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Marley Candles

looks back on

54 years while

current owners

prepare to sell,

Page 5

Betsy Milligan strains candle wax to rid the solution of any impurities at Mokena’s Marley Candles.

Inset: One of Marley’s signature sand candles, which is cast in a hardened sand mold, is displayed.

PHOTOS BY Tim Carroll/22nd Century Media

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Magic Class

5 p.m. Dec. 8, Frankfort

Square Park District, 7540

W. Braemar Lane, Frankfort.

Children ages 5-12 are guaranteed

to have a great time

as they learn a collection of

fascinating and mesmerizing

tricks from the “Magic Team

of Gary Kantor”! Learn

tricks that involve cards,

ropes, coins, mind-reading,

and more. All materials are

provided, and each child receives

a magic kit. Cost is

$22. For more information

call (815) 469-9400 or visit

Madrigal Dinners

6 p.m. Dec. 8, Lincoln-

Way Central Fine Arts Center,

1801 E. Lincoln Highway,

New Lenox. Madrigal

Dinners will be held at 6

p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 8,

Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday,

Dec. 10. The Renaissancethemed

evening includes a

fully catered meal and entertainment

from singers,

actors, and instrumentalists.

Over 100 Lincoln-Way Central

students will be involved

in the production. Tickets

are $30. For more information,

visit www.lwcmusic.

org or call 815-462-2300.

Zumba Classes

6:30-7:30 p.m., Dec. 8,

The Oaks Recreation & Fitness

Center, 10847 La Porte

Road, Mokena. Do you want

to love working out and burn

tons of calories? Zumba is a

dynamic class that combines

Latin rhythms and easy to

follow moves to create an

exhilarating, whole-body

workout. Mokena Park

District is offering several

ZUMBA classes on Mondays

and Thursdays starting

Dec. 8. Ages 16 & older are

welcome to register. Cost

for residents is $48 and $57

for nonresidents. For class

schedules and registration,

call the Mokena Park District

at (708) 390-2343 or go



Holiday House Decorating


6:30-9:30 p.m. Dec. 9-10.

Decorate your house to

show your Christmas spirit

this season. Sign up for the

Mokena Community Park

District’s annual free Holiday

House Decorating Contest.

Call (708) 390-2401 for

more information.

Chicago Christmas Lights


Register by Dec. 9. Tour

is from 3:30-9:30 p.m. on

Thursday, Dec. 15. Travel

to Downtown Chicago to

see the beautiful Christmas

lights displays. Stop by the

Planetarium Overlook for a

panoramic view of the city,

and travel up Lake Shore

Drive to Lincoln Park and

Millennium Park. Take a

Loop Tour and end the day

at the German Christkindlmarket.

Tour leaves from

The Oaks Recreation & Fitness

Center, 10847 W La

Porte Rd, Mokena. Cost for

residents is $42 and $50 for

nonresidents. Register at


Lunch with Santa

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Dec.

10, Community Center 7540

W. Braemar Lane, Frankfort.

Join the Frankfort Square

Park District for lunch with

Santa. All children under 10

must be accompanied by an

adult. Cost is $8, and children

under 1 are free. Registration

required. Call (815)

469-3524 for more information

and registration.

All About Music Christmas


1-2 p.m. Dec. 10, Mokena

Public Library, 11327

W. 195th St., Mokena. Join

Todd and Connie from All

About Music & Children’s

Theater for your favorite

Christmas songs. Test

your Christmas trivia and

win prizes. Join in and sing

along! For more information,

call (708) 479-9663


Holiday Decorating Contest

Begins Dec. 12. Call (815)

469-3524 to register for the

Frankfort Square Park District’s

holiday decorating

contest. Free to register.

Winners will be announced

Saturday, Dec. 17.

CPR Class with Mokena Fire

Protection District.

6-9:30 p.m. Dec. 12, Mokena

Fire Station #1, 19853

S. Wolf Road, Mokena. Get

CPR certified at the Mokena

Fire Protection District’s

monthly CPR classes for

the public. The course fee

is $30 or $40 for health-care

providers. To register, go to

Village Board Meeting

7 p.m. Dec. 12, Mokena

Village Hall, 11004 Carpenter

Street, Mokena. The village

board is scheduled to

meet. For more information,

meeting agendas and minutes


Frankfort Township Board


7 p.m. Dec. 12, Township

Office, 11000 W. Lincoln

Highway Frankfort. The

Frankfort Township Board

meets every month’s second

and fourth Monday. For

more information, call (815)

469-4907 or visit www.


Senior Christmas Party

5 p.m. Dec. 14, CD&ME,

23320 S. LaGrange Road,

Frankfort. Join the Frankfort

Township for a Christmas

Party, and enjoy entertainment

and catering

by Bier Stube. Cost is $20

per person. There will be an

optional $10 gift exchange.

Please bring an item for

the Food Pantry. Call (815)

806-2766 to reserve your


Lunch with the Grinch

Tickets are on sale

through Dec. 14. Event will

be held 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday,

Dec. 17, at the Lincolnway

Special Recreation

Association, 1900 Heatherglen

Drive, New Lenox.

This event includes a pizza

lunch, bounce house, DJ

dance party and a visit/

photo opportunity with the

Grinch. This is a public

event. All children must be

accompanied by an adult.

Cost is $7 per person. For

more information and to

purchase tickets visit LWS-


Happy Back Yoga

10-11 a.m. Thursday, Dec.

15, Mokena Public Library,

11327 W. 195th St., Mokena.

This class is designed to cultivate

optimal spinal health

and comfort. Spending the

day sitting can lead to poor

spinal health and chronic

back pain. Alignment-based

Yoga postures are taught to

create stability and space in

the hips and spine, as well

as relieve tension in the upper

back, neck, and shoulders.

All levels are welcome.

Bring a yoga mat or borrow

one for class. Class size is

limited. Call(708) 479-9663

to register.

Planning Committee/Zoning

Board of Appeals

7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 15,

Mokena Village Hall, 11004

Carpenter St., Mokena. The

Planning Committee/Zoning

Board of Appeals is

scheduled to meet. For more

information, visit

School of Rock

12:30-5:30 p.m. Saturday,

Dec. 17 and 1-6:30 p.m.

Sunday Dec. 18, Jenny’s

Southside Tap at 10160

191st St, Mokena. School

of Rock Mokena will hold

a Performance Showcase

of the school’s performance

band students. Join in celebrating

their rockin’ achievement.

Saturday schedule:

12:30-2 p.m. Iron Maiden/

Judas Priest, 2-3:30 p.m.

REO/Def Leppard, 3:30-

5 p.m. The Who, 5-5:30

Instructor Band. Sunday

Schedule: 1-1:30 p.m. Little

Wing/Rookies (special show

of the littlest rockers, ages

4-7), 1:30-3 p.m. The Who,

3-4:30 p.m. Iron Maiden/

Judas Priest, 4:30-6 p.m.

REO/Def Leppard, 6-6:30

p.m. Instructor Band. There

is no cost for the event and

all ages are welcome. For

more information, call (708)



Toys for Tots

Deadline is Dec. 19. Egg-

Cetera Café, 19709 Mokena

Street and 10120 191st St.,

Mokena. Drop of new, unwrapped

toys at EggCetera

Café locations and get a

chance to win a prize. Monetary

donations for Toys for

Tots will also be accepted.

FISH Holiday Toy Drive

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Nov.

29-Dec. 22, Mokena Village

Hall, 11004 Carpenter

St., Modena. Drop off toy

donations for children ages

2-17. All donations will

be provided to families in

need in Mokena and Frankfort

Township. Call (708)

479-3900 for more information

To submit an item to the

printed calendar, contact

Amanda Stoll at (708)

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Mokena Village Board

Break glass in case of emergency

Mokena receives

Illinois Law

Enforcement Alarm

System certificate

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

In case of emergency, the

Village of Mokena is in good


Mokena was recognized

Nov. 28 at its regularly

scheduled Village Board of

Trustees meeting with a certificate

from the Illinois Law

Enforcement Alarm System

organization for the Village’s

work in improving its emergency

management plans.

Mokena Police Chief

Steve Vaccaro said in 2014,

when he first started in Mokena,

Mayor Frank Fleischer

tasked him with updating the

Village’s emergency operations


“Through assistance from

ILEAS and Harold Damron

from Will County Emergency

Management Agency,

we were able to update our

emergency operations plan,

which the board approved in

2015,” Vaccaro said. “I had

a lot of help from staff, and I

appreciate everything [they]

did. But the next logical

step through ILEAS was to

work through their emergency

preparedness program,

which really makes us a better

agency when it comes to

emergencies and planning

for the inevitable.”

Michael D’Amico, regional

planning coordinator

at ILEAS, presented the certification

to Vaccaro at the


“[This] is a program that

we offer to help police agencies

with to bring their police

departments and communities

up to speed on their ability

to handle major disasters

or large critical incidents,”

Village of Mokena Police Chief Steve Vaccaro (left) accepts

a certificate from Michael D’Amico, regional planning

coordinator of the Illinois Law Enforcement Alarm System

organization, for the Village’s improvement of its emergency

management plans. Jon DePaolis/22nd Century Media

Round it up

A brief recap of action from the Nov. 28 meeting of the

Mokena Village Board

• As part of the Consent Agenda, Mokena trustees

voted 6-0 to approve a $10,000 downtown façade

improvement grant for the building elevation at

Aurelio’s Pizza, located at 19836 S. Wolf Road.

• Also during the Consent Agenda, trustees approved

a downtown sign grant in the amount of 50 percent of

the total cost, up to $1,000, for Curtain Call Theatre,

located at 11112 Front Street.

• Trustees also approved an intergovernmental

agreement as part of the Consent Agenda with the

Mokena Fire Protection District for the repair and

maintenance of the Village’s GPS system that helps

with traffic signal prioritization for emergency vehicles.

D’Amico said. “The most

important component of [the

program] is the emergency

operations plan. Steve did a

marvelous job. I reviewed it,

and in addition to that, the

county emergency management

agency approved it.”

The certification also is a

rare achievement in the state.

“There are over 1,000

law enforcement agencies

in Illinois, and to put this

into a frame of reference of

how important this is, there

are less than 10 percent of

those [1,000 agencies] that

have achieved this goal,”

D’Amico said.

Fleischer thanked Vaccaro

and the police and staff involved

with putting together

the plan.

“This was something that

I wanted to do when you got

onboard, and you did it very

well,” Fleischer said. “You

never need something like

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Growing their skills for holiday fundraiser

Lincoln-Way Transition

students grow poinsettias

to subsidize program

Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor

The greenhouse at Lincoln-Way

Central High School is filled wall

to wall with poinsettias, but it

won’t be for long.

Students in the Lincoln-Way

Transition Program have been

growing the plants since the start of

the school year for a holiday fundraiser

to benefit the program.

“When the students came back

to school, we had to go clean and

disinfect the greenhouse,” said Josh

Kreske, the instructor for the greenhouse

class. “The poinsettias came

the second week of school, so they

spent about two days planting them”

After planting, the students regularly

monitored overall health,

watered, fertilized and rotated

them so they would receive even

amounts of sunlight. The students

also learned to “pinch” the plants,

a technique gardeners use to help

the plants grow fuller instead of

straight up.

“It takes a very long time to grow

these, but I think we’ve been doing

a really good job,” said Morgan Alcoser,

a student in the program. “I

think whoever is going to buy them

is going to really love them.”

Abby DeVries, another student

in the program, said she likes growing

plants outside of school and has

some tulips and roses growing at


Students spend take a lot of time

and effort making cards to be sold

in the community, as well, and

have an entire classroom devoted

to die cutting, embossing — which

adds texture to the paper — and

assembling the cards. Jan Smith is

the instructor in the card classroom

and helps the student create the

cards and fill orders.

In addition to their work in the

greenhouse and card making classroom,

the students are responsible

for helping with sales and bookkeeping

as orders start to come in.

“In the card room, I work on

cards for the orders, and we sell

them, too,” DeVries said. “I like

helping with that.”

Mary Harrison, Director of Special

Services, said the main goal of

the program is to help the students

become more independent by helping

them develop job skills, social

skills and life skills. The two businesses

that the students run help financially

support the program and

provide a place for them to develop

their skills.

“I think overall what we’re trying

to do is just prepare them for

life after us,” she said. “For some

of our students, they need that push

into independence, and so that’s

what we’re trying to do with this


The Lincoln-Way Transition

program is in its third year, and

Kreske and Harrison both said they

have seen a lot of progress in the


“I think a lot of students have

developed those work skills, improved

their daily living skills and

they’ve become more independent

and learned how to utilize the community,”

said Kreske. “[The students

have} learned how to access

different resources, in school and

out of school, and how to interact

with others.”

