LakeView Church, First Lutheran Church and Good Shepherd by the Lake all support Stoughton schools, especially around the holidays. First Lutheran Church, working with one of our social workers, helped distribute 30 turkey dinners to needy families across the school district just ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday. Lakeview has offered 25 turkey dinners to Sandhill families, while Good Shepherd will sponsor a Giving Tree for Kegonsa.
Good Shepherd provided backpacks filled with school supplies for Kegonsa students at the beginning of the year, in the past has provided child care for the “Parents Night Out” and organized a “thank-you” lunch for Kegonsa teachers and staff. It’s the second year of their partnership with Kegonsa.
The Stoughton Rotary Club is holding its 18th annual Holiday Fruit Basket Sale this month.
Stoughton Rotarians will sell, hand assemble and deliver beautiful baskets of fruit for only $22 (or $19 each for orders of 50 or more fruit baskets).
Each basket contains 20 pieces of fresh fruit – four pears, six apples, five oranges, and five grapefruit, specifically trucked into Stoughton for Rotary's fruit basket sales.
With the assistance of Stoughton firefighters, fruit baskets are delivered for free from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, to any address in the Stoughton zip code. Baskets can also be picked up from 8-11 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, or 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 16.
To order, people can call 873-5246 or visit stoughtonrotarywi.com or visit “Rotary Club of Stoughton Wisconsin” on Facebook or use the order form in the Courier Hub or Great Dane Shopping News.
Photo by Scott Girard. A pair of workers were putting finishing touches on the nearly completed gazebo Monday afternoon. The project is just about done, except for some painting and landscaping.
The Stoughton Rotary Club worked to raise money during the summer for the project, with the hopes that it can be used for concerts, weddings and family gatherings next summer.
It didn’t cost taxpayers a dime, but the new gazebo in Stoughton Rotary Park is there for all to use.
The gazebo won’t be entirely finished until the spring, however, said Rotary Club member Doug Benham, who’s been part of a group overseeing the project.
He said there will be some painting and landscaping to do before the structure is finished. “It will be completed within the limitations of the weather and the contractors’ time,” he said.
The project is “a joint effort of largely Rotary labor,” Benham added. “It’s really a city-wide effort.”
The Rotary Club worked at raising funds over the summer to keep down the cost.
Building the gazebo was Mayor Donna Olson’s idea. She said it stemmed from a visit to the Rotary Botanical Gardens in Janesville.
Going from 470 pounds (above) to 230 (below) took more than a surgery. It required a strict diet and exercise.
By late 2011, Mike Goldade’s life was a mess.
At 5-foot-7 inches tall, he weighed 470 pounds. His right knee, left hip and lower back were shot. He needed a walker to get around. He felt self-conscious in public, and scales and mirrors were his “kryptonite.”
Just 48 years old, Goldade figured his life was, more or less, over.
“I got it in my head that this is what my life’s going to be,” said Goldade from his West Main Street home. “I started becoming a hermit. I only went out if I had to or really needed to. Otherwise I stayed in the house.
“I really didn’t like myself too much back then.”
But in April 2012, after several years of haggling with his insurance company, Goldade underwent gastric bypass surgery at the University of Wisconsin Hospital. Between October 2012 and March, he had three more procedures to replace his hip, repair a hernia and fix his knee.
Stoughton’s railroad depot has stood since 1913, though the building has changed over the years and now houses the Stoughton Area Chamber of Commerce. The chamber will host an open house next week celebrating the century mark and Stoughton’s history with the help of the Stoughton Historical Society.
Photo by Scott Girard.
A lot has changed around it through the passing of 100 years.
Stoughton looks much different from how it did in 1913, but its railroad depot remains largely the same, standing as a silent witness to a century of history.
Next week, the depot, now the Stoughton Area Chamber of Commerce office, will celebrate that milestone at an open house. It runs from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 4 at the depot, 532 E. Main St., Stoughton.
