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Union Fire Protection District

2016 is about half over – and it seems that there is one project after another for the Union Fire Department.

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Marengo Fire & Rescue

Fire and rescue on overpassOn Sunday May 22, the Marengo Fire/Rescue Districts had the opportunity to participate in honoring veterans from Northern Illinois and Southern Wisconsin.

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MCMS’s Speed Demon

FinnFinn Schirmer, 14, of Marengo yet again proved his incredible abilities as a track runner at this year’s state competition. By placing first in Hurdles and fifth in the High Jump, Finn has continued his success at the state level.

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Sandy Lindow: Someone you should know

Sandy LindowSandy Lindow finds it uncomfortable to talk about herself. Sandi Teglin, who nominated Lindow for WXMR’s June “Someone You Should Know” honor, has no trouble at all. Teglin says that Lindow “and her whole family do so much for the town.”

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Scout Day at the IRM

Scouts on trainFriday night, May 13, saw Scouts from Wisconsin, Indiana and Illinois camping out in the cold rain. The encampment was part of Scout Days at the Illinois Railway Museum in Union, Illinois. The weekend was hosted by the Illinois Railway Museum and the local Scouting Blackhawk Area Council and nearly 800 Scouts were registered to camp overnight for this event.

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District 165 loses nearly 200 years of experience

retiringMarengo Union Elementary School District 165 lost almost 200 years of experience this spring. Seven staff members retired from Locust School (Pre-kindergarten – 3rd grade,) Grant Intermediate School (grades 4-5,) and Marengo Community Middle School (grades 6-8) at the end of the school year in May. Barb Dochterman, Locust School secretary takes 30 years of experience with her. Paraprofessionals retiring are: Kathy Pace (30 years at various schools,) Maria Mejia (19 years, at Locust,) Janet Swongeur (29 years at Grant,) Rose Boyd (18 years at Locust) Sheri Janssen (17 years at Locust,) and Maria Montolio, (15 years at Grant.)

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Food Among the Flowers

GardeningThis year we are expanding our gardening strategies. Last month we discussed container gardening. We are growing tomatoes, peppers and eggplants in grow bags this summer. To reduce daily hand watering we have arranged individual irrigation to each pot using emitters that will allow all containers to be watered at one time. Plants are located close to the water source with a southern exposure that will provide plenty of daily sun. We will keep you posted on our progress and success.

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Dr. Bertrand Retires

Dr. Dan Bertrand, Superintendent of District 154, Marengo Community High School for the past 11 years, is retiring as the school year ends. “Retiring is scary,” Bertrand admitted in a recent conversation. “But I’m also looking forward to it. I’ll have time to pursue other interests and to spend time with my family” (Bertrand and his wife, Kelly, have four children—Brock, Bailey, Brooke and Beau). When asked what the future might hold, Bertrand admits he will probably be doing something “still in the field of education,” although his plans are not firm yet.

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Marengo Area News Briefs

Water Main for Contaminated Wells

Approval for a plan submitted by Arnold Magnetic Technologies, Inc., and its property owner, 300 West LLC, to bring potable water to impacted Marengo residents suffering from contaminated wells may get relief after a 22nd Judicial Circuit Court hearing to determine its merit.

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Proposed Rail Line Likely County Economic Boom

railroad mapThe news first came out of Janesville several months ago, when reaction from the southern Wisconsin town, and surrounding area, raised red flags over a privately-funded $8 billion, two-track rail system, through Rock County into Illinois, skirting the Chicago area, and winding toward Indiana. It would traverse through Winnebago and Boone counties, and pass in proximity to western Mc Henry County.

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Proposed Rail Line Likely County Economic Boom

Proposed Rail Line Likely County Economic Boom

The news first came out of Janesville several months ago, when reaction from the southern Wisconsin town, and surrounding area, raised red...

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Dr. Bertrand Retires

Dr. Bertrand Retires

Dr. Dan Bertrand, Superintendent of District 154, Marengo Community High School for the past 11 years, is retiring as the school year...

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Food Among the Flowers

Food Among the Flowers

This year we are expanding our gardening strategies. Last month we discussed container gardening. We are growing tomatoes, peppers and eggplants in...

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