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Thursday, March 26, 2020 • Vol. 135, No. 39 • Oregon, WI • ConnectOregonWI.com • $1.50

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As the COVID-19 crisis continues to grow more real to Oregon residents, businesses and other organizations have been adapting to what seems like new realities every day. National, state and local restrictions aimed at stemming the worldwide spread of the novel coronavirus grew tighter every few days, with Gov. Tony Evers declaring on Tuesday, March 24, that only essential business operations may continue. What qualified as essential was a long list that included all food service, professional services, charity organizations, construction, delivery and financial institutions. That 16-page edict – foreshadowed four days earlier with an update to the governor’s March 17 mass gathering order – f o r c e d m a ny O r eg o n businesses to adjust their models or close, at least t e m p o r a r i l y. S i t - d o w n

Inside Oregon neighborhood hosts parade Page 2 Pantry moves to pre-packaged food, curbside pickup Page 3 Restaurant listings for where to order carryout Page 6 County announces a hiring freeze Page 7 restaurants and bars either stopped serving or switched to curbside pickup, funeral homes restricted visitors, while grocery stores and drive-thru

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Educators prepare for long-distance teaching Virtual learning becoming the new normal for schools SCOTT DE LARUELLE Unified Newspaper Group

Schools in the Oregon School District are quiet. But there’s still a lot of learning going on. Since Dane County ordered all schools to close starting Monday, March 16, as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s a new normal for educators, students and parents.

Schools statewide will be shut down for an indefinite period of time, as Gov. Tony Evers has ordered the closure for the duration of the public health emergency. After a welcome pause this week for spring break, they’ll be back at it – teaching and learning in their new home classrooms. For administrators, the week of March 16-20 was focused on reaching out to families and connecting with students to ensure all district families are ready to access distance learning when it

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Charlie’s on Main closed its bar until further notice — until the COVID-19 pandemic lifts. However, the establishment is still open for to-go orders.

Weathering the storm Oregon businesses do their best to adapt to ever-evolving pandemic EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

Almost overnight, Oregon’s streets went from bustling to silent. Amid a COVID-19 pandemic that has increasingly dominated headlines the past few weeks, businesses and food establishments have been forced to adapt as the disease continues to spread. Gov. Tony Evers signed an order Tuesday, March 24, calling for the public to stay at home and closing all non-essential businesses in the state. This comes a week after he ordered a ban on gatherings of 10 people or more, updating the order Friday, March 20, to close salons, spas and body art parlors. According to that order, media and news organizations, laundromats, financial institutions, public transportation, healthcare institutions and grocery stores may remain open. It is unclear, according to Evers’ Tweets, whether that list will change. But as the Observer reached out to affected businesses and food establishments, one thing became clear — they aren’t going down

without a fight. Some restaurants and bars continue to offer curbside pickup and online ordering. Other businesses have shifted employees to working from home, offering meetings and classes virtually. The Observer spoke with four businessowners — Dave Heide, Charlie’s on Main; Dave Grueneberg, White Rock Bar in Rutland; Dan Donoghue, Chocolate Caper; Erin Chisman, Academy of Sound and Kelly Scholz-Temte, Wishing Tree Studio. The five provided a window into what the business climate is now like in Oregon. They all voiced concerns about their employees’ financial wellbeing and health, but offered hopes they will all weather this storm together. The owners come from varying circumstances. While Gruenewald said he’s retired and the majority of his employees were part-time with other jobs, Heide said he worries the pandemic will greatly impact his staff ’s income. Donoghue said his staff is doing all they can to stay afloat. Both Chisman and Scholz-Temte said their businesses have so far adapted well to going virtual for now. Academy of Sound, which relies on foot traffic

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How to help The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has released a guide for small businesses and community organizations to help navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. It includes sections on protecting the health of employees and customers, community level initiatives, technology-based solutions and ideas for products and services to offer as people are homebound. The guide can be downloaded at wedc.org/programs-and-resources/ covid-19-response. WEDC also has $5 million in its arsenal available to Community Development Financial Institutions to make grants up to $20,000 each to existing loan clients, an email news release states. Other organizations, including the Small Business Administration, have an economic injury disaster loans program available once the federal government declares Wisconsin a disaster area. Current funding is capped at $50 billion nationwide, the release states.

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Oregon neighborhood celebrates life with parade EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

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A suburban Oregon neighborhood on Pinon Trail hosted a small parade of hope Sunday. Area residents put positive messages in their driveway with chalk.

Lily Beehn, 8, Oregon, holds up a sign of hope for neighborhood parade-goers, who stood at the edge of their drive-way to help practice social distancing.

Tommy, the yellow lab, helps the neighborhood spread some joy with a parade.

Melanie Tomlinson, Oregon, carries signs as a participant in the parade.

People offered kindness cookies during a neighborhood parade to spread some hope during the COVID-19 pandemic Sunday, March 22. Amid the COVID-19 outbreak, an Oregon neighborhood decided to spread some home and joy Sunday, March 22.

Leading the parade is the Wisconsin flag, followed by kids on bikes, dogs and a tractor all throwing candy to people and children standing at the end of their driveways.

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An Oregon neighborhood, located on Pinon Trail, took some time away f r o m t h e i r C OV I D - 1 9 pandemic worries Sunday, March 22, to instead spread some joy. With social distancing in mind, less than 10 neighborhood members gathered in a small parade as a reminder there’s still hope to be had. The participants waved the Wisconsin flag, displayed colorful signs with upbeat messages and threw candy to parade-goers standing at the ends of their driveways. Even while six feet apart, the parade was a show of solidarity — we are not alone in our worries. And we will get through this together. Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@ wcinet.com or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.


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Governing bodies prioritize public health as the COVID-19 pandemic plays out. The Oregon School District, Oregon Village Board, Brooklyn Village Board and Oregon Town Board have all either postponed, EMILIE HEIDEMANN canceled or moved to a virtual AND SCOTT DE LARUELLE meeting format. Unified Newspaper Group The Village of Oregon isn’t holding its next meeting tentativeGoverning bodies in Oregon ly until Monday, April 20, village and Brooklyn are shifting the way administrator Mike Gracz told the they hold open meetings for now Observer in an email. He said he

Meetings canceled, going virtual amid COVID-19 outbreak

will still exercise the emergency powers trustees granted to him at the Monday, March 16, meeting to pay bills and other necessary governing functions. T h e Vi l l a g e o f B r o o k l y n announced in a press release this week that it will continue to hold its meetings on the second and fourth Monday of every month, via GoToMeeting software. The Town of Oregon is addressing each meeting it holds close

to the date they are being held. It had already canceled its Tuesday, March 17, Planning Commission meeting. Brooklyn is closing down its community building on 201 Commercial St., and its parks until June 1, according to a news release. “We will continue to monitor the situation and will make policy changes as needed,” the release states. The Oregon school board last

met on Monday, March 9, but it could be on hiatus during the school shutdown. Oregon School District communications director Erika Mundinger wrote in an email on Friday, March 20 district officials are “exploring what could be done” to continue to hold school board and committee meetings during the school shutdown. The next meeting is scheduled for 6:30 p.m. Monday, April 18.

