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VAIS gets
Agreement requires
95 students enrolled
by September 2019
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Mackenzie Covert, 4, of Verona, makes sure not to leave out any details while giving Santa her wish list.

Photo by Kate Newton

A very Hometown holiday


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The first snow of the season may not have flown until
Sunday, Dec. 4, but the first day of Veronas annual
Hometown Holidays celebration on Friday, Dec. 2, still
made for a memorable winter evening when families
gathered for the tree lighting ceremony in Hometown
Junction Park. Santa Claus and WISC-TV meteorologist Gary Cannalte led the live weather broadcast from
the park, leading the crowd in a chorus of Happy Holidays! as the lights were illuminated in the park.
Afterward, families immediately headed next door to
the senior center, where kids could get in more face time
with Santa while listening to live carols from Resurrection Lutheran Church members, eat chili courtesy of the
Verona Fire Department and make a few holiday crafts to
take home and put on the tree. Meanwhile, Badger Bus
trolleys pulled up to the center throughout the evening

More Hometown Holiday photos

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to transport riders to various stops around the city so
they could hop off and dine or shop at local businesses
while kids on board could play an I Spy-inspired game
during their ride.
Other activities held during the weekend including the
Verona Area Community Theaters production of Its a
Wonderful Life: The Musical, the Verona Lions Clubs
Saturday with Santa event and the Salem United
Church of Christs annual holiday bazaar.
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City of Verona

W. Verona Ave. plan excites, worries commission

Redevelopment potential
outweighs unease over
Verona Press editor

City leaders have been waiting for

years to see the West Verona Avenue
corridor get redeveloped.
So it was no surprise more than
one Plan Commission member
expressed excitement over Forward

Development Groups plan to combine 10 properties west of Legion

Street into a single mixed-use development, including a hotel.
It was also easy to predict some of
the same commissioners would be
uneasy over a plan to add more than
200 apartment units to the area.
The plans appearance Monday
was a showcase for the purpose of
getting feedback, called a concept
plan, and this first of three steps in
the planned-unit development process includes a similar introduction to the Common Council next

Verona Press

The plan would tear down the
ancient truck stop, which has had
many names and owners dating at
least to the 1960s, along with Avenue Auto, Badger Wash and several small apartment buildings, and
replace them with 290 apartments,
a 90-room hotel, a 63,000-squarefoot office building, 18,500 square
feet of commercial space possibly including a drive-thru and an
8,000-square-foot convention center.
Its exactly the sort of megaproject

Turn to Plan/Page 3

Photo by Scott Girard

VAIS student Karma Kennedy

holds one of a few signs created by people supporting a
charter renewal.

governing council, board

members and district

Turn to VAIS/Page 12

Time to pause
Late referendum
idea could use
K-Wing for charters
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With only three more

scheduled meetings before
they need to approve language for an April 2017
referendum, some Verona
Area School board members were not happy to hear
about a new idea for the
first time Monday night.
It wasnt the idea itself
they were unhappy with,
just the timing.
I was ready to write our
language, said board member Renee Zook. Now I

need to pause.
The proposal, from consultants with Findorff and
Eppstein Uhen Architects,
would move the districts
three charter elementary
schools into the K-Wing,
the building next to the high
school that currently houses
some VAHS classes, which
would have gone unused in
the original plan.
Until Monday, the plan
was to put New Century
School and Core Knowledge Charter School with
Badger Ridge Middle
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Many had been up past
their bedtime the night
before to attend the Verona
Area school board meeting, where they listened to a
two-hour discussion of concerns about their schools
sustainability only to join
in a round of applause
when the board voted 6-1 to
renew its five-year charter
The board meeting room
was standing-room-only for
the discussion, which followed months of back and
forth among the schools

The Verona Press

December 8, 2016

It Can Wait warns of driving dangers

AT&T safety
On the Web
campaign, simulator For more on AT&Ts It Can Wait
campaign against distracted driving,
visit VAHS

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A national campaign
aimed at cautioning teenagers on the dangers of
texting and driving last
week made a timely stop
in Verona last week, almost
six years to the day after the
state implemented its texting while driving ban.

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The visit by AT&T, AAA

and the Wisconsin State
Patrol Friday, Dec. 2, at
Verona Area High School
also came just two days a
survey of 2,000 U.S. drivers was released naming
Midwesterners as the worst
offenders in the country for
texting behind the wheel.
The survey, conducted by automotive retailer
AutoNation, found that
17.1 percent of Midwesterners admitted to texting
and driving, compared to
the 70 percent of people
who engage in smartphone
activities while driving,
according to an AT&T news
release on the companys
It Can Wait presentation.
VAHS 11th and 12th
graders gathered in the
schools auditorium, where
they were urged by health
education teacher Carly Hasse, Wisconsin State
Assembly member Sondy
Pope and state patrol trooper Brandon Ferrell to think
twice before taking their
eyes off the road and fixing them on their phones
Its devastating what
distracted driving can to do
you, Ferrell told students

Photos by Kate Newton

Jerry Barnett, an 11th grader at Verona Area High School, is the first to try out AT&Ts It Can Wait driving simulator during
the companys anti-distracting driving presentation Friday, Dec. 2, at VAHS. The simulator first has students drive without
distractions before pulling out their phone and seeing how it affected their safety on the road.
while discussing the states
restrictions on smartphone
use for drivers. Just make
sure you think twice before
getting in a car, and get
there safely.
A f t e r wa t c h i n g T h e
Last Text, a video detailing the stories of young
people killed in accidents
stemming from cell phone
use, students were able to
experience the potential
consequences of distracted
driving first hand by using

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would start by driving without distractions, then pull
out their cell phones and
watch as warnings about
crossing into oncoming
traffic, swerving, speeding
and collisions lined up on
the left side of the screen as
they stopped watching the
Its super important
for these kids to know and
understand that its dangerous, Hasse told the
Press after the presentation.
Some students just say,
Well, Im a better driver
than that, or, I do it all the
time so Im good at it. But
the reality is they cant multitask that way. Its just not
Students crowded around
the simulator in the hallway
afterward to put on the virtual reality headset and test
their driving skills, while

Alerts pictured on the left side of the screen showed students using the virtual reality simulator what violations they
were committing as they drove while distracted by their
others signed a pledge
not to use their phones
while behind the wheel
and hopefully make some
changes in their driving
habits, Hasse said.
After launching the
campaign in 2010, AT&T,
AAA and the State Patrol

have met with more than

40,000 high school students in more than 100
locations throughout the
state, according to the news
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City of Verona

Plan: Apartments questioned

Commission recommends
new TIF district in tech park

Continued from page 1

Verona Press editor

Its been nearly 15 years

since Verona created a
tax-increment financing
district. And with the early
closure of that unquestionably successful Epic district, the city now has the
ability to create more.
Monday, the Plan Commission worked over numbers it technically isnt
responsible for and questioned the reasoning behind
the size, location and purpose of a proposed eighth
TID, before recommending
its approval, 6-0.
Later that evening, it had
warm comments for the
project that appears to be
hurrying along the creation
of TID 8 a stem cell manufacturing facility in the
Verona Technology Park.
With part of the new district lying atop an existing district (TID 6) and so
much of the plan conceptual and presumptive, many
of the numbers $18 million of expenditure, $28
million of development
were little more than an
educated guess about the
potential value of the combined properties and expenditure ability.
Sometimes we create
(districts) for individual
projects (making the numbers clearer), noted Todd
Taves, of Ehlers Inc., the

Map courtesy City of Verona

The boundaries of the proposed TID 8 include 113 acres

recently added to the Verona Technology Park and parts of
the existing TID 6.
citys financial adviser. This
isnt one of those, he added.
The district basically
would restart the development clock for the truly
industrial part of the tech
park, leaving untouched the
commercially zoned parcels at the corner of County
Hwys. PB and M, as well as
the entirety of Liberty Business Park, to the north. TID
6 was created in 2000, grew
slowly for its first 10 years
and has less than seven
years left to pay back any
debts, though Taves noted
it is in solid financial position.
The new district would
allow time to finance new
expenditures such as
roads, utilities or developer
incentives and also would

add more than 100 acres

to the east of the existing
park, land that was annexed
last year and got regional
development approval earlier this year. That includes
the proposed location of
Cellular Dynamics International, which wants to
build a 100,000-square-foot
biotechnology facility and
move its operations from
Madisons Research Park.
A joint review board has
already discussed the district in concept, and now the
28-page project plan goes
to the council, which would
then send it back to the JRB.
A JRB is a statutory body
comprising representatives
from each underlying taxing jurisdiction, including
schools and the county.

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Jim Ferolie at

Epic sued again for lack of overtime wages for some employees
the company as exempt from overtime
rules. The potential members of the class
action simulated user experiences and
documented problems with the companys software, according to the State
The class would include current and
former Epic employees who worked
more than 40 hours per week as quality assurance workers between Dec.
2, 2014, and the present, not including
when they were team leads.

