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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
I am not sure when the doves built their nest in the flowering plant hanging on my front porch. It must have happened when we were having day after day of rain. I later witnessed the dove … more

When two organizations dedicated to helping people decide to join in a common effort, it’s a big deal. That’s exactly what’s happening between Jo Daviess County Transit and the Galena Food Pantry. more
W hen you give a speech or presentation we all want our words and thoughts to be inspirational and aspirational. We want our work to be meaningful. Last Thursday night, as I drove to Chestnut … more
My dog snored deeply after his morning run. I fixed a soothing cup of warm milk with a splash of coffee, ginger, cinnamon and a dash of cayenne pepper. I settled onto my well-worn sofa, covering … more
Concerns growing out of the Vietnam era for prisoners of war and those missing in action established a tradition to be certain they would never be forgotten. The “Missing Man” table … more
On Thursday, Nov. 29, we made our final payment to Tri-State Christian and now our community has a new location where the Galena ARC will conduct its current programming and operations in the … more
Sheer perfection! As I stood before those huge, cream-colored cows at their food trough, the sky was an impossibly perfect shade of blue with a sprinkling of cumulus clouds tossed in for good … more
I had travelled east (toward the mountains as my Chilean friends would say) on the red metro line in Santiago, Chile. The destination, the last stop, was Pueblito Los Dominicos, a heritage area where … more

Curly headed and only 16, one of the four CTE students I had been interviewing thoughtfully observed, “Everything is beautiful in life.”

Galena offers a lot of challenging 5K runs. The Heroes for History Stair Run stands unique in those runs: it directly benefits emergency services and the historical community. The run will be … more
Who needs Hulk Hogan when right here in northwest Illinois there is a wrestling world of Shakespearean proportions? In this world of carefully choreographed, yet improvised, physical theater good … more
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