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  • Stevens Point Sixers’ run ends in Regional Championship

    The Stevens Point Sixers American Legion baseball team was unable to pull out another come-from-behind victory, as their season came to an end with a loss in the Championship of the AAA Region 2 Regional Tournament in Marshfield.

  • Garden parade: Old, new, maintaining blue

    What’s old is new again. That was a common thread through the 19th annual Garden Parade in the Plover-Stevens Point area earlier this month. It is sponsored by Portage County Master Gardener Volunteers.

  • 23rd Recumbent Rally adds Amherst routes

    What started as a way to introduce new comfort when riding a bicycle has turned into a go-to annual event, and this year, the Midwest Recumbent Rally celebrates 23 years.

  • 53rd Almond Tater Toot celebrates community

    Young, old, new residents and natives will come together at the end of the month to continue the Almond tradition of family fun with the 53rd annual Almond Lion’s Club Tater Toot.

    The event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, July 29, with food stands opening and music to follow, then continues with most activities beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 30.

    
Stevens Point Sixers’ run ends in Regional ChampionshipGarden parade: Old, new, maintaining blue23rd Recumbent Rally adds Amherst routes53rd Almond Tater Toot celebrates community
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The Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis are re-purposing the property with plans to build a health care continuum to serve seniors and elderly who want to remain home for as long as possible as their health declines. (Portage County Gazette photo)
The Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis are re-purposing the property with plans to build a health care continuum to serve seniors and elderly who want to remain home for as long as possible as their health declines. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 9:48 PM

After 115 years serving Portage County as educators, administrators, caregivers, chaplains and parish and pastoral ministers, the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis (SSJ-TOSF) are poised to take the next step into their future.

Local band Horseshoes and Hand Grenades will play from 4 to 7 p.m. the final day of the 48th annual Scandinavia Corn Roast this year, Sunday, Aug. 7. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Local band Horseshoes and Hand Grenades will play from 4 to 7 p.m. the final day of the 48th annual Scandinavia Corn Roast this year, Sunday, Aug. 7. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Wednesday, July 27, 2016 8:35 PM

The 48th annual Scandinavia Corn Roast promises something for everyone in the family – and individuals as well.

The event will begin at noon Friday, Aug. 5 and run through 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Ellison Memorial Park in Scandinavia. Admission is $5 for adults each day, $3 ages 13 to 20, and free for children 12 and younger. Friday’s admission will go to the Scandinavia Volunteer Fire Department.

  • The Plover Village Board Wednesday, July 20, approved a Water Supply and Treatment Systems Master Plan that would include upgrades, capping water pumping from wells and potentially building a new well. Well casing repairs, out-of-date parts to repair issues at the treatment plants, new technology and the impacts with high-capacity wells all prompted village officials to review the plan and look at the future of village water, Administrator Dan Mahoney said.


  • Sisters of St. Joseph find new mission in health care

    After 115 years serving Portage County as educators, administrators, caregivers, chaplains and parish and pastoral ministers, the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis (SSJ-TOSF) are poised to take the next step into their future.


  • Cobblestone Hotels was given the final approval of its conditional-use request to build a four-story, 61-unit hotel in the downtown area of Stevens Point by the Stevens Point Common Council Monday, July 18. Cobblestone Hotels, a national chain of boutique-style hotels, plans to build an upscale hotel on the parking lot on Centerpoint Drive next to the Great Lakes Educational Loan Services call center. 


  • Portage County Supervisors made a move to bring county employees more in line with average market wages, which for many means a raise. After more than a year of study and development – as well as five amendments – Portage County Board of Supervisors Tuesday, July 19, approved 20 to 2 a resolution to adopt a new salary schedule for non-represented employees that will bring many of the county’s positions in line with neighboring counties and similar positions across the state as far as wages are concerned.


  • Portage County is in a state of unrest, and it is time to break free from it, make and stick to decisions, and move forward peacefully, according to Portage County Executive Patty Dreier. In her State of the County address Tuesday, July 19, Dreier spoke of a recent trip to Europe and Normandy for a World War II tour and the impact that seeing the flags and peaceful, supportive messages written throughout towns had on her.


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  • UWSP professor will present water lessons for Wisconsin

    “California Water is Over-Plumbed: What are the Lessons for Wisconsin?” will be presented by George J. Kraft at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at the Waupaca Area Public Library.


  • 23rd Recumbent Rally adds Amherst routes

    What started as a way to introduce new comfort when riding a bicycle has turned into a go-to annual event, and this year, the Midwest Recumbent Rally celebrates 23 years.


  • Scandinavia Corn Roast celebrates 48th year of family fun

    The 48th annual Scandinavia Corn Roast promises something for everyone in the family – and individuals as well.

    The event will begin at noon Friday, Aug. 5 and run through 7 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Ellison Memorial Park in Scandinavia. Admission is $5 for adults each day, $3 ages 13 to 20, and free for children 12 and younger. Friday’s admission will go to the Scandinavia Volunteer Fire Department.


