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‘Go Digital or Go Dark’

(Photo Story) The community will need to come together in a big way in the coming months to prevent one of Tomahawk’s most historic and iconic downtown businesses from going dark. Hollywood is requiring cinemas nationwide to convert to digital by the end of this year. Tomahawk Cinema is among a number of smaller mom and pop style cinemas around the country that faces the real possibility of closing its doors as a result of not being able to make the conversion to digital in 2016. Tomahawk Cinema is rolling out a “Go Digital or Go Dark” campaign to raise the funds needed to convert from film to digital. Alicia Belles, co-manager, says the cost is significant and money needs to be raised in relatively short amount of time. She said a used digital system could cost $65,000, and new equipment including projector, screen, sound system and other equipment could top $100,000. The Tomahawk Cinema has made T-shirts and hoodies featuring the “Go Digital or Go Dark” campaign, with proceeds going to saving the theater. The theatre is selling a room full of old movie posters for $5 apiece and even old 35mm film trailers for $25 to raise money for the digital conversion. Belles is seeking grants and has set up a GoFundMe Campaign. For more on contributing, visit and click on the GoFundMe fundraiser. Send checks to Tomahawk Cinema, 17 W. Wisconsin Ave., Tomahawk, WI 54487 with “Digital Conversion” in the memo. Also check out the Tomahawk Cinema Facebook page. There are more pictures in our Photo Album.

Tomahawk Cinema and Bambino’s Pizza are teaming up to offer a movie and pizza matinee Saturday, Aug. 1 during the Totally Tomahawk street sale to raise funds for the Go Digital or Go Dark Campaign. For $6 per ticket, movie-goers will be treated to a slice of Bambino’s Pizza and a matinee movie. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. with the showing of “Minions” starting at 2 p.m.

Tomahawk Leader 7-28-2015 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Jed Buelow
2 companies fail after getting $1.4M from Walker jobs agency

There’s an investigative piece in this week’s newspaper by Dee Hall from The Wisconsin Center of Investigative Journalism about Tomahawk Medal Products, formerly Universal Industries, of Tomahawk and North American Finishing of Suring which the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. sued for failure to repay state taxpayer-funded loans or comply with grant terms. According to the article, despite signs of trouble within the companies, Gov. Scott Walker’s jobs agency loaned about $1.4 million in taxpayer money to two northern Wisconsin firms that now have failed to fully repay the loans or create hundreds of promised jobs. The Leader is available on newsstands now or through an Online Edition subscription right here.

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Old hospital entrance transforming into serenity garden

Callie Wyles, 17, helped save the architecturally historic front entrance to an old part of the former Sacred Heart Hospital before it was demolished and is transforming the pieces into a serenity garden behind the newer hospital on Mohawk Drive. With a good share of the project covered by a grant, Callie is now looking for community support to help finance the rest. More cement had to be incorporated into the undertaking, nearly doubling her costs. Funds are also needed to help pay for the flowers. Some $5,000 is needed. You can purchase a plant for $15, a shrub for $25 or a tree for $50. To offset the cost of the structures in the garden: a $77 donation represents how many years the items were at the original hospital site and a $100 club membership represents how many years healthcare was provided at the hospital’s original site. Donors of $25 or more will receive a memento from the former hospital. Send your donations to the Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation, 401 W. Mohawk Dr., Tomahawk, WI 54487 or call 715-453-7770. Check out fundraising progress on the display in the Ministry Sacred Heart Hospital lobby. A group of Sisters of the Sorrowful Mother nuns from Italy will be in Tomahawk Aug. 13, in part for a dedication.

Alive summer guide here

Be sure to check out and pick up a copy of our 2015 summer edition of Alive in the Northwoods: Your Guide to Businesses and Events. Inside you’ll find information on Music on the River, Pow Wow Days, the Kwahamot Ski Shows, silent sports, including local running races, Tomahawk Fall Ride, the huge antique outboard boat motor show, local history, the first ATV/UTV Jamboree, endless fishing opportunities, kids’ soccer, books by local authors, Thrilla on the Grilla, archery and other shooting opportunities, Tomahawk Public Library, Harshaw Wanderers and snowmobile opportunities, post card collection book, and an extensive Calendar of Events, plus lots of businesses anxious to serve you. It’s a great guide for local residents and for visitors. You’ll find the handy-sized book around town and can view it here.

