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Each year during the annual Klondike members from the Brooklyn Sno Hornets celebrate the end of the snowmobile season. The 2019/20 snowmobiling season is the 50th for the Brooklyn Sno Hornets.

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A half century ago, Brooklyn snowmobile riders gathered in a shed on a secluded farm to discuss how to start a snowmobile club. In the early 1970’s, marked snowmobile trails were non-existent, and riders relied on both memory and experience to navigate the

“We might get one more blizzard and get out on the trails one more time.” A Sno Hornet member. countryside. As the riders met – and eventually moved toward incorporation – they called their hideout the “Hornet’s Nest.” This March marks Brooklyn Sno Hornets 50th anniversary as a snowmobile club – although they no longer meet in a farmer’s shed. The club maintains roughly 70

miles of snowmobile trails and installs thousands of traffic signs for the riders, including mile markers and stop signs. Through the fields of 83 landowners, the trails connect Albany, Evansville, Bellville, Dayton, Oregon and Brooklyn. The trails are regularly groomed or packed down, so snowmobilers across the state of Wisconsin can ride them. Each season the club families, which has more than 100 individuals from 49 families, spend weekends and nights cleaning the trails, getting permission from landowners,

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Perry Parkway should be signalized, study concludes Trustees plan to examine findings at March 16 meeting EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

Signalizing the Perry Parkway and Janesville Street intersection might be a feasible option for improving traffic problems, a village evaluation has concluded.

Some Oregon residents are likely happy to hear that, though how the village will fund it has yet to be determined. A three-month traffic and signal analysis through SRF Consulting Group, which the Village of Oregon posted on its website Wednesday, March 4, looked into, among other things, crash data spanning the last five years at the intersection. It also explored four improvement options, concluding the best would be traffic signals and an added right-turn lane.

Village Board trustees plan to discuss the study at their Monday, March 16, meeting, village president Jeanne Carpenter and village administrator Mike Gracz told the Observer in an email Sunday, March 8. Public works director Jeff Rau is expected to devise a recommendation for board review, based on the study’s findings and suggestions. The increasingly busy intersection gained the attention of local

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A mother’s mantra Oregon resident starts workshop about girls in youth sports MACKENZIE KRUMME Unified Newspaper Group

During the Sports Mom Mantra workshop, a participant recalled seeing disappointing behavior at one of her 12 year old daughter’s softball games. After a tense and competitive ending, the teams lined up to show camaraderie and sportsmanship, the participant recalled. As the middle schoolers were high fiving, the opponent’s coach went down the line and struck

the students hand’s aggressively; angry over how the game played out, the participant said. The 15 other mothers in the room shook their heads in disappointment during the inaugural workshop at the Netherwood Knoll Elementary School library on Feb. 10. And many wondered out loud, how do parents and athletes balance the positive impacts of youth sports with the negative? That is exactly why parent Amy Crowe started this workshop, she said. After years of weekly practices and weekend tournaments, Crowe saw the positive experiences her daughter

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After months of research, discussion and public meetings, the Oregon School District has new, coordinated start and end times for all its buildings for next school year. With little discussion after some public outcry earlier this year, school board members on Monday, March 9, approved two different start times recommended last month by a 20-member work group that had been studying the issue since Decemb e r. T h e c h a n g e s w e r e spurred by the opening of a new school, Forest Edge Elementary, and the

additional transportation coordination that will be required. The middle school and high school will start later than the elementaries and Rome Corners Intermediate, at 8:35 a.m., and end at 3:50 p.m. K-6 students’ days will start at 7:50 a.m. and be seven hours, ending at 2:50 p.m.. T h o s e f o l l ow e d r e c ommendations that older kids’ days be limited to 7 hours and 15 minutes and done before 4 p.m. and that elementary kids start at 7:50 or 7:55 a.m. and be no more than 7 hours. That means earlier start times for elementary schools by 10-15 minutes, which had been at either 8 a.m. or 8:05 a.m., though ending times will remain about the same. Rome Corners’ days are shortened 20 minutes from 3:10 p.m to 2:50 p.m..


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ReVoiced, an acapella group, joined Rome Corners Intermediate and Oregon Middle School students on Friday, March 5, for an afternoon of vocal tunes through non-instrumental music. The five-member acapella group performed songs like “Happy” by Pharrell Williams and “The Lions Sleeps Tonight,” first sung by The Tokens and featured in the latest Disney version of

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“The Lion King.” Students cheered and clapped as the band brought their peers and teachers to the stage. At the end of the performance as students were being dismissed, they swarmed the members of the band asking questions and shaking hands. In RCI’s gym, ReVoiced gave choir students a private music lesson. RCI students performed a song they will perform at a future concert, called “Give us Hope.” ReVoiced band members said they were very impressed with the students’ energy and smiles. ReVoiced performed later that night at Oregon Performing Arts Center. Contact Mackenzie Krumme at mackenzie.krumme@wcinet.com.

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Gov. Tony Evers stopped by one of last month’s Oregon High School productions of Thornton Wilder’s famous play “Our Town.” Students performed the Pulitzer-winning play at the OHS Performing Arts Center from Feb. 21-23.

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From left Avery Sullivan, Alexis Hobson and Zoey McKee listen to the five male singers during the ReVoiced acapella group performance at Rome Corners Intermediate on March 5.

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Gov. Tony Evers stopped by one of last month’s Oregon High School productions of Thornton Wilder’s famous play “Our Town.” Students performed the Pulitzer-winning play at the OHS Performing Arts Center from Feb. 21-23. During the three performances, Ethan McKirdy broke the “fourth wall” and helped guide the audience through the play’s three acts as the “stage manager” character, while the main cast also included Elle Romanin as Emily Webb, Brendan Moore as George Gibbs, Caleb Matthias as Mr. Webb, Selma Domazet


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Coronavirus causing no changes yet No recommendations for gloves, masks or cancellations SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group

Oregon School District classes and activities will continue as usual — for now — as district officials keep a close watch on local, state and national coronavirus updates. In a letter sent to district parents on Monday, March 2, district superintendent Brian Busler said health officials were not recommending schools require students or staff to wear masks or gloves, cancel large gatherings or classes. “At this time, there have been a small number of confirmed cases of coronavirus in the United States and health officials indicate the risk to our school community is low at this time,” he wrote.

Busler said district officials are closely monitoring and following recommendations from sources including OSD medical adviser Dr. Joanna Bisgrove, the Wisconsin Department of Health Services, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and World Health Organization. The district also re-sent to all families from school nurses, reminding when students should stay home if they are feeling sick. The district encouraged students, staff and families to be mindful of key preventive measures from the CDC on avoiding the spread of coronavirus and other illnesses: Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer; Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands; Avoid close contact with people who are sick; Cover your mouth and nose with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze;

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oregonsd.org Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces; Stay home when you are sick (students must be fever-free for 24 hours without the use of medication before returning to class after any illness). The CDC recommended the United States plan for disruptions to everyday activities such as school and work. The virus has resulted in more than 400 cases of COVID-19 in 34 states and 19 fatalities in the state of Washington. Both California and New York have had more than 100 positive diagnoses each. The first cases of COVID-19 were seen in China in late 2019, and the disease has since spread internationally, affecting 90,000 people and killing 3,000.

New school + low growth = tight budget New development could start to change the formula, business manager reports SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group

N e x t y e a r ’s O r e g o n School District budget will be manageable but tight for additional programming, with the new $46 million school under construction and growth not yet as robust as expected. That was the forecast business manager Andy Weiland gave to school board members in his annual Five Year budget plan with projections through 2024-25. In a report to the board Monday, Feb. 24, he wrote the 2020-21 budget (fiscal year beginning July 1) will be extremely tight, with the added costs of the Forest Edge Elementary School and the district currently projecting a growth of 150 K-12 students. Weiland said that is less than anticipated. T h e s t u d y, u s e d b y d i s t r i c t o ffi c i a l s w h e n

proposing the referendum, projected K-12 enrollment of 4,443 students by the 2020-21 school year, with the Terravessa Development in Fitchburg as the main source of growth. This year’s official “Third Friday” count in September, used to help determine state funding, was 3,670, with around 20 additional students added since, Weiland said. While that number is s eve r a l h u n d r e d s h o r t , Weiland said the development recently completed the majority of its infrastructure, so those numbers could be changing soon. “We anticipate significantly more growth in the next six months as houses are coming on line,” he said. “The infrastructure for this type of growth is clearly available within Oregon and Fitchburg communities, (it’s) a matter of if families with school age students will build or move into existing homes in our district over the next six months.” OSD superintendent Brian Busler said the fiveyear plan is all part of the challenge fast-growing districts have under the state’s school funding formula to

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One advantage for planning next year’s budget, Oregon School District business manager Andy Weiland told the school board, is having the state’s biennial 2019-21 budget already in place. As part of his five year forecast Monday, March 24, he said the district will receive $175 per pupil, with no increase in per pupil aid. “That provides us with a significant amount of certainty when we provide budget projections,” he wrote in his report. Weiland said the only meaningful variable left to figure is the amount of resident student growth between now and the next official student count in September. estimate future student populations. “In a couple of months, things can change so quickly,” he wrote in an email to the Observer. “The Roffers study was projecting growth over the next decade … it’s hard. It’s all a function of how quickly folks move into the district.” Busler said if the district ends up getting more or fewer students than the projections, it’s prepared. “We’re in a good situation either way, because we didn’t build Forest Edge

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Badfish Creek plans The Village Board will spend up to $15,766 to begin planning Badfish Drainage District improvements. Trustees voted on the measure, contracted with Ruekert Mielke, on Monday, March 2. The village already had completed maintenance dredging of the Badfish Creek drain, under the direction of the Dane County Drainage Board. The drain is located in the first addition to the Badfish Drainage District, where residents have complained of flooding problems and sought village help for more than a year. “In short, since essentially nothing has been done record-wise for the drainage district since 1918, work can’t be done in the drainage district until an overall plan is created, which details all

the features of the drainage district,” public works director Jeff Rau wrote in a memo to the board. “This includes plans, which show the route, profile, sections … of public and private drains in the district.”

