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O n Saturday morning I was working on making corrections to Galenian pages when I suddenly remember the big basketball game in Champaign. But my heart started sinking as the first quarter … more
M y current interest in pearl buttons was piqued when I held my first button-punched mussel shell in the palm of my hand. I felt I was holding a bit of local history about which I knew nothing. When … more
Emma Furlong was busy helping customers at The Galena Bakehouse this past Sunday morning when I stopped to pick up a cup of coffee for myself and Jay Dickerson who is so kindly helping us assemble … more
In a career filled with innovation, longtime Galena resident Bill Farrell (1936–2021) showed the world that ceramics can be vessels for ideas, inspiration and stories, as well as food. A … more
I have fallen in love with the mussel bound! Who’d have thought that would happen at my age? How astonishing to discover the pearly inner surface of a shell that may appear utterly plain as … more
F reezing rain proved to be the chief topic of conversation this past week. With the temperature hovering at 32 degrees and with as much rain and freezing drizzle that came down last Wednesday I … more
When I woke up today bald eagles were calling. The bright sun reflecting on iced limbs whispered, “Here! Here!” And from Muscatine, Iowa, there was the lure of–buttons! Before I … more
Beth Baranski has a big job ahead of her, a job that few would enjoy. Beth does. She enjoys getting out into all parts of her beloved Jo Daviess County and meeting people. Beth is somewhat like … more
W hen I was 16, they had a “What Kind of Job Do You Want?” night at Freeport High School. I looked at all the jobs offered, and the one that appealed to me was forest ranger. There were … more
A n article by reporter Murphy Obershaw in this week’s newspaper shares with us that the cadre of emergency medical responders in Jo Daviess County has just increased by 33 people. How cool is … more
According to the Galena Daily Gazette of Feb. 2, 1876, the West Galena Farmers’ Club met to discuss the subject of producing large numbers of eggs. At the meeting, it was suggested that … more
D uring my career here, one of the constants has been the Galena Lions Club’s annual pancake breakfast. In my initial years here, the breakfast was hosted at Pete’s Steakburger Inn. … more
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