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The developer at Oregon Parks Neighborhood says the subdivision is keeping 70 percent of trees in the wooded development, while nearby homeowners have raised concerns.
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Despite what village officials call “aggressive” preservation rules, trees are coming down for development in the newly built addition to the Oregon Parks Neighborhood subdivision.
That has some west-side residents upset and feeling they were misled by village officials when told that at least 70 percent of the trees in the wooded area would be preserved. The subdivision, located on a wooded area along Alpine Parkway south of Netherwood Road, was
planned more than a decade ago, after the village passed a woodland preservation ordinance, though it took until this year for lots to be built there. Now that they are, neighbors have complained the preservation plan required of the developer is not meeting the standard they
expected. Two residents, Maria Dybevik and David Skripka, sent the village a letter detailing their concerns more than a month ago, and Dybevik spoke to the Village Board at its June 4 meeting about the matter. They were among a
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Oregon Special Olympians bring home hardware ALEXANDER CRAMER Unified Newspaper Group
Three Oregon athletes – along with dozens of teammates and coaches from Team Wisconsin – stood in the tunnel of a massive stadium, waiting their turn to enter the opening ceremony of the Special Olympics in Seattle. All of a sudden, “everyone was chanting ‘Team Wisconsin,’” David Thompson recalled. “Then we walked out there and 20,000 Photo by Alexander Cramer people welcomed us.” From left, Seth Rehrauer, David Thompson and Gabby Kelley Back home after the trip wearing the ribbons and medals they won at the 2018 Speof a lifetime, Thompson, cial Olympics USA Games in Seattle. Seth Rehrauer and Gabby
OHS grad awarded $100K grant Sharkus wins Thiel Fellowship for medical supply startup ALEXANDER CRAMER
Kelley agreed the opening ceremony July 1 was near the top of the list of memories they would cherish for years to come. “That was the best,” Kelley said. Elisa Ried, special education department chair at Oregon High School, went as both a fan and family member — she’s Rehrauer’s current teacher, Thompson’s former teacher and Kelley’s foster mother. Ried told the Observer the “messages of inclusion were incredible” in the speeches at the ceremony
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Meghan Sharkus is no stranger to accolades, having started a company at 16 and has been nationally recognized for her accomplishments. But here’s one she probably wasn’t expecting: college dropout. No, Sharkus hasn’t hit the skids: She was awarded a Thiel Fellowship last month for the medical-supply company she founded in 2015, ExpressionMed, and a condition of the grant is that recipients must drop out of school.
A 2016 Oregon High School graduate, Sharkus was set to begin her junior year at the University of St. Thomas in the Twin Cities before she won the grant, founded by Peter Thiel, a co-founder of PayPal and the first outside investor in Facebook. T h e f e l l ow s h i p i s a “two-year, $100,000 grant for young people who want to build new things instead of sit in a classroom,” according to its website. In addition to the funding, recipients receive mentorship from the Thiel Fo u n d a t i o n ’s n e t w o r k of technology founders, investors and scientists, according to its website. The award is only offered to people 22 years o l d a n d y o u n g e r, a n d anyone who is in school
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Seeking to stay in step with expected growth, the Oregon School Board created a task force Monday to figure out if a new way is needed to represent district residents. And they’ll be getting help from some former colleagues. Former board presidents Deedra Atkinson, Dave Williams and Doug Kornetzke will comprise the new “Apportionment Task Force,” to be supervised by the board and assisted by district legal counsel Jina Jonen. The group, with Atkinson acting as chair, will submit a written report to the board on or before Sept. 30.
“Given the recent population study completed as part of the board’s Growth Task Force, it is an opportune time to review the district’s board apportionment model,” wrote district superintendent Brian Busler in the board’s packet. District superintendent Brian Busler said the goal is to have proper geographic representation from the community on the school board, and given the district’s recent population study, it was an opportune time for a review. “The board has talked about this task force for a few years,” he wrote the Observer in an email. “ I t i s a lwa y s g o o d t o have a periodic review of this board policy to ensure the representation matches the geographic
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Zoozort brings beasts to Brooklyn Cockroaches, a bearded dragon, a coati and a baby lemur joined a couple dozen humans at the Brooklyn Community Building on Thursday, July 5. Planned in conjunction with the Dane County Library System’s Bookmobile, the visit from Zoozort brought kids of all ages to pat the beasts and learn a bit about them. A coati, as kids (and some adults) learned, is in the raccoon family and frequents the southern United States and Mexico. Zoozort owner Noelle Tarrant and an assistant answered questions from kiddos while keeping the animals occupied and calm, at one point feeding the coati what looked like a fruit bar. Animie the bearded dragon kept her cool and periodically nibbled on her stash of lettuce.
A block away, parked at the gazebo near the corner of Hotel Street and Commercial Street in downtown Brooklyn, the Bookmobile offered families the opportunity to browse summer reading options. The ceiling was lined with stars with names on them, denoting successful completion of personal reading goals, and a Bookmobile staff member answered questions helpfully at the front. The mobile library will bring library items requested through the system’s LinkCat online catalog service on its weekly trips to Brooklyn on Thursdays from 6:30-8 p.m. Contact Alexander Cramer at alexander.cramer@ wcinet.com
Brooklyn McOwen, 9, steels herself before holding a giant cockroach during a visit from Zoozort at the Brooklyn Community Building on July 5.
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Families check out the Bookmobile parked at the Gazebo in Brooklyn on July 5.
From left, Miranda Mortensen, 9, and Brooklyn McOwen, 9, check out Animie the bearded dragon ruling the roost.
Easton Cowan, left, eyes Isabelle the coati enjoying a meal during a visit from Zoozort. His sisters Elise, 5, and Riley, 9, are next to him from left.