A display of railroad memorabilia is sure to interest railroad and train enthusiasts of all ages, and the Stoughton Historical Society’s collection of farm tools, industrial items and wagons built by the T.G. Mandt and Stoughton Wagon companies will remind visitors of days gone by. There will be displays throughout the building telling its story, as well as light refreshments.
With a heavy emphasis on programs that educate and assist others, the Stoughton Area Community Foundation (SACF) will donate more than $50,000 to area organizations.
The group announced 25 grant recipients last week. The top amounts awarded were $5,000 earmarked for Stoughton Area Schools, $4,500 for the Friends of the Public Library’s Carnegie Room and $4,000 for a security system at the Stoughton Area Youth Center.
SACF is a nonprofit charity established in 1999 – with the help of an anonymous donor – as a way for residents to give back to their community. It accepts tax-deductible donations, invests the money and provides grants to area organizations for projects and good works in the community. College scholarships are also given to Stoughton High School graduates.
Photo by Kimberly Wethal.
Cooksville kids Joshua and Austin Wethal, Jill Schulz and Karley and Kyle Elliot sing in front of the Cooksville Store.
The small village of Cooksville will host the inaugural “Welcome Christmas Vigil” on Sunday, Dec. 1.
Starting at 4:30 p.m., the vigil will begin at the historical Cooksville Store where attendees can purchase hot apple cider and sky lanterns to release into the sky during the walk to the vigil service.
The walk to the service will officially begin at 4:45 p.m., with caroling and the release of the lanterns along the way. The service itself will begin at 5:30 p.m. at Cooksville Lutheran Church.
The event organizer, Cooksville native Jeanne Julseth, said the vigil is a Norwegian tradition.
“The inspiration came from a tradition that is very well-known in Norway,” Julseth said. “As the children lead others through the villages of Norway, church bells are ringing and they end up visiting the church in preparation for the coming of the Christ child.”
The annual ecumenical Thanksgiving service will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, Nov. 27, at Covenant Lutheran Church, 1525 N. Van Buren St. Clergy and lay people from Covenant and six other Stoughton churches (Christ Lutheran, St. Ann Catholic, First Lutheran, United Methodist, West Koshkonong Lutheran and LakeView) will come together to lead worship, and Father Randy Budnar will preach.
Nonperishable food items brought to the service will be donated to the Stoughton Food Pantry, and the monetary offering will be given to the Good Samaritan Fund. Refreshments will be served following worship; all are welcome.
Special music will be provided by handbell, vocal and instrumental ensembles. All interested singers are invited to take part in an ecumenical vocal choir; participants need not be members of a church choir or a church.
Photos by Mark Ignatowski.
A new bench near a tree honoring former Mayor Helen Johnson was made with recycled wood from Stoughton. A dying tree was turned into lumber through the city’s urban forestry program and help from Cummins Filtration.
Workers take down a storm-damaged tree in 2011. Wood from damaged or dying trees is salvaged by the city through its urban forestry program.
Crews cut limbs from a fallen tree in the city.
One of the newest park benches in the city is more than just a place to sit – it’s a piece of art that commemorates the former mayor who helped start the city’s growing urban forestry program.
Near the edge of Norse park, a single park bench sits near a tree honoring former Mayor Helen Johnson. The bench, made of reclaimed wood that might have otherwise ended up as mulch or in the city yard waste site, is just one example of how the city is taking a lead role in recycling dead and dying trees and using the material to make functional pieces for the city.
The program continues to grow as the city looks to expand its partnerships with businesses and other groups in the community – including the construction of a solar kiln to dry out the lumber.
Johnson started the urban forestry program in the city in 1993, said Randy Nelson, the city’s urban forester.
The Stoughton Village Players put on Stephen Sondheim’s “Company” Nov. 7-16 at the Stoughton Village Players theater. The show takes place at a birthday party, where friends dispense advice and warnings to a lifelong bachelor.