  • The fifth annual Aim for a Cure Archery Shoot and Color Run/Walk will take place in August.

    The event begins with registration at 8:15 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 6, with the first race beginning at 9 a.m. An indoor archery tournament begins at 8 a.m. Sunday, Aug. 7, at Bucks and Bulls Archery, 3296 Church St., Stevens Point.


  • 53rd Almond Tater Toot celebrates community

    Young, old, new residents and natives will come together at the end of the month to continue the Almond tradition of family fun with the 53rd annual Almond Lion’s Club Tater Toot.

    The event will begin at 6 p.m. Friday, July 29, with food stands opening and music to follow, then continues with most activities beginning at 11 a.m. on Saturday, July 30.


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  • UWSP professor will present water lessons for Wisconsin

    “California Water is Over-Plumbed: What are the Lessons for Wisconsin?” will be presented by George J. Kraft at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at the Waupaca Area Public Library. The free presentation is the final program in the Summer Series sponsored by Winchester Academy of Waupaca.


  • Iverson still best for cooling off, parenting and other vices

    I pulled a transgression, and it’s time for confession. No, it’s not public commission of poetry, although that’s almost as bad and definitely related.


  • Pokémon, No Thanks: Wisconsin reality is perfect

    If you’ve been living under a rock … OK, strike that. Regardless of your terrestrial status, you know about Pokémon Go. That’s because so many people are playing the two-week-old game on their smart phones that no stone has gone unturned in the search for a Legendary Pokémon (none of which have been found yet, apparently). 


  • Japanese beetle has made resurgence in Portage County

    The Portage County University of Wisconsin-Extension (UW-Extension) office recently reported it has received an increase in calls regarding the Japanese beetle, some callers stating there are thousands of them eating every plant in sight.


  • UW-Extension identifies invasive pest in central Wisconsin

    The University of Wisconsin-Extension (UW-Extension) of Portage County recently identified an invasive insect in Portage County and in the city of Stevens Point. 


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  • Delores E. Zachow, 77, Junction City, died Tuesday, July 26, 2016, at her home following a lengthy illness.

    A gathering of friends and family will be held starting at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 30, at the Junction City Lions Park Lodge. As a memorial, people are asked to bring a dish to pass or a memorial contribution.


  • Marguerite M. Euler

    Marguerite M. Euler, 97, Plover, died Monday, July 25, 2016, while under the care of Ministry Home Care Hospice.

    A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. Saturday, July 30, at Boston Funeral Home, with the Rev. Howard Hintzman presiding. Burial will be in Plover Cemetery.

    Visitation will be at the funeral home from 1 p.m. Saturday until the service.


  • Marion Marcis

    Marion Marcis, 96, Stevens Point, died Monday, July 25, 2016, at North Crest Assisted Living in Stevens Point.

    Services will be held at 11 a.m. Monday, Aug. 1, at Restlawn Memorial Park in Wausau, with the Rev. Ed Bushlus officiating. Burial will be in Restlawn Memorial Park.

    Visitation will be at Restlawn Memorial Park from 9:30 a.m. Monday until the services.


  • Clara R. Gorka

    Clara R. Gorka, 88, Kronenwetter, a Stevens Point native, died Sunday, July 24, 2016.

    Services were held Thursday, July 28, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Knowlton, with the Rev. James Arthur officiating. Burial was in St. Francis Cemetery in Knowlton.

    Services will be held at 11 a.m. Thursday, July 28, at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church in Knowlton, with the Rev. James Arthur officiating. Burial will be in St. Francis Cemetery in Knowlton.

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


  • Nancy Davidson, 66, Plover, died at her home Sunday, July 24, 2016, after a nine-year battle with cancer.

    A celebration of life is scheduled for 5 p.m. Thursday, July 28, at Woodlands Church, 190 Hoover Ave., Plover.

    Visitation is scheduled at the church from 2:30 p.m. Thursday until the celebration.


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  • Garden parade: Old, new, maintaining blue

    What’s old is new again. That was a common thread through the 19th annual Garden Parade in the Plover-Stevens Point area earlier this month. It is sponsored by Portage County Master Gardener Volunteers.


  • Astilbes are fine garden-enhancing beauties

    It’s hard not to love the refined grace of astilbe. Let me count the ways:


  • Two-year adventure begins far from home

    In the U.S. when your parents take you for a walk after dinner, there’s a good chance you’ll go to get ice cream. In Comoros, when you go for an after-dinner walk with your host father, there’s a good chance you’re going to get sugarcane.


  • With community celebration coming up, a toast to those who made it memorable

    Riverfront Rendezvous is here again, and thousands of area residents will flock to Pfiffner Pioneer Park for three days of music, food and good times with family and friends.

    In Stevens Point, there are only two real homecomings. One is Trivia, the other Riverfront Rendezvous. Right?


  • 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.


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