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Shelly Wollerman admits she was “freaking out” the first time she worked on the “tree crew.”

“I was 15 feet off the ground and was like, ‘What the hell am I doing?’” she recalled of working for her employer, Steven R. Bassett, Inc., a landscaping company in the Town of Verona.

Four years later, the Fitchburg resident has clearly conquered her fear.

On Aug. 2, Wollerman will represent Wisconsin for the fourth consecutive year at the International Tree Climbing Championship in Milwaukee. Previous competitions have taken her to Australia, Portland, Ore. and Toronto, Canada... Read More

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McKee road construction kicks off next week

Road construction along a one and half mile stretch of Mckee Road County Pd will be reconstructed between Seminole highway and Fish Hatchery Road.

Traffic will be down to one lane in both directions, and the project will be done in two stages.

Crews have to remove a six inch layer of existing asphalt and replace it.  Drivers are encouraged to use other routes, according to a City of Fitchburg report.

Annual Rath Yatra festival in Fitchburg growing

The Madison-area American Hindu Association held its third annual Rath Yatra celebration in Fitchburg on June 29.

Arborist readies for international tree-climbing championships

Fitchburg’s Shelly Wollerman will represent Wisconsin at the International Tree Climbing Championship, Aug. 2-3 at Mount Mary University in Milwaukee.

Wollerman, who works for Steven R. Bassett Inc., a landscaping company in the town of Verona.

On Aug. 2, Wollerman will represent Wisconsin for the fourth consecutive year at the International Tree Climbing Championship in Milwaukee. Previous competitions have taken her to Australia, Portland, Ore. and Toronto, Canada... Read More

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Fitchburg company makes latest 'Weird Al' video

A Fitchburg company created the latest music video release from "Weird Al" Yankovic.

A release from TruScribe said Yankovic contacted the company in July 2013 about producing "Mission Statement" and met with an artist and producer who worked closely with Yankovic to concept and storyboard the video.

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Monday's video release is part of a series of music video released to promote Yankovic's recently released album Mandatory Fun. As described by the release, the video "takes a humorous jab at clich�d language and expressions often used by businesses and corporations in their messaging?think words like 'next generation,' 'paradigm shift,' and 'synergy.'"

TruScribe released it's first video in 2011 and employs 18 people full time.

Elderly man missing 3 days found safe, official says

An elderly Fitchburg man who was missing for three days was found safe Saturday, an official said.

The Fitchburg Police Department said Saturday afternoon that 82-year-old Guillermo "Gill" DeVenecia was found at about 1 p.m. by volunteer searchers.

Police said DeVenecia was found standing in a bean field near Whalen and Mutchler roads in Fitchburg. He was responsive but dehydrated and was reunited with family.

"It is unclear how DeVenecia ended up in the field or if he had been continuing to walk in the area since going missing," police wrote in an alert Saturday.

Police said Wednesday that DeVenecia had last been seen at 2 p.m. on the 2100 block of Heywood Circle in Fitchburg. Authorities and volunteers searched for multiple days to locate the man, who suffers from dementia and it was believed he'd wandered away from home.

Search for missing Fitchburg man continues Friday

The search continues for a missing elderly Fitchburg man, who has not been seen since Wednesday.

Police said 82-year-old Guillermo DeVenecia left his home off Heywood Circle about 2 p.m.

Heywood Circle is not far from the intersection of Fish Hatchery and Whalen roads. That's where Fitchburg police and volunteers have focused their search efforts.

Thirty volunteers searched for Gill Friday along with Madison Police Department's mounted patrols. The family said the search effort is what's keeping them going.

"Staying active and doing this stuff keeps our minds off of what might be happening," Guillermo's son, Kurt DeVenecia, said.

The 82-year-old was diagnosed with dementia four years ago. The family, which is in the process of moving homes, is now searching the 15-mile radius between the two homes for clues.