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We live in a time when people often report feeling disconnected in a hyper-connected world. How is it possible, when communicating has never been easier, that so many feel lonely and isolated, seeking purpose and significance?
Erin Redmond

Butler School first-graders performed for their grandparents during an Oct. 14 Grandparents Day Show.

Principal Melissa Onesto thanked visiting grandparents for coming and said the students had “worked so hard” for this moment.

Butler music teacher Joel Huffman directed the students, who sang songs such as “Grandma and Grandpa, We Love You” and “Grandpa’s Whiskers.”

They also recited poetry, including one called “The Good Old Days.”

Onesto said it is one of her favorite shows.

Kirsten Onsgard
Vinyasa Yoga: 9-10 a.m. to noon, Aug. 11, Homer Township Public Library, 14320 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. Marti Anne’s vinyasa flow yoga class begins with a series of Sun Salutations to bring in movement and breath.
Brittany Kapa

Homer Glen resident Helen Osterman shared this photograph of “squash vines gone wild.” She said the vines were climbing over the deck railing and across the floor.  

Have you captured something unique, interesting, beautiful or just plain fun on camera? Submit a photo for “Photo Op” by emailing it to, or mailing it to 11516 W. 183rd St., Office Condo 3 Unit SW, Orland Park, IL, 60467.

Kirsten Onsgard

An increase in Lockport Township High School’s graduation rate and an evaluation of the school’s Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers dominated discussion Dec. 21 at the District 205 Board of Education regular meeting.

Superintendent Todd Wernet and Assistant Superintendent Brett Gould presented the 2015 Illinois District Report Card to the Board of Education. The report card included data related to the district’s financial status, graduation rates and PARCC test results. 

Elissa Chudwin

Fourth-graders in Homer School District 33C  are to have an opportunity to work with a guest engineer and explore the principles of physical science during an after-school enrichment program at Schilling and Goodings Grove schools.

Organized by Homer 33C’s EXPLORERS program, the World In Motion Workshop is to have students design a toy and then experiment with different chassis designs and nozzle sizes to determine their effect on the toy’s performance.

Thomas Czaja

I’ve been on countless vacations with my family over the years to interesting places like Maine, Florida and Mexico. Throw in a couple trips with friends to Los Angeles and Texas, and I always figured I had seen a decent amount of places.

Max Lapthorne
As Veteran’s Day approaches, the Homer Glen Junior Woman’s Club is proud to announce its project to recognize those who sacrifice for the United States. HGJWC is calling on students K-12 who reside in Homer Glen to compose a one-paragraph essay or draw a picture about a family member who is a veteran or currently serving in the U.S. military.
Brittany Kapa

Elle and Isabelle

John Rosenstein

Homer Glen resident

Jacquelyn Schlabach

We recently accomplished our Christmas tree ritual in my family. This amounts to uncovering our artificial tree from under a blanket in the basement, hauling it up the stairs, plugging it in (three-fourths of the lights worked this year — not bad) and letting the kids attach whatever ornaments were not destroyed last year by the cats. Merry Christmas.

Max Lapthorne