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Connect Hiawatha-Bearskin trails

(Photo Story) The public and trail users alike are invited to a special ribbon-cutting ceremony Saturday, Aug. 23, to celebrate a long-awaited step in connecting the Bearskin Trail and Hiawatha Trail. The Tomahawk, Minocqua and Rhinelander chambers will host the ceremony celebrating the first phase of the Bearskin and Hiawatha Trail completion. The 9 a.m. ribbon-cutting is being held at the Bearskin Trail's south entrance (located about one-quarter mile east of the County Road K and Hwy. 51 intersection off County Road K in Oneida County). Wisconsin First Lady Tonette Walker will be among the dignitaries on hand to help celebrate the milestone. The 18-mile Bearskin Trail was completed in the late 1970s and work to complete the Hiawatha Trail was started in 1989. Both trails are made up of an old railroad corridor and are used in the summer for biking and hiking, and in the winter as a snowmobile trail. The six-mile missing section between the two trails located south of Hwy. 51 was partially completed last summer and the Department of Natural Resources is nearing completion of the final connecting mile near the Hwy. 51 and County Road K intersection. To read the entire story, look for the newspaper on newsstands or subscribe to our Online Edition here.

Tomahawk Leader 8-19-2014 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Kathy Tobin
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Back to School section

The Aug. 5 Tomahawk Leader has 6 pages dedicated to Back to School information for the Tomahawk Schools and St. Mary's. Included are details about open houses, registration, school supplies, staff, the new principals, school calendars and much, much more. See the pull-out section in the Aug. 5 newspaper, available on newsstands, at the Leader office or through an Online Edition subscription in the link below. Remember, our E-edition makes a great going-away-from-home gift for that college student. Helps them keep in touch with all the local news and sports.

High School Registration Day Thursday, Aug. 21

THS grades 9-12 Registration Day, THS Hatchet Café, 8 a.m.-1 p.m. All THS students are required to participate in registration day and it is recommended that a parent/guardian attend with their son/daughter(s). The following are the assigned times:
•Class of 2018 (freshmen), 8-10 a.m.
•Class of 2017 (sophomores), 10-11 a.m.
•Class of 2016 (juniors), 11 a.m.-noon
•Class of 2015 (seniors), noon-1 p.m.

Visitors must enter through the main THS entrance (Door #23). The following activities will occur:

Payment of a $40 fee. If the fee is not paid, a student will not be able to proceed with registration. If families are in need of  nancial assistance they should contact the THS of ce at 715-453-2106 prior to Aug. 21 or there will be an opportunity to discuss  nancial assistance at registration day. Families will be able to place funds into a student's lunch account and pay parking fees. There also will be distribution of registration materials, food service information and 2014-15 student class schedules.

The Class of 2018 will receive their student Chromebooks, with training and general procedure overview. Upperclassmen will receive their Chromebooks during the  rst week of school.
Other Registration Day activities include: Picture day with LifeTouch. (This picture day will be the of cial picture day, replacing the previous one in September.) Picture order material and order placement will be available with LifeTouch. Distribution of student IDs which provide free admission to THS co-curricular events. There also will be access to the school store, as well as assistance with student password updates and resets. The procedure should take each upperclassman approximately 25 minutes and about 45 minutes for incoming freshmen.

Additional registration/open houses for other students are Tuesday, Aug. 26. Check our School Calendar for those details.

Tomahawk Leader 8-5-2014 issue
National VFW Auxiliary president coming

Just a month after her installation as 2014-15 national president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW), Ann Panteleakos, Plainfield, Conn., will be in Tomahawk to promote her yearlong theme, "Patriotism Begins at Home." She was elected and installed July 23 at the 101st National Convention in St. Louis, Mo. Vicki Newbauer, Tomahawk, Wisconsin president of the Ladies Auxiliary to the VFW and members of the Wurl-Feind-Ingman VFW 2687 and Ladies Auxiliary of Tomahawk, will serve as hosts. Newbauer, who was elected head of the state organization in June, has a busy couple of days planned for the national spokesperson. Panteleakos encourages everyone to "show our troops currently serving overseas that we care about them." She asks the public to join Auxiliary members in sending care packages, cards and letters to the troops. To extend support, she says to contact Pat Haskin, Tomahawk VFW Auxiliary, at 715-453-3153. For more information about the Ladies' Auxiliary, visit The entire story is available with an Online Edition subscription.

