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Critic's Choice Award for drama

(Photo Story) "Unbelievable achievement!" That's the word from Tomahawk High School drama director Michele Balda after her students claimed a Critic's Choice Award when they performed "Complaint Department and Lemonade" at the Wisconsin High School Theatre Festival State One-Act Play Contest Friday at Viterbo University in La Crosse. "Critic's Choice is like winning state! In addition, as if that wasn't enough, Abby Norman, Martin Schmidt and Maura Koth all received acting awards. And, the crew was recognized with Outstanding Crew, and we also got Outstanding Ensemble!" Balda shared. According to the Wisconsin High School Forensic Association, Critic's Choice represents the highest standards of excellence at the state festival. Criteria for consideration include innovative vision, authentic storytelling and artistic development. Tomahawk's last Critic's Choice was in 2001, Balda noted.

Tomahawk Leader 11-20-2018 issue; Contributed Photo
Santa coming; Christmas Wonderland

Christmas Wonderland is headed for downtown Tomahawk Saturday, Nov. 24 with Santa making his first appearance along Wisconsin Avenue at about 2 p.m. He will received a police escort. Children will have a chance to visit with him until 4 p.m. at Santa's Cabin behind the Rodeo Saloon. Each child will get a goody bag and a chance to share his/her wish list. Visitors are asked to bring a non-perishable food item for the food pantry.
Earlier in the day, at 10:30 a.m. and 1 p.m., there will be a free matinee movie, "Small Foot" at Tomahawk Cinema.
All day Saturday is also Shop Small Saturday at local stores, with in-store specials and sales.
Horse drawn wagon rides also will be available between 2 and 4 p.m.
The event is sponsored by the Tomahawk Regional Chamber of Commerce.
This week's Leader includes Black Friday and Small Business Saturday ad features.

Tomahawk Leader 11-20-2018 issue
Loon rescue

Kevin and Linda Grenzer of Tomahawk were busy last week helping rescue stranded common loons that were in danger of being frozen in as lakes across the Northwoods lock up. The second of two loons saved came from Lake Nokomis. It had become totally iced in and predators were circling above when the recovery effort began. Using their hovercraft and other specialized equipment, the Grenzers were able to reach the bird on very thin ice 1,000 feet from shore. Both birds were taken to Raptor Education Group, Inc. (REGI) in Antigo where they are being treated. The Nokomis loon was anemic and malnourished when it was brought in and it is believed lead poisoning was causing the condition.

Tomahawk Leader 11-20-2018 issue
NEWS UPDATES: News briefs

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

**Don't spend Thanksgiving alone: There's a free community meal at St. Mary's Corpus Christi Center between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Anyone who'd like to donate or help, or who would like a meal delivery should call the Parish Office at 715-453-2878.

**We have pictures from the house fire at 112 E. River St.

**Cheer on the students on the Tomahawk Middle School honor roll.

**Kinship is seeking help fulfilling Christmas gift wishes from Kinskids.

**Tomahawk couple injured in Hwy. 8 crash.

**2 seriously injured in Hwy. 86 rollover.

**Scenes from the Venison Feed.

**There's a neat story about Dave and Linda Barrows and their shopping spree at Trig's Tomahawk. They donated 16 turkeys to Kinships and some beef roasts to Our Sisters' House.

**Check out the Black Friday and Small Business Saturday specials.

Tomahawk Leader 11-20-2018 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.

**The Tomahawk Leader is seeking an Ad Sales Representative and a Part-time Reporter.

**Support your local small business owners Saturday, Nov. 24 during Shop Small Saturday.

**Stand locations to pick up a Tomahawk Leader.

**Look for classifieds online, too.

Tomahawk Leader 11-20-2018 issue

**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the Dec. 4, 2018, Tomahawk Leader:

**Cynthia (Cindy)Nick-Jarvis, 67, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, 1969 graduate of Tomahawk High School, married to Charles Jarvis, worked as audiologist for 15 years, then for the Tomahawk Family Resource Center and at Northbay Pharmacy (died in Bradenton, Fla., under hospice care; funeral services Saturday, Dec. 8 at noon at St. Mary's Catholic Church; visitation will be Friday, Dec. 7 from 4-7 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, and again Saturday beginning at 11 a.m. at the church).

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Nov. 20, 2018, Tomahawk Leader:

**Helen E. Theiler, 89, longtime Tomahawk resident, born in Merrill, married Francis Theiler, a waitress in Tomahawk area for more than 50 years, worked at Snack Shack, Roman's, LaNou's, Denny's and the Uptown Restaurant (died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018; memorial Mass Friday, Nov. 23 at noon at St. Mary Catholic Church; visitation begins at 10:30 a.m., memorials to Howard Young Foundation-Dr. Kate Hospice, P.O. Box 470, Woodruff, WI 54568; Krueger Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Russell D. Brownell, 86, Rhinelander, born in Nimrod, Minn., married Delores M. Krause, served country for over 40 years, 10 years of active duty Air Force and 30 years in Army Reserves as a foreman and mechanic, couple lived in Harrison area since 1988 (died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018; Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, Nov. 20 at 11 a.m. at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Harrison, visitation begins at 9 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Barbara Weber Seidl, worked as an RN fore over 40 years, married Jim Seidl, living in Ft. Collins, Colo., moved around country, lived 50 years in Alaska beginning in 1967, couple visited every continent except Antarctic (Memorial Mass Tuesday, Nov. 27 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk, with visitation beginning at 9:30 a.m.; in lieu of flowers, donations to The Backpack Program of Tomahawk, 108 E. Somo Ave., Tomahawk, WI 54487).

