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Spring election

Mayor, all
8 alders up
for election

Get Festive With

Agora photos
Page 2
Tax bills sent out
Page 3


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Verona school
board approves
charter for VAIS
Page 9


Photo by Scott Girard

Some places around Fitchburg, like here along Whitney Way, have sidewalks that end in the middle of a street, leaving a
sidewalk on just one or neither side of the road. Many people in these established neighborhoods have expressed strong
opposition to adding sidewalks.

Where the sidewalks end

Heated debate returns amid bike and ped plan discussion


Resolution requirements

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Edgewood girls
swimming repeats
as state champs
Page 13


Thirsty Goat offers

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Page 20

When Ronald and Mary Buchholz

moved to Fitchburg in 2003, they
sought out a neighborhood without
They had an understanding that
was how it would be.
Its a lifestyle and something that
people enjoy and want to preserve,
said Ronald, who recalled growing
up on a corner lot in Milwaukee and
hating shoveling.
Its nearly guaranteed the Buchholzes and others concerned about
maintaining that lifestyle wont have
to worry about any changes for now.
That long-term outlook is now the
hot topic when it comes to sidewalks,
which have been a divisive issue in
the city since 2008. That year, many
of the same residents grew concerned
the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan
approved that year would force their
established neighborhoods to allow
sidewalks where there were none.
A resolution passed two years later, R-75-10, prohibited that from
happening unless residents of the
neighborhood requested them.
But that resolution will sunset
with approval of the new bicycle
and pedestrian plan, which is nearing completion after public input and
revisions. So a group of four alders


The resolution proposed by four alders would require the following conditions for sidewalks to be installed in existing neighborhoods without them:
Street segment recommended for pedestrian improvements in 2016
Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan and subsequent updates
Sidewalk or path requested by neighborhood residents or qualitatively
documented as the only solution to hazardous condition
Affected property owners agree unanimously to installation
If area is within urban service area and sidewalk is requested by resident,
city will follow current assessment policy
If sidewalk is requested by city, entire cost of sidewalk installation will be
covered by the city
has proposed a new resolution that
would restate the provisions of R-7510 namely requiring neighborhood
support for adding in sidewalks.
Even Mayor Steve Arnold a longtime supporter of creating a more
complete sidewalk network in the
city acknowledged that its clear
this time there should not be new
sidewalks in the bike and ped plan.
Hes directly stated multiple times
that the plan does not call for new
But others are skeptical and worry
there will be a workaround.

The key thing is to find language

that everybody can live with, said
Jay Hochmuth, who has led the effort
to oppose sidewalks in the Seminole
Forest neighborhood. And the language is in the resolution.
Arnold, who voted against R-7510, has said any policy on sidewalks
should be contained within the 2016
Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan, rather
than in a separate ordinance. He added that the newest draft of the plan
includes an even stronger prohibition

Barely a month after the

presidential election, candidates are already preparing
for next April.
In Fitchburg, all eight
alders and the mayor are
up for election every two
years, often creating a
packed ballot. Last year,
nearly every seat had two
candidates and there were
four running for mayor.
Add in candidates for
each of the local school
boards and an expected referendum for Verona Area
School District residents,
and voters will have much
to study for April 4.
Nomination papers for
the spring 2017 election are
available as of Dec. 1 and
must be returned by Jan. 3
with the required number
of signatures, which varies
by seat. Those interested in
running for an open seat in
the city can get nomination
papers at City Hall.
Declarations of non-candidacy from incumbents are
due Dec. 23.

City of Fitchburg
Incumbent Mayor Steve
Arnold has not decided
whether he will run for
re-election, but at least one
alder is looking for a promotion.
Ald. Jason Gonzalez told
the Star he is running for
the mayor position, which
will leave his District 3
aldermanic seat open for a
Incumbent Dist. 2 Ald.
Julia Arata-Fratta, who was
first elected two years ago,
announced she will run for
re-election, as will Dorothy Krause (D-1) and Tony
Hartmann (D-4). All have

Turn to Election/Page 21

Gonzalez plans to
run for mayor

Turn to Sidewalks/Page 21

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Elevated Uptown Living





December 9, 2016


Fitchburg Star

Getting festive in Fitchburg

The Get Festive with Agora event on Thursday, Dec. 1, featured horse-drawn carriage rides, holiday
music, luminary lights to benefit Agrace HospiceCare, a photo booth, hot chocolate and other snacks and
crafts for kids.

Whats online?
Read these and
other news stories
from the past month at

Family receives
racist letter
A p a i r o f fa m i l i e s
received a racist letter
the week after the Nov. 9
election, which included
a note that Trump won.
The letter, which was
received by a Fitchburg
resident of Indian descent,
according to Madison365,
asked the womans family and another family to
no longer appear at the
West Side Swim Club,
where both are members,
according to news reports.
The letter includes
offensive terms for black
people, encourages segregation and calls the families race traitors.

Fitchburg woman
crashes SUV in Lake
Mendota, dies
Photos by Samantha Christian

Marcy and the Highlights members Ken and Marcy Heim, of Fitchburg, and Tom Dehlinger, of Brooklyn, perform holiday music at the Fitchburg Chamber of Commerce.

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See more holiday-themed photos:


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The Fitchburg Public craft options as well as a

Library holiday craft event, cookie decorating station.
on Dec. 6, offered four Crafts included a Rudolph
gift box, a toilet paper tube
snowman, holiday cards
and a clothespin tree.

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antlers on

Make your Holiday Party

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County Board
approves budget
The Dane County Board approved the
countys 2017 budget in
The discussion included criticism from County
Executive Joe Parisi about
a proposed pay raise for
county supervisors.

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Thomas Westerman, 19 months, of Fitchburg, moves along to the holiday music.

A 51-year-old Fitchburg
woman died after crashing
her SUV into Lake Mendota in Madison in late
Julie Bush Metcalfe,
51, was the wife of businessman Tim Metcalfe,
who serves as president
and co-owner of Madison
and Wauwatosa supermarket chain Metcalfes
Divers recovered Bush
Metcalfes body around
7:30 a.m. Nov. 28, Madison.com reported.
Blackhawk Church pastor Chris Dolson, serving
as a spokesperson for the
family, said Bush Metcalfe had battled depression and that it appears
she intentionally drove
her vehicle into the lake,
Channel3000.com reported.


December 9, 2016

Fitchburg Star

City of Fitchburg

Verona Area School District



$ inc. % inc.
City of Fitchburg
Dane County
$.17 $.17 $0 0.3
$.95 $.99 $.04 4.4
$10.42 $10.39 -$0.3 -0.3
Net taxes
Avg. home value $262,800 $272,800 $10,000 3.8
Avg. tax bill
Lottery credit
$125.91 $150.99
First $ credit
Garbage fee

Fitchburg Star editor

Overall tax rates in the

City of Fitchburg have
increased by 1-2 percent,
depending on school district. But home values
have increased, making
many bills larger than
The city compiled its
extraordinarily complicated taxes last week with
the hope of getting them
in the mail early next
The numbers finance
director Misty Dodge sent
the Star on Nov. 30 show
school and other property taxes holding mostly steady, limiting the
impact of the citys 3 percent tax increase across
the citys three school
districts. Overall tax rates
increased by 2 percent in
the Oregon School District; they were 1.1 percent in the Verona Area
School District and 1 percent in the Madison Metropolitan School District.
However, because home
values have increased
over the past year, many
homeowners will have tax
bills significantly higher
than that. Overall, property values increased by 4
percent on average, making the impact to the average taxpayer closer to 6
So while alders were
much more content with
this years proposed budget and offered far fewer
cost-cutting amendments
than they had the previous
year because of the much
lower initial (and final)
rate, the average Fitchburg taxpayer will feel it
more this year.
In VASD, for example,
the average Fitchburg
home paid $6,055 in taxes in 2015, and its tax
bill is $300 higher this
year, mostly because that
homes value would have
increased about $10,000.
But the hike to overall
taxes on that average home
was just over $100 between
2014 and 2015, even though
city tax rates increased by
twice as much during that
period as they did this past
City assessor Dell Zwieg
told the Star condominium
prices are seeing a large
rebound and will feel the
brunt of these increases.
He said 12 of the citys 48
neighborhoods will not
have any change in assessed
values, and that most of
them are 40 to 50 years old.
Each city has its own way
of revaluing properties;
there is no set state standard. Some keep the same
assessed values each year
and apply a multiplication
factor to match the states
equalized value. Others
revalue parts of their city
each year on a rolling basis.
Fitchburg adjusts
assessed values for its entire
stock of homes each year to
keep city properties consistent with the equalized

Oregon School District

$ inc. % inc.
City of Fitchburg
Dane County
$.17 $.17 $0 0.3
$.95 $.99 $.04 4.4
$9.96 $10.13 $.17 1.7
Net taxes
Avg. home value $262,800 $272,800 $10,000 3.8
Avg. tax bill
$6,284 $349.84
Lottery credit
$127.15 $147.81
First $ credit
Garbage fee

Madison Metropolitan
School District taxes
$ inc. % inc.
City of Fitchburg
Dane County
$.17 $.17 $0 0.3
$.95 $.99 -$.05 0.4
$10.37 $10.33 $.24 -0.5
Net taxes
$23.23 $295.40
Avg. home value $262,800 $272,800 $10,000 3.8
Avg. tax bill
$6,337 $295.40
Lottery credit
$126.86 $150,18
First $ credit
Garbage fee

values the state publishes, though areas where the

overall increase based on
comparable sales was statistically insignificant are
left alone in any given year.
While this method prevents shocking jumps for
some homes every three to
five years that are seen in
other communities, it provides a wide variation in
how some homeowners
taxes come out each year.
One person might see an
increase of 10 or 15 percent
overall while another sees
practically no increase or
even a decrease.
These revaluations added
$40 million of taxable value to the citys rolls, Zwieg
reported, for an average of
about 4 percent. However,
that doesnt give the city
extra spending power; rather it reallocates where the
money comes from.
Dodge said bills were
sent to the county Monday and the expected turnaround time is about four
days. She expects them to

arrive around Dec. 15, and

the state requires them to
arrive by Dec. 19.
The first half of tax bills
are due Jan. 31, but many
homeowners pay all or part
of the bill before the end of
the year to count it toward
their 2015 taxes. Payments
postmarked by Dec. 31 will
be credited as a December
payment for tax purposes.
Another state requirement with the tax bills is a
notification in the mailing
of the impact of any non-recurring referendums. VASD
passed a land-purchase
referendum last year, and
MMSD had a referendum
pass this year. OSD had a
recurring referendum pass
this year; it will not be noted on the bills.
To see your tax information online, visit the public
access portal of AccessDane at accessdane.co.wi.
Email Fitchburg Star
editor Jim Ferolie at

New options for

eastside station
Fire could keep
space on Lacy Road
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The city could be making

some significant adjustments to its plans for the
second of two new fire and
EMS stations. One option
proposed by the Fitchburg
Fire Department is to retain
space in one of its existing
facilities to cut costs.
The facility, which will
be located on the citys
northeast side at the corner of Syene and Clayton
roads on a site the city
purchased earlier this fall,
was already expected to be
significantly larger than
the 24,000-square-foot
westside station currently under construction at
2931 Marketplace Dr. But
the potential addition of a
basement space for training, storage and emergency shelter, as well as more
planned space for EMS
vehicles, has increased the
buildings potential footprint from just over 31,000
square feet to 38,783,
according to rough estimates by the fire department.
While an updated cost
estimate was not given for the additions, the
citys estimate earlier
this year of about $11.5
million for the eastside
station far exceeded early
Officials were
informed earlier this year
that completing both stations could cost about
$18 million, compared
with a combined estimate
of $13.5 million in 2014.
But in an effort to save
money, fire department
officials have suggested
maintaining the admini s t r a t ive s p a c e a t t h e
current Fire Station No.
1 on Lacy Road rather
than moving it to the new
If the lights and water
are going to stay on at

that facility, do I really

need another office on the
other side of town, or do
I utilize what we already
h ave a n d n o t i n c r e a s e
the cost of construction
somewhere else when the
resources already exist?
fire chief Joe Pulvermacher asked the Fire Station
Oversight Committee last
M a y o r S t eve A r n o l d
said at the meeting discussion around the idea had
so far consisted of mostly
offline conversations,
and that the administrative
space could also eventually be housed on the same
site of a new police station. Rough calculations
made by fire department
s t a ff a n d c i t y p l a n n e r
Tom Hovel found the plan
could reduce the new stations footprint by 3,700 to
4,100 square feet and save
about $850,000.
Arnold told alders at the
Nov. 22 Common Council meeting the oversight
committee would discuss
the proposal more in-depth
at its next meeting before
presenting options to the
council. Hovel said SEH,

the project architect, is

contracted to design two
conceptual floor plans,
starting with the current
space needs with the
idea if we decide to examine that other option, we
would have the other floor
plan for the smaller station that would not have
administrative offices.
Bidding on the project
is expected in late April or
May 2017, with full occupancy projected for July

West station on
Dennis Limmex, a senior
project manager for TriNorth, the projects construction manager, told the
Star on Monday construction on the westside station
is moving right on schedule. He said the goal is to
install the buildings roof
and temporary enclosures
in the next few weeks so
interior work and installation of windows and doors
can take place in the winter
Contact Kate Newton at

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December 9, 2016

Letters to the editor

Tower Hill support appreciated

Thank you to all the
people and businesses that
helped to make the Tower
Hill Pig Roast fundraiser on
Oct. 22 a huge success. It
was heart-warming that so
many people came to give

support to our neighbors.

