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German principal visits elementary school

As part of an exchange program between Wisconsin and a province of Germany called Hessen, a German principal visited Sugar Creek Elementary School this week, according to a Verona Press report. ... Read More

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Epic leader, American Girl creator donate to Burke

The founder and CEO of health care software giant Epic Systems and the creator of the American Girl doll company are among the donors to Wisconsin Democratic gubernatorial candidate Mary Burke.

Epic CEO Judy Faulkner and American Girl creator and philanthropist Pleasant Rowland each gave Burke's campaign $10,000. The donations were listed on Burke's latest campaign finance report filed late Monday that covers a roughly three-month period ending last week.

Both are longtime Democratic backers.

Burke is locked in a tight contest with Republican Gov. Scott Walker.

Among Walker's donations were $10,000 from former H.J. Heinz president and CEO William Johnson and $10,000 from Eric Hovde, a hedge fund manager and investor who ran for Senate as a Republican in 2012.

New space for a new program

Getting college credit while in high school can be a big boost for students -- not to mention their parents’ checking accounts – and some students at Verona Area High School now have the appropriate setting to go along with the credit.

“They say it looks like a college when they come in,” said Rick Boehm, who teaches the engineering strand of Project Lead the Way (PLTW) classes at VAHS.

The setting Boehm referred to includes a pair of new classrooms that were renovated over the summer for around $400,000 to be used by the growing number of PLTW classes. ... Read More

Teachers hope new $400K classrooms help Project Lead the Way grow

A pair of new Verona Area High School classrooms were renovated over the summer for about $400,000 will be used by the school's Project Lead the Way program, which allows students to be hands-on and self-driven.

PLTW is a national program with different strands that focus on STEM, or science, technology, engineering and mathematics, and a curriculum the school pays a fee for that allows students to go at their own pace. 

At VAHS, teachers began both the biomedical and engineering strands three years ago, and they have expanded beyond the introductory courses they had at the beginning, according to a Fitchburg Star report. ... Read More

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Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

Most municipalities set Halloween trick-or-treating hours

When will the ghosts and goblins be out?

Find below a list of the trick or treating hours for communities in southern Wisconsin:

Oct. 31

Residents welcome to drop off e-waste for no cost

The city will offer residents the chance to drop off unwanted electronic items at no cost next week. 

Verona's free e-waste drop-off will take place at the city public works building, 410 Investment Court from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 1. 

Only Verona residents are able to drop off electronics at the event, according to the Verona Press... Read More

Beata Nelson continues her swimming domination

Verona-Mount Horeb's Beata Nelson is one of the top girls swimmers in the state and Tuesday night, she showed it again in a 96-74 dual meet win at Madison West.

Nelson won the 100 yard butterfly (55.99 seconds) and the 100 yard backstroke (57.52 seconds) - the only two individual events she swam.

Nelson also was part of the Wildcats' winning 400 yard freestyle relay.

Nelson currently holds the top times in the state in five different individual events.