Marengo Area News Briefs

300 WEST-ARNOLD REPORT BEING REVIEWED The civil litigation filed by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office against 300 West LLC and Arnold Engineering, Inc. remains set for the next status hearing, following an Apr. 4 continuation that would give the state agency more time to review a 1,339-page report, submitted by the Marengo-based company. The report was submitted by the defendants in Mar., after a time-extension for its completion. Entitled, “The Comprehensive Site...

Marengo Indoor Gun Range

The developer of an indoor gun range and shop is moving ahead with construction efforts to remodel the former Mc Gill manufacturing building, which is proximal to the downtown business district, following approval of three combined ordinances by the Marengo City Council, during its Apr. 23 meeting. The 7-1 vote, with 3rd Ward Alderman Matt Keenum opposing, allotted a special use permit with nine contingences and a parking variation, a zoning code text amendment, and an...

Marengo Area News Briefs

STATE MOVES FORWARD WITH LOCAL ROUNDABOUT PROJECTS Two road improvement projects with the state of Illinois Department of Transportation as the lead agency, are expected to gain traction during the coming months on the outskirts of Marengo. When completed, Mc Henry County will have a total of five such traffic-flow installations. “The two Marengo sites are U.S. Route 20 with Harmony Road, and it’s expected to go out for the bid-letting process on June 15…the other is U.S...

Feed My Starving Children

Mrs. Stephanie Keenum, Language Arts teacher at Marengo Middle School along with 16 MCMS families loaded boxes for Feed My Starving Children(FMSC)which is a non-profit organization that has been tackling world hunger since 1987 by sending volunteer-packed nutritious meals to 70 countries. The meals are specifically designed to reverse and prevent malnutrition and are used in schools, orphanages, clinics and food programs to break the cycle of poverty. In addition, the class...

Riley Teachers Retire

Riley School is losing 64 years of teaching experience this Spring. Two beloved teachers are retiring, taking those years and a lot of happy memories with them. They also leave behind many happy memories and good friends. XXXConnie Marsh has taught at Riley for 33 years. She began teaching junior high math for eight years. Then she switched to K through eighth grade physical education. Most recently she’s taught physical education to first through fifth graders and algebra...

The Rejuvenation of the McGill Building

How difficult would it be to fit an elephant into any living room within Marengo’s city limits? I’ll venture to answer, “impossible”! Likewise, our elected city officials had a similar situation with the huge McGill industrial building located within a Central Business District which rightfully did not allow industrial use. But the officials have approved an acceptable use for the building which has created a fair degree of original, historical appearance for which its new...

Pondering the Past, Tales Lost in Time: Curtiss Candy Company Farm, Part One

Following the attack on Pearl Harbor President Franklin D. Roosevelt authorized military commanders to create exclusion zones for persons who were considered a threat to national security. Large portions of the West Coast and the state of Arizona were declared exclusion zones, and the federal government established relocation centers for the displaced people in Arkansas, Arizona, California, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, and Wyoming. The target population for relocations was...

Readers' Gardening Questions

Do I really need to stake my tomatoes? Staking tomatoes does take time and some expense, however, the benefits are earlier, larger and healthier fruit. Maintaining the plant upright allows more sunlight to reach the leaves, better air circulation to keep diseases from spreading and provides easier picking access. If your tomatoes are the bushy determinate type, staking might not be as necessary. Indeterminate types that continue to grow through-out the season can sprawl all...

Rockets will light up Marengo with generosity

If you have been seeing red, white, and blue rockets scattered here and there around Marengo, and you like fireworks, you may want to drop some money into the rocket. They are the work of a group of volunteers who have missed having fireworks in Marengo. Their intent is to fund a fireworks display at no cost to the city. “A bunch of volunteers are trying to do a good thing for Marengo,” said Mike Miller. “We haven’t had any fireworks in Marengo for a few years and we miss...

Congratulations to The Spot

The Spot was voted this year’s Best of the Fox by Northwest Herald readers for the “Best” Video Gaming and “One of the Best” Karaoke.