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A Day With Eagles Along the Fox River


BY DICK NIKOLAI AND DONNA VANBUECKEN Have you ever seen a bald eagle? If not, here’s an opportunity to get the chance to do so. On January 17th, volunteers for “A Day with Eagles Along the Fox River” invite you to join them at various locations along the Fox River to explore the best eagle viewing spots. Most locations are ... Read More »

Richard Verhoeven


BY Ron La Point “I started dancing at five,” were the first words that came rushing out. “I had a heart murmur when I was young and the doctor thought dancing lessons would be good therapy.” “I liked dancing from the start but didn’t like to practice. My mother, who was the disciplinarian, made me practice. When I wanted to ... Read More »

Fred Leist


By Ron La Point This story was previously written in the book: Oshkosh: The Way We Were. It is included here to honor Fred Leist on his 98th birthday. With an uneasiness that often comes when speaking before a gathering of former teachers, I sent Mr. Fred Leist a letter asking if he would be interested in writing about his ... Read More »

Walking Without ‘Treppa-dation’

The Locatelli family filled a picture as well as a room. Joan Locatelli, front and center, had a lot of trials and tribulations awaiting her, before she would come to the realization as an adult that ‘my mission in life must be to provide a voice of hope for those who are forgotten as well as a voice of inspiration for all others to remember.’ Photo courtesy of Joan Treppa.

BY Denis Gullickson What can one person accomplish? A whole lot, if you follow the story of Joan Treppa — a story of determined footsteps that have led to miles of success. Let’s start with the recent “Walk for Truth and Justice” at the Brown County Courthouse on Saturday, October 25. That walk — the fifth annual — was first ... Read More »

December a Month UWO’s Music Hall was Made For

Series of student recitals, ensembles feature student, faculty talent

BY ALEX HUMMEL If it’s been a while since you’ve nabbed a ticket to enjoy a music performance in the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh’s Music Hall, December is your month to get Bach into the swing of things. (See what we did there…?). The finale month of the fall 2014 semester is always full of UW Oshkosh music recitals, ensemble ... Read More »

News from the UWSP Campus


Chevrolet Selects UWSP for Renewable Energy Partnership UWSP’s sustainability efforts have caught the attention of a national automaker. Chevrolet has chosen to partner with UWSP and a handful of other institutions of higher education that undertake energy-efficiency and renewable-energy projects. As part of a voluntary carbon-reduction initiative, it is buying and retiring carbon credits from colleges that have reduced greenhouse ... Read More »

Howie Koplitz Part 2

1966 Howie Koplitz

By Ron La Point This is the sixth installment of baseball in Oshkosh, continued from October: “Harry Gauger was an exceptional all-around athlete, the best high school athlete I ever saw,” Howie Koplitz said. “He was a high scorer and playmaker in basketball and quarterbacked the football team. But his best sport was baseball. Upon graduation Harry signed a professional ... Read More »

In Wisconsin, Dark Money Got a Mining Company What It Wanted

Gogebic gave the Wisconsin Club for Growth a total of $700,000 in 2011 and 2012 to help defeat candidates like Jessica King (D-Oshkosh)

An accidentally released court filing reveals how one company secretly gave money to a nonprofit that helped get favorable mining legislation passed. BY Theodoric Meyer, ProPublica When billionaire Chris Cline’s company bought an option to mine a swath of northern Wisconsin in 2010, the company touted the project’s potential to bring up to 700 well- paid jobs to a hard-pressed ... Read More »

WI Attorney General Interviews


On 9/5/2014, Eye on Oshkosh Host Cheryl Hentz, and Oshkosh Scene writers Tony Palmeri and Emilie Heidemann interviewed Waukesha County District Attorney Brad Schimel, candidate for the Wisconsin Attorney General. This interview is the last in a series of candidate interviews that included the 54th Assembly District, State Treasurer, Wisconsin Attorney General, and Congress. Democrat candidate Susan Happ was invited ... Read More »

Celebrating Introverts

J.K. Rowling introvert and writer of wizards

BY Lauri Ann Lumby There was a recent post on Facebook which stated the following: Introverts Unite. We’re Here. We’re Uncomfortable. We can’t wait to go home. These sentiments perfectly describe the inner thoughts, experiences and feelings of an introvert. Introversion is a personality trait defined by Carl Jung and describes those who tend to be inward turning – focusing ... Read More »

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