Thursday, May 18, 2017

Animals and Animal Welfare subject of latest Eye on Oshkosh

The latest edition of Eye on Oshkosh is now online. In this edition, host Cheryl Hentz talks with Melissa Tedrowe, Wisconsin State Director for the Humane Society of the United States, about a variety of animal welfare and protection issues. Included in the conversation was the role HSUS plays in animal welfare and protection, and what specific role Tedrowe plays in accomplishing its goals and mission; how something becomes a law; where Wisconsin ranks in comparison with other states when it comes to animal protection laws; and how people can get involved in helping HSUS help animals, or just helping animals in general whether its volunteering at your local animal shelter, or working with an animal rescue group. You can see the show here:

Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Pet Remembrance Service offered at First Congregational Church

Pets give us unconditional love and years of joy; they’re often regarded family members. So, when we lose them, the grief we experience can be as powerful as it is with the loss of any other family member; in some cases, more so. Because of that, pet memorial services have become popular in recent years. They give us a chance to celebrate the life of a beloved pet and grieve their loss. They also provide an opportunity to start coping with the loss and moving toward healing.

The Animal Ministries group at First Congregational Church in Oshkosh is hosting a citywide Pet Remembrance Service.  At this special 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 who has passed some time ago, please join or invite them to join us.

This Pet Remembrance Service will be held from 10 to 11 am on Saturday, June 24 in the FCC Sanctuary. If you wish, you may bring a picture, collar or favorite toy of your beloved departed pet or pets to be blessed during the service, and you’ll have an opportunity to share a few words about those you have lost, if you so choose. Those attending will also receive a special memento to take home to remember the service by. While the service is free and open to the public, a freewill donation will be taken.

If you have any questions regarding this service, or would like information on becoming a member of the FCC Animal Ministries Group (you needn't attend First Congregational to be a member), please call Cheryl Hentz, facilitator at 920.209.PETS (920-209-7387). We hope to see you at 10 am on Saturday, June 24 to celebrate and honor the life of your dearly departed pets. First Congregational Church is located at 137 Algoma Blvd., one block west of Main St., near downtown Oshkosh.

Saturday, May 06, 2017

Adopt a Pet; Save a Life

May is National Pet Month and May 5-7 is National Pet Adoption Weekend. This is a perfect time to make an addition to you family. But before doing so, make sure you have done due diligence to determine what is the most appropriate pet for your home and family. If you are a crazy, busy family, always on the go, or away from home a lot, then perhaps a pet that requires less care and attention is the way to go. Fish and certain birds could fall into this category. If you have more time, a dog or cat might male the perfect addition. Only you know what your schedule is like and the amount of time you have to give. So do your research and consult your local humane society for the best pet for you.

If you are adopting a four-legged pet, especially a dog or cat, PLEASE do not get a pet from a pet store, puppy mill, or even a backyard breeder. Rescue and adopt a pet from your local humane society or an actual dog or cat rescue group. There are professional breeders out there who do a could job and thoroughly vet prospective adopters to make sure their dogs and cats are going to responsible, loving homes. But others are only irresponsibly adding to an already-burgeoning pet overpopulation. So save a life and help control the pet population by adopting from a shelter or rescue group.And never get or giveaway an animal on Craig's List or some other similar means. the horror stories about what either has happened to that animal, or what could happen are too numerous to mention.

Again, if you want more information about responsible pet adoption and being a responsible pet owner, consult with your local humane society, or the Humane Society of the United States at

One of the best ways to experience unconditional love is through pet ownership!

Friday, May 05, 2017

Annual motorcyle ride to benefit veterans' home set for May 21

Fox Valley Harley Owners Group
Sponsored by Harley-Davidson of Appleton, Inc.
5322 Clairemont Dr.
Appleton, WI 54913

Release Date: May 3, 2017

For more information contact Kat Filen 920-810-7470 or Terry Craig 920-427-2903

Fox Valley HOG 18th annual ride benefits veterans at King’s Veterans Home, King, WI

Appleton – Fox Valley HOG chapter’s 18th Annual Veterans’ Benefit ride to benefit the veterans living at the King Veterans Home in King, WI will be held Sunday, May 21, 2017.  Interested motorcyclists and their guests riding all makes of bikes are encouraged to join this effort on behalf of our veterans. 
What:  The Fox Valley HOG 18th annual ride to benefit the veterans at King.
·         When:  Sunday, May 21, 2017
·         Where:  Begins at the Appleton Harley Shop, 5322 Clairemont Drive., Appleton (just off of WIS 15 west of US 41) and follows country roads to King Veterans Home
·         Time:  Registration – 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.  Ride begins promptly at 11 a.m.
·         Who:  All motorcycle riders and their guests who support our veterans
·         Cost:  $15 per rider/$10 per passenger
     This year’s ride starts from the Harley Davidson Shop in Appleton and follows a picturesque route through the beautiful Wisconsin countryside.  The approximately 45-mile ride from Appleton to King will last a little more than an hour.  Free coffee and doughnuts, courtesy of Dunkin Donuts will be available prior to the ride.  Additionally, Costco will be on site providing cookies and water for riders and their guests.

King Veterans Home will be featuring an open house with free admission on the day of the ride.  The open house includes an antique automobile show, live music, military vehicle display, museum tours, boat rides on the Chain ‘O Lakes, food, refreshments and other activities.  The arrival of the motorcycles from Appleton is one of the day’s highlights. 

Over the past 18 years, the Chapter has raised over $72,000 and donated hundreds of pounds worth of toiletries and other items to the veterans at the King facility.

According to one of the ride organizers Kat Filen, “Support for this ride grows every year.  The participants riding all makes of bikes make this event a success for our vets who truly deserve our help.”


Thursday, May 04, 2017

Eye on Oshkosh - Economic Development in Oshkosh - taped 5-4-17

The latest edition of Eye on Oshkosh is now online. In this episode, host Cheryl Hentz spends the hour talking with folks from the Greater Oshkosh Economic Development Corporation. Jason White, president and CEO of GO-EDC and Audra Hoy, director of business and economic development for that same organization talk about development projects on the horizon in the Oshkosh area, and the many ways they can help connect businesses - new and existing - with the various resources they may need as they grow their businesses.  The show can be seen here: