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INTRICATE ART — The 39th annual Artarama Riverwalk Art Show & Sale was held at
INTRICATE ART — The 39th annual Artarama Riverwalk Art Show & Sale was held at

INTRICATE ART — The 39th annual Artarama Riverwalk Art Show & Sale was held at Riverside Park in Eagle River Saturday, with more than 125 artists shows and selling their works on a hot and humid day. Some of the scenes included: above, shoppers Nan Andrews and Holly Farrell displaying their handcrafted clothing; below, Barry Ben- ecke of St. Germain carving an owl; and left, an exhibitor explaining her painting technique to an Artarama visitor. --STAFF PHOTOS

Germain carving an owl; and left, an exhibitor explaining her painting technique to an Artarama visitor.

Heat, humidity blast North, spawn storms



With the North Woods in the midst of an unforgiving heat wave — with high tem- peratures in the mid-90s and heat indexes up to 115 degrees — Wisconsin Emergency Man- agement and the National Weather Service (NWS) have predicted that dangerous heat and humidity will continue this week. Over the weekend, the heat gave way to damaging thun- derstorms that racked Vilas and Oneida counties Sunday evening with high winds and 2.5 inches of rainfall in some places. Detrimental effects result- ing from the storm system in- cluded the collapsed basement wall of an Eagle River home at 715 E. Wall St., where appar- ently water damaged the structural integrity of the building. A tenant who was in the building at the time said he felt the house lurch drastically as the foundation on the west

the house lurch drastically as the foundation on the west An electronic sign in Eagle River

An electronic sign in Eagle River hit a sweltering 91 degrees Sun- day afternoon. --STAFF PHOTO

side gave way Sunday night. At its highest Monday morning, roughly 10,000 Wis- consin residents were still without power as a result of the storm system, according to Wisconsin Public Service (WPS). The figure included hundreds in the Eagle River and Antigo areas, nearly 2,000 in the Rhinelander and Cran- don areas and about 1,000 in Marinette and Menominee. Officials from WPS said de- spite forecasts for continued

To HEAT, Pg. 6A

New principals get early start at Pines



Two new Northland Pines principals, who started with the school district July 1, are getting familiar with their buildings, staff members and schedules. Arriving at Northland Pines earlier this month were new high school Principal Jim Brewer and new Eagle River Elementary School Principal Matthew Spets. Brewer was the associate principal at Waukesha South High School and replaces Scott Foster, who will become the principal at Land O’ Lakes and St. Germain ele- mentary schools. Foster also will be district technology co- ordinator. “It’s been exciting,” said Brewer on his transition to Northland Pines High School. “I’ve always had a desire to be

Pines High School. “I’ve always had a desire to be BREWER SPETS up here. The facilities


High School. “I’ve always had a desire to be BREWER SPETS up here. The facilities here


up here. The facilities here are incredible. They are top- notch.” Spets was the K-12 princi- pal in the Wakefield-Marenis- co, Mich., school district and replaces Duane Frey, who re- tired. The other principal in the district is Jacqueline Coghlan. She will remain as the middle school principal. “I’m very humbled to be working in this district,” said To PINES, Pg. 3A

Holperin introduces legislation for NRB to appoint secretary

State Sen. Jim Holperin (D- Eagle River) introduced legis- lation recently, Senate Bill 119 (SB 119), to strip the gov- ernor of the power to appoint the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) secretary and award that authority to the Natural Resources Board. “Sportsmen and wildlife groups across the state, along with the majority of Wiscon- sin citizens, have expressed

their support for this bill re- peatedly, and it was approved by the Legislature by wide margins last session, but ve- toed,” Holperin said of the measure. “I realize the current gover- nor is antagonistic toward the idea as well, but we who sup- port the legislation need to make sure it gets active con- sideration every single ses- sion. We can’t give up,” he

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added. Holperin said it is widely acknowledged that while a board-appointed DNR secre- tary would not eliminate poli- tics from the administration of fish, game and environmen- tal laws in Wisconsin, the change would go a long way toward reducing such influ- ence — which is why the change has overwhelming popular support, according to Holperin. “The public has expressed time and again its desire for an independent DNR secre- tary who isn’t beholden to a governor of either party,” said Holperin. “That’s why I’ve in- troduced Senate Bill 119 and I hope it will be given serious consideration this session.” SB 119 has been referred to the Senate Committee on Nat- ural Resources and Environ- ment, but has not been sched- uled for a public hearing.

ment, but has not been sched- uled for a public hearing. ON THE MOVE — Spotted

ON THE MOVE — Spotted deer fawns are a common sight along roadside ditches this time of year. --STAFF PHOTO

Art Impressions set Saturday

LAND O’ LAKES — Final preparations are under way for the 28th annual Art Impres- sions set this Saturday, July 23, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Land O’ Lakes Community Center. The event will be held rain or shine. The juried show will feature more than 80 fine-arts ex- hibitors and original crafters who will display a variety of artwork including paintings, jewelry, pottery, photography, stained glass, fiber art, textiles, woodworking and carving. There is no admission charge and parking is free. Jim Stewart of Lake Toma- hawk and Tony Drehsal of Mi- shotah have been chosen to judge the upcoming show. Cash awards, part of the 28-year Art Impressions tradition, will be given to artists and crafters. The event will include music by Whitewater and Red Tail Ring. Food will be served by community groups and food vendors during the day.




20, 2011 VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS WEATHER CORNER Note: Precipitation amounts are recorded at


2011 VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS WEATHER CORNER Note: Precipitation amounts are recorded at 8


Note: Precipitation amounts are recorded at 8 a.m. for the previous 24 hours.






















Tues., July 13











Wed., July 14






79 15



Thurs., July 15






79 16



Fri., July 16







91 17



Sat., July 17






18 64



Sun., July 18







91 19



Mon., July 19





The average daily high at this time last year for the next seven days was 80, while the average overnight low was 57. There was rain on three days measuring .13 of an inch.


Days precipitation recorded since July 1, 2011, 7 days; 2010, 9 days.

Average high of past 30 days, 2011, 79; 2010, 80. Average low of past 30 days, 2011, 57; 2010, 58.


Butterflies, including monarchs, many dragonflies and fireflies have been out in large numbers the past week, but they have, unfortunately, been joined by pesty mosquitoes, horseflies and deerflies.



With the warm weather, recreational boating activity contin- ues to increase. Most North Woods rivers are running at or slightly above seasonal norms, making them perfect for a summer canoe or kayak trip.



Wednesday will be hot and humid with storms early, with a high of 92 and a low of 71. Thursday isolated thunderstorms are possible, with a high of 89 and a low of 72. Friday will still be hot with a chance of storms, with a high of 88 and a low of 65. Saturday scattered thunderstorms are forecast, with a high of 85 and a low of 64.
























RIVER and NEWSWATCH 12 METEOROLOGIST. ) NEWS MURAL DISPLAY — The community mural, created and painted

MURAL DISPLAY — The community mural, created and painted by Phelps community members during the Phelps centennial in 2005, was recently mounted in downtown Phelps. The mural dis- plays the many facets of Phelps — fishing, forest, lakes, the school, churches, stores, Charles Hazen representing the resort

business and C.M. Christiansen representing the logging business. Mounting the mural were Steve Ray on the ladder and Dennis Hol- colm. The Phelps Women’s Club and Town Chairman Colin Snook were instrumental in re-creating the mural for public show. --Photo By Sharon Gifford

Vilas works on grievance policy

Celebrity dunk tank set for Walgreens July 26

Event to benefit Relay For Life


North Woods residents are welcome to dunk local celebri- ties next Tuesday, July 26, as part of a fundraising event co- ordinated by the Walgreens Relay For Life team. The dunk tank and other features of the event will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Walgreens team officials said the celebrities on the list so far include a pharmacist, circuit court judge, banker, local store managers, real es- tate brokers and media repre- sentatives. “Each of the local digni- taries will have a 30-minute stint in the dunk tank, which will be set up right in our park- ing lot off Wall Street,” said

team captain Alice Krueger. “We’ve also invited firefighters and police officers to join us.” A partial list of the dunk tank volunteers includes real estate broker Jerry Burkett of Burkett Realty, who will open the event from 11 to 11:30. Fol- lowing him will be Reserve Judge James B. Mohr, News- Review Editor Gary Ridder- busch, Walgreens pharmacist Dave Peterson, WRJO manag- er Neil Roberts, Coldwell- Banker real estate broker Judy Barr, Dairy Queen co- owner Dan Anderson, Val Dreger of Peoples State Bank, and Walgreens manager Bill Johnson. Krueger said proceeds from the event, which will come from the dunk event along with food and refreshment sales, will contribute to the Walgreens team’s efforts to raise money for the North- woods Relay For Life event Aug. 5 and 6 in Eagle River.



Vilas County employees would be limited in what cir- cumstances they would be able to file a grievance under a draft policy being written by the county Transition Committee in response to changes imposed by the state budget repair bill. Only disciplinary actions by the county that result in sus- pension greater than one day, termination, reduction in base pay or rank, or demotion would allow an employee to file a grievance. Committee members dis- cussed the draft policy during a meeting last Thursday. Completion of the grievance policy is expected at the July 25 Transition Committee meet- ing, with final committee ac- tion likely in August. It then will be sent to the county board for adoption in September. Disciplinary actions that would not be greivable would include layoffs or workforce re- duction, adverse employment actions as a result of miscon- duct or poor performance, plans for performance improve-

duct or poor performance, plans for performance improve- ment, performance evaluations or reviews, oral or written

ment, performance evaluations

or reviews, oral or written rep-

rimands, and non-disciplinary wage or salary adjustments. Several committee members suggested those limits might

be too restrictive.

“How do you grieve unfair treatment?” asked Supervisor Sig Hjemvick, relating it to shift changes or job assign- ments. Supervisor Erv Teichmiller also was not comfortable limit- ing employees to so few actions of which they could file a grievance. Committee Chairman Jim Behling defended the limits. “You assign shifts based on need and skills of the employee and that should not be greiv- able,” said Behling. “Our em- ployees are professionals and we have an opportunity to knock down barriers that limit

them, like cross training or de- partment consolidation. The collective bargaining agree- ments stopped many of these actions. The committee then focused

on who could represent the em- ployee in the grievance process

a union representative or an

attorney, and if they could

have more than one person. Teichmiller favored whomever the employee felt could help them, as did com- mittee member Emil Bakka. “It’s very important the em- ployee is comfortable and confi- dent,” Teichmiller said. “I’d rather have someone come be- fore us who is really prepared and thoughtfully prepared.” “I think the employee has the right to pick and choose who they want to represent them,” Bakka added. Teichmiller attempted to not restrict the employee’s right to choose their representation, but his motion was defeated on a 3-4 vote. Hjemvick then moved to allow the employee to have one representative of their choice and that was ap- proved 5-2 over the advice of attorney Andy Phillips. “I suggest it not be a fellow employee,” Phillips said prior to the vote. “You’re asking for problems if you do this.”

Burden of proof While the process must in- clude a hearing before an im- partial hearing officer (IHO),

the county policy would put the burden of proof on the employ-

ee filing the grievance. The IMO would have to find by clear and convincing evidence the county abused its discre- tion in disciplining or terminat- ing the employee or the grievance has to be denied. The IHO must file a written decision that contains seven items: the case number, ap- pearances at the hearing, a statement of the issues, perti- nent findings of fact, conclu- sions of law if any, the final de- cision and if overturned, what the is remedy for the employee. The draft limited back pay for reinstatement to 30 days and that was challenged by committee members who felt if the grievance is in favor of the employee, they should receive all back pay. Committee member Ed Bluthardt Jr. indicated the pro- cess takes more than 30 days to get through and suggested 75 days would be more appropri- ate. His motion to set 75 work- ing days as being eligible for back pay carried on a 6-1 vote. Teichmiller said back pay for all days out should be given. His motion to change the 75 days to “equal to the actual days lost” passed 6-1.

pay for all days out should be given. His motion to change the 75 days to





The Budweiser Clydesdales will be on display in Three Lakes Thursday, July 28, from 5

The Budweiser Clydesdales will be on display in Three Lakes Thursday, July 28, from 5 to 9 p.m. The event will include a

hitching show and parade. The team will be available for pho-

tographs at Cy Williams Park.

--Contributed Photo

Budweiser Clydesdales to visit Three Lakes on North Woods tour

The world-renowned Bud- weiser Clydesdales, symbols of quality and tradition for Anheuser-Busch since 1933, are scheduled to make sever- al appearances in the North Woods from Wednesday to Sunday, July 27-31. Included in the Clydes- dales’ calendar will be a hitching show and parade Thursday, July 28, from 5 to 9 p.m. in Three Lakes. The 1-ton horses will be hitched at Cy Williams Park before parading through Su- perior Street and downtown. The Clydesdales will pull an old-fashioned beer wagon and will make stops at local businesses for beer deliver- ies. The honorary parade mar- shal will be Wisconsin Secre- tary of Tourism Stephanie Klett.

After the parade, the Clydesdales and their team will available for pho- tographs at Cy Williams Park, where live bluegrass music will be provided by Handpicked Bluegrass. The event also will feature a stat- ic display of vintage cars, food and beverages, Bud- weiser beer and raffles. Raffle participants have the chance to win a VIP tour of Budweiser Brewery among other prizes. Tickets are on sale at the Three Lakes Chamber of Com- merce. For more information, contact the chamber at (715)


Other appearances by the Budweiser Clydesdales will include:

— a hitching show and pa- rade through the Langlade County Fairgrounds

Wednesday, Friday and Sun-

day, July 27, 29 and 31. For more information, see the Langlade County Fair website at langladecounty- fair.com; and — a hitching show and pa- rade through downtown Rhinelander starting at 2 p.m. as part of the first Hodag Pub and Grub Crawl. For more information, see downtownrhinelander.com. The Clydesdales’ appear- ance in northern Wisconsin

is one of hundreds made an-

nually by the traveling hitch- es. Canadians of Scottish de-

scent brought the first Clydesdales to America in the mid-1800s. Today, the giant draft horses are used primarily for breeding and show. Horses chosen for the Budweiser Clydesdale hitch

must be at least 3 years of age, stand approximately 6 feet at the shoulder, weigh an average of 2,000 pounds, be bay in color, have four white legs with a blaze of white on the face, and black mane and tail. A gentle temperament is also important, as hitch hors- es meet millions of people each year, according to Dean Distributing marketing di- rector Jim Gibbons. “A single Clydesdale hitch horse will consume as much

as 20 to 25 quarts of feed, 40 to 50 pounds of hay and 30 gallons of water per day,” said Gibbons. “Each hitch travels with a Dalmatian. In the early days of brewing, Dalmatians were bred and trained to protect the horses and guard the wagon when the driver went inside to make deliveries.”

Pines: principals impressed with district


Spets. “Northland Pines has top-notch facilities and there is so much technology in this district.”

