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Hometown Care, Without the Wait!

Rising to the
Teamwork propels
Phoenix into
robotic regionals
Samantha Christian
Unified Newspaper Group

Photo by Anthony Iozzo

The Verona Area High School girls basketball team celebrates after winning the WIAA Division 1 state title in a 52-46 win over Mukwonago
Saturday at the Resch Center in Green Bay. The championship was the first in school history. On Friday, the Wildcats set two state records
shooting percentage (77.1) and assists (21) in a game en route to a 69-41 win over Appleton North in the semifinal.

They are the Champions

Wildcats defeat Mukwonago for first state title in school history

Anthony Iozzo


Assistant sports editor

The celebration started with a few

seconds left during Saturdays WIAA
Division 1 state final against Mukwonago.
The Verona Area High School girls
basketball bench smiled, jumped,
laughed, hugged and held one anothers
hands, knowing it was only a matter of
time before they could storm the court
to celebrate.
The red on the scoreboard lit up to
finalize the Wildcats 52-46 win over
the Indians and place the 2015-16 Verona team in the school record books as



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the first team to win a state championship. And the celebration that followed
ended up all the way back at VAHS
with a fire truck-led drive through Verona at 1:35 a.m.
I am kind of in shock, not that we
won, but the overall feeling of winning a state championship, head coach

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For Phoenix 10686,
the bridge between playing and learning is a different ball game: Its
Phoenix is a community-based team that
competes in the FIRST
(For Inspiration and
Recognition of Science
and Technology) national robotics program. Its
members include six

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City of Verona

Council weighs two

Matts house plans
Jim Ferolie
Verona Press editor

It took one concerned citizen and several other

determined members of the Verona Area Historical Society last year to persuade alders not to let the
historic Matts house get demolished.
But that group is no longer attempting to take on
the extensive restoration project of the 160-year-old
building at the citys most prominent corner. And
the two parties who might are looking at it for commercial potential.
On Monday, alders plan to discuss the two proposals submitted in response to its solicitation earlier this year.

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With national attention on lead

contamination, Verona residents
can take some comfort in a water
system that tests well within safe
Were obligated to provide
safe and potable water, and I

think our council and our mayor

would agree with that, Ron Rieder, Veronas director of public
works, told the Press. We take a
great deal of pride in the quality of
water we provide to our customers.
At its highest, Verona tests at
less than 4 micrograms per liter,
roughly 25 percent of the level
needed to trigger action by the
Investigation by the Wisconsin Center for Investigative

Journalism earlier this year

revealed that thousands of households across the state have lead
levels higher than federal guidelines.
The World Health Organization
notes there is no known level of
lead exposure that is considered
safe. Lead is highly toxic and can
cause lifelong effects, particularly
to children, due to developmental
delays and learning difficulties,
according information on to the
Mayo Clinics website.

In 2012 the CDC cut in half the

standard amount at which a childs
blood lead level requires reporting
and possible intervention from 10
micrograms per deciliter to 5.
Rieder said the relative newness of Veronas development has
helped it avoid the many issues
that cause lead contamination,
such as older pipes. Its oldest well,
he said, was drilled in 1932. Cities such as Madison not only have

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The weekend also included a 69-41
win over Appleton North in the state
semifinals, which featured two state
records for the Wildcats best shooting
percentage in a game (77.1) and most
assists in a game (21).
Together, the two wins ended the
high school careers of seven seniors as
champions and also allowed Verona to
win a title for the community, especially
for the late Ebony Nettles-Bey, whom
the girls dedicated the gold ball to.

Generation Z tends to
pick up a video game
controller or tablet more
than a glove and bat, but
local techies are showing that camaraderie is
still the basis of Americas changing pastimes.
As many schools are
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Jen Brady cant help herself when the sun sinks, fog
hovers or lightning cracks in
the sky.
Shell bolt out the door,
camera in hand, to chase the
beauty before the moment
passes often at Badger Prairie Park or the Ice Age Trail.
Her husband, Paul, and kids
Jack, 10, and Emma, 7, know
the drill by now.
Brady recounted soaking in
one of these fleeting scenes
when she dropped her kids off
at Core Knowledge Charter
School this fall.
On the way home, the sun
was breaking so beautifully,
she said. I ran in the door,
practically knocking (Paul)
over and Im like, I gotta
grab my camera, Im just
gonna be gone like 20 minutes.
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Verona native captures the
serenity within Wisconsins
changing landscapes. When
she has time to reflect, Brady
pairs her photographs with
poems she writes about various themes often revolving
around hope and love.
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book, To Write of Hope.
The collection includes 40
poems overlaid on square
photographs, each labeled
with the place where she took
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debut with a book release
event at Tuvalu on March 25.
Her friend, Hannah Busse,
will be singing one of the
poems to music at the coffeehouse, where Gavin Jones
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Inspired to write
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Verona native Jen Brady recently published To Write of Hope, a

selection of poems and corresponding nature photographs. The
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much about formal poetry.
But sometimes all a person needs is a little push to
jog the memory or revive a
passion. For Brady, that happened five years ago when a
new acquaintance sent her an
invitation to a monthly writing group.
It cracked me open, she
said. For years, I had been
buried in work and young
family life and I had forgotten how necessary writing was
for me. This beautiful group of
women unearthed long-buried
words, and they have been
pouring out of me ever since.
Cards with writing prompts
would be scattered on the
table of the coffee shop, and
the group members would
pick what inspired them to
write on the spot. Ever since
Brady has picked up photography, her photos often
become her prompts.
When Im scrolling
through my photos I feel
like the whole experience
sometimes comes back to me
later and Ill write something,
too, but often I write on the
fly, she said.
Instagram became an
organic platform for her
poems, which often start as
photo captions.
Im not intentionally following any poetry rules or
rhyming, she said.
She has more than 500

followers of @jenbradypoet,
and she blogs at jenbradypoet.

Love of the outdoors

Brady recently transitioned
from running an in-home daycare to going back to school at
Madison College for a respiratory therapy program, so finding the time to write and take
photos can be difficult. The
days she used to take off work
for photo trips are now spent at
class or studying.
But nothing is more of a
stress-reliever for Brady than
being outside in nature. She
said its essential.
On her commute to college,
she often gets an early start
so she can park by the lake
for a few minutes to drink her
coffee and watch the sunrise.
Bringing her camera along to
capture the moments is an
additional fun motivation,
she said.
Being outside also reminds
her of cherished times growing up with her father, especially when they would slip
on their galoshes and hike in
summer rainstorms.
Youd see a lot of wildlife
and you wouldnt run into
anybody else, really, she
said. Youd have the place to
Even to this day, her dad
will call her up to make sure
shes catching a beautiful
Brady is sure to pass her
love of nature on to the next
generation as well by taking
her family sunset chasing.
You cannot spend time in
nature and not be confronted
by hope, Brady wrote in an
email to the Press. The circle
of time, the purpose in the
rhythms of the seasons, you
see how they always bring us
back to spring and a chance to
begin again.

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Verona Area School District

Verona Press editor

Ald. Dale Yurs (Dist. 2)

has attended his last Common
Council meeting with the city.
Yurs, one of four alders who
swept into office in an unprecedented progressive-themed
upset of incumbents in 2013,
will be moving out of the city,
city administrator Bill Burns
reported to the council Monday. He offered his resignation
earlier in the day.
The council did not determine how it will fill the seat,
as it had not been posted on
the agenda. It can address
the issue at its next meeting,
March 28. State statute allows

and the frustrated resignation

was from an alder who was
unhappy with the new political
The change compounded
that problem by opening the
door for the four new alders
whom some remaining incumbents had accused of being
too assertive too quickly and
acting as a caucus to take a
majority position and override the unanimous will of that
interview committee.
The resulting selection
of Mike Bare created some
resentments, when, rather than
accept a Plan Commission seat
the mayor hoped to offer by
promoting commissioner Pat
Lytle, Bare spoke with each of
the four new alders privately
and secured their votes. He
was defeated the following
spring by Evan Touchett.

City notes
North Neighborhood
property negotiations
Less than a month after
getting the go-ahead from
the state to expand north, the
city has begun working on an
agreement to bring property
in that area from the Town of
Verona into the city limits.
Monday the Public Works
committee and Common
Council each met in closed
sessions to discuss a preannexation agreement with
Dennis Midthun, who owns
200 acres of the roughly 300
now available for the city to
expand into.
No vote was taken out of or
after either session, but city
administrator Bill Burns told
the Press alders gave direction for staff to negotiate several items that will need to be
covered in the deal, including
right-of-way and stormwater
The right-of-way will be
needed along County Hwys.
M and PD, both for the
upcoming intersection expansion and future development
along both roads. The stormwater issues are extraordinarily complex because of
the presence of kettle ponds,
the fact that the entire area is
a closed basin and how the
likely drainage area would be
the flood-sensitive dry tributary of the Badger Mill Creek.
Some of those could
involve direct costs to the
city, as well as assessments
for other landowners in the
area, whenever they decide to
annex and develop. But Burns
said there is no discussion of
using tax-increment financing
to encourage development.

Hometown Circle
permit approved
The council approved
a permit to build the final
Hometown Circle property
in front of Farm and Fleet.
The council voted 5-1 on

the permit, which allows a

drive-through lane on one
side of the multitenant building, essentially a small strip
mall. It does not by itself
allow a specific use, such as a
The Plan Commission had
already approved the site
plan, including a monument
sign that had been forbidden
under the original agreement
with Blains Supply (the parent company of Farm and
Fleet) in 2007.
Ald. Brad Stiner (Dist.
3) voted against, telling the
Press the city made an error
in allowing other properties
along that strip of four outlots
to build their own monument
signs. Dairy Queen opened
the floodgates for that decision three years ago by pleading to include a sign because
corporate rules required it.

Redeemer Bible gets

The council approved a
two-year extension of its deal
with Redeemer Bible Fellowship to rent out the former
library on Franklin Street, for
$4,900 per month.
The agreement adds
another two years. Redeemer
moved in to the building in
fall 2014, after Sugar River
United Methodist Church
moved into the former Wildcat Lanes building on West
Verona Avenue after eight
years there.

and a one-time contribution

of $2,500, which can come
from tourism funds from
hotel taxes.
Hometown Days counts for
one annual event, and the city
and chamber of commerce
will work together to determine others.

Street rehab costs less

than expected
The city will pay $633,675
to Raymond P. Cattell Inc. for
the 2016 street rehabilitation.
According to last months
engineers report, that number
is 11 percent below the citys

Livesey released from

The city authorized the
release of two separate taxincrement financing agreements with Livesey Co.,
under the alias Anorev LLC,
in order to simplify the sale of
future lots.
The previous development
benchmarks for the Verona
Technology Park, set in 2004
and 2008, have been met, and
all those that remain are covered by the citys 2013 agreement that dealt with the Wisconsin Brewing Company
The city added 113 acres
to its developable area next to
the park last month.

