Thursday, March 06, 2014
Fretting over "stuff"
Wednesday, February 05, 2014
Why I'm boycotting the Olympics
I am talking about hotels that aren't finished and rooms that aren't ready to go; brown water that comes out of the faucets; toilets where you're unable to flush toilet paper down and instead have to put the used paper in a stand-alone receptacle; manholes on the sidewalks that don't all have covers on them; and so on. The Russian powers that be have had 5 years and spent between $51 and $53 million dollars on this event and with all this yet to do and the news reports and tweets going out all over the place from people experiencing these conditions, they're instead worried about rounding up and killing stray dogs and cats. RIDICULOUS and HIGHLY SHAMEFUL!!
No disrespect to the athletes who have trained so hard for this moment, but with all this going on, coupled with Russia's well-publicized stance on human rights, gay rights, animal rights, and environmental issues, I will be boycotting the games and encourage others to do the same, especially if you care about these issues.
Sunday, October 20, 2013
Unique recreation trail over Lake Butte des Morts now open
(Green Bay) The crown jewel of the new Lake Butte des Morts Causeway recently unveiled its unique features to the public. The Tribal Heritage Crossing of the Wiouwash State Recreation Trial, which spans the entire length of the Lake Butte des Morts Bridge, opened on Saturday, October 12.
The new causeway trail features a pedestrian/bike multi-use trial, 13 beautiful, Native American kiosks, fishing access, three overpasses dedicated to Earth, Fire and Water, and artwork displaying the rich culture and history of Oshkosh.
A community open house, called “First Across,” was held between 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m., last Saturday, October 12, on the grounds of Eckland Motorsports, 2794 Marine Dr., Oshkosh. The open house featured a non-competitive fun run/walk, dog walk, interactive displays, food, music, expert anglers on site with advice, and a special memento for people who crossed the new causeway and brought back a ticket from the other side. Everyone who attended the open house also received a “First Across” commemorative pin.
A special linking ceremony of the Wiouwash Trial and Tribal Heritage Crossing was held at Eckland Motorsports. Local leaders and Native American dignitaries unveiled a commemorative brick that links the Wiouwash Trial to the Tribal Heritage Crossing. Now that the Open House and Linking Ceremony was held, the trail is now open to the public.
The Lake Butte des Morts Causeway and Tribal Heritage Crossing features design characteristics dedicated to Wisconsin’s Native American tribes. Special overlooks and kiosks display information about the 11 federally recognized Native American Tribes of Wisconsin, and a Native American architect designed aesthetic features for sections of the causeway that are inspired by the natural elements earth, fire and water. At the north end of the causeway, a kiosk will provide information about the history of Lake Butte des Morts. Street parking, if needed, is available on Marine Drive.
The vehicle overpass for the causeway opened this past July (2013).
For more about the new Lake Butte des Morts Causeway go to www.us41wisconsin.com Visit the US 41 Project on Facebook and follow us on Twitter for additional details on US 41 traffic impacts and lane closures in Brown and Winnebago counties.
Leaf Collection Update - City of Oshkosh
The schedule is as follows:
Friday garbage day = Monday leaf collection (10/14, 10/21, 10/28, 11/4, 11/11)
Monday garbage day = Tuesday leaf collection (10/15, 10/22, 10/29, 11/5, 11/12)
Tuesday garbage day = Wednesday leaf collection (10/16, 10/23, 10/30, 11/6, 11/13)
Wednesday garbage day = Thursday leaf collection (10/17, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, 11/14)
Thursday garbage day = Friday leaf collection (10/18, 10/25, 11/1, 11/8, 11/15)
If your leaves are not picked up on a scheduled collection date (due to heavy volume, etc.) the collection may be rescheduled or will be collected the following week. All other rules still apply.
Loose leaf collection will end November 15. Leaves will only be collected after this date if they are placed in bio-degradable paper bags.
