Union Fire Department

Last month I spoke about area volunteers and had many people say thanks for that article. In that article I alluded to a new addition to the Union Fire Protection District fleet. The new apparatus is a 2016 UTV Polaris ranger 6x6, now identified as Union 1595. You may have seen 1595 around town or in recent parades. Several 100 man hours have been logged by LT Brandon Camp over several months modifying and outfitting 1595 to be the ultimate Fire Fighting search and rescue...

Resurfacing Project Causes Traffic Chaos And Safety Concerns; Problem Addressed

An Illinois Department of Transportation resurfacing project inadvertently contributed to numerous traffic accidents and a truck roll- over that occurred Aug. 16 and Aug. 21, along Route 176 and its northern intersection with Route 47. A primer liquid placed on the road, ahead of the actual re- surfacing, resulted in a wet top and a loss of traction after several rainstorms dotted the area. Vehicles attempting to stop at the traffic signal instead found themselves in an...

Take Advantage of August’s Abundance

Each spring as plants and seeds go into the soil, there is much anticipation of the bounty that will arise from the fertile earth. First harvests begin in a piecemeal pattern with more variety arriving later in the summer. Eating seasonally, eating locally and eating organically is easier than ever with our home gardens and farmers’ markets. Although the weather has delayed fruit set and growth in many gardens this year, produce is beginning to ripen and offer up delicious...

Union Boy in Motocross Nationals

Robert Lopez has qualified for the Motocross Nationals. “Would you like to cover this?” the Marengo-Union Times editor asked. We’d gotten an e-mail from a Mom about her son. He was going to be in a bike race, and he’d been racing since he was 4. “This is a big deal for motocross racers,” she wrote. I went to meet the little boy. I was wrong. This is no little boy. Robert Lopez, son of Robert and Suellen Lopez of Union, started motocross racing at age 4 because his Dad is a...

Wrestling Scholarship Awarded

O’Neil Swanson was awarded this year’s scholarship from Marengo Youth Wrestling Club. Pictured are Brian Wroble (president of MYWC), O’Neil Swanson and Chad Miller (head coach).

Union Woman is a Chicago Phenomenon

Calling Gayle Voss a Chicago Phenomenon is no exaggeration. Since 2010 she’s been a mainstay at several Chicago and suburban Farmers’ Markets, selling varieties of grilled cheese sandwiches. In 2016 she opened her shop in the Block 37 pedway on State Street. There are judges, politicians and entertainers among her regular customers. Travelers from as far away as Dubai and Shanghai report that they wouldn’t make a business trip to Chicago without stopping at Gayle V’s for...

Picnic in the Park Theme Planned for August Farmers Market

The Marengo Community Farmers Market has been going strong this year and we’ve added many new vendors and farms to our weekly lineup. The support from our community and neighboring communities has been great and shows no signs of slowing down. Once a month we host a special themed market to keep things fresh and exciting. We are very excited to announce that on August 25, 2018 we will be having our “Picnic in the Park” themed market, which will include many fun activities...

Pondering the Past, Tales Lost in Time

McHenry County’s history ground zero is November 18, 1834 – that’s the date when the first permanent settler, Samuel Gillilan, came from Virginia and settled on the west side of the Fox River in Algonquin Township. The Gillilan party consisted of Samuel, his wife Margaret, their nine children, and several others. Gillilan himself didn’t participate too long in shaping our county’s history because he passed away a few years later on September 6, 1837. Soon after Gillilan’s...

Marengo Park District News

Our Park District is pleased to provide programs for Dance, Soccer, Performance Arts, Volleyball, and Basketball for kids, as well as Seniors Activities and the Fitness Center. The green space of our 4 park facilities is welcoming to those looking to walk, picnic, jog, disc golf or even just relax in the shade. Our community can be proud of these successes. The future of the portion of the Indian Oaks Park facility that includes the in-ground pool can best be determined by...

Guilty Pleas Conclude LiveStreamed Hate Crime Attack

Jordan Hill Tesfaye cooper The last two defendants have pleaded guilty in a kidnapping and assault case deemed a hate crime by prosecutors against a Crystal Lake teen that was video-streamed live on Facebook Jan. 2, 2017. The incident involving the special needs teen drew national attention, and condemnation from thenPres. Barack Obama, as four individuals terrorized the youth at an apartment shared by two sisters over the New Year’s 2016-17 weekend. Jordan Hill, 20,...