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Couple celebrates 60th anniversary on Independence DaySubmitted: 07/05/2013
Story By Lex Gray


TOMAHAWK - "We met in a little bar in Gleason, place we used to hang out," says Neal Olkives.

"He happened to walk in and I said to my girlfriend, 'There�s a nice-lookin� guy,'" says Isabel. "He came and asked me to dance."

"We�ve been together ever since," says Neal.

Isabel and Neal Olkives started dating in 1951. Only wartime kept them apart.

"I was scheduled to go, had to go to service pretty quick," says Neal. "My buddy had already left in June, and I figured I was going to go soon."

That�s how the Olkives ended up with a rather unique anniversary: July 4, 1953.

"It happened to be the Saturday that fit in. Didn�t think anything of it being a holiday," says Neal. "We knew when the two brothers were going to get married, so we fit it in between, so that�s how it happened."

Neal shipped off to Missouri, then Germany, then Kansas. He was gone for four years, four months, and four days.

Of all their July 4th anniversaries, Isabel remembers one especially well.

"When he came back from Germany, that was kind of special, because he met our oldest son for the first time."

After Neal finished his service, the couple moved to southern Wisconsin.

But the Northwoods eventually drew them back. Now, they get to relive a wedding memory in Tomahawk almost every year.

"After we were married at the Harrison church, we came to town on Somo, and the parade was going on," says Neal.

"They put us in the parade, kind of by accident," says Isabel. "Our car was decorated, so the cop just kind of waved us in."

A July 4th parade makes for a unique start to a marriage. Maybe that�s the key to lasting 60 years. But the Olkives have other tricks, too.

"One thing, we never go to bed mad at each other," says Isabel. "Regardless of if we had a little tiff during the day, we still manage to kiss goodnight."

"Secret to 60 years? Never let the honeymoon go. That�s it," says Neal. "Every day is a new wedding day. Without all the frills, but nevertheless - when you get up in the morning and you look at your partner and she�s glowing on the side of the bed, you just know, that�s the way it oughta be."

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They help us recover if we're sick, cope if we have a chronic condition and help manage pain.

But those drugs can expire or just stay in the back of our medicine cabinets for months or years.

And if those drugs get into the wrong handssuch as toddlers or abusersthat's a problem.

That's why many local police and sheriff's departments participate in the National Prescription Drug Take-Back program.

It's run by the Drug Enforcement Administration, and Saturday was National Take-Back Day.

"We're keeping the controlled substances in the hands they're supposed to be in, especially with the pill epidemic now, it's important that these stay out of the hands of people that are abusing them," said Minocqua Police Officer Matthew Tate.

Several area police departments hosted drop-offsSaturday.

You can drop off prescription or over-the-counter pills, ointments, patches, non-aerosol sprays, vials and pet medications. You cannotbring in inhalers or aerosol cans, and you cannot drop off illegal drugs or needles.

All the drugs are brought to the stateDepartment of Justicewhere they will be incinerated.

That's better than just flushing them or throwing them out in the trash.

"It's very important that it's not getting into our ground water is the main thing," Tate said. "We just don't want people dumping them in toilets or in their garbage."

If you have prescription drugs you want to get rid of safely, don't worry if you missed Saturday's opportunity. Many area police stations have drug drop-off bins in their lobbies, so you can drop them off any time of the year.


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Wildwood Wildlife Park opened up Saturday in Minocqua.

Hundreds of people rushed to the gate today to see all different types of animals, some local and some exotic.

"We are so busy today but it's a beautiful day to come out to Wildwood," said thepark's director JudyDomaszek. "This is one of our baby aoudads, it's an African sheep, and as you can see in the background there are many people busy playing with the baby goats, and the sheep and the pigs and the tortoises, and they're just enjoying their day."

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Workers also have been renovating and expanding the park.

The park has many new animals on the way, including some baby animals that were born there.

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Wildwood is open every day from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Then after Memorial Day the park stays open till 5:30 p.m. for the summer.


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