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Student governing body

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Catholic announces largest

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Friday

Friday Night Fish Fry

5-8 p.m. April 7, Lincoln-

Way East, 201 Colorado Ave.,

Frankfort. Join the Lincoln-

Way East Music Boosters for

a fish fry. The Hickory Creek

Jazz Band and Lincoln-Way

East Jazz Band will perform.

Cost is $10 for adults and $5

for children. Tickets are available

at the door with dine-in

and carry-out available.

Bingo Fundraiser for NAWS

6:30 p.m. April 7, Beggar’s

Pizza, 650 W. Maple St., New

Lenox. Games start at 7 p.m.

Cost is $25 per person and

includes 10 games of Bingo,

pizza, salad and soda. Enjoy

vendors, cash bar and designated

drink specials where

NAWS Humane Society will

receive a portion of the proceeds.

Bring your own daubers

or purchase them for $2.

For more information, visit

www.NAWSUS.org and click

on the Upcoming Events tab.

SATURDAY

Hazardous Waste Drop-Off

8 a.m.-3 p.m. April 8, Troy

Middle School, 5800 W. Theodore,

Plainfield. This free

event is open to residents of

Will County and residents of

communities partially within

Will County. Electronics,

household chemicals, hazardous

materials and liquids

will be collected. Limit of

two TVs per vehicle. ID required.

For a complete list of

items accepted, visit www.

willcountygreen.com/events.

For more information, call

(815) 727-8834.

Easter Bunny Visit

10 a.m.-1 p.m. April 8,

Old Plank Trail Community

Bank, 20012 Wolf Road, Mokena.

Old Plank Trail Community

Bank will be hosting

the Easter Bunny this Easter

season. Have a picture taken

with the Easter Bunny, enjoy

treats and create a fun holiday-themed

craft. For more

information, visit www.old

planktrailbank.com.

Lunch with the Bunny

11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April

8, Community Center, 7540

W. Braemar Lane, Frankfort.

Join the Frankfort Square

Park District for Lunch with

the Bunny. Cost is $12 per

person. Registration Required.

For more information

and registration, call

(815) 469-3524.

Dollar for Dogs

11 a.m.-2 p.m. April 8,

Water Street Boutique,

11600 Francis Road, Mokena.

Support NAWS Human

Society with $1 hot dogs.

For more information, call

(708) 995-1998.

Easter Egg Hunt

Noon April 8, Main Park,

10925 LaPorte Road, Mokena.

Join the Mokena Lions

Club for their 60th annual

Easter Egg Hunt.

50s & 60s Party

1-2 p.m. April 8, Mokena

Community Public Library,

11327 195th St., Mokena.

Dust off the poodle skirts

and shine up the saddle

shoes for this afternoon of

good old rock and roll. Enjoy

music by The Convertibles,

a barbershop quartet.

For more information and

registration, call (708) 479-

9663 or email tdomzalski@

mokena.lib.il.us.

SUNDAY

National Library Week

April 9-15, Mokena Community

Public Library,

11327 195th St., Mokena.

Celebrate the many ways

libraries are transforming

their communities every day

through services and invaluable

expertise they offer.

Stop in to join the fun and

maybe win some prizes.

Easter Egg Hunt

1 p.m. April 9, The

Creamery, 191 Wolf Road,

Mokena. Egg hunt will take

place in the field behind the

store, rain or shine. This

event is for children ages

2-10. Eggs may contain gold

coins redeemable at the Mokena

location on April 9.

Monday

Handmade Card-Making

6-8 p.m. April 10,

SpaceLab, 11121 First St.,

Mokena. Those interested

in sending hand-made sentiments

will create four cards

to celebrate graduation,

Mother’s Day, Father’s Day,

and a birthday. Punches, paper,

and a die-cut (printed on

the vinyl cutter) will be provided.

Cost is $6. For more

information and registration,

visit www.spacelab1.com.

Basic First Aid for Adults

6-9:30 p.m. Monday,

April 10, Mokena Fire Station

#1, 19853 S. Wolf Road,

Mokena. Learn how to take

care of routine injuries such

as scrapes, bruises and minor

burns. First aid card will

be issued at the end of class.

Cost is $25. For more information

and registration visit

www.mokenafire.org or call

(708) 479-5371.

Senior Assessment Freeze

Form Day

10 a.m.-2 p.m. Monday,

April 10, Frankfort Township

Assessor, 11000 W Lincoln

Highway, Frankfort.

Forms will be mailed out

April 7, to seniors already

on the freeze. Forms will be

available in the office after

April 10. Staff from Will

County will be on hand to

assist in filling out forms.

Bring your Federal 1040 Tax

Return. For more information,

call (815) 464-3180.

Village Board Meeting

7 p.m. Monday, April 10,

Mokena Village Hall, 11004

Carpenter St., Mokena. The

Mokena Village Board is

scheduled to meet. For more

information, meeting agendas

and minutes visit www.

mokena.org.

TUESDAY

Sips and Smocks

6:30-8 p.m. Tuesday,

April 11, Mokena Community

Public Library, 11327

195th St., Mokena. Create

a personal work of art with

an instructor from “Sips and

Smocks.” No experience is

necessary. Mocktails will be

served. Space is limited to

15. For more information and

registration, call (708) 479-

9663 or email tdomzalski@

mokena.lib.il.us.

100+ Women Who Care

6-7 p.m. Tuesday, April

11, P.B. Mulligan’s Restaurant

& Bar, 19433 Renwick

Rd, Lockport. Join the 100+

Women who Care of Will

County for their spring meeting.

Be part of a $10,000

donation to a local charity

by joining everyone in

the group in writing a $100

check for the chosen charity.

For more information, visit

www.100wwc-will.org.

Wednesday

Memory Lane Social

10:30 a.m.-noon Wednesday,

April 12, Mokena

Community Public Library,

11327 195th St., Mokena.

Memory Lane Social is a

gathering place for friends

with Alzheimer’s, or other

Dementias, along with their

caregivers and families to

relax and enjoy socialization,

refreshments, discussion,

and entertainment. It is

a place of love, acceptance

and friendship. Leave behind

worries and focus on having

fun knowing that you are not

alone. For more information

and registration, call (708)

479-9663 or email tdomzal

ski@mokena.lib.il.us.

Grand Reopening

11 a.m.-8 p.m. Wednesday,

April 12, Aurelio’s of Mokena,

19836 S. Wolf Road,

Mokena. Join the Mokena

Chamber of Commerce for

a ribbon cutting ceremony at

5:30 p.m. Festivities will also

include $2 carry-out sausage,

pepperoni or cheese Lil’ Pies

from 11 a.m.-1 p.m., beer

specials from 5-8 p.m., Spin

the Wheel with Pizza Man for

all ages, a dine-in drawing,

raffles, and every table, once

they receive their check, will

draw from an envelope to

receive anywhere from 25%

up to 100% off their bill. For

more information, visit www.

mokena.com.

UPCOMING

Young Actor’s Studio

Deadline to register is Saturday,

April 15. Workshops

will run 4-7 p.m. Monday,

July 10 through Thursday,

July 20, Lincoln-Way Central

High School auditorium,

1801 E. Lincoln Highway,

New Lenox. Workshop will

culminate in the performance

of Disney’s Beauty

and the Beast Jr. Show dates

are July 28th, 29th, & 30th.

Registration is limited to the

first 50 actors exiting 4th

grade through actors graduating

8th grade. For more information,

contact Lincoln-

Way Theatre Guild at (815)

671-1616 or email LWThe

atreGuild@gmail.com.

ONGOING

Community Garage Sale

Registration deadline is 4

p.m. Friday, May 5. Sign up

for this year’s communitywide

garage sale to be held on

May 18-21 and/or Aug 17-20.

Call (708) 478-6182 from 8

a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Friday.

To submit an item to the

printed calendar, contact

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the Mokena Messenger | April 6, 2017 | 3

Mokena Village Board

Labor deal with Mokena

police officers reached

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

The Village of Mokena

Board of Trustees voted 5-0

March 27 to approve a new

labor deal with the Metropolitan

Alliance of Police

Unit 732, of which 22 fulltime

Mokena police officers

— below the rank of sergeant

— are members.

Trustee Jim Richmond

was absent.

The deal is a four-year pact

and similar to the contract the

board members voted to approve

in 2016 with another

union, according to Village

Administrator John Tomasoski.

He pointed to three items

as highlights for the deal: the

four-year length, running retroactively

from July 1, 2016,

and scheduled to expire June

30, 2020; wage increases of

2.5 percent annually over the

life of the agreement; health

insurance premiums increasing

by 1 percent on July 1,

2017, followed by a one-half

percent increase in 2018, and

another one-half percent in

2019 for a total of 12 percent.

“Currently, the police officers,

like other Village employees,

pay 10 percent of

the health care premiums,”

Tomasoski said.

Staff projects an overall

increase in wages of about

$61,700 annually over the

life of the agreement with

the pay raises.

Tomasoski said there was

a slight delay in the talks this

time around.

“In this instance, it was just

a formality,” Tomasoski said.

“Our officers elected to decertify

from utilizing Illinois

Labor Relations Board and to

decertify from the International

Brotherhood of Teamsters

Round it up

A brief recap of action and discussion at the March 27

meeting of the Mokena Village Board

• As part of the consent agenda, trustees approved

a special event assistance request from the

Mokena Veterans of Foreign Wars, which asked to

use Wolf Road and other Village-owned properties

and resources for its Memorial Day parade and

ceremonies.

• Trustees also approved as part of the consent

agenda the site, landscape and photometric plans,

as well as light fixtures and building elevations, for

the property at 11215-11245 W. Lincoln Highway in

Mokena Marketplace.

and to formally join the Metropolitan

Alliance of Police.

That took a little time to get to

the table. However, we think

we have a very good contract

before the board this evening.

“I would like to thank our

police officers … as they

handled the process in a very

professional, straightforward

manner when it came to negotiations.

Once we got to

the table, we got to the actual

terms relatively quickly.”

A concrete appointment

Also during the meeting,

the Village Board members

voted 5-0 to appoint Tim

Ozinga to the Economic Development

Commission.

“Tim is a marketing communications

director for

Ozinga Brothers, Inc. —

one of the largest, privately

held, ready-mix and building

supply companies in the

country,” said Alan Zordan,

director of economic and

community development.

“He’s eager to start work

with the commission.”

The position became available

after Roy Hard resigned

from the commission. Zordan

said Ozinga recently completed

Volunteer Opportunities

Form and interviewed

with the commission’s chairman,

who then recommended

Ozinga to the Village Board.

The term is set to expire

June 30, 2017.

After the vote, Ozinga

said he was honored to be

selected.

“I’m happy to offer my

gifts and talents, and, hopefully,

I can be a positive addition,”

he said.

Machinery storage

discussion highlights work

session

During the work session,

the Village Board heard a request

from a property owner

wanting a special use permit

to construct an outdoor storage

yard at 9200 W. 191st St.

The intent would be to store

large machinery and other

pieces of equipment outside,

but to screen the items with

a fence. However, Mayor

Frank Fleischer pointedly

said during discussions that

the business is already storing

equipment outside, regardless

of the permit.

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Mokena Community Park District Board of Commissioners

Fees, policies for new facilities approved

Tim Carroll, Editor

After project delays and

ongoing litigation between

the Mokena Community

Park District and the project’s

former architect, the

Yunker Farm splash pad and

dog park’s names have been

determined.

During the March 28 meeting

of the Mokena Community

Park District Board of

Commissioners, park district

Executive Director Mike

Selep brought name suggestions

from staff and the

public to the board. After discussion,

the board agreed on

“Yunker Farm Splash Park”

and “Park and Bark” for the

two facilities, which are expected

to open by the end of

May or beginning of June.

The names that were ultimately

chosen were also the

names that came most highly

suggested from the public,

according to Selep.

Requiring further discussion

for the board were the

fees that are to be assessed

for families to use the splash

pad and dog owners to use

the dog park.

“I don’t understand why

we’re charging fees,” Commissioner

Patrick Markham

said, noting that the facilities

were built with taxpayer

money.

Recreation Facility Manager

Rachel Bauer and Superintendent

of Recreation Mary

Beth Windberg said that all

other park districts in the area

charge for similar facilities.

“For the splash park and

the dog park, we would be

on the lower end of what

our neighbors are charging,”

Windberg said.

Bauer said the involvement

of dogs necessitated a

fee, because charging a fee

would allow the park district

some control over the dogs

allowed in.

“If we didn’t charge,

then it would just be a freefor-all,”

Bauer said. “We

wouldn’t have any control

over who uses it, what kind

of dogs use it, who has vaccinations,

things like that.”

The staff-recommended

fee for the dog park was $25

per dog per year, then $5 for

each family dog thereafter.

The discussion got somewhat

tense between Markham and

board Vice President George

McJimpsey when McJimpsey

suggested that $.50 a week

was not “going to break anybody’s

bank,” and Markham

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“10”

said that was the type of attitude

that would lead to fee

increases in other areas.

After being called to order,

the discussion continued,

and the board settled on

$5 per year for each dog and

$5 for each dog thereafter.

The fee is $15 per year for

nonresident dogs.

The board agreed on a

two-month-long promotion

for the splash pad. For the

two months prior to its opening

to the public, residents

who sign up for the splash

pad family pass — which

includes entrance for four

children — will get an annual

pass for free. After opening,

the resident family pass is to

cost $25 for the year; for each

additional child beyond the

four included in the family

pass, families are to pay an

extra $5. After August 1, the

family pass will be prorated

to cost $10.

The naming of the parks

passed 6-0, with Commissioner

Dennis Bagdon absent.

The fee structure for the parks

passed by a vote of 5-1, with

McJimpsey voting against.

McJimpsey said he would

have preferred to see a higher

rate on the dog park fee.

“There are things that have

to be done at the dog park,”

he said after the meeting.

“You’ve got to cut the grass,

get plastic bags that people

use [for waste disposal],

you’ve got water out there …

for the dogs to drink. So, there

are maintenance issues.”

Commissioners also voted

6-0 to approve the splash

pad and dog park policies.

Board members also discussed

rentals of the splash

pad and barn, which entails

90 minutes of exclusive use

either before or after the

splash pad is open to the

public for the day.

The initial fee suggestion

from staff was $150 for

residents and $180 for nonresidents

with a premium for

weekend rentals, but board

members voted 5-1 to reduce

fees for the rental to $100 for

residents and $120 for nonresidents

for all days of the

week.

Markham suggested halving

the staff-proposed cost

during the discussion. Bauer

said she would not recommend

that and began to explain

why, but Markham

interrupted and said her

opinion could be written up

and submitted to the board.

Brogan abstained from the

vote on the rental fees.

“I would like to think that

our staff does a well-researched

process before they

come to present to the board,

and for that to be changed

— and to summarily be told

to be quiet by a board member

— to me, that was a little

rude,” Brogan said after the

meeting. “I think the fees

were reasonable. They’re up

there with all the other [park

districts]. A little lower, I

was told.”

Round it up

A brief recap of action and discussion at the March 28

meeting of the Mokena Community Park District Board

of Commissioners

•Commissioners voted 6-0 to adopt a policy

reimbursing commissioners and employees for preapproved

travel and other expenses incurred on behalf

of the park district.

•The board was initially planning to send the executive

director and two commissioners to the Illinois

Association of Park Districts’ Parks Day at the Capitol

on May 2 at a cost not to exceed $1,250, but they

voted 6-0 to send only the executive director and one

commissioner at a cost not to exceed $800.

•Commissioners voted 6-0 to approve travel expenses

for the executive director and all seven commissioners

to the IAPD’s boot camp in Bolingbrook on May 31 at a

cost not to exceed $850.

Affiliate group fees

approved

After a discussion of what

the Mokena Burros youth

football organization currently

pays and has paid in

the past for use of Mokena

Park District fields, commissioners

voted 5-1 to lower

fees. Brogan voted against

the motion.

The fees the park district

were assessing the Burros

were compared to the $165

that high schools were willing

to charge the organization,

though it was noted that

the high school fields were

permanently striped.

With the new fee structure,

the Burros are to pay

$165 for park district fields

on game days, including

bleachers and custodial supplies

but not marking of the

fields.

“Our staff did the research

on this stuff,” Brogan said

of why he voted against the

fees. “If other park districts

give their stuff away or have

other agreements with other

affiliates, that’s their business.”

The board also approved

lowering Mokena Baseball/

Softball Association fees by

a 5-1 vote. Brogan abstained.

Per the new fee structure,

MBSA will pay $50 per

game rather than $60 and $25

for lighting per game rather

than $50. The MBSA will

also receive a credit for paying

the $50 light fee last year.

Litigation amended

Following an executive

session, commissioners

voted 5-0 to amend existing

litigation against Oliveri

Brothers Inc., Perma-Seal,

Inc., and Matthew Paving,

Inc. The amendment releases

Matthew Paving from the

claim.

The litigation, which is

currently in arbitration, is the

result of the park district’s

claim that tennis courts at

Fox Ridge Park do not drain

water properly.

The motion approved

“the full and final release

and indemnity agreement

by and between the Mokena

Community Park District

and Matthew Paving, Inc.,

in the agreed stipulation to

dismiss, with prejudice, the

claim by the Mokena Community

Park District against

Matthew Paving, Inc., in the

matter of Mokena Community

Park District v. Olivieri

Brothers Inc.,” according

to the motion board President

Mike Bartos read at the

meeting.

Markham left before the

vote.

Selep said the amended

litigation was the result of an

affidavit from Matthew Paving.

The affidavit explains

that representatives from

Matthew Paving made Olivieri

Brothers aware that water

would not properly drain

off the courts, Selep said.

“He made that statement

to the architect, and the architect

said go ahead and

[pave it that way] anyway,”

Selep said of Matthew Paving’s

claims in the affidavit.


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the Mokena Messenger | April 6, 2017 | 5

Community gathers to support Mokena resident

Jason Maholy

Freelance Reporter

The quote, as Andy Mikal

remembers it, is, “You don’t

know how strong you are,

until strong is the only option

you have.”

The attribution is unclear,

but to Mikal, it means he

has to reach deeper inside

himself than ever before and

find whatever strength he

has — that maybe he didn’t

know he had — to make it

through the most challenging

period of his life. The

33-year-old was diagnosed

in January with Stage 4 colon

cancer and has since then

undergone six of 12 chemotherapy

sessions scheduled

to continue until July. He

has always been inspired by

the Navy SEALs and has adopted

a warrior’s mentality

as he faces down the disease.

If Mikal’s strength wavers

for a moment — and he acknowledges

he has good

days and bad days — he has

an army of friends and family

he can call on for advice

and moral support. That was

on display Saturday, April

1, when nearly 300 people

turned out for a benefit that

raised more than $7,000 for

Mikal, his wife Meggan and

their 5-month-old son, Andrew.

The fundraiser was held

at Emagine Frankfort and

featured a raffle drawing,

split-the-pot and showing

Lia Vukelic, 3, of Mokena, dresses up as Belle for the

showing of “Beauty and the Beast.”

of “Beauty and the Beast.”

The number of people who

attended the event necessitated

that Emagine open a

second theater to accommodate

them all.

Mikal had no words to

express how thankful he

was that his and Meggan’s

friends organized the benefit

on their behalf. Alicia

Stumpe, of Frankfort, and

Chrissa Flannery, of Orland

Park, were the driving force

behind securing the space

at Emagine, publicizing the

event and getting 15 area

businesses to donate products,

services and gift cards

for the raffle drawing.

“They did a great job

getting the word out,” Mikal

said. “We didn’t know

what to expect, and when

we walked in the door and

it was unbelievable; it was

packed.”

Meggan Mikal, a palliative

care nurse at Hope

Children’s Hospital in Oak

Lawn, said the support of

friends, family and people

she and Andy don’t even

know has been overwhelming.

Rock Bottom, where

Andy is an assistant brewer,

donated $5,700 from an

event held in February at its

downtown Chicago location

to the couple. It also raised

$7,000 at a benefit for the

Mikals held in March at its

Orland Park restaurant.

“I’m still processing it,”

Meggan said of the turnout

at Emagine. “Alicia and

Chrissa, whatever they did

to get everyone here ... it

was really amazing. We’re

beyond thankful.

“We have good weeks —

and we have bad weeks —

with Andy’s chemo journey,

and this was a good week.

Mokena residents Andy (left) and Meggan Mikal enjoy a laugh in the lobby of Emagine

Frankfort Saturday, April 1. Emagine hosted a fundraiser organized by family friends for

Andy Mikal, who has completed six of 12 scheduled chemotherapy sessions designed to

treat Stage 4 colon cancer. photos by Jason Maholy/22nd Century Media

Seeing everyone out here

today really makes it a good

week.”

Andy has been working

only two days per month

since beginning chemotherapy

in January. He and Meggan

appreciate the financial

assistance the fundraisers

have provided, but the emotional

support has done

much to raise their spirits.

“When we see everyone

out here with their kids and

everything, it gives Andy

something to continue to

fight for,” Meggan said.

“Our family, our friends,

they’re all in our corner,

and it makes everything just

much easier. It makes this

cancer stuff tolerable.”

Additionally, Andy has

met people who have been

through chemotherapy and

survived cancer, and he is

building a network of friends

he can call on during the

tougher times.

“I have that person I

can call, that person I can

text to say, ‘Hey, I’m having

a rough day,’ and they

text back and say, ‘Take it

one day at a time. What do

you need? Can I come over

right now?’ When you hear

those things and see everything

people did to support

you, you sit back and think,

‘Man, this is great.’”

Stumpe said the benefit

was important in the sense

it was about “more than just

writing a check.”

“It’s the people coming

together,” she said. “And

we’re just happy to put a

smile on his face and help

him get through this.”

A fundraising page has

been established for the

Mikals at youcaring.com/

warriors.

village

From Page 3

Several trustees indicated

that they would need to see

at least an 8-foot fence as a

screen to consider approving

the permit, with a few

options listed as acceptable

materials for the fence or

outdoor facade.

Fleischer, however, asked

to table any discussion on the

request so board members

could visit the site to see how

it currently looks. He said he

believes the business has outgrown

the facility.

“This is a mistake if we allow

this,” he said, later stating

he believes it will be an

“eyesore.”

The petitioner was asked

to bring back to the Village

Board conceptual designs of

how the business would look

with an 8-foot fence, and if

that would completely screen

the equipment stored outside.

No recommendation was

made to move forward.

Also during the work session,

board members got a

closer look at the fiscal year

2018 budget with presentations

on the annual fleet replacement

program, a request

to fund more Geographic Information

System work, and

a request to update the Village’s

Comprehensive Plan.

For the GIS request, trustees

requested additional

information from staff that

would point to goals for the

work and what the Village

would get for the money

it would spend. Staff estimated

a budget line expense

of $48,970 for the GIS program.

For the Comprehensive

Plan, Tomasoski told the

Village Board that the current

plan was conducted in

the early 2000s. Staff was

hoping to update the plan

based on Mokena’s growth,

as well as changes in the

economy over the last 15 or

so years.

After discussion, two options

were detailed: to try

and attain a grant from the

Chicago Metropolitan Agency

for Planning to assist in

the Comprehensive Plan,

which would mean the Village

would only need to pay

about 30 percent of the cost

but also use CMAP as the

consultant; or to fund all or

parts of the plan with only

Village money to independent

consultants.

More information is to be

presented at a later date.


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Students inject youthful perspective into local government

Mokena Jr. High

eighth-graders

assume mayor,

trustee, staff roles

Tim Carroll, Editor

It was a government of

young people, by young people,

for young people when

Mokena Jr. High School

eighth-graders took over the

roles of Village mayor, trustees

and staff.

In the past, students from

local schools had come to

Village Hall for Student

Government Day. They did

that this time around, but

Mayor Frank Fleischer expanded

the program in the

last few years to include

more sessions on leadership.

For the Student Government

Day on March 21,

Fleischer instructed the visiting

students to read “Lincoln

on Leadership: Executive

Strategies for Tough Times,”

and he said he tried to educate

the students on what

leadership really means.

“[I] explained to them the

importance of it, the difference

between leaders and

bosses or supervisors, how

leaders have to have a vision,

and they have to try to bring

the people that work with

them into that vision and get

them to work with them and

not for them,” Fleischer said.

“That’s the biggest part of being

a leader: you don’t dictate

to them. You bring them into

your ideas, your visions, and

have them work alongside

you to accomplish that.”

Fleischer said he included

the leadership aspect of the

program for the past three

years.

Among the things the students

accomplished this year

were getting an understanding

of elected officials’ duties,

understanding the way

municipal government processes

work, and touring both

Village Hall and Pipe Fitters’

Training Center for Local

Union 597.

Fleischer said he included

the tour of the training center

because roughly 20 percent

of Lincoln-Way students do

not go on to college after

high school, and he wanted

to make the children aware

of their career options once

they complete high school.

Fleischer said he wanted

to see how the students

would interact with the new

environment and new people

they met that day.

“People are so used to just

texting and doing things like

this,” he said. “Many people,

adults included, have lost the

ability to talk to people.”

But he said he was impressed

with the students.

“You’d be surprised what

some of the students, how

well they get their point

across, how well they talk,”

he said.

He said that was important

because leadership and communication

are linked.

“You could be the smartest

person in the world, but

if you can’t convey your vision

and your ideas to other

people, then it really is kind

of useless,” Fleischer said.

After taking the tours and

learning about local government,

students returned to

Village Hall to participate in

a mock Village of Mokena

Board of Trustees meeting.

Before they began, Fleischer

said he was hoping the students

would think critically

and use their own ideas.

“If there’s something you

don’t like, something you

don’t think is good for the Village,

by all means, say you

don’t like it,” Fleischer said.

“But give reasons for not liking

it, for voting no on it, if in

fact you’re going to vote no.”

Mokena Jr. High eighthgrader

Emily Abrahamsen

had the chance to be the first

student sworn in, as she was

playing the role of clerk and

Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer (left) and his student counterpart for the day, Joe McConnell, talk about the mayor’s roll

during Mokena’s Village Board meetings March 21 at Mokena Village Hall. Tim Carroll/22nd Century Media

Student Government Day Village Clerk Emily Abrahamsen

(left) is sworn in by everyday Village Clerk Patricia Patt.

was in charge of swearing in

the other students. She said

she did not know just how

much a village clerk did.

“It was nice to learn about

all the duties that you have to

perform,” Abrahamsen said.

The students took fondly

to learning about their temporary

roles. Eighth-grader

Liam Papier took on the role

of village administrator, and

he said his favorite part was

putting himself in those shoes.

“The coolest thing I saw

was the village administrator’s

office,” Papier said. “Just

because I’m the village administrator

for the day. … It’s

a really good experience, and

Mokena Jr. High eighth-grader Carly Forsman enjoys her

time in the seat of a Village trustee.

I’m very happy to have [it].”

Fleischer said that he

hoped the students gained

an understanding of the municipal

government process

not just from the talks that

they had, but also from their

mock meeting. He said he

hoped the students would

pass along that knowledge.

“Hopefully ... the students

are going to see what

we do here,” Fleischer said.

“They’re going to get an understanding

of it, and they’re

going to bring it out to their

parents and their friends,

and people will have a better

idea of how the Village runs,

what we do here.”


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Providence unveils capital improvements project targeted at $6 million

Megann Horstead

Freelance Reporter

Providence Catholic High

School revealed details during

a March 27 press conference,

for a new construction

project as part of its capital

campaign to expand the

school’s facilities.

“I’m pleased to announce

Providence Catholic High

School has embarked on

a capital campaign called

‘Building our legacy… every

student every day,’” said

the Rev. Richard McGrath,

president of Providence

Catholic High School. “The

new student commons facility

will provide a safe and

welcoming central space

for all students to gather before,

during and after school

hours.”

In 2011, the school’s administration,

faculty, staff,

students and parents began

engaging in discussions and

meetings for long-range

planning for facilities maintenance.

Officials now intend to

build a 21,800-square-foot

student commons and cafeteria

space. The new building

will serve as the athletic

competition entry and include

a spirit wear shop and

concession space.

Providence’s 36 original

classrooms, which make up

70 percent of the school, will

also be equipped with air

conditioning using a portion

of the monies raised.

“An added benefit is that

the increased space will

make it possible to consolidate

our present four lunch

periods into two lunch periods

thereby creating time

during the day for new academic

opportunities and the

introduction of a [Science

Technology Engineering

Math] Academy, with more

formalized science, technology,

engineering and math

components,” McGrath said.

McGrath said it’s important

that Providence open

Pictured is a rendering of the concessions area inside the

cafeteria/student commons.

Pictured is the concept plan that includes all the changes

and additions that will be made.

up time for learning to allow

for the introduction of more

electives to enhance the curriculum.

“Part of being competitive

is offering solid college-oriented

programs and

classes that remain… in

the progressive area,” Mc-

Grath said. “Since we are a

totally college preparatory

school, all our effort is to get

them ready and into college.

That’s our goal.”

Director of Advancement

Ed Barrett agreed.

“Currently, the graduation

rates [show that] 99 percent

of our kids are going off to

college,” he said. “That will

probably maintain and be the

same. We feel that through

STEM, we can get them better

prepared for individual areas

of science and technology.”

Barrett recognizes that

jobs in STEM are on the rise

and said the school is looking

to reach students more at

their level.

“Although we’re a liberal

arts high school — and we

do that very well and we’re

going to maintain that — we

want to give our kids the opportunity

if they wish to be

in a STEM program to give

them that additional science,

math, technology,” he said.

“There’s little room in

there for technology, let’s

say, for graphic design, those

type of things” Barrett said.

“There’s a lot of room for

growth in there, and this will

allow us a little bit more flexibility

to get creative with it.”

Officials are also working

Providence president the Rev. Richard McGrath announces the largest capital campaign in

the school’s 90-year history during a March 27 press conference.

Photos By Megann Horstead/22nd Century Media

Pictured is a rendering of the exterior entry that leads into the cafeteria/student commons

to ensure that construction of

a new building will blend in

seamlessly with older parts

of the building.

“[We’re] conscious of our

past, and we look forward

to what we’re doing for the

future,” McGrath said. “We

have to keep renewing things

to remain competitive in the

private school market.”

To date, the capital campaign

has raised $3.5 million.

Another $1.4 million

is earmarked in the school’s

reserve funds.

Providence officials want

to reach the capital campaign

goal, just in time for

the school’s 100th anniversary

celebration in 2018.

The project could get underway

as early as this summer.


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Fire District’s 100th anniversary

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held their 3rd quarter PBIS

celebration on March 24. The

celebration included the Mokena

Fire Department for their

100-year anniversary. Six firefighters

joined the celebration

and participated in the assembly

activities and games. The

firefighters were the judges

for skits performed by thirdand

fourth-graders on how to

be respectful, responsible and

safe during a fire and a severe

weather drill.

The firefighters then got involved

with all of the gradelevel

celebration games. They

showed off their freeze dance

moves with Pre-K students,

rescued hidden pets while

on scooters and even had a

race to see which team could

build the fastest hose out of

pool noodles. The kids had

a blast watching the six firemen

compete in the “Face the

Cookie” game and the Fruit

Roll-Up Race. Everyone had

a great time celebrating with

the Mokena Fire Fighters.

Dr. Julian Rogus School

students and staff would like

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The mokena messenger’s

Standout Student

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Lia Sullivan, Mokena Jr. High

School eighth-grader

Lia Sullivan was picked as this week’s Standout

Student because of her academic performance.

What is one essential you must have when

studying?

One essential I must have when studying

is probably peace and quiet. I get distracted

very easily, and if anything else is going on

I will end up joining in and not completing

my study.

What do you like to do when not in school or

studying?

I love to dance! I have been dancing for 11

years now, and it’s just something that makes

me so happy. I dance at TNT Extreme Dance

Company. I also love to sing. I take singing

lessons from a Broadway singer who trains

me when I audition for musical theater.

What are some of the most played songs on

your iPod?

I really like a lot of the music on the radio,

but my favorite music to listen to is any kind

of Broadway musical songs.

What is one thing people don’t know about

you?

A lot of people don’t know I’m a professional

actor. I’m represented by the best

agency ever, Shirley Hamilton. I’ve already

been in a lot of movies and TV shows, but

I really hope one day I will get a movie/TV

job out in L.A.

Whom do you look up to and why?

Idina Menzel, because Idina Menzel is

such an amazing singer and has been on

Broadway but is so humble and down-toearth.

I really think she is amazing.

What’s your favorite class and why?

My favorite class is science, because I find

everything we learn in science extremely

interesting, and I never get bored in science

class.

Photo submitted




What extracurricular(s) do you wish your

school had?

The only extracurricular activity that I do

in school is Poms, but for everyone else, I

feel the activities are really covered.

What’s your morning routine?

My morning routine all depends on how

much sleep I get. It could vary from me getting

up super early and doing my hair and

makeup to not really caring what I look like

going to school.

If you could change one thing about your

school, what would it be?

I would change the setting, because having

students just sit in a desk listening to the

teacher or taking notes is why so many kids

don’t like school. I think we should be in a

more exciting environment.

What’s your best memory from school?

Well, in my school every year, we have a

Christmas concert before winter break, and

since I’m on Poms, I get to perform for my

school, and even though it’s super-nervewracking,

it’s also so fun.

Standout Student is a weekly feature in The

Mokena Messenger. Nominations come from

Mokena area schools.

School News

Cornell College

Mokena student accepted

Students from around

the country were admitted

to Cornell College for the

fall 2017 semester. Among

them was Nathan Peterson,

of Mokena.

Cornell College in Mount

Vernon, Iowa, is a national

liberal arts college with a

one-course-at-a-time curriculum.

The schedule provides

students the chance to

dive into their studies, focus

more intensely on the disciplines

of their choice, and

learn authentically with the

unique freedom to shed the

confines of the traditional

classroom to study off-campus,

pursue research or accept

an internship.

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Illinois Wesleyan University

Mokena native earns

national band prize

Mokena native Jess Sheetz

is a member of Illinois Wesleyan

University’s Wind Ensemble,

the national winner

of The American Prize in

Band Performance competition

in the performing arts,

college/university division.

Sheetz, a sophomore

music education major,

plays French horn in the

35-member Wind Ensemble.

Founded in 1979, the Wind

Ensemble is comprised of

the top wind and percussion

students at Illinois Wesleyan

and performs the finest

wind band literature. The

ensemble has worked with

and sponsored commissions

from Pulitzer Prize-winning

composers. The group’s annual

solo competition allows








student winners to perform

solos with the ensemble.

The ensemble performs

several concerts throughout

the year, tours regularly and

has appeared at the College

Band Directors National Association

Conference and

the Illinois Music Educators

Association Conference.

The American Prize is

a series of nonprofit, national

competitions in the

performing arts providing

cash awards, professional

adjudication and recognition

for the best recorded

performances by ensembles

and individuals in the United

States. It is administered

by Hat City Music Theatre,

Inc., a nonprofit organization

based in Connecticut.

Compiled by Editor Tim Carroll,

tim@mokenamessenger.

com.

















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Mayor weighs in on proposed property tax freeze

Megann Horstead

Freelance Reporter

Uncertainties surrounding talk

of a proposed property tax freeze

by lawmakers in Springfield looking

to secure a State budget deal

loomed over the March 21 forum

for officials at Lincoln-Way Central.

The forum, hosted by New

Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann,

sought to inform constituents of

the advantages and disadvantages

of altering the way local taxing

authorities fund their operations.

A number of civic leaders were on

hand to serve as experts.

“With the State’s financial condition,

freezing property taxes does

nothing,” Baldermann said. “The

State of Illinois has not received

property taxes to their budget since

1932, so it has no impact on the

$11 billion hole that they have, the

$11 million a day further into debt

hole that they’re digging, and by

the end of the next governor’s election

in 2018 — whoever the next

governor that takes office in January

of 2019 — they’re looking at

somewhere from $22 [billion] to

$24 billion in the hole if they don’t

resolve this crisis.”

Dr. Jeremy Groves, an associate

professor and director of graduate

studies at Northern Illinois University,

took a moment to note the complexity

of the matter at hand.

“In my discussion with individuals

and so forth, I find out the property

tax is one of the most misunderstood

taxes that we have, and

there’s very good reason for that,”

he said. “It’s the most complicated

tax that we have. It also happens to

be one of the most hated taxes that

we have.”

Groves said what makes the

property tax so unusual is the rate

it fluctuates; it’s not set like a sales

tax rate is.

“[The sales tax] rate doesn’t

change very often,” Groves said.

“As long as the good fluctuates in

price, you know what your tax is

going to be. You can’t do that with

the property tax, because there’s

actually three things that determine

what your individual property tax is

going to be.”

To calculate one’s property tax

bill, the levy, the assessed valuation

of property within a district

and the assessed value of one’s

property must all be considered.

“There are so many moving parts

to [a] property tax that it’s hard to

pin down one thing as being able to

say, ‘if this changes, this is what’s

going to happen to property tax.’”

Groves said. “That’s what’s difficult

about the property tax, and

that’s why it’s so confusing and

why it’s one of the most hated

taxes. It’s not very transparent how

it’s calculated.”

Groves noted that the State of Illinois

is dealing with a growth in

property taxes and said this has actually

been dealt with by the State

under the Property Tax Extension

Limitation Law.

Will County, like a number of

other counties, has become subject

to the PTELL. This law limits the

extension in which a district can

levy by not allowing the amount to

reach the lesser of 5 percent or the

consumer price index, which is the

rate of inflation.

However, there are exceptions to

the law. This includes the referendum

process, the fact that not all

funds are subject to this limit and

the powers granted to home-rule

Dozens attended a forum hosted by New Lenox Mayor Tim Baldermann

at Lincoln-Way Central to talk about a potential property tax freeze

issued by the State of Illinois. Megann Horstead/22nd Century Media

municipalities.

Lawmakers in Springfield also

have been in talks over a proposal

that seeks to modify PTELL for either

the years 2017 or 2018 or permanently,

Groves said.

“If they modify it, they’re going

to redefine such that everybody is

subject to this — it doesn’t matter if

you’re home-rule, it’s doesn’t matter

if you’re a school district, everybody’s

subject,” Groves said. “That

5 percent or the CPI rule, we’re

going to change that to zero. There

will be absolutely no growth in the

extension, period. With a couple of

exceptions, you can go and ask your

voters to allow you the increase

more than 0 percent… or certain

funds will not be subject to the 0

percent. Those funds will be subject

to the inflation, and those funds are

bond funds, pension funds and public

safety.”

Groves said there are a number

of drawbacks to this proposed rule,

as it will not allow taxing districts

to capture increasing values or new

construction. That means property

taxes will remain constant, as will

operational revenues.

Groves took time to review possible

scenarios to highlight the impact

of a potential property tax freeze on

residents, with the first being a taxpayer

who owns a $300,000 home

who can expect to receive a $3.40

savings on their 2017 property tax

bill culminating in the village losing

$105,000.

Another scenario shows that in

2017, residents save $15 and New

Lenox School District 122 loses

$1.2 million. That same effect

holds true for Lincoln-Way Community

High School District 210 if

a property tax freeze is implemented.

Next year, the taxpayer saves

$34 and the school district loses

$1.3 million. In total, that means

residents could save roughly $750

and these three districts lose $26.1

million over the course of five

years.

Groves questioned if the taxpayer

savings are truly worth it.

“The thing is you have to realize is

the quality of your schools, the quality

of your parks, the quality of your

fire districts, that feeds into the value

of your house, and if they’re making

$26 million worth of cuts, you’re going

to get fewer services,” Groves

said. “That’s going to decrease the

value of your house.”

The Village of New Lenox, which

has served as a home-rule municipality

the last eight years, is not

subject to the PTELL caps. Since

that time, officials adhered to rules

limiting extensions valued higher

than the CPI.

“Even though we were not subject

to those caps, we kept to CPI

anyway, because that was a promise

that we made,” Baldermann

said. “I don’t know if we’re going

to be able to continue do that if this

property freeze happens, especially

if they talk about permanently.”

Baldermann said the only reason

the state is looking to extend a property

tax freeze is because lawmakers

are talking about raising taxes

on income, services and retirement.

The legislature wants to distract the

taxpayer while they look to narrow

the state’s debt, he said.

“There are changes that need to

be made, there’s no doubt about it,

but they have to propose something

that’s going to hold muster with

folks,” Baldermann said.

Attendee Robert Buonadonna,

of New Lenox, recognized how

important the matter of passing a

budget was and said he wished he

had the solution.

“I don’t have good answers, I just

know that right now they’re talking

about taxing retirement incomes,”

Buonadonna said. “They’re going

to see the state lose probably every

single one of the seniors who can

afford to move. I’m here because I

like New Lenox.”

LincolnWay Bank names Mokena Chamber ambassador VP of retail banking

Submitted by LincolnWay

Community Bank

LincolnWay Community Bank

announced March 29 that Michelle

DePaolis has joined the bank as its

vice president of retail banking.

DePaolis is responsible for attracting

more Frankfort, Mokena and

New Lenox individuals and families

to LincolnWay Community Bank

through business development and

community outreach initiatives.

DePaolis has more than 25 years

of experience as a banking professional.

Most recently, she served as vice

president and branch manager at

First Midwest Bank in Mokena.

A 30-year resident of the Lincoln-Way

area, DePaolis is also a

Mokena Chamber of Commerce

ambassador.

“Many of today’s banking customers

recognize that their banks

have become increasingly detached

from them,” DePaolis said. “I’m

very pleased to be joining a real

community bank that combines

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customer service.”


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Police Reports

Police: Man drove under the influence

Timothy E. O’Brien, 23,

of 16828 Riverside Drive

in Tinley Park, was charged

March 12 with DUI-alcohol

after police reportedly were

dispatched to ThunderBowl

in reference to an auto collision.

Upon arriving on

the scene, police reportedly

observed a tan Buick Century

that was smoking from

under the hood, and the airbag

had been deployed. According

to police, O’Brien

reported that he had hit a

concrete barricade in the

parking lot with the Buick.

Police reportedly observed

signs of impairment, including

the odor of alcohol

and “bloodshot and glassy”

eyes. After initially answering

questions about the

incident, O’Brien refused

to submit to field sobriety

tests, according to the report.

March 24

• Corey D. Howse, 29, of

6331 S. Walcott Ave. in

Chicago, was charged with

driving on a revoked license

after he allegedly drove

without a valid driver’s license.

According to the

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March 21

• Marek Cimochowicz, 27,

of 11044 Denny Ave. in

Mokena, was charged with

driving without a valid license

and improper lighting

after police reportedly

observed the gray Toyota

Camry he was driving travel

on Wolf Road near 191st

Street with only one working

headlight. After initiating

a traffic stop, police

discovered that Cimochowicz’s

driver’s license had

expired in September of

2015.

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Lora Healy

March 16

• Joseph R. Eichberger, 19,

of 19716 Scarth Lane in

Mokena, was charged with

driving on a suspended license

and improper lane

usage after police reportedly

observed the blue

Ford Mustang he was driving

illegally turn eastbound

in the westbound lane in

the 11500 block of Francis

Road. After initiating a

traffic stop, police discovered

that Eichberger’s license

was suspended.

March 6

• Shanna J. Wilson, 37, of

1347 Mason Court in Chicago

Heights, was charged

with retail theft after she allegedly

stole $242 worth of

tobacco products, $233.83

worth of liquor and beer,

$230 worth of Illinois Lottery

scratch-off tickets and

$812.53 worth of miscellaneous

grocery items from a

gas station and convenience

store in the 18700 block of

South Wolf Road at which

she had been an employee.

The corporate loss prevention

department of the convenience

store reportedly

told the managers of the

store that Wilson had been

scanning items and voiding

the transactions before

allowing a patron to leave

with the items.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Mokena

Messenger’s police reports

come from the Mokena Police

Department. Anyone listed in

these reports is considered

to be innocent of all charges

until proven guilty in a court

of law.

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FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION

Frankfort IHSA referee

called up to Hall of Fame

No one will second guess

this call: longtime referee

Bill Laude, of Frankfort, has

been named to the National

Federation of State High

School Associations’ Hall of

Fame.

Laude will join 10 others

who have been named to the

Hall of Fame this year, making

him the 27th member of

the Illinois High School Association

to be inducted.

After graduating college,

the Frankfort resident attended

umpire school and

got a job in the Appalachian

League in the Virginia area

in 1972. He later taught in

Bremen High School District

228 for 30 years.

And while his career in

education blossomed, so

did his second career in officiating.

Laude soon started

working three sports for the

IHSA: baseball, basketball

and football.

He said officiating is not

easy.

“It’s funny, but because

baseball is an American

sport, all dads think they

can umpire,” he said. “They

know where to stand when

there is nobody on base. But

once you put a man on base,

they are lost. It’s that quick

before they get befuddled.”

Reporting by Jon DePaolis,

Freelance Reporter. For more,

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FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

LTHS grad’s legacy kept

alive through her children

On July 4, 2016, Laura

Manikas and her eldest

daughter, Stephanie, went

on a 3-mile trail run together.

By the end of the month,

Laura could barely walk.

A lifelong resident of the

Lockport and Homer Glen

area found a small lump on

her upper hip, which grew

rapidly. A biopsy revealed

Laura had a rare bone cancer

called sarcoma.

She died March 11.

Stephanie, an oncology

nurse at Elmhurst Hospital,

said the cancer her mother

had is so rare it is underresearched

and virtually unknown.

But Stephanie and

her sister Emily said they

hope to change that.

“She was a healthy, active

person, and her whole

life was flipped upside down

within seven months of this

stupid cancer,” Stephanie

said. “If you’re affected by

sarcoma, it flips your world

absolutely upside down.

“I want to share my mom’s

story, her fearlessness, her

bravery throughout it.”

Through their promise to

live with truth and with joy

and to spread awareness

about their mother’s disease,

Laura’s legacy will live on

through her children.

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FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION

Two schools from Kirby

School D140 participate in

St. Baldrick’s

Six years ago, Jen Bittner,

a fifth-grade teacher at Millennium

Elementary School,

had a student ask her to

help honor his grandfather’s

memory.

That student wanted to

shave his head, which he

had planned to do before

his grandfather had died,

to show his support for the

nonprofit foundation St. Baldrick’s.

Millennium Elementary

School has participated in

the St. Baldrick’s head-shaving

event since 2011 and had

its most recent event March

24. The school raised almost

$104,000 for the nonprofit,

with approximately 185 people

having participated.

On March 31, Prairie View

Middle School — which is

in the same district as Millennium,

Kirby School District

140 — followed suit.

“It’s a lot of work and it’s

time consuming, but it’s so

rewarding,” Bittner said.

The St. Baldrick’s Foundation

asks participants to

set a goal, and for that first

year Bittner set a modest

goal of $3,000. The school

raised roughly $15,000 that

year, and this year nearly

$22,000.

Reporting by Brittany Kapa,

Assistant Editor. For more, visit

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FROM THE HOMER HORIZON

Chocolate galore at library’s

candy-making class

The Homer Township

Public Library has plenty

of cookbooks under its roof,

but March 29 residents were

able to get a hands-on, candy-creating

experience with

a chocolate candy-making

class presented by Sue Peltzer,

owner of the Hickory

Hills bakery Delicious Creations.

“Everyone is super-excited,”

said Becky Vallejo, assistant

library clerk, before

adding that the course was

so popular that it had an extensive

wait list.

Attendees made a variety

of chocolate treats, including

chocolate turtles, chocolatecovered

pretzels, chocolate

nut clusters, chocolate raisin

clusters, chocolate-covered

Oreos and other specialty

chocolate items. Participants

got to leave with the candies

they made.

Lisa Burian, of Homer

Glen, signed up for the

course after she spotted a

flyer for the program on the

library’s bulletin board.

“I know [my daughter

and her friend] love baking

and candy,” she said. “So, I

thought this would be fun.”

Reporting by Laurie Fanelli,

Freelance Reporter. For more,

visit HomerHorizon.com.


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From the editor

The end of divisive local politics?

Tim Carroll

tim@mokenamessenger.com

This is going to be a

pipe dream, and I am

willing to let you know

that right up front.

But I am unabashedly

hoping that the election

being over — the people

having spoken and selected

their local officials — will

be the end of divisive politics

in Mokena.

This year was my first

time being as close as I

was to an election. And

call it naiveté if you are so

inclined, but I expected a

higher level of discourse.

Surely, I thought to

myself, a local election will

bring out the best leaders

Mokena has to offer. Surely,

I convinced myself, a local

election will be about the

issues, not the mudslinging

that seems to plague

national elections.

I’m embarrassed to say I

was wrong. Embarrassed for

two reasons: first, that I was

so naive. Second, that some

politicians could not — or,

more likely, did not even try

to — live up to be the best

Mokena has to offer.

This is not to say that all

the races were disappointing.

In some, the discourse was

at or near the maturity level

I hoped. But I don’t see why

they could not all have been.

I am here not just to

admonish those who saw fit

to eschew issues and instead

attack opponents; I am also

here to congratulate and

thank those who identified

and discussed the issues intelligently

and critically, and

to make a plea to those who

are thinking of running in the

next election to raise the level

of discourse, not lower it.

The citizens of Mokena —

hell, all citizens — deserve

to have their elected officials

and those vying for election

lead them. And leadership

is not just getting into office

and making decisions; it includes

setting an example of

civility, showing people how

they should interact with

each other in an organized,

sane, educated way.

Anecdotally, I know that

a lot of people a generation

or two older than mine

complain that people do not

interact with each other face

to face, and that conversations

conducted via Facebook,

Twitter and other social

media platforms take on

a shouting-match feel before

the opportunity for a civil,

well-reasoned response is

even available. I don’t know

that I agree that things are

all that different than they

always were, but I have

seen far too many instances

in which the chance to explain

one’s own position has

been abandoned as too difficult.

Instead, the chance to

attack the opposing person

or ideology has been seized

with lightning alacrity.

I was naive before this

election. I think that is clear.

But I would rather be naive

and hope for more than

cynical and expect less.

Letters to the Editor

Will you march with me on

Earth Day?

I am a retired science teacher

and longtime resident of

Mokena. I am asking you to

please join me and march for

science, jobs, peace and your

family’s future.

President Trump wants to

ensure that Americans have

job opportunities. That can

be accomplished through

green energy jobs. Wind and

solar are now less expensive

energy sources than fossil

fuels and offer better jobs.

According to Environmental

Entrepreneurs, 2.6 million

people work in the clean

energy sector. And “wind

service technician” is forecast

to be the United State’s

fastest-growing occupation

through 2024, outpacing

health care and technology

fields, according to the U.S.

Bureau of Labor Statistics.

“AAMCT’s Willy Wonka Tech Week rolls

on! Oh yeah baby!”

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victory over the Brook! Great job!!!”

@LWEastAthletics posted this to its

Twitter page March 30

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The president desires to

keep America safe. To me,

this means getting to the root

of the problem.