Although some students are interested

in jobs that involve growing

plants, it’s unlikely that most

of the students will pursue jobs at

greenhouses or making cards. Harrison

said the skills they learn in

the program, however, are transferable

to employment elsewhere.

Harrison said the program has

helped many of the students “come

out of their shells” and show their

strengths in leadership, staying on

task, and learning empathy for other


“Overall, it’s just the exposure

to different things,” she said. “We

may find strengths in the students

that we didn’t know they had. The

more that they are exposed to different

things, the more strengths

we have found.”

The program partners with businesses

in the community to employ

students and help them develop job

skills. Many of the students in the

program have jobs and participate

Students in the Lincoln-Way Transition Program have grown 500 poinsettias since the start of the school

year. The plants will be sold for $10 each, and the proceeds benefit the program.

Photos by Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media

Students in the Lincoln-Way Transition Program create and assemble greeting cards as part of an ongoing

project. While students are currently making cards to be sold for the holidays, they make cards for many

different occasions.

in group outings to gain on-the-job


Harrison said students have jobs

at banks, department stores, the library

and food service.

She said the program works

closely with families to provide the

kind of support each student needs.

“Every family has a different goal

or vision for their child, so we try and

work closely with them to figure out

what that’s going to look like.”

Poinsettia plants, both red and

white, cost $10 each and include a

handmade decorative pick. Cards

are $1 each.

To order poinsettias or handmade

cards, email lwtransition@ or call (815) 462-2229.

Proceeds benefit the students in the

Lincoln-Way Transition Program. News

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Family-owned Marley Candles to be sold

Candle shop has

been in same family

37 years, operating

more than 50

Tim Carroll, Editor

The location of Marley

Candles is somewhat complicated.

It has a Mokena

address and a New Lenox

phone number.

What is not complicated

is what Marley Candles does

now and has done since its

inception in 1962: make


With the business now up

for sale, the current owners

hope they can sell it to

a buyer who will make sure

that tradition lives on.

The ghosts of Marley past

and future

Marley Candles began

when three women who

lived in the Marley community

that sits on the border

of Mokena and New Lenox

purchased an antique candle

mold at a flea market. For a

while, making candles was

a hobby. But the hobby did

not take long to turn into a


In 1979, the Fixari family

purchased the business from

the Bergs. Soon, the business

will change hands again, as

sisters Nancy Fixari, of Mokena,

and Kathy Chapleau,

of Chicago Heights, are

ready to move on to different


With the Fixari patriarch,

who lives in Lockport, no

longer working at age 92

and no successor for Fixari

and Chapleau to turn the

business over to, the sisters

said it was just time to have

a plan in place for what will

come next for Marley Candles.

That means new owners,

and a “for sale” sign has

Co-owner Kathy Chapleau cuts the bottom of candles so that they can stand on flat

surfaces, one of the final steps of the candle-making process at Marley Candles.

Photos by Tim Carroll/22nd Century Media

hung in front of the homelike

establishment since


“Everybody thinks we’re

going out of business,” Fixari

said. “We try to explain,

‘It’s a happy thing. There’s

been two owners, and now

it’s time for a third to step

up.’ I get excited thinking

what young minds and fresh

vision can do for this place,

because I think it could be


Fixari said she and Chapleau

hope to sell to someone

who would keep the business

a candle shop.

“Everybody who’s looked

plans on [keeping the business

running],” she said. “I

haven’t had anybody approach

us that says they

want to clear the land for


Since the Fixaris bought

the business and kept it running

as Marley Candles, it

has grown and modernized.

But much of the clientele

remains the same, including

Jim Stein, who runs a massage

therapy business and

has been a Marley customer

since the mid-1970s. He said

that he often gets compliments

on his candles from


“Actually, a number of my

clients come out here, now,”

he said.

And that is due at least in

part to the fact that all the

candles at Marley are made


The process

Nowadays, the bulk of the

candle-making responsibilities

fall to Betsy Milligan,

of Lockport. Milligan began

working as a clerk in October

of 2004 and has been involved

with the candle production

for about 10 years.

Fixari said that when her

family purchased Marley

from the Bergs, it came with

some formulas for candles

— which consist of varying

combinations of raw wax,

dyes and scented oils. But

in the nearly 40 years that

her family has owned the

business, they have come

up with plenty more of their

own, many of which were

the result of trial and error.

“You kind of learn what to

do to make colors once you

see what’s working,” Fixari


And, at times, Marley’s

recipes have had to change

simply because of the supply.

“You order from a company

and say, ‘I want to order

pine needle,’ and they say,

‘Oh, I’m sorry, that’s no longer

available,’” Fixari said.

“[When new dyes come

in], they don’t [always] behave

the same as the old

dyes, so we have to do trial

and error for a while.”

The overall process requires

some delicate planning.

Milligan said it begins

with the raw wax, which

they place in a converted

water heater to keep it liquid

at all times. From there,

Fixari said the wax goes into

a 50-pound vat to which

dyes and six-to-12 ounces of

scented oil are added.

“You know in real estate,

it’s ‘Location, location, location,’”

Fixari said. “Well,

this is ‘Temperature, temperature,

temperature.’ You

Candles cool in a vat of water, which will allow them to set

evenly and help finish them with a shiny surface.

Alisha Pacetti, of Homer Glen, peruses Marley Candles’

selection of candle accessories.

can never stress the temperature

too much, because too

hot: fire. Not hot enough:

it doesn’t pour well or mix


After it is poured, the wax

contracts, so Milligan has

to pour more of the solution

into the molds to fill

any pores that may have

opened. She then puts the

molds filled with the formulas

into tubs of water, which

controls how quickly the

wax cools and finishes the

candles with a nice sheen.

The final step is cutting off

about a half-inch of the candle

from the bottom to make

sure they can stand on a flat


The variance in how different

solutions set means

that Milligan’s daily output

of candles can fluctuate between

two and six batches

per day. Demand also fluctuates,

ticking up during the

fall and winter months for

Halloween and Christmas.

Fixari said that the fourth

fiscal quarter accounts for 51

percent of Marley’s yearly


The community staple

Although the process remains

the same, the products

have changed since the early

1960s. At that time, Marley

made candles solely in antique

taper molds.

Now, Marley sells many

sand candles, which are can-

Please see marley, 9

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Publisher announces return of Holiday Card Contest

The Mokena

Messenger calls

for entries in 2016


Bill Jones, Managing Editor

Jingle bells, winter smells

Help keep it at bay

Oh, cards bring us some


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Hey, jingle bells, winter


Help keep it at bay

Oh, Holiday Card Contest

2016, try your luck?

It is that time again. The

weather starts looking grim,

the daylight only peeks for

long enough to remind us

it exists and we start writing

terrible songs-turnedpoetry.

We even think for a splitsecond

they’re not that bad.

(We’re wrong. They are.)

But maybe, oh, just maybe,

your holiday spirit can

bail us out of this doom and

winter gloom once again.

Oh, you didn’t know?

Publisher 22nd Century

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the return of its

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We thought it might just

do the trick in cheering us up

and getting us to knock it off

with all these other aspirations

we start having when

we’re cooped up inside.

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we’re happy to run through

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Vaccaro thanked the mayor,

but he said it was a team


Trustees approve closure of

part of Derry Bridge Drive

Later in the meeting, Village

Board members voted

6-0 in favor of closing a portion

of Derry Bridge Drive,

which is in the Bridges of

Mokena subdivision —

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needed to include a

public hearing, as well as at

least three-fourths of the Village

Board members voting

in favor of the vacation of

the portion of Derry Bridge


“On Sept. 19, the Village

Board heard from residents

of this neighborhood about

their concerns of the connection

of this street to the

neighboring property and

the amount of traffic and

the negative impacts of that

traffic that it would have on

the neighborhood,” Zordan

said. “The Village Board

agreed with the residents

that this road should in fact

be closed, and it directed

staff to prepare the necessary

documents for vacating

the right of way and directing

staff to meet with some

of the residents to discuss

what the road closure would

mean to them.”

Zordan said all of that

work is to be done next year,

at the expense of the Village.

“It will be 15 feet of the

end of this road effectively

vacated, so it will no longer

be a through street,” Zordan

said. “The treatment for the

end of the road would involve:

removing the pavement;

putting in a new curb;

adding a bermed area that

would have three, 8-foot-tall

evergreens; and initially, we

would fill in between those

[trees] with 6-foot-tall arborvitaes.”

The residents affected

were in attendance at the

meeting, and they thanked

the Village Board for working

with them on the issue.

Mayor offers thanks to

police officers

Fleischer mentioned during

his comments a conversation

he recently had with

Mokena police officers after

reports from around the U.S.

of fatal ambushes on law enforcement.

“I told them that one of the

things I’d like to see is [for

them] to please be careful

out there,” Fleischer said. “I

don’t want to be the mayor

who has to go to somebody’s

funeral – one of our officer’s


Fleischer said, however,

that one of the officers told

him that they are trained to

go toward trouble in order to


“I wish that the elected officials

in this country would

start taking this more seriously

and realize what is happening

to our police officers

out there and, in turn, what

is happening to the rest of

our country because of this,”

Fleischer said. “And [Chief]

Vaccaro, please thank all the

officers for what you [all] do.

I know myself and the board

appreciates everything that

you guys do. An incident can

happen at any time on any

day, and what you people do

for us is appreciated. I know

the residents of Mokena appreciate

it also.” News

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County transit plan nears approval

Kirsten Onsgard

Contributing Editor

Will County is months

away from approving a plan

that would serve as a road

map for transit projects for

the next 20 years.

Following more than two

years of assessments and

gleaning public concerns,

the Will County Board will

determine if it will adopt

the strategic plan, known

as Will Connects 2040, in

February 2017, after public

comment closes Dec. 15.

The long-range plan accounts

for $418.6 million in

updates, expansions and preservations

to major system arteries

and public transit. Will

Connects 2040 is a mandated

update to the previous 2030

plan, and serves as a blueprint

for system-wide county

needs and projects.

It comes after the County’s

largest interstate project

in years — the Illiana,

a controversial 50-mile,

Indiana-Illinois thoroughfare

totalling more than $1

billion — was left in limbo

following an environmental

lawsuit and lack of support

from Gov. Bruce Rauner

during the State’s budget


Given the interstate’s uncertainty,

the plan offers

projections for both what

it calls “greatly enhanced”

connectivity if it is eventually

approved and solutions

to ease east-west traffic

without it.

“We don’t know if or

when the Illiana is ever

going to get built, but because

it’s still on the shelf,

we have to plan for it,”

said Christina Kupkowski,

Phase I Project Manager

at the Will County Department

of Highways. “There

is a possibility, someday in

the future — it could be 10

years from now, it could be

15 years from now — somebody

at the State might decide

to pull that set off plans

of the shelf, blow off the

dust, and all the sudden, this

is our little project and we

have to deal with it.”

But with or without the

Illiana, the plan anticipates

the transit strain on a county

expected to add more than

a half million residents and

nearly as many workers by

2040, according to the Chicago

Metropolitan Agency

for Planning. Roadways

serve the bulk of commuters,

83 percent of whom

drive alone to work and 4

percent who use transit, according

to the DOT.

Increased freight was a

concern to many residents

who spoke with the DOT

during its 10 open houses

and through online surveys,

Kupkowski said.

“We’ve got people who

are afraid to go out on the

roadway network now because

there are so many

trucks,” Kupkowski said.

“We need to figure out what

the next steps are in that regard.”

Those improvements include

a $254 million expansion

of Laraway Road to

four lanes from US 52 near

Joliet to Harlem Avenue

near Frankfort, which Kupkowski

said is already in its

preliminary phases.

Other priority projects

include extending lanes

on I-55 from County Line

Road in Burr Ridge to Airport

Road in Lockport; reconstructing

Division Street

from Briggs Street to Cedar

Road in Lockport; widening

I-80 to six lanes from Ridge

Road to US 30 in New

Lenox; and county-wide

transit and freight studies.

Kupkowski also said alternative

transit options

were a primary concern

among residents.

“We heard over and over

again that there is a population

of folks who have little

or no access to transit,” she

said. “If they can’t drive or

don’t have access to a car,

they have little to no way of

getting around unless they

can find a family member or

have a neighbor who is willing

to take them places.”

Metra and Pace system rehabilitations

are also included,

and last month, the Will

County Forest Preserve approved

an expansion to the

County bikeway network.

Those bike paths are pending

project approval from

individual municipalities.

