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The general conversation this last week focused on two basic topics: the tragic deaths of two Galena residents in a traffic accident just east of town and a front-page article in the Telegraph-Herald … more
This column appeared in the New York Times in December and focuses on the issue of gun safety. We thought that given the events of last week involving gun control, this column might give Gazette … more
I woke up this morning to thoughts of war. Before I went to sleep last night, I listened to a report on the destruction of civilian targets in a Ukrainian town. I was deeply saddened by an interview … more
Two disgruntled Galena residents walked into our office this week. Luckily, we did nothing to offend either gentleman. They arrived at different days of the week and wanted to talk about the Grant … more
Ukraine’s agonies cause our hearts to weep. We watch with great sadness as lives are lost, people’s homes are destroyed and as men and … more
There are few things in life that can make a big difference in the lives of those around us; volunteering is one of them. Over 30 years ago, I got a call from my good friend Scott Lawlor. Back then I … more
Quality Hill, Seminary Hill, Shot Tower Hill, Buck Hill, Poverty Hill, Gear Hill and Hangman’s Hill. These were the names of Galena’s seven hills in 1939 when Richard Gear Hobbs published … more
On a normal Saturday morning there’s not a lot happening here. On most Saturdays and for most of the morning, it’s just me, myself and I with nose to the grindstone assembling the public … more
Peering out my frosty window, watching tumbling snowflakes dance, whimsy drifts to mind. The street lamps and occasional car lights color much of what swirls around in my thoughts. •With … more
Well, it’s 2023 and you know what? I don’t have any hopes or expectations for the year. Now, don’t read that in a super-cynical “she doesn’t think there’s any … more
I have officially declared 2023 the year to notice wonders. I have spent three years battling personal sorrow, finally concluding that battling anything never really works. Sorrow is sorrow. Pain is … more
Sarah and Quenten Lee ‘Wally’ Van Raalte are of like mind when it comes to an event at Apple River Stage Coach Event Center on New Year’s Eve this week. They want people to come, … more
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