Friday, June 17, 2016

Protect yourself against the latest scams

The most recent episode of Eye on Oshkosh is now online and it’s one you won’t want to miss. Host Cheryl Hentz spends the hour talking with Susan Bach, regional director for the Northeast region of the Wisconsin Better Business Bureau. This fantastic, fact-based show explains all about the latest scams out there and the best ways to protect yourself from falling victim to them. For more information, visit:, or The show can be seen by going to this link:

Friday, June 03, 2016

Helping former inmates transition back into community life

The latest episode of Eye on Oshkosh is now online. Please join host Cheryl Hentz as she spends the hour chatting with Anne Strauch, CVA and Regional Director for the Community Circles of Support, a program of Goodwill Industries of North Central Wisconsin, about a special program in the area that helps former inmates in the successful transition from incarceration back into the community and day-to-day life “on the outside.” These folks face many challenges, some of which we’ll learn about on the show. You’ll also learn how you can help Goodwill make a difference in so many people’s lives, whether it be through this particular program or one of the many other Goodwill programs.
This edition of Eye on Oshkosh can be seen at
For more information on this community-based program, visit You can also access them on Facebook.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Service Dogs trained at Oshkosh prison

The latest episode of Eye on Oshkosh is now online ( Host Cheryl Hentz spends the hour talking with Brenda Cirricione, president and lead trainer of Journey Together Service Dog, Inc., and three of her board members and/or volunteers for this organization that works with Oshkosh Correctional Institute inmates to train service dogs for people with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder.

Also making an appearance were five dogs in training, each of whom lives at the prison with their inmate trainers: Jazz (2-year old Yellow Lab), Chance (1 and 1/2-year old rescue mix), Echo (5-month old Briard), Dash (8-month old black German Shepherd) and Frost (10-week old Yellow Lab). The board members and/or volunteers included: Shari (board member, instructor at the prison and coordinator of volunteers), Jenny (vice-president of board and Medical Coordinator), and Cindy (trainer at prison, socializer trainer and assists with selection of dogs for the program). This program is fascinating because it involves working with local inmates who are providing a service and gaining valuable experience in working with and training dogs, who will then go live with members of the military or others in the community who suffer from PTSD.

During the hour, the panel discussed what makes a good dog for the program, and who makes a good trainer; what the dogs are capable of doing when fully trained and how long that takes; the difference between service dogs, emotional support dogs, therapy dogs, and companion animals. If you are interested in learning more about the program, making a financial contribution to it, or volunteering with this wonderful group of people and dogs, please visit them at OR on Facebook under Journey Together Service Dog Oshkosh.

Eye on Oshkosh thanks Brenda, her husband Brad (behind-the-scenes dog wrangler), all the ladies and the dogs for making the trek to our set to make this show possible. We also want to thank the Oshkosh Correctional Facility and Wisconsin State Prison System for making this training program and this particular show possible. We understand the coordination that had to go into getting the dogs transported from the prison to the set and back again, and we are deeply greatly for that.

As host and producer, I also want to personally thank Scott at Oshkosh Media and my entire crew tonight of Daryl, Amanda, Nick, Haadi, Ed and Morgan for their amazing patience, skill and professionalism in putting together a show that had so many moving parts and components to it this evening. Well done, everyone!!!

The show can be seen at this address:

Friday, May 06, 2016

2016-17 season of Grand Opera House revealed on Eye on Oshkosh

The latest episode of Eye on Oshkosh is now online. Cheryl Hentz spends the hour talking with Oshkosh Grand Opera House Foundation executive director Joe Ferlo about the upcoming annual fund drive and the 2016-17 season. As in past seasons, there is something for everyone, no matter their taste. This is a fun, delightfully entertaining episode you won't want to miss. The show can be seen starting next week on local cable access channel 2 or now on You Tube by going to this link:

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