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From left, Melissa Herrick, Michele McGee and Jiff Fortner dress up in costume to cheer on friends during the cycling portion of the Ironman race on Sunday, Sept. 9.
Race through Verona
Thousands of Ironman competitors spun through Verona on Sunday, Sept. 9, during the 112-mile biking portion of the 140.6-mile race. Cyclists came from across the county and from outside the U.S. to compete in the race. Buses took spectators from downtown Madison, where the swim portion and the end of the marathon take place, to Verona for the annual Loop Festival on Main Street in front of the high school. Crowds also filled the hill at Mid Town Road to cheer on bikers.
The Verona Area school board got some good news Monday night on the cost of constructing the new Verona Area High School building, leaving trustees two weeks to consider whether they can include a second pool and turf fields in the project. Findorff construction manager Aaron Zutz told the board that after the third round of bids, which included the “full scope” of the construction, the project is $825,661 under its budget. That estimate includes a warm-water community pool at $2 million and turf football and soccer fields for $622,000. It does not, however, include the costs for road land acquisition and other intersection improvements in the area, he told the Press after his presentation. The
Inside District seeks participants for attendance area committee Page 5 city’s initial estimates for construction are about $9.4 million, and land acquisition is still being negotiated. That was the topic board members spent three hours discussing in closed session Monday, with no open-session vote or discussion on the topic itself. Board member Tom Duerst questioned the need for a closed session after the Press reported details of the ongoing negotiations last week from an open records request with the City of Verona. “What are we really going into closed session for?” Duerst said before voting in favor of it anyway.
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Vehicle thefts on the rise Police see 100 thefts of, from autos from Jan. through Aug.
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Ironman participant Keen Unangst rides down Main Street past the Loop Festival on Sunday, Sept. 9. The
Though vehicle-related thefts are up only slightly in 2018, Verona has experienced a countywide trend of crimes being carried out by coordinated groups of people who live outside of the city. Verona police Lt. David Dresser told the Press that from January through August, there were 100 thefts from vehicles or theft of vehicles in the city. Of those incidents, 16 were classified as burglaries,
in which criminals have entered the homes or garages of residents in order to gain access to the vehicles. Such incidents are normally felonies. Thefts have been happening for years, Dresser said, but a new trend of the thieves actually taking the cars instead of just stealing from them has increased. “What’s been new to us over the last few years, is the stealing of the car,” he said. “In the past, we’ve had theft from autos occur, but they’ve never stolen a car – or very rarely stolen a car. “Now, that’s what they’re targeting. They want to steal a car … they have this
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September 13, 2018
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Coves, Commons plans advance Alders have little to say before approving redevelopment update JIM FEROLIE Verona Press editor
A pair of large, eagerly awaited developments have both advanced through the Plan Commission and Common Council this month. Monday, alders had next to nothing to say before accepting updates to the Sugar Creek Commons redevelopment of seven acres along West Verona Avenue despite adding a fourth floor and nearly 30 apartment units. Taxpayer financing for that development has been the subject of several closed-session meetings over the past year. They also offered brief feedback about the 200-acre Whispering Coves subdivision on the city’s north side, mostly about the unusual parkland arrangement and its road widths and unconventional system of trails and sidewalks. That discussion was not scheduled for any action. Six days earlier, commissioners spent an hour on each, looking for compromises and alternatives and questioning various aspects of each proposal. Both projects are being handled by Verona-based
Forward Development Group. With Sugar Creek Commons, most of the commission’s time was discussing parking, for which the plan was six underground stalls shy of the required 1:1 ratio to apartment units. Adding a fourth floor made the spacing difficult, developer representatives said, explaining “reasons that have to do with cost” made the additional units necessary. The land it’s on, west of Legion Street, includes a former truck stop that is expected to require potentially millions of dollars’ worth of soil remediation and demolition and would be supported by taxpayer contributions in the form of tax-increment financing. The commission settled for including a condition on its revised general development plan that the developer would meet the 1:1 ratio, and it mostly let go of the staff concerns about the flat, imposing facade, amid warnings from commissioner Patrick Lytle that he wouldn’t support it without additional architectural elements. Those details could be handled in the project’s third and final stage, the precise implementation plan, however, and in general, commissioners did not want to delay it further. “I want to look at this as an accomplishment that was done well,” commission
representative Ald. Sarah Gaskell (Dist. 2) said. “It’s been a long time coming. … I appreciate what you’ve done so far.” Commissioners voted unanimously for it, and the council voted 6-1 in favor, with Heather Reekie (D-4) dissenting. The mostly residential Whispering Coves subdivision southwest of County Hwys. PD and M was a step further back in the same planned-unit development process, in what’s called the concept plan stage. Alders and commissioners were supposed to provide feedback only, suggesting things they would or would not support and providing an opportunity for the developer to make adjustments or back out before committing significant money to engineering and planning. Commissioners had a long list of concerns, with the longest discussion centering on how much of the unusual green space to accept as the developer’s required parkland dedication and whether it would need to make space for a more significant neighborhood park. Among the features the developer hoped to have included were a stormwater detention area converted into a conservation area, trails along the roads and large cul-de-sac islands in its unusual “villa” groupings.
“It’s going to be a sticking point,” Reekie said. Mostly, commissioners and alders were supportive of the subdivision’s unconventional winding roads and trails, but they agreed the execution would be critical and maintenance of its roads, particularly plowing, could be challenging. They also questioned the 450 units of senior apartments included in what amounted to the third version of the plan. Another point of discussion was a continuation from a February meeting of how to handle the planned inclusion of 12 acres for a future elementary school. FDG presented three options, and landowner Dennis Midthun lamented that the school district had broken off negotiations years ago but he still was being asked to make room for it. A school is planned there in the city’s comprehensive plan, but the district would need to hold a referendum to borrow money for it. In general, alders were supportive of the overall concept, and Gaskell – a former bicycle and pedestrian planner – even suggested some of the commission’s concerns, such as lighting and trail and road width, were too picky. “You can’t just slap it here and say we’re used to this and here’s what our expectations are,” Gaskell said. “Think outside the box a little bit.”
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South Main closing for four weeks JIM FEROLIE Verona Press editor
First it was Old PB, closing for several weeks during the spring and summer. Now it’s South Main Street. A nearly half-mile leg of that well-traveled county trunk highway, between Locust Drive and Whalen Road, is scheduled to close for four weeks beginning Sept. 17, and that will necessitate significant detours. Fortunately, the rerouting won’t be as bad as what was needed by PB, in which travelers basically had to drive more than a mile west to Main Street and go all the way around the east side of the city. In this case, travelers can get around by taking Prairie Heights Drive and Bruce and Paoli streets, a detour of less than a mile total.
But those roads are not built for heavy traffic. A quicker detour might be taking the 18-151 bypass between exits 76 and 79, which is two or three miles out of the way, depending on where you’re headed. The closure will allow city contractors to install a box culvert – which allows stormwater to pass underneath – under the road. The project is part of the installation of sidewalks along South Main Street to extend walking and biking connectivity to the southern areas of the city. The project was originally scheduled to start immediately after the Ironman Wisconsin competition, which brought thousands of triathletes along South Main Street and Locust Sunday, but persistent rains have delayed the overall installation.
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Fireman’s Park closed this week for construction on planned upgrades like a new shelter, splash pads and soccer fields. The construction is anticipated to be completed by June 2019, when the beach would open for the season.
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Fireman’s Park is closed for construction until June. The park, which had already closed for swimming for the season, is getting a major upgrade this fall and upcoming spring. KSW Construction has fenced off the park as it begins rebuilding the entire area and beyond with splash pads, a new open-air park pavilion, a basketball court, a new playground, a new parking lot, redesigned soccer fields and a connecting trail segment to County Hwy. M. The project will run over an eight-and-a-half month time span. Parks and urban forestry
director Dave Walker said the upgrades are scheduled to be done by June 19, 2019, when the beach would normally open for the summer season. “When it’s done, this will be quite the destination,” he told the Press on Friday. KSW began to remove some of the fencing at the park last week and will begin excavating the current park shelter this week, Walker said. The “aggressive” project timeline is being split into three phases, he said. The fall months will i nv o l v e t h e c o m p l e t e destruction of the shelter and the pouring of the foundation of the new one, grading of soccer fields so that
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Do not support Woods access road We had concerns when the Verona Area School District acquired Stewart’s Woods, and now those concerns are justified. A big, loud no to the thought of developing or pursuing an access road through any portion of that parcel. Focus elsewhere for the new high school access. As one of the last remaining stands of old-growth hardwood forest in the area, Stewart’s Woods is an irreplaceable, precious resource. The original plan of interpretive trails and a cross-country course is the best
use of that area, respecting its value while also making it accessible to the public. And a big, loud thank you to the Verona Press for filing an open records request and bringing this issue to light. Now more than ever, with both local and national issues, we rely on journalists to pursue the facts and keep us informed. Kathleen McCormick and Jim Powell City of Verona
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Correction A story in the Aug. 30 Verona Press about flood cleanup referred to two street names incorrectly. The streets referred to are Edward Street (not Edwards) and Prairie Way Boulevard (not Prairie Way). Thanks to an alert reader for noticing.
