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...

American Legion Christmas party wraps up the year

Marengo American Legion Post 192 held their Christmas party at Indian Oaks Park on Thursday, Nov. 29. Commander Larry Dochterman thanked everyone for their efforts throughout the year. He recognized Dan Bickel for his work organizing fundraisers, and presented the Women’s Auxiliary with a check for $777.13 as their portion of the recent meat raffle fundraiser. Women’s Auxiliary president Connie Boxleitner presented Scott Fricke of Boy Scout Troop 163 with covers for their...

BSA Troop 530 Eagle Scout Award

Saturday November 3rd Alex Sekulic, 15, of BSA Troop 530 was awarded the prestigious Eagle Scout Award at Victory Rock Fellowship Church in Marengo. He was fortunate to have his father, Doug Sekulic, Asst. Scout Master along with the other troop leaders, fellow scouts and Life Scout Mike Grant participate in his ceremony. Alex, achieved this milestone through the completion of merit badges, community service and his Eagle Project. He constructed a very nice stone firepit...

Zion Lutheran Church Celebrates Pastor Borhart’s 28 Years of Service

On December 16, Zion Lutheran Church’s congregation will gather for one final service led by their Senior Pastor of 28 years , Dr. Glen Borhart. Pastor Borhart had dedicated his life to ministry and education beginning with his own Christian education at Trinity Lutheran Church in Huntley, where he was raised. The 6th of 8 children with a faithful upbringing in a farming family, he didn’t decide on a pastoral career until his Freshman year in college. Pastor Borhart would...

Pondering the Past, Tales Lost in Time : Far From Home for Christmas

To most soldiers coming home for the holidays is impossible. Great distances, and the call to duty separate the warrior from his and her home and family. Yet, no matter what the situation is, Christmas never fails to come. This month I had hoped to share the Christmas experiences of local soldiers serving in the various wars that the United States was involved in, but unfortunately my research failed to locate too many examples; with one exception - the Civil War. A typical...

JUNIORETTES CLUB

The Marengo Chapter of Juniorettes Club is at the Marengo Community High School. The Juniorettes is an organization fostering volunteering and leadership in young women. They sold pink bracelets at Valley For A Cure and donated all of the funds to the event. Pictured above are Brooke A, Maddie F, Katlyn S, Alexa T, and Sierra M who worked this event. They have also sold ice cream at lunch to raise money which they would like to purchase, prepare and serve a meal at PADS...

Marengo Union Chamber of Commerce, WXMR Hosts Dinner with a Vet, November 5th

(Left to right) Paul Turnbaugh, WildHeartland Art, Colleen Helfers, Executive Director Marengo Union Chamber of Commerce and John Penny Congratulations to John Penny, a Veteran from the National Guard who won the Dinner with a Veteran’s American Eagle/Flag print donated by WildHeartland Art – Paul Turnbaugh. A HUGE thank you to ALL the Volunteers especially Gretchen & Grace Sebastian, who served our Veterans with dignity and honor. A MASSIVE thank you to our main sponsor...

Swim Meet Champs

Allie Mateja, Ma ggie Simons, and Nicole Fitch represented MCHS and competed in the Girls Swim Sectional at St. Charles East High School on November 10, 2018. The girls each swam two events and all did a great job. A big thank you to Mrs. Urbanek for spending her Saturday at St. Charles East with the girls!

Fire Claims Historic Marengo Round Barn

Although collapsed in the middle, the state’s oldest remaining example of “round-style barn” construction was lost to fire Nov. 24, when the wind changed direction on a small fire nearby and caught the structure with sparks, according to statements. At the time, the barn’s wood was being reclaimed and several posts had been saved, when the fire started. A 911 call was received at 10:51 a.m., from the barn’s owner, who was notified of the blaze, and firefighters were...

Marengo News Briefs

PARK DISTRICT POOL REFERENDUM FAILS The Marengo Park District sought input from residents on the re-opening of the Starfish Water swimming pool at Indians Oaks Park through a non-binding advisory referendum question on the Nov. 6 general election ballot. The two part query asked if residents wanted the pool’s re-opening to be researched and supporting a property tax increase not to exceed $150,000.\ The county clerk’s office posted unofficial results that did not favor the...