hindu Cultural Hour 9  a.m. — Resurrection Church 10 a.m. — Salem Church Service Noon — Plan Commission from 02-03-20 3 p.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 4:30  p.m. — League of Women Voters at Senior Center 6 p.m. — Plan Commission from 02-03-20 9 p.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 10  p.m. — League of Women Voters at Senior Center 11 p.m. — Eleanor Maher at Senior Center

Monday, Feb. 10 7 a.m. — 4 Seasons Theater at Senior Center 1 p.m. — Greg Anderson at Senior Center 3 p.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 4 p.m. — Ellis Island at Senior Center 5 p.m. — 2018 Wildcats Football 7 p.m. — Common Council Live 9 p.m. — Hindu Cultural Hour 10 p.m. — Ron, Rosie & Rodger at Senior Center 11 p.m. — Eleanor Maher at Senior Center Tuesday, Feb. 11 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. — Greg Anderson at Senior Center 10  p.m. — League of Women Voters at Senior Center

Wednesday, Feb. 12 7 a.m. — 4 Seasons Theater at Senior Center 1 p.m. — Greg Anderson at Senior Center 3 p.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 5 p.m. — Common Council from 02-10-20 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. 13 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. — Greg Anderson at Senior Center 10  p.m. — League of Women Voters at Senior Center

Cultivating Strength of Spirit How often do you find yourself praying to be relieved of your pains and infirmities? Perhaps it would be better to pray to have the strength, courage and patience to bear your infirmities. This prayer becomes increasingly important as we age,since our bodies eventually wear out. As the saying goes,“Old age is not for sissies,” at least in part because the elderly almost invariably have their share of chronic aches and pains. As the writer Philip Roth remarked,“Old age isn’t a battle, old age is a massacre.”But it is also worth remembering that certain infirmities actually contribute to our character, making us better people by reining in certain untoward desires or tendencies. So how do we develop the necessary strength of spirit to bear our pains and infirmities? One way is to get in the habit of doing small things every day which are difficult, painful, or just plain boring. This practice will help you to develop fortitude and strength of spirit for the more difficult and painful episodes, which are bound to come. And remember that in your suffering, you are in some ways sharing in the suffering of our Lord,who suffered greatly in his time here on earth. – Christopher Simon



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. — Greg Anderson at Senior Center 10  p.m. — League of Women Voters at Senior Center Friday, Feb. 7 7 a.m. — 4 Seasons Theater at Senior Center 1 p.m. — Greg Anderson 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

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Wildcat/Crusaders top Cougars MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Verona/Edgewood finished sixth in the Green Division of the Spartan Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Madison Memorial High School. The Wildcat/Crusaders were coming off a 133.750-122.825 win over Janesville Craig on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Glacier Edge Elementary School. With the win, they improved to 3-2 in Big Eight Conference duals.

Spartan Invitational

Senior Hailey Dohnal finished third on the vault with a season-best score of 9.250 to pace the Wildcat/Crusaders. “I am happy with where we finished overall, but there were definitely areas of opportunity for us,” Verona/Edgewood coach Rachael Hauser said. “Our biggest focus going forward will be on beam. Our goal is to hit a 135 team score, and in order to do that, we are going to need to stay on the beam.” Dohnal also placed seventh on the floor (8.875), eighth in the all-around competition (34.925) and tied for eighth on the balance beam (8.80). “Hailey has been getting more confident with her vaults and we are seeing that come through in competition,” Hauser said. “The key to flipping vaults is height, and on Saturday, Hailey had huge height, which allowed her to finish the vault with a more upright body position than some of her past vaults.” Lily Merrick finished seventh (8.85) and freshman Ella Crowley took 10th (8.65) in the vault. On the uneven bars, sophomore Alyssa Fischer tied Wilmot Union/Union Grove/ Williams Bay’s Malia Bronson for 10th (8.475). Verona/Edgewood racked up 134.175 points to take sixth out of eight teams. Wilmot Union/Union Grove/Williams Bay, led by all-around winner, Jadyn Pye (36.775) and runner-up Annie Murphy (36.15) captured the team title with 140.25 points.

Verona/Edgewood sophomore Alyssa Fischer finished second on the uneven bars with a score of 8.575 in a Big Eight Conference dual against Janesville Craig on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Glacier Edge Elementary School.

Photos by Mark Nesbitt

Verona/Edgewood’s Katie Ryan completes a vault in a dual against Janesville Craig on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Glacier Edge Elementary School. The Wildcat/Crusaders beat the Cougars 133.750-122.825.

