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23, 2015 VOLUME 53, NO. 51 TWENTY PAGES ATHENS EDGAR MARATHON STRATFORD Marathon zoning will lapse
23, 2015 VOLUME 53, NO. 51 TWENTY PAGES ATHENS EDGAR MARATHON STRATFORD Marathon zoning will lapse



53, NO. 51 TWENTY PAGES ATHENS EDGAR MARATHON STRATFORD Marathon zoning will lapse in 2016 The
53, NO. 51 TWENTY PAGES ATHENS EDGAR MARATHON STRATFORD Marathon zoning will lapse in 2016 The

Marathon zoning will lapse in 2016

The village of Marathon City

will allow its extra-territorial zoning (ETZ) of four adjacent townships to lapse after Jan. 1, 2016, and will pursue joint planning discussions with lo- cal town officials without the aid of the ETZ law. Village ad-

ministrator Andy Kurtz said the village passed ETZ in September 2013 to “structure” planning dis- cussions with the towns of Rib Falls, Cas- sel, Stettin and Marathon, but

it never lead to any meaningful dialogue. “It did nothing but create animosity,” he said. Extra-territorial zoning is normally used by a village or a city as it enters into discus- sions with town officials over development, land use and in- frastructure issues. The law gives the villages and cities power to temporarily freeze zoning in adjacent townships up to one and one-half miles outside its border during this negotiations period. Kurtz said the village board of Marathon City only meant to use ETZ to foster planning discussions, never to freeze zoning. Township officials, however, accused the village of threatening them with a zoning freeze. “This was never meant as a hammer,” Kurtz said. “There was never an intention by the village to freeze zoning, con-

trary to what was said. ETZ

village to freeze zoning, con- trary to what was said. ETZ Andy Kurtz See ZONING /



See ZONING/ page 5

Health costs high

Central Wisconsin insurances rates are among highest

Health insurance policies sold in central Wisconsin are among the most costly in the state, according to a new re- port issued on Monday. Citizen Action of Wisconsin reported that health insur- ance policies written for peo- ple in Wausau, Stevens Point

and Marshfield were approxi- mately 27 percent more expen- sive than policies written for Madison residents, who enjoy the state’s cheapest health in- surance. Citizen Action said Mil- waukee has the state’s high- est overall health insurance

costs with a combination of single annual premiums and deductibles for large group, small group and individual insurance consumers averag- ing $9,456. Racine sits in sec- ond place at $9,453. Wausau ($9,219), Stevens Point ($9,193) and Marshfield ($9,128) cap-

ture the next three rankings. The comparable average Mad- ison cost of premiums and de- ductibles in the three groups comes to $7,234, almost $2,000 less than central Wisconsin in- surance costs. Citizen Action said health insurance purchased by in-


insurance purchased by in- See HEALTH INSURANCE / page 5 Angels we have heard on high

Angels we have heard on high

Students at St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Marathon, portray angels at the nativity in a presentation of “Glory to the Newborn King!”in the school gymnasium on Monday night to a standing room only crowd. See page 10 for more concert coverage.

Abby bust leads to search in Athens

A routine traffic stop in Ab- botsford Sunday night led to the seizure of nearly 100 grams of cocaine and a follow-up search warrant at an

apartment in Athens that uncovered 1.8 grams of meth- amphetamine on Monday. Anthony J. Rogers, 23, of Athens has been charged with 12 differ- ent offenses, in-

cluding felony possession of cocaine, amphet- at mine, marijuana and para- phernalia used to make meth. He also faces five counts of felony bail jumping and misde- meanor charges of resisting or obstructing an officer, operating a motor vehicle with a revoked license and possession of drug paraphernalia. Rogers is being held in the

of drug paraphernalia. Rogers is being held in the Anthony Rogers See DRUG ARREST / page



See DRUG ARREST/ page 5

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December 23, 2015



Health care reform needed

A h, Christmas. It is the season for family get-togethers, big feasts, presents under a decorated pine tree and, of course, property tax bills.

For the average homeowner here in Marathon County, this “gift” from the local town, village or city clerk is something like a $2,500 bill on a house worth $130,000. Our trusted legislators in Madison, of course, try to bring some holiday cheer to this otherwise unwelcome charge. A scan of a property tax bill reveals several presents from the state legislature that are meant to take the edge off of real estate taxes. There is the school levy credit, for instance, that is worth around $230. A “first dollar” credit is good for about $70. A lottery credit nicks the property tax bill for around $120. The total of typi- cal credits is worth $420. As good citizens, possibly we should be thankful for these bits of relief wrapped up in the tax bill. After all, it took politicians in Madison no less than three decades of hand-to-hand combat to deliver this amount of property tax savings. On second thought, however, people living in Marathon County might welcome this property tax help with a shrug, if even that. Why? That’s because December not only is time for the holidays and property tax bills. It is also the season to renew health insur- ance. Citizen Action of Wisconsin reported on Monday that health in- surance payers in the Wausau, Marshfield and Stevens Point mar- kets are paying exorbitantly higher health insurance rates than what other citizens around the state pay, notably in Madison, the lowest cost region. How much more? In its analysis, Citizen Action said that on av- erage, factoring in the costs of large group, small group and indi- vidual health insurance, people in central Wisconsin are paying 27 percent more than people in Madison. Let’s put this cost difference in real dollar terms that can be eas- ily understood. Here, in Marathon County, a man and wife, both non-smokers at age 55, can buy the cheapest silver-level health in- surance plan with a $13,700 annual deductible for $1,184 a month. The same couple can buy a similar cheapest silver plan in Dane County for merely $789 a month. The difference amounts to a stag- gering $4,740 a year. Here’s the point. While the politics of Wisconsin for decades have been dedicated to reducing property taxes, the extra health insur- ance we, here in central Wisconsin, pay is greater than the entire average property tax bill somebody here might pay. The difference between health insurance costs in Marathon County and Madison is equal to typical property taxes on a house worth $235,000. This is only to say that politics in Wisconsin are utterly out of whack. Politicians of both parties love to deliver tax relief “gifts” to the average, hardworking citizen, but, in the end, this help amounts only to chump change when compared with the major and, now, legally required expense, of health insurance. We don’t need politicians promising jobs. They can’t deliver them. We don’t need tax giveaways. These are just shiny baubles elected officials like to distract us with. What we need is health care reform in this state that will bring down the punishingly high rate of health insurance in central Wisconsin. There are ways to approach the problem. In Maryland, for in- stance, the state government negotiates health insurance premi- ums at one time with all insurance companies. Insurance rates are the same everywhere in Maryland. Such an approach would create equality, but not necessarily a better outcome. Madison’s low cost for insurance is, according to some observers, the result of inte- grated health systems. In these systems, a single company sells in- surance, runs clinics and hospitals. Central Wisconsin health pro- viders lack integration. Marshfield Clinic owns Security Health Plan, true, but not a hospital. Aspirus owns clinics, true, but not an insurance company. Possibly, state policy should strongly pro- mote health system integration. Christmas is a time for giving. We say to elected state leaders thanks for the annual property tax goodies, but it is time for this state to deal forcefully with the problem of unaffordable health care here in central Wisconsin. Give us a break.

health care here in central Wisconsin. Give us a break. Licensure bill hurts teaching profession On

Licensure bill hurts teaching profession

On December 17, the Assembly Committee on Education held a public

hearing on AB 581, a bill which would lower qualifications needed to obtain

a teaching degree. After this year’s

contentious budget, which contained provisions that also lowered teaching qualifications, I was hopeful the damage to the teaching

profession would end there. Unfortunately, this bill fur- ther diminishes teaching by allowing individuals with- out proper experience to teach in Wisconsin middle and high schools. Under the bill, potential teachers would be able to re- ceive licenses for vocational or technical subjects. Voca- tional subjects, as defined by the bill, would include agriculture, child services, clothing services, food ser- vices, housing and equip- ment services, family and consumer education, fam- ily and consumer services, home economics-related occupations, health care-re- lated occupations, business education and marketing

education. Technical edu- cation would include technology edu- cation and any technology-related oc- cupation. To some this proposal may sound reasonable, but there is a stark difference between understanding a subject and being able to effectively teach to a classroom of 30 students. To make matters worse, under this bill standards to obtain a teaching license in any of these subjects are drastically lower than ever before. The bill imposes an arbitrary point system to obtain a teaching license, whereby if an individual scores “at

least 100 points,” they are eligible for

a license. Having a bachelor’s degree

in any subject matter would automat-

ically give an applicant 100 points. However, under this point system there are much easier ways to obtain

a license. In fact, one would only need

to complete a loosely-defined “intern-

ship” and a few weeks of unspecified

training to become a licensed teacher. This is clearly not the same stan- dard as obtaining a 4-year bachelor’s degree in education and undergo- ing months of specified pedagogical training as is currently required, and should continue to be required, for educators in our schools. Should Wisconsin adopt

this proposal, we would be- come the only state in the country that would grant teaching licenses to individ- uals without a bachelor’s degree. Enrollment in teaching programs at our colleges is already slipping. Shortly following Act 10, the UW- System experienced a de- cline in enrollment in teach- er education programs - a decline of 2.8 percent. While this percentage may seem minimal, it correlates to thousands of students, and therefore a loss of thousands of potential teachers in our schools. This negative trend in en- rollment is due to a contin- ued pattern of disrespect to-

ward public educators in our state over the past five years. When legislators support bills like this - that simply say to the public “anyone can be a teacher” - the profession of teach- ing is diminished. The solution to fill a teaching gap is not “allow anyone to teach” but to lift up the profession by hiring bright, qualified teachers, respecting and supporting the important work they do every day. There are already eleven non-traditional pathways to obtain- ing a teaching license in Wisconsin. This bill goes too far. In further lowering teaching stan- dards, we are devaluing the profes- sion of teaching and also devaluing the education our students deserve. If we want to move our state forward, we need to uphold the highest stan- dards, and accept nothing but the best and brightest for our children.



nothing but the best and brightest for our children. B E O UR G UEST BY







for our children. B E O UR G UEST BY S TATE R EP . S


December 23, 2015

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Where’s our ‘white’ Christmas?

There’s a reason “White Christmas” is one of the most popular holiday songs in modern history. Sure, Bing Crosby’s incredibly warm voice makes his defini-

tive version the best-selling single of all time, according to Wikipedia. But, no matter who sings the Irving Berlin clas- sic, the image of a snow-laden Christ- mas comes through as clear as a win- ter’s day. The longing for a “white Christmas” is something that

anyone in the Northern Hemi- sphere can relate to, and even those in the warmer climates I suspect get a little jealous of our frozen pre- cipitation when the end of Decem- ber rolls around each year. Unfortunately, it looks like we will have to settle for a brown Christmas this year, maybe with a few streaks of white if we’re

lucky. As I write this column two days before the Big Day, all I can hear is the raindrops hitting my window. My “spring” jacket is hanging on the coat rack, and I haven’t even bothered to dig my scarf out of the closet yet. I’d say we’re getting robbed. Snow — and, yes, ice and cold — are what winter is all about here in the Upper Midwest. Even those of us like my parents who fly south for the winter, usually stick around until Christmas is over just to soak up a few days of snowflakes and ice scrapers. Otherwise, you have to settle for staring at a snow globe and making hot chocolate in the microwave. Of course, many people who live here in Wisconsin year-round seem to love this unseasonably warm weather. My wife and mother-in-law are two such people. The longer the winter weather holds off, the better, in their minds. They usually add a token phrase about want- ing snow on Christmas itself, but they also seem to want it all cleaned up by Dec. 26 as if the outdoors were a Holly- wood movie set. For me, the snow, ice and cold are a package deal. If you want a white Christ- mas, you’re going to have to scrape off your windshield at some point and wear multiple layers of heavy clothing from time to time. If you want to brag about your football team playing in the “Fro- zen Tundra,” you may need to risk hypo- thermia when a playoff game is hosted by Green Bay. Still, this obsession with having snow on Christmas is ironic, since the birth of Christ happened in an arid part of the world that rarely sees the white stuff. That lowly, uninsulated stable would have been pretty darn cold if Bethlehem was here in central Wisconsin. Christmas is celebrated around the globe, so adding the “white” to it is our part of the world’s version of “local col- or.” Pyschologically, snow helps make Christmas the holiday we know and love. But, even without it, I think we can all enjoy some peace on earth and good will towards men. Merry Christmas!



