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Makayla Schmidt, who suffers from a rare genetic disorder that causes epileptic seizures, was given the bedroom makeover of her dreams by Beaver Dam-based charity Designing Dreams.

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hen Makayla Schmidt began waking up her parents at night crying and disoriented in October 2017, they thought she was just having night terrors. It turned out the sixth grade Rome Corners Intermediate School student was having grand mal seizures during the night. Schmidt started taking epilepsy medicine to remedy that, but in January 2018,

A rendering of the future Oregon Splash Pad, which would be located on the west side of the Oregon Community Pool building, shows early designs of the project’s interactive water features, shade structures and facilities. Project leaders are seeking public and private donations to fund the splash pad, which is estimated to cost about $750,000.

other area orchestras. “There are a number of people who had put their instrument away for a few years and needed to get comfortable with it again, s o m e w h o h a d f o r m e rly played in professional orchestras but retired, some who have been playing all along,” Sanyer said. There are two other

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she began having them during the day. That was “shocking and scary” said her mom, Angela, because it meant Makayla’s medication wasn’t working the way it should. Then began many hospital trips, MRIs and EKGs. Makayla underwent surgery where sensors were planted deep in her brain to find the source of the seizures. It turned out Beaver Dam-based charity Designing she had multiple tumors. Makayla was diagnosed with Dreams gifts children with cancer and cancer-like conditions their dream Turn to Bedroom/Page 12 bedrooms. Seen here is the bedroom of Makayla Schmidt.

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Splash pad effort gets $30,000 grant Design changes still being discussed EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

The Oregon Splash Pad received a $30,000 grant from the Madison Community Foundation on Monday, Jan. 13. Deb Bossingham, project co-leader, along with the Oregon-Brooklyn Optimist Club, said the money will

help the overall project, which is still seeking funds after five years of slow progress. In December, Bossingham told the Observer the pad is likely to undergo design changes to expedite the construction process. In an email, she said she and project staff were still working on those details Tuesday, Jan. 7. While project organizers last year received a $650,000 estimate for

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What: Verona Area Community Orchestra inaugural concert When: 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29 Where: Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St. Info: Call 608-516-1339


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A community orchestra composed primarily of Verona, Oregon and Mount Horeb residents is busy practicing for its inaugural concert. The group has been practicing since mid-August. This concert, which begins at 7 p.m., Wednesday, Jan. 29, at the Verona High School Performing Arts Center, 300 Richard St. is its first public performance. The Verona Area Community Orchestra was created to fill a void for community members who play, but not professionally. Co-director Leyla Sanyer said the orchestra was created after people felt there wasn’t a good fit for them elsewhere in


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Challenge met: OMS holiday program sets record For the ninth straight y e a r, O r eg o n M i d d l e School student council members showed what the holiday season is all about, and this year, they set a record doing it. The group exceeded its goal for the Ninth Annual Holiday Connections Challenge, passing the $6,000 mark for the first time while collecting $6,332.52

from area residents and businesses. Last month, a group of 20 OMS student council members went shopping, bringing back 137 gifts for 48 OMS students as gift cards for gas and groceries for 30 OMS families, student council advisor Kevin Gasner wrote in an email to the Observer.

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Cardboard creations Although drivers education classes are far in the future, children younger than the age of 8 were able to experience driving a cardboard car at the library. On Wednesday, Jan. 8, roughly 10 participants came out for the “Cardboard

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“We try to determine if they are accessing the support and resources available to them, or for some reason are they at a spot where they need a schedule change. I think we’ve been very responsive when we find there are students who have taken on a lot.”

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For busy teenagers, juggling school, friends, jobs and planning for life after high school, it’s all about finding balance. That’s the key to their success, Oregon High School principal Jim Pliner said at Monday night’s school board meeting. That point was part of a discussion he and other Oregon School District administrators joined into with the school board on the benefits of students taking more rigorous coursework, such as AP classes to earn college credit. Administrators answered questions from board members during a follow up discussion to their Nov. 25 student achievement report. Board member Barb Feeney had concerns about high schoolers with too much on their schedules and asked whether the school has support systems to help them.

“I would assume there are students who could challenge themselves more academically, but there are also those who push themselves hard, and there is risk their lives could become unbalanced,” she said. Pliner said OHS staff are often contacted by parents or students saying they are struggling to keep up with coursework. “We try to determine if they are accessing the support and resources available to them, or for some reason are they at a spot where they need a schedule change,” he said. “I think we’ve been very responsive when we find there are students who have taken on a lot.” Pliner referenced last week’s OHS alumni panels, when recent graduates returned to talk with students about life

Designation comes from FBI crime stats MACKENZIE KRUMME Unified Newspaper Group

Oregon was the second safest municipality in the state in 2019, according to the National Council For Home Safety and Security. The ranking is based on total crimes, violent crimes and property crimes. The village came in behind Cedarburg, which is near Milwaukee. According to the “Safest Cities” compilation on, which uses information from FBI Uniform Crimes Report statistics, Oregon had a rate of 1.343 violent crimes and 4.028 property crimes per 1,000 people. That is below Wisconsin average of 1.93 for violent crime and 20.18 for property crimes. The village has been promoting the designation on its website. Mike Gracz, village administrator, said Oregon is always striving to be a safe place to live.

Brooklyn Village Board Trustee Kyle Smith will not run for his seat this spring. Incumbent Smith did not submit nomination papers in order to run for reelection this spring, clerk Linda Kuhlman told the Observer Friday, Jan. 10. He had not submitted a notice of noncandidacy in December, meaning the village had to hold the seat open for three additional days.

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In addition, Sue McCallum will also not be running for reelection, meaning only one person will be on the ballot for the three seats – incumbent Dan Olson. Kuhlman said three trustee seats remain up for grabs, but no one else had filed papers by the 5 p.m. deadline Friday. In this case, a write-in candidate could win the seat, or the board could appoint someone to fill it. For information about upcoming elections, call the town clerk 455-4201. Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@wcinet. com or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.

