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contacted police three hours later. Verona police chief Bernie Coughlin told the Press on March 13 that the call happened only after the victim and father waited at home because administrators had told them they would call police. Coughlin said not calling police immediately could have a negative impact on the investigation. District superintendent Dean Gorrell told the Press on Friday BRMS administration followed protocol. “That report was made within an hour,” he said. “In contacting CPS, what they do is they triage those calls and make the determination as to if, and when, to engage local law enforcement.” Gorrell said contacting either CPS or local law enforcement, but not requiring both, is a policy held by other school districts in Dane County. He said officials often contact police, but whether they should do so depends on the situation. “It’s a case-by-case basis,” he said. “It isn’t a, ‘We will


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Miller and Sons Supermarket was packed with shoppers stocking up on groceries Friday, March 13, after discussions about potential self-quarantines became more prevalent.


Schools, services in Verona close amid concerns over spreading COVID-19 UNG STAFF Unified Newspaper Group

Editor’s Note: The Press has a print deadline of Tuesday afternoon. Some of the information included in this reporting is reflective of accurate information at that time. We will be updating our online stories with developments. At Miller and Sons Supermarket, employees have just been trying to keep up with demand. That increased exponentially at grocery stores throughout Dane County and the state as concerns over spreading COVID-19 have prompted

people to stock up on items – namely toilet paper, hand sanitizer and wipes – as uncertainty around the disease looms. The cause for concern is the quickly spreading coronavirus pandemic, which has brought 47 active cases of COVID-19 in the state, with 10 in Dane County. It has resulted in Verona Area School District closing schools at the direction of the state, civic services like the library and the senior center being shut off to the public,

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VAHS grad is public health supervisor, works on COVID-19 frontlines Karri Bartlett says this is not the time to panic, but to plan

March 11, by the World Health Organization. The state Department of Health Services confirmed Monday, March 16, Wisconsin cases have reached at least 33, with six in Dane

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A Verona Area High School graduate has been working on the front- Bartlett lines of the COVID-19 outbreak in County. Wisconsin – to mitigate the spread But Karri Bartlett, who grew up and to keep the public safe and in Verona, is looking to bring that healthy. number to zero as the Public Health COVID-19 was deemed a worldTurn to Health/Page 2 wide pandemic on Wednesday,

Inside State, county order schools closed until April Page 3 City makes adjustments to services Page 3 Food pantry changes service model Page 5

Verona’s mayor and police chief have alleged the Verona Area School District was wrong not to contact police after it learned of a sexual assault case involving a substitute teacher at Badger Ridge Middle School last week. During a Common Council meeting March 9, and three days later in a more detailed email to the Press, Diaz accused the district of putting public safety at risk by choosing to contact only Child Protective Services on March 6. School administrators made contact with CPS about 40 minutes after school officials removed the teacher, Dustin Schallert, from the classroom near the end of the school day, when a student complained about his behavior. That student’s father

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A student receives a box of donations from teacher Stacie Wagner to pack up.

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Staff and students load donated food into the back of a van on Friday, March 13, at Badger Ridge Middle School, for the 8th grade Latinx Group’s food drive benefitting Badger Prairie Needs Network. Badger Ridge Middle School and Core Knowledge Charter School eighth grade students spent the morning on Friday, March 13, collecting and loading food donations for Badger Prairie Needs Network.

The students, part of the eighth needs in the community, co-leader grade Latinx Group, collected dona- Stacie Wagner told the Press. tions from their peers throughout the Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at week and organized them Friday to be kimberly.wethal@wcinet.com and taken to BPNN. The students decided follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.​ Students sort loose food items. to do a food drive after discussing the

Health: Cases in Wisconsin have reached 33, DHS confirmed Monday Continued from page 1 Supervisor for Public Health Madison and Dane County. She told the Press in an email it’s important to note the risk to the greater community remains low for now. “Monitoring and controlling the spread of communicable disease is a core function for any health department,” Bartlett told the Press in an email Thursday about her day to day activities as supervisor. “What makes COVID-19 so different is that it is a novel disease … we do not have the public health tools in place to prevent people from getting sick or to treat those that do get the virus.” The first cases of COVID-19 were seen in China in late 2019, and the disease has since spread internationally, affecting

more than 129,000 people and killing over 4,500. The coronavirus family that causes the disease is also responsible for the common cold and respiratory syndromes such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). Bartlett said her specific role is to lead all the work related to isolation, quarantine and contact investigation for people at risk to COVID-19 exposure or who have tested positive. “I lead a large team of extremely talented public health staff that are highly skilled in handling such outbreaks,” Bartlett said. In addition to helping curb the outbreak, Bartlett said she manages the sexual health and needle exchange programs for PHMDC. “Most of my job is

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This inspired Bartlett to join the corps in college as a community health volunteer in a remote village in Zambia. “This experience shifted my career goals from physician to public health because I saw the importance of preventative medicine and global health,” she said. She said her Peace Corps experience pushed her to get a master’s degree and later obtain a job as a clinic

manager at Planned Parenthood. In 2008, she started at PHMDC and has been there ever since, Bartlett said. “I enjoy working in a field that has significant value to individuals as well as the broader community,” she said. Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@wcinet. com or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.



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COVID-19 response

VASD closes all schools under governor’s orders Students won’t return to classrooms state-wide until further notice KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

As the Verona Area School District started the week of March 9, it had no plans to cancel events or limit field trips. It was merely working on a virtual learning plan, should it be needed for the future. In the days that followed, event limitations were set, travel plans curbed and the virtual learning plan was now a reality. By Sunday, March 15, its schools were closed until at least April. After a Friday, March 13, press conference in which Evers ordered all public and private schools in the state to close by March 18, the district was forced to put its virtual learning plans into action. District officials announced the closure’s details to families the following day, in a letter stating it was “unfamiliar territory” for everyone. “We want to thank you for your patience and support through these historic times,” a March 14 letter from superintendent Dean Gorrell and assistant superintendent

for student services Emmett Durtschi r e a d . “ We w o n ’ t know all the answers and our systems will likely be clunky at first. We have always been, and remain Gorrell committed to, providing for the learning, social emotional and physical needs of all of our students.” Since the first cases of COVID-19 were seen in China in late 2019, the disease has spread to affect 182,000 people and kill 7,400. The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. surpassed 4,300 Monday, with at least 86 patients with the virus having died. On March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic, the first since the H1N1 influenza in 2009. On Sunday, March 15, County Executive Joe Parisi announced all Dane County schools would close i m m e d i a t e l y, w i t h o u t t h e t wo day break-in period the state had allowed. Evers announced Tuesday that schools are to be closed until further notice. Previously, he had mandated that schools were to be closed until at least Monday, April 6. Students had been scheduled to start virtual learning Thursday,

March 19, and resume March 30, but district plans were changing rapidly over the weekend and early in the week, announced in emails to parents. Families were allowed back in school buildings earlier this week to retrieve personal items, instruments and medications, and students were able to receive meals at three sites around the district starting Tuesday, March 17, throughout the duration of Spring Break, March 23-27. Those meal pick-up locations include Harriet Park in Verona and the Stone Crest and Nakoma Heights apartments in Fitchburg. In a Monday, March 16, letter to families, Gorrell thanked families for their patience as the district navigates the process of transitioning to virtual learning. “We’ve never experienced anything like this before – none of us ... thank you for understanding there are going to be glitches along the way,” he wrote. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly.wethal@wcinet.com and follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.​


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Virus causes city to reduce services Officials try to stop staff, public exposure RENEE HICKMAN Unified Newspaper Group

Throughout Thursday and Friday, March 12 and 13, Verona city officials worked to formulate a response to the threat of the virus. On Friday, city administrator Adam Sayre told the Press the senior center, library and public works building were set to close, but only if the Verona Area School District pulled the trigger first. By 4 p.m., Gov. Tony Evers had made that decision for the district. The library and public works building are now closed to the public, as is the senior center, which serves a particularly high-risk population. On Tuesday, March 17, Mayor Luke Diaz declared a state of emergency in the city of Verona. Sayre told the Press in an email that the declaration makes the city eligible to receive any potential federal disaster aid, and ensures full allocation of city resources during the pandemic. With elections three weeks away, city officials began encouraging people to vote

absentee, by mail. But for those who have to vote early in person, Clark promised clean counters and pens and extra hand sanitizer available at City Center. Fitch-Rona EMS is also taking precautions with the increase of COVID-19 cases, partly by looking at reducing the number of agencies involved with calls. In an email to the Press last week, Fitch-Rona EMS chief Patrick Anderson wrote staff is working with the police and fire departments in the cities of Verona and Fitchburg to minimize the number of responders who might be exposed to an illness. “They may still respond, but (we) may just have one patient caregiver enter a home unless more help is needed,” Anderson wrote. Staff have also been extra vigilant when cleaning ambulances and equipment following calls where people showed signs of upper respiratory symptoms and fevers, Anderson added, and are planning for the possibility of staffing shortages due to infections or quarantine requirements. Renee Hickman can be contacted at renee.hickman@ wcinet.com or follow her on Twitter at @ReneeNHickman Kimberly Wethal and Neal Patten contributed to this report

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VAHS teacher wins accounting career grant Woman suffers dog bite on Will be used to tour Fiser Forum, UW-Milwaukee school of business KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

Verona Area High School teacher Tammy Makovec is one of 32 teachers in the state who will receive a grant from the Wisconsin Institute of Certified Public Accountants. According to a March 10 news r e l e a s e , W I C PA’s E d u c a t i o n a l Foundation awarded Makovec the

grant, which aims to encourage business teachers to increase interest in the accounting profession. Teachers who attended WICPA’s High School Educators Accounting Symposium last November were eligible for the grant. With the grant, Makovec plans to take students on tours of Fiserv Forum, Miller Park, Deloitte and the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee’s Lubar School of Business to educate them on accounting careers and what they look like in different industries, the release stated.

“The WICPA Educational Foundation’s Accounting Career Awareness Grant Program is an exciting opportunity for teachers and students to explore a variety of career opportunities available to those with an accounting degree,” said Michael E. Friedman, CPA, former president of the WICPA Educational Foundation in the release. “It also reminds them that accounting can be fun.” Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly.wethal@wcinet.com and follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.​

Badger Mill Creek bridge The Dane County Department of Public Health is investigating an incident where an unleashed dog bit a woman. The woman reported the incident, which happened around 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 8, on the Badger Mill Creek bridge, to county health services, a news release stated. The woman told county health services the dog was off its leash, and accompanied by two other dogs and two people.

The dog that bit the woman is described as being between 50-70 pounds with black fur on the top and white fur on its underbelly, according to the news release. Anyone with information relating to the incident should call the county Police and Fire Dispatcher at 255-2345 and ask for the animal services officer. Should the owners of the dog not be located, the victim could be required to complete testing for rabies.

