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Life skills learned Grads appreciate tech ed opportunities at VAHS SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group

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VAHS grads win research scholarships JUSTIN LOEWEN Unified Newspaper Group

Of the three University of Wisconsin-Madison students to win this year’s prestigious Barry Goldwater Scholarship, two are from Verona. Luquant Singh and Claire Evensen, 2016 Verona Area High School graduates, were named Goldwater Scholars this spring for their work studying plasma physics and genetic transcription, respectively. This distinction provides up to $7,500 per year for undergraduate expenses and is available to college sophomores and juniors who intend to pursue research careers in the natural sciences, mathematics and engineering, according to a UW-Madison news release. Singh and Evensen, who were among the 496 students selected from 1,223 nominees around the United States, both became interested in their fields of study while attending Verona



schools. Singh took his first physics class in high school under the tutelage of VAHS science teacher Annelies Howell. “I just had such a great time and I felt like that was when I started to realize that physics was what I wanted to do rather than math or any other discipline,” Singh said. In his senior year of high school, Singh served as a teaching assistant in Howell’s classes, where he helped set up physics experiments. “Luquant is a gifted student and it


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was a joy to work with him,” Howell wrote in an email to the Press. “In my class, he was both curious and insightful.” For Evensen, VASD math teacher Jim Guy taught her throughout both middle and high school. “I think he was the most influential one in leading to my choice to pursue math,” Evensen said. “He obviously really loved what he was teaching and I thought he gave us a great sense of why this was important.” Evensen took every Advanced Placement math class available during high school, including three semesters of calculus, which helped her enter college with credits already to her name. “At the very beginning I could tell she had a tremendous gift for mathematics,” Guy wrote in an email to the Press. “Claire had such a wonderful,

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What: Verona Area High School graduation When: 1 p.m. Sunday, June 9 Where: Epic’s Voyager Hall, 1789 Milky Way Info: you have to coordinate with other people, and that’s kind of hard for me to do. “It’s helped me a lot.” With m o r e t h a n Feller 30 courses in the technical education department, teacher Phill Smith wrote in an email it’s a grow- Sanderson ing area that can be valuable whether a student is going directly into the trades or going to a McDermott university. “For some, technical education still suffers a stigma, a belief that technical

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Tax rate stays even in preliminary budget $12.77 is what district predicted during referendum SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group

The Verona Area School District is staying true to its word for another year – at least preliminarily. An early version of the 2019-20 budget has the tax

rate remaining at $12.77 per $1,000 of equalized property value. That’s the same rate as the past two years and what the district predicted publicly during the 2017 referendum process in which voters approved building a new high school and athletic facilities. The board will vote on the preliminary budget at its next meeting, which

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The annual Hometown Days festival was held from Thursday, May 30, through Sunday, June 2. The festival featured a carnival, the newly rebranded Hometown Hustle twilight 5K, Friday night fireworks, a “kids’ zone” where children had the opportunity to get up close with animals, food from local non-profit organizations, energizing live music performances and a parade on Sunday.

Nathan Feller has always loved working with his hands. So in his four years at Verona Area High School, he took every opportunity to do just that, with shop, welding and auto maintenance classes among those he loved the most. Feller will be among the 395 VAHS seniors walking across the stage at 1 p.m. Sunday, June 9, at Epic Systems to receive their diploma and graduate. And he’s part of about one-fifth of that class, based on statistics from recent years, who will pursue something other than a four-year degree. Feller has an internship as a heavy equipment operator at a construction company in McFarland. There, and for the rest of his career in the construction industry, he’ll use the lessons he got from those shop classes: How to work both by himself and as part of a team. “A lot of the shop classes you’re doing your own projects, you just find something to do and you just work on it,” Feller told the Press. “But also if you have a group project

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5 VAHS students place in NYT writing contest SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group

Five Verona Area High School students wrote among the top 121 essays out of more than 10,500 submitted in a New York Times student editorial contest. Students in the VAHS Advanced Placement Language and Composition classes take part in the contest through class. One of the teachers of that class, Kabby Hong, wrote in an email that the contest “changes the dynamic in the classroom.” “We are always looking for opportunities for our students to connect with the real world and this contest achieves that goal,” Hong wrote. “Students like that they can write about anything that they want, and how the contest truly values their voice and

interests.” The students recognized in this year’s contest are Keegan Lindell as a runner-up, Jamie Hogan as an honorable mention and S y d n ey B r e i t b a c h , J o e Kleese and Anna Knueve all as round three finalists. Lindell was one of 27 runners up, the second-best placement behind the 12 winners. He wrote about “Why I, a high school football player, want to see tackle football taken away from high schools.” “Shoulder to shoulder, you are a shield for the returner; however, a man disguised as a bomb sails through a gap five yards away and strikes head first into the teammate next to you,” Lindell wrote in his essay. “With a loud disturbing crack: anger, hatred, fear and desperation fill your body.” He wrote that he has Photo submitted

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“reluctantly come to the conclusion” that if he has sons, they will not play tackle football. “At such a vital point in my developmental life, I am ripped apart between my love of the game and my growing realization that tackle football is not safe,” he wrote. “We need to make the wiser choice and lead ourselves into a safer future by removing one of my greatest passions. It’s sad, but it is time for tackle football to go.” Excerpts of Lindell’s essay is expected to appear alongside other runners up in the Sunday, June 9, edition of The New York Times. One of 32 honorable mentions, Hogan wrote an essay titled “Sex Education: Not as educational as we think.” The essay recognizes VAHS and the district have a “comprehensive” sex education program, but laments that

Winners Runner Up Keegan Lindell: Why I, a high school football player, want to see tackle football taken away from high schools Honorable Mention Jamie Hogan: Sex Education: Not as educational as we think Round 3 Finalist Sydney Breitbach: Is my privilege part of the problem? Joe Kleese: The mental illness we don’t know we have Anna Knueve: Becoming Better Global Citizens many young people must rely on television, books or other sources to learn about sex. “This method of learning about sex has become very normal in our culture, but it shouldn’t be that way,” she wrote. “Young people deserve a more reliable source of information about sex.” Breitbach wrote about privilege, “Is my privilege

part of the problem?” Kleese’s essay, “The mental illness we don’t know we have,” was about political tribalism, and Knueve wrote about “Becoming better global citizens.” Contact Scott Girard at and follow him on Twitter @sgirard9.

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A colorful facelift New flower baskets have been hung along East Verona Avenue, along with the newest banners designed by Verona Area School District students. Both projects were funded by hotel room tax dollars, and the banners are the result of a partnership between the city and the Verona Area Education Foundation.

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Hwy. M, Town of Administrator search narrows Verona road to close City of Verona

recommended detour listed. M/PD Intersection Roads expected to The Hwys. M and PD Woods Road reopen by the end of intersection is expected to The town will replace an the weekend close at 8 p.m. June 7, and 850-foot portion of Woods KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

Traveling north of Verona could be a challenge this weekend. The intersection at County Hwys. M and PD will close starting Friday, June 7, for paving and utility work within the intersection. Just a few blocks to the west, the Town of Verona planned to close Woods Road on Wednesday, June 5, for repairs needed after months of being worn down from weather conditions. Both roads are expected to reopen on or before Sunday, June 9, weather permitting.

reopen at 6 a.m. on Sunday. Barricades will be placed at different points in the road blocking access to the intersection. From the south, no access will be available past Stony Ridge Circle, and staggered barricades will be placed at Cross Country Road so that residents are able to access their homes. From the north, hard barricades will be placed at Flagstone Drive. Access to the road will end at Meriter Way from the east and at the University Ridge Golf Course Driveway from the west. Message boards have been placed to inform drivers of the closures and will be updated. There was not a

Road Wednesday, June 5, starting at County Hwy. PD and moving north, a news release from town public works project manager Chris Barnes said. Weather permitting, the road will be closed beginning June 5 and reopen Saturday, June 8, according to the release. “The road has suffered severe damage from the winter and spring weather, and been the frustration of many users,” the release said. The road will be completely pulverized and regraded before being repaved. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly. and follow her on Twitter @ kimberly_wethal.​

Mayor: Candidate undergoing background check

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A candidate to be the next city administrator has been identified, Mayor Luke Diaz confirmed to the Press on Monday night. Three candidates for the next city administrator interviewed with two separate panels – one each of elected officials and department heads – on May 20, followed by an extended Personnel committee discussion of the candidates the day after. On May 28, however, the Common Council had no statement to make after a 25-minute closed session and took no action. The council “received an update,” Mayor Luke Diaz announced before calling for adjournment. This week, he explained the city is going through an extensive background check, led by the Verona Police Department. “It’s thorough,” Diaz said. “So it’s going to take a few weeks.” He said June 24 is likely the earliest a

City in brief Alders torn on Veridian plan A plan to essentially expand the Cathedral Point housing subdivision across R a n g e Tr a i l m e t w i t h mixed opinions from alders May 28. While housing typically is not a big source of debate, the suggestion of private roads, smaller-than-usual property setbacks and alleys in some places didn’t go over well with everyone. Veridian vice president of land development Chris Ehlers vowed to keep 25 percent of the homes under $300,000 with the plan, but

Sugar Creek Commons prep work begins JIM FEROLIE Verona Press editor

The multimillion-dollar Sugar Creek Commons redevelopment project on West Verona Avenue still has some important steps to take before real construction begins, but demolition and other prep work started last month on the site. That meant the end of some decades-old buildings, including a former truck stop, a recently closed car wash and a former auto repair shop. The combined project as approved by the city last fall and this spring includes 284 apartments and 26,000 square feet of retail on three three- and four-story buildings and a 110-room hotel. Located between two other redevelopments on West Verona Avenue – the Sugar River United Methodist Church and the St. Vincent

de Paul thrift store – it has involved putting together 10 separate properties and more than two years of back and forth with the city. While city leaders have sought the teardown of at least the long-abandoned truck stop for more than a decade, a request for as much as $5 million in tax-increment financing has held the development back. Interim city administrator told the Press in an email the city’s financial analysis of the project – to ensure it meets the “but for” test for TIF – can be time-consuming. “There is some back and forth between the developer and (city financial adviser) Ehlers in order to obtain the necessary and correct information,” he wrote. “We continue to work on the (developer agreement). I wouldn’t say it’s imminent, but it could be coming in the

future.” Forward Development Group representative Ron Henshue told the Press on Tuesday the company authorized demolition, site exploration and initial design-related work in anticipation of the developer agreement being ready soon, and he said the goal is to be building around mid-July. Henshue said contractors did some initial testing last week to see what soil remediation might be necessary on the site. While there is expected to be some and the full analysis isn’t complete, he said FDG was happy with what they found. He noted that the former truck stop was already closed to 20 feet deep and the hotel is only going 14 feet deep for its underground parking. Email Verona Press editor Jim Ferolie at​

that definition of “affordable housing” didn’t resonate with everyone, either. “What we really need is homes where our teachers and police and firefighters can move into here in Verona,” Ald. Sarah Gaskell (Dist. 2) said. The discussion was designed to give feedback on the plan, which abuts the Ice Age Trail and got more positive feedback for its unusual park features and diverse housing stock, such as twin homes.

of nine paid holidays. Alders voted to make some corresponding adjustments but declined to term it a budgetary item, as Ald. Evan Touchett (Dist. 4) had argued. Though the change will in effect change the hourly pay for most staff, it will not change the total in any line items on the budget. The federal holiday was signed into law in 1983, 15 years after the civil rights leader’s death, and went through a series of controversies at the state MLK Jr. Day added level before South CaroliCity staff will now get na became the last state to Martin Luther King Jr. Day make it a paid holiday in off, giving city staff a total 2000.

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Demolition and other preparatory work has begun on the Sugar Creek Commons site on West Verona Avenue. The site formerly held a truck stop, a car repair shop and a car wash.

hire could be announced. The three candidates – narrowed from four who interviewed three weeks earlier and six who had been initially identified – performed “job simulation exercises” during the interReeves view process and toured the city the next day. The are Brian Wilson, village administrator, Belleville (population 5,200); Aaron Reeves, city administrator, Cloquet, Minn. (11,800); and Dan Wietecha, superintendent, Bath Charter Township, Mich. (12,800). Wietecha Since February, when Jeff Mikorski was asked to resign, planning and economic development director Adam Sayre has been the interim administrator. Mikorski, who had been the administrator since August 2016, got a six-month severance Wilson agreement on his $137,000 salary. Email Verona Press editor Jim Ferolie at​


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love the natural beauty of Verona. We are a tree city – which is no small thing – with many nice parks and natural areas, and most people take very good care of their property. One thing I would like to see happen is more responsible disposal of unwanted furniture. It is frustrating to see useful items that could be wanted by someone going to the landfill or things no one would want on curbs. Perhaps people see Lindberg others putting them on the curb and getting away with it and think they can do the same. These things seem to happen at night for some reason. Yes, sometimes the informal curb exchange program works – people put furniture on the curb and others will pick it up in a relatively short time – it’s a win-win. The problem is when no one wants the item and it sits there for weeks. I’m not sure what happens to those items. Maybe someone finally wants it and it disappears. Or the city gets a call from someone like me and they take it away. Maybe their service gets tired of seeing it and picks it up. But we should not be seeing the same items in the same place day after day. I know the rules for bulk pickup can be confusing. The first time I called the city to see what could be done about a mattress that was on the curb for weeks, I

got a different answer from each time I called back. City staff admitted the rules were confusing and did some helpful research for me. There are different rules in different housing types and certain areas that are regular problems. If you have a single-family home or live in two, three or four unit properties, you will have city service for trash pickup. This includes bulk some items. But if you live in a multiunit building, each property contracts its own services. That means you might or might not have bulk pickup depending on what services the owners decided to pay for. This includes condos and apartments that are more than four units. You also can’t use the city drop off site for furniture. You can for some appliances and electronics, but there’s often an extra charge. It turns out our condo complex was grandfathered in so we have city services. So bulk pickup is included in our fees, but only if the bulk items are placed near the regular bins. If items are placed on the curb, most likely, there will be an extra charge for pickup. You can check your property tax bill to see if you are being charged by the city for trash and recycling. A charge means you have city service and it should include bulk pickup. (Electronics, however, must be disposed of separately.) I also learned to speak to the route manager to learn more about our services. The first time a mattress showed up on our curb, I called the city back and the staff agreed to help out by picking up the mattress. This was a huge

favor. The next time, they called the city’s service, Waste Management, and got them to pick it up. The city is also working on a letter to residents in problem areas. Hemlock Street is one of those areas. You can check the city web site for additional information for pickup and dropoff rules. If you still find the rules difficult to understand, please call the city at 845-6695 and ask for help. They are very friendly and they have been very helpful to me. Another way to address your unwanted furniture might be donation. Many places have pickup for used appliances and other items that still have life left in them. You can determine what they will or won’t accept by looking online or calling them. Habitat ReStore, St Vincent de Paul and Goodwill are some organizations that might appreciate your items and also offer pickup. I’m all for recycling and reusing items that still have have appeal and use. But I would never dream of leaving a mattress or anything else on the curb. No one will ever want someone’s old mattress, so just throwing your old mattress on the curb is a real problem. I was so mad once, I jumped on it to relieve my frustration as people drove past. Who then gets stuck with the orphan mattress? Someone who cares about keeping Verona beautiful! Jo Anne Lindberg is a City of Verona resident.

