Those gathered in the student section at Burlington High School’s Don Dalton Stadium Friday – clad in the hard hats and neon yellow vests of their construction worker theme – weren’t born when terrorists attacked the United States on Sept. 11, 2001.

They were precisely the souls local first responders and school officials were attempting to reach during a pregame ceremony honoring the nearly 3,000 people who died and the many more first responders who stepped into danger that day.

“We want to remember our brothers and sisters, and we want to carry that on with the younger generation that wasn’t even born at that time – the importance of why we remember it,” Burlington Fire Chief Alan Babe said.

A story and photos from the special ceremony are among the top stories in this week’s edition of the Burlington Standard Press. Copies of the newspaper are available at local retail outlets and subscribers receive their copies with Thursday’s mail.

To arrange for weekly delivery, follow this link: SUBSCRIBE

Here’s a look at some of the other stories in this week’s edition:

 

  • DISTRICT INVESTIGATES ALLEGED RACIAL SLUR DURING GAME: The Burlington Area School District, once again, is investigating allegations of racial misconduct after a member or members of the high school football team allegedly directed slurs at Westosha Central players. The allegations, according to the district, came to light after the Sept. 10 contest between both teams at Don Dalton Stadium in Burlington. We also have reactions from players and coaches.

 

  • ‘A REMARKABLE WOMAN’ The children of Nancy Branen, a former newspaper publisher and community leader who died last week at the age of 91, wrote a tribute to the woman who left lasting legacy for them and the Burlington area.

 

  • COVID FORCES LOCAL SCHOOL TO GO VIRTUAL: Burlington Catholic School’s St. Mary campus shifted to virtual learning and imposed a temporary mask mandate last week after an increasing number of COVID-19 cases among staff and students became a concern for administrators.

 

  • SCHOOL DISTRICT TAX LEVY OK’D: A majority of the more than 100 residents attending the Burlington Area School District’s recent annual meeting backed officials’ request to increase the property tax levy 1.41% for the current school year budget. However, officials are projecting a drop in the tax rate of about 5 cents. ­

 

  • GETTING AN EARFUL DURING PUBLIC COMMENTS: The School Board, which has received an uptick in public comment in the past year, heard from more than a dozen parents on a variety of weighty, contemporary topics during a dedicated portion of the agenda at the most recent regular meeting Sept. 13.

 

  • OKTOBERFEST RETURNS TO BURLINGTON: Oktoberfest returns to the Chestnut Street Loop in downtown Burlington on Saturday after a successful inaugural run in 2020. The event includes free German-inspired entertainment, such as dance performances from D’Oberlander’s, of Milwaukee, as well as a dachshund costume contest and parade.

 

  • A TRICKY WIN FOR THE DEMONS: A trick play that resulted in a touchdown late in the game helped lift Burlington High School to a victory over Westosha Central in Southern Lakes Conference football play Friday.