Stamp Out Hunger food drive May 9

The 23rd annual National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive is Saturday, May 9.

Each year on the second Saturday of May, letter carriers across the country collect non-perishable food donations from their customers in a national effort that provides assistance to millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table. The NALC, United States Postal Service, Feeding America and other partners are asking local residents to contribute to the nation’s largest single-day food drive.

Customers are asked to place non-perishable food items in a sturdy bag in or by their mailboxes that Saturday, and their carriers will pick up the food. The food will then be donated to local food pantries.

Any customers who receive plastic bags in their mail are encouraged to use those bags. Items may include, but are not limited to, canned soup, canned vegetables, peanut butter, pasta, rice and cereal. 


Cantus Choir photos

The Norwegian choir Cantus performs at the Stoughton High School Performing Arts Center last Friday. The all-female choir from Norway spent time with the Stoughton High School choir program earlier in the day. 


Disc golf rally Saturday

Some sunshine and warm weather appear to be in the forecast for Saturday’s annual disc golf rally at Amundson Park.

The Stoughton Area Key Club and Kiwanis Club of Stoughton will host the family-friendly event Saturday, May 2, at Amundson Park at the north end of Amundson Parkway in Stoughton.  

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. followed by 9 a.m. tee off. 

Players of similar ability and age play for prizes, so all are encouraged to join in the fun.  

The entry fee is $5 per individual, with a maximum of $10 per family. The first 20 students registered will receive a free tournament quality disc and there will be a variety of door prizes offered. Parents bringing a paid kindergarten through 12th grade entrant play for free. 

Players can register into one of five categories:

• Beginners 12 years old and younger

• Beginners 13 to 18 years old


Stoughton Festival Choir photos

The Stoughton Festival Choir presented “Songs for the Liturgical Year” Sunday at Covenant Lutheran Church. The musical selections took listeners through the different festivals and seasons associated with the theological calendar. 


A paddler’s story

Photos submitted. Lynne Diebel takes a break from constant paddling against the Wisconsin River current and decides to pull the canoe upstream.

Lynne Diebel didn’t set out to become the author of five books after retiring from teaching English at Stoughton High School in 1998.

“Things just evolved that way,” she said.

Her latest book, “Crossing the Driftless: A Canoe Trip Through a Midwestern Landscape,” was published in March by University of Wisconsin Press. It recounts Lynne and her husband Bob’s 359 river-mile paddling journey from Faribault, Minn. – where the family has a summer home – to their home in Stoughton.

The couple spent 12 days in the summer of 2009 making the trip because it’s the sort of thing they do for fun and adventure. They didn’t initially think of it as an opportunity for Lynne to write another book.


Quilt Faire photos

About 175 people attended Skaalen Auxiliary’s annual Quilt Faire on Saturday. 

Nearly 200 quilts were on display at Christ Lutheran Church, including new and antique quilts, patriotic quilts that will be donated to the VA hospital, Relay for Life quilts and Lutheran World Relief quilts. 

The event also featured guest artists Judy L. Nelson from Bettendorf, Iowa, and Susan Luers of Evansville. More than $2,000 in proceeds from the event and raffles will be applied to auxiliary projects.


Bowersox returns to ‘one of my favorite rooms’

Photo by Meg Bitton Photography. Singer-songwriter Crystal Bowersox, of American Idol fame, will perform two Opera House shows Saturday with singing partner Rachel Coats.

Crystal Bowersox became something of a household name in 2010 during her performances on American Idol.

The dreadlocked, raspy-toned singer-songwriter performed for an audience of 30 million and finished runner-up in the wildly popular singing competition series that began airing on Fox Television in 2002. That success launched her professional recording and performing career. 

Now 29, she released her first album, “Farmer’s Daughter,” in 2010, and followed with her second album, “All That for This,” in 2013.

In a telephone interview days before returning to the Stoughton Opera House, Bowersox described the show’s concept as “strange,” but acknowledged it was a big boost to her career.


River trail cleanup is Saturday

Working with Stoughton Parks and Recreation director Tom Lynch, volunteers with the city’s River and Trail Task Force have organized the annual Yahara River Trail cleanup Saturday morning. Any one interested can meet the group at the pedestrian bridge near Cooper’s Causeway at 9 a.m. 

Lynch will coordinate the cleanup effort with maps and directions for volunteers, who are asked to wear “grubby clothes” and bring work gloves.

Along with cleaning up the trail, volunteers will help gather scrub trees and bushes that have already been cut.

“We’re hoping to get rid a lot of the dogwood and junk trees along the pedestrian bridge, and ask our volunteers to haul them out and place them in piles to be picked up,” Lynch said. “The trees will already be cut, and then we’ll come and pick them up.”


Town of Dunn Arbor Day potluck April 25

The annual event Arbor Day Celebration in the Town of Dunn is planned for this Saturday. 

The event takes place from 4-6 p.m. at the town hall. 

This year, one of the presenters will be Kevin Oppermann, a Town of Dunn resident who will be talking about the nuances of his pasture-based farm and how it restores the top soil and earth. 

Phyllis Hasbrouck will be receiving the Stewardship Award for being a steward of the lakes. She was chosen for this award for her leadership in advocating for responsible planning to protect Lake Waubesa. 

There also will be a potluck dinner after the presentation. Brats, hot dogs, plates, napkins, eating utensils and a beverage will be supplied. 

Come meet other residents and share in this fun family event. Bring a favorite dish to pass and enjoy the community. 

Free trees and door prizes will be available, too.


Community forum on downtown redevelopment April 23

Sustainable Stoughton is sponsoring its first community forum on downtown redevelopment in association with its monthly “Green Thursday” educational series. 

The forum, titled “Downtown Redevelopment: It’s Coming ... Background, Options, and Your Visions,” will take place at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, April 23, at the EMS Community Room, 516 S. Fourth St.

“Thanks to the recent availability of the 6-acre MillFab property along the Yahara River, Stoughton is now in a great position to activate plans to bring some exciting and diverse development to the downtown area,” said Ingrid West, Sustainable Stoughton Advisory Team member. “We at Sustainable Stoughton see a great potential to expand the vibrancy and health of the downtown, but know this work requires that businesses and citizens be kept current and involved in the process.”