Its the fourth lawsuit against Epic

related to overtime wages in recent
years. It settled a lawsuit in 2014 involving quality assurance workers, and also
is currently defending itself in two lawsuits from February 2015, in which technical writers with the company say they
were illegally classified as exempt from
overtime wages and paid a fixed salary
regardless of hours worked.
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Epic Systems is once again challenging
the health information software companys lack of overtime payment to some
According to the Wisconsin State
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Tax-increment financing combines the increased

property taxes from all
underlying districts (the
increment) and pools it in
order to pay back debt or
other obligations used to
create that increased value.
So if a building is built on a
$100,000 piece of land and
the new value is $1 million,
the taxes on the $900,000
increment become available
to the city through the district.
If approved, the project
plan promises to fund public improvements and making necessary expenditures
to promote industrial development.
Among the questions
and concerns, commissioners asked what happens to
increased value thats in
both districts (it defaults
t o 8 ) , w hy n o t s i m p l y
redraw the TIF 6 boundaries (because its expiring
too soon) and how much
property value now is off
the regular tax rolls (none,
because only additional value is counted).
Taves suggested a lot
of the details are not as
important before creating
the TID as using it properly
once its created.
Remember, this is the
plan that puts the framework into place, he said.
The real key is prior to
making expenditures the
council needs to check out
the cash flow (of a proposed


Stem cell
manufacturer could
be first to benefit

many at Verona City Center

had been seeking when the
sale of next-door neighbor
Erickson Chevrolet to St.
Vincent de Paul for a tax-exempt thrift store seemed to
dash those hopes in 2011.
Longtime commissioner
Scott Manley, who was an
alder at the time, even asked
Monday whether the St.
Vincent property could be
added into the project. Ron
Henshue of FDG, which is
based on Horizon Drive in
Verona, told them the Catholic charity was not interested in selling considering all
the investment its made into
the building but has been
cooperative with plans for
the adjacent parking area.
Manley also asked about
the timing of getting clearance from the state Department of Natural Resources
on cleanup efforts for underground gas tanks, which
generally have issues of
leakage that have to be taken care of before there is
any redevelopment. Justin
Frahm of JSD, the parent
company of FDG, explained
that the excavation work
would be done in tandem
with the permitting process and that its being contracted out to a company

experienced in such issues.

Manley and Mayor John
Hochkammer both called
the project exciting,
though both cautioned that
to approve so many apartments in one spot, the quality of the building architecture would need to be high.
Its the same thing were
telling any developer thats
doing multifamily, Hochkammer said.
Hochkammer and Manley also pointed out that
such density would only
be acceptable because of
its proximity to the citys
downtown. Some or all of
the apartments could be
exempted from the citys
phasing policy if alders
choose because it is a
mixed-use project and/or
because it could be considered an extension of downtown.
City planning director
Adam Sayre, who noted the
areas potential to become
a destination, suggested the
developer take a nod from
Madisons Sequoya Commons in blending it into the
existing neighborhood, even
though the only residential
properties nearby are apartments in a single corner.
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Letters to the editor

Donald Trump won war of slogans

For a month now, political
commentators have been examining the reasons why one presidential candidate won and the
other lost. As part of that evaluation, none have addressed the
appeal of a campaign slogan.
Nearly all presidential campaigns have had one over the
years, including Obamas in
2008, Change we can believe
in, and Reagans in 1980, Are
you better off than you were
four years ago? Both were solid hits, and I suspect were on
voters minds when they went to
the polls.
Yet, no one know exactly
how much difference it may
have made. Therefore, it is
often one persons opinion as to
which candidate came up with
the most talked about phrase. In
that regard it seems to me that
Donald Trumps Make America great again clearly defeated
anything Hillary Clinton could
come up with, and heres why:
Having followed the campaign
very closely, I found it was
extremely difficult for Clinton
to counter that statement. She
tried by saying in speeches,
America is already great. To
every patriotic American, that
statement is true. However, that
didnt play well to an electorate that had just experienced

the slowest recovery ever from

the worst economic downturn
since the Great Depression, and
that line of attack was quickly
dropped by Clintons campaign.
It was reported that the
Clinton campaign tested dozens of slogans prior to her
announcement to get into the
race. Ready for Hillary was
the one that was used at the
beginning, and it was a good
one. However, it was unfortunately dropped after she
got into the race in favor of,
Im With Her. Trump came
back with, Im with you, the
American people. That devastating reply caused the Clinton
folks to change the message
one more time. They finished
off with Stronger Together.
That one was fine, but seemed
to ring hollow after Clintons
basket of deplorables remark
not exactly a togetherness
statement. So, I give Trump the
trophy for the best campaign
slogan of the 2016 election.
The challenge for him now is
to turn that slogan into reality.
Its a tall order, but one thing is
certain: You cant turn a slogan
into policy unless you win.
Robert Moore,
Town of Paoli

Because of an error on the Dane County website that was not
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The Press regrets the error.

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Harry Potter and the

magical power of books
recently had the good fortune to travel to Dublin, Ireland, and No. 1 on my tourist
to-do-list was to visit Trinity
College and see the famed Book
of Kells. (Secondary priorities
involved cathedrals, castles,
wool sweaters and Guinness.)
Despite having spent my
entire working life surrounded
by books, it astonished me to
see hundreds
of people waiting patiently
in line to pay
money to
briefly peer at
two open pages of a book in
a glass case.
A half-milBurkart
lion people
visit this illustrated manuscript every year. Thats pretty
amazing. Each day the pages are
turned so another spread of text
and illustrations is revealed.
It is a very old, very beautiful,
a literal glimpse into the past.
But the sight of so many people
queued up to catch a glimpse of
a book was also kind of moving
to me and got me thinking about
the power of one book.
There are certainly books
that have changed history like
Charles Darwins Origin of
Species or culture like Sigmund Freuds Interpretation of
Dreams. There are books that
start social movements like Wisconsins own A Sand County
Almanac, by Aldo Leopold, or
political movements like The
Communist Manifesto by Friedrich Engels and Karl Marx.
Another book didnt start a
movement or change history,
but it has had the most impact
on reading, libraries and the
publishing industry during my

career, hands-down: Harry Potter and the Sorcerers Stone.

Before the Harry Potter phenomenon, there were some
unspoken rules in publishing
kids dont like to read long
books, they dont like books set
in foreign countries and they
wont spend their own money
on books. But author J.K. Rowling turned that all on its head
with a series of hefty books set
in England that had kids not
only spending their own money
but persuading their parents
to take them to midnight book
release parties at bookstores.
In 1996, the average number of pages in a middle-grade
fiction book was 140 pages,
like those slim quick-reading
favorites Goosebumps and the
series. Twenty years later, the
average childrens novel is 290
pages, over 100 percent longer.
Harry Potter proved there was
money to be made in publishing hefty hardcover books and
created a surge in childrens
publishing and in fantasy publishing that is still going strong
two decades later.
The Harry Potter series has
become the best-selling book
series of all time. As the series
grew in popularity, so did the
When a new Harry Potter
book is set to be released,
librarians and booksellers sign
long and intimidating legal
agreements not to open the
boxes with shipments of books
until an exact date. Normally we
just open and unpack the boxes
of new books anytime, no contracts involved.
Not only did children read
Harry Potter, adults read them
too, and they talked about them.
Harry Potter created another

phenomenon, crossover books,

books that are read across age
One recent survey showed
that over 50 percent of teen
books are actually read by
adults. I love this trend and am
certainly glad I didnt miss out
on the Hunger Games trilogy
and The Fault in Our Stars
just because Im an adult.
The popularity of the magical
world created by J.K. Rowling
has expanded to films, a stage
production and an amusement
park. And that popularity has
certainly endured, with movie
theaters packed this month with
fans for the first Harry Potter
spin-off film Fantastic Beasts
and Where to Find Them.
Libraries have gotten to share
in the magic and see wave after
wave of children discover the
series and then ask, What
should I read next?
Last week, the Verona Public
Library was fortunate to receive
the 2016 Program Wizard Award
from the South Central Library
System Foundation for A Very
Potter Party event we held
earlier this year to celebrate the
release of Harry Potter and
the Cursed Child. In July, 180
people attended this party in our
town, to celebrate the release of
a manuscript of a play based on
the world of Harry Potter. Thats
pretty amazing.
There are other literary pilgrimages on my bucket list, but
maybe Ill forgo the old-world
charm of Europe next time for
a trip to sunny Orlando and the
Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
Stacey Burkart is the director
of the Verona Public Library.

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Verona Area School District

New club helps guide future business leaders

Conference, held in Milwaukee this year, where
they got to connect with
more established FBLA
groups from around the
state and country.
Its so cool to hear
what theyre doing in their
chapter of FBLA, said
junior Claire Swain.
It was an eye-opening
experience for Ratze, too.
It was really new, he
said. Were used to our
community around here.
One focus for FBLA
chapters is volunteering
in the community. Swain
said they plan to work with
Badger Prairie Needs Network and younger students
within VASD, but are open
to finding some opportunities and connect(ing)
with people.
The group hopes to
make it to the National
Leadership Conference
i n A n a h e i m n ex t J u n e
29-July 2 to compete in
some of the 60 different
categories for competition.
But regardless of that,
the members are glad to
have found a group they
feel can offer support in
reaching their goals.
Ive always heard surround yourself with people that think like you and
have the same goals as
you, said junior Stephen

FBLA began
this year, looks
for volunteer
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Though the Verona Area

High School chapter of the
Future Business Leaders
of American organization
only began a few months
ago, some of its members already see their own
futures brightening.
They push leadership,
which is important in any
career, explained junior
Josh Ratze, who helped get
the club started at VAHS.
The national organization includes more than
230,000 members, according to its website, helping
prepare them for careers in
business and business-related fields.
But as Ratze and other
Verona FBLA members
pointed out, many of the
skills theyve learned are
applicable in many different fields.
The leadership group
Photo submitted
of 11 students has helped
grow the club in its early
months to more than 40 Leaders of America attended a conference earlier this fall: (bottom row, from left) Claire
total members, which they Swain, Hanna Houtakker; (second row, from left) Andy Knuppel, Nik Christoffel; (third row,
from left) Stephen Lund, Josh Ratze, Jamison Huseth, Jonah Berry; (top row) Michael
consider a great success so Egle; and (not pictured) Alex Bernhardt
early on.
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to get the club started.
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start a club, Ratze said.
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Jingle Bell Run returns to
Verona Area High School
for the second year Saturday,
Dec. 10.
The event raises money
for the United States number one cause of disability,
according to the event website. The Madison event had
raised nearly $66,000 toward
its $78,000 goal as of Monday afternoon.
Participants can do a 10K
or 5K run or a 5K or 1-mile
walking route. The top three
finishers in each of nine age
categories and overall winners for both men and women
will receive an award.
Day-of registration costs
$40 for adults and $25 for
those under 18.
Registration and packet
pickup the day of the race
begins at 9:15a.m., with
a speaking program from
9:45 to 10:15a.m. That will
include mentions of each of
the years honorees from the
Madison area.
The 10K race begins at
10:30a.m., with the 5K and
1-mile routes following at
10:40a.m. The event will
include post-race refreshments and food from 11:15
am. to noon.
To donate or get more
information on the event, visit
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Coming up
Mending Day

Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St.

