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MULD Public Hearing on Tax Increase

On November 25, at 7:30 p.m. the Marengo Union Library District will host a public hearing at 19714 E. Grant Highway for the purpose of allowing public input on their Board of Trustees decision to impose a 9.931% tax increase for the year July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2015. Those interested in attending the public hearing to present testimony to the taxing district can contact Library Director Kevin Drinka by phone at (815) 568-8236 or may appear at said meeting.

The move from the old building, which is currently for sale, was estimated to cost $50,000 if done by professionals, but with the help of employees and volunteers, that cost was reduced by nearly 90%. The consensus of the board is that when the old building is sold, the debt reduction should make the payments on the new facility much more manageable.  The design of the new building allows for operations to be managed by fewer employees, freeing up more time to be spent on new programs and building upgrades.

The new library is open and fully operational, and there are plans for additional programs and expansion of current ones. There is a large conference room, which is available for meetings, and smaller rooms for individual or group study.

City to Vote on Video Gambling, “Pour” Licenses

On Monday November 10, the Marengo city council gave directions to city staff to draft an ordinance to allow businesses that sell packaged liquor the ability to convert their licenses to “pour” licenses. This will enable the businesses to obtain video gambling licenses. The Shell Quick Mart on Route 20 was the first to make the request.

Aldermen DeBoer, Hall, Mortensen and Smith showed support for the ordinance, with Samuelson, Keenum, and Hammortree against.

 “Do we want to be the gambling Meca of southwest McHenry County?” said Keenum.

The ordinance could be presented at the November 24 meeting. Any Marengo residents that have strong feelings about this issue should contact their alderman before the city council votes on the matter.

Ward 1

Michael Smith, msmith@cityofmarengo.com, 815.568.1246

Steve Mortensen, smortensen@cityofmarengo.com, 815.735.0766

Ward 2

Matt Keenum, mkeenum@cityofmarengo.com, 815.404.4585

Carole Bartman, cbartman@cityofmarengo.com, 815.568.7970

Ward 3

Gretchen Samuelson, gsamuelson@cityofmarengo.com, 815.509.4206

Nicole DeBoer, ndeboer@cityofmarengo.com, 815.568.0911

Ward 4

Dennis Hammortree, 815.568.5577

Todd Hall, thall@cityofmarengo.com, 815.568.7273

End of Year Gardening Tasks

The McHenry County Master Gardeners, including friends and family, just finished picking apples at the Woodstock Country Orchard for eight area food pantries. The major topic of conversation focused on tasks yet undone in preparation for winter. The crisp air and fall colors reminded us that our garden activities were not yet complete.

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Pondering the Past, Tales Lost in Time- November 2014

The Curtisses opened their home to the poor children Josephine worked with. This picture shows some children being arriving at the Curtiss home on East Grant Highway.Ira Rozel Curtiss was born into a tough family situation, on September 9, 1836, in Mt. Morris, New York. The previous year, Ira's father, Rozel M. Curtiss, had travelled to DeKalb County, Illinois, and purchased land claims for a significant amount of acreage prior to the land going on the market. At the time the elder Curtiss had no intention of staying in Illinois, and prior to returning to his family in New York, he invested $7,000.00 to fund the purchase of implements, supplies, and other necessities for his newly established agricultural enterprise. On June 15, 1838, about 18 months after Ira was born, Rozel Curtiss died and left his wife Rachel with two heavily encumbered farms; one in Illinois and the other in New York, and the additional burden of raising five sons.

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What Did You do in the War, Daddy?

Carlton Robb to right of his daughter, Trudy Ann. Red Cotter is holding her.Today the Society has a guest columnist, Trudy Ann Robb Yates. The Robb family is one of Marengo’s earliest families, providing a huge section in the fabric of Marengo’s history. But that story will be for another issue!

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Radio Tower Installed

Swiatek Foreman, Donnie Rozek, overlooking Zach Detterbeck on radio tower.Marengo Community Radio WXMR 94.3 FM tower is up and broadcast ready. The Swiatek installation crew installed the tower on the MCHS auditorium roof on Monday October 13, 2014. The next step in FCC licensing is Program Test mode. The station will broadcast and calibrate the FM transmission equipment. Final completion of this will result in a FCC license, and WXMR will be on the air.

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Regarding Reading- November 2014

I collect snippets about books/ reading, and I would like to share some with you. Let’s start with a quote from Abraham Lincoln: ‘My best friend is a person who will give me a book I have not read.’ C. S. Lewis said, ‘You can never get a cup of tea large enough or a book long enough to suit me.’

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Society Actors Depict Mysterious Deaths From the Past

About 80 people attended this year's Historic Halloween on Oct. 15 at the McHenry County Historical Society Museum in Union.

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Marengo Residents in The Mikado, Woodstock Opera House

The Mikado (Chris Warren, second from left) hears the pleadings of Katisha (Betsy Wolfe, left), the woman his son doesn't want to marry, and of Titipu residents (Dan Kreisman, Jeff Little and Catherine Yore). Will the Lord High Executioner (Kreisman) need to carry out an execution? Will true love triumph? Find out at Gilbert and Sullivan's classic comic opera, Looking for a fun pre-holiday activity now that it’s getting colder? Enjoy the ambience of the historic Woodstock Opera House? Come support the county’s oldest active theater company and cheer on Marengo residents at the same time! TownSquare Players presents Gilbert & Sullivan’s The Mikado for the first three weekends of November.

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Marengo Woman Appears in USPS Commercial

The United States Postal Service (USPS) is going to launch a new advertising campaign on November 4, which will air on most TV channels all through the holiday season. This is noteworthy because Andrea DeSerto of Marengo is one of the five postal workers seen in the commercial.

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MULD Public Hearing on Tax Increase

On November 25, at 7:30 p.m. the Marengo Union Library District will host a public hearing at 19714 E. Grant Highway for...

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City to Vote on Video Gambling, “Pour” Licenses

On Monday November 10, the Marengo city council gave directions to city staff to draft an ordinance to allow businesses that sell...

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Well Water Contamination

Well Water Contamination

You’ve worked hard all your life to get the things you want. You and your family have built a nice homestead and...

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