By KAREN PARKER

County Line Publisher Emerita

Okay, dear readers. You may find this piece tedious, and you can skim it, but please, please, read to the end of this week’s column. Here it goes:

The small town of Ontario came alive on July 4th as residents and visitors gathered to commemorate Independence Day with a day filled with exciting events and festivities. The picturesque town, known for its tight-knit community and charming appeal, hosted a lineup of activities that left everyone in awe and created lasting memories.

To kick off the day, the community came together in the newly constructed pavilion to enjoy a delicious Pancake Breakfast. Mouthwatering stacks of pancakes and sizzling bacon were savored by locals, who gathered to fuel up for the exciting day ahead.

Car enthusiasts were treated to a spectacular showcase at the 4th Annual Ontario Car Show. Classic and custom vehicles adorned the streets, captivating both young and old automobile enthusiasts. The display of sleek vintage rides and roaring muscle cars was a testament to the town’s appreciation for automotive beauty.

As the clock struck noon, the highlight of the day commenced with the much-anticipated Big Parade. Colorful floats, marching bands, and community organizations paraded through Ontario’s charming streets, delighting spectators who lined the sidewalks. Flags waved proudly, and cheers filled the air as the procession passed by, reflecting the town’s deep-rooted patriotic spirit.

For those with a sweet tooth, the Legion Auxiliary Pie and Ice Cream Social was an irresistible delight. Homemade pies, baked with love, tantalized taste buds, while creamy ice cream provided a refreshing treat. Friends and neighbors gathered, enjoying the flavors of the season and cherishing moments of conversation and laughter.

Adding a touch of excitement and friendly competition, the MiniPullers Garden Tractor Pull beside Palen Park thrilled spectators. Participants skillfully maneuvered their roaring machines, showcasing their strength and agility. The cheers of the crowd spurred them on as they vied for victory in this adrenaline-fueled event.

As dusk settled, the sky erupted with a breathtaking fireworks display. Bursts of color and sparkle illuminated the night, enchanting everyone who watched. The dazzling show served as a grand finale to a day filled with laughter, community spirit, and cherished memories.

The July 4th festivities in Ontario, Wisconsin were a true testament to the town’s commitment to preserving traditions and fostering a sense of unity. The day’s events reminded everyone of the importance of coming together as a community, celebrating freedom, and cherishing the spirit of Independence Day.

The memories created on this special day will forever hold a special place in the hearts of Ontario’s residents. The town’s July 4th celebrations exemplified the strong community bonds that make Ontario an extraordinary place to call home.

As the sun sets on another memorable July 4th celebration, residents eagerly anticipate the festivities to come next year. Ontario, Wisconsin truly knows how to commemorate the nation’s independence in style, creating an atmosphere of togetherness and pride that will be cherished for years to come.


What do you think? Longtime readers of this column may think I swallowed a bottle of maple syrup. Yup, it’s real Norman Rockwell stuff. Others may think it’s some of the best writing I have done in my 40 years with this newspaper.

The only problem is I did not write it. Artificial intelligence (AI) did. Evidently, one of our helpful readers fed the day’s schedule into an AI program, and out came this article. Folks are getting nervous over the role AI is starting to play in our public discourse. If you thought the disinformation and misinformation of the last election was bad, you ain’t seen nothing yet.

Last week, I watched a film clip of Hillary Clinton urging people to vote for Ron De Santis for president. Yikes! The only way one could tell it was fake was carefully observing her moving lips, which did not match with the words. 

AI has the potential to turn the world on its end just as electricity did in the last century.

Even Congress is getting excited about regulating it, although if past performance on climate change is any indication, the robots will be carting us away long before Congress can flip a switch.

Interesting times to be alive? Aye.