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To eliminate bullying, we must be upstanders, not bystanders
s we begin another school year, I hope to draw attention to bullying in our schools. As part of a school project at Badger Ridge Middle School last year, I wrote a song with the goal of discouraging bullying toward others. It’s an important cause, because bullying can have many negative consequences and because over 3 million students are bullied each year in the United States. The most important thing we all can do to prevent bullying is to be aware of it and to intervene when we see it. There are many reasons people bully. Some do it because their parents do not give them enough attention, so they take out their anger on others. This is usually caused if the child is neglected, if his or her parents are divorced, or of their parents take drugs or alcohol. Sometimes, the bully was born the way he is; his aggressive nature is just part of his personality. Other times, the person does it to make them feel superior to the person they’re bullying. In some cases, the bullying is because they themselves are bullied and don’t how to deal with their anger. Kids who bully are more likely to take drugs, have criminal convictions and get into fights. The victim of the bullying can have lowered self-esteem, causing low grades, trouble focusing in class and even dropping out of school. Victims also have feelings of depression and loneliness that can stay with the child to adulthood. Some kids even commit suicide, because they no longer want to live with that bully in their life. A person who witnesses bullying is either a bystander or an upstander.
You’re a Bully You’re a bully You crush me fully You’re a scamp Over me you tramp But really you’re just afraid To face the world head-on So let me show you what it truly means to be brave and really strong! You think you’re better than the rest That you’re the best of the best But bullying is the worst of the worst An action truly cursed! A bystander is a person who witnesses bullying occur but does nothing about it. An upstander is someone who witnesses bullying and intervenes somehow. A bystander unintentionally encourages the bully by providing an audience. Sometimes, bystanders think what’s happening is not any of their business. Other times, they don’t want to sound like a “tattletale” if they tell the teacher. Most of the time, bystanders are afraid helping the victim will result in them also being bullied. Kids who witness bullying are more likely to overdose on drugs, become depressed and, in some cases, miss or skip school.
So many people get bullied Each and every day So don’t just stand around and do nothing Help without delay You gotta pick people up when they’re feeling down And lend a helping hand Don’t walk away like a coward Stand up and be a man! Spread the message and just remember When someone’s being hurt Don’t walk away like a fool Cuz’ bullying is not cool! But there are many ways to be an upstander. Sometimes, the upstander may directly interfere and tell the bully to stop. Other times, the upstander will try an indirect approach and go tell an adult. In some cases, the upstander will even befriend the victim of the bullying to comfort them. We can all find a way to take one of these actions. So remember, don’t be a bystander, be an upstander. Ali Adhami is an eighth grade student at Core Knowledge Charter School.
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Mud run set for Sept. 22 KIMBERLY WETHAL
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What: Tri 4 Schools Family Mud Run When: 8 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Sept. 22 (register by Wednesday, Sept. 19) Where: Festival Park, 111 Lincoln St. Info: tri4schools.org
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Some kids, like Colin Lemmon, 10, of Madison, tackled the course a bit more enthusiastically than others. is $25 until the Sept. 19 deadline, and increases to $30 after the deadline. A $5 discount is given when two or more children are registered at the same time. Race organizers recommend that children under the age of 5 be registered for the 0.3-mile race, those ages 6-11 compete in the 1.5-mile event and children older than 12 attempt the
3-mile distance. Parents are encouraged to register for the longest race they will be participating in. For the 0.3-mile race, the cost is $20, the 1.5-mile race is $30 and the 3-mile event is $40. Late registration after Sept. 19 increases each race’s registration cost by $5. All participants will receive a finisher medal.
The races are not timed, so there are no awards for the top finishers, but the school with the most participants will keep the traveling trophy until the next year’s event. Fo o d s u c h a s o r a n g es, bananas, Clif Bars and water will be provided. For information, visit tri4schools.org or email the race director at firstname.lastname@example.org. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at kimberly. email@example.com and follow her on Twitter @ kimberly_wethal.
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A committee to help determine future attendance area boundaries for the district’s elementary and middle schools will begin meeting next month. The committee has not yet been chosen, and a draft letter the district will send to parents later this month stresses that the district is looking to have a group of parents and staff that is “representative of the district’s demographics,” lives in a variety of neighborhoods and includes parents
years at Stoughton Hospital; and Jacob Haupt, an HR manager at Acacia Hospitality, a Wisconsin Dells-based resort company. The city received 37 applicants for the position, which closed July 16. The job, which was added to the 2018 budget after being discussed but passed on for several years, will pay between $60,417 and $75,061. The city narrowed its four building inspector applicants to two that were qualified, and one has withdrawn from consideration. The remaining candidate is Larry Turner, a senior engineer for PFS Corporation for the past 17 years. The was vacated by longtime inspector Brian Flannery two years ago, when he took a similar position in Sun Prairie, and then again by Ken Robers in July, after he left to take a position in Greendale. The job posting closed July 30. It will pay between $60,417 and $75,061.
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The city has narrowed the list of candidates for its new human resources coordinator position and what would be its third building inspector in two years. City administrator Jeff Mikorski told the Press in emails last week the Personnel committee planned to interview all five HR candidates and one building inspector applicant this week. The HR finalists are: Allisa Brown, an HR specialist at the state Department of Veterans Affairs for the past three years; Char Horsfall, who spent the past two years doing HR at UW-Madison and eight years before that at the Verona Area School District; Mitchell Weckerly, an HR specialist at the state Department of Transportation for the past five years; Melissa Kitelinger, an HR generalist for the past 15
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Oct. 1. Those who apply are not guaranteed to be accepted, the draft of the letter notes. The committee is expected to use the board’s yet-tobe-finalized criteria to come up with up to three options for the board to vote on for elementary and middle school attendance areas. The boundaries are expected to be finalized next spring and would go into effect in fall 2020, when the new Verona Area High School building is scheduled to open. At that time, Sugar Creek Elementary School will move to what is now Badger Ridge Middle School, while the middle school will shift next door to the current VAHS building and charter schools are expected to move into the K-Wing.
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On Saturday, Sept. 22, children will be encouraged to track mud around wherever they go during the Tri 4 Schools Family Mud Run. Starting at 8 a.m., children and parents will conquer mud pits, a potato sack start and obstacles in races distancing 0.3, 1.5 and 3 miles at Festival Park, 111 Lincoln St. Proceeds from the races are split between the child’s school for programming that focuses on health and nutrition and the Tri 4 Schools grant program that helps Dane County schools fund larger initiatives. Online registration for the races at tri4schools. org is due by Wednesday, Sept. 19, at 11:59 p.m. If the races are not at capacity, limited registration will be offered from 4:306:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the optional early packet pick-up location at Madison Smile Solutions, 5602 Odana Road. Registration for children
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St. James open house Saturday $3.5 million expansion completed SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group
Those curious to see the outcome of more than a year of construction on South Main Street can visit St. James Lutheran Church Saturday for an open house debuting the renovation and expansion. The church’s $3.5 million project allowed it to add to its preschool and activity center, expand its fellowship and dining spaces and add a commercial-grade kitchen. “There are more
to noon, will include coffee, refreshments and tours of the new building. The church continued its What: St. James Lutherworship programs including an Church expansion Sunday School and youth open house ministries throughout the When: 10 a.m. to noon construction process after Saturday, Sept. 15 the April 16, 2017, groundWhere: St. James breaking, but the vacation bible school was cancelled Lutheran Church, 427 N. for that summer. Main St. The church was foundInfo: stjamesverona.org ed in 1886 and is part of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America c o m m u n i t y g a t h e r i n g s (ELCA). in addition to traditional Contact Scott Girard at events including weddings, firstname.lastname@example.org funerals and worships nowadays,” pastor Kurt Billings and follow him on Twitter told the Press in April 2017. @sgirard9. Saturday’s open house, which will be from 10 a.m.
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Commu ni ty open House September 15th • 10am - Noon St. James Lutheran Church 427 S. Main Street, Verona
St. James Lutheran Church welcomes the Verona-area community to an Open House on Saturday, September 15th from 10 am to noon. The church recently completed a near-$4 million expansion/renovation which includes a new Pre-School and activity center, expanded fellowship and dining space and a commercial grade kitchen. Visitors will enjoy coffee, refreshments and tours of the new building. Come and join us! adno=25653
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Find family balance The Wisconsin Eudaimonia Center will present on how people can create better balance with their family lives from 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 13, at the library. Childcare will be provided. For information, call 845-7180.