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Remembering the 2014 tornado

At the April VAHS meeting, Lyn (Kahl) Elver and Lorlene (Kahl) Pulver talked about their family’s farm, named for its location on Maple Drive, a road lined with long rows of maple trees. Maple Drive later was renamed North Nine Mound Road. The family farm of 160 acres encompassed the area now known as Cross Country Heights. Chris Kahl and his wife bought the property in 1908 and lived in the original house there for six years. Only the very large

Next week See how things have changed for people affected by the tornado

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From left, Verona Area High School student Max Beardsley, Waunakee graduates Ryan Badger and Emma Deppen, and Lake Mills High School student Everett Karlen will perform in the Rockonsin competition on Thursday, June 27, at Summerfest.

house built by Chris in 1914 remains at the corner of Nine Mound and Aspen Drive. Chris Kahl’s son Vernon and his wife, Vera, joined in the farming operation in the mid-1930s. Their children, Lyn and Lorlene and siblings Maynard, twins Verna and Vera and Ken, grew up in that farmhouse. The dairy was formed around 1937 to deliver milk to residents in Verona, Madison and Middleton. The raw milk produced was still bottled by hand, capped with a small cardboard, tabbed disc, placed in crates and cooled before it was delivered. As the business grew, the family acquired a milk delivery truck and expanded to five hired hands. The dairy business was sold to Bowman Dairy in 1943, but the family continued to farm the land. Lorlene was married at the house, and she and husband raised their six children there. By 1953, some of the land was sold, but Vernon retained 40 acres and Chris kept 80 acres. Later the land became a housing subdivision. – Scott De Laruelle

VAHS student snags second straight year at Rockonsin KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

Verona Area High School student Max Beardsley and his band, Quick and Painless, are getting a second chance to play on one of the world’s biggest stages. Beardsley and his band, the defending champions from last year’s “Rockonsin” competition, will play at Summerfest again this year after being named one of 12 finalists. “It’s just a really great experience overall,” Beardsley said. “Last year it really helped us grow as a band.” Rockonsin is a state-wide garage band competition

for students in grades 7-12, where the top 12 finalists get a 15-minute set at Milwaukee’s Summerfest in late June, and the winner of the competition gets a second 45-minute set and studio time for a professional recording session. This year’s competition will take place on Thursday, June 27, and Friday, June 28, on the Johnson Controls World Sound Stage on the Summerfest grounds. Bands that perform all genres of music are eligible to compete in the Rockonsin competition. Quick and Painless is comprised of Beardsley and three other students from local high schools: Everett




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connected well as a group, Deppen said. “Really the only criticism they had was our outfits, and how we needed to look more like a band, which is pretty funny,” she said. Karlen told the Press that performing in the Rockonsin competition last year really solidified the members’ desire to keep moving forward with the band. “Playing ... a professional show like that really helped us realize, ‘Wow, this is really, really fun, we should get serious with this and put work into it,’” he said. “If this is what it’s like to take it to the next level, then that’s what we want to do.”

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The June 2014 tornado through Verona ripped apart a section of Country View Elementary School. It was fortunately a week after the school year had ended, and the building was fully ready by the first day that fall.

Karlen from Lake Mills High School, and two recent graduates from Waunakee High School, Emma Deppen and Ryan Badger. Beardsley plays drums for the band, with Karlen performing lead guitar and lead vocals, Deppen on the bass guitar and Badger on keyboard. Quick and Painless was selected as a finalist out of around 70 applicants, Beardsley said. The application process was “educational” for the band members, Deppen said, as the judges gave the band feedback on its performing style. They were told that as a band, Quick and Painless had a good stage presence and

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In the early hours of Tuesday, June 17, 2014, an EF-3 level tornado tore through northwestern Verona, touching down on Epic’s Farm Campus and skipping north before heading east through the Cross County Road neighborhoods, ending at Country View Elementary School. The anniversary of the tornado will be the topic of this month’s Verona Area Historical Society meeting, held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 15, at the school, 710 Lone Pine Way. Verona Area School District superintendent Dean Gorrell will be the guest speaker. Gorrell, who toured the school after the tornado, will show his video walk-through of the destruction of several classrooms and discuss the effort to rebuild and be open in time for fall classes less than three months later. Gorrell will take people on a tour of the rebuilt classrooms. The society invites anyone to share their memories or photographs of the event, the community’s response and the months or years of rebuilding that followed. People with photographs or short written memories can send them to SaveVeronaHistory@

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Coming up Live Music in the Backyard Join the Wisconsin Brewing Company from 6-9 p.m. Friday, June 7, at their brewery, 1079 American Way, for a live music concert, food and drinks. The live concert will feature the band The Stringbenders. Brats and hot dogs will be sold, as will a selection of beers and other drinks. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Verona Sharks. For information, call 848-1079.

Movies and ice cream The senior center will be hosting an ice cream social and movie showing at 12:30 p.m. on three Fridays in June. On June 7, “A Dog’s Way Home” will be the featured flick. “The Mule” will be shown on June 14 and “Bumblebee” will be played on June 28. For information, call 845-7471.

Bike Safety

Churches Officers will assist children register their bicycles, perform routine maintenance checks and ensure their helmets fit properly. The Verona Lions Club will be serving free hot dogs, chips and bottled water. Children will receive a free scoop of Culver’s custard for attending. For information, contact officer Ryan Adkins at 845-7623.

Case management The senior center will be providing senior case management outreach from 1-2 p.m. Monday, June 10, at the library in Study Room 1. No appointment is necessary. Becky Losby and Julie Larson, case managers at the senior center, will answer questions and provide resources on Medicare, home care, housing assistance and financial resources. The event is free to the public. For information, call the senior center at 845-7471.

Verona police officers will host a Bike Safety Event from 10 a.m. to Traveling to eat noon Saturday, June 8, at the station, Travel the world of desserts with 111 Lincoln St. an experienced traveler and culinary

travel guide publisher from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Monday, June 10, at the library. Joan Peterson will teach about uncommon herbs, spices and other edible things found in recipes around the world. Registration is required. For information, call 845-7180.

Memory screenings Specialists from the Aging & Disability Resource Center will conduct memory screenings from 1-4 p.m. Tuesday, June 11, at the library. Screenings will take around 20 minutes to complete. Registration is required. To register, call the ADRC at 2407400.

Sugar River Gardeners tour Verona’s Sugar River Gardeners will host a tour of The Flower Factory in Stoughton on Tuesday, June 11. Details on when and where to meet will be provided following an RSVP, as the group needs a head count. For information, contact Lucy at 6925031 or JoAnn at

Community calendar Thursday, June 6

• 10 a.m., Palliative care seminar, senior center, 845-7471 • 6:30-8:30 p.m., Learn hands-only CPR with Fitch-Rona EMS paramedics (registration required), library, 845-7180

Friday, June 7

• 10 a.m., Rendever virtual reality tour: “Great American Road Trip” (registration required), senior center, 845-7471 • 12:30 p.m., Ice cream social and a movie: “A Dog’s Way Home,” senior center, 845-7471 • 6-9 p.m., Live Music in the Backyard: The Stringbenders, Wisconsin Brewing Company, 1079 American Way, 848-1079

Saturday, June 8

• 10 a.m. to noon, Bike Safety Event with Verona police, police department, 111 Lincoln St., 8457623

Monday, June 10

• 1-2 p.m., Senior case management with senior center employees, library, 845-7180 • 6:30-7:30 p.m., Traveling to Eat – Uncommon herbs, spices and other edibles around the world (registration required), library, 8457180 • 7 p.m., Common Council, City Center, 845-6495

Tuesday, June 11

• 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Memory screening (registration required), library, 845-7180 • 3-6:30 p.m., Verona Artists and Farmers Market, Hometown Junction Park, 101 W. Railroad St., • 6:30-7:30 p.m., Ukulele singalong, library, 845-7180

Wednesday, June 12

• 12:30 p.m., Literature Lovers book club: “The Immortal Life

of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, senior center, 845-7471 • 6:30-8 p.m., “Appy Hour: Reading apps,” library, 845-7180

Thursday, June 13

• 10-11 a.m., Mending with Linda Kaiser, senior center, 845-7471 • 4-5:30 p.m., Teen DnD and tabletop games (ages 12-18), library, 845-7180

Friday, June 14

• 10 a.m., Pop-up museum on “journeys,” senior center, 845-7471 • 12:30 p.m., Ice cream social and a movie: “The Mule,” senior center, 845-7471 • 6-9 p.m., Live Music in the Backyard: Wheelhouse, Wisconsin Brewing Company, 1079 American Way, 848-1079

Saturday, June 15

• 10 a.m. to noon, Summer reading program kick-off, library, 845-7180

What’s on VHAT-98 Thursday, June 6 7 a.m. – Gretta Garbo at Senior Center 8 a.m.– Zumba Gold 9 a.m. – Daily Exercise 10 a.m. – Bahama Bob at Senior Center 2 p.m. – Zumba Gold 3 p.m. – Daily Exercise 4 p.m. – The Gift of Education at Senior Center 5 p.m. – Bob Lindmeier at Senior Center 6 p.m. – Salem Church Service 7 p.m. – Elder Abuse at Senior Center 8 p.m. – Daily Exercise 9 p.m. – Joe Parisi at Senior Center 10 p.m. – Maple Drive Dairy at the Historical Society Friday, June 7 7 a.m. – The Gift of Education at Senior Center 1 p.m. – Joe Parisi at Senior Center 3 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 4 p.m. – Bob Lindmeier at Senior Center 5 p.m. – 2018 Wildcats Football – New! 9 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 10 p.m. – Gretta Garbo at Senior Center 11 p.m. – Bahama Bob at Senior Center Saturday, June 8 8 a.m. – Common Council from 05-28-19 11 a.m. – Vintage Verona

All Saints Lutheran Church 2951 Chapel Valley Rd., Fitchburg (608) 276-7729 Interim Pastor Sunday: 8:30 & 10:45 a.m. The Church in Fitchburg 2833 Raritan Rd., Fitchburg (608) 271-2811 Sunday: 8 & 10:45 a.m. Memorial UCC 5705 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg (608) 273-1008 Interim Pastor Laura Crow Sunday: 9:30 a.m. Good Shephard Lutheran Church ELCA (608) 271-6633 Madison: Raymond Road & Whitney Way, Madison Sunday: 8:30 & 10 a.m.. Verona: Corner of Hwy. PD & Nine Mound Road, Verona Sunday: 9 & 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m. Damascus Road Church – West The Verona Senior Center 108 Paoli St., Verona (608) 819-6451, 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. 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 Pastors Nathan Strutz and Andrew Ewings, and Assistant Pastor Jordan Uhlhorn 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,

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 and 10:45 a.m. Salem United Church of Christ 502 Mark Dr., Verona (608) 845-7315 Rev. Dr. Mark E. Yurs, Pastor Sunday Worship: 9 a.m. Springdale Lutheran Church ELCA 2752 Town Hall Rd. (off Hwy ID), Mount Horeb (608) 437-3493 Revs. Loren and Linda Schumacher Sunday: 8:45 a.m. with communion Sugar River United Methodist Church 415 W. Verona Ave., Verona (608) 845-5855, Pastor Gary Holmes 9 & 10:30 a.m. contemporary worship. Sunday School available during worship. Refreshments and fellowship are between services. West Madison Bible Church 2920 Hwy. M, Verona (608) 845-9518 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 Pastor Rich Pleva Sunday: 9:30 a.m. family worship

Cultivate Your Friendships Sports 1 p.m. – 2018 Wildcats Football – New! 4:30 p.m. – Maple Drive Dairy at the Historical Society 6 p.m. – Common Council from 05-28-19 9 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 10 p.m. – Maple Drive Dairy at the Historical Society 11 p.m. – Bahama Bob at Senior Center Sunday, June 9 7 a.m. – Hindu Cultural Hour 9 a.m. – Resurrection Church 10 a.m. – Salem Church Service Noon – Common Council from 05-28-19 3 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 4:30 p.m. – Maple Drive Dairy at the Historical Society 6 p.m. – Common Council from 05-28-19 9 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 10 p.m. – Maple Drive Dairy at the Historical Society 11 p.m. – Bahama Bob at Senior Center Monday, June 10 7 a.m. – The Gift of Education at Senior Center 1 p.m. – Joe Parisi at Senior Center 3 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 4 p.m. – Bob Lindmeier at Senior Center 5 p.m. – 2018 Wildcats

