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Eyes on the road Village Board urges motorists to stay alert in honor of Distracted Driving Awareness Week, Page 3 Fit as a bunny CrossFit Mokena hosts Easter egg huntworkout hybrid for children, Page 4 For savvy sellers Sell Your Home 2017 Guide offers wealth of resources for those looking to put residences on the market, Inside mokena’s Award-Winning Hometown Newspaper mokenamessenger.com • April 20, 2017 • Vol. 10 No. 36 • $1 A ® Publication ,LLC Summit Hill Junior High’s solar panels shine a light on science, Page 5 Summit Hill Junior High seventh-graders (left to right) Shayne Bonshire, Kailey McMahon and Geena DiBenedetto experiment with UV beads April 12 to learn about solar energy. The school installed solar panels over the summer and began working with them in the classroom this past week. Kirsten Onsgard/22nd Century Media Inset: Four 16-foot-by-16-foot solar panels top the south end of Summit Hill Junior High School. Photo submitted A Family Run Child Care Center For Over 50 Years Orland Park 16807 S 108th Ave 708-460-4414 Mary-Sears-Academy.com Dedicated to High Quality Child Care, Infants, Preschool & Summer Camp Beautiful 3 Acre, Safe Playground Where Your Child Can Run, Laugh & Have Fun! Infants Thru 12 Years Old Academic Learning Before-After School Care/Bus Service Computer Readiness Accredited Staff/State Licensed Winter Activities Hot Nutritious Meal All Day/Half Day Foreign Language Classes (Spanish and/or French) Parent Teacher Conferences Heated Floors Accelerated Reading and Phonic Awareness Nurse On Staff REGISTER NOW ONE WEEK FREE to new enrollments Restrictions Apply. One Coupon per Family. Expires 5/26/17


2 | April 20, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger calendar mokenamessenger.com In this week’s Messenger Pet of the Week.............14 Standout Student...........17 Editorial........................19 Faith Briefs....................22 Puzzles..........................32 Classifieds................ 37-47 Sports...................... 48-56 The Mokena Messenger ph: 708.326.9170 fx: 708.326.9179 Editor Tim Carroll, x29 tim@mokenamessenger.com assistant editor Amanda Stoll, x34 a.stoll@22ndcenturymedia.com Sales director Lora Healy, x31 l.healy@22ndcenturymedia.com real estate sales Tricia Weber, x47 t.weber@22ndcenturymedia.com Classified Sales Kellie Tschopp, x23 k.tschopp@malibusurfsidenews.com Recruitment Advertising Jess Nemec, x46 j.nemec@22ndcenturymedia.com Legal Notices Jeff Schouten, x51 j.schouten@22ndcenturymedia.com PUBLISHER Joe Coughlin 847.272.4565, x16 j.coughlin@22ndcenturymedia.com Managing Editor Bill Jones, x20 bill@opprairie.com president Andrew Nicks a.nicks@22ndcenturymedia.com EDITORIAL DESIGN DIRECTOR Nancy Burgan, x30 n.burgan@22ndcenturymedia.com 22 nd Century Media 11516 West 183rd Street Unit SW Office Condo #3 Orland Park, IL 60467 www.MokenaMessenger.com Chemical- free printing on 30% recycled paper circulation inquiries circulation@22ndcenturymedia.com The Mokena Messenger (USPS #025404) is published weekly by 22nd Century Media, LLC, 328 E Lincoln Hwy New Lenox, IL 60451. Periodical postage paid at New Lenox, IL and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send changes to: The Mokena Messenger, 328 E Lincoln Hwy New Lenox, IL 60451 Published by www.22ndcenturymedia.com Amanda Stoll a.stoll@22ndcenturymedia.com THURSDAY Magic Class 5-5:55 p.m. April 20, Community Center, 7540 W. Braemar Lane, Frankfort. Join the Frankfort Square Park District for a magic class for ages 5-12. Cost is $22. Registration required. For more information and registration, call (815) 469-3524. Tiger University 6-7 p.m. April 20, Hickory Creek Middle School, 22150 W. 116th Ave., Frankfort. Special education related service staff members will provide an overview of school based services and answer questions regarding why a child may be receiving outside medical based services but is not eligible for services within the school setting. These programs are free, but pre-registeration is requested. For more information, email jbajda@fsd157c.org. Home Safety Program 6-8 p.m. April 20, Mokena Community Public Library, 11327 195th St., Mokena. Join the Will County Emergency team for a fun and educational family program titled “Hunting Home Hazards and Safeguarding Your Valuables. For more information and registration, call (708) 479-9663 or email tdomzal ski@mokena.lib.il.us. Planning Committee/Zoning Board of Appeals 7 p.m. April 20, Mokena Village Hall, 11004 Carpenter St., Mokena. For more information, visit www.mo kena.org. Frankfort Square Park District Board Meeting 7:30 p.m. April 20, 7540 W. Braemar Lane, Frankfort. For more information and agendas visit www.fspd.org. Friday Theater Outing Deadline to register is Friday, April 21. The event will be held from 12:15-5:30 p.m. Sunday, May 21. The trip departs at 12:15 p.m. from the Founders Community Center, 140 Oak St., Frankfort. Enjoy a buffet Brunch prior to the musical “Cabaret”. Champagne, coffee, tea and ice tea are included. Cost is $98 and includes mini-coach transportation, ticket and brunch. For more information and registration, visit www.mokenapark.com. Engineering for Kids (4-6) 4:30-5:30 Fridays from April 21-May 26, KidsWork Children’s Museum, 11 S. White St., Frankfort. Explore and construct six different toys including spinners and whirligigs. For more information and registration, call (708) 250-5858 or visit engineeringforkids. com/chicagoland. Engineering for Kids (7-12) 6-7:30 Fridays from April 21-May 26, KidsWork Children’s Museum, 11 S. White St., Frankfort. Design, create, test, and improve a variety of machines and mechanical systems. For more information and registration, call (708) 250-5858 or visit engineer ingforkids.com/chicagoland. The Music Man, Jr. 7 p.m. April 21, and 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22, Mokena Junior High School, 19815 Kirkstone Way, Mokena. The Mokena Junior High School Musical Department will present it’s spring musical production of The Music Man, Jr. Tickets are $6. To purchase tickets, stop by the Junior High or call (708) 342-4870. SATURDAY Mokena Clean Up Day 9 a.m.–1 p.m. April 22, Mokena Village Hall, 11004 Carpenter St., Mokena. Volunteers will meet at 9 a.m. at Village Hall, and then head to various locations to work. Bring work gloves. Complimentary hot dog lunch and drinks will be provided after clean up. For more information, call (708) 479-3900 or visit www.mokena.org. Gardening for Pollinators 1-2 p.m. April 22, Mokena Community Public Library, 11327 195th St., Mokena. Transform your garden into a home for butterflies, bees, and hummingbirds. Pre-register to receive a complimentary plant. For more information and registration, call (708) 479-9663 or tdomzal ski@mokena.lib.il.us. SUNDAY Rock Bands Summer Tour 4-7 p.m. April 23, Jenny’s Southside Tap, 10160 191st St., Mokena. Join the All About Music’s youth rock bands, Organized Chaos and Mentally Purple. AAMCT’s Rock Rock Band will go on to perform at the Lions Firecracker Weekend, Oak Fest in Oak Forest, Taste of Orland, and Proud American Days in New Lenox. For more information, email allaboutmusic mokena@yahoo.com. Monday Can You Afford to Retire? 6:30-7:15 p.m. April 24, Mokena Community Public Library, 11327 195th St., Mokena. In this 45 minute presentation, Greg Kurinec of Bentron Financial Group will help you evaluate your personal ability to retire. He will provide participants with a self-assessment, checklists, and the ten critical questions any retiree needs to answer. Registration suggested. For more information and registration, call (708) 479-9663 or email tdomzalski@mo kena.lib.il.us. Village Board Meeting 7 p.m. April 24, Mokena Village Hall, 11004 Carpenter St., Mokena. For more information, agendas and minutes visit www.mokena.org. TUESDAY Breast Cancer Awareness Game 6:25 p.m. April 25, Lincoln- Way West High School, 21701 S. Gougar Road, New Lenox. The Lincoln-Way East and Lincoln-Way West girls soccer teams will play each other in 8th Annual Girls Soccer Night to Support Breast Cancer Awareness. Donated gift baskets will be raffled during the game. Come as early as 4:25 p.m. to watch the JV game and take part in the raffle. Local area youth soccer teams will play during halftime of the varsity game. For more information, email hospodar2@ comcast.net. Wednesday Identity Theft and Scams 6:30-7:30 p.m. April 26, Mokena Community Public Library, 11327 195th St., Mokena. A staff member from the Illinois State Comptroller’s office will present a workshop to address concerns about being a victim of identity theft. For more information and registration, call (708) 479-9663 or email tdomzal ski@mokena.lib.il.us. UPCOMING AARP Driver Safety Program 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Thursday, April 27 and Friday, April 28, Mokena Community Public Library, 11327 195th St., Mokena. Learn the effects of aging on driving and how to remain a safe driver. Participants must attend both classes. Cost is $15 for AARP members and $20 for non-members. The library will pay fee for the first 10 Mokena Public Library District residents who register. For more information and registration, call (708) 479-9663. Drivers 55 years and older, check with your insurance company for driver’s safety discount. ONGOING Summertime Stride 5K 8:30 a.m. Saturday, June 3, Willowview Park, 11420 W. 197th St., Mokena. 5K run and walk begins at 8:30 a.m. Kids Dash begins at approximately 9:15 a.m. Register by Wednesday, May 3 for $20 early bird registration and a guaranteed t-shirt. Day of registration cost is $25. Children ages 10 and younger can participate in the Kids Dash. Cost is $5 and does not include a shirt. For more information and registration, call (708) 390-2401 or visit www.mokenapark.com. Lincoln-Way Half Marathon 7 a.m. Saturday, April 29. Breidert Green Park, corner of Kansas Street and White Street in Frankfort. For registration, visit www.lincoln wayhalfmarathon.com. 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. American Legion meetings 7:30 p.m. fourth Wednesday of each month, Frankfort VFW, 22057 S. Pfeiffer Road, Frankfort. For more information, call (815) 469-3993. To submit an item to the printed calendar, contact Amanda Stoll at (708) 326-9170 ext. 34, or email a.stoll@22ndcenturymedia. com. Deadline is noon Thursdays one week prior to publication.


mokenamessenger.com news the Mokena Messenger | April 20, 2017 | 3 Mokena Village Board Motorists implored to avoid driving distracted Community invited to help on Mokena Clean Up Day Round It Up A brief recap of action and discussion at the April 10 meeting of the Mokena Village Board YOUR SEARCH BEGINS AT • Find Your Dream Home • Search ALL Foreclosures & Short Sales • Find Out How Much Your Home Is Worth • Current Neighborhood Sales Data Jon DePaolis Freelance Reporter Two upcoming events were top of mind April 10 at the Village of Mokena Board of Trustees meeting. For motorists: Keep your eyes on the road, as April 24-28 is Distracted Driving Awareness Week. Mokena Police Chief Steven Vaccaro said distracted driving can entail texting, talking on a phone that is not hands-free, applying makeup, eating or any activity that takes away the driver’s attention from the road. He said police will use traffic stops during that week to educate drivers officers believe are driving distracted. “What the Mokena Police Department will do is target high-traffic areas and high-crash areas, and most importantly, our school zones,” he said. “We’ll ensure that our motoring public isn’t driving distracted, for the safety of our kids and our community.” Vaccaro said the week is meant to be more educational than anything else. “Rather than being punitive, citations will be discretionary by my officers,” Vaccaro said. “If they feel the need to just educate motorists, I’m happy with that — as long as we’re getting the word out that distracted driving can cause a serious injury or death.” • During the meeting, Mayor Frank Fleischer asked Village Clerk Patricia Patt to read a proclamation recognizing the 50th anniversary of Mr. Benny’s Steak and Lobster House. The owners opened their Mokena location, their second, in 2000. • As part of the consent agenda, trustees voted 6-0 to approve a special event request from the Mokena Marley Clergy to conduct the annual Good Friday Cross Walk Procession on April 14. • Also part of the consent agenda, trustees approved an agreement with Melrose Pyrotechnics, Inc., of Kingsbury, Indiana, for fireworks on the Fourth of July. Vaccaro said Mokena has been fortunate in that distracted driving has not yielded the types of horror stories one might expect. But when he was an officer in another town, Vaccaro recalled a car collision that had one of its causes turn out to be distracted driving. It led to a death. “With the nicer weather, we got more kids outside playing and people on bicycles or walking in the neighborhoods,” he said. “If you take your eyes off the road for 2 seconds at 35 [miles per hour], you’ve covered about 90 feet. “It’s very important that we don’t drive while distracted.” Distracted Driving Awareness Week is an initiative that is sponsored by the Illinois Association of Chiefs of Police, AAA and safetyserve.com. For more information about the campaign, visit www.iddaw. org. Also coming up is Mokena Clean Up Day, scheduled for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. on Saturday, April 22, at Mokena Village Hall, 11004 Carpenter St. “Bring some gloves,” Mokena Clerk Patricia Patt said during her Community Calendar portion of the meeting. “And students can get community service hours.” Trustee John Mazzorana encouraged residents to volunteer during his comments at the end of the meeting. “It’s usually a very nice village-wide event,” he said. “Hopefully, we can clean up the village.” Volunteers are to receive a free lunch of hot dogs, chips, soda pop and water. For more information, call (708) 479-3900 or visit www.mokena.org. Trustees approve pond water testing The board members also voted 6-0 to approve a pond treatment bid. Please see village, 6 Delivery & Catering, just a call away $5.00 off Any Dinner or sandwich. order of $25 or more Carry out or dine in. No coupon needed. No other offers apply. Limited time offer TUES & WED ONLY $11 95 Large Cheese or Sausage Pizza Additional 1 topping extra. No substitutuons. 2 maximum. Limit 1 coupon per order. No other offers apply. 708.205.COBB(2622) CHEF JOE DISABATO SERVING GREAT FOOD SINCE 1974 Dine in or carry out $26 95 DAVID J COBB Phone: 815.485.5500 • david@davidjcobb.com Jumbo 18” thin crust pizza, one topping, 6 pc. chicken strips, plus fries & 2 liter of soda No other offers apply. Limit 1 coupon per order. Not valid in dining room. $3.00 off Jumbo, XL or Medium Pizza $20 95 Pizza & Wings: Large 14” 1 topping pizza, 10 wings, 2 liter of pepsi No other offers apply. Limit 1 coupon per order. Not valid in dining room. Frankfort Square • 7717 St Francis Rd. 815.464.6700 • villarosacatering.com Tues-Thur: 3pm-9:30pm • Sat & Sun 3-10:30pm • Closed Mondays


