Oshkosh Independent http://www.oshkoshindependent.com Oshkosh's Premiere Online News Source Mon, 22 Jan 2018 22:04:58 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.2 Oshkosh legend Clarence Jungwirth is dead at 98 http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/oshkosh-legend-clarence-jungwirth-is-dead-at-98/ http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/oshkosh-legend-clarence-jungwirth-is-dead-at-98/#respond Mon, 22 Jan 2018 17:15:10 +0000 http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/?p=9355 Local legend Clarence “Inky” Jungwirth, who started working for Oshkosh Corp. in 1945 and still went to the office every day, died over the weekend. He was 98.

The author or co-author of numerous books, including “The Bloody Sixth Ward: A History of the Sixth Ward in the City of Oshkosh from 1880 to 1940” and “Oshkosh Trucks: 75 Years of Specialty Truck Production,” Jungwirth was renowned for his prodigious memory.

At Oshkosh Corp. he maintained an office and came to work each day helping customers from all over the world track down spare parts for legacy models of the company’s products, a company spokeswoman said.

“There are about 50,000-60,000 old Oshkosh trucks in the field,” he said in an interview published by the company last year. “The oldest is a 1937 in Colorado. My job is to keep those old trucks going. Keep in mind that I’m 97 years old, and I can still remember part numbers from the 1930s and 1940s. I deal with customers all over the United States and world, and their opinion of Oshkosh is unbelievable quality.”

“Sorry to say that I met him only once,” said Dr. Stephen Kercher, chair of the History Department at UW Oshkosh. “His memory of life in Oshkosh and his passion for preserving local history will be sorely missed.”

“His passing caught us off guard in the history community,” said Austin M. Frederick, the vice president of the Winnebago County Historical & Archaeological Society. “Inky was surely a timekeeper of this city, and he made sure he shared what he experienced and knew through his writing.”
Three years ago the society started an awards program to recognize someone who has made major contributions to preserving local history. “Inky was the first recipient and the award’s namesake,” Frederick said.  “We know how much that meant to him and his family to receive it and have it go on in his name. Inky will be missed.”

This post will be updated.

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Eye on Oshkosh talks scouting http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/eye-on-oshkosh-talks-scouting/ http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/eye-on-oshkosh-talks-scouting/#respond Sun, 21 Jan 2018 12:00:06 +0000 http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/?p=9326 In the latest episode of Eye on Oshkosh, host Cheryl Hentz looks at scouting for youth and young adults. In the first segment she talks with Melissa Loest, Communications Coordinator for the Girl Scouts of the Northwestern Great Lakes. In the second segment, Hentz talks with Kevin Corkin,
Twin Lakes District Director, and teenaged scouts Nyssa Schneider and Elijah Rogers. You’ll hear about the many and varied opportunities scouting offers kids and young adults, how to get your child or children involved, and how you can volunteer, even if you don’t have children in scouts. The show can be seen here at the following URL: https://youtu.be/IruFJOWfcQM

For more information on scouting, contact the Girl Scouts at www.gsnwgl.org, OR the Boy Scouts at www.beascout.org, or www.baylakesbsa.org, or www.scouting.org.

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Council giving Rohloff a raise–and some new goals http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/council-giving-rohloff-a-raise-and-some-new-goals/ http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/council-giving-rohloff-a-raise-and-some-new-goals/#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 23:19:38 +0000 http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/?p=9349 The Oshkosh Common Council is poised to grant City Manager Mark Rohloff a 2.5 percent raise, bringing his annual salary to $148,625.

The pay increase, which will be acted on Tuesday, comes with some new goals for the year, including an “aggressive” approach to improving single-family housing in the city.

The higher salary follows a “challenging year for the city manager and staff,” the council said in a written feedback document. The document notes the multiple major projects that the city was involved in during 2017, including the Menominee Nation Arena, the Oshkosh Corp. headquarters and a railroad/truck transfer facility in the Southwest Industrial Park.

Rohloff “demonstrated the ability to continue to move forward with the work on these projects yet keeping the strategic priorities and the vision of the City, while making sure that he and staff provide the needed services to the city and its citizens,” the council said.

The council also noted his efforts to handle budget restraints imposed by the state and to manage the city’s growing use of tax increment financing. “The council has confidence in Mr. Rohloff to continue to move the city of Oshkosh forward and will continue to make Oshkosh competitive in Northeast Wisconsin and continue to make Oshkosh a great place to live, work and play,” the feedback document states.