Football – New! 7 p.m. – Common Council Live 9 p.m. – Hindu Cultural Hour 10 p.m. – Gretta Garbo at Senior Center 11 p.m. – Bahama Bob at Senior Center Tuesday, June 11 7 a.m. – Gretta Garbo at Senior Center 10 a.m.– Zumba Gold 9 a.m. – Daily Exercise 10 a.m. – Bahama Bob at Senior Center 2 p.m.– Zumba Gold 3 p.m. – Daily Exercise 4 p.m. – The Gift of Education at Senior Center 5 p.m. – Bob Lindmeier at Senior Center 6 p.m. – Resurrection Church 8 p.m. – Elder Abuse at Senior Center 9 p.m. – Joe Parisi at Senior Center 10 p.m. – Maple Drive Dairy at the Historical Society Wednesday, June 12 7 a.m. – The Gift of Education at Senior Center 1 p.m. – Joe Parisi at Senior Center 3 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 5 p.m. – Common Council from 06-10-19 7 p.m. – Capital City Band 8 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 10 p.m. – Gretta Garbo at Senior Center

11 p.m. – Bahama Bob at Senior Center Thursday, June 13 7 a.m. – Gretta Garbo at Senior Center 8 a.m.– Zumba Gold 9 a.m. – Daily Exercise 10 a.m. – Bahama Bob at Senior Center 2 p.m. – Zumba Gold 3 p.m. – Daily Exercise 4 p.m. – The Gift of Education at Senior Center 5 p.m. – Bob Lindmeier at Senior Center 6 p.m. – Salem Church Service 7 p.m. – Elder Abuse at Senior Center 8 p.m. – Daily Exercise 9 p.m. – Joe Parisi at Senior Center 10 p.m. – Maple Drive Dairy at the Historical Society

“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.” – Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 NIV The advice to cultivate your friendships is good advice on a variety of levels. Having good and reliable friends provides the social support that all of us need. And there is good evidence that loneliness is a serious health risk, increasing your risk of high blood pressure, depression and dementia. The advice to cultivate your friendships is also particularly relevant in today’s highly mobile society. People often relocate because of school or work, and while technology can keep us connected even when we’re halfway around the world, too often we spend our free time diverted from the quality time we should be spending with people who matter to us. There are many ways to cultivate our friendships, and they all start with spending time with our friends and communicating with them when we can’t be with them physically. As always, the golden rule applies to friendship as to every other relationship, and counsels us to do the things for our friends that we would like them to do for us, such as lending an ear, helping in times of need, and just being there to share the good times and the bad. – Christopher Simon

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


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PSC approves new Epic power line $21M project on PD will be mostly underground KEVIN MURPHY Press correspondent

A $21.2 million transmission line to power Epic’s projected growth has earned state approval. The Public Service Commission last month approved construction of the 1.3 mile, 138-kilovolt line, mostly underground along County Hwy. PD. Epic will pay for almost half the project, projected to be built next year. The line will connect an existing substation at County Hwys. M and PD (the Cross Country substation) to a new a substation to be built on City of Verona-owned land south of PD and Woods Road (Northern Lights). Also, a 2.25-mile overhead line will be added to an existing power line serving the Cross

Country Substation and extend north to a substation in the city of Madison. American Transmission Co., the line’s builder, has been studying the best way to deliver the power since Alliant Energy notified ATC in 2016 that Epic’s electrical demand is likely to increase to 22 megawatts by 2022 and to 30 megawatts by 2028. At this load level, Alliant would not be able to provide redundant service to Epic in case of an outage on the existing 24.9-kV line that serves the property. AT C s t u d i e d a l t e r n a t i v e options, including bringing in power from substations in Verona or Mount Horeb and installing two 138kV lines from the Cross Country substation. It determined the proposed project provided the “best value solution,” to meet Epic’s requirements, according to testimony from an ATC engineer to the PSC.

Undergrounding the line to the Northern Lights substation adds $10.2 million to the project’s cost, but Epic has agreed to reimburse the additional costs in a deal with Alliant and ATC, according to the PSC. The route the PSC approved allows most of the line to be constructed in the PD right-of-way, ATC spokesperson Luella Dooley-Menet explained. An alternate route, also proposed to be underground, would have connected the two substations south of CTH PD. It cost more, an estimated $21.4 million. ATC will begin discussions to acquire easements from two private landowners to install the line, Dooley-Menet said. The City of Verona and Epic entered into an agreement about four years ago to allow construction of the Northern Lights substation on city property, city public works director Theran Jacobson told the

Press. Because the new power line is largely in a county highway right of way, the city did not volunteer a comment on whether it preferred an overhead or underground installation into its property, said Jacobson. “Obviously, anyone would rather have it underground,” he said. Only 1 percent of the power lines ATC builds are underground, due to cost, repair time and unspecified environmental considerations, Dooley-Menet told the Press. ATC had anticipated starting construction on the line this year, but Tuesday, Dooley-Menet said construction would likely be postponed until 2020. That put the power line project on the same timetable as improvements to PD between M and Woods Road. Jacobson said every effort will be made to coordinate construction plans so both projects can proceed simultaneously without affecting the other.

The PSC allowed landowners Gerald and Linda Endres and Forward Development Group to intervene in ATC’s power line request. Both parties own property southwest of the intersection of PD and M, and both said they would be affected depending on the construction method selected for the project. However, neither filed any objection to the request, and representatives did not return phone calls Tuesday seeking comment on the PSC’s decision. The PSC and the Department of Natural Resources jointly prepared an environmental assessment of the project and found no adverse economic, social, cultural or environmental impacts from construction of the new line and substation. The existing 24.9 kV line will be taken down when the new line is installed. The new line is expected to be operational by June 2021, the originate date ATC proposed, said Dooley-Menet.


‌April 16‌ 7:18 ‌p.m. Police found a carving knife in the middle of Silent Street and took it in for safekeeping.‌ ‌April 17‌ 11:36 ‌a.m. A woman reported that two unknown males intentionally drove over her son’s skateboard at the Kwik Trip on East Verona Avenue the day prior.‌ ‌9:57 ‌p.m. A man damaged the overhang on the Super 8 Motel when he attempted to drive his too-tall camper underneath it.‌ ‌‌April 18 11:35 ‌p.m. A 30-year-old Mount Horeb woman was cited for her third OWI offense after being stopped for speeding on East Verona

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ed her neighbor trimming trees on the condominium property, which is a violation of condo’s Homeowner Association’s rules. Officers advised the woman to report the behavior to the Homeowner Association ‌and to let their lawyer handle it.‌

‌April 23‌ 12:27 ‌p .m. A fight between three or four Verona Area High School students and four Madison Memori‌April 19‌ al students broke out in the 9:19 ‌a.m. An officer spot- school’s parking lot. Police ‌ pril 30‌ ted two children playing were unable to locate the A baseball on the 500 block of ‌Madison Memorial students.‌ 1:46 ‌a.m. Police checked Chads Crossing and threw on the driver of a vehicle that some pitches to them before ‌April 24‌ had been parked at a Mobil 2:47 ‌a .m. Two vehicles gas pump for an extended wishing them luck on their were found to have been sto- amount of time. The driver ‌upcoming season.‌ 2:16 ‌p .m. Three individ- len from a residence on Ba- told officers he had forgotten uals were warned for riding silica Parkway after officers his pin number for his debit horses within city limits on stopped to inform the resi- card and was contacting his County Hwy. M. Officers rec- dents that their garage door ‌bank to have it changed.‌ ommended they call the city ‌was open.‌ 6:56 ‌a.m. A man reported ‌May 1‌ with their concerns about the 1:18 ‌a .m. A 39-year-old ordinance prohibiting horses two suspects had attemptfrom being ridden after one ed to break into his home woman was arrested for her of the riders claimed she had on Chapel Royal Drive four first OWI offense on Maple been told it was okay to do hours earlier. While the Grove Drive. A K-9 sniff of break-in to the home was her vehicle yielded 48 grams so.‌ unsuccessful, the suspects of marijuana and drug para‌April 21‌ stole a money clip with two phernalia. She consented to a 4:48 ‌p .m. Police asked credit cards and a garage blood draw and was booked three juvenile girls to not sit door opener. Officers took into the Dane County Jail on on the rocks in a fenced-off statements from two other ‌a 12-hour hold.‌ 9:13 ‌p.m. A student was area near the Deep Space homeowners that morning building on the Epic campus that their vehicles had been referred to youth court afbecause of the steep drop- gone through, with a garage ter an associate principal opener for a home in Onalas- smelled marijuana coming off.‌ ‌ka taken.‌ out of a bathroom in the ‌April 22‌ high school. The student 7:55 ‌a.m. A Verona Area ‌April 25‌ was found with drug paraHigh School student report2:02 ‌p .m. A woman re- phernalia, and a search of his ed that a Madison West High ported receiving a threaten- car yielded a small amount School student was threat- ing voicemail from a man of marijuana, after a securiening her with violence over who said he’d find out “who ty camera review found him social media.‌ she was and what she did.” and four other students enter 8:48 ‌p.m. Police respond- Upon contact with both in- the bathroom just before the ed to a report of shirtless ju- dividuals, officers deter- ‌principal reported the smell.‌ venile walking on the Salem mined the caller who left the 3:45 ‌p.m. A student was Church property. Officers threatening messages was found punching the walls found no one at the church, repeatedly receiving 20-25 and lockers inside the high nor did they find any damage, calls a day from a scammer school’s G-wing as he was but learned that the individual who was using the woman’s attempting to get into a classwas a juvenile who had run phone number as a “mask” room to fight another student. from home after he’d been ‌for their own phone number.‌ A teacher had locked the door found skipping school to to prevent a fight. The student play video games. The juve- ‌April 29‌ was driven home after being 11:35 ‌a.m. A woman report- counseled by officers and an nile was safe with his grand-

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‌associate principal.‌ ‌May 2‌ 11:44 ‌a.m. A woman reported her son being battered by another student at the high school the day prior. Officers took the student’s statement and plan to follow up with other students and staff at the school who may have wit‌nessed the alleged incident.‌ 1:15 ‌p.m. A customer at Walgreens Pharmacy reported seeing a teenage male open a bottle of vodka and pour it into a water bottle he had brought into the store. When confronted, the customer said the teenager placed the bottle of vodka in his backpack and ran ‌out of the store.‌ 3:17 ‌p .m. A man was warned for urinating in public outside of his vehicle. The man explained he had just left a job site and couldn’t physically wait to reach a ‌ bathroom.‌

director at the high school reported that the glass on the inside of the door of the main entrance had been “keyed” ‌the week prior.‌ 9:32 ‌p.m. A man was arrested for his second OWI after he was found “extremely intoxicated” at Milio’s Sandwiches, where he is not welcome. The man was taken to ‌the Dane County Jail.‌ ‌May 8‌ 9:18 ‌a.m. Multiple incidents with Verona Area High School students occurred throughout the day. A student showed up at the school despite being suspended the day prior in relation to a drug investigation, another student was removed from the classroom for refusing to listen to the teacher and throwing pencils and five students were warned for daytime loitering after they skipped class, with one student cited for drug paraphernalia after a THC vape pen was found in his pocket. Later in the afternoon, an associate principal asked for a search of two students who were suspected of smoking marijuana in ‌the bathroom.‌

‌May 5‌ 5:26 ‌p.m. A man was arrested for bail jumping and theft after he stole a child’s bike from the library, riding it to AJ’s Pizza and back. The ‌bike was returned to the child.‌ ‌May 10‌ 12:26 ‌a .m. An 18-year‌May 6‌ old Madison man was cited 5:20 ‌p .m. A man called for his first OWI after he was police to inquire whether found speeding on West Vecomplaints from others in his rona Avenue. Police seized homeowner’s association on marijuana, edibles and a THC Jenna Court about his ciga- vape pen from the man’s car. rette smoke could be consid- Four other passengers were ‌ered harassment.‌ released, with two being issued curfew warnings.‌ ‌May 7‌ – Kimberly Wethal 9:05 ‌a.m. The natatorium

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‌April 15‌ 2:12 ‌p.m. A man reported seeing another individual urinate outside at the Park and Ride. The man told officers he had his young children with him, who were “disturbed” after witnessing the incident. Police made contact with the suspect, who denied the accusation.‌ ‌5:54 ‌p.m. Police responded to a report of two 11-yearolds using a hammer to smash a door handle on a vacant building on the 500 block of West Verona Venue. The pair confessed and were released to their parents.‌

Avenue. She refused a voluntary blood draw, but a search warrant was obtained for one at a local hospital. She was booked in the Dane County Jail on a 12-hour hold.‌


‌April 13‌ 1:08 ‌a .m. A 41-year-old Mazomanie woman was arrested for her third OWI offense after her vehicle was seen swerving on Hwy. 18. Her BAC was .17 and she was released to a responsible ‌ party.‌


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Verona Area School District

Photo by Kimberly Wethal

Center, Liam Gruba takes off in the potato sack race alongside his class during Stoner Prairie Elementary’s Field Day on Wednesday, May 29.

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Rowan Morrison races to fill up a cup using a water-filled sponge during Core Knowledge Charter School’s field day on Friday, May 31.

Field day face-offs Stoner Prairie Elementary held its annual field day on Wednesday, May 30. Students were able to try their hand at golf, race one another in potato sacks, play with a large round tarp where they could create a “tent” for themselves and play kickball. Two days later, Core Knowledge Charter School held its annual field day on Friday, May 31, where students participated in a variety of outdoor contests including rainbow tag, obstacle courses and sack races. – Kimberly Wethal and Justin Loewen At left, Tanya Hernandez plays with a colorful tarp with her classmates during Stoner Prairie Elementary’s Field Day on Wednesday, May 29. Photo by Kimberly Wethal

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Luis Hernandez swings at a tennis ball during Stoner Prairie Elementary’s Field Day on Wednesday, May 29.

