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Hello, my name is Jen Martin. I live in Stockton, IL. I was born on July 22, 1980. I grew up in Rockton, IL. I graduated from Hononegah High School in June of 2001. I have been employed at The … more
Around here, the Civil War is never far away. Nine generals, a Medal of Honor recipient, the Lead Mine Regiment, cemeteries across the county dotted with Civil War soldiers’ graves, statuary, … more
Renewable energy, resource conservation, energy efficiency, natural area protection. These are the drivers of the City of Galena’s green initiatives. For over a decade our city has sought … more
S ometimes, when the world seems dark and the search for understanding is difficult, a ray of sunlight suddenly appears showing a way forward or signals an opportunity for hope, healing and … more
H illary Dickerson, city of Galena facilities manager gave us a rather remarkable statistic with us as it relates to the glass recycling program here. Over a half million tons of glass have been … more
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
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