Virtual reality tours The senior center will conduct Rendever virtual reality tours from 10:30-11:15 a.m. on Fridays, Sept. 14 and 28. The tour “locations” cannot be confirmed in advance but feature different places around the world. For information, call 845-7471.
Storytime at Eplegaarden The library will host storytime from 1:30-2 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14, at Eplegaarden, 2227 Fitchburg Road. Another storytime will be held at the same time on Wednesday, Sept. 19. All ages are invited to attend. Books will be available for checkout. For information, call 845-7180.
School, 710 Lone Pine Way. The fundraiser will benefit Briarpatch of Dane County, which houses and provides resources for homeless teenagers. There will also be a collection of toiletries, bedroom and young adult supplies for Courage MKE, an organization similar to Briarpatch that provides for a safe space for LGBT-identifying teenagers in Milwaukee County. All ages are invited to participate. Youth under the age of 16 are free if they are dancing. The entry fee for adults is $10. For information, email Amelia McConnell at ameliazumba@gmail. com.
Board game night The library is hosting a game night from 6-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. 17, at Hop Haus Brewing, 231 S. Main St. Librarians will be at the event to teach people to play games. Attendees are welcome to bring their own board games to the event. For information, call 845-7180.
The Wisconsin Women’s Business Initiative Corporation will teach attendees about the key elements of estate planning and inform them about what legal documents one needs to complete their will. Register by calling 257-5450. For information, call 845-7180.
Learn OneNote Rich Bartlett will teach an hourlong seminar on the Microsoft program OneNote from 10-11 a.m. Friday, Sept. 21, at the senior center. Bartlett will discuss how it can work on any device and can handle different kinds of content like research, personal items and notes. For information, call 845-7471.
Seniors with birthdays or anniversaries in September will be celebrated Friday, Sept. 21 at the senior center. Attendees are asked to reserve their spot by Monday, Sept. 17. The menu will include Pizza Ranch chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, veggies, a roll with butter and cake. Estate planning The lunch is free for those who Zumbathon Anyone over the age of 18 is invit- have September birthdays or anniverA “Zumbathon” fundraiser will be ed to attend an estate planning work- saries. held from 1-3 p.m. Saturday, Sept. shop from 7-8 p.m. Monday, Sept. For information, call 845-7471. 15, at Country View Elementary 17, at the library.
Community calendar Thursday, Sept. 13
• 6:30-7:30 p.m., Finding balance in a busy family, library, 845-7180
Friday, Sept. 14
• 9 a.m., “Native Voices: Native People’s Concepts of Health and Illness” traveling exhibition (runs until Monday, Oct. 22), library, 8457180 • 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., National Senior Center Month celebration (RSVP by Monday, Sept. 10), senior center, 845-7471 • 1:30 p.m., Storytime at Eplegaarden, 2227 Fitchburg Road, Fitchburg, 845-7180 • 1:30 p.m., Movie showing “Singin’ in the Rain,” senior center, 8457471 • 6-9 p.m., Live Music in the Backyard, Wisconsin Brewing Company,
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Wednesday, Sept. 19
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Football 9 p.m. – Hindu Cultural Hour 10 p.m. – Community Drug Issues at Senior Center 11 p.m. – Byrd Brothers at Senior Center Tuesday, Sept. 18 7 a.m. – Community Drug Issues at Senior Center 10 a.m. – Zumba Gold 9 a.m. – Daily Exercise 10 a.m. – Byrd Brothers at Senior Center 2 p.m. – Zumba Gold 3 p.m. – Daily Exercise 4 p.m. – Coping with Dementia at Senior Center 5 p.m. – Rich Baumann at Senior Center 6 p.m. – Resurrection Church 8 p.m. – Medicare Fraud at Senior Center 9 p.m. – Meet Drea, K9 Officer at Senior Center 10 p.m. – One Vulture’s War at the Historical Society Wednesday, Sept. 19 7 a.m. – Coping with Dementia at Senior Center 1 p.m. – Meet Drea, K9 Officer at Senior Center 3 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 5 p.m. – Common Council from 9-10-18 7 p.m. – Capital City Band 8 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 10 p.m. – Community Drug Issues at Senior Center 11 p.m. – Byrd Brothers at
Senior Center Thursday, Sept. 20 7 a.m. – Community Drug Issues at Senior Center 8 a.m. – Zumba Gold 9 a.m. – Daily Exercise 10 a.m. – Byrd Brothers at Senior Center 2 p.m. – Zumba Gold 3 p.m. – Daily Exercise 4 p.m. – Coping with Dementia at Senior Center 5 p.m. – Rich Baumann at Senior Center 6 p.m. – Salem Church Service 7 p.m. – Medicare Fraud at Senior Center 8 p.m. – Daily Exercise 9 p.m. – Meet Drea, K9 Officer at Senior Center 10 p.m. – One Vulture’s War at the Historical Society
All Saints Lutheran Church 2951 Chapel Valley Rd., Fitchburg (608) 276-7729 allsaints-madison.org Interim Pastor Sunday: 8:30 & 10:45 a.m. The Church in Fitchburg 2833 Raritan Rd., Fitchburg (608) 271-2811 livelifetogether.com Sunday: 8 & 10:45 a.m. Memorial UCC 5705 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg (608) 273-1008 memorialucc.org Interim Pastor Laura Crow Sunday: 9:30 a.m.
Paoli Sunday: 9 & 11 a.m., St. Andrew, Verona Daily Mass, Tuesday-Saturday: 8 a.m., St. Andrew, Verona
St. James Lutheran Church ELCA 427 S. Main St., Verona (608) 845-6922 stjamesverona.org Pastors Kurt M. Billings and Peter Narum Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 8 a.m.-noon Wednesday Saturday Worship: 5 p.m. Sunday Worship: 9 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.
Salem United Church of Christ 502 Mark Dr., Verona (608) 845-7315 salemchurchverona.org Rev. Dr. Mark E. Yurs, Pastor Laura Kolden, Associate in Ministry Sunday School: 9 a.m. Sunday Worship: 10:15 a.m. Fellowship Hour: 11:30 a.m.
Damascus Road Church – West The Verona Senior Center 108 Paoli St., Verona (608) 819-6451 email@example.com, damascusroadonline.org Pastor Justin Burge Sunday: 10 a.m.
Springdale Lutheran Church ELCA 2752 Town Hall Rd. (off Hwy ID), Mount Horeb (608) 437-3493 springdalelutheran.org Pastor Jeff Jacobs Sunday: 8:45 a.m. with communion
Memorial Baptist Church 201 S. Main St., Verona (608) 845-7125 MBCverona.org Lead Pastor Jeremy Scott Sunday: 10:15 a.m.
Sugar River United Methodist Church 415 W. Verona Ave., Verona (608) 845-5855 firstname.lastname@example.org, sugarriverumc.org Pastor Gary Holmes 9 & 10:30 a.m. contemporary worship. Sunday School available during worship. Refreshments and fellowship are between services.
Redeemer Bible Fellowship 130 N. Franklin St., Verona (608) 848-1836 redeemerbiblefellowship.org Pastor Dwight R. Wise Sunday: 10 a.m. family worship Resurrection Lutheran Church – WELS 6705 Wesner Rd., Verona (608) 848-4965 rlcverona.org Pastors Nathan Strutz and Andrew Ewings, and Assistant Pastor 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 stchristopherverona.com Fr. John Sasse, pastor Saturday: 5 p.m., St. Andrew, Verona Sunday: 7:30 a.m., St. William,
West Madison Bible Church 2920 Hwy. M, Verona (608) 845-9518 www.wmbiblechurch.org Pastor Dan Kukasky Jr. Sunday Worship: 9:15 a.m. Sunday School: 10:45 a.m. Zwingli United Church of Christ Hwy. 92 & G, Mount Vernon (608) 832-6677 Pastor Brad Brookins Sunday: 10:15 a.m. Zwingli United Church of Christ Hwy. 69 & PB, Paoli (608) 255-1278 paoliucc.com Pastor Rich Pleva Sunday: 9:30 a.m. family worship
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POLICE REPORTS July 30 8:10 p.m. A woman reported seeing a woman place her 4-year-old in the front seat without a car seat and having her 1-year-old sit on her lap when she picked them up from daycare. When police contacted the woman, she advised that she had car seats and would use them. July 31 1:49 p.m. A man on the 400 block of Edward Street reported that a woman and her boyfriend had damaged a vehicle he was selling when they test-drove it. When he
saw the damage, he told them to leave. He later went to the couple’s residence demanding they either purchase the vehicle or pay for the repairs, when the woman sprayed him in the face with bug spray. The woman would not answer for police. 4:39 p.m. A woman reported being beat up by two individuals on the 300 block of Steeple Point Way after she was picked up by a third person who gave her the impression that they were going to the beach together. Police could not make contact with any of the suspects involved.