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Verona sophomore Jackson Acker has been envisioning a future as a football player at the University of Wisconsin, but after surging to a silver medal in the discus, he might have also secured one in track and field at the next level. Acker unleashed a throw of 171 feet, 5 inches on his final attempt to shoot from the fifth seed to the state runner-up at the WIAA Division 1 state meet Friday, May 31. Fond du Lac senior Andrew Stone repeated as the state champion with a throw of 189-7. Acker got off to a rocky start at the state meet at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Veterans Memorial Stadium. He scratched on his first two throws in the preliminaries before getting a throw past 150 feet to reach the finals. “It felt good, but it was scary because I scratched my first two throws and I needed a good third throw to make the finals,” Acker said. “I knew it was going to take a lot, but I knew it was something I could do.” It was one of three medals for the Wildcats. Senior Max Herkert, who verbally committed to the University of Wisconsin-Madison to become a decathlete, tied for sixth in the pole vault Friday, matching his school record (14-6), and the 4x200-meter relay team ran to a fifth-place finish Saturday. The Wildcats finished 15th at state with 16.5 points.

Senior Will Tennison spent the last four years accomplishing things no one else in the history of Verona boys tennis has come close to doing. Last weekend, however, there was something not even the most decorated player in school history could do – bring home a state title. The top seed at the WIAA Division 1 individual state tournament each of the past two years, Tennison ran into trouble last season with his shoulder and groin injuries. Healthy by all accounts last week, Tennison was unable to find his best tennis when he needed it most over the three-day tournament (March 30-June 1) inside Nielsen Tennis Stadium. In a match that by all accounts looked more like a championship bout than a semifinal, Tennison lost for the first time this season 6-4, 3-6, 6-4 to Green Bay Southwest senior Johnny Zakowski. He then defeated sixth-seeded Aidan Schutter, a senior from Sun Prairie, to finish third. Fellow senior Kevin Fan was also playing at state and suffered some bad luck, losing in the first round for the second straight year. Tennison, a Marquette University recruit, put together enough points to finish a personal-best third place at state, ending the season 26-1. He is the only boy in program history to make it to the final eight, doing it in all four years of his prep career. He finished sixth as a freshman, fourth as a sophomore and withdrew in the round of eight due to injury last season. “I’m definitely disappointed,” Tennison said. “You’re always disappointed when you don’t win or achieve a goal, but I’m looking forward to what’s coming up for me at Marquette.” Tennison will room with DePere senior Nathan Balthazor as teammates at Marquette in the fall. Balthazor was seeded second at state but lost the championship match 7-5, 6-3 to Zakowski, the tournament’s fourth seed. “I think we’re both going to be working extremely hard in the offseason just to get ready and to be better players,” Tennison said.

Discus and shot Acker again scratched on his first discus throw in the finals before exceeding several other competitors on his final throw. “A lot of people who had thrown found the circle slippery,” he said. “It was something we had to adapt to.” Acker said at the start of the season his goal was 150-0. He had his best throw at the Big Eight Conference meet, when he surpassed 191-0. “I honestly didn’t think I would end up much farther than that,” he said. “My coach thought that

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Sophomore Jackson Acker finished second in the discus with a throw of 171 feet, 5 inches at the WIAA Division 1 state meet on Friday at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Veterans Memorial Stadium. was so funny. It’s just amazing to see how far I’ve come, and to take second in state is just an amazing experience.” Acker added a ninth-place finish in the shot put (52-4). It was 2 1/2 inches away from a PR.

Pole vault With the pole vault bar wobbling, Herkert cleared 14-6 on his final attempt to tie for sixth. He missed at 15-0. Oconomowoc senior Maxwell Meyer won the title at 15-3. West Bend West senior Eli Tranel also cleared 15-3 and finished second based on misses. “It was a super competitive competition,” Herkert said. “It’s unheard of that seven people went 14-6. That’s just insane. I had a chance to PR.”

4x200 relay and 200 Sophomore Graham Stier didn’t

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seed like last year. It’s a real special feeling to go out with a medal.” The Wildcats were seeded fifth in the 4x400 relay last year and finished fifth. Presley said Jordan and JoeWright are inspirations on and off the track. “Everyone was focused,” he said. “We came in with a razorsharp mentality.” It marked Jordan’s second time at state. He was a state qualifier in the 400 last year. “There is no greater feeling than this,” Jordan said. “I’m happy I got to compete again.” Jordan said the team spent the past couple of weeks working on hand offs because the order was changed up several times during the season.” Joe-Wright took eighth in the 200 (22.21), .09 seconds away from medaling. He qualified for the finals

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Rudolph finishes ninth in long jump MARK NESBITT

Junior Leah Remiker finished 14th in the 800-meter run at the WIAA Division 1 state track meet.

know whether he would run in the 4x200 relay at state until late in the week. Stier got the call in place of Acker, who was competing at state in the discus and shot put, and made the most of his opportunity. The Wildcats’ 800 team of seniors Mason Jordan and Jayden Joe-Wright, freshman Javon Presley and Stier finished fifth with a time of 1 minute, 29.21 seconds Saturday. “We had a good week of practice, and I found out I was going to be running the prelims and there was a chance I would be running the finals,” Stier said. “I just wanted to come out here and get it done for the team. I had to step up, and I thought we did that today.” The Wildcats entered the finals seeded seventh. “We all knew we had it in us,” Joe-Wright said of the 800 relay. “We were just saying beat your

Junior German exchange student Selma Rudolph finished ninth in the long jump Friday, May 31, at the WIAA Division 1 state meet in La Crosse. Her jump was 17 feet, 8 1/4inches, 1 1/4 off the winning jump. Rudolph took 20th in the preliminaries of the 300-meter hurdles (48.55 seconds) and 23rd in the preliminaries of the 100 hurdles (16.81) at the University of Wisconsin-La Crosse’s Veterans Memorial Stadium. Junior Leah Remiker placed 14th in the 800 with a time of 2:19.45 in her third appearance at state.

On Saturday, June 1, senior Lily Brings cleared 10-0 to take 16th in the pole vault.

State girls notes Muskego edged Divine Savior Holy Angels for the Division 1 state title 51-49. The best finish by a Big Eight Conference teams were Madison Memorial and Madison East which Photo by Mark Nesbitt tied DePere for 15th (16). Verona senior Lily Brings cleared 10 Madison La Follette senior Kiara feet in the pole vault on Saturday at Lee was the champion in the triple the WIAA Division 1 state meet in La jump (41-0 ¾). Madison East senior Crosse. Parker Buske won the long jump Junior Tamiya Smith placed 19th title (18-9 1/2). Middleton freshman Lauren in the 100 (12.73) and 21st in the Pansegrau was the state runner-up 200 (26.57). in the 3,200 (10:47.81).

Semifinals Tennison was unable to find his first serve consistently all tournament, and in the semifinal, he resorted to using his second serve all match against the player with the biggest first serve in the tournament. “Even on this final day, I couldn’t get it there,” Tennison said. “The more double faults you hit, the worse you are mentally. It takes a toll on

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Sun Prairie ends Wildcats’ dream tourney run MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

The ninth-seeded Verona baseball team’s tournament run came to an end one game short of state Tuesday, June 4, with a 10-0 loss to Sun Prairie in a WIAA Division 1 sectional championship at Breitenbach Field in Middleton. The Wildcats advanced to sectionals for the sixth straight year. Verona had won six consecutive games heading into the final. Senior Regan Klawiter pitched a gem to lead Verona to a 4-1 win over Madison Memorial in a sectional semifinal Tuesday morning. Previously, the Wildcats upset defending state champion Waunakee, the top seed, on the road in a regional championship Thursday, May 30. “They didn’t want to let the streak (of sectional appearances) die,” coach Brad D’Orazio said. “It sucks that five of them we watched another team celebrate. I couldn’t be prouder of what we have done and the run we were on.” It’s the third time this year the Wildcats have been shut out by the Cardinals this season. “We just ran into a buzzsaw kind of a team that can just flat out hit the ball,” D’Orazio said. “They were putting pressure on us the

and retired five straight batters before giving up an unearned run. “I think they were pressing a little bit, and a couple of those snowballed,” D’Orazio said. “We played Sun Prairie three times this year and didn’t score a run. I feel like they were feeling the pressure. Sun Prairie junior Matt DePrey pitched a complete game and held the Wildcats to three hits. Freshman first baseman Garrett Hoppe had a single in the second. Brazeau singled Photo by Mark Nesbitt in the fourth and sophomore Verona sophomore shortstop Ryan Taylor waits to catch a throw before putting a tag on Sun shortstop Ryan Taylor singled Prairie’s Bennett Halbleib in the second inning of the Wildcats’ 10-0 loss to Sun Prairie on in the sixth. The Cardinals Tuesday in a WIAA Division 1 sectional final in Middleton. turned double plays in the fourth and sixth to avoid any whole time. Give them credit. Brazeau said. “We knew if Sun Prairie bats as the Car- jams. We got beat by a better team we play the way we know we dinals slugged their way to today.” can play, we can compete with a 10-0 six-inning win over Verona 4, Memorial 1 Verona finished the season anybody. We decided to show Verona on Tuesday in a secBefore playing Madison tional final game. 15-12 overall, and knocked up at the right time.” Memorial on Tuesday mornThe Cardinals had 10 hits. ing, Klawiter studied film of off Waunakee for the second Brazeau said Verona proved time this season. a lot of people wrong in the The Wildcats committed other games the Spartans had five errors that led to four played and noticed they like to “It was one of the best postseason. played and pitched games that “Even my closest friends unearned runs. hunt for a fastball early in the Sun Prairie sophomore count. I have been a part of,” D’Ora- were like you are going to lose zio said. to Waunakee and you’re going Liam Moreno had a two-run So Klawiter, an Illinois After winning its first four to lose to Memorial and your single in the second inning to State recruit, mixed it up, games this season, Verona lost season is over,” Brazeau said. stake the Cardinals to a 2-0 throwing more sliders and eight straight. The Wildcats “Our big thing was why not lead. The Cardinals broke the curveballs on the first pitch were one of the hotter teams us.” game open with a four-run on his way to a three-hitter as down the stretch, going 11-4 third. Verona beat the Spartans 4-1 the second half of the season. Sun Prairie 10, Verona sophomore Jacob in a sectional semifinal game. “We had a great group Verona 0 (6 inn.) Kisting started on the mound “Mixing in both of my of guys that really banded and gave up six runs on five breaking balls was effective,” Verona used three pitchers hits. Junior Joe Ducharme together, especially against but could not cool down the pitched two innings in relief Klawiter said. Oregon,” Senior Brooks Klawiter pitched a complete

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game and gave up one run. He struck out five and walked three. Taylor blasted a three-run home run to right field off Memorial starter Kole Kerkhoff in the third to give the Wildcats a 3-0 lead. Taylor said he was looking for a pitch on the outside corner. “He’s a good pitcher, and you have to respect him,” Taylor said. “He got a fastball inside. I tried to swing through it, keep my hands in and hope for the best.” Senior Tyler McWilliams also drove in a run with an infield single. Brazeau went 2-for-4.

Verona 1, Waunakee 0 (11 inn.) Sophomore second baseman James Rae had a game-winning RBI double in the 11th inning on Thursday to knock off Waunakee 1-0. Sam Pederson and Klawiter threw eight no-hit innings and limited the Warriors to one hit in the shutout. Klawiter started, and the lefty pitched 6 1/3 shutout innings. He struck out seven and walked two. Pederson pitched 4 2/3 innings in relief to earn the win. He gave up no runs on one hit, struck out three and walked one. Rae went 2-for-4.

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Gaby finishes tied for 39th at state

‘Cats close season with third loss to Middleton


The host Cardinals scored on their first three shots against Verona and on seven out of nine Monday to take a commanding 7-0 lead into halftime. Middleton senior attacker Ayden Henderson had a first half hat trick. Fellow seniors Kevin Grelle and Nathan Kapp and sophomore

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midfielders Philip Mackey and Jack Schutte each scored twice. Verona cut Middleton’s lead to 9-5 with goals from senior attacker Graham Jeske and junior midfielders Luke Grendahl and Sam Wood in the third quarter. Long-stick midfielder Michael Romes scored 2:40 into the fourth quarter and junior midfielder Junior midfielder Haakon Anderson added a goal four minutes into the final period to pull the Wildcats within four goals. The Cardinals scored three-unanswered goals over the final four minutes to ice the win. Middleton swept Verona 10-2 and 16-6

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Verona senior Austin Gaby tied for 39th in the WIAA DIvision 1 state golf tournament on Tuesday, June 4, at University Ridge in Verona. Gaby shot 15-over-par-159 over two days to tie Arrowhead’s Nick Amtmann. The Division 2 and 3 state tournaments were cut to nine holes in the final round because of a 1 hour, 30 minute lightning delay. The Division 1 state tournament didn’t get delayed. It’s the second straight year at state for Gaby, who will golf at the University of Wisconsin-Stout next year. Last year, he finished in a tie for 45th. “I wouldn’t want it any other way than to finish my high school golf career here,” Gaby said. “This is what we work for all year. Having my career end here is what I’ve been working for all four years” 4-over final round Gaby shot a 4-over-par 76 in his final round at the state tournament Tuesday. He chipped in for a birdie on No. 14 at University Ridge

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and birdied No. 6. Gaby posted seven pars on the front nine. “I’m happy I put together a final round and a good score I’m glad to end my high school career on,” he said. “It definitely felt a lot better to finish my high school career like that than last year or yesterday.” 11-over first round It was a tough start for Gaby in the first round, shooting an 11-over-par 83. He got off to a rocky start with a triple bogey on No.


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Verona senior Austin Gaby chips on to the green on No. 7 in the final round of the WIAA Division 1 state tournament on Tuesday at University Ridge. Gaby tied for 39th overall.