America is not immune to

worldwide climate change.

Climate change is responsible

for creating uninhabitable

regions of the world,

resulting in climate refugees

and political unrest.

Droughts, floods and fire

impact the U.S. and the rest

of the world, which creates

international instability.

Climate disruption is a

threat to national security.

The U.S. Department of Defense’s

2014 Climate Change

Adaptation Roadmap states

that climate change “will

likely lead to food and water

shortages, endemic disease,

disputes over refugees and

resources, and destruction by

natural disasters in regions

across the globe.”

Our families’ future depends

on our actions now.

Ivanka Trump recognizes the

seriousness of climate change.

She recently arranged a meeting

between her father and

former Vice President Al Gore

(leader of climaterealityproject.org)

to discuss this issue.

97 percent of climate scientists

agree that we are at a

tipping point. We must honor

our commitment to the Paris

Climate Agreement. To that

end, the U.S., Mexico and

Canada committed to 50 percent

carbon-free electricity by

2025. We have the technology

to do this, but we must show

our leaders we want this.

Join me in marching with

scientists on Earth Day,

April 22, and in the Climate

March on April 29.

Dorelle Ackermann

Mokena resident

climaterealityleader2427@

gmail.com

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to (708) 326-9179 or e-mail to

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News and Upcoming Events

From the m okena Chamber oF CommerC e

Ribbon cutting Absolute Hearing Care

Absolute Hearing Care, 20006 S Wolf Rd Mokena, hosted a Business After Hours and Ribbon Cutting

Ceremony for the new hearing care center on January 19. Audiologist Lauren Long (left) cuts the ribbon with

Chamber President Troy Griffiths (right).

Ribbon cutting Apex3

The Mokena Chamber of Commerce officially welcomed Apex3, 10036 W. 190th Place, Mokena, with a Ribbon

Cutting Ceremony on January 26. Laura Voogt (left) cuts the ribbon with Chamber President Troy Griffiths (right).

www.mokena.com • 708.479.2468

19150 S. Wolf Road, Suite C

Mokena, IL 60448


New Members

• Minuteman Press of Frankfort

• Personal Finance Company

• Busy B Laundromat

• Accurate CPR & AED Inc.

• Relentless Carpentry Inc.

• Hurricane Wraps

• Window Works

• HTH Mechanical

• Crosstown Exotics & Traveling

Reptile Show

• G and B Pro Shop, Inc.

• Gnade Insurance Group

• Lee Family Partnership

• Wood Flooring Inc.

• Clippings Lawn Care, Ltd.

• Aetna Better Health

• Side Street American Tavern

• Newmark Construction, Inc.

• Thrivent Financial, Jeff King &

Gina Aguilar

• Gaab Vacation Club

• Jess Kleen Cleaning

• Millennium Title Group, Ltd.

• Moving Services, Inc.

• URMI Salon

• JC Penney


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Helping hand

My Joyful Heart teenagers

organize food drive to support

needy families, Page 25

Take me down to the

Submarine City The lettuce is

green and the sandwiches ain’t bitty,

in this week’s Dish, Page 27

Noonan Academy

Drama Club students

Dawson Kimak (left,

playing Aladdin)

and Allisa Milla,

who plays Jasmine,

rehearse during tech

week for Disney’s

“Aladdin Jr.,” which

ran Friday, March 31

to Sunday, April 2.

Amanda Stoll/22nd

Century Media

Noonan Academy’s production of ‘Aladdin Jr.’ brings Disney classic to Mokena, Page 23


22 | April 6, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger faith

mokenamessenger.com

Robin’s Nest

Getting past ourselves

and gaining perspective

Robin Melvin

Contributing Columnist

My biggest writing

challenge is not

a lack of ideas. I

have scads.

The glitch comes when

my brain compels me to

write my current emotional

struggles. To which I reply,

“Again? No. This isn’t fun.

I don’t want to be a Debby

Downer.”

Sure, I can copy and

paste a happy-sappy piece

from last year. But, as

usual, I’m drawn to a mental

venting.

Writing’s been my therapy

since my preteen days.

Well, that and a shameless

love of dancing. If not sitting

on a riverbank filling

notebooks with thoughts

of my latest crush or my

adolescent life with an alcoholic,

I was outside choreographing

dance moves

to “Stayin’ Alive” blaring

from a cassette player.

So, what’s on my mind

In Memoriam

Raymond Paver

Raymond Paver,

88, of Mokena,

died March 28. He was

a U.S. Navy Korean War

Veteran. He is survived by

his children, Raymond F.

Paver and Sharon (Jeffrey)

today? An unresolved

conflict with my husband.

This morning, I woke the

same way I fell asleep: with

tears stinging puffy eyes. I

didn’t want the day to start

as I reached into the freezer

for Alex’s teethers to press

onto my eyelids.

People tell me I have a

“non-anxious presence.”

Not yesterday. I was a blubbering,

stress ball sitting in

the car at Kohl’s. Honest

communication can be

hard. But I asked for it.

Before I showed up

at my desk, I poured

foggy thoughts onto paper.

They’re prayers, really.

Not eloquent or pretty, just

candid and gritty. I wrote

until I broke free of hurt

and emotional weight. I got

past myself. Then I gained

perspective.

While I sit in my home

office, comfy in yoga pants

and drinking fresh coffee,

Jeff’s in front of three

computer screens wired

to Corporate America. He

deals with power outages

and multi-million-dollar

budgets and motivating

people to do their job.

There are hundreds of

emails and spreadsheets

and repairs, oh my.

When we get past ourselves,

we see that others

struggle, too. Work and

Nepote; grandchildren,

Trey and Rachel Paver and

Nicole and Kendall Nepote;

and many nieces and nephews.

Visitation was held at

Kurtz Memorial Chapel. Interment

private.

home and relationships

are often complicated

and heavy. Even for those

usually upbeat, like my

husband. If he’s not smiling,

singing or whistling,

he’s stressed.

Marriage, family and

friendships bond us together.

But we’re each on

our own journey. We need

to give one another space

for mistakes and opinions

and imperfections.

We listen, we hear, we

love, we cheer.

Today, I arrived at my

desk inspired by my good

and messy life. One like

yours, perhaps. May we not

let our challenges distract

us. The best and strongest

among us need our encouragement.

Who in your circle needs

you to see past their words,

their walls and their stress?

How can you let them

know they’re loved and appreciated?

Thanks for sitting and

listening, my friends. I am

encouraged.

Love and peace for your

journey.

The thoughts and opinions

expressed in this column are

those of the author. They do

not necessarily represent the

thoughts of 22nd Century Media

or its staff.

Do you have someone’s life

you’d like to honor? Email

Editor Tim Carroll at tim@

mokenamessenger.com with

information about a loved one

who was a part of the Mokena

community.

Faith Briefs

St. John’s United Church of Christ (11100

Second St., Mokena)

Blood Drive

8:30 a.m.-noon Sunday,

April 30. Blood drive with

the Heartland Blood Centers

will be held in the Christian

Community Center next

to the church. To sign up,

call (708) 479-5123 or visit

www.heartlandbc.org.

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.

Garden Club

8 a.m. Tuesdays. For more

information, call (708) 479-

5123.

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)

479-1110.

Bible Study

7 p.m. Tuesdays

Breakfast

9 a.m. every third Saturday

of the month

Walking Club

7 p.m. Mondays

Weight Watchers

Wednesdays. Weigh-ins

take place at 6:30 p.m., while

the meeting is at 7 p.m.

Marley Community Church (12625 W.

187th St., Mokena)

Senior High Youth Group

7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information, email

marleycommunitychurch@

gmail.com.

Junior High Youth Group

6-7:30 p.m. Fridays. For

more information, email

marleycommunitychurch@

gmail.com.

Church Service

10 a.m. Sundays. Childcare

is provided

Sunday School

9-10 a.m.

Men’s Group

6 p.m. Sunday nights in

the church basement. All

men are welcome.

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

(10731 W. La Porte Road, Mokena)

Maundy Thursday Worship

7 p.m. Thursday, April 13

Good Friday Worship

7 p.m. Friday, April 14

Easter Worship

9 a.m. Sunday, April 16

Easter Egg Hunt

11 a.m. Saturday, April

15. Bring a basket and come

out for the 9th Annual Community

Easter Egg Hunt.

Eggs will be separated by

color for three age groups:

three years old and younger,

ages four to six and ages

seven to 10. If the weather

is wet or cold, the event will

move indoors. For more

information, visit www.ImmanuelMokena.org

or call

(708) 479-5600.

Contemporary Worship

5 p.m. Saturday

Worship

9 a.m. Sunday

God’s Kids Club

10:15 a.m. Sundays. This

club is open to those between

the ages of 4-17.

Adult Bible Study

10:15 a.m. Sunday

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-

2279.

Ladies Bible Study

7 p.m. every Thursday.

Meetings take place at The

Talking Shirt Boutique,

19805 S. LaGrange Road in

Mokena. For more information,

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.

Sunday Services

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

more information, call (312)

350-2279.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515 115th

Ave., Mokena)

Polka Mass

1:30 p.m. Sunday, April

30. A Catholic Liturgy in

Polka Beat followed by a

Spring Fellowship Ethnic

Luncheon at 2:45 p.m. in the

lower level of the church.

Cost is $25 for adults and

$10 for children 12 years

and younger. Tickets will be

sold after Mass on Saturday,

April 22 and Sunday, April

23. For more information,

call (708) 479- 1736 or (708)

479- 7322.

Church Service

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

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

p.m. Sundays

Adoration

Wednesdays following

8:00 a.m. Mass in the Chapel

until 6:45 p.m.

Holy Rosary

7:30 a.m. daily; 7 p.m.

Tuesday evenings

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Assistant

Editor Amanda Stoll at

a.stoll@22ndcenturymedia.com

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

Deadline is noon Thursday one

week prior to publication.


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Noonan students bring audience ‘A Whole New World’

Production of

‘Aladdin Jr.’ involves

72 students

Amanda Stoll

Assistant Editor

Friday, Saturday and Sunday,

March 31-April 1, students

from the Noonan Elementary

Academy Drama

Club sang, danced and acted

out Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.”

The show, which is an adaptation

of the Disney film,

featured many well-known

songs, like “Arabian Nights,”

“One Jump Ahead,” “Friend

Like Me,” “Prince Ali” and

“A Whole New World.”

Director Marta Koonce

said the production was an

opportunity for students to

get on stage and build their

confidence.

“With acting, you really

have to be vulnerable and

put yourself out there,” said

Koonce, who added that the

ultimate goal was for the

students to get to the point

where they could become

their characters without

having to think about their

lines.

Confidence, working as

a team, working on something

bigger than themselves

and finding out more about

themselves were all areas in

which she said the students

gained experience, along

with building stage talent.

The 2016-2017 school year

is Koonce’s seventh directing

at Noonan, but she has been

directing at various theaters

for more than 13 years. She

is currently part of the board

of Curtain Call Theatre in

Mokena and recently started

directing productions at Lincoln-Way

West.

“When I was a little girl,

I loved watching musicals

and listening to musicals,”

Koonce said. “In junior high,

I actually got to be in a real

musical. That was it.”

She was hooked, she said.

She studied acting in school,

and then, after becoming a

parent, her children got interested,

too.

As they got involved with

theater, she got more and

more involved until she

eventually started directing.

At Noonan Academy,

Koonce said there is a family

feeling, where everyone supports

each other and works

hard to make the productions

happen.

“The administration and

the parents here are very, very

supportive and do everything

they can to give these kids the

best show possible,” Koonce

said. “It’s really wonderful

to work with that group of

people, where everybody is

working together for the kids.

“I could not do this without

all the help of my production

team and these wonderful

parents.”

Some of the parts in the

show were double-cast, allowing

more students the

opportunity to perform.

For Dawson Kimak, who

played Aladdin, being onstage

is not a new experience. The

eighth-grader from Bolingbrook

said he had been in four

other productions, both with

the school drama club and

with Curtain Call Theatre.

“I kind of start out nervous,”

Kimak said. “After

the first time you’re on stage

— like opening night — right

after that you feel like you

can do anything on stage.”

Playing the part of Jafar

was fellow eighth-grader Tim

Szarzynski, who said he enjoys

playing the part of the

villain.

Szarzynski said he had

done multiple shows, including

“The Wizard of Oz” and

“High School Musical.”

“I like [drama club] because

I get to hang out with

Eighth-grader Dawson Kimak sings “One Jump Ahead” March 28 during a tech-week rehearsal of Disney’s “Aladdin Jr.”

at Noonan Elementary Academy in Mokena. Photos By Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media

The Narrators surround Jafar, played by eighth-grader Tim

Szarzynski, as he schemes at his desk during a scene in

“Aladdin Jr.”

my friends, and I like acting,”

Szarzynski said.

Allisa Milla, who played

Jasmine, said she sometimes

gets nervous before a show,

but that quickly dissipates.

“When I get into character,

I don’t get nervous anymore,”

said Milla, an eighthgrader

from Dyer, Indiana.

She said she especially

enjoys singing and dancing

in productions, and she

practiced for “Aladdin Jr.” by

watching the movie and reading

the book over and over.

The cast rehearses the opening scene of the musical.

Koonce said she enjoyed

seeing the growth in students

from the time they

began practicing until they

were finally onstage performing.

“When I see a child that

is really timid and doesn’t

know whether or not they

would like this, or maybe

it’s something that they

wouldn’t usually do, and

then I see them blossom, I

get so excited about that.

“I love to see them go

from A to Z and then say,

‘Oh, my gosh. Remember

that first day when we just

couldn’t get that one step?

...’ And then they get it.”


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East alumnae travel thousand of miles for health care rights

Kirsten Onsgard

Contributing Editor

A moment traveling

through rural Texas illustrated

why Monica Tanouye and

Angela Ray were driving

thousands of miles across

the southern U.S.

They needed to purchase

an over-the-counter medication.

The nearest pharmacy:

three hours away.

It’s why the 2011 Lincoln-Way

East High School

graduates did not just start

a travel blog to document

their road trip, but one that

highlights issues of health

care access and reproductive

justice. They will be blogging

and encouraging donations

to small organizations

through April 11.

The four-week trip from

Florida to California isn’t

the first time the two have

traveled together during a

pivotal in both their lives —

Tanouye and Ray explored

the northeast before graduating

high school — but

this time, it’s not just about

them.

“If we’re going to spend a

month of our lives crossing

the country, driving 7,000

miles, it can’t just be for ourselves,”

Tanouye said.

Named HOWLing Across

America, which stems from

an acronym for “happiness,

openness, wisdom and love”

they coined in high school,

their new blog is about supporting

reproductive justice

through encouraging donations

to four organizations:

HEART Women & Girls,

Sister Song, the National Latina

Institute for Reproductive

Health and Illinois Caucus

for Adolescent Health.

Posts include both fun and

frustrations from the road —

a broken air conditioner in

the southwest, a late-night

traffic jam in Houston — as

well as information about

health care issues pertinent

to each state, such as the

“If we’re going to spend a month

of our lives crossing the country,

driving 7,000 miles, it can’t just be

for ourselves.”

Monica Tanouye — Lincoln-Way East alumna, on

why she and fellow grad Angela Ray are traveling

for reproductive justice

high number of abortions in

Florida.

Reproductive justice encompasses

access to and the

right to women’s care, in

addition to health education

and options, and has long

been important to Tanouye

and Ray. But growing up in

the southwest suburbs —

Tanouye in Frankfort and

Ray in Mokena — they said

they did not worry about access

to doctors or gynecologists.

“I grew up in a place

where I was taught I could

do whatever I wanted, and

that’s not the case everywhere,”

Tanouye said. “Reproductive

health, women’s

health, has a lot of overlap in

that: being able, as a woman,

to control your destiny, your

fate, how you want your life

to happen.

“If you [live] in a place

where those resources are

inaccessible, you could have

all the dreams, but one thing

can turn your life upsidedown,”

she said.

For Ray, the issue became

particularly apparent as she

studied psychology at the

University of Alabama. The

state has limited rural access

to health care treatment, and

about one-third of hospitals

offer obstetrical services,

according to the Alabama

Birth Coalition.

While studying economics

and Spanish at Boston

University, Tanouye helped

facilitate a book club at a

minimum-security women’s

Lincoln-Way East High School alumnae Angela Ray (left) and Monica Tanouye pose in

Austin, Texas, during their cross-country trip for reproductive justice. photo submitted

prison, and volunteered with

the International Institute of

New England, which provides

service to immigrants

and refugees. There, she

said, it became apparent that

the problem isn’t just about

doctors and patients, but

breaching language barriers

and education.

“I became really interested

through that in the whole

system — access to resources

and understanding what

do we need to do,” Tanouye

said.

Ray, too, said she recognized

that quality health care

wasn’t just a rural problem.

After graduating, she worked

for a mobile optometrist in

Chicago who brought optical

care to schools. At one high

school, a boy wore reading

glasses instead of prescription

glasses after a car accident

impeded his vision. For

others, glasses meant being

able to see assignments and

improve their reading, she

said.