Aug. 1 12:17 p.m. Police took a call from a man who was concerned about coyotes, asking what he could do about them. He told police that he couldn’t shoot it or scare it away with fireworks. Police advised the man to contact the county’s animal control agency since the police department doesn’t have a live trap for coyotes.
400 block of Edward Street reporting seeing a dead prematurely born puppy in her yard. Upon arrival, police determined that it was a baby squirrel and disposed of it at the public works department. 8:12 p.m. A landlord on the 300 block of Prairie Way Boulevard received a report of a woman completely undressing when changing out of her swimming suit after getting out of the pool. The Aug. 2 woman was escorted off the 2:10 p.m. A woman on the property when she became
argumentative with the owners. She denied being completely naked. Police warned her for trespassing.
one weekend, took a tour of his home, said he was getting money to purchase the painting and then never returned.
Aug. 5 9:10 p.m. A man on the 600 block of Green Meadow Drive reported a suspicious person after a man he agreed to sell an “expensive painting” to disappeared. The man said that the person, who was in Wisconsin from Arkansas for a family reunion, wedding and funeral all in
Aug. 8 11 a.m. A worker with the county’s Highway Department ran over an electrical box with a lawn mower near Hwys. M and PB, causing a small electrical fire and knocking out the power to the traffic lights at the intersection. – Kimberly Wethal
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Nick Langer, of DeForest, stands at the bottom of the hill along the Ironman bike course, waiting to scare a friend who’s deathly afraid of clowns into going up the Midtown Road hill faster on Sunday, Sept. 9. Langer said she had brought up the idea of a clown being along the course to scare her three months ago, but he was confident that she wouldn’t remember and would be terrfied.
Left, Matt Conant shouts both inspiration and taunts out of his megaphone at Ironman participants riding by on the Midtown Road hill portion of the cycling portion. Conant said he was out supporting riders to “live the dream and embarrass my friend,” Chris Schabel (not pictured), who confirmed to the Press that yes, Conant was doing a good job embarrassing him.
Ironman participant Ryan Lenhart rides through the bubbles blown by race watcher Glenda Adams (not pictured) during the 112-mile bike portion of the race on Sunday, Sept. 9.
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Verona wins sixth HTL title in 11 years MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor
As a veteran, Mike Jordahl always cherishes the chance to spray champagne to celebrate a Home Talent League championship. Jordahl went 2-for-5 with two RBIs on Sunday to lead the Cavaliers to a 6-0 shutout of Evansville at Leota Park. The win helped the Cavaliers (20-2 overall, 6-0 playoffs) clinch their sixth HTL title in the past 11 years. It’s their first title since 2015, when Jordahl was only able to play in one playoff game before returning to college. “It feels great to win this for Burs (Derek Burgenske), Billy (Engelhart), (Nick) Krohn and our older guys,” Jordahl said. “This whole year they talked about retiring, and they wanted to go out on top. If he (Burgenske) does walk away, he went out on top.” Verona knocked off Cross Plains and Cottage Grove in the round-robin championship series. Krohn has already retired from playing for the Cavaliers, but now it may be time for Burgenske and Engelhart to step away. Burgenske, who has played 17 seasons with Verona and been a member of all six championship teams, said it’s a long offseason and he didn’t want to comment about whether he would return next spring. “It’s as special as ever,” he said. “My dad is gone. Krohn is gone. This was our first year doing it together. We call it the CFO (the Cavs front office). “Everyone did their part and knew their role. It’s so special because we put in a lot of work. We knew we would be a good team. We just didn’t know how good.” Verona went unbeaten at home in the Sunday league. The Cavaliers had to knock off Mount Horeb-Pine Bluff (12-5) and West Middleton (13-5) to win the Western Section and get a chance at another title. “We felt like we beat the best two teams to get to the Final Four,” Burgenske said. “When we got to the Final Four, we had
Name: Maddy Kelley Grade: Junior Sport: Volleyball Position: Middle blocker Highlight: Kelley registered eight kills and four blocks to lead the Wildcats to a sweep of Big Eight Conference rival Middleton.
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Verona second baseman Klayton Brandt sprays champagne while celebrating with teammates after the Cavaliers beat Evansville 6-0 to win the Home Talent League round-robin championship series. It marks the sixth title for Verona in the past 11 years. already seen some better pitching and hitting already. We were prepared.” Verona, like it has done all season, got off to a hot start. Burgenske walked to set the table in the first inning and Jordahl lined an RBI double to left to score him. Burgenske was a thorn in the side of the Jays all day, going 1-for-2 with three walks. The Cavaliers had three stolen bases, led by Burgenske’s two. “We talked about being aggressive and make them make mistakes,” Jordahl said. The Cavaliers scored two more runs in the second after player-manager David Lund beat out
an infield single. Derek Murphy walked and Tucker Teskey followed with an RBI single to give the Cavaliers a 2-0 lead. Klayton Brandt, who went 2-for-4 with two RBIs, then blooped an RBI single to center to extend the Cavaliers’ lead to 3-0. That’s all the run support Verona starting pitcher Jason Erxleben needed. Erxleben pitched eight innings of two-hit ball, while striking out six and walking four to earn the win. Kyle Nelson pitched a perfect ninth. Luke Yapp crushed a triple to center in the sixth. Murphy delivered a two-out RBI single to right to give the Cavaliers a 4-0 lead. The Cavaliers scored one run
in the seventh on a groundout by Jordahl and Brandt had an RBI single in the eighth to cap the scoring. “It felt great to do it with these guys,” Brandt said. “It’s been a long season, but it’s been a lot of fun. We knew we had to do a job and we went out and got it done.” Verona went 4-for-13 hitting with runners in scoring position and pounded out 11 hits. Murphy went 2-for-3 with one RBI and Teskey was 2-for-4. “I think one of the strengths of our team is our lineup top to bottom,” Brandt said. “You have to credit everyone in our lineup for having good at-bats and getting timely hits.”
Honorable mentions: Luka DiMaggio (boys xc) finished ninth Saturday at the Madison West Invitational in 17:04.91. Abby Wampfler (girls xc) led the Wildcats with an 18th-place finish at the SPASH Invitational on Saturday in 21:26. Allison Blessing and Kayla Johnson (girls tennis) won the only match of the night in a 6-1 loss at Madison West on Monday. Gannon Simonett (boys soccer) scored one goal and had one assist to lead the Wildcats to a 2-0 win over Middleton on Thursday. Jackson Acker (football) rushed for 83 yards on five carries and had two touchdowns Friday in Verona’s 35-0 win over Madison West. Grace Bennin (girls swimming) won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:04.27 and set a new meet and pool record Saturday at the Brookfield Invitational. She also won the 200 individual medley in 2:07.82. Andrea Schleeper (girls golf) shot an 87 to tie teammate Caitlyn Ott for second on Tuesday against Janesville Craig.
Bennin sets Volleyball new meet, Verona sweeps Middleton, remains undefeated pool record What’s next MARK NESBITT
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Middle blockers Maddy Kelley and Sydney Rae dominated the net Thursday to spark the Verona volleyball team to a Big Eight Conference sweep over Middleton, 27-25, 25-12, 26-24. Kelley, a junior, had a team-high eight kills and four blocks, and Rae, a senior, posted four blocks. Verona moved to 12-0 overall and 2-0 in the conference with the win. Senior outside hitter Amelia Walton and senior outside hitter Nikki
Phelps each added seven kills, and junior outside hitter Megan Touchett had six. “Our opponent can’t key in on one of our hitters, because all of our hitters are driving forces,” coach Kelly Annen said. Verona finished last year in a three-way tie atop the conference. Annen said the win over the Cardinals is a great start, but she’s not ready to have any conference championship T-shirts made just yet. “A win against Middleton is a big win for confidence and looking ahead for our conference play,”
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she said. “They are a team that will bounce back and adjust quickly.” Annen isn’t surprised by the Wildcats’ 12 straight wins this season. She noted many teammates have been playing together for two to three years.
“Their commitment to being on top of their communication and their bond has pushed them to another level,” she said. Annen said one of the focuses this season has been having passers connected to the setter. The Wildcats are using a 6-2 alignment which requires them to play setters in the back row. “It gives us three hitters at all times,” Annen said. “It gives our right side and left side hitters more court to put the ball away.”
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Senior Grace Bennin continues to display potential to repeat as a state champion. Last week, she posted a pool and meet record in the 100yard breaststroke. Bennin, a University of Minnesota recruit, won those two titles at the Brookfield
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Meredith Conley lost a three-setter Monday to Madison West sophomore Maddie Bremel 4-6, 6-2, 6-2. The loss snapped a 16-match winning streak for Conley.
