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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.
 

Hammers, nails, two-by-fours, sheets of plywood. And creativity.

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In honor of the Homewood-Flossmoor Park District's 50th anniversary, Tom Houilihan recounts how one park program contributed to his family.

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.

‘Take whatever you want. I just want to live.'

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I’ve been doing something that makes reporters antsy: I’ve been sitting on a story.

A few weeks ago, I interviewed the Homewood man who was attacked and carjacked outside his house on Oct. 16. He graciously welcomed me into his home for an interview just a week later. Sitting on the couch with his dog, he described in detail what happened to him.

The message after decades of state tests? We’re commendable

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Your friend is hosting a dinner party and you’ve just finished coffee and the dessert course.

Suddenly he stands up, pulls a sheaf of papers from a folder and begins speaking.

“Now we’re in for a real treat,” he says. “Wait until you see the scores in little Jimmy’s school report card.”

In a minute, he’s talking about how many students placed in the top quarter in language arts and math. You glance at your watch.
 

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.

Read Eric Crump's latest column.

Tapping away as the old Underwood comes out of storage

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An old Underwood typewriter brings back memories — and shows how far writing technology has come. Believe it not, there's a local businessman who still sells and repairs good old typewriters.

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