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Meeting on Verona Road project to be held Thursday

A meeting to discuss the next phase of the Verona Road reconstruction project will be held Thursday night.

The open house meeting will show proposed improvements to Verona Road from the Beltline to McKee Road and the Beltline between Whitney Way and Seminole Highway, according to a release.

The meeting is from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at Fitchburg’s Fire Station No. 2 at 5415 King James Way.

There will not be a formal presentation, but Department of Transportation representatives will be available to answer questions.

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Country View Elementary School looks back year after tornado

Four American flags line the hallway of Country View Elementary School serve as a reminder of the resolve shown by the community after last year's tornado.

The four flags are framed and hanging outside four classrooms destroyed one year ago by an EF-3 tornado that slammed into the school. Prior to the tornado those four flags had been on the walls of those classrooms.

The 140 mile per hour winds ripped open holes in cinder block walls and tore off part of the schools' roof. Heavy rains damaged what was left behind.

“It was just surreal,” said Katherine Clark, a teacher whose classroom was destroyed. “I knew there was no way I was going to be teaching in this classroom in September. We were going to be in trailers or a hallway somewhere in another school. It just couldn’t be fixed in that amount of time.”

They only had 77 days to rebuild a significant portion of the school.

Delays expected through Verona Road project

The Wisconsin Department of Transportation is warning of possible traffic delays through Verona Road project during the Monday commutes.

The delays are expected on northbound Verona Road to the eastbound Beltline because of new traffic patterns in the area.

Traffic signals for the right turn ramp were installed over the weekend.

Motorists are asked to plan ahead and allow additional time to reach your destination.

Verona officials start treating ash trees to stop EAB

Verona is the latest Dane County municipality to square off with the emerald ash borer.

A person called in what they thought was damage from an emerald ash borer in the Westridge Neighborhood near Epic on Verona’s west side.

The city plans to treat publicly-owned trees as a preventive measure, and is encouraging homeowners to do the same.

“In this situation, doing nothing is not an option,” Verona Forestry Director Dave Walker said. “If you ignore the problem, it will kill your trees. So it’s either do something, pay to have them treated or pay to have them removed. Unfortunately, that’s but your two options.”

City officials said private ash tree owners should call trusted and certified arborists to treat their trees. Verona has already treated 100 ash trees over the last week.

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Students, teachers slowly adjusting to broader choices

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Epic founder joins philanthropic pledge

Epic founder and CEO Judy Faulkner is joining a philanthropic pledge that encourages billionaires to give the majority of their wealth to philanthropic causes.

The Giving Pledge was created by Warren Buffett and Bill and Melinda Gates in 2010. A release issued Tuesday confirmed Faulkner signed the pledge.

An excerpt from Faulkner’s letter about the pledge states, “Many years ago I asked my young children what two things they needed from their parents. They said ‘food and money’. I told them ‘roots and wings’. My goal in pledging 99 percent of my wealth to philanthropy is to help others with roots - food, warmth, shelter, healthcare, education - so they too can have wings.”

Faulkner previously announced plans to leave much of the company she owns to a newly created charitable foundation after she dies.

Capital Springs dog park to be closed for vegetation management

The dog park at Capital Springs Recreation Area will be temporarily closed this week for the removal of invasive species, according to a release.

The dog park at 3398 Lake Farm Road will be closed Tuesday through Thursday so volunteers and park staff can continue the establishment of a prairie landscape by removing invasive species, officials said.

Alternate locations available to park users include Quann Park at 1802 Expo Drive or Badger Prairie County Park and Prairie Moraine County Park in the Verona area, according to the release.