OSD in brief WASB resolutions approved

The Oregon school board approved a list of 17 resolutions Monday night to be voted on at the annual Wisconsin Association of School Boards (WASB) convention Jan. 22. Ahna Bizjak is the board’s representative to the WASB and will cast a vote for the district. The resolutions include providing more money for school-based mental health services and social/emotional learning, using student

poverty as a factor in weighing state aid and requiring legislation to retire Native American mascots. If approved, the WASB will lobby state legislators on behalf of the group. Bizjak said she was pleased to find many of the proposed resolutions are in line with district values. “In quite a few of these areas, our district is already on the leading edge – investments in mental health and social emotional learning and equity and bringing some training to teachers and staff,” she said. “So it was great to see that.”

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Icy conditions can put people, their pets at risk


y childhood winters were cold and snowy, and I do not remember any freezing rain when I walked to school or played outside. Climate change has warmed our region and I now find myself having to deal with winter rain, often creating icy conditions. That makes daily animal care far riskier. For one month last winter, we had intermittent light snow and freezing rain. My barnyard, driveway and the trails upon which I walked my dogs became dangerously slick. My failure to prepare for this left me in a situation of perpetual stress, so this year I prepared in advance. It is early enough in the winter that you might also consider making your own preparations. When the freezing rain turned into ice last year, just walking 100 yards up a slight grade from my house to the barn required the use of an ice pick as a walking stick. Without it, I kept sliding backwards. My long driveway has three hills and even my four-wheel drive tractor with tire chains struggled up the grades. I wondered how my horse, sheep and dogs would fare. One of the sheep fell onto her side and could not get up, and our veterinarian warned me that three horses had fallen and were euthanized due to leg fractures. My dogs’ legs splayed out when they walked and I feared ligament injuries would occur. Since I had not stockpiled any materials to cope with icy conditions, I called upon local snow removal businesses. They were overwhelmed by duties to existing clients and could not help me. My next thought was to buy bags of salt and spread it by hand, focusing on the barnyard. The horse and sheep were virtually confined to their stalls for weeks until I could make it

safer for them. Salt can be an irritant and is ineffective below 16 degrees. Commercial mixes of calcium chloride combined with Antolec chemical deicers are more effective, but less safe for animals. I set aside the salt option for a while and looked for alternatives. Local hardware stores had pallets full of bagged sand and pea gravel, so I set about buying as much as I could. What I found were pallets covered with snow and ice and bags frozen solid, sticking stubbornly together. Herculean effort wrestled several bags of sand free, along with a few bags of pea gravel. Then I had to slowly thaw them in a heated room in the barn. Meanwhile, my animals remained at risk. Once thawed, I spread the materials by hand and they provided good traction. The pea gravel was slippery at first, like tossing marbles onto a floor, but the sunlight warmed them enough so they melted slightly into the ice and created a nonslip surface. Sand provided immediate traction. On a daily basis, I used my ice chipper and worked up a sweat, pounding away. As the ice reluctantly broke apart, I shoveled it away, and very slowly my horse and sheep gained some freedom of movement. I went to the Oregon Farm Center and returned home with a 50-pound bag of barn lime. The powdered lime had to be applied carefully to avoid inhaling the dust, but it provided good traction. On days when the temperature rose above 20 degrees, I spread water softener salt, in

the finest crystals I could find. Exposing my animals to salt was a last resort, so I frequently returned to the barn to chip away as the ice melted, shoveling it safely aside. Four weeks later, my animals could walk about a 40-by-60 foot section of the barnyard without endangering themselves. It was not ideal, but it was better than confinement to their 10-by-12 foot stalls. I’ve since taken several steps to ensure that does not happen again. One was stockpiling several bags of sand and pea gravel in the heated tack room so they are ready to use. The farm center stocks barn lime and is open six days a week for quick help. I also purchased several gallons of Playsafe Iceblocker, which is sprayed onto a surface to prevent ice from forming. It is safer for pets than salts and deicers, according to Whole Dog Journal. I avoid deicing salts, which often contain sodium, magnesium, calcium and potassium chloride, alcohol or glycols. Pets that walk across surfaces treated with such chemicals sometimes lick their paws, resulting in poisoning. Even if you do not use those products, others in your neighborhood might, and public streets and parking lots are subject to heavy application. An added precaution is to wash your pet’s feet after taking them outside. Dogs can also wear winter booties, which provide warmth and traction and can then be rinsed clean after each walk. With some preparation we can keep the animals in our stewardship safer. Daniel H. Antolec, CBCC-KA is the owner of Brooklyn-based Happy Buddha Dog Training and is a member of Pet Professional Guild.

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Town of Oregon: Two incumbents, two newcomers nominated EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

Town of Oregon residents nominated two newcomers and two incumbents at the town’s caucus Tuesday, Jan. 8, to run for Town Board this April. Town clerk Jennifer Hanson said the two newcomers, Jason Marshall and Dave Hagemann, received the most votes Tuesday. They did not attend the caucus, she said. Hagemann, a member of the Town of Oregon Plan Commission, called the Observer Sunday, Jan. 12, and said he “respectfully declined” the nomination. Marshall was nominated

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From left, Oregon-Brooklyn VFW Post 10272 member Greg Graf serves a helping of scrambled eggs to Derrick Prisch of Oregon and his son Benja, 1, in 2019.

Annual bake sale set for Jan. 26 Volunteer chefs from the Oregon/ Brooklyn VFW plan to cook up a flap-jack breakfast. The annual pancake breakfast and bake sale is set for 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, Jan. 26, at the senior center. The cost is $6 for general admission, and $3 for children age 10 and under.

