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Thursday, May 8, 2014 Vol. 129, No. 44 Oregon, WI ConnectOregonWI.com $1
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OWI patrol set for Saturday
Observer editor 
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
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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
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Village of Oregon
Officials consider expansion east of 14
Utility casing would be needed under rebuilt highway
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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
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Full ‘STEAM’ ahead
Collaborative program integrates key subjects
Oregon School District
Photos by
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.
In brief
• 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.
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Safety first
Above, Tia Waterbury, 8, pets the Oregon Police Department’s K-9 at Saturday’s “Safety Day.” The annual event was at Prairie View Elementary School, and offered a chance for kids and adults to see police cars, fire trucks and more up close. Inside the school, children could try out “drunk goggles,” get fingerprinted and have their vision tested, among other activities.Lucien, 6, sits in the front of an Oregon Police Department police car.Maynard Stoehr from the VFW helps Isabel Reedy, 4, get her fingerprints done. All 10 fingers were printed and parents got to keep the prints.An Oregon police officer “arrests” Landon Kojo, 3, who then led himself into the backseat of the police car before he slipped out of the cuffs and tried to have his mother “arrested” instead.A pair of onlookers as the MedFlight helicopter touches down in the Prairie View Elementary School parking lot.
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the four task force officers will be paid for by a state grant through the DeForest Police Department, which started its own high-visibili-ty OWI patrols in 2009 and spread the program county-wide in September 2012. This summer’s set of patrols is the task force’s third since then, and the program has grown from six communi-ties to 14.Clark said the village took a wait-and-see approach the first two years, but once the department and the village attorney were satisfied that  jurisdictional issues, such as other officers writing tickets in the village, were addressed properly and that the patrols went smoothly, Oregon got on board.The patrols are aimed at awareness and deterrence, rather than punishment, though Clark has no illu-sions that Oregon will go without an arrest, as some communities happily have done.“If you can use this as a deterrent, I guess you’ve, at least for one night made an impact,” he said. “I’m not unrealistic in that they’re not going to find an OWI in Oregon. Our night guys when there’s just one or two (on duty) on are finding them.”Each municipality gets to put its own spin on the local patrol. For example, Verona uses a large lighted sign to announce the patrol at the gateway to the city and Stoughton continues the patrols past bar time with its own officers.Oregon has done its own dedicated OWI patrols using state and federal grants, but that’s generally limited to one or two officers for a couple of hours. Clark said officers vol-unteer for the duty here and at the other 10 com-munity patrols, and he said there’s been a lot of interest. He, too, is very much “in favor” of the patrols, given Oregon’s struggles to con-tain OWIs.“I know they get a bad rap and they come with the stig-ma of a sting,” Clark said. “Given Wisconsin’s statis-tics, OWIs and death result-ing from OWIs, coupled with the number of OWIs we have here in the village and how grossly intoxicated people (often) are, I think it’s extremely effective.”If that means other arrests, he said, so be it.De Forest Police Depart-ment Lt. Dan Furseth, who originated the DeForest patrols and is leading the program, said the intent of each “impaired driving task force” is to be a deterrent and a bit of a show, with signs alerting people and officers visibly patrolling high-traffic areas.There will be signs announcing the patrols here. But the flashing lights from police cars will probably be harder to miss. Clark said officers will split the rough-ly 40 miles of village roads into zones and patrol small areas back and forth.“They’ll be taking all the collector streets, the far-reaching streets, just because of numbers,” Clark said. Officers from the other  jurisdictions will hit the road at 8 p.m. after a brief-ing on the focus areas, then will return at 1 a.m. to deliver reports detail-ing why each vehicle was stopped, both for internal records and to justify the state grant that is funding this effort.Other agencies par-ticipating in the patrol are: DeForest, Stough-ton, Town of Madison, City of Madison, Verona, Sun Prairie, Shorewood Hills, Cottage Grove, Maple Bluff, McFarland, and assistance from UW-Madison Police, Capitol Police,and the Wisconsin State Patrol.
 Task force will patrol Oregon Saturday
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 Arbor Day celebration
Brooklyn Elementary School fourth-graders helped to celebrate Arbor Day on April 25 by planting a pair of trees at Smithfield Park.
Submitted photo 

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