The Hayward High School (HHS) yearbook staff recently announced they are dedicating this year's BAKEIA Yearbook to Terrell Boettcher, news editor, reporter and photographerat the Sawyer County Record.
Citing Boettcher's "countless hours at HHS events — whether sports, clubs' activities or academic events" — the yearbook staff posted that, "Terrell could take a sheet of coach's stats or the notes from a council meeting and turn it into the kind of prose that makes you feel as if you were there."
Julie Thompson, business and information technology instructor and yearbook and newspaper adviser at HHS, said typically the yearbook is dedicated to a retiring teacher or educator, but this year she and the group of seven students who designed the yearbook, wanted to recognize Terrell.
"I see Terrell at every event. He is always so willing to share his photos with us for the yearbook," Thompson said. "Honestly, I don't think he gets thanked enough, so we wanted to thank him this way."
Boettcher's journalism career began as a college student at UW-Madison, where he also contributed to the student newspaper, The Daily Cardinal. Most of his 49-year newspaper career has been spent in Wisconsin, both as a reporter and photographer. He began reporting at the Juneau County Star-Times in Mauston, Wisconsin, from 1972 to 1976. He briefly left Wisconsin for Minnesota, working from 1976 to 1977 at the Valley Journal in Halstad, but returned to Mauston from 1978 to 1982, then arrived at the Record in 1983, and has remained here since.
"I've always thought coverage of our commu nity's K-12 schools and student activities is very important," Boettcher said. "I have enjoyed covering their participation in sports, concerts and drama, and the academic honors they earn." The events, he believes, are important for building a sense of community and as a means for adults to keep up with young people.
Boettcher attends all the Hurricanes' home games and recalls some standout moments, including when the Hurricanes won the state football championship in 1987 and when the 'Cane girls basketball team won the state championship in 2016, just one week after the Hayward Co-op Hurricane girls hockey team had won the state championship.
"I remember Rod Lundberg for his four-plus decades of mentoring students as athletic director and coach at HHS," Boettcher said, adding there are so many coaches and athletes he remembers, admiring their "dedication and hard work."
Boettcher is originally from Cadott, where he graduated from high school. He remarked that he was not a part of the yearbook or student newspaper staffs in high school, "nor was I an athlete," he said.
But his dedication to his job and to the community has not gone unnoticed. After word got out of the yearbook's dedication to Boettcher, more than 160 Facebook users gave it a "thumbs up."
Perhaps Thompson said it best.
"We are so fortunate to have Terrell in our community."
Three incumbents received the most votes in the primary election for three open seats on the Lac Courte Oreilles Tribal Governing Board Saturday, May 8.
The top six vote recipients on May 8 advance to the general election Saturday, June 19. They are Louis Taylor, 307; Don Carley, 293; Tweed Shuman, 240; Sirella Ford, 182; Rebecca St. Germaine, 171; and James Schlender Jr., 139.
Taylor, Carley and Shuman are incumbents.
Other candidates and their vote totals in the primary election were: Aaron DeBrot, 136; Mary Irene Wolf, 127; Jason Martin, 120; Daylene Sharlow Gokey, 112; Gary Belille Jr., 69; James Jack Hamilton, 56; Christie Corbine, 46; Jeff Tribble, 38; Ronee Lynn Boswell, 22; Kenneth Schmock, 14.
Receiving write-in votes were: Wade Bowling, 17; Mike DeMain, 16; "Lil Guy" Clause, 2; and four others with one vote apiece.
The Hayward Library Foundation (HLF) moved the fundraising needle beyond the $600,000 mark recently in its $2 million Bridge to the Future campaign launched in 2017.
"Three years ago the Foundation had $251,000 in assets. As of today, we have $628,000 in assets," said HLF Treasurer Karen Menke. "The Foundation began scheduled payouts to the library in 2020. Since inception, the Foundation has given $36,000 to the library, $19,000 this year."
Molly Lank-Jones, executive director of the Sherman & Ruth Weiss Community Library, said those funds will go directly to pay for:
• Outdoor movie kit, the cost of which will be shared with eight other libraries that will also use it. The kit includes an inflatable outdoor screen, LED projector and sound system, and a movie license to show the films legally.
• Funding for monthly creative and educational "Take 'n Make Kits" for children and adults. Public libraries are using this activity in place of some of the in-person programming that has been suspended due to COVID-19.
• Increasing the library's collection of books, audio books and movies.
• Increasing funds for community programming, including the costs for the "Take 'n Make" kits.
Lank-Jones also said a portion of the funding will go toward COVID-related cleaning supplies, masks, plexiglass shields and other aids in the ongoing need to protect the community and visitors to the library.
Since 2011, Menke said HLF has received $560,000 in community support — all in the way of direct donations, both personal and business, stocks and bonds, real estate, fundraising events, memorials and honorariums. The community also has provided many in-kind donations, including donated office supplies and furnishings, postage used for campaigns, technical expertise and, most importantly, volunteers who give of their time and talent.
HLF President Corinne "Cookie" Bonicatto said, "The HLF was created in 2011 with a mission to build a fund large enough to ensure the future of our Weiss Community Library to perpetuity, with a two-million-dollar fundraising goal. Our outstanding library's life support is an ever-expanding base of donors who demonstrate their appreciation through giving," pointing, as an example, to the highly successful 2020 Holiday Campaign.
"The generous response to that holiday fundraising effort confirms the value of our library to residents and visitors who discover they have access to an abundance of library services and donate for many reasons and causes," Bonicatto said.
Eileen "Bean" Timmerman, current HLF board member, said, "I am very pleased to be associated with the Hayward Library Foundation. My late husband, Joe, was president of the Hayward Library Foundation and worked tirelessly to help establish funds to enable and ensure the library's future operation. Joe was an avid reader and would often say, 'There are no bad books, only some are better!'"
Joe, who died in a tragic bicycle accident, loved the library, Bean said, so she named the Hayward Library Foundation as a memorial for Joe.
"Over $7,000 was donated in Joe's memory, and I was so grateful to be able to dedicate that to HLF in his memory," she said.
Indeed, it was Joe Timmerman who moved the needle the last time, according to Bonicatto, who said, "It is fitting that Bean moved it this time.
Joe Timmerman's daily visits to the library and service on the foundation board of directors was a critical part of our success."
"This has been a successful campaign but we still have a ways to go," Timmerman said. "Please consider giving to our library with a simple cash gift, stock and bonds, IRA disbursement or as a memorial. All giving is tax deductible and there is no amount too small.
"Our community is so fortunate to have this gem in our midst," she continued. "It offers so many services to our city and surrounding communities, with a staff that is willing to go the extra mile. Please support our jewel."
For more information about HLF and ways to give, visit www.haywardlibraryfoundation.org.