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It is a unique three-week stretch for the Lockport Township boys bowling team. Between Nov. 25 and Dec. 15, the Porters participated in three invites, finishing third, second and first, along with seven dual meets, winning all those.
Erin Redmond

Let’s just say that Halloween is not exactly my favorite holiday. 

Scary movies keep me up at night. Gore makes me woozy. I’m probably under a blanket if it’s below 65 degrees. 

So, naturally, I covered the opening of HellsGate, Lockport’s new haunted house created by the same company that conceived the notorious Statesville. 

Kirsten Onsgard

The original builder and owner plan on scaling down to a smaller home. 

What: A home located in Homer Glen’s Hidden Valley Estates that is a beautifully maintained two-story on a wooded corner lot. 

Where: 16125 Wildwood Lane, Homer Glen

Max Lapthorne
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

Sweet baby boy! 

Jill and Matthew Scott Grider are proud to announce the birth of their second child! Owen Matthew Grider was born Aug. 25 at 8:42 a.m. Owen was 7 pounds, 10 ounces and 20 inches long. A handsome, healthy little boy! Owen is already loved by so many family and friends, but especially his big brother, Andrew, and big-hearted dog, Lucy.

Thomas Czaja

Buddy is a beagle terrier mix who is about 20 pounds and 3-years-old. He is housebroken and would prefer a home with older children. He is a very loving dog who just wants to be by your side. He would make a great walking companion. He is a very devoted dog and will make a great forever friend. To see more of him, visit or go to the Tender Loving Care Facebook page. You can stop by the shelter to see him. You may also call for more information at (708) 301-1594.

Thomas Czaja
The Homer Township Board of Trustees convened April 10 for its monthly meeting. While no major actions were taken, there were brief discussions about the possible future reimbursement of the Lincolnway Special Recreation Association and the installation of new park signage.
Erin Redmond
Undoubtedly, we have seen this community come together many times in the past when needed. The home explosion as a result of a natural gas leak that left two members of the Kolpacki family injured last December right before Christmas was perhaps one of the biggest testaments of that.
Erin Redmond

The Homer Township Public Library will hold its latest teen after hours party from 6-8:30 p.m. on Friday, Oct. 16.

All teens in grades 6-12 are welcome to join for the party just for their age group.

From 6-6:45 p.m., the young guests will be able to take part in a pizza dinner, play ping pong and video games, take pictures and spin a wheel for prizes. 

Max Lapthorne


Mokena’s annual Christmas Fest gets residents into holiday spirit

It began to look a lot like Christmas the weekend of Nov. 19 in Mokena.

The Mokena Chamber of Commerce kicked off the holiday season Nov. 19 with its annual Christmas Fest. The all-day affair started in the morning, with Santa’s Workshop at Mokena Elementary School, and concluded 12 hours later with the Family Christmas Dance at the William Martin VFW Post 725.

Erin Redmond