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Mokena Boy Scout Troop 725 finishes work started by late Scout, Page 3

Members of Mokena Boy Scout Troop 725 pose with bicycle donations from the community at 11247 W. 189th St. in Mokena. TJ Kremer III/22nd Century Media

New dugouts a hit The LWSRA debuts

its new dugouts just in time for summer heat,

Page 4

For he’s a jolly good

fellow Board bids adieu to police

commander, Page 6

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Music in the Moonlight

6:30-9 p.m. Aug. 3, 10537

W. La Porte Road, Mokena.

The Forest Preserve District

of Will County is kicking

summer into high gear in

June with this new program

that will get people bopping

to the music. The performance

will feature Chicago

Kingsnakes for a Blues

Brothers themed-night.

Concert goers are encouraged

to bring lawn chairs

or blankets, snacks and bug

repellent. Registration is not

required. For more information,

visit www.reconne


Self-Defense Class

6:30-8:30 p.m. Aug. 4,

Family Martial Arts, 8537

W. 191st St., Mokena. This

safety seminar sponsored

by the Mokena Public Library

will begin with a safety

awareness presnetation

folloed by lesson in some

simple yet effective selfdefense

techniques. This

program is for participants

age 13 and older. Registration

is required. For more

information and registration,

call (708) 479-9663 or email



CPR Classes

6-9 p.m. Mondays, Aug.

7 and Aug. 21, Mokena

Fire Station #1, 19853 S.

Wolf Road, Mokena. The

Mokena Fire Protection

District offers monthly

CPR classes for the public.

The cost covers books, materials

and instructor fees.

Students are instructed in

adult, child and infant CPR

and AED. Cost is $35 for

community members and

$40 for healthcare providers.

Register online at or in

person at Fire Station #1.


3D Printer Class

7-8 p.m. Aug. 8, Mokena

Community Public Library

District, 11327 W. 195th

St., Mokena. Join the library

in the YA Computer Lab

the second Tuesday of each

month to make 3-D nameplates

with the Makerbot 2x

3-D Printer. For more information,

call (708) 479-9663

or visit www.mokenalibrary.


Community Concerts

7 p.m. Aug. 8, Island Prairie

Bandshell, 7540 W. Braemar

Lane, Frankfort. Join

the Frankfort Square Park

District for a free performance

by Shindig. In case

of inclement weather, call

(815) 469-8067 after 5:30

p.m. for final location. For

more information about the

summer concerts, call (815)



Intro to Yoga

10-11 a.m. Thursday,

Aug. 10, Mokena Community

Public Library District,

11327 W. 195th St.,

Mokena. Join Marti Anne

for this class that’s designed

for first time yoga

students. Learn a series of

gentle poses, postures and

positions while calming the

body and the mind. Spend

time going from standing

poses to poses down on the

mat. Participants are encouraged

to bring a yoga

mat; however, one will be

provided for use during

the class if needed. Registration

required. For more

information and registration,

call (708) 479-9663

or email tdomzalski@m

Business After Hours

5-7 p.m. Thursday, Aug.

10, Maertin Heating &

Cooling, 19150 S. Wolf

Road, Mokena. Join the

Mokena Chamber of Commerce

for a multi-chamber

BAH and to celebrate

Maertin Heating & Cooling’s

25th Anniversary.

Mokena Community Garage


Deadline to sign up is 4

p.m. Friday, Aug. 11. Garage

sales will be held from

9 a.m.-4 p.m. Friday, Aug.

17-Sunday, Aug. 20. To sign

up, call (708) 478-6182 or

stop by 11020 Front St., Unit

A, Mokena 8 a.m.-4 p.m.


St. Anthony WOW

7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 11,

Frankfort Township Building,

11000 W. Lincoln Highway,

Frankfort. This nondenominational

social group

is for Widows or Widowers.

Join them for a short meeting,

entertainment and refreshments.

New faces are

welcome. For more information,

call Mary at (815)

469-4351 or Bill at (708)


Sundaes on Saturdays

10 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday,

Aug. 12, Old Plank Trail

Community Bank, 20012

Wolf Road, Mokena. Join

the Old Plank Trail Community

Bank for a free ice

cream social with ice cream

from TCBY. For more information,

visit www.oldplan

Golf Outing

Noon Monday, Aug. 14,

Flossmoor Country Club,

1441 Western Ave., Flossmoor.

Join the Cancer Support

Center for its 26th

annual golf outing. Registration

starts at noon followed

by a shotgun start at 1

p.m.. The reception will begin

at 6 p.m., and the silent

auction will close at 7:30

p.m. Cost is $225 per golfer

and includes golf and dinner.

