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Verona Area School District

Outreach
overhaul
New members use
Facebook to reach
VASD residents
SCOTT GIRARD
Unified Newspaper Group

Social media use has


exploded in use over the
past decade, as people
look for ways to interact
with more and more people around the world.
But the three newest
Verona Area school board
members Russell King,
Meredith Stier Chris tensen and Noah Roberts
have been using it to foster
more conversation locally.
The three, who all joined

VASB
member
pages
Noah Roberts
Member of the Verona
Area School Board
(842 likes)
Meredith Stier
Christensen Member of the Verona Area
School Board (153
likes)
Russ Verona
school chat (93 group
members)

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Building a bond
Crew gets national
spotlight for gift
to stroke victim
SAMANTHA CHRISTIAN
Unified Newspaper Group

When Andy Benoy


would check in with his
masonry crew about the
apartment
complex
project they
started late
summer in
Hartland,
he quickly
learned it
was not a Nowakowski
typical job
site.
Instead
of getting
noise complaints
from people who
f e l t t h e i r Benoy
neighborhood was
being disrupted, the crew from
Ve r o n a - b a s e d B e n o y
Masonry had been getting

compliments from a man,


often clad in Packers
gear, who lived across the
street.
My foreman, Gary
(Aide), who was running
that project, he would call
me once in awhile and just
say, When youre over
here you gotta meet this
guy he is just the nicest guy, he comes by every
day singing, telling us
how beautiful everything
is, Benoy told the Press.
T h a t s j u s t i n R i c h
Nowakowskis nature, his
wife, Pat, said. A stroke
in 2012 may have impeded his speech, but not his
ability to exude kindness.
His smile, laughter and
words of encouragement
had a profound impact
on the construction crew
over the last few months,
and they were inspired
to thank him in a special
way.
The only words that
come out of his mouth
are positive, Benoy said.
And his face, it just lights
up.

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Photo by Kate Newton

Logan, 2, and Quin Amel-Gill, 3, of Fitchburg giggle while taking a photo with 4-year-old reindeer Holly at the Verona Public
Library Saturday, Dec. 10.

Next stop: The North Pole


Live reindeer visit library

Inside

After a well-received visit last


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year, live reindeer returned to the
Verona Public Library Saturday, Dec.
Page 2
10, just as a snowstorm settled in on
the area, but the weather didnt deter
dozens of families from lining up to
take pictures and see the reindeer up
Raised by Cindy and Jeff Philclose.
lips at their farm in Erin, Wis.,

8-month-old Vixen, 4-year-old Holly and 13-year-old Dancer seemed


largely unfazed by the curious eyes
of the crowd and stood patiently in
the background of countless selfies.
Those looking for a quick break from
the winter elements could also step
inside the library to do crafts and
warm up.
Kate Newton

City of Verona

New Tourism Commission will get hotel money


City board could
continue to work
with the chamber
JIM FEROLIE
Verona Press editor

The city has officially


created a Tourism Commission to spend its fast-growing room tax revenues.
Alders voted unanimously Monday to create the
seven-member commission,
which will have full authority to determine how several

hundred thousand dollars


a year is disbursed. Mayor
Jon Hochkammer told the
Common Council he would
immediately begin seeking
members, with the goal to
have the commission filled
in January.
The move is partly a
response to a new state law
imposing further restrictions on how municipal
taxes on hotel rooms can
be spent and adding reporting requirements. Its original version would have
eliminated most chambers
of commerce from the

equation, but it has since


been softened. But Hochkammer insisted Monday
the skyrocketing funds
likely to hit $400,000 by
years end were even
more of a reason for the
change, which was discussed during production of
the budget but was a separate process.
Because of the increased
dollars now is the right
time to do this, he told
alders. Its not just the
change in the law.

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Inside
Council talks W.
Verona Ave.
redevelopment
Page 3
City hires
contractor for
Hwy. PD work
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Leah Piller, 4, of Verona, has a wide-eyed reaction to seeing live reindeer up close.

Reindeer
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The Jingle Bell Run races started off with the 10K, and many people wore shorts and T-shirts
despite the 12-degree weather on Saturday, Dec. 10.

Jingle Bell Run raises over $71,000 for arthritis

The Verona Public


Librarys live reindeer
event returned Saturday,
Dec. 10.
At right, 4-year-old Holly,
raised by Cindy and Jeff
Phillips of Erin, Wis., peers
out from her enclosure.

The Arthritis Foundations Jingle Bell Run raced


through Verona on Dec. 10.
The 10K and 5K race
and 1-mile walk was held
around Verona Area High
School. With temperatures
averaging 12 degrees, many
attendees dressed in festive

Photos by Kate Newton

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Verona Area School District

Council shares Weather closure policies remain the same


redevelopment
enthusiasm
SCOTT GIRARD

Unified Newspaper Group

The planned-unit development advances to


the second of three stages, the general development plan, which could
be proposed as soon as
next month but likely will
take longer.
Anecdotally, thats something Ive heard from public safety workers, teachers
... (is) the lack of workforce
housing here in Verona, she
said. I just hope that you
would take the workforce
housing component into consideration in addition to your
study.
Ald Jack Linder (D-2)
reiterated the commissions
excitement about the project
but also concern about the
sheer number of apartments
planned which would make
it one of the citys biggest
multifamily projects. Ald.
Mac McGilvray (D-1) wondered how the citys phasing
plan limiting the number of
apartments that can be built
in a given year to 50 would
apply.
City planning director
Adam Sayre noted that the
development could in more
than one way be considered
exempt from the policy if
the council chooses its
not only a redevelopment
but also mixed use (meaning
it includes non-residential
buildings) and could even
be considered part of the
downtown corridor. He also
suggested the phasing policy could be part of a carrotand-stick approach to ensure
non-residential buildings go
up first.
Email Verona Press
editor Jim Ferolie at
veronapress@wcinet.com.

In heavy snow, Gorrell


and a representative from
Badger Bus will each drive
the roads in different parts
of the district to assess
driving conditions, and
Gorrell will speak with
superintendents in neighboring districts early in the
morning.
Particularly I speak
with my colleagues in
Middleton, Oregon and
Mount Horeb and often get
calls from other superintendents around the area,
the letter says. Please
know that the bus route
terrain for each school
district varies widely so a
neighboring school district

such as Mount Horeb may


decide to delay or cancel
school given their specific
road conditions.
Gorrell also emphasized
that if parents do not feel
it is in the best interest
of (their) child to attend
based on your assessment
of the weather, it is the
parents choice, and they
should simply communicate with the school office
in that situation.
To read the full letter,
visit verona.k12.wi.us.
Contact Scott Girard at
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and follow him on Twitter
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Career Days reaches nearly 180 students


SCOTT GIRARD
Unified Newspaper Group

A nuclear engineer, an
auto technician and a printing press worker walked
into a room.
Thats not the start of a
joke, but instead a feature
of last weeks Verona Area
High School fall career
d a y s , i n w h i c h VA H S
juniors were able to meet
and interview with professionals in their field of
choice.
A ny c a r e e r t h ey r e
interested in, I work on
finding them someone in
that area they can talk to,
said school-to-work coordinator Amy Moschkau.
She added that theres

only one profession


requested by students she
hasnt found in her four
years here: an astronaut.
This years event, which
had nearly 180 students
meet with professionals
on Dec. 7 and 8 for half
an hour each, went very
smoothly, Moschkau said,
noting that there was 100
percent attendance.
Thats never happened
before, she said.
First-time interviewer
Tara Osterholz of Verona Chiropractic said she
enjoyed the experience and
would be happy to take
part again in the future.
It was exciting to have
someone be so enthusiastic about the profession,

Osterholz said. We gave


her (the student) a good
perspective on the path
from taking college classes to chiropractic school to
possibly giving her some
insight on owning her own
business.
Moschkau said she heard
from interviewers that
students obviously did
research on the career
ahead of their meetings.
Interviewers fill out a
feedback form after the
meeting to better inform
the students of how they
performed and give them

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advice for future interviews. The students also


often come away from the
experience with a business
card to continue future
contacts, which Moschkau
said is a benefit in that their
interaction doesnt have to
end with that meeting.
The school will also host
a spring event with another
175 or so juniors.
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Alders had similar enthusiasm and some of the same


concerns Monday that the
Plan Commission had about
a proposed 10-property redevelopment along West Verona Avenue.
The plan, created by Forward Development Group, a
branch of Verona-based JSD
Professional Services, would
tear down the truckstop formerly known as Chinmi
and several other properties,
including Avenue Auto, Badger Wash and five apartment
buildings on nine acres west
of Legion Street and replace
it with 290 apartments, an
office building, a retail complex and a 90-room hotel.
The council had less to say
overall in Mondays concept
plan review than the Plan
Commission did a week
earlier, but comments were
mostly supportive.
District 3 Alds. Luke Diaz
and Brad Stiner both were
happy to see a plan to tear
down the truckstop.
I have nothing but good
thoughts to report from my
neighborhood meetings that
Ive held for the last two
weeks, Stiner said. (They
all) say, Thank goodness
that truckstop is going
away.
The truckstop has been
vacant for several years, and
three other properties have
been unused, as well two
parking lots that look as if
theyre part of adjoining St.
Vincent de Paul and sand
volleyball courts.
The proposal, which is at
an early stage in the process,
also includes the demolition of about 40 older apartment units, something that
brought up a concern by Ald.
Elizabeth Doyle (D-1). She
pointed out that some people have found it difficult to
get affordable apartments in
Verona and was told by FDG
the price point of the apartments would be determined
through a market study.