Lexington Street source removal Trustees approved a $4,000 reimbursement for the repair of sewer and water laterals and the removal of a large infiltration and inflow source on a Lexington Drive property. Normally such repairs are the responsibility of homeowners, but the board voted Monday, March 2, to give the reimbursement to Lucia Rowley, on 451 Lexington Dr., because of a glitch in the system. “In 2019, as part of our ongoing efforts to identify, isolate and remove sources of infiltration and inflow in our sanitary collection system, we identified a possible large I/I source on the sewer lateral entering a manhole,” public works director Jeff Rau said in a memo to trustees.

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Correction Last week’s story about the elementary school under construction in Fitchburg had an incorrect date for the first day of the 2020-21 school year, which is Tuesday, Sept. 1. The Observer regrets the error, particularly if any kids thought they had an extra day of summer.

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hat is happening to our education system in Wisconsin and our country concerns me even in my retirement from a 25-year career in education, followed by three years on Oregon’s school board. It seems that everybody is an expert about education these days, from politicians to businessmen. Reform of our public educational system is needed to educate all of our children. The problems of public education are many: the cost, curriculum and reaching out to underachieving students. Concerns also include classes being too big, teachers being biased, people wanting choice where their child goes to school and some people who don’t have children wonder why should taxpayer money support things that do not concern them. The complaints go on. There are problems with how we educate all the children in our country, but we must understand our roots, our shame and our future. This future must include an equitable funding mechanism for education, both public and voucher schools. Public education can be traced to the early 1600s, with the Puritans. They developed schools that taught the virtues of family, religion, and community. Girls were taught to read, but not to write. In the late 1700s, Thomas Jefferson believed the young country needed good public schools and that taxpayers should fund the schools. During the mid-1800s, academics became the managers of public education, inclusive of the teaching awareness of new progress in science and technology. In the South, public schools were not widespread. This was due to the large population of African Americans who were intentionally kept uneducated so they could be controlled as slaves. Rich, white plantation and business owners either sent their children to private schools

or paid for private education in their homes. As the population moved west, common schools were created, the single school Maitzen house with all ages in one room. Parents paid for a teacher by providing a place for them to live. So education was for those who could pay, excluding people unwilling to pay or those without money. When a large influx of European immigrants came, they brought with them Catholicism, as well as other religions. They built their own schools without state funding to keep control of their curriculum. In the late 1800s, a change of educational philosophy came when American philosopher, psychologist, social and educational reformer John Dewey promoted fundamental approach of education by offering education to all children. Dewey saw learning by doing and development of practical life skills as crucial to children’s education, with emphasis on educating the child to reach their full potential. This concept is still included in modern day educational institutions philosophy, but the history of education still affects the system. We still struggle with disparity through race and economics in terms of student success. Students in Wisconsin are supported with ranges of $8,000 to $18,000, depending on where they live. Many public schools do not have the resources to fund their school districts, whether they are in the city or rural. Rural schools in Wisconsin and across the nation are closing at an alarming rate and urban schools still struggle with so many financial and social issues. Education provides knowledge of the world around us, the progress of our society

– including technology, science and diverse belief systems – and it should help change the world into a better place to live. But we now have taxpayer money funding private schools that are predominantly religious in nature and bring with them their own biases. The Legislative Fiscal Bureau of Wisconsin revealed that private voucher schools in Wisconsin have received $269.6 million in state funding in the 2017-19 years, while public schools have seen a $90.6 million reduction in funding. On the federal level, the Secretary of Education – with no background in education, let alone public education – has promised $20 billion dollars of taxpayer to voucher schools across the nation. The Wall Street Journal (a centrist news media source) has been following the voucher schools of Milwaukee since 1990. It found that students who used voucher schools did not see academic gains in their new schools and that they performed worse, on average, than their matched peers in the public schools that they left. Public schools are inclusive of many ideas, a microcosm of our extremely diverse society. Voucher schools are allowed to teach what they want without the oversight public schools incur, and they take from those students who need the public schools, gifted as well as special need students. Reform is necessary, to those taxpayers that want financial help to defer their cost of school choice, we need to discuss oversight and work to equalize money to all our schools and students. Our future of an informed and educated populace depends on this reform. Even today, as in the past, public schools were and are the cornerstone to having an educated populace for preserving democracy, economic growth and social progress. Gwen Maitzen is a Town of Oregon resident.


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Fourth-graders harmonize on PAC stage JUSTIN LOEWEN Observer correspondent

From left, violin players Daniel Schuetz and Milo Burns perform French nursery rhyme “Frere Jacques.”

Netherwood Knoll Elementary School fourth-grade students, along with their violins, violas, cellos and bass violins, crowded onto the stage of the Oregon High School Performing Arts Center for an orchestra concert on Monday, March 2. The musicians performed common beginner compositions such as “Frere Jacques,” “Can-Can” and “Ode to Joy.”

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Above, from right, Oliver Schley and Kyan Caspersen outline the history of rock band AC/DC for a group during Brooklyn Elementary School’s share fair on March 19, 2019.

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F-35s, 115th fighter wing talk at senior center Presentation set for March 18

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From left, Leona Dencker and Clarity Gardner play folk song “Bile ‘Em Cabbage Down” during Netherwood Knoll Elementary School’s fourth-grade orchestra concert.

The Oregon Area Senior Center will host a presentation next week on the 115 Fighter Wing next week, which is being considered an option to host the controversial F-35 fighter jets. The presentation is set for 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, March 18, at the senior center, 219 Park St. Lt. Col. Keith Hofkens Jr., the communications flight commander at the 115 Fighter Wing at Madison’s Truax Field, will lead the presentation. Hofkens is expected to give a brief overview of the Wisconsin Air National Guard, the 115 fighter wing’s federal and state missions and the impact they have on the Madison-area community and economy. He will also talk about what the transition to the U.S. Air Force’s F-35’s means to the county, state and nation, and specifically discuss the 1,475 page

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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

email fpcmovies@gmail.com or contact Library, 256 Brook St. There are two public viewings of the University of Wisconsin-Madison the church at 835-3082. art from noon to 3 p.m. Saturday, March pharmacy students will present on how Anderson Park work day 14, and 6-8 p.m. Tuesday, March 17. sleep changes with age at 12:45 p.m. A work day focusing on forest res- The exhibit is also available to view Friday, March 13, at the senior center. toration will take place from 8-11 a.m. upon request. Students will present the probable Saturday March 14, at the Anderson The 30 pieces were chosen from more causes of having trouble sleeping and Farm County Park, 914 Union Rd. than 200 submissions and the work then tips on how to improve your sleep. Newcomers are welcome to the event. travels to different libraries, galleries For information, call 835-5801. Anderson Park Friends, Inc. will pro- and public buildings throughout the Preschool open gym vide the training, equipment and gear state. Kids ages 5 years and younger are for the day. Before being showcased at the Oreinvited to engage in a preschool open Activities for the park repeat every gon Public Library, the exhibit was on gym from 6-7 p.m. Friday, March 13, second Saturday at the 8 a.m. start time. display at the Sharon Lynne Wilson in the Netherwood Knoll Elementary For information, visit andersonpark- Center for the Arts in Brookfield. StartSchool big gym, 276 Soden. Dr. friends.org. ing April 3, it will be at the Alexander The children can enjoy gym games, House in Port Edwards. but must be accompanied by an adult. Zooty Zumbini For information, contact the library at The event is sponsored by Oregon ComToddlers are welcome to get some 835-3656. munity Ed and Rec and the library. exercise 10-10:45 a.m. Saturday, March St. Patrick’s Day celebration Enter through Door 10 or the district 14, at the Oregon Public Library. Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with the office main entrance. Rachel Chisman leads children up to For information, call 835-3656. four years of age through the Zumbini Oregon Senior Center and “O’Sutter” program. Created by Zumba and Baby- brothers at 12:45 p.m., Tuesday, March Free movie nights First the class combines music, dance 17. The First Presbyterian Church is and education tools. Dan and Greg Sutter will perform offering a free movie night at 6:30 p.m. For information, contact Kelly Allen a medley of traditional, rock, folk and Saturday, March 14, at 408 N. Bergam- at kallen@oregonlibrary.org. Irish music. ont Blvd. Prior to the start of the performance, All are welcome to enjoy pizza and ‘Arts for All’ the senior center will host a corned beef other treats during the movie. Thirty pieces by Wisconsin art- and cabbage meal. Reservations for the Organizers encourage donations for ists have been juried to display at the meal must be received by noon Tuesthe Oregon Area Food Pantry. Arts for All traveling exhibit, which day, March 10. For information, call 835-5801. For information, and movie selection goes until April 1 at the Oregon Public

