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Principal’s exit follows years of complaints Concerns included discipline, communication, academics

‘I think it’s time for a change, and I hope Mike Pisani has just over we’re headed in the a month left at the princiright direction.’


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From left, Luke Logan and Ben Solomon are two of the founding members of Live Undiscovered Music, a music streaming app designed to promote local artists instead of mainstream musicians.

VAHS grad develops music streaming app Designed to promote up-and-coming artists

Elijah Isenberger, Luke Kollman, Derek Zenger and Curtis Rollo, and created a music streaming app called Live Undiscovered Music that restricts bigname artists and instead works to promote the music from artists and producers at a local level. The app was born from a “think tank” session the group of friends had in November 2017. All students or recent graduates from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, they wanted to find a unified direction to head after graduation and decided to start their own business

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The music industry is a harsh one. A select few artists rise to the top each year, while the rest struggle for attention. Ben Solomon, a Verona Area High School class of 2014 graduate, wanted to make a difference and root for the little guys. He joined with a group of lifelong friends, including Luke Logan, Max Fergus,

within the music industry. “We’ve known each other for so long, we’re not afraid to critique someone or give some harsh feedback,” Solomon said. “We realize what needs to be done and it’s a good environment to be in.” Free to use, the app is in its beta stage and is planned to be released in full in August, when it will be ad-supported. In the meantime, the group is working on fundraising and finding more artists and investors to be a part of the project. “We started in November and by winter break we already had a full business

plan, so we went into the semester already reaching out to people and artists,” Solomon said. “The support we have gotten has been amazing.”

Addressing a need Solomon said the app was a response to an unmet need in the market. An avid music fan, he b eg a n t a k i n g a c l o s e r look at streaming services through the winter to try to learn more about shortcomings in the industry and how artists feel about them. “We’re all into live music

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pal of Stoner Prairie Elementary School. The news that he would be leaving the school after Pisani f iv e y e a r s , announced in January, was not a surprise for a group of parents who have been complaining for a few years about him. They claimed he was not responsive to complaints and a poor communicator and behavior was spiraling out of control. While their complaints began as far back as 2015, including in front of the school board in public meetings at the time, the only changes until this year were the district hiring a pair of coaches for Pisani with a goal of improving the situation at the school. But after parents brought their concerns to the board again – this time through an October email – action was taken within two months. Though the board was not directly involved in the action last fall, board president Noah Roberts told the Press, Roberts expressed concerns over the situation when responding to the

Lesley Steffin, parent initial email, emails and other documents obtained through an open records request in December show. The documents, which include one note of positive feedback from a Stoner Prairie staffer, sheds light on the process that led to Pisani’s departure and the history of complaints. Those have focused especially on behavioral incidents among students since 2015, when the district as a whole began changing its discipline system. Superintendent Dean Gorrell, who is responsible for personnel decisions, offered praise for Pisani in a recent interview with the Press but declined to comment further. “I’m very grateful to Mike for his work there,” Gorrell said. Pisani, who announced Monday he will take over as the principal at Lodi Elementary School next year, declined to comment for this story beyond a statement attached to the Press’ records request, which touted the school’s test scores

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Verona Area High School is the 10th-best high school in Wisconsin, according to a set of rankings released

May 9. The U.S. News & World Reports annual national high school rankings gave the school a silver medal and ranked it 661st nationally.

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measure schools. VAHS was one of 154 schools ranked in Wisconsin. The 10th-place ranking put VAHS just ahead of


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Top 10: ‘Silver medal’ award Music: New streaming app to be released in full this August Continued from page 1 Waunakee and Middleton high schools, which finished 11th and 12th, respectively. Whitefish Bay topped the list, with Eisenhower High School in New Berlin, Cedarburg, New Berlin and Homestead High School in Mequon rounding out the top five. Those were the only Wisconsin

high schools to earn a gold medal, the highest possible. The top five high schools nationally were public charters from Arizona, with schools from Texas, Michigan, New York and Virginia also making the top 10. To see the full rankings for Wisconsin and the United States, visit best-high-schools.

Click it or Ticket starts May 21 T h e Ve r o n a P o l i c e Department will join hundreds of other law enforcement agencies throughout Wisconsin for the annual “Click It or Ticket” safety belt enforcement campaign from May 21 to June 3. VPD sergeant Dustin Fehrmann said in a VPD news release that the campaign to enforce the state’s mandatory safety belt law is not to write citations but

to “help save lives and prevent needless injuries.” He said in Wisconsin, around nine of 10 motorists consistently wear a safety belt, but the 10 percent who don’t account for nearly half of the drivers and passengers killed in Wisconsin traffic crashes each year. Last year in Wisconsin, there were 58,899 convictions for failure to fasten a seat belt.

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Continued from page 1 and small artists that not a lot of people know about, so one of the first things we did to get a feel on that community was we emailed thousands of artists, managers and people in the music industry to see what they feel about streaming services, investing, and what they think about the music industry,” Solomon said. He found 99 percent of music streamed consists of only the top 10 percent of tracks, essentially the bigger artists that are played on the radio and selling out stadium shows. Those artists are able to profit, leaving the other artists, the 1 percent of streams, far behind. Making things worse, independent artists have to shell out ahead of time, and the return value per play is just cents on the dollar. Spotify, for example, pays $0.006 to $0.0084 per play. A Guardian report from 2015 suggests that the average payment a signed artist gets after their label takes its share is only $0.001128. “You’re not able to live off of making music when you have over 100,000 streams and you’re only making (a few hundred dollars) a month,” Solomon explained. While smaller artists are being hit the hardest, bigname performers are also feeling the heat. Taylor Swift famously fought back against streaming platforms Spotify and Apple Music for not paying out artists and labels and removed her music from Spotify in 2014 before returning late last year. Big-name, mainstream artists like Swift can’t use Live Undiscovered Music, however. The app instead offer

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Live Undiscovered Music is a music streaming app designed by area graduates with a goal to promote local music. The group frequently works from coffee shops and their homes around the Madison area. local artists the ability to put music into their community at no cost and without the shadow created by those bigger artists.

How it works The platform is a hybrid of the streaming services that already exist, using social media to spread good music. Solomon said fans will always desire the ability to share their favorite music with their friends, and sites like Facebook, Instagram and Twitter don’t have a way of sharing music in a user-friendly way. He explained that there isn’t a one-stop-shop social media that allows sharing, listening and promoting music, because existing social media platforms use others

to share music, such as YouTube or Vimeo. The app features a “discover” section, similar to what’s on Spotify, but it’s catered to regional artists and classified by genre. There will be an option to see who is playing where, and when, and rank artists based on a sliding scale of how much the fans enjoy their music. Because artists don’t have to pay to use the platform, Live Undiscovered Music is currently operating based off funding from investors and artists who plan on using the platform once it goes live. “We don’t want people to have to listen to ads while listening to music,” Solomon explained. They instead are looking for

sponsored content to be featured on the website outside of the streams. Local artists in communities around the country have already signed on to the service, which will be officially released at a party at Monona Terrace on Aug. 17. It will available on iOS first, Solomon said, and will later be released for Android. It exists in a beta stage online, “The end goal is to grow artists to the point where they won’t need our app anymore,” Ben said. “We want artists to be able to profit from their music.” Contact Amber Levenhagen at amber.levenhagen@



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third anniversary, a July 21 multiple sclerosis fundrais- South Main facade The Common Council er, and the Oct. 13 WisconThe council gave a quick approved several permits sin Beer Run. approval to facade changes for the former World of Monday for festivals and special events over the next Purple Goose to house Variety building, which is six months The council approved a being dressed up to accomThe big one was Home- rezoning to allow the 400 modate two businesses, one town Days, the approval W. Verona Ave. building of which is a “retail use,” of which is mostly a for- that’s been home to the Pur- Sayre reported. mality for the community’s ple Goose for more than a 46-year-old annual tradi- decade to be used as a sin- Patios open tion, but alders agreed to gle-family home. The council approved allow kids one year older While the proposal indi- outdoor patios for two Libinto the beer tent. c a t e d s o m e u s e o f t h e erty Park businesses – FishAnother was the Home- garage for business pur- er King Winery and the town Brew Down, a July 14 poses, city planning direc- bar and restaurant at the fundraiser for the Verona tor Adam Sayre said that Hyatt Place hotel across Ice Arena. And Hop Haus would not conform to zon- the street. A third Liberty B r ew i n g C o m p a ny g o t ing codes, but he indicated Park business, Four Sisters approval for use of its front it could be an accessory use restaurant, got a similar parking lot for drinking for for a home-based business. approval last month. four events – its June 16

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Alder application deadline next week The city still had no applicants for the position of District 3 alder as of Tuesday. The deadline to apply for the open seat is noon May 24. Luke Diaz relinquished his seat on the Common Council in April to become mayor. The council, after extended discussion, decided to change the process and allow extra time for applicants to decide to pursue the seat and prepare to face questioning by the alders. The council plans to decide who will take the seat, which expires in April 2019, at its June 11 meeting. All applicants will need to have verifiable District 3 addresses. Those who are verified will get to

introduce themselves at the May 29 meeting. Those rules for the process were made at the council’s April 23 meeting. A link to information on applying is on the front page of the city’s website, It has nine questions about such things as reason for interest, qualifications, community service experience, group decision-making, city issues, conflicts of interest and availability, as well as a map of the district. In general, the district runs the northsouth access in the middle of the city, mostly east of Main Street. — Jim Ferolie

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The snail, as small as 4 mm in length, reproduces asexually and can reach high population densities, up to 750,000 per square meter, a release from the DNR claims. The snails are a primary consumer of algae and disrupt natural food chains by competing with native snails, mussels and aquatic insects, which native fish depend on for food.

VACT receives $1,100 Dane Arts grant The Verona Area Community Theatre is receiving one of 86 “Dane Arts” grants from Dane County. The VACT grant, totaling $1,165, will be put toward the purchase of five new wireless microphones, in order to be compliant with FCC regulations. According to a news release from Dane County, the microphones will be used for the VACT’s 10 performances a year. The VACT grant and all

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The city took a major step in its plan to build a new public works facility Monday when it approved a preliminary borrowing plan set by the 2018 budget of nearly $10 million. That plan, the first of several authorizations this year related to a June bond sale, designates nearly $2 million for land acquisition and planning for a new public works facility. Alders spoke in closed session for more than an hour about possible land acquisition costs for specific sites after discussing the public works facility in open session for about a half-hour. The prime target for the facility is the Purple Cow Organics recycling site on the corner of Range Trail and County Hwy. M because of its road access, expansion potential, landuse compatibility and ease of development. During open discussion, the council questioned the importance and urgency

of the facility, estimated to cost more than $15 million, as well as how big it would need to be and what amenities it needs. Though Verona has been awash in cash and spending capacity for the past few years with recent growth and the 2017 closure of the Epic tax-increment financing district, its debt has grown quickly enough to threaten the city’s long-held aa2 bond rating, Finance committee chair Elizabeth Doyle (Dist. 1) pointed out. Mayor Luke Diaz echoed that point as alders approved the borrowing plan at the end of the meeting. “I’ve been saying for a long time that we borrow too much money, so we’re going to have some tough choices going forward,” he said. Before the closed session, city public works director Theran Jacobson and Norman Barrientos, whose firm produced the space needs analysis for the facility last year, fielded questions about why the city wouldn’t just build a satellite facility or separate its parks


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Thankful for Hochkammer’s service I write to thank John Hochkammer for his dedicated service to the people of the City of Verona. I have known John for 30 years and have always found him to be considerate and looking out for the best interests of others. Serving in public office can often by trying in these turbulent

times. We all owe a debt of gratitude to those who serve, especially those that serve well. You served the city well John Hochkammer and for that, I salute you. Joe Wineke City of Verona

