Park City Tomahawk To Rename Community Room for Dr. Bobbi Voermans Published on 10/12/2021 under News
Over the summer, Tomahawk lost a pillar of the community when Dr. Bobbi Voermans passed away unexpectedly. Next week Park City Credit Union in Tomahawk will dedicate their community room in her honor.

Val Mindak, CEO of Park City Credit Union made that announcement on our Monday morning conversation. Among the many hats Dr. Bobbi wore in the community was serving on the Park City Board of Directors. Mindak says they were unified in the idea of keeping Dr. Bobbi's spirit alive.

Noting "She was all about community, getting people together, sharing ideas, and fostering thoughts," Mindak says the Board settled on naming their existing community room in honor of Dr. Bobbi. The community room serves that very purpose, available for community groups and non-profits which Dr. Bobbi was heavily involved in.

Coming up next Monday (October 18), Park City will be hosting a dedication evening from 4:30pm to 6pm with a ribbon cutting ceremony planned for 5pm.

Dr. Bobbi's memory continues to live on throughout the greater Tomahawk area with hundreds of yard signs with the phrase "Have your best day!" a phrase often spoken by Dr. Bobbi.

In Other News

Rx Drug Take Back Returns to Wisconsin Saturday
Published on 10/22/2021 under News Coming up on Saturday, law enforcement agencies around the state will work with health departments to collect unwanted prescription medications. It's time once again for the semi-annual Drug Take Back event. Throughout the day Saturday, special drop-off locations will be set up around the state. These types of events keep unwanted prescriptions in safe hands while also keeping them out of landfills or municipal water systems. Residents here in Lincoln County are fortunate to have a number of permanent drop-off locations. That includes both the Tomahawk and Merrill Police Departments. While they are available for use year-round, the statewide collection events serve as a good reminder. Up in Oneida County, they're are setting up temporary drop off locations at the Minocqua, Rhinelander and Three Lakes Police Departments as well as the landfill. The Solid Waste Department will also be collecting sharps during the event, asking they you place them in a secure plastic container. For these needing to locate a prescription drug disposal location, the state health department has an interactive map allowing users to search for both temporary and permanent drop-off sites.
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WPS Works With Law Enforcement, Social Media To Educate on Scams
Published on 10/22/2021 under News Wisconsin Public Service partnered with law enforcement groups Thursday to educate customers on scammers. Over the years, WPS customers have lost thousands of dollars in utility scams. This campaign comes at a time of year when these scams tend to pick up, coinciding with the state's energy disconnection moratorium in November. On Thursday, WPS worked with police and sheriff departments in their Northwoods service area to share warning signs on social media. Spokesman Matt Cullen says the goal was to flood newsfeeds with this important safety information. We've frequently reported on the red flags included in the campaign. A few examples include: •Remember that scammers have equipment that changes the name and number appearing on caller ID. •Scammers will use urgency, threatening to shut off power immediately unless a payment is made. •They'll also demand that payment from non-traditional sources like prepaid debit cards, gift cards, cryptocurrency and third-party apps. If you are suspicious of a call hang-up. You can call the hotline listed on your bill to verify any outstanding payments.
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Christmas Spirit Lincoln County Launches Gift Request/Donation for Holiday Season
Published on 10/22/2021 under News We're still two months away from Christmas, but a Lincoln County group is already planning for a local gift distribution program. Earlier this week, we were joined on the morning conversation, by two of the organizers of the Christmas Spirit Lincoln County United Giving Tree program, Chris Copiskey and Kris Reichelt. They partner with volunteers, businesses and fire departments to make sure it's a Merry Christmas for kids in Tomahawk, Merrill and surrounding areas. They do so by filling gift requests for parents or guardians who are struggling financially and may not be able to provide presents for their children. Reichelt noted that the last two years with Covid have been especially tough on some parents to provide around the holidays. Last year, their organization was able to fill requests for 450 children in Lincoln County. The first step in the process is finding out the wishlists. Applications are available at a number of locations including here at the WJJQ studios, Merrill Fire Department, and Merrill Chamber. Those will be due back November 15. As those applications come in, generous people who'd like to provide for the program will be able to pick up tags and purchase the gifts. In mid-December the volunteers will organize and distribute those gifts, which they said was one of the most rewarding parts of the program for them. The Group has a Facebook page with more information. You can hear that entire conversation in the WJJQ audio center.
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Hatchets Sports Recap - Thursday
Published on 10/22/2021 under Sports VOLLEYBALL The Tomahawk Hatchets Volleyball Team lost to Waupaca in the Regional Semi-Finals of the WIAA Tournament on Thursday night, to conclude their season. Waupaca won 3-1.  SCORES: SET 1 - Waupaca 25-20SET 2 - Tomahawk 25-22SET 3 - Waupaca 25-20SET 4 - Waupaca 25-16 STATS: Meghan Scholz  - 20 Kills and 8 AcesAlyssa Zehner - 8 Kills, 1 Ace, and 1 BlockClaire Albert - 3 KillsEmerson Lange - 1 Kill and 2 AcesSamantha Gebauer - 1 AceMacy Jankiewicz - 1 block Tomahawk finishes the season with a record of 22-10. Waupaca moves on to play Mosinee in the Regional Final on Saturday Night.
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Conservancy Group Purchases 70K Acres of Northern Forest