1. He bounced back to par the No. 2 and birdied No. 3. However, he couldn’t keep the momentum going, taking a second triple bogey on No. 8. Gaby started to find his rhythm on the back nine with three straight pars. Then he settled for a double bogey on No. 13. Gaby said he felt comfortable at University Ridge. “I was disappointed in the way I played,” he said. “I was not striking the ball the way I wanted to. I didn’t execute the way I wanted.”

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Verona boys lacrosse will not get an opportunity to defend its state title following 12-5 to Middleton in the third round of the playoffs Monday, June 3, at Otto Breitbach Stadium. The Wildcats, seeded 10th, led from the start Friday, May 31, and won its first playoff game 10-7 against Milwaukee Marquette, seeded seventh.

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Wheels fall off as Verona loses to Sun Prairie in third meeting JEREMY JONES ​Sports editor

The Verona softball team committed uncharacteristic mental and physical errors throughout its Thursday, May 30, WIAA Division 1 sectional final game at Country View Elementary School and lost 10-3 to Sun Prairie. The Wildcats had beaten the Cardinals twice during the regular season as they ran the table during the Big Eight Conference season. Verona committed nine errors in Thursday’s loss and Sun Prairie didn’t have any. “The wheel starts to wobble and sometimes it falls off the cart,” coach Todd Anderson said. “Sometimes you’re able to get the wheel back on and get things rolling again, and other times the axle digs in, the cart flips over and everything goes up in flames. That’s kind of what happened to us today.” Verona lead 3-0 through three innings before Sun Prairie took control with four runs in the top of the fourth inning. The Cardinals rally started innocently enough when Leah Hamilton hit a ground ball to Meghan Anderson, who was unable to get the out at first base. The next hitter grounded out for the second out of the inning before Sierra Ek singled to left field to cut Verona’s lead to 3-1 and after that things only got worse for the Wildcats. Chloe Knoernschild reached base on an error by third baseman Sydney Toman, which allowed Ek to score. Knoernschild later scored on a ground ball to short by Grace Radlund to tie the game 3-3. The

Cardinals took their first lead of the game 4-3 on a third Verona error in the inning as Grace Hilber hit a ground ball to Anderson, who overthrew first baseman Alyssa Bostley, allowing Sabrina Reuter who had walked, to score. Sun Prairie tacked on three more runs in the top of the sixth inning. Knoerschild walked and scored on a Radlund infield single. Radlund advanced to second on an error by catcher Katie Pederson and scored on a Reuter ground out. The Cardinals pushed the lead to 7-3 on a solo home run by Gardner to center field. Three runs in the top of the seventh only added salt to the wound. Kianna Patterson reached on a dropped third strike. Ek singled past shortstop and Knoerschild reached base on an error to score Patterson. Radlund singled home a run and Knoerschild scored on an error. “Todd is an amazing coach and I respect him so much in regards to his program and what he does with those girls,” Sun Prairie coach Jamie Olson said. “You learn from your mentors and he was definitely one of my mentors when I first came into this program. Sun Prairie and Verona have always had that rivalry. “The best thing when you play against each other is, you learn from one other. Their wheels fell off today and we took advantage of it. They did that to us in the other two games during the regular season.” With the win ,Sun Prairie received the No. 2 seed at state and will play No. 7 Waukesha North in the quarterfinals on Thursday. The Cardinals went 29-0 to win the D1 state title last year, the Cardinals are making their third straight state appearance

Prairie. Verona opened the scoring behind the speed of lead-off hitter Molly McChesney who reached base on a bunt toward pitcher Maddie Gardner in the bottom of the first inning. McChensey advanced to up third on a pair of wild pitches and then stole home for a 1-0 lead. The Wildcats extended their lead to 3-0 in the second inning as McChesney again reached on a bunt single and came home on a Kasie Keyes ground out. Keyes scored on a two out double to center by Sydney Toman but was thrown out by Reuter trying to turn a double into a triple. Those were the last runs Verona would score off Gardner, a UW-Madison recruit, and one of the top pitchers in the state. “Maybe we got a little overconfident, it’s hard to score three runs against that team,” coach Anderson said. “But what I know for sure is that we didn’t make enough plays and we gave them too many runs.”

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Senior Molly McChesney is comforted by teammate Amelia Hust (22) following Thursday’s WIAA sectional final loss to Sun Prairie. and sixth overall. One of just two starters from last year’s state champion team, senior pitcher Maddie Gardner went all seven innings to earn the win. She allowed three earned runs on eight hits and struck out nine. “The biggest thing we preached to the girls all season was make this your team,” Olson said. “You can’t

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Girls lacrosse

Jeddeloh named All-State goalie

Continued from page 10 during the regular season.

Senior goalie Sofia Jeddeloh was team. one of three girls to earn first team all Second team all-conference honconference honors. Junior defenseman o r e e s w e r e f r e s h m a n m i d f i e l d e r Gillian Cartwright and junior attacker Paige Zahler joined Jeddeloh on the first Turn to Girls/Page 12

Verona 10, Marquette 7 Up 8-3 at the end of three quarters, the Wildcats were just 12 minutes away from advancing in the playoffs. A fake by sophomore attacker Zach Thomas and a precise pass to junior attackman Devin extended the Verona lead to 9-3. However, the Hilltoppers found a surge of scoring of their own, all within 90 seconds, and the game tightened up 9-6 with 9:30 to go. Lindell took a solid shot down the pike, which the Hilltoppers goalie initially stopped, but the speed of the shot carried the ball into the net 10-6. Jeske twisted and turned his way around defenders for an unassisted goal, his first of three in the game. Marquette came back with a goal of their

live in the past. They have to make their own legacy.” Meghan Anderson took the loss for Verona, allowing 10 runs (five earned) on 11 hits and two walks over seven innings. She struck out 11. Toman went 3-for-3 at the plate to lead Verona, while Radlund went 4-for-5 at the plate to pace Sun

Thursday’s WIAA Division 1 sectional final loss was the final prep game for Anderson and McChesney. “They came up to varsity as freshmen and they’ve been here ever since,” coach Todd Anderson said. “What they brought to the program was more than anything you could measure statistically. They brought heart, hard work and they worked hard in the offseason – all the things that are trademarks of great players.” As senior co-captains, coach Anderson said the girls helped the team develop a culture of playing for and caring about each other.

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Junior attackman Devin Volk (13) gets ready to move past a Marquette defenseman. Verona won the playoff game Saturday, 10-7. own and with the score tied at the end of the first quarter. Jeske’s next goal (assist by Anderson) and goals by junior midfielder Xavier Howard and Volk (assists on both from Thomas) put Verona up 4-1. The Wildcats’ defense saved one of their best games

of the season with solid hits and checks, many times dislodging the ball from the Hilltoppers’ sticks, namely with great play by senior Logan Peterson and Verona’s AllState defender junior Ollie Gauthier.

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Members (front left) are: coach Anna Hart, Joie Horsfall, Kiersten Pelletier, Gillian Cartwright, Paige Zahler, Sofia Jeddeloh, Maija McElroy and Mackenzie Schmidt.

Girls: Raking in awards ended with a 14-13 overtime loss to Kettle Moraine on Tuesday, May 28.

Continued from page 11 Maija McElroy and junior attacker Kiersten Pelletier. Senior midfielder Joie Horsfall and junior attacker Mackenzie Schmidt were named honorable mentions. Ve r o n a ’ s s e a s o n


Boys: Herkert 6th in vault great experience.” Herkert said he didn’t by taking ninth in the pre- have a good attempt at 6-6. lims. “My steps just felt off, High jump and it just didn’t click,” he It appeared early in the said. high jump competition the Wildcats could add two 4x800 relay The Verona boys 4x800 more medals to their total. Senior Jatavion Haw- relay team of junior Brad kins cleared 6 feet and 6-2 Tuomi, junior Drew Gonon his first attempt. He zales, senior Jason Ford made 6-4 on his final try. and freshman Aidan ManHerkert enjoyed similar ning took 18th with a success in the early going, personal-record time of clearing 6-0 on his first 8:11.29. Manning said everyone attempt. He missed his first attempt at 6-2 before worked really hard on a clearing it on his second hot day. “It means a lot because jump. But Herkert couldn’t we did our best at state match his lifetime-best and it’s what we’re workjump of 6-6 set last week ing toward,” Gonzales at sectionals and finished said. Ford will always e i g h t h . H aw k i n s a l s o cleared 6-4 to finish ninth remember his final year of track. based on misses. “I’ve ran some of the “I knew people would be PRing because it’s the best times I have ever state meet,” Herkert said. p u t d ow n i n m y h i g h “It’s the state meet and school career,” Ford said. you have to PR. I knew I “I thought our team was could have gone higher. working toward a similar It’s a little disappointing.” goal of trying to get betR a c i n e C a s e s e n i o r ter.” Tuomi entered the seaJay Jay Rankins won the event at 6-7. Three of the son with an ankle injumedalists in the high jump ry he suffered in a club had at least one miss on hockey game. He qualithe opening height of 6-0. fied for state for the secHawkins said he didn’t ond straight year. He was think about being per- a state qualifier in the 800 fect through 6-4 to have a last year. “I was hoping I would chance to medal. “I was just thinking do make it (state) again,” he my best,” Hawkins said. said. “I had a great group “It felt great to make it to of guys to get me there state with Max. It was a again.” Continued from page 9

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Senior Will Tennison hits a winner against Sun Prairie senior Aidan Schutter at the WIAA Division 1 individual state tennis tournament. Tennison won the match to finish third.

Tennis: Tennison finishes prep career with bronze Continued from page 9 you.” Compounding matters was Zakowski’s court coverage. Zakowski, who took fifth last season, played like a man possessed and rarely missed. Dictating points, Zakowski mixed up his shots, got to the net and forced Tennison to uncharacteristically spray balls all around the court. Tennison changed the momentum a little in the second set as Zakowski started to miss a few shots. But whatever Tennison had going didn’t last in the third, as Zakowski jumped out to a 4-1 lead. Tennison fought off match point to pull within a game at 5-4, but Zakowski held serve when it mattered most and rallied from a 30-0 deficit to take the final game with an overhead at the net. Zakowski was a bit of an unknown all season as the only player in the top four at state Tennison hadn’t faced this year. The seniors weren’t without a bit of history, though. Tennison was supposed to play Zakowski in the consolation bracket for a chance at fifth place last year but had to withdraw due to injury. He came back a week later at team state and defeated Zakowski 7-5, 0-6, 6-2 to give Verona a 4-3 win over Green Bay Southwest.

Third-place match The loss to Zakowski set up a thirdplace match with Schutter, who had never beaten Tennison in seven previous attempts. Coming off an emotional and physically draining three-set loss, Tennison came out hitting everything as hard as he could before tiring late, grinding out a 7-6 (3), 2-6, 7-5 win after a two-hour break. “That was definitely one of my tougher matches of the season,” Tennison said. “I was running on fumes at the end. I was just trying to channel every ounce of energy I had into winning.” To come back and finish third after a tough loss in the semifinals and win a third-place match in a second straight three setter, showed Tennison’s grit, coach Rick Engen said. “He knew he had to come back and play, and I told him, ‘I love you no matter what, but I know you’re a winner. You don’t go out losing your last match.’”

Quarterfinals Eighth-seeded Menomonee Falls senior Alex Budde (27-6) and his first serve were all that stood between Tennison and second trip to the quarterfinals. Tennison took control of play and won 6-3, 6-4. “There are so many tough players in

this tournament,” Tennison said. “Being one of the last four players is a remarkable accomplishment.” Each took turns breaking the other’s serve in the first two games before Tennison rattled off four straight games to go up 5-1. Up 5-4 in the second set and leading 30-15, Tennison sprinted to a Budde drop shot and hit a sliding passing shot to set up match point. Budde sliced a return into the net to give the match to Tennison on the next point. “Alex is a really good player and he has a big serve, so it’s always important to hold your serve, which I’ve been struggling with so far this tournament,” he said.

Third round Friday morning’s third round match in the round of 16 provided little real challenge to Tennison. Able to put a little more pace on the ball, Tennison cruised against 16th-seeded Sam Rechek (22-11) of Eau Claire Memorial, winning 6-1, 6-2.

Second round Tennison drew a first-round bye as a top seed and faced a Whitefish Bay senior Grey Waedekin (22-7) in the second round for the second straight year. A pusher with a big, looping forehand, Waedekin frustrated Tennison enough to get six games off the top seed

State tennis notebook Cheers and jeers One of the most polarizing players in the state over the last four years, Verona’s Will Tennison drew cheers from the Neenah team that watched his second-round match. Neenah’s players decided to cheer every ball he hit long, and even double faults.

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“He’s got a little edge to himself, but playing at that level, you’ve got to have some of that,” coach Rick Engen said. “As far as him, he’s one of the greatest kids I’ve had on the team. He’s in the top five as far as being a team member, teammate and the way he acts off the court.”

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Senior Kevin Fan (17-7) made his second appearance at state, but cramping once again slowed his momentum. He lost in the first round for the second straight year Thursday, May 30. A year ago, Fan was a special qualifier but lost his first match of the year at state in straight sets. This time, he won a sectional title to qualify automatically, and he looked to carry that momentum into the first round. Fan took the first set with ease against Kettle Moraine junior Peter Wawrzyn

(16-9), but the cramping he’d experienced at the Nielsen Tennis Center during the Big Eight Conference tournament came up again Thursday, and he lost 1-6, 6-3, 10-5. After a back-and-forth match early on in the second set, Wawrzyn got a break and held serve to take advantage with a 4-3 lead before Fan began noticeably wincing in pain. He tried to roll out his arm during the changeover but lost the set. Having split sets, Fan took a medical

Big-time Eight The Big Eight, which had three of the top six seeds, once again showed itself to be the toughest conference in the state. Tennison and Sun Prairie senior Aidan Schutter finished third and fourth just ahead of fifth-place Middleton senior Ryan Gold.

timeout before heading into a 10-point tiebreaker – first round matches at state don’t play a full third set. Fan did his best to fight through the pain when he stepped back onto the court, pulling even with a backhand winner to set the score at 4-4. A couple of errors by Fan gave Wawrzyn all the momentum he would need, hitting a drop shot, overhead put away at the net and a slice to the left corner put the match out of reach.

