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To the soundof the fiddle
Town of Oregon residents (fromleft) Jim and Barb Hill andCindee Schuetz enjoy a danceSaturday during the old-timebarn dance inside the O’Brienbarn.The annual old-time barndance had live music by TheBriarPickers (right), featur-ing guests ‘Fiddlin’ ChuckHornemann and Peter Gorman,with dance caller MikeMossman, performing for thecrown Saturday at the barndance.
New OHS advisory program aims to give students a go-to person
Scott De LarueLLe
Unifed Newspaper Group 
For a high schooler, sometimesa little advice at the right time canhelp open doors to success andhappiness.That’s the goal of a new “advi-sory period” program at OregonHigh School that is connectingstudents and staff while aiming todevelop more well-rounded grad-uates.During 16 sessions this schoolyear, teachers, guidance counsel-ors and administrators will teamup with around a dozen studentsto meet and discuss a wide rangeof topics not normally addressedduring class work, said OHS prin-cipal Kelly Meyers.“We talk about time manage-ment, study skills, academicfocus, safety, AOD (alcohol anddrugs),” she said.Groups are kept small in orderto ensure maximum opportu-nity to develop a rapport witheach student. Freshman adviso-ries are 12 students and sopho-more through senior advisoriesare capped at 15. Students willcontinue with the same teacherthrough all four years of highschool, with the goal to forgestrong relationships.Meyers said students will createprofiles that they will share withtheir advisor.“Our hope is to expand andfurther incorporate personalizedlearning mechanisms so eachadvisor can assist students withunderstanding their learner pro-file and to augment their E-pro-files,” she said.The new periods are in partreplacing the old “homeroom”system at the school. Meyers saidin the past, homerooms were basi-cally used for “funneling infor-mation” to a given class aboutscheduling, testing and otheritems, while the new advisorysystem is “based on the impor-tance of establishing relationshipswith our students where by every-one has at least one person theycan have as a ‘go-to’ person.” Shesaid so far the program is goingwell and “gaining traction.”Ultimately, school officialswould like to increase the numberof advisories in the future, basedon the need and expansion of per-sonalized learning and consistentupdating of goal-setting.
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Village of Oregon
Board mullsTIF for truckrepair shop
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A local businessman andreal estate developer islooking for taxpayer assis-tance to construct a “state-of-the-art” truck repairfacility in the Alpine Busi-ness Park.And village officialsappear to be comfortablewith the idea.Marty Verhelst told theVillage Board on Mondaythat he has made an offerto purchase three acresin the business park andwould like to construct a15,000-square-foot build-ing on it. He estimates thebusiness would employ
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Village of Oregon
Property owners likely tosee tax increase next year
BiLL Livick
Unifed Newspaper Group 
With a modest tax hikepermitted by state levylimits, there’s room inthe budget for the Villageof Oregon to add to itsstreet improvement, capi-tal equipment and reservefunds. However, theadditional patrol officerrequested by police chief Doug Pettit will likely notbe approved, accordingto a preliminary budgetproposal the Oregon Vil-lage Board looked at lastweek.Pettit was the only oneof six department heads todiscuss his budget requestswith the board in the firstof three budget meetings.He lobbied for the addi-tional position he said isnecessary to keep up withnational standards, basedon population, but withlimited funds available to
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Oregon School District
October 24, 2013
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Jeff Lehmann was in a bicycle accident on July 18th. He had bleeding onthe brain, two large contusions on the brain, twenty staples in the back ofhis head; he had no feeling in his legs and was unconscious for 15 minutes(he was wearing a helmet! It saved his life!). Due to the brain injury and atorn rotary cuff muscle and fractured scapula, Jeff will be out of work for a while and the family could use somefinancial assistance.On July 28th, doctors determined that Megan had a tumor on her kidney. She was admitted to the AmericanFamily Children’s Hospital that night and had surgery to remove the tumor and her kidney the next morning. Thetumor was determined to be a stage 3 Wilm’s Tumor. She spent a week in the hospital recovering from thesurgery and started chemo and radiation treatments the following week. She completed seven radiationtreatments and faces 25 weeks of chemotherapy.
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Gore and More
Screamin’ Acres adds new attractions
victoria vLiSiDeS
Unifed Newspaper Group 
Clowns, blood and gore,or a classic haunted house?If you're not sure whichone you'd choose, you're inluck because the revampedScreamin’ Acres hauntedattraction has all of them.In its third year, thehaunted house at Eugster'sFarm Market betweenOregon and Stoughton fea-tures three different types of scares for a $15 admission.Jacob Eugster, a Stough-ton High School junior,leads the project with helpfrom parents Carol and Joe.The haunted attrac-tion is spread over 6,000square feet, lasts around 35minutes and is broken upinto three main parts: TheSlaughter House, The Man-or and The Psycho Circusin 3D, each with its ownspooky theme.For the Psycho 3D cir-cus, visitors wear 3Dglasses and walk though ablack-light maze, while theSlaughter House is the mostgory of the three parts.Or, as Jacob put it,"It's the most aggressiveattraction."Jacob built and designeda lot of the sets, along withhis dad and Nathan McGree,a designer and builder. Alot of the work to updatethe attraction is done in thewinter, though Jacob saidit’s becoming a year-roundproject.He takes pride in thecrew’s attention to detail,saying that’s one of theways Screamin' Acres com-petes favorably with otherarea haunted houses.For example, he designedone of the rooms in TheManor with wooden tobac-co laths lining the walls.He said it took him about amonth to build the room, butit was worth it for the eerielook.And it incorporates mostof the five senses. Eugsteruses smell and temperature– with some rooms hot likethe incinerator room – aspart of the experience.Good props and actorsare an important part of theshow.One of Screamin’ Acres’props, for example – adummy that he convertedinto a bloody, decapitatedcorpse – was originally usedon one of the "Crime SceneInvestigation" shows thatairs on CBS. Another is aset of loose fake teeth in thedentist's room that was onceused by people, Eugstersaid.The scare actors are paid,and many of them comefrom area theater groups. Intotal, it has around 45-50staff members.On a busy night, Eugstersaid, lines can get as long asan hour-and-a-half wait, butnot only does he think it'sworth it, he’s added a newwaiting area with a lightshow.Screamin’ Acres is openfrom 7-11 p.m. for threemore dates in 2013: Oct.25-26 and Oct. 31 at 3865state Hwy. 138 in Stough-ton.