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Comp plan amendments get public hearing Additions include workforce housing, new neighborhoods SCOTT GIRARD Unified Newspaper Group
Six proposed amendments to the Village of Oregon’s comprehensive plan will be part of a public hearing Thursday night. The Planning Commission will hold the hearing at its July 12 meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in Village Hall. The plan, last amended in August 2017, helps guide development and preservation efforts around the village for the next 20 years. While the village is expected to follow the land use and development design recommendations of the plan when considering rezoning and other requests, designating
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Comp plan amendments
• Amended specific implementation plan for Oregon Youth Center building, recommendation • Second consideration of McDonald’s site plan • Karate America site plan • Public hearing on general development and specific implementation plans for nine duplex units for 55-and-older residents in Bergamont, recommendation • Public hearing for rezoning of parcel in Highlands at Netherwood development, recommendation future land uses in the plan does not mean a developer will come forward with a proposal. That would require its own process of approval. The six amendments proposed this year include five that would affect the “Future Land Use Map” and one that would only change the text of the plan. The latter would add
“flexibility” for future use and the Hermsen property at 5375 Netherwood Road in the Town of Oregon • Two parcels from Planned Business to Two-Family from Planned Neighborhood to Parks and Open Residential on west side of Thompson Drive Space. • Light Industrial to Planned Mixed Use on Thysse T h e l a t t e r, v i l l a g e p l a n n e r M i k e S l av n e y property at 281 W. Netherwood St. explained in his review, is • Planned Neighborhood to Parks and Open Space a property owner’s request “to plan for the longon Hermsen property in Town of Oregon at 5375 Nethterm preservation of their erwood Road environmentally restored • Changes to reflect final plats for Oregon Parks addifarm,” Slavney wrote. Slavney recommended tion, Highlands at Netherwood, Autumn Ridge approval of all proposals. • Changes in existing development The Commission will make recommendations on • Text amendment on “workforce housing” the amendments to the Village Board, which would have to give final approval read. “The Village of Ore- from Planned Business to to change the plan. gon should consider the Two-Family Residential Contact Scott Girard at supply of such ‘Workforce designation at the request Housing’ based upon the of the land owner and firstname.lastname@example.org and follow him on Twitter specific conditions within tract purchaser, changing the Thysse property from the community.” @sgirard9. T h e m a p c h a n g e s Light Industrial to Planned i n c l u d e a p a i r o f p a r- M i xe d U s e t o p r ov i d e cels on the west side of Thompson Drive changing
text to reference a need for “workforce housing” in the village. “Long-term housing trends in the village and throughout Dane County demonstrate a growing shortfall in the supply of affordable housing serving working families and individuals with wages below the median household income,” the plan would
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The Oregon Village Board approved hiring two new employees Monday and also promoting an existing employee. The village will have a new municipal accountant when Steve Magyera joins the staff July 23. A certified public accountant, he holds a Master of Accountancy degree, and also worked as a Madison police officer for more than 11 years. He will be paid $20.87 per hour and will report to finance director Lisa Novinska. The village is also getting a new water and sewer maintenance worker, Kevin Stokstad. Public works director Jeff Rau said
Stokstad has experience in using equipment that he’ll work with as a village employee and will be able to “hit the ground running.” He will be paid $21 per hour initially, with an increase to $21.50 in six months and $22 per hour after one year, pending a positive recommendation from Rau. The village also promoted Sue Poole to the position of utility billing clerk. Her wage will increase from $20.87 to $21.17 per hour. The board also welcomed the village’s new library director, Jennifer Way, to the village. Way, who previously had been director at a library in Prairie du Sac, started July 2. Contact Bill Livick at email@example.com
Ice cream party for Tin Man ALEXANDER CRAMER Unified Newspaper Group
A celebration of the anniversary of the lighting of the “Tin Man” water tower will include free ice cream cones in the park. The event starts at 8 p.m. after Thirsty Jones finishes playing the Sounds of Summer kickoff concert Tuesday, July 17, in Waterman Triangle Park, 101 Janesville St. The party will include a costume contest, in which kids under 12 who have the best Tin Man outfit will receive coupons for free ice cream from Ziggy’s BBQ Smokehouse. To mark the one-year anniversary, the Village of Oregon, the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce and Ziggy’s Ice Cream Parlor teamed up to offer the ice cream, with village leaders doing the scooping.
If You Go What: “Tin Man” water tower lighting anniversary commemoration When: 8 p.m. Tuesday, July 17 Where: Waterman Triangle Park, 101 Janesville St. Info: Contact Randy Glysch, 291-0648 Last June’s lighting of the Tin Man culminated years of work, which also included renovating the old pump house, now home to the Oregon Welcome Center. Randy Glysch led much of the fund-raising and organizing effort. Glysch worked with village public works director Jeff Rau and chamber executive director Judy Knutson to commemorate the event. The cost of the Tin Man restoration was about $85,000, split between
funds raised from the community and village borrowing. That included painting, engineering and lighting costs. Glysch said the illuminated 30,000-gallon water tower is “a focal point in the village.” “It’s become a reborn village icon,” Glysch said. Contact Alexander Cramer at alexander.cramer@ wcinet.com
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recently completed two twoyear terms on the Village of Oregon’s Board of Trustees. It was an honor to be elected by the voters, and I thank you. I had a very good experience working with other board members, employees of the Village and members of the public. I enjoyed seeing local government in action as it dealt with the wide variety of issues that come before the board at its regular meetings. In my view, the staff of the village is competent and helpful to the board in Brethauer understanding the fine points of specific issues and in carrying out the decisions that the board makes. And the board, comprising citizen volunteers, represents a wide variety of perspectives on issues. Many people don’t recognize how government works and come to believe government officials are tone-deaf to their needs. But the problem government leaders often face is how to deal with new problems through a very tradition-laden institution. On the Village Board, laws and policies dealing with complex situations often have builtin checks and balances that make quick decision-making impossible. And even when government officials are creative, they are often limited by a community’s traditions. Change happens slowly because the values of the citizens of Oregon also change slowly. There are, therefore, limitations to what the board can do. Like many new board members, I was keen on making changes to or improving services our government provides to its citizens. But I didn’t fully understand the significant amount of energy it takes to make a major change to village policy. I developed a particular interest in the issue of sustainability for Oregon. For me, that meant
the extent to which the village relies on local sources of food and energy. My reasoning was having fewer imported supplies from outside the region would reduce our vulnerability to environmental problems or economic disruptions. Sustainability also refers to efforts to encourage residents to think long-term about their physical and social needs – not just the next 10 years, but the next 50 years or longer. It’s not an easy or popular issue here, partly because the problems we might face in the future are to some extent unknowable, and also because it isn’t clear what role government might play in responding to this public question. As part of this effort, I looked into a concept called “strong towns” created by an urban planner from Minnesota, Chuck Marohn. The idea was that villages and towns should be encouraged to make better landuse decisions, in line with sustainable planning. For example, a town could use the zoning code to encourage a more intensive kind of development in residential neighborhoods by allowing people to establish home businesses. That would generate local income for the community as a whole, as well as providing higher assessments and tax collections for local government. Marohn also suggested residences could be taxed relative to the true cost of providing services. That would discourage developers from creating more cul-de-sacs, as they cost the village proportionally more for plowing and maintenance. On the face of it, strongtown policies seem like a common-sense approach to more sustainable land use. However, this concept goes against long-standing practices, and it were ever seriously proposed, it would likely create a political firestorm. For one thing, village ordinance and state law require the village to take on maintenance of new streets and its financial obligations when created by
new subdivisions. This practice creates an unfunded public cost for future residents of the village while financing present-day growth. But it is our tradition, one deeply imbedded in culture and law. I have to acknowledge I voted in favor of new residential subdivisions when they required board approval, not because I thought the new subdivisions were “sustainable,” but because they conformed to the village’s comprehensive plan. That was the important question before me. Changing the comprehensive plan would probably take considerable time and political will that might not be present. That’s not to say sustainability isn’t an important idea, but changing development policies understandably takes a back seat to more pressing concerns of the present day. Whether we could live more sustainably in Oregon remains unaddressed. Some people believe that government doesn’t serve their interests; government, they say, serves its own interests or those of particular classes, with administrators working to protect themselves from public scrutiny. I do not believe this is generally true in Wisconsin villages and towns. Local government seems better at getting business done than people realize, even when it seems slow. The current spectacle of the two national political parties battling to the death over issues makes my point. Problems notwithstanding, I for one prefer democratic government over other options, including authoritarian rule, which certainly would be more expedient. The Village Board works collegially to find practical solutions to the problems that people in the community face. That is a tradition I am thankful to have experienced. Doug Brethauer is a Village of Oregon resident and former Village Board member.