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pring is finally here in full force. It is lovely to see the robins and bright green grass and feel warmth of the sunshine. I even love the satisfaction that comes from spring cleaning. But this year spring cleaning is happening on a whole new level for my family, as we clean and pack to move to a new house. Our family decided move rather suddenly a few weeks ago. Trading the suburbs for something a little more Burkart rural went from a “someday” kind of idea to the reality of “get packing” abruptly over the course of one weekend. So I’ve been thinking a lot about my attachment to material things and about how much I really need. Confronted with picking up every item we own and deciding to keep, toss or give it away really brings home the conflict between my emotional attachment to objects and my wish for an uncluttered life. I’ve found some help in this endeavor in looking at my family’s personal belongings the way I would as a professional. But because my mostly grown-up kids were small when we settled into this house, sorting through their lifetime of belongings has become a big job. A part of me aspires to be a minimalist and admires the minimalist philosophy, but I fall far short. I love the famous photo that shows the sum of Ghandi’s

possessions at the end of his life. He owned less than 10 things. His glasses, a book, a bowl, a spoon, a watch, a pair of sandals and not much else. There’s such so much beauty in the idea of living simply. It must feel so free to not be weighed down by the stuff of your life. I try to remind myself that I value experiences more than things as I pack. We really can’t keep it all. Objects outlive their usefulness to us. So I repeat to myself, “Do I love this? Do I need it?” and try to move things along to their next owner. But then I stumble across the red winter coat my son wore as a baby and quickly stuff it into a box to bring to the new house. He’s a 6-foot-tall teenager now. Someone else could make use of the coat if I were to give it away, but it pulls at my heart, so I pack it up, anyway. Maybe it would be easier if I thought of this big packing job in library lingo. In libraries, we call the divesting the shelves of underused books “weeding.” We get weeding reports to let us know which books haven’t been checked out in a certain number of years. We have data on how often books have been used, we apply professional standards, assess historical value. Wouldn’t it be great if I could get a weeding report for my closet? Some empirical evidence that I really haven’t worn a particular shirt in the last two years and it is time for it to go. Or better yet, I would love a weeding report for all the absurd number of things my husband has stuffed in our garage. For many people, books are one of the hardest things to get

rid of. Unless it is an archive, libraries simply can’t keep all the books they collect. Over time. some books grow less popular, they get checked out less and less, books become worn or stained, the shelves get too crowded, and then books are “weeded” just like outdated clothes in a closet. If only it were that easy. The but the objects in our lives trigger memories and that little voice in your head that says, “But what if you need it someday?” Luckily, there are organizational experts to turn to on handling the stuff and junk in our lives. A few years ago, I read a little book called, “The Life Changing Magic of Tidying Up,” that became the international bible of decluttering. Author Maria Kondo offered the world her sage advice to hold each item in your hand to see if it “sparks joy,” and if it doesn’t, thank it for its service and move it along. Unfortunately for me, I did not implement it’s message. Kondo lost me a little on some of the details. I just couldn’t make the leap to feeling compassion for my socks that are purportedly being disrespected by being shoved into a drawer. But then again maybe Kondo is right and my socks would be happier with a little more space and consideration. So with Kondo’s message in mind, I get back to the exhausting work asking myself, “Should it stay or should it go?” and the spring cleaning job of weeding our belongings to make room for new growth. Stacey Burkart is the director of the Verona Public Library.

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New VAHS deal gets final OK JIM FEROLIE Verona Press editor

Heather Allen shows some cheer to the crowd as she nears the finish line.

Casey Hopp of Verona gets a high-five as the first finisher to cross the line. Hopp finished with a time of 19 minutes, 54 seconds.

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A group of Verona Area High School students will be camping out in the Miller and Son’s parking lot Saturday night to raise money, food and awareness of childhood poverty.

VAHSAid will hold its second annual “Camp Out To Stamp Out” event beginning at 6:30 a.m. Saturday and going until 9:30 a.m. Sunday. Last y e a r, t h e g r o u p r a i s e d more than 2,000 pounds of food for the Badger Prairie Needs Network and $1,000 for the Wisconsin Council on Children and Families. VA H S A i d f o r m e d i n 2015 to bring more community awareness to

worldwide issues of hunger and poverty, hosting supply and clothing drives. VAHSAid adviser Jason Knoll got the idea to camp out last year from an internet search of what other similarly minded groups had done around the country, in which he found a group that camped out in front of its city hall. The event will include about 30 students this year, Knoll said in an email,

with 15 of them sleeping overnight. Students will have tables set up to talk to people about child poverty and food insecurity, as well as the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals. Contact Scott Girard at and follow him on Twitter @sgirard9.

The saga of the city and school district’s disagreement over construction of roads supporting the new high school is officially over. It essentially had been sealed May 7, when the Verona Area School District approved a slightly amended and more significantly updated agreement than the one the city had forwarded, but just in case, the Common Council gave it a final review Monday and unanimously approved it. The council had both technically and effectively put the agreement in the hands of its staff April 23, when it voted to approve an unfinished version for the sake of expediency, with construction deadlines looming. Missing from that document were such exhibits as city planning fees, detailed property descriptions, an agreement with a third party and a list of existing use agreements for district facilities. But despite the many holes, alders agreed it was important to send a message they wouldn’t hold up the district’s timeline over minor quibbles and voted to approve it contingent on staff review, provided there were no “substantive” changes. City

administrator Jeff Mikorski, city attorney Bryan Kleinmaier and city public works director Theran Jacobson were authorized to execute the deal prior to a May 15 “key date” for construction. The district made several language and procedural changes. Staff considered them insubstantial but brought the contract back to the council Mond a y t o c h e c k f o r a ny last-minute adjustments or concerns, and none was raised. The city also approved two maps Monday, changing boundaries of where buildings and internal roads can be constructed on the property, as well as an agreement with the family trust of an adjoining landowner, the Erbachs, for dedicated right-of-way for a second access road onto the property. The maps also allow a connection to Nine Mound Road, another to Stewart’s Woods and a potential future link under U.S. 18-151. They are mostly formality, a result of the deals the city and school district cut with each other and with the neighboring Erbach Trust to provide the land for the connection. Email Verona Press editor Jim Ferolie at​

The Sons of Norway, Vennelag Lodge is hosting their Monthly meeting celebrating Syttende Mai -

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May 17, 2018 at 6:30pm,

Entertainment will be the Ladies of the Fjord, playing traditional Hardanger fiddle music. Location: Mt. Horeb Community Center, 107 N. Grove St., Mt Horeb. Wear your bunad or Norwegian attire. Everyone Welcome.


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T h e Ve r o n a P u b l i c Library’s third “Word on the Street” 5K run/walk event Saturday, May 5, raised more than $12,000 for the library’s endowment fund. The event had 270 registered participants, and included a kid’s run about an hour after the main event. - Scott Girard

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Rotary Club to host annual $10K fundraiser KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

The Fitchburg-Verona Rotary Club will hold its second annual $10K raffle and bowling tournament f r o m 1 - 4  p . m . S u n d a y, May 20. The event, held at Ten Pin Alley, 6285 Nesbitt Road, will result in one p e r s o n l e av i n g w i t h a $10,000 raffle prize. An

If You Go What: Fitchburg-Verona Rotary $10K Raffle When: 1-4 p.m. Sunday, May 20 Where: Ten Pin Alley, 6285 Nesbitt Road Info: fitchburgverona additional $1,160 in cash and prizes will also be a part of the raffle. Tickets for the event are $100, and are limited to 250 participants.

Eric Gormanson, president-elect for the Fitchburg-Verona Rotary Club, said with a limited number of tickets being sold, there’s a better chance of winning $10,000. “We sell a maximum of 250 (tickets), so your odds are pretty good,” he said. The club needs to sell at least 100 tickets to break even on the $10K raffle prize, Gormanson said, with all additional proceeds going to benefit the Badger Prairie Needs Network, a food pantry that services families within the Verona Area School District.

According to the club’s Facebook page, the fundraiser donated $2,500 to the Fitchburg Police Department after last year’s event. Tickets can be purchased up until May 20 at the Verona Orange Leaf, 611 Hometown Circle, or by visiting the Fitchburg-Ver o n a R o t a r y ’s w e b s i t e where they can download the registration form titled “Bowling sign up sheet.” Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly.


Proceeds to benefit Badger Prairie Needs Network

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Bicycle safety Parents and kids can bring their bikes and bike helmets to the Verona Police Department’s fifth annual Youth Bike Safety Event from noon to 2 p.m. May 19 in the City Hall parking lot. Attendees can register their bike for free and receive routine bike maintenance. Kids will also be able to participate in seven safety courses and will receive a free “I’m a safe bicyclist” T-shirt. For information, visit

LunART Festival Concert A preview concert for the upcoming LunART festival will be held from 6:30-7:15 p.m. Monday, May 21 at the library. Iva Ugricic and Laura Medisky, directors of the festival, and pianist Vincent Fuh will perform works by female composers on the flute, oboe and piano. The LunART festival will run from June 28-30 in Madison, and is dedicated to celebrating female contributions to the arts. For information, call 845-7180.

Bug storytime Therapists from CI Pediatric Therapy Centers in Madison will lead a

storytime about bugs from 10:30-11 a.m. at the Badger Prairie Needs Neta.m. Tuesday, May 22 at the library. work, 1200 E. Verona Ave. Caregivers will have a chance to disThe storytime will feature visuals cuss their children’s development with and yoga. the therapists during the storytime. For information, call 845-7180. For information, 845-7180.

Live Music in the Backyard

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Join the Wisconsin Brewing Company from 6-9 p.m. May 25 at their brewery, 1079 American Way, for a live music concert, food and drinks. The live concert will feature Reverend Raven and the Chainsmokin’ Altar Boys. Miller and Sons brats and hot dogs will be sold, as will a selection of beers and other drinks. Proceeds from the event benefit a local non-profit. Voter ID The event is kid- and dog-friendly Wisconsin Voter ID law expert Mol- and free to the public. For information, call 848-1079. ly McGrath will present about the latest changes to the law and its impact on people from 7-8:30 p.m. Wednes- Saving snow day, May 23 at the library. WKOW meteorologist Bob LindMcGrath will also advise citizens on meier will lead a discussion about the how to make sure that they are prop- impact of warming winters after the erly registered to vote so that they can showing of the documentary “Savcast a ballot. ing Snow” from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at the Registration is recommended. library. For information, call 845-7180. The documentary examines how skiing and snowboarding communiSensory-friendly storytime ties are learning to cope with warming Children ages 3-5 are invited to sen- temperatures and their contributions to sory-friendly storytime from 9:15-9:45 a clean energy future. For information, call 845-7180. The Alzheimer’s Association will present on how to plan for healthy aging from 6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday, May 22 at the library. Topics discussed will include tips about diet, exercise, cognitive activity and social engagement based on recent research. For information, call 845-7180.

Community calendar Thursday, May 17

• 10-10:30 a.m., Movies and a craft: Dinosaurs (ages 0-5, registration required), library, 845-7180 • 6:30-7:30 p.m., Support group for parents of middle and high schoolers, library, 845-7180 • 7 p.m., Rhapsody Art Center concert, 1031 N. Edge Trail, 848-2045 • 7:30-8:30 p.m., Verona Area Concert Band performance, Verona Area Performing Arts Center,

Friday, May 18

• 4:30 p.m. Tech Time with Tim (registration required), senior center, 845-7471 Saturday, May 19 • 7 p.m., Friends of the library • Noon to 2 p.m., Bicycle Safety board meeting, library event, City Hall parking lot, wi-vero• 7-8:30 p.m., Voter ID in Wisconsin: What it is and what you can do • 7 p.m., Jazz Concert, VAHS PAC (registration recommended), library, 845-7180 Monday May 21 • 6:30-7:15 p.m., LunART Festival Friday, May 25 Preview Concert, library, 845-7180 • 9:15 a.m., Sensory-friendly storytime (ages 3-5), Badger Prairie Tuesday, May 22 • 10:30 a.m., Bug storytime, library, Needs Network, 1200 E. Verona Ave., 845-7180 845-7180 • 6-9 p.m., Live Music in the Back• 6:30 p.m., Healthy living for your yard, Wisconsin Brewing Company, brain and body, library, 845-7180 1079 American Way, 845-1079 ing Company, 1079 American Way, 845-7180

• 10 a.m., Computer Questions Plus, senior center, 845-7471 • 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., May Wednesday, May 23 birthday/anniversary lunch, senior • 1:30-4:30 p.m., Drop-in watercolcenter, 845-7471 or class ($15, own art supplies), • 5:30-8:30 p.m., Brat sale fundrais- senior center, 220-9700 er for the library, Wisconsin Brew-

Monday, May 28

1 p.m. – 2016 Wildcats Football 4:30 p.m. – Ice Age at the Historical Society 6 p.m. – Common Council from 5-14-18 9 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 10 p.m. – Ice Age at the Historical Society 11 p.m. – Tom Waselchuck at Senior Center Sunday, May 20 7 a.m. – Hindu Cultural Hour 9 a.m. – Resurrection Church 10 a.m. – Salem Church Service Noon – Common Council from 5-14-18 3 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 4:30 p.m. – Ice Age at the Historical Society 6 p.m. – Common Council from 5-14-18 9 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 10 p.m. – Ice Age at the Historical Society 11 p.m. – Tom Waselchuck at Senior Center Monday, May 21 7 a.m. – Marcel Letters at Senior Center 1 p.m. – Heart Health at Senior Center 3 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 4 p.m. – Retro Swing at Senior Center 5 p.m. – 2016 Wildcats

The Church in Fitchburg 2833 Raritan Rd., Fitchburg (608) 271-2811 Sunday: 8 & 10:45 a.m. Fitchburg Memorial UCC 5705 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg (608) 273-1008 Interim Pastor Laura Crow Sunday: 8:15 and 10 a.m. Good Shephard Lutheran Church ELCA (608) 271-6633 Madison: Raymond Road & Whitney Way, Madison Sunday: 8:30 & 10 a.m.. Verona: Corner of Hwy. PD & Nine Mound Road, Verona Sunday: 9 & 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Damascus Road Church – West The Verona Senior Center 108 Paoli St., Verona (608) 819-6451, Pastor Justin Burge Sunday: 10 a.m. Memorial Baptist Church 201 S. Main St., Verona (608) 845-7125 Lead Pastor Jeremy Scott Sunday: 10:15 a.m.

