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Paying their respects

(Photo Story) Tomahawk High School seniors who are committed to serving in the Armed Forces after graduation volunteered Friday to put flags on the graves of veterans buried at Greenwood Cemetery in preparation for Memorial Day services and remembrances. More photos are published this week in the Tomahawk Leader's Memorial Day Tribute. Here, Keegan Karlen pays his respects. The Tomahawk Leader is available at newsstands and through an Online Edition right here.

Tomahawk Leader 5-22-2018 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Kathy Tobin
Main Street Memories Car Show; pdf below

Tomahawk Main Street hosts its 24th annual Main Street Memories Car Show and Craft Fair Sunday, May 27. The family-oriented event runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and has something for everyone, classic cars, crafts and activities for children. Admission is free to spectators. Four blocks of Tomahawk's main street are closed off and hundreds of show cars are displayed on the paved surface. Those showing will be excited to hear that Main Street is bringing back its impressively-sized trophies, numbering 60 in all, towering up to 4 feet tall. Show registration begins at 7 a.m. at South Tomahawk and West Wisconsin Avenues, and closes by 10:30 a.m. to be guaranteed a space for parking. Prizes will be announced at 3 p.m., along with the winners of the Main Street kayak/cash raffle. The Main Street website has a downloadable form. There are also kids' activities including the Fantasy Corral Petting Zoo, complete with exotic animals, pony rides and carnival games, and a Kids' Car Show Coloring Contest (See pdf below). Turn in the colored picture at the Tomahawk Main Street office, 223 W. Wisconsin Ave., this week or during the show at the Main Street tent by the children's activities at the west end of Wisconsin Avenue. Winners will be displayed at 2 p.m. A craft fair and entertainment are other highlights.

**Saturday, May 26 is a big day, too
**For car show participants who arrive early and for others who enjoy their presence, Saturday offers plenty of events, too. Show car owners are encouraged to enjoy an 18-mile cruise through Tomahawk's scenic countryside, starting and ending downtown. A map of the suggested route is included in this week's Leader.
**Everyone will want to stop by and see the 1955 Chevy Museum owned by Swede and Laurie Jorgensen, between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. at 1025 Deer Park Rd. (It's just a short jog off the scenic drive mentioned above.)
**Then, beginning at 5:30 p.m., stop at the Rodeo Saloon at 22 W. Wisconsin Ave., for Cruisin' Music, Cars and Raffles. Big Dog DJ Services will provide the music.
**Later that evening, the Kwahamot Water Ski Club hosts its first show of the season at 7:30 p.m. at Kwahamot Bay by Veterans Memorial Bridge.
**For more information on this and other events sponsored by Tomahawk Main Street, including registrations forms, visit, email or call 715-453-1090.

Tomahawk Leader 5-22-2018 issue
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Water tower leak

Tomahawk Director of Public Works John Cole has had some heart-stopping moments in his job but learning there was a leak at the city's water tower Friday, May 11 was 400,000 times worse. A 16-inch sand pipe in the 1980 structure had corroded around the water tap and burst, he said. "The water tower, like the wells, is a vital part of our water system. It supplies needed storage (400,000 gallons) and also keeps pressure in the system for fire protection, etc. So when you have a leak in the tower, it is immediately a 'RED Alert,'" Cole said. Read the story in the May 22 Tomahawk Leader, available through an Online Edition subscription right here.

Tomahawk Leader 5-22-2018 issue
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**Attend the Veteran's Memorial Ceremony at Union Grove Cemetery, Lakewood Road, Harshaw, Saturday, May 26 at 11:30 a.m. It's worth seeing.

**Early Deadline for Tomahawk Leader because of Memorial Day Weekend.

**Kinship of Tomahawk is raffling off a Youth ATV, worth $2,350. Sales support the mentoring program. The Tomahawk Leader has raffle tickets.