Student threatened
to hurt self
Scott Girard
Unified Newspaper Group

A Verona Area School

District official had to talk
a student off of the roof at
Verona Area High School
on Friday afternoon.
The incident, during
which no other students
were in danger, the district
said, led a very minimal
delay in buses for middle
and high school students,
VASD public information
officer Kelly Kloepping
VASD security coordinator Todd Endl told the
Press Tuesday that he was
the only one on the roof
with the student, who was
threatening self-harm. Endl
said his 30 years of law
enforcement experience
helped him remain calm
in the situation.
It was scary, but Ive
been there before, Endl
The former Dane
County Sheriffs Deputy
said that he and the student talked about sports,
music and life in general
during the 15 to 20 minutes on the roof, which
included the process of

The situation involved

successful teamwork, Endl
added, but said theyre
always looking to find ways
to improve in response to
incidents. Staff directly
involved in the incident
will have a debrief soon to
discuss what happened and
share anything they think
can be improved, he said.
Endl and Kloepping also
mentioned a new app currently in development that
will help staff understand
the policies and protocols
for different situations.
Much of that information is
currently in paper format,
and can be challenging to
communicate to substitutes
especially, Kloepping said.
Both were glad the student in this situation made it
off the roof.
When something like
this happens, its all about
safety, she said.

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leaving the roof with the

You name it, we talked about everything, he
recalled. You really dont
know (the student is safe)
until you get on the ground.
VAHS was put on a
Level 2 Classroom Hold,
which restricts movement
inside the school during an
incident and is announced
over the PA system, from
just before 3:30 p.m. until
3:51 p.m. when students
were released.
At no time were any
other students in danger or
threatened, a VASD news
release said.
Endl said after an investigation, the district determined the student jumped
on top of a neighboring shed
and then onto the roof. That
shed was moved Monday
morning around 10 a.m., he


Jim Ferolie

council to make the appointment or call for a special election to fill the seat, which runs
until April 2017.
In previous years, the council has often held interviews
for the position and chosen
based on the recommendation of an interview committee, consisting of the mayor,
the council president and the
other alder from the district. In
this case, those alders would
be Jack Linder and Elizabeth
Doyle. Burns reported that
Mayor Jon Hochkammer was
comfortable repeating this
approach if alders are happy
with it.
However, that didnt go so
well the last time it was necessary.
That was three years ago,
shortly after Yurs and the other
three challengers were elected,

Roof incident leads to bus delay Friday


Council loses one member

Ald. Yurs resigns, is
moving away


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With brain injuries, the

damage is on the inside

arch is Brain Injury

Awareness Month, and
in a country where every
cause and condition seems to have
a week, month, run/walk or fundraising challenge associated
with it, please
let me explain
in one sentence
why Brain
Injury Awareness Month
deserves your
It could happen to you in
the next five minutes.
I dont share this fact to scare
people. I bring it up because it may
be the most startling thing Ive
come to recognize since leaving
the Verona Area Chamber of Commerce to become executive director of the Brain Injury Alliance of
Even though brain injury has
directly touched my family (my
oldest son is a childhood brain
cancer survivor and is classified as
having an acquired brain injury)
the number, frequency and randomness of brain injuries in Wisconsin still caught me by surprise.
It is estimated that between
6,000 and 8,000 Wisconsinites
will suffer a brain injury this year,
and one of them could be you or
anyone you know. The leading
causes of brain injuries are falls,
auto accidents and unintended collisions with stationary objects, and
the common denominator among
these causes is bad luck.
Simply by being in the wrong
place at the wrong time or being
momentarily distracted, you could
experience a traumatic brain injury
(TBI). It may be a mild concussion
or something far worse.
Since joining the Brain Injury
Alliance of Wisconsin, I have met

people who were seriously injured

by tumbling down stairs, falling
off ladders, slipping in the shower,
being bowled over by large dogs
and being hit by drunk drivers.
Taking precautions, like wearing a
bike helmet or buckling your seatbelt, may not protect you.
Though it should have been
obvious, another eye-opener for
me is that brain injury does not
Over the past four months I have
met children, young parents and
seniors who have been injured in
their own homes. I know of both a
construction worker and a college
professor who were injured while
commuting to work. I met a woman at a brain injury support group
who, at the time of her injury, had
a $500,000 per year job.
Let me share some real-life
examples with you about what can
happen if you experience a brain
While no two brain injuries
are exactly alike, imagine a scenario where, in an instant, you are
upright and walking, but can no
longer do your job, drive a car or
read a newspaper. Imagine how
frustrated you would become if
suddenly, and without warning,
you had difficulty following a
recipe, struggled to ride a bicycle
or became overwhelmed by loud
noises or bright lights.
For the estimated 50,000 people
in Wisconsin living with brain
injury, this is what life can be like.
These people might also be dealing with headaches, memory loss,
impulse control issues, uncontrollable anger and depression. These
effects can devastate families,
friendships and careers.
In recognition of Brain Injury
Awareness Month, the BIAW
would like to share these five facts
about brain injury and the people
who live with brain injuries:

The effects of a brain injury

may last a few days or a lifetime.
Even a mild bump on the head can
have permanent consequences.
Brain injury is a unique condition and should not be lumped in
with other diseases and disabilities.
Brain injury survivors may
have no external signs of the incident that led to their injury. The
damage is on the inside.
TBI affects not only the injured
person but their loved ones, social
contacts and employers. People
with TBI may not realize their
injury is affecting their personality,
relationships or job performance.
With treatment, many people
with TBI can improve brain function and reclaim portions of their
lives affected by the injury. They
may require special accommodations during and after recovery.
Finally, let me share one more
thing I have learned on the job. Far
too many people with brain injuries ignore them until it is too late.
They say things like I just got
my bell rung, but Ill be all right
in the morning. Maybe you know
of someone in your own life who
just hasnt been the same since a
minor fender-bender, a fall from
the monkey bars or another type of
common mishap.
Maybe its a brain injury. It can
happen to anyone.
If you experience any bump on
the head and dont feel right afterwards, dont try to tough it out.
Even if the injury was weeks ago,
see a doctor immediately. Your
brain is the most important organ
in your body, and you need to keep
it working as best as you can.
Karl Curtis is the executive
director of the Brain Injury Alliance of Wisconsin. For more information on the BIAW and brain
injury, visit BIAW.org.

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March 17, 2016

Road trip!
The Verona Area Historical Societys March meeting
will be a bit unusual, as it
will include a tour of Epics
farm complex. The group
will meet as usual at 10 a.m.
at the senior center, and later
caravan out to the site.
At the meeting, Sondy
Pope will display her arrowheads and present the history
behind her large collection.
At last months meeting,
Jesse Charles presented an
update on the Matts House
after speaking with two representatives from the Wisconsin Historical Society.
Charles said they offered no
encouragement for plans to
make the house into a museum, and recommended that
VAHS not seek control or
management of the house.
While this is contrary to
our previous months of planning, Jesse stated their arguments had validity, wrote
VAHS president Ruth Jensen in an email to the Press.
Because our initial plan
was to save the house from
destruction, Jesse felt we
succeeded on that portion of
our efforts.
Instead of turning the
house into a museum of
sorts, Charles said a proposal
by Troy Ross to renovate the
building instead for office
space was an acceptable
alternative for the building
and felt that we should back
Troys proposal, Jensen
wrote. A motion to support saving the Matts House
through Rosss efforts was

Spencers two-minute
introduction included Verona
scenes he filmed when he
was 8, as well as recent film
shot with his camera taped to
his car window as he drove
around his ever-growing city.
The four people he chose
to interview represent different time periods and perspectives. John Scharer, an
involved resident since the
1930s and son of the Eagles
Nest owners, provided a
look at Verona from the that
time forward; Ken Behnke,
a native son, civic-minded
resident and postal employee
from high school on, shed
light on various aspects of
Veronas growth; Karl Curtis, who served as Verona
Press editor and Chamber of
Commerce employee (what
began as a reporting assignment for the Press eventually became a small book
of the history of the city for
its quasquicentennial celebration in 1972); and lastly,
Jacque Pedretti, a Verona
teacher, emphasized what
sports have meant to the
school and community.

News and notes

The Madison Speed

Skating Club will host
the 2015-16 National
Short Track Championships March 18-20 at the
Verona Ice Arena.
The club will host ageclass skaters from all over
the United States age 10
(Pony Division) through
80+ years (Grand Master
Division). Any skater
File photo by Samantha Christian
trying to make the next
Olympic team must
skate at this meet.
A raffle will be held
during the meet to help
club raise vital funds
What: National Short
for the cost of ice time,
Track Championships
food for skates, lunch
When: March 18-20
for officials and rental
Where: Verona Ice Arena,
and transportation of
451 E. Verona Ave.
additional safety mats
from the Pettit National
Info: veronaice.com,
teamusa.orgUSIce Center in Milwau608-709-5565
kee to Verona.
The meet is free for
spectators. Races start
each day at 8 a.m.
The Madison Speed
Skating Club, now in its
Holy week worship
79th season, is the sec7:00 pm Maundy Thursday
ond oldest speedskating
7:00 pm Good Friday
club in the United States.
Easter Sunday Worship
At least one member
7:00 am Sunrise Worship
from the club has been
8:30 am Festival Worship
on every Olympic speed10:45 am Festival Worship
skating team since 1972.
427 S. Main Street, Verona | ph. 608.845.6922
Jeremy Jones

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What: Verona Area

Historical Society March
When: 10 a.m. Saturday,
March 19
Where: Verona Senior
Center, 108 Paoli St.
Info: 845-7471

Short track
championships this
weekend in Verona


w w w. s t j a m e s v e r o n a . o r g

The society will meet the
third Wednesday of the three
5'x10' $38 Month
summer months in the eve10'x10' $60 Month
ning, though no time has yet
10'x15' $65 Month
been set.
10'x20' $80 Month
The VAHS is officially a
10'x25' $90 Month
nonprofit organization after
At Cleary Building Corp.
it provided additional paperVerona documentary
190 S. Paoli St., Verona WI
(608) 845-9700
Also last month, Verona work.
Area High School senior
Spencer Polk presented and
You can trust your
narrated a short documentary film he wrote and edittrees to our family of
ed about Verona for school
last year. Jensen said Polk
Certified Arborists.
explored Veronas history
Sign up your Ash trees for
by filming the city, interviewing long-time residents,
a 2 year treatment now.
and incorporating film and
pictures of the past from the
Tim Andrews Horticulturist LLC
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residents personal collecwww.tahort.com tahort@gmail.com


