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Veterans to be honored in various area events

Ceremonies, awards, meals and a concert will be presented throughout the Sawyer County-Lac Courte Oreilles area Nov. 9-12 in observance of Veterans Day.

Saturday, Nov. 9

Hayward— A Veterans Day dinner and program will take place at the Hayward Veterans Community Center, hosted by American Legion Post 218.

Social time will be from 5 to 6 p.m. A program will begin at 5:30, with local students reading their essays on "What Veterans Day Means to Me." Dan Dahlstrom will be honored as Veteran of the Year.

A chicken and ham dinner will be served at 7 p.m. Music by Larry's Drifters will begin at 8 p.m. There will be a 50-50 raffle throughout the meal.

The cost of the event is $16 per person for ages six and up. Please call (715) 634-2558 for reservations.

Cable— American Legion Post 487 will host a Veterans Day dinner from 6 to 9 p.m. at the Cable Legion building on Highway M, one mile east of Cable. Cocktails will begin at 6 p.m. and the dinner will be at 7. A short program will follow. The cost is $10 per person or $15 per couple. Call (715) 798-4487 for reservations.

Monday, Nov. 11

Hayward— The Hayward Veterans Association and Hayward Community Schools students will conduct a Veterans Day program at 9 a.m. at the Hayward Intermediate School gym. The program will include the presentation of the colors, the national anthem, essay recitations by fourth grade students on "What Veterans Day Means to Me," a video, patriotic songs sung by the students, the playing of "Taps" and a rifle salute.

Stone Lake — A Veterans Day luncheon will be served buffet-style at the Stone Lake Lions Hall at noon Nov. 11, followed by a short program. Veterans will eat free and others will make a freewill donation. For reservations, please contact Darlene Gundry at (715) 865-2093 or darlenegundry@gmail.com.

LCO— The 44th annual Lac Courte Oreilles Vet erans Day Pow Wow will be held Monday, Nov. 11, at the LCO Ojibwe School, honoring all current members and veterans of the U.S. Armed Forces.

The event will feature two grand entries in the gymnasium, at 1 and 7 p.m., led by a color guard from AmVets Post 1998. Registered veterans of all eras and branches of service will be recognized by name and presented with a gift at 4 p.m. There will be a feast at 5 p.m. in the school cafeteria.

The emcee will be Mi chael "Migizi" Sullivan and the arena director will be Michael DeMain.

The pow wow is sponsored by the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board with support from Lac Courte Oreilles Schools and Waadookodading.

Tuesday, Nov. 12

The Hayward High School Choir will perform a Veterans Day concert at 7 p.m. in the ADS Auditorium. Members of AmVets Post 1998 will present the colors.

All veterans, friends and family members are encouraged to attend the event and be recognized for their service to our great country.

If anyone has a friend or family member that they would like to see recognized on the slideshow presentation of past and present veterans, please email a copy of the picture to Ben DiSera, high school choir director, at bdisera@hayward.k12.wi.us or bring a hard copy to the high school, where it can be scanned and added to the slideshow.

Winter senior center re-opens after controversial closure

The WALDO senior center and meal site on Highway 70 in Winter re-opened Monday, Nov. 4, by order of the Sawyer County Senior Resource (SRC) Board of Directors after several local residents complained about its being closed for two weeks by SRC Executive Director Wenonah (Joey) Johnson.

Several Winter area residents attended a special meeting on Oct. 30 of the senior center board in Hayward to complain about the abrupt closing. Johnson told the board she had closed it for two weeks to conduct training of the cook.

"At our last board meeting, (a local resident) expressed that (the cook) needed more training," Johnson said. "The cook that was there was being treated disrespectfully and was being bullied. So we decided that it was best to close it for two weeks because we don't have a substitute right now because we're short by 1 1/2 staff."

She added that, "We filled out all the paperwork for the state so we could be closed for two weeks. Home-delivered meals (meals on wheels) are still being delivered. We made arrangements before closing the site that anyone getting or wanting home-delivered meals could still get them. We are going the

extra mile; no one is going without a meal that wants a meal."

Winter area resident Tom Jewell said, "I feel it was unnecessary to close the Winter WALDO Center down for two weeks for staff retraining. When (the director) was trained for the first time, they found an interim site director to come in there to keep the center running. A lot of people are very upset about that; they don't think it was necessary." He added that he has never seen the site director bullied and she is "good about accepting constructive criticism."

Johnson responded that, "All the things that you're talking about and concerned about we are working on. The oven there should have been replaced when they did the revitalization (of the senior center). Barb (Applebee) and I are looking at a temporary gas stove with oven to replace what you have there now. We can't afford to put a convection oven there, because it's $1,600."

Johnson added, "For the last 1 1/2 years we've been trying to get all of our sites in compliance. We're short-staffed and (are) doing what we can."

She also noted that, "It's important that the advisory board (from Winter) participate in the senior center and be a voice for the center."

Helen Dennis, Sawyer County supervisor representing the Winter area, said, "If you knew about these problems, the (Senior Resource Center) board should have had a special meeting before closing the Winter Senior Center."

SRC board member Troy Morgan said, "The closing happened kind of quickly and it was ill-timed, on a Friday. I would have expected some kind of notification, at least to the executive committee. It kind of came out of nowhere."

Johnson responded that, "With everything that has transpired in Winter the last several years, from compliance to the demands, it had come to a boiling point where I felt something needed to be done quickly, because there were too many things going on. Sometimes you have to just shut the door and start over and figure out what to do. Yes, we probably should have called an executive board meeting, but when people are upset and don't have confidence in an employee, you have to do something right away. And that's what we did."

Dennis said, "Things were going on for two years. This should have been talked about, addressed a long time ago, not just someone deciding to close the center, which affects our community, southern Sawyer County. I'm not happy about this. It takes 24 hours to call a special meeting, which can be posted. If this was an emergency, somebody's not doing their job."

"I apologize for it," Johnson responded. "It's not as if we haven't tried. We had the state there in Winter on July 26. We went through everything, explained everything to everybody, what we had to do to be in compliance and nobody ever said anything. Yes, we probably should have had an executive board meeting. I'm in error, wrong for that, but sometimes the only way to learn is by our mistakes."

Morgan said, "My understanding is that the training (of the Winter site staff) was going to be provided by one of our staff persons going down there, which is why I was so surprised when this occurred. Nothing was mentioned at our last full board meeting of any type of closure. When we reorganized our staff to save money, I asked if this was going to put us in a bind as far as being able to support all of our sites, and the answer then was 'No, we will be fine.' But now it's news to me that we're a person and a-half short."

Johnson responded, "The shortage happened after the last board meeting because we had to let a person go that was not a good fit."

The board then voted to re-open the Winter WALDO senior center as soon as possible.

Johnson said the Winter site serves about 11 congregate lunches per day. This number doesn't include the home-delivered meals.

"I know there are people in Winter who would volunteer," Dennis said. "The important thing is we need a good cook."

Morgan said, "Anyone who prepares food at a senior nutrition site has to comply with the USDA safe-serve rules, and volunteers at the senior centers need to go through a background check."

Johnson said, "A year ago we had a compliance check and we had 20 pages of things we had to correct. That's part of the reason why people are sometimes reluctant to volunteer because they don't want to do all that stuff. Unfortunately, we have to do it."

"And you're dealing with government money," said Sawyer County supervisor Ron Buckholtz. "If people want to volunteer they have to have background checks."

Budget discussed

Sawyer County Administrator Tom Hoff told the SRC Board that in the last two years the Sawyer Senior Resource Center has gotten $91,892 per year from the county and is asking for $100,000 for 2020.

"We want a $10,000 increase. But whatever we get we will live within our means for 2020," Johnson said.

"We didn't get the full amount of the (federal) 85.21 grant this year, so other program areas have to supplement that, and there is a shortfall." She said the bingo held at the senior center brings in $3,000 to $3,500 every month. Also, the Sawyer Senior Resource Center is expecting a monthly check of $15,000 to $18,000 Nov. 6, based on the center's August expense claims submitted to the Greater Wisconsin Agency on Aging Resources, Inc. (GWAAR). The state agency in turn submits the expense claims to the state, which submits them to the federal agency. The claims are submitted via the Community Aids Reporting System (CARS).

