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Come by plane, too

(Photo Story) They come by car, foot, bike and boat, but last week a plane landed and took off at Kwahamot Bay as occupants came to enjoy the Wednesday night Music on the River.

Tomahawk Leader 7-17-2018 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Kathy Tobin
Library budget, resource officer

The Tomahawk Public Library had to have finalized numbers to the city of Tomahawk this past week in order to meet the county's deadline for submission. Library Director Heidi O'Hare outlined the proposal which received city Finance Committee and full City Council approval last Tuesday night. The Tomahawk Library Board of Trustees requested $181,545 from the city for the 2019 library budget. The total budget request comes in at $421,266. Of that, some $220,557 would come from intergovernmental aid from other counties. Projected costs for 2018 are $413,122, with $400,401 initially budgeted. The package includes a 2 percent increase in wages, or $299,736, and $121,529 in operating costs. The library has a projected fund balance of $224,811 for 2018 and $196,451 for 2019. **Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins told the Health and Safety Committee that efforts are moving forward for a school resource officer that would serve both the Tomahawk School District and the police department. Thoughts are the person would work 73 percent of the time, or 187 days of the year, for the school and 27 percent of the time for the city. The cost to the city was anticipated at about $26,000, including salary and benefits. **Tom Kelley, a member of the Tomahawk Lions Club, attended his second city meeting to get background regarding making a pitch to reinstate some or all of the $7,500 of the city's donation towards the Pow Wow Days July 4 parade and fireworks that was deleted from last year's budget. Kelley noted the fireworks alone cost $12,000, with more than $5,000 invested in the parade. He called the loss of $7,500 "a big hit." **Approval was given at the June Finance Committee to spend up to $4,000 to wire 10 campsites at SARA Park with electricity. That project has since been completed and seven of the sites were in use during the July 4 holiday.

Tomahawk Leader 7-17-2018 issue
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Business Card Directory; pdf link here

The 2018 Business Card Directory is a new printed piece published by the Tomahawk Leader. Look for a copy in the pdf below. Please support the businesses, too!

**In addition, the businesses featured in this directory join others as part of our Online Business Directory, found at, with a Town Square link to the directory in the Paper Clips column at the left. Look there for places to dine, shop and stay in and around Tomahawk, as well as many needed services. The guide is a handy way to learn more about area businesses.

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Alive in the Northwoods entertainment guide; pdf below

Check out our 2018 Alive in the Northwoods summer entertainment guide. It's included in the May 22 Tomahawk Leader and is on newsstands throughout the summer, and posted in the pdf below. It includes an extensive Community Calendar of Events and has all sorts of information about activities and attractions in the area. It's handy now and great to keep around for visitors.

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**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the July 24, 2018, Tomahawk Leader:

**Mary "Pesh" Maloney, 88, Madison, born and grew up in Tomahawk, worked for City of Madison Police Department as a parking monitor for 32 years (died Wednesday, July 18, 2018, after battling lung cancer; funeral service Saturday, July 28 at 11 a.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 9 a.m., donations to Agrace Hospice Care, 5395 E. Cheryl Parkway, Fitchburg, WI 53711).

**Daniel C. Johnson, 80, Woodruff, longtime resident of Tomahawk, born in Hurley, veteran of U.S. Navy, taught English and Spanish at Ondossagon High School, Ashland, relocated to Tomahawk in 1964, taught high school Spanish and coached including football, wrestling and baseball, became guidance counselor at Tomahawk Junior High School, later high school guidance director in 1973 for 18 years, retiring in 1991, then worked as field supervisor for U.S. Department of Labor managing the Green Thumb senior work program in Northeastern Wisconsin, retired in 1995, married to Loretta for 60 years, involved in Bradley Township government, couple lived in Harshaw many years and wintered in Texas, relocated to Woodruff in 2015 (died Sunday, July 15, 2018; private family memorial at a later date; Bolger Funeral and Cremation services, Woodruff and Minocqua, assisting).

**Norma P. Himes (nee Jennings), 89, Sycamore, Ill, formerly of Barrington, Ill., born in Evanston, Ill., married Ted J. Himes, taught kindergarten in Crystal Lake, Elgin and Dundee, and worked at Marshall Fields as the china adjuster, spent summers at Clear Lake home in Tomahawk (died Monday, July 16, 2018,; memorial service Saturday, July 28 at 11:30 a.m. at Sycamore United Methodist Church, Sycamore, Ill, visitation is from 10-11:30 a.m.; also memorial service at Clear Lake at future date; in lieu of flowers, memorials to Friends of Clear Lake W.C., the Sycamore United Methodist Church/Children's Ministry or TransVac (Voluntary Action Center) in care of the Butala Funeral Home and Crematory, 1405 DeKalb Ave., Sycamore, IL 60178).

