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Historical home tour set in Phelps June 22 PDF Print E-mail

The Phelps Historical Home Tour will be held Saturday, June 22, leaving the Phelps Historical Museum at approximately 3 p.m.

Advance tickets are available for $25 from the museum on Highway 17, the Phelps Chamber of Commerce or by calling Pauleyn Nystrom at (715) 545-3012.

Hillside Resort on the south side of Lac Vieux Desert will be the site of a luncheon served to those attending the tour this year.

Wednesday, June 12, 2013 4:32 PM
Class of 2017
Phelps School recently held its eighth-grade graduation ceremony. The class includes, front row from left, Megan Volkmann, Amanda Grmick and Jena Rudawski; back row, Sawyer Rosner, Jacob Sieg, James Reed, Travis Buckmaster and Taylor Huza. Rosner was the student speaker and a class movie was created by Volkmann. Refreshments were served by the Phelps Parents Association.  —Photo By Sharon Gifford
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 5:32 PM
Boston trip
The Phelps High School senior class visited Boston, Mass. last week, touring Fenway Park, the New England Aquarium, Boston Harbor, the John F. Kennedy Museum, the U.S.S. Constitution and other places. On the final night, the class visited the famous No Name Restaurant. The class was chaperoned by Lynn Kolling and Alex Sjogren.        —Contributed Photo
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 5:32 PM
Flag retirement ceremony set Friday

The eighth an­nual flag retirement ceremony will be this Friday, June 14 (Flag Day), at Sand Lake Pub located at 851 Highway 17, east of Phelps.

The event will start at 6 p.m. and this year Sand Lake Pub owners Connie McCardle and Dan Swiecichowski are looking to reach a new record in the number of U.S. flags officially retired and burned.

Swiecichowski, a 20-year veteran of the Wisconsin National Guard, hosts the event because there is a proper way to retire a flag.

The honor guard of the Veterans of Foreign

Tuesday, June 11, 2013 5:31 PM
Kindergarten graduation
Phelps School recently held a graduation ceremony for its kindergarten class. The class of 2025 includes, from left, Joshua Petts, James Uttech, Isabella   Long, Hailey Galek and Chyanne Meacham. Teacher Laura Weinand gave the commencement address and presented the diplomas. Cake and juice was served after the ceremony.  —Photo By Sharon Gifford
Tuesday, June 11, 2013 5:30 PM
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

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