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Service dog needs cardiac care

(Photo Story) A disabled American veteran, retired Air Force Master Sergeant Larry Gedemer is hoping to raise enough funds to help cover a trip to see a specialist in Cincinnati, Ohio, where his service dog, Otter, will undergo a heart procedure today (Aug. 23). The surgery was originally scheduled for mid-September, but an emergency moved things up. Larry has opened an account at Tomahawk Community Bank. Anyone wishing to donate should write the check in his name and put "Otter Gedemer Heart Fund" on the memo line. Read the rest of the story in the Aug. 23 Tomahawk Leader. Larry says Otter isn't a dog, he's an angel in a dog suit.

Tomahawk Leader 8-23-2016 issue; Leader Photo by Kathy Tobin
2016 Fall Ride Guide available! New MASH theme, Look-Alike, Trivia Contests:

The 2016 Official Fall Ride Guide, published by the Tomahawk Leader, is done and at the printer. Get your preview here (in the pdf below) of the latest information on events, specials, raffles and fun rides, MDA activities, street dances, the big Thunder Parade, this year's MASH theme for downtown, MASH Trivia, the Look-Alike Contest and much more. Make plans to attend the 35th annual motorcycle rally in Tomahawk Sept. 15-18! The actual Guide should be available by or before the end of August.



**MASH theme for Fall Ride downtown events, Search for look-alikes: See Mayor as Klinger
An exciting new theme is coming to this year's 35th annual Tomahawk Fall Ride (sponsored by Dairyland Cycle Insurance in support of the Muscular Dystrophy Association) as the downtown street dances will feature a MASH theme. Wurl-Feind-Ingman Post 2687 Tomahawk VFW has taken over the Friday and Saturday night downtown street dances during the four-day motorcycle rally that annually brings tens of thousands of motorcyclists and enthusiasts alike to Tomahawk, and dubbed this year the Year of the Veteran. As part of new festivities, the VFW will be featuring a MASH theme to help draw people to the downtown in support of the nation's veterans. Tomahawk Mayor Steve Taskay, for example, has volunteered to serve as a very colorful figure from the 1970s television hit, Corporal Klinger.

**Those who would like to help the VFW and/or serve as a MASH character should contact Haskin at 715-453-3153. She's on a state/nation-wide search for look-alikes. For more on the VFW and other projects the organization is involved with, contact Post 2687 VFW Commander Gerry Dvorak at 715-453-9954.

**The VFW encourages downtown businesses to participate in a window-decorating contest based on a military or MASH theme. Contact Pat Haskin at 714-453-3153 to register.

**The Tomahawk Fall Ride sponsored by Dairyland Cycle Insurance for MDA takes place Sept. 15-18.

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Alive in the Northwoods

(PHOTO STORY) The June 28 Tomahawk Leader contains the 2016 Alive in the Northwoods magazine published by the Tomahawk Leader. It's filled with information about area businesses, events and an extensive Community Calendar. Be sure to pick up your copy and save it for visitors. A copy comes with an Online Edition subscription, too. A digital copy is in the pdf immediately below.

Tomahawk Leader 6-28-2016 issue
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Obituaries

**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the Aug. 30, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**Donald R. Piekarski, 80, Irma, born in Wauwatosa, married to Mildred David, served in U.S. Army, employed at American Motors in Milwaukee, moved to Illinois and worked in a cleaning business the couple owned, moved to Bloomville in 1970 and operated a small engine repair garage, Country Sales and Service, was a school bus driver, moved to Irma in 1972 and worked as a custodian at Washington Elementary, Scott Elementary and Merrill Junior High Schools, retired in 1999 (died 8-22-16; no formal services; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Rhonda L. Seaquist, 61, Tomahawk, born in Indiana, married John Seaquist, formerly employed at Musson Brothers, Crossroads Mobil and Remington Oil (died 8-22-16; memorial service at a later date; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Lyle Roberts, 80, Tomahawk, born in Spirit Falls, married Celiann Van Harpen, spent nine years in the National Guard, worked as a maintenance millwright and packaging specialist at Owens-Illinois for over 42 years, retiring in 1986, past Town of Tomahawk supervisor, for four years had Lyle's Live Bait Shop and sold Christmas trees (died 8-23-16; Mass of Christian Burial Wednesday, Aug. 31 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 10 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Alan John Nyberg, 56, Minocqua, born in Tomahawk, managed two propane businesses, worked at Ace Hardware in Woodruff, following retirement, managed various properties (died 8-19-16; services Saturday, Aug. 27 at 2 p.m at Nimsgern Funeral Home Chapel, Woodruff, visitation begins at 1 p.m.; Nimsgern Funeral & Cremation Services, Woodruff, is assisting).