**Isabelle E. "Isy" George (nee Lomax), 90, Tomahawk, formerly of Adams-Friendship, had lived in Pine Crest Nursing Home, Merrill, last two years, born in Gleason, Tennessee, married Harold Williams, later divorced, married Paul Raymond George, retired from Castle Rock Container in 1981, worked as caregiver through the hospital a few years (died Sunday, July 15, 2018; no services planned, in lieu of flowers or monetary gift please donate to local veteran's organization in her memory; Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Summaries of obituaries published in the July 17, 2018, Tomahawk Leader:

**Viola K. Hintz (nee Herche), 87, Tomahawk, born in Milwaukee, worked many years at Globe Union/Johnson Controls in Milwaukee, married Roger Hintz, vacationed in Nokomis area before retiring here in 1993 (died Wednesday, July 11, 2018; private family graveside service held Saturday, July 14; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Charles "Chuck" A. Gudgeon, 76, Tomahawk, born in Hibbing, Minn., grew up in Tomah, 1960 graduate of Tomah High School, married to Jeannie, worked with Owens-Illinois in Tomahawk and Lufkin, Texas, and Jasper, Texas, and later back in Tomahawk, also was a consulting engineer until his retirement (died Tuesday, July 10, 2018; memorial services Tuesday, July 31 at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation will begin at 3 p.m.)

**Orville A. Verpoorten, 73, Athens, born in Antigo, married Gale Kramm, worked two years for Fromm Brothers, Anson Gilky with the United Brotherhood of Carpenters and Joiners, moved to Hamburg area and worked for Marathon Cheese Corp., Weiss Muranyi Partnership until 1996 while self-employed producing ginseng and maple syrup, last 11 years worked as line-haul trucking until 2007.

Tomahawk Leader 7-17-2018 issue
Swamp Lake Dam elevation, leak

The town of Nokomis held a heated special meeting last week to discuss the Swamp Lake Dam and water elevation/depth concerns, which also led into concerns about a dam leak from below. Those who attended were significantly divided in their opinions of what the water level should be. Two representatives from the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) attended: Keith Patrick, DNR field supervisor, and James Yach, DNR Northern Region manager. The dam and its repairs are the responsibility of the town, the owner. The DNR already granted the town a 30-day extension for the town to research documents and history. The extension runs out July 21. Read the entire story in the July 17 Tomahawk Leader, available at newsstands and through the Online Edition right here.

Tomahawk Leader 7-17-2018 issue
Double purchase power

Double your purchasing power! Spend $10 at the Tomahawk Farmer's Market and get $20 in food. Tomahawk Main Street announces a $1,000 grant has been received from Ascension Sacred Heart Hospital to help promote the use of EBT funds at its Tuesday Farmer's Market in downtown Tomahawk. Read more in the July 17 Leader.

Tomahawk Leader 7-17-2018 issue
Sports shorts

**The Tomahawk Titans improved to 6-4 on the season in Dairyland League action after finishing off an impressive week with wins over Minocqua and Interwald. After taking down the Wood Ducks at Tyler Kahle Memorial Field Friday by a 4-2 score, the Titans hit the road Sunday to take on Interwald at Rib Lake. Interwald would come back to tie the game at 3 apiece in the bottom of the ninth before the Titans rallied in 13th inning plating 2 runs to get the 6-4 extra inning win.

**The Cubs travel to Marathon this Friday, July 20 for an opening round American Legion Regional game that gets underway at 4 p.m. The double elimination tournament continues into the weekend with State scheduled to take place in Prairie Du Chien July 26-30. Tomahawk made it three wins in row after getting the shutout 3-0 win over Eagle River and came up just a bit short in the regular season finale in a 3-2 loss to Medford. The Cubs head into tournament play with a 5-5 record on the season.

**Tomahawk Girls Youth Softball hosted the annual Rod Timm Fastpitch Softball Tourney at SARA Park over the weekend that included 24 teams in 10U, 12U, 14U and 18U age groups from around the region. Event organizers noted the huge tournament that serves as club's main fund raiser to support youth softball in Tomahawk wouldn't have been possible without the many volunteers who stepped up to make it another successful Rod Timm Tourney.

