|Weizenickers' $25,000 endowment
(Photo Story) It's a gift that will keep on giving to the Tomahawk community: A $25,000 endowment to the Tomahawk Public Library from David and Joyce Weizenicker. "This is a forevermore gift; annual income to the library that others can build upon for years to come," David notes. The donation was made through the National Resources Foundation of Wisconsin. Created now is the Tomahawk Public Library Natural Resources Education Fund. The endowment can be used for natural resources education, including programming, books, media, magazines and other related materials, notes Library Director Mary Dunn. Others can contribute to that principle, increasing the annual amount the library can use. Read more in this week's newspaper.Tomahawk Leader 12-3-2013 issue; Photo for Tomahawk Leader by Abigail Bostwick
A Tomahawk man not seen since leaving a downtown tavern on foot Tuesday, Nov. 19, has been listed as missing. The Tomahawk Police Department is asking the public to provide any possible information on the whereabouts of Gregory Linn, 62 (See Photo Album). Linn is described as having grey hair, hazel eyes and is 6-feet, 4-inches tall and weighs 205 pounds. A search of Linn's apartment at 227-? N. Second St. revealed a note telling the landlord about a problem with the windows and the key to the apartment was left with the note. According to those who reported Linn missing, he had been giving away his personal items as of late. Anyone with any information on the whereabouts of Linn is asked to contact the Tomahawk Police Department at 715-453-2121.Tomahawk Leader 12-3-2013 issue
Plans for installing a replacement grandstand or building a new berm system at the Lincoln County Fairgrounds in Merrill went down the drain (at least temporarily) at the November Lincoln County Board meeting after supervisors learned any such improvements would require some $400,000 to $700,000 or more in bathroom updates just to meet state code. Estimates are the cost would be $150 per square foot, or $400,000 just to remodel what the county has. If more seating were added, the cost could be well over $700,000 just in a restroom facility at the fairgrounds. The news pulled the plug on action that day on possibly accepting a recommended low bid of $1,062,777 for reconstruction of a grandstand after the former facility was damaged in a storm in the summer of 2012. Because that bid and three others were about to expire, the board ultimately voted to reject them. A resolution also was withdrawn seeking a request for proposal for architectural and engineering services for a berm system as a separate alternative. After lots of discussion, the board decided to have the Public Property Committee study the current fairgrounds' infrastructure and future seating development, with a report due within 90 days. Those meetings have since begun, including one scheduled on the Fairgrounds property Dec. 3. County Administrator Coordinator Randy Scholz noted that $1.27 million in insurance proceeds are available for county use. Read more in the Dec. 3 newspaper or in an On-Line Edition subscription.Tomahawk Leader 12-3-2013 issue
Leader office has books
The Tomahawk Leader has a variety of books by local authors for sale, and the new State of Wisconsin Blue Book, which is free. A box of the latter was dropped off by State Rep. Mary Czaja after our offer to help distribute the popular books to interested constituents.
Hot off the press is "Souvenir Views of Tomahawk Wisconsin: The Story of Tomahawk through Photographs," put together by Dixie and Andy Zastrow for the benefit of the Tomahawk Historical Society.
The Leader also has Bob and Donna Skubal's newest release, "History of Tomahawk Sports, Fall 1995-Spring 2010." The two earlier volumes, packed with local sports history, also are for sale here.
And, Kinship of Tomahawk has just released a "Cookin' with Kinship" cookbook. The favorite recipes come from Kinship staff, board members, mentors and friends. Included are appetizers, soups and salads, vegetables, main dishes, desserts, kid stuff and miscellaneous items. Copies are $10 each and support the mentoring program.
In addition, one can be entertained by Leader columnist Mark Gaedtke's first book, "Harold's Boys."
Former Tomahawk resident, Robin Comeau, also has a wonderful book, "Images of America-Merrill," she compiled with the cooperation of T.B. Scott Free Library and the Merrill Historical Society.
And, of course, the Tomahawk Leader has copies of Publisher Larry Tobin's novel, "Pressing Matters."
Stop by 315 W. Wisconsin Ave. weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and do a little book shopping. Any of them would make a great gift, too.
