Library Music photos

A group of 28 kids danced, made music and even took time to relax to a lullaby Friday morning at the Oregon Public Library. The “Music Together” program, lead by Eliza Tyksinskin of Oregon, featured colorful handkerchiefs, egg shakers and plenty of chances for kids to get up and move around.


Doing battle with disease

Uw-whitewaterphoto/craigschreiner photos. 2008 Stoughton High School graduate Michelle Storage is shown here working earlier this year in a laboratory at the University of Wisconsin-Whitewater, where she graduated in spring with a double major in chemistry and cell biology. Storage recently won a scholarship worth more than $300,000 for a doctorate degree program at the Medical College of Wisconsin.

Ebola. Anthrax. Tuberculosis.

With deadly communicable diseases like these still on the loose, this increasingly interconnected world can certainly be a scary place.

And that’s where Michelle Storage comes in.

The Oregon resident recently won a research scholarship worth more than $300,000 to pursue her dreams of earning a Ph.D. in interdisciplinary biomedical sciences at the Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee this fall. When she graduates, she wants to pursue a career with the national Centers For Disease Control, developing vaccines to fight diseases that can kill thousands, if not millions of people if unchecked.

Storage, who double-majored in cell biology and chemistry at UW-Whitewater, graduating this spring, will receive around $61,000 a year for the next five years as she works her way toward her goal.


Fundraising for Felines

Photos submitted. Bubbles the kitty has racked up more than $3,200 in medical bills. Here he is as a baby in his oxygen chamber.

The idyllic life of a cat involves a lot of lounging around, eating and playing pretty much at will.

But a typical house cat in a good home shares a far different fate than many of its kind. With a little help from places like Fisher Valley Felines, a no-kill cat rescue, more cute kitties can find great homes.

These days, the rescuers can use some rescuing, however. Due to taking in several cats recently with medical issues that have cost around $7,000, Fisher Valley Felines is trying to raise some money to help pay the bills, says president Karen Barger, who runs the non-profit company just outside of Oregon along with her husband.

“Things are tough right now with rescue,” she said.


Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest photos

The 11th annual Midwest Gypsy Swing Fest, presented by Harmonious Wail, was held Sept. 12-13 at Art in the Barn, with proceeds benefiting working musicians and the Conzemius Scholarship Fund. The event featured concerts, lessons, workshops, local food and art vendors and campfires.


Oregon in Motion 2014 photos

Oregonians didn't let a little rough weather get in the way of their exercise Friday, as a few dozen turned out for the second annual Oregon in Motion event. The event, supported by the Oregon Area Wellness Coalition, aims to promote physical fitness. Participants got beads for each lap they walked around the track over an hour before Friday night's Oregon High School football game. The School District's Facebook reported participants walked more than 120 miles between them.


Fall Studio Art Tour next weekend

Ever wonder who is the talent behind the artwork you see at local galleries? This weekend visitors will have the opportunity to meet artists demonstrating their craft at the 11th Annual Fall Studio Art Tour.

The event will be held at various locations from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 13 and Sunday, Sept. 14.

Presented by 14 South Artists, a local group of artists who aim to promote visual arts in south central Wisconsin, the tour allows visitors to see artists at work demonstrating their craft.

By driving from studio to studio, visitors will not only have the opportunity meet artists in their creative environment, but they can also discuss their work with them.

The tour includes 10 galleries, three of which act as information centers and starting points – The Wood Cycle in Oregon, Paoli Mill Park Gallery in Paoli and Allen Creek Gallery in Evansville.

Signs and flags will be used to guide visitors along the way.


Walking On: Woman raises awareness, money for Walk to End Lupus Now

Photo submitted. From left to right, Mandee Franke, Sebastian Maher, Pat Maher Saunders and Tim Saunders pose for a picture at the 2013 Milwaukee Walk To End Lupus Now. Sebastian, Mandee and Pat will walk again this year at the 2014 Middleton Walk to End Lupus Now event.

What do Paula Abdul, Nick Cannon, Selena Gomez and Oregon native Patricia Saunders have in common?

They all have lupus.

The chronic autoimmune disease, which occurs when the body’s immune system attacks its own tissues and organs, affects nearly 1.5 million Americans, according to the Lupus Foundation of America.

“Every 30 minutes, someone is diagnosed with Lupus,” Saunders said.

This weekend, 24 years after being diagnosed, Saunders is joining family and friends in the Walk to End Lupus Now to increase public awareness of the disease and raise money for further research and education through the Lupus Foundation of America, Wisconsin Chapter.

The event has already raised $20,853, of which Saunders has raised $3,045, well beyond her original goal of $2,000.


Senior centers team up on trips

Looking to spread the fun – and the cost – the Fitchburg Senior Center is heading up a large group of area senior centers for trips around the country next year.

Fitchburg Senior Center volunteer extended trip coordinator Georgia Ascher said the center had been doing two to four trips each year for the last few years, but because the number of travelers had dropped off since 2008, she decided to offer the opportunity of co-sponsoring the selected 2014 trips to the other Dane County senior centers or coalitions.  

“It is the centers’ mutual belief that co-sponsorship of our trips provides the possibility of increased numbers of travelers on our trips within the local Dane County area, and that it could foster new found friendships, ultimately leading to these friends traveling together again in the future,”Ascher said.


Brooklyn Labor Day festival photos

It was a great weekend to take in some sunshine, good food, good drinks, good company and big trucks kicking up plenty of dirt at the Brooklyn Labor Day Truck and Tractor pull at Legion Park. The event, held Aug. 29-31, drew hundreds of visitors each day, culminating in a picture-perfect Sunday late afternoon, where drivers lined up to take their best shots at a variety of trophies.

End of Summer Pool Party photos

The Oregon Public Library held an End of Summer Pool Party at the Oregon Swimming Pool on Wednesday, Aug. 27. Children and teens who completed all three monthly activity sheets got free entry to the party. Games included a cannon ball contest, water volleyball, relay races and noodle toss.