Scott De Laruelle

If you go


Historical society
takes to the road

National speedskating meet returns


Epic farm tour is March 19

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For information, email contact@
To reserve a spot for lunch, call 845- verona-fitness.com or call 848-1800.
The Town of Verona Public Works 7471 by noon on Thursday, March 17.
staff will be performing maintenance
Animal communication
of vegetation growing along various Easter egg hunt
Asia Voight, an expert animal comtown roads through the end of March.
The Eastview Heights/Military municator, will discuss how to furThis maintenance will consist of Ridge neighborhoods will hold their ther a connection with your pets from
trimming brush and may include some annual Easter egg hunt at 10 a.m. Sat- 7-8 p.m. Thursday, March 24 at the
tree cutting along Fritz, Spring Rose, urday, March 19 at Van De Grift Park library.
Sugar River, Dairy Ridge and Paulson (Blue Park) at the corner of Harvest
Voight will lead a presentation titled
roads, as well as Shady Oak Lane and Lane and Parkland Drive.
Awakening the Silent Messages of
Sunset Drive. The schedule is subject
The hunt is open to all Eastview Animal Telepathy.
to change due to weather and unfore- Heights/Military Ridge homeowners.
Imagine knowing what your aniseen conditions.
mal companions are saying. You may
For information, call 848-3813.
For more information, call the town
bring photos of your animal companoffice at 845-7187.
Zero to 5K informational
ions for a chance at a free reading, but
animals should not accompany you to
Birthday, anniversary party
the discussion.
Verona Fitness Studio, 102 N.
Celebrate the months birthdays and
For information, call 845-7180.
anniversaries at the senior centers Franklin St., will hold a free informamonthly party at 11:45 a.m. Friday, tional meeting from 7-7:30 p.m. Mon- Open gaming
day, March 21 to discuss their upcomMarch 18.
Kids grades 1-6 can participate in
Lunch will be served at 11:45 a.m. ing Zero to 5K program.
video gaming at 1 p.m. Friday,
The program begins March 29 and
while entertainment provided by the
25 at the library.
Smilin St. Pattys Party with John runs through June 5. The goal race is
your own device and play
the Verona Hometown Days 5K. The
Duggleby begins at 12:30 p.m.
games. The library will
John Duggleby made his perform- 10-week training program will meet have a limited number of laptops set
ing debut at age 5 and over the years two times per week and includes a up with Minecraft and a video game
has played in folk, 60s rock, Cajun, training plan and seminars on all console connected to the big screen.
bluegrass and world music ensembles. things related to running and walking. All experience levels, interests and
He currently plays one-man shows The cost for the 10-week training pro- devices are welcome to attend.
for listeners of all ages, playing both gram is $100.
For information, call 845-7180.


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

Tree and brush clearing

Community calendar
Kitchen free community meal,
BPNN, bpnn.org

Friday, March 18

National Short Track

Speedskating Championships,
Verona Ice Arena

National Short Track

Speedskating Championships,
Verona Ice Arena
9:15 a.m., Sensory Friendly Story
Time (ages 3-5), library, 845-7180
11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., Birthday
and anniversary party, senior center, 845-7471
7 p.m., Soggy Prairie Boys,

Saturday, March 19

National Short Track

Speedskating Championships,
Verona Ice Arena
9:30 a.m., Grow into Spanish
(ages 8 and under), library, 8457180
10 a.m., Eastview Heights/Military
Ridge annual Easter egg hunt, Van
De Grift Park (Blue Park), 848-3813
11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m., Prairie

Sunday, March 20

Monday, March 21

6 p.m., Committee of the Whole

and CDA joint meeting on Matts
house bids, City Center, 845-6495
7-7:30 p.m., Zero to 5K informational meeting, Verona Fitness
Studio, 102 N. Franklin St., 8481800

Wednesday, March 23

6:30-8:30 p.m., Microsoft Word

2010 Basics II, library, 845-7180

Thursday, March 24

10:30 a.m., Child Development

Story Time (all ages), library, 8457180
10:30 a.m., St. James Preschool
visit, senior center, 845-7471
4-5:30 p.m., Anime Club (grades
6-12), library, 845-7180

7-8 p.m., Awakening the Silent

Messages of Animal Telepathy
presentation, library, 845-7180

Friday, March 25

1 p.m., Movie Matinees:

Woodlawn (PG, 125 minutes),
senior center, 845-7471
1 p.m., Open video gaming,
(grades 1-6), library, 845-7180
7-9 p.m., Jen Brady, Hannah
Busse and Gavin Jones, Tuvalu

Saturday, March 26

No Prairie Kitchen free community

meal; returns April 2, BPNN, bpnn.
9 a.m. to noon, USRWA volunteer
work day, Sugar River Wetlands
State Natural Area, usrwa.org/
10 a.m., Dungeons and Dragons
(grades 3-6; registration required),
library, 845-7180
7 p.m., Girls Rock Camp Madison
fundraiser with Gin Chocolate and
Bottle Rockets and guests (donations accepted), Tuvalu

Whats on VHAT-98
Thursday, March 17
7 a.m. How to Stay Young
at Senior Center
8 a.m.Zumba Gold
9 a.m. Daily Exercise
10 a.m. Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
3 p.m. Daily Exercise
4 p.m. 4 Seasons Theater
at Senior Center
5 p.m. Do Not Resuscitate
at Senior Center
6 p.m. Salem Church Service
7 p.m. Rhapsody Arts at
Senior Center
8 p.m. Daily Exercise
9 p.m. Self Defense at
Senior Center
10 p.m. Verona History at
Historical Society
Friday, March 18
7 a.m. 4 Seasons Theater
at Senior Center
1 p.m. Cough & Cold
Remedies at Senior Center
3 p.m. Self Defence at
Senior Center
4 p.m. Do Not Resuscitate
at Senior Center
5 p.m. 2014 Wildcats
8:30 p.m. Cough & Cold
Remedies at Senior Center
10 p.m. How to Stay Young
at Senior Center
11 p.m. Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
Saturday, March 19
8 a.m. Common Council
from March 14
11 a.m. Self Defence at

Senior Center
1 p.m. 2014 Wildcats
4:30 p.m. Verona History
at Historical Society
6 p.m. Common Council
from March 14
9 p.m. Self Defence at
Senior Center
10 p.m. Verona History at
Historical Society
11 p.m. Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
Sunday, March 20
7 a.m. Hindu Cultural Hour
9 a.m. Resurrection Church
10 a.m. Salem Church
Noon Common Council
from March 14
3 p.m. Self Defence at
Senior Center
4:30 p.m. Verona History at
Historical Society
6 p.m. Common Council
from March 14
9 p.m. Self Defence at
Senior Center
10 p.m. Verona History at
Historical Society
11 p.m. Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
Monday, March 21
7 a.m. 4 Seasons Theater
at Senior Center
1 p.m. Cough & Cold
Remedies at Senior Center
3 p.m. Self Defence at
Senior Center
4 p.m. Do Not Resuscitate
at Senior Center

5 p.m. 2014 Wildcats

6 p.m. Committee of the
Whole Live
9 p.m. Hindu Cultural Hour
10 p.m. How to Stay Young
at Senior Center
11 p.m. Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
Tuesday, March 22
7 a.m. How to Stay Young
at Senior Center
10 a.m.Zumba Gold
9 a.m. Daily Exercise
10 a.m. Edvard Grieg Chorus
at Senior Center
2 p.m.Zumba Gold
3 p.m. Daily Exercise
4 p.m. 4 Seasons Theater
at Senior Center
5 p.m. Do Not Resuscitate
at Senior Center
6 p.m. Resurrection Church
8 p.m. Rhapsody Arts at
Senior Center
9 p.m. Cough & Cold
Remedies at Senior Center
10 p.m. Verona History at
Historical Society
Wednesday, March 23
7 a.m. 4 Seasons Theater
at Senior Center
1 p.m. Cough & Cold
Remedies at Senior Center
3 p.m. Self Defense at
Senior Center
5 p.m. Committee of the
Whole from 032116
7 p.m. Capital City Band
8 p.m. Self Defence at
Senior Center

10 p.m. How to Stay Young

at Senior Center
11 p.m. Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
Thursday, March 24
7 a.m. How to Stay Young
at Senior Center
8 a.m.Zumba Gold
9 a.m. Daily Exercise
10 a.m. Edvard Grieg
Chorus at Senior Center
3 p.m. Daily Exercise
4 p.m. 4 Seasons Theater
at Senior Center
5 p.m. Do Not Resuscitate
at Senior Center
6 p.m. Salem Church Service
7 p.m. Rhapsody Arts at
Senior Center
8 p.m. Daily Exercise
9 p.m. Cough & Cold
Remedies at Senior Center
10 p.m. Verona History at
Historical Society


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


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 a.m.


Verona Business Center
535 Half Mile Rd. #7, Verona
(608) 271-2811
Sunday: 9 a.m.
5705 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg
(608) 273-1008
Pastor Phil Haslanger
Sunday: 8:15 and 10 a.m. Worship
Sunday School: 10:15 a.m.


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., staffed
nursery available
Fellowship Hour: 11:30 a.m.


(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.

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


The Verona Senior Center
108 Paoli St., Verona
(608) 819-6451
Pastor Justin Burge
Sunday: 10 a.m.
201 S. Main St., Verona
(608) 845-7125
Lead Pastor Jeremy Scott
Sunday: 10:15 a.m.
130 N. Franklin St., Verona
Pastor Dwight R. Wise
Sunday: 10 a.m. family worship
6705 Wesner Rd., Verona
(608) 848-4965
Pastor Nathan Strutz and Assistant
Pastor Eric Melso
Thursday: 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m.

415 W. Verona Ave., Verona
(608) 845-5855
sugar.river@sugarriverumc.org, sugarriverumc.org
Palm Sunday Services: 9 a.m. and
10:30 a.m.
Maundy Thursday Upper Room Service: 6:30 p.m.
Good Friday Tenebrae Service: 6:30
Easter Sunday Services: 9 a.m. and
10:30 a.m.
2920 Hwy. M, Verona
Sunday Praise and Worship: 9:15 a.m.
Nursery provided in morning.
Sunday school (all ages): 10:45 a.m.
Small group Bible study: 6 p.m.
Hwy. 92 & G, Mount Vernon
(608) 832-6677
Pastor Brad Brookins
Sunday: 10:15 a.m.


St. Andrew Church
301 N. Main St., Verona
St. William Church
1371 Hwy. PB, Paoli


Hwy. 69 & PB, Paoli
Rev. Sara Thiessen
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. family worship

Praise God
There is something in us which wants and needs
to praise God. There are times when our spirit just
seems to overflow with joy and we simply cant help
praising God. There are many ways that this can
be done, and a variety of words which can express
Gods praise, but this seems to be a near universal
sentiment. Most of the Psalms are hymns of praise,
and throughout the Bible we are told repeatedly to
praise God, even being told the seemingly paradoxical
advice to praise and thank Him in all circumstances
(1 Thessalonians 5:18). Psalm 150 exhorts everything
which has breath to praise the Lord! And indeed, it
sometimes seems that even the animals are praising
the Lord. The animal kingdom seems to have something joyous imprinted in the very fiber of its being,
for when we are moving and breathing and fulfilling
our God-given functions there is something inherently
joyful. So let all that you do be a praising of God, and
remember that our primary purpose is to praise God.
Christopher Simon, Metro News Service
If anyone speaks, they should do so as one who
speaks the very words of God. If anyone serves, they
should do so with the strength God provides, so
that in all things God may be praised through Jesus
1 Peter 4:11 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.