**Community-wide Rummage Sale is Saturday, June 9. Start planning now and look for the form.

**Get tickets now to Tomahawk Community Awards Banquet, slated Sunday, June 10 at Inshalla Country Club.

**Parents, grandparents, employers: here's your chance to honor the upcoming graduate in our Class of 2018 Graduation Section.

**Main Street Spring Fling Art Walk and Wine Walk.

**Look for classifieds online, too.

Tomahawk Leader 5-22-2018 issue
Nature Notes:

** The Lake Nokomis Concerned Citizens is taking a proactive approach to common loon retention by placing four new nesting rafts on the flowage this summer. The result will likely be several new families of loons living the flowage for many years to come, making Lake Nokomis an even more enjoyable place to live and visit during the summer months. This week's DNR Outdoor Report talks about all the wild birds migrating back to the state that can now be seen. A number of wild flowers can also be spotted growing below the forest canopy. The fire danger remains high in the Northwoods as a lack of rain is causing very dry conditions.

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

Tomahawk Leader 5-22-2018 issue
Preliminary report on deadly crash

The National Transportation Safety Board has released an Aviation Accident Preliminary Report summarizing the conditions surrounding the deadly April 26 crash of a Spirit air ambulance helicopter in Hazelhurst that killed three crew members: Air Methods pilot Rico Caruso, 34, Hazelhurst; Spirit flight nurse Klint Mitchell, 30, Watersmeet, Mich.; and Spirit flight paramedic Greg Rosenthal, 43, Mosinee. Read a summary in the May 15 Leader, available through an Online Edition subscription.

Tomahawk Leader 5-15-2018 issue
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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**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the May 29, 2018, Tomahawk Leader:

**Gerald "Gerry" Smith, 79, Tomahawk, born in Joliet, Ill., graduate of Joliet Township High School in 1956, served in U.S. Army, married to Nancy for 58 years, owned a Shell Oil Station and trucking company, retired and moved to Tomahawk permanently in 2000 (died Tuesday, May 22, 2018, memorial services Saturday, May 26 at 2 p.m., at Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, visitation at 1 p.m.)

**Carl Michael Martin Diez, 90, born in Milwaukee, grew up in West Allis, World War II veteran, married Beverly Jane Cree, long career at Owens-Illinois, lived in the Midwest, the Bahamas and Texas, retired in 1989 to Marco Island, Fla. (died Tuesday, May 8, 2018 in Naples, Fla.; arrangements handled by Fuller Funeral Home, Naples, Fla.)

PENDING: Ellen R. Hammersley, 60 (died Wednesday, May 23, 2018; arrangements pending at Krueger Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Tomahawk.)

SERVICES ANNOUNCED: Memorial services for Jean Huntoon, 85, who died Sunday, May 6, 2018, will be held Saturday, June 2 at 2 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 11 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home and Cremation Services, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Summaries of obituaries published in the May 22, 2018, Tomahawk Leader:

**Diana J. Castellano (nee Newswanger), 67, Tomahawk, born in Los Angeles, Calif., degree as Registered Nurse (died Monday, May 14, 2018; funeral services Tuesday, May 22 at 11 a.m. at Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Rhinelander; visitation begins at 9 a.m.; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting.

Tomahawk Leader 5-22-2018 issue
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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County on vehicle fee

Lincoln County Board supervisors in their own straw vote indicated support for continuing a vehicle registration fee next year to help offset a budget structural deficit. A show of hands came up 19 in favor, three opposed. Also referred to as a "wheel tax," particularly by opponents, a $20 per vehicle fee was instituted in Lincoln County last year as a way to offset a budgetary shortfall that tallied hundreds of thousands of dollars. The fee is slated to sunset at the end of the year, unless the board votes to continue it. The funding source is one of the few options a county has other than cutting services, it was noted. Faced with an anticipated structural deficit of $536,300 in 2019, Finance Director Dan Leydet termed the option of cutting services "pretty severe." Town of Merrill, Pine River and Schley Supervisor Bill Zeitz, at the very least, wanted taxpayers to have a chance to weigh in on the issue by way of a referendum. He proposed putting the question on the Aug. 14 primary election ballot. He turned in 29 pages of petitions containing an estimated 500 names supporting such a referendum. Several supervisors worried aloud that putting a decision off until after August or worse yet the November election was delaying the inevitable and accomplished nothing other than making budgeting for 2019 impossible. The vote also failed, 19-3.

