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Volunteers from the Prime WATER Anglers (PWA) renovate the Well’s boat landing at Pfiffner Pioneer Park in Stevens Point with funds raised by the club’s annual fishing tournament. PWA will host its 16th annual Bass and Walleye Spring Classic tournament Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, to help fund improvement projects around Portage County. (Contributed photo)
Volunteers from the Prime WATER Anglers (PWA) renovate the Well’s boat landing at Pfiffner Pioneer Park in Stevens Point with funds raised by the club’s annual fishing tournament. PWA will host its 16th annual Bass and Walleye Spring Classic tournament Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, to help fund improvement projects around Portage County. (Contributed photo)
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 9:27 PM

The Prime WATER Anglers (PWA), a local organization dedicated to offering outdoor programs for youth and making improvements to Wisconsin River’s shoreline infrastructure, will hold its 16th annual Bass and Walleye Spring Classic tournament Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, based out of Club 10, 1602 County Road HH W, Stevens Point. 

After a quick chase, Mama Doll Hargin exchanges words with Aubrey Verdeen before the two relax to catch their breath in a scene from “The Red Velvet Cake War,” which shows May 13 through 15. (Portage County Gazette photo)
After a quick chase, Mama Doll Hargin exchanges words with Aubrey Verdeen before the two relax to catch their breath in a scene from “The Red Velvet Cake War,” which shows May 13 through 15. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Wednesday, May 4, 2016 9:49 PM

A family reunion that hinges on making the best cake is threatened when gossip, scandal and stormy weather pay a visit. But it seems a normal scenario in the Verdeen family.

  • Portage County Space and Properties Committee members want to make sure all their “T”s are crossed and all “I”s are dotted so they have postponed voting on an option to build a new county city building once more. “As a last kick at the can, right?” committee member Jerry Walters said. “We keep postponing this, why? … We need to go in (to the County Board) and say ‘This is the decision we’re going with.’”


  • Prime WATER Anglers will hold tournament to fund youth projects

    The Prime WATER Anglers (PWA), a local organization dedicated to offering outdoor programs for youth and making improvements to Wisconsin River’s shoreline infrastructure, will hold its 16th annual Bass and Walleye Spring Classic tournament Saturday, May 21, and Sunday, May 22, based out of Club 10, 1602 County Road HH W, Stevens Point. 


  • 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. 


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  • PedaLoops encourages bikers to explore central Wisconsin

    Active Portage County will host the first PedaLoops, aka “Sore Butt Ride,” Central Wisconsin’s Spring Cycling Tour, on Saturday, May 14, at the Standing Rocks County Park. Registration for the event is $35 and check in is from 7 to 8 a.m. at the Park Lodge, 7695 Standing Rocks Road, Stevens Point.


  • Polka Pow-Wow hopes to continue recognition of Polish heritage

    Polish Heritage Awareness Society is resurrecting a Polka Pow-Wow to continue bringing more awareness to Portage County’s Polish roots in the hopes that younger generations will continue traditions.


  • Family reunion antics are at crux of ‘The Red Velvet Cake War’

    A family reunion that hinges on making the best cake is threatened when gossip, scandal and stormy weather pay a visit. But it seems a normal scenario in the Verdeen family.


  • 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.


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  • Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order will celebrate jubilees June 11

    Sister Leone Juszczyk (Sister Evantia) will celebrate her 80 years as a member of the Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis June 11 at the St. Joseph Motherhouse, Stevens Point. Also celebrating will be Sister Catherine Keiliszewski, who marks 60 years with the community.


  • Waterson-Strong Engagement

    Jeanne Waterson and the late Kenneth Waterson, Stevens Point, are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Ann Marie Waterson, to Robert Alexander Strong, Stevens Point. 


  • UWSP will present honorary doctorates to John and Patty Noel

    A Stevens Point couple whose humanitarian efforts have improved thousands of lives will receive honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees bestowed by the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP). 


  • 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.


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  • Donald Ulbrich, 84, Stevens Point, died Wednesday, May 4, 2016.

    Funeral arrangements are pending at Shuda Funeral Services & Crematory in Stevens Point and Plover. Condolences may be offered online at www.shudafuneral.net.


  • Henry Karch, 96, Stevens Point, died Monday, May 2, 2016.

    Funeral services will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, May 7, at Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Polonia.

    Visitation will be at the church from 9:30 to 10:15 a.m. Saturday, May 7.


  • 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.


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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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