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

St. James Lutheran Church ELCA 427 S. Main St., Verona (608) 845-6922 Pastors Kurt M. Billings and Peter Narum Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 8 a.m.-noon Wednesday Saturday Worship: 5 p.m. Sunday Worship: 8:30 a.m. & 10:45 a.m. Salem United Church of Christ 502 Mark Dr., Verona (608) 845-7315 Rev. Dr. Mark E. Yurs, Pastor Laura Kolden, Associate in Ministry Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:15 a.m. Fellowship Hour: 11:30 a.m. Springdale Lutheran Church ELCA 2752 Town Hall Rd. (off Hwy ID), Mount Horeb (608) 437-3493 Pastor Jeff Jacobs Sunday: 8:45 a.m. with communion Sugar River United Methodist Church 415 W. Verona Ave., Verona (608) 845-5855, Pastor Gary Holmes 9 & 10:30 a.m. contemporary worship. Sunday School available during worship. Refreshments and fellowship are between services.

Redeemer Bible Fellowship 130 N. Franklin St., Verona (608) 848-1836 Pastor Dwight R. Wise Sunday: 10 a.m. family worship Resurrection Lutheran Church – WELS 6705 Wesner Rd., Verona (608) 848-4965 Pastor Nathan Strutz and Assistant Pastor Timothy Priewe Thursday: 6:30 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. St. Christopher Catholic Parish St. Andrew Church 301 N. Main St., Verona St. William Church 1371 Hwy. PB, Paoli (608) 845-6613 Fr. John Sasse, pastor Saturday: 5 p.m., St. Andrew, Verona Sunday: 7:30 a.m., St. William,

West Madison Bible Church 2920 Hwy. M, Verona (608) 845-9518 Pastor Dan Kukasky Jr. Sunday Worship: 9:15 a.m. Sunday School: 10:45 a.m. Zwingli United Church of Christ Hwy. 92 & G, Mount Vernon (608) 832-6677 Pastor Brad Brookins Sunday: 10:15 a.m. Zwingli United Church of Christ Hwy. 69 & PB, Paoli (608) 255-1278 Rev. Laura Crowe Sunday: 9:30 a.m. family worship

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What’s on VHAT-98 Thursday, May 17 8 a.m. – Zumba Gold 9 a.m. – Daily Exercise 10 a.m. – Tom Waselchuck at Senior Center 2 p.m. – Zumba Gold 3 p.m. – Daily Exercise 4 p.m. – Marcel Letters at Senior Center 5 p.m. – Retro Swing at Senior Center 6 p.m. – Salem Church Service 7 p.m. – Jim Hetzel at Senior Center 8 p.m. – Daily Exercise 9 p.m. – Heart Health at Senior Center 10 p.m. – Ice Age at the Historical Society Friday, May 18 7 a.m. – Marcel Letters at Senior Center 1 p.m. – Heart Health at Senior Center 3 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 4 p.m. – Retro Swing at Senior Center 5:30 p.m. – 2016 Wildcats Football 8:30 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 10 p.m. – Seneca Seasons at Senior Center 11 p.m. – Tom Waselchuck at Senior Center Saturday, May 19 8 a.m. – Common Council from 5-14-18 11 a.m. – Vintage Verona Sports

All Saints Lutheran Church 2951 Chapel Valley Rd., Fitchburg (608) 276-7729 Interim Pastor Sunday: 8:30 & 10:45 a.m.

Football 7 p.m. – Board of Review Live 9 p.m. – Hindu Cultural Hour 10 p.m. – Seneca Seasons at Senior Center 11 p.m. – Tom Waselchuck at Senior Center Tuesday, May 22 7 a.m. – Seneca Seasons at Senior Center 10 a.m. – Zumba Gold 9 a.m. – Daily Exercise 10 a.m. – Tom Waselchuck at Senior Center 2 p.m.- Zumba Gold 3 p.m. – Daily Exercise 4 p.m. – Marcel Letters at Senior Center 5 p.m. – Retro Swing at Senior Center 6 p.m. – Resurrection Church 8 p.m. – Jim Hetzel at Senior Center 9 p.m. – Heart Health at Senior Center 10 p.m. – Ice Age at the Historical Society Wednesday, May 23 7 a.m. – Marcel Letters at Senior Center 1 p.m. – Heart Health at Senior Center 3 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 5 p.m. – Board of Review from 5-21-18 7 p.m. – Capital City Band 8 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 10 p.m. – Seneca Seasons

at Senior Center 11 p.m. – Tom Waselchuck at Senior Center Thursday, May 24 7 a.m. – Seneca Seasons at Senior Center 8 a.m. – Zumba Gold 9 a.m. – Daily Exercise 10 a.m. – Tom Waselchuck at Senior Center 2 p.m. – Zumba Gold 3 p.m. – Daily Exercise 4 p.m. – Marcel Letters at Senior Center 5 p.m. – Retro Swing at Senior Center 6 p.m. –Salem Church Service 7 p.m. – Jim Hetzel at Senior Center 8 p.m. – -Daily Exercise 9 p.m. – Heart Health at Senior Center 10 p.m. – Ice Age at the Historical Society

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.

Fasting “When you fast, do not look somber as the hypocrites do, for they disfigure their faces to show others they are fasting…. But when you fast, put oil on your head and wash your face, so that it will not be obvious to others that you are fasting.” – Matthew 6:16-18 NIV Fasting, which is abstaining from food, is a spiritual discipline which can profitably be done by almost everyone, though the extent to which one abstains should be carefully considered so that it matches the person’s ability to do so in a healthy way. Fasting should never damage one’s health. Fortunately, there is now considerable evidence that occasional fasting can actually improve one’s health. The purpose of fasting is not specifically to improve one’s physical health or to lose weight, but to improve one’s spiritual health. By fasting, one often humbles the heart and tempers loquacity. Fasting allows one to meditate and pray with a clear and sober mind and gives us the opportunity to test our resolve and offer our efforts to God and our fellow man. One can fast by simply giving up solid foods, drinking only water, juice and perhaps tea for a whole day. A good way to fast for those who may be new to the practice is to eat one moderate meal around mid-day, skipping breakfast and supper, and then eating again around mid-day the following day. One can abstain from eating meat, or sweets, as a discipline that puts one on the way to practicing a fast where one completely abstains from food. One can live for a long time on very limited amounts of food, but you should never abstain from water. And remember, fasting is a spiritual discipline, and as such it should improve our souls. – Christopher Simon

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‘Our school has a strong academic record, especially when compared to other schools in our region.’ – Mike Pisani, Stoner Prairie principal

Pisani: Taking job at Lodi elementary school after 5 years as principal at Stoner Prairie

highest percentage of minority students among the elementary schools in the district and includes the second-highest percentage of students considered economically disadvantaged. It received the highest score on state report cards of any VASD attendance-area elementary school for the 201617 school year. On the 2016-17 parent perception survey, 80 percent of respondents said they were “proud” of the school and that they would recommend the school to a friend. Those numbers were below the ones received by the district’s other attendance-area elementaries, however. The district has since hired Tammy Thompson Kapp, who has spent the past six years at Lapham Elementary School in Madison, to succeed Pisani. Before her hire, the parents who had spoken with the Press expressed optimism about the school’s future. “I think it’s time for a change, and I hope we’re headed in the right direction,” parent Lesley Steffin told the Press in February.

Aaron Zimmer, PTO president, in email to principal Mike Pisani


Stier Christensen

read an email that had been critical of Pisani’s tenure. Kenny-Johnson pointed to times when Pisani stepped in to lead classrooms while a teacher dealt with problematic behavior by a student. “I have first-hand witnessed nothing but support from Mr. Pisani and the staff that has been put in place,” she wrote. “When you review that email, I ask that you kindly know that this school, the administrator, the staff cares about these kids and are working incredibly hard to create a strong community.” The parents had a different view of the 2017-18 year. “Just six weeks into the current school year, behavBehavior concerns ioral incidents at school were The bulk of what the par- even worse than in previous ent group sent to school years,” Hilquist wrote in the board members in October email to the board. focused on student behavior. A timeline of concerns Academic changes included in the email pinBy the 2016-17 school points 2014-15 as when it year, the email states, aca“became glaringly evident demic concerns began to that there was a serious manifest, as well. behavior problem at StonAt that point, parents er Prairie.” It cited students “realized that students destroying property, roaming weren’t getting any meanhallways, fighting and abus- ingful homework, there were ing teachers. no requirements even for Toward the end of that students to read each night, school year, more than 100 and children’s work products people attended a school were not being shared with board meeting to question parents.” the discipline at the school On the most recent parent and in the district as a whole perception survey available, as it transitioned to a new for the 2016-17 school year, behavioral model. 65 percent of respondents That same year, admin- from Stoner Prairie said istrators decided to hire a academic expectations were behavioral specialist at Ston- “just right,” with 27 percent er Prairie, and while things saying “too low” – the latter briefly improved, according tied for the highest of any of to the timeline, that specialist the attendance-area elemenleft for personal reasons after taries. 10 days and “the situation The year before, Pisani had reverted to complete chaos made the decision to end the the day after he left.” 24-year-old PALs (Partners The issues were enough to Actively Learning) program cause more than 20 families at the school as the school to leave the school either for and district pushed for more a private option or a char- consistency among programter within the district over ming, at the same time some the last four years, former of the program’s founders PTO president and current were retiring from teaching. substitute teacher Maureen That choice, anticipated for Hilquist said. Among those at least a month before it was exits were two in the same announced, angered many week in spring 2017 as the parents who supported the issues continued – she said multi-age classrooms. both girls left because of bulMeetings between parents lying. and Pisani throughout the Parent survey data from 2017 school year, detailed the 2016-17 school year in the timeline, show parshow 53 percent of respon- ents were concerned with a dents said the school did a lack of focus on math facts, “good job at managing dis- spelling tests and making the cipline,” compared with 91, science fair no longer man86 and 61 percent at the other datory. Some parents and three attendance-area ele- teachers asked for Pisani’s mentaries. termination, according to the But teacher Janelle Ken- timeline. ny-Johnson, in her first year In his statement with the at the school this year, wrote records request, Pisani pointto Gorrell that she was “both ed to the school’s successes. shocked and disappointed” to “Our school has a strong

Survey results Data from family responses on VASD 2016-17 annual perceptions survey: Measure Stoner Pr. Gl. Edge Sugar Cr C. View “I’m proud of our school” 80% 100% 98% 89% “I would recommend my child’s school to a friend.” 80% 100% 95% 84% “School does a good job managing student discipline.” 53% 91% 86% 61% “Satisfied with the communication from the school.” 75% 93% 92% 77% “A climate of openness and trust exists between school administration and parents.” 66% 97% 94% 88% “Even though I may not always agree, the principal is doing what it takes to make our school successful.” 67% 98% 95% 88% “Academic expectations in this school are too low.” 27% 9% 12% 27% academic record, especially when compared to other schools in our region,” he noted in that response. “In fact, we outperformed over 70 percent of Dane County elementary schools on the 2016-17 Statewide School Report Card. “We also strive to grow and improve at every opportunity. This is why our Continuous Improvement Team reviews staff and family feedback and is working with our Building Implementation Teams to find areas where we can grow.”