The cost for a foursome

is $900 and includes golf

and dinner for four. Golfers

will also receive a boxed

lunch. For those not interested

in golfing, a ticket for

the reception only can be

purchased for $40. For more

information, call (708) 798-

9171 or visit

Blood Drive

3-7 p.m. Monday, Aug.

14, Mokena Community

Public Library District,

11327 W. 195th St., Mokena.

Join the library for a

blood drive with Heartland

Blood Centers. There is often

a low supply of blood

during the summer months

because regular contributors

get busy with summer

vacations and seasonal activities

that keep them from

keeping a regular donation

schedule. Each donor

will receive a $5.00 Target

gift card as a thank you. To

make an appointment, call

(708) 479-9663.

Village Board Meeting

7 p.m. Monday, Aug. 14

Mokena Village Hall, 11004

Carpenter St., Mokena. The

Mokena Village Board is

scheduled to meet. For more

information, meeting agendas

and minutes visit www.

Board of Education Meeting

7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday,

Aug. 16, Board Room, Mokena

Elementary School,

11244 Willow Crest Lane,

Mokena. The Mokena

Board of Education meets

the third Wednesday of each

month. For more information

and meeting agendas,


Senior Paint Party

6 p.m. Thursday Aug.

17, Frankfort Township

Building, 11000 W. Lincoln

Highway, Frankfort. Enjoy

an evening of fun and creativity.

Paint and take home

a unique masterpiece. Refreshments

will be served,

but bring-your-own beverage.

Cost is $30. For more

information or to reserve a

spot, call (815) 806-2766.

Planning Committee/Zoning

Board of Appeals

7 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 17,

Mokena Village Hall, 11004

Carpenter St., Mokena. The

Planning Committee/Zoning

Board of Appeals is

scheduled to meet. For more

information, visit www.m

Frankfort Square Park

District Board Meeting

7:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug.

17, 7540 W. Braemar Lane,

Frankfort. The Frankfort

Square Park District Board

meets on the third Thursday

of each month. For more information

and meeting age

das visit

Farm & Barn Fest

10 a.m.-11 p.m. Saturday,

Aug. 19, Historic

Yunker Farm, 10824 La

Porte Road, Mokena. The

13th annual Farm & Barn

festival celebrates the significance

of farming life

and harvest time in Illinois’

history. Guests will have

the opportunity to experience

farm life through

entertaining farming demonstrations

such as sheep

shearing and blacksmithing

from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. There

will also be a baby and

kid contest, chili cook-off,

country bingo and a country

concert starring Rockstar

Rodeo and Ethan Bell

Band at 5 p.m.. For more

information, visit www.

To submit an item to the

printed calendar, contact

Amanda Stoll at (708)

326-9170 ext. 34, or email


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From tragedy to triumph

Troop rallies to

preserve legacy of

fallen fellow Scout

TJ Kremer III, Editor

When word of 16-yearold

Josh Galvan’s sudden

passing on May 24 reached

members of Boy Scout Troop

725, the immediate response

was shock and sadness. But,

determination quickly followed:

Galvan’s legacy

would continue through the


On Saturday, July 29, the

troop held a memorial bicycle

drive to collect old

bicycles from members of

the extended community,

including Mokena residents,

fellow Scouts from

surrounding communities

and from dozens of others

who got wind of the event

through word of mouth.

Galvan had begun working

on his Eagle Scout project at

the time of his passing. His

project was to go door-todoor

to collect bikes he would

then take to Al Schroader,

whom Galvan knew from

Parkview Christian Church.

Schroader would then refurbish

the bikes and donate

them to needy children.

The project was typical

Galvan, according to those

who knew him best.

“He was always there

for you, no matter what,”

said Matt Piltaver, longtime

friend of and fellow Scout

with Galvan.

For three hours on that

Saturday morning — while

the sun was shining and

the temperature was mild

— vehicles filled with bike

donations poured in on the

11000 block of West 189th

Street. A steady chorus of,

“more bikes,” rang through

the breezy morning air, followed

by an assembly line

of Scouts who took the bikes

and added them to the peddled

heap, where pictures of

Photos of Josh Galvan adorn the pile of donated bikes. More than 100 bikes were collected

throughout the week, which will be refurbished and given to children and others in need.

Galvan looked on the entire


Bob Koch, who is the

Scout Leader for Troop 725,

said the whole event was

put together in about three


“The outcome of this is that

a bunch of needy kids will

have bikes around Christmas

time,” Koch said. “And what

better legacy for Josh than all

those young kids who don’t

have bikes will now have

bikes and be able to enjoy biking

as much as [Galvan] did.”

While the occasion for the

memorial drive was indeed

tragic, there was a palpable

sense of accomplishment and

pride in fulfilling Galvan’s

unfinished work.

The event was a reminder

for those that knew Galvan of

his generous nature and kind

attitude to those in need.

