Wednesday, September 26, 2018

Space Day coming to EAA Aviation Museum

Event also features 17-year-old with goal of flying on Mars mission
EAA AVIATION CENTER, OSHKOSH, Wisconsin — (September 25, 2018) — From full-size replicas of Mercury and Gemini space capsules to hands-on fun activities showing the physics of space flight, the EAA Aviation Museum will be “Mission Control” for its annual Space Day on Saturday, October 6. All Space Day activities are included with regular museum admission.
The Space Discovery for Kids experiences will be available from 10 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. It includes a new virtual reality space experience, the popular “Houston, We Have an Omelet” space capsule-building activity, construction of straw and fizzy rockets, space-themed flight simulators, and a full-size replica of a Mercury project space capsule. Aviore, the Stan Lee Foundation-donated superhero for the EAA Young Eagles program, will also be present throughout the day.
Along with the hands-on activities, two guests from two generations who share a passion for space flight will be the scheduled speakers:
3 p.m. — Alyssa Carson, a 17-year-old with a goal of flying on a manned mission to Mars, will share her already-formidable experiences with NASA. She began five years ago by being the first person visit all 14 NASA visitor centers as part of a NASA Passport program. Since then, she has participated in numerous NASA programs, including national programs discussing future flights to Mars. Carson also already has her own NASA call sign, “Blueberry.”
5 p.m. — This year’s keynote presenter is Al Worden, command module pilot for the Apollo 15 mission in 1971 that included David Scott and James Irwin. Worden is the holder of two unique Guinness World Records: The first person to perform a “deep space” walk outside the low Earth orbit, and a record as the “Most Isolated Human” that occurred when he was piloting the Apollo 15 command capsule some 2,235 miles from his fellow astronauts on the moon and more than 250,000 miles away from any other human.
As part of the special Space Day activities on October 6, lunch will be available for purchase at the museum from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
About EAA Aviation Museum
The EAA Aviation Museum is located just off Interstate 41 at the Highway 44 exit in Oshkosh. The museum is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. EAA members receive free museum admission year-round. For more information, call the EAA Aviation Museum at (920) 426-6108 or visit

Oshkosh Avenue closure anticipated to start October 1, 2018

The City of Oshkosh will be closing Oshkosh Avenue at Fox Street and Punhoqua Street for sanitary sewer construction within these intersections. The closure is anticipated to last about four weeks.

The Oshkosh Common Council approved the closure of Oshkosh Avenue on September 25. This closure is required for PTS Contractors, Inc. to complete the work required within the intersections of Fox Street and Oshkosh Avenue, and Punhoqua Street and Oshkosh Avenue in a safe manner for both the Contractor’s employees and the travelling public. This work includes an excavation in excess of twenty feet (20’) in depth.

The closure is scheduled to start Monday, October 1, and will be closed for approximately four weeks. Access will be maintained for the residents and businesses on Oshkosh Avenue and in surrounding neighborhoods. Signs have been posted in the area advising of the street closing.

The posted detour will be:
Eastbound: Koeller Street south to Witzel Avenue, east to Sawyer Street, north back to Oshkosh Avenue.
Westbound: Sawyer Street south to Witzel Avenue, west to Koeller Street, north back to Oshkosh Avenue.

Motorists are urged to plan alternate routes and expect delays due to the closure. As always, please be cautious when approaching any construction zone.

For more information and for the weekly lane closure update, visit the City’s website at or contact the Public Works Department at (920) 236-5065.

Tuesday, September 25, 2018

State officials ask motorists and farm vehicle operators to be safe, patient and alert

“Agriculture supports more than 413,000 jobs in Wisconsin and contributes more than $88 billion annually to our state’s economy,” DATCP Secretary Sheila Harsdorf said. “It’s important that during the next several weeks, as farmers are working day and night to harvest crops and complete field work, that those on our roadways exercise caution and patience to ensure safety for all.”

“Safety along our roadways requires that everyone do their part,” WisDOT Secretary Dave Ross said. “Motorists should provide farm vehicles extra room to operate and anticipate the possibility they may slow down or turn. Ag vehicle operators should ensure they use appropriate lights, signage and signals, and comply with weight restrictions.”

Motorist responsibilities:

  • Scan the road ahead and be ready to slow down when you see slow-moving farm vehicles.

  • When passing, consider the possibility of the farmer turning left onto a roadway, driveway or field entrance.

