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LIfE program students Dylan Noeske, Corey Evans, David Thompson, Gabrelle Kelley and Dusty Holmes celebrate a successful – and tasty – Thanksgiving meal at Oregon High School last week. Everyone pitched during the week to fix a grand meal of turkey, mashed potatoes, gravy, rolls, sweet potatoes, stuffing, cranberries, corn, broccoli and pumpkin pie.
LIfE in Room 631
Students preparing for independence in the ‘real world’
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For recent high school graduates, going back to school – for any reason – is probably not on the top of the list. But for the dozen or so participants in the LIfE (Lifelong Independence for Everyone) program hosted at Oregon High School and funded by the school district, it’s a place to find hope and help as they learn to live more independent adult lives. Room 631 serves as a place of respite, a clubhouse, discussion room and – last Thursday afternoon – ear-ly Thanksgiving dinner for program director Elisa Ried and 11 recent high school graduates under her care, all age 18-21. Hired by the district in 2001 to work with students with intellectual disabilities, Ried has coordinated the LIfE program since its inception in fall 2008. Since students legally can attend school until they are 21 – even after earning their diploma – they can be part of the program, which helps them with job and social skills.
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The mission of the LIfE program is “to empower program participants to be active and engaged members of society by integrating independence in functional, vocational and social skills. Program participants will be prepared for greater level of indepen-dence in the areas of home, commu-nity and work.”Ried, who has worked with Special Olympics since 1994 as a volunteer, head coach and agency manager, is charged with working with a variety of students in Room 631 with a vari-ety of issues to overcome. It is a val-ued home away from home for young
Oregon bakers bond for growing seasonal charity sale
Event expands to benefit  two area charities
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When creating confectionery delights like traditional Norwe-gian delicacies sandbakkelses and krumkakes or more refined modern creations like Kellie Day’s famous peanut butter balls, it’s always a matter of finding just the right blend.For her upcoming sixth-annual bake sale Dec. 7 at the Oregon Area Senior Center, Day believes she has done that in more ways than one, joining forces this year with fellow Oregon culinary art-ist Ginny Owens and her band of bakers to provide a wide range of tasty treats. All proceeds will be split between the Oregon/Brooklyn Food Pantry and Kathy’s House, a nonprofit organization based in Milwaukee that “serves women and children in crisis,” according to its website.It’s the sixth year in a row that Day has held a bake sale to help Kathy’s House, but this is the first time it’s been expanded to include others. For the first four years she simply baked out of her own house, and then last year she held a sale at a local bank.This year, with more people involved, the bakers have part-nered with the senior center.
Man kills girlfriend, then self
Horrified witnesses say they tried to keep the two apart
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A man who murdered his girlfriend before taking his own life in the Town of Oregon last Thursday had a criminal past and was likely facing more jail time had police located him.The homeowners who witnessed the horrific turn of events told the
Oregon Observer
they tried to stop Henry Pullett Jr., 68, from fatally shooting his 64-year-old girlfriend and then himself. But several attempts at intervention failed.The Dane County Sheriff’s Office sent deputies to the home on Storytown Road at about 3:30 p.m., and both were pronounced dead at the scene, according to a DCSO release. The Dane
Pump house restoration making progress
Landscaping donors set as Glysch seeks grants, donations
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An effort to refurbish the historic water tower pump house in downtown Oregon is moving ahead thanks to a resident who’s spearheading the project. Randy Glysch moved to Oregon in June and has been working with village officials and contacting landscaping businesses about donations for the first phase of what could ultimately become a res-toration of both the water tower and pump house. He plans to begin land-scaping the pump house grounds on Janesville Street next spring. At the same time, Glysch would like to replace the small building’s windows and
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front door.“We’re on this parallel track of fixing up the build-ing and doing the landscap-ing,” he said.Glysch said he’s contact-ed several local businesses – Kopke’s Greenhouse, Winterland Nurseries, The Flower Factory and Moy-er’s Landscaping – and all were willing to help with donations of plants and shrubs.“I’m amazed and hum-bled by how willing people are to provide stuff and help with the project,” he said. “Basically the landscap-ing is being donated – the whole thing. Sometimes it  just takes asking people.”Glysch has also talked with contractors about the pump house building, which was constructed in 1899 but has been neglect-ed for years. In addition to needing a door and new windows – which will prob-ably have to be custom built, Glysch said – the building also needs new tuckpointing. The village has $3,300 set aside in a Water Tower Restoration fund, which Glysch said could serve as matching funds for a couple of grants he plans to apply for.The application for a Dane County Cultural Affairs Commission grant is due in February. Oregon Historic Preservation Com-mission member Julia Mey-ers had previously applied for the grant but was unsuc-cessful.Glysch has also been in touch with an official from the Bryant Foundation in Stoughton. He said the foundation typically funds only projects related to the Stoughton community, but with a nudge from Historic Preservation Commission chairman Arlan Kay, the foundation did send Glysch an application.