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What stories lie hidden behind the faces of children in fading school photos tossed into boxes of family treasures? Most of the stories will one day be reduced to a few sentences at most. Many will … more
Y our traditional view of exercise protocols is changing! Why? According to an article published by Time on a United States Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) report, (, June … more
Forty years ago this week, a young man, 24 years of age with longish blond hair parted down the middle walked into The Galena Gazette office at 109 S. Main St., for his first day on the job. He … more
How does one measure the life of a person? The impact made on the community, on future generations or by the legacy that person leaves behind? Coach John O’Boyle did so much for Stockton, Jo … more
What does a Jewish woman do during the Christmas season? Of course, the answer is as varied as we all are. This Jewish woman, however, chooses to sing. One of my sons lives very simply in a tiny … more
P artnership - noun. The definition of a partnership is a relationship between two or more individuals. An example of a partnership is two businesses working together. When I think back on … more
On a cool day in the high 30s on the Friday after Thanksgiving, 20 people came forward to participate in the Galena Territory Half Marathon. One of the participants, according to event organizer … more
Every year, I am amazed by the generosity of this community! There are annual events and ways to contribute to others. Each of these seasonal events demonstrates the spirit of volunteerism and … more
The end of November seemed late for harvesting corn but there I was riding in a combine. How in the world had my life brought me to that moment? The mild-mannered farmer explained the complexity of … more
It’s interesting to think about the ebb and flow to our lives as we proceed through life. There is for most of us a yearning of normality, the familiar, as we are buffeted by external forces of … more
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
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
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