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Anniversary special
Local ‘hero’ reflects after 5 years
Pilot recalls emergency landing, opens up about life after the crash
BILL LIVICK
Unified Newspaper Group 
The event changed his life but not who he is as a person.Last Wednesday marked the five-year anniversary of what became known inter-nationally as the “Miracle on the Hudson,” when an airliner filled with passen-gers lost power after strik-ing a flock of geese and made an emergency land-ing on New York’s Hudson River off mid-town Man-hattan.All 150 passengers and five crewmembers of the US Airways Airbus escaped the incident without seri-ous injury, including Capt. Chesley “Sully” Sullen-berger III and first officer and co-pilot Jeff Skiles, an Oregon resident.Skiles, his wife, Barbara, and their three children have lived in Oregon for 20 years. He had never talk-ed extensively with local media about the incident or its aftermath until last week, when he spoke with the Observer by telephone from Oshkosh, where Skiles works for the Experimen-tal Aircraft Association, or EAA, an international orga-nization that encourages and supports sport aviation and flying for recreation.“Things settled down fairly quickly after the actu-al event, although my life and the lives of the people involved were changed forever,” Skiles said.
Long recovery
The emergency land-ing on the Hudson River and the things that led to it all happened in a matter of minutes and were relatively easy to recover from, Skiles observed. But the media hype around the event, as well as the months-long investi-gation into it, caused stress and took more of a psycho-logical toll, he said.Skiles added that the strong, loving support of his family, and the fact that the Oregon community allowed him privacy, helped to restore a sense of normality that was very important.“One thing that I found was really unusual is that outside of Oregon people would come up and want my autograph or want to take a photo with me, or they’d ask invasive ques-tions,” he recalled. “But in Oregon, it was almost like it was hands off for me. “I’ve never gone any-where in the community and had anybody bother me at all,” he added. “They know who I am, because I’ll walk into a business and I don’t know the person there and they’ll say, ‘Hi Jeff.’ But nobody in Oregon has ever
‘It really helped to create a sense of normalcy for me because of the  way I was treated by the Oregon community.’
Jeff Skiles, pilot and Oregon resident 
A rescue boat crew from Coast Guard Station New York enforces a security zone around the partially submerged US Airways Flight 1549 airplane, in the Hudson River on Jan. 16, 2009. Oregon resident Jeffrey B. Skiles was the co-pilot in that famous “Miracle on the Hudson” inci-dent, in which Capt. Chelsey Sullenberger and Skiles success-fully landed the plane into the Hudson River with no serious injuries.
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Jeff Skiles and fellow Flight 1549 pilot Chesley Sullenberger enjoyed intense celebrity after the crash. Above, Skiles (right) and Sullenberger (left) attend the inauguration of President Barack Obama five days later, on Obama’s invitation (in front is Kentucky Sen. Jim Bunning). At left, Skiles acknowledges the crowd at a Badgers basketball game with athletic director Barry Alvarez.
Village of Oregon
Village rapidly using road salt supply
BILL LIVICK
Unified Newspaper Group 
The winter weather of 2013-14 is taking a toll on the village’s supply of road salt. Public works director Mark Below told the Village Board on Monday that the vil-lage had used its entire supply of salt by “around the first of the year,” and since then he’s purchased another 270 tons.After the village used its usual annual allotment of road salt – 460 tons – “we ordered another 150 ton and we got that and started mixing it with sand,” Below told the Observer. “And now this last week we were lucky enough to get another 110-120 ton of salt and of course we’re mixing that with sand, too, but it sounds like that could be all we’re going to get.”He said the frequent small snowfalls of just an inch or two this winter have used up lots of salt. He also cited the freez-ing rain that happened in December and again a couple of weeks ago, fol-lowing the retreat of the
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asked me for an autograph or a photo or, ‘How did it feel when you hit the birds.’ It’s never happened.”And that’s something he continues to cherish.“I appreciated that so much – that I could just live my normal life in Oregon and be the person that I’ve always been before and after this happened. It really helped to create a sense of normalcy for me because of the way I was treated by the Oregon community.”
