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Onetime Wilton resident publishes book on preserving food

Posted April 9, 2014 at 5:00 pm

By GINA RAE | Wilton librarian

This week I’d like to give a shout out to an old friend of mine, Rebecca Gagnon. 

You may remember her as Rebecca Orlikowski. Rebecca’s mom and dad (June and Jim) have a farm by Cashton, and in 1999, Rebecca moved back to this area to work at The Square Pie, a restaurant I once owned in Wilton. It was an intense time for me. My new boyfriend (the same one as today!) was living in Maine, and the restaurant was really starting to find its niche. I loved having Rebecca around to share ideas about the food business.

We were preparing for a photo shoot with Midwest Living on Sept. 11, 2001. Rebecca was living in the apartment above

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    Book Review: ‘A Prayer for Owen Meany’ both informative and entertaining

    By DAVE WESTER | For the County Line

    If you like stories in which the underdog becomes the hero, you will enjoy “A Prayer for Owen Meany.” If you were a young adult during the 1960s, or if you find that era interesting for other reasons, you will enjoy it even more.

    The Vietnam controversy and the sexual revolution figure prominently into the story, but they are by no means the entire story. Author John Irving has done an excellent job

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    Meeting on Ontario community garden set for April 21

    By LAURIE ERICKSON | Ontario librarian

    It’s time to plan the garden. The next meeting for the Ontario community garden has been changed to Monday, April 21, at 9:30 a.m. at the Ontario Public Library. Bring your ideas on how to make the garden even more productive this year. We will also talk about programs to offer throughout the season. Come and help us plan.

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    Bette Ferries of Ontario will offer

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    South Side News for April 10

    By MYRNA FAUSKA

    Last week you were probably wondering where this column was. Did you search the paper, diligently looking for it? I’m sorry to have disappointed you, if disappointed you were, but there was no news from the south side last week. My husband Dave and I were in Racine, where we helped my sister Lois Hansen celebrate her 85th birthday. We stayed with Jim and Helena Boles, my niece and her hubby, and had a great time with relatives and friends, returning home Monday too late to collect the news and

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    Landon Robertson is artist of the month

    By MARY WAARVIK | Elroy librarian

    The Elroy Public Library’s student artist of the month is Landon Robertson. See his artwork at the Elroy Public Library through April.

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    The kindergarten children will come to the library Tuesday, April 15, for their class visit between 10 a.m. and 12 p.m. To minimize confusion, Internet stations will not be available to the public. Thank you for your consideration.

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    The

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    Norwalk Public Library to host traveling playgroup

    By JEANNE RICE | Norwalk librarian

    The Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Schools Traveling Playgroup will be at the Norwalk Public Library from 10-11:30 a.m. Wednesday, April 9. Three- and four-year-olds will play, hear stories, and have snacks while parents and caregivers will have a chance to talk to the playgroup presenters. Please feel free to bring younger or older children.

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    Librarians from Norwalk, Ontario and Wilton public libraries will be at Norwalk-Ontario-Wilton Elementary School from 2-7:30

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    Senior menus for April 14–18

    Ontario meal site

    Meals are served at the Milk Jug Café, 103 N. Garden St. To make a reservation, call 337-4448.

    Monday, April 14: Chili with beans and tomatoes, grilled cheese on whole-wheat bread, coleslaw and apple crisp

    Tuesday, April 15: Chicken parmesan, spinach salad, apple slices, noodles and

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    South Ridge News for April 10

    By ALICE BRANDAU

    I hesitate to write about age-related topics, especially when you go “over the hill.” I’ve thought about it for a week now, ever since I couldn’t find a pint jar that was half full of maple syrup. It should have been easy to spot, wouldn’t you think? I looked in the logical place, the refrigerator. It wasn’t there, so I started searching every cupboard, with no luck.

    My husband Bob said, “It’s gotta be in the refrigerator,” and I replied, “Go look.”

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    Services available for Elroy senior citizens this month

    Contributed by KAREN NELSON

    Elroy meal site

    Happy Easter! We have had several nice days to make us think that spring is really here. We hope the weather will just keep getting better.

    The Elroy foot clinic is at the meal site on the second Thursday of each month from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. Call 462-5175 if you want to set up an appointment or to find out more information.

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    KAACO has full slate of events scheduled throughout year

    Contributed by KAACO

    The Kendall Area Arts and Culture Organization (KAACO) held its opening-of-the-season meeting March 22.

    The group is best known for the Colors of Kendall and Autumn Ridge Tour in October. They also have an annual ice cream social with the Kendall Lions Club and put on a murder-mystery dinner theater.

    The purpose of KAACO is to promote local producers and artisans, create a spirit of community and culture and give Kendall area residents an opportunity to display and

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