John Bartman's sweet corn is incredible!

Paula Yensen and John Bartman at John's farmstand.John Bartman's sweet cornMy friend John Bartman comes from a farming family in Marengo, where he still drives a tractor and grows some of the best sweet corn I've ever tasted. I've made two trips out there this summer to visit with John and get some of his famous corn. No matter how you like it: boiled, roasted, or used in recipes like corn salsa, it doesn't get any better than this! The peak season for sweet corn is coming to a close, and this is the last week John will be selling corn in front of his farm on Rte. 176 just east of Marengo. It's worth the trip, no matter where you live.

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Honored to be chosen a “Woman of Distinction”

Women of Distinction 2020

I am humbled to be chosen as a member of this year's class of McHenry County's Women of Distinction. This award is very meaningful to me because of the other incredible women who are also being honored this year. Thanks to the Northwest Herald for this recognition.

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My friend Lugene Clark

Pvrivate Lugene Clark, USMC 1947-1965

My friend Lugene Clark helped me get through algebra class in high school. He was one of the smartest young men I knew. After graduating, he joined the Marines and went to Vietnam. He died there a few days before his 18th birthday. I still grieve for him. On Memorial Day, I am reminded of how much he sacrificed for us. His death meant so little in comparison to the life he never got to live.

He is, of course, one of the many whose names appear on the Vietnam War Memorial in Washington, D.C.

I have also chosen to remember him at the Veteran's Memorial in Lake in the Hills. May you rest in peace, Lugene.

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Remembering those who gave so much

Paula Yensen lays flowers for her mother and father at the Lake in the Hills Veterens' Memorial

Both my mother and father served the nation during WWII. My father, Paul Hans Yensen, was a refugee from Denmark who came here with his parents before the war. He served on convoy escort duty in the North Atlantic. My mother, Retha Gee, was "Rosie the Riveter" in a wartime factory. Their names are enshrined at the Veterans' Memorial in Lake in the Hills. They were among the millions of Americans of that Greatest Generation who sacrificed so much for us. I will never forget them.

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