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Taxes would drop with staff cuts Modest growth, focus on reducing debt limit budget options JIM FEROLIE

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The Verona Public Library held a Halloween-themedhands-on screen printing workshop for adults on Monday, Oct. 28. Attendees learned how to print a picture of an Ouija board onto a T-shirt they were able to take home.

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Historical society to discuss potential center Nov. 9

What it doesn’t have is a place to show it all off. Verona Area Historical Society members are hoping to change that, and make some new history for the area. SCOTT DE LARUELLE At 10 a.m. Sunday, Nov. Unified Newspaper Group 9, at the senior center, VAHS will host a public informaThe Verona area has a rich tional meeting and discussion history, from the days of the about a site that could serve as first indigenous people, to a “history center” for the area. European settlers, to modern times. Turn to History/Page 5

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Goodwill planned for empty downtown spot JIM FEROLIE


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A plan for a Goodwill store and dropoff facility will get a review by the city’s Plan Commission on Monday, Nov. 4. The Goodwill store, located in the long-vacant former World of Variety building at 118 S. Main Street, would come with several exterior building improvements and modifications, including new colors, a new roof, a new glass donor entry door and a roll-up door off Park Lane for loading and unloading. The commission will be expected to make a recommendation to the Common Council for approval of the precise

Whispering Coves back for seventh attempt Page 3 implementation plan amendment. A PIP is the final stage of a planning process called a planned unit development, and it deals with visual and aesthetic issues and details such as stormwater, utilities and lighting. Among the considerations for the commission and council will be The

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Instructor Mark Cullen prepares a shirt for printing with help from Kathy Helland, while Rita Mortenson and Emmily Scherb look on.

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hearing Nov. 18 would cut taxes for most Verona property owners by 2.2 percent. That cut offsets last year’s erroneous tax increase, which came when the city assessor mistakenly doubled up more than $5 million in a tax-increment financing district and then compounded the mistake by shifting the decimal place one to the right. The city is still pursuing legislative remedies to refund that money. In the meantime, on a

deliveries on the narrow, alleylike Park Lane. A previous request to put a Dollar Tree in that location did not advance last year because the council expressed discomfort with the idea of blocking off the street each week. A letter with the submission says donations to the nonprofit will only be accepted when the store is open, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday. “These generous hours make it highly unlikely that donors couldn’t find a time within the hours of operation to drop off goods,” the letter states. Email Verona Press editor Jim Ferolie at​

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This house at 103 E. Park Lane is the former residence of “Doc” Joel E. and Viola Lillesand, best known for running a longtime veterinary service out of this house from 1920 to around 1968. The Verona Area Historical Society is considering purchasing the house to turn ito a history center.

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One of the most restricted City of Verona budget situations in years contains some good news for taxpayers, at least – a tax cut. Hamstrung by a requirement to add nearly full-time positions’ worth of staff in the library and previous decisions to add positions midyear, the 2020 budget proposal contains two staff cuts, the city’s first reductions going back perhaps as far the 1980s. That proposal, approved for publication by the Finance committee, goes to a public

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A Halloween escape Teens channeled their Halloween spir- jam-packed with scary clues for the teens it by attempting to crack the code to an to figure out with their friends. escape room at the Verona Public Library Email Emilie Heidemann at or follow her on Twitlast week. ter at @HeidemannEmilie. The spooky-themed room was

Photos by Emilie Heidemann Sophia Hopp, 11, Owen Hopp, 13, and Ella McGinnis, 11, all of Verona, surround a computer Whitney Nielsen, 14, Verona, helps her sister out with a game to find clues. to crack the code.

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When Jeff Meyer was granted a six-month sabbatical by a local church two years ago, his intention was to pursue his dreams, not write a book about pursuing dreams. Ye t , j o u r n a l i n g d a i l y about his experiences as a lead pastor and a curriculum designer slowly transformed into a book. In September 2018, “Fear Not, Dream Big, & Execute: Tools to Spark Your Dream and Ignite Your Follow-Through” was published. Meyer, a Verona resident of two decades, told the Press he had been struggling in his church. By his own admission, he is not a typical pastor. “It was a difficult time for me,” he said. “People have expectations of their pastors, but I am more of

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been put on Earth to do,” Meyer said. “If you have trouble figuring out what your dream is, the first part is helpful. If you have a hard time developing a plan, the second part is helpful.” M ey e r ’s ow n d r e a m s are bigger than just this book. To supplement his book, Meyer has developed a one-day motivational seminar called the Dream

Accelerator to help people develop strategies for realizing their dreams. He’s also considering a YouTube channel, an app, a n d t wo wo r k b o o k s o r ‘field guides’ as accompaniments to his book. “I feel like books don’t help people move forward, ultimately, as we take in more information than we can act on,” he said. He also coined the social media hashtag #MoveForwardAnyway, explaining “Fear comes along with dreams, fear will never be absent from our dreams, but we must move forward with them anyway.” As for the dreams he’s witnessed realized here in Verona, Meyer said he feels inspired. “What I love most is the collaborative celebration of the different things going on in Verona, and people encouraging each other,” he said. “I think of Toot + Kate’s Wine Bar, I think of

Hop Haus Brewing Company, I think of what’s happening with the Opportunity 34 Foundation… these efforts that are happening in our community to make our community a better place popping up, and people encouraging others. “Toot has a powerful story – doing this as a single mom, it’s really inspiring,” Meyer added. “Powerful dreams can come out of tragedy and deep hurts and losses, which make our community a better place to live.” Neal Patten can be contacted at neal.patten@

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an entrepreneurial pastor, greatly involved outside of the church. Sometimes I feel like the Meyer church is the least inspiring place to follow your dreams.” Last weekend, Meyer’s book was one of 10 finalists in the general nonfiction category of the Author Academy Awards, selected from hundreds of nominees. Meyer and his wife flew to Columbus, Ohio, to attend the awards ceremony. He even walked the red carpet and was interviewed by Jon Berrien, who has i n t e r v i ew e d c e l e b r i t i e s such as Tom Hanks and Carol Burnett. “That was sweet, I had never had an experience like that,” Meyer said. While Meyer did not win, he was not disappointed. The winning book in the general nonfiction category was “Dying to Win: How to Inspire and Ignite Your

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Sugar Creek recognized for initiatives, environment Elementary winner of silver award

Sugar Creek has won a Wisconsin School Health Whole School, Whole Community, Whole Child (WSCC) award, earning a silver KIMBERLY WETHAL distinction. Unified Newspaper Group Last year, the school was given a gold award from the state Sugar Creek is continuing a win- Department of Public Instruction, ning streak for its healthy school as well as a bronze award from the environment and initiatives. Alliance for a Healthier GeneraFor the second year in a row, tion’s Healthy Schools Program,

and a silver distinction from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s HealthierUS School Challenge. State superintendent Carolyn Stanford Taylor wrote in a letter to Sugar Creek principal Todd Brunner earlier this month that the award is proof of the elementary school’s “commitment” to creating a safe and positive learning environment.

“I commend your school for taking the necessary steps to enhance school wellness and policies, health services, physical education and other physical activity programs, nutrition services, family and community involvement and health promotion for staff,” she wrote in the letter. Sugar Creek has a variety of health initiatives it encourages

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students, staff and families to participate in, with participation in National Walk and Bike to School Day, hosting its second annual Fun Run in September and its Farmto-School program bringing fresh food into the lunchroom. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at and follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.

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District revises visitor policies after fights Mill rate stays flat New language included for non-parents, sex offenders KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

W h e n t h r e e fi g h t s e s c a l a t e d between groups of high school students during the school day last May, stopping the conflicts wasn’t the only obstacle the district faced in mitigating the situation. The day the fights occurred, police dealt with multiple angry parents who showed up at the high school, yelling and threatening staff in addition to alleviating the student conflicts. Those conflicts resulted in 18 students being suspended and one staff member injured. “That became quite problematic for us,” superintendent Dean Gorrell told the school board Monday night. As a result, an amended set of visitor policies and rules for the district’s schools would limit who can and cannot access the school grounds and what restrictions might be placed on visitors during certain situations. It also would clarify rules for registered sex offenders who want to visit, including those who might be parents or students and set neutrality in family disputes. These rule changes are part of a larger effort to increase security at the schools, with the district adding three new security roles and an anonymous tip line, creating a threat assessment process and policy changes regarding students returning to school after

suspension and how the district communicates with families after different types of incidents at the schools. The board members took no action on the policy Monday night but are scheduled to vote on it at its next board meeting Monday, Nov. 4.

increase in visitors coming to schools who are not directly related to students. “We need to be protective of our students and our staff members, and parents who have a right to be there,” he said.