Verona/Edgewood 133.750, Janesville Craig 122.825 The Wildcat/Crusaders rolled to past the Cougars in the final gymnastics meet at Glacier Edge Elementary School. Verona/Edgewood will have their own gymnastics room in the new Verona Area

High School starting next school year. “We came into the dual just looking to have fun and finish on a high note for our last home meet of the season and last meet ever at the Glacier Edge gym,” Hauser said. “Verona/Edgewood has spent the last 20 years at Glacier Edge and it was important for us to have a positive end to

that era.” Dohnal won the floor (9.2) and allaround competition (35), and tied Craig’s Olivia Rebout for first in the vault (9.0). Crowley won the balance beam (9.25) and took third in the all-around (33.075). “She (Crowley) added a new bonus series that includes two very difficult skills that are also very rare to see in competition, so it was kind of a highlight just to have her completing them,” Hauser said. “Sticking it and scoring a 9.25 was of course an added bonus.” Katie Ryan placed second on the floor (9.025), and Fischer took second on the uneven bars (8.575).

Boys basketball

Buss takes over head coaching duties on interim basis Verona went on the road and head coach. Verona took a 49-48 lead with knocked off Janesville Craig 63-49 on Saturday, Feb. 1, to snap a 10-game 3:44 left when Anderson drove down the lane and kicked the ball out to Filling in as an interim head coach losing streak. classmate Adam Bekx, who drilled a in the middle of the season was not go-ahead 3-pointer. the way Alan Buss envisioned return- Verona 63, Janesville Craig 49 The Wildcats (3-13, 3-9 Big Eight Middleton closed the game with ing to the bench. In his first game back as Verona Conference) dominated the glass with a 10-2 run. Sophomore T.J. Bauer head coach after replacing Eddie Sin- a 2-to-1 rebounding edge en route to a knocked down a corner 3 in front of gleton, who stepped away for per- Big Eight win over the Cougars. his team’s bench with 2:08 to go to Verona led by three points at the give the Cardinals the lead, then made sonal reasons, Buss got inspired play from the Wildcats in a 60-52 home half and outscored the Cougars 34-23 a fastbreak layup to make it 54-49. loss to Middleton on Thursday, Jan. in the second half. Verona junior Kolson Roddick hit a The Wildcats scored the first six 3 to cut the Cardinals’ lead to 56-52 30. “It felt a little strange at first points of the second half to push the with 16 seconds remaining. Middlebecause I wasn’t anticipating that lead to nine. Craig cut it to 46-40 with ton senior Cole Deptula, who scored happening,” Buss said. “It’s about 5:49 left, but Verona answered with a game-high 19 points, knocked down the kids. Most of these kids know a 5-0 spurt to push its lead to double two free throws with 13 seconds left me from growing up and going to digits with 3:36 to go. to seal the win. my camp. It was nice to have (assisSenior Haakon Anderson scored a Middleton 6-foot-6 senior forward tant coach) Cori (Corinthian Edmond) team-high 13 points for the Wildcats. Logan Schultz scored the first five there to provide some continuity.” Juniors Jacob Kisting, Bennett Sher- points and the Cardinals raced out to Buss, who coached the Wildcats ry and James Rae added 10, nine and a 10-0 lead. Senior Henry Patterson from 2001-17 and compiled a 213- eight points, respectively. scored on a putback with 5:25 left in 162 record, is the principal at Badger Scoville scored a game-high 21 the first half to help the Cardinals to a Ridge Middle School. points. 28-12 lead. He’s not sure about any permanent Verona closed the half on a 16-4 coaching commitment beyond this Middleton 60, Verona 52 run. Sophomore Cole Jannusch T h e Wi l d c a t s r a l l i e d f r o m a scored on a putback, senior forward season. “I’m taking it a day at a time,” he 16-point first-half deficit, but came up Turn to Buss/Page 9 said. short in Buss’ return to the bench as MARK NESBITT

Assistant sports editor

Photo by Mark Nesbitt

Verona senior Haakon Anderson (left) pressures Middleton senior Cole Deptula (3) in the second half of their Big Eight Conference game Thursday, Jan. 30, in Verona. The Wildcats lost 60-52.


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Hanson, Grandau win Hustisford titles ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Verona heavyweight Jay Hanson continued his breakout sophomore season with four first-period pins in less than 24 hours. Hanson and teammate Ben Grandau won titles at the Hustisford Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 1, a day after the Wildcats lost a nonconference home dual to Evansville/Albany.

