Community

Mon
20
Apr

Flea market starts April 26

The Fitchburg Flea Market will open for the season on Sunday, April 26, at McGaw Park under new leadership.

Malinda Sloan will be organizing this year’s flea market featuring dozens of new vendors.

Items will include metal art, antiques and vintage collectibles, arts and crafts, refurbished furniture and jewelry. Also be on the lookout for a pink camper selling homemade cupcakes and pop tarts.

Wed
15
Apr

'Plant a Row for the Hungry' this month

The Verona Area Needs Network is partnering with Jung’s Seed Company to encourage home gardeners to grow a little extra this spring to donate to local food pantries during the nationwide “Plant a Row for the Hungry” campaign.

Volunteers are needed to staff an information table and register interested gardeners at Jung’s Garden Center, 6192 Nesbitt Road, on April 18-19 and 25-26.

Mon
13
Apr

Royal stories and crafts photos

Kids got to make shields, crowns and catapults March 27, at the Fitchburg Public Library. The crafting came after reading royal books, and plenty of kids dressed for the occasion.

Sun
12
Apr

Living with History


Photos by Don Kosterman. Michael Liethen explains hard-copy research of intelligence reports and documents in a bookshelf at his home March 31. His late father, Al Liethen, was an interpreter and guide for American generals after the liberation of the Buchenwald death factory.

The letter to his family back home in Appleton left no doubt how American top brass felt about Nazis in World War II.

“I mentioned to Gen. Patton yesterday that while I was awaiting the official entourage I had spoken to a (Nazi) guard, an SS man. . . . The general reprimanded me before about 500 other GIs when I told him that this man was still alive when I left him.”

Sat
11
Apr

Tomfoolery at the Library photos

The library hosted an “April Fool’s Tomfoolery” event on April 1, giving area children the opportunity to create crafts like trick sponge rings and broccoli disguised as lollipops.

Thu
09
Apr

Easter Egg hunt photos

The Fitchburg Lions Club held an Easter egg hunt for more than a thousand kids at McKee Farms Park on Saturday, April 4. The Easter Bunny and the Lions Club mascot also made an appearance.

Thu
09
Apr

Frozen Family Fete photos

To celebrate its 30th anniversary, Wisconsin Literacy held a free Family Frozen Fete party at McKee Farms Park on March 15. The event featured a singalong, games, crafts and appearances by Disney’s “Frozen” characters.

Wed
25
Mar

Dinosaur day at the library photos

Kids and parents had a chance to learn about dinosaurs and create some “fossils” of their own Feb. 27 at the library. Other activities included coloring and reading dozens of books on dinosaurs. 

Fri
13
Feb

Future of Fitchburg Days in dispute

No one can say for sure whether there will be a Fitchburg Days in 2015. 

Its long-term future is also a matter of debate.

Depending on whom you ask, that uncertainty is either the result of a political dispute, disorganization or a desire for a more community-oriented festival.

Wed
28
Jan

‘Forever thankful’


Photos submitted. A fire destroyed the Peiricks’ house on Timber Land Circle on Jan. 17, 2005.

Around 4 a.m. on a frigid January night 10 years ago, Ed Peirick was crawling back into bed after using the bathroom. Before shutting his eyes, he noticed a strange, orange light beyond his drapes. He got up, went to his living room and looked outside.

"I just see a wall of flame,” Peirick said.

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