• Providence alumnus Israel Del Toro Jr. participates in an event for the U.S. Paralympic Shooting Team. Photo submitted

    Classmates bring unexpected lift to marksman

    December 1, 2015 By Ryan Wallace, Staff Writer Life & Arts

    Little did Israel Del Toro Jr. know a simple conversation would spark an effort to outfit the U.S. Paralympic Shooting Team. 

  • Lockport junior Patrick Cooper (left) pushes past Providence sophomore Brian Castelli Nov. 23 at the game between LTHS and Providence during the WJOL Thanksgiving Classic at the University of St. Francis in Joliet. Adam Jomant/22nd Century Media

    Energy, defense propel Porters over Celtics in season opener

    December 1, 2015 By Randy Whalen, Staff Writer Sports, High School

    Brett Hespell, a 2001 Lockport Township graduate who could be described as tough, epitomizes Lockport Township High School. 

  • The crispy cheesesteak ($6.99) — a half-pound of a secret blend of steak, grilled onions and green peppers, American cheese and mayonnaise, piled on a flour tortilla before being wrapped and lightly deep-fried — has become a favorite at The Original Baby’s Cheesesteak & Lemonade. James Sanchez/22nd Century Media

    Making an American classic its own

    December 1, 2015 By James Sanchez, Assistant Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out

    Food photographer Andrés De Leon went into The Original Baby’s Cheesesteak & Lemonade just to take some pictures, but when he took a bite of its food it changed the

  • Simply Salsa owner Jennifer DeLess, who will have her products appear in the Orland Park Costco beginning Thursday, Dec. 10, organizes her freezer. Max Lapthonre/22nd Century Media

    Freshness key to Simply Salsa’s success

    December 1, 2015 By Max Lapthorne, Assistant Editor Life & Arts

    When Jennifer DeLess made her first homemade salsa roughly  25 years ago, she never imagined it would be anything more than a way to feed her friends after a day of swim

  • Craft show attendees Laurie Allen (left) and Jolene Franciskovich browse Julie’s Crafts Nov. 21 during the Lockport Woman’s Club’s 45th annual Christmas Crossroads craft fair at Lockport Township High School East Campus. Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

    Christmas Crossroads brings crowds to LTHS

    December 1, 2015 By Jason Maholy, Staff Writer News

    Lockport resident Nicole Plymesser Nelson uses art as more than a hobby or way to make some extra money. She uses it as a way to help her through life.