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Verona Area School District schools will still close


this year only in the event
of a wind chill at negative-35 degrees or colder
or excessive snow.
The district highlighted its policies in recent
social media posts linking to a letter from superintendent Dean Gorrell
on the districts website.
The letter states the district is actively assessing a weather situation by
4a.m., and will try to make
a decision on any delay or
cancellation before 6a.m.

The information would


then be posted on the district website and sent to
media organizations in the
area, as well as to parents
using the district-wide
messaging system.
For cold weather like
this weeks the district
has a long-held standard
of a Wind Chill Warning requirement to close
schools. That happens at
35 degrees below zero.
We will consider a
delayed start if the warning will be lifted in the
mid-morning hours, the
letter said. We will hold
school during a wind-chill
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Town of Verona

Board approves budget


Removes $3K for BPNN
to seek guidance
SCOTT GIRARD
Unified Newspaper Group

Taxes will stay nearly the


same for Town of Verona residents after the Town Board
approved its budget Dec. 6.
The mill rate, in dollar figures, is actually the exact same:
$3.77 per $1,000 of home value.
The number is slightly different
at the next decimal point down
from 3.778 last year to 3.775
this year.
The board made mostly
minor changes at the Dec. 6
meeting, but town administrator/

planner Amanda Arnold also


noted the board chose to remove
$3,000 set aside for the Badger Prairie Needs Network and
move it to another funding line.
We may still end up funding
them, Arnold said. We need
some guidance on how the town
deals with funding non-profits.
She said they will ask the
public for input on the topic at
the 2017 annual meeting, which
usually takes place on the third
Tuesday in April.
Town residents approved the
$1,048,693 levy at the Nov. 22
budget hearing.
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In brief
Firearms ordinance public hearing
The Town Board is expected to hold a public hearing on a proposed firearms ordinance before its February meeting.
The draft ordinance would regulate hours for target shooting,
with exemptions for hunting or pest control.

Moving on
The Dec. 6 meeting was the boards final in the current Town
Hall.
By the January meeting, the board will convene at the new Town
Hall building on County Hwy. PD, which is expected to open in
early January.

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Breathtaking nature in NZ
makes our duty plain to see

t was a weird time to arrive in


New Zealand.
Just a few days after I landed
here, the New Zealand immigration services were overwhelmed
by thousands of desperate Americans looking for an escape route
as a result of the U.S. presidential
election. Any smugness I felt for
being ahead of this avalanche was
quickly snuffed out by the looks of
pity I received from locals every
time I presented
my passport.
In their eyes,
I wasnt smart
for predicting
the apocalypse;
I was an idiot
for not working
harder to avoid
it.
Dresser
So I was
already having
trouble finding
my footing in this foreign land
when, quite literally, the earth
shook beneath me. On Nov. 14,
New Zealand suffered a 7.8 magnitude earthquake that killed two
people, triggered tsunami alerts
and lifted up the seabed six meters
in the town of Kaikoura. It was
the second-biggest earthquake on
record since the European settlement of the country, but to me,
it felt like the perfect metaphor
for everything that was going on
inside my head.
Fortunately, New Zealand provides seemingly endless breathtaking landscapes for mindful
thinking. Having lived in densely
populated Europe for the last seven
years, I had forgotten what it was
like to be utterly alone in nature.
Anyone who has ever traversed
the wild open spaces of the American West or even closer places
such as the Boundary Waters in
Minnesota can relate. Like standing on the shore of a stormy sea
or looking down from an airplane,

you suddenly become acutely


aware of just how tiny and insignificant you are.
This provides some momentary
relief when your problems feel big
and scary; your stress dissipates
quickly and life feels easy again.
Yet should you choose to remain
in nature for more than a short
afternoon hike or a weekend getaway to the lake, you will come to
realize that in fact, the exact opposite is true.
The more you explore her nooks
and crannies and listen to the
sounds of her songs and follow the
path of her roots, you will discover
just how complicated life really is.
And the moment you round that
river bend, you will come face to
face with the reality that on top of
all our personal hopes and fears,
we have been entrusted with a
great responsibility to our environment, one that we have been ignoring for far too many years.
In New Zealand, our impact
on the land is somewhat easier to
see because of its isolated, island
geography.
At the airport, all travelers are
thoroughly checked to make sure
they are not carrying any invasive
plant or animal species that could
potentially compromise the fragile
local ecosystems. (Our plane actually had to be disinfected, passengers included, upon arrival due to
one womans confession of living
on a farm.)
Furthermore, in many national
parks and beaches, it is common
to find signs asking for our help
in the preservation of endangered
species. Visitors are instructed to
avoid nesting areas and to report
all sightings of endangered animals
to the Department of Conservation
for tracking.
New Zealand has approximately
2,800 species that are on the verge
of extinction due to habitat loss,
human interference, commercial

fishing and shipping and predation.


The force of these pressures has
only been exacerbated over time,
and due to the sheer size of the
problem, conservationists are often
forced to choose which species to
protect and which ones to leave for
dead.
This, of course, is a dilemma
repeated around the world every
day, but watching the drama play
out on a tiny land that is a haven
for so many unique species is
slightly more haunting. To give
you an idea, despite making up
only 5 percent of the earths landmass, New Zealand harbors almost
40 percent of its endangered species.
Fortunately, New Zealand is well
aware that our identity is intrinsically tied to the environment, and
it continues to work hard to make
good on these promises, even if it
doesnt always come from a government level.
This is a fundamental awareness
the rest of the world can learn
from. The preservation of our
environment and minimizing our
human ecological footprint is the
most important issue of our time,
and we should not ignore our individual and global responsibility to
this cause.
So my suggestion to New Zealand is to let the Americans come,
but also to send them home.
I promise I will leave when my
time is up, too, and I already know
that I will take with me a stronger
appreciation for our relationship
to the land and a greater sense of
urgency to make its preservation
the highest priority for my generation and the generations to come.
Ashley Dresser is a Verona
native and a full-time traveler. To
read more about her adventures,
check out her bilingual blog at
elbigmonday.com.

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Drive Sober runs through Jan. 1 Donation drive collects


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T h e Ve r o n a P o l i c e
Department will partner
with state law enforcement
agencies to participate in
an anti-drunken driving
campaign this month.
The Drive Sober
or Get Pulled Over
campaign begins Thursday
as part of a national
effort to crack down on
drunken motorists and
raise awareness toward
preventing drunken driving
altogether through the
holidays and beyond,
according to a news release
from the department.
Lt. Mark Horstmann

said the campaign, which


concludes Jan. 1, involves
reporting statistics to the
state and having officers
put an extra focus on
spotting and stopping
impaired drivers possibly
before they even get behind
the wheel.
Collectively, its a group
effort to really focus on the
prevention, he added.
To a v o i d a d r u n k e n
driving arrest or crash, the
department recommends
drivers choose a sober
designated driver before
drinking or opt for
public transportation or
a taxicab. And if people
suspect theyve observed
an impaired driver while

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on the road, they are
encouraged to report them
to law enforcement by
calling 911.
A l t h o u g h d r u n k e n
d r iv i n g i s 1 0 0 p e r c e n t
preventable, on average
someone is killed or injured
in an alcohol-related
crash in Wisconsin every
three hours, Sgt. Dustin
Fehrmann said in the

release. During the Drive


Sober or Get Pulled Over
campaign, our officers will
be out in force to arrest
drunken drivers before they
kill or injure themselves or
an innocent victim.
Other resources include
t h e Tav e r n L e a g u e o f
Wi s c o n s i n s S a f e R i d e
p r o g r a m , w h i c h g iv e s
patrons of participating
league members a ride home
if theyve been drinking,
and the Drive Sober
mobile app (downloadable
at zeroinwisconsin.gov)
from the Zero in Wisconsin
traffic safety program.
Contact Kate Newton at
kate.newton@wcinet.com.

more than 14,600 gifts


The
Operation
Christmas Child gift drive
in Verona collected more
than 14,600 shoeboxes
filled with gifts.
The national donation
d r i v e r a n f r o m N o v.
14-21 and is organized
b y S a m a r i t a n s P u r s e
International Relief.
T h e o r g a n i z a t i o n s
website recommends items
like toys, school supplies
or medium to large items
to capture the childs

attention as soon as they


open the box.
The shoeboxes are sent
to children in poverty
around the world, who
then have the option to
enroll in the organizations
The Greatest Journey
class that teaches about the
Bible and Jesus Christ.
For information about
the organization, visit
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The Verona Area Historical Society


doesnt have a meeting this month,
but that doesnt mean there wont be
some interesting local history to be
gleaned from the group when it holds
a book signing with local author
John Scharer Saturday, Dec. 17.
Scharer, a lifelong Verona resident
and a VAHS member, practically
grew up in the old Eagles Nest tavern,
which was owned and operated by
his family for three decades. Located
at Veronas Four Corners from
1850 to 1970, the Nest was a central
hub of the citys small town culture
for over 100 years and the inspiration
for his book, Down by the Nest.

