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Last Monday, I finally meet Nancy White in person. Good folks like her hold our county together. We sat under the warming sun in Grant Park as she recalled her mother’s example. … more
Galena has always known how to throw a celebration. Looking back in the pages of The Galena Gazette from the earliest days of galas to more recent events such as the Fourth of July or … more
We are all creatures of where we live and the culture in which we live. Although at some point in our lives we feel the need to move onward to test our skills and make something of ourselves, … more
The first signs of quarantines were the talk of the nation about one year ago as the week of St. Patrick’s Day brought change in a way we were not expecting. The length and expanse of the … more
Exactly one year ago I attended the opening of Broad Idea’s second year. There were murmurings about a virus as all of us attending celebrated the wide variety of artistic expression. … more
Many readers will remember longtime Galena resident Richard Clark, his work in this community and his coverage of the Galena City Council. When I was the Gazette editor from 2003 to 2011, I would … more
I was a bit excited and anxious this past Friday morning before a 9 a.m., appointment for my second COVID-19 inoculation at Midwest Medical Center. I was a bit anxious about what reaction I … more
The water is drip-drip-dripping from my roof as the snow melts. The secretive animals with whom I share this land have been venturing out, happy to no longer suffer from the extreme cold. The … more
Those not from Jo Daviess County are shocked to learn that our communities are closely knit. I have deep roots here, and there are many others who do as well. My family connections run from … more
This Friday, I will get the second part of my Moderna vaccine against COVID. One entire year will have passed since I closed and locked my gate for the quarantine. Feeling oddly numbed, on March … more
My family is rooted in Galena and Jo Daviess County with its first resident coming to this area during the lead rush. Through all of its branches, I am fortunate that my roots extend far. We … more
I had been wondering when the reporting on COVID-19 might take on a new thread. It happened last week when The New York Times published a story by Sabrina Tavernise and Abby Goodnough about the … more
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