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by Peter Weinschenk Editor The Record-Review

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December 23, 2015


Two questions for Stratford?

School board leaning toward splitting building project on referendum

The Stratford School Board is now leaning towards splitting proposed school renovations and building addi- tions into two referendum questions on the April 5 ballot. Board members fear a referendum won’t pass if the entire project is lumped together into one question at a combined price for taxpayers.

The consensus among people attend- ing the Dec. 3 school listening session was they wanted the “full Monty” of building renovations and additions in one referendum question. Stratford schools superintendent Scott Winch began fielding concerns immediately after the meeting, however, from resi- dents who felt the scope of the refer- endum project was too big and at too large of a price for taxpayers. Winch and the school board met with referendum building project manager Miron Construction and Somerville Architects to design a new strategy, and school board vice-president Chris Dickinson opened the Dec. 16 listening session by reading the following state- ment from the board. “The board is leaning toward this two-question solu- tion because it seems to provide us a good probability of address- ing our critical needs while maintaining a reasonable possibility of addressing our other priorities,” Dickinson said. Referendum ques- tion No. 1 entails heavy

renovation to the cur- rent schools and the

building addition of two science rooms and three general classrooms onto the northwest corner of the high school for an estimated cost of $16-$17 million. Referendum question No. 2 consists of building an auditorium with no overhead fly for props and two gyms onto the north side of the high school for an estimated cost of an additional $7-$8 million. The current gym would either still be used for games or as a practice gym. The school district’s financial officer, Brian Brewer of Robert W. Baird & Co., developed a chart with a range of cost to taxpayers if the school district takes out a 20-year loan at 3.75 percent for the building and renovation referendum project. It would cost the owner of a $100,000 house $82 per year more in school taxes if only the first question passes at $14 million, which is the renovation project’s low end if the school district chooses to purchase the cheaper new roof top units for supplying heating, ventilation, air conditioning to the buildings. The highest amount the school dis- trict would spend is $24 million if both referendum questions are passed. If this occurs the owner of a $100,000 home would pay $186 more each year in school taxes. John Southworth, a Stratford resi- dent and retired teacher, researched that the LuCille Tack Center in Spen- cer doesn’t have an overhead fly due to liability reasons, because trained per- sonnel would be required to operate

because trained per- sonnel would be required to operate Scott Winch GETTING THE LOWDOWN -Three Stratford



trained per- sonnel would be required to operate Scott Winch GETTING THE LOWDOWN -Three Stratford School

GETTING THE LOWDOWN-Three Stratford School District teachers attend a listening session Dec. 16 to find out the latest about a proposed high school and elementary school renovation and addition proposal.


Question 1 ($14-18 million): Renovations • Light Remodeling from Asbestos Abatement • • Heavy Remodeling
Question 1 ($14-18 million):
• Light Remodeling from Asbestos Abatement
• Heavy Remodeling (Locker Rooms, FACE, Ag, Special
Ed - MS/HS) (Kitchen - Elem.)
• HVAC Upgrade
• Electrical and Plumbing Modifications
• Restroom
• 2 Science Classrooms
• 3 General Classrooms

Question 2 ($7-8.2 million):

New Construction

Auditorium with 550 seats and no fly


2 station gym

the system. He also figured it “was only a mat- ter of time” before the school board separated the proposed renovations and building additions into two refer- endum questions. “A new auditorium is certainly a need and want to commend all the people involved in sports versus, you

might say the auditorium because dis- cussions so far have been very good,” Southworth said. “I just want to say people who are in favor of an audito- rium voted for all those sports things over the years too and we still don’t have an auditorium, and I feel that it really needs to be looked at closely.” School board president Dan Thomp-

son told Southworth it was up to him to go out into the community and rally people together to support the second referendum question that contains building an auditorium. “There needs to be more than five board members talking this up,” he said. “There are a lot of people that think question two is a lot of want, to


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be honest, and that’s why it will depend on the people here to get out and pro- mote this as to why this is a need and not a want because it will come with a hefty price tag.” School board member Jamie Wenzel urged people attending the meeting to ask around if there are any affluent people living in the Stratford area who would donate money toward building an auditorium and gyms. “I feel we have a very giving com- munity and I truly believe there are people out there who would be willing to donate money toward the building project, that’s why it’s difficult for us as a board, along with Miron and Somer- ville, to come up with an idea,” he said. “I’m big on educating people but the problem is I’m seeing the same group of people at all the listening sessions, and we need to educate those people not here.” Residents Travis Skroch and Barb Schoenfuss didn’t like the idea of hav- ing two separate referendum ques- tions. “I don’t like the two part questions because we need the gym and an audi- torium, but if only question one passes then we still don’t have a gym and an auditorium,” Barb Schoenfuss said. Skroch wondered if the total cost of questions one and two combined could

be pared down under 20 to 25 percent, but Miron building referendum project manager Tim Spindler said it’s never good to “go cheap” on renovations and building additions. “Numbers are always a hot button topic but in school referendums that have passed in the last year, from bud- geting to bidding, the industry cur- rently has favorable interest rates but the trades are losing people and that demand is escalating the cost of con- struction,” Spindler said. Resident Craig Warosh said his Stratford School District taxes have in- creased by 17.5 percent in the past six years. Winch said the school district’s mil rate has gone down but the value of property in the school district con- tinues to increase, resulting in higher school taxes. School board clerk Pam Warosh wants to see what the extra operating cost would be for the additions of new classrooms, an auditorium and two ex- tra gyms. “I don’t think our janitorial staff is going to be equipped to deal with all this additional space,” she said. Steve Schoenfuss wondered wheth- er the auditorium and gym additions could be separated into separate ref- erendum questions, but Winch said he didn’t feel that was a good idea.

“I would prefer to not separate them because we don’t want to split a com- munity,” Winch said. “I would rather want one community working together for one goal.” Winch said he plans to attend the vil- lage of Stratford public works meeting at the end of January to further dis- cuss the possibility of closing the 500 block of Third Avenue between the el- ementary and high schools, to provide more green space and parking for the school district that will be lost if one or both of the referendum questions pass. He also said the school district is us- ing money gained back from the vil- lage closing Tax Incremental Finance District No. 1 to attempt to purchase the Becher family property on North Street for $100,000 to gain more green space, whether or not the second refer- endum passes or not. Another school referendum listen- ing session will be held from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, in the high school band room. The school board will then discuss a building referendum idea and total cost at its meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, in the Stratford Elementary School community room and will then vote on a resolution at its meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, in the community room.


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was only meant as a means to a civil conversation.”

He called the township reaction to ETZ disappointing and that the village

is moving on.

“We are not going to beat our head against the wall,” he said. “We don’t have time or money to do unproductive things.” Kurtz said the village, which is en- gaged in a re-write of its comprehen- sive plan, hopes to enlist the help of North Central Regional Planning to engage in a planning discussion with area townships. Kurtz met with town of Rib Falls of- ficials last week Tuesday to schedule future planning meetings. Representa- tives from the town of Cassel and Mar- athon County Conservation Planning and Zoning Department were present. He said he is confident the village can have similar discussions with the

towns of Stettin and Cassel, but not the town of Marathon. Kurtz said he would find it difficult to have joint village and town meet- ings with Keith Langenhahn, town of Marathon chairman, because he and his wife, Paula, have pending a trip- and-fall lawsuit against the village of Marathon City and American Legion Post 469 concerning an incident at Fun Days. A three-day jury trial is sched- uled for Aug. 16-19, 2016. “The town of Marathon is still a challenge,” Kurtz said. Keith Langenhahn said he finds it odd the village of Marathon City feels he is difficult to communicate with. “Whenever the village wants to no- tify us about when they are going to in- crease contract rates for First Respond- ers or fire service, they know how to leave a message on my cell phone,” he said.

Langenhahn said he “not surprised” the village’s unfruitful use of ETZ is coming to an end. “It basically created a lot of hard feel- ings,” he said. “It hurt their businesses and hurt the community as a whole.” Langenhahn said he sees “no con- nection” between his family’s lawsuit against the village and any future dis- cussion between the the town of Mara- thon and the village of Marathon City. The chairman said he doesn’t let per- sonal business interfere with his du- ties as a town official. “I took an oath of office to serve the town of Marathon,” he said. Langenhahn said he thinks his town- ship has done a good job with planning and zoning over the years. “We do good land use planning here,” he said. “It’s not a problem.”

Health insurance

Drug arrest

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Marathon County Jail on a $50,000 cash

bond. He was already out on bond await- ing sentencing on previous charges when he was stopped on Sunday. According to a report from the Colby- Abbotsford Police Department, Rogers was pulled over on South Fifth Street

in Abbotsford after an officer noticed he

failed to come to a complete stop at the stop sign on North Second Street and West Pine Street. The officer also esti-

mated Rogers’ car was going 45 miles per hour in a 25 mph zone. The officer wrote in his report Rogers was upset at being pulled over and said he knew he was going to jail because his license was revoked and he was violating his bond. Prior to the traffic stop, the officer noted he saw Rogers’ vehicle parked at a house “with residents who know to use and distribute controlled substances.” Arrangements were made for a K-9 to be deployed before the stop, the report states. The K-9 alerted on Rogers’ vehicle, and the officer opened the hood and found an object stuffed into a covered compart- ment. Inside were a couple of ziplock baggies containing a white powder later determined to be cocaine. Rogers denied knowing anything about the drugs or how they got into his vehicle. “Anthony told me it appeared to be cocaine and he isn’t into cocaine,” the officer’s report states. “Anthony said he feels as if he is being framed.” However, Rogers also told the officer that he is unemployed but could not ex- plain why he had over $1,900 in cash on him. Rogers was arrested and transport-

ed to the Marathon County Jail.

Capt. Greg Bean of the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department said the

department’s Special Investigations Unit executed a search warrant Monday at Rogers’ apartment on Alfred Street in Athens. Police seized 1.8 grams of metham- phetamine worth about $150 to $200, plus

a small amount of marijuana, a drug

pipe and one round of ammunition, ac- cording to Bean. Rogers was previously arrested in Ab- botsford in February of 2014 and charged with possession of methamphetamine and possession of a firearm as a felon. Eighty grams of crystal meth, estimated to be worth at least $12,000, was seized from a home on West Sycamore Street where Rogers and another suspect were found.

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dividuals in central Wisconsin was the most expensive in Wisconsin. Pre- miums and deductibles in Wausau, Stevens Point and Marshfield were

$10,918, the group said, compared with premiums and deductibles of $6,448 in Madison. The state average of single individual market premiums and de- ductibles figures to $8,422. Large employers also pay relatively high prices for their workers’ health insurance here in central Wisconsin, Citizen Action said. The single annual cost of premiums and deductibles in Wausau is $9,605. That compares with

a Madison cost of $8,010. The state av-

erage cost is $9,255. Small employers, however, get a break on health insurance. Citizen Ac- tion says the small group health insur- ance cost in premiums and deductibles for Wausau, Marshfield and Stevens Point is $7,134, significantly below the

state average of $7,417. The comparable small group cost in Madison is $7,246. Spokespeople for the state Office of the Commissioner of Insurance (OCI) and an area insurance company, Se- curity Health Plan, said underlying health care costs were the reason for what they admitted were sizeable re- gional differences in insurance premi- ums across Wisconsin. OCI representative J.P. Wieske said Wisconsin has a competitive health in- surance market with 25 licensed com- panies vying for business. The state’s competitive health insur- ance marketplace is proven by its re- cord of consumer rebates, he said. The federal Affordable Care Act requires all health insurance companies to pay out at least 80 percent of all premiums in claims or give rebates to consumers. Wisconsin is one of the states with the lowest percentages of consumer re-

bates, noted Wieske. Wieske said OCI reviews all health insurance policies to ensure their pric- es are neither “excessive” or so “inad- equate” such that a company would be unable to pay claims as promises in policies. Marty Anderson, director of con- sumer marketing for Security Health Plan, said Madison enjoys lower insur- ance costs because of the number of integrated health systems in that city, including Dean Health Plan, Unity and Group Health Cooperative. Integrated health systems have hos- pitals, health insurance companies and other providers all in one compre- hensive system system. Anderson said, locally, Marshfield Clinic is integrated with Security Health Plan, but it is not connected with St. Joseph’s Hospital. “We are integrated here to a point,”

he said. Anderson said the Aspirus system has a relationship with Arise health

insurance, but they are not part of a single organization. The spokesman said the cost of health insurance in central Wisconsin

is a large problem.

