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From left, Jenniffer Tzeng of Verona does her best to hold back Evan Tzeng, 10 months, who was drawn towards the performance of Casey Day during the community New Year’s Eve celebration at the senior center on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

In with the new Knoll Elementary School. The event featured games, scavenger hunts, crafts, live children’s music and the pandemonium of a New Year’s balloon drop in the library. — Justin Loewen

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New council will focus on inclusion

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County Board has area’s Janesville/Park signalizing only contested election plan discussed Jan. 16 Two new candidates on school board KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

There will be one contested election, for Dane County Board, among all the local races that hold to the state’s traditional nominating process this spring. In that election, incumbent Jerry Bollig faces a challenge from Todd

Kluever for the seat that represents the Village and Town of Oregon. Two area towns, Rutland and Oregon, hold caucuses to select candidates. The Town of Oregon’s was scheduled for Tuesday, Jan. 8, and Rutland’s is Jan. 21. All the other local governments will have uncontested elections. The Village of Brooklyn has one open spot with

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Construction design plans on display at public meeting EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

The intersection of Janesville and Park streets is scheduled to get stoplights this summ e r a n d t h e Vi l l a g e o f O r eg o n i s h o l d i n g

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a m e e t i n g f o r a ny o n e interested in learning about how they may be affected. The informational session on the intersection and the Park Street reconstruction project is from 6:30-8 p.m. T h u r s d a y, J a n . 1 6 , a t Village Hall, 117 Spring St., in the board room. The public will be able to view the plans and ask questions about the

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Informal group designed to advise board on needs of underrepresented voices EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

As Oregon’s population grows and diversifies, so, too, grows the need for the village to be a more inclusive place to live – a place where marginalized groups of people feel someone is listening to them. That’s the reasoning Oregon Village Board trustees gave for starting the village’s Community Advisory Council on Diversity and Inclusion. They voted unanimously to do so at their Monday, Jan. 6, meeting. The initial role of the council will be to shed

light on how minorities feel living and working in Oregon, as not all have had the same experiencJeanne Carpenter es, trustees concurred. Village president Jeanne Carpenter and trustees Cory Horton and Amanda Peterson said they wielded privilege because of the color of their skin, likely influencing how they’ve come to know their community. They and others on the board said even though Oregon is a supportive and welcoming place, it can always do better. Down the road, advisory council members might expand the discussion into issues surrounding gender, sex, disabilities, age,

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The heart of Oregon was once again the hub for a community New Year’s Eve celebration on the night of Tuesday, Dec. 31, as families bounced between the library, senior center and Netherwood

No matter how many stars are on his uniform these days, Rob Palmer still has to take the garbage out. It’s part of his military family tradition that keeps him grounded, he told the Observer – one that since 2015 has made its home in Oregon. And after this weekend, they’ll have a certified general around to help keep perfect order on the weekend “honey-do” list. Palmer, a long-time Air Force and Army veteran, will reach a career-defining moment Friday, Jan. 10,

when he’s set to be publicly promoted to brigadier general in the Air Force Reserve in a ceremony in Washington, D.C. The U.S. Senate confirmed the promotion Nov. 21, 2019. It is the capstone of a career in the military that started in 1990. W h i l e h e ’s o ffi c i a l l y been a brigadier general for about six weeks, he’s not yet wearing the rank insignia yet, Palmer wrote the Observer in an email last week. In the U.S. Armed Forces, a brigadier general wears a silver star on their shoulder or collar; the first of four rankings for general officers. “It is all still very surreal,” he wrote. “I don’t really feel differently, and my wife still expects me to do


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Palmer: He has been interested in military and military heroes for a long time Continued from page 1 chores around the house, so I can’t really tell if anything has changed. “It is both a tremendous honor and deeply humbling, and I know that I could have never done this without the help and mentorship of the unbelievable men and women with whom I’ve served,” he added. Palmer works around 30 days a year at the Pentagon as mobilization assistant to the Air Force director of public affairs in the Office of the Secretary of the Air Force. He’s responsible for providing public affairs policy and communications strategies to the secretary and chief of staff of the Air Force and other senior leaders on issues like recruiting, readiness, operations, force structure and personnel. “When (the director) travels on Air Force business or takes leave,

I fill in for him, kind of like a substitute teacher,” Palmer wrote. Back home in his “regular” day job, Palmer is vice president of government affairs at WPS Health Solutions in Monona, representing the company to state and federal agencies and military beneficiary associations. When he left active duty in 2015 to accept that position, he and his family moved here from Warner Robins, Georgia, the home of Robins Air Force Base. Palmer, whose father served in the Army Reserves, said he was “always” interested in the military, with childhood heroes like generals Ulysses S. Grant, Douglas MacArthur and Dwight Eisenhower. “As a kid, any vacation that included a trip to a battlefield was the perfect vacation for me,” he wrote. “Unfortunately for my wife and kids, that is still true today.” After attending the prestigious

South Carolina military institute The Citadel, the Plainfield, Indiana native soon found himself in the middle of historic world events. With the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the military started to downsize, he said, so when he was commissioned in 1990, he joined the Indiana Army National Guard as a field artillery officer. In 2001, the unit was deployed to Bosnia and Herzegovina as part of the NATO Stabilization Force, where Palmer got the chance to work alongside Air Force officers. “(I) realized the Air Force treats its people very well,” he wrote. Within a couple of years, he decided to continue his service in the Air Force Reserve. “Every assignment in my career, both green and blue, has been rewarding,” he wrote. “Every job I’ve had taught me something new, and I’ve had the

chance to work with truly great people.” Palmer, who has a son who’s a theater major at DePaul University and another who’s an Oregon High School junior, credits his family for being “very understanding” through his globetrotting career, he said. “While I’m off doing glamorous and exciting things, my wife, Kim, keeps the family running smoothly,” he wrote. “There have been plenty of missed ballgames, performances, and parent-teacher conferences. What has been really heartwarming for me is that Kim and the boys have been more excited about my promotion than I have. “They should be, because it is as much theirs as it is mine,” Palmer added. Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at

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Robert Palmer, who moved with his family from Georgia to Oregon in 2015, will be honored in Washington, D.C. Friday, Jan. 10 with his silver star for being promoted from colonel to brigadier general in the Air Force.

Candidates: Looking at area elections in Oregon, Brooklyn, Rutland and Dane County Continued from page 1 no challenger, the Oregon School District has two new people running for two vacant seats and the Village of Oregon has only incumbents running unopposed. The Town of Dunn has no elections this year, as all three elected officials are elected in odd-numbered years. The spring election will be held across the state Tuesday, April 7. The election, in addition to local and regional races, will feature primaries for the November presidential election and U.S. House of Representatives. No primaries for the U.S. Senate will be held in Wisconsin this year. Statewide, there are two people hoping to unseat David Kelly as a justice on the Wisconsin Supreme Court, Ed Fallone and Jill Karofsky. The seat is nominally nonpartisan, though each candidate is backed by traditionally conservative or liberal groups.

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With three candidates for three school board seats, it appears the first OSD elections since seats were reapportioned in September will be uncontested. Still, there will be something to decide, with two candidates vying for a threeyear term versus two years. And both are newcomers. Up for election are Seats 1 and 2 Area II, held by Courtney Odorico and Barb Feeney, respectively, and Seat 1 in Area III held Tim LeBrun. Only LeBrun is seeking re-election. Running in Area II are newcomers Heather Garison and Kevin Mehring, with the top vote-getter receiving a three-year term; the runner-up two years. The reapportionment, designed to match up representation with the fast-growing northern part of the district, gave Area II (City of Fitchburg and towns of Blooming Grove and Dunn) a second seat. To offset election years for the area in the future, district officials decided to make one of the terms two years initially, and then it would revert to a

three-year term for the April 2022 election. Garison wrote in an email to the Observer her initial thoughts on areas of focus fit well with OSD values, including more play-based learning, promoting diversity and inclusion, increasing the nutritional value of lunches, and further supporting teachers. “Our family is grateful to be a part of a fantastic school district and look forward to giving back,” she wrote. Mehring wrote the Observer in an email he feels a responsibility to give back as his four boys move through the district. “It starts with the passionate administrators and the dedicated teachers at all of our schools,” he wrote. “With the ongoing and anticipated growth of the district, especially in the northern portion where we currently reside, strong and proven leadership will be important to continue the fine work the current and past boards have done. I look forward to listening to all the constituents’ view on how we can continue to keep Oregon on a great path.” The Area III seat held by LeBrun and covering the towns of Rutland, Montrose, Oregon, Brooklyn, Union and the Village of Brooklyn, is a three-year term. In an email to the Observer, Le Brun wrote that the board has “lots on its plate” in 2020, with issues including school start times, a growing district population and transition at the superintendent role. “We’ve got a great team of board members and anticipate a couple of new additions who will bring new ideas and perspectives to both ongoing and new issues we are facing over the next several years,” he wrote. “The board makeup provides perspectives of parents of both school-age and graduated Oregon school district kids.”

