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Harvest time as singular paw paw crop points toward future

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Yes, the Flossmoor banana truly exists.
 
I know. There’s one sitting on my dining room table.
 
To be honest, it doesn’t look much like a banana. More like a mango, which it resembles in size, shape and color.

Aretha, Lady Day and great art that brings us together

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In time, I expect a great American artist will create a great work of art. It will be called “For Aretha” and it will capture the spirit and emotion of the most astonishing American singer of my lifetime. We in the South Suburbs already have a great piece of art dedicated to another important American singer, the legendary jazz vocalist Billie Holiday. “Yes! For Lady Day” is now in its 50th year.

As our world changes, it’s time for Flossmoor’s Truck Fest

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I have no idea if the citizens of Flossmoor, in an advisory referendum later this year, will vote to overturn the village’s longtime ban on parking pickup trucks in residential neighborhoods. But I do have a few suggestions ...

After four years of the Chronicle, and looking toward the future

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The Chronicle’s fourth anniversary passed last month, quietly. We just continued doing what we do — posting stories about people and events, great and small, in Homewood and Flossmoor.

The birds head north. ‘Zugunruhe’ and an oriole peeking in the window

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Around our house, May 9 is considered Baltimore oriole day. For the third straight year, we had orioles at the feeder on May 9. At exactly 9:30 a.m., a male oriole turned up and began pecking at the orange halves that Patty had put out to attract that brand of bird.

Hipsters on the way? Make sure we have plenty of avocados

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I don’t think Homewood is going to become Brooklyn anytime soon. But, judging from the reaction to the “Think Homewood” promotional campaign, you’d think the village is trying to portray itself as the next hipster paradise.

One gun, one shooting and one victim — all too close to home

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Why was Edward Klein carrying a gun? It’s been a couple of months since a DuPage County judge ordered Klein — who last May shot Homewood resident Michael Case — to be committed to a secure facility in Wisconsin that specializes in treating seniors with dementia. The case has been resolved, but questions for our society remain.

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