Hustisford Invitational Hanson improved to 30-5 on the season in the Wildcats’ final tournament before the Big Eight Conference Tournament on Saturday, Feb. 8. He pinned Southern Door’s Ethan Rouer in 23 seconds, Hustisford’s Gavan Stark in 51 seconds and Fort Atkinson’s Dorian Burhans in 58 seconds. Grandau (120 pounds) also went 3-0 with three pins. He took down Dodgeville’s Colin Judd in 14 seconds, Horicon’s Austin Zamorano in 1:10 and Southern Door’s Austin Falish in 2:50. Eric Blum (152) finished fifth with a 3-1 record. He pinned Kenosha St. Joseph’s Nathan Mullen in 22 seconds and Fort Atkinson’s Aiden Leurquin in 1:36 after losing his first bout, then won a 5-4 decision over Waukesha North’s West Ruidl in the fifth-place match. Cael Wozniak (145) and Adam Murphy (195) also placed fifth with 2-2 records. Wozniak started his day with an 18-1 technical fall over Fort Atkinson’s Mitchell Goldsmith and received a medical forfeit victory in the fifth-place match. Murphy won his second and fourth matches, as he pinned Wa u k e s h a N o r t h ’s G a b r i e l

Photo by Adam Feiner

Verona sophomore Jay Hanson (top) controls Evansville/Albany freshman Tucker Peterson during their 285-pound match Friday, Jan. 31, in Verona. Hanson pinned Peterson in 1:25. Cheney at the 3-minute mark and pinned Dodgeville’s Jacob Hlavac in 55 seconds in the fifth-place match. Caden Page (170) took sixth with a 1-3 record. He pinned Fort Atkinson’s Jacob Naber in 4:29 to start his day. L o ga n N e u r o t h ( 1 3 8 ) a n d Achilles Mendes (182) each went 1-2. Neurtoh pinned Hustisford’s Demitra Peterson in 37 seconds to start his day, and Mendes pinned Cambridge’s Gunnar Sperle in 1:11.

Jacob Munson (132) lost both of his matches. Verona finished eighth out of 15 teams with 94.5 points. Hartford Union won the team title with 237.5 points.

Evansville/Albany 68, Verona 6 The Wildcats lost nine of the 10 contested matches on Senior Night. Hanson won the final bout of the dual, as he stayed on the offensive and pinned Tucker

Peterson in 1:25. “It was about my mentality and wanting to dominate,” Hanson said. “I came in mentally prepared.” Four Wildcats led at different points in their respective bouts, but ultimately came up short. Neuroth (138) led 10-4 after two periods against Nicholas Barmore, but lost by pin in 4:40. Blum (152) led 6-3 after the first period against Riley Long, but was pinned at the 3:20 mark of the match.

Evansville/Albany’s Devon Clark scored a takedown with seven seconds left to earn a 9-8 win over Spencer Lokken at 160. Wozniak (145) led 4-3 after the first period against Nick Wille, but ended up with an 11-5 loss. Page (170) lost 6-0 to Ricky Braunschweig. Grandau (126) lost by 12-2 major decision against Austin Scofield. Munson (132), Mendes (182) and Murphy (295) lost by pin. Verona forfeited at 106, 113, 120 and 220.

Girls hockey

Lynx finish January unbeaten, fall to Fury minute with an empty net and a Rock County penalty, but couldn’t get a shot on net. Cronin finished with 29 saves in the win. “We carried the play in the first period. We had a little more energy and that created more scoring opportunities,” McKersie said. “In the second, I think we were slow to make some decisions and over-handled the puck, and against a really fast team like the Fury, they’ll make you pay.” The Lynx outshot the Fury 31-28 and killed three of four penalties, but finished 0-for-4 on the power play. Addy Armstrong made 25 saves for Madison, who may get starting goaltender Cam McKersie back this week. McKersie was in uniform and went through pregame warmups against Rock County.

ADAM FEINER Sports editor

The Madison Metro Lynx came into last week ranked second in the Wisconsin Prep Hockey Association Coaches Poll thanks to a lengthy winning streak. The Lynx beat down Beaver Dam 18-0 on Tuesday, Jan. 28, to finish off a perfect month, but stumbled on the first day of February. The Rock County co-op scored two goals in the third period to beat Madison 3-2. The Cap City Cougars now lead the Badger Conference by one game over Rock County and 1 ½ games over the Metro Lynx. Madison (15-3, 7-2 Badger) split its two regular-season meetings with both teams. The Lynx play Viroqua twice (Thursday, Feb. 6 and Monday, Feb. 10) and the Icebergs co-op (Tuesday, Feb. 11) to close out conference play. “We’ve been trying to focus on the next game,” Madison coach Mike McKersie said. “It would be an honor and a feather in our cap to grab a part of that conference championship.”

