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Thursday, March 3, 2016

Votee Tuesday, April 5

Oregon Police Department

Veteran cop
dismissed
Jacob Bielanski and
Scott Girard
Unified Newspaper Group
Photo by Scott Girard

After the existing garage is torn down, the lot at 523 Janesville Street in Oregon (near the intersection with Kierstead Lane and Oak Street)
will be the site of the Habitat for Humanity of Dane County’s 12th home in the Oregon/Brooklyn area.

Making Room

Fundraising effort kicks off Janesville Street Habitat project
Samantha Christian
Unified Newspaper Group

A year from now, the dilapidated garage at 523 Janesville
St. will be replaced with a brand
new home – built by volunteers
for someone they haven’t met
yet.
That’s the idea behind Habitat
for Humanity of Dane County’s
12th house build in the Oregon/
Brooklyn area this summer. The
tentative construction schedule is for demolition in May,
site work in June and volunteer
involvement in July.
Habitat construction manager
Adam Helt-Baldwin said the
house should be completed in
time for the family to move in by
February 2017.
The village’s new neighbors will be Elvira Rodriguez,
along with her 16-year-old son,
12-year-old daughter and infant
daughter. The family currently
lives in Monona, and Rodriguez
said she is excited to move to
Oregon and take on the responsibility of owning a home.

“I came from Mexico at the
age of 7 years old. My life was
good because I had a house
where I could run and have a pet.
It was the best time of my life,”
she wrote in a letter to Habitat
for Humanity. “I would love for
my kids to have the same feeling I had when I was little and
before they get too old.”
Helping to make the family’s
dream come true through fundraising and building efforts are
Habitat staff and local volunteers. Nearly 15 people attended
the Oregon-Brooklyn steering
committee meeting Feb. 16,
organized by co-chairs Bernie
Treichel and Marge Van Calligan.
The group discussed the blueprints, construction timeline
and volunteer and fundraising
opportunities with Habitat staff.
This home is expected to be a
four-bedroom ranch with onePhoto submitted
car attached garage. The cost
of an average Habitat property, Elvira Rodriguez and her 12-year-old and newborn
including the land, is roughly daughters and 16-year-old son are looking forward to
calling Oregon “home.” Their house will be built on

Turn to Habitat/Page 2 Janesville Street later this year.

A 20-year veteran of the
Oregon Police Department
will leave the force this
April after what the police
chief called a “long term
disciplinary history” under
the department’s last three
leaders.
John Pierce will leave
the department April 9,
according to an agreement
signed last Thursday and
approved during a special meeting of the Village Board on Monday.
The agreement pays out
the remainder of Pierce’s
unused holiday pay, at his
final rate of $29.21 per

hour, and pays him his salary until his final separation date.
Police chief Brian Uhl
was vague about Pierce’s
status in an email conversation with the Observer on Tuesday, but his
answers suggest he will no
longer be on active duty.
He had been on administrative leave already.
According to a reference letter that will be
on file for the officer,
Pierce served as a patrol
officer, sergeant, field
training officer, school
resource officer, Explorer
adviser, and court officer
during his time with the

Turn to Pierce/Page 9

Village of Oregon

Board appraising
Oregon Bowl, others
to buy a bowling alley on
Spring Street across the
street from Village Hall.
The board opted last
Monday to hire Laurie
Maldonis, an employee
Bill Livick
with L.A. Duesterbeck
Unified Newspaper Group
and Associates in Janesville, to appraise property
The Village Board last owned by Jack Henriksen.
week took another step
Turn to Bowl/Page 9
toward making an offer

Properties could
be key for civic
campus

Village of Oregon

Projects could dramatically alter downtown
in downtown Oregon, a project
that could involve relocating the
library, senior center and Village
Hall.
Village administrator Mike
Bill Livick
Gracz and other officials have
Unified Newspaper Group
been working with village planFor the past couple of years, ner Mike Slavney, who’s reached
v i l l a g e o f f i c i a l s h a v e d i s - out to key downtown stakeholders
cussed creating a civic campus in conversations leading to a civic

Developers seek
financial assistance

campus workshop that’s planned
for April 25.
But the downtown planning
landscape has been altered by
a proposal from local developers Jeff Groenier and Mark
Mortensen, who last week
unveiled a plan to buy five parcels on the west side of Jefferson Street between the municipal

parking lot and the railroad tracks.
Part of the proposal would
involve leasing or selling parking and space in the building to
the village as a new home for
the Oregon Area Senior Center,
public library or municipal office
space. But they told the Village

Turn to Downtown/Page 12

If you go
What: Civic Campus Plan
workshop
When: 5 p.m. Monday, April 25
Where: Village Hall, 117 Spring
St.
Info: 835-3118

Observer takes 9 WNA awards, including 2 first place
Jim Ferolie
Observer editor

The Oregon Observer won more
than half the 16 editorial awards produced by Unified Newspaper Group
last week at the Wisconsin Newspaper Association annual convention,
including two for first place.
The nine awards include three for
photography and range from headlines and sports to ongoing coverage
of the police department and education. All nine members of the Unified

Newspaper Group
possible civic campus
editorial staff – which
and Samantha Chriscollaborates on its four
tian offering an unusuweekly and monthly
al perspective of Sumnewspapers and a quarmer Fest from the top
terly regional magaof a Ferris wheel.
zine – won at least one
The Observer’s
WNA award this year.
photography was a
Christian
The Observer won Livick
strength last year, with
sports editor Jeremy
the highly competitive enterprise/interJones winning second
pretive reporting and feature photo place for his football photo of Josh
categories, with Bill Livick’s look Sromovsky preventing an interception
into the village’s early planning for a
Turn to WNA/Page 2

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WNA: Observer changes circulation category
Continued from page 1

Habitat for Humanity construction manager Adam Helt-Baldwin and volunteer manager Erin Rieser
speak with the Oregon-Brooklyn Habitat satellite committee during a planning meeting Feb. 16. The
next house will be built along Janesville Street in Oregon later this year.

Habitat: Construction scheduled for summer
Continued from page 1
$140,000.
With the money left over from past
builds and donations collected from the
start of the year, the committee already
has over $16,000 to put toward this
house. The committee is seeking grants
and other fundraising opportunities with
local businesses, churches and other
community organizations to support
Habitat’s efforts. Rodriguez will also
invest sweat equity into the project, per
Habitat’s guidelines.
While most builds begin in spring and
are completed by the end of the year, this
project may have a later start date. The
existing garage must first be razed, and

How to help
To make a donation, visit:
habitatdane.org/Oregon
a panel build for the frame of the house
has yet to be scheduled. The group is
waiting to find out if Alliant Energy will
donate $15,000 to sponsor a panel build,
which would kick off the construction
efforts.
To volunteer or donate, call Habitat
volunteer manager Erin Rieser at 2551549 ext. 104, or email the committee
co-chairs at vancalli@firstweber.com or
jbtreichel@charter.net.

Girard named WNA
‘Future Headliner’
Oregon Observer reporter and photographer Scott Girard was named one
of five 2016 “Future Headliners” by the
Wisconsin Newspaper Association.
The award recognizes “rising stars”
around Wisconsin under the age of 30
for their emerging leadership in the journalism industry. Editor Jim Ferolie nomGirard
inated Girard for the award.
Girard, 24, joined Unified Newspaper Group in September 2013 after graduating from the
University of Wisconsin-Madison that spring. Since
then, he has covered the Verona Area School District,
while also writing features and covering business in
each of UNG’s communities.
The award-winners will participate in networking and
educational opportunities with WNA over the next two
years.
Girard also won a first-place award last year for his
feature, “Love in Limbo,” in a June 2014 Observer.

At a glance
First place

Enterprise/interpretive reporting: “Planning the future,”
Bill Livick
Feature photo: Summer Fest, Samantha Christian

Second Place

Sports photo: Panthers football, Jeremy Jones

Third Place

All-around photography: Staff
Reporting on local education: Scott De Laruelle
Headlines: Staff
Sports News: “Wrestling with numbers,” Anthony Iozzo

Honorable Mention

Feature: “About a Boy,” Jacob Bielanski (Your Family)
Ongoing coverage: Police department turmoil, Bill Livick

“This was well-written,”
the judge wrote. “The
accompanying graphics and
photos were well done and
complemented it perfectly.”
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Summer Fest photo got the
judges’ attention for being
“not your typical photo” of
a fair ride.
“I like that you can still
see (from atop the ride) a
glimpse of the fair itself,”
the judge wrote. “Nice
work!”
The WNA recognizes
winners in six categories –
daily and weekly newspapers of three sizes each – in
its statewide competition.
The Observer was competing in the middle category
of weeklies, E, with circulations of 2,000-3,500,
along with its sibling publications, the Press and the
Hub. Last year, the Observer won six awards in the F
category, for papers under
2,000 circulation. It won
five awards in Category E
each of the previous two
years.
Another UNG publication, the monthly Fitchburg
Star, is not eligible because
it has free circulation.
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and the staff taking third
place for all-around photography.
The same staff swept the
all-around photography
category, with the Verona
Press taking first and the
Stoughton Courier Hub finishing second.
Scott De Laruelle continued the Observer’s strong
tradition of reporting on
local education, taking third
place this year. He finished
second last year with the
Observer. This year’s coverage focused on a video
game class at Oregon High
School, a controversy over
a coach’s motivational
methods and the debate
over the Common Core
standards and how that is
changing education locally.
Also getting third place
were the Observer’s headlines, including “Cheese
Whiz,” about village
trustee and cheese expert
Jeanne Carpenter, and
Anthony Iozzo’s sports
news story examining
participation in the high
school and youth wrestling
programs.
The Observer earned
honorable mention for Bill
Livick’s ongoing coverage of the Oregon Police
Department’s turmoil that
followed the leave, retirement, federal charges and
eventual death of former
police chief Doug Pettit. UNG’s quarterly Your
Family magazine, which is
delivered in the Observer,
also won honorable mention for a feature story by
Jacob Bielanski about a
transgender teen.
Livick’s enterprise story
took a broad look at why
village officials are thinking of consolidating their
resources as they plan for
Oregon’s growth for the
next 50-80 years.

