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Neighbors wary of library parking lots Pavement could threaten green spaces, increase flooding ALEXANDER CRAMER Unified Newspaper Group

On a sunny summer morning, coffee in hand, a reader grabs a book or a crossword puzzle and heads out onto the deck at the new Oregon Public Library for a quiet moment overlooking a pastoral green garden. That’s the vision Kermit Traska conveyed to the Village Board Monday night, speaking on behalf of the Near North Main Street Neighborhood Association. The group is concerned that vision could be threatened by a plan to pave over much of the area’s green space for parking.

Library director Jennifer Way told the Observer in an email that it’s still “very early in the planning process” and the plans will be refined and improved throughout. “This is a complicated project with many pieces to the puzzle,” Way wrote. “While green space is an important asset of the property, this is just one of many objectives which must be balanced with the programmatic needs.” Way wrote that village zoning ordinances will dictate the number of parking spaces based on the square footage of the building, which in turn will be based on the anticipated programming needs and overall budget, she wrote. “This is not a discretionary item; the library must follow the zoning ordinance — much like any

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Scholarship finalist talks achievements, aspirations Zintel involved in biotech apprenticeship, teaches orchestra EMILIE HEIDEMANN Unified Newspaper Group

Two Oregon High School seniors have been named finalists for the National Merit Scholarship. Marissa Zintel and Julie Bull were among 15,000 students recognized nationally through the PSAT/SATscores and for their academic achievements.

Oregon High School principal Jim Pliner said “the school is proud” of the two students. Bull has been involved in Math Club, Science Olympiad and on the varsity cross country team, Pliner said. Zintel told the Observer she was “surprised” when she found out she was a finalist for the National Merit Scholarship. Zintel has been a peer tutor and also a Science Olympiad, like Bull. Zintel also has a love for music, she said, and has been helping Oregon Middle School orchestra teacher,

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Jasber and Jamous Johnson, ages 3 and 1, both of Oregon. sit inside a public works vehicle.

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Safety Day was back for another year, which provided a chance for attendees to learn more about the officials who protect the Oregon community. The annual event took place on Saturday, May 4, at the Oregon Area

Fire/EMS District building, 131 through, the flyer states. Spring St. The Dane County Sheriff’s RecreVillage of Oregon police, fire and ational Patrol was also present. public works officials were at the Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie. event to meet and socialize with or follow attendees, and had their vehicles and equipment on hand for visitors to look her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.

Staton reflects on career in government Second retirement affords time for family, travel ALEXANDER CRAMER Unified Newspaper Group

When Steve Staton was elected village president in April 2007, it seemed things were “going great.” “This is a breeze,” he recalled thinking. But on Aug. 3 he got a call from village a d m i n i s t r a t o r M i ke Gracz, who told him he’d better grab his waders: The Badfish Creek was flooding downtown. Staton He remembers standing in water nearly up to his waist on North Burr Oak Avenue and knowing the village would have to relocate the seven homeowners who lived in the floodplain

of the Badfish Creek, mostly on the since-abandoned Florida Avenue. He said he encouraged a “respectful” process to purchase the affected homes despite the perceived “mistake” of buying a home in the flood plain. The village ended up spending $380,000 to buy and raze those homes over the course of three years, a third of the overall cost, and went on to overhaul the village’s stormwater system and improve downtown infrastructure. The burden on village resources — in both staff time and money — ended up delaying the village’s expansion eastward beyond U.S. Hwy. 14 and the creation of a new business park, but the village government, under Staton’s leadership, said the work had to be done. Having retired from local government 16 years after being elected, Staton is proud of the village’s efforts to solve flooding — there were only minor inconveniences in March, for

example, when many other communities were inundated — but even more proud of two of his own initiatives: the Rotary Bike Trail and the village’s liquor licensing procedures. Both projects reflect deeply held values, as Staton is a passionate cyclist and enjoys spending time in nature, and worked as an alcohol and drug counselor at Oregon High School. The first time he retired was in 2004, when he stepped down as principal of Oregon Middle School. He would go on to work part-time as the high school’s Alcohol and Drug Resource officer for five more years, totaling 32 years with the district. But there isn’t a part-time village president position, Staton joked, so this retirement seems to be permanent — at least from government. He thinks the village is in “great hands” in regard to both staff and

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The Village of Oregon has agreed to pay Mark Johnson, a village public works crew employee, $3,000 to settle a discrimination claim. Johnson, who was 64 when the actions in the complaint took place in 2017, alleged in a complaint to the Wisconsin Equal Rights Division (ERD) that the village discriminated against him because of his age and perceived disability. Johnson was reassigned to the public works crew from his custodial position in 2017, and was assigned a performance improvement plan before he began the work. The village also dissolved a program that allows workers to pool their excess sick time on the same day that Johnson was set to go on medical leave, though the village granted Johnson the sick time he had requested, in addition to the hours that were left over in the “time bank” when his recuperation took longer than expected. Village administrator Mike Gracz told the Observer the

settlement does not mean the village admits guilt, but that upon the advice of attorneys, the village has decided to settle the case and move on. An initial determination by the Wisconsin Department of Workforce Development’s Equal Rights Division (ERD) in June, 2018, found “no probable cause” that the village harassed Johnson, permitted that harassment, or discriminated against him in benefits or discipline. Johnson appealed that decision, and a settlement was reached before that appeal was set to be heard in early June. The payout will be split between Johnson and his attorneys, with $1,800 going to Johnson and $1,200 going to Fox and Fox S.C., a Monona-based law firm. The village’s insurance is covering the settlement and the cost of staff time to work on the case, Gracz told the Observer. The incidents took place in 2017 when Johnson was employed as a village custodian. After numerous complaints from department heads about custodial work Johnson was responsible for, the Village Board voted to reassign him as a public works crew person at the request of public works director Jeff Rau, according to documents from

the ERD obtained through a records request. Upon starting his new job as a public works crew member, Johnson was placed on a performance improvement plan (PIP) with evaluations at 30, 60 and 90 days, according to the documents. PIPs are used to align employee performance with employer expectations and can be the first step in terminating an employee. Custodial services include everything from general cleaning, minor maintenance, waste and recycling, setup and teardown and snow removal from sidewalks, according to a 2016 memo from Rau. Johnson’s attorneys alleged that placing him on a PIP before he’d started the new position was “not only inappropriate but illegal age discrimination … essentially making an effort to set up the ‘old’ Mr. Johnson for potential termination.” ERD officer Travis Grimm wrote in the initial finding the village “appears to have extended (Johnson) every conceivable benefit he could have reasonably expected from an employer.” He also wrote the village appears to have “significantly altered its normal practices”

in granting Johnson additional benefits. Johnson took time off for two medical procedures in late 2016 and 2017 and used a “sick leave time bank” for public works staff. The village scrapped that program the same day Johnson began medical leave, which his attorney Richard F. Rice wrote could be “perceived disability discrimination or potentially retaliation against Mr. Johnson.” The village granted Johnson the balance of pooled time left in the sick leave bank — 46.13 hours — when his recuperation took longer than anticipated. Grimm also noted the village “has presented approximately two years of documentation indicating that (Johnson) consistently failed to meet even minimum performance standards” while working as a custodian. He said the village’s use of PIP in this case “appears to be legitimate and non-discriminatory.” Johnson did not return a phone call seeking comment. Rau and Gracz declined to comment. Contact Alexander Cramer at alexander.cramer@wcinet. com.​

Planning director search reopened ALEXANDER CRAMER Unified Newspaper Group

The village is reopening the search for its first full-time planner. Village officials had previously selected a top candidate March 18, and it’s unclear what caused the reversal. Village administrator Mike Gracz told the Observer in an email that the village is “trying to find the right match for the position.” The Village Board cleared Gracz to offer the job to the previous top candidate contingent on completion of a background check. “Even though we were impressed with the first pool of candidates, we have decided to do another search,” Gracz said last week. Village President Jeanne Carpenter told the Observer

her No. 1 goal for her first year in office is to get the planner hired and have him or her “hit the ground running setting the groundwork we need to get the business park up and going.” Gracz said the timeline is still being worked out, but the job will be reposted the week of May 13 and kept open for a month, with interviews in early July. The original goal was to have the planner start in early April. The village contracts with Vandewalle and Associates for its planning needs, which involves reviewing proposed developments, zoning changes and other land-use matters. Vandewalle principal planner Mike Slavney serves as the village’s de facto planner, but is not a village employee. He oversaw the creation of a civic campus master plan

last year and works with the Planning Commission to review proposals for criteria including stormwater management, parking plans, landscaping and aesthetics. He has said the village has grown to the point it needs a full-time planner. During the original search, Gracz said evaluators are looking for a planner who has experience working for a growing community and will be able to handle a sizable portfolio of projects off the bat. He mentioned affordable housing initiatives and planning for the proposed southeast business park on the east side of U.S. Hwy. 14 as two big projects that would take a lot of the planner’s time. The previous job description listed duties that include administering zoning,

planning, economic development and redevelopment; monitoring and implementing the village’s comprehensive plan; planning for and helping create tax-increment financing districts and the new business park; and applying for and administering grants. Gracz, Slavney, Carpenter, former Village President Steve Staton, public works director Jeff Rau and Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce executive director Judy Knutson were on the committee that interviewed the group of three previous finalists. The director of planning and zoning administration’s salary is expected to be between $72,000 to $80,000, plus benefits, according to the job advertisement. Contact Alexander Cramer at alexander.cramer@wcinet. com.​

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students,” he wrote. District spokesperson Erika Mundinger told the Observer she could not comment on the specifics of the post. Busler wrote that while he’s unable to discuss disciplinary issues due to state and federal law, “this student discipline matter will be thoroughly addressed.” “This type of behavior is not acceptable,” he wrote. “We value all students and as an educational institution it is our responsibility to provide a safe, secure and respectful learning environment for all students. Our district’s mission is to help all students achieve their individual potential and be healthy, safe, and supported (and) we are committed to making this happen for all students.” Last week, the Observer reported about an alleged incident at Oregon High School in March that prompted social media complaints about student racism. The incident involved an OHS health class baby mannequin used to teach students about child care, though there is disagreement over what exactly happened. Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at

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very 2,000 years, our solar system enters into a new astrological quadrant of the universe. Recently, our solar system moved out of the sign of Pisces and into the sign of Aquarius. It’s believed that the energies of these different astrological signs have an effect on all life within the solar system. This shift was first acknowledged by our culture in 1969 by The Fifth Dimension’s song “Age of Aquarius.” The lyrics of this Deits bygone, hippie-era song describe the new energies and influences that we are now seeing come into manifestation. The Aquarian age is largely defined by its core quality of being a group energy and its strong sense of efficiency. In contrast, the passing Piscean age embodies individuality and personal power. The direct result of this cosmic transition from individual power to group or shared power, can be witnessed through the candidates we now see stepping into the ring for the 2020 election. Some of them are talking about some radical ideas such as universal income, free education, forgiving student loan debt and the universal health care system. These ideas all demonstrate an Aquarian group perspective of sharing resources among the masses and a way for providing a better life for all. This is a 180 degree turnaround from the elitist values that were created under the Piscean rule of individual power. This radical transition from individualism to group consciousness creates conflicts within the human

psyche, even when we truly want things to be better for everyone. Now, it would be easy to see how beneficial this group stuff can be for everyone from a big picture perspective. Health care for everyone; living wages; food, housing, clean water for all. Sounds great until one thinks about all the “bad” people, the “undeserving” people, or the people who didn’t have to work for all this good stuff. Maybe it’s not so easy to be all kumbaya and leave those Piscean values of individual power behind. An example of this dilemma was presented on a CBS morning show segment centered around the concept of forgiving student debt (proposed by presidential candidates). The issue about fairness was brought up: What about the people who paid or are currently paying for their education -- isn’t it unfair to them if at some point down the road this becomes a reality? Nobody really had an answer for that concept. It’s an important conversation to have not only in a public forum, but also an honest inner dialogue about how we feel from an individual perspective. When you think about it, there is no way to right this kind of injustice. There’s no way to level the playing field for those who came before. It tugs at our developed sense of what’s right and wrong. If we cling to our old value systems built under the rule of individualism, it will be difficult for humanity to move into the new Aquarian energies. Moving forward into this new cycle of group values and efficient use of resources requires a fundamental change of attitudes in how we think and what we value. That’s a bitter pill to swallow. Fortunately, there’s help to deal with this challenging transition. It’s going to sound a little strange.