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Letter to the editor

Outstanding service at public library I am a student at Savanna Oaks Middle School and I would like to recognize the Verona Public Library for their outstanding service to my school for a reading and writing project we did. The VPL introduced us to a reading app that helped us discover many different types of books. The women who visited were very friendly and helped me understand how to use the app. The VPL also made library cards for almost all the 200 students in my grade and also helped update old cards. They were very patient throughout the whole process and they were very clear and smooth

to work with. The VPL impacted me personally because not only did they introduce me to an app that will help advance and develop my topic, but I also really like the app they had and they showed me different ways to read by what I prefer. Overall, I thank the Verona Public Library for all they did for my school and hope they acknowledge how much they helped me and all my classmates uncover important information about our topics. Sincerely, Reese Manning Student

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Virus changes could bring about a new world, for better or worse


riday morning, after socializing at a local watering hole and sleeping half the night, my wife and I woke up and contemplated the amazing course of events that had happened over the previous 30 hours or so. “The world is coming to an end,” she quipped. “No, it isn’t,” I corrected her. “It’s just getting very different.” That’s probably a huge understatement. The fact is, in the wake of the cancellation of almost every social gathering anyone can think of out of concern of spreading a virus, we haven’t a clue what our lives will be like a month from now, much less two or four or 12. Our discussion probably wasn’t terribly different from many playing out in households in the communities our newspapers serve – or across the country, for that matter. We waxed nostalgic about the last concert she saw and the last live sporting event I watched on television, and wondered when we’d ever do those things again. There won’t be music at the Sylvee for a while, or shows at the Overture Center or any of our local performing arts centers. And almost certainly, since I’m not a baseball fan, it will be at least another five months before I watch live sports on TV. If ever. At one point, earlier in our discussion, I had thought of the classic Pixar sci-fi family movie, “Wall-E,” in which a robot is

sent to Earth to determine whether it’s habitable again, many years after a disaster sent people to live on spaceships. Ferolie There’s a part of the movie where a creepily realistic dystopian concept plays out: a mass of identically babylike, obese humans moving around on automated mobile devices, glued to video screens with robots taking care of their every need. Alexa, buy me toilet paper. What had sparked that thought was a press release that an area theater company would be producing and showing an opera digitally. But what really drove it home was realizing that our local school districts were planning for the possibility of keeping kids at home and teaching classes virtually. That possibility became reality on Friday afternoon, as Gov. Tony Evers declared that all public and private schools must close starting March 18. Dane County added to it Sunday by requiring schools to close immediately and banning gatherings larger than 50 people. Imagine this beginning our new normal. Imagine, just for a moment, that we get used to this. If the threat of COVID-19 continues more than a few weeks

– and I have a sneaking suspicion it will – we might just learn to live with some of these changes and rebuild our economy around it. This could be our boll weevil. For anyone who doesn’t recall their high school history classes, the boll weevil was a bug, not unlike our modern emerald ash borer, that destroyed cotton crops in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. At first, Southerners felt it had destroyed their lives, but when they emerged from the havoc it had wreaked, they found they had modernized to survive. And now, there’s a statue in Alabama of this ugly, little bug that forced half a nation to get out of its comfort zone and find a new way to make ends meet without slavery and agriculture. People became more educated and more aware of the world outside their doorstep as a result. Don’t get me wrong here. I’m not saying I want to get fat and eat lunch in a cup and zoom around on a scooter all day. I need to play basketball and tennis and go places and be around people. But maybe, just maybe, we rediscover what is most important to us while we are forced to adjust our routines. And maybe, in some way, big or small, we become better for it. We can only hope. Jim Ferolie is the editor of Unified Newspaper Group.

Letter to the editor

Staff at Verona Public Library puts in appreciated work The school of Savanna Oaks has been working on a large project, which we call our Integrated Project. I am a student of Savanna Oaks, who is working on this project. For this project we are in need of many different research resources, including books. We have also needed books for one of our many important units in our Language Arts class. In the sixth grade class, we have many kids, which means we were in need of around 900 books! How do you get that many books, you ask? With the help of the amazing people at the Verona

Public Library! Today I would like to give the amazing staff at the Verona Public Library some recognition. The staff at the Verona Public Library did not just let our teacher check out 900 books, they also let all the students get library cards and let them check out books of their own, along with the current nine hundred. That’s a lot of books! The public library staff were also kind enough to let our teachers have special library cards, and therefore the ability to check out all those books! Think of all ways that decision

could have backfired, for example, imagine the amount of books that could be lost or damaged. Or, for another example, the amount of library card forms the staff had to sign and manage. That is a lot of work for just one group of people, and the staff did it anyway. The students and staff at Savanna Oaks are extremely appreciative to the library staff for helping us with our project and learning. Evalyn Gannaway SOMS student


March 19, 2020


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COVID-19 response

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Badger Prairie Needs Network is now closed to the public, and its food pantry is working on developing food-pick up as a response to COVID-19’s spread. After a decision last week to suspend the twice monthly free community meals through April, BPNN updated its COVID-19 response procedures Monday, March 16, to include closing down the food pantry to patrons. It will transition to a drive-up only model beginning Thursday,

Verona Area School District

VACT canceling all four youth shows in April

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The Verona Area School District will say goodbye to 317 years of certified teaching staff at the end of the school year. That’s higher than last year, where the district lost 216 years of collective experience. That doesn’t include three members of the administrative team — two site principals and the business manager. Country View Elementary will give a farewell to principal Michelle Nummerdor, as will Savanna Oaks to its principal, Sandy Eskrich. District business manager Chris Murphy will retire – for the second time – at the end of the year. The school board approved the 12 staff members for retirement at its Monday, March 16, meeting, as all board members attended via phone conference due to concerns over spreading COVID-19.The retirements continue the recent trend of hundreds of years of experience leaving. In the prior four years, each round of


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retirements topped 200 years, with eight teachers with 216 years of experience leaving in 2019, and 217 years leaving in 2018. For a second year in a row, the high school was hit hardest with the retirements, with a combined 135 years of experience set to retire. Those educators include Richard Dow (32 years), Stephen Lewis (27), Patrice Lynam (25), Michael Ray (31) and Dave Richardson (20). Savanna Oaks will also be significantly impacted by retirements. In addition to Eskrich, it will be losing three staff members, including Heidi Becker (19), Ann Fredrickson (29) and Jean Marty (33). Other retiring staff include Stoner Prairie’s Gale Chartier (27) and Kathleen Gee-Bennett (25), Sugar Creek’s Jobeth Kroetz (24) and Badger Ridge’s Susan Reddan (25).

Verona Area Community Theater has canceled its four April shows in response to COVID-19. Performances of “Pajama Party,” “Seussical Kids” and “Getting to Know: Footloose,” were all scheduled for Thursday, April 2, through Saturday, April 4, at Verona High School’s Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St. “Chicago: High School Edition,” was scheduled for Thursday, April 16, through Saturday, April 18, also at the PAC. With the school district closing down all buildings and services through Monday, April 6, and a ban on gatherings of 50 or more people put into effect by Governor Tony Evers, VACT was left with no option but to cancel the shows. Individuals who had pre-purchased tickets to any of the four shows can get a refund. They may also donate the cost

of the ticket to VACT to help it recoup production costs or receive a credit for a future VACT show. Further details about how pre-purchased tickets will be handled are available at vact.org/cancelled-youth-productions. VACT founder Dee Baldock told the Press on Thursday, March 12, she hoped to find some way for the kids to “finish their project” and wanted to come up with “some sort of completion for them.”

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The sets have already been created and the costumes are made. Ideas included livestreaming a performance of the shows to Facebook or making a recording available online. “Seussical Kids” and “Pajama Party” each had two casts, so the shows would need to be live-streamed or recorded twice. However, with Governor Tony Evers banning assemblies of 50 or more people beginning Monday, March 16, Baldock said that now prohibits gathering the cast and crew together. The cast and crew for all the shows are too large for the new guidelines, putting plans for streaming or recording on hold as of Tuesday, March 17. The streaming or recording would have taken place at VACT’s theater, 103 Lincoln St. Rehearsals for “The Music Man Sr.,” a show with actors all ages 55 and older, have been suspended for now. However, the May 15-17 performances remain scheduled at this time. Neal Patten, community reporter, can be contacted at neal.patten@wcinet.com.

they’re reporting to work or not because of COVID-19. The board approved the changes to the handbook to allow district hourly employees to keep their pay status. Staff originally weren’t

scheduled to be paid during Spring Break. Stanley said the board will revisit the issue of continued pay at its Monday, April 6 meeting if school closures extend past that day.

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Kasieta said. “We are planning for emergency operations that both get food to those who need it and protect the health of the community.” In an email Kasieta sent Verona city officials Thursday, March 12, she noted that as employers, schools, restaurants, caterers and event planners in the community begin to make plans to close down business or cancel events, BPNN would work with them to reduce food waste. For any events that are downsized or cancelled, BPNN can pick up unneeded or unused food to repackage for the pantry. For information about how to donate, contact Kasieta by emailing mk@bpnn.org or by calling 608-3471571. Neal Patten, community reporter, can be contacted at neal.patten@wcinet. com.

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not possible to create social distancing between guests, the food pantry and community meal website stated, adding that visitors to BPNN are especially vulnerable to the coronavirus. “Meal guests are mostly seniors, and it gets very crowded,” Kasieta said. “We do not want to put anyone at risk – especially since many of our regular diners have become good friends.” BPNN is developing plans with its food donors to continue pantry operations to ensure emergency food assistance remains available to the 1,200 individuals who rely on nutritional assistance from BPNN each month, the announcement states. “Thousands of local households depend on us for food assistance, and we are 100% committed to fulfilling our mission to end hunger locally,”

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Staff at BPNN will re-evaluate the situation in April, and make further decisions at that time, the release states. “After talking with meal staff, program leaders and board members, we made the determination that the most responsible thing we can do to protect our community is to close down the meal for a few weeks and then reassess,” Marcia Kasieta, BPNN’s executive director, wrote in the release. “There are a lot of concerns with bringing the populations we serve into crowded spaces.” The meals typically take place every month on the first and third Saturday. Kasieta said in the release around 130 to 150 people attend the regular Saturday meal and several dozen more come to shop in the food pantry. With limited building space, it is

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March 19. Pre-packaged boxes of food including dry goods, frozen meat and fresh vegetables will be delivered by volunteers who are not part of a high-risk population for COVID-19 to those in need of emergency assistance directly to their vehicles outside of BPNN beginning March 19. In an announcement sent March 11, BPNN canceled its twice-monthly free community meals to protect against exposure to COVID-19 and had initially planned to keep the pantry open during the time. It also canceled the Chop Chop cooking club for kids and Prairie Kitchen cooking club until further notice. The cancellation of the community meal is through an undetermined date in April, but that timeline could be extended, the announcement states.


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March 19, 2020

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Coming up Reporters at the Verona Press have reached out to local entities to find canceled or postponed events and services in the Verona area. If you have events that you’d like added to the list please email ungreporter@wcinet.com. These events have been cancelled for various reasons; mainly to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 disease.

School closures

At the direction of the state Department of Health Services and Dane County, all K-12 schools in the county closed beginning Monday, March 16, with an anticipated reopening April 6.