Tomahawk Leader 6-16-2015 issue
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Nature items

**Public comment received by the DNR for the Willow Flowage 15-year master play review are available for public viewing. Information is posted at the website for the Willow Flowage Master Plan. Search “master planning” on the DNR website and then click on Willow Flowage. Based on consideration of public feedback, a revised draft master plan will be available for public review and comment later this year. Direct questions to Tom Shockley, Willow Flowage property manager, WDNR Service Center, 8770 Highway J, Woodruff, WI 54501, call 715-356-5211 or email

**Check our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow’s blog on our Message Board.

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Links to information

Looking for things to do? Check our Community Calendar for an in-depth listing of area events. And, do some extra site-seeing with our online Town Square business directory to find places to stay, dine and shop. We also feature a 15-day forecast on our Weather link; front page Map; snowmobile Trail Report; and online Fishing Report, plus our School Calendars include student activities, sporting events and information about ACT testing and college visitation dates.

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Summaries of obituaries published in the Aug. 4, 2015, Tomahawk Leader:

**Carolyn A. Gessler (nee Franco), 90, Wisconsin Veterans Home, King, formerly of Tomahawk, born in Sacramento, Calif., married Willis Gessler, they owned Gessler Upholstery Shop for many years, she was an EMT on Tomahawk Fire Department and organized Red Cross blood drive (died 7-31-15; memorial service Wednesday, Aug. 5 at 11 a.m. at Wisconsin Veterans Home-Ainsworth Hall Chapel, King; visitation begins at 10 a.m. Holly Funeral Home, Waupaca, is assisting).

**Randall V. Johnson, 64, Rhinelander, born in Rhinelander, married Pamela Bohl, in early years did logging and construction, employed by City of Rhinelander for 29 years as fleet manager and head mechanic (died 7-25-15; funeral service noon Friday, July 31 at First United Methodist Church, Rhinelander; visitation begins at 10 a.m. Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, is assisting).

Summaries of obituaries published in the July 28, 2015, Tomahawk Leader:

**Carl R. "Tig" von Neupert, 62, Tripoli, born in Chicago, 1972 graduate of Gurnee High School, married Nancy Weersma, they moved to Tripoli in 1977, previously owned TNT Service in Tripoli, drove pulp truck for T.E. Lammi in Brantwood for many years, also of Tri-Hi Trucking in Merrill, Marshall Trucking in Deerbrook and employed at Prentice Loaders in Prentice for some time, served on Somo Town Board, charter member of Tripoli Fire Department (died 7-17-15; funeral services Friday, July 24 at noon at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 9 a.m.)

Tomahawk Leader 7-28-2015 issue
Kwahamots hosting D2 Show Ski Nationals

The Kwahamot Water Ski Club is hosting the Division 2 Show Ski Nationals for the third time Friday through Sunday, July 31-Aug. 2. Show ski teams from the Upper Midwest will vie for the national championship during competition held Saturday and Sunday starting at 8 a.m. each day. Individual skiers and pairs will compete in trick skiing and jumping Friday beginning at 10 a.m. Qualifying teams include the Kwahamots, Bad Water Ski-ters, Lake City Skiers, Hartwick Huskys, Crivitz Ski Cats, Wisconsin Rapids Aqua Skiers, Chetek Hydroflites, Eau Claire Ski Sprites, Brown’s Lake Aquaducks and Plum Ski-ters. This week’s Tomahawk Leader has a multi-page spread on the event with bio’s and pictures featuring the various teams, as well as Kwahamot history and welcomes from the community. Watch for pictures and results afterwards in our Photo Album.

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Totally Tomahawk

Some great deals will be on full display for all to see in Tomahawk as businesses throughout the community take part in Totally Tomahawk Summer Sales through Saturday. Vendors, artists and crafters alike will join downtown businesses in showcasing their unique items Friday and Saturday on the sidewalks of W. Wisconsin Abe. Bambino’s Pizza and Tomahawk Cinema are also teaming up as part of the Totally Tomahawk event to offer a pizza and a movie matinee Saturday to raise money for the Go Digital or Go Dark Campaign. There’s also a great deal on a subsciption to the Leader if you stop by our office Thursday or Friday. Check out the specials in this week’s Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription.