Thursday, March 17

4:30-7 p.m., Corned beef dinner,

American Legion, 207 Legion St.,

(608) 845-6613
Fr. William Vernon, pastor
Saturday: 5 p.m., St. Andrew, Verona
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., St. William, Paoli
Sunday: 9 & 11 a.m., St. Andrew,
Daily Mass, Tuesday-Saturday: 8 a.m.,
St. Andrew, Verona

430 E. Verona Ave.




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Robotics: Group earned top honor at recent FIRST Tech Challenge State Championship
On the web

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Verona Area High School
students and one Middleton
High School student, who
meet to brainstorm (and
practice) at BadgerBOTS
Robotics Education Center
in Middleton.
The Phoenix earned
the top honor, the Inspire
Award, at the FIRST Tech
Challenge State Championship, held in Milwaukee
in February. The award
goes to the team that best
embodied the challenge and
is a role model for FTC.
As the winner, the Phoenix will move up to the next
tournament level, which is
the North Super-Regional,
held in Iowa this weekend,
March 17-19.

For information about FTC (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and
Technology Tech Challenge) worldwide robotics program, visit:

For information about BadgerBOTS Robotics Corporation, visit:


Verona Area School District

High school robotics class

designed for all abilities

Playing the game

Photo by Samantha Christian

Phoenix 10686 team members take a break from a robotics meeting at BadgerBOTS in Middleton.
Front row from left, Gabe Selzer, Abby Last and Kim Mackey; back row from left, Tucker Kilen, Dave
Romens, Jack Herkert and Clayton Jannusch.

In their words
Its really just a great team-building exercise, much as what you learned that season.
and Ive learned a lot.
Clayton Jannusch, VAHS junior
Tucker Kilen, VAHS junior
Hopefully there would be enough (VAHS) kids
Our main innovation this year we call Box Bot that would be interested that would be able to
We could have a fully functioning electrical compete with a robot they make during class.
system in our hands before the hardware was
Abby Last, VAHS sophomore
Gabe Selzer, VAHS junior We look for commitment over skill (and we)
consider (Phoenix members) friends over
A robot might score the most points for that teammates.
alliance, but at the end of the day its an alliance
Jack Herkert, VAHS junior
that wins the match, not a robot.
Dave Romens, VAHS senior Were advancing our community in the science, technology and engineering field, and its
Then you go to a competition where you have more than just building robots.
24 other teams (and) you learn 24 times as
Kim Mackey, MHS junior

More than robots

Phoenix has been known
to come to the aid of other
teams before matches.
It may seem counterintuitive to help your opponent
with a last-second coding
fix, but this is no ordinary
competition. While part of
the strategy is that teams
never know who they may
be on an alliance with during qualifying matches, the
ultimate goal is to learn
from each other. Winning is
just a bonus.
Still, victory is sweet, and
the team is looking forward
to competing in regionals
this weekend.
Many of those on the
team were strangers when
the Phoenix team was
reborn in September.
Four members had three
years of previous experience in FIRST, but they
wanted to diversify the
team. Among the newbies are the teams first
girl who wants to go into
materials science or agricultural engineering and
a potential future lawyer
who hopes to use the critical thinking, analysis and
public speaking skills hes
learned through FTC in his
Building a robot together
over the last few months

became the cornerstone of

their strong friendships.
And that sense of teamwork
(within Phoenix as well as
with competitors) has also
been apparent to judges
during competitions and
their team presentations,
which helped them earn the
Inspire Award.
But some of the teams
greatest achievements this
season happened off the
field, particularly through
outreach efforts for FTC.
Phoenix formed a corporate partnership with Gammex RMI (recently acquired
by Sun Nuclear Corporation) to exchange knowledge with the global medical
imaging quality assurance
company. Members also got
to tour the building, which is
located just across the street
from BadgerBOTS. Phoenix
is also sponsored by Strand
Associates and Thrivent
Remarkably, the team
even created the curriculum for a robotics class
at VAHS, which will be
offered to students this
fall. The Phoenix also held
fundraising nights at BadgerBOTS by inviting kids
to play Minecraft on the
computers and learn about
robotics, too.
FTC granted Phoenix two
VIP passes to the regional

tournament, and the team

is asking a pair of its biggest supporters, Gammex
president Eric Schloesser
and VAHS teacher Rick
Boehm, to attend.
The team is also proud of
its technological advancements, including the programming they used to
automated functions as well
as adding color, ultrasonic
and gyroscopic sensors to

their robot.
Their main innovation
is called Box Bot a cardboard box with a face drawn
in marker that contains all
of their electronics and is the
medium between their software and hardware. The tool
allowed them to test their
modifications by taping the
box on their robot instead
of rewiring everything, thus
saving a lot of time.

As technologically savvy
as they are, Phoenix members still go back to pen and
paper. They have already
filled over 400 pages with
notes and photos in notebooks dedicated to engineering, fundraising and the
And while they dont
record individual stats, its
safe to say their season has
been a smashing success.




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Dean Kamen, best known

for inventing the Segway,
founded FIRST in 1989 to
try to get kids more interested in STEM. Kamen
was bothered that kids
idolized athletes but had
trouble naming scientists,
explained Phoenix mentor
Ben Jannusch.
(FIRST is) based on science (and) engineering, he
said. But its got robots,
which are cool, and tournaments, which are kind of
sports-based, so they have a
field set-up and (different)
challenges each year.
Like sports, FIRST has
different levels of competition based on a participants
age, skill or interest.
FIRST Lego League
teaches the basics to those
in elementary and middle
school. Then, kids can
move on to FIRST Tech
Challenge (FTC) to test
their strengths as they
approach high school. The
FIRST Robotics Competition, on the other hand, has
older players, a bigger field
and can be more expensive
and demanding.
For now, Phoenix is
content in the FTC arena.
Members have advanced
from Legos and are using
CAD software and 3-D
printers to accurately design
parts for their robots, which
they program to compete in
challenges with alliances
against other teams.
This years theme, FIRST
RES-Q, is modeled after
rescue situations faced by
mountain explorers. Teams
can get their robots to score
points on the 12-by-12-foot
playing field by completing
a set of prescribed tasks,
including resetting rescue
beacons, delivering climbers to a shelter, retrieving
debris from the playing
field and hanging from a
pull-up bar.
By analyzing the game
(which features a student
coach and two drivers
controlling the robot), the
Phoenix discovered they
could get the most points
by having the robot perform
a pull-up. They modified
a tape measure so it could
extend up to the bar and
support its weight while
But FIRST is more than
robots. It teaches the core
values of gracious professionalism and coopertition, which essentially boil
down to an inclusive team
that competes with respect.
And Phoenix is stacked in
these traits.

Rick Boehm is adding a new class to his schedule next

fall in the technology education and engineering department at Verona Area High School.
But the Project Lead the Way teacher didnt come up
with the idea students did. And theyre designing it,
Some members of the communitybased Phoenix robotics team approached
Boehm about the pilot program as part
of their groups outreach efforts. They
initially suggested starting a robotics
club, but that would have posed some
transportation issues and conflicted with
existing sports schedules.
We wanted more access for students,
he said.
There already is one unit on robotics in an engineering
class, but Boehm said this robotics class will be rich in
STEM principles and is designed for all abilities, with
teamwork as its core focus.
There will be no prerequisites. The goal will be for
students to design, program and build a robot that could
compete in the FIRST Tech Challenge, just as the Phoenix team did.
Phoenix members and incoming VAHS seniors Clayton Jannusch and Jack Herkert will act as teachers assistants for the fall 2016-17 semester.
We are actually designing the curriculum of the class
ourselves, Jannusch said. Then Jack and I are going
to TA the class and help them along, because all of this
stuff is very overwhelming your first year, so its always
helpful to have teams that kind of know what theyre
doing help you along and kind of teach you the basics.
Because robotics competitions can be expensive, the
school can help offset some of those costs and offer the
class to a more diverse population, he said.
The students already presented the idea to the VASD
site council, which accepted the class proposal. With
all the hype that they have been spreading in the school
newsletter and hallways, there are already students
signed up for fall.
For information about the class, contact Boehm at
Samantha Christian

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Whats inside
Ways to enjoy travel
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Sugar Creek Senior Apartments resident Dorothy Parker, left, asks traveling banker Jim Wermuth, right, how his winter was while he counts cash for her March 8 in
Verona. Wermuth visits 13 area senior living facilites each week to help residents with various banking services, including cashing checks and buying stamps, below.

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Dane County banker making house calls for nearly 20 years

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For busy people who arent as mobile as

they used to be, just getting everyday business
done can be a frustration.
Of course, it never hurts to have a friendly
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same time. And for nearly two decades, thats
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bringing a warm smile, pleasant demeanor
and any services a bank can provide to its less
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bank officials discovered a need to deliver

withdrawals, sells stamps, cashes checks and

does just about anything else his customers
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said Wemurths genuine, warm personality
helps him form lasting bonds with people he
Its all about the interaction, and Jims a
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Caring for
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T-Coil audio system helps churches, senior centers

Scott De Laruelle
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Its nice to get an assist. And

when it comes to something as
vital as hearing, that assist can be
a very important one.
Hearing decreases as people
age for a variety of reasons, and
for many seniors, it can be frustrating being unable to pick up
sounds like they used to.
Last September, the Verona
Senior Center installed a T-Coil

assisted hearing system to help

patrons hear presentations and
performances. The system is
nearly invisible installed underneath the carpet, and works by
tuning into patrons hearing aids.
Verona Senior Center director Mary Hanson said the senior
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and community centers that were
using similar systems to great
Its very efficient, she said.

the audio/visual system.

The advantage of a hearing loop ... is that you
I think people are going to find
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Its like a little radio wave that

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aids, so people with a hearing aid
that has a telephone setting, they
already have the capacity to use

for us as a senior center to have

that kind of service for people.
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Audiologist Veronica H. Heide
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the system.
peoples brains naturally start
Hanson said the system allows to devote more cognitive effort
people to hear much more clearly to hearing. So, instead of listenduring a movie, a presentation or ing, they are spending more brain
anything in the center that uses
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Interesting ways to enjoy travel in retirement

Research indicates that traveling
is at the top of the list of interests
motivating todays men and women
over the age of 50. Seniors are perhaps the most likely demographic to
indulge their love of traveling.
Retirement leaves lots of time
for recreation, and many choose to
spend that time on the road. Travel
also can be improve adult longevity, according to geriatricians at the
University of Arkansas.
Those in the travel industry
understand that men and women
over 50 comprise a large percentage
of their customers, and have catered
many travel packages toward this
influential demographic.
The following is a look at some
of the more popular travel opportunities for men and women over 50.
Genealogical tourism: This
is one of the fastest-growing markets in vacation travel. Genealogical tourism involves individuals
traveling to areas of historical significance for their families, such as
churches where past relatives may

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Many seniors arent ruling out road trips in retirement.

have married and villages where

grandparents or cousins once resided or were employed. This can create a tangible link to ones past and
open up more opportunities to learn

the varied genealogical history that

has shaped a family, and even ones
personal identity.
Extended vacations: Seniors
may have the capacity to devote

more time to travel and not be

caged in by strict time constraints.
That makes them eligible for
extended vacations. These can
include long-term rentals in tropical locales, several-week sightseeing cruises or guided tours overseas that touch on several different
countries or cities during the trip.
Off the beaten path: Adventurous travelers may not be content
to stick to the resort lifestyle or
standard vacation options. Active
men and women over 50 are charting their own vacation courses
with bucket list-style vacations
that may be off the beaten path.
Travelers who have always aspired
to climb a mountain or see a rain
forest may be inclined to realize
these goals as they get older. Nontraditional tours can include living
like indigenous peoples or following the footsteps of early explorers.
All-inclusive tours: All-inclusive packages remain a popular
option for travelers of all ages.

