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Rosholt softball team wins CWC-10 Title, set for playoffsWanderlust and Walk Wisconsin season has arrivedTri-County Math League claims championship for 18th straight yearJefferson students strive to repeat as Track and Field Day champs
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Alpha Omega team member Caleb Kulich (center) talks through an idea for a topic as Ben Bisone (right) listens and Becca Formella (left) creates a prop during Destination Imagination Globals practice last week. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Alpha Omega team member Caleb Kulich (center) talks through an idea for a topic as Ben Bisone (right) listens and Becca Formella (left) creates a prop during Destination Imagination Globals practice last week. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 8:14 PM

An aquarium flooded, fish are flying everywhere, and you’re in a treehouse. What do you do?

This is a typical challenge topic for improvisation (improv) teams headed to Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals May 25 through May 28, and two Pacelli Catholic High School teams are no exception.

They get the topic, three minutes to brainstorm, four minutes to do the skit inside a confined area, and oh, surprise, there is a mysterious stranger who has to be incorporated just as the skit begins.

Joey Hetzel (left), recently took first place in the United States Judo Association State Championship in West Bend and Betsy Gauthier-Koth took third place. Both women were promoted to the rank of first-degree black belt. (Contributed photo)
Joey Hetzel (left), recently took first place in the United States Judo Association State Championship in West Bend and Betsy Gauthier-Koth took third place. Both women were promoted to the rank of first-degree black belt. (Contributed photo)
Wednesday, May 18, 2016 9:49 PM

The Stevens Point Judo Club recently awarded back belt ranks to the first two women in the club to earn the promotion. 

  • Local Memorial Day services and ceremonies will be held throughout Portage County. Ceremonies will include: 


  • Gov. Scott Walker announced in a letter to town of Hull Chairperson John Holdridge a $1.2-million grant to reconstruct North Second Drive will be awarded to the town. In Hull, North Second Drive runs from Stevens Point’s city limits north for 3.46 miles to Highway X in the town of Dewey. The last time any major road work was done on North Second Drive was 1990.


  • The Stevens Point Common Council called for a structured plan to deal with the appeals now passing through the system from residents and landlords who have been cited with city ordinance violations. Last year, the council approved the creation of a new full-time ordinance officer position. The employee’s main job is to travel around the city and cite violations such as unkempt lawns, vehicles parked in front yards, zoning violations and the like. 


  • In an effort to make sure they review exact numbers, Park Ridge officials plan to hire an engineering firm to design, specifications and bid construction of a new Fire Department building. That does not mean the Village Board approves of building, members said.


  • With road repairs, sewer and drainage issues, not to mention the Fire Department space needs mounting, Park Ridge Village Board members decided to form a Strategic/Comprehensive Plan Committee. The unanimous decision came Monday, May 16, at the end of a 3-1/2-hour meeting that included discussion primarily on those three topics, none of which were resolved.


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  • DI Teams improvise way into world standings

    An aquarium flooded, fish are flying everywhere, and you’re in a treehouse. What do you do?

    This is a typical challenge topic for improvisation (improv) teams headed to Destination Imagination (DI) Global Finals May 25 through May 28, and two Pacelli Catholic High School teams are no exception.

    They get the topic, three minutes to brainstorm, four minutes to do the skit inside a confined area, and oh, surprise, there is a mysterious stranger who has to be incorporated just as the skit begins.


  • Portage County Historical Society publishes second book about World War I

    The Portage County Historical Society has published a second book in a planned series about World War I. The Society plans to observe the 100th anniversary of American involvement in that war during 2017.

    The book, “Songs from the Trenches” by Captain C.W. Blackall, was first published in 1915 and features poems written by Blackall, who served with the British Army in the trenches of France during World War I.


  • Jefferson students strive to repeat as Track and Field Day champs

    Matthew Van Vorous knows his limits and he is more than happy to capitalize on his strengths. “I’m not very strong, but I am fast,” the Jefferson School sixth-grader said with a smile.


  • The Central Wisconsin Jazz Ensemble (CWJE) will perform with a Stevens Point native now living and singing in Chicago – Typhanie Monique.

    Monique will join the group as a singer during its concert at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, at Sentry’s Theater @1800, 1800 North Point Drive, Stevens Point. Tickets are $20 for students and $35 for adults. The hors d’oeuvres will be catered by Rockmans, and the cash bar will be by Sentry, starting at 6:45 p.m.


  • UWSP alumni return to area with band to perform concert

    Stevens Point native and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) alumnus Jesse Daniels will bring his Minneapolis-based band, Jesse Daniels & The Pleasure Programme, to Portage County to perform a concert this month.

    Franklin Gappa, who also is a UWSP alumnus, plays bass in the band and will serve as the opening act playing his own songs.


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  • Spring banding provides clues to elusive woodcock

    My love affair with woodcock goes back more than four decades. If you’ve read my column long enough, that should come as no surprise. Across the years I’ve taken you along as my bird dogs and I have hunted, surveyed, banded and studied these most wonderful creatures – no doubt, one of nature’s most secretive and mysterious of all upland gamebirds.


  • Wanderlust and Walk Wisconsin season has arrived

    Besides a disheartening growth of lawn material to be cared for, the recent sun and semi-warmth have brought us to that point in the year when we start yearning for an open road or a quiet trail.


