One of the last times it was nice enough for Trae and Jaxon Cobb to play outside, tragedy struck.
"All I saw is the car go down the street, stop, then back up a little bit. I knew that Nova was dead."
Their 4-month old puppy ran out into the street. Mom, Angie Park, says the driver was going too fast to stop.
"It was very devastating."
They live on 7th Street. It feels like a country road where no one's looking, encouraging the few who drive it to fly.
"It's not very busy, but when the cars and trucks do go by, they go very fast. That makes them nervous."
After her boys got a taste of warm weather, they got an idea.
"They were playing outside and came in and decided they wanted paper and markers and tape and they were going to make some signs."
"We got an idea to start making signs so we can tell the cars to slow down so it won't happen again."
"I was kind of surprised, but I was very proud of them."
While the signs are cute, Park says many in the neighborhood hope to get real ones. The family plans to take the issue to the village board and ask for "Children at Play" signs along with officers to enforce the speed limit.
Parks says it's been done here before. Several years ago, people petitioned to get this one; a sign of hope right around the corner, that their plan just might work.
"We lost a pet and I really don't want anything to happen to a child or another pet."
There was no response from the mayor whether putting up a sign was possible.
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