Meeting staff Brewer, 38, received a bach- elor of science in education de- gree from UW-Whitewater in May 1998 and earned his master of science curriculum and instruction degree from UW-Whitewater in August 2002. He earned his adminis- trative leadership licensure from Silver Lake College in Manitowoc in August 2009. Prior to being an associate principal at Waukesha South, Brewer was employed with the Edgerton School District as a summer school intern principal, social studies teach- er and summer school remedi- al educator. While Brewer worked at Waukesha South High School, he lived in Cambridge where his wife was a teacher for the past 16 years. Brewer said there are some obvious differ- ences between Waukesha and Northland Pines. “The Waukesha School Dis- trict is the seventh largest in the state and the high school had 1,400 students,” said Brewer. “We had a 37% minor- ity population at Waukesha South and 45% were on free and reduced meal plans. Northland Pines is more like Edgerton, where we had about 600 students.” The block schedule at Northland Pines will be noth- ing new for Brewer. “I taught under the block for 11 years, but I know there can be schedule conflicts if teachers have to teach at mul- tiple schools,” said Brewer. Brewer said he’s excited to get to know the staff and stu-

dents at the high school. “I’ve been meeting the staff and everybody has been so helpful and gracious,” said Brewer. “Josh Tilley will re- main on as dean of students,

so that will be a big help.” Brewer and his wife, Stephanie, have two children, Jason, who will go into sixth grade, and Emma, who will go into fourth grade. Stephanie Brewer will teach first grade at St. Germain Elementary School. “As a family, we like out- door activities including hik- ing, biking, fishing and swim- ming,” said Brewer. “I am slowly getting back into hunt-

ing. I also like to exercise and

I enjoy being involved in youth sports.”

Time for students Spets, 32, received his bachelor of science in English degree from UW-Superior in December of 2002 and his master of science degree in ed- ucational administration from UW-Superior in July 2009. Prior to being a K-12 prin- cipal at Wakefield-Marenisco, Spets taught language arts for grades seven and eight in the Maple School District. He also has teaching experience at Wakefield; Duluth, Minn.; and Ironwood, Mich., schools. Being principal at Eagle River Elementary School will be Spets’ first experience

River Elementary School will be Spets’ first experience working in and leading an ele- mentary-exclusive building.

working in and leading an ele- mentary-exclusive building. “I am looking forward to creating strong professional relationships with the effec- tive and experienced elemen- tary staff that have made this school so outstanding,” said Spets. He also expects to have more time with the students moving from a K-12 district to

a kindergarten through fifth-

grade school. “Not only were the numer- ous daily encounters I had with my elementary students over the course of the previous two years the highlights of each workday, working with the younger students keeps

one grounded and focused on what truly matters in this profession — the children,” said Spets. Spets said his goal is to fa- cilitate an innovative, cohe- sive team of teachers at Eagle River Elementary School that will work together no matter what mandates or restrictions are thrust upon them. “If we all work together and keep the focus on the children, we will maintain the effective



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educational experience that has consistently been provid-

ed to the children of this state

and especially at Northland Pines,” said Spets. Spets and his wife, Sabrina,

a registered nurse, have a daughter, Danika, age 2. Spets, who grew up in Iron- wood, said he enjoys outdoor

activities, including deer hunting and fly fishing.

“My wife and I are thrilled

to relocate to the Eagle River

area,” he said. “The profes- sional/career opportunities af- forded the two of us and the outdoor recreation opportuni- ties available to our whole family will allow us to live the lifestyle we desire.”

Three Lakes budget outlook is good: Karling



With a new health insur- ance system and student en- rollment finally on the rise, the Three Lakes School District will be able to balance its bud- get each of the next two years, predicted District Administra- tor George Karling. “The budget picture for tax- payers looks really good,” said Karling in a recent budget re- port to the school board. Karling’s report included figures that showed the prekindergarten through 12th- grade enrollment at Three Lakes climbed to 563 at the end of the school year, up from 545 June 4, 2010. “It may mean that our de- clining enrollment is finally ending,” said Karling, noting the increase will improve the district’s levying authority down the road. But Karling said the big news concerning the budget was that the teachers have agreed to a new insurance sys- tem that will save the district a minimum of $128,720 if 100% of the teachers reach their health insurance deductible. According to the plan, each employee retained the same deductible, $100 for a single plan and $200 for a family plan. Meanwhile, the district renewed its health insurance contract with deductibles of $2,500 per person and $5,000 per family, agreeing to hold em- ployees harmless by paying any overages out of a health re- imbursement account (HRA). Karling said the HRA change is significant, as it will decrease insurance premiums by about 32%. While Three Lakes is guar- anteed to save $128,720 if 100% of the employees reach their deductible, Karling said that figure jumps to $323,120 if 50% of the employees reach their deductible. The savings would climb to $420,320 if 25% reached their deductible. “Generally, pay history has shown that 50% are reached, but 25% would be fantastic” said Karling. “To improve those figures, we talked to the teach- ers about how they manage their health care, such as go to walk-in clinic instead of going to the emergency room, if possi-

ble. Karling said the district lost $380,000 due to a loss in state aid and levying authority. “Declining enrollment re- sulted in cuts totaling $308,000, but we have weath- ered the story and we are doing pretty well due to the health insurance change,” said Kar- ling.

Budget outlook With the teachers agreeing to the HRA plan, Karling said

the district will likely balance its budget in the next two years. Three Lakes voters ap- proved a $1.5 million referen- dum last year, and Karling said he was confident the district will get three years out of those referendum dollars, but he was not so sure about getting a fourth year out of those dollars. Looking ahead to the budget for the 2011-’12 school year, Karling said he expected the tax levy will drop from $8,602,147 to $7,791,988, or down $810,159. Karling antici- pated the mill rate for school district purposes will drop to 5.33 per $1,000 of equalized value, down from 5.88. “That is with no change in property valuation,” said Kar- ling. “With a 5% increase in valuation, we would see the mill rate drop to $5.08.” Karling said the $5.33 would put Three Lakes mill rate in the bottom 10 for K-12 school districts in the state and he expects that number to con- tinue to drop. “And it looks good for tax- payers next year, as in the 2012-’13 budget will be paying off our facilities ($830,000), in- cluding Three Lakes and Sugar Camp schools,” said Karling. The district’s annual meet- ing will be Aug. 31 at 6:30 p.m., followed by the regular August school board meeting.

Other business In other business, the school board approved several new hires, including Lisa Wales for special-education aid, Steve Schacht for at-risk coordinator from 62% to 83.33% time, Michele Brown for business of- fice assistant, and Russ Run- ning from part-time to full- time custodian. The board also accepted the resignations of Mary Eades, business office assistant, fol- lowing 24 years of service; Leslie Storms custodian; Kim Mullen, special-education aid. The board also received a letter of resignation from Scott Schultz, for sixth-grade boys basketball in Sugar Camp. “All were accepted with ap- preciation for a job well done,” said Karling. Karling reported the district will close out the year with $49,307. He said the fund 10 balance with referendum dol- lars gives the district $249,302, which is within $3,000 of what was projected at the end of the second-year referendum dol- lars. The board also approved the temporary borrowing of $3.7 million for cash flow until tax dollars become available and the board approved a milk con- tract with Dean Foods.

of $3.7 million for cash flow until tax dollars become available and the board approved a





Joseph Casper

Maria Kofler

Joseph Casper of Three Lakes died Monday, July 18, 2011, at his home. He was 58.

Funeral services are pend- ing at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River.

Maria Kof- ler of Sioux Falls, S.D., for- merly of Cud- ahy and Eagle River, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011. She was 87. Mrs. Kofler

was born Sept. 1, 1923, in Kiev, Russia. She married her husband, Joe, June 7, 1958. After she retired from the Ladish Co. in Cudahy, the cou- ple moved to Eagle River where they lived for 25 years. Her activities included fish-

where they lived for 25 years. Her activities included fish- KOFLER ing, cooking and spending time


ing, cooking and spending time

with family. The couple had re- cently moved to Sioux Falls. Mrs. Kofler was preceded in death by her husband of 52 years Dec. 31, 2010. Her survivors include three daughters, Kim, Camille and Carmen; two sons, Joe and John; 15 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren.

A memorial service will be

held Saturday, July 23, at 1

p.m. at St. Peter the Fisherman Catholic Church in Eagle River.

In lieu of flowers, memorials

may directed to the local hu- mane society.

Robert Ray ‘Bob’ Dierking

Robert Ray “Bob” Dierking, 75, of Eagle River, Wis., went to be with his Heavenly Fa- ther Wednesday, July 13, 2011, after an eight-year courageous battle with cancer. He was surrounded by family and friends at the Cancer Center of America in Zion, Ill. Bob was preceded in death by his son, Scott Alan; his par- ents, Harold and Hazel Dierk- ing of Land O’ Lakes, Wis.; and his sister, Dorothy Jane Dierking Hess of Grand Rapids, Mich. He is survived by his wife, Beatrice Dierking, of Eagle River; a brother, Gerald (Con- nie) Dierking of Florence, Mont.; sisters, Marjorie Feld- man Carlson of Belvidere, Ill., and Barbara Dierking Schut of Mescosta, Mich.; sisters-in- law, Charlotte (Bob) Wick of British Columbia, Canada, Shirley (Ken) Pearson of Spokane, Wash.; several nieces and nephews; and spe- cial friends, Sally and Gregg Peterson.

nephews; and spe- cial friends, Sally and Gregg Peterson. Leon August Hanke, 89, passed away at

Leon August Hanke, 89, passed away at home Tuesday, July 12, 2011, after his battle with cancer. He was born Aug. 31, 1921, in Eagle River, Wis., to Caroline and Charles Hanke. Leon graduated high school in Eagle River and received his B.A. from La Crosse State Teachers College in 1948. He later received his Masters from the University of Colorado and was selected to attend five Na- tional Science Foundation In- stitutes. He was a private first class in the U.S. Marines from 1942- 1945, he served in the battles of Okinawa and Peleliu Palau Is- lands and was awarded the Presidential Unit Citation. Leon had a 40-year-long ca- reer in education. He was a teacher and principal in Michi- gan for 14 years and later moved to Yuma, where he taught science for 26 years and retired in 1983. A couple of hobbies that Leon enjoyed were fishing, golf- ing, bowling, dancing and hunt- ing. His most favorite was trav- eling all across North America with his wife in their big black- and-white van, pulling their travel trailer. They never met a

Bob attended Moody Bible Institute in Chicago, Ill., and graduated from Trinity Uni-

versity, Deerfield, Ill., former- ly Chicago, Ill. He pastored a church in Strathcona, Minn., prior to entering the building business. He retired from Cor- nerStone Builders in Eagle River. Funeral services will be at 11 a.m. Saturday, July 23, 2011, at Conover Evangelical Free Church. A private view- ing for family will be from 9 to 9:30 a.m. Friends may visit the family prior to the service from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Burial will follow in the Eagle River Cemetery. Officiators of the funeral will be Pastor Carl Williamson, from the Cancer Center of America, and Pastor Joe Mlaker of the Conover Evangelical Free Church.

A memorial will be estab-

lished in Bob’s name to be used to fight cancer. Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home is serving the family.


Royanne Moss

Royanne Moss, 68, of Oolit- ic, died at 4 a.m. on Friday, July 15, 2011, at I.U. Health University Hospital in Indi- anapolis. Born Nov. 2, 1942, in Du- luth, Minn., she was the daughter of Erling and

Dorothy (Buckley) Knutson. She married Robert Moss on Oct. 10, 1964, and he sur- vives. She attended Calvary Lutheran Church, a previous member of Psi Ota Xi and was a retired cardiology technician at Dunn Hospital. Survivors include husband, Robert; one daughter, Stepha- nie Henry and husband, Grant, of Holly, Mich.; one son, Chad Moss and wife, Melissa, of Hendersonville, Tenn.; five grandchildren, Lance, Logan and Lauren Henry of Holly,

Alexander and Nicholas Moss of Hendersonville; one sister, Nicole Bartz of Palatine, Ill.; one brother, Mark Knutson and wife, Nancy, of Boone, Iowa; nieces, Danny Lee Moss, Marnie Knutson and Carrie Fain; and nephews, Perry Bartz and Travis Knutson. She was preceded in death by her parents; one brother-in- law, Herman Bartz; and one nephew, Trent Knutson.

A memorial service was

conducted July 18, 2011, at Calvary Lutheran Church. Ar- rangements were under the direction of Day & Carter Mortuary. Family and friends are in- vited to sign the guest book and light a candle in memory of Royanne at www.day- carter.com.


Leon August Hanke


stranger at the RV parks. Leon is survived by his wife of 64 years, Juanita Hanke; daughter, Marilyn Hanke; grandsons, John Davis and Leon Cramp; granddaughters, Lori Davis, Rebecca (Ken) Hart and Susan Cramp; great- grandsons, Saren Hart and An- thony Tesillo; great-grand- daughters, Amberlynn Cramp, Aimee Hart and April (Sean) Winslow; great-great-grand- daughter, Cheyenne Winslow; nephews, John Charles (Jack) Thomas, Tom (Jane) Thomas, David Hanke and Russel Pitz-

ner; niece, Peg (Don) Liebman.

He was preceded in death by

his daughter and son-in-law, Barbara (Dave) Davis; parents, Caroline and Charles Hanke; brothers, Myron, Raymond and Chuck; sister, Dora; niece, Mary-Jo Finucan; nephew, Rol- lie Thomas. Memorial services were held at Johnson Mortuary Saturday, July 16, 2011. His final resting place will be in Wales, Wis. Memorial donations may be made to AWC-Science Club, Attn: Cecilia Vigil, P.O. Box 929, Yuma, AZ 85366 or Hos- pice of Yuma, 1824 S. 8th Ave., Yuma, AZ.




1824 S. 8th Ave., Yuma, AZ. PAID OBITUARY PAID OBITUARY 6343 Robert A. ‘Bob’ Myers Robert

Robert A. ‘Bob’ Myers

Robert A. “Bob” Myers, a five-year resident of St. Ger- main, formerly of German- town, died Monday, July 11, 2011, at Howard Young Medi- cal Center in Woodruff. He was 72. Mr. Myers was born Jan. 14, 1939, in Milwaukee, the son of Harold and Ruby Myers. He married Lilly Roback Nov. 4, 1961, in Milwaukee and he worked his way from being a draftsman in Milwau- kee City Hall to working in various private engineer firms before becoming the chief building and plumbing inspector for Germantown. Mr. Myers served in the U.S. Navy and the U.S. Air Force during the Bay of Pigs invasion. He was active in his com- munity as a trustee for Ger-

6341 mantown, and was on the

board for the Commission on Aging in Vilas County and was involved in the Coalition of Wisconsin Aging Groups. He was a director with the PrimeTimers in St. Germain and a member of both the St. Germain Lions Club and Easy Eagles. He also was an active blood donor. His activities included fish- ing, deer and small-game hunting. He is survived by his wife, Lilly; two daughters, Kim Holmes and Lisa Glad of Wa- tertown; a brother-in-law, Paul (Kathie) Roback; a sis-

ter-in-law, Toni Kahl; and four grandchildren.

A memorial service was

held July 15 at Gaffney- Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River. Memorials may be made to Special Olympics or the Amer- ican Heart Association.

to Special Olympics or the Amer- ican Heart Association. Wilmouth C. ‘Bill’ Hodge Betty Nielson Wilmouth

Wilmouth C. ‘Bill’ Hodge

Betty Nielson

Wilmouth C. “Bill” Hodge, for- merly of Eagle River, died Friday, July 1, 2011, at Ash- ley Court in Brighton, Mich., where

he resided the past three years. He was 91. He was born Jan. 24, 1920, in Lynnville, Tenn., the son of

James and Claudia Hodge. Mr. Hodge was first lieu- tenant, U.S. Marine Corps, (USMC) First Marine Divi- sion and served in the South Pacific and Guadalcanal. He ran for mayor of Eagle River in the early 1950s and

He ran for mayor of Eagle River in the early 1950s and HODGE operated W.C. Hodge


operated W.C. Hodge Con- struction Co. Mr. Hodge was preceded in death in 2006 by his first wife, Gloria Hodge Kalous and for- mer wife, Pauline. His survivors include three daughters, Ginny St. Louis (Bruce) Oberlander of Eagle River, Sharon (Don) Loney of Canton, Mich. and Deborah of South Lyon, Mich.; one son Cameron (Lisa) of Front Royal, Va.; one sister, Hilda Dixon; one brother, Harry; seven grandchildren; and four great-grandchildren.

A full military funeral was

held at Phillips Funeral Home in South Lyon. Burial was in Oakland Hills Memorial Gar- dens Cemetery in Novi, Mich.

Ann Keup

Ann (Berceau) Keup, 59, Eagle River, was born to eter- nal life on July 14, 2011. Born on Nov. 18, 1951, in Green Bay to James Berceau and the late Carol Berceau, she married Delwin Keup on April 5, 1975. Ann especially enjoyed cruising with her husband, shopping with her sisters and spending time at the family cottage. She had a way of light- ing up a room when entering. Ann was the first person in the world to participate in the Landmark Clinical Study for breast cancer and was the longest survivor of 11 1 2 years. Ann worked in several re- tail stores in Rhinelander and Eagle River while she was able. She loved interacting with people. When you met Ann, you loved her for her

compassion from the heart. She is survived by her fa- ther, James Berceau; husband of 36 years, Delwin Keup; stepchildren, Brenda Pizzarel- la and Rhonda (Craig) Reuther; grandchildren, D.J. Pizzarella, Karissa Pizzarella, Canaan Bartz and Samuel

Bartz; one brother and one sis- ter, Tom (Kathy) Berceau and Amy (Phil) Mattek. Ann was preceded in death by her mother.

A private family service

will be held. Malcore (East) Funeral Home is assisting the family. Sincere thanks to Dr. Patel, his dedicated staff, and all the nurses and doctors who cared for Ann at Vince Lombardi Cancer Center and Aurora Baycare Medical Center.



Betty Nielson of Sayner

died Sunday, July 17, 2011, at her home. She was 90.

A funeral service will be

held at noon Friday, July 22, 2011, at St. Germain United Church of Christ. Visitation

will be at the church at 11 a.m. until the time of the ser- vice. Burial will be in Plum

Lake Cemetery.

A complete obituary will be

in next week’s newspaper.

A complete obituary will be in next week’s newspaper. Roy K. Pearson Roy K. Pearson, age

Roy K. Pearson

Roy K. Pearson, age 80, of Elgin, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, at his home, surrounded by his loving family. Roy was born in Chicago on March 7, 1931. He was the son

of the late Gustav and Emma (nee Tussoway) Pearson. Roy was a resident of the Elgin area for the past 48 years. He worked as an airline techni- cian, having worked for both Ozark and TWA Airlines and

retired after 33 years of service. Roy had many diverse in- terests including real estate investing.

He was a private pilot and a

U.S. Air Force Korean War vet- eran. Roy was a member of the Elgin VFW Post #1307 and Elgin Moose #799. Most of all, Roy loved spending time with his family and friends at his Eagle River,

Wis., vacation home. Survivors include his loving wife of almost 52 years, Helma (nee Krafft) Pearson, whom he married on Sept. 25, 1959; their children, Keith (Laura) Pearson of Sleepy Hollow and Audrey (Mark) Johns of Pin- gree Grove. Roy also is survived by his grandchildren, Ryan, Megan, Gavin and Lauren; and his sister, Dolores Stone. He was preceded in death by his parents. The Pearson family will be receiving friends at the funer- al home from 2 p.m. until the time of the service. Memorial funeral services will be held on Saturday, July 23, 2011, at 4 p.m. in the Miller Funeral Home, West Dundee. Burial will be private.



West Dundee. Burial will be private. PAID OBITUARY 6342 Charles Pelley Charles Pelley of Eagle River

Charles Pelley

Charles Pelley of Eagle River died Monday, July 18, 2011, at his home.

Funeral services are pend- ing at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River.

are pend- ing at Gaffney-Busha Funeral Home in Eagle River. Harold Richter Harold Richter of Corballis,

Harold Richter

Harold Richter of Corballis, Mont., formerly of Eagle River, died Tuesday, July 12, 2011, after a long battle with cancer. He was 80. He was born Jan. 21, 1931, the son of Art and Agnes Richter. Mr. Richter owned Richter Ready Mix & Construction in Eagle River from 1950 to 2002. He was a U.S. Army vet- eran of the Korean War where he became a company cook. Most of his education was self-taught. He studied and

obtained a pilot’s license and owned and operated a sea- plane. His other activities in- cluded stock car racing in his early years and as a spectator in later years. He also trav- eled and took many photos of his trips. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two broth- ers, Eugene and Francis. Surviving him are two brothers, Art Jr. “Dunnie” and Edward of Eagle River; and several nieces and nephews. A private memorial service will be held at a later date.


New technology links EMTs with hospitals

Through support of the Howard Young Foundation, hospitals in Eagle River and Woodruff will be implement- ing the LIFENET® system — an electronic link between the emergency medical techni- cians (EMT) responding to 911 calls in the field and the emergency department. The technology will allow doctors in the emergency de- partment at both Howard Young Medical Center in Woodruff and Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital to see and review critical infor- mation about the patient prior to the patient arriving in the emergency department, according to Sheila Clough, president of Howard Young Health Care. With the push of a button, LIFENET allows EMTs to transmit a heart attack pa- tient’s electrocardiogram (EKG) directly to the nearest hospital’s emergency depart- ment from the ambulance. EKGs provide critical diag- nostic information about the electrical activity of a pa- tient's heart. LIFENET technology can also transmit vital signs from

accident and trauma victims being raced to hospital emer- gency rooms by EMTs and paramedics. “The LIFENET devices combine the best of medicine with the most advanced tech- nology available to benefit the people of our region," said Roderick Brodhead, M.D., di- rector of emergency services at Howard Young Medical Center and Ministry Eagle

services at Howard Young Medical Center and Ministry Eagle River Memorial Hospital. The visual communication that

River Memorial Hospital. The visual communication that LIFENET® provides is especially important in a crit- ical situation — such as a pa- tient having a heart attack. This new technology will allow the emergency depart- ment doctor the ability to view a 12-lead electrocardio- gram (ECG) being performed by the EMTs in the ambu- lance prior to the patient ar- riving in the emergency de- partment. Clough said the physician can make real time treatment decisions based on the data provided by EMS in the field which helps the emergency medical team get definitive treatment to our patients much more rapidly. “This technology will ad- vance our ability to communi- cate with EMTs and paramedics responding to calls in the field in a way that best serves our patients,” said Clough. “Receiving the EKG results of heart attack pa- tients before they arrive at the hospital has life-saving benefits.” Emergency department staff at the two hospitals began using LIFENET earlier this month.



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TRAIL CONTRIBUTION — Wilderness Lakes Trails Inc. (WLT) re- cently presented a $34,000 check to Watersmeet Township, the first installment on WLT’s match commitment to the three-phase, 13-mile Agonikak National Recreation Trail Improvement Project.

Participating in the presentation were, from left, Alan Piel and Jim Thomas of WLT, Watersmeet Township Supervisor Frank Kuchevar and trustee Tom Church.

--Contributed Photo

Vilas County Court report

Former teacher pleads not guilty in 10-count child pornography case

A former Northland Pines

Middle School math teacher, charged with 10 felony counts of possession of child pornog- raphy, waived his preliminary hearing and entered a not- guilty plea Monday in Vilas County Circuit Court. Michael Wang, 46, was ar- rested May 16 after school of- ficials reported they discov- ered the teacher had allegedly used a school-issued computer to chat with females, includ- ing a female believed to be 14 years old. During Wang’s arraign- ment Monday, Vilas County Circuit Court Judge Neal A Nielsen III set a pre-trial con- ference for Sept. 12.

Wang is free on a $20,000 cash bond that allows him to reside with his mother in Platteville and to allow con- tact by phone or in person with his 15-year-old daughter. The court also allowed contact

in person only if his father or mother were present. Court records show that Wang also is allowed to visit his girl- friend in Crystal Falls, Mich., as long as the woman’s daugh- ter is not present. Each felony count in the complaint against Wang car- ries a maximum sentence of 25 years in prison.

In other felony cases, Dillon

J. Johnson, 20, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with at- tempted first-degree inten- tional homicide, entered a no- contest plea to an amended charge of second-degree reck- less injury and was found guilty. His sentence was with- held and he was placed on probation for five years.

Conditions of Johnson’s probation include serving one year in the county jail with credit for 62 days served, no contact with the victim, any counseling deemed necessary, full-time employment or edu- cation, not to consume or pos- sess intoxicants, no taverns and supply a DNA sample. According to court records, Johnson shot a man in the leg with a .22-caliber gun Nov. 19, 2010, outside of a home at 400 Waswagon St. in Lac du Flam- beau. The man had non-life- threatening injuries. Matthew J. Arndt, 30, of Eagle River, charged with pos- session of narcotic drugs, pos- session of illegally obtained prescriptions and receiving stolen property, made an ad- journed initial appearance in Vilas County Circuit Court last week. A preliminary hearing was set for July 27 at 2 p.m. Eric M. Kennison, 43, of Mil- waukee, convicted of sixth-of- fense operating while intoxicat- ed Oct. 6, 2008, had his sen- tence modified by Judge Nielsen last week. Kennison asked that his sentence of two years’ confinement in the Wis- consin Prison System and two years extended supervision be modified so he could work on his dual diagnosis issues and get alcohol and other drug abuse counseling services he said were not available at Stan- ley Correctional Institution. Jedediah G. Maulson, 19, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with operating a motor vehi- cle without the owner’s con- sent, had an initial appear- ance adjourned to July 25 at 10 a.m. because he told the

Crist appeal rejected in bridge crossing case

An appeal by a Minocqua man found guilty by a county jury of not paying a toll to cross the International Bridge in International Falls, Minn., was rejected last week. Dean M. Crist, 62, was found guilty Nov. 3, 2010, on two counts of misdemeanor theft of services for not paying the toll and crossing the bridge, according to an article in the International Falls Journal. The two complaints alleged that Crist crossed the bridge without paying the toll more than 11 times over three years. The bridge is jointly owned by Boise Inc. and the Fort Frances Abitibi Bowater paper mills. Crist represented himself in the Nov. 3 jury trial. In total that day, Crist was con- victed of five misdemeanor theft counts, showed records. As part of the sentence, Crist was ordered to stay off the bridge for two years. He was sentenced to three con- secutive 90-day jail terms and $1,000 in fines. The judge

stayed the fine and jail time

on the condition that he serve

a total of 20 days, pay $375

fine, court costs and restitu- tion of $90, and placed Crist on court-supervised probation for two years, according to court records. Crist brought the case to the Minnesota Court of Ap- peals, which Aug. 11 upheld the jury’s verdict, according to court documents. Crist argued that because the theft of ser- vices occurred on the bridge, the district court lacked juris- diction over the offense. But the appeals court said that the theft of services oc- curred on private property within the International Falls city limits at a booth where a

toll is collected to allow access

to the bridge to cross into Fort

Frances. Therefore, the theft

of service occurred within the

district court’s jurisdiction. Further, court records said Crist contended that the bridge crossing did not consti- tute a theft of service, because state law does not specifically mention tolls.

court he hasn’t had time to call the public defenders of- fice. Maulson was arrested at Lac of the Torches Casino in Lac du Flambeau June 6 after allegedly taking a pick-up truck from a Lac du Flambeau woman May 16. Garet W. Mendez, 25, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with attempting to utter a forgery, waived his preliminary hear- ing and entered a not guilty plea. A pretrial conference was set for Aug. 23 at 10:15 a.m. Mendez allegedly wrote at least five checks from an- other person’s closed bank ac- count after he took a book of checks from a woman’s home in Lac du Flambeau. Brandon L. Vetterneck, 34, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with possession of marijuana and operating a motor vehicle after revocation, waived his preliminary hearing and ar- raignment was set for July 25 at 9:45 a.m. His $1,000 cash bond was modified to a $1,000 signature bond, with condi- tions that he not possess or consume intoxicants, no tav- erns, and not to possess or consume prescription drugs. Clancy J. St. Germain, 44 of Lac du Flambeau, had a sen- tence withheld and was placed on probation for 24 months after he was found guilty of fourth-degree operat-

ing while intoxicated after the charge was amended from a fifth-degree charge. He then pleaded no contest to another fifth-degree operating while intoxicated charge. Charges of operating a motor vehicle after revocation and felony bail jumping were dismissed. Conditions of St. Germain’s probation on the first conviction include alcohol and other drug assessment along with any treatment, fined $1,496, driver’s license revoked for 24 months, 90 days in the county jail and credit for six days served with work release privileges. Sentence was withheld on the second conviction and he was placed on probation for three years to run concurrent. St. Germain also was fined $2,182, must attend assess- ment and continue counseling, not to possess intoxicants, no taverns, seven months in the county jail and credit for 52 days served, driver’s license re- voked for 36 months and have a ignition lock device on his ve- hicle for 36 months. Ryan D. Turney, 17, of Lac du Flambeau, charged with battery by prisoners, had a preliminary hearing set for Aug. 16 at 10 a.m. Turney al- legedly fought with another inmate at the Vilas County Jail June 16, hitting the man on the right side of his face.

Vilas County Sheriff

A total of 392 complaints

were entered by Vilas County Sheriff’s Department dis- patchers last week.

In addition to those with suf-

accident was reported at the

intersection of Highway 45 and Pine Lane, involving Stephen L. Lowy of Highland Park, Ill., and Daniel A. Cashin of Eagle River. Tuesday, July 12

- 9 p.m. - A vehicle/deer ac-

cident was reported on High- way 70 near Old Highway 51

North in Arbor Vitae, involv- ing Michael D. Carroll of Arbor Vitae.

- 12 p.m. - A vehicle/deer ac- cident was reported on High- way G in the town of Clover- land, involving Charles J. Healy of Eagle River.

Eagle River Police Among the calls received by Vilas County dispatchers were at least 42 calls for the Eagle River Police. These included one 911 hang up, one aban- doned vehicle, one vehicle/deer accident, three hit-and-runs, three animal problems, one request for citi- zen assistance, one report of criminal damage to property, two disturbances, one report of domestic violence, two juve- nile problems, five reports of suspicious circumstances, three reports of hazardous conditions, six traffic viola- tions and three welfare checks. Two people were taken into custody and booked into the Vilas County Jail.

Three Lakes Police This police department re- ported two vehicle accidents, two burglar alarms, two am- bulance requests, one animal problem, two requests for

agency assistance, six boating violations, five fire investiga- tions, two fireworks com- plaints, one welfare check, two juvenile problems, two reports of reckless driving, nine traffic warnings, one vandalism com- plaint and 41 calls dispatched

from Oneida County.

ficient detail to report below, a review shows at least six vehi- cle accidents, 11 vehicle/deer accidents, six requests for agen- cy assistance, four animal prob- lems, two attempts to locate, one burglary, six burglar alarms, seven requests for citi- zen assistance, six reports of criminal damage to property, four disturbances, four reports of domestic violence, one fire, three fireworks complaints, three reports of found property, one report of harassment, five reports of hazardous condi- tions, one juvenile prob- lem/runaway, one lost/missing person, four reports of lost property, 10 reports of suspi- cious circumstances, eight

thefts, eight traffic violations, one trespassing complaint, two vacation checks, six welfare checks, four 911 hang ups and one boating violation. At least 23 calls were re- ferred to the Eagle River Po- lice Department and there were at least 18 informational or procedural entries. During the week, the in- mate population ranged from 88 to 90. As of July 18, there were 86 inmates. Friday, July 15

- 8:55 p.m. - A vehicle/deer accident was reported on Highway 45 in the town of

Lincoln, involving Austin D. Aboav of Mundelein, Ill. Thursday, July 14

- 9:59 p.m. - A one-vehicle

rollover was reported on Birchwood Drive in St. Ger- main, involving Rylee H. Wentworth of Eagle River.

