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‘There is only one way to look, and that is up’
Aleksandra Ivanisevic

Author John Green once wrote that grief has the unique ability to reveal our most authentic selves, and that is true for Sandi Moleski.

A few years ago, one of her dearest friends, Anne Swaney, was tragically murdered at the age of 39, while on a horseback riding trip in Belize. Despite the crippling sorrow, Moleski was inspired to change people’s lives with a new therapy center.

The Legacy Ranch, located at 2705 S. Farrell Road in Lockport, celebrated its grand opening July 19.

Abhinanda Datta
At 17 years old, Mervet Nolte went to SaGe’s plaza and got her first tattoo at Wolf Man’s Tattoo’s. She would have never thought that almost 20 years later she would own that plaza.
Max Lapthorne
Getting a ticket during the holidays can really put a damper on the spirit of the season.
Jacquelyn Schlabach

A heart attack may have ended his life, but this Lockport resident’s gregarious nature and commitment to his job will be remembered by all.

John Anthony Cielenski Jr., highway commissioner for the Lockport Township, died Aug. 22, leaving a gaping void in the hearts of those that worked with him.

Abhinanda Datta
No injuries were reported following a fire at the Burger King located at 919 E. 9th St. in Lockport Monday, Sept. 19, the Lockport Township Fire Protection District reported.
Max Lapthorne

Nick Strahanoski walked out on stage to nothing but silence. The four judges on the “The Voice” were turned away from him during the blind auditions, and the audience was told to hold their applause. Strahanoski’s tenor was the first sound.

“All the sudden, you’re standing out there, doing what you watch on TV,” he said. “It’s surreal, it’s crazy.”

He was nervous — the most he had been in years — enough to pace backstage even with cameras pointed on him, enough that much of the experience is blacked out in his memory.

Kirsten Onsgard

Fairmont School District 89 Board of Education member Hope Thigpen-McElrath has accused Superintendent Sonya Whitaker of “unethical” and “illegal behavior” in a resignation letter dated Friday, April 11.

Danielle Tabor
Lockport Township is looking for a new football coach. The school announced Friday, Jan. 25, that Dan Starkey would not be brought back for a sixth season this fall.
Max Lapthorne
An unidentified white male today was discovered in the Des Plaines River, according to a release issued by the Will County Sheriff’s Office.
Max Lapthorne