Wildcats fall in battle of state honorable mentions JEREMY JONES Sports editor
a litlte closer,” coach Mark Happel said. “I thought it might go 4-3 or 3-4 but you have to give West a lot of credit, they played very well today at all seven flights.”
The Verona girls tennis team split a pair of Big Eight Conference dual meets last week, shutting out Madison La Follette Verona 6, before dropping a 6-1 decision to fellow honorable Madison West 1 mention Madison West. Junior Meredith Conley “I was hoping it would go said Monday’s three-set
4-6, 6-2, 6-2 loss to Regent sophomore Maddi Bremel was almost a blessing in disguise. The loss ended a 16-game winning streak by Conley. Ve r o n a , r a n k e d 1 2 t h in Division 1, dropped the dual meet 6-1 to 11th-ranked Madison West.
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Acker scores twice in blowout of Madison West MARK NESBITT
Assistant sports editor
Verona hosts Sun Prairie at 7 p.m. Friday.
to the hot guy and the guy they are not respecting,” Richardson said. “We have Team Wins Losses slowly brought Jackson on Madison Memorial 4 0 board. As a sophomore he had a lot of learning to do.” Verona 3 1 With the win, Verona Sun Prairie 3 1 moved into a four-way Janesville Craig 3 1 tie for second place with Sun Prairie, Madison La Madison La Follette 3 1 Follette and Craig. MadMiddleton 2 2 ison Memorial remained Madison West 1 3 unbeaten and a game ahead after it rallied from Beloit Memorial 1 3 a 10-point deficit to stun Janesville Parker 0 4 Middleton 30-27 Friday on a 27-yard touchdown pass Madison East 0 4 as time expired. Madison West dropped to 1-3. “After the first week everyone was pretty equal it out,” Richardson said. y o u ’v e g o t t o f i g u r e and you will have to fight “Last week was kind of a
gotcha game because we came off that emotional high with Middleton. The guys were going to win this football game come heck or high water.” Verona can expect to get tested in the next few weeks. It hosts Sun Prairie at 7 p.m. Friday and Madison Memorial on Sept. 21. The Wildcats are at Madison La Follette on Sept. 28. “ We h a v e a t o u g h stretch,” Richardson said. “Fortunately, we have two of three at home.” On their first drive Friday, the Wildcats marched 56 yards on six plays, capping it with junior quarterback Adam Bekx’s 27-yard
Boys cross country
Wildcats finish third at Madison West Invitational at Lake Farm Park Sports editor
The Verona boys cross country team finished third as a team Saturday at the Madison West Invitational with a team score of 79. The Wildcats had 21 personal bests. Ten seconds separated the Wildcats’ top three, but the Verona was unable to get the rest of the pack up high enough to overtake last year’s state qualifiers Madison West and Monona Grove. Verona senior Jason Ford covered the 5k race course at Lake Farm Park in sixth place with a time of 17 minutes, 1.66 seconds. Two seconds separated juniors Luka DiMaggio and Nathan Neitzel, who finished ninth and 10th, respectively. DiMaggio once again was the team’s second runner,
What’s next Verona travels to Minook Park at 8:30 a.m. Saturday for an invitational hosted by Waukesha West. crossing the finish line in 17:04.91 for ninth place. Neitzel was 10th in 17:06.5. Junior Mulu Johnson was 23rd in his first varsity race in a time of 17:42 - more than a minute PR. “Mulu went out aggressive and finished strong,” coach Randy Marks said. “And he still has room to drop even more.” Senior Ian Grossenbacher-McGlamery finished as the team’s fifth and final varsity
scorer 31st in 18:21.49. Freshman Aidan Manning and senior J.J. Gumieny also competed on varsity but did not count toward the final
score. The host Regents placed three in the top five and all five varsity scorers in the top 11 to win the meet with a 28.
Monona Grove was second with a 56 behind the firstplace finish in senior James Giftos in 16:37.76.
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Verona sophomore running back Jackson Acker gets a block from offensive lineman Bryce Corning (71) on a 56-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter of the Wildcats’ 35-0 win over Madison West Friday at Mansfield Stadium.
touchdown pass to junior wide receiver Shay Watson. Bekx completed 8 of 14 passes for 153 yards, and Watson had three receptions for 66 yards. Madison West answered with a long drive and it appeared sophomore running back Nazier Jones had tied the game with an 11-yard TD run. The score was wiped out by a holding penalty, and the Wildcats’ defense forced the Regents to turn the ball over on downs. Verona responded with a five-play, 75-yard drive, culminating with in a 2-yard touchdown run by Anderson. Bekx tossed a two-point conversion pass to senior tight end Ryan Van Handel to give the Wildcats a 14-0 lead midway through the second quarter. Anderson scored his second touchdown on a 5-yard run to extend the lead to 21-0. The big play of the drive was a 39-yard pass from Bekx to Anderson. A c ke r g o t a p a n c a ke block from Corning, then broke a tackle and rumbled for a 56-yard TD to take a four touchdown lead at halftime. Acker had a 46-yard punt return that set up Verona’s next touchdown drive in the third quarter, scoring on a 5-yard run. Richardson said the big difference between this week and the loss to Janesville Craig last week was the first two drives – the offense scored on both and the defense followed suit with two stops. “That’s a big lead (14-0) against a team that doesn’t pass much,” Richardson said. “I think that was the beginning of the end.”
Sophomore running back Jackson Acker might want to take the game ball home to sleep with after his breakout performance Friday. Acker rushed for 83 yards and his first two varsity touchdowns on five carries to lead Verona to a 35-0 Big Eight Conference win over Madison West at Mansfield Stadium. “He has speed and power,” coach Dave Richardson said of the 6-foot, 2 inch, 190-pound Acker. Acker provided a jolt with a 56-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter to give the Wildcats a 28-0 lead at halftime. “It was definitely unexpected,” Acker said. “I was just cutting back inside and pushed off of (offensive lineman Bryce Corning). I was wrapped up by a few people and didn’t expect to break free. “Being able to go out there and perform for your s c h o o l a n d s h ow w h a t you’ve got is amazing.” Acker, who played on the freshman football team last year, said the intensity is the biggest difference. If there were any questions about how Verona (3-1) would bounce back after its first loss last week, t h e Wi l d c a t s a n s w e r e d definitively. After rushing for 83 yards as a team in a 26-20 loss to Janesville Craig, the Wildcats showed more balance, piling up 339 total yards, with 186 yards on the ground. Junior running back Haakon Anderson rushed for 29 yards on four carries and two touchdowns, and junior running back Keegan Lindell rushed for 51 yards on five carries. Richardson said with the emergence of Acker, the Wildcats have four really good running backs. “I think with that whole group of running backs, we are just going to give it
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Girls cross country
Twelve seconds separate top five JEREMY JONES Sports editor
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Verona senior Bryan Lopez-Martinez heads a ball to a teammate in front of Middleton senior Christopher George (16) during the Wildcats’ 2-0 win over the Cardinals Thursday at Reddan Soccer Park. With the win, Verona improves to 6-0-1.
Seventh-ranked Cats drop first game MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor
Though the Verona boys soccer team took its first loss of the season last week, coach Chris Handrick remained confident his team will be in the mix for a state title. Saturday, the Wildcats lost 2-1 to nonconference McFarland, which is ranked fourth in the Division 3 Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association state poll. Earlier in the week, the Wildcats (6-1-1, 2-0 Big Eight) knocked off Middleton 2-0 in a Big Eight Conference clash. Verona, ranked seventh in the Division 1 state poll, gave up more goals Saturday (2) than it had in the first seven games combined (1). Coach Chris Handrick was confident after the Wildcats stymied the Cardinals. “I think we are a contender no question about
it,” Handrick said. “We will make a run. These boys are ready.”
Verona 2, Middleton 0 Verona junior forward Gannon Simonett scored one goal and assisted on another to propel the Wildcats to a 2-0 win over Middleton on Thursday at Reddan Soccer Park. The Wildcats avenged a loss to Middleton from the Division 1 sectional final last year. “It just shows how much we have been working in practice day in and day out,” Simonett said. “It was a good revenge game. Our goal is state and we have been working since Day 1.” The Wildcats outshot the Cardinals 9-0 and recorded their sixth shutout in the first seven games. Sophomore center midfi e l d e r S a m u e l A b r e u scored a goal on an assist
What’s next Verona travels Janesville Craig 7 p.m. Thursday.
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by Simonett in the seventh minute. Simonett tacked on another goal on a pass by forward Jack Knight in the 55th minute. “The common theme
is the movement of the ball creates a diversified attack,” Handrick said. “What I’m proud of these boys is they didn’t give up. For our boys mentally, this had to be a win.”
