Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Photo submitted. Stoughton teen Broderick McCloskey will try his turn as the scary Big Bad Wolf in next week’s productions of “Little Red and the Hood at the Stoughton Opera House.” The event is a fundraiser for the Stoughton Public Library’s second floor renovation.

Will Little Red make it to Granny’s House? Will the Wolf Family solve their hunger problems? What exactly are Gurgglepumpf cakes?

Find out the answers to these questions and more in the family event, “Little Red and the Hood.”

Area teens, working with director Cynthia Schlegel, will present this original production to benefit the Stoughton Public Library renovation fund.

The library renovations will include a new teen area where you may just spy a Big Bad Wolf hanging out. Come follow Little Red down the path, meet some new friends and help the library along the way.  

Performances will take place July 30 and 31 at the Stoughton Opera House. Start time is 7 p.m. for both shows, and all ages are welcome.


Artist in Residence

Photos by Bill Livick. Richard Lazzaro paints in his studio above Laz Bistro, the restaurant owned and operated by his son, Cary.

University of Wisconsin-Madison emeritus art professor Richard Lazzaro had no idea that he was moving to “an arts community” when he and his family arrived in Stoughton 51 years ago.

It was 1963, and Lazzaro, 26 at the time, had just accepted a job at the university. He, his Italian wife Giovanna and their 3-year-old son Cary came from Champaign-Urbana, Ill., where they’d lived for two years while Richard worked as an instructor and attained his Masters of Fine Arts degree.

Richard and Giovanna didn’t care for any of the apartments they’d seen in Madison. So they took advice from the chairman of the Art Department, who was living in Stoughton and thought they might like to live here.

They came and ended up renting the lower half of a two-family house on South Page Street.


Firefighter’s Dance is Saturday

The annual Stoughton Firefighter’s Dance, now in its 130th year, helps to raise money for the Stoughton Fire Department. This year will feature music by the Back Home Boys, a raffle, beer tent, a classic car cruise, karaoke contest and fire truck displays.

The department serves the City of Stoughton and all or part of the towns of Dunn, Dunkirk, Rutland, Pleasant Springs, Porter and Albion. Its volunteer members are trained to be prepared to handle other emergencies such as wind storms or tornadoes, gas explosions, industrial accidents, and farm and auto accidents.

The department currently has 40 members, including two full-time and one part-time employee and responds to around 250 calls a year. Members must be at least 18 years old and reside within the coverage area of the department.


Corn-O-Kubbia photos

Players from throughout the Midwest made their way to Stoughton last week for the inaugural Corn-O-Kubbia tournament at Mandt Park. Five teams tossed for bragging rights and cash prizes in the Cornhole tournament, while 14 teams took part in the Scandinavian game of Kubb.

For results, check out page 2 of this week's Hub!


Water science

Austin Skar, in blue, Jonah Baraboo, Jayda Adams and Adrienne Skar experiment with water.

Kids splash around with science at the Stoughton Public Library last week. [Photos by Mark Ignatowski]


Corn on the Kubb: Games aplenty at inaugural tournament

File photo by Mark Ignatowski. Kubb made its debut at Syttende Mai this year with an exhibition for people to try the game.

It just isn’t summer until you have a little yard-game competition among friends.

There will be plenty of games - along with food and drink - at the inaugural Corn-O-Kubbia tournament at Mandt Park later this month. The event is sponsored by the Stoughton Chamber of Commerce and aims to bring teams from all over to play cornhole and kubb, organizers said.

“We’re going to try to make it another event in the summer that brings people to Stoughton,” Kubb organizer Todd Fossum told the Hub.

The tournament takes place July 19 at Mandt Park. Organizers are hoping to draw teams from all over the state with a $250 cash prize for the winners of the kubb tournament and the cornhole games.

Kubb on the rise


Catfish River Music Festival photos

The inaugural Catfish River Music Festival drew crowds of folk music fans this past weekend at the Stoughton Rotary Park. The event is a fundraiser for the Stoughton Opera House.


Christian joins UNG staff

Samantha Christian has joined the staff of Unified Newspaper Group.

The Watertown native comes to UNG after three years covering her hometown area with the Watertown Daily Times, where she was the chief photographer and a feature writer. Christian will be the community reporter for all of UNG’s publications – the Fitchburg Star, Oregon Observer, Verona Press and Stoughton Courier Hub. She will also take a lead role in photographing events, so expect to see her out and about frequently.

Christian succeeds Victoria Vlisides, who left UNG to spend a year teaching in Japan.

Christian, a 2010 St. Norbert graduate, has also worked at Wisconsin Trails Magazine and at the St. Norbert Times. She lives near Fitchburg and enjoys outdoor activities, photography and writing.


Stoughton Junior Fair photos

Stoughton held its annual Junior Fair last weekend, with familiar attractions like rides, games, food and family-friendly fun spread throughout Mandt Park.


Helping and Healing: Free clinic strives to be recognized

Photos by Bill Livick. Physician’s assistant Todd Woodhouse is one of a handful of volunteer physicians at Shalom Holistic Health Services in Stoughton. The free health clinic offers health care to low-income people in the Stoughton Area School District.

Stoughton native Todd Woodhouse was studying to become a physician’s assistant more than five years ago when he faced a problem that could have prevented him from completing his education.

Woodhouse is a diabetic but was too old to be on his parents’ health insurance. As a student, he couldn’t afford the cost of lab work or the diabetes supplies he needed.

“I was home on break and was kind of in that gap,” he explained.

So he turned to the Stoughton free health clinic for help.

“I was able to get some financial help through a couple of the clinic’s grant programs, and also was able to get some lab work done,” Woodhouse recalled. “They helped with my diabetes supplies, which are well over $1,000 a month and I never would have been able to afford. It was very difficult for me to finish school without their help.”