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Students place 5th in 'Science Olympiad' competition

Verona Area High School students took fifth place in the state Science Olympiad contest held April 5 at the University of Wisconsin-Stout campus.

The tournament is an academic competition with 28 events spread among Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) categories with high school teams from throughout Wisconsin. ... Read More

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Verona library to host Congressional Art Competition gallery

Verona library to host Congressional Art Competition gallery

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) announced Monday that this year’s Congressional Art Competition gallery will be held at the Verona Public Library.

The gallery will be open to the public through Wednesday with more than 30 pieces of art from high school students from across the Second Congressional District, according to a release.

An event is scheduled to celebrate the artists and announce the winners of the competition on Thursday from 6:30-7:30 p.m. at the Verona Public Library, officials said. An independent panel of judges from around the district will choose the winning pieces.

"I encourage everyone to enjoy the artistic talents of our high school students at the Verona Library this week," Pocan said in the release. "I am also honored to have such a passionate panel of artists, educators and experts judge the submissions -- a distinguished group that represents the rich artistic landscape of south central Wisconsin."

Hitting close to home

In the summer of 2009, Kara Czerwonka seemed to be putting her life back together.

After graduating that June from Verona Area High School, the 18-year-old Fitchburg resident was living at home with her parents, working full-time at a horse stable in the Town of Dunn and prepping her beloved horse, Mr. Hip Hop, for a national competition.

Over the previous year, Czerwonka had battled addiction, first to prescription painkillers and later to heroin. After months of recovery programs and counseling, her family hoped she was in the clear... Read More

Longtime bakery employee retires after 35 years of frosting

A fixture of bakery the bakery at a local grocery store retired in last month after decades of making frosting and baking.

Eighty-three-year-old Esther Pulfer made her last batch of icing on March 28, when she retired from Miller and Sons Supermarket after 35 years at the store. 

She told the Verona Press she'd miss interacting with the customers once she finally puts down the spatula after her long career. ... Read More

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Consultant recommends web, app, social media strategies for schools

At the Verona Area School Board meeting on April 7, members heard results and recommendation from an assessment of the district's communications strategies. 

David Voss of Voss and Associates told the board it should look into an app to communicate with families, especially during a crisis, according to the Verona Press.

Voss also recommended creating a clear social media policy and individual online identities for each school, not just the district... Read More

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.

-IF YOU GO-

  • 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

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.