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Disinfecting system wins honor

(Photo Story) A Tomahawk-based company has received national honors for developing a disinfecting system that can be used by hospitals to kill such deadly pathogens as Ebola, enterovirus-d86 and superbugs like MRSA. Back in 2004, Carl Ricciardi of Tomahawk and son, Jonathan Ricciardi, began working on a prototype hospitals could use to quickly and completely sterilize hospital equipment and large spaces like operating and patient rooms, which other forms of disinfectants like ultraviolet light or hand cleaning often failed to do. After years of research and development, the father and son team developed an advanced ultrasonic nebulizing system that uses green products to effectively kill 100 percent of viruses, spores and bacteria in treated areas. Read more about their product and the Gold Edison Award they won in the Oct. 28, 2014 Tomahawk Leader. It's available on newsstands and right here with an Internet Edition subscription.

Tomahawk Leader 10-28-2014 issue; Contributed Photos
Possible city capital freeze

City of Tomahawk officials said last Thursday a complete capital equipment freeze might be put in place on departments this coming year in order to shore up a budget deficit and help improve the city's recently downgraded bond rating. The Tomahawk Finance Committee will look to make up a $118,000 shortfall in the 2015 budget and bolster reserves to help improve the city's ability to borrow in the future as it works to finalize next year's budget. Among possibilities to make up the budget deficit and improve the city's fund balance, the city is considering a one-year freeze on new capital equipment that could make upwards of $384,000 available. "We need to increase our reserves so we can get back to where we were and get our bond rating back to where it was," said Roger Schlegel, Finance Committee chair. "A moratorium on equipment would address the shortfall, or we could look at an across the board cut to all departments. It is time to tighten the belt and crunch it on down." But, Tomahawk Police Chief Al Elvins said the city is federally mandated this coming year to upgrade its records system, and not doing so would put the department in noncompliance with federal law. It was also raised that if the city does not go forward with the Kings Road construction project in 2015, the city would lose out on one of two $40,000 state grants.

Tomahawk Leader 10-28-2014 issue
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Sport recap

**The Tomahawk girls' swim team traveled to Clintonville last Tuesday and swamped the Truckers 102.5-62.5 to earn its eighth dual meet victory of the season. The 8-0 Lady Hatchets won seven of 11 events including the 50-yard freestyle (Rachel Dallman in 26.85), the 100 freestyle (Lauren Hilt in 56.82), 500 freestyle (Kirstin Marcks in 6:10.25), 100 backstroke (Karli Cecil in 1:07.45), 200 freestyle relay (Mikhayla Kleich, Dallman, Taylor Hansen and Hilt in 1:49.30), 400 freestyle relay (Kleich, Katherine Russell, Cecil and Morgan Weber in 4:02.46) and 200 medley relay (Hilt, Michaela Galganski, Weber and Dallman in 1:58.65).

**The Tomahawk co-ed cross country team hosted the 16-team WIAA D2 sectional meet at Edgewater Country Club Saturday. The Hatchet boys placed sixth overall and Troy VanStrydonk finished 13th in the field of 102 runners. The Lady Hatchets were fourth, and Dani Whiting was the girls' runner-up in the 5k race. She earned a berth at this week's WIAA D2 state cross country meet in Wisconsin Rapids.

**Tomahawk's volleyball girls swept Lakeland 3-0 last Tuesday in a WIAA D2 regional quarterfinal match, Antigo 3-0 Thursday in a regional semifinal match and Rhinelander 3-0 Saturday in the regional finals. The state-s third-ranked (D2) Lady Hatchets improved to 31-0 for the season. They will play Altoona Thursday in Nekoosa in a WIAA D2 sectional semifinal match.

**Tomahawk Special Olympics bowlers competed in a regional tournament in Wausau Saturday. Tomahawk bowlers advancing to the sectional tourney in Eau Claire Nov. 15 are Betsy Hall, Simon DuPont, Matthew Lawrence and Phillip Bethel.

Tomahawk Leader 10-28-2014 issue
NEW NEWS and News Tidbits

**Look for more about these stories in the Oct. 28, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:

**See an extensive listing of fire, police, sheriff and EMS emergency personnel and equipment in our Emergency Services Salute. Thanks for your service!

