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Today, as Thanksgiving approaches, I celebrate all broken hearts. A broken heart does not necessarily mean a sorrowful heart. When my parents were in their mid-80s, I wrote them my annual … more

My mother used to sew our clothing when we were very small.

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Taming the rising Galena River If you are a recent citizen of Galena or just visiting, you, as I, may have wondered what the platform structure reaching out from the levee and supported by a … more

It is necessary to start the conversation when we see a friend, co-worker or loved one down or depressed. Mental illnesses affect 19 percent of the adult population, 46 percent of teenagers and 13 percent of children each year. People struggling with their mental health may be in your family, live next door, teach your children, work in the next cubicle or sit in the same church pew.

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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
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
Sarah and half of the office just shake their heads and think I’m nuts. . .absolutely nuts, especially when I’m wearing my close fitting bicycle clothes. You know. . .middle age man … more
"What a clear cold night!” I thought to myself as I drove on U.S. 20 just at dusk that Tuesday before Thanksgiving. I imagined walking out later that night, as I often do at 2 a.m. under a … more
That snow-drifting afternoon was perfect for a short, albeit nippy walk. The chill factor was somewhere around -15 when I hiked up the hill. On windy bone-chilling days, I have learned to bundle … more
W hen I poked my head in at the busy Common Cents store on Main Street in Elizabeth, a gentleman was asking Tammy Trebian, business manager, if she had any bullet pencils. “What in the world … more
Get ready to raise your head to the sky, and see some fireworks! The second Holiday Fire In The Sky is planned for this weekend by the Galena Downtown Business Association (GDBA). Saturday, Dec. … more
A hh. . .I remember well the first Illinois Special Olympics Winter Games 39 years ago. As I remember, the esprit de corps among all involved was incredible. But that’s a story left to … more
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