Saturday, December 29, 2012

“Eye on Oshkosh” tapes its last show, after 10+ years

On Thursday, Dec. 27, 2012, local cable access program, “Eye on Oshkosh” taped its last show and dimmed the lights on the set for the last time, ending a successful, multiple award-winning run that began in September 2002. The program has been a staple in the Oshkosh community and on cable access channel 2 since then – usually airing one new, original program each week – although there were times that scheduling, weather, illness, etc., forced shows to be re-run.

In many ways it seems like only yesterday that the show began, while in other ways, it feels like Eye on Oshkosh has been a part of the local cable access line-up forever. While the show was always fun to do and viewers continued to tell us what a vital service we provided to the community, there have been some recent changes in not only my life, but the lives of some of my crew members, that would have made a continuation of the show more challenging. It probably could have continued, but it would have been difficult to maintain our usual production schedule. So, after a lot of prayerful soul-searching and much discussion with the crew and those closest to me, I felt bringing this chapter of my community service to a close was the best decision to make – at least at this time. And while some of the crew moves on to new professional and educational ventures, this also gives me a chance to focus on some professional endeavors that I’ve wanted to pursue, but have put off for awhile.

This decision certainly was not made easily, or quickly. And though there is sadness about the show ending, I am also filled with excitement and hopeful anticipation about what the future holds. Meanwhile, the last 10 years have been a tremendous journey – one that I will always cherish and remember with great fondness and pride.

I want to thank the staff at Oshkosh Community Media Services (OCMS) for their assistance along the way. They were always very responsive to our needs and concerns – whether from a production assistance standpoint, scheduling, or by providing technical training and guidance. For anyone wanting to pursue a show on cable access, know that there is tremendous talent at OCMS and they can help you with whatever you need, or point you in the right direction if they can’t.

Thanks to the various crew members I’ve had over the years – not only to those who were with me to the last show, but to those who were part of the show at an earlier time and who moved on to other things. Some had career changes; some moved out of the area; some had personal issues come up requiring them to step aside; and one fell ill and later passed on. But I have a deep appreciation to each one and feel honored to have worked with every one of them. This show would never have been possible without them working their magic each week. They are as follows: Mary Helen Casper, Mike Domke, Amy Locke, James Locke, Thomas Locke, Nick Jurgella, Dustin White, Darlene Hengels, Tracy Edwards, Michael Hengels, Joseph Sonntag, and Ken and Cindy Walker.

Thanks to the co-hosts I’ve been privileged and honored to have over the years, Melanie Bloechl, Tony Palmeri and Dan Rylance, in particular Dan who was part of this show for more than half of its time on-the-air. I think we have each learned something from the other, and I have become a better host and interviewer as a result of working with these folks. And again, the show would not have become what it did without their talent and insights.

Thank to the dozens of guests we've been honored to have on during the last 10 years. While we didn’t always see eye-to-eye with some - especially those either running for or serving in an elected position - every guest we ever had on contributed something special and unique, and helped make Eye on Oshkosh what it is;

Last, but certainly not least, thanks to the viewers who tuned in – whether for one, some, or all of the episodes.  With every show we sought to inform, educate, enlighten and/or entertain, and I think we accomplished that – at least I hope we have. And I think that we all, myself included, learned many things along the way.

I would also be remiss if I didn't say that many new acquaintances and some very close friendships were formed as a result of Eye on Oshkosh. I am grateful for those relationships and have every hope that they will last a lifetime.   

Our last show will air in the Oshkosh area beginning the week of December 31, 2012 and will run through Saturday, Feb. 2. Replay times for Time Warner Cable subscribers are Mondays at 7 pm, Thursday at 1 pm and Saturdays at 6 pm. Replay times will be different for Charter Communications subscribers, and unfortunately, I do not know what those are at this time. If I am able to find out, I will post them as an update or a comment to this piece.

I am leaving open the possibility that from time to time we may be back with a special TV edition as situations or events warrant. I can't promise that will definitely happen, but even though I'm closing one door I am certainly not slamming it shut on other possibilities. Eye on Oshkosh just won't be a part of the regular weekly line-up at cable access Channel 2.

Please keep in mind that even though the weekly show in coming to an end, it is just one chapter of Eye on Oshkosh that is closing. There will continue to be an Eye on Oshkosh presence on the Internet via Facebook ( and our blog site (, and I’m hoping I’ll have even a little more time to devote to those things in the future. So as news or events come up that you want us to help promote, please email it to me at, or post it yourself on those sites. You are also welcome to send us your editorials and commentaries if there’s something you’re really passionate or upset about, and we’ll publish those, as well.

Again, many deep thanks to everyone for the last 10 years and the contributions you've each made in your own way to making this show a success. Happy New Year and best wishes in the future to you all. Take care, God bless, and remember, just because we won’t be in your home on TV each week, we’ll still be around and we’ll still have, in one way or another, our Eye on Oshkosh.

With deep appreciation and thanks,
Cheryl Hentz

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

Happy Holidays !!

Another year of shows is coming to a close. On behalf of not only myself, but the entire Eye on Oshkosh family, we wish you a very Merry Christmas and a joyous New Year! Happy holidays!!

Thursday, December 20, 2012

Oshkosh Public Library closed due to storm

Dec. 20, 2012The Oshkosh Public Library will be closed today, Dec. 20, because of the storm and the resulting unsafe conditions. All events and public meetings scheduled at the library for today, including the meeting of the Library Board of Trustees, have been cancelled. Please watch and follow us on Facebook and Twitter for the latest information about a decision to reopen the library on Friday, Dec. 21.

City of Oshkosh declares Snow Emergency


City of Oshkosh declares Snow Emergency...

(Oshkosh, WI) A snow emergency has been declared for the city of Oshkosh, effective at noon on Wednesday, Dec. 19 through noon on Friday, Dec. 21. While this announcement comes well in advance of tonight’s anticipated winter storm, and Oshkosh Police won’t be strictly enforcing parking rules until later this evening, the city is still asking all residents to obey snow emergency parking rules as soon as possible.

During a snow emergency, odd-even parking rules apply for a minimum of 48 hours for everyone. Overnight parking restrictions, meaning no street parking from 2:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m., remain in effect.

Vehicles must be parked on the odd side of the street from noon today, Wednesday, Dec. 19, until noon tomorrow. On Thursday, Dec. 20, at noon, vehicles will need to be moved to the even side of the street.

With the anticipated blizzard conditions, residents are encouraged to avoid parking on the street at all.

The snow emergency will be lifted at noon on Friday, Dec. 21.
Please check the city website,, for updates.

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Oshkosh residents required to shovel snow

(Oshkosh, WI) The city of Oshkosh would like to remind residents about the city’s snow removal regulations. Property owners are required to clear snow or ice from sidewalks bordering their property within 24 hours after the end of precipitation. These requirements include the crosswalk area for property owners on a corner lot.

When ice can not be removed, the property owner shall keep the sidewalk sprinkled with a material to accelerate melting and prevent slipping.

Depositing snow from private property onto any public right-of-way, public property, or fire hydrant is also prohibited.

Failure to clear the sidewalk will result in the city completing the work, and billing the property owner for the snow or ice removal. The minimum charge for the cost of snow removal is $75. Property owners also face a potential citation for violation of the Municipal Code. This fee is $232 for the first offense.

For more information, or to report a violation, please call the Engineering Division of the Department of Public Works at (920) 236-5065.