June 6, 2019

Verona Area School District

VASD in brief

Social emotional wellness plan coming next year

Board officers mostly the same

Will be a ‘comprehensive plan’ for community, staff SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group

Local school officials are working on a district wide plan for improving students’ social and emotional health they are hoping to roll out next spring. The plan will be geared toward communicating with both staff and parents, “so that we’re all on the same page,” Verona Area School District director of student services Emmett Durtschi told school board members in an update Monday on the Social Emotional Wellness Plan. “It’s time in this district for us to have a comprehensive plan,” he said. The components of the plan, which he said is tentatively set to be finalized by next March, include a list of guiding beliefs, goals and metrics, foundational practices and a race and equity imperative. Behavior and social emotional learning have been much discussed in recent years, with parents coming to speak to the school board after major incidents and leveling frequent complaints about some schools’ handling of changes in district policy. Changes in recent years have included a focus on positive messages rather than responding to negative behaviors, which some parents have worried enables poor behavior. Durtschi said the foundation for the plan is “strong,

authentic relationships” for students with adults in the community, including teachers. To get those, he said, the district has to emphasize its work on various initiatives like restorative practices and Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports. Board members were excited about the plan but had some questions about specific wording. Tom Duerst, for example, asked why one of the guiding beliefs called out “progressive discipline” instead of “appropriate discipline.” “One group of people will say they like that word, another group of people will say they like my word,” Duerst said. Durtschi and other board members stressed that whatever terminology is used in the final plan, it will be defined and clear. “We want to make it a consumable document that informs how we operate,” board president Noah Roberts said. The plan will be direct about “the fact that racism exists and that some of what happens is because of blind spots – unintended racism, as well as explicit racism,” Durtschi said. He added that it stresses the need for culturally responsive learning environments. “It’s time for us to create something that helps lay that out,” he said. “In order to disrupt racism around our responses to behaviors, we need to be as transparent as possible with what we expect and also what’s going to happen if (there’s a misbehavior).” Consistency on the latter is

also expected to be a key part of the plan, he said, ensuring that staff understand the expectations for responses to various situations. Durtschi said while the plan will be finalized next spring and implemented by fall 2020, it will never be complete. “This is the ongoing foundational work that a healthy district engages in forever,” he said. Contact Scott Girard at and follow him on Twitter @sgirard9.


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The Verona Area school board will have almost the same set of officers for 2019-20 as last term. The board Monday approved the re-elections of Noah Roberts as president, Meredith Stier Christensen as vice president, Amy Almond as treasurer and Tom Duerst as clerk. The only new person is Carolyn Jahnke as deputy clerk. There were no competing nominations for any of the positions.

Board meetings change dates for June While the board designated the first and third Mondays of each month as its meeting dates for the upcoming year, it’s already shifted two this month. Superintendent Dean Gorrell said Mark Roffers, who is consulting on the new attendance area boundaries, is unavailable on Monday, June 17, which would have been the next meeting. The board moved the meeting to Tuesday, June 18, at 6 p.m. A week later, the board will again convene on a Tuesday, with a June 25 meeting replacing what otherwise would’ve been a July 1 meeting. Board president Noah Roberts will be out of town on July 1, and the board has pushed to make sure everyone is present for the boundary discussions. The board is expected to make a decision early this summer on the new boundaries, which will go into effect in fall 2020, when the new high school opens and other schools shift buildings.

Budget: Same rate as past 2 years for VASD Continued from page 1 was moved from Monday, June 17, to Tuesday, June 18. District business manager consultant Chris Murphy explained Monday that while the rate would be constant, it is based on an equalized value. That means it could be vary from municipality to municipality and could also change depending on when a property is assessed. “We have seven different municipalities in our school district,” Murphy said. “Some municipalities reassess every year … others don’t do it as often.” Another caveat surrounds the unsettled state biennial budget. Gov. Tony Evers, a Democrat elected last November, proposed a significantly larger increase in education funding than the Republican-led legislature seems likely to approve, leaving state aid unknown until that budget passes. Murphy told the board Monday district officials were starting from a base of a $200 per pupil aid increase in year one and $204 in year two, which is what the Republican legislative leaders have proposed.

“We’re hoping that’ll be higher,” Murphy said. “We’ll see how that plays out.” While the state budget has a June 30 deadline, officials ran late during the last budget process. School districts are required to approve their preliminary budgets by July 1, and the final budget is approved later in the fall after enrollment counts are official and the tax base in the district is certified. That also comes after the annual meeting of electors, held in VASD each August. “Meanwhile, we need to keep on paying bills and paying our staff,” Murphy said. If the district’s predictions continue to be accurate, the rate will jump for 2020-21 to $13.35 as the operating referendum goes into effect when the new high school opens. That was a separate question on the 2017 ballot from the two related to construction, and it will remain on a permanent basis. The result allows the district to go 58 cents over what would otherwise be allowed under state revenue caps. Contact Scott Girard at and follow him on Twitter @sgirard9.

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Sugar Creek Elementary School principal Todd Brunner, left, joins students on the all school walk Monday, May 20.

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Verona Area High School senior Isaac Sanderson works with a Findorff crew at the new high school construction site. He got the job through the Youth Apprenticeship program at the high school, and will be hired on full time after graduation.

Graduation: Seniors graduate June 9 Continued from page 1 education is a world of the shop classes of the 1950s or a program designed to hold students who struggle in other courses,” Smith wrote to the Press. “Nothing could be further from the truth; our technology education department focuses on exposing students to the world they will enter after high school.” The department has also helped lead directly to fulltime employment. Senior Isaac Sanderson spent this year as an apprentice with F i n d o r ff C o n s t r u c t i o n working on the new high school building. This summer, he’ll start full time there. “It’s crazy,” Sanderson said of graduation approaching. “It went fast.” He had no idea about his interest in construction until finding out about the apprenticeship program, but now hopes to spend his career in the industry. That’s something Smith said the department can take pride in. “In today’s society, the skills gap is wider than

Class of 2019 Students: 395 Song: “Viva la Vida” by Coldplay Motto: “Let’s Get Crazy.” – Bob Ross Flower: Dahlia ever, which means that what students learn in our technical education classes will give them a huge advantage over their peers,” he wrote. “With the shortage of skilled trades workers growing, that only creates more opportunities for our students who put their skills to use after high school.” Senior Kadin McDermott, who will attend Madison College and begin an internship at the Verona Fire Department this summer, is excited to be done with school and be “able to do what I like to do” with more free time. But, he said, the technical education classes he had while here helped teach him how to “deal with other people” and made him a more “better rounded person.”

Smith said that’s one of the department’s goals, allowing students to learn “problem solving skills that can be applied in all areas of education or employment.” “Our classes prepare students for their life after high school through hands on activities while they are still in high school,” he wrote. “Students in our courses learn course specific curriculum as well as life skills that they can apply to their future careers or their personal lives.” F e l l e r a l r e a d y k n ew he wanted those skills, and VAHS gave him the opportunity to learn them. Now, he gets to do the job he’s looked forward to for years. “I’ve always done labor jobs,” Feller said. “I always wanted to do a physical, outside job. I’ve always liked the heavy equipment, so I get paid to basically play in a big sandbox all day.”

Sugar Creek Elementary School students, families and staff walked a combined 550 miles Monday, May 20, in the school’s third all school walk of the year. The school holds the events, which promote physical fitness and general wellness, on three late start Mondays throughout the school year. When students arrive at the school, they go to the starting line and each walk a mile around the school property with staff cheering them on and music A group of students jog out of Sugar Creek Elementary School to continue on the route Monday, May 20. at the finish line.

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Verona History • The Verona Area school board discussed remedies for overcrowding at the middle school, expecting that an addition would be needed in about two years. The middle school principal reported at least eight more classrooms would be needed to handle expansion of a group already numbering 330. He said the cafeteria would have to be split to provide classroom space the next year and that P.E. facilities were lacking. • The Town Board discussed the possibility of creating a land use plan for the first time. Board members agreed that the scattered developments throughout the town could get out of hand if it didn’t come up with a plan soon. • Longtime Verona Lumber Co. manager Pat McQuillan purchased the company. The South Main Street business became Brunsell Lumber about 20 years later and shut down a few ‌years ago. It is now the site of some condominiums and retail shops. • The Verona boys track team took third place in the Western sectionals.

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40 ‌years ago • The debate over the new City Hall continued to rage, with citizens circulating a new petition, asking for direct legislation and the publishing of what the tax increase would be if it were built. The 303-signature petition requested the cost be limited to $420,000, far less than the $600,000 proposed by the mayor and barely half of its final cost. Meanwhile, the city set an open house to show two possible models of the new building. • The city drastically increased the requirement developers needed to set aside for parks. T h e Pa r k B o a r d h a d requested doubling the requirement from 750 square feet per lot to 1,500 square feet, but the Common Council increased it much more, with a more nuanced percentage of all land area being developed (10 percent for single-family homes, 20 percent for apartments). • Waunakee handed the boys track team its first dualmeet loss in nine years. • Eric Vande Zande and Lori Combs were the prom king and queen.

30 ‌years ago • The Common Council approved the final plat of the commercial park that is now on both sides of Enterprise Drive. Several residents of nearby Noel Way complained that it would hurt their property values, so the committee required several contingencies to be met, regarding landscaping and architecture. Some residents asked for the city to wait and refine the plan further, but the city acknowledged that the developer’s rush stemmed from wanting to land Park Printing and not let it go to another community. Ald. Phil Wechter assured residents that the council could “control through covenants

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Members of Mrs. Paul McQuillan’s fifth grade class look on as Dick Meeland of Arrowood Nusery, second from left, and several classmates prepare to place a mountain ash clump on the grounds of the new Verona High School. At left is Jay Henderson, Board of Education member, who is receiving donations of shrubs and trees from citizens for placement at the school. Those donations so far include three Colorado blue spruces from Miller’s Supermarket, one burning bush from the Verona Press, one sugar maple from the Verona Area Chamber of Commerce, two flowering crabapples from the JC Brown Agency, and one sugar maple from Verona Lumber Co. and restrictions what goes on these lots.” • The Town of Verona approved a recycling plan, which had first been discussed a month earlier at the annual meeting. Initially, it was not curbside pickup but a dropoff site at the landfill. The county paid the costs for the first year. • City and town officials discussed the possibility of outlawing bicycle traffic on Whalen Road because of a recent trend of bikes and cars sharing the overly skinny road. • The old feed store on South Main Street near the bike trail was torn down, with plans to build an assembly hall, shelter, concession area and bathrooms. • After hearing the $54,000 price tag to bury power lines on both sides of South Main Street, the Common Council decided, on a 5-3 vote, to do only the east side, for less than $10,000. • Six errors helped cost the Verona softball team an upset loss in the opening game of the postseason. It was only the third loss of the season for the Capitol Conference champions.

20 ‌years ago • Just weeks after a Madison newspaper columnist called Verona’s downtown one of the ugliest around, the Common Council made a couple of decisions to improve the look of its downtown. It approved an 11,250-square-foot addition for Ellis Manufacturing but required its steel-roofed Quonset huts be torn down quickly. It also approved $30,000 in TIF spending to add flagpoles and flowers on each of the corners at Main Street and Verona Avenue. • An anti-gay letter to Verona Area School District parents stirred up some controversy. The letter, written by a Madison pastor who was a former Republican candidate for Congress, warned that tax money was being used to promote “acceptance for homosexual behavior” under the guise of “Tolerance and/or Diversity.” The letter suggested that

actions by a student group and a school counselor were the result of a “strategy by radical homosexual groups” to promote a “pro-homosexual curriculum.” High school officials said the letter was confusing an atmosphere of safety and inclusiveness with persuasion. • The Bruce Company approached the City of Verona about putting a 27-hole golf course on its extensive land holdings in the southern part of the Town of Verona, The company had asked to build it in the town two years earlier but had to wait while the town completed its land use plan. City officials didn’t think it – or the gravel pit that was proposed just to the north on land that would be annexed with it – belonged in the city. • The girls and boys track teams won sectional titles.