Senior Center closed until April 6

All programs and events are canceled at the Senior Center through Monday, April 6.

Beneficiaries of the Meals on W h e e l s p r o g r a m s h o u l d m a ke arrangements with their case managers to ensure nutritional needs are being met. For information, call Senior Center staff at 845-7471.

Library closed until April 6

undetermined date in April. The food pantry has also closed. For households needing emergency food assistance, effective Thursday, March 19, a drive-up service will be offered. Pre-packaged bags of food will be made available. For information, call BPNN at 848-2499.

The library is closed until Monday, April 6. All regular and special pro- Public works facility closed gramming and events have been canThe Public Works building is celled or postponed. closed until further notice. Patrons should keep borrowed Staff remain available via telebooks and materials at home until phone and email. after the library re-opens. For assistance, call 845-6695. For information, call library staff Ice Arena closed indefinitely at 845-7180. Public skate, open hockey and BPNN meal and pantry chang- learn to skate classes canceled until es further notice at the Verona Ice AreBadger Prairie Needs Network has na. Check with private ice user group canceled the twice monthly Satur- coordinators about the continuation day free community meals until an of privately scheduled events.

Community calendar Friday, March 20

• 8-11 p.m., Music: Soggy Prairie, Riley Tavern, 8205 Klevenville Riley Road, 845-9150

Saturday, March 21

• 9 a.m. to noon, Volunteer day at Sugar River Wetlands: remove invasives and burn, 2517 Country View Road, 920-850-6902 • 4-7 p.m., Music: The Radiant Beings, The Hop Garden, 6818 Canal St. in Paoli, 848-6261 • 7-9 p.m., Music: The Honey Pies, Fisher King Winery, 1105 Laser St.,

497-1056 • 7-10 p.m., Music: The Dawg Bones, Hop Haus Brewing Company, 231 S. Main St., 497-3165

Friday, March 27

• 7-9 p.m., Music: Escapade, Fisher King Winery, 1105 Laser St., 497-1056 • 8-11 p.m., Music: Nic Adamany, Riley Tavern, 8205 Klevenville Riley Road, 845-9150

Saturday, March 28

• 6-8 p.m., Music: Ken Wheaton, Paoli Schoolhouse Bistro, 6857

Paoli Road, 516-9649 • 7-9 p.m., Music: Adam Bartels, Fisher King Winery, 1105 Laser St., 497-1056 • 8-11 p.m., Music: The Dawg Bones, Riley Tavern, 8205 Klevenville Riley Road, 845-9150

Sunday, March 29

• 1-4 p.m., Music: The Dawg Bones, The Hop Garden, 6818 Canal St. in Paoli, 848-6261 • 3-6 p.m., Music: Bryce Reeg and Dayton Olson, Riley Tavern, 8205 Klevenville Riley Road, 845-9150

What’s on VHAT-98 Thursday, Mar. 19 7 a.m. Ron, Rosie & Rodger at Senior Center 8 a.m. Zumba Gold 9 a.m. Daily Exercise 10 a.m. Personal Safety at Senior Center 2 p.m. Zumba Gold 3 p.m. Daily Exercise 4 p.m. Happy Hour Trio at Senior Center 5  p.m. Japan 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. Quiveys Grove at Historical Society Friday, Mar. 20 7 a.m. Happy Hour Trio at Senior Center 1 p.m. Greg Anderson at Senior Center 3  p.m. Vintage Verona Sports 4  p.m. Japan 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. Personal Safety at Senior Center Saturday, Mar. 21 8  a.m. Common Council from 03/09/20

11  a.m. Vintage Verona Sports 1  p.m. 2018 Wildcats Football 4:30 p.m. Quiveys Grove at Historical Society 6  p.m. Common Council from 03/09/20 9  p.m. Vintage Verona Sports 10 p.m. Quiveys Grove at Historical Society 11 p.m. Personal Safety at Senior Center Sunday, Mar. 22 7 a.m. Hindu Cultural Hour 9 a.m. Resurrection Church 10  a.m. Salem Church Service 12 p.m. Common Council from 03/09/20 3  p.m. Vintage Verona Sports 4:30 p.m. Quiveys Grove at Historical Society 6  p.m. Common Council from 03/09/20 9  p.m. Vintage Verona Sports 10 p.m. Quiveys Grove at Historical Society 11 p.m. Personal Safety at Senior Center Monday, Mar. 23 7 a.m. Happy Hour Trio at Senior Center 1 p.m. Greg Anderson at Senior Center 3  p.m. Vintage Verona Sports 4  p.m. Japan at Senior

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Support groups • AA Meeting, senior center, Thursdays at 1 p.m. • Caregivers Support Group, senior center, first and third Tuesday, 10 a.m. • Healthy Lifestyles Group meeting, senior center, second Thursday from 10:30 a.m. • Parkinson’s Group, senior center, third Friday at 10 a.m.

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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,

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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

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

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COVID-19 response

‘It’s just really bad’

Verona-area businesses cut hours, staff amid COVID-19 regulations, concerns

Amid coronavirus concerns, Sugar River Pizza practiced social distancing on a much slower than usual Sunday evening, March 15, by spacing out guests a table apart. KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

At Verona Monk’s Bar and Grill location, business isn’t what it used to be – even a week ago. “It’s really declined,” a manager at Monk’s told the Press Monday night. “We had 30 for lunch, and 29 for dinner. That’s really bad.” “I had to cut two cooks an hour ago and one server left without any money at all,” they added. Monk’s is just one of many restaurants in Verona that have been hurt by recent county and state mandates that prohibit gatherings of larger than 50 people and require restaurants to either cut their capacity in half or have less than 50 patrons, whichever is lower. Those mandates have been put in place in an attempt to slow the spread of COVID-19, which first appeared in the state on Feb. 5, but has resulted in 46 active cases

since March 9. For Verona restaurants, mandates related to COVID-19 have resulted in significant cuts to servers and bartender staff, reduced hours or closing their doors for the indefinite future to protect the safety of staff. Other local establishments like Sugar River Pizza, North and South, Tuvalu Coffeehouse, Sow’s Ear and Pasqual’s Cantina are closing sooner in the day, ranging from one hour earlier to more than three. Others, like Boulder Brewpub, have closed indefinitely to protect the safety of their staff and customers as COVID-19 spreads. Some of those restaurants were encouraging more carryout orders. Since the first cases of COVID-19 were seen in China in late 2019, the disease has spread to affect 182,000 people and kill 7,400. The number of confirmed cases in the U.S. surpassed 4,300 Monday, with at least 86 patients with the virus having died.

On March 11, the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a worldwide pandemic, the first since the H1N1 influenza in 2009. Sugar River Pizza owner Sarah Thomas wrote in an email to the Press that the business is using the opportunity to be creative, but is still doing between 30-40% of its normal business. “Much of our team has been with us since we opened so we can’t just push them out the door and say, ‘good luck,’” she wrote. Some of those new ideas Thomas said she’s working on is adding new delivery maps, new menu options and changes to the restaurant’s processes so customers can have curb-side pick-up, as well as meal kits so that families can cook together with their ingredients. Thomas said the full impact of the situation is yet to be seen, but added that she’s planning for 6-8 weeks of slowing business. “If it’s less than that it would be great, but if it’s longer than that I

feel we’re building some sustainable plans,” she wrote. “We have 70 employees looking to Ross and I to have the answers and the weight of that has been tough.” On Monday night at Monk’s, it was just the manager and one bartender servicing the entire restaurant, which wasn’t playing any live sports, as the NCAA Tournament was canceled and NBA, NHL and MLB games were put on hold. “It’s just really bad,” they said. “Nobody’s going out – we’re a sports bar, and there’s no sports.” Two blocks to the east, Pasqual’s Cantina was in a similar situation Monday night – the only two people servicing the entire restaurant were manager Cheyanna Rhode and her line cook. Dishwashers, the majority of servers and any employee under the age of 18 have been directed to stay at home. Rhode told the Press she agrees with the reasoning behind the county and state’s directives taking steps to decrease the spread of

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COVID-19 by reducing restaurant capacity but said business has been much slower as a result. “It’s been really touch and go,” she said. “Today was probably one of the slowest afternoons we’ve had.” Still, Rhode said, it’s preferable to a complete shutdown, like those seen in the states of Ohio, Illinois and New York City. Delivery through the third-party smartphone app EatStreet has seen a decline too, Rhode said, and any increases in carry-out orders have been minimal. The Monk’s manager didn’t seem optimistic that business would pick up in the next few days. “We’re going day by day, trying to stay open as long as we can,” they said. “I think we’re probably going to have to close soon, too.” Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly.wethal@wcinet.com and follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.​

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Epic is expanding sick leave, and encouraging employees to either cancel non-essential business travel or work from home, as COVID-19 cases rise in the United States. The company also canceled its Experts Group Meeting at the end of April, which was expected to bring 9,000 employees to the Verona region. Spokesperson Barb Hernandez told the Press in an email Photo by Kimberly Wethal the moves are being done in the A metal wizard stands in the center of the King’s Cross campus courtyard. interest of the health of Epic

employees, customers and the Verona and greater Madison communities. “Preventing community spread is an important part of limiting the virus, so it’s fortunate that our staff primarily work in separate offices,” she said. “We’re taking additional steps to limit large gatherings.” In the email, Hernandez wrote any internal large meetings will be held virtually, divided into smaller groups of people, postponed or canceled. An upcoming spring conference, XGM, is still scheduled, but the company will evaluate as the COVID-19 situation evolves, Hernandez added. In the campus’ cafeterias, food will be served in to-go containers to prevent long lines, and staff are encouraged to bring food from home, Hernandez wrote.

