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Brawls, bucket brigades showed need for police, fire services

September 25, 2018 - 15:46
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The village of Homewood is celebrating the 125th anniversary of its incorporation this year. This is the third in a series of articles that shed a little light on life and times in the village’s early years. In this article, local historician Jim Wright looks at the founding of the village's police and fire departments.

Homewood to host ice cream social to celebrate 125th anniversary

July 18, 2018 - 21:59
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Homewood's year-long celebration of its 125th anniversary will include a special ice cream social from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday, July 22, in front of the historic Gottschalk House, 18101 Martin Ave.

The event will feature ragtime music by King Music, and patrons can try their hand at traditional outdoor games of the time. 

Brownies, a dessert that made its first appearance in 1893, will be served in addition to ice cream and toppings. 

Drivin’ the Dixie recognized and honored statewide

June 02, 2018 - 23:10
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An event locals have known as something special for the past 17 years is being recognized throughout the state this year. As Illinois celebrates its 200th birthday, Drivin’ the Dixie has been named an official Illinois Bicentennial event. It’s also received four awards from the Illinois State Historical Society and an award of merit from the Chicago Southland Convention and Visitors Bureau. 

Flossmoor History Project ramps up marketing effort based on village's architectural treasures

April 16, 2018 - 22:17
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To create the future, study the past.

The Flossmoor History Project, billed by organizers as a forward-leaning marketing project, seems to be following that timeless bit of advice, creating a new marketing effort rooted firmly in the village's past, especially its rich architectural history.

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