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    Wilton students, 1956

    This 1956 photo is thought to depict Wilton first-graders going on a hobo hike.

    Norwalk’s tractor-pull weekend

    The Norwalk Lions Club hosted its annual truck and tractor pull last weekend.

    Royall presents ‘Urinetown’

    Last weekend Royall High School students presented “Urinetown,” a satirical musical comedy that addresses such subjects as the legal system, capitalism, and social irresponsibility.

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  • Gen. Lee deserves reconsideration

    August 18th, 2017
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    I know I have a reputation with my children as one of those “helicopter” parents, the nosy types who drive kids nuts.

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    Is Ontario’s attitude toward flooding an example of insanity?

    August 11th, 2017
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    Like the prodigal son in the Bible, Ontario’s Palen Park furniture came wandering home after exhausting itself on a Kickapoo adventure. For all I know, the assorted park pieces took a bottle of suntan lotion and a 12-pack of beer on their cruise.

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    Is great wealth coming to Wisconsin?

    August 4th, 2017
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    It pains me to admit it, but I have occasionally fallen for Publishers Clearing House. Who can resist the image of those happy families swinging open the front door only to be met by balloons and life-size checks guaranteeing $5,000 a week for life or a bazillion in one lump sum?

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    Ontario flood results in few politician sightings

    July 27th, 2017
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    If the politicians are in Ontario, it can be only one of two things that brought them here. Either we’re hosting our July 4 celebration, or the village once again slipped beneath the waves.

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    Questions for Marklein continue to grow

    July 21st, 2017
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    Last month I asked a staff member in Sen. Howard Marklein’s office if the senator could possibly tell me which constituents, or at least how many, had called him asking the state to cut funding to the Wisconsin state park system.

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  • County Line enters new era

    July 13th, 2017
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    For three decades, I have nursed this fantasy that my final column would be a bruising screed for every slight, every unkindness, and every business that failed to pay me.

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    Day trip a good distraction from politics

    July 7th, 2017
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    Last week the New York Times ran a 16-question quiz focusing on the first months of the Trump administration.

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    Trust in government continues to stagnate

    June 22nd, 2017
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    Wow, maybe we shouldn’t celebrate the 4th of July. Consider this from Pew Research: The public’s trust in the federal government continues to be at historically low levels.

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    Social media’s ugliness could possibly lead to lawsuits

    June 16th, 2017
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    I sometimes wonder how much of my gray hair can be directly attributed to the hours of agony I have suffered from choosing to be the bearer of bad news.

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    Remember World War II veteran John F. Kennedy’s accomplishments this Memorial Day

    June 1st, 2017
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    On Monday, John F. Kennedy would have turned 100. I listened for a mention of his name in the Ontario Legion’s Memorial Day service, but it was not spoken. Did any World War II veteran other than JFK carve a larger niche in the wall of history?

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    Obituaries of yesteryear were more revealing

    May 25th, 2017
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    Once upon a time, when a community member died, the local newspaper editor would sit with the bereaved family and stitch together a detailed narrative of the deceased’s life.

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