While the county has

more than $1.3 billion in

unmet transit financing

needs, according to the

DOT, the plan’s financially

constrained model assumes

there will be no growth in

revenue over the next 20

years. Dozens of other projects

will be financed if additional

revenue becomes


“We have a whole list of

needs in the County,” Kupkowski

said. “Every so often

we get to check one off, but

there’s so much more that

needs to get done.”

The Will County Board is

scheduled to adopt the 2040

Long Range Transportation

Plan at its regular meeting

9:30 a.m. Feb. 12.

Frankfort Township Board

Tax levy approved

Kirsten Onsgard

Contrbuting Editor

Frankfort Township trustees

solidified a steady tax

rate for the upcoming fiscal

year during its regular board

meeting Nov. 28.

The unanimously-approved

$2.1 million levy is

an increase of about $30,000

over last year, said Township

Supervisor Jim Moustis.

However, the tax rate

should stay the same, if not

lessen, in the upcoming tax

year thanks to new construction,

he said.

The levy approved Nov.

28 finalizes revenues the

Township anticipated in its

2016-2017 budget. In total,

$2,075,270 will go towards

the Township’s corporate

fund — which finances the

bulk of the Township’s activities

— and the remaining

$10,449 levied will be added

to the audit fund.

Diseased ash trees replaced

Hundreds of trees have

been planted this fall to replace

those affected by disease,

according to Frankfort

Township Highway Commissioner

Bill Carlson.

Since early October, the

Frankfort Township Road

District has planted about

740 trees, he said.

“In late summer, some of

the ash that weren’t being

affected during the last five

years started showing it,

so we started to take those

down,” Carlson said. “By

fall, some of them really

started showing.”

Removing and replacing

trees affected by ash disease

has been about a 10-year

process, he said. The state

placed a moratorium on

planting ash trees following

the arrival of the emerald ash

borer in 2006 in Illinois.

Carlson said only about

25-30 more diseased purple

ash trees — a variety that was

less susceptible to the disease

— will be left to remove in

the springtime. New maple,

elm, tulip, oak and other trees

have been planted.

“We’re pretty well wiped

out ... of what was diseased,”

he said.


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dles cast in a hardened sand

shape, such as a leaf or boat.

They also specialize in mosaic

chunk candles, which

are made from differently

colored and scented cubes

of separate types of candles

with wax poured over them

so they meld together into

one candle creation.

The selection has expanded,

much to at least one customer’s


“I started with the tapers,

then went to the votives and

that kind of stuff, and then

got into the mosaic ones and

the sand candles,” Stein said

of his preferences. “I like

the bigger ones because they

burn so much longer. I’ve

pretty much tried them all

over the years.”

But since Marley Candles

was established, sales

proportions have remained

roughly the same, with about

half of the gross sales coming

from candles and the

other half coming from candle


Fixari and Chapleau expect

that trend to continue

even when new owners

come in, and they also plan

to show the future owners

the candle-making ropes,

which should help keep

Marley Candles the community

tradition that it is and

has been for all or part of six


“Here’s all my favorite

people working here,” Fixari

said of what makes Marley

Candles what it is. “This is

my favorite place to be; it really


Chapleau said that after

the sale is made, “it’ll just be

strange” to be doing something

different. But the sisters

are optimistic about the

business’ future.

“I think this place has so

much potential,” Fixari said.

While Marley Candles

could grow even larger, it

has already become a staple

of the community.

“[Fixari and Chapleau]

put their heart and soul into

it, and I think it shows with

the kind of products that are

produced,” Stein said.

“To me, it’s always been a

special place. And it remains

so, or I wouldn’t be coming

here for over 40 years.”


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James Sanchez

Contributing Editor

All Martino Jr. High art

teacher Brooke Nicholson

wanted to do was challenge

her eighth-grade Advanced

Art students.

“These kids are used to

being the best artists in the

class, and then they get into

a class with all the best artists,

so I like to find projects

that are going to push them

out of their comfort zone,”

she said.

She introduced linoleum

art to them, which she said

is commonly taught to high

school and college students.

It is a method using a sheet

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inkings and printing,

the desired image comes to


The bothersome aspect

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her hours of labor until the

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Her last print finally revealed

the finished product

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among others in the class,

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Association’s Student

Art Show, which showcases

the state’s best art from students

in grades K-12.

“She’s really creative and

artistic, and she really takes

her time, so I knew she was

going to put out something

great,” Nicholson said.

“When it finally came out,

just her color choices, her

angles and just her composition

really was impressive.”

Before Snider graduated

from Martino in the spring,

she discovered her work was

one of 40 chosen to be displayed

all over the state out

of more than 800 submitted.

That showcase began in

November in Normal during

the IAEA Conference, where

Snider – now a Lincoln-Way

Central freshman – was recognized

on stage during the

reception, and there, she was

finally able to see her work

framed along with the other


“There was art all over,”

Snider recalled from the

event. “It was so cool to

see my art, but it was really

inspiring to everyone else’s

art, especially the kids in

kindergarten or the seniors

in high school. You see such

a change over time as you

go from grade to grade.”

Snider’s art, which was

inspired by the lion Aslan

from “The Chronicles of

Narnia,” will be seen as far

south as Shipman and make

its way approximately 275

miles north to Lake Zurich.

From watching the movie,

she said the still image of

Aslan “was so powerful”

and wanted to capture that

in her art.

But what caught the eye

of those at the reception,

Nicholson said, was the

lion’s image through the

unique printing technique.

“[People] were really impressed

with just the idea

that it was done through

carving and not through

painting or drawing, which

is something others are

used to seeing,” Nicholson


Snider’s dad and grandparents

joined her on the

trip to Normal, but she was

Pictured is Snider’s linoleum art piece inspired by Aslan,

the lion from “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Her work will be

showcased all over the state through August.

Taking the art show on the road

Sophia Snider’s artwork, as well as 39 others from

grades K-12 from Illinois will be featured at different

sites throughout the state through August.

Dates and locations

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July – Niles West High School, 5701 Oakton St., Skokie

August – Lisle Public Library, 777 Front St., Lisle

excited to reconnect with

Nicholson, who she hasn’t

seen since she left Martino.

She credits Nicholson

for believing in her work

enough to submit it to the

IAEA art show.

“Without [Mrs. Nicholson]

putting my art into the

show, it wouldn’t have gotten

accepted, and I wouldn’t

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Snider said. “She really

pushed me as an artist, and I

learned so much from her –

from shading to painting to

cutting a piece of linoleum.

She changed how I view art

and helped me become the

artist I am today.”

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Marine Mokena native killed in Naperville crash

Kirsten Onsgard, Contributing Editor

A former Mokena resident and graduate

of Lincoln-Way East High School

was among those killed in a head-on

crash on Interstate 88 near Naperville

Friday, Dec. 2, according to reports.

Thirty-year-old Domenic Andreoni,

a U.S. Marine Corps sergeant,

lost control of his car while driving

westbound on I-88 near Mill Street at

about 12:55 a.m. He hit a wall, spun

and crashed into a car with two men,

according to ABC7 Chicago. No one


Illinois State Police and the U.S.

Marine Corps did not immediately respond

to a request for comment.

Andreoni lived in Elgin and was a

recruiter for the Marines, according to

his obituary posted Saturday. He was

a 2004 graduate of Lincoln-Way East

High School.

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Cache Creek Animal Rescue in New

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Animals come to the shelter from

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other shelters. Some have come to the

shelter from far-away places, like St.

John in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

Denise Lasater, who has been volunteering

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“There is a bond there that I don’t

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TPHS students, seniors get into the

spirit of Christmas with annual holiday


Tinley Park High School’s gym

looked a little different the morning of

Nov. 30.

Several rows of chairs and tables

were placed neatly on the main floor,

and a few small, white picket fences

decorated with wreaths separated the

audience and the performers.

Those aspects set the stage for the

annual Senior Citizen Holiday Party,

which showcased a handful of talent

from the school’s choir, jazz band and

drama club.

Choir director Victor Pazik led his

students into a mix of Christmas classics

like “O Come All Ye Faithful” and

“Do You Hear What I Hear?” And the

jazz band turned up the funk, as band

director Vince Aiello gave them the

cue to play The Temptations’ “Shakey

Ground.” The song’s playfulness and

spunk became the perfect backdrop for

a dance-off, and students and seniors

showed off their moves.

Bernadette Wischhover, of Tinley

Park, walked away the winner of that

contest, and she was awarded a T-shirt

that boasted the band’s attitude: “Admit

it. We help you get your groove on.”

“It’s so nice to have our senior community

here in our building to see our

kids, to see our talents, to just spend a

little time with them,” Principal Theresa

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16 | December 8, 2016 | The Mokena Messenger SCHOOL

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School News

Aaron Michalak, Lincoln-Way


Aaron Michalak was picked as this week’s

Standout Student because of his academic performance.

What is one essential you must have when


Food, because it’s hard to focus while I’m


What do you like to do when not in school or


Hang out with friends and family.

What is your dream job and why?

Be a late night talk show host because it

would be fun.

What is one thing people don’t know about


I am ambidextrous.

Whom do you look up to?

My parents, because they’ve worked really

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Ms. Rauch, because she is very funny and

easy to talk to.

What is your favorite class and why?

American Originals, because it is very interesting,

and Mr. Finnegan is the teacher.

What is one thing that stands out about

your school?

We have the best student section in the


If you could change one thing about school,

what would it be?

I wouldn’t change much because I love

LWC, but a little less homework wouldn’t


What is your best memory from school?

Playing basketball games in front of our

student section because the fans are awesome.

Standout Student is a weekly feature for The

Mokena Messenger. Nominations come from

Mokena area schools.

Standing left to right: Elise Persicketti, class of 2019, of Manhattan (World Language),

Ryan Casey, class of 2017, of Frankfort (Technology), Gavin Jaime, class of 2018, of

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Providence Catholic High


Mokena students earn

Student of the Month


John Harper, Principal of

Providence Catholic High

School, recently announced

the school’s “Students of the

Month” for November.

“We are very proud of these

students who were recognized

for achievements and/or improvement

in school courses

as well as other school-related

activities,” Harper said.

Every month, each academic

department chairperson

selects one student as its

“Student of the Month” from

a number of students nominated

by faculty and staff.

Students of the Month receive

a certificate of recognition,

have their photos displayed

in Providence Catholic High

School’s main hallway for the

following month and are invited

as a group to have lunch

with the Principal and Assistant

Principal, Janlyn Auld.

The Providence Catholic

Students of the Month for

November are sitting left to

right: Calista Muraskas, class

of 2019, of Manteno (Mathematics),

Savannah Baker,

class of 2019, of Plainfield

(Social Science & Business),

Eva Perme, class of 2020, of

Homer Glen (Physical Education),

and Abigail Schaefer,

class of 2018, of Mokena

(Fine Arts).

GFWC offers seven


The GFWC Illinois Federation

of Women’s Clubs is offering

seven scholarships to

graduating seniors who plan

to attend an Illinois school.

The scholarships are: The

Lorado Taft Art Scholarship,

the Arthur Grant Smith Drama

Scholarship, the Hamilton

Ridge Music Scholarship,

the Centennial Library

Scholarship, the Girls Illinois

Cottage Park Ridge Vocational

Scholarship, the Boys

Lincoln Lodge Vocational

Scholarship and the Miller

Memorial Scholarship for International


Applications are available

at all Lincoln-Way high

schools, Providence High

School, their websites and

the Mokena and Frankfort

public libraries. Applications

and all supplemental materials

must be postmarked by

Feb. 15, 2017.

Eastern Illinois University

Mokena student earns

science scholarship

The Eastern Illinois University

Jim and June Giffin

Scholarship Award has been

presented to Scott Christianson,

of Mokena.

This award, established by

Dr. and Mrs. James Giffin,

is administered through the

EIU Foundation and presented

to an EIU junior enrolled

in a bachelor of science

degree program who has a

minimum 3.0 grade point

average (on a 4.0 scale) and

qualifies for financial aid.

Christianson, the son of

Douglas Christianson Sr., is

a 2012 graduate of Lincoln-

Way East High School. He

is studying accounting while

attending EIU.

The EIU Foundation, with

an endowment exceeding

$66.1 million, was established

in 1953 and annually

distributes more than 500

scholarships and awards to

EIU students and faculty. All

scholarships and awards are

privately funded and held in

trust by the Foundation.

Compiled by Editor

Tim Carroll, tim@ sound off

the Mokena Messenger | December 8, 2016 | 17

Social snapshot

Top Web Stories

From as of

Monday, Dec. 5

1. Knights girls basketball earns third win of

season with victory over Andrew

2. Photos: A little off the top - MIS principal

shaves head to reward students’ fundraising

3. Mokena Chamber of Commerce’s annual

Christmas Fest kicks off holiday season

4. News from Your Neighbors: Pickleball

presence could increase in Orland Park

5. Rich South boys basketball squeaks past

Central 36-34 in season opener

Become a member:

“The 7th Grade Girls’ Basketball Team plays

in the Sectional Championship Game tonight

versus Collin Powell. The game is being

played at Summit Hill Junior High at 6:30 PM.

