First Play

I took my Kindergartener to his first play last month, put on by the local children’s theatre CAST. It was a great time. We jumped at the chance to see Peter Pan so close to home, at our local high school. The price was reasonable at ten bucks per ticket, and we scored front row tickets by purchasing early. We have never been theatre people, and I have seen limited plays in my life. After seeing this play, I realize what a shame that is. Ryan was so excited to go on our...

Zion Lutheran Takes 4th Place At Nationals

Congratulations to the Zion Lutheran Varsity Boys’ Basketball team for taking 4th place in the nation at the Lutheran Basketball Association of America’s Nationals! Zion was one of 32 teams across the country invited to participate in this prestigious national competition as a result of their great achievements (an undefeated regular season, conference champions, and a 3rd place finish at state). Nationals were held at Valparaiso University March 22-25th. Led by head coach,...

A Marengo Entrepreneur

Troy Umland admits he’s a “walking talking advertisement” for Umland’s Crunchy Cheese Bites wherever he goes. Remember the name of this delicious snack, because it will show up in local stores very soon. And you will know the Marengo connection. Troy and his wife Barb have lived in Marengo since 1998. They have four kids—12-year-old Julio and 8-year-old triplets, Grace, Faith and Hope. Troy didn’t plan to become part owner of a company making snacks, but when he had the...

Illinois Railway Museum offers historic 1908 railway car for sale

Baggage car 1236 was built in Chicago by Pullman 110 years ago Union, IL – You may know someone whose basement is full of trains, or at least someone who has a few items of train paraphernalia around the house. But the ultimate prize for any train lover is an actual train. This spring the Illinois Railway Museum (“IRM”) in Union, McHenry County, Illinois is making that a real possibility. The museum is making one of the railway cars in its collection available to a good...

1859 “Base Ball”

There will be an Old Fashioned, “base ball” match at Village Hall Park off Barreville and Ames roads in Prairie Grove on June 10 at 2 p.m. Civil War-era game pits the McHenry County “Independants” against the Grayslake Athletics. Elmhurst History Museum Director Dave Oberg will umpire and emcee, explaining the rules and teaching the audience to cheer and jeer in proper 19th -century fashion. Free.

Marengo Sport's Page: A Story About Marengo Softball

The Marengo Indians opened the defense of their Class 3A Illinois High School Association state title with two straight wins, before dropping an Apr. 2 game to Sterling. They are currently own a 9-2 record, following an Apr. 24 non-conference loss to Harlem, 3-0. These tune-ups on the way to the post-season will help later this this month, and in June. “We are trying to get a lot of live, and front-toss, pitching in practice,” said Indians head coach Dwain Nance. “That way,...

Gemma’s Paint with Color

There’s a new store in town, replacing a loved old store. Andy’s Paint and Paper has been at 21714 W. Grant Highway in Marengo for 27 years, until owner Andy Nowakowski retired and sold the business. Brian and Gemma McGivney, long-time customers at Andy’s decided to buy the store and tweak it a bit. They reopened as Gemma’s Paint With Color at the same location on April 2. “This opportunity fell into our laps, and we decided to take it,” says Gemma McGivney with enthusiasm...

Hidden Path Arts

Kim Bauman is justifiably proud and excited. Her business, Hidden Path Arts has been named a winner of the 2018 American Small Business Championship by SCORE, the nation’s largest network of volunteer, expert business mentors. The Championship sponsored by SCORE awarded this title to 102 entrepreneurs for their dedication to the success of their small businesses, awarding them an all-expense-paid trip to a training and networking event in Reno, NV in April, SCORE mentoring...

The End of a Successful Run

At a time when most young people are all about new beginnings, high school senior Rio Ottolino is already bringing an important phase of her life to a close. Because of her planned new beginnings as a college student in the Fall, this talented young entrepreneur will be closing her Goin’ Solo Dance Studio on May 20. The Studio brought many dancing experiences and successes to many area children. Over the past three years, Rio has choreographed winning routines for the...

Lindsay Auto Parts Owners are Changing Gears

The history of the Lindsay family and their passion for cars dates back to 1949 when Faith-Lindsay Co. opened. Warren and Pat Lindsay eventually opened both a gas station and auto parts store in Marengo. In 1957 they moved to Arizona, but found their way back to Marengo by 1963 and opened Lindsay Service Station, with the parts store officially opening in 1971. Being a highly successful business, by 1992 the current location was built, but in 2001 and addition was needed,...