And to all the people who
generously contributed
additional money or
resources, thank you.
Lindy Bass,
City of Fitchburg

Dog park benefits outweigh risks

We are thrilled with the
Common Councils recent
approval of Resolution
R-174-16 Approval of
Dog Park Location and
Preliminary Site Plan at
the northeast corner of
Irish Lane and South Fish
Hatchery Road. We are
very happy the Council has
chosen to move forward
with the process to provide
Fitchburg residents this
much-wanted and muchneeded amenity, and believe
the benefits far outweigh
any risks associated with
establishing this park.
The Fitchburg Dog Park
Advocates is a group of
motivated residents working
with the City of Fitchburg to
establish its first off-leash,


Fitchburg Star

fenced dog park. To make

the dog park a reality, the
FDPA is committed to
raising money to match
existing park funds from the
city and provide additional
amenities like a kiosk,
benches, a picnic table, a
bike rack, waste stations
and tree plantings. We
encourage all individuals,
families and businesses
who share our excitement
about the future park to
donate what they can to
help make this a reality by
visiting fitchburgdogpark.
Rachel Holdener, Laura
Portz and Amy Steger,
Fitchburg Dog Park


Because of a production error, last month's Star incorrectly identified a woman in the front-page photo with story,
"A proactive paradigm." The woman's name is Sally MattsHealy. The Star regrets the error.

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From the Editors Desk

Elections are begging

for your involvement

very two years, Fitchburg gets a

completely new government.
I have my own opinions about
that system, which is a breeding ground
for the sort of chaos weve seen all too
often the past 18 months in the Common Council chambers, but it is the
system we have.
And in any case, it represents a fresh
opportunity for anyone thinking about
taking part in serving
their community.
Fitchburg doesnt
have as much trouble
drawing candidates
as some of the communities I cover
do. We actually had
contested elections
for almost every seat
last time.
But more participation would still
benefit us all because we need to have
and make good choices.
Because each election is only every
two years and because each one
involves every seat at once and any
alder who loses in a mayoral race is
also off the council, it carries the potential of a large degree of turnover and,
often, serious difficulties getting anything done.
Its certainly fair, but it can also be
It can be complicated if you have a
significant number of new representatives, because theres a long learning
curve, with the background of city
issues, personalities, procedures, city
ordinances and state laws. And if you
have just the wrong mix, it can take
months to get political differences sorted out.

That was the case immediately after

the last election, and to a lesser extent
this year, when we had several issues
that went to a veto and were either barely sustained or barely overturned.
The only real prevention is to have
voters engaged, and to have them
engaged on a personal level, rather than
reacting to a small number of specific
issues. Thats how you keep government local and honest, as it should be,
rather than competitive and self-serving, as state and national government
too often is.
Last year, for example, Mayor Steve
Arnold campaigned heavily on preventing excessive growth into the already
approved Northeast Neighborhood and
swept into office by a razor-thin margin. His opponent, Shawn Pfaff, put a
strangely high degree of emphasis in
many neighborhoods on preventing the
construction of sidewalks there.
Both were ironic in both cause and
result. The sidewalk issue is a staff-led
project that never really had a chance of
being what people feared, and with the
Northeast Neighborhood, Arnold ended
up agreeing with an expansion anyway,
upsetting some of his base. In both cases, these single issues defined much of
what came after, even though most of it
had nothing to do with either.
Thats why its so essential citizens
continue to get involved, both as voters
and as candidates. If voters get to know
a candidate who is willing to get to the
bottom of issues and work with others
to accomplish things for the community, they wont resort to voting for
sound bites, scare tactics or single-issue
The more voters get to know their
city (or school district) and set their

sights on issues beyond the one that

bothers them or is in their backyard,
the more theyll be able to recognize
a committed, honest candidate who is
driven to make decisions for the good
of the community and compromise
when necessary. The more voters get
to know these issues, the more some of
them will find themselves interested in
being part of the process.
Some will run. And the more challengers there are, the more the candidates will need to make their campaigns
about what they will do, rather than
fear-mongering about what their opponents might.
Others will find they arent cut out for
politics but realize they have an interest
in serving on commissions. There are
all sorts of niche boards, like Agriculture and Rural Affairs, Landmarks
Preservation, Resource Conservation
and so on.
Anyone can take out nomination
papers this month, start circulating them
and get familiar with local issues, and
then change your mind after you start
campaigning if you realize its not your
thing. Hopefully, those who do will
focus their attention on educating their
friends and neighbors or getting on a
However it ends up, I encourage
everyone to get involved somehow.
Youll learn a lot, and even if you run
and lose, you can think of it as a chance
to keep elected officials on their toes
and connected.
Jim Ferolie is the editor of Unified
Newspaper Group, which publishes
the Fitchburg Star, Oregon Observer,
Verona Press and Stoughton Courier

Healthy Living

Enjoy the holidays without the guilt

ere smack dab in

the middle of the
holiday frenzy.
The five weeks of holiday
indulgence from parties, family dinners and the continuous smorgasbord of sweets
in the office has officially
hit. Stress, social eating and
schedule overload can be the
storm for
of us start
the season
with good
to ourselves this
year will
be different. But as we see
another plate of those Oreo
truffles being passed around,
our willpower collapses and
the temptation can no longer
be resisted.
I know, Ive tried doing
that before, too.
The good news is you
dont have to resist! As a
registered dietitian, I give
you full permission to have
that Oreo truffle, peppermint
fudge or cookie without the
guilt or remorse. Finding a
balance between restrictions
and overeating, such as
allowing yourself a treat once
in a while, may actually be
what you need to keep the
weight off this holiday season and throughout the New

Just like any time of year,
restrictions dont end up
working very well for us
during the holidays, especially when it comes to our
If we restrict ourselves
of anything, were more
likely to be tempted by it.
As a result, well often end
up binging on the thing we
wanted most, not to mention a lot of other foods we
wouldnt normally eat. Rather than feeling satisfied, this
leaves us feeling guilty, sick
and perhaps even upset.
This vicious cycle of
restricting, binging and feeling guilty continues until we
finally realize that forming
a healthier relationship with
food is the only way to break
the cycle.
This time of year is the
perfect time to practice
changing your relationship
with food and creating a
healthy balance. Here are
some tips on how to get

Eat with intention and


with full attention on your

food and body.
Doing this helps you more
fully enjoy the eating experience and leaves you satisfied
rather than stuffed.

Eat when youre

physically hungry
Instead of eating because
everybody else is eating or
because youre bored at the
work party, listen to your
body and decide whether
youre actually physically
hungry before you dig in.
Eating when youre truly
hungry will help you fully
enjoy what youre eating.

Savor each bite

Choose foods that taste
good to maximize your
enjoyment. One of my favorite sayings is, If you dont
love it, dont eat it. But if you
love it, savor it.
This is especially true
during the holidays when
there are treats and appetizers at every turn. Mindfully
eating helps you avoid having the throw in the towel
mindset and guides you to
have foods you truly want
and leave behind the rest.

Food rules are abundant

around the holidays, and we
Know you can have it
often can get in the trap of
making ourselves abide by
several of these rules. Rather
Avoid telling yourself I
than focusing on external
only have this once a
food rules, set your intentions
on how you want to feel after year. Instead, tell yourself,
I can have more later.
you get done eating and eat
Research has shown that

those who know they can

have the meal or food another
time often eat less than those
who think its the only time
theyll be able to have it.
Similar to the law of
diminishing returns, that first
bite of pie always tastes the
best. Each bite after that is
progressively less satisfying
as you become less and less
hungry. Remind yourself itll
taste better if you set it aside
for another time.

Say no to food
We know who they are,
and you may be one yourself
the family member who
pressures you to eat more or
urges you to try a new holiday dish when youre already
Brainstorm and rehearse
ahead of time how to handle
these situations to make it
easier to say no. Politely
saying, This is delicious, but
Im full, or a simple, No,
thank you, on repeat will
likely do the trick.
Kara Hoerr, MS, RDN,
CD, is the registered
dietitian at the Fitchburg
Hy-Vee. For nutrition information or questions, contact her at khoerr@hy-vee.
com or (608) 273-5125.
This information is not
intended as medical advice.
Please consult a medical professional for individual advice.



December 9, 2016

Legislative Opinion

Letter to the editor

Rumors, fears dont benefit taxpayers

down trees and put sidewalks
in front of their houses. They
know it is a hot button, and
it works to get people afraid
and angry.
I can assure you this is not
going to happen, as no one
on the
council is
in favor of
this idea.
No retrofitted sidewalks are
and I dont
know of
any plan
to propose
this in the future.
On the issue of cul-desacs, it was mentioned in
the mayors cover letter to a
proposed budget that some
municipalities have opted to
privatize cul-de-sacs. This
same letter then stated this
was a bad idea and that we
need to fund our roads properly through the budget process which is exactly what

was proposed.
The false rumor that was
spread then was: The council is going to privatize your
Again, it was a complete
lie, but the same folks spread
the wrong information for
political gains, and then we
have debates over issues no
one is proposing.
The voters who elected
us would rather we focus on
things our residents actually
want, like safe parks, safe
roads and transit, green energy, a hardware store, more
small restaurants, lower tax
burdens, well-plowed roads,
bike trails, clean water,
responsible and effective
police and quick EMT and
fire response.
Instead, we spend countless hours and energy on
false rumors, rampant speculation and personal attacks,
all working together to drive
down the citizens trust and
faith in the city and elected
officials and pushing the

Column contained inaccuracies

While paging through
the Nov. 11 Fitchburg
Star, I came across the
Community Voices
opinion piece by
Michael Leon entitled
Voting must be free of
interference. On the
surface, the sentiment of
his article is laudable. It is
most certainly true but
the polling-place incident
to which he alludes as
the basis for the article is
certainly not accurately
On Aug. 9, Mr. Leon
failed to comply with
legal requirements stated
in exactly the same
manner to every voter
at that location. I know,
because I was sitting
at the table holding the
voter number he was
to receive when he had
given the information
repeatedly requested.
In a trice he became
belligerent, accusing
the election inspectors
of being Republican
poll-workers suppressing
his vote. (How would
he know partisan
preferences? As it
happened, the people
I know there held a

public further out of the process. That is the opposite of

what we should be striving
Getting past this starts with
being trustworthy public servants. That means replying to
citizens who contact us and
being honest and forthcoming. It means voting in the
best interests of the citizens
of this city and doing what is
best in the long term to save
taxpayers money and eliminate waste.
We should put our energy
into getting informed, meeting and talking with each
other, gathering public input
and making informed, fair,
forward-looking decisions
for our city. Only then can
we move past this together
and start to get the things
done that our citizens want
for our city.
Jake Johnson represents
District 4 as an alder on the
Fitchburg Common Council.

Resource Conservation Commission

LED lights can really save energy, money

If youve driven, walked or
bicycled along certain streets
in Fitchburg, you might have
noticed that the city has
several new, more focal and
brighter street lights.
One by one, the old are
being replaced with LED
(light emitting diode) fixtures
and bulbs.
Just as we can make a
serious dent in our long-term
household or business expenditures and carbon footprint by considering solar
or wind power, we can also
do so by taking a moment to
replace our lights.
As a Popular Mechanics
report in 2014 put it, LEDs
offer the most sustainable
and exciting alternative to
incandescents (conventional
bulbs) because of their efficiency, safety, long lifetime,
simple disposal and falling
The average efficiency,
Popular Mechanics noted, is
78 lumens per watt (lm/w),
far more than the 13 lm/w for
an incandescent and about
18 lm/w for a halogen equivalent.
LED lights cost more
upfront than incandescent or
compact fluorescent (CFL)
bulbs, but unlike the CFLs
that were being pushed so
hard a few years back, these
really do last much longer.
LEDs are projected to last
50,000 hours, compared with
10,000 hours for a CFL bulb

of many household replacements to below $5. Thats

considerably more than an
incandescent, but since LED
bulbs consume one-sixth the
energy of incandescents and
last up to 25 times longer,
replacing a 60-watt incandescent with an LED equivalent
will save you $130 in energy
costs over the new bulbs
and 2,000 hours for an incan- (usually made of gallium
nitride). Between the two,
The average American
descent bulb, according to
household could slash $150
the Solid Waste Management the negative electrons from
Coordinating Board, which
one semiconductor and the
from its annual energy bill by
strives to reduce waste in the electron holes from the other replacing all incandescents
Twin Cities. And as Energy
combine, producing a photon with LED bulbs.
of light. When you apply
You can also get LED holStar notes, LED bulbs generally do not fail all at once,
more electricity, it produces
iday lights, and can find them
they just produce less light.
more photons.
almost everywhere you buy
Furthermore, theyre
LEDs are also safer than
regular holiday lights now.
both CFLs and incandescent
smarter with embedded
To make the conversion
microchips in them and
easier, the wiring and cords
can be pointed just where
There is no mercury in
of old holiday lights can be
LEDs, unlike CFLs, so they
you want or need the light.
recycled. Just bring old light
Importantly, they are cooler
present no greater challenge
strings to our Fitchburg City
than other bulbs. Thats
for disposal than the old
Hall drop-off location this
because energy is not being
incandescents, and they
season and the city will take
Unique and Local
wasted through conventionwont shatter. In a bag, they
care of the rest.
may be disposed of with your
al filaments or fluorescent
Wishing you a brighter,
Shop Small!
regular trash pickup.
safer and more efficient holiheat-loss. An incandescent
LED recycling is still
bulb gives off 90 percent of
day season!
its energy as heat, according evolving, but since so few
have failed (burned out), so
to Energy Star, while a CFL
Tony Hartmann is a Disfar theres little call for this.
wastes nearly 80 percent as
trict 4 alder and member of
608-467-3431 3orangedoors.com
LEDs originally were very Fitchburgs Resource Conserheat.
2789 Fitchrona Rd. Off Nesbitt Madison
expensive. But as with most
But LEDs are cool in the
vation Commission.
Monday-Saturday 11-4, Sunday 12-3
other sense, too. According
new technology, demand
to a 2013 report from Popular has increased and manuScience suggesting LEDs
facturing processes have
were about to become highbecome more streamlined,
ly popular, they make light
so costs have plummeted.
using a positive-type and a
In addition, utility company
negative-type semiconductor rebates have driven the price



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Three Orange Doors



Fitchburg finance director

earns financial reporting award
City of Fitchburg finance
director Misty Dodge has
been recognized by a
North American finance
for excellence
in financial
according to a
news release Dodge
from the city.
received the award from

different view and the

election observer present
was from the Democratic
In his blog a few days
later, he also invoked
discrimination against
a minority. Ive known
Mike Leon for decades,
and I had no idea of
any particular ethnicity
or national heritage.
Nonetheless, when I wrote
a just-the-facts response to
his blog article, he refused
to publish it for being
racist, stating that he
hates those (plural noun
not usually published).
Despite the personal
slur, I let this go. He
wouldnt put what I
wrote on his blog in any
case. But, as he himself
concluded his article
of Nov. 11, silence is
acceptance. Seeing his
misrepresentation of the
incident now published in
the press, I think that the
truth should be known to
the public as well.
I did not know that he
had received a citation,
but there was a reason for
Ronald J. Johnson,
City of Fitchburg


t has been an interesting

experience the past two
years on the Common
Between those moments
where you can actually help
folks out and get important
things done, there has been a
seemingly ever-present ugly
cloud of rumors, secrecy,
ridicule, obstructionism, personal attacks and spreading
of false information for political gains that has existed
over this council. It seems the
gridlock and petty politics in
Congress is mirroring itself
in our city, and we need to
get past this.
With sidewalks, many citizens believe the city is planning to retrofit them into older neighborhoods where the
residents dont want them.
A few past and current
public officials have been
fanning these flames for
over a decade to confuse
the public and get them to
believe there is some sort of
underground plan to chop

Fitchburg Star

the Government Finance

Officers Association of the
United States and Canada
(GFOA) for her work on the
citys comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR).
The award, known as the
Certificate of Achievement
for Excellence in Financial
Reporting, is the highest
form of recognition in the area
of governmental accounting
and financial reporting, and
its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a

government and its management, the release said.

