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2 SPPD officers promoted to sergeant

2 SPPD officers promoted to sergeant

Commendable work on force, community involvement cited for advancement    

Sun Prairie Police Department official said two officers will be promoted to sergeant this year.

Sun Prairie Police Lt. Brian Teasdale said officers Raymond Thomson and Ryan Cox were recommended for promotion by Chief Patrick Anhalt.

The Sun Prairie Police and Fire Commission approved the appointment on Jan. 13, according to a news release.

Teasdale said officers in consideration for a promotion go through an extensive process including internal interviewing and examination of their work on the force.

“We take into consideration … work ethic and drive [and] sort of a review of their career with us up to this point,” Teasdale said. “We take into account all of their extra-curricular activities, anything they do to benefit our community and our agency.”

Sun Prairie stylists lauded for service at hospice

Cosmetologists donate time to Agrace patients in Fitchburg 

Five Cost Cutters hair salon stylists were recently honored for their volunteer service at The Ellen and Peter Johnson Agrace HospiceCare Residence in Fitchburg.

Stylists included Ashton Newell, a stylist at  Cost Cutters in Sun Prairie; and Angela Aymond, Jennifer Vivian, Mary Paffel, Sarah Uhen, representing the Cost Cutters salon on University Avenue in Madison.

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Snowstorm closes much of Madison area - Continued news coverage

Snowstorm closes much of Madison area - Continued news coverage


Madison-area community closures, advisories will be updated
throughout the strong winter storm affecting much of Southern Wisconsin.

Sun Prairie man shares what it’s like to be Santa

More than meets the eye to be the jolly guy; holiday helper provides a peek

Being Santa

Disclaimer: To preserve the Christmas magic, we recommend small children do not watch this story.

Ask 7-year-old Trey Hernandez what he wants for Christmas this year and he’ll say a skateboard. Neveah Stanford, age 6, wants an American Girl doll. Seven-year-old Blare Woods and his sister Tessah, 4, want jet packs. But these children are going above their parents, to the ultimate Christmas wish-giver: Santa.

“Santa” Glenn Unzicker, from Sun Prairie, Wis., has been playing the role since 2001. He was initially approached during his family vacation by a hotel employee asking if he would be willing to play Santa. Unzicker initially declined, but later changed his mind.

In 2003, Unzicker graduated from the Charles W. Howard Santa Claus School in Midland, Mich. There he learned how to care for his hair and beard, how to sit a child on Santa’s knee, and how to talk with older and younger children, as well as those with special needs.

Flower biz freshens up downtown Sun Prairie

Flower biz freshens up downtown Sun Prairie

Prairie Flowers moved to a new location in March

"If you don’t use it, you lose it."

It’s a truism for small businesses on Main Streets around the country according to Dina Pocernich, owner of Prairie Flowers and Gifts in downtown Sun Prairie. She believes that communities' economic vitality is affected by where people choose to spend their money.

"We’re losing small businesses simply because they’re not being used. It takes making a choice, a choice to say, 'I’m going downtown to shop. If I want our economy to be vibrant, I need to be aware of that.'"

Fortunately for her, it seems that many people in her community understand that concept: a recent move to downtown Sun Prairie has strengthened business, Pocernich said.

“I’m proud we’re here and thriving,” she said. “People tell us we freshen up the downtown -- they’re thrilled and we’re thrilled.”

Volunteers bring interactive spin to nativity

Volunteers bring interactive spin to nativity

Church production transforms building into ancient marketplace

More than 140 cast members and volunteers will participate in an interactive, live-action production called "Journey to Bethlehem" Saturday and Sunday at Bethlehem Lutheran Church in Sun Prairie.

Production organizers said the church will be transformed into a live set to replicate a marketplace in the ancient city of Bethlehem.

The cast will be outfitted in period costumes as shopkeepers, townsfolk and Roman soldiers. Audience members, surrounded by a set that includes live animals, are guided along a walking tour through the narrow streets of the Bethlehem will experience the sights, sounds and smells reminiscent of the ancient city. The characters will interact with visitors.