“The cost of care is unsustainable,” Anderson said. “The cost of care will increase so people will no longer will be able to afford it. Some people are al- ready at that point.” Neither Marshfield Clinic nor Aspi- rus returned telephone calls request- ing comment on the Citizen Action report.

Comment on the report was sought from local legislators, including Reps. Bob Kulp (R-Stratford) and John Spiros (R-Marshfield), as well as Sen. Jerry Petrowski (R-Marathon). No legislator returned a telephone call.

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Christmas masses

Christmas Eve Mass will be held at 4 p.m. Dec. 24 at St. Anthony Catholic Church in Athens and 6 p.m. at St. Thomas Catholic Church in Milan. Mass will be held at 7:30 a.m. Christmas Day at St. Thomas and at 9 a.m. at St. Anthony’s. There will be a 4 p.m. Mass New Year’s Eve at St. An- thony. Masses will be held on New Year’s Day at 7:30 a.m. at St. Thomas and 9 a.m. at St. Anthony.

Trinity’s services

Trinity Lutheran Church in Athens will hold a church ser- vice at 4 p.m. on Christmas Eve and a candlelight worship ser- vice at 7 p.m. Christmas morning worship will be at 9 a.m. New Year’s Eve worship will be at 7 p.m., fol- lowed by board games, cards, chess and other fun activities.

College graduation

The University of Wiscon- sin-Green Bay has announced that Holly Schreiner of Ath- ens graduated during its Dec. 19 ceremony.

Pay it forward

The Athens class of 1975 is encouraging Athens High School students to pursue a career after high school. The class will provide over $1,000 of financial assistance


over $1,000 of financial assistance COMMUNITY LIVING Tournament champions The Athens High School wrestling team

Tournament champions

The Athens High School wrestling team took first place at the Wabeno Rebel Invite Dec. 12, marking their second straight tournmanet title to open the season after the Bluejays also won the John Robert Duals Dec. 5 at Antigo High School.

for educational courses in- cluding, but not limited to, music, computers, engineer- ing or agriculture. Partial reimbursement of 20 percent, but not greater than $200, will be provided upon verification of comple- tion of an approved course. The class of 1975 challenges all other classes to “pay it for- ward.”

500 Club

The 500 Club met at the home of Alvera Henrichs at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 16. Creme de menthe cake and coffee were served before play- ing. Bitsy Ewan took first place, and Lynne Harder and Sophie

Braun tied for second place. Henrichs received low score. The club will next meet at 1:30 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, at Harder’s home.

Athens Acres 4-H

The Athens Acres 4-H met on Dec. 15 at the Athens High School music room. The Pledge of Allegiance and 4-H pledge was recited and roll call was taken with 51 mem- bers present. Members having December birthdays were Aaron Passehl, Siarra Hart and Autumn West- fall. The secretary minutes and treasury reports were ap- proved as read. Committee re- ports were given. Cloverbuds

will meet on Sunday, Jan. 10, at 1 p.m. at the Athens Fire Hall to make treats for the birds and start plant cuttings for the fair. Swine project members were reminded of the MASS meet- ing on Jan. 3. Under old business, the club has all the fees and enrollments completed. The Athens Circle of Joy sent a thank you note for the recent donation of 140 items. The bandstand decorating went well and the club is plan- ning new things for next year. Ten members helped decorate cookies at Mountain Terrace Assisted Living in Wausau. New business includes cook- ie decorating on Dec. 18 at the fire hall. The club will be donat-

ing 12 dozen cookies to Trin- ity’s Cookies, Candy and more sale. Members are asked to pick up scrapbook pages from Jenny Lipinski so they can document their 4-H year for 2015-2016. The club is interested in learning to curl so they will plan a date in February or March with Mary Nelson. The forms for the Udder Plunge and snowshoe race are out so members are asked to pick one up and get their reg- istrations done early. The date this year is Jan. 30 at Erbach Park. The Athens Area Trail As- sociation is planning a night walk at Erbach Park on Feb. 20 starting at 7 p.m. This is a fun family activity and a chance to check out the trails at night. The club will be tying blan- kets on Saturday, Jan. 16, at 10 a.m. at Pat and Michelle So- cha’s home. The Ha-Ha-Box winner was Miranda Myszka. The meeting was adjourned to the commons for pizza and nachos. The next meeting is on Tuesday, Jan. 19, at 7 p.m. at the Athens High School music room.


The TLC group (Tender Loving Care) is offering free lessons on knitting and cro- cheting from 1:30-3 p.m. every Wednesday at the Athens Area Fire Department hall. Call D. Strack at 715-257-7376 with questions.

Udder Snowshoe race

The Udder Snowshoe race will be held Saturday, Jan. 30, at Erbach Park in Athens. The event consists of a three- mile snowshoe race and hike through the wooded Erbach


St. Anthony’s Catholic Church: Daily Mass is at 8:15

a.m. Mon.-Thurs. and every first Friday of the month. Sacrament of Reconciliation on Saturdays at 3 p.m. and Mass is at 4 p.m. Sunday Mass is at 9 a.m. For more information call 715-257-


St. Thomas Catholic Church, Milan: Sunday Mass at 7:30 a.m. Sacrament of Rec- onciliation at 7:30 p.m. Confes- sions on Sunday at 7:30 a.m. For more information call 715-


Trinity Lutheran Church, Athens: Services on Saturday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m. Bible study at Plisch Apartments on Mondays at 1 p.m. For more information call 715-257-7526.

Christ United Church:

Sunday worship services are at 10:30 a.m. Church school on the second and fourth Saturdays from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Holy Family Catholic Church, Poniatowski:

Saturday, Sacrament of Recon- ciliation at 6:30 p.m., Mass is at 7 p.m. Saturday and at 9:30 a.m. Sunday. For more informa- tion call Father Thomas Huff at 715-352-3011 or Deacon Leroy Knauf at 715-298-3196. Athens Mennonite Church: Sunday services at 10 a.m. Morning worship at 11 a.m. A congregational hymn sing at 7:45 p.m. plus a topic discussion every fourth Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Midweek services Wednesdays at 7:45 p.m.

Athens Assembly of God Church: Sunday services at 9:30 a.m. For more information call 715-257-7747. St. Paul Lutheran Church, Hamburg: Satur- day service the first Saturday of the month at 6:30 p.m. Sun- day service at 8:30 a.m. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Bible class on Sunday at 4 p.m. For more information call Pastor Biebert at 715-675-3751.

Athens Community Fel- lowship Church: Sunday services at 10 a.m. Wednesday prayer service at the home of a parishioner at 7:45 p.m. St. Paul’s Lutheran Church (Hamburg) - Wor- ship services Sundays at 8 a.m. Sunday school classes Sundays at 8:45 a.m.

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Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996

Bern resident puts out fire

A town of Bern resident put

out a structure fire last week but not before it caused $1,000 damage.

A heat lamp used to warm a

dog shelter fell over into some

cedar chips and started a fire at the Bradley and Dorene Bahler residence, 6428 Iron Bridge Rd., according to the Marathon County Sheriff’s Department. The family reported a dam- aged $300 window and $700 in- siding and deck lumber.


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Park, and it will be held regardless if there is snow or not. Registration is at 8 a.m. the day of the race, which begins at 10:30 a.m. The awards ceremony is at noon. Medals will be given to the top four finalists in each age group, all children 12 years and younger will receive an award and top three male and female finishers overall will receive trophies. There will be a warming shelter with free hot soup, beverages available for purchase, changing rooms and door prizes. After the awards ceremony, there will be a children’s treasure hunt. The polar plunge will begin at 12:30 p.m. There is a registration fee. Contact Chris Kepner at 715-257-9178 for more


Story Time

Family Story Time is held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays at the Athens Branch Library. It consists of stories and activities for children newborn to five years old and their families.

Schwan’s Cares

Trinity PTL Schwan’s Cares Fundraiser continues. Order at www.schwanscares.com or call 1-888-schwans and enter Trinity’s campaign number, 19117, and place an order. Any purchases placed over the next period of time, Trinity will receive

five percent of sales. The fundraiser goes until March 2016. This fundraising effort helps off- set funds for activities and other items that PTL helps pay for. If you have any questions, call Vicki Halop- ka at 715-607-0716, or email her at halopkaav@gmail.com. She can also assist you in placing an order.

Senior Citizens

The Senior Citizens card group met Dec. 17 for weekly card playing at the Athens Area Fire and Ambulance Hall. Three games of Sheepshead were played. Norbert Lake won the first game and Pat Frank took second. John Totzke

won the second game and Rosemarie Bergmann was second. Butch Boris won the third game and Ceil Frank placed second. The Senior Citizens card group will meet again Thursday, Dec. 31, at 1 p.m.

Christmas display

Christmas is in “full bloom” at the Trinity Lutheran Church parsonage in Athens, as Pastor Mark Schwalenberg has coordinated a light and music dis- play which lasts approximately 20 min- utes. People can park their vehicles in front of the parsonage and turn their radio to 106.9 FM to enjoy the lights and music.

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Medical equipment

The American Legion Saw- yer-Drumm Post in Edgar has medical equipment available for public use. The equipment includes crutches, canes, por- table toilets, shower chairs, wheelchairs and several styles of walkers. The equipment may be used by Edgar area res- idents without charge or time restriction. Donations of med- ical equipment are welcome. For more information, con- tact Billy or Sylvia Fergot at



A son, Easton Scott, was born Dec. 4, 2015, to Joshua and Danyelle Eberhardt, Ed- gar, at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital. The infant weighed eight pounds, 15 ounces and measured 21 inches. A son, Carter Kris, was born Dec. 8, 2015, to Kris and Beth Borchardt, Weston, at the Wausau Aspirus Hospital. The infant weighed eight pounds, two ounces and and measured 19.8 inches at birth. The grandparents are David and Bonnie Piesik, Bancroft, and James and Maureen Bor- chardt, Edgar.

Concerts planned

The Edgar Fine Arts Associ- ation has announced a sched- ule of concerts in 2016. Brad Emanuel, the winner of the 2013 Hodag Festival best performer award, will play country music in a family- friendly concert 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 10, at the Edgar Public School auditorium. You can get advanced tickets at Berg Company. John Greiner’s Little Big

tickets at Berg Company. John Greiner’s Little Big Family Fun night Edgar Elementary school sponsored a

Family Fun night

Edgar Elementary school sponsored a holiday cookie decoration night last Thursday. Students and their parents toured various stations to decorate cookies and cakes with frosting, sparkles and marshmal- lows. All children left with a plate of decorated cookies.

Band will play at the Edgar High School jazz band spaghet- ti dinner at 5 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 13. The music begins at 6:30 p.m. Country music band The Blend will perform Saturday, April 2, 6 p.m. Thursday concerts in Oak Street Park, Edgar, will run from July 28 through Aug. 18. Performers will be announced.

Hope Lutheran

Hope Lutheran Church, town of Frankfort, has sched- uled Christmas activities. There will be a Christmas Eve

cantata Wednesday, Dec. 24, 5 p.m. Christmas Day worship service will be held Thursday, Dec. 25, at 9:30 a.m.

Snowmobile safety

A snowmobile safety course will be taught Monday through Wednesday, Dec. 28-30, 4:30-8 p.m., at the Edgar fire station. Registration forms can be picked up at the Edgar village hall, St. John’s School office or at the Edgar Middle School of- fice. For more information, con- tact Deb, 715-574-9100.

