Last year at this time, I could hardly believe that a year had passed since I was appointed as village clerk. Now, it is hard to believe that two years have passed. Time marches on; and things around here that seemed so hard are much easier. However, new things pop up all the time. There are some things that are done weekly, others quarterly, and some yearly.

The Marengo Community High School District #154 board and members of the community discussed the possibility of dis-missing two school coaches and Physical Education teachers’ positions at a meeting on March 21 at the high school.

Marengo Union Indians Junior Tackle Football Club has had great success. Last year, they were undefeated. It was also the first year since 1994 that the 12 year-old Marengo Middle Weights made it to the Super Bowl, said Steve Stavroplos, head coach for Marengo Union Junior Tackle.

Historically, in small or large communities, the main public library building is located in the major downtown of the community. Since 1906, this fact has also been true for the Marengo community.

The year was 1989. Marengo was honoring its 70 years of basketball legacy by honoring one of its basketball stars, Cliff Kitchen. Kitchen was forward, (and captain), on the first Marengo High School team from 1918-1919.

Many women in business had a very relaxing night on March 16th at Joe’s Place in Marengo. Ellen Brunschon said she got a manicure; hand wax; massage; and reflexology at the 2nd Annual Women In Business “Champagne, Chocolate & Chicks” Night.

The Union Fire Department has been keeping busy this past winter! The big snow in early February was a test of our abilities. Our newest brush truck, 1569, did very well in plowing through the snow to get to stranded motorists, as well as a stranded ambulance. With the assistance of our trustee, Roger Heimsoth, and his tractor, the Union firemen were able to get the ambulance and bring them to Union.

Your city is undergoing a transition at many levels. Here, at the police department, we are also experiencing some changes. In light of the economic situation, we, and every other community, have had to make some difficult choices. A major change that will directly affect our citizens is the outsourcing of our dispatch communications to the Village of Lake in the Hills.

Tim Neubeck is looking to make his new, part-time position as coordinator of the Marengo Economic Development Commission into a full-time career. Neubeck started the position at the beginning of February 2011, after former coordinator, Dane Checolinski, accepted a new position in Wisconsin. Some of Neubeck’s responsibilities include: recruiting and retaining businesses; distributing marketing materials for local businesses and for the city; administering tax incentive programs; maintaining a database of available properties; and facilitating communication among the various entities in Marengo, (for example: the city, chamber of commerce, Marengo Main Street, convention and business bureaus, state agencies, etc.).

When Marengo resident, Christine Ditzler takes her family shopping at the Marengo Convenient Mart, she said they are always greeted with a friendly smile and a warm welcome. Dale and Jacqueline Pancyrz, owners of the Marengo Convenient Mart and residents of Belvidere, officially opened the store on October 22, 2010.

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