July 12, 2018
Relay for Life: ‘Lights, camera, cure’ ACS fundraiser no longer overnight at Mandt Park ALEXANDER CRAMER Unified Newspaper Group
Participants from Oregon will join others from the area for the annual Stoughton/McFarland/Oregon Relay for Life at Mandt Park in Stoughton from 5-11 p.m. Friday, July 20. This year’s fundraiser for the American Cancer Society is a month later than years’ past and the closing ceremonies have moved to 11 p.m. the night of the event instead of the morning after. In previous years, teams stayed overnight, but this year the ceremony will take place a few hours after the luminarias are lit around 9:30 p.m. Planning committee member Kristine Annen said fewer people had been staying overnight, making the next day’s cleanup a challenge, but the event will have a similar feel, as most people stuck around until at least midnight before heading out. The festivities start at 5 p.m. with an opening ceremony to honor those
If You Go What: Stoughton/Oregon/McFarland Relay for Life When: 5-11 p.m. Friday, July 20 Where: Mandt Park, South Fourth Street, Stoughton Info: relayforlife.org/smowi affected by cancer and those who support them. Stoughton’s Mary Ripp is this year’s honorary survivor, chosen to speak to the crowd about her battle with cancer. After a few speeches, survivors then take to the track in purple T-shirts to walk the ceremonial first lap as the crowd recognizes their battle. They are then joined by teammates and supporters, talking and bonding as they walk around the track with people who have had similar experiences. “There’s a lot of camaraderie,” Annen said. “It’s very emotional if you’ve ever had anyone fighting it.” This year’s theme is “Lights, Camera, Cure,” and teams will pick a movie – Annen’s Team Cress
picked Star Wars – to guide how they decorate their campsite and costumes. You don’t have to be on a team or have donated money to come to the event, Annen said. Many people come down to eat or drink or look at the luminarias remembering those fighting cancer and those who have passed. The luminarias are white bags with tea lights inside, inscribed with messages of support for those who have been touched by the disease. They are lit at a ceremony after dark, a glowing white homage to the many people who have been affected. As of press time, the relay has raised $44,183.35 for the American Cancer Society, though Annen said that total is expected to rise significantly as most of the money comes in on the relay’s “bank night” and the night of the event. Annen said they expect to raise $80,000 to $100,000. “We like to honor everyone in our communities who is fighting or who has won their fight and recognize it’s a terrible disease,” Annen said. “At some point, there will be a cure for it.”
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Three generations of cancer survivors and caregivers at Relay for Life 2017. Jennie Eddingsaas, 94, beat cancer for the first time nearly 40 years ago. Jessica Hartman, at right, is a thyroid cancer survivor. Pushing her mother’s wheelchair, Nancy Hartman is a caregiver who has supported her family through their decades-long battle with cancer.
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Coming up MMOCA art cart Waterman Triangle Park, 101 Janesville St., will host the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s Art Cart EXTRA from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, July 14. The free program brings expert instruction and a relaxed attitude to art projects for children ages 3 and older. For information, call 835-3656.
Sounds of Summer The Sounds of Summer concert series begins at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 17, at Waterman Triangle Park, 101 Janesville St. Thirsty Jones will hit the stage at 7 p.m. and Ace’s Main Tap will serve food and beverages from 6-8 p.m. For information, call 835-5801.
Book club The Brown Bag book club will
Churches meet to discuss Jeannette Walls’ “The Silver Star” at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, July 18. The book club meets every third Wednesday of the month through the end of the year. For a list of titles, or more information, email bookclub@oregonlibrary. org.
AARP Smart Driver class The senior center, 219 Park St., is hosting a refresher course for drivers age 50 and over from 11:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Thursday, July 19. Participants might receive a discount on their insurance bill for attending, and according to the AARP, 97 percent of attendees changed at least one driving habit as a result of taking the course. The class costs $20 or $15 for AARP members and registration is required. For information, call 835-5801.
Shadow Drum Corps Members of the Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps will perform at 10:30 a.m. Friday, July 20, in the senior center parking lot, 219 Park St. Shadow members and audience members alike will enjoy an ice cream treat after the show For information, call 835-5801.
The library and youth center are teaming up to host a ‘half lock-in’ for teens from 6-10 p.m. Friday, July 20, at the library, 256 Brook St. Teens ages 10-15 will play games, do trivia and watch age-appropriate movies after the library closes for the night. There will be snacks, refreshments and pizza, and registration is required. For information, call Kelly Allen at 835-3656.