4 | April 20, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger news mokenamessenger.com Eggs-ercise for the little ones CrossFit Mokena’s Easter egg hunt combines candy, fitness Bella Garcia enjoys some time hanging from CrossFit Mokena’s rings. Children participating in CrossFit Mokena’s Easter egg hunt break for the eggs at its beginning Saturday, April 15. Some eggs contained candy, and others provided instructions to perform a physical activity. Photos by Julie McMann/22nd Century Media Owen Brennan (left) listens as his mother, Lindsay Brennan, reads her son’s egg instructions to him. Participant Ava Foster completes her Easter egg’s activity, which was to jump over a tire. Jake Marks (left) meets the Easter Bunny and completes his activity. His egg told him to give the Easter bunny a high five.


mokenamessenger.com news the Mokena Messenger | April 20, 2017 | 5 Solar panels show students ‘real world’ science Kirsten Onsgard, Editor Summit Hill Junior High seventh-grader Amanda Butryn dipped a thermometer into three beakers: one ice cold, one warm, one hot. She and her classmates watched the tiny UV beads inside, illuminated by an overhead projector. Like the real solar panels that now help power their school, the beads brightened under a goldilocks medium — a not-too-hot, not-toocold 80 degrees — plus lots of light. The experiment in Roxanne Rodgers’ seventh-grade classroom last week was among the first of several ways Summit Hill students are learning about energy through the solar panels that were installed on the roof before the beginning of the school year. “Kids come into the classroom – especially math or science — and they’re always like, ‘Well, when are we going to use this? Why do I have to learn this?’” Rodgers said. “This a really interesting way to show them the real world.” The four 16-foot by 16- foot panels are thanks to a $7,000 grant from the Illinois Clean Energy Community Foundation awarded to the school about a year ago. New to teaching science last year, Rodgers was inspired after attending a teaching workshop through the National Energy Education Development Project and hearing about the possibilities of solar panels from fellow teachers. Rodgers wrote the application, and Summit Hill Junior High was one of 23 accepted to the grant program out of 50 applicant schools. The panels were installed on the south, first-floor roof Social studies and science teacher Roxanne Rodgers discusses how temperature and sunlight affect solar panels. in July along with help from Earth, Wind and Solar Energy. With several sunny or dreary months of data to dig through, her students are now able to measure and graph how weather impacts the efficiency of the panels. So far, last August produced the most energy with 146,000 watt hours — enough to run a refrigerator for the month — and a drab December the least. Since the beginning of 2017, they have produced 205,151 watt hours, the equivalent of powering 1,315 light bulbs for one night. “It’s not going to produce enough energy to make our electricity bill go down — it’s only going to produce enough energy for a few lightbulbs,” Rodgers said. The lessons are a precursor to the eighth-grade curriculum, Rodgers said, when students discuss energy throughout the year, from atoms to debating nuclear energy. “It applies to their lives — everyone talks about solar, but I don’t think that they’ve ever really seen data from a solar panel,” eighth-grade science teacher Lori Szymanski said. “It gives them meaning, and it’s not just this far-away kind of energy in sunny places only.” Working with real equipment and hard numbers isn’t beyond her students, Szymanski said. “It’s not overwhelming and too difficult for kids,” Please see solar, 13 Seventh-graders (left to right) Mackenzie O’Brien, Brigid Costello and Kylie Shaughnessy work with small solar panels in Roxanne Rodgers’ class. Photos By Kirsten Onsgard/22nd Century Media


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8 | April 20, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger NEWS mokenamessenger.com Summit Hill School D161 Board of Education Officials review school lunch program’s future Megann Horstead Freelance Reporter The prospect of losing the opportunity for federal reimbursement loomed over the Summit Hill School District 161 Board of Education at its April 12 meeting, as officials weighed in on low student participation in the lunch program and actions the district should take moving forward. “The bottom line is the vision of our current lunch program [and] the vision of the National School Lunch Program [are] very different,” Superintendent Barb Rains said. The lunches provided at Summit Hill schools are prepared by Quest Food Management through an agreement formed with Union School District 81 in Joliet. In November, the program was reviewed for compliance with National School Lunch Program requirements. That audit is performed once every three years. “The result of that was findings that were mostly easily correctable,” Director of Business and Transportation Doug Wiley said, noting that the reviewer raised some concerns that could not be addressed through corrective action through the administrative review. “We chose to run those through their complaint process. Really, the focus of those issues were why the participation in our program was low, even among the free and reduced.” Rains said the district had tried to cater the program to the entire population, but it didn’t work. Wiley said the district has many students who are eligible for free or reduced lunch but choose not to participate. To date, there are 210 students participating in the program. “The crux of this is the fact that we’re trying to provide lunch to the folks who need it, whereas the National School Lunch Program is more interested in providing school lunch to the entire population, which is not something we can accommodate,” Wiley said. The MINI’s are coming. The MINI’s are coming. Saturday, May13 th MINI of Orland Park Wiley said if the board does nothing to align the program to fit the spirit of the National School Lunch Program, the district could lose more than $20,000 in funding. The Illinois State Board of Education offered a number of suggestions to Summit Hill to gauge why participation is limited. This included efforts to offer families the added option to purchase lunch daily rather than one month at a time, open up test tastings, and conduct parent surveys both from the free and general lunch populations. Wiley said officials will need to determine if they wish to stay in the program. “The only part that would be changed if we left the program was we wouldn’t get the federal reimbursement for those lunches,” Wiley said. “We’d still get the direct certification list. People would still apply at the beginning of the year for free lunch if they’re interested.” The healthy food requirements would need to remain in place. Wiley said the district could choose to run a more robust lunch service, but that would require additional staffing they don’t currently have. Board President Rich Marron negated the idea, saying there are a number of variables at play. “We’re not going to stop going through Union, [with whom] we have the intergovernmental agreement,” Marron said. “We can’t manage this on our own, because the guidelines are too restrictive. You have to [have] a specialized kitchen to work within them. We can’t do this daily, because we’d have to hire a fulltime person, and we’d end up losing money. “The question is, really, if we do some taste testing and a survey, is that enough to make this go away?” Marron asked, noting that the reviewer could continue to have concerns. “Then, I think the answer is there for us.” Summit Hill officials came to a consensus that nothing is changing on the front end with the lunch program. The difference is that the district may not seek reimbursement. Budget items discussed Summit Hill officials also took a look at the district’s proposed budgets for technology and operations and maintenance. Wiley presented to the board a proposed technology budget, excluding salaries and benefits, accounting for nearly $700,000 in expenditures. Spending includes plans to employ 234 student tablets, along with contractual services for access points. “That’s half of what was proposed,” Wiley said. “Once we have the budget fully compiled, we can determine if there’s room to include more tablets.” This year, Summit Hill purchased 729 tablets. “That leaves us roughly 650 tablets short for the district,” Wiley said. Other items highlighted in the technology budget include three copy machines and two intercom system replacements. To get the tablets and access points ready for the 2017-2018 academic year, district officials intend to take board action at the next regular meeting to ensure that work is performed during the summer. Summit Hill officials said they still have five years before they’ll start needing to budget for replacement tablets. As for the district’s operations and maintenance budget, school officials identified two main projects they’ve wrapped up, including roof improvements at Dr. Julian Rogus School and installation of a condenser unit at Hilda Walker. “They’re done, they’re on track to start [when] school gets out,” Wiley said. Other projects the district is considering include replacement of windows at Arbury Hills School and tiles at Indian Trail School. The board will consider the adoption of budgets for technology and operations and maintenance at its April 26 meeting. Summit Hill officials approve supplemental busing program The Summit Hill School Board authorized a supplemental busing plan for students who live within 1.5 miles of their school and do not cross a hazardous road as defined and certified by the State. Those interested will be subject to a set of guidelines requiring registration and a fee of $250 per student per school year. The fee can be waived or altered for individuals who demonstrate hardship. “[We’re] not adding bus routes, because increased bus routes will lead to direct cost to the district that we then can’t recover,” Please see D161, 13


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10 | April 20, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger news mokenamessenger.com Lady - A Women’s Expo to return for fourth year Publisher’s event to take place April 29 at Tinley Park Convention Center Jon DePaolis Freelance Reporter A local favorite for the ladies is about to return to a nearby convention center. The fourth Lady – A Women’s Expo, presented by 22nd Century Media and Diamond Sponsor Planet Fitness, is scheduled for 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, April 29, at the Tinley Park Convention Center, 18451 Convention Center Drive. The free event will feature live cooking and fitness demonstrations, approximately 60 vendors, and gift bags to the first 500 attendees. “It’s a fun day out,” said Heather Warthen, chief events officer at 22nd Century Media. “We shifted the date this year, and it’s a little [earlier] with a couple of weeks before Mother’s Day. It’s an opportunity to kick off the spring season. “The best part about the whole thing is that it is free admission. We want people to come ready to shop and to learn some new things.” New to the event this year will be special guest Danni Allen, the Season 14 winner of “The Biggest Loser,” at 10 a.m. “She is coming to speak, and she will be around all day to do some meet and greets,” Warthen said. “We’re very excited to have her to give us the ins and outs of what it is really like to be on that show and to have Jillian Michaels as your trainer.” Please see LADY, 11 Lady – A Women’s Expo vendors • 22nd Century Media Nursing Department • Advocate Medical Group • Damsel In Defense • Alden Estates of Orland • Dan Mosca State Farm Park • Diva Me Bella • All Cindy’s Mixes • Epiphany Fashion • All That’s Home • Essential Body Wear • Aloette • EveFit • Arbonne • Family Friendly Medical • Barefoot *N* Bubbly Care • barkTHINS • Health Nutz Natural • Bath Planet Foods • Body Bliss Wellness • Honey and Lace Center • Ingalls Health System • BrookHill Coffee Mugs • Interiors by Diane • Camp Manitoqua & DeCero and Lifestyle Retreat Center Designs Floor to Ceiling • Celebrity Cruises • Isagenix • Chicago Henna • It Works! • Chicago Red Stars • Jason Snoreck Allstate • Chicago Sky • Jewelry by Judy • Children’s Museum of • Joliet Slammers Oak Lawn • Juice Plus • Chiro One • Juicy Luzy Sangria • College of DuPage • KRAVE Jerky • Kristina McMillin for India Hicks • LeafFilter Gutter Protection • LuLaRoe Kate & Les • Mary Kay Cosmetics • Natural Healing Centers • Noonday Collection • Nothing Bundt Cakes • Orangetheory Fitness Frankfort • Orland Park Crossing • Palos Health • Perfectly Posh • Physicians Immediate Care • Planet Fitness • Plexus Worldwide Inc. • Point Blank Range & Gun Shop • Power Home Remodeling • Prudential • Pure Romance • Reliv Nutritional Products • Renewal by Andersen • Rodan & Fields • Scentsy • SeneGence • Silk Avenue • Sinfully Delicious • SlimSmart Balloon • Surprise Parties • Tastefully Simple • The Leading Image • The Sheet Lady • The Traveling Vineyard • Vitality Health Systems • Weight Watchers • Window & Siding Planet Inc. • Window Works • Wyndham Vacation Ownership • Yoli • Young Living Essential Oils Readers’ second-favorite 22nd Century Media competition returns Vacation Photo Contest open now through Wednesday, May 3 Bill Jones Managing Editor When it comes to publisher 22nd Century Media’s annual contests, nothing can stop the powerhouse that is the Valentine’s Day Coloring Contest. It simply is too hard to compete with children coloring hearts for soldiers and veterans. But running a close (and respectable) second is the Vacation Photo Contest — the submission period for which is now open. As always, it all leads up to 22nd Century Media’s annual Summer Fun Guide, which is set to be published with The Mokena Messenger May 18 — all packed full of fun things to do this summer in Mokena and the surrounding communities. That is because tradition dictates we locate and publish the area’s best vacation photo on its cover. In recognition of this, our second-favorite contest, we want to see photos from your second-favorite vacation. (Yes, we realize this is ridiculous. Yes, we realize this is hard to quantify. Yes, we realize we have no real way of knowing. But ... ) We want photos of those vacations that maybe were not the best you ever took but they were still a respectable amount of fun, time not completely wasted, things that made you grin, if not exactly ear to ear. Don’t get us wrong. We still want you to send to us your absolute best summer vacation photos, but we will be giving bonus points in judging for funny photos that depict so-so vacations, and so-so reactions to those vacations. Our deadline is noon Wednesday, May 3. As always, the grand prize-winning photo from our seven southwest suburban towns will appear on the cover of our Summer Fun Guide. The grand prize winner also is to receive a prize package, which you can read all about in the accompanying sidebar. Other entries also may appear in the May 18 edition of The Messenger. Photos must be submitted no later than the aforementioned deadline. To submit a Grand Prize Package • A gift certificate valued at $25 to Odyssey Fun World 19111 Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park. • A gift certificate for two hours of bowling and shoe rentals for up to six people on a lane at Laraway Lanes Entertainment Center, 1009 W. Laraway Road in New Lenox. The certificate also includes one 12-inch pizza and one pitcher of pop. • A family four-pack valued at $200 in gaming to Dave and Busters, 49 Orland Square Drive in Orland Park. • Two passes for Emagine Entertainment’s Frankfort Theatre, 19965 S. LaGrange Road in Frankfort. • A gift certificate good for one session for up to four people (valued at $70) at BowDoc Archery, 18801 Wolf Road, Unit 4, in Mokena. • Gift card for Sizzles, 571 E. Division St. in Lockport (amount TBD). • A gift certificate for Chesdan’s Pizzeria & Grille, 15764 S. Bell Road in Homer Glen (amount TBD). photo, email bill@opprairie. com or mail/drop off to Bill Jones, 22nd Century Media, 11516 W. 183rd St., 3SW, Orland Park, IL, 60467. Include your first and last name, address and a phone number at which we can reach you. Physical photographs will not be returned. All photos may be posted on the websites of all seven newspapers. Entries will be judged based on photo quality, originality, capturing the essence of vacation, emphasis on summer and ability to fit the theme. Residents of Orland Park, Tinley Park, Frankfort, Mokena, New Lenox, Homer Glen and Lockport are eligible to enter. For more details, visit MokenaMessenger.com, @MokenaMessenger or facebook. com/TheMokenaMessenger.


