Photo by Julia Meyers.
The village held a ceremony Saturday morning to celebrate the renaming of the dog park in honor of former park board chair Jon Blanchard, far right, pictured with his family in front of the new sign.
A group of about a dozen people gathered at the village’s dog park Saturday morning to dedicate the park in honor of former Park Board chairman Jon Blanchard.
Blanchard, who stepped down in May after 27 years on the board, is credited with “the vision” behind developing the park, said the board’s current chairman, Daniel Olson.
“Twenty-seven years is a remarkable commitment to the village,” Olson said. “We all agreed on the Park Board that it was worthy of some recognition.”
Blanchard, a 29-year resident of the village, joined the board in 1987. He oversaw the development of 12 parks, the last being the dog park – which is now officially the Jon Blanchard Dog Park.
Blanchard said he was honored and appreciated being recognized for his years of service.
Village President Steve Staton joined Olson in praising Blanchard’s work on behalf of the village.
Ralph Stromquist and Shirlanie Heydenrych of Oregon check out the new “Little Free Library” outside First Presbyterian Church, 408 N. Bergamont Blvd.
Spurred on by a neighborly instinct – and peoples’ ravenous reading appetites – small, birdhouse-sized libraries are popping up all over the country.
Thanks to craftsman John Mehl and librarians Jeanne Neath and Cindy Mehl, First Presbyterian Church (408 N. Bergamont Blvd., Oregon) is now home to an attractive, new “Free Little Library” of its own.
They worked together on the project for the past several months, inspired by the “Little Free Library” movement started in 2009 by two Wisconsin men, Todd Bol of Hudson and Rick Brooks of Madison. The two men were influenced by the philanthropic works of Andrew Carnegie and his support for 2,509 public libraries at the turn of the 20th century, as well as Lucie Stearns, whose traveling libraries brought books to nearly 1,400 locations during that time.
Photo submitted. Two of the triplets, Megan and Abby Walker, take a picture in front of the Oregon Chamber of Commerce sign on their way through Oregon. The sisters walked through town as part of their nine-day trek from Chicago to Madison to raise money for a non-profit group.
A group of triplets passed through Oregon in late October as part of a walk from Madison to Chicago to raise money for Haiti.
Abby, Megan and Melanie Walker have been involved with raising money for Haiti since traveling to the island in 2011, and decided to stay true to their surname by walking to raise funds for a nonprofit.
The triplets, 24-year-olds originally from Waunakee, had been brainstorming ideas for a fundraiser over the summer, Megan Walker wrote in an email to the Oregon Observer, when they decided on the walk.
Money raised from the walk benefitted Haiti Allies, a Madison-based non-profit that works with an elementary school in Cite Soleil, Haiti, and Village Mozayik, a village just outside of Port Au Prince, Haiti. Past fundraisers have included jewelry and bead sales, summer concerts in Fitchburg and working with schools that raise money for Cite Soleil.
The new Oregon Dog Park will be renamed after Jon Blanchard, the longtime chair of the Park Board who stepped down last summer after 27 years.
The 12.5-acre park is located on Park Street and is bordered on the north by the Oregon branch of the Badfish Creek, on the east by U.S. Hwy. 14, on the south by Park Street and on the west where North Perry Parkway will eventually be extended to connect with South Perry Parkway.
The park is open from dawn to dusk daily and includes a separate fenced area for small dogs. Use of the park is currently free, but users will have to purchase a daily or annual permit at Village Hall beginning Jan. 1.
Photo by Bill Livick.
Randy Glysch, who recently moved to Oregon, plans to restore and repair the historic water tower in Oregon. He is currently seeking funds for the project.
An effort to refurbish the historic water tower pump house in downtown Oregon is moving ahead thanks to a resident who’s spearheading the project.
Randy Glysch moved to Oregon in June and has been working with village officials and contacting landscaping businesses about donations for the first phase of what could ultimately become a restoration of both the water tower and pump house.
He plans to begin landscaping the pump house grounds on Janesville Street next spring. At the same time, Glysch would like to replace the small building’s windows and front door.
“We’re on this parallel track of fixing up the building and doing the landscaping,” he said.
Glysch said he’s contacted several local businesses – Kopke’s Greenhouse, Winterland Nurseries, The Flower Factory and Moyer’s Landscaping – and all were willing to help with donations of plants and shrubs.
Oregon’s Kellie Day has been busy baking a variety of cookies for the upcoming charity bake sale Dec. 7 at the Oregon Senior Center to benefit the Oregon-Brooklyn Food Pantry and Kathy’s House. Above, she got some help from two neighbors, Anike Sande (left) and Karine Sande (right).
Day’s specialties include her famous peanut butter balls.
When creating confectionery delights like traditional Norwegian delicacies sandbakkelses and krumkakes or more refined modern creations like Kellie Day’s famous peanut butter balls, it’s always a matter of finding just the right blend.
For her upcoming sixth-annual bake sale Dec. 7 at the Oregon Area Senior Center, Day believes she has done that in more ways than one, joining forces this year with fellow Oregon culinary artist Ginny Owens and her band of bakers to provide a wide range of tasty treats.
All proceeds will be split between the Oregon/Brooklyn Food Pantry and Kathy’s House, a nonprofit organization based in Milwaukee that “serves women and children in crisis,” according to its website.
It’s the sixth year in a row that Day has held a bake sale to help Kathy’s House, but this is the first time it’s been expanded to include others. For the first four years she simply baked out of her own house, and then last year she held a sale at a local bank.
JoAnn Ace celebrates her victory at the Morgan Grand National and World Championships.
There’s no such thing as horsing around when it comes to sisters JoAnn Ace-Schraufnagel and Brooke Ace and their passion for showing horses.
Competing in the Morgan Grand National and World Championships on Oct. 17-19, both took home awards, with Ace winning the Youth Challenge and the Green Rider competition, and Ace-Schraufnagel becoming the youngest competitor to win the world championships in the “pro” category, a class reserved for those who teach and train.
Ace-Schraufnagel also won the Open Grand National Free Style class, and Ace won Reserve Champion Non-Pro Free Style and placed in the Non-Pro World Championship Top Ten.
This year marked the 40th anniversary of the event, which is held in Oklahoma City each year. The competition takes hundreds of hours of preparation and is done months ahead of time. Ace started training right after she finished showing at the Dane County Fair the past two years.
Photo by Scott De Laruelle.
Oregon eighth-grader Steve Norland (foreground) digs deep with a specially designed “weed wrench” to remove invasive shrubs from the forest.
Tromping around the woods destroying perfectly good vegetation on school property – during class time, no less – would get most students in serious trouble.
But nothing brings a smile to the face of Oregon Middle School teacher Daniel Howard like when his hearty group of volunteers tear asunder invasive buckthorn and honeysuckle roots left and right under the setting autumn sun. Their task is truly the hard part of a long-term project, joining the state, village and school in revitalizing an overgrown-but-promising 3.7-acre natural area on the school’s western perimeter.
As the unwanted brush has been slowly but surely battled back, the project is literally gaining visibility, as students have removed old railroad ties that marked a walking trail, as well as chunks of decades-old barb wire fence.
“Probably back in the day it was an old pasture,” said the energetic Howard, walking out to the woods to work with a group of students earlier this month.
Oregon High School students performed “The Drowsy Chaparone” Nov. 8, 9 and 10 at the Oregon High School Performing Arts Center. The show follows a die-hard musical-theater fan as his favorite cast album bursts to life in his living room.