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.

Momentum Women’s Center

Marengo has a new and valuable resource for expectant women and young mothers regardless of their age, religion, race or marital status. The Momentum Women’s Center, located in the M.O.R.E. Building at 829 Greenlee Street, is for: Moving. Obstacles. Motivating. Empowering. Nurturing. Training. Understanding. Moms. Deacon Jack O’Leary, of Sacred Heart Parish, is the motivating force behind this endeavor, which has been in planning for many months, and began operating just...

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...