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Volunteers, public safety staff make preserve safer

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When Homewood Mayor Richard Hofeld fell into an icy pond while rescuing one of his beloved dogs at Izaak Walton Nature Preserve in December 2017, the incident had a happy ending.

A passing jogger called 911. The mayor was rescued, suffering from hypothermia but otherwise unharmed. His dog, Annie, was rescued.

A new event on Jan. 12, the Mayor’s Arctic Dip, will commemorate the mishap and benefit the South Suburban Humane Society.
 

Mom, kids seek new local entertainment options

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Maggie Gosselin’s twin sons have identified a problem. 

Most entertainment options for kids are located in other communities. As Gosselin noted in a recent Facebook post, “They’re upset about hitting the highway for birthday parties and things to do.” 

Unlike most 7-year-olds, Ethan and Austin decided to seek a solution. They went to see the mayor.

Hobo Night crowd misses stories by Hobo Joe

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The Homewood community remembers 'Hobo' Joe Krol, a fixture of Hobo Night and the St. Joe's fish fries.

Meanwhile, neighbors celebrate powerful expressions during a local spoken word gathering.

Then, Homewood Stories reaches a milestone birthday, celebrating five years of lively storytelling.

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Page 2: H-F business activity defies the doldrums

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The usual late summer doldrums were not all that languid in the Homewood-Flossmoor business scene, where a series of ribbon-cuttings, announcements and a couple of demolitions show a local economy with increasing energy.

There's more to come this week. 

Page 2: Underachievers will shine at HBA event

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The Homewood Business Association 0.3K run is set for Sept. 22. Underachievers will have a rare chance to shine in this benefit "run," but high achievers who want to support the arts, artists and the Cancer Support Center can contribute, too. They might want to keep the brakes on, however. Also, the Chronicle is seeking reader feedback. You can tell us what you think about the paper and make suggestions.

Summer 2018 has ups and downs in H-F

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Ups and downs. Life alternates between good things and bad, for individuals and for communities. This summer, and especially mid-July, has seen an unusually abrupt oscillation between events that made us proud and those that made us sad.

The many places we recognize as making Homewood Homewood

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Local history is one of those things, like air, that is all around us every day, shaping our lives without being noticed much. It’s more likely to be noticed when a bit of it goes missing, like the death of a community leader or loss of a cherished building. Or, as is the case this year, when there’s an anniversary of sufficient extent to give us an excuse to notice. This year, Homewood’s 125th anniversary of incorporation is giving us an opportunity to look around and look back. 

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