  • UW-Extension offers tips to capitalize on springtime gardening

    Gardeners might harvest more than flowers and vegetables by working outside in the garden. Research shows other benefits come from nurturing plants in the backyard, a school or community garden. For example, people’s attitudes towards health and nutrition improve when they have access to a garden, kids perform better in school and communities may even grow closer. 


  • Grand park memories help ease not-so-grand times

    In this centennial year of our national park system, a recent conversation with a friend has reminded me of how important my memories of park visits – but even more so, the actual experiences leading to the memories – can be to remind us of who we are.


  • Parkdale Park, bad dad and sick brick highlight week in nature

    As Wisconsin’s spring shows its wacky personality, there’s plenty of interesting activity to observe both locally and around the world – and I use “interesting” in the Chinese-curse sense of the term.


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  • Stevens Point Judo Club promotes its first two women to rank of black belt

    The Stevens Point Judo Club recently awarded back belt ranks to the first two women in the club to earn the promotion. 


  • Longtime RSVP volunteer remembered fondly by people who knew him

    This month, I have an unusual opportunity to highlight a unique and tireless Retired and Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP) volunteer, the late Joe Murin. Because of Murin’s work with RSVP for the past 17 years and because of his commitment to the students at the Charles F. Fernandez Center Wood Shop, he was slated for this monthly column saluting a RSVP volunteer. Unfortunately, Murin died suddenly this past month so his story will come via those whose lives he touched. 


  • Tri-County Math League claims championship for 18th straight year

    The Tri-County High School Math League team recently finished ahead of the competition for the 18th year in a row. The team ranked first out of 17 high schools in Division IV after three meets were held at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.


  • Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order will celebrate jubilees June 11

    Sister Leone Juszczyk (Sister Evantia) will celebrate her 80 years as a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis June 11 at the St. Joseph Motherhouse, Stevens Point. Also celebrating will be Sister Catherine Keiliszewski, who marks 60 years with the community.


  • Waterson-Strong Engagement

    Jeanne Waterson and the late Kenneth Waterson, Stevens Point, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Ann Marie Waterson, to Robert Alexander Strong, Stevens Point. 


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  • Donna M. Schroeder

    Donna M. Schroeder, 79, Almond, died Sunday, May 22, 2016, at the Lodge at Whispering Pines in Plover.

    A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 28, at St. John Lutheran Church in Almond, with the Rev. Brian Roehrborn officiating. Burial will be at Plainfield Village Cemetery in the town of Plainfield in Waushara County.

    Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. Saturday until the service.


  • Donald W. Nelson

    Donald W. Nelson, 82, Stevens Point, died Saturday, May 21, 2016, at the Portage County Health Care Center in Stevens Point.

    A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, May 26, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Stevens Point, with the Rev. Thomas Petersen officiating. Committal will be at St. Paul Lutheran Cemetery at a later date.

    Visitation will be at the Boston Funeral Home from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 25, and at the church from 10 a.m. Thursday until the service.


  • Rita J. Karger

    Rita J. Karger, 79, formerly of Milwaukee and Stevens Point, died Friday, May 20, 2016, at Aurora BayCare Medical Center in Green Bay.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday May, 26, at St. Stephen Catholic Church in Stevens Point, with the Rev. Jerzy Rebacz officiating.

    Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. Thursday until the Mass.


  • Viola Violet Peters, 89, Plover, formerly of Amherst, died Friday, May 20, 2016, at Whispering Pines in Plover.

    A Funeral Mass will be held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, at St. James Catholic Church in Amherst, with the Rev. Dan Hackel officiating. Interment will be at Greenwood Cemetery in Amherst.

    Visitation will be at the Jungers-Holly Funeral Home in Amherst from 4 to 8 p.m. Monday, May 23, with a rosary service at 4 p.m., and at the church from 10 a.m. Tuesday until the Mass.


  • Brian F. Rickli

    Brian F. Rickli, 65, Stevens Point, died Friday, May 20, 2016.

    A private family memorial service will be held at a later date at Yellowstone Cemetery in Blanchardville.


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  • What’s not to like about E.O. Wilson? To think of Earth Day and Earth Week in the same breath as E.O. Wilson is, I think, synonymous, Edward Osborne Wilson. To wonder if the Republican party, as desperate as they are for a candidate of bona fide credentials as a conservative, capital “C” Conservative, might nominate E.O. to the presidency when their convention in Cleveland is up for grabs.


  • It’s early in the season, and already, we have so much to do in the yard. To help you spend more time on the gardening you enjoy and less time on annoying maintenance, snuff out weeds early in the season. 


  • With all the braying lately about who we are putting on the $20 bill and who can pee in what bathroom, I’ve been searching for some peace and quiet these days. It’s amazing what human beings can get their undies in a bundle about, and sometimes they go out of their way to find new ways to tie that knot.


  • There is a certain dismay when the Christian Easter and the Jewish Passover are disparagent holidays, as this year. It reflects a discord in our religious heritage that is uncharitable and jealous despite the vividness of the historic connection.


  • Trivia Weekend always brings back happy memories of contests past. And while I could write a book about all the years of trivia I’ve played and all the teams I’ve had the opportunity to play with, let me tell you about how I came to play the game in the first place.


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