Dane County

All three Dane County Board of Supervisors incumbents are up for election this year are running for re-election. Bollig, who is also a Village of Oregon board trustee, is being challenged by

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The Town of Oregon was set to hold its caucus Tuesday to nominate the candidates who will run for the seats in the April election. Both incumbents, Arlen Christensen and Phil Van Kampen, told the Observer they intended to participate in the caucus.

Town of Rutland Kluever for the seat that represents the Village and Town of Oregon. Sups. Patrick Miles and Ann DeGarmo, who represent the Town of Dunn and the City of Fitchburg, respectively, are both running unopposed. Dane County Circuit Court Judge William Hanrahan is up for re-election, as are three Court of Appeals seats.

incumbent Sue McCallum. Board member Dan Olson will run for his seat for the first time in a general election. Olson, a 48-year resident of Brooklyn and former village public works employee, was selected to fill Scott Rosenow’s vacated seat in September, and will be focusing on upkeep of infrastructure as much as a “small community” can, he told the Observer. Village of Brooklyn Kyle Smith is also running There are no challeng- for re-election. ers for a seat vacated by

The Town of Rutland has two supervisor positions open for the spring election, and will nominate candidates at the annual caucus at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the town hall, 785 Center Road. Terms are for two years. Supervisor seats held by Nancy Nedveck and Deana Zentner are open. As of last month, the two had not filed non-candidacy paperwork.

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the Village of Oregon board – David Donovan, Bollig and Amanda Peterson – will be uncontested as they vie for their seats again this spring. Bollig told the Observer that he’s choosing to run again because as a long-time Oregon resident, he wants to contribute to “preserving the fine lifestyle” the village enjoys and maintain “responsible” debt levels. Peterson said in an email to the Observer that one 2-year term wasn’t enough to accomplish her goals, which include building the library and bringing more affordable housing and public transit to the village. “There is so much more to do in this vibrant, growing community,” she wrote in the email. Reporters Emilie Heidemann, Scott De Laruelle and Renee Hickman contributed to this story.

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Home occupation ordinance updates up for review EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

The Village of Oregon is considering adjusting its rules on home occupations to be more consistent. The Planning Commission will hold a public hearing at 6:30 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, to amend the village’s ordinance in

Section 17.208(8)(j). Village planner Elise Cruz told the Observer the changes would hold everyone to the same regulations and not allow exceptions and that they’re also for public health and safety reasons. A memo from Cruz recommends removing subsections saying the village may approve home occupations in residential

districts that do not meet village standards. For example, Cruz said the village wouldn’t want to put a large manufacturing facility next to a school. She said sections A-J of the ordinance are sufficient, as zones should be complementary to one another. It also recommends removing language restricting the types and numbers of machinery on home occupation sites and a

rule that the sale or transfer of the property would void a conditional use permit. A conditional use permit allows the village to approve a land use that may or may be compatible within an already ex i s t i n g z o n i n g d i s t r i c t bu t b e a r s f u r t h e r r ev i ew. T h e s e include most businesses that involve visits from customers, known as indoor commercial

entertainment. The hearing will be held at Village Hall, 117 Spring St. A copy of the ordinance is available in the clerk’s office at Village Hall. For information, call 835-3118. Email Emilie Heidemann at or follow her on Twitter at @ HeidemannEmilie.

Diversity : Board trustees acknowledge their own privilege, say they want to participate Continued from page 1 mental health – in turn, showing the village how it can better respond to those problems in addition to race. Council leadership will communicate regularly with the board through agenda reports about how those conversations go, village administrator Mike Gracz told the board. The council will get together on an informal basis, he said, and will be similar in setup to the Oregon Housing Coalition, which has representatives from

the school district, county, village staff and board, Joining Forces for Families and area churches and businesses. The council is set to meet as early as Mike Gracz February, though ex a c t d a t e s a n d locations for those gatherings remain yet to be seen, Carpenter said. In a presentation to the board, Alice Egan, a clinical associate professor and child welfare

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training coordinator from the University of Wisconsin-Madison School of Social Work, offered some ideas for how the village could best put its new council to use. For example, she said, Sun Prairie has an active committee that examines the city’s hiring practices and how services meet the needs of minority constituents. And the City of Appleton has a full-time diversity and inclusion coordinator who serves as the LGBTQ+ liaison. More Wisconsin municipalities have

Village in brief Roadways opening The village has opened Bergamont, Autumn Ridge and Highlands of Netherwood subdivision roadways for sales and use. The roadways, according to a letter from engineer Ruekert-Mielke, are open for traffic, lot sales and more. The village will also undertake plowing on the roads, the letter stated. The streets to open for Bergamont include parts of Leeward Lane, Brynhill Drive, Augusta Drive and Interlachen Ave. Autumn Ridge includes parts of Foxfield Road, Sienna Glenn Way and Liliana Te r r a c e . H i g h l a n d s o f


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$824,945 grant from the Federal Home Loan Bank of Chicago for improvements to its building with the help of the village. Genesis Housing president Scott Meier appeared at the Monday, Jan. 16, village board meeting to update trustees about said Foxboro stormwater grant. Village commends “Great, great job,” Trustimprovements ee Randy Glysch said to Genesis Housing The bulk of the work is Meier. “You should be very finished for Foxboro stormLast November, Gene- proud.” water improvements. sis Housing received an To date, a letter from the village’s engineer Ruekert-Mielke, stated the concrete pipeline and inlet box has been installed on the site. The letter stated the final grading and


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Hiding racism in police reports wouldn’t make it disappear


few weeks ago, an Oregon resident called the police to report suspicious behavior. It was the kind of behavior many of us would consider to be not even noteworthy, but it makes other people nervous – two black, male teens who “didn’t belong there.” We see complaints like these all the time when we compile police reports for our papers in Oregon, Stoughton and Verona. A group of teenage boys is huddled together or hanging out by a car, and a caller assumes they’re dealing drugs. Or someone who looks like he’s breaking into houses turns out to be a legally permitted salesperson. Occasionally, police find a low-level crime being committed out of these stereotype-driven calls. Other times, the caller makes a wildly incorrect assumption, such as the time a person reported another individual was aiming a rifle at passing cars, but it turned out to be just a camera. But this one-sentence report we printed was a bit more direct, and it quickly inspired a variety of responses from readers on social media and one office phone call. Some were upset at the caller. Others were upset with us for printing the police report. One person defended the caller as possibly having honest, yet unclear motivations, and some said this is just the tip of the iceberg for what minorities deal with. Personally, I’m happy to have been able to report the call, as it started a community conversation that needs to be had. There are certainly good reasons to alert police about suspicious behavior. And the police department isn’t going to tell you to stop calling, because they know that for all the dud calls

that come their way, a few lead them to solve or stop crime – such as the occasional spate of garage burglaries, car thefts and car Ferolie break-ins all of our communities get. But let’s be honest – people often don’t stop to think about how they sound when they complain that something isn’t right. One of our reports we’re publishing soon in another community was a complaint about loud music from people who “didn’t quite fit the neighborhood” for a family cookout at 8:30 p.m. Another complained a pizza delivery driver had used the person’s driveway to turn around. Some of the reports we read amuse our reporters and readers. The raccoon that fell through the ceiling of someone’s bedroom onto a bed as they slept and the woman riding her horse to Kwik Trip while intoxicated are just a couple good ones from the past few months. To a point, even clearly racist calls to the police department can make us snicker because of how incomprehensible it seems that people could go so far as to involve the authorities without recognizing their own inappropriate behavior. When someone claims a neighbor in a burqa is letting her dog poop in the nearby park, as was the case in one report in another community this fall, it sounds bad and yet somewhat legitimate. But when officers arrive and there’s no poop to be found, it’s pretty obvious racism and a sad commentary about the person who called them.

This is an insidious part of a systemic problem in our society that must be illuminated whenever we see it, or it won’t ever change. We all remember the sudden rise of the #MeToo movement – its power was in bringing to light things people had known about, but were kept quiet for years, even decades, because it was the status quo. We can all look the other way because it’s more comfortable to do so, but the only people who benefit are the ones behaving poorly. Now, we should not invoke race without reason, and we don’t do so with our police coverage unless the situation immediately calls for it. While the police always take descriptions of people, we aren’t going to describe a person by their race or color unless it’s a person police are looking for and there’s a complete description to go with it (6 feet, 180 pounds, hooded sweatshirt, neck tattoo). But we also want to make sure to provide a clear description of just what kind of calls the police department gets from citizens. That shows us all both how our tax dollars are being spent, from the perspectives of both what we are asking of the department, and how the department handles calls. When people use the department in questionable ways, whether that’s for trivial matters, personal vendettas or to advance bigotry, we’re going to show you. Because our job is truth, and the last thing we want is for people to blithely think those things no longer exist. Jim Ferolie is the editor of Unified Newspaper Group, which publishes the Oregon Observer, Stoughton Courier Hub, Verona Press and Fitchburg Star.