These vacation packages charge

one price for accommodations,
entertainment, sightseeing, food
and many other amenities. Allinclusive vacations remove some
of the headaches associated with
organizing various components of
travel so that a person can focus on
relaxation and having fun.
Singles meets: Single vacationers over 50 may want to meet
other men or women in their age
bracket in the hopes of finding
romance. These vacations double
as relationship mixers and give
men and women the opportunity to
mingle with others in similar situations without the pressure of traditional dating.
Travel is a way to see the world,
meet new people and experience
various cultures. Seniors increasingly embrace travel because they
have both the time and the means
to take vacations.
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How to make new friends after a move or other life event

Downsizing and other life
changes often find seniors
leaving their comfort zones
to move to new neighborhoods or regions of the
It can be difficult to leave
those comfort zones behind,
especially when it means saying goodbye to close friends
or family members. Establishing new social circles as
a senior can be challenging.
But with a little effort and
the right attitude, seniors can
meet new people and enjoy
the excitement that comes
with new friendships.
Join a club. If you have
a particular hobby or interest, rekindle it in your new
location. Find a local gardening club, church-sponsored organization or fitness center where you can
meet like-minded men and
women. Ask the real estate
agent who helped you relocate to make suggestions on
where to find community
information and read community notices in the local
Get a dog. Dogs make
great companions inside of
the house and also serve as
an ice-breaker when you
are outdoors. Take plenty of
walks and take advantage of
opportunities for conversation when people come up

Go out on a limb and plan

a new to the neighborhood party. Put invitations
4. Get active in church
in neighbors mailboxes
and invite everyone over
5. Find work
for snacks and cocktails.
6. Host a party
Remember, neighbors may
be just as nervous about new
and learn more about your faces as you are, and a party
new neighborhood in the is a great way to break the
Host your own party.
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Ways seniors can get social

1. Join a club
2. Get a pet
3. Volunteer
find yourself immersed in
your communitys weekday
hustle and bustle. This is a
great way to meet people

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Seniors may need to get outside their comfort zone and explore different social circles to meet new friends.

to you to inquire about your

dog. Explain your situation
and you may make some
new friends along the way.
Volunteer your time.
Many people make new
friends through volunteering. Volunteer and youre
likely to meet people who
share the same interests as
you. Sign up with a favorite
charity or volunteer at nonprofit events and look for
familiar faces. Start talking
to those people you meet
again and again.

Participate in church
events. Places of religious
worship are often cornerstones of a community, and
they frequently host different events to get parishioners
or members together. Read
the bulletin and get involved
in pot lucks, retreats, movie
nights, and other churchsponsored events.
Work at a school.
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fathers, or your mothers.
Those are words of wisdom from Carol Larson,
Fitchburg resident and cofounder of RetireeRebels.
com who believes newly
retiring baby boomers are
looking at a different retirement picture than previous
Mary Helen Conroy, a
life coach and the other half
of Retiree Rebels, said with
people living longer, healthier and more active lives,
retirement means people still
have 20-30 years yet to go.
People can create whole
new lives after they retire,
maybe even pursue new
careers, she said. The
rocking-chair ideal doesnt
exist for most people today.
RetireeRebels.com was
launched last fall and offers
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A retiree needs to rebel against ageist

assumptions in order create a new and
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for the newly and nearly
retired not about traditional financial advice, but
the possible psychological
pitfalls to this major life transition.
Retirement is one of
lifes biggest changes, but
theres no manual for this
psychological shift, Conroy said. You cant just flip
a switch. It takes time, at
least a year and maybe more
to adapt.
Larson said one of the
main reasons the two started
Retiree Rebels is because no
one was talking about things
like the first rocky year of
retirement, figuring out your
next direction, making new
friends, or finding a job.
Statistics show up to 80
percent of new retirees may
be looking for work, many
out of financial necessity.
But jobs appropriate for
older workers can be hard to
find, Conroy said.
Ageism is one of the
factors behind the rising
depression and suicide rates
for people over 65, she
said. There is a societal
undercurrent that says retirees are old, worn out and
... incapable of productive
work anymore, which is not
true. You only have to look
around today to see lots of
active seniors.
There is also the prevailing belief that retirement is

a vacation-like existence.
Societal pressure to conform
to that myth makes it difficult for seniors to pursue
new ambitions, whether its
an artistic urge, a new job or
perhaps getting involved in
community activism. Larson
said its a strange wall to run
into for seniors.
Well-meaning family or
friends pressuring retirees to
take it easy and relax can
thwart a retirees dreams of
being a writer or maybe a
local alderperson, she said.
What todays seniors need is
support to break through stereotypes that say they are too
old to do anything of value
with their lives.
Conroy said thats exactly
why the group is named the
Retiree Rebels.
These days, a retiree
needs to rebel against ageist
assumptions in order create
a new and purposeful life for
themselves, she said.
The Retiree Rebels and
their message of redefining
retirement are catching on.
They were recently featured
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and several radio programs,
including Wisconsin Public
Radio. A Wisconsin State
Journal editorial on working seniors reached several
thousand retirees nationwide
through social media.
To further discuss contemporary retirement issues,
Conroy and Larson will
lead a discussion from 1-3
p.m. Thursday, April 7 at
the Fitchburg Senior Center.
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bring questions and concerns,
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their experiences and advice.
My retired friends were
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Diet, exercise needs change with age

Maintaining a healthy weight is
important at any age.
But avoiding being overweight
or obese can be particularly crucial for seniors, considering many
illnesses are tied to body weight.
Maintaining a healthy immune
system also can require eating a
balanced, nutritionally sound diet.
The Geriatric Research, Education, and Clinical Center at Durham Medical Center in Virginia
says people need to change how
they eat for every decade they
reach. Caloric intake should be
reduced because individuals are
generally moving around less,
have less muscle and their metabolic rates decline. People who
find that they are having trouble
losing weight in their 50s and
older may be basing weight-loss
goals on calorie recommendations
for younger people.
One challenging thing about
eating less overall is supplementing with more nutrient-rich foods.
Older bodies still require similar
amounts of protein, vitamins and
minerals as younger ones, but
older men and women must balance that need with their need to
consume less calories. Consuming more fruits, vegetables and
lean protein sources, including
beans, and choosing whole grains
over refined starchy foods can be
the key.

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Healthy eating paired with moderate exercise remains one of the

best combinations for healthy weight loss or weight maintenance.

Watch what you drink, as well.

Soft drinks and other sugary
beverages may be packed with
calories you dont need. Choose
unsweetened beverages and opt
for water as much as possible. Protect yourself against dehydration,
which can be harder to detect as
you get older.
In addition to modifying food
and beverage choices and reducing
their calorie intake, seniors should
continue to exercise. Healthy eating paired with moderate exercise
remains one of the best combinations for healthy weight loss or

weight maintenance.
The goal is to consume fewer
calories and expend more energy.
While cardiovascular exercises
can be a good way to get the heart
pumping and stimulate your metabolic rate, as you age you should
perform strength-training and
weight-bearing exercises as well.
Muscle mass naturally diminishes with age, and according to the
Mayo Clinic, if you avoid strength
exercises you can eventually lose
muscle and increase the percentage of fat in your body. Strength
training also helps you develop

stronger bones, which can help

prevent fractures. In addition, as
you gain muscle, your body will
begin to burn calories more efficiently, making your time in and
out of the gym more productive.
Apart from diet and exercise,
aging adults may need to consult
with their doctors about nutritional supplements. Your body
may produce less stomach acid
as you get older, making it more
difficult to absorb vitamins from
food, including vitamin B12 and
vitamin D.
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message processed.
Thats where the hearing
loop like the T-Coil system comes in.
The advantage of a hearing loop, whether you wear
hearing aids or not, is that
you reduce that cognitive
load, freeing your resources
to engage in other processes, she said. It has helped
so many people.
The system is called a
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only inside of a certain
area. For instance, people
with hearing aids outside of
the certain area would not
be able to pick up the signal.
The system has worked
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Girls basketball

Taking home the gold

Verona wins first state title, sets two state records in semifinals
Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

Photos by Anthony Iozzo

Seniors (from left) Cheyenne Trilling, Heather Rudnicki and Bria Sweeney wait for medals to be handed out after the Wildcats won
the first-ever state title in school history Saturday at the Resch Center in Green Bay. Verona knocked off Mukwonago 52-46 in the
WIAA Division 1 state championship and Appleton North 69-41 Friday in the semifinal.

Junior Alex Luehring (left) knocks down junior Alley Johnson during celebrations after the Wildcats won the D1 state title Saturday.
Luehring combined for 37 points, 14 rebounds, nine assists, five
blocks and five steals in both state games. Johnson hit the final two
free throws of the state final and finished 3-for-3 from the field in
both games combined.

Senior Kira Opsal goes up for a floater

Friday in the D1 state semifinal. Opsal finished with 14 points and seven rebounds
against Appleton North.

Senior Grace Mueller fights through a double team Friday in the

D1 state semifinal against Appleton North. Mueller finished with
26 points, 14 rebounds, three steals and two assists in a pair of
state games.

School history was made

Saturday inside the Resch
Center in Green Bay as the
Verona Area High School
girls basketball team defeated
Mukwonago 52-46 to take
home the WIAA Division 1
state title, the first in school
In a tournament that included a record-breaking 69-41
win over Appleton North in
the state semifinals where
the Wildcats broke state
records for shooting percentage (77.1) and assists (21) in
a game Saturdays outcome
seemed like it was destined.
And when the final buzzer
sounded, it was all smiles,
especially for seniors Grace
Mueller, Kira Opsal, Cheyenne Trilling, Heather Rudnicki, Alyssa Erdman, Bria
Sweeney and Cassie Hei.
I just feel really blessed
to do this with such amazing
teammates, Mueller said. I
cant even describe how I am
feeling right now. It is just
Veronas (25-3 overall)
only losses all season were to
D2 state runner-up Stoughton, D3 state qualifier Madison Edgewood and Big Eight
Conference opponent Middleton.
It was also a season that
included the passing of Ebony
Nettles-Bey, a name that forever touched the hearts of all
the girls.
When Nettles-Bey was
fighting cancer during the
2013-14 season, her dream
was to make state and win a
title. But that season was cut
short in an upset to Madison
West in regionals.
Junior Alex Luehring
who finished with 18 points,
seven rebounds, three blocks
and two steals in the final
was a freshman that season.
She said she remembered
the look on her face and used
that as motivation to get better
and win this one for Ebony.
She was just so crushed,
and ever since then, I will
always remember that look on
her face, Luehring said. She
just wanted it so bad, so it
just feels so good that we can

More photos from the D1 state

semifinal and final

finally do it for her.

