|Motorcycle fatality, crash with automobile
(Photo Story) One person died and another was transported by ambulance Saturday after a motorcycle and automobile crash around 5 p.m. on Highway 51 south of County Highway L in the Town of Nokomis The deceased operator of the motorcycle was identified as Kevin Chiapuzio, 47, Ironwood, Mich. Tomahawk Leader 6-20-2017 issue; Leader Photo by Samantha Sue Trevino
Heins receive Distinguished Service Award
John, Peggy and Andy Hein, retiring owners of Inshalla Country Club, a long-time family business, were honored with the prestigious Distinguished Service Award (DSA) at Saturday night's Community Awards Banquet. The event dates back 62 years and has been sponsored by the Tomahawk Leader and hosted by Inshalla since 2001. Coming as a surprise, the honor recognized the Heins' commitment to the awards program and their community, Leader Publishers Larry and Kathy Tobin noted. Dan Reiter, Tomahawk High School guidance counselor, and Olivia Dachel, a Business Education teacher, were honored with 2017 LEADERship Awards. Alan Van Strydonk and Nancy Swan of Erv's Sales & Service were well represented by employees who nominated them for this year's Employer of the Year Award. With employees lured to the banquet to help honor their boss, employees who had worked at Tomahawk Ben Franklin were surprised when former business owner, John Kromm turned the tables and they were named 2017 Employees of the Year. Graduating senior and co-valedictorian of the Tomahawk High School Class of 2017, Andrew Cook was named Outstanding Youth LEADER of the Year. Also honored June 17 were members of the Tomahawk Area Historical Society, which received the Tomahawk Leader's Community Appreciation Award. In addition, Kinship of Tomahawk's mentoring program presented its own Mentor of the Year, with the honor going to Margaret Harry, who has been a mentor to two young people and served on the Kinship Board. Look for the full story in this week's Tomahawk Leader, on stands now and available through an Online Edition subscription right here.Tomahawk Leader 6-20-2017 issue
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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 Leader 6-20-2017 issue
**The Oneida County Sheriff's Office is seeking a part-time cook.
**AirPro Fan and Blower is seeking a welder/fabricator.
**Country Terrace of Wisconsin, Tomahawk, has a new facility director. Seeking a variety of full- and part-time positions.
**East Side Automotive is hiring an experience automotive technician.
**Notice the Tomahawk Leader will have early deadlines for its July 4 paper. Printing early it also will be in homes earlier in time for the holiday.
**Kelly Services has an opening for a full-time housekeeper at a resort near Tomahawk.
**Nicolet College has employment opportunities for Culinary Arts instructor, LTE Cosmetology instructor and LTE Student Success Coach.
**Healthcare Services has openings for Dietary Aides and Dietary Cooks.
**Help the Tomahawk Lions put on their big July 4 Pow Wow Days celebration, including the finale fireworks display. Send donations to: Tomahawk Lions Club, P.O. Box 754, Tomahawk, WI 54487.
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**Tomahawk Leader co-publisher Larry Tobin shows off an impressive Pope and Young giant black bear he harvested June 2 in Manitoba, Canada. And the youngsters from Jeff Kinnally and T.J. Tretter's summer school fishing class pose for a group photo after a fun day chasing rainbow trout in Bradley Park's Mirror Lake. Late nature writer Allan Bell shares in his Birch Bark Nature Notes revisited what makes colorful songbirds shine so vividly. June is Invasive Species Awareness Month and the Oneida County Land and Water Conservation Department shares tips on how to prevent spreading the unwanted pests to different lands and bodies of water. And the DNR Outdoor Report reminds motorists to keep an eye out for turtles on the move and shares some of the wildflowers that are currently in bloom and can be spotted along ditch lines and in fields. Tomahawk Leader 6-20-2017 issue
**Look for updates to our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow's blog on our Message Board.
**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the June 27, 2017, Tomahawk Leader:Tomahawk Leader 6-20-2017 issue
**PENDING: David Jahn, 73, Tomahawk (died 6-25-17; arrangements pending at Generations Funeral Home and Crematory, Tomahawk).
**Diana L. Schneider (nee Sommer), 62, Tomahawk, born in Chicago, Ill, married Ken Schneider, couple were foster parents from 1979-83, volunteered for Special Olympics (died 6-21-17; memorial service Sunday, June 25 at 3 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 1 p.m.).
