Bikes to Africa to send final shipment

Photo submitted. Gail Brown, left, accepts a donated bike during a past collection.

The organizers who sent about 500 bicycles to Kenya a year ago are planning to make a final shipment of bikes to Cameroon in West Africa next month.

Then they hope someone will step up and volunteer to take over the project.

“Our goal is to kind of phase out the program,” organizer Gail Brown said. “It’s basically run by a group of retirees, and we’re getting old.”

Gail and Al Brown, along with Wendell Matzke, have run the operation since September 2012, when they began collecting donated bikes. They collected nearly 1,000 bikes, repaired and sent 500 of them to Kenya last May. They plan to ship another 500 on June 13, but this time to the other side of the continent.  

They chose to send the bikes this time to Cameroon because of political unrest and instability in Kenya. 


Brooklyn’s ‘All Wheels Show’ is May 23

Brooklyn Area Chamber of Commerce will hold its annual “All Wheels Show” at Brooklyn Legion Park on South First Street from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 23.

The event will feature a car, motorcycle and tractor show, flea market and community antique tractor pullers.

The check-in for the car, motorcycle and tractor show (which is not judged) is 8:30 a.m. The entry fee is $5, which includes a dash plaque and an entry for the door prize. The flea market and vendor sales run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 

The antique tractor pull starts at noon and goes until all pulls are complete. The Green County Cruise will leave at 2 p.m. 

For more information about cars and cycles, call Rich Walford at 279-1713 or Susan McCallum at 455-3121. For tractors, call Ann Wanless at 628-2755.


Senior center celebrates 35 years Wednesday

It’s amazing how quickly 35 years can pass when you’re having fun. And helping people. 

Since opening in 1980, the Oregon Area Senior Center and its many clients and volunteers have done plenty of both. 

The center will celebrate its 35th anniversary on Wednesday, with music from Harmonious Wail, food and beverages and, of course, an anniversary cake. The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. at the center.

It’s been quite a journey for the center, located in a former supermarket at 219 Park Street. 


Croasdale Family Band to play at church picnic May 17

Photos submitted. The Croasdale Family Band, including Chris, Gillian, Lucy and Laurie, will be performing during the church service and picnic at First Presbyterian Church, 408 N. Bergamont Blvd., on Sunday, May 17.

The public is invited to attend the church service and picnic at First Presbyterian Church, 408 N. Bergamont Blvd., on Sunday, May 17, to hear the Croasdale Family Band. 

The Croasdale Family Band, made up of Chris and Laurie and their kids Gillian and Lucy, will be accompanied by Sally and Isaac de Broux. 

They will be playing 1970s music during the 10 a.m. church service and potluck picnic at 11:30 a.m. Those attending are asked to bring a dish to pass.


‘Marathon’ miles, good deeds at NKE

Westin Kipp is all smiles as he looks at his reward for doing good deeds.

Students at Netherwood Knoll Elementary School have been keeping track of both their exercise and their good deeds this spring. Students log their activity each day, receiving tokens when they reach milestones of 3, 13 and 26.2 miles worth of aerobic activities. 

Students are also working on “Happy Deed” sheets that track kind acts they have done for others. Staff members have been charting progress on a bulletin board in the main hallway, with the goal of 26.2 miles and 26 Happy Deeds by the end of the year. 

Before the end of the school year, students and staff will participate in a special activity to celebrate their accomplishments.  Netherwood staff member Kris Ceder, who has promoted the organized the program, said movement is important to help promote the health of children’s bodies and brains.

“NKE staff members strongly believe that children need to MOVE as part of their daily activities,” she said.


Prairie View Safety Day photos

Kids in the Oregon area got to climb into police cars, fire trucks and more Saturday, May 2, at the Village's 37th annual Safety Day. The Oregon Public Works Department also had a dump truck at the event, and MedFlight landed a helicopter in the Prairie View Elementary School parking lot. Inside, the Lions Club performed free eye exams and other local groups had presentations on safety.


Stamp Out Hunger food drive May 9

The 23rd annual National Association of Letter Carriers “Stamp Out Hunger” Food Drive is Saturday, May 9.

Each year on the second Saturday of May, letter carriers across the country collect non-perishable food donations from its customers in a national effort that provides assistance to millions of Americans struggling to put food on the table. The NALC, United States Postal Service, Feeding America and other partners are asking local residents to contribute to the nation’s largest single-day food drive.

Customers are asked to place non-perishable food items in a sturdy bag in or by their mailboxes that Saturday, and their carriers will pick up the food. The food will then be donated to local food pantries.


OWI Patrol 2015 photos

Oregon’s first high-visibility OWI patrol of the year was held Saturday evening throughout the main streets of the village. Sgt. Matt Wagner said preliminary numbers from the patrol are 95 traffic stops and one OWI arrest. 


Webber aims to be ‘Woman of the Year’

Photo by Samantha Christian. Oregon resident Sandy Webber is a candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s 2015 “Woman of the Year” fundraising campaign. Her goal is to raise $35,000 by May 29.

Election season may have just wrapped up locally, but longtime Oregon resident Sandy Webber is in the midst of a different kind of campaign. 

She’s been nominated as a candidate for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) “Woman of the Year,” and she’s not afraid to ask you to buy a vote. In fact, that’s what the 10-week fundraising campaign is about.

Webber’s goal is to raise $35,000 for LLS blood cancer research, and each dollar counts as a vote.

But you won’t find a thermometer graphic filling up with red on Webber’s personalized web page at Totals are kept private, even after “polls close” at 6 p.m. Friday, May 29, until the winners are revealed at the grand finale gala. 


Boy Scouts sort batteries photos

The Town of Brooklyn recycling center held a battery recycling project with about 10 Boy Scouts with Oregon Troop 168. The Scouts, troop leaders and some parents helped sort approximately 400 pounds of batteries that had been collected in the past year to keep them out of landfills. They also learned about the environmental impact of recycling. 


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