The first cases of COVID-19 were seen in China in late 2019, and the disease has since spread internationally, affecting 127,000 people and killing 4,200. The coronavirus family that causes the disease is also responsible for the common cold and respiratory syndromes such as Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) and Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS). COVID-19 was deemed a worldwide pandemic on Wednesday by the World Health Organization. The last time WHO declared a pandemic, which is defined as a worldwide spread of a new disease, was H1N1 influenza in 2009. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly.wethal@wcinet.com and follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.​


March 19, 2020

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A jack of all trades with gardening and baking, rural Brooklynite Dolores Kamm, 96, also has weightlifting on her list. For the last few years, Kamm has attended a “Strong Women” exercise class at the Oregon Area Senior Center. In December, she met a milestone many hope to reach -- celebrating her 96th birthday, along with the 15-20 friends she’s made through the class. “ S t r o n g Wo m e n ,” according to the senior center newsletter, takes place on Mondays and Thursdays from 10:3011:30 a.m. There are also Tuesday and Thursday sessions in the evenings from 5-6 p.m., though there is no class on the first Tuesday of the month. The class is an evidenced-based program that includes a strength training curriculum to help senior women maintain muscle mass, strengthen and function as they age. Sitting inside a circle of chairs, Kamm lifts five pound dumbbells with a look of concentration on her face. She partook in other light exercises to engage the limbs. Another exercise involved laying on a mat and lifting dumbbells in the air. To conclude the program, the women walk in a circle forwards and backwards. M a n y o f K a m m ’s friends said she was their role model, as they look to her as a source of inspiration and strength. Kamm said she doesn’t see her reaching 96 as more than good genes, as she had two sisters who lived to be 100. Kamm said she remembers to breathe and to take care of herself, when asked if she had a ny wo r d s o f w i s d o m f o r a c h i ev i n g w e l l b e ing at her age. She does

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something she calls the breath of joy. “I do that at home, especially if I’m outside,” Kamm said. She considers adopting her son, who lives in a cabi n o n h e r fa r m house property in Brooklyn, to be one of her greatest accomplishments. She also operated a bakery out of her home for a time. Kamm said she’s lived in the area for 58 years, and has found joy in gardening, which she still does to this day, and yoga for a time. And she still b a ke s b r e a d f o r her fellow classm a t e s a n d l ive s independently in her home in rural Brooklyn. “I like the count r y s i d e ,” K a m m said. Kamm said the class not only helps her stay in shape, but she’s enjoyed the socialization and comradery that comes with it. Her classmates also crack a lot of jokes, and


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Remembering Small Animal Advocates Kathy Thode sifts through a 30 year scrapbook

During the 2013 Victorian Holiday, it was 10 below zero by 8 a.m. Three years prior three inches of snow fell, dusting the Small Animal Advocates bake sale. Meticulous details like the “thank you notes,” Hub advertisements and photos associated with the nonprofit SAA organization are documented in a three inch ring binder in Kathy Thode’s home. Thode, the founding director, pioneered SAA for nearly 30 years. December 2020 marks the sixth anniversary of the disbandment of the organization, which provided financial assistance to pet owners for veterinary bills and animal food. And although another organization, Second Chance Animal Advocates, has blossomed out of SAA, Thode remenices on the

organization often. The binder starts in February 1985, when the organization was founded by a single advertisement in the Hub asking for volunteers, and continues until the last year of the organization in 2014. “We didn’t have much money when we first started so we did drawings. People would put their name in a bowl if they needed a free spay or neuter, and we picked one that we could afford to pay for,” Thode previously told the Hub. In May of 1985, SAA held its first garage sale where they raised $555.05. By 2010, the garage sale was raising nearly $4,000. Over the course of 25 years in total the garage sale raised nearly $45,000.

“It was like walking through the store,” Thode said. There were thousands of items like wigs, books, lamps and flowers. Thode’s mother, at the age of 80, would help organize the items for the sale and clean every single piece of glassware. In that scrapbook, Thode has a picture of her mother in a living room surrounded by so many boxes, there is a single path to her chair. After the section on financials, the scrapbook is filled with at least 10 pages of thank you notes from pet owners who received help from SAA. “Dear Mrs. Thode and SAA,” one pet owner wrote. “A short note to thank you for the wonderful gift. I hope you will always know how much our ‘little ones’ mean to us. I look forward to sending you a picture someday.”

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WIAA spring sports suspended Big Eight Conference targeting April 20 for athletic events MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Spring sports at Verona Area High School are in a holding pattern with cancellations mounting after Gov. Tony Evers directed all public and private schools to close to safeguard against the spread of the coronavirus. Evers issued an executive order Friday, March 13, that closes schools and suspends all spring sports activities from March 18 until April 6. Public Health

Madison & Dane County issued a county-wide directive on Sunday, March 15, to close schools on Monday, March 16, to contain the spread of the virus and eliminate gatherings of 50 or more people. Without school in session, spring athletes are barred from working out or training at the high school. They are allowed to train on their own, without coaches. Jeremy Schlitz, the athletic director at Madison Memorial High School and Big Eight Conference spokesperson, said at minimum, spring athletes could return to practice April 6 and Big Eight Conference games and competitions could start April 20. “School-by-school decisions and non-conference competition expectations may vary,” Schlitz said. “When we continue to have

school, we may have the responsibility of making more restrictive decisions related to athletics and extra-curriculars. We will support all schools in their local decisions and follow the guidance of the WIAA.” One of the most-affected programs is the Verona girls soccer team, which has had three games canceled, including the home opener against Oregon on April 7. The Wildcats also had two games canceled at Wisconsin Dells’ Woodside Sports Complex on April 10 and 11. The Verona baseball team has had its first six games canceled, among them the season opener at Milton originally scheduled for March 31 and five Big Eight Conference games. “ F r o m a b a s e b a l l c o a c h ’s

perspective, I’m less worried about that than everyone’s safety,” Wildcats coach Brad D’Orazio said. “Hopefully everything gets under control. Everyone is all in the same boat.” D’Orazio said in order to save a portion of the spring sports season, practices must resume by mid-April. WIAA rules state that baseball players must have seven practices before they can play in a game. The Verona boys and girls track and field teams have each had three meets cancelled. The Verona softball team has had conference games against Janesville Parker (March 31), Janesville Craig (April 7), Madison West (April 9) and Middleton (April 12) canceled. According to current WIAA

regulations, teams in all spring sports must compete in at least four regular-season meets or games before becoming eligible for the postseason. “The WIAA staff and Board of Control have not made any alterations to the spring sports season at this point,” WIAA communications director Todd Clark said in a statement Friday, March 13. “We are monitoring what is happening from the Wisconsin Department of Health Services and the World Health Organization. The situation is very fluid, but if it is determined that suspension of any contests and practices are directed, we will notify our member schools with instructions, and look to any adjustments to the tournament procedures to allow postseason to be played.”


Anderson, Dawkins eager for Big Ten opportunities ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Two of the most dynamic playmakers in the Big Eight Conference are planning to take their talents to Big Ten schools. Verona senior Haakon Anderson is planning to be a preferred walk-on at the University of Wisconsin, while Aubrey Dawkins has been asked to walk on at Michigan State. Anderson is still awaiting acceptance into UW, but he’s confident he will be accepted “within the next couple of weeks.” “I’ve talked with the coaching staff and met with them,” Anderson said. “They’ve detailed everything. I haven’t made any concrete commitment, but I’ve been assured nothing is really going to change.” Anderson visited Wisconsin twice, as well as North Dakota, North Dakota State, Central Michigan, Dartmouth and Yale. The 6-foot-1, 200-pounder did not have any full-ride scholarship offers, but he did have preferred walk-on agreements with the Badgers, Central Michigan, North Dakota State and Northern Iowa. “At times I was worn down, but I tried to remind myself that not a lot many people are in the same position I am,” he said. “I didn’t want to take that for granted. “I also appreciated not being on a visit every weekend. When you have so much on your plate already with schoolwork and athletics, certain things can fall by the wayside.” The versatile Anderson played tight end, H-back, running back and wide receiver in Verona’s high-powered offense. He was a first-team all-Big Eight selection and honorable mention all-state honoree as a tight end/H-back in his senior season.

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Verona senior Haakon Anderson (17) breaks a tackle against Middleton during the 2019 season. He is planning to be a preferred walk-on at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Anderson also received firstteam all-conference honors as a defensive back in 2019, his first year playing safety since making the switch from linebacker. He sees himself as a slot receiver or safety at Wisconsin, but said he has no preference on what position he ends up playing.

“A lot of times, preferred walk-ons come in as ‘athletes,’” Anderson said. “They like versatility, and they’ll see where I fit best on the team. I appreciate that more than them trying to mold me to fit one position.” Anderson is hoping to join a list of elite walk-ons to have

success at Wisconsin. On his first visit to the school, he was shown a list of walk-ons who went on to earn scholarships, including current defensive coordinator Jim Leonhard, J.J. Watt, Mark Tauscher, Ryan Ramczyk and Jared Abbrederis. “Nothing is guaranteed, but

they told me I have an opportunity to compete just like everyone else,” Anderson said. “I really appreciated them being upfront with me.” Anderson said he is planning to major in business administration.

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Bulldogs, former Wildcats have seasons canceled MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

For Gonzaga University redshirt freshman Stephen Lund and redshirt sophomore Keaton Knueppel, the NCAA’s decision to cancel the remainder of the college baseball season due to the coronavirus outbreak was a stunning end. The two Verona Area High School graduates were informed by Gonzaga coach Mark Machtolf of the NCAA’s decision in a team meeting Thursday, March 12. “It still hasn’t sunk in that we won’t be playing baseball for the next two to three months,” said Lund, a 2018 VAHS grad. “I’m at a loss for words. It will hit me more and more next week when we won’t be going to practice and playing games.” The remainder of the NCAA winter championships and all spring championships were canceled. The NCAA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments were canceled for the first time since 1939. Gonzaga (6-10) was scheduled to open up Mountain West Conference play with a three-game home series against Santa Clara on Friday, March 13, in Spokane, Washington. Lund started all 16 games for the Bulldogs this season and was starting to get into a groove offensively with a seven-game hitting streak. He went 4-for-6 with two doubles and six RBIs in a 15-3 win over Washington State on Tuesday, March 10. Lund finished the season hitting .323 with two home runs and 12 RBIs. “I felt like I was getting more consistent and seeing the ball well,” he said. Knueppel, a 2016 VAHS grad and senior at Gonzaga academically, is finally healthy after fighting injuries throughout his career. He had Tommy John surgery in 2018 and missed all of last season. He also

Gonzaga catcher Stephen Lund looks to drive a pitch in a game gainst BYU at Surprise Stadium on Feb. 14. He hit .323 with two home runs and 12 RBIs this spring. Photos courtesy Gonzaga Athletics

Gonzaga redshirt sophomore Keaton Knueppel, a 2016 Verona Area High School graduate, came back from Tommy John surgery and two elbow stress fractures to pitch two games for the Bulldogs this season. dealt with a stress fracture in his elbow in 2018 and received a medical redshirt for the 2017 season. “It’s not the news you want to hear when you are coming back from injuries,” Knueppel said. “It was heartbreaking.” Knueppel made two appearances this season over 5 1/3 innings. He posted a 6.75 ERA with six strikeouts and one walk. In

his final appearance against Washington State, the left-hander struck out five and allowed one earned run on six hits over three innings. “I just felt like I was starting to find my groove,” Knueppel said. “The season ended and it put a damper on it.” Gonzaga will be switching to online classes Monday, March 23. Players can use

the baseball facility and weight room, but can’t use it in larger groups. Coaches are banned from instructing players and cannot travel for recruiting purposes. Knueppel is staying in Spokane this week to get a head start on online classes. He is still planning to play for the Madison Mallards this summer. Lund is planning to play for the Yakima Valley Pippins in the West Coast League this summer. Both players will be granted another season of eligibility due to the college baseball season’s cancellation.


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Verona wrestlers (back row from left) Jay Hanson, Caden Page, Achilles Mendes, Logan Neuroth, Cael Wozniak, Adam Murphy, (front row from left) Atticus Marse, Jacob Munson and Jimmy Shields received awards from the team’s banquet. Hanson had the most wins, most pins, most takedowns and was a state qualifier. Page was named Mr. Dangerous and given the Career Award. Mendes won the Brawler Award. Neuroth and Wozniak were named Mr. Dependable and team captains. Murphy received Varsity Most Improved. Marse was named Freshman of the Year and given the Team First award for wrestling varsity at three different weight classes. Munson was named Varsity Rookie of the Year, while Shields was named JV Rookie of the Year.

