SHS “Shrek the Musical” performance next weekend

A movie will come to life on the Stoughton High School stage as students perform “Shrek the Musical,” based off of the popular Dreamworks movie, “Shrek.”

For those not familiar with the plot, Shrek is about an ogre whose home, a swamp, has been taken from him by King Farquaad. Shrek sets out for the castle to confront King Farquaad.

Along the way, he meets a character by the name of Donkey who refuses to leave his side. Once this comical pair reaches the castle and confronts the king, he sends them on another journey to save Princess Fiona, whom the king wishes to marry. The two manage to save the princess from a fire-breathing dragon and find love along the way, which creates a conflict for Shrek.

The play will feature Leo Endres as Shrek, Jack Greenwood as Donkey, Thomas Greenler as Lord Farquaad, and Bethany Kelly as Princess Fiona.


Fire Department Open House photos

The Stoughton Fire Department's open house Wednesday, Oct. 8, was a big hit with the kids.


Wahlin named Trustee of the Year

Photo by Bill Livick. Ken Wahlin has been named Trustee of the Year by the Wisconsin Hospital Association for his efforts leading the governing board of Stoughton Hospital.

City native Ken Wahlin needs little introduction in Stoughton. He, of course, is a member of the family that founded and operates Stoughton Trailers, the city’s largest employer. His parents, Don and Carol Wahlin, launched the company that would later become Stoughton Trailers in 1961.

Ken’s role is managing director of STI Holdings, the company that owns Stoughton Trailers.

For the past seven years, Ken Wahlin has also served on the governing board and Executive committee of stoughton Hospital. He was a board trustee his first five years on the Governing Board and became its chairman two years ago.

His tenure on the board will end next month; after that, he’ll become an ex officio member.

Wahlin was surprised at the governing board’s last meeting Sept. 23, when he learned that the Wisconsin Hospital Association had named him 2014 Trustee of the Year.


2014 Senior Expo photos

There was plenty to do, see, eat and drink at the Sixth Annual Senior Expo, held Wednesday, Oct. 8, at the Stoughton Wellness and Athletic Center, with nearly 50 vendors on hand from around the area.


Looking for an upgrade

Photo by Scott De Laruelle. The Stoughton Area Senior Center is raising funds to replace the well-used flooring, tables and chairs in the main area.

The Stoughton Area Senior Center does a great job of keeping people busy with plenty of activities all year ‘round, but all the hustle and bustle through the years have caused some serious wear and tear on the floors, tables and chairs.

Looking to remodel and expand the space in the center’s main area, senior center officials are raising funds to replace the old flooring, tables and chairs to update the look and feel of the busy building. The chairs are more than two decades old, and the flooring is around 15 years old.

Director Cindy McGlynn said the center has received two grants to get the project started, but now need private donations to complete the project.  

“We are looking to have more un-carpeted space for ease of use, durability and clean up,” she said. “All the cost for the project of replacing the flooring and chairs has to be covered by donations and grants.”

To help out, or for information, contact McGlynn at 873-8585.


'Rumors' photos

The Stoughton Village Players entertain audiences with Neil Simon's "Rumors" last weekend. The show continues this Thursday through Saturday.


Optimist Club's fishing clinic photos

The Stoughton Optimists held a fishing clinic Saturday at the Stoughton Area Youth Center. Al Hutchison helped the youth build their own fishing rods.


Food for Kidz is Oct. 18

Stoughton will be packaging meals to feed the hungry, both locally and worldwide, at the second annual Food for Kidz event Saturday, Oct. 18. Sponsored by the Rotary Club of Stoughton, the event will be held at the Stoughton Fire Station.

The goal is to pack at least 50,000 dry meals in one day. Last year the goal was 25,000 meals and the community produced more than 36,000 meals.

Thousands of free meals will then be distributed to local food pantries. The remaining meals will help those in need as far away as Afghanistan and Africa.

Volunteers of all ages are needed to fill bags during shifts at 10-11:30 a.m. or noon to 1:30 p.m. The group can only package as many meals as the donations will cover. Meals cost only 15 cents each and the money raised is used to buy the ingredients.


The Suite Life

Photos submitted. Christopher Parr, Pursuitist founder and contributor, stands in front of The State Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, Russia. The museum holds more than three million artifacts and works of art from around the world. This was part of a trip to St. Petersburg that he “live tweeted” for his followers.

Imagine getting paid to go on vacation, gaze at the ocean from a private beach bungalow in Hualalai, Hawaii or indulge in complimentary in-room fresh-baked cookies and chocolate milk in a Four Season’s New York suite.

For long-time Stoughton resident Christopher Parr, this is not a fantasy; this is reality.

Parr is the founder of Pursuitist, a popular luxury travel blog that focuses on the pursuit of great things in life and brands itself as luxury “redefined”.

With articles highlighting Le Dolci Bakery’s $900 cupcake, spas in the French Alps and 24-carat gold iPhones, the New York Times has described the site as “the country club come to the Internet” and the “Yelp for the upper class.”

Targeting affluent consumers, Pursuitist has become an online haven for all that is luxurious and self-indulgent these days.


Healthy Living with Diabetes series begins Oct. 14

Stoughton Hospital will host a six-week series called “Healthy Living with Diabetes” that teaches self-management skills and increases confidence in managing Type 2 diabetes.

The series will be held Tuesdays from Oct. 14 through Nov. 18 from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Topics include nutrition, exercise, stress management, medication and techniques to deal with symptoms. This workshop does not replace existing treatments. It complements the treatments a participant receives.

Those who should consider taking the workshop include adults with Type 2 diabetes, adults with pre-diabetes or adults living with someone who has diabetes.

People who have taken the workshop show better health, improvements in blood sugar levels, a decrease in health distress and hypo- and hyperglycemia and fewer doctor and emergency room visits and hospitalizations.

The cost is $20 per person for the series and includes a book, instructions and a snack.