Coach Dave Nelson said the mantra for the Verona girls cross country this year is, “when you’ve seen one of us you see all of us.” Twelve seconds separated all five varsity scorers and 19 seconds separated 1-7 for the Wildcats on Saturday at the SPASH Invitational at Standing Rock Park in Stevens Point. “The girls have really done a nice job of supporting one another this season,” Nelson said. “I think they have embraced the idea of strength in numbers, which has kept the group moving forward.” Only one second separated junior Abby Wampfler and freshman Emma Petta, who helped lead the team to second-place 108. Wampler reached the finish line first for the Wildcats in 21 minutes, 26 seconds. She was the third different girl to lead Verona this season, finishing 18th. “The challenge as we enter the middle of our
McFarland 2, Verona 1 Verona couldn’t hang on to a one-goal lead and McFarland rallied to edge the Wildcats 2-1. Knight scored a goal in the sixth minute to give the Wildcats a 1-0 the lead, but the Spartans rallied with two first-half goals. McFarland’s Caleb Blair scored a game-tying goal in the 19th minute and Ethan Nichols scored the game-winning goal in the 24th minute. The Wildcats outshot the Spartans 7-2 and had 11 corner kicks compared with two for McFarland. Junior goalkeeper G e o rg e O h m h a d t w o saves.
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Verona junior middle blocker Maddy Kelley hits the ball over Middleton in the Wildcats’ three-set sweep of the Cardinals on Thursday. Kelley had eight kills and four blocks.
Volleyball: Hitters spark Cats
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Wildcats shoot to 10th at Cardinal Invitational
The first set Thursday was a see-saw battle. Rae and Kelley each had key blocks late in the set to tie it 25-25. Kelley delivered a spike and the Wildcats scored the winning point on an ace. Ve r o n a c a r r i e d t h a t momentum into the second set when they jumped out to a 9-2 lead. Rae had two critical blocks to help the Wildcats’ lead snowball to 14-5. Touchett came through with a block and Kelley had a kill to extend the Wildcats’ lead to 10 points, 18-8. Phelps scored on a tip and kill to extend the Wildcats’ lead to 20-8. Junior libero Amelia Hust had a team-best 22 digs and two aces. Senior setter Emma Frahm dished out 16 assists and notched two aces, while junior setter Jordan Armstrong had 15 assists and two aces. Frahm started the third set
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Becoming more efficient chippers in the short game is a skill Verona coach Jon Rebholz wants the Wildcats girls golf team to focus on. W h i l e t h e Wi l d c a t s are working to improve their short game, they saw more consistency in their play last week. The Wildcats are coming off a 10th-place finish in a 22-team field at the Cardinal Invitational Saturday at the Pleasant View Golf Course in Middleton. “When our short games become more consistent across the board and we make better decisions to avoid big numbers on certain holes, we will begin realizing our potential,” he
said. Rebholz is also looking for more consistency throughout the lineup to be more competitive come playoff time. “My goal is to have at least four golfers breaking 100 at each event, and to push our team score closer to 360.”
Cardinal Invitational Junior Caitlyn Ott shot an 11-over-par 83 to tie for seventh at the Cardinal Invitational. “That was an impressive showing in a strong field of golfers,” Rebholz said. Verona finished 10th (379) out of the 22-team field. The Wildcats were two strokes behind ninthplace Onalaska and two strokes behind eighthplace Sun Prairie.
turned in another steady round. Senior Nicole Thomas cardded a 102 and MerVerona travels to edith Voss had the WildUW-Oshkosh for an invi- cats’ fourth-best round with a 104. tational on Friday. “Nicole was a little higher than she has been lately, but still remains the most steady golfer on the Wa u n a k e e , b e h i n d team,” Rebholz said. senior Sam Soulier, who Janesville Craig dual won medalist honors with Schleeper and Ott each a 4-over-par 76, claimed the team title with a 338. carded 87s on Tuesday, Brookfield Central fin- while leading the Wildcats ished second (347) just past Janesville Craig at ahead of third-place Mid- the Monona Golf Course. Verona (5-3 Big Eight) delton (349). Verona took 10th (379) in the 22-team outdistanced Janesville Craig 358-378. field. Thomas finished with an Wildcat junior Andrea Scheelper shot a 90 and 88 and Celia Donny cardbirdied No. 3 on the Prai- ed a 96. rie course. Rebholz said Schleeper Turn to Golf/Page 13
season is for each of the girls to seize the opportunity to lead the group when they feel the urge to do so,” Nelson said. “I see a possibility of that continuing when we go to Oshkosh and Mukwonago.” Ultimately, as the team nears the postseason, Nelson said the girls will be able to combine their greater fitness and their pack mentality to get the entire group to Wisconsin Rapids. Petta crossed the finish line in 21:27 to take 19th place. Junior Leah Remiker was 22nd in 21:33, sophomore Anna Knueve was 24th in 21:37 and junior Lucinda Bakken took 26th in 21:38. Junior Jamie Hogan and senior Lucy Waschbusch also ran varsity but did not score for the Wildcats. Stevens Point freshman Roisin Willis ran a sub-19 minute time to win the race in 18:54. The host Panthers placed all five varsity scorers in the top 20 and raced to first place 55 points ahead of the Wildcats with a 53. Neenah was third with a 159.
What’s next Verona travels to Janesville Craig at 6:30 p.m. Thursday. with an ace. Later in the final set, Phelps delivered a kill and an ace to help the Wildcats take a 10-6 lead they wouldn’t relinquish. Verona led by as many as six points in the final set before the Cardinals rallied to tie it 18-18. Phelps powered two kills and Kelley scored on a tip and spike to help the Wildcats seize control to take a 23-19 lead they were able to close out. Annen said after the first set, the Wildcats’ hitters took control. She’s aware the Wildcats could see the Cardinals again down the road. “I’m sure we will see them again at the conference tournament and in the postseason,” Annen said.
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Swimming: Verona/Mount Horeb ties Madison West in Big Eight Conference dual Continued from page 9 Invitational on Saturday and also took first in the 200 individual medley. On Friday, she also had a hand in winning four events in a Big Eight Conference dual against Madison West. Coach Bill Wuerger said he was disappointed with what he believed was the first dual meet tie in the program’s history. “I think the first week of school left us with a little less energy than previous weeks,” he said. Ve r o n a A r e a / M o u n t Horeb is the No. 3-ranked team in the state, behind Middleton and Sun Prairie, according to the Wisconsin Interscholastic Swim Coaches Association Division 1 state poll. Wuerger has experimented with various relay combinations, and it helped in the invitational with two relays finishing in the top two. “The level of competition is always high when Photo by Mark Nesbitt we swim at Brookfield,” he said. “Our relays swam Verona/Mount Horeb junior Josie McCartney finished third in the 100-yard butterfly Friday in a dual against Madison West. McCartney finished the race with a time of 1 minute, .82 seconds. much better Friday.” Stewart, Josie McCartney the 100 butterfly (59.06). VA/MH’s meet ended in an first in the 200 individual races. Brookfield Tw o - t i m e d e f e n d i n g and Kaitlyn Zuhel to take Stewart and Kenzie Zue- 85-85 tie against Madison medley (2:16.87) and the Invitational state champion Middle- second in the 200 medley hl teamed with Klabough West. 100 free (55.75). Bennin won the 50 free The Wildcats had five ton racked up 454 points relay (1:48.82). The Wild- and McCartney to take Wu e r g e r s a i d t h e r e top-five finishes on the to capture the team title. cats’ 200 free relay team sixth in the 400 free relay (24.27) and the 100 breast were a handful of strong (1:06.65). She teamed with swims Friday from Bailey way to taking fourth place Sun Prairie (372) took of Bennin, Kaitlyn Zuehl, (3:42.90). The Wildcats’ 200 med- Stewart, McCartney and Felsheim in the 200 IM, Saturday at the Brookfield s e c o n d , j u s t a h e a d o f Kola Klabough and Kenthird-place Madison West zie Zuhel finished second ley relay team of Ben- Kaitlyn Zuhel to take first Invitational. nin, junior Kaitlyn Zuhel, in the 200 medley relay McCartney in the 100 fly Bennin won the 200 IM (355), which in turn was (1:38.69). Ke n z i e Z u h e l p l a c e d Klabough and Kaitlyn Zue- (1:51.65). In the 200 free- and Ellen Bie in the 500 (2 minutes, 7.82 seconds) 54 points ahead of Verona t h i r d i n t h e 1 0 0 f r e e hl took second (1:48.82). style relay, Bennin teamed free. and finished first in the Area/Mount Horeb (301). Ve r o n a / M o u n t H o r e b (54.58) and fifth in the 50 with Klabough, Kaitlyn Wuerger said 24 of the 100 breaststroke (1:04.27). Verona 85, West 85 Zuehl and Kenize Zuehl to hosts Sun Prairie at 5 p.m. She finished about four Wildcats’ 36 entries swam free (24.97). Stewart finFriday in another Big Eight Bennin helped the team win in 1:40.45. seconds ahead of Middle- faster than their seed times. ished third in the 100 backKenzie Zuehl finished Conference dual. ton’s Ally Silvestri in both Bennin teamed with Sara stroke (59.51) and sixth in win four events Friday, but
Tennis: Wildcats blank Lancers in Big Eight dual meet
