(Photo Story) Look for the Holiday Cheer book in the Dec. 10 Tomahawk Leader. It's filled with recipes, Christmas carols and advertising specials and well wishes. The book is included in the newspaper and as part of an Online Edition subscription. The Leader is on newsstands now.Tomahawk Leader 12-10-2013 issue; Tomahawk Leader Publication
Dreaded 4 'R', potential referendum
Everyone knows about the "Three R's" of education: reading, writing and arithmetic. But there's that unspoken fourth R that is becoming more and more common as an awkward leg on the teetering educational stool. The Tomahawk School District broached the subject of a possible "referendum" at a board retreat last week. "In the next two years the Tomahawk School District could be looking at over $1.2 million in shortfall," Superintendent Sherry Baker said. "Ultimately, the board wants more information regarding past cuts, cuts still to be made, the depth at which cuts can be made, and finally, the community's tolerance for cuts prior to posing a referendum question," she said. Read more in the Dec. 10 Tomahawk Leader, available by subscribing to the Online Edition here.Tomahawk Leader 12-10-2013 issue
Good Samaritan threatened with jail
A Good Samaritan who went out of his way to help protect the law at the 2013 Tomahawk Fall Ride could end up going to jail as a result. After helping protect a Merrill police officer who had to be hospitalized for injuries after being attacked while breaking up a fight at the downtown street dances Sept. 14, Nathan Orlikowski was threatened with contempt of court if he did not make it back for the trial. "I was told if I did not show up for the trial a warrant would be put out for my arrest and I would go to jail," Orlikowski said. "And because I am over the border, they will not help pay for my travel." It isn't that Orlikowski doesn't want to serve as a key witness for the state in the two-day trial starting this Thursday in Lincoln County Court. The problem is he is some 400 miles away helping in disaster relief in the tornado-ravished area of Washington, Ill. Orlikowski said much of the work he and his fiancee, Tiffany Tobias of Tomahawk, and the another member of their three-person storm-chasing crew do is voluntary, and in all likelihood, he would not have the gas money to pay for the over 12-hour and 800-mile roundtrip, and would lose business income during his prime season. UPDATE: The Leader has learned that this case resulted in a plea bargain and was settled. Orlikowski was not, at the last minute, required to travel to Merrill for a Thursday trial. This circumstance, however, is a good discussion topic: What do you think? Read the entire story in the Dec. 10 Tomahawk Leader, available 24/7 anywhere by subscribing to an Online Edition. Comments would be welcomed on our Message Board.Tomahawk Leader 12-10-2013 issue
**Male swimmers have first-ever first-place Hodag relay win. **Boys' b-ballers drop conference opener. **4 wrestling champs help on way to second at Oconto. **Lady skaters blank Lakeland 3-0 in opener. **Boys' hockey coach has sleepless nights waiting for first win. **Girls' basketball wins home opener. **246 swimmers flood pool; Tomahawk club has super day. Tomahawk Leader 12-20-2013 issue
**Check the Leader for the upcoming sports schedule, which is also posted online in the School Calendar.
**Bob and Donna Skubal have completed their third book on the history of Tomahawk High School athletics. The third volume covers Hatchet sports from 1995 through 2010. All told, the three volumes cover over 117 years of THS sports. The book is available for $30 at the Tomahawk Leader office and other locations. Also in the works is a book covering the 50-year history of the Tomahawk wrestling program. To help with this anniversary book, the Skubals need middle school/junior high yearbooks from 1973, 1976, 1977, 1983, 1985, 1986 and 1987. To share your information, contact them at 715-453-5690.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
**Elected officials seek cancellation of antlerless hunt.
**Check our Fishing Report and City Editor Jed Buelow's blog on our Message Board.
Obituaries, church directory in pdf
**Arriving after publication; full obituaries to be published in the Dec. 17, 2013, Tomahawk Leader:Tomahawk Leader 12-10-2013 issue
**Rev. James J. Kraker, 77, born in Milwaukee, ordained in 1965, served parishes in Milwaukee, Ladysmith, New Richmond, Tomahawk in early 1970s as assistant pastor, Minocqua, Rice Lake, Frederic, Chetek, Merrill (1984), Hammond, Glenwood City and others, retired in 2001; Mass of Christian Burial at noon, Monday, Dec. 16 at Our Lady of Lourdes Church, Dobie; with visitation at 10 a.m., Appleyard's Home for Funerals, Rice Lake, assisting).
**Summaries of obituaries published in the Dec. 10, 2013, Tomahawk Leader:
**Timothy A. McCalla, 62, Irma, born in St. Joseph, Mich., married Sheryl Kaphaem twice, employee for O-I and PCA for over 20 years, worked for Dan Baus Construction, went into insurance business, McCalla & Associates Insurance Agency, Tomahawk, for 14 years (died 12-7-13; funeral 12-11-13 at 11 a.m. at Northwoods Vineyard Church; visitation Tuesday 4-8 p.m., and 10 a.m. Wednesday; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).
**Robert Popp, 67, Tomahawk, born in Tomahawk, worked construction for many years, U.S. Air Force veteran (died 12-5-13; graveside service with military honors in the spring; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).
**Ronald Vedder, 77, Tripoli, born in Milwaukee, married Dolores "Dee" Hebert, they owned Vedder's Hunters Inn from 1973-93, also a carpenter for Leck Construction and logger in Pier Willow area since 1960 (died 12-5-13; memorial service 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 15, at St. Francis Catholic Church, Pier Willow; visitation begins at noon; Krueger Family Funeral Home, Tomahawk, assisting).
**The following pdf contains information about some of the local churches in the area, for reference for worship or funeral services.
