Feb. 11 is 125th anniversary of Homewood’s incorporation

Although settled in the 1830’s, it took almost 60 years for the area that would eventually become Homewood to officially form a village government. That milestone was reached on Feb. 11, 1893, and so Homewood is celebrating its 125th birthday this year.

Musician’s ideas brought jazz fest to PSC 30 years ago

On Feb. 15, 16 and 17, Valerie Nicholson and friends will mark 30 years of the Prairie State College Jazz Fest. The highlight of the three-day event will be the 7:30 p.m. concert with leading jazz musicians in the PSC Barnes & Noble Auditorium on the campus at 202 S. Halsted St. in Chicago Heights.

100 days at Willow

 

Snow day: Looming winter storm closes schools, libraries

Light snow began falling in the Homewood-Flossmoor area shortly before 6 p.m., but it is not expected to remain light for long. 

The National Weather Service issued a winter storm warning that is in effect from Thursday evening through 9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9.

Forecasters predict heavy snow overnight and during the day Friday, with accumulations between 8 and 14 inches possible.

Sweets and science bring tasty learning to Homewood Chocolate Fest

Do you know how to make White Chocolate Cranberry Pistachio Bark? Pastry chef Casey Thompson does, and she will show how it's done at the 16th annual Homewood Chocolate Fest on Saturday, Feb. 17.

Some Flossmoor residents upset about Planned Parenthood's new facility

A small group of Flossmoor residents spoke up at the village board meeting on Feb. 5 to voice their displeasure about the opening of a Planned Parenthood facility. Though tempers remained muted, Mayor Paul Braun had to call for order at one point when residents began shouting from the gallery.
 

Back to paper and pencil for District 153 PARCC test takers

Student testing time for the state mandated PARCC test has been reduced from four weeks to just one week because Homewood District 153 is now able to give the test with paper and pencil.
 
Kathy Schaeflein, director of curriculum and instruction, said the district applied for a waiver so that the test no longer has to be administered by computer. 
 

Switch to new accountant saving park district $50,000

The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District Board of Commissioners agreed to switch its accounting work to Lauterbach & Amen LLP. The move will save the district $50,000 over the next five years.
 
The board’s decision at its January meeting was unanimous.

Weather helped Coyote Run Golf Course record its longest season in 2017

The Homewood-Flossmoor Park District’s Coyote Run Golf Course in Flossmoor had its longest season on record — 310 days. 

Dave Ward, superintendent of golf, reported to the park board that the unseasonably mild winter allowed the park district to open the course Feb. 17, 2017, the earliest opening day in its history. The season, that officially closed Dec. 24, was the longest golf season at the course.

H-F Vikings Youth Hockey players bring home awards

Five ice hockey teams at the H-F Ice Arena brought home top prizes in tournaments. From the youngest to the more advanced, the teams beat competitors in games at Chicago, St. Louis and Madison, Wisconsin, in January. The teams are part of HF Vikings Youth Hockey Association, serving 126 players ages 5 through 13.

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