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March 3, 2016

Commission
reviews assisted
living complexes
Two public hearings
on Thursday agenda
Scott Girard
Unified Newspaper Group

A new senior apartment
complex that is requesting
financial assistance from the
village will go before the
Village of Oregon Planning
Commission on Thursday.
The meeting will also
include public hearings on
the first phase of a separate
proposed assisted living
complex and changes from
high-density housing to
single-family housing in the
Bergamont.
The meeting is set for
6:30 p.m. at Village Hall.

Senior housing
Commissioners will hold
a “conceptual discussion”
with the developers proposing a new “affordable”
senior apartment complex
at the site of the former
Methodist church on North
Main Street.
The idea was brought forward at the Village Board’s
Feb. 22 meeting, and developers are requesting $1 million in financial assistance
from the village.
The Sanctuary at Oregon
project would create 106
units at 249 N. Main St.,
and offer meals and assisted-living services at the
facility.
The three- and four-story
wood-frame building would
include 70 one-bedroom
units and 36 efficiencystyle units. Other proposed
amenities include a club
room, fitness room, spa,
theater and creative arts studio.
The three-story portion
of the building would be
38 feet high, with the fourstory wing at 49 feet. Each
would require a variance
from the current limit of 35
feet.

Assisted living
The commission will also
hold a public hearing on
another assisted-living proposal.
Beehive Homes has proposed a three-building
assisted-living and memory-care facility at the corners of Jefferson Street and
Bergamont Boulevard.
The public hearing will
focus on the general development plan for the three
buildings, and the commission is expected to give
a recommendation to the

Village Board. The proposal was first brought to the
commission in December.
A GDP is the second
stage of a three-step process
called a planned development district, which allows
for deviations in standard
zoning in exchange for
additional oversight.
The buildings would be
constructed in three phases, with developers hoping to begin the first phase
this year. That would bring
a 16-unit assisted-living
facility.
The second phase,
expected in 2018, would be
a similarly sized building.
Phase three, expected to be
completed by 2020, would
be a memory care facility of
an undetermined size.
Commissioners are
expected to give a recommendation to the Village Board on the specific
implementation plan for
Phase 1 of the project after
the public hearing.

Bergamont hearing
Developers in the Bergamont neighborhood have
proposed changing an area
originally planned for highdensity housing to ranchstyle homes for “empty
nesters.”
The proposal would bring
the original 101 units down
to just 26 lots.
At the January commission meeting where commissioners approved the
project’s certified survey
map change, Craig Raddatz
said Fiduciary Real Estate
viewed the new proposal as
more likely to attract interested buyers.
“It really is the largest
growing across the country
type of product in masterplanned communities,” he
said of the homes aimed at
families with children who
have moved out.
The homes would have
1,550 to 2,100 square feet
of livable space on the
first floor, with the option
to have a finished basement and increase that to
2,500 to 3,600 square feet.
Lots would be 55 feet wide
by 115 feet or more deep,
according to documents
submitted to the commission.
In January, commissioners questioned some
elements of the proposal,
including changing a path
that had been proposed to
connect to the future Interlachen Avenue, but recommended approval anyway.

Chocolate Caper owners
seek license to sell wine
Village would have to
amend ordinance
Bill Livick
Unified Newspaper Group

The owners of the Chocolate Caper
want a license to sell wine for off-site
consumption and are looking for the
village to make an exception to its
ordinances.
At last week’s Village Board meeting, Dan Donoghue, who owns and
operates The Chocolate Caper with his
wife, Elisabeth, told officials the couple wants to sell wine to pair with their
handmade chocolates.
A village code, however, does not
allow a business that is within 1,056
feet of another Class A license holder
to acquire the same license. A Class A
license allows a business to sell beer,
wine or in some cases hard cider for

off-premise use.
A Kwik Trip store on North Main
Street is less than 300 feet from The
Chocolate Caper, Donoghue said. He
asked the board if there’s a way to
amend the rules to approve his application.
Village attorney Matt Dregne said
there are a few approaches the board
could take if it wants to meet the
Donoghues’ request, including a possible change in the ordinance.
He explained that a few years ago,
the board spent almost a year revising the village’s liquor license ordinance. He said the board adopted a rule
requiring a quarter-mile of separation
between businesses selling liquor for
retail take-out to prevent a concentration of liquor stores in too small an
area.
“We had about a 10-page list of
issues to address,” Dregne said. “One
was to limit the number of Class A
licenses, which allows sales of alcohol

45 ‘hazard’ trees
likely removed soon
Scott Girard
Unified Newspaper Group

The Village of Oregon
could soon begin removing 45 ash trees designated
“hazardous,” including
many in the Prairie Mound
Cemetery.
An inventory of the
village’s ash trees, conducted by Arbor Systems
in response to a spreading
ash tree-killing beetle confirmed in Oregon late last
year, found more than 200
total ash trees village-wide,
including 45 designated as
hazardous.
Arbor Systems owner
Jeff Olson presented the
results of the inventory to
the village’s public works
committee Monday. Committee members recommended the Village Board
vote next Monday to allow
the public works department to begin removing the
most hazardous trees.
“They are a threat,”
Olson said. “They’re in

for off-premises consumption.”
Donoghue explained that customers often buy gifts at his shop, and he
would like to pair wines with his chocolates so that people won’t have to stop
elsewhere to purchase a bottle of wine
to go with the chocolate.
He said he would sell full-sized bottles and would not offer samples in the
store.
Trustee Jeff Boudreau said he would
like to find a way to allow the Chocolate Caper and similar businesses to
sell beer or wine, yet still “honor the
spirit of the ordinance.”
To accomplish that goal, Dregne
said, the board would probably have to
amend the ordinance.
After some discussion, the board
directed village staff to work with
Dregne and bring back some options
for trustees to consider. Village administrator Mike Gracz said he expects to
present the board with options at its
next meeting on March 7.

Banquet hall gets permit

Inventory shows 205
village ash trees
really bad shape.”
Of the 45 trees that
received a “one” or “two”
grade on the five-point
scale Arbor Systems used
to designate a tree’s health,
17 are in the cemetery.
The committee did not
recommend what to do
with the other 155 ash trees,
preferring to gather public input on a decision that
could dramatically change
the landscaping on villageowned property.
The village will have
to decide which ones to
treat and which ones to cut
down. Treatments require
a new injection every two
years and cost about $10
per diameter inch, Olson
said.
But a major change in the
tree landscape, some committee members said, could
upset some in the village.
“We should at least educate the public before we
go out there with chainsaws
and start cutting,” committee member and trustee Jeff
Boudreau said.
The Village Board will
meet at 5 p.m. Monday,
March 7, at Village Hall.

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The Village Board last
week approved the use of an
existing building for use as
a banquet hall.
The board granted a conditional use permit to Crystal Zuniga, who plans to
open a banquet facility at
155 Braun Road.
Zuniga has worked
with village officials since
November to get her plans
for Celebrations Banquet
Hall approved. She intends
to open her banquet business in a building that will
be shared with the Madison 56ers Soccer Club. The
Planning Commission held
public hearings on Zuniga’s
request Dec. 3 and Feb. 4.
The commission unanimously recommended the
Village Board approve
Zuniga’s CUP application.
Last week, Zuniga told the
board she hopes to open the
facility with a capacity for
about 250 guests. She said
food for receptions would
be brought in, not cooked
on site, and that events

would be limited to a maximum of eight hours.
The board approved two
amendments to Zuniga’s
CUP application before
approving it unanimously.
The first amendment limits
the facility to a maximum
of 250 people; the second
requires Zuniga to contact
the Oregon Police Department if she anticipates having more than 150 people at
an event so the department
can have more officers on
duty.
Zuniga also plans to apply
for a liquor license to sell
beer or wine at events held
in the facility. On Tuesday,
she told the Observer she
hopes to be open by April
1, but the opening is dependent on receiving a liquor
license.
Zuniga previously
worked in Oregon as manager at Hack’s Sports Page,
which burned down last
year, and a Kwik Trip store.
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Letters to the editor

Vote Root for town supervisor
Steve Root brings an outstanding
combination of dedication, experience, skills and listening ability to
his candidacy for re-election to the
Town of Oregon Board of Supervisors.
Steve and Penny, his wife of 51
years, have lived in the town for 40
years and raised three children here.
He received an Honorable Discharge from the US Army. In our
community, Steve has been a Boy
Scout Leader for 10 years including
two trips to Philmont High Adventure Camp.
His dedication to the Town of
Oregon is clear. Over the past 29
years he attended 85 percent of
Town Board meetings. That he
has decided to run for re-election
to continue his service to the town
via the board is further demonstration of his dedication to making our
community better.
Steve has extensive leadership
experience in town government.
He has served as chair of our parks
committee for 29 years. He also
served as chair of the hiring committee when new road crew has to
be selected where he put in place
policies to assure that the best possible candidates for appointed
positions are selected. He not only
knows how things work – he knows

how to make things happen.
His skills are demonstrated by
his effective work for our parks.
Not only has he led the development of excellent town parks, he
has minimized our costs by obtaining outside funding and by involving Boy Scout Eagle projects. More
recently has served as liaison with
Dane County and with the “Friends
of Anderson County Park” to guide
the development of this new county
park.
Steve combines a proven track
record with a vision for the town
that will continue to improve it as
excellent place to live. He is committed to being an attentive listener
to the concerns of all our citizens.
He will continue to maintain the
excellent and productive functioning of the board as our representatives.
While Steve Root does deserve
our support, that’s not the point of
this letter. The point is that we, as
citizens of the Town of Oregon,
deserve to have a board member of
his extraordinary qualities. We can
do no better than to vote for him on
April 5. Please do!
Pen and John Beasley, Town of
Oregon

Corrections
A story on a candidate forum in last week’s Observer reported that
School Board candidate Krista Flanagan has lived in Oregon for 14 years.
In fact, she has lived here 17 years.
The story also reported incorrectly that Flanagan has been working
with a group of parents to get a community service requirement for high
school graduation. Instead, she has been working with a group of parents
to address basic needs barriers for kids, and with a separate group to assist
high school students in completing their new community service graduation requirement. There is a community service graduation requirement
already in place at Oregon High School.
Also, an article about Brooklyn artist Steve Wagner said his art
show open house in Evansville was Saturday, Feb. 26. The correct
date was Friday, Feb. 26.
We regret the errors.