Community calendar Thursday, March 12

Saturday, March 14

• 8 a.m., Anderson Park Friends work day, Anderson Farm County Park, 914 Union Road, andersonparkfriends.org • 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tax preparation, Oregon Village Hall, 117 Spring St., 266-2486 • 10 a.m., “Zooty Zumbini with Ray”, library, 8353656 • Noon to 3 p.m., Arts for All Exhibit, library, 8353656 Friday, March 13 • 6:30 p.m., Free fam• 12:45 p.m., Sleep Changes with Aging talk, ily movie night, 408 N. senior center, 835-5801 Bergamont Blvd., First • 6 p.m., Preschool open Presbyterian Church, 8353082 gym, Netherwood Knoll Monday, March 16 Elementary School, kallen@oregonlibrary. • 5 p.m., Village of Oreorg. gon Board meeting, (first • 9 a.m., Senior center executive board (second Thursday), senior center, 835-5801 • 10 a.m., Sensory storytime and open play, library, 835-3656 • 4-7 p.m., Food distribution and collection, Oregon Area Food Pantry, 107 N. Alpine Parkway, oregonfoodpantry@hotmail.com

Community cable listings Village of Oregon Cable Access TV channels: WOW #983 & ORE #984 Phone: 291-0148 • Email: oregoncableaccess@charter.net Website: ocamedia.com • 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, March 12 WOW: Library Presentation: The Art of Being a Writer (March 5) ORE: BKE Orchestra Concert (Feb. 20) AIRS Friday, March 13 WOW: Village Board Meeting (March 9) ORE: NKE Orchestra Recital (March 2) Saturday, March 14 WOW: Movie: The Lone Ranger (1956) ORE: LIVE: OHS Panther Boys Basketball Sectional Game Sunday, March 15 WOW: Holy Mother of Consolation Church Service ORE: School Board Meeting (March 9)

Monday, March 16 WOW: LIVE: Village Board Meeting ORE: OMS Band Concert (March 3) Tuesday, March 17 WOW: Library Presentation: The World into Word (Feb. 20) ORE: OHS Jazz and Percussion Ensemble (March 9) Wednesday, March 18 WOW: Silver Threads: Top Shelf: Tracy and Al (Feb. 18) ORE: OHS Choir Concert (March 10) Thursday, March 19 WOW: Chamber of Commerce Meeting (Feb. 20) ORE: OHS Panther Boys Basketball vs Monona Grove (Feb. 21)

and third Monday), Village Hall, 117 Spring St., 8353118

Tuesday, March 17 • 12:45 p.m., “O’ Sutter” Brothers performance, senior center, 835-5801 • 6-8 p.m.., Arts for All Exhibit, library, 835-3656

• 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Tax preparation, Oregon Village Hall, 117 Spring St., 266-2486 • 6 p.m., After hours Nerf war, library, 835-3656

Monday, March 23

• 6:30 p.m., Village of Brooklyn board meeting (second and fourth MonWednesday, March 18 day), Village Hall, 210 • 12:45 p.m., 115th Fighter Commercial St., 455-4201 Wing Presentation, senior Tuesday, March 24 center, 835-5801 • 1 p.m., Movie Matinee “A • 4 p.m., Tween Advisory beautiful day in the neighBoard, library, 835-3656 borhood,” senior center, or kallen@oregonlibrary. 835-5801 org • 9-11 a.m.., Food disThursday, March 19 tribution and collection, • 6 p.m., Beekeeping 101, Oregon Area Food Pantry, library, 835-6268 or krip107 N. Alpine Parkway, ley@oregonlibrary.org. oregonfoodpantry@hotmail.com Saturday, March 21

Senior center Monday, March 16 Chicken a la King Brown Rice Carrots Corn Salad MO – Veggie Chicken a la King NCS – SF Ice Cream Tuesday, March 17 Corned Beef Cabbage and Carrots Roasted Red Potatoes Rye Bread Mandarin Oranges St. Patty’s Cheese Cake MO – Multi-Grain Burger NCS – Fruit Cocktail Wednesday, March 18 Pot Roast in Gravy Mashed Potatoes Mixed Green Salad Orange MO – Egg Salad NCS – SF Ice Cream Thursday, March 19 Lunch at Ziggy’s Smokehouse and Ice Cream Parlor! Drop in between 11:30 AM and 12:45 PM Friday, March 20 Rustic Tomato Bean Soup Dinner Roll Broccoli Banana Chocolate Chip Cookie MO – Tomato Bean Soup NCS – SF Cookie SO — Pork Taco Salad

Monday, March 16 9:00 CLUB 10:30 StrongWomen 1:00 Weight Loss Support 1:30 Bridge Tuesday, March 17 8:30 Zumba Gold Advanced 9:30 Ride to Food Pantry 9:45 Zumba Gold 10:45 Parkinson’s Exercise 12:30 Sheepshead 12:45 St. Patrick’s Day with the “O’Sutter” Brothers Wednesday, March 18 9:00 CLUB 9:00 Full COA Meeting 10:30 Dominoes 12:15 Shopping at Pick-N-Save 1:00 Euchre 12:45 115th Fighter Wing Presentation Thursday, March 19 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 Powerful Tools for Caregivers 5:00 StrongWomen Friday, March 20 9:00 CLUB 9:00 Gentle Yoga 9:30 Blood Pressure 10:45 Balance Class 11:45 Shopping at Bill’s

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@ communityoflife.us 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, www.hbclife.com 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 holymotherchurch.weconnect.com 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, www.peoplesumc.org

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, welcometovineyard.com SUNDAY - 10 a.m. Worship

Zwingli United Church of Christ – Paoli

At the intersection of Hwy. 69 & PB Pastor Rich Pleva paoliucc.com, (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.

Who is your neighbor? Jesus tells the story of the good Samaritan in the context of being asked by an “expert in the law”what he must do to inherit eternal life. Jesus throws the question back onto the man, asking him “What is written in the law?”to which the man replies“Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind; and,Love your neighbor as yourself.”(Luke 10:27 NIV) After telling the man that he has answered correctly, this expert then asks“And who is my neighbor?” The well-known story of the good Samaritan follows,where a priest and a Levite both ignore a man who has been beaten,robbed, and left for dead on the side of the road, but who is then helped by the Samaritan. In a study done with seminary students at Princeton Theological Seminary in 1973, Darley and Batson found that students, even after being reminded of the story of the good Samaritan,were likely to ignore a person in need if they were in a hurry. This doesn’t speak highly of our altruistic impulses if we are only willing to help when it won’t inconvenience us, but we all know the struggle of wanting to help someone but feeling that our other obligations are a higher priority. Perhaps the moral of this story is not simply that we should be willing to help a stranger in need (who is after all, our neighbor), but more importantly that we shouldn’t be in such a hurry. Slow down and take time to notice the needs of those around you. –Christopher Simon


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200 students showcase at STEAM FAIR More than 400 people came to the Prairie View Elementary School for the STEAM Fair on Saturday, March 7. Roughly 200 projects were displayed at the event and students from all grade levels at PVE participated. As families walked through the elementary school at 300 Soden Dr.,, they saw nearly 60 science experiments,, nearly 70 art projects, eight live performances, three stations ran by University of Wisconsin- Madison students, a pottery wheel demonstration and a scavenger hunt.. - Mackenzie Krumme

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Courtney Condra, 7, holds a male cockroach during the STEAM Fair on Saturday, March 7, at Prairie View Elementary School. She said it didn’t hurt but felt a little ticklish.

Students at the “blossom display,” color a paper flower then drop it into water and watch it bloom, during the STEAM Fair on Saturday, March 7, at Prairie View Elementary School.

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Riding off to Resch Uhl for a layup on the first steal, then took it herself for a layup the second time to increase the Panthers’ lead to 22-14. “We knew that our offense would come if we played defense like we normally do,” Schrimpf said. “Our shots weren’t really falling and we missed some easy layups, but the momentum of getting stops really helped.” Schrimpf scored 13 of her 17 points in the second half, while Uhl scored 13 points of her 17 points in the first half. DeForest senior guard Maggie Trautsch hit 3s on back-to-back possessions to close the first half. She banked in her second triple at the buzzer to cut the Norskies’ deficit to 23-20 at the break. Senior forward Megan Mickleson paced DeForest with 12 points. Trautsch scored 10 of her 11 points in the first half. Freshman guard Jaelyn Derlein also had 11 points.

Panthers end four-decade state tournament drought ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Forty years of trying to get back to the state tournament came to an end Saturday, March 7, for the Oregon girls basketball team. The Panthers came back to beat Waukesha West 51-46 in the Division 2 Janesville Craig Sectional championship, securing the program’s third state appearance and first since the second of back-toback experiences in Division 1 in 1980. Oregon (21-5) avenged last year’s regional loss to DeForest with a 57-46 victory in the sectional semifinals on Thursday, March 5, at Edgewood High School.

Oregon 51, Waukesha West 46

The Panthers shook off a slow start against the Wolverines (1313) to punch their ticket to state. Oregon trailed by double digits in the first half, but scored the final five points to cut its deficit to 20-14 at halftime. “We played good defense, but every bucket Waukesha West made put a little more pressure on us,” Oregon coach Adam Wamsley said. “But we knew we had a shot when we cut it to six.” Senior guard Kaitlyn Schrimpf scored half of the Panthers’ firsthalf points, including a 3-pointer during the 5-0 run. “We also made some free throws, so seeing the ball go through the net gave us some confidence,” Schrimpf said. “We had a good halftime talk and carried momentum into the second half.” Senior guard Izzie Peterson scored seven of her 11 points in the second half and classmate Liz Uhl had all 10 of her points after halftime to propel the Panthers to victory. Schrimpf finished with a game-high 18 points. “Our game plan was to play a better first half and mix in our press,” Wamsley said. “I have to give a shout out to my assistant coach, Dom Winters. We used our same man-to-man press in the second half, but he added the wrinkle to face-guard whenever they tried to pass.” Madeline Anderson and Olivia Hanke paced Waukesha West with 15 and 14 points, respectively.

