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,...

Pondering the Past, Tales Lost in Time: Wartime Challenges and Tensions

In April of 1943 World War II was in full swing, and the need for soldiers to fight the war created a labor shortage for American industry and agriculture. One untapped resource for labor was the detainees in the seven relocation camps that were created by President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s authority to house native born American citizens of Japanese descent; these Americans were referred to as Nisei. Roosevelt also created the War Relocation Authority (WRA) by executive...

The Bad News Butterfly

Summer is here along with colorful butterflies including those cute white ones with a black spot on the wings. The white butterflies have a downside. They deposit eggs on your cabbage, broccoli and other cruciferous plants that will hatch in 4 to 8 days to become the dreaded green cabbage worms that munch your plants and leave behind large amounts of brownish-green excrement called frass. After munching for up to 14 days they pupate and repeat the process. There are several...

Marengo Farmers Market is Worth the Trip

I’ve visited farmers’ markets all over the Midwest, so I have a critical eye. I went to the Marengo Farmers Market on June 30, just to see what it was like. Of course it isn’t the largest market I’ve ever seen, but it is delightful in the variety and quality of goods offered, and exciting in its potential for growth. It is also local. To me, that says it all. If you’ve never been to a Farmers’ Market, the one in Marengo is a perfect way to start. You need to know that these...