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Officials discuss VASD referendum at library meeting

An informational meeting held at the Fitchburg Library Monday discussing Verona Area School District's referendum had attendees split. 

The referendum concerns proposed land purchases on the west and south sides of Verona that would be sites of future VASD schools, according to a Verona Press report.

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Spring snowstorm puts spring fever on hold

Everything was in place and ready for spring cleanup to begin. The lawn-care equipment was loaded in the trailers and machinery fueled and ready. The only problem was no one let Mother Nature know about the plans.

“We pretty much had our spring startup meeting last Friday with all of our staff to bring them all back and give them an idea what we’d be doing and then today happened,” said Scott Uttech, a manager for Maple Leaf Lawn Care and Maintenance of Verona.

A spring storm dumped a half a foot of snow on parts of Madison. Higher amounts were reported in communities south of Madison.

The weather changed plans from spring cleanup to snow removal. Maple Leaf Lawn Care and Maintenance had a full fleet of plows out clearing parking lots and driveways Monday morning.

“About four o’clock in the morning it really started coming in so we got the guys out and it pretty much snowed for six straight hours,” Uttech said.

DOT: Verona Road construction to start back up next week

DOT: Verona Road construction to start back up next week

Construction work on Verona Road is scheduled to start back up again next week, according to a Wisconsin Department of Transportation release.

The construction work will be between the Beltline and Raymond Road and the frontage roads, officials said.

Crews will be finishing landscaping, restoration and other remaining work from last year’s construction project, according to the release. The work is expected to be done by late June.

Access to businesses and neighborhoods will remain open, officials said. The temporary roadway, or “Freeport Connection,” under Verona Road will permanently close Wednesday. The Southwest Commuter Path will remain open to pedestrians and bicyclists with periodic detours.

According to the release, the project is weather dependent and subject to change.

Verona Area High School students to perform "You Can't Take it With You"

Verona Area High School (VAHS) students will give three performances of the comedy "You Can't Take It With You" March 26-28.

According to VAHS, the original play, which opened in 1936, won the 1937 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. The play focuses on the Sycamore family and features an eccentric cast including snake collectors, revolutionaries and skyrocket makers.

Tickets for the show are $10 for general admission and $5 for students and seniors. They can be purchased by calling the VAHS Theatre box office at 608-845-4488.

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Chamber's summer music festival moves forward

A city music festival got the green light this week to take place in late July. 

The Verona Press reported that the Verona Music Festival scheduled July 24-25 at Festival Park was almost called off earlier this month. But after a weeklong extension for sponsorships, the Verona Area Chamber of Commerce is moving ahead with plans for a summer music festival. ... Read More

Former high school principal focused on health, sobriety

Former high school principal focused on health, sobriety

Oregon High School's former principal Kelly Meyers, who resigned from the position in February, told the Oregon Observer she's been struggling with depression and is working toward bettering her health and well-being. 

Meyers was arrested in early December on suspicion of drunken driving. She was put on administrative leave in late December and resigned about two months later.

Meyers was principal at Verona Area High School from 1994-2008 before she was hired in Oregon, according to the report. ... Read More

Concussion goggles raise awareness of symptoms, treatment

The early retirement of San Francisco 49ers linebacker Chris Borland has intensified the conversation about the issue surrounding concussions. While it has people talking about concussions, a Verona company is letting people experience them.

Innocorp has developed concussion goggles, a product that helps people gain a sense of what a concussion feels like and understand the symptoms.

“One thing you experience is the disconnect in vision right away. One eye will see one thing and the other eye will see another. What results is a sense of disorientation, confusion and if you keep wearing the goggles you will experience some nausea,” said Tim Jorgensen, who works in product development and support at Innocorp.

The concussion goggles are part of an education program that includes activities and educational materials that are used to raise awareness about concussion symptoms and the steps required to treat them.