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Walk for Virtues

(Photo Story) St. Mary's School held its 11th annual Walk For Virtues Sept. 22. "Students collected pledges for their walk and brought in over $5,000!" according to Principal Rita Lee. "Each class studied a different virtue and made a poster to represent it. At our Opening Prayer Service the students presented their posters and shared how they can live that virtue in their lives. We then headed over to Milestones Senior Living Center to share our efforts with the residents there. Then it was off to Memorial Park to walk along the river and (get) sprayed with color.

Tomahawk Leader 9-27-2016 issue; Contributed Photo

Pine Crest bonding heads to county

**UPDATE: By a narrow margin and before an overflowing crowd supporting the decision, the Lincoln County Board approved the bonding resolution for Pine Crest Nursing Home last night. We will have a story in the Oct. 4 Tomahawk Leader.

The Lincoln County Board will vote Wednesday, Sept. 28 on a resolution authorizing up to $9,600,000 in general obligation bonds or promissory notes for construction and renovation at Pine Crest Nursing Home, the county-owned nursing home in Merrill. A second resolution would approve bids for construction of additions and the renovation. See the Community Calendar for more agenda topics including a $172,000 grant from the Bierman Family Foundation, Inc., for implementation of a K-9 program through the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Tomahawk Leader 9-27-2016 issue
THS Homecoming

UPDATE: It's our understanding that the Junior Class has decided to do something different this year. Instead of building a float, they are borrowing shopping carts from Great Lakes Foods and will decorate them. Then they will walk in the parade and at the game Friday night hoping to collect food items for the Happy Backpack program that provides weekend meals for children and families facing financial need or special circumstances.

Tomahawk High School celebrates Homecoming this week with a variety of dress-up days and activities. Among the highlights was a girls' flag football game last night at Hatchet Field. Today is "Tacky Tuesday" and includes a home varsity volleyball game at 7 p.m., featuring a Hawaiian theme. Wednesday is "Camo Day." Final voting takes place for king and queen. Float decorating continues from 4 to 6 p.m. at SARA Park. There will be a boys' volleyball tournament from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the field house. Classes will dress up to their music genre on Thursday: freshmen, polka; sophomores, country; juniors, hip hop; and seniors, rock and roll. Work on floats will conclude by 8 p.m. that night. Friday is "School Spirit Day" and is filled with events. A car is painted with the opposing team colors and during lunch students can pay money to take a sledgehammer to the symbol as part of a "car smash." A parade leaves Pride Park about 1:30 p.m., followed by a pep rally in the school gym. That night the Hatchets face Prentice/Rib Lake in a 7 p.m. homecoming football game where royalty will reign and floats will be displayed. Watch for pictures from Homecoming in our Photo Album and next week's newspaper.

Tomahawk Leader 9-27-2016 issue
Fall Ride Photos $120,000 for MDA; Chris Quinn wins Raffle Bike

**Pictures from the 2016 Tomahawk Fall Ride are posted in our Photo Album. Updates will continue, so check back often and maybe you'll see yourself or someone you know.

**UPDATE: The Muscular Dystrophy Association reports $120,000 was raised to benefit MDA at the 2016 Tomahawk Fall Ride! Included in that amount was $28,000 raised by the Harley-Davidson motorcycle raffle sale.

**Chris Quinn from New London won the Harley-Davidson Raffle Bike in the 2016 Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA. Chris tells us he's extremely excited about his new Electra Glide Ultra Classic. He used to live in Tomahawk in the 1990's and now owns a shack on Hwy. 107. He bought his ticket at SARA Park when he attended this year's ride.

**There was a great turnout for Friday night's Thunder Parade. Some estimates put the number of motorcyclists at over 1,000.

**Tomahawk Mayor Steve Taskay held to his word and came dressed at Cpl. Klinger during the M*A*S*H-themed events at the VFW tent downtown. You'll want to see his outfit in the Leader and Photo Album, along with that of a challenger from Rhinelander who won the Look-Alike Contest. M*A*S*H Trivia was a huge hit, too.

**All-in-all it seems to have been a quiet Fall Ride (except for the noise from tens of thousands of motorcycles).

**For those of you asking, the 2017 Tomahawk Fall Ride is Sept. 14-17, 2017.

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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:

**Remember those treasured columns by Tomahawk Leader nature columnist Allan Bell? We are revisiting them.

**The Tomahawk Leader is doing a subscription fundraiser for the Tomahawk Police Department which is in need of 10 defibrillators.

