What a way to end 2016 with the bitter cold December weather – a true winter with lots of snow and cold!

I wanted to do a big shout out to Clasen's Tavern for their continued support and donations from the recent Turkey Testicle Festival. These fund raising events help the Union Fire Fighters to put together scholarships and funds for uniforms and small tools – thank you everyone for your support during our events. And while we are on that subject – our annual February fund raising event will be changed up for 2017. This year we will continue to sell the big drawing tickets, however, the event is changing to a Meat Raffle / Feather Party to be held at Clasen’s Tavern in Union on Feb 18, 2017 from 2-6 PM. We again will raffle off a charming kid’s rocker built by Barry Mishler. Look for signs and the ever-popular social media info! I do hope that you will come out and support the Union Fire Fighters as you have in the past!

This upcoming McHenry County College fire academy will have a new Union recruit, FF Todd Harris! Todd joined the Union Fire Dept in the past year and has been a valuable addition. In the upcoming months you will find us training in and around town at various locations – please stop and watch us in action! It is always great to see the community, and we are always available to answer questions. Training is scheduled for Tuesday nights with some Saturdays as well.

If you ever have any questions or comments please feel free to contact me at info@ufpd.org. Hoping all the best for a Happy 2017! Be safe!

General Federation of Women’s Club (GFWC) Illinois will be offering the following Scholarships for students who will be attending an ILLINOIS school:

Arthur Grant Smith Scholarship- DRAMA-$500.00

GFWC Illinois Centennial LIBRARY SCIENCE Scholarship-$300.00

Hamilton Ridge Scholarship- MUSIC-$1000.00

Illinois Cottage Park Ridge VOCATIONAL Scholarship for GIRLS-2 at $1,000.00 each

Lincoln Lodge VOCATIONAL Scholarship for BOYS-2 at $1,000.00 each

Lorado Taft Scholarship- ART-$1000.00

Vina Miller Memorial Scholarship-with emphasis on INTERNATIONAL OUTREACH-$1000.00

For information and application please contact Cynthia Tomczyk, Marengo Woman’s Club Scholarship Chair at 815-568-1776 Deadline: Postmarked February 15, 2017

We hope your holidays were filled with family fun and time with friends. After the end of the year the first weeks of January can be dark and cold. However, we always look forward to getting the winter solstice behind us so that each day is ever so much longer.

Boys Squad Dumps Sycamore In Nichols Tourney Win

The host Indians (8-3) upended Sycamore 49-33, in the E.C. Nichols Holiday Tournament, on the strength of an 18-3 third period highlighted by scoring from Michael Volkening (20 points), Alex Shirmer (9), and Blaine Borhart (7). Marengo led 16-14 at halftime, before the barrage of shots widened the lead, and their defense closed down the passing lanes. The Spartans were held to five total points in the middle frames.

Volkening hit a trio of three-pointers, with Connor Wascher and Aidan Kirchner each adding one of their own. The Indians moved on to the Dec. 28 fifth-place contest against the Antioch Sequoits.

Northern Illinois Holiday Classic Dec. 21, 2016

The Indians (6-8) beat the Woodstock Blue Streaks 55-51, behind the scoring of Marissa Knobloch (19, 3 three-pointers), Hannah Faber (9, 1), and Bailey Bertrand (8), and Lauren Aubry (6) in the Dec. 21 victory in the consolation bracket, at Woodstock. Hannah Ritter went 3-4 at the free throw line, Jordan Parker (5), Trinity Chanthalansy (2), Amy Rohe (1), and Erin Haeflinger (2) also figured into the scoring. Stillman Valley

Holiday Tournament Dec. 17, 2016

The Indians varsity wrestling squad (7-1) had Joe Mier (160), and Landon Pfeiffer (106) take championship slots at the Stillman Valley tournament, and an overall total of nine grapplers helped the team take the first place title by advancing to place-setting contests. In the 220-weight class, Aaron Recendiz finished in second-place.

Boys Bowling

In a Dec. 13 match-up against the Johnsburg Skyhawks, the Indians picked the win 3,198- 3,150. In the Dec. 12 contest against the Woodstock Blue Streaks, the team lost 2,194- 3,340. Both events were held at the Glo Bowl in Marengo. The team roster is Kyle Appelhans, Jake Barton, Austin Davis, Cole Deller, Paul Fournier, Antonio Laino, Riley Lundgren, C o l e Martins, Brendan Walters, and Patrick West.

Girls Bowling

In a Dec. 13 contest against the Johnsburg Skyhawks, the Indians won 2,241-2,141. The team also beat the Woodstock Blue Streaks Dec. 12 by a 2,361-1,592 score.

COLLEGEMarengo’s landscape has changed significantly from those days in the spring of 1835 when the ox drawn carts clunked on to the prairie that eventually became our town. Over the years Marengo has supported various enterprises - nurseries, a few pickle factories, a stove factory, lumber yards, a steam mill, an interurban electric railway, and a college – yes, a college.

Snow fallWe all have our winter memories which are usually broad in nature. But then there are those more “personal” events that I shall call winter moments. In the January 18, 1979, edition of the Marengo Beacon News, reporter, Scott Brown, highlighted a few of those more personal events that arose out of a significant snow event that, according to Floyd “Fritz” Griebel, created the need to remove approximately 25 tons of snow from the central business district.

Simons FarmEditor’s note: This is the third of a series of articles on local farms that produce the food we eat.

Curt Simons is a fifth generation farmer on Carmack Road in Marengo. “My family originally purchased sixty acres of land from the State of Illinois. Now we have three hundred and thirty acres.”

“We have forty Holsteins and Jersey cows. They provide approximately two hundred and twenty five gallons of milk each day. Our milk is hormone free, we do not give growth hormones to our cows. We grow our own replacement stock.” Forty cows are milked and forty more are in different stages of development. As the cows age, younger cows take over milk production. “We sell the bulls.”


According to a National Transportation Safety Board report, the plane crash that took the life of Rob Sherman came down minutes after taking off from Poplar Grove Airport, due to a “loss of control” on the experimental Zenair CH601, which he was piloting. The preliminary finding indicated Sherman left at 6:19 p.m., Dec. 9, with the intent of attending a holiday party of the Experimental Aircraft Association, being held at the Schaumburg Regional Airport.

Rob ShermanThe Mc Henry County Coroner’s Office identified the remains of a plane crash victim in a rural Marengo farm field, as those of Rob Sherman. A Dec. 12 press release was issued confirming the individual’s name, following an autopsy performed that afternoon. 

santa adYou better watch out,                                                                                     you better not cry                                                                                   Better not pout.                                                                                        I'm telling you why                                                                                        Santa Claus is coming to town

You’ll probably hear this song numerous times before Christmas 2016 comes around; especially if you listen to that radio station that plays Christmas Carols twenty-four hours a day. The song was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie in the early 1930’s and was first recorded in 1934. Santa Claus or St. Nicholas has been coming to town for a significant time longer than the song has been around.


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