Food, DJ, raffles planned for Sept. 27 cancer fundraiser

Photo submitted. Pictured from left are John Anderson, who has stage 4 colon cancer, his stepdaughter Courtney Normington and his wife Kathi Anderson. A benefit will be held for the Anderson family of Stoughton from 1-6 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 27, at the VFW on Cottage Grove Road.

Doctors told John Anderson he had three months to live last December, when he received a diagnosis of stage 4 colon cancer. Although the 48-year-old longtime Stoughton resident has beaten those odds, two surgeries since then have been unsuccessful because there are too many cancer cells.

His wife, Kathi Anderson, and stepdaughter Courtney Normington, a sophomore and cheerleader at Stoughton High School, are planning a benefit on Sept. 27 to help with the bills and help them keep their home.

The family only has one income right now since John has not been able to work since his diagnosis, and his short-term disability ran out in March.

Kathi said even though her husband is weak, he plans to be present at the benefit this weekend, which will be held from 1-6 p.m. Sunday at the VFW post at 301 Cottage Grove Road in Madison.


Singer-songwriter Tom Rush plays Saturday

Photo submitted. Noted “art-folk” songwriting veteran Tom Rush comes to the Opera House Saturday, Sept. 26.

Tom Rush has been performing since the early 1960s and has had a profound impact on the American music scene. He helped shape the folk revival in the early ‘60s and the renaissance of the ‘80s and ‘90s.

Rolling Stone magazine called Rush America’s “song-finder” after the singer released his 1968 album, “The Circle Game.” The album contained songs written by Joni Mitchell, James Taylor and Jackson Browne at a time when the three were still unknown by the general public.

“I’ve been accused of kicking off the singer-songwriter movement with that album,” Rush said in an interview from his home in Vermont.

“People really took notice that I’d introduced three incredible songwriters – all at once.


Go fly a kite: Kite building workshop is Sept. 26

If the weather is right, kites will fly above Sandhill Elementary School on Saturday, Sept. 26. Holding onto the strings will be the kids who made them earlier that morning.

Let’s Fly a Kite Day, from 10 a.m. to noon, is for families with children 5 to 14 years of age who want to participate in a kite building workshop.

The first 50 children to show up will receive a free kite plus string and winder handle. The kite will be decorated by the child and then assembled with some help from a parent or guardian. After the kite building, participants will have time to fly their kites.

Also on hand will be kite building experts to demonstrate and talk about kites, the science of kite flying and kite flying in other countries. 

Water and snacks will be available. In case of rain, the event will be held Sunday, Sept. 27.


Photos: St. Ann's Fall Fest 2015

St. Ann’s Catholic Parish held its annual fall festival on Sept. 19-20, featuring a run/walk, youth games, cornhole tournaments, crafts, auctions, raffles, food and antique car rides.


Veterans memorial groundbreaking Saturday

With fundraising still ongoing, the Stoughton Area Veteran’s Memorial Park project is moving full speed ahead, with a groundbreaking set for Sep. 26 at the park site, on the corner of Hwy. B and Country Club Road in Pleasant Springs.

The program will begin at 11 a.m. with the posting of the colors, playing of "Reveille" and the Pledge of Allegiance. Special recognition will be given to Oscar and Shirley Linnerud, who donated the three-plus acre site for the park.


Library presents ‘Banned Books’ program at Stoughton UMC

The Stoughton Public Library, in association with Madison’s Forward Theater, will present a performance of monologues celebrating “Banned Book Week “and the freedom to read. A variety of viewpoints will be features: a children's librarian responding to a request for censorship; a patron requesting a banned book; a student challenging a book’s validity.  

The event is set for 7 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 24 at the Stoughton United Methodist Church (525 Lincoln Ave.) because of the library renovation. Attendees should park in the upper lot and enter via the glass doors. Refreshments will be served.

The performances will be by local, professional actors and written exclusively for Forward Theater's “Out Of The Fire Banned Books Monologue Festival” by playwrights from Madison and beyond. This program is made possible by a grant from the Dane County Libraries’ “Beyond the Page Fund.”


Opera House: Eclectic music featured in coming weeks

Photo submitted. Singer-songwriter Dar Williams kicks off the Opera House’s new season at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 19.

The Stoughton Opera House’s new season gets underway Saturday when singer-songwriter Dar Williams returns for what is likely to be a full house – or close to it.

From now until mid-October, the historic venue will host a diverse array of musical talent, including a three-piece band that is guaranteed to heat up the stage in a hurry in the Larry Keel Experience (Sept. 24), a fun and entertaining evening with the Mad City Jug Band (Sept. 25), and an iconic interpreter of folk song in the timeless Tom Rush (Sept. 26).


Pickleball gains momentum in community

On an unusually cool and misty morning in late August, nearly a dozen adults gathered at East Side Park to participate in a friendly competition of pickleball as they do most days of the week. The adult group of many retirees play not only to get exercise, but also to create friendships.  

The sport is a mix between table tennis, tennis and badminton, and it is played with a small paddle a hollow plastic ball with holes. Pickleball is one of the fastest-growing sports in the country and is very popular in retirement communities down south, but it is making its way to the Midwest. With a slower ball, smaller court and lower net, pickleball can be easier for some people to play than tennis, so many courts have become dual-purpose just by adding lines and a portable net to each side of a regular tennis court.


Photos: Stoughton Homecoming 2015

Stoughton High School celebrated Homecoming last week with school activities, a parade, tailgate party, football game and dance.


St. Ann to hold family-friendly fall fest Sept. 19-20

File photo. The festival features many family-friendly activities, including face painting, live music, a water balloon battle and inflatable games.

Dig out your favorite pie recipes and practice throwing bean bags, because St. Ann’s Fall Festival is just around the corner. The annual festival will be held all day Sept. 19-20. 

The festival kicks off with the 5K run/walk at 8:30 a.m. Saturday, followed by awards and refreshments for participants. Registration is at 7:30-8:15 a.m. in the church parking lot. Fees are $12 on or before Sept. 16 or $15 after Sept. 16.

Then, a youth-a-palooza will be held from 2-5 p.m., featuring a cornhole tournament, music, water balloon battle, inflatables, pizza and cotton candy. The tournament is for grades 6-12 and costs $10 per team to participate.


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