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An early-morning fire caused about $125,000 worth of damage to a Town of Oregon home on Harding Street.
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
TheAmerican Red Cross saidthey did not receive a callfor assistance as of Tues-day afternoon.The fire remains underinvestigation.
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.
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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 email@example.com orcall her at 835-4806.
Register to be a vol-unteer:
Training oppor-tunity for interested vol-unteers
University ofWisconsin EducationBuilding, Wisconsin IdeaRoom 159
6-7:30 p.m.,Tuesday, Oct. 29