TEAMThe 15th-seeded Marengo Indians (5-5 Overall, 2-4 Kishwaukee River Conference) had their season end on a 56- 14 loss to the 2nd-seeded Johnsburg Skyhawks in the Oct. 29 opener of the IHSA Class 4A Football Playoffs. However, Marengo accomplished the feat of making the post-season in consecutive years, last done in 1997. The 2015 team progressed to the state final, eventually losing to Chicago Phillips, at the Bronzeville neighborhood school’s field.

PUMPKINSThe garden season is over and we would like to take some time to share our results. Typically, by November we are flush with provisions harvested from our garden that have been processed, preserved or stored for use over the next six to nine months. However due to a deliberate decision to downsize our production as well as experiencing a less than optimal gardening year, our 2016 reserves are not robust.

SIGNThe Santa Fe sign that rose above Michigan Avenue in Chicago has found a new home. Removed from its place atop the seventeen story Railway Exchange Building in 2012, the owner determined that it should go to a non-profit organization. Besting some stiff competition, the Illinois Railway Museum became the recipient of the sign.

“It arrived in the back of a pickup truck,” Dave Diamond, Project Manager and General Manager of Facilities at the IRM tells me. “In pieces. It was exciting to see the words ‘Santa Fe’ begin to appear as we pieced it back together. The Burlington Northern Santa Fe Railway gave us a grant to restore the sign.”

We certainly cannot say that our Chicago Cubs haven’t given us some outstanding games in 2016! By the time this article goes to print in November, blood pressure readings will likely have returned to “normal." And so it was in the hearts of Marengoans during the years of 1902 to 1909 when their hometown baseball hero, Carl Lundgren, was a Cubs pitcher.

Weidner FarmAl Weidner is a fourth-generation farmer whose family hails from Palatine and Buffalo Grove. Following graduation at Iowa State University, Al and his wife Marilyn migrated further from Chicago and arrived in Marengo in March of 1977.

 Weidner manages his crops and herd of hogs with the help of his son, Jordan. Together, they manage 6000 hogs a year – enough to feed pork to 35,000 people. “Raising hogs is no different than raising other animals,” Weidner says. It is a 365 day a year job.”

Ed UrbanThis month I’m going to give you a glimpse of Marengo in the past. These stories were printed in various editions of the Marengo Republican in the year 1869. Some left me laughing; others had me scratching my head; either way I hope you enjoy them.

These days’ car burglaries are commonplace in many communities, and it’s very annoying if you’ve ever been a victim of such a crime. Mr. Amos Boyce had the misfortune of being a victim twice. This piece ran in the January 21, 1869, edition and described poor Mr. Boyce’s plight: “STOLEN – Mr. Amos Boyce while attending meeting on Monday evening, had a fine Buffalo Robe stolen from his buggy, by some sacrilegious vandal, having neither the fear of God or man. This is the second Buffalo Robe Mr. Boyce has had stolen from him while attending church. We hope every hair on the Robe will be like a needle to the thief ’s conscience, if he has one, till he returns the Robe.” Like the old saying goes (modified to fit the story); “steal one Buffalo Robe from my buggy shame on you, steal two Buffalo Robes from my buggy, shame on me.

Christian Arts Student Theater is proud to announce its next production “Keanu’s Moon” which is an original work by Kimberly Voller, CAST director and Michele Hellyer, a local freelance writer/author. This collaboration was inspired by the beautiful Sea Turtles found off the coast of the Hawaiian Islands, which both authors have had the experience of swimming with. Kimberly and Michele are also passionate about conservation and environmental issues affecting our marine life, which is addressed in the production.

The Board of Education decided at the October 25, 2016 meeting to put up for public auction the Hawthorn School Property located at 1913 Hawthorn Road. In order to attach a fair price, the Board hired RVG Commercial to prepare a formal appraisal. The Hawthorn School property actually consists of seven different properties: Six (6) residential lots that are contiguous to Highcrest Road and one residential lot that is contiguous to Hawthorn Road. The six (6) lots range in size from .59 acres to .93 acres and are zoned as part of the Carmack Meadows Subdivision. The front lot, where Hawthorn School is situated is 5.05 acres. The Board has designated that the property will be sold as two separate parcels: Parcel 1 will be the six (6) residential lots with a minimum price of $110,000.00 and Parcel 2 will be the 5 acre lot with Hawthorn School with a minimum price of $40,000.00.

Per state statute, the process to dispose of public property requires a public notice to be published three times in the paper. The District will be posting the official public notice in the NW Herald. This article does not constitute a public notice, rather it is informational only. State statute also requires that bids be sealed. Anyone interested in more information may contact Mrs. Lea Damisch, Superintendent of Schools at 815-568-8323.

Other exciting news is the six oak trees that were planted on the North side of the new bus garage. Each of these oak trees will be dedicated in the spring to the branches of the military—Army, Navy, Air Force, Marines, Coast Guard, and Merchant Marines. Superintendent Damisch has been coordinating with the local American Legion to purchase bronze plaques. Any family wishing to dedicate one of the trees to a family member who served should contact Superintendent Damisch for more information. A bronze memorial plaque will also be placed on the flag pole by the new bus garage. Readers of this paper may remember that the District reached out to the community when the new trees were planted in front of the building. To date, 12 of those trees are memorialized. A suggested donation of $500.00 is requested to offset the cost of the oak trees.

Finally, members of the community will have noticed that the second phase of new windows was completed at the building that houses Grant Intermediate and Marengo Community Middle School. The final window replacement will occur in the summer of 2017. The District also did more roof repair at Locust School.

MASEFIn 1992, a group of sixteen Marengo teachers, administrators, and parents had a Big Hairy Audacious Goal (BHAG as described in Built to Last by Bill Collins and Jerry I. Porras.) These citizens formed the Marengo Area Schools Educational Foundation (MASEF) and set out to raise $1,000,000. Once MASEF reached this “critical value,” through careful stewardship and investing, the funds could become evergreen. MASEF’s vision: a community-funded effort which would benefit all Marengo and Union residents by enhancing the quality of education in our public schools.

Jack FranksTo help provide an authentic experience for their legislative simulation project, state Rep. Jack D. Franks, D-Marengo, joined students from Marengo Community High School recently to answer questions about the legislative process.

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