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The Mokena Messenger 021617

8 | February 16, 2017 |

8 | February 16, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger News Voting Open February 2-28 Vote: County receives grant to combat opioid overdoses We want to know your favorite local businesses! Tell us your favorites in categories such as: Beauty ★ Health ★ Dining ★ Education ★ Fitness & Recreation Pets Services ★ Shopping ★ Vehicles Honor your favorite local businesses by voting for them in the Southwest Choice Awards presented by 22nd Century Media. Look for the ballot in the center of this newspaper or vote online at starting Feb. 2. Complete at least 50 categories and be eligible for 22nd Century Media’s Southwest Choice Awards prize—one three-night trip for two (2) adults to Riu Caribe in Cancun, Mexico, courtesy of Apple Vacations. THE FRANKFORT STATION THE LOCKPORT LEGEND THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT THE HOMER HORIZON THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE THE TINLEY JUNCTION THE MOKENA MESSENGER Submitted by the Office of the Will County Executive Will County is taking more measures to prevent further opioid-related deaths. The County recently received a five-year grant from the Illinois Department of Human Services. DHS is the recipient of a federal grant from Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration to reduce the number of prescription drug/opioid overdose-related deaths. “Will County has been very proactive in addressing the issue of heroin use and resulting deaths in our county since 2011,” Will County Executive Larry Walsh said. “We are educating our school children, parents and the community about the dangers of opioid use while at the same time training our law enforcement officers how to administer Narcan, an opioid antidote. This new grant will allow us to expand our efforts to create a comprehensive approach to stop our young adults from dying.” With the support of the Will County Board, Dr. Kathleen Burke will be hired as full time project director for the initiative. Her scope of work will include grant-related activities, as well as a range of other outreach efforts that will serve as a clearinghouse for a range of opioid-related preventive efforts and harm reduction strategies. “We have been working with Dr. Burke for a couple of years on heroin prevention efforts,” Walsh said. “She is an expert in the field of addiction and will be extremely effective as director of this grant. She has done great work in educating our police officers about the use of Narcan and has extensive experience in creating prevention curriculums.” Burke’s duties will include expanding the availability of Narcan, a powerful antidote that can reverse a heroin overdose, and continuing educational efforts across the county and within the school system while establishing long-term sustainability of the project. “Opioid addiction is a crisis in the United States,” Burke said. “Will County has been a leader in heroin prevention efforts, and now, with this new funding, I will be proud to help continue and build upon these programs to prevent opiate addiction. These new programs will save lives. ” St. Mary celebrates Catholic School Week “Our mission is to positively impact a child’s potential in life through play-based education.” Visit us at St. Mary Catholic School students and faculty celebrated Catholic School Week Jan. 29 through Feb. 3. Students were entertained by Rob Surette during an inspiring 60-minute “Be Somebody” school assembly. All artwork produced during the show was thoughtfully designed by Rob to celebrate the magic of life and inspire students to be their best self. Photo Submitted NEWS the Mokena Messenger | February 16, 2017 | 9 JROTC From Page 5 they plan to up the difficulty for the conference championship meet. “We have a couple things to add to up the difficulty, polish up a few things,” Lutz said. “Just work on that difficulty, bring something new [and] unexpected to each competition to give us the edge.” “We’ve been trying to amp it up every time,” Smith said. The Griffins also won the armed exhibition and armed infantry drill regulation. Smith placed second in armed solo with 706 points. He finished 21 points behind first-place Senese (727) and 12 points ahead of third-place Edgar Cana (694) of Lockport. East took third in unarmed infantry drill regulation and unarmed duet. 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