10 y ‌ ears ago • Police arrested two men after a Capitol Bank was robbed. One of the men aimed a weapon at an officer, but both were detained without shots fired. A witness told the Press one man pointed the gun at his own head while being confronted by an officer and made statements such as, “I’m not going back to jail.” Both men were sentenced to federal prison, and the confession of one of them indicated that the other had been the perpetrator of the Heartland Credit Union robbery three months earlier. • A three-day national manhunt for a Verona man accused of killing his ex-wife outside her Fitchburg apartment ended in Madison when his body was found with a self-inflicted gunshot wound in Hoyt Park, near where he grew up. Steven Weber, 49, had told a local bartender and both daughters he was thinking of killing his ex-wife, Francesca Weber, 47, who had divorced him three months earlier after 31 years together. Weber was weeks from a felony trial for an incident in December in which he choked Francesca twice, hit a daughter to the


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ground with a fire iron and then pulled a gun from a police officer’s holster after another officer shot one of his charging dogs. • Gov. Jim Doyle invalidated some of the most controversial provisions of Verona’s smoking ban with a signature of a statewide ban that ensured bars and restaurants could allow smoking on patios and near entrances. Verona’s ban remained the state’s strictest, however, with its prohibition in parks and outside on any city property. • With the H1N1 virus, known more informally as the swine flu, spreading throughout the country, the school district hired temporary nurses and custodians to prepare. • UW-Madison football coach Brett Bielema was the speaker for the Verona Little League’s opening day ceremony. • A former accountant at Cleary Building Corp. confessed to embezzling more than $120,000 from the company over more than a decade. • The Cat’s Eye was named the top high school newspaper in the state by the Wisconsin Newspaper Association. • Verona firefighters gave a round of applause after the Common Council offered resolution to accept a consultant’s report that recommended the city create a new fire department. • World War II veterans and brothers-in-law Harold Zurbuchen and Ron Waldmann returned from an Honor Flight to visit the 5-yearold memorial in Washington D.C. • Seventh-graders from Badger Ridge Middle School appeared on Wisconsin Public Television on a program examining workplace partnerships. The students had visited the Biopharmaceutical Technology Center in Madison. • The Verona Area High School blood drive collected 138 pints. • The Verona Optimists began offering scholarships for driver’s education. – Compiled by Jim Ferolie

A man who allegedly robbed Capitol Bank earlier this month found a surprise waiting for him when he walked out of the bank. The police. As it turns out, the two men accused of plotting and executing the May 4 robbery apparently had just left Heartland Credit Union, where unsettled employees who had been robbed two months earlier reported suspicious behavior to the police. When an officer investigated that scene in an unmarked car, it led him to the second attempt. The result, as has been well-documented, was the arrest of two men, including one on federal charges of bank robbery, and the recovery of all of the money that was stolen from the bank. Reginald Ballard, 38, of Fitchburg, was indicted on federal charges of bank robbery-assault with a deadly weapon and violent crime with a gun May 13, and his arraignment was set for June 5. The case is under federal jurisdiction because it is a bank robbery and no local charges are expected. Thurman M. Wyatt, 29, was stopped in a borrowed Buick Electra on a parole violation and has not yet been charged. According to the affidavid filed by FBI special agent Joshua Mayers, who arrived less than 20 minutes after the bank’s alarm was triggered, Ballard confessed to the robbery and identified himself after he was arrested. While many details are available for the Capitol Bank robbery, which has been cleared by arrest, the possible attempt at Heartland remains under investigation. But Verona police chief Bernie Coughlin said the activity at Heartland was unusual enough to have Sgt. Jesse Christensen, on his first day in his new position, respond immediately, rather than waiting for the day officer to become available. “He gave the complaint the required seriousness,” Coughlin said. Christensen took information he got a Heartland, located the suspect vehicle across the street from

Capitol Bank, followed and initiated a traffic stop after finding the plates didn’t match, Coughlin said. Postal Connections owner Dan Brennan said he saw a man exit a fullsized car behind his business, open the trunk, get back in his car and sit there for a few minutes with the trunk open before leaving. Coughlin said Christensen followed the suspect vehicle from there west on East Verona Avenue, north on North Main Street and east on Harriet Street before stopping it at Noel Way at 10:31 a.m. When Christensen made the stop, Coughlin said, Lt. Dave Dresser met him there in another unmarked car, was briefed and then parked on Franklin Street at 10:40 a.m. to check the bank and possibly notify local businesses of the danger. But he didn’t have time. “As he was in the process of making the call, the front doors opened and the suspect proceeded in his direction,” Coughlin said. As reports and witnesses have noted, the man saw Dresser’s drawn weapon and pulled his own, pointing it at his head and making suicidal statements. He was arrested at 10:59 a.m. with Dane County Sheriff ’s officers, an ambulance and Mayers on hand. According to the police log, people in the bank gathered in a back room until police cleared the area. Some local businesses were evacuated temporarily, as well, and East Verona Avenue was blocked off during the standoff. A pair of sunglasses and a denim backpack were left at the scene and m a r k e d f o r ev i d e n c e , including a silver (fake) “bomb,” a .380 Big Bear pistol and a cell phone. According to the affidavit, “a black male entered the bank and eventually produced a firearm and pressed it against (the bank manager’s) ribs and demanded money.” The tellers then filled bags with money, it stated. Coughlin confirmed the robber did not proceed immediately to his task, as had happened in the Feb. 19 Heartland robbery, but initially stalled before making his move.

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The Wisconsin Badgers women’s basketball team visited Core Knowledge Charter School to discuss a message of “hard work and humility” Wednesday, April 17. The team includes three Verona Area School District graduates: Lexy Richardson, Grace Mueller and Alex Luehring. – Scott Girard

The Wisconsin Badgers women’s basketball team, which includes three Verona Area School District alumni, visits Core Knowledge Charter School Wednesday, April 17.

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Quilts honor 14 veterans The local chapter of the National Quilt of Valor Foundation, the Verona Quilts of Valor group, honored 14 veterans during two award times on the morning of Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Verona American Legion.

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Obituaries Loretta Olson

Loretta Olson

Stanley Dingle

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Stanley Otto “Stan” Dingle, age 81, died Friday, May 31, 2019, of a sudden heart attack. He was born on May 14, 1938, to Roy and Lucille (Stuewe) Dingle in Sparta, and was raised in Richland Center. As an only child, Stan enjoyed playing baseball, swimming and fishing with the neighborhood kids, plus Boy Scout adventures. He participated in track and band in high school and graduated from Richland Center High School in 1956. During the summers Stan worked at Gold Bond Ice Cream plant and on his dad’s small apple orchard. In the fall of 1956, he enrolled at University of Wisconsin-Madison. While there he was active in the

Loretta E. Olson, age 76, passed away peacefully on Thursday, May 16, 2019, at Agrace Hospice Care in Fitchburg. Loretta was born on June 17, 1942, in Wakefield, Michigan, to Anton and Anna (Konkol) Shefka. She graduated from Bessemer High School in Bessemer, Michigan in 1960. After graduation, she moved to Madison, where she met and married Richard (Dick) C. Olson on Feb.

2, 1963. In her early years, Loretta worked as a waitress, and later worked for Springs Industries (Graber’s) for 25 years until her retirement. She continued to work parttime after retirement for the Middleton/Cross Plains School District as a cook/ lunch lady. Loretta loved to spend her free time crocheting, gardening, bowling, fishing, snowmobiling and finding

treasures at garage sales and auctions. She is survived by her children: Raymond (Judy) Olson, Anna Olson and Pamela (Feroz) Ghouse; grandchildren: Nathan, Christopher and Kaitlyn Olson, Donald Parker, Alexander and Ryan Ghouse; two great-grandchildren, Ezio, and Augustine Olson; sister, Jeannette Thibault; her faithful companion, Nina; also many

other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; her parents; granddaughter, Ashley; siblings, Evelyn Darrin, Eleanor Gayan, Mary Ficenic, Edward, Anthony, and Walter Shefka; and her beloved dog, Shadow. A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, June 15, 2019, at Ryan Funeral Home, 220 Enterprise Drive, Verona.

Visitation will be held from 10 a.m. until the time of service on Saturday. A private interment will be held at a later date at Sunset Memory Gardens. The family would like to thank Sheryl Castillo and Karin Lanser for the loving care and companionship provided. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www.ryanfuneralservice. com.

Delta Theta Sigma Agricultural fraternity. Stan graduated in 1961 with degrees in Civil Engineering and Agricultural Engineering, and began a job with the USDA Soil Conservation Service, SCS in Eau Claire. On June 24, 1961, he married his high school sweetheart and love of his life, Marlene Anderson. Instead of waiting for the draft, he joined the 32nd Red Arrow Division National Guard Unit in Eau Claire, only to be called to active duty during the Berlin Crisis that October. This next stage of life took Stan and Marlene to Fort Lewis Military Base, in Washington and a home in Olympia. He was discharged from active duty in August 1962 and returned to Eau Claire to continue work with the SCS. In 1969, he was honorably discharged from the National Guard after serving an eight year enlistment. Stan designed and prepared construction plans a n d s p e c i fi c a t i o n s f o r numerous engineering practices. Many of the projects were a part of the USDA SCS Public Law 566 Watershed Protection and Flood Protection Program projects in western and northwestern Wisconsin counties. He was transferred to Ladysmith in 1964 for 18 months,

where he led the engineering program of Resource Conservation Development (RC&D) Project. The work continued following their return to Eau Claire in 1965, where he served as project engineer and construction supervisor as the agency focused on erosion prevention, earthen flood control dams, water management with numerous watersheds. However, his biggest and most challenging job began when four sons were born into their family. They were a lively bunch and many wrestling matches took place on the living room floor. In 1976, Stanley was transferred to the SCS State Office in Madison, as a design engineer. He and Marlene moved with their boys to their home in Verona. They enjoyed watching their sons grow up in this small-town atmosphere, where a friend was only a bike ride away. They took pride in watching the boys participate in sports, especially hockey, then graduate from high school, college, start their careers, be married and have children of their own. They were also enthusiastic supporters of their grandchildren’s activities, hockey, baseball, volleyball, tennis and lacrosse. Stanley retired from SCS

in 1994, but his projects took him around the state, including one in his hometown of Richland Center, where he designed the water control dike project around the Pine River. After retirement he continued to use his civil engineering skills as a part-time Resource Engineering Associates (REA) consultant designing manure pits for dairy farms. He was instrumental in establishing the Verona Youth Hockey Program, designed a floating rink system to have a longer ice season, was a Boy Scout leader and coached youth baseball. Stanley was an active member of St. James Lutheran Church, where he served on many committees, taught Sunday School, was involved in Bible studies, Men’s Group, Men’s Golf and the High School Breakfast Club. He also remained connected to many of his fraternity brothers through various DTS functions. He continued to enjoy fishing through the years with his buddies and family, especially the grandchildren. Always looking for the big one! Over the years Stan and Marlene enjoyed trips back to Washington, and visits to family and friends across the country. They took trips to New York City, the

Smoky Mountains, Southwest Canyon Country, The Rose Bowl, the Canadian Rockies, and Alaska. They traveled abroad to Dingle, Ireland, Germany and Austria. There was always another road trip just around the corner. They enjoyed attending Norwegian Landing Lag Stevne’s around the Midwest to celebrate Stan’s quarter Norwegian and Marlene’s 100 percent heritage. He even liked lutefisk! Known for his ability to talk with anyone, Stan had a witty sense of humor, a quirky comeback and with his amazing memory always had a story to tell. He loved woodworking, particularly carving “Gladly” bears, making plant stands, and toy boxes for his grandchildren. He was also fascinated with World War ll airplanes and enjoyed making several balsa wood models. He survived a bout with Lymphoma, a couple epis o d e s w i t h a s aw t h a t involved fingers, lately skin cancer surgeries and a newly diagnosed heart condition, of which the latter was too much. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends, Stanley is survived by his wife, Marlene; four sons, Richard (Jodi) Dingle, of Cedarburg, Mark

(Jody) Dingle of Verona, Steve Dingle of Madison, and John (Carrie) Dingle of Madison; nine grandchildren, two girls and seven boys, Ryan, Kyle and Sean Dingle, Sam and Drew Dingle, Marlee and Simon Dingle, and Jack and Max Dingle. He was preceded in death by his parents, Roy and Lucille Dingle. Funeral Services will be held at 11 a.m Friday, June 7, 2019 at St. James Evangelical Lutheran Church, 427 S. Main St, Verona. Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Friday. Burial will be held at Richland Center Cemetery, 1100 N. Jefferson Street, at 10 a.m., on Saturday, June 8, 2019. Memorials may be made to St. James Evangelical Church, 427 S. Main St, Verona, WI. 53593, or the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society at 6737 West Washington Street Suite 2100, Milwaukee, WI 53214, or donate. Gunderson Fitchburg Funeral & Cremation Care 2950 Chapel Valley Road 442-5002

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Plant sale raises $1K On May 11, the Sugar River Gardeners club raised a little over $1,000 through their annual plant/art sale, the group’s best year ever. The money will cover scholarships, donations and help fund the Sugar River Edible Garden Project in Verona’s parks. Funds are distributed to the Badger Prairie Needs Network, scholarships to college students in Horiculture,



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Kristen Manning raises her arms up as she nears the finish line during the annual Hometown Days festival.

Fireworks light up the night sky at the annual Hometown Days festival on Friday, May 31.

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At left, Justin Cuevas, 7, collects 30 tickets during Spin the Wheel at the annual Hometown Days festival on Friday, May 31.

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Above, Hawk Seddon, 2, pets a goat from Havens Petting Farm at the annual Hometown Days festival. Below, Lead vocalist Mike Zibell sings contemporary and classic country music with his band Madison County at the annual Hometown Days festival.

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A young boy waves at parade participants as he watches on South Main Street on Sunday, June 2.

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Research: UW-Madison students are working on plasma physics and genetics transcription Continued from page 1 positive, friendly personality to go along with her insatiable love for learning.”

Harnessing fusion Singh got a jump on his research at UW-Madison in the summer after graduating from high school, though he didn’t begin his classes until the fall. Attending school on a full-tuition music scholarship for clarinet performance, Singh chose a degree program in applied math, engineering and physics. He has focused his studies on understanding the physics of plasma, a state of matter that is created from heating gas to high temperatures. “I like plasma physics because not only does it tie together everything that I’ve learned in my undergrad degree, it also is aimed at producing an energy source alternative to fossil fuels and other harmful emitting energy sources,” Singh said. Plasma is essential for fusion, a nuclear reaction that releases more energy than the fission that takes place in contemporary nuclear reactors. As a computationalist, Singh uses math and computer science to bridge plasma theory and experimental results. He is most

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Above, Luquant Singh stands next to the Helically Symmetric eXperiment (HSX) stellarator located at UW-Madison, which he uses to conduct plasma physics research. Left, Claire Evensen uses a UV light box to blank screens that are used to capture images of radiation. interested in stellarators, devices that produce controlled fusion reactions, and has conducted research on the Helically Symmetric eXperiment (HSX) stellarator since his freshman year of college. “We’ve tried to figure out what’s going on inside of it,” he said. “Plasmas are very unknown to us.” Singh works on the HSX with UW-Madison engineering professor David T. Anderson, who he credited in helping him receive the Goldwater Scholarship. “This device is one of a kind and he designed it and did everything from start to finish,” Singh said. “It’s

pretty incredible.”

