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Look for colorful, whimsical dogs and cats to take up residence in downtown Flossmoor this summer. 
 
  Eric Crump
Dogs on Parade is the second iteration of Pets on Parade, which was hosted in 2017 by Homewood as a fundraiser for the South Suburban Humane Society.
 
The program this year will be similar. It is sponsored by the village of Flossmoor, SSHS and Bottle & Bottega. Individuals, businesses and organizations were able to purchase statues until March 31. 
 
The statues are like blank canvases, and each sponsor turns them into works of art. 
 
  People admire decorated
  dog statues unveiled in
  June 2017 at the
  Homewood Art & Garden
  Street Fair. Similar
  statues will be on display
  in downtown Flossmoor
  this summer.
(Chronicle 
  file photo)
 
On June 15, the statues will then be placed at locations around downtown Flossmoor to enliven the local scenery. They will be auctioned Sept. 8 at Flossmoor Fest, with the proceeds helping SSHS.
 
See some of the pet statues from last year at https://bit.ly/2G0ue3X. More information about last year’s program is at https://bit.ly/2DQuJrc.
 
SSHS is also holding a 5K fundraiser, Paws for a Cause, on May 12. Visit https://bit.ly/2FZKtOC for more information or to register.
 
Homewood upgrades village website
If you were exasperated with the village of Homewood website, it’s time to check back. The village recently unveiled a completely revamped site that replaces what was a useful but sometimes frustrating resource.
 
I admit I was one of the exasperated users. The site contained a great deal of information, but it wasn’t always easy to find the bit you needed when you needed it. 
 
Village officials knew the site was past its prime and needed help, but completely updating such an information-rich site is no small task. It took awhile.
 
The result is a much improved, easier-to-use, more appealing site that should serve village residents well. Village Manager Jim Marino said staff members are still working to update some areas, but the site is fully functional and open for use. Visit www.homesweethomewood.com.
 
One key difference that I especially appreciate: The new site has a search feature. Thank you!
 
Play ball!
Homewood and Flossmoor youth baseball and softball seasons will begin April 21. Both villages get the season started with a parade and opening day ceremonies followed by the first games of the year.
 
The Flossmoor parade will begin at 9:15 a.m. at the Parker Junior High School parking lot. Teams will march east along Flossmoor Road and make their way to the Flossmoor Park ball fields. See flossmoorbbsb.com for more information.
 
The Homewood parade will begin at 11 a.m. at Irwin Park in the 1800 block of Ridge Road. The parade will make its way to the Izaak Walton ball fields, 1100 Ridge Road. See homewoodbaseballandsoftball.com for more information.
 
Homewood accepting Hall of Fame nominations
Every two years, Homewood recognizes some of the people who have contributed most significantly to the village. The Homewood Heritage Committee is accepting nominations until May 25 for the 2018 inductions into the Homewood Hall of Fame.
 
The biannual program will add five new inductees on Oct. 14. 
 
Nominations can be submitted by email to village Events Manager Allisa Opyd at [email protected] or by mail to Village of Homewood Heritage Committee, 2020 Chestnut Road, Homewood IL 60430. The nomination form is available at village hall or at http://bit.ly/2FUj4hb.
 
Committee Chairwoman Elaine Egdorf said the key to successful nominations is documentation of the nominee’s accomplishments and contributions. 
 
Ninjas wrap up season with good performance at state
The local robotics team, Tech Ninjas, didn’t bring home a championship after competing in the state robotics tournament at the end of February, but they performed well and earned accolades from founder and coach Cameron Nelson.
 
“We couldn’t be prouder of the team or the robot they built. Both performed nearly flawlessly in all of their matches,” he said. “The robot put up the most points we’ve ever seen it put up in every single match.”
 
In robotics competition, it matters which team you partner with, and unfortunately for the Ninjas, their partner team in the first three matches had equipment problems (their robot died) that cost the alliance points.
 
“In the end, while (the Ninjas) were briefly disappointed with the overall outcome, the team was very happy with their performance,” Nelson said. “They had a lot of fun ... and they already have big plans for the off-season.”
 
Local Welsh community lights up the city
People of Welsh descent are a small contingent in H-F. Dave Parry says it’s “myself and one other bloke.” But they occasionally gather with others in the Chicago area and celebrate Welsh culture.
 
  The red dragon image from
  the Welsh flag graces the
  Navy Pier ferris wheel on
  March 1 in honor of St.
  David’s Day.
(Proivded 
  photo from Dave Parry)
 
Parry also helps Chicago celebrate St. David’s Day in honor of the patron saint of Wales by arranging to have prominent structures display the colors red, white and green on March 1. This year, the displays appeared at 2 Prudential Plaza, the ferris wheel on Navy Pier and on the Wrigley Building.
 
Parry said he has helped arrange the Wrigley display for nine years. 
 
“I work with Dave every year on this request,” said Jacqueline Davis, director of security for the Wrigley Building.
 
“The Welsh dragon on the Navy Pier Ferris Wheel was a very unexpected and fantastic surprise though!” Parry said.
 

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