Metro Lynx 18, Beaver Dam 0

Photo by Adam Feiner

Metro Lynx senior forward Sydney Raaths skates into the offensive zone during the first period against the Rock The Lynx had their 10-game winning streak snapped County Fury on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Madison Ice Arena. She by the visiting Fury on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Madison Ice scored one goal in the Lynx’s 3-2 loss. Arena. Sydney Raaths put Madison ahead early, as she raced rifled a shot past Cronin off assists from Hannah Kolpien up the right side past two Rock County defenders and and Sam Olander. beat goaltender Olivia Cronin glove-side with 12:35 left The Fury controlled the pace and puck in the third in the first period. period. The Lynx couldn’t take advantage of a 5-on-3 opporAlyssa Knauf tied it at 2 with 11:11 left off assists tunity midway through the second period, though Kaya from Anika Einbeck and Haley Knauf. Loerke scored the Pelton-Byce hit the left post with a slap shot. go-ahead goal with 8:27 remaining off a pass from EinRock County tied it at 1 with 5:13 left in the second, as beck. Sara Loerke scored off an assist from Claudia Boehlke. The Lynx had a 6-on-4 opportunity in the final Madison responded 46 seconds later when Ally Jacobson

Rock County 3, Metro Lynx 2

Twenty different Lynx recorded at least one point in a road rout of the Golden Beavers at Beaver Dam Family Ice Center. The Lynx scored six goals in the first period, three in the second and nine in the third. Kolpien recorded two goals and three assists, while Raaths added two goals and two assists. Pelton-Byce netted a hat trick, and Hannah Kasdorf also had three assists. Olander and Lauren Johnson scored two goals apiece. Abby Ahlborn, Mia Goetzke, Stella Raichle and Claire Wischhoff each had one goal and one assist. Ava Jambor and Neva White dished out two assists apiece. Josie Dragoo and Ava Downing each scored one goal. Armstrong, Rachel Mirwald, Grace Bonnell, Ally Jacobson and Alina Stiller had one assist apiece. The Lynx outshot the Beavers 66-3, as Abby Nutini stopped three shots in the shutout.


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Boys hockey

VA/MH improves times Wildcats trounce Lakers, in Middleton Invitational Purple Knights on road MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Sophomore Oscar Best returned from a wrist injury and Verona Area/Mount Horeb had three top-five finishes en route to taking sixth out of 11 teams at the Middleton Invitational on Saturday, Feb. 1. The Wildcats knocked off Sauk Prairie/Wisconsin Heights in a nonconference dual 101-61 on Tuesday, Jan. 28, in Prairie du Sac.

Middleton Invitational

T h e Wi l d c a t s s e t 2 2 season-best times at Middleton High School and racked up 178 points. Best finished third in the 50-yard freestyle (22.13). Sophomore Luke Bennin took third in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.24) and sophomore Nathan Rozeboom placed fifth in the 100 breaststroke. “We had the most seas o n - b e s t t i m e s o f a ny team in the meet — 22 out of 36 individual swims,” VA/MH coach Bill Wuerger said. The Wildcats’ 200 medley relay team of Bennin, Rozeboom, junior Owen

Rothamer and senior Gabe Piscitelli finished sixth (1:43.08). Bennin teamed with Piscitelli, sophomore Max McCartney and junior Conner Arneson to finish sixth in the 200 free relay (1:33.16). Best and Arneson teamed with juniors Benn Wellnitz and Christopher Lofts in the sixth-place 400 free relay (3:24.82). Bennin placed seventh (55.49) and Rothamer took ninth (56.19) in the 100 butterfly. Arneson finished seventh in the 500 free (5:01.69). The Wildcats had 10 entries in the 100 breaststroke. Piscitelli dropped 3.8 seconds in the event. “It’s probably the most we’ve ever put in a single event,” Wuerger said. Lofts dropped 2.6 seconds in the 200 free. The host Cardinals captured the team title with 387.5 points.

