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September is designated National Library Card Sign-Up month by the American Library Association. We as librarians and library lovers are encouraged to remind our communities why your library card … more
Late afternoon, Ben Hulscher and Lew Groezinger of Hulscher’s Fencing chatted with me on my porch. The fence the two of them put up in two days graced my land like an art installation. … more
Galena offers a lot of challenging 5K runs. The Heroes for History Stair Run stands unique in those runs: it directly benefits emergency services and the historical community. The run will be … more
Sheer perfection! As I stood before those huge, cream-colored cows at their food trough, the sky was an impossibly perfect shade of blue with a sprinkling of cumulus clouds tossed in for good … more
The passing of Wayne Dyrke this past week brought back many wonderful memories of some heady days in my life. The years were circa 2003-2004 and a group of locals were working on The Grand … more
Dick Alexander was one of the first people I met when I started at the Gazette in 2003. He was a new Jo Daviess County Board member. He fearlessly advocated for the interests of small … more
When life seems difficult, “make hay.” That is just what I am doing. Today, I am researching just how I can make little handmade bales of hay from what I have just mowed as I prepare the … more
When some people see complete strangers taking photos of their house or property, they get completely freaked out. It’s like some kind of invasion of privacy even though the photographer is … more
The great tenderness of State Trooper Brooke Jones-Story looked out from the soft eyes of grazing donkeys. She seemed to still be embracing two rescued pot-bellied pigs as they grunted, slurped … more
It really is quite remarkable on so many levels the success of the Galena Country Fair through all of these years. Held over Columbus Day Weekend for approximately 40 years, this even has … more
The Department of Veterans Affairs, commonly referred to as the VA, was officially established in 1930 when the three agencies administering veterans’ benefits were consolidated into one. … more
Rosa sat before the sacramental altar at St. Michael Catholic Church on Bench Street. She wore a full blue-hooped formal. The priest spoke to her quietly in Spanish. After the Mass, we all … more
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