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O n Friday night, I plan on being surrounded by cake. And not just any cake. I imagine there will be some of the most creative confections to be found in Galena. It’s all a part of the … 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
"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
Thanksgiving. It’s my favorite holiday of the year. I enjoy carving the turkey, mostly for selfish reasons. I can hide the best bits of the dark meat. I’m with mostly white-meat eaters so … more
A little girl leaned into her mother. She was surrounded by whatever people could drag out of their meager homes. The child living in Galena that cold February night in 1856 was surely traumatized by … more
The topic was “Traditional ceremonial clothing and accessories; past, present and future.” The speaker was my dear friend, Chloris Lowe, New Lisbon, Wis., former president of the Ho-Chunk … more
Many years ago I bought my dining room table at a second-hand store. It was buried under cushions and old lace tablecloths. I felt irrationally drawn to it. It was not a valuable piece but I … more
A couple of weeks ago, I made a trek to my hometown of Muskegon, Mich., to check in on my dear sweet mother. I wanted to make sure she wasn’t terrorizing the neighbors with late-night … more
A t the Business Blend last week at Illinois Bank & Trust, I talked about what the newspaper is tuned into. “This is the week where everything happens,” I said. There’s the … more
One of my sons visited me last weekend. Michael lives in Jerusalem. He is an observant Jew. As a part of his religious practice, he sets aside the Sabbath as a holy day. The candles welcoming the … more
My great disappointment, my only disappointment with this year’s Galena High School football season has nothing to do with the team’s record or the effort the young men put into the … more
Once again, Galena’s population grew four-fold during the weekend Halloween celebration. Over 50 participants in the parade, a dozen balloons glowing along U.S. 20, Ghoulish Gala dance at … more
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