Galvan’s sister, Michelle

McWilliams, tearfully recalled

some of her late brother’s

many acts of kindness,

and said what she’ll remember

most is his strength and

hopes that she, too, will be

able to follow in his footsteps.

“The one thing that’s going

to keep me going is that Josh

was a really strong kid,” Mc-

Williams said.

Koch expressed a similar

sentiment when asked how

he would remember Galvan.

“The one thing I remember

is [Galvan] went to all the

Scouts and made sure they

went to all the activities so

that no one was left behind,”

Koch said. “I wish I had a

troop full of Joshes.”

For more information

on how to donate or purchase

a commemorative

patch in Galvan’s memory,

email Troop 725 at moken

aboyscouttroop725@ or visit mokena



Scouts from Troop 725 help remove donated bikes from Mokena resident Ann Boyle’s car. Dozens of residents showed up

to support the Troop’s effort to finish Galvan’s Eagle Scout project. photos by TJ Kremer III/22nd Century Media

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Eagle project brings dugout improvements to the LWSRA

Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor

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Baking in the summer heat

is almost a given during any

summer athletic event, but

Lincolnway Special Recreation

Association players

will now have a place to escape

the sun’s rays in a shady


Thanks to Stephen White,

a Homer Glen resident part

of New Lenox Boy Scout

Troop 49, athletes will have

better access to the dugouts,

which have been expanded as

part of his project, as well as

shade from the sun.

LWSRA provides programs

for people with special

recreational needs, and many

of those programs use the

paved ball field next to the

LWSRA building.

Besides its use for summer

camps and year-round sports

leagues, the field is home to

a wheelchair softball tournament

hosted every year by

the LWSRA. This summer it

was held July 29-30 and included

eight teams from as

far away as Kansas, Ohio,

Minnesota and Nashville.

In the past, players in

wheelchairs would have to go

out of their way to the field because

there was no sidewalk

access to the field’s paved

dugouts. And, the dugouts had

no shade structures over them

like traditional dugouts.

Keith Wallace, Executive

Director of the LWSRA,

said he has had the project

in mind for a few years, but

it was put on the back burner

due to lack of funding.

“Proper shading material

would be a benefit out in that

area for safety reasons... for

all our programs,” Wallace


He said he has pitched

the project idea to others in

the past but had never found

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“I know it’s a big project,

so it would be a daunting

task,” Wallace said. “So, I

just kind of put it off and put

it off, and then when Stephen

[White] came in and said he

wanted to do something, I

pulled it out of my drawer

and said ‘Well, I have this.’”

Although White said there

were a couple of other projects

he was considering for

his Eagle project, the one

proposed by Wallace at the

LWSRA won out in the end.

“[The other projects]

didn’t really have the longevity

that this project does,”

White said. “This project, in

ten years, I’ll still be able to

show up here, and I’ll still

be able to see that walkway.

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will benefit from this project

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In the long run, the project

is also going to save the

LWSRA a lot of money because

they will not have to

use tents to provide shade

for players in the dugouts

anymore. Those tents would

sometimes get blown away,

costing the organization $100

to replace each time.

Wallace said he shared

some of his contacts with

White, who worked with area

businesses like Ozinga, Wille

Brothers Company, and ECC,

a demolition company that

Troop 49 scoutmaster, David

Konopko, is co-owner of.

By the time it was over, the

project used 14 tons of crushed

gravel and thirty 80-pound

bags of concrete mix donated

by Wingren Landscape and

Lowe’s in New Lenox. Menards

extended a sale price on

the carport structures for the

project as well, which Wallace

said saved them more

than $2,000.

A Go Fund Me page is being

set up to help offset the

costs of the carport structures

over the dugouts, which are

now installed on the field and

bolted to concrete piers sunk

into the ground — so they

won’t be flying away like the

tents did.

“It’s not me doing any of

the work,” said Wallace, who

said he is impressed with Stephen’s

work and has heard

other people say the same. “I

just gave him the phone numbers

and the contacts. Every

person that comes out here

is so impressed with Stephen

and his demeanor and the

way he holds himself and

he’s taking charge.”

Getting the project completed

during this hot and humid

summer was a challenge,

especially with severe weather

the weekend he planned to

finish it up, but White got the

entire project completed in

about five weeks — with less

than one week to spare before

the wheelchair softball tournament.

“He had an aggressive time

The LWSRA Hawks cheer on their teammate from the new

dugout. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

J.R. Boyer with a solid hit for the LWSRA Hawks.

frame to finish this project,

which was good,” Wallace


There are many more requirements

to become an

Eagle Scout besides the Eagle

project, which include earning

at least 21 merit badges

and taking leadership in their

troop. As for the merit badges,

White said he has 40 so far.