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Oregon players celebrate their 51-46 win over Waukesha West in the Division 2 Janesville Craig Sectional championship on Saturday, March 7. The Panthers advanced to the state tournament for the third time in program history and first since 1980.

Oregon 57, DeForest 46

The Norskies (21-4), ranked fourth in the final Division 2 Associated Press state poll and the top seed in the top half of the sectional, struggled offensively against the Panthers’ stingy man-to-man defense. “They run the dribble drive, so our goal was to pressure their guards on the handoffs and passes,” Wamsley said. “We wanted to tire them out and we did. I was proud of the way we made them work for every shot.”

Oregon senior Liz Uhl (left) looks for space against Waukesha West sophomore Jordyn Hudson in the first half of the Division 2 Janesville Craig Sectional championship. The lead changed hands four times in the first six minutes of the second half before Oregon, which received honorable mention notice in the final AP state poll and earned the 2 seed in the top half of the sectional, seized control with an 8-0 run.

Junior guard Carleigh Roberts made a pair of free throws and a layup, classmate Jaelyn Nedelcoff made a layup and Schrimpf added a putback to put the Panthers up 35-28 with 10:15 remaining. DeForest trimmed its deficit to one on two separate occasions, but

couldn’t corral defensive rebounds down the stretch. Oregon junior forward Megan Bloyer made a layup and Schrimpf drilled a 3-pointer from the left wing to make it 45-39 with three minutes left. Bloyer finished with seven points and pulled down a gamehigh eight rebounds, five of which came on the offensive end, despite playing with a sprained right shoulder. “Rebounding is my role on this team,” Bloyer said. “I love to play physical because I’m not very tall. People underestimate me, so I love to use my strength to prove them wrong.” “She’s not the tallest, but she makes up for it with grit, determination and toughness,” Wamsley said of Bloyer said. “Her shoulder still hurts and she still gives it more than 100%. She’s one of the best kids I’ve ever coached.” The Panthers went 11-for-14 from the free-throw line in the final 2:04 to salt the victory and shot 79% (19-for-24) for the game. Oregon missed its first 10 shots of the game and did not have a field goal until the 10:29 mark of the first half. The Panthers eventually found openings against the Norskies’ extended 2-3 zone and went on a 10-2 run to go ahead 14-10 with 7:09 left. Uhl gave Oregon the lead with a pair of free throws, then drilled her second 3 of the half on the next possession. “We had great practices preparing for their defense,” Uhl said. “We worked on cutting and filling. It’s about ball movement and team offense.” Schrimpf recorded steals on consecutive possessions to spark another run. She passed ahead to

Oregon received the fourth seed at the Division 2 state tournament and will play top-seeded Hortonville (25-1) on Friday, March 13, at the Resch Center in Green Bay. Ti p - o ff i s s c h e d u l e d f o r 1:35 p.m. Hortonville, undefeated champions of the Fox Valley Association, edged Onalaska 72-68 in the Marshfield Sectional championship. The Polar Bears are making their fourth straight state appearance, but have lost in the semifinals each time. “They’re probably going to press the whole game,” Wamsley said. “They’ll try to trap us and run. A longer court might give us an advantage because they might tire out quicker. If we shoot better than we did in the sectional, we’ll have a shot.” The Panthers handled DeForest’s press with relative ease in the sectional, but struggled with turnovers in the half court. “We’ve been pressed before and handled it,” Peterson said. “We have to stay composed and not let one turnover turn into five or 10. We need to take it possession-by-possession.” The winner will play threetime defending state champion and second-seeded Beaver Dam (23-3) or third-seeded Pewaukee (21-5) in the state championship on Saturday, March 14, at 6:35 p.m. The Badger North Conference champion Golden Beavers beat the Panthers twice this season. The Badger Conference has sent a girls basketball team to the state tournament 13 of the last 14 years. It is the fifth year in a row the league has two teams at state. “There’s been so many good players to come through this conference,” Wamsley said. “Our seniors who’ve been up on varsity since they were sophomores have gone up against Division I athletes and competed hard against them. Playing against Beaver Dam also breeds confidence and toughness.”


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Oregon falls in regional quarters MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Junior guard Erik Victorson felt he and the rest of his Oregon teammates were prepared for Monona Grove’s 3-2 zone in the rubber match between Badger South Conference rivals. Practicing against the zone was one thing, but playing against it proved to be a different challenge. The Panthers struggled offensively in the first half and couldn’t mount a comeback in a 60-51 road loss in the Division 2 regional quarterfinal on Tuesday, March 3. “We were ready for it,” Victorson said. “It just slowed us down and got us out of a groove. There is a lot of fight in all of our guys. Coming into these playoff games having experience and seniors helps. Moving forward, I know these types of games will help us make a run in the tournament and in conference play.” Oregon (8-15) trailed by 14 after Monona Grove junior Lance Nelson knocked down two free throws with 5:17 to go, but Victorson drilled his third 3-pointer of the game to cut the Silver Eagles’ lead to 58-51 with 4:09 left. Sophomore Ryne Panzer hit a jumper and junior Ben Statz came up with a steal and hit a 3 to slice MG’s lead to 56-51 with 1:09 remaining. The Silver Eagles salted the victory at the free-throw line in the final minute, as they shot 70% (19-for27) from the charity stripe. Oregon

Oregon junior Ryan McCorkle (left) looks to drive by Monona Grove senior Jacob Munz in the first half. shot 40% (8-for-20) from the line. With the win, Monona Grove (8-15) advanced to play at top-seeded Stoughton (19-3) in the regional semifinals. Junior Lance Nelson scored eight early points to help the Silver Eagles to an 11-4 lead. Oregon had trouble getting shots off against the zone in the first half and trailed 24-16 at the break. “There was a little bit of a lid on the rim to start the game,”

Oregon coach Chris Siebert said. “They have a big kid (junior Connor Bracken) who protects the rim really well. Their length bothered us and made it harder for us to finish.” Victorson finished with a teamhigh 15 points. Senior Adam Yates scored nine of his 13 points in the second half. Panzer added 13 points and Statz chipped in six. Siebert said Yates, who is considering attending the University of Dubuque to play football next fall, battled through injuries and helped the team’s offensive attack as a shooter. “His skill set is something that is really valuable in today’s game,” Siebert said of Yates, “a big man with the ability to see the floor and take the other big man away (from the basket). We are really proud of the way he competed and got back to play.” Ya t e s a n d c l a s s m a t e s M a t t Kissling, Ben Schaefer and Corey Moore played their final game for the Panthers. Oregon will return four starters next year. “The main takeaway is winning isn’t easy,” Siebert said. “In this competitive league, we can’t just show up and win games. We have to make it happen. It’s going to happen with a great summer of player development and refusing to accept not improving.” Nelson poured in a game-high 22 points for MG. Trey Loken and Jordan Hibner each added 13 points.

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Tigersharks capture Division 2 state title ADAM FEINER Sports editor

More teams at the 2020 Wisconsin State 12 and Under Short Course State Championship opened the door for the Oregon Community Swim Club to bring home top hardware. For the first time since 2014, teams were separated into divisions based on club size and previous state meet results. The Tigersharks won the Division 2 title in the 12 and Under division, thanks in large part to a dominant effort from the 10 and under swimmers. “It was fun to see the 12 and unders continue the streak of excellence and top-10 overall finishes,” OCSC head coach Jim Lohmeier said. “The swimmers here are so talented, work so hard and have so much fun together.” The Tigersharks racked up 556 points over the course of the three-day meet, which ended Sunday, March 1, at Walter Schroeder Aquatic Center in Brown Deer. O C S C wa s t h e o n l y Division 2 team to clear the 500-point plateau with 556 points. The club recorded its third consecutive top-10 overall finish at Short Course State and would have finished seventh in the Division 1 standings.