Wentworth was cited for oper- ating while intoxicated. Wednesday, July 13

- 8:08 p.m. - A two-vehicle



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A house at 715 E. Wall St. in Eagle River sustained storm-related damage when a basement wall collapsed Sunday night due to

heavy rain. The occupant said he felt the house lurch forcibly when

--Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW

the wall gave way.

Heat: fans, air-conditioning units selling fast


heat and the possibility of more storms, they aimed to have power restored to the majority of customers by Monday evening. “We have all available line crews working on the outages throughout north, central and northeast Wisconsin,” said a WPS spokesperson Monday. “A forecast for hot and humid weather, coupled with a fore- cast calling for the chance of more thunderstorms, could slow restoration efforts.” Since the high temperatures arrived Friday, area stores have reported increased sales for air-conditioning units and fans. “We’ve been sold out of air- conditioning units since Fri- day,” said Tina Crane, store manager at Nelson’s Ace Hard- ware in Eagle River. “And there are only a few fans left.” Tina Yakel, assistant store supervisor for Pamida in Eagle River, had a similar story. “The fans are now gone, and the air-conditioning units were gone before the heat wave started,” she said. “Half of the people coming in and calling are asking for them, though. I imagine sales would be really good if we weren’t already out of them.” Judy Akins, owner of Jensen-Akins Hardware & Ap- pliance in Conover, said the store was sold out of air-condi- tioning window units as of Monday, but was expecting to receive additional units Tues- day, along with a shipment of fans. “We feel good that we’ve been able to supply what peo- ple need out there,” she said. “By the sound of it, the heat is supposed to continue for a while. Our refrigeration service guys have been busy making sure people can also keep their food cool.” Summer heat waves have been the biggest weather-relat- ed killers in Wisconsin for the past 50 years, far exceeding tornadoes and severe storms, said NWS officials. In 1995, two major killer heat waves af- fected most of Wisconsin, re- sulting in 154 heat-related deaths and more than 300 heat-related illnesses. With high temperatures in the 90s and dew points in the 70s approaching, heat indexes will likely be more than 100 de- grees. As a result, Oneida County Emergency Manage- ment has organized two cooling shelters in Minocqua and Rhinelander. For information on the Minocqua shelter at United Methodist Church of the Pines, call (715) 356-3041. For infor- mation about the Rhinelander shelter at the YMCA, call (715)


The NWS issued a number of excessive heat watches, warnings and advisories throughout Wisconsin Sunday and Monday. The NWS also of- fered the following tips to stay safe and cool as summer con- tinues:

Never leave children, dis-

and cool as summer con- tinues: Never leave children, dis- Vehicles were slowed and pedestrians looked

Vehicles were slowed and pedestrians looked on as parts of highways 45/70 flooded with water during torrential rainfall Sunday evening in Eagle

River. The photographer took the photo from The Beauty Resort parking lot with a cell phone. --Contributed Photo

abled persons or pets in a parked car, even briefly. Tem- peratures in a car can become life threatening within min- utes. On an 80-degree day, the temperature inside a car even with the windows cracked slightly can reach 100 degrees in less than 10 minutes. Keep living space cool. Cover windows to keep the sun from shining in. If there is no air conditioner, open windows to let air circulate. When it’s hotter than 95 degrees, use fans to blow hot air out of the window rather than to blow hot air on the body. Basements or ground floors are often cooler than upper floors. Slow down and limit physical activity. Plan outings or exertion for the early morn- ing or after dark when temper- atures are cooler. Drink plenty of water and eat lightly. Don’t wait for

thirst, but instead, drink water throughout the day. Avoid alco- hol or caffeine and stay away from hot, heavy meals. Wear lightweight, loose- fitting, light-colored clothing. Add a hat or umbrella to keep the head cool, and don’t forget sunscreen. Don’t stop taking medica- tion unless a doctor says to. Take extra care to stay cool and ask a doctor or pharmacist for any special heat advice. Infants should drink breast milk or formula to get the right balance of water, salts and energy. People may supple- ment an infant’s fluids with an additional 4 to 8 ounces of water per day, but don’t dilute formula beyond what the in- structions say (unless instruct- ed by a doctor). Take a cool shower or bath. A shower or bath will work faster than an air condi-

tioner. Applying cold wet rags to the neck, head and limbs also cools down the body quick-

ly. The NWS also provided the following symptoms of heat-re- lated illness and what to do in the event that they occur:

Heat cramps are cramps or muscle spasms in the ab- domen, arms or legs. Stop ac- tivity, cool down and drink clear juice or a sports drink. Heat exhaustion consists of heavy sweating, paleness, muscle cramps, weakness, dizziness, headache, nausea, fainting. Cool down and seek medical attention. Heat stroke is extremely high body temperature; red, hot, dry skin; rapid pulse; throbbing headache; dizziness; nausea; confusion; and uncon- sciousness. Call 911 and cool the victim with shower or hose until help arrives.


The real estate transactions listed below are being published at the request of many of our readers. The information is public record and reflects an index of each week’s transactions. Property transactions exceed- ing $10,000 recorded at the Vilas County Courthouse the past week and the transfer fee (at $3 per $1,000):

July 11, 2011 Linda S. Borchardt to Alan J. Hayden, prt NW SW in 8-40-6, gov lot 3, $180 Weirauch Properties LLC to KSK C-Stores Inc., prt NE SE in 23-40-6, gov lot 3, $135 River Valley Bank and River Valley State Bank to NWW LLC, lots 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15 and 16, blk 7 of plat 354 in Turtle Lake Resort Plat F; prt SW NE in 32-44-5, $117.30 Joseph J. Schwartz Estate Trust to Sachari Partners LP, prt NW NW in 25-41-5, gov lot 1,


Rolf Stadheim to Joseph Grear Declaration of Trust, prt SE SE in 21-41-7, gov lot 5; prt NE NE in 28-41-7, gov lot 1, $3,300 Kenneth T. Wickman to Barry J. McNulty and wife, prt SW SW in 35-40-6, gov lot 3, $1,101 National Finance I LLC to Larry Glass, prt SE SE in 4-40-8,


EMK LLP to Michael L.

Burke, lot 35 of plat 41 in Butter- field Subd., $442.50

July 12, 2011 Timothy D. Kruse and wife to Raymond G. Weber et al and Ran- dall A. DeRuiter et al, lot 6 of plat 704 in Peil’s North Shore Lots,


Andrew B. Martin and wife to Scott M. Vuchetich and wife, lot 5 of plat 61 in Crab Lake Camp; 22- 43-6, gov lot 25; 22-43-6, gov lot 26, $1,800 Estate of Donald E. Miller and Patty Merlin, Pers. Rep., to Jon G. Skorey and wife, prt SE SE in 3- 40-8, gov lot 1, $808.50

July 15, 2011 D.J. Reuss Revocable Living Trust to Matthew D. Reuss et al and Elizabeth A. Barber et al, lot 2, blk 1 of plat 375 in Mrs. Ada Williams Subd., $495 Bonnie Champeny, Guardian, and Estate of Barbara M. Vold to Edwin K. Sandle and wife, prt SW SE in 16-41-10, $216 Gary L. Tilkens and wife to Darrell A. Fencil and wife, prt NE NE in 11-40-5, gov lot 1, $960 Anton J. Podhora Jr. to Shawn Ray Roehrich and wife and Karen Elaine Gries-Roehrich and hus- band, prt SE SE in 31-40-7,


Craig A. Marion to Shaun L. Kroschel Trust, lot 7 of plat 805 in Eagle Ridge Estates, $51

Three Lakes, Phelps to receive sparsity aid


School districts in Three Lakes, Phelps and 128 other communities will share $13.5 million in state categorical aid targeted to help rural dis- tricts, officials said last week. Three Lakes will receive $134,644, while Phelps will get $36,130, to help the dis- tricts provide educational ser- vices for their students. The overall numbers for schools were down from last year, as more small, rural school districts qualified for the funding, putting addition- al pressure on the aid pro- gram, which was cut 10% in the 2011-13 state budget. For the 2011-’12 school year, 130 districts are eligible for sparsity aid, an increase of seven school districts and about 2,800 students from last year. To be eligible for sparsity aid, school districts must en- roll fewer than 725 students and have fewer than 10 stu- dents per square mile. Addi- tionally, at least 20% of stu- dents must be eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. Aid is set in statute at $300 per pupil, but will be prorated at 80%. District eligibility to- taled $16.8 million. Aid will be paid on the third Monday in September. “Small, rural school dis- tricts can forge the close rela- tionships between home and school that foster strong com- munities and solid education- al achievement,” said State

Superintendent Tony Evers. “But small communities struggle with some common challenges — declining enroll- ment, highly variable proper- ty values, low-median income and higher transportation costs — that make it difficult to provide the full range of ed- ucational opportunities stu- dents need to be successful.” Evers also noted that spar- sity aid has helped these dis- tricts provide services to their students, many times through creative partnerships within and among communities. Average poverty rates for eligible districts increased to 46.3%, up 2% from last year’s average and more than 5% higher than the state average for the 2010-’11 school year. Aid will impact 55,900 stu- dents, which represent about 6.5% of the state’s total public school student population. The first payment from the Sparsity Aid Program was in the 2008-’09 school year. The aid was a priority identified by the state superintendent’s Rural Advisory Council. The council noted that small, rural districts often lack economies of scale and have large geo- graphic areas that impact ed- ucational services. The Fair Funding for Our Future school finance reform initiative, introduced last fall, recommends increasing fund- ing for sparsity aid to small, rural schools.

fund- ing for sparsity aid to small, rural schools. Join us for this musical celebration at
Join us for this musical celebration at the Conover Town Park featuring talent from the

Join us for this musical celebration at the Conover Town Park featuring talent from the Northwoods

• Numerous Acts • Dancing on the “Patio” • Food • Refreshments • Covered Picnic Area • Free Admission


Hand Picked Bluegrass Band The members of Hand Picked Bluegrass Band have tremendous credentials in the music industry.

Band have tremendous credentials in the music industry. Greg Everett A lifetime of experience as a
Band have tremendous credentials in the music industry. Greg Everett A lifetime of experience as a

Greg Everett A lifetime of experience as a musician, performer and composer, Greg has worked with his share of well-known artists.

String Along performing everything from bluegrass, country, rock, folk and polka.

everything from bluegrass, country, rock, folk and polka. The Pat Crawford Jazz Quintet As part-time year-round
everything from bluegrass, country, rock, folk and polka. The Pat Crawford Jazz Quintet As part-time year-round

The Pat Crawford Jazz Quintet As part-time year-round residents, The Pat Crawford Jazz Quintet is a Kenosha-based jazz band playing jazz from the great Ameri- can songbook with vocals from Carole Craw- ford in the tradition of Sarah Vaughn, Anita O’Day and other great jazz area vocalists.

Entertainment Schedule: String Along 2 p.m., Greg Everett 3:30 p.m., The Pat Crawford Jazz Quintet 4:45 p.m., Hand Picked Bluegrass Band 7 p.m.

Saturday, July 23 • 2-9 p.m.

CONOVER TOWN PARK, HWY. K, 1/2 MILE EAST OF HWY. 45 Bring your chairs, no carry-ins, no pets.

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Dereck’s Carpentry Services, LLC

Denny’s Excavating

Welnetz Chiropractic

Club 45 Sports Bar & Grill “The House of Payne”

Buckatabon Lodge & Lighthouse Inn

Northern Waters Angling & Archery

Jensen-Akins Hardware & Appliance


Conserve School admits students of any race, color, national or ethnic origin to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activ- ities generally available to students at the School. Conserve School does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national or ethnic origin in administering its educational policies, admissions policies, scholarship and loan programs, athletic programs, and other school programs.






THREE LAKES NEWS WEDNESDAY, JULY 20, 2011 7A NEWS SCOUT SUPPORT — Northwoods Youth Futures presented

SCOUT SUPPORT — Northwoods Youth Futures presented a $1,500 check last Thursday to Boy Scouts Troop 601. Taking part in the presentation were, front row, from left, Ian Oas, Northwoods

Youth Futures President Jenny Bolte and Will Starke; back row, Steven Thompson, Larry Thompson, Alan Tulppo, Kim Starke and Kay Tulppo. --Staff Photo By ANTHONY DREW

City to submit grant application for Silver Lake Road improvements



Grant applications for im- proving Silver Lake Road and extending sewer and water along Highway 70, both east and west, dominated the dis- cussion at last week’s Eagle River City Council meeting. Approval was given to spend $3,000 for a planning grant application after city ad- ministrator Joe Laux said he had received verbal assurance the grant request would be fa- vorably received by the state. “I have verbal approval for a $286,000 grant from Wiscon- sin Economic Development for Silver Lake Road, plus an ad- ditional $168,000,” Laux said. “We will have received $436,000 in grants toward the projected improvement cost of


Silver Lake Road improve- ments would include new sewer lines, an increased road base and blacktop. The road is heavily used by a concrete firm located in the town of Lincoln and that concerned some council members. “If we spend city tax dollars for Silver Lake, I’m going to ask for extended weight limits so there is no doubt this road is protected,” declared Alder- man Jerry Burkett. “It wasn’t city residents that broke up Silver Lake Road.” Councilwoman Carol Hen- dricks agreed, indicating the distance from the business to the intersection of highways 45 and 70 is almost the same

Lee recognized for agency work

Harry Lee, an American Family Insurance agent in Eagle River, was recently rec- ognized for customer satisfac- tion excellence under the J.D. Power and Associates Distin- guished Insurance Agency Pro- gram. Lee joins other American Family Insurance agents who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to cus- tomer service. He has been an agent for the company since March 1988 and has an office located at 609 E. Wall St. “Industry-leading service is our standard across the board,” said American Family Presi- dent Jack Salzwedel. “Almost two-thirds of American Family agents made the commitment to achieving this award, and that speaks volumes about their dedication to our cus- tomers.” The service excellence dis- tinction survey was conducted by J.D. Power and Associates. The process consists of a cus- tomer satisfaction survey which measures customers’ overall experience with their current American Family agent. Agents must meet or ex- ceed the standards measured on a national benchmark.

using Silver Lake Road or going to the east and using Dollar Lake Road.

Highway 70 projects Grants from the U.S. De- partment of Agriculture (USDA) for extending sewer and water lines along High- way 70, both east and west,

could be a 12- to 24-month pro- cess and could cost the city about $17,000 in up-front en- gineering plans that accompa- ny the application, according

to Laux.