“A lot of these kids never

had glasses who really needed

them, or they would wear

their grandma’s glasses —

they just thought it would be

the same prescription,” Ray

said. “It was a lot of different

ways I got to really see

the divide in health care in

Chicago.”

While these experience

have been impactful, Ray

and Tanouye also pointed

to several formative teachers

at Lincoln-Way East who

shaped them as upperclassmen,

when their friendship

solidified.

There was Richard Kolimas,

who assigned the

“Grapes of Wrath” in AP

English Language, and Karen

McConnell, who introduced

them to feminist works such

as “The Awakening” in AP

English Literature.

Thomas Eiden’s assignment

to his small AP European

History class was to

write an essay about where

they wanted to study abroad

— which both Tanouye and

Ray would later do.

“They seemed to be articulate,

very well-spoken

in classroom discussions,”

Eiden said about having

Tanouye and Ray in his

class.

“I’m very proud of them

that they are doing something

for social justice, and

I’m incredibly grateful that

they would cite my class as

any kind of inspiration in

what they are now doing. I

couldn’t be more proud of

them,” he said.

The trip, in a way, marks a

turning point in the friends’

lives: Tanouye will move to

London with her husband,

and Ray will begin medical

school at the University of

Illinois at Chicago. Tanouye

hopes to continue working in

nonprofits, and Ray in public

health and policy.

But for the next few

weeks, Ray and Tanouye

will be devoting their time

to a cause they’re passionate

about — and one that will

shape their future.

“Right now, we can’t just

go on a trip that’s for ourselves,

to have fun and to

see America,” Tanouye said.

“We felt like there needed to

be a bigger purpose to what

we were doing.”

To read Tanouye and

Ray’s blog and donate, visit

www.howlingacrossamerica.wordpress.com.

They

encourage those who donate

to contact them or leave a

comment for thanks from

the road.


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A drive to end hunger

Teenagers involved with My Joyful Heart organize food drive to help

the needy

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The Dish

Submarine City not just another sandwich shop

Late-night hours,

diverse menu set

restaurant apart

from competition

Max Lapthorne

Contributing Editor

Back in 1978, late-night

snackers had a tough time

finding places open past 10

p.m. not named White Castle.

Then came Submarine

City.

Ted and Tom Gatses

opened the first Submarine

City location at 1130 S. State

St. in Lockport in 1977 and

expanded to a second restaurant

at 9573 W. 144th Place

in Orland Park just two years

later. From the start, the restaurant

was open late — 2

a.m. on weekdays and 4 a.m.

on weekends — and the reasoning

behind it was simple.

“We said we could make

more money if we stay open

more hours with the same

rent,” Ted Gatses said. “So

we stayed open late, and

then we ended up becoming

an after-the-bar place.

It stayed with us from the

first store, and we’ve never

closed early in 39 years.”

Ted was 28 years old and

working at a Holiday Inn

when he and his brother decided

to open Submarine City.

The idea for a sandwich shop

came from Ted’s cousin, who

helped bring the Mr. Submarine

chain to the United States.

“I wanted to do something

on my own,” Ted said. “I

looked at [the Mr. Submarine]

operation, and I decided

it wasn’t that difficult at

that time.”

Submarine City started by

selling only sandwiches and

chips, but it did not take long

for Ted to decide they needed

to separate themselves

from the increasing amount

of competition in the sub

Submarine City

Orland Park: 9573 W.

144th Place

Lockport: 1130 S. State

St.

Hours

• 9 a.m.-2 a.m. Monday-

Thursday

• 9 a.m.-4 a.m. Friday-

Saturday

• 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Sunday

For more information …

Phone: Orland Park:

(708) 349-4909,

Lockport: (815) 838-

2080

Web: www.

submarinecity.com

sandwich market. The latenight

hours helped them stay

competitive, but in the late

1980s, Submarine City added

fryers and grills to gain

even more of an advantage

over the competition.

“I don’t think any of the

other places have fryers, as

far as the sub franchise chains

[go],” Ted said. “We wanted

to give the customers an option

if they wanted something

else like French fries or onion

rings or cheese sticks.”

The gyros ($5.89) —

served on pita bread with

gyro sauce, tomato and onion

— recently were added

to the menu and have been

popular with customers, as

have as several other grilled

items. The rib-eye steak

($6.99) is served on French

bread with grilled onion,

while the Philly cheesesteak

($6.59) consists of green

pepper, mushroom, grilled

onion and mozzarella cheese

piled onto French bread.

“We can get the same customer

in the store more times

now,” Ted said. “They might

come in one day for a sub,

and the next day they might

want a meatball sandwich

or a Philly steak. Instead of

The gyros ($5.89) were introduced recently at Submarine

City and have become a hit with customers.

getting him once or twice a

week, now maybe we’re getting

him three times a week.”

During the road construction

project on LaGrange

Road in Orland Park, many

businesses struggled, but

Submarine City has been

able to survive, thanks in

large part to its non-sandwich

menu items, Ted said.

“I think the grill saved us

during those times, because

we were getting new customers

and old customers that really

liked the variety,” he said.

While the grill and fryer

offers customers variety, the

sub sandwiches are what put

Submarine City on the map.

The Torpedo (prices vary by

size) and the Depth Charge

are the most famous of the

sandwiches. Ted even trademarked

the names of the two

soon after introducing them.

A Torpedo is a ham lovers

dream as it comes topped

with ham, spiced ham and

hard salami, as well as the

lettuce, onion and tomato

included on every sub. The

Depth Charge gives a bit

more variety, featuring a

combination of beef, ham,

turkey and cheese.

The meat on every sandwich

is sliced fresh. And all

the bread is delivered daily,

rather than being parbaked

in store.

“My main focus is quality

on the food, [which] consists

of the bread, the produce and

the meats,” Ted said. “They

have to be super-fresh.”

Making sure every item on

the menu is as fresh as possible

is a main priority for

Ted, but he also is conscious

of the customer’s experience

while visiting the restaurant.

“The service you give the

customer and the friendliness

of the place … those are

the things that [have] kept

me in business for almost 40

years,” he said.

Whether it is staying open

late for the post-bar rush or

bucking convention by offering

gyros and hamburgers,

Submarine City is all about

being outside of the box. Even

the restaurant’s slogan “under

100 billion served” is a show

of Submarine City’s departure

from the beaten path as it

plays off the popular McDonald’s

slogan of “over 99 billion

served.” But when it comes to

maintaining a successful business

over the course of nearly

four decades, it is all about the

basics for Ted.

“If you don’t have the basics,

you won’t stay in business,”

he said.

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The Depth Charge (prices vary by size) is one of Submarine

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crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku

The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

Across

1. Child’s puzzle book

feature

5. Creator in the Koran

10. Skip over

14. Throughout

15. Buzz off

16. Early baby word

17. One who moves

on ice

19. Flirt

20. Cadillac SUV

21. Window type

22. Stout drink

23. Harmless cyst

25. Orland Park furniture

business that

was named Illinois

Retailer of the Year

28. “The _____ File”

spy thriller

32. Solos

33. Slide on snow

34. Extremes

36. Military training

org.

37. ___ dreams

39. Courageous

40. Squeakers

41. Push to the limit

42. Ill-suited

43. Pangs of pain

45. Orland Park park

for pets

47. Rascal

48. Something to lend

or bend

49. Paradigm

53. Cooking pastes in

North Africa

58. Disney flick

59. Expert

61. Trans-Siberian

Railroad city

62. S. Arabian country

63. Foie gras, e.g.

64. Screens

65. In the class of

66. Killed, as a dragon

Down

1. Figure skating jump

2. Bible book

3. Brass component

4. Collection of Norse

poems

5. Caustic mineral

6. Hard to lift or move

7. Untimely

8. Cousin of St. or Blvd.

9. Old what’s-___-name

10. Smell

11. Trio of wise men

12. Shut down

13. Chinese unit of

weight

18. Short for Slavic

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21. Ace, played low

23. Heard the alarm clock

24. Trim copy

25. Legal right

26. Eighth letter

27. Indy entrant

29. Music symbol

30. Mix-up

31. Unburden

32. Recliner part

33. Male or female

35. Batch

37. Derive from

38. Evil insect

42. Hungarian language

44. Base

45. Soundproof

46. Propelling

49. Image

50. Titled lady

51. Formerly, formerly

52. Entreats

53. __ sapiens

54. Tastes

55. Sea creature

56. Advance amount

57. Agonize over

59. Myanmar monetary

unit

60. “The One I Love”

band

MOKENA

The Alley Grill and Tap

House

(18700 S. Old LaGrange

Road, Mokena; (708) 478-

3610)

■9 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Karaoke

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(11247 W. 187th St.,

Mokena; (708) 478-

8888)

■6 ■ p.m. Thursdays,

Fridays and Saturdays:

Performance by Jerry

Eadie

Jenny’s Southside Tap

(10160 191st St.,

Mokena; (708) 479-6873)

■6 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Acoustic Avenue,

Psychic night - second

Tuesday every month.

■9 ■ p.m. Thursdays:

Karaoke

■Fridays ■ and Saturdays:

Live bands

NEW LENOX

Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-

1099)

■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Piano Styles by Joe

ORLAND PARK

Girl in the Park

(11265 W. 159th St.,

Orland Park, IL; (708)

226-0042)

■7 ■ p.m. Mondays: Trivia

■5:30 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Live Music

■8 ■ p.m. Thursdays:

Bingo

■8 ■ p.m. Fridays and

Saturdays: Live Music

The Brass Tap

(14225 95th Ave. Suite

400, Orland Park; (708)

226-1827)

■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Trivia.

Prizes awarded

■9 ■ p.m. Fridays and

Saturdays: Live music

Dan ‘D’ Jac’s

(9358 171st St., Orland

Hills; (708) 460-8773)

■Thursdays: ■ Friday and

Saturday: Whirlwind

karaoke

■Wednesdays: ■

Open mic

comedy night with host

Ray Fischer

To place an event

in The Scene, email

b.kapa@22ndcenturymedia.

com.

answers

How to play Sudoku

Each sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3x3

squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and

box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

Sudoku by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan


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Brookside Meadows: Impressive Quality, Great Location

Location and quality are

two big steps leading to a

home buying decision and

shoppers are advised to

step carefully. A poor quality

home in a good location

remains a poor quality

home. Likewise, a well-built

home in a poor location

cannot be moved. Savvy

buyers looking for the best

of both and are finding it at

Brookside Meadows in

Tinley Park - along with

many more reasons to own

a new home.

Brookside Meadows is a

rare find for those who are

upsizing, downsizing or

who may be first time

owners. Now entering its

final phase in a peaceful

Tinley Park setting, the

neighborhood is developed

by Crana Homes,

legendary builder of

Brookside Glen and other

thriving communities.

These luxury townhomes,

with award-winning

designs and energyefficient

features, are

setting standards for maximum

comfort and

minimum care.

Thousands of buyers

who trusted Crana’s

reputation for an excellent

quality home that will

hold its appreciation value

know their investment

was a smart choice. The

same holds true at Brookside

Meadows where all

the same craftsmanship,

attention to detail and

customer care still distinguish

the Crana difference.

With standout

design features – and with

prices holding in the

upper $200s (including

site) - these homes

continue to impress

buyers who are looking for

reliable value in a perfectly

placed home.

Brookside Meadows'

location is an absolute

winner! Tucked away in a

quiet area, the community

is close to everything.

Shopping, restaurants and

recreation are minutes

away and Tinley Park's

proximity to a major world

class city offers a long list of

activities and fun things to

do. Traveling is easy, too.

Major expressways,

highways and major streets

are all nearby. Hundreds of

The Fahan II, a split level single-family two or three bedroom

townhome at Brookside Meadows.

Kitchen and dining areas in

Brookside Meadows' Fahan II in

Tinley Park.

local retail choices, including

numerous Orland Park

malls, can be found in

every direction. The Metra

rail station is a short drive

away, perfect for commuters

traveling to and from

the city.

Tinley Park is well-known

for its excellent grade

schools and high school -

getting high marks from

state and local educators.

The energetic city also

maintains 40 parks, over

30 ball fields and other

facilities including the

Bettenhausen center with

an indoor playground, and

much more.

Brookside Meadows

currently features two

very popular luxury townhome

designs. The Fahan II

is a beautiful 3,303 total

square foot home (2,087'

living space and a 1,216'

basement) with a

dry-walled, two-car garage

and cement driveway. The

split level layout has three

(optional four) bedrooms

and two-and-half baths.

The Lennan II is a comfortable

two (or optional three)

bedroom split level home

and includes most of the

features of the Fahan II

except the spacious master

suite has an optional

cathedral ceiling and is

located on the upper level.

The Lennan II has 3,167

square feet of total space

(2,118' living space and

1,049' basement) and a

two-car garage.

Both designs have large

open space kitchens with

generous cabinet space

and sleek granite countertops.

A stately loft

overlooks an impressive

and relaxing great room

which is adjacent to the

kitchen. Gorgeous oak is

used throughout – including

doors, kitchen

cabinets, railings and trim.

Ceramic tile floors are

finished in the foyer as well -

as the bathrooms - which

also feature cultured

marble vanity tops. A full

lookout basement and a

patio are also included.

Popular options can make

a great home even better!

A fireplace is a very impressive

touch as well as

Crana Homes' Fahan II stately

great room below loft, complete coffered ceilings. Skylights

with optional fireplace.

The Lennan II, a split level single-family three bedroom

townhome at Brookside Meadows

in Tinley Park.

Start or end your day in comfort

and style in the Lennan II in

Brookside Meadows.

provide natural light and a

soaker tub in the master bath

provides natural comfort. A

walkout basement is available

in some layouts. Specs and

options can change so

contact a sales associate for

details.

Buyers are also looking for

ways to lower their utility

expenses. The attached

homes at Brookside Meadows

include energy-saving

features like a high-efficiency

furnace and Lo-E glass

installed throughout the

home. Other ‘green’ features

include an Energy Miser hot

water heater, vented soffits,

1.75” insulated entrance

doors, energy efficient

appliances and Tuff-R

Brookside Meadows by Crana

Homes with beautiful and functional

kitchens with generous cabinet

space and granite countertops.

insulated wall sheathing.

Smoke detectors, Lake Michigan

water and sprinklers are

also included.

Furnished and decorated

models are open 10:00am to

4:00pm Monday through

Thursday, from noon to

4:00pm Saturday and Sunday

and on Friday by appointment.

From I-80, exit La

Grange Road south for just

under two miles to La Porte

Road and turn east for

one-half mile. If using a GPS

enter: 19839 Mulroy Circle,

Tinley Park, IL. Contact the

Sales Center for details at

708-479-5111 or visit online at

www.cranahomes.com any

time.


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Build and Move into Your New Home from the low $200s

With Lincoln-Way Schools at Prairie Trails in Manhattan

Distinctive Home Builders provides homeowners the

highest quality home on the market

Distinctive Home Builders

continues to add high quality

homes to the Manhattan

landscape at Prairie Trails; its

latest new home community,

located within the highly-regarded

Lincoln-Way School

District. Many families are

happy to call Prairie Trails

home and are pleased that

Distinctive is able to deliver a

new home with zero punch list

items in 90 days. Before closing,

each home undergoes an

industry-leading checklist that

ensures each home measures

up to the firm’s high quality

standards.

“Actually our last average

was 81 working days from excavation

to receiving a home

occupancy permit - without

sacrificing quality,” said Bryan

Nooner, president of Distinctive

Home Builders. “Everyone

at the company works

extremely hard to continually

achieve this delivery goal for

our homeowners. Our three

decades building homes provides

this efficient construction

system. Many of our

skilled craftsmen have been

working with our company for

Recently closed Prairie Trails Arbor Model

over 20 years. We also take

pride on having excellent communicators

throughout our

organization. This translates

into a positive buying and

building experience for our

homeowners and one of the

highest referral rates in the industry

for Distinctive.”

In all, buyers can select

from 13 ranch, split-level and

six two-story single-family

home styles; each offering

three to eight different exterior

elevations. The three- to

four-bedroom homes feature

two to two-and-one-half

baths, two- to three-car garages

and a family room, all in

approximately 1,600 to over

3,000 square feet of living

space. Basements are included

in most models as well. Distinctive

also encourages customization

to make your new

home truly personalized to

suit your lifestyle.

Oversize home sites; brick

exteriors on all four sides of

the first floor; custom maple

cabinets; ceramic tile or hardwood

floors in the kitchen,

baths and foyer; genuine wood

trim and doors; granite countertops

and concrete driveways

can all be yours at Prairie

Trails. All home sites at Prairie

Trails can accommodate a

three-car garage; a very important

amenity to the Manhattan

homebuyer, according

to Nooner.

“When we opened Prairie

Trails we wanted to provide

the best new home value for

the dollar and we feel with

offering Premium Standard

Features that we do just that.

So why wait? This is truly the

best time to build your dream

home!”

Distinctive offers custom

maple kitchen cabinets featuring

solid wood construction

(no particle board), have solid

wood drawers with dove tail

joints, which is very rare in the

marketplace. “When you buy

a new home from Distinctive,

you truly are receiving custom

made cabinets in every home

we sell no matter what the

price range,” noted Nooner.