Emergency protocol
Skiles was 49 years old and piloting US Airways Flight 1549 on Thursday, Jan. 15, 2009, as it left New York City’s LaGuardia Air-port. Just 90 seconds after takeoff, at an elevation of about 3,000 feet, the plane carrying 150 passengers and five crewmembers col-lided with a flock of Can-ada geese, disabling both engines.As the aircraft’s flight engineer and first officer, Skiles turned the plane’s controls over to Capt. Sul-lenberger.Skiles, who at the time had worked for US Airways for 24 years, said it was his first time flying an Airbus and he’d recently completed training to operate the air-liner. It was also the first time he’d flown with Sullen-berger.“I didn’t know Sully, but I knew exactly what he would do in any set of circumstanc-es, and that’s how we inter-acted with each other,” he said. “We take the person-alities out of it and surround ourselves with procedure.”While Sullenberger flew the plane and communicat-ed with air traffic control-lers about possible places to land the powerless airliner, Skiles scoured his emer-gency checklist for ways to regain power and consider other steps to take under the circumstances.Under normal conditions, having two pilots in the cockpit is useful because “we have two sets of eyes and two brains to crosscheck everything so that we can cut down on errors,” Skiles said.But in an emergency, the protocol changes.“When we have an emer-gency situation, we kind of split duties,” Skiles explained. “One person flies the airplane while the other tries to handle the emergen-cy – in this case, trying to make sure that we have both hydraulic and electric power and trying to possibly restart the engines.“And that’s assigned by two words: Sully said, ‘My aircraft.’ That meant he was going to take over flying the airplane, which is his pre-rogative as the captain, but it also meant that I instantly became a troubleshooter.”In a National Public Radio interview last week on the anniversary of the event, Sullenberger noted that Skiles was the better person to handle the emer-gency checklist because he had recently finished train-ing and studying emergency responses.“That’s very valid think-ing, because literally when I went through training I had conducted this particular procedure just two weeks before on the simulator,” Skiles said.The entire incident hap-pened in less than four min-utes.Sullenberger managed to avoid catastrophe by landing the Airbus in the icy waters of the Hudson River. He put the plane down just minutes by boat from Manhattan’s commuter ferry terminals, enabling rescuers to quickly recover all passengers and crew from the lifeboats they had boarded. At the time, aviation experts said they could not recall another successfully controlled water landing by a commercial airliner in the United States.The flight crew was ordered not to talk publicly about the ordeal until the National Transportation Safety Board had completed its investigation.Like the rest of the crew, Skiles suffered from post-traumatic stress after the inci-dent. He had trouble sleeping for a couple of weeks and quickly lost 20 pounds.But, he points out, there were no long-term negative effects. He didn’t develop a fear of flying and still flies regularly.
Not a ‘miracle’
Contrary to the media hype and the notions of some in the public, the suc-cessful landing was not a miracle, Skiles said. Rather, it was the result of inten-sive training, a professional crew following protocol, and “kind of a revolutionary shift in how we think in avi-ation” in the past 20 years. “We started saying, let’s look at how the people oper-ate. Let’s look at how people interact with each other,” he explained. “Instead of hav-ing individuals in the cock-pit, let’s have a team in the cockpit. And really that’s the biggest difference.”He compared it to the teamwork of a professional football team.Skiles said in the aviation world, the event was viewed as an example of not what went wrong, but what went right. “We used the training and the tools and procedures that had been developed by a liv-ing, breathing safety organi-zation over the course of the last 15 or 20 years,” he said. “Sully and I would use that as sort of the end product.”He noted that US Air-lines alone had five major accidents between 1989 and 1994. “Since then, they haven’t had one at all,” he said, and pointed out that the last fatal accident of a major carrier in the United States was in 2001.Skiles asserted that when people understand the indus-try changes that took place and know about the hard work that went into them, the miracle myth “is kind of stripped away.”He found it peculiar that after it happened, “so many people seemed to identify personally with this event who had absolutely noth-ing to do with it. You know, people who watched it on TV.“People see things in a situation or in people that they look at to validate their own beliefs,” he contin-ued. “It’s kind of odd when you’re on the other side and people are coming up to you and for whatever reason, the incident meant more to them than it did to you – and you were there.”
