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I t was like going down memory lane last Friday morning at Hartig Drug store this past Friday morning. Inside, Dick Hartig was all smiles as he introduced his two sons, Wes and Charlie. He was a … more
S inging day for graduating high school students is typically reserved for athletic commitments. Cable sports channels have shows dedicated to where athletes will play their sport at the … more
D on’t ask me exactly why certain people enter my heart. They just do. I suppose there is a selfless earnestness about them. A fresh enthusiasm. An unsung dedication to their task. For years … more
T hursday, May 23 is circled on my calendar. I hope it’s circled on your calendar, as well. There’s going to be a neat little inclusive event at the Galena River Trailhead underneath … more
I was in paradise yesterday when hiking the Sentinel Trail at Mississippi Palisades State Park. A day after being drizzle-drenched, I walked in awe with a friend who can discern one bird song from … more
Through the years I’ve seen tissues passed around at funerals, wakes and even a wedding. Never have I seen tissues passed from one person to the next at a school event. . .until … more
T he teenager took off her shoes as soon as she arrived at the Mines of Spain. She waded into Catfish Creek and looked out at the Mississippi River. Christie Trifone-Simon found her sanctuary … more
W ell now. . .do you think I learned a lesson this past week writing about weather on Boy Scout Pilgrimage weekend? At the Rotary auction last Saturday night while heavy, wet snow came down in … more
O n Tuesday morning, April 23, I watched the eager involvement of the children attending Galena’s Earth Day Festival. They took their responsibility to “Plant a Tree and Make a … more
Freedom of speech BY IZZY HARING, RIVER RIDGE Do you know the Five Amendments? I think religion is an important amendment because it gives people the right or freedom to practice or believe in … more
T his Saturday, Galena will once again welcome the U.S. Grant Boy Scout Pilgrimage. This is the 65th annual edition which dates back to 1954, the year before my birth. There is a certain myth … more
W hen I met Ron Jenkins in his classroom at Galena High School, it was 5 p.m. The halls were quiet. Various sets of novels were stacked here and there. The walls had posters of photos from … more
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