• Shady Oaks camp counselor Katie Clark (left) dances with camper Kevin Douglas as Douglas’ mother, Janet, looks on July 9 during the camp’s open house. Photos by Jason Maholy/22nd Century Media

    70 years and counting: Shady Oaks celebrates milestone anniversary

    July 18, 2017 By Jason Maholy, Freelance Reporter News
    In 1947, some 50 parents of children with cerebral palsy opened a camp in the woods of unincorporated Homer Township where their children could spend a few weeks together during the summer.
  • The namesake Sal’s cheesesteak ($5.29 regular, $7.29 large), here with mozzarella cheese and fries, is the signature item at Sal’s Phillys, which opened last month in Homer Glen. Claudia Harmata/22nd Century Media

    Sal’s Phillys adds its twist to cheesesteak

    July 18, 2017 By Claudia Harmata, Editorial Intern News
    Salim Bal knows his sandwiches are not typical Philly cheesesteaks.
  • Josh Bentley (right) high-fives CJ Weins (34) as he reaches home plate to score a run during Lockport’s game against Lemont July 11 in the first round of the Lockport Regional of the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association State Tournament. Photos by Erin Redmond/22nd Century Media

    Baseball: Optimism aplenty as Porters close out summer season

    July 17, 2017 By Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School
    It was nearly 11 p.m. on July 12 when the Lockport Township baseball team saw its summer season end. The Porters battled all game, but stranded eight runners in the last three innings and fell to upstart Lincoln-Way East 8-5 in the title game of the Lockport Regional, which was part of the Illinois High School Baseball Coaches Association Summer Baseball Tournament.
  • Musicians Marilea Zajec (left) and Neal Peck of the South Suburban Dulcimer and Folk Music Society chat with Kevin J. Wood, who was portraying Abraham Lincoln Saturday, July 8, at Historic John Lane Days. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

    Historic John Lane Days focuses on farming history

    July 11, 2017 By Laurie Fanelli, Freelance Reporter Life & Arts
    A pivotal innovation in farming technology happened right in Homer Township all the way back in the 1830s when John Lane invented the first-ever steel plow at his farm at 16217 S. Gougar Road. That historic site, which still operates as a working organic farm, opened its doors to visitors the weekend of July 8-9 for the second annual Historic John Lane Days, shining a light on past agriculture techniques, present advancements and the future of Midwestern farming throughout the event.
  • Sarah Otteman (right), a Lockport Township High School graduate who now works for Pepperdine University in Malibu, California, spends a day at the beach with co-worker Katie Ristow. Photos submitted

    LTHS grad takes scenic route to current job in Malibu

    July 12, 2017 By Erin Redmond, Assistant Editor Sports
    As Sarah Otteman rounds the final turn of Malibu Canyon on her way to work, and the Pacific Ocean stretches warmly in front of her, she realizes she is a long way from home. And a smile creeps across her face. “There’s moments where I’m driving through the canyon, it’s 8:30 in the morning,” she said. “... The sun is shining and glistening through the clouds in the mountains and the haze, and then you pull around that corner, and it’s the ocean. It’s one of moments where it’s like, ‘I’m happy right now.’”

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