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The new set of rules would, during or immediately after a student conflict, limit visitors to adults who are parents of a student enrolled at the specific school site. Those parents would be subject to several conditions, including being limited to where they can go, what routes they can take on school grounds, what students they can talk to and how long they can be at the school. They also must, under some circumstances, be accompanied by a school employee. Under this policy, any parent who does not comply with rules set by their respective schools, or anyone who is not a parent, will be escorted off the property and police can be called if necessary. The board was receptive to the policy language changes, with board president Noah Roberts stating that the update is a great complement to other actions already taken by district administration after the May fights. “I think it’s great that we’re taking a holistic approach to updating our policies and making sure students and staff are safe,” he said. Gorrell said that during his 15 years with the district, there haven’t been many situations where administration has had to restrict parent access on school grounds, but there has been an

New language in the rules would clarify the district policy on sex offenders on school grounds and set neutrality in family legal disputes. Anyone who is designated as a sex offender would not be allowed on any school premises without advance permission from each site’s administrator each time. This would not apply to students or parents who are registered sex offenders, but they must inform a school of their criminal status at the beginning of each year. School premises is defined as any district-owned property, including building grounds, recreation areas or athletic fields. The proposed policy also states the district will take neutrality in family legal disputes, especially between parents of students. Unless a parent of a child has a court order restricting their access, the school district will not be a referee in designating who can and cannot visit their children during the school day, regardless of how another parent might feel. It’s up to individual families to inform the school district of court orders against parents, according to the policy. Email reporter Kimberly Wethal at and follow her on Twitter @kimberly_wethal.

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For a third year, the mill rate for taxes is remaining flat at $12.77 per $1,000 of assessed value. It doesn’t mean your taxes will be the same as last year’s, however. The board unanimously approved the mill rate Monday night, along with the $71 million budget for the 201920 year. Two board members, Meredith Stier-Christensen and Debbie Biddle, were absent from the meeting. Tax bills can fluctuate throughout the district, based on the taxpayer’s the municipality and when their property was last reassessed. For Town of Verona taxpayers, a reassessment in their properties this year to match them to the market rate will impact this year’s tax bills, and City of Verona residents could see changes next year after the reassessment on their properties is completed. City of Fitchburg residents are even harder to predict, with properties in high activity areas being the focus of assessors, and others being left alone. The total tax levy for the district is $61,550,874, a little more than $750,000 higher than was projected this


support groups includes $50,000 or more annually in in-kind donations for fundraisers for students. While presenting a certificate to Andrea Miller, daughter of owner Carl Miller, board members also spoke to how the company has hired a significant number of the district’s high school students and is happy to find a good fit for employees who have disabilities. Andrea told the board that while her father doesn’t like the limelight, he does enjoy supporting people who support his business

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Schools in brief Local business recognized The Verona Area School District recognized Miller and Sons Supermarket for its support Monday night. Miller and Sons Supermarket was the only business the district nominated for the Wisconsin Association of School Boards 2019 Business Honor Roll program. District public information officer Kelly Kloepping told the Press in an email the “extensive” support Miller’s has given the district’s student organizations, athletics and parent

summer. That’s partly due to higher than predicted enrollment for the 2019-2020 academic year; an increase of 110 students doubling the projected number, which accounts for a little less than a third of that increase, district business manager Chris Murphy told the board Monday. A little less than twothirds of that increase comes from additional Department of Instruction funding for transfer of services for students with special needs not enrolled in the district when the projected numbers were completed, Murphy said. Other factors that increased the tax levy were an increase in school choice funds of just over $100,000 and refunds on previously paid taxes of $3,084. Despite the increase in the tax levy, the mill rate will stay the same, and the district will instead use $4.3 million of leftover funds to increase its payment of its state trust fund loans to $18 million used for the new high school construction, Murphy told the board. That will save the district around $443,000 in future interest payments on the loans and help with future expenses, as a 2021 budget will exceed the revenue cap for operating costs, he added.


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Christian churches are helping in war-torn northeast Syria

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hen President Donald Trump abruptly ordered the removal of U.S. troops from northeast Syria in early October, it left the Kurdish people and others in the area vulnerable to attack from neighboring Turkey. That feared attack occurred almost immediately after the U.S. withdrawal. Christian congregations, denominations and ecumenical agencies remain in the region to provide relief to the Kurds and cry out for justice and an end to violence. These are receiving support from similar groups in the United States and around the world. The support of the faith communities is coming from both Christian conservatives and Christian liberals. Kurds, the people most affected by the Turkish offensive, are the largest ethnic minority in Syria. The vast majority are Sunni Muslims, though some are largely secular in outlook, while others are Christian, Zoroastrian or something else. All Kurds, regardless of their religious affinity, have been harassed and discriminated against by the Syrian majority. Since the recent outbreak of violence, in northeast Syria, hundreds of thousands have been displaced, many killed or injured and life in general has been disrupted, according to a report from the Rev. Joseph Kassab, general secretary of one of the Christian denominations in the region, the National Evangelical (Presbyterian) Synod of Syria and Lebanon (NESSL). As of Oct. 17, Kassab reports, 300,000 people have been displaced, 218 civilians (including 18 children) have been killed, and over 650 (38 children) have been injured. Kassab’s ministerial colleagues serving KESSL churches indicate there is a lack of water in the affected area, a lack of bread, and many schools and shops are closed. Prices for basic goods have doubled, and people are hesitant to leave their homes.

Fear is particularly striking in Malkieh, a city close to Syria’s border with Turkey. There, indigenous Christian churches are a living presence amid the tension and violence. Firas Farah and Matild Sabbagh are pastors serving congregations in the denomiYurs nation Kassab leads. They are displaying holy boldness born out of pastoral concern. They are bravely venturing forth through the danger-filled streets to visit with their people and bring them such comfort, aid and hope they can. Some Christian denominations and ecumenical, and interfaith agencies in the United States remain attentive to the needs of the Kurds, critical of U.S. policy and opposed to the Turkish aggression. The National Council of Churches (NCC), for example, senses the potential genocide of the Kurds and the resurgence of global terrorism. The NCC is a diverse ecumenical body based in the United States and comprises at least 38 communions. It has voiced strong criticism of the American withdrawal from Syria, and it has issued a joint statement with the Beirut-based Middle East Council of Churches calling for Turkey’s immediate withdrawal from Syria. The statement also calls for international diplomatic efforts, including involvement by the United States, to resolve the conflict and end the violence. The World Council of Churches (WCC) has joined suit. It is an international ecumenical body stationed in Switzerland. The WCC has come out strongly against the violence in Syria, condemning the attacks and calling for peace, dialogue, and justice. Even staunch conservative Christians such as Pat Robertson and Franklin Graham have called Trump’s Syrian move into question.

Robertson, who previously viewed Trump in a consistently favorable light, pronounced his belief that Trump’s determination to leave Syria has threatened what he calls the president’s “mandate of heaven.” Graham, likewise a reliable Trump supporter, has called upon all Christians to pray that the president changes his mind about leaving the Kurds defenseless. To be sure, no church or ecumenical agency has an army behind it carrying military force. But faith communities see an opportunity and responsibility to be an influential voice in raising the world’s awareness and in swaying public opinion. This global ministry of compassionate social justice is not intimidated and is in no mood to retreat. Church-related groups combine their advocacy work with fund-raising to assist in providing the affected refugees with disaster relief, including blankets, food, water, and medical supplies. I encourage those who would like to make a financial contribution to this effort to contact one of the local churches in Verona for their best advice on how to contribute through that church’s denomination. Other avenues for giving include the National Council of Churches, the World Council of Churches, or Church World Service, all agencies I believe can be trusted to handle contributions honorably and justly. Franklin Graham’s “Samaritan’s Purse” relief ministry is also engaged in trying to help and would welcome contributions. Kassab’s report is grave, but he concludes on a decidedly positive note: “In this challenging time, we cling to words of Jesus “In this world, you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.’” The Rev. Dr. Mark E. Yurs is pastor at Salem United Church of Christ in Verona.

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History:: Lillesand House meets ‘essential criteria’ for center Verona Area School District In September, VAHS members began “seriously investigating and planning” what it would take to renovate a small historic downtown Verona home on 103 E. Park Lane into a history center/ house museum, president Jesse Charles wrote in an email to the Press. The group has enlisted the help of an architect and other local experts for advice, and want to present what they’ve found and get feedback on fundraising ideas and “what functions a Verona history center should serve.” “Several of our officers have toured the building and believe this could be the location and house that would finally be our physical, permanent location for a display space,” he said. The proposal is already backed by some funding, Charles said, with an anonymous donor offering $150,000 for the purchase of the building and naming rights, “once we raise everything else it will take to renovate and open it up.” He said the group hopes to have blueprints and cost estimates in the next few months. The home is the former residence of “Doc” Joel E. and Viola Lillesand, best known for running a longtime veterinary service out of this house from 1920 to around 1968. VAHS members are working with the owner, Lillesand’s granddaughter, of whom is “very interested, along with Doc and Viola’s other remaining descendants, in this becoming a home for our historical society and a local history museum,” Charles added. VAHS members have previously evaluated other sites as a possible history center based “essential criteria,” of which Charles said the

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The Lillesand House started off housing non-human tenants. The home, located at 103 E. Park Lane, started off as a livery stable and was later retrofitted to be a home and veterinarian’s office for Doc and Viola Lillesand, according to the Verona Area Historical Society. Doc was a veterinarian for Verona and surrounding communities for more than 50 years, and additionally was one of the first volunteer fire department chiefs and the first Commander at a local Legion post. Viola was a teacher at McPherson School, a small rural Verona school close to Mount Vernon.

once housed the old Verona poor house and asylum, talked at the September VAHS meeting about saving and organizing a large collection of patient records left there. Erected in 1854 with a capacity of 80 people, Verona’s original “poor house” was located on the southwest corner of East Verona Avenue and Hwy. PB, where the Park and Ride is currently located. In 1882, the asylum was built across the street to the north. The asylum initially had 101 beds and separated the mentally ill from the poor house population. Over time several additions were built and by 1964, its population grew to a peak of 430. The 1970s saw the phasing out of many units, though, and sections of the buildings were chipped away over the next several decades. In 2000, Evenson started at the hospital as a part-time seamstress working at nights, repairing residents’ clothing and sewing curtains. She later worked as a medical records secretary, and through an interest in genealogy, came across a court September meeting — documents on her great-greatgrandmother, who was instiDane County Asylum tutionalized in the asylum cemetery project because her husband declared Sandy Evenson, who used her insane, which at the time to work in the building that it was legal to do without

Lillesand property satisfies all: centrally located downtown and walkable; zoned to allow a museum; provides links to Verona history; and smaller, maintainable size. VAHS officials have toured the house with contractors and local renovation experts, met with the city inspector, consulted fundraisers, and have started working with an architect to scope out possibilities. Charles said if the site passes the “investigation phase,” the next step is a “massive effort” to raise funds to purchase and renovate the building. He said as the project moves along, it would need “lots of help” with everything from contacting potential donors to helping fix up the property. Charles said the group would also investigate how much annual expenses would cost for the facility, as well as possible “recurring funding sources.” He said due to the group’s nonprofit status, it would not have to pay annual property taxes on the property.