mokenamessenger.com news the Mokena Messenger | April 20, 2017 | 11 Mail call: Important letter from The Messenger to arrive Staff Report We know you get a lot of mail — whether it is information you requested or bills you’d prefer to ignore. Then, every Thursday, you receive your community newspaper, The Mokena Messenger, free of charge. This week, you’ll be getting a letter from Messenger Editor Tim Carroll that we want to be sure you open because the letter has a simple, but important purpose: We need your help to keep The Messenger free. Every three years, we ask residents to complete a simple task to allow us to send our newspaper for no charge. It’s that time again, and all you have to do is fill out a card requesting the newspaper, sign at the bottom, and send it back to us. That card will be arriving in the mail this week, along with the letter from our editor. Even if you returned your request card three years ago, we do still need you to send in a card to renew your request for the newspaper. It is a requirement of the U.S. Postal Service that our readers ask to receive the newspaper and renew that request every three years. If you’ve never sent in a card, we ask that you fill one out and send it in. If you did send a card in the past few weeks, we thank you, and you will not be receiving a letter. As a convenience, the card is also available digitally at MokenaMessenger.com, where you can fill it out and submit in just a few seconds. The request card is not a subscription form that requires payment information or anything beyond your name, address and signature. And we promise we will not share your information with outside parties. The information is required by the U.S. Postal Service to ensure The Messenger readers want to receive the free community newspapers. We need you and your neighbor’s signature to qualify for this important designation that allows us to continue to mail The Messenger free to the residents of and businesses in Mokena. The letter you will receive explains the project in more detail, and also includes a copy of the card so you can send it back right away. Should you happen to misplace the card, do not worry. The project is so important that we print a copy of the card in The Messenger each week. All you have to do is tear it out of the paper, fill it out and mail it back to us. This week, you’ll find it on Page 33. So, sign the card and send it back to us. And remind the neighbors! Summit Hill science students put skills to the test Submitted by Summit Hill School District 161 Congratulations to the accomplished Summit Hill Junior High seventh- and eighth-grade students who qualified for the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair. The following students excelled and received state qualifying outstanding awards for the IJAS Regional Paper Science Fair on March 11 at Still Middle School in Aurora and/or IJAS Regional Project Science Fair on March 18 at Metea Valley School in Aurora. Over the past one to two years, these students have researched and developed their projects and the SHJH staff are very proud of their accomplishments. Good luck to everyone going to the state competition at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb, Illinois on May 5-6. Summit Hill Junior High seventh- and eighth-graders who qualified for the Illinois Junior Academy of Science State Science Fair pose for a photo: (top row left to right) Olivia Ernst, Elaine Foster, Luke Meacham, and Madeline Dickenscheidt; (middle row left to right) Sydney Smithgall, Charlie Squires, Ryan Lenart, Grace White and Morgan Frech; (bottom row left to right) Josie LaPapa, Allison O’Connor, George Flaris, Jillian Mills and Jenna Wols. Photo Submitted lady From Page 10 This year’s expo also features an expanded — and separate — cooking demo stage. “We have a whole stage dedicated to cooking demos,” Warthen said. “It’s something we’ve typically done with one or two chefs, but this year we’re bringing in five. One of the chefs is planning to do a breakfast item, and we’ll have some quick and easy appetizers and salads.” The event also is to feature free fitness classes, with Planet Fitness leading the way with a cardio session from 9:30-10 a.m. Then, from 10-10:30 a.m. — and again at 11:30 a.m.-noon — Natural Healing Center are scheduled to lead yoga classes. “People are welcome to come out and try something new — start their Saturday out being healthy,” Warthen said. For the third year, the expo will feature a fashion show styled by Jenny Applegate, of The Leading Image, with makeup by Diva Me Bella and sponsored by Orland Park Crossing shopping center. “It will be our third year for the spring fashion show,” Warthen said. “It’s an all-ages show, so we try to do some [fashion choices] for young and mature women. We try to get a smattering of all ages.” Cooking demo schedule • 9:15-9:45 a.m. Chef Lesley, personal chef • 9:45-10:15 a.m. Chef Tim Bucci, Joliet Junior College Culinary Arts • 10:15-10:45 a.m. Chef Tom Grotovsky, The Unforgettable Chef • 11:15-11:45 a.m. Chef Jose Torres, Italian Village • 11:45 a.m.-12:15 p.m. Chef Jen Gavin, Edible Passport and former “Hell’s Kitchen” competitor There also will be a blood drive with LifeSource. Then, there are the vendors. Among the unique returning businesses, Warthen pointed to Silk Avenue, which will have a station set up at which people can pay to create their own silk scarves. “They use an ancient Turkish art form, ebru (or water marbling), and you can create a one-of-a-kind silk scarf,” Warthen said. “I don’t know of any other event where you can make your own silk scarf. That makes a great gift.” Additional sponsors for the expo are Celebrity Cruises, Chicago Sky, Chicago Red Stars, Ingalls Health System, Life- Source and SlimSmart Balloon. To register for the expo, visit www.22ndcenturymedia.com/ lady.


12 | April 20, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger news mokenamessenger.com “ I feel like a new person… I like what I see when I look in the mirror. I can finally say I love myself.” – Mary Ann Patient of Dr. Gerald Cahill LOST 95 lbs. BEFORE Business Briefs Little Pastiche Art Studio to host remote radio broadcast Little Pastiche Art Studio is to host a Star 96.7 live remote radio broadcast from its studio on Wednesday, April 26, from 3-6 p.m. Located at 11110 Front St. in Mokena, Little Pastiche is to have radio host Scott Childers onsite. Childers Silver Key Award Winner Top 5% of Pekin Insurance Agents hosts a show on Star 96.7 and also doubles as the radio station’s program director. The art studio encourages the community to listen in during the remote broadcast. Compiled by Editor Tim Carroll, tim@mokenamessenger. com. Beyond the expected. ® 2017 WINNER Is your weight holding you back? Dr. Gerald Cahill and his team are here to help you take ultimate control of your weight and restore your quality of life. Dr. Cahill and his team of experienced weight loss Gerald Cahill, MD professionals have delivered results to more than 5,000 patients throughout Chicagoland. They take an all-encompassing approach to weight management that goes beyond surgery with ongoing support and lifestyle guidance. Take Control of Your Weight and PARTNER WITH EXPERIENCE. To learn more, or to arrange an appointment with Dr. Cahill, call 708-422-5658. Gerald Cahill, MD, is a Midwest Bariatrics surgeon contracted with Specialty Physicians of Illinois, LLC, who chooses to practice at Franciscan Health Olympia Fields. Congratulations! Richard Stringham, An Owner of Stringham Insurance Agency in Mokena, Illinois, has met the criteria of excellence, commitment, and dedication in the sale of Life Insurance to earn a Silver Key Award from Pekin Life . Insurance Company. To learn more about available coverages, call Richard at 708-479-2526, or visit our website at www.StringhamInsurance.com INSURANCE AGENCY, LTD. “Small Town Professionals!” -sm 19646 S. Wolf Road - P.O. Box 45 Mokena, Illinois 60448 708 479-2526 www.StringhamInsurance.com WWW.PEKININSURANCE.COM Richard Stringham AUTO • HOME • BUSINESS • LIFE Don’t just list your real estate property... Sell It! With a Classified Ad See the Classified Section for more info, or call 708.326.9170 • 22ndCenturyMedia.com


mokenamessenger.com news the Mokena Messenger | April 20, 2017 | 13 Mokena Fire Protection District accredited for fourth time Submitted by the Center for Public Safety Excellence On March 22, the Commission on Fire Accreditation International granted accredited status to Mokena Fire Protection District. Representing the agency was Chief Howard Stephens and Adam Shefcik. This is the fourth time Mokena Fire Protection District has received accredited status. Mokena Fire Protection District serves a population of approximately 17,500 people over a range of 12.5 square miles. Mokena Fire Protection District has shown commitment and dedication to continually improving its service to the community by asking four questions in everything they do: What am I doing? Why am I doing it? How well am I doing it? How can I make it better? This process included bringing in a peer assessment team to verify and validate what the department is doing and what it said it would do and to make any recommendations. Accreditation is a voluntary process which assures the agency’s stakeholders and public they have objectives that meet the needs of their community, provides a detailed evaluation of services, identifies strengths and weaknesses, and provides an opportunity for communication of organizational priorities. It is not always easy to show others strengths and weaknesses, but by doing so, the department can grow and better serve their community. The Center for Public Safety Excellence would like to congratulate Mokena Fire Protection District on their new accredited status. For more information on agency accreditation, visit CPSE’s website at: www. cpse.org. Lincoln-Way phishing scam resurfaces Submitted by Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 District officials have been made aware of an email phishing scam that has resurfaced in the Lincoln-Way area. Individuals claiming to work for a custom T-shirt and spirit wear company (TD Sports) have sent emails to local Lincoln-Way area businesses claiming to have sponsorship opportunities available through T-shirt and product sales. The individuals sending these emails have no association with Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210, or with TD Sports, a North Carolinabased business. Residents and/or business owners who receive solicitation asking for a financial donation in exchange for sponsorship of Lincoln- Way spirit wear and/or accessories should not offer financial information or payment of any form. Any donations made to this individual will not benefit the students or operations of District 210. Additionally, any donation made will not result in a Lincoln-Way sponsorship of companies or individuals. Anyone in the Lincoln- Way area who has donated money to individuals claiming to be associated with TD Sports should file a report with their local police station. solar From Page 5 she said. “Most of the students understood the solar energy and the energy concepts because it is everywhere.” For Rodgers, the solar panels are a way to bring classroom experiences into the real world. She said students have pointed out neighbors’ homes with solar panels, and have become more aware of how they reduce the need for other sources of electricity. “It’s fun, it’s interesting, it’s new,” said Butryn, who has solar panels on her own home. Along with classmate Geena DiBenedetto, Butryn tinkered with a tiny solar panel last week, powering a miniature fan under a lamp. A note card acted as a cloud, shading the light and causing the fan to sputter to a stop. Afterward, the class debriefed: More light means more energy. As the weather becomes warmer, Rodgers’ students will head outside to launch solar balloons filled with air but powered by the sun’s rays. It’s a unique, hands-on activity. But Rodgers hopes it will have a brighter impact. “It really just intrigues me that I could create some future engineers here, just because of putting something on our school,” she said. For more information and real-time data from Summit Hill’s solar panels, visit www.summithill.org/shjh_ home.htm and scroll to the bottom of the page. D161 From Page 8 Marron said. “This way, at least we’ll have the same cost; we just won’t be able to recover some of which we otherwise would be able to.” Bus stops will be established prior to the consideration of supplemental bus riders, at which point only the superintendent or a designee will have authority to add stops. Supplemental bus riders will be taken on a first come, first served basis. “There’s room to add a number of riders without having problems,” Marron said, noting that it will be possible for the district to absorb the costs. The program, as approved, goes into effect at the start of the 2017-2018 academic year, and the measure will require reauthorization moving forward. Students record the results of their experiment, finding that warm, not hot, temperatures and maximum sunlight are best for solar panels. Kirsten Onsgard/22nd Century Media


