Fotos from the Past
Researched by Michael J. Caylor Jr
It was a dangerous start to the nine-day gun deer season as three shootings were reported in Lincoln County. The first occurred on opening day in the Town of Merrill when a Milwaukee man was struck by a stray bullet as he was hunting with a group of 16. The man was treated and released from Holy Cross Hospital for a wound above his knee. The second incident occurred when a 14 year old boy from Rhinelander shot himself in the foot while he was unloading his gun in the Town of Harrison. He was brought to St. Mary’s Hospital in Rhinelander by his father. A Tomahawk man was unloading his rifle after he was done hunting west of Tomahawk when, the 42 year old man told deputies, his bolt slammed forward causing the rifle to discharge and putting a round through his foot. He was treated and released from Sacred Heart Hospital.
The DNR feels the season is off to a fine start, but hunters are grumbling that the warm weather is what is driving up the numbers. So far the number of deer being registered is up 67% from last year, although hunters are saying the warm weather is causing them to come out of the woods and register deer soon after harvest to avoid spoiling the meat.
Merrill Fire Chief Harvey Emanual is reminding residents that a new state law requires them to have working smoke detectors in any dwelling regardless of size. The law is very specific as to the location of the detectors including at the head of every open stairway, in the basement, and in each sleeping area. The legislature did not really designate who will enforce the new law, however, the fire department’s main concern is getting the life saving devices in place. They remind you during this week of hunting that a hunting cabin does require a detector.
Thanksgiving is tomorrow and perhaps you prefer dining out over cooking. Here are some of the deals on the Entertainment page: The Fairway Supper Club has a buffet starting at 10:30 AM which includes prime rib, turkey, and ham for just $7.95; it runs until 7:00 PM. Kathy and Cal’s has a buffet as well, and their cost is $7.25 and serves from 11-7. Mary’s Homestead Inn is offering dinners with both turkey and goose along with plenty of pumpkin pie. Pine Ridge Restaurant is open 24/7 as usual during the holiday, and they are offering dinners starting at $4.95 and will have both turkey and ham. South of the Border and 3’s Company will be closed, and the Hwy 51 Truck Stop will feature ham and turkey as a part of their normal menu. Thirsty? Sport’s Bar has .75 cent cans of beer, the Pike has cases of Pabst to go for $8.50. Schult’s Country Inn has their hunters ball tonight, Les & Jim’s is having back tag poker on Friday and Saturday where best hand wins, and Al’s Legion will have a hunters’ ball along with the Friday night fish fry with the Jackson’s starting at 9:00 PM.
The nursery at Good Samaritan Health Center has been overrun by babies! Five babies in all were born on November 16th, which is the most in one day in over a decade. Nurse Sharon Remington and nursing assistant Carol Schmidt are pictured surrounded by all the little bundles of joy. Joining the world this past week were: Mitchell Hall, Ashley Roberts, Ian Reese, Ashley Mahn, and Brittany Draxler. (I assume they all have a party together every year?)
Chris Roman set a new record at Lincoln Lanes this past Saturday becoming the youngest person ever to break the 700 pin barrier at the age of 17. No juvenile had ever cracked that pin total in the history of Les & Jims; Roman finished with a score of 701. Chris attributes his recent success to a custom ball drilled for him at the pro-shop.
The season is a long one, but the Merrill High School girls’ basketball team started things out on a positive note as they defeated the Lakeland T-Birds 51-28 Friday at their home opener. The team is hoping to recapture the magic of last season, which took them as far as the state semi-finals. Merrill Coach Bob Yuska said his girls played well individually but still have to work together as a team. Yuska said the girls can be proud how hard they played noting their stingy defense at one point kept Lakeland scoreless for seven minutes. Ashley Ourada was the offensive standout finishing with 13 points; Natalie Pagoria, Liz Strobel, Lacey Lemon, and Michelle Kaminski were also standouts in the contest. The boys start their season next Tuesday hosting Rhinelander.