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  • Ontario neighbors critical of group-home plan

    May 17th, 2018
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    Neighbors squared off against Bob Dippen of rural Wilton at Monday’s Ontario Village Board meeting, meeting in a showdown over the Dippen family’s plan to use a Kickapoo Heights Subdivision residence as a group home.

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    Norwalk has fiery board meeting: Election recount, phosphorus reduction are sources of discord

    April 18th, 2018
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    Tuesday’s Norwalk Village Board meeting erupted in accusations that left board president Mike Wiedl not only defending his behavior at a recent election recount, but also the question of his place of residence.

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    1938: Wilton baseball takes on Piney Woods Collegians

    April 18th, 2018
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    As winter slowly evolves to spring and Mother Nature swamps us with an April blizzard, it may be useful to take a trip to 1938.

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    Facebook’s misfortunes inspire schadenfreude

    April 12th, 2018
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    “Schadenfreude,” a German word commonly understood as taking pleasure in someone else’s misfortune, has no equivalent in the English language.

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    Dismissal of Ontario police chief unlikely

    April 12th, 2018
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    Although a petition reportedly containing more than 200 signatures was presented to the Ontario Village Board at its regular monthly meeting Monday, it appeared no further action will be taken on complaints asking the board to dismiss Police Chief Philip Welch.

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  • Cunitz fire is reminder of need for change

    April 5th, 2018
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    The first time I gave Norwalk much attention was the fall of 1983, when I made the rounds of the businesses, asking if they would support a newspaper with their advertising.

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    Remembering Schreier’s Hall

    April 5th, 2018
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    Thursday’s blaze at The Place in Norwalk was a cruel blow to four generations of the Cunitz family, beginning with Leonard and Florence, and then Robert “Cob” and Theresa and their children and grandchildren.

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    Six to vie for Norwalk Village Board

    March 29th, 2018
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    Although few candidates are drawn to village-board races in recent years, Norwalk finds itself in the position of having six candidates for three positions.

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    We need to do better by young people

    March 29th, 2018
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    Lou Dobbs, the television personality who has spent his career careening from network to network, looking for the right home for his extreme views, had (surprise, surprise) a view on the March for Life this weekend.

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    Waving goodbye to John Downing

    March 22nd, 2018
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    The grim reaper has been tough on Ontario lately. When I first moved to the Kickapoo Valley, an elderly neighbor told me, “They always go in threes.” It seemed like there was truth to that until I thought about it. Where do the three start? Is this one the beginning of a new group of three or the last of the most recent bunch? Who knew?

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    Ontario police chief comes in for criticism

    March 15th, 2018
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    A conflict between father and son Tor and Luke Eness of rural Ontario and Ontario Police Chief Phil Welch boiled over at Monday’s village board meeting.

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