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.


Dog rises from Dumpster to dramatic star

Photo submitted. Mia Dolce, a dog rescued by Wade Crary two years ago, takes center stage in the Oregon Straw Hat Players show “Gypsy.”

Two years ago, a tiny puppy, with baby teeth still intact, sat helpless and sick in a Dumpster. Close to certain death, she was rescued by Wade Crary ,who took her home and named her Mia Dolce, meaning “My Sweet” in Italian.

With love and affection, he and his family nursed her back to health. Since then, Mia has come a long way.

Most recently, she has taken center stage in the Oregon Straw Hat Players show “Gypsy.”

According to an OSHP press release, director David Lawver “took one look at her while visiting the Crarys and cast her as his first character in the show.”

Playing “Chow Mein,” Mia is the play’s vagabond vaudeville family’s pet that tours the country.

Charming audiences with her ability to look cute and stay calm, Mia “has been a blessing for all of the cast members to enjoy,” the press release stated.


National Night Out photos

The Oregon Police Department held its 19th annual National Night Out community event on Aug. 5 with appearances by local emergency personnel and booths from area businesses.


Sounds of Summer concerts bring variety

From island beats to bluegrass tunes, the fourth annual Sounds of Summer Concert Series is bringing in a variety of live music performances to Waterman Triangle Park throughout August.

While the concerts begin at 7 p.m., food will be available for purchase at 6 p.m.

On Aug. 12, Universal Sound Dance Band will perform, and Chicago-style hot dogs from Lil’ Buddy’s will be for sale.

According to their website, Universal Sound has been a part of the Madison music scene since 1971 and has been known to play all types of music from AC/DC to Sinatra.

On Aug. 19, The Dang-Its will perform, and pizza from Pizza Pit will be for sale.

The Dang-Its is a country bluegrass band which Madison Magazine once proclaimed as “Rare jewels in the otherwise cookie-cutter world of country music.”

On Aug. 26, Bahama Bob’s Island Music will perform, and barbecue sandwiches from JL Richards will be for sale.


Open house at the pump house

The Village of Oregon’s historic pump house will soon become the Oregon Welcome Center. But before that happens, you can visit the pump house Sunday to see the recently completed landscaping on the building grounds in downtown Oregon. The house will also be open for a quick tour.

Pump house restoration organizer Randy Glysch is hosting an open house 1-3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 10. Visitors will be treated to free root beer floats and can talk with Glysch about his plans for the building.

The pump house was built in 1899, along with the water tower it was designed to serve. They were placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2007.

Glysch has raised more than $23,000 for the restoration project since beginning the effort in June 2013.


Mad Science photos

The Oregon Public Library held its final summer reading program special event with a fizz and a boom from Mad Science of Central Iowa and Beyond.


Progressives to discuss Move to Amend

The Oregon Area Progressives are hosting an “open-mic night” at the Firefly Coffeehouse Thursday.

The theme will be the Move to Amend referendum that the Oregon Village Board recently decided to place on the November election ballot.

Move to Amend is a state and nationwide effort to amend the U.S. Constitution in light a Supreme Court ruling in 2010 determining that laws limiting the political campaign contributions of unions and corporations violate the First Amendment protecting free speech rights.

The referendum will ask if voters agree that corporations and unions should not have the same rights as individual citizens, and that spending money is not a form of speech, and therefore is not subject to protections guaranteed under the First Amendment regarding political speech.