**Gerald "Jerry" D. Goetsch, 85, Largo, Fla., formerly of Wausau, born in town of Maine, married Carol Eckardt, musician and band leader many years with Jerry Goetsch Orchestra, member of Polka Music Hall of Fame, founder of Jerry's Music, Wausau (died 5-30-17; funeral services Thursday, June 29, at 11 a.m. at St. Mark's Lutheran Church, Wausau; visitation Thursday beginning at 9 a.m.; Peterson/Kraemer Funeral Home, Wausau, assisting).
**Elizabeth "Betty" A. Franke (nee Quinn), 72, Tomahawk, born in Dobie, Wis., grew up in Barron County, moved to Milwaukee area, 1963 graduate of Vincent High School, worked at Master Lock for 34 years, retiring in 2001, married Richard Franke, they moved to Germantown and then Tomahawk, wintered in Arizona (died 6-19-17; memorial service Friday, June 23 at 2 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation will begin at noon.)
**Summaries of obituaries published in the June 20, 2017, Tomahawk Leader:
**Irene M. Streeter (nee Thompson), 85, Merrill, born in Town of Skanawan, attended Irma High School, married Robert T. Streeter; had been employed at Classic Cleaners Dry Cleaning, Merrill, in that business almost 50 year, previously worked at Oconomowoc Canning, Merrill Manufacturing and Lincoln Wood Industries, Merrill (died 6-15-17; funeral services Tuesday, June 20 at 11 a.m. at Waid Funeral Home, Merrill; visitation Monday, June 19 from 4-7 p.m. and again at 10 a.m. Tuesday).
**Larry R. Peil, 78, Tomahawk, born in Luka, Kan., 1956 graduate of Tripoli High School, married Marion Metsala, served in the U.S. Army, shift electrician at Packaging Corporation of America for 42 years, retiring in 2001, author of "The Mill Pond: A Lifetime of Tripoli Memories" (died 6-17-17; funeral services Wednesday, June 21 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Tomahawk; visitation Tuesday, June 20, 4-7 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, and again at Wednesday at the church beginning at 10 a.m.
**Jerry A. Block, 90, Tomahawk, born in Marion, grew up in Tomahawk, attended Tomahawk High School, served in Merchant Marines, employed at Owens-Illinois Paper Mill for over 43 years, married to LaVerne Block (died 6-16-17; funeral services Thursday, June 22 at 11 a.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 10 a.m.)
**Justin J. Kimmons, 23, Irma, born in Merrill, was currently employed at Schuette Metals, Rothschild, as a primary cut operator (died 6-10-17 in an accident in Tomahawk; funeral 11 a.m. Friday, June 16 at St. Paul's Lutheran Church, Irma; visitation 4-8 p.m. Thursday, June 15 at Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, and after 9 a.m. Friday at the church).
**Deborah "Debbie" Hetzel (nee Mortenson), 50, Woodland, WI, born in Tomahawk, 1984 graduate of Tomahawk High School, married to Jay Hetzel, worked at Quad Graphics Inc., Hartford, WI, 18-plus years (died 6-10-17; no services at this time)
**Sharon G. LaMay Lamer, 80, Tomahawk, born in Hayward, family moved to Tomahawk in 1943, graduated from Tomahawk High School in 1954, married Lonn P. Lamer, together they ran Crystal Lake Fur Farm prior to operating Pine Cone Ranch Resort from 1982 until her death; worked as Certified Medical Assistant at R.J. Henderson Clinic and later Family Clinic, taught CPR, became an Internationally Certified Drug and Alcohol Counselor III and worked at Sacred Heart Hospital Alcohol and Drug Treatment Center, worked for North Central Health Care Premiere Recovery Services with North Central Health Care Center in Marathon County for many years and at Koinonia Residential Treatment Center, Rhinelander, retiring in 2008 (died 6-12-17; funeral service Monday, June 19 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 9 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tomahawk, is assisting).
