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.


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. 


Polish Christmas Bazaar Nov. 8

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


Trick-or-Treat photos

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


‘A life of least harm’

Photo by Karina Galvan. Hannah West, 24, of Fitchburg, is the new executive director for the Alliance for Animals and the Environment.

When Hannah West was in elementary school, her older brother donated a year’s worth of his allowance to the humane society.

Since she had always wanted to be like him, the act served as a source of inspiration that led her to take part in a similar cause years later with the Alliance for Animals and the Environment.


The Night Riders

Photo by Scott Girard. The “Night Riders” bike group meets twice a week in front of Fitchburg Cycles in the early hours to get in their exercise.

They call themselves the “Night Riders,” but that name depends on if you consider 4:15 a.m. night or early-morning.

Either way, for a group of Fitchburg residents and bike enthusiasts, Tuesdays and Thursdays start with an hour-and-15-minute bike ride through the city and into Madison before the sun begins to rise.


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.


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.


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.


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.