Following a service that commemorated the life of McHenry County Deputy Sheriff Jacob Keltner, a procession of vehicles containing law enforcement and first responders representing Illinois and the country stepped off from the Woodstock High School parking lot around 12:30 p.m. Mar. 13. American flags and people lined the route through his hometown of Crystal Lake, and past the Huntley funeral home, where the day began.

Despite the chill and gray atmosphere of a rainy Mar. 13 morning, crowds lined the perimeter of Dundee Road in a somber display of support and respect. A hearse carrying the body of McHenry County Deputy Sheriff Jacob Keltner left the De Fiore Funeral Home in Huntley with an honor guard bound for a service at Woodstock High School. Just after 10:00 a.m., a flag-draped casket was escorted into the gymnasium by law enforcement officers.

Fifth graders, Ava Maniates, Jack Ahrens and Caden Oine, using a triple weight scale for a science lab.

Danielle Klenske, 2018 Marengo HS graduate, currently serving in the US Navy in Texas, studying to be a Corpsman. Her next orders in June, will take her to Jacksonville Florida for two years. Thank you for your service Danielle!

  

This year, four Vietnam Veterans, Dale Carpenter, Larry Dochterman, Jim Erbstoesser, and David Lutes, visited with senior students in English IV classes at the end of their unit over the novel, The Things They Carried. After so many years of silence, we are grateful that these veterans can finally share their deep, touching, and sometimes even humorous experiences. Imagine finding out that what was thought to be enemy movement and sound was actually monkeys! We learned that Mr. Carpenter and Mr. Erbstoesser worked for the same company for years without ever realizing that the other was a Vietnam veteran. Like so many others, they came home, they hung their uniforms in the closets, and for quite a while they never talked of their service. MCHS seniors were reminded that anyone who puts on a uniform is a hero because they are sacrificing their time and are away from their families; it matters not if this hero sees active duty. Our veteran visitors had vastly different roles in the military, and we appreciated hearing from all of them as well as witnessing the lively banter and obvious respect between them.

The House house

The announcement in the October 21, 1851, edition of the Belvidere Standard brought good news in one respect to a new industry, and signaled the death of another. The headline read, “Chicago and Galena Railroad, The Cars Running to Marengo.” The article reported that after three years of construction the railroad now extended sixty-five miles from Chicago to Marengo. The introduction of this new mode of transportation changed the way people travelled, and how goods were moved from the source of production to markets. Previous to the railroad the preferred mode of transportation for travel was the stage coach. The presence of the Chicago and Galena Railroad didn’t immediately eliminate the stage coach industry because not all towns were connected to each other by train. For example, travelers between Marengo and Woodstock were still served by a stage line operated by Alvin Judd.

It was another successful year for Scouting for Food! Cub Scout Pack 163, in conjunction with Boy Scout Troop 530, members of Boy Scout Troop 153, and Brownie Troop 2241, put in a combined total of 582 volunteer hours. We have all of you, the residents of Marengo and Union, to thank for our success. With your donations, we were able to stock the MORE Center with al - most four tons of food, household, and personal products. With your monetary donations, the MORE Center will be able to purchase items as needed. We would like to thank the MORE Center for allow - ing us this opportunity to do a good turn for our community. The Marengo Union Times, the Maren - go United Methodist Church, Bag Makers, and Print Turnaround Inc. all had a hand in our efforts, and we cannot thank them enough. Thank you, also, to the local busi - nesses that kept our volunteers fedKay n’ Jo’s, Stonebakers Pizza, and Sullivans Foods. This truly was a community effort!

Friday, March 15, 2019, the Marengo Women’s Club hosted a presentation on personal safety given by Chief Richard Solarz, of the Marengo Police Department and Leslie Pace, of First National Bank.

Both presenters discussed the many ways we can be robbed in this digital age. From old-fashioned purse snatching to new cyber-threats, our belongings, our money and even our identities can be snatched by nefarious predators.

The props are being painted, the costumes fitted and rehearsals with singing, dancing and excitement are filling the air as Christian Arts Student Theater prepares for their annual show. 10 years ago, “Narnia: The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe” was presented by CAST, and this wonderful production is being brought back, better than ever! Kimberly Voller teamed up with Christo Poggas for their second show and decided Narnia would be perfect to showcase the higher number of “seniors” this year. They have added more dance numbers and are thrilled that there are 20 more students involved in this show than the first time Kimberly directed it. Seven of the “elder” performers and even stage crew, have been around for quite some time and now as “seniors” this will be their last show. Kimberly finds so much joy in leading these children and watching their talents develop over the years. The cast of Narnia includes 64 children and one adult, of whom 24 are new to the program. Kimberly and Christo are joined with Kristin Hartz and Hanna Butzow as choreographers, Kenzie Parry as vocal coach, Holly Adkins for costumes and Diana Long as stage manager. As always this “family” works very hard throughout their journey, on stage and behind the scenes. There are countless people who participate to make these shows wonderful examples of dedication, hard work and most importantly Christian fellowship. After 13 years, this organization continues to grow and sincerely appreciates the support from our community and now others that we have reached and embraced. Tickets available now, see advertisement for details.

Yes, it is time to prepare for starting vegetable seeds indoors. Inspired by the stack of seed catalogs many of us have seed packets awaiting attention. Seeds will need clean containers, a sterile starting mix, regular moisture, and adequate lighting to develop into sturdy and healthy transplants.

Timing for planting seeds should be coordinated with the last frost date. In the Marengo-Union area it is not unusual to have frost or deeply cold weather between mid-May and Memorial Day. Experience has taught us that starting seeds too early involves more effort in up-planting as seedlings grow ever larger. It’s hard to resist the temptation to get plants into the garden on the first warm, sunny days of Spring but it is wise to wait.

Waiting for your turn is one of the hardest lessons a little kid is faced with, especially when they have an older sibling in sports. That interest and excitement should not go to waste and at Zion Lutheran School, the Athletic Director, Diane Hinck has tapped into a great way for “Little Panthers” to get a head start. First the idea started with a Little Panther running group, led by Cross Country runners, younger kids could spend time being mentored and inspired by the older runners. This had been such a great success, it has now expanded into Little Panther Volleyball, Basketball and Cheer. During the respective season, the students who are not quite old enough to officially participate in a sport, still get a chance to learn the basics and have fun. Ms. Hinck has optimized this as a fellowship opportunity and sees skills develop as the children emulate the older athletes. There is even an “open to all” summer running program where children set individual goals, track their results and stay on track for the upcoming season. This is a wonderful way for kids to try out sports before true competition sets in and helps build confidence and most importantly bonds among the student population.

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