Basically speaking, energy flows into a person’s body through an energy field that surrounds the physical form. Think about how good it feels to the body to lie on a sunny beach in the warm sand. The body is absorbing the sun’s energy without anybody telling it to. Same thing is happening with the new Aquarian energies – they’re in the environment, and the body absorbs them and uses it as fuel. Piscean age gave us leaded fuel, and now Aquarian age gives us unleaded. We’re going to choke and gag until we get used to the new stuff, aka group consciousness. This group energy is flowing into our bodies, stimulating new feelings about group awareness. Eventually, this energy will shift how we feel by expanding our awareness into a group perspective. In other words, people will begin to see the value of group betterment as the energies inspire humanity to put its efforts in that direction. The problem is that some of us no-likey new feelings. We can barely handle the old feelings. We fight the new feelings by banging them over the head with our old values. A more progressive approach would be to embrace the inner conflict when it comes up. Take a few moments to consider the value or potential of these more inclusive ideas before tossing them to the side as ridiculous. It’s the willingness to entertain new thoughts and ideas that help us merge with the new energies, thereby creating an easier transition for ourselves. It’s through our thoughts that we change our lives. The unleaded fuel of Aquarian energy is all around us, supporting and encouraging betterment for all of us. Let’s fill up the tank! Doris Deits is the owner of Peaceful Heart Gifts in Oregon.

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One former Oregon High School Performing Arts Center director and three OHS graduates are involved in upcoming Strollers Theatre, LTD productions of “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time.” Performances will take place at 7:30 p.m., Friday, May 10 and Saturday, May 11; 2 p.m. Sunday, May 12; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 16; 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 17; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, May 18; 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 23; 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 24 and 2 p.m. Saturday, May 25. They will be held on the Drury Stage inside Madison’s Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin St. General admission tickets cost $20, while tickets for seniors, students and Strollers Theatre, LTD members cost $15. Graduates Payton Cardella, Katrina Harms and Sarah Hassam, and former OHS PAC director and community education

If You Go What: “The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time” performances When: 7:30 p.m. May 10-11, 16-18, 23-24; 2 p.m. May 12, 25 Where: The Drury Stage inside the Bartell Theatre, 113 E. Mifflin St., Madison Tickets: $20, $15 for seniors, students and Strollers Theater members Info: 354-7034

instructor Katie Monk, are all contributing to the play in different ways, director Kathleen Tissot told the Observer. The story, based on a novel, follows 15-year-old Christopher, who is presumed to have autism spectrum disorder. S i n c e Ti s s o t h e r s e l f directed plays in Oregon from 2000-2015, she developed close connections with Cardella — whom she cast for the role of Christopher — Harms, Hassam and Monk. She said Harms will write original music

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their choosing. Spectators will vote on their favorite camp, McCartney said. There will also be live music, with Jage Nichols Music performing acoustic tunes from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Back 40 playing country from 1-2 p.m. and Olee Stokes performing outlaw bluegrass from 2-5 p.m. If you’re not a cook, but would still like to attend, there will be raffles, a silent auction, kids activities and games, chicken bingo and items to purc h a s e o n Ve n d o r R ow. There will also be food trucks from Ziggy’s Barbeque Smokehouse & Ice Cream Parlor of Oregon, Steve’s Deli Dog House of Janesville and Kona Ice of Madison. McCartney said the winner of this year’s competition will be able to choose next year’s food to grill and which charity the proceeds will go toward. Last year’s top griller chose the Brooklyn Elementary PTO playground fund as the charity to benefit. M c C a r t n ey s a i d f o u r judges will evaluate the 12 grilling competitors on the

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Event coordinator Milly McCartney said for five years, Brooklyn’s Grill for a Cause and Family Fun Day used to be a grilling competition she held in her backyard. But this year, in partnership with the Brooklyn Area Chamber of Commerce, the shindig will be held from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday, May 18, at Brooklyn’s Legion Park, in conjunction with village garage sales. Proceeds will benefit the Brooklyn Elementary PTO playground fund. McCartney said the chamber saw how popular her “baby” was becoming in the community. The event is free for all who would like to attend. McCartney said she anticipated a turnout of 250 people this year, in comparison to 125 last year. The mainstay remains the grilling competition, which will feature poultry this year. McCartney told the Observer on May 6 there are still four spots out of 12 open to compete, for a fee of $20. Participants will receive a “Grill for a Cause” apron, and attendees can also purchase the aprons for $15. As an added bonus, competitors will be able to receive a “Grill Camp” award for “dressing up” their camp in a style of

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for the play, Hassam will advise for the fight scenes and Monk will be the choreographer. Tissot said she casted Cardella for the role of Christopher in particular, because he has ASD himself. “Casting someone on the autism spectrum was important to me,” Tissot said. “He was the best one for the role.” In the play, Christopher is exceptional at mathematics but ill-equipped to understand his everyday life. He eventually finds himself standing next to his neighbor’s deceased dog, who was speared with a garden fork. Christopher then seeks to solve the mystery about the dog’s death. “We tend to lump people according to their disabilities,” Tissot said. “The message I hope to get across is that everybody is different.” For more information about the play, call 3547034. Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@ or follow her on Twitter at @HeidemannEmilie.

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132 Alpine Meadow Circle. MOVING SALE! Everything has to go! Beautiful furniture, appliances, home decor, misc. Bergamont 1004 Fincastle. Thursday 8am-5pm, Friday 9am-5pm, Saturday 8am-Noon. Furniture, household items, women’s clothing size 4-8. 4704 Carter St. Multi-family garage sale. Saturday, May 11th and Sunday, May 12th. 818 Charles Ct. Thurs.-Sat. Huge moving sale. Furniture, refrigerator, bedroom set, household items, 2 desks, outdoor furniture and more. 435 Cledel St. Saturday May 11th, 8:30am-1pm, Vintage decor - completed upcycled projects, unfinished project pieces and vintage decor. 365 Concord Dr. Thurs.-Sat. 7am-6pm. 3-family sale. Patio furniture, bathroom storage cabinet, Packer items, clothes 6 month-6 years and adult, baby items, LOTS of must-have misc. 2236 Cty Rd MM. Fri-Sat, 9am-4pm. Antiques, vintage furniture, vintage HO ga. train sets - includes: track, buildings and trains, household items and lamps. 726 Dunn Ave. Thurs-Sat, 8am. 18-speed bike, misc. furniture, clothing, household items, garden items.

194 Elliott Lane. Thur. 1-6pm, Fri. 8am-6pm, Sat. 8am-5pm. Collectibles, household, women’s clothing, sporting goods, books, wildlife prints, much more. 125 Fawn Ct. Thurs.-Sun. 8am-5pm. Boy’s infant-3T clothes, baby/toddler accessories and toys, maternity and women’s clothes, Stampin’ Up card/ scrapbook items, misc. household items. 956 Glenway Rd. Thur.-Sat. 7am. Multifamily. Cake pans and accessories, PartyLite decorations, many movies, 2 Wii consoles and games, small appliances, craft items, furniture, camping, inflatable kayak, Christmas, household, guy stuff, many items too numerous to mention. 290 Jefferson St. Fri.-Sat. 8am-4pm. Estate Sale. Power tools, electronics and audio (Harmon Kardon, etc.), kitchenware, appliances (One-Pot, washer, dryer, etc.), collectibles (travel souvenirs, antiques), furniture, books, Oriental rug, ladders, building supplies, safe, yard, garden, more. 584 Lexington Dr. Thur.-Sat. Parents moving to independent living center. Queen bed, curio cabinet, end tables, couches, lamps, tools, craft items, treadmill, chest freezer, sporting goods, kitchen items, bath items, clothing and much more. Too big a sale to miss.





843 Liliana Ter. Thurs.-Sat. 7am-?. Multifamily sale. Girls clothes, gymnastic mat, small freezer, child’s scooter, child’s Singer sewing machine, tailgate grill, holiday decorations, adult clothing, toys, games, kitchen items, jewelry, movies, shoes, books and more. 316 S. Main St. MOVING SALE. Furniture, tools, yard and garden, art, men’s clothes, real antiques. 466 Medinah St. Thurs.-Sat. 8am-3pm. Furniture, humidifier, China dishes, housewares, antiques, Lia Sophia jewelry, sofas, misc. Pleasant Oak Court. Fri-Sat. May 1011. 9am-4pm. 11 families – one location. Camping, fishing, boating, hiking, hunting equipment, boots, clothing, packs and bags, Blaze, Camo, Coolers, purifiers, tools, painting, kitchen, household, books, movies, kids toys, estate items. See our ad on Craigslist. 229 Robinson Rd. Sat. 8am-2pm. Games, household items, bathroom shelf, linens, couch table, lamps, old stereo, portable closet, etc. 4748 Roosevelt St. May 10-11. Vintage FP toys, tables, collectibles, LPs, pots & pans, doll furniture, antique bed.

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‘Alcohol Ink Coasters’ class

All Saints Lutheran Church 2951 Chapel Valley Rd., Fitchburg (608) 276-7729 Interim pastor SUNDAY 8:30 a.m. classic service 10:45 a.m. new song service

Perry Pkwy. The show will be open to A presentation will cover interesting the public. events that happened in the Oregon The public is invited to craft event for For more information, call 835-4300. community, from the old high school, adults, “Alcohol Ink Coasters,” at the to Steve Madsen, to Hallelujah Camp Making money decluttering library. Grounds to World War II. Attendees will learn how to turn plain For information, call 835-5801. Learn how to declutter your space and tiles into coasters. They will paint the ink sell underused items online from 6-7 OMS choir concert onto the coasters and the final product p.m. Tuesday, May 14 at the library. will create a colorful marbling effect. The class will introduce and compare An Oregon Middle School choir Registration required. major online selling platforms. concert will take place starting at 7 p.m. For information, call 835-5801. Attendees will learn how to mainly sell on Thursday, May 16. items on eBay. The concert will be held in the middle Choirs variety show For information, call 835-5801. school cafeteria, 601 Pleasant Oak Dr. Oregon High School choirs will put The show is open for all to attend. on a variety show starting at 7 p.m. on PVE choir/orchestra concert For information, call 835-4800. Thursday, May 9. The Prairie View Elementary The concert will be held at the Oregon School orchestra and choir will put First open air market High School Performing Arts Center on on a performance starting at 6 p.m. on The first Oregon Open Air Market 456 N. Perry Pkwy. The show will be Tuesday, May 14. will take place from 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. open to the public. The concert will be held in the PVE Saturday, May 18. For information, call 835-4300. big gym, 300 Soden Dr. and it will be Vendors will sell a variety of items open to the public. in the parking lot of Netherwood Knoll OHS orchestra concert For information, call 835-4200. Elementary School, 276 Soden Dr. The Oregon High School orchestra The event is family friendly. will put on a concert starting at 7 p.m. ‘Local Lore’ For more information, check out the Monday, May 13. Travel through time with the Oregon Oregon Open Air Market Facebook The performance will be held at the Area Historical Society from 6-7 p.m. page. OHS Performing Arts Center on 456 N. Thursday, May 16 at the library.

Community calendar Thursday, May 9

• 4-7 p.m., Food distribution and collection (hours now weekly), Oregon Area Food Pantry, 107 N. Alpine Parkway, • 6-7 p.m., “Alcohol Ink Coasters” class (registration required through mid-April), library, 835-3656 • 6:30-8 p.m., Bookmobile at the gazebo, 100 Hotel St., Brooklyn, • 7 p.m., Oregon High School Choirs Variety Show, Oregon High School Performing Arts Center, 456 N. Perry Pkwy, 835-4300


Monday, May 13

• 6 p.m., Country Heat class, Brooklyn Community Building, 102 N. Rutland Ave., 455-4201 • 7 p.m., Orchestra concert, Oregon High School Performing Arts Center, 456 N. Perry Pkwy., 835-4300

Tuesday, May 14

• 9-11 a.m., Food distribution and collection, Oregon Area Food Pantry, 107 N. Alpine Parkway, • 1 p.m., Movie matinee: “Mary Poppins Returns,” senior center, 835-5801 Friday, May 10 • 6-7 p.m., “Make Money Declutter• 10 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., Family ing: Selling Things Online” class, storytime and Stay and Play, library, library, 835-3656 835-3656 • 6 p.m., Prairie View Elementary • 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Brat choir/orchestra concert, PVE Big Bash, senior center, 835-5801 Gym, 300 Soden Dr., 835-4200

Saturday, May 11

• 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Brat Bash, senior center, 835-5801 • 10-11 a.m., Free “Stop the Bleed” training, Oregon Area Fire/EMS District, 131 Spring St., 835-5587 Sunday, May 12 • 3-6 p.m., Bluegrass and country jams, Ziggy’s BBQ Smokehouse & Ice Cream Parlor, 135 S. Main St.,

Wednesday, May 15

• 6-7 p.m., Yoga, Brooklyn Community Building, 102 N. Rutland Ave., 455-4201

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

Thursday, May 9 WOW: Village Board Meeting (May 6) ORE: NKE Spring Play: “Alice the Musical” (April 26) Friday, May 10 WOW: Ben Glenn “The Chalk Guy” speaking @ Holy Mother of Consolation Church (April 28) ORE: OHS Panthers Girls Varsity Soccer vs Edgewood - LIVE 6:50pm Saturday, May 11 WOW: VFW FundraiserMaggie Mae @ PAC (April 27) ORE: OHS Panthers Girls Varsity Soccer vs Mt. Horeb (May 4) Sunday, May 12 WOW: First Presbyterian Church Service ORE: ODI Spring Concert @ PAC: Our World is a Rainbow (May 1)

Thursday, May 16

• 6-7 p.m., “Local Lore” class, library, 835-3656 • 6:30-8 p.m., Bookmobile at the gazebo, 100 Hotel St., Brooklyn,

Monday, May 13 WOW: Ben Glenn “The Chalk Guy” speaking @ Holy Mother of Consolation Church (April 28) ORE: Oregon School Board Meeting – LIVE 6:30pm Tuesday, May 14 WOW: VFW FundraiserMaggie Mae @ PAC (April 27) ORE: BKE/NKE Choir Concert @ PAC Wednesday, May 15 WOW: Mad City a Capella Summit @ PAC (May 3) ORE: OMS Orchestras @ PAC (May 6) Thursday, May 16 WOW: Oregon Library Presents: Fraud & Identity Theft (April 18) ORE: RCI Orchestras @ PAC (May 7)

• 7 p.m., Oregon Middle School choir concert, OMS cafeteria, 601 Pleasant Oak Dr., 835-4800

Saturday, May 18

• 7 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oregon Open Air Market opening day, Netherwood Knoll Elementary School, 276 Soden Dr., 205-7551 • 9-10 a.m., Walk for Food, The Farm Gym, 100 N. Perry Pkwy., 575-6915 • 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Grill for a Cause/Family Fun Day, Legion Park (by Railroad St.), Milly: 212-1653

Monday, May 20

• 5 p.m., Village Board meeting, Oregon Village Hall, 117 Spring St., 835-3118 • 6 p.m., Country Heat class, Brooklyn Community Building, 102 N. Rutland Ave., 455-4201 • 6:30 p.m., Pajama antics, library, 835-3656 • 7 p.m., NKE orchestra concert, Oregon High School Performing Arts Center, 456 N. Perry Pkwy., 835-4300

Tuesday, May 21

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

Senior center Monday, May 13 Sloppy Joe on Whole Wheat Bun Kidney Bean Salad Mixed Vegetables Banana Frosted Strawberry Cake MO – Soy Sloppy Joe NCS – SF Jell-O Tuesday, May 14 Chicken Macaroni Salad Marinated Tomatoes Broccoli Salad Melon Fruit Cup Sugar Cookie MO – Veggie Mac Salad NCS – SF Cookie Pkt. Wednesday, May 15 Cheesy Potatoes Coleslaw Tropical Fruit Corn Bread Root Beer Float MO – Garden Burger NCS – SF Ice Cream Thursday, May 16 My Meal, My Way Lunch at Ziggy’s Smokehouse and Ice Cream Parlor! Friday, May 17 Garden Blend Vegetables Whole Wheat Bread Mandarin Oranges Butterscotch Pudding MO – Hummus Wrap NCS – SF Pudding SO - Beef Taco Salad *Contains Pork

Monday, May 13 9:00 Planning Committee 10:30 StrongWomen 10:30 Dominoes 12:45 Silver Sneakers 1:00 Weight Loss Support 1:30 Bridge 1:45 Balance C Tuesday, May 14 9:45 Zumba Gold 12:30 Sheepshead 12:30 Shopping at Pick-N-Save 1:00 Technical Help with Gil 1:00 Movie: “Mary Poppins Returns” 5:30 StrongWomen Wednesday, May 15 9:00 Full COA Meeting 9:00 Stamp Camp 11:45 Lunch with Ukeleles! 12:45 Silver Sneakers 1:00 Euchre Thursday, May 16 9:00 Pool Players 9:00 Rubber Stamping 10:30 StrongWomen 12:30 Shopping at Bill’s 1:00 Card Party 1:00 Cribbage 5:30 StrongWomen Friday, May 17 9:30 Blood Pressure 10:45 Balance Class 12:45 Silver Sneakers

Brooklyn Lutheran Church 101 Second Street, Brooklyn (608) 455-3852 Pastor Rebecca Ninke SUNDAY 9 a.m. Holy Communion 10 a.m. Fellowship

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

Community of Life Lutheran Church PO Box 233, Oregon (608) 286-3121, office@ Pastor Jim McCoid SUNDAY 8:45 a.m. Education Hour, 10 a.m. Worship at 1111 S. Perry Parkway, Oregon Brooklyn Community United Methodist Church 201 Church Street, Brooklyn (608) 455-3344 Pastor George Kaminski SUNDAY 9 a.m. Worship (Nov.-April) 10:30 a.m. Worship (May-Oct.)

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

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

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

(608) 835-3755,

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

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

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

Zwingli United Church of Christ – Paoli

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

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

Service “Each of you should use whatever gift you have received to serve others, as faithful stewards of God’s grace in its various forms.” 1 Peter 4:10 NIV We are all called to serve God and our fellow man. This is perhaps the most fundamental moral principle. Even atheists and agnostics will admit that a life of devotion to oneself is devoid of meaning. To make our lives truly meaningful, we must devote ourselves to serving others. This can be done in a variety of ways, from the careers we choose, to simply being helpful and friendly to everyone we meet. Think of all the simple ways that we can serve and show our care for others, from opening doors, to helping someone carry a heavy load, and by being polite and courteous. We always have the opportunity to serve others through our families, and ironically, we can sometimes neglect to serve those who live under the same roof with us. Parents who cook, clean, and otherwise take care of their children are quite literally serving them, but so should children be serving their families when they do their chores. Some people have extraordinary gifts. They may be talented musicians, gifted athletes, or possess some specific talent. They can serve God and man by entertaining us or otherwise using their talent for the common good. Consider how best to use your talents to serve God and your fellow man. – Christopher Simon

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Senior forward Macie Cox and senior Ashley Hanson both scored two goals to power the Oregon girls soccer team to an 8-0 win over Mount Horeb on Saturday, May 4, at Huntoon Field. The Panthers (8-0 overall, 4-0 Badger South), ranked No. 2 in the Division 2 Wisconsin Soccer Coaches Association state poll, have posted eight straight shutouts. “Our girls put more standards, goals and pressure on themselves than we do as coaches,” coach Nelson Brownell said. “We are not full potential, which is a scary thought. We will continue to keep pushing each other.” Hanson wants the team to maintain a business-type approach. “I think we should play every game like it’s a state final,” Hanson said. “We are all coming in playing as hard as we can whatever game, conference or not.” Brownell relies on the depth of the team playing all 20 players. “It helps to have 20 individuals that can play out on the field and us not to be worried or second-guess who is going out there,” he said. Earlier in the week, the team defeated Monona Grove 5-0.

Oregon 8, Mount Horeb 0 Oregon scored five second-half goals to cruise to an 8-0 nonconference win over Mount Horeb on Saturday at Huntoon Field. Senior Maddy Swartzmiller struck first for the Panthers on an assist by senior Katie Eisele at 8 minutes, 19 seconds. About one minute later, Cox had her first goal off a direct kick by Cassie Kluck to give the Panthers a 2-0 lead. “Last year we had some trouble playing them and it was good to come back and get some revenge,” Cox said. She said the team has a lot of depth with eight forwards. “We always have fresh legs in the game,” she said. “It definitely

Name: Matt Rusch Grade: Senior Sport: Baseball Position: Outfield Highlight: Rusch went a combined 5-for-7 on Friday to lead the Panthers to a doubleheader sweep of Monroe.

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Oregon senior midfielder Maddy Swartzmiller (4) looks to beat Mount Horeb’s Erin Hutchison to the ball in the second half of the Panthers’ 8-0 win over the Vikings on Saturday. pushes me to be better because of the competition with everyone.” Junior forward Avary Fanning scored on a shot just inside the 18-yard box that deflected off the goalie’s hands to give Oregon a 3-0 lead at the half. “Coming back from a game last night and playing this quick turnaround, it’s huge to see how well they did in this game,” Brownell said. “We took over the last 30 minutes. I liked the way we responded after the game and continued to press.” The barrage of second half goals started when sophomore midfielder Jenna Bennett had a goal off a rebound of junior Emma Halverson’s corner kick at 49:53. Hanson scored her first goal on an assist

Showdown with Edgewood Friday ‌MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor‌

The inside track to winning the Badger South Conference championship is on the line when Oregon hosts Madison Edgewood at 7 p.m. on Friday at Huntoon Field. Both Oregon (8-0 overall, 4-0 Badger South) and Edgewo o d ( 1 0 - 1 - 1 , 5 - 0 B a d g e r South) are unbeaten in the conference. “It will definitely be our toughest game yet,” coach Nelson Brownell said. “It will be a

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dogfight.” The Crusaders are averaging 4.9 goals per game, led by sisters Jordyn and Hailey Rockwell, who have combined for 27 goals. Hailey Rothwell is the scoring leader with 16 goals and four assists. Jordyn Rothwell has 11 goals and four assists this season. The Crusaders will test a Panthers’ defense that has eight straight shutouts. “They will probably be the first two to put a lot of stress on our back line,” Brownell said. “To see how we respond

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Boys track and field

Kissling stars at Viking Invitational MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Junior Matt Kissling showcased his speed on Friday, May 3, in the Viking Invitational in Stoughton. Kissling won the 200-meter dash and helped the Panthers take eighth in the 11-team invitational. In a Badger South Conference triple dual on Tuesday, May 7, the Panthers finished last against Madison Edgewood and Fort Atkinson.