VA/MH 101, SP/WH 61

The Wildcats won all 11 events and swept the top three spots in the 200-yard freestyle, 200 individual medley and 100 butterfly. “I expected this meet

to be closer in terms of the final score,” Wuerger said. “Sauk Prairie has improved a great deal since the beginning of the season.” Rozeboom, Wellnitz and Avery Blas and Rozeboom all swam season-best times in the 200 IM. Wellnitz won the event (2:06.88), ahead of Blas (second, 2:07.46) and Rozeboom (third, 2:07.79). Wellnitz also won the 500 free with a time of 5:04.59. Bennin, Piscitelli, Rozeboom and junior Kyle Hoppe won the 200 medley relay in 1:41.73. The WIldcats’ 200 free relay team of Arneson, Hoppe, Rozeboom, and McCartney took first (1:34.52). Arneson, Lofts, Wellnitz and McCartney and Arneson finished first in the 400 free relay (3:29.61). Rothamer and Hoppe tied for first in the 100 fly (56.42) and Piscitelli won the 50 free (23.61). McCartney won the 100 free (52.01) and Arneson won the 200 free (2:06.88). Bennin finished first in the 100 backstroke (56.07) and Rozeboom won the 100 breast (1:03.62).

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Verona rolls past Madison directional schools ADAM FEINER

Verona’s Paige Lambe was the only player in double figures with 11 points. Katie Pederson added nine points. Rachel Verona is riding a three-game winning Parman and Rayna Briggs chipped in sevstreak after a pair of Big Eight Confer- en apiece. ence road wins last week. The Wildcats used a balanced scor- Verona 72, Madison East 60 All nine Wildcats scored and five ing effort to beat Madison East 72-60 on reached double figures in a win over the Tuesday, Jan. 28, and clawed its way to a 41-27 win over Madison West on Friday, Purgolders. Verona led 37-28 at halftime and shot Jan. 31. Verona hosts two of the Big Eight’s 75% (27-for-36) from the free-throw top four teams this week — Sun Prairie line. Abbi Rupnow had a team-high 13 (Thursday, Feb. 6) and Madison Memori- points. Briggs and Pederson added 12 points apiece. Lambe and Lexi Stremlow al (Saturday, Feb. 8). chipped in 11 and 10, respectively. Verona 41, Madison West 27 Megan Murphy pitched in seven points The Wildcats (8-8, 7-6 Big Eight) out- and Morgan Grignon hit a 3-pointer. Parscored the Regents 25-13 in the second man and Rachel Witthuhn each had two. half to complete a regular-season sweep Kalena Bentley scored a game-high 17 of their rivals. points for East. Sports editor

ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Verona hit the road for three games last week as it gears up for what it hopes is another deep run in the Division 1 postseason. The Wildcats continued their dominance in Big Eight Conference play with shutouts of the Eastside Lakers and Beloit Memorial, but had their three-game winning streak snapped by Arrowhead.

Arrowhead 4, Verona 1

The Wildcats (17-4, 12-0 Big Eight), who came into the game ranked third in Division 1 in the Wisconsin Prep Hockey Coaches Association Poll, couldn’t mount a comeback against the fifth-ranked Warhawks on Saturday, Feb. 1, at Howard G. Mullett Ice Center in Hartland. Arrowhead scored one goal in the first period and the first three of the third. Verona’s Cale Rufenacht scored with 6:22 left off an assist from Walker Haessig. Each team finished with 34 shots, as Verona goaltender Kaden Grant made 30 saves. The Wildcats went 0-for-2 on the power play, and the Warhawks were 1-for-3 with a man advantage.

Verona 7, Beloit Memorial 0

Twelve different Wildcats recorded at least one point in a win over the Purple Knights on Thursday, Jan. 30, at Edwards Ice Arena in Beloit. Verona scored three goals before the 10-minute mark of the first period, then finished the game with four goals in the final period.

Anthony Heinrichs led the Wildcats’ attack with three points (one goal, two assists). Conrad Moline netted two goals. Rufenacht, Josh Osting and Parker Ploc each had one goal and one assist. Reece Cordray and Nathan Jurrens dished out two assists apiece. Leo Renlund scored one goal. Keegan Lindell, Ryan Ritter, Easton Simpson and Drew Yeager each had one assist. Verona outshot Memorial 85-7, as Grant (seven saves) picked up his eighth shutout of the season.

