Eight residents considered for open District 233 board seat

Eight persons have filed resumes and letters requesting they be considered for a vacant seat on the District 233 school board serving Homewood-Flossmoor High School. The deadline for filing applications was Friday, Sept. 7.
 
Board member Tim Wenckus submitted a letter of resignation Aug. 24, effective immediately. Wenckus had eight months left on his term. He would have been up for re-election to a four-year term in April 2019.
 

Students learn, practice conservation through Homewood Science Center intern program

On a Saturday morning when one might expect junior high schoolers to be sleeping in, the Homewood Science Center’s conservation ecology interns are hard at work clearing invasive buckthorn plants from the Homewood Izaak Walton Preserve. Using little more than simple tools and teamwork, interns cut down and carry away thick bundles of branches and leaves until the area that was once difficult to walk through becomes an open space for native species to thrive.

Runners, walkers and neighbors invited to Respond Now's 5K on Sept. 22

Spaces are still available for Respond Now's annual 5K Walk/Run for Hunger on Sept. 22 at Bicentennial Park in Olympia Fields.
 
Sue Perkins of Flossmoor, a longtime board member at the social service agency, called the annual event an easy and fun way for community members, advocates and supporters old and new to help combat poverty in their neighborhoods.
 

H-F homecoming victory is a blowout

Homewood-Flossmoor High School students, alumni and community supporters had plenty to cheer about on Friday, Sept. 7, as the Vikings football team won the homecoming game 46-0.

It was the third victory in the young season for the Vikings. The team welcomed Stagg High School for the first of only four seasonal games to be played at H-F. 
 

Flossmoor residents, guests enjoy a day of community spirit at Flossmoor Fest

The annual Flossmoor Fest gave the community a chance to come together for some family fun, and a chance for inanimate dogs to help out living dogs with serious health problems. 

Although the forecast said otherwise, Mayor Paul Braun predicted the weather would hold for the crowds at Flossmoor Fest on Saturday, Sept. 8.

Score one for the mayor.

The day was cool, breezy, overcast and fall-like, but the rains in the forecast did not materialize.

Queen of Hearts raffle invades the H-F community

The excitement of Queen of Hearts raffles that has spread through the Chicago area is now available in the Homewood-Flossmoor community. Will the winner be decided at the first drawing on Wednesday, Sept. 12? Organizers hope to keep the raffle going for the 120 days allowed by the license, but it is a game of chance so anyone could win at any time, said Terry Keigher, who is heading up the raffle committee.

Getting special ed students involved in sports is goal of two H-F seniors

It may be a field hockey rivalry, but before teams for Homewood-Flossmoor High School and Stevenson High School took the field, they gathered for a photo that showed off the players in their blue Special Olympics T-shirts. The effort, led by H-F students Cori Hoekstra and Maggie McNellis, has thus far raised $1,500 for Special Olympics. But the two seniors said their effort also was to get special education students involved in sporting events.

Covering the US Open: Priceless

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

The US Open tennis tournament is unlike anything I have ever been a part of.  I can’t get enough of it. The atmosphere, the crowd, the players and the organization make it a great experience that is unforgettable for me.

The Cancer Support Center hosts survivor conference Sept. 15

The Cancer Support Center will host its second annual Survivor Conference on Saturday, Sept. 15, at Chamberlain College of Nursing, 18624 W Creek Dr., Tinley Park.
 
“Survive and Thrive” is the theme for the free program from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. for those who have battled or are currently battling cancer, and their caregivers. The event is designed to physically, emotionally and mentally enhance the lives of participants.
 

District 233 school board will consider approval for H-F Fine Arts Center

The District 233 school board is expected to review a proposed Fine Arts Center plan at its meeting Monday, Sept. 17.
 
The board’s Finance Committee reviewed plans on Thursday, Sept. 6, presented by Edward Wright of DLA Architects and agreed to send the proposal to the full board. The committee set a $10 million cap for the project that would develop an arts wing serving the performing arts, band, orchestra, choral and fine arts programs.
 

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