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National Newspaper Week focuses our thoughts on the importance of the First Amendment to the Constitution and its guarantees of freedom of speech and of the press. Important stuff worth … more

A rare picture postcard shows an elaborate display of July 4, 1914, fireworks in Galena. The photo, which was taken from the Grant Park area, looks west over the Green Street bridge toward Annunciation/Saint Michael School (now the Galena ARC). The other evening, I stood where I imagined that photo being shot, and thought of the children sitting on the hillside, looking with innocent wonder at the display. more
In my life, I have never seen more people walking through mud and having more fun. If you wanted to demonstrate what “going with the flow” means, this is it! Gazette staffer … more

This week, we celebrate the 242nd anniversary of the signing of the Declaration of Independence.

What does a Jewish woman do during the Christmas season? Of course, the answer is as varied as we all are. This Jewish woman, however, chooses to sing. One of my sons lives very simply in a tiny … more
How does one measure the life of a person? The impact made on the community, on future generations or by the legacy that person leaves behind? Coach John O’Boyle did so much for Stockton, Jo … more
Flags are at half-mast in Galena as I write. Our nation is mourning the death of Senator John McCain, American hero. Late in the day yesterday, I drove through Galena to see the flags honoring … more
Seventy-four years ago my father had returned from World War II. He was assigned to Letterman General Army Hospital in San Francisco. We were celebrating my birthday by going to a large park near … more
W e consider ourselves very fortunate at The Galena Gazette as this summer comes to a close. In a sense, our summer here ends when the last of our summer interns says goodbye and heads back to … more
Many years ago I bought my dining room table at a second-hand store. It was buried under cushions and old lace tablecloths. I felt irrationally drawn to it. It was not a valuable piece but I … more
My son in Jerusalem often calls me the morning before the Sabbath which starts when the first stars can be seen on Friday and ends after sundown on Saturday. For the last 39 days, he has been … more
The topic was “Traditional ceremonial clothing and accessories; past, present and future.” The speaker was my dear friend, Chloris Lowe, New Lisbon, Wis., former president of the Ho-Chunk … more
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