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  • Mon, March 29, 2021 1:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The video of our Alder District 10 candidate forum is now available at our YouTube channel. https://youtu.be/usNYyoDRvUk

  • Fri, March 05, 2021 10:49 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The ORNA Grapevine Winter issue is now available. Our editor, Meg Handley, has put in an enormous amount of work gathering ideas, writing articles, and recruiting neighbors to contribute to The Grapevine, as well as doing the layout. For this issue, Meg interviewed both candidates for alder in our district and wrote a nice review of their positions on key issues. She also wrote a cool story on the Snowman Parade that neighbors on Dorsett and Stemp held. Thanks, Meg, and thanks to Cathy Silver for the photos!

    You will also want to check out Lori Conner's story, "Stewards of Oaklea," about the history of one of Orchard Ridge's most beautiful and historic homes. Ed and Patrice Mani are putting Oaklea on the market in May in hopes of finding another great steward for the home. Thanks for the wonderful story, Lori! Thanks also to Cherie Olsen for shining a spotlight on the Orchard Ridge Welcoming Committee. Cherie, with the help of several neighbors, has been leading the welcoming committee for years. If you are interested in helping them, her email is in the article. A big "thank you" also to Tim Dybevik for sharing his experiences and some tips for traveling during the Covid-19 epidemic.

    Finally, Spring is just around the corner; Jimmy the Groundhog promised us and I have seen some daffodils poking up through the mulch in front of our house. Laura Gessert for another great gardening article, this time about memory gardens for the living. Thank you, Laura! And yours truly has a quick review of several interesting observations about the real estate market here on the South West side of our city.

    You can download your copy of The Grapevine here https://bit.ly/Grapevine2021W. And please feel free to forward it to your family and friends.

  • Thu, November 07, 2019 7:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    ORNA Board member Theresa Drinka was interviewed last night by Amy Reid of WISC TV 3 about public safety and the need to have funds included in the 2020 city budget for more police officers. The story is here: http://bit.ly/TDinterv

    The final decision on the budget will be made Tuesday night, Nov 12. Contact info for common council alders is here: http://bit.ly/CommonCouncil

    The ORNA public safety survey is here: http://bit.ly/ORNAsurvey
    ORNA's letter to the mayor and common council is here: http://bit.ly/ORNALetter

  • Sat, July 06, 2019 11:42 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    What a beautiful day for a parade and picnic. Thanks especially to Peg Beckman and Scott Peters and all of their volunteers for all they've done to make the OR 4th of July Parade and Picnic so fabulous. Without them, the support of ORNA members and the donations of those attending this wonderful neighborhood celebration wouldn't be possible. We hope to see you next 4th of July! If you have photos you took, please feel free to share them in the comments. We'd love to see them!

    Herman Brandenburg, our neighbor since 1960, is the Grand Marshall for the Orchard Ridge 4th of July Parade and Picnic.

    Herman and his mother, Mabel, moved to Madison in 1953 from their small farm near Castle Rock, Wisconsin. He began building houses in the area as a way of earning a living. In 1958 he married the love of his life, Louise, and together they built their family home on Whitcomb Drive in 1960. Fifty-nine years later Herman still calls it home! Herman served on the Board of Directors of Orchard Ridge Community Club (ORNA's predecessor) for many years and he hasn't missed a 4th of July Picnic since his first in 1960.

    That house-building-thing Herman got into to pay the bills turned into quite a career. Over his nearly 50 year in the business, Herman built many homes in Orchard Ridge (maybe he built yours!), Madison and Monona. And he had a "hands on" role, quite literally, in building Good Shepherd Lutheran Church. When not building houses, he served the local and state building industry as the President of the Madison Builders Association and the President of the Wisconsin Builders Association.

    Even in retirement, Herman has continued to swing a hammer for Habitat for Humanity and other missions well into his 80s. Check this out!

    In fact, his building and mission expertise can be found around the world in places like Jamaica, Cuba, Africa and Madagascar. However, after building homes all over Dane County and around the world, he never found a neighborhood that felt more like home than Orchard Ridge. Herman says, "We've had the Best Neighbors anyone could ever ask for!" He says he and his wife never considered moving out of Orchard Ridge. It's that special of a place.

    There's a difference between building a house and building a home ... and Herman built his home to raise his family to stay. In fact, the lower level of his home was built as an apartment so his mother could live with the family. Herman and his wife Louise raised their three children (Kathleen, Kris and Mark) in their Whitcomb Drive home. And, his three grandchildren (Nina, Nathan and Nick) continue to have their family gatherings on Whitcomb Drive. Even the sad memories of losing his mother in 1977 and his wife in 2017 are more special because they were at home surrounded by family.

    Family and Friends mean the world to Herman and his neighbors in Orchard Ridge have become very special lifelong friends. "We've been so blessed to have the best neighbors!"

  • Tue, March 05, 2019 6:31 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    About 65 people enjoyed great food and drinks, lively conversation, and the door prize drawings at Babe's Saturday evening. A special thank you to Zachary Henak and Kristin Johnson, the candidates for district 10 alder, for partying with us. It was nice to get to know you both a little more.

