A Little Garden History

Gardens were necessities for families prior to the mid-twentieth century. Without refrigeration it was uncommon for food to be shipped long distances as is done today. As a result, most households had a garden located very close to the kitchen to provide a supply of fresh produce for the table. Climate and personal tastes dictated the contents of vegetable gardens that might include corn, beans, tomatoes, broccoli, cucumbers and varieties of leafy greens and herbs. In the...

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

The Marengo Indians varsity volleyball team. Photo courtesy of MCHS athletic department It didn’t look good for Marengo, at the start, punting from their 43-yard line on the first possession, and fumbling the ball away at Chicago Sullivan’s 1-yard line on the next. But, by halftime, it was all over and the offensive juggernaut had piled up a 47-6 lead. As they say in Colorado, “No worries.” Marengo (8-2) opened the IHSA Class 4A playoffs Oct. 26 with a 47-20 firstround win...

Pondering the Past, Tales Lost in Time By Ed Urban A Civil War Diary

Today the holiday that we observe every November 11th is called Veterans Day; it’s a day when we celebrate all of the women and men who served in the armed forces of the United States. The holiday finds its roots in what was originally called Armistice Day; the day that hostilities ceased between the forces fighting in World War I. In 1919, President Woodrow Wilson called for the commemoration of the first Armistice Day. This day was to be observed with parades, small...

Marengo News Briefs

SIDEWALK AND PARKING LOT UPGRADES APPROVED BY COUNCIL An ambitious sidewalk and parking lot improvement plan that will encompass most of the downtown area, including the historic district, was approved by the city council, during its Oct. 10 session. The city of Marengo will apply the remaining balance in its Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) amounting to $321,620.93, to pay for the projects. The RLF was closed out last Jan., in accordance with state law. The Mc Henry-based City...

Marengo Seeks Voter Input On Community Pool

The Marengo Park District is asking voters in the far western Mc Henry County community if they want to investigate re-opening the shuttered “Starfish Waters” outdoor pool through a non-binding referendum question on the upcoming Nov. 6 general election ballot. The pool, a big summertime draw for the area, and a popular part of the district’s holdings, was shuttered six years ago amid financial considerations and mounting debt. The advisory question was first considered by...

Pondering the Past, Tales Lost in Time: Marengo Firsts

There’s no question about it – human beings put an emphasis on firsts. Being the first to cross the finish line in a race makes a person a winner. The first team in a sports league division is looked upon with honor – for example as I write this both the Bears and the Cubs lead their divisions in their respective sports, and make their fans proud. Well history is the same! We have Delaware the first state to join the Union, George Washington our first President; Wright...

MCHS CLASS OF 1953 CELEBRATES 65 YEARS

As I walked into the Glob-Bowl Party room on Saturday, September 22, a little girl was standing near the door, her eyes wide. “I’m waiting for Nona,” she told me, pointing to a lovely gray-haired lady. “She’s my great-grandmother,” the child explained proudly. I asked her if she knew what all these people were doing here in the party room. She knew it was a class reunion, but wasn’t clear on the particulars. She told me she’s in fourth grade and is definitely going to...

Marengo School Districts Honored

Pictured left to right: Christine Conkling, Superintendent of Riley School, David Engelbrecht, Superintendent of Marengo Community High School and Lea Damisch, Superintendent of Marengo-Union Elementary School Recognition was given to the Marengo School Districts for exemplary intergovernmental cooperation in the state of Illinois for their successful shared service achievements. The core of this effort is the firm belief to help provide more effective and efficient...

The Difference Between Spirits and Ghosts

Ever leave soul cakes on your doorstep, during Allhallowtide? They’re offerings for the dead, the only thing they can eat …a partial forerunner to our own “Trick n’ Treat” traditions. While the interest in things going bump in the night elevates during All Hallow’s Eve, or “Hallowe’en,” the Oct. 31 date has its share of scary stories, many with no logical explanation. Both McHenry and Lake counties offer no shortage of places associated with paranormal activity year round...

Fall Garden Chores

It is time to think about fall garden tasks and preparing the vegetable garden for winter. A thorough clean-up is essential to the long-term health of garden soil. A good place to begin is by removing cages, trellises and other plant supports from the garden and clean and disinfect them. Cleaning and disinfecting are two distinct steps. Cleaning involves physically removing soil and debris and is the first step prior to applying a disinfectant. Soil and other organic...