Photo by Mark Ignatowski.
Stacie Eichinger accepts a donation from a passerby Monday as she walks through Stoughton on her way across America.
From a moose in the forest to “literally having mountains standing” in her way, Stacie Eichinger has seen plenty so far on her 2,250 mile walk across the country.
It brought her through Stoughton on Monday.
The walk is a benefit for Beads of Courage, an organization that aims to provide “innovative, arts-in-medicine supportive care programs for children coping with serious illness,” which Eichinger volunteered with for two years before deciding to do the walk.
She first had the idea to walk across the country when she read “Walk Across America” by Peter Jenkins as a 17-year-old, and thought, “What an awesome way to see the country.”
“And it has been,” she said.
When she thought of pairing that walk with a charity like Beads of Courage, she knew she had found a good match.
“They’re losing their hair, but they smile because they got a brown bead for it,” she said of what the organization does for children with cancer.
Ann Femrite and Vi Bergum of Madison belt out a tune during the fifth annual Senior Expo, hosted by Unified Newspaper Group.
Last Wednesday’s annual Senior Expo had record attendance.
The fifth annual event, located at the Stoughton Wellness and Athletic Center, 2300 U.S. Hwy. 51-138, had helpful exhibits with lunch and entertainment, and many seniors who attended asked it be more than once a year.
About 350 people were at this year’s Expo, and David Enstad, general manager of Unified Newspaper Group, the event’s organizer, said everything went great, from the food to the variety of exhibitors.
Exhibitors seemed to agree.
“We had quite a few interested visitors,” said a representative from Rolling Meadows Homes in Oregon, a first-time exhibitor.
Miracle Ear of Madison, which gave free hearing screenings, said they enjoyed meeting seniors and testing their hearing.
Other co-sponsors included Stoughton Hospital, Ho-Chunk Gaming, Sienna Crest and Skaalen Retirement and Group Health Cooperative of South Central Wisconsin.
An Oregon-based group of volunteers is holding a bicycle collection here Saturday at United Methodist Church, with the goal of sending more than 400 bikes to needy villagers in Kenya.
Spokes From Wisconsin, a local chapter of the Canadian-based nonprofit Bicycles for Humanity, was established by Oregon residents Gail and Al Brown a little more than a year ago. The Browns and a handful of other volunteers have already collected more than 450 bicycles, of which about 300 are ready to ship.
Gail Brown told the Hub the group needs to collect 600 to 700 bikes in order to have about 430 worth sending abroad.
She said bikes that are too broken to send will be used for parts. Road bikes with skinny tires won’t be much good in Kenya, because of the road conditions, but will be accepted and sent to other places as part of Bicycles for Humanity’s mission.
Stoughton High School students who participated in the theater production of “The Drowsy Chaperone” are, front row, from left: Tanner Novotny, Lizzie Hubing and Kristen Nett; second row, from left: Nicole DelPizzo, Connor Roisum, Jack Greenwood, Leo Endres and Maya Fabian; third row, from left: Keaton Read and Esperanza Tyson; fourth row, from left: Cullen McCloskey, Gabe Ross and Isaac Eugster.
Ever been taken to another world by the magic of music? Stoughton High School students would like to take you on such a journey with their production of the Tony Award-winning musical, “The Drowsy Chaperone.”
The story follows a modern-day musical theater addict known simply as “Man in Chair.” To chase his blues away, he drops the needle on his favorite LP – the 1928 musical comedy, “The Drowsy Chaperone.”
From the crackle of his hi-fi, the musical magically bursts to life on-stage, telling a complicated tale: a pampered Broadway starlet who wants to give up show business to get married, her producer who sets out to sabotage the nuptials, her chaperone, the debonair groom, the Latin lover and even a pair of gangsters who double as pastry chefs.
Photo by Joe Koshollek.
Fifth-grader Michael Iverson and sophomore Tyler Bailey lost their lives in separate tragedies last week. A candlelight vigil to honor the memory of the two Stoughton youths was held at Mandt Park Oct. 10.