“Funding is always a huge issue, and the water tower is in need of fund-ing,” Kay noted.Glysch said the Bry-ant Foundation is done accepting applications for 2013, “so we’ll submit a grant right after the first of the year.”He also sent a letter to businesses located near the pump house to see if they’d like to make a contribution and met with the Oregon Area Senior Center, which agreed to place a donation box in the building. “They put a nice little article in their newsletter, as well,” he said.Glysch established the Friends of the Historic Ore-gon Water Tower earlier this fall and is accepting tax-deductible donations for the project through the village. He said donations can be sent to Oregon Vil-lage Hall, 117 Spring St., and will be maintained in the Preserve the Water Tower fund. He plans to go back in January or February with a final landscaping plan for the Historic Preservation Commission’s approval, and “probably also some final plans on the windows and the door and tuckpoint-ing.”In an interview with the Observer on Sunday, Glysch said was “just blown away” at how his ideas were received at Moyer’s Landscaping. He said one of the own-ers, Jeff Moyers, took his draft design for the land-scaping “and is going to help create a very profes-sional plan for it.” Moyers also talked about donat-ing plants and the edging around the plants, he said. Glysch has also applied to serve on Oregon’s His-toric Preservation Com-mission. That appointment was on the Village Board’s meeting agenda for Mon-day, as was the commis-sion’s recommendation that the board support the grants Glysch intends to submit for funding.“If the water tower pump house wouldn’t have come along, I still would be inter-ested in the commission,” he said. “I live in an old house, and it’s something I like and am interested in. And I’m interested in the community, as well.”Glysch said he learned about the pump house and water tower by reading articles written by the late Joan Gefke, who served for many years on the Historic Preservation Commission.“After I read about all the people who tried do some-thing with this before me, I’m sort of humbled to try to carry on what they start-ed,” he said.
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Randy Glysch, who recently moved to Oregon, plans to restore and repair the historic water tower in Oregon. He is currently seeking funds for the project.
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Police dept. promotes ‘invaluable’ member
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Village of Oregon police chief Doug Pettit says every police department has one: that go-to person who makes the agency run well.In the Oregon PD, that person is Ruti Trace.Earlier this month, the Village Board unanimously approved Pettit’s request to reclassify Trace from administrative assistant to confidential administrative services supervisor.“The new job description is reflective of the addition-al responsibilities that have been added to the position over the past nine years,” Pettit wrote in a memo to village administrator Mike Gracz. In his note, Pettit talk-ed about the position but not the person. But in an interview with the
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, and also when the matter was discussed with the Village Board, Pet-tit was more forthcoming in his praise of Trace.“We were kind of kidding around about what would be the new title on the reclassification, and I said given the fact that she’s not a sworn officer, I could make her deputy chief, I guess,” Pettit joked.“Her responsibilities and duties are so broad and expansive that she’s just an integral part of our opera-tion. There are tasks that she performs that quite frankly nobody else in the department would know how to do if she left or was not available.”Trace, a village resident of 14 years, began work-ing part-time at the police department 12 years ago and went full-time nine years ago.She calls it her “ideal  job.”“I like the variety, the staff I work with, and I like working in the community where I live,” she said. “Every day is different.”Trace said she finds it rewarding to “indirectly improve the community” through the work she does. That includes administer-ing daily office operations of the department and also managing and supervising its records. Pettit cited Trace’s will-ingness to take on new duties, “especially in the technology area running the agency, the records man-agement systems, the track systems for the cars – that’s the automated citation sys-tem that we use through the state – all those types of things.”Trace admitted the most challenging part of her job has been mastering the incident-based reporting (IBR) method required by the state. “It’s about how we sub-mit our crime reports to the state,” she explained. “They require that you have no more than three mistakes to be certified.”Trace submitted the first three months of IBR and got certified the first time around, Pettit noted. “The people from the state say that never hap-pens,” he said. “Most peo-ple have to go through a number of submittals before they actually get certified.”Trace and her husband, Tim, have two boys – a sixth-grader and a fifth-grader. She grew up in Monticello and studied legal office administration after high school. She first worked as a paralegal and later for a real estate man-agement company before finding her way to the Ore-gon PD.She began working part-time, mostly evenings, so she could be home for her kids when they were little.“She’s just an invaluable part of our organization,” Pettit said. “We have other valuable employees, but her name rises to the top almost every time.“She definitely makes my  job a lot easier,” he added, “because when I ask her to accomplish something, I don’t have to go back and ask twice. It’s done and it’s done correctly.”With the board’s approv-al at its Nov. 4 meeting, Trace received a $4,000 raise. Pettit said that puts her at midpoint compared with the salaries of other administrative assistants in Dane County police depart-ments.“She deserves it, but she did not ask for it,” he noted. “It’s not about the money for her. It’s about the job. It’s about the community and the police department. It’s a breath of fresh air to have an employee that puts the agency first above her-self.”