Communication, trust Parents also contended Pisani routinely did not communicate what he should have. Two days before the email to the board, PTO president Aaron Zimmer expressed displeasure with how Pisani had summarized a meeting in an email and suggested the principal might have lost the trust of his staff and the parents. “Trust is a common thread that seems to keep popping up in discussions,” Zimmer wrote. “Once broken, it is very difficult to rebuild it between a leader and their followers. Not impossible, but very difficult and takes a lot of time and patience.” Parent Jessica Maher also told the Press that some incidents at the school, including lockdown situations involving threats, “have been either downplayed or not communicated entirely.” She also cited times when “hate language” was used at the school and not communicated to families, when she

would’ve liked that to be a “community conversation,” since, she believed, the children would hear about it, anyway. She hopes to see that change with new administration to help foster conversation within her own and among other families. “(I want) things that will help families support conversations that align with things that are happening at school,” Maher said. “I want to have the tools and know what’s happening to support those conversations.” The delayed announcement of his departure itself was part of the pattern of poor communication, some parents said. It came nearly a month after school board member Meredith Stier Christensen called him a “lame duck” in a December email to Gorrell. During the time between the decision and announcement, rumors spread that he would be fired, resigning or even receiving a promotion within the district, according to emails acquired in the request, and went to the point of students discussing what they were hearing. Stier Christensen’s email brought up that perception. “His unwillingness to be forthright is damaging the school’s morale and ability to come together,” she wrote. “MP is also damaging our credibility by saying he’s staying. We are being described as ineffective at best and deceptive at worst. Those criticisms are directed to both the superintendent and the board.”

Board’s response Pisani’s exit comes as the district is changing its complaints procedure. T h e n ew p r o c e d u r e , expected to be voted on at the board’s next meeting, has not been directly connected with the years of complaints from parents about Pisani, which parents said were routinely brushed aside. It outlines steps parents can take when they have concerns, including who they should approach first and at what point to move to the next highest authority. In Pisani’s case, Hilquist wrote to the board that the parents had been “dismissed” when discussing the issues with Pisani and Gorrell in the past, as recently as last summer. “Dr. Gorrell has been made thoroughly aware, over the course of the past four years, that principal Mike Pisani is failing Stoner Prairie, but he has consistently refused to consider Mr. Pisani’s termination,” Hilquist wrote in October. “We ask you, the members of the school board, to step in now to help our school.” Roberts said while the email made the board aware of the parents’ concerns, the board left the ultimate decisions to Gorrell in his role “overseeing and supervising” staff. “The Board of Education’s role regarding personnel matters extends to that of our oversight and evaluation of the district administrator,” Roberts wrote in an email to the Press. “Additionally, because of the interests at

‘I have first-hand witnessed nothing but support from Mr. Pisani and the staff that has been put in place.’ Janelle Kenny-Johnson, Stoner Prairie teacher, in email to superintendent Dean Gorrell stake and out of respect for our employees, we do not generally discuss personnel matters in public.” While the parents were not satisfied with the responses they had received from district officials for the more than two years they had registered complaints, the school board’s actions last fall drew praise. “They had no idea what was going on day-to-day,” Steffin told the Press. “As soon as they found out, they stepped up.” The emails show Roberts responded to Hilquist’s October email within 24 hours. He separately asked Gorrell to set up a closed session on the topic for the board’s next meeting “to obtain a fuller picture of the issues raised in the email so we are not solely relying on the viewpoints expressed in the email to inform us of the situation at Stoner Prairie.” Those discussions were limited for legal reasons, but in November Roberts wrote that the issues were “discussed generally at a recent board meeting” and that Gorrell and the administrative team were working on them. “Please know that our superintendent is taking your concerns very seriously and is addressing these issues,” Roberts wrote to Hilquist. Hilquist said she is optimistic for the school’s future, now that the parents’ concerns have been addressed. “We love Stoner Prairie and believe it has limitless potential under the right leadership,” Hilquist said. Contact Scott Girard at and follow him on Twitter @ sgirard9.

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Name: Max Herkert Grade: Junior Sport: Track and field

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Junior Max Herkert clears 13 feet, 3 inches Monday at Lussier Stadium. Herkert tied the Verona Area High School record with a clearance of 13-6 to win his first Big Eight title.

Herkert ties VAHS record JEREMY JONES Sports editor

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Pole vaulter Max Herkert had been limited the last six months as he battled back from a knee injury. Monday evening, the Verona junior posted a 6-inch season best to bring home the lone Big Eight Conference title for the boys track team at Madison’s Lussier Stadium. The Wildcats had six other all-conference performers (top three) and eight medalists (top eight) on their way to a thirdplace team finish. Three throwers – freshman Jackson Acker, juniors Dylan Bourne and Ben Vandervest – were all-conference,

as were junior jumper JT Hawkins and junior sprinter Jayden Joe-Wright. Verona scored 83.3 points to finish third. Nearly 40 percent of those points came from the Wildcat throwers. But Herkert stole the show with his title. He cleared 13-6 on his second attempt to win based on attempts.

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Verona looks to top Middleton in Big 8 meet ANTHONY IOZZO Assistant sports editor

Verona boys golf and Middleton look to be the top contenders to win Thursday’s Big Eight Conference meet at Evansville Golf Course. While the honorable mention Wildcats finished six strokes behind the thirdranked Cardinals in the final Big Eight regular season meet on May 9, Verona has finished ahead of Middleton in other meets this season – the Edgewood invite and the Waunakee Shootout. Honorable mention Janesville Parker, which the Wildcats topped in a Big Eight triangular, is another contender to take the crown. Verona and Middleton are also in the same regional (May 22 at Pleasant View

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Verona hosts the WIAA Division regional travel meet at 4 p.m. May 21. The top four finishers in each event qualify for sectionals at 4 p.m. May 24 at Lake Geneva Badger High School. That moved him into a threeway tie for the school record with Martin Schulte-Wissermann (1988) and Erik Queoff (2012). “Regionals next week in Verona is the meet where we’re planning on breaking the record,” Herkert said. It was Herkert’s second time making the all-conference team and his first conference title.

He said the win was refreshing because he hadn’t been able to do much since his injury. Janesville Parker senior Palmer Goodwick missed his first vault at his opening height of 11-6 before Herkert entered the competition at 12-0, and that proved to be the difference. The two were clean through 13-3, and each missed his first attempt at 13-6 but cleared the bar on the next attempt. Granted three minutes between vaults, Herkert said he was “dead” toward the end. “I just needed a break.” I was trying to concentrate on my technique and knowing what I had to do.” They both attempted 13-9,

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Highlights: Herkert tied a VAHS school record in the pole vault Monday in the Big Eight Conference meet, winning a title with a clearance of 13 feet, 6 inches. Honorable mentions: Leah Remiker (girls track) won a Big Eight title in the 800-meter run Monday Brooks Brazeau (baseball) had two RBIs in a win over Madison East on May 8, and he also was 2-for-3 with four RBIs in a win over East on Thursday Connor Grossnickle (baseball) pitched all five innings Thursday in a 12-2 win over Madison East, allowing an earned run on four hits and two walks Connor Rufenacht (boys golf) shot a season-low 79 on May 9 in a Big Eight triangular against Middleton and Madison East Alli Albert (girls soccer) finished with a goal and an assist in a 4-0 win over Madison East Thursday Rachel Nelson (girls soccer) had seven saves Saturday in a 1-1 tie with Mukwonago Meghan Anderson (softball) tossed back-to-back two-hit shutouts against Madison West on Monday Kevin Fan (boys tennis) concluded an undefeated Big Eight dual meet season, moving up to No. 1 singles and winning 6-0, 6-0 over Madison East on Monday

Remiker, Smith and Witthuhn earn titles JEREMY JONES Sports editor

Much of Monday’s Big Eight Conference track and field meet went as expected, but it held some surprises for the Verona girls team. The Wildcats crowned three underclassmen champions at Madison’s Lussier Stadium, as sophomores Leah Remiker, Tamiya Smith and Rachel Witthuhn all paced the field in their respective events. While Remiker was the favorite to win the 800-meter run, Smith (100 dash) and Witthuhn (discus) were surprises as the three champions helped Verona finish fifth out of 10 schools with 54 points. Smith was a returning state qualifier in the 4x200 relay but ran her best 100 of the season to earn her title Monday. And Witthun’s 120-foot discus shot was a personal best by 20 feet. Sun Prairie repeated as conference champion and earned its eighth title in the past 10 seasons despite winning just four events. It relied on its depth, scoring 173.5 points. The Cardinals finished 1-2 in the 100 hurdles and the pole vault. Senior Jada Schuh, who won the 100

What’s next Verona hosts the WIAA Division 1 regional track meet 4 p.m. Monday, May 21. The top four finishers in each event qualify to advance to the Lake Geneva Badger sectional meet Thursday, May 24. hurdles, also added a title in the 300. Sun Prairie also won the 4x800. Verona’s Remiker was a returning state qualifier and the favorite to win the 800 by nearly three seconds Monday. And she felt the pressure. “Based on the seed times, I felt like everyone was expecting me to win pretty easily,” she said. Remiker ran a smart race and never got boxed in. She made her move to separate from the pack on the second lap and posted a time of 2 minutes, 21.92 seconds, enough to win the race by 1.09 but not close to the 2:19.89 she had run earlier this season. Sun Prairie finished 3-4-5, as Janesville Craig freshman Clare Hulick snuck into second place with a time of

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Sophomore Leah Remiker won her first Big Eight Conference title in the 800-meter run Monday in 2 minutes, 21.98 seconds. 2:23.01. Remiker said knowing how fast the Sun Prairie girls were – plus the thought of having three of them chasing her – added even more pressure. “That was kind of intimidating,” she said. “Winning conference is really fun, but I hope I can continue to

improve.” Getting back to state is the goal for Remiker. “I definitely think with what we are doing in practice right now, it’s setting me up to get back,” she said. Remiker competed in a second

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Anderson tossed back-to-back shutouts JEREMY JONES Sports editor

Senior pitcher Meghan Anderson allowed no earned runs in four games last week to lead the Verona softball team (15-3 overall, 14-3 Big Eight) to four conference wins.

Verona 8, La Follette 1 Anderson scattered two hits over seven innings Thursday to lead Verona to an 8-1 victory against Madison La Follette. She struck out six. Verona took a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the fourth and tacked on three more in the fifth and two in the sixth. A sacrifice bunt by shortstop Kasie Keyes scored one in the fourth inning. Designated hitter Ari Vogel singled home another and second baseman Amie Rudnick laid down a sacrifice bunt to score the third run. Catcher Savanna Rainey had a three-run home run in the fifth inning to score Taytum Geier and Emma Kleinsek, who had both walked. The Wildcats (12-3) committed three errors and trailed the Lancers 1-0 through three innings. La Follette’s offense was a sacrifice fly by Eden Welling in the top of the second inning. Welling got the start in the circle for La Follette and allowed three runs on three hits. Zephran Jager tossed two innings of relief and gave up six runs.