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proof. “The juxtaposition of Sandy’s job at Badger Prairie Healthcare Center here in Verona and the finding of this ancestor’s fate made her realize the importance of the detailed ledgers and listings of a century of residents and patients,” Charles wrote in the VAHS October newsletter. Soon, Evenson became intrigued by the old asylum part of the building; by then unused and blocked off, and set to be soon demolished. Walking around the area with a long-tenured colleague one day, she was shown a damp basement room containing long-forgotten patient records and personal possessions dating back to 1882. She got permission to remove the documents, and started to organize the material, and would soon use the information to help answer questions from people seeking information on relatives that might have been patients there. All of the documents were turned over to the Wisconsin Historical Society. “Sandy is to be commended for her lone role in saving such an invaluable piece of history,” Charles said. Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@

VACT to perform ‘We are Monsters’ Nov. 14-16 You can still buy tickets for one of the two Verona Area Community Theater’s fall youth productions. The show for students in second through fourth grade will be performing the show “We are Monsters” from Nov. 14-16. The shows on Nov. 14 and Nov. 15 will take place at 6 p.m., and two shows will be held at noon and 3:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 16. General admission to each show costs $4.50. There are two casts for the shows, each of which will perform twice throughout the show’s run. T h e m u s i c a l f o l l ow s a group of human kids


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The Verona Area School District is once again co-organizing the annual Helping Hands holiday gift drive program. As in past years, the program will help local families in need with holiday gifts. Social Workers from the VASD team up with the local FFA, Dane County Joining Forces for Families and the Badger Prairie Needs Network to offer the annual program. Now through Friday, Nov. 22, district residents with children up to age 18 who attend or will attend VASD schools in need of assistance may register to be recipients. There is an online Google form they can complete, or they may contact a school social worker or a translator to register. Program organizer Stacie Wagner encourages the use of the form. “We’ve been using the Google Form for the past five years or so and it has worked really well,” she said. “Our school social workers have high student ratios, so the form has allowed us to retain this program while not exacerbating our workload.” As families register to be recipients, the VAHS FFA Club creates paper mittens with specific requests based on their needs. The school social workers then post the mittens, creating displays in their schools. These ‘helping hand’ mittens will be posted at each school in the entry area or office, starting Monday, Nov. 11. Donors may pick up a mitten from any VASD school and purchase an age appropriate gift. Anyone in the area is welcome to donate gifts, gift cards, or cash to the

program, though Wagner said clothing or used items should not be donated. No single gift should exceed $30 and all donations should be left unwrapped. She said the program often receives lots of items for children ages up to 10 years, but is typically low on items for ‘tweens’ and teens. People and organizations can donate gifts at any time between Friday, Nov. 11 and Monday, Dec. 9, and the items will go to children in the Verona Area School District who are in need this holiday season. The VAHS FFA Club collects the gifts, sorts them by ages and assigns them to families who requested assistance (each is assigned a number to maintain confidentiality), and organizes the bags of gifts for pick up. Joining Forces for Families and the Badger Prairie Needs Network connect VASD families to this resource and assist families as needed with registration. Wagner said she’s proud of continued success of Helping Hand. “We spend so much of our time helping families through very stressful situations to overcome barriers, that it is nice to take a moment for something lighter that brightens the spirits of so many children during the winters,” she said. If you are in need of holiday gift assistance, complete the online Google form and submit by 11:59 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 22. If a family is unable to complete the electronic form, they may contact any of the school district’s social workers or interpreters. If you are interested in donating toys and gifts, bring them to any school in the Verona district prior to the end of the school day on Monday, Dec. 9. Neal Patten can be contacted at neal.patten@wcinet. com.

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Coming up Duo Tárrega live music

From 7-9 p.m on Friday, Nov. 1, Fisher King Winery, 1105 Laser St., is scheduled to host Duo Tárrega. The flute/guitar duo mostly play classical music. For information, call the winery at 4971056.

Kids expo

The Verona Area School District is holding its annual “Kids Expo” from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2, at Verona Area High School, 300 Richard St. Parents can learn more about daycares, preschools and after-school programs and officials from the district’s elementary and charter schools will attend. For information, visit

The 5th Dimension

At 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Nov. 2, the Verona Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St., invites people to ‘let the sunshine in’ as they welcome the soul and R&B music group The 5th Dimension to town. Tickets are available at

Hamilton: musical history

Fans of musicals or history buffs, are invited to come to the Verona library at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, Nov. 4. Sarah Marty, faculty affiliate at the

University of Wisconsin-Madison Divi- for monitoring future memory changes. Registration is required. sion of the Arts, will discuss the story of To register or for information, call the the founding of the country and the Revolution, and comment on contemporary library at 845-7180. issues in America. NaNoWriMo write-in For information, call the library at 845November is National Novel Writing 7180. Month, and aspiring novelists can find solidarity from 6-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Google like a librarian From 6-7 p.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 5, Nov. 7 at the Verona library. Writers may enjoy some refreshments, learn how to make searching the Internet easier with this class at the Verona library. meet other writers in the area and work You may bring your own laptop, other- toward their writing goal. For information, call 845-7180. wise library equipment will be provided. Registration is required. Death cafe To register or for information, call the Death midwife Sharon Stewart will library at 845-7180. lead a discussion-based death cafe at 10 a.m. Friday, Nov. 8, at the Verona Suicide prevention training Sugar River United Methodist Church Senior Center. It is an open and respectful discussion is scheduled to host a free suicide prevention training from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on about the practical realities of death. For information, call the senior center at Tuesday, Nov. 5. For information, call UMC at 845- 845-7471. 5855. Bazaar and luncheon Memory screening St. Christopher Catholic Parish, St. Specialists from the Aging and Dis- Andrew Church in Verona will hold their ability Resource Center will provide free annual Christmas/holiday bazaar and 20-minute, confidential memory screen- luncheon from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Satings from 1:30-4:30 p.m. Thursday, Nov. urday, Nov. 9, at the St. Andrew Parish 7 at the Verona Public Library. Center, 301 N. Main St. The screening will create a baseline For information, call 845-6613.

Community calendar Thursday, Oct. 31

• 3-9 p.m., Halloween party and candy pairing and costume contest, Wisconsin Brewing Company, 1079 American Way, 848-1079 • 3:30-5 p.m., Main St. trick or treat, starts at Hometown Junction Park on Main St., • 7-9 p.m., All things Halloween trivia night, Fisher King Winery, 1105 Laser St., 497-1056

Friday, Nov. 1

• 10-11:30 a.m., The young and the restless — open indoor play time, library, 845-7180 • 5-8 p.m., Amateur night for the novice horse rider, La Fleur Stables/ Madison Riding Academy, 3440 Meadow Road, 833-3635 • 7-9 p.m., Duo Tárrega live music, Fisher King Winery, 1105 Laser St • 7-10 p.m., First Fridays! live bluegrass, Hop Haus Brewing Company, 231 S Main St

Saturday, Nov. 2

• 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Verona Area Kids Expo 2019, Verona Area High School, 300 Richard St

• 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Mending day, Badger Prairie Needs Network, 1200 E Verona Ave • 11:30 a.m.-12:45 p.m., Community Meal, Badger Prairie Needs Network, 1200 E Verona Ave • 7:30-10 p.m., Verona Area Performing Arts Series: The 5th Dimension, Verona Area High School, 300 Richard St • 3-4 p.m., Horse club meeting, La Fleur Stables/Madison Riding Academy, 3440 Meadow Rd • 1-4 p.m., Hamilton sing-along, library, 845-7180

• 6 p.m.-8p.m., Google like a librarian, library, 845-7180 • 6:30-7:30 p.m., Suicide prevention training, Sugar River United Methodist Church, 415 W Verona Ave

Monday, Nov. 4

• 7:30-8:30 a.m., Business education breakfast, Verona Area High School, 300 Richard St • 8-9 a.m., Business builders breakfast, Brick House Studio, 101 N Main St • 1:30-4:30 p.m., Memory Screening, library, 845-7180 • 5-7 p.m., Share fair, Country View Elementary PTO, 710 Lone Pine Way, 845-4800 • 6-8:30 p.m., NaNoWriMo write-in, library, 845-7180