The production features a cast of
more than 70 dancers ages 4 to adult
from nearly a dozen area dance studios.
Tickets are $15 for adults and $10
for children 12 and under, and can be
purchased in advance online at 24439. or at the door before
each performance. For information,

The Badger Prairie Needs Network,

1200 E. Verona Ave., will host its
monthly Mending Day from 10 a.m. to 1
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.
Those who need a hem or tear to be
fixed, a button sewn on, or other mending
work can have it done for free on a firstcome, first-served basis (30-minute limit
per person). Some items may be declined
due to the complexity of the issue, and Reindeer visit
zippers cannot be repaired.
Meet live reindeer from 3:30-5:30
For information, call 279-7596.
p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the library.
There will also be holiday music and
Musical performance
crafts inside the library during the event.
The Kat Trio will perform Russian
For information, call 845-7180.
arrangements and other songs from
12:30-1:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, at the Painting class
senior center.
Painters of all abilities can take an
The group, which consists of Victoria acrylic class from 1-3 p.m. Monday, Dec.
Gorbich, Vladislav Gorbich and pianist 19, at the senior center. No experience is
Joseph Ross, plays classical works, necessary, and all materials are provided
well-known songs and American pop for the class fee of $10. Registration
standards. For information, call 845- is required by Monday, Dec. 12. For
information or to register, call 845-7471.

Lake Mendota, from 7-8 p.m. Monday,

Dec. 12, at the library. Sandford will
share stories about the people and events
that have shaped the shoreline of the
lake. For information, call 845-7180.

All Saints Lutheran Church

2951 Chapel Valley Rd., Fitchburg
(608) 276-7729
Pastor Rich Johnson
Sunday: 8:30 & 10:45 a.m.

Birthday, anniversary party

The Church in Fitchburg

2833 Raritan Rd., Fitchburg
(608) 271-2811
Sunday: 8 & 10:45 a.m.

Join the senior center for the

December birthday and anniversary
party beginning at 11:45 a.m. Friday,
Dec. 16. Lunch will be served at 11:45
and live entertainment provided by
one-man band James Kellerman
will begin at 12:30 p.m. Kellerman has
professional performing experience on
clarinet, saxophone, flute and vocals.
Lunch reservations are due by noon on
Thursday, Dec. 15. For information or to
RSVP, call 845-7471.

Essential oils

Learn how to make essential oils to

gift or keep for yourself from 7-8 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 15, at the library.
Jerina and Laurens of JNJ
Craftworks will lead the workshop,
which will teach participants how
Nutcracker Suite
Book signing
to create their own rollerball or
The Verona Youth Ballet will present
Local author Don Sanford will hold spray. Registration is required. For
two performances of the Nutcracker a signing and discussion for this book, information or to register, call 845Suite at 1:30 and 4 p.m. Saturday, Dec. On Fourth Lake: A Social History of 7180.
10, at the Verona Area High School

Community calendar
Thursday, December 8

6-8 p.m., Holiday music with the

Verona Area High School music
department, library, 845-7180
6:30-8:30 p.m., Film screening and
discussion: CODE: Debugging the
Gender Gap, library, 845-7180

Friday, December 9

12:30-1:30 p.m., Kat Trio performance, senior center, 845-7471

2 p.m., Friday Movie: A Christmas
Carol (100 min.), senior center, 8457471
7 p.m., Casey Day, Tuvalu

Saturday, December 10

9:30 a.m. to noon, Verona Area

Community Theater auditions for
The Lion King (grades K-2), VACT
building, 405 Bruce St.,
9:45 a.m. to noon, 2016 Arthritis
Foundation Jingle Bell Run (registration required), Verona Area High
School, 300 Richard St.,
10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Mending Day,
BPNN, 279-7596
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Prairie Kitchen

free community meal, BPNN, bpnn.

12:30-3 p.m., Auditions for Guys
and Dolls Jr. (grades 3-7), VACT
building, 405 Bruce St.,
1:30 and 4 p.m., Verona Youth Ballet 11th annual Nutcracker Suite ($15
adults, $10 children 12 and under),
Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St.,
3:30-5:30 p.m., Meet Santas Reindeer program, library, 845-7180
7 p.m., Ellie and Cam, Tuvalu

Sunday, December 11

11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Verona Area

Community Theater auditions for
West Side Story (grades 8-12),
VACT building, 405 Bruce St., vact.

Monday, December 12

7 p.m., Common Council meeting

7-8 p.m., Book signing and discussion with On Fourth Lake: A Social
History of Lake Mendota author Don
Sanford, library, 845-7180

Tuesday, December 13

10:30 a.m., Celtic Harp and Song

with Shari Sarazin, senior center,
4-5 p.m., Tween Craft Tuesday:
Snow Globes and Hot Chocolate
(grades 3-6; registration required),
library, 845-7180

Wednesday, December 14

12:30 p.m., Literature Lovers Book

Club, senior center, 845-7471
4-5:30 p.m., Minecraft Club (grades
1-6; registration required), library,

Thursday, December 15

7-8 p.m., Essential oils workshop

(registration required), library, 8457180

Friday, December 16

10-11:30 a.m., The Young and the

Restless (ages 0-5), library, 8457180
11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., Birthday
and anniversary party (reservations
required), senior center, 845-7471

Whats on VHAT-98
Thursday, December 8
7 a.m. The Harmonica Man
at Senior Center
8 a.m.- Zumba Gold
9 a.m. Daily Exercise
10 a.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
2 p.m. Zumba Gold
3 p.m. Daily Exercise
4 p.m. Trippers Music at
Senior Center
5 p.m. Accordion Music at
Senior Center
6 p.m. Salem Church
7 p.m. WI Monument
Signs at Senior Center
8 p.m. Daily Exercise
9 p.m. Richard Bong
10 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society
Friday, December 9
7 a.m. Trippers Music at
Senior Center
1 p.m. Richard Bong
3 p.m. Vintage Verona
4 p.m. Accordion Music at
Senior Center
5 p.m. 2015 Wildcats
8:30 p.m. Richard Bong
10 p.m. The Harmonica
Man at Senior Center
11 p.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
Saturday, December 10
8 a.m. Plan Commission
from Dec. 5
11 a.m. Vintage Verona

1 p.m. 2015 Wildcats

4:30 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society
6 p.m. Plan Commission
from Dec. 5
9 p.m. Vintage Verona
10 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society
11 p.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
Sunday, November 11
7 a.m. Hindu Cultural Hour
9 a.m. Resurrection Church
10 a.m. Salem Church
Noon - Plan Commission
from Dec. 5
3 p.m. Vintage Verona
4:30 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society
6 p.m. Plan Commission
from Dec. 5
9 p.m. Vintage Verona
10 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society
11 p.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
Monday, December 12
7 a.m. Trippers Music at
Senior Center
1 p.m. Richard Bong
3 p.m. Vintage Verona
4 p.m. Accordion Music at
Senior Center
5 p.m. 2015 Wildcats

7 p.m. Common Council

9 p.m. Hindu Cultural Hour
10 p.m. The Harmonica
Man at Senior Center
11 p.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
Tuesday, November 13
7 a.m. The Harmonica Man
at Senior Center
10 a.m.- Zumba Gold
9 a.m. Daily Exercise
10 a.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
2 p.m.- Zumba Gold
3 p.m. Daily Exercise
4 p.m. Trippers Music at
Senior Center
5 p.m. Accordion Music at
Senior Center
6 p.m. Resurrection
8 p.m. WI Monument
Signs at Senior Center
9 p.m. Richard Bong at
Senior Center
10 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society
Wednesday, November 14
7 a.m. Trippers Music at
Senior Center
1 p.m. Richard Bong
3 p.m. Vintage Verona
5 p.m. Common Council
from Dec. 12
7 p.m. Capital City Band
8 p.m. Trippers Music at
Senior Center
10 p.m. The Harmonica
Man at Senior Center

11 p.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
Thursday, December 15
7 a.m. The Harmonica Man
at Senior Center
8 a.m.- Zumba Gold
9 a.m. Daily Exercise
10 a.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
3 p.m. Daily Exercise
4 p.m. Trippers Music at
Senior Center
5 p.m. Accordion Music at
Senior Center
6 p.m. Salem Church
7 p.m. WI Monument
Signs at Senior Center
8 p.m. Daily Exercise
9 p.m. Richard Bong at
Senior Center
10 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society

Fitchburg Memorial UCC

5705 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg
(608) 273-1008
Pastor Phil Haslanger
Sunday: 8:15 and 10 a.m.

