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  • UWSP self-imposes postseason ban, Semling suspended for season

    Following NCAA allegations regarding practicing out of season, UWSP announced that men’s basketball head coach Bob Semling would be suspended for the rest of the season and the team would be ineligible for the WIAC Tournament and the NCAA Tournament this season.

  • Point of Discovery will add ninth grade

    Stevens Point Area Public School District’s charter school, Point of Discovery (PoDS), is doing so well the school will add ninth grade next school year.

  • City launches online tax-payment option

    The city of Stevens Point recently launched a new option for residents to pay their taxes on the city’s website in order to streamline the process and catch up with the increasingly digital-dependent culture.

  • YMCA receives $1,000 grant from Monogram foods for healthy snack program

    The Stevens Point Area YMCA’s Farm to School program recently received a $1,000 grant from the Monogram Loves Kids Foundation. The funding will support and broaden the scope of the YMCA’s Farm to School Healthy Snack program.

    
UWSP self-imposes postseason ban, Semling suspended for seasonPoint of Discovery will add ninth gradeCity launches online tax-payment option YMCA receives $1,000 grant from Monogram foods for healthy snack program
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Thursday, January 12, 2017 1:00 PM

Stevens Point Area Public School District has a draft compensation plan for teaching staff that could be ready for approval this spring.

Luke Daniels, a senior at the Stevens Point Area Senior High School and member of the Boy Scout Troop 297, will be awarded Eagle Scout status at a ceremony Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Knights of Columbus Hall. (Contributed photo)
Luke Daniels, a senior at the Stevens Point Area Senior High School and member of the Boy Scout Troop 297, will be awarded Eagle Scout status at a ceremony Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Knights of Columbus Hall. (Contributed photo)
Wednesday, January 11, 2017 9:54 PM

Luke Daniels, 17, a senior at the Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH), of Boy Scout Troop 297, will be honored at a special Eagle Scout ceremony Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Knights of Columbus Hall.

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  • 26th annual Jazz Festival will feature international musician

    Called “one of today’s best young jazz musicians” by the Boston Globe, bassist and composer Ben Allison will perform with guitarist Steve Cardenas and drummer Allison Miller at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) as part of the Music Department’s 26th annual Jazz Festival.

    The performance will be held at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 3, in Michelsen Hall in the Noel Fine Arts Center. The public performance caps a day of jazz study by more than 700 high school and middle school students from around Wisconsin.


  • Art event to ‘Bring Back the Bash’ with creativity, food, fun

    A night of creativity in the visual arts, design, dance and theater is coming to the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) in February.

    The 13th annual Arts Bash, “Bring Back the Bash,” will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 4, at UWSP’s Noel Fine Arts Center, 1800 Portage St., Stevens Point.


  • cwACT’s ‘Much Ado About Nothing’ will really be something

    For the first time, Central Wisconsin Area Community Theater (cwACT) will tackle one of the greats – William Shakespeare – in his popular romantic comedy, “Much Ado About Nothing.”

    “The desire to produce Shakespeare is strong in every theater, even in community theater groups,” said director Susan Edgren. “I think it’s important for an amateur organization, in order to grow in popularity and performance quality, to take on some Shakespeare, at least occasionally.


  • WWI’s Admiral Grant among those remembered linking city’s past and present

    As a child, he played (and worked) in Stevens Point, attended the Old White School, and as he grew older, Albert W. Grant perhaps was influenced by his father, E.B. Grant, and the elder Grant’s subsequent time in the infantry during the Civil War.

    On June 4, 1873, at age 17, Albert Grant started out from Stevens Point for Annapolis, appointed to the Naval Academy. The Stevens Point Journal foresaw his greatness, reporting “he … has the requisite ability to become a leader in his class.”


  • Model railroad show to display routes of hobby

    Railroads offer more than just an engine and some tracks, in fact they provide an outlet for nearly every interest: building, designing, engineering, models, transportation, people and community, artwork, creativity, scenery, and the list goes on for miles.

    It is one of the messages Central Wisconsin Model Railroaders hope to show people at the 20th annual Arctic Run Model Railroad Show and Sale Jan. 21 and 22.