State final:
Verona 52, Mukwonago 46
The Wildcats trailed Mukwonago 37-32 with 7 minutes,
11 seconds left, but Luehring
hit a jumper, and junior Alley
Johnson picked up a big steal
and a layup to cut the deficit to
After freshman forward
Natalie Andersen hit a
3-pointer to make it 40-36,
Trilling came right back to
drain one of her own to put
Verona down 40-39.
Then Luehring picked up a
steal and hit another 3-pointer
to give the Wildcats the lead
for good.
We pressed them and
picked up the tempo a little bit.
They took some quick shots,
which was our goal, Murphy
said. We got our momentum
back. We werent quite sure if
the press was going to rattle
them, and it did.
Mueller drained four free
throws down the stretch,
and Johnson hit the final two
as the Wildcats (15-for-17)
bounced back from a tough
state semifinal showing to finish off Mukwonago.
It was so fitting we won it
at the free-throw line, because
if I got one more text about
practicing free throws I was
going to break my phone,
Murphy said. For them to
step up and hit those, especially Grace, who puts in so
much extra time to become
the player she has become, it
was really great to see her in
that moment. You couldnt
have scripted that any better.
Verona trailed 29-21 with
14:49 left, but Luehring
started a comeback with a
layup and after a couple of
Rudnicki free throws later
blocked a 3-point attempt
from senior Amanda Brown.
That block led to a layup by
Mueller to cut Veronas deficit to 29-27.
Mueller tied the game at 29
with a jumper, and Luehring

Turn to Champs/Page 16

Senior Alyssa Erdman (13) attempts to trap a Mukwonago player with junior Alex
Luehring Saturday during the second half of the D1 state final.
Senior Cassie Hei (20) celebrates with team managers during the
final seconds of Saturdays D1 state final.


March 17, 2016

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Boys hockey

Three players earn second-team All-Big Eight Conference honors

Jeremy Jones
Sports editor

Verona boys hockey saw four players

named to the Big Eight all-conference team
earlier this month following a season that
saw the Wildcats reach the WIAA sectional
Senior defenseman Zach Lanz, senior
goaltender Nathan Cleghorn and junior forward Jack Anderson earned second-team
Lanz scored three times and assisted on
eight more. He had three power-play goals
and was named a second-team pick for the
second straight year.
Zach is a solid stay-at-home defense
that also looks to play hockey in the Junior
hockey ranks someplace next season,
Wildcats head coach Joel Marshall said.
Cleghorn finished the second 6-4-0,
posting a .919 save percentage, 2.44 goals
against average and one shutout. He split
time in net with fellow senior Alex Jones in
net for the past few years.
Both Nathan and Alex are great goaltenders that are hoping for a shot to play
after high school, Marshall said.Nathan
earned the votes from conference coaches
for a second-team nomination in a league
that had four really good his school goalies
this season.
Anderson led the Wildcats with 18 goals,
including three power-play goals and a

File photos by Jeremy Jones

Seniors Zach Lanz (left) and Nathan Cleghorn

(above) and junior Jack Anderson (not picteam-best five short-handed goals. He was tured) were all named second-team All-Big Eight
third on the team with 22 points and finish- Conference.

es the season being recognized for the first

time as a second-team forward.
Senior captain and forward Zach Ritter
earned an honorable mention spot. Ritter finished the season with team-best 26
points (9 goals, 17 assists). He had one
power play and one short-handed goal during the regular season to go along with two
Conference voting was done differently
this season, as arranged by the Big Eight
athletic directors. It added an extra forward
and defenseman to the first and second

teams from years past.

Verona finished the regular season 14-91 overall and second in the Big Eight (104-0) behind Middleton (12-2-0). The Wildcats season came to an end against the Cardinals in double overtime of the sectional
Cleghorn, Jones, Lanz and Ritter will all
be playing in Waupun this weekend at the
32nd Annual Senior Class tournament. The
best seniors in the WIAA are selected from
each of the states eight sections.

Sport shorts
Joraanstad wins eighth national
curling title
Verona resident
Nicole Joraanstad
teamed up with
Madison native Erika Brown and two
others to win the
national championship. It was Joraanstads eighth U.S. Joraanstad
national championship.
Joraanstad and her teammates
hope to make a run at the 2018
Her USA teammates traveled to
Swift Current, SK. March 19-27 for
the Ford World Womens Curling

Tiedemann makes DII Nationals

Former Verona Area High School
swimmer Emily Tiedemann once
again qualified for the NCAA Division II Nationals Swimming and
Diving championships in Indianapolis last week.
Tiedemann, now a junior at St.
Cloud State, competed in both the
100- and 200-yard backstrokes.
Queens University won both the
mens and womens national title
for the second year in a row.

Champs: Seniors end high school careers as champs, Wildcats finish 25-3 overall
Continued from page 15
later drained a 3-pointer
with 8:56 left to make it
I dont even think I
looked at the scoreboard
once, Luehring said. We
just wanted it so bad. If were
down by 50 or up by 50, that
was the same intensity we
were going to have throughout.
The first half was backand-forth, but after Trilling
hit a 3-pointer to make it
8-7 Mukwonago, the Indians decided to stall with the
ball for over three minutes.
That strategy backfired after
a miss led to a Luehring
3-pointer and 10-8 Verona
It gave the girls energy,
because the girls thought,
This guy doesnt think they
can beat us, Verona head
coach Angie Murphy said.
Mukwonago is a heck of a
team, but if he wanted to sit
there for the whole half, we
would have let him.
Mukwonago did end up
leading 20-19 at halftime,
It was one of those
games where we didnt hit
our shots in certain circumstances and (Verona) did,
Mukwonago head coach
Rick Kolinske said.
Besides Luehrings standout performance, Mueller added 12 points, seven

rebounds and two steals,

while Trilling and Opsal
chipped in nine and six
points, respectively.
Senior Bre Cera led Mukwonago with 25 points on
8-for-16 shooting. The rest
of the Indians went 8-for-31.
We tried to stop (Cera)
too, but that didnt go quite
as planned, Murphy said.
She is a phenomenal player. Every loose ball, she
gets to it, and we just tried
to contain her the best we
We contested everyone
elses shots and tried to
make the other kids beat us.

State semifinals:
Verona 69, App. North 41
Fridays win over Appleton North in the D1 state
semifinals was record-breaking.
Not only did the Wildcats make the first state final
in school history, but they
did so by breaking two state
records in a game shooting
percentage (77.1) and assists
It is really exciting,
Luehring said. We just
have been having so much
fun, and I think that really
showed tonight. We were
having fun. We were playing loose and calm and were
working together. We got
up here (Thursday) and have
been having a ton of fun. It is
a good experience for us, and

Photo by Anthony Iozzo

The Verona Area High School girls basketball team won the first ever state title in school history Saturday.

it was good we showed up

Veronas lead was cut to
eight, 40-32, with 14:07 left
in the game, but that was
the closest Appleton North
would get for the rest of the
The Lightning finished
15-for-56 from the field,
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Verona was the best team

we played all year their
size, their togetherness, how
they share the ball, everything, Appleton North head
coach Joseph Russom said.
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we just tightened a little bit
at times. We just couldnt
cut the lead. Our shots
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knew we were going to kind
of struggle.
Rudnicki picked up a steal
and an assist on a pass to
Trilling who scored to put the
Wildcats up 44-32. Rudnicki
then picked up another steal,
and Luehring nailed a jumper to make a 14-point lead,
Mueller later picked up
a steal with 7:18 to go, and
Luehring who finished with
19 points, seven rebounds,
six assists and three steals
hit a 3-pointer to make it
The Wildcats then built
the lead to 26 with 4:53 left.
Trilling stole a pass and ran

down the floor for a layup,

and Johnson and Mueller followed with baskets to make it
Luehring hit another
3-pointer late in the game to
put Verona up 29, and junior
Sisi Mitchell hit two free
throws to make a 31-point
lead at 69-38.
The thing that really
impressed me about the girls
is that we really didnt take
very many bad shots, Murphy said. We really pride
ourselves on taking the good
shots, and when you take the
high-percentage shot, good
things will happen. That
shooting percentage was outstanding.
In the first half, Verona
established the post early,
scoring 12 straight baskets
in the paint to build a 27-14
Opsal, who scored 11 of
her 14 points in the first half
and added seven rebounds
and three steals, had five of
those baskets. Verona led
33-18 at halftime.
I think we all work really
well together, so having that

and knowing where each other is going to be helps a lot,

Opsal said.
Despite the record-breaking night, there were a couple
of things Verona wanted to
clean up before the state final.
The Wildcats shot 11-for-28
from the free-throw line, and
they ended with 21 turnovers.
(Appleton North) thrives
off of that. They need to turn
you over and score in transition. I think we did well stopping the transition, Murphy
said. Our half-court defense
is tough to score on when
we are playing well with our
length and our positioning.
We havent been pressed
in a long time to be honest,
so we are not happy with that
but the 77 percent field goals
overshadows everything.
Mueller finished with 14
points and seven rebounds,
while Trilling picked up
nine points, five steals, five
rebounds and five assists.
Rudnicki collected five
points, three assists and three
steals, and Johnson finished
with four points and three


March 17, 2016

One got an introduction

several weeks ago, when
Town of Verona resident
Troy Rost explained how he
and his crew do most of the
labor themselves and pay
themselves in equity. The
other came from Madisons
Brandon Cook, who proposes moving the building to the
corner of the lot and adding a
second building and parking
behind it.
While the two proposals
have many things in common, each has its own individual merits.
One, for example, would
save more of the inside and
the foundation. The other has
a more comprehensive site
plan that is intended to complement the citys two-yearold downtown plan.
And one already has an
architect, an engineer and a
special house-moving consultant involved, while the
other has been considering
the possibility of this project for a year and produced
a detailed, 19-page description of the plan, including
a resume, project history,
financing and personal references.
The historical society
and Jesse Charles originally
sought to renovate the building in a nonprofit way, using
mostly in-kind donations of
labor and began collecting
donations to that end. However, after Rost discussed his
proposal with the city and
met with Charles about it, the
historical society decided to
back out and put its support
to the citys process of soliciting bids.
The committee-of-thewhole meeting begins at 6
p.m. Monday and will be
a joint meeting with the

Rosts proposal

If you go
What: Committee of the
Whole meeting
When: 6 p.m. March 21
Where: City Center
Community Development
Authority, which has been
involved in implementing the
downtown plan.

