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On a cool day in the high 30s on the Friday after Thanksgiving, 20 people came forward to participate in the Galena Territory Half Marathon. One of the participants, according to event organizer … more
Every year, I am amazed by the generosity of this community! There are annual events and ways to contribute to others. Each of these seasonal events demonstrates the spirit of volunteerism and … more
The end of November seemed late for harvesting corn but there I was riding in a combine. How in the world had my life brought me to that moment? The mild-mannered farmer explained the complexity of … more
It’s interesting to think about the ebb and flow to our lives as we proceed through life. There is for most of us a yearning of normality, the familiar, as we are buffeted by external forces of … more
Taming the rising Galena River If you are a recent citizen of Galena or just visiting, you, as I, may have wondered what the platform structure reaching out from the levee and supported by a … more
Today, as Thanksgiving approaches, I celebrate all broken hearts. A broken heart does not necessarily mean a sorrowful heart. When my parents were in their mid-80s, I wrote them my annual … more
Our paths crossed for the second time of the week last Saturday night during intermission of “The Trial of Ebenezer Scrooge,” at the Galena Center for the Arts. Just as an aside. . … more
I am saying the long good-bye to my sister. For her birthday, this week, I sent my older sister a picture of the two of us just after the war years, when my father had just returned from World … more
Yesterday, my neighbor from across the street, Michelle Mussatto Heurung, owner of the Lamberson Guest House posted a note on Facebook which included these words, “We’re sick. … more
He is a quiet man who asks good questions. When I sat down briefly next to Lance Foster at the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation(JDCF) gathering just after the welcome dinner, I had been both … more
What do you do when a group of people who come from different places and cultures meet for the first time? Steve Barg, Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) executive director, takes a play … more
The past few weeks have been an emotional roller coaster here in the Galena schools. The faculty, who have been working without a contract since school began in August, found themselves at the center … more
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