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 jeandetjen@sbcglobal.net. 

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. http://www.mediafire.com/file/0boc76dot9sfg25/Eye_on_Oshkosh_episode_1_Badgerland_FINAL.mp3

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

Thursday, October 20, 2016

Candidates in the race for Wisconsin's 54th Assembly District talk to Eye on Oshkosh

With less than three weeks to go before the election, the latest episode of Eye on Oshkosh is now online. In this episode host Cheryl Hentz discusses the race for Wisconsin's 54th Assembly District with incumbent Gordon Hintz (D) and challenger Jordan Hansen (Lib). During the hour the candidates share their views on gun control, the state highway system, minimum wage, keeping exotic animals as pets, job growth and skilled labor shortages, the prison and corrections systems, etc. You can see the show here: https://youtu.be/tYyBc4ylxKk 

In the meantime, early voting is underway in the state, as is voting by absentee ballot. If you want to avoid the long lines on election day (Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016), check with your local clerk’s office about what you need to comply with the Voter ID law and how you go about voting early at the clerk’s office or voting absentee. It is a right and privilege to vote. So even if you’re fed up with the way this election season has gone, please don’t sit on the sidelines. Every vote is important, including yours. Do your civic responsibility and make your choice known and your voice heard. Vote in the upcoming election.

Thursday, October 13, 2016

Join the Pumpkin Pageant at Oshkosh Public Library

Children of all ages are invited to grab a pumpkin, shift their creativity into high gear and enter the Pumpkin Pageant at the Oshkosh Public Library. Families can start bringing in decorated pumpkins on Oct. 14. Deadline to enter is Thursday, Oct. 27 at 9 p.m.

This is not a carving contest. Pumpkins will be displayed indoors, so carving would result in the dreaded “fuzzy pumpkin.” Each year contestants come up with creative new ideas for painting, dressing or otherwise decorating their pumpkins without cutting them open.

Decorated pumpkins should be brought to the Children’s Department in the library’s lower level. Final judging takes place on Fri., Oct. 28. Awards will be given out in five age categories and four design categories. There will also be a People’s Choice Award. Children can pick up their pumpkins during the week after Halloween.

Prizes will include new books, food coupons and other goodies.

For complete details about the Pumpkin Pageant or other programs and events for children and families at the Oshkosh Public Library call 236-5208 or visit www.oshkoshpubliclibrary.org.

Thursday, October 06, 2016

Candidates in the State Senate District 18 race visit Eye on Oshkosh

The latest episode of Eye on Oshkosh is now online. In it, host Cheryl Hentz talks with candidates in Wisconsin's 18th District Senate seat, Mark Harris (D) and Dan Feyen (R). The candidates discuss everything from financing K-12 and secondary schools, to water quality, job creation, minimum wage, keeping exotic animals as pets and campaign finance reform. And that’s just to name some of the issues they covered. The show can be seen at this link: https://youtu.be/-0DttbKNFu0

In the meantime, early voting is underway in the state, as is voting by absentee ballot. If you want to avoid the long lines on election day (Tuesday, Nov. 8, 2016), check with your local clerk’s office about what you need to comply with the Voter ID law and how you go about voting early at the clerk’s office or voting absentee. It is a right and privilege to vote. So even if you’re fed up with the way this election season has gone, please don’t sit on the sidelines. Every vote is important, including yours. Do your civic responsibility and make your choice known and your voice heard. Vote in the upcoming election. 

Friday, September 23, 2016

Have the ID you need to vote? Check. If not, start the process for free ID to vote now

The presidential election is just seven weeks away, and the Wisconsin Division of Motor Vehicles (DMV) wants the public to be clear on how to obtain identification, free of charge, that is valid for voting.

Most persons already have valid identification for voting purposes (driver license, identification card, military or student ID card, etc.). If you are not sure if your identification meets the requirements, please visit the Wisconsin Elections Commission website.

