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For the life of me, I have no idea where my COVID-19 vaccination card is. How many of you are in the same position? As the Omicron variant of the COVID-19 virus moves about the world with amazing … more
Several months ago, former Galena Mayor Dick Auman shared with us a very interesting little book, “The Revised Ordinances of the City of Galena 1897,” codified and arranged by Galena … more
A rumor swirled around the lead mine region in the early 1900s that famed English author Charles Dickens visited Galena and Shullsburg during a visit to America in the … more
Osteoporosis is commonly called a “silent disease.” Often, breaking a bone is the first clue you have osteoporosis. Some people learn that they have osteoporosis after they lose … more
Stella and Sister leaned over the fence to see the colorfully wrapped gift. I held the cup up to Sister’s left eye since her right eye is now completely blind. Both of them agreed that the … more
We, as in grandson Paul Carter Newton III (I call him PC III but everyone else calls him “Carter”) and yours truly cooked up a storm in Jefferson City, Mo. Outside, on our first night … more
One hundred years ago, a group of enthusiastic business owners in Galena decided to change their name from the Galena Businessmen’s Association and reorganized as the Galena Chamber of Commerce … more
The boy in the tree was waiting for me with a Christmas gift when we met for the last time. “Though I created you to tell the story of 401 Park Ave., you did not have to give me a … more
The morning was wintry when I reached the young boy in the tree this week. I pulled myself up the limbs, carrying a thermos of hot chocolate, some marshmallows and a pair of warm mittens. After … more
Turner Hall has been a part of the social life in Galena for the past 147 years. That is apparent when looking through the Galena Gazette from 100 years ago and the wide variety of events that … more
You know the old Johnny Carson joke about fruitcake? “There’s only one fruitcake in the world and people keep sending it to each other.” Well, a rough analogy fits for … more
I climbed the tree this week and just sat for a while with the young boy who has been watching 401 Park Ave. for 200 years. The lad, who readily admits with some pride to being created by me as a … more
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