Come support your Meteors!”

Mokena Junior High School shared this

message on its Facebook page Nov. 30.

Like The Mokena Messenger:

“Thank you to the alumni who stopped

in to discuss their experiences in college

today! #OnceAKnightAlwaysAKnight @


@lwcpps sshared this photo on its Twitter

page Nov. 23

Follow The Mokena Messenger: @mokenamessenger

From the assistant editor

Take a leaf from their book

Amanda Stoll


Transition Students

remind us what’s

really important

Acouple weeks ago, I

had the opportunity

to visit the Lincoln-

Way Transition students at

Lincoln-Way Central and

tour their greenhouse and

card making classroom.

The Transition program

helps students with special

needs do just that — transition

from high school to

adulthood and independence.

Students work on

life and social skills while

developing job skills that

will help them when they

Letters to the Editor

Thanks for a job well done,


On Nov. 23, my wife and

I were victim to an automobile

accident on Wolf Road

in front of the Walgreens. A

reckless speeding motorist

was the cause and at fault.

The accident was witnessed

by several Mokena

residents, who immediately

came to our aid. Often, we

hear how nobody wants to

get involved. This was not

true in this incident.

An off-duty nurse ran to

our car, and several of the

eyewitnesses were being

verbally abused by the atfault

motorist for telling

what they saw. The witnesses

held their ground

until the police arrived.

We want to thank all of

the eyewitnesses and the

Mokena Police Department

and Mokena Fire Protection

District. Our interaction

with both the police and fire

personnel was caring, helpful,

professional and simply


leave the program.

Upon my arrival at the

school, I was met by Mary

Harrison, the Director of

Special Services, and we

walked down to the area of

the school that houses the

Transition Program.

Standing in the hallway,

I could see students in a

nearby classroom learning

to cook a turkey for their

upcoming holiday meal.

We were quickly joined

by four students and one

of their instructors, Josh

Kreske, who took us to the


The small glass-sided

building was overflowing

with poinsettias the students

have grown this school year,

the sight of which could lift

even the Grinch’s spirits.

Walking out the back door

of the school, I could see all

the red and white color from

across the parking lot.

When we got there, it

was clear the students were

proud of their work and excited

to tell me about it. We

chatted for a few minutes in

the greenhouse before heading

back up to the school


The students went back

to their classes, and Harrison

showed me to the card

making classroom, where

students were hard at work

making holiday cards to


Again, I was impressed

with the care and detail the

students put into their work,

and how much fun they

seemed to be having doing


They were focusing on

their work, but each of them

took a moment to smile

or wave when we came in

the room. There was music

playing, and they were

dancing at their seats as they


Before I left I had the opportunity

to talk to Kreske

and Harrison a bit more, but

it wasn’t until I got home

at the end of the day that

I realized how much I’d

enjoyed my time there.

It’s no secret that a joyful

mood is infectious, but it

took me a while to pinpoint

the reason why the rest of

my day had been so upbeat,

even despite my busy workload

before the Thanksgiving


Maybe it’s cliché, but

wouldn’t every day be so

much better if everyone

took a leaf from their book

We later learned that four

accidents were going on at

the same time in Mokena.

Due to the strain on manpower

and resources, our

police chief arrived on our

scene to lend assistance to

his men.

Our experience truly demonstrates

teamwork from our

caring professionals and fellow

Mokena residents.

Thank you,

Larry and Judy Sands

Mokena Resident

over at the Transition Program?

This coming week, I want

to challenge everyone to

smile more and to try to

embody the welcoming and

joyful attitude of this group

of students.

I know I’m still new here,

but I’m already getting

hooked on my job. This

week, I got the opportunity

to meet and talk with people

I might never have crossed

paths with, and don’t think

this kind of experience will

be my last here.

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from 22nd Century Media are

the thoughts of the company

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18 | December 8, 2016 | The Mokena Messenger Mokena

21st Annual

MIDNIGHT madness

Friday, Dec. 9, 2016

6 p.m. to Midnight

Support your Community by SHOPPING Locally!


All Small Miniatures, 28 Ash St.

Behnke Photography, 100 Kansas St.

Briosa Boutique, 22 S. White St.

Chew on this Dog Barkery, 21 S. Ash St.

Down Home Guitars, 11 S. White St.

Elwood Ale House, 6 Elwood

Fat Rosie's Taco & Tequila Bar, 28 Kansas St.

Francesca's Fortunato, 40 Kansas St.

Frankfort Sports Bar, Bowl & Billiards, 15 Ash St.

FUSE Salon and Spa, 28 Kansas St.

Ginger & Bailey, 24 Elwood St.

Glory Bee, 122 Kansas St.

Isabel’s Journey, 28 Kansas St.

Kernel Sweetooth, 11 S. White St.

KidsWorks Children’s Museum, 11 S. White St.

La Vie Vintage, 21 S. White St.

Lil Surprises, 22 Ash St.

My Sisters and Me Boutique, 1 N. White St.

Parker James, 28 Ash St.

Sid’s Graphs, 11 S. White St.

Sleeping Beauty Spa, 108 White St.

Smokey Barque, 20 Kansas St.

The Brow Lounge, 111 S. Ash St.

The Family Hearth General Store, 119 Kansas St.

The Nail Shop, 24 Ash St.

The Paper Spot, 11 S. White St.

Silver Strand Boutique (formerly Fringe), 27 Ash St.

The Talking Shirt, 11 S. White St.

This & That Gifts, 21 S. White St.

The trolley will run a continuous loop to the shopping areas

during the event. For more info and store specials, visit

Frankfort Towne Center

Energy Nutrition, 20869 LaGrange Road

Evilena’s Red Dresser, 20887 S. LaGrange Rd.

Little Joe’s Pizza & Restaurante, 20805 S. LaGrange Rd.

Bankview Drive

Action Sports, 75 Bankview Drive

Crowne Center

The Dressing Room, 9645 Lincolnway Lane, #115

Old Frankfort Way

Beacon Lane, 37 Old Frankfort Way

Salon Agape, 13 Old Frankfort Way

The Vineyards

Amazing Fantasy Books & Comics, 20505 S. LaGrange

Ballet 5:8, 20517 S. LaGrange Rd.

Enrico’s Italian Dining, 20535 S. LaGrange Rd

Other (no trolley stops)

A Frugal Traveler,

CD&ME, 23320 S. LaGrange Rd.

Eating Clean with Nicole Green,

Frankfort Spirits, 23320 S. LaGrange Rd.

Kole Digital, 10355 W. Lincoln Hwy.

Nearly New Resale, 9995 W. Lincoln Hwy., Unit A

Orange Theory Fitness, 21012 S. LaGrange Rd.

Sweet Lulu, 702 Center Road

Child Care Option

KidsWorks Children’s Museum,11 S. White St.

Thanks to our Trolley Sponsors:

Anderson Associates Architects, Inc ● Action Sports ● Always Home Real Estate Svcs ● Cantrell Property Group

Frankfort Area Historical Society ● Glatz Management ● Image 360 ● Isagenix/Sue Wolf ● Latko Wealth Management

Mayor Jim Holland ● Orange Theory Fitness ● Roma Sports Club ● Rose Pest Solutions ● Trader Magazine

A renaissance of

holiday spirit Lincoln-Way

Central Madrigal Singers perform

at local libraries in preparation for

Madrigals Dinners, Page 23

the mokena messenger | December 8, 2016 |

All in a flash

Blaze pizza offers quick, cheap,

personalized pizza in Chipotleinspired

fashion, Page 28

Curtain Call Theatre to

perform ‘It’s a Wonderful

Life: A Live Radio Play,’

Page 21

The cast of

Curtain Call

Theatre’s “It’s

a Wonderful

Life: A Live

Radio Play”

poses around

the radio





20 | December 8, 2016 | The Mokena Messenger FAITH

Faith Briefs

Mokena United Methodist Church (10901

LaPorte Road, Mokena)

Service and Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Sundays.

Church service and Sunday

school will be held. For

more information, call (708)


Bible Study

7 p.m. Tuesdays


9 a.m. every third Saturday

of the month

Walking Club

7 p.m. Mondays

Weight Watchers


Weigh-ins take place at

6:30 p.m., while the meeting

is at 7 p.m.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515 115th

Ave., Mokena)

Church Service

5 p.m. Saturdays; 8 a.m,

9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6:

p.m. Sundays

Adoration and Holy Rosary

6:30-9 p.m. Wednesdays

Mokena Baptist Church (9960 W. 187th

St., Mokena)

Faith That Stands

5 p.m. every Sunday. Join

the service which takes a

closer look at the book of

First Corinthians. For more

information, call (312) 350-


Ladies Bible Study

7 p.m. every Thursday.

Meetings take place at The

Talking Shirt Boutique,

19805 S. LaGrange Road in


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call (312) 350-2279.

Men’s Bible Study

The men’s bible study is

held quarterly at Cracker

Barrel, 18531 N. Creek

Drive in Tinley Park. The

meetings are held at 9 a.m.,

and men will enjoy studying

the Bible over breakfast.


10:15-10:45 a.m. Sundays.

The pastor or church

leaders are available to meet

Contact Jessica Nemec

@708.326.9170 ex.46

with patrons to talk about

discipleship. This meeting

is for those interested in getting

questions answered and

starting a journey of faith.

Sunday Services

11 a.m. and 5 p.m. For

more information, call (312)


Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Sundays. Mokena

Baptist offers Sunday

School classes for all ages.

For more information, call

(312) 350-2279.

Parker Road Bible Church (18512 Parker

Road, Mokena)

Worship Service

10:30 a.m. Sundays. Be

sure to arrive early for our

Sunday Worship Service to

enjoy a hot, complimentary

cup of coffee every week at

the church. Following the

Christian Education Hour

(9:15 - 10:15 a.m.), all beverages

can be found just outside

the sanctuary.

Grace Fellowship Church (11049 LaPorte

Road, Mokena)

Narcotics Anonymous

In Memoriam

James F. Sullivan

James F. Sullivan,

92, of Mokena,

died Nov. 26. He was

a World War II U.S. Army

veteran and a retired pipefitter

from Local #597.

He is survived by his wife,

Dolores; children, Deborah

(Ray) Conway, Sandi (Bill)

Moore, Judy (Bill) Quinn-

Dalessandro, David (Lois)

Quinn and Kristi (Keith)

Kramer; and grandchildren,

Erin Conway, David

(Colleen) Conway, Anne

Conway, Megan (Michael

Lemanski) Kramer, Brian

Kramer, Jordan Kramer and

Elizabeth Quinn. Visitation

was held at Kurtz Memorial

Chapel. A funeral Mass was

held at St. Mary’s Catholic

Church. Interment Abraham

7-9 p.m. Mondays. All

those struggling or who have

struggled with a narcotics

addiction are welcome. All

meetings are confidential.

For more information, call

(708) 479-0300.

Spanish Church

12:30 p.m. every Sunday

Women’s Bible Study

8:45-9:45 a.m. every Sunday

and 2-3 p.m. every Tuesday

St. John’s United Church of Christ (11100

Second St., Mokena)

Traditional Service

8 a.m. traditional mass,

9:45 a.m. contemporary &

traditional music in a service

of praise and reverence. Supervised

childcare available.

For more information, call

(708) 479-5123.

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Assistant

Editor Amanda Stoll at

or call (708) 326-9170 ext. 34.

Deadline is noon Thursday one

week prior to publication.

Lincoln National Cemetery.

Rita F. Zallar

Rita F. Zallar, 69, of Mokena,

died Nov. 28. She was

a retired school bus driver

for Lockport High School

District 205. She is survived

by her child, Tarah Zallar;

siblings, Sandra Blackford,

Max (Jan), Daniel and Kerry

Zallar; and many nieces and

nephews. Visitation and a

memorial service were held

at Panozzo Bros. Funeral

Home. Interment Assumption


Have someone’s life you’d like

to honor? Email Editor Tim

Carroll at tim@mokenames with information

about a loved one who was a

part of the Mokena community. life & arts

the Mokena Messenger | December 8, 2016 | 21

‘And happy new year to you, in jail’

Curtain Call

Theatre’s second

production a playwithin-a-play

Tim Carroll, Editor

Before “Laurel and Hardy”

performed in talkies, they

performed in silent films.