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OHS girls basketball cancer fundraiser set Jan. 10 CONNOR WOOD Observer correspondent

Attendees can support one of the Oregon High School sports teams and local families affected by cancer at the same event this week. The Oregon High School girls basketball team will host a cancer awareness fundraiser at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10,

at the high school, 456 N. Perry Pkwy. during a match with a conference rival. This year’s event is in honor of Lester Leuhring, a Verona resident and Madison West High School teacher and coach, who died of cancer in August. The event includes a silent auction, 50-50 raffle, halfcourt shooting contest, other games and T-shirts for sale. The money will be split

between a charity chosen by Leuhring’s family and the University of Wisconsin-Madison chapter of Camp Kesem, a summer camp for children whose parents have or had cancer. In the past, the event has benefited other charities including UW Carbone Cancer Center, Gilda’s Club and a Verona girls basketball player with cancer. Last year’s

fundraiser also benefited Camp Kesem. The event will be held in conjunction with the team’s game against Monona Grove. The junior varsity games start at 5:45 p.m. and the varsity game starts at 7:15 p.m, with most of the activities starting around 7 p.m. Fo r m o r e i n f o r m a t i o n , contact Dawn Koopman at

If You Go What: OHS girls basketball cancer awareness fundraiser When: 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 Where: Oregon High School, 456 N. Perry Pkwy. Cost: Free to attend; fundraisers vary in price Info: Dawn Koopman at dmkoopman96@gmail. com

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The annual 3K screenings for future Oregon School District students are open for registration. Guardians have the option for two screening times: 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, or 8-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17. Each will take place at Netherwood Knoll Elementary School, 276 Soden Drive. Staff asks participants to enter through the district office door 8, 123 E. Grove St. Students are eligible for screening if they are 3 years old by Jan. 1, 2020; are ages 4 to 5 by Sept. 1, 2019, and are not enrolled in 4K or have been screened previously, but guardians have new concerns. Students are screened for

What: Child Development Days, 3K screening When: 3-7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16; 8-11 a.m. Friday, Jan. 17 Where: Netherwood Knoll Elementary School, 276 Soden Drive Info: Oregon School District Office at 835-4034 or gross motor skills, fine motor skills, early pre-literacy and math concepts, speech sounds and language development. Appointments typically last 90 minutes. For information contact the OSD office at 835-4034 or Contact Mackenzie Krumme at mackenzie.krumme@

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Madeline Fendrick and Brian Peck, Fendrick & Peck, performed at Firefly Coffeehouse and Artisan Cheese on Friday, May 10. The coffeehouse is now offering an open mic night every second Friday of the month.

E-cigarette presentation New open mic night at the coffeehouse Performances to take place If You Go set for Thursday, Jan. 16 second Friday each month The OregonCARES Coalition is set to host a presentation on the use of e-cigarettes. The presentation is set for 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 at the Oregon High School, 456 N. Perry Pkwy. Participants can learn how nicotine impacts the body, how e-cigs work and current vaping trends. The presentation is intended for parents, educators and adult community members. For information, contact - Mackenzie Krumme


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What: Rise of the e-cig and Juul presentation When: 5-6 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16 Where: Oregon High School, 456 N. Perry Pkwy Info:

The Firefly Coffeehouse and Artisan Cheese has started a new monthly tradition. On the second Friday of each month, the coffeehouse will play host to an open mic night, where area musicians and artists are welcome to take the stage and entertain the

What: Open mic night When: 6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10 (second Friday of each month) Where: Firefly Coffeehouse and Artisan Cheese, 114 N. Main St. Info: Call 835-6238

For information, call 835-6238. Contact Mackenzie Krumme at


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audience. Owner Jeanne Carpenter said the first open mic night was held on Friday, Nov. 14 and the house was “packed,” estimating around 150 attendees. Each open mic night will run from 6-8 p.m. at the Firefly, at 114 N. Main St. Any level of performer or artist is welcome, amateur to professional. Carpenter encourages any type of performances, as well, such as spoken word, duos, acoustic guitarists and a capella singers.

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‘Stepping on’

A fall prevention course starts Thursday, Jan. 9, at the senior center. The class is meant to help participants address their risk of falling, balance concerns or fears of falling. The class runs 1-3 p.m. Thursdays from Jan. 9 to Feb. 20. The cost of the class is $35, and registration is required. The class includes instruction by Ron Dorr, as well as presentations, printed materials, and snacks. Scholarships available upon request. For information and to register, call Anne at 835-5801.

Sensory storytime

The Oregon Public Library will host a sensory storytime 10-11 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 9. Registration is required. Children ages 0-5 will receive a sensory sensitive storytime experience, which includes reading, songs and yoga with visual supports, fidgets and orientations. For information, contact or call 835-3656.

Anderson Park annual meeting

The 2020 Anderson Park Friends annual meeting is set for 3:30-5 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 9, at the Dane County Parks Office, 5201 Fen Oak Dr., Madison. For information email Andy Hoernemann at andrew_hoernemann@

Preschool open gym

Kids ages 5 years and younger are invited to engage in a preschool open gym from 6-7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 10, in the Netherwood Knoll Elementary School big gym, 276 Soden. Dr. The children can enjoy gym games, but must be accompanied by an adult. The event is sponsored by Oregon Community Ed and Rec and the library. Enter through Door 10 or the district office main entrance. For information, call 835-3656.

Anderson Park Friends, Inc. will provide the training, equipment and gear for the day. Maintenance activities at the park repeat every second Saturday at the 8 a.m. start time. For information, visit

Jams at Ziggy’s

Feel like jamming out? Ziggy’s BBQ Smokehouse and Ice Cream Parlor will host a bluegrass and country jams session 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, at 135 S. Main St. The SoundBillies, a local bluegrass Oregon Wellness expo band, are set to perform. The Oregon Area Wellness Coalition For information, call Ziggy’s at 291will host its fourth annual wellness expo from 9 a.m. to noon, Saturday, Jan. 11, at 0915. the high school, 456 N. Perry Pkwy. Coffee with a Reporter Attendees can visit over 20 booths Oregon Observer reporters Emilie from wellness vendors and organiza- Heidemann and Mackenzie Krumme tions in the area and learn new activities will hold the next Coffee with a Reporter during six 20 minutes class sessions. from 2-3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the OreFor information, contact Deb Boss- gon Public Library. ingham at or visit Coffee with a Reporter is when the Oregon Area Wellness Coalition WI Observer reporters spend time at various Facebook page. establishments and put up a sign asking for community members to come chat Anderson Park work day A work day focusing on forest res- about anything pertaining to Oregon. If you have suggestions for times toration will take place from 8-11 a.m. Saturday Jan. 11, at the Anderson Farm and locations, or are not able to make it but would like to connect please email County Park, 914 Union Rd. Newcomers are welcome to the event.

Community calendar Thursday, Jan. 9

• 9 a.m., Senior center executive board (second Thursday), senior center, 835-5801 • 10-10:30 a.m., Sensory storytime (registration required for ages 0-5), library, 8353656 • 1-3 p.m., Stepping on falls prevention class ($35), senior center, 835-5801 • 3:30-5 p.m., Anderson Park Friends annual meeting, Dane County Parks Office, 5201 Fen Oak Dr., • 4-7 p.m., Food distribution and collection, Oregon Area Food Pantry, 107 N. Alpine Parkway, oregonfoodpantry@

Friday, Jan. 10

• 10 a.m., Make a cardboard car, library, 835-3656 • 5 p.m., Anime Club, library, 835-3656 • 6-8 p.m., Open Mic Music Night, Firefly Coffeehouse and

Artisan Cheese conference room, 114 N. Main St., 835-6238

Saturday, Jan. 11 • 8-11 a.m., Anderson Park work days, Anderson Farm County Park, 914 Union Road, • 9 a.m. to noon, Oregon Area Wellness expo, Oregon High School, 456 N. Perry Pkwy, 835-4086 • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tax preparation, Oregon Village Hall, 117 Spring St., 266-2486 • 1-3 p.m., Author Visit, Grieving Heart Poetry, library, 8353656

Monday, Jan. 13 • 6:30 p.m., Village of Brooklyn board meeting (second and fourth Monday), Village Hall, 210 Commercial St., 455-4201 • 6:30 p.m., Oregon School District board meeting (second and fourth Monday each month), Oregon High School, 456 N. Perry Prkwy, 835-4091

Community cable listings Village of Oregon Cable Access TV channels: WOW #983 & ORE #984 Phone: 291-0148 • Email: Website: • Facebook: ocamediawi New programs daily at 1 p.m. and repeats at 4, 7 and 10 p.m. and 1, 4, 7 and 10 a.m.

