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When I met Ron Jenkins in his classroom at Galena High School, it was 5 p.m. The halls were quiet. Various sets of novels were stacked here and there. The walls had posters of photos from … more
While the weather has been awful and a bit iffy and maybe a bit cool in northwest Illinois, I’ve had the pleasure this past week enjoying and luxuriating in the sun and 80-plus-degree … more
A huge crowd was expected. Robert G. Ingersoll’s reputation for silver-tongued oratory and the heavy promotion by regional Republicans meant that tickets were selling even beyond expectations. … more
T he Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation (JDCF) is sponsoring a contest to discover the largest trees of each native species that grow in Jo Daviess, Carroll and Stephenson counties. The Gazette … more
If he were still alive, I think my father would be quite curious about all of the technological advances which impact our world. Possessing a master of science degree in chemical engineering from … more
Love wrapped its arms around all who were at the closing event of this year’s month of Broad Ideas at the Galena Center for the Arts. I left both exhausted and comforted–the way I felt … more
It was a sweet, sweet moment at The Galena Foundation annual meeting last week at the DeSoto House Hotel for a man who acted humbly, who has given the Galena community a wonderful gift and … more
In this last week of March, I dissolved into three joy-filled mornings close to Hanover, a town with a river running through it, and memories of children who swam and fished in the long days of … more
I am convinced now more than ever that human beings are more alike than different. I have come to that conclusion through my travels around the world. An event in Galena this past weekend and … more
Editor’s note: Beware! This column is an editorial spoof in honor of April Fools Day. It is not a subversive plot to fool you. Vowing not to take the recent deer shoot sitting down, an … more
The fire truck lights were blinking. It was dark. I needed to get a picture for Part II of my column on the women firefighters of the Galena Fire Department. It was close to 8 p.m. I was driving … more
I well remember writing a column many years ago complaining about a new stone retaining wall that was built along Riverside Drive. It’s just too short to do any good, I remember thinking. … more
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