“Government spending programs must be cut down to reduce inflation. It’s not popular but it must be done,” William A. Proxmire, United States Senator, told a packed audience of businessmen Monday. About 85 businessmen and women gathered at Club Modern on Monday at the invitation of the Merrill Area Chamber of Commerce to hear Proxmire review the present economic situation. In addition to his comments about the economics, Proxmire predicted the nomination by President Richard Nixon of Gerald Ford to be Vice-President would be confirmed. Proxmire related how Ford – a longtime associate – is fair, reliable and sincere and would have the best chance of being the Republican presidential candidate in 1976.
The running game did not go anywhere and kicker Brad Sanders had not kicked a ball in three weeks. Yet the Merrill Blue Jay football team squeaked out a victory over the Rhinelander Hodags on Friday night. Merrill was trailing 7-0 in the middle of the third quarter when quarterback Brad Sanders smoked a 24 yard scoring aerial to fullback Phil English. Then in the waning minutes of the game, Merrill’s Jim Kreis intercepted a Hodag pass at the Blue Jay 10 yard line which ended up at mid-field thanks to the efforts of Kreis and Bruce Muschinske. Phil English got the ball to the Hodag 22 and three downs later Sanders kicked the winning field goal with seconds left on the clock. John Leist was named lineman of the week for his efforts in the victory, the Jays take on Wausau West next Saturday at Jay Stadium in a game in which Coach Ira Rebella predicts will be about ball control.
In local religious news, Pastor Wallace Wellman is now serving as pastor of the Seventh Day Adventist churches at Merrill, Tomahawk and Prentice. The former Pastor Robert DeForest has returned to Andrews University in Michigan to continue his education. Mrs. Daniel Leikip, director of music at Trinity Lutheran Church, announced this year’s members of the Alleluia Ringers, one of four handbell choirs at their church; they include: Ruth Bauman, Elsa Wanless, Linda Dengel, Lauria Annis, Lorie Woller, and Pam Erdman.
District Attorney Christopher Coakley is claiming a small victory after the Lincoln County Board of Supervisors approved part-time help for his office. The County Board agreed to fund up to 16 hours a week to help with the ever growing caseload. The DA’s Office is already using the law firm of Russell-Ravn & Tlusty, who is the county’s corporate attorney, for work on paternity matters at a rate of $8,000 per year. In other legal news, former DA Michael Dudley has joined the law firm of Ament and Wulf in Merrill. Dudley was the DA in Lincoln County from 1980 to 1983 and previous to that was an attorney with the Wisconsin State Public Defender’s Office in Merrill. The firm will be renamed Ament-Wulf-Dudley. (Mike Dudley went on to work 26 years with the FBI and was recently a candidate for the Minnesota State Senate).
Jim Gengler and Kathy Mann are the new managers of the Legion Lounge in Merrill. Kathy, with 18 years of experience in food service, is in charge of the dining room while Jim with eight years of experience in the bar business is responsible for the tavern. The dining room is open Tuesday through Sunday. Starting Nov. 1 it will open at noon for a soup and sandwich buffet.
This week’s ad for Boogie’s Bar, 500 W. Main St., contains the usual rumor of the week but tries to add on a little fact. It explains that local city employees “Zuels” and “Billy Schneider” went out to dig up some damaged water line. When they arrived at the job site they found they had forgotten their shovels so they radioed back to the city garage and told “Barney” about their dilemma. Barney told them he would send “Kriewald” out with some shovels as soon as his coffee break was over. Not knowing what to do in the meantime, city engineer “Pierroti” provided the answer to the pair: “Lean on each other until he gets there.”
The two biggest movies of the week are playing at the Cosmo. In Cosmo one its Mr. Mom starring Michael Keaton, in Cosmo two you will find Tom Cruise in Risky Business. The Jaycee’s are having their eighth annual haunted house at the old vocational school at W. Main and Genesee St. Admission is just $1.
Wisconsin State Champs and Burlington Invitational Grand Champions – the Merrill Blue Jay Marching Band – was recognized by their peers at an impromptu assembly Tuesday afternoon. Twenty five schools participated in the state competition on Saturday where Merrill walked away with the top Winds, Colorguard, and General Effect caption awards in addition to their first place trophy. At Burlington on Sunday, Merrill placed first in Class A competition and won Grand Champion. Caption awards at Burlington included Best Percussion, Colorguard, and Winds. The undefeated Marching Jays will perform for the last time this season at the Merrill – Wausau East game on Thursday.
October is cosmetology month and page 12 has several ads from your local providers. They include A Cut Above, Flair, Hair for All, Leroy’s Hair Care Center, Center Attractions, Designers Plus, North Central Hairlines and Maty’s Hair Club.