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Dogs are our world’s
true superheroes
S

uperheroes have been
popular in American culture
for decades, in the form of
comic books, blockbuster movies
and TV shows. Many go masked
or otherwise
secretly assume
the role as
savior of the
human race as
needed, taking
care not to
reveal their true
identity.
This makes
Antolec
me think many
Americans long
for the influence of a superhero in
their lives. If superpowers are what
constitute a superhero, then I am
happy to announce they do indeed
exist. Actually, many of us live with
them on a daily basis.
Meet canis lupus familiaris – the
family dog. As evidence of their
super-powers, I shall reveal them
one-by-one.
Let’s start with vision.
Although they lack the precision of 20-20 sight, they see better
in low light conditions and detect
motion 10-20 times better than
humans. Their peripheral vision is
an astounding 270 degrees, compared to a human range of 180
degrees. That means they can see
things beyond our field of view and
respond to them as quickly as The
Flash.
Most folks know that dogs see
two primary colors, compared to
human ability to see three primary
colors. But lesser known is that they
can see in the ultraviolet spectrum.
Yes, pretty much like Superman
and his X-ray vision.
Dogs also sense variations in the
magnetic field, recognize familiar, friendly faces (resulting in the

release of feel-good hormones) and
can tell the difference between a
friendly facial expression and an
angry face.
Another big one is hearing. A
healthy young human can hear
frequencies ranging from 12 Hz
to 20 kHz (except for teens, who
seem utterly incapable of registering human words at critical times).
Dogs, on the other paw, hear frequencies of 40 Hz to 60 kHz, and
up to four times as far as humans.
They hear things that we cannot.
This means we really don’t have
to shout instructions at our dogs. If
they do not respond to our words,
it is very likely due to lacking English as a native language, or other
human languages for that matter.
Dogs learn hand signals far more
readily than our words.
If this is not amazing enough,
the canine sense of smell is utterly
fantastic. Their olfactory cortex is
40 times bigger than it is in humans,
and up to 100 million times more
sensitive. To put this in context, if
you walk into a bakery, you will
smell freshly baked bread. Your
dog, meanwhile, could smell the
individual ingredients from a city
block away and would know that
you had visited the bakery on your
way home.
The amazing sense of smell goes
beyond its sensitivity, however.
They can virtually taste odors and
process them with far more versatility than we can.
Dogs can move the tips of their
noses and smell individually with
each nostril, channeling scent
through the vomeronasal organ in
the soft palate directly to the olfactory process in the brain. They can
determine the path of an animal, for
instance, based on which direction
the scent is strongest.

Researchers around the world
have learned that dogs can smell
testicular cancer and two ovarian
cancers in humans, with greater
accuracy than modern medical tests.
They also detect changes in human
chemistry that occur prior to the
onset of a diabetic emergency or
epileptic seizure.
Dogs can also detect chemical
compounds in narcotics and explosives, and may be trained to alert us
to their presence.
In short, a dog’s super sense of
smell might just save your life one
day.
Dogs have other superpowers as
well. People who live with dogs
tend to live longer and healthier, get
more exercise, have better social
support networks – and then there
is the role of therapy dogs. Being
around dogs can provide benefits
such as reducing stress in heart
surgery patients, reducing heart rate
and blood pressure and boosting the
immune system.
Simply gazing into a familiar
dog’s eyes or stroking them produces the mutual effect in dogs and
humans alike, including release of
oxytocin – the love hormone that
helps a mother immediately bond
with her newly born infant.
Yes, indeed, friends. Superheroes
are real, and they have been making
human existence better for 32,000
years.
Daniel H. Antolec, CPT-A,
CPDT-KA is the owner of Happy
Buddha Dog Training and a member of Pet Professional Guild,
Force-Free Trainers of Wisconsin,
the Association of Professional
Dog Trainers, a board member of
Dogs on Call, Inc. and chair of Pet
Professional Guild Advocacy Committee.

Elect Krista Flanagan for Oregon School Board
We are supporting Krista Flanagan in her candidacy
for the Oregon School Board. We have worked with
Krista in a variety of capacities, including advocacy
related groups for the schools as well as in social and
community relations. She is a passionate advocate of
public education and equal opportunity for all students.
Krista is an active listener and diligent about doing
her homework on the issues facing our district. She is
dedicated, level-headed and works well with a wide
variety of people. She sees the bigger picture, yet is
detail-oriented with a strong dose of common sense.
One of the things we admire about Krista is the enormous energy she brings to school issues. She is passionate about meeting basic needs of kids in the community
in order to allow each child their best chance to learn.
School administrators have gotten used to seeing her
turn up regularly in various volunteer capacities. She is

a volunteer at Netherwood Knoll Elementary School, a
tutor at Oregon Middle School for Schools of Hope and
a leader of the newly formed “Friends of Oregon School
District,” which shows her leadership in our schools.
In her campaign, Krista has worked hard to gather
input from parents, teachers and other citizens. She has
met individually with staff to ask questions and hear
their suggestions. This shows that she will be open to
input from a wide array of sources if she is elected. As
a parent with children in the district herself, we know
that Krista will be sensitive to the concerns of parents as
well. We hope you’ll join us in giving Krista your vote
for school board representation on Election Day.
Tim and Christine Erickson and Mike and Karin
Victorson,
Village of Oregon

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MAGGIE MAE

White rabbit

& Heartland Country Band

The Oregon High School drama
club put on a performance of
“Harvey” last weekend. The
story follows a man, Elwood P.
Dowd (Ryan McKirdy), and his
sister, Veta Louise Simmons
(Erica Meier), as they handle the
fallout from Dowd’s insistence
that his best friend is a humansized rabbit named Harvey.
Simmons tries to commit Dowd
to a mental hospital, but a comedy of errors ensues.

Benefit Concert

For the Brooklyn Area Veterans Memorial

MARCH 5, 2016
AT 1:00PM

Oregon High School
Performing Arts Center

Top left, Veta Louise Simmonrs
(Erica Meier), left, and daughter
Myrtle Mae (Mya Lebakken),
right, try to convince Mrs. Ethel
Chauvenet (Kathryn Nelson) to
stay after Dowd tells her about
Harvey.

Tickets: Lower $25, Upper $20, Door $30
Call: 608-617-0500, 608-516-5401, or 608-455-5049

Bottom left, Lyman Sanderson,
M.C. (Sam Miess), right, talks
with Ruth Kelly, R.N. (Jordyn
TeBeest) and Elwood P. Dowd
(Ryan McKirdy), left. Dowd
repeatedly tries to introduce
Sanderson to his human-sized
rabbit best friend Harvey, but
Sanderson keeps cutting him
off while explaining why Dowd’s
sister must be committed at the
sanitarium.

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For more information,
contact Lyle 608-516-5401

Fish Fry Fundraiser
Friday March 11
From 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

Photos by Scott Girard

St. John’s Lutheran Church
625 E. Netherwood St.,Oregon, WI
Single serving 10 oz. of baked or fried cod
Additional 5 oz. pieces for $2 each
Alternative meal available for kids

Craft
Show
MarCh 5, 2016
9 a.M. - 3 p.M.
First Presbyterian
Church
408 N. Bergamont Blvd.
Oregon, WI

To Go Orders are Welcome!
The funds raised will benefit
the Guatemala Missions.
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Adults: $11
Kids Under 10: $5
Kids Under 4: Free

Rotary Club to host cheese, wine tasting
The Oregon Rotary Club is gearing up
for its largest annual fundraiser Saturday,
when its cheese and wine tasting event
takes place at the Gorman building in
What: Seventh Annual Oregon Rotary
downtown Oregon.
Club Cheese and Wine Tasting
Organizer Jeanne Carpenter said the
When: 6-8 p.m. Saturday, March 5
Rotary will have 10 Wisconsin artisan
Where: Red Brick Gym, Gorman Building,
cheeses to taste, along with 10 wines from
200
N. Main St.
around the world.
Cost: $25; purchase from a Rotarian, at
“We have some amazing pairings lined
up this year due to the generosity of our the door or online
sponsors, Oregon Community Bank and
Info: wicheesefest.com/store/rotary-wineM3 Insurance,” Carpenter said.
cheese-tasting
The event includes a silent auction that
will include a Masterbuilt Elite Smoker
from Bill’s Foods, several gift baskets
from numerous businesses and cheese and “service above self.” All proceeds from
classes from Wisconsin Cheese Originals. the event will go to the Rotary, which has
Ten Rotarians will act as ambassadors, supported community projects since 1944.
helping the club spread its message of
– Bill Livick

If you go

This program is free and
open to the public. If you
need accommodations,
please contact the location.

