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Every village has a beginning. The history of Hazel Green is one that is very similar to those in the lead district, and one mine had a major impact on the formation of the village and the … more
Stella and Sister, my two rescue donkeys, love playing with packing boxes. If I get anything packaged in cardboard, I strip off any tape or staples and throw the cardboard container into their … more
These days when I go to work in the morning, I leave the house and walk down the sidewalk toward the garage. I scan Washington Street to see where cars are parked, especially if it’s around 8 … more
Yesterday I spoke to my son as he made his way from the outdoor market in Jerusalem to his tiny apartment. As we talked, the sounds of busy streets forced our conversation to pause until the … more
Today is Veterans Day, Nov. 11. One hundred two years ago, it was called Armistice Day, the day the Great War ended. I’m sure many of us remember: “…On the 11th hour, on the … more
Many have wondered over the weekend if President Trump will concede the election and whether he will give a concession speech. I’ve been wondering about something else. What’s the … more
Card games are a popular pastime in the region, whether it is a game of euchre at a local tavern or a game of bridge at a friend’s home. Cards have been an integral part of the … more
I have not looked at the election news this morning. I have chosen not to get pulled into that maelstrom. Instead, I have chosen to celebrate the vulnerable beauty of the intricate patterns of life … more
When I was a kid, we’d visit my parents’ dear friends in Kalamazoo, Mich. They had kids about our age, so there was always a lot of energy and commotion in their house. I’ll … more
In spite of all the reported divisiveness within our country, it is refreshing to find our community continues to respect our national banner. Located behind Galena City Hall is a receptacle … more
Rivalries are the life blood of local high school sports, whether it is Galena and Stockton, or Galena against East Dubuque. Players and fans alike always tend to have one or two games circled on … more
In times of profound difficulty, artists can open our hearts. The Galena Center for the Arts received an Illinois Humanities Council grant to produce a compilation by local musicians singing … more
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