To earn the award, the
CAFR had to demonstrate a
constructive spirit of full
disclosure to clearly communicate its financial story,
according to the release.
The GFOA is a nonprofit
association serving approximately 17,500 government
finance professionals, and is
based in Chicago and Washington, D.C.
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December 9, 2016


Fitchburg Star

Calendar of Events

Get Connected

Saturday, Dec. 10

9 a.m. to noon, Visit

with Santa, refreshments
and crafts, Wisconsin
Bank and Trust,
6180 Verona Road,
9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Fitchburg Farms first annual
craft fair, 1839 County
Road MM, 819-6693
10:30-11:30 a.m., Star
Wars Party (ages 5-12),
library, 729-1760
2-3 p.m., Chinese Craft
and Storytime (ages
2-5), library, 729-1760
2-4 p.m., Catherine
Dickens presentation
with Jessica Michna,
library, 729-1760

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Sunday, Dec. 11


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Monday, Dec. 12

(ages 9-12), library, 7291760

Thursday, Dec. 15

1 p.m., Bouncing
Babies storytime, library,
3-6 p.m., Fitchburg
Winter Farmers Market,
Fitchburg Community
Center, 5510 Lacy Road,
6-7 p.m., Guys Read
book group (ages 9-12),
library, 729-1760

Friday, Dec. 16

9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Medication check-up program

(by appointment only),
senior center, 270-4290
10:30 a.m., iPad class
with FACTv (registration
required), senior center,

Saturday, Dec. 17

1-3 p.m., Legos at

the library (ages 5-12),
library, 729-1760

library, 729-1760
7 p.m., Android Basics
class (registration
required), library, 7291763

Tuesday, Jan. 3

11-11:45 a.m., Lapsit

Storytime, library, 7291760

Wednesday, Jan. 4

6-7 p.m., Read Like

a Girl Book Club (ages
5-8), library, 729-1760

Thursday, Jan. 5

10-11 a.m., Beach Day

Storytime (ages 2-5),
library, 729-1760
6-7 p.m., Jumbo Board
Game Night (ages 9-12),
library, 729-1760

Saturday, Jan. 7

1-3 p.m., Legos at the

Library program (ages
5-12), library, 729-1760

Monday, Jan. 9


9:30 a.m., Preschool

11 a.m., Surviving an
Storytime (ages 2-5),
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Frame repair and glass replacement
class (register), library,
Josalyn Longley, senior
ter, 270-4290

draft plan open house,
Thursday, Jan. 12
Tuesday, Dec. 13
Fitchburg Room, Fitch
a.m., Chil 1-4 p.m., Drawing and
burg Community Center, drens language developpainting workshop ($20; 5510 Lacy Road, 270ment storytime, library,
registration required),
senior center, 270-4290
7-8 p.m., Skype 101
10 a.m., Downsizing
2 p.m., Mens Group
class (register), library,
the Easy Way program,
meeting, senior center,
senior center, 270-4290
1 p.m., Bouncing

6-7 p.m., Brownie in
Babies storytime, library,
a Mug program (ages
5-6:20 p.m., R.E.A.D.
13-17), library, 729-1760 to a Dog (grades K-5;
1:30 p.m., REACH
7:30 p.m., Common
after 9
Book Club: In the Lake
Cheese Bread with any
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Hall council chambers,
7 p.m., Plan
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p.m., Candy Sushi
7 p.m., King James
program (ages 9-12),
Way Park open house,
5:30 p.m., Library
library, 729-1760
Fitchburg Fire Station #2, board meeting, library
Saturday, Jan. 14
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Thursday, Dec. 22

a.m. to 6 p.m.,

Late Night Delivery. Dine-in. Carry-out. Catering.
7-7:45 p.m., Mother
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Fitchburg Community
Center, 5510 Lacy Road, 13-17), library, 729-1760
Monday, Jan. 16
9:30 a.m., Preschool
Friday, Dec. 23
Storytime (ages 2-5),
Library, senior center
library, 729-1760
4-5 p.m., Mario Kart
Saturday, Dec. 24
Tournament (ages 9-12),
Library closed
library, 729-1760
7 p.m., Library Digital
Sunday, Dec. 25
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Monday, Dec. 26

Longest Night for the

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Voices from Jewish, Christian

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Wednesday, December 21, 7:00 p.m.

7:30 p.m., Common

Council meeting, City
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Tuesday, Dec. 27

Christmas Eve

Thursday, Dec. 29

3-6 p.m., Fitchburg

Winter Farmers Market,
Fitchburg Community
Center, 5510 Lacy Road,

Family Service at 5:00 p.m.

Candles, Carols & Communion at 7:00 p.m.

Christmas Day

Saturday, Dec. 31

One service at 10:00 a.m.

10:30 a.m. to 12:30

p.m., Noon Years Eve
Party (ages 2-5), library,
5 p.m., Library closes

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Wednesday, Jan. 18

10-11 a.m., Wednesday

Morning Book Discussion: Calebs Crossing
by Geraldine Brooks,
library, 729-1760
7-7:45 p.m., Mother
Daughter Book Club
(ages 9-12), library, 7291760

Thursday, Jan. 19

6-6:40 p.m., Guys

Read book group (ages
9-12), library, 729-1760

Friday, Jan. 20

10-11 a.m., Drop-in

winter crafting program
(ages 2-5), library, 7291760

Saturday, Jan. 21

10:30-11:30 a.m., Baby

Sunday, Jan. 1
Sign Language program,
New Years Day: Library library, 729-1760
Monday, Jan. 23

Monday, Jan. 2

9:30 a.m., Preschool

Storytime (ages 2-5),

9:30 a.m., Preschool

Storytime (ages 2-5),
library, 729-1760


December 9, 2016

Fitchburg Star

Kids holiday party returns for 30th year Sunday at Community Center
After hosting a holiday party for community kids for three
decades, Fitchburg Recreation
Department director Chad Sigl
said organizers have come to
expect a packed house every
The 30th annual event, set for
1-4p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11, at the
Fitchburg Community Center,

Coming Up
Indoor farmers market
The Fitchburg Winter
Farmers Market will be located indoors at the Fitchburg
Community Center, 5510
Lacy Road, from 3-6 p.m.
Thursdays in December.
The market includes fresh
produce, jams and preserves,
cheese, meats and seafood,
baked goods, confections,
gluten free and organic
options and other seasonal
items. For information, visit

will likely uphold that tradition,

with an afternoon full of free
activities planned on the centers
main and lower levels. There
will be face painting, arts and
crafts, cookie decorating and an
inflatable playground where kids
can burn some energy off after
snacking on popcorn balls and hot
chocolate, Sigl said.

and crafters will be present selling a variety of home

goods, metal art pieces, winter apparel, ornaments, candles and more.
For information, call 8196693.

Star Wars party

Create a lightsaber, play

an intergalactic game and
get creative with Yoda dough
during a Star Wars party from
10:30-11:30 a.m. Saturday,
Dec. 10, at the library.
This event is recommended
ages 5-12 and their famiLight recycling
lies, and costumes are encourRecycle old light strings aged. For information, call
that no longer work at the 729-1760.
Fitchburg City Hall, 5520
Lacy Road, through Jan. 30, Chinese storytime
Kids ages 2-5 can increase
A cart will be available their understanding of Chi24 hours a day in the lobby, nese culture and learn basic
where residents can drop off Mandarin language skills
non-working holiday light during a storytime from 2-3
strings and extension cords p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10, at the
for recycling. Any bulbs larg- library.
er than marble-size must be
The bilingual program
removed, and can be recycled will be led by Verona Area
separately at participating International School teacher
stores listed in Fitchburgs Lumei Huang. For informaRecycling Guide. For infor- tion, call 729-1760.
mation, visit fitchburgwi.gov/
Historical reenactment
Meet Catherine Dickens,
Gift donation
the wife of famed author
Donate a gift to the senior Charles Dickens as recreated
centers Giving Tree for a by Jessica Michna, during a
senior who might not other- program from 2-4 p.m. Saturwise receive presents this hol- day, Dec. 10, at the library.
iday season by Monday, Dec.
In this first-person mono19.
logue, Mrs. Dickens will give
A tree is located in the front the audience a look into the
lobby, with gift ideas avail- lives of this couple and introable at the front desk. Par- duce the audience to such
ticipants should pick a male/ women as Nancy from Olifemale ornament off the tree, ver Twist, Miss Havisham
give their name to the recep- from Great Expectations
tionist, and then purchase and others. Michna will
a gift for $30 or less before appear in a period costume
placing the ornament on the and take questions from the
gift and returning it to the audience following the precenter. For information, call sentation.
For information, call 7291760.
Holiday open house
Participating businesses on
Nesbitt Road, Williamsburg
Way and Anton Drive will
hold a Jingle and Mingle
holiday open house event Saturday, Dec. 10.
The event, organized by
the Verona Road Business
Coalition, will include a visit
with Santa, refreshments and
crafts from 9 a.m. to noon at
Wisconsin Bank and Trust,
6180 Verona Road, as well
as an appearance by Yuletide Carolers from 10 a.m. to
noon at Quiveys Grove, 6261
Nesbitt Road, and from 11
a.m. to noon at Nesbitt Road
businesses. There will also be
kids activities, door prizes and
warm refreshments at various
For information or a full list
of participating businesses,
visit veronaroad.info.

Craft fair
Fitchburg Farms LLC,
1839 County Road MM, will
host its first annual craft fair
in its greenhouse from 9 a.m.
to 5 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 10.
More than 20 local vendors

Safety presentation

Its probably grown more so

within the past five years, but
its always been a well-attended
event, he added.
Santa will stop by for the duration of the party, and families can
line up to have their visit videotaped by FACTv. Attendees can
also check out the massive Lego
city and train that have made

decorate a coffee mug before

making a brownie inside from
6-7 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 13, at
the library. Participants can
take their mug home. For
information, call 729-1760.

appearances at past parties, Sigl

said, as well as a large cardboard
castle built by city project engineer Gus VanderWegen.
Volunteers interested in helping at this years party or future
events are encouraged to contact
the recreation department at 2704285.
Kate Newton

a.m. Thursday, Jan. 5, at the

library. The program is recommended for ages 2-5 and
their parents/caregivers, and
will include beach-themed
stories, songs and activities
designed to build early literElvis impersonator
acy skills. For information,
Elvis impersonator Tony call 729-1760.
Rocker will perform at 1
p.m. Monday, Dec. 19, at the Jumbo board games
Play jumbo-sized versions
senior center. The program
will be held on the upper lev- of popular board games
el, and lunch will be provided from 6-7 p.m. Thursday,
at noon (reservations required Jan. 5, at the library. There
by Dec. 16). For information will be life-sized games of
or to make lunch reservations, Connect 4, Jenga and more
for attendees ages 9-12 to
call 270-4290.
Medication check-ups play.
For information, call 729Those taking three or more 1760.
prescription, herbal or overthe-counter medications or Language storytime
Learn how to enhance
experiencing issues like dizziness, recent falls or forgetful- your childs language skills
ness can sign up for a medi- through reading from 9:30cation check-up at the senior 10:15 a.m. Thursday, Jan.
center from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 12, at the library.
Friday, Dec. 16.
Attendees will learn how
H o m e t ow n P h a r m a cy to incorporate songs and
pharmacist Thad Schumach- motor activities with books,
er will administer the check and there will be an opporups, which aim to assess the tunity for questions about
risks of having medication language developments. The
problems. If a risk is found,
Schumacher will follow-up
with your doctor and provide
ideas to help. For information
or to schedule an appointment, call 270-4290.

Skype class
Take a Skype 101 class
from 7-8 p.m. Monday, Dec.
19, at the library.
Attendees will learn how
to create an account and get
started with the program.
Bring your own device to
follow along or join the class
for a demonstration. Handouts will be provided to
bring home. Registration is
required. For information or
to register, call 729-1763.