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Netherwood Road is flooded again. Public works director Jeff Rau updated Village Board trustees about the situation Monday, March 16 and later told the Observer in an email the water was beginning to encroach on the north side of the road. The village has been pumping water from the Cusick Pond area across Netherwood into the Lerner Park and Keller Alpine Park area, where water eventually makes its way to the Oregon Branch of Badfish Creek, Rau told the Observer. A year ago, floods

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The Oregon Area Food Pantry is now offering its guests curbside pickup and pre-packaged foods for the time being.

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The Oregon Area Food Pantry is moving to pre-packaged food and curbside pickup for its guests, according to a March 19 news release from the nonprofit. The move, to curb spread of the novel coronavirus during the COVID-19 pandemic, is effective for all upcoming distribution dates until further notice, the release states. OAFP is also pausing donation of food and asking the public to consider a monetary gift if able. “Our food pantry typically provides guests choices when picking up food,” the release reads. “This will no longer be possible with curbside pickup. We will do our best to create packages with a variety of healthy food and will be core items to help families during this pandemic.” COVID-19 first seen in China in 2019, has since spread internationally, affecting more than 200,000 people and killing more than 10,000. COVID-19 was deemed

oregonareafoodpantry. com a worldwide pandemic March 11 by the World Health Organization, the first since H1N1 influenza in 2009. The pantry anticipates a high volume of guests, and the release asks for patience. Staff are practicing social distancing and limiting the number of people in the building, 107 N. Alpine Pkwy. Guests are instructed to remain in line in their cars until they reach the front, the release states, and staff will register them without them having to enter the building. The pantry also asks guests to bring identification with them. For continuous updates, visit oregonareafoodpantry.com. Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@ wcinet.com or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.

The Dane County Sheriff’s Office is temporarily suspending several of its services due to the COVD19 pandemic, including evictions and other actions based on court orders. According to a Thursday, March 19 news release, DSCO announced the availability of online forms from Public Health of Madison and Dane County for reporting violations to help enforce the recent county regulations against gatherings of 10 or more people, including restaurants and taverns. The form is available at publichealthmdc.com. Sheriff Dave Mahoney said in the release he is working closely with his county law enforcement to decrease the number of people arrested who are brought to jail. The Dane County Courthouse announced earlier

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very well,” Rau wrote. “By pumping, we are able to keep most of the water away from the low point on Netherwood Road preventing the damage.” Netherwood Road remains closed between North Burr Oak and Cusick Parkway, but open between Cusick and Alpine Parkway, he wrote. “The village is working toward long term solutions,” Rau wrote. “These improvements include additional dredging of a channel in Lerner Park, new outlet structure for Cusick Parkway Pond and new culverts under Cusick Parkway. The bulk of the water we are receiving is overflow water from the Lake Barney area.”

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Find out about absentee balloting First, voters do not need to be sick, incapacitated or out of town to request an absentee ballot, which is vital to know now and for future elections. Second, a request for an absentee ballot must be received by your municipal clerk no later than 5 pm on the Thursday before the Tuesday election. This means making your request by Wednesday, March 31, or Thursday, April 2, for the April 7 election. However, if the completed absentee ballot is to be mailed,

the US Postal Service recommends mailing absentee ballots at least one week before the April 7 election. Your completed absentee ballot can also be delivered to your municipal clerk no later than 8 pm on election day- April 7. You may also cast an absentee ballot at your clerk’s office or another site designated for in-person absentee ballots. Mary Hollister Oregon

Vote Jill Karofsky for Supreme Court In addition to the presidential primary, another important race is on the ballot on April 7, Jill Karofsky is running for the Wisconsin Supreme Court. The incumbent, also running, defended the rigged voting maps that are meant to keep Republicans in power in our state. With the redistricting process coming up after the census is completed, this seat on the

Wisconsin Supreme Court is a must win, if there is to be any hope for fair maps in Wisconsin for the next 10 years. If you would like to vote from the safety and comfort of homerequest your Absentee Ballot today! myvote.wi.gov Peter Hollister Oregon

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he reality of COVID-19 is beginning to sink in, and so is the fear. In early March, I was lightheartedly joking with people about the lack of toilet paper and elbow bumps as we began the process of social distancing. Last week, as I was writing this, I was seeing somber faces and silence had replaced small talk. The energy of fear was reflected in people’s eyes and voices. The depth of fear that is coursing through humanity’s nervous system at this time is profound because we’ve not faced anything like this in modern times. Surprisingly, many people may not be aware of the fact that their bodies are in fear. Our minds say we are worried, concerned and uncertain, but there is no acknowledgement of the fear that lies in the physical body. Fear is felt in the body, not the brain, and we can get so involved with our thinking process and planning that we fail to connect with the body and its deep sense of fear. When that fear is finally felt, as it’s being felt now, people are going into somewhat of a shock that can leave one feeling victimized. From an energetic perspective, acknowledging our own personal fears at this time is perhaps the most important thing we can do. Unfortunately, our natural reaction to feelings of fear is repression, because it feels icky, and if I admit that

I’m in fear, it means things are really bad. The physical body has certain innate fears that, when recognized by the mind, actually Deits help release and relieve those fears, thereby lowering one’s anxieties. Accepting that our fears exist actually makes it easier for us to move forward through the crisis, allowing one to adapt to the ever-changing landscape. Among the body’s fears are the fear of death and dying, fear of the unknown and fear of being alone or losing people close to us. COVID-19 checks all those boxes. So much is still unknown about the virus, and it will take time for researchers to get the answers. It will take time for health organizations to get prepared for the almost certain overload on an already taxed health care system. We are all hanging over a barrel right now wondering what’s going to happen, how long will this go on, how bad will it get, how to pay bills and care for our families. The unknown is all we have in this moment. Since the estimated survival rate is 99%, I have found that I was much more fearful of people’s panicked reactions to the pandemic announcement than I was of the virus itself. My spouse shared his experience of going to the grocery store and Costco, where he

could feel the panic in the air, and he found the visual of rows of empty shelves very disturbing to witness. His body went into fear, lots of fear. When I turned the TV on and saw a special report that for the second time that week the stock market stopped trading for 15 minutes to stop the speed at which the market was dropping, I went into shock for a second. It felt like the world was about to spiral into chaos and I couldn’t stop it, I couldn’t stop anything and I felt things were completely out of control. I was in fear, I was scared. I find that I have to manage my fear every single day, and I do that by first acknowledging my fear and telling myself I am not a victim, and then I go about my day. I make choices and decisions based on what I feel is best for me in the moment, and I have much less anxiety. I also have much compassion for those who are struggling, and if someone needs to stockpile toilet paper to feel safe, that’s OK. I can use Kleenex instead. Along with crisis comes a tremendous amount of generosity, goodwill and unity as we all pull together to weather this storm. It’s important to remember that we can all move forward with a positive attitude while still acknowledging our fears. Embracing our fear will greatly help us to get through what lies ahead. Doris Deits is the owner of Peaceful Heart Gifts in Oregon.