Before “The Wizard of

Oz” and “Gone With the

Wind” were produced in

color, “Metropolis” and other

iconic films were black and


Before “Dragnet” and

“The Lone Ranger” were on

television, they were radio


Media has changed and, in

some cases, all but died. But

through all those changes,

live theater has remained.

And at least one live theater

production, Curtain Call Theatre’s

upcoming “It’s a Wonderful

Life: A Live Radio

Play,” has incorporated all

of those styles to create one

grand performance.

The weekends of Fridays,

Dec. 9 and 16, Curtain Call

will put on its second performance

in its new space on

Front Street in Mokena. That

performance will be a multilayered

radio play adaptation

of the classic holiday film

“It’s a Wonderful Life.”

But it is not just an audio

rendition of the story. Instead,

all the actors play, well, actors,

who in turn are playing

multiple characters in the radio

play. In other words, it is

a play-within-a-play, which

provides some unique challenges.

“There’s more blocking,”

said Suzanne Helwich, the

theater’s executive director

and the production’s assistant

director. “There’s blocking,

and then there’s stylization.

So, it’s a radio show, but it’s

a radio show that’s being put

on in a space with an audience.

And not just our audience.

The way it’s written,

there’s an audience [in the


Helwich, a New Lenox

native, highlighted the ensemble

component inherent

in a play like this. She said

it is challenging for actors to

remain in their shell character

even when they are not

performing at the microphone

as one of their radio


“Most of us have so many

different characters, there are

times when somebody has a

conversation with himself,”

said Elisé Greene, of Tinley

Park, who also teaches music

at Liberty Junior High in

New Lenox.

Marta Koonce, of Frankfort,

plays Hazel Jenkins.

Jenkins, in turn, plays Angel

Second Class Clarence and

George Bailey’s mother, as

well as a couple other minor

characters in the radio play.

“I just try to be conscious

of the fact that even though

it’s a staged radio play, the

audience is there to see a

production, a show,” said

Koonce. “But also, I want

them to feel like they’ve gone

back in time and [are] experiencing

something that we

don’t usually see nowadays.”

Koonce, who also teaches

drama at Lincoln-Way West

and at Noonan Academy in

Mokena, said she tries to use

her voice in a way that would

transport the audience back

to that time.

Of course, the theme of the

play made it a fit for the holiday


“We wanted to do something

that would appeal to

all audiences,” Helwich

said. “It’s a great show for

families. It’s a classic. It just

‘It’s a Wonderful Life: A Radio Play’ performance


• 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9, and Saturday, Dec. 10

• 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 11

• 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 16, and Saturday, Dec. 17

• 2 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 18

Tickets: $15 general admission

For more information, visit or call (708)


has such an appeal, a great

Christmas feel to it.”

Helwich added that the intimate

space on Front Street

lends itself well to a radio

play. But the holiday theme

and the space were not the

only draw for some of those

involved in the production.

Director Mike Kotze, of

Frankfort, is new to Curtain

Call Theatre, but he has had a

lifelong passion for old-time


“Ever since I was a kid,

I’ve always loved the medium

of radio drama and radio

comedy,” Kotze said.

“I love that way of storytelling,

where it’s all in your

imagination, everything is

created through sound. It’s

just a really cool, interactive

way of taking in a story because,

of course, your imagination

paints so much of the


Because of Kotze’s passion

for radio plays, he is the

de facto Foley expert for the

cast, helping to come up with

feasible sound effects.

“The script comes with

suggestions,” Helwich said.

“Some of them are good, and

then some of them are kind of

cheesy. So, we’ve used some

of them and then come up

with some of our own.”

Kotze said the script also

said that the play could be

produced with a dedicated

Foley artist, or the cast could

pitch in to make all the necessary

sound effects.

“[The person who adapted

the play] sort of suggested

in the notes that it’s sort of

more fun to have the whole

cast on board,” he said. “It

just creates more of this

communal feeling, which is,

of course, what we’re trying

to create with the whole


It took trial and error to get

the right sounds for different

situations, like talking into a

glass to make it sound like

the voice is coming through

a telephone or dropping jelly

beans into a tin can to make

the noise of pills falling on

the floor of a drug store. And

while it required an adjustment

for the cast, they said

they are getting the hang of

the sound effects and the

overall play quickly.

“[Kotze] has been really,

really wonderful,” Greene

said. “He’s very specific

in what he wants, so that’s

great. As an actor, that’s wonderful.

I think he describes so

well what he wants you to do

with each character.”

After Curtain Call Theatre’s

first performance in

Mokena, “The Mousetrap,”

sold out every show, those involved

with “It’s a Wonderful

Life: A Live Radio Play” are

optimistic and encouraged

about its prospects for selling


“We’re not sold out yet on

either of the two weekends,”

Helwich said. “[But] we do

have a lot of repeat people.”

During a rehearsal Nov. 29 at Curtain Call Theatre, (from

left) Elisé Greene, director Mike Kotze, Mike Naughton

and Valerie Walker discuss some sound effects for the

upcoming “It’s a Wonderful Life: A Live Radio Play.”

Tim Carroll/22nd Century Media

Andrew Morin (left) and Cassi Russell read some lines for

the radio play. Photo submitted

And the cast said that those

who attend, whether they

want to see the original “It’s

a Wonderful Life” story or

a new take on the tale, will

leave pleased.

“If you’re a big fan of the

movie, and I am — it’s my

favorite movie — it’s kind

of hard to get it out of your

head,” Koonce said.

The movie is iconic, but

Kotze said seeing the play is

a different experience.

“It’s wonderful to sit and

watch that movie on the

DVD player with your family

every Christmas, but to

get a large group of people

together in a small room and

really share that story as a

communal kind of experience,

that’s really something

different,” he said. “That’s

really what the holidays are

all about.”

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the Mokena Messenger | December 8, 2016 | 23

It’s the most wonderful time of the year for LWC Madrigals

Madrigals Dinners

set for Dec. 8-10

Ryan Esguerra

Freelance Reporter

For the Lincoln-Way Central

Madrigal Singers, a tradition

of holiday spirit runs

deep and is reflected in all of

their performances.

Madrigals director Mike

Bultman said that while

many things have changed

about the program during his

23-year stint directing the

group, the one thing that remains

unchanged is the feeling

their performances give


“The faces change, the

songs may change, but the

spirit of the group stays the

same,” Bultman said. “We

always try to create that

same feeling during the holiday


The Madrigal Singers

performed for a packed

house Nov. 30 at the New

Lenox Public Library. This

marked their latest stop in a

series of performances during

which they will have

performed well over a dozen

times at churches, community

events and other

locations both within and

outside of the school district.

The singers performed

at Mokena Community

Public Library District just

a day prior.

“Attendance at both shows

was great,” Bultman said.

“Coming to places like these

gives the kids a chance to

perform for the public, and it

gives the public a chance to

hear them, so it feels like a


More than 30 singers —

all Lincoln-Way Central

students — dressed in their

finest Madrigal clothing and

greeted the audience with an

introductory performance

that included the likes of

holiday favorites “We Wish

you a Merry Christmas” and

The Madrigals perform together at the New Lenox Library.

The group will perform more than 12 times at local

churches and community events this year.

“Three Blind Mice.”

After the introduction, the

singers split into two different

performing groups

which alternated with more

holiday favorites like “Deck

the Halls.” The singers also

performed various religious

songs that speak to bringing

tidings of comfort and joy.

The performance ended with

a group singing of “Silent


Taylor Autero, a senior at

Central, is in her first year

of Madrigals. She said that

being a part of this group of

performers is something that

she has wanted to do since

she was a little girl.

“My great-grandma used

to take me to see Madrigals

when I was little, and I always

wanted to do it so badly,”

Autero said. “I would

audition for Madrigals each

year, and up until this year, I

wouldn’t make it.

“This year I auditioned

and I made it, so from now

on, I wear my great grandma’s

necklace to all of my

performances to remind me

of her.”

Autero, who plans to attend

Columbia College in

Chicago, will pursue a degree

in musical theatre and

performing arts. She said

performing with the Madrigal

group this year is helping

her prepare for her future.

“This group means a lot to

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me because it is what I want

to do with my future,” Autero

said. “I take it very seriously.

It is my life and my

passion, and it is amazing

to be able to perform here

in front of these wonderful


Fellow LWC senior Vince

Weiss, who is also in his first

year with the Madrigal singing

group, said that while it

is hard work preparing for

the holiday performance series,

the community support

makes it all worth it for him.

“We have a lot of rehearsals

now; we are after school

every day in order to prepare,”

Weiss said. “It is a

crazy feeling, seeing that

you have so much support.

It makes you feel good about

all of the work that you put

into the performances.”

Lincoln-Way Central senior Taylor Autero sings with the Lincoln-Way Central Madrigals

Nov. 30 at the New Lenox Public Library in preparation of the group’s 47th Annual Madrigal

Dinners Dec. 8-10. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Performance attendees Geri Bronson, Matthew Kalchbrenner, of Mokena, and John

Bronson enjoy the Madrigals.

With only a few performances

left, the Madrigal

singers will soon turn their

attention to the biggest event

of the year: the 47th Annual

Madrigal Dinners Dec. 8-10

at the Lincoln-Way Central

Fine Arts Center. The Renaissance-themed


is open to the public and

will include a fully catered

meal and entertainment from

singers, actors and instrumentalists

from the school.

Proceeds of the event will

got to funding the Madrigals

singers program.

“The dinners are my favorite

part of the season,”

Weiss said. “It is really fun.

The actors we have are awesome,

and it is so funny. The

food is great, too. Overall, it

is a great night.”

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26 | December 8, 2016 | The Mokena Messenger life & arts

Lincoln-Way Marching Band uses season to ‘Renew,’ grow

Merged band looks

back on first season

as a unified group

Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor

Changes to the marching

band structure at Lincoln-

Way Community High

School District 210 haven’t

put a damper on the group’s


After financial issues led to

the closure of Lincoln-Way

North last year, the marching

bands from North, Lincoln-

Way Central, Lincoln-Way

West and Lincoln-Way East

merged into one group. The

resulting marching band has

flourished under the leadership

of Cary Ruklic, director

of bands at West.

“The transition for the

students went pretty well,

truthfully,” said Ruklic, who

has been with the district for

six years. “Students were

moving to new schools, but

they were able to stay with

the people they’ve marched

with before.”

The competitive marching

band is made up of more

than 300 students who practice

after school four times

per week, including Saturdays,

both at their respective

schools and as a whole

group. It is a large time commitment

for the students,

who Ruklic described as a

“very devoted group.”

Not all the marching band

students choose to compete,

as many of them are involved

in other extracurricular

activities. Those students

participate in football game

performances and parades

throughout the year, but not

the competitive rehearsals

and performances.

Competitive marching

band students practice during

a two-week camp during

the summer, where they

learn the competitive show

before the school year starts.

All of the students who

choose to compete also attend

two weeks of summer

practices with the entire

marching band, where they

learn and rehearse the parade

performance and practice basic

marching and movement.

In late October, the marching

band placed first in the

Class 6A division and third

overall in the state finals at

the Illinois State University

Invitational Marching

Championships in Normal,

Illinois. In all, 45 bands from

around the state took part in

the competition.

“Most of the bigger

marching band programs

choose to compete there,”

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Ruklic said.

The marching band also

competed against roughly

70 other bands at the Bands

of America Super Regional,

which ran from Nov. 4-5. In

addition to competing against

other Illinois schools, they

competed against marching

bands from as far away as

South Carolina and Mississippi,

as well as ones from

Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Tennessee

and Kentucky.

At the Bands of America

Grand National Championships,

which ran from Nov.

9-12, the band competed with

roughly 100 schools from all

over the country. Both competitions

took place at the

Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis,

the same stadium

where the Indianapolis Colts

play football, which has a capacity

of 70,000.

This year’s performance,

titled “Renew,” aimed to

“use some Renaissance

themes and imagery to reflect

what was going on in

the district,” Ruklic said.

“[Our goal was] to create

something bigger and better

than we had before,” he said.

“We knew we would want to

reflect that.”

Each year, a professional

design team — comprised

of a music arranger, a drill

writer and a show designer

— creates the theme of the

show. The team members

help coordinate the overall

movements of students and

the band as a whole, as well

as design costumes for the

band and color guard.

For the competitive

marching performance, students

are each assigned a

series of individual instructions

based on the music.

Lincoln-Way Marching Band color guard member Rebecca

LiVigni performs during the band’s show, “ReNew,” in late

October during the Illinois State University Invitational

Marching Championships in Normal, Illinois.

“Each student gets a set

of coordinates that’s almost

like a GPS for the field,”

Ruklic said.

Logistics of practices and

equipment have been magnified

this season with the

growth of the band. Ruklic

gave much of the credit to his

fellow directors at the district

and the parents in the Music

Boosters at all three schools.