If You Go
What: 30th annual Childrens
Holiday Party
When: 1-4p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11
Where: Fitchburg Community
Center, 5510 Lacy Road
Info: 270-4285

storytime will be led by a

licensed speech-language
pathologist and occupational therapist from Communication Innovations Pediatric
Therapy Services. For information, call 729-1760 or
visit therapymadison.com.

Work/life balance
Certified wellness coach
Janet Nodorft will discuss
how to effectively manage
work and home life during
a program from 6:30-7:30
p.m. Thursday, Jan. 12, at
the library. Nodorft will
explore changes in technology and workforce trends
and their impact, and participants will learn strategies to
manage their energy for better control in the new year.
For information, call 7291760.

Candy sushi
Preteens ages 9-12 can
learn how to transform regular candy into sushi-inspired
rolls from 4-5 p.m. Friday,
Jan. 13, at the library.
Attendees will vote on
the most colorful, the most

authentic and the Best in

Show creations. Registration is required. For information or to register, call

Book program
Choose a book based on
a short description during
the librarys Dont Judge a
Book by Its Cover program
from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 14. This program
is geared toward ages 13-17.
For information, call 7291760.

Library resources
Learn more about the digital and genealogy resources
the library offers at 7 p.m.
Mondays, Jan. 16 and 23.
The class on Jan. 16 will
explore Overdrive (a program that stores eBooks
and audiobooks), Flipster
(eMagazines) and more,
while the Jan. 23 class will
cover how to fill in family trees using Ancestry and
Heritage Quest. Registration
is required for both classes.
For information or to register, call 729-1763.

Indoor Farmers Market

November 3 - December 22
Thursdays 3 - 6 p.m.

Noon Years party

Ring in the New Year at the
library with stories, crafts,
science activities and a countdown and toast at the stroke
of noon at the librarys Noon
Years Eve Party from 10:30
a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Saturday,
Dec. 31. The event is recommended for ages 2-5 and their
parents/caregivers. For information, call 729-1760.

Those looking to be more

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Oregon schools

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After a resounding victory

for the Oregon School Districts teacher compensation
referendum Nov. 8, the focus
now for the district is getting on with the business of
teaching students.
The 7,876-4,326 result
(about 59-41 percent in
favor) is a clear indication of
support for the districts initiatives from the community,
particularly as it comes on
the heels of successful $54.6
million capital projects referendums in 2014.
Only two of the 18 various
precincts voted against the
referendum the towns of
Brooklyn (117-86 against)
and Montrose (10-8 against).
Superintendent Brian
Busler said in the next few
weeks, district staff will






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finalize all placement of district teachers on the new compensation plan and finalize
the budget phase-in of the
plan over the next three years.
He said administrators are
also setting the five additional professional development
days that will be added to
each OSD teacher contract.
We plan to have this work
completed by early December and have payroll adjustments made to our teaching
staff by the end of December, he said.
On Nov. 9, Busler and
Oregon School board President Steve Zach released a
statement expressing district

officials appreciation for

residents continued commitment to children in the
district and confidence in its
The overwhelming vote in
favor of the referendum question to fund our new teachers
compensation plan is an affirmation by the community of
the importance of educating
our children and putting the
best teachers in each classroom, the statement read.
We are dedicated to making
sure that your commitment to
our students and your partnership with our district results in
students who are prepared for
their futures.

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everyone who dedicated
time and effort over the
past three years to shape the
teacher compensation plan
into a successful referendum.
Our district is in a great
place today because of those
efforts, read the statement.
Busler, in an email to the
Observer, said he is humbled by the long-standing
support once again provided
by the community. He said
that will help the district
reach the vision outlined
in the community planning
event last August, which
identified educator compensation as a top priority.
Our community values,
trusts and supports our teachers and this is key to our ability to inspire and teach young
people and prepare them
for their futures, Busler
said. The approval of the
plan will help us ensure that
a great teacher is in every
classroom in our district.
Oregon Education Association president Tracey Leider
said shes bolstered by
the passing of the referendum. She said she knows of
at least five teachers who
were thinking of looking for
employment elsewhere that
are now planning to stay in
the district.
It indicates that our community values the education
our students receive and
appreciates the teachers that
give countless hours to this
profession, she said in an
email to the Observer. Im
especially excited for our
current staff members who
have weathered the uncertainty of no salary schedule
for so many years.
Leider said that in todays
post-Act 10 world, other districts will continue to find new
and creative ways to maintain
a staff of quality teachers.
We are lucky to have a
district that was willing to be
the lighthouse to take the
lead in finding solutions that
maintains our quality staff,
she said. Im grateful to all
the community and school
district members that worked
together to educate the community on the necessity of
the referendum and then
worked to help people understand that this is a long-term
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Verona schools


December 9, 2016

Fitchburg Star

Time to pause
Late referendum idea could use
K-Wing for charters
Unified Newspaper Group

Photo by Scott Girard

An early Thanksgiving at New Century

Tristan Laibly piles dessert onto his already full plate, hoping to avoid the need to come back
for seconds at Jennifer Klawiters class Thanksgiving meal. Students invited their families
to join the class for lunch in the Sugar Creek step room, where they showed a video of what
they were thankful for and displayed poems they had written.

VAIS charter approved

Agreement requires
95 students enrolled
by September 2019
Unified Newspaper Group

There were some tired kids

at Verona Area International
School Tuesday.
Many had been up past
their bedtime the night
before to attend the Verona
Area school board meeting,
where they listened to a twohour discussion of concerns
about their schools sustainability but for to join in a
round of applause when the
board voted 6-1 to renew its
five-year charter agreement.
The board meeting room
was standing-room-only for
the discussion, which followed months of back and
forth among the schools
governing council, board
members and district administrators about the schools
long-term sustainability.
Most of the discussion
Monday focused on the
schools enrollment, though
plenty else about the school
had been under the microscope since discussions
began at the committee level
in March.
The key to garnering support from six of the seven
school board members
with some reluctance from a
couple of them seemed to
be a hope that the school had
gotten on the right track with
its new director, Ann Princl,
and an increasingly involved
group of parents, who had
turned out in the dozens to
each school board meeting
for the past two months.

Plus, its the only Chinese

immersion school in Wisconsin.
When I look at the school
I see this as an opportunity for Chinese immersion
for any student in our district, regardless of background, said board member
Noah Roberts. This is how
we make bridges between
different cultures, is language.
Board member Meredith
Stier-Christensen also pointed out that while the school
is kind of an experiment,
its been extremely successful for its students so far,
citing their high test scores
compared with other elementary students in the district
and its receipt of the highest
rating on the state Department of Public Instruction
report cards.
In the process of undergoing this experiment, the
students havent suffered in
their core education, she
said. Im OK buying a little
time to figure out the Mandarin piece.
Only board member Renee
Zook voted against the new
agreement, having expressed
support for a shorter agreement that would allow the
school to work on some of
her continued concerns with
an earlier date for accountability. Zook served on the
curriculum, instruction and
assessment committee,
which was tasked with the
initial analysis of the schools
first five years.
Theres other work other
than enrollment that has to
be done and that should have
been done in the last five
years, Zook said.
The board will indeed

have a checkpoint at that

third year, as the agreement
allows the district to revoke
the charter agreement if the
schools enrollment is below
95 on the third Friday of September in 2019. Enrollment
this year is at 89, though it
was at 93 on the third Friday
before a family moved out.
Though the schools governing council opposed having any enrollment number
as an out for the district, citing the lack of a requirement
for any other charter in the
district, GC president Carolyn Jahnke told the board
it would accept a number
if it led to a vote that night,
avoiding another two-week
We all need to move on
and make a decision, she
said as parents in the audience nodded.
The agreement also
requires the school to create
a program assessment by
June 30, 2020, or the district
would be able to revoke the
There are still plenty of
remaining issues for the
school assessments, longterm language learning
among them but Monday
night the board acknowledged the months of effort
put into the new charter
agreement and from parents
sharing their stories of the
The idea is its reinvigoration, said board president
Dennis Beres. Were willing
to give (a charter) based on
the support thats here. We
need sustainability, though.

With only three more scheduled meetings before they need to approve language
for an April 2017 referendum, some Verona Area School board members were not
too happy hearing about a new idea for the
first time Monday night.
It wasnt the idea itself they were unhappy with, just the timing.
I was ready to write our language, said
board member Renee Zook. Now I need
to pause.
The proposal, from consultants with Findorff and Eppstein Uhen Architects, would
move the districts three charter elementary schools into the K-Wing, the building
next to the high school that currently houses some VAHS classes, which would have
gone unused in the original plan. Until
Monday, the plan was to put New Century School and Core Knowledge Charter
School with Badger Ridge Middle School
students in the current high school building
while leaving the Verona Area International
School in Stoner Prairie Elementary School.
But to renovate the K-Wing including
HVAC upgrades and add air conditioning to other schools, it would add 15 cents
per $1,000 of property value to the tax rate
cost of the referendum, up to 38 cents.
The benefits of using the K-Wing
include adding capacity for Badger Ridge
Middle School to grow and likely delaying
the need for a new elementary school in
the future as VAIS would no longer take
up space at SP, giving it more room, especially after redistricting.
Following the new plans direction after
having told community members that renovation costs made the K-Wing unusable
poses some risks.

We just put a survey out asking the

communitys feedback, said board member Meredith Stier-Christensen. Thats
a little frustrating this is the first time
were hearing of it and making decisions.
To support the plan, board members
would have to hope the public did not have
the same reaction to a different figure than
they saw on the survey.
(Survey designer) Bill (Foster) says you
cant make any assumptions about anything you havent tested, board president
Dennis Beres said.
The discussion of details of the new
option left little time to discuss the boards
feelings about potential add-ons: a pool,
auditorium and outdoor athletic competition fields.
Those who did, though, had competing
I view the pool as the No. 1 option, athletic fields closely behind and personally for
me, the auditorium is a distant third, said
Tom Duerst, acknowledging that was kind
of opposite the public, based on the survey.
But Noah Roberts who graduated from
Verona Area High School in 2015 said he
couldnt picture the school without any
of the three.
The survey results and recent discussions at the city level also left board members wondering if they should wait to
pursue a new pool until theyve explored
potential partnerships to help fund the cost,
or at least better understand what the city
is planning.
By the end of the discussion, board
members seemed just as far from a decision as they were before the two-hour
meeting started. That leaves Dec. 19, Jan. 9
and Jan. 16 as potential meetings to narrow
it down and create a referendum question
or questions.
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December 9, 2016

Madison schools

Fitchburg Star

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a large range of scores on the state
Department of Public Instruction
report cards released last month.
The report cards evaluated schools
and districts for the 2015-16 school
Madison West High School and
Chavez Elementary School both
scored in the Exceeds Expectations
range, the second-highest possible,
scoring 78.5 and 74.1, respectively,
with a maximum score of 100.
Leopold received a 62.4, putting
it in the Meets Few Expectations
category. That was just 0.6 below the
next group up, Meets Expectations.
The worst news came for Cherokee
Heights Middle School, which scored
just 51, in the Fails to Meet Expectations category, the lowest possible.
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achievement in English language
arts and math, student growth, closing gaps between student groups and
measures of readiness for graduation
and postsecondary education, according to a news release from DPI.
MMSD scored a 67.5 overall, in the
Meets Expectations level. The district scored above state averages on
closing gaps, but was below the state
average in each of the other three categories.
Cherokees low rating was a result
of especially poor scores in the student achievement and student growth
The school scored 49.7 on student
achievement, compared to the 66.6

state average, and a 41.3 on student

growth compared the 66 state average.
Cherokee also received a five-point
deduction for having too few students
participate on state exams.
Leopold actually scored worse on
student achievement than Cherokee,
with a 34.9 compared to the state
average for elementary schools of
69.9. But its higher scores in student
growth and on-track and postsecondary readiness helped it receive a better
overall rating.
West scored above state average in
three of the four categories, with student growth not rated, as the data was
not included in the report card detail.
Chavez also scored above state
averages in three of the four categories, with only student growth coming
in below. In that category, the school
received a 53.7 compared to 66 for
elementary schools statewide.
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City of Fitchburg

King James Way Park open house Dec. 14

Neighbors can give
input on plan

Whats next?
Any adjustments to the King James
Way Park plan suggested at the Dec.
14 open house will be reviewed at
the Park Commissions Jan. 5 meeting before referring the final draft plan
to the Common Council for approval.
A public hearing on the park plan
will also be held during the commissions Feb. 2 meeting, and, if approved by the council that month, will
go out to bid in March.
While the groundbreaking and
building schedule are subject to
change, construction on the park,
including paving of the basketball
half court, could continue into early

Unified Newspaper Group

King James Way residents can give input on a

new park proposed for the
neighborhood Wednesday,
Dec. 14, at an open house
led by the City of Fitchburg parks department.
Parks, Recreation and
Forestry director Scott
Endl told the Star notices
have been sent to residents
within a quarter-mile radius of the proposed site of
the King James Way Park.
T h e c i t y h a s a p p r ove d
$150,000 in allocated
Rendering courtesy City of Fitchburg Parks Department
funds for the park, which
would be located on what The King James Way Park draft plan includes a
is now a vacant lot owned basketball half court.
by the city at 2921 King
James Way.
The open house will
b eg i n a t 7 p . m . i n t h e
Fitchburg Fire Department
Station No. 2, 5415 King
James Way. The public is
invited to attend, but input
from neighbors within that
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made to the park plan,
which includes a basketball
half court and play struc1
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posed split rail fence on the
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of the property and paved
entrance from the street.
Endl said the changes
were the result of input
from immediate neighbors
of the lot, as well as from
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process, Endl said. Im
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for land acquisition, but
the property is currently
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neighboring site is a relatively small area, Endl
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any input from the commuMay 22 - 26
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When: 7p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 14
Where: Fitchburg Fire
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December 9, 2016


Fitchburg Star

Fitchburg residents to
perform in The Nutcracker
Fitchburg dancer Maurissa Powell, 15, has
been cast as a snowflake in the Madison Ballet performance of The Nutcracker.
Other Fitchburg residents cast are Nicole
Parra, 13, and Jackie Ramin and her daughters Alyson, 12, and Jenna Geisler, 10.
The annual holiday production will take
place at the Overture Center, 201 State St.,
Madison, with nine shows scheduled through
the month of December.
Original choreography by artistic director W. Earle Smith is featured in the classic
tale of Clara and her Nutcracker prince, with
Tchaikovskys score performed live by the
Wisconsin Chamber Orchestra, according to
a news release. More than 150 local community members ages 4-75 will join the Madison Ballet dancers in the production.
The Madison Ballet has also launched its
annual Live Music Fund campaign to support the music that forms the backbone of
these performances, the release said. Raffle
tickets will be available for $5 each or $20
for five. Three cash prizes will be awarded: a
grand prize of $1,000, second prize of $500,

Photo by Amber Levenhagen

Orange Shoe Gym guided a warm up before the race. Gathered at the starting line, the
Berbee Derby turkey moves along to the beat of the music with racers and supporters
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When: 2 and 7p.m. Dec. 10, 2p.m. Dec.
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Where: The Overture Center, 201 State
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Tickets: $10-$65
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35th year and had over 12,000 attendees at
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World War II veteran Al Bach (right) greets Winne Lacy as he sits with Korean War veteran Lee
Haspl before the Veterans Day ceremonies at the Fitchburg Community Center on Nov. 11.