He will need to get one

more, however, to earn his Eagle

rank because the cooking

merit badge is one he hasn’t

gotten yet and is required of

all Eagle Scouts. Some of the

merit badges White said he

enjoyed earning were genealogy,

horsemanship, kayaking

and small boat sailing.

Although the labor-intensive

part of the project

is complete, and White is

getting ready to take on the

cooking merit badge, he will

still need to complete the paperwork

and approval process

that goes hand-in-hand

with the project.

“Once the project is done,

there’s still like 50 to 60 pages

of paperwork to fill out,

but I can take it easy after

this,” White said.

And he will have plenty

of time for all of that, having

completed the project portion

of his Eagle requirements this

summer as a 16-year-old. He

said he hopes to have all the

paperwork completed before

his 17th birthday in January,

so he doesn’t have to stress

about the deadlines.

Now all he has to worry

about is that cooking merit

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Village of Mokena Board of Trustees

Police commander gets heaps of praise in send off

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

Mokena Police Cmdr. Dan

Rankovich may be leaving,

but he will never be forgotten.

The recently retired commander

was honored July

24 for his nearly 29 years of

service during the Village of

Mokena Board of Trustees

meeting. Rankovich started

as a full-time officer in 1989.

In 2001, he was promoted to

sergeant. In 2005, he was appointed

as a commander.

Police Chief Steve Vaccaro

said, among other accomplishments,


helped to: streamline the asset

forfeiture process; records

and evidence retention and

destruction; manage the implementation

of the department’s

in-car computers; and

oversee the implementation

of two computer-aided dispatch


Rankovich also was instrumental

in changing the direction

of the Mokena Fourth of

July Parade, Vaccaro said.

“Dan actually changed the

direction — it used to run

from north to south, and now

it runs south to north,” Vaccaro

said. “Dan really took

that responsibility personally,

every step of the way — from

marking the curbs for locating

the flows and entries to

getting the barricades where

they were supposed to be.”

Vaccaro said Rankovich

touched just about every facet

of the police department,

as well as several other Village


“Not too long ago, during

a rainstorm, [Director of

Economic and Community

Development Alan] Zordan

called me up and said, ‘I was

coming in to pick some stuff

up for a meeting tomorrow,

and I saw one of your police

officers [in the storm] without

a raincoat, clearing the

storm drains,’” Vaccaro said.

“I didn’t even have to guess

— I knew it was Dan out

there working in the street,

clearing storm drains to help

Public Works.”

Vaccaro said Rankovich

was always available, no

matter the time.

“Recently, we had a sergeant

injured,” Vaccaro said.

“Dan came out at 2 a.m. to

run [that sergeant’s] shift.

That’s the kind of dedication

[he showed].”

Village Administrator John

Tomasoski said he spoke with

a lot of the Village staff —

both current and retired — to

get the full picture of Rankovich’s

many contributions to

Mokena over the years. He

Round it up

A brief recap of action and discussion from the July 24

meeting of the Village of Mokena Board of Trustees

• During the meeting, the Village of Mokena Board of

Trustees members voted 6-0 to appoint Chris Surdel — a

retired Mokena Police Department commander — to the

Village’s Board of Fire and Police Commissioners. The Village

Board also recognized the promotion of Robert Miller to the

rank of sergeant in the police department.

• As part of the Consent Agenda, trustees voted 6-0 to

approve building elevations for the property at 10001 W.

191st St. for façade improvements.

• Also part of the Consent Agenda, trustees voted 6-0

to approve a special event request and use of municipal

resources (for security and event setup) for the fourth annual

Chicago Southland Mini Maker Faire on Aug. 19.

said that over the course of

those conversations he was

able to break down four qualities

he believes Rankovich

possesses: strong work ethic,

passion for his job and the

community, the ability to be

a team player, and leadership.

“I think you are an excellent

example of someone

whose actions speak louder

than words,” Tomasoski said

of Rankovich. “Your actions

speak very well for you, and

they have for us, the Village,

for the 28-and-a-half years

you’ve been here.”

Mayor Frank Fleischer

thanked Rankovich for

his service to the Village.

Fleischer said he will miss

Rankovich “from the bottom

of his heart.”

“All the people who are

out here tonight is a testament

to the way the people in

the Village feel about you,”

Fleischer said.

“It’s not just the police officers

who are here. You’ve

got people from different departments

that really do care

about you and care about

what you’ve done for all of

us in Mokena. That is a big

deal. It’s a big deal that when

you’re walking out that door

that you have people saying

thank you for the amount of

years and amount of service

you’ve given them. They

were good years. All of them

were good years, Dan.”

Rankovich said he remembers

when he first started out

in Mokena. Rankovich was

born and raised around Chicago,

so the move to Mokena

in the late 1980s felt like going

to southern Illinois.

