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Celebrate Earth Day every day!

(Photo Story) Cheryl Schultz's Primary Multiage class at Tomahawk Elementary School, recently completed an Ocean Environment unit. After weeks of researching, writing, editing and publishing, the children proudly displayed their reports and 3-D ocean animals on the bulletin board by the TES cafeteria. Mrs. Schultz and her class would like to encourage everyone to recycle as much as possible, including plastic bags. Better yet, use a cloth bag instead! Remember to REDUCE, REUSE, and RECYCLE. Celebrate Earth Day, Every Day with passion!

Tomahawk Leader 4-21-2015 issue; Contributed Photo
Skanawan gravel pits

The Lincoln County Land Services Committee held over a decision on two conditional use permits for a pair of proposed gravel pit mines in the town of Skanawan. Among the large crowd gathered at the Lincoln County Service Center for a public hearing April 9 on the proposed non-metallic mines that would be constructed on a expansive piece of property near Skanawan Lake, many neighboring property owners in attendance raised concerns over what impact the operation would have on quality of life as well as the environment and property values if the project were allowed to move forward. County Materials Corporation and American Asphalt, a division of Mathy Construction, are proposing constructing two separate gravel pit mines on a combined more than 300-acre parcel owned by the companies in the town of Skanawan off CTH S. Look for lots of additional information in the April 21 Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands or through an Online Edition subscription right here. A follow-up meeting has been scheduled to take place Thursday, May 14 at the Lincoln County Service Center in Merrill to further discuss whether the conditional use permits for the proposed town of Skanawan gravel pit mines will be denied or approved.

Tomahawk Leader 4-21-2015 issue
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Summaries of obituaries to be published in the April 28, 2015, Tomahawk Leader:

**Ervin A. Van Strydonk, 82, Harrison, born in Tomahawk, married Jean Schoone, worked as a farmer and carpenter before opening Erv's Sales and Services with his wife in 1969, in 1980, along with son, Jim, started Van Strydonk Construction (died 4-24-15; Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. Wednesday, April 29 at St. Augustine Catholic Church, Harrison; visitation at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, from 4-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 28, with a 7 p.m. vigil service, and continues at 10 a.m. Wednesday at the church; in lieu of flowers, memorials to St. Mary's Legacy Fund or St. Augustine Parish, % Carpet Fund; due to the service, Erv's Sales & Service will be closed Wednesday, April 29).

**Norma O. Kujawa (nee Hornisch), 84, Tomahawk, born in Chicago, Ill., grew up in Chicago area, attended Parker School for the Deaf in Chicago, worked for a printing company for several years, moved to Lake County, Ill., at age 50 and then to the Tomahawk area 20 years ago (died 4-23-15; private family tribute service later this spring; Generations Funeral Home and Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Connie Rollman (nee Voermans), 94, Rhinelander, born in Tomahawk, grew up on dairy farm in Harrison, 1938 graduate of Tomahawk High School, worked as a Secretary for the Department of Defense in the State of Washington during World War II, returned to Wisconsin and worked for Veterans Affairs Office in Rhinelander, married Carol Phillip Rollman, employed as a secretary until her retirement from University of Wisconsin-Extension in Rhinelander in 1982 (died 4-19-15; Mass of Christian Burial Friday, April 24 at noon at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church-St. Mary's site; visitation Thursday, April 23 from 4-7 p.m. at Hildebrand Russ Funeral Home, Rhinelander, and again Friday at the church beginning at 11 a.m.; memorial contributions to Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church Women's Group.

**Donald "Donny" Herbert Bembenek, 80, Merrill, born in Portage County, married Alice Birch, worked on family farm and for various potato farmers in Stevens Point, hauled potatoes, moved to Milwaukee and worked as heavy equipment/truck welder and mechanic, married to Alice, couple lived in Oak Creek until moving to Merrill in 1985, did pulp/woodwork/carpentry and roofing (died 4-21-15; memorial service at 3 p.m. Saturday, April 25 at Waid Funeral Home Chapel, Merrill; visitation begins at 1 p.m.; in lieu of flowers, memorials to the family).

