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200 free 2nd at state; team 3rd overall!

(Photo Story) The Tomahawk Hatchet girls' swim team made it to the podium in seven of 11 events held at the WIAA State Tournament including all three relays at the UW-Madison Natatorium Friday night. Tomahawk swam to a second place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay en route to a third place overall team finish behind perennial powerhouses Edgewood (328.50) and McFarland (209). The Lady Hatchets finished with 164 team points. Kylee Theiler scored third place finishes in both the 200 free and 500 free and also medaled as part of the 200 free and 400 free relay teams. Kaylie Svacina also had a big night at state finishing with medals in the 200 IM, 100 breaststroke, and as a member of the 200 medley relay and 200 free relay. Other Hatchets medaling as part of relay teams included Shelby Benaszeski, Katy Volz and Megan Marcks. Here, the Tomahawk Hatchet girls' swim 200-yard free relay team of Kaylie Svacina, Kylee Theiler, Shelby Benaszeski and Katy Volz after finishing in second place at the WIAA D2 State Championship held Friday in Madison. Look for the story and more pictures in the Nov. 13 Tomahawk Leader, available at newsstands and through an Online Edition right here.

Tomahawk Leader 11-13-2018 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Jed Buelow
Pleas for help filling backpacks

Every Wednesday morning, volunteers gather at the Grace House, Tomahawk's Salvation Army headquarters, to fill dozens of backpacks with food and vouchers for perishable items to help local students' families in need eat meals over the weekend when school breakfast and lunch programs are not available. But coordinators of the Kids Happy Backpack Program, Jeff and Jean Walker are fearful the program may be in jeopardy, particularly during the summer months, because of the growing number of families identified as needing the food and the costs involved in filling the packs. For example, they spent $42,000 last year on vouchers alone. Read Jean's plea in the Nov. 13 Leader, and consider supporting the program.

If you want to help monetarily, gift cards to the grocery stores or checks can be dropped at Grace House or mailed to: Salvation Army, 108 W. Somo Ave., Tomahawk. (Be sure to write Backpack Program in the memo line.)

Also, families, groups, businesses can ring the bells during the Salvation Army Bell ringing campaign. Call J.J. at 715-966-1500 to sign up.

Tomahawk Leader 11-13-2018 issue
Understanding Cancer

The Oct. 23, 2018 edition of the Tomahawk Leader features an informative Understanding Cancer Raising Awareness section. Among the stories is a feature by Elizabeth McBride, "'When Parents Have Cancer: Considered Healthier to Tell Child." There's also information on colon cancer, the WI Well Woman Program, Ties That Bind Us," Breast Cancer Facts, What's Next After a Cancer Diagnosis, "Cancer Survivor Gives Bak to Cancer Care Services in Northwoods" and "Kaitlyn's Story A Positive Approach to a Life-Threatening Disease." Copies are in the Oct. 23 issue, available on newsstands now and through an Online Edition subscription.

Tomahawk Leader 10-23-2018 issue
NEWS UPDATES: News briefs

A summary of just some of the stories you'll find in this week's Tomahawk Leader:

**Merrill woman killed in Hwy. 8 crash.

**Don't spend the day alone: free Thanksgiving Dinner.

**Burger Bash winner to be honored at chamber Quitting Time.

**Cannabis won big wherever there was a referendum on the November ballot, including the city of Merrill.

**43rd Great American Smokeout is Thursday.

**Free shots for adults this month.

**Student essays share "Why I honor the Flag."

**Tomahawk High School honor role.

**10 Win the Windows for 10th anniversary.

**Friends of the Tomahawk Airport and Tomahawk Legion family give $4,000 to Never Forgotten Honor Flight.

**Drop-off sites listed for International Christmas Project.

Tomahawk Leader 11-13-2018 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


**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the Nov. 20, 2018, Tomahawk Leader:

**Lawrence Francis Hanke, 83, Tomahawk, born in Antigo, family moved to Tomahawk when he was very young, Tomahawk High School graduate, U.S. Army veteran, worked throughout the state at various developmentally disabled living centers including Mendota and Northern Center in Chippewa Falls, at Camp Mcnaughton in Lake Tomahawk and was director of maintenance at a health care facility in St. Paul, moved back to Tomahawk 25 years ago (died Monday, Nov. 12, 2018; Mass of Christian Burial with military rites Monday, Nov. 19 at 10 a.m. at St. Mary Catholic Church, Tomahawk, visitation Sunday, Nov. 18 from 4 until the rosary service at 6:30 p.m., and Monday at the church beginning at 9 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home & Cremation Services, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Summaries of obituaries published in the Nov. 13, 2018, Tomahawk Leader:

**Derek R. Shaw, 69, Tomahawk, born in Ashton-under-Lyne, England, married Cynthia Hall, spent time in South Africa working in diamond mines, worked as a boilermaker in Indianapolis, Ind., and on a steam engine in French Lick, Ind., at the Indiana Railway Museum, moved to Illinois in 1990 and to Tomahawk in 2012 (died Thursday, Nov. 8, 2018; Celebration of Life Monday, Nov. 12 at 7 p.m. at Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, visiting begins at 4 p.m.

