Baby’s warm milk on a backyard burner

Once a few years ago when the power was out in Flossmoor, Gregg and Kristen Beglau didn’t have any way to warm milk for their baby, Anabella. Their neighbors, Ed and Trish Ladner, offered up their propane grill.

“He had a burner on the grill, so we would heat up baby milk on the burner on the grill,” Gregg Beglau said, laughing.

Mowing the lawn meant so much

The late Scott Gummerson was an architect. When he died from acute myeloid leukemia in 2015, his neighbors tied orange ribbons in his honor on trees in front of the Flossmoor houses he designed or helped add on to.

The outpouring of support during the two years Scott was sick didn’t only come from close friends and family, said his wife, Gigi Gummerson. Comfort food and small kindnesses came from neighbors all around town.

Possible change in Flossmoor pickup truck ordinance on Monday agenda

Flossmoor village board members Monday will take the first step toward a possible repeal of the longtime prohibition of pickup truck parking on residential driveways.
 
Board members will consider a motion directing the Flossmoor plan commission to hold a public hearing on a proposed text amendment to the village's zoning ordinance that, if adopted, would allow pickup trucks to park in residential districts. 
 

St. John Episcopal Church welcomes Pastor Froyen

When Father Jeremy Froyen interviewed for the pastor position at St. John Episcopal Church in Flossmoor, he left with a decision: if the job was offered, he’d accept. Froyen said he and his husband “really fell in love with the place after our visit.” Froyen accepted the appointment and arrived in Flossmoor Oct. 1. Now his task is to learn about the parishioners and help them find a direction for their church.

Queen of hearts raffle approved for Glenwood Academy, 5th Quarter

Homewood officials approved a license for a Queen of Hearts raffle beginning this month to benefit Glenwood Academy.

The village board approved the license at its Nov. 13 meeting. It includes an extension of Homewood’s usual 90-day maximum to a one-year term. It also raises the maximum prize value from $5,000 to $2 million.

Queen of Hearts raffles have become a popular fundraiser in the Chicago area. 

Visiting the neighbor's yard for parties, piñatas and puppies

Editor's note: Of all the factors that go into making a great community—businesses, schools, infrastructure and events—one of the most important doesn't show up in the numbers, and that's the neighbors we cherish. As Thanksgiving nears, we asked H-F residents to tell us stories about the neighbors who support them in ways large and small. These are two of the stories our neighbors shared with us.

‘A fine idea’: Neighbors work together to solve a concrete problem

Editor's note: Of all the factors that go into making a great community—businesses, schools, infrastructure and events—one of the most important doesn't show up in the numbers, and that's the neighbors we cherish. As Thanksgiving nears, we asked H-F residents to tell us stories about the neighbors who support them in ways large and small. This is one of the stories our neighbors shared with us.
 

In 2017, Jeremy Smith and Rachel Meadows-Smith moved to a house in Homewood that was perfect for them, except it didn’t have a garage. 

No problem; Jeremy’s dad said he would help them build a garage, extending their long, narrow driveway to meet it behind the house. They enthusiastically planned for the project, which the family would complete themselves. 

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