• 10-10:30 a.m., Rendever virtual reality tour, library, 845-7180 • 6:30-7:30 p.m., Hamilton: how a musical about history is making musical history, library, 845-7180

Tuesday, Nov. 5

• 7:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Wisconsin regional critical care nursing conference, Epic, 1979 Milky Way • 6 p.m.-7p.m., Verona Action Team monthly meeting, Boulder Brewpub, 950 Kimball Ln

Wednesday, Nov. 6

• 6-7 p.m., Discover Girl Scouts, library, 845-7180 • 10-11 a.m., Blood pressure, blood sugar, and fall-prevention screenings, library, 845-7180 • 4-5 p.m., Magic the Gathering trading card game, library, 845-7180

Thursday, Nov. 7

What’s on VHAT-98 Thursday, Oct. 31 7 a.m. – Tom Kastle at Senior Center 8 a.m.- Zumba Gold 9 a.m. — Daily Exercise 10 a.m. — Jesse Walker at Senior Center 2 p.m. — Zumba Gold 3 p.m. — Daily Exercise 4 p.m. – Estate Planning at Senior Center 5 p.m. – Sugar Crush at Senior Center 6  p.m. — Salem Church Service 7  p.m. — Diabetes/K9 Presentation at Senior Center 8 p.m. — Daily Exercise 9 p.m. – Skip Jones at Senior Center 10 p.m. – Badger Prarie at the Historical Society Friday, Nov. 1 7 a.m. – Estate Planning at Senior Center 1 p.m. — Skip Jones at Senior Center 3 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 4 p.m. – Sugar Crush at Senior Center 5  p.m. — 2018 Wildcats Football 9  p.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 10 p.m. — Tom Kastle at Senior Center 11 p.m. – Jesse Walker at

Senior Center Saturday, Nov. 2 8 a.m. — Common Council from 10-28-19 11 a.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 1  p.m. — 2018 Wildcats Football 4:30 p.m. – Badger Prarie at the Historical Society 6 p.m. – Common Council from 10-28-19 9  p.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 10 p.m. — Badger Prarie at the Historical Society 11 p.m. — Jesse Walker at Senior Center Sunday, Nov. 3 7 a.m. — Hindu Cultural Hour 9 a.m. – Resurrection Church 10  a.m. — Salem Church Service Noon — Common Council from 10-28-19 3  p.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 4:30 p.m. — Badger Prarie at the Historical Society 6 p.m. – Common Council from 10-28-19 9  p.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 10 p.m. – Badger Prarie at the Historical Society 11 p.m. — Jesse Walker at Senior Center

Monday, Nov. 4 7 a.m. – Estate Planning at Senior Center 1 p.m. — Skip Jones at Senior Center 3  p.m. — Vintage Verona Sports 4 p.m. — Sugar Crush at Senior Center 5  p.m. — 2018 Wildcats Football 6:30 p.m. — Plan Commission Live 9 p.m. — Hindu Cultural Hour 10 p.m. – Tom Kastle at Senior Center 11 p.m. – Jesse Walker at Senior Center Tuesday, Nov. 5 7 a.m. – Tom Kastle at Senior Center 10 a.m.- Zumba Gold 9 a.m. — Daily Exercise 10 a.m. — Jesse Walker at Senior Center 2 p.m.- Zumba Gold 3 p.m. — Daily Exercise 4 p.m. – Estate Planning at Senior Center 5 p.m. – Sugar Crush at Senior Center 6 p.m. — Resurrection Church 8  p.m. — Diabetes/K9 Presentation at Senior Center 9 p.m. — Skip Jones at Senior Center 10 p.m. — Badger Prarie at the

Historical Society Wednesday, Nov. 6 7 a.m. – Estate Planning at Senior Center 1 p.m. — Skip Jones at Senior Center 3 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 5 p.m. — Plan Commission from 11-04-19 7 p.m. — Capital City Band 8 p.m. – Vintage Verona Sports 10 p.m. — Tom Kastle at Senior Center 11 p.m. – Jesse Walker at Senior Center Thursday, Nov. 7 7 a.m. – Tom Kastle at Senior Center 8 a.m.- Zumba Gold 9 a.m. — Daily Exercise 10 a.m. – Jesse Walker at Senior Center 2 p.m. — Zumba Gold 3 p.m. — Daily Exercise 4 p.m. – Estate Planning at Senior Center 5 p.m. – Sugar Crush at Senior Center 6  p.m. — Salem Church Service 7  p.m. — Diabetes/K9 Presentation at Senior Center 8 p.m. — Daily Exercise 9 p.m. – Skip Jones at Senior Center 10 p.m. – Badger Prarie at the Historical Society

Churches 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) 845-1615 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 Seth Krueger Thursday: 6:30 p.m. Sunday: 9 a.m. St. Christopher Catholic Parish St. Andrew Church 301 N. Main St., Verona St. William Church 1371 Hwy. PB, Paoli (608) 845-6613 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 school for all ages: 9 a.m. Worship: 10:15 a.m. Fellowship: 11:30 a.m. Springdale Lutheran Church ELCA 2752 Town Hall Rd. (off Hwy ID), Mount Horeb (608) 437-3493 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

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





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Boys cross country

Manning, DiMaggio headed to state MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Verona sophomore Aidan Manning and senior Luka DiMaggio punched their tickets to state with top-five finishes at the Division 1 Madison West Sectional on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Madison’s Lake Farm County Park. Manning finished fourth with a time of 16:21.5 on the 5,000-meter course, and DiMaggio took fifth in 16:33.7. The top five finishers not on the two state-qualifying teams advanced to the state meet. “My goal coming into this race was to make it to state, and if I stuck with Julian (Gary) of Madison West, I knew I could do it,” Manning said. Middleton ran away with the sectional title with 35 points after placing all five of its runners in the top 10. Madison West (73 points) edged Verona (86) for the second state team berth. “We tapered for this meet,” Verona coach Randy Marks said. “We knew if we weren’t totally ready, we had no chance to beat Madison West or Middleton.” Manning and DiMaggio are the Wildcats’ first state qualifiers since 2017. The last time Verona qualified for state as a team was 2007. “This team is better than a lot of teams that will go to state out of weak sectionals,” Marks said. The start of the sectional race came out at a slower pace than Manning was expecting. “We came through the mile (mark) at 5:05,” he said.

Madison West Sectional Team Points Middleton 35 Madison West 73 Verona 86 Madison Memorial 108 Monona Grove 124 Madison East 163 Sauk Prairie 171 Tomah 188 DeForest 248 Baraboo 261 Waunakee 272 Reedsburg 386

Individual state qualifiers Name School Time Place John Roth DeForest 16:05.1 First Aidan Manning Verona 16:21.5 Fourth Luka DiMaggio Verona 16:29.2 Fifth AJ Ketarkus Madison Memorial 16:48.3 11th Eli Traeder Monona Grove 16:48.6 12th

What’s next What: WIAA Division 1 state meet When: 2:35 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 2 Where: Ridges Golf Course, Wisconsin Rapids “It definitely slowed up and it picked up after the twomile (mark).” Manning is looking forward to the state meet and having a teammate and other familiar runners from the Big Eight Conference to set the pace. “If you have a teammate there, it just makes the whole

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Verona senior Luka DiMaggio (left) passes Middleton’s Griffin Ward down the stretch at the Division 1 Madison West Sectional on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Lake Farm County Park. DiMaggio qualified for state for the first time in his career.

experience even better,” he said. Marks likes Manning’s work ethic and drive to get better. “Aidan is a sophomore who wants to be great and he pushes himself and trains to that level,” Marks said. Advancing past the sectional was a long time

coming for DiMaggio, who had batted illness the past two years. He capitalized on being healthy and raced past Middleton’s Griffin Ward down the stretch. “All I was thinking was how Ryan Nameth, one of our coaches and the best runner of all-time, told me there was a Middleton runner right

behind me. These are key points. I couldn’t let anyone outkick me and I had to give us a chance.” DiMaggio said qualifying for state means everything to him. “My freshman year, I didn’t even know what cross country was and my PR was an 18:51,” he said.

“I progressed steadily over my career and put in over 500 miles this summer. It’s a huge weight off my shoulders to actually make it and be considered one of the greats in school history. Marks was excited to see DiMaggio break through to

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Verona’s ride reaches end of the road

Verona junior running back Jackson Acker runs for a gain during the second quarter against Sun Prairie on Friday, Oct. 25, at Curtis Jones Field. He was held to 36 yards on 10 carries in the Wildcats’ 51-28 loss.

