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. 


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.


‘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.


Seeking serenity together

Photos by Samantha Christian. Two meeting attendees are silhouetted while talking in the upstairs meeting room at the Fitchburg Serenity Club.

Perched on a hill along McKee Road is a red brick building that some may recognize as the former Camp Badger School. Just over 50 years have gone by since students last occupied the classrooms there, but learning still takes place within its walls.


Touched by history

Photo by Scott De Laruelle. Fitchburg resident Raymond Ray talks about his experiences serving in the Army during the Battle of the Bulge in Belgium in December 1944-January 1945.

Imagining hell generally brings to mind chaotic images of fire, heat and indescribable suffering. 

Ask Raymond Ray, and he might tell you that for him, while there was plenty of suffering, hell was a 35-below-zero night spent in a frozen Belgian forest, thick with death and desperate enemy German soldiers. And plenty of suffering that has lasted with him to this day.


'Tis the season

Fitchburg held its annual Holiday Party Sunday, Dec. 7, featuring a Lego train show, plenty of climbing around and special guest Santa. The event also began the judging of the Sustainable Castle competition, with cardboard castles for kids to climb around on that others had designed and built. Donations of a dollar were used for votes, and the money will go to Fitchburg Fields, a nonprofit food-growing organization.


Children's Holiday Party set for Dec. 7

Celebrate the season at a fun and festive party at the Fitchburg Community Center from 1-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 7. The 28th annual Children’s Holiday Party is sponsored by the Fitchburg Recreation Department and Fitchburg Community Access Television (FACTv).


VANN in food pantry makeover contest

The Verona Area Needs Network (VANN) is one of 150 food pantries nationwide that has been selected to participate in Wal-Mart’s 2014 “Food Pantry Holiday Makeover” promotion. 

The 75 food pantries with the most votes will receive $20,000. If selected, VANN plans to use the funds for refrigerators in the pantry store and a children’s play area.


Chasing down the pain

Photos submitted Gunnar Oakley, center, meets Wisconsin Badgers football players after their practice on Sept. 26. The Arthritis Foundation and UW Badgers arranged for the meeting, and on Sept. 27, the Oakleys were also invited to attend the football game. Oakley was able to spend time on the field with UW staff prior to the game and run through the tunnel with them as the players were introduced.


Gather your favorite costume, tie some jingle bells to your shoelaces and join in a festive, active way to start the holiday season.


Running for a cause

Photo courtesy Stephen Bach Photography. The annual Berbee Derby 10K/5K started 10 years ago when Jim Berbee decided he liked the idea of a “Turkey Trot” and wanted it to take place near his company’s headquarters. It will be held Thanksgiving Day morning in Fitchburg.

The race to stay current with new technology can be financially daunting for schools and non-profits with tight budgets.

But for the past decade, a local race of a different sort has made it easier to keep up.