“The mentors I had when

I walked in the door are the

ones who made me into what

I am,” he said. “That’s who I

really got to thank. From that,

all the officers I’m currently

working with … they’ve

been fantastic. I couldn’t do

my job without them. They

were always there for me.”

Rankovich credited former-commander

Chris Surdel

with setting him on the

right path.

“Chris also had a great

work ethic, and I really appreciated

[his direction],”

Rankovich said. “Then, also,

the officers when I came here

were like a family.”

Among those officers he

listed was Randy Rajewski,

who would go on to become

police chief. Rajewski was

also in attendance and spoke

about Rankovich’s accomplishments

during the meeting.

“He took me in, and I’ll tell

you right now that he was my

mentor,” Rankovich said of

Rajewski. “He was a go-getter,

and he did everything. He

took me under his wing. From

my time as a patrolman, he

taught me a lot of stuff.”

Rankovich thanked the Village

Board for recognizing

him, and said he hoped that

he passed along to the younger

officers all the knowledge

that he felt was shared with

him at a younger age.

Later in the meeting, during

the work session, trustees

heard a request from Olivieri

Brothers for a special use

permit to repurpose the former

Great Lakes Bank building,

which is located at 9697

W. 191st St.

The bank was sold to First

Midwest Bank in 2014, and

the building has been vacant

since shortly after the sale.

The request is to make

the two-story building into

a shared co-working space,

with offices on the first and

second floors, and a café occupying

the open space on

the first floor.

Trustees seemed aligned

with the mixed-use plan, but

did register concerns about

the petitioner’s request to utilize

the currently abandoned

electronic sign to advertise

the tenants in the building.

Trustees and the mayor

requested a visual representation

of how the sign would

look before committing to

approving that aspect of the


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Police Reports

Pair purportedly picks

wrong parts store to pilfer

Dwayne E. Buchanan,

36, of 7301 S. Seeley Ave.

in Chicago, and Cedric L.

Carr, 36, of 5914 S. Emerald

Ave. in Chicago, were each

charged July 21 with felony

retail theft. The pair allegedly

walked into an auto parts

store in the 19000 block

of South La Grange Road,

where a clerk reportedly told

police Buchanan asked the

clerk to find parts while Carr

continued to walk around

the store. According to police

records, Carr left without

paying for a carburetor

valued at $330.99. The clerk

noticed the part was missing

and, while he called police,

another employee followed

the duo to another auto parts

store in Frankfort where police

caught up to them and

made the arrest after finding

the stolen carburetor opened

and in plain view on the

passenger side floor of the

vehicle the men were in, according

to the report.

July 22

• Thomas J. Pritchard, 20, of

11429 S. Swinford Lane in

Mokena, was charged with

driving without a valid driver’s

license, operating an

uninsured vehicle and not

having a valid registration

for the vehicle. A resident

in the 11400 block of South

Swinford Lane reportedly

called police to complain

of an individual driving

recklessly and at dangerous

speeds in the neighborhood.

An officer responded

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observed Pritchard driving

a red and white Honda dirt

bike down Swinford Lane at

high speeds. Police reportedly

pulled Pritchard over,

whereupon it was discovered

that Pritchard allegedly

had no valid driver’s license

or insurance, and that the

dirt bike was not legally



Messenger’s police reports

come from the Mokena Police

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What is one essential you

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I have to have snacks

while I’m studying. It makes

the experience much more


What do you like to do

when not in school?

Wakeboarding and water

skiing are two of my alltime

favorite things ways to

spend my time. As soon as

school is out for the summer,

I immediately want to be out

in the water.

What’s your dream job?

My dream job is to be a

marketer for a big company

where I could work with

other people and be creative

every day.

What’s something people

don’t know about you?

Most people don’t realize

how much of a homebody I

can be. I would rather be with

my family than anyone else.

Whom do you look up to?

I look up to my friend Ellen

Duda because she is confident

in who she is and loves other

people for who they are.

Who is your favorite


My favorite teacher is

Mrs. Starklauf because I appreciate

that she has high

expectations for her students

but also allows them to have

fun and be goofy when it’s

appropriate. Usually, Mrs.

Starklauf’s lessons turn into

classroom discussions where

many “what if” questions are

asked, and I believe that’s

how students learn best.

What is your favorite class?

My favorite class has always

been English because I

love to write and turn into a

huge nerd when literature is


What’s one thing that stands

out about your school?

It has always been clear to

Photo submitted

me that students at my school

consider Lincoln-Way Central

to be their home. Students

are proud to be Knights, and

staff goes above and beyond

to enforce school spirit.

What’s your morning routine?

Every morning, I wake

up at 5 a.m. so that I have

enough time to get ready and

drink my coffee before zero

hour starts.

What’s your best memory

from school?