Tomahawk Leader 8-19-2014 issue
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**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the Aug. 26, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:

**Debra Wilmot (nee Young), 57, Tomahawk, born in Merrill, married Irvin Houpt, he died in 2008, later married Steve Wilmot, formerly employed in housekeeping at the Bridge Inn and Super 8 Motel in Tomahawk and as a newspaper carrier for the Wausau Daily Herald (died 8-19-2014; memorial service 1 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27 at Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 11 a.m.)

**Dawn A. Gessler (nee Erickson), 75, Tomahawk, married to Thomas Gessler, lived in Manitowish Waters for many years, moved back to Tomahawk following her retirement (died 8-20-14; funeral services noon Saturday, Aug. 23 at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 10 a.m.)

**Dale L. Dellenbach, 63, Rhinelander, born in Wausau, employed with Saint Mary's Hospital before enlisting in the U. S. Army, returned to Rhinelander to work at the hospital, later worked at Moritz Painting and then the Oneida County Sheriff's Office, retiring in 2011 (died 8-16-14; funeral services 11 a.m. Friday, Aug. 22, at Grace Foursquare Church, Rhinelander, visitation will begin at 9 a.m.; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, is assisting).

**Pauline "Polly" Duchac (nee Igl), 76, Antigo, born in Antigo, 1955 graduate of Antigo High School, married Gerald Duchac, RN degree, worked at St. Mary's Hospital in Wausau, then employed as Dr. B.W. Beattie's office nurse in Antigo, the couple moved to Racine where she worked in the children's ward at St. Mary's Hospital, and as an office nurse for Dr. A.J. Schleper, moved back to Antigo in 1967, returned to work for Dr. Beattie on part-time basis, worked at Eastview Medical Nursing Home and Rehabilitation Center, retiring in 2003, spent 45 years in the nursing professions, she and Jerry also owned Farmer's Elevator from 1968-78 (died 8-17-14; funeral Mass Thursday, Aug. 21 at 11 a.m. at St. John Catholic Church, Antigo, visitation is Wednesday, Aug. 20 (her birthday) from 3-7 p.m. and Thursday, Aug. 21 at 9:30 a.m. at Bradley Funeral Home, Antigo).

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Aug. 19, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:

**Mary Stevenson (nee Amelse), 85, Irma, born in Harrison, married Theodore "Ted" Stevenson (died 8-15-14; funeral services at 11 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19 at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation Monday, Aug. 18 from 5-8 p.m. and again Tuesday beginning at 10 a.m.)

**Kenneth J. Herbst, 85, Tomahawk, born in Milwaukee, grew up in West Bend, enlisted in the Army, receiving the Purple Heart, married to Stella, worked as a painter first in Milwaukee area the moving to Tomahawk in 1982, worked with sons under Ken Herbst & Son's Painting, after retirement was member of Green Thumb Club doing miscellaneous painting jobs in Tomahawk Schools (died 8-13-14; Celebration of Life Thursday, Aug. 21 from 3-5 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk).

**Jack J. Ament, 86, Merrill, married Darlene Chauvin, served in military, first with the Merchant Marines and later the Navy during World War II, served with National Guard, worked for Wisconsin Public Service as a lineman for 35 years, retiring 25 years ago (died 8-14-14; funeral Mass 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19 at St. Francis Xavier Catholic Church, Merrill; visitation 10-11:30 a.m. at Taylor-Stine Funeral Home, Merrill.