Weekly Football Contest
This week's winner of the Tomahawk Leader Football Contest is Margaret Harry, Tomahawk, had 4 misses. Typo had 8 wrong. Others with 4 misses were Carol Winterfeldt and Deloris Olson.Tomahawk Leader 12-3-2013 issue
Look for an entry blank and rules in the Second Section of the newspaper each week, narrow down your picks and drop off your entry at 315 W. Wisconsin Ave., mail it to P.O. Box 345, Tomahawk, WI 54487 or email to email@example.com with Football Contest in the subject line. Entry deadline is by midnight each Friday.
**Note: If you are creating the entry yourself, be sure to include the names of the corresponding business sponsors along with your winner choices.
There is a $100 end-of-the-season grand prize, and everyone who beats Typo is eligible for a $50 special prize. Pick up a copy of the newspaper today, or subscribe to our Online Edition. Good luck!
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.
Display and classified ads
Be sure to check our Classified Center, along the left-hand column, for our classifieds and certain display ads that are posted as part of ClassyNet. This week's posted display ads include:Tomahawk Leader 12-3-2013 issue
**Doctors Foster and Smith has part-time positions on all shifts.
**ABM Janitorial seeks a general cleaner.
Click on the ad itself and go right to the company's website.
Obituaries, church directory in pdf
**Updated summaries of obituaries that will be published in the Dec. 10, 2013, Tomahawk Leader:Tomahawk Leader 12-3-2013 issue
**Robert Popp, 67, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, worked construction for many years, U.S. Air Force veteran (died 12-5-13; graveside service with military honors in the spring; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).
**Ronald Vedder, 77, Tripoli, born in Milwaukee, married Dolores "Dee" Hebert, they owned Vedder's Hunters Inn from 1973-93, also a carpenter for Leck Construction and logger in Pier Willow area since 1960 (died 12-5-13; memorial service 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at St. Francis Catholic Church, Pier Willow; visitation begins at noon; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).
**Summaries of obituaries published in the Dec. 3, 2013, Tomahawk Leader:
**James Arthur "Tick" "Mollie" Nelson, 92, born in Tomahawk, served in World War II, Korean War and Vietnam; worked at The National War College as assistant executive officer, assistant installation club manager for military district of Washington, D.C. (died 11-3-13)
**Patricia Engen (nee Flynn), 87, Tomahawk, born in Winona, Minn., married Lloyd C. Engen, in early years was employed as a beautician, later with the Lake Country Reporter, Hartland, retiring in 1985, after retirement she and husband moved to Tomahawk (died 11-22-13; funeral services Wednesday, Nov. 27 at 2 p.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation begins at noon).
**Margaret Ball (nee Dacres), 91, Washington State, born in Walla Walla, Wash., married Howard Ball, saw world as Air Force wife, after his death, moved back to Washington, married Joe Doetsch, he died in 2009 (died 11-25-13 in Fort Worth, Texas, Mass of Christian Burial Friday, Dec. 13 at 11 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 10 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).
**Orin V. Genrich Sr., 83, Merrill, born in Wausau, lived in Phoenix, Ariz., before moving to Merrill; custodian at St. John's Lutheran Church and school bus driver in Merrill area (died 11-26-12 in Golden LivingCenter-Riverview in Tomahawk; memorial service at 5 p.m. Monday, Dec. 9 at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 4 p.m.)
**Jay Michael Leggett, 50, Los Angeles, Calif., formerly of Tomahawk, grew up in Tomahawk, graduated from Tomahawk High School in 1981, worked in Chicago at Improv Olympic, member of Blue Velveeta Comedy Team, worked in New York, London, Toronto and settled in Los Angeles, taught improvisational comedy for more than 15 years; accomplished TV and film actor, director, producer, screenwriter, wrote stage shows and directed revival of National Lampoon's Lemmings, appeared on TV programs including "In Living Color," "Mario and the Mob," "Ally McBeal," "ER," "Star Trek Voyager," "Factory" and "The Drew Carey Show," wrote and co-starred and produced several films including "Employee of the Month," co-wrote the film "Without a Paddle," in 2010 produced and directed a documentary titled "To The Hunt" about deer hunting in Tomahawk, Wis., and Lincoln County (died 11-23-13 in while hunting in Tomahawk; Memorial Mass Saturday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m., St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tomahawk; visitation will begin at 11 a.m.; Generations Funeral Home and Crematory, Tomahawk, is assisting).
