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Art on the Prairie

Art on the PrairieGlass artist Kim L. Brix of Marengo and Glassworks by Kim hosted the 2016 Art on the Prairie fundraiser for the Food Shed Co-op on Saturday and Sunday, July 23-24. Each of the local artists at the weekend event, donated a piece to be raffled off to raise money.

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Tractor Fun

TRACTOR “This is the 2nd year for the FFA Alumni Tractor Ride. At least 20 members of the Antique Tractor Club are riding today,” says Ken Ebel of the McHenry County Antique Farm Equipment Association of Illinois.

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Common Tomato Problems

TomatoesThis is the time of the summer when tomatoes are setting fruit and anticipation of fresh tomatoes creates excitement. At our house we cannot wait for the opportunity to create that first tomato, bacon, and basil sandwich. We monitor the plants daily because there are a number of problems and pests that can arise. Identifying issues early and taking measures can insure a successful crop.

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Marengo Fire Protection District

FirefightersJuly was an exciting month for our 2016 recruit class. They have now completed all their required testing for the State Fire Marshal’s Office. Now that they have entered into the final phase of their training they will need to complete a final practical evaluation that will test everything they have been taught throughout class. During their training they have been tested on hazardous materials, auto extrication, fire suppression, and rescue techniques. These students have dedicated the past 6 months to achieving their goals to become certified Basic Operations Firefighters. We are excited to see where their careers take them and look forward as they move onto paramedic school.

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Marengo Area News Briefs

RR StreetCity Dispatching Services Relocation Nearly Complete

An intergovernmental agreement between the city of Marengo, its police department and fire protection district, as well as Union’s fire district and rescue district is in process, according to Marengo acting police chief Rich Solarz, for the agencies to share a T-1 line that runs between Marengo and Mc Henry.

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New Playground Initiative

Kids at playgroundThe Marengo Park District has kicked off an initiative to raise funds for a new playground. This will replace the outdated 25-year-old playground which had to be closed for safety reasons. “It needed repairs and there were no spare parts to be had,” says Superintendent Joe Vallez. “It did not meet the new safety standards either.”

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Marengo Sculptor’s work dedicated at Woodstock’s Peace Path

OrthAmerican sculptor, furniture artist, industrial designer, and liturgical artist, David Orth, lives on a small farm in Marengo. Working in wood, steel, and bronze, Orth, 62 came to Marengo by way of Texas, Costa Rica, and Oak Park. After decades with his studio a block from Frank Lloyd Wright’s home, Orth and his wife sought the “beautiful space and relaxed atmosphere” that Marengo offers.

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Gardening: Questions From Our Readers

/Gardening 0716During hot summer days with minimal rain my plants appear limp and lifeless. Should I wait until evening to water them?

If your plants are showing signs of water stress in the middle of the day, you should water them! Postponing irrigation until the evening (not a good time to water anyway, as this can encourage fungal pathogens) or the following morning could damage your plants and open them up to opportunistic diseases.

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Marengo Sport s Page

(Not The Biggest, Not The Best, But The Only Sports Page That Loves Marengo)

Sterling Ends Indians Softball Season

Former Teammates Excel at Rock Valley College The Genoa IHSA Class 3A Sectional produced two stellar defensive games for the Indians, but a lack of offense was the undoing in the final against Sterling in a 2-1 loss. Marengo (29-9) took an early 1-0 lead, working a leadoff walk to Leah Secor into a run through Mariah Dionne’s double down the right field line, in the top of the first inning.

In Sterling’s half of the third inning, Hannah Escamilla hit a two-run triple and put the Golden Gophers ahead for keeps. Sterling’s Jayme Eilers fanned five of the last six Indians batters to seal the win. Sterling has now ended the Indians season in the sectional final for three of the last four years.

The sectional opener saw Dionne pitch a 10-inning shutout over the Burlington Central Rockets, for a 1-0 win.

“We had a great season, and as a whole, this group worked just as hard as any team I have coached,” said Indians varsity softball coach Dwain Nance. “Every day was a grind, however, this team stayed together and really jelled at the end of the season. This spring was cold and wet, however, we managed to have quality practices and play very well. We will miss our two seniors, Allison Jasinski and Amber Proberts.