The recently annexed prop- erty ownres at both ends of the city have been asking “from time to time” when the sewer and water extensions would

happen, according to Laux. The city is considering those services going west

along Highway 70 to what was Nero’s Supper Club and east

to the intersection with High-

way 45, and possibly beyond. While an east-side property owner has indicated the owner did not want to be annexed

into the city, the owner seemed

to be agreeable to allow an

easement for a lift station, ac- cording to Burkett. “If we could secure an ease- ment from Don Scharf, we could run a force main east for

a long way,” Burkett said.

“He’s at the lowest point of a

lift pump.” Loans from the (USDA)

would carry a 2% interest rate and be payable over a 40- year period, with Laux indicating “the bigger the project with USDA, the better off you are”

in getting funding.

Other business

In other business, the coun- cil:

— approved a new sign for

Riverview Park submitted by the Main Street program and recommended by the Plan Commission; — approved a number of

street closing/display of goods permits, but did not approve two permits by the Eagle River Business Association due to questions about possi- ble conflict with the Festival

of Flavors the same weekend;

— approved a state/munici-

pal agreement for a local bicy-

cle facilities program project and approved a land-use agreement with Tara Lila LLC for a biking and walking trail;

— discussed changes in the

city municipal ordinances cen-

tered on penalties for viola- tions;

— supported a request for

funds from the Department of Natural Resources under the aquatic invasive species con- trol program; and

— left open an appointment

to the Landfill Venture Group with the resignation of Rich Sweo.

Roundy’s to send veterans on flights to nation’s capitol

Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc. will salute veterans and sup- port Honor Flight by giving those who have served in the armed forces a chance to see national monuments dedicated to their service Oct. 8 on Roundy’s All-Wisconsin Day. Recognition of veterans kicked off in store ads for Pick ’n Save, Copps and Rainbow. There is a Pick ‘n Save store in Eagle River.

Also highlighted in the ads are products from companies that are joining the effort, giv- ing customers a chance to par- ticipate and support the troops. For every featured item pur- chased, 10 cents up to $100,000 will be donated to the honor flights scheduled to depart

from various Wisconsin air-

fields Oct. 8. The program will send two chartered 757 planes carrying 225 World War II veterans from Milwaukee to Washing- ton, D.C. On the same day, an- other 200 World War II veter- ans will leave Madison and Ap- pleton for the nation’s capitol. Part of the proceeds from this effort also will go toward taking Minnesota veterans to Washington on an Oct. 4 Honor Flight leaving Duluth, Minn. The mission of Stars & Stripes Honor Flight is to fly WWII veterans and terminally ill veterans from other wars to see their memorials in Wash- ington, D.C. For more information about the flights, visit stars and- stripeshonorflight.org.

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Chain of Lakes Association sets annual meeting July 23

The Eagle River Chain of Lakes Association will hold its annual general meeting Satur- day, July 23, at 9 a.m. at the Lincoln Town Hall, located at 1205 Sundstein Road in Eagle River. The agenda will include the treasurer’s report, membership report, identification of officers and lake representatives, the signing of the Native Plant Protection Pledge and an elec- tion for the board of directors. Also on the agenda will be updates on the Eagle River Chain aquatic invasive species (AIS) management program, the Clean Boats, Clean Waters program, Citizens Lake Moni- toring Network and purple

loosestrife on the Eagle River Chain. In addition, Dan Anderson,

a representative of Long Lake for the Phelps Lake District, will explain what a lake dis- trict is and the process Long

Lake pursued to create its lake district. The meeting will provide the public with an opportunity to learn about AIS management on the Eagle River Chain with

a question-and-answer period. Coffee and doughnuts will be provided. Attendees are not required to be property owners or members of the Eagle River Chain of Lakes Association. For more information, call (715) 479-6873.

Trees For Tomorrow plans Forest Fest Saturday, Aug 6

Trees For Tomorrow, Wis- consin’s only accredited natu- ral resources specialty school, in cooperation with Partners in Forestry (PIF), will host the first Forest Fest Saturday, Aug. 6, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the Trees For Tomorrow campus. Forest Fest is a celebration of the forests and all of the products people get from them that enhances the quality of life, according to event organiz- ers. “All aspects of the forest will be represented, from wood products to mushrooms and ev- erything in between,” said Maggie Bishop, executive di- rector of Trees For Tomorrow. “The Northwood Turners will be doing live demonstrations and their sawdust will be used to make fiber art. It will be a day of fun and learning about this versatile and renewable natural resource.” Rod Sharka of PIF said his organization plans to lead field tours. “Partners In Forestry will have professional foresters on hand to lead forestry manage- ment field tours,” he said. “Other organizations such as Wisconsin Woodland Owners Association and American Tree Farm System will also be avail- able to answer questions about

managing your private wood- lands.” Georgia-Pacific will perform papermaking classes with the public, Ponsse will have its har- vester simulator available so visitors can try their skills at logging, Trees For Tomorrow will have courses running all day on tree identification and live birds of prey, while Rock- ing W Stables will offer horse- drawn wagon rides. For a complete list of event participants, visit treesforto- morrow.com. All programs free to the public. Farm-fresh hamburgers and brats from Futility Farms and local corn on the cob will be available for purchase at the historic dining hall. “We thought that highlight- ing local farmers and their pro- duce would fit right in with our Forest Fest celebration,” said Bishop. “Plan to join us for a

day of fun, activities and learn- ing.” Those who use or design products from the forest are welcome to participate by call- ing Trees For Tomorrow. For more information on any of the programs offered or to provide financial assistance for

a school’s visit to the campus, call (715) 479-6456 or visit treesfortomorrow.com.

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2011 VILAS COUNTY NEWS-REVIEW/THE THREE LAKES NEWS NEWS Students and counselors assisting in the AIS removal

Students and counselors assisting in the AIS removal effort includ- ed, from left, Nikolas Dumpprope, counselor Keelin Packard, coun- selor Matt Vanevenhoven, Matthew Dessellier, Julia Sweeney,

Anna Savard, Madison Ison and Callie Bertsch. Missing from the photo were counselor Sara VanSteenbergen and student volunteer Caleb Eurgoyne. --Contributed Photos

Area students assist Anvil Lake residents in AIS removal effort

During a recent two-day volunteer project, six high school students and their counselors assisted residents of Anvil Lake in Eagle River by participating in an inva- sive species removal project. The project brought togeth- er the forces of Washington Water Resources Committee member Sandy Gillum, Vilas County Land and Water con- servationist Carolyn Scholl, the Wisconsin Upward Bound Program and several Anvil Lake residents, who worked to remove the Canada, swamp and bull thistles in the Anvil lakebed. The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources identi- fies the exotic, noxious Cana- da thistle as native to Europe. Its hairy stems can grow be- tween 2 and 5 feet, sporting spiny leaves and can vigorous-

ly overtake native Wisconsin species if allowed to flower and go to seed. The students delved into the task of digging up and bagging thistle root balls using donated shovels, bags and gloves from local resi- dents and Trees For Tomor- row. More than 60 bags of this- tles were removed from the shoreline of Anvil Lake as a result of the project. The bags were disposed of at the town transfer station. “The undaunted efforts of these energetic students were greatly appreciated by Anvil homeowners and, hopefully, their work will be the begin- ning of a concerted effort to re- move thistles from the Anvil Lake watershed,” said Anvil Lake resident Bobbie Kocim.

Lake watershed,” said Anvil Lake resident Bobbie Kocim. Callie “Captain Thistle” Bertsch, summer intern for

Callie “Captain Thistle” Bertsch, summer intern for Carolyn Scholl, helped remove invasive species with the group.

St. Germain man joins state effort to rid invasive spotted knapweed



After contacting a Depart- ment of Natural Resources

(DNR) wildlife biologist, Dick Kloepfer of St. Germain re- cently released a weevil species in an attempt to rid area roads of spotted knap- weed — a highly reproductive invasive plant that releases chemicals toxic to



Kloepfer first discovered the 2- to 3-foot tall pink plants while jog- ging on Sayner and St. Germain roads last year after attending a presentation about terrestrial invasives by Ted Ritter, invasive

species coordina- tor for Vilas County. He contacted wildlife biolo- gist Wade T. Oehmichen of Horicon this year after failing to eradicate the knapweed plants on his own last season. “I started pulling the plants up by the roots and placing them in the middle of the road to die,” said Kloepfer. “This method of getting rid of the in- vasive was not very effective.”

Then Kloepfer saw Oehmichen’s article in Wis- consin Natural Resources magazine. The article, “Weevil Warriors,” alerted Kloepfer to the possibility of using seed head weevils to eradicate in- festations of spotted knap- weed.

Kloepfer decided to take an aggressive approach to protect the native plants in his area by contacting Oehmichen. “He made arrangements for me to receive enough wee- vils to treat the areas that I

told him about,” said Kloepfer. “He told me that the weevils have been used

for 70 years in some places, and that there’s been no negative ef- fects from using them to control in- vasive plants.” According to Oehmichen’s arti- cle, adult-stage seed head weevils defoliate knap- weed plants and lay their eggs in the head of the

flower. The weevil larvae then devour the plant’s pappus hairs, seeds and recep- tacle, thereby controlling the spread of the invasive species.

“The knapweed can pro- duce thousands of seeds per plant,” said Kloepfer. “They’re mainly spread by car tires, and the plants start by grow- ing along the road’s edge.” Oehmichen said these seeds can remain viable for more than eight years, which is part of the reason for the DNR’s combative approach in dealing with the spotted knapweed. Efforts to control the spot- ted knapweed have been ongo- ing in the U.S. since the

ted knapweed have been ongo- ing in the U.S. since the A knapweed weevil de- vours

A knapweed weevil de- vours flowers and seeds.

since the A knapweed weevil de- vours flowers and seeds. Dick Kloepfer released weevils in St.

Dick Kloepfer released weevils in St. Germain to combat inva-

sive spotted knapweed plants.

--Contributed Photo

1960’s, making it one of the oldest biological control pro- grams in the nation. The Wisconsin DNR in con- junction with the U.S. Depart- ment of Agriculture joined the fight in 1991 by releasing two species of seed head flies, ac- cording to Oehmichen. Since then, five other bio- logical control species have been used by the state DNR, including the seed head wee- vils provided to Kloepfer. “Biological control is an ef- fective, long-term answer to suppress spotted knapweed in Wisconsin,” said Oehmichen in the magazine article. “But the process is slow, and spot-

ted knapweed is a formidable enemy. To get involved in stop- ping spotted knapweed, join your local weed district, adopt a highway or local conserva- tion group and help to map in- fested areas.” By keeping a vigilant eye on local flora, Kloepfer said he is potentially preventing the expansion of an invasive species. “Let’s hope the weevils I re- leased will be effective in our area,” said Kloepfer. For more information about the effort to control spotted knapweed, e-mail Oehmichen at Wade.Oehmichen@Wiscon- sin.gov.



Mrs. Shirley Dobbs - elderly lady moving! Most items excellent!

Friday, July 29, starts 10:30 a.m. (lunch)

1 1 2 miles south of Three Lakes, Wis., on Hwy. 45 to Lake Terrace Dr. #1240

Many lovely antiques & collectibles: (many items over 100 yrs. old) oak roll-top desk, secretary desk, china closet, tables, chairs, rockers, 2 cedar chests, dressers, piano stool & bench, smoking stand, hall tree, wood skis, scythes, lg. ice tongs & chains, saws, plat- form scales, lg. oil painting, cookie cutters, kitchen gadgets, enamelware, cast iron, stereo scope & slides, washboards, silverware set, some silver items, decanters, Tonka, B.L. & other trucks, comics, toy train, toys, 2 tool chests, sleds, snowshoes, lovely glass & dish- es, lots of jewelry, lg. R.W. crocks, clocks, lamps, mirror, wood decoys, bow & arrows, baseball bats & gloves, baseball cards, coffee grinder, thunder jug, projectors, many movies (Laurel & Hardy, football, Mr. Magoo, etc.), 2 baseball records, Zane Grey & other books, football mags., trunks, tea cooler, 2 crock bowls, cash register, handmade minia- ture log cabin, cameras, typewriter, Xmas, fan, guitar, Connetta, concertina, croquet set, silver dollars & other old coins & much more! 14 guns, etc.: (WI laws apply) 3 Win. (Mod. 97, 12 & 62), Ruger .22 pistol, Stevens .22 & 20-ga., Mossberg (185) 20-ga., Savage (99)

.22 pistol, Terror pistol, 2 old Daisy BB guns, .22 pistol, lg.

.308, Savage (6A) .22, I.J.

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ing magazines, 3 creels, Heddon Pflueger & other rods, reels, baits & tackle, ice fishing,

oars & more! Boat: AlumaCraft. ATV: Yamaha (80). Lawn tractor: Craftsman. Trapping, etc.: bear & other hides, fur stretchers, old fur magazines, Alaska mags., 6 doz. traps, knives, etc. Home: freezer, dining table & chairs, sew. machine, lg. wolf pictures, sm. ap- pliances, housewares & more! Commercial: Butcher Boy meat grinder, Berkel meat band- saw. Terms: Cash or good check. Credit cards w/4% convenience fee. Sales tax on some items. Not responsible for loss or accidents. Settlement made before removing items. Con- ditions: Sold as is, where is. Announcements made day of sale take precedence over printed material. R.W.A.: Col. René Brass #424, Col. Robert St. Louis #450, 9445 Cty.

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43-year veteran Rick Wigglesworth has returned and newcomer Jason Patterson has joined the Parsons sales team.

newcomer Jason Patterson has joined the Parsons sales team. Rick Wigglesworth of Land O’ Lakes has

Rick Wigglesworth of Land

O’ Lakes has been involved in retail auto sales since


Hobbies: He enjoys horses, western camping trips and trail riding in the mountains.

Personal: Married with two grandchildren in Woodruff.

Personal: Married with two grandchildren in Woodruff. Jason Patterson of Eagle River has lived here since

Jason Patterson of Eagle River has lived here since 1990. He is a health-care

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Hobbies: Camping and out- door adventures with family.

Personal: Married with three children in the Northland Pines School District.


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STREET FAIR — The Three Lakes Area Cham- ber of Commerce and Welcome Center held its annual Superior Street Fair Sunday. The fair fea- tured dozens of ex- hibitors with crafts, an- tiques and other treasur- ers, live musical enter- tainment, games for youths, pony rides and a petting zoo, and food concessions. Some of the scenes included:

Above: Show spectators checking out booths at the craft fair. Right: A youth waves a ribbon to promote the Faerie Festival set for July 30 in Three Lakes. Below: Musical perform- ers Bernie and Joe enter- tained the Street Fair crowd.


the Street Fair crowd. --Staff Photos By GARY RIDDERBUSCH Focus on safety Spirit pilots using night-vision

Focus on safety

Spirit pilots using night-vision goggles

If there’s one word to de- scribe Ministry’s Spirit Medical Transportation Service (MTS) Eurocopter 145, it’s “safe.” From night-vision gog- gles to a dual hydraulic sys- tem to state-of-the-art avionics package, every- thing is focused on safety. “Safety is what it’s all about,” said Nils Strick- land, pilot with Spirit MTS. “The advanced equipment and technology on this EC145 aircraft doesn’t mean that we make flights we normally wouldn’t make, but they enhance the level of safety for the flights we do make.” Other technologies in- clude multifunction dis- plays for terrain awareness warning and traffic colli- sion avoidance systems, satellite weather informa- tion, navigation charts and real-time radar. The EC145, in use now for nearly a year, is pow- ered by two Turbomeca AR- RIEL engines and is espe- cially designed for emer- gency medical service mis- sions. It is single pilot In- strument Flight Rated and has a cruise speed of 133 kts (about 153 miles per hour). Most recently, the crew has trained to become pro- ficient in using night-vision goggles, in part to aid in es- tablishing landing zones. “The goggles give us a whole new perspective of what’s going on outside of the aircraft at night,” said Strickland. “They magnify the light that is already out there and give us a lot of de- tail of any hazards, such as power poles, trees or road signs. They are especially helpful for scene calls.” One example that came

to the mind of Greg Rosen-

thal, Spirit paramedic, was

a call last December in the Thorp area. A hunter had fallen from a tree stand, and had been suspended in

a harness 25 feet up for

most of the day, in subfreez-

in a harness 25 feet up for most of the day, in subfreez- A Spirit pilot

A Spirit pilot displays the night-vision goggles that aid in establishing landing zones. --Contributed Photo

ing temperatures. He suf- fered from severe hypother- mia. “The Thorp Fire Depart- ment did an excellent job setting up the landing zone on a rural county road,” Rosenthal said. “But it was a hard landing zone, be- cause there were trees on both sides of the road, and power lines on one side. With the goggles on, we had increased ability to see the obstacles and were able to land in a significantly tight area.” The landing and liftoff went smoothly and the pa- tient was safely transport- ed to Ministry Saint Joseph’s Trauma Center. He was able to be dis- charged the next day. The goggles also help in

identifying possible severe weather.

