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2014-2015 Kindergarten Registration
If your child will be five years old on or before September 1, 2014, it is time to enroll your child in kindergarten.The Oregon District Office will be accepting enrollment forms January 2, 2014 through January 31, 2014. If you have not received a kindergarten packet, please stop in at the District Office at 123 E. Grove St. or call 835-4033.
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Town of Rutland
New law spurs company to push for radio tower
The battle to build a 488-foot radio tower in the Town of Rutland appears to be back on.Last week, an attorney for Tomah-based Mag-num Communications said the company would reap-ply for a zoning permit to build the tower in a farm field between Oregon and Stoughton near Old Stage Road. The tower would service a future Stough-ton-based FM radio sta-tion.Magnum has failed for years to get town and Dane County officials to approve the tower. But this time, it may have the law on its side.In September, a Dane County judge refused to overturn a 2011 decision by town and county offi-cials blocking the com-pany from building the tower. The company could have appealed, but instead it hopes to submit a new application “within the next 30 days,” said Wil-liam White, an attorney with Michael Best & Friedrich, one of Wiscon-sin’s most prominent law firms.White said a provision in Act 20, the state budget bill signed into law last June, could be the com-pany’s ace in the hole. According to the state law, municipalities or counties can’t block the building or placement of radio broadcast “sup-port structures” unless they prove the structures would harm public health or safety.Rutland’s town board in 2011 sided with oppo-nents of the tower who claimed it would mar the rural landscape and harm nearby property values.Town chair Dale Beske said Monday he wasn’t aware of Magnum’s plans to reapply but acknowl-edged that health and safe-ty weren’t among the rea-sons the town voted down the tower in 2011.The change in state law “reduces the town’s abil-ity to control the siting” of communication tow-ers, Beske said. But he declined to predict wheth-er the new law would change the town board’s position.Opponents of the tower have also claimed it could harm migratory birds. In a news release, White said the company has addressed those concerns by reducing the number of lights.
Specifically, it received a waiver in late 2012 from the Federal Aviation Administration to elimi-nate all “steady burning lights, which some stud-ies show may disorient birds.”The tower would service FM channel 95.9 WBKY, currently in Portage. The change from Portage to Stoughton was approved by the Federal Commu-nications Commission in April 2006.Proponents of the tower – including many munici-pal and school officials in Stoughton and Oregon – have said a radio station could improve communi-cation during emergencies and pave the way for local broadcasts of football games and other sporting events.The site is owned by siblings Sue Wollin and David Soldwedel, who have agreed to sell Mag-num the land for the tow-er.The site was chosen because it fits inside a small segment of land that wouldn’t interfere with other area FM radio fre-quencies, Magnum has said.
Fitness challenge adds free classes
Uniﬁed Newspaper Group
A community health pro-gram in its sixth year will offer new community fit-ness and cooking classes to start off the new year right. Health Trip 2014 is a fit-ness challenge organized by the community recre-ation department at the Ore-gon School District that’s open to residents and their friends and family. It runs Jan. 1 to May 10 and invites participants to exercise 2-3 hours per week, after form-ing teams of 2-6 people. This year, the Oregon Area Wellness Coalition got involved to add a new element to the health trip -- free fitness classes each month for those who form a team. A priority for the coalition, which formed in May and is made up of Ore-gon-area community repre-sentatives, is to offer fitness opportunities throughout the calendar year and this one helps community mem-bers stay motivated through the winter, said OAWC member Amy Miller.Miller said they aim to have classes, including yoga, deep-water exercise, water volleyball and even healthy cooking in Oregon and Brooklyn. Classes will be held one to two times from January through May at the Oregon Pool, Oregon Area Senior Center and at facilities around the school district. There will also be ongoing classes like Pi-Yo and Zumba to try for free at any point in the program.Many of the program’s sponsors put their heads together to make the new features happen.“As a community, we need to be out moving,” she said. “All of us are working together.”The program is designed for youth and adults of all ages as well as for-mal or informal groups – card clubs, water exercise friends, office mates, fami-ly members, etc., said Scott Lein, Community Educa-tion and Rec assistant direc-tor. The challenge typically gets 15-20 teams, and regis-tration goes through the end of January, Lein said.The fees are $12 for adults and $9 for youth, which includes a T-shirt, free classes, and proceeds are invested in the pro-gram. The fees from reg-istrations and the sponsor-ships cover T-shirts, classes and workshops, incentives (may include pedometers, tire gauges, resistance bands, and other items that are connected to fitness or wellness). All teams that complete the program (average of 2-3 hours of exercise per week) will be entered into a drawing for $100 in Chamber bucks per team member.Anyone in the commu-nity can join and they are welcome to include friends or family members from outside the Oregon area. Team members are wel-come to exercise togeth-er or individually. The accountability comes from reporting hours a few times throughout the program and the encouragement from Community Ed/Rec and other team members, he said.Registration is open through Jan. 31. Register by going to the community ed and rec page at oregonsd.org. Contact Scott Lein at firstname.lastname@example.org or 835-4097 with ques-tions.
