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...

Pool referendum to be on ballot this fallPark districts represent communities. They represent health, education, fun and interaction, and are also a thread of togetherness. In the more than three years I have been serving as a Commissioner of the Marengo

Park districts represent communities. They represent health, education, fun and interaction, and are also a thread of togetherness. In the more than three years I have been serving as a Commissioner of the Marengo Park District Board, the question I hear more often than any other by far is, "Will the pool be reopening?". The question is asked by adults and children alike and is sometimes accompanied by a recounting of memories of fun times spent at the Marengo Pool. Some...

Solar Farm Gets Go-Ahead From City Council

A proposed 235-acre solar farm on two parcels at the intersection of Johnson Road and Route 20 was approved in principle by the Marengo City Council, during its June 25 session. The action included annexation agreements for 110- and 126-acre sites, each containing three parcels, along with a text amendment to the existing Estate Residential (ER) zoning designation allowing the solar farm and a forty-year term special use permit for its operation. The project is being...

Marengo Area News Briefs

300 WEST-ARNOLD REPORT BEING REVIEWED The civil litigation filed by the Illinois Attorney General’s Office against 300 West LLC and Arnold Engineering, Inc. remains set for the next status hearing, following an Apr. 4 continuation that would give the state agency more time to review a 1,339-page report, submitted by the Marengo-based company. The report was submitted by the defendants in Mar., after a time-extension for its completion. Entitled, “The Comprehensive Site...

Marengo Indoor Gun Range

The developer of an indoor gun range and shop is moving ahead with construction efforts to remodel the former Mc Gill manufacturing building, which is proximal to the downtown business district, following approval of three combined ordinances by the Marengo City Council, during its Apr. 23 meeting. The 7-1 vote, with 3rd Ward Alderman Matt Keenum opposing, allotted a special use permit with nine contingences and a parking variation, a zoning code text amendment, and an...

Marengo Area News Briefs

STATE MOVES FORWARD WITH LOCAL ROUNDABOUT PROJECTS Two road improvement projects with the state of Illinois Department of Transportation as the lead agency, are expected to gain traction during the coming months on the outskirts of Marengo. When completed, Mc Henry County will have a total of five such traffic-flow installations. “The two Marengo sites are U.S. Route 20 with Harmony Road, and it’s expected to go out for the bid-letting process on June 15…the other is U.S...

Feed My Starving Children

Mrs. Stephanie Keenum, Language Arts teacher at Marengo Middle School along with 16 MCMS families loaded boxes for Feed My Starving Children(FMSC)which is a non-profit organization that has been tackling world hunger since 1987 by sending volunteer-packed nutritious meals to 70 countries. The meals are specifically designed to reverse and prevent malnutrition and are used in schools, orphanages, clinics and food programs to break the cycle of poverty. In addition, the class...

Riley Teachers Retire

Riley School is losing 64 years of teaching experience this Spring. Two beloved teachers are retiring, taking those years and a lot of happy memories with them. They also leave behind many happy memories and good friends. XXXConnie Marsh has taught at Riley for 33 years. She began teaching junior high math for eight years. Then she switched to K through eighth grade physical education. Most recently she’s taught physical education to first through fifth graders and algebra...