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Don’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
Thursday, 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
The 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
Well 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
On 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
This 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
When 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
While the weather has been awful and a bit iffy and maybe a bit cool in northwest Illinois, I’ve had the pleasure this past week enjoying and luxuriating in the sun and 80-plus-degree … more
A huge crowd was expected. Robert G. Ingersoll’s reputation for silver-tongued oratory and the heavy promotion by regional Republicans meant that tickets were selling even beyond expectations. … more
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