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Nov

Cheese Whiz


Photo by Karina Galván. Jeanne Carpenter, Metcalfe’s specialty cheese manager, is surrounded by cheese where she works.

Weird Sisters. Grumpy Goat. BallyByron. While these names may sounds like obscure fairy tales, they are actually just a fraction of the many cheeses Oregon’s Jeanne Carpenter can tell you about.

As Metcalfe’s Market’s specialty cheese manager, Carpenter is a widely known cheese guru, with nearly 1 million page views on her cheese blog and over 12,000 “likes” on her company’s Facebook page.

And as of September, she is one of three people in Wisconsin to have passed the Certified Cheese Professional exam. 

But if you call her an expert, she will promptly correct you: She’s a cheese geek. 

While she considers the term “expert” to be somewhat intimidating, Carpenter told the Observer that “geek” more appropriately conveys her passion for cheese and her continual process of learning about it.  

Fri
21
Nov

Raking their way to New York City

Oregon Middle School eighth-graders raked leaves in neighborhoods on Nov. 7 to help raise money for their trip to NYC.

Thu
20
Nov

Holiday Lights photos

Let the season begin!

Wed
19
Nov

Right at home


Photos by Scott Girard. Sharkus Hometown Dentistry had three employees in October: From left, Dr. Jeff Sharkus, Kay Kohlman and Nicole Endres.

Jeff Sharkus has lived in the Village of Oregon for 10 years, but until this year, the dentist had worked in the City of Madison.

That changed when he opened Sharkus Hometown Dentistry July 1 at 787 N. Main St., in the same complex as Bill’s Food Mart.

“I always wanted to just do a small town,” Sharkus said last month of opening his own practice here.

And in the four months since opening, patients have rewarded him for taking that step as the office is above the number of patients Sharkus had projected for the beginning of the business.

He estimated he currently sees between four and six patients a day.

“Starting out, I thought if we saw one to two people a day, that was going to be great,” he said.

Tue
18
Nov

Preschool carnival photos

Oregon Preschool, Inc. held its annual carnival on Saturday, Nov. 8, at Netherwood Elementary School.

Mon
17
Nov

'White Christmas' photos

A November Christmas
Oregon High School got an early start to the Christmas season last weekend with three performances of "White Christmas" at the school's Performing Arts Center. The show features classic songs like "White Christmas," "Blue Skies" and "Snow" as Army Veterans Bob Wallace (Nathan Feest) and Phil Davis (Nic Tierman) end up at a Vermont hotel run by their former general and become romantically invovled with the Haynes sisters (Annika Victorson, Cassandre Krier).
Mon
17
Nov

Principal Sundae photos

Students at Brooklyn Elementary School got to douse their principal with ice cream sundae toppings Friday, Nov. 7.

Sun
16
Nov

Youth center gains independence, nonprofit status


Photo by Samantha Christian. Jordan O’Malley, 15, plays a game of pool with Logan Copus, 14, and Simon Sassorossi, 10, at the Oregon Youth Center on Nov. 6.

Time was not on its side, but the Oregon Youth Center is now an independent, tax-exempt, nonprofit corporation with a new Board of Directors.

And most importantly, for the dozens of kids who visit it daily, nothing has changed.

That was far from a certainty back in July, when the YMCA of Dane County announced it would cease operating and end its association with the center at the start of the school year. The Y later pushed back its date to sever ties to early November.

That extra time gave manager Diane Newlin and the center’s Advisory Board a few months to transition to independence. In the end, said Newlin and others who participated, it was “a seamless transition.” But it required the help of volunteers from the within village and beyond.

Fri
14
Nov

Holiday Horse Parade 2014 photos

The annual Holiday Horse Parade was held in downtown Oregon on Saturday, Nov. 8.

Fri
14
Nov

Tuning up for winter

Winter is just around the corner, and nothing is more handy around the house than a snowblower. Later this month, Oregon students are teaming up to help make sure people can remove snow as efficiently as possible.

Oregon’s SkillsUSA Chapter is conducting snowblower tune-ups through Nov. 19. For $25, students will clean the outside and inside of snowblowers, checking the spark plugs and replacing them if necessary, changing engine oil of the snow blower, filling tires with air, replace the air filter (requires extra payment), and completing an overall visual inspection of all engine and mechanical parts. 

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