Good things popping up in communities

2013-09-18T00:00:00Z Good things popping up in communitiesJennifer Pallay Times Columnist
September 18, 2013 12:00 am  • 

It’s always nice to hear from my friends at the Lansing Golden-K Club. They recently sent me some news to share with my readers.

During their annual Tag Days collection earlier this month, Golden-K members collected donations outside the Lansing post office.

This is the 13th year the Golden-Ks have collected funds, donating all the money to 17 local organizations that help people who are less fortunate.

Thanks to the Golden-Ks who continuously make a difference in their community.

In communities throughout Chicago, there’s an exciting public art installation that you can check out now through Nov. 11. I was interested to learn more about it after hearing how it would honor my friends, family and all members of the Chicago Fire Department.

Called the Great Chicago Fire Hydrants, this project features 101 oversized replicas of Chicago’s standard fire hydrants, one to represent each Chicago firehouse including firehouses in Hegewisch and surrounding neighborhoods.

They have been designed, painted, decorated or dressed by noted artists, architects and fashion and interior designers, according to the project’s Website,

They are placed throughout the city “in tribute to the work and heroism of our beloved Chicago firefighters.” After the public display has ended, the hydrants will be sold with all net proceeds benefiting charities that support the families of fire victims and other fire safety programs.

Visit the website for more information and for locations.

It’s a good time to think about the fire department heroes, especially with Fire Prevention Week, which takes place this year Oct. 6 through 12, approaching. Did you know this national education week was established to commemorate the Great Chicago Fire and the week always coincides with Oct. 8, the date the fire began in 1871?

This year’s theme is “Preventing kitchen fires.” Teachers, parents and fire departments can get more information and ideas for Fire Prevention Week by visiting

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