this post needs to be brought back out to the forum. It is AWESOME to see new businesses going in to the downtown! Good luck to al in their new adventures
posted May 15, 2007 06:17 PM
A Letter in the May 15, 2007, Tomahawk Leader:
To the Editor:
Have you noticed the new vision in Tomahawk? It all started with a handful of folks who join(ed) the Aesthetics Committee of the Tomahawk Downtown Business Council. It’s time those people were recognized for their dedication. They are: Dawn Breitzke of Cover to Cover Books, Melissa Zimmer of Northern Bear Antiques, Wendy Wagner of The Liquor Store, Peggy McDowell of Jester Studio, Norma Schwaller of Tomahawk Leader, Ed Nyberg of the City of Tomahawk, Jed Buelow of Tomahawk Leader and Pat Haskin (chairperson) of Tomahawk Monument Co.
The vision? Restoring Tomahawk to some of its “Glory Days.” The “Wilderness Pole” idea came about with a plan to replace the old totem pole that once graced South Tomahawk Avenue ... The pole had a rough beginning, but thanks to the need for innovation, the original was replaced with something much more imaginative and stimulating.
Chainsaw artist, Nathan Nieskiewicz of Potlicker’s out of Rhinelander on Hwy. 17, is helping put this vision into being. That “Wilderness Pole” itself signifies the determination to keep moving forward despite adversity. The eagle facing north signifies the embodiment of our forefathers’ strong spirit to bring their own vision north. William Bradley did just that along with other pioneers ... The fish “papa” brings the sustenance provided by the soul to keep us on track … The nest is the “comfort” our community provides to individuals and business in the past and is there always to which we can return. It signifies the “inheritance” or “legacy” for our children. The mother eagle with her eaglet signifies the new beginning or renewal of new life in Tomahawk. The baby bear signifies new strength rising up out of a “stale” environment – the desire to bring new direction to our downtown ... (Keep an eye on another committee of the Tomahawk Downtown Business Council that is working to bring the Main Street Program to Tomahawk.) Let the heron remind us of silent thieves who can rob us of our ability to move forward. (Only a reminder, not an obstruction.) The heron has beauty and grace, too, that is an inspiration. …
Have you noticed the buzz of activity created by “new hope” i.e. new business? Smokers Meat, owned by Tom and Brenda Williams, has been a joy to watch develop in the old Tomahawk Video store; new owner, Cheri Ellis of Critters Center Pet Shop is a welcome face; a new restaurant in the old Interior Creations building is owned by Tammy Goehe and known as Jeanie’s Café … with its great Harley-Davidson theme and return of some of LaNou’s great cooks; Tom Cimino is welcome with his new furniture store in the old Bambino building. A stroll downtown will confirm other new businesses in the past few years. Who said we were “dying”? Quite the opposite – we are alive and moving forward with our vision. It takes fresh ideas and tenacity to achieve success that keep that vision alive. The Tomahawk Downtown Business Council asks for endorsement from all businesses, building owners, manufacturing and corporations and businesses and individuals to help achieve new life in Tomahawk. Let the Wilderness Pole become a beacon for us. Let’s keep our heads up and eyes focused on a new beginning.
(Editor’s Note: Donations for the wilderness pole may be sent to the STAR Foundation, in care of Tomahawk Downtown Business Council, P.O. Box 587, Tomahawk, WI 54487, with Wilderness Pole in the memo portion of the check. For more information about the Main Street program, contact Mary Czaja at CIS Group. You don’t need to be a TDBC member.)