Honoring Fitchburg area veterans


The Fitchburg Community Center hosted its annual

Veterans Day recognition
ceremonies at 11a.m.,
Tuesday, Nov. 11. Music
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Edgewood girls swimming

OHS boys

Oregons first
test has teaching
Sports editor

Photos by Jeremy Joens

Madison Edgewood head coach Amy Schwebe jokingly pretends to drop the Crusaders Divsion 2 state title last month. Edgewood won its third straight
D2 state title by 113 points over McFarland.

A splashing success
Edgewood repeats as D2
Sports editor

Every member of the Madison

Edgewood girls swimming team
scored points last month as the
Crusaders repeated as the WIAA
Division 2 state champions.
The team not only secured the
record for the most points in D2
history on Nov. 11, it also broke
the record for the biggest margin
of victory.
Ranked No. 1 all year, Edgewood crowned a pair of individual
state champions, including a history-making senior in Ginger Lingard. And the Crusaders claimed
two relay titles for good measure
to post a total of 327 points, winning the state title by 113 points
second-ranked McFarland.
Head coach Emily Schwabe was
named AP Coach of the Year for
Wisconsin for Edgewoods effort,
while members of the 400-yard

freestyle relay, by virtue of their

margin of victory and achieving
the state record, were all named
Lingard became the first WIAA
Division 2 diver and the third
overall in state history to win state
four straight titles with a score of
498.9. She will be attending Ohio
State next year.
Junior Kelly Rodriguez defended her 200-yard freestyle title in 1
minute, 49.41 seconds. She then
helped the Crusaders 400 free
relay team of senior Lauren Bergmann, sophomores Issy Petersen
and Kaitlyn Barth win by nearly
nine seconds over McFarland in
a state record 3:27.97. Their time
was .15 faster than the record set
by Grafton in 2014.
Rodriguez also helped Edgewood repeat as the 200 free relay
champions by .31 over Grafton, along with freshmen Maeve
ODriscoll and DeeDee Walker
and Barth in 1:36.3. Rodriguez
took third place in the 200 IM

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Members of Madison Edgewoods state record 400-meter freestyle (senior

Lauren Bergmann, junior Kelly Rodriguez and sophomores Issy Petersen
and Kaitlyn Barth) celebrate on the blocks during the awards ceremony.

Young or old, new or a seasoned veteran, the Oregon

boys swimming hadnt seen
this level of competition since
a handful of Panthers ended
last season at the WIAA Division 1 state swimming meet.
Saturday the Panthers traveled to the Sun Prairie Invitational, where they not only
faced the defending Division
1 and 2 champions, but also
some of the top swimmers in
the state.
They finished second to last
out of the 11 teams competing
with 67 points, but Oregon
head coach Scott Krueger
thought they did a great job.
Most have never been in
meet like this, he said. I like
this meet because it offers all
our swimmers competition
but it also is a great teaching
tool for the new swimmers.
They can see how other people race and swim, and hopefully they learn something
from watching.
Panther senior Jake Larsen
led the Panthers with a sixthplace finish in the 100-yard
butterfly with a time of 55.35
seconds. Waunakee senior
Colin Duff won the event in
Larsen also scored points
for the team with a ninth-place
finish in the 50 freestyle with a
time of 23.04. Baraboo senior
Noah Larson won the event in
Junior Ian Charles was the
only other Panther individual
to crack or finish near the top
10, taking eighth in the 100
butterfly (55.59) and 11th in
the 500 free (5:16.1).
Larsen and Charles also figured into the teams top relay
finish where they were joined
by sophomores Sam Rohloff
and Collin Braatz to finish
ninth on the 200 free relay in
1:38.48. Eau Claire Memorial

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West boys cross country

West runs to third state title in past five years

Sports editor

To m a ny, t o p - r a n ke d
Madison West boys cross
country winning another
WIAA Division 1 state title
was little more than a formality.
The Regents placed all
five of their varsity scorers
in the top 42 on Oct. 29 to
win their eighth state title
the third in the last five
years with a score of
The team was seven spots
ahead of Arrowhead and 34
ahead of Big Eight Conference rival Madison La Follette, which West had only

beaten by three points a

week earlier.
Senior Noah ZamzowSchmidt once again led the
Regents, covering an even
more challenging 5K course
at The Ridges Golf Course
in Wisconsin Rapids.
Adjusting the course
slightly to make it
more challenging near
the end didnt slow
Z a m z ow - S c h i m d t , w h o
posted a time of 16 minutes, 9.94, seconds for 13th
place overall.
Senior Sean Topel added a 28th-place finish in
16:26.72, while fellow
senior Sam Bishop placed
36th overall in 16:34.95.

Junior Aaron Letcher finished 49th overall in

16:44.11, while classmate
Jack Reed crossed the finish
line 68th overall and 42nd
for the team state race as
Wests final scorer.
Sophomore Erik Neunninghoff (82nd) and senior
Adam Ellmann (114) also
competed at state but did
not count toward the teams
La Follette senior Finn
Gessner repeated as the
state champion with a time
of 15:22.13.
The Regents qualified for

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File photo by Jeremy Joens

Senios Noah Zamzow-Schmidt (406) and Aaron Letcher (402) lead the Madison West boys
cross country team at the WIAA Division 1 DeForest sectional meet on Oct. 22. They helped
lead the Regents to the state title Oct. 29.


December 9, 2016

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Madison West High School

Girls hockey co-op

Boys hockey

Photo by Evan Halpop

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Madison West girls playing on this years Madison Metro Lynx girls hockey co-op (front,
from left) are: Keelee Thering, Kara Epping and Katie Buss; (back) Neva White, Isabelle
Smith, Haley Meskin, Taylor Lyons and Vivian Hacker.

Metro Lynx skate to a

draw against rival Fury
Sports editor

The Madison Metro Lynx girls hockey

co-op improved to 1-1-2 overall and 1-01 in the Badger Conference to start the
The team most recently skated to a
3-3 draw with their conference rival
the Rock County Fury, who knocked the
Metro Lynx out of the playoffs last year.
Madisons Siera Petet scored a goal
and assisted in that game Thursday, Dec.
1, at Edwards Ice Arena in Beloit.
Trailing by two goals after the first
period, Petets goal just over 1 1/2 minutes into the second period helped the
Metro Lynx cut the Badger Conference rival Furys lead in half. Julia Dragoo took a shot and Petet got it off the
It came right through the goalies
pads after Julia Dragoo shot it, Petet
We wanted to get a goal for the team,
Petet said. It was super exciting and
really starting giving us some momentum

going in the second period.

The momentum quickly stalled, however, when senior defenseman Madysen
Fry scored six minutes later to push the
Rock County lead back to a pair of goals.
Madison fought back once again when
junior defenseman Brooke Rockouski scored one minute into a Metro Lynx
power play in the 10th minute. An evenstrength goal by junior forward Vivian
Hacker knotted the score and eventually
forced overtime.
Deep in the Rock County zone, the
Lynx won a faceoff late in the period,
and the puck eventually found its way to
the stick of Hacker, who wheeled in the
high slot and caught Rock County goalie junior McKaylie Buescher off-guard
with a wrist shot with 2 1/2 minutes
remaining in the second period.
Neither Buescher nor Metro Lynx
junior Sydney McKersie was about to
give up another goal, which sent the
game into overtime, where neither team
could capitalize over the extra eight

Junior Kieran Garvey (15) puts in the Regents first goal in the first period against Sun Prairie at Sun Prairie Ice Arena on Nov. 29.

Regents adjust to injuries

early in the season

Joe Clark, junior Colin Pulkrabek, senior

Cole Fuhrmann, sophomore Felix Jiang,
senior Edwin Jiang and freshman Devin
The Madison West High School boys Huie all tallied points in the first five
hockey team lost two of its top players games, but the Regents were also held to
forward Drake Baldwin and defensem- one goal combined in their three losses.
an Dean Fuhrmann to injuries and now Eau Claire North 7, West 1
need to adjust after starting 2-3 overall.
Felix Jiang scored the Regents lone
Last year, Baldwin led the team in scoring with 28 goals and 10 assists on the goal while Cole Fuhrmann picked up an
top line in the regular season. Besides assist in the season opener against Eau
being one of the top-line defenders, Fuhr- Claire North on Nov 25. Junior goaltenmann finished with eight assists, includ- der Adam Buencamino collected 31 saves
on 38 shots.
ing three on power plays.
Junior Kieran Garvey, junior Sam Loving, senior Schuyler Hedican, freshman
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Girls tennis

Regents end season on a high note


advancing a singles and

doubles flight to the round
of 16 at the WIAA Division
Madison West girls tennis 1 individual tournament.
capped a highly productive The Regents also qualified
2016 season late in October, for the state team tournaTurn to Lynx co-op/Page 15
ment for the first time since
2009 as well.
No. 14-seeded seniors
Laura Nicholas and Hoi
Ming Lee McVey won two
rounds at the WIAA Division 1 individual state tennis tournament last month
at No. 1 doubles.
They opened the tournament with a 4-6, 6-3 (4)
victory over Waukesha
South senior Carley Schreiber and junior Jaeda
Walsh before cruising to a
6-2, 6-0 win over Stoughton
seniors Anna Nelson and
Marissa Robson.
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having to survive a 3-6, 6-2,

6-2 three-setter against New
Berlin freshman Lauren
Already running on
fumes after a nearly 2 1/2
hour match, Lungova went
up against defending state
champion Emily Luetschwager of Stevens Point
and lost 6-0, 6-1. Luetschwagers only bump on
her way to another state
title came in the next round,
where she need a 6-3, 3-6,
6-2 win to defeat fifth-seeded Emma Corwin. Second-seeded Isabelle Lee of
Bay Port faced Luetschwager in the championship
match and lost 6-1, 6-0.
Regent junior Ellie Kaji
was the teams only other
state qualifier. She won her
first-round match 6-4, 6-3
against Madison Memorial
freshman Grace Olson.
Madison West was ranked
No. 1 in the state for much
of the season and qualified for the state team title,
as well, beating Waunakee 38-36 at the Madison
Memorial sectional meet to
Lungova won the No. 1
singles title, while junior
Nyah Banik claimed the
only other flight for the
Regents at No. 4 singles.
West went on to lose 6-1
against Eau Claire Memorial in the WIAA Division
1 state team tournament
quarterfinals. Banik was the
only Regent to earn a win at
team state, defeating Lindsey Mueller 6-2, 6-2 at No.
4 singles.

Madison Edgewood High School


Boys hockey

Edgewood faces states best teams

December 9, 2016

Fitchburg Star


Girls tennis

Assistant sports editor

Edgewood 13,
Monroe 1
Senior forward Bryce
Te r n u s p i c ke d u p f o u r
goals and an assist in a win
over Monroe Nov. 22 at
the start of the season.
Freshman forward Drew
Lenz added two goals and
two assists, and senior forward Cale McCoshen collected four assists.
Sophomore forward
Teddy Kluesner, junior
defender Nathan Rehm and

File photo by Jeremy Jones

Seniors Abby Fox (left) and Maddie Molitor won the WIAA
Division 2 individual state tennis tournament.

Photo by Evan Halpop

Edgewood sophomore forward Teddy Kluesner (19) had two assists in the first period and
one more assist in the second as Edgewood skated to a 12-0 victory over Milton on Dec. 5
at Labahn Ice Arena.
sophomore forward Jake
Schmaltz each had a goal
and two assists, and senior
d e f e n d e r B r y c e Ke s s e l
picked up three assists.
Freshman forward Payton Smith scored twice,
and sophomore forward
Carter Hottman had a goal
and an assist.
Junior defender Jack
Royer added two assists,
and senior Fred Richards
tallied the final goal.
Junior goalie Shane
Ryan finished with seven
saves in 27 minutes, and
junior goalie Ben Cegelski

had six saves in 24 minutes.

Waukesha 3,
Edgewood 2
Edgewood tied Waukesha Nov. 25 in the third
period, but Ian Malcomson
scored the game-winner
for the Wings just over six
minutes into the third.
Royer and Schmaltz
both tallied goals on the
power play for the Crusaders. Lenz and Schmaltz
added assists, and Cegelski
finished with 41 saves.

