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A couple of years ago, I wrote a column during the 100-year anniversary of the deadly Spanish Influenza pandemic. Today because of the global threats of a COVID-19 pandemic, I revisited that … more
The Galena United Methodist Church was filled nearly to the brim this past Sunday for Steven Cole’s portrayal of Frederick Douglass. As I explained in last week’s Gazette, my … more
AJ Shultz, farm manager at Convivium Urban Farmstead in Dubuque, said to me when I simply could not make the last two folds “I’m here for you.” His profound sensitivity nearly … more
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
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