This past April 12, 2011 marked the 150th Anniversary of the beginning of one of darkest chapters of our nation’s history, the start of the American Civil War. In his Gettysburg Address, Abraham Lincoln described the United States as being, "conceived in liberty, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal."

The Riley Community Consolidated School District #18 Board of Education discussed the 2010 tax levy, transportation, state funding, and school consolidation at the school board meeting on April 20 in the school library.

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.


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