“We just have a really deep talent pool every year,” Lohmeier said. “We have a very systematic approach and hold the kids to high standards. We establish goals and train specific groups together. The Tigersharks were led by 10-year-old Molly Hoppe, who won five events in the Girls 10 and Under division. She set a new state record in the 50-yard backstroke (29.47), which is currently the second-fastest national time for a 10-and-under swimmer this year. Hoppe became OCSC’s second state-record setter in the past year and the first High Point Trop hy w i n n e r a t a s t a t e meet in the club’s history. She also won the 50 freestyle (26.76), 100 free (1:01.25), 100 backstroke (1:05.45) and 100 individual medley (1:07.47), and placed second in the 50 butterfly (30.25). “Molly was outstanding, worked hard all year and we are so happy for her,” Lohmeier said. “She has come so far the last few seasons. We knew she was talented, but the mindset and determination she has developed is spectacular. She decided on her own that she wanted and was going to go get that state record. It was not even on the coaches’ radar.” Other OCSC swimmers who medaled at state were Catherine Arnold (second

in 50 free, seventh in 50 breaststroke and eighth in 200 IM); Alyse Block (second in 100 free, third in 50 butterfly, fourth in 50 free and 100 IM and seventh in 50 back); Kennedy Faris (sixth in 50 breast, seventh in 100 IM, 100 breast and 200 breast) and Kyrah Kittleson (fifth in 50 fly). Block, Kittleson, Faris and Arnold finished third in the Girls 11-12 200 free relay and seventh in the 400 medley relay. Faris, Block, Kittleson and Lauren Konarske placed fifth in the 200 medley relay and sixth in the 400 free relay. H o p p e , B a y a B u r ke , Kendall Porter and Kate Konarske took fourth in the Girls 10 and Under 200 medley relay. Burke, Hopper, Porter and Ella Kavanaugh claimed sixth in the 200 free relay. Lohmeier credited associate head coach Sarah Acker, who joined the program in January 2017, for the team’s success in the 12 and Under division. “She makes me look like a genius,” Lohmeier said. “These kids are all polished by the time they get to me at 13 (years old). She is the best coach in Wisconsin right now as far as I’m concerned. We are so lucky to have her and I’m really happy she got to celebrate her birthday Sunday with the championship.”

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Oregon senior Adam Yates scores down low against Monona Grove in a Division 2 regional quarterfinal on Tuesday, March 3, in Monona. Yates scored 13 points in the Panthers’ 60-51 loss.

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Current OSD start/end times School Brooklyn Elementary Netherwood Knoll Elementary Prairie View Elementary Rome Corners Intermediate Oregon Middle School Oregon High School

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End time 2:50 p.m. 2:55 a.m. 2:55 p.m. 3:10 p.m 3:15 p.m. 3:30 p.m.

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Start: Elementaries, RCI will all have same start/end schedules Continued from page 1 Middle schoolers will start 40 minutes later and end 35 minutes later. That will line up the school’s schedule with OHS, which will start 35 minutes later and end 20 minutes later. The district’s initial plan had been to change elementary school start times to 7:45 a.m. (from 8 a.m. in Brooklyn and 8:05 a.m. at Prairie View and Netherwood Knoll) to sync up K-6 students’ schedules and better line up timing for bus routes so rural students’ rides are shorter. Some parents, staff and students opposed earlier

“We will move forward together and we will be set for the opening of the 2020-21 school year.” Superintendent Brian Busler start times for younger children, and the longer, later school days for older students, noting that it could conflict with after s c h o o l j o b s . T h e wo r k group was able to work out a compromise. Superintendent Brian Busler said the ongoing wo r k ove r d e t e r m i n i n g

new start and end times is an example of a complex process the district and community was able to work together on. “We will move forward together and we will be set for the opening of the 2020-21 school year,” he wrote in an email to the Observer. “This planning process allowed for participation, feedback and ultimately a recommendation that keeps us moving forward while addressing the challenges we face with school start/end times.” Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet.com.

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VFW activities include funeral support Historically, Oregon has been extremely supportive of all the fundraising activities of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 10272, and throughout the coming year, we look forward to sharing with you the events and programs sponsored by the post. One of the services we provide is funeral support for departed service members, even if they were not members of the post. Other things we participate in and welcome attendance to, are: Color presentations at the Oregon Community Band concerts; Honor Flight departures; the Memorial Day presentation; poppy donation; the annual Veterans Day celebration and calendar sales. We also sponsor the Voice of Democracy and Patriot Pen scholarship programs, as well as our commemorative brick at the World War I monument downtown. For February, we would like to introduce our quartermaster, Calvin Gilbertson. The quartermaster has the responsibility of tracking donations that come into the post and the distribution of those funds in and around Oregon. Gilberson was drafted into the Army in December

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The South Perry Parkway and Janesville Street intersection should receive traffic signals with a right turn lane, a three-month village evaluation found. The evaluation is in response to community concerns about pedestrian safety that mounted last fall, when two people were almost struck by two vehicles in separate incidents.

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Continued from page 1 law enforcement and government officials last October, after pedestrians were almost struck by vehicles in incidents at two separate crosswalks along Perry Parkway. In response to community pressure, the village voted in November to spend up to $6,500 on the Intersection Control Evaluation (ICE) Study of Janesville Street and South Perry Parkway. The intersection became much busier after the village linked South Perry and North Perry in 2018, providing a direct path from Oregon High School to Janesville Street. Overall, the consultant concluded, younger motorists are having difficulty traveling through the intersection and the village should develop a plan to assist them. In Rau’s executive summary of the ICE study, he indicates four options for upgrading the intersection: going from a two-way stop to four-way stop, installing a single-lane roundabout, adding traffic signals with no other physical street improvements, and adding traffic signals with a right turn lane on South Perry Parkway, along with a northbound right turn lane. The consultant determined that from an operations and cost effectiveness standpoint, either a traffic signal with a northbound right-turn lane or a roundabout would be the preferred routes, though a roundabout would have higher construction costs. Board trustees already had concurred last fall that installing a roundabout wouldn’t be feasible, considering all the construction projects the village is already undergoing.

of 1963, attending Basic our state and nation. Greg Graf is commander Training at Ft. Leonard of the Oregon-Brooklyn Wood, Montana and Ft. Veterans of Foreign Wars Benning, Georgia, Post 10272. Contact the for infanpost at 221-5276 or VFW try training. Post 10272, P.O. Box 206, In summer Oregon, WI 53575-0206. 1965, as part of the 1st Cavalry Division, he Gilbertson spent over 30 days on a ship, sailing from Charleston, South Carolina, through the Panama Canal, on his assignment to An Khe, Vietnam, as a radio telephone operator. On Nov. 17, 1965, his platoon engaged the enemy in Ia Drang Valley, where he was injured in his legs by a mortar round. The 2002 Mel Gibson m ov i e , “ We We r e S o l diers,” was based on this engagement. He was sent to Great Lakes Naval Hospital, via a MASH, at Nha Tr a n g a n d C l a r k A F B , Philippines, to recuperate, and was honorably discharged on Jan. 13, 1966. We w o u l d l i k e t o encourage former combat veterans from all branches, regardless of length of service, to join our organization to continue making ©2020 State Bank of Cross Plains. All rights reserved. a positive impact in our c o m m u n i t y, s u p p o r t i n g adno=143318

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Signalizing with the right-turn lane could happen with minimal traffic impacts, the memo states. But it suggests the village coordinate with the Dane County Highway Department to understand its requirements for considering a traffic signal there. Intersection visibility should be improved, the study determined, to allow South Perry Parkway motorists a better vision of Janesville Street. It recommends removing any obstructions that might block a motorist’s view. It also notes that as drivers leave the Wolfe Street intersection, there are no lane pavement markings or signage on the westbound lanes of Janesville Street. Based on that, the consultant recommends converting Janesville Street westbound to a signal lane. The consultant also recommends putting advanced warning signs on Janesville Street to alert drivers of the upcoming intersection, as well as refreshing painted crosswalks, installing pavement word or symbol markings and pedestrian bump outs.

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The study looks back at five years of crash data, finding 14 crashes on Perry Parkway in the past five years. Eight were caused by what the study calls inexperienced drivers – teens ages 16-18, with most involving teens between the hours of 3-6 p.m. Seven of the 14 were angle crashes, three vehicles were rear-ended, three side-swiped and one was a vehicle-pedestrian crash. Ten of the 14 resulted in property damage only. Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@wcinet.com or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.

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Oregon History JANUARY 100 years ago (1919)

• The annual meeting of the stockholders of the First National Bank of Oregon occurred Tuesday afternoon of January 13. Directors elected were A. H. Sholts, J. J. Lindsay, John B. Kiser, Phil O’Brien, W. L. Ames, W. A. Sholts, W. H. Stone, T. C. Tipple, and C. N. Shilton, Officers elected were: A. H. Sholts, president; H. A. Stone, vice-president; and C. N. Shilton, cashier. It was noted that the bank has had steady growth. • The soldier’s memorial has been placed in the center of the village by Fred Schlimgen’s force of men from Madison. It is an imposing monument of granite and as far as known is the first World War I soldiers’ monument of a permanent nature to be erected in the State of Wisconsin, if not the first in the nation. The column, which is 9 feet high and 3 1/2 feet in diameter, is of Hurricane Island granite and is highly polished, while the base and cap is of Barrie granite. On the column is the inscription, “Erected in Honor of Those Who Served Our Country in the World War — 1914-1918.” Above the inscription is engraved the United States shield, and partially encircling the shield are two laurel leaves with their stems crossed below the lower point of the shield. The base cap and column weigh in the neighborhood of 13 tons and the top of the cap is 17 feet and one inch above the street grade. Corner posts and chains encircling the memorial will c o m p l e t e t h e j o b. T h e dedication of the memorial has been deferred until warmer weather. There are still a few unpaid pledges. The committee requests that the same be paid to the secretary or left at one of the banks. • Mr. and Mrs. C. C. Lincoln, who last fall purchased a home on South Third Street and moved there from Elroy, observed their golden wedding anniversary on New Year’s Day. They were married at Wautoma on January 1,1870. • The University of Wisconsin Glee Club gave a concert (under the auspices of the Oregon Choral Union) at Olson’s Opera House on January 23. • At their congregational meeting, HMC Church elected B. J. Flood, treasurer and Frank Sweeney, secretary. • The fourth in a number of Library Entertainment presentations was given at the Opera House. Mr. Sholts gave a lecture, “The Tragedy of Macbeth” and the following musical selections were performed: vocal numbers by Eleanor Barry; a duet by Mr. and Mrs. Shilton; piano solo by Louis Pease, and a group of child impersonations with piano accompaniment by Vergene Buche. • The Oregon Telephone Co. installed a new switchboard. • In a mathematical contest between members

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The annual meeting of the stockholders of the First National Bank of Oregon was held 100 years ago this month, on Jan. 13. Directors were elected, and meeting notes stated that the bank has had steady growth.