|Bus driver arrested
A school bus driver for 26 years, James T. Schmit, 51, Tomahawk, (See Photo Album) was formally charged in Lincoln County Court Friday afternoon with three felony counts of improper behavior involving a 15-year-old female student who rode his bus the last day of school. Schmit is charged with Child Enticement-Sexual Contact, Abduction of Child-Detaining and Stalking for offenses taking place June 7. Judge Jay Tlusty set a $100,000 cash bond. According to court records and news reports, the girl rode Schmit's bus the last day of school. Instead of dropping her off at her house, he allegedly suggested she continue riding with him while he dropped off other students. More than 40 minutes later and after going past the student's house two other times, Schmit drove her to his house, three miles away, and invited her inside to see his dog. She declined, saying she needed to get home. It was then that he did take her home. He then reportedly hugged the girl, kissed the side of her forehead and told her he loved her. Bus audio/video corroborates the girl's story and shows him then performing a sexual act while saying the girl's name. According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, Schmit was taken into custody June 14. In the meantime, sheriff's investigators kept the Tomahawk School District and Tomahawk Bus Service informed of the investigation, but because the incident occurred on the last day of school, deputies did not feel students were in imminent danger while the investigation continued. In a mass communication with every parent in the school district, Superintendent Terry Reynolds said it was an understatement to say he was stunned and upset by the news. He noted the district does have a couple buses running during summer school, but Schmit was not among the drivers and that he will never transport students again. Schmit will be back in court Thursday, June 29 for a scheduling conference.Tomahawk Leader 6-20-2017 issue
Kurth, Dachel resign; teacher pay adjustments
Several resignations, including that of Tomahawk Middle School Principal Paul Kurth, were accepted by the Tomahawk School Board last Tuesday night. Kurth resigned due to personal and family reasons, after two years with the district. Also resigning before the June 15 deadline were Olivia Dachel, high school Business Education teacher, who will be teaching Biology in Merrill; Tyler Steinmetz, elementary Physical Education teacher; two elementary Special Education instructors, Jessica Roe and Jamie Rappley; Dawn Czech Webster, high school paraprofessional; and Michelle Maloney, as elementary Student Council advisor. Teaching contracts were approved for: Adam Yirkovsky, high school Social Studies teacher; and Lisa Karau, elementary Physical Education; along with Allie Condon, middle school custodian. In other action, the board voted to increase the base pay for a beginning teacher to $39,000. See the Leader for an accompanying story about teacher pay adjustments; that 2017 might have been the eighth graders last trip to D.C. There's lots more in the story in the June 20 Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands and through a 1 day or 1 year Online Edition subscription.Tomahawk Leader 6-20-2017 issue
Complete results in pdfs below: Rockin' Tomahawk
A total 175 runners strapped up the shoelaces to take part in the Tomahawk Regional Chamber of Commerce's seventh annual Rockn' Tomahawk half marathon/5K held at SARA Park Saturday.The 55 half marathon runners toed the starting line at 8 a.m. and began the trek through part of Tomahawk, on trails and along Lake Mohawksin and on the Hiawatha Trail before returning to SARA Park and the finish line. An hour and 27 minutes later, Gleason's Dylan Schielke crossed the finish line to capture the overall half marathon championship. Madison's Nichole Bathe was the overall runner-up in 1:33:34 and was the top female runner for a second year in a row. Tomahawk Leader 6-13-2017 issue
The top three finishers in the various age-gender divisions of the half marathons were: males 30 to 39; Justin Ebert, Oregon, Ill.; Andrew Trettin, Appleton; Ian Schoone, Iron River, Mich.; males 40 to 49; Brad Gast, Weston; Sam Severson, Appleton, Patrick Gauthier, Woodruff; males 50 to 59; Mike Quednow, Ogema; Tom Marthaler, LaGrange, Ill., Rob Purdy, Mondovi; males 60 to 69; Gary Buchanan, Tomahawk; Gary Zimmer, Rhinelander; Jim Coppnow, Columbus; females 14 to 19; Elizabeth Pankratz, Mellen; females 20 to 29; Joselyn Janz, Tomahawk; Amanda Koshak, Tomahawk, Svetlana Heisinger, Merrill; females 30 to 39; Francis Erin Bourion, Green Bay; Kat Jackan, Wausau; Jacki Carter, Plover; females 40 to 49; Rebecca Grambort, Merrill; Lori Witt, Oconto Falls; Jullie Pouport, Lac Du Flambeau; females 50 to 59; Diane Stojanovich, Mt. Horeb; Debbie Quednow, Ogema; Joanne Lazore, Tomahawk; females 60 to 69; Barbara Palmquist, Lexington, Kentucky; Michelle Lange, Colby; Joseph Lange, Colby.
