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Lunch lady retires after 35 years at elementary school

Lunch lady retires after 35 years at elementary school

After three and a half decades serving Sugar Creek Elementary students hot lunches every week, a Verona woman will retire Friday.

Verona Area School District spokeswoman Kelly Kloepping said Orma Herfel will clock out Friday at 4 p.m. after 35 years as the Sugar Creek lunch lady. But she's not going far: Herfel lives just 20 feet from the school.

Though she won't be serving up the cafeteria stuffs to the Sugar Creek student body, which is about 500 kids, she'll keep busy with sewing and following her favorite sports team, the Packers.

Herfel said she'll miss the kids, and the dish she'll miss serving them most is one of the lunchroom's popular meals, hamburgers.

Kloepping said the kids and staff celebrated with a party for Herfel Friday.

Herfel will return to the school for a couple weeks after her retirement date to help with the transition and training staff to take over her roles, the district said.

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VASD decisions loom on land buys

Verona Area School District referendum passed on April 7, but the work to use the land still remains in front of district officials. 

The first step: Potentially approving options to purchase the Herfel and Erbach properties at the April 20 school board meeting. That is the last chance the board will have to officially approve options to purchase the Herfel and Erbach properties is at the Monday school board meeting, according to a Verona Press report. ... Read More

'Music Man' begins at Performing Arts Center Friday

St. Ambrose Academy students will present performances of the musical “The Music Man” beginning Friday at the Verona Area High School Performing Arts Center. 

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MPD officer who pointed gun during domestic incident suspended

The Madison police officer who pointed his weapon at a man during a domestic incident last October has been suspended for 10 days by Police Chief Mike Koval.

Officer Reginald Davis, 34, pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct in Dane County Circuit Court in January in connection with the situation where he went to the home of a Verona woman he was having an affair with when he said he heard her arguing with another man. Davis, who was off-duty at the time, said after the woman did not respond to a text message asking if she was OK, he kicked the door down, identified himself as a police officer and pointed his loaded service weapon at the man.

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Verona teacher climbing Mount Everest

Country View Elementary School teacher Christine Frei is attempting to climb Mount Everest.

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Bus lane construction to drop E. Verona Ave. to single lane

Bus lane construction to drop E. Verona Ave. to single lane

A stretch of road in Verona will close for several weeks beginning next week for a construction project.

State Department of Transportation Project Manager Greg Breck said construction on East Verona Avenue will begin Monday.

The DOT is adding bus lanes on East Verona Avenue and an additional bay to the Park and Ride lot. Workers will also connect bike trails up to the avenue and improve turn lanes at the intersections with Maple Grove Road and Old County Road PB.

Maple Grove Road and Old PB will be closed around East Verona Avenue for four to five weeks starting Monday, Breck said. Maple Grove will be open to allow access to Badger Prairie Health Care Center at 1100  E. Verona Ave.

East Verona Avenue will be reduced to a single lane during the construction, Breck said.

Signs will direct motorists to County Road M and Cross Country Road.

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