Friday, April 22, 2016

Eye on Oshkosh back in the studio and two new shows now online

We were finally able to get back in the studio last night and get a couple of new shows taped. There were a few different circumstances that prevented us from taping for about a month, but we’re back with new shows and hope you’ll check them out.

In this one, host Cheryl Hentz spends the hour talking with Dr. Laura Hartman, Asst. Professor of Environmental Studies at UW-Oshkosh, and Cassandra Fowler, a senior environmental studies major, about the university's first-ever sustainability-themed Free School coming up tomorrow, April 23, 2016. They also discuss the campus' various "green" initiatives and simple ways to go "green" in our own homes. The show can be found at this link:

In the second one, Cheryl and guest co-host Miles Maguire talk with Oshkosh Mayor Steve Cummings about new programs the city is working on with regard to rental housing certification, a possible education component tied to it so landlords and tenants alike can learn what their rights are, and a new plaque program for historic buildings in the city. They also discuss the possibility of a pilot program where dogs would be allowed in some city parks; and the possible creation of a Diversity and Inclusion Coordinator-type position being created for the city. To view this show, follow this link:

Tuesday, April 05, 2016

Pet Remembrance Service offered at First Congregational Church

Pet Remembrance Service offered at First Congregational Church

Pets give us such joy and unconditional love; and are often regarded as members of the family. When we lose them, the grief we experience can be as powerful as it is with the loss of any human family member; in some cases, more so. Because of that pet memorial services have become very common over the years. They give us a chance to celebrate the life of a beloved pet and grieve their loss. They also provide an opportunity to start coping with the loss and moving toward healing.

With that in mind, the Animal Ministries group at First Congregational Church in Oshkosh is hosting a citywide Pet Remembrance Service. At this special service we’ll share memories, we’ll laugh, we’ll cry; but most importantly, we’ll acknowledge our loss and pay tribute to these cherished members of our families. So if you – or someone you know – has recently lost a pet, or simply would like to honor a pet who has passed some time ago, please join or invite them to join us.

This Pet Remembrance Service will be held from 10 to 11 am on Saturday, April 30 in the FCC Sanctuary. If you wish, you may bring a picture of your beloved departed pet or pets to share with us as you say a few words about those you have lost. Please do not bring pets that are still with you to this service. A special Pet Blessing service for those pets will be held in October, as we have done the past few years. Those attending will also receive a special memento to take away from this service.
While the service is free and open to the public, a freewill donation will be taken.

If you have any questions regarding this service, or about becoming a member of the FCC Animal Ministries Group (you needn't attend First Congregational to be a member), please call Cheryl Hentz, facilitator at 920.209.PETS (920-209-7387). We hope to see you at 10 am on Saturday, April 30 to celebrate and honor the life of your dearly departed pets. First Congregational Church is located at 137 Algoma Blvd., one block west of Main St., near downtown Oshkosh.

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Thursday, March 03, 2016

Eye on Oshkosh talks LGBTQ issues, events

The latest episode of Eye on Oshkosh is now online and can be found at the link above. In it, host Cheryl Hentz talks with Dr. Liz Cannon and Matthew Reinhart of the LGBTQ Resource Center on the UW-Oshkosh Campus. We'll find out about the center and what it's purpose is and who it serves, then later chat about a few transgender issues, and upcoming events the center is hosting or sponsoring. For more information, people can visit

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Oshkosh School Board Approves Proposed Cuts if Referendum Not Approved

The Oshkosh School Board approved a list of $3.4 million in cuts for the 2016-17 school year and an additional $4 million in cuts for the 2017-18 school year that would be instituted if the April 5 Referendum for Learning is not approved by district voters.

The Referendum for Learning is a request for increased funding that will go before school district voters on April 5. The referendum is in response to continued pressure on the school district’s budget due to inadequate state funding that does not keep up with inflation or increasing educational costs.
The state allows school districts to ask local voters to approve increases beyond the state-imposed revenue limits for their community.

