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Residents gather for 'Marengo Strong' community day

MARENGO – Debby Castillo has been a Marengo resident for just a year but already has a feeling of town pride. “Marengo is strong,” she said. The community gathered Saturday for “Marengo Strong Community Day,” which volunteers organized after the home explosion that decimated a neighborhood June 11. The event included l [...]

Cary Ale House plans to add brewery, seeks $60,000 village loan

CARY – People may soon be able to sip locally brewed beer in Cary. Cary Ale House and Brewing Company wants to start brewing its own beer and plans to expand to a vacant storefront adjacent to the restaurant. The restaurant occupies half the retail space in the building located at 200 to 208 W. Main St. More than $215,000 worth of [...]

Environmental Defenders of McHenry County organize Styrofoam collection program

WOODSTOCK – The Environmental Defenders of McHenry County, a nonprofit dedicated to the preservation, protection and improvement of the environment, has announced it is reopening its Styrofoam collection program. The defenders will be collecting clean Styrofoam – containing no food or residue – at its monthly recycling drives and [...]

Crystal Lake, Algonquin police to help raise money for Special Olympics Illinois

CRYSTAL LAKE – Police officers will serve “free lunch” during the seventh annual Texas Roadhouse Benefit Lunch for Special Olympics Illinois next Friday. The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the restaurant’s Crystal Lake location, 835 Cog Circle, and officers from both the Crystal Lake and Algonquin police departmen [...]

Stade's Farm and Market closes McCullom Lake Road roadside stand

McCULLOM LAKE – Stade’s Farm & Market has closed its McCullom Lake roadside stand, owners announced this week. The stand, located on the corner of McCullom Lake and Ringwood roads, was opened in 1997, nearly 20 years after Vern Stade began farming on the land that is now Stade’s Farm & Market, 3709 Miller Road, McHenry. [...]


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