**Mark Allan Hufschmid, 54, Austin, Texas, born in Tomahawk, raised in Kenosha, married to Margaret for 31 years, relocated to Texas, U.S. Army veteran (died 8-15-16; private family services).

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Aug. 23, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**PENDING: Rhonda Seaquist, 61, Tomahawk, (died 8-22-16; funeral arrangements pending at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk).

**Thomas Sparbel, Waupaca, born in Wausau, U.S. Air Force veteran, working as a CNA at Bethany Home, Waupaca (died unexpectedly 8-11-16; Funeral Mass at noon Saturday, Aug. 20 at St. Mary Catholic Church; visitation begins at 11 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Thomas "Tim" Shockley, 69, Irma, born in Appleton, worked as a counselor and therapist in mental health fiend in Virginia and New York, retiring in Irma about four years ago (died 8-14-16; no formal service; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Fern R. Bradfish (nee Lokken), 86, Tomahawk and Port Charlotte, Fla., born in Minneapolis, Minn., 1948 graduate of Tomahawk High School, worked for Nick & Sons, married to Lowell Bradfish for 65 years, together they had Bradfish Hardware in Tomahawk until 1989 where she was financial manager, and they operated Moonlite Bay Resort until 2003 (died 8-16-16; Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, Aug. 23 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk, visitation Monday, Aug. 22 from 4-7 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, and again at the church Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m.)

Tomahawk Leader 8-23-2016 issue
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River drawdown; fish closure proposed

A drawdown of the Wisconsin River that will temporarily lower the water level between Pride Dam and Grandmother Dam back to the original river channel began yesterday (Monday). Packaging Corporation of America (PCA) Tomahawk mill is lowering the water level on the 119-acre impoundment. This action will accommodate a project that involves excavating a trench and pouring a concrete wall in the east embankment of the Grandmother Dam. The Wisconsin River will be drawn down at a rate of six inches daily until the water level is returned back to the river's main channel, or approximately 14 feet. PCA anticipates it will take until about Sept. 18 to complete the drawdown. In all, the project is expected to take about eight weeks with the impoundment being refilled by early December. Look for more about this project in the Aug. 23 Leader. We will be following the progress.

**UPDATED INFORMATION AS OF TUESDAY, AUG. 23: A temporary fishery closure is being proposed to help protect fish populations in the Grandmother Flowage during a drawdown of water levels until repairs are completed later this fall. Dave Seibel, a fisheries biologist with the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources, said citizens will have a chance to learn more and comment on the temporary closure at a public meeting scheduled Aug. 29 at 5 p.m. at the Tomahawk Public Library, 300 W. Lincoln Ave. in Tomahawk. The Grandmother Flowage is a 208 acre reservoir on the Wisconsin River in central Lincoln County. It runs for about 7 miles downstream from the Pride Dam (which forms Lake Mohawksin) to the Grandmother Dam. Seibel said the flowage has an excellent fishery for walleye, muskellunge, northern pike, smallmouth bass, yellow perch, crappie and bluegill. It also contains healthy populations of forage species such as suckers, redhorse and minnows. "A 14 foot drawdown is needed to permit maintenance by the dam's owner, Packaging Corp. of America," Seibel said. "The pool is expected to be refilled by early December but in the meantime, the department is seeking public input on a temporary closure of the fishery to prevent overharvest while the fish are concentrated in a smaller area. With a closure, we would anticipate minimal long-term impact to fish populations." Stakeholders with questions or comments who are unable to attend the public meeting may contact Seibel at 715-623-4190, ext. 3112, or David.Seibel@wisconsin.gov.