 “Allison has been a 4-year varsity player, and a staple at third base,” he said. “We have some work to do this offseason… we really feel that we can continue our success. This year, we completed a 50-game winning streak in the BNC East, we won regional for the 10th straight time…we’ll start in the new conference next year. The work every day in practice was impeccable. They did an awesome job, we’re very proud of this team.” “Hello? Is this Taylor Carlson? I believe someone contacted the paper, and said that you, Jessica Turner, and Abby Kissack helped Rock Valley College to another national championship, they’ve won three years in a row, and…”

“Look, Jess and I are coaching a Marengo 14U softball game in a few minutes, can we talk another time, like tomorrow?”

So ended the initial conversation that eventually led into a real story: Carlson and Kissack, two members of the 2011 Marengo Indians Class 3A championship softball team, and Turner, a member of the 2015 semi-finalists, all connected at the NJCAA Division 3 college level to help RVC continue its own string of championships.

While keeping a sports focus, the trio is also eying post-competition life by pursuing degrees…the reason for going to college. Turner is completing an Associate of Arts degree in advance of a K-12 Teaching career. Kissack finished a general education degree and is heading to Rasmussen College and a curriculum toward a Registered Nurse certification. As for Carlson?

“An Associate of Science degree, and looking into pursuing a degree in Physical education,” she said. “Academics always come first. It forces athletes to study and focus in school, so we can do what we need to do on the field. I’d like to coach in a few years, and stay in Marengo. There are a lot of memories from the national teams, a lot of comebacks that will be recalled. It was fun.”

Carlson and Turner are coaching a Marengo 14U team for the summer, and enjoying a chance to use their experiences. “Definitely, we can offer some insights…they have to love softball, and prepare, how to go about it, and enjoy the game as much as we do,” said Turner. The college level is just a larger stage and to win a championship there, it’s just the tops.”

Kissack agrees on the college level championship feeling. “The 2016 win was my second time, but the team’s third straight. It was amazing, and for experiences, it tied the 2011 Marengo team, when we won it all. To do it again, at the college level, makes it really special. And, academics drives the sports like a discipline, or we wouldn’t accomplish as much as we have.”

Even their former Marengo coach, Dwain Nance, recalled the trio’s tenacity, and offered his take. “Abby Kissack? “She was on the 2011 state championship team and both national Championships for RVC, as well. Abby was a great playershe was very focused, and we could always count on her to come through with big plays. She was great to coach, and possess a lot of athleticism, with the drive to be a great player.” And Jessica Turner. “She was on the 2015 state runner- up team, and this year’s national championship for RVC. Jess is also helping with our 14U team, coaching with Taylor, this summer. She was very athletic, and has a lot of charisma about her. She worked hard every day in practice, and was a great leader. Taylor (Carlson) was on the 2011 state championship team, and both national championships for RVC,” he said. “Taylor is such a great person…and was a gutsy player. Her sophomore year, she played at least five games with broken ribs. She was a joy to coach because she worked extremely hard.” “By the way, all three of them were four-year varsity players for MCHS,” he said. If Carlson had any advice for upcoming Marengo softball teams, it was minimal. “If there’s something I could tell them, it’d be that you have the option to lead…make the most of it.”

Marengo Fire & Rescue 0716

Officer Taylor, Lt. Gaines, Officer SchellgrenOur 2016 Academy class has been busy over the past month getting ready to complete their final month of training. The recruits began the quest to become certified firefighters in February. Since that time they have completed several written and practical examinations. They are currently working through their final portion of class, where they take everything that they have learned to this point to complete practical scenarios designed to test what they have learned thus far. This year’s class is expected to graduate in early August. If you or someone you may know is interested in participating in next year’s academy, please contact us with any questions and get information on how to apply.

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Art on the Prairie

Art on the Prairie

Glass artist Kim L. Brix of Marengo and Glassworks by Kim hosted the 2016 Art on the Prairie fundraiser for the Food Shed...

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Tractor Fun

Tractor Fun

“This is the 2nd year for the FFA Alumni Tractor Ride. At least 20 members of the Antique Tractor Club are riding...

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Common Tomato Problems

Common Tomato Problems

This is the time of the summer when tomatoes are setting fruit and anticipation of fresh tomatoes creates excitement. At our house...

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