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VACT teen group to put on 'Bye, Bye Birdie'

The Verona Area Community Theater's teen group will present "Bye, Bye Birdie" beginning Thursday.

Tickets for the musical are $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. The production offers three shows through Saturday at 7:30 p.m.

"Bye, Bye Birdie" is a satire on American society set in 1958.

Visit vact.org or call 845-2383 for more information.


  • WHAT: VACT presents "Bye Bye Birdie"
  • WHERE:  Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St.
  • WHEN:  Thursday, April 17 through Saturday, April 19 nightly at 7:30 p.m.
  • COST: $15 adults, $10 students, seniors
  • MORE INFO: Call 845-2383 or visit vact.org

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Proposed FDA rules could send brewers grain to landfills

A proposed rule by the Food and Drug Administration could have a major impact on beer brewers and farmers in the area.

The FDA proposed the changes as part of the Food Safety Modernization Act, which was signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2011.

The regulations, which aim to prevent food safety issues in both human and animal feed, could require some breweries to go to great expense to process spent grains or byproducts of the brewing process.

At Wisconsin Brewing Company some 8,000 pounds of spent grains are generated each week, and they are given to the Gobel Family Farm of Belleville to feed to their 550 head of dairy cattle.

"Brewers have given spent grain to farmers because it's a very good source of animal feed and it works out very well," brewmaster Kirby Nelson said.

Lane closures on Verona Road scheduled for Monday

Two southbound lanes on Verona Road at the Beltline interchange will be closed Monday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation release. One lane will remain open on Verona Road southbound.

Officials expect delays and backups during the closure, and urge motorists to use the signed alternate route of Highway 14 and Highway M to access Verona Road.

Crews will continue to inspect the damage and evaluate ways to safely repair the damage that was caused by an oversize and overweight truck hitting the Beltline bridge over Verona Road Wednesday morning, officials said.

The truck caused significant damage to one of the bridge beams. But the bridge remains safe for traffic on the Beltline and Verona Road, officials said.

According to the release, the outside shoulder of the westbound Beltline at the Verona interchange will be closed long term due to the incident.

Traffic signals out at Verona Rd. intersection

Traffic signals out at Verona Rd. intersection

A broken signal light at Verona Road and Williamsburg Way Friday morning is expected to add to the woes of commuters using one of the area's major thoroughfares.

Commuters are already facing delays on Verona Road due to road construction.

Fitchburg police said they don't expect the signal lights to be fixed until at least noon Friday. Because of this, they are warning drivers to expect long delays, and to avoid the area if it at all possible.

The lights haven't worked since a car crashed into a control box for the traffic lights. The single vehicle crash led the driver to be charged for operating a vehicle while intoxicated. No injuries were reported from the accident.

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Kids to perform Disney adaptation

The children of Verona Area Community Theater will present "101 Dalmatians" this weekend at the Verona Area High School.

VACT's Children’s Theater will have 57 kids from kindergarten through second grade performing in "101 Dalmatians" Thursday through Saturday.

Tickets are $7. Show times are 7 p.m. Thursday and Friday and 2 p.m. on Saturday.

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  • WHAT: VACT Children's Theater
  • WHERE: Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center
  • WHEN: Various show times from Thursday, April 10, through Saturday, April 12
  • MORE INFO: 845-2383

Soccer park draws more than 200K visitors annually

Verona will see weekend-long bumps in population as the annual Reddan soccer tournaments and events get underway next weekend.

At the park’s peak youth tournament attendance, it will house 200 teams per tournament during the spring-summer-and-fall soccer tournament season, which begins April 11, said Chris Lay, Reddan Soccer Park director... Read More

Four finalists for BRMS principal opening

The Verona Area School District has narrowed the field to four finalists for the Badger Ridge Middle School principal job.

A committee including parents and district administrators looked at applications from the original 108 applicants for the job, held a first round of interviews and will now hold a second round for the finalists in the coming weeks.

The goal is to put forward a candidate at the school board’s April 21 meeting, superintendent Dean Gorrell said... Read More