Four Industries Named in Cancer Lawsuit in Union

More than five years ago, Arnold Magnetic Engineering Inc. and 300 West LLC in Marengo were named in civil litigation filed by the Illinois Attorney General to enforce compliance with Illinois Environmental Protection Agency guidelines and stipulations for on-site and off-site well testing. Trichloroethylene (TCE) and Tetrachloroethylene (PCE), both listed as Group 1 Level carcinogens, along with other Volatile Organic Compounds used in their production methods had seeped...

Preventing Garden Diseases

As the gardening season winds down it is appropriate to evaluate the health of your garden and consider measures to manage plant diseases for next year. Because plants can be impacted by bacterial, viral and fungal disease, there are cultural practices that can help prevent problems in your garden.

Pondering the Past: The Centennial Celebration

Settlers’ Days is once again on the horizon! Marengo has been celebrating the event for 49 years now and according to the organizer’s website this celebration was christened “Settlers’ Days” by Richard Mikyska and Jim Sweet. These days Settlers’ Days takes place in October, but in the early days Marengoans celebrated it August. I remember as a kid coming to downtown Marengo with friends for the sidewalk sales. It was the one time of the year when the merchants brought their...

Marengo News Briefs October 2019

COMMISSION CONSIDERS AMENDMENTS FOR CANNABIS BUSINESSES A Sept. 30 special meeting of the city’s Planning and Zoning Commission will consider and make a recommendation to the city council regarding zoning text amendments for adult-use cannabis businesses as a special use designation in various zoning districts to allow the sale and cultivation of the product. It will also review the constructs of a Municipal Retailer’s Occupation Tax (sales tax) in accordance with the...

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...