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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
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
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
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
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
It isn’t that easy to drop everything in the middle of the week and fly to Washington. If you’re a community newspaper publisher, going anywhere in the middle of the week is a … more
How perfectly fuzzy and infinitely amazing is the bumble bee! We, of the human sort, spread out that sunny morning in groups of three or four walking the vast prairies of Wapello Land & Water … more
We had a woman call the other day wondering how we chose which letters to the editor to publish. Either we were disconnected before I could get the call or she hung up. She had submitted a letter … more
A confession. When I was five years old, I used to fantasize about having a conversation with Hitler. Children growing up in the military mark their childhoods by military posts. My father would … more

For the past few days I have been thinking of lessons learned in childhood. How something good may emerge from diversity and challenge. How things don’t always turn out as expected. How there are angels–you just need to know where to look for them. How there is an inherent goodness in people when they lead lives filled with trust. And, finally. . .to expect the unexpected.


I love cameras. Being in front of them, being behind them––any chance to get near a camera, I’ll take it. So when Paula Sands called me late one night begging me to be on her show, well, I just couldn’t say no.


The Grange, one of the first significant efforts to organize farmers in the United States, was established in 1867. The Galena Weekly Gazette, summarizing the state Grange gathering of 1901, highlighted the Jo Daviess Country Farmers Institute in Stockton to be held in late January of that year.

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