Football: Athletes looking to lock down commitments in coming weeks Continued from page 12 “It wasn’t about playing in a certain conference. It was about being somewhere I felt at home,” he said. “At Wisconsin, they treated me just like everybody else. It’s a dream opportunity being so close to home with family able to come to games. Academically, it’s like a public Ivy (League) school, so it’s really the best of both worlds.” Dawkins, a first-team all-conference wide receiver last season, has been accepted at Michigan State. The 6-foot-1, 170 pounder verbally committed to the Spartans in a Twitter post on Feb. 27, and will visit campus in East Lansing later this month to solidify his commitment. N ew M i c h i g a n S t a t e coach Mel Tucker, who left Colorado for East Lansing last month, was a four-year letterwinner as a defensive Photo by Mark Nesbitt back at Wisconsin (1990- Verona senior Aubrey Dawkins (right) hauls in a touchdown reception against Madison Memorial during the 2019 season. He is planning to be a preferred walk-on at Michigan State University. 94).


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Complaint: Middle school sub touched students’ buttocks, breast Schallert charged with two felonies, might have offended previously KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

The substitute teacher who was escorted off Badger Ridge Middle School grounds after allegedly touching students inappropriately has been charged with two felonies for the incident. And there could be more victims than police first thought. Dustin Schallert, 30, was charged Thursday, March 12, with first-degree sexual assault and sexual assault of a child under 16, both felonies, and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. The two felony charges carry a combined sentence of a maximum of 100 years.

He did not speak at an initial appearance March 12, according to online court records; his preliminary hearing is scheduled for March 19. Schallert According to the criminal complaint filed at Dane County Circuit Court, he touched one student’s buttocks with an open palm Thursday, March 5, and another student’s breast in a different class Friday, March 6. After BRMS principal Alan Buss sent out a statement to families Monday, March 9, the school district and police department got more reports from families of potential inappropriate behavior by Schallert, Verona police chief Bernie Coughlin told the Press on March 13. Coughlin said the department has already conducted about 60

interviews, and some of the incidents were not yet part of the criminal complaint. The March 5 incident was among those that were discovered prior to the March 9 letter. In that situation, the complaint said, he turned back toward the girl as he walked away and kept smiling. In the March 6 incident, it said, he touched the upper breast area of a female student after he came to sit by the student and her friend, scooting closer to her on a rolling chair. Buss’ letter states that school administration immediately took action when students brought allegations of inappropriate touching. Within 15 minutes of the students reporting the behavior, school administrators escorted Schallert off of the property, the letter says. “Mr. Schallert was also informed he would be removed from the substitute teaching list until further

Assault: Superintendent says staff

notice and that he was prohibited from being present at any VASD school or having contact with any VASD student,” the release said. The letter also states that prior to March 6, the district hadn’t received any reports of concerning behavior from Schallert. The student in the March 6 case told police that prior to being touched by Schallert, she noticed he had seemed unbalanced while walking around the classroom and that he was using objects around him to keep himself balanced. Schallert also stole a piece of gum from the student’s friend, grabbing the pack of gum out of the student’s pocket. Other students also told police that on March 6, Schallert had pulled the hair of a student whose hood was up as he was trying to take it down for them, was braiding female students’ hair and started wearing the jacket of the victim, who at that point had

left the room. • During the March 6 incident, the complaint reads, Schallert began touching the female student’s hair, twirling her ponytail around in his fingers, and then proceeded to move his open hand down her chest underneath her shirt toward her breast. The student later told police she felt her bra strap move as Schallert touched her, and said, “What the f, stop,” to him. According to the complaint, Schallert immediately removed his hand from underneath the student’s shirt, then put his hand back on the same location. At that point, the student left the room and reported the incident to the school office. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly.wethal@wcinet.com and follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.​

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Continued from page 1 always do just this,’ or ‘We will always do just that.’” Coughlin disagreed, pointing to the district’s own recommended best practices document, published Sept. 13 of last year. He said sexual assault should involve calls to police. Communication between VASD and police was heavily emphasized in the contract the district and city signed in November to ensure a police presence at the high school. The agreement states administrators and officials are encouraged to involve police as the situation warrants. Diaz’s statement to the Press alleged not contacting the police and delaying notification to the school’s parents until three days later was done to avoid negative publicity. “This decision certainly runs counter to the charge of any institution that is responsible for the safety of children on a daily basis,” Diaz wrote. Gorrell disagreed with Diaz’s allegation that the district decided not to inform police to avoid negative publicity toward the school district. “This was going to get publicity, one way or another,” he said. “That wasn’t a consideration at all.” Schallert, 30, was charged Thursday, March 12, with first-degree sexual assault and sexual assault of a child under 16, both felonies, and misdemeanor disorderly conduct. According to a criminal complaint filed March 12, Schallert allegedly touched the left buttock of a student with an open palm on the first day and slid his hand underneath the shirt of another student in the classroom on the second day. School administrators wrote in the March 9 letter to parents they had pulled Schallert out of class immediately on March 6 and escorted him off the premises within 15 minutes. Schallert had substituted in classes at the school before that week, the letter said, but there had been no previous reports of inappropriate behavior. Schallert was arrested Saturday, March 7. And after the March 9 letter, Coughlin said,

other parents came forward with stories of incidents prior to March 5. One of Diaz’s main complaints was that while the district met its reporting requirement, the three-hour delay in informing Verona police could have compromised the evidence collection process of a criminal case. “Instead of immediate contact with the authorities, the victim, suspect and witnesses were sent home by the school personnel without those personnel notifying the police,” Diaz wrote. “ What the victim, witnesses, and suspect did during those three hours might affect the evidence that can be gathered.” Coughlin told the Press the police department tries to limit its interviews in such cases so children are not victimized again by having to recall the details more than once. Gorrell said having administrators interview students and get initial statements from them without police presence is a standard district procedure. Coughlin said the police department does these investigations for the victims because they have been wronged. “There’s no plausible reason why the VPD was not immediately notified upon the principal and associate principal learning what had just happened,” Coughlin said.

A question of policy

The letter to parents, from principal Alan Buss, states the district’s human resources department asked CPS whether it should notify police and the CPS intake worker said the agency would make that determination. Gorrell told the Press staff followed the district’s procedure by contacting CPS. State law mandates that staff report child abuse to the county or law enforcement, but it does not require both. However, Page 2 of a district’s document approved in September 2019, “Recommended Best Practices and Procedures for Calling the Police,” clearly states that sexual assaults are one of the situations requiring police intervention. “There are other situations that require police involvement,” it states, with sexual

assault as the first of a dozen listed issues, most of which are felonies. Gorrell said the district’s human resources chose to contact CPS because students were involved – based on the agency’s experience in dealing with investigations regarding children – and so administrators could focus on talking with the students.

Working together

Diaz’s statement to the Press said the district needs to change its reporting policies to work more closely with police departments to protect students. “The continued refusal of the district to work with the police department will only foster an environment where unfortunate incidents like this could continue to happen,” Diaz wrote. Gorrell said there have been no formal discussions between the police department and the district regarding what situations need to be brought to law enforcement, that they have instead been mainly focused on school resource officer contracts. Coughlin disagreed, saying the district and city have had numerous formal meetings on the topic, and he offered to provide meeting dates, personnel involved and draft minutes as evidence. Gorrell said the district and police department would both benefit by arranging a working relationship with Safe Harbor, which helps coordinate agencies in investigations that overlap jurisdictions. Coughlin said the department has been working with Safe Harbor throughout this investigation and has been employing those services for more than 20 years.


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Visitations will only be allowed in extreme circumstances NEAL PATTEN Unified Newspaper Group

Verona’s nursing homes are responding to COVID-19 with restrictions to visitations except in extreme situations. However, options for virtual visits are being explored. Four Winds Manor, 303 S. Jefferson St., is limiting all visits to emergency type visits including end of life situations or critical health issues. Visits are being restricted to a designated lounge. Visitors will be screened symptoms of or exposure to COVID-19 and will only be allowed to visit if symptom-free. Visitors under 18 will not be allowed. Activity director Patti Hogan can help arrange virtual visits via Skype and FaceTime. Call 497-2365 to learn more

about scheduling a virtual visit. After a several day period of reduced visitation hours, Noel Manor, 471 Prairie Way Blvd., began limiting visitors not deemed medically necessary as of Tuesday, March 17. Visitors will be screened before being allowed entry and will be taken to a handwashing station if allowed to visit. Visitors 16 and younger will not be allowed. Deliveries of packages will be made outside the building and a staff member will accept them. Badger Prairie Health Care Center, 1100 E. Verona Ave., has closed to guests for the first time, and family members will only be able to visit residents in extreme circumstances such as end-of-life situations. The center will facilitate Skype visits between residents and family members. Neal Patten, community reporter, can be contacted at neal.patten@wcinet. com.

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Most Verona churches postponing services Some will offer worship via streaming NEAL PATTEN Unified Newspaper Group

Churches in Verona are responding to COVID-19 with suspension of religious gatherings and services. Initially, on Saturday, March 14, Public Health Madison and Dane County announced restrictions for services in places of worship and religious gathering centers where

over 250 people assemble. That initial ruling was unlikely to affect any churches in Verona. However, with Dane County’s order Sunday, March 15, limiting all gatherings to 50 people or less, and Gov. Tony Evers’ executive order the following day taking that statewide, most Verona churches were forced to postpone services. All masses at St. Andrew Catholic Church, 301 N. Main St., are canceled through Friday, April 3. All in-person activities and gatherings have been suspended at Saint James Evangelical Lutheran

Church, 427 S. Main St., until further notice. Online recordings or internet streaming of services is being considered. Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, 7291 County Hwy. PD, has closed to visits, including Little Blessings Preschool. Worship services will be streamed on YouTube. For now, there will be no Sunday gatherings at Memorial Baptist Church, 201 S. Main St., but services will be streamed on YouTube. Sunday School and Wednesday

night worship services have been postponed at Redeemer Bible Fellowship, 130 N. Franklin St., through April 6. At this time, the church still plans to hold its Sunday worship services. All meals, Easter for Kids and canvassing for Easter have been canceled at Resurrection Evangelical Lutheran Church, 6705 Wesner Road. As of Tuesday, a decision had not yet been made on canceling worship services. Public worship, classes, meetings and all other programming are canceled indefinitely at Salem

United Church of Christ, 502 Mark Drive. All gatherings, including Sunday worship services, are canceled at Sugar River United Methodist Church 415 W. Verona Ave., until at least March 27. Sunday services can still be watched live on the church’s Facebook page. West Madison Bible Church, 2920 Cty Hwy M, plans to continue holding regularly scheduled worship services at this time. Neal Patten, community reporter, can be contacted at neal.patten@ wcinet.com.