My best memory from

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year. Although the dance

was filled with upperclassmen,

everyone had the

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for the night ... it was a nice

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as young adults.

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Social snapshot

Top Web Stories

From as of

Monday, July 31.

From the Editor

On the meaning of community

1. Unincorporated Will County residents

concerned over potential annexation

2. Mokena man allegedly stabbed ex-wife’s

boyfriend inside New Lenox home

3. Oh, the places they’ll taekwon-go

4. Independent inspector general joins

D210 rolling board approval

5. Three Mokena golfers to participate in

Illinois Open

Become a member:

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Family Martial Arts shared this post on its

Facebook page on July 25

TJ Kremer iii

Community can be a

tricky thing to define.

It could mean the

place where we live, work

or socialize. It could mean

where we spend time with

other like-minded individuals

regardless of physical location.

It can even be a collection

of strangers brought

together by chance who

may not share all the same

values but who work together

toward a common goal.

A community is all of

those things, or just some

of those things. But, at its

essence, a community is

something we choose to be

a part of. And, to be a part

of something larger than

ourselves requires active

participation, a conscious

choice to act in the community’s

best interests.

That’s where The Mokena

Messenger comes in.

It is my belief that the

press has a responsibility to

its readers to represent the

community in a fair, balanced

and honest way.

Now, you don’t need me

to tell you the world oftentimes

can be a scary, messed

up place. You can just turn

on your cable or local news

channel of choice to find

that out. However, in many

cases, the negative coverage

of our world is disproportionate

to the coverage of

the good that happens right

here in our own communities.

This is one of the

failings of the press that has

been ongoing for centuries.

Too many times the press

has been used as a mouthpiece

to push a writer’s/


company’s private agenda.

When that happens, the community

suffers from a lack of

information. And, by excluding

the community from

information vital to making

informed decisions, the press

opts out of truly participating

in the growth and well-being

of the people it serves.

It is my intention to

ensure The Mokena Messenger

does not fail you in that

regard. I cannot promise

you that every article you

read will be positive. That

wouldn’t be honest. It is my

sincere hope to highlight on

a weekly basis as many of

the positive stories as our

limited space allows.

It is my intention to ensure

that The Mokena Messenger

works with all parties who

have a stake in our community,

including government,

business and residents.

It is my intention, when

necessary, to hold a mirror

up to ourselves and question

why something that is harmful

to the community happens,

and to seek solutions

and opportunities to turn the

negatives into positives that

we can learn from.

I intend to do those things

because I strongly believe

that a community is something

that we should all be

proud to be a part of.

My name is Thomas

Joseph Kremer III. I’m the

new editor for The Mokena

Messenger. And, I am proud

to have the opportunity to

be a part of this community.

Like The Mokena Messenger:

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Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. The Mokena

Messenger encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters

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Matt’s Old Mokena

The Mokena Fire Protection District’s humble beginnings

Matt Galik

Contributing Columnist

For Mokenians of yore,

fire was much more a

part of daily life than

it is for us today.

Fire was the personal

scourge of our forefathers.

Our fire district, founded

100 years ago this year,

watches over our citizens

and the ever-present fire


The 1917 fire department’s

origin story is a

simple, yet bureaucratic,


Village Clerk William

Semmler sent out overtures

to local men to join the

department. Twenty-eight

were inducted into the

fire company by Mayor

George Hacker and the

board of trustees on April

25, 1917.

The Village Board officially

outfitted the new

department in September

1917. An old wooden hose

cart was already on hand.

The volunteers’ first test

came on Sept. 22, 1917.

A barn on the property of

Claus Suhl caught fire, and

the new volunteer department

mobilized to fight the


They encountered their

first problem as soon as they

started: Their hose couldn’t

reach the burning barn from

the nearest fire plug. The

volunteers responded by

passing buckets of water

back and forth. Unfortunately,

despite the firemen’s best

efforts, the barn couldn’t be


Trouble soon began on

another front when some

embers landed in Suhl’s

nearby chicken coop, which

was then hastily torn down.

The blaze at Suhl’s

wasn’t the ideal first test

for the volunteer brigade.

However, throughout the

past century, the fire district

has protected our property

and stood between village

residents and hungry


As a community, we can

look back on decades of

their valiant deeds, every

one of which we Mokenians

are deeply proud of.

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.

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Mokena resident to premiere Christian film, Page 17

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Faith Briefs

St. John’s United Church of Christ (11100

Second St., Mokena)

Traditional Service

8 a.m. traditional mass,

9:45 a.m. contemporary &

traditional music in a service

of praise and reverence. Supervised

childcare available.

For more information, call

(708) 479-5123.

Garden Club

8 a.m. Tuesdays. For more

information, call (708) 479-


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.