SPASH 5, Edgewood 2
Edgewood allowed three
straight goals before cutting its deficit to just one
just over 10 minutes into
the third period.
SPASHs Barrett Brooks
scored twice, however, to
put the game out of reach
on Nov. 26.
Schmaltz and Richards
scored for the Crusaders.
Kessel, Hottmann, Lenz

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hockey/Page 17

Lynx co-op: Rematch with the Fury on Jan. 20

Continued from page 14
Buescher stopped 32
shots on goal for the Fury,
while McKersie turned
away 17 for the Metro
It was the Metro Lynxs
t h i r d ove r t i m e i n f o u r
games this season.
Everybody wants to win.
Everybody in that locker
room is a competitor, otherwise we wouldnt be here,
Metro Lynx head coach
Derek Ward said. When
it comes down to it and we
look back on this game in
three weeks, well remember the things we did well
and where we need to get
better. Thats what its all
Ward said the Metro Lynx
cant control the other team,
only their own everyday
I think our girls have
really bought into that, he
said. It doesnt matter what
happens today. It matters
what happens in February.
Thats what were working
The Fury controlled the
game early, scoring a pair
of goals seven minutes apart
to go ahead 2-0 midway
through the first period.
J u n i o r f o r wa r d M a d i
Hagemann forced a turnover in the neutral zone and
skated in for an unassisted
goal just under six minutes
into the period.
I think we were kind
of shocked after that first
goal. No one likes being
down going into the locker

Crusaders capture
third state team title
in last four years
Sports editor

Top-ranked Madison
Edgewood girls tennis,
which had to defeat second-ranked Kenosha St.
Josephs at sectionals, didnt
drop a game on its way to
a third straight championship in the past four years.
The Crusaders have now
won titles in 2013, 2015 and
2016. They finished runner-up in 2014.
Jamie Vorland, who succeeded Todd Lacey as head
coach for the Crusaders midway through the season was
named AP Coach of the Year
in Wisconsin for his efforts.
Edgewood cruised to a 7-0
victory over Stevens Point
Pacelli in the Division 2 state
semifinals and then blanked
Eau Claire Regis 7-0 in the
state title match. The Crusaders finished the year 20-0
in dual meets.
In perhaps their toughest
match of the year, the Crusaders won flights at No.
4 singles, No. 1 and No. 2
doubles to best Kenosha
St. Joseph Catholic Academy 47-44 at the Watertown

Seniors Abby Fox and
Madison Molitor entered the
D2 individual state tennis as
the top-seed at No. 1 singles
and played their way to their
first state title with a 6-2, 6-1
victory over second-seeded
sophomore Megan Setter
and junior Kaitlyn Kalinka
from Kenosha St. Josephs.
Fox and Molitor were
seeded No. 1 as juniors but
fell 6-1, 7-5 in the championship game. They didnt
let history repeat itself, however, dropping six games in
four matches on their way to
the title.
Fifth-seeded senior Emma
Sango played her into the
final four where she fell 6-0,
6-3 to top-seeded, defending state champion Claire
Czwerwonka of Kenosha
St. Josephs. Sango played
her way back to a third-place
finish, beating third-seeded
Laura Larrain of Wausau
Newman Catholic 6-4, 6-4.
Fellow senior Jessica
Inman, who was seeded
sixth, won two rounds at
state before losing 6-2, 6-4
to Larrain.

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Photo by Jeremy Jones

Madison Edgewood girls playing on this years Madison Metro Lynx girls hockey co-op
(front, from left) are: Julia Dragoo and Siera Petet; (back) Brooke Rockouski, Ally Conybear
and Josie Dragoo.
room, Petet said. We need
to know that they are going
to come out physically, and
theyre going to come out
hard. We just have to anticipate that next time and
match that earlier in the
An elbowing penalty on
Rockouski helped the Fury
score their second goal,
giving the host the man-advantage. One minute later,
junior forward Maggy Henschler scored on the power
Heading into the locker room down two goals,
the team was still cheery,

Petet said.
We knew we could come
back, she said The second period is usually our
best period. As long as we
played as a team, and not
as individuals, we knew we
could get back in the game.
The Metro Lynx host the
Fury (3-1-1, 1-0-1) at Madison Ice Arena on Friday,
Jan. 20, in a conference
game that could very well
determine the conference
The two teams could very
well meet up again in the
postseason, as well a year
after Beloit knocked the

Metro Lynx out of the tournament a game short of its

first state tournament.
It was the fourth time the
Lynx had been eliminated a
game shy of state in the past
five years.
We definitely thought
we were the favorites going
into that game last year
because we were the No.
1 seed, Petet said. As
seniors we definitely want
some revenge. Its our last
year, and we want to go out
with a bang. Weve still got
a long way to go, but Im
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The Madison Edgewood

boys hockey team picked
up wins in the Badger
South Conference, but the
Crusaders (2-3 overall)
also went up against some
of the top competition in
the state.
The Crusaders were
edged by honorable mention Green Bay Notre
Dame 2-1 on Dec. 3 and
by No. 7 Waukesha on
Nov. 25.
Edgewood also lost 5-2
to second-ranked SPASH.
The Crusaders will get
another shot at a topten team 8 p.m. Saturday
against No. 6 University
School at LaBahn Arena.
In the Badger South,
Edgewood took care of
Monroe 13-1 on Nov. 22
and Milton 12-0 on Dec. 5.
Up next is a date with
Monona Grove at 8 p.m.
Tu e s d a y, D e c . 1 3 , a t
LaBahn Arena.


December 9, 2016


Fitchburg Star

OHS girls basketball

Comeback falls short at Stoughton

Assistant sports editor

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Junior Ian Charles swims the second leg of the 300-yard butterfly relay Tuesday as the
Conference Relays in Stoughton. Charles, senior Jake Larsen and sophomore Collin
Braatz finished third overall with a time of 2 minutes, 55.45 seconds.

OHS boys swim: Charles leads by example

Continued from page 13
Photo by Anthony Iozzo

Junior Ellen McCorkle is fouled while driving in for a layup

Tuesday in a Badger South Conference game at Stoughton
High School. McCorkle ended up scoring and hittign the free
throw and finished with 25 points. Oregon lost 63-59.
But Stoughton seniors
Ke n d r a H a l v e r s o n ( 1 6
p o i n t s ) a n d A l y We u m
both drained free throws to
make it 63-56. Junior Ellen
McCorkle who finished
with 25 points followed
with a basket and a free
throw, but it was too late.
They knew they were
right in that game, Sielaff
said. We had a 3-pointer
go in-and-out. If a couple
of bunnies go down, it is
a way different game. We
get a steal here instead of
a foul, it is a way different


Stoughton opened the

second half strong, as
senior Sydney Johnson
scored three of her nine
points and junior Paige
Halverson picked up three
of her six points on a traditional 3-point play.
But McCorkle continued to dominate on the
inside with six points in
a two-minute stretch that
stopped the Vikings from
building on their 17-point
lead with 13 minutes left.
Even after sophomore
Emma Kissling scored to
make it 56-40, Oregon was
able to get baskets and free
throws from senior Danica
Keisling (12 points), sophomore Jenna Statz, Uhl
and McCorkle to keep it
Stoughton also jumped
out big in the first half.
Senior Marissa Robson
scored 11 of her 13 points
and the Vikings picked up
contributions from nine
different players to jump
out to a 26-7 lead.
Oregon started to come
back at the end with a couple of 3-pointers from Uhl
and baskets by McCorkle,
Roberts and Keisling, cutting the Vikings lead to
36-24 at halftime.
One of the reasons both
teams struggled to score

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posted the best time of 1:28.9.

Ian had a very strong meet, Krueger said.
Jake is coming along. He has been fighting
an illness, so he didnt perform as well as he
wanted to. But he will be there at the end of
the year when it counts the most.
Three-time defending state champion Paul
DeLakis, a senior from Eau Claire Memorial,
won the 100 breaststroke and helped the Old
Abes state runner-up 200 free relay squad
win their event, but his team still wasnt able
to crack the top three in the overall standings. That honor went to defending Division
1 state champion Madison Memorial, which
tallied 482 points despite only one first-place
finish (senior Drake Horton in the 100 free).
Badger South standout Ben McDade and
the defending division 2 state champion
Silver Eagles were second with 344. The
defending D2 state champion in the 500 and
200 free, McDade held off DeLakis by .04
after cruising to the 200 free crown. Defending D2 backstroke champion junior Eric
Storms added the 100 back title, as well as
the 200 IM crown for Monona Grove, while
also helping the team add the 200 medley
and 400 free relay titles.
Sauk Prairie finished a distant third with
248 points, while Eau Claire Memorial
placed fourth with 226.

College Relays
As a returning state qualifier it may be hard
to imagine Oregon boys swimming team
captain Charles getting down on himself. But
he said he remembers those days well.
A captain of a young team this season,
Charles is hoping to keep the spirits of his
teammates up.
That process continued Tuesday evening
as the Panthers traveled to Stoughton for the
2016 Boys Conference Relays where the
team finished third in three relays and DQed
in a couple more to finish second to last with
42 points.
Defending Division 2 state champion Monona Grove won the meet with 116
points, finishing 36 ahead of second place

Fort Atkinson. Madison Edgewood rounded

out the top three with 62.
Tonight was a good meet to gauge
the progress weve made so far this season, Charles said. As a captain, Im more
focused on everyone, especially the new guys
continuing to get better every meet. A lot of
those guys may get down if they have a bad
race, I want to make sure they are keeping
their heads up and progressing.
Charles was joined by Larsen and Rohloff
and Braatz to help Oregon open the meet
with a third-place finish in the 400-yard medley relay, posting a time of 4 minutes, 7.55
I thought Jake was more aggressive in
his races tonight, and I also thought that Sam
improved a lot since Saturday, Krueger said.
I can see him getting better at swimming his
Five events later, Charles was joined by
Braatz and Larsen to take third behind Edgewood (2:58.92) and just .36 behind second-place Monona Grove in 3:00.48.
Madison Edgewood posted the top finish
with a 3:50.88, while Monona Grove finished
second in 3:54.37.
Freshman Nathan Sorensen and sophomores Kaden Seeliger, Justin Yaun and Henry Wiedemann added the teams final thirdplace finish in the 800 free relay (10:20.34).
Monona Grove dominated the field by nearly
1 1/2 minutes with a time of 7:43.37.
Oregons 3x100 breaststroke relay of freshmen Aedan Larson and Nathan Sorensen
and sophomore Jaume Pujol I Vidal finished
We have made big strides over the past
week, Krueger said. The new kids have
been working hard and each have improved
a great deal.
The Panthers were disqualified on the 4x25
free and 3x100 backstroke relays, leaving
early on the exchanges of each. Their 4x25
and 4x50 freshman/sophomore free B relays
were also disqualified.
Oregon travels to Fort Atkinson at
9:30a.m. Saturday for the Blackhawk Invitational. Among the field will be Monona
Grove, Verona Area/Mount Horeb, McFarland and Sun Prairie.


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When the Oregon High

School girls basketball
team fell behind by 19
p o i n t s e a r l y, t h e P a n thers could have given up.
Instead, they pushed the
host Stoughton Vikings
to the end in a 63-59 loss
Nov. 22 in both teams
Badger South Conference
We have a lot of new
players, a lot of young
players and a lot of new
girls getting playing time.
To fight back like that
even at halftime we cut
it to 12, I was very happy with that, head coach
Corey Sielaff said. We
went in at halftime, and
no ones head was down
and everyones energy was
up. I think it speaks to our
girls the intensity they
have and the belief they
have in each other.
The Vikings (1-1, 1-0)
led throughout the game
and 60-49 with just over
t h r e e m i n u t e s t o p l a y.
Sophomore Sydona Roberts closed the gap with
a 3-pointer, and after a
turnover, senior Katie Uhl
(nine points) banked in a
basket on a layup to cut the
Vikings lead to six.
After several Stoughton
turnovers and a few missed
shots by Oregon (2-1 overall, 0-1 Badger South),
Roberts (nine points) got
to the free-throw line with
a minute remaining and
drained both to make it
60-56 Stoughton.

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West hockey: Regents edge Cardinals in overtime

Fitchburg Star

Edgewood Swim: Several

medalists at state meet

Continued from page 14

Hayward 1, West 0

Continued from page 13

Madison West was shut out 1-0

against Hayward on Nov 26.
Buencamino finished with 17
saves on 18 shots. The Regents had
33 shots but couldnt find the back
of the net.

Freshman Mallory Todd,
Bergmann, Petersen and
ODriscoll opened the meet
with a third-place finish
in the 200 medley relay

West 6, Sun Prairie 5 (OT)

The Regents first win came in an
overtime road game against a tough
Sun Prairie team on Nov. 29.
Edwin Jiang scored the
game-winning goal to lead to a 6-5
win over the Cardinals. Madison
West led 5-2 at one point.
Regents goals were scored by
Garvey, Loving, Pulkrabek, Hedican, Cole Fuhrmann and Edwin
Jiang. Loving added two assists,
Photo by Evan Halpop
and Huie, Clark, Hedican and Felix Regent senior forward Schuyler Hedican scored the Regents fourth goal in the
Jiang also picked up assists.
second period to put the Regents up 4-1.
We scored with six different
players which is what amazed me, in the loss.
two assists. Edwin Jiang added the
head coach Bret Farley said.
fourth goal, and Loving collected
Buencamino saved 27 of 32 shots. West 4, Madison Lakers 0
two assists.
The Regents picked up their
Felix Jiang and Cole Furhmann
Janesville 7, West 0
second win of the season over the also added assists.
Madison West fell 7-0 to the Madison Lakers 4-0 on Dec. 6.
Sophomore goalie Caleb Loving
Janesville co-op on Dec. 1.
Pulkrabek scored twice, and finished with 5 saves.
Buencamino saved 22 of 29 shots Hedican finished with a goal and

Edgewood hockey: Crusaders shut out Milton 12-0

even-strength goal.
Schmaltz and Smith each had
assists, and Cegelski finished with
and Smith all had assists, and Ryan 24 saves.
finished with 38 saves.
Continued from page 15

Notre Dame 2, Edgewood 1

Hottmann tied Green Bay Notre
Dame in the first period Dec. 3,
but Sam Peterman broke the 1-1
tie in the third period with an

and an assist, and Jacob Moore added two goals and an assist. Schmaltz
had a goal and two assists, and
Kluesner picked up three assists.
Kessel scored two goals and also
Edgewood 12, Milton 0
tallied an assist, and Gabe Brown
The Crusaders won their second collected two goals. Royer had
conference game in another blow- a goal and an assist, and Emmet
Raichle added two assists.
out over Milton on Dec. 5.
Lenz scored the final goal, and
Ternus finished with two goals
Ryan finished with 15 saves.