People can drop off donated baked goods at the senior center from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, and 2-4 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 25. Staff also encourages donations of skim and 2% milk, coffee and orange juice. I f p a r t i c i p a n t s n e e d d e l ive r y because they are home bound and unable to attend, they can make reservations by Thursday, Jan. 24. For information, call the senior center at 835-5801. -Mackenzie Krumme

‘Coming to America’ Storytelling program set for Jan. 24 Participants can meet an early 20th century pioneer who reveals the story of his journey to America. Phil Martin will play Wilhelm Brenner during the “Coming to America” presentation at the Oregon Area Senior Center, 10:45 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24. Brenner is an apprentice at a print shop from Switzerland, who gives up everything for the dream of a better life in Sheboygan, Wisconsin. Along the way he meets other immigrants with fascinating stories. “Touching and humorous, Phil demonstrates his great skill at storytelling, weaving all the immigrants’ stories together in a moving tribute to some of the people that made

If You Go What: “Coming to America” storytelling presentation When: 10:45 a.m. Friday, Jan. 24 Where: Oregon Area Senior Center, 219 Park St. Lunch: Reserve by noon Friday, Jan. 17 this great country,” the event description stated. After the program, people can attend a lunch which includes ham, yams and apple crisp for dessert. Reservations for food are required by noon on Friday, Jan. 17. For information, call the senior center at 835-5801. -Mackenzie Krumme

If You Go What: Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale When: 7 a.m. to noon Sunday, Jan. 26 Where: Oregon Area Senior Center, 219 Park St. Info: 835-5801

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In a snap Oregon photography group to host class at senior center Jan. 21 EVAN HALPOP Hub correspondent

All are welcome to learn how to snap pictures for free from 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21, at the Stoughton Area Senior Center, 248 W. Main St. Gilbert Helland of the Oregon Wisconsin Photography Group will teach those who attend an intro to photography course. The senior center Facebook page stated all levels

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If You Go What: Oregon Wisconsin Photography Group class When: 9-10 a.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 Where: Stoughton Area Senior Center, 248 W. Main St. Info: 873-8585 of experience are welcome. Cameras are not necessary and attendees are encouraged to bring their phone if they do not own a DSLR. For information, call 873-8585.


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in 2016 and finished fourth in a four-way race for two seats. Incumbents Phil Van Kampen and Arlen Christensen were present and accepted their nominations to run for reelection this spring. Hanson said newcomer Marshall has five days from the day he received his nomination to file his paperwork. His papers are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 15, if he decides to run. For information about upcoming elections, call the town clerk 835-3200. Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@wcinet. com or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.

Rutland caucus is Jan. 21 Two supervisor seats up for election in spring

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Rutland residents are scheduled to have their annual chance to help choose candidates for the town board. 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. Supervisor seats held by Nancy Nedveck and Deana Zentner are open. Neither filed non-candidacy paperwork. Supervisor terms are two years in length. For information, visit

What: Town of Rutland caucus When: 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 21 Where: Rutland Town Hall, 785 Center Road Info: 455-3925

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The informational session on the intersection and the Park Street reconstruction project is from 6:30-8 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 16, at Village Hall, 117 Spring St., in the board room. The intersection of Janesville and Park streets is scheduled to get stoplights this summer and the Village of Oregon is holding a meeting for anyone interested in learning about how they may be affected. The public will be able to view the plans and ask questions about the design. For information about the session, call the village at 835-3118.

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Oregon Observer reporters Emilie Heidemann and Mackenzie Krumme will hold the next Coffee with a Reporter from 2-3 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, at the Oregon Public Library. Coffee with a Reporter is when Observer reporters spend some time at various establishments and put up a sign asking for community members to come chat about anything pertaining to Oregon.

If you have suggestions for times host a bluegrass and country jams sesand locations, or are not able to make it sion 6 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18 at 135 S. but would like to connect please email Main St. The SoundBillies, a local bluegrass band, are set to perform. Kick Cancer For information, call Ziggy’s at 291Karate, self defense and a local fund0915. raiser will be wrapped into one Brooklyn Recreation-hosted event from 9 a.m. to Tax Prep noon Saturday, Jan. 18, at the Brooklyn Oregon and Brooklyn residents can Community Building, 102 N. Rutland receive free tax preparation at the OreAve. gon Village Hall this year. Reservations are required. The event is The IRS Volunteer Income Tax Assisfree, but donations are welcome. tance program (VITA) will offer assisThe “Women’s Karate Defense Work- tance from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Satshop” is an introduction to freestyle urday in February and March at the karate, and is set to raise funds for the Oregon Village Hall, 117 Spring St. Oregon-Brooklyn Optimist Club’s Chil- Appointments are required. dren Cancer fund to “kick cancer where To make an appointment for the tax it hurts.” The event also will raise funds prep services, and find out what docfor Brooklyn Recreation, which supports uments are required to complete your affordable recreation programs for the taxes, go to the Oregon Village Hall community. For information, and to reserve a spot, between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. on Saturdays contact or Jan. 18 and 25. Oregon Village Hall request partici455-4201. pants looking for tax assistance contact Jams at Ziggy’s the Wisconsin Department of Revenue Feel like jamming out? Ziggy’s BBQ with questions at 255-2486, not the vilSmokehouse and Ice Cream Parlor will lage hall.

Community calendar Thursday, Jan. 16

• 3-7 p.m., Child Development Days 3K screening, Netherwood Knoll Elementary School, 276 Soden Dr, 835-4035, • 6:30-8 p.m., Janesville and Park Street info meeting, Village Hall, 117 Spring St., 835-3118 • 6:30-7:30 p.m., PTO monthly meeting, Netherwood Knoll Elementary School, 276 Soden Dr.,

Friday, Jan. 17

• 8-11 a.m., Child Development Days 3K screening, Netherwood Knoll Elementary School, 276 Soden Dr., 835-4035, • 1 p.m., Movie matinee: “The Art of Racing in the Rain,” senior center, 8355801

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, 4554201 • 1 p.m., Rescheduled Grieving Heart Poetry, library, 835-3656 • 6 p.m., SoundBillies performance, Ziggy’s BBQ Smoke House and Ice Cream Parlor, 135 S. Main St., 291-0915

Monday, Jan. 20

• 1-3 p.m., Teen Volunteer Days, library, 835-3656 • 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

Tuesday, Jan. 21

• 9-11 a.m., Food distribution and collection, Oregon Area Food Pantry, 107 N. Alpine Parkway, oregonfoodpantry@hot-

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. 16 WOW: Music with Greg and Kacy (Dec. 31) ORE: OHS Panther Wrestling vs Monona Grove (Jan. 3) AIRS Friday, Jan. 17 WOW: Oregon Progressives Open Mic (Jan. 6) ORE: Friday Night LIVE: OHS Panther Boys Basketball vs Milwaukee Madison Saturday, Jan. 18 WOW: Movie: The Apartment (1960) ORE: OHS Panther Girls Basketball vs Watertown (Jan. 7) Sunday, Jan. 19 WOW: Holy Mother of Consolation Church Service ORE: OHS Panther Boys Hockey vs Edgewood (Jan. 9) Monday, Jan. 20

