Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Ron Johnson Tax Numbers Don't Add Up

15-Year Tax Record Shows $12 Million in Assets, But Campaign Claims $10 Million in Wealth to Be Spent

[the following is a press release from One Wisconsin Now]

Madison -- Tax documents obtained from the Wisconsin Department of Revenue by One Wisconsin Now show Oshkosh Tea Party enthusiast and Republican U.S. Senate candidate Ron Johnson and his spouse have reported an estimated $12.2 million in income over the last 15 years. This would appear to either contradict claims by his campaign he will spend between $10-15 million in personal funds, or indicate Johnson has somehow shielded vast sums of money from his tax liability.

"How can Ron Johnson spent $15 million when he's earned $12 million over the last decade and a half?" asked Scot Ross, One Wisconsin Now Executive Director. "Since Ron Johnson is already trying to hide the true nature of his wealth from the people of Wisconsin, this raises serious questions."

Johnson recently missed the deadline for filing a public financial disclosure report required by the Senate Select Committee on Ethics. Records from the DOR show Johnson and his wife have had a total of $824,976 in net tax. Dividing by the state's top tax rate of 6.75 percent, they have an estimated $12.2 in income from 1994 to 2008. (Figures for 2009 were not available):

Year      Net Tax        Est. Income

1994     $50,540       $748,741

1995     $67,829       $1,004,874

1996     $61,485       $910,889

1997     $74,225       $1,100,074

1998     $43,888       $650,193

1999     $32,692       $484,326

2000     $49,126       $727,793

2001     $58,143       $861,378

2002     $44,881       $664,904

2003     $47,345       $701,407

2004     $38,367       $568,400

2005     $30,734       $455,319

2006     $68,538       $1,015,378

2007     $79,997       $1,185,141

2008     $77,156       $1,143,052

2009   Not Available Not Available

Total     $824,976      $12,221,867

"Ron Johnson has some explaining to do about where he's getting this $10 to $15 million to spend on television telling Wisconsin how we need more tax breaks for the rich and big business," said Ross. "Because it doesn't look like it's coming from money he's reporting on his state income taxes."

Before dropping out of the GOP Senate primary, Madison developer Terrence Wall came under fire after One Wisconsin Now showed Wall paid state income tax once in 10 years, while his largest company with assets of between $25 and $50 million paid no state income taxes over 10 years. Wall also rezoned a piece of prime commercial real estate as a phantom "pumpkin patch," seemingly to avoid $34,000 in property taxes by using a tax break meant for working farmers.

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One Wisconsin Now is a statewide communications network specializing in effective earned media and online organizing to advance progressive leadership and values.

Monday, June 28, 2010

Governor Doyle Announces Nearly $2.3 Million in Funding to Assist Displaced Workers

MADISON – Governor Jim Doyle today announced $2,274,814 in federal funding to help over 300 displaced Wisconsin workers find new jobs and improve their skills. The On-the-Job Training National Emergency Grants (OJTNEG) – awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor – are being made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“This grant will help working families hit hard by the national recession to find new jobs and improve their skills,” Governor Doyle said. “I want to thank Senator Kohl, Senator Feingold and Congressman Dave Obey, as well as Secretary Solis and the Obama Administration, for their work to help ensure that Wisconsin workers are job-ready as the economy recovers.”

The OJTNEG grants will provide workers with an opportunity to develop critical job skills while also earning a paycheck. Employers participating in the projects will receive partial reimbursement to offset the cost of training these workers. The projects will help workers become proficient in necessary skills more quickly and encourage employers to hire workers sooner, improving employers’ bottom lines and spurring economic recovery.

Since taking office, Governor Doyle has worked hard to build Wisconsin ’s economy and create new jobs, including last month’s signing of the Wisconsin CORE Jobs Act, which builds on successful manufacturing and worker training programs. The budget the Governor signed last year enacted the most powerful economic development tools in the country to help manufacturers create and retain jobs. The Governor’s Administration has also helped workers struggling because of the national recession by providing unemployment assistance and training, health care and food assistance.