Edgewood triple dual

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Junior Matt Kissling wins his heat of the 200-meter dash Friday, May 3, at the Viking Invitational in Stoughton. Kissling went on to win the event in 22.79 seconds.

Honorable mentions: Megan Bloyer (softball) had a walkoff RBI hit in a 4-3 win over Dodgeville on Saturday. She also went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs in a 10-0 win over Mount Horeb. John Klus (boys golf) shot a 9-over-par 81 on Thursday at the Stanley Morgan Invitational. Ashley Hanson (girls soccer) scored two goals to help carry the Panthers to an 8-0 nonconference win over Mount Horeb on Saturday at Huntoon Field. Henry Wiedemann (boys tennis) won a championship at No. 4 singles at the Stoughton Invitational on Saturday. Matt Kissling (boys track) finished first in the 200-meter dash at the Viking Invitational on Friday. He added a second-place finish in the 100. Lauren Beauchaine (girls track) finished second in the 1,600-meter run on Friday in the Viking Invitational with a time of 5 minutes, 19.89 seconds.

The Panthers also won the 4x400 relay with a team of Ryan McCorkle, Donovan Johnson, Logan Gable and Kissling finishing in 3:39.19. Junior Blake Anderson finished first in the pole vault after clearing 11-feet. Freshman teammate John Ruth placed second (9-0). Fort Atkinson finished first with 63.5 points, just ahead of Edgewood (56). Oregon scored 39.5. Junior Adam Yates took second in the shot put (38-8 1/2). Senior Ian Ganshert took second in the 400 (54.76) and second in the 110 high hurdles (18.91). . Senior Carter Erickson finished second in the 800 (1:59.66).

Oregon displayed some of its potential in two sprint relays in the triple dual on Tuesday in Madison. Viking invite The Panthers’ 4x100-meter Oregon had six top-five finrelay team of Blake Anderson, Ethan Williams, Damien Johnson ishes on Friday at the Viking and Mason Grender won with a Turn to Boys/Page 9 time of 47.18 seconds.

Girls basketball

Uhl gets offer from Colgate MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Oregon junior guard Liz Uhl announced on Twitter that she has received a Division I college basketball offer from Colgate University. Uhl, who averaged 14.1 points, four rebounds and 3.1 steals per game, was named fi r s t - t e a m B a d g e r S o u t h All-Conference last season. She led the Panthers to a 14-9 overall record and an 8-6 mark in the Badger South Conference for fourth place. Uhl led the Panthers in scoring and steals. She shot a team-best 78.8 percent from the free throw line (82 of 104) and was second on the team in made 3-pointers (33).

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Oregon takes second in Ashenfelter Invite MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

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Freshman Cearah Egwuonwu finished sixth Friday in the 100-meter dash at the Viking Invitational in Stoughton with a time of 13.33 seconds.

Panthers run to fourth MARK NESBITT

Sprint relays for the Oregon girls track team started in 2019 at the Viking Invitational on Friday, May 3, in Stoughton. Oregon finished fourth, sparked by three relays finishing in the top two. In a triple dual against Madison Edgewood and Fort Atkinson Tuesday May 7, the Panthers took last in Madison.

dual. Junior Isabella Egwuonwu won the 100 hurdles (17.64) and freshman Cerah Egwuonwu won the long jump (15-9 1/4). Senior KT Schwass took second in the 200 (28.74). Sophomore Julia Hutchinson finished second in the 800 (2:42.92). Edgewood won the triple dual scoring 63 points. Fort Atkinson (47.5) took third and Oregon was last (44.5).

Oregon triple dual

Viking invite

Junior Olivia Marsden displayed her ability in the sprint races after winning the 100-meter dash with a time of 13.30 seconds on Tuesday in Madison. It was one of three wins by Oregon in the triple

The Oregon 800-meter relay team finished first in the Viking Invitational on Friday. It was one of two sprint relay teams to finish in the top two. The Panthers’ 800 relay team of Aiyona Calvin and Cerah

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Egwonwu, Marsden and Schwass won the race with a time of 1 minute, 50.84 seconds. The Panthers’ 4x100 relay team of Emily Mortenson, Bailey Gable, Marsden and Egwonwu took second (52.54). In the 4x800 relay, Zoe F r a n k , A n a Ve r h a g e n , Bryanna Salazar and Tori Phillips placed second (10:26.61). Lauren Beauchaine finished second in the 1,600 (5:19.89). Junior Izzie Peterson added a fifthplace finish in the 400 (1:02.80). The Panthers took fourth after racking up 57 points to clip Stoughton by one point. Madison Memorial ran away with the team title 185-105 over runner-up Waunakee.


A week of walk-offs for Panthers MARK NESBITT Assistant sports editor

Sophomore Megan Bloyer had a walk-off RBI single in the bottom of the seventh inning on Saturday, May 4, to lift the Panthers to a win over Dodgeville. Junior pitcher Kenadee Nelson was dominant that same day, tossing a onehit shutout against Mount Horeb. The Panthers rebounded from a walk-off loss to Madison Edgewood on Friday, May 3, in Madison. On Monday, Oregon’s Badger South Conference game against Monroe was rained out. The Cheesemakers (13-2 overall, 7-0 Badger

South), ranked fifth in the Division 2 Wisconsin Softball Coaches Association state poll, beat Oregon in the first meeting. Oregon lost a Badger South pitchers’ duel to Milton on Tuesday, May 7, on the road. The loss snapped a stretch in which the team went 3-1 last week.

Milton 2, Oregon 1 Nelson was locked in a pitchers’ duel against Milton and the Panthers lost a nail-biter 2-1 on Tuesday. Nelson pitched six innings and gave up two runs on two hits and struck out 12. The Panthers were limited to two hits, one each by Sam

Mikkelson and Bloyer who also drove in a run.

Oregon 4, Dodgeville 3 Bloyer came through with a clutch game-winning RBI single in the seventh inning to give Oregon a thrilling comeback 4-3 victory over Dodgeville on Saturday. Senior Brooke McCallum went 3-for-3 with two RBIs and Meghan Detra also was 3-for-3. Junior Amelia Spilde pitched a complete game to earn the win. She gave up three runs on nine hits and struck out 12.

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The Oregon boys golf team had four in the top 15 to finish second in the Division 2 field at the John Ashenfelter Invitational on Saturday, May 4, at the Riverside Golf Course in Janesville. That came after the Panthers took sixth at the Morgan Stanley Invitational on Thursday, May 2, at University Ridge. “We didn’t play as well as we would have wished,” senior John Klus said after the Morgan Stanley Invitational. “Some of these teams will be in our regional and sectional. It was nice to get our feet wet and play against them.” O n M o n d a y, M a y 6 , Oregon placed second in a Badger South Conference mini meet at the Watertown Country Club.

Watertown Both junior Zach Kapalczynski and Klus shot a 9-over-par 79 to tie for fifth on Monday in a Badger Conference mini meet at the Watertown Country Club. The Panthers shot a 330 to finish second behind Madison Edgewood (295). Senior Sam Schroeder carded an 80 and senior Justin Yaun finished with a 92. Edgewood’s James Gilmore was the medalist with a 2-over-par 72.

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Oregon senior Sam Schroeder looks to sink a putt on No. 18 during the Morgan Stanley Invitational on Thursday at University Ridge. Stanley Invitational at University Ridge in Madison. “I felt I played better than the score,” Klus said. “I really struggled putting. I’m happy with it. It definitely could have been better. I’m usually solid with

my putting, but I couldn’t find the speed.” Klus said he had a few three-putts that he should have finished as two-putts. “They were rolling pretty fast and I didn’t think they would be that fast,” he said.

Ashentelter invite Schroeder shot an 11-over-par 83 to take 10th place on Saturday at the John Ashenfelter Invitational in Janesville. Oregon finished second after shooting a 338, which was 22 shots behind Division 2 team champion Edgerton (316). Klus tied Grafton’s Danny Schmitz and the Prairie School’s Jake Reynolds for 11th after shooting an 84. Kapalczynski carded an 85 to tie for 14th and senior Justin Yaun tied for 15th with an 86. Edgerton’s Kyle Wille shot an even-par 72 to take medalist honors.

Morgan Stanley invite Klus shot a 9-over-par 81 on Thursday at the Morgan


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Boys: Anderson wins pole vault in dual Invitational, highlighted by Kissling’s three. The junior sprinter won the 200 (22.79 seconds) and finished second in the 100 (11.23). Kissling was just 0.01 of a second behind Waunakee’s

Sawyer Maly, who won the 100. Kissling took fifth in the long jump (19 feet, 10 inches). Oregon finished eighth with 53 points. Reedsburg edged Madison La Follette 95.5-90 for the team title. The Panthers’ 400 relay

team of Ben Adams, Kamron Armstrong, McCorkle and Logan Gable took third (45.01). Donovan Johnson placed fourth in the 110 high hurdles (16.27) and Anderson finished fifth in the pole vault (10-6).



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Soccer: No. 2 Panthers have eight shutouts Continued from page 8 by Fanning at 72:33 to give the Panthers a 5-0 lead. Just 24 seconds later, Hanson scored her second goal on a pass by Swartzmiller. Sophomore Aidan Hampton scored on an assist by sophomore Bri Sauer at 84:51 to extend the Panthers’ lead to 7-0. Cox had her second goal on a pass by Sauer in the 86th minute. Junior goalkeeper Melia Moyer had one save.

Oregon 5, Monona Grove 0 Fanning had two goals on Friday to lead the Panthers to a 5-0 road win over Monona Grove. Fanning scored the first

goal at 5 minutes. The Silver Eagles then had a shot ricochet off the cross bar. “We got a little bit razzled in that first half,” Brownell said. “After that first 10 or 15 minutes, we just settled in and found our groove.” With the game being played on the football field, it was challenging because the field is not as wide, Brownell said. “We like the wide field,” he said. “It took a little bit of time to get accustomed to it. It was a physical game and we were tested at times.” Junior forward Katilyn Schrimpf scored at 20:50 and Swartzmiller’s goal at 41:30 gave the Panthers a 3-0 lead at the half.