Public library

The Marathon County Pub- lic Library will hold a second annual Love in Six words con- test. The contest involves en- capsulating what love means to you in only six words. Entries will be accepted be- tween Jan. 13, 2016, and Feb. 10, 2016. The winners will be announced on Valentine’s Day. The top five entries will be shared in library displays and social media, Drop off pa- per entries at any Marathon County public library loca- tion or email entries to love@ mcpl.us. The limit is three


St. John Lutheran Church, ELCA (W1000 CTH N) - Pastor Gail Sowell. Sunday worship at 9 a.m. with Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. Communion the first and fourth Sunday of each month. www.stjohnelcaed gar.org. 715-352-2524 St. Stephen Evangelical Lutheran Church (Edgar) - Interim Pastor Gail Sowell. Wor- ship with communion Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Sunday school at 9:30 a.m. Womens’ Bible study the second Tuesday of each month at 1 p.m. 715-352-2491. St. John Lutheran Church (High Steeple) -

Rev. Jeffery Lambrecht. Sunday worship at 10:15 a.m. Sunday school at 9 a.m. Wednesday worship/Bible study at 7:30 p.m. St. John the Baptist Catholic Church (Edgar) - Father Thomas Huff, 715-352- 3011. Daily mass at 8:15 a.m.; Saturday at 4 p.m.; Sunday at 8 a.m. and 11 a.m. Confessions held Saturdays 3 to 3:30 p.m.; anytime by appointment. Peace Lutheran Church, LCMC/LEPC (F1843 Huck- leberry Rd., Frankfort) - Sunday worship at 9:30 a.m. with Sunday School during worship. Communion will be the second

Sunday of the month. Bethlehem Lutheran Church (Milan) - Sunday worship at 8:15 a.m. Sunday school at 9:15 a.m. Worship/Bi- ble study is Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. Hope Lutheran Church, LCMC (F4356 STH 97) - Pastor David Lathrop. Worship service Sunday at 9:30 a.m. Youth and adult Sunday school from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. Communion on the first, third and fifth Sundays of each month. Bible study is

the first Tuesday of the month at 1 p.m. The Mill Church (Edgar)- Sunday worship 10 a.m. at Ed- gar High School auditorium,


10 a.m. at Ed- gar High School auditorium, 715-223-7496. St. Stephen Lutheran Church entries per person.

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entries per person. Vulgar or excessively graphic entries will not be considered. Call 715-261-7230 for more infor- mation. The Edgar Public Library Book Club will meet to dis- cuss “A Week in the Winter” by Maeve Binchy on Thurs- day, Jan. 14, 2016, at 12:30 p.m. The Edgar Branch Public Library will hold a Family Fun Night “Gingerbread and More!” on Monday, Jan. 18, 6-7 p.m. Children and their fami- lies are invited to learn about the history of gingerbread – from medieval festivals to the “gingerbread husbands” maidens would eat to improve their chances of marrying a knight.

Christmas schedule

St. Stephen ELCA has an- nounced Christmas worship. On Thursday, Dec. 24, there will be a musical prelude by members of the congregation at 6:30 p.m. A candlelight com- munion service with the Rev. Jeff Tarras will follow at 7 p.m. On Friday, Dec. 25, there will be a communion worship with Rev. Gail Sowell at 10:30 a.m.

Punt, Pass and Kick

Two students from Edgar ad- vanced to the 2015 Green Bay Packers NFL Punt, Pass and Kick team championship on Dec. 13. Isabella Kaiser and Austin Miller competed at the Don Hutson Center and then were part of the pre-game en- tertainment for the Packers vs. Cowboys game. Isabella placed fourth and Austin placed third. Both attend St. John’s Catholic School.

Christmas dinner

The Korner Kitchen, town of Wien, will host a free Christ- mas dinner Friday, Dec. 25, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. All are welcome. Donations will be collected for the Edgar/Marathon Cir- cle of Joy food pantry.




Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996

Foresters Meeting Ave Maria Court 741 of the National Catholic Society of Foresters met December 16 at the home of Eunice Tess at 1:30 p.m. Vice president Tess called the meeting to order. Mem- bers responded with prayer petitions. The treasurer gave a report of monies spent and received.


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A son, Connor James, was born to Dan and Theresa Bor- chardt, Kronenwetter, on Dec. 7, 2015, at the Aspirus Wausau Hospital. The infant weighed 10 pounds, nine ounces and mea- sured 22 inches at birth.

Veteran bowler

ounces and mea- sured 22 inches at birth. Veteran bowler Sis Hack K a t h



K a t h l e e n “Sis” Hack, 87, Marathon, re- cently bowled a 227 high game and 509 series at Marathon City Sports Center.


been bowling for 65 years.


St. John’s/Zion

St. John’s and Zion Luther- an Churches, town of Rib falls, have announced upcoming worship services. Christmas Eve worship ser- vice will be at St. John’s on Dec. 24 at 7 p.m. Christmas Day song service will be held at Zion on Dec. 25 at 10 a.m. Final regular Sunday worship service for 2015 will be at Zion on Dec. 27 at 10 a.m.

St. Matthew’s

St. Matthew’s Church, Mar- athon, has announced upcom- ing activities. There will be a Christmas Eve candlelight worship on Thursday, Dec. 24, at 7:30 p.m. On Christmas Day, Dec. 25, there will be worship at 9:30 a.m.


Dec. 25, there will be worship at 9:30 a.m. COMMUNITY LIVING Nativity scene The birth of

Nativity scene

The birth of Jesus was depicted as the finale for this year’s St. Mary’s Christmas program at St. Mary’s School, Marathon. Katrina Fredrickson played Mary, while Aaron Schumacher was Joseph and Lainey Putnam, the daughter of Paul and Karla Putnam, was the Baby Jesus. The Putnams have a lengthy his- tory of children who have been part of the St. Mary’s nativity scene at in the annual Christmas program. Their oldest daughter, Lauren, now in college, played Mary. Mitchell, a high school student, played Jo- seph. Their other children, Mason, Lena, Lindsay and Max, have all portrayed the infant Christ.

Worship with holy commu- nion on Sunday, Dec. 27, will be at 9:30 a.m. Bible instruction class will meet Wednesday, Dec. 30, at 6:30 p.m. New Year’s Eve wor-

ship with holy communion will be Thursday, Dec. 31, at 4 p.m.

Free throw contest





will host a free throw basket- ball contest Sunday, Jan 10, 1 p.m. in the St. Mary’s School gymnasium. The contest is open to all boys and girls ages 9 to 14. Winners will advance to


Rib Falls Methodist Church - Worship service on Sunday at 10 a.m. 154 East 19th Street, Marathon, 715-443-3139. St. Peter’s Lutheran Church, Little Chicago:

Pastor Phillip Bogen. Worship 8:30-9:30 a.m. Sunday school 9:30-10:30 p.m. 715-845-3530, www.stpeterhamburg.com. Sacred Heart Church, Cassel - Saturday worship at 8 p.m. Sunday worship at 8:30 a.m. Weekday Mass Friday at 8 a.m. Confessions are one-half hour before Masses or by ap- pointment. 3372 CTH S, Mara- thon, 715-443-3675. St. Matthew’s Lutheran, Marathon - Pastor Jon Hadler.

Sunday worship at 8 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. 715-443-2028. St. Patrick’s Catholic Church, Halder - Week- day Masses Tuesday at 7 p.m., Thursday at 8 a.m. Saturday wor- ship at 6 p.m. Sunday worship at 10 a.m. Halder Drive, Halder,


Highland Community Church (Marathon cam- pus) - Worship service, 10:30 a.m. 800 River Rd., Marathon, 715-842-5683. Pastor Brian Whitaker. Trinity Evangelical Lu- theran Church, Stettin - Pastor Phil Bogen, 715-845- 3530. Church services are Sun- day at 10:15 a.m. Sunday school

at 9 a.m. www.trinitystettin. org. St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Marathon - Saturday worship at 4 p.m. Sunday worship at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Weekday Masses at 8 a.m. except on days of funerals. 712 Market Street, Marathon,


Zion/St. John’s - Sunday worship at 10 a.m. Nov. 8 at Zion. Sun- day school will meet at 10:30 a.m.

a.m. Nov. 8 at Zion. Sun- day school will meet at 10:30 a.m. St. Mary’s Catholic

St. Mary’s Catholic Church

a regional contest to be held at

Wausau Newman High School on Sunday, Jan. 31.

Swim lessons

The Marathon Area Swim Association (MASA) will hold eight-week swim lessons from Jan. 4 to Feb. 27, 2016. Members can register by phone or online. Nonmembers can stop by the swim center at 401 4th Street to register and pay the fee or pay on-line by accessing the link at masas- wim.org/lessons.html. Preschool classes for chil- dren six months to five years and progressive classes for children over six years old are available Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Saturdays. Adult lessons are also avail- able as six-week sessions.

Basketball tourney

A girls and boys varsity and junior varsity basketball tour- nament will be held Tuesday and Wednesday, Dec. 30 and 31, at Marathon High School.

Public library

The Marathon Book Club will meet Monday, Jan. 1, 2016,

5:45 p.m. to 7 p.m. to discuss “A Man Called Ove” by Fredrik Backman. Children of all ages and their families are invited to

a LEGO Club meeting at the

marathon branch library on Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016, from 3:30-4:30 p.m.


A New Year’s Eve Retreat

will be held at St. Anthony’s Spirituality Center, Mara- thon, from Thursday, Dec. 31, to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 1, 2016. Father Al Burkhardt of St. Anne’s Parish, Wausau, will discuss a “spiritual bucket list” for 2016.




Wednesday, Dec. 25, 1996

St. Mary’s Court St. Mary’s Court 850 of Marathon held its annual Christmas party for 27 mem-

bers and spouses at Seubert’s Village Inn on Dec. 7.

A dinner was served and

prizes were given to Clara Stahel, Daniel Hoffman, Lyd- ia Hornung, Shelly Hoffman, Jackie Lemanski and Her- man Hornung. Special guest 62-year member Lucy Rajek won Fraternalist of the Year.

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23, 2015 The Record-Review BLUEJAYS Sports WILDCATS RED RAIDERS TIGERS THE SPORTING SCENE Stratford freshman
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The Record-Review BLUEJAYS Sports WILDCATS RED RAIDERS TIGERS THE SPORTING SCENE Stratford freshman Macey Kilty
The Record-Review BLUEJAYS Sports WILDCATS RED RAIDERS TIGERS THE SPORTING SCENE Stratford freshman Macey Kilty


THE SPORTING SCENE Stratford freshman Macey Kilty has ascended onto the high school wrestling scene
Stratford freshman Macey
Kilty has ascended onto the high
school wrestling scene by going
undefeated this season for the
Tigers, who are ranked No. 1 in
Division 3 and are in the top 50
teams in the country.
Kilty is currently ranked sev-
enth among all freshman in Wis-
consin in the 106-weight class
and she is No. 2 in Division 3, ac-
cording to Wisconsin Wrestling
She was undefeated in folk-
style wrestling last year, and
she has been a key component to
Stratford’s success this season.
Stratford beat Division 1 10th
ranked Stevens Point Area High
School, 50-18, at home Tuesday
night. This comes on the heels of
a 64-9 victory against Nekoosa at
home last Friday.
Tigers coach Joe Schwabe said
Kilty’s personality has rubbed
off on her teammates.
“She is having a great year
and her big smile before every
match kind of gets us all going,”
Schwabe was pleased with his
wrestling team’s hard-fought
match win against SPASH.
“SPASH has some great kids,”
he said. “We knew that going in
and that is why we scheduled each
other. Both sets of kids wrestled
tough. I was very pleased with
how our kids competed to the end
of each period as they continued
to try and score points. We didn’t
back off the entire match and went
for pins.
“Perhaps the highlight win of
the night was Jake Drexler defeat-
ing Brady Koontz in the last match
KILTY KEEPS WINNING-Stratford freshman Macey Kilty is undefeated this season
with a 12-0 record wrestling at 106 pounds. She is shown above wrestling senior
Brooke Thurber of Nekoosa last Friday. Kilty won with an 11-4 decision.
he said. “She is very intense and
focused. She has some extremely
high goals, not just for this year,
but in the future she is hoping to
make the United States National
team and represent the U.S. in
the Olympics.
“We are excited for her season
of the evening. It was a tough hard-
fought battle and Jake wrestled
very smart. I am proud of him and
the entire team.”
Stratford had no trouble beat-
ing a combined team of wrestlers
from Nekoosa, Wisconsin Rapids
Assumption and Port Edwards last
Winning Tiger wrestlers were
Kilty with an 11-4 decision against
Brooke Thurber at 106 pounds,
Jake Drexler with a technical fall
win against Brant Hall in 3:26 at
113, A.J. Schoenfuss with a techni-
cal fall win against Tyler Bender
in 32 seconds at 120 and Jeremy
Schoenfuss with a technical fall
win against Craig Elsen in 1:15 at
as she continues to progress and
train hard being pushed by her
teammates and herself. It is very
neat to see what this young lady
can do and time will tell if she is
the first-ever Wisconsin female
state champion.”
During Stratford’s huge match
win against SPASH, Kilty pinned
Xavier Klein in one minute and
30 seconds.
Other winners for Stratford
Female wrestler has helped
Stratford garner No. 1 ranking
included Jake Drexler winning
a 3-0 decision against Brady
cal fall win against Emmy Engel at 126,
Jordan Becker pinning Tanner Kluck
in 50 seconds at 138, Sam Wenzel pin-
ning Dylan Trigg in 43 seconds at 145,
Mason Kauffman winning a 17-2 tech-
nical fall against Logan Reed at 152,
David Marquardt winning a 8-0 major
decision against David Lummis at 160,
Kam Bornbach pinning Brandon in
one minute and 12 seconds at 220, and
Tyson Kauffman winning a 3-0 deci-
sion against Jacob Erdmann at 285.
Noah Knetter received a forfeit win at
Koontz at 113 pounds, Jeremy
Schoenherr with a 16-0 techni-
Other individual champions for
Stratford included Derek Marten
with a 7-2 decision win against Jor-
dan Sarver at 132 pounds, Becker
with a technical fall win against
Aden Elsen in 4:54 at 138, Mason
Kaufman with a 13-4 major deci-
sion win against Trevor Smith at
152, Bornbach with a technical fall
win against Cliff Hayes at 195 and
Jon Aguirre with a technical fall
win against Ryan Kuntz in 1:06.
Dylan Schoenherr received a for-
feit win at 170 pounds, Kyle Geibel a
forfeit win at 182 and Tyson Kauff-
man a forfeit win at heavyweight.
and Tyson Kauff- man a forfeit win at heavyweight. 195. GAINING THE ADVANTAGE- Edgar freshman Will

