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Tomahawk Church Members Gives Back on Easter Submitted: 03/31/2013
Story By Shardaa Gray


TOMAHAWK - This holiday, for many people means preparing dinner at home, and spending time with your family.

But for parishioners at Saint Paul Lutheran in Tomahawk, it means giving back to the community.

"I'd like to wish everybody a very blessed Easter and the resurrection of Christ bring joy to their hearts." said Saint Paul Lutheran Church Pastor, Mark Schoenherr.

That's exactly what Easter means to some residents in Tomahawk.

"Caring and sharing is what it's mostly all about," Tomahawk resident, Debbie Carlson said.

"A new beginning for me and meeting all these people."

This is Saint Paul Lutherans Church's fourth annual Community Easter Dinner at the Sara Park Activity Center.

Feeding more than 100 people was not an easy task.

"We have a family in our church, the Hanson's family and Christ Care Group in our church that has really taken the potato duty to heart," said Community Easter dinner organizer, Sue Hawkins.

"They actually peel potatoes and make a homemade meal and they've been working on this since Thursday."

Even though this was a free dinner, people felt the need to give back.

"We put in a donation. We are very thankful that they have this." said Tomahawk resident, Debra Miller.

"We gave a donation of course, but it's somewhere we can go and be with others and not just the two of us." Carlson said.

For people who couldn't make it out, the volunteers made special deliveries.

"People that know people, know neighbors that will be alone or wouldn't be able to come here, so we wanted to make sure that they had a little visit and delivery made out to them." said Hawkins.

"There's people that don't just have an illness," Carlson said.

"Maybe they're by themselves and they don't have a way to get here. So anybody in need, it's not a handout, it's a giving."

Delivered meals aren't just for the elderly.

"We like to deliver to some of our public service employees in the community because they have to work holidays and a lot of people don't have to work," Hawkins said.

"So we will be dropping off some meals for them."

If you missed Sunday's dinner you can always check out Open Arms Soup Kitchen for their dinners on Tuesday.

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- Tonight on Newswatch 12:

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"A great, great opportunity to serve those in need, and I think our community in Rhinelander appreciates it," said a volunteer from St. Mary's Hospital.

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The Sheriffs Dive team and fire personnel searched the scene.

According to the Marathon County Sheriff's Department, the man's body was found shortly before midnight.

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TOMAHAWK - It doesn't look like the candidates for northern Wisconsin's seat in Congress can agree on a debate schedule just yet. 

U.S. Rep. Sean Duffy (R-Weston) said earlier this week he wants two debates, one in Superior and one in Wausau.

But that's apparently not enough for his democratic challenger. Mary Hoeft said she wants six debates.
Originally Hoeft said she wanted a debate in all 26 counties in the district.

"But people said to me, Mary, when you make this request to the Duffy campaign, make it reasonable," Hoeft said. "So alright I went in my head from 26 down to six." 

Hoeft said more debates would help voters make a more informed decision when they go to the polls. 

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Hoeft hosted a meet and greet in Tomahawk Wednesday morning. She addressed a group of about 20 people. 

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LAC DU FLAMBEAU - People die from heroin overdoses every day throughout the U.S., and it's a problem we see here in the Northwoods as well. 

That's why Lac Du Flambeau hosted it's first Overdose Awareness Day to help people learn more about drug addiction.

"Having lost my sister last year, and other families that lost loved ones like that, an awareness and education needs to be done in Indian Communities," said organizer Jeanne Wolfe. 
 
A special agent gave a presentation about heroin.

Afterwards the people at the event could talk about ways to prevent drug use in the community.

The event was also a way to deal with grief.

"Nothing has really been done to recognize or talk about our sorrow and the loss a person goes through when somebody dies unexpectedly like that," Wolfe said. 

Wolfe hopes to host the event again next year.


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