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Rusty's Polar Plunge 2017
A trio of plungers jump in icy waters for Rusty's Backwater Saloon's 2017 Polar Plunge held New Years Day. (Portage County Gazette video)
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  • Local company upgrades United Way offices

    The offices at United Way of Portage County have a brand new look thanks to a donation from a local company. Recycled Office Environments (ROE), a Stevens Point company, donated and installed all new office furniture at United Way’s 10-person office space at 1100 Centerpoint Drive, Stevens Point, after ROE’s chief executive officer, Jeff Budelier, decided an upgrade was needed.


  • YMCA receives $1,000 grant from Monogram foods for healthy snack program

    The Stevens Point Area YMCA’s Farm to School program recently received a $1,000 grant from the Monogram Loves Kids Foundation. The funding will support and broaden the scope of the YMCA’s Farm to School Healthy Snack program.


  • Local student earns Eagle Scout designation

    Luke Daniels, 17, a senior at the Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH), of Boy Scout Troop 297, will be honored at a special Eagle Scout ceremony Saturday, Jan. 14, at the Knights of Columbus Hall.


  • Rapisarda-Korger Wedding

    Madeleine Rapisarda and Andrew Korger exchanged wedding vows Saturday, Oct. 22, at the Wisconsin Historical Society in Madison with Nick Woboril officiating. Neal Cragg and Will Villavicencio provided music. 


  • Church gives back to community, focuses help on schools

    The end of the year provides time to reflect but it also offers the opportunity to look ahead and see what differences can be made in the upcoming year. Woodlands Church in Plover is doing both.


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  • Sandra L. Jansen

    Sandra L. Jansen, 77, Waupaca, a former Iola resident where she and her husband owned a restaurant, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at her residence.

    A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at Trinity Lutheran Church in Waupaca. Interment of cremains will be in the Scandinavia Lutheran Cemetery in Scandinavia.

    Visitation will be at the Voie Funeral Home in Iola from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, and at the church from noon Friday until the service.


  • Marietta Ann Viergutz

    Marietta Ann Viergutz, 88, Wausau, mother of a Plover woman, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at the Prairie Home Assisted Living in Menasha.

    A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Jan. 23, at St. Michael Parish in Wausau. Burial will be in Pine Grove Cemetery, Wausau.

    Visitation will be at Helke Funeral Home in Wausau from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 22, and at the church from 10 a.m. Monday until the Mass.


  • Kathryn L. Stanchik

    Kathryn L. Stanchik, 81, Stevens Point, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, at the Portage County Health Care Center.

    A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Jan. 20, at St. Peter Catholic Church, with the Rev. Arul Joseph Visuvasam officiating. Burial will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery.

    Visitation will be at the Pisarski Funeral Home in Stevens Point from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 19, and in the St. Faustina Room of the church from 9:30 a.m. Friday until the Mass. A rosary will be prayed at 7 p.m. Thursday at the funeral home.


  • Irving Rutkowski, 83, Rosholt, died Monday, Jan. 16, 2017.

    Funeral arrangements are pending at Shuda Funeral Homes & Crematory in Stevens Point and Plover. Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.com.


  • Robert E. Cable

    Robert E. Cable, 80, Stevens Point, a retired Soo Line Railroad engineer, died at his home Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, while under the care of his family, special caregiver, Inetta Posey, and Ministry Hospice after being diagnosed in early December with a brain tumor.

    A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 21, at Boston Funeral Home, with Pastor Doug Schneider officiating. Interment will be at McDill Cemetery in Whiting.

    Visitation will be at the funeral home from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 20, and again from 9 a.m. Saturday until the service.


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  • 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. 


  • Farmers of Mill Creek are year-round stewards of land

    Mill Creek is a stream of minor fame. But, let it be known, the first sawmill in Portage County was erected upon this creek by Abraham Brawley back in 1839. Perry & Veeder occupied a site on the same stream soon after. Thus, the creek was forever after known as Mill Creek.


  • People occasionally will call, write or stop by to talk to me about my column and what they enjoy reading about. And while the subjects vary, one invariably comes up much more often than all the others put together. People want me to write about my dog. 


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