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Other medal winners

were: Barth, who placed
third in both the 100 and
50 free; Bergmann, who
finished second in the 100
backstroke and third in the
100 butterfly; and Petersen,
who took fourth in the 50
and fifth in the 100 free.

West boys XC: Another title

for the Regents
Middleton senior Gus Newcomb.
Topel took fourth place,
Bishop placed ninth, Letcher came in 10th and Reed
crossed the finish line in
15th place.

Continued from page 13

state by holding off Middleton 40-43 at the DeForest sectional. ZamzowSchmidt finished second to

OHS girls bb: Oregon is 3-2

weeks, and now we get a
nice break and get to actuat times was that both ally work on stuff and just
teams were in foul trouble. get a little mental break.
Stoughton had to sit Ken- Other games
dra Halverson, Robson and
The Panthers also lost at
Weum at times, and Oregon freshman point guard Monroe 64-37 on Dec. 2
Izzie Peterson and Roberts to fall to 0-2 in the Badger
South conference.
both fouled out.
All three wins for OreI would love to not be
in that kind of foul trou- gon were non-conference
ble, but it is just things we games.
The Panthers knocked
need to work on playing defense with our feet, off Barneveld 47-39 on
not using our hands, slid- Nov. 15, Marshall 56-51
ing up, getting better box on Nov. 18 and Jefferson
o u t s , S i e l a ff s a i d . I t 54-37 on Dec. 6.
is the third game in two
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Fitchburg Star

Habitat for Humanity

Thankful for new beginnings

Habitat homeowners reflect on life changes after moving to Fitchburg neighborhood

For the Star

When families move and

have a chance to spend time
in their new environment,
sometimes there are more
reasons to be thankful than
they may have realized.
A few Fitchburg families discovered this on their
journey to become homeowners through the Habitat for Humanity of Dane
The Fitchburg Star previewed the construction of
three Habitat homes, two
in the Renaissance on the
Park neighborhood near
Dunns Marsh and the other on Rimrock Road, in the
summer of 2015, but much
has changed since then for
the Turner, Benani and Orth

The Turners
When Rachel Turner, a
single mother, talks about
her Fitchburg home that
she helped build with community volunteers, she says
living in a safe and healthy
environment was a top priority.
Turner and her 10-yearold son, Cameron, had previously lived in an apartment where several tenants
in the building smoked. It
was a difficult situation for
a young boy with asthma.
The smoke came into
our apartment even when
the doors and windows
were closed. Cameron was
suffering, so I had to find a
better way of life, Turner
So in 2014, Turner, a
financial account technician
at Wisconsin Department of
Veterans Affairs, applied for
a home on the Habitat for
Humanity website. She also
worked overtime to save
up for a few new things for
their future home, including
a kitchen table.
I am so very grateful to
all who helped make my
wish for a better life come
true, she said.
Now that apartment life
is behind them, Turner said
her son is doing much better in a smoke-free environment.
When I look around this
beautiful home, it makes
me feel people cared about
me and loved me, she said.
It gives me a great feeling
of accomplishment.
Valerie Johnson, CEO
of Habitat of Humanity of
Dane County, said Habitat
staff feels a sense of accomplishment, too, when a
home is completed and the
family moves in.
We feel good we have
helped a family, but we
also feel good that we have
helped build up the community, Johnson said.

The Benanis
When Maryam and Hassan Benani moved into their
home in April with their
5-year-old daughter, Salma,
and 3-year-old son, Rayan,
the transition ushered in a
new chapter in their lives.
Hassan, an electronics
specialist with Electronic
Theatre Controls, described

Photo submitted

Hassan Benani reads to his daughter, Salma, on the Moroccan-inspired furniture he built
from scratch for his new Habitat home.

Photo courtesy Habitat for Humanity of Dane County

When I look around this beautiful home it

makes me feel people cared about me.

The home she loved for Rachel Turner, right, and her son Cameron get the key to
a short period of time will their new house in Fitchburg.
now go to another Habitat
family to enjoy, according to
Rachel Turner, Habitat homeowner Habitat staff.
Vicki was part of our
Learn more about Habitat for Humanity of Dane County:
Habitat family and will be
how he and his wife appre- and play something they greatly missed by all who
ciate all the help theyve couldnt do in our former knew her, Goepfert said.
received, starting with the two-bedroom apartment.
day they moved.
They have space to play
We were living in a outdoors and many kids to
small apartment, so I asked play with.
only a few people to help
We couldnt be happier
us. I was so surprised when or more grateful to have our
a team of about 20 peo- own home, he said.
ple showed up, Hassan
Benani said. They formed The Orths
a human chain down the
In the spring of 2015,
staircase and moved our Vicki Orth learned she had
things so efficiently it cancer while her home was
only took about an hour to being built. After the inimove.
tial diagnosis and several
The beds werent set up months of chemotherapy,
the night the family moved she remained optimistic.
into their Fitchburg home,
Unfortunately, her health
so they pretended (to have) declined and she died this
a sleepover.
May, about a year after she
We couldnt resist sleep- eagerly watched her home
ing in our home that first being built.
night, so we slept on matOrth had been filled with
tresses on the floor, and the excitement over moving into
kids just loved it, Benani a new home off Rimrock
Road with her teenage son
Months later, the family and daughter. That dream
continues to find reasons to kept her going throughout
be grateful for their newly her illness.
built ranch-style home, and
Heather Goepfert, Habthey continue to add per- itats family services coorsonal touches to the decor. dinator, said Orth still qualHassan even made Moroc- ified for the home building
can-inspired furniture from program even though she
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that reminds us of our fami- conjunction with her sweat
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can make the home her
Last year around Thanksown, too, especially in the giving, the Orths moved into
spacious kitchen. She also their Fitchburg home.
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December 9, 2016


Fitchburg Star


Thirsty Goat features smokehouse, sports bar


The Thirsty Goat

Unified Newspaper Group

3040 Cahill Main

Hours: 11 a.m. to 1a.m.
Monday-Thursday; 11a.m.
to 2a.m. Friday-Saturday;
11a.m. to 10p.m. Sunday
Reservations: Accepted for
parties of eight or more
Credit cards: Accepted
Wheelchair access: Yes

Photos by Amber Levenhagen

Owner Dave Schutz and General Manager Caroline Clanton were preparing for a holiday party the Thirsty Goat,
below, hosted on Dec. 7.

behind the Hatchery Hill mixeduse development that includes

the Thirsty Goat. He also owns
Wyndham Garden Inn, Candlewood Suites and Tuscany Mediterranean Grill, all of which
Clanton oversees in her role as
operations manager.
She and Schutz were partners in running The Dry Bean in
Fitchburg for 14 years before it
closed, Clanton said.
She said The Thirsty Goat has
over 60 employees, and has been
busy hosting special events like catering.
chicken, sandwiches and burgers,
wedding receptions, birthdays
The food menu includes appe- and seven items from the smokeand reunions. It also does lots of tizers, soups and salads, broasted house (ribs, pulled pork and

Biz briefs
MOD Pizza opens

Autism clinic opening in Fitchburg

MOD Pizza opened Dec. 6 at 2960 Cahill

Caravel Autism Health will open a new
Main, Suite 130.
clinic at 2916 Marketplace Drive, Suite 104.
The fast pizza chain has restaurants across
Christine Wilkinds will act as clinic directhe United States, and is now next door to tor and lead therapist for the clinic.
Bricks and Minifigs and Panera Bread Co.
The new location is expected to serve families from Madison, Fitchburg, Middleton
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and Verona.
The clinic has one other Madison location,
LSM Chiropractic recently moved to a
new location at 3070 Fish Hatchery Road, along with three others in Wisconsin and one
in Chicago.
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brisket, among others). There are

also four entrees and a Friday
fish fry.
Everythings homemade,
Clanton said. The smokehouse
is the big thing.
The restaurants dcor features
custom wood, with handmade
tables and chairs, the manager
All the wood is two-tone, so
its really rich and pretty, Clanton said. The tables are all made
by the same woodworker, Majestic Oaks out of Poynette.
Large windows dominate three
sides of the building, and an
outside deck also wraps around
three sides overlooking a pond
and greenspace.
Clanton said the decks and
patios were popular in September and October. She noted the
Goat has had some live musical
entertainment and expects more
of it on a patio during the warm
weather months.
Contact Bill Livick at bill.livick@

CAMECA breaks ground on expansion

A new CAMECA Instruments Inc. building broke
ground on Nov. 29 at 5470
Nobel Drive in Fitchburg.
We want to create a
building where everyone
can be the most productive, a space where people
can leave feeling better
than when they came in,
CAMECA Instruments
Country Director Jesse
Olson said while addressing
the crowd of dozens at the
The building will be a
new office location for
CAMECA, the world leader in elemental and isotopic
microanalysis, according
to a news release.
The 28,596-square-foot
building has a total projected cost of $5.9 million
with developer Ruedebusch
Development. It comes as
an addition to the live-work
neighborhood, joining the
Kepler Center for Promega, a 30-unit multi-family

Photo by Amber Levenhagen

CAMECA Country Director Jesse Olson spoke to the crowd

at the CAMECA groundbreaking on Nov. 29 with Mayor Steve
Arnold at left.
apartment also under construction and 17 new single-family homes.
Another new building on
the Fitchburg Certified Site
is a benefit for the city and
reinforces the advantages

of the Tech Lands development for growing companies, Fitchburg Mayor

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Since late September, Fitchburg has a new place to watch

Badgers and Packers games.
T h e T h i r s t y G o a t , a n ew
restaurant and brewpub that
opened Sept. 26 on Cahill Main,
is developing as a sports bar that
features 30 TVs and 40 beers on
tap, along with a full menu of
meats prepared in the establishments smokehouse and broaster
It has been well received by
the neighborhood, said general
manager Caroline Clanton.
The Goat was conceived as a
brewpub but is waiting for equipment and permits, and probably
wont begin brewing on site until
the spring or early summer, she
Meanwhile, it offers a bevy of
craft beers ranging from local
brewers like Ale Asylum, New
Glarus Brewing and Karben4
Brewing to ones from as far
away as Maine and California.
The Goat also has beers from the
big commercial breweries, like
Miller and Budweiser.
The restaurant opened in the
large, spacious building that was
formerly home to Casa Del Sol,
which went out of business last
year. The new restaurant/bar has
a seating capacity of 350 inside
and another 150 outside, Clanton
said, and has about 30 flat-screen
TVs tuned to games and athletic
Were showing all the events,
Clanton told the Star. We have
anything Packers and Badgers,
and we have the NFL ticket, too,
so we can watch all the games.
The new venue is owned by
Dave Schutz, the developer


December 9, 2016

Fitchburg Star

Sidewalks: Committees will discuss proposed resolution

Election: Vote is April 4

Continued from page 1

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on sidewalks based on community input thus far.

To have a resolution and
a plan come out at the same
time on the same subject
matter doesnt make any
sense, Arnold said. Its
According to an email
exchange between city
administrator Pat Marsh
and Ald. Carol Poole (Dist.
1), one of the sponsors of
the new resolution, whichever measure is passed later
the resolution or the plan
would supersede the other.
The latest draft of the
plan has not been released
in full, but city resource/
p r o j e c t p l a n n e r Wa d e
Thompson sent out draft
information related to
pedestrian improvements
to interested parties in late
November while staff continued to put the full plan
draft together.
That updated language
states that neighborhoods
existing at the time of adoption without complete
sidewalk coverage shall
not be subject to sidewalk
To A r n o l d , t h a t s a s
strong as the language can
If you want to prevent
sidewalks, that language
is really stronger, Arnold
said. If you set up something like this resolution
sets up where theres some
kind of petition process
where under some circumstances you could get sidewalks, its weaker.
But the residents and the
alders who sponsored the
resolution said they want to
see the language from the
resolution which includes
a requirement for unanimous consent of affected
owners in the plan, or else
they may pass the resolution anyway.
Obviously, the people
affected by this dont have
much trust, Ald. Jason
Gonzalez (D-3) said. This
is a way to build that trust.
Ald. Jake Johnson (D-4)
blamed some members of
the council without naming anyone specifically
for that distrust in an opinion piece sent to the Star.
C i t i z e n s h av e b e e n

turned in declarations
of candidacy to the city
clerks office.
Other alders have not
yet made public announcements about their intentions.
Alds. Carol Poole (D-1),
Krause, Patrick Stern (D-2)
and Dan Carpenter (D-3)
have all been on the council
for more than one term.
Hartmann and Jake
Johnson, the two District 4
alders, are each finishing up
their first term.