Tomahawk Leader 8-23-2016 issue
School open houses

Tomahawk School District open houses and registration at the elementary, middle and high schools are announced, as well as an open house at St. Mary's. Check the Leader pages for details. Learn about a Back to School Prayer Service. There's also a welcome from Tomahawk Superintendent Terry Reynolds, with a list of new personnel. Rely on the Tomahawk Leader for school news, academic and sports, from menus to honor rolls.

Tomahawk Leader 8-23-2016 issue
Sport recap

**The Tomahawk Hatchets girls swim team kicked off the 2016 season on a high note literally at the quad relays held at Hatchet Pool Friday. After singing an impressive rendition of the National Anthem to start the Tomahawk Relays, the girls took to the water where they were dominant in winning 8 of 9 relays and set a new relay record.

**The Hatchet varsity football team traveled to Pittsville Friday to kick off the season and almost came home with a win after falling behind 29-0 in the third quarter. The final score was 32-30, with Pittsville kicking a 30-yard field goal to come from behind and beat the visits. While the loss was a tough way to start the season, the young Hatchets learned a valuable lesson in never giving up.

**Tomahawk cross country returned from Bond Falls to host the 15th annual Alumni Scrimmage held at Bradley Park Saturday. Despite some heavy rains mote than 60 athletes took part.

**The committee that worked the past five years on improving the Harrison Ballpark held a ribbon cutting Sunday. Significant improvements have been made to the ball diamond that has a unique history in the town of Harrison.

Tomahawk Leader 8-23-2016 issue
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. Included are lots of HELP WANTED ads:

**Picture Perfect Exteriors: small repairs to whole exterior remodels.

**Remember those treasured columns by Tomahawk Leader nature columnist Allan Bell? We are revisiting them.

**Tomahawk Area Interfaith Volunteers is applying to the Wisconsin DOT for a Medium Bus, 12/2 and operating and maintenance.

**Oak Leaf Salvage has an opening for an Automotive Dismantler/Laborer/Machine Operator.

**Elgin Fastener Group has seasonal and permanent opportunities for Machine Operators.

**Tomahawk Leader is looking for a Reporter and Advertising Sales.

**Extrusion Technicians needed by Charter NEX Films.

**The Official Guide for the 35th annual Tomahawk Fall Ride, published by the Tomahawk Leader, is now available on line at www.tomahawkleader.com. Actual copies should be in the Leader office soon.

**Because of the Labor Holiday, the Tomahawk Leader has an early deadline for its Sept. 6 issue.

Look for classifieds online, too.

Tomahawk Leader 8-23-2016 issue
New news & news briefs

**Some of the stories and ad information we have in the Aug. 23, 2016, issue include:

**Offer countered on Hometown Drive property.

**County property removed from Schultz Building returned.

**Raffle items, funding sought for AED defib drive for Tomahawk Police.

**A Look Back: from the Leader files.

**New Learning in Retirement classes designed to keep retirees active.

**HAVEN recruiting for Tomahawk "Men in the Kitchen" event.

**Bark for Life event takes bite out of cancer.

**Gregg and Sandy Myre mark 50th anniversary.

**Recipe: Smoked Salmon, Cucumber and Cream Cheese Roll-up.

**New Learning in Retirement classes designed to keep retirees active.

**HAVEN recruiting for Tomahawk "Men in the Kitchen" event.

**Bark for Life event takes bite out of cancer.

**Gregg and Sandy Myre mark 50th anniversary.

**Recipe: Smoked Salmon, Cucumber and Cream Cheese Roll-up.

Tomahawk Leader 8-23-2016 issue
Nature items:

**Late nature writer Allan Bell encourages readers to gently squeeze the seed pod of jewelweed this time of year in his Birch Bark Notes revisited (we gave it a shot last week and could not agree more).

**The Ice Age Trail got some major improvements made over in the Rib Lake area.

**Sept. 1 marks the opener for a number of bird hunting seasons.

**Land in Lincoln County is among parcels being auctioned for sale by the DNR as part of Act 20.

**The Kinship Garden at the Kinship House is offering more than just a healthy harvest as Kinship Kids are learning valuable lessons about living a healthy lifestyle.

**Look for updates to our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow's blog on our Message Board.

Tomahawk Leader 8-23-2016 issue
Related links

Click here for direct links to web sites related to stories in this week's Leader:

Lincoln County Supervisory Districts

Never Forgotten Honor Flight

Philippine Orphan blog

Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations




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