**The following pdf contains information about some of the local churches in the area, for reference for worship or funeral services.
|Subscribe Now: Link below Help Superman Sammy's battle
As an added incentive to subscribe, either online or to our print newspaper, the Tomahawk Leader will donate $5 for each new or renewal Online Edition subscription ordered between now and Dec. 13 to the family of a 3-year-old boy (Super "Little" Man Sammy) fighting his second bout with brain cancer. The E-Edition is perfect for people who live elsewhere and long to know more about the happenings in Tomahawk, people like snowbirds, students, relatives, former residents and those who hope to live here someday. Tomahawk Leader 12-3-2013 issue
(If you prefer, a mailed newspaper can be ordered: new subscriptions will see us donate $10 to Sammy's family; renewals will net $5. In those cases, you must submit the attached form (see pdf below).
Whichever way you subscribe (tell your family and friends the Leader makes a great holiday gift), we'll add your name to a Superman-type cape we plan to give to Sammy. If you happen to be in town, stop by our office and add your own message! The check and special magic cape will be presented at a fundraising Soup, Bread and Dessert Luncheon and Gift-Wrapping Event Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Mary's Corpus Christi Center. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Food and gift-wrapping material donations are being sought now for that community-wide undertaking, as well as volunteers for that day. The Tomahawk Leader and Tomahawk Ben Franklin are collection sites for gift-wrap, tape, bows, tags and similar materials. For more information on that event, contact Jolene at 715-453-7694.
Please check out the Nov. 26 story about 3-year-old Sammy and help us help him fight the evil "C." The back issue will be available with an E-Edition subscription.
County music star Atkins' elk
Country music star Rodney Atkins, who has had multiple Top 10 hits on the country charts over the past dozen years or so, has a busy concert tour schedule that doesn't allow for lengthy breaks to do what he loves-hunt. Enter Patrick, "Big E", Eger, and his son, Brandon, of Big E Outfitters, headquartered at Palmquist Farms near Tripoli. The Egers put together an elk hunt for Atkins that allowed him the opportunity to try his luck on the large Palmquist (more than two square miles) game preserve. See his prize elk in our Photo Album.Tomahawk Leader 12-3-2013 issue
Jay Leggett's last hunt
He will be remembered for the many amazing things he accomplished in life on and off the screen. And he will be remembered for doing what he loved where he loved at the time of his passing. Tomahawk's own Jay Leggett, 50, died while hunting with family and friends Saturday, the day of the 2013 opener, at the family cabin on Wildwood Road near Spirit Falls. Emergency crews were called to the cabin Saturday afternoon after a 911 call was received about an individual found not breathing at a seasonal cabin in the town of Tomahawk. Tomahawk EMS and a Lincoln County Sheriff's Department deputy arrived at the scene to find family members performing CPR. Paramedics continued CPR until it was determined Leggett was beyond resuscitation efforts. Leggett had returned to the cabin from his deer stand on an ATV just after 4 p.m. When he got off the machine he collapsed and family members immediately started CPR. The importance of the hunting shack culture and tradition was part of a documentary "To The Hunt" Leggett produced. The name of the film came from a salute commonly echoed at the Leggett family hunting cabin when something good like a downed deer needed to be celebrated. Saturday, it was uttered at camps all across the Tomahawk area to remember a man who made it his mission to make others around the country aware of the importance and tradition of the hunt. A 1981 Tomahawk High School and University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point graduate, Leggett performed with the likes of Tina Fey, Stephen Colbert and Chris Farley while a part of the Chicago Improv Olympic. Leggett was a cast member on the television series "In Living Color" and made spot appearances on such television shows as "The Drew Carey Show, "Ally McBeal," "ER" and many more. He wrote, co-starred and produced several films including "Employee of the Month" and co-wrote the hit "Without a Paddle." His full obituary is published in the Nov. 26 Tomahawk with a summary about funeral plans can be found below. Look for more about Jay in the Nov. 26 and Dec. 3 Tomahawk Leaders and for pictures in our Photo Album. We also encourage you to post a message on our Message Board.
