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Thu
02
Jul

Brooklyn fireworks highlight July 4 festival

The Village of Brooklyn Recreation Committee will celebrate July 4 in style. 

“It’s a really nice show for a small town,” committee chair Stacey Hardy said of the fireworks show set for dusk at Legion Park this Saturday. “Last year, it was like half-an-hour long. It just kept going and going and going.” 

The committee has been fundraising to cover the cost of the fireworks, which are set off by Brooklyn Fire/EMS volunteers, and it was at 70 percent to the $3,500 goal as of last week.

“I’m pretty confident (we’ll get there),” Hardy said. “The more money we get, the better, because then we could put on a bigger one for next year.”

Hardy said she plans to personally donate to help make up the difference, as well.

Thu
02
Jul

Lane closures planned for Hwy. MM through August


Photo by Mark Ignatowski. Drivers should expect some delays as the intersection of Janesville and Wolfe streets will be under construction starting July 6. Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction on Janesville Street, with limited access to Wolfe Street during different times throughout the project.

Construction season is well underway, and major repairs are planned for a busy intersection on the south end of the village.

Construction crews will begin work next week on a roughly two-month long project that will repair the intersection of Janesville and Wolfe streets. The $133,000 project begins July 6 with lane closures, and a detour is planned for August. 

The project – which affects Janesville Street from South Perry Parkway to just past Wolfe Street in front of the Kwik Trip store – is a joint effort between the Village of Oregon and Dane County, with some engineering help from the City of Madison.

Mon
29
Jun

Village to make offer for new police chief

The Village of Oregon Police Commission plans to offer the police chief position to a captain in the Whitewater Police Department.

Village officials have completed interviewing candidates for the Oregon Police Department chief and expect to have the new department leader in place by mid- to late-August.

The Police Commission plans to offer the job to Brian Uhl, currently second-in-command for the city of Whitewater Police Department.

The village is conducting a background check on Uhl. Once it’s completed, and if approved, the village will offer him the job and negotiate a contract.

Uhl has been a member of the Whitewater Police Department since 2007 and resides in Janesville. He previously worked as an officer for the Janesville Police Department and a deputy sheriff in Dane County. He also worked as a branch manger for Associated Bank in Madison from 2005-07.

Fri
26
Jun

Board approves temporary fix for tennis courts


Photo by Bill Livick. A wide crack – and several more like it – are reasons why the Village Board last week approved spending $23,000 to restore the Oak Street tennis courts.

 Pickleball and tennis players will be happy to learn that the Oak Street tennis courts will be restored this summer.

The Village Board on Monday unanimously approved a group’s request that the village spend $23,000 to fix cracks, resurface and stripe the asphalt courts for both tennis and pickleball.

The board met with resident Mike Barone, who represented a group of pickleball players, and a tennis court restoration contractor Monday to discuss the request.  

Barone and the pickleball players had received approval in April to stripe the three courts for pickleball, since six pickleball courts fit onto the three tennis courts.

Wed
24
Jun

OPD Chief: Lieutenant stole drug evidence

An Oregon police lieutenant who was called “the glue who held the department together” after months of upheaval is now being accused of illegally taking cash and prescription pills from the department’s evidence room and medical dropbox.

An Oregon Police Department investigation that began in late January, and involved a state agency, found “variances” in the prescription drug disposal unit at the OPD evidence room. The investigation tied those issues to Lt. Karey Clark, who died unexpectedly Jan. 9 at the age of 38, reportedly of natural causes.

“He was dealing with health issues for some time, which he continued to try to remedy until his death,” Megan Clark, Karey’s wife, told the Observer in an email.

Tue
23
Jun

Former Oregon woman victim of embezzlement

A former Oregon resident was recently identified as the victim of nearly $200,000 in theft as part of an investigation by the Stoughton Police Department.

The 83-year-old woman reportedly cried when investigators told her of the extent of the theft allegations against Deanna Braaten, of Stoughton, who is accused of embezzling the money from her between 2010 and 2015.

Braaten is also accused of embezzling more than $86,000 from the Stoughton Vikings Wrestling Club since she became the group’s treasurer in 2009. During that investigation, detectives uncovered evidence that she may have also taken money from a “vulnerable adult” living in Stoughton. 

Mon
22
Jun

Oregon restaurant to add banquet facility

A new banquet hall is expected to come to Oregon and should be open in less than a year.

The Village Board Monday unanimously approved businessman Jamie Bush’s request for tax-increment financing assistance to build a banquet facility as an addition to Headquarters Bar and Restaurant, 101 Concord Drive, on the village’s south side.

The board met in closed session after discussing Bush’s request and emerged with an offer that includes $68,000 in the form of a TIF loan upon completion of the hall, as well as a two-month extension on a previously established Dec. 31, 2015 deadline to open the 2,400-square-foot banquet facility.

The village will have to borrow the money for the TIF and will charge Bush an additional 4 percent of the loan amount, village administrator Mike Gracz said.

Mon
22
Jun

Hwy. MM project planned for July, August

Roughly two months of construction is planned along Hwy. MM near this summer.

Drivers will need to look for a change in traffic patterns and signals starting Monday, July 6 at the intersection of Janesville Street and Wolfe Street in the Village of Oregon. The project will affect Janesville Street from South Perry Parkway to just past Wolfe Street in front of the Kwik Trip store. 

The project includes removal of old pavement and replacement of the base course and new pavement between July 6 and the end of August.

Traffic will be reduced to one lane in each direction and temporary stop signs will be installed while the traffic signals are replaced. 

In August, the eastbound lanes of Hwy. MM will be closed at Wolfe Street and a detour will be in place for about two weeks. 

Sat
20
Jun

Board approves temporary fix for tennis courts

Pickleball and tennis players will be happy to learn that the Oak Street tennis courts will be restored this summer.

The Village Board on Monday unanimously approved a group’s request that the village spend $23,000 to fix cracks, resurface and stripe the asphalt courts for both tennis and pickleball.

The board met with resident Mike Barone, who represented a group of pickleball players, and a tennis court restoration contractor Monday to discuss the request.  

Barone and the group of pickleball players had received approval in April to stripe the three courts for pickleball, since six pickleball courts fit onto the three tennis courts.

The residents made forms, bought paint and striped the courts at their own expense. But large cracks in the court, along with tennis net posts that lean at odd angles due to a poor foundation, make the courts far from ideal to play on.

Fri
19
Jun

Police: Lieutenant took pills from evidence

An Oregon Police Department lieutenant who died in January took prescription pills from the department’s evidence room, according to a release issued Friday by the department.

Karey Clark died last January at the age of 38, unexpectedly and reportedly of natural causes.

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