Still an airline pilot
Skiles has been on a leave of absence from US Air-ways since the incident. He chose to take the time off to pursue other aspects of the industry, and served as vice president of an airline pilots association that lob-bies in Washington, D.C., for airline safety.Like his partner in his-tory, Sullenberger, shortly after the emergency land-ing Skiles accepted speak-ing engagements around the country.“Both Sully and I recog-nized and used the visibil-ity that this has afforded us to work for the good of our profession,” he said.“Sully continues to do that by being on TV talking about safety issues and using his tremendous visibility to advance airline safety issues. I actually got myself elected to be the vice president of an organization called the Coalition of Airline Pilots Association, which repre-sents about 28,000 pilots in this country.”Skiles worked with the association for two years and then accepted a job with the EAA in Oshkosh, where he is vice president of chap-ters and youth education.“I travel around the coun-try speaking on behalf of the EAA,” he said.His leave from US Air-ways will expire in a year or so, at which point he’ll have to decide whether to return to professional flying or continue on his current path.He hasn’t decided yet, but seems to be heading back to the grueling schedule of a commercial airline pilot.“I can tell you that I’m an airline pilot,” he said. “That’s what I’ve been my whole life; it’s what my self-image is. And it’s going to be hard to walk away from what I am.”Professional pilots typi-cally are away from home four days per week and then are off for three days. It’s a career that presents challenges to family life and the pilots themselves. “You live almost in a state of permanent exhaustion because you have constantly rotating schedules and lim-ited opportunity for sleep,” Skiles said.If he decides to return to his former job, it will be a little easier now that two of his kids are grown and liv-ing away from home, while his third is a junior at Ore-gon High School.“I am very fortunate to have a wife who understands that because that’s the way it’s always been. I’ve been a pilot for our entire marriage, and one way or another, you’re gone a lot.”At 54, Skiles is aware that “I certainly don’t have as many years ahead of me as I do behind me. I’ve been thinking about how I want to live the rest of my life – and I’m an airline pilot. That’s my view of myself.”
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polar vortex, as a factor in depleting the village’s sup-ply.Last May the village ordered 460 tons of road salt a cost of about $40,000 for this season. That amount will typically be enough for a winter season. Salt usu-ally sells for $60 to $64 per ton; the price to resupply the village was on the high end of that cost because of increased demand this win-ter.Village road crews began using a 50/50 mix of salt and sand after Jan. 1 in an attempt to make the salt go further, Below said. He directed employees to use salt sparingly and stop spreading it on the entire stretch of village streets and instead use it at intersections and other strategic locations.“We’re applying it a little more on the major corridors and trying to keep them as clear as possible,” he said, “and then on side streets we’re just doing the stop signs and hills, of course.”The village uses four dump trucks with snow-plows on the front and salt-ers attached to the rear, as well as one five-ton pickup, to clear roads and spread salt and sand.Below explained that the village buys salt through a consortium of municipali-ties. Each year, long before the snow flies, the village reserves its allotment of salt.Salt is mass-produced by evaporation of seawater or brine from brine wells and salt lakes. Mining of rock salt is also a major source. China is the world’s main supplier of salt, followed by the United States.Below said most of the salt that’s used in Wisconsin comes via freighters on the Great Lakes and is dumped to form “a mountain of salt” in Milwaukee. From there, it’s typically distributed to municipalities throughout the state by truck.
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All 150 passengers were able to exit safely from Flight 1549 after the plane hit a flock of geese during takeoff. Skiles credited the teamwork of the crew and modern tactics rather than a miracle.
Salt:
 Village now adding sand 
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Oregon road crews have been mixing sand with road salt in a 50/50 mixture with the New Year.