For persons who need to obtain new identification to show at the polls for voting, the DMV offers free IDs and has a voter ID Petition Process to help if the required documents are not readily available. Start now at wisconsindmv.gov or at a local DMV customer service center. The DMV’s website has a locator to help you find the nearest DMV and check wait times.

To obtain an official ID card, there are documentation requirements such as a birth certificate, but if all documentation is not available, the ID Petition Process (IDPP) can be used to quickly obtain a receipt valid for voting while the remaining documents or verifications are obtained.
DMV offers this IDPP service free of charge if needed for the purpose of voting.

Avoid the last minute rush, and get started on obtaining your free identification today.

* Editor's Note: And please plan to vote. No matter how you may feel about the candidates or your choices of candidate, not voting is not an option. This is your country and your voice should be heard. And remember, in addition to the presidential election, there are a number of local races where your voice matters and is needed, also.

You can also vote early, either in person or by absentee ballot. Contact your city or town clerk for details for your specific area. You never know what can happen on election day: You could have car trouble; you might be sick; etc. Why chance the unknown. Vote early and eliminate those concerns, while avoiding the long lines.

Confirmation of West Nile virus in Winnebago County, Wisconsin

The following is a press release issued by the Winnebago County Health Department...

The Winnebago County Health Department reports a dead crow found in Winnebago County has tested positive for West Nile virus. This is the first crow that tested positive for West Nile virus in Winnebago County since surveillance for the mosquito-transmitted virus began May 1, but is not uncommon from recent trends of the West Nile virus. The presence of West Nile virus has been confirmed in about half of all Wisconsin counties. No human cases have been reported in Winnebago County yet this year.

“The positive bird means that residents of Winnebago County need to be more vigilant in their personal protective measures to prevent mosquito bites,” Doug Gieryn, Health Officer/ Public Health Director said.

West Nile virus is spread to humans through the bite of an infected mosquito. Mosquitoes acquire the virus by feeding on infected birds.

“Winnebago County residents should be aware of West Nile virus and take some simple steps to protect themselves against mosquito bites,” Gieryn said. “The West Nile virus appears to be here to stay, so the best way to avoid the disease is to reduce exposure to and eliminate breeding grounds for mosquitoes.”

The Winnebago Health Department recommends the following:
 Limit time spent outside at dawn and dusk, when mosquitoes are most active.
 Apply insect repellent to clothing as well as exposed skin since mosquitoes may bite through clothing.
 Make sure window and door screens are in good repair to prevent mosquito entry.
 Properly dispose of items that hold water, such as tin cans, plastic containers, ceramic pots, or discarded tires.
 Clean roof gutters and downspouts for proper drainage.
 Turn over wheelbarrows, wading pools, boats, and canoes when not in use.
 Change the water in birdbaths and pet dishes at least every three days.
 Clean and chlorinate swimming pools, outdoor saunas, and hot tubs; drain water from pool covers.
 Trim tall grass, weeds, and vines since mosquitoes use these areas to rest during hot daylight hours.
 Landscape to prevent water from pooling in low-lying areas.

The majority of people (80%) who are infected with West Nile virus do not get sick. Those who do become ill usually experience mild symptoms such as fever, headache, muscle ache, rash, and fatigue. Less than 1% of people infected with the virus get seriously ill with symptoms that include high fever, muscle weakness, stiff neck, disorientation, mental confusion, tremors, confusion, paralysis, and coma. Older adults and those with compromised immune systems are at greater risk of developing central nervous system illness that can be fatal.

The Department of Health Services has monitored the spread of West Nile virus since 2001 among wild birds, horses, mosquitoes, and people. During 2002, the state documented its first human infections and 52 cases were reported that year. During 2015, 9 cases of West Nile virus infection were reported among Wisconsin residents. West Nile virus infections in humans have been reported from June through October; however, most reported becoming ill with West Nile virus in August and September.

The Wisconsin Division of Public Health will continue surveillance for West Nile virus until the end of the mosquito season. To report a sick or dead crow, blue jay, or raven, please call the Dead Bird Reporting Hotline at 1-800-433-1610.

For more information on West Nile virus: