The Foto News gets to do some bragging of its own this week after being named the “finest free newspaper in the United States and Canada.” Foto News publisher Jim O’Day was on hand last week to accept the award at the annual National Association of Advertising Publishers annual convention in Troy, MI. The top award was one of nine the paper received from Dr. Erwin Rayford, head of the printing management school of Western Michigan University. Other awards presented include: First place – best ad series for a series of ads by M & I Citizens American Bank; second place – best original photography; second place best grocery ad for a Mel’s Big Dollar’s ad; second place best single ad in black and white for a Lincoln County Bank ad; second place best single color ad for a M& I ad; third place best original editorial; third place community service; and honorable mention – best single ad in color for a Church Mutual ad.
Four retiring teachers were honored at a tea and presented with gifts by the Merrill Area Teachers Association. The event, which was held in the Junior High cafeteria, noted the service of Mrs. Jenne Engle, Franklin School; Mrs. Elizabeth Langenkamp, Junior High; Mrs. Ruth Kreie, Maple Grove; and Mrs. Leone Torzewski, Washington School. Also recognized at the event was Harold “Mousy” Schenzel, retiring School Board member who has served since 1949.
A sure sign of summer can be found on page 7: Oconomowoc Canning Company is seeking men and women to apply for the coming season. Applicants should apply in person at their factory at 2001 Water St in Merrill.
Business news fills this week’s paper: Mary Vandehey has resigned as a member of the Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce board of directors, and as vice president of the Chamber. Wilburn Weber of the Semling Menke Company will take her place as vice president, and Debbie Sukow, owner of Special Lady in Merrill, will fill the vacant board seat. A new Pepsi plant has opened in Wausau’s industrial park. The plant is capable of producing 100,000 bottles of soda per 8-hour shift. Lincoln County is one of the 11 counties it will serve. A donation by a Merrill business will enhance the business and economics instruction at the high school. Arlette Mitchell of Mitchell Metal Products is shown presenting a kit entitled “Economics for Young Americans Phase III” to Don Simek, business department chairman, and principal Lanny Tibaldo. The kit contains film strips, cassette tapes and testing materials to aid students.
Three seniors were honored by the school band at a recent banquet. Tim Zimmerman, son of Pat and Kathy Zimmerman, was the winner of the Louis Armstrong Jazz Award and the John Philip Sousa Award. Brenda Frick, daughter of Dan and Grace Frick, received the John Phillip Sousa Award, and Tim Zuleger, son of Holly and Werner Zuleger, was awarded the Outstanding Band Member Award. All three are seniors this year at Merrill Senior High.
A potluck will be held May 29 to honor the retirement of The Reverend Henry Clark, pastor of the Wildwood Chapel Gleason and Christ United Methodist Church in Merrill. Pastor Clark has served the two churches since 1978 and is set to retire from active ministry in June.
Mrs. Lorraine Muchinske’s sixth grade class at Washington School is busy completing a time capsule to be buried this fall and unearthed 50 years from now. The project is being coordinated by Curt Lemay and is being held in conjunction with the city’s centennial. Items that are included so far include interviews with Merrill people, fads and popular cartoon characters, computer compiled surveys, information on hobbies and fashions, finance and annual reports from local industry, menus from local restaurants, common chores, science and 4H projects, over 150 pictures of Merrill landmarks, street scenes, churches, people and aerial views of the city. Each student will also add an essay of their thoughts and aspirations of where they wish to be in 50 years when the time capsule is opened.
Good Samaritan Health Center had a recent visitor as the Flight for Life Helicopter from Milwaukee landed there for an educational session. Staff members listened to a presentation from the flight crew as they explained the advantages of using Flight for Life for trauma cases. Stacie Lange of Good Samaritan explained the hospital had previously been using an airplane service but sees the benefit of having a helicopter as close as Milwaukee.
Boogie’s Bar, 1201 E. Main St., is having a special tomorrow for the final episode of the series of “Cheers.” Dress as your favorite character from the show and win prizes; first prize is $50, second prize is a date with Sam or Rebecca, your choice; third prize is Norm’s beer mug which gets re-filled all night long for free. As a tribute to Sam Malone, Boogie’s will offer his drink of choice for free all night long!
At the Cosmo, “Aladdin” plays at 7 p.m. while “Wayne’s World” will play at 9 p.m. only in Cosmo One. In Cosmo Two, “Three Hearts,” starring William Baldwin and Kelly Lynch, is playing.