Saturday, July 23, 2016

Oshkosh City Manager visits Eye on Oshkosh

The latest episode of Eye on Oshkosh is now online. I spent the hour chatting with Oshkosh City Manager Mark Rohloff about a variety of city issues, including: Condition of city streets and progress being made; recently-passed legislation that allows dogs in many city parks; Sawdust Days and problems associated with the annual event; upcoming city budget discussions; economic development efforts; efforts to create a diversity coordinator position; and a variety of other things. This is a great show to watch to see what's happening in the city. Check it out at the following link:

Thanks for always giving us great info, Mark!

Friday, July 08, 2016

World Relief-Fox Valley visits Eye on Oshkosh

Check out the most recent episode of Eye on Oshkosh, in which host Cheryl Hentz spends the first segment of this show talking with Tami McLaughlin, director of World Relief-Fox Valley, about the refugee program World Relief is involved in and the screening and resettlement process overall.
In the second segment, Cheryl talks with Judy Brewer, president of the Friends of the Oshkosh Seniors Center, and Connie Carmical, Community Marketing Manager for Right at Home, about a special event, called Food Truck Friday, to help fund the Oshkosh Seniors Center.

Watch the episode by visiting the following link:

Monday, July 04, 2016

The Declaration of Independence - our nation's birth certificate

The Declaration of Independence - our nation's "birth certificate"
Every day thousands leave their homeland to come to the "land of the free and the home of the brave" so they can begin their American Dream. But for millions of us, we have been living that dream and experiencing that freedom all our lives. Of course, many freedoms came through the bloodshed and hard-fought efforts of our veterans (both two-legged and four-) in the various wars the United States has been involved in through the years, but we first claimed our independence and freedom from Britain and Democracy was born some 234 years ago, on July 4, 1776.
The very words and ideals set forth in the Declaration of Independence remain powerful even today, though there have been many court decisions in the last 234 years that have sought to interpret what our forefathers meant when they wrote the documents and principles our country was founded on. Yes, times change but those principles in their most pure form should still hold true no matter how different times may be in 2016 than they were in 1776.
So this Independence Day, as we attend picnics, watch parades, lights fireworks or watch fireworks displays, and enjoy a day of rest from work (most people anyway), let’s take a few moments to remember what the day is really all about. To help with that, here is the complete text of the Declaration of Independence. Original spelling and capitalization have been retained. It is long, but worth the read.
The Unanimous Declaration of the Thirteen United States of America
(adopted by Congress July 4, 1776)
When, in the course of human events, it becomes necessary for one people to dissolve the political bonds which have connected them with another, and to assume among the powers of the earth, the separate and equal station to which the laws of nature and of nature's God entitle them, a decent respect to the opinions of mankind requires that they should declare the causes which impel them to the separation.
We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. That to secure these rights, governments are instituted among men, deriving their just powers from the consent of the governed. That whenever any form of government becomes destructive to these ends, it is the right of the people to alter or to abolish it, and to institute new government, laying its foundation on such principles and organizing its powers in such form, as to them shall seem most likely to effect their safety and happiness. Prudence, indeed, will dictate that governments long established should not be changed for light and transient causes; and accordingly all experience hath shown that mankind are more disposed to suffer, while evils are sufferable, than to right themselves by abolishing the forms to which they are accustomed. But when a long train of abuses and usurpations, pursuing invariably the same object evinces a design to reduce them under absolute despotism, it is their right, it is their duty, to throw off such government, and to provide new guards for their future security. --Such has been the patient sufferance of these colonies; and such is now the necessity which constrains them to alter their former systems of government. The history of the present King of Great Britain is a history of repeated injuries and usurpations, all having in direct object the establishment of an absolute tyranny over these states. To prove this, let facts be submitted to a candid world.
He has refused his assent to laws, the most wholesome and necessary for the public good.
He has forbidden his governors to pass laws of immediate and pressing importance, unless suspended in their operation till his assent should be obtained; and when so suspended, he has utterly neglected to attend to them.
He has refused to pass other laws for the accommodation of large districts of people, unless those people would relinquish the right of representation in the legislature, a right inestimable to them and formidable to tyrants only.
He has called together legislative bodies at places unusual, uncomfortable, and distant from the depository of their public records, for the sole purpose of fatiguing them into compliance with his measures.
He has dissolved representative houses repeatedly, for opposing with manly firmness his invasions on the rights of the people.
He has refused for a long time, after such dissolutions, to cause others to be elected; whereby the legislative powers, incapable of annihilation, have returned to the people at large for their exercise; the state remaining in the meantime exposed to all the dangers of invasion from without, and convulsions within.
He has endeavored to prevent the population of these states; for that purpose obstructing the laws for naturalization of foreigners; refusing to pass others to encourage their migration hither, and raising the conditions of new appropriations of lands.
He has obstructed the administration of justice, by refusing his assent to laws for establishing judiciary powers.
He has made judges dependent on his will alone, for the tenure of their offices, and the amount and payment of their salaries.
He has erected a multitude of new offices, and sent hither swarms of officers to harass our people, and eat out their substance.
He has kept among us, in times of peace, standing armies without the consent of our legislature.
He has affected to render the military independent of and superior to civil power.
He has combined with others to subject us to a jurisdiction foreign to our constitution, and unacknowledged by our laws; giving his assent to their acts of pretended legislation:
For quartering large bodies of armed troops among us:
For protecting them, by mock trial, from punishment for any murders which they should commit on the inhabitants of these states:
For cutting off our trade with all parts of the world:
For imposing taxes on us without our consent:
For depriving us in many cases, of the benefits of trial by jury:
For transporting us beyond seas to be tried for pretended offenses:
For abolishing the free system of English laws in a neighboring province, establishing therein an arbitrary government, and enlarging its boundaries so as to render it at once an example and fit instrument for introducing the same absolute rule in these colonies:
For taking away our charters, abolishing our most valuable laws, and altering fundamentally the forms of our governments:
For suspending our own legislatures, and declaring themselves invested with power to legislate for us in all cases whatsoever.
He has abdicated government here, by declaring us out of his protection and waging war against us.
He has plundered our seas, ravaged our coasts, burned our towns, and destroyed the lives of our people.
He is at this time transporting large armies of foreign mercenaries to complete the works of death, desolation and tyranny, already begun with circumstances of cruelty and perfidy scarcely paralleled in the most barbarous ages, and totally unworthy the head of a civilized nation.
He has constrained our fellow citizens taken captive on the high seas to bear arms against their country, to become the executioners of their friends and brethren, or to fall themselves by their hands.
He has excited domestic insurrections amongst us, and has endeavored to bring on the inhabitants of our frontiers, the merciless Indian savages, whose known rule of warfare, is undistinguished destruction of all ages, sexes and conditions.
In every stage of these oppressions we have petitioned for redress in the most humble terms: our repeated petitions have been answered only by repeated injury. A prince, whose character is thus marked by every act which may define a tyrant, is unfit to be the ruler of a free people.
Nor have we been wanting in attention to our British brethren. We have warned them from time to time of attempts by their legislature to extend an unwarrantable jurisdiction over us. We have reminded them of the circumstances of our emigration and settlement here. We have appealed to their native justice and magnanimity, and we have conjured them by the ties of our common kindred to disavow these usurpations, which, would inevitably interrupt our connections and correspondence. They too have been deaf to the voice of justice and of consanguinity. We must, therefore, acquiesce in the necessity, which denounces our separation, and hold them, as we hold the rest of mankind, enemies in war, in peace friends.
We, therefore, the representatives of the United States of America, in General Congress, assembled, appealing to the Supreme Judge of the world for the rectitude of our intentions, do, in the name, and by the authority of the good people of these colonies, solemnly publish and declare, that these united colonies are, and of right ought to be free and independent states; that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the state of Great Britain, is and ought to be totally dissolved; and that as free and independent states, they have full power to levy war, conclude peace, contract alliances, establish commerce, and to do all other acts and things which independent states may of right do. And for the support of this declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of Divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our lives, our fortunes and our sacred honor.
[Signed by] JOHN HANCOCK [President]
New Hampshire: Josiah Bartlett, William Whipple, Matthew Thornton
Massachusetts: John Hancock, Samual Adams, John Adams, Robert Treat Paine, Elbridge Gerry
Rhode Island: Stephen Hopkins, William Ellery
Connecticut: Roger Sherman, Samuel Huntington, William Williams, Oliver Wolcott
New York: William Floyd, Philip Livingston, Francis Lewis, Lewis Morris
New Jersey: Richard Stockton, John Witherspoon, Francis Hopkinson, John Hart, Abraham Clark
Pennsylvania: Robert Morris, Benjamin Rush, Benjamin Franklin, John Morton, George Clymer, James Smith, George Taylor, James Wilson, George Ross
Delaware: Caesar Rodney, George Read, Thomas McKean
Maryland: Samuel Chase, William Paca, Thomas Stone, Charles Carroll of Carrollton
Virginia: George Wythe, Richard Henry Lee, Thomas Jefferson, Benjamin Harrison, Thomas Nelson, Jr., Francis Lightfoot Lee, Carter Braxton
North Carolina: William Hooper, Joseph Hewes, John Penn
South Carolina: Edward Rutledge, Thomas Heyward, Jr., Thomas Lynch, Jr., Arthur Middleton
Georgia: Button Gwinnett, Lyman Hall, George Walton
(Incidentally, if any of you has ever wondered what happened to the 56 men whose names appear above and on the Declaration of Independence, here are some little known facts I received by email…)
Five signers were captured by the British as traitors, and tortured before they died.
Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned. Two lost their sons serving in the Revolutionary Army; another had two sons captured.
Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.
They signed and they pledged their lives, their fortunes, and their sacred honor.
What kind of men were they?
Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists; eleven were merchants; nine were farmers and large plantation owners; men of means, well educated, but they signed the Declaration of Independence knowing full well that the penalty would be death if they were captured.
Carter Braxton of Virginia, a wealthy planter and trader, saw his ships swept from the seas by the British Navy. He sold his home and properties to pay his debts, and died in rags.
Thomas McKeam was so hounded by the British that he was forced to move his family almost constantly. He served in the Congress without pay, and his family was kept in hiding. His possessions were taken from him, and poverty was his reward.
Vandals or soldiers looted the properties of Dillery, Hall, Clymer, Walton, Gwinnett, Heyward, Ruttledge, and Middleton.
At the battle of Yorktown , Thomas Nelson, Jr., noted that the British General Cornwallis had taken over the Nelson home for his headquarters. He quietly urged General George Washington to open fire. The home was destroyed, and Nelson died bankrupt.
Francis Lewis had his home and properties destroyed. The enemy jailed his wife, and she died within a few months.
John Hart was driven from his wife's bedside as she was dying. Their 13 children fled for their lives. His fields and his gristmill were laid to waste. For more than a year he lived in forests and caves, returning home to find his wife dead and his children vanished.
So, take a few minutes while enjoying your 4th of July holiday and silently thank these patriots. It's not much to ask for the price they paid.
Remember: Freedom is never free!

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: