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Phelps High School inducts two to Knights Hall of Fame
Dick Mendham (left) and Eleanor Lapp were the two inductees to the Phelps Knights Hall of Fame for 2013. They were recently honored at the high school’s graduation ceremony.  —Photo By Sharon Gifford

Phelps High School recently inducted Eleanor Lapp and Dick Mendham to its Knights Hall of Fame during the high school graduation ceremony.
Following is a brief biographical portrait of the two new inductees.

Eleanor Lapp
Eleanor Lapp attended her first eight grades of school in the village of Ringle near Wausau. Her high school years were spent at Wausau East High School, where she graduated with a class of 500 in 1953.
Then it was on to university at Stevens Point where she graduated after two years in the rural education division. Her bachelor of science degree came 12 years later after taking classes at night school and summer school.
She married Richard Lapp and taught school in Phelps. She and her husband also operated a seasonal summer resort on Lac Vieux Desert in Phelps. They had one son, Rick, who went on to graduate from Phelps High School.
Lapp’s teaching career began in Phelps in 1955 and continued until her retirement after 41 years as an educator in various primary positions.
During those years, she began writing for children, publishing numerous stories and six books. The books are on display in the school’s media center.
Community service also was a part of her life. She served 10 years on the Phelps Northwoods Hospital Board and 20 years on the Phelps Library Board.
The Lapps built a log home on wooded acres in Phelps after selling their resort. Since retirement, they have shared their gardens with the public with local garden walks.
Lapp helps to sponsor regional art shows. She said she enjoys skiing and spending time with family and friends.
“The nicest thing about staying in the Phelps area has been meeting former students and parents, and hearing about their lives and their accomplishments,” said Lapp.

Dick Mendham
Dick Mendham was born in Pontiac, Mich. He lived in Milford, Mich., on a potato farm and later a dairy farm in Romeo/Armada, Mich.
He attended a small agricultural community school where he played basketball and baseball and worked on the family farm.
He received a bachelor of arts degree in hotel and restaurant management and a master’s in hospitality management at Michigan State College.
Upon graduation, he married Elsie, whom he met during an internship at a Howard Johnson’s restaurant. They moved to Naperville, Ill., and worked with the U.S. Atomic Energy Commission at Argonne National Laboratory in property management. He served two years in the training program and various management positions.
The Mendhams vacationed in the Watersmeet, Mich., area and stopped by a real estate agency to inquire about a lot for future building, eventually finding the Sunrise Lodge.
The seasonal nine-unit American Plan resort is still a year-round business for the couple 45 years later.
Mendham took substitute teaching jobs in Phelps, Land O’ Lakes and Eagle River schools. He also worked as an outreach coordinator in the early days of Nicolet College.
This led to a full-time position on the Rhinelander campus, teaching hospitality, business and accounting classes.
All three of the Mendhams’ children attended and graduated from Phelps High School and the University of Wisconsin. All seven grandchildren have attended Phelps school and have been active in Phelps sports and other activities.
He served on five area chamber of commerce organizations and was appointed to serve on the Wisconsin State Tourism Council by three governors.
Sunrise Lodge grew from nine small cabins to 24 large homes and cottages under the Mendhams’ ownership. Staff increased from three seasonal workers to the present 10 full-time year-round and 30-plus seasonal workers.
More than 200 Phelps residents have been employed at ?Sunrise Lodge.
Mendham said his hobbies include attending his grandchildren’s ball games, cooking, community involvement and tending his flower and vegetable gardens.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 8:26 PM
Phelps High School holds scholarship awards ceremony
The Phelps Booster Club recently sponsored the high school awards banquet at Holiday Lodge. The school inducted the 2013 members of its prestigious K Club, who included, from left, Robert Doppke, Ryan Cirese, Angela Grmick, Katlynn Rosendahl and Stormy Schreiber. —Contributed Photos

Scholarships totaling more than $132,000 were awarded to Phelps High School graduates at the 2013 ceremony.
Principal Jason Pertile presented academic awards and scholarships on behalf of numerous local organizations and businesses. Students receiving scholarships and awards included the following: valedictorian Stormy Schreiber and salutatorian Ryan Cirese.

Local scholarships
Phelps Education Foundation Scholarships, Landin Brockman and Dominica Grmick.
Friends of Phelps Scholarships, Landin Brockman, Ryan Cirese and Dominica Grmick.
Phelps Booster Club Scholarship, Dominica Grmick.
Phelps Women’s Club Scholarship, Angela Grmick.
Student Council Scholarship, Angela Grmick.
First National Bank Scholarship, Angela Grmick.
Phelps Parents Association Scholarship, Angela Grmick and Stormy Schreib­er.
Phelps Lions Club Scholarship, Stormy Schreiber.
Phelps School Scholarship, Stormy Schreiber.
Eagle River Memorial Scholarship, Stormy Schreib­er.
Ken and Peto Buell Memorial Scholarship, Stormy Schreiber.
U.S. Marine Corps Scholastic Excellence Award, Stormy Schreiber.

University scholarships
Lawrence University Warch Scholarship, $20,000 per year, Stormy Schreiber.
Northern Michigan University National Excellence Award, $6,500 per year, Ryan Cirese.
Northern Michigan University National Success Award, $4,000 per year, Angela Grmick.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 8:25 PM
Woman's club plans two upcoming events

The Phelps Woman’s Club has planned two upcoming events in June.
The first will be its dues-paying luncheon at Holiday Lodge Monday, June 17, beginning at noon.
Members should return their meal selection form by June 10 to Delnice Hill at the Phelps School office or the Phelps Public Library. Additional forms will be available at the school office or the library.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 8:24 PM
Memorial Day PDF Print E-mail
The Phelps community and area veterans gathered for the annual Memorial Day ceremony at the cemetery last Monday. Tuckey Requa and Kim Johnson sang “The Star-Spangled Banner” and “Amazing Grace” (above), and Leanne Kamppie handed out a flag to Todd Riihimaki (right). Phelps Chamber of Commerce Director Steve Waier coordinated the event and read the roll call of the deceased; the AmVets VFW Honor Guard Post 8400 of Land O’ Lakes posted the colors; the Phelps High School band played “America”; and Deacon Norm Mesun of St. Mary Catholic Church read the opening prayer and ended the event with a benediction. —Photos By Sharon Gifford
Tuesday, June 04, 2013 8:24 PM
School plans reunion event PDF Print E-mail

Phelps School announced it will hold its Phelps Hometown Reunion for alumni, staff and anyone who has been involved with the school Saturday, Sept. 14.
The event will be held in conjunction with the town’s annual Scarecrow Fest.

Tuesday, June 04, 2013 8:22 PM
LOLA to host 100 Days of Art LOLA to host 100 Days of Art

Land O’ Lakes Area Artisans (LOLA) will host 100 Days of Art from May 22 through Oct. 31. The series will feature more than 100 art-related events in the Land O’ Lakes area.

Residents and retailers will showcase their particular talents in jewelry making, pen and ink drawings, plein-air painting, chain saw carving, custom cars and restored boats, folk dances, photography, fiber art exhibits, ceramics, teddy bears and artisan cheese.

“LOLA believes there is art in the soul of every man, and we are determined to prove it,” said a LOLA representative. “This initiative has drawn out some of our community’s hidden talent.”

For a complete listing of 100 Days of Art events, visit

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 4:51 PM
Reichling writes for magazine

Local artist John Reichling  is featured in the Summer 2013 issue of “Woodcarving Illustrated” magazine, a publication devoted to the art and hobby of woodcarving and design. The issue is available on newsstands now through Aug. 12.

Reichling resides in a 100-year-old log cabin on High Lake in Vilas County with his wife, Carol, and two dogs.

He is a self-taught woodcarver in the traditional style, who began carving about 30 years ago.

His work is available for purchase

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 4:51 PM
Salute to spring
Phelps music instructor Kim Johnson recently directed an all-school spring concert for the community. More than 200 adults and children attended the program, which included elementary performers, fifth- through 12th-grade bands, handbells and recorders. Solo performances included Molly Korinek, Austin Buell and Thomas Kolling, while a duet was performed by Madelyn Mesun and Alexis Sieg. Above, elementary students sang “I’m Gonna Tell.” —Photos By Sharon Gifford
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 4:50 PM
Phelps graduation
The graduating class at Phelps High School for 2013 included, from left, Amber Vander Bloemen, Angela Grmick, valedictorian Stormy Schreiber, salutatorian Ryan Cirese, Katlynn Rosendahl and Landin Brockman; back row, Alexandria Hinton, Meghan Smith, Dominica Grmick, Robert Doppke, Cameron Galek and Cody Galek.                                 —Photos By Sharon Gifford
Tuesday, May 28, 2013 4:47 PM
Historical museum seeks photos, sets annual raffle

The Phelps Historical Museum board is seeking information and photos on Civilian Conservation Corps  (CCC) camps.

To contribute CCC memorabilia, contact Pauleyn Nystrom at (715) 545-3012.

The museum also is selling raffle tickets at a cost of $2 apiece or three for $5 from local businesses and board members.

First prize is $1,000, second is $300 and

Tuesday, May 28, 2013 4:47 PM

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