Oregon Senior Center
March 11, 6:30 p.m.
Based on the Leprechaun
stories as told by
William Butler Years and
Thomas Crofton Croker.

Supported by Beyond the Page Endowment of the Dane County Libraries
and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

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The Verona Public Library
March 8, 6:30 p.m.

MARCH SCIENCE MADNESS!!!

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ALL
EARS

SCIENCE FAIR 2016
Saturday, March 12
1:00-4:00pm

Prairie View Elementary
300 Soden Dr., Oregon, WI

Bring the whole family!!! Fun and fascinating things to do, including:

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we always want to hear.

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Practice your mad scientist laugh with the Mad Science demonstrators
Get messy with UW-Madison Food Science
Check out creepy crawlies with the UW-Insect Ambassadors
Find out how American Transmission Company is helping to keep the lights on
Talk to elementary scientists and learn about their discoveries
Learn about and experiment with levers
Learn about backyard beekeeping with BeePods
Perform DNA extraction and much much more!

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Reduce your family’s cabin fever!!
Come and explore the wonderfully creative student projects!
You don’t need to have your own project to have fun!

Questions?
Comments?
Story Ideas?
Let us know how
we’re doing.

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Churches

Coming up
a.m. to noon, as well as participate in
crafts and activities. Cake will also be
Still undecided about who to vote for provided. For information, call 835in the April Primary? Join the Oregon 3656.
Area Progressives for their March
open mic to ask questions of campaign Veterans benefit concert
representatives for Hillary Clinton and
The veterans of Oregon and Brooklyn
Bernie Sanders from 6-8 p.m. Friday, will present a benefit concert for the
March 4 at the Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 Brooklyn Area Veterans Memorial
N. Main St. Food and beverages will featuring Maggie Mae and the Heartland
available for purchase. For information, Country Band at 1 p.m. Saturday, March
call 835-6238.
5, at the Oregon High School Performing
Arts Center, 456 N. Perry Pkwy.
Tin Pan Alley
Tickets are $25 for lower seating,
Four Seasons Theatre, with the help $20 for upper or $30 at the door. For
of local singers, will present a musical information or to purchase tickets, call
performance of “The Poets of Tin Pan 617-0500 or contact the Brooklyn Vets
Alley” at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March at 516-5401 or 455-5049.
2 at the library.
Inspired by the work of Philip Furia, Youth survey summit
author of “The Poets of Tin Pan Alley:
Oregon is hosting a Dane County
A History of America’s Great Lyricists,” Youth Survey Summit on “Keeping Our
the performances will bring to life the Youth Alcohol and Drug Free” from 6-8
work of four leading lyricists of the era: p.m. Monday, March 7 at Rome Corners
Irving Berlin, Cole Porter, Lorenz Hart, Intermediate School, 1111 S. Perry
and Ira Gershwin. This program is free Pkwy.
and open to the public.
People are invited to hear from a
For information, call 835-3656.
panel of community leaders and join
in a discussion about how underage
Curious George party
alcohol and drug use impacts the Oregon
Celebrate the third anniversary community, and what steps people can
of the library’s 1,000 Books Before take to keep kids alcohol and drug free.
Kindergarten program with Curious
Panelists include Brian Koenig and
George from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Amy Miller with a Dane County Youth
March 5. Music from Eliza Tyksinski Survey update, Oregon Police Chief
will run from 10-10:30 a.m., and kids Brian Uhl, Oregon Municipal Judge
can meet Curious George from 10:30 Beth Cox, Oregon School District

Open mic

medical adviser Dr. Joanna Bisgrove
and Leslie Bergstrom and Candace
Weldensee with a district mental health/
AOD committee update.
For information, contact district
superintendent Brian Busler at bsb@
oregonsd.net or call 333-6169.

Swing band performance
The Retro Swing Band will perform at
the senior center at 1:45 p.m. Monday,
March 7.
An 18-piece ensemble comprised
of educators and musicians, the Retro
Swing Band has received acclaim for its
performances of nostalgic and big band
tunes, as well as newer arrangements
of music by Glenn Miller, Count Basie,
Woody Herman and others. The band is
directed by UW Whitewater Professor
Emeritus Frank Ferriano, who has
also provided the arrangements for 80
percent of its music. To register for this
program, call 835-5801.

Friends of Brooklyn Fire/EMS
The March meeting of the Friends of
the Brooklyn Fire/EMS will be held at
6:30 p.m. Wednesday, March 9 at the
Brooklyn Fire Station.
Plans to continue ways to assist
the departments with fundraising
and progress on grant writing will be
discussed, as well as an update on the
Rescue Kids class.
For information, contact Dave Hall at
davehall@tds.net.

Community calendar
Thursday, March 3

• 6-8 p.m., “Facebook for Business”
computer class (part two; registration required), Oregon High School
computer lab, 456 N. Perry Pkwy.,
835-3697
• 6:30-8 p.m., Free Living Trust workshop, Krause Donovan Estate Law
Partners, 116 Spring St., 268-5751

Friday, March 4

• 9 a.m., Nutrition Education:
“Challenges and Solutions,” senior
center, 835-5801
• 10 a.m., Mix It Up Storytime (ages
0-6), library, 835-3656
• 10:30 a.m., Great Beginnings Book
Club, senior center, 835-6268
• 6-8 p.m., Oregon Area
Progressives open mic, Firefly
Coffeehouse, 114 N. Main St., 8356238

Saturday, March 5

Church craft show, 408 N Bergamont
Blvd., 835-3082
• 10 a.m. to noon, Curious George
party, library, 835-3656
• 1 p.m., Maggie Mae and Heartland
Country Band benefit concert for
Brooklyn Area Veterans Memorial,
OHS PAC, 516-5401
• 6-8 p.m., Oregon Rotary annual
cheese and wine tasting, Gorman
Building, 200 N. Main St., oregonrotary.org

Monday, March 7

• 1:45 p.m., Retro Swing Band performance, senior center, 835-5801
• 6-8 p.m., Dane County Youth
Survey Summit, “Keeping Our Youth
Alcohol and Drug Free,” Rome
Corners Intermediate School, 1111
S. Perry Pkwy., 333-6169

Tuesday, March 8

• 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., First Presbyterian

• 10 a.m., Teetering Toddlers
Storytime (12-36 months), library,
835-3656

Community cable listings

Senior center

Village of Oregon Cable Access TV channels:
WOW #983 & ORE #984
Phone: 291-0148 • Email: oregoncableaccess@charter.net
Website: ocamedia.com • Facebook: ocamediawi
New programs daily at 1 p.m.
and repeats at 4, 7 and 10 p.m. and 1, 4, 7 and 10 a.m.

Thursday, March 3
WOW: Oregon Village
Board Special Meeting
(of Feb. 29)
ORE: BKE Orchestra
Concert (of March 1)
Friday, March 4
WOW: “Dan Sutter”
Leap Day Music @
Oregon Senior Center (of
Feb. 29)
ORE: Girls Varsity
Icebergs Hockey vs.
Capitol City (of Feb. 11)
Saturday, March 5
WOW: “Poets of
Tin Pan Alley” Library
Program (of March 2)
ORE: BKE Sing (of Feb.
4)

Monday, March 7
WOW: 6:00 pm—
LIVE—Oregon Village
Board Meeting
ORE:
Meet
the
Candidates (OCA Studio
Production)
Tuesday, March 8
WOW:
Nutrition
Education: Challenges &
Solutions (of March 1)
ORE: Lou Kindschi
Interview - OHS Educator
of the Year
Wednesday, March 9
WOW: “Maggie Mae”
Music @ OHS PAC (of
March 1)
ORE: “Peter Pan”
Musical NKE 3rd & 4th
Grade (of March 4)

Sunday, March 6
WOW: Community of Thursday, March 10
Life Church Service
WOW: Oregon Village
ORE: “Harvey” OHS Board Meeting (of March
Play Hilites (of Feb. 26)
7)
ORE: NKE Orchestra
Concert (of March 8)

• 11 a.m., Bouncing Babies
Storytime (0-12 months), library, 8353656
• 6-7:30 p.m., Create Oregon!:
Upcycle Jewelry (ages 12 to adult;
registration required), library, 8353656

Wednesday, March 9

• 10 a.m., Mix It Up Storytime (ages
0-6), library, 835-3656
• 10-11:30 a.m.., Free Living Trust
workshop, Krause Donovan Estate
Law Partners, 116 Spring St., 2685751
• 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Computer Class:
Getting to Know Windows 10 ($20),
senior center, 835-5801
• 6:30 p.m., Friends of the Brooklyn
Fire/EMS meeting, Brooklyn Fire
Station, davehall@tds.net

Monday, March 7
Swiss Burger on Bun
Onion Slice, Buttered Corn
Cole Slaw, Fruit Cup
VO: Veggie Burger
Tuesday, March 8
Turkey Roast w/ Gravy
Stuffing
Squash, V-8 Juice
Sliced Peaches
Chocolate Ice Cream
VO: Veggie Dog on Bun
Wednesday, March 9
Beef Stew
Pineapple Tidbits, Biscuit
Vanilla Pudding w/ Topping
VO: Vegetarian Casserole
Thursday, March 10
Meat Sauce over
Mostaccioli Pasta
Buttered Brussels Sprouts
Apricot Half
VO: Veggie Spaghetti Sauce
SO: Taco Salad
Friday, March 11
Potato Crusted Fish on Bun
Buttered Carrots, Pea Salad
Fresh Fruit
VO: Cheese Sub Sandwich

*Contains Pork

Thursday, March 10

• 6:30-8 p.m., Joy of Living meditation group, State Bank lower level,
744 N. Main St., 345-1597

Monday, March 7
AM— Diabetic Foot Care
9:00 CLUB, Wii Bowling
10:00 Dominoes
10:30 StrongWomen
1:00 Get Fit
1:30 Bridge
1:45 Retro Swing Band
4:00 Weight Loss Support
Tuesday, March 8
8:30 Zumba Gold
12:30 Sheepshead
12:30 Stoughton Shopping
5:30 StrongWomen
Wednesday, March 9
9:00 CLUB, Veterans’ Group
9:00 Cards with Katie
11 Getting to Know Windows 10
1:00 Euchre, Get Fit
2:00 Knit/Crochet Group
Thursday, March 10
AM—Chair Massage
8:30 Zumba Gold
9:00 Pool Players, COA
10:30 StrongWomen
12:30 Shopping at Bill’s
1:00 Cribbage, Diabetic Support
5:30 StrongWomen
Friday, March 11
9:00 Club
9:30 Blood Pressure
9:45 Gentle Yoga
11:00 Chair Yoga
1:00 Get Fit
6:30 Legends of the Leprechauns

ALL SAINTS LUTHERAN CHURCH
2951 Chapel Valley Rd., Fitchburg
(608) 276-7729
Pastor Rich Johnson
SUNDAY
8:30 a.m. classic service
10:45 a.m. new song service
BROOKLYN LUTHERAN CHURCH
101 Second Street, Brooklyn
(608) 455-3852
Pastor Rebecca Ninke
SUNDAY
9 a.m. Holy Communion
10 a.m. Fellowship
COMMUNITY OF LIFE LUTHERAN
CHURCH
PO Box 233, Oregon
(608) 286-3121, office@
communityoflife.us
Pastor Jim McCoid
SUNDAY
10 a.m. Worship at 1111 S. Perry
Parkway, Oregon
COMMUNITY UNITED METHODIST
CHURCH
201 Church Street, Brooklyn
(608) 455-3344
Pastor Aaron Alfred
SUNDAY
9:30 a.m. Worship
FAITH EVANGELICAL LUTHERAN
CHURCH
143 Washington Street, Oregon
(608) 835-3554
Pastor Karl Hermanson
SUNDAY - 9 a.m. Worship
Holy Communion 2nd & last Sundays
FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
408 N. Bergamont Blvd. (north of CC)
Oregon, WI  
(608) 835-3082 - fpcoregonwi.org
Pastor Bob Vetter
SUNDAY
10 a.m. Service
10:15 a.m. Sunday School
11 a.m. Fellowship
11:15 a.m.  Adult Education
Lenten Vesper Services Wednesday
evenings through March 23: 6 p.m.
Fellowship time, 6:15-6:45 p.m. vespers
worship service
FITCHBURG MEMORIAL UCC
5705 Lacy Road, Fitchburg
(608) 273-1008, www.memorialucc.org
Pastor: Phil Haslanger
Associate Pastor Twink Jan-McMahon
SUNDAY
8:15 and 10 a.m. Worship

GOOD SHEPHERD LUTHERAN
CHURCH ELCA
Central Campus: Raymond Road and
Whitney Way
SATURDAY - 5 p.m. Worship
SUNDAY - 8:15, 9:30 and 10:45 a.m.
Worship West Campus: Corner of Hwy.
PD and Nine Mound Road, Verona
SUNDAY - 9 & 10:15 a.m., 6 p.m.
Worship (608) 271-6633
HILLCREST BIBLE CHURCH
752 E. Netherwood, Oregon
Eric Vander Ploeg, Lead Pastor
(608) 835-7972, www.hbclife.com
SUNDAY
8:30 a.m. worship at Oregon High
School PAC and 10:15 a.m. worship
with Children’s ministries, birth - fourth
grade
HOLY MOTHER OF CONSOLATION
CATHOLIC CHURCH
651 N. Main Street, Oregon
Pastor: Fr. Gary Wankerl
(608) 835-5763
holymotherchurch.weconnect.com
SATURDAY: 5 p.m. Worship
SUNDAY: 8 and 10:15 a.m. Worship
PEOPLE’S UNITED METHODIST
CHURCH
103 North Alpine Parkway, Oregon
Pastor Jason Mahnke
(608) 835-3755, www.peoplesumc.org
Communion is the 1st & 3rd weekend
SATURDAY - 5 p.m. Worship
SUNDAY - 9 a.m. Worship and Sunday
school; 10:30 a.m. Worship
ST. JOHN’S LUTHERAN CHURCH
625 E. Netherwood, Oregon
Pastor Paul Markquart (Lead Pastor)
(608) 835-3154
SATURDAY - 5 p.m. Worship
SUNDAY - 8 and 10:30 a.m. Worship
9:15-10:15 a.m. Education Hour
VINEYARD COMMUNITY CHURCH
Oregon Community Bank & Trust, 105
S. Alpine Parkway, Oregon - Bob Groth,
Pastor
(608) 513-3435, welcometovineyard.
com
SUNDAY - 10 a.m. Worship
ZWINGLI UNITED CHURCH OF CHRIST
- Paoli
At the Intersection of Hwy. 69 & PB
Rev. Sara Thiessen
(608) 845-5641
SUNDAY 9:30 a.m. Family Worship

Support groups
• Alcoholics Anonymous
meeting, First
Presbyterian Church,
every Monday and
Friday at 7 p.m.
• Caregiver Support
Group, Oregon Area
Senior Center, third
Monday of each month
at 9 a.m.
• Diabetes Support
Group, Oregon Area
Senior Center, second
Thursday of each month
at 1:30 p.m.
• Parents Supporting
Parents, LakeView
Church, Stoughton, third
Tuesday of every month
from 6:30-8 p.m.

• Relationship & Divorce
Support Group, State
Bank of Cross Plains,
every other Monday at
6:30 p.m.
• Veterans’ Group,
Oregon Area Senior
Center, every second
Wednesday at 9 a.m.
• Weight-Loss Support
Group, Oregon Area
Senior Center, every
Monday at 3:30 p.m.
• Navigating Life Elder
Support Group, People’s
United Methodist
Church, 103 N. Alpine
Pkwy., every first
Monday at 7 p.m.

The Radical Nature of Faith
The story of Abraham is often told as an example of the
radical nature of faith. Abraham accepted on faith that his
wife Sarah would give birth to a child in her nineties, and then
after this actually happened, he accepted on faith that God
required him to sacrifice this very son, Isaac. God relented of
this demand after seeing Abraham’s willingness to do so, but
the philosopher Kierkegaard wondered what effect this whole
experience must have had on Abraham. Can we go through
such experiences and not be radically altered? Look at any
of the Old Testament prophets and you see how radical faith
can be. Isaiah went barefoot and naked for three years as a
prophetic gesture. Hosea married a harlot in order to show
how God was similarly yoked to the unfaithful people of Israel.
Jesus’s message must have been extremely radical in his
day, enough for it to get him executed. The early Christians
practiced their faith in secret because they too were in danger
of being executed for it. Faith can be comforting, but if all it
does is let you sleep well at night, then perhaps you aren’t
taking it far enough. As David Platt says in the book Radical,
“I could not help but think that somewhere along the way we
had missed what was radical about our faith and replaced it
with what is comfortable.” Consider whether you have made
an idol of comfort and have in the process watered down your
faith.
– Christopher Simon, Metro News Service
“Whoever wants to be my disciple must deny themselves
and take up their cross daily and follow me.”
—Luke 9:23 NIV

Jeremy Jones, sports editor

845-9559 x226 • ungsportseditor@wcinet.com

Anthony Iozzo, assistant sports editor
845-9559 x237 • sportsreporter@wcinet.com
Fax: 845-9550

Sports

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Football

Youth swimming

Tigersharks
total 11
medals at
state meet
John Dobrinsky
Special to the Observer

Photo by Jeremy Jones

Senior Trent Ricker signed his National Letter of Intent to play quarterback at Minnesota State University Moorhead on Feb. 3. Ricker led the Panthers to the D2 playoffs
twice during his two years as a starter, compiling a 13-8 record. He now hopes to help rebuild the Dragons’ football program.

From Panther to Dragon

Ricker signs with
Minnesota State
University Moorhead
Jeremy Jones
Sports editor

Oregon senior Trent Ricker’s attire
was noticeably absent of any Dragons when he signed his National
Letter of Intent to play quarterback
at Minnesota State University Moorhead on Feb. 3. That’s because Ricker was unsure of his future when he
visited the Moorhead campus in midJanuary. It was only a week prior to
National Signing Day that Ricker
finalized his decision.
“When I went up for my visit it
was still unclear. I didn’t have an
offer out there yet,” he said. “I didn’t
want to spend the money if I wasn’t
going to go there.”
The nearly eight-hour drive back to
Dane County gave the family plenty
of time to talk about Moorhead and
the opportunities it presented.
“We all agreed it was probably my
top school at the time,” Ricker said.
“My parents really loved it, there are
a ton of good people and opportunities there.”

Still he kept his options open and
reached out to Dubuque University through OHS assist coach Scott
Hookstead whose brother is a wide
receiver coach at the school.
A short while later the Ricker family took a visit to Dubuque where
they watched Trent’s older sister
Maranda play basketball at Clarke
University and then walked around
the Dubuque University campus.
“At that point it was between
Dubuque and Moorhead,” Ricker
said. “But when I was down at visiting at Dubuque the coach told me to
sign with Moorhead because I could
always transfer to a DIII school if
things didn’t work out.”
Playing time and when he might
get on the field also weighed heavily
into Ricker’s decision.
“Moorhead told me right away
that they were thin at the quarterback position and were planning to
bring in three guys this fall,” he said.
“Their two previous quarterbacks
suffered shoulder issues which led
to them having someone who was a
long snapper in high school taking
a couple of snaps at quarterback, I
believe.
“All the quarterbacks they sign are
going to come in and compete right
away.”