“The whole operation fits

on four trucks and trailers and

moves from campus to campus

two [to] three times over

the course of a week,” Ruklic

said. “Making all of that mobile

was a pretty big change.”

The design team has already

had its first meeting

for next year’s season, but

the members will really start

focusing on it in December

and January. Although Ruklic

said the team members

have done some brainstorming

for next season’s theme,

they’re not ready to share

their next great idea yet.

Directors at all three Lincoln-Way

schools — Bert

Johnson at East, Christopher

Mroczek at Central and Justin

Barnish at West — work

with the students each week

at their respective schools, as

well as at combined rehearsals.

Ruklic directs at both

East and West high schools.

“We all work together and

divide up responsibilities between

the four of us,” Ruklic

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The Dish

Blaze Pizza offers personal pizzas in a flash

Assembly line

setup offers quick,

personalized options

Tim Carroll, Editor

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America is a land of dichotomy.

There are those who look scornfully

upon others who feel the

need — whether because of time

constraints or limited ability — to

pay someone else to fix their lawn

mowers, set up their televisions or

butcher their meat. On the other

hand, there are those who very truly

do not have the time nor the ability

to complete any of those tasks,

and are forced to pay others to take

care of those things for them.

Luckily, those seeking a middle

ground have some places where

they can get the do-it-yourself feel

without having to actually do it


One such place is Blaze Pizza,

a chain that recently opened a location

on the outskirts of Orland


While Blaze customers can

choose from eight different signature

pizzas, the “build your own”

pizza option ($7.95) is the most

popular. Customers who choose to

build their own pizzas have the opportunity

to pick from 40 different

ingredients for their personal pizzas,

all assembled right before their

very eyes, which gives both the incontrol

feeling a do-it-yourselfer

craves and the hands-off service a

pay-for-it person needs.

It is a very quick process, as well.

After all the ingredients desired are

placed on a pizza and it enters the

superheated oven, it takes roughly

3 minutes until the pizza is cooked

and ready to eat. The whole process

can take as little as 5 minutes.

The idea for Blaze began when

founders Rick and Elise Wetzel

were searching for a quick pizza.

The couple drew inspiration from

another very popular fast-casual

restaurant chain, Chipotle.

“One day, [the Wetzels] wanted

a pizza, and they wanted a pizza

fast,” said Adam Cummis, a partner

and president of Blaze. “They

were saying, ‘Why can’t we ever

get a pizza fast?’ Traditionally, if

you go to a restaurant and order a

pizza, you have to sit and wait 25

minutes, 30 minutes. If we’re talking

Chicago-style pizza, it could

be an hour.

“The two of them went to a Chipotle,

because that was their go-to

option when they couldn’t get a

pizza, and a light clicked, and they

started sketching on the back of a


Since the first Blaze location

opened in Irvine, California, in

2012, the company has grown


“It’s pretty fast and furious,” said

Dean O’Brien, head of operations.

“The company’s growing fast.

We’ve opened up six restaurants

this year, and we’re trying to get

this great pizza to the public.”

After they had the idea for the

restaurant, Cummis said the first

priority was finding someone to

come up with a great crust, which

led them to Bradford Kent, who

people in the company have nicknamed

“The Pizza Whisperer.”

“He was able to develop a fantastic

crust that we’re able to make

fresh, in-house, every single day

here,” Cummis said.

And after the crust is pressed,

customers move on to choosing

from Blaze’s four different sauces

(classic red, spicy red, white cream

and garlic pesto), seven different

types of cheese, eight different

meats, 17 vegetable options and

five finishing sauce drizzles.

“You can get as many ingredients

as you want on a pizza [at no

extra charge],” Cummis said. “I

usually recommend that you get

no more than five or six, because if

Blaze Pizza in Orland Park offers “build your own” personal pizzas ($7.95 each) like this one, which contains

classic red sauce, mozzarella and feta cheeses, chicken, bacon, spinach, mushrooms, red onions, and

giardiniera. Photos by Tim Carroll/22nd Century Media

you start piling on the ingredients

you start losing the flavor.”

Cummis said he was put to the

test at a new location opening a

couple of weeks ago, when a customer

asked for all the possible

toppings, sauces and cheeses on her

pizza. While he encouraged her to

rethink her order to something that

might taste better, there still was no

extra charge for the toppings.

But Cummis and Orland Park

location general manager Matt De-

Santis highlighted the fact that diners

can feel good about the ingredients,

no matter how many they

choose to add to their pizza.

“Almost our entire menu is

clean, as that has become a popular

concept,” Cummis said. “No hormones,

no antibiotics. It’s a great

option you can get on the run.”

The clean ingredients are one aspect

that Cummis and O’Brien said

sets Blaze apart from other chain

pizza restaurants with similar models

of service. But the crust being

made in-house is another, even in

areas like Chicago, where people

may be used to a different kind of


“In the market, I think it’s exciting,

because we’re changing

the way people think about pizza

here in Chicago,” O’Brien said.

Orland Park Blaze employee Najee Robinson presses the crust, which

will be made into a personalized pizza.

“Traditionally, you get a lot of

thicker-crust, pan-style pizza, and

we’re wowing people with our thin


Blaze also is trying to change

the perception of chain restaurants,

which are too often impersonal. Instead,

customers are greeted by all

available employees with a hearty

“Welcome to Blaze!”

“We want people to feel like

they’re welcome into our home,”

Cummis said.

O’Brien added, “We pride ourselves

on our customer service. ...

Even though it’s a very quick experience,

we want you to feel good

about it.”

Disagreements may arise between

do-it-yourself proponents

and those who have to hire others

to do it for them, but a middle

ground can be found and agreements

can be reached.

Prior to Blaze, America could already

agree on at least one thing:

pizza is good.

Now, there is a second thing on

which Americans can agree: fast

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the Mokena Messenger | December 8, 2016 | 29


Another ranch dressing

option to share



is here.

Beth Krooswyk

Contributing Columnist

You might have

noticed that I’m a

big fan of recipe

hacks. I find it fun to “beat

the system” and make my

own version of something

that’s marked up in special

packaging at the store.

It’s even more fun when

someone else has done the

work for me—thanks, Internet!—and

all I have to do is

follow a recipe or two, taste

test and tweak.

All the ingredients one needs to replicate the famous ranch

dressing packets while avoiding the negative additives.

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This week’s recipe is just

that, a copycat version of

those famous ranch dressing

packets. But the homemade

version does not contain

nasties such as maltodextrin,

MSG, modified food

starch, calcium stearate and

natural flavor, like the store

packets do.

Sure, it’s super easy to

buy a bottle of ranch dressing

or the packets. But

when you make your own,

you know exactly what

you’re eating, and all of it

is easily pronounceable,

which means your body

will recognize it as food

and not chemicals.

Homemade Ranch Packet Dry Mix

Ingredients - Adapted from simplyscratch.


• 1 cup dry buttermilk powder*

• 2 tablespoons dried parsley

• 1 tablespoon dried dill

• 2½ teaspoons garlic powder

• 1½ teaspoons onion powder

• 1½ teaspoons dried minced onion

• 2 teaspoons salt

• ½ teaspoon sugar

• ½ teaspoon black pepper

• ½ teaspoon paprika

• ¼ teaspoon cayenne pepper


Whisk all dry ingredients together in a

pint-size jar with a tight-fitting lid. Store in

fridge for 3-4 months to use as needed.

For use in recipes, note that 3

tablespoons of this mix is equal to one

packet of store-bought ranch.

For ranch dressing: Combine ½ cup

mayonnaise, ½ cup sour cream, 3

tablespoons homemade ranch packet

dry mix, and 2/3 to 1 cup of milk

(depending on how thick or thin you want

it); store in fridge in a covered container.

For ranch dip: Same ingredients as

dressing, but use only 1-2 tablespoons

milk. Store in fridge in a covered


For ranch snack crackers: Stir together a

10-ounch package of oyster crackers, 3

tablespoons homemade ranch packet dry

mix, 1 teaspoon dried dill, and 2/3 cup oil

in a 9x13 baking pan. Bake at 250 for 20-

25 minutes, stirring halfway through. Cool

and store in covered container.

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powder in the baking aisle.

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Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


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8. High tech speakers

12. Southwest Asian

13. Herb

15. Not here

16. Little bison

17. Crudity

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21. Fooled

22. Go through volumes

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50. Marshy stream

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54. New Lenox middle


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58. Relating to a replacement

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44. Knighted British Indian


45. Part of a horse-hitching


46. Shrewd

48. Sack

49. Picks

51. Hawk

52. Decree

55. Most common in


56. Congeal

57. Rat

58. After-school social

59. “Maggie” singer


60. Faded

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Oh, Holy StJude, Apostle &

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in miracle, near kinsman of Jesus

Christ, faithful intercessor

of all who invoke your special

patronage in time ofneed. To

you Ihave recourse from the

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1 table &4chairs plus IKEA

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15 various kinds of teapots $5

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Beanie Babies $2.50. Mike Jordan,

Obama &Hillary Clinton

cards $2. Chris 708.203.5667

Beautiful vintage wicker roll/

bread basket, uniquely made

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25000 RPM 9amps 1 1/2 HP

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Black &silver console w/ glass

door &side shelves 40x22H

$45. Fireplace tools, antiques,

brass w/ log holder $30 for all.


Brand new craftsman hanheld

blower $60. 708.645.0349

Brand new, never used deluxe

poker game table top. Great

Christmas gift. Perfect condition

$60. 815.469.5920

Cast iron bacon pig press $8.

Rug floor mats for Chevy

Malibu $25. Barbie doll

dressed in Nascar gear, new,

curca 1998 $25. Dimmer

switch for floor lamp $12.


Children’s wooden table - 2

chairs $30. Christmas train set

$40. Easy share camera printer

$25. 815.463.0282

Clay crock pots $90: 1 large, 1

small. Excellent for pickles,

sauer kraut or use as planter.


College furniture: Kitchen table

& 6 chairs $10. Swivel

rocker $10. Cushion chair $10.

End table $20. Microwave

stand $25. 2 Coleman coolers

$5/each. Orland Park.


Complete weight set come with

bar, weights & bench $100.


Craftsman table saw 10”.

mounted onwooden table with

drawers for storage. $75.


Disney princess mirror $15.

Barbie computor $10. Princess

disc player radio $10. Princess

bedspread twin $15. Blanket

$10. Rug $30. 708.479.6482

Five 6ftnew steel posts $5 ea.

19 -8”steel shelf brackets $19.

Sears USA 12 pc wrench set,

new $30. 19” new black tool

box $12. 708.460.8308

Five large pink non-break tree

ornaments, made USA $5.

Windshield de-icer 32 oz $4

mini snow shovel, steel

blade/handle $8. 708.760.8308

For Sale: Big 9ft. Christmas

tree $10. 708.478.3454

For sale: wrought iron decorative

wall sconce, 3 lites, 30” L

x 20” W $75. Smoked globe

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5pc Hess original trucks all

for $50. 815.838.7898

Golf cart charger, works great,

lestermatic 36V, 30 amps, 60

cycle single phase $50 obo.

Fishing rods and reels $10,

lures $1. 708.214.4022

Handle for kitchen drawers &

doors, brass w/ backing plate

55 for $2 each or $90 for all.


IVC compact component system,

breand new in box, 400

watts, compact disc MP3 playbook

w/ equalizer & cassette

deck. Great Christmas gift

$100. Call 708.301.2850

Ladies stuff: black shoes, sz 8

$6. Petite wedding dress $39.

New leather change purse $12.

Snuggly sox $4 each.

Woman’s magazines .50 cents

each. 708.460.8308

Long winter coat, navy. 100%

wool. Kristin Blake, size 14.

Worn once. Excellent condition!

$30. Call 708.444.8535

Loveseat, floral pattern by

Flexsteel $35. 708.448.9237

Men’s stuff: New ski gloves,

XL $5. New rubber totes,

XXL, MSRP $25, $20, New U

of Iblue sweatshirt XL $15.


Microwave, Kenmore countertop,

1200 watt, 21x12x17.

Used very little. Like New. $50

or best offer. 708.349.8569 OK

to leave message.

Mr. Santa Claus in rocking

chair. Excellent condition $10.


New Go Pro 9000, auto focus,

HD video, microphone, 30

frames/sec video, quick cam

software, works with windows

live, yahoo, aol. $35 obo.


Oak head board 61” x 42” $10.

Green Bay Packers jacket $50.

Coleman tailgate cooler $5.

Kitchen table & chairs $10.