    And, a giant THANK YOU to the 31 generous local businesses who donated door prizes. Without their support the party wouldn't have been nearly as fun. When we say "shop local" be sure to visit our sponsors! Here is a list. If you get a chance, please stop by and thank them for their support. They help us make this a great neighborhood.

    4627 Verona Rd
    Madison WI 53711

    Babe's American Grill
    5614 Schroeder Road
    Madison WI 53711

    Brunsell Lumber & Millwork
    4611 W Beltline Hwy
    Madison WI 53711

    Cambridge Winery Tasting Room
    1001 S. Whitney Way
    Madison WI 53711

    Copper Top Restaurant
    5501 West Beltline Highway
    Madison WI 53711

    Dorn Hardware
    1348 S Midvale Blvd
    Madison WI 53711

    Gino’s Italian Deli
    4606 Verona Road
    Madison WI 53711

    Glass Nickel Pizza
    3191 Muir Field Rd
    Fitchburg WI 53719

    4630 Verona Road
    Madison WI 53711

    Half Price Books
    626 S Whitney Way
    Madison WI 53711

    675 S Whitney Way
    Madison WI 53711

    Kwik Trip
    5280 Williamsburg Way
    Madison WI 53711

    Light Haus Glass
    1921 Freeport Road
    Madison WI 53711

    515 S Midvale Blvd
    Madison WI 53711

    Lynn’s of Madison
    5928 Odana Rd
    Madison WI 53719

    Madison Fire Department
    1810 McKenna Blvd
    Madison WI 53711

    Meadowridge Library
    5726 Raymond Road
    Madison WI 53711

    Mobile One Wireless
    5517 Odana Rd
    Madison WI 53719

    Mounds Pet Food Warehouse
    5350 King James Way
    Fitchburg WI 53719

    Old National Bank
    5750 Raymond Road
    Madison WI 53711

    Ooh LaLa Hair Design
    7475 Mineral Point Rd Ste 129
    Madison WI 53719

    Pacific Cycle a div. of Dorel Sports
    4902 Hammersley Road
    Madison WI 53711

    Raven Computers
    5956 Odana Road
    Madison WI 53719

    Seafood Center
    712 S. Whitney Way
    Madison WI 53711

    434 Gammon Pl
    Madison WI 53719

    Supreme Fitness
    5555 Odana Road
    Madison WI 53711

    Vitense Golfland
    5501 Schroeder Road
    Madison WI 53711

    Walgreens Drug Store
    5702 Raymond Road
    Madison WI 53711

    Wisconsin Craft Market
    148 Westgate Mall
    Madison WI 53711

    Wisconsin Vision
    5505 Odana Road
    Madison WI 53711

    Yahara Bay Distillery
    6250 Nesbitt Rd Ste 200
    Fitchburg WI 53719


  • Thu, September 13, 2018 1:51 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our Dane County Supervisor Matt Veldran has a number of blog posts. You can find his posts by clicking on the News menu item and choosing Matt Veldran to see his posts. 

    Thanks to Matt for sending me his post, which I entered into his news blog. 

  • Tue, September 11, 2018 12:13 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our annual Halloween and Fall Fest is scheduled for Sunday October 21 at Flad Park starting at 2 p.m. 

    Games, costumes, snacks. Prizes for costumes -- for all ages. 

    Don't let mom and dad eat all your candy. 

    See 2018 Fall Fest

  • Sun, July 15, 2018 3:04 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Peg Breuer-Beckman and family with help from Cherie Olson, the servers and the grillers served up 350+ lunches for our parade's kids and families. 

    Watch the slideshow. 

  • Thu, June 21, 2018 10:29 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    4th of July Parade and Picnic

    The Orchard Ridge Neighborhood Association goes big for Independence Day! The annual Fourth of July parade and picnic is for members, and their families and guests-- and you can join right at the picnic!

    The parade begins July 4 at 11:30 a.m. at the east Whitcomb and Loruth intersection, proceeding north and then west down Loruth Terrace to Orchard Ridge Park, where we serve our primo picnic lunch--brats, hot dogs, burgers, chips, potato salad, watermelon, baked beans, ice cream--all free for members. You can join--or donate--right at the picnic.

    So rig out your baby buggy, bike, skateboard, scooter, or wagon, and deck yourself in patriotic motif to join the parade. Meet the honored Grand Marshal, Orchard Ridge Pioneer Tom McKenna, and greet the firefighters atop their truck. Take a selfie with Uncle Sam!

    At the picnic grounds, mix and mingle with new and old friends and take a hop into the popular inflatable obstacle course (a.k.a. "bouncy castle"), always a hit with kids and adults alike.

  • Tue, May 22, 2018 1:22 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Grapevine, as a printed newsletter, will be replaced by blogs posted to this site. To support our generous sponsors, the advertising copy that would be placed in the Grapevine is now being displayed on this site instead. Scroll to the bottom of our home page to see the ads. Please consider these sponsors for the services you need. 

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