"I can say very proudly that for the last three times we've had no errors on our claims, so we are getting our money," Johnson said. All of our paperwork has been corrected so we are now getting in a constant flow of money. All of our claims are now in. Everybody will have a program budget for the coming year."

The members of the Sawyer Senior Resource Board include Amanda Mansheim, chairperson; Jeffrey Hoivik, vice-chairperson; Carolyn Swanson, secretary; Troy Morgan and Dale Schleeter, Sawyer County Board representatives; Terrence Manuelito, Lac Courte Oreilles Elder Program; Dennis Welling, Exeland; and at-large representatives Desmonde Bennett and Signe Lawson-Jones.

Johnson and Lawson-Jones serve as the SRC co-executive directors.


Scheer takes silver in World Championships in Prague

After winning the Stihl Timbersports Series U.S. championship this summer, Hayward native Cassidy Scheer captured his most prestigious title to date when he took the silver medal at the Stihl Timbersports Individual World Championships Nov. 1-2 in Prague, Czech Republic.

Scheer took second in the hot saw, springboard, standing block chop and single buck sawing, third in the underhand chop and single buck-no tools events, and ninth in the stock saw.

Cassidy's dad, Fred Scheer, Fred's wife Sue, aunt "Timber Tina" Scheer, and Cassidy's wife, Nicole, were all in the Czech Republic to cheer him on.

Australian Braydon Meyer won the world individual championship in Prague, and the Australian team won the men's relay championship.

The Australian and New Zealand (Kiwi) competitors have dominated international timber sports competitions for many years, and it's unusual for an American to win at the Stihl Timbersports Series World Championships.

The Stihl Timbersports Series consists of six disciplines in chopping and sawing.

Reached by phone on Tuesday, Scheer said "I'm very happy with my performance. I kept Braydon Meyer of Australia honest right up to the end. I laid down a legal hot

saw cut and he barely did that. He had such a good day that even if I would have done everything perfect, it would have been hard to catch him.

"Only one American has won that (Stihl TimberSports Series) world title," Scheer added. "Matt Bush (from New York) won the first ever world championship in 2005. Since then only one American (himself) has placed as high as second.

"I've been around the sport, its highs and lows, for the last 30 years, and no event has made me feel as exclusive as this one did, to see the number of TV cameras and money poured into it to produce it," Scheer added. "It makes you feel like an exceptional athlete.

"There's never been a 'Yo Ho' at the Stihl World Championships before," Scheer added. "I made sure that there were plenty Saturday night."

Looking forward to 2020, "I still want to win the all-around championship at the LWC (Lumberjack World Championships) in Hayward, where I've placed third and fourth several times," Scheer said. "That's on the bucket list for sure."

"It's widely regarded in timber sports, to win the Australian or U.S. National (Stihl Timbersports Series) championship," he added. "It's even more difficult to win there than the world championship, because there's a lot more depth there. The representatives from Australia, New Zealand and Canada and U.S. are all top-notch, and after that the depth really drops off — and especially this year because some of the better European competitors didn't win their national series.

"I had a good night in Prague, but I really had a great day in Milwaukee" at the Stihl Timbersports U.S. Championships in July, he said.

Cassidy, 38, lives and trains in Golden Valley, a suburb of Minneapolis, and has been involved in lumberjack sports since the age of four while growing up in Hayward.

Scheer's immediate and extended family has been actively involved in lumberjack sports for more than 40 years. His father Fred is a four-time logrolling world champion and in his extended family there are another 25 world championships in logrolling, speed climbing, and boom running.

Cassidy started logrolling at age four, and picked up chopping, sawing and speed climbing at the age of 15. Up until three years ago he was known primarily as a speed-climber, logroller, and "Ironjack" all-around type competitor, but chopping and sawing now takes an equal amount of his focus.

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