Bundles of Love

7 p.m. the second and

fourth Monday of each

month. Enjoy fun and fellowship

while making baby

quilts for infants baptized at

St. John’s and lap quilts for


Mokena United Methodist Church (10901

LaPorte Road, Mokena)

Service and Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Sundays.

Church service and Sunday

school will be held. For

more information, call (708)


Bible Study

7 p.m. Tuesdays


9 a.m. every third Saturday

of the month

Walking Club

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Weigh-ins take place at

6:30 p.m., while the meeting

is at 7 p.m.

Marley Community Church (12625 W.

187th St., Mokena)

Senior High Youth Group

7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information, email


Junior High Youth Group

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

Contact Jessica Nemec

@708.326.9170 ex.46

more information, email


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)

Preschool Registration

Registration is open for

the 2017-18 school year at

Immanuel Lutheran Preschool.

Classes are offered

for children from 2 1/2 to 5

years old and they must be

toilet trained. Only threeday

afternoon classes are

still available. For more information,

call (708) 479-

5600, email ilpmokena@, or visit www.


Contemporary Worship

5 p.m. Saturday


9 a.m. Sunday

God’s Kids Club

10:15 a.m. Sundays. This

club is open to those between

the ages of 4-17.

Adult Bible Study

10:15 a.m. Sunday

Mokena Baptist Church (9960 W. 187th

St., Mokena)

Sunday Services

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

more information, call (312)


Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Sundays. Mokena

Baptist offers Sunday

School classes for all ages.

For more information, call

(312) 350-2279.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515 115th

Ave., Mokena)

Church Service

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

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



Wednesdays following 8

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6:45 p.m.

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

Tuesday evenings

Parker Road Bible Church (18512 Parker

Road, Mokena)

Worship Service

10:30 a.m. Sundays. Be

sure to arrive early for our

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enjoy a hot, complimentary

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the church. Following the

Christian Education Hour

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Grace Fellowship Church (11049 LaPorte

Road, Mokena)

Narcotics Anonymous

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those struggling or who have

struggled with a narcotics

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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.

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


com or call (708) 326-9170

ext. 34. Deadline is noon

Thursday one week prior to

publication. life & arts

the Mokena Messenger | August 3, 2017 | 17

Frankfort native completes production of faith-based movie

‘Redemption Way’

debuts next month

after years of work

Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor

It’s a story of friendship,

and it’s a story of faith.

On Saturday, Aug. 12,

Brad Podowski will premiere

“Redemption Way,”

a faith-based movie he’s

been working on for


As the writer of the story,

Podowski said he intended

to be involved with the production

of the movie, but he

had no idea what that would

entail in the end.

“I’ve probably been over

involved,” Podowski said,

a Frankfort native and Lincoln-Way

Central graduate.

“A lot of times that happens

with independent filmmakers.

We have to put on

more than one hat just to get

things done.”

The process is much like

any other movie production,

but it’s done with a smaller

budget. Pre-production includes

writing, selecting a

cast and crew and preparing

for shoots.

About a month before

shooting started, however,

the producer and director

backed out of the project,

which left Podowski with

little hope of the project


“I was pretty devastated,”

Podowski said. “I thought

that was going to be the end

of the movie. I had already

spent well over a year working

on it.”

To Podowski’s surprise,

when he brought his plan

to the distributor, who financed

the film, he was met

with support.

The plan was that

Podowski could produce the

film himself and co-direct

the film with the help of his

best friend and brother-inlaw,

Dan Gremley.

“They hardly even

flinched — it was crazy. It

took a lot of faith in myself

and faith in God that it

could happen and it could

be successful, so that was

kind of a scary moment but

also a really cool moment,”

Podowski said. “It just really

showed how much the

distributer believed in me,

which was pretty cool”

Now, exactly a year after

filming finished, they will

premiere the movie at Film

Row Cinema at Columbia

College Chicago, where

Podowski studied film.

He had originally intended

to pursue a career

in animation and studied at

the Illinois Institute of Art

in Chicago for a few semesters

before finding his love

for film.

After working on films

with other people, Podowski

said he always wanted

to work on a feature-length

film of his own.

“Honestly, it’s a little

scary, but it’s super exciting,”

he said. “I’ve been

praying for this... In terms

of my personal goals, if I

can make one feature film

in my life I felt like I would

be happy, and it would just

be something that I always

wanted to achieve.”

It’s been a few years coming

since Podowski wrote

the story, contacted the distributer

— Vision Video in

Pennsylvania — and found

funding for the film, which

was ultimately provided by

Vision Video.

Podowski said “Redemption

Way” was influenced

by experiences in his own

life with his relationships,

as well as on his wife’s

experiences as a hospice

nurse. The story follows

a hospice nurse who is reunited

with a childhood

“Redemption Way” crew members (left to right) co-director Dan Gremley, sound recordist Jacob Brown and writer/

producer/co-director Brad Podowski work with actor Kaitlyn Griggs during a car scene. Photos Submitted

friend dying from leukemia.