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16 | April 20, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger news mokenamessenger.com Help your customers DON’T WAIT RESERVE YOUR POLITICAL ADS Be smart. Advertise in NOW! into action this season. ® The Mokena Messenger Contact Lora Healy 708.326.9170 ext. 31 l.healy@22ndcenturymedia.com Chicagoly magazine named among Chicago’s best publications Staff Report The first year for Chicagoly magazine was an awardwinning one. Chicagoly, a sister publication of The Mokena Messenger, both published by 22nd Century Media, was named a finalist in four categories of the 40th annual Peter Lisagor Awards from the Chicago Headline Club. Chicagoly, a quarterly magazine, competes in the Non- Daily Newspaper, Magazine or Newspaper Magazine division. Winners are to be announced during a honorary banquet May 12 at the Union League Club of Chicago. Highlighting the nominations was a spot in the General Excellence in Print Journalism field, where Chicagoly will compete with Chicago magazine and Crain’s Chicago Business for best non-daily publication of 2016. Chicago magazine won the award in 2016 and Crain’s in 2015. Also earning nominations for Chicagoly were feature stories from three of the magazine’s four 2016 issues. Jamie Lynn Ferguson’s homage to artist and author Shel Silverstein (Summer 2016) earned a nomination in the Best Feature category, while Zach Brooke’s breakdown of the mattressstore boom in Chicagoland (Spring 2016) is a finalist for Best Business Reporting. Also a finalist is “Plugged In: The Story of Internet Addiction,” by Lorraine Boissoneault (Fall 2016), which is up for Best Non-Deadline Reporting against a story from Sports Illustrated and another from Rolling Stone. “For such a fairly new publication like ours, just being nominated feels like we’ve already won,” said Vasilis Papadrosos, Chicagoly’s creative director. “I’m very honored we’re recognized among so many well-established publications. And it’s also great recognition for the hard work all of us put into this magazine every issue and motivation to keep producing quality work. “But — let’s be honest — Just the beginning In just six issues, Chicagoly has earned numerous recognitions From What Story/Issue American Society of Magazine Editors Chicago Headline Club: Peter Lisagor Awards finalist Readers’ Choice: Best Business and Technology Cover Non-Daily: General Excellence in Print Journalism Non-Daily: Best Feature Story Non-Daily: Best Business Reporting Non-Daily: Best Non- Deadline Reporting Non-Daily: Best Sports Story Fall 2016 we want to win.” Chicagoly burst on the scene in late 2015, debuting with a winter issue. That one issue earned a Lisagor Award nomination for a Best Sports Story. The magazine, also known for its vibrant and creative covers, earned a Readers’ Choice Award for Best Business and Technology Cover (Fall 2016) from the American Society of Magazine Editors. Chicagoly has continued its dedication to well-researched, in-depth and colorful storytelling on subjects and people important to Chicagoans. Calling itself “The most compelling read in Chicagoland,” the magazine recently moved to a subscription model. Annual subscriptions are just $16, while two-year buys, which have been the most popular choice so far, can be made for only $24. To get a subscription or for more information, visit Chi cagolymag.com/subscribe or contact Publisher Joe Coughlin at (847) 272-4565 or joe@chicagolymag.com. Spring, Fall and Winter 2016 “Portrait of an Artist,” by Jamie Lynn Ferguson (Summer 2016) “Soft Landing,” by Zach Brooke (Spring 2016) “Plugged In: The Story of Internet Addiction,” By Lorraine Boissoneault (Fall 2016) “Back in the Bigs,” by Joe Coughlin (Winter 2015)


mokenamessenger.com school the Mokena Messenger | April 20, 2017 | 17 The mokena messenger’s Standout Student Sponsored by Marquette Bank When I’m hungry, I need food otherwise I’ll get “hangry.” Who do you look up to? I look up to my grandpa because he is always happy and has a great outlook on life. He is always at all my meets and is my biggest supporter. what sets us apart. There’s nothing better than feeling the energy at the assemblies or games once “Thunderstruck” is played. What’s your morning routine? My morning routine is composed of rushing around like a crazy person and always running late. Madison Smith, Lincoln-Way Central Senior Madison Smith was picked as this week’s Standout Student because of her academic performance. What do you like to do when not in school or studying? I love running on the track and cross country teams, hanging out with my friends and having family movie night. What are some of the most played songs on Photo submitted your Spotify? I’ve been listening to the Twenty One Pilots albums because I’m going to their concert with my friends, and I’m so excited about that! What’s something most people don’t know about you? Built For The Way You Live Who is your favorite teacher and why? Dr. Baran is my favorite teacher because he truly cares about his students and goes above and beyond helping anyone in any way. He is also so passionate in what he teaches and is able to make Physics fun and easy! What is your favorite class? Even though math is my favorite subject, I am really enjoying my AP Psychology class this year. It’s different than any other class I’ve ever taken, and I find it really interesting. My teacher, Mrs. Pehle, is hysterical and makes the class so much fun. What’s one thing that stands out about your school? I think our school spirit and traditions are 4 Premier maintenance Free Communities If you could change one thing about school, what would it be? There’s really isn’t anything I would change about Central, but I love when they played music during the passing periods on Homecoming Week. If we could do that allyear long, that would be awesome. What’s your best memory from school? My best high school memories are with my team, including everything from jamming on the bus or nonstop laughter on runs. My high school experience wouldn’t be half of what it was without them. Standout Student is a weekly feature for The Mokena Messenger. Nominations come from Mokena area schools. SHORT COMMUTE TO THE CITY Enjoy LOWER TAXES Great SHOPPING & RESTAURANTS 93rd Ave. MODELS & SALES CENTER OPEN 101st Ave. Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday 11-5 GREYSTONE Sunday 1-4 mcfarlandhomes.net 41 129 ST. JOHN PENINSULA POINT 109th Ave. MONESTERY WOODS PENINSULA POINT Luxury Townhomes in St. John Closeout Pricing Call Pam 365-1818 ORCHARD GATE Cottage Homes in St. John from the $230,000’s Call Pam 365-1818 GREYSTONE Paired Villas in St. John from the $200,000’s Call Pat 365-4242 MONASTERY WOODS Paired Villas & Cottage Homes in Cedar Lake from the $160,000’s Call Pam 365-1818 Visit us online at mokenamessenger.com


18 | April 20, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger news mokenamessenger.com Police Reports Police: Former department store employee stole goods worth $1,000 Cassidy R. Blokel, 21, of 1311 W. Maple St. in New Lenox, was charged April 10 with felony retail theft after she allegedly stole merchandise valued at $1,077 from a department store in the 11300 block of Lincoln Highway, where she had been an employee. According to the police report, a witness told police Blokel had stolen the merchandise between March 12 and April 8. April 6 • Hailey Abigail Larson, 22, of 19508 S. 115th Ave. in Mokena, was charged with driving without a valid license, expired registration and operation of an uninsured motor vehicle after police reportedly observed her driving a black Toyota Solara with expired registration on 191st Street at Wolf Road. After initiating a traffic stop, police discovered that she did not have a valid driver’s license or insurance, according to the report. April 3 • Kathleen G. Bieniek, 46, of 12341 Lajunta Court in MFPD responds to March calls of service Submitted by Mokena Fire Protection District The Mokena Fire Protection District responded to a total of 210 calls of service for the month of March, including the following: • Emergency medical services: 104 • Auto accident response: 18 • Request for citizen assist: 23 • Carbon monoxide alarm: 2 Mokena, was charged with DUI-alcohol, failure to reduce speed to avoid a collision, failure to yield at a stop sign and causing a collision that resulted in property damage after she allegedly collided at Tahoe Lane and Teluride Lane with a green Nissan Sentra while driving a gray Toyota Venza. When police arrived, they discovered Bieniek in the Toyota and noted the odor of alcohol, according to the report. Police also reportedly observed she had “bloodshot and glassy eyes.” Bieniek reportedly refused field sobriety testing. While searching her vehicle, police discovered an open can of malt liquor on the floor of the passenger seat, according to the report. Once in police custody, Bieniek reportedly refused to submit a breath sample for testing. 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. • Commercial fire alarm: 14 • Dive/water incident response: 1 • Fire investigation: 1 • Gas leak: 2 • Mutual aid response: 18 • Residential fire response: 2 • Commercial trouble alarm: 25 For more information on the Mokena Fire Protection District, visit www.mokenafire.org. FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT Weather spotter training, health and safety expo set for April 26 Again this year, area residents will have the opportunity to learn about emergency preparedness, safety, health and nutrition, as well as become a certified severe weather spotter for the National Weather Service. The eighth annual Health and Safety Expo will be held from 5-7 p.m. Wednesday, April 26, at the Performing Arts Center at Lincoln-Way West High School, followed by the NWS training at 7 p.m. Dan Martin, Safe Community Coordinator for the Village of New Lenox, said the expo and weather training are great opportunities for people to stay informed and learn about severe weather. “It’s not a question of if; it’s when we will be struck by severe weather,” Martin said. For that reason, he said it is important for people to know what to do in emergency situations. Becoming a weather spotter for the NWS is an extra step he said people can do to help keep themselves, their families and their communities safe when severe weather happens, because spotters are able to provide real-time information for the weather service. Martin said even with the advanced technology used by the NWS to track storms, they also rely on spotters on the ground to provide up-to-date information. Reporting by Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor. For more, visit NewLenoxPatriot. com. FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE Man allegedly slams, spits at and grapples with off-duty officers outside Gizmos A Chicago man who allegedly got into altercations with a manager and then police at an Orland Park family entertainment spot this past week was charged with two felonies and two misdemeanors. Carlos D. Kehl, 33, of 1038 W. 104th St., was charged with two counts aggravated battery to police officer, a Class 2 felony; one count disorderly conduct, a Class A misdemeanor; and one count of assault, a Class A misdemeanor; according to a press release issued the morning of April 11 by the Orland Park Police Department. Orland Park police responded at 2:15 p.m. April 8 to Gizmos Fun Factory, 66 Orland Square Drive, for a reported disturbance between Kehl and security. Kehl allegedly began yelling and swearing in a crowded area near other adults and children in the lobby. A manager asked him to stop, and Kehl “aggressively” confronted the manager and began to swear at him, police said. Two off-duty officers hired as site security reportedly were summoned to the scene. They asked Kehl to leave Gizmo’s, and he refused — berating, swearing, threatening and spitting at the officers, police said. Kehl eventually walked out of the business and into the parking lot, followed by the officers, who remained on the sidewalk, police said. Kehl allegedly walked back toward the officers, spit in an officer’s face and used a body slam to take him to the ground. The other officer intervened and was subsequently put in a headlock by Kehl, with the first officer still on the ground, police said. Reporting by Bill Jones, Editor. For more, visit OPPrairie.com. FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION Siblings launch new fitness app Matt and Julie Knippen never thought their professional worlds would combine, but the tech-minded brother and kinesiology-major sister launched a new app for iPhone users. “Running alone sucks,” Julie said. “That’s our basic idea.” That idea also happens to be the motto behind the sibling’s new app, CHARGE Running, which launched April 3 via the Apple store. Matt and Julie are Tinley Park natives and graduates of Andrew High School. Matt, 27, is the CEO and founder of CHARGE. He works behind the scenes to make sure the app runs smoothly for its users. Twenty-fiveyear-old Julie, on the other hand, is in charge of the company’s marketing and public relations needs. She, along with longtime friend Rory Garman, also from Tinley Park, act as CHARGE’s trainers. In a competitive market of fitness apps, Matt and Julie knew they had to set their app apart from others. CHARGE allows users to join in on live runs with live feedback from a trainer, solving the problem of not having a running partner. Users can sign up for various class times throughout the day, and during the run the app sends data back to the trainer in real time. Runs range in length from 25-50 minutes. Reporting by Brittany Kapa, Assistant Editor. For more, visit TinleyJunction. com. FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND Blue Jeans Ball to benefit new playground for Lockport school The Goodings Grove Parent Teacher Organization is inviting Homer Glen and Lockport residents to dust off their boots and don their best denim while benefiting area youth. The group will host its inaugural Blue Jeans Ball, a rustic, country-casual event from 6-11 p.m. May 13, at Zachary’s Red Barn, 16849 S. Cedar Road in Homer Glen. Proceeds from the adults-only event will go toward building a playground at the school. The current Goodings Grove playground was installed more than 20 years ago. The structure features rust spots, as well as chipped and peeling coating. While it is not dangerous for the children to play, Goodings Grove PTO member Jenny Reichardt said her group is trying to be proactive. “It needs to be replaced before it becomes a safety hazard,” she said. “If you walk to the playground and you see the playground and you imagine your kids playing on the playground, anyone would want to change that.” The site has received much wear and tear, PTO member Kerrie Heeney said. With no playground in the surrounding subdivisions and with Goodings Grove’s baseball fields in use over the summer, local children flock there to play after school. “This is the playground the kids ride their bikes to,” Heeney said. “So, why not have a great playground? They’re going to use it all summer; let’s give them something great.” Reporting by Erin Redmond, Assistant Editor. For more, visit LockportLegend. com.


mokenamessenger.com sound off the Mokena Messenger | April 20, 2017 | 19 Social snapshot Top Web Stories From MokenaMessenger.com as of Monday, April 17 From the editor On maximizing fun for musical participants 1. 10 Questions with Reis Parkinson, Lincoln- Way East girls water polo 2. Annual Titan Trot 5K benefits St. Mary educators 3. Matt’s Old Mokena: Braun stood apart as Mokena’s blacksmith 4. Central girls water polo edges out 9-7 win against former East teammates 5. Photos: Helping the howlers - MIS assembly features check presentation Become a member: mokenamessenger.com/plus “Thank you to everyone that participated and volunteered at this year’s Titan Trot! It was an amazing day! #trot4rteachers” St. Mary Catholic School Mokena shared this post on its Facebook page April 11 Like The Mokena Messenger: facebook.com/ mokenamessenger.com “Senior class presidents Jason White and Sebastian Esparza are proud to present the 2017 class gift.” @LWCentralKnight posted this photo to its Twitter page April 12 Follow The Mokena Messenger: @mokenamessenger Tim Carroll tim@mokenamessenger.com This coming week is going to be a big one for the students involved with spring musicals. There is Mokena Junior High School’s “The Music Man Jr.” (Page 25), and there is also Lincoln-Way East’s “Oklahoma!” (Page 24). I have a bit of advice for the students involved in these productions, but please note that it may not be perfect for everyone. While I enjoy the hell out of performing, I also dread messing up, which made me very self-conscious and probably prevented me from performing at my peak. So, for any of those who might be in a similar boat, here’s my advice. Smile. That is it. It’s not world-changing advice at all, but smile. One of the many things these students have going for them is that these are musicals, and most people in musicals are happy, so they can smile and remain in character at the same time. These are two musicals with which I have limited familiarity. I know that I have seen them both — perhaps without the “Jr.” addition for “The Music Man” — but when I saw them, I was pretty young. However, I know they are both chances for the performing students to shine. But if the students are anything like me, they may have a little trouble getting out of their own head and into the headspace of the character they are playing. Smiling works so well in this instance, because the characters in a musical are generally happy. Simply by smiling, forced though it may be at first, the performer should begin to relax, and it also should help the character establish himself or herself. This is the simplest possible advice, if we are being honest about it. Too simple to work, one may think. But I know what I’m talking about. That’s right. You probably didn’t know it, but you are reading words written by a guy who once was, like, the fifth male lead in “Grease.” Yep, you’re getting advice from a fella who once had a chorus role in “You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown” (pretty sure my character’s name was Shermie). Uh-huh, this is one tough hombre who was Mr. Tumnus in “The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe.” Plus, I was once a duck in a production for really little children. The rest of my roles are too long to list (they are not), but you get the picture. And if you did not get the picture, the point is that I am a big shot who knows a thing or two about acting in musicals. Fine, I am willing to admit that my performance credits are a little underwhelming, but I still stand behind the advice to smile. The advice, while its surface may seem too simple to be effective, is not underwhelming. Every parent should tell his or her child to have fun in the performance, and I absolutely agree. I just hope that smiling will help the performers have even more fun. Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from 22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. The Mokena Messenger encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be published. We also ask that writers include their address and phone number for verification, not publication. Letters should be limited to 400 words. The Mokena Messenger reserves the right to edit letters. Letters become property of The Mokena Messenger. Letters that are published do not reflect the thoughts and views of The Mokena Messenger. Letters can be mailed to: The Mokena Messenger, 11516 West 183rd Street, Unit SW Office Condo #3, Orland Park, Illinois, 60467. Fax letters to (708) 326-9179 or e-mail to tim@mokenamessenger. com. www.mokenamessenger.com. Attention Builders: Advertise with 22nd Century Media Reach 92,000+ Southwest Suburban homes. ® Contact Lora Healy 708.326.9170 ext. 31 l.healy@22ndcenturymedia.com


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‘Oh, what a beautiful day’ Lincoln-Way East to perform ‘Oklahoma’ , Page 24 Steak and potatoes Tinley Park’s The Primal Cut focuses on the classics with upscale dinner service, Page 27 the mokena messenger | April 20, 2017 | mokenamessenger.com Music is the only way combat that trouble in Mokena Junior High’s production of ‘The Music Man,’ Page 25 Mokena Junior High School students Justin Eckert (left) and Joey Berardelli rehearse for the upcoming production of “The Music Man Jr.” Eckert plays the part of Professor Harold Hill, and Berardelli plays the part of Marian Paroo. Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media


22 | April 20, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger faith mokenamessenger.com Robin’s Nest Your greatest moment, your best decision Robin Melvin Contributing Columnist The calendar shows the Easter season is over. We contemplated and celebrated Jesus’ death and resurrection, those great and powerful moments that split history. But for us who believe, Easter isn’t a passing holiday. It’s an everyday experience. Each morning, we can wake to the resurrection power of a new life, redeemed by Christ. The absolute greatest moment in my life is when I made what 19th century minister Oswald Chambers called a “complete and effective decision about sin.” It happened when I knelt at a dark-stained pine bench in a little Arkansas church. Pastor Mike knelt on the other side and leaned over to talk to me. The piano clanged “Just as I Am” and drowned out most of his words. I cried and nodded. “Yes, I believe Jesus died for my sin. Yes, I want Him to be Lord of my life.” That’s when Christ’s resurrection power took hold and I stepped from death to life. Though I didn’t completely understand what happened to me, I was at peace. After my first sweet taste of freedom, I was determined to die to everything holding me back from my Godgiven identity. I was sick of sin. There was a lot to learn, but I was done letting it steer my mind and my life. I’d made that “complete and effective decision about sin.” Chambers calls this “co-crucifixion.” In Romans 6:5-7 Paul urges us, “Since we have been united with him in his death, we will also be raised to life as he was. We know that our old sinful selves were crucified with Christ so that sin might lose its power in our lives. We are no longer slaves to sin. For when we died with Christ we were set free from the power of sin.” It’s nailed to the cross. It has no power over us unless we give it. I walked out of that little church forgiven and free. The sun was brighter because I didn’t look at the ground anymore. Jesus removed my guilt and lifted my head. My past sin was nailed dead, and my daily sin He’d teach me to strip, piece by ugly piece. Chamber explained that when we decide to kill sin in us, it’s the greatest moment of our lives. We’re not called to simply restrain it, suppress it, or counteract it; we crucify it. Mentally and spiritually, we may know it’s the right thing to do. But we must actually make the decision. No one else can do it for us. What if you let Jesus’ death and resurrection split your story? As the old you dies to unhealthy thinking and bad attitudes and wrong actions, the new you lives to find and become who you were created to be, whole and free. Trust me, my friend. It’s the best decision you’ll ever make. Let’s unite with Christ in his death and resurrection and celebrate new, abundant life. 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. In Memoriam Gregory T. Hobbs Gregory T. Hobbs, 73, of Frankfort, died April 11. He was formerly a junior high English teacher at St. Mary Catholic School in Mokena, which is where he met his wife. He also was a founding, current and two-time president of the Lincoln- Way Foundation Board of Excellence. He is survived by his wife, Karyl; children, Julianne (Jayson) Polad, Brett (Tania) Hobbs and Andrea (Michael) Judge; grandchildren, Maxton, Luke, Jake, Sawyer, Paisley, Thomas and Samantha; siblings, Ronald Hobbs, Martin (Marjory) Hobbs, Lawrence (Denise) Hobbs, Leo (Gail) Hobbs and Donald (Teresa) Hobbs; and many nieces and nephews. Visitation was held at Kurtz Memorial Chapel. A funeral Mass was held at St. Mary Catholic Church. In lieu of flowers, donations to the Lincoln-Way Foundation Board of Excellence, www. lw210.org, would be appreciated. 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. Cards for a Cause 7 p.m. the second Monday of each month. Bring your tape, scissors and colored pencils — if you have them — and plan for a creative evening with lots of fun. and fellowship while making baby quilts for infants baptized at St. John’s and lap quilts for shut-ins. 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 Wednesday Weigh-ins take place at 6:30 p.m., while the meeting is at 7 p.m. Junior High Youth Group 6-7:30 p.m. Fridays. For more information, email marleycommu nitychurch@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) 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. 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. Discipleship 10:15-10:45 a.m. Sundays. The pastor or church leaders are available to meet with patrons to talk about discipleship. This meeting is for those interested in getting questions answered and starting a Do you have someone’s life you’d like Marley Community Church (12625 W. 187th St., Mokena) to honor? Email Editor Tim Carroll Senior High Youth Group at tim@mokenamessenger.com with Bundles of Love 7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. For information about a loved one who was 7 p.m. the second and fourth more information, email marley Adult Bible Study a part of the Mokena community. Monday of each month. 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24 | April 20, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger life & Arts mokenamessenger.com Lincoln-Way East breathes new life into classic musical Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor Fresh, young and energetic are not words director Gina Vitucci said most people usually use to describe “Oklahoma!” The 1943 Broadway musical has been done time and time again by adults, but Vitucci said she thinks it’s a perfect show for high school students. “I love ‘Oklahoma!’ with young people because it really is about teenagers,” she said. Although the show will be just the second one Vitucci has directed, she has a lifelong passion for theater and the experience to back it up. “I love it. It’s my social life. It’s also my passion. It’s also my craft that I’m always trying to perfect,” Vitucci said. “Oklahoma!” is often considered one of the classic musicals. Written by Rodgers and Hammerstein, the plot features a love story between characters Curly McLain and Laurey Williams. The part of Curly in East’s production is played by senior Collin Kavanaugh, who has been involved with the musical productions at East since his freshman year. “Musical theater just combines two of my passions, singing and acting,” Kavanaugh said. “Being able to be up there on stage for two and a half hours and put on a show for an audience is really a cool experience.” Kavanaugh has also been involved in many other musical productions with Curtain Call Theatre, now in Mokena, including “Oliver,” “The Sound of Music” and “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.” “It’s made this experience meaningful to them. And, I think they’re taking a lot of pride in it.” Gina Vitucci - Director of “Oklahoma!” on the ensemble cast digging into each character’s history Senior Lindsey Doody, who transferred to East from North this year, plays Laurey Williams, and was involved in other high school shows at North before coming to East. “It’s really fun to play really different people and try to tap into a different part of yourself,” Doody said. She said it’s also fun to see other students acting onstage as something completely different from their normal personalities and watching some students come out of their shell. In addition to “Oklahoma!” being a great way for students to learn about the origins of musical theater, Vitucci said it was a great show that gets a lot of students involved. The show incorporates students from both North and East, so she said they wanted to pick a show where a lot of students could be onstage. “I think the amount of people up onstage kind of gives it more of a real-life [feel]” Kavanaugh said. “For example, we’re at a party scene, and you don’t usually have like four people — the main characters — at a party. There’s obviously going to be tons of people.” While all of the students onstage may not have character names in the script or speaking roles, Vitucci said it was important to her that the students dig into the meaning of the show. “I think they’ve enjoyed learning about these people,” Vitucci said. “You have to learn a little bit about history and learning what kind of people these are, what they’ve been through, really digging into the meaning of the show and not just treating like a beautiful concert with some lovely singing and dancing. But who are these characters?” To help the students in the ensemble cast get into the show, she said she had each of them create a character with a name and backstory. “I think they liked that, and I think it’s made this experience meaningful to them,” Vitucci said. “And I think they’re taking a lot of pride in it.” Freshman Anmarie D’Ortenzio, who is playing the part of Aunt Eller in the show, said she thinks the ensemble cast is a great way for students who don’t have as much free time to still be onstage. “I think that gives an opportunity for kids to explore theater, which is great,” D’Ortenzio said. D’Ortenzio said she enjoys theater because it gives her a way to express herself while hanging out with her friends. “All my best friends are in theater, and it’s so fun,” D’Ortenzio said. Sam Ruby, who is playing the part of peddler Ali Hakim, said he enjoys the characters in the musical, as Seniors Collin Kavanaugh (left, as Curly) and Lindsey Doody (Laurey) rehearse “Oklahoma!” April 11 at Lincoln-Way East High School. Photos by Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media “Oklahoma!” Lincoln-Way East Fine Arts Center 201 Colorado Ave, Frankfort Show times: 7 p.m. Thursday, April 20 7 p.m. Friday, April 21 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22 3 p.m. Sunday, April 23 Cost: $10 Tickets: www.lwemusic. org well as the music itself. “There are just little fun things to work with in the musical, like different kinds of props and the different sets and the different things you can do behind the scenes of the actual plot that’s taking place,” the Lincoln-Way East sophomore said. Senior Kelli Arseneau, who is playing the role of Ado Annie, said the show doesn’t have any flashy sets, The cast sings during a rehearsal for Lincoln-Way East’s spring musical, “Oklahoma!” The group will perform at 7 p.m. Thursday, Friday and Saturday and at 3 p.m. Sunday. so it’s all about the acting and performance on stage. “It’s always fun to see the show from where it starts to where it grows to and just to be able to share that production with everyone,” Arseneau said. The students will perform “Oklahoma!” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, as well as a matinee show at 3 p.m. on Sunday. “I am so excited for people to see it,” D’Ortenzio said. “I think everyone is going to feel that energy and just energetic vibe out in the audience; they’re going to realize ‘Wow, this is great.’”


mokenamessenger.com life & arts the Mokena Messenger | April 20, 2017 | 25 Young actors bring ‘The Music Man Jr.’ to Mokena Jr. High Amanda Stoll Assistant Editor Now in its second season, the Mokena Junior High School spring musical has grown from 45 cast and crew members to 60. This year, the group is to perform “The Music Man Jr.” under the direction of district music teacher Karen Bussean, who directs the bands at the junior high and middle schools and teaches general music at the elementary school. “My hope is that they get a love for musical theater, expand their horizons a little bit,” Bussean said. “It’s really just another way to express yourself, another art form.” Bussean, who started working at the district five years ago, said she wanted to give the students as many opportunities to explore art and music as possible, and the theater group is another way for her to do that. Playing the part of Professor Harold Hill is seventhgrader Justin Eckert. Hill comes to town to sell band instruments and uniforms, with the intention of skipping town afterward. The part of Marian Paroo, the town librarian and piano teacher, is played by eighthgrader Joey Berardelli. Both Eckert and Berardelli said their favorite scene in the show is the piano lesson scene, but the most challenging scene for the two lead characters is the final scene, in which they sing “Till There Was You” together. “I like to sing. I like to act a lot,” said Eckert, who added he enjoys being a part of the theater group at the school and has made a lot of friends through it. Berardelli said she enjoys the rush of being onstage. “When you’re singing [and] when you’re acting, you can kind of be someone Mokena Junior High students (left to right) Ryan Berardelli, Danielle Santoro, Grace Fitzpatrick , Savannah Novotny, Maddy Overstreet and Kalli Jasper rehearse for Mokena Junior High School’s upcoming production of “The Music Man Jr.” The students will perform the musical Friday, April 21, and Saturday, April 22. Photos by Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media ‘The Music Man Jr.’ Where: Mokena Junior High School, 19815 Kirkstone Way, Mokena Tickets: At the door or in the main office Cost: $6 When: 7 p.m. Friday, April 21 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, April 22 else and forget other things for a while,” Berardelli said. She said she enjoys the energy of the show and is looking forward to continuing her involvement with theater next year at Lincoln-Way Central. Not only are the students gaining experience singing, dancing and acting onstage, Bussean said there are also a number of students who are not necessarily involved in the music department but have been working as part of the cast for the shows. With help from parent volunteers, the students are learning about set building, lights, sound, and props, and they will be running the whole show themselves. Bussean said the students have also been involved with building and painting the set for the show. “They created this. This is about them,” she said. “I could have had parents come in and do it, but I think the kids would have missed out.” Bussean’s husband, Tim, is a set designer who worked for 20 years as a technical theater teacher at area high schools and has been helping with the set design and teaching the students how to use power tools, measure and build the sets. “I would have no idea what to do,” Karen Bussean said. “I’m very thankful to have his expertise in that area.” This year, she said they are to have a rotating set onstage — an impressive feat on it’s own. “These kids will go into high school with some knowledge,” said Karen Bussean, who added she hoped they will continue their involvement with theater into high school. Karen Bussean said the Mokena Educational Foundation and the PTA have been very generous and supportive of the musical, as well as Whitmore Ace Hardware, Schillings Lumber and Jean Lachat Photography. “The Music Man Jr.” features many of the same favorite songs from the original musical, like “Gary, Indiana,” “Piano Lesson,” “Seventy- Six Trombones” and “Shipoopi,” but with a shortened overall show length designed for younger performers. Joey Berardelli (far left), who plays Marian Paroo, and other cast members rehearse for the upcoming production of “The Music Man Jr.” at Mokena Junior High School.


26 | April 20, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger life & arts mokenamessenger.com READ IT AND REAP FAITH From Page 22 journey of faith. Sunday Services 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. For more information, call (312) 350-2279. Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Sundays. Mokena Baptist offers Sunday School classes for all ages. For more information, call (312) 350-2279. mation, 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 Road, Mokena) Narcotics Anonymous 7-9 p.m. Mondays. All those struggling or who have struggled with a narcotics addiction are welcome. All meetings are confidential. For more information, call (708) 479-0300. Spanish Church 12:30 p.m. every Sunday Worship Service 10 a.m. every Sunday. All are welcome. 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 infor- Parker Road Bible Church (18512 Parker Road, Mokena) Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Be sure to arrive early for our Sunday Worship Service to enjoy a hot, complimentary cup of coffee every week at the church. Following the Christian Education Hour (9:15 - 10:15 a.m.), all beverages can be found just outside the sanctuary. Grace Fellowship Church (11049 LaPorte Women’s Bible Study 8:45-9:45 a.m. every Sunday and 2-3 p.m. every Tuesday 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. Experience the benefits of: • Unlimited digital access to 100+ stories a week • Breaking News alerts sent directly to you • Digital files of your favorite pages and photos Subscribe to The Mokena Messenger’s digital program to get your news faster and on any device. MokenaMessenger.com/Digital The web product of THE MOKENA MESSENGER How Do Dinosaurs Enjoy Their Summer? By Coming to a Din-o-Mite Camp at Aunt Nancy’s Adventure Camp! June 5- August 11 Hours Available from 6:30 am – 5:30 pm 10 Adventurous Weeks! Full or Part time Available You will have a fun filled summer with outdoor adventures, field trips, science exploration, ooey gooey art, special visitors & so much more!!! AGES 6 wks – 6 years Located inside Lincoln-Way East High School Call Barb or Sandi for more information: 815-464-4285 VISIT US AT OUR WEBSITE: www.auntnancys.net or on Instagram @AuntNancys


mokenamessenger.com dining out the Mokena Messenger | April 20, 2017 | 27 The Dish Primal Cut Steakhouse realizes the vision of its co-owners Mix of classics, diversification key for new upscale Tinley eatery Thomas Czaja Contributing Editor Approximately six years ago, a chef entered a steakhouse in Chicago, where he met another chef working as a dining room captain. Little did Paul Spass know when he sat down and became a regular customer of Mark Dewar’s that evening that the two would become friends and ultimately business partners, one day opening their own restaurant together. The dream of restaurant ownership for Spass became a reality when he and Dewar held the soft opening for The Primal Cut Steakhouse in Tinley Park in late March. “I saw the ‘for rent’ sign in the window and decided to give it a shot and roll the dice,” said Spass, who has a background as a pastry chef. Since then, the steakhouse has gradually come together and opened for its full range of hours, offering locals a chance to come in and try the menu designed by Dewar, the executive chef there with 32 years of experience. For Dewar — who along with Spass is a graduate of Johnson & Wales University with a culinary degree — a call from his one-time customer this past September was the initial tipping point toward agreeing to the venture. “Believe it or not, I was raised two blocks away [from the restaurant],” Dewar said. “So, it’s kind of like a coming home-type thing. ... We sat down and talked, and the numbers we crunched seemed correct. So, we figured, let’s give it a whirl.” A point of emphasis for Spass was bringing an upscale establishment to Tinley and the surrounding southwest suburban communities. “I think the neighborhood and area really deserved it,” Spass said. “There’s just no place like this unless you go downtown or to Oak Brook.” To that end, Spass had a vision of how he wanted the interior of the restaurant to look. He did not hire a designer to lay everything out; rather, he figured it out himself using a blend of ideas from what he had seen over the years at different restaurants. “We tried to create a downtown feel here in Tinley Park, with the rose brick, the stone, the barn wood,” he said. When it comes to the menus, Dewar said he kept things straightforward, with nothing flashy, since “meat is the primary focus” of a steakhouse. A lunch highlight is The Primal Cut Burger ($14), which features stacked burger patties weighing in at three-quarters of a pound, each topped with American, Gruyère and blue chees, finished with a mound of coleslaw on top, served with French fries. “The end result is a leaning tower of goodness,” Dewar said. The executive chef added another focus with his food program was to add the highest quality products available. He did not want The Primal Cut’s meats sitting on a semi-truck from California to the Midwest. So, he sources “pretty much everything” on the menu from within 30 miles of the restaurant. The results show, with “the proof in the pudding,” he said. “We’re not here to, per se, reinvent the wheel, because the wheel is not broken,” Dewar said. While the lunch menu was designed with both accessibility and efficiency in mind, at the same time adhering to the principle of a kitchen where everything is prepared fresh in the moment, the dinner menu maintains classic offerings, including filet mignon ($29 for petite, $39 for king), New York strip ($25 for petite, $38 for king) and rib-eye ($28 for petite, $50 for king). In addition, The Primal Cut Steakhouse prides itself on diversifying these dishes through its dry-aged offerings, which concentrates and saturates the natural flavor while tenderizing the texture of each meat. The signature dry-aged prime bone-in rib-eye ($54 for 28 ounces) and signature dry-aged prime bone-in New York strip ($48 for 16 ounces) are the end results of that effort. And they stand out, according to the proprietors. “No one in the area really has a dry-aged program like this,” Dewar said. Those preferring not to go the steak route can find alternatives like the chicken Marsala ($22), matched with smashed red bliss potato, or the shellfish cioppino ($29) — a dish with mussels, shrimp, tuna salmon and cod, combined and simmered in a fennel-laced plum tomato broth. Of course, no menu is complete without dessert. Spass has expertise in that realm, and the pickings at The Primal Cut in that regard are numerous. Currently, crème brulee ($6), New York cheesecake ($7) and Key lime pie ($7) are some of the listed items, The petite filet mignon ($29) — accompanied by choice of baked potato or hand-cut fries, along with a house salad or cup of Primal Cut beef vegetable soup — is one of the signature dinner entrees at The Primal Cut Steakhouse in Tinley Park. Photos by Thomas Czaja/22nd Century Media The Primal Cut Steakhouse 17344 Oak Park Ave. in Tinley Park Hours • 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Sunday-Thursday • 11 a.m.-10 p.m. Friday and Saturday For more information ... Web: www. primalcutsteakhouse. com Phone: (708) 407-8150 with a chocolate mousse cake — which will be made with a very fine Swiss chocolate, according to Spass — planned for the menu, as well. “All our desserts are made in house, fresh,” Spass said. “The dessert menu will change depending on the day.” So far, feedback has been positive, with diners happy the building was revamped with a formal atmosphere, The jumbo Alaskan red king crab legs (market price) is served with drawn butter. Spass said. “I think the response has been very good, and we’re very excited about it,” he said. As the business continues to grow, one main component the owners look to add “hopefully in the short future” is a rooftop patio to the corner of the building. Ultimately, it all goes back to Spass’ message of providing a downtown experience out in the suburbs at an affordable rate. “We just really want to target the market we went after and provide quality service, quality food and a beautiful environment for the patrons,” Spass said.


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34 | April 20, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger local living mokenamessenger.com 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. 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36 | April 20, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger real estate mokenamessenger.com The Mokena Messenger’s Sponsored content of the WEEK March 17 • 10349 Kevin Court, Mokena, 60448-7955 - First Midwest Bank Trustee to Peter C. Hamstra, Erin C. Hamstra, $262,500 • 18825 Marjorie Parkway, Mokena, 60448- 8479 - Eugene A. Satrun to Michael Filippini, Dena Filippini, $269,000 • 19454 Kylemore Lane, Mokena, 60448-8003 - Deborah L. Novack to Anthony J. Noto, $285,000 The Going Rate is provided by Record Information Services, Inc. For more information, visit www.public-record.com or call (630) 557-1000. Entertaining in this home is so much fun. What: Impeccable twostory home in the Crystal Creek Subdivision Where: 18805 Chestnut Court, Mokena Amenities: The professionally landscaped exterior boasts a threecar garage, concrete driveway, large patio and storage shed. Step inside to the 3,700-squarefoot interior, which has been freshly painted and includes custom cabinetry, new carpet, refinished hardwood floors, six panel doors and custom window treatments. The main floor offers a two-story foyer, living room with bayed sitting area, formal dining room, family room with brick fireplace and a wellappointed kitchen with tons of custom cabinets, tile backsplash, an island with breakfast bar, dinette, butler pantry and stainless steel appliances. Also, on the main floor, there is a bedroom, full bathroom and a laundry room. The second floor has two full bathrooms and four bedrooms, all with walk-in closets and including a master suite with tray ceiling, huge closet, dual-sink vanity, jacuzzi tub and separate shower. The 1,500-squarefoot basement has been beautifully finished with a decorative ceiling, recessed lighting, crown molding, a recreation room, custom bar, exercise room and a full bathroom. The recreation room includes a surround sound system, built-in cabinetry and a wet bar. It has a super location, within walking distance to the subdivision’s park, playground and trail, with convenient access to Interstate 80, the Metra station and more. Asking Price: $469,900 Listing Agent: Joseph Siwinski, of Lincoln-Way Realty. To schedule a viewing or get more information, call (708) 479-6355 or email jsiwinski@lincolnwayrealty. com. Want to know how to become Home of the Week? Contact Tricia at (708) 326-9170 ext. 47.


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mokenamessenger.com Classifieds the Mokena Messenger | April 20, 2017 | 47 2701 Property for Sale 2703 Legal Notices 2703 Legal Notices SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ES- TATE of 11138 1st Street, Mokena, IL 60448 (Residential). Onthe 11th day of May, 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, N.A. Plaintiff V. Jaime L. McInerney a/k/a Jaime Lee McInerney; et. al. Defendant. Case No. 16CH 1689 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. Advertise your RENTAL PROPERTY in the newspaper people turn to first CALL US TODAY: 708.326.9170 www.22ndcenturymedia.com 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, N.A. Plaintiff, vs. Jaime L.McInerney a/k/a Jaime Lee McInerney; et. al. Defendant. No. 16 CH 1689 NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE Public notice ishereby given that pursuant to ajudgment entered in the above cause on the 30th day of November, 2016, MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the 11th day of May, 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: THE SOUTH 100 FEET OF THE EAST 55 FEET OF BLOCK 10 IN DENNY'S FIRST ADDITION TO MOKENA, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RE- CORDED JANUARY 12, 1854, IN MAP BOOK 29, PAGE 509 AND 510, AS DOCUMENT NO. 17546, IN WILL COUNTY, ILLI- NOIS. Commonly known as: 11138 1st Street, Mokena, IL 60448 Description of Improvements: Residential P.I.N.: 19-09-08-305-020-0000 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 a court 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 2900 Merchandise Under $100 1” metal mini blinds, beige color, clean, excellent condition 76”Wx 45”L $35. 815.469.6554 4shadow boxes, Asian symbols “harmony, love, happiness, tranquility.” Antique copper $10 each. 708.460.7185 5 empty propane tanks. Good for an exchange for arefill for grill or heaters $5 each. 630.639.0638 Doughboy’s collector calender from Danbury Mint asking $80. 815.464.6176 Evolution in pool ladder 54” heavy duty $25. Fit bit flex, 12 colorful bands $10. Watch, 7 colorful bands $10. 708.494.1913 Evolution in pool ladder 54”, heavy duty $25. Fit Bit flex, 12 colorful bands $10. Watch, 7 colorful bands $10. 708.494.1913 Golf balls, pre-driven: 25 Pro V’s $1 each. Bag of 100 Titleist $25. Bag of 100 Nike $25. Bag of 100 Callaway $25. Call Tom: 708.597.2972 John Deere rider 42” w/ bagger. Runs great, cracked mower deck $100. Cash Only. 815.609.0060 Madame Alexander Collector Dolls: Story Land, Wizard of Oz. 7.5-8” tall. Dorothy, Glenda, Wicked Witch, Scarecrow, Tinman, Lion. Pristine condition with boxes and tages $100 for all. Will separate. 708.602.4689 Prom dresses, size 2-4 $99. 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48 | April 20, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger SPORTS mokenamessenger.com Athlete of the Week 10 Questions with Ololade Ayoola Ololade Ayoola is a senior on the Lincoln-Way East girls track and field team. You’ve been on varsity since freshman year. What is it like as a senior now? I feel like senior year should feel natural for me. But a lot of things are different this year; I kind of feel like a freshman, almost. The way practice is run now is different, and I’m doing a lot of different events — and also the same events. It’s interesting, it’s different. But the year flew by; it’s crazy. How have things changed? The workouts are a little different. We do a lot of strength training and longer workouts. It’s definitely preparing us for outdoor. You’ve been to state all three years. What have you learned from those experiences? Those two days — the prelims and finals — are your days to shine. You put it all out there. You’ve been training for months, so you know what you’re capable of. You just have to execute that day. It’s kind of calming, knowing that I’ve been there before, so I know what I need to do that day. How have you improved over the years? Running the 400 meter, it’s really a mental race as well as physical. Over the years, I think I’ve gained a lot of mental toughness on what I’m capable of doing, and just pushing myself. Although it hurts, I can push through the pain and reach my goals. How’s the season been going so far? Indoor season went well. A lot of our seniors graduated last year. There’s opportunities for freshman and people who are new to the team to contribute. Everybody’s just been improving each week. It’s really just working toward our goals for outdoors. Each week has been better, and we’ve improved our marks. There’s Photo submitted been individual growth as well as team growth. Have you stepped up into a leadership role? During practice, I know a lot of the underclassmen are watching me. I try to show them the ropes and do my best in practice, as well in the meets to make sure they’re doing what they [need to do], and I’m doing what I [need to do]. What is key to your success this year? State’s the same every year. I just have to focus on me and what I’m trying to achieve, personally. If I keep a good mindset and I’m focused on my goals for state, then I’ll be fine. As a team unit, there’s a lot of different events this year we’ll do well at state. So, it’s just making sure everyone is putting in their best effort at practice, as well as at all the meets, so we can all reach our goal for state. What’s your personal goal? I’m planning on doing the high jump and the 400 meter at state, hopefully. I obviously want to PR and shoot for the goals. What has kept you in track and field since sixth grade? When I started running track, I was like, “Wow, this is such an awesome sport, there’s so many events, and so many different things you can try.” When I got to high school, it became more serious, and it was a lot more difficult. I realized I really had a love for the sport, and there’s something about it. I guess it’s the idea of always pushing yourself each meet to be better that stuck to me — that constant improvement, trying to PR, move forward and progress. That pushed me to keep doing track, because I always like to be better and do better. What are your plans for after high school? I committed to the University of Illinois Urbana- Champaign. I’m going to be running track there. It was a really good academic and athletic balance for me. I knew a lot of the girls on the track team, and the coaches were really genuine. I want to go into engineering, and they have an amazing engineering program. So, it was the right fit. As of right now, I think I want to go into chemical engineering. I’ve just had an increasing love for chemistry. My teacher, Mrs. [April] Richter, she really encourages engineering as a career choice. Interview by Contributing Editor Kirsten Onsgard. This Week In... Knights Varsity Athletics Badminton ■April ■ 20 - host Bradley- Bourbonnais, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 22 - at Hindsale South Invitational, 8:30 a.m. ■April ■ 26 - host SouthWest Suburban Conference Tournament, TBA Baseball ■April ■ 20 - host Andrew, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 21 - host Lincoln-Way East, 7 p.m. ■April ■ 22 - at Romeoville, 11 a.m. ■April ■ 24 - host Lincoln-Way West, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 26 - at Lincoln-Way West, 4:30 p.m. Softball ■April ■ 20 - host Thornridge, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 21 - host Lemont, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 22 - host Tinley Park, 11 a.m. ■April ■ 24 - at Thornton, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 26 - at Joliet Catholic, 4:30 p.m. Girls soccer ■April ■ 20 - at Naperville North Tournament, 5 p.m. ■April ■ 21 - at Naperville North Tournament, 5 p.m. ■April ■ 22 - at Naperville North Tournament, 10 a.m. ■April ■ 25 - at Thornwood, 6:15 p.m. Boys tennis ■April ■ 20 - at Bradley- Bourbonnais, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 22 - at Plainfield North Quad, 9 a.m. ■April ■ 25 - host Thornwood, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 26 - at Stagg, 4:30 p.m. Girls track and field ■April ■ 21 - at Lockport Invitational, 4:30 p.m. Boys track and field ■April ■ 21 - at Red Grange Invitational, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 25 - host Bolingbrook/ Thornton, 4:30 p.m. Boys volleyball ■April ■ 20 - at Lockport, 5:30 p.m. ■April ■ 21 - at Brother Rice Smack Attack, 5 p.m. ■April ■ 22 - at Brother Rice Smack Attack, 9 a.m. ■April ■ 25 - host Sandburg, 5:30 p.m. Boys water polo ■April ■ 21 - host Lincoln-Way West, 5 p.m. ■April ■ 25 - at Bradley- Bourbonnais, 5 p.m. Girls water polo ■April ■ 21 - at Lincoln-Way West, 5 p.m. ■April ■ 22 - at Naperville North Invitational, 9 a.m. ■April ■ 25 - host Bradley- Bourbonnais, 5 p.m. Griffins Varsity Athletics Badminton ■April ■ 20 - host Andrew, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 21 - host Joliet Central, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 26 - at SouthWest Suburban Conference Tournament, 4:30 p.m. Baseball ■April ■ 20 - host Homewood- Flossmoor, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 21 - at Lincoln-Way Central, 7 p.m. ■April ■ 22 - at Lemont, 10 a.m. ■April ■ 25 - host Sandburg, 4:30 p.m. Girls soccer ■April ■ 25 - at Lincoln-Way West, 6:15 p.m. Girls softball ■April ■ 20 - host Sandburg, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 24 - host Plainfield South, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 25 - host Stagg, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 26 - at Minooka, 4:30 p.m. Boys tennis ■April ■ 20 - at Thornwood, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 22 - at Oswego Quad, 8:30 a.m. ■April ■ 25 - at Lincoln-Way West, 4:30 p.m. ■April ■ 25 - at Downers Grove South, 6 p.m. Boys track and field ■April ■ 21 - at Tinley Park Invite, 4:45 p.m. ■April ■ 25 - at Bradley- Bourbonnais/Thornwood SWSC Tri, 4:30 p.m. Girls track and field ■April ■ 22 - at Glenbard West, 9:30 a.m.


mokenamessenger.com SPORTS the Mokena Messenger | April 20, 2017 | 49 Girls Water Polo Central edges East in win over former teammates Jeff Vorva Freelance Reporter The closing of Lincoln- Way North last June and its impact on athletes and coaches is old news. Most sports have settled in, and athletes have gotten used to the displacements and switches. But there was one spring sport in which athletes and coaches felt a little funny when they played each other. The water polo community is still getting used to the changes, as evidenced in Lincoln-Way Central’s home 9-7 victory over Lincoln-Way East on April 11 in a battle for the SouthWest Suburban Conference lead. East now has a bunch of former North players on the squad. Central now has a group of former East players on its team. And the coaches? Former North coach Kendra Will is now at East, while her former assistants, Pam Dettman and Pat Shaughnessy, are head and assistant coaches, respectively, at Central. All three led North to a state appearance in 2016, and the three were back on different sides of the pool for this battle. “It was weird at first,” said Nicole McCabe, a former East standout who had five goals, including the goal with 3:17 left that broke a 7-7 tie game. “It was fun. We were cracking a lot of jokes.” “Some of the girls on East were my best friends,” teammate Caroline Heathcock added. “It was definitely tough to play them, especially when you know their skill sets. I played with them last year, and I played with them in the club season. We knew it was going to be pretty evenly matched.” After that game, the Knights had an 8-0 record in the SouthWest Suburban Conference, while Sandburg was in second with a 7-1 mark, and East was 7-2. The two teams battle again May 5 at East. The sectional sites were recently released by the Illinois High School Association, and both teams, along with Lincoln-Way West, Sandburg and six other teams, will battle it out in the Lincoln-Way Central Sectional in May. Since 2012, Central, East and North have qualified for state. In the April 11 battle, Central led 4-1 midway through the second period, and East scored five straight goals to take a 6-4 lead with 4:13 left in the third. Central scored a pair of goals from Megan Cales and McCabe in the final 2:29 to knot the game up heading into the fourth. McCabe scored first in the fourth, and East’s Paige Lincoln-Way Central goalie Claire Connors gets ready for a pass after making a save April 11 during a game against Lincoln-Way East in New Lenox. Jeff Vorva/22nd Century Media Ruffner answered. McCabe scored what turned out to be the winning goal with 3:17 left, and Nicole Howe added an insurance goal with 52 seconds left. Also scoring the Central were Heathcock and Erin Muellerschoen. Meghan Fischer and Ruffner each had two goals for East. Jordan Bruni, Reis Parkinson and Katelyn Meagher each scored for the Griffins. Central goalies Claire Connors and Erin Kay and East goalie Kaylie Pollard made big stops throughout the game. “A lot of shots were taken from the outside, and I focused on that and tried to position myself,” Connors said. Baseball LWC doubleheader sweep features perfecto John Van Gennep, a junior pitcher for the Knights, threw a perfect five-inning game April 12 in the second game of a doubleheader against Thornwood. He finished the game with zero hits allowed, zero walks and 12 strikeouts. Softball Plainfield Central 4, Lincoln- Way East 3 Allison Jaquith finished the game 2-for-3 in the Griffins’ loss April 12 at Plainfield Central. Marist 7, Lincoln-Way East 3 high school highlights The rest of the week in high school sports Christine Malito went 2-for-3 and drove in all three RBI in the Griffins’ first loss of the season April 11. Alex Storako went 2-for-4 at the plate and struck out six opposing batters. Lincoln-Way Central 8, Homewood-Flossmoor 1 Marina Esparza smacked a three-run home run to lead the offensive output for the Knights against the Vikings April 11. Ashley Platek was right there with Esparza, hitting a two-run homer. On the pitching side, Amanda Weyh completed the game and gave up only one run. Girls soccer Lincoln-Way Central 1, Homewood-Flossmoor 0 Madi Jenig scored her first goal of the season in the Knights’ win over the Vikings April 11. Shannon Klemm assisted. Peyton Vecchiet recorded her seventh shutout, which was the eighth of the season for Central overall. Girls water polo Lincoln-Way East 16, Stagg 7 Reis Parkinson scored three goals in a strong offensive performance for the Griffins April 10. Paige Ruffner, Jess Wolf, Sarah Jackson and Claire Fries all scored two goals. Emily Bonebrake, Emily Costella, Meghan Fisher and Abby Al-Muddaris scored a goal apiece. Paige Spacek had five saves, and Kaylie Pollard had four saves in goal. Boys tennis Lincoln-Way East 7, Joliet Catholic 0 Ryan Mitchell, Declan Merbeth and Will Evans, all singles players for the Griffins, led the way in East’s win over Joliet Catholic April 12. The victory was the Griffins’ sixth consecutive dual meet win. Lincoln-Way East 7, Sandburg 0 Ryan Mitchell led the way for the Griffins on the singles side April 11, and the first doubles combination of Matt Zuccato and Weston Dell set the tone for the doubles teams. Boys volleyball Brother Rice 2, Lincoln-Way East 1 Jake Snyder had 30 assists over the course of the threeset match April 11 for the Griffins, who won the first game 25-23 before falling 25-12 and 25-14 in the next two games. Lincoln-Way Central 2, Richards 0 Eric Phalen recorded two aces and 14 digs to stuff the stat sheet for the Knights April 11. Not far behind was Matt Von Holst, who had one ace and five kills in Central’s 25-20 and 25-16 wins over the Bulldogs. Lincoln-Way Central 2, Joliet Catholic 0 Mason Davis led the way for Central with 11 kills and two blocks April 10 against Joliet Catholic. The Knights won Game 1 25-21 and Game 2 25-18. Willy Kickert kicked in four kills and three blocks, and Jack Yurkanin added two aces, 10 kills and two blocks. Badminton Lincoln-Way West 8, Lincoln- Way East 7 Savanna Watson and Veda Prestamer won in three games in doubles competition April 11. Prestamer also won in three games in her singles match. Ana Huter picked up a three-game point at No. 9 singles. High School Highlights is compiled by Editor Tim Carroll, tim@mokenamessenger.com.


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But in the end, it was East that broke a two-match losing streak and extended the Celtics’ setback streak to four with a 25-19, 25-20 victory in a local team tussle on Thursday, April 13, in Frankfort. Ian Piet led the Griffins (11-4) with 12 kills, a slew of which came down the stretch to help clinch the match. Junior right side hitter Jack Patterson (10 kills) paced Providence (5-12). “We needed a win for a moral boost,” said Piet, a junior outside hitter. “We always look at the other team like they’re the state champ, and we like to play good competition.” While the Celtics’ record is down this season, they have had high-caliber teams in the past, finishing fourth in the state in 2008. Klaver was an outside hitter for the Griffins and helped them to a fourth-place finish in 2007, his senior season. “It was my first time back here as a [head] coach, and it felt great,” Klaver said of his return to the gym he played in a decade ago. “There are a lot of special memories here. East is a great program, and that’s why we wanted to play them. We wanted to get on their schedule, and when an opportunity opened, we jumped at it.” Klaver is in his third season as Celtics head coach. His squad only started two seniors, and one of them, setter Tyler Korhorn, is in his first season as a starter. “He never set on the varsity level before this season,” Klaver said of Korhorn, who had 19 assists against East. “He ran a really efficient offense. Plus, our libero [Alexander Zawacki, who had 12 digs] is a freshman. We’re young, and it’s a process, but we [taking] a step forward.” After dropping the opener, Providence had five leads in Set 2. But they were all by a point, and the score was tied at every point through 7-7. Then, junior middle hitter Mike Herlihy (8 kills) had two kills, as East jumped out to an 11-8 advantage. Ahead 12-11, Piet had a kill, and junior middle hitter Caden Wise put down a block to help the Griffins to a 15-11 lead. Trailing 19-15, senior outside hitter Nick Noonan knocked a kill in a 3-0 run that closed Providence within 19-18. There would be no tie for the Celtics, however, as senior outside hitter Jason Szara smacked a kill and Piet pounded another for a 21-18 lead. A long serve closed the Celtics back within 2-points, but a return into the net gave the serve back to East. Piet produced another kill and then was able to redirect a ball at the net for another one and a 24-19 lead. A net violation let Providence hang round for another point, but Piet pinged the match-winning kill to give the Griffins their first victory since the second day of the Wheaton-Warrenville South Tiger Classic on April 1. “We came out of a timeout [at 19-18], and coach [Fiore] Providence Catholic High School volleyball player Domenic Kimak goes up to block a hit by Lincoln-Way East’s Mike Herlihy April 13 during the Griffins’ win over the Celtics. Julie McMann/22nd Century Media said to be aggressive,” Piet said of his play down the stretch. “I just took advantage of the opportunity. “It’s a fun little rivalry playing Providence. In my second year of playing club ball, when I was 13, I was coached by coach Klaver, so that was neat to play them. We just have to keep working hard to get better.” Patterson had two kills and a block in the early going of the opener to help Providence to a 3-2 lead. But Piet produced a pair of kills, and senior setter Jake Snyder (17 assists, 2 kills, 3 blocks) served an ace, as the Griffins gathered four straight points to take the lead for good at 6-3. During that stretch, however, East junior middle hitter Luis Zavala twisted his left ankle. He was taken out and didn’t return. He likely was going to sit out East’s match the next night against Wheaton-Warrensville South at Lewis University, but hoped to be back this week. Leading 8-7, the Griffins went on a 9-2 blitz for a 17-9 lead. Sophomore defensive specialist Danny Pacini (9 digs) had an ace in that stretch. The Celtics chipped away and closed back within 20-17, as sophomore middle hitter Ike Papes (4 kills) pounded a kill and Noonan negotiated a block. But Herlihy and Snyder each had a pair of kills, and Providence committed a net violation on set point to end the opener. East coach Kris Fiore, who coached the Griffins to the state title in 2014, was glad to get Providence on the schedule. “They’re a competitive program that is just down the street,” he said of the Celtics. “They were playing some great defense. But for us, we’re still a work in progress. We had a new lineup [against Providence], and we’re still tweaking to get the right group. “We graduated four starters from last year, and have had a brutal stretch of matches. It doesn’t get any easier. We just have to focus on playing better defense and putting down our shots on offense.” The day before, April 12, the Celtics traveled to Loyola and lost 25-19, 25- 22. On Tuesday, April 11, East hosted only its second home match of the season. Despite 30 assists from Snyder, the Griffins fell to Brother Rice by scores of 25-23, 12-25, 14-25.


