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.

What really happened on the California Trail?

After the first settler came to McHenry County in November of 1834 many others soon followed. These adventurous souls traveled long distances from eastern and southern regions of the US to seek new opportunities in an unsettled frontier. After the first settler came to McHenry County in November of 1834 many others soon followed. These adventurous souls traveled long distances from eastern and southern regions of the US to seek new opportunities in an unsettled frontier...

Marengo News Briefs- June 2019

CITY SELECTS FIRM TO FILE FOR JOINING ENTERPRISE ZONE The city council has accepted a proposal from the Nortillo Consulting Group for completing and filing the necessary amendment application to join an existing enterprise zone, during its May 28 meeting. The zone’s area encompasses Harvard, Woodstock, and unincorporated McHenry County, and was established in 2014. Teresa Nortillo, of the consulting group, is the city’s economic development consultant.

American Legion spring Meat Raffle raises money for scholarships

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...

Pondering the Past, Tales Lost in Time: Enterprising Undertakers

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...