Marengo fireLast month I wrote about the Majestic Hotel era in Marengo’s history, and its tragic end – consumed by fire in the early morning hours of March 1, 1956. Twenty-six people occupied the building at the time of the fire, and all managed to flee or be rescued; with one exception - a boarder who was assisted out of the hotel, but somehow in the confusion made his way back into the smoke and flames and perished. The Majestic Hotel fire wasn’t the first blaze that marred the cityscape of Marengo. Over the years Marengo experienced its share of destructive infernos.

Park DistrictGreetings to Marengo residents from the Marengo Park District. The park district will be contributing a monthly column with updates and news. It is our pleasure to be able to provide services to all our patrons and hopefully improve your quality of life on a daily basis.

Two years ago the district started a restructuring of operations; this process is continuing and while it isn’t moving fast enough for some, it is moving forward. The district is addressing Infrastructure issues like HVAC repairs, leaking roofs, basement flooding, phone systems, alarm systems, computer systems as the district needs these things to be fixed in order to move forward with adequate services.

Betty Miller was teaching eighth grade in Elgin back in 2001 when she wrote her book Medicine Hat Horse, but she didn’t publish it until 2014. It is available through Anyone who has read it will be glad to know she is finally working on her next book, which will continue the adventures of the Lakota Sioux boy, Little Running Deer, and his horse Silver Moon Dancing.

Join other literacy volunteers to help adult students improve their lives and further their education. A free information session on becoming a literacy tutor for reading, math and English language skills is offered from 1-3 p.m. on Wednesday, Oct. 12 and from 9-11 a.m. on Saturday, Oct. 15 in Room A370 at McHenry County College. The college is located at 8900 U.S. Hwy. 14 in Crystal Lake. MCC’s Adult Education Department provides county residents with an opportunity to tutor adult students in reading, math or English as a Second Language. Anyone over the age of 18 with a desire to make a difference in someone’s life is encouraged to attend.

Group of dancersRio Ottolino was honored to be asked that her Goin' Solo Dance Company perform for the upcoming Settler's Days in Marengo for the "Saturday Night on Main Street." She will be there with both her team, and her "Summer Dance Workshop" dancers. They will be performing on Saturday, October 8 at 7:00 p.m. on the intersection of Rt. 23 and Washington Street.

Diane ParrishMarengo Physical Therapy therapist, Diane Parrish, PT, DPT attended the University of Wisconsin- Milwaukee’s Wisconsin Hand Experience- Caring for the Painful Thumb Course.

 The course largely focused on the most recent research on the evaluation and treatment of the wrist, hand, thumb and shoulder. At the course, Diane learned about wrist ligament injuries; testing and treatment for various shoulder problems such as frozen shoulder, rotator cuff tears, and bicep tendon issues; persistant hand edema treatment, and the evaluation and treatment of a painful thumb. The course included observing a surgery to save hand function with severe arthritis in the wrist.

Monticello gardensPerhaps one our most scholarly Presidents, Thomas Jefferson looked forward to returning to his beloved Monticello in 1811 after two terms in office. He wrote “no occupation is so delightful to me as the culture of the earth, but tho’ an old man I am a young gardener.” We had the opportunity to visit Monticello in September for the tenth anniversary of the Fall Harvest Festival – a celebration of farm to table diversity. There is much to be learned from Jefferson’s practices that can be applied to our current day gardens.

Group presentationMarengo seniors wanted to give back to the Park District as a way of showing their appreciation for allowing their bimonthly social gathering at the Park District’s nature center.

This summer Connie Sandman and Tom and Jo Coggins collected donations outside Wisteds Supermarket and Sullivan’s Food. Sponsors of the Seniors Game Day also held a bake sale at the park district.

Student Over 1.6 million students took the 2015 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/ NMSQT) last October and entered the National Merit Scholarship Program. Of the 50,000 highest scores, 34,000 of those high performers are being named Commended Students on the basis of a national selection index score of 209. Congratulations to MCHS’s Ryan Kasch for receiving a Letter of Commendation as a 2015 National Merit Scholar.>

John BartmanJohn Bartman, 38, a lifetime resident of Marengo, got tapped by Representative Jack Franks (D) to run in his stead to represent District 63. Franks resigned in order to seek a role in McHenry County government. Bartman wants to continue the job supporting the interests of McHenry County and Marengo.


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