The Recovery Act has helped every state, including Wisconsin , deal with the most difficult national economic times since the Great Depression, while paving the way for future economic growth. In Wisconsin , the Recovery Act has been credited with creating or retaining more than 44,000 jobs.

Since the program was created, Wisconsin has overseen nearly $1.1 billion in Recovery Act expenditures. Major projects in Wisconsin have included road construction projects, major water infrastructure, and a new high speed rail line that will create thousands of jobs and benefit the state’s economy for generations. Under Governor Doyle’s leadership, Wisconsin is also the only state to direct 100 percent of the Recovery Act’s state energy funds to help the state’s largest manufacturers find savings through energy efficiency and create jobs.

Governor Doyle encourages all affected workers to contact their local Job Center to inquire about services by visiting www.wisconsinjobcenter.org/directory or toll free at 1-888-258-9966.

The NEG program provides funding to states when significant events create a sudden need for assistance. National Emergency Grants are part of the Secretary of Labor’s discretionary fund and are awarded based on a state’s ability to meet specific guidelines. For more information, please visit http://www.doleta.gov/NEG.

Oshkosh Public Library closed July 4 & 5 for holiday

June 28, 2010 – Oshkosh Public Library will be closed on Sunday, July 4 and Monday, July 5, in observance of the Independence Day holiday. The library will reopen at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, July 6.

The library’s summer hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Monday through Thursday; 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday; and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday. The library is closed on Sunday through the Labor Day weekend.

Library users can browse the library catalog for books, music CDs, DVDs and other items; renew and place holds on items; and access online resources and digital collections anytime at http://www.oshkoshpubliclibrary.org/. Follow the library on Facebook and Twitter to keep up on library news and receive notices about library activities, events and programs.

Pirate’s life on deck at Oshkosh Public Library

June 28, 2010 – Buccaneers and landlubbers alike will want to gather on deck at the Oshkosh Public Library on July 7 for a special event that brings to life the music and lore of the sea. A Pirate’s Life for Me begins at 10 a.m. and features singer, sailor and captain, Tom Kastle.

From legendary scallywags like Blackbeard and Long John Silver, to Disney’s charismatic Jack Sparrow, pirates carry a mystique that is difficult to resist. Kastle has spent years immersed in the folklore of the open sea, as well as the inland waters of the Great Lakes. He holds a U.S. Coast Guard master license and has served as captain aboard numerous tall ships. His fascinating programs are more than just entertainment – they are steeped in research and hands-on experience as a member of the living maritime culture.

During his lively program, Kastle sheds light on the dichotomous nature of pirates. Were they romantic figures or simply cold-blooded criminals? Kastle shares stories of the Pirate Queen of Asia, Captain Kidd and Blackbeard. He sings ballads including "High Barbaree," "Captain Kidd," and "15 Men on a Dead Man's Chest."

Kastle’s program is appropriate for children ages five and up and will appeal to adults who are drawn in by the lure of the sea. Registration for this event is required. Register at the library’s Children’s Desk or call 236-5208.

The Oshkosh Public Library has more free family programs through the end of July:

Remnants of the Rainforest – Popular environmental program featuring live animals
Fri., July 16
10 a.m.
Lower level, Oshkosh Public Library

A Sailor’s Song Bag – Stories, songs and sing-alongs.
Tues., July 20
10 a.m. and 2 p.m.
Waters Building, Oshkosh Public Library

Randy Peterson concert
Wed., July 28
6:30 p.m.
Paine Art Center Gardens

Visit http://www.oshkoshpubliclibrary.org/ for details and registration information.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

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 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 2010 than they were in 1776.

Part of this and next week’s show examines the Declaration of Independence and why it is important to remember it, not only on Independence Day, but all year long. Co-host Dan Rylance was instrumental in having County Board Supervisor Bill Wingren sponsor a resolution that requested Winnebago County Sheriff Mike Brooks read the Declaration of Independence on the steps of Winnebago County Courthouse this Independence Day at 8 am - something the sheriff was all too honored and happy to agree to do. When our nation was in its early days, it was tradition for the sheriff in each county to read this nation-forming document and Dan would like to see the county make it an annual occurrence to have it read every Independence Day, ideally by the sheriff. He would also like to see the Oshkosh Northwestern publish the Declaration of Independence in the paper on the 4th of July. He also suggests that the Oshkosh Public Library could display it as part of their activities leading up to the holiday. As with most holidays, we seem to get caught up in the modern-day celebratory activities, but often forget the real reason we are celebrating.

