Stoughton Chamber Singers: a world of music

The Stoughton Chamber Singers performed their second spring concert at the Cooksville Historic Church on June 10. In the expansive genre of “World of Music,” the group performed Renaissance, 20th century and madrigal music. Their first spring concert was held at the Stoughton Opera House on June 8. 


A lesson on love: former Stoughtonites celebrate 70th wedding anniversary

Photos submitted. This undated photo of Gust Paris and Joan Hopkins was taken in Ipswich, England during World War II, before they were married.

It’s not often that a lucky couple gets to celebrate 50 years – the so-called “golden anniversary.” It’s even more rare to reach 70, but on June 23, former Stoughton residents Gust and Joan Paris are “going platinum.”

Platinum is the traditional gift for couples that have reached the magic 70th anniversary, but the couple’s son, Bob, a 1973 Stoughton High School graduate, said the gift that keeps giving for his parents and their growing extended family is even more priceless – love. 

“Time is a testament of love,” he wrote in an email to the Hub. “While most associate love with the butterflies they might feel when meeting that special someone for the first time, it really isn’t about that at all. How many married couples can say they still feel those butterflies after being married for a few years? 

“This is the love that has survived and flourished in Gust and Joan Paris.” 


Relay for Life 2015 photos

The 2015 theme for Stoughton-McFarland-Oregon Relay for Life, held at Mandt Park June 19-20, was "Saving the World One Cure at a Time." Approximately 30 teams of friends, caregivers and survivors (many dressed in superhero costumes) came together in support of one another and to raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society.


Skaalen summer concert series underway

Skaalen Nursing & Rehabilitation Center is holding its summer concert series, the next of which is 1:30 p.m. Thursday, June 18 with “Side-By-Side.” All concerts are one hour in length and will be held outside at the Ridge St. Therapy entrance, weather permitting. People are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket.

Here is the remainder of the schedule:

• 1:30 p.m. July 2 - Dick Larson

• 1:30 p.m. July 9 - Jesse Walker

• 1:30 p.m. July 16 - Mike McCloskey

• 1:30 p.m. July 23 - Cowboy Bob

• 6:45 p.m. July 30 - Stoughton City Band

• 1:30 p.m. Aug. 6 - The Music Doctors

• 1:30 p.m. Aug. 13 - Jesse Walker

• 1:30 p.m. Aug. 20 - Catfish River Revue Band

• 1:30 p.m. Aug. 27 - Strictly Elvis

• 1:30 p.m. Sept. 3 - Jesse Walker

• 1:30 p.m. Sept. 10 - Karen Wikum


Fighting back: Stoughton’s Breuchel lives to tell her story

Photo by Scott De Laruelle. Kathy Breuchel, owner of Main Street Flowers & Gifts, relaxes at her store Monday morning, where she talked to the Hub about being a Stage 4 breast cancer survivor, and how it feels to represent Stoughton as the city’s honorary cancer survivor at this weekend’s Relay For Life.

June 20, 2011, is not a day Kathy Breuchel remembers with great joy. 

But it’s a day that has changed her life to what it is today – a cancer survivor – and she’s determined to make the most of it and share her story with others who need to hear it. 

That’s when a biopsy test came back that showed Breuchel had breast cancer. And not just any type, but Stage 4 inflammatory triple-negative breast cancer.  According to, that type occurs in about 15 percent of diagnosed breast cancers, and can be more aggressive and difficult to treat, as it’s more likely to spread and recur. 

Before the diagnosis, Breuchel said, she could see a spot on her breast, but was “in denial” that it could be anything unusual.


Stoughton couple honored for foster care

Stoughton’s Dan and Brenda Schultz were recognized last week by Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker and Department of Children and Families (DCF) secretary Eloise Anderson In recognition of Foster Care Month. They were one of 13 other groups of parents honored at a ceremony at the State Capitol. 

A press release from the DCF cited the Schultz’s “incredible commitment to the children of Dane County who have needed a temporary, safe place to call home.” The couple has served as foster parents since 2003, with a goal of reunifying children with their parents or relatives. 

“Brenda and Dan invite parents into their lives and provide moral support as they work to regain custody of their children (and) will often provide respite care for families after the children return home, in order to ensure a successful reunification,” read the press release. 


Ladies Night Out benefits youth center

A night of shopping, refreshments and dining geared toward women will benefit the Stoughton Area Youth Center next week.

“Stoughton Ladies Night Out” will be held from 5:30-8 p.m., Thursday, June 18, at various locations throughout the city. 

The night will take women of all ages on a tour of participating business where they can “discover new and unique fashion, food, shopping boutiques, dancing and samples,” according to news release from organizers.


Kids Fisheree 2015

The Stoughton Conservation Club held a catch-and-release Kids Fisheree at Division Street Park by the Forton Street Bridge on Saturday, June 6.


Born Learning Trail celebration

A celebration, featuring games for youngsters and a ribbon cutting ceremony with members of Kiwanis Club, Optimist Club and United Way, was held at the revamped Born Learning Trail on Saturday, June 6. The trail, which opened in 2010 at Schefelker Park and was touched up this spring, features 10 outdoor games on engaging signs to help parents and caregivers create learning opportunities for young children.


Time for summer reading in Stoughton

Summer is still technically a few weeks away, but the Stoughton Public Library summer reading programs are in full swing. The programming started May 30, with this year’s theme, “Every Hero Has a Story.” 

Kids can sign up at “Hero Headquarters” downstairs in the Children’s Department, while teens and adults can visit the adult reference desk upstairs. Patrons can read books and earn prizes during the summer, with Aug. 8 as the end date. 

Here are some of the summer reading events:

Summer Storytimes


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