Sunday: 9 & 11 a.m., St. Andrew,

Daily Mass, Tuesday-Saturday: 8
a.m., St. Andrew, Verona

St. James Lutheran Church

427 S. Main St., Verona
(608) 845-6922
Pastors Kurt M. Billings and Peter
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

Good Shephard Lutheran

Church ECLA
(608) 271-6633
Central: Raymond Road & Whitney
Way, Madison
Sunday: 8:15, 9:30 & 10:45 a.m.
West: 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
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,
Pastor Justin Burge
Sunday: 10 a.m.

Springdale Lutheran Church

2752 Town Hall Rd. (off Hwy ID),
Mount Horeb
(608) 437-3493
Pastor Jeff Jacobs
Sunday: 8:45 a.m. with communion

Memorial Baptist Church

201 S. Main St., Verona
(608) 845-7125
Lead Pastor Jeremy Scott
Sunday: 10:15 a.m.

Sugar River United Methodist

415 W. Verona Ave., Verona
(608) 845-5855,
Pastor Gary Holmes
9 & 10:30 a.m. contemporary
Sunday School available during
worship. Refreshments and fellowship are between services.

Redeemer Bible Fellowship

130 N. Franklin St., Verona
Pastor Dwight R. Wise
Sunday: 10 a.m. family worship
Resurrection Lutheran Church
6705 Wesner Rd., Verona
(608) 848-4965
Pastor Nathan Strutz and Assistant
Pastor Benjamin Phelps
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. William Vernon, pastor
Saturday: 5 p.m., St. Andrew,
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., St. William,

West Madison Bible Church

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

Be Thankful
The advice to start and end each day by reflecting on
what we have to be thankful for is almost guaranteed to
get our day off to a good start. This has the immediate
effect of putting us into a positive frame of mind,
since we are usually focusing on something which we
think of as good if we are thankful for it. It also has
a tendency to create a virtuous cycle, since thinking
about the things we are thankful for helps us repeat
our successes and avoid our failures. And there is even
a way to be thankful for our failures. We often learn
valuable lessons from our failures, and disabilities or
weaknesses can often create compensating abilities
or strengths which we are justifiably proud of. The
visually-impaired man must learn to use and trust his
ears in ways that most of us consider extraordinary, in
the same way that a hearing-impaired woman might
use her sight to pick up on social cues the rest of us
would miss. Take time out of every day to consider
what you have to be thankful for, and a good time to
do this is every morning before getting out of bed, and
again at night, before going to sleep.
Christopher Simon, Metro News Service
For everything God created is good, and nothing
is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving,
because it is consecrated by the word of God and
prayer. 1 Timothy 4:4-5 NIV

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

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George Bailey (John Beard, at left) vows that he will never work for the scheming Mr. Potter
(Matt Pulda) despite a very sizable offer.

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To view more photos from VACTs Its A Wonderful Life: The Musical, visit:
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Mary Hatch (Bridget Finnel) looks on as George Bailey (John Beard), the object of her affection since she was a little girl, serenades her with If You Want the Moon.

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Clarence (Karl Dahlen),
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Its A Wonderful Life
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audiences in a program
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A Christmastime classic
for 70 years, Its A Wonderful Life still managed
to seem fresh to audiences
Friday, Dec. 2, when the
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tale based on the 1946 film.
The play stars John Beard
as George Bailey, the genial
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Friends Evelyn Hereley, 7 (at left), and Sasha Weston, 8, both of Verona, pose for a picture together in front of the lights.

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Boys basketball

Girls hockey

Wildcats keep it
close in loss to
Assistant sports editor

Vivian Hacker knotted the score

and eventually forced overtime.
Deep in the Rock County zone,
the Lynx won a faceoff late in
the period, and the puck eventually found its way to the stick of
Hacker, who wheeled in the high
slot and caught Rock County
goalie junior McKaylie Buescher
off-guard with a wrist shot with 2
1/2 minutes remaining in the second period.

The Verona Area High

School boys basketball
hung with Big Eight rival
Madison Memorial all
night Tuesday despite falling 71-48.
The Wildcats (2-1 overall, 1-1 Big Eight) trailed
by just two points, 43-41,
with 10 minutes to go, but
the Spartans hit back-toback 3-pointers to stretch
the lead to eight.
Memorial also used a
1-3-1 zone defense that
shut Verona down in the
end. Head coach Alan Buss
said that Verona was only
able to practice going up
against the zone for about
20 minutes in practice so
far this season.
We g o t s o m e s h o t s
inside, but their length is
just a little too much for
us to attack consistently,
Buss said.
Senior John Van Handel
and junior Bui Clements
each scored 10 points to
lead the Wildcats.
Buss said that through
three games, the Wildcats
are playing good team
basketball and are playing
with high energy man-toman defense.
Kids are sharing the
basketball and really playing unselfish and trying to
do the right thing, Buss
said. The conference is
just really, really good.
Tonight is an indication of
what every game is going

Turn to Lynx/Page 10

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Photo by Jeremy Jones

Metro Lynx goaltender Sydney McKersie fights off one of her saves against Rock County Fury forward Mya Maslonka Thursday inside Edwards Ice Arena. The game ended in a 3-3 tie.

Metro Lynx skate to a draw

Petet leads rally against

Badger Conference rival
Sports editor

Siera Petet scored a goal and

assisted on another as the Madison Metro Lynx girls hockey
co-op skated to a 3-3 draw with
the Rock County Fury co-op
Thursday at Edwards Ice Arena

in Beloit.
Trailing by two goals after the
first period, Petets goal just over
1 1/2 minutes into the second
period helped the Metro Lynx
cut the Badger Conference rival
Furys lead in half. Julia Dragoo
took a shot and Petet got it off the
It came right through the goalies pads after Julia Dragoo shot
it, Petet explained.
We wanted to get a goal for
the team, Petet said. It was

super exciting and really starting

giving us some momentum going
in the second period.
The momentum quickly stalled,
however, when senior defenseman Madysen Fry scored six minutes later to push the Rock County lead back to a pair of goals.
Madison fought back once
again when junior defenseman
Brooke Rockouski scored one
minute into a Metro Lynx power
play in the 10th minute. An evenstrength goal by junior forward


Cats fill all weight classes with nine returning

Assistant sports editor

Nine wrestlers on this seasons

varsity team are sophomores or
freshmen, but the Verona Area High
School wrestling team also returns
nine upperclassmen from last season
And the good news for the Wildcats is they balance the lineup. In
addition to 152 pounds, which can
most likely still be filled with someone wrestling up, each member on
varsity can fill a different weight.
Senior Brandon Daniels (145
pounds) qualified for state last season and is the leading returner back.
Two-time letterwinner juniors Reagan Stauffer (182) and Jono Herbst

(113) are also back, along with

junior Jordan Recob (heavyweight)
and sophomores Zakh Kalifatidi
(132), Jeremy Grim (195), Porter
Sundin-Donahue (106), Nathan Feller (138) and Dillon Currier (170).
Junior Lance Randall (160) was
2-2 in a brief stint on varsity last season, and he is joined by sophomore
Aric Decorah (220) and freshmen
Nick Heinzen (120), Brooke Murphy (126) and Caden Page (145).
Juniors Luke Slekar (145), Nef
Reyes (145), Jericho Fey (170),
Wyatt Breitnauer (170), sophomore
Eduardo Cortes (152) and freshmen Nick Grassman (170), Kesean Caffey (170) and Henry Tang

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Big Eight schedule

Dec. 2
Dec. 15
Jan. 6
Jan. 12
Jan. 20
Feb. 4

Opponent Time/Result
at Mad. Memorial
Mad. West
at Parker
Big 8 Showcase
Big 8 meet at East

Photo by Anthony Iozzo

The returning letterwinners for the Verona Area High School wrestling team (front, from left) are: Jono Herbst,
Luke Slekar, Dillon Currier and Zakh Kalifatidi; (back) Jeremy Grim, Brandon Daniels, Jordan Recob and Reagan
Stauffer; (not pictured) Nathan Feller.


December 8, 2016

The Verona Press

Boys swimming

Cats finish second at

Nicolet invite for first
time in four years
Sports editor

Seven years removed from

a three-year winning streak,
the Verona Area/Mount
Horeb boys swimming team
earned its highest finish
since 2012 Saturday at the
Nicolet Invitational.
VA/MH, which finished
sixth last year after having won the meet 2007-09
saw 35 of 36 swimmers
beat their individual seed
times to help the Wildcats
amass 246 points to finish
It was a good start to the
season, but weve still got a
ways to go, head coach Bill
Wuerger said.
Big Eight Conference
rival and state powerhouse
Middleton dominated the
meet with a team score of
450, finishing 204 points
ahead of Verona.
Senior Bryce Hoppe
matched a team-best second
place finish in the 50-yard
breaststroke with a time of
29.1. Only Nicolet senior
Collin Siverhus (28.79) bested Hoppes time.
Senior Bryan Touchett,
sophomore Aidan Updegrove, senior Bryce Hoppe,
senior Zeke Sebastian, junior
Torbin Kittleson, Shane
Rozeboom, freshman Parker Jones and Jacob Wellnitz
matched the finish, touching
the wall behind Middleton
(1:27.79) with a 1:29.37 in
the 8x50 relay.
Senior Zeke Sebastian,
senior Bryan Touchett,
senior Bryan Hoppe, junior
Ryan Stewart, sophomore
Shane Rozeboom, senior
Jacob Wellnitz, sophomore
Aidan Updegrove and junior
Torvin Kittleson added a
third-place finish in the
400 (8x25) medley relay

(3:35.33) behind Middleton (3:22.91) and Marquette

University High School
Sophomore Shane Rozeboom finished behind only
Nicolet senior Riccardo
Romersi (21.95) and Cedarburg senior (22.04) in the 50
free. He added a fourth-place
finish in the 50 free (24.71)
A little more than a second
separated Wellnitz (1:51.35)
and Sebastian (1:52.43) who
finished fourth and fifth in
the 200 free. Wellnitz went
on to add a fifth-place finish
in the 200 IM (2:09.42), and
Sebastian also finished fifth
in the 100 free (50.9).
Junior Torbin Kittleson,
freshman Kyle Hoppe,
junior Caulden Parkel, junior
Ryan Stewart, freshman Ben
Meister, freshman Owen
Rothamer, freshman Eric
Blum, sophomore Brady
Wagner, Gabe Piscitelli and
Parker Jones finished the
meet, taking eighth place as
part of the 500 (10x5) free
relay (4:26.51).

