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It is interesting to note the many curious names the reader encounters in perusing the archival Galena Gazettes. Did their names influence their occupations? There were two men of the cloth in … more
The recent decision by The Galena City Council has seemingly hit a raw nerve in this community. It bore a mention of opposition during the last Galena City Council meeting as well as a letter to the … more
Kelly Kindscher, an ethnobotanist from the University of Kansas, wrote a quick personal message in the book I purchased, “I am delighted that we both spent time on the Rosebud!” … more
Hurricane Ian has come and gone, but in its wake families are mourning the loss of loved ones and quite possibly a way of life for the short and long term. . .well. . . maybe forever. One thing … more
For the last five months, I have been taking morning walks. I originally had no lofty purpose in my long walks. Instead, I hoped that they would become a kind of emotional cleansing. I had some … more
Newspapers are an important part of how we consume information. It has been this way for centuries. However, as social media continues to infiltrate our daily lives, fewer people are turning to … more
One of the things I enjoy doing on a Saturday night involves watching YouTube videos from the talent shows such as America’s Got Talent and Voice which are so popular now. It’s the … more
Oh, the empanadas I have known! Those the Colombian women in the plaza prepared were “sabroso”–delicious! During the eight years I lived in Latin America, my own taste palette was … more
“If there is any killing to be done, let them commence by killing some of my children.” Hats off to the Galena-Jo Daviess County Historical Society for its recent annual (theatrical) … more
The old saying goes, “The early bird catches the worm.” Dating back to 1605, the year the saying is first recorded in English, its meaning is simple. If you arrive early, you reap the … more
This morning I had the notion of taking a very early walk through town along Commerce, Water and Main streets. I thought I might catch a few early workers getting ready for their day. Every … more
No season is more magical in Galena and the surrounding countryside than that of Fall. The Autumnal Equinox officially began last Thursday at 9:03 p.m. However, many in the area get the sense of … more
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