WOW: Library Presentation: Author Visit: Grieving Hearts Poetry (Jan. 11) ORE: OHS Panther Girls Basketball vs Monona Grove (Jan. 10) Tuesday, Jan. 21 WOW: Senior Center Presentation: Celtic Harp with Shari Sarazin (Sept. 5) ORE: OHS Panther Boys Hockey vs West Bend (Jan. 10) Wednesday, Jan. 22 WOW: Oregon Community Band (July 2) ORE: OHS Panther Boys Hockey vs Milton (Jan. 11) Thursday, Jan. 23 WOW: Oregon Cares E Cigarette and JUUL Presentation (Jan 16) ORE: Oregon Public Library Presentation: Cheeseheads Documentary (Feb 9) • 10 a.m., Teetering toddlers storytime, library, 835-3656 • 11 a.m., Bouncing babies storytime, library, 835-3656 • 3:15 p.m., Eureka Jr. Club, library, 835-3656 • 5-8 p.m., Kids dance/ glow party, Headquartesr Bar and Restaurant, 101 Concord Dr., 291-0750 • 6-9 p.m., Rome Corners Intermediate band concert, PAC, 123 E. Grove St. 835-4091

Wednesday, Jan. 22

• 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Family storytime and Stay and Play, library, 8353656 • 10:45 a.m., Lou Kindschi presentation on Asia, senior center, 835-5801

Thursday, Jan. 23

• 5-7 p.m., Dinner and a book, Brooklyn Elementary School, 204 Division St., • 6 p.m., So you want to

Write? Memoir, library, 835-3656

Friday, Jan. 24 • 10:45 a.m., Coming to American program, senior center, 835-5801

Saturday, Jan. 25 • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tax preparation, Oregon Village Hall, 117 Spring St., 266-2486

Sunday, Jan. 26 • 7 a.m. to noon, Pancake Breakfast and Bake Sale, senior center, 835-5801 Monday, Jan. 27 •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

Senior center Monday, Jan. 20 Rustic Tomato Bean Soup Dinner Roll Broccoli Banana Chocolate Chip Cookie Tuesday, Jan. 21 Chicken a la King Brown Rice Carrots Corn Salad MO – Soy a la King NCS – SF Ice Cream Wednesday, Jan. 22 Pot Roast with Gravy Mashed Potatoes Mixed Green Salad OJ Carton MO – Veggie Strips in Gravy NCS – SF Pudding Thursday, Jan. 23 My Meal, My Way Lunch at Ziggy’s Smokehouse and Ice Cream Parlor! Drop in between 11:30 AM and 1:00 PM Friday, Jan. 24 Baked Ham Yams Mixed Salad MO – Tomato and Cheese Sandwich NCS – Spiced Pears SO — Chicken Cranberry Bacon Bleu Salad

Monday, Jan. 20 9:00 CLUB 10:30 Dominoes 10:30 StrongWomen 1:00 Weight Loss Support Tuesday, Jan. 21 8:30 Zumba Gold Advanced 9:30 Ride to Food Pantry 9:45 Zumba Gold 10:45 Parkinson’s Exercise 11:30 Silver Threads 12:30 Sheepshead 2:00 Craftivism Group 5:00 StrongWomen Wednesday, Jan. 22 Morning: Foot Care 9:00 CLUB 10:45 Lou Kinschi Program on Asia 11:45 Birthday Lunch Thursday, Jan. 23 8:30 Zumba Gold Advanced 9:00 Pool Players 9:45 Zumba Gold 10:30 StrongWomen 12:30 Mahjongg 1:00 Stepping On 5:00 StrongWomen Friday, Jan. 24 9:00 CLUB 9:00 Gentle Yoga 9:30 Blood Pressure 10:45 Balance Class

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.

Effective altruism Altruism, the unselfish concern for others, is hardwired into most of us. We feel an instinctive pull to help others in distress, especially those who are most vulnerable. Even those who don’t have this altruism built into them can learn to be altruistic, and it demonstrably benefits them to do so. Many of us choose to be altruistic by giving to charity or donating our time. Effective altruism is the attempt to bring our rational, analytic minds to bear on our compassionate impulses. Not all giving is equal, and while people are certainly free to give when and where they choose, if we are trying to reduce suffering, we should look at where our giving will have the most benefit. The National Philanthropic Trust reports that Americans gave over $373 billion in 2015. The World Health Organization reports that over 9 million children under the age of five die each year, and that approximately 70% of these deaths could be prevented with simple interventions. Clean water, adequate nutrition, access to medical care and simple preventive measures such as mosquito netting could prevent many of these deaths. The next time you open your wallet (and your heart) to give, think about where that money is going. A good place to evaluate charities and to help you be a more effective altruist is the Charity Navigator at –Christopher Simon

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Girls basketball

Panthers bottle up Goslings MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

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Oregon senior Liz Uhl (32) scores on a layup between Watertown’s Teya Maas (32) and Riley Quinn on Tuesday, Jan. 7, in Oregon. Uhl scored a team-high 11 points and had seven steals in the Panthers’ 32-28 win.

The Oregon girls basketball team moved one step closer to winning the Badger South Conference with a 32-28 home win over Watertown on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Oregon (8-3, 5-1 Badger South) has won four straight games since a 77-72 loss to Monroe on Dec. 14. The Panthers are tied with Monona Grove for the league lead. The two teams were supposed to meet Friday, Jan. 10, but the game was postponed to Tuesday, Jan. 14, due to inclement weather. Uhl scored a team-high 11 points and had seven steals to propel the Panthers past the Goslings. The Panthers made defensive plays down the stretch to pull out a win against a team that plays a 1-3-1 zone with 6-foot-1 Teya Maas, 6-foot Avalon Uecke and 5-foot-10 Lily Gifford. “It’s tough playing a team like that,” Uhl said. “Our offense doesn’t mesh well playing a team like that. They are always tough against us. It’s very frustrating game. We always want to play fast and they want to slow it down.” “Our game plan was to get it in really quick before they could set up and press,” Oregon coach Adam Wamsley added. “We wanted to see if we could get some transition buckets.” Uhl came up with a steal and layup to give the Panthers a 30-25 lead with 1:02 left. Maas answered with a threepoint play to cut Oregon’s lead to two with 40 seconds to go. Oregon senior Kaitlyn Schrimpf came up with a key steal with 23 seconds to go. With the Panthers leading by three points, Maas had a 3-point attempt bounce off the backboard and Schrimpf grabbed the rebound with 1.6 seconds to go to seal the victory. Oregon senior point guard Izzie Peterson also helped seal the game, making 2 of 4 free throws in the final 30 seconds. The Panthers had six turnovers in the first five minutes, but jumped out to an 11-4 lead. Schrimpf knocked down a 3 and junior Emily Statz scored six of her eight points

Oregon senior Kaitlyn Schrimpf (right) drives by Watertown junior Aubrey Schmutzler during the first half.