Cook proposal
Cook, a Realtor with John
Fontain Realty, is a newcomer to the process, and his proposal consisted of a 1 -page
email and two maps showing
where the building would be
relocated under two different
scenarios one with a combined project with neighboring properties and the other
by itself.
Both would more than
double the 1,300 square
feet of space on the first
floor with the addition of an
adjoining building, and both
would move the house so
the parking would be in the
rear, as the citys downtown
design district requires for
Cooks proposal states the
biggest reason to move the
building is for structural
integrity, however.
It needs to be put on a
foundation that has the ability to last indefinitely, it
It also doesnt toy around
with the idea of preserving
the interior.
With very little historic
features on the inside it will
never be what is was originally built to be, the proposal states.
It does not lay out details
such as financing, what the
purchase price of the property
would be or whether the city
would continue to own it.

MT Treads open again

eye to eye, or in this case,
headlights to headlights,
he wrote. But that being
said, everyone involved,
everyone who put effort
into this old gas station
deserves credit, from the
one who mowed the grass
weekly to the last minute
drywall work in the coffee room and everyone else
who chipped in between.
An incident in February
led Tuescher to go to the
police department to report
harassment and defamation
of the company on social
media, which he claimed in
the police report had violated an agreement signed
when the owners of the
businesses separated.
An officer advised Tuescher to speak with his
attorney about the agreement, and that he did not
observe anything criminal
in the information provided.
Scott Girard


The bar and grill that took

over the former Michaels
Frozen Custard location is
open again after a nearly
three-month closure.
MT Treads, 407 W.
Verona Ave., first opened
in October 2015, but closed
suddenly in November,
reportedly due to a dispute
among the group of owners. After an agreement was
reached to sell the bar to
Mark Tuescher, he applied
and received an alcohol
permit in February.
Tuescher told the Press
last week he was unsure
what he could explain of
the situation that led to the
closing, and that he would
talk to his lawyer before
contacting the Press again.
This week he wrote back
with a poem about the history of the station, and it
included brief statements
about moving on.
Partners just didnt see

Rost, also a real estate broker, has already made it clear

he would attempt to keep
the unusual foundation, and
his original pitch offered to
make the second floor available to the historical society
for a monthly rent.
Rosts proposal goes to
great lengths to show his
history with such projects,
including the 1847 Stamm
House in Middleton, which
he and his partner and crew
at Lake Effect Properties
renovated over the course
of two years and now run as
a restaurant. Five full pages
of the proposal explain his
background, experience and
skill, as well as the companys ownership structure.
We are very flexible
because our overhead is low,
we have very experienced
and dedicated staff and
because our ownership takes
an active role in renovating
and managing our properties, the proposal states.
We usually only renovate
one or two properties per
He recommends a firstfloor retail tenant and a single second-floor apartment.
Down the road, I could
see a possibility of making
the entire building a commercial space, for example a restaurant, the proposal states.
But that would require a
complete re-envisioning of
the property, with a probable
addition of a kitchen.

Administrator, department
heads get high marks
individual ratings.
His lowest grade among those is a 4.25
on a scale of 1 to 5, for supervision, with
City alders like to boast about their a note that there could be more collaboexcellent staff, and performance reviews ration, but that the overall task is made
completed over the past year are backing difficult by the citys lack of dedicated
human resources personnel.
that up.
Burns was graded out at a 5 in fiscal
The Verona Press has
management, public relations and interobtained annual reviews
governmental relations. Overall comof each department head,
ments made several notes of professionalother than those no longer
ism, thoughtfulness and staying aware of
with the city, that have
the big picture.
been completed since last
winter, and all exceed
Department heads
expectations in at least Burns
Seven department heads report directly
six of 11 performance catto Burns, and he provided six evaluations
egories and goals. In the
case of administrator Bill Burns, he grad- (the Press did not request that of former
ed between above average and excel- city clerk Kami Scofield, who took a promotion last year to be the clerk in Applelent in all categories.
The most recent reviews of department ton). Each was graded as exceeds expecheads are for 2014, and those were not tations.
The highest performing department
completed until at least mid-year 2015.
The Press first requested them in early head was public works director Ron
2015 and made several more requests Rieder, who is retiring this summer. He
throughout the spring, but they were not scored at least exceeds expectations in
delivered until last week, following a every category, and was outstanding in
productivity, problem-solving, teamwork
February reminder.
Burns told the Press last month the and one of his three goals, the planning
for the Nine Mound Road reconstruction.
2015 reviews are in progress.
Other outstanding grades among
department heads were Dave Walker
Burns 2015 review, completed last (parks, recreation and forestry), for coopmonth and provided to the Verona Press eration and teamwork and Adam Sayre
by the Personnel committee, does not (planning) in two categories: initiative/
give an overall grade but measures per- problem solving and cooperation/teamformance in nine categories, such as work.
No city department heads received any
organizational management, leadership, policy implementation and plan- marks below meets expectations for
ning. Each of those categories has several any category.
Jim Ferolie

Verona Press editor

Wayne W. Larson


Continued from page 1


City of Verona


Matts: Committee to discuss plans Monday

The Verona Press

Case No. 16-PR-135

1. An application for Informal Administration was filed.
2. The decedent, with date of birth
August 3, 1955 and date of death December 6, 2015, was domiciled in Dane
County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 809 Arbor Vitae Place, Verona, WI 53593.
3. All interested persons waived notice.
4. The deadline for filing a claim
against the decedents estate is June 3,
5. A claim may be filed at the Dane
County Courthouse, Madison, Wisconsin, Room 1000
Lisa Chandler
Probate Registrar
February 25, 2016
Attorney Catherine C. Orton
Curran, Hollenbeck & Orton, SC
111 Oak St., PO Box 140
Mauston, WI 53948-0140
(608) 847-7363
Bar Number: 1014941
Published: March 10, 17 and 24, 2016



special voting deputies from the Town
of Verona will conduct absentee voting
at the Badger Prairie Health Care Center,


1100 E. Verona Avenue Verona, WI 53593

on Thursday March 17, 2016 at 9:00am
for the Spring Election to be held April 5,
DONE in the Town of Verona
This 10th day of March 2016
Tammy Dresser
Deputy Clerk/Treasurer
Town of Verona
Published: March 17, 2016


The City of Verona Plan Commission

will hold Public Hearings on Wednesday
April 6, 2016 at City Hall, 111 Lincoln
Street, for the following planning and
zoning matters:
1) Conditional Use Permit amendment for Hop Haus Brewing Company to
allow an outdoor patio with seating to be
located at 231 South Main Street.
2) Conditional Use Permit for a proposed Indoor Commercial Entertainment
land use, known as True Studio, to be located at 160 Keenan Court.
Interested persons may comment
on these planning and zoning matters
during the public hearings at the April
6th Plan Commission meeting. The Plan
Commission will make recommendations
for these matters, which will then be reviewed by the Common Council for final
decisions on Monday, April 11th.
Contact Adam Sayre, Director of
Planning and Development, at 608-8489941 for more information on these items
or to receive copies of the submittals.
Ellen Clark,
City Clerk
Published: March 17 and 24, 2016



March 17, 2016

The Verona Press


Student artwork on
display through March 23
The Verona Area High School Sugar
River Gallery is hosting a student art
exhibit through March 23.
What: K-12 Sugar
The gallery, located in the high
River Gallery Exhibit
school, is celebrating Youth Art
Month with the display.
When: Feb. 23 through
Other student artists were recognized
March 23
at the March 7 board meeting, and will
Where: Sugar River
have their art displayed.
Gallery, Verona Area High
The Verona and Fitchburg public
libraries will host their own K-12 art
Info: 845-4400
show in May.
Artwork by Daisy Lee won the
Superintendents Award, chosen by superintendent Dean Gorrell to
sit outside of his office.

If you go

At left: Students recognized include (back row from left) Marinane MoralesArzate (Verona Area High School), Colleen Quinn (Badger Ridge), Jasmine
Connor (Glacier Edge), Bailey Danz (VAHS), Jaxon Kawecki (Savanna Oaks),
Jeanette Driftmier (VAHS); (middle row from left) Azalea Rios-Eastering (Country
View), Quintin Hammi (Verona Area International School), J.J. Jakowski (New
Century), Aidan Christensen (Stoner Prairie); (front row from left) Megan Ngo
(Core Knowledge), Daisy Lee (Sugar Creek); (not pictured) Bria Sweeney (VAHS).
Photo by Scott Girard

Lead: National standard for lead in drinking water last updated in 1991
older wells, they have to contend
with many homes older than 100
Rieder also pointed to the
2,500 to 3,000 homes the utility
has inspected as part of its water
meter-replacement program.
None of those homes, he said, had
lead service lines.
A water test for Verona labeled
as investigative by the DNR
last September was, Rieder said,
conducted as a courtesy for a
concerned customer. The levels
found were well within EPA regulations.

Protecting water
The Wisconsin Department of
Natural Resources has oversight
of public water utilities, which
must provide drinking water that
meets state and federal health
Municipalities like Verona
have their water tested roughly
every two years, with samples

How to minimize lead threats

The threat of lead contamination often comes from within older
homes, where aging fixtures threaten to leach lead into water long
after it has passed through the city system. For people worried
about the prospect of lead in their water a particular concern for
infants drinking formula local experts recommend a few steps
that can be taken to lessen the threat of drinking water contamination
Use only cold water for drinking, cooking
Run the faucet for approximately 30 seconds before collecting
Replace aging pipes with copper or PVC (plastic)
Install an on-tap filter, certified by the NSF for lead removal
taken from homes selected by the
The nations standard for lead
in public drinking water has not
been updated since 1991, when
the EPAs Lead and Copper Rule
took effect. The federal law aims
to keep lead levels in water below
15 parts per billion, nearly four
times the highest levels found
in Verona, while standards for
lead in Canada and the European

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the nonprofit Wisconsin Center
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in Oregon
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Bank Cards Accepted
Off North Hwy 51 on
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Call: 608-509-8904



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March 17, 2016


Office/inside sales


Dedicated Fleet, Top Pay, New Assigned Equipment, Monthly Bonuses
CDL-A, 6 mos. OTR exp. reqd EEOE/AAP

Do You Like to Meet People?

Are You Self-Motivated?
Do You Possess Computer Skills?
If youve answered yes, we are very interested in talking to you. We are
seeking candidates for part-time openings in our front office. Hours are
9am-3pm Monday-Friday. Responsibilities for this position include, but are
not limited to, selling and processing classified ads, selling special projects
by phone, receptionist duties, assisting walk-in customers and processing
reports. Previous sales experience preferred. Positions are located in the
Oregon and Stoughton offices.


Delivery Driver Part Time

Our current delivery driver is retiring so were looking to fill his position.
Duties include:
Serving as a courier between our three offices.
Delivery and sales tracking of our publications to established retail outlets.
Scheduling maintenance and repairs as needed for our company van.
On average you will work about 10 hours a week, two hours every Monday morning,
approximately 8 hours every Wednesday. Once a month there be an additional
delivery day to distribute two specialty publications.

If this part-time position interests you and you have the equivalent of a
high school diploma and at least two years of office/computer experience,
apply on-line today at www.wcinet.com/careers.

