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We have entered the dog days of winter, the days of cabin fever and maybe even of getting on each other’s nerves. Here are just a few tips that can be helpful for married couples during these days:
Erin Redmond

On Nov. 11, Jiffy Lube in Orland Park and Homer Glen would like to show its appreciation to veterans with a free Signature Service Oil Change (conventional oil only). The offer is valid at 9254 W. 159th St. in Orland Park and 12554 W. 159th St. in Homer Glen.

Business Briefs are compiled by Editor Thomas Czaja,

Thomas Czaja
When it comes to badminton, Lincoln-Way West and Lockport Township traditionally have two of the best programs in the area, and they are evenly matched this season. That showed as the two schools met twice in a span of four days, the second of which was in a quadrangular meet — which also included Joliet Central and Joliet West — April 4 in Lockport.
Erin Redmond

TLC Animal Shelter, Homer Glen 

Harley, also known as Carter, is a 2-year-old male lab mix. He is happy, loving and will make a wonderful companion. He is playful and gets along with children and other dogs. To see more of him, visit or go to the Tender Loving Care Facebook page. You can stop by the shelter to see him at 13016 W. 151st St., Homer Glen. You may also call for more information at (708) 301-1594.

Max Lapthorne
For many winters, publisher 22nd Century Media has put together a Healthy Living Guide to inform residents about all the area has to offer in terms of living better. But on Saturday, Jan. 14, those words will become reality, as the company hosts its first Healthy Living Expo.
Erin Redmond
The Rev. John Merkelis, Order of Saint Augustine, president of Providence Catholic High School, presided over the induction of 41 students into the school’s Augustinian Youth Ministry organization on April 10 at the school.
Jacquelyn Schlabach
Lincoln-Way North softball’s senior second baseman Taylor Bowman has been clutch this season for the Phoenix, helping the team to an undefeated run to start the season and delivering big hits to win the likes of the Zaxby’s Classic. The hard work has paid off in more ways than one, as she recently earned the title of Athlete of the Month by garnering the most votes for the May recognition from 22nd Century Media Southwest.
Max Lapthorne
TLC Animal Shelter, Homer Glen Here is Oreo a beautiful neutered male cat who is in need of a home. He is good with children and good with dogs too! His owner had asthma so he reluctantly had to bring Oreo to the shelter.
Lauren Finkler

Fresh off a win in the Pekin Sectional, the Celtics entered the boys state tournament among the favorites to win it. 

Instead, the team finished tied for eighth (630), 37 strokes behind Hinsdale Central, which won its fifth straight Class 3A state championship by shooting a 593 between Friday, Oct. 14 and Saturday, Oct. 15, at the Den at Fox Creek Golf Course in Bloomington. 

Kirsten Onsgard

Homer Glen resident Diane Wojowski shared this photograph she snapped while at Maggie Daley Park in Chicago this summer. Wojowski said the picture shows the monarch butterfly, Illinois’ state insect, on a plant in the nature gardens of the park. The city’s high-rise buildings serve as the backdrop.

Amanda Jarzynski