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Peasley: Historical society continues Sampler Series

The McHenry County Historical Society has three presentations in the Sampler Series remaining for the spring season and includes varied topics.

Dr. Rochelle Lurie, owner of Midwest Archeological Research Services, Marengo, will present “Archeological How-tos” at 3 p.m. Monday. Her company has logged and preserved nearly 1,700 prehistoric and historic sites in the region since 1986. She will explain how she and her team find and decipher archeological sites.

Lurie, of Harvard, earned a doctorate in anthropology in 1982. She is a past president of the Illinois Archaeological Survey and is on the board of several Illinois Association for Advancement of Archaeology chapters.

John Hallwas, a regional historian, author and retired professor of English from Western Illinois University, will discuss early frontier lawbreakers at 7 p.m. April 15.

Ders Anderson, a Crystal Lake native and Greenways director for Openlands Project in Chicago, will discuss historic trails in the county at 3 p.m. April 29.

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As the Major League Baseball season opens, another interest is in the offing. That is because for decades, Wrigley Field has been characterized as a “Baseball Cathedral.” The Ricketts family wants to make huge improvements. Changes are evident with the ballpark wishing to revitalize the diamond for more revenue.

No, this is not expectations of being in the race for the National League pennant, but I do hope the team is improving. It was 1933 when I first heard about Major League Baseball. In the spring of 1934, I was intrigued because of the rambunctious St. Louis Cardinals with Dizzy Dean, Joe Medwick and Leo Durocher.

I quickly became a fan of the Cubs. Probably the best Cubs team was in 2002, when they pushed to the top only to lose when two outstanding pitchers faltered in an unhappy end.

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On April 20, the Marian Central Catholic High School’s Fathers Club is hosting an All Night Bingo event at the school. Proceeds will be used to fund capital improvements.

School doors open at 5 p.m. The Bingo Hall doors open at 6 p.m. Games begin at 7:30 p.m. and continue all night. St. Margaret Mary Knights of Columbus will offer a “Midnight Breakfast” for $6 after the first bingo session.

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It has been one year since my wife, Fran, died last March 29. As I reflect on her many accomplishments as a trained psychologist, she was nonjudgmental and an excellent listener. She could talk with people, helping them think for themselves.

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On this Easter Sunday, we express our thanks to God for our salvation and for His mercy and many blessings. Happy Easter to all Northwest Herald readers.

• Don Peasley has been an editor, columnist and historian in McHenry County since 1947. He began association with Shaw Publications in 1950. He is a frequent contributor of articles and photos. He can be reached at 815-338-1533.

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