Ag vehicle operator responsibilities:

  • Know the lighting and marking requirements for ag vehicles. These requirements draw attention to the unique size, shape and speed of ag vehicles and alert motorists that caution is required. When traveling on a roadway, stay as far to the right as safely possible.

  • Be familiar with road weight restrictions. DATCP provides a statewide map with information about weight limits. More information about related permits, exemption and weight limits can be found on the WisDOT website.

Since 2011, there have been 1,280 reported crashes involving motorists and farm vehicles in Wisconsin resulting in 640 injuries and 21 fatalities.


World War I Centennial Symposium at UWO and Oshkosh Public Museum

Oshkosh, Wis. Sep 24, 2018 – To commemorate the Great War’s centennial and explore the art, culture and history of World War I, the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and the Oshkosh Public Museum are hosting a series of lectures each afternoon on October 2–4, followed by a special presentation nightly at 6 p.m. Admission is free to attend the World War I Centennial Symposium.

Tuesday, Oct. 2
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Reeve Union Theatre (Reeve 307), UW Oshkosh

Art from the Trenches: German Artists and World War I, Susan Maxwell, art history professor
From Enthusiasm to Condemnation: Erich Maria Remarque’s All Quiet on the Western Front and the Lost Generation, Monika Hohbein-Deegen, German professor

1:20-2:50 p.m., Reeve Union Theatre (Reeve 307), UW Oshkosh
Panel Discussion: Unanticipated Consequences – Europe and WWI, Andrea Jakobs, history and religious studies lecturer, Karl Loewenstein, associate history professor, Michelle Mouton, associate history professor
Did the First World War Emancipate Women? European Women in the War and Thereafter, Michelle Mouton, associate history professor

6-7 p.m., Oshkosh Public Museum
All the Hometown Boys: Connecting the Experience of War to Local Men, Brad Larson, Oshkosh Public Museum director, Rebecca Matzke, associate history professor at Ripon College

Wednesday, Oct. 3
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Reeve Union Theatre (Reeve 307), UW Oshkosh

War and Memorials, Emmet Sandberg, assistant art professor
Close Ranks: African Americans and World War I, Michelle Kuhl, associate history professor

1:20-2:50 p.m., Reeve Union Theatre (Reeve 307), UW Oshkosh
The Two Faces of Patriotism, Rick Pifer, Wisconsin Historical Society
1918 Flu in Oshkosh, Teri Shors, biology professor

6-7 p.m., Reeve Union Theatre (Reeve 307), UW Oshkosh
– Film: The Hello Girls, A Lincoln Penny Films Production

Thursday, Oct. 4
11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Reeve Union Theatre (Reeve 307), UW Oshkosh

WWI and Irish America, Tom Rowland, history lecturer
Americans Against WWI, Stephen Kercher, history professor

1:20-2:50 p.m., Reeve Union Theatre (Reeve 307), UW Oshkosh
Sports Writers Cover the War, Scott Emmert, English professor
Posts from the Second Battlefield: Memoirs of WWI Nurses, Marguerite Helmers, English professor emerita

6-7 p.m., Oshkosh Public Museum
American Music of WWI, Julia Chybowski, associate music professor, Oshkosh high school singers

Throughout the symposium, the For Home and Country: World War I exhibition will be on display at the Oshkosh Public Museum. This riveting exhibition focuses on first-hand experiences of local men and women during the war, allowing visitors to virtually “step into their shoes” for an unbelievable journey into this turbulent period.

As part of the celebrations to honor and remember the hundredth anniversary of World War I, throughout this past year the Oshkosh WWI Commemoration committee placed 12 life-sized standees at select Oshkosh businesses. Each cutout represents someone who lived in Oshkosh during the war based on information and historic photos obtained through the Museum’s archival collection. All standees will be at the UW Oshkosh campus in Reeve Union’s Steinhilber Gallery during the symposium.

