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Sisters from SSJ-TOSF (from left) Sister Rita Schmidt, Stevens Point, Sister Mary Jane Knitter, Kimberly, and Sister Rose Grabowski, Stevens Point, come together to sew names into clothing for the Sisters who are transitioning from the Motherhouse to Willow Brooke Assisted Living for home health care services. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Sisters from SSJ-TOSF (from left) Sister Rita Schmidt, Stevens Point, Sister Mary Jane Knitter, Kimberly, and Sister Rose Grabowski, Stevens Point, come together to sew names into clothing for the Sisters who are transitioning from the Motherhouse to Willow Brooke Assisted Living for home health care services. (Portage County Gazette photo)
Thursday, February 16, 2017 1:00 PM

The Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis (SSJ-TOSF) are closing down its home health care services and collaborating with Willow Brooke Senior Living in Stevens Point to provide assisted living care for the Sisters who need it.

Wednesday, February 15, 2017 9:21 PM

Christine Thomas, dean of the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP), will be inducted into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame this spring. She is one of three conservation leaders selected for induction on Earth Day, April 22, honoring the state’s conservation legacy. 

  • Sisters discontinue home health care services

    The Sisters of St. Joseph of the Third Order of St. Francis (SSJ-TOSF) are closing down its home health care services and collaborating with Willow Brooke Senior Living in Stevens Point to provide assisted living care for the Sisters who need it.


  • Eau Pleine, state superintendent only contest in Feb. 21 primary

    A primary election will be administered locally Tuesday, Feb. 21, for the April election cycle. Portage County will have a countywide spring primary election for state superintendent of public instruction Tuesday, Feb. 21, but there is only one local race.


  • Local advocate helps organize first Global Hmong Women’s Summit

    Chai Moua, whose work as CAP Services’ Hmong Family Strengthening Program coordinator focuses on addressing domestic violence in the Hmong community, recently returned from six weeks of work and travel in Southeast Asia. Her trip was highlighted by her attendance at the first Global Hmong Women’s Summit in Chiang Mai, Thailand, Dec. 19-24.


  • FULL STORY: Clerk of courts leaves to go into private practice

    Portage County Clerk of Courts Patricia Baker has resigned to return to private practice. Baker, who has held the position for about five years, announced her resignation in a letter to Branch 3 Circuit Court Judge Thomas Flugaur dated Jan. 27. She resigns effective March 10.


  • Leadership of Portage County Towns discussed the merits of a resolution steadily gaining support regarding unified, countywide emergency medical services (EMS) and the issues of response time to the most rural areas of the county at the Towns Association meeting Monday, Jan. 23. 


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  • Fourth annual Cardinal Crusade will feature new items

    There is something for everyone at the Cardinal Crusade Live Auction and Dinner – even if attendees do not have children enrolled in Pacelli Catholic Schools, said Hannah Henderson, director of advancement for the system.

    The fourth annual event will begin with drinks, silent auction, raffles and games when the doors open at 5 p.m. Saturday, March 4, at a different location this year, Pacelli Catholic High School, 1301 Maria Drive, Stevens Point.


  • CWSO will bring music’s magic, mystery to life

    Get ready for an evening of “Magic, Mystery and More.”

    The Central Wisconsin Symphony Orchestra (CWSO) will offer “A Sumptuous Feast of Sound – concert III – Magic, Mystery and More” at 7:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 25, and at 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 26, at Sentry’s Theater@1800, 1800 North Point Drive, Stevens Point.


  • P.J. Jacobs’ past is present for future

    It’s funny sometimes how things connect, like the Great Depression and the construction of a high school, P.J. Jacobs High School to be specific.


  • ‘My Fair Lady’ is more than meets the eye

    Stevens Point Area Senior High School (SPASH) will take on the Broadway production “My Fair Lady” in its spring musical at 7 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 2, Friday, Feb. 3, and Saturday, Feb. 4, with a matinee at 1 p.m. Feb. 4, at the SPASH auditorium.

    Tickets are $10 at the door, or $12 for reserve seat tickets. Tickets are available at SPASH between 11:30 a.m. and 1 p.m. weekdays, and also at Jim Laabs and Mitchell Piano in Stevens Point. To purchase reserve tickets, send an email to spashmusical@gmail.com.