To continue to improve conditions in the city, the council wants Rohloff to examine the stock of city-owned facilities, find ways to increase police and fire staffing and focus on economic development opportunities presented by the city’s large inventory of vacant land that has been zoned for business and industrial use.

With respect to the city’s housing stock, the council directed Rohloff to come up with an assessment of areas that are suited for neighborhood revitalization. This could involve looking at blocks that the city may buy for rehabilitation or for a complete teardown.

“As a whole council wants to see a aggressive package to improve single-family housing in Oshkosh,” according to the statement of goals for the city manager.

Photo: Mark Rohloff speaks on the City Manager’s Report program produced by Oshkosh Media.

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Oshkosh Public Museum presents REPLAY: The Exhibition http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/oshkosh-public-museum-presents-replay-the-exhibition/ http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/oshkosh-public-museum-presents-replay-the-exhibition/#respond Sat, 20 Jan 2018 15:11:44 +0000 http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/?p=9329 Flashback to the 80s. A time when blockbuster movies, cable networks, and video games reigned. The golden era where superheroes and supervillains ruled. REPLAY is a multimedia group exhibition coming to Oshkosh in February that draws inspiration from these popular science fiction, movies, comics, and games, bringing your favorite characters to life.

With more than 30 pieces on display, creatively using both traditional and unexpected media, REPLAY is delightful, whimsical, and incredibly striking. The exhibition is intended to be nostalgic as it harkens back to the stories, games and experiences of this iconic era. The selected group of talented contemporary artists featured in this exhibition have put a playful, modern spin on how these iconic characters are seen today.

REPLAY celebrates comic books, superheroes, sci-fi, fantasy and the eternal power of pop culture, challenging the way we view the storylines, and at the same time, reflect on the stories we hold dear about our community and its history. A keen-eyed guest will quickly find references to fan favorites, such as PAC-MAN, Wonder Woman and Darth Vader, in this one-of-a-kind exhibition.

“This collection of works showcases the inspired energy that drives pop culture and makes geek enthusiasts of us all,” said Debra Daubert, Curator of Exhibitions. “REPLAY celebrates these iconic characters and the comic books, stories and animation from which they are found as part of our own modern mythology. Just as folktales, fairy tales and ancient myths say something about the cultures from whence they came – superheroes, mystical warlords and space explorers are our heroes, our stories, and commentary on our society.”

From Teletubbies to Tie Fighters, from LEGO® bricks to Rubix Cubes, the artwork in the REPLAY exhibition features something for the entire family.

Since his emergence in the art world, Dave Pollot has been known for his ability to merge classic and contemporary stylings with a bit of tongue-and-cheek humor. The artist paints a second life onto the repurposed canvases he finds at thrift stores. One example is Flyin’ Solo, an elaborate turn of the century seascape with what appears to be a visitor disrupting the harmonious beach day – the Millennium Falcon preparing to land.

“Most everything that I’ve painted was based around something from my childhood, something that I’ve grown to love,” said Pollot. “The characters bring people together and give us something to root for, they give us something we can all believe in, and REPLAY allows us to re-experience these important icons through an artistic lens.”

The monumental-sized, vibrant and hyper-realistic works featured in this exhibition evoke a shared sense of nostalgia that pop culture fanatics of all ages and backgrounds can easily relate with. Pop culture is amplified on a fine art platform in a way no other collection has ever done. REPLAY is the ultimate throwback, combining mediums and artists the world over. This fun and lively exhibition will make you feel like a kid again!

REPLAY will be on display at the Oshkosh Public Museum, 1331 Algoma Boulevard, from February 18 through May 13. Regular hours are Tuesday–Saturday from 10 am–4:30 pm and Sunday from 1 pm–4:30 pm. Admission is Adults $8, Seniors $6, College Students $6, and Children (age 6-17) $4. Museum Members and children under age six receive free admission. For more information, visit oshkoshmuseum.org or call 920.236.5799.

Photos courtesy of REPLAY.

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17 Local Restaurants Will Participate in First Oshkosh Restaurant Week Jan. 25-31 http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/17-local-restaurants-will-participate-in-first-oshkosh-restaurant-week-jan-25-31/ http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/17-local-restaurants-will-participate-in-first-oshkosh-restaurant-week-jan-25-31/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 19:45:52 +0000 http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/?p=9339 Seventeen Oshkosh restaurants will participate in Oshkosh’s first Restaurant Week event Jan. 25-31.