Verona, West (DH) Anderson tossed a pair of complete game, two-hitters Monday and the offense knocked in 19 runs to lead Verona past Madison West in both ends of a Big Eight doubleheader. The Wildcats played as the visiting team in the first game and shut out the Regents

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Senior Meghan Anderson tossed back-to-back shutouts Monday against Madison West.

first-inning home run, and an RBI single in the second and fourth and a lead-off double the third. Verona softball travels in Verona sent 13 batters to Sun Prairie on Thurs- to the plate in the second day for a 5 p.m. game inning, scoring eight runs. against the Cardinals. Amie Rudnicki, Alina Yazek Rainey McChesney, The Wildcats then host Savanna Kasie Keyes and Kleinsek all nonconference Water- drove in runs. town in a 5 p.m. makeBreanna McClary got the start in the circle for West and up game on Friday. allowed 10 runs on six hits. Balas tossed 2 2/3 out of the bullpen. Keyes, Kleinsek and 4-0 behind the right arm of McChesney all had multiple Anderson, who struck out 11 hits for Verona. in five innings. Verona lead 1-0 through Verona 11, East (6 inn.) four innings before adding Verona scored six times in three runs against Ari Balas the second inning Tuesday in the top of the fifth inning. and went on to defeat MadiEmma Kleinsek singled son East 11-1 in six. home a run and two more Rainey had three RBIs, scored on an error for the and Rudnicki added two. Wildcats. Anderson struck out eight Balas took the loss for in six innings for the win. West, allowing four runs on She allowed six hits and an five hits. She walked one and unearned run. struck out one. Molly McChesney went 2 Sheboygan North for 3 at the plate to lead Vero- invite na at the plate. The host Wildcats were (cancelled) even more dominant in the The Wildcats were supsecond game as Anderson posed to play Port Washstruck out six in four innings ington, Fond du Lac and as Verona rolled 15-0. S h e b oy g a n N o r t h l a s t Kleinsek continued to be weekend but the tournared-hot at the plate, going 4 ment in Sheboygan was for 4 including a three-run, rained out.

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Senior Connor McGowan looks to turn a double play in the third inning Thursday against Madison East. The Wildcats won 12-2 in five innings for their sixth straight victory.

Cats remain in Big Eight race ANTHONY IOZZO Assistant sports editor

Verona baseball continued to hit well Thursday, May 10, in a 12-2 win over Madison East in five innings. The Wildcats jumped out to a 9-0 lead after two innings before finishing the job with a walk-off single in the bottom of the fifth. Brazeau was one of the stars. The catcher was 2-for-3 with four RBIs. Verona batted around in the first and scored five times, including a tworun single by Brazeau to cap the inning. The inning started with a double by senior Tucker Teskey (2-for-2), walks by seniors Connor McGowan and Stephen Lund and an RBI walk by freshman Ryan Taylor. Senior Tristan Largent followed with a two-run single to make it 3-0 before junior Sam Pederson walked and Brazeau came through with his first hit.

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The offense continued to dominate in the second inning with four more runs. McGowan singled to center field, and he reached second base on a passed ball before Lund singled him home. Pederson later doubled home Lund with a shot into

Verona travels to second-ranked Sun Prairie at 6 p.m. Thursday and hosts nonconference Stoughton at 5 p.m. Monday, May 21, and topranked Janesville Craig at 5 p.m. Tuesday, May 22. the left-center field gap before Brazeau once again came through at the plate with another two-run single to make it 9-0. Brazeau said he didn’t get a lot of swings in before the game because he had to take an A.P. test, but he came in with the approach to look to hit the ball up the middle and look for fastballs early in the count. It also doesn’t hurt

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Ve r o n a b o y s t e n n i s wrapped up its second undefeated Big Eight dual meet season in the last three years Monday with a 7-0 drubbing of Madison East. The win came as no surprise as the Purgolders only have six varsity players this season. Michael Happel and Logan Tordeur received byes and the bottom of the singles, as did Verona’s Nos. 2 and 3 doubles team of Berry and Young and Jacob Lotta and Josiah Thompson. Kevin Fan and Kush Napgal moved up to play Nos. 1 and 2 singles with Will Tennison and Chris Queoff sitting out the match. Fan and Nagpal both rolled 6-0, 6-0. Evan Schmidt and Conner Dugan also moved up from their No. 2 doubles spot to win 6-0, 6-0 atop the doubles lineup.

What’s next Verona travels to Nielsen Tennis Stadium on Wednesday and Thursday for the Big Eight Conference tournament. The Wildcats are seeking their second straight tournament title and their first sweep of the dual meet regular season and conference titles.

first conference title by a point (37-36) over Sun Prairie last season. This year that gap looks much wider entering the conference tournamment, at least on paper. Verona did not lose a conference singles match all season as Tennison (19-1), Queoff (18-3), Fan (20-1) and Nagpal (17-3) all went undefeated during the regular season and will earn the No. 1 seeds. Hutchcroft and Swaminath (15-7) only lost to Sun Prairie and are expected to earn the No. 2 seed at No. 1 doubles. Schmidt and Dugan (12-9) Verona 7, Jan. Craig 0 drew the No. 4 seed and BerConference preview ry and Young (12-10) earned The Wildcats hosted JanesThe Wildcats won their the No. 3 seed. ville Craig on Thursday and cruised 7-0, losing one game at all four singles flights. Tennison, who went to three sets in his previous two matches at No. 1 singles against Madison Memorial’s Colt Tegtmeier and Sun Prairie’s Aidan Schutter, rolled 6-0, 6-0 Queoff and Fan added 6-0, 6-0 wins at Nos. 2 and 3 singles, and Nagpal won 6-0, 6-1 at No. 4 singles. Jordan Hutchcroft and Vivek Swaminath won 6-1, 6-1 atop the doubles line. Dugan and Schmidt matched the score at No. 2 doubles and Berry and Young rolled 6-1, 6-0.

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Verona boys golf traveled to Yahara Hills Golf Course on May 9 and finished with a 302, six strokes behind Middleton. Both the Cardinals and the Wildcats had four golfers shoot in the 70s. Junior Austin Gaby led Verona with a 71, and senior Garhett Kaegi followed with a 74. Sophomore Cale Rufenacht shot a 78, and senior Connor Rufenacht finished with a 79. Senior Logan Lindell’s 83 was not counted toward the final score. Kip Sullivan led Middleton with a 70. He was followed by Carson Frisch (72), Andrew Zucker (77) and Jacob Beckman (77). Tommy Kriewaldt’s 80 was not counted toward the team score. Madison East also competed at the meet but only had two golfers – Bryn Ostby (96) and Drew Morrow (103).

Verona girls soccer defeated Madison East 4-0 Thursday in a Big Eight Conference match. Freshman Binta Jammeh scored two goals, assisted by sophomore midfielder/forward Ani Quade and sophomore Alli Albert. Albert added a goal, and freshman midfielder Morgan Grignon scored on a penalty kick.

Verona traveled back to Yahara Hills Thursday for the La Follette Cup. Kaegi and Gaby played best ball and finished with a 73, and seniors Matt Payne and Jon Buchert played alternate shot and had an 82. The Wildcats also shot a 63 in the team Photo by Anthony Iozzo scramble. Senior Jack Bates drains a birdie on the third hole Thursday in the La Follette Cup at YahaAshenfeldter invite ra Hills Golf Course. Bates was a part of the Verona was able to get another gauge team scramble in the meet. They shot a 63. with some of the top teams in the state at Saturday’s Ashenfeldter Invitational at Kaegi led Verona with a 74, and Gaby Riverside Golf Course in Janesville. The Wildcats tied for third with Frank- followed with a 77. Cale Rufenacht had lin with a 311. Both teams are honorable a 78, and Connor Rufenacht finished the scoring with an 82. mentions in Division 1. Arrowhead’s Piercen Hunt was the Top-ranked Hartland Arrowhead finished with a 298 to win the meet, and medalist with a 67. fifth-ranked Lake Geneva Badger was Memorial invite (cancelled) next with a 309. The Wildcats’ final regular season meet Seventh-ranked Kettle Moraine was next with a 313, and honorable mention was cancelled Monday. Verona was supMukwonago shot a 319. Honorable men- posed to travel to Blackhawk Country tion Janesville Parker’s Green team, with Club but the heavy rains from the night its top varsity golfers, was next with a before forced the meet to be called off. 324.

Baseball: Verona shut out by Sun Prairie when the entire lineup has a good day, he added. “Everyone is grooving the ball, and you have to step up there,” Brazeau said. “You don’t want to be the guy that ends the line.” Lund (2-for-2) added an RBI triple in the third and scored on an RBI sacrifice fly by Taylor to make it 11-1. Taylor ended the game on a walk-off RBI single in the fifth, bringing home junior pinch hitter Tyler McWilliams, who had walked with one out. Junior Connor Grossnickle earned the win on the mound. He allowed an earned run on four hits and two walks in five innings, striking out three. Brazeau said Grossnickle is always strong with his command, so the game plan was to try and hit the outside corner with fastballs to get ahead in the count. “It worked,” Brazeau said. “(Grossnickle) threw extremely well tonight, and that is him most of the time. It is really good to have a guy come in throw five innings as strong as he did.”

Top teams in the state give Verona a test before regionals Verona baseball is in the thick of the Big Eight Conference race, but the Wildcats will get a much better gauge of how close they are to the top teams in the state in the final weeks of the season. The combined record of the opponents during Verona’s six-game winning streak is 8-35, but on Tuesday, Verona hosts Sun Prairie, which is ranked second in Division 1 in the Wisconsin Baseball Coaches Association poll. The Wildcats play the Cardinals again Thursday at Sun Prairie. Verona is 1 1/2 games behind Sun Prairie (14-3, 11-3), Middleton (14-5, 11-3) and Janesville Craig (16-2, 10-2). The Wildcats split the season series with Middleton and played Sun Prairie for the first time Tuesday, falling 5-0. “Starting with that walk-off win against La Follette (on May 4), we picked it up and are believing in ourselves right now,” junior Brooks Brazeau said after Thursday’s 12-2, five-inning victory over Madison East. “Confidence is at an all-time high.” Verona (11-6 overall, 10-4 Big Eight Conference) then plays back-to-back games with top-ranked Janesville Craig, May 22, at Stampfl Field and May 24 at Riverside Park. The Wildcats travel to fourth-ranked Hartland Arrowhead for a doubleheader on May 25. Coach Brad D’Orazio said that he looks at continued improvement by the pitching and defense as keys down the stretch, whether it is making routine plays or limiting the number of walks on the mound. “Our pitching has been good, and we will compete as long as we are pitching and playing defense,” he said.

Sun Prairie 5, Verona 0 The Wildcats hosted second-ranked Sun Prairie Tuesday looking to continue to move up the Big Eight standings but fell 5-0. Taylor Jansen and Luke DePrey combined for a

one-hitter. Jansen allowed a hit and five walks in five innings, striking out seven, DePrey struck out three in two innings. Verona’s only hit was a Lund single to left field.

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Wildcats knock off Cardinals

The Wildcats had two runners on in the third and fifth innings. Junior Reagan Klawiter took the loss. He allowed two unearned runs on five hits and three walks, striking out five.

The Wildcats hosted Loyola Academy (Ill.) in a nonconference game on May 5 and lost 4-1. Sophomore midfielder Hanna Steiner scored the lone goal, and senior goalie Rachel Nelson had 14 saves.

Verona 1, Mukwonago 1 Verona hosted nonconference Mukwonago Saturday and tied 1-1. Sophomore midfielder Mia Hoeve tied the game in the 56th minute on a penalty kick. Nelson finished with seven saves.

Verona 2, Sun Prairie 1 The Wildcats hosted Sun Prairie on Tuesday had handed the Cardinals their first conference loss of the season, 2-1. Hoeve scored the first goal with an assist to Grignon, and freshman midfielder Kasey Gilboy scored

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What’s next Verona hosts Janesville Craig at 7 p.m. Thursday and nonconference Oconomowoc at 11 a.m. Saturday. The Wildcats travel to nonconference Waunakee at 7 p.m. Monday, May 21. the eventual game-winner with an assist to Hoeve. Nelson stopped eight shots to help the Wildcats stay ahead. Sun Prairie entered the game with 15 points, and now Verona has 11 in the conference. “I think we finally played 90 minutes of soccer and played to the best of our abilities,” coach Jen Faulkner said. “We played great team defense, had good coverage in the midfield and were able to neutralize their best players.” The seeding meeting for the Wildcats’ sectional is

Wednesday, May 23. A big game coming up with seeding implications is at 11 a.m. Saturday when Verona takes on Oconomowoc in a sectional semifinal rematch from last season. The Wildcats also play Janesville Craig, which has 17 points in the Big Eight, and a nonconference game against Waunakee next week. “This is going to be a long tough stretch and this is the time of year we want to be playing well,” Faulkner said. “If we can continue to play together, I think we can continue to find success.”

