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Emily Schrader may be a sophomore and with that only a second-year member of the Eagles’ girls bowling squad, but in that short time she has garnered plenty of attention for her work on the lanes.

And that attention was enough to help her earn the most votes in 22nd Century Media Southwest’s first Athlete of the Month competition of 2016.

The Athlete of the Month competition pits featured Athlete of the Week selections from our south suburban newspapers against one another in an online voting competition.

Max Lapthorne
The Polar Plunge in Joliet can still be a daunting challenge even with an unseasonably warm winter with little snow, but according to one group from Homer Jr. High School, that is not the case.
Erin Redmond

Where you want to be seen this weekend

The Brass Tap
(14225 95th Avenue Suite 400, Orland Park; (708) 226-1827)
8 p.m. Tuesdays: Trivia. Prizes awarded
9 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays: live music

Dan ‘D’ Jac’s
(9358 171st St., Orland Hills; (708) 460-8773)
Thursdays: Friday and Saturday: Whirlwind karaoke
Wednesdays: Open mic comedy night with host Ray Fischer

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub
(9655 W. 143rd St., Orland Park; (708) 349-2111)
6 p.m. Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays: Live entertainment

Amanda Jarzynski
Mullets Sports Bar and Restaurant (14903 S. Bell Road, Homer Glen; (708) 645-7000) 7 p.m. Wednesdays: Trivia
Max Lapthorne

A four-bedroom home that is on a corner lot and minutes from shopping and dining. 

What: A custom-built home in Old Oak Estates  

Where: 13026 W. Choctaw Trail, Homer Glen

Max Lapthorne
This year’s Lockport Township spring musical took its audience back to the year 1938 to tell a classic tale. The Porter Players tackled the task of putting on one of the most well-known musicals of all time, “The Sound of Music.”
Max Lapthorne

Those interested in signing up to receive updates on the 159th Street Road Improvements Project can do so either via email or text message.

To do so, visit the Village’s website,, then click the “Stay Informed” button. From there, residents can sign in with their email address, then select “159th Street Road Improvements” under “News Flash.” Updates will also show up under “Recent News” on the Village’s

Recent updates from earlier this month include:

Max Lapthorne
Some students cried, and one dropped his iPad in disbelief. After Josh Bellair learned he had been accepted into the 2016 Middle School Honors Performance Series, he needed some time alone to process the news.
Max Lapthorne

A local woman ended up experiencing an unexpected landing when flying home to Chicago from San Diego on the night of Aug. 31, when fellow passengers became unruly on her flight.

Joyce Bibeau, a resident of Homer Glen for 22 years, was coming back from visiting family on the Southwest Flight 1522 that was en route to Midway International Airport in Chicago when she noticed the plane was suddenly beginning to descend in the middle of the flight.

Amanda Jarzynski
Lockport Township High School will host its annual St. Baldrick’s Foundation event at 6 p.m. Thursday, March 16, at Central Campus, 1222 S. Jefferson St., Lockport.
Erin Redmond