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What is more joyful than a striped caterpillar munching away at a milkweed leaf? Whenever the agonies of our human confusion overwhelm me, I simply have to take a walk on my land and take solace … more
I am not sure when the doves built their nest in the flowering plant hanging on my front porch. It must have happened when we were having day after day of rain. I later witnessed the dove … more
I have great respect for people who seek to maintain and foster relationships with citizens of other countries over many years and/or decades. This respect comes from observing my wife, Sarah, … more
A warm home. Musicians jamming. And a woman named Laurie Rische cooking up a storm! Three essential ingredients for perfection. Laurie manages her kitchen like a lioness. You don’t want … more
A story in last week’s Gazette about the closing of Happy Joe’s Pizza & Ice Cream Parlor this coming Friday included this quote from manager Valerie Deininger, “Happy … more
I am thrilled to see all of us, the Galena High School graduating class of 2019, sitting here today. We “full sended” throughout our senior year, and we made it to May 19, graduation day. … more
This day marks the beginning and the end of an important stage of our lives. Within our time here at River Ridge, the class of 2019 has been through their fair share of difficulties, whatever they … more
Rally Green. No one in Galena ever saw that color before or after that. Folks talked about that car in 1969. Nothing like it. “That green Nova was a one and only. Ask folks who lived in … more
Thank you, Dr. Wiederholt. Welcome fellow graduates, family, friends, community members, faculty and administration. We are here for one reason. . .to celebrate my mom’s birthday! OK, maybe not … more
I’d like to start off my speech by thanking everyone who helped me get to this podium today and has given me the opportunity to walk across this stage and complete high school. I’d first … more
Thank you all for attending this exciting moment in our lives. It seems like just a few days ago we were walking into high school for the first time, but here we are, four years later, … more
Y ou are in for a treat. The Cemetery Walk–one of the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society’s major fundraisers–is a challenge for the performers, who typically have … more
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