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  • SPASH softball looks to make another State Tournament run

    After returning eight starters from last year, the Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) softball team has its sights set on advancing to the WIAA Division 1 State Tournament this season.

  • Firm commitment to conservation is critical part of community’s well-being

    What should we do with a guy who climbs a tree in a howling storm just to see what it must feel like to be a tree? Enshrine him.

  • American Indians Reaching for Opportunities hosts annual pow-wow

    In effort to bring the community together American Indians Reaching for Opportunities (AIRO) will be hosting the 43rd annual Pow-Wow Saturday, May 7, in the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) Berg Gym.

  • Elijah Glennon earns Eagle Scout award

    Eli Glennon, a member of Boy Scout Troop 293 of Stevens Point and son of Robert and Shawna Glennon, recently earned the honor of Eagle Scout, the highest rank that the Boy Scouts offers. Only 3 to 4 percent of Boy Scout members ever attain the designation of Eagle Scout. Eagle Scouts include many people from astronauts to presidents, business leaders and military generals. Glennon’s Court of Honor was held at the Bill Cook Chapter of the Izaak Walton League April 24. 

    
SPASH softball looks to make another State Tournament runFirm commitment to conservation is critical part of community’s well-beingAmerican Indians Reaching for Opportunities hosts annual pow-wowElijah Glennon earns Eagle Scout award
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A music book printed in 1889 is among the roughly 3,000 pieces that sustained water damage when a pipe burst in the archival area of Franklin House at Heritage Park last week. (Portage County Gazette photo)
A music book printed in 1889 is among the roughly 3,000 pieces that sustained water damage when a pipe burst in the archival area of Franklin House at Heritage Park last week. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 9:09 PM

A water pipe burst last week, causing thousands of dollars in damage to historical books, documents and other items in the Franklin House at Heritage Park. The water break also closed the Franklin House at a time when school students are coming to Heritage Park to learn about Portage County history.

McDill Elementary School students gather in front of the new trail in the woods behind the school Friday, April 22, before the ribbon-cutting ceremony revealing the trail and the signage with names the children chose. School mascot Timber and Eagle Scout Aidan McManus (to left of mascot) also joined the group. (Portage County Gazette photo)
McDill Elementary School students gather in front of the new trail in the woods behind the school Friday, April 22, before the ribbon-cutting ceremony revealing the trail and the signage with names the children chose. School mascot Timber and Eagle Scout Aidan McManus (to left of mascot) also joined the group. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Wednesday, April 27, 2016 9:00 PM

As part of Earth Day celebrations, McDill Elementary School students, families and community members held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and festival-like event to reveal its new trail – names for which the students created – through the 5.2 acres of woods behind the school Friday, April 22.

  • Officials attempt to salvage historical documents at Heritage Park

    A water pipe burst last week, causing thousands of dollars in damage to historical books, documents and other items in the Franklin House at Heritage Park. The water break also closed the Franklin House at a time when school students are coming to Heritage Park to learn about Portage County history.


  • McDill students, families hold ribbon cutting for new school trail

    As part of Earth Day celebrations, McDill Elementary School students, families and community members held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and festival-like event to reveal its new trail – names for which the students created – through the 5.2 acres of woods behind the school Friday, April 22.


  • Three local leaders honored for lasting impact on community

    Ray Nass, Sue Wilcox and Louis Wysocki were honored with the Quality of Life Leadership Award at the Saint Michael’s Foundation 23rd annual Community Leadership Celebration in front of a record crowd of nearly 300 attendees Saturday, April 23, in the Grand Hall of SentryWorld. 


  • Village of Park Ridge officials will determine which direction to take to address Fire Department needs next month, and that direction could depend on the costs involved. Village President Kathy Budelier said she is in contact with engineers and contractors to get some preliminary numbers and information on state standards for construction and what that building costs would look like should leaders decide to move ahead with a new truck bay.


  • Wisinski announces run for re-election as county register of deeds

    Cynthia A. Wisinski, current Portage County register of deeds, announced she will run for re-election. Wisinski is a lifelong resident of Portage County who began working in the Portage County Register of Deeds office in 1986 and has been elected to serve as Register of Deeds since 1997. 


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  • The Women’s Fund of Portage County will honor the late Helen R. Godfrey at the Women’s Fund Spring Luncheon May 6 as the fifth recipient of the Spark Philanthropy Award.

    The annual Spring Luncheon will be from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Friday, May 6, at SentryWorld Great Hall, Stevens Point. The group will announce the year’s grant awards, celebrate the Spark Philanthropy award recipient and announce a new planned giving program.


  • CAP Services’ 14th annual Take A Step 5K Run/Walk will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, at Pfiffner Pioneer Park Building, 501 Franklin St., Stevens Point. Organizers ask that those participating be at the building by 5:30 p.m.

