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  • New vocabulary: ‘zoonotic transfer’

    March 25th, 2020
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    “Zoonotic transfer” — add that to the new phrases that have entered your vocabulary the past month, along with phrases like “social distancing” and “flattening the curve.”

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    Some still confused, uninformed about coronavirus

    March 18th, 2020
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    It’s hard to believe that only one week ago, I was perched on the hard metal chairs in the Ontario Village Hall, listening to the cross talk among those waiting for the board meeting to start.

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    Information on coronavirus constantly in flux

    March 11th, 2020
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    Fast-moving stories and weekly newspapers, I am learning to my dismay, provide plenty of opportunities for a red face.

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    Investment in community is crucial

    February 6th, 2020
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    I suppose it was inevitable. A few crisp lines announced that the Wilton Wood Turtle celebration would be rolled back to a one-day event this year.

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    Kickapoo Valley Farmer offers glimpse into Ontario’s past

    January 16th, 2020
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    I drove into Ontario the other day, going past the drooping and dead flowers in the giant “Welcome to Ontario” masonry planters that greet travelers at each highway entering the village.

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  • Americans have short memories

    January 9th, 2020
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    Ah, here we are. A new year, a new decade, and (lucky us) another war. If it all looks familiar, that’s because it is. Americans do not seem to have very good memories.

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    My New Year’s resolution? Giving up Amazon.

    January 2nd, 2020
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    Happy New Year, and just in time for New Year resolutions. Like most folks my age, if I hadn’t already given up some of my bad habits, I would probably be dead.

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    Family hosts Bob Brandau’s ‘final auction,’ celebration of life

    December 19th, 2019
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    I suspect there will never be a celebration of life like the one that sent auctioneer Bob Brandau off to his heavenly home on Saturday.

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    Bob Brandau had passion for professionalism

    December 12th, 2019
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    Auctioneer No. 4 brought down the final gavel on Sunday.

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    ‘A Christmas Carol’ endures

    December 5th, 2019
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    Sometime between the turkey and the pie, I found time over the long weekend to watch “The Man Who Invented Christmas.” I don’t think the 2017 movie made a big splash, although it did garner an impressive number of good reviews.

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    Think of Mr. Rogers this Thanksgiving

    November 27th, 2019
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    By KAREN PARKER | County Line Publisher Emeritus Do saints exist? I am not referring to the half-draped statuary that...

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