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Photo by Scott Girard

Dave Olien has concerns regarding cost if sidewalks were to be put in for those with lower
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sidewalks is going to be
very loud in their opposition to anything they see
as, even if it says no sidewalks, theyll say Thats
not your real contention. Thats just a smokescreen, Arnold said.
The resolution is set to
be considered by four commissions and committees
before coming back to the
Council Jan. 24. The Board
of Public Works was the
first to take a vote, and on
Dec. 5 they voted to take
no position on the resolution. Each member clarified that they supported the
language of the resolution,
but agreed with Arnold that
the goals should be accomplished through the Bicycle and Pedestrian Plan

Residents like Dave
Olien who opposes sidewalks because of the cost
to poorer residents and
environmental harms are
ready to move on to other
topics, as long as theyre
comfortable with the language.
I think the important
thing is for the city to pass
a resolution making clear
that theres gonna be no
retrofitting, said Olien.
Then life can return to
normal and we can start
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After two terms as a Fitchburg alder, Jason Gonzalez is

hoping for a promotion.
The District 3 alder
told the Star
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for mayor
next spring.
about it, but Gonzalez
it really sort
of solidified
about six months ago, said
Gonzalez, a frequent critic of
current Mayor Steve Arnold.
Gonzalez said he would
hope to be a unifying voice
for a diverse, growing community.
These past two years,
the lack of what I would
say leadership and the frustration between the council
and the mayor, its extremely

palpable, he said. Its dysfunctional, and I dont think

it has to be (at) that level.
Gonzalez would not serve
on any of the major committees as mayor, he said, to
help de-politicize the decisions made at those levels.
Instead, he said he would
serve as an advocate for the
city, along with the administrator and economic development director.
Its intended that the
mayor and the senior staff
are supposed to work together and complement each other, he said, describing his
potential role being more as
a facilitator.
Arnold has not said
whether he will run for
re-election, and no one had
filed papers with the city
clerk as of Wednesday, Dec.
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continually scared into

believing the city is going
to retrofit sidewalks into
older neighborhoods where
the residents dont want
them, Johnson wrote. A
few folks have been fanning these flames for over a
decade to confuse the public and get them to believe
that there is some sort of
underground plan to come
in, chop down trees, and put
sidewalks in front of their
Arnold acknowledged it
has been a challenge to cut
through the skepticism.
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me that the vocal constituency that does not want

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The city was set to release the latest draft of the Bicycle
and Pedestrian Plan this week, though it was not available
before the Stars deadline Wednesday. The city is also
expected to hold a public meeting for comments on the
new draft at 7p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15, at City Hall.


The following committees will discuss or have

discussed the resolution
at meetings before the
council will hear reports
on the matter at its Jan.
24 meeting:
Board of Public Works:
Dec. 5
Transportation and Transit: Dec. 8
Finance: Jan. 24
Public Safety and Human Services: Jan. 24

Dennis Beres, who has

served on the board since
2002, told the Star in early
December he was still undecided about running again.
Kristina Navarro-Haffner
has declared her intention
to run for the seat currently
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Michael Flores and Ed
Hughes have both indicated
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according to the Wisconsin State Journal. The State
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attorney Nicki Vander Meulen will run against Hughes
for Seat 7.
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Holiday tree collection will begin the week
of January 9th for single to four-unit residential homes, as well as apartments and condominium properties subscribed to the City
of Fitchburgs brush collection. A second

holiday tree collection will take place the

week of January 23rd. Trees should be at the
curb by 6:30 a.m. on Monday morning of the
collection week.
In case of snow/ice conditions, collection
will be delayed until plowing is completed. If
your collection is delayed due to snow, please
pull your tree back from the curb so it does
not become buried in the snow pushed back
by the plow. Trees that become frozen or lost
in snow banks might not get picked up until
the snow banks melt.
Place trees with the trunks facing the
street. Remove all foreign matter from each
tree, including lights, wire, tinsel, ornaments,

plastic bags, tree stands, etc. Trees with foreign matter will not be collected. Trees containing nails or other metal objects will not be
chipped because they may damage the chipper
and present a safety hazard to the operator.
Flocked trees (sprayed with material) are
not collected, and must be disposed of in the
refuse, with a Refuse Tag attached.
Wreaths and garland, although often made
from tree branches, are considered refuse if
they contain metal or other foreign supporting devices and should be placed in your green
refuse cart or in a bag next to your cart with a
Refuse Tag attached.
For holiday lights that
no longer work, remember to recycle at Fitchburg
City Hall prior to February
28, 2017. A special cart is
now available 24 hours/
day in the City Hall Lobby, 5520 Lacy Road.
Fitchburg residents can drop off non-working
holiday light strings and extension cords for
recycling. Residents must remove any bulbs
larger than marble-size and recycle those
separately at participating stores listed in
Fitchburgs Recycling Guide.
For more information on holiday recycling
and what types of packing and wrapping materials are recyclable, visit Fitchburgs website:

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means new challenges for everyone as snow and
cold descend on
are able to pick
up your trash
its important to
follow two City
refuse and recycling cart placement guidelines all
year round:
* Place your carts ~1 to 3 feet behind the
back of the curb (or edge of the street) and
at least 4 feet away from surrounding objects
NOT in the street. The photo above shows
the recommended placement. Each cart needs
to be close enough to the street for the arm
of the collection truck to reach it, and 4
feet away from surrounding objects for the
grabbers to be able to wrap around the cart.
Carts placed in the curb or street are a safety
hazard for traffic, create obstacles for snow

plows and street

sweepers and can
be damaged if hit.
(Damages caused
by carts placed
in the street are
the homeowners
* Please avoid
placing your carts
curbside the night
collection if high winds
or storms are
expected. High
winds and storms can tip over the carts and
leave a mess.
By city ordinance, refuse and recycling
carts cannot be placed streetside more than
24 hours prior to the scheduled pick-up and
need to be removed within 12 hours after
the collection. Also, carts cannot be stored
in front of a house or along its side yard. For
more information, please visit our website at:
www.fitchburgwi.gov/solidwaste or contact
Fitchburg Public Works at 270-4260.


Did you know that
unintentional poisoning from medications
surpassed deaths from
automobile crashes in
Dane County last year?
Misuse or abuse of
prescription, over-thecounter or illicit drugs
are the major cause.
Pain medication, when
misused, can be especially fatal. The Fitchburg
Senior Center is part
of the Dane County
Transitions of Care
Coalition, a group comprised of several organizations who want to
keep all residents of
Dane County safe. We
are currently partnering with several organizations to safely dispose of unused med-

ications by providing
community members
with blue disposal bags
that include disposal instructions as well
as MedDrop locations.
For your added convenience, the Fitchburg
Police Department has
a MedDrop box that
is open from 7:30 a.m.
4:30 p.m., Monday
through Friday. The bags
are available for ALL
community members,
not just older adults. If
you have further questions, or would like a
MedDrop bag for yourself or a loved one,
please call the Fitchburg
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Before you head to the
mall to buy the hottest gift
that is trending this year,
consider giving a gift of an
experience. The giving and
receiving of gifts contribute
to a joyful and magical holiday season, but
they also contribute an average of about 25
percent more waste that end up in our landfills between Thanksgiving and New Years.
Read on for some gift-giving ideas that can
create lasting memories and less impact on
the planet. And, one of the best advantages of
giving an experience is being able to enjoy it
with the recipient!

Gifts that keep on giving:

Wisconsin state park sticker or state

trail pass
Wisconsin Natural Resources Foundation
field trips
Tickets to Badger sporting events
Donation to a loved ones favorite charity
in their name
Tickets (or gift card) to theater, sports,
concert or movie venues
Memberships to museums, non-profit
groups or clubs

Passes to local ski/snowboard areas

Gift cards to local restaurants
Kids (or adult) classes and camps
Time savers: house cleaner or personal
Health services: salons, spas, massage,
acupuncture, etc.
Hot air balloon or airplane rides
Passes to area attractions (think Dells)

If you like to give physical gifts, consider:

Buying items that can be reused or

recycled or buying used items in good
Buying local and supporting local businesses (remember to bring your own bag too)
Making homemade gifts like tree ornaments
Wrapping gifts in reused or recycled wrapping paper, newspaper, paper grocery bags
or fabric.
For more information on holiday recycling
and what types of packing and wrapping materials are recyclable, visit Fitchburgs website:
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City News



Fitchburg Star

December 9, 2016

Oak outlook for McGaw Park Council OKs preliminary dog park site plan
Unified Newspaper Group

Many unhealthy trees

and invasive species have
taken over McGaw Park in
the 40-plus years since it
became the citys first and
largest community park.
While the Friends of McGaw
Park volunteer group has
helped maintain the woods
by removing some invasives
along the trails, city residents
have recommended additional
management of the forest.
In response to the citys
2012 McGaw Park Master
Plan, Adaptive Restoration
LLC of Mount Horeb prepared a five-year McGaw
Park Natural Resources Plan,
proposing that all of the brush
and dying trees be cleared
out to establish a healthy oak
savanna and oak woodland.
The Parks Commission
reviewed and unanimously
advanced the proposed plan at
its Dec. 1 meeting, with one
longtime neighbor of McGaw
Park speaking in opposition.
Tree and vegetation surveys
detailed in the master plan
revealed that honeysuckle,
buckthorn and garlic mustard
have invaded McGaw and S.
Johnson parks, which could
cause a decline in the diversity and abundance of native
Adaptive Restoration LLC
recommends Fitchburg take
the project on in phases so
the city and volunteers can
keep up with maintenance
and costs. Some of the work
would include sowing native
seed, mowing the forest, prescribed fires, tree and shrub
planting, woody and herbaceous invasives management,
mowing new plantings and
tree removal.
Parks Commission member Ald. Jake Johnson (Dist.
4) suggested the city respect
the nearby property owners
during the future plan implementation through buffering
and education so there is still
some privacy screening
for neighbors and so they are

transition to an oak woodland, but neighbors and city

staff were in favor of more
trees and more privacy. The
plan has been adjusted for
Stand 1 to transition from an
oak savanna (up to 50 percent
canopy cover) in the middle
of the park to an oak woodland (more than 50 percent
canopy cover) at the north and
east edges.
The oaks are fire adapted,
and fire is the process that you
need for ... keeping the brush
from coming back, and also
for creating conditions that
promote the diverse ground
layer, he said.

Whats next?
The Parks Commission
will send the plan proposal
to the Common Council
in January or February to
be referred out. The commission will likely have an
open house and public
meeting in January, which
may include a tour, and a
public hearing on the plan
in March.
The Common Council
is expected to consider
final approval of the plan
in March or April, and the
commission would include
a CIP proposal in May for

Contract concern

reassured its not a bad haircut for four years.

Commission member Eric
Wilcots said the plan is the
right way to go.
I think we have an opportunity to do something that
will be long-lasting and make
an impact on the city in a positive way, he said.

Assessing the park

Mike Healy, restoration
ecologist with Adaptive Restoration, compared two of
the five natural areas that are
representative of the park: the
northwest prairie, which borders both sides of the McGaw
Park entrance (referred to as
Stand 1), and the Seymour
Johnson woodland on the
parks southeast side (Stand 5).
Stand 1 has mostly silver
maple and black cherry trees,
but many of them are dead or
dying, and a lot of the understory is invasive brush. But
Stand 5 is completely different, with more desirable and
native trees and vegetation,
including bur oak and shagbark hickory.
Youve got some great
trees there, a lot of potential,
he said. But its got a shelf
life, so theyre not going to be
around forever.
Healy said the initial recommendation for Stand 1
was to restore the prairie and

At the meeting, Fitchburg resident Patrick Cheney

brought up what he considered to be a potential conflict of interest as one of the
reasons hes not in favor of
implementing the plan, since
the ecologist with Adaptive
Restoration LLC is married to
the citys new urban forester.
In an email to the Star, city
attorney Mark Sewell responded, Because the contract predates Anna (Healys) employment with the City, I do not
believe there is a conflict.
Contact Samantha Christian
at samantha.christian@

Unified Newspaper Group

The proposed dog park

took another step forward
last month. The Common Council approved its
preliminary site plan for
the northeast corner of
Irish Lane and South Fish
Hatchery Road, though the
decision was not unanimous.
Alders debated the merits
of the specific site for nearly an hour at the Nov. 22
meeting before voting 5-2
in favor of the park, which
authorizes city staff to further analyze the location
and basic concept plan.
Alds. Dorothy Krause
(Dist. 1), Julia Arata-Fratta (D-2), Jason Gonzalez
(D-3), Tony Hartmann
(D-4) and Jake Johnson
(D-4) voted in favor of
the resolution, with Carol
Poole (D-1) and Dan Carpenter (D-3) voting against.
Patrick Stern (D-2) was
During the public hearing, three of the five people
who spoke opposed the dog
park site, expressing concerns about the planning
process and the potential
for flooding, crime and
increased traffic. Mayor
Steve Arnold also read 21

If You Go
What: Dog park plan
open house
When: 6:30p.m. Monday, Dec. 19
Where: Fitchburg
Room, Fitchburg
Community Center, 5510
Lacy Road
Info: 270-4288
submitted slips from other
Fitchburg residents, all in
support of the park.
Neighbors will have
another opportunity to give
feedback about the dog
park during a presentation
and open house at 6:30p.m.
Monday, Dec. 19, at the
Fitchburg Community Center. Those who are unable
to attend are encouraged to
provide comments on the
plan to parks, recreation
and forestry director Scott
Endl at 270-4288 or scott.
The 5.3-acre dog park
could be completed as soon
as spring 2017.
Although Poole said she
is not opposed to a dog park
in Fitchburg, she thought
there were too many
unanswered questions to

support the proposed site,

such as what the operating costs would be, who
would monitor the park and
if there would be adequate
space for parking. She was
also concerned about discomfort from neighbors.
I think this is a dog park
with an identity crisis, she
said. It cant be everything
to everyone, and its too
small to be anything to anyone.
Arnold said he understands some neighbors
have concerns, but that
happens in any situation
wherever theres a change.
He said approving the resolution would authorize city
staff to look into the final
engineering of the site and
address questions, such
as stormwater and safety
I think this is a reasonable place, its not a perfect
place, Arnold said.
Krause, who voted in
favor of the park, said she
anticipates there being a
call for other small dog
parks throughout the city
for the sake of convenience
if this one is established.
To have just one place
to have all dogs would
be a disservice to our residents, she said.
Read the full story online.


Parks Commission
advances forest
management plan


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