VA/MH 126, Craig 43

The Wildcats had little difficulty opening the Big Eight
Conference season with a
dominating victory over a
Janesville Craig squad thats
down to only 11 swimmers
on Friday.
Ve r o n a A r e a / M o u n t
Horeb won 10 of 11 varsity events, sweeping the top
three spots in five of those,
to post a 126-43 victory.
Hoppe led the Wildcats
first sweep, taking the 200
free in 1:57.88. Wellnitz
helped VA/MH match the
feat twice by winning the 50
free (23.9) and 100 butterfly
Rozeboom paced another

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Verona Area High School senior forward McKenzie Imhoff weaves through the Rock County Fury defense during the second
period Thursday inside Edwards Ice Arena in Beloit.

Lynx: Third OT game this season ends in a tie

Continued from page 9
Neither Buescher nor
Metro Lynx junior Sydney McKersie was about
to give up another goal,
which sent the game into
overtime, where neither
team could capitalize over
the extra eight minutes.
Buescher stopped 32
shots on goal for the Fury,
while McKersie turned
away 17 for the Metro
It was the Metro Lynxs
t h i r d ove r t i m e i n f o u r
games this season.
E ve r y b o d y wa n t s t o
win. Everybody in that
locker room is a competitor, otherwise we wouldnt
be here, Metro Lynx head
coach Derek Ward said.
When it comes down to
it and we look back on
this game in three weeks,
well remember the things
we did well and where we

need to get better. Thats

what its all about.
Wa r d s a i d t h e M e t r o
Lynx cant control the other team, only their own
everyday work.
I think our girls have
really bought into that,
he said. It doesnt matter what happens today.
It matters what happens
in February. Thats what
were working for.
The Fury controlled the
game early, scoring a pair
of goals seven minutes
apart to go ahead 2-0 midway through the first period.
J u n i o r f o r wa r d M a d i
Hagemann forced a turnover in the neutral zone
and skated in for an unassisted goal just under six
minutes into the period.
I think we were kind
of shocked after that first
goal. No one likes being
down going into the locker room, Petet said. We

need to know that they are

going to come out physically, and theyre going
to come out hard. We just
have to anticipate that next
time and match that earlier
in the game.
A n e l b ow i n g p e n a l t y
on Rockouski helped the
Fury score their second
goal, giving the host the
man-advantage. One minute later, junior forward
Maggy Henschler scored
on the power play.
Heading into the locker
room down two goals, the
team was still cheery,
Petet said.
We k n ew w e c o u l d
come back, she said The
second period is usually
our best period. As long
as we played as a team,
and not as individuals, we
knew we could get back in
the game.
The Metro Lynx (1-1-2,
1-0-1 conference) are six
weeks away from hosting

the Fury (3-1-1, 1-0-1) at

Madison Ice Arena on in a
Friday, Jan. 20, conference
game that could very well
determine the conference
The two teams could
very well meet up again in
the postseason, as well a
year after Beloit knocked
the Metro Lynx out of the
tournament a game short
of its first state tournament.
It was the fourth time the
Lynx had been eliminated
a game shy of state in the
past five years.
We definitely thought
w e w e r e t h e f avo r i t e s
going into that game last
year because we were the
No. 1 seed, Petet said. As
seniors we definitely want
some revenge. Its our last
year, and we want to go
out with a bang. Weve
still got a long way to go,
but Im excited about how
things went today.

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Madison Memorial (3-0,
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Verona travels to Madison West at 7:30p.m. Friday and hosts Madison La
Follette at 7:30p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13.

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December 8, 2016


Girls basketball

Daniels third at Earlybird Scramble

Assistant sports editor

Senior Brandon Daniels began his

2016-17 season with a third-place finish Saturday at the 16-team Earlybird
Scramble at Watertown High School.
Daniels finished 3-2 on the day at 145
pounds, and juniors Lance Randall, Jordan Recob and Jono Herbst, added topsix finishes, to lead the Wildcats to 13th
place with 201 points.
Daniels earned wins over Beloits
Davian Ayala (pin in 57 seconds), Mineral Points Boone Schmitz (7-6 decision)
and Sauk Prairies Drew Fjoser (7-6 decision).
Randall was 3-2 at 160, finishing sixth
at 160. He pinned New Londons Justin
Wohlrabe in 3:12, won by injury default
over Beloits Gustavo Badillo and pinned
Mineral Points Grant Rose in 2:21.
Recob was 3-2 in heavyweight, taking sixth place. He pinned Westosha
Centrals Byron Biehn in 1:26, pinned

Whats next?
Verona travels to the Tomah invite
at 9:30a.m. Saturday.
Warrens Christian Goeden in 3:25 and
pinned Clintons Jenson Herrera in 1:31.
Herbst (120) pinned New Londons
Kenny Lee in 1:13 for his only win in a
small bracket, finishing fourth. He also
had a bye and ended up with 32 team
Junior Reagan Stauffer (182) finished
4-1 but took ninth, as all four wins were
in the consolation bracket.
Stauffer defeated Whitewaters Tyler
Sheffield 9-2, Beloits Tyler Sireci 7-0
and Mineral Points Kaleb Pilling 7-5
and pinned Watertowns Fidel Villarreal
in 1:59.
Sophomore Nathan Feller (138) added two wins. He pinned Clintons Clay

Ward in 3:48 and won by injury default

over Sauk Prairies Kyle Johnson.
Sophomore Jeremy Grim (195) also
had two wins. He pinned Winneconnes
Bennett Krings in 2:37 and pinned Verona freshman Henry Tang in 2:27.
Sophomore Dillon Currier (170)
pinned Verona junior Wyatt Breitnauer in
2:25 and pinned Verona freshman Nick
Grassman in 29 seconds.
Sophomore Zakh Kalifatadi (132) added a 7-2 win over Beloits Elton Rodriguez.

Verona 48, Mad. Memorial 21

The Wildcats opened the Big Eight
dual season Friday with a 48-21 win over
Madison Memorial.
Kalifatadi pinned Joseph McClannahan in 55 seconds, and Daniels added a
pin over Moises Martinez.
Sophomore Porter Sundin-Donahue,
freshman Nick Heinzen, Randall, Currier, Breitnauer and Tang all won by forfeit.

Wrestling: Daniels looks to get back to state

Continued from page 9

(195) are all listed on the junior varsity

Wozniak wrote in the Verona Press
106: Francesco Schiro (first, Madison La Follette), Guillermo Tellez-Guiron (secpreview questionnaire that the Wildcats
ond, Madison Memorial), Jesus Quechol Ramirez (third, Middleton)
are a young team with a good number
113: Brett Perkins (first, Parker), Robert Cooper (second, Madison West)
of new guys that are willing to work to
120: Drew Scharenbrock (first, Sun Prairie), Nathan Ellis (second, Craig)
Daniels finished 35-6 last season and
126: Kevin Meicher (first, Middleton), Nate Farrell (second, Craig), Tyler Nelson
made it to the individual WIAA Divi(third, Sun Prairie)
sion 1 state wrestling meet. He dropped
132: Chris Rogers (first, Middleton), Ethan Smith (second, Craig), Dylan Lawinger
his first match to Marco Infusino
(third, La Follette)
(Kenosha Bradford/Reuther) and did
not earn a wrestleback.
138: Brandon Daniels (first, Verona), Dyvonne Thornton (second, Parker), Stone
Grim finished 10-19 last season,
Kilngaman (third, Craig)
and Recob was 6-8 while filling in at
145: Zach Perrich (third, Sun Prairie)
heavyweight for Trayvonn Johnson,
152: Sam Johnson (second, Madison West)
who missed all of last season after
earning a state qualifier in 2014-15.
160: Caleb Cymbalek (third, Sun Prairie)
Feller won two of 17 matches last
170: Salvatore Schiro (second, La Follette)
season, and Kalifatidi finished 9-20.
182: Linzell Burks (first, Beloit), WIll Van Pietersom (second, Sun Prairie), Izaiah
Stauffer won five of 14 matches, and
Jones (third, Parker)
Herbst won two of three matches on
varsity. Currier was 0-3.
195: Logan Murdy (first, Parker), Gavin Adler (second, Middleton)
Gone from last season are Garrison
220: Matt Davey (third, Middleton)
Stauffer (23-12, sectional qualifier,
HW: Sam Presser (second, Sun Prairie), Keeanu Benton (third, Craig)
conference champion), Austin Powers,
Luke Slekar, Matthew Maier (13-12),
Noah Currier, Dom Sabbarese (28-13, Egill Hegge (18-19), Ryan Weiss (18- Joe Scalissi, Andrew Herbst, Tristan
sectional qualifier, third at conference), 19), Eli Hano, Conner Dugan (7-14) Largent and Johnson.

