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September 11

T he date Sept. 11, 2001–9-11–is emblazoned in the psyche of this country. It’s one of those “I’ll always remember where I was” moments. So many people still … more

Percival: A brilliant, melancholic soul

H e was an odd sort of fellow. Few would have recognized his genius had they seen him walking the slopes of our region in his tattered clothing. He was thin, his face angular, his diffidence … more

Honoring JDCF

T hree years ago as empty nesters, Sarah and I started a new holiday tradition. We decided to shake things up a bit during the three-day Memorial and Labor Day holiday weekends and possibly even … more

Giving back to area communities

T he Galena Territory is known far and wide for its stunning natural beauty. But many residents of The Territory, a semi-private 6,800-acre recreational, residential and resort community, make The … more

Do no harm; we only have to listen

The skies were sunny today. The cooling September air this evening is frog and cricket-chirp alive. “Do no harm,” the creatures sing. more

Gazette interns

W e consider ourselves very fortunate at The Galena Gazette as this summer comes to a close. In a sense, our summer here ends when the last of our summer interns says goodbye and heads back to … more

‘Believe always in the promise and greatness of America’

F lags are at half-mast in Galena as I write. Our nation is mourning the death of Senator John McCain, American hero. Late in the day yesterday, I drove through Galena to see the flags honoring … more

Our heritage

This past week one of our tasks involved helping my neighbor, Cindy Pepple, prepare an ad for The Gazette and, in reality, for you. Cindy doesn’t know this, but she certainly made my day … more

All that’s good right here at home

I spread my bounty out on a table on my front porch. Asian pears, bright red peppers, perfectly round lemon cucumbers, fresh from the farm eggs, spring garlic, wheat berries, stone ground … more

Human trafficking

When one sees Jo Daviess County Sheriff Kevin Turner or Galena Police Chief Lori Huntington at a Rotary Club of Galena meeting, you can generally assume what the program is. But, when you see each at … more

Croquet set transports back in time

A collection of antique croquet balls and mallets sat in front of a dresser at Common Cents, a resale treasure trove at 136 N. Main St., Elizabeth. I reached down and touched one of the wooden … more

Meet the Pirates, travel 4000 Miles

It’s hard to believe this summer has gone by so quickly. Growing up I never mourned the end of summer. I always felt this time of year had more possibility than the new year. It was the … more
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