Stuffed Animals Provide Hugs of Comfort to Lakeland Area Emergency Services Published on 06/14/2019 under News A stuffed animal can provide comfort to a scared child. Thanks to one group, emergency responders in the Northwoods will have an additional supply to hand out.

Yesterday, the Lakeland Area Republican Women's Club or LARWC provided approximately 275 stuffed animals to ten Lakeland Area emergency service providers including fire, law enforcement and medical.

The project is called 'Hugs of Comfort.' It was this year's service project from the 30 member group. LARWC president Norma Duerst says, "This is our clubs way of saying thank you to the police, fire and emergency medical services who provide invaluable service to our community. We are blessed to support the many dedicated professionals and volunteers who care for our residents and the many visitors to the area."

Yesterday's presentation was held at Howard Young Medical Center. In the announcement, Rick Brodhead, Medical Director of Emergency Services said, "This donation will provide comfort to children served by these agencies and ease the fear they may have as they receive treatment."

They said recipients include: municipal and county fire, police, sheriff and first responder agencies from Minocqua, Arbor Vitae, Hazelhurst, Manitowish Waters, Lac Du Flambeau, Oneida County, Vilas County; as well as Howard Young Medical Center and Ascension Wisconsin Spirit Medical Transport.

(Photo provided by Ascension: Members of the Lakeland Area Republican Women's Club making their "Hugs of Comfort" donation to Emergency Service agencies at Howard Young Medical Center)

In Other News

Hatchet Hockey Falls to Northland Pines
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Hatchets Couldn't Handle Rib Lake
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Pet Care Important as Temperatures Drop
Published on 12/11/2019 under News With our coldest stretch of weather this season, officials are reminding people to take care of our four-legged friends as well. Despite their fur, dogs and cats can get frost bite just like humans. They are especially susceptible on exposed areas such as their ears, nose, and paws. While the Lincoln County Humane Society says the easiest solution is to keep your pet indoors, there are some other cold weather tips to keep your dogs healthy over the winter months. That starts with high-quality foods. They emphasized fatty acids, which helps their fur, and proteins, which helps maintain a healthy weight. Make sure your pup has a heated water bowl. And avoid metal bowls which can cause the dog's tongue to stick. For shelter, make sure your pet has an insulated enclosure, and keep a cover over the door. Size the enclosure based on the size of the dog, large enough to stand, but small enough to trap heat. Also try to elevate the bedding. One final caution goes towards chemicals used to melt snow and ice. Anti-freeze and road salts can irritate pet paws. Or course, those items should also be stored out of reach, the compounds can be poisonous if ingested by a curious pet.
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Howard Young Volunteers Receive Award for Work with Delirium
Published on 12/11/2019 under News The Volunteers of Howard Young Medical Center were recently honored for their work with the elderly and delirium. The Volunteers were presented with a Wisconsin Award for Volunteer Excellence (WAVE) by the Partners of the Wisconsin Hospital Association. The American Delirium Society describes delirium as a state of confusion that comes on very suddenly and lasts hours to days. The award highlighted the Howard Young "Hospital Elder Life Program," or HELP, which aims to prevent episodes of acute confusion for hospitalized patients. It is a coordinated model of care provided by a team of clinicians and volunteers who are specially trained to support patients over the age of 70 or anyone who may show signs of delirium after an assessment. Howard Young's HELP volunteers include retired teachers, nurses, social workers and even high school and college students who have completed specialized training. Chief Administrative Officer Laurie Oungst said that the rates of delirium, falls, and readmission have all gone down since the inception of the program. She says, "We are blessed with the support of our volunteers for this and many other programs and we congratulate them on this honor." (Photo: Dee Ruesch, Volunteer; Betty Ruesch, Volunteer; Lori Butkus, RN, Hospital Elder Life Coordinator, Howard Young Medical Center, part of Ascension; Nancy Krause, Volunteer.)
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Tomahawk Fire Department Purchases “Tough Book” Computers
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Local Snowmobile Trails Remain Closed; Clubs Continue Preparations
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Sacred Heart Hospital Foundation Tree Lighting Ceremony
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Tomahawk School Board
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Preview: Boy's Basketball Looks for Bounce-Back Win vs. Rib Lake
Published on 12/10/2019 under Sports The Tomahawk Hatchet boy's basketball team has their work cut out for them Tuesday night, as they welcome an undefeated Rib Lake into the Tomahawk Field house for a 7:15 P.M. tip. The Hatchets are coming off their third loss of the season, falling Friday night69-41 to Mosinee. The Hatchets will need their best performance of the season from the likes of Drew Bolder and Connor Dichsen, who come into the contest averaging just over 10 points a game each, but will need to boost those numbers to match-up with the three-headed offensive attack of Rib Lake's Levi Ewan, Devyn Vlach and Nick Gerstenberger, with each averaging over 15 points per contest, with Gerstenberger averaging a double-double early on, grabbing 11 rebounds a night. The game gets underway with the Fehrman Orthodontics Pre-game show at 6:45 on WJJQ, with tip at 7:15.
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Keep Paths Clear of Snow for Mail Carriers
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