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Oregon Observer 9/26/13
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Thursday, September 26, 2013 Vol. 129, No. 12 Oregon, WI ConnectOregonWI.com $1
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Oostburg resident Luke Traver, pupil of master carver Robert “Sieg” Siegel Jr., was at the Oregon AreaSenior Center Monday morning to demonstrate wood shoe carving techniques.
Crafting a lost art at Oregon Senior Center
On Monday morning,Oregon was the epicenter of some old-world craftsman-ship that is a dying form of art and popular life. Oost-burg resident Luke Traver,pupil of master carver Rob-ert “Sieg” Siegel, Jr., wasat the Oregon Area SeniorCenter Monday morning to
Oregon School District
Oregon schools are ‘exceeding expectations’ on DPI report cards
Scott De LarueLLe
Unifed Newspaper Group 
The Oregon SchoolDistrict and all six of itsschools earned marks of “exceeds expectations” inlast week’s release of theWisconsin Department of Public Instruction’s (DPI)report cards.This was the first year thereport cards were releasedfor school districts, whileindividual schools alsoreceived ratings last year.Under Wisconsin’sreport card system, eachschool receives an overall“accountability rating” on a0 to 100 scale, derived fromthe school’s performance ina number of subcategories,including student scores onstandardized tests, wheth-er students have shownimprovement in math andreading on those tests, andstudent graduation andattendance rates. Eachschool and the district as awhole then falls into one of five accountability catego-ries based on their overallscore: significantly exceedsexpectations (overall scoreof 83 to 100); exceedsexpectations (73 to 82.9);meets expectations (63 to
Oregon mancritical afterI-94 accident
BiLL Livick
Unifed Newspaper Group 
An Oregon man is incritical condition in theIntensive Care Unit of a LaCrosse hospital after he lostcontrol of the truck he wasdriving on Saturday, Sept.14.JoshBelow andScott Stoffel,both of Ore-gon, wereinjured whenthe truck’srear passen-ger tire blewout, causingthe vehicleand trailer to roll over onInterstate 94 near Tomah.Below, who was notwearing a seatbelt, wasejected from the truck.Stoffel, the passenger, waswearing a seat belt and wasassisted out of the truck bytwo men, Chris Jessen andChris Haefner, both fromMinneapolis, just beforethe truck was engulfed inflames.Below and Stoffel weretaken by ambulance toTomah Memorial Hospital,where Below was trans-ferred by MedFlight toGundersen Lutheran Healthin La Crosse.Stoffel was treated anddischarged later Saturdayevening.Below is in critical condi-tion at Gundersen Lutheranwith severe head trauma,lung injury and multiplefractures. He will be in thehospital’s ICU for an unde-termined period of time,said his sister, MelissaRock, who contacted theObserver to let the commu-nity know about Below’ssituation.“Josh is still in a medi-cally induced coma, and weare waiting for his lungs toheal before they can startwaking him up,” she toldthe
. “Once theywake him up, they will beable to identify what type of brain injury has occurred.”Below, a lifelong Ore-gon resident, is the ownerof Madison Plumbing and
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Village of Oregon
Budget issueslook familiar
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As work on the village’s2014 budget gets under-way, village administra-tor Mike Gracz sees littlechange in the factors thatshaped this year’s budget.He reported that netnew construction this year– which determines howmuch a municipality canincrease its tax levy in agiven year – has been a bitover 1 percent. That’s sim-ilar to last year’s, whichamounted to 1.29 percent,for a total of about $54,000in new growth. Residents’property taxes last yearincreased by $24.17.Heads of the village’svarious departments –such as police and publicworks – submitted 2014budget requests last monthand will meet with Graczand finance director LisaNovinska in coming weeks
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District technologyupgrades a priorityto engage students
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Scott De LarueLLe
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Technology is only ameans to an end – increas-ing the connectionsbetween teachers and stu-dents to help facilitatebetter learning. With thedistrict embarking on afive-year spending planto upgrade technology inschools, staff and admin-istrators believe it’s moneywell spent.In the never-endingbattle to keep up with thetechnology needs of stu-dents, the Oregon SchoolDistrict has taken a leapforward that district tech-nology director Jon Tan-ner hopes will keep its stu-dents on the cutting edge.The district is spendingaround $500,000 over the
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School focus group sessions explore facility needs
Scott De LarueLLe
Unifed Newspaper Group 
Oregon School Districtofficials are seeking todevelop a “comprehensivevision for the district” andare looking for your help.The district is holding aseries of focus group meet-ings next month to assistschool board members inbetter understanding howto address ongoing facilityneeds. All district staff andcommunity members areinvited to attend and partic-ipate, but only in one of thethree, as the meetings willbe identical in nature.The focus group meet-ings will last about twohours, starting at 6 p.m.,and will be held Oct. 1 atthe Brooklyn ElementarySchool Library, Oct. 7 atthe Fitchburg Commu-nity Library and Oct. 8 atthe Oregon High SchoolLibrary. According to apress release issued Tues-day by the district, themeetings will follow thework of the school board,which over the past monthshas worked to define acomprehensive vision forthe district and to identifya series of district facilityneeds.“The focus groups willcreate an opportunityfor community membersand staff to engage in theprocess of finding solu-tions that will ultimately
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demonstrate wood shoe carv-ing techniques.The pair are among thelast wooden shoe carv-ers left in the country. Theevent was a full house, andpeople had lots of questionsfor Traver, who carvedtraditional Dutch woodenshoes in about a half-hourwhile giving a presentationand answering questions.Traver said a good pairof wooden shoes can beworn for years in the field– the pair he was wear-ing has lasted five yearsalready. What wears themout is pavement and get-ting metal and other bits inbetween cement and shoes.He said people who wearwooden shoes in parades,for example, can go throughan entire pair in one event.And for those who mightwant to get a start in thecraft? Good luck. Traversaid tools are very hard tocome by because of theirspecific nature, down toeven the special grades of metals used for delicatechisel parts. He said today’sblacksmiths have troubleeven figuring out the mixof metals needed. He saidthe best way to get the toolsis be lucky enough to findthem at an antique shop.
