Marengo Fire and Rescue- June 2019

Well we are well on our way into the severe weather we sometimes experience during the spring months in northern Illinois. This year we have had more rain events causing some flooding than the severe thunderstorms, but we still wanted to remind you be prepared.

Onesti's Wild West formally opened under their new banner May 18

Onesti's Wild West formally reopened under their new banner May 18, although Mike and Randy Donley are still involved with the 25-acre park site in Union. They are in partnership with Ron Onesti, owner of Onesti Entertainment, who has taken over operation of the theme attraction.

What really happened on the California Trail?

After the first settler came to McHenry County in November of 1834 many others soon followed. These adventurous souls traveled long distances from eastern and southern regions of the US to seek new opportunities in an unsettled frontier. After the first settler came to McHenry County in November of 1834 many others soon followed. These adventurous souls traveled long distances from eastern and southern regions of the US to seek new opportunities in an unsettled frontier...

Marengo News Briefs- June 2019

CITY SELECTS FIRM TO FILE FOR JOINING ENTERPRISE ZONE The city council has accepted a proposal from the Nortillo Consulting Group for completing and filing the necessary amendment application to join an existing enterprise zone, during its May 28 meeting. The zone’s area encompasses Harvard, Woodstock, and unincorporated McHenry County, and was established in 2014. Teresa Nortillo, of the consulting group, is the city’s economic development consultant.

American Legion spring Meat Raffle raises money for scholarships

Miss Kitty’s Saloon will be the site of Marengo’s American Legion Post 192’s semi-annual Meat Raffle on Friday, April 12 from 5 p.m. until everything is gone. “We hold these events twice a year to raise funds primarily for scholarships,” said Post Commander Larry Dochterman. “Some of the funds will be used for operating expenses, but the emphasis is always on scholarships. This scholarship will be for $1000 and will be given to someone who will be going into one of the...

Farewell to the Chief

Police Chief Rich Solarz has spent 29 years in law enforcement, most of them here in Marengo. In his 24 years with us, he served in several roles; most recently he has been the Chief of Police for 3 years. As he retires this month, we asked him to reflect back on his career, especially his time in Marengo. “I wasn’t your typical kid who always wanted to be a policeman,” Solarz reports. “I enlisted in the Marines, and while on active duty was assigned to various embassies...

Pondering the Past, Tales Lost in Time: Enterprising Undertakers

Recently a post on the “You might be from Marengo, IL if…” Facebook page generated some comical comments about a business practice that was common in Marengo’s days gone by. The post was a photograph of a thermometer bearing an advertisement for the Pinnow Funeral Home. What caught the eye of this particular post was what appeared written underneath the business’ name - “Deluxe Ambulance Service.” These two services being offered by one enterprise; a funeral home whose...

An Auction from Outer Space

Drive past Donley’s Auction House on Union Road and the marquee reads: “Meteorite Auction, May 19.” Here is the official press release: “Donley Auctions is pleased to announce a Meteorite Auction May 18, 2019, featuring the collection of Christina Hollis and Ronald Hubbs. This impressive collection with over 400 pieces features multiple museum grade pieces including Canyon Diablo, Campo del Cielo, Sikote Alin, multiple classified NWA chondrites, an extensive collection of...

Getting Transplants Into The Garden

Seedlings you start indoors must be hardened off before being planted because they won’t be accustomed to the cooler and windy weather outdoors. Move them outside to a shady spot for the first few days, increasing the length of time and exposure to sunlight over the following days. Return plants inside each day. Let them acclimate to the outdoors in a cold frame if available or provide sheltered conditions. Assure the plants have adequate moisture as they tend to dry out...

Marengo Area News Briefs

REFERENDUM RESULTS CERTIFIED; ELECTION DAY BALLOT SNAFU The two referendum questions on the Apr. 2 consolidated election ballot pertaining to the Marengo Fire Protection District and the Marengo Rescue Squad District, where both entities sought an increase of their tax appropriation shares, passed with a healthy majority. However, incorrect wording on paper ballots sent to polling places caused some confusion but was corrected early. While unofficial results remained...