Oshkosh Restaurant Week is a week honoring our local restaurants,” said Amy Albright, executive director of the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau. “We are celebrating with numerous local restaurants that have come together to offer excellent food and service at special rates for one week only.”

Participating restaurants will offer three-course, prix fix menu options for lunch, dinner or both. The lunch option is $12 and the dinner option is $25.

The 17 participating restaurants include Becket’s, Brooklyn Grill, Chester V’s, Dockside Tavern, Fox River Brewing Co., Gardina’s Wine Bar and Cafe, Granary Brew Pub, Ground Round at River’s Edge, Manila Resto, Oshkosh Country Club, Paloma, Primo, Ruby Owl Tap Room, The Roxy, South of the Border, TJ’s Harbor Restaurant and ZaRonis. All patrons dining at the participating restaurants Jan. 25-31 can request an Oshkosh Restaurant Week menu.

“This event will entice locals to explore different Oshkosh restaurants,” Albright said. “It will also pique the curiosity and provide extra incentive for people from surrounding communities to visit Oshkosh.”

Menus and maps for all participating restaurants can be found on OshkoshEatWeek.com. Patrons who dine at one or more of the participating restaurants can win up to $200 in gift cards by filling out surveys about their experience.

“The plan is for Oshkosh Restaurant Week to be an annual event,” Albright said. “We expect many more restaurants to participate in the following years.”

Oshkosh Restaurant Week was created through collaboration between the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau, Propel Oshkosh and Candeo Creative. Major sponsors of Oshkosh Restaurant Week include Steinert Printing and Reinhart Food Service.

For more information on Oshkosh Restaurant Week, contact Justin at (920) 303-9200 or justin@visitoshkosh.com.

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Riverside Park Ice Rink Grand Opening & Ribbon Cutting http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/riverside-park-ice-rink-grand-opening-ribbon-cutting/ http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/riverside-park-ice-rink-grand-opening-ribbon-cutting/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 16:06:18 +0000 http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/?p=9333 Join in as Oshkosh celebrates the official ribbon cutting for the new Downtown Ice Rink at Riverside Park. Attendees can enjoy ice skating, music, food and drinks. Bring the whole family… this is a FREE community event!

The celebration begins at 5 p.m. with a short presentation and ribbon cutting around 5:45.

Food will include a free smores bar along with chili and hot dogs for sale and a cash bar.

Attendees are encouraged to bring their own ice skates. If you don’t have ice skates, don’t worry. Ice skates will be available at the event thanks to a generous donation from ThedaCare.

The ice rink is 100% privately funded. The major donors for this project are the John E. Kuenzl Foundation, Black Teak Properties and The Howard. Numerous other co-investment donors worked to make this project a reality in Oshkosh. The ice rink is a collaboration of the City of Oshkosh, Oshkosh Area Community Foundation, Best Western Premier Waterfront Hotel and the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau.


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Community and Yoda come together to support Doemel family http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/community-and-yoda-come-together-to-support-doemel-family/ http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/community-and-yoda-come-together-to-support-doemel-family/#respond Fri, 19 Jan 2018 03:23:59 +0000 http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/?p=9321 The lanes will be filled with bowling balls and community spirit on January 21 for Knocking Down Pins for Lily Doemel, a medical benefit event at Shoreview Lanes, 823 Grove St, Oshkosh.  The event begins at 12:00 noon through around 4:00pm.  Adults bowling for 3 games will be $16 and children for $10. Free pizza will be offered from ZaRonis, with raffle activities happening throughout the day.

A life-sized Yoda will be raffled off as the signature event at the Elks Club after-party at 175 W. Fernau Ave from 5 -8pm. Raffle tickets for Yoda are $10 per ticket.

Lilly came down with a fever on December, 6th 2017, which became progressively worse and eventually leading to hospitalization. Her fever developed into Kawasaki’s disease, and the treatment received caused severe spinal fluid pressure. After 5 spinal taps and over 2 weeks in the hospital she was finally able to come home on December 28th. The family did not have health insurance, and are now faced with crushing medical bills associated with a prolonged hospital stay.

If you would like more information about this topic, please contact Jon Doemel at 920 203-4739 or email at zaronis@outlook.com.

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City launches new public engagement platform http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/city-launches-new-public-engagement-platform/ http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/city-launches-new-public-engagement-platform/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 19:40:11 +0000 http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/?p=9319 The City of Oshkosh  has announced the launch of Polco, a platform where residents can directly influence the community decision-making process by responding to survey questions. The city hopes to obtain insightful and reliable information to help shape policy decisions, with an underlying goal of increasing civic engagement.