The Oshkosh WWI Commemoration committee is asking all churches to participate in “Bells of Peace: A World War I Remembrance” by ringing your bells for five minutes at 11 a.m. on November 11. This national bell tolling event honors the centennial of the armistice and is a great act of patriotism and respect for the 4.5 million Americans who answered the call, and prevailed against the forces of tyranny a century ago. If your church or organization is interested in participating in this event, please contact Karla Szekeres at the Oshkosh Public Museum at 920.236.5763 or email

For Home and Country: World War I will be on view at the Oshkosh Public Museum through October 7. Located at 1331 Algoma Boulevard, regular hours are Tuesday–Saturday from 10 a.m.–4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1–4:30 p.m. General admission to the Museum is: Adults $8, Seniors (62+) $6, College Students $6, and Children (age 6-17) $4. Admission is free for Museum Members and children under age six. For more information about the Museum’s exciting events and exhibits, call 920.236.5799, email, or visit

About the Oshkosh Public Museum:

The Oshkosh Public Museum is a non-profit regional history museum, entrusted with the care of more than 300,000 collections and historical documents representing the history, culture and heritage of the region. An amazing resource for research and discovery, the Museum is nationally accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and listed on the State and National Register of Historic Places. Housed in the historic Sawyer home since 1924, the Museum brings history to life through quality exhibitions and special programs, engaging guests in ways that inspire discovery.

Saturday, September 22, 2018

Dyslexia affects 20 percent of kids in school

The latest edition of Eye on Oshkosh is now online. In this edition, host Cheryl Hentz chats with Dr. Shawn Anthony Robinson. Robinson is not only a husband and father, but an Advocate, Author of numerous articles and three books of which he has either written or guest-edited, an Educator, and Researcher. He graduated from the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh (UWO) with a Bachelor of Science degree, a Master’s in Education from DePaul University, and a Ph.D. in Language and Literacy from Cardinal Stritch University. Shawn is Director of Pure and Complete Phonics LLC and a director at-large for the International Dyslexia Association. He is also a researcher at the Wisconsin's Equity and Inclusion Laboratory, University of Wisconsin-Madison. His research focuses on the intersection of race, giftedness and dyslexia. He brings a wealth of academic experience, training and knowledge about the psychological development of dyslexia to the conversation. All of this is very impressive under the best of life’s circumstances, but even more so because Shawn did not learn to read until the age of 18 and a senior in high school. And even then, he only had an elementary reading level. Because of his own challenges, Dr. Robinson understands the hardships students face if they have not tapped into their gifts and face illiteracy. He is an emerging national speaker, and one of only a few scholars whose research focuses on the scholarship, theory and literature addressing theoretical or psychological frameworks investigating, once again, the intersectional of race, dyslexia, and giftedness (i.e., twice-exceptional). He has written a children’s book that focuses on dyslexia, called “Doctor Dyslexia Dude,” which is available for $4.95 by contacting Shawn directly at This is an hour-long program you won’t want to miss. Watch the program here or by following this link:

Tuesday, September 11, 2018

Voter Education Series at Oshkosh Public Library

Thomas Jefferson once wrote that a well-informed electorate is a prerequisite to democracy. This month, the Oshkosh Public Library puts the founding father’s wisdom into practice with An Informed Electorate. This enlightening series of four discussions will focus on ways that voters can become better informed about the issues impacting their lives.
History of Political Rhetoric
Mon., Sept. 17 at 6:30 p.m.
Award-winning UW-Madison Political Science Professor, Dr. Daniel Kapust explores the history of political rhetoric. Contemporary politics is troubling, less because of what is said, than because of what the words suggest about a common culture.

The Dark Stores Referendum Explained
Tues., Sept. 18 at 6:30 p.m.
The “dark stores” strategy allows big retailers to curtail their tax assessment. Taking a closer look at the referendum will help voters make an educated decision at the ballot box.

Tech for Voters
Mon., Sept. 24 at 5 p.m.
Websites and apps are on tap tonight. Specifically, which of these sources voters can trust to stay informed about the issues and candidates on the ballot, both locally and nationally.

Fake News Panel
Thurs., Sept. 27 at 6 p.m.
What is fake news? How do you spot phony information and avoid passing it on? How do you vet news sources? Our Oshkosh media panel will sort out the topic: Nathaniel Shuda, Editor, Oshkosh Northwestern; Miles Maguire, Editor, Oshkosh Examiner and UW Oshkosh Journalism Department; and Karen Schneider, Publisher, Oshkosh Herald. League of Women Voters member Alana Erickson will talk about the impact of social media.

These events are free and open to the public. For more information, visit

Thursday, September 06, 2018

Eye On Oshkosh - Fire Department and Safety - taped 9-6-18

On this episode of Eye on Oshkosh, host Cheryl Hentz talks with Oshkosh Fire Department Chief Mike Stanley and firefighter/paramedic Michael Wos about the department, fire safety tips and the Professional Fire Fighters of Wisconsin Charitable Foundation.