This week in THE REPORTER history

News and events from our archives

50 years ago
Sept. 13, 1962

A Reporter newspaper delivery boy saved a child from a fire in Hickory Hills.

Dennis Burger, 8, was playing in a field when he ventured too close to a trash fire and his clothes caught on fire. Max Alverez, 13, pushed Burger to the ground and rolled him in the dirt to put out the fire, then carried the younger boy to his home. Burger was taken to Christ Community Hospital in Oak Lawn where he was diagnosed with second- and third-degree burns on his arms, face and leg. Alverez sustained burns to his hands.

25 years ago
Sept. 10, 1987

Area municipalities planned celebrations for the 200th birthday of the Constitution on Sept. 17.

The Green Hills Public Library in Palos Hills set up poster and book displays, and Oak Lawn held a program which invited eighth graders to recite the preamble to the Constitution and to release red, white, and blue balloons. The Oak Lawn Public Library allowed visitors to sign a replica of the Constitution.

10 years ago
Sept. 12, 2002

The Helen Goy Community Center at Peak’s Park was dedicated at the annual Worth Days festival. Helen Goy was the park district’s longest-serving employee. She had worked there for 36 years, since the park district opened, and was its first treasurer. The dedication was kept as a surprise honor by hiding the plaque with patriotic bunting.