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• 10 a.m. to noon, MMOCA art cart, Waterman Triangle Park, 101 Janesville St., 835-3656 • 10-11 a.m., Oregon Area Food Pantry collection day, 107 N. Alpine Pkwy., obfp.org
Monday, July 16
• 1-3 p.m., Brick Club Lego activity, (ages 5-12), library, 835-3656 • 6:30 p.m., Pajama antics dance party, (ages 0-6), library, 835-3656 • 6:30-8 p.m., Estate planning workshop (free), 116 Spring St., 268-5751
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Community calendar • 4:30-7 p.m., BBQ and ice cream social, (music from Back 40, 5-7 p.m.), senior center, 219 Park St., 835-5801 • 6 p.m., Succulent fairy gardens, (adults and older kids, registration required), library, firstname.lastname@example.org • 6:30-8 p.m., Bookmobile at the gazebo, 100 Hotel St., Brooklyn, dcls.info
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
Tuesday, July 17
• 10 a.m., Everybody storytime, library, 835-3656 • 11 a.m., Bouncing Babies Storytime, library, 835-3656 • 11:30 a.m., Silver Threads Among the Gold, potluck lunch, music from Heather and Dave, $12, senior center 835-5801 • 1:30-3 p.m., Chess open play, library, (ages 11 and up), 835-3656 • 2-6 p.m., Farmers market, Dorn Hardware, 131 W. Richards Road, 873-9943 • 7-8 p.m., Sounds of Summer Concert: Thirsty Jones, Waterman Triangle Park, oregonwi.com • 8-9 p.m., Anniversary of the lighting of the Tin Man, Oregon Welcome Center, 134 Janesville St., oregonwi.com
Wednesday, July 18
• 10 a.m., Everybody storytime, library, 835-3656 • 11:30 a.m., Brown Bag book club, “The Silver Star,” library, 835-3656
Thursday, July 19
• 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., Smart Driver class, $20 ($15 for AARP members), senior center, 835-5801 • 1 p.m., Third Thursday afternoon euchre card party ($3), senior cen-
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Thursday, July 12 Monday, July 16 WOW: Road to WOW: Village Board Recovery: Taking on the Meeting (7/9) Opioid Crisis ORE: School Board ORE: Parade of Bands Meeting (7/9) (6/24) Tuesday, July 17 Friday, July 13 WOW: Sounds of WOW: Community Summer: Thirsty Jones Band (7/3) LIVE 7pm ORE: School Board ORE: Senior Center: Meeting (7/9) Ice Cream Social –Back Forty Band (7/12) Saturday, July 14 WOW: Village Board Wednesday, July 18 Meeting (7/9) WOW: Community ORE: Fine Arts Week: Band (7/3) West Point Glee Club ORE: OMS/OCI Choir (4/13) Concert (3/22) Sunday, July 15 Thursday, July 19 WOW: Faith Evangelical WOW: Sounds of Lutheran Church Service Summer: Thirsty Jones ORE: OHS: The Taming ORE: Senior Center: of the Shrew (2/24) Ice Cream Social –Back Forty Band (7/12)
ter, 835-5801 • 2-3 p.m., Storytime or solo reading challenge for kids, (OFroYo reward served at 2:45), library, 8353656 • 5:30 p.m., Wizard movie series (part 5), library, 835-3656 • 6:30-8 p.m., Bookmobile at the gazebo, 100 Hotel St., Brooklyn, dcls.info
Friday, July 20
• 10 a.m., Everybody storytime, library, 835-3656 • 10:30 a.m., Shadow Drum and Bugle Corps, senior center, 219 Park St., 835-5801 • 6-10 p.m., Half lock-in, (ages 10-15, registration required), library, 835-3656
Saturday, July 21
• 11 a.m. to noon, Learn the Libby app for free e-books and audiobooks, (for adults, bring your device), library, 835-3656 • 6:30 p.m., Card party, $3 includes light dinner, senior center, 835-5801
Sunday, July 22
• 4-5:30 p.m., Family float night with root beer floats, pool, 249 Brook St., 835-8617
Senior center Monday, July 16 Enchilada Casserole Stewed Tomatoes Confetti Corn with Black Beans Mandarin Oranges Frosted Churro Cake VO – Bean Burrito NCS – SF Cookie Packet Tuesday, July 17 Beef Stroganoff over Noodles Cauliflower, Mixed Greens White Bread Fruit Cocktail, Apple Crisp VO – Garden Burger NCS – Spiced Apples Wednesday, July 18 Chicken Strips with BBQ Sauce Green Beans, Pea Salad Dinner Roll, Fruit Cup Butterscotch Swirl Ice Cream VO – Hummus and Pita NCS – SF Ice Cream Thursday, July 19 My Meal, My Way Lunch at Ziggy’s Smokehouse and Ice Cream Parlor! Drop in between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. Friday, July 20 Roasted Turkey in Gravy Rice Pilaf, Creamed Corn Cranberry Sauce, Grapes Brownie with Peanut Butter Frosting VO – Veggie Meatballs NCS – SF Pudding SO - Caprese Salad *Contains Pork
Monday, July 16 9:00 CLUB 10:30 Dominoes 12:45 Get Fit 1:30 Bridge 3:30 Weight Loss Support Tuesday, July 17 8:30 Zumba Gold Advanced 9:30 Wii Bowling 9:45 Zumba Gold 11:30 Silver Threads 12:30 Sheepshead, Shopping at Pick-N-Save 7:00 “Thirsty Jones” at Sounds of Summer Concert Wednesday, July 18 9:00 CLUB, Wednesday Walk, Full Council on Aging Meeting 12:45 Get Fit 1:00 Euchre Thursday, July 19 8:30 Zumba Gold Advanced 9:00 Pool Players 9:00 Rubber Stamping 9:45 Zumba Gold 11:30 AARP Smart Driver Program 12:30 Shopping at Bill’s 1:00 Cribbage 1:00 Card Party Friday, July 20 9:00 CLUB 9:30 Blood Pressure 10:30 Shadow Drum & Bugle Corps 12:45 Get Fit
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
5705 Lacy Road, Fitchburg (608) 273-1008, memorialucc.org Pastor Kristin Gorton SUNDAY 8:15 and 10 a.m.
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church ECLA
Central Campus: Raymond Road and Whitney Way SATURDAY - 5 p.m. Worship SUNDAY - 8:15, 9:30 and 10:45 a.m. Worship West Campus: Corner of Hwy. PD and Nine Mound Road, Verona SUNDAY - 9 & 10:15 a.m., 6 p.m. Worship (608) 271-6633
Hillcrest Bible Church
752 E. Netherwood, Oregon Eric Vander Ploeg, Lead Pastor (608) 835-7972, www.hbclife.com SUNDAY 8:30 a.m. worship at the Hillcrest Campus and 10:15 a.m. worship with Children’s ministries, birth – 4th grade
Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church
651 N. Main Street, Oregon Pastor: Fr. Gary Wankerl (608) 835-5763 holymotherchurch.weconnect.com SATURDAY: 5 p.m. Worship SUNDAY: 8 and 10:15 a.m. Worship
People’s United Methodist Church
103 North Alpine Parkway, Oregon Pastor Jason Mahnke (608) 835-3755, www.peoplesumc.org Communion is the 1st & 3rd weekend SATURDAY - 5 p.m. Worship SUNDAY - 9 a.m. Worship and Sunday school; 10:30 a.m. Worship
St. John’s Lutheran Church
625 E. Netherwood, Oregon Pastor Paul Markquart (Lead Pastor) (608) 291-4311 SATURDAY - 5 p.m. Worship SUNDAY - 9 a.m. Worship
Vineyard Community Church
Oregon Community Bank & Trust, 105 S. Alpine Parkway, Oregon - Bob Groth, Pastor (608) 513-3435, welcometovineyard. com SUNDAY - 10 a.m. Worship
Zwingli United Church of Christ – Paoli
At the Intersection of Hwy. 69 & PB Pastor Laura Crow (608) 255-1278 SUNDAY 9:30 a.m. Family Worship
Support groups • Alcoholics Anonymous meeting, First Presbyterian Church, every Monday and Friday at 7 p.m. • Caregiver Support Group, Oregon Area Senior Center, third Monday of each month at 9 a.m. • Diabetes Support Group, Oregon Area Senior Center, second Thursday of each month at 1:30 p.m. • Relationship & Divorce Support Group, State Bank of Cross Plains, every other Monday at 6:30 p.m. • Veterans’ Group, Oregon Area Senior Center, every second Wednesday at 9 a.m. • Weight-Loss Support Group, Oregon Area Senior Center, every Monday at 3:30 p.m. • Navigating Life Elder Support Group, People’s United Methodist Church, 103 N. Alpine Pkwy., every first Monday at 7 p.m.
