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This trio of medieval cosplayers check each other’s costumes, which include steel armor, a battle-ready shield and time-period-authentic garb at last year’s EgoCon. This year’s event will be March 25. (Portage County Gazette photo)
This trio of medieval cosplayers check each other’s costumes, which include steel armor, a battle-ready shield and time-period-authentic garb at last year’s EgoCon. This year’s event will be March 25. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Thursday, March 16, 2017 11:09 AM

Michael Glielmi grew up with a black-and-white television watching a favorite science program with Dr. Dan Q. Posen. It’s no wonder then that he loves to share his sci-fi enthusiasm with others.

“I have been a huge sci-fi geek ever since,” he said. “I still have one of his books.”

Stevens Point recently launched a GoFundMe page (www.gofundme.com/stevens-point-fireworks) for community members who would like to see an expanded fireworks show to ship in for a better lineup. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Stevens Point recently launched a GoFundMe page (www.gofundme.com/stevens-point-fireworks) for community members who would like to see an expanded fireworks show to ship in for a better lineup. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:52 PM

Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza announced he has launched a GoFundMe page on the city’s behalf to raise funds for an expanded Fourth of July fireworks display at Riverfront Rendezvous this year. 

  • New Pfiffner bathrooms come with high price tag, council says ‘worth it’

    A new bathroom facility was approved for Pfiffner Pioneer Park by the Stevens Point Common Council Monday, Feb. 20, and will come with a maximum price tag of $372,772. Council members argued the new bathrooms must be of high quality to properly represent the city’s most popular park. 


  • Pavelski and Hamerski inducted to WPVGA Hall of Fame

    The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) Hall of Fame honored two area growers for lifetime achievement in the development of the state’s potato industry.


  • UWSP School of Business and Economics awarded accreditation by AACSB

    The University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) recently earned accreditation from the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) for its School of Business and Economics. Graduates will complete degrees from a program ranked among the top 20 percent in the nation and top 5 percent in the world. 


  • IDEA Center holds grand opening ribbon cutting

    The IDEA Center held its official Portage County Business Council (PCBC) ribbon cutting Thursday, Feb. 23. PCBC Ambassadors joined CREATE Portage County board members and IDEA Center users to celebrate the new community innovation resource.


  • Jennings announces candidacy for District 1 Council seat

    Tori Jennings, an anthropology lecturer at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point and chair of the Stevens Point Bicycle and Pedestrian Advisory Committee (BPAC), recently announced her candidacy for the District 1 seat on the Stevens Point Common Council up for election Tuesday, April 4. 


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  • Arts festival to feature favorites, new artists

    The 45th annual Festival of the Arts will feature some favorites, some newcomers and also at least one familiar artist who has a new style.

    The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at the Noel Fine Arts Center of University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Admission is free, and there will be an area dedicated for children’s activities in Room 190 on the first floor.


  • Sci-fi fantasy to stop in Stevens Point

    Michael Glielmi grew up with a black-and-white television watching a favorite science program with Dr. Dan Q. Posen. It’s no wonder then that he loves to share his sci-fi enthusiasm with others.

    “I have been a huge sci-fi geek ever since,” he said. “I still have one of his books.”


  • Library to host book art demolition

    John Milton, in his anti-censorship pamphlet “Areopagitica” from 1644 writes, “He who destroys a good book kills reason itself.”

    But what if that “destruction” actually improves the book?

    Elementary students in grades 4-year-old kindergarten through fifth-grade, their caregivers and siblings will have just such an opportunity during “Book Demolition Part 1,” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at Rosholt Branch Library, 137 N. Main St., Rosholt. The event is free.


  • Kids show beauty runs deep

    It’s a timeless tale, one of beauty, beasts, lessons and love, and Tomorrow River Acting Club (TRAC) is putting a new twist on it.

    TRAC members – Amherst Elementary and Middle School students – will perform “Beauty Is The Beast” in a dinner theater production beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, in the Tomorrow River Schools cafeteria.


  • Exhibit showcases youth talents

    More than 80 youth artists hand-picked from Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH), Pacelli Catholic High School, Pacelli Catholic Middle School and Ben Franklin and P.J. Jacobs Junior High Schools are featured in an art exhibit showing the talents of the youth artists.

    The “Emerging Artists” exhibit opened Tuesday at Riverfront Arts Center, 1200 Crosby Ave., Stevens Point, where an artist’s reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12.


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  • Audrey C. Levandowski

    A time of remembrance and memorial service for Audrey C. Levandowski will be held Tuesday, March 28, at the Shuda Funeral Chapel, 2400 Plover Road (County Highway B), Plover.


  • Regina L. “Jean” Zalewski

    Regina L. “Jean” Zalewski, 101, a lifelong resident of Stevens Point, died Sunday, March 19, 2017, at North Crest.

    A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 23, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Stevens Point with the Rev. Arul Joseph V. officiating. Burial will follow in Guardian Angel Cemetery.

    Visitation will be in the St. Faustina Room of the church on Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time for Mass. Pisarski Funeral Homes are honored to be assisting the family.


  • Franz S.J. Hirzy, loving husband of Jane Hirzy (nee Grafenstein), died expectantly Saturday, March 18, 2017. Franz left this world the way he lived his life, with class and dignity.


  • Audrey M. Heuring

    Audrey M. Heuring, 82, Plover, passed away Friday March 17, 2017. She passed peacefully after being surrounded by her loving family.


  • Robert G. Strike

    Robert G. Strike, 83, Plover, passed away on March 16, 2017, at Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids.


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  • Red squirrels abound in the woods where I trek on winter afternoons with my skid tractor and logging cable. I have noticed when the temperature is in the sub-20-degree range they disappear. To re-emerge on a balmy 23-degree day.


  • A few weeks ago my sister sent me something interesting. It was something she’d found in our mother’s cookbook, used as a bookmark. It was a recipe from a home economics class assignment I had done in high school, and she thought I’d like to have it.


  • Chances are, if you were in an airplane crash, you wouldn’t be reading this. I am among those who’ve never experienced a plane crash, although I was on a flight that came perilously close to being involved in a mishap.  It happened as a flight from Minneapolis was about to land in Memphis in the 1970s. Just before the wheels touched down on the runway, the pilot of the big jet pulled up and went around for a second landing attempt. He came on the speaker system as we were ascending to explain that another plane had gotten onto the runway we were about to land on and he’d decided to “go around.”


  • Well, what did you expect me to write about this week? We got almost a foot of snow, and there’s no way you weren’t affected in some way by this incredibly huge dump of the white stuff. In fact, I’m sure you could write your own story, but since I have the column, you get to hear all about mine.


  • Think green: Resolve to take simple, earth-friendly steps

    If you enjoy gardening, you may already think of yourself as having a green thumb. Even if you don’t garden, you can think about ways to make your daily life greener. Consider some of these simple resolutions to make a big impact and leave a smaller imprint in the New Year. 


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