Sun Prairie, Middleton favorites in the Big 8

If the Verona Area High School
wrestling team stays healthy, the
Wildcats wont need to give up
points on forfeits. That bodes well in
regular-season duals.
Middleton looks to be the favorite in Veronas division in the conference, with just one weight to fill
from last season. The Cardinals will
also push for the Big Eight tournament title.
Some of the returners for the Cardinals include conference champions sophomore Kevin Meicher (126,
43-3), who also won a state title, and
junior Chris Rogers (132, 34-8), who
competed at state.
Conference runner-up sophomore
Gavin Adler (195, 22-9) and conference third-place finishers senior
Matt Davey (220, 19-19), sophomore Jesus Quechol Ramirez (106,
10-9) and senior Caleb Cymbalek
(160, 26-13) are also back.
Conference champion Max Mayhew (152, 26-11) is gone from last
In the other division, Sun Prairie,

Madison La Follette and Janesville

Craig will fight it out.
Sun Prairie last seasons conference champion is the favorite
to have a shot a regular-season dual
title and will also contend for a tournament title. The Cardinals bring
back all but three weight classes.
Returners include conference
champion junior Drew Scharenbrock
(120, 51-2), who took fourth at state,
conference runner-ups senior Sam
Presser (heavyweight, 35-16), who
qualified for state, and senior Will
Van Pietersom (182, 31-11) and conference third-place finishers senior
Zach Perrich (145, 17-16) and junior
Tyler Nelson (126, 29-16).
Sun Prairie graduated conference runner-up Gavin Decker (220,
Craig will need to replace three
weight classes after finishing runner-up last season at the tournament, but all were key contributors.
Returners include conference runner-ups junior
Nathan Ellis (120, 33-10), senior

Cats nearly double up Spartans

Assistant sports editor

The Verona Area High

School girls basketball
team dominated Madison
Memorial 66-37 on Friday
in a Big Eight Conference
The Wildcats jumped
out to a 29-18 lead at
halftime and had a 37-19
advantage in the second
Ve r o n a d i d n t a l l ow

Nate Farrell (126, 32-11), junior

Ethan Smith (132, 32-12) and conference third-place finishers sophomore Keeanu Benton (heavyweight,
20-11) and senior Stone Klingaman
(138, 11-8).
Craig graduated conference champions Aristide Serrano (170, 43-5)
who also qualified for state and
Logan Baker (160, 36-10).
La Follette took third in the conference meet last season and will
need to replace five weight classes.
Returners include conference
champion senior Francesco Schiro
(106, 49-3) who finished fifth at
state conference runner-up senior
Salvatore Schiro (170, 34-12) and
conference third-place finisher junior
Dylan Lawinger (132, 24-21).
The Lancers graduated conference
champion Salim Danso (145, 29-12),
conference runner-up Tray Turner
(160, 35-8) who also qualified for
state conference third-place finisher Jeffrey Johnson (120, 35-13)
and conference third-place finisher
Joseph Stupar (152, 24-13).

any scorer over six points

and senior Alex Luehring
scored 21 points.
Junior Chandler Bainbridge added 14 points and
senior Sisi Mitchell collected 12.
The Wildcats (3-1 overall, 3-0 Big Eight) travel to
Madison West at 7:30p.m.
Thursday and to non-conference Madison Edgewood at 7:30p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13.

Boys hockey

Wildcats drop four straight

non-conference games
Sports editor

Top conference returners (from 2015-16



The Verona boys hockey team has dropped four

straight after a season-opening win against the Madison
La Follette/East co-op.

Somerset 9, Verona 7
Verona traveled to Somerset on Friday and lost a 9-7
shootout against the Spartans
after twice rallying from a
four-goal deficit.
Once again the Wildcats
struggled early, falling behind
4-0 inside Somerset Youth
Civic Center before Jack
Keryluk and Jack Anderson
eventually knotted the score
5-5 with a pair of third-period
power-play goals.
Mack Keryluk and Mason
McCormick each had evenstrength goals for Verona,
which trailed 6-2 after the
first period. The Wildcats cut
the deficit down even further
in the second period as Jake
Keyes and Aidan Schmitt
buried power-play goals, and
Anderson added an evenstrength tally late in the second.
Jack Keryluk struck 30
seconds into the third period
and Anderson then popped in
his second power-play goal
40 seconds later to tie the
Somerset had an answer
though as Jack Peterson
completed his own hat trick,
scoring a little under three
minutes apart to help the
Spartans closeout the win.
AJ Augello stopped 10 of
the 13 shots one goal that he
faced, while Garhett Kaegi
stopped 14 of 19.

New Richmond 4,
Verona 2
Though the number of
shots he faced decreased
each period, so did goaltender Kaegis save percentage
Saturday inside the New
Richmond Sports Center.
Kaegi, who finished with
30 saves in the loss, had 13 in
the first period and 10 more
in the second as Verona led
2-1 at the end of two periods.
A tripping penalty midway
through the third period by
senior defenseman Keegan
Lindell, however, allowed

the Tigers to knot the score

thanks to a Nick Johnson
power-play goal.
New Richmond followed
that up with a pair of evenstrength goals coming a little
over a minute-and-half apart
by Dylan Marty and Chris
Brockton Baker scored a
power-play goal with 24 seconds remaining in the first
period to put Verona ahead
1-0. And though New Richmond fought back to tie the
game 6 minutes into the second period, Mason McCormick answered to help the
Wildcats retain the lead going
into the second intermission.

Verona 6,
Beloit Memorial 5
After a brutal stretch
of non-conference games
against some of the top teams
in the state, Verona boys
hockey traveled to Edwards
Ice Arena on Tuesday for a
Big Eight Conference game
against the Purple Knights
and won a shootout 6-5.
Baker had two goals and
two assists in the win, while
McCormick had a pair of
goals and an assist.
Trailing 2-1 after the first
period Baker scored two of
the Wildcats three goals in
the second period to turn the
tide for good. Keyes added
a power-play goal as Verona
went ahead 4-3.
McCormick scored 13 seconds into the first period, but
Verona was unable to maintain the lead. Jake Benzing
knotted the score with a power-play goal 3 1/2 minutes
into the first period. Teammate Nate Polglaze added an
even-strength goal midway 4
1/2 minutes later.
A power-play goal 4
minutes into the third period tied the game at 5-5
before Anderson scored the
game-winner with a little
under 3 minutes remaining in
Kaegi finished with 50
Verona (2-4-0 overall,
2-0-0 conference) hosts its
first conference home game
at 7 p.m. Friday when the
defending champion Middleton Cardinals (2-1-0, 1-0-0)
come to town.

Swim: Verona dominates Janesville Craig in Big Eight dual

100 free in 50.9.
Sebastian led a 1-2-3 Wildcats finish in the 100 breastVerona sweep with his first- stroke with a 1:08.25 after
place time of 1:01.46 in the having already won the 200
100 back and also added the
Continued from page 10

IM (2:09.68)
Verona swept all three
relays led by Stewart, Rozeboom, Wellnitz and Sebastian who started off the meet

taking the 200 medley in

Touchett, Hoppe Roze1:47.99. Updegrove, Sebas- boom and Updegrove secured
tian, Hoppe and Wellnitz the 400 free relay in 3:33.27.
combined to add the 200 free
The 500 free was the only
relay in 1:34.59.
event Verona didnt win

as freshman Ben Meister

(5:54.42) finished second to
Craig sophomore Gavin Ziebell (5:41.19).


December 8, 2016

The Verona Press

VAIS: Board votes 6 to 1 approving charter, ending months of debate and discussion
citing report cards home from the
Mandarin teachers.
Zook and others also mentioned
the lack of continuing Chinese
education in middle and high
school, something the districts
world language has been discussing as part of a planned review of
the language program.
I would love for there to be a
middle school program and a high
school program, Jahnke said. I
was told not to talk about a middle school or high school program,
even though I think thats critical
to the success of VAIS. We can
only meet the challenges as they
come at us.

Continued from page 1

For all students

Photo by Scott Girard

Supporters of a charter renewal for Verona Area International School filled the board room Monday night, with
students having to cluster near the board table to watch the proceedings.
Though the schools governing council opposed having any
enrollment number as an out for
the district, citing the lack of a
requirement for any other charter
in the district, GC president Carolyn Jahnke told the board it would
accept a number if it led to a vote
that night, avoiding another twoweek delay.
We all need to move on and
make a decision, she said as parents in the audience nodded.
The agreement also requires the
school to create a program assessment by June 30, 2020, or the district would be able to revoke the
There are still plenty of remaining issues for the school assessments, long-term language learning among them but Monday
night the board acknowledged the
months of effort put into the new
charter agreement and from parents
sharing their stories of the school.
The idea is its reinvigoration,
said board president Dennis Beres.
Were willing to give (a charter)
based on the support thats here. We
need sustainability, though.

