With summer vacations and families busy preparing for school to start there is a shortage of blood donors, according to a news release. The American Red Cross has announced an emergency need for blood and platelet donations.

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Even though last year’s inaugural Paulpalooza was meant to celebrate the life of a Fitchburg teenager who died in 2017, there was still a little bit of sadness.

Seeking to enhance public safety and deter impaired driving, Wisconsin law enforcement agencies will patrol in greater numbers for longer hours during the “Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over” campaign, which began Aug. 16 and continues through Labor Day on Sept. 2.

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The third annual Barks for Parks was Sunday, Aug. 11, at Badger Prairie County Park. The proceeds from the event, run by the Dane County Parks Department, will go toward funding a shade cover for dogs at Badger Prairie County Park.

Verona’s American Legion Post 385 will commemorate the national organization’s 100 year anniversary this month.

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Hundreds of people filled the Fireman’s Park beach on Wednesday, July 31, to celebrate summer at the annual Beach Bash. This year’s Beach Bash was preceded by a ribbon cutting for the park, which underwent $3 million in upgrades in the past year.

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The Verona Police Department hosted its annual National Night Out event on Tuesday, Aug. 6, at Hometown U.S.A. Festival Park. The event included demonstrations, a dunk tank, helicopter and law enforcement vehicle tours, food and a visit from police horses, who were painted with colorful handprints.

Scroll through photos of Verona natives who showed at the Dane County Fair, July 18-21. Photos submitted by family, friends and group leaders. 

Concerts in the Park kicked off Thursday, July 12, with cover band Your Mom performing at Harriet Park. Attendees watched from benches, lawn chairs and blankets, played games of pickup basketball and had fun on playground equipment.

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The summer months can be draining for police officers with more calls for service and sometimes longer hours.

Dane County Parks staff who maintain the Prairie Moraine County Park will host a public information meeting so residents can learn how they can help with its upkeep.

As Verona resident and Oakwood Village Senior Living employee David Mossner was out finding all of the Bucky on Parade statues on his bike last summer, he had the idea to bring them to those who didn’t have the ability to see them.

Already less than a month before the first day of the 2019-20 school year, the Verona Lions Club wants school supplies to be a focus in the first week of August.

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