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Epidemics didn’t only impact those in Galena. Epidemics hit every corner of Jo Daviess County and the surrounding area during the turn of the century. For example, August 1887, was an … more
In the mid-1980s, I moved to Colombia to teach school in what was an “American” school in Cali. Those mainly Colombian teenagers had been students there since kindergarten and spoke … more
Since we’re all spending a bit more time at home these days, are any of you contemplating writing more. . .as in letters, short stories or even starting or finishing the great American … more
The Aiken trail addition to the Galena River Trail is a bit more colorful thanks to the generosity of a handful of Gazette readers. A couple of weeks ago in this space we talked about how … more
As Galena reflected on epidemics gone-by, the fear of the next surge of illness impacting the region was at the forefront of Galenians’ minds. Ways to halt the spread and to stop the … more
Recently, we invited our readers to vote on what to call residents of some of the communities in the tri-state area (“Here’s your chance to play the name game”). A … 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
In a way, Pat Irwin reminds me of my youngest son, Vincent. Music is in their souls and each fosters a life dedicated to music. This realization about Vincent hit home in the summer of 2007 as … more
The pages of historic Gazettes are filled with the term epidemic, some that might have been actual epidemics and others where the reporter took luxury in the use of the word, from epidemics of … more
As we battle COVID-19, we have many pandemics that sweep through humanity that we do not name. Not all diseases are caused by viruses or bacteria. The causes of these pandemics cannot be found … more
COVID-19. Today we hear this and are immediately overcome with uneasiness from fear and uncertainty. We have so many questions, several derived from the daily changes reported in the news. As … more
Feeling overwhelmed with a big project, I once asked a friend how she had accomplished a similar one. She said, “Well, you know how you eat an elephant? One bite at a time!” For the … more
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