Golf: Thomas has career-best
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“Usually when I go into a third set, I start to have more of a positive outlook,” Conley said. “Today I tried everything but Maddi just played really well.” Even though she didn’t think about her record throughout the match, Conley said there is a weight you carry around when you are undefeated. “I think this loss is just going to make me want to work harder and do better later in the season when it starts to matter even more,” she said. Despite battling shin splits, Conley said it didn’t hamper her mobility. Seniord Allison Blessing and Claire Johnson (14-2) kept their solid start going, earning the Wildcats’ lone win, prevailing 6-4, 3-6, 6-3 No. 3 doubles against Maddie Becker and Suzanne Oriel. “You could tell right from the beginning, they were ready to play,” Happel said. “They played real smart, being aggressive and attacking the net.” West cleaned up their volleys and came at the Wildcats in the second set. “We were floating too much stuff, and then in the third set we got a little more aggressive again,” Happel said. Freshman Else Queoff (10-6) had the next-closest match for the Wildcats but was unable to forced a third
Tuesday, the Wildcats knocked off Madison East The 358 was a season-best in a nine-hole match 204score, Rebholz said. 238. Ott posted a birdie on No. 13. “It’s good to see our top three girls starting to hit stride as the matches Easily become more and more renew your important heading into playsubscription off golf,” Rebholz said. “To online! have three girls shoot in the 80s helps with bringing It only takes a few clicks down our team score and to renew your builds their confidence. newspaper subscription “I was very excited to see electronically with our Nicole break 90. This is her secure site at: career-low round.” connectverona.com In a junior varsity match Photo by Jeremy Jones
Allison Blessing returns a shot at No. 3 doubles Monday against Madison West. Blessing and Claire Johnson (left) were the only Wildcats to win against the Regents, prevailing 6-4, 3-6, 6-3.1 set, losing 6-4, 7-5 to junior Lucy Friedman at No. 4 singles. “Elsa really battled in two really close sets,” Happel said. “I think she ran into a junior with a little more experience, who was able to win the big points.” Kasie Keyes and Sydney Breitbach fell 6-0, 6-2 at No. 1 doubles and Angie Sutter and Eve Parker lost 6-0, 6-3 No. 2 doubles. Junior Mary Saley (106) was blanked 6-0, 6-0 by Abby Bremel at No. 2 singles. Fellow junior Meghan Samz (11-5) fell 6-1, 6-1 at No. 3 singles. Kasie Keyes and Sydney Breitbach fell 6-0, 6-2 a No. 1 doubles and Angie Sutter and Eve Parker lost 6-0, 6-3
What’s next Verona travels to Beloit Memorial High School 4 p.m. Thursday for a Big Eight Conference dual meet against the Purple Knights. No. 2 doubles. The Wildcats face perhaps the best team in the conference in sixth-ranked Madison Memorial on Friday led by No. 1 singles player Grace Olson. “Grace is a really good friend. We play together all year,” Conley said. “It’s going to be a really good
Verona 7, La Follette 0 The Wildcats lost a combined four games through four flights Thursday en route to a 7-0 drubbing of Madison La Follette. Conley won 6-1, 6-1 atop the lineup, while Saley and Samz added 6-1, 6-0 and 6-0, 6-1 wins at Nos. 2 and 3 singles. Queoff rolled 6-0, 6-0 in straight sets at No. 4 singles. Key e s a n d B r e i t b a c h and Parker and Sutter also blanked the Lancers, cruising 6-0, 6-0 atop the doubles lineup. Blessing and Johnson added a 6-0, 6-1 win at No. 3 doubles.
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Bids: Board expected to make decisions on pool, field turf at next meeting Continued from page 1 “After this last week’s Verona Press, I feel like pretty much everything is out there.” Board president Noah Roberts and district superintendent Dean Gorrell told Duerst the closed session was still necessary for a “very narrow window of things,” as Gorrell put it. Roberts said it was to “preserve any sort of bargaining leverage we have.” “Although there has been some information that is now public related to negotiations between the district and two private entities, we are still in the midst of negotiations,” he said. “As we move forward, we want to maintain as much leverage as possible.” The vote to go into closed session was unanimous, though board member Russell King was
absent from the meeting. According to emails between city and district employees this summer, S&E Enterprises ownership has asked for at least $2.5 million for the right-of-way necessary to build a road from South Nine Mound Road into the high school site. The Coating Place, meanwhile, has asked for six acres of the recently acquired school forest Stewart’s Woods and $200,000 for 2.3 acres of right-of-way to build a somewhat longer road from Paoli Street into the site. That would bring the total acreage of the woods planned for development or roads leading to development to 11 of the 37 the district owns. Another six acres is owned by the Coating Place and would be available for development in the proposal. The district’s agreement with
the city signed in June gives the Sugar Creek and New Century elementary school land for a $4.5 million contribution to the cost of road improvements. The board also set aside $5.7 million from the closeout of the Epic tax increment financing district to help cover the cost of the pool, which is included in the budget. The board is expected to make decisions on the second pool, turf fields and other potential bid alternatives Zutz said could save up to $1.7 million at its next meeting, which was rescheduled from Monday, Sept. 24, to Wednesday, Sept. 26, because of conflicts with the VAHS back-to-school night for three board members. Contact Scott Girard at ungreMap courtesy City of Verona email@example.com and follow A map included with a term sheet in January shows the land owned by him on Twitter @sgirard9. the Coating Place (CPI), which city officials have said the school district has been negotiating to acquire a piece of for a road.
Obituary Darrell Marvin Wesenberg
Darrell Marvin Wesenberg
Darrell Marvin Wesenberg passed away unexpectedly at age 78, on July 30, 2018. Darrell was born and raised in Verona. He always said that he had an ideal childhood and often shared
stories of his time growing up in Verona and of adventures with his lifelong friends and cherished family. Darrell graduated in 1957 from Verona High School and then attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison. It was there that he received his Ph.D. in Agronomy in 1968. He was married to the love of his life, Janice Marie Peterson, in 1968 in Minnesota. The couple then moved to Idaho where Darrell began his career as a plant breeder for the USDA Agricultural Research Service (ARS). In his 33 years with the ARS, he developed barley and oat varieties that were used extensively by growers and industry nationwide. In 1986, he became Research Leader and oversaw the
design and construction of the National Small Grains Germplasm Research Facility at the Aberdeen facility. He retired from the ARS in 2001 and was inducted into the Eastern Idaho Agricultural Hall of Fame in 2007. Darrell and Janice had three daughters: Jennifer, Karen and Carole. He cherished his family, and he was a devoted husband, father, grandfather, fatherin-law and friend. He was an avid outdoorsman. His love of fishing was vast; a passion that he shared with his family and many of his dearest friends and passed on to his grandson Ethan. It was central to his love of Lake Kabetogama, where he spent summer vacations with his parents as a boy, and then with his own family. Darrell and Janice spent
their summers “at the Lake” since their retirement. Darrell was also an avid supporter of public television, public radio and several wildlife and land conservation organizations, as well as the University of Wisconsin. Darrell was preceded in death by his wife Janice in 2014, his parents Dorothy and Elmer Wesenberg, mother-in-law Irma Peterson, nephews Brad Walker and Mark Peterson and many aunts, uncles, and cousins. He also lost many dear friends over the years that he always remembered fondly. Darrell is survived by his children, Jennifer (David) Karls, Redmond, WA; Karen (Jim) Wesenberg-Ward, Butte, MT; and Carole Wesenberg, Blackfoot, ID;
and special friend Jeremy Brown, Blackfoot, ID, as well as his grandchildren Sarah Karls and Ethan Karls. Darrell is further survived by his sisters, Carole (David) Janisch and Barbara (Conrad) Feller, cousins, nieces, nephews and many remarkable and cherished friends across the country. He will be deeply missed. The family is grateful to the emergency personnel who helped them on the day of his death. Darrell requested cremation and no formal services. The family will hold a private remembrance at a later date. The family suggests memorial contributions in memory of Dr. Darrell M. Wesenberg be made to one of the following organizations that Darrell supported and are working to preserve
places that he loved. • Idaho Conservation League Endowment Fund, P.O Box 844, Boise, ID, 83701 or online at IdahoConservation.org • Natural Resources Foundation of Wisconsin (please reference Friends of Wyalusing State Park Endowment Fund), P.O. Box 2317 Madison, WI, 53701 or online at donatenow.networkforgood.org/ Wisconservation • Kabetogama Fire and EMS at P.O. Box 189, Kabetogama, MN, 56669. Condolences may be left at www.greenlarsen.com. Arrangements are with Green-Larsen Mortuary Inc., International Falls.