    The Kiddie K race will begin at 5:30 p.m. Those involved in that race should be at the building by 5:20 p.m. The Kiddie K is a 50-yeard fun run for children ages 9 and under. Age groups for the kiddie run are 0 to 5 and 6 to 9.


  • A surprising musical about finding love and compassion when it’s least deserved, “Dogfight” will be staged at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) May 6 to 8 and May 11 to 13.

    Performances will be at 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, May 6 and 7, and Thursday through Friday, May 11 to 13 in the Studio Theatre in the Noel Fine Arts Center. A 2 p.m. matinee will be offered both Saturday and Sunday, May 7 and 8.


  • Auditions for pre-professional dance company May 7

    Point Dance Ensemble (PDE) will hold auditions for the 2016-17 season from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, May 7, in room 154 of the Health Enhancement Center (HEC) at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP).

    Serious dance students, ages 11 to 18, are encouraged to audition. Applicants must be enrolled in a minimum of two intermediate or advanced technique classes per week of ballet or modern at an area dance studio and have studied at least two years of ballet.


  • Celebrate spring and summer with UWSP choirs

    Songs about spring and summer as well as traditional and spiritual songs will be presented by three choirs at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP) in May.

    The Women’s Choir, Concert Choir and Choral Union will present their last concert of the academic year at 7:30 p.m. Sunday, May 1, in Michelsen Hall of the Noel Fine Arts Center. Piano accompaniment will be provided by Mary Ellen Mitchell of Stevens Point.


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  • Stevens Point HOSA students attend state HOSA leadership conference

    At the start of the 2015-16 school year, the Stevens Point Area Senior High School introduced the Health Occupations Students of America (HOSA) Future Health Professionals program, a new career and technical student organization, option for the student body.


  • Ben Franklin students will hold fundraiser for K-9 unit

    Ninth-grade students at Ben Franklin Junior High School will hold a fundraiser to benefit the Portage County Sheriff’s Department K-9 Unit from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, April 30, in the lower section of Whiting Park.


  • Elijah Glennon earns Eagle Scout award

    Eli Glennon, a member of Boy Scout Troop 293 of Stevens Point and son of Robert and Shawna Glennon, recently earned the honor of Eagle Scout, the highest rank that the Boy Scouts offers. Only 3 to 4 percent of Boy Scout members ever attain the designation of Eagle Scout. Eagle Scouts include many people from astronauts to presidents, business leaders and military generals. Glennon’s Court of Honor was held at the Bill Cook Chapter of the Izaak Walton League April 24. 


  • Pastor Petersen will retire in May

    Pastor Thomas E. Petersen, senior pastor at St. Paul Evangelical Lutheran Church in Stevens Point, announced he will retire from full-time public ministry in the Lutheran Church – Missouri Synod, effective in May.


  • Hanson left impact through friendly demeanor

    George Hanson was a friendly person. He always seemed to have a smile on his face and his conversations included his trademark laugh. And he loved to tell stories. A Stevens Point native, he was involved in the community, serving on the Stevens Point Common Council and the Stevens Point Police and Fire Commission.


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  • Brian J. Rasumussen

    Brian J. Rasumussen, 60, Fort Wayne, Ind., son-in-law of a Stevens Point woman, died Sunday, May 1, 2016, in Stevens Point.

    A memorial service will be held at a later date in Janesville with final interment in Canada.


  • Jerome A. Sernau

    Jerome A. Sernau, 69, town of Eau Pleine, died at his home Sunday, May 1, 2016.

    A private family celebration will be held.


  • Ann K. Lindner

    Ann K. Lindner, 51, Stevens Point, died Sunday May 1, 2016, at her home following a battle with cancer.

    A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 5, at St. Bronislava Catholic Church in Plover, with the Rev. Clayton Elmhorst officiating. Burial will be in St. Peter & Paul Cemetery in Institute in Door County at a later date.

    Visitation will be at the Pisarski Community Funeral Home in Plover from 4 to 8 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, and at the church from 9:30 a.m. Thursday until the Mass. There will be Bible vigil at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the funeral home.


  • Myron R. ‘Mike’ Wondzell

    Myron R. “Mike” Wondzell, 81, Stevens Point, died Saturday, April 30, 2016, at his home from esophageal cancer. He was under the care of Ministry Home Care Hospice and his wife.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 4, at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Stevens Point, with the Rev. Jerzy Rebacz officiating. Burial with full military honors will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery.

    Visitation will be at the church from 9:30 a.m. Wednesday until the Mass.


  • Hattie M. Pliska

    Hattie Mae Pliska, 90, Stevens Point, died Friday, April 29, 2016, at North Haven Assisted Living in Stevens Point while under the care of Heartland Hospice.

    A Funeral Mass will be held 10:30 a.m. Thursday, May 5, at St. Peter Catholic Church, with the Rev. Arul Joseph Visuvasam presiding. Burial will be in Guardian Angel Cemetery.

    Visitation will be in the St. Faustina Room of the church from 8:45 a.m. Thursday until the Mass.


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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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