Among their friends, family and the Stoughton community, no one will ever forget the terrible day of Oct. 7, when fifth-grader Michael Iverson and sophomore Tyler Bailey lost their lives in separate tragedies that have left people grieving and simply wondering why.
The slow healing process began with a collective hug from the community last Thursday night, as an overflow crowd in the hundreds jammed Mandt Park for a candlelight vigil to honor the memory of Iverson, 10, and Bailey, 15. The boys were popular students, as evidenced by the amount of people who attended, as well as their outpouring of sympathy for the families and friends of the two.
The parking lot and bleachers filled up quickly with well-wishers, as lines stretched out toward Fourth Street. Many attendees placed notes of condolences and donations in baskets set up for the families, while others simply stood in groups, talking and embracing, the tears alternating with cheers.
Lake Kegonsa got 6,000 more walleye last Tuesday after a fish restock.
The Stoughton Conservation Club, Friends of Lake Kegonsa Society and the Wisconsin Department of Natural resources brought a team of about 20 people to help restock the lake with walleye.
The whole process took about 2 1/2 hours, said Roy Quam, a board member with the conservation club. The group “fin clipped” each fish so that they can be tracked for research by the WDNR and then release into the lake. This is the first year the WDNR has helped out, Quam said.
This is the fourth consecutive year the restocking has taken place. The first year, the 3,500 walleye were released into the lake. That number has increased each year as the conservation club is able to garner more funds from local support, and through its annual ice fisheree fundraiser in late January.
This year, Friends of Lake Kegonsa also donated $1,500 to the restock.
Stoughton didn’t let the dreary weather rain on their parade this year. Despite the threat of rain, all activities continued on, with the only minor adjustment being the relocation of the pep rally and the tailgate indoors. Although the football team suffered a tough loss to Monona Grove, losing 17-0, the school spirit of the students could not be dampened.
St. Ann’s Church’s Fall Festival brought back many of the tried-and-true activities to this year’s event with the 5k run on Saturday morning, Youth-a-Palooza in the afternoon and the cornhole tournament that night. Sunday activities included carnival games and bouncy house rides, along with a cake walk and raffle.
The Norse Park concessions stand broke ground last Wednesday after a group of former baseball players raised $30,000.
Watching the Norse Park concessions stand and press box break ground last week, Randy Pernot couldn’t have been prouder.
After six months of fundraising, the former Stoughton baseball player and several former Viking friends had already exceeded their $25,000 goal. The core group, consisting of Pernot, Ron Vosberg, Erik Veum,
Dale Seffens and Cuzzy Nelson, had been fundraising since early May and had tallied $30,000 by early September.
That allowed construction on the two-story stand west of the current diamond to begin.
Last week, they watched the cement foundation being poured, and this week the group had sewer and water lines installed and electric work done.
The project is on a tight timeline, as it has been a dream of Pernot’s since 2010 and the 1981 SHS graduate has been battling cancer since January. Pernot said the project has helped him stay positive.
UW-Whitewater senior Ashley Vedvig spent more than a week in the Great Plains tracking severe storms that produced tornados, devastating rain and large chunks of hail. Vedvig, a Stoughton native, survived the 2005 tornado that swept through Stoughton.
A thunderstorm makes its way across the Great Plains during a meterological expedition taken by UW-Whitewater student Ashley Vedvig.
If there’s one person who takes the motto, “Face you fears,” to heart, it’s Stoughton High School graduate Ashley Vedvig.
Vedvig, who graduated in 2010 and is now a senior at UW-Whitewater, journeyed out to the Great Plains in May for a 12-day trip that covered over 6,000 miles and gave participating students the experience of witnessing extreme weather. But for Vedvig, this was not the first time she’d had the chance to get up close and personal with dangerous storms.
Vedvig, now 21, was a young teenager when the 2005 Stoughton tornado blew through town, and she can still vividly remember the fear she felt.
“I was actually at my aunt’s house,” Vedvig said. “I had gone over to her house that day to play with my cousins, and four hours later the tornado hit.”