ADAM FEINER Sports editor

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Sun Prairie controlled the line of scrimmage and time of possession on its way to a 51-28 victory over Verona in the first round of the Division 1 playoffs on Friday, Oct. 25. It was the last game the Wildcats will play at Curtis Jones Field. “They didn’t do anything different scheme-wise, they just beat us up front,” Verona coach Dave Richardson said of Sun Prairie. “We couldn’t stop their run game, and then you’re in big trouble because you have to add a guy to the box and then they can pass. They just had a little more juice than us, and we couldn’t respond.” Sun Prairie (7-3) beat Verona 27-21 on Sept. 20, using a similar formula. The Cardinals ran 75 plays to the Wildcats’ 47 in the playoff matchup, and held a 29-17 advantage in first downs. Sun Prairie finished with a balanced 441 yards of offense, with 233 coming on the ground and 208 through the air. The Cardinals scored on all four of their second-half drives to end the Wildcats’ season. Brady Stevens rifled a 20-yard

touchdown pass to Colin Schaefer, giving Sun Prairie a 30-13 lead with 8:51 left in the third quarter. Verona’s Xavier Howard muffed the ensuing kickoff, but gathered the ball in time to run 90 yards for a touchdown. “I scooped it up and my first instinct was to look what I have in front of me,” Howard said. “I saw Cole (Zoromski) block two guys, so I took it up the sideline. That play was made because of him blocking two guys and the guys in the front line.” Verona (7-3) had a chance to cut it to a one-possession game on its next drive. Kyle Krantz ran 11 yards on fourth-and-2 to the Wildcats’ 29-yard line, but Adam Bekx was intercepted by Jacob Hellenbrand on the next play. The Cardinals took advantage with a 10-play, 55-yard drive, capped by Jamel Stone’s 3-yard touchdown run to make it 37-20 with 5:21 left in the third. The Wildcats worked their way to the Sun Prairie 28 on its next drive, but Stone forced a fumble of Krantz and Addison Ostrenga recovered. The Cardinals marched 65 yards in 10 plays, punctuated with a 2-yard touchdown run by Nathan Schauer on

fourth-and-goal with 10:29 left in the fourth quarter. Krantz had a 39-yard touchdown burst up the gut with 8:41 left, and ran in the two-point conversion. He led the Wildcats in rushing with 73 yards on four carries. Stevens capped a 12-play, 49-yard drive with a 6-yard touchdown run with 2:13 remaining. Sun Prairie began the game with a 12-play, 65-yard drive. Stone ran two yards on fourth-and-1 to keep the drive alive, and Schauer plunged into the end zone from a yard out. The twopoint conversion failed, and the Cardinals led 6-0 with 8:06 left in the first quarter. Verona’s 14-play drive stalled at the Sun Prairie 7, as the Cardinals tracked down Howard for a loss on fourth-andgoal. Sun Prairie marched 93 yards in 12 plays, as Schauer ran into the end zone from two yards out with 11:42 left in the second quarter. Owen Konopacki converted the extra point to give the Cardinals a 13-0 lead. The Wildcats got on the board a little more than two minutes later. Haakon

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Girls cross country

Knueve just misses state berth MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Verona junior Anna Knueve couldn’t hold back the rush of tears at the finish of the Division 1 Madison West Sectional. Knueve finished 14th with a time of 19:52.25, which was 6.9 seconds and two spots away from qualifying for state. “I knew I was a little short,” she said. “It’s disappointing being that close. I gave it everything I had.” Knueve made up ground on the third mile and put herself in position down the stretch. “I came back on the girls in the third mile, but it wasn’t enough,” she said. “I didn’t get to train all summer, so my base isn’t as strong. That last mile is really hard for me because I don’t have the base a lot of the other girls have.” Knueve will now look forward to the track & field season in the spring and more training in the summer. “I think it will give me a lot of motivation going into track and next year’s cross country season,” she said. “Knowing this feeling, I don’t want it to happen again.” Verona took sixth out of 12 teams with 182 points. Senior Jamie Hogan took 29th (20:46), and sophomore


Wildcats advance to sectional for third year MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

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Verona junior Anna Knueve (right) finished 14th with a time of 19:52.25 at the Division 1 Madison West Sectional on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Lake Farm County Park in Madison. She was 6.9 seconds and two spots away from qualifying for state. Payette Neess was 34th (21:08.4). Freshman Sotera Boado placed 47th (21:51.3), and Colleen Quinn was 58th (22:19.5). Middleton sophomore Lauren Pansegrau ran away with the individual sectional title, finishing the race in 17:54.7.

The Cardinals had four runners finish in the top 10 en route to the team title with 32 points. Madison West qualified for state with 60 points, led by sophomore Genevieve Nashold’s second-place finish (18:18).

Boys soccer

Wildcats shoot by Spartans for regional title MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Verona senior Gannon Simonett had a goal and an assist to propel the Wildcats to a 3-1 win over Madison Memorial in a Division 1 regional championship on Saturday, Oct. 26, at Reddan Soccer Park. It’s the second straight year Verona has won a regional title and only the third in program history. It comes after the Wildcats won the Big Eight Conference title for the second straight year. “It’s fantastic being on this team and making it to the regional final and winning it,” Verona junior forward Jonathan Gamez said. “I’m proud of my team.” To get to the sectional, the Wildcats had to knock off the Spartans for the second time this season. Verona entered the regional averaging 3.9 goals per game, and got off to a fast start. Senior midfielder Jack Knight put the Wildcats on the board with a goal in the second minute on an assist from Simonett. Twenty minutes later, Madison Memorial’s Dominick Ramirez scored to tie the game at 1. Simonett scored the go-ahead goal in the 29th minute on an assist by Diego Luna. Gamez headed in an insurance goal off a free kick by Sam Abreu in the 81st minute. The Wildcats outshot the Spartans 17-6 (10-4 on goal). Verona senior goalkeeper Nate Hanson had four saves. “You could tell in the second half they really found their composure and really wanted it,” Wildcats coach Chris Handrick said.

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The Wildcats blasted past the Vikings in the regional semifinals Tuesday, Oct. 22, at Reddan Soccer Park. Verona’s defense did not allow a shot, and the offense recorded 28 shots (18 on goal). Jorge Lagunas netted a hat trick in the first half, scoring in the 26th, 30th and 34th minute. Eliot Popkewitz scored in the 12th minute, then added insurance goals in the 56th and 63rd minute for his hat trick. Popkewitz and Gamez also had two assists apiece. Knight had two goals (10th and 38th minute) and an assist. Sam Lynch scored in the 31st minute, and Jack Heilman scored the Wildcats’ eighth goal of the first half in the 40th minute. Luna, Bennett Luttinen, Ryan Love and Alex Sarabia each had an assist.

Photo by Mark Nesbitt

Verona senior Eliot Popkewitz (left) eludes Madison Memorial’s Adriano Ponte on an attack in the second half of their Division 1 regional championship Saturday, Oct. 26, at Reddan Soccer Park. The Wildcats beat the Spartans 3-1.

What’s next What: Sectional semifinal: Middleton at Verona When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31 Where: Reddan Soccer Park, Verona

Verona senior middle hitter Maddy Kelley and her teammates are back in a familiar position with unfinished business. Kelley led Verona to a 25-18, 24-26, 25-11, 25-20 win over Onalaska in a Division 1 regional championship Saturday, Oct. 26. It’s the third straight year the Wildcats have won a regional title. Second-seeded Verona (34-5) will host third-seeded and sectional host Sun Prairie in the sectional semifinals at 7 p.m. Thursday. “It’s really exciting because we have worked so hard this year,” Kelley said. “There has been a lot of time and effort dedicated to it.” The Wildcats are two wins away from reaching the state tournament. Verona knocked off Sun Prairie in four sets in the regular season Sept. 26. The Cardinals then edged the Wildcats in the championship match of the Big Eight Conference Tournament. If Verona can get by Sun Prairie, it could see another familiar foe in Waunakee. The Warriors have beaten the Wildcats in the sectional the last two years. “I think this time we are not going to let it happen again,” Kelley said. “I think we are coming in with the mindset that we are unstoppable and we can do anything we set our mind to.” To advance to the sectional, the Wildcats had to get by the Hilltoppers. Verona jumped out to a 9-5 lead in the first set. Onalaska rallied and got within 17-16, but the Wildcats responded. Kelley scored on a tip and senior setter Jordan Armstrong had a stuff block to help the Wildcats take a 22-18 lead. Sophomore Claudia Bobb smashed a kill and Onalaska had a pair of hitting errors to end the set. Strong serving gave Verona a lift in the second set. Armstrong notched two aces, while Bobb and senior libero Amelia Hust also had aces to help the Wildcats take an 8-3 lead. Verona senior outside hitter Megan Touchett had a key block and a tip to give the Wildcats an 18-14 lead, but the Hilltoppers rallied for four straight points to tie the set. The Hilltoppers ultimately tied the match at a set apiece after two Verona hitting errors. The Wildcats rolled in the third set. Bobb

What’s next What: Sectional semifinal: Sun Prairie at Verona When: 7 p.m., Thursday, Oct. 31 Where: Verona High School had eight straight service points to give the Wildcats a 10-2 lead. Kelley took over at the net with three kills during a six-point run that extended the lead to 19-8. “I think the key was our serve and pass game,” Kelley said. “Those are probably the most important parts of volleyball. We served really tough, especially in the third set, and that got them out of system. We also pushed the tempo on our side and ran the offense pretty fast which got them out of system and allowed us to get a good lead on them.” The final set was another see-saw battle. Bobb delivered an ace and a kill to give the Wildcats a 10-6 lead. The Hilltoppers rallied to take an 18-17 lead, but Bobb answered with a tip to tie the set at 18. Verona closed the match with a 7-2 run. “I think they got in their heads a little bit and had a couple of errors on their side,” Kelley said. “We took advantage of it.”