Oregon sophomore Emily Mortenson hits a 3-pointer in the second half. during the spurt. “She’s one of the hardest-working players on the team,” Wamsley said of Statz. “She’s all business. That is what I love about her.” Oregon led 16-12 at halftime, and won despite 24 turnovers. Maas posted a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds. She kept the Goslings in the game with seven points in the first half.

Girls basketball

Schrimpf, Peterson sign National Letters of Intent ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Oregon seniors Kaitlyn Schrimpf and Izzie Peterson grew up together playing youth basketball in their hometown, then hit the AAU circuit with Wisconsin Academy, and are now crucial to the Panthers’ success on the court this winter. The two also signed National Letters of Intent to continue their basketball careers at the collegiate level Wednesday, Jan. 8, at Oregon High School. Schrimpf will play at NCAA Division II Winona State University, and Peterson is headed to NAIA Clarke University. Both players shared relief in making their college choices ahead of the stretch run of the Panthers’ season. “It feels good knowing I have a plan,” Peterson said. “Playing at the next level is always something I’ve dreamed about.” Schrimpf’s journey to Winona, Minnesota started when she attended a basketball camp on campus in August. She went for a campus visit

at the end of September, and became the third member of the Warriors’ 2020-21 recruiting class when she verbally committed in October. “I fell in love with the beauty of the campus,” she said. “In that moment, I could definitely envision myself going there. The players and coaches also made me feel like part of the team from the beginning, and that played a huge role in my decision.” Schrimpf also had an offer to play at NAIA Cardinal Stritch University in Milwaukee. She is planning to major in movement science or kinesiology and minor in psychology. “When I looked at schools, I tried to think as though I wasn’t going to play basketball there,” she said. “Academics were the biggest part of my decision.” Schrimpf, a 5-foot-9 wing player, is averaging 10.9 points, 2.6 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 2.4 steals per game this season. She was named first-team all-conference last season after averaging 10.8 points, 2.6 rebounds 2.7 assists and 2.1 steals per game.

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Oregon seniors Kaitlyn Schrimpf (left) and Izzie Peterson pose after each signed a National Letter of Intent to continue their basketball careers at the collegiate level. Schrimpf signed with Winona State and Peterson signed with Clarke.


January 16, 2020

Oregon Observer

Boys hockey

Boys basketball

Oregon can’t snap skid against Cardinals, Silver Eagles ADAM FEINER Sports editor

A losing streak can be tough to break, as the Oregon boys basketball team is finding out. The Panthers (3-7, 1-5 Badger South Conference) have lost five straight games and seven of its last eight after two more defeats. Oregon was scheduled to play Cedarburg in the Badger/ North Shore Classic at Beaver Dam High School on Saturday, Jan. 11, but the event was postponed to Saturday, Feb. 22, due to inclement weather.

Monona Grove 51, Oregon 29

The Panthers couldn’t recover from a 31-11 halftime deficit in a Badger South road loss Thursday, Jan. 9, in Monona. Nine different players scored for Oregon. Ryan McCorkle led the way with nine points.

Marshall 55, Oregon 44 Photo by Adam Feiner

Oregon junior goaltender Colton Dailey (middle) makes a save on Edgewood sophomore Cody Menzel (right) during the third period Thursday, Jan. 9, at Oregon Ice Arena. Dailey made 39 saves in the Panthers’ 2-1 overtime loss.

Panthers nearly knock off Crusaders ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Edgewood’s Drew Lenz was slow to get up after a hard fall while trying to make a move in the offensive zone midway through overtime against Oregon. On his next shift, the senior forward made the Panthers hurt with the game-winning goal in a 2-1 victory Thursday, Jan. 9, at Oregon Ice Arena. Edgewood (10-4, 5-0 Badger South Conference) controlled possession throughout the game and were especially lively late in overtime. Sophomore defenseman Parker

Murn had a wide-open shot in front of the net, but Oregon junior goaltender Colton Dailey got just enough glove on the shot to send the puck into the netting with 1:57 left. Edgewood senior forward Payton Smith hit the crossbar three seconds later, but Lenz converted with 1:45 left off a pass from junior Nathan Walker. Oregon (4-7-1, 2-3) had several chances to win the game in regulation. Junior defenseman Spencer Buskager hit the crossbar with 5:23 left in the third period. The Panthers killed a penalty with 1:15 left, then had three shots saved in the final minute. The Crusaders outshot the Panthers 41-23, and Oregon’s

NLI: Guards thankful to continue careers in college Continued from page 7 Schrimpf was also named honorable mention all-conference in basketball as a sophomore, and in soccer as a junior. Located in Winona, Minnesota, Winona State competes in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference. The Warriors have enjoyed five straight winning seasons. Peterson narrowed her choices to Clarke, Cardinal Stritch and Coe College, but verbally committed to the Pride last month after separate visits in September, October and November. She plans to major in health science and

psychology with the hopes of earning a degree in physical therapy. “As soon as I stepped on campus and met the girls, I felt an immediate connection with them,” she said. “They’re all welcoming and outgoing, and I thought I’d fit in well.” The 5-foot-6 point guard is averaging 7.5 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.2 steals per game this season. She averaged 6.6 points, 2.7 rebounds 2.2 assists and 1.4 steals per game last season. Clarke, located in Dubuque, Iowa competes in the Heart of America Athletic Conference. The Pride have also had five consecutive winning seasons.

