• Rachel Joyce (middle) takes a photo backstage with the cast of “Legally Blonde”. (Photo submitted)

    Lockport actress ‘Legally Blonde’ Off Broadway

    July 1, 2015 By Jennifer Nunez, Staff Writer News

    Lockport Township High School alumna Rachael Joyce has been making her way in show business ever since the tender age of 11 when she performed with the Chicago Children’s Choir, where she was cast in “Hansel and Gretel” and alongside opera superstar Rene Reneé Fleming in “Othello.”

  • Manager Gene Trent serves beer from the 42 craft beers available at Embers Tap House, located at 933 S. State St. in Lockport. (Felicitas Cortez/22nd Century Media)

    Finding Embers in the ashes

    July 1, 2015 By Felicitas Cortez, Staff Writer News

    Some embers glow long after a fire is extinguished. So, too, does the spirit of the historic Volz Building in downtown Lockport. Embers Tap House, located at 933 S. State St., is Lockport’s newest craft beer bar and restaurant, and its home is the Volz Building — the largest structure of the city’s National Register Historic District — which in its more than 100-year history has welcomed a hotel, a department store and, until a devastating fire, a sports bar that was a central part of the downtown livelihood.

  • LTHS graduate Josh Altmann played three years of college baseball at Olivet Nazarene University before recently being drafted by the Texas Rangers organization. (Photo submitted)

    Former member of Porters forgoes college senior year for Major League

    June 23, 2015 By Randy Whalen, Staff Writer Sports

    When Lockport Township High School baseball coach Andy Satunas wants to give an example of what work ethic will do, he will not have to look far.

  • Members of a local antique tractor club throws candy to children and adults lining State Street during the Friday, June 19 Old Canal Days parade. (Eric Skalac/22nd Century Media)

    2015 Old Canal Days floods Lockport with merry attendees

    June 23, 2015 By Tim Hadac, Staff Writer News

    The four members of the cover band Electric Avenue smiled as they grooved through The Turtles’ “Happy Together,” and judging by the looks on the faces of fans swaying along in the beer tent, the 1967 Summer of Love hit could have served as an anthem for this year’s Old Canal Days. The festival, which ran from Thursday, June 18, to Sunday, June 21, is an annual celebration of Lockport’s colorful past and its family-friendly present.

  • Mason Kuhn of Lockport focuses on the ball during the bunting portion of camp. (Amanda Jarzynski/22nd Century Media)

    Teaching children the Porters' way

    June 16, 2015 By Randy Whalen, Staff Writer Sports, Youth

    When the Lockport Township baseball team put on its annual camp last week at Flink Field, there were a lot of former players who came back to help with the activities.

    One of them is quite familiar with the camp and the benefits it teaches. That was former Porters baseball player Tommy Hook, who is now playing baseball at Northern Illinois University.

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