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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 our … 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
On the first night of Hanukkah, my son in Israel called. “Mums, I thought you might like to join me for the lighting of the oil for the first night of Hanukkah.” Michael is an … more
I’ll be leaving The Galena Gazette at the end of this year. It’s time for goodbye and, especially, a heartfelt thank you. Thank you, Gazette readers and advertisers. Your belief in the … more
The story of Dave and Pat Casper’s relationship with the Jo Daviess Conservation Foundation and Casper Bluff Land & Water Reserve has been well chronicled in The Galena Gazette. . .ever … more
Lawrence Dillon suffered. It was not just the discomfort; it was that he knew that folks looked away. It was sometimes awkward, for there was not just the pain but also some shame. He had that … more
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