**The Nov. 4 ballot and voting information is included.

**Daylight Savings Times ends Sunday. Fall back.

**Bicyclist killed in Hwy. 51 crash in Minocqua.

**Sign up by Oct. 31 for the Nov. 9 Lincoln County Veterans Dinner.

**Attend a free Ministry Medical Group session on "Depression, Anxiety, Suicide and Teens" Monday, Nov. 3.

**We have lots of Halloween trick-or-treating pictures.

**Deadlines for absentee ballots for the Nov. 4 election.

**Missing Oneida County woman found.

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

Tomahawk Leader 10-28-2014 issue
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Nature items

**Public urged to weigh in on fish, wildlife, habitat plans.

**The Tomahawk Chamber is accepting venison for the 49th annual free Venison Feed that will take place Friday, Nov. 21 in downtown Tomahawk. Venison needs to be cleaned and deboned, and can be dropped off at the chamber office weekdays between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. Direct questions to 715-453-5334.

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

Tomahawk Leader 10-28-2014 issue
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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**Summaries of obituaries that will be published in the Nov. 4, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:

**June A. Schulz (nee Chase), 89, Clintonville, formerly of Tomahawk, married 57 years to Joel F. Schulz (died 10-28-14; no services per her wishes; Eberhardt-Stevenson Funeral Home & Crematory, Clintonville, assisting).

**Summaries of obituaries appearing in the Oct. 28, 2014, Tomahawk Leader:

**Charlene "Char" Olson (nee Cooney), 78, Tomahawk, born in Stanley, married Donald M. Olson, homemaker (died 12-25-14; memorial Mass Saturday, Nov. 1 at noon at St. Mary Catholic Church; visitation begins at 10:30 a.m. Memorials appreciated to Tomahawk Public Library or Ministry Home Care and Hospice).

** Phyllis E. Klopp (nee Haseley), 90, currently of Wautoma, formerly of Port Washington and Tomahawk, born in Lake Elmo, Minn., 1942 graduate of Port Washington High School, married Gerald Kopp, 1980 moved to Tomahawk to enjoy their retirement, later moved to Mt. Morris (died 10-21-14; funeral services 4 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 26 at Eernisse Funeral Home, Port Washington; visitation begins at 2 p.m.; memorials suggested to Lutheran World Missions).

**William R. Smerz, 81, formerly of Tomahawk, born in Milwaukee, graduate of Tomahawk High School, married to Joyce Nordhaus for 57 years, served in U.S. Air Force, worked for Green Bay Fire Department, retiring in 1987 (died 10-14-14 in Oshkosh; funeral services held Saturday, Oct. 18 at Konrad-Behlman Funeral Home, Oshkosh).

**Edith M. Keck (nee Kring), 100, Kohler, graduate of Hiles High School, married Ralph G. Keck in Rhinelander (died 9-16-14; gathering to celebrate her life from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 2 at Kohler Village Hall; memorial fund established in her name for the Sharon S. Richardson Community Hospice and Salvation Army; Wenig Funeral Home, Sheboygan Falls, assisted).

Tomahawk Leader 10-28-2014 issue
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Challenge private meetings proposal

A move to change the name of the current Tomahawk School Board Curriculum and Assessments Committee to the "Educational Programming Committee" and create a "governance charter" has been called 'punitive' by one of its members and 'illegal' by the Tomahawk Leader. Cathy Meyer, who sits on the current Curriculum and Assessments Committee, said outright that night she could not support anything close to what was proposed. The outline describes the Educational Programming Committee as a subcommittee of the Board of Education and states, "As long as the membership of this committee is less than a quorum of the Board, this committee may choose to meet publicly or privately. Meetings held in public are not public meetings, thus public participation must be through permission of the committee." The Leader voiced its objection to a violation of the Wisconsin Open Meetings Law, noting Wisconsin Newspaper Association legal representation and the "Wisconsin Open Meetings Law: A Compliance Guide" issued by the Department of Justice, Attorney General J.G. Van Hollen has a subhead on "subunits" that clearly states they are themselves governmental bodies and subject to the open meetings law. Meyer also found fault with and/or worried about a proposal not to allow the public to speak at meetings, not accepting complaints, and limiting committee member speaking time. A "no surprise rule" is included so the committee has time to prepare before addressing issues. Committee members also would have to sign the document, with the comment: "Appointees who do not agree to follow the terms and rules outlined in this document are requested to resign from participation on this committee." Superintendent Sherry Baker reminded everyone that the committee's charter was in its infant stages of development" and others said some kind of guidance was needed to properly run committee meetings. To read more about this story, check the Oct. 28, 2014 Tomahawk Leader, available on newsstands or with an Online Edition subscription.

