|Big Car Show Weekend
(Photo Story) Downtown Tomahawk will be the place to be this Memorial Day weekend as Tomahawk Main Street hosts the 19th annual Main Street Memories Car Show. Registration takes place between 8 a.m. and noon Sunday, May 26 at the corner of South Tomahawk and Wisconsin avenues on a first-come, first-served basis. Those vehicles then are on display from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. in multiple blocks right on the blacktop of West Wisconsin Avenue in the historic downtown. The event is held rain or shine, and admission is free for spectators. Car enthusiasts and collectors vie for 58 huge trophies in more than 25 classes.
The fun actually starts Saturday as follows:
SATURDAY, MAY 25 EVENTS
(All are downtown unless otherwise noted)
**Noon to 4 p.m., Antique Motorcycle Show on West Wisconsin Avenue between South Tomahawk Avenue and Railway Street. Rain location SARA Park. All makes and models welcome. Free admission to public. Registration $5 per motorcycle.
**Noon, Annual Skateboard Contest at Pride Park. Amateur and Advanced Divisions compete for prizes.
**5 p.m., Raffle @ The Rodeo takes place at the Rodeo Saloon in downtown Tomahawk. Tons of raffles, karaoke and more.
For more information regarding Saturday events, contact Clarann Stocker at 715-453-4085 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
SUNDAY, MAY 26 EVENTS
(All are downtown unless otherwise noted)
9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Main Street Memories Car Show, the main attraction. The day includes music by DJ Brown, raffles, non-profit vendors, craft and bazaar show and concessions. Car registration starts at 8 a.m. at the corner of South Tomahawk and West Wisconsin avenues.
For more on the Car Show, contact Tomahawk Main Street at email@example.com or call 715-453-1090.
Watch for Car Show pictures afterwards in our Photo Album. And check the pdf below for other details. Our Community Calendar also lists these and other area events. And, don't miss the Car Show Coloring Contest and Famous Cars in Music Trivia contest in this week's Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription right here.
Shopko agreement reached
NEWS UPDATE: An agreement has been reached. We will have the full story in the May 28 Tomahawk Leader.Tomahawk Leader 5-21-2013 issue
City officials reviewed a pair of agreements Monday, May 20 that could lead the way for a new Shopko Hometown to open its doors in Tomahawk as early as this fall. A developer's agreement and construction management agreement were presented that would allow for the construction of a 36,000-square-foot store at 1808 N. 4th St. The 35-acre lot where the Shopko Hometown would be built on a five-acre parcel of property and includes five additional developable lots. Coming to an agreement on terms of the TIF, which will allow for infrastructure like roads, sewer and water to be developed had been a sticking point between developers and the city in recent weeks. The city's main concern in developing TIF 4 was making sure it could cash flow to offset costs of developing infrastructure for the parcel. Under the agreement, the parcel would be sold to developers to construct the new Shopko Hometown, and the remaining five parcels ranging in size from one acre to three acres of developable property would then be sold back to the city. Approximately 11 acres of additional property would be considered developable at TIF 4.
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**A 49-year-old Rhinelander man died after the ATV he was driving crashed in the town of Harrison Saturday. Randy J. Romenesko was driving east of County Road B on ATV trails just after 6 p.m. when he lost control and hit a tree. A news released indicated Romenesko was wearing a helmet, but it was not properly fastened. Speed, without alcohol, appears to be a contributing factor to the crash but investigators are still reviewing the accident.
**Chamber to host Walk with Walker (with Wisconsin's First Lady Tonette Walker) in Bradley Park May 21. Check the Community Calendar.
**Tomahawk School District and teachers' union exchange proposals: the district's offer was 1 percent of base wage; the TEA's initial proposal was 2.07 percent.
**Area Memorial Day events, including special ceremonies at Cenotaph monument. See Community Calendar.
**Savvy Senior: How to use herbal supplements safely.
**Funding helps hearing impaired at local library.
**Search still on for Merrill man who fled electronic monitoring.
**Caregiver confab slated for Ogema.
**Additional city roads opened to ATV access.
**Newly-elected Judge Robert Russell reviews his plans and preparation to take office.
**A bit of history around graduation.
**Help make Lincoln County healthier
**Big Tomahawk Elementary School Carnival helps end the year.
**Early deadline for May 28 Tomahawk Leader. News and ads due by noon Thursday, May 23 at firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com, 715-453-2151, P.O. Box 345, Tomahawk, WI 54487 or dropped off at 315 W. Wisconsin Ave.
