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School music dept. chair to conduct 'Kiss Me, Kate' in Madison

The Verona Area High School music department chair and band director will conduct a Four Seasons Theatre production this weekend. 

Eric Anderson will conduct the orchestra for "Kiss Me, Kate," at the Wisconsin Union Theater Friday, Saturday and Sunday. 

Anderson will conduct Porter’s hits such as “So In Love,” “Too Darn Hot” and “Always True to You in My Fashion,” according to a Verona Press report. ... Read More

Performances of “Kiss Me, Kate” will be held Friday, Aug. 22, at 7:30 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Aug. 24, at 2 p.m. Visit fourseasonstheatre.com for ticket information.

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Construction crews to hand elementary school over to teachers

The deadline is drawing near and many schools start in two weeks, including the Verona School District that was hit by a tornado over the summer.

Crews are putting the finishing touches on the repair work at Country View Elementary School, which was heavily damaged in mid-June.

Construction crews are pretty much done with their part, and soon they will be handing over the rebuilt classrooms to teachers to get ready for students.

?Much of what you see here is scheduled to be completed yet this week, so we?re really looking to punch out by Friday of this week,? Verona School District Superintendent Dean Gorrell said. ?We?ll have some other things to tidy up, but we?ll be definitely on track for school to open, actually for staff to come in a week from today.?

The EF3 tornado ripped up about 17,000 square feet of the building, causing an estimated $3-$4 million in damage.

Longtime school secretary to retire

Diana Trowbridge will leave Verona Area High School Friday at noon after 30 years as a secretary.

Hired as one of two secretaries for a roughly 500-student school, she leaves with VAHS up to eight secretaries and over 1,550 students, according to a Verona Press report. ... Read More

'Literacy volunteers' needed at schools

The Verona Area School District is looking for community members interested in working with students struggling with reading skills.

The “literacy volunteers” would work with students in grades K-5 for as little as 30 minutes per week, the Verona Press reported... Read More

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Area agencies to take part in training at Savanna Oaks

Area agencies to take part in training at Savanna Oaks

A cross-agency first responders' training event is scheduled next week in Fitchburg.

Members of the police and fire departments from Verona and Fitchburg, Fitch-Rona EMS, Verona Area School District, and area mutual-aid partners will participate in an exercise Tuesday at Savanna Oaks Middle School on Lacy Road, according to a city release.

The event will be a mock active threat scenario beginning on 8:35 a.m. and estimated to end by 2:30 p.m.

During the exercise, emergency response vehicles will be parked in or moving around the area between Fitchburg Firehouse No. 1 at 5791 Lacy Road and Savannah Oaks Middle School, 5890 Lacy Road.

"Personnel will do everything possible to minimize the impact on morning commuters," the city said in a release. Residents are asked to avoid Lacy Road between South Seminole Highway and Osmundsen Road from 8 a.m. until 10 a.m.

Bridge beam arrival will delay traffic on Verona Road, Beltline

The delivery of a bridge beam for the Verona Road reconstruction project will delay traffic Wednesday night, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation release.

Delays are expected on Verona Road and the interchange of Verona Road and the Beltline between 6:30 and 7:30 p.m., officials said.

An oversize and overweight truck will be delivering a large bridge beam for the southbound side of the project, according to the release.

Officials encourage motorists to use alternate routes to avoid delays.

Verona school damaged in tornado to open Sept. 2

Country View Elementary School, damaged in a June 17 storm, will be open for the first day of the new school year.

That according to the Verona Area School District website.

The remaining work to be done includes playground installation, roof installation, flooring, gym floor lines and finish as well as moving furniture back into the classrooms.

All of the work is expected to be completed by August 18.

Cost estimates for repairs to the building were estimated at $3-4 million, but an update on the final cost of the project will be available in a couple months once all construction invoices have been filed.