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“But, in a larger sense, we cannot dedicate, we cannot consecrate–we cannot hallow–this ground. The brave men, living and dead, who struggled here, have consecrated it far above our … more
A fter 13-and-a-half years, my noble German Shepherd, Max, passed from this world into the next. Believing that there is more to existence than what we can see and touch, I imagine Max alive, … more
T his morning I bundled up to move my trash cans to a spot where they would be secure. Earlier I had watched dawn break into a deep pink-purple. Recalling the aphorism about sailors taking warning … more
The announcement regarding the closure of the Galena Honeywell plant at the corner of U.S. 20 and Chetlain Lane here in Galena brought back a flood of memories. I was a young lad of just 24 years … more
Twenty years ago, I was Richard the Lionhearted. More accurately, I played him, on an outdoor stage. In Kankakee. I performed the part of Richard in a college-age theater production of … more
Like magic, every single Friday morning at 6:30 my trash vanishes. The guys that pick it up are a wonder! I called up Montgomery Trucking and spoke with Gordy to see if there was some way I could set … more
My neighbor, Mike Doyle, is a history sleuth. He’s the historian for the Galena Fire Department and has become one of the regulars in the Galena Public Library’s Historical Collections … more
Several long-haired, bearded fellows went into a Galena barbershop during baseball season in 1934. Folks gathered outside waiting for them to emerge. A few children and other citizens wanted to see … more
I t’s interesting. There are more jobs available here in Jo Daviess County than people to fill them. There are more jobs open in the United States than people to fill them. Think about … more
When you read this column, it will be the early days of 2019. It has been a painful year of division in our nation. While many people, drunk on avarice, seem bent on destroying earth’s pristine … more
I n last week’s Gazette, Dave Decker, ARC executive director, presented a timeline for his organization’s move to its new location, the former Tri-State Christian School along U.S. 20. … more
A couple of weeks ago on a Sunday morning, while many of you were in church preparing for Christmas, I thought of driving to a Chanukah party at Temple Beth El in Dubuque. I opted to stay home. My … more
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