**Ted "Puggy" Stevenson, 92, Irma, married Mary Amelse, veteran of U.S. Navy during World War II, farmed and logged in Skanawan area all his life, owned Stevenson's Tire for more than 20 years and worked as a mechanic (died Saturday, Nov. 10, 2018; funeral service Friday, Nov. 16 at 11 a.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation will be Thursday, Nov. 15 from 4 p.m. until a Veterans Memorial Service at 7 p.m., and continues Friday at 10 a.m.

**Lorraine A Kahle (nee Hurson), 88, Peshtigo, born in Chicago, Ill., married Robert Norlander who preceded her in death, married John Kahle of Tomahawk, worked as a nursing assistant, home health aide and daycare worker, earned an early childhood degree at age 64, taught for four years at Pooh's Corner Daycare, participated in Grandparents' program in Menominee, Mich., for several years (died Saturday, Nov. 3, 2018; memorial service Saturday, Nov. 10 at 3 p.m. at Berth & Rosenthal Funeral Home, Peshtigo).

Tomahawk Leader 11-13-2018 issue
Hunter Widow Weekend; hunting, Venison Feed

This week's Leader has details about Hunter Widow Weekend craft sales, open houses, bazaars, bake sales, shopping and events. Check out the variety and "happy hunting."

There's also information for the deer hunter, from supplies to a Men's Night Party.

And, remember Tomahawk's 53rd annual free Venison Feed takes place Friday, Nov. 16 from 11:30 a.m. until gone. Hopefully it's not the only venison you have, but it's our way of welcoming hunters and others to the area and wishing them luck.

Tomahawk Leader 11-13-2018 issue
One-act play to state

Tomahawk High School's Drama Department's one-act play has advanced to state for the third year in a row. Students will perform "Complaint Department and Lemonade" at 8:45 a.m. Friday at Viterbo University in La Crosse.

Tomahawk Leader 11-13-2018 issue
Local election results: Lincoln and Oneida County

**An amazing 60.63 percent of the eligible voters turned out in Lincoln County Tuesday, Nov. 6 for the general election. Locally, Gov. Scott Walker outdistanced challenger Tony Evers 7,846-5,328. Evers, however, claimed the win statewide.

**In a hotly-contested write-in race for Lincoln County sheriff, Ken Schneider received 8,577 votes (70%). His name was the only one on the ballot. Write-ins (presumably nearly all for write-in challenger Pete Borchardt) came to 3,614 (about 30%).

**Lincoln County gave the nod to incumbent state Assembly Rep. Mary Czaja-Felzkowski (R) over challenger/newcomer Mark Martello (D), 7,722-5,352.

**Referendums locally were all pro. Each was advisory.

**A vote for medical marijuana came out 10,612-2,517 (80%-19%).
**Favoring nonpartisan redistricting: 7,836-4,157.
**The City of Merrill favored the Dark Story advisory referendum 2,594-825.

Of note, northern townships all reported large turnouts, with a lot of new registrations. For example, the Town of Bradley had people waiting in line to vote before the polls opened at 7 a.m. By the end of the night, 1,282 ballots were cast, with 192 absentee ballots and 93 registering at the polling location. The City of Tomahawk had 1,454 voters. King welcomed 572 voters; Harrison, 517 (47 new registrations); Town of Tomahawk, 255; Somo, 72.

To see a breakdown of Lincoln County voting, with totals and by precincts, see the links below:

******Unofficial results from Oneida County show incumbent Sheriff Grady Hartman re-elected with 13,212 votes. Challenger Tom Wakely received 3,452 votes and write-in challenger Larry Mathein received 1,266.

******The advisory referendum concerning mining in the Town of Lynne was defeated 11,927-7,129.

******Little Rice voters agreed with appointing a town clerk and town treasurer 129-78 and 128-79. respectively.

******Gov. Scott Walker took Oneida County 11,247 to Tony Evers' 7,851 votes, with Attorney General incumbent Brad Schimel over Josh Kaul 10,886-8,095.

*****Incumbent Assembly Representatives Rob Swearing and Mary Felzkowski also were winners in that county.

Tomahawk Leader 11-6-2018 issue
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Nature Notes

**This week's Leader has a preview from the DNR for the upcoming gun deer season. Local wildlife biologists say the forecast for fall hunting in the region looks promising and antlerless tags are available to reflect the growing herd. Hunters are reminded of the bait and feeding ban in effect in Lincoln and Oneida counties (not Price County) and those harvesting a deer in the town of Harrison are asked to submit samples for chronic wasting disease. Among drop sites available, hunters can submit samples at the LeMay Center at SARA Park. The DNR is hoping to collect 450 heads from the Lincoln County/Oneida County line area south of Rhinelander to determine the prevalence rate of CWD in the wild deer herd after two infected animals were harvested last year.

In one of his Birch Bark Nature Notes articles being revisited, late nature writer Allan Bell shares a story about a successful hunt and what it is like to have buck fever.

The DNR Outdoor Report notes the fresh snow blanketing the Northwoods should help hunters track down deer as the opener approaches.

**Look for Fishing Reports in the link at left, and in Nature Editor Jed Buelow's blog on the Message Board.

Tomahawk Leader 11-13-2018 issue
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**Pine Crest Craft/Vendor Fair and Bake Sale Nov. 10.

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**The 28th annual Craft Fair takes place Nov. 10 at Bell Tower Residence Nov. 10.

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Tomahawk Leader 11-13-2018 issue
Related links

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

2017 Tomahawk Community-wide Rummage Sale

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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