If You Go
What: Book signing with Down by
the Nest author John Scharer
When: 1p.m. Saturday, Dec. 17
Where: The Sows Ear, 125 S. Main
St.
Info: 616-9407 or
saveveronahistory@gmail.com
Scharer recently added new content
to the book in its latest reprint,
including additional chapters and
photographs. The books will be sold
for $20, half of which will benefit
the Verona Area Historical Society.

VAHS president Jesse Charles


noted to the Press in an email that
during its time, the Eagles Nest
served as a stagecoach stop, hotel,
chop shop for Chicago gangsters,
speakeasy, hangout for Frank Lloyd
Wright and eventually a well-known
supper club. He said Scharers
book looks back to when everyone
knew everyone, with tales about
Veronas interesting personalities,
from prominent citizens to railroad
hobos and all the small town drama
in between.
To purchase a copy of Down
b y t h e N e s t , o r f o r m o r e
information, call 616-9407 or email
saveveronahistory@gmail.com.
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Coming up
Caregivers group

Lunch will be served at 11:45 and live


entertainment provided by one-man
band James Kellerman will begin at
12:30 p.m. Kellerman has professional
performing experience on clarinet, sax,
flute and vocals.
Lunch reservations are due by noon on
Thursday, Dec. 15.
For information or to make a reservation, call 845-7471.

Those who serve as caregiver for a


parent, spouse or another senior with
chronic medical or mental health issues
can attend a new evening support group
from 6-7 p.m. on the first and third
Thursdays of the month at the senior
center.
Meet other caregivers in a supportive
and confidential environment to share
with and learn from others, including Essential oils
outside speakers. This is a drop-in group,
Learn how to make a last-minute
and no registration is necessary.
essential oil holiday gift to give a friend
For information, call 845-7471.
or keep for yourself from 7-8 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 15, at the library.
Volunteer opportunity
Jerina and Laurens of JNJ Craftworks
The senior center welcomes those will lead the workshop, which will teach
seeking a flexible schedule for volun- participants how to create their own rollteering to consider becoming a Special erball or spray bottle of essential oils.
Events volunteer.
Registration is required.
Joining entails being on a volunteer
For information or to register, call
list for bigger events such as fundraisers 845-7180.
and parties, rather than a regular weekly
Holiday sing-along
or monthly schedule.
Those interested should contact proJoin program manager Alasa Wiest
gram manager Alasa Wiest at 845-7471. and friend Tammy Haverburg as they
lead a holiday sing-along at 10 a.m.
Birthday, anniversary party
Thursday, Dec. 22, at the senior center.
Join the senior center for the DecemHaverburg will play piano and Wiest
ber birthday and anniversary party will sing as they take song requests from
beginning at 11:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 16. attendees. There will also be time to

share holiday memories. Light refreshments will be provided.


For information, call 845-7471.

Language development
Learn how to enhance your childs
language skills through reading during
a snowmen and Santa-themed Child
Development Storytime from 10:30-11
a.m. Thursday, Dec. 22, at the library.
Attendees will have an opportunity to
ask questions about their childs development during this storytime, led by therapists from Communication Innovations
Pediatric Therapy Services. It is geared
toward all ages and their caregivers.
For information, call 845-7180.

Stuffed animal sleepover


Kids can drop off their stuffed animals at the librarys childrens desk anytime Tuesday, Dec. 27, for an overnight
adventure and listen to bedtime stories with them during a storytime from
7-7:30 p.m.
The stuffed animals can be picked up
during the librarys hours Wednesday,
Dec. 28, and slideshow showing what
happened during the slumber party will
be shown before a screening of Finding
Dory from 1:30-3:15 p.m. that afternoon. For information, call 845-7180.

Community calendar
Thursday, December 15

Club, library, 845-7180

7-8 p.m., Essential oils workshop


Tuesday, December 20
(registration required), library,
9:30-10:15 a.m., Grow into
845-7180
Spanish with Maestra Marti program (ages 8 and under), library,
Friday, December 16
845-7180
10-11:30 a.m., The Young and
11:45 a.m., Celtic Christmas
the Restless (ages 0-5), library,
Carols program, senior center,
845-7180
11:45 a.m. to 1:45 p.m., Birthday 845-7471
6:30-7:30 p.m., Staying Vital
and anniversary party (reservasupport group (registration
tions required), senior center,
requested; repeats every third
845-7471
7 p.m., Stephen Lee Rich, Tuva- Tuesday), senior center, 845-7471
lu
Wednesday, December 21
4:30 p.m., Tech Time with Tim
Saturday, December 17
(30-minute appointments avail 12:30-3 p.m., Auditions (grades
able), senior center, 845-7471
K-2) for Verona Area Community
Theaters The Lion King, VACT
Thursday, December 22
building, 405 Bruce St., vact.org
10 a.m., Holiday sing-along with
7 p.m., Acoustic Collective,
Alasa Wiest and friend Tammy
Tuvalu
Haverburg, senior center, 8457471
Monday, December 19
10:30-11 a.m., Child Develop 6:30-8:30 p.m., Adult Coloring
ment Story Time: Snowmen and

Santa (all ages), library, 845-7180

Tuesday, December 27

7-7:30 p.m., Stuffed Animal


Sleepover Storytime, library, 8457180

Wednesday, December 28

1:30-3:15 p.m., Free Kids Movie:


Finding Dory (PG), library, 8457180

Thursday, December 29

2:30-4 p.m., Family Game Day


(all ages), library, 845-7180
4-5:30 p.m., Teen Gaming (ages
11-18), library, 845-7180

Friday, December 30

12:30-1:30 p.m., Al Anderson


Jazz Band performance (lunch at
11:45 a.m.; reservations required),
senior center, 845-7471
2 p.m., Friday Movie: My Man
Godfrey (90 min.), senior center,
845-7471

Whats on VHAT-98
Thursday, December 15
7 a.m. The Harmonica
Man at Senior Center
8 a.m.- Zumba Gold
9 a.m. Daily Exercise
10 a.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
2 p.m. Zumba Gold
3 p.m. Daily Exercise
4 p.m. Trippers Music at
Senior Center
5 p.m. Accordion Music at
Senior Center
6 p.m. Salem Church
Service
7 p.m. Wayne the Wizard
at Senior Center
8 p.m. Daily Exercise
9 p.m. Active Shooter
Training at Senior Center
10 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society
Friday, December 16
7 a.m. Trippers Music
1 p.m. Active Shooter
Training at Senior Center
3 p.m. Verona 90-91
Boys Basketball
4 p.m. Accordion Music at
Senior Center
5 p.m. 2015 Wildcats
Football
8:30 p.m. Active Shooter
Training at Senior Center
10 p.m. The Harmonica
Man at Senior Center
11 p.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
Saturday, December 17
8 a.m. Common Council
from Dec. 12

11 a.m. Verona 90-91


Boys Basketball
1 p.m. 2015 Wildcats
Football
4:30 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society
6 p.m. Common Council
from Dec. 12
9 p.m. Verona 90-91
Boys Basketball
10 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society
11 p.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
Sunday, November 18
7 a.m. Hindu Cultural Hour
9 a.m. Resurrection
Church
10 a.m. Salem Church
Service
Noon - Common Council
from Dec. 12
3 p.m. Verona 90-91
Boys Basketball
4:30 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society
6 p.m. Common Council
from Dec. 12
9 p.m. Verona 90-91
Boys Basketball
10 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society
11 p.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
Monday, December 19
7 a.m. Trippers Music
1 p.m. Active Shooter
Training at Senior Center
3 p.m. Verona 90-91
Boys Basketball
4 p.m. Accordion Music at

Senior Center
5 p.m. 2015 Wildcats
Football
9 p.m. Hindu Cultural
Hour
10 p.m. The Harmonica
Man at Senior Center
11 p.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
Tuesday, November 20
7 a.m. The Harmonica
Man at Senior Center
10 a.m.- Zumba Gold
9 a.m. Daily Exercise
10 a.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
2 p.m.- Zumba Gold
3 p.m. Daily Exercise
4 p.m. Trippers Music
5 p.m. Accordion Music at
Senior Center
6 p.m. Resurrection
Church
8 p.m. Wayne the Wizard
at Senior Center
9 p.m. Active Shooter
Training at Senior Center
10 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society
Wednesday, November 21
7 a.m. Trippers Music at
Senior Center
1 p.m. Active Shooter
Training at Senior Center
3 p.m. Verona 90-91
Boys Basketball
5 p.m. Common Council
from Dec. 12
7 p.m. Capital City Band
8 p.m. Trippers Music
10 p.m. The Harmonica

