Community

Sun
14
Dec

Touched by history


Photo by Scott De Laruelle. Fitchburg resident Raymond Ray talks about his experiences serving in the Army during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium in December 1944-January 1945.

Imagining hell generally brings to mind chaotic images of fire, heat and indescribable suffering. 

Ask Raymond Ray, and he might tell you that for him, while there was plenty of suffering, hell was a 35-below-zero night spent in a frozen Belgian forest, thick with death and desperate enemy German soldiers. And plenty of suffering that has lasted with him to this day.

Fri
12
Dec

'Tis the season

Fitchburg held its annual Holiday Party Sunday, Dec. 7, featuring a Lego train show, plenty of climbing around and special guest Santa. The event also began the judging of the Sustainable Castle competition, with cardboard castles for kids to climb around on that others had designed and built. Donations of a dollar were used for votes, and the money will go to Fitchburg Fields, a nonprofit food-growing organization.

Wed
03
Dec

Children's Holiday Party set for Dec. 7

Celebrate the season at a fun and festive party at the Fitchburg Community Center from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7. The 28th annual Children’s Holiday Party is sponsored by the Fitchburg Recreation Department and Fitchburg Community Access Television (FACTv).

Mon
01
Dec

VANN in food pantry makeover contest

The Verona Area Needs Network (VANN) is one of 150 food pantries nationwide that has been selected to participate in Wal-Mart’s 2014 “Food Pantry Holiday Makeover” promotion. 

The 75 food pantries with the most votes will receive $20,000. If selected, VANN plans to use the funds for refrigerators in the pantry store and a children’s play area.

Sun
30
Nov

Chasing down the pain


Photos submitted Gunnar Oakley, center, meets Wisconsin Badgers football players after their practice on Sept. 26. The Arthritis Foundation and UW Badgers arranged for the meeting, and on Sept. 27, the Oakleys were also invited to attend the football game. Oakley was able to spend time on the field with UW staff prior to the game and run through the tunnel with them as the players were introduced.

Stitgen

Gather your favorite costume, tie some jingle bells to your shoelaces and join in a festive, active way to start the holiday season.

Sun
23
Nov

Running for a cause


Photo courtesy Stephen Bach Photography. The annual Berbee Derby 10K/5K started 10 years ago when Jim Berbee decided he liked the idea of a “Turkey Trot” and wanted it to take place near his company’s headquarters. It will be held Thanksgiving Day morning in Fitchburg.

The race to stay current with new technology can be financially daunting for schools and non-profits with tight budgets.

But for the past decade, a local race of a different sort has made it easier to keep up.

Thu
20
Nov

Sharing the Gospel


Photo by Samantha Christian. Casey Johnson, left, and Nathan Hobert, right, are the pastors of Redeemer City Church.

Fitchburg residents Nathan Hobert and Casey Johnson have come from varied backgrounds to form the new Redeemer City Church in Fitchburg, a daughter church of The Vine Church. 

Hobert grew up the son of a pastor, while Johnson admittedly grew up as a bit of a “wild child.” 

Hobert said he wouldn’t follow in his father’s footsteps, but all that changed when he entered college.

Wed
19
Nov

Out of this world


Photos submitted. Fitchburg resident Sarah Swanson at the Kennedy Space Center in Florida.

Not many plant biologists get to work with NASA. Even fewer get to do so a second time.

Fitchburg resident Simon Gilroy, who runs a lab at UW-Madison, was able to do just that.

“Access to space is very rare. I mean, we were fantastically lucky,” Gilroy said about the lab’s work with NASA on a recent experiment to research how weightlessness affects plant biology. 

Thu
06
Nov

Polish Christmas Bazaar Nov. 8

The 8th Annual Christmas Bazaar of The Polish Heritage Club of Wisconsin will be held from

Mon
03
Nov

Trick-or-Treat photos

Kids around Fitchburg braved the cold temperatures Friday, Oct. 31, to get their share of sugary treats.

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