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  • By Fabu | local columnist

What astonishes me the most is that so many of our elders have lived beautiful, storied lives, yet one rarely hears their stories or learns of their accomplishments until someone is reading their obituary at their funeral.

The new site for Operation Fresh Start at 2670 Milwaukee St. in Madison, on Tuesday, September 19, 2017.

Abigail Becker joined The Capital Times in 2016, where she primarily covers city and county government. She previously worked for the Wisconsin Center for Investigative Journalism and the Wisconsin State Journal.

Lindsay Christians has been writing about fine arts and food for The Capital Times since 2008. She has a masters in theatre research from UW-Madison and leads the Tommy Awards Student Critics Program at Overture Center. She hosts the food podcast The Corner Table, and she has led a wine tast…

Steven Elbow joined The Capital Times in 1999 and has covered law enforcement in addition to city, county and state government. He has also worked for the Portage Daily Register and has written for the Isthmus weekly newspaper in Madison.

Katelyn Ferral is The Cap Times' public affairs and investigative reporter. She joined the paper in 2015 and previously covered the energy industry for the Pittsburgh Tribune Review. She's also covered state politics and government in North Carolina.

Jason Joyce took over as news editor of The Capital Times in 2013.

Erik Lorenzsonn is the Cap Times' tech and culture reporter. He joined the team in 2016, after having served as an online editor for Wisconsin Public Radio and having written for publications like The Progressive Magazine and The Poughkeepsie Journal.

Jessie Opoien covers state government and politics for the Capital Times. She joined the Cap Times in 2013 and has also covered Madison life, race relations, culture and music.

Pat Schneider covers higher education for the Cap Times, the most recent in a variety of assignments that has included legal issues, city government, community-building, immigration and K-12 education. You can follow her @PatSchneiderCT. 

Lisa Speckhard Pasque is the The Capital Times' metro reporter. She joined the paper in 2016 and primarily covers neighborhoods, transportation and development. Follow her on Twitter @lisapasque.

Rob Thomas is the features editor and social media editor for the Capital  Times, as well as its film critic. He joined the Cap Times in 1999 and has written about movies, music, food and books.

Amber C. Walker joined The Capital Times in 2016 and covers K-12 Education. Before joining the Cap Times staff, Walker taught high school English in Miami and served as the technical and editorial intern at Madison365. You can follow her on Twitter @ACWalker620.