Pondering the Past, Tales Lost in Time: Cold War Ground Observers Corps

This meeting occurred in the home of Mr. Bert Emerson director of Marengo Civil Defense in the 1955.Left to right are Bert Emerson, Harold Hyde, US Air Force Sgt. Thompson, and John Gatenby. The men were discussing recruiting volunteers for Marengo’s Ground Observation Corps. Some of the best history resides inside of peoples’ heads. It’s the experiences and memories that we have, but don’t write down.V

Marengo Fire Is Bookend For County Barn History

An emergency 911 call was made at 10:51 a.m. Nov. 14, from the owner of a barn located at 25208 River Road in rural Marengo, alerting authorities to a fire in the structure. Personnel and equipment from the Marengo Fire Protection District were dispatched to the site, along with requests for resource assistance by other departments through the Mutual Aid Box Alarm System. Fire crews eventually left at approximately 12:40 p.m., with only salvaged lumber and the foundation...

Christmas surprise

Walking out of school after your last final before Christmas break is a great feeling, but for Brighton Martin, it was really awesome; his big brother was there to surprise him. Easton Martin had been away since August for Basic Combat Training at Fort Sill in Oklahoma. On a short holiday leave, his first stop was to see his best friend. In his 6-year commitment to the Army National Gaurd, Easton will graduate Basic Combat Training, then move on to his MOS (military...

Sweet Dreams of Spring

Twas the week after Christmas, and all through the mail, ThHe catalogs started arriving, on schedule, without fail… Nothing takes away the chill of January days like paging through glossy, colorful seed catalogs full of the promise of spring. Now is the ideal time to begin planning for the spring and summer garden. Following a few guidelines for catalog seed shopping will net good results and save money (unless you get carried away). Create a realistic plan for your needs...

Marengo Sports Page (Not The Biggest, Not The Best, But The Only Sports Page That Loves Marengo)

MARENGO CHEER COMPETITIONS Marengo Cheerleaders placed 2nd at the Warren Township Winter Wonderland Competition on December 16, 2018. In January, the cheerleaders will be competing at multiple competitions! Come and cheer them on next at the KRC conference competition on Wednesday, January 16th at 7 pm at Johnsburg High School. They will also be at Huntley High School on January 20th at 11 a.m. and at the IHSA Regional Competition on January 26th at Grayslake North High...

Marengo Sports Page (Not The Biggest, Not The Best, But The Only Sports Page That Loves Marengo)

KELLY CAMP LEADERSHIP AWARD Coach Kelly Camp served as the Head Football Coach at Marengo High School from 1980 - 1998. Coach Camp finished his career at Marengo with 98 wins, which included seven quarterfinal appearances. The Indian Football Program finished second in state in 1992. Coach Camp enriched the lives of a countless number of students at MCHS. The 2018 Kelly Camp Award was awarded to Colton Ervin. Throughout the year, Colton proved he was a valuable, dedicated,...

Riley School Board And Teachers Still Without Contract

With their previous agreement having effectively expired with the Aug. 13 start of the 2018-19 academic year, both the Riley Consolidated District 18 School Board and the Riley Teachers Association have been meeting regularly and working toward the completion of a new contract. However, a major problem unfolding an accord involves the “lane change” pay increases for advanced education which have not been applied. The Nov. 19 school board meeting was attended by an estimated...

Chad Miller Retires

Marengo-Union Junior Tackle Football Club (MUJTFC) would like to Thank Chad Miller for his many years of Commitment to the league. Chad retired in November from MUJTFC after 24 years with the program. Chad joined MUJTFC prior to having any children of his own and lead his three sons(Bailey,Cameron, and Logan) through the program. Chad’s wife, Dyan, also dedicated her time to the league. The Miller’s spent their weekends on the football field mentoring young children. Chad...

Marengo Spor t s (Not The Biggest, Not The Best, But The Only Sports Page That Loves Marengo)

The Marengo Indians (9-3) played toeto- toe with IC Catholic Prep for most of the first half until IC Catholic Prep scored with less than a minute left to pull ahead en route to a 49-27 win in the IHSA Class 4A quarterfinal playoff at the Elmhurst school’s home field. The Nov. 10 contest brought the curtain down on a stellar 2018 season, which saw Marengo capture the Kishwaukee River Conference title. The Knights (14-0) had won two straight IHSA Class 3A championships, and...

A Little Garden History

It has become a tradition for our December column to offer up gift ideas for gardeners. Books make the very best gifts! This year ease the holiday shopping challenge by giving gardeners on your list a book. There many fantastic books available. Following are some of our favorite recommendations. One of our first and most useful gardening books is Edward C. Smith’s, The Vegetable Gardener’s Bible. For someone new to food gardening, this is a great place to start. Smith’s...