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Memorial Day is typically a time when many attend a baseball game, or for some, like myself, it’s around the time of the state track meet in Charleston as we prepare to see the best in the … more
Sister embarrassed me. She ran about the pasture acting like, well, a donkey. And then as soon as the farrier Wayne Robbe left, she was as docile as ever. Sister and Stella needed their hooves … more
If you want to go back in time and explore a sad and frightening yet interesting piece of Galena’s history, where might you go for information? For four months in 1918, the influenza … more
My rescue donkeys Sister and Stella weathered their first winter here very well. I adopted them after interviewing Robert Story at Peaceful Valley Donkey Rescue satellite. He and the great love of … more
When my wife and I moved from Chicago to the Galena Territory full time in 2011, I learned that out here in the country, a former City Slicker undergoes a transformation. My spouse has always had the … more
Before her passing, Galena School District Superintendent Sharon Olds set lofty expectations and challenged the students in the district with this motto: “Work hard. Be kind. Dream big! No … more
As you watch the world during this COVID-19 pandemic, do you ever feel as though you are on a roller coaster and being buffeted about by centripetal forces? You see people protesting, sometimes … more
In 1985, Colombian author, Gabriel Garcia Marquez published his celebrated novel “Love in the Time of Cholera.” Today we are not facing cholera but are instead facing the pandemic of a … more
It’s been interesting to talk to people and learn how they’re spending their time these days. I’ve been doing some much-needed sorting and filing and it’s given me a nice … more
As Beth Baranski says, “Water use and water quality issues can be controversial” and yet, we’re “in the same boat.” In our history as a participatory democracy, … more
Cholera was an epidemic that impacted Galena for decades in its earliest years. The history of one of Galena’s Catholic parishes began on uneven terms due to this epidemic. As a result, the … more
Dear Chamber Members & Friends, I have been receiving some really touching emails by local business owners asking to nominate their employees for the grant program. We have over 20 requests … more
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