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Outboards Bar & Grill

(Photo Story) The Bridge Inn Restaurant and Bar will soon be up and running once again under a new name, Outboards Bar & Grill, after being purchased March 1. The new owners, Billy Eastwood and Blake McMahon, have moved back to Tomahawk to follow their dreams and open a restaurant that will be managed by themselves with their wives and children by their sides. Both men have long, family histories in the restaurant business. Read the whole story in the March 21 Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands and through and Online Edition right here. Shown here are Billy Eastwood, left, with wife, Kelly (Kind), and daughters, Anna and Emily, and Blake McMahon, right, and his wife, Chelsey (Nystrom), and son, Jackson.

Tomahawk Leader 3-21-2017 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Samantha Sue Trevino
Pulp truck, logging accidents

**The driver of a pulp truck lost control at the intersection of Hwy. 8 and County Hwy. L early Friday morning, causing the load to spill, taking down a power pole. Lincoln County Sheriff's Office deputies provided assistance for six hours as the scene was cleared. No injuries were reported.

**A Merrill man, 77, had to be airlifted from the New Wood Thursday following a logging accident off of Tower Road after he became pinned under a tractor. The town of Corning Fire Department requested assistance from the Tomahawk Fire Department after the man was discovered trapped by family members just after 2 p.m. The man was freed and transported by ambulance to a nearby Aspirus Medevac helicopter about two hours after he was first discovered. He was flown to Aspirus Hospital in Wausau. According to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office, the man remained in serious condition as of Sunday.

See the newspaper for photos and our Photo Album.

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Bonnie Kahn at Special Olympics World Games

Tomahawk coach Bonnie Kahn will be among the 210 athletes and coaches representing the U.S. at the 2017 Winter World Games being held in Austria March 14-25. The trip will mark the seventh time Kahn has taken part in the World Special Olympic Games, this time working with the cross-country team as they compete for gold against athletes from all over the world. Special Olympics Wisconsin is sending three athletes to take part: Daina Shilts from Neillsville, snowboarding; Kyle Robinson from Ashland, alpine skiing; and Heidi Van Abel from Manitowoc, cross-country skiing. As an official broadcaster of the Special Olympics World Winter Games, ESPN's television coverage will be carried across its networks in the U.S. as well as streamed through WatchESPN and the ESPN app. ESPN's global television network, starting March 18 with a live three-hour Opening Ceremony featuring Parade of Athletes, Special Guests and musical performances from multi-Grammy Award winner Jason Mraz and Grace VanderWaal, will continue through the March 25 conclusion of the games. Kahn will be providing regular updates a special blog: Fans can also keep posted on the action by visiting Special Olympics USA's website at

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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:

**Healthcare Services Group is seeking Dietary Aides and Dietary Cooks.

**Tomahawk Bus Service seeks part-time School Bus Drivers.

**Seeking nominations for the 2017 Tomahawk Community Awards Banquet. Looking for Distinguished Service Award, LEADERship Award, Employee/Employer of the Year; and Outstanding Youth LEADER. See the nomination form.

**Have a product or event you're trying to market. The Tomahawk Leader can help reach a regional or statewide audience.

Look for classifieds online, too.

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**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the March 31, 2017, Tomahawk Leader:

**Judy K. Haxton (nee Olson), 70, Woodruff, formerly of Tomahawk, born in Chippewa Falls, married James Haxton, had been a beautician in Merrill, couple formerly owned Junction Restaurant in Tomahawk and later the Hallmark Shop, Tomahawk, also worked at Windmill Ice Cream Shoppe and then at Fun Factory, Rhinelander (died 3-14-17; memorial service held Saturday, March 18 at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk; memorials to Seasons of Life Hospice, Woodruff, or the Humane Society; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisted).

**Marilyn Erickson Heckmann (nee Webster), 93, Merrill, born in Morris, Ill., married Myron Arnold Erickson, he died in 1963, married Leonard Heckmann, worked at the Post Office in Spring Grove, Ill., as clerk for 8 years, then as postmaster for 12 years before retiring (died 3-20-17; a service is planned in Morris, Ill.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, is assisting).