Enrollment challenge
Throughout the schools seven-year history, it has faced challenges filling its classes without
open enrollment.
The problem only grows as its
classes rise through the grades, as
any students that leave are a challenge to replace because of the

50-50 split between learning in

English and Chinese.
This year, 12 of the schools 89
students are open enrolled. Jahnke and board members agreed that
the goal should be to have less
than 10 percent open enrollment
as soon as possible.
But that still left a disagreement over whether to impose a
minimum enrollment number that
would allow the district to revoke
the charter agreement.
This is not a requirement thats
ever been asked of any other charter school, Jahnke said. We just
want equitable treatment.
Some board members saw it as
a way to ensure the schools marketing and enrollment plan, which
was part of their presentation in
November, was working. Roberts
and board member Meredith Stier
Christensen wanted the number to
be the current years enrollment
of 89, while Beres and board
member Tom Duerst said they had
trouble going below 100.
By the end of the meeting, they
agreed to compromise at 95. The
district also agreed to provide
names and addresses of incoming
and current kindergarten families
to all three charter elementaries on an annual basis to help
them with recruitment.
Thats the only way where we
can know how to target demographics that are really important to the board, Jahnke said.
Otherwise were kind of blindly

targeting neighborhoods.

Language learning
While much of the discussion
Monday focused on the enrollment
concerns, how much students are
actually learning Chinese was also
up for debate.
One of the reasons Zook cited
for her vote against the charter was
what she saw as a failure from the
school to property assess students
progress in Chinese as was agreed
to in the 2011 charter.
Its just very important to me to
make sure that if this school board
has a contractual arrangement
for a 50-50 language immersion in
this charter school and that is what
were promoting in a marketing
plan, that is what were delivering, she said. Im not seeing the
data quite yet, so Id say a threeyear renewal could give us similar
data of their learning.
The school implemented the
ACTFL Assessment of Performance Toward Proficiency in
Languages (AAPPL) exam this
past year, but because it was the
schools first year, it has not yet set
Jahnke pushed back on the
assertion that the recent adoption
of that exam meant they werent
assessing language learning,
Just because there hasnt been a
formal proficiency test done every
year, that doesnt mean assessment
hasnt been occurring, she said,



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One of the most emotional

comments of the night came from
board member Amy Almond,
who recalled her support for the
schools original charter when
everything was rosy and exciting
and people were motivated and
then pivoted to the current groups
Ive heard from a lot of families
about my child, this is for us and
for our family and this is important
for me, Almond said. If youre
going to pioneer a school like this
in a state who doesnt support
immersion programs separately,
its got to be about more than just
yourself and your child. Youve got
to stay engaged with VAIS until
your children graduate.
Almond asked the families to
work harder in the future years
to maintain the momentum from
the recent renewal discussions and
help figure out the middle and high
school problem.
Jahnke said she was confident
they would and defended the intentions of her schools parents.
Its only natural that people
think about their kids first, she
said. I dont think all of these parents would be here if it were just
about their kids.
The two both stated that working
together would be key.
Its hard to say yes to these
types of programs when I feel like
youre at the bottom of the mountain and I want to get you to the
top, Almond said. Its going to
take more than just you and more
than just the people in this room.
Now, they got the very, very
important part, as Beres called it
before the vote, out of the way.
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administrators about the schools

long-term sustainability.
Most of the discussion Monday
focused on the schools enrollment,
though plenty else about the school
had been under the microscope
since discussions began at the committee level in March.
The key to garnering support
from six of the seven school board
members with some reluctance
from a couple of them seemed
to be a hope that the school had
gotten on the right track with its
new director, Ann Princl, and an
increasingly involved group of parents, who had turned out in the dozens to each school board meeting
for the past two months.
Plus, its the only Chinese
immersion school in Wisconsin.
When I look at the school I
see this as an opportunity for Chinese immersion for any student in
our district, regardless of background, said board member Noah
Roberts. This is how we make
bridges between different cultures,
is language.
Board member Meredith Stier-Christensen also pointed out
that while the school is kind of
an experiment, its been extremely successful for its students so far,
citing their high test scores compared with other elementary students in the district and its receipt
of the highest rating on the state
Department of Public Instruction
report cards.
In the process of undergoing
this experiment, the students havent suffered in their core education, she said. Im OK buying a
little time to figure out the Mandarin piece.
Only board member Renee Zook
voted against the new agreement,
having expressed support for a
shorter agreement that would allow
the school to work on some of her
continued concerns with an earlier
date for accountability. Zook served
on the curriculum, instruction and
assessment committee, which was
tasked with the initial analysis of
the schools first five years.
Theres other work other than
enrollment that has to be done and
that should have been done in the
last five years, Zook said.
The board will indeed have a
checkpoint at that third year, as
the agreement allows the district
to revoke the charter agreement if
the schools enrollment is below 95
on the third Friday of September in
2019. Enrollment this year is at 89,
though it was at 93 on the third Friday before a family moved out of
the district.

As the end of the first half

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December 8, 2016

The Verona Press


Verona Area School District

Behavior philosophy policy aims for consistency

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Verona Area School District

schools will likely soon have a
guide to their behavior policies.
VASD director of student services Erin Schettler brought
a proposed Philosophy on
social-emotional learning and
well-being to the board Monday night, and it got a positive
response from every board member who spoke.
The document comes after
almost three years of work by the
districts Behavioral Emotional
Support Team, or BEST, to help
implement positive practices
around the district in a consistent
This will help to make sure
everyone understands that were
no longer going to do things
differently all over the place,
Schettler said.
The document outlines seven principles to help the district
work toward inclusive learning

For every student to be successful, as expressed in the districts mission, a coordinated
system of behavior instruction
and supports throughout the
pre-kindergarten grade 12
experience is necessary, the policys introduction states.
The principles include offering staff professional development on the four positive practices being utilized, eliminating
predictable patterns by race,
gender and other factors in discipline data, seeking input from
families and the community and
giving students instruction on
social, emotional and behavioral
There was no vote on the policy Monday because it was a first
reading, but the board is expected to vote Dec. 19, and by all
indications Monday, it will pass
This is the first time I was
moved by a memo, board member Russell King said with a

laugh. If I was going to start a

new religion, I would start with
these seven commandments.
Even Tom Duerst, who said he
was initially skeptical when he
heard the title of the policy, said
he was quite happy when he
actually read it.
I thought, Boy oh boy, here
comes another bubble wrap policy, he said. But its not. Some
responsibility is placed on students, placed on teachers.
Board member Renee Zook
told the board the policy was
necessary because the district
does not have anything addressing the supports, desires, work
being done on these issues.
Its still going to heavily drive
the BEST team, she said. The
BEST team is not going away
because were implementing the
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B u t t o r e n o va t e t h e
K - Wi n g i n c l u d i n g
HVAC upgrades and
add air conditioning to other schools, it would add 15
cents per $1,000 of property value to the tax rate cost
of the referendum, up to 38
The benefits of using the
K-Wing include adding
capacity for Badger Ridge
Middle School to grow and
likely delaying the need for
a new elementary school in
the future as VAIS would
no longer take up space at
SP, giving it more room,
especially after redistricting.
Following the new plans
direction after having told
community members that
renovation costs made the
K-Wing unusable poses
some risks.
We just put a survey out
asking the communitys
feedback, said board member Meredith Stier-Christensen. Thats a little frustrating this is the first
time were hearing of it and
making decisions.
To s u p p o r t t h e p l a n ,
board members would have
to hope the public did not
have the same reaction to

a different figure than they

saw on the survey.
(Survey designer) Bill
(Foster) says you cant
m a ke a ny a s s u m p t i o n s
about anything you havent
tested, board president
Dennis Beres said.
The discussion of details
of the new option left little
time to discuss the boards
feelings about potential
add-ons: a pool, auditorium
and outdoor athletic competition fields.
Those who did, though,
had competing views.
I view the pool as the
No. 1 option, athletic fields
closely behind and personally for me, the auditorium
is a distant third, said Tom
Duerst, acknowledging that
was kind of opposite the
public, based on the survey.
But Noah Roberts who
graduated from Verona
Area High School in 2015
said he couldnt picture
the school without any of
the three.
The survey results and
recent discussions at the
city level also left board
members wondering if they
should wait to pursue a new
pool until theyve explored
potential partnerships to

help fund the cost, or at

least better understand what
the city is planning.
At best it would have to
be a separate question, and
I dont even know if thats
the right thing to do when
we have such uncertainty
over that part, Beres said.
(Its a good idea) giving
that breathing space to let
some of those uncertainties
come together.
By the end of the discussion, board members
seemed just as far from
a decision as they were
before the two-hour meeting started. That leaves
Dec. 19, Jan. 9 and Jan.
16 as potential meetings to
narrow it down and create
a referendum question or
You optimistically said
something about making
a decision tonight, and I
dont think anybodys ready
for that, Beres said to the
consultants on hand, with
a slight laugh, halfway
through the two-hour conversation.

Seven principles
The behavior philosophy statement includes the following seven
principles for the district to follow:
Use behavioral framework to aid in consistency in efforts to respond to range of student needs
Use VASD Equity Framework to eliminate predictable patterns
in discipline data by gender, race, disability status or any other factor
Cultivate positive school climate
Instruct students on social, emotional and behavioral skills, including setting clear and consistent expectations
Promote learning from challenges and conflicts through positive
Provide staff development on Positive Behavior Interventions and
Supports, the Nurtured Heart Approach, Restorative Practices and
Non-Violent Crisis Intervention
Get input from families and the community on the framework and

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The board also supported creating a lower capacity at the

current Badger Ridge Middle School building for future
elementary school students by limiting room use to those
with windows.
The Badger Ridge Elementary School, which is its
working name for now, would have a capacity of 844 students if all rooms were used, but that drops to 723 using
only classrooms with windows, which the consultants said
was better for elementary students.
Board members indicated support for that lower capacity.