Nooner added that all

homes are highly energy efficient.

Every home built will

have upgraded wall and ceiling

insulation values with

Recently closed Prairie Trails Arbor Model

energy efficient windows and

high efficiency furnaces. Before

homeowners move into

their new home, Distinctive

Home Builders conducts a

blower door test that pressurizes

the home to ensure that

each home passes a set of very

stringent Energy Efficiency

guidelines.

Typically a wide variety of

homes are available to tour

that include ranch and twostory

homes.

Distinctive is also offering

a brand new home, the

Stonegrove, a 3,000 square

foot open concept home with a

split foyer entry, formal living

and dining rooms, a two-story

great room, four bedrooms

and an upstairs laundry room.

Distinctive also offers Appbased

technology allowing its

homeowners to be updated

on the progress of their new

home 24 hours a day, seven

days a week at the touch of a

button.

Prairie Trails is also a beautiful

place to live featuring a

20-acre lake on site, as well

as direct access to the 22-mile

Wauponsee Glacial Prairie

Path that borders the community

and meanders through

many neighboring communities

and links to many other

popular trails. The Manhattan

Metra station is also nearby.

Besides Prairie Trails, Distinctive

Home Builders has

built hundreds of homes

throughout Manhattan in the

Butternut Ridge and Leighlinbridge

developments, as well

as thousands in the Will and

south Cook county areas over

the past 30 years.

Visit the on-site sales information

center for unadvertised

specials and view the numerous

styles of homes being

offered and the available lots.

Call (708) 737-9142 for more

information or visit us online

at www.distinctivehomebuilders.com.

The Prairie Trails

new home information center

is located three miles south

of Laraway Rd. on Rt. 52. The

address is 16233 Pinto Lane,

Manhattan, IL, 60422. Open

Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closed Wednesday and Thursday

and always available by

appointment. Specials, prices,

specifications, standard features,

model offerings, build

times and lot availability are

subject to change without notice.

Please contact a Distinctive

representative for current

pricing and complete details.


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•10508 Willow Ave.,

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•18655 Main St.,

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- Shawn M. Mccormick

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•10540 Thornham Lane,

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- Dale E. Ostrowski to

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•18925 Parkway Lane,

Mokena, 60448-9102 -

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y

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2701 Property for

Sale

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ES-

TATE of 11049 Parker Street,

Mokena, IL 60448 (Residential).

On the 20th day of April, 2017 to

be held at 12:00 noon, at the Will

County Courthouse Annex, 57 N.

Ottawa Street, Room 201, Joliet,

IL 60432, under Case Title: Wells

Fargo Bank, NAPlaintiff V.Jennifer

Hartmann; et. al. Defendant.

Case No. 15CH 1743 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial

Circuit, Will County, Illinois.

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%)

at the time of sale and the balance

within twenty-four (24) hours. No

judicial sale fee shall be paid by

the mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its

credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or

other lienor acquiring the residential

real estate whose rights in and

to the residential real estate arose

prior to the sale. All payments shall

be made in cash or certified funds

payable to the Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acon-

dominium, in accordance with 735

ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and

(H-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and

765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are

hereby notified that the purchaser

of the unit, other than amortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and legal

fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and

the assessments required bysubsection

(g-1) of Section 18.5 of the

Illinois Condominium Property

Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03

(J) ifthere is asurplus following

application of the proceeds of sale,

then the plaintiff shall send written

notice pursuant to 735 ILCS

5/15-1512(d) to all parties to the

proceeding advising them of the

amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty

obtains acourt order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.

For Information Please Contact:

Codilis & Associates, P.C.

15W030 N. Frontage Road Suite

100

Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527

P: 630-794-5300

F: 630-794-9090

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR

DEBT COLLECTION PRAC-

TICES ACT YOU ARE AD-

VISED THAT THIS LAW FIRM

IS DEEMED TO BE A DEBT

COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO

COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED

WILL BE USED FOR THAT

PURPOSE.

SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ES-

TATE of 19544 SKirkstone, Mokena,

IL 60448 (Single Family Residence).

On the 13th day of April,

2017 to be held at 12:00 noon, at

the Will County Courthouse Annex,

57 N. Ottawa Street, Room

201, Joliet, IL 60432, under Case

Title: U.S. BANK TRUST, N.A.,

AS TRUSTEE FOR LSF9 MAS-

TER PARTICIPATION TRUST,

Plaintiff V. TED M. OBIS AKA

2701 Property for

Sale

THEODORE M.OBIS, CARYN

OBIS AKA CARYN A. OBIS,

CAPITAL ONE BANK (USA),

N.A. AS SUCCESSOR TO HSBC

NEVADA, NA FKA HOUSE-

HOLD BANK, and BENEFICIAL

FINANCIAL I, INC., SUCCES-

SOR BY MERGER TO BENEFI-

CIAL ILLINOIS INC., Defendant.

Case No. 15CH 2527 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial

Circuit, Will County, Illinois.

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%)

at the time of sale and the balance

within twenty-four (24) hours;

plus, for residential real estate, a

statutory judicial sale fee calculated

at the rate of $1 for each

$1,000 or fraction thereof of the

amount paid bythe purchaser to

the person conducting the sale, not

to exceed $300, for deposit into the

Abandoned Residential Property

Municipality Relief Fund. Nojudicial

sale fee shall be paid by the

mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its credit bid

at the sale or by any mortgagee,

judgment creditor, or other lienor

acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights inand to the residential

real estate arose prior to the

sale. All payments shall be made in

cash or certified funds payable to

the Sheriff of Will County.

In the event the property is acon-

dominium, in accordance with 735

ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and

(H-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and

765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are

hereby notified that the purchaser

of the unit, other than amortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and legal

fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and

the assessments required bysubsection

(g-1) of Section 18.5 of the

Illinois Condominium Property

Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03

(J) ifthere is asurplus following

application of the proceeds of sale,

then the plaintiff shall send written

notice pursuant to 735 ILCS

5/15-1512(d) to all parties to the

proceeding advising them of the

amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty

obtains acourt order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.

For Information Please Contact:

Heavner Beyers and Mihlar LLC

111 E. Main Street,

Decatur, Illinois 62523

P: 217-422-1719

F: 217-422-1754

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR

DEBT COLLECTION PRAC-

TICES ACT YOU ARE AD-

VISED THAT THIS LAW FIRM

IS DEEMED TO BE A DEBT

COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO

COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED

WILL BE USED FOR THAT

PURPOSE.

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2702 Public

Notices

PUBLIC NOTICE

The Board of Trustees (BOT) of

the Frankfort Fire Protection District

is seeking aresident of the

Fire District that may be interested

in becoming a member of the

Board of Fire Commissioners. The

duties ofthe Board generally include:

hiring, promotions, discipline,

and termination for all members

covered under its authority.

Regular meetings are held quarterly

or as determined necessary by

the members of the Board.

This term is for one year and will

expire the first Monday in June

2018.

A letter ofinterest explaining why

you would be qualified along with

a resume must be submitted in

writing by April 28, 2017.

Mail to:

Frankfort Fire Protection District

Attn: Board of Trustees

333 W. Nebraska Street

Frankfort, IL 60423

If you have any questions, please

feel free to contact Bonnie Merritt,

Recording Secretary for the Board

of Fire Commissioners at

815-469-1700.

2703 Legal

Notices

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR

DEBT COLLECTION PRAC-

TICES ACT YOU ARE AD-

VISED THAT THIS LAW FIRM

IS DEEMED TO BE A DEBT

COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO

COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED

WILL BE USED FOR THAT

PURPOSE.

STATE OF ILLINOIS )

) SS.

COUNTY OF WILL )

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF

THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIR-

CUIT

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

Wells Fargo Bank, NA

Plaintiff,

vs.

Jennifer Hartmann; et. al.

Defendant.

No. 15 CH 1743

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that

pursuant to ajudgment entered in

the above cause on the 18th day of

January, 2017, MIKE KELLEY,

Sheriff of Will County, Illinois,

will on Thursday, the 20th day of

April, 2017 ,commencing at 12:00

o'clock noon, at the Will County

Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432,

sell at public auction to the highest

and best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:

LOT 1, AND THE WEST 10

FEET OF LOT 2,INBLOCK 2,

IN BENEDICT MARTI'S ADDI-

TION TO MOKENA, A SUBDI-

VISION OF THE NORTH PART

OF THE SOUTH 16.64 ACRES

OF THE WEST HALF OFTHE

NORTHWEST QUARTER OF

SECTION 8, IN TOWNSHIP 35

NORTH, AND IN RANGE 12

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Notices

EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCI-

PAL MERIDIAN, AND THE

EAST HALF OFTHE VACATED

STREET LYING WEST AND

ADJOINING LAND, IN WILL

COUNTY, ILLINOIS.

Commonly known as:

11049 Parker Street, Mokena, IL

60448

Description of Improvements:

Residential

P.I.N.:

19-09-08-108-001-0000

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%)

at the time of sale and the balance

within twenty-four (24) hours. No

judicial sale fee shall be paid by

the mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its

credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or

other lienor acquiring the residential

real estate whose rights in and

to the residential real estate arose

prior to the sale. All payments shall

be made in cash or certified funds

payable to the Sheriff of Will

County.

In the event the property is acon-

dominium, in accordance with 735

ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and

(H-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and

765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are

hereby notified that the purchaser

of the unit, other than amortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and legal

fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and

the assessments required bysubsection

(g-1) of Section 18.5 of the

Illinois Condominium Property

Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03

(J) ifthere is asurplus following

application of the proceeds of sale,

then the plaintiff shall send written

notice pursuant to 735 ILCS

5/15-1512(d) to all parties to the

proceeding advising them of the

amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty

obtains acourt order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE

CONTACT:

Codilis & Associates, P.C.

15W030 N. Frontage Road Suite

100

Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527

P: 630-794-5300

F: 630-794-9090

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR

DEBT COLLECTION PRAC-

TICES ACT YOU ARE AD-

VISED THAT THIS LAW FIRM

IS DEEMED TO BE A DEBT

COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO

COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY

INFORMATION OBTAINED

WILL BE USED FOR THAT

PURPOSE.

STATE OF ILLINOIS )

) SS.

COUNTY OF WILL )

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF

THE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIR-

CUIT

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS

U.S. BANK TRUST, N.A., AS

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TRUSTEE FOR LSF9 MASTER

PARTICIPATION TRUST,

Plaintiff,

vs.

TED M. OBIS AKA THEODORE

M. OBIS, CARYN OBIS AKA

CARYN A. OBIS, CAPITAL

ONE BANK (USA), N.A. AS

SUCCESSOR TO HSBC NE-

VADA, NA FKA HOUSEHOLD

BANK, and BENEFICIAL FI-

NANCIAL I, INC., SUCCESSOR

BY MERGER TO BENEFICIAL

ILLINOIS INC.,

Defendant.

No. 15 CH 2527

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that

pursuant to ajudgment entered in

the above cause on the 13th day of

July, 2016, MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff

of Will County, Illinois, will on

Thursday, the 13th day of April,

2017 , commencing at 12:00

o'clock noon, at the Will County

Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432,

sell at public auction tothe highest

and best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:

LOT 1 IN EMERALD-GRAS-

MERE OUTLOT RESUBDIVI-

SION, A RESUBDIVISION OF

PART OF THE SOUTHEAST 1/4

OF SECTION 8 AND THE

SOUTHWEST 1/4 OF SECTION

9, TOWNSHIP 35 NORTH,

RANGE 12, EAST OF THE

THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN,

ACCORDING TO THE PLAT

THEREOF RECORDED JUNE

23, 1993 AS DOCUMENT NO.

R93-51277, IN WILL COUNTY,

ILLINOIS.

Commonly known as:

19544 S Kirkstone, Mokena, IL

60448

Description of Improvements:

Single Family Residence

P.I.N.:

19-09-08-430-016-0000

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%)

at the time of sale and the balance

within twenty-four (24) hours;

plus, for residential real estate, a

statutory judicial sale fee calculated

at the rate of $1 for each

$1,000 or fraction thereof of the

amount paid bythe purchaser to

the person conducting the sale, not

to exceed $300, for deposit into the

Abandoned Residential Property

Municipality Relief Fund. Nojudicial

sale fee shall be paid by the

mortgagee acquiring the residential

real estate pursuant to its credit bid

at the sale or by any mortgagee,

judgment creditor, or other lienor

acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights inand to the residential

real estate arose prior to the

sale. All payments shall be made in

cash or certified funds payable to

the Sheriff of Will County.

In the event the property is a condominium,

in accordance with 735

ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and

(H-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and

765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are

hereby notified that the purchaser

of the unit, other than amortgagee,

shall pay the assessments and legal

fees required by subdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and

2703 Legal

Notices

the assessments required bysubsection

(g-1) of Section 18.5 of the

Illinois Condominium Property

Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03

(J) ifthere is asurplus following

application of the proceeds of sale,

then the plaintiff shall send written

notice pursuant to 735 ILCS

5/15-1512(d) to all parties to the

proceeding advising them of the

amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty

obtains acourt order for its distribution

or, in the absence of an order,

until the surplus is forfeited to

the State.

FOR INFORMATION PLEASE

CONTACT:

Heavner Beyers and Mihlar LLC

111 E. Main Street,

Decatur, Illinois 62523

P: 217-422-1719

F: 217-422-1754

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF THE

TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT OF ILLI-

NOIS

WILL COUNTY, JOLIET, ILLINOIS

FIFTH THIRD BANK, AN OHIO BANKING

CORPORATION,

PLAINTIFF,

VS.

JULIE FOX, SPECIAL REPRESENTATIVE

OF THE DECEASED MORTGAGOR

GERTRUDE J. THEZAN; UNKNOWN

OWNERS AND NON-RECORD CLAIM-

ANTS;

RONALD INGALLS; KATHRYN SHER-

MAN; TIMOTHY INGALLS; CHRISTINE

PASSARELLI;

GARY INGALLS; DONALD INGALLS;

JAMES INGALLS; TRUDY INGALLS; UN-

KNOWN

HEIRS AND LEGATEES OF GERTRUDE J

THEZAN A/K/A TRUDY J THEZAN, IF

ANY,

DEFENDANTS.

16CH 1195

9440 MAGNOLIA AVENUE

MOKENA, IL 60448

NOTICE BY PUBLICATION

NOTICE IS GIVEN TO YOU,

Unknown Owners and Non-Record Claimants

Christine Passarelli

Trudy Ingalls

Unknown Heirs and Legatees of Gertrude J

Thezan a/k/a Trudy J Thezan, if any

defendants, that this case has been commenced

in this Court against you and other defendants,

asking for the foreclosure of a certain Mortgage

conveying the premises described as follows,

to wit:

LOT 46IN1ST ADDITION TO ARBURY

HILLS, BEING ASUBDIVISION OF PART

OF THE SOUTHWEST QUARTER OFSEC-

TION 10, IN TOWNSHIP 35 NORTH AND

IN RANGE 12 EAST OF THE THIRD PRIN-

CIPAL MERIDIAN, ACCORDING TOTHE

PLAT THEREOF RECORDED SEPTEMBER

28, 1960, AS DOCUMENT NO. 913257, IN

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS.

Commonly known as: 9440 Magnolia Avenue

Mokena, IL 60448

and which said Mortgage was made by,

Robert R. Thezan, Gertrude J.Thezan a/k/a

Trudy J. Thezan

Mortgagor(s), to

FIFTH THIRD BANK (WESTERN MICHI-

GAN)

Mortgagee, and recorded inthe Office of the

Recorder of Deeds of Will County, Illinois, as

Document No. R2012020996; and for other relief.

UNLESS YOU file your answer or otherwise

file your appearance in this case inthe Office

of the Clerk of this County,

Andrea Lynn Chasteen

57 North Ottawa Court

Joliet, IL 60432

on or before May 1, 2017, A JUDGMENT OR

DECREE BY DEFAULT MAY BE TAKEN

AGAINST YOU FOR THE RELIEF ASKED

IN THE COMPLAINT.

PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT COLLEC-

TION PRACTICES ACT, THE PLAIN-

TIFF’S ATTORNEY IS DEEMED TO BE

ADEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO

COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY INFORMA-

TION WILL BE USED FOR THAT PUR-

POSE.

2703 Legal

Notices

POSE.

McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC

Attorney for Plaintiff

1 N. Dearborn St. Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60602

Ph. (312) 346-9088

File No. 256665-45751

I717673

2900

Merchandise

Under $100

Car/truck stuff: PPG 1998

color chip book $35. 1988

Mercury Tracer service manual,

$35. Car wash mitt, new

$2. Car cover, soft gray fabric,

small cars $29. 708.460.8308

Chromatic harmonica, made in

Germany $50 firm. 2hear aids

for right & left ears $100 firm.

708.262.0514

Complete weight set, comes

with bar, weights & bench

$100. 708.466.9907

Construction scafolding 5x5

stored inside, good condition

$75. 815.592.9474

Construction scafolding 5x5

stored inside. Good condition

$75. 815.592.9474

Couch & love seat, powder

blue with floral design. Good

to fair condition $45.