Thursday, Jan. 9 WOW: Oregon Community Band (Nov. 19) ORE: NKE Spring Musical: Alice the Musical (April 26) AIRS Friday, Jan. 10 WOW: Senior Center Presentation: 2019 Volunteers with Bob Lindmeier ORE: Friday Night LIVE: Girls Basketball vs Monona Grove Saturday, Jan. 11 WOW: Movie: On the Waterfront (1954) ORE: LIVE: Hockey vs Milton Sunday, Jan. 12 WOW: First Presbyterian Church Service ORE: NKE Musical: Cinderella (April 2018)

Monday, Jan. 13 WOW: Village Board Meeting (Jan. 6) ORE: LIVE: Oregon School Board Meeting Tuesday, Jan. 14 WOW: Oregon Community Band (Nov. 9) ORE: Boys Hockey vs Janesville (Jan. 3) Wednesday, Jan. 15 WOW: Antique Tractors ORE: BKE Giants in the Sky (March 1, 2019) Thursday, Jan. 16 WOW: Music with Greg and Kacy (Dec. 31) ORE: Wrestling (Jan. 3)

Tuesday, Jan. 14

• 9-11 a.m., Food distribution and collection, Oregon Area Food Pantry, 107 N. Alpine Parkway, oregonfoodpantry@ •1-3 p.m., Technical help with Gil (second and fourth Tuesday), senior center, 835-5801 • 10 a.m., Drive- in movies, library, 835-3656 • 5 p.m., Finals study hall, library, 835-3656

Wednesday, Jan. 15

• 9-11 a.m., Stamp Camp, Cards with Terry ($13), senior center, 712-0572 • 11:30 a.m., Brown bag book club, library, 835-3656 • 4 p.m., Tween advisory board, library, 835-3656

Thursday, Jan. 16

• 3-7 p.m., Child Development Days 3K screening, Netherwood Knoll Elementary School, 276 Soden Dr, 8354035,

Friday, Jan. 17

• 8-11 a.m., Child Development Days 3K screening, Netherwood Knoll Elementary School, 276 Soden Dr., 8354035, • 1 p.m., Movie matinee: “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” senior center, 835-5801

Saturday, Jan. 18

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tax preparation, Oregon Village Hall, 117 Spring St., 266-2486 • 9 a.m., Kick Cancer Where it Hurts, Brooklyn Community Building, 455-4201 • 6 p.m., SoundBillies performance, Ziggy’s BBQ Smoke House and Ice Cream Parlor, 135 S. Main St., 291-0915

Monday, Jan. 20

• 4:30 p.m., Lunch reservation for the Lou Kindschi presentation on Asia, senior center, 835-5801 • 5 p.m., Village of Oregon Board meeting, (first and third Monday), Village Hall, 117 Spring St., 8353118

Senior center Monday, Jan. 13 Pork Loin in Gravy Mashed Potatoes Garden Blend Vegetables Whole Wheat Bread Mandarin Oranges Lemon Bar MO – Veggie Wrap NCS – SF Jell-O Tuesday, Jan. 14 Cheeseburger on Whole Wheat Bun Calico Beans Potato Salad Fruit Cocktail Pineapple Fluff MO – Multigrain Burger NCS – Pineapple Wednesday, Jan. 15 Hearty Chicken Noodle Soup Crackers California Blend Vegetables Grape Juice Pumpkin Bar MO – Tomato Soup NCS – Banana Thursday, Jan. 16 My Meal, My Way Lunch at Ziggy’s Smokehouse and Ice Cream Parlor! Drop in between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17 Sloppy Joe on Whole Wheat Bun Peas Coleslaw Pineapple Chocolate Pudding MO – Veggie Burger NCS – SF Pudding SO — Pork Taco Salad

Monday, Jan. 13 Morning: Reflexology 9:00 CLUB 10:30 StrongWomen 10:30 Dominoes 11:45-12:15 Eyeglass Adjustments 1:00 Weight Loss Support 1:30 Bridge 1:45 Balance Class Tuesday, Jan. 14 8:30 Zumba Gold Advanced 9:30 Ride to Food Pantry 9:45 Zumba Gold 10:45 Parkinson’s Exercise 12:30 Sheepshead 1:00 Technical Help with Gil 5:00 StrongWomen Wednesday, Jan. 15 9:00 CLUB 9:00 Stamp Camp 9:00 Full Council on Aging 12:15 Shopping at Pick-N-Save 1:00 Euchre 4:00 Online Selling Class Thursday, Jan. 16 8:30 Zumba Gold Advanced 9:00 Pool Players 9:00 Rubber Stamping 9:45 Zumba Gold 10:30 StrongWomen 12:30 Mahjongg 1:00 Card Party 1:00 Stepping On 5:00 StrongWomen Friday, Jan. 17 9:00 CLUB 9:00 Gentle Yoga 9:30 Blood Pressure 10:45 Balance Class 11:45 Shopping at Bill’s 1:00 Movie: The Art of Racing in the Rain

All Saints Lutheran Church 2951 Chapel Valley Rd., Fitchburg (608) 276-7729 Interim pastor SUNDAY 8:30 a.m. classic service 10:45 a.m. new song service Brooklyn Lutheran Church 101 Second Street, Brooklyn (608) 455-3852 Pastor Rebecca Ninke SUNDAY 9 a.m. Holy Communion 10 a.m. Fellowship Community of Life Lutheran Church PO Box 233, Oregon (608) 286-3121, office@ Pastor Jim McCoid SUNDAY 8:45 a.m. Education Hour, 10 a.m. Worship at 1111 S. Perry Parkway, Oregon Brooklyn Community United Methodist Church 201 Church Street, Brooklyn (608) 455-3344 Pastor George Kaminski SUNDAY 9 a.m. Worship (Nov.-April) 10:30 a.m. Worship (May-Oct.)

Faith Evangelical Lutheran Church 143 Washington Street, Oregon (608) 835-3554 Pastor Jeffrey Hendrix SUNDAY - 9 a.m. Worship Holy Communion 2nd & last Sundays First Presbyterian Church 408 N. Bergamont Blvd. (north of CC), Oregon, WI (608) 835-3082 - fpcoregonwi. org Pastor Kathleen Owens SUNDAY 10 a.m. Service 10:15 a.m. Sunday School 11 a.m. Fellowship 11:15 a.m.  Adult Education Memorial UCC 5705 Lacy Road, Fitchburg (608) 273-1008, memorialucc. org Pastor Kristin Gorton SUNDAY 8:15 and 10 a.m.

Good Shepherd Lutheran Church ECLA

Central Campus: Raymond Road and Whitney Way SATURDAY - 5 p.m. Worship SUNDAY - 8:15, 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. Worship West Campus: Corner of Hwy. PD and Nine Mound Road, Verona SUNDAY - 9 & 10:15 a.m., 6 p.m. Worship (608) 271-6633 Hillcrest Bible Church

752 E. Netherwood, Oregon David Bartosik, Lead Pastor (608) 835-7972, SUNDAY 8:30 a.m. worship at the Hillcrest Campus and 10:15 a.m. worship with Children’s ministries, birth – 4th grade Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church

651 N. Main Street, Oregon Pastor: Fr. Gary Wankerl (608) 835-5763 SATURDAY: 5 p.m. Worship SUNDAY: 8 and 10:15 a.m. Worship People’s United Methodist Church 103 North Alpine Parkway, Oregon Pastor Jason Mahnke

(608) 835-3755,

Communion is the 1st & 3rd weekend SATURDAY - 5 p.m. Worship SUNDAY - 9 a.m. Worship and Sunday school; 10:30 a.m. Worship St. John’s Lutheran Church

625 E. Netherwood, Oregon Pastor Paul Markquart (Lead) (608) 291-4311 SATURDAY - 5 p.m. Worship SUNDAY - 8, 10:30 a.m. Worship Vineyard Community Church

Oregon Community Bank & Trust, 105 S. Alpine Parkway, Oregon Bob Groth, Pastor (608) 513-3435, SUNDAY - 10 a.m. Worship

Zwingli United Church of Christ – Paoli

At the intersection of Hwy. 69 & PB Pastor Rich Pleva, (608) 225-1278 SUNDAY - 9:30 a.m. Family worship

Support groups • Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, First Presbyterian Church, every Monday and Friday at 7 p.m. • Relationship & Divorce Support Group, State Bank of Cross Plains, every other Monday at 6:30 p.m. • Navigating Life Elder Support Group, People’s United Methodist Church, 103 N. Alpine Pkwy., every first Monday at 7 p.m.

