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The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) and the Wisconsin Potato Growers Auxiliary (WPGA) will hold a potato-meal packing event to help feed hungry children all over the globe. Volunteers and WPVGA members will gather at the Noel Hangar at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport Saturday, June 17, to pack 100,000 servings of MannaPack Potato meals developed by the nonprofit Christian charitable organization Feed My Starving Children. (Portage County Gazette photo)
The Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) and the Wisconsin Potato Growers Auxiliary (WPGA) will hold a potato-meal packing event to help feed hungry children all over the globe. Volunteers and WPVGA members will gather at the Noel Hangar at the Stevens Point Municipal Airport Saturday, June 17, to pack 100,000 servings of MannaPack Potato meals developed by the nonprofit Christian charitable organization Feed My Starving Children. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Friday, June 2, 2017 12:08 PM

In an effort to fight global food shortages, the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) and the Wisconsin Potato Growers Auxiliary (WPGA) will hold the annual potato-meal packing event Saturday, June 17, to feed hungry children all over the globe. 

In Aber Suzuki Center’s Early Childhood Education class, (above) children and parents (from left) Isabelle Schultz with mom, Erin Schultz, Nico Fischer with mom, Nena Fischer, and Anya Ramon-Motley with mom, Stephanie Ramon, build motor development and learn about socialization by taking turns rolling a ball to one another. During another exercise (left), teacher Judy Meyer work with Felix Liszewski on rhythm and music. The center celebrates its 50th anniversary with events June 16 and 17. (Heather McDonald photos)
In Aber Suzuki Center’s Early Childhood Education class, (above) children and parents (from left) Isabelle Schultz with mom, Erin Schultz, Nico Fischer with mom, Nena Fischer, and Anya Ramon-Motley with mom, Stephanie Ramon, build motor development and learn about socialization by taking turns rolling a ball to one another. During another exercise (left), teacher Judy Meyer work with Felix Liszewski on rhythm and music. The center celebrates its 50th anniversary with events June 16 and 17. (Heather McDonald photos)
Friday, June 2, 2017 11:58 AM

Maxmilian Heindl sat on teacher Judy Meyer’s lap, his hand grasping the drumstick-mallet under her guide. He watched the children and parents circling around him as he snapped the stick to the drum, thump, thump, thump.

  • Citing the need for new space, Stevens Point Mayor Mike Wiza has asked Portage County to consider purchasing the city’s portion of the County-City Building.

    “The city has determined that the current amount of space and the layout … is inadequate for our operations,” Wiza said in a letter to county officials. “In addition, a major remodel will not sufficiently address these issues within an acceptable timeframe."


  • Stevens Point Police Department could be in a new location before snowfall, should the city agree that moving into the former Mid-State Technical College building on Michigan Avenue is the best option to alleviate space needs.

    “I think it’s a great idea,” Police and Fire Commissioner Robert Ostrowski said.

    Police Chief Marty Skibba recently presented costs and operational/functional options of moving the 88-member department (including sworn and civilian employees and others) into the city-owned building at 933 Michigan Ave. 


  • A year after taking a step back to re-examine whether Portage County should continue operating the county Health Care Center (HCC) or partner with another group, committee members say they are ready to get to the nitty-gritty.

    “We’ve made no traction on this whatsoever,” Chair Jerry Walters said after County Executive Patty Dreier explained deleting last year’s $10 million proposed partnership project with Sisters of St. Joseph-Third Order of St. Francis from the county’s 2018-23 Capital Improvements Plan (CIP) and including a new $10 million placeholder.


  • Sentry breaks ground on new seven-story facility

    Sentry broke ground Thursday, June 22, for a new seven-story, 270,000-square-foot office building at 1501 Northpoint Drive, Stevens Point, on the former Holiday Inn site.


  • Hull will hold special yard waste pick up for storm damages

    The town of Hull will hold a special branch clean-up for its residents Thursday, June 22, for storm-related damages.


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  • Iola Car Show celebrates 45 years

    One of the nation’s largest classic car shows, the 45th annual Iola Car Show, will take place from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. Thursday, July 6, through Saturday, July 8, in Iola.

    Day tickets are $10; a three-day pass is $18. Children 12 and under get free admission. Free day parking is available with a free shuttle that runs to and from the parking lot and the show grounds.


  • A doll to span the ages will come to life on stage, bringing adventures to all children – including those masked by the responsibilities of being an adult.

    Central Wisconsin Area Community Theater (cwACT) will present “Raggedy Ann & Andy” at 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, July 7 and 8, and again at 2 p.m. Sunday, July 9, at Sentry’s Theater@1800, 1800 Northpoint Drive, Stevens Point.


  • Olympics foster self-improvement for athletes

    Janet Jakusz has been volunteering her time and talents for years, and now it is her turn to be in the spotlight. And she is all smiles. “I’m excited,” Jakusz said.


  • Aber Suzuki Center celebrates 50 years

    Maxmilian Heindl sat on teacher Judy Meyer’s lap, his hand grasping the drumstick-mallet under her guide. He watched the children and parents circling around him as he snapped the stick to the drum, thump, thump, thump.


  • New horseshoe club is a ringer for area

    The Stevens Point man has established the Stevens Point Horseshoe Club, which began meeting this month and already has nearly 20 members.


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  • Random summer thoughts like seeds scattering in the wind

    The helicopters invaded a couple of weeks ago. They landed on our male-pattern baldness yard and will soon sprout a tiny forest of maples everywhere, mainly because we haven’t cleaned them up yet.


  • Moving forward tough while remembering the past

    Even though last week was a good one, with a fun birthday party outdoors and more hiking on the Ice Age Trail, it was also a week of sorrow, as we lost another great friend of the outdoors.


  • Lupine signal Karner blue butterflies may be near

    Years ago, No. 1 son worked as a summer wildlife technician at Fort McCoy in Monroe County. If memory serves, while working with the wildlife management crew he was involved with research on Blanding’s turtles, wolves, snakes, invasive plants, wild lupine and Karner blue butterflies.


  • Small steps in Marathon County good enough for now

    When it comes to protecting our public lands, it’s easy to see recent developments as one step forward and three or four steps back.


  • Here’s to moms, neighbors and taking our time f

    It’s impossible to be outdoors without experiencing the changing of the seasons and the passage of time, and we are now officially past the Time of Mud and transitioning into that fabulous season we all know as summer in Wisconsin.


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  • WPVGA seeks to curb hunger with mobile packing event June 17

    In an effort to fight global food shortages, the Wisconsin Potato & Vegetable Growers Association (WPVGA) and the Wisconsin Potato Growers Auxiliary (WPGA) will hold the annual potato-meal packing event Saturday, June 17, to feed hungry children all over the globe. 


  • Portage County Library hosts summer programs

    Portage County Public Library summer programs kick-off Monday, June 5, at all branches. There will be programs and classes available for children through teens including the more typical summer reading clubs, story time, brick builders, baby lapsit and games and grandmasters’ programs.


  • Pacelli’s Krusa awarded Chemistry Teacher of the Year Award

    Pacelli Catholic High School teacher Joyce Krusa was recently awarded the Chemistry Teacher of the Year Award by the Central Wisconsin Section of the American Chemical Society, a regional group of chemistry educators and professionals covering the central and northcentral Wisconsin region.


  • Ben Franklin teams up with local professionals for mock interviews

    Thirty-three local business professionals teamed up with the Ben Franklin Junior High to provide eighth-grade students an opportunity to practice their interviewing skills Tuesday, May 23, at the Portage County Business Council. 


  • Sister Adalbert’s birthday honors her life’s gifts

    Sister Mary Adalbert Stal shifted a bit in her wheelchair, moving rhythmically side to side. Her arms and hands did more – conducting as friends played music and songs rang out in her honor.