Being true to yourself “Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out.” – Proverbs 10:9 NIV Our connection with our friends and families is so important that we are sometimes tempted to hide the truth about ourselves for fear that the truth will jeopardize that connection. We fear that if others know who we really are, their love will be withdrawn. This is not an unfounded fear, since others sometimes do withdraw their love, but a love based on lies, or based on incomplete information is hardly worth being called love. Genuine connection with others requires having the courage to be true to yourself and to let others know who you really are. There is always a risk that others will withdraw their love, or reject us for who we really are, and that is the vulnerability of intimacy. We make ourselves vulnerable when we disclose ourselves. Telling others our deepest, and perhaps darkest, secrets exposes us to their criticism and perhaps even to rejection and humiliation but being true to ourselves is the only way to authenticity, and to a genuine connection with others. – Christopher Simon
July 12, 2018
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Area college students compete at SkillsUSA Madison College students from Oregon and Brooklyn competed in the recent SkillsUSA Championships, held June 27-28 in Louisville, Ky. More than 6,300 students competed at the national showcase of career and technical education; the largest skill competition in the world, according to a SkillsUSA news release. Brooklyn’s Luke Wickus was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Job Skill Demonstration, Oregon’s A l ex a n d r a C h r i s t e n s e n was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Advertising Design and fellow Oregon native Monica Mielke was awarded a Skill Point Certificate in Pin Design. The event is held annually for students in middle school, high school or college/postsecondary programs. Students demonstrated technical, workplace and personal skills in 102 hands-on occupational and leadership competitions including robotics, criminal justice, aviation maintenance and public speaking. Certificates were awarded
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11U-13U tourney returns Youth baseball tournament set for this weekend
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Oregon Youth Baseball’s annual U11-13 tournament returns July 13-15 at Zach, Varsity, Statz, Kiser 1 and Kiser 2 Fields in Oregon. Oregon has a one team in each age bracket.
and will be seeded No. 1 through Saturday and 6:30 p.m. Saturday. Sunday, and the championship is at No. 9. Quarterfinals are at 4:45 p.m. The semifinals are at 11 a.m. 1 p.m. Sunday.
Tournament schedule for Oregon teams and playoffs 13U: 4 p.m. Friday — Oregon vs. Waunakee at Zach Field; 8 a.m. Saturday — Oregon vs. Verona Outsiders at Zach Field; noon Saturday — Oregon vs. Waupun at Zach Field; 10 a.m. Sunday — semifinals at Zach and Varsity Fields; 12:30 p.m. Sunday — Championship at Zach Field 12U: 5:45 p.m. Friday — Oregon vs. Waunakee at Statz Field; 8 a.m. Saturday — Oregon vs. Parkview at Statz Field; 11:30 a.m. Saturday — Oregon vs. Stoughton at Statz Field; 9 a.m. Sunday — semifinals at Statz and Kiser 1 Fields; 11 a.m. Sunday — championship at Statz Field 11U: 4 p.m. Friday — Oregon vs. Verona Outsiders at Kiser 2 Field; 9:45 a.m. — Oregon vs. Oconomowoc at Kiser 2 Field; 4:45 p.m. Saturday — round 1 and quarterfinals at Statz, Kiser 1 and Kiser 2 Fields; 6:30 p.m. Saturday — quarterfinals at Kiser 1 and Kiser 2 Fields; 11 a.m. Sunday — semifinals at Kiser 1 and Kiser 2 Fields; 1 p.m. Sunday — championship at Kiser 2 Field
Home Talent League
Orioles’ slim playoff hopes kept alive with Galloway walk-off ANTHONY IOZZO Assistant sports editor
If the Oregon Home Talent team is going to push for the final playoff berth, the Orioles need several clutch plays and some help in the final few games. Oregon (3-10 overall) did what it needed to do Sunday with an 11-10 win over West Middleton (9-3) in the Western Section in a game of North Division foes. Ian Galloway came through to cap a three-run ninth inning with a tworun single to center field with two outs to complete a comeback in a wild game. There were 21 combined runs and 31 combined hits in the slugfest that started with both teams exchanging runs in the first and second innings.
Panthers drop doubleheader against Milton ANTHONY IOZZO
The Oregon Youth Baseball 11U-13U tournament is Friday through Sunday at various fields around Oregon. Games will be at Zach Field, Varsity Field, Statz Field and Kiser 1 and Kiser 2 Fields. Action begins at 4 p.m. Friday. There are three pools in the 13U bracket. Oregon is in Pool B and is joined by the Verona Outsiders and Waupun. Madison, Baraboo, Middleton and Sugar River are in Pool A, and Waunakee, Franklin and East Troy are in Pool C. The winner of each pool and the next-best team make the semifinals at 10 a.m. Sunday. The championship is at 12:30 p.m. Sunday. There are two pools in the 12U bracket. Oregon is joined by Waunakee, Parkview and Stoughton in Pool A. Verona, Sun Prairie, Windsor and Baraboo are in Pool B. The top two in each pool advance to the semifinals, which are at 9 a.m. Sunday. The championship is at 11 a.m. Sunday. There are three pools in the 11U bracket. Oregon is joined by the Verona Outsiders and Oconomowoc in Pool B. Verona Orange, Waunakee and Mount Horeb are in Pool A, and Evansville, Rock River and the Verona Sharks are in Pool C. All nine teams make the playoffs
West Middleton went on to take a 7-3 lead in the top of the fourth, but the Orioles cut into the deficit with three runs in the bottom of the fourth and took a brief 8-7 lead with two more runs in the bottom of the seventh. West Middleton came right back with three runs in the top of the eighth and took a 10-8 lead into the bottom of the ninth. But after scoring a run to cut West Middleton’s lead to 10-9, Ian Galloway (3-for-4) came up with the bases loaded and two outs before getting the game-winner. Ross Galloway (4-for6), Ian Schildgen (2-for-5) and Jack Sommers (2-for4) also had multiple hits. Jack Sommers also had two RBIs. Logan Laski earned the
What’s next Oregon travels to Muscoda at 1 p.m. Sunday. win with 5 2/3 innings in relief. Laski allowed three earned runs on eight hits and a walk, striking out seven. Brandon Knobel started and allowed seven earned runs on eight hits and two walks in 3 1/3 innings, striking out two. The Orioles still have a chance to make the playoffs if they win out and two teams out of Argyle, Blanchardville and Muscoda end up with 10 losses. If the above happens, Oregon will then need the assistance of tiebreakers,
Western Section North Div. Team Verona West Middleton MH/Pine Bluff Muscoda Dodgeville Oregon
W-L South Div. Team W-L 11-1 Wiota 6-5 9-3 Ridgeway 6-5 8-3 Shullsburg/Benton 6-5 6-7 Argyle 6-6 3-9 Blanchardville 6-6 3-10 Hollandale 1-11
which are as follows: 1) head-to-head; 2) record against teams in the division; 3) record against playoff teams in the division; 4) record against playoff teams in the other division; 5) record against non-playoff teams in the other division; 6) coin flip or play-in game if the losing team would be eliminated from the playoffs.