“When flying at night, where there are no surface lights, the first thing that disappears is the horizon,” said Strickland. “With the goggles, we can see the ground, the horizon and the cloud base. We can see where the cloud ceiling is, and if there are rain or snow showers, so we can avoid them.” “The EC145 is among the safest and reliable heli- copters out there. It has be- come the aircraft of choice for emergency medical ser- vices because of its maxi- mum flexibility and config- uration,” said Monty Galle- gos, director of Spirit MTS. “We are confident that it will continue to allow us to provide the safest, highest- quality medical transport to meet the needs of our growing service area.”

transport to meet the needs of our growing service area.” Crafters invited to Cranberry Fest The

Crafters invited to Cranberry Fest

The 32nd annual Cranber-

ry Fest is slated for Oct. 1 and

2 in Eagle River. Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center welcomes people to display their handmade arts and crafts

for sale at Cranberry Fest from

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday.

rain or

shine and more than 40,000 peo-

This event is held

ple have attended past events. Cranberry Fest includes ac-

tivities throughout the Eagle River community, including more than 300 arts and crafts booths at the fairgrounds. For more information on how to participate, call Kim

Emerson, events coordinator, at (715) 479-6400 or 1-(800) 359-6315 or visit cranber- ryfest.org or eagleriver.org.

Homeless count to take place July 27

The Northern Wisconsin Initiative to Stop Homeless- ness (NWISH) Continuum of Care will join homelessness coalitions around the state Wednesday, July 27, in com- pleting a local count of indi- viduals and families experi- encing homelessness. Staff and volunteers will count persons in shelters on the night of July 27, as well as persons residing on the streets, under bridges or simi- lar places not intended for human habitation. “The point-in-time count is

a statewide initiative, and this is the third time we will

be counting unsheltered indi-

viduals in the North Woods,” stated Erica Brewster, family living agent for the UW-Ex- tension in Oneida County. She explained that teams of individuals will be in Rhinelander, Minocqua, Eagle River, Antigo and other larger communities to locate individ- uals sleeping in public places. They have requested sup- port from local law enforce- ment to help identify locations known to be shelters for homeless individuals. “This is just one step in the

process of helping identify and assist individuals in cri- sis,” Brewster concluded. According to Brewster, the collected data will assist the community in understanding the scope and size of local homelessness, engaging in

programs and service develop- ment, and in applying for state and federal funding. This statewide count occurs in January and once in July. For more information, call Lori Hallas at (715) 365-7842 or Erica Brewster at 365-2750.

The Eagle River Jaycees, Lions and Rotary clubs would like to thank the following busi-
The Eagle River Jaycees, Lions and Rotary
clubs would like to thank the following busi-
nesses for donations of materials, time or both,
to the construction of the new bathrooms in
Riverview Park. Also, the many individuals who
helped in the project ~
Boone’s Building Supply
Eagle Electric
Muskyland Plumbing
Eagle River Light & Water
Collins Excavating
Jim Ritzer Painting
Nail Rite Construction
Eagle River Revitalization





Don’t forget to keep fishing adventures fun

CATCHING FISH is just part of what kids love about a fishing trip, and it’s important that fish- ing mentors make “having fun” the top priority. The fun part is more critical than anything else because you’ll never keep a child interested in the sport long enough to learn the ins and outs, if they turn up their nose the next time you try to plan an outing. The scribbler was reminded of that age-old theory on how to share the sport while hosting a couple of grade-schoolers during Guides/Kids Fishing Day last Thursday. The two names I picked from the hat included Luke Rhode of Eagle River, a third-grader at Northland Pines, and Stevie Carson of St. Joseph’s, Mich., a sixth-grader. They were two of 38 kids who got to fish with a guide or so-called guide dur- ing the 27th annual event. The bobbers were popping and dropping in those first few min- utes, and we decided to let the crappies and bluegills swim in the livewell before we released them later. I soon learned that the live- well was more interesting than fish pulling down bobbers. At one point, Luke was elbow- deep in the well trying to catch and look at every fish. And after Stevie landed a nice bass, he joined the fish observation session with the confidence of having caught the biggest of the day. What I saw last week confirms that mentors need to be flexible with young anglers. Hook them on

In the Outdoors By Kurt Krueger
In the
Kurt Krueger

the sport now and worry about the details later. The patience will come when they finally appreciate the challenge. As kids who’ve never met before often do, they got along quite well. At one point they were both singing words to some hip-hop song I’ve never heard and, for all I know, they were singing to the fish as they caught them by hand and re- leased them back into the live- well. We mixed in the occasional drinks and eats, courtesy of local businesses and the Eagle River Area Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Center. Changing loca- tions, running the electric anchors and skimming the surface under power all seemed just as signifi- cant as catching fish. The biggest accomplishment of the day was Luke’s transi- tion to casting with an open- faced spinning reel, something he said he hadn’t done before. By the end of the afternoon, he was casting as far as anyone else. His aim, however, still needs a little work. The bite was fairly consistent but not so fast that anyone got spoiled. A lot of them ended in hook-sets where the fish dove into

heavy weeds and usually got off on their own. None of the fish were whoppers by any stretch of the imagination, yet time slipped by far too quickly and nobody was happy when it came time for “last cast.” The purpose of the event has al- ways been to give kids an after- noon on the water with a guide or so-called guide — basically any avid angler who can show the youngsters a good and safe time. It was founded in the era when “Take a Kid Fishing” was a statewide theme. Even bluegills are big fish for this event. The afternoon was perfectly scripted. Two eagles were working the end of the lake we were on, fir- ing out those screeching calls that can’t be mistaken for any other creature. The livewell contained 20 crap- pies and bluegills and one nice bass, but they decided then to let them all go. With a small net in hand, they took turns capturing and releasing the fish. It’s blessings from heaven when you get to meet, fish and make friends with two kids you would otherwise have never known, which is the real beauty of Guides/Kids Day. There’s no other conclusion that fits, I thought, standing at the fairgrounds at the end of a great afternoon on the water as their parents snapped some photos to mark the event for the family photo collection. It’s an extra joy to fish with

family photo collection. It’s an extra joy to fish with Luke Rhode of Eagle River and

Luke Rhode of Eagle River and Stevie Carson of southern Michigan hoist

--Photo By The Author

some of the fish they caught on Guide/Kids Day.

kids in that 7- to 8-year-old range. They are young enough to be teachable but old enough to be genuinely thrilled with the adven- ture. Either of these boys would be welcome in my boat again. The “Take a Kid Fishing” theme deserves widespread support for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is teaching kids a sport that will keep them in touch with the great outdoors for a lifetime.

The Eagle River Guides Associ- ation initiated and continues to support a fantastic event for kids. I know of no other event where kids get one-on-one attention from the guides for an afternoon. I truly believe that getting kids involved in such outdoor pursuits will prevent many of them from some very negative alternatives — alcohol, drugs and crime, to name a few.

Day to remember

Youths get to fish with guides during Eagle River event



Children ages 7 to 12 par- ticipated in the 31st annual Guides/Kids Fishing Day last Thursday, hosted by the Eagle River Area Chamber of Com- merce & Visitors Center along with the Eagle River Guides Association. Twenty area fishing guides took 38 youths out for a day of fishing on area lakes, accord- ing to chamber events coordi- nator Kim Emerson. “It was a fun-filled day for all who attended,” declared Emerson. “We started the day off with registration, a casting contest and a learning semi- nar on how to catch panfish and how to tie a hook onto your line, all at the Vilas County Fairgrounds,” said Emerson. “Then it was time for the most-awaited part of the day — the drawing of names to go fishing with area guides. ” Emerson said the day was aided by picture-perfect weather — cloudy and mild with temperatures in the


“We are very happy to say 20 guides from all around the area volunteered their time to take two kids fishing in their boats on area lakes,” said Emerson. “The guides not only shared their fishing gear with the kids, but they shared some of their fishing secrets and special fishing stories.” Emerson said the youths were from all over the Mid- west, either visiting the area or from the greater Eagle River area. “The best part of the day was seeing the kids with large smiles when their name was drawn to fish with a guide or the excitement they had when they caught their first fish,” said Emerson. The guides were able to take 38 of 50 youths who pre- registered out in the boat fishing for the day. “The other kids unable to fish with a guide enjoyed fish- ing stories and having the op- portunity to fish in the trout ponds at the Watersmeet Trout Hatchery in Wa-

in the trout ponds at the Watersmeet Trout Hatchery in Wa- Volunteer fishing guide Dan Moericke

Volunteer fishing guide Dan Moericke shakes the hand of a youngster after the boy was select-

ed to fish with a guide during Guides/Kids Day in

Eagle River.


tersmeet, Mich.,” said Emer- son. Emerson said Bill Hassey was chairman of Guides/Kids Fishing Day. “We would like to give a special thank-you to Hassey and the 20 guides who spent time on the water sharing the out-of-doors with our youths,” said Emerson. Emerson said many of the guides give up a day on the water with a paying client to take two or three youths fish- ing for a half day. “This event and the oppor- tunity to fish with a guide truly means a lot to these kids,” said Emerson. “Also, a special salute to all the volun- teers who helped make sure the event ran smoothly from all angles. And, most of all, a big thank-you to the more than 30 area sponsors who made this event possible and free to all the kids.” Emerson said next year’s Eagle River Chamber of Com- merce Guides/Kids Day will be July 12, 2012.

Chamber of Com- merce Guides/Kids Day will be July 12, 2012. Bill Jacobs, Eagle River fishing

Bill Jacobs, Eagle River fishing guide and president of the Headwaters Chapter of Muskies Inc., assisted a youth during the casting contest at Guides/Kids Day.

Fishing with the Guides By George Langley Heat wave turns fish to evening, night bite
Fishing with
the Guides
George Langley
Heat wave turns fish
to evening, night bite
With the recent summer heat wave, the water tem-
peratures have spiked right up through the 70s, and the
80s are in sight. This will make the fishing even tougher
during the daytime as the fish have adapted to an
evening or night feeding
pattern with the water
traffic and the heat.
While weed growth is
right up to the top on
many lakes, some wa-
ters are again in the po-
sition of needing heavy
rain in the area. Several
inches of rain fell Sun-
day night and Monday
afternoon which should
help those water levels.
Walleye fishing has
been improving, with
the fish moving back
into the weeds after that
very late mayfly hatch
in the area. Daytime
fishing on the Chain has
improved significantly,
with decent catches re-
Kevin Livermore of Campton
Hills, Ill., caught this bronze-
back smallmouth bass July 6
on the Three Lakes Chain.
--Contributed Photo
ported daily. Many an-
glers are now using leeches rather than minnows, but
both will work most days. Look for fish to be locating
deeper on the clear lakes — as deep as 30 feet during
the daytime. A half-crawler on a jig works well.
Bass action has been spotty, but when they have
been hitting, it has been very good. The largemouths
are in the weeds and will hit plastics or spinner baits
willingly. Crawlers are the best live bait for them.
Smallie action has been a little less consistent but
very good at times. For the smallmouths, look to the
drop-off areas with hard bottom. Use either leeches
for live bait or crayfish imitations for artificial bait.
Tube jigs and crankbaits work very well. Fish in the
6- to 12-foot range for the smallies.
Muskie action has been inconsistent with the
weather. Some nice fish have been caught in the area,
especially in the evenings and at night. All bait types
are working now, with some nice surface bait action
reported in the area. For your best chance at a real
trophy, you should be night fishing on a regular basis.
Panfish action is very good. Most every lake in the
area has a good population of bluegills in the weeds,
ready to hit worms on a daily basis. Crappies are hit-
ting well and locating in the deeper weed areas and
on deep brush piles. Perch have been hitting small
leeches and minnows very well in the deep weeds.
Despite the heat, it should be a good midsummer
week for all anglers.
Good luck and good fishin’.






BIG NORTHERN — Mike Lasiewicz of McHenry, Ill., caught this

--Contributed Photo

40-inch northern recently on a Vilas lake.

Photo 40-inch northern recently on a Vilas lake. NICE WALLEYE — Luke Ockwood of Brookfield, caught

NICE WALLEYE — Luke Ockwood of Brookfield, caught this 27-inch walleye recently on an area lake. --Contributed Photo

walleye recently on an area lake. --Contributed Photo Dave Knopp of Glen Ellyn, Ill., caught this

Dave Knopp of Glen Ellyn, Ill., caught this keeper northern on the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes. --Contributed Photo

on the Three Lakes Chain of Lakes. --Contributed Photo Eric Risjord caught his personal best 22-inch

Eric Risjord caught his personal best 22-inch smallmouth bass on the Chain of Lakes July 12. --Contributed Photo

Ruffed Grouse Society sets Sportsmen’s Banquet

The Chain O’ Lakes Chap- ter of the Ruffed Grouse Soci- ety (RGS) will hold its fifth annual Sportsmen’s Banquet Thursday, Sept. 1, at White- tail Inn, located at 9083 High- way 70 W in St. Germain. The event will begin with a social hour and raffle sales at 5:30 p.m. Dinner will be served at 7:30 p.m. The evening will feature a live and silent auction, games, drawings and door prizes, highlighted with a selection of firearms, artwork and col- lectibles. According to David John- son of the Ruffed Grouse Soci- ety, individual membership and dinner tickets are $55. There also is an optional fam- ily membership package for $80, which includes two din- ners. Additional family din- ners are available at $20 each. Banquet, conservation and sustaining sponsorship pack- ages also are available at $275, $500 and $1,000, re- spectively. A predinner raffle also is available, with the winner re- ceiving a Fausti Verona 662

20-gauge shotgun valued at $2,200. Only 300 tickets will be sold, with the drawing at the banquet. Tickets are $10 each, three for $20 or nine for


As with all RGS fundrais- ers, proceeds from this event will be used to restore and protect area grouse and wood- cock habitat. For more information and/or tickets, contact John- son at (715) 492-5858. Established in 1961, the Ruffed Grouse Society is dedi- cated to promoting conditions suitable for ruffed grouse, American woodcock and relat- ed wildlife. Information on the RGS, its mission, manage- ment projects and member- ship can be found on the Web at ruffedgrousesociety.org.

