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.

PEmergency servicesortions of Franks Road and all access to the Marengo Community High School were closed off for several hours on Saturday morning, September 10. Emergency services were conducting a safety drill for communities around the area.

“The exercise was an active shooter event,” Captain John Kimmel of the Marengo Fire Department says. “It included 10 law enforcement agencies, the McHenry County Sheriff ’s Department and 12 fire departments. The McHenry County Emergency Service and Disaster Agency, Centegra Hospital Crisis Team, McHenry County Chaplains Group and the McHenry County Coroner’s Office also participated in the drill.”

There has been talk around here for 35-40 years, that we need an I-90 interchange. And now it is going to happen.

Following a 7-1 vote of the Marengo City Council in August, on September 6 the McHenry County Board approved local share funding for the development of the I-90 / Route 23 interchange by a vote of 21-1.

The Marengo Lions Club will be hosting a benefit trap shoot on September 24, 2016. Join us Lions at Coon Creek Hunt Club in Garden Prairie to watch or to demonstrate your shooting prowess. Registration for this event will start at 8:00 a.m. with coffee and rolls. The trap rounds will begin at 9:00 a.m.

Thursday Night Kickoff: Settlers’ Days Prince and Princess Contest. Registration must be submitted by September 23 and can be printed from the website

Friday Night: Skinners’ Carnival opens at 5pm in the City Hall Municipal Lot. Make sure to buy your wristbands the week before. Bingo at the Marengo Firehouse from 6:30-9:30pm

Pringle schoolMarengo Mayor Don Lockhart joined area residents Herb Franks and Ed Urban in two presentations of the original stage play ‘Elementary Follies’. Written by Nancy Fike, former director of the McHenry County Historical Museum, the proceeds from this play will be used for the restoration of the Pringle one-room Schoolhouse, north of Marengo.

The Pringle School is built from limestone which was quarried out of Garden Prairie and transported by wagon. The school was attended by children of the Scottish settlers who lived along River Road. Built in 1867, the one room schoolhouse continued to operate until the 1940s.

On August 17 the Marengo Fire/Rescue Districts with the assistance of several local departments responded to three requests for service that came in almost simultaneously. There have been some questions and incorrect information put out on social media that we wanted to address. I also wanted to inform you of how we are going to try and address some of the social media issues that we experience.

The first call that we were dispatched to was for a man trapped from a wall collapse. When we arrived on scene we found a man that had been working in a trench replacing a sewer line, when the side of the wall collapsed. The man was completely submerged under the dirt and workers on scene had started to remove the dirt. As additional crews arrived we began to shore the sides of the trench to make it safer for firefighters to enter the trench to begin the process of removing the victim. It took approximately 45 minutes to remove the victim using hand shovels. The victim was taken by flight for life and is expected to make a full recovery after several surgeries.

The second call we received was for a heart attack just blocks away from the first scene. The person was not a part of the first scene and was treated by paramedics and transported to the hospital where they ex- pected to make a full recovery. The victim was traveling through Marengo when their symptoms began.

The third call that we received for service was dispatched about 10 minutes after the original trench rescue call. This call was for a two vehicle accident at Rt. 23 and Harmony Rd. with entrapment. Units responding to this scene were from Marengo, Union, Harvard, and Genoa Kingston. Units on scene requested a second Helicopter from Rockford, but due to weather they were unavailable. All victims were transported and are expected to make full recoveries.

After talking with the representative from OSHA, we were informed that this is the first scene for a trench collapse of this magnitude that the victim has survived that he had seen. This is a testament to the dedication and quality of service, not only by the members of your department, but the cooperative efforts with our neighboring towns. We would like to thank Union, Harvard, Genoa, and Huntley for their assistance that day.

In an effort to address some of the social media issues that we experience with false information going out to the public we have created a facebook page for the Marengo Fire Rescue Districts. On this page we will give information of upcoming events, calls, and general department information. What we would ask of you in regards to social media, is to be considerate. In today’s world it is very easy to take pictures and post them on line. We would caution you in doing that at emergency scenes because that is somebody's family member and that can be very traumatizing for them if they find out about a death or accident prior to being informed by the proper authorities. Be safe and if you have questions or concerns feel free to contact us.


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