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Verona History

50 years ago
A third high school referendum was held Sept. 15,
and this time it was finally
approved at $1.25 million,
just five months after being
defeated at $1.5 million.
However, the vote for a
community swimming pool
did not fare as well, falling
short by 41 votes.
Two weeks before the
referendum vote, a high
school storage room was
converted into a temporary
classroom for student use.
The classroom would be
used for the major work
program, (an initiative
challenging top students
with an accelerated study
program) and in-service
The newly widened U.S.
Hwy. 18-151 now known
as Verona Avenue was
made available to the public
on the same day as Veronas
annual Crazy Days festival. The road had been widened by nine feet.
A fire broke out after a
squirrel crawling on some
power lines was electrocuted and fell to the ground.
The fire was quickly put out
by the Verona Fire Department.
Matthew Barton

40 years ago
A county committee
began discussing whether to
shut down the Dane County
Home and Hospital.
It continues operations
today, even though a similar
study was completed in the
early 2000s.
T h e Vi l l a g e B o a r d
approved expanding the
size of the board the following spring to eight people,
creating wards and electing
two people from each.
The system would

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seamlessly translate when

the village became a city
two years later.
T h e v i l l a g e m ove d
its polling place from the
library to Village Hall,
which at the time was located at the Carnes Co.
After a girl was nearly
shot by a hunter at Goose
Lake, area residents asked
the town to consider banning firearms there. More
than 50 people signed a
There are just too many
children and homes in that
area, one resident said.
An auditor complained
about several bookkeeping
practices within the village
The village began
requiring that all new developments provide land for
park development 750
square feet per single-family home and 425 square feet
per multifamily unit.
The village sent out
questionnaires for its Long
Range Planning committee.
Because of confusing
numbering, part of East
View Road was renamed
East View Court.
The school board hired
its first full-time learning-disabilities teacher.
Administrators identified
about six to 10 students in
need of the assistance in the
high school.
The school districts
enrollment increased to

30 years ago

is) caused terrible fumes

and smells.
Bank of Verona president John Schunk was
named chair of the United
Way of Dane County fundraising campaign.
A story in the Press
warned people of a new
drug hitting the streets,
crack. Crack houses, it
said, are popping up in
suburbia like fast-food franchises.

20 years ago
The city held an electronic town hall meeting
using its cable access channel. More than 100 phone
calls from citizens included concerns about needing
a new senior center, turning lanes at the stoplights,
smells, curfews and making the downtown more
The town hall also
included an introduction
to new administrator Larry
Saeger, people speaking in
favor of the proposed outdoor swimming pool.
Verona and area groups
prepared to see water levels
in the Badger Mill Creek
rise significantly with the
return of treated effluent
by the Madison Metropolitan Sewerage District.
The state held hearings
and tours to discuss the
effect of the plan, which
state officials said would
help the dying creeks trout
The historic Matts
House became House of
Flowers, after an extensive
remodeling effort.
The city purchased the
property on the corner of
Verona Avenue and Main
Street last year and resold
part of it this year for a
rehabilitation project.
The Verona football
team won its first game in
two years, beating Monona
Grove 20-14.
Oregon resident Judy
Patenaude emerged from
a field of five Democrats
vying to unseat Rick Skindrud from his 79th Assembly District post. Among
the field was Veronas Bob
Among the new teachers in the school district
were Todd Brunner, now
Sugar Creeks principal,
Andrew Larson, now a
teacher at Verona Area
High School, and Alan
Buss, the high school boys
basketball coach.
A tug-of-war team from
Mount Vernon represented the United States at the
world championships in
the Netherlands.

The school districts

Citizen Advisory Board
proposed adding a new
elementary school. It recommended placing it away
from high-speed, high-traffic areas and in an urban
area with easy access to
shared facilities.
The school board later
narrowed the site possibilities to Eastview Heights
and Cross Country in Verona and Jamestown in Fitchburg, with the Seminole
Forest and Wildwood South
areas of Fitchburg reserved
for a possible future site.
However, months later, it
changed to the latter choice
and the next school would
become Savanna Oaks Elementary School, which
would later be replaced by
Stoner Prairie Elementary
The state approved the
expansion of U.S. Hwy.
18-151 between Verona
and Mount Horeb from two
lanes to four. The project
was scheduled to take place
in 1992-93, a couple years
before the bypass project.
Four residents of Paoli
Street complained that the
refueling of buses at the bus 10 years ago
barn (near where the cur State Bank of Cross
rent Verona Senior Center Plains decided to purchase

the Bank of Verona, which

had been operating here for
more than 100 years.
It abandoned plans for
building a branch on West
Verona Avenue, where the
Grandview Motel had been
T h e c i t y a n d t ow n
began assembling study
groups to determine potential rules and concerns if
the city and town were to
Those groups produced
recommendations over the
ensuing year, leading up to
an ultimately unsuccessful
consolidation referendum.
The city decided to put
plans for its new police station on a fast track, with
a recommendation by the
end of the year.
The police station combined with the administration wing to form Verona
City Center, which opened
in 2008.
T h e Ve r o n a A r e a
School District and superintendent Dean Gorrell
agreed on a new multiyear
contract and a 5 percent
pay raise, barely a year
after he started.
The deal extended his
contract through 2008-09.
He remains the superintendent.
Sugar River United
Methodist Church agreed
to lease the old library
building, which had previously been targeted for
The building also hosted
the Verona Food Pantry in
the basement. Sugar River
has since moved to a bigger building.
The Schools of Hope
program began using volunteers to help students
with reading difficulties at
Verona schools.
That program started as
a United Way venture, with
the help of AmeriCorps,
but ultimately became part
of the districts operations.
The school district
began a series of open
focus groups to strategically plan new trends and
how the district should
Dennis Midthun and
Janis Faga introduced
the first plans for what
is now the centerpiece of
the North Neighborhood,
at the corner of County
Hwys. PD and M. It has yet
to be developed.
The Once Upon A Time
day care center opened on
Veronas burgeoning southeast side and immediately
was filled to capacity.
T h e c i t y a n d t ow n
began using new handicapped-accessible voting
machines as part of the
Help America Vote Act.
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$775-$825/mo. 608-831-4035.


370 Trucks


Craftsman Router and Router table w/
vacuum and Router blades $250.
10" table saw. Cast Iron table
Craftsman brand w/vacuum and extra
blades in wall mountable storage
container. $250.
Delta 10" compound adjustable table
miter saw w/electric quick brake
(#36220 Type III) $155.
Craftsman Soldering Gun (w/case)
Power Fast Brad (Nail) Gun-1" $30.
S-K Socket Set 1/4 SAE. 3/8" both
Sae & Metric (speed wrench, breaker
bar & ratchet included) $25 (in case)
Bench grinder on cast iron stand $70
Dowel set-up kit $35
Call John 608-845-1552


The Verona Press


2013 KAWASAKI Ninja 300. 14K+miles.

Custom paint job on rims. Full Yoshirmura
exhaust. Pirelli Diablo Rossi II tires. Puig
racing windscreen. Red shorty levers.
Carbon Fiber panels & tank protector.
Fender eliminator. HID headlights. LED
integrated turn signal taillight. Single bar
end mirror. Frame sliders, Great beginner bike, super fun. looks and sounds
good. Most unique 300 you'll see. $3700
OBO. 608-212-6429


350 Motorcycles

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Think HOMETOWN First This Holiday Season
Your Hometown Hardware Store

day bouquet

gift wrapped

sparkling star

you can

send a hug
christmas cardinal


We have what you need

to get ready for Winter
and the Holidays!
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Coverage where and when you need it

4G LTE High Speed Network
Award winning customer service
Cutting edge devices
Best trained and knowledgeable
Committed to serving the Verona
community since 1998.

Battle The Winter: Ice Melt, Snow Shovels,

Ice Scrapers, De-icers, Windshield Wash & More!
Great Gift Ideas: Craftsman and DeWalt Tools,
Firepits, Patio Heaters, Crock Pots,
Buffet Servers & More!

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Family Owned for 45 Years

Turn your To-Do list into a To-Done list!


415 E. Verona Ave., Verona

(608) 848-6511


119 W. Verona Ave.

611 Hometown Circle, 608-848-7600

30 or more!


Dine In ~ Carry Out ~ Delivery

Not Just a Pharmacy

Oil Changes

Kids Night

Engine Repairs
A/C Inspections

Avenue Auto is a Full Line

Auto Repair Service Center

Shop our excellent selection of gifts

while we fill your prescription

Every Tuesday

Kids Eat for FREE!

Valid at Verona location only. Age 10 and under.

One kid per paying adult.


100 Keenan Court, Verona

Hours: Sun.-Thurs. 11 am-9 pm; Fri.-Sat. 11 am-10 pm
Buffet ends 1 hour before store closes.

503 W. Verona Ave.
Verona, WI 53593



Mon-Fri 7:00-5:30,
Closed Saturday and Sunday

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Valid at Verona location only.

Limit 2. Some restrictions apply.
Not valid with other offers.
Expires 12/31/16
Code: LSM2762

Give Yourself the Gift of

Beautiful Flooring

Book your 2017

European River Cruise NOW!

M-F 9am-6pm
Sat 9am-1pm

Crabtree & Evelyn

Milkhouse Creamery
Willow Tree and More
(HSA cards accepted)

Adult Buffet



202 S. Main Street, Verona 848-8020

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(608) 845-6478


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(608) 845-6403


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