defensemen blocked numerous shots that did not get through to Dailey. Edgewood went 0-for-6 on the power play, and Oregon was 1-for-3. “Colton played another really good game, but the reality is that we didn’t come ready,” Oregon coach Larry Clemens said. “Edgewood controlled the game; they forced us to play defense. It looks good that we got in the way, but we shouldn’t have to block that many shots.” Oregon sophomore forward Joe Roemer scored on the power play with 3:18 left in the first period off a pass from behind the net by junior forward Adam Franken. Edgewood freshman goaltender

Daniel Hoefer settled in after the goal and finished with 22 saves. Murn tied it at 1 with 1:12 left in the second period off assists from sophomore forwards Cody Menzel and JJ Wiebusch. Dailey finished with 39 saves, including 20 in the third period. “I tried to stay stress-free and positive,” Dailey said. “The first goal was kind of a fluke, so I didn’t think too much about it. I just played my game.” The Panthers’ home games against West Bend West (Friday, Jan. 10) and Milton (Saturday, Jan. 11) were postponed due to inclement weather.

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Spreading love and kindness New center teaches students, clients mindfulness practices EMILIE HEIDEMAN Unified Newspaper Group

In seeking a symbol to b e s t r e p r e s e n t t h e n ew Maitri Center for Mindful Living, LLC’s mission, owner Kelly Petrie unexpectedly found it in the sea turtle. T h e M a i t r i C e n t e r, which had its grand openi n g S a t u r d a y, J a n . 1 1 , offers classes, workshops and private sessions by appointment centered around wellbeing and mindfulness for all age groups. Now, the water faring creature can be found throughout the 120 N. Main St. space – the painting adorns a wall in the center’s spacious classroom equipped with yoga mats, comfortable cushions and a neutral color palette of greys, beiges and charcoal greens. A sea turtle sits as a knick knack at the front desk and where students and clients hang their coats before courses. Petrie said the word “maitri” is sanskrit, which roughly translates to love and kindness in English. Practicing maitri means exercising benevolence t owa r d t h e s e l f , w h i c h extends into the relationships and connections you have with others, she said. Petrie’s background in contemplative education, which is the practice of integrating mindfulness into academic learning, allows her to teach that to her students. The sea turtle came to exemplify just that, Petrie said, after a friend of hers brought her 5 year old daughter in to help her decorate her new business. The girl, in a playful and imaginative mood, started pretended to swim around the future classroom floor like a sea turtle, Petrie said. A couple of weeks after that, Petrie said she visited with a longtime high school friend who brought the painting of a sea turtle with her – an impressionist depiction of

The Maitri Center for Mindful Living features a spacious classroom for all types of contemplative courses, workshops and private sessions.

The Maitri Center for Mindful Living is located on 120 N. Main St.

Business info Maitri Center for Mindful Living 120 N. Main St. 345-1597 the creature amidst flowers and green brush. The educator said she took that as a sign – the sea turtle represents patience, wisdom and longevity in addition to love and kindness – what a human being can achieve through learning how to be more mindful. The painting also gives the center’s main room a grounded and Earthy feel, Petrie added. Finding the actual space for the center came as a sign to Petrie as well. After a chiropractic appointment to help her with some shoulder pain, she saw the opportunity to start her business after fi n d i n g t h e s p a c e w a s available for lease. And Petrie had built a name for herself as the “mindfulness lady” after working

with Oregon’s community and recreation resources and the Oregon School District. Petrie said she is already thinking of ways to expand the center to teach its students. The website currently offers adult courses like “Mindfulness Fundamentals,” a yoga series, workshops like “How to Navigate Pain” and private sessions based on what the student wants to learn. Although Petrie is t h e p r i m a r y e d u c a t o r, she plans to invite more experts in to teach – practitioners in pilates, tai chi, yoga and more contemplative practices. And she has more ideas for courses she wants to teach including ways for people to embrace their emotions

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Kelly Petrie, owner of the Maitri Center for Mindful Living, hosted a grand opening for the center Saturday, Jan. 11. through maitri and finding wisdom in Earth’s elements, she added. “(Mindfulness) is quite a profound practice that allows us to take a deep look at ourselves, recognizing there may be things in our lives that we don’t like … we may realize we aren’t necessarily perfect human beings,” she said. “Until we are able to touch into that ... it makes it a lot more difficult to extend genuine kindness out into the world.”

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Petrie said the word “maitri” is sanskrit, which roughly translates to love and kindness in English. Practicing maitri means exercising benevolence toward the self, which extends into the relationships and connections you have with others, she said. Petrie’s background in contemplative education, which is the practice of integrating mindfulness into academic learning, allows her to teach that to her students.

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Nina S. Noyce It is with great sadness that the family of Nina S. Noyce, long time resident of Oregon, announce her passing. Nina, age 97, passed away peacefully on Saturday, Jan. 4, 2020, at Agrace HospiceCare, in Fitchburg. Nina was born in Nichols, Wisconsin, the daughter of Martin and Estella (Spoehr) Felio. She attended Stoughton High School. Nina married Richard Noyce on Oct. 10, 1942, at The Little Brown Church, in Nashau, Iowa. Nina and Richard owned and operated Noyce Oil Co., serving the Oregon area. She was a long time member of the People’s Methodist Church in Oregon and an active member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Nina was a crossing guard for 20 years, protecting the children of the Oregon School District and she also served on the Council for Aging. Nina is survived by her children, Frances (Dean)

Nina S. Noyce

Rulis and Robert (Judy) Noyce; five grandchildren; and seven great-grandchildren. She was preceded in death by her husband, Richard; parents, Martin and Estella Felio; and her eight siblings. In keeping with Nina’s wishes there will be no funeral service. She will be buried next to her husband, Richard, at Prairie Mound Cemetery. Online condolences may be made at Gunderson Oregon Funeral and Cremation Care 1150 Park St. 835-3515 Photos submitted

NKE students used computer coding to program a robot to move along the parade route in their self-constructed community last month as they wrapped up a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) project.