Verona 17, Eastside Lakers 0

Sixteen different Wildcats recorded at least one point in a rout of the Madison East/Madison La Follette co-op Tuesday, Jan. 28, at Hartmeyer Ice Arena in Madison. Verona scored eight goals in the first period, six in the second and three in the third. Cordray had two goals and two assists, while Haessig also picked up four points (one goal, three assists). Heinrichs, Osting, Rufenacht and Carson Lindell each had a goal and two assists. Calvin Moioffer scored two goals. Yeager, Max Codde and Isaac Thomas each had a goal and an assist. Keegan Lindell and Troy Tollefson dished out two assists apiece. Moline, Renlund and Andrew Aune each scored one goal. Ritter had one assist. The Wildcats outshot the Lakers 48-6, finished 2-for-5 on the power play and killed two penalties. Owen Hebgen recorded his second shutout in his second start with six saves.


Buss: Veteran coach returns in rematch with Cardinals Continued from page 7 Malik Odetunde hit back-to-back 3s, and Anderson banked in a midrange jumper to cut the Wildcats’ deficit to four at intermission. Odetunde scored all eight of his points in the first half. “We got more intense and started to pack it in more,” Sherry said. “A lot of people were getting on the floor and hustling.” Buss said the two areas the team discussed were not giving up points in the lane and defensive rebounding. “We have to do a little bit better job of closing out on shooters,” he said. “The last five minutes of the first half, our defense was really solid, and that is what got us back in the game.” The Cardinals corralled five of their eight offensive rebounds in the second half.

“We were trying to box them out and keep them out of the paint,” Sherry said. “They are so long, it’s tough to do, but we are a pretty big team. I think we should be winning every rebounding battle.” Sherry scored seven of his nine points in the second half and had two steals in the game. “I was kind of off with my outside game, so I tried to get my teammates involved and go inside more,” he said. Anderson also scored nine points and grabbed five rebounds. The Wildcats used Anderson in the post down the stretch to create open scoring opportunities. “We talked to our guys on offense about getting into the post as much as we can,” Buss said. “We talked about getting a 3 in transition or an inside-out 3. Those are good shots. These guys normally make them when they are set and get good looks.”

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Obituary Jeanne M. “Margaret” Duppler

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Former teacher David Landau performs at the Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center on Saturday, Feb. 1.

Family fun at annual ‘Bring on Spring’ concert David Landau, a former Verona Area School District first grade teacher, energized area youth for the coming change of seasons at his annual “Bring on Spring” concert held Saturday, Feb. 1. The concert took place in the Verona Area High School Performing Arts

Center. Since 2014, Landau has brought a mix of storytelling and children’s music to the PAC each year. Landau was voted 2019 Children’s Performer of the Year by the Madison Area Music Association. H i s s h ow i s g e a r e d toward children in pre-K

through second grade. According to Landau’s website, his performances are meant to be “educational, entertaining and motivating... helping children understand themselves and the world around them.” — Neal Patten

Spell your heart out Country View Elementary School held a words. Bluemner’s winning word was spelling bee on Thursday, Jan. 23. aquifer. The spelling bee champion was fifth Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimgrader Elizabeth Bluemner, who com- berly.wethal@wcinet.com and follow her peted against fellow fifth grader Tanon Twitter @kimberly_wethal.​ ner Wood through 38 rounds of spelling

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Country View Elementary School fifth grader Keziah Mitchell spells a word for the judges during the school-wide spelling bee on Thursday, Jan. 23.

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Jeanne M. “Margaret” Duppler died on Jan. 30, 2020, in the presence of her family. Margaret was born in Dec. 6, 1929 the daughter of Eugene and Mabel (Hendrickson) Leary. Margaret spent her entire life in the Verona area and married her high school sweetheart Richard. Together they spent 56 years and enjoyed many company trips prior to Richard’s passing in 2004. After high school Margaret worked for Hills Dept. store before starting their family. Mom worked tirelessly raising their 7 children, always putting their needs ahead of her own. Family was everything to Mom. Some of her favorite pastimes included, crafting with her lady friends for the church bazaar, providing meals for funerals over the course of many years, baking and gardening. Mom also enjoyed her involvement with the Red Hats, her civic duty as a poll worker for city elections as well as visits with family, friends, and the neighborhood children. It was common to walk into the house and find