**James Vernon Obey, 79, Snohomish, Wash., born in Tomahawk, joined U.S. Air Force and served country for 24 years in Vietnam, Asia, Europe and U.S., married to Patricia for 58 years (died 8-1-14, burial with military honors at Tahoma National Cemetery, Kent, Wash.)

**Richard A. Mader, 64, Tomahawk, born in Milwaukee, married to Miriam, moved to Florida where he did small engine repair, later over-the-road truck driver, family built and operated former Pappy Mader's Restaurant in Nokomis where he was a cook (died 8-14-14; no funeral services; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting).

Tomahawk Leader 8-19-2014 issue
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Tomahawk Fall Ride 2014: Official Guide posted here!

The 2014 Official Tomahawk Fall Ride Guide is headed to the printers, but you can get a preview here. The handy, pocket-size guide has details about events at SARA Park, downtown, the Harley-Davidson Somo Avenue plant and Bubba's Big Party, along with times, bands, a new sponsor, information on the Muscular Dystrophy Association (MDA) and much more.

This year's Fall Ride runs Thursday, Sept. 11 through Sunday, Sept. 14. Watch for the actual guide at participating businesses and here at the Tomahawk Leader office around the end of August.

Please come enjoy the fun in and around Tomahawk. Send us your pictures from the Fall Ride at and look for our news and photo coverage afterwards, with pictures posted to our Photo Album.

Tomahawk knows how to put on a great motorcycle rally; join the tens of thousands who already know that. See you Sept. 11-14 in Tomahawk, Wis. We'd love it if you'd share comments about past visits on our Message Board now, and please do so while in town or afterwards. And, again, we welcome your pictures!

Check the pdf of the Tomahawk Fall Ride for MDA immediately below.

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Teacher compensation

An amended version of a new teacher compensation model received mixed reaction at last Tuesday's Tomahawk School Board meeting, not so much for what it contained but because some felt one key element was missing: review by those most affected, the teachers. Board member Cathy Meyer asked if the document had gone to the full membership of the Tomahawk Education Association (TEA) for a final review, saying, "Out of respect and a working relationship, why not give it a little bit more time and get a little more feedback?" District Superintendent Sherry Baker felt very uncomfortable with any resemblance of "ratifying" the model. To do so would be "pre-Act 10" and against the law, she stressed and said staff need to have an opportunity for growth. The model guide passed on a 5-3 vote with Meyer, Curt Powell and Cherie Hafeman voting no. In other board business, Baker presented an overview of the preliminary budget for 2014-15, and Meyer expressed sadness over the resignation of gifted and talented teacher Cathy Schmit. When some of the best people on staff leave "we need to ask ourselves some questions," Meyer offered. "Small districts in the state of Wisconsin have a hard time attracting the cream of the crop and we're losing one."

Tomahawk Leader 8-19-2014 issue
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NEW NEWS and News Tidbits

**NEWS UPDATE AS OF AUG. 20, 2014. Publication will be in the Aug. 26 Tomahawk Leader:

**At approximately 9:51 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 19, a Lincoln County Sheriff's deputy was conducting a security check on a Tomahawk area business when he located a suspicious vehicle parked in the dark with three subjects in the car. Prior to making contact with the subjects, they fled at a high rate of speed going southbound on CTH A in the Town of Bradley. The chase then went northbound on CTH U and then westbound on USH 8, covering a total of 31 miles at speeds up to 111 mph. The chase was brought to a safe conclusion when deputies from the Price County Sheriff's Office were able to deploy tire deflation devices to bring the car to a stop. Deputies located marijuana and drug paraphernalia and two 17-year-old males and one 16-year-old male, all of the Tomahawk area, were taken into custody and face criminal charges.

**Look for more about these stories in the Aug. 19, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:

**Curt Powell is top pick out of 5 applicants for open Lincoln County Board seat to replace the late John Bailey.

**Two years after the Oneida County Board voted to end discussions regarding mining in the town of Lynne, a request for consideration is once again rekindling the debate. See the entire story in the newspaper on newsstands or through an Online Edition subscription here.