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Fifty years ago this month,. village hall remodeling started for the purposes of expanding the library. of the Starr and Oak Hill schools, Helen Noyce of Oak Hill came out victorious. • Every manufacturer of or dealer in motor vehicles must make a monthly report to the Secretary of State on the number of automobiles sold and to whom they were sold. • The School Board of the Flint School in Rutland has hired Mr. Ingebritson of Madison to teach for the remainder of the year.

50 years ago (1969)

• The publishers of The Oregon Observer, Vi and Butler Delany, and their staff, Pat Severson, Michael Snowden, Mary Wilson, Henry A. Busch, and Richard Rygh wish all a very Happy New Year! • Mrs. Earl Wheeler was hostess for a holiday bridge luncheon at her residence at 657 Oak Street. Those attending included Mrs. Phillip Helgesen, Mrs. Joseph Stratman, Mrs. Frederick Kivlin, Mrs. Erwin Lappley, Mrs. Carl Otteson, Mrs. C. A. Meister, and Mrs. E. A. Kozlovsky. • Velma Waefler announces that winter ceramic classes will be starting January 5, 1970. • Phil and Brandie White announce the opening of

their new ceramics and gift shop in downtown Oregon, located at that time in the former bakery, which was adjacent to the Observer office now the location of Gerlach Flooring. • The Village of Oregon Board approved a new policy concerning corner lot assessments. • The remodeling of the Village Hall has started for the purposes of expanding the library. The Village Clerk’s office has been moved downstairs on a temporary basis until the project is completed. • The winner of the BoaSki Snowmobile in the contest sponsored by Paul’s Supermarket was Mrs. Dale (Glenola) Lyons. • Local organizations meet to discuss the need and type of highway signs for the entrance to the village. Attending were representatives from the Optimists, Jaycees, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary and others • The Bank of Oregon notes in their ad that accounts are now insured by the F.D.I.C. to $20,000. • Mr. and Mrs. Raymond Silbaugh, along with their guests, the David Winch family, enjoyed watching the Super Bowl followed by dinner. This was the fourth Super Bowl (last NFL/AFL

championship game). Kansas City won over Minnesota 23-7 at Tulane Stadium in New Orleans. • A major topic of discussion at the Town of Fitchburg Board meeting was the possibility of creating a village out of the present town. However, it was stressed that the present boundaries of the Town of Fitchburg should remain in tact. • The motorcycle ice races held at Lake Harriett on Sunday, January 26, drew a record crowd. There were approximately 175 spectators and 40 contestants present. There are about four to five race dates left, depending on the weather. • Bob Gray, 130 pounds, and Russ Bentley, 165 pounds, both finished first in the 7th Jefferson Invitational Wrestling Tournament. • Carol Ruth Seymour was named Oregon High School’s Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow.

25 years ago (1994)

• The Jefferson Street pedestrian tunnel under the train viaduct was temporarily closed due to a weakening of the structure. The tunnel underpass, a large, oval concrete passageway had been installed in 1988. • It was reported that

nearly 25% of all the drinking water pumped in the village was suspected of leaking through cracks in the water lines. A record 17 million gallons pumped could not be accounted for during the last three months. A leak detection survey will be needed. • The cost estimate for the expansion of the village’s sewer plant rose to $6.3 million. This would still be more cost effective than hooking into the Madison Sewage Plant on Madison’s south side. • At the Jefferson Invitational Wrestling Tournament, the OHS team came in third. Helping the team was Brad Pernot (112 pounds) and Jeremiah Nelson (140 pounds), who both won individual championships with 3-0 records. • The Oregon Athletic Booster Club sponsored the 4th Annual Prime Rib Dinner event. The proceeds went towards the support of the Oregon Athletic Department. The guest speaker was Mark Johnson, former Olympian and NHL hockey standout. • Superintendent, Linda Barrows, reported that the school district enrollment is 3,115, plus a few additional students enrolling since the beginning of the school year. • The Pom Pon Squad recently competed in the WACPC Regional competition in Milwaukee. oth the Pom routine and novelty routine earned 2nd place trophies. • Gwen Stark, an OHS senior, and captain of the Pom Pon Squad traveled to Hawaii last month to perform with others across the country at the 13th Annual Aloha Bowl pregame and half- time show. • Mary Culp was honored at a retirement tea for her 21 years as an employee of the Oregon School District.

10 years ago (2009)

• Sandy Ambrosius opens a dog massage/therapy business in Oregon, which will include services for other dog related

needs as well. She has been certified to work as a sports massage therapist for dogs. • The Autumn Woods Professional Centre, located across from the Oregon Middle School, holds its Grand Opening. • The Bible Church celebrates 20 years. Rev. Scott Ziegler, its founder, was its head pastor until June of 2007. • The Oregon Public Library celebrates its 100th birthday in 2010. Head librarian, Susan Santner, plans many spec i a l eve n t s t h r o u g h o u t the year. One of the early events will be a “community read” of Jerry Apps memoir about country life and special foods. • T h e Vi l l a g e B o a r d approved spending up to $8,400 for a security camera to be installed at the Village Hall in addition to the two cameras already there. The new camera will be positioned outside the main entrance. • It was reported that the village police building was having problems with ice dams and will require fixing soon before more damage occurs. • Cary Sign Co installed a new sign for the remodeled Oregon Community Pool. Fabricating the sign took about six weeks. • Greg Riss, a senior at OHS, who plays the marimba, was one of four teenagers who were selected to compete in the Bolz Young Artist Competition. The four were winners of the Milwaukee Symphony Orchestra’s competition. They would continue on to perform under John DeMain and the Madison Symphony with the performances being broadcast over Wisconsin Public Radio. Greg continues his winning ways later performing with both symphony orchestras. • Gerard Pehler retires from the Oregon Police force after 32 years of service. • Bob Prahl, after more than three decades as head coach of the OHS football team decides to retire. Gerald Neath of the Oregon Area Historical Society compiled this report


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cum Laude Alex Anderson, Grace Bergeland, Lola Bronchetti, Rylan Clark, Camille Cole, Isabella Driscoll, Tyler Fischer, Maddison Grender, Chase Hamby, Kylie Hannemann, Nathaniel Hessler, Morgan Hoven, Samuel Jungers, Tristan Kaebisch, Andrew Kane, Aydin Kirby, Soren Lesperance, Kyle Libansky, Quinn Look, Thomas Lyon, Logan Martin, Dryden McCauley, Rilee McKenzie, Joshua Menendez, Evan Miles, Cameron Mueller, Seth Niday, Danielle Palas, Eric Patterson, A l y s s a P i l l a r- Ke l l m a n , Betsabe Ramos, Aiden Rogowski, Jackson Rulseh, Devin Schultek, Alexander Seitler, Alayna Small, Sophie Swartzmiller, Margaret Templeton, Katrina Thysse, Myles Tomlinson and Kylie Weber Magna cum Laude Hunter Andrew, Luke Baertlein, Evan Case, William Christ, Abileini Espinoza Brito, Casey Fox, Eve Garty, Kennedy Gladden, Owen Heiser, Nathaniel Huss, Gabriel Mandli, Gloria Outhouse-Sieling, Sara Plachetta, Abigail Rabuck, Quinn Schroeder, Jack Schwarz, Brayden Werner and Ty Zurawik Summa cum Laude Seth Allhands, Charlotte Anderson, Rose Anderson, Maggie Ast, Britta Baldus, Claire Barnett, Kyle Barnish, Charles Barnish, Brycen Bartlett, Noah Beehn, Libby Beirne, Derek Bell, Nicklaus Benkert Gross, Lukas Bennett, Laura Berg, Katie Bergeland, Roshan Bonick, Nicholas Brandenburg, Quinton Bush, Jacob Cameron, Aubree Caya, Jack Christiansen, Jake Chung, Josie Colin, Wil Cram, Taylor Daniels, Michelle DeGraff, Grant Denu, Mason Diercks, Lisa Downey, Sarah Dreher, Amelia Dyer, Audra Dyer, Anthony Elert, Lily Engel, Brenna Gerber, Ava Gerlach-Schwarz, Marissa Grooms, Aiden Grudich, Samuel Halverson, Wyatt Hefty, Sara Janecek, Ezekiel Jeske, Alexa Jochmann, Alexander Jordan, Reese King, Mason Konopacki, Jack Kreckman, Charles Kritsch, Maggie Langenohl, Alison Langteau, Connor Larson, Emily Levesque, Stephanie Lo, Victoria Lokuta, Noah Malcook, A b b y M a n i c o r, N o e l l e Marsh, Leah Mauldin, William McCorkle, George Mihm, Owen Mitchell, Alexander Monarski, Pierce Nelson, Xavier Pavloski, Gavin Rhodes, Ashton Ritter, Rachel Sailor, Abigayle Sargent, Caden Schafer, Leo Schleck, Casey Schoenecker, Hailey Sieren, Natalie Stevenson, Alexa Stoffels, Sadie Tesch, Myles Valiska, Colin Vandermause, Alexander Vieaux, Daria Vorontsov, Tyler Wald, Noelle Wallisch, Kerry Wedel, Isaac Weink, Oliver Wiedemann, Jack Williams, Ashley Wolfe, Jacob Worden, Peyton Yancey, Clare Yoerger, Gordon Zheng and Joseph Zuehlke