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need to hear from you. How is homeschooling your kids going? Are you dealing with possibly losing your job or getting your hours cut? How are you managing the stresses of trying to keep yourself and those you care about safe? Have you discovered any silver linings? There are many ways to answer those questions. You can send us a letter to the editor, post on our Facebook

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Stark revelations from the coronavirus Oregon, Brooklyn get surge The economic shocks which have resulted from the measures we are taking to minimize the risks of a Coronavirus pandemic have starkly revealed two “inconvenient truths”: (1) How many of the goods, services, and routines of our normal daily lives are not, strictly speaking, “essential” (2) How few of us derive income from the production and delivery of “essential” goods and services It is certainly true that a handful of essential things are in short supply, like facemasks, testing kits, and the capacity of medical providers to deal with rapid increases in infection. And it is true that more than a few essential things are out of stock due to panic buying, hoarding, and delays in delivery. Perhaps we could get by without toilet paper, but the dangers of contagion from alternative methods of cleaning our bottoms would almost certainly exceed the risks of the Coronavirus itself! People who have worked in the entertainment and hospitality industries still need to buy essential things, but vacation flights, eating out, and bowling are not “needs” from the standpoint of the consumer. Most of us have been fed a steady diet of self-congratulatory propaganda about the wonders of our economic system. Our political leaders and economic high priests never tire of praising the wonders of constantly-rising productivity, and few heresies incite more of their scorn than a whiff of Luddism. “More productive machines make it

possible to produce a ton of steel or potatoes with fewer workers? No problem! ‘Productivity’ will free them up for more valuable work! (Who knows, a few might even be bright enough to rise to the very apex of value by becoming economists, like us ...)” It is certainly true that we have benefited enormously from our current economic system — especially from a material standpoint. And for that we should be grateful. But very few systems are entirely free of flaws, certainly not when pursued to excess. And that is the mind-boggling thing about the dilemma we are facing: we are, for the moment, stuck with an economy which goes into shock if we aren’t always consuming more. And more. And more. To blame it all on capitalism is a distraction, like blaming food for obesity. We need to grapple with a phenomenon that is deeply rooted in our belief systems, values, and relationships to each other. A screwed up economy is just one symptom of a disease in our hearts. When we put on our “consumer” hat, we do not reliably behave as though we want other people to have jobs — and income from jobs. The cost of all the “saving” we demand is a lack of use for others. I don’t know how to “fix” this. But I am sure that trying to get back to “normal” will just kick the can down the road.

in absentee requests EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

As state and local officials have encouraged more Wisconsinites to vote absentee amid COVID-19 concerns, requests for the ballots in Oregon and Brooklyn have far exceeded that of previous years. As of 11 a.m. Monday, March 23, clerks from the villages of Oregon and Brooklyn reported at least four times as many voters as had requested ballots in the entire 2016 spring election, the last one that was also a presidential primary. And more Town of Oregon voters had requested ballots voted in the Feb. 18 nonpartisan primary. Those numbers include in-person filings.

In a March 17 news release, the Wisconsin Elections Commission reported absentee requests statewide are on a record pace. Many clerks in Dane County have urged voters to request ballots by mail rather than crowd the polls in the April 7 Spring Election and Presidential Preference Primary. Candie Jones, Village of Oregon clerk, told the Observer Monday was a busy day at village hall, and absentee requests had exceeded 1,600. “It’s hard to provide an exact figure, as (numbers) are continuously coming in and (village staff) has to evaluate if they have a photo ID on file,” Jones told the Observer in an email. In 2016, the village received 406 requests – 6.45% of total voters in the

jurisdiction. “Village Hall staff is working continuously and very well together,” Jones said. “Everyone is taking precautionary measures and disinfecting shared equipment.” Village of Brooklyn clerk Linda Kuhlman said the municipality reached around 140 requests – compared with about 20-30 voters during the 2016 presidential primary election. Jennifer Hanson, Town of Oregon clerk, said 600 voters filed absentee requests in that jurisdiction. The deadline to register to vote by mail was March 18, but voters can continue to get registered in-person, and registered voters can continue to request ballots by mail until 5 p.m. Thursday, April 2, at myvote.wi.gov.

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Supreme Court vote is very important I have never washed my hands as much as I have in the past few days, staying in the house and grateful for technology that allows me to stay in touch with children and grandchildren. Still, I am alarmed by what the future may hold unless we find a way to restore the values and reclaim the democracy that once inspired the world. Elections that are scheduled for April 7 to elect local officials, a Wisconsin Supreme Court Justice and perhaps the next President of the United States are now imperiled by a pandemic that threatens to bring down our economy, our democracy and the very healthcare system that we depend on to keep us healthy and alive. The good news is that the power to preserve and restore our democracy doesn’t reside in Madison or Washington but in the people when we the people vote. An important choice will face us in the election, on April 7th. Daniel Kelly,

who was appointed to the Wisconsin Supreme court by former Governor Scott Walker, has made no secret of his support for Gerrymandered districts designed to keep control of the legislature in the hands of a highly partisan minority. Kelly is opposed by Jill Karofsky, a highly respected and experienced attorney who could restore balance and provide a voice for ordinary families on Wisconsin’s highest court. In light of the pandemic where minimizing social contacts is encouraged, voters have the option of requesting an absentee ballot on the myvote.wi.gov website until March 30, and can cast their vote without putting themselves, poll workers or neighbors at risk. Please vote like our future depends on it, because it does. Charles Uphoff Fitchburg

Vote for Jill Karofsky I’m casting my vote for Judge Jill Karofsky for the Wisconsin Supreme Court and I urge you to do the same. Judge Karofsky has a long history of service to the Judiciary and the community. She has demonstrated her commitment to equal justice for all. I am both a municipal court judge and an attorney.

I have been concerned about the politicization of our Supreme Court. I am confident that Judge Karofsky will demonstrate fairness and impartiality as a Supreme Court Justice. You can vote and register by mail by going to myvote.wi.gov Beth L. Cox Oregon

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Offering: Carryout, curbside pick up Open Adjusted Hours: 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. Offering: Carryout, delivery Monday through Friday; 11 a.m. to Senor Peppers Hours: 10:30 a.m. to 10 p.m. Mon8 p.m.Saturday; noon to 8 p.m. SunOffering: Carryout and delivery day through Thursday; 10:30 a.m. to day Adjusted hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. 11 p.m. Friday and Saturday Phone: 291-2555 Monday through Thursday, 11 a.m. to Phone: 835-5555 8:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday Mulligan’s Bar and Grill Pizza Pit Phone: 835-7930 Offering: Carryout Offering: Carryout, delivery Adjusted hours: 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Chocolate Caper Adjusted Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Sunday Offering: Carryout, curbside pick Monday through Sunday Phone: 835-6422 up, delivery Phone: 835-7744 Sonny’s Kitchen Adjusted hours: 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Offering: Carryout Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to Ziggy’s BBQ Smokehouse and Hours: 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday Ice Cream Parlor 3 p.m. Saturday and Sunday Phone: 835-9294 Offering: Carryout, curbside pick through Thursday; 7 a.m. to 9 p.m. Friday; 6 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday; up, delivery Counsins Sub Hours: 11 a.m. to 9 p.m.Tuesday 6 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday Offering: Carryout and curbside Phone: 291-2266 through Friday; 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.Saturpick up day; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday Subway Hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. MonOffering: Carryout day through Saturday, 10:30 a.m. to JL Richards Prime Meats and Adjusted hours: 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. 7 p.m. Sunday Catering Monday through Sunday Phone: 291-0900 Offering: Carryout, curbside pick Phone: 835-8384 up Headquarters Bar and Grill H o u r s : 1 1  a . m . t o 2  p . m . a n d Cousins’ Subs Offering: Carryout, curbside pick Offering: Carryout, curbside pickup 4-7 p.m. Monday through Sunday up, delivery Adjusted hours: 11 a.m. to 7 p.m Phone: 835-9188 Hours: 9 am to 9 p.m. Monday Monday through Sunday through Sunday Lil’ Buddy’s Popcorn Phone: 291-0900 Phone: 291-0750 Offering: Carryout Charlie’s on Main Adjusted Hours: 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Firefly Coffee House and ArtiOffering: Carryout, curbside pick Monday through Saturday, san Cheese up, delivery Phone: 835-5505 Offering: Carryout, curbside pick Adjusted hours: Tuesday through up Saturday 4 to 8 p.m. Papa Murphy’s Take N Bake Adjusted Hours: 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Pizza Phone: 835-8200 Monday through Sunday Offering: Carryout, curbside pick Closed Phone: 835-6238 up, delivery Ace’s Main Tap La Rocca’s Pizzeria Adjusted: 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday Did not immediately respond through Thursday; 10 am. to 9 p.m. Offering: Carryout, delivery McDonalds, Burger King, Moonstar Restaurant H o u r s : 4 : 3 0 - 1 0  p . m . M o n d a y Friday and Saturday -Mackenzie Krumme Phone: 835-0883 through Thursday; 4:30-10:30 p.m.

