Thursday, July 12, 2018

Little Lake Butte des Morts bridge traffic switch in Winnebago County

Little Lake Butte des Morts bridge traffic switch in Winnebago County; Shifting from westbound US 10 traffic to north bridge

(Menasha) The Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) Northeast Region office in Green Bay is announcing that westbound US 10 traffic will be shifting from the south Little Lake Butte des Morts Bridge to the north bridge over the next few weeks. The first and second of three traffic switches will begin the week of July 15.  See below for traffic impacts:

·         I-41 bound traffic from the Racine Road Interchange will be shifted to the north Little Lake Butte des Morts Bridge on Sunday, July 15. All other traffic will remain on southern bridge and have access to southbound I-41.

·         All I-41 bound traffic will be shifted to the north bridge on Saturday, July 21. Westbound US 10 through traffic will remain on south bridge.

·         Westbound US 10 through traffic will be shifted into permanent configuration on north bridge in September.

Friday, July 06, 2018

Oshkosh city manager on Eye on Oshkosh

On the latest edition of Eye on Oshkosh, host Cheryl Hentz talks with Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff about a variety of issues related to city business and things going on in the community. Among them are current road construction projects and sewer line repair/replacement on Oregon Street, dark store issues and pending reform, how areas along Oshkosh Avenue will be changed in the coming months, etc. See the entire episode by following this link:

Monday, July 02, 2018

Motorists traveling over the July Fourth holiday asked to be patient, alert and safe

Motorists traveling over the July Fourth holiday asked to be patient, alert and safe

Work to be suspended on many highway projects to accommodate expected higher traffic volumes
The July Fourth holiday is typically one of the busiest travel periods of the year and officials with the Wisconsin Department of Transportation (WisDOT) are asking motorists to plan ahead, buckle up, be patient and alert. For the safety of motorists and workers, and to accommodate expected higher traffic volumes, work on most highway construction projects will be suspended at noon on Tuesday July 3rd and will resume on Thursday, July 5th.     
“While most construction work will come to a temporary halt, there will still be work zones and higher traffic volumes requiring drivers to watch their speed and stay focused on the road ahead,” said WisDOT Secretary Dave Ross. “The State Patrol and other law enforcement partners will be out enforcing traffic laws and assisting stranded motorists. Travelers need to do their part by buckling up and be prepared for the possibility of traffic slowdowns in work zones and along major travel corridors.” 
Other important traffic safety reminders:
Before heading out, check the 511 travel information system for the latest on traffic incidents and delays. Consider downloading the free 511 Wisconsin mobile app or follow @511WI on Twitter. 
Posted speed limits apply to ideal travel conditions. Drivers are required to slow to a “reasonable and prudent” speed based on weather and traffic conditions.
Except for emergencies, it is illegal in Wisconsin for drivers to use a handheld mobile device in work zones. Texting while driving is prohibited at all times. 
The state’s Move Over law requires drivers to slow down or shift lanes when coming upon emergency response vehicles stopped along a roadway with warning lights flashing. This includes police and fire vehicles, ambulances, tow trucks and highway maintenance vehicles.
Stopping along a highway and getting out of your vehicle can be dangerous, increasing the chances of being struck by another vehicle. If you become stranded, it’s generally safest to stay buckled up inside your vehicle and call for help. 
Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicle customer service centers will be closed on Wednesday, July 4th. Citizens are reminded they can conduct DMV business online 24/7 at

Sunday, July 01, 2018

Incoming and outgoing Oshkosh school superintendents visit Eye on Oshkosh

In this episode of Eye on Oshkosh, host Cheryl Hentz spends the hour talking with outgoing Oshkosh Area School District superintendent Dr. Stan Mack II and incoming superintendent Dr. Vickie Cartwright. 

Mack discusses what he believes to be his greatest accomplishments in the district during his six years there and what his plans are for the future. Cartwright, meanwhile shares with folks why she wanted to come to Oshkosh, what her accomplishments were at her former district in Orlando - the ninth largest school district in the nation - and what she believes she brings to the Oshkosh district.

See the show in its entirety here or by clicking on the video below:

Thursday, June 07, 2018

Eye On Oshkosh - Library summer programming, Storm Preparedness, taped 6...

In this episode of Eye on Oshkosh, host Cheryl Hentz discusses summer programming at the Oshkosh Public Library with Marie Boleman, Head of Children's & Family Outreach, and Maggie Mueller, Teen Services Librarian. There are many fun, exciting events going on all summer long, right until the Summer Block Party on Aug. 24.

