Thursday, December 01, 2016

Learning the basics about human and sex trafficking

The latest edition of Eye on Oshkosh is now online. Join host Cheryl Hentz as she talks with Pastors Cindy Crane and Barb Girod about sex trafficking and human trafficking, a problem that is rapidly growing and can affect anyone, no matter their sex or age. Crane is the director of the Lutheran Office for Public Policy of Wisconsin (LOPPW) and Girod is an advisory council member for LOPPW. You can get more information about this subject and what LOPPW is doing about this troubling problem at In the meantime, you can see the show here:

Thursday, November 10, 2016

Events abound at the Oshkosh Public Museum and Oshkosh Public Library

On the latest episode of Eye on Oshkosh, host Cheryl Hentz visits first with Karla Szekeres from the Oshkosh Public Museum to find out what events are going on at the museum and learn about some of their new exhibits. In the second segment, she visits with Lisa Voss and Marie Boleman from the Oshkosh Public Library to hear about the many events they have coming up for and just after the holidays. See the episode here:

Wednesday, November 09, 2016

Don’t miss the Whoville Holiday Nov. 19 in Downtown Oshkosh

Even the Grinch won’t be able to resist the whimsically festive doings on Saturday, Nov. 19, when everyone who’s anyone gathers for a Whoville Holiday in Downtown Oshkosh.

It’s a day full of fun events and activities for families, sponsored by the businesses and organizations in the Downtown Business Improvement District.

The green eggs and ham-themed Breakfast with the Grinch at the Best Western Waterfront Hotel Ballroom is sold out, but there are plenty of other Whoville activities going on throughout Downtown Oshkosh to get families in the holiday spirit:

Free showings of How the Grinch Stole Christmas
Time Theater
10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

A Grinchmas Celebration at Oshkosh Public Library
10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Under the Dome
Grinchy good fun includes reading of How the Grinch Stole Christmas, Pin the Heart on the Grinch and Happy Holiday Plinko games; a holiday card-making activity; and a family reading corner. Come in your best Whoville attire to get a photo taken and enter our costume contest. Enter at the old front doors on Washington Avenue. This event is free and open to the public.

Free horse & carriage rides
11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Opera House Square

Whoville costume parade & group singalong

Special appearance by Miss Oshkosh and Miss Oshkosh’s Outstanding Teen
Opera House Square
12:30 p.m.

Downtown businesses will feature their own Whoville specials and activities throughout the day. Maps highlighting all of the activities will be available the day of the event at Breakfast with the Grinch, at Whoville Headquarters in Opera House Square and at the Oshkosh Public Library. Throughout the holidays Downtown visitors can see the Whoville displays and window paintings by students in the Gifted and Talented Art Program of the Oshkosh Area School District.

For folks who want to transform their inner Grinch this season, Downtown Oshkosh is collecting donations for the Oshkosh Area Food Pantry, Christine Ann Center and the Oshkosh Area Humane Society. From Nov. 17-Dec. 31 drop off items for any of those organizations at BMO Harris Bank, 50 Pearl Ave. Find wish lists for these charities at

Saturday, October 29, 2016

Daytime noise expected near Little Lake Butte des Morts in Winnebago County

Daytime noise expected near Little Lake Butte des Morts in Winnebago County
Work begins on Roland Kampo Bridge next week

(Fox Valley) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region is announcing daytime construction operations will begin on Monday, October 31 near the Little Lake Butte des Morts area in Winnebago County. Residents near the bridge may experience noise, including sawing, hammering, construction equipment and backup beepers. Daytime noise is likely to occur for several months.

The daytime construction is associated with work on reconditioning the existing bridge over Little Lake Butte des Morts. Work will include removing bridge deck and adding new deck and parapets (barrier walls), realigning bridge ends with new piers, painting girders and attaching new bridges on westbound end of bridge.