COVID-19: Many closures come as state, county mandates to prevent disease spread Continued from page 1 limitations for the local food pantry and difficult choices for Verona-area businesses, who are either reducing hours or cutting staff. The first cases of COVID-19 were seen in China in late 2019, and the disease has since spread internationally, affecting 182,000 people and killing 7,400. COVID-19 was deemed a worldwide pandemic on March 11 by the World Health Organization, the first since H1N1 influenza in 2009. Both local and state officials are taking action to prevent the spread of the virus. On a Monday, March 16 conference call, Evers announced a ban on gatherings of 50 people or more, based on CDC guidelines put out Sunday, March 15. Grocery stores, food pantries, childcare centers, pharmacies and hospitals are exempt from that order, he said in a tweet. Evers directed Andrea Palm, state Department of Health Services secretary to impose the ban effective Tuesday, March 17. Restaurants and bars across the state are required to operate at 50% seating capacity or less while keeping groups of patrons at least six feet away from one another, a news release states. “This isn’t a decision I made lightly, and we understand this will have an impact on Wisconsin workers, families, businesses and communities, but keeping folks safe and healthy has to be our highest priority,” Evers said. The county declared a state of emergency on Monday, March 16, a day after it had ordered all schools to close two days earlier than the state’s mandate. The county put a ban on gatherings of more than 250 people on March 13. Verona’s reaction to the crisis started slowly but accelerated rapidly earlier that week, after confirmed cases in the county began to trickle in and the national response ramped up. The first Dane County case wa s a n n o u n c e d F e b. 5 , t h e

second March 9, and eight more were added over the next week. Then, as national and international responses increased, local responses did, too. On March 11, the WHO declared the outbreak a pandemic and the NBA suspended its season after a player tested positive and the United States began restricting travel to Europe. That day, the VASD banned all school-related travel and largegroup events, Epic expanded its sick-leave and work-from-home policies and the WIAA banned fans from attending state tournament games. As Major League Baseball, the NHL and NCAA basketball stopped play on March 12, Badger Prairie Needs network announced it would stop serving community meals and other weekend events began to be canceled. The school district canceled two international trips and local assisted living facilities went on lockdown. Statewide, the WIAA canceled all Photo by Kimberly Wethal remaining sporting events. Limits on paper products per customer hang on shelves on Friday, March 13, at Miller and Sons Supermarket. As President Donald Trump The grocery store has been seeing droves of people coming in and purchasing food and toiletries as cases of declared a national emergen- the COVID-19 illness have started to increase in the state and the nation. cy March 13, the state ordered schools to shut down the following Wednesday until at least April 6 and many other Verona area events were canceled. Jan. 21: U.S. announces first confirmed COVID-19 case, a 30 year old That same day, Miller and Sons man in Washington state employees found themselves franDane 10 Feb. 5: First case confirmed in the state, in Dane County tically restocking shelves with March 9: Second case confirmed in the state Fond du Lac 11 toilet paper, canned goods and March 11: VASD superintendent Dean Gorrell says there are no plans its limited supply of hand saniMilwaukee 13 for canceling field trips or events, but later announces development of tizer. And Verona officials finally virtual learning plans; World Health Organization declares COVID-19 a closed the senior center, library Outagamie 1 pandemic and public works building to the Pierce 1 public, following the lead of the March 12: VASD cancels events larger than 50 people and bans out-ofschool district. state travel for school-related activities Racine 1 During a March 15 news conMarch 13: Gov. Tony Evers mandates all public and private schools ference, county executive Joe Sheboygan 3 must close on March 18; Dane County bans gatherings of 250 people or Parisi said the aggressive actions more; Verona Senior Center announces closure; President Donald Trump Waukesha 3 the county and the state took are declares a national emergency being done to slow the spread of Winnebago 1 March 14: VASD announces virtual learning schedule; Verona Public COVID-19 before it becomes a Library announces closure major problem. Wood 1 “Communities come togethMarch 15: Dane County imposes ban on gatherings of more than Total 47 er during challenging times to 50 people, requires schools to close March 16, orders restaurants to reassure and care for one anothdecrease seating by 50% as of print time Tuesday er,” Parisi said in a news release. March 16: Dane County declares state of emergency, Evers bans gather“We are ready for whatever lies includes recovered cases ings of 50 or more based on new CDC guidelines ahead.”

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UW Health advises on social distancing Social distancing is a good strategy to limit the spread of COVID-19, UW Health stated in a release on coronavirus safety Monday, March 16. According to the UW Health website, the public should avoid going out in public places if they can’t stay six feet away from other people. Avoid grocery store crowds by going early or during off-hours. And if it’s possible to cancel large gatherings, do so. At the gym, the UW-Health website advises

disinfecting surfaces and washing hands before and after working out. If visiting an elderly relative, do so virtually, as older people are at higher risk of infection. “This is a conscious effort to reduce contact between people to slow down the spread of the virus,” the release reads. “Even if you are symptom free and not part of an at-risk group, you still need to change your lifestyle for the time being.”

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How is COVID-19 spread? COVID-19 is thought to be spread by people who are in close contact with one another, generally defined as less than six feet apart or through the air when an infected person coughs or sneezes, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website. Community infection comes mainly from people who are symptomatic, with fewer occurrences from before people show symptoms, according to the CDC’s website. It can be spread from contact with contaminated surfaces or objects, the CDC’s website reads, but that’s not the main way the virus spreads.


March 19, 2020

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Verona History February 50 years ago

• The Verona Area Chamber of Commerce held a “Quiz the Candidates” forum to help citizens narrow the field of candidates in a runoff primary later in the month. • A Verona police officer was hospitalized after 60-year-old Virgil Coleman shot him. Chief Al Frazier opined that he “must have been a cop-hater who held some sort of a grudge.” • The village was forced to deny a liquor license application by a group that had bought the old liquor store on what is now West Verona Avenue because it was at its state-mandated maximum. • The Verona Jaycees presented a record player to the Verona library. • Attorney Don Mitchell of the Town of Verona opened a law office at 114 S. Main St. that remains there to this day. • The Verona Future Farmers of America celebrated 20 years.

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• Incumbent mayor Richard Brown failed to finish in the top two after a primary with first-year alder Bill Pechan and newcomer Joe Back. Pechan got 340 votes to Back’s 185 and Brown’s 168. Both Back and Pechan made controlling government spending and increasing public involvement a cornerstone of their campaigns. Brown, who was associated with the $800,000 City Hall that was being built, took a more nuanced approach, about spending more efficiently. • The Common Council rescinded its bids for the new City Hall after it was discovered that the official notice had not been posted properly. But the Public Works committee, which had authority over such matters, approved the low bids, and it was determined that only a two-thirds vote of the council could overrule it. The council changed that procedure the following month, making all Public Works committee bids recommendations. • Memorial Baptist Church on South Main Street celebrated its 125th anniversary with two days of special events, including an old-fashioned potluck, where ladies dressed in old-fashioned garments. • Verona High School’s new Apple 2 computer wished the Verona Board of Education a “Merry Christmas” in a demonstration by the math department. • The family of a driver who had been killed during a high-speed chase with Verona police sued the city, the officer and the county and one of its officers. • The Verona High School boys basketball team closed the season with four straight wins after starting 2-8.

voted yes on the middle school referendum by a vote of 1,192-974. District officials were impressed by the turnout in a single-issue election, which asked voters to approve $9.5 million in spending for the construction of what would later be called Badger Ridge Middle School and to convert the current middle school into an elementary school. Students chose to call that school Badger Valley, but the school board overruled them and named it Country View. • An optional pilot sex education program called “Values and Choices” was delayed and later modified after a large portion of the 60-plus parents of eighth-graders expressed concerns about it, at a meeting a week before it was scheduled to start. The core of the program was promoting self-esteem and values such as equality, promise-keeping, social justice, honesty, respect, self-control and responsibility. But some parents felt it sent mixed messages by both promoting abstinence and teaching methods of contraception. And others were upset by the district’s decision to approve the curriculum change before involving parents. • After nobody stepped forward to take the position, Ellie Lipske changed her mind and decided to stay on as Verona Area Chamber of Commerce president with the understanding that she would have a reduction in duties. • The Common Council continued its commitment to improve Main Street by approving plans to add curb and gutter and fix sidewalks on North Main. The previous year it had fixed South Main. • Ryan Pulver’s drawing of an eagle was chosen as the official mascot for Sugar Creek Elementary School. • The chamber formed an economic development committee to make prospective new businesses feel welcome. It continues to meet today.

Spotlight: 40 years ago

20 years ago

This balloonist seems to be holding to the 55 mph speed limit posted north of Verona at the corner of County Hwy. M and Cross Country Road. Last Friday, Saturday and Sunda, the Verona-Fitchburg-Oregon area was besieged with up to a dozen hot-air balloons at a time afloat from Madison. The event was the Spirit of Ballooning Fiesta, part of the Madison Winter Spirit Festival.

• The Verona boys swimming team won the state championship, setting a meet record for points scored with 309 and winning one individual event and three relays. Neil Osten won the 100-yard butterfly and swam on two of the Wildcats’ three champion relay teams, the 200 medley and the 400 freestyle. Osten’s time of 51 seconds was the second-best in the history of the WIAA Division 2 state meet and remains the school record today. The championship capped a season in which the team had won every meet it participated in except the Middleton Invitational and won all but two races in conference dual meets. • The Verona Area school board authorized a referendum to exceed the state-mandated caps on spending by $890,000. 30 years ago The previous summer, voters had • Verona Area School District voters approved spending almost $14 million

be allowed and whether the town should create a purchase of development rights program. • The city held an electronic townhall meeting, with the event simulcast on both the city’s local-access channel and a special Web site. Viewers were allowed to call in questions or ask them on the Web site. • Because of cost overruns, the city delayed plans to improve the intersection of Cross Country Road and North Main Street until 2001. • Three VAHS wrestlers advanced to the state tournament, but all were out in the first round.