**Kwahamot Ski Shows start May 25.
**Class of 2013 graduation is Sunday, June 2.
**Red, White and Blue Day patriotic celebration Thursday, May 23. See Community Calendar.
**Tomahawk Middle School greenhouse selling plants.
**Church Mutual donates $100,000 toward "Time Has Come" campaign.
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Community Award Banquet
This year's Tomahawk Community Awards banquet will be held Monday, June 3 at Inshalla Country Club, recognizing service and leadership within the community. The program dates back more than 50 years and are sponsored by the Tomahawk Leader and Inshalla. Among the honors are the coveted Distinguished Service Award, LEADERship Award, Employer of the Year and Outstanding Youth LEADER. Tickets are now available at the Leader and Tomahawk Chamber offices. Check out the pdf below for additional information. Direct questions to Kathy or Larry Tobin or Jed Buelow at the Tomahawk Leader at 715-453-2151 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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.
Obituaries, church directory in pdf
**Arriving after publication; full obituaries will be published in the May 28, 2013, Tomahawk Leader:
**Steven M. Severt, 62, Merrill, born in Merrill, married Karen Davis, graduated from Merrill Senior High School, owned dairy farm for 27 years, while working at Brokaw Paper Mill for 10 years, most recently worked at Lincoln Hills School as youth counselor and patrolman for 17 years (died unexpectedly 5-22-13; private family service; visitation Friday, May 24, 5-7 p.m. and again Saturday, May 25, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Waid Funeral Home, Merrill.)
**Summaries of obituaries published in the May 21, 2013, Tomahawk Leader:
**George H. Radtke, 89, Tomahawk, born in Oconomowoc, U.S. Army veteran, married Louann Anderson, carpenter in Hazelhurst area for many years (died 5-19-13; private family services at later date; memorials to Dr. Kate Hospice; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).
**Charles E. Crass, 85, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, served as Army medic in Korean War, married Trudel Taschner, she died in 1981, married Kathy Kaminski, who died in 2012; worked for Owens-Illinois Tomahawk Mill for 39 years, retiring in 1987 as pulp mill supervisor, spent 30 years on Bradley Town Board, 22 years a town chair (died 5-18-13; funeral Wednesday, May 22 at 1 p.m. at St. Paul Ev. Lutheran Church; visitation at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, Tuesday evening, May 21 from 4-7 p.m. and again at noon Wednesday at the church.
**David A. Hartwig, 58, Philippines, formerly of Tomahawk, born in Davenport Wash., graduate of Tomahawk High School, retired from U.S. Navy after 20 years, had lived in Tomahawk, Merrill, Norfolk, Va., Illinois, Florida and Lucena City, Philippines (died 1-12-13; services will be held Tuesday, May 28 at 11 a.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 9 a.m.)
**Edward Bajorek, 81, Tomahawk, born in Cleveland, Ohio, served in U.S. Navy in Antarctic, married Beverly Heksel, employed with Ameritech and AT&T, retiring as manager, summer resident of Tomahawk since 1966, moved here permanently in 1993 (died 5-17-13; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, is assisting).
**Ronald Linn, 83, Tomahawk, born in Pennsylvania, formerly married to Mary Ruland and later to Carmaine Furhman, U.S. Army veteran of World War II, was a wood and metal lather, self-employed truck drier and employed with J.J. Case/Drott, Wausau, for 11-1/2 years, involved in veterans organizations (died 5-15-13; private family service; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).
**Frank Malbone Jr., 66, Tomahawk, born in Virginia, formerly married JoAnn Egelkrout, moved to Tomahawk area in 1982, formerly owned and operated Frank's Repair Service and Mid Town Mobil, later worked for GK&H Trucking and Scaffidi Truck Center, all in Tomahawk (died 5-14-13; Mass of Christian Burial 11 a.m. Wednesday, May 22 at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 10 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).
**Richard J. Schultz, 78, Tomahawk, born in Chicago, Ill., graduate of Tomahawk High School, U.S. Marine Corps, business owner (died 5-14-13; no services; Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).
**Vivian F. Thiede (nee Drescher), born in Neillsville, married Eugene Thiede (died 5-11-13; memorial services at 11:30 a.m. Wednesday, June 26 at Zion American Lutheran Church, Granton; visitation begins at 10:30 a.m.; Wichmann Funeral Homes, Appleton, assisting).
**Joseph E. Lennon, 86, Tomahawk, born in Harvey, Ill., 1945 graduate of Calumet High School, World War II Army veteran, worked in Chicago area, moved to Lake Orion, Mich., in 1974, worked in sales with PPG in Detroit area, retired in 1982, moved to Tomahawk in 1994 (died 5-12-13; funeral Wednesday, May 15 at 11 a.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation begins at 9 a.m. with military tribute at 11).
