Citizen of the Year: Celia Juve

Photos by Victoria Vlisides. Celia Juve is the Hub’s 2013 Citizen of the Year. As a local business owner at All in the Family Hair Care, the Stoughton native has been at the location on Ben Waite Circle for nearly seven years. The shop includes old fashioned hair dryers lining the front room.

You may not know Celia Juve, but if you do, or know someone like her, your life has truly been blessed.

The modest, unassuming Stoughton native, 1978 Stoughton High School graduate and longtime local business owner was named the 2013 Stoughton Area Citizen of the Year by the Courier Hub, based on readers’ recommendations.

Juve has been working in the Stoughton area for the past 18 years after moving away for a period. Her shop, “All in the Family Hair Care,” has been at 1223 Ben Waite Circle for the past seven years after a decade stint kitty-corner from the library on Main Street. She is also long-time member of St. Ann Catholic Church and an active planner for their fall festival.

But it’s how Juve treats people in her everyday life that stands out to those who nominated her.


Sandhill Elementary KIDS club photos

Sandhill Elementary School held its semester KIDS Club program Jan. 24. The event lasts an hour and gives students a chance to experience what its like to be in a club. The program introduces students to the idea of clubs before they get to middle school, where they can join the clubs. Photos submitted by Derek Spellman.


Pops concert slated for Feb. 3

Tickets are now on sale for this year’s Pops Concert and Italian feast dinner at Stoughton High School. On the menu will be several different choices of pasta, salads, bread, drinks and desserts, as well as a stage with live entertainment featuring several SHS students performing different styles of popular music.

The dinner runs from 4:45-6:30 p.m. in the Stoughton High School Cafetorium, with the annual Pops Concert to follow at 7 p.m. at the school’s Performing Arts Center, featuring more of the school’s top vocalists performing several styles of popular music. The show will also feature a professional house band comprised of some of Wisconsin’s top studio musicians.  

Tickets will be on sale in exhibition hallway during lunch and after school in the music room through Feb. 3, and people are asked to buy tickets early, as the show tends to sell out quickly.


Snowmobilers host Blizzard Blast

The Dane County Council of Snowmobile Clubs will host the 26th annual Blizzard Blast on Feb. 1 in Stoughton. The event is a fundraiser to benefit Easter Seals Wisconsin, an organization dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities.

The Blizzard Blast will include a silent auction, raffles, a spaghetti dinner including free beer and soda, and a Euchre Tournament.

Tickets are $20 and include entry into a raffle, food, beer and soda.  The event is being held at Banushi’s Bar and Grill in Stoughton and starts at 4 p.m.

It is open to the public and the community is encouraged to attend. Weather and snow cover permitting, an organized ride will be held starting at noon in Stoughton. Check for starting location.


Carlson ‘grateful’ to get Academy nomination

Carlson is awaiting word from the Air Force Academy or Naval Academy.

Stoughton High School senior Jace Carlson was excited as could be when he got the mail one day back in December.

“I had to reread each of the letters over and over to make sure what I was reading was actually what I thought it was,” he said.

Receiving nominations from U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan and Sen. Tammy Baldwin, Carlson got one step closer to gaining acceptance into the U.S. Air Force Academy or U.S. Naval Academy, something that has been a goal for all of his life.

“Having an opportunity like (the one) I’ve been given is something I’m so grateful for,” he said in an email interview. “Knowing that I have the support of a Congressman and a Senator for one of the military academies is such an honor. If I wasn’t given one of these nominations I wouldn’t even have a chance to make it in, so I really owe them big if I get accepted!”

Carlson is one of 16 high school students in Pocan’s congressional district awarded a service academy nomination.


Refurbishing an area landmark

Photo by Scott De Laruelle. Renovations of the library will include new shelving.

Not many communities have a library that has stood astride its downtown for more than a century.

The Stoughton Public Library has served the community from its corner on Fourth and Main streets since 1908, and as more than a quarter-century has passed since its last renovation, library friends are coming together next Thursday evening to start fundraising efforts to keep it looking as lively as ever.