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.

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!

(You can read more about the Declaration of Independence by visiting  this site, this site, or by doing a Google search of the Declaration of Independence. Meanwhile, thanks to Dan, Bill and Sheriff Brooks for making this and next week’s show so special and for their patriotic efforts. And again, Happy Independence Day come July 4. Enjoy the day, but remember it and its history, as well.

Winnebago County Board Resolution for the reading of the Declaration of Independence on July 4th


RESOLUTION: Request Sheriff to Read Declaration of Independence on Courthouse Steps on July 4, 2010


WHEREAS, the Continental Congress, by a Declaration of Independence, dated July 4, 1776, clearly declared the inhabitants of New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Georgia, were no longer colonial subjects to be exploited arbitrarily by servants of the King and Parliament of Great Britain, but now were free citizens of their own territories, and that free citizens should constitute the governments for those territories; and

WHEREAS, the Continental Congress provided that same day, by orders of their House, that their Declaration should be proclaimed aloud and published to the free citizens of the territories represented in their Congress; and

WHEREAS, the notification of the Declaration to responsible citizens was then done by sheriffs, who proclaimed it at the courthouse steps, by clergymen, who read it from their pulpits, and by printers, who printed it in their gazettes; and

WHEREAS, the Continental Congress thus initiated a process that has created the Constitutions and state governments of our Union including the Constitution and government of the State of Wisconsin.

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Winnebago County Board of Supervisors that it hereby requests Sheriff Michael Brooks to read the Declaration of Independence from the steps of the Courthouse at 8:00 a.m. on the morning of July 4, 2010, as this was the custom in the early history of our country.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED by the Winnebago County Board of Supervisors that we ask Sheriff Brooks to read the document without further comment or speech. This event is intended for those present to hear the words of the Declaration as we begin to celebrate our Day of Independence.

Submitted by:

Bill Wingren, District 18
Winnebago County Board of Supervisors

Committee Vote:  ______

Vote Requirement for Passage:

Majority of Those Present

Approved by the Winnebago County Executive this _____  day of _______________, 2010.

Mark L Harris
Winnebago County Executive

Friday, June 18, 2010

First Oshkosh SONIC Drive-In hiring full-time and part-time employees

[We have received the following press release and are pleased to publish it for our readers.]

(OSHKOSH, Wisc.) – SONIC®, America’s Drive-In®, is planning to open the first Oshkosh drive-in in July. The drive-in, which will be located at 1200 South Koeller Street in Oshkosh is currently hiring approximately 100 full-time and part-time employees. Positions include assistant managers, crew members and SONIC’s signature skating Carhops, who deliver orders to customers who are in their cars or sitting on the patio.

“SONIC stands for opportunity, which includes career opportunity and the opportunity for our employees to grow both professionally and personally.” said Tim Sparks, franchise partner of the Oshkosh SONIC Drive-In. “We’re excited to open our first Oshkosh SONIC this summer and look forward to hiring great employees for our SONIC team.”

SONIC will host a job fair at the Oshkosh drive-in beginning Monday, June 21 from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. The drive-in will continue to meet with candidates every day thereafter from 10:00 a.m. until 4:00 p.m. until all positions are filled. Candidates are invited to visit the drive-in to fill out an application and be interviewed that same day.

SONIC, which specializes in made-to-order fast food, is known for its specialty menu items and personal Carhop service. Unique drink combinations make SONIC Your Ultimate Drink Stop!

SONIC’s slow-melting ice, helps drinks stay cool and keeps them cooled longer while maintaining flavor. Favorites include TOASTER® Sandwiches (sandwiches served on thick Texas Toast), Ex-Long Cheese Coneys (hot dogs with chili and cheese), Tater Tots and a variety of Frozen Favorites® treats made with Real Ice Cream and Fountain Favorites® drinks. SONIC’s ever-growing menu is full of options to satisfy every taste, such as Real Fruit Smoothies.

