Jaden Mancel, top, plays alongside children in the sand during Homewood’s public works open house. (Christian Villanueva/H-F Chronicle)
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Families gather for Homewood’s Public Works open house

Families gathered at 17755 Ashland Ave. with their children Saturday, May 20, to enjoy Homewood Public Works open house. 

Families spent the afternoon learning about the village’s Public Works Department. Activities included interactive equipment operation and rides for kids, tours of the water plant facility, and demos on tree planting and water main repairs. 

  • Assistant Public Works Director Patrick McAneney demonstrates how to use water hose to children during open house May 20. (Villanueva/H-F Chronicle)
    Assistant Public Works Director Patrick McAneney demonstrates how to use water hose to children during open house May 20. (Villanueva/H-F Chronicle)

Public Works Director John Schaefer touched on why the open house event is important for the community of Homewood.

“I think it’s a great way for the people to see where their tax dollars are going towards in public works,” said Schaefer.  “On top of that It’s a nice way to get children involved to come out and have a good time with all the different activities.”

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Parent Katrina Mancel sees the open house as the perfect opportunity for her son, Jaden Mancel to have some fun. 

“My son loves cars and trucks so him getting to hop on the different rides they use here makes me happy,” said Mancel. “They do a really great job here at interacting with the children so it’s an easygoing and good experience.”

With beautiful skies and pleasant weather, the open house was an enjoyable time for everyone involved. 

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