Brooklyn Historical Society open house is Saturday

Like-minded people started meeting in October of 2010 to explore the possibility of forming a local historical society for Brooklyn, founding the group the following April. The society is affiliated with the Wisconsin Historical Society and has a goal to preserve the history of the Village of Brooklyn and the four surrounding townships of Brooklyn, Oregon, Rutland and Union. Ultimately, the goal is to have a museum site in Brooklyn.

The society is hosting its fifth annual open house from 1-4 p.m. Saturday at the Brooklyn Community Building, and there is plenty in the schedule. The theme this year is “Dancing into the Past,” and will feature a transferred reel to reel film of Brooklyn proms from 1954 to 1962. There will be DVD copies for sale. There is also footage of the original Brooklyn high and elementary schools. 


Photos: Oregon Rotary Club fall fest 2015

The Oregon Rotary Club held its first fall festival for more than 100 kids on Oct. 4 in front of the Gorman building. Activities included pumpkin decorating, face painting, a bounce house and fall photo booth.


Brochure: Walk, bike around Oregon

When it comes to helping sell Oregon as a tourist destination, the more help, the better. 

That’s how a recent collaboration between several village groups came together to create a new “Explore Oregon” brochure that was published last month. The idea behind the brochure is to highlight some of the village’s historic attractions, as well as recent additions like the newly completed bike trail, to give people opportunities to see the area on their feet, as well as on their bicycles. 


Sugar River draft plan available

People who enjoy the Sugar River and all its wildlife and recreational opportunities will have a chance to voice their opinions on a new master plan for the area. 

The draft master plan for 12 wildlife, fishery, natural areas and park properties, as well as 14 smaller habitat areas in the Sugar River Planning Group, is available for public review and comment through Oct. 8. The document contains a feasibility study for a proposed Footville Public Hunting Ground project, and recommendations from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources for habitat and recreation goals and objectives for the following properties:

• Wildlife areas - Albany, Avon Bottoms, Badfish Creek, Brooklyn, Evansville, Hook Lake/Grass Lake and Liberty Creek

• Fishery areas - Anthony Branch, Allen Creek and Story Creek

• Natural areas - Hook Lake Bog


Photos: Oregon in motion 2015

Running, walking or wheeling, 100 community members filled the Oregon High School track before the homecoming football game Friday evening for Oregon in Motion. The event promotes walking and physical fitness. Participants receive orange and black beads each time they round the track to mark how much they have walked. The group totalled 286 miles walked during the hour event.


People’s UMC starts community food project

Photo submitted. Susan Shedivy shows off the Oregon Community Share Project, a fresh produce cart located on the grounds of People’s United Methodist Church at the corner of Alpine Parkway and Oregon Parks Avenue.

Rather than throwing out excess vegetables from area gardens, community members are encouraged to drop them off at a fresh produce cart on the northwest side of the Village of Oregon. Others are welcome to take produce from the cart as needed.

The red stand has been located on the grounds of People's United Methodist Church at the corner of Alpine Parkway and Oregon Parks Avenue for a couple of months. A sign reads: "If you have surplus produce and wish to share with neighbors, thank you," and "If there is produce here and you need some, help yourself."

It’s all part of the church’s Oregon Community Share Project, led by member Susan Shedivy, who got the idea from seeing a similar cart at the Brooklyn United Methodist Church and arranged to have the cart built. She checks it regularly and finds the cart being used.


Swim-a-thon makes a splash

Photos by Samantha Christian The Oregon High School girls swim team practices in the pool, which got new lane lines in July following a swim-a-thon fundraiser.

Area swimmers are making ripped fins and deteriorating lane lines a thing of the past at the Oregon Pool.

The Oregon High School swim teams and Oregon Community Swim Club (OCSC) decided to hold their inaugural swim-a-thon fundraiser in June to raise money for new lane lines and equipment for the pool. What they didn’t expect was for an anonymous donor from the area to step up and offer to buy the lane lines if the groups simply donated some money to the Oregon-Brooklyn Food Pantry.

So along with some community members, the Tigersharks and Panther teams collected nonperishable food items and raised money for the laps or length they swam, with a goal of at least $50 per swimmer. Afterward, participants enjoyed pizza donated by Pizza Pit and cookies donated by Headquarters.


Photos: Oregon Homecoming 2015

Oregon celebrated the high school’s homecoming with a parade Friday afternoon through the village’s downtown. Just before the parade, Oregon High School students showed off their school pride at a pep rally that included a dance-off, yelling contest and the crowning of the king and queen. The football team won the homecoming game 33-13 over Fort Atkinson later in the night. The dance was held Saturday night at the high school.


New eateries coming to South Main

The Village Board held a public hearing for restaurateur David Heide’s application for a liquor license Monday, but Heide was the only person from the public to speak.

Heide, who has owned a New Orleans-style restaurant in Fitchburg for the past several years, plans to open three operations – a catering venue, a bar and a speakeasy – next month in the buildings at 113 and 119 S. Main St. – what formerly was Mason’s on Main.

The bar and restaurant at 113 S. Main St. will be called Charlie’s on Main; the speakeasy will be Charlie’s Underground, and the venue for special events like wedding receptions will be The Main Event at 119 S. Main St. on both the street level and in a second-floor space.


Sewn together: Firefly quilt project reflects community connection

Photos by Jacob Bielanski. A quilt made from individual 8-by-8 inch squares assembled by various organizations throughout Oregon was unveiled at the Firefly Coffeehouse on Sept. 2. The quilt was the brainchild of John Bonsette-Veal, left, and was finished with the help of The Quilt House owner Julie Jenkins, right. It will hang permanently at the Firefly.

A new community quilt that went on display at the Firefly Coffeehouse in early September is a visual reminder of the many disparate parts that come together to make a community.

Project organizer John Bonsette-Veal sees the quilt as an expression and celebration of community.

The quilt, which will permanently grace a wall in “Oregon’s living room,” consists of approximately 52 eight-inch squares that have been stitched together to comprise a roughly 6-by-8 foot piece of art.

Each square was contributed by a local resident or organization, including such entities as the Chamber of Commerce, the Oregon Soccer Club, Rotary Youth Exchange, community gardens, the public library, Oregon Area Progressives and Oregon hockey.

Bonsette-Veal got the idea for a community quilt after he organized a quilt display in February at the Firefly that generated “a lot of buzz.”


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