Still, Ricker’s journey to Moorhead was anything but stress-free
as the school had a couple of offers
out to other quarterbacks, leaving
the OHS senior waiting until Jan. 20
to find out if an offer would still be
available.
“The 20th rolled around and I
thought maybe I should text them
toward the end of the day,” Ricker
said. “I got a phone call around 8
o’clock from coach (Steve) Laqua
and he offered me a spot. It was two
weeks later that I called him back
and verbally committed.
“They offered a football scholarship as an athlete, but their intentions
are to bring me in as a quarterback,”
Ricker continued. “We did talk about
position changes and they mentioned
moving me to safety. I’ll do anything
to help the team out, but right now
I’m going in to work my butt off and
play quarterback.”
Though he wanted to play collegiately, which sport he chose to play
was a bit of a toss up, at least early
on in his recruitment.
“I went to a lot of football camps
and was able to walk around campus
a little bit,” he said. “During football
season I went to see a few more, but
there was a lot of campuses. I’d say
more than 15 – mainly at the DII

level with a couple of DIII schools.”
More of the NAIA and DIII
schools were interested in Ricker
for his other passion – lacrosse –
which led to collegiate offers at Saint
Ambrose University in Davenport
and Clarke University in Iowa.
And though he admitted it was
something he considered, once the
Oregon football season ended in the
D2 Level 2 game against Lake Geneva Badger he reconsidered.
“I knew that I was going to miss
not playing football. Lacrosse is fun
and all, but there is just a whole other
part to football. Being a new team
and in Wisconsin it was just a lot of
isolations where one guy could do
a lot. I knew that would change in
college, but I really liked that feeling of it taking a team to make the
dream work on the football field,”
he said. “I knew I was going to miss
that camaraderie way more. I knew I
needed to play football in college.”

Going to camps
While he wasn’t sure if going to a
camp to a three-day camp at North
Dakota State with 800 other potential recruits last summer was a good
idea, it’s how Ricker ended up on the

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Boys basketball

Panthers drop Reedsburg, get ready for regionals
Anthony Iozzo
Assistant sports editor

The Oregon High School boys basketball team closed the regular season Thursday against non-conference
Reedsburg in a Badger crossover and
went into the playoffs with a 68-47
win.
The host Panthers (15-7 overall)

jumped out to a 36-20 lead at halftime.
Senior Charlie Soule had a double-double with 26 points and 11
rebounds, while senior Ben Weiland
added 15 points. Senior Alex Duff
and junior Michael Landry chipped in
eight and six points, respectively.
Junior Luke Friede led Reedsburg
with 14 points.

Oregon travels to Monona Grove at
7 p.m. Friday for a WIAA Division 2
regional semifinal. The fifth-seeded
Panthers split with the fourth-seeded
Silver Eagles this season with the win
coming at home on Feb. 19.
The winner of that game most
likely travels to top-seeded Waunakee at 7 p.m. Saturday for the
D2 regional final.

If you go
What: WIAA Division 2 regional
semifinal: No. 5 Oregon against
No. 4 Monona Grove
When: 7 p.m. Friday
Where: Monona Grove High
School

The Oregon Tigersharks
youth swimming team participated in the 12 and under
Wisconsin State Championship Swim meet held at the
University of WisconsinMadison Natatorium.
The Tigersharks took home
11 medals and 22 ribbons and
ended up with 222 points as a
team to take 16th place, one
of the highest finishes at the
Wisconsin State Championship Swim Meet in the history
of the Oregon Community
Swim Club.
Oregon girls accounted
for 114 points while the boys
earned 108 points. Hunter
Dobrinsky, 10, and Izzy
Block, 10, finished with 81
and 77 points, respectively.
Dobrinsky and Block are
both fifth-graders at Oregon’s
Rome Corners Intermediate
School.
Dobrinsky, Block and
Rylee Duessler, 10, qualified in all 12 events offered
to 12-year old and younger
swimmers, but each could
only swim in six individual
events at state while also leading the Tigershark relay teams
across three days of competition.
They were joined on the
Oregon Tigershark 12 and
under state team by qualifiers: Hailey Sieren, 10 (50
back), Spencer Stluka, 10
(50, 100, 200, 500 free; 100
back, 100 IM), Rialey Anderson, 12 (100 and 500 free),
Grace Riedl, 11 (100 and 200
breast), Caroline Rusch, 12
(100 and 200 back) and David
Stevenson, 12 (50 breast and
50 free).

Dobrinsky, Block shine
On Friday evening, the Tigersharks had five swimmers
in the grueling 500 yard freestyle.
Block dropped 27.81

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seconds for a final time of 6:12.86 to
take sixth out of 20 for 10 and under
swimmers, earning a spot on the
podium.
In the 100 free, Block finished in
1:02.67 taking fourth place and a trip
to the podium. In a close race at the
finish, Block took fourth in the 100
IM in 1:13.04.
On Sunday, Block swam 28.37
seconds in the 50 free to earn a fifthplace finish and a spot on the podium.
In her final individual event,
Block took fifth in the 200 freestyle
in 2:19.65 to make the podium again.
Dobrinsky participated in the 100
and 200 yard freestyle, 100 yard
individual medley (IM), and the 50
and 100 yard backstroke, marking
personal best times in all events.
In the 100 back, Dobrinsky
dropped finished fourth in 1:11.07.
In the 100 free, he finished in 1:02.31
taking another fourth place, making
the podium in both events.
In the 100 IM, he dropped 1.22
seconds and took his third straight
fourth place and medal for the Tigersharks.
On Sunday, Dobrinsky took sixth
place to reach the podium in the 200
free finishing in 2:17.91. In his final
individual event at state, in an exciting and close three swimmer race to
the wall, Dobrinsky was out-touched
in the 50 backstroke, taking third in
32.12, earning his first USA National AAA age group standard cut time.

Izzy Block (left) and Hunter Dobrinsky
show off their 12 and under state
swimming medals.

500 free.
She also finished 15th in 1:16.19
to take a 15th place in the 100 back.
Duessler also earned ribbons by taking 16th in the 100 IM in 1:17.19
and earning a 15th in the 200 IM in
2:49.98.
On Sunday, Duessler took 18th in
the 200 Free, and in her final individual event, she made the podium by
taking eighth in the 50 back, finishing in a personal best 33.98.
Spencer Stluka earned 14 points.
He finished 10th in the 50 free in
29.91 and 13th in the 200 free in
2:30.64.
Many other Tigersharks had best
times in individual events, including: Rialey Anderson, 12: 22nd (500
free), 26th (200 free), 62nd (100
free); Grace Riedl, 11: 28th (200
breast), 48th (50 breast), 48th (100
breast); Caroline Rusch, 12: 82nd
(100 back), 98th (50 back), 50th
(200 back); Hailey Sieren, 10: 62nd
Other performances
(100 breast), 72nd (50 free), 75th (50
Duessler earned 17 points at the back); David Stevenson, 12: 22nd
state meet for the Tigersharks.
(50 free), 24th (50 breast), 30th (100
Duessler dropped 7.6 seconds for breast).
a time of 6:38.01 to get 16th in the
The 12 and under state team

Photos submitted

The state qualifiers for the Oregon Youth Swim Club (front, from left) are: Brady Lake, Aiden Swiggum, Mason Konopacki,
Conner Braatz, Josh Weber and Forest Garty; (second row) Ezra Wallace, Riley Fahey, Blake Pankratz, Bridget Tushoski,
Hailey Sieren and Elsa Lorson; (third row) Hunter Dobrinsky, Rialey Anderson, Jenna Dobrinsky, Zoe Rule, Halle Bush,
Mattea Thomason and Rylee Duessler; (fourth row) Quinn Schroeder, Caroline Rusch, Brooke White, Izzy Block, Grace
Riedl, Claudia Schwartz and Chloe Schwartz; (back) Spencer Stluka, David Stevenson, Ian Charles, Josh Lohmeier, Eli Rule
and Collin Braatz.

qualifiers were joined by other Tigersharks on relay teams including:
Bridget Tushoski, 10, Elsa Lorson,
10, Mason Konopacki, 10, Ezra
Wallace, 9, Claudia Schwartz, 11,
Brooke White, 12, Conner Braatz,
12, Riley Fahey, 12, Blake Pankratz,
12, Quinn Schroeder, 11, Aiden
Swiggum, 11, Josh Weber, 11,
Brady Lake, 7 and Forest Garty, 12.

While the short course season is
over and most Tigersharks will take
a break before preparing for the
spring season, a few Tigersharks
are preparing for the Dolphin 2016
Elite Showcase Classic Single Age
Swimming Championship being
held March 30-April 2 in Clearwater, Florida.
Hunter Dobrinsky, Block,

Duessler and Jenna Dobrinsky, 13,
have all qualified for the National
Age Group Swimming Association
Junior National meet.
The Oregon Tigersharks are led
by head coaches Billie Farrar and
Jim Lohmeier.
For more information please visit
the Oregon Community Swim Club
at OregonSwimClub.org.

