Native gardens an Illinois insects’ paradise

Heather Poppe’s native garden has grown over her 17 years of living in Homewood. Poppe, who works as a caregiver, said she loves growing her favorites — echinacea, milkweed, asters, goldenrod, liatris and Joe pye weed — from seed.

Half marathon to lead runners through Flossmoor

One of Flossmoor’s busiest days of the year is about to get busier. The nonprofit Flossmoor’s Future is planning a Hidden Gem Half Marathon”that will lead runners through the village’s different neighborhoods on the morning of this year’s Flossmoor Fest.

Flossmoor police arrest suspect in armed robbery

Flossmoor police announced Tuesday afternoon that investigators have made an arrest in connection with a recently reported armed robbery. Flossmoor detectives are also actively pursuing two juvenile suspects in connection with the incident.

Local gardeners find useful guidance at Green Thumb Saturdays

Keeping lawns and gardens green and growing is full of challenges, from how to keep the soil healthy to how to effectively combat pests in an environmentally responsible way.  The village of Homewood provides help. Green Thumb Saturday is a monthly series of presentations on practical topics for developing and maintaining growing things.

In an upward garden, climbing vines bring visitors

With hanging plants and climbing vines, Steve Pesick’s yard is a magnet for visitors buzzing through. The upward natural spaces around the Homewood home draw in hummingbirds, butterflies and more happy insects. The Pesicks’ plantings follow the paths of the creatures that visit their yard.

Volunteers attack winter's detritus during annual Community Cleanup Day

[Updated April 14, 2019] Litter — the enemy of any clean community — has accumulated during winter months, but local residents fought back on Community Cleanup Day on Saturday, April 6. On this sunny, warm spring day, eight organizations and dozens of volunteers fanned out across Homewood, Flossmoor and Olympia Fields to spruce up the area picking up the discarded bottles, cans, food containers and even used diapers that have piled up along roadways over the winter months.

Homewood trustees to consider fee changes

Homewood trustees will consider a number of proposed fee changes at their regular meeting Tuesday, in addition to holding a public hearing for the 2019-2020 budget.

Dollar store robbed by armed man

A man brandishing a firearm robbed the Dollar Tree store in Homewood on Saturday, April 6, according to Homewood Police. At 5:13 p.m., police received a report of a robbery at the store, 17510 Halsted St., Homewood. Witnesses told police that a black man with a medium build entered the store and visibly showed a firearm while demanding money from the store clerk.
 

Grow a great produce garden

It doesn’t matter how pretty the plant is, if Mary Buschmann can’t eat it, she’s not going to bother with it. The Flossmoor resident plants a produce garden every year, drawing ingredients for summer cooking and freezing vegetables to use all year long. In early March, Buschmann was still using up last year’s garden goodies, tomatoes from the freezer and carrots her husband, Joseph, had in the fridge since September.

 

Earthbound, but still experiencing the wonders of winged migration

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The commentary below represents the ideas, observations and opinions of the author.


Toward the end of my discussion with Al Thomas, I mentioned one of the particular joys that birds can bring to your life. If you are out looking for birds, I said, you only have to see one species that is new to you. If you can ID it, all the better. But just seeing a new bird makes you happy for the rest of the day.

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