Pair of white textured table

lamps 30” Hwith etched leaf

scrolls $100 pair. Call

708-403-2473 Geri

Pin ball machine, Bally Nitro

ground shaker $100. Paul


Radio flyer grow n’ go bike

$30. New, assembled with box.


Redwing 2pairs ofthe Heritage

Collection. 8.5D $55 each.

Wood 6 foot ladder $10.


Simmons pillowtop full size

mattress. Nearly brand new.

Used only 2months for stay

over guests. Stored in plastic

overwrap $100. 708.301.9187

Skiing animated Mickey

Mouse. Excellent condition

$10. 708.873.1245

Sorel men’s Winter boots sz10

New $50. Consolde humidifier

13 gal. $50. 708.478.8976

Toshiba new DVD recorder

with 1080p upconversion

model DR430 $100 new, $75

cash. Lockport. 815.588.1214

Two 225-70-R15 Cooper

Weather Master S/T2 tires with

steel rims and trim rings. Bolt

p attern 5-127 $100.

708.954.6471 Call or Text.

Two piece luggage onwheels,

like new. $30 firm.


Variable intensity floor lamp.

Black metal 70 inch tall, holds

65 CD’s $25. 708.917.2377

Call or Text.

Very heavy duty 8-sided table

w/ 2 leafs. Expands from 48”

to 72” $30. Microwave $20.

Microwave stand $25. End table

w/ wood carvings under the

four piece glass top $25.


Wheel chair, like new $80

firm. Table for portable sewing

machine $20. 708.448.3093

Wheelchair, Invacare Tracer

IV heavy duty, 22” wide with 2

sets of foot rests. $1,400 new,

$100 cash. Lockport


White Kenmore electric dryer,

good working condition $50.

Call 815.469.1638 Frankfort.

White kitchen aid bowl-lift

stand mixer, model K4SSWH

with flat beater & dough hook

& wire whip attachments.

Never used, still in box. $100

firm. 815.838.1745

Xmas stuff: New 3ft tree w/

stand $10. New large red tree

stand $15. Dozen boxed pink

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Courteney Barnes

The Mokena Messenger’s

of the


Courteney Barnes is a senior

forward on the Lincoln-

Way Central girls basketball

team. She won the regional

tournament last year as a

member of the Lincoln-Way

East squad.

How did you get started

playing basketball?

I started playing when I

was younger. I watched my

brother play, and then I started

playing when I was probably

in third or fourth grade.

Do you have any

pregame superstitions

or rituals?

Not really. I usually listen

to my music. I just have a

playlist that I play, the same

one every game. [It is] mostly

pop and rap.

What is your proudest

moment on the court so


Probably last year, when

I was still at [Lincoln-Way]

East, we won the regional

championship against

McAuley. It was just the first

time that I won a regional

championship, so it was a

good moment for me.

This Week In...

Knights Varsity Athletics

Boys Basketball

■Dec. ■ 9 - at Thornwood High School 6:30 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 13 - at Andrew High School, 6:30 p.m.

What goals do you

have for your final high

school season?

I would like to win another

regional championship, if

I can. And for me personally

and for the team, I would

like to get a 20-win season.

Overall, I want to be a better


What do you like the

most about basketball?

My favorite aspect is

probably defense, because

it’s probably my strongest

component, and I like guarding

my girl and trying to

hold her to a certain number

of points.

If you won the lottery,

what would you buy


I’d probably go to Dick’s

Sporting Goods and buy a

bunch of shoes and accessories.

Who’s your favorite

professional athlete?

I really like Elena Delle

Donne because she’s kind of

similar to how I play. Like,

she can do almost everything,

and she’s a complete

player. She has a good story

to go with her.

What item or two do

you own that you could

not live without?

Probably my phone and

my car. For my car, if I’m

having a bad day or something,

I’ll go drive around

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and listen to music. And my

phone, I can keep in contact

with my friends and my family.

What is your favorite

subject in school?

I really like math and AP

psychology. Math has always

just come easy to me,

so it’s just an easier class.

And psychology is a new

subject. I hadn’t taken a

class on it before, so it’s really


Do you plan on playing

basketball in college?

Yes, I do, and I’ve narrowed

my top schools down

to the University of Southern

Indiana, which is Division

II. My other schools

are Division III, and they’re

St. Mary’s in Minnesota,

Carroll University in Wisconsin

and Loras College

[in Iowa].

Interview by Editor Tim Carroll

Girls Basketball

■Dec. ■ 8 - hosts Lincoln-Way West High School,

6 p.m.

■Dec. ■ 13 - at Thornwood, 6:30 p.m.

The owners love this home, as it makes

them feel like they are on vacation year


What: Custom, five-bedroom home

located on five scenic acres

Where: 17641 Haas Road, Mokena, IL


Amenities: The freshly-painted exterior

has a three-car garage and new roof (as of

2016). The backyard offers a pond, two

decks, limestone accents, a playset and

a fenced-in, in-ground pool with salt water

system (to make the owners feel as though

they are in the ocean). Step inside to the

4,500-square-foot interior, which has a twostory

foyer with Brick Herringbone flooring

and cedar accent walls. A formal dining

room with hardwood flooring. An updated

kitchen with bayed eating area, stainless

steel appliances, custom cabinets, granite

counters and travertine backsplash.

Great room with beamed, vaulted ceiling,

brick fireplace and cedar accent walls. An

executive office with attached sunroom.

Along with a first-floor master suite that has

a vaulted ceiling, dual walk-in closets, dual

sink vanity, Jacuzzi tub, sauna and private

balcony. Take the open oak staircase

with wrought iron rails up to the second

floor, which has a walk-in attic, updated

full bathroom and four bedrooms. Plus,

October 12

• 19050 Whisper Creek

Way, Mokena, 60448-

7534 - Chicago Trust

Co. Trustee to Bradley

G. Guidera, Jennifer

Lgiuidera, $411,682

• 19213 104th Ave.

#2, Mokena, 60448-

8655 - Melissa M. Grady

to Bonita J. Sheehan,


• 19815 S. Schoolhouse

Road, Mokena, 60448-

1709 - Andrew S. Farkas

to John J. Latz, Carolynne

A. Bartolini, $223,000

October 13

• 11966 195th St.,

the home offers a full basement which

has been partially finished and provides

exterior access via a garage service door.

In the basement is a family room, brick

fireplace, wet bar and lots of storage

space and an option for additional living

space. Bonus features include a generator,

whole-house sound system and intercom.

Three furnaces, three AC units and two

refrigerators. Horses are welcome. Serene

and peaceful location with easy access to

Interstate 355, Metra station and more.

Asking Price: $637,000

Listed Agent: Joseph Siwinski, of Lincoln-

Way Realty in Mokena . For a private tour

or more information on the property,

call (708) 479-6355 or email jsiwinski@

Want to know how to become Home of the Week?

Contact Tricia at (708) 326-9170 ext. 47.

Mokena, 60448-8200 -

Hostler Trust to Andrew

S. Farkas, Jennifer L.

Hughes, $320,000

The Going Rate is provided by

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Lincoln-Way West Performing Arts Center

21701 Gougar Rd., New Lenox

Featuring the music and narration from

The Polar Express, plus selections from

The Nutcracker Suite and other

holiday classics.

Athlete of the Month

Lockport swimmer earns state

medal, November competition win

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

Lindsey Merk already has a great way to

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Boys basketball

Bolingbrook raids Central’s chances to get to .500 on season

Knights fall to 1-3

with 99-62 road loss

to bigger Raiders

Frank Gogola

Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way Central

coach Bob Curran knew

Bolingbrook would be a

good team despite not having

any game film to review,

but he wasn’t expecting

his Knights (1-4) would be

blown out before the fourth

quarter began.

That is precisely what happened,

as Central suffered a

99-62 road loss to Bolingbrook,

a Top-10 team in the

state, on Friday, Dec. 2. The

Central offense, which continues

to be a work in progress,

couldn’t keep up with

the up-tempo pace and depth

of Bolingbrook (4-0).

“Sometimes you just got

to walk out of the gym and

say that team was better,”

Curran said. “I don’t know

if they’re 37 points better.

It would have been nice to

walk out of here losing by

15, 20. That would have

been respectable.”

Five Bolingbrook players

scored in double figures.

Nana Akenten, a University

of Nebraska commit, scored

a game-high 23 points. Kaleb

Thornton added 18, Malik

Binns and Tyler Cochran

scored 12 apiece, and Isaiah

Clemons added 10.

“They’re bigger, faster,

stronger, deeper,” Curran

said. “They shared the ball

well. They played hard.”

Knights senior guard

Aaron Michalak and junior

guard Chris Robinson combined

for 35 points while the

rest of the Knights accounted

for 27. Michalak scored

18 points, and Robinson

added a season-high 17 off

the bench.

Michalak entered the

Central’s Aaron Michalak (22) passes the ball around

Bolingbrook’s Nana Akenten (25).

game averaging a team-high

14.8 points per game and

was the only player averaging

seven or more points per

game. He’s the lone returner

with meaningful varsity

minutes from a team that lost

its entire starting five.

Robinson had been averaging

5.8 points per game

off the bench. Curran has

been giving seniors a chance

to earn a spot in the starting

lineup, and Robinson may

crack that lineup if he can

show offensive consistency.

“Right now, Aaron’s the

only proven kid that he can

score some points on varsity,”

Curran said. “So, Chris

Robinson maybe. He’s right

there. He’s got a great attitude.

He’s handled coming

off the bench really well.

He’s done a lot of positives.

But we need some other

guys to step up, too.”

Lincoln-Way Central was

coming off a 1-3 seasonopening

performance at the

Joliet West High School Tiger

Thanksgiving Classic

from Nov. 21-26. They lost

two games by two points,

36-34 to Rich South and 67-

65 to another Top-10 team in

Joliet West.

Against Bolingbrook, the

Knights were held scoreless

for the opening 3:19

and fell behind 16-4 after a

9-0 Bolingbrook run. They

trailed 22-8 after a first quarter

in which Michalak was

held to four points, all at the

free-throw line. His first basket

came with 1:01 left in the

second quarter and Central

down 43-19.

“Their defense closed the

[passing] lanes so quick,”

Curran said.

Robinson gave Central a

spark off the bench in the

second quarter. He scored

eight points, including the

Knight’s first six points in

the quarter, but they couldn’t

get any closer than 22-11.

Central closed the second

quarter on a 6-0 run

but trailed 43-25 at the half.

Their deficit ballooned to

61-31, as Bolingbrook used

an 18-6 run in the opening

three minutes of the second

half; Akenten and Thornton

each hit a pair of 3-pointers

over four consecutive possessions

during the run.

“I didn’t think our defense

was that bad,” Curran

said. “It was the turnovers

for dunks and layups.

It was them in transition.

They killed us in transition.

There’s a lot of times they

scored and our defense was

Lincoln-Way Central head coach Bob Curran talks with his players before the start of

the second half during a 99-62 loss on Friday, Dec. 2 at Bolingbrook. Photos by Paul

Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

Knights guard Chris Robinson (2) attempts to slice to the basket through two Bolingbrook

defenders. Robinson and Michalak combined for 35 points in the defeat.

still running back.”

Bolingbrook’s bench added

39 points to the 60 scored

by its starters, who were

able to sit out and rest in the

fourth quarter.

The Knights had a telling

week beginning Tuesday,

Dec. 6.

“This week, we’ve got

Lincoln-Way West [on Tuesday],

Illiana Christian [on

Wednesday, Dec. 7] and

Thornwood [on Friday, Dec.

9],” Curran said. “Those are

three games we feel we can

win and see where we’re at

as a team.” sports

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Girls Basketball

Griffins spoil former East players’ return to Frankfort

Three Griffins score

in double figures in



Freelance Reporter

There was an “old home”

feel when Lincoln-Way Central

traveled to Lincoln-Way

East for an intra-district basketball


After all, Central coach

Dave Campanile was a

lower-level girls basketball

coach at East for 12 years,

with the previous 10 seasons

as the Griffins’ sophomore

coach. Plus, because of the

closure of Lincoln-Way

North, there are eight players

on the Central roster who

played at East last season.

There was a lot of familiarity

between the teams. But

when all was said and done,

East was glad to not only get

a victory over a group of familiar

foes, but to play better

in all phases of the game.

That happened as the Griffins

pulled away early and

went onto a 49-31 win over

Central in a SouthWest Suburban

Conference crossover

Nov. 29 in Frankfort.

Junior forward Lauren

Hunter led East (4-3) with

16 points and added 11 rebounds.

The guard tandem

of junior Carolyn Waleski

(12 points, four rebounds)

and senior Bailey Kramer

(11 points) also contributed

for the Griffins.

