Tom Houlihan's blog

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

Viewpoint: 

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

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.
 

Tapping away as the old Underwood comes out of storage

Viewpoint: 

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


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.

Harvest time as singular paw paw crop points toward future

Viewpoint: 

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

Yes, the Flossmoor banana truly exists.
 
I know. There’s one sitting on my dining room table.
 
To be honest, it doesn’t look much like a banana. More like a mango, which it resembles in size, shape and color.

Aretha, Lady Day and great art that brings us together

Viewpoint: 

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

In time, I expect a great American artist will create a great work of art. It will be called “For Aretha” and it will capture the spirit and emotion of the most astonishing American singer of my lifetime. We in the South Suburbs already have a great piece of art dedicated to another important American singer, the legendary jazz vocalist Billie Holiday. “Yes! For Lady Day” is now in its 50th year.

As our world changes, it’s time for Flossmoor’s Truck Fest

Viewpoint: 

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

I have no idea if the citizens of Flossmoor, in an advisory referendum later this year, will vote to overturn the village’s longtime ban on parking pickup trucks in residential neighborhoods. But I do have a few suggestions ...

After four years of the Chronicle, and looking toward the future

Viewpoint: 

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

The Chronicle’s fourth anniversary passed last month, quietly. We just continued doing what we do — posting stories about people and events, great and small, in Homewood and Flossmoor.

The birds head north. ‘Zugunruhe’ and an oriole peeking in the window

Viewpoint: 

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


Around our house, May 9 is considered Baltimore oriole day. For the third straight year, we had orioles at the feeder on May 9. At exactly 9:30 a.m., a male oriole turned up and began pecking at the orange halves that Patty had put out to attract that brand of bird.

About Us

A great community deserves a great newspaper. The HF Chronicle was created in June 2014 as an online publication. In December 2015 we began monthly print publication, too. Our mission is to chronicle the life of our community — news by, for, and about the people of Homewood and Flossmoor, Illinois.

Letters

Do you have something to say? If you want to inform the community about events, issues, recognitions, concerns, etc., write a letter. 

Send a letter

Correction suggestions

If you see a mistake in The Chronicle, whether it's a typo, a misspelling or an error of fact, please let us know. Our goal is to provide reliable, accurate stories, and if we miss a detail, we want to fix it fast.

Submit correction

Contact Us

A great community makes a great newspaper. We want to hear from you with news tips, story ideas, your photos and accounts of events, corrections, problems, suggestions, etc. Call or write the editors
Eric Crump at [email protected] or 630-728-2661
Marilyn Thomas at [email protected]
Tom Houlihan at [email protected]

For advertising, distribution or general business inquiries, contact Eric Crump at [email protected] or 630-728-2661.

Postal address:
The HF Chronicle
P.O. Box 461
Flossmoor, IL 60422