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Brookwood graduate serves in Peace Corps in Uganda

Posted July 23, 2014 at 9:48 pm

By LYDA LANIER

Special to the County Line

Volunteering to serve in the Peace Corps was the next step for Chelsea Geier of Ridgeville, a graduate of Brookwood High School and the University of Minnesota.

With a major in political science, fluency in French and a working knowledge of Spanish, she was hoping for an assignment to a French-speaking area.

Twenty-three-years old when she left the United States, Chelsea lived and worked for two years in Uganda, Africa. She was at home in the town of Kumi, population 12,000, where English is the official languages; and Ateso, the local language.

She called this experience eye-opening. “It taught me to appreciate all that I have and the time that I have,”

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    Therapy dog delights children at Norwalk library program

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    The average senior citizen might find more than a dozen high-energy kids a bit unnerving. But 10-year-old Jack (70 in human years) was unruffled by the children who mobbed him last week at the Norwalk park shelter.

    Jack belongs to Ron Luethe, a Norwalk native who retired from government service in North Dakota and moved back the area with his wife a few years ago.

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    Fleatiquing Mall & More opens Saturday in Union Center

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Frugal shoppers may recall C&M Liquidators in Union Center, where everything from household items to toys and school supplies could be found at low, low prices. It was the kind of store you visited for one item, and then found all sorts of things you didn’t know you needed.

    The business closed six years ago, but it will be resurrected Saturday as Fleatiquing Mall & More. The new owner, Kimberly Brown-Schweitzer, formerly lived in Kendall

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    Kansas man reflects on return to Kendall after 30-year absence

    Have you ever wondered what it’s like to return to a town after decades of absence? Richard Brown shares his bird’s-eye view of Kendall after being gone for more than 30 years.

    Richard Brown was in the U.S. Navy from 1962-65. Following military service, he attended Northern Illinois University in De Kalb, Ill., where he received a bachelor’s degree in political science. He attended the University of Hawaii for his master’s degree, and then began a 30-year civilian career with the U.S. Army in civilian personnel management. Ten of those years were in Korea, where

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    Ontario of yesteryear

    County Line staff has been searching for the photo below for a long time. It is a rare shot of the Vernon Hotel, which stood on the lot now occupied by the Ontario Community Hall.

    In its heyday, around the 1870s, it was considered one of the finest establishments in Vernon County and was a regular stop for travelers making their way from Portage to La Crosse. In 1876, the Sparta Herald called the Vernon House a “roomy and commodious”

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    Mobile food pantry continues to meet local needs

    By ROSE EDDY | Special to the County Line

    Last month marked three years that Second Harvest Food Bank’s mobile food pantry has been coming to the Norwalk Community Center.

    Shirley Degenhardt of Norwalk is coordinator for the event and, with 15-20 other area residents, helps unload the truck, set up the food for distribution and, of course, distribute it to the people who come each month.

    The mobile pantry comes

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    A bump in the road: Gary ‘Drifty’ Withrow adjusts to life after amputation

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher

    Anyone attending Wild West Days in Viroqua last month might have seen a strange sight: A 90-year-old man pushing his 66-year-old son in a wheelchair.

    “People must have been thinking, this doesn’t add up,” said Gary “Drifty” Withrow, who earlier this summer sustained an accident that resulted in resulted in his leg being amputated. His father, Bill Withrow, helped him make his way around Wild West

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    Celebrating 150 years down on the farm: Breidensteins to host sesquicentennial weekend

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Editor

    It might surprise the Irish poet Thomas Moore to hear a retired Kickapoo Valley dairy farmer recite from memory the stanzas to “Oft in the Stilly Night,” a mournful poem on the creeping sadness and loss that haunts old age.

    But if Bob Breidenstein is feeling sentimental, who could blame him? This year his farm in Cass Valley, near Wildcat Mountain State Park, will have been in the family 150 years, and Breidenstein, 75, has been on that farm for

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    Wildcat gets large-animal rescue glide

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Editor

    Usually horses are sure-footed creatures. But like people, they occasionally come to grief when they miscalculate a step or suffer a fright.

    Rescuing a large animal from a predicament is difficult under any circumstance, but the steep hills and deep ravines on the horse trails at Wildcat Mountain State Park make rescues even more problematic.

    A gift from the local chapter of the Wisconsin Horse Council, along with funds from the Equine Foundation of

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    Wilton’s Corner Grill revived

    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Editor

    The Corner Grill is back in Wilton and doing a brisk business, according to Jennifer Downing. She has leased it from the owners who decided not to open it this year due to health problems.

    Downing has experience cooking in Melvina and at The Place in Norwalk.

    “I hated to see it sit empty,” Downing said. She is continuing with a menu

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