708.349.7583

Custom built portable closet

4’x7’x2’ 2 tiers that stack.

Great for seasonal clothes,

storage or for abasement bedroom.

Cost $675, sell

$75.Craftsman mower bag $25.

708.448.8920

Drapes, 3sets, Earth tone colors,

6panel, 80 in length w/

decorative rods. VGC. $85 or

best offer. Call 708.478.6774

Encyclopedia set, Funk &

Wagnalls, 1952 edition, nice

collector set, VGC. $75 obo.

Call 708.478.6774

FREE LUMBER: Assorted

lumber from construction.

Various sizes 8, 10 &12 foot

long pine & cedar boards.

Some are stained gray. Approx.

25 boards. Located in New Lenox.

815.351.3513

Huffy all aluminum men’s

bike, Kalin Pro zoom suspension,

like new $85 or bo. Orland

Park, 312.209.5128

Invacare walker, new, never

used, collapsible, adjustable.

Asking $40 obo. Steve.

708.703.2525

Inversion table, like new Ironman

$50. In Lockport

815.524.7302

Jaw saw, like new $50. Yamaha

guitar $45. 815.838.0239

2900

Merchandise

Under $100

4antique dining room chairs

$100. 815.485.6008

Boys Nike coat sz 10-12 $10.

Black dress shoes sz 5 $10.

Tony Hawk shoes sz 5 $8.

Snow pants sz 14-16 $10. All

in great condition!

815.412.4132

Large red tool chest $75. Like

New. Chop saw like new $75.

708.479.0193

Ladies golf beginners clubs 1-3

delta princess woods 3-5-7-9

putter &bag $55. Gold balls

like new $4 doz. 708.478.8976

Large desk and filing cabinet

$40. 630.650.1205

Little wizard keto lantern $65.

Four D batteries $5. 3-way

light bulbs $4 ea. Bed swing

arm lamp $10. Floor lamp $10.

20 copper top AA batteries

$12. 708.460.8308

Men’s 26” 3 speed bicycle,

large seat $33. Fishing poles,

fiberglass, 12’ & 14’ $13 each.

Pro golf bag, Lynx $30.

708.478.8976

Metal office desk, 6drawers

$50. Air hockey tabe $50.

708.925.1627

New Photondeo storage boxes

$3 ea. Bunny water bottles $3

ea. Women’s magazines .50 ea.

New moose stuffed animal

$10. New wood toilet seat $20.

708.460.8308

One bundle of good shingles.

FREE. 815.531.4641

Outdoor grill, Kenmore, used,

works ok, 3 burner w/ side table,

no tank. $45 obo. Call

708.478.6774

Pro-Form 380 Treadmill $70.

Vistamaster exercise bike

model 2000 $20. Both VG

cond. NL. 815.485.3975

Radio Flyer grow ‘n go bike,

new $25. 708.975.3678

Recliner chair set, 2chairs, microfiber

material, caramel

color, GC. $75 obo. Call

708.478.6774

Red Wing shows size 8.5 D

from Heritage Collection $55.

Wood ladder 6 foot $10.

708.798.9755

Singer stylist zig-zag model

774 sewing machine inmaple

cabinet. Very good condition.

$50. 16 mm movie kit, includes

movie camera, projector

& light bar $40. 708.429.0111

Sioux rare heavy duty

polisher/grinder #1200 5 AMP

115 volts electric polisher USA

made $100. 708.466.9907


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Athlete of the Month

Girls soccer

Lincoln-Way Central 1,

Mother McAuley 0

Nicolette Gossage scored

the winning goal for the

Knights on an assist by Katie

Farr. Maddie Jones earned

her first shutout and the

team’s fifth of the season.

Lincoln-Way East 2,

Plainfield Central 0

Caroline Kilrea and Brooke

Johnston both tallied goals

for East in the victory. Kelsey

McInturff lended an assist to

add her name to the stat sheet.

Lincoln-Way East 1, Lockport 1

Emily Scianna scored the

lone goal against Lockport,

getting the assist from Bianca

Galassini.

high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

Lincoln-Way Central 2,

Tinley Park 0

Lauren Bulow and Alyte

Katilius scored the pair of

goals for the Knights, and

Kailie Novak had the assist

on both. Peyton Vecchiet recorded

her fifth individual

shutout and the team’s sixth

of the season.

Girls water polo

Lincoln-Way East 16, Stagg 7

Paige Spacek made nine

saves in the goal to ensure

the Griffins’ win.

Lincoln-Way East 19,

Lincoln-Way West 4

Reis Parkinson scored a

whopping eight goals in an

offensive outbreak for the

Griffins. Sarah Jackson and

Meghan Fisher scored a

pair apiece. Paige Ruffner,

Jordan Bruni, Emily Bonebrake,

Isabelle McCormick,

Jess Wolf, Emily Costella

and Katie Meagher each

scored one. Paige Spacek

had 18 saves to stifle West.

Boys tennis

Lincoln-Way Central 5, Oak

Forest 0

No. 1 singles player Ken

Weiss’ was among the biggest

match victories for the

Knights. The No. 1 doubles

team of Brandon Langer and

Peter Sakellaris also earned

a match victory.

High School Highlights is compiled

by Editor Tim Carroll,

tim@mokenamessenger.com.

Lincoln-Way West freshman Taylor Gugliuzza earned the most votes to be named 22nd

Century Media Southwest Chicago’s March 2017 Athlete of the Month.

22nd Century Media File Photo

Lincoln-Way West freshman girls

basketball player takes March crown

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

Underclassmen have been

having a streak of good fortune

when it comes to the

Athlete of the Month competition.

Andrew High School sophomore

Luc Valdez claimed

the February title, and in

March Lincoln-Way West

freshman Taylor Gugliuzza

earned the most votes to take

up the mantle of 22nd Century

Media Southwest Chicago’s

Athlete of the Month.

The varsity girls basketball

standout — she picked

up notable points, steals, assists

and blocks when starting

point guard Emily Atsinger

got hurt — earned the most

votes in a pool of Athlete of

the Week candidates from

February.

The Athlete of the Month

competition pits featured

Athlete of the Week selections

from our south suburban

newspapers against

one another in an online

voting contest.

The next contest is to begin

Monday, April 10.

To vote, visit MokenaMessenger.com,

hover

over the “Sports” menu tab

and click “Athlete of the

Month.” Readers can vote

once per session per valid

email address. Voting ends

at 5 p.m. April 25.

All athletes featured in

the March Athlete of the

Week sports interviews are

automatically entered into

the contest.

This Week In...

Knights Varsity

Athletics

Baseball

■April ■ 7 - host Providence,

4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 8 - host Richards,

2:30 p.m.

■April ■ 10 - host H-F,

4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 12 - at Thornwood,

4:30 p.m.

Softball

■April ■ 7 - at Stagg, 4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 8 - host Plainfield East,

2:30 p.m.

■April ■ 3 - host H-F, 4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 5 - at Thornwood,

4:30 p.m.

Girls soccer

■April ■ 11 - at H-F, 6:15 p.m.

Boys volleyball

■April ■ 10 - host Joliet

Catholic, 5:30 p.m.

■April ■ 11 - at Richards,

5:30 p.m.

Girls badminton

■April ■ 6 - at Lincoln-Way East,

4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 11 - at Addison Trail,

4:30 p.m.

Boys tennis

■April ■ 8 - host Crete-Monee

and T.F. South, 1:30 p.m.

■April ■ 11 - host Bolingbrook,

4:30 p.m.

Girls track and field

■April ■ 8 - host Knights

Invitational, 1:30 p.m.

■April ■ 11 - at Thornwood,

Sandburg and Andrew,

4:30 p.m.

Boys track and field

■April ■ 11 - at Thornridge and

Thornwood, 4:30 p.m.

Boys water polo

■April ■ 6 - at Andrew, 5 p.m.

■April ■ 11 - at Lincoln-Way

East, 5 p.m.

Girls water polo

■April ■ 6 - host Andrew, 5 p.m.

■April ■ 11 - host Lincoln-Way

East, 5 p.m.

Griffins Varsity

Athletics

Badminton

■April ■ 6 - host Lincoln-Way

Central, 4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 11 - at Lincoln-Way

West, 4:30 p.m.

Baseball

■April ■ 6 - at Providence

Catholic, 4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 7 - host Bradley-

Bourbonnais, 4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 10 - at Thornwood,

4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 12 - host Nequa Valley,

4:30 p.m.

Girls soccer

■April ■ 8 - at Pepsico

Showdown 2017, TBA

■April ■ 11 - at Pepsico

Showdown 2017, TBA

Girls softball

■April ■ 6 - at Minooka,

4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 7 - host Bradley-

Bourbonnais, 4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 10 - at Thornwood,

4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 11 - host Marist,

4:30 p.m.

■April ■ 12 - at Plainfield

Central, 4:30 p.m.

Boys tennis

■April ■ 6 - at Bolingbrook,

4:30 p.m.


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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Christine Malito

Christine Malito is a senior

catcher on the Lincoln-Way

East softball team.

What did you learn from

previous runs at state

and supersectional?

I think that team chemistry

— and keeping this

strong team together and

working well together —

will prove to be successful

for years and years.

What have you been

working on going into

this season?

One of the biggest things

that I’ve learned is so far is,

no matter what situations

come at you or what changes

have been made, working

together and making a team

work contributes to a successful

season and having a

successful team chemistry.

What was your win

against West on March

29 like?

It definitely brought team

confidence up and creates

a very positive outlook for

the rest of the season. It’s an

awesome win to have ...

What are your goals for

this season?

Having a winning record

is one the most important

things for both myself and

our team. I think it would be

safe to speak for everybody

when I say one of our top

goals. And working together

and bringing our two programs

together is going to be

one of our goals this year, as

well.

How has the transition

with players from

Lincoln-Way North gone?

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It’s been different, as I’m

sure any sports program is

going to say from any of

the different schools. Obviously,

the change in the

district is going to bring

a change to many of the

sports. But it’s been a positive

change, for sure. It’s

been very cool to play with

some of the girls who we

have competed with in the

past and not really played

with.

What made you choose

Rutgers for college?

From the academic standpoint,

I was very excited

about Rutgers University.

Even though it is a state university,

it is a very high academic

university. ... Also,

the level of sports I will

be playing at — Division

I — was another attentiongrabber.

What do you want to

study?

My top two, as of right

now, would probably be premed

or pre-dentistry.

I’ve always been drawn to

how medicine works ...

What made you play

catcher?

I love being involved

with every play and to constantly

cheer my team on,

and to be one of the foundations

of the team has always

interested me.

What else do you do

outside of East softball?

My younger sister is involved

with club softball,

too, and my dad is their

head coach. I’ve always

loved being able to help

their team as well, being

able to pass all of my experience

and all of my knowledge

onto the younger girls

[on the 14U team].

What are you looking

forward to this year?

I’m looking forward to

ending my high school

career on a positive note.

That’s one of the benefits,

I would say, of having softball

as a spring sport: it

helps you end your school

year on a positive note,

being around a supportive

team and especially being

on a successful team.

Interview by Contributing Editor

Kirsten Onsgard

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Softball

Eight-run fifth inning boosts East to win over West

North transfers,

newcomers aim to

help Griffins return

to state playoffs

James Sanchez

Contributing Editor

Alex Storako is new to the

Lincoln-Way East softball

team and SouthWest Suburban

Conference, but she’s all

too familiar with Lincoln-

Way West.

As a member of Bishop

McNamara last season, the

junior pitched a shutout with

13 strikeouts and added a

two-run home run to prevent

West from winning its

first sectional title in school

history. In that game, Storako

hit Warriors star player

Amanda Ruskowsky with a

pitch in the very first inning

that forced her to exit. Ruskowsky,

who now competes

on Saint Xavier University’s

softball team, was the Warriors’

ace and leading hitter.

West head coach Heather

Novak did not want to admit

it, but this seemingly was a

revenge game. The Warriors

knew the significance of the

early-season matchup. They

looked energetic before the

game, despite the cold winds

and the temperature in the

40s.

However, West no longer

has the firepower that led its

journey to the sectional final.

It graduated five starters,

and Storako took advantage.

The Griffins ace struck out

11 through five innings and

only gave up one run, while

also going 3-for-4 at the dish

to lead an 11-1 win over the

Warriors on March 29 in

Frankfort.

“Some of our hitters did

a much better job having atbats,

working the counts,”

Novak said, when comparing

the last time they faced

Storako. “But when you’re

facing a good pitcher like

that, you have to take advantage

of any mistakes.

West (1-6) kept it close

through four innings, trailing

only 3-1, but an East (5-

0) onslaught of eight runs in

the following inning put the

mercy rule into effect and

ended the game early. Backto-back

two-RBI singles by

Lindsay LaDere and Alli Jaquith

broke open the game.

After an RBI single from

Sidney Bloomfield and a

double from Storako, Ami

Ill, who finished a perfect

4-for-4, forced the mercy

rule with an RBI single.

Christine Malito, who also

went 4-for-4, and Lexi

Krause drove in a run apiece

in the frame.

“I think we hit well one

through nine,” East head

coach Elizabeth Pawlicki

said. “We got hitters in every

single spot. It’s just finding

the correct spots for them in

the order to make us as strong

as we can. The girls work

very hard on their hitting.”

While East had success

with runners on base, it was

the opposite for West. The

Warriors had a runner on base

in every inning but failed to

drive any in, including the

first inning, during which

they had the bases loaded and

one out. In contrast, the following

half inning, East paid

off a bases-loaded situation

with a two-run double from

Lauren Hunter.

West’s lone run came from

a towering solo homer from

pitcher Danielle Callahan,

who finished 1-for-2 with a

walk. Other hits came from

Mac Mahy, Abby Baez and

Anna Perry.

“We’re young, we’re going

to continue to work hard,

we’re going to continue to

get better,” Novak said. “3-1

going into the fifth inning…

we need to be able to play all

“I just think in a pitcher’s mind

you can’t let things faze you like

that. I grew up like that. Don’t let

things faze you and take it one

pitch at a time.”

Alex Storako - Lincoln-Way East pitcher, on

pitching out of jams in a close game

seven innings.”

Storako’s ability to keep

West off balance contributed

to the Warriors’ hitting

woes. She said her curveball

was working and trusted

her defense to make the

plays behind her. The Griffins’

defense was error-free

on the day and included a

highlight-reel diving catch

in foul territory by LaDere

to end the fourth inning.

However, Storako gave

up six walks, which put East

in tense situations when the

game was close in the early

going. But the DePaul commit

usually followed up the

free passes with strikeouts to

halt any momentum. Having

thrown hundreds of innings

in her young career, she

knows how to handle adversity

on the mound, she said.

“I just think in a pitcher’s

mind you can’t let things faze

you like that,” Storako said.

“I grew up like that. Don’t let

things faze you and take it one

pitch at a time.”

Pawlicki welcomed those

tense moments, adding that

those scenarios are only going

to benefit the team.

“Getting put in those

tough situations, that’s what

we need,” Pawlicki said.

“It’s going to make us stronger

and better. It’s good, because

you get to see how the

girls react to it; how they’re

going to end up coming out

of it. I think it’s good to challenge

them like that.”

The addition of Storako,

who moved from Bourbonnais

to Frankfort for her junior

year, has been a nice surprise

for East, especially after

losing big-game pitchers Marina

Esparza and Amanda

Weyh to Lincoln-Way Central.

The pair helped lead the

Griffins to super-sectionals

last year. Leadoff hitter and

outfielder Gabby Gedville

also transferred to Central.

The team also lost Lauren

Herlihy, Nicole O’Donnell,

Brittany Pospishil and Olivia

Prieto — all of whom went

on to play college softball.

However, the influx of talent

from Lincoln-Way North

and newcomers allowed the

Griffins not to skip a beat.

Hunter, who came from

North, took over Pospishil’s

place at first base, and Jacquith,

also from North, restores

depth in the infield

that Prieto left. New member

Bloomfield fills the void at

outfield and at the leadoff spot

with Gedville gone. Bloomfield

has attended East all four

years but chose to play travel

softball over high school until

this year. The Griffins have

so much depth that North’s

star pitchers from last season,

Sydney Limon and Julianna

Borgia, are on junior varsity.

The team has plenty of

new faces, yet Pawlicki said

By the numbers

East stats in March 29

win over West

• Alex Storako - 5 IP, 4

hits, 11 Ks, 6 BB; 3-for-4,

2 2B, 2 runs

• Sidney Bloomfield -

2-for-4, RBI, run

• Ami Ill - 4-for-4, RBI, 3

runs

• Christine Malito - 3-for-

3, RBI

• Lauren Hunter - 1-for-

2, 2B, 2 RBI, run

Lindsay LaDere - 1-for-3,

2 RBI, run

• Alli Jacquith - 1-for-3, 2

RBI, run

its cohesiveness has been

the biggest part to the undefeated

start.

“Together as a team, we

are doing well, and that’s our

strong suit,” she said. Communicating

is a huge ingredient

coming into the season.”

