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  • SPASH wins third straight State Title

    The Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) boys basketball team rolled past Hartland Arrowhead to win its third consecutive WIAA Division 1 State Championship at the Kohl Center in Madison Saturday, March 18.

  • Panthers end run this season with State Championship

    After losing eight seniors from last year’s team that won its second consecutive WIAA Division 1 State Championship, the SPASH boys basketball team entered this season full of question marks.

  • Skunk Lake a sweet late-winter hike

    St. Patrick’s Day dawned with a thin layer of snow, the potential for icy roads, and the promise of fog, which threatened to put a serious damper on the quest to familiarize myself with more of the Ice Age National Scenic Trail.

  • SPASH boys basketball advances to State Tournament

    The back-to-back State Champion SPASH boys basketball team is heading to the WIAA Division 1 State Tournament for the third year in a row.

    
SPASH wins third straight State TitlePanthers end run this season with State ChampionshipSkunk Lake a sweet late-winter hikeSPASH boys basketball advances to State Tournament
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In one of many community efforts, Portage County leaders, residents and members of Crossfit gathered at Heritage Park in Plover last fall to help erect a trench that would give visitors a sense of what Portage County soldiers went through in the trenches of World War I. (Portage County Gazette photo)
In one of many community efforts, Portage County leaders, residents and members of Crossfit gathered at Heritage Park in Plover last fall to help erect a trench that would give visitors a sense of what Portage County soldiers went through in the trenches of World War I. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Friday, March 24, 2017 3:46 PM

Portage County Historical Society is gearing up for the anniversary of the United States’ entrance into World War I in a couple of weeks.

During the last moments of a Comorian wedding ceremony, the groom’s father blesses the new couple. After the blessing friends and family dance in front of the newlyweds and take turns depositing money on the bride’s lap. Weddings are an important part of Comorian culture, and a several day event they are eager to share with interested Americans. (Sarah McQueen photo)
During the last moments of a Comorian wedding ceremony, the groom’s father blesses the new couple. After the blessing friends and family dance in front of the newlyweds and take turns depositing money on the bride’s lap. Weddings are an important part of Comorian culture, and a several day event they are eager to share with interested Americans. (Sarah McQueen photo)
Friday, March 24, 2017 3:48 PM

Part of our mission as Peace Corps volunteers is to help promote a better understanding of Americans in our host countries. That doesn’t mean just showing up and showing them how we do things “American style.” Sorry America, I’m not in Comoros to spend two years bragging about how great we are.

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  • Arts festival to feature favorites, new artists

    The 45th annual Festival of the Arts will feature some favorites, some newcomers and also at least one familiar artist who has a new style.

    The event will run from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, April 2, at the Noel Fine Arts Center of University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Admission is free, and there will be an area dedicated for children’s activities in Room 190 on the first floor.


  • Sci-fi fantasy to stop in Stevens Point

    Michael Glielmi grew up with a black-and-white television watching a favorite science program with Dr. Dan Q. Posen. It’s no wonder then that he loves to share his sci-fi enthusiasm with others.

    “I have been a huge sci-fi geek ever since,” he said. “I still have one of his books.”


  • Library to host book art demolition

    John Milton, in his anti-censorship pamphlet “Areopagitica” from 1644 writes, “He who destroys a good book kills reason itself.”

    But what if that “destruction” actually improves the book?

    Elementary students in grades 4-year-old kindergarten through fifth-grade, their caregivers and siblings will have just such an opportunity during “Book Demolition Part 1,” from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Thursday, March 30, at Rosholt Branch Library, 137 N. Main St., Rosholt. The event is free.


  • Kids show beauty runs deep

    It’s a timeless tale, one of beauty, beasts, lessons and love, and Tomorrow River Acting Club (TRAC) is putting a new twist on it.

    TRAC members – Amherst Elementary and Middle School students – will perform “Beauty Is The Beast” in a dinner theater production beginning at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 10, in the Tomorrow River Schools cafeteria.


  • Exhibit showcases youth talents

    More than 80 youth artists hand-picked from Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH), Pacelli Catholic High School, Pacelli Catholic Middle School and Ben Franklin and P.J. Jacobs Junior High Schools are featured in an art exhibit showing the talents of the youth artists.

    The “Emerging Artists” exhibit opened Tuesday at Riverfront Arts Center, 1200 Crosby Ave., Stevens Point, where an artist’s reception will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Sunday, March 12.


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  • Audrey C. Levandowski

    A time of remembrance and memorial service for Audrey C. Levandowski will be held Tuesday, March 28, at the Shuda Funeral Chapel, 2400 Plover Road (County Highway B), Plover.


  • Regina L. “Jean” Zalewski

    Regina L. “Jean” Zalewski, 101, a lifelong resident of Stevens Point, died Sunday, March 19, 2017, at North Crest.

    A Funeral Mass will be held at 10:30 a.m. Thursday, March 23, at St. Peter Catholic Church in Stevens Point with the Rev. Arul Joseph V. officiating. Burial will follow in Guardian Angel Cemetery.

    Visitation will be in the St. Faustina Room of the church on Thursday morning from 9:30 a.m. until the time for Mass. Pisarski Funeral Homes are honored to be assisting the family.


  • Franz S.J. Hirzy, loving husband of Jane Hirzy (nee Grafenstein), died expectantly Saturday, March 18, 2017. Franz left this world the way he lived his life, with class and dignity.


  • Audrey M. Heuring

    Audrey M. Heuring, 82, Plover, passed away Friday March 17, 2017. She passed peacefully after being surrounded by her loving family.


  • Robert G. Strike

    Robert G. Strike, 83, Plover, passed away on March 16, 2017, at Aspirus Riverview Hospital in Wisconsin Rapids.


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  • Searching for connection in Africa

    Part of our mission as Peace Corps volunteers is to help promote a better understanding of Americans in our host countries. That doesn’t mean just showing up and showing them how we do things “American style.” Sorry America, I’m not in Comoros to spend two years bragging about how great we are.


  • 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.


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