Do the Good You Can Human beings know how to help each other. We rise to the occasion after natural disasters,for instance, and demonstrate that we are at our best when our fellow humans need us most. But why can’t we do this all the time? What keeps us from reaching out and helping others in the mundane give and take of our everyday lives? Or why do we sometimes fail to rise to the occasion in certain crises, such as helping refugees from war-torn regions. The fact that we sometimes help and other times look away or just plain refuse to help is perhaps an indictment of our moral sentiments,the feelings of empathy and sympathy which move us to help. Sometimes our heartstrings are pulled and we rise to the occasion and other times we fail to do so. Social Psychology offers some clues to this puzzle. It turns out that what is referred to as bystander apathy (not helping when you see someone in need) can be overcome by 1) noticing that someone needs help; 2) interpreting the situation as one where you could be helpful; 3) taking responsibility for helping; 4) developing a plan (or deciding what should be done); and 5) implementing the plan. It’s not terribly complicated. Most of us could be doing more to help our sisters and brothers in 2020 need. – Christopher Simon

January 9, 2020


Oregon Observer

Brooklyn Rec to offer women’s self defense workshop

New Year’s Eve

The local fundraiser set to take place Jan. 18 MACKENZIE KRUMME Unified Newspaper Group

Photos by Justin Loewen

From left, Oliver, 6, and Marin Burns, 4, of Oregon and try to prevent Liam Kleckner, 9, from scoring a goal during the community New Year’s Eve celebration at Netherwood Knoll Elementary School on Tuesday, Dec. 31.

From left, Amelia Way, 6, of Oregon and Lynn McDonald of Memphis, Tenn., work on crafting a snake bookmark.

Karate, self defense and a local fundraiser will be wrapped into one Brooklyn Recreation-hosted event next weekend. The “Women’s Karate Defense Workshop” is an introduction to freestyle karate, and is set to raise funds for the Oregon-Brooklyn Optimist Club’s Children Cancer fund to “kick cancer where it hurts.” The event also will raise funds for Brooklyn Recreation, which supports affordable recreation programs for the community. The event is set to take place from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Brooklyn Community Building, 102 N. Rutland Ave. Reservations are required. The event is free, but donations are welcome. There will be two

If You Go What: Women’s Karate Defense Workshop When: 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Jan.18 Where: Brooklyn Community Building, 102 N. Rutland Ave. Info: Stacey at or 455-4201 40-minute sessions during the event. The first session will cover the fundamentals of karate like kicking, punching and blocking. Through partner work, the second session will cover the applications of fundamental techniques and escape techniques against three attacks: Front grab/choke, front grab/ choke with back turned to the wall and side grab. Organizers ask that participants wear athletic clothing and flat-soled athletic shoes. For information, and to reserve a spot, contact or 455-4201.

Free tax prep at Oregon Village Hall Oregon and Brooklyn residents can receive free tax preparation at the Oregon Village Hall this year. The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assistance program (VITA) will offer assistance from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday in February and March at the Oregon Village Hall, 117 Spring St. Appointments are required. To make an appointment for the tax prep services, and find out what documents are required to complete your taxes, go to the Oregon Senior Center between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturdays Jan. 11, 18 and 25. Staff at the senior center and Oregon Village Hall request participants looking for tax assistance contact the Wisconsin Department of Revenue with questions at 255-2486, not the senior center or village hall. -Mackenzie Krumme

Liam Harm, left, of Oregon watches his brothers’ ill-fated attempt to reach soon-to-be released balloons, as Tristan, bottom, tries to lift up Emmett on his shoulders.

If You Go What: Tax preparation through VITA When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays in February and March Where: Oregon Village Hall, 117 Spring St. Info: Wisconsin Department of Revenue at 255-2486

If You Go What: Tax prep appointments and info When: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays, Jan. 11, 18 and 25 Where: Oregon Senior Center, 219 Park St.

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Boys basketball

Panthers edged by Vikings in OT ADAM FEINER Sports editor

A two-week break from game action allowed Oregon to start the new year fresh and on a roll to start its home game against Badger South Conference rival Stoughton. The Vikings gradually chipped away at the Panthers’ lead, and eked out a 51-48 victory in overtime Saturday, Jan. 4. The two teams were knotted at 41 after regulation, but Stoughton scored the first six points of overtime. Oregon (3-5, 1-4 Badger South) did not score in the first three minutes of the extra period, and has now lost five of its last six games. The Panthers led 29-24 at halftime and opted to slow down their offense significantly in the second half. Guards ran a dribble weave beyond the 3-point arc while looking for driving lanes, but also held the ball for several seconds at a time. “They’ve been the best defensive team in our league all season,” Oregon coach Chris Siebert said of Stoughton. “With our motion and their length and mobility, we didn’t know if we’d be able to get enough quick buckets. So we tried to space their size out.” Oregon played without junior point guard Erik Victorson, but sophomore guard Ryne Panzer picked up the slack. Panzer scored the Panthers’ first seven points of the second half, and finished with a team-high 13 points.

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Oregon’s Ben Statz (5) and Bryce Kerns (23) celebrate with teammate Erik Victorson after the Panthers took a 17-5 lead against Stoughton on Saturday, Jan. 4, in Oregon. The Panthers lost 51-48 in overtime. “I trusted my teammates,” he said. “We were going to play well together, no matter who was out there.” Stoughton (8-1, 4-1) came into the game ranked fifth in Division 2 in the WisSports. net Coaches Poll. Guards Adam Hobson and Cael McGee combined for 41 points.

Hobson drilled a 3 from the right wing to tie it at 32, then canned a 3 from the opposite wing with 11 minutes left in regulation to give the Vikings their first lead of the game. Bryce Kerns swished a 3 from the top of the key to cut Stoughton’s lead to 40-39 with 4:40 left. Ryan

McCorkle missed the front end of the bonus with 2:15 left, but Adam Yates made a layup with 58 seconds left to give Oregon a 41-40 lead. McGee split a pair of free throws 16 seconds later to force overtime. The Panthers scored on four of their first five possessions, and used a 9-0 run

to take a 17-5 lead just eight minutes into the game. Brandon Kerns had corner 3 and putback, Yates converted a bucket through contact and Bryce Kerns made a transition layup during the surge. “We’ve had a great couple weeks of practice, and our guys were excited to play,” Siebert said. “That was

really fun to watch.” Brandon Kerns scored all 10 of his points in the first half. McCorkle finished with nine points for the Panthers. The Vikings closed the first half on a 9-2 run. Hobson finished with a gamehigh 23 points, and McGee had 14 of his 18 points in the first 18 minutes.

Girls hockey

Newton, Stoughton players power Icebergs to victories ADAM FEINER Sports editor

The Icebergs girls hockey co-op is riding its first winning streak of the season after a pair of Badger Conference victories. The Icebergs shut out Beaver Dam 3-0 on Monday, Jan. 6, at McFarland Community Ice Arena, and scored five unanswered goals in a 7-3 road win over the Badger Lightning on Saturday, Jan. 4.

Icebergs 3, Beaver Dam 0

The Icebergs (3-10-1, 2-4 Badger) peppered Beaver Dam’s Abby Okon with shots from all angles, but the junior goaltender stood tall for most of the game. Okon finished with 84 saves, but three shots went past her in the final two periods. The Icebergs outshot the Golden Beavers 87-11. Oregon junior Izzy Newton hit the post two minutes

into the second, but had a goal and an assist in the period. Stoughton junior Rachel Louis hit the left post and the puck clanged off the iron to Newton, who dished it to Stoughton freshman Carley O’Neil for a goal with 8:40 left in the second. Newton scored five minutes later off a pretty backhand pass by Aeryn Olson. “We moved it around a lot,” Newton said. “We had a bunch of girls play and had a lot of fun in the offensive zone. We had a forward in front trying to block the goalie’s view, and defensemen shot.” Okon made 36 saves in the second, while the Beavers’ offense did not record a shot in the period. Hallie Hefel rifled a shot into the top left corner of the net with 11:16 left in the third period to cap the scoring. S t o u g h t o n ’s A b b y

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Oregon junior Izzy Newton (left) celebrates her goal during the second period against Beaver Dam on Monday, Jan. 6, at McFarland Community Ice Arena. The Icebergs won 3-0.

January 9, 2020

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Boys hockey

Panthers pound MG, edged by Janesville MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

After the the calendar flipped to a new year, the Oregon boys hockey team has been generating more shots on goal. The Panthers exploded for five first-period goals en route to a 6-1 win over Monona Grove in a Badger South Conference game Saturday, Jan. 4, at Hartmeyer Ice Arena in Madison. Oregon (4-6-1, 2-2 Badger South) were coming off a 5-4

home loss to Janesville a day pre- McKee at the 7:41 mark. Freshvious. man Kyle Rohrer scored off Oregon 6, Monona Grove 1 assists from Wiedholz and Franken at the 9:57 mark to give the The Panthers outshot the Silver Eagles 41-1, as junior forward Panthers a 3-0 lead. Sophomore Adam Franken had a goal and forward Joe Roemer and Franken an assist and senior forward Ben scored goals 54 seconds apart late in the first. Wiedholz dished out two assists. Jacob Cameron scored a Oregon senior forward Colton short-handed goal 3:30 into the Eyers scored off assists from second period to give Oregon a senior forward Laszlo Orosz and 6-0 lead. sophomore Kaden Peterson 2:59 MG’s Trevor Ogden scored into the game. Senior Nick Brein scored off a pass from Trey 1:23 into the third.

