Truck Day photos

The Stoughton Public held its annual Truck Day at Mandt Park last Thursday and gave kids and adults a hands-on look at some large equipment.


Stuff the Bus with school supplies through Aug. 9

The Stoughton Lions and Lioness Clubs are teaming up with the Stoughton Area School District and area businesses to invite the community to help them “Stuff the Bus” with school supplies and books from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 9, at the Stoughton Wal-Mart parking lot.

New, unused school supplies and books can be dropped off now through Aug. 9 in bins at Wal-Mart, Walgreens, Dollar Store, McFarland State Bank-Downtown, Stoughton Hospital and the Blackhawk Community Credit Union.

“The donated school supplies and books will make a difference in the lives of our local children and will give them the tools they need to help them be successful in school,” said Julie Nygaard, committee chair of the Stoughton Lion and Lioness Clubs.

For more information, contact Nygaard at 333-9577 or Bonnie Kiss with the Lioness Club at 212-5308.


Annual Utica Festival set for Aug. 1-3

The 43rd annual Utica Festival is slated for next weekend.

Visitors will find ample truck, tractor and horse pulls, along with live music, food and sports entertainment.

The weekend kicks off Friday, Aug. 1, with a  slow pitch softball tournament at 5 p.m. At 6 p.m., the Wisconsin Horsepullers Association Horse Pull takes place, followed by live music with Madison County at 8:30 p.m.

There will be concessions and a beer tent all weekend long.

Saturday will feature a craft fair in the school house all day. The slow pitch tournament continues at 8 a.m. Tractor and truck pulls take place at 10 a.m., 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.

Kids ages 4-12 will be able to test their pulling power during the “Wide Open Pedal Pullers” event set for 11 a.m. Saturday.

Stoughton takes on Utica in Home Talent League baseball action at 1 p.m. and Shotgun Jane takes the stage for live music at 8 p.m.


Three days of 'Fame' start July 31

Photo submitted. Aligning Stars Theatre Company, in conjunction with Stoughton High School Performing Arts, will put on three performances of “Fame the Musical” at the Stoughton High School auditorium. Shows will start at 7:30 p.m. and run nightly from July 31 to Aug. 2.

Andy Warhol famously said that all people eventually get their 15 minutes of fame, but next week, Stoughton will be treated to three days of it.

Aligning Stars Theatre Company, in conjunction with Stoughton High School Performing Arts, will put on three performances of “Fame the Musical” at the Stoughton High School auditorium. Shows will start at 7:30 p.m. and run nightly from July 31 to Aug. 2.

Follow the final class of New York City’s High School for the Performing Arts on 46th Street from its 1980 admission acceptance to 1984 graduation. All of the struggles, triumphs and fears of students and teachers alike are depicted with razor-sharp wit and memorable tunes. Themes such as prejudice, self-worth, sexuality, literacy, substance abuse and identity issues that encompass adolescent coming-of-age lay at the heart of this piece as the young artists navigate the worlds of music, drama, and dance.


Magic man photos

Magician Scott Obermann performed his magic tricks, ventriloquism and music for an audience at the Stoughton Fire Department presented by the library on Thursday, July 17. The event revolved around the scientific theme “Book to the Future” and featured discussions and demonstrations about the speed of light, black holes and Albert Einstein.


Who’s afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?

Photo submitted. Stoughton teen Broderick McCloskey will try his turn as the scary Big Bad Wolf in next week’s productions of “Little Red and the Hood at the Stoughton Opera House.” The event is a fundraiser for the Stoughton Public Library’s second floor renovation.

Will Little Red make it to Granny’s House? Will the Wolf Family solve their hunger problems? What exactly are Gurgglepumpf cakes?

Find out the answers to these questions and more in the family event, “Little Red and the Hood.”

Area teens, working with director Cynthia Schlegel, will present this original production to benefit the Stoughton Public Library renovation fund.

The library renovations will include a new teen area where you may just spy a Big Bad Wolf hanging out. Come follow Little Red down the path, meet some new friends and help the library along the way.  

Performances will take place July 30 and 31 at the Stoughton Opera House. Start time is 7 p.m. for both shows, and all ages are welcome.


Artist in Residence

Photos by Bill Livick. Richard Lazzaro paints in his studio above Laz Bistro, the restaurant owned and operated by his son, Cary.

University of Wisconsin-Madison emeritus art professor Richard Lazzaro had no idea that he was moving to “an arts community” when he and his family arrived in Stoughton 51 years ago.

It was 1963, and Lazzaro, 26 at the time, had just accepted a job at the university. He, his Italian wife Giovanna and their 3-year-old son Cary came from Champaign-Urbana, Ill., where they’d lived for two years while Richard worked as an instructor and attained his Masters of Fine Arts degree.

Richard and Giovanna didn’t care for any of the apartments they’d seen in Madison. So they took advice from the chairman of the Art Department, who was living in Stoughton and thought they might like to live here.

They came and ended up renting the lower half of a two-family house on South Page Street.


Firefighter’s Dance is Saturday

The annual Stoughton Firefighter’s Dance, now in its 130th year, helps to raise money for the Stoughton Fire Department. This year will feature music by the Back Home Boys, a raffle, beer tent, a classic car cruise, karaoke contest and fire truck displays.

The department serves the City of Stoughton and all or part of the towns of Dunn, Dunkirk, Rutland, Pleasant Springs, Porter and Albion. Its volunteer members are trained to be prepared to handle other emergencies such as wind storms or tornadoes, gas explosions, industrial accidents, and farm and auto accidents.

The department currently has 40 members, including two full-time and one part-time employee and responds to around 250 calls a year. Members must be at least 18 years old and reside within the coverage area of the department.


Corn-O-Kubbia photos

Players from throughout the Midwest made their way to Stoughton last week for the inaugural Corn-O-Kubbia tournament at Mandt Park. Five teams tossed for bragging rights and cash prizes in the Cornhole tournament, while 14 teams took part in the Scandinavian game of Kubb.

For results, check out page 2 of this week's Hub!


Water science

Austin Skar, in blue, Jonah Baraboo, Jayda Adams and Adrienne Skar experiment with water.

Kids splash around with science at the Stoughton Public Library last week. [Photos by Mark Ignatowski]