Legals ORDINANCE NO. 20-955 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 27 OF CHAPTER 1 OF TITLE 10, MOTOR VEHICLES AND TRAFFIC FOR THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF VERONA SECTION 10-1-27 The Common Council of the City of Verona, Dane County, Wisconsin, does ordain that Section 10-1-27(a)(68-69) of the Code or Ordinances of the City of Verona are created to read as follows: Sec. 10-1-27 Parking Prohibited Zones (a) Parking Prohibited at All Times. No person shall park, stop or leave standing any vehicle upon any of the following highways or parts of highways: (68) On the west side of Westridge Parkway, beginning from the northern curb line of West Verona Avenue, extending north for a distance of one hundred forty-four (144) feet. (69) On the east side of Westridge Parkway, beginning from the northern curb line of West Verona Avenue, extending north for a distance of one hundred fifty-five (155) feet. All other sections shall remain as previously adopted. The foregoing ordinance was duly adopted by the Common Council of the City of Verona at a meeting held on January 27, 2020. CITY OF VERONA ______________________________ Luke Diaz, Mayor (seal) ______________________________ Ellen Clark, City Clerk Adopted: January 27, 2020 Published: February 6, 2020 WNAXLP *** CITY OF VERONA MINUTES COMMON COUNCIL JANUARY 13, 2020 VERONA CITY HALL 1. Mayor Diaz called the meeting to order at 7:05 p.m. 2. Pledge of Allegiance 3. Roll call: Alderpersons Cronin, Gaskell, Jerney, Kemp, Kohl, Posey, Reekie and Touchett were present. Also present: City Administrator Sayre and City Clerk Clark. 4. Public Comment: None 5. Approval of the minutes from the December 16, 2019 Common Council meeting. Motion by Kohl, seconded by Cronin, to approve the minutes of the December 16, 2019 Common Council meeting. Motion carried 8-0. 6. Mayor’s Business: A. Mayor Diaz read a proclamation for Adult School Crossing Guard Week. 7. Announcements: Clerk Clark presented an overview of the Badger Book electronic poll books that will be implemented in the City of Verona beginning with the February 18, 2020 Spring Primary Election. 8. Administrator’s Report: • The Sugar Creek School RFP has been posted to the City’s website. Proposals are due by March 30th. 9. Engineer’s Report: 10. Committee Reports A. Finance Committee (1) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Payment of bills. Motion by Kemp, seconded by Cronin, to pay the bills in the amount of $15,234,135.39. Motion carried 8-0. B. Public Safety and Welfare Committee (1) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Temporary Class “B” Fermented Malt Beverage and “Class B” Wine license applications from the Verona Area Community Theater, 103 Lincoln Street, for February 13-15 and 20-22, 2020; and May 15-17, 2020 — Dale Nickels, Agent. Motion by Reekie, seconded by Kemp, to approve Temporary Class “B” Fermented Malt Beverage and “Class B” Wine license applications from the Verona Area Community Theater, 103 Lincoln Street, for February 13-15 and 20-22, 2020; and May 15-17, 2020 – Dale Nickels, Agent.

Jeanne M. ‘Margaret’ Duppler

mom working in the kitchen with the phone in hand. She gave tirelessly of herself. M a rg a r e t i s s u r v ive d b y h e r s eve n c h i l d r e n , Pat (Steve) Vollenweider, Mike (Angela LaBella) Duppler, Greg (Char) D u p p l e r, J e ff D u p p l e r, Mark (Nancy) Duppler, Jim Duppler, Chris (Ann) Duppler; eight grandchildren, Julie (Josh Robertson) Vollenweider, Laura (Joe) Bremer, Jill (Bryan) Clark, Paul (Becky) Duppler, Megan (Scott) Applewick, Andy (Ashl ey ) D u p p l e r, B e n a n d Nate Duppler; seven great grandchildren, Miles and Lincoln Bremer, Aiden and Emma Clark, Keegan and Brantley Applewick, Jason Duppler; her brother-in-law Donald (Carol) Duppler; as well as several

Motion carried 8-0. C. Plan Commission (1) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Resolution No. R-20-001 approving a conditional use permit for a proposed in-vehicle sales or service land use to construct a drive-through to be located at 150 West End Circle. Motion by Gaskell, seconded by Kohl, to approve Resolution No. R-20-001 approving a conditional use permit for a proposed in-vehicle sales or service land use to construct a drivethrough to be located at 150 West End Circle. Motion carried 8-0. (2) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Resolution No. R-20-002 approving a conditional use permit amendment to the Epic Systems Corporation “Group Development” to allow for the construction of two office buildings on Campus 5 located at 1979 Milky Way. Motion by Gaskell, seconded by Kemp, to approve Resolution No. R-20-002 approving a conditional use permit amendment to the Epic Systems Corporation “Group Development” to allow for the construction of two office buildings on Campus 5 located at 1979 Milky Way. Motion carried 8-0. 11. New Business A. Discussion and Possible Action Re: Lease agreement with Verizon for the water tower at 825 County Highway M. Staff has been working with Verizon on a lease agreement for the rental of tower space at Tower 2 located at 825 County Highway M. Highlights of the lease agreement include: five (5) year term; renewal for four (4) additional successive five (5) year terms unless tenant provides landlord written notice; upfront cost for execution of lease is $16,100; and base monthly rent is $2,300 with a 3% escalation. Motion by Kemp, seconded by Reekie, to approve a lease agreement with Verizon for the water tower at 825 County Highway M, contingent upon review by the City Attorney. Motion carried 8-0. B. Discussion and Possible Action Re: Designation of alternate locations and extended hours for requesting and voting absentee ballots for the April 7, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary