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cum Laude Benjamin Allen, Evan Appleby, Mason Baker, Joshua Baker, Sophie Barabas, Allison Bentz, Sydney

Dailey, Jackson Dempich, Amelia Denson, Brandon Dillman, Lukas Dopart, Alexis Dorneanu, Grace Engel, William Erickson, Madison Finke, Nicholas Fischer, Grant Fuehrer, Daniel Gomez, Hussein Hasan, Harry Hawkins, Jonathan Hoeft, Adele Horton, Clara Hughes, Sarah Jicha, Gavin Koenig, Aaron Lebakken, Christian Libansky, Aden Look, Ronaldo Lopez Vega, Ryan McCorkle, Samantha McKee, Aaron Meyers, Elias Nelson, Isabella Ntim, Niall Olson, Brianna O’Malley, Kirsten Oppliger, Cecilia Ortega, Evan Parker, Camron Pribbenow, Raul Ramos, Jada Reeb, Brett Reif, Cayla Richter, Dominic Ring, Autumn Rippl, Mateo Sapp, Ryan Schuett, Aidan Scott, Avery Simpson, Mia Stauffacher, Kennedy Steel, Jordan Streiff, Hannah Swartzmiller, Mattea Thomason, John Thysse, Benjamin Tierman, Parker Trace, Ethan Uhlmann, Erik Victorson, Makayla Vondra, Calvin Williams, Grant Wilson, Braeden Zeinemann, Diella Zhubi and Zackery Zuehlke Magna cum Laude Estefani Herrera, Spencer Buskager, Adam Franken, Chloe Ganser, Bradley Mauldin, Leo Krause, Kelly Janssens, Megan Fahey, Logan Gable, Sean Meyers, George Wiedemann, William Johnson, Jayson Howard, Abigail Hoyt, Benjamin Statz, Emily Statz, Teagan Gilbertson, Nicholas Kipp, Joshua McDowell, Allison Joyce, Victoria Helvig, Jordan Disch, Carmen Lopez, Forest Wendt, Noah Bergstrom, Brody Wise, Jacob Feldman, Zoe Schultz, Samuel Gebhardt, Trinity Gardner, Philip Jawdosiuk, Elizabeth Konop, Kieran Sweeney and Emma Dutcher Summa cum Laude Stacy Anderson, Annika Baumgart, Brooke Beduhn, J e n n a B e n n e t t , M eg a n Bloyer, Patrick Brognano, Halle Bush, Hayden Byrne, Chloe Byron, Kyle Cardella, Grace Cooper, Eric Corcoran, Brenden Dieter, Selma Domazet, Morgan Fields, Ben Foffel, Forest Garty, Gracen Gilbertson, Seth Hakes, Aidan Hampton, Cassidy Harvancik, A n g e l a H e s s l e r, B r y c e Holtman, Julia Hutchinson, Chloe Jacobson, Phoebe Jeske, Hannah Johnson, Reilly Kiffel, Katie Kisely, Caroline Krause, Kaitlyn Krueger, Macy LaCourse, Christopher Learish, Madilyn Malcook, Liam Mandli, Lincoln Martin, Mara McCombs, Alix McCorkle, Ethan McKirdy, Micah Mitchell, Eli Molot, Jaelyn Nedelcoff, Evan Nelson, Eleanor Nickel, Regina Nolan, Liesel Odden, Anika Olson, Andrew Palmer, Jack Patterson, Gabriel Pearson, Olivia Peotter, Zachary Peterson, Hailey Pucillo, Seth Rehrauer, Dylan Riley, Carleigh Roberts, Maggie Rosemeyer, Brianne Sauer, Sage Sauer, Braiden Schiffner, Alyssa Schmidt, Ivy Schnelle, Tessa Schoenecker, Kaitlyn Schwass, Emily Skibba, Lauren Stoneman, Juniors Leo Stuedemann, Cade Sullivan, Emma Swenson, cum Laude Connor Blanke, Aidan Alex Thompson, Rachel Bledsoe, Connor Braatz, Trochlell, Gabriela Vander Lillian Coppelman, Colton Wegen, Delaney Whalen

Charles, Zachariah Clark, Hannah Corning, Quentin DeBoer, Brody Dion, Emma Eisele, Ariana Florin, Carter Goltz, Luke Hamlette, M y k H aw k i n s , C o n n o r Hein, Amelia Hermanson, Max Herweijer, Jackson Hoelker, Chelsea Housley, Ryan Howard, Paul Johnston, Tatyana Klahn, Kayla Kliminski, Britney Lang, Payton Lang, Lily Lewis, Carleigh Moore, Brendan Moore, Isabella Murphy, Andrew Niaves, Carver Oenick, Esperanza Ortega, Nadia Pearce, Elliott Poole, Danielle Rhude, Gavin Rice, Hailey Richter, Ryan Russell, Emma Schaeffer, Isaac Schultz, Claudia Schwartz, Hayden Sharkus, Tyler Soule, Aidan Stack, Kade Tracy, Averi Unbehaun, Paige Vondra, Tighearnan Way, Gabriela Wooldridge, Isabel Worden and Connor Wright Magna cum Laude Jack Baillies, Jake Barlow, Avery Berens-VanHeest, Olivia Bergemann, Evan Burmeister, Sophia Davidson, Eli Haufle, Isabella Hayde, Lauren Janssens, Ethan Johnson, Megan Klein, Quillian Krasny, Megan Krueger, Claire Kruser, David Mailloux, Alois McKarns, Abbegail Menendez, Riley Meyer, Dustin Michek, Ryan Morrill, Marshall Mueller, Lucille Nonemacher, Anna Oelke, Blake Pankratz, Ryne Panzer, Ty Pieper, Olivia Powell, Josef Roemer, Alyssa Schell, Michael Schliem, Lucas Snow, Abigail Stebbins, Kimberly Urban, Caden White and Olivia Zimmerman Summa cum Laude Rialey Anderson, Isabel Bauer, Jordan Baumgartner, Odin Beck, Elena Behdad, Carson Boumstein, Jaxon Brockman, Deaken Bush, Owen Butzlaff, Aiyona Calvin, Collin Cheney, Clara C o l l i n s , R e m i C o o p e r, Anthony Couillard, Adam Craig, Emily Crowe, Kaitlyn Davis, Samantha Derrick, Joshua Dieter, Celia Ebert, Cearah Egwuonwu, Lilyan Eisele, Parker Ertl, Riley Fahey, Casey Farrar, Tyler Fisher, Hannah Folmer, Lily Frank, Brayden Fry, Lily Gebauer, Olivia Haines, Aaron Hakes, Keira Hanmer, Maxwell Higgins, Carter Johnston, Jenna Keiner, Cooper King, Elijah Lehmann, Jacob Lorenz, Kirk Lynch, Mitchell Mancusi, Brynn Mancusi, Anna Martin, Linus Maurice, Annika McGill, Adam Mikkelson, Samuel Morin, Allyssa Mortenson, Emily Mortenson, Garrett Nettesheim, Gillian Oenick, Mollie Olson, Daryn O’Malley, Zoey Pagels, Marc Patterson, Teagan Phillips, Grace Riedl, Alex Rodriguez, Austin Saunders, Turner Sieren, Kristelle Sommers, Miller Stang, David Stevenson, Paige Stevenson, Lewis Tanner, Braden Taylor, Alexandra Walsh, Bree Wannebo, Alissa Waterbury, Eli Weink, Henry Weink, Alyssa Wiese, Cory Wimmer, Christian Wirtz, Gabriella Wirtz and Emma Yeakley

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Ruth Ann Swanson Ruth Ann Swanson, age 90, passed away on Monday, March 2, 2020, at East Castle Place in Milwaukee. She was born in Janesville on Aug. 21, 1929, the only child of Charles Joseph and Grace Emma (Wesenberg) Butler. The young family survived the years of the Great Depression with Charles working as a laborer and farmer in and around Janesville. When Ruth was nine years old her mother Grace became ill with cancer and died Oct. 11, 1938. Her mother’s illness and early death profoundly impacted Ruth’s life. She developed a passion for medicine and nursing along with a strong faith which sustained her throughout life. She graduated from Mercy School of Nursing as a registered nurse in Janesville in 1952. Ruth married her loving husband, Paul Gabriel Swanson on Jan. 23, 1954. They were married 57 years, living first in Janesville and then moving to Oregon in 1966. With their five children now school age, Ruth returned to nursing at the Oregon Clinic working with Drs. Kellogg and Dukerschein. She retired from the clinic in 1987. Ruth was an active disciple of St. John’s Lutheran Church, serving on the church council and volunteering where needed. She was active within the Oregon community primarily in healthcare and senior advocacy. In 1970, she was part o f t h e wo r k i n g g r o u p made up of Oregon’s four main churches to develop a plan for senior housing and the first building, Genesis I, was dedicated in April of 1972. In 1980, Village Board president Norm Champion asked Ruth to join an effort to address the growing needs of seniors and they formed the Oregon Area Council on Aging and established the Oregon Senior Center. Ruth served on the Board of the Senior Center until 2017. Ruth was a strong advocate for seniors throughout Dane County and the State of Wisconsin. On Sept. 21, 2000, she received the Volunteer Recognition Award from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Administration on Aging for “Outstanding Contribution to Reducing Fraud, Waste and Abuse in the Medicare and Medicaid Programs.” Ruth traveled with her