Golf: Regionals set for Tuesday Continued from page 9 Golf Course) and sectional (May 29 at Edelweiss Country Club), and the two rivals will both be contenders to make state as a team. Both teams can score in the low 300s, with the Cardinals shooting a season-best 296 on May 9. But eighth-ranked Waunakee and Oregon will also be contenders to make state, both shooting in the low 310s this season. There are four teams and the top four individuals from the rest of the field that advance to sectionals, but there are just two teams and the top three individuals from the rest of the field that advance to state.

What’s next The Big Eight Conference meet is at 8:30 a.m. Thursday. The WIAA Division 1 Middleton regional is at 9 a.m. Tuesday, May 22, at Pleasant View Golf Course. Middleton, Waunakee, Oregon, Madison West, Madison Memorial, Sauk Prairie and Stoughton join the Wildcats. The top four teams and top four individuals (not from qualifying team) advance to sectionals.

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Girls track: Verona earns seven medals Continued from page 9 event at the end of the meet and helped the 4x400 relay of Ally Kundinger, Natalia Aparicio and Caroline Bobb, to a medal, with a fourth-place finish in 4:19.75. Smith had earned three medals at the conference meet last year, but Monday she had to run a personal best, 12.68, to win the 100. Smith had been third after the prelims behind Madison Memorial sophomores Grace Korger (12.85) and Micah Wade (12.87) with a time of 12.98. “I feel like based on tonight, I could make it to state in the 100 this year,” Smith said. “I have so much work I can do this week just to get better with my start. That could make so much difference in my time. It’s exciting.” Smith also earned all-conference honors as part of Verona’s 4x100 relay of Andrea Wheaton, Ally Kundinger and Emelia Lichty, which finished .40 behind Madison Memorial for second place. Perhaps the biggest surprise of the night for the Wildcats was that of Witthuhn’s discus win. She added a sixth-place medal in the shot put with a throw of 33-2 3/4. “It finally all worked out for Rachel tonight, and she got a really good throw,” coach Robert Martin said. “It came at the right time, obviously, moving forward.” Senior Emelia Lichty also medaled (top eight), taking fifth place in the 200 dash in 27.71. Senior Annika Larson and junior Ashley just missed out on a medal in the 300 hurdles and triple jump, finishing ninth in 53.33 and 32-3 1/4, respectively. Verona’s 4x800 relay was fifth out of seven, and the Wildcats’ 4x200 was disqualified.


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Sophomore Rachel Witthuhn had a 20-foot personal-best Monday to win the Big Eight discus crown with a throw of 120-0. She also added a sixth-place medal in the shot put with a throw of 33-2 3/4.

Medalist at Big Eight Conference meet 100: Tamiya Smith, first, 12.68 200: Emelia Lichty, fifth, 27.71 800: Leah Remiker, first, 2:21.92 4x100 relay: Andrea Wheaton, Ally Kundinger, Emelia Lichty, Tamiya Smith, second, 50.81 4x400 relay: Ally Kundinger, Leah Remiker, Natalia Aparicio, Caroline Bobb, fourth, 4:19.75 shot put: Rachel Witthuhn, sixth, 33-2 3/4 discus: Rachel Witthuhn, first place, 120-0

Cats host regionals next week The Wildcats should have a lot of confidence heading into the WIAA Division 1 regional meet they host on Monday, May 21. “There’s a confidence level that the girls will have being at home,” coach Robert Martin said. “They’re used to the environment and the way things are working. Hopefully, the stress of, ‘you have to qualify,’ is set aside and they just let the performance take care of itself.” The top four in each event advance on to sectionals Thursday, and the top three



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at sectionals qualify for state. Although the Wildcats didn’t stack the relay at Monday’s Big Eight Conference meet, they plan to put together their strongest foursome at regionals and sectionals. “I don’t know what the seeds are like or anything like that yet, but I know we have something to think about, as far as who runs what,” Martin said. “I think we’ll have a good number that qualify for sectionals. Hopefully, we can maximize that number to give us the optimal number to qualify for state.” Coaches have until Friday to set their lineup for regionals. “It doesn’t give us much time, but at least we’ve got a chance to see what we look like in crappy weather and some good weather now,” Martin said. “It’s just about qualifying for sectionals, you’re looking to put as many girls as possible in a position to go on to the state meet.”

which Goodwick just clipped on his final attempt. “We thought it was going to be a tie. We didn’t know he had a miss,” Herkert said. The Wildcat throwers had a big showing, too. They outdid themselves last year, but somehow the group managed to best even last year’s effort despite graduating their lone state qualifier. The Wildcats scored a program-best 30 points in throws at the conference meet last season, but Bourne, Acker and Vandervest bested that mark with 32 points Monday. Acker was a first-time all-conference performer in both throwing events, finishing second in the shot put with a heave of 47-11 3/4 to break his VAHS freshman record by more than a footand-a-half. The throw moves him up into the top 20 in school history regardless of grade. He also added a thirdplace finish in the discus with a 135-6. Bourne earned his first all-conference honors with a runner-up finish in the discus (135-11) and earned a medal for his fifth-place shot put (46-7). Ben Vandervest rounded out the throw crew, earning all-conference honors with his third-place finish in the shot put (47-5 3/4). “I had a hard time getting to sleep last night because I was very excited about what I’ve been seeing in our development,” throw coach Bruce Campbell said. “We ignore the clock and we just work until we get done what we need to get done.” Junior JT Hawkins earned all-conference honors in one jumping event and medals in two more. Hawkins cleared 5-10 to tie for second in the high jump. He added a fifthplace finish in the triple jump (40-3) and took seventh in the long jump (19-2 1/2). “JT had never medaled at the conference championship before,” coach Joff Pedretti said. “Last year he was competing well enough to do it, but he got to the big meet and couldn’t do it.” Junior Jayden Joe-Wright made the VAHS all-time honor roll in the prelims and then ran even faster in the finals, taking third place in the 200 dash with a time of 22.67.

Medalists at Big Eight Conference meet 200: Jayden Joe-Wright, third, 22.67 400: Mason Jordan, seventh, 52.86 110 hurdles: Michael Egle, sixth, 16.23 300 hurdles: Brad Tuomi, eighth, 43.60 4x100 relay: Jackson Acker, Joe Riley, Jayden JoeWright, Tim Soko, fourth, 44.84 4x200 relay: Graham Stier, Malik Odetudne, Joe Riley, Tim Soko, fifth, 1:34.38 shot put: Jackson Acker, second, 47-11 3/4; Ben Vandervest, 47-5 3/4, fifth; Dylan Bourne, fifth, 46-7 discus: Dylan Bourne, second, 135-11; Jackson Acker, third, 135-6 pole vault: Max Herkert, first, 13-6 long jump: Joe Riley, fourth, 20 1/2; JT Hawkins, seventh, 19-2 1/2 high jump: JT Hawkins, second, 5-10 triple jump: JT Hawkins, fifth, 40-3

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Brad Tuomi finished eighth in the 300-meter hurdles at the Big Eight Conference meet. Just the third time he had run the race, Tuomi posted a time of 43.60 seconds. Senior Joe Riley earned his place in 44.48, while the first conference champion- 4x200 of Graham Stier, ship medal, taking fourth in Malik Odetunde, Riley and the long jump with a leap of Soko was fifth in 1:34.38. 20 ½. Verona’s 4x400 (3:35.36) Senior Michael Egle and 4x800 (8:59.48) each finearned his first champion- ished seventh. ship medal, placing sixth in Verona competed without the 110 hurdles (16.23) and Peter Barger (800, 1,600 and junior Mason Jordan took 4x4), who sat out the meet seventh in the 400 (52.86). with an injury. Running only his third 300 Peter said the coaching hurdle race, sophomore Brad staff will have some tough Tuomi turned in a huge PR to decisions deciding how to set take eighth place in 43.60. He the lineup for next Monday’s was seeded 10th as the fastest WIAA Division 1 regional athlete in the second heat. meet. The deadline to submit “I told him before the race, each team’s lineup is this Fri‘Usually the guy that wins day. your heat ends up medaling “You want to give some because someone in the fast- of these guys a shot at makest heat ends up making a ing state in their individual mistake,’” Pedretti said. “And events, which means you that’s exactly what happened. can only stack two relays,” Someone got tripped up on Pedretti said. “A sprinter can the second to last hurdle in run the 100, 200 and 400, but the fast heat.” you can’t pull your best guy The Wildcats 4x100 team out and still stack all three of Tim Soko, Acker, Riley relays. You have to figure out and Joe-Wright took fourth what is your best chance.”


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Verona History 50 years ago • Presidential candidate Richard Nixon met with editors and publishers from Southern Wisconsin weekly newspapers. A photo of Nixon with UW-Madison students Rick Fetherston and Ken Behnke of Verona appeared on the front page of the Press. • The pages of the Press were filled with competing ads for presidential candidates Nixon and Eugene McCarthy, who would each win their respective spring primaries. • The school board adopted a middle school concept, putting students from grades 6-8 into a single school with the opening of the new Verona High School. Under the plan, the following fall, kindergarten classes moved to the existing junior high building, grades 1-5 went to Verona Elementary School and grades 6-8 into the existing high school building. Anticipated total enrollment was 1,561. • About 70 people called for the village to get outside help reforming its tax codes as a result of inequities outlined a month earlier in the Verona Press. The following week the village informally agreed to consider combining the village assessor and treasurer duties, and Village President Ole Week reported that the state supervisor of assessments would work with the local assessor. • The Cross house on South Franklin Street, one of the oldest in the village at 64 years, was torn down. • The Town Board found a suitable dump site after a long search. It was an unused portion of a gravel pit on Cross Country Road at Nine Mound.

40 years ago • The Board of Education decided to put its referenda for a classroom addition to Verona High School and its pool on separate ballots. • The Village Board tabled a motion that would have required all department heads to live in the village. Some trustees complained that not only were other municipalities loosening such requirements, applicants could theoretically be required to move just down the street in order to take such a position. • Less than five months after resigning as village

president because of a scandal with the construction of his home, Burr Weiland joined the race to be the first mayor of the new City of Verona. • The Village Board authorized a 6 percent share of the fire station to be sold to the Town of Springdale for $12,891. • Verona’s boys basketball’s loss to River Valley in a WIAA regional ended the seniors’ dream of playing 100 games together one game early. The group had played together since the seventh grade. • Verona police chief Herman Daniels stepped down from his post but continued on as a patrolman. He acted as interim chief until a new chief was hired.

30 years ago • The Verona school board’s long-range planning committee recommended negotiating with the county to acquire land for building a middle school. • Dr. James Heffernan was named the new principal of Verona (now Sugar Creek) Elementary School. • More than 60 Verona High School students toured New York, watched the New York Philharmonic Orchestra rehearse and performed five times there. • Local resident Mark Berkner began raising money for a chance to join the Olympic training program in rowing. • More than 120 people attended an open house at the Masonic Lodge to honor Miller and Sons owner Keith Miller for his contributions to the community. • The Department of Transportation held an informational meeting at Springdale Town Hall to discuss the proposed improvement of U.S. 18-151 to the current four-lane expressway. • Verona Air Park received the city’s approval to add a half-mile to the runway, effectively doubling its size to make it larger than the airport in Watertown. • The VAHS boys basketball team was eliminated in the regional semifinal after posting a 16-6 record, the best since 1966 and its closest to the state tournament since 1974.


project, tentatively planned by Payne and Dolan. The pit, announced the previous month, was to go on lands owned by Curtis and Deb Herfel on the south side of the town. The debate would continue for the next several months and end with the county granting approval over the Town Board’s objection. It was built years later. • Town Board Sup. Bill Kahl pleaded not guilty to five counts of distributing improperly identified campaign literature after the charges were leveled by District Attorney Diane Nicks. In the April 1997 incident, anonymous leaflets were left on mailboxes blasting incumbent supervisors for financial irresponsibility and bad land use policy. Those same three supervisors were challenged by a group that included Kahl, Harland Dahlk and Craig Rhiner. • Town residents packed Town Hall to hear Madison’s plans for extending High Point Road. They were told it would take between 10 and 20 years and would not be finished until it could go through the Marty property between County PD and Midtown, a condition that continues to exist. • Fitchburg announced plans to rebuild Nesbitt Road in the spring. • Herman and Geraldine Duerst of Verona celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. • Former Verona residents Vernon and Esther Zarndt celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary.

