New chairs at Schmeeckle (photo gallery)

These chairs are so beautiful, they need their own set of photos. They were carved at Schmeeckle Reserve and are on the new patio at the head of the Trail of Reflections Loop.

“By three methods may we learn wisdom: first, by reflection, which is the noblest; second, by imitation, which is the easiest; third, by experience, which is bitterest.” (Confucius)

Kudos to city, Sentry for willingness to save park

The small green space next to Sentry’s downtown building.

We all got a reminder Nov. 4 of the good that can happen when citizens speak up and both government and business listen to them.  The right thing just might get done.

Big thanks are in order for both Sentry Insurance and the City of Stevens Point for examining an eminently reasonable solution to a proposal that could have killed off a small park downtown.

The issue came before the Historic Preservation/Design Review Commission Nov. 4.  Citizens argued that Sentry’s plan to add more parking to its lot on the 1200 block of Clark Street would take out a number of mature trees and probably the very best open, green space in the center of downtown. Continue reading