Whatever happened to Smart Growth?

Posted November 19, 2014 at 8:23 pm

By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

Here we go again. Covering a news story rarely goes in a straight line. Pop down one rabbit hole, and, sure enough, up you go through another one.

It all started with those contesting the proposed Mathy/Milestone Materials quarry in the town of Wilton. They have looking for an administrative error they might use to gum up the works. In this case, it is a few lines in the nonmetallic mining ordinance that specify a planning commission must make a recommendation to the town board before it considers granting a quarry permit. The trouble is the town has no planning commission and evidently never has. This brought up the subject of the Village of Wilton/Town of

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    Resisting retirement is easy to do

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Last week I encountered my colleague, Paul Fanning, owner of the Cashton Record, and asked him if he would like to buy a newspaper.

    “How much?”

    “Five bucks,” I responded.

    “I don’t know,” he countered. “I’d have to see about a bank loan.”

    Isn’t that always the way? On the other hand, considering the battering print media has

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    Would KVR have been created in today's polarized environment?

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    I learned something on Saturday. Don’t line up a bunch of politicians to speak, or no one will come. Too many other things might have been going on that day, or perhaps we all have politician-fatigue after suffering through the onslaught of nonsense in this election cycle.

    Whatever the case, it was a sparse crowd at the 10th anniversary of the Kickapoo Valley Reserve Visitor Center.

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    Middle ground unlikely in quarry proposal

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    My favorite spot on the Elroy-Sparta State Trail is Summit, the tiny town that once was and is no more. Legend has it that when hundreds of laborers were toiling away, digging tunnel number 3, diphtheria swept through the work camp, killing dozens of men.

    Most of workers were immigrants, unable to speak the language and alone in a strange land. Certainly none would have had

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    An epitaph for a police commission

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    The joint Norwalk-Wilton Police Commission passed away Monday evening, Oct. 20, surrounded by a few indifferent family members and a few enemies who rejoiced in its demise.

    Born about 10 years ago, the commission was the brainchild of forward-thinking trustees from Norwalk and Wilton who thought that sharing the cost of a police officer and associated equipment would be the solution for small towns that wanted to provide services but were plagued by small budgets.

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    In some cases, ink-and-paper accounts trump email

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    I am not entirely certain what Menno Hershberger of rural Norwalk had in mind when he decided to produce a book. He first approached us several years ago with a fistful of handwritten memories from his family members.

    Every few weeks, he would wander in with another stack of documents. Although handwriting boils down to something much smaller when it is typeset, when the typed documents were eventually bound into

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    Hey, it's National Newspaper Week!

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Hey, it’s National Newspaper Week. I see you yawning. You’re thinking, it’s always some week: Celebrate Your Name Week, Fill Your Stapler Week, Pet the Dog Week, ad nauseam. Yes, there really is a Silly Week. No kidding.

    Even in the best of times, I would flunk cheerleading school, and these are not the best of times for newspapers. There probably is not a regular reader alive who has not noticed that newspapers are slimming down

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