Vicki Jeanne (Mergen) Spink Vicki Jeanne (Mergen) Spink passed away on Friday, Jan. 3, 2020. She will be greatly missed by family and friends. Vicki began her journey on Jan. 7, 1945, growing up in Middleton, with her siblings, Judy Reynolds, David Mergen, and Annette Smith, who all remember her fondly. She graduated from Union High School in Middleton in 1963 and married Paul Edward Spink from Oregon, Wisconsin on Oct. 5, 1964. With their family, Paul a n d Vi c k i s p e n t m a n y years living at various points throughout the Midwest and South – Rockford, Illinois, Houston, Texas, Appleton, Wisconsin, Kingwood, Texas, St. Charles, Illinois, Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, Lewisville, Texas, and Flower Mound, Texas. Vicki most recently lived in Austin, Texas to be near her children and grandchildren. Vi c k i t o u c h e d m a n y lives — a warm-hearted and avid quilter, crafter, bridge player, photographer, volunteer organizer, volunteer firefighter, and friend. Her ready smile and quick wit endeared her to many who will always hold her laughter in their memory. Vicki is survived by her children, Anne, Nicholas, a n d Tr oy ; d a u g h t e r- i n law, Holly; grandchildren, Benjamin (22), Alexandra (20), Danielle (17), Cheyenne (14) and Michael

STEAM on parade at Netherwood Vicki Jeanne (Mergen) Spink

(13); her siblings, Judy, David and Annette; and Paul’s siblings, Kenneth Spink, Nancy Smith, and John Spink. Vicki was preceded in death by her parents; and Paul’s siblings, Elaine Bloomer, Robert Spink, Louise Faulkes, and Louis Spink. A celebration of Vicki’s life will be held at Gunderson Oregon Funeral and Cremation Care, 1150 Park St., Oregon, at 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 10, 2020, w i t h R ev. K a t e S w e e t presiding. Interment will i m m e d i a t e l y f o l l ow a t Prairie Mound Cemetery in Oregon, with a luncheon to be held at the funeral home following the burial. An additional memorial service celebrating Vicki’s life will be held at Shepherd of the Hills Presbyterian Church, 5226 W. William Cannon Drive, Austin, Texas, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020. Online condolences may be made at Gunderson Oregon Funeral & Cremation Care 1150 Park St. 835-3515

Everyone loves a parade, and it’s even better when you help design it. Inspired by the book, “Balloons on Broadway,” the story of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade puppeteer, Netherwood Knoll Elementary School first graders have been busy the past few months designing their own parade. The parade is filled with community buildings and floats carrying storybook character balloons with coded dash robots, and students cheered the floats as they traveled down the parade route on Dec. 20. The STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) project started in October, when students designed the 3D buildings for people to live and work in the community. In November, they learned how to program a Dash robot; sequencing, measuring, and learning what direction to turn it to travel down the parade route. “It was a lot of fun and the students learned a ton,” NKE teacher Pamela Sengos wrote the Observer in an email. Netherwood Knoll first graders have been busy the past few months designing “Best of all, they are working together and building their own parade, with storybook character balloons and coded robots moving along the parade route. to be a productive team.”

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NKE students used computer coding to program a robot to move along the parade route in their self-constructed community last month as they wrapped up a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math) project.

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Verona Area Community Orchestra Co-director Leyla Sanyer around 40 to 45 performers at the first concert. “Numerous members have been saying they are so happy to be playing again,” Sanyer said. “We still have room for more string players this season if anyone is interested in joining us.” The orchestra’s second concert will be Wednesday, April 22. After that, the group will have to go on break until it finds a new performance location as the high school moves locations during the summer months.

Grant: Splash pad cost increases to $800,000 Continued from page 1 project costs, Optimists secretary Margaret Straub told the Observer earlier this year that number is now closer to $800,000. Bossingham said as of Friday, Dec. 6, 2019, the project is still seeking pavers and people to help purchase water features for the pool, though it has already received $200,000 worth. Local organizations like the Masons have contributed to the project, and people can donate money or buy a paver which could be inscribed with a donor’s

name. An MCF news release stated the foundation awarded $605,000 in grants to 22 nonprofits throughout the Madison area in 2020. The grants address opportunities and support organizations in the following focus areas: Learning, community development, arts and culture, environment and organizational capacity building, the release stated. Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie. or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.

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Legals MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE SCHOOL BOARD OF THE OREGON SCHOOL DISTRICT HELD ON NOVEMBER 25, 2019 The regular meeting of the School Board of the Oregon School District was called to order by Board President Steve Zach at 5:00 PM on November 25, 2019, in the OSD Innovation Center at the Oregon High School in the Village of Oregon, Dane County, Wisconsin. Upon roll call, the following Board members were present: Ms. Barb Feeney, Ms. Courtney Odorico, Ms. Krista Flanagan, Ms. Ahna Bizjak, Mr. Troy Pankratz, Mr. Tim LeBrun and Mr. Zach. The following Board members were absent: None. Administrators present: Dr Brian Busler, Dr. Leslie Bergstrom, Ms. Jina Jonen, Ms. Erika Mundinger, Mr. Jon Tanner, Dr. Candace Weidensee, Dr. Shannon Anderson, Ms. Kerri Modjeski, Ms. Dawn Goltz, Mr. Jason Zurawik, Mr. Mike Carr, Mr. Chris Kluck, Mr. Jim Pliner, Ms. Kim Griffin, Ms. Amy Miller, Ms. Cyndi Olander, Ms. Stephanie Snyder Knutson, Ms. Darci Jarstad Krueger, Mr. Brad Ashmore, Ms. Anna Seidenstricker, Ms. Jackie Amlong, Ms. Mary Hermes and Ms. Katie Heitz. The following members of the public were present: Ms. Heather Garrison, Ms. Jennifer Hans and Ms. Amanda Payne. Proof in the form of a certificate by the Oregon Observer of communications and public notice given to the public and

the Oregon Observer and a certificate of posting as required by Section 19.84 Wisconsin Statutes as to the holding of this meeting was presented by Mr. Zach. Mr. Pankratz moved and Ms. Feeney seconded the motion to proceed with the meeting as posted. Motion passed by unanimous voice vote 7-0. A. CONSENT CALENDAR: Mr. LeBrun moved and Ms. Odorico seconded the motion to approve the following items on the Consent Calendar with Ms. Flanagan abstaining from the November 11, 2019 minutes: 1. Approval of Minutes: November 11, 2019 Board Meeting 2. Approve payments in the amount of $1,625,832.86 3. Treasurer’s Report ending October 31, 2019 4. Staff Resignations/Retirements: Alyssa Pon Franklin — Resignation — 1.0 School Counselor at OHS 5. Staffing Assignments: None 6. Field Trip Requests: None 7. Acceptance of Donations: ? Abbott Charitable Foundation in the amount of $5000 for Netherwood Knoll Elementary playground equipment 8. Safety State Grant Drill Report Acceptance — None Motion passed 7-0 in a unanimous voice vote. B. COMMUNICATION FROM PUBLIC: Ms. Heather Garrison spoke on be-