**Jack B. Straehler, 52, Tomahawk, formerly of Pewaukee, married to Shelly, owned Savoy Construction in Pewaukee for 20 years, and he and his wife then owned Merc Stop Bar and Grill, Tomahawk (died 3-18-17 after a massive heart attack; celebration of Jack's life Saturday, March 25 at 5 p.m. at Yonke and Son Funeral Home, Pewaukee, visitation begins at 3 p.m., memorials in Jack's name to St. Jude Children's Research Hospital; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, assisting.)

**Debra "Deb" Luce (nee Benton), 65, Tomahawk, born in Starks, Wis., grew up in the Northwoods (died 3-18-17; family Celebration of Life at a later date; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, is assisting.)

**Summaries of obituaries published in the March 21, 2017, Tomahawk Leader:

**PENDING: Jack Staehler, 52, Tomahawk (died 3-18-17; local arrangements pending at Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk, and at Yonke & Son Funeral Home, Pewaukee).

**PENDING: Debbie Luce, 65, Tomahawk (died 3-18-17; arrangements pending at Generations Funeral Home & Crematory, Tomahawk).

**Robert W. Buchanan, 67, Tomahawk, worked a Lincoln Industries for many years, enjoyed raking yards and cutting grass, fiancee, Kim McCarthy, Alaska (died 3-15-17; funeral services Friday, March 24 at 11 a.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 10 a.m.)

**Sarah Lemke (nee Quilling), 101, Stuart, VA, born in Menomonie, Wis., married to Darrel C. Lemke Sr., she and husband taught and retired from the Milwaukee Public School System, following retirement they lived in Tomahawk (died on her 101th birthday on March 16, 2017; private funeral; memorials to Caring Hearts Free Clinic, 835 Woodland Dr., Suite 101, Stuart, VA 24171; Moody Funeral Home, Stuart, VA, assisting).

**Brooklyn Rose Story, baby girl of Austin and Natalie (Maniacci) Story, born into the arms of the angels on March 12, 2017, at Fort Bragg, NC (private family services at a later date; Generations Funeral Home & Crematory assisting).

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Demolition underway

Demolition continues at the Northbay Plaza to make room for the new Kwik Trip. We have pictures as the structures came down. See the March 21 newspaper and our Photo Album.

Tomahawk Leader 3-21-2017 issue
School referendum

Extensive details are published from the second public informational meeting the Tomahawk School District held Wednesday, March 15 in regards to the upcoming April 4 referendum in which the district seeks to exceed local revenue limits by $3 million each year for four years, starting with the 2017-2018 school year. Read about the reasons for going to referendum and questions posed by the audience in the March 21 Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands now and through an Online Edition subscription (even a week at a time) available here. The final scheduled public informational meeting about the referendum will be held Thursday, March 23 at 6:30 p.m. in the district auditorium.

Tomahawk Leader 3-21-2017 issue
Community Awards nominations

The Tomahawk Leader is seeking nominations for the annual Tomahawk Community Awards program. Honoring local leaders and volunteers for more than six decades, the event is co-sponsored by the newspaper and Inshalla Country Club. Sought are nominations for:

**Distinguished Service Award: The most coveted of honors, recognizing a long history of community service, exemplary accomplishments or that "unsung" hero.
**LEADERship Award: Citing outstanding leadership, typically over a length of time, within the community, organization(s) or position(s).
**Employee or Employer of the Year: Traditionally nominated by one's employer or employee(s), but can come from elsewhere. Recognizing outstanding work ethic, contributions to the business or community, or unusual circumstances.
**Outstanding Youth LEADER: Outstanding academic, extracurricular and community accomplishments by a person age 18 or younger; most often a graduating senior.

Nominations should cite the reasons why one believes a person deserves the recognition. Judging relies heavily on the information provided. Additional letters of recommendation are suggested. One also needs to include a contact person, phone number and e-mail address for follow-up. Send nominations to: Tomahawk Leader, 315 W. Wisconsin Ave., P.O. Box 345, Tomahawk, WI 54487 or e-mail to, put Community Awards in the subject line.

