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The skies were sunny today. The cooling September air this evening is frog and cricket-chirp alive. “Do no harm,” the creatures sing. more
W e consider ourselves very fortunate at The Galena Gazette as this summer comes to a close. In a sense, our summer here ends when the last of our summer interns says goodbye and heads back to … more
F lags are at half-mast in Galena as I write. Our nation is mourning the death of Senator John McCain, American hero. Late in the day yesterday, I drove through Galena to see the flags honoring … more
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
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