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Verona (17-1-2) will host Middleton in the Division 1 Sun Prairie Sectional semifinals on Thursday. The Cardinals upset seventh-ranked Oconomowoc 2-0 in a regional final. “We will work hard every practice to prepare for the game and take it to them,” Gamez said. The Wildcats beat the Cardinals 3-2 on Sept. 24. As the top seed in the sectional this year, Handrick isn’t afraid about the moment becoming too big for his team. The Wildcats, ranked third in Division 1 in the Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association Poll, are ready for the challenge. “It really didn’t get in their heads,” Handrick said of being the top seed. “They knew they had to take care of every step along the way. Being seeded No. 1 doesn’t make us anxious or nervous. The boys know we will take care of every step.”

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Verona seniors Jordan Armstrong (1) and Maddy Kelley (14) look to block a hit by Onalaska’s Samantha Plantz in a Division 1 regional championship on Saturday, Oct. 26. The Wildcats beat the Hilltoppers in four sets.

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9 Football: Seniors leave lasting legacy at Verona

October 31, 2019

State: Manning and DiMaggio advance out of tough sectional Verona sophomore Aidan Manning finished fourth at the Division 1 Madison West Sectional on Saturday, Oct. 26, with a time of 16:21.5 to qualify for state.

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Legals NOTICE OF JOINT REVIEW BOARD MEETING REGARDING THE PROPOSED CREATION OF TAX INCREMENTAL DISTRICT NO. 10 IN THE CITY OF VERONA, WISCONSIN Notice is Hereby Given that the City of Verona will hold a Joint Review Board (“JRB”) meeting on November 5, 2019 at 5:30 p.m. at the Verona City Hall, located at 111 Lincoln Street. The purpose of this meeting is for the JRB to consider approval of the resolution adopted by the Verona Common Council creating Tax Increment District No. 10, and approving its project plan. By Order of the City of Verona, Wisconsin Published October 31, 2019 WNAXLP *** STATE OF WISCONSIN, CIRCUIT COURT, DANE COUNTY, NOTICE TO CREDITORS (INFORMAL ADMINISTRATION) IN THE MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF AUSTIN A. JACOBS, D.O.D. 09/25/2019 Case No. 2019PR760 PLEASE TAKE NOTICE: 1. An application for Informal Administration was filed. 2. The decedent, with date of birth March 23, 1937 and date of death September 25, 2019, was domiciled in Dane County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 1961 County Road PB, Verona, WI 53593. 3. All interested persons waived notice. 4. The deadline for filing a claim against the decedent’s estate is January 24, 2020. 5. A claim may be filed at the Dane County Courthouse, 215 S. Hamilton Street, Madison, Wisconsin, Room 1005. Electronically signed by Danell Behrens Deputy Probate Registrar October 22, 2019 Terese M. Hansen Hansen Law Office 111 E. Verona Ave. Verona, WI 53593 608-772-3939 Bar Number: 1000988 Published: October 31, November 7 and 14, 2019 WNAXLP *** TOWN OF VERONA Regular Town Board Meeting Tuesday, November 5, 2019 6:30 PM

Anderson had catches of 15 and 42 and a 7-yard touchdown run on consecutive plays. Howard caught a quick slant from Bekx and ran 75 yards up the Verona sideline for a touchdown with 5:25 left in the second. The Cardinals blocked Mason Armstrong’s extra-point attempt to keep the game tied at 13. “Our guys know we’re capable of scoring quickly,” Richardson said. “We have some athletes on offense that are capable of making plays, and that’s what they did. It was one of those games where if you could hold serve, you’d stay in it.” Konopacki missed a 43-yard field goal on the next possession, but the Wildcats’ offense went three-and-out. An 11-yard punt gave the Cardinals the ball at the Verona 32. Stevens found Dominick Landphier for a touchdown on the next

the state meet. “He has some stick-to-it-nerves. He had some goals and he’s dreaming big,” Marks said. “You have to dream big, but also have the training to back it up.” Verona freshman Blake Oleson took 17th (17:05.4), and senior Nathan Neitzel placed 29th (17:23.9). Freshman Ryan Cassidy finished 31st (17:25.7).

Town Hall/Community Center 7669 County Highway PD, Verona, WI 53593-1035 1. Call to Order/Approval of the Agenda 2. Pledge of Allegiance 3. Public Comment 4. Approval of Minutes from October 1, 2019 5. Presentation by Christopher Kauer, Community Deputy 6. Discussion and Action — Fitchrona EMS budget 7. Discussion and Action — Update to the Building Code to reflect changes in the State Electrical Code 8. Reports and Recommendations Plan Commission: i. Discussion and Possible Action – Town of Verona Land Use Application 2019-9 submitted by JSD Professional Services on behalf of John and Gary Doerfer for property located at 6458 Whalen Road. The application involves the rezoning of 3.948 acres from AT-35 and RR-1 to RR-2. The application includes a Certified Survey Map (CSM). ii. Discussion and Possible Action – Policy for parkland dedication in new plats. Public Works: Financial Sustainability Committee i. Discussion and Possible Action – Updates to the Town of Verona fee schedule Natural and Recreational Areas Committee EMS Commission Town Staff: i. Clerk/Treasurer Report ii. Public Works Project Manager Report Update and Possible Action – Driveway Permit for 2783 Prairie Circle Discussion and Possible Action – Authorizing Staff to review and appeal a driveway removal request from the DOT related to 1980 Manhattan Drive. Discussion and Possible Action – Approval of sole source contract with Integrity Grading and Excavating to perform utility manhole adjustments on Nesbitt Road in the amount of $7600. iii. Planner/Administrator Report Discussion and Possible Action – Obtaining a Woodburning Facility License Discussion and Possible Action – Cart purchase to be funded in 2020 Town Chair Supervisors 9. Approval of Payment of Bills 10. Adjourn Regular board agendas are pub-

lished in the Town’s official newspaper, The Verona Press. Per Resolution 20162 agendas are posted at the Town Hall and online at Use the ‘subscribe’ feature on the Town’s website to receive agendas and other announcements via email. Notice is also given that a possible quorum of the Plan Commission and/or Public Works, Ordinance, Natural and Recreational Areas, and Financial Sustainability Committees and could occur at this meeting for the purposes of information gathering only. If anyone having a qualifying disability as defined by the American with Disabilities Act needs an interpreter, materials in alternate formats, or other accommodations to access these meetings, please contact the Town of Verona Clerk @ 608-845-7187 or jwright@town. Please do so at least 48 hours prior to the meeting so that proper arrangements can be made. Mark Geller, Town Chair, Town of Verona Posted: November 1, 2019 Published: October 31, 2019 WNAXLP *** ORDINANCE NO. 19-949 AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTIONS 7-1-3 and 7-1-18 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF VERONA The Common Council of the City of Verona, Dane County, State of Wisconsin, does hereby ordain as follows: 1. That Section 7-1-3 (b) is hereby repealed. 2. That Section 7-1-18 (b) is hereby amended to read as follows: Sec. 7-1-18 — Limitation on Number of Dogs. (b) Number Limited. No more than three (3) dogs may be kept in one household, except a litter of offspring from one (1) female dog may be kept for not more than sixteen (16) weeks from birth. CITY OF VERONA ______________________________ Luke Diaz, Mayor (seal) ______________________________ Ellen Clark, City Clerk Enacted: October 28, 2019 Published: October 31, 2019 WNAXLP *** CITY OF VERONA MINUTES COMMON COUNCIL OCTOBER 14, 2019 VERONA CITY HALL 1. Mayor Diaz called the meeting to


Pursuant to WI State Statute 65.90(5)(a) No�ce is hereby given that the Verona Area School District Board of Educa�on, at a Regular Board Mee�ng held at the District Administra�on Building, 700 N. Main Street, beginning at 7:00 p.m. on October 28, 2019 approved the following changes to the Fiscal Year 2019-20 Budget and Tax Levy.


Amended 2019-20 Budget

GENERAL (10) FUND REVENUES 200 L ocal S ources 300 Inter District 600 S tate S ources 700 Federal Sources TOTAL REVENUES & OTHER FINANCING SOURCES

43,580,509 1,170,756 25,332,211 983,920 71,105,048

42,587,826 1,175,947 27,163,360 995,309 71,960,094

GENERAL (10) FUND EXPENDITURES 100 000 I nstructi on 200 000 S upport S erv i ces TOTAL EXPENDITURES

35,652,071 23,884,186 71,105,048

36,080,791 24,310,512 71,960,094


13,661,498 13,661,498

15,588,108 15,588,108

DEBT SERVICE (39) FUND EXPENDITURES 200 000 S upport S erv i ces T O T A L E X P E ND I T UR E S

14,310,709 14,310,709

18,646,150 18,646,150

P R O PE R T Y T A X L E V Y A N D M I L L R A T E T otal S chool L evy Mill Rate Published October 31, 2019 WNAXLP