The successful candidate will be at least 18 years of age with a good driving record.
Able to drive in all types of weather and able to lift, load and carry bundles of papers.
If interested, please apply online at www.wcinet.com/careers
Oregon Observer, Stoughton Courier Hub,
Verona Press, The Great Dane Shopping News
Unified Newspaper Group is a part of Woodward Community Media,
a division of Woodward Communications, Inc.
and an Equal Opportunity Employer.


Oregon Observer, Stoughton Courier Hub,

Verona Press, The Great Dane Shopping News
Unified Newspaper Group is a part of Woodward Community Media,
a division of Woodward Communications, Inc.
and an Equal Opportunity Employer.


We are an employee-owned company offering a competitive benefits

package including 401K, ESOP, vacation, and more.

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Ask the Verona



Q. What is a partial knee replacement?

A. A partial knee replacement, also known


Q. How Can I Beat A Competing Offer?

A. Multiple offer scenarios are very common in a sellers market. Many buyers are faced with trying to beat out another
buyer when offering on a home (one of our recent listings had 4 offers). Aside from the obvious thing, price, there are many
things you can do to make your offer look better. First minimize your contingencies. The more contingencies you have, the
more ways you have to get out of the contract, every additional contingency is a negative in the sellers eyes. Second, have
strong financing. A buyer who is putting 20% down with conventional financing provides much more confidence to a seller
than someone attempting to do a low down payment specialty program. Third, dont ask for extras. Asking for something as
minor as a home warranty affects the sellers bottom line and could make you lose to the competition (you can always buy
your own warranty later). Fourth, adapt to the sellers timeline. Ask the seller when they want to move and try to align with
their date. Also, keep contingency timelines as short as possible. Lastly, put down more earnest money. It doesnt actually
cost you more because its credited back to you at closing, but it shows more seriousness and confidence in your offer.
Believe it or not, price isnt the only thing a seller looks at, improved terms can win you the deal.
Making a Difference, One Home at a Time!
(608) 492-2272

Q. Is There Help For My Dads Hearing Loss?

A. About one-third of Americans between the ages of 65 and 74 have hearing problems.

Q. Should I Give My Investment Portfolio a Spring Cleaning?

A. Now that winter is over, you might look around your home and decide its time for some


About half the people who are 85 and older have hearing loss. Whether a hearing loss is
small (missing certain sounds) or large (being profoundly deaf), it is a serious concern.
If left untreated, problems can get worse. Hearing loss can affect your life in many ways.
You may miss out on talks with friends and family. On the telephone, you may find it hard
to hear what the caller is saying. At the doctors office, you may not catch the doctors
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words. Sometimes hearing problems can make you feel embarrassed, upset, and lonely.
Its easy to withdraw when you cant follow a conversation at the dinner table or in a restaurant.
Its also easy for friends and family to think you are confused, uncaring, or difficult, when the problem may be that
you just cant hear well. If you have trouble hearing, there is help. Start by seeing your doctor. Depending on the
type and extent of your hearing loss, there are many treatment choices that may help. Technology has come a long
way! Hearing loss does not have to get in the way of your ability to enjoy life. - Steve Rudolph - 01.2015


sprucing up. But why not take the opportunity to do some spring cleaning on your investment
For starters, dust off your investment strategy. Over time, your financial goals, family situation
and even risk tolerance can change, so its a good idea to review your overall strategy to make
sure its still appropriate for your needs.
Also, get rid of clutter in the form of investments that are almost identical to each other. You
might find better opportunities for the money.
Brendon Diers, AAMS
Heres another cleaning tip: Look for stains on your portfolio. If you have investments that
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have consistently underperformed, you may not want to just hold them and hope for a turnaround.
Instead, consider selling them and using the proceeds to fill gaps in your holdings.
By following these tips, you can help get your investment portfolio in shape for spring and for
the seasons that follow, too.
This article was written by Edward Jones for the use by your local Edward Jones Financial Advisor.

Brendon Diers, AAMS, Financial Advisor

5396 King James Way, Suite 210, Madison, WI 53719

161 Horizon Dr., Suite 107a Verona, WI 53593

(608) 845-2533 Member SIPC
brendon.diers@edwardjones.com www.edwardjones.com

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Q: What causes cats to stop using the litter box?

A: Inappropriate elimination can be one of the most frustrating issues a pet owner can

experience. There are numerous causes of inappropriate elimination in cats. Urinary tract
infection is certainly one of them. This is an uncomfortable condition and can lead to more
serious conditions such as kidney infection.
Sterile cystitis (aka Feline Lower Urinary Tract Disease) is a condition brought on by stress such as
introduction of other pets, a new baby, moving to a new house, etc. Often the inciting cause is unknown.
Treatment is centered around stress reduction, environmental enrichment and short term medication.
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Older cats who develop arthritis are too painful walk up or down stairs to get to the box
or to jump or stretch over the sides of the box and prefer to eliminate outside of it. Arthritis
medications and modifications to the box itself often remedy this problem.
Other common causes are diseases such as hyperthyroidism, kidney disease and gastrointestinal conditions.
Your veterinarian will obtain a thorough history, perform a physical exam and blood and urine testing to pinpoint the
cause and formulate a plan for treatment.

Q. Im getting severe pain in my wrist and hand. Is this carpal tunnel

syndrome? Is there anything besides surgery that can help if it is?
A. There are actually many different compression syndromes that can
cause pain or numbness in the hands and wrists. Once we make a proper
diagnosis we can treat your pain, without surgery, utilizing a four-step
approach. First, we would assess your ergonomics at work or at home so
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Lee Unwin,
that you could make immediate corrections to your environment which
is helpful in preventing the situation from getting worse or reoccurring.
Second, we would assess and adjust any subluxations of the spine and extremity. Correcting the subluxation is essential
in restoring function to the nerve, muscle and joint area. Third, we would begin massage treatment of the arm and wrist
to reduce adhesions and maintain flexibility of the wrist flexors and extensors. Lastly, we would prescribe exercises that
could be done at work or at home to maintain strength and flexibility. With these four simple steps you can typically avoid
having to resort to surgery and you come away with the knowledge and ability to prevent it from happening again.

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600 W. Verona Avenue, Verona, WI 53593 (608) 709-5565 Email: gcg@rizzolaw.com


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Attorney at Law

the mediator, to help them talk to one another and reach a resolution for their dispute. There
are several benefits to going to mediation over going to court. The first and foremost is cost.
Depending on the county you live in, small claims mediation may be available for parties to
attempt at no cost. The next is, due to the nature of mediation, a compromise is usually the
end decision. This gives both parties control over the outcome rather than hand the entire
matter over to a judge. Another important aspect is the time associated with mediation. Often,
mediation takes less time than a trial, which means no court dates booked months away and
limited discovery times for both parties. Finally, mediation can also have the added benefit of
preserving relationships between the parties. Since mediation is often informal and often in
a relaxed setting, parties avoid the emotional turmoil associated with going to trial and may
preserve a future relationship between parties. If you find yourself with a small claim in the
future, remember that there are alternative ways to solve disputes outside of going to trial.


Q. How do I select a whole house high efficiency air cleaner?

A. Several different types of air cleaners are available today. The most basic types are

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made just to keep the hvAc equipment clean. The next type of air cleaner provides
equipment protection like the first type, and filters out pollens, mold spores, and pet
dander. These filters were originally developed for people with allergies, but are often
used as a good general purpose air cleaner. The last type of air cleaner is the electronic
type. They filter out the smallest of particles like smoke, viruses and bacteria. These
are the best choice for anyone with asthma, or otherwise interested in providing the
cleanest environment. Beyond efficiencies, the frequency of maintenance should be
considered when selecting an air cleaner. For help with selecting the right air cleaner
for your home contact Dave at OK heating and Air conditioning.

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Q. It been a long time since Ive visited the dentist, what do I

need to do?

A. Youre not alone. Its not uncommon for people to get off track with their dental
care. The first step to getting back on track is making an appointment. At our office,
youll typically be scheduled for x-rays, an oral cancer screening and a detailed examination of your teeth and gums. In addition to x-rays, we also routinely take intra-oral
photos which allow us to show you exactly what were seeing in your mouth. If your
Dr. James Sands, DDS gums are healthy, with no signs of periodontal disease, you will likely have your teeth
cleaned at this visit as well. After reviewing your x-rays and photos well talk with you
about any concerns you may have and if any treatment is needed, well discuss how we
can work together to correct it. Whether its been 6 months or 6 years, its never too
late to get back into a routine. At Associated Dentists we are always taking new patients
and we accept most insurance plans. Wed love to hear from you and answer any other
questions you may have.
1010 North Edge Trail Verona, WI (608) 848-4000
(corner of Hwy. M and Cross Country Rd.)



Q. Youve just tried to e-file your tax return and discovered that someone used your social security
number to file a tax return and claim a fraudulent refund. Now what?

A. Identity theft and tax return fraud are two of the top cyber crimes. If you are an identity theft victim, follow

these steps: File with the FTC at identitytheft.gov. Contact one of the three major credit bureaus and place a fraud
alert on your credit records. If you find credit cards, bank accounts, or other financial accounts have been opened in
your name, take actions to close them immediately. IRS recommends these additional steps if you are a victim of taxrelated identity theft: Complete IRS Form 14039 Identity Theft Affidavit. Respond immediately to any IRS notice,
and if instructed to do so, go to IDVerify.irs.gov. Continue to pay your taxes and paper-file your tax return. If you do
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not reach a resolution with IRS, contact them at 1-800-908-4490 for special assistance. The Wisconsin Department
of Revenue is focused on preventing fraud from happening in the first place. They may suspect a fraudulent return is
being filed or they may randomly select your return for ID verification. They will then send out a notice telling you
to go to the Identity Verification section located on their website and take the identity theft quiz. You also may be asked to take additional steps to
prove your identity. Your return will not be processed until these steps are completed so, if you are contacted, take the quiz immediately.
Email me at dbaker@baker-launder.com to subscribe to our free monthly tax e-newsletter.


Q. What Alternatives Are There to the Courtroom? Small Claims Mediation

A. Mediation is a process when two or more parties agree to a neutral impartial third party,

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as a unilateral knee replacement, is

considered when only one compartment of the knee has compromised articular
cartilage. This procedure has the following benefits: a smaller incision is required, there
is less blood loss from the procedure, the patient tends to recover more quickly and the
remaining intact cartilage of the knee is not disrupted. The existing ligaments in the knee
joint, particularly the ACL, need to be intact for a successful partial knee replacement
and recovery. Many patients will wait until the pain and/or damage from arthritis is
Susan Armstrong, MPT severe before consulting an orthopedic surgeon. The surgeon may determine that there
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is too much damage to the articular surfaces and recommend a total knee replacement.
In either situation, physical therapy is an important part of the recovery process. Contact
Stellar Rehabilitation to find an experienced outpatient orthopedic PT who can design
an individualized treatment plan just for your needs - www.stellarrehab.com.