Only four players scored

for Central (4-2). Senior

forward Courteney Barnes

(nine points, 13 rebounds),

who was a key contributor

on the Griffins’ regional title

team last season before moving

to Central this season,

and senior guard Colleen

Barrett (nine points) led the

way for the Knights.

East was happy to defeat

Guard Colleen Barrett shoots a free throw.

a team with former Griffins,

but the current Griffins

were even happier to put it

all together after going .500

in the first six games, including

a 56-37 loss to host Lyons

Township on Nov. 26 in

the final round of the Lyons

Thanksgiving Tournament.

“We were all ready for the

game,” East junior forward

Lily Hicks said. “Especially

since we knew all those

girls. But [against Central],

we all mixed together as a


To open the game, the

Knights, who came in holding

teams to 29 points per

game, won the tip and immediately

slowed it down.

That resulted in sophomore

forward Abi Baumgartner

(eight points) getting fouled

and hitting a free throw about

a minute into the game.

But that would be the

Knights’ only lead. They tied

the game at 2-2 and then at

4-4. But a layup by Hunter

put East ahead for good at

6-4. The Griffins led 11-5

after one quarter and pulled

away to a 27-10 advantage at


Hunter was scoring inside

for East, and when she

wasn’t, she was banging for


“A physical game is a good

game,” Hunter said. “I think

we played well as a team. I

feel like we’re on a roll now.

I feel we’ve come together

and are getting closer to our

potential as a team. We’ve

been working hard, and we

definitely worked our butts

off on defense.”

Hunter and Waleski are

two of the players that came

from North. The familiarity


“With Lauren, her and I

have been playing together

as long as I can remember,”

Waleski said. “We always

work so well together. I

know that when I pass it to

her she’ll finish, and do the

right thing.”

The third quarter was a

defensive one, as the teams

combined for 10 total points.

The Griffins led 33-14 after


The Knights trailed 41-19

midway through the fourth

quarter, but they didn’t give

up. A 10-2 burst was capped

on a rebound basket by

Baumgartner, which closed

them within 43-29 with 2:32

to play in the game.

But that was as close as

they would get. Leading 45-

31, Kramer hit 4-of-6 free

throws in the final 1:19 to

clinch it. The Griffins had

nine different players score,

but six of them had two

points or fewer. Senior guard

Hayley Papoccia added five

points for Central.

“As soon as I got this job, I

said, ‘Lets play each other,’”

Campanile said of facing

East. “We came in averaging

37 points, but were holding

teams to 29. [Against East],

we struggled to score but

played good defense. That’s

a good team, and I’m happy

to still hold them in the 40s.

“I told the girls that it was

OK to say it was a big game.

We embraced that. It was

great to come back here, and

it was fun.”

Lincoln-Way Central’s Abi Baumgartner shoots a jump shot

with Lincoln-Way East guard Carolyn Waleski contesting

Nov. 29 during an inter-district matchup between the two

teams. Photos by Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

Jaylin Baumgartner (left) and Courteney Barnes (middle)

wrestle for a loose ball with East forward Lauren Hunter.

46 | December 8, 2016 | The Mokena Messenger sports

Knights hand Warriors first dual loss of the season

Freshman Nolan

leads way with

match-high 435

series to down West


Freelance Reporter

Usually, bowling teams

don’t look forward to dual

meets as much as they look

forward to the weekend

tournaments. But last week,

there was an exception.

That’s because it was a

crosstown meeting of the

schools from New Lenox,

as Lincoln-Way West faced

host Lincoln-Way Central.

Not only are the teams in the

same town, they came into

the dual meet with only one

loss on the season between


But on this night, it was

Central that was the better

team. The Knights used

a 435 series from freshman

Alex Nolan and a 422 series

from sophomore Jack Davern

to roll to a 1,922-1,710

victory over the Warriors in

a SouthWest Suburban Conference

matchup on Nov. 29

at Laraway Lanes in New


Central (7-1, 4-1) bowled

a steady 981 in the opener

and 941 in the second game.

The Warriors (5-1, 3-1) also

bowled steady with an 860

and an 850. But that was

not the type of steady they

wanted, as they were dealt

their first dual defeat of the


“It’s fun to play them and

it’s fun to beat them,” Central

coach Coley O’Connell

said of West. “But this [competition]

will also get us

ready for tournaments later

on in the year.”

On the other side, the

Warriors believe they will be

ready for the tournaments,


Central’s Ricky Wesel takes his turn in warmups before

facing off against West.

“It wasn’t our day; we

were off,” West coach Scott

Ullian said. “But I’m confident

in our guys in any sixgame

tournament. Lincoln-

Way Central is a good team

and we still are one of the

best on any given day, too.

“No one shot average

[against Central], but we can

still run the table. I’m still


Both teams have great

reason to be confident. The

Knights, however, were the

ones that made more shots

last week.

“We’ve been doing it together

and sharing roles,”

said Nolan, who had games

of 203 and 232. “No one has

fallen off, and if they do,

we pick them up. It’s nice

to bowl my best games with

[the Knights], it’s been unbelievable.

“Against [West] we needed

to be fired up. If we put

our heads down, we’d go

south. We didn’t.”

There were no seniors in

the Knights starting lineup.

A trio of juniors rounded out

the roster against West. They

were Steven Plane (193, 184

– 377 series), Trevor Amir

(185, 174 – 359), and Ricky

Wesel 164, 165 – 329).

“Consistency and attitude,

that helps a lot,” Davern

said. “We all have each

other’s back and we have

great attitudes, that’s important.

We’re all good friends,

so it’s fun and more competitive.

“If we just go out and do

our best, we will go far.”

Senior Eric Ullian (208,

186 – 394) led West. Junior

Caleb Kirby (179, 197 –

376), sophomore Mike Nork

(169, 176 – 345), senior Nick

Baber (170, 158 – 328), and

junior Alex Kubitz (134, 133

– 267) rounded out the Warrior


Both teams are likely to

be in the same regional,

which is just over a month

away, and both have large

rosters. O’Connell, who

was the boys coach at Lincoln-Way

North and took

the Phoenix to a sixth-place

state finish two seasons ago,

is very happy with all aspects

in his first season at


“We have 19 total kids in

the program and had even

more come out,” he said.

“I’ve always had good assistants

and do again here. I

have Joe Infantino, who was

previously the head girls

coach at North, and Bob

Clayton is our skills coach

Lincoln-Way Central freshman Alex Nolan follows through on a roll during warmups before

a crosstown matchup against Lincoln-Way West Nov. 29 in New Lenox.

Photos by Paul Bergstrom/22nd Century Media

Knights bowler Trevor Amir rolls a ball during warmups.

and has been great.

“From the get-go, we’ve

done well. We won the

Plainfield North Baker Tournament

[on Nov. 5 at Brunswick

Zone in Woodridge]

to open the season and Jack

[Davern] threw a 300 against

Lockport [on Nov. 9 at Laraway


Both Central and West

will be at the Lincoln-Way

East Invite this Saturday,

Dec. 10 starting at 8 a.m. at

Orland Bowl. sports

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Girls Gymnastics

Lincoln-Way co-op overwhelms Sandburg-Stagg


22nd Century Media

File Photo



1. Courteney Barnes


The Lincoln-Way

Central forward

nearly notched

another doubledouble

to her season

total, scoring 9

points and nabbing

13 rebounds in a

loss against her

former team Lincoln-

Way East.

2. Aaron Michalak

Michalak scored

18 points against a

tough Bolingbrook

opponent in a 99-62

loss to the Raiders.

3. Chris Robinson

Robinson did his

best to show head

coach Bob Curran

that he deserves

more minutes and

maybe a starting

role, scoring a

season-high 17

points against the


Frank Gogola

Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way co-op gymnastics

coach Kim Lago

believes this year’s squad is

the deepest team she’s had

in her four years leading the


Lincoln-Way opened the

season by beating Sandburg/Stagg

co-op 140.6-

126.95 Nov. 29 at Lincoln-

Way East. Even without its

top gymnasts competing in

all events, that depth helped

them overcome the performance

of Sandburg junior

Maddy Roe, a returning

state qualifier, who won

two events and tied for first

in another.

Lincoln-Way outscored

Sandburg in all four events,

despite having an individual

win only one event outright.

It won 35.1-30.2 on

bars, 34.95-30.9 on floor,

35.2-32 on beam and 35.35-

33.85 on vault.

But when the team gets

to full strength, Lago said

she believes they have the

depth of talent to get to the

145-point mark she wants

to see.

“I told the girls that if

they don’t get it done in

practice, they’re not going

to be out there,” Lago said.

“The expectations are set

a little higher this year because

we have more talent

than we have in the past, so

I need them to step it up and

produce the routines I want

to see.”

Junior Una Farrell finished

tied for first on bars

(9.1), second on vault (9.15)

and third on beam (8.8), an

event in which she placed

28th at state last season. She

will add floor as the season

goes on, Lago said.

Junior Gabby DeVito finished

third on bars (8.8) and

tied for fourth on vault (8.6).

DeVito sat out the floor

event, which she placed 26th

in at state last season.

Junior Madi Flondor, who

made her high school debut

after competing in club

gymnastics, finished second

on beam (9.1) and floor

(8.75) and tied for fourth on

vault (8.6). Lago expects

her to add bars.

On floor, junior Barb

Belka won (9.0) in her lone

event, while sophomore

Korina Jarosz placed third

(8.65). Jarosz also took third

on vault (9.0).

Senior Kara Auchstetter,

a sectional qualifier on

beam, took fourth (8.7) in

the event.

Sandburg was led Roe,

who won on beam (9.4) and

vault (9.3) and tied for first

on bars (9.1). Roe’s fifthplace

finish on floor (8.35)

was a team high. She said

she “panicked” and “freaked

out” when she forgot the

floor routine she was performing

for the first time

after not cleanly pulling off

her first landing.

“It was a little improv,”

Roe said.

“She was a hot mess on

the floor,” Sandburg assistant

coach Krystyn Misheck said.

Roe’s day started by

crashing into coach Mike

White, who was spotting

her on bars. She transferred

from the low bar to the high

bar and hit White in the

back of the thigh with her

hip on the swing through.

White ducked under the low

bar to get to the other side of

the high bar instead of going


“I’ve never ducked under

like that,” White said.

“I just thought I could get

there, and I was wrong. We

both laughed it off and just

moved on from there. A lot

of kids would get shook and

it would just turn their whole

day off and nothing would

go right the rest of the day.”

Roe is coming off a season

in which she placed

eighth at state on vault and

11th on beam. She took

ninth all-around at state

after placing 21st in allaround

as a freshman.

Outside of Roe, no other

Sandburg gymnast placed

in the top three in any event.

Sandburg junior Toni Muzzo,

a sectional qualifier last

year, didn’t join the team

this year, instead focusing on

getting a scholarship in pole

vaulting, Misheck said.

“It’s hard with just two

weeks and us not having

a gym to practice over the

summer, so they did pretty

well for what we’ve been

Lincoln-Way West junior Una Farrell finished third on beam

(8.8) in a meet Nov. 29 against Sandburg-Stagg.

Photos by Mark Korosa/22nd Century Media

Lincoln-Way West senior Kara Auchstetter dismounts the

bars Nov. 29. Auchstetter was honored during Senior Night.

given,” Misheck said. “They

surprised me on beam with

how confident they looked.

Floor and bars is endurance,

so that’s just getting reps.”

Lincoln-Way junior Jess

Smith, a sectional qualifier

on vault and beam, and senior

Anjelica Werning were

not ready for the season

opener, Lago said.

The team also recognized

Auchstetter, Werning

and Mika Adamson before

the competition for Senior


Listen Up

“Against [West] we needed to be fired up. If we put our

heads down, we’d go south. We didn’t.”

Alex Nolan — Lincoln-Way Central freshman, on the boys bowling team’s

mindset going into the crosstown dual against Lincoln-Way West



5 p.m. Friday, Dec. 9

• The Lincoln-Way Central wrestling team

will host Andrew in a SouthWest Suburban

Conference Matchup in New Lenox.


44 – Lincoln-Way Central boys basketball

42 – Athlete of the Month

FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor Tim Carroll. Send any

questions or comments to, or

call (708) 326-9170 ext. 29.

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Central’s Ricky

Wesel bowls Nov.

29, during warmups

before a crosstown

matchup against

Lincoln-Way West

at Laraway Lanes.

Paul Bergstrom/22nd

Century Media

Feats of


Lincoln-Way co-op

gymnastics team opens

season with strong

performance, Page 47

Knights and Warriors clash, Mokena bowlers help Central earn

Lincoln-Way bragging rights, Page 46

Reveling in

rivalry Central

girls basketball falls to

Lincoln-Way rival East in

first meeting of season,

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