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For more than 20 years, The Galena Gazette has been working with the Galena Area Chamber of Commerce on the annual Business Showcase. This year’s event will be held 9 a.m. to noon at the … more
This coming Sunday is circled in red on my calendar. That day, Freeport native Steven Cole is coming to town. He’s been invited here by the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society to … more
I was greatly interested in Lynn Warner’s two recent columns recalling the Illinois Central’s passenger train service through Galena. As a boy, I had the opportunity on two or three … more
I stumbled on the gadget on eBay. I’d been told they were hard to come by. A farm woman in the black walnut class told me she used her great grandmother’s nutcracker. One by one … more
We learn a lot from a person’s death notice in a newspaper. After all, a death notice or obituary is a partial record of someone’s life. But we also can learn about the things society … more
M y first memory of meeting little Tim Vincent came in the early 1980s. I’d come to court Miss Sarah Vincent and there, with obvious glee, was Tim squishing bananas through his … more
It’s worrisome to learn about nitrate contamination in the private wells of southwest Wisconsin and northeast Iowa. News flash: We have the same geology in Jo Daviess County. Do we also have … more
I sat in the church sanctuary at the New Melleray Trappist Monastery. I needed to still myself–to center myself in peace. The bright winter sun shone through the raised, arched windows. The … more
The obituary in this week’s Galena Gazette shares a life story for Duane Olivier. I would like to augment this obituary and share something relevant and pertinent about his life … more
As explained in part one published in last week’s edition of the Gazette, the cumulative method used to elect Illinois state representatives was adopted at the Constitutional Convention of … more
I snuggled into my mother’s furry coat. The train rattled on the city tracks with the familiar clatter that I will always associate with those moments of closeness. We were living in San … more
Good sports. Yes, those River Ridge students taking Spanish from Karla Nicholas were all good sports a couple of days ago. I’m not sure if at that age, or even today, I would have been such … more
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