Monthly Archives: January 2014

Disparate Perceptions


By Richard Ostrum Within the confines of the film Bullet Collector, teen angst is a strange and violently crooked world unto itself. A curious, ultra-indie effort bred in Mother Russia (native title ‘Sobiratel pul’), this film marks a flawed, yet highly noteworthy feature debut for Alexander Vartanov, following stints toiling in and around television and stage productions. This director has openly ... Read More »

Local woman creates “hat-wig” combo to help others in spite of own health problems


By Dorothy Bliskey Gail Renderman, a Fond du Lac-based author and inspirational speaker, is bringing joy to people in new ways. She has created a combination hat and wig that she labeled “CAPDIVATING CREATIONS.” Gail’s heartwarming hats are making lives easier for those who end up losing their hair due to cancer and other illnesses. Take, for example, her mother-in-law, ... Read More »

Redistricting Dilemma


By David A. Hayford “Let state voters be heard on redistricting reform,” trumpeted the headline for a recent Milwaukee Journal Sentinel editorial, one re-printed later in the Oshkosh Northwestern. Though I have not witnessed a clamoring, a groundswell, for such reform among Oshkosh residents, at least. It certainly does not arouse the passions of Act 10, for example. But the ... Read More »

What Is This New Pope Really Saying?


BY ROBERT E. MEYER A big pre-Christmas news story was that Roman Catholic leader Pope Francis was named TIME Magazine’s “Person of the Year.” That happening requires an interpretation. In my estimation, it is  an ominous sign for cultural trends. While I’m happy that the Pope was selected over entertainers such as Miley Cyrus, the very fact that Cyrus was ... Read More »

Rohn’s Rants: You were warned…


By Rohn W. Bishop Shortly before ramming ObamaCare through the congress, Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi infamously said, “We have to pass the bill so you can find out what’s in it.” For more than three years Republicans of all stripes (conservative, liberal, moderate) have been talking about what’s in ObamaCare. The Republican Party’s platform supports repeal of ObamaCare, ... Read More »

Returning to the Meyer: The Lone Bellow


In June, the Brooklyn-based Lone Bellow visited Green Bay while on tour with Brandi Carlile. Come Jan. 22, the band returns, this time as headliners, to bring their county-infused sounds to the Meyer Theatre. Supporting the band for this Near Water Concert Series Event will be Count This Penny. We at Scene were fortunate enough to catch up with Lone ... Read More »

Ski the Bridgie!


By Jaclyn Brandt No one said Wisconsinites aren’t innovative. And so in Neenah, where snow covers the ground for months of the year, locals have taken to turning their summer playgrounds to winter uses. The Bridgewood Golf Course turns into a winter destination when they transition their grounds into a cross-country skiing course in the months where golfing is nearly ... Read More »

Expanding Healthcare: The right thing to do


By Rep. Penny Bernard Schaber Between the time I write this column and the time you read it, one of the most important milestones in the long saga of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) will have passed. On January 1, insurance plans purchased from the health care exchanges will begin their coverage. For many Americans who have been locked out ... Read More »

Just the Facts in the World Almanac – 2014


By Michael Casper America’s best-selling reference book turns another page, as we do, on another year. It’s first edition was published by The New York World Newspaper just three years after the conclusion of the U.S. Civil War and held 120 pages of information about everything from the era of Reconstruction to the impeachment of President Andrew Johnson. Sarah Janssen ... Read More »

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