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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 26 WOW: UW Pharmacy Students Health Talk (March 13) ORE: OHS Jazz Percussion Ensemble (March 9) AIRS Friday, March 27 WOW: Library Presentation: The World into Word (Feb. 20) ORE: A Day of Music: Featuring the talent of OHS, OMS, and ODI Students Saturday, March 28 WOW: Movie: The Day the Earth Stood Still (1951) ORE: BKE Orchestra Recital (Feb. 20) Sunday, March 29 WOW: St. John’s Lutheran Church Service ORE: Alumni Basketball (Feb. 23)

Monday, March 30 WOW: Oregon Village Board Meeting (March 9) ORE: Oregon School Board Meeting (March 9) Tuesday, March 31 WOW: Library Presentation: Beekeeping 101 (March 19) ORE: OHS Jazz Percussion Ensemble ( March 9) Wednesday, April 1 WOW: Oregon Progressives (March 6) ORE: A Day of Music: Featuring the talent of BKE, NKE, PVE and RCI Students Thursday, April 2 WOW: A Day of Music: Featuring Various Performances at the Senior Center ORE: OHS Choir Concert (March 10)

Senior center Thursday, March 26 My Meal, My Way Lunch at Ziggy’s Smokehouse and Ice Cream Parlor! Drop in between 11:30 AM and 12:45 PM Friday, March 27 Brat on White Bun Stewed Tomatoes Green Beans Fruit Cocktail Blueberry Crisp MO – Veggie Hot Dog NCS – SF Cookie SO — Chef’s Salad

Monday, March 30 Chicken Strips with BBQ Sauce Roasted Brussels Sprouts Coleslaw Dinner Roll Fruit Cup Peanut Butter Cookie MO – Garden Burger NCS – SF Cookie Tuesday, March 31 Tuna Casserole Roasted Baby Carrots Pickled Beets Banana Butterscotch Swirl Ice Cream MO – Egg Salad NCS – SF Ice Cream

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.

Churches 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@ 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

Meditation As a spiritual discipline, meditation can take many forms. Sitting, lying or kneeling quietly and emptying the mind is perhaps one of the simplest forms of meditation, and can be done almost anytime or anywhere, even during the interstitial spaces of a hectic day. Another form of meditation is to ponder a piece of scripture,for instance, repeating a short verse,such as “Lord, have mercy on me, a sinner.”Meditation can be done with eyes open or closed, and one can meditate while outdoors by simply contemplating nature. Taking in the glory of creation and reflecting on God’s handiwork is a form of meditation that can be practiced while looking at the trees and listening to the birds, or even while watching insects. For most forms of meditation, it helps to have a quiet place to meditate, away from the distractions of daily life, especially the phone and the computer screen, and a relaxed but upright posture is usually best. You want to be relaxed, but not in a position where you are likely to fall asleep. A final form of meditation is to meditate on some current event, and to contemplate a spiritual response to that event. As a way to foster spiritual growth, meditation is a discipline that should be done regularly, and with the aim of becoming a better person. The lessons that one learns during meditation should have a positive impact on your relationships with others and should be part of a wider effort to improve the world. –Christopher Simon


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School: Online classes to resume March 30 Continued from page 1 starts Monday, March 30, District communications director Erika Mundinger told the Observer in an email. The district distributed Chromebooks that week in a drive-through format to ensure students had the proper technology, and staff have been sharing a variety of optional activities and resources for students to do at home. “We will continue to review and make adjustments to distance learning as we begin offering this new mode of instruction,” she wrote. With all schools closed, the district office is the last OSD building still open. Mundinger said staff there have had to take steps to modify their day-to-day work contacts, but intend to remain open as long as advised. “We know it is so important to uphold health recommendations, including social distancing and avoiding large groups,” she wrote. “District leadership has continued to stay in touch frequently with the use of video conferences and phone calls.” OHS technology education teacher Erik Haakenson said the response of industry and other technology educators across the state has been outstanding. “Technology educators have continued to share course resources for many d i ff e r e n t c l a s s e s f r o m automotive technology to electronics,” he wrote the Observer in an email. “This change has further pushed us to rely on our online course organization and look for creative ways for students to complete projects using common household items.”

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The Friends of the Oregon School District teamed up with OSD staff last week to deliver food packs, breakfasts and lunches to students in the district. On Monday, March 16, the group helped distribute 170 food packs, which were FOSD and delivered by OSD staff. On Tuesday, they served 99 breakfasts and 106 lunches, using a drive through system at the schools. Oregon High School art teacher Mike Derrick spent much of the last week modifying curriculum and learning targets to be applicable with distance learning. He made several videos to send students, reviewing goals for their projects. “I have been channeling Bob Ross,” he quipped. “I try to find good on-line resources to share, even art related movies.” District deputy superintendent Leslie Bergstrom, who will succeed Busler in July as superintendent, told the Observer in an email it’s

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been inspiring to see how flexible everyone has been. “We are so proud of the collaboration that staff is using to share and develop resources to prepare for distance learning,” she wrote. The district posted a video Friday from Busler to all parents. He talked about the disruption, and also the kindness and caring of people in the community. “ To g e t h e r w e a r e i n uncharted waters,” he said. “I am confident we will move forward in this challenge the way we always do, as a community.”

State: Class of 2020 will graduate In the midst of unprecedented uncertainty and upheaval due to the coronavirus pandemic, there was at least a bit of positive news this week. High school seniors will graduate as planned in June, and students won’t have to retake a year’s grade because of missing class time due to virtual schooling for what could be the remainder of the 2020-21 school year. That was the word from Gov. Tony Evers in a Sunday, March 22, news release. No word was given on holding public ceremonies, which are scheduled for Sunday, June 14, at Oregon High School. Waiving requirements isn’t something done lightly, superintendent Brian Busler told the Observer in a March 23 email, but he said it was necessary given the public health emergency. “Governor Evers’ order ensures that we will have the flexibility needed to do what is best for students, staff, and schools,” Busler wrote.