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Fire damages Town of Oregon home
An early-morning firecaused about $125,000worth of damage to a Townof Oregon home.No injuries were report-ed.According to a newsrelease from the DaneCounty Sheriff’s Office,deputies responded to 920Harding Street after reportsof a fire around 12:25 a.m.Fire departments fromOregon, Brooklyn andFitchburg were called into put out the fire. TheOregon Fire Departmentwas on scene for about sixhours, said captain TonyAntoniewicz.“The one story, singlefamily dwelling sustainedfire and smoke damageto the interior of the resi-dence,” the sheriff’s officesaid. “The preliminaryinvestigation indicatesthe fire originated in abedroom and an electri-cal appliance may be toblame.”The fire was containedto the home, but it will beuninhabitable because of the damage, Antoniewicztold the
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OHS better than nationalaverage on SAT scores
State high school gradu-ates are doing far betterthan the national averagein SAT scores, accordingto a press release from theWisconsin Department of Public Instruction. Studentssignificantly outpaced thenational averages in SATscores, though only 4 per-cent of Wisconsin publicand private school highschool graduates took theSAT exam.State students scored 591in critical reading (nationalaverage 496), 604 in math(national average 514) and576 in writing (488 nationalaverage). Wisconsin stu-dents also are taking moreadvanced placement (AP)exams, increasing that totalmore than 10 percent lastyear.State SuperintendentTony Evers said takingAP exams is a great wayto demonstrate studentachievement.“Our young people needmore access to rigorouscoursework and opportuni-ties to gain the skills need-ed for college and careers,”he said.
Village of Oregon
Board fixing historic ordinance
When the parapet of ahistoric building at 119 S.Main St. in downtown Ore-gon was crumbling a fewyears ago, there was littlethat village officials coulddo to compel the propertyowner to fix it.That situation, and oth-ers like it, is part of what’sbehind the village mergingtwo separate ordinancespertaining to historic pres-ervation into a single code.One part of the proposednew ordinance, which willbe the subject of a publichearing at the Village of Oregon Planning Commis-sion meeting on Thursday,Nov. 7, deals with main-tenance of buildings in thevillage’s historic district.“This ordinance will givethe village some authorityto get those things done,”said public works directorMark Below.The other part of thenew ordinance has to dowith “trying to clean upthe application for projectsso that an applicant knowswhat’s expected,” Belowexplained. “It’s kind of acheck-off list.”He said combining thetwo ordinances into onewill streamline the processfor owners of historic build-ings as well as village offi-cials.The Historic Preserva-tion Commission sug-gested the changes to theordinance and is chargedwith overseeing it. Thechange has been making itsway through the village’sbureaucracy, from HistoricPreservation to planningand the Village Board – andis expected to be adoptedlater in November.
- Bill Livick 
Oregon Schools of Hope searching for volunteers
Scott De LarueLLe
Unifed Newspaper Group 
Looking to help a middleschooler with math andother skills?Schools of Hope atOregon Middle School isseeking volunteer tutors,preferably ones with mathand literacy skills. Tutorsmeet one-on-one or withsmall groups of studentsat least one hour eachweek. Tutoring happensat school, Monday-Friday,either during the student’sstudy hall, learning lab, orafter-school. No experi-ence is necessary, as newvolunteers will be givenan orientation and trainingmaterials.Schools of Hope isin partnership with theUrban League of GreaterMadison, United Way of Dane County, and OregonSchool District. The pro-gram launched in 2008 inOregon and currently has22 volunteers and morethan 30 students enrolledin the program.Program administratorZoua Vang said the pro-gram’s largest need is vol-unteer math tutors from10:45-11:30 a.m. She saidvolunteers need only com-mit to one hour a week.“We know these peopleare mainly working adultswith full-time jobs or theyare retired but busy,” shesaid. “In the past, I’ve beenasking tutors to stretchhours if we need more vol-unteers, and they have beenvery willing. A lot of vol-unteers we have are return-ing, and they are such avalue to the program. Wehave amazing people vol-unteering for us.”Working one-on-onewith students is importantnot only to develop mathor literacy skills, but learn-ing about things like orga-nization.“Sometimes it’s good tohave someone say, ‘Let’sclean out your locker todayfirst, and then we’ll work on math,” Vang said.“We’re looking for vol-unteers who want to giveback and enjoy the experi-ence of working with stu-dents, and bringing a men-torship piece along withthe tutoring part.”Contact Vang for moreinformation, email Vangat zvang@oregonsd.net orcall her at 835-4806.
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