‘Wedding Singer’ opens July 30

Photo by Samra Tefarra. Zach Wolf (Robbie Hart) and Kristin Nett (Julia) rehearse their roles for next week’s performance of “The Wedding Singer.”

Madonna and Michael Jackson might not be in the audience, but their music and memories will.

Aligning Stars Theatre Company will present the musical “The Wedding Singer,” Thursday, July 30 and Aug. 1 at the Stoughton High School auditorium. 

The throwback score features the songs of different ‘80s icons, said director Deedee Bouzek, who also serves as theatre director for Stoughton High School and middle school.

“Normally I pick a rock musical, but I thought this had a good story about love and it has great music,” she said. “A few students brought this musical to my attention too.”

The musical is based on the 1998 movie starring Adam Sandler and Drew Barrymore. The musical premiered on Broadway in 2006 and was nominated for five Tony Awards.


‘Stuff the Bus’ for students Aug. 8

The Stoughton Lions and Lioness Clubs are teaming up with the Stoughton Area School District and area businesses to invite the community to help them “Stuff the Bus” with schools supplies and books. The event will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, at the Stoughton Wal-Mart parking lot.

School supplies and books can also be dropped off in bins at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, McFarland State Bank - downtown and Stoughton Hospital from July 20 through Aug. 8.

Jim Borling, committee chair of the Stoughton Lions Club, said, “The donated school supplies and books will make a difference in the lives of our local children and will give them the tools they need to help them be successful in school.”

School supplies requested, but not limited to, include No. 2 pencils, crayons, markers, rulers, Ziploc bags (quart or gallon), facial tissues, paper towels, pocket dictionaries and thesauruses. 


Stoughton's Ellickson earns honorary state FFA degree

Photo submitted. Long-time Stoughton FFA alumni leader Jack Elllickson receives his honorary state FFA degree from Wisconsin FFA President Alison Wedig at the 2015 convention in Madison.

Jack Ellickson grew up on a dairy farm in Cambridge and never lost his passion for agriculture or for helping out others, both there and for many years later in Stoughton.

It was quite fitting, then, that Ellickson received the Honorary State FFA Degree at the 2015 Wisconsin FFA Convention earlier this month; the highest degree the state association can bestow on its members.

Ellickson called the honor “humbling,” considering people like doctors and professors and even State Superintendent Dr. Tony Evers were among those being honored.


‘It’s all about relationships’: Longtime Stoughton social worker reflects on retirement

Photo by Samantha Christian. Sharon Mason-Boersma retired June 1 from her Joining Forces for Families social worker position, in which she served families in the Stoughton, Cambridge and Deerfield areas for 17 years. She will continue to be involved in the community through many nonprofit organizations, as she discussed with the Hub in early July after returning from a road trip to California.

Perhaps she’s served you pancakes at the Kiwanis breakfast or greeted you at the Personal Essentials Pantry. Or maybe you’ve heard her address topics of homelessness, underage drinking or affordable transportation and housing at meetings for Stoughton Area Resource Team, Stoughton CARES or Stoughton United Ministries.

This is just a sampling of the many volunteer activities Sharon Mason-Boersma has been involved in since she moved to Stoughton in 1981. More than just a familiar face, she’s earned the trust of and helped thousands of struggling families in the Stoughton, Cambridge and Deerfield areas as a Joining Forces for Families (JFF) social worker.


Stoughton truck day photos

Stoughton Public Library invited children to climb into an assortment of vehicles and learn what they do during "Truck Day" at Mandt Park on July 15.


Giving baa-ck: Stoughton Wrestling Club to receive profit from lamb sale

Photo submitted. Cole Sarbacker, 9, will be donating the money his lamb, BooBoo, earns from the Dane County Fair Meat Animal Sale on July 16 to the Stoughton Wrestling Club.

At 9 years old, Cole Sarbacker is finally able to make his first Dane County Fair Meat Animal Auction appearance this year. This is a typically an opportunity for most kids to save up some well-earned money after spending the spring getting their animals ready.

But the new Triangle Troopers 4-H Club member has a different plan in mind. He will be donating all of his profits to the Stoughton Wrestling Club after selling his market lamb, BooBoo, on Thursday. 

Sarbacker has been wrestling since he was 4 years old, so when police found in May that Stoughton Wrestling Club’s funds were being misappropriated, he wanted to do something to help.


Kubb tournament moves to Virgin Lake Park July 18

Hoping for greener pastures, the second annual Corn-O-Kubbia tournament in Stoughton is moving to Virgin Lake Park.

The inaugural tournament was held last year at Mandt Park, but heavy foot traffic from the Stoughton Junior Fair made for poor playing conditions, Stoughton Chamber of Commerce visitor services director Laura Trotter told the Hub. 

This year, Virgin Lake Park on Roby Road will be the site of the lawn game competitions on Saturday, July 18. Teams can register for Kubb, a Scandinavian game played with wooden blocks and dowels. There will also be a cornhole tournament.


Sperles selected for July Yard of the Month

Photo submitted. An old tobacco rack with a stringing horse and a vintage tobacco planter adorned with ornamental plantings are shown in the Sperle’s yard, chosen as the Stoughton Heritage Garden Club’s July Yard of the Month.

Milt and Vicki Sperle’s property at 3452 County Road A has been selected as the Stoughton Heritage Garden Club’s July Yard of the Month.  

Several delightful flower beds and planters are dispersed throughout the spacious yards and around the outbuildings of this charming country estate.

Some of the uniquely designed beds incorporate tobacco implements, reflecting the proud heritage of this farm, which has been in the Sperle family for generations.  

The Heritage Garden Club meets the third Tuesday of the month. For more information, contact Kay Davis at 873-4886 or visit New members and guests are welcome.


A journey of 39 miles

Photo by Jacob Bielanski. Holly Pitas poses wearing the medal she received for completing the two-day, 39-mile AVON 39 Walk to End Breast Cancer over the 4th of July weekend.

If Holly Pitas had a dating profile, it likely wouldn’t say, “enjoys long walks.” But after breast cancer took a good friend’s sister in 2002 she’s done just that – walking 39 miles throughout Chicago over two days last weekend.

“I like to walk, but I like to take an enjoyable walk,” Pitas said. “To walk three miles or even five miles, I think is pleasant and comfortable – to walk 26 miles is actually very difficult.”

Pitas and her friend were participants of the AVON 39 walk to end breast cancer. During the walk, participants cover 39.3 miles total throughout the city – walking a full-marathon’s worth on the first day and a half-marathon’s worth on the second.


Stoughton church helps African hospital

Photos submitted. Pictured is a retrofitted van converted to an ambulance similar to one that the First Lutheran Church congregation hopes to purchase for a hospital in Tanzania.

For the past five years, First Lutheran Church in Stoughton has had ties to a hospital in Tanzania through medical missionary Dr. Mark Jacobson, director of the Arusha Lutheran Medical Centre. 

Jacobson and his wife, Linda, will make their second trip to FLC on Sunday, July 19, at which time the congregation hopes to present them with a check for $15,000 toward the purchase of a van that will be retrofitted to become an ambulance for the hospital in Africa.

As of press time, the church was at nearly two-thirds of its “Operation Ambulance” goal, with a donation of $5,000 from a family who wishes to remain anonymous, and another $2,000 from the congregation through offerings. FLC’s First Lutheran Fund will donate up to $5,000 as matching funds to new gifts beyond the anonymous gift for this project. 


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