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Team Wins Losses Edgewood 5 0 Oregon 4 0 Milton 3 1 Monona Grove 3 2 Watertown 2 1 Stoughton 0 5 Monroe 0 5

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Senior Henry Wiedemann at No. 4 singles and the Oregon No. 3 doubles team earned championships on Saturday, May 4, at the Stoughton Invitational. The Panthers also posted two Badger South Conference wins, defeating Watertown on Monday, May 6, and then lost to Milton the next day.

year to force a conference co-championship between the two teams. to that will be good.” “I’m sure they have a The Panthers clipped the Crusaders 2-0 last lot of fire coming into that

Milton 5, Oregon 2

Milton won all three doubles matches to knock off host Oregon 5-2 in a conference dual match on Monday. Bychowski defeated MilOregon 7, Watertown 0 ton’s Evan Mallon 6-3, 6-0. The Panthers won every AT No. 3 singles, Hessler flight and rolled by Water- defeated the Red Hawks’ Miles Stuckey 6-4, 7-5. town on Monday 7-0. Junior Sean Bychowski at No. 1 singles defeated Stoughton invite Michael Kuckkan 6-3, 6-3. The Panthers had three Freshman Brandon Thorne cruised to a 6-2, 6-1 win singles players and every at No. 2 singles. At No. 3 doubles team finish in the singles, senior Ben Hessler top three on Saturday at the pulled out a three set victo- Stoughton Invitational. Oregon finished sec ry 6-3, 2-6, 6-4. Henry Wiedemann at No. ond, racking up 26 points, 4 singles posted a 6-1, 7-6 just five points away from champion Milton. Wiede(8) win. Seniors Sean Benet and mann and the No. 3 douZak Roskos at No. 1 dou- bles team of Branson and bles defeated the Goslings’ Ellingson each went 3-0.

Hampton added a goal at 60:11 and Fanning capped the scoring with her second goal on an assist by junior Lauren Denu. Moyer had two saves.

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top team 7-5, 6-2. AT No. 2 doubles, seniors Owen Johnson and Zach Bennett pulled out a 6-4, 7-5 win. Seniors Christian Branson and Nate Ellingson won a three-set match, 6-3, 6-7, 6-3.

game,” Brownell said. “It’s definitely a game our girls are looking forward to and I’m sure they are too.”

In the semifinals, Wiedemann knocked off Stoughton freshman Hayden Schreier 6-1, 6-1. Wiedemann then topped Milton’s Matt Klinger in the title match 7-5, 6-2. Branson and Ellingson outlasted Milton in three sets in the championship match, 2-6, 7-5, 11-9. The Panthers’ No. 2 doubles team of Johnson and Bennett took second. Thorne, at No. 2 singles, and senior Madison Conduah, at No. 3 singles, each took third. In a third-place match, Thorne defeated DeForest’s Eliot Pickhardt by default. At No. 3 singles, Conduah knocked off La Follette’s Gabe Murphy 6-4, 6-2 in a third-place match. The Panthers’ No. 1 doubles team of Benet and Roskos also finished third. Benet and Roskos beat Janesville’s team 6-1, 6-1 and then lost to Milton 6-1, 7-6 (4). Benet and Roskos rebounded to top Jefferson in a third-place match 6-0, 6-4.


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Oregon (6-8 overall, 4-5 Badger South) then had a game against Madison The Oregon baseball team Memorial postponed on made the most of the rain last Monday, May 6, in Madison. One day later, the Panthers week. “All we could do was lost to Milton. spend time in the batting Milton 6, Oregon 3 cage because of the weather,” Milton’s Jack Campion coach Jake Soule said. The Panthers used a went 2-for-3 and had two make-contact approach at the RBIs to lead the Red Hawks plate on Friday, May 3, to over the host Panthers. No other information from defend its home field with a doubleheader sweep of Mon- the game was available at press time. roe, 5-2 and 8-3. “It’s hard to get kids to buy Oregon 5, Monroe 2 in that they don’t have to hit a home run every time to contribute,” Soule said. “I think Oregon 8, Monroe 3 it’s the first game we played Senior Matt Rusch went a two games back-to-back combined 5-for-7 combined where we did everything we to lead the Panthers to a douneeded to do execution-wise bleheader sweep over Monroe to win.” on Friday, May 3, in Oregon. It was youth night and In the first game of the more than 100 youth baseball twinbill, Rusch went 3-for-3 players attended the game. and senior Zach Tower had “We were pretty fired up to two RBIs to lead the Panthers play,” Soule said. to a 5-2 win over the CheeseSoule said the team played makers. some small ball with three The Panthers scored one sacrifice bunts and two sacri- run each in the fourth, fifth fice flies against the Cheese- and sixth innings. Oregon makers. took advantage of three errors “We put the ball in play and by the Cheesemakers. Senior we made them make plays,” Cameron Carpenter and Soule said. “We put ourselves junior Eddie Saucedo both in a position to move the run- went 2-for-3. It was tied 2-2 ners around.” after three innings. Assistant sports editor








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Madison Memorial (ppd). The Panthers’ nonconference game against Madison Memorial was postponed on Monday because of rain. A rescheduled date has not been announced before the Oregon Observer went to press.

Softball: Newton has 3 RBIs against Crusaders Continued from page 9



Sophomore Spencer Buskager pitched five innings, gave up two runs, struck out 12 and walked five. “He was effectively wild,” Soule said. “They had a hard time with his fastball. He was in command. That was one of his best performances of the year.” Carpenter tossed two shutout innings in relief and struck out two. In the second game of the twinbill, Oregon broke the game open with a four-run fifth to cruise to an 8-3 victory. Senior Jack Haufle went 2-for-3 and had two RBIs. Seniors Noah Brindley and Rusch both finished 2-for-4. Senior third baseman Kevin Alvord also drove in two runs. Brindley pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up one earned run on seven hits and struck out eight.

Oregon 10, Mount Horeb 0 Nelson pitched a five-inning, one-hit shutout, striking out 11 and walking two, as the Panthers rolled past the host Vikings. Bloyer went 2-for-3 with a home run and four RBIs to

lead Oregon’s nine-hit attack.

Edgewood 6, Oregon 5 Edgewood junior Truely Wallhaus had a walk-off, tworun single in the bottom of the seventh to clip the Panthers on Friday in Madison. Nelson pitched 6 1/3 innings and gave up six runs on nine hits. She struck out 10 and walked two.

Oregon’s Erin Newton had three RBIs and Levi Rich drove in two runs.

Oregon, Monroe (ppd). The game against Monroe was postponed on Monday. There was no announcement about a rescheduled date before the Oregon Observer went to press.

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Grayson Glennon, 3, and mother Megan Sutter, both of Oregon, sit inside a cop car and check out the steering wheel together. Adeline Zweifel, 3, Verona gets her face painted at Safety Day.

Sienna, 3, and her mom Lindsay Barkelar, check out the inside of a tractor. Sienna sports a hat with ears.

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Emmet Kading, 2, Oregon, plays with the steering wheel inside an Oregon Police Department vehicle.

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Planting a tree at BKE To celebrateArbor Day, the Village of Brooklyn and 106 fourth graders from Brooklyn Elementary School gathered with Cody Didier from the Wisconsin Department of Natural

Resources tree forestry program to plant a red oak tree at Legion Park. Village President Brit Springer and Public Works director Lief Spilde were also present at the planting.

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Oregon High School, with its distinctive “Panther Gallery” near the school’s recently remodeled entrance, hosted this year’s Badger Conference Art Show/Challenge. With 10 Panther artists representing the school, the team took third place out of 14 teams in this year’s competition, with a pair of first-place winners leading the way. Competing artists were seniors Sophia Choles and Katelyn Soldatke, junior Payton Urfer, sophomores Kenzie Swangstu, Hailey Pucillo, Phoebe Jeske and Braeden Zeinemann and freshmen Vada Freed, Samantha Derrick and Avery Berens-VanHeerst. Pucillo scored a First in the Animation/Time Based category with an animation titled, “Walk on the Wild Side,” one of only two works that received a unanimous selection by the judges. Derrick was also awarded a first in the Photography category with a photograph titled, “Winter’s Death Grip.” In the 2D mixed Media c l a s s , F r e e d wo n t h i r d place and Swangstu r e c e ive d a n h o n o r a b l e mention. Urfer and Zeinmann also won honorable m e n t i o n awa r d s i n 3 D Mixed Media and Sculpture. The annual event is a “fun and rewarding experience where high school art students get the opportunity to show and have their work juried by professional artist,” OHS art teacher Michael Derrick wrote the Observer in an email. The competition

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You can tell summertime is approaching when the aroma of smoke and charred meat fills the air. That’s what will happen at the Oregon Area Senior Center’s ninth annual Brat Bash this weekend. The event will take place from 10:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on both Friday, May 10, and Saturday, May 11.


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OHS senior Katelyn Soldatke’s acrylic painting of “Lucy’ was one of the submissions from the school’s team of 10 artists that won third place in this year’s Badger Conference Art Show/Challenge. included 12 judged categories, with each of the Badger Conference schools able choose a maximum of 10 pieces to be entered. Judges observed and critiqued the works on originality, creativity and technique, with each category awarded first, second and third placements. Those individual rankings are then tallied to determine “Conference Champions.” Derrick said the annual event gives students and educators the “opportunity to learn from their peers and other area schools’ curriculums.” “ M a ny s t u d e n t s fi n d that such art competitions i n s p i r e s a n d m o t iva t e s them to improve their own artistic skills and aim for higher goals,” he wrote. “Although some people disagree with the use of competitions in the arts, it does reflect the reality of real-life situations.”

If You Go What: Badger Conference 2019 Art Show/Challenge ceremonies When: 10 a.m. to noon; awards ceremony at 11:30 a.m. Where: Oregon High School “Panther Gallery,” 456 N. Perry Pkwy. Info: 835-4300 The OHS Panther Gallery (open during school hours for viewing) will host a closing reception from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, May 11, with the awards ceremony slated for 11:30 a.m. The event is free and open to the public. Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at

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May is National Stop the Bleed Month. To commemorate, a free “Stop the Bleed” training will be conducted from 10-11 a.m. Saturday, May 11 at the Oregon Are Fire/ EMS District, 131 Spring St. Attendees will learn how to stop or constrict bleeding before help arrives at the

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Continued from page 1 elected officials, and when he decided not to run last October said he is stepping away to give someone else a turn who will look upon the situation with a “fresh voice.” Looking forward to retirement — which he’s done a couple times now — Staton is eyeing an opportunity for more travel and time with his grandkids. But he has served in a leadership position for decades, which he said gives a sense of fulfillment that won’t be easy to replicate. He thinks he’ll become more involved in environmental activism, something he’s had a passion for since he co-taught environmental studies early in his career in Manawa, Wis. But asked whether he might serve on another village committee or in government some day, Staton shook his head. “I’m done,” he said with a smile.

Looking back Several times, Staton has said, he was undecided about pursuing another term, but it was the fate of the Oregon Rotary Bike trail that led him once again to seek office. “Those votes (about the bike trail) were pretty consistently 4-3; one switch and it would not have proceeded,” Staton explained. He also passionately supported establishing restrictions targeted at what he called Wisconsin’s drinking culture, and the village established a social host ordinance in 2012. He characterized opposition to the bike trail as fiscal conservatism, that it would cost too much to build and maintain. The 3.1-mile trail took five years to plan and cost $889,000 to build, and the village has $300,000 earmarked in 2019 for repairing flood damage. He countered that bike trails boost property values for adjacent homes and businesses and said it could lead to more economic growth once it’s connected to the Badger State Trail. At the point where the two trails would converge, Oregon would be roughly the same riding distance as Paoli. But his real reason for supporting the trail is not one of economics, but born of his love of the outdoors: “(It’s about) health, recreation and fun,” he said. After the village passed the social-host ordinance, Staton was asked to speak in 13 different communities about the use of alcohol in society and what could be done about it. The ordinance levied a fine of up to $2,000 to an adult who hosts a teen drinking party. Other measures include limiting the density of alcohol licenses in the village and curtailing the sale of “single-serving fermented malt beverages” at gas stations. He said his motivation came from working with kids in the high school, and to a lesser degree in middle

school, who would begin a “downward spiral” as they began to use alcohol and drugs. He also knew from his time picking up trash along the side of the road that to-go beers would often be consumed as people drove and then thrown out the window. He cited statistics from memory about the issue and the benefits gained the longer teens delay drinking. While the measures maybe haven’t moved the needle significantly on teen usage, he said, he thinks increasing awareness may bear fruit as time goes on. “When you think about smoking in public places, that took 30 years,” Staton said. “With Wisconsin’s heavy use of alcohol, that’s going to take some time.” He said there wasn’t much he regretted from his time in office, though he wished he could have connected the bike trail westward toward the Badger State Trail in Fitchburg and focused more on sustainable energy sources like solar and geothermal for village buildings and less fossil fuels for vehicles. “I can’t say I left much on the table,” he said. “As an elected official, you never get everything done. I would’ve liked to stay on to see the library through, but then it would have been something else and something else and something else.”