Man at Senior Center


11 p.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
Thursday, December 22
7 a.m. The Harmonica
Man at Senior Center
8 a.m.- Zumba Gold
9 a.m. Daily Exercise
10 a.m. Barbershop
Quartet at Senior Center
3 p.m. Daily Exercise
4 p.m. Trippers Music
5 p.m. Accordion Music at
Senior Center
6 p.m. Salem Church
Service
7 p.m. Wayne the Wizard
at Senior Center
8 p.m. Daily Exercise
9 p.m. Active Shooter
Training at Senior Center
10 p.m. Park Printing at
Historical Society

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

All Saints Lutheran Church


2951 Chapel Valley Rd., Fitchburg
(608) 276-7729
allsaints-madison.org
Pastor Rich Johnson
Sunday: 8:30 & 10:45 a.m.
The Church in Fitchburg
2833 Raritan Rd., Fitchburg
(608) 271-2811
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Sunday: 8 & 10:45 a.m.
Fitchburg Memorial UCC
5705 Lacy Rd., Fitchburg
(608) 273-1008
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Pastor Phil Haslanger
Sunday: 8:15 and 10 a.m.

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


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

St. James Lutheran Church


ELCA
427 S. Main St., Verona
(608) 845-6922
stjamesverona.org
Pastors Kurt M. Billings and Peter
Narum
Office Hours: 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday; 8
a.m.-noon Wednesday
Saturday Worship: 5 p.m.
Sunday Worship: 8:30 and 10:45
a.m.

Good Shepherd Lutheran


Church ECLA
(608) 271-6633
Central: Raymond Road & Whitney
Way, Madison
Sunday: 8:15, 9:30 & 10:45 a.m.
West: Corner of Hwy. PD & Nine
Mound Road, Verona
Sunday: 9 & 10:30 a.m. & 6 p.m.

Salem United Church of Christ


502 Mark Dr., Verona
(608) 845-7315
salemchurchverona.org
Rev. Dr. Mark E. Yurs, Pastor
Laura Kolden, Associate in Ministry
Sunday School: 9 a.m.
Sunday Worship: 10:15 a.m.
Fellowship Hour: 11:30 a.m.

Damascus Road Church West


The Verona Senior Center
108 Paoli St., Verona
(608) 819-6451
info@damascusroadchurch.com,
damascusroadonline.org
Pastor Justin Burge
Sunday: 10 a.m.

Springdale Lutheran Church


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

Memorial Baptist Church


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

Sugar River United Methodist


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

Redeemer Bible Fellowship


130 N. Franklin St., Verona
(608)848-1836
redeemerbiblefellowship.org
Pastor Dwight R. Wise
Sunday: 10 a.m. family worship
Resurrection Lutheran Church
WELS
6705 Wesner Rd., Verona
(608) 848-4965
rlcverona.org
Pastor Nathan Strutz and Assistant
Pastor Benjamin Phelps
Thursday: 6:30 p.m.
Sunday: 9 a.m.
St. Christopher Catholic Parish
St. Andrew Church
301 N. Main St., Verona
St. William Church
1371 Hwy. PB, Paoli
(608) 845-6613
stchristopherverona.com
Fr. William Vernon, pastor
Saturday: 5 p.m., St. Andrew,
Verona
Sunday: 7:30 a.m., St. William,
Paoli

West Madison Bible Church


2920 Hwy. M, Verona
(608) 845-9518
www.wmbiblechurch.org
Pastor Dan Kukasky Jr.
Sunday Worship: 9:15 a.m.
Sunday School: 10:45 a.m.
Zwingli United Church of
Christ
Hwy. 92 & G, Mount Vernon
(608) 832-6677
Pastor Brad Brookins
Sunday: 10:15 a.m.
Zwingli United Church of
Christ
Hwy. 69 & PB, Paoli
(608)845-5641
Rev. Sara Thiessen
Sunday: 9:30 a.m. family worship

Do Something Nice for Someone


The advice to do something nice for someone follows
logically from the golden rule, i.e., to do unto others as
you would have them do unto you (Matthew 7:12), and
is, in effect, a summary of the Bibles teaching on
morality. We all know how good it feels when someone
does something nice for us, and so we should return the
favor, or perhaps pay it forward, as the saying goes.
This can be done in so many simple ways, from helping
someone with their chores, to inviting someone to eat with
you or otherwise sharing your food, to just being there
for others. It doesnt have to be expensive; sometimes the
best gift is the gift of our time. A patient and understanding listener is often the best therapist. On the other hand,
gifts are also nice. Who doesnt like to be the recipient of
a thoughtful gift? And monetary gifts are always practical.
Sometimes the nicest things we do are the things we do
for those who dont expect it, or deserve it. If someone
deserves to be forgiven, then its not a big deal to forgive
them. But if someone doesnt deserve to be forgiven and
we forgive them, that is a big deal. Do something nice for
someone each and every day and occasionally do something really nice for someone who doesnt
necessarily expect it, or deserve it.
Christopher Simon, Metro News Service
So in everything, do to others what you would have
them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the
Prophets.
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City of Verona

Tourism: Commission could work with VACC

PD to Woods design
will cost $300K

Continued from page 1

In brief
Bulk collection issues
Public works director
Theran Jacobson informed
the council hed met with
Waste Management, which
handles the citys refuse
collection, about concerns
with the citys bulk collection.
Some bulk items have not
been picked up in a timely manner recently, and he
clarified with the company that it is supposed to
pick up items that day or
tag them and retrieve them
the next day. If that doesnt
happen within a couple
days, he said, residents
should notify the public
works department.

Downtown study
The city is beginning a
$120,000 study of a downtown intersection expansion in order to allow staff
to pursue redevelopment in
the area.
By undertaking a 30 percent design contract, it will
provide layout and dimensions for reference for anything happening within
a couple of blocks of the
eventually larger, signalized
Main Street-Verona Avenue
intersection, as determined
in the 2014 downtown plan.
Jacobson noted the intersection already performs
at an F (failing) grade and
the study will incorporate
all aspects of appropriate
design, including pedestrian movements and parking.

United Vaccines
update
In response to a question about a tax-increment
financing payment, the city
got an update on construction of United Vaccines in
the citys southeast TIF district.

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Managing director
Rebecca Kearns told the
city the building for the
mink vaccine maker is 86.4
percent complete, still on
track and set for substantial completion in February
or March. Though the company will move in May, the
six-month commission and
validation will take it to the
end of 2017 before production restarts.

Standard plans
The city approved a contract to create a set of standard construction plans
that will act as a template.
Jacobson said the plans will
save the city money in the
long run.

Excess DOT land


The city approved the
acquisition of some excess
land for right-of-way along
West Verona Avenue. Originally for U.S. Hwy. 18-151
when that highway was
rerouted in the 1990s, the
DOT retained more rightof-way than was necessary,
and it has caused some
complications with projects
such as the Fairfield Inn.
M o n d a y s m o v e w a s
essentially housecleaning,
however.

Public works space


needs
With the public works
department getting ready
to expand its capacity when
the Verona Area Community Theater building is finished next year, the city has
begun a space needs analysis for the facility.
VACT has already agreed
to sell its current building,
which is adjacent to the
public works facility, to the
city for the parks departments use. Its also expected more capacity beyond
that will be needed in the
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Liquor licenses
The council approved
liquor licenses for three
businesses: the new Verona Woods restaurant and
Fisher King Winery, both at
Liberty Business Park, and
the 5th Quarter.
The 5th Quarter approval
is because of the impending
sale of the business within
the family from a group of
owners, including proprietors Jim and Holly Latsch
to Leann Butts.
The Fisher King approval drew several questions
because of conditions based
on state licensing and limited package resale hours,
but all conditions were considered acceptable by the
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allocation of $125,000, is
still in process.
Whether that agreement
will continue in future years
remains to be seen, but
Hochkammer will be making the appointments, and
he told the Finance committee previously he hoped that
the chamber would get to
see that effort through. He
also told the council Monday the city should continue
its longstanding relationship with the chamber.
Chamber executive director Le Jordan has been
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for nearly $300,000 with AECOM on Monday, Dec. 12, to design the 1-mile corridor
along County Hwy. PD from what is now
Nine Mound Road to Woods Road.
The project is part of an agreement with
Epic that involves an early investment on
the citys part of more than $1 million. Public works director Theran Jacobson has said
the plan would save the city money down the
road because it will be done next year, while
the rest of that corridor is shut down for the
Nine Mound/Northern Lights intersection.
Ald. Jack Linder (D-2) questioned at what
point a design project should be bid, rather

than just handed to the citys normal engineering firm. Ald. Mac McGilvray (D-1)
explained that AECOM was already working
on intersections on the opposite ends of the
corridor, but that in the future, bidding out
such large projects will be considered.
Linder also wondered why it was so expensive in the first place, and Jacobson pointed
out that the cost is commensurate with similar complex projects in the area (another leg
of PD was $200,000 for 3,000 linear feet)
and that this one required additional permitting work because of an alternatives analysis that needed to be performed with the
nearby golf course.

