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OWI patrol set for Saturday
For five hours Satur-day night, officers from 14 police agencies will patrol Main and Janesville Streets, pulling over driv-ers as often as possible in a friendly show of force.It’s something Oregon police Lt. Karey Clark believes can help with what he sees as a major problem in the area.“When I started here I was on nights,” he told the Observer on Tuesday. “It’s almost scary to see how many people on the road between midnight and 3 are intoxicated … some of them double or triple the legal limit. It’s just too much for what should be tolerated.”There certainly won’t be any tolerance for drunken driving Saturday night, with as many as 20 police vehicles patrolling just about every street in the village as part of the Capi-tal Area OWI Task Force. Clark said the village will contribute four Oregon squad cars to the patrol, in addition to its normal complement of two offi-cers handling any other calls or traffic duties.The cost of overtime for
SCOTT DE LARUELLE
Unified Newspaper Group
Science, technology, engineering, art and math are some of the most criti-cal subjects for young stu-dents to master.Integrating them all into classroom learning is the idea behind the Oregon School District’s STEAM initiative, one that is sweep-ing across schools in the U.S. For the past three years, district director of instruction and student achievement Anita Koehler has worked with district science teachers in evaluat-ing new achievement stan-dards, and how they relate to an integrated STEAM curriculum.Last spring, she was con-tacted by Oregon Rotary about ways the group could continue its involvement with service projects for students, and in particu-lar help to build a stron-ger STEAM program in the district. Coordinating with Rotarian Greg Gran-berg, also the OHS school-to-work coordinator, they developed an Oregon Advi-sory Committee to begin the discussion of how to move forward with increas-ing STEAM activities for K-12 students. “We began by looking at all of the great STEAM-related learning that was already happening in our district and determined that we needed to further focus on the integration of sci-ence, technology, engineer-ing, the arts, and math cur-riculum,” she said.In the classroom, science and technology education teachers have successfully co-instructed a principles of engineering course for the past few years. Teach-ers from all subject areas have been involved in plan-ning, including a field trip for teachers in grades 7-12, school board members, administrators and com-munity members to visit other districts with strong STEAM programs, with plans for a similar visit for K-6 staff in the near future.
At a glance
Capital Area OWI Task Force patrol
8 p.m. Saturday to 1 a.m. Sunday
Every street in the village
Lt. Karey Clark, 835-3111
Village of Oregon
Officials consider expansion east of 14
Utility casing would be needed under rebuilt highway
Unified Newspaper Group
Village officials are looking east of Hwy. 14 as a possible direction for the future growth of the vil-lage.The discussion was part of an update given to the Village Board last week on the Wisconsin Depart-ment of Transportation’s plan to realign Hwy. 14 south of the village and turn the road into a four-lane freeway. The proj-ect runs to Hwy. 92, near Brooklyn.DOT officials told the board they need an answer by August if the village wants to install a “cas-ing” beneath the highway
Full ‘STEAM’ ahead
Collaborative program integrates key subjects
Oregon School District
Scott De Laruelle
Above, last month’s STEAM open house at Oregon High School was well-attended by com-munity members, some of whom got a chance to try out students’ “battle robots.” Right, OHS teacher Ryan Stace (center), explains the workings of some of the equipment used by students.
• Village officials are considering whether to develop east of Hwys.14/138.• The Rutland land is a prime location for commercial development.• DOT plans to realign Hwy. 14 into a four-lane freeway from Oregon to Brooklyn starting in 2018. • The village has to decide by August whether to install a utilities casing beneath the highway.• Key property owners east of the interchange urge the village to move ahead with plans to develop the area.