Touchy-feely garden gives Willow School students insights into the basics of nature

A possible shutdown of Metra and other railroad operations nationwide was averted today after Congress approved a bill that would extend the deadline on implementation of the Positive Train Control system, according to an email notice posted Wednesday from Don Orseno, Metra CEO.

PTC is a computerized system that prevents certain types of train-to-train collisions, helps avoid derailments and other accidents caused by excessive speed and increases safety for workers, Orseno said.

The original deadline for implementing the railway safety system was Dec. 31, but railroads announced in September that they would . . .

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Summer events

Saturday, July 2

  • Roots + Fire Water grand opening, 11 a.m. at 1941 Ridge Road in Homewood.

Monday, July 4

  • Flossmoor Volunteer Fire Department kids parade, starting at 10 a.m. at Parker Junior High, ending in downtown Flossmoor.
  • Homewood 4th of July parade, staring at 10 a.m. at the St. Joseph Catholic Church parking lot, 17951 Dixie Highway, south to Ridge Road, then east to Izaak Walton Nature Preserve, where there will be a community picnic.

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