The win over West Middleton should help with the tiebreakers as the Braves look to be a playoff team from the North Division. Oregon also defeated both Argyle and Blanchardville head-to-head, while losing one of two games to Muscoda. The Orioles look to even the season series against Muscoda (6-7) at 1 p.m. Sunday on the road.
The Oregon Senior Legion team took on Milton in a doubleheader Monday and fell by four runs in each game. The Panthers (1-7 overall) dropped the first game 6-2. They scored runs in the second and third innings. Derek Schroeder doubled and scored on a wild pitch in the second, and Kevin Alvord walked and later scored on an RBI single by Carson Knobel in the third. Patrick McCormick finished 2-for-3 at the plate to lead Oregon. Carson Knobel started and allowed two earned runs on six hits and two walks in five innings, striking out three. Eli Landas allowed three earned runs on three hits and a walk in one inning, striking out one. In game two, the Panthers’ offense broke out for eight runs, but Milton ended up sweeping the doubleheader with a 12-8 win. Oregon tied the game at 6-6 with three runs in the fourth. Schroeder was hit by a pitch, and Thor Abraham (2-for-4) singled. McCormick (2-for-4) then reached on an error that scored both Schroeder and Abraham. Alvord was later hit by a pitch, and Landas worked a two-out walk to bring home another run. Alvord doubled home McCormick in the sixth, and Carson Knobel scored on an error in the seventh for Oregon’s final runs. The Panthers scored three runs in the first inning. Carson Kakuske reached on a fielder’s choice. Noah Brindley reached on an error, and Alvord was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Connor Belville was hit by a pitch to bring in one run with two outs, and Carson Knobel (3-for-4) followed with a tworun double to right field. K a k u s ke s t a r t e d a n d allowed six earned runs on nine hits and three walks in three innings, striking out three. McCormick took the loss. He allowed two earned runs on three hits and five walks in 1 2/3 innings, striking out one. Alvord finished the game. He struck out three and walked one in 2 1/3 innings.
What’s next Oregon hosted Monona Grove on Wednesday after the Observer’s Tuesday deadline. Results will be in next week’s paper. The Panthers finish the regular season with a doubleheader against Waunakee at 5 p.m. Tuesday, July 17.
July 12, 2018
Olympics: Athletes recognized Continued from page 1 from Microsoft executives. “You spend so many years being labeled and excluded,” Ried said of the Special Olympians. “You can’t put into words the energy that you felt (at the games). They all loved the opening ceremonies and making new friends.” For Thompson, one of the best parts of the trip was meeting new people and sharing in the Olympic spirit. “I’ve never seen so many people — everybody supporting us,” he told the Observer. “It didn’t matter who it was – everyone accepted you for who you are. “ All the athletes agreed that they would be at USA Games 2022 in Orlando, whether they were a spectator or an athlete. Amy Verheyden, Thompson’s mother and an agency manager with Oregon Area Special Olympics, explained the games having a feeling of “incredible unity.” “It’s a judge-free zone,” Verheyden said. “Your kids are just in an environment that is so completely accepting of them.” Seth Rehrauer’s mom Gretchen agreed. “Had I known it was going to be that way, I would have gone long before this,” Rehrauer said.
Successful trip The athletes cheered each other on during
competitions, and though they wanted to win, it “wasn’t about the medals,” Ried said. Still, the Oregon contingent came home with an impressive display of hardware, including Rehrauer, who took home four medals after starting out a bit nervous in his first event. “When I walked in … I was like, ‘Holy crud this pool is enormous,’” he said. But that fear went away as he got more comfortable in the pool, claiming two silver medals and a pair of golds; one in the 50-meter backstroke and one in the 100 meter freestyle. His silver medal in the 50-meter medley relay was probably the most surprising. Rehrauer and his relay teammates were set to collect the ribbon for finishing fourth when they learned two teams ahead of them had been disqualified, bumping them up to a silver medal awarded on a podium floating in the pool. Thompson won a silver medal in doubles bowling, and finished fourth along with Kelley in the team competition. He was proud of the medals he won, but especially gratified at his performance. “When you know you can do something and you do it, you feel alive,” Thompson said. “To stand on the podium and represent Wisconsin is an honor.” Email Unified Newspaper Group reporter Scott De Laruelle at email@example.com.
Oregon High School 2016 graduate Meghan Sharkus, middle, reacts after hearing she won a national entrepreneurial competition in 2016. Sharkus was named a Thiel Fellow on June 22, which comes with a $100,000 grant and the condition she drop out of school.
Sharkus: OHS grad delays school to follow business dreams Continued from page 1 when they are chosen must immediately drop out. ExpressionMed offers adhesive products that help people who wear medical equipment at all times, like diabetics who need their blood glucose levels monitored. The monitor adheres to the skin but users often struggle with its adhesive degrading and the
monitor not staying in place. Sharkus said ExpressionMed products increase the time the monitor stays on tenfold. The products themselves are colorful ovals with a rectangle cut out of the middle for the monitor. Their snappy designs allow people who might be self-conscious about wearing a medical device to instead have something
they can be confident in. There are specific designs for kids so they can show their friends a “cool dragon” design instead of just a piece of gauze with a monitor sticking out of it. “Instead of trying to ex p l a i n w h a t a n i n f u sion set and insulin pump are, a child can show off their ‘ladybug and leaf,’” Sharkus told the Observer in 2016.
Sharkus has won awards before, including $75,000 in the Schulze Entrepreneurship Challenge at the University of St. Thomas. And for the next two years at least, Sharkus will put her studies on hold, and concentrate on growing her business. Contact Alexander Cramer at alexander.cramer@ wcinet.com.
Board: Task force to address possible appointment changes Continued from page 1
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Referendum vote expected July 18 School board president Steve Zach said the board will be “getting the operational stuff (including tax information) from the administration this week” and working with district legal counsel “to develop the referendum questions … and also the dollar number.” The board will hold a special meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 18 to vote on language for the referendum. “I don’t anticipate it’s going to be a real long meeting,” he said. “It depends how many questions we have on the operational stuff.”
