Families enjoy cookies, carols and VR at Winterfest

After a thunderous countdown, Santa Claus connected the electricity and the evergreen tree in front of Park Place at Flossmoor Park blazed with light.

It was the conclusion of Winterfest on Dec. 9 and was the first time the big tree in the park was used as the community Christmas tree. In years past, a smaller tree near the library was illuminated, according to village officials.

Winfrey girls break Toys for Tots fundraising record one quarter at a time

Inflation has not hit the Winfrey girls' hot chocolate stand, an annual fundraiser for the Marine Corp Reserves Toys for Tots program. In spite of their low prices, Kayla, 18, and Mara, 16, managed to break their own fundraising record, bringing in $1,650 this year. That meant more toys for needy children this Christmas.

2nd graders build gingerbread delights at Willow School

The gingerbread house — a sign of the holiday season — was the class project for second graders at Willow School on Thursday, Dec. 14.
 
Teacher Heather Fraser said the craft project is a long-standing tradition. Parents pitch in by providing the makings of the gingerbread house.  The children work in teams of four with a parent volunteer to supervise.
 

Homewood recognizes two outstanding public works employees as they retire

Special recognition for outstanding service to the Village of Homewood was given to outgoing Public Works Department employees Dave Rubarth and Jim Tresouthick who retire on Dec. 31.
 

School District 153 expects substantial benefit from Homewood home rule

If Homewood voters approve a home rule referendum March 20, it will have a special benefit for Homewood School District 153.
 
The school board on Dec. 11 approved an intergovernmental agreement with the village and gave its approval to a resolution outlining the benefits from the proposed sales tax hike.
 

Home rule on the ballot in Homewood, with limitations in place

The village board passed a resolution Tuesday to add a home rule referendum to the March 20 ballot while simultaneously passing ordinances aimed at limiting its power, should voters approve it.

Golden Corn Bake is everyone’s favorite

  Photo by Tom Houlihan/H-F Chronoicle
It’s not really called “corn pone.” But if it’s true that being given a nickname is a sign of affection, Golden Corn Bake is one of the best-loved dishes on our table for holiday dinners.

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