Tomahawk Leader 7-17-2018 issue
South Tomahawk roadwork

When the South Tomahawk Avenue project was done in 2003-2004, the storm sewer pipe under the roadway was placed higher than the ditch line, so a second parallel storm sewer pipe was installed and that was found to have a slight back pitch, which is holding some water on the east side of South Tomahawk Avenue, causing flooding issues for some residents. As of the week of July 16, reconstruction has begun on the east side of South Tomahawk Avenue. The road will be closed on the side the work is being done near the construction area, but driveways will remain open to the public. Traffic will be routed to the west two lanes of South Tomahawk Avenue while construction is taking place. A detour will be set up to help eliminate some of the heavy truck traffic. The Merrill Avenue intersection with South Tomahawk Avenue will be closed during construction and County Materials will have access delineated accordingly. Once done, the crew will move traffic to the completed east side of South Tomahawk Avenue and start work on the west side storm pipe. That work will basically be repeated to connect the storm pipe under the road. Then work can start on the 30-foot mainline storm sewer going to the west. Completion should be around Aug. 17.

Tomahawk Leader 7-10-2018 issue
NEWS UPDATES: News briefs

A summary of just some of the stories you'll find in this week's Tomahawk Leader:

**Johnny and the MoTones back for Music on the River.

**Brats for Vets to support new VFW building in Merrill.

**Families flock to SARA Park for attend circus. Look for a photo layout in the paper and pictures in the Photo Album.

**Savvy Senior: How to make a living will.

**Options to register to vote; online deadline is July 25.

**Kids' beginning sewing class offered at Sew N Vac.

**Teen brings Disney classic to life through art.

**The Tomahawk High School Class of 1998 is planning its 20-year reunion Saturday, Aug. 4 at 5 p.m. at Inshalla Country Club. For a complete invitation and to RSVP, visit the class Facebook page (Tomahawk High School Class of 1998) or the Tomahawk High School website, or contact Jenny Seslar at

**Tomahawk Leader is fighting the Summer Slide. Look for kids' activities in this week's newspaper.

Tomahawk Leader 7-17-2018 issue
Nature Notes

**Musky slime on hands and big smiles on faces. This week's Leader has photos from the winners of the 2nd annual VFW Musky Tournament held on Lake Mohawksin July 7.

**Speaking of muskies and July 7, Jordan Wiggins, from Lake Mills, Ill., had himself a phenomenal day fishing with a buddy and Tomahawk musky guide Julio Skonieczny a couple weekends ago. On Saturday morning he set a new personal record boating a 51" musky on Lake Alice. Later in the evening after moving to Lake Mohawksin, Wiggins struck again, boating a 44" fish to finish the day with a combined 95 inches of Wisconsin River system musky!

**Look for Fishing Reports in the link at left, and in Nature Editor Jed Buelow's blog on the Message Board.

Tomahawk Leader 7-17-2018 issue
ONLINE ADS: Ad Center link with Display, Classified Ads

Be sure to check our AD CENTER, along the left-hand column, for our CLASSIFIEDS and certain DISPLAY ads. Click on the ads for a direct link to the sites.

**Special on the E-Edition of the Tomahawk Leader for students headed off to college.

**Still time to advertise in the Tomahawk Fall Ride official guide published by the Tomahawk Leader.

**A listing of sites where you can pick up the Leader is provided.

**A reminder from Paws 2 Think that pets and children should not be left in vehicles during hot weather, and that it's best to leave pets at home when attending parades, flea markets, carnivals and other summer events.

**Look for classifieds online, too.

Tomahawk Leader 7-17-2018 issue
2017 Year in Review: In pdf below

Take a look back at 2017 in our Year in Review. There were high points and low points along the way, and the Tomahawk Leader was there, covering many of the events in person. We are eager to show you how varied our news coverage is, and include you among the thousands who currently subscribe, either to the mailed newspaper itself or to our Online Edition available right here. It's our pleasure to serve you week after week.

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Then & Now history, progress section; pdf here

You'll find a wonderful 3-part-, 40-page special "Then & Now" history and progress section in the Oct. 31 Tomahawk Leader. Stop by the Leader office, 315 W. Wisconsin Ave. to pick up a copy. You'll be impressed, whether you're an old-timer or someone new to the community, we promise. We've also posted a pdf copy here.

Tomahawk Leader 11-14-2017 issue
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Town Square Business Directory

The Town Square is a great place to check for places to stay, shop and dine while in the Tomahawk area. For information on adding your business link with web site, call 715-453-2151 or email

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2017 Tomahawk Community-wide Rummage Sale

Lincoln County Supervisory Districts

Never Forgotten Honor Flight

Philippine Orphan blog

Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations

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