Surveys show larger muskies on lakes with no stocking: DNR

Preliminary results from fisheries studies are showing that, a decade after an over- haul of Wisconsin’s muskie stocking strategy, the changes are boosting fish size. “We’ll need more surveys and time to fully look at the data, but I think it is safe to say that on the subset of lakes where we actually stopped stocking muskies, we have seen a reduction in their abundance but a big improve- ment in their size,” said Steve Avelallemant, Department of Natural Resources (DNR) northern fisheries supervisor for the last 25 years. The average proportion of 42-inch and larger fish in these populations more than doubled, increasing from about 7% to about 17% five or more years after stocking ended. Thirty years ago, the rule of thumb was to stock lakes at twice the annual harvest rate. Because there wasn’t good in- formation on the harvest, fish- eries staff assumed the harvest rate to be one fish per acre, ac- cording to Tim Simonson, the DNR’s longtime warm-water species specialist, and co-chair- man with Avelallemant of the DNR’s muskie committee. So most lakes were getting stocked at two fish per acre, regardless of whether the lake had naturally reproducing muskies. By the late 1990s, the muskie world was changing. Higher minimum-length lim- its were in place and catch and release had taken hold, Simonson said. It was clear that the stock- ing formula overestimated the harvest. In the early 1980s, the projected harvest from 356 Class A, or “trophy wa- ters,” was 38,318 fish statewide. By 1990, that total had dropped to an estimated 8,541 fish, and by 2001, only 1,987 muskies were kept by anglers.

DNR projects for Vilas, Oneida to be discussed

The Department of Natu- ral Resources (DNR) will host an open house meeting in Lake Tomahawk Tuesday, July 26, to discuss manage- ment on its properties in Oneida and Vilas counties. The open house will be at the Raymond F. Sloan Com- munity Center from 5 to 7 p.m. The community center is located at 7245 Main St. in Lake Tomahawk. Resource managers will be available to answer questions and share their plans for the next year’s work on lands owned by the DNR in those two counties, according to Steve Pe- tersen, superintendent of the Northern Highland-American Legion State Forest. In addition to projects on the state forest, Peterson said projects are being expanded to include the rest of the DNR-owned property in the two counties.

the rest of the DNR-owned property in the two counties. Ray Blicharz of Three Lakes caught

Ray Blicharz of Three Lakes caught this 44 1 2-inch muskie dur- ing the Three Lakes Muskie League last Wednesday. --Contributed Photo

So, starting in 2001, the DNR changed its stocking strategy, a move described in the Natural Resources Maga- zine article, “Long Live the Kings.” Each of the 220 stocked muskie waters in the state at that time was assigned to a specific stocking practice for 10 years based on its repro-

ductive status. Stocking rates ranged from zero, where stocking was stopped because natural reproduction existed,

to a rate of .5, one and two fish

per acre in waters where the fishery depended on stocking. Since the change, prelimi- nary data on 75% of the lakes where stocking was stopped shows that 95% show some evidence of natural reproduc- tion and that the proportion of larger fish is increasing, Si- monson said. In order to confirm these initial results, the DNR will conduct more detailed surveys on several of these popula- tions over the next two to three years, Simonson said. The better size structure is likely due to several factors including maturation of more abundant year classes of muskies when stocking was

greater as well as increased voluntary catch and release and the effects of higher mini- mum-length limits where those are in force. “The future of our muskie fisheries as far as larger fish goes looks pretty good,” Ave- lallemant said. For those anglers who still favor strikes over size, there are plenty of waters to keep them happy as well — 250 of the total 794 lakes or river segments across Wisconsin with muskies are so-called “action” waters. The muskie season opened May 28 in Wisconsin north of U.S. Highway 10, excluding Wisconsin/Michigan bound- ary waters, and run through Nov. 30. The daily bag limit is one and the minimum-length limit is 34 inches in most cases, but some lakes have special regulations. For more information on regulations, consult the Guide to Wiscon- sin Hook and Line Fishing Regulations 2011-’12 or the Wisconsin muskie page of the DNR website at dnr.wi.gov.

Entries sought for stamp contests

Wisconsin artists again can submit artwork for considera- tion for the 2012 wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamps in a contest that will be judged Aug. 27 in Baraboo. The contest rules for the turkey, pheasant and water- fowl stamp programs are now available on the wildlife stamp programs page of the

DNR website at dnr.wi.gov.

Lake fair set this Saturday at Lake Tom

The Tomahawk Lake Asso- ciation (TLA) will host its sec- ond annual Lake Tomahawk Lake Fair Saturday, July 23, from 1 to 5 p.m. at Camp In- dian Shores. The free event will feature nature-themed family activi- ties, rain or shine. “We have fun family activi- ties planned for the day and, don’t tell your kids, but they might learn something, too,” said Ned Greedy, TLA execu- tive director. Some of the activities planned include instruction on kayaking, sailing and fly casting; arts and crafts; and speakers from the Oneida County Water Rescue Team. Food will be available. Although the lake fair focus- es on entertainment, attendees can glean useful knowledge. “With this great fair, the Tomahawk Lake Association will raise awareness among the Lakeland community about what we can all do to keep resources like Toma- hawk Lake beautiful,” said Greedy. For more information on the TLA, visit tomahawk- lake.org.

Disabled deer hunt sign-up open through Sept. 1: DNR

Hunters with disabilities can sign up for the 2011 dis- abled gun deer hunt by con- tacting sponsoring landown- ers directly to make arrange- ments. Deer hunters are welcome to contact sponsors as soon as possible so sponsors can meet the Sept. 1 deadline to submit a list of participating hunters to the Department of Natural Resources (DNR). The list of sponsoring landowners for the 2011 hunt is available on the DNR web- site at dnr.wi.gov.


Results as of 7/13/11 STANDINGS ONEIDA VILLAGE










Ray Blicharz 44.5", Tom Wall- schlaeger 40", Carl Tenner and Bill Dinkmeyer 36", Jay Hollnagel 35.5", Mitch Ellis 34".





Results as of 7/11/11 STANDINGS BLACK FOREST















CLUB DENOYER 10 Bill Jacobs 40", John Schmidt 39.5", Lon Millard 39", Gary Myshak 34.5".

The disabled gun deer hunt for hunters began in 1990 to give opportunities to hunt deer when temperatures are

milder and mobility is less of

a problem. The hunts are

sponsored by private individ- uals or organizations and al- most entirely take place on privately owned lands. Hunters must possess a valid Class A Permit, a Class B Permit for People with Dis- abilities issued for more than one year and that authorizes shooting from a vehicle, or a Class C Disabled Hunting Permit to be eligible to partic- ipate in the disabled deer hunt. The annual disabled deer hunt will take place from Oct. 1-9 this year. More informa- tion is available on the dis- abled deer hunting page of the DNR website.

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Eagle River Speedway crowns midseason points champions

Jason Zdroik, Dustin Miller and Ty Springer took home midseason trophies, winning their respective feature events at the Eagle River Speedway midseason points championship Tuesday night. Eagle River’s “Racin’ ” Jason Zdroik patiently worked his way through the 14-car field by taking the lead in the 12th lap of the 20-lap feature for the B-Mods. Fellow Eagle River driver Bruce Bel- land gave Zdroik all he could handle to get the lead and hold on to it. Zdroik said he wasn’t ner- vous to race among 13 other cars. “I enjoy racing with that many cars,” he said. “I knew that we had good drivers in front of me at the start. Bel- land ran a good race.” Dustin Miller of Rhine- lander won his seventh Pure Stocks feature, taking home the midseason points champi- onship. Miller grabbed the lead in the second lap and held off Ryan Valeria and Don Scharf of Eagle River to take the checkered flag. Ben Pitlik of Eagle River, who led in Street Stocks points last year, was in a bumper-to-bumper race with Jeff Klopstein of Baraga, Mich. Klopstein tried every line on the track to get around

Mich. Klopstein tried every line on the track to get around A young Micro Sprints racer

A young Micro Sprints racer gave a thumbs up to a fellow racer in the pits last Tues- day.

a thumbs up to a fellow racer in the pits last Tues- day. Street Stock car

Street Stock car drivers crowded each other while navigating a corner at Eagle River Speed-

way during the heat race on the clay track last Tuesday. --Staff Photos By ANTHONY DREW

Pitlik, but when the check- ered flag dropped, it was Pit- lik on his way to victory lane, and Klopstein was on his way to the midseason champi- onship. “I knew Klopstein was right behind me throughout the race,” said Pitlik. “It’s just that my car was handling so well that I could basically drive anywhere on the track that I wanted to.” Last year’s Micro Sprints points champion, Robby Resch of Antigo, won both the fea- ture and the heat race Tues- day. However, taking home the Micro Sprints midseason championship was Mike Hicks of Eagle River. Resch and Hicks were asked if they think someone will hit the 95 mph mark and break Resch’s track record of 14.60 seconds. “We have a lot of races yet to go, and I feel that record will be broken,” said Hicks. “I believe that if the micro sprinter is set up right and the conditions are right, some- one will break my record,” said Resch. It was Resch’s younger brother, 8-year-old Tanner, who was the high points driv- er in Junior Sprints last year. Tanner Resch started out

er in Junior Sprints last year. Tanner Resch started out Racers in the B-Mods class sent

Racers in the B-Mods class sent dirt and mud flying as they contended for the lead on the 1/3-mile track.

the year with three feature

Tanner Resch won Tues-





wins. However, from the

third event.

fourth race of the season on, it’s been Ty Springer of Eagle River winning the Junior Sprints.

day’s heat race, but Springer won the feature and the mid- season championship. Springer’s 6-year-old sister,

Racing will return to Eagle River Speedway Tuesday night with hot laps at 7 p.m. and racing at 7:30 p.m. The Hartman Well Drilling and Pumps B-Mods Special will be July 26, with the Auto Value Open Mods Shoot-out sched- uled for Aug. 9.

the Auto Value Open Mods Shoot-out sched- uled for Aug. 9. Spectators crowded the stands of

Spectators crowded the stands of Eagle River Speedway last Tuesday, watching the finish of a Micro Sprints heat race. The fan-

favorite Micros can reach speeds in the 90-miles-per-hour range during races around the track.

Sports Sidelines By Gary Ridderbusch Chain Skimmers to host jump clinic, tournament The Chain Skimmers
Sports Sidelines
By Gary Ridderbusch
Chain Skimmers to host
jump clinic, tournament
The Chain Skimmers Water-ski Show team is cur-
rently in the middle of its 41st season, wowing fans
with thrilling shows three days a week with the
theme based on the popular movie “Grease.”
But the Chain Skimmers also hold many special
events throughout the summer. The team will host the
Mats “The Mobius” Mirick Jump Clinic and Tourna-
ment Friday, July 29, at the Lake Pleasant ski site, lo-
cated 12 miles north of Eagle River.
Mirick, a friend and teammate of the Chain Skim-
mers, unexpectedly passed away in early May.
“Mats was known nationwide for his show skiing,
natural jump abilities and the mobius,” said Mandi
West of the Chain Skimmers. “People also may re-
member Mats Mirick for his million-dollar smile and
showmanship, which was sure to light up the whole
The clinic will be led by Scotty Clack, a world-rec-
ognized show skier, freestyle jumper and member of
the Water Ski Hall of Fame. It will run from 9 a.m. to
4 p.m. and will be open to freestyle jumpers of all abil-
ities. Early registration is required and the clinic will
cost $60.
After an hourlong intermission for food, refresh-
ments and entertainment, the tournaments will begin.
At 5 p.m., an endurance barefoot tournament will be
held, followed by a freestyle jump tournament. Each
tourney has a $30 entry fee, or $50 for both. The fee
includes a T-shirt and bumper sticker.
Participants must be registered by 4 p.m. the day of
the tournament. Winners will receive half of the tour-
ney entry fees. The event will be open to the public.
Concessions will be available throughout the day,
and apparel also will be sold. Proceeds will help fund
a new jump for the Chain Skimmers in honor of Mir-
ick. For more information, to donate or to register, con-
tact Liza at (414) 840-8219.
The Chain Skimmers originated in 1970 at the
Eagle River T-docks and moved to Lake Pleasant
north of Conover in 1979, entertaining hundreds of
thousands of North Woods visitors and residents for
the past four decades.
“Our success has not come easily, but it has been
made possible due to teamwork, dedication and con-
tinued support from our local communities, parents
and of course our audience,” said West. “As a non-prof-
it organization, our skiers donate their time, effort
and talents. All our proceeds go back into producing a
quality show, which we perform throughout the sum-
The Chain Skimmers host regular season shows
every Tuesday, Thursday and Sunday at 7 p.m. Be
sure to call the ski park at (715) 547-6156 for sched-
ule changes.

TNT leaders sweep WISSOTA classes



It was clean sweeps all around at TNT Speedway on a steaming, hot Saturday night, with Bruce Belland of Eagle River and John Kallas of Hur- ley padding points leads in the WISSOTA AMSOIL Dirt Track Series (WADTS) Mid- west Modifieds and Street Stocks, respectively. However, it wasn’t easy for them, nor was it easy for Chris Nylund of Rhinelander in the TNT Bombers or Bo Bennish of Wausau in the TNT Stingers, as all four fea- ture races were hotly contest- ed. Belland was slated to start third in the WADTS Midwest Mods feature, but moved up to the pole when Terry Stebbeds couldn’t answer the bell. Bel- land took the lead on the drop of the green, but Jerry Grasse, who had won the two previous features at TNT, was right be- hind him. The two dueled for much of the race, which was slowed by five cautions. Belland inched away on the final restart with seven laps remaining to take the win. Grasse, Jeff McDon- ald, Stan Rychlock and Joe Kin rounded out the top five as Belland’s lead over Grasse stretched to five at the halfway point of the season. Kallas rocketed from the sixth starting spot to the lead in just three laps in the WADTS Street Stocks fea- ture, while Jordan Kurtti, who started last after a spin in the heat race, worked his way into second by lap nine. A

yellow for a spin involving Jeff Mullins and Troy LaRock slowed the field two laps later, setting up a nine-lap dash. With Visser and Kurtti on his heels, Kallas focused on driving to take his third win of the season and second in a row at TNT. Visser, Kurtti and Leif Gunderson were right be- hind him at the line, and Ben Pitlik rounded out the top five. Bo Bennish and John Bar- lowski staged a battle in the TNT Stingers. Bennish took the lead on lap four, only to have Barlowski root his way past a couple of laps later. Barlowski’s lead grew dur- ing the middle laps of the race to as many as five car lengths at one point. On the final lap, Bennish leaned on Barlowski, pushing out of the groove in turns one and two, and passing him for the win. Eric LaFreniere, Ryan Schuppler and Zach Degner rounded out the top five. Next Saturday at TNT Speedway is the WISSOTA AMSOIL Race of Champions qualifier at TNT Speedway. The winner of next Saturday night’s features in the WADTS Midwest Mods and Street Stocks will punch their ticket to the AMSOIL Race of Champions at the WISSOTA 100 this September in Huron, S.D. Hot laps will begin at 7 p.m. with racing at 7:45 p.m. For more information, visit tntspeedway.com.





