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Thursday, April 25, 2013 Vol. 129, No. 42 Oregon, WI ConnectOregonWI.com $1
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Oregon School District
Wireless Internet upgrade to cost $600K
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Seth Jovaag
Unifed Newspaper Group 
With classrooms relying moreon wireless Internet service, theOregon School District is poisedto pay up to $600,000 to upgradeits system in time for the start of the 2013-14 school year.OSD first installed wirelessabout five years ago, and morethan two years ago it added doz-ens of access points so just aboutevery room in every school couldget online.But the number of studentsand staff accessing the district’swireless system is growing expo-nentially. Last April, about 400mobile devices – such as smartphones, tablets or laptops – usedthe system daily. By January, thatnumber had more than tripled,district technology director JonTanner told the Oregon SchoolBoard Monday.With that in mind, the boardunanimously approved a plan tobeef up the district’s network-ing infrastructure and add moreaccess points to ensure Internetspeeds don’t bog down when lotsof people in one classroom goonline.The upgrade is “criticallyimportant,” said superintendentBrian Busler, as the district con-tinues its push to customize edu-cation for each student, an edu-cational trend that’s sure to puteven more tablets and laptops instudents’ hands. The district hasalso begun encouraging kids tobring their own wireless devices
Village of Oregon
Curbing alcohol
After years of debate, new ordinance takes a light touch
Bill liviCk
Unifed Newspaper Group 
After a few years of dis-cussing possible changes tothe village’s ordinance onalcohol sales, the VillageBoard last week adoptedresolutions that will likelyhave a minimal impact onbusinesses and consumers.In fact, as several offi-cials pointed out at lastweek’s meeting, the onlychange that will affectanyone immediately is thedecision to prohibit thesale of single servings of fermented malt beverages,primarily beer, by business-es that also sell gasoline.The board approved afirst reading of the ordi-nance on a 6-1 vote, withtrustee David Donovancasting the sole vote againstit. He did not return callsseeking a comment.Other changes in theordinance include restrict-ing businesses with a ClassA license – which meansthose that can sell alco-hol to go – from operatingwithin .2 miles (1,056 feet)of a similar business andprohibiting a liquor licensefor businesses that sell pre-scription medications.The former rule wouldhave prevented AlpineLiquors from locating nearOregon Liquors a year ago,and the latter would haveavoided a debate three andfour years ago over Wal-greens’ liquor license appli-cation.The ordinance also“tightens up the guidelinesfor server training andongoing server training,”and requires that when
Village of Oregon
Officials to seekmore funding forplanned trail
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Bill liviCk
Unifed Newspaper Group 
The Village Board Mon-day approved resolutionsauthorizing officials toapply for two grants tohelp fund the constructionof a recreation trail thatthey plan to build north-west of the village.The projected cost forthe trail increased con-siderably when villageofficials were not ableto acquire an easementallowing the path to crossland owned by the AlpineDairy. That pushed back the timeline for the proj-ect. Officials had hoped tobuild the trial this year butnow do not expect to break ground until sometime in2014.The trail is planned toextend west from Cusick Parkway in the AlpineBusiness Park to FishHatchery Road. The ulti-mate goal is to connect thepath to the Badger StateTrail about seven mileswest of the village andallow cyclists and oth-ers to travel from the Vil-lage of Oregon to Madi-son without having to usecounty roads.Village President SteveStaton said because he wasunable to get an easementto cross Alpine Dairy land,the trail will need moreboardwalk than previouslyplanned.Instead of 200 to 300feet, the trail will nowrequire about 1,300 feetof boardwalk, said Pub-lic Works director Mark Below.That could increase theproject cost by almost$700,000 or more. Thenumbers are still largelypreliminary.With the board’sapproval Monday night,the village will apply fora second Dane CountyPARC grant of $250,000 –it was awarded a $250,000PARC grant two years ago– and also for a $480,000Stewardship Grant fromthe Department of NaturalResources.Officials plan to apply$120,000 in TIF 2 fundsfor segment A of the trail,and also borrow about$118,000 for the project.“We’ve applied for acouple more grants, andwe’ll see if we get thoseand how much we canbuild,” Staton said afterMonday’s meeting. “What