Looking forward Based on advice he’s heard, Staton said, “when you retire, you better not just quit working and go home.” He was looking forward to picking up his 6-year-old granddaughter from school in a few hours, but otherwise had the day free after a morning appointment. After a career in leadership positions, first with the school district and then with village government, an abundance of free time wasn’t the norm, and will take some getting used to. He said the freedom that comes with retirement will enable him and his wife to travel more and spend more time with family. So instead, he’s going to put his energy elsewhere to attain that sense of fulfillment and worth that comes with hard work done well. He’s not sure where he’ll land, but discussed increasing his involvement in environmental activism with organizations like the Citizens’ Climate Lobby. When people ask him what he thinks now that he’s stepped down, he tells them honestly that he misses the work. Village staff have become good friends, he said, and he misses working with them on a regular basis. “I’ve done this 12 years, that’s a long time. It’s a complex, demanding position,” he said. “I’ve enjoyed it, but now there are other people that can do it and enjoy it.” Contact Alexander Cramer at alexander.cramer@​

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Before Steve Staton’s last board meeting as village president, there was cake. For a half hour before the regularly scheduled Village Board meeting Monday, April 15, about 60 people chatted and ate snacks at Village Hall in recognition of Staton’s service to the village. Incoming village president Jeanne Carpenter thanked Staton for his leadership and guidance, and told the crowd that it was he who originally suggested she run for trustee, which she had never considered. Dane County Executive Joe Parisi read a proclamation to the board, which made April 15, 2019, “Steve Staton Day” in Dane County. “I apologize you didn’t know the entire day it was your day, but you have a few hours left,” Parisi joked. He said it was relatively uncommon for the county to recognize someone who’s

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Incoming village president Jeanne Carpenter laughs as she introduces outgoing village president Steve Staton at his last meeting on April 15. moving on, but said Staton was known in the area for getting things done with class. “Steve is known throughout the county, and a model of what someone might be if they’re doing things for the right reasons,” Parisi said. Staton took a moment to thank those who had come

to the meeting and listed a few accomplishments he might be able to say he “put his stamp on.” They included the Rotary Bike Trail and ordinances regarding the sale of liquor and liquor license requirements. He then highlighted each member of the village’s staff by name and with a story

about their worth to the community. “When I think of community, I think of the last five letters: unity,” Staton said. “I’m very indebted to staff and consultants we’ve worked with. They’ve made this fun, been friends (and) comprised an effective team.”

Legals OREGON SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION “…HELPING STUDENTS ACQUIRE THE SKILLS, KNOWLEDGE, AND ATTITUDES TO ACHIEVE THEIR INDIVIDUAL POTENTIAL…” FROM OREGON SCHOOL DISTRICT MISSION STATEMENT DATE: MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019 TIME: 6:30 PM PLACE: OSD INNOVATION CENTER, OHS, 456 NORTH PERRY PARKWAY NOTE: BOARD MEMBERS – PLEASE ARRIVE BY 6:15PM FOR PHOTOS Order of Business Call to Order Roll Call Proof of Notice of Meeting and Approval of Agenda AGENDA A. CONSENT CALENDAR NOTE: Items under the Consent Calendar are considered routine and will be enacted under one motion. There will be no separate discussion of these items prior to the time the Board votes unless a Board Member requests an item be removed from the calendar for separate action. 1. Minutes of Previous Meeting 2. Approval of Payments 3. Treasurer’s Report, if any 4. Staff Resignations/Retirements, if any 5. Staff Assignments, if any 6. Field Trip Requests, if any 7. Acceptance of Donations, if any: 8. Safety State Grant Drill Report Acceptance B. COMMUNICATION FROM PUBLIC 1. Public: Board Policy 180.04 has established an opportunity for the public to address the Board. In the event community members wish to address the Board, 15 minutes will be provided; otherwise the agenda will proceed as posted. C. INFORMATION ITEMS 1. OEA Report 2. Student Report D. ACTION ITEMS 1. Shared Services Agreement – Dane County School to Work E. DISCUSSION ITEMS 1. Committee Reports: a. Policy b. Vision Steering F. INFORMATION ITEMS 1. State Budget 2019-21 2. Superintendent’s Report G. CLOSING 1. Future Agenda 2. Check Out H. CLOSED SESSION 1. Deliberations Regarding Use of Public Properties Consideration of adjourning to closed session on Item H1 as provided under Wisconsin Statutes 19.85 (e) I. ADJOURNMENT Go to: meetings/agendas for the most updated version agenda. Published: May 9, 2019 WNAXLP *** CONDENSED MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE OREGON VILLAGE BOARD, FEBRUARY 18, 2019 Substance of the Regular meeting of the Oregon Village Board proceedings held February 18, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. with Village Board President Steve Staton presiding. Present: Village Board President Steve Staton, Trustees: Jeanne Carpenter, Randy Glysch, Amanda Peterson, Jerry Bollig, Jeff Boudreau, and Jenna Jacobson Approved: 1. AIA Document B1010-


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2017 – Agreement between Village and OPN (Architect) for new library building. 2. President Staton and Trustee Carpenter have authority to make a conditional offer of employment to the selected candidate, contingent on passing a police background check. 3. Refer review of Pond Hockey and Recreational Immunity Legal Opinion to Park Board for consideration. 4. Regular minutes of February 4, 2019. 5. Vouchers dated February 18, 2019 in the amount of $483,749.65. 6. Village’s share ($128,179.00) of fire truck purchase by Oregon Area Fire/EMS. 7. Referred purchase and installation of one (1) complete RRFB unit for Pleasant Oak Drive to be installed at the existing Oregon Middle School crosswalk to Personnel Committee. 8. Emergency Operations Plan. 9. Police Department Policies. 10. Village’s contribution of $500.00 to Safe Communities of Madison. 11. Hire Ruekert & Mielke for an amount not to exceed $5,000 to prepare grant application for Rotary Bike Trail repair work. 12. Award contract to Town & Country Engineering/SRF Consulting. Inc. for the engineering services for the Janesville Street and Park Street Intersection Project. Contract amount to be $61,200 per proposal dated February 6, 2019. 13. Request to locate a storm drain mural in downtown area. 14. Jaycee Park West Final Concept Plan. 15. Locate soccer field at Rustic Vinyard Park. 16. Temporary use of 1075 Park Street for storage for the current owner Kjelland Family LLC. 17. Oregon Zoning Ordinance Amendments to: 1) remove the conditional use requirement for Group Developments; and, 2) to not distinguish between “For-Profit” and “Not-For-Profit” status for various land uses. Public Appearances: 1. Modify the wording to the Village Ordinance to include, “vaping devices are not allowed anywhere a person is not allowed to smoke in public work places and anywhere else you are not allowed to smoke,” and add the wording, “any other substance that can be used with such device.” Licenses Approved: 1. Headquarters – Jaelin E Henn. 2. Headquarters – Natasha M Hedke. 3. Ace’s Main Tap – Karen R Williams. Other Matters: 1. Closed session pursuant to Wis. Stat. sec. 19.85 (1) (c) to consider performance evaluation data relating to a Village employees and pursuant to Wis. Stat. sec. 19.85 (1) (e) to discuss Post Office Lease. To view a complete copy of the minutes for this meeting visit Submitted by Clerk, Peggy Haag Approved: May 6, 2019 Publication: May 9, 2019 WNAXLP

bring required State Resolution to the 4/8/19 Board Meeting. 3. Vouchers dated 3/18/19 in the amount of $461,496.12. 4. 2019 Farm Lease between the Village of Oregon and John & Gary Doerfer for Outlot 1 and Outlot 2 in the Village of Oregon for $150.00 per acre. 5. Contract with Executive Painting in the amount of $20,135.00 for floor preparation and repainting in Buildings 20 and 60 at the Wastewater Treatment Plant. 6. Task order from Strand Associates not-to-exceed $23,500 for traffic analysis at Oregon Middle School and Rome Corners Intermediate School. 7. Change Order No. 3 and Application for Payment No. 5 Final for total amount of $54,926.06 payable to Badgerland Excavating. 8. Purchase of a 2019 John Deere 1585 Mower and appurtenances from Sloan Implement for the amount of $24,853.74. 9. Purchase of ProPlow FX Flex 6.0 blade and hydraulic connections from Kelbe Brothers Equipment for the amount of $5,257.93. 10. Purchase of a Snow & Light Material Scoop Bucket from Mid-State Equipment for the amount of $1,485.00. 11. Proclamation Honoring National Library Week April 7-13, 2019. 12. Award the South Standpipe Repaint Project to Badger Specialty Coatings, LLC of Janesville, Wisconsin in the amount of $102,900.00. 13. Request by Fiduciary Real Estate for temporary closure of Brynhill Drive during operating hours of the 2019 Parade of Homes as outlined in e-mail dated March 8, 2019. 14. Hiring of Kim Wisden Permanent (Substitute) Part-Time Crossing Guard Position at the hourly rate of $14.04. 15. Preliminary Plat for Lot 1, Highlands of Netherwood Subdivision with contingencies. 16. Donation (wheelchair accessible swings with soft rubber bases) from the Oregon Masonic Lodge and Oregon/Brooklyn Optimist Club, installation and location will be finalized by Village Staff. 17. Adopt the recommendations related to impact fees provided in the Park Impact Fee and Land Dedication Policy Needs Assessment document. 18. Purchase and installation of one (1) complete RRFB unit for Pleasant Oak Drive to be installed at the existing Oregon Middle School crosswalk. 19. Ordinances: 1. Adopt Ordinance #19-01 Relating to Electronic Smoking Devices and Providing Tobacco Products to Minors. Budget Transfers: 1. Budget Amendment No. 6. Licenses Approved: 1. Stop N Go, Geraldine Dobbins. 2. Kwik Trip #302, Devin R. Fitzgerald. Other Matters: 1. Prohibit hockey rinks with side boards to be constructed in stormwater areas. 2. Closed session

pursuant to Wis. Stat. sec. 19.85 (1) (c) to consider employment and compensation for candidate for Director of Planning and Zoning Administrator Position and pursuant to Wis. Stat. 19.85 (1) (e) to discuss possible property acquisition and to discuss the New Post Office Lease. To view a complete copy of the minutes for this meeting visit Submitted by Clerk, Peggy Haag Approved: May 6, 2019 Publication: May 9, 2019 WNAXLP *** TOWN OF OREGON PARK COMMITTEE AGENDA MONDAY, MAY 13, 2019 6:30 PM OREGON TOWN HALL 1138 UNION ROAD OREGON, WISCONSIN 1. Call meeting to order. 2. Roll Call. 3. Approval of minutes from the last meeting. 4. Public Comments and Appearances. 5. Discussion and possible Action re: Kennedy Park. 6. Discussion and possible Action re: input on town survey for update of comprehensive plan. 7. Discussion and possible Action re: Eagle Scout Project. 8. Discussion and possible Action re: recommendations/decisions from the Town Board. 9. Review of potential work projects. 10. Adjournment. Note: Agendas are subject to amendment after publication. Check the official posting locations (Town Hall, Town of Oregon Recycling Center and Oregon Village Hall) including the Town website at It is possible that members of and possibly a quorum of members of other governmental bodies of the town may be in attendance at any of the meetings to gather information; however, no action will be taken by any governmental body at said meeting other than the governmental body specifically referred to in the meeting notice. Requests from persons with disabilities who need assistance to participate in this meeting or hearing should be made to the Clerk’s office at 835-3200 with 48 hours notice. Steve Root, Chairperson Posted: May 7, 2019 Published: May 9, 2019 WNAXLP ***