10 years ago

• Nearly 200 people turned out to a community forum to determine whether the city should pursue any, some or all of the big box developments proposed in various parts of the city. The general consensus was Verona needs more retail, but there was no agreement where, and with the discussion as a backdrop, city leaders eventually decided to continue with the existing Farm and Fleet and West End projects but slow down additional large-scale approvals. That essentially put two bigbox store proposals off the table. • Verona senior wrestler 20 years ago Andres Caceres advanced to • Opponents of a pro- the 140-pound state final but posed gravel pit began an had to exit with an injury. Caceres had tied the match organized resistance to the

against Marshfield freshman Brad Dolezal at 5-5 – setting up a comeback just like he’d done two consecutive matches before – but twisted his arm after bracing it on the mat and could not continue. • The girls basketball team went to the state tournament for the first time. The Wildcats won their first game, 53-50 against De Pere behind a dominant offensive and defensive performance by Megan McGowan, but they got pummeled by eventual champion Milwaukee Vincent 45-26 in the semifinals. • General Motors rejected a plan to sell the former John Erickson Chevrolet dealership to a Beaver Dam company, forcing 25 employees to lose their jobs 11 days later. Erickson told the Press he knew it was a possibility but thought GM would approve it despite the company’s lagging sales amid the coming global recession. • The cities of Madison and Verona agreed on a boundary deal that would set terms in the event of a successful consolidation referendum. It would have set County Hwy. PD and Timber Lane as boundaries, limited density to 16 units per acre and restricted construction in those limits to 100 new units per year. • Library director Susan Hedrick left for the same position in Waunakee. Hedrick had taken a key role in getting the new library built, and Waunakee was planning to build a new one, as well. • The Verona Area School District began studying when it should build its next school, with some noting that it “waited too long” to purchase land for Glacier Edge Elementary School – which opened in 2006 – and “paid dearly” for it. Separately, a study found enrollment would double by 2025. • A VASD committee began discussing the future of the expanding English language-learner programs, considering options such as adding foreign languages in elementary schools and dual immersion. The latter idea, known as two-way immersion, or TWI, has been in place since 2013. • The Verona Senior Center installed a new sound system that connected two microphones to 16 speakers in the dining area.

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Wrestler Chris Kittman at Verona’s “victory wall.”

Spotlight: 30 years ago

Kittman’s state dreams come true His “theme” for the 1987-88 wrestling season was, “You can’t stop a man on a mission.” It was his senior season, his last chance. It was during a week of national athletic tragedies, disappointments and misfortunes in Olympic efforts. But nothing would stop Chris Kittman from bringing home the gold. The Indian 145-pound WIAA state champion won three matches Friday and Saturday at the UW Field House en route to his newly acquired title. The prestigious crown comes off the heels of a long and deserving season. Kittman compiled a 30-1 season record and added the 145-pound state title to championships at Wisconsin Heights, Sauk Prairie, conference, regional and sectional tournaments. Kittman slipped into the championship belt when he easily defeated Paul Brehm of East Troy with the fastest fall in the finals bracket. The Indian 145-pounder rejected a Brehm takedown effort and countered with a single-leg takedown that put Brehm on the mat. Continuing a move, Kittman worked his legs around to gain control as he immediately gathered Brehm and turned the East Troy hopeful to his back. Keeping his hips high, Kittman turned and then drove Brehm’s shoulders to the mat with his thighs. A smooth figure four finished off Brehm as Kittman worked the two-legged headlock to a tee and pinned Brehm, all in just 1:20. “He didn’t know how to react at first,” Verona coach Jim Brooks said. “Coach Arneson and I were jumping up and down and about 200 Verona fans were going nuts, and (Kittman) just stood there in disbelief.” Disbelief in the fact that he had become just one of three Verona grapplers to ever reach state advancement, and the only Indian wrestler to win a state championship. In the back-to-back seasons of 1974-1975, Rod Gerke, a 185-pound hopeful, placed sixth, and the following year, Steve Duerst, an Indian heavyweight, took third. SLAP! The ref signaled a win by pin and the dream was reality. Kittman, stunned by the ease of his triumph, stood up and just clenched his fists as he soaked in the thoughts of being the only wrestling state champ in the history of Verona High, a fact that has been overdue since the organization of the sport to Verona in 1964. “It took a while to soak in,” the modest Kittman said. “Thinking about all that hard work, then thinking that I had actually won, then there was this great feeling.”

Legals STATE OF WISCONSIN TOWN OF VERONA DANE COUNTY Notice is hereby given that the Board of Review for the Town of Verona, Dane County, Wisconsin, shall hold its first meeting on May 31, 2018, from 6:00 PM until 8:00 PM at 7669 County Highway PD, Verona, Wisconsin. Please be advised of the following requirements to appear before the board of review and procedural requirements if appearing before the board: 1. *No person will be allowed to appear before the board of review, to testify to the board by telephone, or to contest the amount of any assessment of real or personal property if the person has refused a reasonable written request by certified mail of the assessor to enter onto property to conduct an exterior view of such property being assessed. 2. After the first meeting of the board of review and before the board’s final adjournment, no person who is scheduled to appear before the board of review may contact or provide information to a member of the board about the person’s objection, except at a session of the board. Open book shall occur no less than 7 days prior to the board of review. 3. The board of review may not hear an objection to the amount or valuation of property unless, at least 48 hours before the board’s first scheduled meeting, the objector provides to the board’s clerk written or oral notice of an intent to file an objection, except that upon a showing of good cause and the submission of a writ-

ten objection, the board shall waive that requirement during the first 2 hours of the board’s first scheduled meeting, and the board may waive that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days with proof of extraordinary circumstances for failure to meet the 48-hour notice requirement and failure to appear before the board of review during the first 2 hours of the first scheduled meeting. 4. Objections to the amount or valuation of property shall first be made in writing and filed with the clerk of the board of review within the first 2 hours of the board’s first scheduled meeting, except that, upon evidence of extraordinary circumstances, the board may waive that requirement up to the end of the 5th day of the session or up to the end of the final day of the session if the session is less than 5 days. The board may require objections to the amount or valuation of property to be submitted on forms approved by the Department of Revenue, and the board shall require that any forms include stated valuations of the property in question. Persons who own land and improvements to that land may object to the aggregate valuation of that land and improvements to that land, but no person who owns land and improvements to that land may object only to the valuation of that land or only to the valuation of improvements to that land. No person may be allowed in any action or proceedings to question the amount or valuation of property unless the written

objection has been filed and that person in good faith presented evidence to the board in support of the objections and made full disclosure before the board, under oath, of all of that person’s property liable to assessment in the district and the value of that property. The requirement that objections be in writing may be waived by express action of the board. 5. When appearing before the board of review, the objecting person shall specify in writing the person’s estimate of the value of the land and of the improvements that are the subject of the person’s objection and specify the information that the person used to arrive at that estimate. 6. No person may appear before the board of review, testify to the board by telephone, or object to a valuation if that valuation was made by the assessor or the objector using the income method of valuation, unless no later than 7 days before the first meeting of the board of review the person supplies the assessor with all the information about income and expenses, as specified in the assessor’s manual under s.  73.03 (2a), Wis. stats., that the assessor requests. The Town of Verona has an ordinance for the confidentiality of information about income and expenses that is provided to the assessor under this paragraph that provides exceptions for persons using information in the discharge of duties imposed by law or the duties of their officer or by order of a court.  The information that is provided under this paragraph, unless a court determines before the first

meeting of the board of review that it is inaccurate, is not subject to the right of inspection and copying under s.  19.35 (1), Wis. Stats. 7. The board shall hear upon oath, by telephone, all ill or disabled persons who present to the board a letter from a physician, surgeon, or osteopath that confirms their illness or disability. No other persons may testify by telephone unless the Board, in its discretion, has determined to grant a property owner’s or their representative’s request to testify under oath by telephone or written statement. 8. No person may appear before the board of review, testify to the board by telephone, or contest the amount of any assessment unless, at least 48 hours before the first meeting of the board, or at least 48 hours before the objection is heard if the objection is allowed under s.70.47 (3) (a), Wis. stats., that person provides to the clerk of the board of review notice as to whether the person will ask for the removal of a member of the board of review and, if so, which member, and provides a reasonable estimate of the length of time the hearing will take. Notice is hereby given this 17th day of May 2018. John Wright, Clerk of the Town of Verona Board of Review *The Department of Revenue recommends providing access to Board of Review. Published: May 17, 2018 WNAXLP ***

ORDINANCE NO. 18-914 AN ORDINANCE REZONING THE HEREIN DESCRIBED PROPERTY IN THE CITY OF VERONA The Common Council of the City of Verona, Dane County, State of Wisconsin, does hereby ordain as follows: 1. That Section 13-1-42, “Zoning Map” of Title 13, Chapter 1 “Zoning Code”, of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Verona be amended by repealing the existing zoning of Urban Commercial (UC) on the described parcel in the City of Verona and assigning the Neighborhood Commercial (NC) zoning classification: PARCEL NUMBER, PARCEL ADDRESS 286/0608-153-6661-7, 400 West Verona Avenue 2. That the City Clerk is directed to forthwith make the above change in the zoning district boundaries on the official map of the City of Verona pursuant to Section 13-1-42 of the City ordinances after passage and publication as required by law. The foregoing ordinance was duly adopted by the Common Council of the City of Verona at a meeting held on May 14, 2018. CITY OF VERONA _____________________ Luke Diaz, Mayor (seal) _____________________ Ellen Clark, City Clerk Enacted: May 14, 2018 Published: May 17, 2018 WNAXLP

*** NOTICE The City of Verona Plan Commission will hold Public Hearings on June 4, 2018 at City Hall, 111 Lincoln Street, at 6:30 PM for the following planning and zoning matters: 1) Zoning map amendment to rezone 101 Prairie Heights Drive from Planned Unit Development (PUD) to Urban Residential (UR). 2) Precise implementation plan amendment for the Sugar Creek Commons development located at the southwest corner of West Verona Avenue and Legion Street. Interested persons may comment on these planning and zoning matters during the public hearings at the June 4th Plan Commission meeting. The Plan Commission will make recommendations for these matters, which will then be reviewed by the Common Council for final decisions on Monday, June 11th. Contact Adam Sayre, Director of Planning and Development, at 608-8489941 for more information on these items or to receive copies of the submittals. Ellen Clark, City Clerk Published: May 17 and 24, 2018 WNAXLP ***


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Harold T. Eichelkraut, age 87 of Verona, peacefully passed away at home on Sunday, May 13, 2018. He was born on September 29, 1930 on the family farm in Paoli to Alvie and Elfa (Becker) Eichelkraut. Harold grew up helping on the family dairy farm. He graduated from the Paoli

Ruth A. Miller

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Ruth A. Miller, age 88 of Verona, died on Monday, May 14, 2018 at her home. She was born on September 11,1929 to Fred G. and Rosa C. (Kuehni) Hagemann. She married Charles A. Miller on October 10,