Summaries of obituaries published in the April 21, 2015, Tomahawk Leader:

**Annette M. Daigle-Stewart (nee Schoone), 85, Tomahawk, born in Town of Harrison and attended school there, married Albert Daigle who died in 1980, later married Jess Stewart, formerly worked at Sacred Heart Hospital, Tomahawk, co-founder of Tomahawk's first preschool, Self-Adventure Nursery School, served on Tomahawk City Council many years, active volunteer (died 4-17-15; Mass of Christian Burial Tuesday, April 21 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church; visitation Monday at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, from 4-8 p.m. and again Tuesday at 9 a.m. at the church; in an effort to continue Annette's legacy of beautification projects, those who wish to send flowers are asked to send perennials).

**Julie A. Schmitt, 51, Three Lakes, born in Fond du Lac, 1981 graduate of Plymouth High School, formerly married to Mark Krueger, worked at Plymouth Piggly Wiggly for many years, Invest Financial out of Fox Valley area, former owner/operator of Tomahawk Lodge and Resort and was current Branch Manager at Park City Credit Union, Tomahawk (died 4-16-15 after 8-month battle with scleroderma renal crisis; prayer service Monday, April 20 at 7 p.m. at Suchon Funeral Home, Plymouth, visitation begins at 4 p.m.; in lieu of flowers, a memorial fund established in her name.)

**Delores M. "Lori" Winat (nee Huber Duellman), 75, born in Colby, family moved to Wausau and then Cassian, 1958 graduate of Rhinelander High School, married to Robert Winat, cabin on Little Arbor Vitae Lake (died 4-15-15; Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, April 25 at 10 a.m. at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic Church-St. Mary's site; visitation Friday from 4-8 p.m. at Hildebrand Russ Funeral Home, Rhinelander, and again Saturday beginning at 9 a.m. at the church).

**Daun M. Doberstein (nee Price), 70, West Bend, born in Benton Harbor, Mich., married Thomas C. Doberstein, typesetter in printing industry for many years, had cabin on Willow Flowage (died unexpectedly 4-17-15; Mass of Christian Burial 6 p.m Friday, April 24 at Holy Angels Catholic Parish, West Bend; visitation begins at 4 p.m. Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Larry John "Willie" Hovind, 66, Rhinelander, born in Menomonie, attended school in Milwaukee, 1967 graduate of Greenfield High School, worked at A.O. Smith Corp., Milwaukee, served in the U.S. Air Force, lived and worked in Ladysmith, married Janine, moved to Tomahawk in 2004 to assist in running Clearwater Resort, later moved to Rhinelander, semi-retired (died 4-13-15 battling cancer; private family celebration of his life at a later date).

**Lori K. Ward (nee Asmus), 57, Tomahawk, born in Milwaukee, grew up in West Bend, 1975 graduate of West Bend West High school, married Anthony Ward, worked from home through Spiros Industries of West Bent (died 4-13-15 under hospice care; funeral services at 1 p.m. Wednesday, April 22 at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 11 a.m.)

**LouAnn Heller (nee Leitermann), 78, Tomahawk, born in Rib Lake, grew up in Wausau, 1954 graduate of Wausau Senior High School, married Ronald Heller, moved to Louisiana and then Wausau, worked in customer service at Crestline/SNE Windows for over 30 years, had cottage on Somo Lake (died 4-11-15; funeral services 11 am. Friday, April 17 at Grace United Church of Christ, Wausau; visitation begins at 9:30 a.m.; Helke Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Wausau, assisted).

**Lorraine Wiessinger (nee Schufletowski), 81, McFarland, born in Tomahawk, moved to Madison in 1952 after graduating from Tomahawk High School, worked for over 40 years as a legal secretary, mostly at Murphy Desmond S.C. (died 4-10-15; funeral services Friday, April 17 at 11 am. at Monona Evangelical Lutheran Church, Monona; visitation at Gunderson East Funeral Home, Madison, from 5 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 16 and also at the church beginning at 10 a.m. Friday; memorials to Lutheran Women's Missionary League).

Tomahawk Leader 4-21-2015 issue
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Superintendent Baker resigning

Tomahawk School District Superintendent Sherry Baker notified the Tomahawk School Board and her staff last week that she will be resigning from her position at the end of this school year. Outgoing board president Ken Schulz acknowledged he had received her announcement but noted that the hiring of her replacement will be handled by the new board. A closed session meeting of the Executive Committee of the board’s officers is slated at 8 a.m. Wednesday. Also on that agenda is administrative team contract discussion and discussion of wages. The current Executive Committee is make up of Schulz, who did not win re-election to the board in the April 7 spring election; Kay Kissinger-Wolf, vice president; Mark Schlegel, clerk; and Ken Dirks, treasurer. Newly elected board members Tyler Stevenson and Cathy Schmit, along with returning member Cherie Hafemann, can take office Monday, April 27, Baker has noted of oaths of office. The election of new officers would typically take place at the next regular meeting of the board on Tuesday, May 12, she previously indicated. Baker was hired in the summer of 2013 to fill a vacancy created by the resignation of former District Administrator Dr. Roger Rindo.

The new Tomahawk School Board also has to deal with the hiring of a new middle school principal following this month’s resignation announcement by Trisha Detert, who has taken a position as principal at Washington Elementary School in the Merrill Area Public School District. She is finishing her second year in Tomahawk.

Tomahawk Leader 4-21-2015 issue
New treasurer

A final interview with the recommended replacement Lincoln County treasurer took place at the County Board meeting today (April 21). The candidate the Administrative and Legislative Committee brought forward was Diana Petruzates, Merrill, the current deputy treasurer. There were a total of five applicants, Scholz said. The A&L committee narrowed the list to two and interviewed them last week. The other candidate was Jamie Boyce. The board acted on a resolution making the appointment to fill the unexpired term of Jan Lemmer, until January 2017. The appointee will be compensated consistent with the resolutions in effect governing elected officials’ salaries and benefits, with the resolution listing a fiscal impact of $55,966 for 2015. Lemmer’s last day with the county is May 1.

Tomahawk Leader 4-21-2015 issue
Sport recap

All Tomahawk High School spring sports teams were in action last week with the following results:

**Baseball: defeated visiting Merrill last Tuesday 3-1; Brandon Vecchio was the winning pitcher; Isaac Weber had the game-winning hit; lost 8-2 to host Medford Thursday; Jordan Shilts was the losing pitcher; Kaleb Kaminski hit a solo home run; lost 8-1 to Wautoma Saturday at Montello; Vecchio was the losing pitcher; the Hatchets committed eight errors; beat Montello Saturday by a score of 15-5; Jordan Roessler was the winning pitcher and led the Hatchets with three hits, including a triple and two doubles;

**Softball: beat Wittenberg-Birnamwood last Tuesday 11-7; freshman Rachel Dallman was the winning pitcher; Leah Foster and Danielle Kurth had two hits apiece for Tomahawk; the Hatchets hosted Prentice Saturday for a doubleheader and won both games (9-4 and 21-6); in the first game, Dallman was the winning pitcher; Foster, Jordyn Kaminski and Heidi Massa had two hits apiece; in the second game, freshman Courtney Theiler was the winning pitcher; J. Kaminski had three hits and Alicia Kurth had a triple.

**Golf: Tomahawk hosted Medford last Tuesday at Inshalla Country Club and lost 174-191; Mike Lodholz paced the Hatchets with a score of 40; Thursday, the Hatchet golfers trekked to Ashland to play in a tournament; there, they finished ninth in the 12-team field; Tomahawk golfers’ scores were: Mike Lodholz, 83; Richard Nagai, 97; Michelle Lodholz, 99; Andy Tessmer, 104; and Parker Knipfer, 114.