Ricker: Plans on majoring in business administration at Moorhead
thing I know, I got an email
from them about two months
Moorhead coaching staff’s later. They came to school
three times to talk to me and I
radar.
“We weren’t sure how realized they were really intermany coaches were going to ested in me.”
be there or how many reps I
was going to get, but we took Playing for the Panthers
Ricker led Oregon to the D2
a shot and ended up loving it,”
playoffs twice during his two
Ricker said.
It so happened it was one years as a starter, compiling
of what he felt was his worse a 13-8 record over that time
drills – a shotgun bubble while helping the Panthers to
screen – where Ricker threw their first back-to-back winfor Moorhead coach Steve ning seasons since 2009-10.
He threw for more than
Laqua.
“I remember my dad say- 2,100 yards as the Panthers’
ing we don’t have to worry varsity quarterback.
“It was definitely cool to
about Moorhead on the drive
home,” Ricker said. “The next be part of helping turn the
Continued from page 7

program around here,” Ricker
said. “It definitely wasn’t a
one-man job and is something
that will hopefully be remembered for awhile. It’s hard to
put into perspective how the
class ahead of me and our
group of seniors turned the
program around.”
Leaving for Moorhead this
fall, Ricker hopes to be part
of another rebuilding effort
under center for the Dragons
in the Northern Sun Intercollegiate Conference.
“I kind of compare it to
Oregon. I think the senior
class that graduated last year
started out 1-10 and they
helped build it up to finish

6-5 last season and just miss
the playoffs,” Ricker said.
“They’ve definitely become a
growing program. Being part
of changing the program, you
can’t take all the credit for it,
but those seniors built a good
base and it’s something I want
to be part of again.”

Growing up with the game
Growing up the son of longtime youth football coach
Tony Ricker definitely helped
Trent love the game at an
early age, though he said what
sports he chose to play were
always his decision.
“I’m sure he had some
influence on me. We were

always watching football
gams when I was little. Ever
since I was in kindgergarten I
remember my dad helping out
with flag football and freshman football,” he said.
While he was concerned
how the father and son relationship would translate to
high school it ended up not
being an issue.
“My dad was on the varsity sideline a little bit, but I
don’t talk to him very much
during our games. That was
one thing I was worried about
when I came to high school
– you can be a coach but
don’t be my dad on the sideline. We’d make eye contact

here and there, but he left
being a quarterback to coach
(Scott) Krueger, coach (Dan)
Kissling and coach (Ryan)
Stace,” Ricker said.

Education
Ricker said he plans to
major in business administration at Moorhead, which is
located just 10 minutes from
Fargo, N.D. should offer a lot
of opportunities after school.
“It’s every kid’s dream to
go to the NFL, but I’m not
going to the NFL,” Ricker
said. “It’s good to have a
coaching staff and people on
campus to help you find a job
after college.”

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Monday Maker: Robots
Kids learned how to make a do-it-yourself “EggBot” robot motor
using copper wire, a battery and a decorated plastic egg at the
Oregon Public Library during Monday Maker: Robots on Feb. 8.
Photo by Scott Girard

Oregon Police Department Sgt. John Pierce in December 2014
shows off a camouflage bag the department got through the military equipment program.

How to
An “EggBot” is a simple robot that basically
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‘two to three months’ to find
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Village Board member
Jeff Boudreau said before
the vote, which came after
a short closed session discussion, that he objected
to the way the issue played
out.
“While I appreciate the
work that was put into
the separation agreement,
I personally believe that
I would like to see John
Pierce go through due process as opposed to approving the separation agreement,” he said.
Pierce and a representative of the Wisconsin Professional Police Association signed the agreement
last Thursday. The board
also had discussed Pierce’s
separation at a closed

Above, Kingston Beam, 8, and his brother Royce Beam, 6, work
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On Feb. 27, village
administrator Mike Gracz
confirmed to the Observer
that Pierce was “on leave.”
In a statement released
Tuesday, the department
said it would immediately
begin the process for finding a new officer, following “extensive testing,
examination and background investigation.”
Uhl told the Observer
in a subsequent email
the process would take
approximately two to three
months.
“We are looking forward
(to) moving the department in the right direction
by hiring a great officer for
the department and the village,” Uhl wrote.

Oregon Bowl, 214 Spring
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that Henriksen owns on
Spring Street.
Village officials are
interested in possibly
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use in a future civic campus that’s in the planning
stages.
In a Feb. 5 letter to Henriksen, village attorney
Matt Dregne noted that in
early February the “Village Board considered
whether it should attempt
to acquire an option to
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be to hire an appraiser to

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and see how the appraisal
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“I told him we probably
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Oregon Observer

Francis L. West

Francis West

Francis Lester West, age
88 of Oregon, passed away
on Thursday, Feb. 25,
2016, at St. Mary’s Hospital.
He was born on the
family farm in Oregon
on Jan. 28, 1928, the son
of Ann and Lester West.
He attended Oregon High
School. After high school,

he was drafted into the
U.S. Air Force, but due to
a family health situation,
he was released to come
home to the family. This
set him up for a second
tour in the Army, where he
served two years.
At a dance at Edwards
Park, Fran met Dolores, the
love of his life. They were
united in marriage on Dec.
23, 1950, and remained life
partners and best friends
for 65 years.
A man of many talents,
his passion was carpentry;
especially making birdhouses and clocks, which
kept him active. Fran and
Dolores also enjoyed the
companionship of golf.
He is survived by his loving wife of 65 years, Dolores; five children; Sandy
(Dave) Bennett, Lynn
(John) Beckett, Pat (Rob)
Maasch, Marcia (Bob)
Hinds and Gary (Darcy)
West; nine grandchildren,

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STATE OF WISCONSIN,
CIRCUIT COURT,
DANE COUNTY, NOTICE
SETTING TIME TO HEAR
APPLICATION AND
DEADLINE FOR FILING
CLAIMS (INFORMAL
ADMINISTRATION) IN THE
MATTER OF THE ESTATE OF
Vera G. Putnam

Case No. 16PR84
PLEASE TAKE NOTICE:
1. An application for Informal Administration was filed.
2. The decedent, with date of birth
September 30, 1924 and date of death December 15, 2015, was domiciled in Dane
County, State of Wisconsin, with a mailing address of 354 N. Main Street, Oregon
manor LTD, Oregon, WI 53575.
3. The application will be heard at
the Dane County Courthouse, Madison,
Wisconsin, Room 1005, before the presiding Probate Registrar, on (Date) March
8, 2016 at (Time) 8:00 a.m.
You do not need to appear unless
you object. The application may be granted if there is no objection.
4. The deadline for filing a claim
against the decedent’s estate is (Date)
May 13, 2016.
5. A claim may be filed at the Dane
County Courthouse, Madison, Wisconsin, Room 1000.
6. This publication is notice to any
persons whose names or addresses are
unknown.
If you require reasonable accommodations due to a disability to participate
in the court process, please call 2664311 at least 10 working days prior to the
scheduled court date. Please note that
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Please check with person named below for exact time and date.
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on Election Day may request to vote an
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U.S. citizen, who will be 18 years of age
or older on Election Day, who has resided
in the ward or municipality where he or
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The deadline for making application
to receive an absentee ballot by mail is:
5:00 pm on the fifth day before the election, March 31, 2016.
Note: Special absentee voting application provisions apply to electors
who are indefinitely confined to home
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Brooklyn, WI 53521
(608) 455-4201
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The last day to vote an absentee ballot in the clerk’s office: April 1, 2016
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Laura and Dana Wagner,
Michael Bennett, Justin
(Nina) and
Garett (Becca) Beckett,
Sarah (Jeremy) Wise, Emily Maasch,
Becky (Steven) Herbel
and Gannon West; four
great-grandchildren, Karis
and Annaleah Beckett and
Elise and Owen Wise; and
two sisters, Mary (James)
Meier and Katie (Dave)
Batker.
He was preceded in
death by his parents; Lester
and Ann West; sister and
brother-in-law, Betty and
Dan Borchert; and brothers-in-law, Henry Halverson and James Meier.
Funeral services will be
held at 11 a.m. Thursday,
March 3 at Holy Mother
of Consolation Catholic
Church, 651 N. Main St.
Burial will take place at St.
Mary’s Cemetery, and visitation will be held at the

church from 9 a.m. until
the time of the service on
Thursday.
In lieu of flowers,
memorials may be made to
Holy Mother of Consolation Catholic Church, the
Oregon/Brooklyn Food
Bank or charity of donor’s
choice. Online condolences may be made at www.
gundersonfh.com.

Robert J. Wichelt

destinations), watching football (especially the Packers),
and in his early years was an
avid hunter.
He is survived by a
daughter, Suzanne (Heinz)
Kleisch of Oregon; a son,
Joseph Wichelt; a grandson, Steven Wichelt, both
of Kaukauna; two sistersin-law, Betty Wichelt of
Monroe and Billy Seiberlich
(Mel Sensenbrener) of Madison; and several nieces,
nephews, and cousins. He
was preceded in death by
his parents; wife, Beverly; a
brother, Kenneth Wichelt; a
sister, Alice (Nate) Schoepfer; and a sister-in-law, Gloria Harris.
A Mass of Christian
Burial were held Tuesday,
March 1 at St. Clare of Assisi Parish at St. Victor Catholic Church, with Father
Michael Klarer and Father
Gary Wankerl serving as
concelebrants. Burial followed in the Calvary Cemetery in Monroe.
In lieu of flowers, memorials in memory of Robert
are suggested to Agrace
HospiceCare, 5395 E.
Cheryl Parkway, Madison,
WI 53711. The Newcomer
Funeral Home, Monroe, is
assisting the family. To sign
the online guestbook or send
a condolence, visit www.
newcomerfuneralhome.net.
His family would like to
thank the nurses and staff
of Agrace HospiceCare for
the wonderful care given to
Robert.
“Gone yet not forgotten,
although we are apart, your
spirit lives within me, forever in my heart.” — Author
Unknown

