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Thursday, May 2, 2013 Vol. 129, No. 43 Oregon, WI ConnectOregonWI.com $1
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Oregon, WI
Golf courses weather the weather
Still no deal on teacher salaries
Oregon School District
Seth Jovaag
Unifed Newspaper Group 
Local teachers still don’t havea salary increase for the 2012-13school year after a mediation ses-sion between the teachers’ unionand Oregon School District offi-cials failed to bring a resolution lastThursday.Members of the Oregon Educa-tion Association’s bargaining teammet “four or five hours” last Thurs-day evening with a mediator fromthe Wisconsin Employment Rela-tions Commission, members of theOregon School Board’s HumanAssets Committee and three schooldistrict administrators, said HACcommittee chair Steve Zach.“There was no resolution,” Zachsaid. “We would still like to get itdone as soon as possible.”Last October, teachers wereoffered a 2.8 percent pay hike andan extra $4,000 salary bump foremployees who attain a master’sdegree this year. The district alsooffered to increase starting pay forteachers from $33,700 to $36,000.The previous contract expired July1.But union leaders have called forbroader negotiations to cover issues
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Derek Spellman
Unifed Newspaper Group 
Mother Nature giveth.And she taketh away.Last year, she gave areagolf courses a boon withan early spring. This year,she dumped rain and chillytemperatures and delayedthe start of the golf season.Sunday brought bounti-ful sunshine. Today is tobring rain.But weathering theweather is part of the busi-ness, much in the way it isfor farmers, landscapers,snowplowers and any oth-er profession that dependson the weather, golf prosfrom Oregon’s two cours-es said. So they plan forrainy days, so to speak.A recovering economy,housing growth, discounts,loyal customers and a goodseason in 2012 are some of the reasons the village’stwo golf courses havecome through the reces-sion and fickle weather.“There’s highs and lows.There’s ebbs and flows,”Brook Schmitt, co-ownerand golf pro of FoxboroGolf Club, said. “I think you have to save for arainy day a little bit.”John Gaschke, the headgolf pro at the Legend atBergamont, said the courseis technically open yearround – as long as there isno snow on the ground –but last year it essentiallyopened for play March 10.Compare that to thisyear, when opening daywas April 20.“We’re down almost3,000 rounds from lastyear,” Gaschke said in anApril 25 interview.But last year was also arecord year for Bergamont.The course averages about18,000 rounds of golf a year. Last year it had20,000.Part of that is the weath-er, not just the “beautiful”month of March last yearbut also the extended sum-mer. Usually the coursewould close by the secondweek of November. Lastyear, the course was openalmost until Thanksgiving.Schmitt, who has beenin the business for 28years, can also speak to thestrangeness of the weather,especially in recent years,when the golf season hastended to start in Marchand one year it did notclose until January.“Growing up, that wasunheard of,” he said, call-ing last year’s spring thebest he had seen in 28years.Last year,opening day wasMarch 11 at Foxboro. Thisyear it was in early April.But Schmitt points outthat golf pros and golferscan’t control the weatherany more than weathermencan.Still, he monitors theweather more closely thanhe used to.Foxboro averagesbetween 25,000 and26,000 rounds of golf ayear. That has remainedpretty consistent, he said.Last year the Foxboro
Leapingthe field
Photos by
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Above, The Legend at Bergamont Golf Course groundsdid not suffer much damage from the late thaw ofSpring and rains of April due to drainage streams likethis. Left, Foxboro Golf Course wasn’t quite as lucky.Groundskeepers built trenches like this one near the17th green to drain excess water into ponds.
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Check out howOHS trackfared last week
Reps reviewproposedchanges toSenior Centercontract
Bill livick
Unifed Newspaper Group 
The municipalities thatfund the Oregon AreaSenior Center met Mondayto discuss a new contractarrangement that’s set totake effect Jan. 1, 2014.Village of Oregon attor-ney Matt Dregne reviewedelements of the proposedarrangement and will drafta formal agreement for thetowns of Rutland and Ore-gon and the villages of Ore-gon and Brooklyn to ratifyin the next month or so.A working group com-posed of representativesfrom the four municipalitieshas been meeting for monthsto work out the new arrange-ment.The agreement includesa new cost allocation meth-od that incorporates ele-ments of the existing bud-geting process along withnew approaches. Costs foroperating the senior centerwould be allocated in threedifferent ways: fixed costsbased on population, casemanagement based on timespent on cases, and outreachand other programs and ser-vices based on usage trackedby a new software program,My Senior Center.“The parties would like tophase in this approach overseveral years,” Dregne said.Fixed costs, such as thoseinvolved with operating andmaintaining the senior cen-ter and Village of Oregonadministrative staff hoursused in the center’s budget-ing and personnel issues,will continue to be allocatedon a per capita basis. Costsfor case management, thecenter’s most expensive ser-vice, will be allocated basedon the prior three-year aver-age amount of time spent ineach community.Other program costs, suchas outreach and informa-tion and assistance, will betracked by the new soft-ware system. Allocationswill be based on the average
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The 17th annual “Depot Days” heritage festival was this past weekend in Brooklyn. It features “speeder car” rides, model trainexhibits, a car show, a raffle and plenty of food.The half-hour “speeder car” rides (above) take place on a former railroad maintenance vehicle, powered by a gasoline engine,on the train tracks. Right, Lyall Kehley in a 1966 speeder, and above that is Dan Hiller.This year’s event brought back a vintage car show for the second year.