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About one-sixth of the


citys revenue from its three
and soon to be four hotels
is contractually obligated to
be sent to the Madison Area
Sports Commission and the
Greater Madison Convention and Visitors Bureau,
and another 30 percent is
reserved for the citys general fund. But the remaining
54 percent (and previously a
higher percentage) has been
put under the control of the
Verona Area Chamber of
Commerce since the fund
was created two decades
ago. And the commission
will get to determine how
much, if any, will be sent to
the chamber and whether
to designate part or all of it
for other functions, such as
a visitors bureau, a tourism
director, a contracted marketing service or some sort
of tourism-related infrastructure.
By state law, at least 70
percent of room tax revenues
must be spent to promote
tourism, and the chamber
has been doing that, but
as the room taxes grew to
and beyond $200,000, the
use of the money began to
evolve from small grants of
$1,000 or so for events into
much larger expenditures,
such as media buys and
billboards.
Earlier this year, the
chamber contracted with
Madison-based 6 AM
Marketing to help determine a vision, and its
work, based on an initial

earnest in October.
The commission will have
one council representative
and one representative of the
hotel industry, which seems
likely to be Charlie Eggen,
an outspoken chamber board
member and general manager of the citys two biggest
hotels (for now). It will also
have five citizen members
with no specific affiliations.
The Finance committee
and council made one significant adjustment Monday to the resolution staff
devised eliminating language some saw as binding
future councils to continuing the relationship with
the chamber. That was done
to provide more autonomy
to the commission, even
though no alders saw a reason to discontinue working
with the chamber.
Any allocations not covered by a contract would be
reviewed and reaffirmed or
changed yearly.

December 15, 2016

The Verona Press

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Verona Area School District

Model UN wins awards


at Chicago conference
The Verona Area High
School Model United
Nations team represented
three countries at the Chicago International Model UN
conference Dec. 8-11.
Students took on roles of
officials from Ghana, Maldives and the United Kingdom, and discussed topics
including debt forgiveness
in Africa, global trade, the
Sustainable Development
goals and the plight of refugees around the world.
Carter Van Fossen was
awarded Honorable Mention for his work representing the UK in the Historical Security Council.
That committee simulated
the UNSC in 1994 and discussed the Bosnian War,
the genocide in Rwanda,
democracy in Haiti and the
Arab-Israeli conflict.
Maddie Vilker and Meredith Conley won the conference award for the best
position papers. They represented the UK in the Historical General Assembly
and wrote papers on the
Bosnian War, development
and democracy in Central
America, and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
The groups next conference is the Model UN of
the University of Chicago,
Feb. 2-5, where the students

Photos by Amber Levenhagen

Core Knowledge Charter School students laugh during an anti-bullying presentation with
actors from CLIMB theater on Nov. 9.

CLIMB presents
anti-bullying
performance

Photos submitted

Above, Meredith Conley, left,


and Maddie Vilker show off
their Best Position Papers
award. The two represented
the United Kingdom in the
Historical General Assembly
and wrote papers on the
Bosnian War, development
and democracy in Central
American and the Arab-Israeli conflict.
Right, Carter Van Fossen was
awarded Honorable Mention
for his work representing the
United Kingdom in the Historical Security Council.

will represent Lithuania and


Jamaica.
Wisconsin team to make the
VAHS Model UN team list on Best Delegate.
was recognized earlier this
year as one of the best in
Scott Girard
North America, the only

Eric Deutz and Marisa Tejeda performed at the


anti-bullying presentation at Core Knowledge Charter
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Boys hockey

Besting Middleton

Keryluk wins it for Verona


quickly in overtime

Player of the
week
From Dec. 6-13

JEREMY JONES
Sports editor

Verona boys hockey blew a two-goal


lead in the third period Friday but rallied
for a 4-3 Big Eight Conference overtime
win against rival Middleton.
The Wildcats brought the puck into the
Middleton zone off the opening faceoff
in overtime and never left.
Although the team had given up two
late goals in the third period, Verona was
aggressive in overtime, crashing the net.
The Cardinals were unable to clear the
puck before junior Jack Keryluk buried it
near the right-circle faceoff dot 21 seconds into the eight-minute period.
Im surprised I hit the net, said Keryluk, who scored over the right shoulder
of Middletons David Vodenlich. Their
goalie was down and it was a good
chance to take a shot. I was just hoping
for a rebound or something good to happen.
I think this win will be a stepping
stone for us. The guys were a little nervous, getting to know each other at first.
But were starting to develop that bond
and mold together as a team.
Verona had lost its last five games to
Middleton, including a season-ender in
the sectional semifinal last year.
Friday, the Wildcats led 3-1 going into
the third period where they gave up a pair
even-strength goals less than five minutes apart to allow the Cardinals to force
overtime.
Thats been the story of our year so
far, Verona head coach Joel Marshall
said. We lose a little momentum, but
we gain it back and then have to battle
through those goofy goals. Its the exact
same situation that happened to us last
week in New Richmond.
Middletons Ross Johnson scored midway through the third period after getting
a fortunate bounce off a skate or shin pad
in front and dribbling the puck past Veronas Garhett Kaegi off the deflection.
Teammate Connor Julius found space in

Name: Jack Keryluk


Grade: Junior
Highlights: Keryluk scored the Wildcats
game-winning goal 21 seconds into
overtime Friday to give Verona a 4-3 victory over the rival Middleton Cardinals.
That was the first win over Middleton in
five tries.

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Senior Jakes Keyes reacts to the crowd following his second period power-play goal Friday against Middleton. Verona won the Big Eight Conference game 4-3 in overtime.
the slot and scored the game-tying goal
with 2:45 seconds left in regulation.
Verona took a quick 2-0 lead in the
first, picking up a goal from sophomore
forward Mason McCormick, who then
helped set up senior defenseman Jeff
Bishop.
McCormick had scored the games first

Boys basketball

goal before some fans had even found


their seats, scoring 25 seconds after the
initial puck drop. Bishop added a goal
a little over five minutes later, wristing
a goal into the Middleton net from just
inside the blue line.

Turn to Boys hockey/Page 11

McClure drains
game-winning
3-pointer in thriller
ANTHONY IOZZO
Assistant sports editor

Photo by Anthony Iozzo

Senior Nate Buss flies in for a layup in the second half Tuesday in
a Big Eight Conference game against Madison La Follette. Buss
finished with 10 points as the Wildcats pulled out a 72-69 win.
Senior Tyler McClure hit a game-winning 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left.

There was no panic Tuesday


when the Verona Area High
School boys basketball team
lost a big lead to Madison La
Follette.
The host Wildcats were
able to hold their ground and
even after the Lancers tied the
game with under a minute to
play, Verona had the answer.
Senior Tyler McClure got
open and hit the game-winning 3-pointer with 4.9 seconds left in a 72-69 win.
The funny part about it
is that when it released from
my hand (head coach Alan
Buss) was yelling out a play
and tried to call timeout, so
if I missed off he would be

pissed, McClure said. But


when it left my hand, it looked
good, and I always try to shoot
it with confidence.
The Lancers erased a
13-point deficit in the second
half and took a 62-61 win
after senior Alex Berg drove
to the basket for a traditional
3-point play.
Senior Nate Buss came
right back and nailed a jumper to put the Wildcats back up,
and senior Nick Pederson added two big layups to make it
67-62.
Senior Julian Patton was
able to knock down a 3-pointer to later tie the game at 69,
but McClure was ready.
After regaining the lead,
both teams called timeout, and

Turn to Boys bb/Page 10

Honorable mentions: Brenna Gladding


(girls hockey) scored a goal in the
first period Thursday as the Madison
Metro Lynx girls hockey team skated
to a 3-3 tie with the Sun Prairie co-op;
Alex Luehring (girls basketball) scored
34 points in win over Madison West
Thursday; Brandon Daniels (wrestling)
was 4-1 and took second at Tomah
Scramble Saturday; Aidan Updegrove
(boys swimming) had lifetime bests in
the 100-meter freestyle on Friday and in
the 50- and 500-yard free on Saturday;
Nick Pederson (boys basketball) scored
16 points in a loss to Madison West
Friday

Girls hockey

Lynx keep
stretching
games
Co-op wins one, ties another in
overtime
JEREMY JONES
Sports editor

The Madison Metro Lynx girls hockey


co-op has given their fans their moneys
worth this season, going to overtime in
five of six games through Saturday.
That included two last week, skating to a
second-straight 3-3 draw against a Badger
Conference rival before beating a non-conference opponent at home.

