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School, Lions Club to hold supplies drive

The Verona Lions Club and the school district are holding a school supplies drive next week. 

A school bus will be parked outside Verona Chiropractic, 413 W. Verona Ave., from 9-4 a.m. next Monday through Friday, during the "Stuff the Bus" event. 

The community is invited to donate any school supplies to the bus or drop off donations inside the State Bank of Cross Plains, 108 N. Main St. Lists of supplies needed are also posted online, according to a Verona Press report... Read More

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VASD lunch prices go up 10 cents

Last week the Verona Area School Board approved an increase in the lunch cost at each school, according to a Verona Press report. 

Students will pay $2.15 at elementary schools, $2.20 at middle schools and $2.30 at the high school... Read More

No VASD referendum in November

Despite officials' hopes earlier in the year and a preliminary land purchase agreement, Verona Area School District voters will not vote on a land purchase referendum in November.

VASD superintendent Dean Gorrell told the Fitchburg Star Friday morning there was simply too much left in the process to ask the school board to pass a resolution in August to get a referendum on the ballot, which would be required by law... Read More

Progress continues in tornado cleanup at Verona school

With a little over a month left in summer break, crews are working fast at Country View Elementary School in Verona to repair damage caused by an EF3 tornado on June 17.

?It blew the walls in. It blew the roof off. The roof trusses were caved in,? Superintendent Dean Gorrell said.

A new gym floor is going in, and the area where several classrooms were destroyed is now completely roofed and the walls are going up. The project is on track for the kids? arrival on Sept. 2.

?We fully anticipate being ready for school Sept. 2,? Gorrell said. ?Even a week before, so teachers can move in, and there?s no reason to believe that that we wouldn?t be. When teachers and kids come in, it will look very similar to the way it did, a fresh coat of paint, some new flooring, but it will look very similar.?

New mechanical components are also in place.

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Arborist readies for international tree-climbing championships

Fitchburg’s Shelly Wollerman will represent Wisconsin at the International Tree Climbing Championship, Aug. 2-3 at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee.

Wollerman, who works for Steven R. Bassett Inc., a landscaping company in the town of Verona.

On Aug. 2, Wollerman will represent Wisconsin for the fourth consecutive year at the International Tree Climbing Championship in Milwaukee. Previous competitions have taken her to Australia, Portland, Ore. and Toronto, Canada... Read More

Alders, mayor support helping community theater relocate

The latest revision of plans for the Verona Area Community Theater building would put a new, 10,000-square-foot facility with a 148-seat theater on the same plot of land as the fire station that’s being built in 2015.

Asked for feedback Monday -- but not a vote -- all seven alders present and the mayor were unequivocal about their support for providing some sort of public land for the nonprofit group to relocate to.

Its current home is 5,000 square feet and is next to the city’s crammed public works facility, making for a natural, mutually beneficial land swap if the two sides can agree on a price for the 10-year-old building... Read More