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that would allow for the construction of 90-multi-family units. 4) Zoning Map amendment to rezone property located at 2159 Range Trail to Public Institutional (PI), Neighborhood Residential (NR), and Community Residential (CR), rezone Lot 218 of the Cathedral Point subdivision to Neighborhood Residential (NR), and Outlot 2 of the Cathedral Point subdivision to Community Residential (CR). 5) Zoning map amendment to rezone 1.32-acres of land located on the north side of Whalen Road located approximately 800 feet east of U.S. Highway 18/151 to Public Institutional (PI). 6) Zoning text amendment to amend Title 13, Zoning Code, that would allow for the keeping and raising of chickens. Interested persons may comment on these planning and zoning matters during the public hearings at the October 1st Plan Commission meeting. The Plan Commission will make recommendations for these matters, which will then be reviewed by the Common Council for final decisions on Monday, October 8th. Contact Adam Sayre, Director of Planning and Development, at 608-8489941 for more information on these items or to receive copies of the submittals. Maps showing the location of the affected properties may be viewed at City Hall or may be obtained once the applicable copying fee has been paid to the City. Ellen Clark, City Clerk Published: September 13 and 20, 2018 WNAXLP
Touchett present. Also present: City Administrator Mikorski, Planning Director Sayre, City Attorney Kleinmaier, Finance Director Lamers, Parks Director Walker, City Engineer Montpas, Fitch-Rona EMS Service Director Anderson and City Clerk Clark. 4. Public Comment: None 5. Approval of Minutes from the August 16, 2018 Common Council meeting: Motion by Reekie, seconded by Kohl, to approve the minutes of the August 16, 2018 Common Council meeting. Motion carried 7-0. 6. Mayor’s Business: A. Election of Common Council President Mayor Diaz asked for nominations for 2018-2019 Common Council President. Alderperson Reekie nominated Alderperson Gaskell as President. Alderperson Kemp seconded. There were no other nominations. Motion carried 7-0. B. EMS Report and Update. Mayor Diaz explained that a study of the Fitch-Rona EMS District was conducted on behalf of the City of Fitchburg. For a variety of reasons, he is not in favor of the suggestion made in the study to allow the City of Fitchburg to take over the EMS District. Patrick Anderson, Fitch-Rona EMS Service Director, stated that a lot of inaccuracies came from the study of the EMS District, particularly pertaining to operations and administration. The study does confirm that the Fitch-Rona EMS Service provides exceptional EMS service to the citizens of the area, and responds very well to the needs of our communities. 7. Announcements: None 8. Administrator’s Report: * Mr. Mikorski updated the Council on the flooding of August 20th, and commended the police, fire and public works departments for doing a great job of responding during the emergency. 9. Engineer’s Report 10. Committee Reports: A. Finance Committee (1) Discussion and Possible Action
Re: Payment of Bills. Motion by Kemp, seconded by Cronin, to pay the bills in the amount of $524,694.12. Motion carried 7-0. (2) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Resolution No. R-18-044 approving a second addendum to the Commercial Lease Agreement with Redeemer Bible Fellowship for the property located at 130 North Franklin Street. Motion by Kemp, seconded by Cronin, to approve Resolution No. R-18-044 approving a second addendum to the Commercial Lease Agreement with Redeemer Bible Fellowship for the property located at 130 North Franklin Street. Motion carried 7-0. B. Personnel Committee (1) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Ordinance No. 18-921 amending Chapter 7 titled Accommodation and Employment in the Code of Ordinances relating to penalty. Motion by Gaskell, seconded by Kohl, to approve Ordinance No. 18-921 amending Chapter 7 titled Accommodation and Employment in the Code of Ordinances relating to penalty. Motion carried 7-0. 11. Old Business A. Discussion and Possible Action Re: Selection of District 1 Alderperson. Mayor Diaz presented the names of the two candidates for District 1 Alderperson: Robert Feller and Christine Posey. On roll call: Alder Gaskell – Christine Posey; Alder Jerney – Robert Feller; Alder Kemp – Christine Posey; Alder Kohl – Christine Posey; Alder Reekie – Christine Posey; Alder Touchett – Christine Posey; Alder Cronin – Robert Feller. The Council voted in favor of Christine Posey 5-2. A. Discussion and Possible Action Re: Update on the Verona Area School District new high school project as it relates to the approved VASD Development Agreement The Common Council may convene in a closed session, as authorized by Wisconsin Statute 19.85(1)(e), for the purpose of deliberating or negotiating the purchase of public properties, the investing of public funds or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons deem a closed session necessary. The Common Council may reconvene in an open session to discuss and take action on the subject matter discussed in the closed session. Mr. Mikorski explained that the City and the Verona Area School District (VASD) continue to meet to work together to resolve the issue of a second access road for the new high school. Staff is requesting a closed session to update the Council on new details regarding options that may lead to amendments to the current Developer’s Agreement, and to gain direction from the Council on how to proceed. Mr. Kleinmaier stated we are still working with the school district. However, now there are two private parties involved in the negotiations. They are the same property owners that were identified in open session – the Swiggum property and the Coating Place, Inc. property. Motion by Touchett, seconded by
Kemp, to convene in a closed session, as authorized by Wisconsin Statute 19.85(1) (e), for the purpose of deliberating or negotiating the purchase of public properties, the investing of public funds or conducting other specified public business, whenever competitive or bargaining reasons deem a closed session necessary. The Common Council may reconvene in an open session to discuss and take action on the subject matter discussed in the closed session. On roll call: Alder Jerney – Aye; Alder Kemp – Aye; Alder Kohl – Aye; Alder Reekie – Aye; Alder Touchett – Aye; Alder Cronin – Aye; Alder Gaskell – Aye. Motion carried 7-0. The Common Council convened in closed session at 7:34 p.m. The Common Council asked Christine Posey to remain for the closed session. CLOSED SESSION Motion by Reekie, seconded by Gaskell, to reconvene in open session. Motion carried 7-0. The Common Council reconvened in open session at 8:18 p.m. Mr. Kleinmaier explained that there are three points that the Common Council would like to address. The Common Council encourages City staff to continue to work with School District Staff and the property owners to try to find a second access point to the new high school. To the extent that the School Board may ask for a financial contribution from the city over and above the financial contribution that is listed in the existing development agreement between the City of Verona and the Verona Area School District, the Common Council asks that the School Board provide the dollar amount of the requested additional contribution as soon as possible. Finally, the Common Council wants the public to know that, notwithstanding that the Council has the authority to convene in closed session for bargaining issues, from this point forward, all discussions regarding the development agreement with the School District, including the current access road issues, will be held in open session. 12. New Business A. Discussion and Possible Action Re: Approval of bid results for Fireman’s Park Project to KSW Construction for $2,095,500. Motion by Reekie, seconded by Kemp, to approve the bid for the Fireman’s Park Project from KSW Construction for $2,095,500. Total cost of the project, including engineering and direct purchase site improvements is $3,153,499. Motion carried 7-0. B. Discussion and Possible Action Re: Approval of operator licenses. Motion by Reekie, seconded by Kohl, to approve operator license applications as presented by the City Clerk. Motion carried 7-0. 13. Adjournment: Motion by Reekie, seconded by Kemp, to adjourn at 8:26 p.m. Motion carried 7-0. Ellen Clark City Clerk Published: September 13, 2018 WNAXLP
*** NOTICE The City of Verona Plan Commission will hold Public Hearings on October 1, 2018 at City Hall, 111 Lincoln Street, at 6:30 PM for the following planning and zoning matters: 1) Precise Implementation Plan (PIP) for Market No. 5 located in the West End, south of West Verona Avenue, west of West End Circle, and east of Wall Street that would allow for the construction of 28,849 square feet of commercial space. 2) Zoning map amendment to rezone 102/104 Lincoln Street from Suburban Industrial (SI) to Urban Residential (UR). 3) Precise Implementation Plan (PIP) for the Lincoln Street Apartments to be located at 102/104 Lincoln Street
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joyriding mentality.” Otherwise, last year, there were 93 reported incidents of theft, 21 of which were classified as burglaries – not much an increase, Dresser said. He said the number of thefts has been “on trend.” The department began to notice the slightly increasing trend a year ago, he said. He speculated it’s at least partly due to a lack of
consequences. Often, Dresser said, the thieves are juvenile non-residents who end up being taken to the Juvenile Reception Center in Madison after being caught and go back to stealing after being released. Through information being shared with other municipalities’ law enforcement agencies in Dane County and arrest records, Verona police have determined the thefts are being carried out
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