Researched by Michael J. Caylor Jr.
Merrill Senior High students selected three queen candidates and a sophomore and junior princess Tuesday in preparation for homecoming this Saturday. Chosen queen candidates include seniors Julie Chartier, Julie Young, and Sue Gutknecht. Junior princess is Jill Schneider and sophomore is Chris Endres. The final vote on the Homecoming Queen will be taken today, and the announcement will be made during Friday’s assembly. (I cheated and looked ahead, Julie Young is queen.) In other news from MAPS, the administration and teachers’ union have reached a tentative contract agreement. The details of the agreement must be ratified by the teachers’ union prior to any details being released.
An item that should help keep kids safe coming off of school buses has now been installed on all area buses. Retractable stop signs with red flashing lights will now be activated to warn motorists that students will be boarding or exiting stopped school buses. Wisconsin state law now requires the stop signs on all buses.
Fourteen new members will be introduced into the Silver M Club this weekend during homecoming activities. They include: Dave Anderson, Jim Barrone, Raoul Heckendorf, Bob Hotsfeld, Jim Koehler, Dick Matthies, Leroy Meier, Pat Ryan, Bob Taylor, Tom Young, Jim Zuelsdorff, Dale Jensen, Dan Carrington, and Steve Plautz. Golden M’ers who earned their letters in 1925 that will be recognized are: Matthew Peters, William Klug, and Lorton Nott who all live in California, and Arthur Hitzke of Merrill.
The Merrill Bluejay football team dropped one to the Evergreens this past Saturday, 31-7. Turnovers led to the demise of the home team in that contest.
Guest speakers are finding their way to Merrill. Matt Flynn, a candidate for the United States Senate, met with supporters on Saturday. The democratic candidate pledged his support to area farmers as he promised to find an end to the farm crisis. Alexander Jourjine, whose escape from the Soviet Union was described in the February, 1985, issue of Reader’s Digest, will speak tomorrow at the Moose Lodge. The Reader’s Digest article is entitled, “Escape from Russia on Foot.” Jourjine is a graduate of Moscow State University; he earned a doctorate in physics from Massachusetts Institute of Technology and now works as a researcher at UW Madison. Geri Jewell will be the guest speaker at the Oct. 3 Great Speakers Forum. Jewell, who has cerebral palsy, is best known for her role on the TV show, “The Facts of Life.”
The Merrill Bluejay football team remains winless after a close contest with Marshfield ended with a 7-6 loss. The Jays led the Tigers in almost every category including 244 yards on the ground compared to just 48, but a blocked punt led to the only Marshfield score. Merrill will take on the 2-1 Stevens Point Panthers this Saturday at Point.
The Entertainment page has lots for you to do this week. The Lincoln House Restaurant is celebrating their fifth year all month long including giving away a steak dinner for two every night with a drawing at 9 p.m. The Black Heath will now have a Chinese buffet on Tuesday, Lobster on Wednesday, and German specials on Thursday.
Several area residents will travel to Rome after the Vatican announced the Beatification of Mother Mary Theresa Scherer, the foundress of the Sisters of Mercy of Holy Cross. Beatification is a recognition accorded by the Catholic Church of a dead person’s entrance into Heaven and capacity to intercede on behalf of individuals who pray in his or her name. Mother Mary Theresa was born on Oct. 31, 1825. She was well known both for her faith and for helping people in need. After her death in June of 1888 pilgrims began to gather at her grave and now over 6,000 do each month. A ceremony recognizing the event will be held at Bell Tower, but those making the trip to Rome include: Charlotte Denetz from Tomahawk, Phyllis Chilsen, Sister Eugenia Dahlke, Jeanette English, Mary Jo LeSage, Sister Rita Pearce, Sister John Marie Simien, Monica Talbot, Sister Ann Wittman, and Sister Barbara Misner.
The Wausau West football team has been something of an enigma this season, but there was no question as to what they were all about in Friday’s 50-8 stunning victory over Merrill. Quarterback Brad Marlowe was 7-12 passing with 52 yards gained on the ground. Mike Krueger had three catches for 51 yards and gained 46 yards on the ground, and Tim English picked up 17 yards on six tries.
This must be an ominous sign, on the employment page the following are looking for seasonal workers: Northwoods Evergreen, J.W. Perry, Badger Wreath, Steve Latzig, and Badger Evergreen Farms.
Researched by Michael J. Caylor Jr.