GAINING THE ADVANTAGE- Edgar freshman Will Raatz wres- tles Hunter Anderson of Phillips.

Wildcats sweep home duals

tles Hunter Anderson of Phillips. Wildcats sweep home duals Edgar’s wres- tling team won its home

Edgar’s wres- tling team won its home dual meet with Phil- lips and Chequa- megon in im- pressive fashion on Parent’s Night last Thursday. The Wildcats opened the dual meet with a 42-36 intense match win against Phillips. Freshman Ty Guden’s 6-5 decision win against Branden Bruneau at 126 pounds gained three team points for Edgar to win the match. Other winners for Edgar in- cluded Colton Heil with a pin

against Adam Mitchell in four minutes and 20 seconds at 138, Brock Handrick won an 18-3 technical fall against Alex Briske at 152, Will Raatz a 13-4 major decision win against Hunter Anderson and Alex Lemanski with a pin against Marty Peterson in 1:59 at 182. Edgar beat Chequamegon, 45-28, in the nightcap. Handrick pinned Trent Curry in 1:32 at 145, Raatz won a 1-0 decision against Nick Pinzl at 170, Lemanski pinned Sawyer Anderson in 1:29 at 182 and Reece Heidma nn pinned Robby Renker in

1:49 at 220. Edgar coach Kevin Koch was happy with how well his team wrestled to win the home duals. “It was great to see so many people in the stands support- ing our boys,” Koch said. “We were aggressive so we were able to win those tough matches that pulled us ahead. We are improving each day and working hard to get even better.”

Marathon 1-1 in duals








then fell to Phillips, 42-30. Joe Sedivy, Dave Klinger and Fernando Zavaleta se- cured pins against Chequa- megon. Joe Sedivy and Hunt- er Reed gained pins in the loss to Phillips.

Bluejays are winners

Athens beat Chequamegon, 66-10, Dec. 15. Tyson Sommer, Kevin Al- brecht, Klay Ellenbecker, Austin Engel, Nate Morse, Tannor Frahm, Marshall Westfall and Dakota Venzke all secured pins for Athens.


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Marathon boys basketball team helps young boy with cancer

Sports can be used as a powerful tool to bring a community together

to support a young boy battling can- cer. Bigger than the Marathon varsity boys basketball team’s 72-23 home win against Northland Lutheran last Friday was how the Marathon community reached out to support 12-year-old Connor Strasser who, in early November, was diagnosed with Stage 3 Non-Hodg- kin’s Lymphoma. Marathon coach Adam Jacobson said his players wanted to help out the Strasser fam- ily any way they could, so they all purchased Strasser Strong t-shirts and decided to have a 50/50 raffle during Friday’s game to raise money toward helping the fam- ily with its medical bills. There were also donation buck- ets for Conner by where the game tickets and conces- sions were sold.

“Unfortunately Connor is going

through this battle right now and my team captains came up to me and said the Strasser Strong t-shirt sales were going on at Marathon Area El- ementary School and at the MVA, and they were like ‘what can we do to help?’” Jacobson said. The team’s senior captains Ryan Gassner, Xavier Lechleitner and Preston Wirkus presented Connor and his parents Gerald and Sheryl Strasser with a basketball signed by

all members of the team during a halftime ceremony on Youth Night last Friday. They also gave the family

a basketball blanket, and the money

donations given collected during the first half. The winner of the 50/50 raffle also gave his portion of the money back to the family. “What the boys basketball team did for us was really neat,” Gerald Strasser said after halftime. “It is hard to bring a smile to someone who is dealing with cancer, but they were able to give Connor something to smile about.” Connor was deal- ing with a sinus in- fection in October like a lot of children do, but various medi- cations he received during a three-week span didn’t get rid of the virus. The gland in his neck had be- come swollen after one week, but his parents thought it was simply caused by the sinus infection. After three weeks had passed, an ear, nose and throat doc- tor checked Connor over and didn’t like what he saw. Connor was immediately ad-

mitted into the hos- pital, and a biopsy

determined that he had cancer but doc- tors didn’t know to what extent. Doctors then conducted CT and PET scans and discovered Connor had cancer spots in his lymph nodes in his neck and chest. Connor has been taking chemotherapy treat- ments since he was diagnosed, and he went to the doctor for another round of chemo treatments on Mon- day. Last week was his first full week back at MVA since he was diagnosed with cancer. Gerald Strasser said his son would need to keep receiving chemo treat-

said his son would need to keep receiving chemo treat- A WIN FOR CONNOR- Senior Ryan

A WIN FOR CONNOR-Senior Ryan Gassner helped the Red Raiders beat the Wildcats.

Ryan Gassner helped the Red Raiders beat the Wildcats. STRASSER STRONG- Marathon 12-year-old Connor Strasser pumps

STRASSER STRONG-Marathon 12-year-old Connor Strasser pumps his fist to the crowd during halftime of the Red Raiders’ home win last Friday against North- land Lutheran. Strasser is battling Non-Hodgkin’s Lymphoma.

ments until March or April until the cancer is gone from his body. “His doctors said if everything goes right Connor could be cured of his cancer, but since his immune sys- tem is suppressed right now, they are worried that may contact another ill- ness like pneumonia that could set him back,” he said. The community support effort be- gins Gerald Strasser recalled how he attended a service at St. Stephen Lu- theran Church in Edgar the Sunday after Connor was diagnosed with cancer. He was having a difficult time dealing with it, so he confided in church member Jeff Reiche, who is the principal at MAES and MVA. Gerald asked Reiche to announce to the schools that Connor had been di- agnosed with cancer. Reiche held an all-school assem- bly that Monday and announced to Connor’s classmates and teachers he’d been diagnosed with cancer. That night teachers began designing Strasser Strong t-shirts that sported

this message on the back: There is a can in cancer because we can beat it! They began selling the t-shirts at school to raise money to donate to the Strasser family toward their medical costs. “I was just blown away by what the teachers did for us,” Gerald Strasser said. “Connor is a fighter and I just can’t believe how much the Mara- thon community has come together to support our family.” Gerald Strasser is also thankful to the owners of Rock Oil Co. in Strat- ford, his employer for the past 21 years, for allowing him to take time off of work whenever needed to take Connor to the PEDS department at Marshfield Clinic in Marshfield for his chemotherapy treatments. “We are just praying right now Connor doesn’t contact another ill- ness,” Gerald Strasser said. “That’s all we can do right now is pray be- cause it’s in God’s hands. We only can do so much so it’s all up to the big guy upstairs. Some people don’t want it said but it’s the truth.”

Some people don’t want it said but it’s the truth.” SPORTS CALE NDAR Monday, December 28


Monday, December 28

Stratford - Girls basketball against Crandon at Lakeland tour- nament, 6 p.m.

Tuesday, December 29

Athens - Girls basketball against Eau Claire Regis in Marathon holi- day tournament, 2 p.m.; wrestling at Bi-State Classic in LaCrosse, 9:30 a.m. Edgar - Girls basketball vs. Colby,

5:45 p.m.; boys basketball vs. Col- by, 7:30 p.m.; wrestling at Northern Exposure tournament in Merrill, 8:30 a.m. Marathon - Girls basketball against Elk Mound in home holiday tournament, 6 p.m.; boys basketball against Tomahawk in home holiday tournament, 6 p.m. Stratford - Girls basketball at Lakeland tournament, TBD; boys basketball at Abbotsford, 7:15 p.m.; wrestling at Bi-State Classic in La- Crosse, 9:30 a.m.

Wednesday, December 30

Athens - Girls basketball at Mara- thon holiday tournament, 3:45 p.m. Edgar - Wrestling at Northern Ex- posure in Merrill, 8:30 a.m. Marathon - Girls basketball in championship game of home holi- day tournament, 7:45 p.m.; boys basketball in championship game of home holiday tournament, 6 p.m. Stratford - Wrestling at Bi-State Classic in LaCrosse, 9:30 a.m.

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Bluejay boys basketball stings Hornets

Raider, Wildcat girls win a pair

basketball stings Hornets Raider, Wildcat girls win a pair Five Athens boys basketball players scored in

Five Athens boys basketball players scored in double fig- ures to help the Blue- jays beat Colby, 65-57, on the road Monday

night. Guard Justin Kelly led all Athens scorers with 16 points, followed by Jameson Brooks and Sawyer Thurs with 12 points apiece. Lane Nich- olds and Paul Mroczenski each add- ed 11 points. Athens is now off until it plays at Port Edwards Jan. 4.

Tiger boys edge Royals

Derrick Schmidt poured in a game-high 27 points as Stratford downed Wisconsin Rapids Assump- tion, 61-57, at home Monday. Ethan Nagel added 13 points for the Tigers.

Wildcat boys earn a win

Tyler Engel scored 20 points to help Edgar down Chequamegon, 52- 28, on the road last Friday.

Edgar girls win a pair

The Wildcats cruised to an 85-14 Marawood North Conference win against Chequamegon last Thurs- day. Edgar senior Tianna Borchardt led all scorers with 27 points against the Indians. Dana Heidma


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nn led the team with nine steals. The Wildcats used the momentum gained to then beat conference foe Phillips, 64-37, Tuesday night. Borchardt again was the game’s top scorer with 23 points. Macey Wirkus added 15 points and six steals for the victors.

Tiger girls come up short

Stratford hung with Wiscon- sin Rapids Assumption, which is ranked high in Division 4, until the end of its 69-60 defeat to the Royals. The Tigers did shoot 59 percent from the field as a team. Senior Savannah Schillinger paced Stratford with 15 points, while Sammy Griesbach and Macie Frueh added 13 points apiece.

Athens girls drop contest

The Athens basketball team dropped a nonconference game to Northland Pines, 91-62, in Eagle River Monday. Kenadi Diedrich and Gabi Jan- ke led the Bluejays with 16 points apiece in the loss.

Marathon boys, girls win

Morgan Rachu achieved a double- double with 11 points and 10 re- bounds to help the Red Raider girls easily beat Northland Lutheran, 46- 28, at home last Thursday. The Marathon girls then defeated Newman Catholic, 72-48, Monday in Wausau, while the Red Raider boys nipped the Cardinals, 66-63, on the road Tuesday.

