Community

Mon
21
Apr

Oregon-Brooklyn Food Pantry extends hours

Oregon-Brooklyn Food Pantry food distribution days are now an hour longer.

At the next day where the public can pick up food, April 24, the pantry, located at 1092 Union Road, will be open from 3 to 7 p.m. It was previously open until 6 p.m., but pantry director Linda Fuller said they aimed for longer hours that are more convenient for pantry goers and volunteers.

“We are planning a new process that we hope will encourage people to come after 4 p.m., instead of having great lines of people outside in terrible weather starting at 1 p.m.,” she told the Observer in an email last week.

The pantry announced this winter that it is looking for a larger space to hopefully be donated or subsidized by a donor. The pantry is currently in a warehouse complex that was donated. The space does not have a waiting room area, which forces long lines of people to wait in all sorts of weather conditions.

Fri
18
Apr

RCI Fine Arts Festival photos

Rome Corners Intermediate School held its Fine Arts Festival Thursday, April 10. Students put their musical, dancing and other talents on display for a full crowd in the school’s cafeteria. Above, Miranda Moore performs a solo on her violin.

Fri
11
Apr

Straw Hat Players take on ‘Spelling Bee’

The Oregon Straw Hat Players under the direction of Oregon native Duane Draper will perform the Tony Award-winning musical comedy “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” on April 12-13 and 17-19. The show first premiered on Broadway in 2005 and quickly  became one of the most unlikely of hit musicals, involving the unlikeliest of heroes: a quirky but charming cast of outsiders for whom a spelling bee is the one place where they can stand out, yet fit in at the same time.

Many people participated in spelling bees in their youth. Looking back, many can remember and, perhaps, laugh at ourselves and other classmates while they were tweens or teens. Audience members will find they can relate to the play’s characters when numbers such as “My Friend the Dictionary” is sung by Olive (Bridget Zach).  You will laugh along with Spellers (Grady Gruchow and Madeline Fitzgerald), and Panch (Ron Brockman)” when songs such as “I’m Not That Smart” or “Woe is Me” are sung.

Fri
11
Apr

Run/walk with a doc this Saturday

The Oregon Area Wellness Coalition has organized an event Saturday to promote fitness in the Oregon community.

Walk/Run with a Doc is designed to get people outside and moving, said Dr. Bill Heifner, of UW Health Clinic, Oregon.

“The idea is to stimulate people’s thinking while walking or running, and during that time people can ask questions and have a dialogue with a doctor,” he said.

In addition to Dr. Heifner, three other local physicians – Dr. Troy Doetch, Dr. Joanna Bisgrove and Dr. Laura Mendyk – will be on hand for the event.

Each doctor will give a brief presentation about some aspect of health. Heifner will discuss injury prevention through exercise.  Doetch will talk about health and exercise issues specific to senior citizens.

Bisgrove and Mendyk will focus on family health and exercise.

Wed
09
Apr

Discover the next Van Gogh

Spring is finally here, and with the change of season brings the colors of the 15th Annual Oregon High School Art Department Art Show and Silent Auction. Open to the public from 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, April 17, the high school commons will be filled with a wide variety of artwork on display from OHS art students.

This year’s theme is “Seeds of Inspiration,” with the selling of plants in one-of-a-kind hand-thrown pots created by the various art students, teachers and guests. People can also see works from classic paintings and drawings, to 3-D sculpture, metals and wood working, black and white and digital photography and the newest technological techniques in computer animation. Many of these items will be available for purchase in a silent auction.

Tue
08
Apr

Library "spa day" photos

Oregon youth got a chance to enjoy the finer things at a Oregon Public Library "Spa Day" event held at the Oregon Area Senior Center.

Fri
04
Apr

Brooklyn Fire/EMS make friends


Photo submitted. Pictured left to right: Tom Bowers, Brooklyn Fire Chief;  Dave Hall, Chairman – Friends of the Brooklyn Fire/ EMS;  Evelyn Hall, EMS Director and Chris Johnson, member Friends group.

When the people of the Brooklyn area have a medical emergency, fire or are involved in an accident, they count on local Fire/EMS to respond.

A new community group forming hopes citizens will give some of that response back and support by joining the Friends of the Brooklyn Fire and EMS. The group aims to help plan fundraisers and give other support where its needed, but is still looking for interested members to learn more at its first meeting April 9.

The Brooklyn Fire and EMS Protection District responds to calls for the Village of Brooklyn and parts of the Towns of Oregon, Rutland (Dane County), Brooklyn (Green County), and Union (Rock County) through an agreement among these municipalities enacted in 2005. The basic funding for services comes from property taxes in these municipalities.

Wed
02
Apr

OHS student performs in Launchpad competition

Oregon High School freshman Charles Donovan will participate in the Wisconsin School Music Association’s (WSMA) Launchpad Competition on April 11.

Donovan is a part of the rock band Take the King, which includes other students from Madison West, Memorial and Mt. Horeb high schools. Take the King will perform at 5:15 p.m. on the day of the competition.

The Launchpad competition is statewide music competition for high school bands of any genre that formed themselves outside of the classroom.

The competition will be held at Sun Prairie High School and bands from around the area will start playing at 4 p.m. Tickets are $7 for adults, $6 for students and $3 for those under 10.

Tue
01
Apr

Seed bomb workshop photos

With students on spring break this week, the Oregon Public Library is a busy place.

On Tuesday, the library hosted a “seed bomb” workshop, with kids mixing different seeds together in a clay ball to plant outside.

The kids also got a chance to make bird feeders.

Tue
01
Apr

Volunteer honor for OHS senior

Oregon High School senior Jenna Ainsworth received the Prudential  President’s Volunteer Service Award for her exemplary volunteer service in high school.

The award recognizes Americans who have volunteered significant amounts of time to serve their communities and country. It was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama.  Ainsworth was nominated by Oregon High School for national honors this fall in recognition of  her volunteer service.

Since her freshman year, she has volunteered at the Three Gaits Therapeutic Horsemanship Center, a program that provides effective therapy for children and adults with disabilities and special needs.

Ainsworth grooms and tacks horses to prepare them for the upcoming classes in session, and accompanies riders to ensure they are keeping proper body position.

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