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As an added incentive to subscribe, either online or to our print newspaper, the Tomahawk Leader will donate $5 for each new or renewal Online Edition subscription ordered between now and Dec. 13 to the family of a 3-year-old boy (Super "Little" Man Sammy) fighting his second bout with brain cancer. The E-Edition is perfect for people who live elsewhere and long to know more about the happenings in Tomahawk, people like snowbirds, students, relatives, former residents and those who hope to live here someday. Tomahawk Leader 12-3-2013 issue
(If you prefer, a mailed newspaper can be ordered: new subscriptions will see us donate $10 to Sammy's family; renewals will net $5. In those cases, you must submit the attached form (see pdf below).
Whichever way you subscribe (tell your family and friends the Leader makes a great holiday gift), we'll add your name to a Superman-type cape we plan to give to Sammy. If you happen to be in town, stop by our office and add your own message! The check and special magic cape will be presented at a fundraising Soup, Bread and Dessert Luncheon and Gift-Wrapping Event Saturday, Dec. 14 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the St. Mary's Corpus Christi Center. Everyone is encouraged to attend. Food and gift-wrapping material donations are being sought now for that community-wide undertaking, as well as volunteers for that day. The Tomahawk Leader and Tomahawk Ben Franklin are collection sites for gift-wrap, tape, bows, tags and similar materials. For more information on that event, contact Jolene at 715-453-7694.
Please check out the Nov. 26 story about 3-year-old Sammy and help us help him fight the evil "C." The back issue will be available with an E-Edition subscription.
Stoxen's closing; transfer to Shopko
Stoxen Pharmacy has announced it will close its doors this Friday after nearly 40 years of business in Tomahawk. In a letter to customers, Stoxen Pharmacy owner Corky Stoxen has announced he is closing the downtown Tomahawk store and transferring the Stoxen Pharmacy prescription records to Tomahawk's new Shopko Hometown.Tomahawk Leader 12-10-2013 issue
Leader office has books
The Tomahawk Leader has a variety of books by local authors for sale, and the new State of Wisconsin Blue Book, which is free. A box of the latter was dropped off by State Rep. Mary Czaja after our offer to help distribute the popular books to interested constituents.
Hot off the press is "Souvenir Views of Tomahawk Wisconsin: The Story of Tomahawk through Photographs," put together by Dixie and Andy Zastrow for the benefit of the Tomahawk Historical Society.
The Leader also has Bob and Donna Skubal's newest release, "History of Tomahawk Sports, Fall 1995-Spring 2010." The two earlier volumes, packed with local sports history, also are for sale here.
And, Kinship of Tomahawk has just released a "Cookin' with Kinship" cookbook. The favorite recipes come from Kinship staff, board members, mentors and friends. Included are appetizers, soups and salads, vegetables, main dishes, desserts, kid stuff and miscellaneous items. Copies are $10 each and support the mentoring program.
In addition, one can be entertained by Leader columnist Mark Gaedtke's first book, "Harold's Boys."
Former Tomahawk resident, Robin Comeau, also has a wonderful book, "Images of America-Merrill," she compiled with the cooperation of T.B. Scott Free Library and the Merrill Historical Society.
And, of course, the Tomahawk Leader has copies of Publisher Larry Tobin's novel, "Pressing Matters."
Stop by 315 W. Wisconsin Ave. weekdays between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. and do a little book shopping. Any of them would make a great gift, too.
**Highlights of some of the other stories that appear in the Dec. 10, 2013, newspaper include the following. Consider an On-line Edition subscription to find out more!Tomahawk Leader 10-20-2013 issue
**Mayor Bob Lee seeks re-election. Alderperson Rejeana Ebert files for non-candidacy.
**Local reporter pens 'The Great Cat Nap.'
**Coverage of actor/comedian/hometown guy, Jay Leggett's funeral. See the Photo Album, too.
**Ice skaters plan Holiday Celebration (see Community Calendar).
**Celebrate at a free Christmas Dinner at The Log Church in Tripoli.
**Tomahawk Police Department seeks Officer of the Year nominations, prizes.
**St. Mary's gift is Christmas Concert.
**Senior living, Senior Center move to old hospital off the table.
**Shop Tomahawk, 'Win the Window' this holiday season.
**Savvy Senior: How to Guard Against Wintertime Heart Attacks.
**Frigid weather has made a difference, but at press-time safe ice was a problem, with ice shacks breaking through ice, and reminders from our staff and the DNR about safety.
**Booze and Belts campaign in force this holiday season.
**Weight limits placed on Willow Road.
Check out how to see the Tomahawk Leader e-edition anytime, anywhere via the link below.
Weekly Football Contest
This week's winner of the Tomahawk Leader Football Contest is Evelyn Waldinger Tomahawk, had 1 error. Typo had 6 wrong. Tomahawk Leader 12-10-2013 issue
Look for an entry blank and rules in the Second Section of the newspaper each week, narrow down your picks and drop off your entry at 315 W. Wisconsin Ave., mail it to P.O. Box 345, Tomahawk, WI 54487 or email to email@example.com with Football Contest in the subject line. Entry deadline is by midnight each Friday.
**Note: If you are creating the entry yourself, be sure to include the names of the corresponding business sponsors along with your winner choices.
There is a $100 end-of-the-season grand prize, and everyone who beats Typo is eligible for a $50 special prize. Pick up a copy of the newspaper today, or subscribe to our Online Edition. Good luck!
2012 Year in Review
To see the entire year of story highlights from the pages of the 2012 Tomahawk Leader, check the pdf immediately below.
Click here for direct links to web sites related to stories in this week's Leader:
Gree Dehumidifier Recall
Never Forgotten Honor Flight
Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations
Tomahawk Fire and Rescue School
Wisconsin Common Core State Standards