View from the cheap seats Casey Krautkramer Reporter The Record- Review A weekly perspective on
View from the
cheap seats
The Record-
A weekly perspective
on sports
A few people have asked me over
the last two weeks when I would
write an article on Stratford fresh-
man wrestler Macey Kilty compet-
ing in a predominantly male sport.
I hee hawed about the idea of writ-
ing an article on her just because
she’s a female wrestler. I decided this
week I would indeed write an article
on Macey, but not simply because she
is a female wrestler. The fact is that
she is darn good, and one of many
wrestlers who’ve helped Stratford’s
team to a No. 1 ranking in Division
3 this season.
I decided Macey deserved an ar-
ticle based solely on how she is mak-
ing an imprint on varsity high school
wrestling because she remains unde-
feated at 12-0.
The Tigers have plenty of young
talent besides just Kilty. For example,
Derek Marten and Dylan Schoenherr
are some other good incoming fresh-
man. Sophomores Jake Drexler, A.J.
Schoenfuss, Jeremy Schoenherr and
Jordan Becker are also very good
wrestlers who deserve attention.
Stratford will be gaining most
of the media attention this season
based on their No. 1 ranking, but
let’s not forget about Edgar who is
also traditionally good at wrestling.
The Wildcats also have a ton of
talented young wrestlers including
freshmen Jakob Lipinski, Ty Guden,
Michael Opela, Brock Handrick, Da-
kota Strasser, Tyler Skrzypcak, Will
Raatz and Ryan McKibben.
Edgar’s team will be a force to be
reckoned with down the road be-
cause of its talented sophomore class
that consists of Martin Sahattchiev,
Colton Heil, Dylan Woller, Cade Lit-
tleton, Bryce Imhoff, Austin Dvorak,
Kade Schraufnagel and Reece Heid-
The Athens wrestling team contin-
ues to win matches this season, and
the Bluejays will look to continue
their success at the Bi-State Classic
next week in LaCrosse. Stratford,
meanwhile, will look to beat out all
teams in all divisions at the Bi-State
Classic for the second consecutive
Edgar’s wrestling team has a much
shorter drive up to Merrill for the
Northern Exposure wrestling tour-
nament, where its younger wrestlers
will look to gain more experience.
It was cool witnessing the Mara-
thon community band together to
support Connor Strasser, who is bat-
tling cancer, during last Friday’s var-
sity boys basketball game.
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Edgar project has $63,000 surplus

An Act 32 funded project at Edgar Public School has come in $63,000 under budget, administrator Dr. Cari Guden told school board members last week Wednesday. Guden said the unspent money could

be used for further improvements or, if the board chooses, to pay down debt. The Act 32 project paid for roof repairs, new exterior windows, clocks, a high school security entrance and security cameras. Board member Bill Dittman questioned

whether the surplus could pay to re-skin the district’s courtyard

greenhouse. “I am not saying we should do this but we did talk about that as a possibility,” he said. Board members last spring listed re- placing the school greenhouse as a pos- sible project in the Act 32 project, but it was eventually discarded as a low prior- ity. Guden said she would need to check if the board could legally use the surplus cash for a greenhouse project. Bond counsel at Baird and Co., Milwaukee, has told her the board can use the sur- plus dollars for any projects that qualify for Act 32 funding, she said. Guden said ICS, the consulting firm that oversaw the Act 32 project, will re- port to the district energy savings from the project over the next 15 years.

The administrator said Edgar Public Schools now qualifies for Energy Star

certification due to the Act 32 improve- ments. Board members questioned how the new security cameras work. “It’s much improved…night and day,” said Edgar High School and Middle School princi- pal Jordan Sinz. He said the system, which is motion activat- ed, can record and store weeks, if not months, of activity. He said the pic- ture quality is better and the camera system soft-

ware is easy to use. The principal said he can ob- serve school activity in real

The principal said he can ob- serve school activity in real Edgar school board in fourth/fifth

Edgar school board in fourth/fifth grade classrooms

time. In other school board business:

School administrators told the board that a new bullying policy is working out. “The reporting piece has worked well,” said administrator Guden. Principal Sinz said he now has more communication with parents about all kinds of discipline issues, both bullying but also just student conflcits. “Those conversations have in- creased,” he said.

Board members accepted the res- ignation of school custodian Jim Heid- mann. The board approved hiring assis- tant varsity baseball and softball coach- es. Administrator Guden argued for the extra coaches. She said having one var-

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sity coach was not ideal. Sometimes the varsity and junior varsity teams do not play at the same location, Guden said, and it is better to have base running coaches at both first and third bases. Cost for the extra coaching positions is $3,600. Board members approved first readings of several policies. Board member Corey Mueller said he opposed

out-of-district residents paying $100 to use school bus transportation for their open enrollment students. Administra- tor Guden said she would research the issue for future discussion prior to a second reading.

Board members toured the fourth

and fifth grade classrooms that have been transformed into personal learn- ing “communities.” Forty-six students in the grades are organized into nine “tribes” where students learn Core Curriculum standards at their own pace with the use of Chromebooks that use Google Classroom. Teachers told the school board that both parents and grandparents support the new learning environment. The teachers said the students are en- gaged in their school work because they have “voice and choice” in how they learn the school standards. Students, they said, are expected to collaborate and learn subject matter as a group. Principal Lisa Witt told school board members that teachers are able to spend more time with struggling stu- dents while they allow “high flyer” stu- dents to move quickly through school subjects.

“We are really giving our top kids what they need,” she said. The teachers said educators from Rib Lake will visit the fourth and fifth grade classrooms in the near future.

Garbage containers on their way

New garbage and recycling contain- ers from Harter’s Fox Valley Disposal will be delivered to Marathon City resi- dents over the next two weeks, accord- ing to administrator Andy Kurtz. The containers will first be used Jan. 4, 2016. The old containers from Advanced Disposal will be picked up by the com- pany the first week of January. The con- tainers can be located by the curb. Kurtz said residents have a choice of the new 95 gallon or 65 gallon garbage and recycling containers. Residents who do not receive the correct size con- tainers are urged to contact the village office at 715-443-2221. The administrator noted that Har- ter’s will not pick up waste oil on the curbside. Residents with waste oil are recommended to bring the oil to the vil- lage of Marathon City garage in appro- priate containers. He said residents are free to keep their old recycling bin. It may be recy- cled, if desired.


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Paid volunteerism plan tabled

January vote is scheduled

A proposal to give bonus pay to

teachers and other staff for volunteer- ing proved so controversial on Monday that the Athens Board of Education, while scheduled to vote on the issue, tabled it, instead. Two people voiced their displeasure to the school board during the regular board meetings about the school dis- trict wanting to compensate teachers and staff based on their amount of community service hours worked.

No board member made a motion to

approve the proposal and it was tabled until a future board meeting. The school board’s personnel, fi- nance and transportation committee now plans to meet at a date not yet de- termined in early January to further discuss the matter, before the school board’s regular monthly board meet- ing at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18. Last year the school district gave its teachers and staff equal amounts of bonus pay from money left over in the budget. Athens schools superintendent Tim Micke said the school district es- timates how much money is needed each year for various areas of opera- tion, and some years the district comes in under the amount budgeted. He said board members decided to “take it to the next level” with certain criteria teachers and staff need to meet with volunteer work in the community to earn bonus pay. “We need to remember this is bonus pay and it doesn’t affect a person’s con- tract or anything they are contracted to do,” Micke said. “This is a perfor- mance bonus because a person can choose not to do any volunteer work in the community and their contract will be upheld.” Athens school board president Pat- rick Kornack said the school district needed to find a place to spend the money left over from the estimated yearly budget.

“School finance, as everyone is aware, is ugly and ideally it would be great if the school district could just keep that leftover budgeted money, but keeping it does affect the amount of state aid we receive for the next year,” he said.

Woman is charged

A 56-year-old Arpin woman faces criminal charges following a Dec. 20 incident where she allegedly broke open a locked front door at the town of Cleveland home of her husband to retrieve a red rug. The couple is in the midst of divorce proceedings. The Marathon County Sheriff’s De- partment arrested the woman and, af- ter handcuffing her, transported her to jail. According to an incident report, the woman used her hip to break through the front door, causing an estimated $1,500 in damage. Charges against the woman include criminal damage to property, violat- ing a restraining order and bail jump- ing.

violat- ing a restraining order and bail jump- ing. DO THE RIGHT THING -School board Jon

DO THE RIGHT THING-School board Jon Wagner on Monday said it was appropri- ate to return budget surpluses to teachers as a way of boosting morale.

Todd Barkow, Athens schools main- tenance supervisor, was upset that it was brought up in a recent personnel and finance committee meeting that some district residents are having an issue with teachers and staff earning

bonus pay for volunteering in the com- munity. “I think we should start by giving teachers and staff bonus pay on their performance at work because that’s the way it has been in my previous work settings,” he said during public discussion. “I am all for helping out the community but how do you judge

if one person works four hours and an-

other person puts in two days’ worth of work? This program is too vague and too premature yet to actually be mak- ing a decision on it.” Athens resident James Weideman is

a former student teacher in the Ath-

ens School District who was perplexed over the district considering awarding teachers and staff bonus pay or their

community involvement. “If a teacher is volunteering that’s great but will it turn into the point where you are getting paid for it so go out and volunteer?” he said. “I want my son’s educators focusing on the classroom they are in. If they have time to go out and do other things, great, but I would rather take the money you guys have for this bonus program and pay our teachers. One of the surveys the school district sent out to residents had a question on how the district can retain teachers, and one of things would be to make the pay scale equivalent to other school districts. So I think we just stick that extra budget money into the teacher pay scale.” Barkow was also concerned about the school district being able to retain its good teachers. “Some of those teachers live in other towns yet we are telling them if they want to get bonus pay then they need to do something for this town,” he said. “I

thought the idea was to keep these good teachers here regardless of where they live, so please, I hope you don’t make a decision now so you can do more fur- ther research and look into implement- ing a different pay scale.” School board vice-president Jon Wagner said the board felt it was only right to give teachers and staff money left over from the budget. “We knew morale is down across the state in public education, and as a board, we were looking for a way to thank our staff and maybe build mo- rale by giving a little of what we had back to our staff instead of keeping it in our fund balance and then end up losing it,” he said. “It’s a work in prog- ress and there may be years coming up where we don’t have that money. It’s here for now but it could be gone given the way the state budget is and the up- hill battle we are fighting. Hopefully we can continue to do it but there is no guarantee.” Weideman wondered if there would be extra cost involved in the school dis- trict awarding bonus pay to teachers and staff based on their amount of vol- unteer work in the community? “Who is going to monitor the volun- teering?” he said. “Are we going to pay Tim (Micke) extra money to monitor how much volunteer work teachers are doing? It’s not just the volunteering but now we have an additional admin- istration fee because now Bev (Braun) needs to cut a check for someone volun- teering. So I would just rather see the bonus pay streamlined into the teacher pay scale.” Weideman also wondered whether some of the left over money from the budget could be used to better compen- sate the school district’s sports coach- es. “Can’t we roll over bonus pay to the next year and increase pay for coach- ing positions which are basically vol- unteer positions if you break it down hourly?” he asked. Micke said the school board ap- proved pay raises for coaches two years ago, and the school district does award coaches bonus pay if their teams ad- vance past the first round of the play- offs. Micke further said he is currently reviewing the athletic coaches and ex- tracurricular adviser pay, and he may have a recommendation for the school board on changes to the amount of pay they receive this spring.

Three local supervisory races reported

There will be at least three local con- tested county board supervisory races on April 5, 2016, according to Marathon County Clerk Nan Kottke. In District 34, incumbent Gary Beast- rom, Athens, faces a challenge from David Pankow, Wausau. Jacob Langen- hahn, town of Marathon, incumbent

for District 35, will be challenged by William Litzer, town of Emmet. In Dis- trict 27, there will be a race between Thomas Seubert, town of Day, and Rus- sell Weichelt, town of McMillan. Eight supervisors on the 38-mem- ber county board have so far filed cer- tificates of non-candidacy and will

not run for re-election. They are Ken- neth Day, Wausau, Russell Michalski, Wausau, Gary Wyman, Elderon, Mat- thew Hildebrandt. Kronenwetter, Mort McBain, Weston, Barbara Ermeling, Weston, Charles Soukup, Kronenwet- ter, and Richard Duerr, town of McMil- lan.


The Athens Village Board conduct- ed this business at Monday’s regular meeting:

The village will begin accepting contract bids in January for the re- construction of Duenow and Schlegel streets located southeast of A & L Oil Co. as part of the village’s five-year streets improvement plan. Village trustee Matt Witucki is in the process of contacting Eric Melvin

of Melvin Co. in Abbotsford regard- ing damage to the berms at the Athens shooting range from the recent heavy rains. The village board accepted the resignation of village part-time office worker Tennille Hartmann effective Jan. 1. The village board approved hiring Ruth Weiler as occasional part- time office help and Lillian Feiner as a backup.