Janesville 5, Oregon 4 Franken had a goal and two assists, but the Panthers’ comeback fell short in a nonconference loss to the Bluebirds. Janesville marked the board first with a goal 5:44 into the game, but Orosz tied it 25 seconds later off an assist from Franken. The Bluebirds started the second period strong with two goals to take a 3-1 lead. Roemer scored off passes from Orosz and McKee with 3:16 left in the second

to cut the Bluebirds’ lead to 3-2, but Cayden Erickson scored a little more than a minute later for Janesville. Rohrer scored off a pass from Franken with 5:23 left in the third period, but Janesville’s Lucas Vogt scored 24 seconds later. Franken capped the scoring off an assist from Wiedholz with 3:25 remaining. The Panthers outshot the Bluebirds 34-15. Oregon went 1-for-3 on the power play. Junior goaltender Colton Dailey made 10 saves.

Icebergs: Newton scores four goals in two-game winning streak Continued from page 8 Seybold and Aven Gruner combined on the shutout in net. Seybold made nine saves in the third period, and Gruner made two stops in the first. Beaver Dam (0-7, 0-3) killed off a penalty in the second period, but went 0-for-4 on the power play in the third.

Icebergs 7, Badger Lightning 3

Newton recorded a hat trick in a 3:08 span of the third period to power the Icebergs to a win at Poppy Waterman Ice Arena in Baraboo. Several Stoughton players played key roles in the victory. Junior Sydney Schipper collected her third assist of the game on Newton’s first goal. Senior Taylor Nisius assisted on Newton’s second goal, and Hefel assisted

on the third goal. Freshman Alex Short capped the scoring with 2:15 left in the third off an assist from sophomore Samantha Nelson. Hefel scored on the power play off an assist from Schipper to tie it at 3 with 54 seconds left in the second period. The Icebergs went 1-for-7 on the power play, but killed all four penalties. Louis opened the scoring 1:59 into the game. Olson scored at the 6:19 mark of the first period off an assist from Schipper to give the Icebergs a 2-0 lead. The Lightning’s Allison Knull scored a minute later, and Bella Bowden scored twice to give the home team its only lead of the game. Kaitlyn Edler made 42 saves for the Lightning. The Icebergs finished with a 49-28 advantage in shots. Gruner made 25 saves.

Photo by Adam Feiner

Oregon junior Izzy Newton (center) tries to deflect the puck past Beaver Dam goaltender Abby Okon during the first period Monday, Jan. 6, at McFarland Community Ice Arena. The Icebergs won 3-0. Stoughton freshman Carley O’Neil (right) defends Beaver Dam’s Dayna Jones (46) during the third period Monday, Jan. 6, at McFarland Community Ice Arena. O’Neil scored the first goal in the Icebergs’ 3-0 win.

Stoughton freshman Alexa Short (right) tries to win a faceoff against Beaver Dam’s Charlie Jo Davis during the third period Monday, Jan. 6, at McFarland Community Ice Arena.


Girls basketball

Panthers edge Monona Grove/ Oregon routs Fort Atkinson McFarland on their home mat MARK NESBITT

Assistant sports editor

ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Oregon picked up its first Badger South Conference win of the season with a 38-34 home win over Monona Grove/ McFarland on Friday, Jan. 3. The Panthers are now 1-2 in conference duals. Oregon 160-pounder John Ruth pinned Elijah Newman in 24 seconds, and Owen Heiser (145) pinned Johnny Schlaefer in

1:37. Nate Hall (195) won via 17-2 technical fall against Jed Strait, and Brandon Liddle (126) won 5-2 decision over Cole Weaver. Oregon received forfeit victories at 106, 113 and 170. Dakota Brown (120) and Seth Niday (152) lost by decision, and Alex Vieaux (132) lost by major decision. Tyler Wald (182) and Lexi Verhage (220) lost by pin. MG/McFarland received forfeit victories at 138 and 285.

Senior Liz Uhl and junior Kailtyn Schrimpf led the Oregon girls basketball team to a 79-46 road rout of Badger South Conference foe Fort Atkinson on Friday, Jan. 3. Uhl scored a game-high 19 points, grabbed eight rebounds and swiped four steals. Schrimpf had 18 points and three steals. With the win, Oregon

(7-3, 4-1 Badger South) stayed in a first-place tie with Monona Grove and Watertown atop the conference. The Panthers jumped out to a 38-23 halftime lead and never looked back. Junior

Emily Statz added 10 points, while sophomore Emily Mortenson and junior Ellie Koopman each chipped in eight. Oregon hit eight 3-pointers. Uhl, Mortenson and Koopman each made two 3s.

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Susan Mae Riehle, age 70, passed away on Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019, at St. Mary’s Hospital, at 8 p.m. with her husband of 50 years holding her hand. She was ready to meet Jesus. Susan was born on Oct. 2, 1949, in Madison, Wisconsin, the daughter of Edward and Joyce Thompson. She graduated from East High School in 1967 and then went on to a nurse’s aide program at Madison General Hospital. She met George Riehle and they were married on July 12, 1969. They moved to Watertown to start their lives together and had two children, Paul, born on Nov. 26, 1969, and Cari, born on July 9, 1973. In 1974 they moved back to Madison, and in 1978 they moved to Oregon. They then bought their home in Brooklyn and in 1993 bought their current home in the Town or Oregon. Susan worked as a nurse’s aide, then worked for Badger Prairie Health Care in Verona. After hurting her back, she worked for the Public Health Department and later she had a desk job for Jepa in McFarland. Her last and most rewarding job was with the Oregon Senior Center as an outreach case manager for the elderly. Susan, a city girl, and George, a farm boy, both loved animals. She owned many dogs over the years and really enjoyed taking them for walks or going fishing. Susan’s health took a turn for the worse in 2013 and she was admitted to the hospital for kidney failure and heart problems. George retired from Madison Metro to take care of her. After struggling with numerous health issues, she died at St. Mary’s

Gary Allen Davis, PhD., age 75 of Oregon, put down the burden of carrying the cross of cancer on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2020. Gary was born to Jim and Berna Davis on July 17, 1944, in Great Falls, Montana. He was raised in Fairfield, Montana on a barley farm just miles from his beloved Glacier National Park. Gary attended Montana State University in Billings, pursing a degree in Agricultural Economics. While a student there, he met and married Susan Smith. He was nearing graduation when a Dean asked if he was interested in obtaining an MBA in a joint program. Billings continued to be their home until he graduated and received a scholarship to a PhD program at Michigan State University. After completing his doctorate, he took a post with the USDA in Washington. This began a lifelong career in agricultural marketing, spanning the USDA to a professor of marketing to the export marketing director for the cherry industry. Along the way Gary and Sue had their three children, Burton, Cindy and Kristy. Gary started a second chapter when he met and married Kathy Petta

Susan Mae Riehle

Hospital, 70 years after she was born there. Susan is survived by her husband; children, Paul and Cari; and brothers, Edward and Garry. She was preceded in death by her parents. A funeral service will be held at Gunderson Oregon Funeral and Cremation Care, 1150 Park St., Oregon, at noon on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, with the Rev. Mike Parker presiding. A luncheon will follow the service. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 4-7 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020, and from 10 a.m. until the time of the service Saturday. There are so many supportive friends to thank, our church in Albany, the United Methodist Pastor, Pat Pluss, and Cari and her husband, Shane. The family would also like to thank all the medical personnel at St. Mary’s Hospital, Dean Health Care, Fresenius Dialysis Center, the RSVP drivers from the Oregon Senior Center and the V.A. Memorials may be made to the Oregon Senior Center. Online condolences may be made at Gunderson Oregon Funeral & Cremation Care 1150 Park St. 835-3515

Susan A. (Schoebel) Knudson Susan A. (Schoebel) Knudson, age 75, of Oregon, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at St. Mary’s Hospital. She was born on Aug. 27, 1944, in Milwaukee, the daughter of the late Raymond and Marian (Achtman) Schoebel. Sue graduated from Oregon High School in 1962. She married Warren Knudson in May of 1967 in Oregon. He preceded her in death in November of 2012. Sue worked as an administrative assistant for Temple Beth El where many friendships were formed. She was a member of St. John’s Lutheran Church, where she previously sang in the choir, taught Sunday and Bible School, and was a member of the Sarah Circle. Susan is survived by her son, Jeffrey Knudson; brother, Richard (Helen) Schoebel; brother-in-law, Wayne (Mary) Knudson; nephews, Doug Schoebel, Andrew (Melissa) Knudson, and Adam Knudson; and many friends and coworkers. She was preceded in death by her husband; parents; and parents-inlaw, Mabel and Wallace

