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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.”