Tomahawk Leader 10-28-2014 issue
Public TV filming Ogema 'Players'

The High Point Players are once again putting Ogema on the map, this time as the focus of a Wisconsin Public Television filming Saturday, Nov. 1, that will feature the unique dinner theatre, High Point Village. The High Point Players will perform the award-winning play "Don't Hug Me, I'm Pregnant." In attendance will be Joe Astrouski, Wisconsin Life reporter, field producer and narrator, who will be taping the performance and all that goes into making the dinner theatre unique. Wisconsin Life is produced by Wisconsin Public Radio and Wisconsin Public Television. To acquire tickets for the dinner theatre, at $40 apiece, stop by Hill of Beans at the High Point Village or call 715-767-5287. Dinner will be served at 6 p.m. with the performance at 7 p.m.

Tomahawk Leader 10-28-2014 issue
Tribute to Ingman; Stamp, envelope, bio package available

**See coverage of the Oct. 6 Einar Ingman event in the Oct. 14, 2014, newspaper. There also are pictures posted to the Photo Album.

**The Sept. 30 Tomahawk Leader has an extensive tribute to Medal of Honor recipient Sgt. Einar H. Ingman Jr. in anticipation of the Monday, Oct. 6 celebration of his 85th birthday. Dignitaries, military friends, elected officials, family and the public attended a 10:30 a.m. celebration at the William Buedingen Center, Hwy. 86, Tomahawk. Part of the program included the unveiling of a pictorial postal cancellation in his honor. Pick up a copy of the Sept. 30 Tomahawk Leader for a wonderful community celebration of his life, his sacrifices and his 85th birthday. Additionally, another Medal of Honor recipient, Vietnam veteran Gary Wetzel, was in Tomahawk Oct. 6 to congratulate Einar. His story is equally touching. See a link below for that personal account of bravery. The Sept. 30 Leader is available, too, with a subscription to our Online Edition. Watch for coverage of the Ingman celebration in the Oct. 14 Tomahawk Leader.

**The Tomahawk Leader has created a stamp, envelope and biographical insert for Sgt. Einar Ingman, our Medal of Honor hero. The package (which also includes a special cancellation through the Tomahawk Post Office) is now available for $5 at the Tomahawk Leader office (see the pdf below). Proceeds from sales will support the Never Forgotten Honor Flight that takes veterans to Washington, D.C., to see the memorials built in their honor. Every $500 pays the way for another veteran, so we'd welcome additional donations for that cause. If you'd like the package, send $2 for postage and handling (for up to 4 sets) and $5 for each order to: Tomahawk Leader, P.O. Box 345, Tomahawk, WI 54487 or place a credit card order at 715-453-2151.

Tomahawk Leader 10-14-2014, 10-7-2014 issues
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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. This week's posted listings include lots of HELP WANTED ads:

**Tomahawk Stove Junction seeks an Install and Service Technician.

**Limited-Time offer of specially designed Einar Ingman stamp, postmark, envelope and bio insert through the Tomahawk Leader. Orders support the Never Forgotten Honor Flight.

**Welders and CNC's needed immediately in Prentice area. Call Bear Staffing.

**Lease to town a beautiful 4 bedroom, 2 bath home with 2,272 square feet on North Mill Street in Merrill.

**Seasonal production jobs open at $14 an hour; contact Bear Staffing to schedule an interview.

**Golden LivingCenter-Riverview is looking for a full-time Night Shift CNA position, with a $1,000 sign-on bonus.

**The UW Stevens Point-Treehaven campus in Tomahawk has a part-time office staff position.

**Drs. Foster and Smith seeks a Systems Administrator to join their in-house IT technical support team.

**The Lincoln County District Attorney's Office is taking applications for a full-time Legal Secretary position.

**Nicolet College, Rhinelander, lists a full-time Technology Support Specialist.

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

Tomahawk Leader 10-28-2014 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.

Win in Football Contest, pdf below

Here's your chance to out-wit Typo the Office Cat in our weekly Football Contest and win prizes. Look for the Week Two entry form in the Sept. 30 Tomahawk Leader (see pdf below). Search for the ads throughout the Tomahawk Leader Second Section/Extra and make your predictions. Typo has listed his guesses. Enter for your chance to win. Mailed entries must be postmarked by Friday. Emailed entries need to be sent before midnight Friday. Good luck!

Tomahawk Leader 10-14-2014 issue
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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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Related links

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

Never Forgotten Honor Flight

Philippine Orphan blog

Tomahawk Area Directory of Voluntary Organizations

Tomahawk Fire and Rescue School

Pressing Matters - Larry M. Tobin

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