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  • 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. 

  • Sun, May 06, 2018 2:08 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Alissa Hirscher has again organized the Orchard Ridge 2018 Rummage sale. The sales run from Thursday to Saturday (and in one case through Sunday). A link to a Google Map of those homes participating is below.

    Email Alissa to add your home at mahirscher@yahoo.com

    Participating Homes

  • Fri, February 16, 2018 1:38 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Our annual Winter Social meets again at Vitense Saturday February 17. Besides good conversations and good food, door prizes are again being offered from our generous resident businesses. It will be surprise to me if attendees didn't walk away with more than one prize. 

    Besides special gift cards from Vitense, you may feast on prizes from Michael's, Seafood Center, Papa Murphy's, Gino's Italian Deli, and Copper Top. Home improvements from Dorn, Creative Expressions, Light Haus Glass, Happily Ever After (for the little ones). Rumor has it some lucky kids will riding in style this spring and summer with some gifts from Pacific Cycle. 

    You will also be able to renew your membership to Orchard Ridge Neighborhood Association at the Winter Social. We'll be accepting cash, check, and credit cards (new for this year). 

    Thanks to Brian Hanneman, Lori Connor for putting this together, and Hallie Evenson of Vitense for coordinating.

  • Wed, December 20, 2017 1:30 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    West District Blotter

    Welcome to Meadowood!

    December 20, 2017 1:09 PM

    A number of groups and people have worked together to bring better access to health care to the Meadowood Neighborhood.

    The partners include, Meadowridge Library, Today Not Tomorrow, Inc- Project Babies, Meadowood Neighborhood Center and Neighborhood Connectors.   Access Community Health Centers is closely associated with the partnership and they will provide technical and medical information assistance.

    This partnership is called the Meadowood Health Partnership and Sheray Wallace is the first Community Healthcare Worker in Dane County!  The office will be located in the Meadowridge Library and will be open on Wednesday from 10a-4p and Friday from 10a-1p.  Welcome!

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