**Country Terrace of Wisconsin in Tomahawk has full- and part-time positions for all shifts.

**Enter the Tomahawk Leader Football Contest for a chance to Win!!!

**Watch for Tomahawk Fall Ride photos in our Photo Album. If you have a picture you'd like to share, please send them to and tell us about your visit.

Look for classifieds online, too.

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**Summaries of obituaries published in the Oct. 4, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**Phyllis M. Ovans (nee Beck, 91, Spencer, born in Hibbing, Minn., family moved to Milwaukee, graduated from North Division High School, worked in defense plants during World War II, then for IBM, married John L. Ovans, couple retired to Lake Nokomis in 1980 and moved to Spencer in 1998, wrote for small weekly Milwaukee newspaper in 1960, public relations director for Lutheran Hospital of Milwaukee and later for Milwaukee Public School Adult Education and Recreation Division where she created IMPACT, a magazine, nationally published, wrote history of Town of Nokomis, president of Lake Nokomis Concerned Citizens and wrote 600-page document for Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, founder and editor of 173rd Field Artillery Group Newsletter (died 9-26-16; funeral service Friday, Oct. 7 at 11 a.m. at St. John's Lutheran Church, North Spencer; visitation begins at 9 a.m., in lieu of flowers, memorials to the church; Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford is assisting).

**Elizabeth A. Taylor (nee Cowan), 57, Fond du Lac, born in Milwaukee, was a nursing assistant and daycare teacher (died 9-26-16; memorial service Saturday, Oct. 15 at 1 p.m. at Kurki-Mach Funeral Chapel & Crematory, Fond du Lac; memorials to Drug & Alcohol Awareness for Youth).

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Sept. 27, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**River Michael Hughes, Tomahawk, born Aug. 25, 2016 in Rhinelander, son of Henry and Shilynn (Mittag) Hughes (died 9-18-16; memorial service in Illinois at a later date; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting the family).

**David D. Haring, 84, born in Merrill, married Kathy Buss, graduated from Green Bay East High School, served in U.S. Army, former Tomahawk Alderman (died 9-22-16; funeral services with military honors Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 11:30 a.m. at St. Mary's Catholic Church, Tomahawk, visitation Tuesday, Sept. 27 from 4-8 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, and again Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. at the church.)

**Kenneth "Snake" "Pops" Ludwick, 61, Tomahawk, born in Freeport, Ill., came from large family with 24 brothers, sisters, half brothers and sisters and step brothers and sisters, traveled the country with carnival, then joined the Marines, later settled in northern/central Illinois and Iowa working as a union roofer, retried in July 2015 and moved to northern Wisconsin, filled in as bartender at Northwoods Pubs (died 9-11-16 in motorcycle accident; celebration of life Saturday, Oct. 1 at 1 p.m. at Northwoods Pub, Tomahawk; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Joan M. Sweeney, 59, Madison, born in Tomahawk, 1975 graduate of Tomahawk High School, moved to Madison, employed in Work Study Department at UW Madison for over 40 years, operated Wisconsin Rottweiler Rescue Association for over 25 years and fostered thousands of dogs (died 9-21-16; Celebration of Life 4-8 p.m. Friday, Sept. 30 at Sheraton Hotel in Madison, memorial service at 4:30 p.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Jane D. McCarthy (nee Thompson), 91, Merrill, born in Merrill, graduate of Merrill High School, married to Daniel McCarthy, lived in Milwaukee a short time before returning to Merrill. Worked as a teletype operator with Montgomery Ward several years, retired as a dental assistant for Dr. Piikkila's office after many years, moved to Pier Lake where she lived for more than 25 years, returned to Merrill (died 9-18-16; private family service at a later date; memorials to Lincoln County Humane Society, Merrill Historical Society or Wisconsin Council of the Blind and Visually Impaired; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting.)

**Sonny J. Pepper, 13 months, Eau Claire (died 9-16-16 at Sacred Heart Hospital, Eau Claire; funeral services Saturday, Sept. 24 at 10:30 a.m. at Immaculate Conception Church, Eau Claire, with visitation one hour earlier.

**Garth J. Swanson, 68, Merrill, born in Brainerd, Minn., U.S. Navy veteran, married Freida Laphen, taught in Clayton and moved to Merrill in 1977, became sixth grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary School, moved to Alaska for two years, returned to Merrill , working in special education, eventually became principal at former Scott and Midway Elementary School, retired as principal of Washington Elementary School in 2001, served on Lincoln County Board three years (died 9-19-16; Mass of Christian Burial Saturday, Sept. 24 at Holy Cross Chapel at Bell Tower Residence, Merrill; Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill, assisted; donation to charity of donor's choice suggested).

