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

Tomahawk Church Members Gives Back on Easter
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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That's why Fisher's Resort and Bar on Lake George in Rhinelander enjoys having it's annual ice golf tournament each year.

"In year's past, March is always kind of a slower season up here in the Northwoods so we figured we'd create an event and put efforts towards a local organization," said Fisher's Resort and Bar owner, Russ Fisher.

That local organization they raise money for is the Hodag Sno-trails snowmobile club.

This year, the tournament had it's biggest turn out.

30 teams came to play, including first timer Dennis Herrmann who lives right across the lake.

"This has nothing to do with golf, I can tell you that right now. But it's a challenge for all the obvious reasons. But you do it for the charity, you do it for the fun and it gives everybody the chance to get out," said Herrmann.

This year they cut it down from 18 holes to 13 so people could get inside faster to enjoy the chili and the raffle items after their round of golf.

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The Granite Peak Ski Area in Wausau decided to combine the two and host an annual brew fest. 

Andy Ledesma is the head brewer at Red Eye Brewing Company in Wausau. The Granite Peak Brew Fest is one of the many perks of his job.

"No other beer fest is like this, that's for sure," said Ledesma.

He definitely wasn't alone serving more than 40 beers on Saturday. 

Jeff Geurink works for South Shore Brewery in Ashland. They've been around for 20 years, but they wanted to make this brew fest a part of their line up.

"Get our name out there and make sure people are enjoying our beer and get as much information as possible out about our brewery so then when they go out and get a beer, they remember us," said Geurink.

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"Snow bar?! You can't get that in the summer time," said Roland Bruhnke.

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The board said it made the change based on advice of its lawyer. The board met for two and a half hours in closed session on Friday.

Kryder is under investigation by the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

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