Congratulations to Emma Riedl, who has advanced to finalist standing for the National Merit Scholarship.

Easy Vegetables To Start From Seed

Why start plants from seeds versus buying young plants from stores? It is less expensive to start from seeds particularly if you need quite a few plants and the variety available from seed usually exceeds the choices in the garden centers. There are vegetables that are easy to start in the garden from seed for beginners that wish to explore this option.

Are bucket brigades coming back to Marengo?

On Tuesday, Jan. 29, the Marengo Fire Dept. offered a presentation to explain why they need and are requesting you to vote “Yes” on an upcoming referendum.

Marengo News Briefs


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

Marengo’s girls basketball squad, backed by a 21-point effort from Marissa Knobloch, easily wrapped up the Harvard Hornets in a 79-29 Kishwaukee River conference win. The Jan. 24 victory gave Marengo (20-5 Overall, 9-1 KRC) the distinction of having consecutive 20-win seasons, which last occurred a decade ago.

Don’t Worry, (your lips will) Bee Happy (and smooth) with Brooke!

With the declining Honeybee population, it is hard not to worry or want to help in some way. Many residents in our area have taken up bee keeping, helping the population and reap the benefit of a personal honey supply. Bees are more than happy to work hard pollinating and produce honey, first for themselves, then share with us. Besides the honey, they also produce honeycomb, but isn’t always utilized by the beekeepers once the honey is removed.

Healthy Soil, Healthy Plants

What better way to brighten your day while the snow flies outside and the cold penetrates your bones than to think about your spring garden. Healthy soil is the basis of healthy plants and a healthy garden environment. Feed the soil and the soil will feed your plants. When garden soil is in good shape there is less need for fertilizers or pesticides. The soil should be loose and fluffy, filled with air that plant roots need, and have plenty of minerals essential for...

Historical Society brings local “roadshow” to county

Jim McArdle appraises flag Ever wonder how much grandma’s old pitcher is worth? What about that heirloom oil painting or brass table lamp? The McHenry County Historical Society & Museum will host its seventh annual Antique Appraisal Day from 1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 23, at the museum, 6422 Main St., Union. Reserve a 10-minute slot for your treasure by calling the museum at 815- 923-2267. Appraisal categories include: China/ceramics, glass, art, toys, sports...

Generosity, Marengo Style

Our friendship began in a very casual manner.... she was the neighbor of my good friend and future husband and I was a freshman at Marengo Community High School, living on a farm in Riley Township but working after school for the McHenry County Telephone Company. I would sometimes stay at the Otis home waiting out the short period of time between school dismissal and going to work at the phone company. It was during this period that I met and got to know the Nork family a...

Riley School Board And Teachers Settle On Contract

The issues which created an impasse in a new contract between the Riley Consolidated District 18 School Board and the Riley Teachers Association were resolved with both sides in agreement on dollar amounts for educational course work and increases in salary, retroactive to the 2018-19 start of the school year.