The City will start polling with questions having to do with the future use of the Lakeshore Golf Course site.

“Polco will give residents a greater opportunity to provide their input and opinions on the Lakeshore topic, in addition to more easily access information regarding the decision. This feedback will be used to drive public policy decisions,” said City Manager Mark Rohloff. “We look forward to using this new tool to supplement the public input process on both big questions like Lakeshore, as well as more general items such as snow and ice removal.”

Residents become active users by visiting https://polco.us/oshkosh and creating an account. Polco’s platform is available via web, mobile, email, and any place Polco e-ballots are found online. This service is free to all constituents.

Polco is committed to a strict privacy policy where they only share aggregated de-identified results. Participant detailed data and votes are never shared.

Contact Emily Springstroh at (920) 236-5269 or espringstroh@ci.oshkosh.wi.us for more information.

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Weekend Events in Oshkosh Jan. 19-21 http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/oshkosh-events-1-19-1-21/ http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/oshkosh-events-1-19-1-21/#respond Thu, 18 Jan 2018 00:08:26 +0000 http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/?p=9311 Weekends in Oshkosh are the best. Enjoy this list of weekend events brought to you by the Oshkosh Convention and Visitors Bureau. See more events on the VisitOshkosh.com Event Calendar and submit your own events too.

Weekend Events, January 19-21:

WHBA Home and Outdoor Living Show, Friday from 3 to 8 p.m., Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Sunnyview Expo Center

Riverside Park Ice Rink Grand Opening and Ribbon Cutting Celebration, Friday from 5 to 7 p.m., Riverside Park Ice Rink

Comedy Improv Show, Friday and Saturday at 9 p.m., Backlot Comedy House

Oshkosh Farmers Market, Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Merrill Middle School

Oshkosh Brewery Tours, Saturday from Noon to 5 p.m., Local Oshkosh Breweries

Wisconsin Herd Basketball, Saturday at 7 p.m., Menominee Nation Arena

Find details and more events at VisitOshkosh.com. Photo courtesy of Winnebago Home Builders Association.

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Skiplanes coming to EAA on Feb. 10 http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/skiplanes-coming-to-eaa-on-feb-10/ http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/skiplanes-coming-to-eaa-on-feb-10/#respond Wed, 17 Jan 2018 15:00:09 +0000 http://www.oshkoshindependent.com/?p=9305 One of the area’s most colorful events of the season, the annual EAA Skiplane Fly-In, will be held on Saturday, February 10, at the EAA Aviation Museum’s Pioneer Airport in Oshkosh.

In past years, more than 25 skiplanes have landed at Pioneer Airport each year to participate in the event, highlighting this unique segment of flight that is quite popular throughout many parts of North America. This event is another outstanding way that EAA welcomes pilots and enthusiasts of all ages to enjoy the spirit of aviation. The skiplane fly-in also comes less than three weeks after the 65th anniversary of the first EAA meeting on January 26, 1953, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

The majority of skiplanes will arrive (weather and runway conditions permitting) during the mid-morning of February 10, and will stay until mid-afternoon. In case weather or snow conditions do not permit aircraft arrivals at Pioneer Airport that day, other activities will continue as planned, including complimentary chili and cookies served beginning at 10:30 a.m., as well as a slideshow highlighting previous EAA skiplane fly-in activities.

New this year is that one lucky child will have the unique opportunity to take their Young Eagles flight in a skiplane. Children between the ages of 8 and 17 will be eligible to enter a drawing for that free introductory Young Eagles flight during the event (weather permitting). That child will become part of more than 2 million young people who have been introduced to aviation through the Young Eagles program since 1992.

The skiplane fly-in is free of charge to the public. Signs will direct visitors to the skiplane area upon arrival to the museum. Shuttle services will also operate from Basler Flight Service for those landing at Wittman Regional Airport. We welcome all skiplane fly-in guests to stay and explore our museum after the event. Regular admission rates apply for anyone visiting the museum itself.

Skiplane pilots who wish to participate must receive approval and flight briefings from EAA prior to landing at Pioneer Airport. Contact EAA’s Miranda LaBrec at 920-426-6597 or mlabrec@eaa.org for more information.

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 www.eaa.org/museum.

The unique world of skiplane flying comes to EAA’s Pioneer Airport on Feb. 10.

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