The village board approved a three-month temporary work agree- ment with Kazuki Takamura through the Division of Vocational Rehabilita- tion program for 10 hours of janitorial work each week in the village hall and Athens Community Hall. The Athens Village Board agreed to hire Kyle King as a part-time police officer pending a background check.


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HIGH SCHOOL CHOIR-Members of the Athens High School choir, under the direction of Donley Niskanen, sing popular Christmas tunes Sunday in the high school gym.


TOWN OF HAMBURG NOTICE OF APPLICATION FOR LIQUOR LICENSE Notice is hereby given that the following application for a license to deal in intoxicating beverages has been filed with the town board, town of Hamburg, Marathon County, for the period of December 8, 2015 to June 30, 2016. Name: Bletsoe Cheese, Inc. Type of license: Class B Combination Liquor License Address: 8281 Third Lane, Marathon, WI 54448 Dawn R. Czech Clerk



EDGAR SCHOOL DISTRICT RESOLUTION FOR REVENUE LIMIT EXEMPTIONS FOR ENERGY EFFICIENCIES Be it resolved that the School District of Edgar is exercising its taxing authority under s.121.91(4)(o), Wis. Stats., to exceed the

revenue limit on a non-recurring basis by an amount the district will spend on new energy efficiency measures and energy efficiency products for the 2015-2016 school year and 15 years of debt for the term of the bond. The amount to be expended is: school year 2015-2016, amount

- $70,005.49; school year 2016-2017, amount - $131,637.50;

school year 2017-2018, amount - $129,087.50; school year 2018-2019, amount - $131,462.50; school year 2019-2020, amount

- $128,762.50; school year 2020-2021, amount - $130,512.50;

school year 2021-2022, amount - $126,712.50; school year

2022-2023, amount - $127,812.50; school year, 2023-2024, amount

- $128,712.50; school year 2024-2025, amount - $129,962.50;

school year 2025-2026, amount - $131,587.50; school year 2026-2027, amount - $128,137.50; school year 2027-2028, amount - $129,612.50; school year 2028-2029, amount - $130,859.38; school year 2029-2030, amount - $126,953.13. After review of the recommendations report per 66.0133(2) (b) the district has determined that the $1,451,084 it would spend on energy efficiency projects recommended in the report is not likely to exceed the amount to be saved in utility costs of $5,000 annually and non-utility costs of $37,000 annually over the remaining 50 years useful life of the facility to which the measures apply. The board has entered into a 1 year Performance Contract under s. 66.0133, Stats., with CTS Group, Inc., for a project to implement


The Plan Commission of the village of Marathon City will con- duct a public hearing at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016, in the council room of the Marathon Municipal Center, 311 Walnut Street, Marathon, WI 54448 to consider a zoning amendment request by Marathon School District for change in classification of 3 properties now owned by the school district. The hearing is being conducted pursuant with Title 13 of the Village Code of Ordinances.



Andrew R. Kurtz Clerk, Administrator


the following energy efficiency measures or purchase energy efficien- cy products and identified the following cost recovery performance indicators to measure energy savings and/or operational savings for each including the timeline for cost recovery: project name - roofing replacement, total project cost (inc. soft costs)* $712,352, payback (years) 43.97, utility cost savings ** $1,200, non- utility cost savings*** $15,000, one-time savings $0; project name - window replacement, total project cost (inc. soft costs)* $227,692, payback (years) 41.40, utility cost savings** $3,500, non-utility cost savings*** $2,000, one-time savings $0; proj- ect name - exterior door and secure system upgrades, total project cost (inc. soft costs)* $511,041, payback (years) 25.17, utility cost savings** $300, non-utility cost savings*** $20,000, one-time savings $0; Totals, total project cost (inc. soft costs)* $1,451,084, payback (years) 34.55, utility cost savings** $5,000, non-utility cost savings*** $37,000, one-time savings $0. *Total project cost includes all project related costs, including savings analysis, project management, design, etc. **Estimated an- nual utility savings based on current cost of appropriate unit of con- sumption (kW, kWh, therm, kGal, etc.). ***Non-utility cost savings based on estimated avoided maintenance and repair costs due to completing project. The board shall annually perform an evaluation of the perfor- mance indicators and shall report to the electorate as an addendum in the required published budget summary document per s. 65.90, Wis. Stats., and in the school district’s newsletter or in the published minutes of the school board meeting. The board shall use this evalu- ation to determine the amount of energy (utility) cost savings, as a result of the project, that shall be applied to retire the debt. Gary Lewis Edgar School Board Vice-President Dated: October 29, 2015



Dated: October 29, 2015 WNAXLP 51-177084 51-176990 MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND -Patty Riske, Athens middle and high

MIDDLE SCHOOL BAND-Patty Riske, Athens middle and high school band director, leads the middle school- ers in playing holiday tunes during Sunday’s concert.

ers in playing holiday tunes during Sunday’s concert. MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR -The Athens Middle School choir

MIDDLE SCHOOL CHOIR-The Athens Middle School choir sings Christmas songs Sunday.


SCHOOL DISTRICT OF EDGAR SPECIAL BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING DISTRICT ADMINISTRATION OFFICE OCTOBER 29, 2015 Pledge of Allegiance was recited. The meeting was called to order by Gary Lewis at 6:00 p.m. Roll call recorded as follows: Bill Dittman, Tess Kaiser, Gary Lewis, Corey Mueller, one administrator and no guests were present. Absent: Rick Haanstad. Motion by Mueller, Kaiser second, to approve Resolution for Revenue Limit Exemptions for Energy Efficiencies. Carried. Details of resolution attached. Motion to adjourn by Mueller, Dittman second. Carried. 6:06 p.m. Respectfully submitted by, William B. Dittman, Clerk



SCHOOL DISTRICT OF EDGAR BOARD OF EDUCATION MEETING LIBRARY MEDIA CENTER NOVEMBER 18, 2015 Pledge of Allegiance was recited. The meeting was called to order by Rick Haanstad at 6:00 p.m. Roll call recorded as follows: Bill Dittman, Rick Haanstad, Tess Kaiser, Gary Lewis, Corey Mueller, three administrators and four guests were present. Schenck CPAs presented the annual audit report. Motion by Mueller, Lewis second, to approve agenda, financial statement, checks #82556-82852 plus automatic withdrawals for total of $980,621.73 and minutes from October 27, 2015, regular session board meeting and November 4, 2015, special board meeting. Carried. Motion by Dittman, Mueller second, to approve FMLA request by Dennis Webb. Carried. Motion by Mueller, Kaiser second, to approve first reading of Board Policies 0000-2000 series. Carried. Board reviewed drafts for Board Policies 3000, 4000 and 6000 series. Motion to adjourn by Dittman, Mueller second. Carried. 8:31 p.m. Respectfully submitted by, William B. Dittman, Clerk




NOTICE IS HEREBY GIVEN to the electors of the village of Edgar, in the County of Marathon, State of Wisconsin, that a village caucus for said village will be held in the board room of the Edgar Village Hall, 224 South Third Avenue, in said village on Monday, January 11, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. The purpose of the meeting is to nominate candidates for the following positions: 3 trustees. They will be elected at the April 5, 2016, election for a two-year term.



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Listening session

Stratford School District will have another school building referendum listen- ing session from 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 6, in the high school band room. The school board will then discuss a building referen- dum item and cost at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 11, in the com- munity room inside Stratford Elementary School. The board will vote on a building and cost resolution for the April 5 election dur- ing a special board meeting at 6 p.m. Monday, Jan. 18, in the community room.

Tiger Paws

Stratford Middle School’s Tiger Paws program’s focus if to promote positive behav- ior, good citizenship and aca- demic success. It is up to the classroom teacher to decide how best to issue Tiger Paws to their stu- dents. They will be rewarded by doing a good deed, im- proving their grade, creating an outstanding assignment or any behavior deemed ap- propriate by the classroom teacher. The following middle school students have been rewarded Tiger Paws for the first quar- ter of school: Aaron Nich- ols, Abby Oertel, Alex Weis, Andrea Schallock, Angellia Verdone, Ashley O’Neil, Au- rora Leonhard, Ayden Hauke, Branden Sischo, Breanna Ackley, Caden Bruesewitz and Courtney Williams. Also named Tiger Paws were Dane Poppy, Darin Heeg, Dawson Weisenberger, Del- aney Dennee, Devin Ulrich,


Del- aney Dennee, Devin Ulrich, COMMUNITY LIVING St. Joseph Christmas concert Students at St. Joseph Catholic

St. Joseph Christmas concert

Students at St. Joseph Catholic School in Stratford sing and perform during Sunday’s Meet Me at the Manger Christmas concert held in St. Joseph Church. The school band also played Christmas tunes.

Diego Carrion, Dillon Kirsch, Elexis Buchanan, Elizabeth Jennings, Emily Hughes, Eri- ca Papini, Fueller Gustafson, Gordon Rundle, Halle Fecker, Jack Zimmerman, James Heeg, Jamie Folz, Jessamae Rice, Jessica Wellner and Joe Kloos. Others students named Tiger Paws are Jordan Van- Schyndel, Justin Radke, Kam Kopf, Kamryn Schueller, Kobe Stoyke, Laura Robus, Leslie Rojas, Lexi Folz, Logan Gliniecki, Luke Gaulke, Mad- dy Pavloski, Mandy Benz, Ma- son Pavolski, Michael Mootz, Nick Asplund, Nikki Infelise, Noah Barrett, Riley Bauman, Riley Bento, Sabrina Sulliva- no, Shawna Moen, Teddy Red- man, Tristan Sullivano and

Tristan Wirkus.

Pastor welcomed

Emmanuel Lutheran Church in rural Stratford welcomed Pastor Philip Wil- de and family during an in- stallation service and dinner held Nov. 29. Pastor Wilde grew up in Minnesota, Wisconsin and South Dakota. He graduated from Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Mequon. He has served congrega- tions in Watertown, Saline, Mich., Edmonton, Canada; Englewood, Fla.; Wright- stown and and Bristol. Pastor Phillip and Eliza- beth Wilde were married in 1988, and she is a graduate of Martin Luther College

in New Ulm, Minn. She has taught at various schools. Paster Phillip and Eliza- beth have four children. Their son, Paul, is a se- nior at Wisconsin Lutheran Seminary in Megquon and a member of the United States Army National Guard. Their daughter, Christine, studied nursing at Wisconsin Lutheran College in Milwau- kee. Their son, Michael, is a sophomore at Martin Luther College in New Ulm, Minn.; and their, daughter, Lydia is a senior at Luther Prep School in Watertown. Services at Emmanuel Lu- theran WELS are at 8 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. and Sunday school is at 9:10 a.m. A chil- dren’s Christmas service


Community Bible Church: Sunday worship ser- vice is at 10:15 a.m. Sunday School is at 9 a.m. for all ages. Located off STH 97 on south side of Stratford. Ebenezer United Church of Christ: Sunday worship at 8:30 a.m. Sunday school at 8:30 a.m. Commu- nion is offered to all the first Sunday of each month. Eb- enezer is one block north of STH 153 on CTH M. Emmanuel Lutheran Church (WELS), March Rapids: Sunday services are

at 8 and 10:30 a.m. Sunday school at 9:10 a.m. Located on CTH P. Online at www. emmanuelstratford.com. St. Andrews Cath- olic Church, Rozellville:

Masses are Saturday at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday at 10:30 a.m. Located on CTH C. St. Joseph’s Catholic Church: Masses are Satur- day at 4 p.m. and Sunday at 8:30 a.m. Confession is Sat- urday from 11 to 11:30 a.m. and 3:15 to 3:50 p.m. Sunday school at 8:30 a.m. service. Located at 440 Larch Street.

Mill Church, Stratford:

Sunday services are at 8:30 and 10:30 a.m. Located on Third Ave., Stratford. www.northridg- estratford.org.