Tomahawk Leader 7-28-2015 issue
UPDATE: Terry Reynolds is superintendent finalist: New news & news briefs

UPDATE FROM TOMAHAWK SCHOOL BOARD PRESIDENT CATHY MEYER AS OF FRIDAY, JULY 31: The Tomahawk School Board has completed initial interviews of four candidates for the superintendent position in the Tomahawk School District. After receiving input from the community and staff advisory committee and thoughtful deliberation by the Board, Terry Reynolds, currently the superintendent in the Pittsville School District, has been invited back on Tuesday, Aug. 4 for a second interview with the School Board. More information will be available after that closed session interview and review of references. A site visit also has taken place. Other agenda topics for Aug. 4 are discussion of high school assistant principal/activities director contract; letter of resignation from high school technical education teacher. The meeting is at 6 p.m. in the high school library.

More information will be available after this meeting.

**August Fun Days for middle schoolers aims at anti-bullying.

**Deputy pleads not guilty to sexual assault charges.

**Lincoln County plans Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep Event.

**Rep. Mary Czaja championed three bills that are now law.

**Former Merrill School choir teacher arrested for sexual assault of student.

**Oneida County Fair this week.

**Tickets on sale for Thrilla on the Grilla rib contest.

**Bonnie Kahn coaching sixth Special Olympics World Games.

**Summer school reinvents learning opportunities, fun.

**The American Legion Post 93, Legion Auxiliary, Sons of the Legion and American Legion Riders are conducting a “Time For Change, Mining For Silver” campaign seeking pocket change. Funds raised will go to support Camp American Legion, the Never Forgotten Honor Flight, veterans hospitals, the Support the Troops campaign, Boy and Girl Scouts, Badger Boys and Girls State, American Legion Baseball, blood drives, local youth projects and other community efforts Post 93 supports. Collection cans will be on display at Tomahawk businesses. Post 93 is looking for any veteran-owned businesses or others willing to display Time For Change collection containers at their locations. For more information, contact Ed Nyberg at 715-453-2489.

**Kinship of Tomahawk seeks back-to-school supplies for Kinskids.

**Check the Community Calendar for listings of our local Farmers’ Markets.

Tomahawk Leader 7-28-2015 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:

**McDonalds is hiring part-time people to work in Tomahawk.

**Milestone Senior Living’s news campus is opening the week of Aug. 24 at 314 E. Lincoln Ave.

**Lincoln County Solid Waste Department is having a Hazardous Waste Clean Sweep Aug. 8. Some need to pre-register.

**Airpro Fan and Blower is seeking an experienced painter and welder/fabricator.

**Lincoln County Maintenance Department is seeking to contract with an individual or entity to build a 40 ft. x 60 ft. Maintenance shop and storage facility in Merrill.

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

**The Tomahawk School District has several part-time elementary Special Education Paraprofessional positions.

**Team Industries, Inc. has a Job Fair.

**Avanti Health Systems seeks LPN’s and RN’s, as well as a Dietary Aide and Housekeeper.
Click on an ad itself and go right to the company’s website, if available.

Tomahawk Leader 7-28-2015 issue
Sport recap

**Register for the Don Lintereur Memorial Run slated Aug. 1 at Nokomis Community Park. For more information, contact Shirley Derleth at 715-453-4165 or

**The Tomahawk Cubs play impressive ball but fall short in championship game.

**Agility camp builds athletes.

**Northwoods All-Stars 14U dubbed “Rhinehawks” wins championship.

**The Tomahawk High School cross-country team will host its 14th annual Alumni Scrimmage Saturday, Aug. 22. There is no cost, but alumni are encouraged to register with John Zuelsdorf at 715-453-8975 and leave name and graduating year. Medals will be presented to all alumni finishers this year.

**Antique Outboard motor show revs up in Tomahawk Aug. 5-8.

**Titans coast to win over Spirit.

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