Traditionally, the names of the winners are kept secret until the night of the awards, so it's also up to those making the nomination or the winners' families to get them to the banquet. For more information, contact Kathy or Larry Tobin or Jed Buelow at the Tomahawk Leader at 715-453-2151 or the above email.

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NEWS UPDATES & news briefs

**Northwoods Idol, Karokee Contest. See the Leader and our Community Calendar.

**Tell us about your event: The Tomahawk Leader is working on various special sections for the coming months. If your group or organization has an event planned that you'd like listed in these widely distributed supplements, contact the Leader office now and we'll help spread the news. Submit your announcement to: Tomahawk Leader, 315 W. Wisconsin Ave., P.O. Box 345, Tomahawk, WI 54487 or

**Evening, weekend Jail Academy classes at Nicolet College.

**Head of Department of Corrections says they're committed to change.

**Keep public notices in newspapers.

**Candidates for state superintendent agree Sept. 1 mandate should go.

**$5,000 reward for missing dog.

**Local American Family Insurance agent Pete Petta earns customer service honor.

**Children's musical Laura Ingalls Wilder at Nicolet College.

**Free Income Tax assistance is available for Tomahawk area residents starting Feb. 6 and continuing until April 17. This service is provided by the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP) Foundation and is available to people with low to moderate income with special attention to those over the age of 60. The tax counseling service is offered on Mondays from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. at the Tomahawk Senior Center, 113 S. Tomahawk Ave. Appointments are required by calling 715-453-5757.

Tomahawk Leader 3-21-2017 issue
Sport recap

** The spring sports season for Tomahawk is off and running as the Hatchet co-ed track team hosted their annual invitational at UW-Eau Claire Friday. The boys' team finished in sixth place and the girls' in 11th place at the 12-team invite. Medford girls and the Black River Falls boys won the meet. Senior Orion Spaulding was recognized as the Athlete of the Week for the boys as he scored in all three of his events at Eau Claire, while Mady Hanse earned the AOW honor for the girls after finishing in third place in the pole vault and posting the fastest split time in the 800m relay.

**Tomahawk coach Bonnie Kahn is in Austria taking part in the 2017 Winter World Games. The seventh time she has taken part in the World Special Olympic Games, Kahn is coaching the U.S. cross country team as they compete for gold against athletes from all across the world. On Sunday, March 19 she posted weather is proving a challenge as it rained during the Opening Ceremony and they were planning on harvesting snow and creating a 1K loop so all distance cross country races could be held.

**The authors of The History of Tomahawk Sports (from 1897 to the spring of 1980), the first of four historical books written about Hatchet sports, is encouraging those wanting a copy to pre-order a book as reprint is being planned. Call Bob Skubal at 715-453-5690 or email to be included on the list.

Tomahawk Leader 3-21-2017 issue
Nature items:

** Over 105,000 leftover spring turkey permits went on sale last week with Zones 4 and 5, which make up Lincoln County and counties to the west and east going on sale Thursday and Friday.

**In Natural Connections, author Emily Stone writes about the need to refresh and recharge in nature after a vacation, of all things, to visit family in a more urban area of the country.

**And in Birch Bark Nature Notes Revisited late nature writer Allan Bell writes about his adventures in making maple syrup and shares the history of this time-honored tradition in Wisconsin.

**Registration is also underway for the Wolf Summit II to be held on Saturday, April 8 at Sugar Camp Town Hall, located 10 miles north of Rhinelander just west of Hwy. 17. The summit is being held as a bill is moving through Congress that would make it possible for Wisconsin to regain management authority by delisting wolves.

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

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Additional information

Be sure to check our Business Directory, available by clicking on the Guide and Info link in the left column for business listings with places to stay, dine and shop. Our online Fishing Report has updates to help you wet your line. Look at the Message Board for comments. Our Community Calendar and School Calendar have information about events. And our Ad Center link helps you find display ad (many help wanted listings) and classified ad information.

Related links

Click here for direct links to web sites related to stories in this week's Leader:

Lincoln County Supervisory Districts

Never Forgotten Honor Flight

Philippine Orphan blog

Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations

Pressing Matters - Larry M. Tobin

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