As for West, it lost Jenna

Czart, Sarah Goff, Tiffany

Buis, April Lewandowski

and the aforementioned Ruskowsky

to graduation and

only gained Baez and freshman

third baseman Sydney

Swanberg from Manhattan.

It looks to be a rebuilding

year for the Warriors, as

returning everyday players

Mahy, Perry, Callahan and

Baez — the top four in the

batting order, respectively

— are juniors.

The Warriors have mostly

held practices indoors due to

the weather. Novak said the

team will get better through

time when the weather starts

to warm up and learn to adjust

without Ruskowsky carrying

the load like she did

the past two seasons.

“You can’t replace an

Amanda [Ruskowsky],”

Novak said. “We’re going

to look for a few people to

replace what she did. It’s going

to take a team effort.”

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From Page 50

sacrifice fly by senior Allyssa

Demma, an Orland Park

resident, cut the Providence

deficit to 2-1 in the fourth.

She led off the sixth inning

with a solo shot to pull the

Celtics within 4-2.

“My first time up I waited

to see how many pitches

I could get,” Miklos said.

“The next two at-bats I took

the first good one.”

The Celtics left five runners

on base. Baserunning

mistakes, including being

thrown out in a rundown

while trying to turn a double

into a triple, cost them at

least one run.

“You’re going to lose

some games, and that’s OK

as long as we’re learning and

doing what we need to do to

compete and improve,” Biesterfeld

said.

The Celtics also posted 11

runs in their season-opening

win, an 11-6 comeback victory

over Minooka. The young

team – three seniors, four juniors,

three sophomores and

two freshmen – expects its

offense and fielding to carry

the team, especially while the

pitching comes along.

Miklos, a Wisconsin-

Parkside recruit, hit .371

with four home runs last season.

Sophomore outfielder

Lex Leighton, a Frankfort

resident, batted .398 with

nine home runs and 32 RBIs.

Junior first baseman Emily

Pilon hit .374 with six homers

and 34 runs driven in.

Senior Kailey Zych and

freshman Laila Summers

are in their first full season

pitching. Zych played outfield

and pitched sparingly

last year. Summers (1-1)

took the loss against Central

after picking up the win in

relief against Minooka in her

high school debut.

Other area players for

Providence include junior

Courtney Mahalik (New

Lenox), junior Taylor Young

(Homer Glen) and freshman

Teagan Sopczak (Tinley

Park).


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Softball

Knights pitcher thwarts

Celtics’ potent lineup in win

Frank Gogola

Freelance Reporter

Ashley Platek nearly

knocked the ball out of the

park through a stiff wind

before getting the wind

knocked out of her.

The Lincoln-Way Central

sophomore crushed a

ball off the right-center field

fence to drive in the game’s

first run but was smacked in

the face with an infielder’s

glove while sliding into second

base.

“She hit me in the face

with the tag, through the

facemask on my helmet,”

Platek said. “I didn’t even

know my nose was bleeding

at first [while lying on the infield].

Then I saw the blood

and was like, ‘Whoa!’”

Platek exited to stop a

bleeding nose but would return

to complete a perfect day

at the plate as Central beat

Providence Catholic 4-2 on

Tuesday, March 29, at Providence.

Sophomore pitcher

Amanda Weyh picked up her

second win for Central (2-0),

which anticipates its biggest

strength will be pitching —

thanks to talented transfers

from Lincoln-Way East.

Providence senior Jessica

Miklos scored both runs for

the Celtics (1-1), who expect

to rely on their offense.

“[Weyh] had good movement,

decent velocity and was

tough to come back on when

she got ahead in the count,”

Providence coach Jay Biesterfeld

said. “Not the run production

we would have wanted

but had a lot of good at-bats.

“We held a really good

team to four runs. If we’re

holding teams to four runs, I

feel like we have an offense

to beat most teams we’re going

to play.”

Lincoln-Way Central pitcher Amanda Weyh gets into her

windup during the middle innings of her complete-game,

shutout victory at Providence Catholic March 28.

Tim Carroll/22nd Century Media

Platek, an East transfer,

went 3-for-3 and drove in

Gabriella Gedville with her

lone extra-base hit in the

third inning. Gabriela Gross

pinch ran for Platek after

the double and scored two

batters later on senior Colleen

Barrett’s infield single.

Platek, who homered in the

season opener, scored the

Knights’ final run on senior

Marina Esparza’s fifth-inning

double.

Senior catcher Brittany

Schultz hit her second home

run in as many games when

she launched an oppositefield

solo shot in the fourth

inning, putting Central up

3-1.

“Although this is only our

second game, I think we’ve

shown that we do have the

offense and defense to go

along with the pitching,” Esparza

said.

Weyh scattered six hits

and five strikeouts over

seven innings to pick up the

complete-game victory. She

and ace pitcher Esparza, both

East transfers, had combined

to throw a one-hitter in the

team’s 11-0 season-opening

win against Oak Lawn.

Weyh, who also plays

shortstop and outfield, went

10-2 with a 1.48 ERA and

0.976 WHIP for East last

season. Esparza, a Lindenwood

University recruit, and

Platek, who will see occasional

time in the circle, can

play several positions in the

field when not pitching.

“You can interchange

them everywhere,” Central

coach Jeff Tarala said. “You

can move these girls around

and they never miss a beat.

They’re incredibly versatile.”

Barrett, a St. Ambrose recruit,

is thrilled with the influx

of pitching talent.

“It’s easy to play behind

them when they’re pitching

strong like that,” Barrett

said. “We relied more on

tough defense and offense

last year, so having them

come in, it really helps our

offense more because we’re

confident that they can shut

down other teams and we

don’t have to do everything.”

Miklos, a Lockport resident,

went 2-for-3 with a

double and a home run for

Providence. Her score on a

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Griffins’ bats awaken for season’s first win

After tough first

contests, East

offense pounces on

district rival West

Frank Gogola

Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way East baseball’s

offense came to life,

as the Griffins earned their

first win of the season in

their fourth try.

East beat Lincoln-Way

West 7-2 March 29 in Frankfort

after being outscored

25-13 during an 0-3 start

to the season. The Griffins

are still learning what they

have in their 25-man roster,

which is all upperclassmen

and includes Lincoln-Way

North transfers. But they are

setting high expectations.

“The disappointment was

greater in the first three

losses than the joy in the

first win,” East coach Paul

Babcock said. “They’re expecting

to win a lot more

than they are to lose.”

The Griffins exploded for

five runs in the first inning,

with four players recording

a run-producing hit. Senior

second baseman Jim

Richmond had a two-out

RBI single, and junior right

fielder Julian Everett drove

in two on a double in the

gap. They finished with two

hits and two RBIs apiece.

Senior catcher Jimmy

Quinn had an RBI sac fly,

and senior outfielder Sean

Robinson drove in one run.

Matt Blaney, a senior third

baseman and pitcher, hit

safely twice.

Senior Joe Prestamer

picked up the win for East,

giving up two runs in five

innings. Senior Jake Pomykalski

did not allow any

runs in two innings of relief.

West junior Kevin Davis

and senior Mike Majcher

drove in one run each on a

single and double, respectively.

The Warriors struck

for both of their runs in the

third inning.

The win over West

showed Babcock, who has

been the head coach at East

since 2002-03, more about

his team’s potential, as he

continues to evaluate the

roster.

“I think we can be sure

strong defensively, offensively

and pitching-wise,”

Babcock said. “I’d even

go as far as including baserunning.

I think we can be

strong in all those areas. We

have a lot of work to do. I

see some flashes of the kids

understanding what we’re

trying to sell them. They

pick up on it and seem like

pretty fast learners.”

In the Griffins’ first three

games of the season, they

lost 1-0 to Brother Rice,

17-9 to Plainfield North and

7-4 to Lyons.

The Warriors fell to 3-2

with the loss.

The Griffins brought back

five players with starting

experience. For East last

season, Richmond started

at second base, Pomykalski

started at first base, senior

Nick Tortorici started on

the mound, and senior Brett

Melby started in left field.

Quinn was a designated

hitter for North, and he led

East in hits through four

games.

Among the pitchers Babcock

expects to fill out

his rotation are Prestamer,

Tortorici and junior Danny

Zimmerman, a North transfer

who also plays first base

and outfield. Pomykalski

and Blaney may also see

work on the mound.

“Jake [Pomykalski] is our

first baseman and our three

hitter, so we need his bat in

Lincoln-Way East senior pitcher Jake Pomykalski, who threw two scoreless innings in relief against West, delivers a pitch

March 29 during the Griffins’ 7-2 win over West in Frankfort. Phtos By Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

Jake Arthur sets up a meeting of the ball and his bat with a

swing in the first inning that resulted in a double.

the lineup,” Babcock said.

“He’s strong on the mound,

as well, so we’re seeing how

the season goes and where

he fits in.

“With Matt Blaney, it’s

hard to tell, because he’s

been an inning-by-inning

guy. I didn’t know that he

was a position player as

well [as a pitcher] when we

first got him. He’s stepped

right in and been aggressive

at the plate.”

Second baseman Jim Richmond makes the catch on a

popup as Julian Everett backs him up.

Everett is a first-year

varsity player who has impressed

Babcock with his

play early on.

Under Babcock, East has

won seven regional titles

and one sectional title. Last

year’s regional title was the

first since 2013.

“All I care about is our

rating at the end of the year,”

Babcock said. “The last day

of the year is the only rating

that matters.”


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polo

From Page 54

from his side of the pool,

emphatically pointing out

who to pass the ball to and

imploring his team to slow

down on offense.

“There’s been so many

opportunities where we

could have scored if we

just hit our open man,” Bernard

said. “Once we slowed

down, we were able to catch

it, we were able to shoot

better, and we were able to

just come out with a win.”

The strategy resonated,

and Central seized control

of the game for good, scoring

five of the last six goals.

Through 10 games of the season,

Bernard had noticed that

the team meshed together

after the addition of six players

from Lincoln-Way East,

but he said he feels confident

that his team will learn how

to properly pace itself as sectionals

approach in May.

Up until late in the fourth

period, Central was playing

West’s game of speed, as

opposed to its own of strategic

passing and selective

shooting. Klock and Bernard

described the team’s

performance as “OK” and

“not too bad,” respectively.

As the teams got out of the

pool and shook hands, Torres

smiled and exchanged pats

on the back some of his former

teammates. For him and

Anderson, the game proved

that West could match up

with anyone in the pool.

“We can go toe-to-toe

with any team in this conference,”

Anderson said.

“Whether we’re going to be

on the winning side, I don’t

know. This could have easily

gone the other way.”

For Torres, he was happy

that his former team played

well together and said he

enjoyed seeing the strides

the Knights are taking. He

sensed that trend is coming

with his current team, too

“If we work together as

a team like we did in that

game, we’ll be a force to be

reckoned with,” Torres said.


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Central holds off West with strong fourth quarter

Ron Davis, Freelance Reporter for a fight against a tough,

deeper Central team. The

Cody Torres felt his Warriors had three extra

adrenaline pumping more men on the bench compared

than usual before his water to the Knights’ five.

polo matches March 28. Central took control over

The Lincoln-Way West the fourth period and held

senior was about to meet off West 14-10 in New

Lincoln-Way Central — his Lenox. Matt Klock led the

former school and teammates

— in the Warriors’ “This has been the best

Knights with six goals.

pool. Torres is the only we’ve played this season,”

Knight-turned-Warrior. West coach Steve Anderson

said. “I was very happy,

“Each of us wants to beat

each other,” Torres said. “At overall.”

the end of the day, we’re The referees dropped the

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blood.”

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As Rick Ross and Kanye was earned with hands and

West blared in the West Soccer arms • Lacrosse blocking eyes • Baseball with every

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Lincoln-Way West goalie Brennon O’Brien throws an outlet

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Down 6-3 with 3 minutes

and 18 seconds to play

in the first half, Anderson

called a timeout for West.

His team needed a breather

and a minute to strategize.

The team responded by attacking,

scoring the last two

goals of the half and tying

the game in the first minute

of the third period by strong

toss to the back of the net by

Torres.

Central’s Tim Murphy swims toward the ball March 28

against West. Photos by James Sanchez/22nd Century Media

“We didn’t let a threegoal

slump take us out,”

Torres said. “We played the

best we could all four quarters.”

Going into the fourth,

West found itself in a similar

hole. But by forcing Central

into empty possessions and

turnovers, the Warriors got

themselves back into the

game, scoring three straight

goals. Knights’ coach Jacob

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Girls Soccer

Central stays hot in blistery conditions, defeats TP 2-0

22nd Century Media File

Photo

1st-and-3

Primetime players

1. Amanda Weyh

(above)

The Lincoln-Way

East transfer scattered

six hits and five

strikeouts over seven

innings to pick up the

complete-game victory

over Providence

March 28.

2. Brittany Schulz

The Knights catcher

hit her second home

run in as many

games to provide

an insurance run for

Central in the 4-2 win

against their New

Lenox foes.

3. Ashley Platek

Platek did not let a

stiff tag to the face

after a double faze

her, finishing the

game against Providence

a perfect 3-for-

3, including driving in

the game’s first run.

All six Central wins

on season come via

goalie shutouts

Jeff Vorva, Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way Central senior

Lauren Bulow was anxiously

awaiting word if she qualified

to get into the United States

Coast Guard Academy.

As a pleasant distraction

on Friday, March 31, Bulow

scored what turned out to

be the winning goal in a 2-0

home non-conference soccer

victory over Tinley Park on

a chilly, windy rare weekday

morning match, which came

about because both teams

were on spring break.

The Knights flexed their

depth muscle, as Bulow came

off the bench to score her first

goal of the season with eight

minutes to play in the first half

and senior teammate Alyte

Katilius came off the bench for

her first goal of the season in

the second half. The defense

and goalie Peyton Vecchiet recorded

the team’s sixth shutout

of the season, as the Knights

improved to 6-2. The last time

the Knights had given up a

goal was March 20 against Minooka

— more than 400 game

minutes of shutout ball.

Meanwhile, Tinley Park

fell to 4-3 after opening the

season with four straight

wins. Players such as Carolina

Carrillo, Alyssa Kuduk,

Gabi Guerra and Lauren

Newton were able to star

early in the campaign, but

it’s been a rough go since.

Even Titans coach Michelle

Youngberg can’t catch

a break. She was out of town

earlier in the week, and airline

problems forced her to

miss this game.

It appeared the Titans had

control of most of the match,

but couldn’t put the ball in

the net.

“We just can’t finish,” assistant

coach Michael Boniface

said. “We’re connecting

on our passes well and moving

the ball well. We’re manipulating

and taking control

of the middle of the field.

But we have to finish.’’

For the Knights, finishing

wasn’t a problem for Bulow,

but it was a nice surprise.

“Honestly, I had just

stepped onto the field, and

I wasn’t expecting anything

great,” she said. “Kailie Novak

sent me the greatest ball

ever, and I stepped in front

of the goalie and faked her

out and scored. It was my

first shot of the year.’’

Bulow said that if she

doesn’t make it into the

Coast Guard Academy, her

second option is to study and

play soccer at Joliet Junior

College.

Katilius said she has

started this season and was

moved to the bench for

a match against Mother

McAuley earlier in the week.

“This was kind of a redemption

thing for me,” Katilius

said. “This was showing

that I deserve playing time

and I deserve to play. That

Tinley Park’s Madison Krisch (left) and Lincoln-Way Central’s Sarah Heimberg jostle

for position in Central’s 2-0 victory on Friday, March 31, in New Lenox. Photos by Jeff

Vorva/22nd Century Media

was my mindset. I’m more of

a playmaker, and I don’t get a

lot of shots, so this felt good.’’

Central had games

scheduled against Stagg

on Monday, April 3, and

Homewood-Flossmoor

on Tuesday, April 4. The

Knights host Normal West, a

Class 2A sectional champion

in 2016, on Saturday.

Tinley Park, which plays

no home games due to construction

of its field, was

scheduled to play Sandburg

on Saturday, April 1, and

visits Lemont on Thursday,

April 6, in a key SouthWest

Suburban Blue showdown.

Central’s Alyte Katilius (left) and Lauren Bulow both came

off the bench and scored their first goals of the season in a

2-0 win over Tinley Park.

Listen Up

“It’s easy to play behind them when they’re pitching

strong like that,”

Colleen Barrett – Lincoln-Way Central infielder, on playing defense

behind pitchers Amanda Weyh and Marina Esparza

TUNE IN

Baseball

4:30 p.m. Friday, April 7

• Lincoln-Way Central will host three-time

defending state champions Providence

Catholic in New Lenox.

Index

48 — Athlete of the Week

47 — Athlete of the Month

FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor Tim Carroll, tim@mokenamessenger.com.


mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | www.mokenamessenger.com | April 6, 2017

Sliding into

success After losses,

East looks to meet high

expectations, starting with

win over West, Page 52

Battle of New

Lenox Central and

Providence softball square

off in a matchup of top

area teams, Page 50

Lincoln-Way Central’s

Mason Maze fires a shot

March 28 during an

inter-district matchup

against Lincoln-

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Central breaks open competitive

match against West in final

seven minutes, Page 54

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