Community

Thu
18
Sep

Walk for Wishes 2014 photos

The Madison Walk for Wishes event was held at McKee Farms Park on Sunday, Sept. 14. More than 500 people signed up to run, walk or wheel for Make-A-Wish Wisconsin, which helps grant wishes to children with life-threatening medical conditions.

Thu
18
Sep

Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest photos

The 11th annual Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest, presented by Harmonious Wail, was held Sept. 12-13 at Art in the Barn, with proceeds benefiting working musicians and Conzemius Scholarship Fund. The event featured concerts, lessons, workshops, local food and art vendors and campfires.

Thu
18
Sep

Taste of Fitchburg photos

The second annual Taste of Fitchburg was held at McKee Farms Park on Saturday, Sept. 13. The event benefited 4-C, a local non-profit early childhood organization. Menu items from various local eateries were featured, as well as live music, crafts and martial arts demonstrations.

Tue
16
Sep

Neighborhood, church unite after double homicide


Photo by Samantha Christian. Officials clear the way for an ambulance to leave the scene of the double homicide at Yarmouth Greenway Drive in Fitchburg on Aug. 22.

No community is immune to tragedy.

The City of Fitchburg was reminded of that Friday, Aug. 22, when former Dane County Sheriff’s deputy Andrew Steele, 39, allegedly shot and killed his wife, Ashlee Steele, and sister-in-law, Kacee Tollefsbol.

Sun
14
Sep

A long road ahead


Photo by Mark Ignatowski. Nancy Lopez and Angel Anguiano live near Verona Road. Added traffic from the construction makes it hard to get around the neighborhood and to places beyond the construction zone.

When Nancy Lopez needs to get to the west side of Madison, she has to take a twisting maze of partially closed roads through a series of temporary traffic signals onto a congested Verona Road.

“Ohhh, it’s a mess,” Lopez said. “It’s complicated – it’s a lot of roads closed. It’s not too loud, but there’s more traffic in this area.”

Fri
12
Sep

A Wishing ‘Star’


Photo by Samantha Christian. Kendall Oberg, 9, of Fitchburg, will be back at McKee Farms Park on Sunday as this year’s Walk for Wishes front runner. Oberg is living with a rare type of vasculitis.

Friday is a day most people look forward to because it signals the end of the school or work week. But for Fitchburg’s Kendall Oberg, 9, all that day brings is anxiety over a weekly routine of shots.

Kendall, who is this year’s Walk for Wishes front runner, is battling a rare, life-threatening autoimmune disease. Takayasu’s arteritis is a type of vasculitis that causes inflammation, narrowing and weakening of the large blood vessels.

Mon
11
Aug

Pack 'N the Park photos

Families filled McKee Farms Park Friday night for Pack 'N in the Park. The event featured a bouncy house, obstacle course and plenty of games. At the end of the evening, families watched a movie on a large projector screen.

Sun
10
Aug

Filling up on hope: Former True Coffee employee sees outpouring of support


Photos by Samantha Christian. Kyle Morgan’s former True Coffee coworkers set up a huge party last month to raise money for his ongoing treatments after he was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney cancer in May. Here, his wife, Anna, and daughter, Alivia, 2, join him in front of a Fitchburg fire truck at the party.

Kyle Morgan was training to become a firefighter at Madison College when he began to experience strange symptoms this spring. His focus quickly shifted from battling blazes to fighting a disease with no known cure.

The 25-year-old husband and father from Madison was diagnosed with a rare type of kidney cancer called renal medullary carcinoma (RMC). Since his diagnosis on May 6, the Stage IV cancer has spread to his lungs, brain, spine, bones and lymph nodes.

Thu
24
Jul

Out on a Limb


Photos submitted. Fitchburg arborist Shelly Wollerman works in a honey locust tree for her employer, Verona-based Steven Bassett, Inc. She will participate in an international climbing competition next month

Shelly Wollerman admits she was “freaking out” the first time she worked on the “tree crew.”

“I was 15 feet off the ground and was like, ‘What the hell am I doing?’” she recalled of working for her employer, Steven R. Bassett, Inc., a landscaping company in the Town of Verona.

Four years later, the Fitchburg resident has clearly conquered her fear.

Wed
16
Jul

Eclectic mix found at flea market


Photo by Samantha Christian. Traci and Josh Mandell sort through old records at the Fitchburg Flea Market on Sunday while talking to vendor Victor Rasmussen, not pictured.

When Ed Oakey turns into McGaw Park in his red pickup truck Sunday mornings, he’s never really sure what he’ll find among the eclectic mix of treasures displayed in the upper parking lot.

As the organizer of the Fitchburg Flea Market, Oakey said there is “a good assortment” of vintage collectibles, repurposed items, furniture, crafts, jewelry and yard art.

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