58,265,906 12.77

61,608,664 12.77

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play to give Sun Prairie the lead for good with 1:51 left in the first half. Another Verona three-and-out and short punt led to more points for the Cardinals. Stevens connected with Landphier for 16 yards and Schaefer for 21 yards, and Konopacki made a 39-yard field goal with five seconds left in the second to put Sun Prairie up 23-13 at the half. Stone finished with 127 yards on 19 carries, and Schauer rumbled for 93 yards on 27 carries. Stevens completed 14 of 19 passes, Landphier had four catches for 77 yards, and Schaefer added five catches for 70 yards. The Cardinals will play at Fond du Lac (9-1) in the second round of the playoffs. Howard had four catches for 98 yards and three carries for 14 yards. Anderson also served as a versatile option with four catches, five carries and 105 all-purpose yards (77 receiving, 27 rushing). Bekx completed 12 of 24 for 208 yards, while Aubrey Dawkins was

order at 7:00 p.m. 2. Pledge of Allegiance 3. Roll call: Alderpersons Cronin, Gaskell, Jerney, Kemp, Kohl, Posey, Reekie and Touchett were present. Also present: City Administrator Sayre, Fire Officer in Charge Machotka, and City Clerk Clark. 4. Public Comment: None 5. Approval of the minutes from the September 30, 2019 Common Council meeting. Motion by Reekie, seconded by Kemp, to approve the minutes of the September 30, 2019 Common Council meeting. Motion carried 8-0. 6. Mayor’s Business: A. Introduction of Senior Center Director Stephanie Ehle introduced herself as the new Senior Center Director. B. Proclamation: Halloween trick or treat hours Mayor Diaz announced that the official trick or treat hours for the City of Verona will be 5:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 31st. 7. Announcements: None 8. Administrator’s Report: • Upcoming public hearings include 118 South Main Street and the Whispering Coves development on Monday, November 4th; and the 2020 budget on Monday, November 18th. • Festival Foods opened on Octo-

limited to one catch for 16 yards. Jackson Acker was held to 36 yards on 10 carries, and left the game in the third quarter after reaggravating an ankle injury that caused him to miss the final two games of the regular season. Verona’s James Rae and Ben Cramer had a sack each, and Adam Vandervest recorded a tackle for loss. Thirty-nine seniors played their final game for the Wildcats. “They’re a really great class, not only in football, but in all of their sports and classes,” Richardson said. “Every teacher loves having these guys in their classroom, and I haven’t said that about a class in a long time. “I wanted to hang out with these guys another week or two or three. They’re a cool group that is going to be very successful. They’re going to be great dads, husbands and community leaders. I hope football had a little bit to do with them becoming who they are.”

ber 11th. As part of their grand opening events and their community involvement, they presented the City with a check for $10,000 to help replace the park equipment at Vande Grift Park in the Eastview Heights subdivision. Thank you to Festival Foods for their generous donation. 9. Engineer’s Report: • CTH PD will be closed to all traffic west of Shady Oak Lane for four weeks beginning October 14th. 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 $2,756,595.86. Motion carried 8-0. (2) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Resolution No. R-19-041 amending the City Fee Schedule. Motion by Cronin, seconded by Kemp, to approve Resolution No. R-19-041 amending the City Fee Schedule. Motion carried 8-0. B. Plan Commission (1) Discussion and Possible Action Re: Ordinance No. 19-948 reconfirming and adopting the City of Verona Comprehensive Plan. Motion by Gaskell, seconded by Cronin, to approve Ordinance No. 19-948 reconfirming and adopting the City of Verona Comprehensive Plan. Motion carried 8-0. 11. New Business

A. Discussion and Possible Action Re: Resolution No. R-19-042 requesting exemption from the Dane County Library Tax. Motion by Touchett, seconded by Kemp, to approve Resolution No. R-19042 requesting exemption from the Dane County Library Tax. Motion carried 8-0. B. Discussion and Possible Action Re: Resolution No. R-19-043 supporting the establishment of a Fire Department Emergency Medical Responder program. Motion by Kohl, seconded by Cronin, to approve Resolution No. R-19-042 supporting the establishment of a Fire Department Emergency Medical Responder program. Motion carried 8-0. C. Discussion and Possible Action Re: Approval of operator licenses. Motion by Reekie, seconded by Kohl, to approve operator licenses as presented by the City Clerk. Motion carried 8-0. 12. Adjournment: Motion by Kohl, seconded by Kemp, to adjourn at 7:14 p.m. Motion carried 8-0. Ellen Clark City Clerk Published: October 31, 2019 WNAXLP ***

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING FOR THE 2020 PROPOSED BUDGET FOR THE CITY OF VERONA No�ce is hereby given that on Monday, November 18, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. at the Verona City Hall, located at 111 Lincoln Street, a PUBLIC HEARING on the PROPOSED BUDGET of the City of Verona will be held. The following is a summary of the proposed 2020 budget. 2019 ADOPTED 2019 2020 2019 Budget vs. GENERAL FUND Budget Es�mated Proposed 2020 Proposed REVENUES: Taxes: General Property Taxes $ 4,961,928 $ 4,961,928 $ 5,536,486 12% Other Taxes 760,000 760,000 760,000 0% Intergovernmental Revenues 1,415,729 1,419,261 1,521,037 7% Licenses and Permits 897,240 631,659 456,128 -49% Fines, Forfeitures & Penalties 130,000 130,000 130,000 0% Public Charges for Services 279,875 275,736 285,925 2% Interest on Investments 230,000 500,000 330,000 43% Miscellaneous Revenues 188,000 188,000 198,000 5% Interfund Transfers/Bond Proceeds N/A Applied Funds 460,000 460,000 540,800 18% TOTAL REVENUES $ 9,322,772 $ 9,326,584 $ 9,758,376 5% EXPENDITURES: General Government Public Safety Public Works Culture & Recreation Conservation & Development Contingency Insurance (excluding health)/Other Financing Uses) Fund Balance Transfer to Capital Projects Interfund Transfers-Hydrant Rental TOTAL EXPENDITURES

$ 1,312,150 3,765,619 1,553,191 967,825 523,987 80,000 160,000 460,000 500,000 $ 9,322,772

$ 1,351,355 3,796,750 1,582,955 958,279 519,037 181,701 460,000 478,019 $ 9,328,096

All Governmental and Proprietary Funds Combined

BALANCE JAN. 1, 2019


General Fund Special Revenue Funds: Library Senior Citizen Center Refuse and Recycling Forestry Verona Cemetery Cable TV Special Revenue Accounts Impact Fees VEDC EMS Fire Department Subtotal Special Revenue Internal Service Fund Capital Projects Funds: Capital Improvement Program Revolving Fund TIF 4 TIF 6 TIF 8 TIF 9 TIF 10 Subtotal Capital Projects Funds Debt Service Fund Enterprise Funds: Water Utility Storm Water Utility Sewer Utility Subtotal Enterprise Funds TOTAL City's outstanding G.O. Debt at 12/31/19 Published October 31, 2019 WNAXLP



1,259,629 3,936,262 1,600,132 1,007,359 523,383 80,000 195,000 540,800 615,811 9,758,376


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2,315,144 542,242 724,658 42,500 11,950 94,775 780,000 410,000 469,821 1,684,736 7,075,826 647,658


248,685 92,704 170,101 30,756 292,531 600,799 388,095 2,230,437 759,236 47,457 679,489 5,540,290 389,672


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8,925,333 346,868 611,064 2,974,167 1,132 9,181 25,000 12,892,745 5,198,901


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94,500 576,400 670,900 4,088,891

$ 3,812,446 1,152,673 2,606,960 $ 7,572,079 $ 36,396,956


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October 31, 2019

The Verona Press

Verona artists featured at showcase Firefly Coffeehouse will showcase art in gallery through Dec. 30 EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

14 South Artists, Inc. is once again hosting its annual Firefly Coffeehouse Gallery Art Show starting in November. The exhibit will feature local artists from Oregon, Brooklyn, Verona, Stoughton and Mount Horeb from Friday, Nov. 1, through Monday, Dec. 30, at the Firefly, 114 N. Main St. Event chair, Pat Seidel, told the Observer the public can expect to see a “variety of mediums” at the gallery — “everything from watercolor paintings to acrylic pour” creations. Even Seidel’s work with glass will be showcased at the event. All works are created by members of 14 South Artists, Inc.

The public is invited to view the art, which is also available for purchase directly from the artists. More specifically, Rob Igl, Oregon, will feature his upcycled metal sculptures. Karen Nell McKean, also from Oregon, will showcase her colorful paintings, as well as Becky Schmidt, who hails from Verona. Francine Tompkins, of Stoughton, is set to show off her acrylic pour talents, with pieces reminiscent of geodes from the Earth. And of course, Seidel will show off her creations, made out of broken glass that she adheres to a canvas. Other artists will feature their photography from around the Dane County area and abstract paintings among other creations the public can feast their eyes upon. Seidel said the exhibit will allow the public to observe some local talent that “comes right from their backyard.” A 14 South Artists, Inc.

If You Go What: 2019 Firefly Coffeehouse and Artisan Cheese Gallery Show When: Friday, Nov. 1, through Monday, Dec. 30 Where: Firefly Coffeehouse and Artisan Cheese, 114 N. Main St. Info: press release states the artists use nature as the inspiration for their work, “which is reflected in the stunning pieces on display.” And Seidel said the exhibit won’t showcase just any old pieces of art. In order to become a part of the organization, members of 14 South Artists, Inc., present their pieces in front of a panel of longer standing members first. The panel looks at a certain set of criteria, Seidel said, and

Notebook: ACS gets $800,000 City in brief

RENEE HICKMAN Unified Newspaper Group

Incentives approved

Sugar Creek Commons clean up

A plan to locate engine testing manufacturer Affiliated Construction Services in Verona is getting an $800,000 boost from the city. The Common Council on Monday, Oct. 28, unanimously approved a developer agreement that includes the use of tax-increment financing as an economic development incentive. The council also approved the creation of a new TIF district within the existing TID 6 in order to accommodate the grant. The new 47,000 square foot facility is to be located at 18 Liberty Business Park and would include both offices and industrial space. The incentive would only be given to ACS after the company pays its taxes, essentially returning $800,000 to the company, Mayor Luke Diaz explained. The city would not have to borrow anything under the agreement, known as a pay-as-you-go TIF deal. “It’s incredibly low risk for the city,” Diaz said. As part of the agreement, ACS agrees to spend at least $8 million on constructionand will not seek any exemptions from property taxes.

