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.

Fall PlayThere are six dates to choose from, so check your calendars now and order your tickets as soon as they are available. November 10, 11, 12, and 17, 18 and 19 the high school auditorium will be transformed into a Shakespearean “theater in the round” for a production of Twelfth Night by William Shakespeare.

Mayor Lockhart….. Therefore be it resolved by the Senate (the House of Representatives concurring), that the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United Sates to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other people.

I am proud of our community’s, and particularly our High School’s, observance of Veterans Day. It is one of the things we do that makes Marengo singularly unique in our region. It is a time when all folks throughout our community join in a common place to celebrate, honor and remember the military service and sacrifice that our local residents and their family members provided to our country.

October was an exciting month! The weather was great for Settlers Days! The CUBS won the National League Championship, sending us to the World Series which was just, as the biggest CUBS Fan in Marengo,Tanya Finzel, said:"AWESOME!!" - November will be equally exciting, because it will bring on the end of the campaign ads.

If you are doing yard work – please remember that there are local ordinances, as well as County ordinances concerning the burning of yard waste. Leaves can create smoke that is toxic to neighbors with asthma, so if you are burning - legally, be mindful of where the smoke is blowing. If you do burn, watch weather conditions so that your small brush fire does not become a field or grass fire. Many fields in our area have corn stalks that can turn into a dangerous field fire. For information on local ordinances you can contact your local fire department, or review information on the McHenry County web site.

Union Fire Dept. will be planning an event around our big drawing in February, look for information over the next couple of articles!

Wishing you and your family a Happy Thanksgiving!

Fire and rescueOctober is gone, and the holidays are rapidly approaching but let’s not forget November 6 is daylight savings. Yes, it’s that time of year again when we need to change the batteries in our smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. Remember this goes for all detectors even if they are hard wired. We receive a lot of calls about faulty detectors going off and there is nothing happening. Two of the most common reasons are batteries and service life. Detectors have a service life that typically lasts between 7-10 years depending on the manufacturer and detector type. The service life information can be found on the back of the detector in the fine print. Another common mistake, is the batteries in a hard-wired detector. NFPA requires smoke detector manufactures to have a battery back up in all detectors to ensure they will continue to work in the event of a power outage. This means you will still hear an alarm when the batteries need to be replaced. The cold weather is coming and we are entering the season where carbon monoxide and fires are the biggest concerns.

Rick Solarz, Marengo Police ChiefIt looks like the warm days of summer are over and with the fall season upon us, I would urge everyone to be alert for deer and other animals crossing the roads. Particularly, be alert during dawn and dusk as these are the times when animals are most active. This is not to say that you won’t encounter an animal at any other time.

Fraternite meetingSettlement Conference Set for Fraternite Lawsuit

A civil lawsuit filed on behalf of the Fraternite Order of Notre Dame last Dec., is slated for a settlement conference Nov. 21 before a magistrate judge at the U. S. Northern District Court in Rockford. The litigation, stemming from a McHenry County Board denial of a special use permit to the Order last year, is based on the abridgement and denial of constitutional rights, throughout the zoning process and final determination.

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