Jeremy Martin, a student volunteer from Parker Jr. High School, tosses the remnants of pumpkins into a bin donated by Homewood Disposal for compost collection. (Bill Jones/H-F Chronicle)
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Annual pumpkin composting event a smashing success despite winds sidelining catapult, drop

Therese Nutley, 5, of Homewood, raises the hammer to lay waste to a gourd during the Pumpkin Smash on Saturday, Nov. 5, at Coyote Run Golf Course in Flossmoor. (Bill Jones/H-F Chronicle)

If attendees had any quibbles about this year’s Pumpkin Smash, it is that the gourds remained fairly grounded on Saturday, Nov. 5.

Eileen Nutley, of Homewood, brought her child after hearing about the cherry picker used last year to drop pumpkins and let gravity take care of the destruction.

Dave Bruni, of Flossmoor, came back with his son and neighbor . . .

Winter events


  • Flossmoor Business Association open house, 5 to 7 p.m., downtown Flossmoor.


  • Holiday Lights in Homewood, 5 to 9 p.m., Ridge Road and Martin Avenue downtown. Shopping, carousel, mulled wine, cookies, ice sculpture, music, antique car parade.
  • Tree-lighting ceremony with Santa Claus, 7 p.m., Irwin Park.


  • Janet Gustafson’s gingerbread village tours, 3 to 6 p.m. Register at


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