Union and district head to mediation
Seth Jovaag
Unifed Newspaper Group 
A stalemate between thelocal teachers’ union anddistrict officials is headingto mediation this week, withboth sides hoping to reach avoluntary settlement.Oregon School Districtteachers were offered asalary increase last Octoberfor the 2012-13 school yearbut balked at a proposal toscrap their traditional sal-ary schedule, which providesautomatic raises for years of experience and educationalcredits.Union leaders have alsocriticized the district for notnegotiating issues other thanwages. The state’s contro-versial Act 10 legislationin 2011 forbid that, but acourt ruling last fall calledinto question what, exactly,unions and districts couldnegotiate.With negotiations at astandstill and the schoolyear mostly complete, unionleaders and members of thedistrict’s human assets com-mittee were slated to meetThursday afternoon withWilliam Houlihan, an attor-ney with the WisconsinEmployment Relations Com-mission.That mediation sessioncould yield a “tentativeagreement” that would still
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Oregon School District
Key changes
• No Class A license will be granted or transferred to anybusiness located within 1,056 feet (.2 miles) of anotherpremise for which a Class A license has been issued.• No license can be granted for any business where a pre-scription medication is sold.• No business that sells gasoline may sell single servingsof fermented malt beverages.
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A new village ordinance would ban selling single servings of fermented malt beverages in places such as gas stations.
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Seth Jovaag
Unifed Newspaper Group 
The Oregon High School“Shadow Indoor Percussion”team reached a new high lastweekend when it competedin the World Guard Inter-national’s world champion-ships in Dayton, Ohio.Led by artistic direc-tor Dave Skogen, the OHSgroup of about three-dozenstudent percussionists placedseventh out of 12 teams thatcompeted in the independentmarching class A finals.It marked the first time anOHS team reached the finals,a goal set when the groupfirst formed in 2009, Sko-gen said. Unlike the OHSsquad, many of the top teamsincluded college-aged stu-dents.The team’s final score of 88.33 was the highest anOHS team had ever recordedat the event, he said.To qualify, the group com-peted at regional competi-tions earlier this year in Min-neapolis and Indianapolis,finishing first and second,respectively. It also had topass through a preliminarycompetition last week thatincluded roughly 30 teams.The event concludesthe winter season for thegroup. The separate summermarching band, ShadowArmada, began rehearsalsSunday.
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Percussion group places in world championships
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The Oregon High School “Shadow Indoor Percussion” team reached a new high last weekend when itcompeted in the World Guard International’s world championships in Dayton, Ohio.
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Blanchard leaves mark with parks
Brd prsdn spsdwn fr 27 yrs
Bill liviCk
Unifed Newspaper Group 
The longtime presidentof the Oregon Park Board isstepping down after some-thing like 27 years on theboard.Jon Blanchard can’t sayfor sure how long he’s servedon the board, but 27 years ishis best estimate.“There doesn’t seem to bea record of it,” he said.“It’s just a lot of yearsdoing it, and I’m feeling alittle bit of burn out,” he saidin explaining why he’s leav-ing the board now. “I’ll letsomeone else take the reins.“We have a lot of goodpeople on the board now,” headded. “It’s been fun, and Ienjoyed it. I’ve seen a lot of changes.”Blanchard and his wifemoved here in 1984 andraised three children.He initially got involvedwith the Park Board when hewas a member of the OregonJaycees.The organization hadraised lots of money forparks, especially JayceePark, and had a representa-tive on the Park Board.