Published on 10/22/2021 under News MADISON, Wis. (AP) — A conservancy group has purchased 70,000 acres of forest in northern Wisconsin. The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports a Virginia-based group known as The Conservation Fund announced the purchase Wednesday. The sale price was not released. The land is known as the Pelican River Forest and includes 16 parcels located mostly in Oneida County that straddle the Great Lakes and Mississippi River watersheds. A succession of companies has owned the land, including Consolidated Papers. The Conservation Fund says it will protect wildlife habitat while continuing sustainable timber harvesting as well as recreational uses such as hunting and fishing.
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State Building Commission Approves Grant, North Central Health Care Mental Health Renovations
Published on 10/22/2021 under News Earlier this week, the State Building Commission formally approved a $5 million grant to assist North Central Health Care in completing a renovation to expand capacity at their mental health facility. North Central Health Care currently serves clients from Marathon, Lincoln, and Langlade Counties. Once the renovation is complete and services expanded, they'll have additional capacity to serve Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties. State Senator Jerry Petrowski of Marathon was among legislators who pushed to put the funding in the state budget. He says, "The need for additional mental health and substance abuse treatment facilities has been growing for several years and the pandemic has only intensified the problem. "This grant will help make more resources available locally and reduce pressure on the state facility in Winnebago." When completed, the project will provide four additional adult psychiatric beds, eight youth beds, three emergency stabilization beds, four adult crisis stabilization beds, five detoxification beds, and 38 residential treatment beds.
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Ice Age Trail Holding “Mammoth Challenge” in October
Published on 10/22/2021 under News The Ice Age Trail spans more than 1,200 miles across the state of Wisconsin. In October, the Ice Age Trail Alliance is encouraging people to explore various trail segments and communities as part of their Mammoth Challenge. Hikers, walkers, runners and backpackers who sign up are asked to traverse 41 miles of the trail while also visiting 3 of the 15 designated communities located along the trail. Here in the Northwoods, Antigo has been designated as one of those checkpoint communities. Langlade County is home to about 150 miles of Ice Age Trail. Those who complete the challenge will receive a hiking certificate and a limited-edition patch. Organizers hope it also it will encourage people to explore new-to-you segments while slowing down, unplugging, and taking in the scenic views. The Mammoth Challenge lasts through October.
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Tomahawk School District Launches Community Survey for Administrator Search
Published on 10/21/2021 under News The Tomahawk School District's search for their next District Administrator is underway, and the community is able to provide input via an online survey. At their meeting last week, the Tomahawk School Board laid out the timeline for this process working with a search firm. While the position is already posted, the search firm will simultaneously work with focus groups to identify district-specific desires for potential candidates. They'll be meeting with board members, school administrators and staff, and school stake holders. That process also includes an online community survey which is now live on the district search website. The survey includes 11 yes/no questions; some 1-10 ratings; and some short answer opportunities. The survey will remain open through November 19. The district is currently operating with an interim superintendent following the abrupt retirement of Terry Reynolds at the start of the school year. The interim hire of Joe Innis was made for the entire school year. They hope to interview finalists in January and name the next District administrator in February. That individual would take over July 1.
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State Building Commission Approves NCHC Behavioral Health Improvements; Bearskin Trail Bridge
Published on 10/21/2021 under News A trail bridge in Oneida County and a mental health facility at North Central Health Care in Wausau are among projects approved by the State Building Commission yesterday. Overall the bipartisan committee approved $124 million worth of projects with a focus on safety improvements and deferred maintenance.This includes building improvements on several UW-Campuses and fire door and elevator upgrades in several state buildings. A pair of local projects also made the list.North Central Health Care received approval for renovations and expansion of their mental health building. The facility currently serves clients from Marathon, Lincoln, and Langlade Counties. This will expand capacity to serve Forest, Oneida and Vilas Counties as well. We'll have more on this project on the Friday morning show. Up in Oneida County, another approved project would replace the Pinewood trestle bridge on the Bearskin Trail in Harshaw.  The 50-foot-long bridge is one of 16 trestles along the trail which runs from Nokomis to Minocqua. The bridge was deemed structurally unsafe. In addition to summer trail usage, the replacement bridge, once complete will be able to accommodate snow grooming equipment and snowmobile activity during the winter months. Gov. Evers said in announcing these projects, "I am glad this bipartisan commission moved forward on these important projects as we work to bolster our state infrastructure." 
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Lincoln County Board Applying for Lake Monitoring Grant; Eyes AIS Coordinator
Published on 10/21/2021 under News Lincoln County has applied for a DNR grant that would fund an Aquatic Invasive Species program to protect area waterways. At their meeting Tuesday, the Lincoln County Board unanimously approved applying for a Lake Monitoring and Protection Network Grant. According to the resolution background, Land Services would use the grant to a hire a limited term employee to complete AIS services like outreach and education. This includes coordinating established DNR programs such as Clean Boats, Clean Waters; Landing Blitz; AIS Snapshot; and Drain Campaigns. A number of other Northwoods counties already have similar positions in place. The grant is non-competitive with all 72 counties eligible to receive funds. The base allocation for Lincoln County is just over $16,000. Lincoln County has more than 720 lakes along with 650 miles of rivers and streams.
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