**Mary Jane Dupons (Tekip), 90, Salem, born in Kenosha, married Arthur D. Dupons, couple moved to Tomahawk after retirement and later moved back to Salem (died 9-18-16 after battling leukemia; funeral services Saturday, Sept. 24 at 11 a.m. at Bruch Funeral Home, Kenosha; visitation begins at 10 a.m.)

**A Memorial Service with Military Rites for Ken Kenworthy, 79, will be held Saturday, Oct. 1 at 11 a.m. at Redeemer Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 11 a.m. (died 7-30-16; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Walter "Wally" Kriesant, 81, born in Wilmette, Ill., served 20 years with Elk Grove Village Fire Department, retiring in 1991, also a mail carrier and firefighter in Wilmette, Ill., moved to Tomahawk and opened Four Corners Tap, married to wife, Lee (died 9-15-16; Celebration of Life at Four Corners Tap Sunday, Oct. 2, with friend gathering from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., in lieu of flowers, donations appreciated to GoFundMe page for his medical bills-was hospitalized since April 1 with congestive heart failure; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

Tomahawk Leader 9-27-2016 issue
Health care unifies as Ascension

As of Sept. 20, the healthcare systems of Ascension Wisconsin, Ministry Health Care (including Affinity Health System), Columbia St. Mary's and Wheaton Franciscan Healthcare, were among the first in the country to formally adopt and transition to using the Ascension name. Ascension is the largest not-for-profit health system in the U.S. and the world's largest Catholic health system. The unified name is expected to be fully implemented in Wisconsin, including facility signage changes, over the next 12 to 18 months. The hospitals in this immediate area will become: Ascension Sacred Heart in Tomahawk; Ascension St. Mary's in Rhinelander; and Ascension Good Samaritan Health Care in Merrill. Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff will remain unchanged as the result of the arrangement with the Howard Young Trust.

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**In an effort to generate support for solving a transportation budgeting shortfall in the state, Lincoln County, along with all 71 other counties in Wisconsin, will host "Turnout for Transportation," a first-ever statewide transportation town hall event, Thursday, Sept. 29 at 7 p.m. in Room 257 at the Lincoln County Service Center, 801 N. Sales St., Merrill. The Lincoln County Board is one of 365 governing bodies that have signed on to a statewide alliance of public and private entities seeking more transportation funding to maintain roads. "A campaign dubbed "Just Fix It" is bringing pressure on the Gov. Scott Walker and state legislators to adequately fund for the upkeep of local roads in Wisconsin. More than 400 entities are allied in a quest with the Transportation Development Association of Wisconsin to bring about more sustainable funding of roads and highways across the state," notes Lincoln County Highway Commissioner Kelly Rieth.

**A Tomahawk High School parent asks that athletes be allowed to take other classes in lieu of a half-credit in Physical Education.

**The first Community Concert Picnic will bring the Tomahawk church communities together Sunday at Veterans Memorial Park. See the Community Calendar for more information and this week's Leader.

**Nokomis Safety Building, new Tomahawk Fire Department on agendas this week. See the Community Calendar.

**Lane Beaumier, a THS senior, is a National Merit Commended Student.

**Northwoods Fall Hike, trail grand opening. See Community Calendar.

**Kathy Rankin, Tomahawk Community Bank president and CEO, presented a $1,700 check to Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins for the purchase of one refurbished defibrillator unit. A fundraising campaign headed by Chuck Teal, Citizens for Tomahawk Police and the Rodeo Saloon is working towards supplying the department with 10 units and training.

**Bell Tower offers dementia seminar: "Heart Still Remembers."

**A nice thank you from a Tomahawk Fall Ride participant.

**Tomahawk VFW, Bill Mark, Taj Mahal, Hodag Bowling Alley and friends donate $9,000 to Never Forgotten Honor Flight

**The Tomahawk Leader Football Contest is underway, with cash prizes! Look for an entry blank in the Leader/Extra. Ads contain the teams. The parentheses tell you Typo the Leader office cat picks. If you beat Typo with your picks you are eligible for a special end-of-the-season prize.

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Sport recap

**The Tomahawk School District and community alike celebrate 2016 Homecoming this week. Coming off a loss to Fall Creek 48-13 Friday, the Hatchets will look to rebound as they host Rib Lake/Prentice at Hatchet Field for the homecoming matchup, which the Tomahawk cross country team will get underway after running the football in from Timm's Hill to start the game at 7 p.m.