St. John the Baptist Catholic Church will observe 125th anniversary with Grilled Chicken Dinner and Carnival Sunday, Aug. 24. Check the Community Calendar for this and other events.

**Robin Williams was once of 107 suicides on Aug. 11. If you have suicidal thoughts, there is help.

**Mary Burke, candidate for governor, tours Tomahawk's Daigle Brothers, Inc.

**Oneida County Board to discuss CTH Y options. Considering cutting number of supervisors and/or hiring a county administrator.

**Tomahawk schools' back-to-school open houses slated Tuesday, Aug. 26. See the School Calendars for items.

**Kwahamots Water Ski team to host memorial show for Sammy Massa family.

**Savvy Senior: How to get a Medicare covered power scooter or wheelchair.

**Unleash cure against cancer at Northwoods Bark for Life event. Unique American Cancer Society fundraiser for dogs and owners.

**Kathy's Kolumn: Tomahawk Soccer Club in story and pictures.

Check out how to see the Tomahawk Leader e-edition anytime, anywhere via the link below.

Tomahawk Leader 8-19-2014 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. This week's posted listings include lots of HELP WANTED ads:

**Rhinelander Housing Authority has a two-bedroom apartment available.

**Celltech Wireless has an advertisement for a Sales Associate.

**Care Partners Country Terrace Assisted Living announces its facility will open in the summer of 2014.

**Horizon Healthcare, Inc. is recruiting for a full-time Employment Specialist at the Department of Corrections in Lake Tomahawk.

**There's a full-time Advocate position handling case management of sexual assault and domestic abuse victims and their children.

**Louisiana-Pacific (LP) in Tomahawk seeks Production Laborer, Utility Worker.

**Bear Staffing needs ASAP second and third shift Welders and CNC Operators in Prentice.

**Truck Country is advertising for full-time Diesel Technicians in Minocqua.

**Georgia-Pacific's manufacturing facility in Phillips seeks candidates for its Hardboard production line.

**The National PKU Alliance seeks an Event and Development Assistant.

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

Tomahawk Leader 8-19-2014 issue
Sports recap

**The Hatchet football team participated in a scrimmage Saturday at Wittenberg-Birnamwood, while the girls' swim team hosted its alumni scrimmage. The Tomahawk co-ed cross country team is at Bond Falls this week for its first days of practice, while the girls' volleyball team had its first practice of the season yesterday (Monday). The swimmers travel to Colby tomorrow (Wednesday) for an invitational meet, and the varsity football Hatchets host Auburndale Friday at 7 p.m.

**Cade Lemmer of Tomahawk was a member of Team Wisconsin youth hockey squad that recently won the Northern Exposure championship in Duluth, Minn.

Tomahawk Leader 8-19-2014 issue
Lake Series: Lake Nokomis

Don't miss the two-page spread in our Lake Series, this week on Lake Nokomis. See a lake map and stories about fishing opportunities, The Windmill, Nokomis Lake District and Lake Nokomis Concerned Citizens (LNCC), Deer Trail Lodge, the Grace Lutheran Church outdoor worship services on Lake Nokomis and Lake Nokomis invasive species. Nokomis is the third in our Lake Series. The Tomahawk Leader also has featured Lake Alice and Lake Nokomis. See the layout below and stop by our office for copies of the series.

Tomahawk Leader 7-29-2014 issue
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.

Nature items

**Check our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow's blog on our Message Board.

**See the Lake Series in the Tomahawk Leader. The July 1 segment features Lake Alice, complete with history, pictures and a map. The July 15 segment is dedicated to Lake Mohawksin. The July 29 layout features Lake Nokomis. They are definitely informative keepsakes.

Tomahawk Leader 8-19-2014 issue
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

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2013 Year in Review, pdf below

Click on the pdf for the Tomahawk Leader 2013 Year in Review. Week by week story highlights from an interesting year.

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