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...

Trivia Night at Trio Grille

Trio Grille Restaurant is home to a weekly trivia contest that has been going on most Tuesdays for the past four years. Anyone who walks in can play, even if they’ve never played before. Customers can form teams of no more than ten people or can find a team to join. Teams work together to come up with a list of answers to over 60 questions that are projected on a TV screen while being read aloud by emcee Emily Hoffman. The team that gets the most correct answers might win,...

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...