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All hell is breaking loose. . .and that is not a bad thing when you consider how many community events have been cancelled in the past 15 months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, with the … more
There are two good reasons not to deliver packages inside my gate. Their names are Sister and Stella. In September 2019, I rescued two donkeys when I met them during an interview at Peaceful … more
The past 15 months have seemed like an eternity. It is hard to believe all we have been through and witnessed over that time, the changes that took place and the traditions that were put on hold … more
Down below The Gazette parking lot last week stood Galena City Administrator Mark Moran talking to Louie’s Trenching Service employees as they busily continued their work on the new canoe … more
Gratitude! For some reason the word makes me smile. It warms my heart as sunlight heats the air on a warm summer’s day. Do you feel the same? And this was one warm day, this past June 11 … more
This week, the last high school sporting event of the 2020-2021 school year takes place, the IHSA Boys’ Track and Field state championships in Charleston. While this is usually a momentous … more
The name Houssoy drew my attention at Linmar Gardens, that world of reverie and imagination. In our busy human lives going here or there, wasting far too much time on conflict, greed or … more
This has been a week of quiet shifting. Yesterday I had my first acupuncture session with Dr. Justin Penoyer in Hanover. As I lay on my back with upright needles, I felt as if a soft warming … more
This morning I remember what Memorial Day meant to me as a child of the military. As I walked through the military cemeteries holding my parents’ hands following World War II, I thought of … more
In this profession, I am lucky enough to have the opportunity to watch how the lives of those in this county are shaped by local leaders. I have had the opportunity to visit with many of these … more
Jo Daviess County received some unexpected but welcome attention from The New York Times on May 15, as did Dane County, Wis., where Madison is located, in Badgerland. Both counties, it seems are … more
I have been fortunate to wear many hats–as a public official, a former teacher, a newspaper reporter and as a coach. Throughout the past seven years I have coached football, basketball and … more
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