Rain, Rain…Go Away!

The 2019 planting season has been challenging, to say the least, for farmers across the Midwest. Our local farmers (McHenry County, IL) who occupy 60% of the land according to 2012 Census data, are no different. One of the wettest springs people can ever remember, over 6” of rain higher than average in some areas, has made planting a game of chance: plant, wait, switch crops or don’t plant at all. By mid- May only 11% of crops had been planted, which were exposed to heavy...

Growing Native

One of my goals in landscaping with flowers is to have something in bloom every month - if possible, more than one type of plant and in different colors. This is referred to as “continuous bloom theory” and can easily be done using native plants. If you wish to start using native plants in your landscape, you will need to find their “scientific Latin” name in order to buy the correct plant. For example, there are many types of Iris, but only one is native to Illinois. To...

A Plant Out of Place

With all the rain this spring weeds have popped everywhere. Fortunately, there are very few that are invasive and problematic. What are the options for combatting weeds? Mulching is a covering that blocks weed seeds from the sunlight and therefore, germination. Organic mulches will break down over time and add nutrients to soil while helping to retain moisture. This type of mulch is ideal for borders and beds. Saving and using chopped leaves in the fall is a good way to...

Marengo American Legion assists student towards his educational goals

The Marengo American Legion Post 192 invited special guests to their June meeting. Elliot Rosenbeck, graduate of Marengo Community High School, and his parents, Linda and Dan, joined Legion members to receive a $1000 scholarship to continue his education. Elliot has yet to declare a major. “I have already been accepted at McHenry County College and will solidify a career choice while studying there,” he said. “Right now I am split between a career in Information Technology...

Pondering the Past, Tales Lost in Time: McHenry County's First Murder

Sometimes it’s difficult to distinguish legend from history. Stories about events and people are passed down through the generations and contemporary records don’t exist to support the stories. Another factor that often creates murky memories of events is time. Participants and witnesses are asked to recount the facts of an event decades after it occurred, and they provide wrong locations, misidentify participants, or recall the wrong chronology. This was common with some...

Marengo Travel Soccer

Marengo Travel Soccer ended their season with the Annual ALITHA tournament. Originally scheduled in April, the fields resembling the everglades prompted rescheduling to June. This weekend not only would be the last games for several of the U14 players, as they move on to High School, but also for one of the coaches. Aric Slavin would spend his last coaching weekend with his son Aiden on the U14 team. Ironically, Aric had coached for 14 years, with all 4 of his children in...

Sports

During the week of June 10th, kids from the Marengo Soccer Program enjoyed a week of soccer camp with Coach Chris and Coach Auro from the Chicago Fire. Two sessions were offered, Little Sparks (age 3-5) and Fire Camp (age 6-14). The kids had a great time working on individual skills and teamwork.

Hyperstitch Reopens in New Location at 219 E. Grant Highway, Marengo

When Sara White went into the Hyperstitch showroom in Marengo to buy a t-shirt for her husband, Joe, she never dreamed she would soon buy the store. It was September 2017, and Pat Lawlor, founding owner of Hyperstitch, Inc., a custom embroidery business, was planning to retire. Hyperstitch had expanded from a single embroidery machine in her living room, to the busy company it is today. Did her retirement have to mean the end of the store? Pat was looking for a buyer. When...

Marengo Fire and Rescue- June 2019

Well we are well on our way into the severe weather we sometimes experience during the spring months in northern Illinois. This year we have had more rain events causing some flooding than the severe thunderstorms, but we still wanted to remind you be prepared.

Onesti's Wild West formally opened under their new banner May 18

Onesti's Wild West formally opened under their new banner May 18, although Mike and Randy Donley are still involved with the 25-acre park site in Union. They are in partnership with Ron Onesti, owner of Onesti Entertainment, who has taken over operation of the theme attraction.