Pete Gunderson has been in the funeral businesses for 40 years – in that time, he has seen epidemics such as tuberculosis in the 1960s, HIV in the 1980s, SARS in 2003 and H1N1 in 2009. But the COVID-19 pandemic, he said, is truly unprecedented. Throughout the recent crisis, mortuary services remain essential healthcare functions, according to the federal Department of Homeland Security. Although services, like everything else in Dane County, are now limited to 10 people or less, local funeral homes are finding

ways to accommodate families whose loved ones have died. Gunderson, president of Gunderson Funeral Home said it is a difficult time for those who work in mortuary services. Families must turn away loved ones, and choose just 10 people to attend the funeral of their mother, aunt or grandparent. Gunderson said the reality of the situation is hard even for his staff, who have been working with the families. “It can pull at your heart strings,” Gunderson said. At both Gunderson when it is time to plan services, staff are able to meet with families virtually or in small groups. At Gunderson Funeral Home, most employees are working from home during the crisis. Gunderson said many families have asked if

cemetery services are still possible. They are, but they must still abide by the limitation of 10 people. Some families are opting to have more than one service, in which funeral directors complete a thorough serialization of the room before the next service starts. Others have a private service now and a public service later. Gunderson has agreed to provide that second public showing for free. This week, Gunderson Funeral Home is launching a “hugs at home” program, in which employees ask people connected to the family to send virtual messages such as an email or a note on the website. Those notes are displayed during the private family service. “You can help with spiritual healing in that way,” Gunderson said.

Dane County Board set for virtual meetings For now, the Dane County Board of Supervisors and committees will meet online, rather than in person to help stem the spread of the coronavirus. The board met Thursday, March 19, where it passed resolutions to allow committees to conduct necessary business remotely in the coming weeks as Dane County prepares to mitigate the effects of the pandemic. According to the board’s website, it will be evaluating the need for committee and board meetings. “These are unusual times,” said board

chair Analiese Eicher in a Wednesday, March 18, news release. “We’re doing our best to keep the county moving forward, while still being open to the public.” Additionally, the board’s office is closed until further notice. To contact a supervisor, visit the board website at board.countyofdane.com. To speak with board staff, call 266-5758. To contact the entire board, email county_board_recipients@countyofdane.com. Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet.com.

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Schrimpf to represent Panthers at WBCA All-Star Game ADAM FEINER Sports editor

Oregon senior Kaitlyn Schrimpf was selected to play in the Wisconsin Basketball Coaches Association AllStar Game. Schrimpf, one of four Panthers selected to the Badger South All-Conference Team this season, was a firstteam honoree. She averaged 11.8 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 2.3 steals per game and helped Oregon (21-5) to its first state tournament appearance in 40 years. The Division 2 state tournament was canceled as a response to evolving concerns over the spread of the coronavirus. Schrimpf will team up with fellow Badger South standouts Abbie Campion (Milton), Grace Tostrud (Monroe) and Jennifer Gorton (Monona Grove), as well as Badger North standout Maggie Trautsch of DeForest. Elkhorn’s Haley Remington, Pius XI Catholic’s Jada Spence, Pewaukee’s Lauren Schill, Whitnall’s Gabrielle Wolff and Milwaukee School of Languages’ Nevaeh Howard round out the South roster. Each athlete participating must raise money through donations for Midwest Athletes against Childhood Cancer Fund. The MACC Fund was launched by former Milwaukee Bucks player Jon McGlocklin in 1976. McGlocklin started the fund in honor of longtime Bucks broadcaster Eddie Doucette, whose son was diagnosed with childhood cancer at the age of 2. To date, the WBCA has raised $2.8 million for the MACC Fund. Stoughton’s Brad Pickett and Milton’s Jeremy Jensen and Stacy Skemp will coach the South squad. The Division 2 girls game is scheduled for 2:15 p.m. on Friday, June 19, at JustAgame Fieldhouse in Wisconsin Dells.

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Hudson Kugel, a 2017 Oregon High School graduate, is a redshirt sophomore on the University of Wisconsin track and field team. He has the eighth-fastest 800-meter indoor time in Badgers program history. MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

At Oregon High School, Hudson Kugel was the boys track and field team’s jack-of-all-trades. Kugel excelled at an array of events, from the 200-meter dash, 400, 800, 1,600 and 3,200 to the sprint and distance relays. The redshirt sophomore’s versatile mentality has served him well as he has entered elite company on the University of Wisconsin men’s track and field team. Kugel was on the Badgers’ distance medley relay team that set an indoor school record (9:25.84) at the Alex Wilson Invitational on Feb. 22, in South Bend, Indiana to qualify for the NCAA Men’s Indoor National Championships in Albuquerque, New Mexico. The UW distance medley relay had the third-fastest time in the country this spring. Kugel ran a 1:48.94 in the 800 this spring, which puts him eighth on UW’s all-time top-10 list in the

event, just shy of Mark Mellon’s indoor record (1:47.45) he set in 2010. “As long as I can stay healthy, I can get faster,” Kugel said. “One of my goals for the outdoor season was to get up on the top-10 board in the 800.” A two-time state qualifier at Oregon, Kugel was the Division 1 state runner-up in the 800 as a senior in 2017. The success he has had at Wisconsin didn’t come without adversity. In his first practice freshman year, Kugel was working on his start out of the blocks before a freak accident wiped out his season. “I felt a pop as soon as I left the blocks,” he said. Kugel tore his hamstring and it cost him invaluable training time. He spent the next six months rehabilitating to get back on the track, going through physical therapy sessions where he used a rolling chair and nordic board to strengthen his hamstring, as well as countless hours biking to add strength.

Kugel said the physical therapy sessions helped him gain confidence that his hamstring would become stronger. He’s hit his stride as a redshirt sophomore, finishing third in the 800 (1:49.1) and 10th as a member of the 1,600-meter relay (3:15.66) at the Big Ten Championships on Feb. 28 and 29. His 800 time at this spring’s conference championships was 8.14 seconds faster than the time he clocked as a redshirt freshman. However, hopes of continued success were put on hold when the NCAA announced it was cancelling the remainder of its winter championships and all spring championships. Kugel said the NCAA’s decision to forgo the 2020 outdoor season was a surprise. “I didn’t think anything like that would happen so quickly,” he said. “It was very disappointing. It took me a while to get over it. I realized I’m not the only one going through it, but it was still disappointing.”

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Oregon school board candidate questionnaires Kevin Mehring

Age: 47 Family: Wife – Shelly, who is actively involved in FOSD and previously PVE PTO, four sons – Tyler, seventh grade; Trevor, sixth; Blake,fourth and Brady, fourth Occupation: President/CEO of UAS Laboratories LLC – The Probiotic Company Lived in the district since: 2008 Political experience: None N o t a b l e a f fi l i a t i o n s : O r eg o n Youth Basketball board Why are you running: The OreOregon School gon School District has been an Board candidate amazing steward of the intellectual Kevin Mehring development of our four sons. The dedicated administrators and teachers of this district have been amazing to our family. I feel the need to give back and use my leadership experience to help assist the district to continue to grow and improve every day. I feel my experience with strategic planning and leading a company that has grown very quickly should benefit the district with what lies ahead. I love to learn, and I have a lot to get up to speed on to be the most effective board member possible. What’s the district’s next big challenge/ opportunity? As most know, the district is one of the fastest growing in Dane County and the state of Wisconsin. With the growth being projected in the coming years, especially in the northern part of the district where I live, growing pains are inevitable. Continuing to build on the success of the district will be a challenge for all involved. The board will need to be focused on guiding the school district accordingly. The district has a reputation for being cutting edge in terms of developing the whole child in the most innovative ways. Maintaining and building on that reputation will be essential to prepare our kids for the fast changing world awaiting them. What’s something you’d like to help the district improve on in the next few years? I believe where my experience and skill set can best help the district is on strategic planning and leveraging my business background. Running a bioscience company and having a degree from UW in Chemistry, I am very interested in STEAM education and its potential to develop next gen learners. I know the importance of developing young people who are passionate about the sciences and technology. Our company is also focused on health and wellness which is an increasingly important topic with our young people. Finally, many company’s success including UAS Labs’ is dependent on the skills of those in the trades, so I hope to provide a perspective on this topic as well.