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Bedroom: It includes a custom bed, crystal chandelier, vanity mirror and more Continued from page 1 Tu b e r o u s S c l e r o s i s , a r a r e genetic disorder that leads to the growth of non-cancerous tumors throughout her body and will continue to do so throughout her life. While the tumors began in her brain, there’s a chance they might reach other organs her mother said – including her heart and lungs. “She has a tough road ahead of her,” Angela said. M a k a y l a ’s r e s t l e s s n i g h t s should now be more comfortable, as she was gifted the bedroom of her dreams on Saturday, Jan. 11. Seeking a source of comfort for her daughter, Angela reached out to Designing Dreams, a Beaver Dam-based charity organization with a mission to “inspire hope and happiness in the lives of children with cancer and cancer-like conditions by making their dream bedroom a reality,” according to its Facebook page. After Angela discovered the organization, she filled out a brief application form on their website to nominate her daughter. Angela said they found out Makayla had been selected for a bedroom makeover in September. “Just to be selected gave her hope and happy thoughts, just from being selected alone, the positivity started right away,” Angela said. Lead planner and decorator from Designing Dreams Mardel Curwick came to the Schmidts’ home and interviewed Makayla to find out what she would like in her dream bedroom. They then did all the makeover planning behind the scenes for several months. Designing Dreams began the makeover on Monday, Jan. 6, and were ready for the big reveal on Saturday, Jan. 11. The new room had a cus tom-made bed, a crystal chandelier (her favorite feature of the new room), a large vanity mirror set with remote control color-changing lighting and a walkin closet. Schmidt’s favorite colors – pastel red and teal – were integrated into every aspect of the redesign from the wall paint to an armchair. Every drawer and cupboard in the room was filled with gifts and accessories including coloring books, makeup kits, Makayla’s favorite gum and an instant camera she had been wanting for a long time, complete with several extra rolls of film.

Making adjustments The Tuberous Sclerosis diagnosis led to Makayla no longer being able to do many of the physical activities she enjoys, including swimming, biking, volleyball, climbing on monkey bars, sledding and skiing – any activity where if she lost muscle control, she would risk injury. “I couldn’t do gymnastics anymore, which is very hard for me, because I have loved gymnastics since I was a little girl,” Makayla said. In March 2019, Makayla underwent a major brain surgery at American Family Children’s Hospital, where doctors operated on the largest lesion with a laser. Angela said Makayla is doing much better and has gotten control of her epileptic seizures. It’s a cause for celebration, Angela said, because Makayla can resume some of the things she had been missing out on.

Angela, Makayla and Dennis Schmidt lounge on the new bed Makayla won as part of a dream bedroom makeover on Saturday, Jan. 11.

Beaver Dam-based charity Designing Dreams gifts children with cancer and cancer-like conditions their dream bedrooms.

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Makayla Schmidt and her mom Angela hug moments after Makayla sees her dream bedroom makeover for the first time.

Makayla was finally cleared by her doctors to start becoming more physically active again, with supervision. Makayla said Lauren Curwick, founder of Designing Dreams, as- A boy diagnosed with leukemia, who is passionate being unable to ski was probably the hardest sacrifice for her, pires to be a physician, specializing in the area of hockey fan, had his basement turned into a miniature as she has dreams of becoming a pediatric oncology. While studying at the University hockey rink. A girl with leukemia who loves dolls reprofessional skier. of Minnesota-Twin Cities, Curwick said she struggled ceived a custom-made bed designed as a life-sized Prior to the surgery, school, during her sophomore year to find a volunteer posi- dollhouse, complete with windows and a shingled Makayla couldn’t go on the tion that allowed her to work with children who have roof. playground during recess because there’s not enough adult cancer and other critical illnesses in a hands-on caMakayla’s room was the 21st for the organization, supervision. She wasn’t able to pacity. all built throughout Wisconsin and Minnesota. participate in summer rec proThis led to the now-third year student at Medical grams, had been limited in gym Lauren’s mom, Mardel, owns and operates her class and used a buddy system College of Wisconsin creating Designing Dreams, a own home design business called The Elegant Interiwhen walking in the hallways. nonprofit organization. or, which led to her becoming the planner and decoRCI staff were trained on how to handle seizures. In November 2012, Curwick recruited four fellow rator for Designing Dreams. Angela said Makayla couldn’t UM-Twin Cities students to form the initial executive While the planning process, furniture building and sleep or shower without her board, who have since been replaced by profession- décor purchasing takes several months, the installamom nearby. als. The group fundraised for a year before redesign- tions always take only a week – begun on a Monday “I don’t think a lot of people ing its first room in January 2014. understand what risk factors and finished by Saturday or Sunday. are involved with grand mal Designing Dreams began in 2014 with redesigning seizures, like she can’t take a Most of the organization’s funding comes from an two rooms a year. Last year, it completed four make- annual benefit held in Beaver Dam in addition to the bath, I would have to be watching her every second,” Angela overs and has a goal of six this year. contributions of individual donors. said. “This loss of privacy for a kid entering adolescence, never being able to be alone, that’s big coming along to supervise – and her future. On the day of her believes to be true. deal.” “As a parent, we want any litSince the surgery, Makay- has also been able to do gym- dream bedroom reveal, she wore a shirt emblazoned with, “any- tle glimmer of happiness in her la has been taking skiing trips nastics again. Makayla is optimistic about thing is possible,” a mantra she life,” Angela said. with the school – with her dad

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