“The person that was doingit aged out of the Jaycees,”Blanchard recalled. “Theywere looking for somebodyto replace him, and I thoughtit sounded interesting so Ithought I’d do it for a coupleyears.”Twenty-seven years and12 additional parks later,Blanchard has decided it’stime for a change.He said the world hasbecome more complicatedthan when he joined theboard around 1987.The Park Board used toprepare the village’s park plan itself, as well as apply-ing for grants and other fund-ing sources. Now the villageuses a professional planningconsultant for those things.The parks themselves havealso changed. Most parks nolonger usethe individualsteel-struc-ture itemsthat usedto make upplaygroundequipment.Nowadays,they tend tobe a single unit with slides,monkey bars and teeter tot-ters and whatever else a com-pany can add to the mix.“They’re kind of like all-in-one structures,” Blanchardsaid. “There’s one in themiddle of Jaycee Park andone in Bethel Green Acre,which is on Burr Oak Street.We put up a shelter overthere, too.”Perhaps the single biggestcumulative accomplishmentunder Blanchard’s tenure hasbeen the 12 new parks estab-lished in the village, includinga skate park next to the tenniscourts on Oak Street.About 15 years ago, the vil-lage spent close to $100,000in electrical improvementsnear the ball diamonds byKiser Park.“We had help from thesoftball association and thechamber,” Blanchard said.“We replaced the lights atthat time, and the carnivalswere being required not to runtheir main feeder lines aboveground and so the chambergot involved and set up a boxthere for the Summer Festarea.”The Park Board also over-saw the development of sev-eral paved recreation trailsand is in the process of devel-oping Keller Alpine Mead-ows Park on the west side.Blanchard said he workedwith a total of six differentvillage presidents since he joined the Park Board.“I got along well with all of them,” he said.In interviews with the
over the years,Blanchard often stressedthat new parks being devel-oped were never at taxpayerexpense. The funds camefrom fees assessed to devel-opers, who were also usuallyrequired to dedicate land for aneighborhood park.Last year, Blanchard andthe board worked out a res-ervation system for organi-zations and individuals whowanted to reserve a park shel-ter or play area, ending whathad become a source of con-flict for park users.“In January, we lock downthe reservations for shel-ters in parks and you can’treserve them for one year tothe next,” he explained.“We have the differententities come to our Januarymeeting and compare theirschedules for the year andwork out any differences.After that they make theirreservations to reserve shel-ters, and now they can actu-ally reserve them through theschool district.“We do that at the end of January, and after Januaryit’s open to the public.”With nearly three decadesof experience dealing withlocal parks, Blanchard jokedthat he could probably begina second career as a munici-pal parks consultant.But all joking aside, he’sproud of the contributionshe’s made in Oregon.“It definitely was time wellspent,” he said, “and I think I’ve added something to thevillage.”
Community parksdeveloped while JonBlanchard served asPark Board president:Merry Hill, RusticVineyards, Thompson,High Meadows,Hawthorne Estates,Bergamont, StoneRidge, Keller AlpineMeadows, Windcrest,Meadow View, Liberty,Forest View.
New warden (again) at Oakhill Prison
Forthe sec-ond timein fourmonths,a newwardenhas beenappointedto leadOakhill Correctional Insti-tution.On April 7, WisconsinDepartment of CorrectionsSecretary Ed Wall appoint-ed Daniel A. Westfield tolead the minimum-securityprison with roughly 700inmates located at 5212County Highway M inFitchburg, about a milenorth of Oregon.Westfield succeeds JohnPaquin, who took over aswarden last December.Paquin transferred fromOakhill April 7 to becomeassistant administratorof the Division of AdultInstitutions, according toa news release. He hadserved as Oakhill’s wardensince Dec. 4.Paquin had succeededDeirdre Morgan, wholeft Oakhill last Septem-ber after eight years asits warden. Morgan wasappointed deputy secretaryof the DOC on Oct. 29.Westfield’s most recent job within DOC was assecurity chief for theDivision of Adult Institu-tions. Prior to that, he hadworked in Dodge, Colum-bia, Waupun, Oshkoshand Fox Lake correctionalinstitutions between 1981and 2005, according to aseparate news release.
Police rePort
Information taken from thelog book at the Oregon PoliceDepartment.
March 29
1:24 a.m.
Police cited a33-year-old Madison manwith first offense of drunkendriving on the 900 block ofJanesville Street.
7 p.m.
Local police werecalled to assist a Dane CountySheriff’s Office deputy on thearrest of a 21-year-old manfor a previous offense on the300 block of Concord Drive.The man fled through a backwindow but was arrested aftera short foot pursuit.
– Seth Jovaag 

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