*** CONDENSED MINUTES OF THE REGULAR MEETING OF THE OREGON VILLAGE BOARD, MARCH 18, 2019 Substance of the Regular meeting of the Oregon Village Board proceedings held March 18, 2019 at 5:00 p.m. with Village Board President Steve Staton presiding. Present: Village Board President Steve Staton, Trustees: Jeanne Carpenter, Randy Glysch, Amanda Peterson, Jerry Bollig, Jeff Boudreau, and Jenna Jacobson Approved: 1. First Amendment to Agreements for Bergamont Development Land Division Improvements Phases 4D & 4E. 2. Village Staff submit a completed Board of Commissioners Public Land Loan Application for a $1,000,000 State Trust Fund Loan for Thysse project and



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Merit: Zintel has sights on two colleges, has goal of studying biology and music education Continued from page 1 Kay Black, teach students on Tuesdays between 2 and 3 p.m. Last fall, Zintel helped direct the students around three times a week. She’s also been involved with the Wisconsin Youth Symphony Orchestra. “(Working with the students) is so rewarding because they have so much enthusiasm,” Zintel said. She cut back on the amount of time she spends with the orchestra students after getting into the Biotechnology Youth Apprenticeship Program for the University of Wisconsin-Madison Department of Medical Microbiology & Immunology, shortening her school days. Also for the apprenticeship, Zintel said she takes a class at biotechnology manufacturer Promega for four hours on Wednesdays, where she works on a project that looks at how fungus can damage an organism. “The main project is

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Marissa Zintel, senior, directs the “Seasonal Players” for an Oregon Area Senior Center crowd. This was for a 2018 Christmas concert. deleting genes on a fungus to see if that impacts the virulence of an apple,” Zintel said. She said she has her sights set on two colleges, with the goal of double-majoring in biology and music education, either at Lawrence University in Appleton or the University

“We have a great education of Colorado-Boulder. “I’m hoping once I get system (in Oregon),” Zintel (into college) I’ll have more said. specific experiences in each field,” Zintel said. Email Emilie Heidemann at emilie.heidemann@wcinet. She attributed her interPhoto submitted est in multiple disciplines to com or follow her on Twitter “great teachers” and “diverse” at @HeidemannEmilie. Marissa Zintel poses with her violin in her senior portrait. school courses.

OHS top scholars recognized Award ceremony was held April 28 Ten Oregon High School seniors were honored April 28 at the Badger Conference Top Scholars Recognition Ceremony at Waunakee High School. Levi Mallioux, Henry Wiedemann, Chloe Krause, Brooke Johnson, Alexis Karls, Julie Bull, Bekkan Pearson, Erin Flanagan, Jillian Soderman and Marissa Zintel were selected based on grade point average throughout their high school careers. OHS principal Jim Pliner said it’s a “talented group that have set ambitious goals moving forward.” “They have all been high

achievers in the classroom and have been leaders in the community,” he wrote the Observer in an email Monday. Pliner said all 10 plan to attend college: Bull at the University of Texas; Flanagan, Karls and Soderman at the University of Wisconsin-Madison; Johnson at the University of Minnesota; Krause and Pearson at Grand Canyon University; Mailloux at Cedarville University; Wiedemann at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee and Zintel at Lawrence University. Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at Photo submitted

A group of Oregon High School students were honored at the Badger Conference Top Scholars Recognition Ceremony Sunday, April 28 at Waunakee High School. From left are, Levi Mallioux, Henry Wiedemann, Chloe Krause, Brooke Johnson, Alexis Karls, Julie Bull, Bekkan Pearson, Erin Flanagan and Jillian Soderman. Not pictured: Marissa Zintel. Places to Go

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Library: Zoning ordinances could factor in planning Continued from page 1 other project in the village,” Way wrote. The building committee has been using a placeholder of 120 parking spots, which is what would be required by a 30,000-square-foot library, Way wrote. Traska said the group understood the size of the parking area would be proportional to the size of the library, but asked whether planners could build a smaller parking lot first and expand if necessary. He also mentioned an “overly large” meeting room capable of holding 150-160 people that might be contributing to the number of parking spaces. Traska called that room “overkill.” Way said community meeting rooms are “common and essential function(s)” in libraries and that it’s important the library is designed to meet the future needs of the growing community. The neighborhood group is the same one that opposed the proposed four-story assisted living center on the site in 2016. A letter from the organization said it was “delighted” a new library would be built on the space, but disappointed when one of its members was not placed on the Library Building Committee. In its letter, the group said plans it had seen showed

green spaces only on the periphery which left “little space for water retention areas, rain gardens, a kid’s area, a walking garden, an amphitheater or Mother Nature.” “Large library windows looking out at parking spaces will not make the library a draw,” it states. Other concerns the group highlighted were the preservation of mature trees and green space, the effects of increased impermeable surfaces on the site’s flooding issues and deviation from the missions of sustainability and environmentalism. “We ask that the library be built not for cars, but for people,” the letter states. Village President Jeanne Carpenter said the process is still in the early stages and she expects to see “lots of concerns from lots of groups” and that she’s “excited” that people are engaging with the process. The building committee had its second meeting Tuesday, May 7, and its members are Library Board president Jenny Nelson and secretary Kyle Severson, Village Board members Amanda Peterson and Jenna Jacobson and citizen members John Bieno, John Bonsett-Veal and Megwyn Sanders-Andrews.

Ice arena liquor license delayed ALEXANDER CRAMER Unified Newspaper Group

Alcohol sales in the Oregon Ice Arena hit a snag at Monday’s Village Board meeting, after the board asked a liquor-license applicant to return with more information. Paulie’s Grill and Cafe owner Suzanne Cowan submitted an application to sell beer and wine at the arena, but trustees were uncomfortable with the lack of definition in the application as to when and where alcohol would be sold. Ben Cowan and Larry Clemens took over the Oregon Ice Arena last December as it switched from nonprofit to for-profit status, and Suzanne Cowan is Ben’s mother. The nonprofit held the previous liquor license, and the arena has been unable to sell alcohol since the change. Village attorney Matt Dregne said the application

Village in brief Senior center accreditation policies The Oregon Area Senior Center is going through its re-accreditation process and is bringing its policies before the Village Board for approval. The policies have been approved every five years since 1994, director Rachel Brickner explained, and

would give Paulie’s Grill and Cafe the right to sell alcohol in the entire facility, something the board has restricted in the past by placing conditions on the license. The board asked Suzanne Cowan to clarify the premises she intended to lease, as well as a plan to control where alcohol is consumed and for more information about the number and type of special events like concerts. Suzanne Cowan said she’d like to see fewer restrictions from the board after three years of selling alcohol there without incident and added that it didn’t make sense that people could have a beer during a hockey practice and not a game. “We’d appreciate the opportunity for our patrons to have a beer with their burger,” she said. Conditions placed on the 2017 agreement restrict alcohol sales and consumption to the lobby area during youth

for the most part have been updated over the years based on policies from the Oregon Area Council on Aging, a nonprofit that fundraises for and advises the senior center. The board approved 14 policies at its meeting Monday night, and another eight will be presented at the June 3 meeting. The policies cover: facility guidelines, building usage, building use applications,

practices, with the reasoning that parents dropping their kids off at practice might want to stay for dinner and have a drink. But it came as a surprise to police chief Brian Uhl and Village President Jeanne Carpenter that alcohol was being consumed in the stands during youth practices. Carpenter said she wasn’t sure if she would have voted for the 2017 agreement if she had known that. Trustee Amanda Peterson commented that “usually, kids’ sports and alcohol are not a good mix.” Ben Cowan said he finds the restrictions “shortsighted.” “It’s not like the lobby is a separate building, it goes lobby to ice rink,” he said. “It gives parents a convenient place to have a burger and beer while their kid is playing. Ultimately, they’re going to do that anyway, they’re just going to go somewhere else.”

He said other area sports complexes have full bars, referencing Keva Sports Complex and Capitol Ice Arena, both in Middleton, where patrons are free to drink in the stands. He said the license is a revenue generator for a business that can use it, especially as it moves toward more adult programming. Trustee Cory Horton said the board is looking for more “definition” in the plans. “You need to be put on the hook – you need to monitor who is using the alcohol so if there is a problem, we can come back to you if something happens,” he told Suzanne Cowan. Uhl said his department is concerned with controlling alcohol at the events to stop underage drinking and people bringing alcohol in and out of the facility. The issue could come up again as soon as the May 20 Village Board meeting.

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Canines for comfort

Therapy dogs provide support from hospitals to universities program soon spread to the residence halls and then throughout the rest of campus. Every year, the appearance of therapy animals at UW-Madison signals the end of the semester, a time when student anxiety levels are high with final exams and projects. This year’s therapy dog visits include the Natatorium Gymnasium and the UW School of Engineering, according to the Dogs on Call website, but College Library remains one of the most popular destinations for the canines. “It’s probably our biggest university event,” Smith said.

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Dog doctor Hospital visits represent some of the most important work for therapy dogs. Stoughton Hospital, particularly its medical surgery floor and geriatric psychiatry ward, receives routine visits from therapy animals. A L a b r a d o r r e t r i eve r from Wisconsin-based nonprofit Dogs on Call Inc. and a golden retriever and a goldendoodle from the American Kennel Club’s

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Merrlyn Schofield’s therapy dog Bitsie visits with Carol Damson at the Oregon Area Senior Center on April 22. Canine Good Citizen Pro- psychiatry ward, Dahlia gram appear often, geriatric changed the mood of each psychiatry activity director room she entered. Tail wagJennifer Erb said, but the ging uncontrollably, Dahlia most interesting of the hos- wandered from patient to pital visitors may be a sev- patient, leaving each person en-year-old black lab mix with a smile. Even hospital staff took named Dahlia. About once a week, Dahl- breaks from clerical work ia pays a visit to Stoughton to the witness the therapy dog in action. Hospital. Dr. Amy Connell, a memThough Connell must ber of the hospital’s geri- volunteer outside of her atric psychiatry team, said regular psychiatry work to she adopted Dahlia from make these visits, she maina rescue when she was tained Dahlia’s presence is around six months old. a “helpful tool in conjuncDahlia “has always had tion with other therapies a very calm and sweet tem- and treatments.” “ S h e h a s p r ov i d e d a perament,” Connell wrote in an email, and after find- calming and comforting ing an interest in animal-as- effect during times of pain, sisted therapy last year, she agitation, anxiety or confulooked into becoming a sion,” Connell said. therapy team with Dahlia. She trained and certified Sit, stay, study Dahlia through Pet PartCanine-assisted therapy ners in December and start- has proven to be a successed bringing her around the ful remedy for the pressures From right, Regan Gernetzke, 7, reads “Dennis the Menace and Ruff” to Zombie, a therapy dog of Dogs on Call, who is hospital. of student loans, impending “The most memorable due dates and final exams sitting next to his handler Karen Smith at the Fitchburg Public Library on April 16. and special moments for on college campuses. me are very simple, such A t t h e U n ive r s i t y o f as seeing a big smile cross Wisconsin-Madison, ther- appeared on campus at inside,” Dogs on Call anisomeone’s face when they apy dogs began visiting U W ’s C o l l eg e L i b r a r y mal handler Karen Smith pet Dahlia or even see her for stress relief in 2009, in Helen C. White Hall said. “I think we brought as many as 12 or 15 dogs to walk in the room,” Connell according to the Wisconsin through Dogs on Call. “We started with just a Helen C. White.” said. Alumni Association webcouple dogs outside and The canines resonated During a recent visit site. to the hospital’s geriatric Therapy animals first then we had a couple more such with students that the

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Throughout Dane County, the sight of a therapy dog takes on different meanings for different people. For attendees of the Oregon Area Senior Center, they are visitors, while at the Fitchburg Public Library, they are opportunities for teaching literacy skills. At the University of Wisconsin-Madison campus, the canines are a reprieve from college stressors, while at Stoughton Hospital, they make patients’ and doctors’ days a little brighter. With the founding of the first therapy dog organization in 1976, Therapy Dogs International, people around the world have reaped the health benefits of animal-assisted therapy from the presence of man’s best friend. Therapy dogs have been found to bring improvements to cardiovascular, psychological and cognitive health, according to research observations of the American Heart Association, the Journal of Psychosocial Nursing and Mental Health Services and the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Diseases & Other Dementias. In 1990, the Delta Society, now known as Pet Partners, introduced the first therapy animal certification, which became the foundation of animal-assisted therapy training, according to the Pet Partners website. Dog handlers now use certifications of Pet Partners or similar programs to bring the comfort of therapy dogs across Dane County.