SONIC, America’s Drive-In (NASDAQ/NM: SONC) started as a hamburger and root beer stand in 1953 in Shawnee, Okla., called Top Hat Drive-In, and then changed its name to SONIC in 1959. The first drive-in to adopt the SONIC name is still serving customers in Stillwater, Okla. As the nation’s largest chain of drive-in restaurants, SONIC has more than 3,500 drive-ins in 42 states coast to coast. SONIC serves approximately three million customers a day; and with more drink combinations than any other quick-service restaurant – more than 168,000 – SONIC is Your Ultimate Drink Stop®. For more information about Sonic Corp. and its subsidiaries, visit SONIC at  www.sonicdrivein.com. Through Limeades for Learning®, SONIC and its franchise partners have donated more than $638,000 dollars to public school classrooms in local communities across the country. Visit  limeadesforlearning.com to learn more about SONIC’s commitment to education.

Monday, June 14, 2010

Oshkosh Area Community Band offers free concert

The free band concert will be held Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 6:30 p.m. in the Leach Amphitheater located in beautiful Riverside Park. The performance will feature marches, medleys, patriotic, and pieces written specifically for concert band. Because of the variety of musical selections, the performance should appeal to listeners of all ages.

The Oshkosh Area Community Band is directed by Terry Hathaway, former Director of Bands at Oshkosh Lourdes, North and West High Schools. The Community Band has a membership of over 50 area post high school musicians and is an activity of the Oshkosh Recreation Department in association with Oshkosh Area School District and is now celebrating its 23rd season.

Concessions will be available and there will be limited seating. You are invited to bring your lawn chairs and enjoy the Community Band's inaugural band concert at the Leach!

Monday, June 07, 2010

City Adds Nixle Community Information Service

(Oshkosh, WI.) The city of Oshkosh will utilize a new communications service, effective June 3, 2010, that allows the city to send important, valuable community information directly to residents using the latest technology.

The Nixle Community Information Service allows the city to create and publish messages to be delivered to residents instantly via cell phone text message and/or email. Messages may include information on traffic safety, weather alerts, AMBER alerts, and health emergencies as well as other relevant safety and community
event information.

Once a resident registers a specific address (home, workplace, etc.) urgent notifications relevant to that locale will be sent to the subscriber. Residents may also decide from which other local agencies they want to receive information. Subscribers can also choose the way in which alerts are received, whether it is by email, text message, or over the web.

Nixle builds on the foundations of other public-to-public communication services, such as Twitter, Facebook, and MySpace, but adds a key component: security. When citizens receive information from the city via Nixle, they know it can be trusted.

Standard text messaging rates apply, but the service is free and reliable. Your registration information remains private. There is no spam.

Residents of Oshkosh and those in neighboring communities can immediately begin receiving pertinent information via text message and/or email by registering on the city website, http://www.ci.oshkosh.wi.us/.

For more information, please contact Communications Coordinator Dean Leisgang at (920) 236-5269 or at dleisgang@ci.oshkosh.wi.us.

City of Oshkosh takes part in Bare Essentials campaign

(Oshkosh, WI.) The city of Oshkosh is proud to join other community partners in the Bare Essentials Campaign to benefit the Oshkosh Food Pantry and Saint Vincent DePaul.

The food and clothing drive runs from June 7th - 18th and is organized by the Oshkosh Self-Sufficiency Project.

The most needed items are peanut butter, canned tuna, toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, underwear, and socks.

As part of the campaign the Oshkosh Public Library will implement their “Food for Fines” program. For each non-perishable food item that is taken to the library during the campaign the library will forgive one dollar in fines up to a total of three dollars.

The other city drop-off locations include the City Hall lobby, Oshkosh Community Media Services, Oshkosh Police Department, Fire Station #15 (101 Court St .), Oshkosh Seniors Center, and all Oshkosh Transit Buses.

If you would like more information, please contact Communications Coordinator Dean Leisgang at (920) 236-5269 or dleisgang@ci.oshkosh.wi.us.

City of Oshkosh
City Hall
215 Church Avenue
Oshkosh, WI 54901