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Montego Bay—the very name suggests beautiful beaches and Bob Marley-like Rastafarians singing reggae music as their dreadlocks sway. But in her memoir “How to Say Babylon,” Safiya … more
In a community brimming with historical significance, the latest act of generosity from the GalenaVeterans of Foreign Wars (VFW) Post 2665 stands as a testament to the enduring spirit of service and … more
Kudos to the Galena Public Library for initiating a competition to name a Galena Poet Laureate. This is one of those Great Big Ideas that Galena and Galenians—and, let it be said, the … more
I will never forget an article written in my college newspaper about Valentine’s Day. In the article, the writer, a man, argued that men need a Valentine’s Day, too, because if the … more
The Galena Gazette strongly supports the bond referendum for the Galena High School renovation and expansion project. Here are a few of the reasons why: Education and student development … more
In the past, I regularly used this space to write about the student-athletes in our area and how fortunate we are to be represented by these young men and women. I am now teaching just north of the … more
One of my summer rituals involved riding a bike across Iowa as a participant of RAGBRAI, the Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa. The route–different each year–takes … more
It’s almost Valentine’s Day and for those who are in a relationship, that means that you need to come up with date ideas for your special someone. You could go the stereotypical … more
I am writing with important news that affects our children’s education, the quality of our community, and our pocketbooks. My purpose is to introduce the facts, invite you to learn more, and … more
As Bob Woodward steps away from the Galena Gazette to pursue his new semi-retirement role of director of journalism philanthropy and college student partnerships for Woodward Communications, I am … more
The word “obituary” is relatively new in English. The first written use of “obituary” wasn’t recorded until 1706. The new noun came from the Medieval Latin obituarius … more
My wife said, “You have to read it—start right now! ‘The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen 83 ¼ Years Old.’ It’s about Hendrik’s life in an Amsterdam nursing … more
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