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Pet profiles

Owners share stories of their furry friends

Hank Owner’s names: Kerry Vogel and Jared Sperry Residence: Oregon Pet’s name: Hank Pet’s age: 10 What kind of pet? Domestic Shorthair How long have you had your pet? 10 years What makes your pet special? Hank is the only male cat out of our group of four. He likes to think of himself as the leader of the house. He will sit on top of the fridge and watch over the other three cats. Sometimes he will even jump off the fridge and surprise one of them as they walk by. Hank is especially close with our female cat, Smokey. Smokey was found as a stray and was very ill at the time. Hank was by her side at the foster home as she was recovering. They have been a bonded pair ever since and the humane society asked us to adopt them together when Smokey was well enough to go to a permanent home. Of course we readily agreed. Funny or cute story? Hank likes to sit on top of the fridge and knock the magnets off one by one. He will then jump on the floor and play with them by batting them around with his paws. Of course, his favorite time to do such things is at night when everyone is trying to sleep.

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Young in dog years Helping all ages, senior center stops fill the itineraries of therapy dogs. As part of its adult day program, the Oregon Area Senior Center welcomes a therapy dog every Monday and Wednesday.

“The participants love to pet and interact with the dogs,” senior center assistant director Anne Stone wrote in an email. Therapy dog Bitsie, a shih tzu Yorkshire terrier mix, energized a group of seniors during a recent morning visit to the center. This was the first senior visit of the day for Bitsie and her handler Merrlyn Schoville, with a nursing home up next.

“The old people enjoy seeing an animal,” Schoville said, making note of Bitsie’s friendly temperament. The visits are not just for the seniors, either. “They like to see (Bitsie) and she likes them,” Schoville said. “She likes to be scratched and they like to scratch her.”




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Providing animals with a ‘second chance’ Foster parents give what shelters cannot KIMBERLY WETHAL Unified Newspaper Group

Sheila Hart gets to relive the joy of bringing home a new pet for the first time every few months. As a foster parent for animals for the Dane County Humane Society, Hart takes in animals that she sees are in need of a “second chance.” “I think a lot of families can identify with the experience of going to the shelter to pick up your family’s first pet,” she said. “I get

to go through that feeling every time I bring a foster into our house.” DCHS has been working with foster parents since it started more than 100 years ago, public relations coordinator Marissa DeGroot said. The society worked with 150 foster families in 2018, with 582 animals being cared for throughout the year, she said. Many of those animals need medical attention that goes beyond what DCHS volunteers and staff can provide in-shelter, or the shelter environment is too stressful for them in comparison to a home-like space, she added.

“The original humane society actually started as volunteers fostering animals in their own homes until they were able to get the first DCHS location,” DeGroot said. “It’s a really vital program for us because while in the shelter environment, we do our best to make it a low-stress, happy environment for animals that have to come here, we know it’s not the ideal situation for a lot of animals.” Foster families go through an application process, which starts with a training on volunteering for the shelter. They then transition into learning the

intricacies of fostering pets and what it means to bring an animal home. Hart, who started fostering dogs more than 10 years ago when she lived in the state of Oregon, broadened the range of animals she would foster when she began volunteering for DCHS. Hart said she then saw an opportunity to become a better resource for families by learning about fostering different types of animals. She said while there’s joy that comes from bringing animals into a home, it doesn’t come without hardships. “Not all the animals that

I’ve taken in have been house-broken -- that is definitely a challenge,” Hart said. “Another thing is if the foster has a much higher energy level and need for exercise than is ideal for our home -- obviously I’m going to do extra things to make sure that dog is healthy and happy … but that can be really time-consuming.” Often, DCHS sees “foster fails” with their volunteers, DeGroot said, where an animal placed in the care of a foster family doesn’t come back because they can’t bear to give them up. “It’s hard not to fall in love,” she said. “It’s a lot

of hard work and dedication on their part, opening up their homes, bringing in this animal who needs extra care and attention ... they’re bringing them into their families and their lives.” Hart said it’s “always really difficult” to give up her foster animals. “One of the things that I keep is all of those memories,” she said. “I have pictures of all of those animals, and a lot of those adoptive families allow me to follow them on Facebook, so that just makes it super rewarding.”

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Blade Owner’s names: Heather Sickenger and Alex Stehle Residence: Oregon Pet’s name: Blade Pet’s age: 1 year on April 12 What kind of pet? Stafforeshire terrier mix How long have you had your pet? 4 1/2 months What makes your pet special? His cow-looking nose Funny or cute story? He likes to lay on his back and show his pearly whites.

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Pet talk: Feral kittens can make ‘purr’ fect pets Domesticating young cats early prevents species overpopulation

a good home. “If you find a potentially feral cat with a litter of kittens, one of the best places to start is by contacting your local animal shelter or animal control,” Arroyo said. “They should be able to help you to decide the most appropriate action to take, which is often trapping the mom and the kittens so that the mom can be spayed and the kittens socialized and placed in homes.” A properly socialized kitten is exposed to humans and other species, such as dogs, between the ages of 2 to 7 weeks, Arroyo said. Once they are weaned from their mother, at around 4 to 6 weeks, kittens can socialize even more in a foster home or their permanent home. “Socialization is basically what it sounds like—you want to expose the kitten to experiences you would like it to be comfortable with as an adult, such as gentle handling and petting,” Arroyo said. Socialization is beneficial because it gives kittens a better chance at finding a loving home that can provide veterinary care, which can help significantly increase the kitten’s lifespan, Arroyo said. Since adult feral cats

Feral cats may look cute and cuddly, but they are a lot different than a typical house cat. While feral cats are considered wild animals and prefer to live their lives outdoors, their kittens can be rescued from the streets and put into loving homes. Feral cats have never been socialized to humans. In fact, feral cats are generally afraid of people and might even run away if approached, according to Megan Arroyo, a veterinary student at the Texas A&M College of Veterinary Medicine & Biomedical Sciences. Because feral cats live their entire lives independent from humans, they may not be spayed or neutered by a veterinarian. This can lead to an overpopulation of feral cats, as well as kittens being born in unsafe areas. However, local animal shelters, veterinarians, and other programs may be able to help prevent the overpopulation of feral cats by giving kittens born to feral cats

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Improving your pets allergy symptoms Up to 30 percent of people in the United States are allergic to dogs or cats, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America’s website. That can mean plenty of pet owners visiting the Dane County Humane Society (DCHS) to drop off a new family pet after discovering they have an allergy. DCHS public relations coordinator Marissa DeGroot said that happens “fairly often,” and they also get people who come in to ask if they have allergy friendly dogs or cats to bring back home – something the

organization is generally unable to help with. “It’s very, very difficult for us to accommodate,” she said. “We do not know exactly what breeds of dogs or cats are coming in.” That makes it impossible to “guarantee anything” for people looking for a new allergy friendly pet. DeGroot stressed they encourage people to come in and talk about their allergies and that the society tries to refer them to possible answers. Among those are breed-specific rescues, she said, which can give people

more certainty about what they’re bringing home and how they will react. The DCHS website also encourages people with pets to “understand your pet allergies,” including potential outside causes for the allergy. “For example, you may assume that you are allergic to your beloved dog, only to find out through an allergy test that you’re actually allergic to a specific tree pollen that got on his fur during a walk together, and that’s actually what’s bothering you,” the website states.

Allergy symptoms can show up in a variety of ways, including sneezing, a runny or stuffy nose, coughing, shortness of breath, itchy eyes or a skin rash, according to the American College of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (ACAAI) website. They most often are a reaction to pet dander that pets leave around the home. As long as the allergy isn’t life threatening – the DCHS website suggests going to a doctor to find out – there are five other steps to take that could help with “miserable” symptoms:

creating an allergy free zone in the home, use HEPA air cleaners, bathe a pet weekly, look at other potential allergy causes and try treatments like immunotherapy. According to the ACAAI website, there are no hypoallergenic cats or dogs – even those breeds that “have a reputation” as hypoallergenic like poodles and Portuguese water dogs. “A t r u l y a l l e rg y - f r e e breed does not exist,” the website states. “A 2011 study compared dust samples from homes with dog breeds reported to be

hypoallergenic and those of homes with other dogs. The levels of dog allergen in homes with “hypoallergenic” dogs did not differ from the levels in homes with other breeds. If the symptoms are too much, the AAFA has another suggestion. “Another option is to choose pets that do not have fur or feathers,” the AAFA website states. “Fish, snakes or turtles are some choices.” - Scott Girard

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Arie Owner’s name: Ali Prochnow Residence: Oregon Pet’s name: Arie Pet’s age: 2 years What kind of pet? Teddy bear How long have you had your pet? Two years What makes your pet special? Loves to nap on my lap! Funny or cute story? Shown here with her “baby”, she loves to lick, wrestle and spoon with it!

Owner’s name: Aimee Bailey Residence: Town of Dunn Pet’s name: Bo Pet’s age: 5 years What kind of pet? Rottweiler How long have you had your pet? Four years What makes your pet special? He joined our family from a rottweiler

Sasha Owner’s name: Holly Hoffer Residence: Oregon Pet’s name: Sasha Pet’s age: 2 years What kind of pet? She is a boxer/doberman/ border collie mix How long have you had your pet? We adopted Sasha when she was nine months old. What makes your pet special? We adopted Sasha from a rescue group, and she is the best family/neighborhood dog. So friendly, social and gentle with little kids. She sleeps in one of our beds every night and loves when all four of us are home with her. Even better she loves when we have big groups of family or friends over ... even more people to love her. Funny or cute story? A noise in the house scared her one day and she jumped up onto our kitchen island. She looked shocked and stunned that she was up there. She immediately jumped down, almost with an embarrassed look.

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Nea 41365991 Female, Boxer Mix Location: DCHS Main Shelter

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Happy Buddha Dog Training

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535 US HWY 14, Brooklyn 719-2968 •

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