Oregon Summer Fest 2015 photos

The 51st annual Summer Fest celebration in downtown Oregon featured a carnival, fireworks, parade, live music, food, car show and sports tournaments throughout the weekend.


Trial by fire: new Oregon chief gets a rapid inauguration

Photo by Jacob Bielanski. New Oregon Fire Department Chief Jack Mlnarik hit the ground running in his first few weeks with the department.

When Hack’s Sports Page started on fire, a multi-agency mutual-aid effort was rallied to keep the blaze from damaging neighboring buildings. This is now well-known. 

What is less known is that the man leading the Oregon effort had been on the job for roughly a week. 

“That was a pretty big curveball right off the bat,” newly hired Oregon Fire Department chief Jack Minarik said. “Those guys had no problem with it – they hit it out of the park, as far as I’m concerned.” 

Coming to Oregon from the City of Oconto, Mlnarik is no newcomer to the fire business. He grew up in that northern Wisconsin city, developing an early love for firefighting by watching the trucks from a nearby fire station respond to calls.


The Brooklyn Zoozort

The Zoozort Live Animal company out of the Wisconsin Dells held a free viewing some of its exotic animals on Thursday, June 18 in downtown Brooklyn.


Park upgrades bring Eagle Scout rank

Photo submitted. Kaleb Hann, 15, recently earned an Eagle Scout rank through his project at Jaycee Park.

Kaleb Hann, 15, is looking forward to putting his knot-tying skills into practice during a sailing trip in the Florida Keys with fellow Troop 168 Boy Scouts in July. 

But he can also add something else to his resumé when he enters his sophomore year at Oregon High School this fall.

Hann recently earned the rank of Eagle Scout through a project at Jaycee Park, where he coordinated an effort to replace the old parcourse fitness stations this spring.

“I’ve seen those since I was a kid. They are kind of broken down and some of them have been removed over the years,” Hann said. “I just thought it would be nice to get those back in running order and I thought it would be a nice way to give back to the community.”


Local musicians to perform Sunday at Summer Fest

Two area musical acts – Bill Bossingham, a.k.a. Horse, and Back 40 – are performing Sunday, June 28 in the beer tent at Oregon Summer Fest.

Bossingham plays noon-2 p.m. and Back 40 – Dave Freitag, Heather Ames Newton and Bernar Aurit – perform from 2-5 p.m. There is no admission to the performances.


Shadow Armada to perform in ‘Parade of Bands’ at OHS

Oregon’s 2015 Shadow Armada marching band will perform Sunday night at Oregon High School as part of the Parade of Bands competition and exhibition.

The field show competition begins at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, June 28, with participants including the Green Berets of Janesville, Lutheran Vanguard of Appleton, Lighthouse Brigade of Racine, Sound of Sun Prairie and the Kilties Drum and Bugle Corps of Racine. The Shadow Armada is set to take the field at 9:02 p.m., followed by the Kilties, which are the final act. Both the Shadow Armada and Kilties are performing in exhibition.


Oregon Relay for Life 2015

The 2015 theme for Stoughton-McFarland-Oregon Relay for Life, held at Mandt Park June 19-20, was "Saving the World One Cure at a Time." Approximately 30 teams of friends, caregivers and survivors (many dressed in superhero costumes) came together in support of one another and to raise awareness and money for the American Cancer Society.


Area youth can enter county talent show

For the first time, Oregon and Brooklyn area youth and teens can enter the Dane County Talent Show. The deadline to apply is Tuesday, June 30.

Children and teens who wish to compete must be between the ages of 2 and 18 at the time of competition, which will be held the afternoon of Saturday, July 11, at the Goodman Community Center, 149 Waubesa St., Madison.

The talent selections cannot be longer than three minutes and cannot include weapons, fire or animals. An additional minute will be allowed for set up. All contest entrants must provide their own costuming and music accompaniment. 


Oregon band will play Milwaukee Summerfest

Photo submitted. Distant Cuzins, composed of four OHS sophomores, took second place Saturday in the Launchpad finals. Band members are, from left, drummer Ben Lokuta, Nate Krause, Sam Miess and Nic Tierman.

Oregon’s Distant Cuzins came in runner-up at the Launchpad competition last Saturday night at Union South on the UW-Madison campus.

That was enough to earn the group a 60-minute opening slot for the nationally renowned rock band Kansas at its concert on July 5 at the BMO Harris Pavilion at Milwaukee Summerfest.

The band – Sam Miess, Ben Lokuta, Nic Tierman and Nate Krause – beat out 11 others in the competition and also won awarded eight hours of studio time from Blast House Studios in Madison.

“We are hoping to get a CD of original songs put together with the studio time,” Miess wrote in an email to the Observer. “We'd love to still have that out this year.”


Lapping the lakes: Oregon woman’s swims aim for terminal cancer awareness

Photos by Jeremy Jones. Mary Gooze, center, who is living with Stage 4 metastatic breast cancer, departs Goodland Park for a swim across Lake Waubesa on Wednesday, June 10.

People react to bad news in different ways.

When Mary Gooze learned last June the breast cancer she’d been treated for had metastasized, she decided to do something about it.

First the longtime Oregon resident educated herself about metastatic, or end-stage, breast cancer. 

She then decided to spend her time raising awareness about it and raising money to help find a cure.

“Something like this just stops you in your tracks, but you have to keep going,”

said Gooze, a retired teacher from the Oregon School District. 


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