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distribution within our community.” The group will be tasked to answer several questions: whether to retain the current geographic model of representation or move to a different one; if the current model is retained, whether to reconfigure it and if at least one Area I seat should be elected every year instead of having two elected in one year, and, if so, how to transition to that cycle. The board is now made up of seven members elected from specific geographic areas, serving three-year terms. Those terms are staggered so two or three members are chosen each year from the following areas: Area I: Village of Oregon (three members) Area II: City of Fitchburg (one member) Area III: Towns of Dunn, Blooming Grove and Rutland (one member) and Area IV: Village of Brooklyn, Towns of Brooklyn, Oregon, Montrose and Union (two members). Currently, the election cycle has two Area I seats up for election in 2019; the Area III, the Area II seat and one Area IV seat up for election in 2020; and one Area I and one Area IV seat up for election in 2021. The board last addressed
July 12, 2018
Trees: Confusion between developer, village officials and affected nearby homeowners Continued from page 1 half-dozen west-side homeowners who had attended a Planning Commission meeting in August 2015 to ask about saving trees in the wooded subdivision. Based on a requirement from a regional planning body in 2007 that inspired the ordinance, developers Nick and Kyo Ladopoulos must preserve 70 percent of the 453 trees identified by an arborist as healthy and desirable as lots are developed (the previous plan marked 401 trees). However, the requirements set in the village’s developer agreement make exceptions, allowing any tree that’s been marked for preservation to be replaced if it dies or is cut down. That, neighbors said, means the village’s preservation plan won’t save the urban forest because it allows homeowners to cut down any tree and as many trees as they want. The agreement says trees designated for preservation must either be kept or be replaced with a desirable tree of no less than 2.5 inches in diameter. “To me and the rest of the people who spoke at the Planning Commission meeting, that’s not tree preservation,” Dybevik told trustees last month. Village officials countered that there are limits on what a municipality or a developer can require of a private homeowner and said the preservation principle is being adhered to as much as possible. They noted the percentage of trees required to be saved applies to the 21-acre development as a whole, not 70 percent of trees on each lot. The developer added that most people prefer to keep mature trees when building homes, anyway. Its website bills it as “a great up-and-coming subdivision with large wooded lots.” Overall, village planner Mike Slavney told the Observer the 70 percent standard is an effective way to preserve the forest over time, calling it “a realistic number that balances property rights with I think a recognized desire to protect the trees.”
Map courtesy All Star Group
A map on the All Star Group website shows 401 trees in the Oregon Parks addition and 289 that must be kept, based on an earlier plan. The plan now shows 453 healthy trees.
Meeting requirements Oregon village staff is monitoring the development and verifying it’s complying with tree preservation requirements outlined in the developer agreement, public works director Jeff Rau told the Observer in an email. The requirements are written into the deed restrictions and covenants for each property, officials said. After an arborist inspected and rated every tree in the subdivision, the village created a lot-by-lot table that shows the number of trees on each lot, the number that is expected to be removed and the minimum number that must be preserved or replaced. The plan acknowledges placing homes and driveways on a lot can require removal of some trees marked for preservation, Rau said. So it allows the
selective removal of up to 30 percent of the viable trees for development. It also states any viable trees removed after that must be replaced within one year, and it allows the village to enter a property to determine compliance with the covenants and deed restrictions. Kyo Ladopoulos, project manager for the All Star Group development and property management company, told the Observer his company has no control over what people do with their properties after they purchase them. The deed restrictions and covenants require compliance with the village’s preservation plan, but once lots are sold, the village is responsible for enforcing it, he said. “It was the arborist’s determination of what trees were valuable and worth
keeping,” he explained. “It meant that a person who was only required to keep one or two trees – it just meant that they didn’t have many preservable trees on their lot.” In her letter and when she spoke to the board in June, Dybevik said based on what she had seen, the covenants and deed restrictions are not protecting the trees. “Accurate information was not given to the public in relation to preserving the trees in this new subdivision,” she charged. “As we continue to watch the trees come down and wooded lots be cleared, we felt it necessary to address this discrepancy and pursue answers.”
6. Public Comments. 7. Discussion and possible Recommendation to the Town Board re: Draft Zoning Map for Dane County Comprehensive Revision. 8. Communications. 9. 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 www.town.oregon.wi.us. 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. Posted: July 10, 2018 Published: July 12, 2018 WNAXLP
Road, Brooklyn, WI 53521. The request is to separate the existing residence from the farmland. The existing residence with 8.3 acres will be rezoned from A-1 Ex to A-2 (8). No new building sites will be created. Owner and applicant is David and Lynn Stiklestad, 5571 Bellbrook Road, Brooklyn, WI 53521. 2. Commercial Rezone Request. Petition #DCPREZ-2018-11315. Parcel #0509-132-8676-0; 1088 Union Road, Oregon, WI 53575. The request is to downzone deed restricted commercial zoning to limited commercial for landscaping business and existing single family residence. Owner is Benjamin Johnson, 1088 Union Road, Oregon, WI 53575. Applicant is Jeff Groenier, W125 Amidon Road, Brooklyn, WI 53521. An effort has been made to notify neighbors of this proposed change. To ensure that everyone has been notified, please share this notice with anyone who you think would be interested. Agendas are subject to amendment after publication. Check the official posting locations (Town Hall, Town of Oregon Recycling Center and Oregon Village Hall) including the Town website at www. town.oregon.wi.us. 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. Denise R. Arnold Clerk Posted: June 28, 2018 Published: July 12, 2018
Up to homeowners Dybevik pointed to the provision that allows preserved trees to be replaced as a concern, and she cited lot 97, directly behind her property on Halcyon Days
Court, as an example. It used to be covered with trees, she said, yet the village’s preservation table requires only one tree on the lot be saved. And even that tree, she noted, could be removed and replaced with a large sapling. “It is incredible that this is the developer’s idea of tree preservation and the marketing of wooded lots,” she wrote. “It is hard to believe that the village of Oregon approved this.” Ladopoulos said he didn’t think Dybevik’s concern “holds up as a practical matter.” “No one’s going to buy a wooded lot, which is more expensive, pay someone to cut down the trees and then buy more trees to replace them with,” he said. “It’s not the way the housing market works.” Village administrator Mike Gracz agreed. He said in his years as an administrator, he’s never seen “someone clear cut their lot.” “I guess they could,” he added, “but why spend on a premium lot in that case?” He said property owners – particularly ones who look for a wooded lot – only take the trees they have to. He used Autumn Woods, a subdivision on the village’s south side, as an example. “There was no tree preservation plan, but it’s full of wooded lots that people preserved,” Gracz said. “Without the covenants at Oregon Parks Neighborhood, you could cut them all and just leave it sit there. My experience is a builder and a homeowner will site the house and garage so that they preserve trees if they can.” Dybevik’s letter addressed those comments, saying she’d heard them from planning commissioners and village planners alike, but it doesn’t explain what she’s seen. “It doesn’t feel good as residents of the community to be told this is what’s going to happen, knowing that the developer had the lots already platted and approved at that point,” she wrote. “If you look at the majority of those lots, there’s no way you can put up a home and clear the woods and save the trees.”