Madison co-op 3,
Sun Prairie co-op 3 (OT)
Madison sported a two-goal lead
throughout much of the first period Thursday at the Waunakee Ice Pond but needed a late goal to pull off a 3-3 comeback
against the rival Sun Prairie co-op.
Despite never trailing until the third
period, the Metro Lynx found themselves

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Gymnastics

Boys swimming

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Photo submitted

Returning letterwinners for the Verona Area/Madison Edgewood gymnastics (front, from
left) are: Lauren Samz, Maddie Molitor, Elizabeth Paul, Vanessa Wagner, Emelia Lichty, Lizzie
Lyubchenko and Annie Maher.

Verona senior Jacob Wellnitz finished second (or third) in the 200-meter individual medley
Friday in a Big Eight Conference triple dual against Madison Memorial and Beloit Memorial. The host Wildcats defeated Beloit 113-57, but lost 121-49 to the defending state champion Spartans.

Wildcats split Big 8 opener


Molitor hopes to lead Wildcat/
Crusaders back to state tourney
JEREMY JONES
Sports editor

JEREMY JONES
Sports editor

After a disappointing finish


last season because of injuries, the Verona Area/Madison
Edgewood gymnastics team is
looking to make it back into
the top half of the Big Eight
Conference this year.
The Wildcat/Crusaders finished 2-5 during the dual meet
season and went on to place
sixth at both conference and
sectionals.
We didnt qualify any
athletes to state, which was a
rarity, so we will be looking
to remedy that, as well, head
coach Rachael Hauser said.
We have a lot of talent on the
team. We just have to pull all
the pieces together.

The Wildcats/Crusaders
have not reached the state
tournament as a team since
2013.
Senior Maddie Molitor
helped the Edgewood girls
tennis team win the Division
2 state team title, and she
won an individual state title
at No. 1 doubles in the fall.
She looks to return to the state
gymnastics meet in Wisconsin
Rapids for the final time after
missing all of last season with
a non-gymnastics-related collarbone injury.
Maddie is about 90 percent, I would say, Hauser
said. She still has some pain,
which is limiting her on a few
events. We are working back
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As a sophomore, Molitor
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finishing 25th as an all-around
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Fellow senior Lauren Samz
is a solid varsity competitor
who is also looking to qualify
for individual state after missing out last season because of
a late-season injury.
Other returning letterwinners for the Wildcat/Crusaders are: Annie Maher, Lizzie
Lyubchenko, Vanessa Wagner,
Emelia Lichty and Elizabeth
Paul. VA/ME graduated only
two seniors Mandy Michuda and Kirsten Queoff.
A former Level 8 at Gymnfinity, freshman Hailey
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varsity competitors, while
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The Verona Area/Mount Horeb boys


swimming team opened its Big Eight
Conference season at home Friday, splitting a triple dual against Beloit and Madison Memorial.
While the Wildcats had several second-place finishes, the team was unable
to best defending Division state champion
Madison Memorial in 10 of the 11 varsity
events.
Only senior Jacob Wellnitz beat Spartans, winning the 400-meter freestyle in
4 minutes, 28.78 seconds as the Wildcats
fell 121-49 to Madison Memorial but
defeated Beloit Memorial 113-57.
We had several very close races with
Madison Memorial that did not go our
way, but we fought hard against a very
strong team, VA/MH head coach Bill
Wuerger said.
Sophomore Shane Rozeboom and

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Veronas defense held the
Lancers to an off-balanced
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14 points, and Buss and
Pederson each added 10.
Junior Bui Clements tallied
nine points.
Berg led the Lancers
with 24.
Verona travels to Middleton at 7:30p.m. Thursday and hosts Madison
East at 7:30p.m. Tuesday,
Dec. 20.

Madison West 67,


Verona 61
The Wildcats traveled
to Madison West Thursday and fell just short in
a 67-61 loss. Nick Pederson and senior Nate
Buss picked up 18 and 16
points, respectively, while
senior Tyler McClure added 11. Senior Jon Van Handel chipped in nine points,
and junior Bui Clements
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Senior Simeon Parker
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We led the whole game,
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Memorial last week. (La
Follette) is athletic, long
and strong. They are physical and press the whole
game, and that takes a toll
on you.
We made enough plays
to win the game, and I am
proud of the guys for that.
La Follette was able
to come back by forcing
turnovers with athletic and
physical play on the inside,
deflecting passes and getting out in transition.
Despite that, senior
Colton Reiber was continued to fight for big offense
rebounds and ended up
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seniors Bryce Hoppe turned in the Wildcats best finish in the 50 free, placing
second, third and fifth in 25.67, 26.12 and
26.76, respectively. Madison Memorial senior Drake Horton won the event in
25.33.
Rozeboom (1:04.01) added another runner-up finish in the 100 butterfly, which
Horton won in 1:01.17.
Senior Zeke Sebastians time of 2:04.57
seconds helped him finish runner-up
behind Alex Wowk (2:02.49) in the 200
free. Sebastian (56.61) chipped in a second runner-up finish to Wowk (55.22) in
the 100 free.
Hoppe finished second to Madisons
David Chen (1:11.39) in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:11.98.
Veronas 400 free A relay of sophomore
Aidan Updegrove, Sebastian, Touchett
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Wrestling

Verona beats Edgewood in double OT

Daniels runner-up at Tomah Scramble

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Verona 62,
Edgewood 54 (2OT)
The Wildcats traveled to
Madison Edgewood, ranked
No. 1 in Division 3, for
their second non-conference matchup of the season
Tuesday and pulled out a
62-54 win in double overtime.
The Crusaders tied the

Date
Opponent Time/Result
Nov. 18
at Janesville Parker
W 48-36
Nov. 22
Beloit Memorial
W 76-33
Dec. 2
Madison Memorial
W 66-37
Dec. 8
at Madison West
W 61-37
Dec. 16
Madison La Follette
7:30p.m.
Dec. 20
at Middleton
7:30 p.m.
Jan. 5
Madison East
7:30p.m.
Jan. 7
at Sun Prairie
7:30p.m.
Jan. 10
at Janesville Craig
7:30p.m.
Jan. 13
Janesville Parker
7:30p.m.
Jan. 19
at Beloit Memorial
7:30p.m.
Jan. 21 at Madison Memorial
7:30p.m.
Jan. 27
Madison West
7:30p.m.
Feb. 2
Middleton
7:30p.m.
Feb. 4 at Madison La Follette
7:30p.m.
Feb. 10
at Madison East
7:30 p.m.
Feb. 16
Sun Prairie
7:30p.m.
Feb. 18
Janesville Craig
2:45p.m.

game twice on 3-pointers at


the buzzer to send the game
into both overtimes. Verona
shut down Edgewood in the
second overtime, however.
It is a huge win for our
confidence because we have
so many new players, head
coach Angie Murphy said.

Tonight was the first night


where they really started to
click and feed off of each
other. The girls played
excellent defense and really
executed the game plan.
James finished with a
career-high 15 points to
lead the Wildcats.

Boys hockey: Cats score nine at Sun Prairie


Continued from page 9
Marshall thought the Wildcats could have been up by
three or four goals based on
the number of opportunities
Verona had in the first period.
We all knew it wasnt
over yet, though, McCormick who was sporting a
gash across the bridge of his
nose following a third period
check. We were obviously
on a losing streak to Middleton, and you never know
whats going to happen in a
huge rivalry game like this.
Middletons Hunter Kowalski cut the Wildcats lead in
half 51 seconds into the second period only to see Verona stretch its lead back to
two goals when senior Jake
Keyes scored a power-play
goal following a Middleton
interference penalty.

Senior captain Jack Anderson helped set up the goal


with a great move, cutting
inside a Cardinal defender
and throwing the puck on
net. The puck kicked free and
right to Keyes who flipped
the puck over Vodenlich.
Middletons Vodenlich
finished the game with 32
saves, including 21 over
the first two periods. Kaegi
stopped 23 shots on goal for
Verona.

Verona 9, Sun Prairie 6


The Wildcats traveled
to Sun Prairie Ice Arena
on Tuesday and won a Big
Eight shootout 9-6.
Brockton Baker scored
twice and assisted on two
more goals in the win. He
was one of three Verona players to score multiple goals as McCormick
chipped in two goals and

Swim: Cats have 15 PRs


Continued from page 10
Updegrove also posted a
lifetime-best 1:00.58 for fifth
place in the 100 free Friday.

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The Wildcats turned in
15 out of a possible 24 season-best times as they swam
to a second-place finish to
Monona Grove on Saturday
with 283 points at the Black
Hawk Invitational in Fort
Atkinson. Another five events
were within two-tenths of a
second of their season bests.
The team improved six
places from last years showing at the meet.
Monona Grove, the defending Division 2 state champions, won four of 11 events to
finish with 390 points. Sun
Prairie meanwhile, finished
third with 245.

