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Chad Walter wandered into my world from the mist of nostalgia. Able to sharpen anything, it seems, he was stepping out from a time 60 years ago when we didn’t just throw our … more
Last week, Elizabeth celebrated its 100th community fair, quite an accomplishment, as it is the longest operating community fair in the state. Community fairs used to be an important part of … more
One of the most common questions we’ve been receiving here over the past few months is: “Where are you going?” That question arose when news broke that Sarah and I are … more
We are in the midst of retrograde and eclipse season which basically means things may feel a little backwards, foggy communication seems off, and the universe is shining light on things that need … more
It is said that when God created the earth, he had several parts left over which he used to make Afghanistan. A country that has not seen peace for decades and prospects for it in the future are … more
Jen Clark Nottrott is a shining light. Several years ago, I chatted with her briefly at an exhibit at the Galena Center for the Arts. Among her daughter’s fine work was her exquisitely … more
A story is written after each season. It is penned by coaches, players, fans and the press. We talk about whether a season was a success or failure. We talk about what could have been. We talk … more
Bridget Zurcher is part of a vast garden of fresh-faced young people committed to preserving and promoting small-scale local farm production for local consumption. I was overjoyed to walk in her … more
You wouldn’t think by reading the July 5, 1915 edition of the Galena Gazette that war was right around the corner for the boys of Galena. On the front page was the headline “British … more
LaMetta Johnson Wynn grew up in Galena, graduating from Galena High School in 1951. She served as class secretary. She left Galena, but Galena never left her. She’s easy to identify in … more
It flashed! It crashed! The lights went out. I was sure the lightning strike was on the line directly in front of my property. That was the night that Jake Weede, lineman, became my hero. He got … more
Some things change in a moment while others seem to remain the same for generations. The Fourth of July is one of those traditions that seems to be rooted in who we are, whether it is a certain … more
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