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Wed
22
Oct

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.

Tue
21
Oct

MMSD: West High group seeks to teach empathy


Photo submitted. Madison West’s MultiCo group consists of seniors who create skits to bring up challening issues with other students in the Madison Metropolitan School District. 2014-15 Multico members pictured are Anisa Yudawanti, A.J. Brown, Adam Jiumaleh, Anahi Gallegos Valles, Anthony Cifre, Chris Johnson, Cole Consigny, Cole Paskus, Cora Imes, Daniela Alvarado, Derian Salinas, Devon Phaneuf, Edgar Garcia, Elisheva Pront, Holly Walker, Jackson Middleton, Jamar Walker, James Pretto, Jazmin Diaz Anguiano, Jemima Liposak, Kala Baker, Katrina Hetico, Kevin Jiang, Leo Daniel, Maddie Schumacher, Mamadou Jawo, Naiya Morris, Natasya Asyraf, Rosie Heneghan, Simon Rosenblum-Larson, and Synovia Alexis.

“Empathy,” Holly Walker, the West High School theater department director, said.

That’s the goal of Multico, a multiracial, multilingual, and multicultural touring company made up of a diverse group of Madison West High School seniors.

“Our overall vision is to teach and show empathy, and cover difficult topics so little kids know that they are not alone,” Walker, who leads the group, said.

Sun
19
Oct

Briarpatch Youth Services


Tyler Schueffner

Tyler Schueffner, street outreach and TLP coordinator, presented information about Briarpatch Youth Services, Inc., which recently changed its name from Youth Services of Southern Wisconsin.

Briarpatch provides delinquency and case-management services for 12- to 18-year-old youth, and sometimes up to age 21 depending on the situation.

It also has a Runaway & Homeless Youth Program in Dane County, which has been in existence since 1971.

Sun
19
Oct

Domestic Abuse Intervention Services


Jamie Quam

Jamie Quam is the development coordinator for DAIS (Domestic Abuse Intervention Services), which operates the only emergency domestic abuse shelter in Dane County. It was founded in 1977 and recently opened a new shelter on the east side of Madison in August.

Quam spoke about teen dating violence and how many people don’t believe teens can be in a real relationship.

Sun
19
Oct

Muslim Youth of Madison


Nasra Wehelie

Nasra Wehelie, founder of Muslim Youth of Madison, spoke at the meeting about the ways Muslim youth have to compromise their American identity or Islamic identity post-9/11.

“The purpose of Muslim Youth is to bring them together so they can have a space where they can be able to combine the two without compromising the other,” she said.

The group meets the first and third Saturdays of the month at area libraries, such as the Fitchburg Public Library.

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

Verona Road Weekly Construction Update – Oct. 20-24

The following update is provided by the Wisconsin Department of Transportation:

One month... About one month remains of construction on Verona Road (US 18/151), between the Beltline and Raymond Road. Despite the inclement weather this week, crews continue to make strides. Next week, crews will work on paving operations in the Beltline median, between Whitney Way and Verona Road.

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.

Fri
17
Oct

Oregon-Fitchburg rail line gets reactivated


Photos by Kathryn Chew. Jeff Plale, Wisconsin’s commissioner of railroads, speaks about the rebirth of the railroad industry and the impact this will have on the community.

Freight trains will begin operating this month on the rail line that runs through Fitchburg. It will be the first time since 1997 that a freight hauler has used the line.

The Common Council on Sept. 23 approved a temporary licensing agreement with Wisconsin & Southern Railroad so the company can begin using the rail line this fall.

Fri
17
Oct

OSD: ‘A lot of bang for the buck’


Photo by Scott Girard. OMS principal Shannon Anderson said one major issue with the current lunchroom space is how close the tables are pushed together, forcing students to squeeze between them to walk through.

Decision day on Nov. 4 for a pair of school district referendums, school board members have been busy talking with community members and making their final pitch for the district’s $54.6 million upgrade plan. 

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