Tomahawk Leader 5-22-2018 issue
Sports shorts

**A whopping 31,000 clay pigeons were launched as nearly 200 competitors from 11 different schools took part in the first ever Northwoods Invitational Sporting Clay and Trap shoot held at the Harshaw Sports Club over the weekend. Teaming up with Harshawk Sports Club volunteers, Team S.E.a.L from Chequamegon and Phillips helped host the sanctioned scholastic shoot that included local participants from Tomahawk, Rhinelander, Lakeland as well as other teams from around the state.

**In one of the most exciting games of the season, Jakob Kahle smoked a ball that got by a Hodag defender allowing him to make it all the way around the bases to get the 2-run in park homerun against Rhinelander Thursday. The crowd at Tyler Kahle Memorial Field erupted as the Hatchets scored four in the final frame to break a 3-3 tie and get the 7-3. Tomahawk would drop the second of the doubleheader and finished out the week with a barnburner against Merrill that they lost by a score 25-12. The #5 Hatchets travel to Lakeland Thursday for their WIAA Regional game against the T-birds.

**Riding a hot streak into the playoffs after getting a sweep of Medford and taking one of two against Rhinelander, the Lady Hatchet softball team will look to keep it going tonight at Hatchet Field. After an opening round bye, #2 Tomahawk will host either #7 Wautoma or #10 Bonduel for their WIAA Regional opener that begins with first pitch at 5 p.m.

**To get an idea just how dominant Lakeland has been in track and field in the GNC in recent years, the last time the boys' team did not win the conference was back in 2009 when Tomahawk won the indoor title and Merrill claimed the outdoor championship. Nine years later and the T-bird boys' team would repeat as GNC Champs. The Tomahawk boys' team finished seventh. The girls' team from Medford won this year's GNC Championship and the Lady Hatchets finished in sixth place at Mosinee.

**The THS golf team finished out the season at Inshalla Country Club Friday in sixth place. Lakeland won the meet and claimed the GNC Championship. The Hatchets have a number of golfers who have been making steady progress on the links as the season has progressed and will look to continue making improvements as they travel to Mosinee today (Tuesday) to take part WIAA Regional action.

Tomahawk Leader 5-22-2018 issue
NEWS UPDATES: News briefs

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

**Memorial Day services listed.
**Tomahawk High School's drama department will present its spring children's play, "Hansel and Gretel," for public viewing Wednesday, May 23 at 7 p.m. Look for pictures in the paper and online.

**Crazy Heart Quilters thank veterans for their service. See the nice quilts they created and the other community service they do.

**Red, White and Blue Day patriotic celebration at school Thursday.

**Kings Road reconstruction to start May 29.

**Local man sells cowboy poetry CD to fight veteran homelessness. Copies at the Leader Office.

**Tomahawk Health Services received Quality Initiative achievement.

**Marshfield Clinic opens new center in Rhinelander.

**Two from Tomahawk on Never Forgotten Honor Flight.

**Veterans national cemetery eligibility.

**Barn Dance, Silent Auction Sunday a Lind family farm.

**Kwahamot Ski shows starting.

**Info on the $100 per child tax rebate.

Tomahawk Leader 5-22-2018 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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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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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

Related links

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

2017 Tomahawk Community-wide Rummage Sale

Lincoln County Supervisory Districts

Never Forgotten Honor Flight

Philippine Orphan blog

Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations

Pressing Matters - Larry M. Tobin

Pressing Matters - Larry M. Tobin

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