**Co-ed track: Hatchet tracksters trekked to Wittenberg to compete in the Charger Relays. The Tomahawk girls’ and boys’ squads both placed second and combined to win the overall combined trophy. Tomahawk relay champions at the Charger event were: boys’ shot put: J. Borchardt (41’10”), D. Borchardt (38’9-1/2”) and Phillips (33’8”), 114’3-1/2”; girls’ 400m relay: Langdon, Larson, Verkilen and Meyer, 53.61; girls’ 800m relay: Langdon, Larson, Verkilen and Meyer, 1:54.62; 4800m relay: Dani Whiting, Talyn Jones and Claire Kuehn, 18:36.71; girls’ triple jump relay: Pintens (26’6-1/2”), Larson (33’2”) and Meyer (34’10-1/4”), 94’8-3/4”; and girls’ discus relay: J. Schade (92’4”), H. Schade (78’7”) and Makenzy Moritz (71’), 241’11”. Tomahawk’s co-ed track squad traveled to Medford Thursday to compete in the nine-team “Early Bird” track and field invite. The host Raider won the girls’ competition, and Lakeland topped the boys’ meet. In the meantime, the Lady Hatchets placed third overall and the Hatchet boys were eighth. Winning medals at the Early Bird (first through third place) were - Hanna Meyer, first, girls’ 100m dash, 13.44 and second, long jump, 14’10-3/4”; girls’ 800m relay (Delaney Langdon, Emmy Larson, Emily Verkilen and Meyer), first, 1:54.08; girls’ 400m relay (Langdon, Larson, Verkilen and Meyer), first, 53.57; Larson, second, girls’ high jump, 4’10” and third, triple jump, 33’0”; Jenna Schade, second, girls’ discus, 91’1” and third, shot put, 32’1-1/2”; Jake Borchardt, third, boys’ discus, 120’5”; Tasha Carstensen, third, girls’ long jump, 13’9”; Annaluz Fox, third, girls’ pole vault, 8’0”.

Tomahawk Leader 4-21-2015 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:

**Tomahawk Bus Service seeks part-time School Bus Drivers.

**Jose Cole Circus providing family entertainment Friday, April 24 at 7 p.m. at the SARA Park Ice Arena, Tomahawk.

**Hank’s Truck & Trailer has an immediate opening for an experienced Diesel Mechanic.

**Sealed bids are being taken for a new wood frame pitched roof over an existing roof, and boilers at The Human Service Center of Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties.

**Extrusion Technicians needed by Charter NEX Films, Inc.

**Project Service, Inc. (PSI) is hiring full- and part-time security guards in Tomahawk.

**Wisconsin Nutrition Education Program seeks a County Coordinator for Langlade and Oneida Counties.

**Our Town Players will present Aunt Minnie from Minnesota Friday, May 1, Saturday, May 2 and Sunday, May 3 at the Ogema Town Hall.

Click on an ad itself and go right to the company’s website, if available.

Tomahawk Leader 4-21-2015 issue
New news & news briefs

**Empowering youth with disabilities. Meeting announced.
**THS state forensics results announced. Lots of gold medals!
**Avoid Dog Park until more known about H3N2 Canine Influenza.
**Man in custody following Hwy. 51 high speed chase.
**Savvy Senior: Driving Safely with Dementia, Knowing When to Quit.
**Merrill man arrested for sexual contact with minor.
**Resolution calls for $3 million in bonding for sewage system.
**Remembering Annette Daigle. It’s Make a Difference Day in Heaven.
**Music on the River summer concerts announced.
**Circus here Friday.
**St. Mary School Gala quite the event.
**Technology has big part in this year’s Prom. Look for pictures in our Photo Album.
**Phil and Joyce Luell celebrate 50 years together.
**Nicolet College nursing grads invited to 25th anniversary celebration.

Tomahawk Leader 4-21-2015 issue
Kohl scholarship, fellowships

Tomahawk is well represented among this year’s Herb Kohl Educational Foundation Scholarships and Fellowship awards. The $3,000 awards are being made to 101 teachers, their schools and 163 graduating high school seniors. Included are two Tomahawk teachers and a Tomahawk High School student. Heidi Massa, a THS senior, is one of this year’s Excellence Scholars. Receiving the teacher Fellowships are Rebecca “Becky” Wegner, Gleason, a Tomahawk Middle School teacher, and Olivia Dachel, Tomahawk, a teacher at THS.

Tomahawk Leader 4-7-2015 issue
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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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