A glimpse inside a cell Evensen is pursuing a double major in biochemistry and mathematics, with honors in biochemistry and the liberal arts, and her research is concerned with the process of transcription. Taking place in a cell’s nucleus, transcription is the synthesis of RNA from DNA. Evensen studies the beginning phase of transcription, which is known as initiation. “In transcription, you are using a DNA template to make a strand of RNA and that RNA is then later taken to ribosomes and

transcribed into proteins,” she said. Transcription is the first of two steps in the synthesis of proteins, which are molecules that play essential functions in the body — these include enzymes and antibodies. “ U n d e r s t a n d i n g h ow transcription is regulated is very important because it’s applicable to literally every living thing on Earth,” she said. “Every cell does transcription.” In her research, Evensen utilizes math to analyze biological scenarios. “When you really get down to the details, math is what explains what’s going

on in any biological context and I just really like being able to get at the root of the issue,” She said. “You can use math to simulate situations that wouldn’t occur in nature and then use that to give you information about situations that do.” Evensen has investigated transcription initiation for about two and a half years in the laboratory of UW-Madison biochemistry professor Thomas Record. “Tom is fantastic to work with,” Evensen said. “He really focuses on undergraduate research and you just feel like you’re part of the team.”

Summer studies This summer, Singh and Evensen’s endeavors will take them out of state to a pair of esteemed research institutions. Singh will head to Princeton University in New Jersey to undertake research at the Princeton Plasma Physics Laboratory. From June through August, he will collaborate with Stuart Hudson, a staff research physicist in the PPPL Theory Department. “It’s basically the most renowned plasma physics lab in the entire world,” Singh said. “They invented (stellarators) in the ‘50s, so it’s going to be cool to be there and see the history and meet people that were on the original experiments.”

With a goal of developing a fusion energy source, the facility is one of 17 national laboratories under the guidance of the U.S. Department of Energy. Evensen will travel to the University of Oxford in England to work at the Wolfson Centre for Mathematical Biology. From July through August, she will study the peripheral nervous system with Oxford professor Philip Maini. “The lab I’ll be joining studies neural crest development, which is the migration of nervous tissue in an embryo to populate the whole body,” Evensen said. “They specifically study how the nerves migrate into the intestine.” The study abroad opportunity is part of the UW-Madison Department of Biochemistry’s Summer Cambridge Oxford Research Experience (SCORE) program. Both Singh and Evensen are on track to graduate with Bachelor of Science degrees next spring, though this will only be the start of their academic journeys. Singh aims to pursue a Ph.D. in plasma physics and is also looking to earn a Master of Music degree in clarinet performance, while Evensen intends to pursue a Ph.D. in mathematical biology and dreams of becoming a professor.

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*** NOTICE NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN that an application for a Class “B” Fermented Malt Beverages and a “Class C” Wine License for the period from July 1, 2019 through June 30, 2020 has been filed with the City Clerk, CITY OF VERONA, by Knit and Sip The Sow’s Ear Verona, LLC d/b/a Knit and Sip The Sow’s Ear, LLC, 125 S. Main Street, Verona, WI 53593. Anyone having an objection to the granting of such licenses shall file that objection with the City Clerk, City of Verona, 111 Lincoln Street, before June 20, 2019 during regular office hours of 8:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., Monday – Friday. Ellen Clark, City Clerk City of Verona Published: June 6, 2019 WNAXLP *** CITY OF VERONA MINUTES COMMON COUNCIL MAY 13, 2019 VERONA CITY HALL 1. Mayor Diaz called the meeting to order at 7:01 p.m. 2. Pledge of Allegiance 3. Roll call: Alderpersons Cronin, Gaskell, Jerney, Kohl, Posey, Reekie and Touchett were present. Also present: Interim City Administrator Sayre, Finance Director Lamers, AECOM Engineer Fischer, and City Clerk Clark. Alderperson Kemp will arrive at a later time. 4. Public Comment: None 5. Approval of minutes from the April 16, 2019 Common Council organizational meeting and the April 22, 2019 Common Council meeting. Motion by Kohl, seconded by Jerney, to approve the minutes of the April 16, 2019 Common Council organizational meeting and the April 22, 2019 Common Council meeting. Motion carried 7-0. 6. Mayors Business: Mayor Diaz thanked the Verona Police Department for the fine work they do at the High School 7. Announcements: Cronin congratulated the Fitch-Rona EMS & Barneveld Area Rescue for being awarded the Wisconsin EMS for Children 2019 Pediatric Champion of the Year Award. 8. Administrators Report: 9. Engineers Report: 10. Committee Reports A. Finance Committee (1) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Payment of bills. Motion by Cronin, seconded by Posey, to pay the bills in the amount of $1,324,532.34. Motion carried 7-0. (2) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Resolution No. R-19-020 Initial Resolution authorizing $865,000 General Obligation Bonds for street improvement projects. Motion by Cronin, seconded

by Posey, to approve Resolution No. R-19-020 Initial Resolution authorizing $865,000 General Obligation Bonds for street improvement projects. This bond item includes funding for CTH M reconstruction and ped/bike trail improvements. Motion carried 7-0. (3) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Resolution No. R-19-021 Initial Resolution authorizing $465,000 General Obligation Bonds for Public Works facility project. Motion by Cronin, seconded by Posey, to approve Resolution No. R-19-021 Initial Resolution authorizing $465,000 General Obligation Bonds for Public Works facility project. This would be funding for the architectural design of the Public Works facility. Motion carried 7-0. (4) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Resolution No. R-19-022 Initial Resolution authorizing $1,180,000 General Obligation Bonds for Fire Department equipment. Motion by Cronin, seconded by Posey, to approve Resolution No. R-19-022 Initial Resolution authorizing $1,180,000 General Obligation Bonds for Fire Department equipment. This bond is for the new fire truck with the some kind of arm. Thank you to Epic for donating $150K toward the purchase of the new truck. Motion carried 7-0. (5) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Resolution No. R-19-023 directing publication of Notice to Electors. Motion by Cronin, seconded by Posey, to approve Resolution No. R-19-023 directing publication of Notice to Electors. Motion carried 7-0. (6) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Resolution No. R-19-024 providing for the sale of $2,510,000 General Obligation Corporate Purpose Bonds, Series 2019A. Motion by Cronin, seconded by Reekie, to approve Resolution No. R-19024 providing for the sale of $2,510,000 General Obligation Corporate Purpose Bonds, Series 2019A. Motion carried 7-0. (7) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Notice of claim for vehicle damage. Motion by Cronin, seconded by Posey, to approve payment of $1,697.77 to Alexander Arnn. Alexander Arnn, owner of Simply Snow and Lawn, LLC has filed a notice of claim with the City for damage done to one of his pickup trucks by a City of Verona plow truck on February 18, 2019. Motion carried 7-0. (8) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Notice of claim for vehicle damage. Motion by Cronin, seconded by Posey, to approve payment of $8,599.75 to Geico, contingent upon the City receiving a Release of All Claims signed by Geico and Mr. Lindeen. Geico has filed a notice of claim with the City for reimbursement of payment made to Jeremy Lindeen for damage done to his vehicle as a result of a City of Verona plow truck backing into his vehicle during a snow event. Motion

carried 7-0. 7:23 p.m. Alderperson Kemp now present. B. Plan Commission (1) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Resolution No. R-19-025 approving a Conditional Use Permit to allow an Indoor Commercial Entertainment land use, known as Icki Sticki, to be located at 103 South Main Street. Motion by Gaskell, seconded by Kohl, to approve a Conditional use Permit to allow an Indoor Commercial Entertainment land use, known as Icki Sticki, to be located at 103 South Main Street. Motion carried 6-2, with Alders Cronin and Posey voting no. (2) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Resolution No. R-19-026 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a group development located at 505-507 Bruce Street that would allow for the construction of a 7,000 square foot building. Motion by Gaskell, seconded by Kemp, to approve Resolution No. R-19-026 approving a Conditional Use Permit for a group development located at 505-507 Bruce Street that would allow for the construction of a 7,000 square foot building, with the following conditions: 1. The elevation of the lowest floor shall be at least two (2) feet above the floodplain elevation on fill. The fill shall be one foot or more above the regional flood elevation extending at least 15 feet beyond the limits of the structure. (Should they wish to pursue a future LOMR-F, any fill brought on the site should follow FEMA Technical Bulletin 10-01 for fill placement.) 2. The basement of crawlway floor may be placed at the regional flood elevation if it is dry floodproofed to two (2) feet above the floodplain elevation. No basement or crawlway floor is allowed below the regional flood elevation. 3. Contiguous dryland access shall be provided from a structure to land outside of the floodplain. 4. Provide existing contours and/or spot grades on the property and a fifty (50) foot offset from the property line for review and approval to show that existing drainage will be accommodated by the Applicant. 5. Placement or modification of utility structures shall be at or above floodplain elevation or floodproofed accordingly. Motion carried 8-0. (3) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Resolution No. R-19-027 approving a Certified Survey Map to create one (1) lot at 505-507 Bruce Street. Motion by Gaskell, seconded by Jerney, to approve Resolution No. R-19-028 approving a Certified Survey Map to create one (1) lot at 505-507 Bruce Street. Motion carried 8-0. (4) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Resolution No. R-19-028 approving a Certified Survey Map to create one (1) lot at 841/857 North Main Street. Motion by

Gaskell, seconded by Kemp, to approve Resolution No. R-19-028 approving a Certified Survey Map to create one (1) lot at 841/857 North Main Street. This Certified Survey Map will create one lot and dedicate land for right-of-way purposes at 841/857 North Main Street. Motion carried 6-2, with Alders Touchett and Jerney voting no. (5) Discussion Re: Initial concept review for a proposed development located at 6878 6880 County Highway M that would contain 14 twin homes and 5 condominium units. The Plan Commission discussed this project on May 6, 2019. Comments from the Commission included the location of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail, lack of support for private roads, and the possibility of swapping land between the owner and the City to make developing the property easier. No formal action is required by the Council on this item. Discussion followed. In general, the Council was not in favor of public roads, but was in favor of dedicating a portion of this land to the Ice Age Trail. (6) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Resolution No. R-19-029 approving a preliminary plat for Whispering Coves to create 244 lots located west of County Highway M and south of County Highway PD. Motion by Gaskell, seconded by Kemp, to approve Resolution No. R-19-029 approving a preliminary plat for Whispering Coves to create 244 lots located west of County Highway M and south of County Highway PD, with the following conditions: 1. A north-south road shall be included on the final plat through the Midthun property connecting the Endres property on the north to the Backus property on the south. 2. The City, North Neighborhood, LLC, and Midthun Property Hwy M, LLC shall execute a development agreement. 3. Prior to final plat approval, land shall be dedicated and annexed for the northern half of the east/west road identified on the preliminary plat as Stony Ridge Way. 4. Prior to final plat approval, a road agreement shall be executed with North Neighborhood, LLC, Midthun Property Hwy M, LLC, Gerald and Linda Endres, and Dreger Rv. Tr., Dorothy L for the construction of the east/west road, and utilities, identified on the preliminary plat as Stony Ridge Way. Motion carried 7-1, with Alder Touchett voting no. 11. New Business A. Discussion and Possible Action Re: Senior Center Director resignation agreement The Common Council may convene in a closed session for discussion and possible action regarding Senior Center Director resignation agreement as authorized by Section 19.85(1)(c) of the Wis-

consin Statutes to consider employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee subject to the jurisdiction or authority of the City of Verona; and Section 19.85(1)(e) for the deliberation of or negotiation for purchase of public properties, investment of public funds, or conduct of other specific public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session. The Common Council may reconvene in open session to discuss and take action on the subject matter discussed in the closed session. Sayre explained that Staff is requesting a closed session with the Common Council to discuss a resignation agreement with the former Senior Center Director. He anticipates action after reconvening in open session. Motion by Kohl, seconded by Gaskell, to convene in a closed session for discussion and possible action regarding Senior Center Director resignation agreement as authorized by Section 19.85(1)(c) of the Wisconsin Statutes to consider employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data of any public employee subject to the jurisdiction or authority of the City of Verona; and Section 19.85(1) (e) for the deliberation of or negotiation for purchase of public properties, investment of public funds, or conduct of other specific public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons require a closed session. The Common Council may reconvene in open session to discuss and take action on the subject matter discussed in the closed session. On roll call: Alder Kohl Aye; Alder Posey Aye; Alder Reekie Aye; Alder Touchett Aye; Alder Cronin Aye; Alder Gaskell Aye; Alder Jerney Aye; Alder Kemp Aye. Motion carried 8-0. The Common Council convened in closed session at 7:57 p.m. Motion by Gaskell, seconded by Kemp, to reconvene in open session at 8:07 p.m. Motion by Gaskell, seconded by Kohl, to approve the Resignation Agreement, Waiver and Release between the City of Verona and Mary Hanson. Motion carried 8-0. B. Discussion and Possible Action Re: Approval of operator licenses. Motion by Reekie, seconded by Kemp, to approve operator licenses as presented by the City Clerk. Motion carried 8-0. 12. Adjournment: Motion by Cronin, seconded by Reekie, to adjourn at 8:11 p.m. Motion carried 8-0. Ellen Clark, City Clerk City of Verona Published: June 6, 2019 WNAXLP ***

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FOR SALE: Adorable purebred Golden Retriever puppies. They had first shots, de-wormed and dew-claws removed. ready by June 8 to go to their FUR-EVER home. 608-994-2803. FOR SALE: Purebred Toy Australian Shepherd , 1 male, 1 female, red tri, 3 months old. $700. Elam Allgyer, 16759 North Ln, Darlington, WI. NON SHED Teddybear puppies, small, MELLOW, family companions, crate trained, shots, asking $475. 608632-1580

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