Pines football sets contact days from July 25-29

Northland Pines High School athletes who plan to play football this season are reminded to attend contact days Monday through Friday, July 25-29, from 4:30 to 8:30 p.m. at the high school. “We will wear shorts, T- shirts and cleats, but also bring along gym shoes, in case the weather forces us in- side,” said Pines football coach Jason Foster. “All ath- letes are strongly encouraged to attend.” The season will officially begin Wednesday, Aug. 3, with equipment handout be- ginning at 2 p.m. and practice starting at 4 p.m. Players requiring physi- cals (freshmen, juniors and any athlete who did not have one last season) must have them completed and turned in by Aug. 3 in order to prac- tice. For more information about the upcoming season, contact coach Foster at (715)


Additionally, parents of high school football players are needed as volunteers at the Joe Bucher Blues Fest Saturday, July 30, in St. Ger- main. To volunteer to help with food service, ticket booth, raf- fle table or setup and take- down, contact Deb Preuser at (715) 891-2477. “Your help is much appre- ciated, and the proceeds of this event will benefit both the youths and high school programs in our community,” said Foster.

Golf tourney set Aug. 15

in our community,” said Foster. Golf tourney set Aug. 15 Participating in the presentation of the

Participating in the presentation of the golf trip to the winners were, from left, Eagle River cham- ber of commerce director Conrad Heeg, Brewers

In Eagle River

TV analyst Davey Nelson, winner Matt Peder- son, winner Kari Pederson and Brewers TV an- alyst Craig Coshun. --Contributed Photo

Newlyweds dine and golf with Brewers TV analysts

In a promotion offered by the Eagle River Area Cham- ber of Commerce & Visitors Center and FOX-FSN Wiscon- sin Milwaukee Brewers TV Network, Matt and Kari Ped- erson of Independence recent- ly won a trip to Eagle River to golf and dine with Milwaukee Brewers TV analysts Davey Nelson and Craig Coshun. Picked from thousands of entries, the couples’ winning package included complimen- tary items such as lodging at Wild Eagle Lodge, dinner at Chanticleer Inn, golf at Eagle River Golf Course and dinner at Eagle Waters Resort. “Everyone was extremely impressed by the quality of

the golf course and the sup- port provided by course golf professional Brad Missling,” said Eagle River chamber di- rector Conrad Heeg. The Pedersons, who were married just two days prior to the trip, spent the first three days of their honeymoon in Eagle River. The trip filled in a three- day gap in the Brewers’ schedule due to the MLB All- Star Game break, and the couple planned a trip to Col- orado and Arizona to attend Brewers away games for the remainder of their honey- moon. “They are hard-core base- ball fans and did not even

have to change their reserva- tions,” said Heeg. “They just drove to the Minneapolis air- port from Eagle River instead of from their home in Inde- pendence to begin their origi- nally scheduled honeymoon. The happy couple promised many returns to Eagle River in the future.” There is another promotion currently running on the FOX TV FSN Wisconsin Milwau- kee Brewers TV Network of- fering an opportunity to go muskie fishing in Eagle River this fall with Brewers TV an- nouncer Bill Schroeder. To enter, visit the chamber’s web- site at EagleRiver.org and click on the Brewers logo.

The 26th annual Headwa- ters Foundation Charity Golf Classic will be held at the Rhinelander Country Club Monday, Aug. 15, with shot- gun starts at 8 a.m. and 1 p.m. The event will be open to all men and women. Proceeds will be used to provide addi- tional funding for programs which benefit adults with dis- abilities and children to 3 years of age with special needs who receive services at Headwaters Inc. The 18-hole tournament will be a four-person scram- ble. The entry fee of $95 per

person will includes golf, cart and dinner. Following dinner, there will be tournament awards and door prizes, raf- fles and auctions of items do- nated by area merchants. Major contributing spon- sors are LaSalle St. Securi- ties; M&I, a part of BMO Fi- nancial Group in Rhine- lander; and M&I, a part of BMO Financial Group in Eagle River. The deadline for entries is Aug. 8. For entry blanks, check at local golf courses; contact Jon Konz at Rhinelander Country Club, P.O. Box 307, Rhinelander, WI 54501; or phone (715) 365-


To sponsor a hole for $100 or to donate items for the raf- fles, contact Mary Hardtke, director of Headwaters Inc., at (715) 369-1337.

Youth club sets softball tourney

The Sugar Camp Youth Club will host its 37th annual Men’s Slow-pitch Tourna- ment Friday through Sunday, Aug. 5-7, at the Sugar Camp baseball park. The 24-team double-elimi- nation tournament will feature teams from both Wisconsin and Illinois, will compete using a 12-inch limited-flight softball. Food and refreshments will be available at the park. For more information, call Bryan Kral at (715) 272-1400.

For more information, call Bryan Kral at (715) 272-1400. ALL-STARS — The Northwoods All-Stars re- cently

ALL-STARS — The Northwoods All-Stars re- cently completed their Little League tournament in Wausau. Taking part in the photo were, front row, from left, Bryce Lederer, Cameron Wait, Davey Mendham, Brad Sowinski, Zach Ciran

and Noah Weber; middle row, Josh Meier, Isaac Haiduk, Jakub Martinez, Chris Sawalski and Sawyer Rosner; back row, manager Scott Buttki, coach Jim Ciran and coach Chad Lederer. --Contributed Photo


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In last week’s photograph of the OAM Alumni Tourna- ment goalies, the goalie on the far left was incorrectly listed as Mike DePuydt, who was missing from the photo.

The correct name of the goalie is Jesse Sookochoff.

photo. The correct name of the goalie is Jesse Sookochoff. HEADWATERS HORSESHOE LEAGUE Results as of


Results as of 7/14/11 Team results: Sweetwater I 9, Kathan

Inn II 0; Sweetwater II 6, Sportsmen’s

Chalet 3; Bucktale Inn II 6, Uncle Kent’s


3; Smokeez 5, Club 45 4; Kathan Inn I


Bucktale Inn I 0; Uncle Kent’s I 6, Fin-

ish Line 3.

Top ringers: Gary Goodness, Susie Er-

ickson and Lisa Ayvazzadeh 11.

Six-packs: Lisa Ayvazzadeh and Tonya

Kaulum 2.


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Tone Zone Fitness makes debut on Wall Street in Eagle River

Tone Zone in Eagle River, a modern fitness facility, opened for business Monday at 1013 E. Wall St. The new 11,000-square- foot facility will be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, accord- ing to facility manager Stephanie Von Holdt. Tone Zone features LifeFit- ness cardio and weight ma- chines, HammerStrength free weights and Keiser spin bikes. Group fitness classes, such as spinning, Zumba and aerobics, are offered for those who prefer group and social activities. Personal trainers are also available for those members who would like as- sistance in developing their fitness plans. “We are looking forward to being a good community part-

ner, creating healthy and fit members in the North Woods,” said Von Holdt. “To do that, we provide members with a comfortable and clean environment to pursue fitness goals.” In addition to comprehen- sive fitness activities, mem- bers also have access to Sun- lighten infrared saunas, which increase circulation and help rid the body of tox- ins, said Von Holdt. Tanning beds and aqua massage are also available. Members have access to a full locker room, complete with showers and a lounge area. Short-term and long-term memberships and day passes will be available. For more information, visit tonezoneeagleriver.com or call (715) 337-2113.



Results of 7/14/11 Gross minus three blind holes First: Mary Buchert 29. Second: Sherry Stecker 31. Third: Candi Holthaus 33. Fourth: Judy Pacey 34.


Results of 7/14/11 Two best-ball foursome First: Jim Mathie, Frank Daly, Mike McCormick, Jim Pelto 113. Second: Roger Langford, Leif Peter-

son, Duane Harpster, Wayne McKinnis


Third: Dick Helling, George Fix, Russ Kuche, Neal Darrow 121. Fourth: Leroy Kibbel, Frank Carosel- li, Bob Conner, Jerry Scheidt; Bob Al-

fano, Dave Jacobson, Dave Weber, Bruce Weber.

Low gross First: George Reuter, Larry Jones 77. Low net First: Jim Mathie 62. Second: Wayne McKinnis 65. Third: Bud Jaderholm 66. Fourth: Malcolm Brown 67. Fifth: Bob Foley 68.


Results of 7/13/11 Event: Criers’ Day Flight A: First, Marge Greb; second, Barbara Lindsay. Flight B: First, Sherrie Mondus; sec- ond, Jane Ellett. Flight C: First, Jo Koeper; second, Audrey Kortes.

Events No. 2 Closest to pin: Jane Ellett. No. 7 Longest putt: Jane Ellett. No. 8 Closest chip: Barbara Lindsay. Low putts: Sherrie Mondus, Jane El- lett.


Results of 7/13/11 18 holes One best-ball threesome First: Marge Spiering, Joan Lang- ford, Penny McCormick 59. Second: Mary Lynn Hull, Jan Berg- eron, Donna Mirek; Joanne Jones, Sandy Alfano, Linda Soltwedel 63. Low gross First: Joanne Jones 93. Low net

First: Marilyn Beck, Marge Spiering


Third: Penny McCormick 72. Fourth: Sandy Oakes 74.


Results of 7/14/11 Low gross: Bob Richardson 35, Chuck Olsen,Tim Winter and Mike Springer 40, Mike Winter and Bill Meisel 41. Low net: Ron Grulkowski 27, Kent Williams 30, Bob Richardson and Mike Schoetz 31. Flag event winners: No. 1 Bill Meisel, No. 2 Gary Simac, No. 3 Bill Ernst, No. 4 Phil LaBeau, No. 5 Pete Lawonn, No. 6 Todd Stanek, No. 7 Bruce Maney, No. 8 Bob Richardson, No. 9 Larry Greves. Sub-par round: Bob Richardson -1 and low putts of 13.


Results of 7/11/11 Low gross: Chuck Olsen 38, Gary Simac 39, Bob Richardson 40. Low net: Al Mayack 26, Gary Simac 28, Chuck Olsen and Tyler Powell 29. Flag event winners: No. 1 Pat Bick- ler, No. 2 Denny Carter, No. 3 Bill Mar- tineau, No. 4 Scott McCain, No. 5 Al Mayack and Scott Soder, No. 6 Tyler Powell, Nos. 7 and 8 Mike Springer, No. 9 Bill Ernst. Low putts: Al Mayack 11.


Results of 7/12/11 Low gross: Paul Berta 36, Kim Watt and John Klein 41, Tom Mucci 42. Low net: Ron Grulkowski 27, Tom Mucci 29, Dave Sweeney and John Klein 30. Flag event winners: No. 1 Paul Noel, No. 2 Larry Bintz, Nos. 3 and 5 Jerry Baerenwald, No. 6 John Klein, No. 7 Larry Mattes, No. 8 Tom Mucci, No. 9 Bob Andrew. Low putts: Paul Berta and Paul Noel



Results of 7/12/11 Two best-ball foursome First: Jim and Bobbie Mathie, Lou and Donna Mirek 118. Second: Bill and Mary Lynn Hull, Glenn and Sandy Oakes; Mike and Penny McCormick, Dave and Judy Ja- cobson 132. Fourth: Larry and Carole Augustyn, Joe and Joanne Soukup 133. Fifth: Roger and Joan Langford, Bob

and Sandy Alfano 137. Drive closest to line: No. 1 Dave Ja- cobson, No. 10 George Reuter.



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Our View

Conservationists should win on DNR secretary change

Sound, consistent decisions that support con- servation-minded management of Wisconsin’s natural resources are the goal of yet another leg- islative attempt to return appointment of the De- partment of Natural Resources (DNR) secretary to a citizen-run board.

A bill has been introduced in the state Sen- ate that would take from the governor the ability to select a political appointee as head of the DNR. That practice has been the case since 1995, when Republicans under former Gov. Tommy Thompson ended a 67-year stint of having that important individual selected by the citizen-run Natural Resources Board.

Similar legislation was vetoed twice by Doyle, who supported the change as an attorney general and gubernatorial candidate but didn’t want to give up that authority once he was elect- ed governor. The last time, in March 2010, 38 As- sembly Republicans helped Doyle get away with the veto instead of handing him what would have been one of the biggest political setbacks of his career.

The current bill, introduced by Sen. Jim Holperin (D-Conover), is yet another attempt to bend the ear of state government to the multi- tude of conservation-minded citizens who have pushed for change virtually every year since


Gubernatorial control of the DNR secretary has resulted in the selection of money counters and personnel managers with little or no back- ground in the environmental sciences or natural resources. The results have included poor leader- ship in the management of many wildlife species, including wolves, bear and deer. It caused the agency to get far behind in the battle against aquatic invasive species.

It’s important to note that the conservation community, including thousands of hunters, an- glers and trappers representing some 270 groups, want the DNR secretary to be appointed by the citizen-run board. One reason is that programs designed exclusively for Wisconsin sportsmen and -women have been severely affected by gen- eral budget cuts — including raids on segregated accounts for budget-balancing purposes.

Granted, neither process of selecting the DNR secretary is perfect or without political in- fluence. Even members of the Natural Resources Board are appointed by the governor of one polit- ical party or another. Yet we believe history shows us that the likes of former secretaries Tony Earl and George Meyer were better than re- cent choices.

We also would support setting stricter guide- lines for those who qualify to serve on the Natu- ral Resources Board. They should be hunters, an- glers or trappers. At least one member of the board, at all times, should be a farmer. Such re- quirements might make it more difficult for a governor to make an appointment that is purely political.

Wisconsin needs leaders with a passion for protecting the woods, water and wildlife of this state, as opposed to those who would sell out our environmental protections — like recycling and shoreland zoning — for political reasons.

Behind the editorial ‘we’

Members of the Vilas County News-Review editorial board include Publisher Kurt Krueger, Editor Gary Ridderbusch and Assistant Editor Anthony Drew.

Life’s lessons aren’t always defined in black/white

HERE’S HOPING you are having a nice summer vaca- tion season. It is a good time to reflect on life’s little mys- teries. The following essay was shared with me by local friends who got it from friends of theirs.

I believe — that just be-

cause two people argue, it doesn’t mean they don’t love

each other. And just because

they don’t argue, it doesn’t

mean they do.

I believe — that we don’t

have to change friends if we understand that friends change.

I believe — that no matter

how good a friend is, they’re going to hurt you every once in a while and you must for- give them for that.

I believe — that true

friendship continues to grow, even over the longest dis- tance. Same goes for true love.

I believe — that you can

do something in an instant that will give you heartache for life.

I believe — that it’s taking

me a long time to become the person I want to be.

I believe — that you

should leave loved ones with

loving words. It may be the last time you see them.

I believe — that you can

keep going long after you think you can’t.

I believe — that we are re-

sponsible for what we do, no

People Make the Difference By Byron McNutt
People Make the Difference
By Byron McNutt

matter how we feel.

I believe — that either you

control your attitude or it controls you.

I believe — that heroes are

the people who do what has

to be done when it needs to be done, regardless of the consequences.

I believe — that money is

a lousy way of keeping score. I believe — that my best friend and I can do anything or nothing and have the best


I believe — that some-

times the people you expect

to kick you when you’re down will be the ones to help you

get back up.

I believe — that some-

times when I’m angry, I have the right to be angry, but

that doesn’t give me the right to be cruel.

I believe — that maturity

has more to do with what types of experiences you’ve had and what you’ve learned from them and less to do

with how many birthdays you’ve celebrated.

I believe — that it isn’t al-

ways enough to be forgiven by others. Sometimes you

have to learn to forgive your-


I believe — that no matter

how bad your heart is bro-

ken, the world doesn’t stop for your grief.

I believe — that our back-

ground and circumstances may have influenced who we

are, but we are responsible for who we become.

I believe — that you

shouldn’t be so eager to find