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Public Meetings on Planning for Wausau/Merrill Recreation Trail
Published on 06/20/2024 under News It has long been a goal to establish a recreation trail between Wausau and Merrill. In the past few months, the idea has been gaining additional support.  Now organizers are hoping to get more people involved with a pair of public involvement meetings, the first coming up this evening. While many communities have their own local trail networks, this project is seen as a way to link not only the two communities, but to other regions of the state. The Wausau/Merrill segment is a first step that could eventually continue on to Tomahawk, where the Hiawatha and Bearskin trails extend even further into the Northwoods. The planning has received backing from both Marathon and Lincoln Counties, and they're also working with area non-profits. Engineering firm MSA has brought in for some of the planning work. There are two meetings designed for the public, the first is coming up this evening (June 20) in Merrill. It's at the Lincoln County Service Center at 6pm.They note that there will be an opportunity for people take part in master planning efforts, ask questions, or simply learn more about the project. A second meeting is planned down in Wausau next week, Thursday, June 20.
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Ground Breaking on Park Falls YMCA Project
Published on 06/20/2024 under News There's been plenty of behind the scenes work on a new YMCA facility in Park Falls.  On Wednesday, the Flambeau River YMCA took a more visible step. Local leaders and project partners held a ceremonial ground breaking ahead of construction. The celebration also included a cookout and other activities and an overview of the project. Allie Plessner is co-chair of the Steering Committee. She said, "Our committee and our community have put in months and months of hard work to bring a YMCA to Park Falls. Most of that work has been on paper and through conversations with neighbors. Now, we are excited to put a shovel into the ground." The facility will be located at the site of the former City Hall. Earlier this year, they moved city offices to space available in their library building. It will feature a childcare center, a gymnasium, a wellness center, and space for seniors and families. It will be affiliated with the Rhinelander-based YMCA of the Northwoods. CEO Linda May. "Once people see hands-on work being done on this facility, the anticipation for its opening will only grow. We're more than ready to break ground and get going." On Wednesday they did just that. If all goes according to plan, they'll complete that work by next summer, and will be back in that same location for a ribbon cutting.
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Tomahawk Pharmacy Among Latest Grant Recipients for Solar Project
Published on 06/20/2024 under News Northwoods businesses continue to benefit from federal funding to improve sustainability efforts. This week, Senator Tammy Baldwin announced another round of recipients of Rural Energy for America Program grants designed for farmers and rural small business owners. Senator Baldwin said, "Wisconsin farmers and small businesses are the backbone of our rural communities, and I'm working to help them cut costs, innovate, and grow for the future." This year alone, around a half dozen Tomahawk area businesses have received funding from this grant pool, most focused on solar energy. In the latest announcement, Tomahawk Pharmacy was selected to receive just shy of $34,000 to install a small solar electric array. The project is expected cover 100 percent of their energy usage and result in savings around $4,000 annually. It will produce around 33,5000 kilowatt hours, enough to power three homes. Overall, more than a dozen projects will share in the $2 million included in this funding. In addition to solar, other business projects will include more energy efficient windows and lighting. On the farm side, an example of a project is a dairy manure digester that will convert bio-methane into natural gas.