The developer of a West Verona Avenue property that has been sitting dormant six months after its buildings were torn down has been told to clean it up. City administrator Adam Sayre told the Common Council on Monday the city has sent Forward Development Group, the developer of Sugar Creek Commons, a letter requiring the site to be cleaned of debris and building materials by Nov. 15. Sayre said he believed the grass in the area was already being cut, but the site still needed additional maintenance work. He said citations could be issued if Forward fails to comply with this request. A proposed development on the property, west of Legion Street, would include 284 apartments, 25,000 square feet of retail and a hotel, but the city and the developer have been stuck in negotiations for months. FDG has sought more than $5 million in taxpayer funding to make the project work.

Dog limit up to 3 Verona residents can now own up to three dogs, instead of the previous limit of two. The council voted unanimously to change the previous ordinance. Renee Hickman can be contacted at renee.

Obituary Elizabeth Lawrence

they decide whether the artist meets the bar they set. Seidel said the bar is set at a high caliber. The release states 14 South Artists, Inc. began in 2004 — around the time it started hosting the annual exhibit — and has now expanded to include more than 50 artists throughout Dane County “and beyond.” The group holds monthly meetings at the Oregon Fire Station, 131 Spring St., which are open to “all artists and art supporters.” Seidel said anyone interested in joining the group can attend meetings as well. They take place at 6:30 p.m. on the second Monday of the month. Overall, the exhibit puts Oregon on the map for its art community, Seidel said. It also “brings the people who live here together,” she said. Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@wcinet. com or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.

Elizabeth “Liz” Lawrence, born June 4, 1946, p a s s e d awa y O c t . 2 5 , 2019. Alzheimer’s took our Liz away from us m a ny y e a r s t o o s o o n . During her time on Earth, Liz had many careers; one of which was being a model. She retired from the computer industry in 2005. She was an excellent bowler and togethe r, w i t h h e r h u s b a n d , enjoyed many whitewater rafting trips. She also excelled in aerobics and dance. Liz will be dearly missed. She is survived by her husband, Don; son, Curtis (Barbra); along with three grandchildren, Luke, Caylee and Jana. She is further survived by a brother, Robert, in her home State of Virginia. She was preceded in death by her parents, Robert and Lois

Elizabeth Lawrence

Blackwell; and a sister, Barbara. A Visitation will take place from 10 a.m. until noon, Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2019 at Ryan Funeral Home, 5701 Odana Rd., Madison. Interment will take place at Sunset Memory Gardens. To view and sign this guestbook, please visit: www. Ryan Funeral Home & Cremation Services 5701 Odana Road 608-274-1000

POLICE REPORTS July 1 9:41 a.m. Police reprimanded a woman for leaving a refrigerator with its doors open on the curb in front of her condo. She agreed to find a way to keep the door on the fridge shut. 2:36 p.m. A woman was arrested for physically abusing a child and taken to the Dane County Jail after she slapped a child in the

face as a form of discipline, about a chair he purchased causing the child’s face to online. When the man realswell up. ized it was vinyl and not leather like he thought, he asked July 2 for his money back, and 8:28 a.m. It was report- called police when the seller ed that two windows on the refused to refund him. western side of St. Andrew’s 1:24 p.m. A Verona womCatholic Church were shat- an was scammed out of $150 tered recently. when she “paid” for concert 12:39 p.m. A Jefferson tickets with Google Play cards man reported to police that a and didn’t receive any tickets. Verona man had misled him







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Whispering Coves plan gets another shot Unified Newspaper Group

A northside subdivision two years in the making is now in what amounts to its seventh attempt to earn the City of Verona’s approval. The future of the proposed Whispering Coves residential development from the Forward Development Group is the subject of a public hearing for its General Development Plan (GDP). The plan by Forward shows the development would include up to 259 single-family and condominium-style units on 170 acres west of County Hwy. M and south of County Hwy. PD, and reserve land for a possible future school. The plan addresses the annexation of additional acres for an entry to the site on land

not owned or controlled by FDG, city community development specialist Katherine Holt told the Press in an email. The development faced numerous challenges in obtaining approval at previous meetings. A version presented July 1 got a vote of no confidence from the commission, and commissioners said they were displeased updates they previously requested were not included in the sixth version of the plan. Among the concerns were its stormwater plan, which was previously deemed deficient, as well as terraces that were too thin and a parks plan considered inadequate by the commission. The final version of the plans for Whispering Cove is available on the city of Verona’s website. Renee Hickman can be contacted at renee.

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Budget: Stress due partially to encouragement from financial advisers to reduce city debt Continued from page 1 home with an assessed value of $272,000, this year’s taxes would drop $35, which follows last year’s $40 increase. City taxes are about 30 percent of the total tax bill. The biggest reason for the squeeze is the city’s paltry 1.6% growth, using a figure called net new construction, or what’s built minus what’s destroyed. That’s the number that creates basis for each year’s budget. Even during the height of the Great Recession, Verona’s growth was among the highest in the county, but that wasn’t the case in 2018, an oddity of a year when several expected large projects got postponed. The budget stress is also a result of a drive, led by Mayor Luke Diaz on advice from the city’s financial advisers, to reduce debt. And the city is a victim of its own economic development success. With its total value having quintupled since Epic began building here 15 years ago, what once would have been considered a handsome addition of $45 million in tax base simply isn’t enough to keep up. In addition, prior obligations are taxing next year’s budget, with two mid-year hirings – an additional ambulance crew and a police officer – and the continuation of an agreement with the county to increase its spending on the library by more than $100,000 this year. The 2020 election cycle – with four local elections – adds to the non discretionary costs, as well. Fortunately, most of that is offset by an increase in debt service of only $160,000, far less than the $450,000 in the 2019 budget and $630,000 in 2018. The Finance committee had a variety of options available over the past month, none of them popular with alders, for keeping spending down. With a gap of more than $1 million between department requests and the state-mandated maximum tax levy of $13.9 million, the committee had to cut deeper than usual

If You Go What: City of Verona budget public hearing When: 7 p.m. Monday, Nov. 18 Where: City Center, 111 Lincoln St. Info: 845-6495 and decided to recommend eliminating the position of economic development manager Dayna Sarver, a 15-year Verona resident who was hired just over a year ago. That move, which city administrator Adam Sayre initially recommended and the Personnel committee unanimously approved for inclusion in the budget, would save $109,000. In addition, the budget eliminates a vacant deputy chief position, which Sayre said made sense because with the retirement of fire chief Joe Giver after 10 years, the new chief might want a different staff structure. It also doesn’t fund Giver’s request for an additional part-time driver/ operator. It does, however, fund one full-time reference librarian and several new and expanded part-time positions for the Verona Public Library, totaling $132,000. Throughout all the squeezing, another increase in library staffing is a result of circulation jumps over the past few years that increased the minimum the city must fund make to avoid the county library tax. Those additions will, among other things, allow the library to stay open on Sundays throughout the year, rather than just the school year. The budget coming out of the committee includes a 25% cost-of-living wage adjustment, a $125,000 program to ensure school crossings are fully staffed, a fire department consolidation study for $40,000, sustainability initiatives for $30,000 and diversity assessment and training for $30,000. Other proposals include police department body cameras at $95,000, a replacement

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Budget schedule August-September: Capital projects and department requests September: Budget summaries presented, priorities set Oct. 7: Options presented to committee Oct. 14: Set budget publication Nov. 11: Committee of the whole discussion Nov. 18: Public hearing, possible adoption December: Tax bills mailed

POLICE Body cameras: $95,000 Facility cameras: $29,000 Treadmill: $4,100 Public works/parks Sugar Creek Commons utilities: $1.5 million Toolcat truck: $67,000 (split with water)

Budget proposal 2020 Budget Levy Mill rate Change 2018 final $13.3 million $5.77 -4.3% 2019 requested $14.1 million N/A• N/A• 2019 final $13.3 million $5.93 2.7% 2020 requested N/A• N/A• N/A• 2020 published $13.9 million $5.80•• -2.2% •not calculated ••estimated

Facility replacement fund reduction: $33,600 Stampfl Field fencing: $30,000 Pavement markings: $10,000 FIRE Command car replacement: $65,000 Second part-time driver/operator: $56,940 Computers and server: $14,000 Station alert remote: $12,660

Mill rate increases

Aerial drone: $6,000

2012: 1.5% 2011: 3.7% 2010: 3%

2019: -2.2% 2018: 2.2% 2017: -4.3% 2016: -10% 2015: -1% 2014: 3% 2013: 1.95%

Alder initiatives Fire department consolidation study: $40,000 Sustainability initiative: $30,000

PROPOSED Related to TIF error Stormwater fee addition increased effective tax rate

Diversity assessment and training: $30,000 PLANNING Verona Avenue extension study: $10,000

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