Do you agree with how the district handled the boundary and time change process? I have been in attendance at several of the recent board meetings where this topic was discussed, including the lengthy meeting where public comment was taken as well as when the actual vote was taken. This is a topic that the board has looked at for three years and decisions were not made without a lot of listening to the community, teachers, administrators, concerned parents and experts on the topic of such things as sleep. Our incoming Superintendent Leslie Bergstrom led a cross sectional team of the previously mentioned constituents who put in solid time to make a recommendation to the School Board considering all of the issues involved. They started with focusing on the learners’ needs we have from Kindergarten through grade 12 amidst the real constraints the district has from a budget perspective. The decision also positions the district well to handle the rapid growth we expect in the student population. The whole board took the responsibility to understand all the issues very deeply. The process that was conducted to arrive at a tough decision should be respected and commended. What is the most important role of a police officer stationed at the high school? Of course the day to day safety of all the students, administrators and teachers is the most important role of the officer on site. Having a safe and positive school environment to learn is critical for our students at all ages and in each school. Furthermore, having a police officer who has a positive, respectful and mentoring type relationship with the student body is a strong added value of the position. The district will eventually add a middle school, and that will require some reconfiguration of other schools. What will be the most important consideration when that happens? With this inevitable need for a new middle school, continuing to recruit the best and most passionate teachers and staff is one thing that comes to mind. Ensuring that we scale all of the roles in developing the whole child in critical areas like music, the arts, PhyEd and mental health support is also important to me. Has the district done enough to ensure its schools are safe? I do not have enough knowledge about this topic, but look forward to listening and learning more on this critical reality of school life in this day and age.

Tim LeBrun

Age: 55 Family: Spouse – Susie, Children: Elliot, Alex, Nina, Maddie Occupation: General Contractor Lived in the district since: 1991 Political experience: Oregon School Board Notable affiliations: Oregon School Board, Knights of Columbus, Boy Scouts of America Why are you running: I am running to provide my 40 years of business and volunteer experience, and my nearly 30 years of parenting experience, to help blend and balance the benefits to our current and future district’s students, educators and adminOregon School Board candidate istrators, with the faith and funding of our neighTim LeBrun bors/taxpayers. What’s the district’s next big challenge/opportunity? The district’s next big challenges include: Keeping pace with a changing demographic of both students and educators Keeping pace with the continuing evolution of the needs of society in terms of educational opportunity and employment opportunity Timing infrastructure investments with anticipated growth of our district and the affordability to our taxpayers Cooperatively working together, in tandem with the municipalities we serve as a district so as to be efficient and complementary to each other What’s something you’d like to help the district improve on in the next few years? Regular open communication and planning with the municipalities that make up our district boundaries Do you agree with how the district handled the boundary and time change process? Yes What is the most important role of a police officer stationed at the high school? Building relationships with students, educators and administrators which drives trust, and a mutual appreciation for our individual difference. The district will eventually add a middle school, and that will require some reconfiguration of other schools. What will be the most important consideration when that happens? One of the most important considerations will be developing a plan for transition to those new environments and outlining support for those plans. Secondly, continuing a thoughtful process that identifies the right time, the right location and the mix of facilities that lends itself to the future of middle school learners of the future. A thoughtful, communication plan to identify the what, where and when — the things that make the student, parent and taxpayer a strong all supporters of the process and product. Has the district done enough to ensure its schools are safe? Although there is always more that can be done, the district has done an excellent job of securing facilities, planning for safety uncertainties and training educators, administrators and staff. The training should continue to evolve with the benefit of best practices sharing, across the district and state.

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Rutland town board candidate questionnaires Nancy Nedveck

Family: Married to David, one son, Derek Education: Bachelors’ degree in horticulture, University of Wisconsin-Madison Occupation: Manager/ owner of The Flower Factory Political Experience: Member of the zoning and town boards Why are you running: I am running to understand the way local and state governments work. Priorities: Build a gathering place for the community by building a new town hall and to continue repairing as many miles of road as possible. The town should try to balance the need for an increased tax base with maintaining the rural, natural setting that draws people here in the first place. Public Comment: The meetings are open to all of the public and with public input. it helps us, the supervisors, better operate the town to all of our benefit. If we don’t hear from

you we don’t know there is a problem. We also need to understand the constraints we work with following the local, county, state and federal laws.

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Family: Married for 33 years; two adult children — son and daughter. Rutland: I have had the pleasure and privilege of living in the Town of Rutland since 2002. Education: Earned a B.S. in Education from the University of Wisconsin-Madison; taught in Wisconsin and California. Occupation: Now retired, Co-owner/operator of Zentner Insurance Agency 1987-2016. Political Experience: Town of Rutland Supervisor two years; Appointed by Governor Evers to Auctioneer Board 5/2020-5/2022. Why running: To promote and provide transparent, responsive and informative local government. I strongly believe that local government should always strive to increase public engagement to strengthen

community relationships, share in decision making and promote inclusivity. I am familiar with the concerns of Rutland residents, I abide by a strong commitment to ethics who listens first, and seeks collaborative solutions that honor as many perspectives as possible. A good supervisor is a public servant who believes in and follows fair and legal processes, thus ensuring predictability in the deliberation and formulation of town policies and laws. Priorities:Forge good working relationships with other towns, the county, fire/ems service providers and senior centers. Ensure that every resident has a voice and a stake in the future of our town. This will be especially important as Rutland soon updates its Comprehensive Plan. Qualities of Rutland: Rutland is becoming more and more diverse. We are privileged to live in an area that offers rural beauty, along with an abundance of recreation and services. Working collaboratively to protect our quality of life

by being keenly aware of new laws that may affect air and water quality is imperative. Public Comment: As evidenced by four recent resident petitions, Rutland residents are determined to have their voices heard and valued. It is never a good idea to discourage or postpone public input. Local government needs to be more accessible to the public and enhance public participation in meetings.

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Pandemic: Restaurants take on curbside pickup, other establishments take to the web Continued from page 1 for its store, Chisman said, has adapted to providing online music lessons. Wishing Tree Studio is offering daily live meditations via Zoom conference at 3 p.m. for now and is putting together a video library with many instructor courses on its webpage at wishintreestudeio.com, Scholz-Temte said.

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While Charlie’s on Main has closed for dine-in purposes — including its speakeasy — the restaurant is offering curbside pickup and online ordering for hungry customers. Chef Heide continues to offer his $5 pay-what-youcan soup option as well as a to-go option. He said one of his biggest concerns is his staff — trying to help them stay employed — and assisting those who are most vulnerable during this crisis — financially and healthwise. “I’m worried about how we are going to take care of these people who need our help now more than ever,” Heide said. He said he thinks the overall worry businesses have is how uncertain the pandemic’s outcome remains. “Everything went from being totally normal to being shut down,” Heide s a i d . “ I f eve r y o n e f e l t things were only closing for two weeks, people wouldn’t be feeling as stressed.”