In the second half, Hentz visits with Winnebago County Emergency Management Director Linda Kollmann who share with viewers how they can best prepare for whatever severe summer weather may have in store for us. That includes having a weather radio on hand, having a plan in place and
remembering to include your pets in safety and emergency management plans.

Watch the show in its entirety here or by following this link:

Sunday, June 03, 2018

First Congregational Church hosts its 4th annual Pet Memorial Service

It’s common to have a memorial service to celebrate the life of a loved one who has died. It helps us grieve the death of a loved one and provide an opportunity to start coping with the loss, so we can move toward healing. The same is true in the case of a beloved pet who has passed away.

The Animal Ministries Group at First Congregational Church invites you to our 4th annual Pet Remembrance Service. During this special interfaith 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. If you – or someone you know – has recently lost a pet, or simply would like to honor a pet (or pets) who has passed some time ago, please join or invite them to join us.

This Pet Remembrance Service is from 10 to 11 am on Saturday, June 23 in the FCC Sanctuary. If you wish, you may bring a picture or favorite item of your beloved departed pet(s) to share with us as you say a few words about those you have lost. Those attending will get a memento to take with them as a remembrance of the service. After the service we invite you to join us for refreshments in the church Lounge, so we can continue to share special memories about our pets.

This event is free and open to the public however, a freewill donation will be taken. First Congregational Church is located at 137 Algoma Blvd., one block west of the Sundial in downtown Oshkosh.

Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Oshkosh Area School District Expands After-School Programming

Oshkosh Area School District Expands After-School Programming

DPI awards $100,000 Community Learning Center grant
Oshkosh, WI - The Oshkosh Area School District was recently awarded a $100,000 grant from the Department of Public Instruction (DPI). The grant will enable the district to develop a Community Learning Center (CLC) at Smith Elementary School for the 2018-19 school year, with the opportunity to renew the funding for the next four years for a total of $500,000. With this addition, the District will be home to eight Community Learning Centers focused on providing after-school programming to elementary and middle school communities. These grant-funded, extended-day learning programs help to keep children safe, inspires them to learn, and allows them to have fun and enriching experiences. 

Within the Oshkosh Area School District, Community Learning Centers provide programs and services that can lead to improved academic student achievement, youth development, and greater family and community connections to school. The program vision is to create lifelong learners and compassionate citizens equipped with the necessary skills to succeed in the 21st century. Working with more than 40 community organizations, the District's Community Learning Centers bring valuable services to low-income neighborhoods in Oshkosh and make a difference in the lives of thousands of students and their families.

"We are excited to bring this important programming to Smith Elementary School," stated Julie Conrad, Oshkosh Area School District Director of Curriculum and Assessment. "The mission of our Community Learning Centers is to empower students socially and academically by providing unique extended-day learning opportunities in partnership with school, families, and the community. Our programming offers so much more than homework help and this funding will allow us to continue to meet the needs of the Smith community."

Community Learning Centers within OASD elementary schools are known as Lighted School House programs and are located at Emmeline Cook, Merrill, Roosevelt, Washington, Webster Stanley, and now Smith elementary schools. Lighted School House gives students a safe and fun environment to learn and grow academically and socially. The programming includes daily enrichment activities that focus on community partners, literacy, STEM, art, music, and physical activity. At the middle school level, the programming is known as Middle Extended Day Learning Time (MELT) and these programs are located at Perry Tipler and Merrill middle schools. MELT programming provides time for students to participate in enrichment activities that enhance classroom instruction in multiple areas. Students are also provided time to complete homework and engage in club activities that are based on student interest and input. Through MELT, students build life skills and are supported by positive role models. 

The Oshkosh Area School District is committed to providing valuable programming for children before, during, and after school and this commitment ensures that the District is meeting the needs of students and entire families. In addition to planning for continued sustainability, the OASD regularly pursues grant opportunities to continue to support and enhance its programming. 

About the OASD: The Oshkosh Area School District is located in Oshkosh, Wisconsin, serving 10,000 students and operating 14 elementary schools, five middle schools, two high schools, two charter schools and an eAcademy. Building community through education, the mission of the Oshkosh Area School District is to create citizens who are critical, creative thinkers, responsible in their actions, and committed to learning for life by working together with families and communities. For more information, visit