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Green Circle Trail will celebrate 20th anniversary this JuneResidents want Little Plover River Park tree clearing stoppedNew county-city building plan moves forwardRosholt softball team wins CWC-10 Title, set for playoffs
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Pacelli High School student Amy Groshek plays with Maria Hendrix, 4, as part of the Reading Buddies program established this school year between Pacelli Catholic Schools and CAP Services Family Development Child Care Center. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Pacelli High School student Amy Groshek plays with Maria Hendrix, 4, as part of the Reading Buddies program established this school year between Pacelli Catholic Schools and CAP Services Family Development Child Care Center. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 10:04 PM

A 4-year-old boy ran up, grabbed a teenage girl’s hand and dragged her all over the playground. Sometimes he tried running – had she let go he would have toppled right over – and other times he meandered, just taking in a bit of nature or investigating what another child was doing.

Shane Martin, Plover, recently earned his Eagle Scout designation. He is a member of Troop 201. (Contributed photo)
Shane Martin, Plover, recently earned his Eagle Scout designation. He is a member of Troop 201. (Contributed photo)
Wednesday, May 25, 2016 9:52 PM

Shane Martin, son of Patrick and Kay Martin of Plover, earned his Eagle Scout designation, Boy Scouts of America’s highest honor, Sunday, May 1. Shane is a member of Troop 201, a troop chartered by St. Bronislava Church in Plover.

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  • Community project will honor area’s World War I soldiers

    It’s nearly 100 years since the U.S. entered World War I, and though the connection to the area may still have some reach, a couple of residents are working to ensure that those from Portage County who served remain at the forefront.


  • Walk Wisconsin, Kids Walk are coming just around the corner

    The reasons for participating in Walk Wisconsin vary, from health reasons to family bonding to completing a bucket list, participants keep coming back every year.


  • 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.


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  • Mosquito Hill is just hour away, but out of this world

    What’s not to love about a name like Mosquito Hill? Especially when it’s the home of Green Apple Hoots, Princess Warriors and a dinosaur called the Hang-tongue.


  • Green Circle Trail will celebrate 20th anniversary this June

    The Green Circle Trail turns 20 in June. The community is invited to mark the anniversary during Walk Wisconsin Saturday, June 4. The trail consistently ranks near the top of reasons people love to live and play in central Wisconsin. 


  • 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. 


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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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