Kickapoo canoeing is a phenomenon

Posted July 30, 2014 at 5:00 pm

By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

It appeared that every Wisconsin resident had come to the same conclusion Saturday: “Let’s canoe the Kickapoo.”

I would like to accompany this column with a photo of the mobs of vehicles that filled nearly every bare patch along canoe livery row. But the only way to do that justice would have been from the air, and my wings weren’t working that day.

The canoe business has grown substantially over the years, from one rental (the Beauti-View) to two when the Kickapoo Paddle Inn began offering rentals, to five at present, plus another operating from Rockton. Along with that growth, most of the rentals have expanded their offerings to kayaks

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    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    I was rummaging around last week for information on the now-gone Ontario dam and thought to look at an old copy of the Kickapoo Pearls. If you are too young or too new to the area or have a lapse in memory, four editions of the Kickapoo Pearls were published in 1979 and sold for a measly one dollar at stores around the area.

    I recall awaiting each new edition with bated breath. When I was

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    Municipal boards should consider taping meetings

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Woe to the Wilton Village Board, which prepared a “thank you for your service and goodbye” letter to Wilton-Norwalk Police Chief Steve Johnson based on a story in last week’s County Line, and woe to the Sparta Herald, which reprinted the story.

    As Mark Twain once said, “Rumors of my death are greatly exaggerated.”

    Johnson evidently spoke words along that line prior to the

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    Fourth of July a uniquely American celebration

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Here comes Independence Day, and I think we all ought to take a moment to recall our second president, John Adams, who was so annoyed with the July 4 date that he absolutely refused to take part in any celebrations.

    The Constitution, he argued, was actually signed on July 2, and that, as far as Adams was concerned, was the correct birthday of the country. It

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    Teen on quest to help the hungry

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Readers often tell me this corner of the paper is the most read, so pardon me while I use it for my own devious ends.

    In Ontario, we are in need of a few items for the educational exhibits at the Palen Park renovation. One is a pine cookie that is a slice of white pine, 2-4 inches thick off a stump or the butt end

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    Country life gives close-up view of nature's inequities

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Living in the country is hard on us softies. The flat cat on the highway, the alfalfa field that froze out, the death of a favorite tree all occur with enough regularity to make one feel that living on the 10th floor of a high rise must surely spare a person from the inequities of mother nature.

    This was not an easy

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    Visitors remind us of region's beauty

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    ‘Tis the season for road trips, at least for some people. I like a good road trip myself, but it’s almost as fun watching the swarms of people passing through Ontario on a summer weekend. Like bugs on a windshield, there are too many to count. Most days a person could shoot a cannon down Main Street and not hit anyone, but come the golden days of summer,

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