Raised Beds - A Helpful Gardening Strategy

Raised beds are a good solution where available soil is compacted, heavy clay or sand, or contaminated. A raised bed can provide maximum control over the quality of the soil in which you grow your vegetables. When setting up your raised bed garden there are several important issues to consider. Locate beds on a level area that receives a minimum of 6 to 8 hours of sun daily. Avoid areas where water stands after a heavy rain. Gardening close to the house makes it easier to...

History Museum opens for 55th year

On Friday, May 4, the McHenry County Historical Society marks its 55th museum year with an opening soiree from 6 to 9 p.m. Friday, May 4, at the museum, 6422 Main St., Union. The opening will feature a wine tasting, light refreshments, live music by the Corner Boys from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and raffle baskets, as we celebrate the second year of "Waterways and Getaways: Resort Life in McHenry County" exhibit. Experience a glimpse of resorting life in McHenry County from the...

Historic locomotive built in Illinois to be preserved at the largest railway museum

The Illinois Railway Museum is pleased to announce that it has acquired an Amtrak AEM-7 type electric locomotive built in 1982 in nearby La Grange, Illinois. Amtrak number 945 is an AEM-7 electric passenger locomotive constructed specifically for operation on the “Northeast Corridor” route between Boston, New York, Philadelphia, and Washington DC. It was used in daily service on Amtrak’s busiest route for more than 30 years and was retired in 2015. The AEM-7 was the first...

Mother’s Day Run for Pediatric Brain Cancer

Sunday, May 13, 2018 will find runners gathering at Betsey Warrington Park in the Huntley Park District for the 6th Annual Cooley Run 5K and Superhero Dash. Race time is 9:00 a.m. The day will include games, prizes and a raffle. This event is sponsored by Cancer Kiss My Cooley, a 501c3 charity started by Joe and Cinnamon Kittner in honor of their son, Carter, who died of pediatric brain cancer at the age of six. Proceeds from the race go to provide “A Kiss of Hope” to local...

Pondering the Past, Tales Lost in Time By Ed Urban Heroes of The Great War

Marengo citizens who glanced at the front page of the April 19, 1917, edition of the Marengo Republican News saw bold black capital letters underlined by small icons of American flags screaming “PRESIDENT APPEALS TO NATION.” The Great War was only ten days old; Congress had declared war on Germany on April 6, 1917, about one month after the contents of the Zimmermann Telegram were made public and confirmed by Germany. In an effort to keep the United States military pinned...

Marengo Resident Begins Peace Corps Service in Myanmar

Connor Kasch, 23, was acceptedConnor Kasch, 23, was accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Myanmar on January 23 to begin training as a secondary education English volunteer. Connor is currently living and working in a community to teach English to middle and high school students in small cities and townships in Myanmar. “As an international studies major and Russian language minor, I have always been interested in working abroad,” Kasch said. “The Peace Corps...

Pondering the Past, Tales Lost in Time

This past March 8th was International Women’s Day, and the print, broadcast, and social media highlighted numerous examples of women who have contributed to our society in various ways. As I watched these stories I thought back to some examples of women’s contributions to the Marengo community throughout our history. For example, over the years several women ran successful businesses in Marengo; one being Henrietta C. Thayer who operated a Millinery, and the second was Miss...

Grow Potatoes in a Container

You cannot beat the taste of freshly dug potatoes from your own garden. If you do not have the space or believe it is just too difficult, there is a solution for you. Try growing potatoes in a container in a sunny spot on your patio, backyard, or balcony. Container grown potatoes are more disease free and easy to harvest. There are two types of potatoes for the potato grower; determinate and indeterminate. Determinate potatoes are considered fast-growing and produce tubers...

Cowboy Anthony Diller’s Auto Repair

Anthony (Tony) Diller, 32, approaches his fledgling business the way he approaches life, with what he calls a Warrior’s Ethos. “I will never quit until the job is done,” he explained. "Life is not easy. A lot of it is just pushing through.” Diller’s perseverance is what got him through high school, through his 4 ½ years in the military, and ultimately back to his hometown of Marengo. A self-proclaimed late-learner, Diller gives credit to Marengo Union High School teacher...

Zion Lutheran Boys Basketball Team

This team of boys is made up of 7th and 8th graders from Zion Lutheran School in Marengo. Our season was filled with many great accomplishments: Undefeated Regular Season Undefeated Conference Record and Championship Immanuel Lutheran Tournament Champions Concord Classic Invitational Champions Christ Lutheran Peoria 3rd place finish St Peter Arlington Heights Saints Shootout 2nd Place Finish Illinois State Championship 3rd Place Finish As a result of such a great season,...