Sebastian, Hoppe, Rozeboom and Updegrove opened


the meet with a second-place
finish by .19 to the Silver
Eagles in the 200 medley
relay (1:43.30).
VA/MHs 200 free relay of
Touchett, Hoppe, Updegrove
and Wellnitz took fourth, in
1:34.81.
Wellnitz and Hoppe each
had team-high third-place
individual finishes.
Wellnitz finished third in the
200 free (1:51.46) and fourth
in the 500 free (5:10.21),
while Hoppe took third in the
100 breaststroke (1:04.87).
Sebastian took fifth in
the 200 IM (2:09.99) and
matched the finish in the 500
free (5:12.58).
Updegrove, whod had a
lifetime best in the 100 free
Friday, added lifetime bests
in the 50- and 500-freestyles
Saturday.

had an assist. Jack Keryluk


added two goals.
Verona had five special team goals in the win,
including a Mack Keryluk
scored a short-handed goal
late in the second period to
push Verona ahead 5-1.
McCormick scored both
of his goals on the power
play, while Jack Keryluk
and Jake Keyes also scored
on the man-advantage.
Sun Prairie made it a
game with four straight
power-player goals of the
final 1:11 minutes, including
three from Kyle Hagerman,
who had four goals total in
the period.
Kaegi finished the game
with 17 saves for the Wildcats. Sun Prairies Sam
Dunn (30) and Owen Leatherberry (one) combined for
31 saves in the loss.

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Senior Brandon Daniels


was the lone Verona Area
High School wrestler to
finish 4-1 Saturday at the
Tomah High School Scramble.
Daniels ended up with a
second-place finish at 145
pounds. He pinned Lancasters Clay McCartney in 1
minute, 4 seconds, and he
pinned Westbys Riley Cade
in 1:51. Daniels also defeated Caledonias (Minn.) Zach
Schneider 6-3.
The lone loss was a 5-1
decision to Maustons
Teagen Miller.
Head coach Bob Wozniak
said Daniels is seeing good
competition in his weight
class early this season, and
that will only help him in
the long run.
Junior Jonathan Herbst
was 3-2 and took seventh

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

Opponent Time/Result
at Mad. Memorial
W
Middleton
7p.m.
Mad. West
7p.m.
at Parker
7p.m.
Big 8 Showcase
6:30p.m.
Big 8 meet at East
10a.m.

at 120 pounds. He pinned


Westbys Mitchell McKittrick in 28 seconds and
added a 9-8 win over Caledonias Caiden Olson.
Sophomore Porter Sundin-Donahue took 10th
despite also finishing 3-2 at
106 pounds. Sundin-Donahue won a 12-2 major decision over Waupuns Dakota
West.
Junior Jordan Recob was
2-3 at heavyweight for a seventh-place finish. He pinned

West Salem/Bangors Chris


Miller in 3:18 and added a
3-1 decision over Baraboos
Colin Marquardt.
Wozniak said Recob and
junior Reagan Stauffer,
who finished 1-4 at Tomah,
are both close to being toptiered wrestlers.
Verona hosts Big Eight
Conference rival Middleton at 7p.m. Thursday and
travels to the Mount Horeb
Invitational at 7:30a.m.
Saturday.

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Senior Alex Luehring continued to rack up points this


season in a 61-37 win at Madison West Thursday.
Luehring scored 34 total
points, one more than Verona
scored in the first half.
The Wildcats led 33-14 at
halftime and played mostly
bench players in the second
half. Senior Grace Schraufnagel added six points, while
senior Sisi Mitchell, Brina James and Kundlinger
chipped in five points each.
Serenity Jackson led West
with 15 points.
Verona (5-1 overall, 4-0
Big Eight Conference) hosts
Madison La Follette (2-4, 2-3)
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be ending games with a win rather than
a tie, and there is some frustration that
comes with so many overtime ties; however, I can tell the team has been working
incredibly hard during recent practices so
that we can come out with wins in games
to come, Gladding said. As a team, the
effort and motivation is definitely there,
we just need to work on getting more shots
off during games so that we can get to
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Continued from page 9


in trouble 37 seconds into the period,
when Jada Ward scored on a two-on-one
breakaway.
Ward, arguably the conferences most
gifted forward and an all-state selection,
had scored on the power play midway
through the second to tie the game.
Despite the loss of starting goaltender
Gwen Parker, who had gotten hurt shortly
after the Sun Prairie goal, the Metro Lynx
clawed their way back to tie it again with
a little more than two minutes remaining,
when Sierra Berg slid the puck past Sun
Prairies Taylor Thornton.
I think there was some contact with
one our defenseman someone ran into
Gwen. The girls came over to the bench
and told us she was hurt, Metro Lynx
head coach Derek Ward said. Thankfully,
we have three really good goalies. A lot of
teams may have folded in a situation like
that.
Madison Memorial senior Nicole
Osborn and Verona senior Brenna Gladding helped the Metro Lynx take an early
lead just under five minutes into the game
on a 2-on-1 rush. Osborn passed the puck
to Gladding, who one-timed it past Thornton.
Madison extended its lead three minutes later, when West senior Kara Epping
poked the puck home on the backdoor.

Madison co-op 2,
Fox Cities Stars 1 (OT)

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Kara Epping (10) battles Cap City Cougar forward Jada Ward for possession of the puck in
the second period Thursday. The Metro Lynx and Cougars skated to a 3-3 tie in Waunakee.
As would be the case all night, though,
the Cougars found a way to battle back,
when Waunakee senior Annika Johnson
scored with 3 1/2 minutes remaining in the
period.
Ward then took over in the final two
periods. Her first goal was 10 minutes

into the second period on a power-play


goal following a Madison tripping penalty. Her second was an assist by Johnson on
a breakout pass through the neutral zone
when she broke free of the Metro Lynxs
final line of defense.
Obviously, the team would much rather

After all the ties this year, the Metro


Lynx were finally able to experience some
sort of closure Saturday, skating to a 2-1
win over the non-conference Fox Cities
Stars co-op.
Despite leading for nearly the entire
game, Brooke Rockouski secured the win
with 2:45 remaining in overtime.
Berg scored early in the first period, but
the Stars tied the game on a Madelynn
Jablonski goal with 10 seconds remaining
in regulation.
McKersie had 21 saves for the Metro Lynx, while Fox Cities goaltender
Annaliese Mauel stopped 19 of 21 shots in
the loss.
The Metro Lynx (2-1-3 overall, 1-0-2
Badger Conference) return to conference
action at 7p.m. Thursday inside Stoughtons Mandt Community Ice Arena against
the winless Icebergs (0-0-7, 0-0-3).

Gymnastics: Middleton is up next


Continued from page 10
from Denmark.
I would like to see a
couple girls quality as individuals, and as always, we
would like to qualify for
state as well, Hauser said.
I think this year will look
very different as far as the
conference goes, so I think
we may have a chance if we
can stay healthy and put all
the pieces together.
Paul (who has Down syndrome) is hoping to do an
exhibition on beam by the
end of the year, in addition
to her usual appearance on
floor.

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Samz and Molitor tied for
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Madison United might
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Continued from page 1
the board in the spring, each
have their own Facebook
page dedicated to school
topics, though they each
take a different approach to
what they post and the discussions they create.
Its really difficult for
especially parents to come
out to board meetings on
Monday nights and sit there
for two to four to five hours
and listen and then send an
email afterwards, Roberts
said. (Facebook is a way
to) get in touch with people
who may not either have the
ability to normally come to
meetings or arent usually interested in the school
board.
Roberts created his page
during his campaign in the
spring, which is nothing
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parents.
We were able to just
talk, Stier Christensen said.
I hope that people felt that
we wanted to hear them.
Both the pages and the
outreach meetings are
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each of the three said was
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Watching the public
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An elected body has to follow a specific set of rules regarding when they meet and how they let the public know
if theyre meeting.
But because the community check-in involved less than
a quorum of board members (four), it did not require
official notice. If the meetings were to expand to four or
more members, the district would have to publicly notice
the meeting and it would be considered a public meeting
on the record.
Different styles
Simply looking at what
the board members post can
also provide a window into
their personalities.
King and Stier Christensen, for example, come
from different experiences with social media. Stier
Christensen said shes not
a social media person,
while King told the Press he
enjoy(s) social media and
uses it at work a lot.
Kings page consists of
news about board decisions
and mostly is a way for him
to get an answer to questions the community has
and pass that answer along
to the interested citizens,
but he also shares links
from around the web on
school topics like behavior
initiatives, equity and the
achievement gap.
I feel an impulse to share
(interesting ideas), King
said. The more we all are
thinking about it, the better
off well be.

Building relationships
Whether in-person or virtual, the board members
see their efforts as a way to
build relationships with district residents they might not
otherwise meet.
W h e n w e r e o n t h e
board, were always representing the community, Stier Christensen said. I need
to know more than just my
opinions.