**The following pdf contains information about some of the local churches in the area, for reference for worship or funeral services.
|NEWS UPDATES: Children's Play, awards; Health Plan
**Tomahawk High School's Drama Department will be presenting four performances of their annual children's play on Wednesday, May 22nd. Three shows of "Little Miss Gingerbread" will be presented to St. Mary's and the elementary and middle schools during the day followed by an evening performance for the public at 7:00 P.M. An awards program honoring all Forensics and drama participants for the 2012-2013 school year will follow at approximately 8:20 P.M. Admission for the show will be $3 for adults and $2 for students K-12.
**Invitation to create a healthier Lincoln County: In order to celebrate and to share its community health plan with the Lincoln County residents, Healthy People Lincoln County will be hosting "kick off" celebrations at two different locations. The first one will be held Thursday, May 23rd at Tomahawk Library, 22 N 2nd St, Tomahawk from 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. On Tuesday, May 28th, second one will take place at Ministry Good Samaritan Health Center, 601 S Center Ave, Merrill 5:00 p.m. to 6:00 pm in the DeAngelis conference room. We would like to extend the invitation to either program for anyone interested in helping to create a healthy community. No registration is needed. They look forward to hearing your ideas, and sharing your vision, and enthusiasm to help begin efforts or support existing programs that improve upon the following priorities: Mental Health, Healthy Lifestyles, Nutrition and Healthy Foods and Oral Health. For more information, call 715-536-0307 or visit www.healthypeoplelincolncounty.com.
Rerouting downtown traffic proposal
The Tomahawk Common Council will take up a proposal in June that would reroute through traffic from the downtown, making South Tomahawk Avenue and Somo Avenue the main thoroughfare. The option of rerouting through traffic off the city's main street to State Hwy. 86 has been a topic of discussion for several years. Some downtown business owners and city officials alike have stressed concern over diverting traffic away from West Wisconsin Avenue and the impact it could have on business in the district. Proponents feel rerouting traffic could actually be a benefit in that less traffic using the road as a main thoroughfare would make it safer for those shopping and trying to navigate the downtown by foot. The proposal that will go before the council removes two stop signs at the north and south ends of the intersection of South Tomahawk Avenue and West Wisconsin Avenue making the road a through route. A stop sign would be added on West Wisconsin Avenue stopping traffic coming from the downtown. Down the road, the stop sign would remain at the intersection of South Tomahawk Avenue and Somo Avenue because of visibility issues for large trucks turning right onto Somo Avenue. A stop sign would be added at the other end of West Wisconsin Avenue and the right-turn no-stop sign at the corner of West Wisconsin Avenue and North Fourth Street would be replaced with a regular stop sign, which would make the West Wisconsin Avenue and North Fourth Street next to the CornerMart intersection a four-way stop. The proposal will be up for first consideration when the council meets next in June. If approved, the ordinance to reroute through traffic off West Wisconsin Avenue and onto State Hwy. 86 would go to public hearing before final approval most likely in July.Tomahawk Leader 5-21-2013 issue
The North Fourth Street construction project slated to take place this summer appears to be in jeopardy after the city learned last week state funding would not be made available for the project. As part of funding to complete infrastructure and repaving of the four-block section of North Fourth Street from River Road south of Veterans Memorial Bridge to the Somo Avenue intersection, the city had applied for a $500,000 Community Development Block Grant through the state Department of Administration. It was learned last week Tomahawk did not meet enough criteria needed to receive funding. Estimated cost of the North Fourth Street project is $1.2 million. The city had hoped to begin the road project this spring so completion could be reached prior to the start of the Tomahawk Fall Ride. Due to delays at the state level prior to learning the city would not receive CDBG funds, that timeline was already in jeopardy of not being possible as work would have had to have began by the start of June and weeks of planning would have still needed to take place. The city currently is studying its options.Tomahawk Leader 5-21-2013 issue
The North Fourth Street project isn't the only roadwork experiencing delays. Due to the poor weather this spring, and the beginning of the spring and summer community events, it has become necessary to adjust the city's street maintenance schedule:
**The Hwy. 86 resurfacing project from the bridge to Pleasant Avenue is anticipated to start June 3 and will be completed by June 5. The project includes the profiling of the existing asphalt pavement and the application of a new asphalt surface.
**The Hwy. 86 railroad crossing approaches will be repaved starting June 10 and are anticipated to be complete by June 12.
**The Wisconsin Avenue joint repair project is now scheduled to start May 28 and run through the first week in June. This project involves the grinding of the joints that have deteriorated and the application of an epoxy cement material. Half of the street will be closed to traffic at a time; however, there will always be access to the downtown during construction.
