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Doctor to talk about concussions related to children's sports

A group planning a free talk on concussions in school sports said the brain injuries in children have doubled over the last decade. 

Meriter family medicine physician Dr. Christopher Harkin will talk about concussions Wednesday at 6:30 p.m. in the multipurpose room at Stoughton High School.

He will also discuss proper medical management, recovery time, concussion testing and ImPACT testing for kids.

Contact Sonja at 873-2356 or pr3@stohosp.com to register for the free event.

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Indoor family festival raises money for youth center

Indoor family festival raises money for youth center

The Stoughton Area Youth Center is hosting a family festival August 9 featuring games, activities and concessions.

Fete de Famille will feature games, prizes for the young and old, a musical chairs tournament, a dunk tank, emergency vehicles on display, temporary tattoos, and Pizza Pit pizza and Main Street Kitchen sandwiches for sale, organizers said.

Proceeds of the festival will go to supporting the operations and programs at the Stoughton Area Youth Center, according to a release.

Fete de Famille will be inside the Mandt Community Center from 1-7 p.m. The festival will be inside and air conditioned, rain or shine.

The Stoughton Area Youth Center opened in the mid-90s at the first community-supported youth center in Dane County and has continued to operate with a majority of the funding coming from grants, donations and fundraisers, according to the release. The current youth center building is a renovated tobacco warehouse.

Free session to focus on timely health issue: Lyme disease, ticks

A health eductation event Thursday afternoon at the hospital will focus on a timely issue: Lyme disease. 

Nurse Practitioner Kaye McGrath will lead a session about the disease and self-care in checking for ticks at 1 p.m. at the Bryant Health Education Center at Stoughton Hospital. 

To register for the free talk, contact Sonja at 873-2356 or pr3@stohosp.com.

School board to consider keeping orchestra program

School board members will take the next several months to consider the possibility of keeping the fifth-grade strings program, according to a Stoughton Courier Hub report. 

A small but vocal group that included parents, students and music teachers attended Monday night’s Stoughton Area School District board meeting, highlighted by a discussion on a proposed phase-out of fourth- and fifth-grade orchestra programs. ... Read More

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Garden tour to raise money for Dream Park project

Garden tour to raise money for Dream Park project

An event highlighting area gardens next week will support a Stoughton park project.

The Pleasant Springs Garden Club is offering a view of six area gardens as part of a garden tour July 25-26 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Five of the gardens on the tour are in Stoughton and one is in Cottage Grove.

The garden tour is a fundraiser for the Stoughton Inclusive Dream Park, a project conceived to "allow people of all ages and abilities" to enjoy a public space for recreation and outdoors enjoyment, according to the project's website. The park is planned to be built into Norse Park on Kriedeman Drive.

Man admits sending lynching letter was 'stupid and dumb'

The DeForest man accused of sending a letter depicting a lynching admitted it was "stupid and dumb," according to a criminal complaint.

Police said Matthew Cimaroli, 21, sent a letter to the family of Harry Hale and Hester Hale depicting the lynching of two young black men in a historical textbook photo. The letter had typewritten wording of "Your Days Are Numbered."

The Stoughton family believed the letter was directed toward 18-year-old Javone Hale.

Cimaroli was arrested Sunday on suspicion of felony threats to injure or accuse with a hate crime enhancer. He made an initial appearance in court Tuesday. The court entered a not guilty plea on Cimaroli's behalf after he stood mute, and he was released on a signature bond and cannot have contact with the Hale family.

Free health event to cover organic, super foods

On Wednesday at 5:30 p.m., join Stoughton Hospital's registered dietitian, Autumn Kumlien, to learn about the differences in foods labeled super, whole, organic or natural. She will give attendees the facts to help them make wise choices at the grocery store.

The program will be held at Stoughton Hospital in the Bryant Health Education Center.

To register for the free talk, call 873-2356 or email pr3@stohosp.com.