The three hope to hold


future meetings in a variety
of places around the district
including in Fitchburg
to reach as many people as
they can.
While the board has a
public input agenda item at
each meeting, Roberts said
some people dont feel thats
the best forum for them to
air their concerns. The meetings will be key for the rest
of his term, he said, to continue building trust with the
community members who
elected him after a campaign
in which he discussed trust
issues between the board
and community.
If you dont have action
behind those words, its not
going to build trust back, he
said. Thats one thing were
doing through these listening sessions.
Even if people dont show
up, King stressed, the outreach meetings are important merely for the existence
of the vehicle to contact
board members.
Even if they dont have
something burning that they
want to share with me, the
fact that they know they have
the opportunity to share it
with me is essential, King
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1) Zoning Map amendment to rezone property located 425 and 427 South
Main Street, St. James Lutheran Church,
from the current Mixed Residential and
Neighborhood Residential zoning classifications to the proposed Public Institutional zoning district.
2) Zoning Map Amendment to rezone property located east of the Verona
Technology Park from the current Rural Agricultural zoning classification
to the proposed Suburban Industrial
and Suburban Office zoning districts.
Specifically, the land to be zoned Suburban Office is A parcel of land located in the NW1/4 and the SW1/4 of the
NW1/4 and in the NW1/4 of the SW1/4
of Section 25, T6N, R8E, City of Verona,
Dane County, Wisconsin, to-wit: Commencing at the West quarter corner of
said Section 25; thence N003403E,
2603.91 feet; thence S893343E, 89.28
feet; thence S002617W, 10.00 feet to
a point of curve; thence Southeasterly along a curve to the right which has
a radius of 1577.10 feet and a chord
which bears S734005E, 863.80 feet
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and a chord which bears S532255E,


241.56 feet; thence S485922E, 251.24
feet; thence S003628W, 2028.60 feet;
thence S002843W, 157.02 feet; thence
S892736W, 9.45 feet to a point of curve;
thence Westerly along a curve to the
right which has a radius of 1167.00 feet
and a chord which bears N823930W,
320.06 feet; thence N744636W, 74.85
feet to a point of curve; thence Northwesterly along a curve to the right
which has a radius of 25.00 feet and a
chord which bears N313043W, 34.27
feet to a point of reverse curve; thence
Northerly along a curve to the left which
has a radius of 933.00 feet and a chord
which bears N061049E, 181.19 feet;
thence N003628E, 1572.15 feet to a
point of curve; thence Northwesterly along a curve to the left which has a
radius of 333.00 feet and a chord which
bears N143355W, 174.32 feet; thence
N294418W, 259.22 feet to a point of
reverse curve; thence Northerly along
a curve to the right which has a radius
of 25.00 feet and a chord which bears
N103559E, 32.36 feet to a point of
reverse curve; thence Northeasterly
along a curve to the left which has a
radius of 333.00 feet and a chord which
bears N403040E, 120.53 feet; thence
N300504E, 146.45 feet to a point of
curve; thence Northeasterly along a
curve to the right which has a radius
of 25.00 feet and a chord which bears
N760919E, 36.01 feet to the point of
beginning. The land to be zoned Suburban Industrial is A parcel of land, including Lot 2, Certified Survey Map No.
12099 and a portion of John P. Livesey
Boulevard, located in the NW1/4 and the
SW1/4 of the NW1/4 and in the NW1/4 of
the SW1/4 of Section 25, T6N, R8E, City
of Verona, Dane County, Wisconsin, towit: Beginning at the West quarter corner
of said Section 25; thence N003403E,
along the West line of the said NW1/4,
2603.91 feet; thence S893343E, 89.29
feet; thence S002617W, 10.00 feet
to a point of curve; thence Southeasterly on a curve to the right which has
a radius of 1577.10 feet and a chord
which bears S734005E, 863.80 feet
to a point of curve; thence Southwesterly along a curve to the left which
has a radius of 25.00 feet and a chord
which bears S760919W, 36.01 feet;
thence S300504W, 146.45 feet to a
point of curve; thence Southwesterly
along a curve to the right which has a
radius of 333.00 feet and a chord which
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point of reverse curve; thence Southerly along a curve to the left which
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point of curve; thence Southeasterly
along a curve to the right which has
a radius of 333.00 feet and a chord
which bears S143355E, 174.32 feet;
thence S003628W, 1572.15 feet to a
point of curve; thence Southerly along
a curve to the right which has a radius
of 933.00 feet and a chord which bears
S061049W, 181.19 feet to a point of
reverse curve; thence Southeasterly
along a curve to the left which has a
radius of 25.00 feet and a chord which
bears S313043E, 34.27 feet; thence
S744636E, 74.85 feet to a point of
curve; thence Easterly along a curve to
the left which has a radius of 1167.00 feet
and a chord which bears S823930E,
320.06 feet; thence N892736E, 9.45
feet; thence S002843W, 1146.30 feet;
thence S893838W, 1302.82 feet; thence
N002036E, 1298.64 feet to the point of
beginning.
3) Zoning Map Amendment to rezone
Lot 16 of the Verona Technology Park
from the current classification of Suburban Industrial (SI) to Suburban Commercial (SC).
4) Conditional Use Permit to allow a
commercial animal board land use to be
located on Lot 16 of the Verona Technology Park that would allow for the construction of a 7,400 square foot dog daycare
center.
5) Conditional Use Permit to allow a
commercial apartment land use to be located at 410-416 East Verona Avenue that
would allow for the construction of a two
(2) story mixed-use building.
Interested persons may comment
on these planning and zoning matters
during the public hearings at the January
3rd Plan Commission meeting. The Plan
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for these matters, which will then be reviewed by the Common Council for final
decisions on Monday, January 9th.
Contact Adam Sayre, Director of
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or to receive copies of the submittals.
Ellen Clark,
City Clerk
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688 Sporting Goods


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Masonry: Owner says kind act was extension of construction crews generosity
Continued from page 1

On the Web

proud of my guys.

Fast friends

Watch a video clip of Benoy


Masonry presenting Rich
Nowakowski with the Packers
tickets and gifts:

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America, have flooded Benoys email and voicemail


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Aide and several other workers from the site


pooled enough money to
buy two tickets to the Green
Bay Packers vs. Houston Texans football game
Dec. 4, along with some
team and company apparel.
When they informed Benoy
of the nice gesture they had
in mind, he also decided
to chip in another $200 for
travel expenses to Lambeau
Field.
A few days before
Thanksgiving, the hard-hatted, soft-hearted crew gathered at the familys home

during their lunch break to


surprise Rich.
In a video Benoy took
that day, Rich is shown sitting on his front porch with
a Packers blanket while
opening the gifts, exclaiming Oh, cmon, Wow
and Holy far out over and
over, much to the crews
delight. He then stood up
and said, Its a beautiful
day. Thank you very much.
Benoy thought what his
crew did was awesome,
and he was not alone. Dozens of radio stations and
media outlets from around
t h e s t a t e a n d c o u n t r y,
including Good Morning

Snow fell all around Rich


Nowakowski and his son,
Ryan, as they watched the
Packers win in Green Bay on
Dec. 4.
They had an amazing
time together, Pat told the
Press. The elements in
Packerland couldnt have
been better.
The next day was Benoy
Masonrys last on the job
site, but the crew couldnt
leave without saying goodbye to the man who had been
such an uplifting presence to
them while they worked.
We asked him how the
game was, and he offered all
the guys a beer, Aide said.
And then we stood around
and talked to him for probably a half hour and they told
us to keep in touch and dont
be strangers.
Pat said her husband has
been on cloud nine.
Hes still amazed by the
friendship that hes built with
these young fellas, she said.
He absolutely loves those
guys.
Aide said the crew already
plans to send the family
Christmas cards and maybe a few other special gifts
this holiday season, and the
Nowakowskis want to take
a day trip to Verona to see
Benoy Masonry and visit the
crew.
(Rich) is the kindest man
I think Ive ever met and
his wife, she is a saint, Benoy said. Ive already told my

Photo courtesy Now Media Group

Rich Nowakowski holds a gift bag given to him by Gary Aide,


a mason with Benoy Masonry. About two dozen masons
donated an all-expenses-paid trip to Green Bay for the Packers game Sunday, Dec. 4, against Houston.
wife were going to stay in
touch with these people forever.
Even with the crew gone
from across the street, Pat
said Rich will still sit out on
the front porch with his cup
of coffee and say hi to everyone who passes by.
Hell make friends with
every single person in that
apartment building, she
said. Thats what hes all
about. Just being good to
people.
In a post on his companys

website, Benoy wrote that


he was blown away by his
crews selfless and generous
idea at first, but the more he
thought about it the less surprised he was.
These guys are more than
just coworkers, he wrote.
They look out for and take
care of each other. And this
kind act is just an extension
of that.
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