**The Merrill Bluejays will host a grand opening Saturday as part of homecoming festivities for the newly renovated Jay Stadium. The game against the Ashland Oredockers gets underway a 1:30 p.m.

**Tomahawk volleyball has a busy schedule as the team hosts Mosinee tonight (Tuesday) and travels to Northland Pines Thursday for a pair of matchups at 7 p.m. Then on Saturday, the Hatchets will host the Tomahawk Quad starting at 10 a.m. Coach Paul Zierten noted despite a pair of losses last week, the Hatchets are getting into rhythm and playing some of their best volleyball when it matters most late in the season.

**Facing their strongest competition in the Great Northern Conference, the Tomahawk girls swim team came up big in the pool Thursday against a visiting tri-school Ladysmith team. The matchup pitted some of the best swimmers in the GNC and came down to final relay of the night, which the Hatchets were able to secure by placing first and third in the 400 Freestyle Relay. The Hatchets will look to continue their dominance in the GNC as they travel to Antigo Thursday to take on the Red Robbins in a matchup that gets underway at 5:30 p.m.

**Hatchet cross country put up another impressive performance taking part at the Oshkosh Lourdes Invite over the weekend. A total 40 teams took part in the invite, including several Division 1 and Division 2 state ranked teams. The boy's team was able to accomplish its goal in beating two state ranked teams in finishing 7th in the small schools division (21st overall). The girl's team finished 12th in the small schools division (32nd) overall. The Hatchets travel to Waupaca this Thursday to take part in an invite that will be held at the same place the WIAA Division 2 Sectional will later be held in October. NOTE: The Waupaca Invite was added to the 2016 Cross Country Schedule while a meet scheduled for Oct. 4 at Eagle River was canceled.

**Hatchet Jakob Panzer has committed to playing hockey for Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Mich.

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Nature items:

**Work got underway at SARA Park last week to expand the "C" diamond as Foley's Tree Service removed a row of pine trees behind the outfield fence. The Tomahawk Parks and Recreation Committee approved the ball diamond expansion Sept. 13. The Tomahawk Men's League Softball noted most the work is being completed through donate services by Tomahawk area businesses. The ball diamond expansion will make the "C" diamond similar to the dimensions of other pony fields located at SARA Park.

**Also in this week's Sports and Nature section of the Tomahawk Leader, Oneida County hunters are being asked to share deer samples this year for CWD testing.

**Chuck Grigg, from Chuck's Sports Shop in Tomahawk, said in this week's Fishing Report that a few muskies have been added to the Musky Board despite lower than normal fishing pressure for this time of year. He said once cooler temperatures do finally arrive the fishing action should pick up, including a sucker bite for some of the biggest muskies of the year.

**The Northern Outdoorsmen for Christ is hosting an all-free Men's Fall Breakfast at Night Saturday, Oct. 1 at the Woodland Community Church, N8609 Bus. Hwy. 13, in Westboro. The event features a guest speaker and free meal as well as prizes that will be raffled off at the conclusion. For more information, contact Terry Lokemoen at 715-536- 8247.

**And in this week's Birch Bark Notes Revisited, late nature writer Allan Bell writes about how he relates the "olden days" to nature in a column written back on Aug. 16, 2005. The article beckoning back to the 1930s makes one think of their own life in retrospect and how things have changed over the years.

**Look for updates to our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow's blog on our Message Board.

Tomahawk Leader 9-27-2016 issue
Skylar is Miss Wisconsin USA

Skylar Witte, 19, who has strong ties to Tomahawk, was crowned Miss Wisconsin USA at a pageant in Fond du Lac, an experience she calls "surreal." In one of her early public appearances, Skylar was in Tomahawk visiting SARA Park as part of the Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA. An Altoona native, who's currently a double major sophomore at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Skylar is the daughter of Jesica Witte, the new director of the Tomahawk Regional Chamber of Commerce, and her great-aunt, Bunny, owns Bootleggers Supper Club, which her father, Jeff, manages. Skylar has worked there during the summer since she was 13, bussing tables and waitressing. Her brother, Noel, 17, also works there. "Tomahawk is 'family'," Skylar says of fond memories of summers growing up "on the lake". She will receive thousands of dollars in prizes and awards. And she will compete for the national title of Miss USA next year. The winner of that competition will go on to represent the United States in the Miss Universe competition, which is televised in more than 130 countries worldwide. Read more in this week's Leader, available on newsstands and through an Online Edition subscription (one-time or annual) right here. You'll find pictures in our Photo Album.

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