Homecoming 2014 photos

Stoughton High School students and staff showed their Viking pride Friday afternoon during a homecoming pep rally held under picture-perfect skies. The highlight of the event was when staff members had a choice of kissing a variety of animals provided by SHS ag teacher and 4-H advisor Jerrry Wendt.


Bring It, Bake It or Make It

Help support the Stoughton Hospital emergency room/urgent care department next month with a delicious fundraiser.

The Partners of Stoughton Hospital (POSH) is hosting a “Bring It-Bake It-or Make It” fundraiser at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 9. Donations – either monetary or gifts – can be brought to the hospital by Wednesday, Oct. 1.

People and local businesses are asked to donate items or gift baskets for a silent auction. Baked goods and crafts are appreciated as well.

The event will be held in the lower level of Banushi’s Bar and Grill at 6:30 p.m. Tickets are $5 and are available in the hospital gift shop or will be available at the door.
POSH, a fundraising and volunteer organization, has served the hospital for over 50 years, acting as goodwill ambassadors, providing assistance to hospital patients, visitors and staff.

For information on the group, call 873-2205.


Ken Wahlin named Trustee of the Year

The Wisconsin Hospital Association has named Ken Wahlin the recipient of its 2014 Trustee of Year award.

Wahlin, chair of the Stoughton Hospital Governing Board and Executive Committee, received the award in a surprise presentation Monday during the Governing Board’s regular meeting at the hospital. The award is presented to only one community hospital board trustee and one health system board trustee in Wisconsin annually.

Wahlin is completing a seven-year tenure on the board this fall. Per board bylaws, this will be his last year on the board.

Wahlin was nominated for the award in August by hospital President and CEO Terry Brenny.

Wahlin “has demonstrated and exercised broad vision into the healthcare needs of community residents and businesses and has insisted the hospital respond effectively and responsibly to the same as prescribed in our Strategic Plan,” Brenny wrote in nominating him.


Telling Her Story

Video still from Stephen Lyons has given more than 70 interviews on behalf of the family of a 12-year-old girl who was stabbed multiple times by classmates in Waukesha this summer. Lyons will appear Friday on ABC’s 20/20.

It was Fourth of July weekend, but instead of a casual day filled with a grill out and fireworks, longtime Stoughton resident and crisis communication adviser Stephen Lyons was squeezing a meeting with HBO producers into his already busy schedule.

He told the producers he didn’t have time to chat, but they insisted on a quick meeting. So Lyons met them at Stoughton’s Sunrise Family Restaurant and over a piece of pie the producers pitched a movie idea about Lyons’ client – the 12-year-old “Slender Man” stabbing survivor from Waukesha.

This was just one of 70-plus interviews Lyons has had regarding the incident, including Good Morning America, CNN, ABC, Dr. Drew, Fox News and a host of others.  

This Friday, Lyons will once again be talking about the young girl who was stabbed 19 times by two of her friends in May. Only this time the identity of the survivor will be revealed as part of the hour-long season premiere of ABC’s 20/20 at 9 p.m.


St. Ann’s Fall Festival is a sure sign of autumn’s arrival

It’s the third full weekend in September, which means time for St. Ann’s Parish’s annual Fall Festival.

This year’s festival is set for Saturday Sept. 20 and Sunday, Sept. 21, with activities including a 5K run/walk, a variety of youth events, carnival games, inflatables, a country store, cornhole tournament, concessions, antique car rides, a cake walk and more. The community is invited to join in the fun.

Saturday will feature the run/walk and “Youth-A-Palooza,” for kids in grades 6-12, including a DJ and water balloon battles. On Sunday, a country café and store event will be held in the gym, serving fruit, desserts and coffee. People are invited to sit and chat, play cards in the café or just relax. There will be plenty of food and beverages for sale, including a pie contest Sunday morning.


LaFarge brings old-time ‘variety show’

Photo courtesy Chester Simpson. Pokey LaFarge’s Central Time Tour headlines the Stoughton Opera House Saturday, Sept. 20.

Pokey LaFarge and his band are bringing some fellow old-timey and Americana artists along when the Central Time Tour stops at the Stoughton Opera House on Saturday.

The Central Time Tour is designed as a variety show, and opens the Opera House’s new 70-plus show season.

LaFarge’s concerts have become an annual event at the Opera House since he and his band first appeared there in 2010.

This year, LaFarge has organized the Central Time Tour and will bring three bands new to the Opera House. Also joining the tour as Master of Ceremonies is Dom Flemons, founder of the Carolina Chocolate Drops (who return next week for two shows).

“The idea was to put together a variety show of American roots music, with bands being from the Midwest and every band being different from the others,” LaFarge said in a telephone interview from his home in St. Louis.


Cooksville Lutheran Church to hold annual Fall Festival on Sunday

The Cooksville Lutheran Church fall festival is this Sunday.

The public is invited to attend Cooksville Lutheran Church’s 19th annual Fall Festival, scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 21, rain or shine. The day will include a worship service, meal, music, wagon rides and games for the whole family.