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(Photo Story) Those honored at the 2016 Tomahawk Community Awards Program Sunday night include, right and left, Ed Nyberg and Dave Hubatch, representing the Tomahawk Area Veterans Honor Guard, Community Appreciation Award; Glady Fishbeck, Distinguished Service Award; Cassie and Callie Wyles, Outstanding Youth LEADERS; and Pamela Lohmeier, LEADERship Award. Members of the veterans funeral Honor Guard on hand included Art Osero, Kay Johnson, Joe Story, Larry Hanke, Ed Nyberg, Dan Osero, Gerry Johnson, Gene Sickels, Ernest Winker, Lowell Liberty, Gordy Lovsletten, Phil Zipp, Jim Keskinen, Bill Burcalow, Hal Schrage, John Taskay, Dave Haring, Dick McCarthy, Bryon Lange, Dave Hubatch, and visiting from Phillips, Marshall Vich. The 61st annual event was sponsored by the Tomahawk Leader and Inshalla County Club. Read the story in this week’s Tomahawk Leader and look for photos in the Photo Album, as well as in upcoming issues of the Leader.

Tomahawk Leader 5-17-2016 issue; Tomahawk Leader Photo by Kathy Tobin
Wage increases

The Tomahawk School District’s hands are basically tied when it comes to wage increases for teachers and other staff. The state limit for 2016-17 is a .12 percent Consumer Price Index (CPI) base wage increase. To help offset the minimal adjustment, the School Board last Tuesday approved a supplemental payment of $626 per teacher, for a total 1.5 percent increase, noted District Superintendent Terry Reynolds. Non-teaching (NEST) staff would only see a 2-cent per hour increase under the .12 percent CPI increase, so the board opted to give them a $281 per employee supplemental payment, Reynolds said. Combined, that amounted to a total 1.5 percent increase. One teacher non-renewal was issues. The board gave the nod to 109 high school seniors to graduate, and at an expulsion hearing found a student failed to comply with a previous pre-expulsion agreement.

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**Summaries of obituaries to be published in the May 24, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**Mary E. Drengler (nee Nelson), 75,Tomahawk, born in Sheboygan, married Alan H. Drengler, worked as accountant at Georgia Pacific Mill in Tomahawk, couple owned Casa De Amor Resort on Lake Nokomis for several years (died 5-20-16; funeral service Tuesday, May 24 at 11 a.m. at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 9 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Larry Allan Dotter, 74, born in Waukesha, married to Mardelle for 49 years, U.S. Mary veteran (died 5-1-16).

**Delmore Lange, 87, born in Irma, grew up on farm there, worked many years at Lincoln Industries (died 5-16-16; funeral Thursday, May 19 at 5 p.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation will begin at 3 p.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, is assisting).

**John C. Hall, 92, Tomahawk and formerly of Illinois, born in Cardiff, Wales, married Kathryn Price, served in Royal Navy, moved to Blue Island, Ill., worked as an engineer at GATX for over 30 years, long-time summer resident of Tomahawk (died 5-17-16; no formal services; Generations Funeral Home, Tomahawk, is assisting.)

**Summaries of obituaries published in the May 17, 2016, Tomahawk Leader:

**Wallace "Red" Wurl, 90, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, U.S. Navy veteran, married Darlene Morren, worked 40 years at Owens-Illinois, retiring in 1986 as Maintenance and Construction Superintendent, formerly served on Lincoln County Board, City of Tomahawk Zoning Board of Appeals and Tomahawk Fire and Police Commission (died 5-15-16; funeral service with military rites Thursday, May 19 at 11 a.m. at Grace Lutheran Church, Tomahawk, visitation at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk Wednesday, May 18 from 4-7 p.m. and again Thursday at the church beginning at 10 a.m.)

**Barbara I. Schmidbauer (nee Bender), 79, Tomahawk, formerly married to William Schmidbauer, he died in 2007, was a mail carrier for U.S. Postal Service for over 25 years, named first woman president of Rural Route Carriers Association of Wisconsin, Home Economics teacher at Tripoli High School for 7 years (died 5-12-16 under hospice care; memorial service 11 a.m. Saturday, May 21 at United Methodist Church, Tomahawk, visitation begins at 9 a.m.; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).

**Eugene E. Luedtke, 92, Tomahawk, born in town of Maine, served in U.S. Navy during World War II, married Shirley Schmidt, she died in 1976, married Dorothy (Spletter) Hess, employed as carpenter, retired from Woller Construction in 1996 (died 5-10-16; funeral service with military rites Monday, May 16 at 11 a.m. at Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk; visitation Sunday, May 15 from 4-7 p.m. and again Monday starting at 10 a.m., memorials to Alzheimer's Association).

**Judith Ann Schwantes (nee Gilbert), 82, Miromar Lakes, Fla., born in Milwaukee, moved to Fort Atkinson in 1940s, 1952 graduate of Fort Atkinson High School, married to William R. Schwantes for 61 years, settled in Stevens Point for 20 years, retiring in 1993, moved to Florida, with summers on Clear Lake in Tomahawk for 36 years (died 5-7-16; private services at a later date; in lieu of flowers, memorials to charity of one’s preference.)