 –Scott De Laruelle
Among last wooden shoe carvers
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Homecoming week
It’s homecoming week at Oregon High School,with activities kicking off Friday, Sept. 27 with a12:55 p.m. pep assembly inthe high school gym. Thehomecoming parade stepsoff from the high school at2:10 p.m. Pre-football gameactivities begin at 6:45 p.m.at the field, with the gameagainst Madison Edgewoodslated to begin at 7 p.m.On Saturday, the home-coming dance is scheduledfor 8-11 p.m. The courtwill gather for pictures at 9p.m., with the grand marchat 9:30 p.m.
Student found with bullet shell in pocket
A .22 caliber shell acci-dentally left in a pantspocket provided a teachingmoment Monday afternoonat Oregon Middle School.According to a releasefrom the Oregon SchoolDistrict, a student reportedto OMS principal ShannonAnderson around 2:30 p.m.that a fellow student was inpossession of a .22 calibershell.Anderson and an OregonPolice Department officerimmediately met with thestudent and determined theincident was an accident andan isolated incident.The district released thefollowing statement: “Weunderstand that studentsmay accidently bring itemsto school that are not schoolappropriate. As a result of today’s event, we are ask-ing all parents in the districtto have a developmentallyappropriate conversationwith their child to make suretheir coat/clothing pocketsor backpack do not containany items that do not belongon school property.
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Dunn man sentenced for2010 crash death
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A Town of Dunn manwho caused the death of awoman in 2010 while underthe influence of marijuanaand speeding will face jailtime.A Dane County judge inlate August sentenced Jer-emy Adams, now 22, to 18months in prison followedby six years of extendedsupervision, during whichhe must maintain “absolutesobriety.” While on extend-ed supervision, Adams willbe required to complete 60hours of community serviceper year. Adams pleadedguilty to homicide by intox-icated use of vehicle Aug.26.The incident occurredMay 26, 2010, whenAdams, then 19, was driv-ing southbound on CountyMM. The victim, 86-year-old Mildred J. Nordhaus,had turned onto County Min front of him.Originally, police report-ed that it appeared Nord-haus had failed to yield andspeed was not a factor inthe accident. Adams him-self had to be extricatedfrom his car using the Jawsof Life and was hospital-ized with non life-threaten-ing injuries.Charges were not fileduntil October 2011, afterthe police departmentinvestigated further.Fitchburg Police Depart-ment Lt. Todd Stetzer saidthe police department hadreferred the case to the dis-trict attorney, but the pros-ecutor had to wait for addi-tional accident reconstruc-tion and computer analysisof vehicle data before pro-ceeding.Court records show awarrant was issued forAdams in November 2012after he did not appear incourt. Stetzer said he waseventually taken into custo-dy in April 2013 in anotherstate, and that incident alsodelayed the judicial pro-cess.The district attorney’soffice did not return aphone call and emailrequesting comment.
Board OKs Perry engineering
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The Village Board onMonday approved an engi-neering contract to beginplans to connect North andSouth Perry Parkway.The board awarded thecontract to Ruekert-MielkeInc., at a cost of $6,475,to survey an area nearJaycee Park where NorthPerry Parkway would beextended across the Oregonbranch of Badfish Creek.Public works directorMark Below opened bidson the project last Thursdayand said Rukert-Mielke’swas the lowest.He said engineers willestablish the alignment forthe right of way and thewetland delineation and“gather enough informa-tion so we can talk withthe DNR about how we canmake this project happen.”As previously reported,the village has documentsrelated to extending NorthPerry Parkway that go back to the mid 1970s.Village administratorMike Gracz and the boardincluded $15,000 in thisyear’s budget for the pre-liminary engineering work on the project. Gracz saidthe Village Board has notdecided yet whether to pro-ceed with the road exten-sion, but “we get askedabout this all the time, soit’s time to get some of theanswers for the project.”Building a street over awetland area is complicatedand costly, officials said,due to the Department of Natural Resources’ regula-tions related to disturbingwetlands.Below told the board lastmonth that Alliant Ener-gy is planning to rebuildan electrical transmissionline that extends from asubstation near the OregonPolice Department to U.S.Hwy. 14.He said the VillageBoard has to decide soon if it’s going to move forwardwith extending North PerryParkway and establish aroute for the right of waybefore Alliant begins plac-ing utility poles “so that wedon’t have to pay to havethem moved in the future.”
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The village has begun putting money toward linking North Perry Parkway to Janesville Street across the Badfish Creek.

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