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  • Phyllis A. Van Dien, 84, formerly of Stevens Point, died Wednesday, July 5, 2017, at the Serenity Hospice and Home in Oregon, Ill. 

    A Memorial service will be held at a later date in Stevens Point.


  • Robert Sandstrom

    Robert L. “Bob” Sandstrom, 82, formerly of Stevens Point, died Monday, July 10, 2017, at Pride TLC Assisted living in Weston.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, July 14, at St. Bronislava Catholic Church in Plover. Burial with full military honors will follow in the St. Bronislava Parish Cemetery.  Visitation will be held Friday from 9 a.m. until time of service at the church.


  • Vera A. Erdman

    Vera Ann (Krause) Erdman, died unexpectedly Sunday, July 9, 2017.

    Funeral services will be held Friday, July 14, at 11 a.m. in St. John’s Lutheran Church in Almond. Visitation will be held on Thursday, July 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. at the church and from 9 a.m. Friday until the time of services at the church.


  • Marie A. Kieleszewski, 55, died July 9, 2017, surrounded by loved ones at the Atrium in Stevens Point.


  • Gerry Rybicke

    Gerry (Jajewski) Rybicke, 77, of Fort Atkinson, a Stevens Point native, died July 9.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held by Rev. William Nolan and Rev. Mark Niehaus at St. Patrick Church in Whitewater at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 18. Visitation will be held at the church before the service Tuesday beginning at 9:30 a.m. until the time of the Mass.


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  • Domestic violence impacts all in community

    At CAP Services’ Family Crisis Center, we join in mourning with our sister agency, Women’s Community and our neighbors in the greater Wausau area as they seek to heal from the lethal consequences of domestic violence.


  • It is of spring poets comingle. All on the relent of winter, as northerners understand.  When trills the redwing and heralds the sandhill, all is poetry. All the flowers, the pollen, the bird song. Poets are not known to verse about the weight limits on town roads, the gore of these same where sodden spring does her best to prove the earth is loquacious.



    It is of spring poets comingle. All on the relent of winter, as northerners understand.  When trills the redwing and heralds the sandhill, all is poetry. All the flowers, the pollen, the bird song.
    It is of spring poets comingle. All on the relent of winter, as northerners understand.  When trills the redwing and heralds the sandhill, all is poetry. All the flowers, the pollen, the bird song.
    It is of spring poets comingle. All on the relent of winter, as northerners understand.  When trills the redwing and heralds the sandhill, all is poetry. All the flowers, the pollen, the bird song.
    It is of spring poets comingle. All on the relent of winter, as northerners understand.  When trills the redwing and heralds the sandhill, all is poetry. All the flowers, the pollen, the bird song.
    It is of spring poets comingle. All on the relent of winter, as northerners understand.  When trills the redwing and heralds the sandhill, all is poetry. All the flowers, the pollen, the bird song.
    It is of spring poets comingle. All on the relent of winter, as northerners understand.  When trills the redwing and heralds the sandhill, all is poetry. All the flowers, the pollen, the bird song.

  • You deserve a break today is not just an old slogan from a fast food chain. You really do deserve a break, and you should make sure you regularly schedule time for yourself. I never used to, and one summer it put me in a hospital. For real.


  • For a moment, set aside the joy of seeing your crocuses and daffodils bloom. Overlook all the pruning and yard chores a new season brings. Instead, as you survey your landscape, look for early signs of plant disease and winter injury. 


  • “If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all.” That line has been memorialized as a book title, as lyrics in a song and as part of the old TV show, “Hee Haw.” You might remember Buck Owens and Roy Clark lamenting, “Gloom, despair, and agony on me, Deep, dark depression, excessive misery. If it weren’t for bad luck, I’d have no luck at all, Gloom, despair, and agony on me.”


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