Marengo Area News Briefs

REFERENDUM RESULTS CERTIFIED; ELECTION DAY BALLOT SNAFU The two referendum questions on the Apr. 2 consolidated election ballot pertaining to the Marengo Fire Protection District and the Marengo Rescue Squad District, where both entities sought an increase of their tax appropriation shares, passed with a healthy majority. However, incorrect wording on paper ballots sent to polling places caused some confusion but was corrected early. While unofficial results remained...

Memorial Service Gave Fitting Tribute to Slain Officer

Following a service that commemorated the life of McHenry County Deputy Sheriff Jacob Keltner, a procession of vehicles containing law enforcement and first responders representing Illinois and the country stepped off from the Woodstock High School parking lot around 12:30 p.m. Mar. 13. American flags and people lined the route through his hometown of Crystal Lake, and past the Huntley funeral home, where the day began. Despite the chill and gray atmosphere of a rainy Mar...

Riley School

Fifth graders, Ava Maniates, Jack Ahrens and Caden Oine, using a triple weight scale for a science lab.

Danielle Klenske

Danielle Klenske, 2018 Marengo HS graduate, currently serving in the US Navy in Texas, studying to be a Corpsman. Her next orders in June, will take her to Jacksonville Florida for two years. Thank you for your service Danielle!

VETERANS SHARE WITH ENGLISH CLASSES

This year, four Vietnam Veterans, Dale Carpenter, Larry Dochterman, Jim Erbstoesser, and David Lutes, visited with senior students in English IV classes at the end of their unit over the novel, The Things They Carried. After so many years of silence, we are grateful that these veterans can finally share their deep, touching, and sometimes even humorous experiences. Imagine finding out that what was thought to be enemy movement and sound was actually monkeys! We learned that...

Pondering the Past, Tales Lost in Time: On the Stage Coach Trail

The House house The announcement in the October 21, 1851, edition of the Belvidere Standard brought good news in one respect to a new industry, and signaled the death of another. The headline read, “Chicago and Galena Railroad, The Cars Running to Marengo.” The article reported that after three years of construction the railroad now extended sixty-five miles from Chicago to Marengo. The introduction of this new mode of transportation changed the way people travelled, and...

Scouting For Food

It was another successful year for Scouting for Food! Cub Scout Pack 163, in conjunction with Boy Scout Troop 530, members of Boy Scout Troop 153, and Brownie Troop 2241, put in a combined total of 582 volunteer hours. We have all of you, the residents of Marengo and Union, to thank for our success. With your donations, we were able to stock the MORE Center with al - most four tons of food, household, and personal products. With your monetary donations, the MORE Center will...

Personal Safety Presentation

Friday, March 15, 2019, the Marengo Women’s Club hosted a presentation on personal safety given by Chief Richard Solarz, of the Marengo Police Department and Leslie Pace, of First National Bank. Both presenters discussed the many ways we can be robbed in this digital age. From old-fashioned purse snatching to new cyber-threats, our belongings, our money and even our identities can be snatched by nefarious predators.

CAST Visits the Magical World of Narnia: Take II

The props are being painted, the costumes fitted and rehearsals with singing, dancing and excitement are filling the air as Christian Arts Student Theater prepares for their annual show. 10 years ago, “Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” was presented by CAST, and this wonderful production is being brought back, better than ever! Kimberly Voller teamed up with Christo Poggas for their second show and decided Narnia would be perfect to showcase the higher number of...

It’s Time!

Yes, it is time to prepare for starting vegetable seeds indoors. Inspired by the stack of seed catalogs many of us have seed packets awaiting attention. Seeds will need clean containers, a sterile starting mix, regular moisture, and adequate lighting to develop into sturdy and healthy transplants. Timing for planting seeds should be coordinated with the last frost date. In the Marengo-Union area it is not unusual to have frost or deeply cold weather between mid-May and...