• Mokena resident Nancy TerHaar rides down the Hickory Creek Bikeway, one of the many local paths that she and three of her friends rode to prepare for their cycling trip along the Grand Illinois Trail in May. Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

    One empowering, ‘epic adventure’

    June 24, 2016 By Rebecca Susmarski, Contributing Editor Sports

    Before New Lenox resident Jeanne Meeks left to take a 217-mile biking trip to the Mississippi River with three other local women, some of her friends told her they wanted to place people

  • The Double Stack burger ($12.50), served with lettuce, tomato, grilled onions and mushrooms, and cheddar cheese piled on a pretzel bun, is one of the favorites at All Aboard! Family Dining & Amusement in Frankfort. Amanda Jarzynski/22nd Century Media

    Next stop: Fresh food and family fun

    June 23, 2016 By Amanda Jarzynski, Editor Life & Arts, Dining Out
    When children hear the toot of the train whistle, they know that food is on the way. They dash from their arcade games to sit by the miniature train tracks and watch as their meals are brought to them in style. A toy train drives around the tracks to stop in front of the children with the items they ordered.
  • Kayla Rea rehearses the lyrical dance “Never Forget” June 15 with the senior performance group of The Dance Company in Frankfort at Lincoln-Way East High School. Photos by Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

    Young dancers honor victims of 9/11 attacks

    June 22, 2016 By Meredith Dobes, Contributing Editor Life & Arts
    The group of approximately 10 girls were just infants or toddlers during the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, but it was impossible to tell from the emotion they poured into their dance routine June 15 at Lincoln-Way East.
  • Junior Board Member Lauren Kopec adds a box of toys to the pile of donations given to My Joyful Heart Friday, June 17, in support of the Fill a Truck for Local Kids in Need donation drive. Photos by Amanda Jarzynski/22nd Century Media

    My Joyful Heart Junior Board members ‘Fill a Truck’ for less fortunate children

    June 21, 2016 By Amanda Jarzynski, Editor News
    At the beginning of this year, Diane Carroll, the founder of My Joyful Heart, decided to bring together a group of children to raise awareness for children in need in the community. Thus, the Junior Board of Directors for My Joyful Heart was created. This six-member group of young adults in grades 7 and up already has completed a food drive, but for the past several days, they have been hard at work collecting items for their first donation drive, Fill a Truck for Local Kids in Need.
  • Former East coach Zach Van Swol pumps up his players May 19 during the IHSA state quarterfinals. Photos by James Sanchez/22nd Century Media

    From down-and-out to finishing downstate

    June 16, 2016 By James Sanchez, Assistant Editor Sports, High School

    Zach Van Swol took over a team that had three wins in 2014 and guided it all the way to the state quarterfinals.

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