If voters approve the referendum on April 5, it will provide $4 million per year for seven years that would be used to protect academic programs for Oshkosh students and make security improvements to district schools. If voters do not approve the referendum, the board-approved cuts will go into effect beginning in the 2016-17 school year. The cuts were developed by a 33-member staff/community budget reconciliation committee over the course of several meetings.

Examples of what will be cut over the next two years if the referendum fails include:
• Mandatory study hall for all middle school students in place of elective classes like Family-Consumer Science, Career/Technology Education and STEM
• Eliminate or restrict lower enrollment classes and electives in middle and high school (ex: CAPP,
Business, Technology and Engineering, Agriculture, French, German, Art and Music/Orchestra)
• Reduce art, music and gym opportunities in elementary school
• Increase athletic fees and combine several North and West high school teams into one
• Close and/or combine schools

“Voters need complete information about what will occur if the referendum passes and what if it fails,” said Superintendent Stan Mack. “We have been very clear that if it passes, we will be able to protect academic programs and enhance school security. We need to be equally clear what will be cut if it fails so residents know the impact that would have on our school programs.”

More information about the Referendum for Learning can be found at

Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Washington Elementary named School of Recognition

For more information contact:
Kim Brown
Director of Learning
Oshkosh Area School District
(920) 424-0289

Washington Elementary Named as School of Recognition

The Wisconsin Title 1 School of Recognition is an honorary award for schools that have been successful in educating students from low-income families. State Superintendent, Tony Evers, states, “The staff and administration of these schools are committed to breaking the link between poverty and low academic achievement through rigorous programming and attention to student needs. Many positive educational opportunities exist for students across the state.”

This year, Washington Elementary is recognized for their students’ achievement as a Beating the Odds School. This will be the tenth year they have been recognized and the ninth consecutive year that Washington Elementary School has received this recognition. Principal of Washington School, Susan Martin, shared “At Washington, we believe that no significant learning can take place without significant relationships. These relationships ground our students for academic success. The educators at Washington are passionate individuals who work diligently to meet the academic and emotional needs of every child- we are truly a ‘school family.’”

Tony Evers will host an awards program at the State Capitol on March 14 to further recognize Wisconsin Title 1 School of Recognition award recipients. Washington School will receive a plaque and $500 for use in their school.

Congratulations to everyone at Washington Elementary on this special honor.

Thursday, February 18, 2016

New laws Wisconsinites need to know about

The latest episode of Eye on Oshkosh is now online. Check out our discussion with attorney George Curtis about new Wisconsin laws for 2016. There are many things the legislature and governor have done that, as consumers, we all need to be aware of, especially since more and more rights and protections are being stripped away by this administration.

Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Councilman Stepanek issues press release on Diversity Coordinator position




On Tuesday the City Council will begin to identify steps towards hiring a Diversity Coordinator. This position was initially proposed by Councilor Ben Stepanek in the 2016 Budget, but was rejected by the City Council at that time. After Councilors received numerous emails in support of the position it has taken top priority. If created, the position would help Oshkosh compete in a globalizing society and attract millenials to the community.

"During the 2016 Budget deliberations, I held listening sessions, spoke with community stakeholders & I recognized the need & public support for hiring a Diversity Coordinator by the City," Stepanek said. " I am looking forward to seeing this position in the City Managers 2017 Budget proposal. I am thrilled with the public support that has come pouring in on this issue & even more excited about how far the City Councilors opinion have come on this issue in the last three months. I am glad that more Councilors are getting engaged in the discussion & putting forward ideas on how to make this position a reality in Oshkosh," he said. 

The Council will need to approve the position in the 2017 City budget. For more information on this position please contact Ben Stepanek @ 920-765-1072 Community members can email their Councilors in support of a Diversity Coordinator in the City by using the link below.

* Editor's Note: Meanwhile, there will be a general Conversation on Diversity held in the Council Chambers and sponsored by Councilors Clark and Pech on Tuesday, February 16 from 6 to 7:30 pm. This discussion is intended to have citizens talk with the councilors and each other about their feelings and thoughts regarding diversity in today's society. Citizens are therefore encouraged to attend.