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to pay for construction of a new Country View Elementary School and remodel three other schools, but it did not provide more money to operate the schools on an annual basis. While a large chunk of the money was earmarked for high school and middle school staff, much of it was also planned for utility costs, cleaning and maintenance and technology. The referendum was estimated to increase taxes by 68 cents per $1,000 in assessed value. • The Common Council and Plan Commission unanimously denied a request by Madison Golf to annex 750 acres of land to create a golf course. The Bruce Company, which owned

the land, had been trying to create the 27-acre course, surrounded by as many as 42 upscale homes, since 1997. But the Town Board had to put planning on hold while it completed its land use plan. At the public hearing, speakers expressed concerns about the lack of a plan for the area to the north and possibly jeopardizing city-town relations. • The Town of Verona mailed a land-use survey to all of its residents. Among other things, it asked citizens what they would like to see for the future of the town, where development should occur, what natural resources should be preserved, what sort of residential development should

• The school district’s two charters, New Century and Core Knowledge, both got approval to grow the following year. New Century went from 90 students to 113 maximum, while CKCS went from 383 to 410. • The school board decided not to hold a referendum to prevent budget cuts, with worries that the recession could doom it. • JT Packard laid off 20 workers after getting purchased by Thomas and Betts of Memphis, Tennessee. • The Movie Gallery closed its store next to Subway on West Verona Avenue, one of 760 locations shutting down amid the nation’s conversion to mailed, on-demand and eventually streaming movie services. • VAHS senior Derek Toomey finished as runner-up in the 50- and 100-yard freestyle events at the state tournament. • Verona senior Alex Melin committed to play soccer at the University of Iowa. • The library decided to begin working with a collection agency to round up the worst offenders in fines for lost or overdue materials. Before that, however, it would hold a Fine Amnesty, allowing anyone with fines to return the materials no questions asked. • About 250 Verona Area High School students participated in the Polar Plunge, roughly triple the number from the year before. Part of the effort was in honor of Josh Wing, a Sugar Creek second-grader with Down syndrome. • Verona resident Tom Hopfensberger earned his college degree at age 58, a bachelor’s in communications at UW-Madison. • St. James parishioner Capt. Karl Kanson earned a Bronze Star for his service with Troop B of the 105th Cavalry, 1st Squadron, in Iraq. The troop conducted base defense operations there. • Verona floral designer John Hosek made his 10th consecutive trip to Los Angeles to help prep dressing rooms, lobbies and runways with flowers at the Kodak Theater for the Oscars.

Spotlight: 50 years ago

‘Hair Today, No Bus tomorrow’ is issue before school board The right of a student to wear long hair while engaging in extracurricular activities in school became the key, strongly held issue in Monday night’s Board of Education meeting in Verona. Appearing before the board was Mrs. Bill Bennett, Route 2, Oregon (near Paoli), who reported that her son, Bob, a junior at Verona High School, was being “discriminated against” because he wears his hair long. The question came unexpectedly after it was learned late in the meeting that Mrs. Bennett had been expecting to be heard because she had contacted Director Burr Weiland earlier in the day. On being recognized, Mrs. Bennett

reported that her son was being prevented from going along with the VHS band to the Waunakee concert the next day by principal Lloyd Hornbacher and DeLyle Hentschel, the band director. “I think Mr. Hornbacher stepped out of bounds … I don’t think how a person wears his hair has anything to do with upholding the dignity of the school,” she said. The mother said band was her son’s only “outside activity” and asked whether Mr. Hornbacher was “discouraging my boy from attending school.” Mrs. Bennett said she had called Mr. Weiland and was expecting Hornbacher and Hentschel to be at the meeting. Weiland said he had

talked to Hornbacher and was told the Bennett boy would be allowed to continue in band but wouldn’t be allowed to perform in public in extracurricular activities. “Were your boy denied scholastic credit, the courts would, in my opinion, rule in your favor,” Weiland told her. Mrs. Bennett said her son had been the object of rough behavior from a group of students long before the wearing of long hair. She cited cases in which several rough youths had broken his glasses and were harassing him for no reason. She was accompanied by Mrs. Sally Franz, who said she was a substitute art teacher in the Madison school system and from what she’d seen in

Verona, the students could be criticized for wearing their hair too short. “How far do you push these kids? They have been taught to respect the laws.” Weiland pointed out that Hornbacher “runs a pretty tight ship, which is good.” Superintendent Morgan Poulette reported that the Student Council had requested an appearance before the board at its next meeting to discuss the dress code. After discussion, the board called principal Hornbacher at 10:15 p.m., who reported he had asked the band director to have three or four boys cut their hair short. “I noticed Bob’s hair was still long today, and I asked if he was going to

have it cut. He said he’d sooner quit band than cut his hair.” Hornbacher said he made it clear he had no intention of dropping him from band but that the music trip was an extracurricular activity and that he had the right to set down rules for grooming. Director Jay Henderson asked if it wouldn’t be simpler just to cut the hair a little? Mrs. Bennett replied, “It would be as simple to shut our eyes and let him on the bus tomorrow.” At 12:30, board president Kenneth Zingg asked the board if anyone wished to make a motion in opposition to the principal’s stand, and there was no motion. Email Verona Press editor Jim Ferolie at veronapress@wcinet.com.​


March 19, 2020

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Good Shepherd Lutheran Church pastor has stroke

Obituaries R. Fred Siegenthaler R. Fred Siegenthaler, affectionately known as “Bompa” and “the best popcorn maker ever” by his grandchildren, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, March 10, 2020, at the age of 74. He was born on Nov. 6, 1945, in Monroe, the son of Herman and Florence (Castle) Siegenthaler. He graduated from Juda High School in 1963. Fred married his high school sweetheart, Ruth Willborn, on July 24, 1965. Fred became a Navy Hospital Corpsman in 1966 and was a Vietnam veteran. He worked for the U.S. Post Office for 30 years, retiring in 2000. He was proud of the Disaster Response Team (DIRT) he helped to organize at High Point Church, working in conjunction with Samaritans Purse after Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans and Mississippi. Fred loved the Apostle Islands and went there as often as he could. He cherished his family and enjoyed following the activities of his sons and grandchildren. His faith in God was his rock. He is survived by his wife, Ruth; mother, Florence; sons, Mark (Josey) of Verona and Greg (Kristina) of Berwick, Maryland; grandchildren, Eva and Max; brother, Jack (Maureen) Siegenthaler; sister-in-law, Norma Trickel, Mary Walmer, and Kathy (Dave) Kolden; brother-in-law, Richard

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Willborn and many nieces and nephews. He was preceded in death by his father, Herman; sister, Nancy Siegenthaler; and niece, Lisa Siegenthaler. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 14, 2020, at Ryan Funeral Home, 220 Enterprise Drive, Verona. Visitation will be held from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, March 13, 2020, at the funeral home and also from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday. Burial with Military Honors will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Brodhead. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice.com. “My father. A great man. Extremely generous and kind. A pillar in his community and church. Vietnam War veteran. He will be missed dearly. He will be loved forever. See you on the other side Dad…” Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 220 Enterprise Drive, Verona 845-6625

Dorothy Parker Dorothy S. Parker, age 96, passed away on Tuesday, March 3, at her apartment with the loving support of her family. Dorothy was born on Oct. 6, 1923, in Eagle River, the daughter of Paul and Lily Scharf, and sister of Joe. She grew up in the small community and formed lasting friendships which she would later resume when retiring back up in Eagle River. Dorothy attended University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point, graduating with a Home Economics teaching degree. She taught middle school and high school for over 20 years (the last 16 years in Freedom) with enthusiasm and compassion for her students. Dorothy was married to her husband Mel Parker on Aug. 30, 1947, and s h a r e d ove r 5 1 y e a r s together. Sons Pete and Tim were close to their Mom and grateful for their warm and supportive upbringing. Dorothy was adored by her daughters-in-law Bobbie and Debbie; her grandchildren Paul and partner Jessie, Jeff and wife Mary, Becky and husband Bob; Greg and wife Leeanne; her great grandson Lee and fiancé Heather; niece Carol and husband Alex, nephew Fritz and wife Marlys,



nephew Don and wife Nila, niece Carol and husband John, niece Eileen (deceased) and husband Bernie, along with their children and grandchildren. D o r o t h y ’s p a s s i o n s i n c l u d e d s ew i n g , ga rdening, baking, crafting and caring for Baby Doll (deer) and her cats, playi n g ga m e s a n d c a r d s ; h ow eve r, m o s t o f a l l , showering attention and love on her family and friends with her special sense of humor. Dorothy had a way of endearing herself to everyone she met including her many neighbors in her Verona apartment building. There will be a small Celebration of Life for her family members on April 11, 2020. We wish to thank Agrace Hospice and Bright Star Home Care for their assistance and support. Donations in Dorothy’s honor may be sent to Bethel Lutheran Church in Madison, WI, or to the American Red Cross.

On Friday, March 13, Joe Brosious, pastor of outreach at Good Shepherd Lutheran Church suffered a stroke during church services. In a letter written by lead pastor Chris Enstad on Saturday, March 14, and posted to the church’s website, Enstad wrote that Brosious began exhibiting medical difficulties during church the previous day.

Brosious was taken to the Emergency Department at University Hospital, where tests revealed he was experiencing a stroke. He immediately underwent surgery to stop the Brosious bleeding and was transferred to the Neurological Intensive Care Unit at UW Hospital in critical but stable condition. An MRI following the surgery showed

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Editor’s note: Because of a clerical complication at the Verona Police Department, the January police reports are not available. Feb. 2 10:46 p.m. A 43 year old Madison man was cited for his first OWI after being stopped on North Edge Trail for defective lights. He was also cited for failing to stop at flashing red traffic signals. Feb. 4 12:41 a.m. A 20 year old Verona man was cited for his second OWI after he was stopped at the intersection of Locust and Prairie Heights drives for a traffic violation. A search of the man’s vehicle resulted in open intoxicants and marijuana. 1:19 p.m. A man reported finding several rabbit heads in open areas in the East View neighborhood since October. An officer spotted a rabbit carcass in the area but determined that a hawk had killed the rabbit and its death was not suspicious.

little damage to Brosious’ brain. In his letter online, Enstad said it was “as positive an outcome as we could imagine,” and said Brosious’ doctor said there would be no impact on his movement or language, only an impact to his working memory. Brosious is being cared for by his wife Lynn and sons Connor and Mason. Due to COVID-19, visitation has been restricted by the hospital. Neal Patten, community reporter, can be contacted at neal.patten@wcinet.com.

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Feb. 13 3:04 p.m. Police assisted a man standing near the intersection of North Main Street and West Verona Avenue who identified as homeless to Badger Prairie Needs Network. BPNN staff set him up with a room at the Super 8 hotel for the night. Feb. 14 8:37 a.m. A Badger Ridge Middle School student found a bullet on the school bus and turned it over to school administration, who alerted police and the high school. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly. wethal@wcinet.com and follow her on Twitter @ kimberly_wethal.​

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Feb. 5 2:38 p.m. An officer helped mediate with an uncooperative driver and a State Patrol officer who had stopped her on U.S. Hwy. 18-151. The woman had initially refused to get out of her car so it could be towed from the road. 3:12 p.m. A woman turned in a large butcher knife two of her daycare children had found in the snow near the intersection of Hemlock Drive and Cross Country Road. Feb. 9 5:29 p.m. A 44 year old Verona man and his son were verbally warned for doing donuts with their vehicle in the snow in the Verona Area School District administration building parking lot while there were other cars in the vicinity. Feb. 11 9:54 a.m. Police received a report of a suspicious vehicle driving around the Harper Drive area. Police made contact with the driver, who told officers he was an in-home care worker for a local resident who liked to go for rides around the neighborhood.

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HAY FOR SALE. Big square and round bales and baleage. 608-5747459.

7,000 YEARLING brown laying hens, laying 90%, $2.00 each, 100 or more $1.50, 500 ducks, white or brown $6.00 each and duck eggs for sale. 25 750 lb. Beef and beef cross steers for sale, shots and wormed. 17878 West Mound Rd., Platteville, WI 53818. FOR SALE: Registered Holstein cows, some red and white, Millcreek Acres, Dodgeville. 608-574-4119.