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Graded School and then graduated from Verona High School in 1948. During high school Harold played football and boxed, and he was also the Charter President of the Verona FFA in 1948. He was united in marriage to Rachel Gust on April 7, 1951 at the Evangelical and Reformed Church in Verona. As a couple, Harold and Rachel raised their three children on the family homestead farm until they moved to Verona in 1977. Harold was a former supervisor for the Town of Montrose. After moving to Verona Harold worked at the West Madison Agricultural Research Station and then the Village of Verona and later the City of Verona Public Works Department until his retirement in 1993. Harold enjoyed playing

euchre and was a member of several leagues. He was a member of the Zwingli United Church of ChristPaoli. Harold was an avid fan of the Badgers, Packers, and Brewers, and he also enjoyed fishing, hunting, and gardening. He was also an accomplished card player, bowler, horseshoe pitcher, gardener, winemaker, and garage saler, but most of all he cherished spending time with his family and friends. Harold is survived by his wife of 67 years Rachel, daughter Deb bie (Steve) Versnik, sons Harold “Junior” (Jeannie) Eichelkraut and Greg (Linda Becker) Eichelkraut, six grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. He is further survived by

a sister-in- law Frances Eichelkraut, nieces, nephews, and other relatives and friends. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Alton, and sister and brother-in-law Charlene and Delmar Schmid. Funeral services will be held at 11 a.m. on Friday, May 18, 2018 at the Zwingli United Church of ChristPaoli, 1338 County Rd. PB, Belleville, WI with Pastor Lance Smith officiating. Relatives and friends may call from 5-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at the Becker-Beal Funeral Home, 109 Greenway Cross, Belleville. Memorials are suggested to Agrace HospiceCare, Inc. An online memorial with guestbook is available at

1950 in Paoli, WI; he preceded her in death on April 20, 2000. They farmed in the Mt. Horeb area for many years. She worked at Blizzard’s Hardware Store in Verona. She was a loving mother who enjoyed spending time with her family, especially her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She was an avid gardener and canner. For many years, she baked and took cookies to the New Glarus Home. She was always thinking of everyone else and did many caregiving and acts of kindness. She loved reading books and puzzles at the end of the day. Ruth was a former member of the West Middleton Lutheran Church, where

she served as a Sunday School Superintendent, sang in its choir, was a Sunday School Teacher, was president of the ladies circle and also chaired the funeral luncheons. She was a member of Salem United Church of Christ in Verona, WI. Survivors include her children: Paul (Donna) Miller of Barneveld, Bob (Susan) Miller of Vesper, Donna (Larry Luxton) Miller of Richland Center; her grandchildren: Brian (Tim), Brad (Tara), Michael (Jen), Eric, Lexa (Joe), Cole (Juanna), Cassi; great-grandchildren; Aleigah, Declan, Emmett, Charlie, Jaxson, Logan, and one on the way in July; and a sister-in-law: Pat

Hagemann of Waukesha, other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her parents; husband, Charles; a son: Tom Miller; a sister and brotherin-law: Arlien and Lowell Steckelberg and a brother: Richard Hagemann. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, May 18, 2018, at Salem United Church of Christ with Rev. Dr. Mark Yurs officiating. A visitation will be from 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, May 17, 2018, the Ellestad Camacho Funeral Home, 500 N. 8th St., Mt. Horeb, WI and from 10-10:50 a.m. on Friday at the church. We would like to thank her doctors at UW Health in Middleton for their care and support to our mother.

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staff members and some fourth-grade Sugar Creek Elementary School students presenting during the weekend.

Sugar Creek Elementary School student Samantha Varana talks with conference attendees. 650 Furniture STOUGHTON- N Page (storage unit behind Citgo Food Pantry), Friday/8am-3pm,. 2-area rugs, antiques, more

652 Garage Sales FITCHBURG: BRIARWOOD Neighborhood Garage & Moving Sales.Friday & Saturday, May 18th & 19th, 8-4. 15 locations 1/4 mile E of Fish Hatchery Rd. on County RD M. Tools (carpentry & car), lawn & garden equipment, furniture (home, office patio), horse memorabilia & decor, household, art glass & paintings, supplies (office, sewing & craft), books, CDs, old Fisher Price toys, pack & play, baby items, Packer memorabilia, 6 stained glass cabinet panels in bird motif, radial arm saw, tool chests, drill press, engine lift & stands, compressors, Baldor metal buffer, rototiller, file cabinets, riding lawn mower, snowblower, motorcycle, depression glass, silver plate, computer desks, king bed frame, carpet cleaner, kitchen table w/4 chairs, side-by-side refrigerator, stereo system w/5 disc CD player and dual cassette player, tanning bed, prom dresses & fancy wear, plants and much more. OREGON- MULTIPLE addresses in Raven Oaks. Fri-Sat May 18-19. Cleaning out garages basements and garden/ shed. THEY SAY people don’t read those little ads, but YOU read this one, didn’t you? Call now to place your ad, 873-6671 or 835-6677.

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NOW HIRING TORNADO CLEANING LLC is now taking applications for residential cleaning staff in the Stoughton and surrounding areas. Please contact Garth at 608-873-0733

LAWN MOWING Good work. Reasonable. 608-873-5216

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Sugar Creek Elementary School student Ella Clark, second from right, talks with a group of attendees.

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ORFORDVILLE- 3516 S Dickey Rd (corner of 11 & Dickey Rd. Friday 5/18 8am-6pm & Saturday 5/19 8am-noon. BARN SALE-Multi-family Furniture, front load washer and dryer, girls toys, girls clothes, milk bottles, milk cans, womens clothing, mens clothing, household. FREE COFFEE and there will be a small bake sale. STOUGTHON- 2151 Blue Heron Court MOVING/ESTATE SALE. Everything must go. 4-7 every Thursday. 10-2 every Sat/Sun thru to June 3rd. CASH/YOU HAUL VERONA- 204 Industrial Dr.,Unit 1 Capitol City Transfer. May 17-18 9am-5pm, May 19 9am-noon.

666 Medical & Health Supplies FOR SALE Pride Legend XL Mobility Scooter. Like new, 608-921-5342

672 Pets MALE dog 10lbs or less to breed w/small female. 608-882-1213.

676 Plants & Flowers VERONA- 205 Paoli St. 5/17 3pm-7pm, 5/18-5/19 10am-6pm Perennials, Hostas, Grasses, Day lilies, Prairie, Rockbed, Pond, Iris, Peonies. Biodynamic sprays used.

696 Wanted To Buy WE BUY Junk Cars and Trucks. We sell used parts. Monday thru Friday 8am-5:30pm. Newville Auto Salvage, 279 Hwy 59 Edgerton, 608-884-3114

705 Rentals GREENWOOD APARTMENTS Apartments for Seniors 55+, currently has 1 & 2 bedroom units available starting at $795 per month, includes heat, water, and sewer. 608-835-6717 Located at: 139 Wolf St., Oregon, WI 53575 ALL ADS SUBMITTED SUBJECT TO APPROVAL BY PUBLISHER OF THIS PAPER.

PAR Concrete, Inc. • Driveways • Floors • Patios • Sidewalks • Decorative Concrete Phil Mountford 516-4130 (cell) 835-5129 (office)


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720 Apartments ROSEWOOD APARTMENTS for Seniors 55+. 1 & 2 bedroom units available starting at $795 per month. Includes heat, water and sewer. Professionally managed. Located at 300 Silverado Drive, Stoughton, WI 53589 608-877-9388 STOUGHTON SENIOR Apts, Cottage style 1&2 bdrrm. $610&$745 plus utilities. Private entrance and patio All Appl inc/ W/D. No Pets No Smoking. 608-873-0884

750 Storage Spaces For Rent ALL SEASONS SELF STORAGE 10X10 10X15 10X20 10X25 10X30 Security Lights-24/7 access OREGON/BROOKLYN CALL (608)444-2900 C.N.R. STORAGE Located behind Stoughton Garden Center Convenient Dry Secure Lighted with access 24/7 Bank Cards Accepted Off North Hwy 51 on Oak Opening Dr. behind Stoughton Garden Center Call: 608-509-8904

DEER POINT STORAGE Convenient location behind Stoughton Lumber. Clean-Dry Units 24 HOUR LIGHTED ACCESS 5x10 thru 12x25 608-335-3337

RASCHEIN PROPERTY STORAGE 6x10 thru 10x25 Market Street/Burr Oak Street in Oregon Call 608-520-0240

FRENCHTOWN SELF-STORAGE Only 6 miles South of Verona on Hwy PB. Variety of sizes available now. 10x10=$60/month 10x15=$70/month 10x20=$80/month 10x25=$90/month 12x30=$115/month Call 608-424-6530 or 1-888-878-4244

UNION ROAD STORAGE 10x10 - 10x15 10x20 - 12x30 24 / 7 Access Security Lights & Cameras Credit Cards Accepted 608-835-0082 1128 Union Road Oregon, WI Located on the corner of Union Road & Lincoln Road

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801 Office Space For Rent

NORTH PARK STORAGE 10x10 through 10x40, plus 14x40 with 14' door for RV & Boats. Come & go as you please. 608-873-5088

OFFICE SPACES FOR RENT In Oregon facing 15th hole on golfcourse Free Wi-Fi, Parking and Security System Conference rooms available Kitchenette-Breakroom Autumn Woods Prof. Centre Marty 608-835-3628

OREGON SELF-STORAGE 10x10 through 10x25 month to month lease Call Karen Everson at 608-835-7031 or Veronica Matt at 608-291-0316

935 Farm: Land For Rent

CLASSIFIED AD DEADLINE IS Noon Friday for The Great Dane and Noon Monday for the Verona Press unless changed because of holiday work schedules. Call now to place your ad, 873-6671 or 835-6677.

VERONA DRIVERS WANTED Full/Part Time Positions Available

Drive Locally andWages Support your Community •Excellent Badger BusTraining Offers: •Paid • $150 Sign-On Bonus for Van Drivers •CDL Program • $500 Sign-On for (If Qualified School Bus Drivers •Signing Bonus Bonus Applicable) • Paid Training and Available Bonus to get in your CDL •Positions Madison and Verona • Full and Part-Time Positions Available

FARM LAND LOW COST. 9+ acres. Town of Verona. 608-206-5947

990 Farm: Service & Merchandise RENT SKIDLOADERS MINI-EXCAVATORS TELE-HANDLER and these attachments. Concrete breaker, posthole auger, landscape rake, concrete bucket, pallet forks, trencher, rock hound, broom, teleboom, stump grinder. By the day, week, or month. Carter & Gruenewald Co. 4417 Hwy 92 Brooklyn, WI, 608-455-2411


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Construction Estimator/Job Processor To apply, complete an application at Cleary Building Corp. has an immediate full-time opening in Verona, WI for a Construction Estimator / Job Processor! This position is responsible for reviewing customer sales orders in accordance with specifications, computing prices of items, and coordinating job data with the sales and engineering departments. The ideal candidate will be a motivated self-starter with knowledge of the construction industry.


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APPLY at or 190 Paoli Street, Verona, WI 53593





OREGON 2-Bedroom in quiet, well-kept building. Convenient location. Includes all appliances, A/C, blinds, private parking, laundry, storage. $200 security deposit. Cats OK $715/month. 608-219-6677

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Come and Visit Wisconsin’s Premier Grower of Quality Bedding Plants & Hanging Baskets

Quality bloomers at reasonable prices. We offer a complete line of Proven Winner® and a good supply of Wave Petunias®.

Beautiful Town of Dunn 1828 Sandhill Rd. • Oregon, WI 608-835-7569

Hours: Monday-Friday 8:30 am-7:30 pm; Saturday 8:30 am-6 pm; Sunday 9 am-5 pm


Check out our Organic Line of Vegetable Plants, Seeds, Soils & Fertilizers! We now sell USDA Certified vegetable plants! Sale Dates May 16-21, 2018 SYTTENDE MAI KOUPON


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Any Premium Potting Soil

Limit 6 per Koupon. Valid May 16-21, 2018 only at Kopke’s. One Koupon per Kustomer per day.


Receive a $100 Kopke Gift Card with your purchase of an E-Bike from Crazy Lenny’s E-Bikes! 6017 Odana Rd., Madison now thru May 21st VISIT OUR STOUGHTON LOCATION IN THE DOLLAR GENERAL PARKING LOT!


Directions from Stoughton: Take 138 toward Oregon. Go past Eugster’s Farm Market, one mile and turn right on Sunrise Rd. Go one more mile then turn left on Town Line Rd. Continue on to Sand Hill Rd. (approximately one mile) and turn right. Directions from Fitchburg: Take Fish Hatchery Road south to Netherwood Road. Turn left and go through Oregon past Walgreen’s to a left on Sand Hill Road. Directions from Verona: Take Cty. M to Fish Hatchery Rd. Turn right and go to Netherwood Road. Turn left at Netherwood Rd. through Oregon past Walgreen’s to a left on Sand Hill Rd.

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5/17/18 Verona Press