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Digging potatoes

Posted August 20, 2014 at 5:00 pm

Laurie Erickson (left), director of the Ontario Public Library, and volunteer Karen Austad of rural Ontario harvest potatoes Monday at the Ontario Community Garden, a library-sponsored project. Produce from the garden is available for free each Monday afternoon in the library entrance.

    New books available at the Norwalk Public Library

    By JEANNE RICE | Norwalk librarian

    The Norwalk Public Library has the following new items:


    • ”The Princess Bride” by William Goldman, illustrated by Michael Manomivibul

    • ”All Creatures Great and Small” (first teacher’s edition) by James Herriot


    • “Lilly’s Big Day” by Kevin Henkes

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    Ontario Joy of Gardening Evening slated for Monday

    By LAURIE ERICKSON | Ontario librarian

    “Saving Seeds” will be the program at our final Joy of Gardening Evening, set for Monday, Aug. 25.

    The potluck will begin at 5 p.m., and at 5:30 p.m., Deb Hilt and Jan Kenyon will demonstrate how to save seeds to use in next year’s garden.

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    The Ontario Community Garden group will have a meeting Monday, Aug. 25, at 10

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    Senior menus for Aug. 25–29

    Ontario meal site

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

    Monday, Aug. 25: Hot beef, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans, whole-wheat bread and strawberries

    Tuesday, Aug. 26: Chicken potpie, cheese sticks, carrots, melon salad, whole-wheat bread and cake

    Thursday, Aug. 28: Bacon-wrapped meatballs, mashed potatoes with gravy, broccoli salad, whole-wheat rolls and apple

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    Elroy free community supper set for Aug. 27

    A free community supper will be served from 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 27, at the Elroy United Methodist Church Fellowship Hall, 125 Royall Ave.

    This community supper is offered on the last Wednesday of each month and, according to event organizers, “gives individuals and families a chance to share a meal and build relationships within the community.”

    The theme for the August meal will be “Back to School.” Families and Royall

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    South Side News for Aug. 21


    Two months ago we were inundated with excess precipitation and yearning for dry weather so that we could finish getting in spring planting and gardens. Lately we’ve been praying for some of that life-giving moisture to replenish the alfalfa crops, keep the corn and soybeans growing and bring our garden produce to maturity. Last night (Monday), the Lord finally answered with a booming thunderstorm. He always comes through, even though He sometimes makes us wait for it. I guess we appreciate it and Him more that way.

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    South Ridge News for Aug. 21

    What is better than corn on the cob with lots of butter? It’s a seasonal event, and the crop is good this year. The Downing kids and parents Scott and Daguin have been super busy with their corn. The first planting is finished, and they have a good start with the second crop. It seems sweet corn gets better tasting all the time. It is sweet!

    Clarice (Monhardt) Piper grew up on South Ridge. Her husband Lyle passed away, and today he would have celebrated his 91st

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    Elroy Public Library seeks volunteers to help with garden

    By MARY WAARVIK | Elroy librarian

    Help! We need some help. At 1 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 23, we will do some gardening around the Elroy Public Library. We hope to divide our lilies, which are getting too crowded. Then we want to replant them in more spacious beds, with a few new rocks to keep them in place. Can you help? Some gloves, a shovel, a trowel or fork, and a willing heart and back are what we need. We will provide all of the free water

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    Wilton Public Library seeks old yearbooks

    By GINA RAE | Wilton librarian

    At our Old School @ the Library event, many people spent time browsing old yearbooks. We have a pretty nice collection of yearbooks at the library, but there are several gaps. We are looking for Wilton yearbooks from 1950, 1952, 1957 and 1960. Help us complete the Wilton High School years.

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    Ontario Legion Auxiliary meets


    Ontario Legion Auxiliary

    Another successful July 4 celebration is past. Thank you to all who helped our organization in anyway; it is appreciated.

    Along with our chicken meal, we sold raffle tickets as fundraiser. Prize winners were the following: Bernadette Rynes, TORO recycle lawnmower; Joleen Revels, garden bench from Down to Earth Greenhouse; Chad Brueggeman and Jeff Horstman, canoe rentals from OK Corral; Beth Piggot, Silver American Eagle Coin from the Bank of Ontario; Nicky Degenhardt, plaque and plant

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