At a glance
Health Trip 2014
$12 for adults, $9 for youth
Go to the Community ed and rec page at oregonsd.org
Scott Lein, email@example.com or 835-4097
Become an e-reader expert
Library offering classes this month
BY SCOTT DE LARUELLE
Uniﬁed Newspaper Group
Have you joined the e-reader revolution yet?The Oregon Public Library will be offering new eReader and Tablet classes this month to help people get up to speed on the latest reading technol-ogy. The classes will cover using a free library service, called Overdrive, which allows users to download free ebooks and audio books to their devices. People can learn how to search for free ebooks or audio books using Over-drive, check out or place holds on ebooks, create a list of books you want to read and delete or return books early from their devices.Participants will need a library card and email address. People are invited to bring their eReader or Tablets to the class, with the battery fully charged, and those without devices are welcome to take the classes. Kindle and Kindle App users will need their Amazon login and pass-word. Classes will be held in the Sue Ames Room from 2-4 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 14, for Nook e-readers and tablets and 10 a.m. to noon, Thursday, Jan. 16 for iPad, iPhone and iPods.To register, stop in the library, call 835-3656 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The library also offers one-on-one help with Ereaders and tablets by appointment. For more information contact Susan Kosharek at 835-3656 or visit oregonpubliclibrary.org.Don’t have time to attend the class? The library’s web page has some information and tips. Through the Wiscon-sin Public Library Con-sortium (WPLC), library customers can download ebooks and audio books from “Wisconsin’s Digital Library” using a service called OverDrive. The OverDrive ebooks work on most ebook read-ers like Kindles, Tablets, Nooks, Sony Readers and iPads, plus most smart phones. Library direc-tor Susan Santner said the newest feature from Over-Drive is called “See book. Read book,” where people can find the book they want, click on the title, select “borrow,” and then start reading immediately by clicking the “read” but-ton. Or visit your “Book-shelf” to download the ebook.For more information, call 835-3656 or visit ore-gonpubliclibrary.org.“The library staff is always pleased to be of assistance in person so stop in and pick up a bro-chure and the current events calendar,” Santner said. New library hours are Monday through Thursday 9 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Friday from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Survey spurs OPL hours change
SCOTT DE LARUELLE
Uniﬁed Newspaper Group
Looking to further sat-isfy its patrons, the Ore-gon Public Library has changed its hours this year, adding additional time to visit on Saturdays. The library’s board of trustees decided to make the adjustment as of Jan. 2, based on feedback from a patron survey and study-ing “countless library use statistics,” said library director Susan Santner. From Monday through Thursday, the library will close a bit earlier than in the past; at 8 p.m. instead of 8:30, with those hours made up on Saturdays, on which the library is now open from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., instead of 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library’s Friday hours will remain 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.“Many library users requested longer open hours on Saturdays,” she said. “We hope this shift in hours will make it more convenient for our library patrons to check out mate-rials on the weekends.”