Leah SecorLeah Secor signed with Rock Valley College in Rockford on November 12, 2016. She will be playing for the three time back to back to back NJCAA D3 National Champions, and joins the same program that Marengo Alums Jessica Turner, Abby Kissack and Taylor Carlson experienced. She is continuing her post-secondary education to pursue Agricultural Business. Head Coach Darin Monroe said "Leah comes from one of the best programs in Illinois and will have the opportunity to play the middle infield from the start. She has quick hands at the plate and has some untapped power that we will look to develop. Leah has great range and excellent arm strength." Leah will be a 4 year varsity starter for the Indians this spring, with her primary position at short stop. Congratulations!

wreathThe Marengo Fire Protection District urges the community to help them “Keep the Wreath Red” throughout the month of December.

The firefighters will place a wreath, which is lighted with red bulbs, in front of the fire station at 120 E. Prairie Street, that is visible to all. If a fire occurs during the holiday season in which holiday decorations are involved, one of the red bulbs will be changed to a white bulb. This will act as a remind of the safety precautions that should be taken during the holiday season. Visit us at Marengofpd.org.

Winter has not reared its face, and we have not seen the snow....(yet). When the snow does come, and I am sure we will see it soon, this will turn up the heat in our homes as we begin to bundle up. Let’s discuss fire safety in the home: It is a fact that half of home fires occur, from heat related appliances in the months of December, January and February (for obvious reasons). Accidents happen; however, accidents can be prevented - here are a few tips to help prevent an accidental fire in your home:

Santa trainI received a note the other day - an invitation for me, my friends and my family. I thought I would share it with all of the people in the Marengo-Union area. It reads:

Pleasant Acres Farm(Editor’s note: This is the second of a series of articles on local farms that produce the food we eat.)

Pleasant Acres Farm is a small livestock and grain farm located at 306 Busse Road between Marengo and Harvard. Owner Joe Clarke was born and raised in Prospect Heights. Thirtythree years ago he married his high school sweetheart, Beth Stark, and the two of them became interested in farming.

Iron worksD5 Iron Works will soon be moving from its location in Woodstock to the outskirts of Union. The land is next door to Intren [formerly Trench-It].

“We bought property in Union to expand our business in a new permanent facility,” says owner Ray Lidner. “We service the Chicagoland area and, just from a logistical standpoint, Union is located only ten miles from Interstate I-90.”

bootsIt is time to shop for the gardeners on your holiday list. We love to share ideas for gifts that any gardener or homeowner would love to receive. If you visit a local garden center, you may find some of our suggestions. Otherwise, start early and order from a catalog or online.

Gardeners always appreciate seeds, especially anything that is heirloom. We like Seed Saver’s Exchange, Baker Creek Heirloom Seeds and Renee’s Garden for unique selections of vegetables and flowers. You could package seeds in a gift basket with gel kneepads, garden gloves, plant markers or gardener’s skin care products.

A few weeks ago, just before Thanksgiving, Marengo got an early holiday present. The area franchise holder/developer of Taco Bell is making commitment to build a Mexican fast food restaurant located on the northwest corner of Lindow Lane and USH 20 – East Grant Highway. To be built on the outlot in front of Sullivan’s Grocery with access coming off of Lindow, the 2,053 square-foot building is planned to have dining room seating for 42 patrons, and an outside patio that could seat another 31. And of course, one of the building’s other features is a drive-through for carry- out service. With the building’s plan currently under permit review, and knowing that construction start-up is somewhat weather dependent, for now it is anticipated that the restaurant will open up mid-2017.

The warm weather has left us and the holidays have arrived; many of us are still waking from our naps after that Thanksgiving feast. As we begin our Christmas shopping, I would like to remind everyone who shops online to make sure to look at your credit card statements and verify your purchases. If you notice purchases you did not make contact your credit card company right away. Identity theft normally goes up during the holiday season.

Veterans dayMarengo Area Community High School held its 9h Annual Veterans’ Day Assembly, November 11, at 9:00 A.M. Veterans from every branch of the armed forces are honored during the assembly. Rather than have a day off from school, children from 4th through 12th grade participate in honoring area veterans.



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