An editorial in the June 12 Tomahawk Leader:
Signs of summer are back in downtown and the Tomahawk Downtown Business Council (TDBC) recaps some of its many activities to keep the area attractive and viable.
Sometime this week, the colorful hanging flower baskets will be hung from downtown light poles. Tomahawk resident Ed Nystrom has donated the use of a personal trailer to haul the watering tank for the summer. Last year, Cerny’s Greenhouse provided the service but this year needed the vehicle for business reasons. TDBC is still excepting $35 donations from anyone who would like to sponsor a basket to help cover its expenses. Checks should be made out to TDBC and sent to: Citizens Bank, 227 W. Wisconsin Ave., Tomahawk WI, c/o Amy Swan. In the memo, include Adopt a Flower Basket.
Beauty also shows at the ground level. Tomahawk Area Gardeners (TAG) spent Thursday morning planting and transplanting flowers and plants in the downtown district. Along with planting in the boulevards, TAG members planted Carl Foster grasses and other flowers around the new wilderness pole. TAG members who took part in the beautification project were Valorey Eineichner, Joann Marty, Helen Hoglund, Darlene and Jim Likwarz, Roger and Marcia Likwarz, and A.J. and Jo-Ski Theiler.
A true longtime local beautification tradition, the Northwoods Garden Club also planted annuals at three separate locations on Wisconsin Avenue. The planting marks the 44th year the women’s group has been taking part in brightening up the downtown. See a separate story on the club for more on their efforts.
The annual North for the Fourth T-shirts are now available at four businesses throughout the city. New this year, funds raised from the sales will go toward covering expenses of local TDBC projects like the wilderness pole. Previously revenue generated from the shirt sales went to an environmental group that has relocated in the northern part of the state.
The shirts feature a patriotic logo that is recognizable to many in the community. TDBC member Bill Haskin designed the eagle and American flag logo, which also decorates Veteran’s Memorial Park in Tomahawk. Shirts of all sizes are available at Ben Franklin Store, Tomahawk Surplus Store, Cover-to-Cover Books and at The Liquor Store. Look for more information on the shirt sale in this week’s Tomahawk Leader.
TDBC member Jim Wise thanked Andy Peissig’s technology education class at the Tomahawk High School for its efforts to design and build 12 serving counters to replace the ones previously supplied by vendors for large events in the city. Wise also recognized the many businesses that donated to the community project.
Music on Main will be rolling to the other end of the block on Wisconsin Avenue for the July Fourth weekend. The Music on Main Committee will be looking to add a second event during the summer festivities, too.
TDBC member Mary Czaja also reports efforts to incorporate the Main Street program in the city are moving forward. Efforts are being made to receive North Fourth Street district support and all but one downtown business has signed on for forming a Business Improvement District (BID). The TDBC is working to garner support from area businesses, the industry sector and the city to become a member of the economic development program.