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The Association of Galena Toads was having their autumn tea party. They had hopped right out of Beatrix Potter’s 1905 drawing of them seated around a mushroom table. They were a-croak with … more
Galena is always up for a festive event whether it’s Galena Country Fair, Oktoberfest, Halloween or any of other events that take place throughout the year in our community. In 1911, … more
John Cooke III possessed a larger-than-life personality. He could be admired and loathed. . .all at the same time. He wasn’t shy about sharing his thoughts and often used salty language to … more
It seemed like a herculean effort when we began making plans to move our office from our long-time home at 716 S. Bench St., when the decision was made to sell the property to Illinois Bank & … more
The motor of the 1955 Willys Jeep pickup started right up. “Not bad for a ‘55,” William Bookless said as he showed me the engine. “That sound’s unique to the Flathead … more
Mother Nature has birthed a new season once again. Fall has arrived whether we like it or not. The changing seasons are key points in the cycle of life for both nature and humanity. As we consciously … more
A few days after the autumnal equinox, Tamara Ambroz was my mystical guide through her enchanted gardens. Feeling like a child, I spent a magical few hours wandering through her world of wonders. … more
As the proverb goes, “The more things change, the more they stay the same.” In a community like Galena, that saying holds true on a regular basis as glimpses into the past show that … more
I am still chuckling after some very special people “crashed” a wedding reception in honor of Michael and Lindsey Goldberg this past Saturday at Brown Deer Golf Club in Coralville, … more
Shhh. Listen. The land is alive with preparations for the shortening days. The last wildflowers are still inviting pollinators to burrow in for their gifts of sweet nectar. Soon the hums and … more
Anyone driving down Spring Street over the past month or so has probably been stopped by a flagger as work is underway to prepare for a much larger Spring Street construction … more
During my career here, which will span 42 years this coming December, this newspaper has always advocated for shopping locally. Sometimes this has been done forcefully or a bit discreetly at … more
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