Researched by Michael J. Caylor Jr.
This is the last paper before Christmas and it’s full of ads from local businesses wishing you a Merry Christmas. Advertisers include: Pat Bucket Realty, Leopold Realty, Elmer’s Shoe Service, Park City Liquor, Livingston’s, Garth’s Cleaners, Thiel’s Book Nook, Wilroy Motor Company, Park City Motors, Gibson’s Department Store, House of Merrill, Drapery Den, Jean’s Beauty Salon, Knotty Pine, People’s IGA, Bill & Nona’s 6th Ward Floral, Oconomowoc Canning Company, Ament & Son’s, Golde’s Music Bar, Jerry & Dianne’s Bar, Grunty’s Bar, Wildes Oil, Schendel’s Dry Goods, 6th Ward Barbershop, Caylor’s Corners, Badeau’s Bar, Legion Lounge, Mid City Tap, Silver Spur, Club Modern, West Side Bar, South of the Border, Corning Ballroom, Frisch’s Bar, Gleason Bar, Pine Grove Bar, Grunds, Beacon Bar, Hinz’s Cork and Dyne, Nick’s Bar, Lazy J Bar, Walk Straight Inn, Hour Place, Riverside Club, Roy’s Bar, Harold’s Bar, Crown Room, Schneider’s Bar, Bud & Dee’s, E&K Tap, Westfall’s Bar, White’s Big Eddy, Zanders Bar, Eddie’s Bake Shop, Strand’s Department Store, Carl’s Foodlane, Badger Paint, Schalow Prescription Center, Bob’s Food King, Kasper’s Office Supply, Stieve’s Shoes, Gene’s Shoes, The Corner Shop, Ed’s Shell, Weaver and Son’s, Nelson’s Rexall, Zettler’s Bakery, Northern Auto Supply, Double R Realty, Schroeder’s Gamble Store, Plautz Oil, Pritzl Printing, Estelle’s House of Fashion, Bloechl’s Motor, Waldburger Furnace Shop, Lindy’s Clark Station, Schulz’s Wrecking, JW Perry, Irma Stop and Shop, Schneider Distributing, Bill’s Standard, Knispel & Latzig, Stan’s North Star Car Wash, Fowlers Drug Store, Norther Specialty, Gulke’s Plumbing and Heating, Shar Way, Fred’s Bait Shop, Luebke’s Office Supply, Taylor Insulation, Ament and Son’s, Sy’s Discount Station, Woller & Krueger Realty, Quality Furnace, Hull’s Ben Franklin, The Corner Shop, House of Merrill, Ronis Chevrolet, Anne’s Beauty Salon, Joe’s Standard, Heine’s Gas & Oil, Gene Block Insurance, Holy Cross Hospital, Green’s Floral, Larry’s Auto, Archie’s West End Service, Wistein’s Funeral Home, and Helmstadter Jewelers.
In other news briefs: St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in the Town of Pine River will celebrate Christmas in their newly expanded church. A 17-foot addition to the front of the church now makes the building handicapped accessible. Steve Schmidt of Wausau donated the building plans; his father is one of two parishioners that is in a wheel chair. (An even more impressive addition in 2014 was done.)
The wrestling team will go into the Christmas break undefeated. They knocked off Wausau East 38-14 this past Thursday giving them their fourth win on the season. The boys’ basketball team played two games over the weekend; they squeaked by D.C. Everest on Friday 68-66 but fell to Wisconsin Rapids Lincoln 60-54. Your shopping breakdown for ham this year is as follows: Mel’s Big Dollar $1.29 LB, Red Owl $1.29 LB, Carl’s Foodlane $1.08 LB, Bob’s Food King $.99 LB, IGA $1.29 LB, and Drew’s $1.39.
The County Board had an active pre-Christmas meeting yesterday, and Highway Commissioner Mike Hemp got his present early, another term. The highway committee came to the meeting split on who the new boss should be, bringing forward both Hemp and William Hedrich of Chilton. Ultimately the board voted 15-6 to retain Hemp for another two year term. The board also met in closed session for 45 minutes to discuss the pending lawsuit from Lunda Construction who is looking to recoup money spent attempting to repair the Prairie Dells dam. Lunda is seeking $423,000 for its work during the summer of 1984. Supervisor George Griffin presented a plan to deal with budget overages. By unanimous vote the board agreed that any budget run of $1,000 or more that is not approved by the finance committee will be taken out of that department’s budget for the following year. The board also voted to borrow up to $500,000 to finance the new landfill; interest on that note is 7.15%.
Plenty of things to do this coming New Year’s Eve on the Entertainment page. Club Modern will have prime rib both Eve and Day, with plenty of party makers on New Year’s Eve. The Blackheath will be having their annual gala with a full menu from prime rib to lobster and dancing until midnight. Carl and Jeni will be playing at Schult’s Country Inn. Kub and Bruce at Moonlight Inn will have an open juke box and plenty of food leading up until midnight when free champagne will be served. South of the Border has prime rib and of course Mexican on the menu; if you bring in a party of 8 of more you get a free pitcher of margaritas. At Schmidt’s Ballroom $40 gets a couple a buffet and free drinks all evening long until midnight; the Polka Partners will play and a lunch will be served at midnight along with coffee. If you want to save your money for some traveling, Omni Travel has Las Vegas via CWA for only $260 with a hotel for four nights thrown in for just $312.
Fuel prices are down this year compared to last Christmas. AAA reports the average price of self-serve unleaded gallon of gas in Wisconsin is $1.11. Last year at this time gas was selling for an average of $1.14 per gallon. In Milwaukee where a special blend drives up prices, fuel is $1.30 per gallon. Peak travel times for Christmas are predicted to be on Friday from noon until 8 p.m.
Christmas greetings can be found in the back of the paper, those wishing good tidings to readers include: Harry-O’s, Fashion Flair, Cal’s Chips, Just Kids, Diamond Dave’s, Maty’s Hair Club, First Financial Bank, Trantow Do It Center, Rasmussen Associates, Dean’s Repair Service, Howland Ace Hardware, M&I Bank, Lincoln Jewelry Company, Golden Way Video, Drew’s East and West, Rod’s Wrecker, Dr. Dan Rajek and Family Dentistry, Hair For All, Bruce’s Cover All, The Cleaners of Merrill, Brannan Realty, Carl’s Foodlane, Bob and Signa at Skippers, Time Out Sports Bar, Kremb’s Dental Office, Quality Print, C&H Packaging, Lokemoen Optical, Merrill Medical Associates, Russell and Tlusty Law Firm, M.R. Mobil, Merrill View Motel, The Farmer’s Mill, and Caylor’s.
The Merrill Bluejay girls’ basketball team is still undefeated. The girls knocked off Wausau East in a rout, 43-15 to go 5-0 in the Valley. Bob Yuska again credited his strong defense for holding East to just 9% shooting from the field. Jessica Van Der Geest led the team with 22 points. The girls now head to Eau Claire Memorial on Friday and then host the Merrill Tourney on the 28th and 29th. The boys’ team was not as fortunate again, dropping their game to East, 51-42. The boys will take a break before heading to Wisconsin Rapids on Jan. 5.
A reminder from an old family ad, “Blessed are they who see Christmas through the eyes of a child. The Old Wish – a Merry Christmas. The Caylors”
Researched by Michael J. Caylor Jr.