Friday, October 28, 2016

Eye on Oshkosh "celebrates" Veterans Day with a special guest

In this episode of Eye on Oshkosh, host Cheryl Hentz visits with Oshkosh Parks director Ray Maurer during the first half of the show about proposed user fees for local softball/baseball groups wanting to use city fields. They also briefly discuss how things are going now that dogs are allowed in many city parks, and the concerns surrounding the presence of animal exhibits in a city park during Sawdust Days in late June/early July.

In the second segment, Hentz chats with Dave Kersztyn, president of the Military Veterans Museum and Education Center in Oshkosh. With Veterans' Day right around the corner we thought this was a nice way of publicizing the museum and its mission, as well as discussing respect for military vets and the flag, etc. And to all veterans, including our four-legged military dogs, 

Eye on Oshkosh wishes each and every one of you a Happy Veterans Day. Thank you for your service so we Americans can each enjoy the many freedoms we share and often take for granted.

You can see the show by following this link:

Tuesday, October 25, 2016

Take Me to the River art exhibit planned at Kaukauna's Grand KaKalin

KAUKAUNA, WI -- Take Me to the River art exhibit will be held Nov. 4 to Dec. 2 in the River Level Suites of the Historic Eagle Mill at Grand Kakalin, 207 Thilmany Road.

The month-long art exhibit will showcase a vast array of local creative talent. Free and open to the public, the exhibit will feature multi-sensory art experiences, pop-ups and art-infused surprises throughout. Highlights will include visual art galleries, live music, audio art, photography, performing art, storytelling, writing, poetry, hair and makeup, fashion, motion graphics/animation art, film, interactive projection mapping, and culinary art.

The exhibit's opening reception at 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., Nov. 4 features live music by Christopher Gold, Nicholas Raymond and LevenhagenArts. The closing celebration from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., Dec. 2 includes performances by Hillary Reynolds and Feed the Dog. All ages are encouraged to visit the gallery during general open hours from noon to 5 p.m.,  Mon-Fri during the exhibit. Private and public evening and weekend events in collaboration with this exhibit are also in the works.

The use of the building space was made possible by signature sponsor, Stadtmueller & Associates. The local company focuses on redevelopment and historic preservation, with many of their projects located along the Fox River.

"Take Me to the River at Grand Kakalin is an inaugural blend of community heritage with the arts as a key component," said company President and building co-owner Randy Stadtmueller.  "The Fox River is what connects many of us to our past and to our future.  History, arts and culture help to tell this important story,” he added.

Jean Detjen, Founder of the new Take Me to the River arts revival initiative was inspired by the newly restored 1872 riverfront paper mill. "The Grand Kakalin riverfront space is brimming with character, beauty and life,” she said. Detjen viewed the raw, industrial vacant lower level as a canvas for artists to tell the story of the river through their creations.

Along with the Bank of Kaukauna, The Heart of the Valley Chamber of Commerce is a collaborative partner in the project.  Kelli Clussman, executive director said: “We are proud to be part of Take Me to the River.   This event showcases the talent and diversity of our community while spotlighting the Historic Eagle Mill at Grand Kakalin.”

"My river path is through my art and now I’m sharing it with Kaukauna which became a town because of the river, the Indians, fur trading and the paper mill," says contributing artist Patt Huss. "To be a part of that history, and to be a part of this great exciting venue, reviving art in the community is refreshing indeed."

For more information, see the "Take Me to the River" event and community pages on Facebook or contact Jean Detjen at 

Monday, October 24, 2016

Eye on Oshkosh hits the radio airwaves

Since 2002 Eye on Oshkosh has been on cable access TV (and all shows are archived on You Tube). Today I have added a new dimension to the show - I'm now also doing Eye on Oshkosh (the radio show). Some of the shows will be unique; others will be a duplicate of what's on TV and You Tube. But there will always be information that is interesting and something you can hopefully use in your day-to-day life).

Below is a link to the first unique show, in which I discuss holiday pet safety with Dr. Elizabeth Holt of Badgerland Veterinary Clinic in Oshkosh. Oodles of great information. I encourage you to download it and give it a listen.

Thanks to Scott at Oshkosh Media and the Friends of Oshkosh Media for their help and support.