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husband Paul, daughter Grace and granddaughter Julia (who followed in her grandmother’s footsteps to become a nurse) to Washington, D.C. to accept the award. She loved being a wife and mother and cherished the time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Ruth enjoyed time spent at home with Paul and did her best to supervise him through many remodeling and construction projects. She also enjoyed crocheting, making strawberry freezer jam in June and preparing lefse for the holidays. Ruth is survived by d a u g h t e r- i n - l aw, J a n e Swanson; daughter, Grace (Mark) Thomsen; sons, Eric (La Vonne Cornell-) Swanson, Edward (Melissa) Swanson, and Kyle (Darlene) Swanson; grandchildren, Sonja Thomsen-Oulahan, Justin Swanson, Julia Hess, Jordan Swanson, Hallie Swanson, Reid Swanson, Paul Swans o n , M ega n S wa n s o n , Joelle DeMeyer, Rachel Jensen, Brekken Swanson, Nathan Swanson, Jaimee Swanson and Ryan Swanson; great-grandchildren, Maxwell, Evan, Liam, Orjan, Declan, Griffin, Sienna, Meilah, Wrenley, Charlie, Aiden, Ruth, Maddax, Aurora, Laken, Calvin and Clementine; and other relatives and friends. She was preceded in death by her husband, Paul Swanson; oldest son, John Swanson; and grandsons, Jens Thomsen and Jared Swanson. A funeral service will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, 625 E. Netherwood St., Oregon, at 11 a.m., on Saturday, April 4, 2020, with the Rev. Paul Markquart presiding. Burial will be held at Milton Lawns Memorial Park. Visitation will be held at the church from 9 a.m. until the time of the service on Saturday. Memorials may be made to St. John’s Lutheran Church. Online condolences may be made at gundersonfh. com. Gunderson Oregon Funeral and Cremation Care 1150 Park Street 835-3515

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More than 10 parents gathered for the first Sports Mom Mantra workshop writer inspiring words that describe their children on Monday, Feb. 10.

Participants from the first Sports Mom Mantra workshop writer inspiring words that describe their children.

Mantra: Crowe encourages a ‘growth mindset’ where self worth is not tied to mistakes Continued from page 1 gained from youth sports, but also the negative. Crowe recalled last summer an incident where her daughter was playing league softball and a teammate didn’t catch an opponent sliding into home base. “You should have had that,” the assistant coach yelled. Crowe said she was heart broken. That experience, as well as others, has resulted in Crowe’s daughter making herself small after mistakes, being afraid to speak up and comparing herself to others. Crowe wanted to know how to combat the shame, comparison and perfectionism, she said. Five years ago, those experiences prompted her to start doing research on

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creating a better environment for children in sports. She joined sports mom’s Facebook pages, studied the “I love to watch you play” website and read all the Brene Brown books on shame and vulnerability. Crowe also interviewed coaches in the Oregon area to collect their best practices with dealing with issues with athletes or teams. Now, she wants to share the knowledge she’s gained over years of weekly practices and weekend tournaments, with the workshop being the first step in what she hopes to be a community conversation surrounding youth sports. Parents who participated in the workshop have children ranging from second graders to sophomores in college. Part of the work,

Crowe said, said it is about changing the mindsets of the athletes and the parents. In negative circumstances, Crowe said, we can encourage athletes to recognize the things they can’t control like spectator parents, team dynamics and aggressive coaches and focus on what they can control like positivity, comparison and self worth. During the Sports Mom Mantra class, Crowe created a workbook for parents to take home. Some of the messages in the book included “comparison robs you of your joy” and “find your voice, speak up, don’t play small, don’t give up.” A f t e r t r y i n g t o fi n d answers of how to talk to her daughter and improve her confidence, Crowe said she fully embraces the idea

are indefinitely confined to home or a care facility, in the military, hospitalized, or serving as a sequestered juror. If this applies to you, contact the municipal clerk regarding deadlines for requesting and submitting an absentee ballot. Voting an absentee ballot in person You may also request and vote an absentee ballot in the clerks office or other specified location during the days and hours specified for casting an absentee ballot in person. Peggy Haag, Clerk VILLAGE OF OREGON 117 Spring Street Oregon, WI 53575 (608) 835-3118 March 16th- April 1st, 2020 Mon.-Fri. 7:30am-4:30pm April 2nd-April 3rd, 2020 7:30am-5pm Jennifer Hanson, Clerk TOWN OF OREGON 1138 Union Road Oregon, WI 53575 (608) 835-3200 March 16th- April 1st, 2020 Mon.-Fri. 8am-4:30pm April 2nd April 3rd, 2020 8am-5pm Dawn George, Clerk TOWN OF RUTLAND 4177 Old Stage Road Brooklyn, WI 53521 (608) 455-3925 March 16th — 2020-April 3rd, 2020 Call number above for appointment Linda Kuhlman, Clerk VILLAGE OF BROOKLYN 210 Commercial St. Brooklyn, WI 53521 (608) 455-4201 March 16th April 3rd, 2020 (Mon.Fri.) 7am-5pm The first day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerks office is / was: See dates & times above The last day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerks office: See dates & times above No in-person absentee voting may occur on the day before the election. The municipal clerk will deliver vot-

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of a growth mindset and hopes to encourage other parents to embrace that mindset too. “When you have a growth mindset, you know that you will make mistakes and you know you will receive feedback you don’t like but it’s not tied to your selfworth,” Crowe wrote to the Observer in an email. “Instead of the feedback or set-back stopping you — you embrace it, learn from it and go forward – gaining more confidence as you do.” Contact Mackenzie Krumme at mackenzie. krumme@wcinet.com.

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installing signs and raising money for the club and the community. Volunteers do this each year, without the guarantee of a single ride. This season, the trails were open roughly two weeks, according to Dane County Parks data. During the 2017 season, the trails were open for just three days. And 2002, the trails did not open for a single day. “We might get one more blizzard and get out on the trails one more time,” a Sno Hornet member said during a monthly meeting. Membership chair Sheri Arndt replied, “We can only hope.”

President: Larry Arndt Vice president: Tyler Arndt Secretary: Trenton Diehl Treasurer: Erin Hawkinson Membership chair: Sheri Arndt Trail coordinator: Perry Jorgensen Dane County Council Representative /Association of Wisconsin Snowmobile Clubs (AWSC) representative for Green County: Mark Stephens

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Jerry Zweifel is the only remaining charter member who joined the Sno Hornets five decades ago, still riding and a regular at monthly meetings. Although membership has changed, the Sno Hornets still prioritize community and camaraderie as the founding members did, member Mark Stephens wrote in a 50th anniversary history letter. Each year in February, members get together for the annual Klondike celebration. People celebrate the season with the “soup kettle,” where every participant brings a can of soup and pour it into a large

people become life long friends,” vice president Photo submitted Tyler Arndt wrote to the When weather conditions permit, members of the Brooklyn Sno Hornets have club rides. The Observer in an email. 2019/20 snowmobiling season is the 50th for the Brooklyn Sno Hornets. kettle. The soup is then cooked over a fire with hotdogs and beer. Arndt and Stephens said although it sounds scary, the soup tastes surprisingly good. To thank the landowners for allowing the trails on their land, Sno Hornets continue with a dying tradition of paying the homeowners $1 per “rod,” or a six and a half foot portion of trail on their property. Previously it was state mandated that

homeowners be compensated, but now with less engagement and funding to clubs the tradition is less common, Stephens said. Many of the landowners, return the check and put it right back into the Sno Hornets fund, member Dale Arndt said. The club also holds a landowners party each summer with food and drinks to show their appreciation. In addition to thanking the landowners, the Sno

Hornets donate roughly $1,100 to area organizations, such as fire departments and EMS, Erin Hawkinson, the treasurer, said . That amount does not include the roughly $3,000 raised by the annual Truck and Tractor pull organized by both the Brooklyn Sno Hornets and the Oregon Sno Blazers Club. “The camaraderie that comes with being apart of a snowmobile club is awesome. In most cases those

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The emphasis on community hasn’t changed but the club’s equipment has. From 1970 to 1989, volunteers used a weighted bed spring, pulled behind a snowmobile to groom the trails. They also had paper signs that directed riders on the trail. Those signs, however, quickly weathered. To d a y, t h e g r o o m i n g equipment has been upgraded to two groomers, a John Deer tractor, a mower and

Sno Hornets annual events Klondike picnic: February Landowners appreciation picnic: Summer Truck and tractor pull: September (Labor day weekend) Pork chop feed: December a mulcher, and the metal signs can now be reused every year. As the club expanded, members needed more space for monthly meetings and annual celebrations. From October to April, club officers and members gather in the Brooklyn Community Building to discuss the club’s financials and future plans. Although they no longer meet in the “Hornets nest” on the secluded farm, the name and the traditions are still kept alive. “Without clubs and the volunteers that are the members there would be no snowmobile trails. The 25,000 miles of trails in Wisconsin are there to be enjoyed because of clubs,” president Larry Arndt wrote in an email. Contact Mackenzie Krumme at mackenzie. krumme@wcinet.com.

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