The Rockin' Tomahawk 5k race featured 95 runners. Tomahawk's Rachel Sudbury was the overall 5k winner in a time of 19:01, and 15 of the top 25 finishers hailed from Hatchet country. Elliot Lerm, the top male finisher, placed second overall in 19:39, followed by Loe Ilores of Green Bay in 21:22 to round out the top three overall finishers.
The top three in each age/gender division of the 5k race were: males 13 and under; Arden Ziert, Tomahawk; Colin Hanson, Eau Claire; Sean Powers, Tomahawk; males 14 to 19; Austin Ebert, Oregon, Ill.; Josh Wick, Tomahawk; Nichola Baache, Tomahawk; males 20-29; Clayton Schroeder, Antigo; males 30 to 39; Eddie Hall, Marathon; Jason Hammel, Tomahawk; Dan Connor, Eagle River; males 40 to 49; Leo Ilores, Green Bay; Dan DeRizzo, Tomahawk; Andy Beck, Tomahawk; males 50 to 59; Thomas Eckdahl, Abbotsford; Greg Eichelkraut, Gleason; Mike Strassman, Tomahawk; males 60 to 69; Rich Reisner, Wausau; males 70 and over, Jerry Hinz, Mt. Horeb; Delmar Miller Jr., Joliet, Ill.; females 13 and under; Ashley Beck, Tomahawk; Macey Mann, Tomahawk; Rachel Reilly, Tomahawk; females 14 to 19; Kate Reily, Tomahawk; Brooke Lucka, Warrens; Meghan Gast, Weston; females 20 to 29; Molly Siefert, Wautoma; Haley Seaton, Pingree Grove, Ill.; Jordan Schmidt, Tomahawk; females 30 to 39; Nicole Myszyka, Wausau; Roma Miksyte, Naperville, Ill.; Stacy Bolder, Tomahawk; females 40 to 49; Rachel Tassler, Tomahawk; Heather Leverance, Tomahawk; Dawn Webster Czech, Wausau; females 50 to 59; Jessie Bathe, Madison; Debbie Wickstrom, Tomahawk; Laurie Frey, Palantine, Ill.; females 60 to 69; Marilyn Fish, Northbrook, Ill.; Judy Koshak, Tomahawk; Susan Wells, Rhinelander; females 70 and over; Roddie Larsen, Menasha; Judy Howard, Sunland, Calif. Look for pictures in the Photo Album.
**The Tomahawk Post 93 Cubs were at Rhinelander over the weekend to take part in the Rebel Invite and finished with 1-3 record. The Cubs opened the tourney with a loss to Minocqua before taking down Chequamegon by a score 6-3. Eli Wurl pitched a complete game three-hitter for Tomahawk and Jake Ruid had two hits in the win. After falling to Rhinelander 12-1, the Cubs' offense came alive against Mosinee belting out 12 hits but it wasn't enough to get the win as Tomahawk fell 10-7. The Cubs are back in action at home this Wednesday with a pair of doubleheaders at Tyler Kahle Memorial Field that include Medford on Wednesday, June 21 and Chequamegon on Friday, June 23. Both games get underway at 5:30 p.m.Tomahawk Leader 6-20-2017 issue
**Those planning to take part in the 40th annual Pow Wow Days 5K/10K/1 Mile Fun Run on the Fourth of July in Tomahawk are reminded to register in advance at active.com.
**The public is also invited to take part in the first-ever Tomahawk Area Pickleball tournament being held at SARA Park this Saturday beginning at 9:30 a.m. Email firstname.lastname@example.org for more info and to register.
NEWS UPDATES & news briefs
News briefs from the June 20 edition of the Tomahawk Leader:Tomahawk Leader 6-20-2017 issue
**Music on the River starts Wednesday, June 21 with Led West.
**Tomahawk man to perform free concert June 21 at Tomahawk Library. Blind and autistic, Matthew Price also has Synesthesia. He can listen to music and tell the key, has perfect pitch. He also sees colors with each note played. All ages are invited at 2 p.m.
**Historical luncheon Thursday. See Community Calendar.
**North for the Fourth T-Shirts have arrived.
**Graduation follow-up stories, dating back to pupil-teacher first meeting in second grade.
**Little Rice Chicken Barbecue this weekend.
**Tomahawk High School honor roll announced.
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