Academy of Sound’s has. The business already had the online measures in place for severe weather instances. Chisman also worries for the families Academy of Sound serves — students might stop lessons if finances become tight, necessitating groceries, rents, mortgages and health. “We do have a scholarship organization,” Chisman said. “We have some funds available with that, but not enough to cover anything at a large scale.” But she said, the ability to enjoy and learn music can be a constant in the midst of other changes during a crisis. “If we can look for the little bright spots, music can be one of those,” Chisman said.

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Dan Donoghue, owner of the Chocolate Caper, t o l d t h e O b s e r ve r i n a press release the shop is also doing pay-what-youcan options, in addition to donating sales to area charities. The shop is suspending its curbside and walk-in pickups but will ship and deliver orders once a day in Oregon while following stringent safety guidelines to protect staff and customers. “We are taking orders and payments online, and over the phone when necessary,” Donoghue writes. Delivery is pay-whatyou-can, he said, with free, $2, $5 and $10 options on the Chocolate Caper website. “During these uncertain times, we understand and share the anxiety and concern permeating through the lives of our customers, vendors and friends,” he said. “However, our biggest concern is our greater community and its more vulnerable members — whether that vulnerability is medical, financial or the lack of other critical resources.”

see anything like this,” he said. He said he was one of the lucky ones, as Grueneberg has owned the bar during his retirement. And he said he has a pension and is not reliant on his business to survive. As for his employees, Grueneberg said he has one full-time bartender and some part-time help who have other jobs to rely on for income. He said he is working out options with his full-timer to continue to pay them during the health crisis. In the end, closing was the best decision to make to spare the health of employees and customers. “We’ve been through situations like this before,” he said. “You have to do everything you can to prevent it.”

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Wishing Tree Studio has adapted its business model to offer its clients and students a little inner peace during a time of great anxiety and uncertainty. In addition to the meditation classes, the studio is continuously updating its Facebook page with new online offerings for yoga classes. “Becoming still during meditation, and with moving the body during yoga … both are excellent ways to check in on how your mind and body are feeling,” Scholz-Temte said. “Our live offerings will help keep our community connected.” W h e n S c h o l z - Te m te emailed the Observer Wednesday, she hosted a Yin class that morning at Virtual music lessons 10 a.m. The building Academy She said she is concerned of Sound resides on North that Wishing Tree Studio Bergamont is closed to the instructors and students public currently, Chisman stay healthy during this said, but that doesn’t mean time. For the businesses, music lessons or sales have she hopes it can keep up ceased. with rent and utility bills. Music school staff is “We will come through offering its students online this as a community and be lessons. Academy of Sound stronger, and as business also sells products through owners, it gives us opportuits website at academyofnities to learn a lot of new sound.org and on Amazon. things,” Scholz-Tempte “Time will tell with that,” Going dark (for now) said. Chisman said. Grueneberg said White Email Emilie Heidemann at She said her concern is Rock Bar is closing up shop emilie.heidemann@wcinet. that other jobs won’t trans- completely. com or follow her on Twitfer onto the web as well as “I never thought I would ter at @HeidemannEmilie.

On Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Lonnie Grau, of Oregon, age 73, passed away peacefully in his sleep. Lonnie was born on May 11, 1946 in Faulkton, South Dakota to Raymond and Rose (Steiner) Grau. Lonnie was an adventurous boy (to put it mildly) who grew up in and graduated from Faulkton High School in 1965. Lonnie was in the U. S. Army from 1965-1968, serving in the Vietnam war. When he returned home, a gal by the name of Marilyn Haak came to South Dakota during Pheasant Season. They married on March 8, 1969. The adventure never slowed for 51 years! Lonnie worked 30 dedicated years at Oscar Mayer as a security officer. He was a hardworking man who loved nothing more than laughing and joking with family and friends at a lifetime of gatherings. No one left without a laugh. Lonnie is survived

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by his wife of 51 years, Marilyn. Together, they raised four children who are gifted with his sense of humor: Dianna (Guy) Tarkenton of Edgerton, Lee (Christine Seamonson) Grau of Brooklyn, Robin (Ray) Seavert of Albany, andChris (Misty) Grau of Evansville. He is further survived by the grandkids who adored their grandfather’s numerous shenanigans and learned much from the expert: Jesse (Catiera Taylor) Tarkenton, Alyssa Seamonson, Casey Tarkenton, Hail ey S e ave r t , M c Ke n n a Grau, Addison Grau, and Mallorie Tessmer; and great-granddaughter,

Elizabeth Ann Deegan Elizabeth Ann Deegan, age 87, of Oregon, p a s s e d awa y o n M o n d a y, M a r c h 1 6 , 2 0 2 0 , at Skaalen Nursing and Rehab in Stoughton. She was born on June 9, 1932, in Cooksville, the daughter of Harold and Edith (Olsen) Feggestad. Elizabeth married Robert Deegan on April 18, 1 9 5 3 , i n J a c k s o nv i l l e , North Carolina. Elizabeth was a lifelong member of St. John’s Lutheran Church in Oregon. She enjoyed spending time with her family, her coffee clutch with her sisters, vacationing up north at their cabin and going to the local casinos. Elizabeth loved flowers, always tending to her garden. She was a fan of the Packers and Badgers, enjoyed a good Friday night fish fry and dancing

Elizabeth Ann Deegan

at the VFW. Elizabeth is survived by her husband, Robert; four sons, David (Lori) Deegan, Jon Deegan, Daniel Deegan and Jeffrey (Katie) Deegan; daughter, Lori (Richard) Culles; three granddaughters, Jessica Deegan, Kelly (Jake) Deegan-Swank and Molly Deegan; two grandsons, Dereck and Eric Deegan; three great-granddaughters, Kiara Hairston-Deegan, Lillyan Deegan and Vi o l e t D e e g a n - R a a b ;

Judith Ann Sadowsky Judith Ann Sadowsky, age 87, of Oregon, peacefully passed away on Saturday, March 14, 2020, at St. Mary’s Hospital surrounded by her loving family. She was born on Nov. 9, 1932, in Brooklyn, New York, the daughter of Sidney and Sophie (Schulman) Traubitz. Judith graduated from U n ive r s i t y o f Wi s c o nsin-Madison in 1953. She married Nathan Sadowsky on Dec. 23, 1951, in New York. Judith loved her work as a teacher at Wisconsin Heights High School prior to retiring. She was an avid reader who enjoyed using the Oregon Public Library. She loved quilting, giving her handiwork to foster children and to Project Linus, and working with stained glass. A member of the Oregon

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Area Progressives, she also loved playing Dominos at the Oregon Senior Center and playing Scrabble at the Firefly. Most of all, she enjoyed spending time with her family and the grandchildren she loved so much. Judith is survived by her children, Beth Whittemore, Michael (Suzanne) S a d ow s ky, R o b i n (Arthur) Kurtz and Lynn (Larry) Seitzman; eight grandchildren, Jamie Kurtz (Tim Pearce), Alex

