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Wednesday, February 22, 2017 11:53 PM

Stevens Point Area Public School District officials are using a frightening incident to assess collaboration with law enforcement agencies and communication with the public in the event of a school crisis situation.

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. 

  • 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. 


  • Alarm aftermath offers learning opportunities

    Stevens Point Area Public School District officials are using a frightening incident to assess collaboration with law enforcement agencies and communication with the public in the event of a school crisis situation.


  • City launches fundraiser for bigger, better fireworks show

    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. 


  • Sisters discontinue home health care services

    The Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis (SSJ-TOSF) are closing down its home health care services and collaborating with Willow Brooke Senior Living in Stevens Point to provide assisted living care for the Sisters who need it.


  • Eau Pleine, state superintendent only contest in Feb. 21 primary

    A primary election will be administered locally Tuesday, Feb. 21, for the April election cycle. Portage County will have a countywide spring primary election for state superintendent of public instruction Tuesday, Feb. 21, but there is only one local race.


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  • UWSP to stage ‘Miracle Worker’

    There are so many miracles in the story of Helen Keller and her teacher Annie Sullivan – how could University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) turn down a chance to tell it?


  • PDE performance will take on bullies

    Bullying takes center stage next month when Point Dance Ensemble (PDE) features “Dear Bullies” during its 18th annual performance.


  • Fourth annual Cardinal Crusade will feature new items

    There is something for everyone at the Cardinal Crusade Live Auction and Dinner – even if attendees do not have children enrolled in Pacelli Catholic Schools, said Hannah Henderson, director of advancement for the system.

    The fourth annual event will begin with drinks, silent auction, raffles and games when the doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at a different location this year, Pacelli Catholic High School, 1301 Maria Drive, Stevens Point.


  • CWSO will bring music’s magic, mystery to life

    Get ready for an evening of “Magic, Mystery and More.”

    The Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra (CWSO) will offer “A Sumptuous Feast of Sound – concert III – Magic, Mystery and More” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, and at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Sentry’s Theater@1800, 1800 North Point Drive, Stevens Point.


  • P.J. Jacobs’ past is present for future

    It’s funny sometimes how things connect, like the Great Depression and the construction of a high school, P.J. Jacobs High School to be specific.


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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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  • James Wayerski, Stevens Point, died Wednesday, Feb. 22, 2017.

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


  • Barbara A. Bugar

    Barbara A. Bugar, 84, Wisconsin Rapids, sister of a Junction City woman, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

    Services will be at Holy Rosary Catholic Church at 10:30 a.m. Friday, Feb. 24, with the Rev. John Swing officiating. Burial will be at Holy Rosary Cemetery.

    Visitation is scheduled at Herman-Taylor Life Celebration Funeral Home in Wisconsin Rapids from 3 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 23, with a rosary service at 7 p.m., and at the church from 9:30 a.m. Friday until the services.


  • David Frymark, 63, Stevens Point, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

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


  • Susan I. Olson

    Susan I. Olson, 68, Amherst, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2017.

    Per her wishes, there will be no services held.


  • Harlan J. Loken

    Harlan Jule Loken, 89, Iola, died Monday, Feb. 20, 2017, at Iola Living Assistance.

    A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 25, at Hitterdahl Lutheran Church in Iola, with the Rev. Dale Wilson officiating. Interment will be in the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be at the church from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Feb. 24, and again from 10 a.m. Saturday until the service.


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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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