nieces and nephews. Margaret was preceded in death by her parents, her husband, and siblings; Dennett Leary, Frances Krajco, and Lenore Wild. A Mass of Christian Burial was held at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 4 at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 302 N. Main St., with Rev. Chahm Gahng officiating. A visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of Mass. Visitation was held on M o n d a y, F e b. 3 , f r o m 4-6 p.m. at Ryan Funeral home, Verona Chapel, 220 Enterprise Dr. The family would like to thank the staff of Ingleside Manor and Heartland Hospice for their wonderful care of Mom. In lieu of flowers, please consider a contribution to: Ingleside Activities, Heartland Hospice, or the charity of your choice. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice. com. Mom, thanks for always putting us first, give Dad our love. Best parents ever! Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services Verona Chapel 220 Enterprise Drive 608-845-6625

and Spring Election. Motion by Kohl, seconded by Cronin, to designate the Verona Public Library and the Verona Senior Center as alternate absentee voting locations and approve extended absentee voting hours for the April 7, 2020 Presidential Preference Primary and Spring Election. Motion carried 8-0. C. Discussion and Possible Action Re: Approval of operator licenses. Motion by Touchett seconded by Posey, to approve operator license applications as presented by the City Clerk. Motion carried 8-0. 12. Adjournment: Motion by Touchett, seconded by Reekie, to adjourn at 7:33 p.m. Motion carried 8-0. Ellen Clark City Clerk Published: February 6, 2020 WNAXLP *** NOTICE ELECTORS OF THE CITY AND TOWN OF VERONA Notice is hereby given that the Public Test of the Automatic Tabulating and Electronic Voting Equipment to be used for the February 18, 2020 Spring Primary in the City of Verona and Town of Verona will be conducted on Tuesday, February 11, 2020 at the respective municipal buildings. The City of Verona and Town of Verona will conduct their tests at 10:30 AM. This test is open to the general public. Ellen Clark, Clerk City of Verona 111 Lincoln Street Verona, WI 53593 608-845-6495 John Wright, Clerk Town of Verona 7669 County Highway PD Verona, WI 53593 608-845-7187 Published: Thursday, February 6, 2020 WNAXLP ***

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Sugar Creek: Preference for 14-acre area includes being architecturally unique Continued from page 1 Milwaukee student-run Community Development Solutions design firm created possible concepts indicated in the city’s request. The concepts include a mixed-use town center style space with a community center and park, a community pool, and a collaborative public working area known as a makerspace, according to the documents created by CDS. The RFP document lists

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Stormwater: Ordinance revision would look to ensure development could withstand large rain events Continued from page 1 possibly vote on a contract agreement with the City of Fitchburg to conduct a study of Goose Lake. During the August 2018 event, which dumped around a foot of rain on the Dane County area, flooding was significant in the greater Verona area, particularly in the towns of Verona and Montrose. The Town of Verona had several roads that were closed, particularly that crossed waterways; such as Hwy. 69 on the south side; County Hwy. G, Sugar

River and White Crossing roads on the west and Fitchrona Road on the east. It also required three separate water rescues in flash floods on the town’s northwest side. In the city, it flooded numerous basements near Neff Park. And further south, parts of Paoli were submerged as waters rose to meet the level where a bridge was being constructed. Hwy. G was still closed from high water a week later, and homes and a bu s i n e s s o n R iv e r s i d e Road experienced the most

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A community center and a pool are among the preferred options in the city’s request to developers for proposals for the site where Sugar Creek Elementary School is located today.


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2/6/2020 Verona Press  

2/6/2020 Verona Press

2/6/2020 Verona Press  

2/6/2020 Verona Press