Miss Kitty’s Saloon will be the site of Marengo’s American Legion Post 192’s semi-annual Meat Raffle on Friday, April 12 from 5 p.m. until everything is gone.

 “We hold these events twice a year to raise funds primarily for scholarships,” said Post Commander Larry Dochterman. “Some of the funds will be used for operating expenses, but the emphasis is always on scholarships. This scholarship will be for $1000 and will be given to someone who will be going into one of the vocational trades – welder, machinist, hairdresser, chef… – someone who does not intend to go to a traditional four-year college/university for a degree.

Police Chief Rich Solarz has spent 29 years in law enforcement, most of them here in Marengo. In his 24 years with us, he served in several roles; most recently he has been the Chief of Police for 3 years. As he retires this month, we asked him to reflect back on his career, especially his time in Marengo.

“I wasn’t your typical kid who always wanted to be a policeman,” Solarz reports. “I enlisted in the Marines, and while on active duty was assigned to various embassies around the world as an MP. I discovered I liked law enforcement work and was pretty good at it, so when I returned to civilian life I enrolled in the Police Academy and have been a police officer ever since.”

Recently a post on the “You might be from Marengo, IL if…” Facebook page generated some comical comments about a business practice that was common in Marengo’s days gone by. The post was a photograph of a thermometer bearing an advertisement for the Pinnow Funeral Home. What caught the eye of this particular post was what appeared written underneath the business’ name - “Deluxe Ambulance Service.” These two services being offered by one enterprise; a funeral home whose revenue is generated by death; and an ambulance service whose revenue is generated by the mission to save life present somewhat of an irony to say the least. As unusual as this may seem today this was a common practice in the United States at one time; and prior to the funeral home ambulance era another complimentary business to “undertaking” was selling furniture.

Drive past Donley’s Auction House on Union Road and the marquee reads: “Meteorite Auction, May 19.”

Here is the official press release:

“Donley Auctions is pleased to announce a Meteorite Auction May 18, 2019, featuring the collection of Christina Hollis and Ronald Hubbs. This impressive collection with over 400 pieces features multiple museum grade pieces including Canyon Diablo, Campo del Cielo, Sikote Alin, multiple classified NWA chondrites, an extensive collection of beautiful Seymchan slices, and the largest EL4 chondrite known to exist. The auction will also include a collection of astronaut autographs and collectibles.”

Seedlings you start indoors must be hardened off before being planted because they won’t be accustomed to the cooler and windy weather outdoors. Move them outside to a shady spot for the first few days, increasing the length of time and exposure to sunlight over the following days. Return plants inside each day. Let them acclimate to the outdoors in a cold frame if available or provide sheltered conditions. Assure the plants have adequate moisture as they tend to dry out quickly. After a week they will be ready to be transplanted into your garden.

REFERENDUM RESULTS CERTIFIED; ELECTION DAY BALLOT SNAFU

The two referendum questions on the Apr. 2 consolidated election ballot pertaining to the Marengo Fire Protection District and the Marengo Rescue Squad District, where both entities sought an increase of their tax appropriation shares, passed with a healthy majority. However, incorrect wording on paper ballots sent to polling places caused some confusion but was corrected early. While unofficial results remained virtually unchanged from the Apr. 2 totals, the last day for acceptance of mail-in ballots was Apr. 16.

   

Following a service that commemorated the life of McHenry County Deputy Sheriff Jacob Keltner, a procession of vehicles containing law enforcement and first responders representing Illinois and the country stepped off from the Woodstock High School parking lot around 12:30 p.m. Mar. 13. American flags and people lined the route through his hometown of Crystal Lake, and past the Huntley funeral home, where the day began.

Despite the chill and gray atmosphere of a rainy Mar. 13 morning, crowds lined the perimeter of Dundee Road in a somber display of support and respect. A hearse carrying the body of McHenry County Deputy Sheriff Jacob Keltner left the De Fiore Funeral Home in Huntley with an honor guard bound for a service at Woodstock High School. Just after 10:00 a.m., a flag-draped casket was escorted into the gymnasium by law enforcement officers.

Fifth graders, Ava Maniates, Jack Ahrens and Caden Oine, using a triple weight scale for a science lab.

Danielle Klenske, 2018 Marengo HS graduate, currently serving in the US Navy in Texas, studying to be a Corpsman. Her next orders in June, will take her to Jacksonville Florida for two years. Thank you for your service Danielle!

  

This year, four Vietnam Veterans, Dale Carpenter, Larry Dochterman, Jim Erbstoesser, and David Lutes, visited with senior students in English IV classes at the end of their unit over the novel, The Things They Carried. After so many years of silence, we are grateful that these veterans can finally share their deep, touching, and sometimes even humorous experiences. Imagine finding out that what was thought to be enemy movement and sound was actually monkeys! We learned that Mr. Carpenter and Mr. Erbstoesser worked for the same company for years without ever realizing that the other was a Vietnam veteran. Like so many others, they came home, they hung their uniforms in the closets, and for quite a while they never talked of their service. MCHS seniors were reminded that anyone who puts on a uniform is a hero because they are sacrificing their time and are away from their families; it matters not if this hero sees active duty. Our veteran visitors had vastly different roles in the military, and we appreciated hearing from all of them as well as witnessing the lively banter and obvious respect between them.

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