Brooklyn truck and tractor pull Sept. 4-6

File photo. Brooklyn’s annual Labor Day Truck and Tractor Pull will be held Sept. 4-6 at Legion Park.

The Village of Brooklyn will have its annual Labor Day Truck and Tractor Pull Sept. 4-6.

The event, held at Brooklyn’s Legion Park, will begin Friday at 6 p.m. with the Community Antique Tractor Pullers and music in the beer tent from Boom Bang Twang beginning at 8 p.m.

Saturday pulls begin at 10 a.m. with different tractor and truck classes. At 1 p.m., the pro and super farm divisions will go followed by the mini rods. Music will begin in the beer tent at 7:30 p.m. with Virginia Liquor Company.

Sunday, Brooklyn Community Bank will sponsor a pancake breakfast from 8 to 11 a.m. Pulls will start at 10 a.m. with more tractor and truck classes followed by the South Central Tractor Pull classes.

Sunday music will be provided by SuperTuesday beginning at 7 p.m. in the beer tent.


Sportsman’s club to host annual pig roast fundraiser

The Oregon Sportman’s Club will honor longtime member and local businessman Stu Cameron at its annual fall banquet this weekend.

The banquet will feature a pig roast and raffles, along with a special memorial ceremony and flag and monument dedication for Cameron, who died in May. The event, which marks the club's 45th anniversary this year, will be held from 4:30-9:30 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 29, at 1726 Sand Hill Road.

Cameron was a member of the club for more than 20 years and the director of the trap shooting league. To honor him, the club raised funds to build a memorial, which will feature an engraved stone with a photo etching of Cameron, a color-stamped concrete patio, a bench and a 23-foot-tall flagpole.


Saving Marvel: Donated 1925 yearbook book a window to Oregon’s past

Photo by Scott De Laruelle. Ann Morris holds the cover of former Oregon resident Marvel Morrison’s 1925 Oregon High School memory book, which was filled to the brim with photographs, commentary, autographs, ticket stubs, programs, and various memorabilia

Frankly, Betty Nowak was just there to find an item or two to help turn a buck, as she browsed an estate sale in suburban Phoenix, Ariz.  

She wasn’t planning on saving an irreplaceable treasure trove of Oregon High School history from the trash bin.

But that’s exactly how it played out – all to the delight of Nowak – a Glendale, Ariz. resident who told the Observer Friday she usually doesn’t pay much attention to “more personal” items at estate sales she attends for her online resale business. But something caught her eye at a recent stop – something amongst the usual collection of furniture, jewelry and accessories was this tattered-yet-elegant, bulging book, with a fading rose-inscription and falling-apart collection of letters, photographs and memorabilia. 

It was simply titled, “My Graduation Memory Book.”


Oregon couple to star in ‘Guys and Dolls’

Photo submitted. Oregon couple Jace and Abby Nichols will star as Sky Masterson and Sarah Brown in Four Seasons Theatre’s production of “Guys and Dolls” from Aug. 21-23, in Shannon Hall at Wisconsin Union Theater.

An Oregon couple will star in Four Seasons Theatre’s production of “Guys and Dolls” from Aug. 21-23. The play will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday at Wisconsin Union Theater.

Husband and wife team Abby and Jace Nichols will star as the teetotaler Salvation Army doll Sarah Brown and the high-rolling gambler Sky Masterson when Shannon Hall is transformed into New York. The Nichols met in 2008 when they were featured as Millie Dillmount and Trevor Graydon in the Theatre’s production of “Thoroughly Modern Millie.”


Oregon Drum Off photos 2015

Academy of Sound held its annual drums department fundraiser Saturday, Aug. 15, at Triangle Park. Three students from the program played songs they have been working on, followed by the students and instructor improv jam session for the small crowd in the shelter. The event serves as the main fundraiser for the drums program at the music academy.


Engelberger displays photos at Firefly

Photo by Michael Engelberger. Michael Engelberger’s photos will be on display throughout August at Firefly Coffeehouse.

Photo Midwest and 14 South Artist member Michael Engelberger is exhibiting 30 nature and landscape images at the Firefly Coffeehouse, 114 N. Main St.,  through the end of August.

Have a cup of coffee, enjoy some food and take a look at some of Engelberger’s favorite photographs of natural wonders. There are several new photographs in the exhibit.

Engelberger also has an ongoing show exhibiting 17 nature and landscape images at the Yahara River Grocery Co-op, 229 E. Main St., in Stoughton, through the end of September.


Board: Fix roads before transfer

Dane County plans to transfer jurisdiction of Hwys. MM and CC to the village sometime around 2020, but before that happens village officials want the county to fix problems on Janesville and Jefferson streets.

On Monday, the Village Board authorized village attorney Matt Dregne to respond to a memo from Dane County about work the county would do on the roads before handing them over to the village. The village would like the county to fix the road base, perform additional testing and get a third-party bridge inspection before it accepts jurisdiction of the roads. 

“The goal is to make sure the roads are improved and delivered in good condition before we accept jurisdiction,” Dregne explained to the board.

The village has been negotiating with the county over the jurisdictional transfer, which by state law can take place in 2020 if the county’s population reaches 500,000 by then, as expected.


Group raises $2,500 for breast cancer awareness through July swimming

Photo submitted. A group of 20 swimmers at the Oregon Pool collectively swam more than 80 miles during in July and raised more than $2,500 for research into metastatic breast cancer. Among the swimmers were, from left: Gary Goudreau, Sue Niebauer, Bob King, Krista Flanagan, Mary Gooze, Charles Wachtel and Mary Libby.

A group of about 20 swimmers at the Oregon Community Pool have finished a month-long effort to raise awareness and research funding for metastatic breast cancer. 

The swimmers were inspired by Mary Gooze, who is in the midst of battling a stage IV breast cancer. Gooze’s quest to raise funds for research, while also shining a light on the disease, was highlighted in a front-page article in the Observer earlier this year, detailing her plan to swim across five lakes in the Madison area.  


Genin closes cabinet making business

Photo by Mark Ignatowski. Mark Genin is retiring after 35 years in the custom wood products business. Genin is having an auction later this month.

After 35 years in the custom cabinet making business, Genin’s Inc. is closing.

Owner Mark Genin founded the business in 1979 after he and his wife, Sue, moved to Oregon with their young daughter, Angela. Two weeks after moving here from Madison, the couple had their second child, Alan. Both children attended Oregon schools and went on to college.

Their father, meanwhile, has worked since the late ‘70s with just one real vacation – an 11-day trip to Alaska.

“We also took one long weekend in San Diego,” he said.

Other than that, Genin, 64, has gone to his shop at the corner of Union Road and Lincoln Road every morning, including lots of Sundays, at 6 a.m.

He built the business from scratch, with help for the last 30-plus years from employee David Janecek. Genin steadily employed another four or five cabinet makers, but Janecek has been his right-hand man.


National Night Out 2015 photos

The Oregon Police Department held its 20th National Night Out community event along Spring Street on Aug. 4. Activities included information booth and games from area businesses, tours of emergency vehicles and demonstrations by Karate America and Dane County K-9.


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