Robert Wichelt

Robert J. Wichelt, age 91
of Oregon and formerly of
Monroe, died Thursday, Feb.
25, 2016 at Agrace HospiceCare in Fitchburg.
Robert was born on Nov.
7, 1924 in Juda, the son of
George F. and Bertha (Hiltbrand) Wichelt. Bob met
the love of his life, Beverly
A. Murphy, while attending
a dance at Monroe’s Turner
Hall, and they were married
on Jan. 5, 1950 at the Immaculate Conception Catholic
Church in Blanchardville.
Bob and Bev farmed in Juda
for 14 years before moving
to Monroe, where they resided for 33 years.
Bob was employed for the
Monroe Streets and Sanitation Department for more
than 20 years before retiring
in 1987. Bob and Bev had
lived in Oregon for the past
18 years until Bev preceded
him in death on Feb. 6, 2016.
Bob valued time spent
with his family, road trips
across the United States
(with the Rocky Mountains among his favorite

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Robert Glen Dahlke in
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raised their son, and happily moved to Las Vegas
with Robert in 1994 to
enjoy the warm weather
and lively social life.
She was very active in
her church, and was an
exceptional role model
for her granddaughters.
Helen loved rooting for
the Denver Broncos, and
was overjoyed to watch
them win the Super Bowl

this season.
Helen is survived by
her son, John Dahlke
of Las Vegas; her sister, Peggy McHugh; her
granddaughters, Chelese
Bakken and Monika
Gold; and her greatgranddaughters, Lillian and Emilia Bakken.
Helen’s growing family
brought great joy to her
later years.
In lieu of flowers or
gifts, Helen would appreciate making donations
to the Nathan Adelson
Hospice, 3150 N. Tenaya
Way, #350, Las Vegas
NV 89128.
A service to celebrate
Helen’s life was held on
Saturday, Feb. 27. The
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C.N.R. STORAGE
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Bank Cards Accepted
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DEER POINT STORAGE
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Stoughton Lumber.
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5x10 thru 12x25
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10x10=$60/month
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10x20=$80/month
10x25=$90/month
12x30=$115/month
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landscape companies. We provide services for commercial,
condominium, and residential clients.
We are growing and looking to expand our team to keep up with
the demand. We are looking for a bilingual (Spanish/English),
seasoned, industry professional to work in a supervisory
capacity. We offer a competitive salary and full benefits package
including health, dental, 401K and paid time off.
Send cover letter and resume to:
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• Must be at least 18 years of age/High School
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• Reliable Transportation is a must!

Oregon Public Library is accepting applications for a Public
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hours vary including days, evening and every other Saturday.
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any combination of education and experience that provides
equivalent knowledge, skills and abilities. Must have varied
and sophisticated computer-related skills including Internet
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Quality customer service skills required. Job description and
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Library, 256 Brook St., Oregon, WI 53575. For full consideration
return application, resume, and cover letter by 5:00 p.m. on
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The Wisconsin State Journal
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area. Must be available early
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We are seeking energetic and enthusiastic
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10x20 - 12x30
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608-835-0082
1128 Union Road
Oregon, WI
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Oregon Observer

Two - Seasonal Grounds Person LTE positions for seasonal
Grounds Person for the Parks and Public Works Department.
The term of this position would be approximately May - August
hours generally 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. not to exceed 40 hrs. per
week. Salary range for the position is $9.00-$12.00 per hour
based on experience.
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range for this position is $9.00-$12.00 per hour based on
experience.
The term of these positions will not exceed 500 hours.
The applications and job description are available on the
Village's website www.vil.oregon.wi.us, at the Village Clerk's
Office, Village of Oregon, 117 Spring Street, Oregon, WI
55375, or call (608) 835-3118 to have information mailed.
Applications must be returned to the same address no later than
4:30 p.m. on March 18, 2016.

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March 3, 2016

Our current delivery driver is retiring so we’re looking to fill his position.
Duties include:
• Serving as a courier between our three offices.
• Delivery and sales tracking of our publications to established retail outlets.
• Scheduling maintenance and repairs as needed for our company van.
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Downtown: Any TIF financing would have about a 15-year window for payoff
Continued from page 1
Board they would need
financial assistance from
the village, in the form of
tax-increment financing, to
make their redevelopment
project fly.
At the same Village
Board meeting last week,
a group of developers proposed building a senior citizen residential care complex at the former Methodist Church site on North
Main Street and requested
$1 million of TIF assistance
for the Sanctuary at Oregon
project.
The Village Board directed staff to continue working
with the developers of both
projects, and Gracz told
the Observer this week he
called the village’s financial adviser, Mike Harrigan,
to ask him to start analyzing
the $1 million TIF request.
Gracz had also previously
sent financial information
to Harrigan about a $1 million TIF request to build a
hotel on the village’s south
side and is looking to get an
update on that.
“Mike’s working on the
hotel thing and he’s going
to start looking at the Sanctuary project,” Gracz said.
He acknowledged it was
“a little weird” that both
redevelopment projects
came to the village at the

‘It’s a perfect time that they
approached the village while
we’re doing the civic campus
plan.’
Mike Gracz, Village of Oregon
administrator

Site plan submitted by Jeff Groenier

Architect and developer Jeff Groenier and his business partner, Mark Mortensen, have proposed building a four-story building on Jefferson Street and have asked the village to participate by buying or
leasing the 16,000-square-foot ground floor for a municipal purpose. The men also say they’ll need
tax-increment financing assistance from the village to make the project work.

would give either project
around 15 years for a payback period.
TIF is a public financing method that is used as a
subsidy for redevelopment,
infrastructure, and other
community-improvement
projects by capturing property tax revenue from all underTIF questions
lying taxing jurisdictions (the
The downtown TIF district village, county, state, Madiis open until 2032, which son Area Technical College

same meeting last week.
But he’s seen interest in the
church property ebb and
flow, and he’s not about to
get too excited.
“We’ve got to be very
methodical about this and
the TIF analysis,” Gracz
said.

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the combined property taxes,
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Gracz welcomed that suggestion because it “will make
the TIF analysis much easier
to do” and reduces the risk
should the village decide to
grant the TIF request.
“You’re not giving it to
them upfront, and so it just
removes so much of the
risk from the village,” he
explained. “I don’t want to
say we won’t have to borrow
anything because so much
depends on how you structure the TIF, but you’re not
giving somebody $500,000
and if the project doesn’t go
anywhere now we’re sitting
there with that debt to pay
off.”
Groenier and Mortensen
did not request a specific
amount of TIF for their proposed Jefferson Street redevelopment because they
need to know how the village
would like to participate in
the project.
At last week’s board meeting, Groenier commented
there’s “hardly any money”
in the downtown TIF district,
“but we’re open to various
financing options.”
He and Mortensen estimated the project would increase
the property value by $3.5$4 million.
Gracz told the Observer
it’s true there’s not much
money in the downtown
TIF account, but the village
would borrow to help fund
the public improvement.
“That’s what the whole
TIF analysis is about: here’s
the new value and the increment being created,” he
explained. “You’re not borrowing off what’s available
in the TIF as far as cash,
you’re borrowing off the
increase in the increment for
the project.”
Groenier said he’s scheduled a meeting with village staff for next week and
would have a better idea of
the amount of TIF his project
would need after the meeting.
Gracz said the timing of
the Jefferson Street redevelopment proposal couldn’t be
better because it comes as
officials have already begun
thinking about relocating
municipal buildings downtown.
“It would be more challenging to determine if that’s
the right place for the senior
center, or any municipal
facility, without at least being
up to this point with the civic
campus plan, because we’d
be having to do a somewhat
quick analysis about the
location and if it’s the right
spot,” Gracz explained.
But the redevelopment
proposal doesn’t complicate
the civic campus planning,
he said, so much as it “creates an alternative to what
we’ve done with the plan.”
The redevelopment plan
would construct a four-story
building with 16,000 square
feet on the ground level and
42 units of residential housing on the three floors above.
It would create 80 additional
surface parking stalls and 40

Gracz

TIF requests
Jefferson Street
project

Who: Jeff Groenier and
Mark Mortensen
Where: Southwest
corner of South Main and
Jefferson Streets, behind
Charlie’s on Main block
Projected value: Up to
$4 million
TIF request:
Undetermined

Sanctuary at
Oregon

Who: Tim Tremble,
LaSalle Group
Where: Former
Methodist church on North
Main Street
Projected value: Around
$20 million
TIF request: $1 million

Sleep Inn Hotel

Who: Eric Lund, S&L
Hospitality
Where: Park Street, near
Headquarters
Projected value:
Undetermined
TIF request: $1 million
underground stalls, something that could be very
useful in that parking-challenged area.
Groenier told the Observer
that the village planning for a
civic campus convinced him
it was time to move forward
with his redevelopment project.
He said he’d worked on
the project “for a couple of
different people over the
years,” and finally decided
that “maybe Mark and I
should just take this on ourselves, because I think it’s a
worthwhile project and the
time is right.”
He thinks redeveloping
the block would serve several purposes: “It gives the
village more space to move
the senior center into; it gives
more parking downtown,
which everybody wants; and
it gets rid of some major eyesores.”
While the GroenierMortensen project was
apparently calculated, the
timing of the Sanctuary at
Oregon project appeared to
be more happenstance.
Gracz compared it to the
efforts to get a hotel built
in that both have generated
interest on several occasions
but neither has been able to
move forward so far.
“There’s been like four or
five people that have looked
into the Methodist Church
property and they couldn’t
make the project work and
then they left,” he said.
“Actually this company contacted us about a year ago
and had some preliminary
discussions and then left. We
thought OK, and then all of
the sudden they reappeared
with a plan.”