Zion Lutheran Church:

Sunday services at 8 and 10:15 a.m. Located at 700 North Second Avenue.

at 8 and 10:15 a.m. Located at 700 North Second Avenue. Community Bible Church will be

Community Bible Church

will be held at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 24. Christmas Day worship will be at 10:30 a.m. and there will be a New Year’s Eve wor- ship at 8 p.m. followed by fel- lowship.

Deer hides collected

The Stratford Lions Club

collected 176 deer hides for


All proceeds from the sale of deer hides were given to the Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt, which provides a quality summer week camp- ing experience for children with disabilities free of charge.

A & B collects food

A & B Process Systems

workers collected 11,777 items this year during its fifth annual helping competi- tion food drive, which was 81 percent of their goal. Included in those items was over $1,300 cash that was

collected in the final week of the drive and will be used for meat gift cards.

A & B Process Systems

donated 48 $25 Festival gift cards. For every 50 items do- nated, A & B donated $5 to- ward Festival gift cards. The competition ran for five weeks, from Nov. 2 through Dec. 4, with each week having a different focus for the types of items col- lected. The corporate office and Plant 1 upstairs office won the traveling trophy this year. Second place went to Plant 1 manufacturing and downstairs office, third place to Plant 3 manufacturing and offices and fourth place to Plant 4 manufacturing and design, panel shop, documen- tation and central receiving. Through everyone’s gener- osity, A & B was able to con- tribute food items to 25 facili- ties that were collecting food, personal items, personal items, toys and pet supplies.




Thursday, Dec. 25, 1969

Wrestler of the Week Dennis Weis is the Stratford Tigers wrestler of the week after he won the Loyal Invi- tational championship last Saturday and has a season re- cord already of nine wins and no defeats.

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Thanksgiving food donations

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T HE R ECORD -R EVIEW December 23, 2015 Page 19 FOR SALE 20 PIECES Of


20 PIECES Of ginseng fabric, size 24x216, $500 each piece. Call 715-675-2477.

BRAND NEW jazzy select GT electric wheelchair, never used, original $3,500, will sell for $1,450, 715-427-5237 or 715-


DINETTE SET, 2 extension leaves and 4 chairs, $50. 715-255-9053.

FOR SALE. Feeder pigs, 25-35 lbs. Holstein feeder steers, 550- 700 lbs., fed whole corn and pellets mix and some hay. 715-


HEALTHCARE when you need it, for just $54 per visit including ba- sic labs. Aspirus FastCare Clinic in Abbotsford offers walk-in care for common aliments such as al- lergies, ear aches, sore throats, flu or cold symptoms, urinary tract infections and more. Aspi- rus FastCare Clinic is open Mon- Fri, 8am-8pm; Sat, 9am-5pm; Sun/Holidays, 9am-1pm. Lo- cated in the East Town Mall, 1011 East Spruce St., Abbotsford.

WANT TO Cloth diaper? Don’t know where to start? Try Trustyz. Call 715-229-2225 for catalog, 10% sale this month, 15% on package deals.


AVAILABLE NOW. One bedroom apartments at Withee Housing, Withee. Eligible applicants must be 62 or disabled. Appliances and some utilities included. Building features community room, car plug-ins, and laundry facilities. Tenant pay 30% of ad- justed monthly income. For an application please contact: Im- pact Seven, Inc. at 855-316-8967 or 715-357-0011. EHO. impact@ impactseven.org.

FOR RENT - Marathon, 4 bed- room ranch home, natural gas heat, new furnace, near schools, attached garage, also detached garage. No pets. Located 2 miles from Marathon. Available 1-1-16. Please call 715-443-2347 or 715-



WANTED: GUNS - new and used. Turn them into ca$h or trade for a new one! Shay Creek in Medford, 715-748-2855.


ENGLISH SETTER Puppies, 2 males and 1 female, all vaccina- tions to date, great grouse dogs. Dan, 715-257-1461.

We are looking for a Cheese Packaging Plant Manager Responsibilities for this position will include
We are looking for a
Cheese Packaging Plant Manager
Responsibilities for this position will include ensuring
food safety, work load balance, scheduling, training, basic
troubleshooting and performance feedback while following
and holding company employees accountable to company
policies and standard operating procedures.
The ideal candidate will need to possess the following
• Must be a self starter.
• Strong written and verbal communication skills.
• Ability to troubleshoot, problem solve, and
correct problems.
• Excellent people skills.
• Knowledge of food safety.
• Packaging experience.
• Demonstrated leadership experience.
resume to
northhendren@ceas.coop or apply in person at North
Hendren Co-op Dairy, Willard, Wis. 715-267-6617.
PRODUCTION ASSOCIATES Wausau Window and Wall Systems, an indus- try leader in engineered window and
Wausau Window and Wall Systems, an indus-
try leader in engineered window and curtain-
wall systems, is seeking to add production as-
sociates in both facilities! We have openings on
2nd shift in Wausau and openings on 2nd and
3rd shift in Stratford!
Wausau Window and Wall Systems offers a
great starting wage of $14.75/hour plus a $0.40/
hour shift differential. We also offer a competi-
tive benefi t package including medical, dental,
prescription and vision coverage, vacation, per-
sonal time, 10 paid holidays/year, 401(k) and
stock purchase plans, life and disability plans,
incentive plan and tuition reimbursement.
To apply, visit us at www.wausauwindow.com
and click on the Careers link. Wausau Window
and Wall Systems is a division of Apogee En-
terprises, Inc. and we are an Equal Employment
Opportunity Employer – Women/Minorities/
Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities
are encouraged to apply.




BEDROOM Upper apartment,

HELP WANTED Milking cows,

stove and refrigerator in Abbots- ford. 715-651-7511.


hour shifts, flexible schedule,


a.m., 12 noon and/or 8 p.m.

AVAILABLE AT Green Acres Terrace in Colby. •2 bedroom,

start times. Other work available, crops & etc. Athens/Stetsonville area. 715-297-3796.


bath for $550 for 11/1/15. In-

cludes lot rent. Utilities not in- cluded. Cats considered, sorry no dogs. •Vacant lots for $225. Colby, WI. 715-340-2116.

HELP WANTED. Part/full time farm help. Milking, cleaning, some calf work and feeding. Owen. Call 715-613-3510.

AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY At Roland Kanneberg Villa, 200-201 N. Eighth Street in Abbotsford, to accommodate agricultural processing workers, 2 & 3 bed- rooms, rent starts at $455. Owner paid heat, water, sewer & trash removal. Certain restrictions ap- ply. For more information please contact Impact Seven, Inc. at 855-316-8967 or 715-357-0011. EHO.


STONE SETTER. All types ma- sonry, brick, block and stone, stone walls, basement, barns.



ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS For waitress and cook. Apply in per- son, Abby Cafe, Abbotsford.

MEYER MANUFACTURING Cor- poration is accepting applica- tions for laser and press brake area leader, prior leadership experience or machine opera- tion and technology experience desired, pay based on qualifica- tions. Also accepting applica- tions for a qualified laser opera- tor, press brake operator, CNC machinist and welders - start at up to $16.75/hr. and general la- bor and assemblers - $14/hr. All positions include excellent ben- efits - paid vacation, 6% match 401K, (4) 10 hr./day work week, tuition reimbursement, health insurance and profit sharing. Ap- ply online at meyermfg.com or in person at Meyer Mfg. Corp, 574 West Center Ave., Dorchester, WI.

TRUCK DRIVER Wanted for grain hopper division, home week- ends. Saturday morning me- chanic. Looking for drivers, also home daily route. 715-571-9623.

CERTIFIED NURSING ASSISTANTS Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center, located just outside of Owen on
Clark County Rehabilitation and Living Center, located
just outside of Owen on County Road X, is seeking Certified
Nursing Assistants to join our unique organization.
We have openings on all three shifts and will be taking
applications for both full and part-time positions.
CCRLC is a long-term care facility with specialty in
alzheimer’s, dementia, rehabilitation, behavioral and
custodial care.
Previous experience in long-term care desired, but we will
provide training to motivated applicants. Drug screening,
caregiver background check, and current WI certification
required for all selected candidates.
CCRLC offers an excellent salary and benefit package.
Application available at:
For further information, contact
Karen Simington, DON, at 715-229-2172, extension 217.
W4266 CTH X, Owen, WI 54460-8932
Clark County is an ADA/CRC/EEO Employer.
COME JOIN OUR TEAM! NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY! CAREGIVERS Interested applicants can apply in person at
Interested applicants can
apply in person at Pine Ridge
Assisted Living in Colby or visit
www.pineridgeliving.com to
print an application.
1110 N. Division Street, Colby, WI 54421
715.223.2200 • www.pineridgeliving.com


www.pineridgeliving.com EOE 50-176670 50-176688 NOW HIRING growing together Land O’Lakes, Inc., a cheese-processing


Land O’Lakes, Inc., a cheese-processing plant in central Wisconsin, has the following employment opportunities:

Maintenance Mechanics:

Class C or Above

Applications will be taken until Jan. 5, 2016

Apply in person between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. at 306 Park St., Spencer, WI. Or e-mail résumé to: cwcasey@landolakes.com



Ideal candidates will have knowledge and hands-on experience in the following areas: Electrical, Mechanical, Hydraulics, Pneumatics, Plumbing, Refrigeration, and General Repair.

The ideal candidate must be able to pursue job assignments completely, thoroughly, with safe, efficient plant operations. Must be able to pass forklift training test and safely operate. Must have knowledge of OSHA safety procedures normally acquired during on-the-job training. Must furnish own hand tools.

Mandatory that applicant be available for work assignment to any of three (3) shifts within a 24-hour production operation. Final shift assignment will be determined upon hire. Must be available for voluntary and scheduled overtime as well as extended hours and weekend work as assigned.

Land O’Lakes offers medical, dental and vision insurance, short-term disability benefits, and shift differential. Successful candidates will need to complete a mandated drug screen, pre- employment physical assessment and background check.

Land O’Lakes, Inc.

306 Park St., Spencer, WI 54479

Land O’Lakes, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action Employer. We enforce a policy of maintaining a drug-free workplace, including pre-employment substance abuse testing.



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December 23, 2015



Joyce Schemenauer Joyce Agnes Schemenauer, age 75, of Athens, died on Dec. 17, 2015, at
Joyce Schemenauer
Joyce Agnes Schemenauer, age 75, of Athens, died
on Dec. 17, 2015, at her home surrounded by her family.
She was born Sept. 23, 1940, the daughter of So-
phia (Boris) and Pat (Frank) Zettler. She grew up on
a farm, one of six children, and graduated from Ath-
ens High School. On Aug. 5, 1961, she married Ray-
mond Schemenauer at St. John’s Catholic Church in
Joyce was always there for her family. After gradu-
ating from high school, she was employed at Employ-
ers Mutual Insurance in Wausau. For many years she
designed and sewed aprons for Abby Café in Abbotsford. After her children
were grown, she was employed at Hurd Millwork in Medford. She enjoyed
cooking, sewing, gardening and watching things grow, whether it was her
family or plants. She loved traveling, snowmobiling and spending time
with the Hodag “gang.”
Joyce was always there for her family, never missing an opportunity to
share in their lives, whether it was going to school events or making sure a
birthday cake was baked and decorated for birthday parties. Her grandchil-
dren held a very special and dear spot in her heart, and she never missed
a chance to spend time with all of them. She will be so missed by all of her
She is survived by her husband, Raymond; daughter, Marion (Whitey)
Wehrman; sons, Kevin (Linda), Kurt, Keith (Sandy) and Ken (Michelle)
Schemenauer; and grandchildren, Chelsea (Kevin) and Shaun Wehrman,
Jordyn, Collin, Carson and Savannah Schemenauer. In addition she is sur-
vived by her sister, Irene Switlick; and brothers, Rusty (Laverne) and Glenn
(Kathleen) Zettler.
Joyce was preceded in death by her parents; sister, Janet Komarek; and
brother, Duane Zettler.
A memorial Mass was held at 4 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 22, 2015, at St. Thom-
as Catholic Church in Milan. Father George Graham presided. Family and
friends were welcomed from 2 p.m. until the time of the service on Tuesday
at St. Thomas. The Maurina-Schilling Funeral Home in Abbotsford assist-
ed the family with the arrangements.
The family would like to thank Dr. Rezazadeh and all the caring staff at
Aspirus Cancer Center and Hospice Services.
Family and friends may express condolences online at www.
Paid obituary 51-177003
Greetings, Friends!