‘No legal rights to a view’
Roll Call Proof of Notice of Meeting and Approval of Agenda President’s Address AGENDA A. CONSENT CALENDAR 1. Approval of Payments 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. ACTION ITEMS 1. Initial Resolution Authorizing General Obligation Bonds in an Amount Not to Exceed $ 44,900,000 2. Resolution Providing for a Referendum Election on the Question of the Approval of an Initial Resolution Authorizing the Issuance of General Obligation Bonds in an Amount Not to Exceed $44,900,000 3. Resolution Authorizing the School District Budget to Exceed the Revenue Limit by $2,500,000 for Recurring Purposes Consisting of Operational Expenses of Capital Improvements and Maintenance to District Facilities 4. Resolution Providing for a Referendum Election on the Question of the Approval of a Resolution Authorizing the School District Budget to Exceed the Revenue Limit by $2,500,000 for Recurring Purposes Consisting of Operational Expenses of Capital Improvements and Maintenance to District Facilities D. CLOSING 1. Future Agenda 2. Check Out E. ADJOURNMENT Published: July 12, 2018 WNAXLP
Slavney, a municipal planner with more than four decades of experience, told the Observer that Oregon is “one of maybe 2 percent of communities” in the country that protects its trees. He called the Oregon Parks preservation plan a “very aggressive requirement” and said it pushes the boundaries of what a municipality can require. “We were as aggressive as I and the village attorney felt comfortable,” he told the Observer. “If we passed a regulation that was more restrictive, we could not uphold it in court.” Slavney pointed to a Wisconsin Supreme Court decision last month (the Adams Outdoor Advertising case against Madison), which determined that “people have no legal rights to a view.” “ I t h i n k i t ’s n a t u r a l for people to get upset,” Slavney told the Observer, “but the legal context of what the village can do in terms of passing regulations and the rights that private property owners have, I think we pushed the tree preservation to the extent we can if we were ever sued.” That’s small consolation to Dybevik and Skripka, who thought their home would be next to a woodland. Ladopoulos said it’s not uncommon for homeowners to be disappointed when their home abuts property that has been slated for someone else’s home. “There’s an inevitable friction involved when it’s finally developed,” he said. “I’ve seen it happen a million times.” Slavney said there are two ways he’s aware of to preserve a large wooded parcel in a municipality. The village could buy the property and establish a nature preserve, he said, or someone else could buy the land and preserve it themselves. “In order to permanently preserve trees, that’s what you’d have to do,” he said. Contact Bill Livick at bill. email@example.com
Legals egon, WI 53575. The request is to downzone deed restricted commercial zoning to limited commercial for landscaping business and existing single family residence. Owner is Benjamin Johnson, 1088 Union Road, Oregon, WI 53575. Applicant is Jeff Groenier, W125 Amidon Road, Brooklyn, WI 53521. 2. Call Plan Commission meeting to order. 3. Roll Call. 4. Discussion and possible Recommendation to the Town Board. a. Land Division and Rezone Request. Petition # DCPREZ-2018-11322. Parcel #0509-331-8050-0; 5571 Bellbrook Rd., Brooklyn, WI 53521. b. Commercial Rezone. Petition # DCPREZ-2018-11315. Parcel #0509-1328676-0; 1088 Union Road, Oregon, WI 53575. 5. Approval of minutes.
TOWN OF OREGON PLAN COMMISSION AGENDA TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018 6:30 PM OREGON TOWN HALL 1138 UNION ROAD OREGON, WI 53575 1. Open Public Hearing: a. Land Division and Rezone Request. Petition #DCPREZ-2018-11322. Parcel #0509-331-8050-0; 5571 Bellbrook Road, Brooklyn, WI 53521. The request is to separate the existing residence from the farmland. The existing residence with 8.3 acres will be rezoned from A-1 Ex to A-2 (8). No new building sites will be created. Owner and applicant is David and Lynn Stiklestad, 5571 Bellbrook Road, Brooklyn, WI 53521. b. Commercial Rezone Request. Petition #DCPREZ-2018-11315. Parcel #0509-132-8676-0; 1088 Union Road, Or-
*** NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING OREGON PLAN COMMISSION TUESDAY, JULY 17, 2018 6:30 P.M. OREGON TOWN HALL 1138 UNION ROAD OREGON, WI 53575 NOTICE HEREBY GIVEN for a PUBLIC HEARING to be held on Tuesday, July 17, 2018 at 6:30 p.m., before the Town of Oregon Plan Commission at the Oregon Town Hall, 1138 Union Road, Oregon, WI 53575. 1. Land Division and Rezone Request. Petition #DCPREZ-2018-11322. Parcel #0509-331-8050-0; 5571 Bellbrook
*** NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING REPEALING AND RECREATING APPENDIX C TO CHAPTER 18 OF THE VILLAGE CODE OF ORDINANCES RELATING TO CONSTRUCTION STANDARDS PLEASE TAKE NOTICE that the Village Board of the Village of Oregon will hold a public hearing at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, August 6, 2018 in the Board Room of the Oregon Village Hall, 117 Spring Street, Oregon, Wisconsin, for the purpose of receiving comments on proposed ordinance adopting new Construction Standards and Specifications for Public Improvements in the Village. Subsequent to the hearing, the Village Board intends to deliberate and act upon the proposed ordinance. Any person who has a qualifying disability as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act that requires the meeting or materials at the meeting to be in an accessible location or format must contact the Village Clerk at (608) 835-3118, 117 Spring Street, Oregon, Wisconsin, at least twenty-four hours prior to the commencement of the meeting so that any necessary arrangements can be made to accommodate each request Peggy S.K. Haag Village Clerk Published: July 12 and 19, 2018 WNAXLP *** OREGON SCHOOL DISTRICT BOARD OF EDUCATION DATE: WEDNESDAY, JULY 18, 2018 TIME: 7:00 PM PLACE: OREGON HIGH SCHOOL INNOVATION CENTER Order of Business Call to Order
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Grand Knight Brian Peterson, right, presents graduate Max Wirtz with the KC – Bill Connell – Alexander Cramer scholarship alongside Fr. Gary Wankerl.
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The Knights of Columbus awarded two OHS graduates with scholarships at the Cap and Gown Mass at Holy Mother of Consolation Church on graduation day, Sunday, June 10. M a x Wi r t z r e c e ive d the KC – Fr. Bill Connell scholarship and Kyle Rehrauer was presented with the KC – Alfred Russell Family scholarship by Russell’s daughters, Julie Churchill and Jenny Hansen. The awards emphasized service to the church along with extracurricular activities and volunteering in the community. Wirtz will be attending UW-Platteville majoring in engineering physics. Rehrauer will be attending Concordia University Wisconsin majoring in pharmaceutical sciences and Spanish.
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