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...

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

Varsity Girls Volleyball Team It may have been a cold, damp evening for football, but the Marengo Indians kept the “Homecoming” weekend warm and alive at Rod Poppe Field with a last-minute 29-22 victory over Woodstock North. The victory keeps the Indians (4-2 Overall, 3-0 Kishwaukee River Conference) in first place, tied with the Johnsburg Skyhawks. With the game tied 22-22, Marengo quarterback Travis Knaak (16-31, 193 passing yards, 1 Touchdown pass, 3 TD runs) watched...

Voter Forum for Local Candidates Monday Oct 22

The Marengo-Union Chamber of Commerce is holding a Voter Forum on Monday, October 22 at Marengo Community High School Auditorium from 6:30- 8:30 pm. The candidates will include McHenry County Board District 6 candidates, as well as Illinois Senate District 32 candidates. The Forum is held as a community service by the chamber in advance of the November 6 General Election. XXXXCounty District 6 encompasses more than 50% of the land in the county. Since the map is drawn based...

Marengo Area News Briefs

MARENGO MAN KILLS WOMAN IN VEHICLE CRASH Brett Herold, 26, of Marengo, was charged with failure to reduce speed (Misdemeanor) and fleeing the scene of an accident (Class 4 Felony) in a Sept. 22 vehicle crash that took the life of an Elgin woman on River Road. The woman, whose name has been withheld, was taken to Woodstock Northwestern Hospital, where she was pronounced dead. Tim Creighton, of the McHenry County Sheriff’s Department, said, “The investigation is ongoing, and...