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Bank merger agreement

Tomahawk Community Bank and Merrill Federal Savings and Loan, two mutual community banks, jointly announce that the companies plan to merge, pending approval of the applicable banking regulators and Merrill’s members. Tomahawk Community Bank has been serving the area since 1920; Merrill Federal Savings and Loan since 1940. Upon completion of the partnership, the combined bank will have offices in both Tomahawk and Merrill. Current employees and officers of both institutions will retain their employment with the new combined bank. Tomahawk Community Bank and Merrill Federal Savings and Loan are both mutual institutions, sharing the same philosophy of building long-term relationships with a strong community focus, without the influence of outside stockholders and private owners, the announcement noted. “We believe the partnership will result in substantial benefits not only to both institutions, but our respective local communities, loan customers and depositor/owners as well. This will be a partnership of like-minded institutions, committed to providing a high level of personal service to our customers, building long-term relationships and with local decision-making, to better serve our communities' needs,” stated Kathy Rankin, president/CEO, Tomahawk Community Bank.“We believe the cultures of the two banks blend very well. Our core values are similar in that we both believe success lies in serving our communities and our customers. We’re excited that we will have the resources to more effectively compete in a changing financial arena, while maintaining our roots of serving communities with local ownership,” added Mark Zulliger, president, Merrill Federal Savings and Loan Association. The transaction is expected to close on or before year-end 2016.

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Possible PRAT

The city of Tomahawk Board of Public Works is discussion creating a possible revenue stream or two to address stormwater and the city’s overall aging road system. One possibility is pursuing a Premiere Resort Area Tax (PRAT) similar to neighboring Rhinelander and Eagle River. It is estimated a PRAT would generate $150,000 in additional revenue for the city that would strictly be earmarked for Tomahawk’s road and infrastructure system. Look for the in-depth story in this week’s Leader.

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New news & news briefs

**Some of the stories/ad information we have in the May 17, 2016, issue include:

**Lights going out over Hwy. 86 bridge.

**First Taco Feed will remember Lisa Kottke, raise cancer funds.

**Council to take up structure of Public Works.

**Survey could see parts of city parks going smoke-free. Should city rename ‘Squaw Point’?

**Spring Wildflower Ice Age Hike.

**First Congregational Church sponsoring “Country Gospel” Concert.

**Student groups jointly say thanks at Community Appreciation Breakfast.

**Public eating up supper club film: Holly L. De Ruyter presents “Old Fashioned: The Story of the Wisconsin Supper Club” Saturday, May 21 at 4:30 p.m. at Tomahawk Cinema. Documentary has received rave reviews and Holly has taken it on the road, coming to one of her favorite childhood places, Tomahawk in this outing. See the full story in the May 17 Tomahawk Leader.

**Harshaw’s Union Grove Cemetery plans special memorial ceremony.

**Scott Martin appointed to MSA board of directors.

**Five generation picture includes twins.

**Tomahawk High School’s German teacher Allison Shantz is seeking two families to host two boys from Carl-Benz Gymnasium in Tomahawk’s partner school in Landenburg, Germany, for the upcoming school year. She will happily provide any information at or call 715-453-2106, ext. 280. She needs to find families by the end of May.

**American Legion Post 93 is seeking women veterans who would like to be a “Poppy Princess” in the July 4 Parade. Call 715-367-5342 for information.

**Tomahawk Middle School choirs (grades 6, 7, and 8) will present their spring concert Tuesday evening, May 17, at 7 p.m., also in the auditorium. That program will close with all 115 TMS choir members together on stage for a combined piece.

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Sport recap

**The THS co-ed track team co-ed track team hosted the Hatchet Track and Field Invitational last Tuesday. The boys’ team finished second behind Northland Pines, and the girls’ squad was third behind champion Northland Pines and Stratford. The Hatchets had two event champions, including Troy VanStrydonk in the boys’ 400m dash and Hanna Meyer in the girls’ triple jump.

**The Hatchet golf team competed in two Great Northern Conference meets last week. At Antigo, the locals finished in fifth place out of seven teams with a score of 357, just three strokes out of second place. Mike Lodholz had the fourth-best score in the meet with an 83. At Lakeland Thursday, the Hatchets finished in fourth place with 364 strokes. Lodholz led the Hatchets with a score of 85. The Hatchet golfers sit in fourth place in the GNC with two meets to go.

**The Lady Hatchet softball team played five games and won three of them by shutouts. The locals blanked visiting Wausau East 15-0 last Monday and then lost the second game of a doubleheader 1-6 to the Lumberjacks. They served a goose egg to visiting Northland Pines 10-0 last Tuesday and were shut out 9-0 by the Rhinelander Hodags Thursday. Friday, the girls traveled to Minocqua and won 16-0 over the host Lakeland T-Birds. In the win over Lakeland, Tomahawk’s Rachel Dallman notched her first career no-hitter.

**The Hatchet baseball team defeated visiting Mosinee 3-2 in extra innings Thursday in a Great Northern Conference tilt and then tipped Wausau East 9-8 Friday at Tyler Kahle Memorial Field in another extra-inning contest. With the wins, Tomahawk improved to 9-6 overall and 4-4 in the GNC.

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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:

**Bradley Park’s Mirror Lake gives youth prime opportunity to fish.

**Wolf summit in the works.

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

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Related links

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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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