Dave Mannis, member of the Stoughton Public Library fundraising committee, is heading up efforts to find some funding for a library hasn’t been renovated since its addition was built in 1988, and is long due for some upgrades on the second floor.

“Bookshelves are falling apart, the carpet needs to be re-done, there are a couple meeting rooms that are quite frankly, too small,” he said. “It will be re-done larger so that more businesses can use it for off-site meetings. It’s just better for planning to take advantage of space.”


Heritage Center aims for summer/fall opening

Photo by Bill Livick. Heavy equipment began “moving dirt” on Dec. 3 at the corner of South Page Street and West Main Street, where a Norwegian Heritage Center will be built this year.

Construction of a Norwegian Heritage Center in downtown Stoughton is stalled because of winter weather, but organizers expect the building to be up by the end of summer.

The anticipated 15,000-square-foot, two-story building is a project of the Bryant Foundation, which plans to use the center to foster interest and facilitate research in Norwegian heritage and culture.

The foundation is a nonprofit organization that supports the community through scholarships and grants.

The foundation’s plans call for a genealogy library, lounge, auditorium and spaces for both permanent and temporary exhibits. The facility is being built at the corner of Main and Page streets.

“Our contractor feels that the building should be complete sometime later in the summer of 2014,” said June Bunting, executive director of the Bryant Foundation, in an email to the Hub.


Tale as old as time

Enchanted castle characters welcome Belle’s father Maurice to the castle. From left are: Jocelyn Welch, Harley Stout, Ava Schigur, Hannah Furseth, Gabby Greenwald and Nolan Carpenter.

From singing furniture and enchanted castles to a scary pack of wolves, when it comes to casting 50 Fox Prairie Elementary School fifth-graders for a production, Paul Otteson found the right fit.

Otteson, a Fox Prairie Elementary general music teacher, directed the musical – also co-directed by Nancy Hagen – “Beauty and the Beast Jr.,” which will be hosted by the Stoughton Opera House at 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, and Wednesday, Jan. 29. Otteson said he chose the play based on the kids’ personalities and abilities.  

“In many cases, a group of students lend themselves quite easily to a particular story or particular characters,” he said. “In many ways this is the most mature show we’ve attempted. It requires very strong acting skills, and takes on some darker themes than our past shows. I knew this group of kids would be able to handle it. It is a fun but very challenging show.”


Former resident’s research details state’s conservation history in book

Stoughton High School graduate Dave Gjestson, who now lives in California, wrote and researched a book about Wisconsin’s wildlife conservation history.

For some, a love of the outdoors inspires them to write nature poetry, but for one Stoughton High School graduate, it was Wisconsin’s rich but sometime’s over looked natural history that inspired a book.

“It took me five years and 5,000 hours to produce a first draft,” author Dave Gjestson said in an email interview about his book.

“Gamekeepers – The Wildlife Conservation History from WCD to CWD” was published through the Department of Natural Resources and highlights the agency’s early history and gaps in the state’s conservation records.

The DNR’s only institutional historian Walter Scott was another inspiration for the book.

“Walter wrote many historical articles about the Wisconsin Conservation Department (WCD) and encouraged me to look further into those early days,” Gjestson said.


Stoughton Speaks

Eric Smith: I’m glad that there’s new corporations coming to Stoughton, but I would prefer to see a more diverse population of retailers in the area than Wal-Mart.”

Chris Schultz: I’m glad that we’re looking at growth for our community and for our schools. Not going to get into anything real political here as far as growth goes, but I’m glad we’re looking at growth.”

Cindy Knapton: At this point I think I’m for it ... the Wal-Mart we have here in Stoughton is too small, and I usually have to go to Madison to get what I need. I’m concerned what it’s going to do to our small town, though.

Dave Trainor: I guess I have mixed feelings on it. The one we have is kinda inadequate, but I’d hate to see a big box come to town.

Mary Lusk: I think it is good for our town because it will provide for more jobs and will help grow our town, which we need with declining enrollment.