Community

Sun
19
Oct

Connecting Faith


Graphic/photos by Samantha Christian. Leaders around Fitchburg have worked on bringing the diverse population together.

Fitchburg is a growing city with more ethnic, economic and religious diversity than most of Wisconsin.

Rather than allowing these perceived differences to divide the community, an unlikely pairing of faith leaders and city officials created a dialogue that has taken on a life of its own.

Fri
17
Oct

Cyclo-cross racing comes to Fitchburg


Photo by Jim Ferolie. Fitchburg will host its own cyclocross event this month. Cyclocross is an event that is usually dirty and muddy and sometimes requires riders to dismount. Above, the national championships held two years ago at nearby Badger Prairie County Park

The Celtic Cross is a familiar sign to those who know Fitchburg’s heritage, but the words will have a different meaning later this month as a cycling race makes its debut at McGaw Park.

The inaugural Celtic Cross race will be held from about 9 a.m until 4:15 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26, at McGaw Park. The event is part of a 14-race series sanctioned by the Wisconsin Cycling Association and is one of only a few races in the series held in Dane County.

Thu
16
Oct

Fitchburg Fields looks to relocate

The start of fall may seem like a strange time to think about gardening, but the topic has been weighing on the minds of some Fitchburg residents in recent weeks.

The Park Commission is considering a proposal to allow Fitchburg Fields, a nonprofit organization that grows produce for area food pantries, to relocate to a portion of a parcel of land attached to Greenfield Park for its operations come springtime.

Wed
15
Oct

Fitchburg residents to perform in dance concert


Photo submitted. From left, Fitchburg residents Evan Schumacher, John Crim and Zoe Triatik will perform Saturday at Mitby Theater in Madison.

Three Fitchburg residents will be part of an upcoming dance performance at Madison College.

Tue
14
Oct

Seeing the importance of literacy


Photos by Samantha Christian. Karin Mahony, Wisconsin project manager for Reach Out and Read, and Alice Jenson, with the Fitchburg Lions and Friends of the Fitchburg Public Library, talk about the importance of exposure to reading at a young age. The Fitchburg Lions will hold a fundraiser for Reach Out and Read at Eplegaarden on Oct. 19 and 26.

With its history rooted in Helen Keller’s charge of becoming “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness,” the Lions Club is often associated with eye banks, guide dogs and handing out miniature white canes.

But in order to carry out its mission to empower volunteers to serve their communities and meet humanitarian needs, the group is much more inclusive in terms of the programs it supports. The Fitchburg chapter is no exception.

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.”

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