• Jack Dewey focuses on catching a Pokémon in the popular augmented reality mobile game “Pokémon Go” on his mother’s phone July 20 at Homer Township Public Library. Photos by Thomas Czaja/22nd Century Media

    ‘Pokémon Go’ players exchange tips at PokéStop

    July 26, 2016 By Thomas Czaja, Editor Life & Arts
    The difference between regular library patrons and those trying to capture a Pikachu or Eevee is readily apparent to Becky Vallejo. Vallejo, the assistant reference clerk at Homer Township Public Library, said the “Pokémon Go” users stand out from the usual crowd searching for books.
  • The new Village Hall at 14240 W. 151st Street is open for business as the board room and community room are still being finished. Photos by Thomas Czaja/22nd Century Media

    Mayor, officials praise new Village Hall for its convenience, space

    July 25, 2016 By Thomas Czaja, Editor News, Village
    An assortment of boxes sat near the front entrance, while other odds and ends awaited transport. After a process several years in the making, the items were soon to have a new home.
  • Chi Rex — a chihuahua born without his front legs — is placed into his OrthoPets Wheelie Vest for the first time July 12 at Integrative Pet Care in Homer Glen. Photos by Max Lapthorne/22nd Century Media

    Chihuahua receives Wheelie Vest at Integrative Pet Care

    July 19, 2016 By Max Lapthorne, Assistant Editor Life & Arts
    A two-legged chihuahua’s life was forever changed July 12 at Integrative Pet Care in Homer Glen. Chi Rex — short for Chihuahuasaurus Rex — is able to move around moderately well on his two hind legs, but with the OrthoPets Wheelie Vest he recently received at Integrative Pet Care, he will be much more mobile. The vest has four wheels and is custom fit to Chi Rex’s body. His name was also written on the back of it as an extra touch of personalization.
  • Melissa Maas (left) and Kate Wojcikiewicz converse to help motivate each other Friday, July 15, during a run at Dellwood Park. Adam Jomant/22nd Century Media

    Porters prepare for season throughout the summer

    July 19, 2016 By Max Lapthorne, Assistant Editor Sports, High School
    With the sun barely above the horizon at Dellwood Park Thursday, July 14, the Lockport Township girls cross country team had already finished its workout for the day. Since the start of July, coach Erin Truesdale has been out with more than two dozen of her runners every morning to prepare for the upcoming season. Last season, the team dealt with a rash of injuries, so Truesdale is happy that she has a healthy team for offseason workouts. “I’m happy they’re at a little bit higher mileage this summer than last summer,” she said. “Last summer, I had a lot of injuries, so at this point in the year, a lot of the top kids weren’t running.”
  • Lockport Township student John Meyer is to compete at the USA Track and Field National Junior Olympics Championships in California this month. Photo submitted

    Porters standout to compete in California

    July 19, 2016 By Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter Sports, High School

    Coming off a Class 3A state championship in the shot put this spring, John Meyer Jr. is not resting on that accomplishment.