 
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Village of Oregon
Board approves Bergamont rezone
MARK IGNATOWSKI
Unified Newspaper Group 
The Village Board gave the go-ahead last week to make way for more duplexes and multifamily buildings in the Bergamont subdivision.The plan – a scaled back version of what was pre-sented earlier last year – calls for up to 48 new apartments along Bergamont Boulevard near Jefferson Street. The new plan rezones about six acres for apart-ments, and it has larger com-mercial lots along Jefferson Street and larger duplex lots near Drumlin Drive than the previous plan, which had called for 56 apartment units.The board approved the plan 6-1, with Trustee David Donovan casting the lone no vote. Donovan said his neighbors had concerns about more apartments being built in the area. The vil-lage’s Planning Commission had recommended the plan unanimously a month earlier.Fiduciary Real Estate Development – owner of the Bergamont – had requested in November to have more of the area be available for multi-family living spaces. Those plans were met with opposition by neighbors and some Planning Commission members. That version of the plan was tabled to allow the company to work with vil-lage staff and bring the plans more in line with what was approved in the village’s 2012 comprehensive plan.As a result, the proposed multi-family lots shrunk in size to about 4.75 acres on the west side of Bergamont Boulevard and 1.3 acres on the east side. The changes leave space for about 10 multi-family units on the east side and 38 units on the west side.
 Bill Livick contributed to this story.
Oregon Chamber of Commerce
Chamber sparks excitement, gives awards to area businesses
SCOTT GIRARD
Unified Newspaper Group 
Franciska Anderson has had a tough few years.From both of her parents passing away to dealing with shingles and breast cancer, it hadn’t been easy for her to keep her acupuncture busi-ness going all the time.But Saturday she will receive the Oregon Area Chamber of Commerce’s President’s Award, which she called an “honor” to even be considered for.“To be chosen for the pres-ident’s award this year was a mark of a new beginning, a new year,” Anderson said. “I feel like I’m the phoe-nix coming out of the ash and rebuilding. I very much appreciate being chosen.”Chamber president Erin Peterson said she chose Anderson, who owns Pivotal Point Acupuncture and Well-ness, due to her “incredible” and difficult year and how she kept her “thriving busi-ness” alive throughout trying circumstances.“I can think of no one more deserving than Fran,” Peterson said.Executive director Judy Knutson also had praise for Anderson.“She cares about her patients one-by-one, she looks at who needs what and she’s very compassion-ate that way,” Knutson said. “She’s very good at what she does.”That’s one of the awards the chamber will hand out at its annual awards night.Another is the Long-time Service to the Com-munity Award, which will go to David Mastos of DLM Financial Strategies.Mastos has long served the community, helping the Chamber to set up and take down Summer Fest, offer-ing his truck for moving large items and “anything we need,” Knutson said.He also is finishing his sixth consecutive year on the Cham-ber board, and will step down due to term limits.Hes always been involved…he’s been absolutely wonderful,” Knutson said.Jeanne Carpenter, who runs two cheese-related businesses with Wisconsin Cheese Originals and anoth-er professional association for cheesemakers across the state, won the Business Per-son of the Year Award.Described as “Oregon’s resident cheese geek,” Carpenter holds monthly cheese-tast-ings at the Firefly Cof-feehouse and is being recognized because “she’s been so success-ful, been vis-ible, so active in the community,” members services and communications manager Kristin McGuine and Knutson said.Other awards include Mueller Dental for its new dental practice at 152 Alpine Parkway and Mason’s on Main for the Building Reno-vation Award.Anytime Fitness, Senor Peppers and U.S. Cellular are also being recognized for building renovation.“That’s really a nice thing for Oregon, so we want to make sure that everybody knows the new building’s out there,” Knutson said. “Any-body whose renovated their facility, because they’re very much improving the commu-nity as well as their business.”McGuine said the Cham-ber looks forward to even more renovation and build-ing awards in 2014.“It was a really positive year, and things are looking towards even great success in 2014,” she said.The event will also fea-ture a casino night and silent auction benefitting the Chamber.
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POLICE REPORTS
Information from Oregon Police logbooks.
Dec. 30
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