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Ruti Trace has a new title and classification working for the village’s police department administration.
County Medical Examiner’s office revealed the identities of Pullett and Elizabeth Sin-gler on Friday.Michael Briggs, who until recently ran a law practice with wife Norma out of their home on Storytown Road, described Pullett as “emo-tionally unstable” when he showed up to their house unexpectedly Thursday afternoon with Singler.Briggs said Pullett suf-fered from mental health issues and had been neglecting his medication for weeks. Pullett and Sin-gler arrived shortly after they returned home from errands. “It wasn’t apparent why they were there,” Briggs said.Briggs said the group sat around the dining room table, where Pullett told them about a Nov. 3 inci-dent near Olbrich Park that had Madison police search-ing for him.According to the inci-dent report from the Nov. 3 event, Pullett allegedly dis-charged a weapon after he threatened to kill himself. No one was harmed in the incident, but the report said police were concerned with Pullett’s well-being.Pullett sought advice from Briggs, a recently retired former family law attorney who handled Pul-lett’s divorce three years ago, because Pullett was a convicted felon who could have faced three years for being a felon and possess-ing a weapon, Briggs said. Pullett had spent two years in prison in the 1990s for his role in burglaries in the 1960s in Illinois. He had been extradited, and according to Chicago Tri-bune reports at the time, he testified against his accom-plices after police solved a cold case in one of the crimes, which resulted in a murder.Michael Briggs said after about an hour, it was clear the relationship between Pullett and Singler was bad, and Norma advised Singler to lock herself in the bathroom, which she did.Briggs said he called Pullett’s psychiatrist, who advised taking him to an emergency room. As emo-tions continued to get high-er, the Briggses gave Pul-lett some food and contin-ued to talk with him over coffee, but Michael Briggs realized the situation was unsafe.“I told him he had two choices,” Michael Briggs said. “I was going to call 911 or he was going to get in the car with me and I’d take him wherever he wanted to go.”Pullett reacted poorly to the threat to call 911 and attempted to break down the bathroom door Singler was behind. When he was unable to, Norma Briggs got in front of the door, telling Pullett he had to stop.Pullett then pulled a gun out of his coat pocket, and while standing about “12 inches” from Norma Briggs, fired the gun at the lock on the door, Michael Briggs said.When the door opened, Pullett shot Singler multi-ple times. He went over to the top of the stairwell, and shot himself in the head three times.Michael Briggs called 911, and although Singler was still breathing at the time he called, when the paramedics arrived they were unable to locate a pulse.As of Friday, Michael Briggs said the house was still locked down as inves-tigators worked to decipher exactly what had happened and collect evidence, while also awaiting the autopsies.He said this experience was a first in his more than 35-year career that he just retired from, and that the closest he could remem-ber was on one of his first cases, when a man attacked his wife after a divorce court proceeding.“It was strange,” he said.
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‘I was going to call 911 or he was going to get in the car with me.’
Michael Briggs, witness 
Reports collected from the log book at the Oregon Police Department.
Nov. 4
9:35 a.m.
 A 32-year-old woman reported a red Aztec that regularly drives recklessly on Elm St. at a high rate of speed. Reported a partial plate, but police did not find DOT records of a partial plate matching the car description.
3:45 p.m.
 A 34-year-old woman reported her 13-year-old daughter saw a suspicious person hanging around the park and near Edenberry Lane while walking home from the bus. The man, described as older with a black hoodie and blue jeans, was seen standing outside his car while the girl walked through the park and later seen in a 4-door car driv-ing slowly down Edenberry Lane.
Nov. 5
3:55 p.m.
 A 65-year-old woman reported a 54-year-old man came to her house to sell her meat, as he had in the past. She felt that the man runs a “sketchy” busi-ness. Police contacted the man, who informed them he did not have a sellers permit, and did not think he needed one. Police advised the man to check with Village Hall in the future.
Nov. 6
10:08 a.m.
 A 58-year-old man reported a Skype phone call he received from some-one stating they worked for Dell. The man allowed them to access his computer, which they locked and said he would need to pay $600 for his expired Windows software. The man refused, and is hav-ing his computer repaired at a shop.
– Scott Girard 

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