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.

Remote bunco“Marengo is the most fun,” says Susan Martino, co-founder of the Woodstock Bunco for Breast Cancer.

Susan and two of her daughters, including co-founder Tracy Noe who was diagnosed in 2002, have fought the fight against breast cancer themselves. They decided to do something positive about it so, from her hospital bed in 2004, her older daughter, Laura Littner, began doing some research.

Chris and Bob BotsNearly eighty men and women who volunteer their time at the M.O.R.E. Center (Marengo area OutReach Enterprises) gathered September 14, 2016 at Marengo Community High School for a luncheon of soups, sandwiches and desserts prepared and served by students in Ms. Kelly Wille’s Food Service class.

The Illinois Railway Museum hours are from 10 am until 6 pm. But not tonight. On Labor Day weekend, the IRM is remaining open with their hours extended until 9:30-ish and a lot of people are taking full advantage of those extra hours.

Photographers are lined up on the platform to get the best shots of the Frisco steam engine in motion. Passengers on the train are enjoying the sunset ride in the luxurious Pullman coaches being used for this evening. Other people are loving the extra streetcar rides around the grounds that are continuing long past normal hours as well.

Library personnelAt 11:00 a.m. on November 19, WNIJ’s Dan Klefstad will be at the Marengo Union Library to kick off National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo.)

NaNoWriMo is an annual, Internet-based project that takes place during the month of November. NaNoWriMo challenges participants to write 50,000 words (the minimum number of words for a novel) from November 1 until the deadline at 11:59 P.M. on November 30.

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