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Pollinator Week: Getting Involved
Published on 06/20/2024 under News The past few days, we've been discussing the bees, butterflies, birds and other bugs that are best described as pollinators, in a week dedicated to improving their habitats. According to the DNR, Wisconsin has more than 400 species of bees alone, in addition to the many other species that play a crucial role in pollination. Due to a variety of factors including habitat loss, some of these populations are on the decline. DNR insect ecologist Jay Watson says, "There's a special connection between our native pollinators and the natural areas that make Wisconsin so unique." He notes that some federally endangered pollinators such as the Karner blue butterfly and the rusty patched bumble bee are more abundant in Wisconsin than other parts of the country, adding that these species need help. Watson says, "Getting trained as a volunteer or creating a healthy habitat for them in your backyard garden is a great place to start." There are a number of organizations such as the Wisconsin Bumble Bee Brigade and the Wisconsin Monarch Collaborative, who are dedicated to protecting these small, but important members of the ecosystem. DNR Pollinator Webpage
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Highway 47 Project near Rhinelander Includes Planting 'Living Snow Fence'
Published on 06/20/2024 under News A Department of Transportation improvement project on Highway 47 near Rhinelander includes some natural landscaping that will play a key role in several areas. The DoT highlighted the effort on their social media. Crews are planting what is known as a living snow fence. The trees and shrubs act as a natural barrier to keep snow from blowing and drifting onto the road during the winter months, while also helping control erosion and reducing flooding during snow melt. The plants being, red twig and nine bark, are native to the area, helping to promote pollinators. The maintenance coordinator said he's proud of the work his team has done. "Anytime we can help promote pollinators, I feel that's a good thing." Another benefit, the DoT notes that natural fencing is cheaper than traditional options and are mostly maintenance-free once established.
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Tomahawk Golfers Receive Academic All-State Honors
Published on 06/11/2024 under Sports The Golf Coaches' Assocation of Wisconsin released their Academic All-State Awards list and Tomahawk was well-represented. The criteria to qualify for the Academic All-State team includes a GPA of 3.25 or higher, competed in 75% of the team's varsity meets, and must be at least a sophomore. Four Hatchet golfers were given Academic All-State honors, who are Sawyer Hanna, Carson Childers, Austin Lamer, and Caiden Reichelt. The four are among over 400 students from 137 high schools in Wisconsin.
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Hatchet State Track & Field Recap
Published on 06/03/2024 under Sports Alicia Voermans, Halle Derleth, Faith Derleth, and Elise Gibeault all competed at the WIAA Division 2 State Track and Field Meet at the Universtiy of Wisconsin-La Crosse over the weekend. The ladies made it all the way to the Finals, finishing eighth overall in the 4x200 meter relay. In the preliminaries, the ladies finished seventh and breaking the school record with a time of 1:46.05. In the finals, they finished with a time of 1:46.76. Gibeault also made it to the Finals in the 400 meter dash.  Gibeault took ninth in the preliminaries and tenth overall.
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Tomahawk Track Qualify Two Events to State
Published on 05/24/2024 under Sports Tomahawk's track and field squads competed in the WIAA Division 2 Sectional Meet at Colby Thursday evening. The Hatchets will represent two events at the State Track Meet next weekend. The Hatchet girls' 4x200 meter relay team of Halle Derleth, Faith Derleth, Alicia Voermans, and Elise Gibeault placed first with a time of 1:46.45, a full second clear of Hayward.  Gibeault also will represent Tomahawk in the 400 meter dash, placing third in her sectional with a time of 58.77 seconds.  Even though Ayla McCormick didn't qualify, she broke her own school record for her throw in discus with 124'2". The Hatchet boys' top event came in the 4x400 meter relay. Tomahawk placed 11th with a time of 3:46.45.  Gibeault, Voermans, and both Derleths will compete in the WIAA Division 2 State Meet at UW-La Crosse next weekend.
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Hatchet Softball Season Ends in Peshtigo
Published on 05/24/2024 under Sports Tomahawk's softball squad had their season end in the WIAA Division 3 Regional Final at Peshtigo Thursday afternoon, losing 9-1. After a 40-minute rain delay pushed the game back, the Hatchets mustered their only run on an RBI groundout by Scout Stromberg. Tomahawk's pitching was miles different from the dominant performance at Weyauwega-Fremont Wednesday. Three Hatchet pitchers surrendered 12 walks to Peshtigo batters, including six in a six-run fifth inning. Sammy Gebauer went two for three with two singles and a run scored.  Tomahawk finishes 2024 with a 13-15 record and a 4-8 record in Great Northern Conference play. The Hatchets graduate nine seniors, who are Sammy Gebauer, Macy Jankiewicz, Scout Stromberg, Kayleigh Haring, Bella Marino, Khianna Vacho, Emerson Lange, Maddy Baumann, and Abby Kallerud.
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