For more information on the Fall Leaf and Yard Waste Collections Program, please visit the city website,
Thursday, September 12, 2013
Volunteer opportunities available at the Oshkosh Public Museum
Spooky Tours invades the Museum hallways throughout the month of October. For 13 lucky nights, visitors will hear some true chilling tales of strange sightings, horrible deaths and the supernatural from Oshkosh’s past. Storytellers relate these stories in a dramatic fashion to fully capture the essence of the story and engage with the visitors. Tour Leaders are needed to lead groups to the six storytelling locations within the Museum while sharing tidbits of information and setting the stage for the stories they are about to hear. Tours are offered from 6:30-8:00 PM each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night October 3-31.
Deck the Halls, a new holiday experience at the Museum from November 12-January 12, will feature several special activities, events and exhibits, including a unique Christmas Village and Museum Train exhibit. Volunteers are being recruited to become a Sawyer domestic servant and greet visitors during the exhibit in the following areas: Storytellers, Craft & Entertainment, Food Demonstration Assistant, Parlor Games, Gallery Docent and Candy Cane Café.
If you are interested in volunteering for one of these positions at the Museum, contact Karla Szekeres at (920) 236-5763 or email@example.com. Applications are accepted through the City of Oshkosh web site at www.ci.oshkosh.wi.us. Click on Volunteer Opportunities, select the Museum and click on the Apply link.
The Oshkosh Public Museum, located at 1331 Algoma Boulevard, is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 AM-4:30 PM and Sunday from 1-4:30 PM. For more information on how you can become a Museum Volunteer or Member, or to learn more about upcoming programs and exciting exhibits, visit www.oshkoshmuseum.org, call (920) 236-5799 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sunday, September 08, 2013
First Congregational Church, local Muslim community team up for blood drive
Every day it seems we're learning of a horrific story or disaster somewhere, making the need to blood constant. In fact, consider these statistics from the American Red Cross:
- Every two seconds someone in America needs blood;
- More than 38,000 pints of blood are needed in the U.S. every single day;
- Only 38 percent of the population is eligible to donate, and sadly, only a fraction of that population - about 8 percent - actually donate blood;
- Because of the constant need for blood the blood supply must be regularly replenished, making it very important that generous donors like you give regularly. But whether you give once, a few times, or every couple of months as some do, your donation is needed and vital to saving lives;
For an appointment to donate on Sept. 20 at First Congregational Church, call 1-800-RED-CROSS (1-800-733-2767). Walk-ins are also welcome the day of the drive. You can learn more about blood donation by calling them or visiting www.redcrossblood.org.
About First Congregational Church:
First Congregational Church's motto is: 'Different Paths. Same Journey.' In other words, we understand that each of us may take different paths to make the same spiritual journey. First Congregational Church offers a warm, welcoming atmosphere that embraces everyone and judges no one, regardless of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, marital status, family structure, faith, or socio-economic status. It doesn't require you to attend services every week, nor look down on you if you can't or don't. No matter who you are or where you are on life's journey and your own spiritual travels, you are always welcome at First Congregational Church.
We are located at 137 Algoma Blvd., one block west of the Sundial in downtown Oshkosh, Wisc. Call us at (920) 231-7520 for more information or visit us online at www.fccoshkosh.org or on Facebook to see what we have to offer and the many activities that are not just a part of our life together, but a part of our involvement in the community - because we believe in serving others beyond our doors to make a difference in the world.
About the Ahmadiyya Muslim Community:
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is a dynamic, fast-growing international revival movement within Islam. Founded in 1889, it spans over 200 countries with membership exceeding tens of millions with its current headquarters in the United Kingdom. Ahmadiyya Muslim Community is the only Islamic organization to believe that the long-awaited Messiah prophesized by many religions has come in the person of Mirza Ghulam Ahmad(as) (1835-1908) of Qadian, India.
The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community of Oshkosh acquired Qamar Mosque, the first mosque in Oshkosh, in 2010. The community works closely with other interfaith groups and the community at large to spread understanding of the true teachings of Islam. Please contact us at (920) 385-9254, or visit us at www.alislam.org to learn more about Islam.
About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies about 40 percent of the nation's blood; teaches skills that save lives; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a not-for-profit organization that depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public in order to perform its mission. For more information, please visit www.redcross.org or visit us at Twitter at @RedCross.