STORAGE FOR Rent in Oregon. 10'x12' $65.00 per month, 10'x24' $85.00 per month. Indoor vehicle storage also available. Price based on size. Call Randy at 608-209-7706.


OFFICE/RETAIL Space for rent in Downtown Oregon. Available now. 1274 sqft, $1062 per month or 480 sqft, $400 per month. Heat included in rent. Contact 608-333-4420 or 715891-4784 for showing and further information. CLASSIFIEDS, 845-9559, 873-6671 or 835-6677. It pays to read the fine print.

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1937 JOHN DEERE B tractor, good running condition, like new rear rubber tires, easily parade ready. For sale. 608-331-0144 after 4pm. Platteville. AGRI-PRO 5 shank mulch-ripper, excellent condition, stored inside, $4,500. 608-723-2686. GEHL 3510 skid loader with Ford gas engine, good running condition. $3,800; Kubota 2203 four cylinder diesel engine, $1,500. 608-348-8966.

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District 2 Vacant Common Council Seat The City of Verona is seeking candidates to fill the Aldermanic District 2 Common Council seat vacated by Sarah Gaskell effective March 1, 2020. The Verona Common Council will appoint an individual to fill the remainder of the current term, which runs through April 20, 2021. The vacant seat is open to residents of Aldermanic District 2. Persons interested in being considered for the appointment should download the application from the City’s website: www.ci.verona.wi.us. Applications will consist of a brief resume, along with answers to the nine questions included with the application material on the City’s website. Applications should be addressed to City Clerk Ellen Clark and submitted by email to ellen.clark@ ci.verona.wi.us or in person at City Hall, 111 Lincoln Street, Verona, WI 53593.








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Q. What makes sugary drinks so bad for your teeth? A. Everyone knows that the mouth is loaded with bacteria.

Q. What causes cats to stop using the litter box? A. Inappropriate elimination can be one of the most frustrating issues a pet owner can experience.

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Q. What should I keep in mind when trying to purchase a business? A. There is a lot that goes into purchasing a business. The first thing you should do is learn the profitability of that business to see if it is something that will support your investment, as your goal is to invest into something that will give you a long-term return. Then ask yourself, “Am I able to assume the seller’s lease?”. If you are not able to assume the lease, financing the building would need to be considered. The issue we always run into with business purchases is lack of collateral. It’s good for the client to have funds saved for the purchase or look to seller financing. There is quite a bit of important information that will need to be gathered in which I can help guide you in the right direction.

Q. Is There Help For My Dad’s Hearing Loss? A. About one-third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing problems.

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About half the people who are 85 and older have hearing loss. Whether a hearing loss is small (missing certain sounds) or large (being profoundly deaf), it is a serious concern. If left untreated, problems can get worse. Hearing loss can affect your life in many ways. You may miss out on talks with friends and family. On the telephone, you may find it hard to hear what the caller is saying. At the doctor’s office, you may not catch the doctor’s words. Sometimes hearing problems can make you feel embarrassed, upset, and lonely. It’s easy to withdraw when you can’t follow a conversation at the dinner table or in a restaurant. It’s also easy for friends and family to think you are confused, uncaring, or difficult, when the problem may be that you just can’t hear well. If you have trouble hearing, there is help. Start by seeing your doctor. Depending on the type and extent of your hearing loss, there are many treatment choices that may help. Technology has come a long way! Hearing loss does not have to get in the way of your ability to enjoy life.


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same techniques for financial spring cleaning. When you’re sprucing up your house, you might find a lot of clutter. And as an investor, you might be able to “de-clutter” your portfolio by selling some investments that no longer meet your needs and using the proceeds for other opportunities. During spring cleaning, you might also wash your windows to improve your views of the great outdoors. When you invest, you need to take a clear-eyed view of your situation periodically. Are you on track toward achieving your goals? If not, what moves should you make? Finally, as part of your spring cleaning, you might examine your house to see if it still offers strong protection. Are the shingles and gutters in good shape? And when you inspect ® Brendon Diers, AAMS your financial situation, you’ll also want to think about protection. Do you have enough life Financial Advisor insurance? By doing some spring cleaning around your home, you’ll lighten up your living space. And doing some financial spring cleaning may help you brighten your future. This article was written by Edward Jones for the use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

Q. Will solar panels help my resale value? A. There are several companies selling solar panels locally. Some of these companies are touting that if

you buy their panels, your home will get a huge boost in resale value. Be careful with this claim. One way to get the panels is to purchase them outright (or finance the purchase), the other is to lease the system. The leased system will actually hurt the resale value of your home. If you lease panels, you’ll either need to buy out the lease when you sell or find a buyer who’s willing to take over the lease. Additionally, an appraiser will not add any value to a home with a leased solar energy system. A system that you own without a lease Keith & Kinsey Schulz can boost the value of your home. However, the boost in value is not in the amount the companies selling these systems would lead you to believe. While the systems are becoming more desirable and acceptable, Real Estate Team I still find that buyers can be hesitant and ask many questions. At that point it’s a mater of education and selling the renewable energy system to a new buyer as an asset. I’m finding the resale gain is generally in the range of 15%-35% the original cost of the system. If you stay in your home for 5-10 years after the installation, you may recoup your full cost between your monthly energy saving and the added resale value. If you are considering solar panels, by all means I encourage you to do good things for the environment, but don’t expect you’ll get your money back on the resale if you sell a couple years later.

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Q. How do I select a whole house high efficiency air cleaner? A. Several different types of air cleaners are available today. The most basic

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types are made just to keep the HVAC equipment clean. The next type of air cleaner provides equipment protection like the first type, and filters out pollens, mold spores, and pet dander. These filters were originally developed for people with allergies, but are often used as a good general purpose air cleaner. The last type of air cleaner is the electronic type. They filter out the smallest of particles like smoke, viruses and bacteria. These are the best choice for anyone with asthma, or otherwise interested in providing the cleanest environment. Beyond efficiencies, the frequency of maintenance should be considered when selecting an air cleaner. For help with selecting the right air cleaner for your home contact Dave at OK Heating and Air Conditioning.

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Q. I am interested in your opinion of scar tissue and the pain that can be caused by it. My scar is over 3 years old. Can you still make changes to the scar?

A. A good rule of thumb is that “normal” tissue healing takes approximately 6-8 weeks.

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Scar modification is able to begin around 2-4 weeks with significant results throughout the remainder of the healing process. However, once the tissues are fully healed (and the scar tissue has already formed), a common misconception is that the scar will always be present. Not only is the person left with thick, darkened scar tissue, they may also have blood vessels, nerves, muscles or other soft tissue trapped in the scar. There may be chronic pain, lack of circulation, and muscle and soft tissue imbalance related to the density of the scar tissue. Scar mobilization is an important, yet Susan Armstrong, MPT often overlooked, part of the healing process. A skilled therapist will utilize modalities to prepare Physical Therapist the tissue, then a series of skilled manual techniques to modify the adhesions which cause the scar tissue. Significant reduction in the thickness and appearance of scar tissue is usually noticed within a few visits. Contact Stellar Rehab at 608-845-2100 or www.stellarrehab.com today to learn more about the process of scar modification and relief of associated chronic pain.


Q. Is it time for some financial spring cleaning? A. Spring is here – which means it’s time for spring cleaning. But you can use some of the

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Like all living things, bacteria need to eat too. Bacteria love carbohydrates (sugars). When bacteria eat the sugars, they produce waste in form of acids. These acids attack tooth enamel to cause decay, especially when daily brushing does not remove the bacteria (plaque) and acids. Sugary drinks provide the food source for these bacteria. Some drinks are extra acidic and attack the enamel directly. A general rule to remember regarding sugars and carbohydrates is that it’s not just the volume of sugar that matters, but also the contact time that the sugars/acids have with teeth. In other words, one glass of juice every night can be worse than 4 glasses in a single day. Brushing and flossing is the most important step in preventing tooth decay but diet is a very close second and in young children may be the key to preventing tooth decay.

Q. Our kids play sports all year; I’m considering Chiropractic even though they are not injured. It seems that a lot of pro athletes, including Aaron Rodgers do this, what are your thoughts.

A. Athletic training has changed rapidly in the last decade and in an effort to gain every edge, today’s professional athletes and teams incorporate every training and rehab technique possible to gain that edge. Regular chiropractic visits for your student athletes will certainly Jill Unwin, Lee Unwin, help increase their performance and keep them from being sidelined DC, CCEP BCMT, CSCS during the season. Chiropractic can enhance performance through increased range of motion. . Getting all joints such as: hips, knees, elbows, into their natural alignment helps restore range of motion and ultimately increases sports performance. Chiropractic care also helps speed up recovery not just from injuries, but regular wear and tear, more importantly it reduces the need for pain medication. By restoring muscle, joint and nerve function the body can more rapidly repair and regenerate itself. Clinical studies published in The Journal of the American Medical Association found that spinal manipulation showed significant improvements in both pain and function with no major adverse side effects. 102 N. Franklin Street • Verona, WI 53593 (608) 848-1800 • unwinchiropractic.com adno=144136


Q. I’m tuning 65 but I am continuing to work and not yet ready to retire.

Can I stay on my employer’s insurance plan or do I need to sign up for Medicare? A. This is a question we get asked a lot. Medicare eligibility starts at age 65. Your initial window to enroll is the seven-month period that begins three months before the month of your 65th birthday and ends three months after it. Seniors are generally advised to sign up on time to avoid penalties that could prove quite costly. If you’re still working at 65, and you have coverage under a group health plan through an employer with 20 employees or more, then you don’t have to enroll in Medicare right away. You can delay your enrollment in Medicare, you’ll get an eight-month special enrollment Sharon Shenberger period to sign up for Medicare from when you retire or your employer stops offering coverage. It isn’t a bad time to review what you have. We have found that many group plans aren’t as robust as they were 10 years ago and Medicare sometimes is a better option. To learn more about your options contact Sharon or you can attend our “Road to Medicare event” at Festival Foods – Verona, every last Thursday of the month 10-12 and 6-8p. There is no cost or obligation to attend.



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There are numerous causes of inappropriate elimination in cats. Urinary tract infection is certainly one of them. This is an uncomfortable condition and can lead to more serious conditions such as kidney infection. Sterile cystitis (aka Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease) is a condition brought on by stress such as introduction of other pets, a new baby, moving to a new house, etc. Often the inciting cause is unknown. Treatment is centered around stress reduction, environmental enrichment and short-term medication. Older cats who develop arthritis are too painful to walk up or down stairs to get to the box or to jump Brian Hoelscher or stretch over the sides of the box and prefer to eliminate outside of it. Arthritis medications and D.V.M. modifications to the box itself often remedy this problem. Other common causes are diseases such as hyperthyroidism, kidney disease and gastrointestinal conditions. Your veterinarian will obtain a thorough history, perform a physical exam and blood and urine testing to pinpoint the cause and formulate a plan for treatment.

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