Gary Allen Davis

after bumping into her with his shopping cart in the grocery store. That fact was always disputed. Throughout his lifetime, both work and leisure provided Gary with international travel and adventures. He never imagined that a boy from Montana would be negotiating contracts with Asian and European markets. In his words, “how the heck did I get here?” In retirement he and Kathy continued to travel exploring the US and the world. Often the trips included sites with mountains so Gary could compare them to his beloved Rockies. After seeing the Swiss Alps and the Canadian Rockies he finally decided that the mountains in Banff are the most beautiful. Gary loved playing golf, especially with his snowbird friends in Orange Beach, Alabama and

Marijo L. Sandlin Marijo L. Sandlin, age 76, of Oregon, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2019 at UW Hospital and Clinics. She was born on March 14, 1943, in Madison, the daughter of Lyman and Evelyn (Brewer) Reynolds. Marijo graduated from Oregon High School in 1961. She married Timothy Sandlin in Oct. 1983 at Peoples United Methodist Church. Marijo worked in Claims for the Department of Transportation. She enjoyed collecting dolls, knitting

Marijo L. Sandlin

hats for the NICU babies at St. Mary’s Hospital, counted cross stitch, gardening, and spending time with her family, especially Evansville Country Club. He made his own wine and designed stained glass gifts for family and friends. His love of chocolate was so strong his grandson, Rhett called him Coco. Gary put his spare time into the flowers in his yard, which never ceased to bring awe from visitors. Gary was a loving father, stepfather and grandfather. He is survived by his wife, Kathy; children, Burton (Sue) of Milwaukee, Cindy Taylor of Portage, Kristy (Sean) McCue of Wausau; and stepdaughters, Jody Medeke of Madison and Jenny (Tony) Medeke Bugher, of Canton, Georgia. Gary is also survived by his loving grandchildren and great grandchildren. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church, 651 N. Main St., Oregon, at 11 a.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, with Father Gary Wankerl presiding. A visitation will be held at Gunderson Oregon Funeral and Cremation Care, 1150 Park St., Oregon, from 4-6 p.m., on Thursday, Jan. 9, 2020, and also at the church from 10 a.m until the time of the Mass on Friday. Throughout Gary’s long journey with cancer he was surrounded by family and supportive friends. In his

last months, Agrace HospiceCare members were the family’s right hand. A special thanks to everyone who walked along on the journey and were able to witness his strength. Special thanks to his oncology physician Dr. Joshua Lang, who honored Gary’s every decision. Gary will be remembered forever for living and dying with humor and dignity. Gary was a supporter of communities, schools and making sure every child had a chance in life. In lieu of flowers memorial contributions can be made to Friends of Oregon School District via check at Friends of Oregon School District, 401 Medinah St, Oregon WI 53575 or Paypal at God looked around his golf course and found an empty place. He looked down upon the earth and saw your tired face. He saw that the fairways were getting rough and the hills were hard to climb. So, he closed your eyes lids and whispered, “Peace be thine on the back nine”. Online condolences may be made at gundersonfh. com. Gunderson Oregon Funeral & Cremation Care 1150 Park St. 835-3515

her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Marijo is survived by her husband, Tim; son, Jeff (Tammy) Christensen; four grandchildren, Brett (Brianna) Christensen, Miles (Ashley) Christensen, Courtney (Martin) Havens and Eriq Christensen; eight great-grandchildren; three sisters; and a brother. She was preceded in death by her parents; and brother, Lyman Reynolds, Jr. A funeral service will be held at Gunderson Oregon Funeral and Cremation Care, 1150 Park Street, Oregon, at noon on Monday, Jan. 6,

2020. Burial will be held at Prairie Mound Cemetery. A visitation will be held at the funeral home from 10 a.m. until the time of the service. Memorials may be made to Oregon Fire EMS District. The family wishes to thank the Oregon EMS and the TLC Unit at University Hospital for all their wonderful care given to Marijo. Online condolences may be made at gundersonfh. com. Gunderson Oregon Funeral & Cremation Care 1150 Park Street 835-3515

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Knudson. A funeral service will be held at Gunderson Oregon Funeral and Cremation Care, 1150 Park Street, Oregon, at 11 a.m. on Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020, with the Rev. Paul Markquart and Rabbi Jonathan Biatch presiding. Burial will be held at Prairie Mound Cemetery. Visitation will be held at the funeral home from 47 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 6, 2020, and also from 10 a.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday. The family would like to thank the intensive care unit staff at St. Mary’s Hospital. Online condolences may be made at Gunderson Oregon Funeral and Cremation Care 1150 Park Street 835-3515

Each month, the Oregon Wisconsin Photography Group holds a meeting for all interested local photographers, no matter the skill level. Topics for the meetings include “Finding Your Niche in Photography”, “Mirrorless Cameras” and

a popular “Photographic Feedback” segment. The group, which has around 60 members, has photo-taking excursions and focus groups, as well. For information, visit the website at Lake Mendota by Liz Kepplinger

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all USDF bars. She was the 2014 National Champion with Kingsley and has competed four horses at GP. She has also competed successfully at Dressage at Devon and the West Coast Dressage Festival, and has received year-end USDF, USEF, and WDCTA awards. She has 15 plus years teaching experience and her students have competed through GP, earned rider awards and medals.

NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING ON AN ORDINANCE AMENDING SECTION 17.206 (8)(J) OF THE VILLAGE OF OREGON MUNICIPAL CODE RELATING TO HOME OCCUPATIONS PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Village of Oregon Plan Commission will hold a public hearing on January 9, 2020, at 6:30 p.m., or as soon thereafter as practicable, to discuss and act upon an ordinance amending Section 17.208(8) (j) of the Village of Oregon Code of Ordinances relating to home occupations. The hearing will be held at the Village Hall at 117 Spring Street, Oregon, Wisconsin. A copy of the ordinance is available at the Village Clerk’s office at the Village Hall. Any person who has a qualifying disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act that requires the meeting or materials at the meeting to be in an accessible location or format must contact the Village Clerk at (608) 835-3118, 117 Spring Street, Oregon, Wisconsin, at least twenty-four hours prior to the commencement of the meeting so that any necessary arrangements can be made to accommodate each request Peggy Haag Village Clerk Published: December 26, 2019 and January 9, 2020 WNAXLP *** CONDENSED MINUTES OF THE SPECIAL MEETING OF THE OREGON VILLAGE BOARD MONDAY, DECEMBER 9, 2019 Substance of the Special Meeting – 2020 Waste Water Treatment Plant Facility Plan of the Oregon Village Board proceedings held on Monday, December 9, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. with Village Board President Jeanne Carpenter presiding. Present: Village Board President Jeanne Carpenter, Trustees: Jerry Bollig, Randy Glysch, Cory Horton, Jenna Jacobson, Amanda Peterson. Licenses Approved: 1. Change of Agent to Adam W. Larson for Kwik Trip Inc. d/b/a Kwik Trip #372. 2. Change of Agent to Carol J. Lockard for Kwik Trip Inc. d/b/a Kwik Trip #731. 3. Operator’s License granted to Katie A. Hanson Other: Town & Country Engineering presented the Proposed 2020 Wastewater Treatment Plant Facility Plan and Cost Effectiveness Evaluation for discussion. There was no action on this item. The Plan may be viewed in the packet of information online. To view a complete copy of the minutes for this meeting visit Submitted by Clerk, Peggy Haag Approved: January 6, 2020 Published: January 9, 2020 WNAXLP *** CONDENSED MINUTES OF THE VILLAGE BOARD JOINT MEETING WITH THE LIBRARY BOARD MONDAY, DECEMBER 16, 2019 Substance of the Village Board Joint Meeting with the Library Board proceedings held on December 16, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. with Village Board President Jeanne Carpenter presiding. Present: Village Board President Jeanne Carpenter, Trustees: Jerry Bollig, David Donovan, Randy Glysch, Jenna Jacobson, Amanda Peterson. A Joint Meeting with the Library Board began at 5:01 p.m. Present: Village Board Representative Randy Glysch, Coral Goplin, Jennifer Nelson, Carrie Santulli Schudda, and Laura Shtaida Approved: 1. Request for Proposal (RFP) for new phone system conditioned upon Village Attorneys satisfactory review. 2. School Resource Officer Agreement between the Oregon School District and Village of Oregon. 3. Direct Village Staff to place efforts to repair/reroute the Oregon Rotary Trail Bike Path on hold pending future developments or options for path improvement. 4. Direct Village Attorney to notify the Keller Family representative of the plan to terminate the current agreement and distribute the $10,000 earnest money to the Keller Family. 5. Vouchers in the amount of $377,808.52 dated 12-16-2019. 6. 2020 Employee Assistance Program Agreement. 7. Allocating $10,518 to Oregon Community Resource Network for Oregon Youth Centers additional project expenses. 8. Housing Affordability Report. 9. Proposal from LW Allen (Altronex Control Systems) in the amount of $12,500 for upgrades at the Septage Receiving Station. 10. Task Order 2019-05 from Ruekert-Mielke in the amount of $33,087 for design and bidding services for West Netherwood Storm water Improvements. 11. Task Order 2019-04 from Strand Associates for Water Engineering Services not to exceed $15,000. 12. Façade Grant Reimbursement for 123 South Main Street in the amount of $9,936. 13. Accepting public improvements for Oregon Parks Neighborhood Addition including the roadway, curbing, and storm sewer conveyance system. 14. Releasing Remaining Letter of Credit for Oregon Parks Neighborhood Addition in the amount of $34,000. 15. Oregon Parks Neighborhood Addition Utility Acceptance. 16. Autumn Ridge Phase 1B Utility Acceptance. 17. Merri-Hill 5th Addition Utility Acceptance. 18. Legend of Bergamont 4D Utility Acceptance. 19. Applying for Bicycle Friendly Community Designation. 20. Declare display case at Senior Center surplus. 21. Declare old water meters surplus. 22. Purchasing a M200 8 Mag Meter from Midwest Meter Inc. at a cost of $3,900 for Well House #4. 23. Purchasing a Hi E Dry 120 dehu-