  • As winter decides over the next few weeks whether to keep hold or let go slowly, CREATE Portage County is looking forward to a “Thaw.”

    The third Phantom Gallery event “Thaw” will run from 7 to 9 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 18. The location will not be revealed until the day before on the CREATE Portage County Facebook page.


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Rusty's Polar Plunge 2017
A trio of plungers jump in icy waters for Rusty's Backwater Saloon's 2017 Polar Plunge held New Years Day. (Portage County Gazette video)
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  • ‘Jewel of Marathon County forests’ offers miles of winter fun

    Is Wausau too big?

    Of course not. The question seems ludicrous unless you ardently love even smaller cities like Stevens Point. 


  • DNR plan revision important to prairie chicken population

    The year was 1972, and I had recently settled into the central Wisconsin university community of Stevens Point. Young and eager to learn, I enrolled in the nationally acclaimed College of Natural Resources and selected wildlife management as my major. I set forth to earn a degree and pursue a lifelong career in the natural resources field and found it was all I expected and much, much more. 


  • UWSP natural resources dean will join Conservation Hall of Fame

    Christine Thomas, dean of the College of Natural Resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point (UWSP), will be inducted into the Wisconsin Conservation Hall of Fame this spring. She is one of three conservation leaders selected for induction on Earth Day, April 22, honoring the state’s conservation legacy. 


  • Little Plover River Flow and Watershed Enhancement Plan in works

    The village of Plover has announced its intent to develop and implement a Little Plover River Flow and Watershed Enhancement Plan in continuing its desire to implement water resource management measures within the Little Plover River Watershed.


  • Les Rob Peeples writes again, unhappy he can’t buy Oregon

    My friend Lester Robert Peeples sent another letter. I’m calling him “friend” now because he’s my most regular correspondent besides Mom, who writes plenty but doesn’t mention my column much.


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  • Daniel Cieslewicz

    Daniel Cieslewicz, 83, a former Stevens Point area resident, died Monday, Feb. 13, 2017.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at noon Friday, Feb. 17, at St. Boniface Church in Germantown.

    Visitation was scheduled at the Schmidt and Bartelt Funeral Home in Menomonee Falls from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday Feb. 16, and at the church from 11 a.m. Friday until the Mass.


  • Frances E. Clark

    Frances E. Clark, 79, Stevens Point, died Sunday, Feb. 12, 2017, at Sylvan Crossings in Stevens Point.

    A funeral service will be held at 11 a.m. Friday, Feb. 17, at St. Paul Lutheran Church in Stevens Point. Interment will be held in Forest Cemetery.

    Visitation will be at Boston Funeral Home from 4 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 16, and at the church from 10 a.m. Friday until the service.


  • Mae K. Spangle

    Mae K. Spangle, 92, Stevens Point, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at the Atrium Living Center in Whiting, where she has resided since 2010.

    A Mass of Christian Burial will be held at 10:30 a.m. Tuesday, Feb. 14, at St. Joseph Catholic Church, with the Rev. Jerzy Rebacz officiating. Burial will be in the parish cemetery.

    Visitation will be at the church from 9 a.m. Tuesday until the Mass.


  • Patricia ‘Pat’ Roloff

    Patricia “Pat” Roloff, 72, Neshkoro, mother of a Stevens Point woman, died Friday, Feb. 10, 2017, at ThedaCare Regional Medical Center in Appleton.

    A memorial service will be held at noon Saturday, Feb. 18, at Zion Lutheran Church in Neshkoro, with Pastor Franklin Giebel officiating. Burial will be at the Zion Lutheran Cemetery in Neshkoro at a later date.

    Visitation will be at the church from 10 a.m. Saturday until the service.


  • Rita M. Stanchik

    Rita M. Stanchik, 84, Stevens Point, died Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017, at Maple Ridge Memory Care in Plover.

    A private family gathering will be held.


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  • 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.


  • Think green: Resolve to take simple, earth-friendly steps

    If you enjoy gardening, you may already think of yourself as having a green thumb. Even if you don’t garden, you can think about ways to make your daily life greener. Consider some of these simple resolutions to make a big impact and leave a smaller imprint in the New Year. 


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