Like in other small towns, Ontario’s sense of community seems to be diminishing

For all of my 35 years in the newspaper business, folks have often said to me, “Ontario has always supported its events” or, “They know how to draw a crowd in Ontario.”

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  • Is Gow’s faux pas worth the uproar?

    December 7th, 2018
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    A faux pas, from the French, is defined as a socially awkward or tactless act, especially one that violates accepted social norms, standard customs, or the rules of etiquette.

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    Spending Thanksgiving with Joe McCarthy

    November 29th, 2018
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    Ah, yes, it was a terrific holiday with great food, Scrabble domination over my smart-aleck daughters and quiet evenings with Joe McCarthy.

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    Thanksgiving is a time for resolutions

    November 21st, 2018
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    Okay, here we are at Thanksgiving, and it’s time again for resolutions. Oh, wait: that’s New Year’s. But why stand on tradition?

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    2018 election was rife with fake ads

    November 15th, 2018
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    During election season, my husband and I have a near-perfect division of labor. He hangs up on any robocall or survey-taker.

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    Septic fields have their benefits

    November 9th, 2018
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    Ah, yes, here I am, sitting on pins and needles, awaiting the election results of the midterms. What better time to change the conversation to the subject of poop.

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  • Places of worship need armed guards?

    November 5th, 2018
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    When I was a little girl, going to Sunday church was a big deal. Out of the closet would come that frilly starched dress and the shiny, black patent-leather shoes — and maybe even white gloves for Easter.

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    Do 7,000 people constitute an ‘invasion’?

    October 26th, 2018
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    With the exception of the occasional mathematics wonk, Americans are not very good with numbers.

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    Walker letter reveals wealth of information about our area

    October 18th, 2018
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    At 34 pages, it is far too long to be a love letter and too short to be a master’s thesis.

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    Political signs mar natural beauty of Kickapoo Valley

    October 12th, 2018
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    Ah, fall in the Kickapoo Valley, the landscape a brilliant watercolor, yellow maples against red sumac, fields of pumpkins and corn shocks, an utter perfection of nature’s beauty.

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    Outlook isn’t rosy for flood victims

    October 5th, 2018
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    Dale Klemme, executive director of Community Development Alternatives in Prairie du Chien, splashed cold water on the flood survivors Monday night in Ontario.

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    Messages surrounding Kavanaugh’s confirmation are troubling

    September 27th, 2018
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    I have never been one of those super-addicted genealogists — you know the type — who spend a lifetime collecting names going back to the dawn of time and can tell you that somehow, some way, they really are related to William the Conqueror or George Washington.

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