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Top 10 scholars recognized
Oregon High School seniors with the top 10 grade-point averages in their class attended the annual Badger Conference Top 10 ScholarBanquet last Sunday in Wisconsin Dells.Students from all 14 conference schools attended. Representing OHS were (from left) principal Kelly Meyers, Courtney Brian, SamMcGuine, Maranda Ricker, Scott Odorico, Danielle Rockwell, Jeffery Jaeggi, Anna Wangen, Alexis Boumstein and superintendent BrianBusler. Not pictured are students David Hallinan and Simon Maurice.
Honors night reminder
Any graduating seniors who would like to be recog-nized at Oregon High School’s “Honors Night” programare being asked to notify school officials soon.The May 22 event recognizes seniors who have receiveda scholarship or award for sports, academics, communityservice or other reasons.Student services staff have a short form for studentsto fill out by May 17. Contact Joan Karls at 835-4366 orAndrea Kannal at 835-1305 for more information.
Two teachersearn recognition
Two Oregon High Schoolteachers recently earnednational recognition.Jillian Beaty, an agricul-ture education instructor atOHS, was recently selectedas one of 10 agriculturalleaders nationwide to par-ticipate in the seventh classof the Partners in Agricul-tural Leadership honorsprogram offered throughthe American Farm BureauFederation.Beaty, who serves as sec-retary of the Rock CountyFarm Bureau, grew upworking on her parents’vegetable and agri-tourismfarm in Ohio, where shestill helps out each summer,according to a news release.She’s also a former stateFFA officer and graduate of the Wisconsin Farm BureauInstitute leadership course.She and her husband, Dale,live in Milton.Beaty was the lone Wis-consin delegate chosen. Theprogram aims to “enhanceparticipants’ leadershipskills and aid them in dis-covering how they can bestuse their abilities for thebenefit of agriculture,” therelease said.Graduates of the programare “prepared to representagriculture in the media,on speaking circuits or inlegislative activities,” therelease said.OHS English teacherAbby Riese was recentlyaccepted into an all-expens-es paid two-week jour-nalism train-ing programoffered bythe ReynoldsHigh SchoolJournalismInstitutes.The pro-gram willrun fromJuly 7-19 atKent StateUniversity inOhio.Hostedby five uni-versities,the programteaches jour-nalism instructors the skillsneeded to produce top-notch student publications,according to an onlinedescription of the program.Participants will earnthree graduate-school levelcredits and cover an arrayof topics ranging fromwriting, editing and photo- journalism to online layoutand design, ethics and FirstAmendment issues, thedescription said. The pro-gram is funded through theDonald W. Reynolds Foun-dation.
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like prep time and trainingfor staff and for keeping thetraditional salary schedule,which provides automaticraises for years of experi-ence and educational cred-its.Zach declined to saywhat, exactly, stalled talks,citing pending negotiations.“We don’t want to nego-tiate through the media,” hesaid.OEA president Jon Fish-wild also declined to com-ment.Union and district lead-ers could meet again witha mediator to hash out ten-tative agreements, thoughan exact date has not beenscheduled, Zach said.In the past, if a media-tor couldn’t broker a com-promise between the unionand district, an independentarbitrator could step in tomake a final decision. Butunder the controversial Act10 legislation passed bystate lawmakers in 2011,labor disputes like thesecan no longer be decidedby “interest arbitration,”according to an explanationof Act 10 provided by theWisconsin Association of School Boards.Instead, school boardscan unilaterally imple-ment their final offer onwage increases, accord-ing to Peter Davis, generalcounsel for WERC.Last week’s mediationsession cost $800, with theOEA and district splittingthe cost.
Mediation session cost $800
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The OregonMiddle Schoolstudent councilhosted a dodge-ball tournamenton Saturday,April 12, thatdrew 15 teams of15 students each,plus one teamof teachers andstaff.The winningteam, pictured,was “TheBojangles.” Theevent raised $350that will go to anas-yet-undeter-mined charity.
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