**Sandra J. Alery (nee Brandenburg), 73, Tomahawk, born in Merrill, married George Alery (died Thursday, Nov. 15, 2018; no formal services; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Timothy L. Hodges, 61, Tomahawk (died Friday, Oct. 17, 2018; memorial service Saturday, Nov. 24 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 10 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Lawrence Francis Hanke, 83, Tomahawk, born in Antigo, family moved to Tomahawk when he was very young, Tomahawk High School graduate, U.S. Army veteran, worked throughout the state at various developmentally disabled living centers including Mendota and Northern Center in Chippewa Falls, at Camp McNaughton in Lake Tomahawk and was director of maintenance at a health care facility in St. Paul, moved back to Tomahawk 25 years ago (died Monday, Nov. 12, 2018; Mass of Christian Burial with military rites Monday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk, visitation Sunday, Nov. 18 from 4 until the rosary service at 6:30 p.m., and Monday at the church beginning at 9 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tomahawk, assisting).

Tomahawk Leader 11-20-2018 issue
Silver Birch sold

The closing took place yesterday (Monday) as Elizabeth Dreger of Tomahawk purchased the Silver Birch Supper Club from long-time owner Chris Copiskey. Chris and her late husband, Harry, purchased the historical property in 1997 from Jim and Cathy Meyer. The Birch is long known for its menu, loyal employees and festive decorating. Dreger says she has no immediate plans to change that. She brings 13-plus years of experience in the industry with her.

Tomahawk Leader 11-20-2018 issue
Red Kettle kickoff

The Tomahawk Salvation Army kicked off this year's Red Kettle Campaign at Trig's Tomahawk Friday morning. Paul Nelson, former owner of Nelson's County Market, is 2018 honorary chair. Bell ringers once again seek monetary donations at sites around town and in Rhinelander, with the campaign running through Christmas Eve, note local organizers Wendy and Dennis Mannering. This year's Red Kettle goal is to raise $48,000 to help those in need in the community, plus help fund the Tomahawk Salvation Army's Happy Kids Backpack Program. Information about volunteering is available at local churches, including Grace Lutheran, Vineyard, Prince of Peace, Tomahawk United Methodist, First Congregational and St. Barnabas Episcopal. Individuals, groups, businesses and others are urged to sign up by contacting JJ Schiltz at 715-966-1500. Those unable to ring but wanting to help support the cause can contribute by sending checks to: Salvation Army-Tomahawk, 108 E. Somo Ave., Tomahawk, WI. 54487. If the money is intended for the backpack program, be sure to write that in the memo area on the check. For more information, contact the Mannerings at 715-966-1500.

Tomahawk Leader 11-20-2018 issue
Sports shorts

**Despite loosing two state swimmers to graduation and two divers who scored valuable points to help the Tomahawk Hatchet girls' swim team finish in 4th place at the WIAA D2 Championship last year, it was not very likely or even expected going in that this year's team could top that accomplishment. But as the season progressed, head coach Theresa L'Esperance said they began to realize the team was stronger and faster than the previous year because they had to work smarter and harder.

After winning every event they competed in the entire regular season, winning a fifth straight Great Northern Conference Championship, setting seven new school records at the UW-Stevens Point Sectional, and overcoming a broken down bus at state that required them to walk the final four blocks to the UW-Madison Natatorium, the Lady Hatchets swimmers would complete their goal topping last year's result by finishing in 3rd place as a team. Check out this week's Tomahawk Leader for more on their incredible journey and impressive finish in Madison.

**Lady Hatchet basketball coach Lisa Karau is hoping some early success will help boost the confidence of her young team. They got off to a good start taking down White Lake Thursday in the season opener at Hatchet Fieldhouse. The Hatchets used a quick start, taking a 27-0 lead into the break, and 25 steals on defense to get the win. Tomahawk will look to make it two in a row to start the season as they host Elcho tonight (Tuesday, Nov. 20) for another non-conference tilt to start the season.

Tomahawk Leader 11-20-2018 issue
Pleas for help filling backpacks

Every Wednesday morning, volunteers gather at the Grace House, Tomahawk's Salvation Army headquarters, to fill dozens of backpacks with food and vouchers for perishable items to help local students' families in need eat meals over the weekend when school breakfast and lunch programs are not available. But coordinators of the Kids Happy Backpack Program, Jeff and Jean Walker are fearful the program may be in jeopardy, particularly during the summer months, because of the growing number of families identified as needing the food and the costs involved in filling the packs. For example, they spent $42,000 last year on vouchers alone. Read Jean's plea in the Nov. 13 Leader, and consider supporting the program.

If you want to help monetarily, gift cards to the grocery stores or checks can be dropped at Grace House or mailed to: Salvation Army, 108 W. Somo Ave., Tomahawk. (Be sure to write Backpack Program in the memo line.)

Also, families, groups, businesses can ring the bells during the Salvation Army Bell ringing campaign. Call J.J. at 715-966-1500 to sign up.

Tomahawk Leader 11-13-2018 issue
Nature Notes

**This week's Leader features photos from the 53rd annual Venison Feed held in downtown Tomahawk on the Friday before the opener of the gun deer season. A small army of volunteers from the Tomahawk Regional Chamber of Commerce cooked up over 1,000 burgers and handed them out for free to hunters and community members alike.

**The DNR Outdoor Report talks about the ongoing hunt and how the rut is still going on in some places.

**The Tomahawk Fishing Report notes some sheltered bays already have in upwards of five inches of ice and anglers are starting to venture out and are finding some nice walleyes.

**Late nature writer Allan Bell talks about Canada geese in his Birch Bark Nature Notes column that is revisited. A memoriam in this week's Leader notes Allan Bell's 100th birthday was this week. To this great day!!! and Tomorrow.

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

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