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Thirty Minutes with Zinnias on the Front Porch

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By John Price Each petal of most flowers contributes to the whole In the simple zinnia The entire flower Folds upon itself Back, back in recedes around the center Petals, Hardly that Or their subdued and simple giving themselves Not in aimless beauty But in underlying giving offering colors My father had a green thumb. Before he died, he taught ... Read More »

Wisconsin’s Sterling Reputation

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By TONY PALMER In mid-August the town of Ferguson, Missouri erupted in protest after a police officer killed an unarmed African-American teen. A troubling legacy of the so-called “War on Terror” is the militarization of local police forces, so law enforcement officials responded to the protest by treating Ferguson like Fallujah. Even journalists on the scene from establishment sources like ... Read More »

The 3rd Annual Bill Van Lieshout Tennis Classic at Oshkosh North High School, July 11-13.

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BY JUSTIN MITCHELL The third annual Bill Van Lieshout Tennis Classic (BVLTC) took place July 11-13, 2014 in Oshkosh.  This adult charity doubles tournament honored Bill’s legacy and raised more than $6000 to maintain the Bill Van Lieshout Tennis Center at Oshkosh North High School. Bill coached at Oshkosh North High School for more than 20 years.  During his career, ... Read More »

Fit Oshkosh

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By Janine Wright Here are some statistics: Oshkosh population 2000: 92% White, 8% total minority1 Oshkosh population 2010: 88.9% White, 11.1% total minority Oshkosh Area School District 2005-2006: 86.3% White, 13.7% total minority2 Oshkosh Area School District 2013-2014: 81.4% White, 18.6% total minority Be honest. How did reading those statistics make you feel? If you are like most people, you ... Read More »

Visions of a Future Society

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By Erin Heiling The uniquely beautiful work of Lucy Glendinning will soon be on exhibit in the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Allen Priebe Gallery. Her show will include eight sculptures, some from her feather child series, and a collection of ink drawings. Hailing from Somerset, England, the artist will visit Oshkosh to discuss her work at an opening reception on ... Read More »

The World of Oshkosh Tennis

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By Justin Mitchell When YMCA Tennis Program Director Robert Henshaw says that he’s excited about what is happening in the world of Oshkosh tennis, he is on to something.  There is a lot happening in this community that signals a sort of resurgence of the sport, from facilities modernization to new programs and newfound successes. The city has begun an ... Read More »

BASEBALL IN OSHKOSH – Billy Hoeft (Part 2)

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By Ron LaPoint This is the fifth installment of baseball in Oshkosh. (Continued from August 2014) But it wasn’t merely a diet plan and heat treatment that brought about the success Hoeft enjoyed on the playing field. It was this complement, the blending of a talented athlete and a dedicated coach practicing the tools of the trade on and off ... Read More »

White River Marsh Training Camp

Young whooping cranes train to fly behind an ultralight at White River Marsh State Wildlife Area as part of Operation Migration in an effort to re-establish an Eastern migratory flock. Photo courtesy of Janet Wissink.

BY JANET WISSINK Training camp at White River Marsh has been in full swing since the beginning of July. I had the opportunity to sit on the sidelines at the end of July and observe the young team work out, but they weren’t ready to fly yet. FLY? Oh yeah, I’m talking about juvenile whooping cranes (colts) preparing for their ... Read More »

Statewide Wave of Property Tax Challenges Hits Oshkosh

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BY MILES MAGUIRE Statewide Wave of Property Tax Challenges Hits Oshkosh. One day in late July, Madison attorney Don M. Millis filed a pair of lawsuits against the city of Oshkosh on behalf of two well-known retail chains, demanding almost $200,000 in property tax refunds, interest and attorney’s fees. The suits are part of a wave of property tax challenges ... Read More »

Major label artist performs in…an Oshkosh backyard?

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BY Paul Van Auken A few days before he was to make his network television debut on “The Late Show with David Letterman”, Jeremy Messersmith played in Oshkosh. Not at Waterfest, the Grand Opera House, or even The Reptile Palace. No, the Minneapolis-based Messersmith—whose latest album Heart Murmurs is on Glassnote Records, home of mega-selling Mumford & Sons—played in the ... Read More »

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