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Mike Simmons, the new Jo Daviess County Emergency Management director, stopped by The Gazette office wanting to promote the county’s CodeRED system. Mike served this community well in past … more
Many streets in our cities and villages have eponymous names, meaning that they were named for someone. Dodge Street for example, was named for Henry Dodge, an early settler of the region and a … more
On April 28, Laurel Eshelman and I read the poetry of war to the 25 people who gathered in the Galena Public Library. Scott Rische managed to turn the mandolin into a balalaika, giving just the right … more
What an evening! In fact, this was one of the most enjoyable and relaxing evenings at community events I’ve had here in quite some time. (Although the pandemic might have had something to … more
My gentle son is visiting from Jerusalem where he does academic research and translation online from four languages for U.S. universities. These two weeks have been a golden time of restful days, … more
In his column last week, Jay Dickerson wrote about the radio show produced by the Galena Center for the Arts. He shared something positive about each member of the team, the actors and the … more
Every community has a defining moment or person that, if a family is around long enough, there is some sort of connection back to that moment. For Galena, that person is General Ulysses S. Grant and … more
The woodcocks are out now. If you go out at sundown and stand where woodlands surround a field, you might hear them. This is the season of renewal. This is the season of promise. Eight years ago, … more
It’s a tale of two cities, so to speak, as efforts are made to reach and influence the heart and soul of a community. In Galena, there is a groundswell of resistance for the proposed Parker … more
At one point, I am shoeless. At another point, I need to carry a woman across the stage. Then, a little later, I am serving tea on top of an elephant. It’s just standard fare for a radio … more
This past Monday, I received an envelope in the mail here at the office and after opening it, I found one of the most uplifting gifts, a thank you note from the Scales Mound basketball team. This … more
My father directed evacuation hospitals in France and Germany during World War II. While he was gone, my mother, older sister, and I stayed with his parents in Omaha, Neb. The neighborhood bully … more
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