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Smokey Bear to visit Olson Library in honor of his 70th birthday
Smokey Bear, who visited the recent Forest Fest, will celebrate his 70th birthday at Olson Library.               —STAFF PHOTO

Saturday, Aug. 9, marks Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday as he continues to communicate his well-known message, “Only you can prevent wildfires.” Local activities and events in honor of Smokey Bear’s 70th birthday:

—?Wednesday, Aug. 6, story time with Smokey Bear and Ranger Jake Bonack at 10 a.m. at Minocqua Public Library;

—?Wednesday, Aug. 6, story time with Smokey Bear and Ranger Jamie Remme, at 10:30 a.m. at Olson Memorial Library in Eagle River;

—?Saturday, Aug. 9, celebrate Smokey Bear’s birthday from 11 a.m. to

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:20 PM
Christ Lutheran School announces supply list

Christ Lutheran School in Eagle River announced its supply list for the 2014-’15 school year.

Kindergarten, first and second grades: “Christian Worship: A Lutheran Hymnal” (first and second grade, purchased through school), Bible (second grade only), backpack, locker shelf (optional), six yellow No. 2 pencils, large pink eraser, pencil-top erasers, two pencil pouches,

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:19 PM
Young riders
The Northwoods Hunter Jumper Circuit held its final show of the summer at Great Northern Riding Club in Eagle River last Saturday and Sunday. A total of 35 horses were entered in the events, with about 70 young riders. Some of the scenes included, above, making a jump with a judge watching.             —Staff Photo By     GARY RIDDERBUSCH
Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:18 PM
Artist of the Month
Jaroslava Sobiskova, center, is the Three Lakes Center for the Arts’  (TLCA) Artist of the Month for August. A wine and appetizer reception will be held Friday, Aug. 8, from 5 to 7 p.m. in the TLCA gallery. Her children are also in the photo.  —Contributed Photo

Sobiskova moves to U.S. to pursue art

By Gay Scheffen
Special to the News-Review

Jaroslava Sobiskova — Jarka for short, a Slavic name meaning fierce and strong, and pronounced Yarka — is a complex name for a complex, multi-faceted and superbly talented woman.

This writer, experiencing trouble pronouncing her name, jokingly suggested calling her “Mazda,” to which she replied, “Zoom, zoom!” She is clever, funny and refuses to take herself too seriously.

Her website,, displays four different profiles,

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:16 PM
Northwoodstock arranged Aug. 9

The 2014 Northwoodstock Music Festival is slated Saturday, Aug. 9, at Bent’s Camp, located at 6882 Helen Creek Road, Land O’ Lakes, gates open at noon.

The event will feature the music of Chasin Mason, Heartsfield, Taylor Davis, Harrison Marsh Band and Kevin Brandt, and an outdoor bar and food.

Tickets are $25 in advance or $30 at the gate.

For more information, call (715) 547-3487.

Tuesday, August 05, 2014 2:16 PM