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I’ve known Jim Berberet, Freeport, for a long time, probably through his work as director of the Highland Community College Foundation. Jim has Galena connections. His daughter, Sheila … more
Local rivalries are part of almost every small town across the nation. It might be Friday night football, a basketball game or any other competition that pits towns against one another. Not only … more
My mother’s family were poets, artists, dreamers and scholars, and rabbis. They were a part of a community thankful to be in the U.S. In my mother’s life, everything unraveled with the … more
We made the best of it and you know what, we survived and I would say even thrived. That was Thanksgiving this year sans family. Just Sarah and me, myself and I. And besides, there … more
Jo Daviess County residents are very familiar with the impact water has on our lives, especially during those torrential rains when rivers overtop their banks and wreak havoc on the … more
When I last saw poet Lucille Clifton, she seemed small and sad. I had recently returned to my apartment after two years of caregiving through the deaths of both of my parents. With those skills … more
Late this past summer, my friend, Scales Mound native and Oakland, Calif., resident Florenzi Grant, sent this editorial cartoon created by her late husband, Lou Grant. She gave permission to … more
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
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