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Friends won't let memory of Sun Prairie couple fade

Friends won't let memory of Sun Prairie couple fade

Loved ones aren't letting the memory of Shari and Bram Dorresteijn fade.

The Sun Prairie couple that was killed in an interstate crash in April left behind a toddler and a newborn.

Wednesday night Bram's friends hosted a soccer match to raise money for those children.

Michael Scalia met Bram in high school. He said the match was the perfect way to pay tribute to Bram, a former University of Wisconsin soccer player. He also said the outpouring of support has been overwhelming.

"In terms of people coming out of the woodwork, how can we support you? How can we show our love and help a village raise these children? Under these circumstances, they've raised so much money and we're continuing to go along those lines to raise more for these kids' futures," Scalia said.

The couple's children, Wesley and Charlotte, are in the care of Shari's sister and her husband.

An online fund raised more than $220,000 for them.

Group seeks to upstart PFLAG chapter

A Sun Prairie couple are trying to establish a chapter of a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender advocate group.

Paul and Carol Esser are members of Sun Prairie United Methodist Church, which is supporting the effort to establish a Sun Prairie PFLAG branch. The Essers and the church are seeking other Sun Prairie residents to help, as the church cannot lead the chapter due to its religious affiliation.

Anyone interested is invited to a potluck Sunday at 5 p.m. at Sun Prairie United Methodist Church, 702 North St... Read More

Ducks take annual walk through elementary school

The six ducks caught on video inside a Sun Prairie elementary school aren't lost, they're taking an annual trip to the outdoor world.

Sun Prairie Area School spokeswoman Sarah Heck said that every year, a new family of ducks hatches in the Westside Elementary School's courtyard. The ducklings and the mother live in the courtyard until sometime in May. Then the group is escorted out into the world through the school.

This year five ducklings stayed near the mother ducks side as they hustled through Westside over the carpet and through the hallway. In the video, one of the ducklings loses its footing and takes a couple tumbles in the hallway. 

Near the exit, the videographer had to help the mother get outside.

Theater to perform 'Annie' at middle school

The cast and crew of Sun Prairie Civic Theatre will bring the loveable orphan, Annie, to life with multiple performances this month.

Performances will be held at 7:30 p.m. on May 9-10 and May 16-17 at Cardinal Heights Upper Middle School, 220 Kroncke Dr. The show will end with a 2 p.m. matinee on May 18.

Tickets are $14 for adults, $12 for seniors and $10 for students. Tickets are available online at www.sunprairiecivictheatre.com or at Beans ‘n Cream Coffeehouse, 345 Cannery Square... Read More

Man wins $1M on scratch-off ticket

Man wins $1M on scratch-off ticket

A Sun Prairie man won $1 million on a scratch-off lottery ticket Wednesday, officials said. 

Raymond Davis Jr. bought the winning scratch-off Instant Million ticket for $30 at the P and G Gas Co. on State Street in Black Earth Wednesday.

Davis is the third winner of Wisconsin's Instant Million game, which was launched in Feb. 21, according to the Wisconsin Lottery agency. 

Davis will receive $673,507.50 after taxes. The gas station that sold him the ticket will receive $20,000. Officials said retailers that sell winning tickets with prizes of $600 or more receive 2 percent of the prize.  

Wisconsin Lottery said there is one remaining $1 million instant prize through the Instant Million game. 

Author to speak about coming-out memoir

A Monona author will speak at a local church on his new book about coming out as a gay man.

Callen Harty will give a talk about "My Queer Life," from 5-7 p.m. on Sunday at Sun Prairie United Methodist Church. The event is free. 

The Sun Prairie Star reported that last June the Sun Prairie United Methodist Church voted to publicly open its doors to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender community as a Reconciling Congregation... Read More

Org seeks families for Habitat homes; meetings scheduled in April

Habitat for Humanity of Dane County will hold two meetings in April for families interested in partnering with the organization to become homeowners.

A meeting is scheduled at 2 p.m. on April 6 at Warner Park Community Recreation Center, 1625 Northport Dr. in Madison.

A second meeting will be held April 8 at 6 p.m. at the Colonial Club, 301 Blankenheim Lane in Sun Prairie.

HHDC acquired 29 family unit lots in Sun Prairie earlier this year and is currently seeking local families to participate.

The homes will be built in the Uplands and Vandenburg Heights neighborhoods, according to the Sun Prairie Star... Read More