Ellie Tarkenton. Lonnie is also survived by his sisters, Sharon Peavler, Linda (Ron) Myer, Jean (Jim) Brock, Jeanette (Greg) Anglin; his baby brother, Al (Tonya) Grau; b r o t h e r s - i n l a w, H e r mie Schraeder and Marv Schmidt; and many brothers-and-sisters-in-law; and nieces and nephews. Lonnie is preceded in death by his parents; and sisters, Kyra Schraeder and Judy Schmidt. Lonnie wished not to have a big service, but we hope you will think of him often and laugh about your adventures with him. A gathering will be planned at a future date. In lieu of flowers, please consider making a donation to a Veteran’s Organization. Lonnie’s favorite was Fischer House in Milwaukee. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com. Gunderson Oregon Funeral & Cremation Care 1150 Park St. 835-3515

b r o t h e r, H a r o l d “ H a l ” ( L i n d a ) F eg g e s t a d J r. ; and two sisters, Delores White and Marion Harr i n g t o n . S h e wa s p r e ceded in death by her parents; brother, Arnold “Bub” Feggestad; and sister, Helen Holm. A celebration of Elizabeth’s life will be held at a later date. She will be laid to rest at Town of Dunn Burying Ground. Memorials may be made to Agrace HospiceCare or Wisconsin A l z h e i m e r ’s A s s o c i a tion. Special thanks to the nurses and staff at Skaalen Memory Care and Agrace HospiceCare for their wonderful care. Online condolences may be made at www.gundersonfh.com. Gunderson Oregon Funeral & Cremation Care 1150 Park Street 835-3515

Sadowsky, Jodi Kurtz, Blake Whittemore, Katie S a d ow s ky, B e n S e i t z man, Shane Whittemore and Natalie Seitzman; and her sister, Joan (Hy) Beers. She was preceded in death by her parents; and husband, Nathan Sadowsky. During this time of unprecedented health concerns and the fast-changi n g p u b l i c h e a l t h c i rcumstances, services / a celebration of life for our mother, Judith, will be held at a later date to be announced. P l e a s e v i s i t g u n d e rsonfh.com for updates as they are available. In lieu o f f l ow e r s , m e m o r i a l s may be made to the Oregon Food Pantry. Gunderson Oregon Funeral & Cremation Care 1150 Park St. 835-3515


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County announces hiring freeze Parisi: Won’t apply to positions needed to battle coronavirus Noting the recent drastic changes in day-to-day life, Dane County Executive Joe Parisi announced last week the county is temporarily freezing hiring for most positions. In a Thursday, March 19, county news release, Parisi said the county’s budget will be “one of the casualties” of the crisis, with expected declines in sales tax and investment income – two key revenue sources for the county. To help mitigate those effects, he announced an immediate freeze on any position not critical to coronavirus response efforts. Those positions exempt from the hiring freeze include janitorial positions, sheriff’s deputies, 911 communicators, election staff, Badger Prairie Health Care Center staff, social workers and airport and solid waste employees, the release said. “Other positions will be subject to an appeal process to help prioritize the most critical county functions in the context of reduced resources,” the release said. Parisi said if the current investment income trend continues for the balance of the year, the county will lose around $1.4 million in revenue. Other county programs will suffer losses, he said, including parks and Heritage Center revenues, and concessions at the Henry Vilas Zoo. “At this point, we can only project that substantial financial declines are on the horizon,” Parisi said. “No one can yet foresee the duration of the mitigation strategies that are and will be implemented, so it is difficult to make predictions about the extent of the financial losses we face. “These are historic times,” he continued. “We face a challenge like none we have experienced in this modern era.” Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at scott.delaruelle@wcinet.com.

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Continued from page 1 restaurants stayed as busy as ever. The Oregon Area Food Pantry shifted to offering pre-packaged food for guests, while governing bodies further encouraged absentee voting and consolidated polling locations and health clinics consolidated their services to a main hub. And teachers prepared to begin online schooling beginning March 30, with no certainty they’ll return to in-person instruction before the school year ends. The COVID-19 crisis accelerated quickly in the United States starting March 11, when the World Health Organization declared it a pandemic. At that point, just over 4,000 people had died of the disease, which causes respiratory distress in addition to influenza-like symptoms. By March 23, it had claimed more than 16,000 lives, with 375,000 confirmed cases worldwide, about 10 percent of them in the United States, according to the Center for Science Systems and Engineering. I n five d a y s , i t w e n t from a curiosity and a concern many people in O r e g o n a n d e l s ew h e r e shrugged off, to a national emergency. By March 13, almost all major American

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Ace’s Main Tap in Oregon closed until further notice to prevent the spread of COVID-19. professional and college sports were canceled as a handful of high-profile positive tests made the spread of the virus more tangible. In Wisconsin, all schools were either closed or soon to be closed and high school sports and other school activities canceled. Three days later, state orders prevented restaurants, bars, churches and many other businesses from functioning by restricting the number of people allowed to gather to 10. By the time Evers announced his plan to sign the “Safer at Home” order on the morning of March 23, more than 10,000 people had signed a Change. orgpetition asking for it. That order, apparently patterned after the March 19 Safer at Home order Los Angeles passed, made only incremental changes

to those limitations. Similar to other states’ Shelter in Place requirements, it’s encouraging people to stay home, rather than stay wherever they happened to be, Evers and his staff told reporters on a March 23 media briefing. In addition to the order, E ve r s u rg e d p e o p l e i n tweets and again in the media briefing to severely limit social interactions. “That means no sleepovers, no play dates, and no dinner parties with friends and neighbors,” he tweeted. “Please don’t take any other unnecessary trips, and limit your travel to essential needs like going to the doctor, grabbing groceries, or getting medication.” With Americans increasingly worried about their financial situations, national, state and local

leaders tried to reassure people they are protected. The U.S. Senate debated a $1 trillion bill that would provide $1,200 per person and bail out struggling businesses while Wisconsin prohibited utility companies from shutting down services and Dane County announced it would not enforce evictions. Evers’ tweets clarified some workers who could continue to go to their jobs. “That includes folks like healthcare professionals, grocers, family caregivers, among other people whose work is critical for folks across our state,” he tweeted. While only 70 of the roughly half-million people in Dane County had tested positive for coronavirus as of March 23, scientists are expecting a sharp rise in the number of cases because of the virus’ long incubation period. That duration between catching the virus and showing symptoms is typically more than five days, according to astudy published in Science Daily, and sometimes 11 days or more, compared with about two days on average for the flu. That means people can carry and transmit it to many people without knowing it. While the virus typically is most deadly to older people and those with underlying health conditions, one of the biggest

Safer at Home summary All people must stay at home except for specified activities, including travel to work, getting health care, obtaining groceries, caring for others and doing outdoor exercise, including for pets All activities in shared spaces must maintain six feet of distance from non-household members Non-essential businesses and operations must cease Restaurants and bars are permitted to do takeout and delivery only All schools, places of public activity, salons and spas must close All playgrounds are closed Contact sports are prohibited Weddings, funerals and religious activities must limit to 10 people Violations are subject to 30 days imprisonment and $250 fine Effective 8 a.m. March 25 through 8 a.m. April 24 c o n c e r n s ex p r e s s e d b y political leaders and health experts is the potential collapse of the health care system by having more people in need of ventilators than hospitals can provide. This has been the case in Italy, where nearly 10 percent of the more than 60,000 infected had died by March 23. In Dane County, about one-fourth of people who had tested positive March 23 had no known expos u r e t o a ny o n e w i t h a

positive test, travel history or health care, according to that day’s release by Public Health Madison Dane County. “This tells us that community spread is happening,” the release stated. “Every person who stays home makes it more difficult for COVID-19 to spread.” Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@ wcinet.com or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.

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