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midifier unit from Therma Stor LLC at a cost of $2,432.95 for Well House #3. 24. Snowmobile route additional access. 25. Zero Lot Line Certified Survey Map (CSM) for a duplex at Lot 110 of Oregon Parks Neighborhood Addition. 26. The Planning Commissions recommendations for the Specific Implementation Plan (SIP) for Adam Coyle (on behalf of Oregon Apartments LLC) regarding development for an apartment project at 124 Rosewood Avenue, Oregon, WI using the final unit count of 58. Appointments: 1. Director of Planning & Zoning Administrator Elise Cruz to Residential and Commercial Zoning Administrator. 2. Director of Public Works Director Jeff Rau as Alternate Zoning Administrator. 3. Pat M. Shellenberget to the Police Commission term expiring April 2020. 4. 2020-2021 Election Workers. Resolutions: 1. Resolution #1934 2020 Salary Schedule Effective 12/29/2019 for Non-Represented Employees. 2. Resolution #19-35 Accepting a Dane County Park and Trail Flood Repair Grant and Requesting Dane County to Exercise its Municipal Park Powers within the Village of Oregon. Ordinances: 1. Ordinance #19-11 Amending Section 1.02 of the Village of Oregon Code of Ordinances Relating to Appointed Officials. 2. Ordinance #1912 Zoning Request Zoned from Planned Business (PB) to Two-Family Residential (TR-6) for Parcel No. 165/0509-012-6650-1 — Lot 2, CSM 15248 f/k/a 784 N Main St. Oregon, WI 53575. 3. Ordinance #19-13 Revising Winter Parking Rules. Other Matters: 1. Village Board and Library Board discussed construction procurement systems and an evaluation by Strand Associates that provided daily traffic statistics, sight distance review, and alternative development for a future pedestrian crossing at North Main Street and the proposed Oregon Public Library site. There was no action on items discussed between the Village Board and Library Board. To view a complete copy of the minutes for this meeting visit Submitted by Clerk, Peggy Haag Approved: January 6-, 2020 Published: January 9, 2020 WNAXLP *** NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Oregon Plan Commission Tuesday, January 21, 2020 6:30 p.m. Oregon Town Hall 1138 Union Road Oregon, WI 53575 NOTICE HEREBY GIVEN for a PUBLIC HEARING to be held on Tuesday, January 21, 2020 at 6:30 p.m., before the Town of Oregon Plan Commission at the Oregon Town Hall, 1138 Union Road, Oregon, WI 53575. 1. Certified Survey Map Request. Application #10348. Parcel #0509-062-60588 & 0509-062-6069-5; 6110 Knollwood Dr & 6225 Trail Ridge Court, Oregon, WI 53575. This request will adjust the lot lines of properties listed above. Applicant is Phil Durst 6110 Knollwood Dr., Oregon, WI 53575. 2. Land Division, Rezone Request and Certified Survey Map. Petition #DCPREZ-2019-11515. Parcel #0509-0618500-8 & part of 0509-061-8000-3 & 0509061-9501-0; 6085 Purcell Rd, Oregon, WI 53575. The request is to create one residential lot and to rezone 21.922 acres from FP-35 to RM-16. Anchor-T Ranch, LLC, 6085 Purcell Rd., Oregon, WI 53575. Applicant is Shawn & Lindsey Honeyager, 844 Peregrine Cr., Oregon, WI 53575. An effort has been made to notify neighbors of this proposed change. To ensure that everyone has been notified, please share this notice with anyone who you think would be interested. Agendas are subject to amendment after publication. Check the official posting locations (Town Hall, Town of Oregon Recycling Center and Oregon Village Hall) including the Town website at www. It is possible that members of and possibly a quorum of members of other governmental bodies of the town may be in attendance at any of the meetings to gather information; however, no action will be taken by any governmental body at said meeting other than the governmental body specifically referred to in the meeting notice. Requests from persons with disabilities who need assistance to participate in this meeting or hearing should be made to the Clerk’s office at 835-3200 with 48 hours notice. Jennifer J. Hanson Clerk Posted: January 6, 2020 Published: January 9, 2020 WNAXLP *** OREGON SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION “…helping students acquire the skills, knowledge, and attitudes to achieve their individual potential…” From Oregon School District Mission Statement DATE: MONDAY, JANUARY 13, 2020 TIME: 6:00 PM PLACE: OSD Innovation Center, OHS, 456 North Perry Parkway Order of Business Call to Order Roll Call Proof of Notice of Meeting and Approval of Agenda AGENDA A. CONSENT CALENDAR NOTE: Items under the Consent Calendar are considered routine and will be enacted under one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items prior to the time the Board votes unless a Board Member requests an item be removed from the calendar for separate action. 1. Minutes of Previous Meeting 2. Approval of Payments 3. Treasurer’s Report, if any 4. Staff Resignations/Retirements, if any 5. Staff Assignments, if any 6. Field Trip Requests, if any 7. Acceptance of Donations, if any: 8. Safety State Grant Drill Report Acceptance, if any: 9. Oregon Youth Softball Scholarship B. COMMUNICATION FROM PUBLIC 1. Public: Board Policy 180.04 has established an opportunity for the public to address the Board. In the event community members wish to address the Board, 15 minutes will be provided; otherwise the agenda will proceed as posted. C. INFORMATION ITEMS 1. OEA Report 2. Student Report D. ACTION ITEMS 1. None E. INFORMATION ITEMS 1. Student Achievement Report Feedback 2. Superintendent’s Report F. CLOSING 1. Future Agenda 2. Check Out G. CLOSED SESSION Consideration of moving into closed session on the agenda items noted below: 1. Consider employment, promotion, compensation or performance evaluation data regarding district administrators pursuant to Wis. Stat. 19.85(1)(c) 2. Conferring with Legal Counsel about potential Post-Retirement Benefit pursuant to Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(e) and Wis. Stats. 19.85(1)(g) H. ADJOURNMENT Go to: meetings/agendas for the most updated version agenda. Published: January 9, 2020 WNAXLP ***

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January 9, 2020

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Meeting: Plan includes reconstruction of intersection Continued from page 1 design. Public works director Jeff Rau told the Observer the design plan includes the reconstruction of the intersection, including traffic lights and left-turn lanes on all approaches, dual approach lines on Janesville from both directions and pedestrian crossing islands at the center of Janesville Street. The design also includes reconstruction of the pavement and curb on Janesville Street from Kwik Trip to the intersection and of Park Street south from the intersection to Lexington Drive. Sidewalks and paths would connect to the U.S. Hwy. 14 roundabouts. Two new water mains and sanitary sewers will also be constructed as a part of the project.

While the exact cost of the project won’t be known until a bid is accepted, the village’s capital improvement plan estimates the project will be around $800,000. The design will be completed later this month, Rau said, as engineers have been completing surveying and wetland delineation studies as a part of the process. “ T h e e n g i n e e r s h av e b e e n working on the plans for several months,” he said. The next step after the session, Rau said, is finalizing the plans by Jan. 23. He said bids will then go out in early February, with construction starting in spring. The village decided to put a stoplight at the widened intersection, rather than a roundabout, in June 2019. The state Department of Transportation requires

roundabouts to be considered whenever a signaled intersection is proposed. The stoplight plan received overwhelming support from more than 40 informational meeting attendees last summer, Rau said. Rau told the Observer in June a roundabout would have restricted access to businesses along the intersection. Typically, roundabouts reduce the severity of crashes and keep traffic moving more smoothly but take more room, are more expensive and are more difficult for pedestrians to navigate. For information about the session, call the village at 8353118. Email Emilie Heidemann at or follow her on Twitter at @ HeidemannEmilie.

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