**Highlights of some of the other stories that appear in the Dec. 3, 2013, newspaper include the following. Consider an On-line Edition subscription to find out more!Tomahawk Leader 12-3-2013 issue
**City overall levy to increase $220,000.
**Registration underway for Senior Center's Tour of Lights.
**Kids, adults can make gingerbread house together (check our Community Calendar for this and other upcoming events).
**Kinship of Tomahawk plans open house Monday, Dec. 9 at new Kinship House. All are welcome. See pictures in this week's Leader.
**New Lincoln County Plat Books on sale.
**Register for Christmas With Friends.
**Warm Up to Winter with chili contest, open house specials.
**Lions offer free vision, glaucoma screening. Free hearing screenings sponsored by Hearing Advantage.
**Scenes from the Chamber's Christmas Parade and Winter Wonderland.
**Love Lights help honor, memorialize loved ones during holidays. Order yours now.
**A cash raffle underway for Superman Sammy (The Leader is among businesses with tickets). There's an account, too, at River Valley Bank branches to help the family with medical bills and other expenses.
**Stockings are hung at Tomahawk Ben Franklin and Nelson's County Market for Kinship of Tomahawk kinskids. Pick up a tag or two and help spread some holiday cheer. Return tags and gifts to Tomahawk Ben Franklin or the Tomahawk Leader by Dec. 6. Kinship currently has 44 active matches and 23 kids on the waiting list. For more information, call 715-453-1910.
Check out how to see the Tomahawk Leader e-edition anytime, anywhere via the link below.
**The 2013-14 winter sports season featured two Hatchet teams in action last Tuesday, as the boys' hockey team fell to host Ashland 9-3 and the girls' basketball team lost 51-45 to host Elcho. Scoring goals for the Hatchet icemen were Cole Hoeppner and Kevin Bolder (two goals). Senior Jessie Harmon tallied 24 points for the Lady Hatchets in their game with Elcho.Tomahawk Leader 12-3-2013 issue
**The Winter Go Hatchets pull-out section with team photos and schedules is in the Dec. 3, 2013 Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands or by subscribing to our Online Edition.
**Check the Leader for the upcoming sports schedule, which is also posted online in the School Calendar.
**Bob and Donna Skubal have completed their third book on the history of Tomahawk High School athletics. The third volume covers Hatchet sports from 1995 through 2010. All told, the three volumes cover over 117 years of THS sports. The book is available for $30 at the Tomahawk Leader office and other locations. Also in the works is a book covering the 50-year history of the Tomahawk wrestling program. To help with this anniversary book, the Skubals need middle school/junior high yearbooks from 1973, 1976, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1986 and 1987. To share your information, contact them at 715-453-5690.
TAIV helps homebound, elderly
The board of Tomahawk Area Interfaith Volunteers, Inc. (TAIV) has met with supporters and volunteers to discuss the ongoing work of TAIV in this community. The decision resulted in a commitment by the organization to continue. "We assist homebound, disabled or elderly individuals stay in their homes as long as possible," notes Rachel Jones, president. "We offer nonmedical assistance such as friendship, transportation, visitation, grocery shopping, light housekeeping, respite for caregivers and more." Look for a story about the service and one of the happy recipients and the volunteer who helps her in the Nov. 26 Tomahawk Leader (one of many stories about reasons to be thankful). To offer your financial help or for more information, call TAIV at 715-360-4743 or email firstname.lastname@example.org. Mail your tax-free gift to support the effort to 108 W. Somo Ave., Tomahawk, WI 54487.Tomahawk Leader 11-26-2013 issue
**The local deer harvest during the statewide gun deer season saw 550 bucks and 311 antlerless deer registered at Viegut's Do-It-Express in Tomahawk. Those numbers are down slightly from the 2012 tally that saw 572 bucks and 565 antlerless deer registered.Tomahawk Leader 12-3-2013 issue
** We just spotted an ice shack that went through the ice on Nokomis. Be careful out there and make sure things are safe before doing something you'll regret.
**Check our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow's blog on our Message Board.
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 email@example.com.
2012 Year in Review
To see the entire year of story highlights from the pages of the 2012 Tomahawk Leader, check the pdf immediately below.
Click here for direct links to web sites related to stories in this week's Leader:
Gree Dehumidifier Recall
Never Forgotten Honor Flight
Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations
Tomahawk Fire and Rescue School
Wisconsin Common Core State Standards