Fitchburg resident awarded Lakeland College 'Outstanding Student'

 Lakeland College announced their Outstanding Student Award winner recently.

Jennifer Kjin of Fitchburg received the Outstanding Student in Communication Award, the Residence Life Staff Member of the Year Award, and the President’s Choice Award at the Lakeland College annual Honors banquet.

Kjin also received the Outstanding Student Leader Award and was one of 29 students to receive the honorary “Who’s Who” award.


Leading the Herd

Photo by Victoria Vlisides. Pat Caine is a local dairy farmer who’s been volunteering his time – and his cattle – to help interested youth show his animals and learn about their care. He’s become a mentor who helps kids succeed at showing animals in area fairs from his Byrne Road farm in Fitchburg.

Photos by Becki Clark. Caine has mentored Bailey Clark for a couple of years in cattle showing. She recently saw a calf being born on his farm.

Team Caine from left are Bailey Clark, Emma Xander, Pat Caine, Cole Xander, Caitlin Beyler at the Dane County Fair in 2013.

Caine coaches Clark in showing cattle with “Tessa.” Caine coaches a group of interested youth each season from about April to August at his farm on Byrne road.

FFA student Jordan Beyler doesn’t have any farm animals of her own, but she’ll still have a chance to show cattle because of the help she gets from a local farmer who’s been mentoring kids like her for about a decade.

Beyler is among countless other youth who have been able to get hands-on experience with showing cattle because of help from the Caine family of Fitchburg.


Caine family has longtime business, history in Fitchburg

Tom Caine, of Caine's Saddle Shop in Fitchburg, holds a genuine cowboy boot shipped in from a company in Texas in the basement of the more-than a half-century old business.

Jeanne and Tom Caine have been living and farming together in Fitchburg since the 1940s. While their son Pat, bought their family farm in 2003, they continue to own and operate their saddle shop business on Byrne Road.

Jamie Lynch does some leather work at the shop.

*Please look for our cover story on the Caine's son, Pat Caine and his work with local youth, up on the website on Sunday, April 13. A photo gallery will also be included with that story. *

By Victoria Vlisides

Tom and Jeanne Caine know what Fitchburg was like before it was “The City of Fitchburg.”


Activist guest speaker highlights annual historical society meeting

Ada Deer

The Fitchburg Historical Society will hold its annual meeting on Sunday, April 6, at 1:30 pm at the Fitchburg Public Library, 5530 Lacy Road,


Library to host discussion of city economies

The Fitchburg Public Library will host a presentation and discussion surrounding economic development in cities and towns Thursday.

The event is part of the "Green Tuesdays and Thursdays" series, and is titled "Curbside Chat."

Charles Morohn, president of Strong Towns, which sponsors the Curbside Chat, will speak on the subjects of how cities and towns have developed and the "financial productivity" of places, according to an event poster.


Stoner Prairie mural painting photos

Stoner Prairie Elementary students have worked with local artists Emida Roller and Sharon Kilfoy to paint a mural in the entryway and cafeteria in the school. Every student in the building had a chance to participate, and the mural’s concept was a mix between the artist’s ideas and feedback from students. The mural includes the school building itself, the state Capitol building, a prairie with flowers, seen above, a basketball court, and many other features.


Eighth-grader’s hospital fundraiser nets $1,431

Photo submitted. Julia Rimkus’ fundraiser netted $465, and matching donors brought the total over $1,400.

Savanna Oaks Middle School eighth grader Julia Rimkus put together a fundraiser for the UW Health American Family Children’s Hospital (AFCH) that ran from Dec. 9-13.

Each house had a milk jug to put the money they raised into and the money will go to the Children’s Hospital Area of Greatest Need to support their patients and families.

With a goal of $300, the group raised $465.67.


Fitchburg Holiday Party photos

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Library receives $27,500 grant for new collection

The Fitchburg Public Library received a $27,500 grant from the Madison Community Foundation in November. This grant will be used to develop a collection focusing on North American History.


Fitchburg man receives Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway

Fitchburg resident Tony Nicholson received a Thanksgiving Dinner Giveaway from Diversified Personnel Services in Madison, staffing division of Opportunities, Inc.

Each DPS location, including Fort Atkinson, Watertown, Oconomowoc and Madison, "selects a deserving recipient who has shown great teamwork and dedication," a news release said.

The giveaway included a box full of Thanksgiving dinner items.