Benefit planned for Oregon resident Patricia Lemberger

Family and friends of Oregon resident Patricia Lemberger are organizing a benefit and fundraiser to help with medical bills following a severe stroke she suffered in June.

A neurologist at St. Mary’s Hospital discovered that Lemberger had an intracranial brain bleed, which started deep in the brain and happened suddenly on June 22.

“This type of stroke is so devastating that 80 percent of the people who have this particular stroke do not even make it to the hospital, and of those 20 percent who do, half of them do not make it past 30 days,” Lemberger’s daughter, Nikki, wrote on her GoFundMe webpage,

Nikki Lemberger hopes to raise at least $2,000 to help cover “astronomical” medical expenses that the Lemberger family has incurred, despite Patricia having medical insurance.


Sounds of Summer concert photos

The Sounds of Summer Concert series, held at Waterman Triangle Park, featured live music by The Dang-Its and food from Pizza Pit on Aug. 19. The Madison-based band plays honky-tonk, western swing, Americana, country blues, bluegrass, Cajun, classic country and folk music.


Brooklyn Labor Day festival this weekend

File photo. Kids will have a few chances to show off their own pedal tractor pulls once again this year at the Brooklyn Labor Day festival.

Despite a leadership change, the traditional Brooklyn Labor Day festival activities will be back this weekend.

The weekend will begin Friday, Aug. 29, with the antique tractor pull at 6 p.m. Friday night will also offer steak sandwiches from the Oregon/Brooklyn VFW.

The festival will continue Saturday with the farm tractor and amateur truck pull beginning at 10 a.m. During intermissions, kids will get their chance to shine in the pedal tractor pulls.

The tractor pulls will continue later in the day at 3 p.m. with the Tri-County Mini Rods and their supercharged tractors.

Chicken BBQ from the Oregon Masonic Lodge 151 will be available beginning at 11 a.m., and kids games and activities will begin at 1 p.m.

Saturday night, Virginia Liquor Company will bring its sounds to the stage at 7:30 p.m.

Sunday will bring an end to the festivities, but not without its own dose of traditional Labor Day activities.


Brunch For Your Brain class at senior center

Getting back into the learning mode in fall isn’t just for students.

The Oregon Area Senior Center is offering a new educational class for seniors called “Brunch for Your Brain.” The 20-session program begins Tuesday, Sept. 9, and runs twice a week until Nov. 13.  It’s aimed at keeping the brain healthy, and equipping participants with skills and knowledge to keep their brains sharp and functioning well.

The course will be taught by volunteers and retired Oregon School District educators Nancy Johnson and Gunnard Swanson, so participants should anticipate plenty of laughter mixed in with the learning, according to a press release from the senior center.

The program encourages adults to stretch their thinking, try new ways of doing things, stimulate memory and develop creative minds. Class sessions will cover a variety of material, including left/right brain activities, memory building exercises, nutrition and optical illusions.  


Neat nature photos

With little rain this month, some water sources are drying up. Such is the case at the Lerner Conservation Park pond near the corner of Alpine Parkway and Hwy. CC in Oregon. Wildlife came out to play, look for food and build homes in the shallow water on Aug. 14.

Local quilter brings expertise to show

Photo by Scott Girard. Julie Jenkins works on a quilt using her new automated machine, which uses a computer to outline the quilting. Jenkins acquired the machine in April, though she still uses the manual machine, in the background, as well.

Every field of human endeavor has its experts, and most people probably don’t know that Oregon has its own nationally recognized quilting expert.

Julie Jenkins owns and operates The Quilt House on Netherwood Road, where she sews together pieces of other people’s quilts from throughout the country and makes her own from scratch. She also teaches quilting techniques at The Quilt House.

Next month, she’ll present a lecture titled “Never Cut or Sew Another Triangle with the Square-in-a-Square Technique” at the ninth annual Quilt Expo in Madison.

“It’s an awesome show – one of the biggest in the U.S.,” Jenkins said.

Quilt Expo runs Thursday, Sept. 4 through Saturday, Sept. 6 in the Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center. Jenkins’ lecture is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Friday, June 5.

In an interview with the Observer, Jenkins explained the ins and outs of quilting, along with her personal history in the field.


Scavenger Hunt Quiz deadline Aug. 30

Photo submitted. Paige Stevenson is the winner of the OAHS summer scavenger hunt quiz for the month of July. She received a gift certificate to Maria’s Pizza.

The last day for children to participate in the summer scavenger hunt quiz at the Oregon Area Historical Society is Saturday, Aug. 30. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Tuesdays and Saturdays.

From September to May, the museum will only be open on Tuesdays and the first Saturday of the month.

Children receive a clipboard with questions relating to Oregon history when they visit the museum, and they are allowed to do the exercise with siblings or parents.

Some previous questions asked were who the only Revolutionary War veteran buried in Oregon is, what year the train started running in Oregon, who a Civil War veteran from Oregon is and what Ernie Tresch was a pilot for. An orange dot provides clues to where they will find the answers in the OAHS exhibits.

When the completed form is turned in, it goes into the “treasure hunt” box for a drawing at the end of the summer months. The winner receives a gift certificate from Maria’s Pizza.


Robot science lab photos

The Oregon Public Library held its third Science Lab summer session with the theme of “Robots” for children grades K-6 on Monday. The children learned about science concepts and used ordinary materials to bring their creations to life and even battle one another.


Maerz named ‘Master Showman’

Photo submitted. Eighteen year-old Jack Maerz (left), of Oregon, won The Dane County Fair Master Showman Contest. Katie Ward (right), of Marshall, was Reserve Master Showman.

Jack Maerz, 18 year-old son of Kim and Randy Maerz of Oregon, won the Master Showman competition at The Dane County Fair last month.

A member of the Rutland 4-H and Oregon FFA, he qualified for the Master Showman Contest after making the grade in the Sheep Senior Showmanship class. Four additional contestants earned the right to compete within their livestock division showmanship classes prior to moving up to the Master Showman Contest including dairy, beef, dairy goat and swine. Five judges evaluated the participants’ livestock showing ability and knowledge of each species as they rotated showing each.

The Dane County Fair Master Showman Contest began in 2011, when Kate Griswold, a long-time fair exhibitor, initiated the youth livestock contest with the assistance of a scholarship that she won from J.C. Penney. She developed a contest that would serve as an educational competition between youth exhibitors with different livestock species.


Agora Art Fair returns Saturday

More than 100 Wisconsin artists will be showcased in the 6th annual Fitchburg Agora Art Fair on Saturday.

The fair takes place amid the unique architecture of Agora and the natural prairie landscapes of southern Wisconsin.

The event, held 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 16, will feature local and regional artists from almost every medium: painting, ceramics, jewelry, photography, glass, metals, woodwork, mixed media, fiber and sculpture.

Along with the art are plenty of other activities during the day, including live music on two stages, a Capital Brewery beer and wine garden, a Children’s Art Yard, local food and beverages, retailer specials and, new this year, the Adult Art Experience.