**HWY. 51 OVERPASS WORK BEGINS: Work on the Hwy. 51 overpass at the intersection of CTH C and North Star Road began earlier this month. Railroad crossing repairs on North Star Road are expected to start this week, during which time the road will be closed to through traffic. Access to C has already been closed. Eventually all access to Hwy. 51 will be closed off at the intersection, as it is being replaced with the overpass that does not contain ramps. We have had considerable coverage on this project and its impact on a gas station at that location in recent weeks.
Tomahawk Leader 5-21-2013 issue
With nice weather comes lots of spring sports action in the Northwoods.
**The co-ed track team traveled to Antigo Thursday to compete in the Great Northern Conference championship meet. The girls finished second behind Lakeland, while the boys were seventh overall. Bryan Tomek was a double winner on the boys' side in the 800m (2:03.82) and 1600m runs (4:34.86) and was selected as the GNC boys' "runner of the year." Lady Hatchet GNC track and field champions for 2013 included Grace Mickelson (pole vault, 9'6", tied GNC record), Sam Schade (discus, 105'9"), Anna Nyberg (high jump, 5'), Hanna Meyer (triple jump, 32'10") and 4x800m relay (Audrey Dichsen, Talyn Jones, Dani Whiting and Alex Zedler) in 11:02.
**The Lady Hatchet softball squad trekked to Rhinelander last Tuesday to play games with the Hodags and Eagle River. They lost 0-4 to Rhinelander and defeated the Eagles 13-3 (Alex DuPlayee was the winning pitcher, had a triple and drove in two runs). The Tomahawk softball gals visited Eagle River Wednesday and beat Northland Pines 13-6 (Sydney Myre was the winning pitcher) and were blanked 12-0 by Rhinelander. Thursday's WIAA D2 regional quarterfinal game at Hatchet field saw the visiting Lakeland softball squad defeat Tomahawk 10-8. DuPlayee, Stephanie Welke and Stephanie Schoone had three hits apiece for the Lady Hatchets. The locals wrapped up their 2013 season with a 7-9 record.
**The Tomahawk diamond boys were 3-1 last week and improved to 9-4 overall, as they took two games from Rhinelander (10-0 and 7-6 in eight innings) and split two with Antigo (5-1 and 3-4). In the first game with Rhinelander, Jon Nyberg was the winning pitcher. Tomahawk had 13 hits, including a double and triple by Kevin Bolder. In the second Rhinelander game, Jared Jarvensivu was the winning pitcher. Jordan Roessler had three hits, and Jarvensivu hit a game-winning double in the eighth inning. In Game One vs. Antigo, Bolder struck out 12 and was the winning pitcher. In the second game, Fletcher Schoone was the losing pitcher for Tomahawk. Jarvensivu and Trevor Iwen had two hits apiece for the Hatchets.
**Tomahawk's golf team played a dual meet against Medford last Monday and lost 164-158. Nick Osero led the Hatchet effort with 34 strokes. Last Tuesday at Trout Lake Golf Course, Tomahawk finished fourth in a Great Northern Conference meet. Turner Wegener shot 88 to pace the Hatchets. Friday at Inshalla Country Club, the Hatchet golfers placed second in the seven-team GNC field. Wegener was the meet runner-up medalist with 83 strokes.
First degree homicide
A $2 million cash bail was set Tuesday, May 14 for Mark J. Bucki, 49, town of Corning, after he was charged with first degree intentional homicide in the death of his wife, Anita, 48. She disappeared late last month from their home on Wegner Road, Merrill. Her body was found two weeks later in a woods near Medford. Indications are she had been stabbed seven times in the chest and possibly strangled. The criminal complaint contends Mark Bucki burned some of Anita's belongings and a piece of carpet from a bedroom before reporting his wife missing April 26. He says they talked about a divorce for several hours the night before; he went to bed and she was missing the next morning. The complaint notes blood was found in the home and on the defendant's boots and some clothing, and that a cadaver dog hit on parts of Mark Bucki's truck, his boots, a shower in the home, the burn barrel and what appeared to be an empty shallow grave. The investigating officer also smelled house cleaning in the truck and noted half of the truck's bed was cleaner than the other side. Mark Bucki also is charged with hiding a corpse and strangulation/suffocation.Tomahawk Leader 5-21-2013 issue
Help Wanted ads: Display (see pdfs) 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. Several of those Help Wanted display ads also are posted immediately below. Return again as new ads will rotate in. They all are visible through the Classified Center link to the left.Tomahawk Leader 5-21-2013 issue
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**Elk River names musky rod after longtime Tomahawk lure maker. Check out the Nimrod.Tomahawk Leader 5-21-2013 issue
**Warden switches from fish patrol to fire rescue in a flash.
**Check our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow's blog on our Message Board.
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