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52 | April 20, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger SPORTS mokenamessenger.com Boys Water Polo Knights give valiant effort in one-goal loss to Porters Frank Gogola Freelance Reporter Lockport junior Jake Sweis wasn’t fazed when he found himself as the only Porter on the offensive end during a fast break. Instead of stalling and waiting for teammates to swim in, he worked his way past two Lincoln-Way Central defenders, attacked the net from the right side and fired a shot for a goal. “I’ve been trying to work on scoring on multiple defenders,” Sweis said. “It’s one of the best feelings when you actually pull that off.” Sweis’ goal gave the Porters a 9-8 lead and put them up for good, as they used a big third quarter to beat Lincoln-Way Central 12-11 on Thursday, April 13, in Lockport. The Knights staged a fourth-quarter comeback but came up one goal short for the second time this season against the Porters. “Another close game, but I’m not going to complain, because we needed a game like this,” Central coach Jacob Bernard said. “A win would have been perfect, but the fact that we kept it close and we kept it intense, that’s what we really needed, since we’ve been in a slump.” The Porters (9-6-1, 6-3) outscored Central 7-2 in the third quarter while shooting in the deep end. They turned a 6-4 halftime deficit into an 11-8 advantage heading into the fourth. Sweis scored three of his game-high six goals in the third. Better releases by players, more accurate passes and steals in the third quarter led to fast-break goals – two by Sweis and one by junior Matt Zalesko. Junior Giovanni Onesto and Zalesko scored one goal each off a rebound. Sweis added one while Lockport played a man up. Onesto scored on an empty net, as Central senior goalie Jacob Culver was beat to the ball after coming out of the net for a steal attempt. “The third quarter was huge,” Lockport coach Joe Lewandowski said. “That changed the outcome of the game. The biggest thing was we couldn’t find our tempo early. In the third, we caught five or six counterattacks where either we got the set in or got some fast breakaways.” “It was a chaotic mess,” Bernard said. “With everyone moving around nonstop, it’s easy to buckle and lose a guy.” Coming off a 13-1 loss to Lincoln-Way East, the Knights (7-6, 3-6) were determined to have a better showing. They built a 6-4 halftime lead and outscored Lockport 3-1 in the fourth quarter, but they suffered a defeat similar to the teams’ March 20 meeting, which Lockport won 13-12. “It hurts, but we played really well,” Central senior Mason Maze said. “This was the best we’ve played in a loss. We really clicked as a team. The mistakes are decreasing every game.” Juniors Adam Ceh and Ryan Burke kept the Knights in the game with a goal each in a 1:46 span midway through the fourth quarter. Burke’s goal pulled Central within 12-11 with 3:09 to play. Ceh had a chance to tie the game moments later but floated a shot off the crossbar. Maze missed a shot wide right one possession after a jump ball went Lockport’s way. Central committed two turnovers, and Lockport passed the ball around on its final two possessions to run the clock. “This is a tough team,” Sweis said. “I’m really happy with the way we played today.” Maze and senior Dylan Sterling paced the Knights with three goals apiece. Ceh and Burke had two goals each. Junior Ben Bethke added one. Zalesko scored three goals for Lockport. Onesto added two. Sophomore Tyler Thompson had one. The Porters scored on their lone penalty shot and on just two of seven man-up opportunities. “If we score on our manups, the game is not even close,” Lewandowski said. “We didn’t, and that’s something we have to work on.” Lincoln-Way Central’s Dylan Sterling starts the transition offense Thursday, April 13, during an away game against Lockport. Photos by James Sanchez/22nd Century Media The MINI’s are coming. The MINI’s are coming. Saturday, May13 th MINI of Orland Park Mason Maze gears up for a shot.


mokenamessenger.com SPORTS the Mokena Messenger | April 20, 2017 | 53 baseball From Page 54 “We’re preaching the aggressiveness,” Nowicki said. It worked in the sixth, as Cam Post’s run extended the Knights’ lead to 6-3. Cam Post (2-for-3 with a double, 2 stolen bases and 3 runs scored) was the leading offensive threat for the Knights. After a strikeout to lead off the game, he reached base in each of his subsequent three plate appearances, including a double in the third and an RBI single up the middle in the fourth. Dylan Post, Cam Post’s younger brother, had the first hit of the day for the Knights, a double over the right fielder’s head in the bottom of the second. Dylan Post scored on a Joe Dermody RBI a pitch later, but Cam Post said his brother’s double added an extra incentive for his next at-bat. “It did give me some pressure,” Cam Post said. Nowicki said the relationship is about each brother pushing the other. “Cam is the teacher, and his brother is learning from him,” Nowicki said. “... They’re very much working together to get better.” Junior second baseman Brandon Bennitt came up with a triple into the rightcenter field gap in the third and later scored on a wild pitch, and shortstop Jake Blount scored in the fourth after a single and three consecutive walks sent him to the plate. The Knights’ win was their fourth straight, following a 1-2 start to the season. At the heart of the Knights’ resurgence has been their pitching. “I’m really happy with where we’re at,” Nowicki said. “Guys are buying in, and you can feel the confidence kind of coming to guys; they’re playing the game aggressively. So, we’re on the right track.”


54 | April 20, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger SPORTS mokenamessenger.com Knights minimize Vikings’ offense with pitching, defense Tim Carroll, Editor walks, and one of them came around to score in the second Old adages are often clever, but they are not always to after a balk sent him to second and a stolen base-passed be accepted as truth. ball combination allowed There is, however, generally at least a kernel of accura- him to reach the plate. Still, Davis (4 innings, 5 cy in them. For instance, the strikeouts, 2 hits and 3 runs) truth in the adage about good minimized the damage from pitching beating good hitting was on full display April 11 the free passes. in Lincoln-Way Central’s Davis had a bit of trouble victory over Homewoodin the fourth inning, during Flossmoor. Not in every atbat, but more often than not. two hits of the game. which he gave up his only The Knights (5-2) defeated the Vikings (5-4) 6-3 Salley led off the fourth in- Vikings center fielder Kyle in a matchup of SouthWest ning with a swinging-bunt infield single, and that brought Suburban Conference competitors. cleanup hitter Zaid Walker Lefty Knights starter Nate Soccer to the • Lacrosse plate. Walker • Baseball worked Davis was on from the beginning. He kept Homewood- Futsal bomb • to Batting straightaway Cages center. Softball the • count Basketball full before • Volleyball hitting a Flossmoor without a hit for The hits seemed not to the first three innings of faze Davis at all, though. He play, though he allowed four struck Full Concessions out the next three bat- SPEED, AGILITY, QUICKNESS AND STRENGTH TRAINING ters he faced. “[Davis] got touched up for a home run, [but Walker] is an unbelievable hitter, so I was really impressed with our pitchers today,” Central head coach Mitch Nowicki said after the game. Also pitching for the Knights was Devin Smith (3 inning pitched, 6 strikeouts, no hits and no runs allowed), came into the game in the fifth. He allowed just one baserunner on an intentional walk, which was sandwiched between two strikeouts. “Both guys were very prepared to pitch,” Nowicki said. The rest of the game was not as pretty as the pitching was. An errant Davis pickoff attempt in the first allowed Salley two bases, and a throwing error by catcher Dylan Post allowed a runner to advance in the third, but none of the mistakes — with the exception of the passed ball in the second — led to a Vikings run scoring. “It was like both ends of baseball,” Nowicki said. “[There were] some really good plays made, some really good offensive at-bats. Then, there was a lot of ugly. We were able to make a couple more plays than they did in those kind of chaotic situations, where guys were taking extra bases [and] there were plays at the plate.” The Knights created chaotic situations by being aggressive on the basepaths. In the bottom of the sixth, Central senior left fielder Cam Post reached base on a Lincoln-Way Central catcher Dylan Post tags out Homewood-Flossmoor’s Tylon Ross at home to prevent a run April 11 during a game between the two teams in New Lenox. Julie McMann/22nd Century Media leadoff walk and moved to second on a wild pitch. He then attempted to steal third, and the ball got away from H-F catcher Jacob Schroeder. Cam Post rounded third and attempted to score, reaching the plate just ahead of the pitcher’s tag. 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mokenamessenger.com SPORTS the Mokena Messenger | April 20, 2017 | 55 fastbreak Softball Knights’ five-run fifth inning leads to comeback win Jeff Vorva Freelance Reporter 22nd Century Media File Photo 1st-and-3 Making a splash 1. Nicole McCabe (above) Lincoln-Way Central’s leading scorer had five goals against her old school, Lincoln- Way East, including one to break a 7-7 tie with three minutes remaining to help lead the Knights to victory. 2. Megan Cales Cales combined with McCabe to make sure that the Knights were in a position to get the win over East. Cales scored with 2 minutes and 29 seconds left in the third to begin the Knights’ comeback. 3. Goalies The Knights combo of Claire Connors and Erin Kay and East goalie Kaylie Pollard did their part to keep their teams within striking distance. After having seven games canceled due to the weather early in the season, Lincoln- Way Central’s softball team finally had a string of three games in three days, and the bats were in a groove. The Knights are hoping to become one of the state’s elite teams. They outscored three opponents by a combined score of 30-4 from April 11-13, including a 7-3 victory over Andrew in a Thursday, April 13 night game. That SouthWest Suburban Conference Red game was originally set for Good Friday at Andrew, but officials had problems finding umpires, so a Thursday night contest in New Lenox was the alternate solution. Andrew came into the game with a 5-5 mark but had some steam, scoring a combined 19 runs in a pair of previous wins over Homewood- Flossmoor and Bolingbrook. As a matter of fact, The T-Bolts were sitting pretty with a 3-2 lead heading into the bottom of the fifth, but the Knights scored five runs in the fifth, including three from a 200-foot home run from junior third baseman Kamryn Murphy that barely cleared the left-field fence. “I didn’t think it was going to go over,” she said while raking the third-base line minutes after the game. “The coaches said if the first Lincoln-Way Central’s Colleen Barrett lays down a bunt Thursday, April 13, during a home night game against Andrew. Jeff Vorva/22nd Century Media pitch is there, swing as hard as I can, and I listened. It was probably the most intense home run I’ve hit.” “She will be the first to tell you that she hasn’t been hitting the ball the way she wants to this year,” Knights coach Jeff Tarala said. “She has hit a lot of balls hard, but at someone. I call softball a game of injustices. You can hit the ball hard 500 times and make 500 outs. “But we saw a little peek at what she could do with that home run.” The Knights improved to 8-2 overall and 2-0 in the conference with the win. “We’ve been doing really well as a team because it’s a new team,” said Murphy, who transferred from Lincoln-Way East. “We’ve either been on or off, but we’re doing pretty well so far.” Andrew coach Matt Fish is hoping to put together a run similar to Central’s. “We knew the top half of our schedule was going to be tough,” Fish said. “We played Lockport twice and Marist, and we’ve been right there. It’s an inning or a play here or play there, and we knew that going into the season we were going to have to be fundamentally sound. If you give a good team an opportunity, they will take advantage. “Eventually those wins will come.” Maggie Bailey, Hannah Mayo and Alyssa Mac- Trinder drove in runs for the T-Bolts. The game also featured an intense second-inning dual between Andrew hurler Josie Magnabosco and Knights leadoff hitter Gabriella Gedville. Gedville fouled off numerous pitches before taking Magnabosco’s 17th pitch in the at-bat up the middle to drive in a run to put her team up 2-0. The next time the two faced each other was with the bases loaded in the fourth, and Gedville lined out to Magnabosco on the first pitch. Sophomore Amanda Weyh picked up the win in relief for Knights starting pitcher Marina Esparza, who gave up three unearned runs in 3 2/3 innings. “Marina showed character – it could have been a lot worse, it could have been six runs,” Tarala said. “Amanda has been lights out for us all year. She shut the door. It’s a nice luxury two have two pitchers like this.’” Listen Up “Some of the girls on East were my best friends. It was definitely tough to play them, especially when you know their skill sets.” Caroline Heathcock – Lincoln-Way Central water polo player, on playing against Lincoln-Way East and her former teammates TUNE IN Boys Volleyball 5:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 25 • The Knights will have a stiff test hosting Sandburg, a team that made it to the state playoffs last season. Index 49 – High School Highlights 48 – Athlete of the Week FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor Tim Carroll, tim@moke namessenger.com.


mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | www.mokenamessenger.com | April 20, 2017 Feverish fifth Knights tally five runs in fifth inning to take down SWSC foe Andrew, Page 55 Familiar faces Central girls water polo plays former teammates at East in battle for conference lead, Page 49 Knights hurlers keep Vikings potent lineup at bay in win, Page 54 Lincoln-Way Central starting pitcher Nate Davis throws a pitch April 12 during a game against Homewood-Flossmoor in New Lenox. Julie McMann/22nd Century Media 34 th Annual FREE SATURDAY, MAY 6 • 9 AM – 1 PM

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