While caring for her,

nurse Jenny Paine (Kaitlyn

Griggs) attempts to share

her faith with her friend,

Autumn Cooper (Rose

Sengenberger), but is met

with rejection. Other complications

ensue with her

employer and coworker,

as well as at home, where

a multi-faceted and realistic

series of circumstances

plays out.

“When you first start writing

— you’re taking writing

classes or whatever — they

tell you to write what you

know,” Podowski said. “I

think that’s really important

advice. If you want to

write anything that’s honest

and that people can connect

Please see redemption, 18

Actor Kaitlyn Griggs, who plays nurse Jenny Paine, records audio. “Redemption Way”

follows Griggs’ character as she tries to share her faith with her friend, who is dying.

Photos courtesy of Rob Benetti

18 | August 3, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger life & arts

State Rep. Margo McDermed to host drive amid blood shortage

Megann Horstead

Freelance Reporter

Got blood?

State Rep. Margo Mc-

Dermed (R-Mokena) is

urging area residents to

consider making a donation

at the third annual blood

drive sponsored by she in

conjunction with Heartland

Blood Centers.

The event, which is to

be held from 3:30-7:30

p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 9, at

11032 W. Lincoln Highway,

intends to fill the gap in

need amid a reported blood

shortage in the area.

“It’s important especially

this summer,” McDermed

said. “It’s the shortest time

of year for blood. People

are distracted by summer

activities. People who

typically give blood are

not. We’re trying to fill

the gap.”

What’s more is, not everyone

who is interested in

donating blood can make a

contribution. A medical history

screening will be performed

on-site, McDermed


Many factors are considered

when determining if

donors demonstrate good

basic health.

Disqualifiers for prospective

donors include the Zika

virus, certain chemotherapies

and antibiotics.

McDermed encourages

anyone who is interested

to choose to make a difference.

“It’s simple. The truck

will be parked by my office

right off Route 30,”

McDermed said. “There’s

a form to fill out. The

truck they have is amazingly

comfortable. There

are two to three nurses. It’s

easy, quick. They really

enjoy it.”

After making a donation,

those who contribute will

be provided a snack and a


The hope, McDermed

said, is donors will feel

compelled to give.

“I think it’s an important

service,” McDermed said.

Blood drive

11032 W. Lincoln

Highway in Frankfort

3:30-7:30 p.m. Aug. 9

For more information...

Call (815) 277-2079

Visit www. heartlandbc.


“There’s no goal. We’re

trying to grow the drive.

When you create something

like this, you want

to establish an expectation

where people give back.

This is my third year as a

State representative, and we

want to grow community

service opportunities in the


The cause is to be supported

by McDermed,

who currently serves on

the Healthcare Licenses

Committee in Springfield.

There, she works to promote

healthcare and all

parts of the healthcare


McDermed said creating

awareness for the cause

is troubling and stressed

that she is ready to confront

the challenge that

awaits her.

“It’s a big challenge because

there’s always a gap

for blood donated in the

summer,” McDermed said.

“Blood banks do what they

can. I’m not sure why [blood

donations are] particularly

low this summer. We

want to be part of the overall

awareness for donating


Prospective donors are

encouraged to schedule an

appointment, though dropins

are welcome.

McDermed said the impact

donors can hope to

have by donating blood is


“I think people really get

a lot out of our drive,” Mc-

Dermed said. “I do myself.

I’m not sure where your

blood goes. It could go to a

child, an adult, someone involved

in a life threatening

accident. You know you’re

making a difference. Your

donation affects more than

one person.”





Mike MCCatty



Visit us online at


From Page 17

with, it’s gotta come from a

real place.”

As a born-again Christian,

Podowski said many

of the relationships he had

in his life changed “simply

because of the changes that

I made in my life,” which is

something that influenced

the writing and characters

in the film.

Griggs studied acting

at DePaul University, and

Sengenberger graduated

from Carnegie Mellon University

where she studied

dramaturgy, which is the

theory and practice of dramatic


The team held casting auditions

at Columbia College

Chicago last year before

filming began on Aug. 12,

2016. They continued filming

for five weeks and have

been in post-production —

a time-consuming process

of editing, sound and music

— ever since.

Now that post-production

is complete, the distribution

process has begun.

On Sept. 5, the film will

Mimi Sagadin, who plays Jenny Paine’s mother, Gwen,

records audio for the film. Photo Submitted

be available for purchase

through Amazon, as well as

streaming through Pure Flix

at and

hoopla at www.hoopladigi

“It’s been an amazing

experience. It’s been exhausting.

It’s been rewarding,”

Podowski said. “The

cast and the crew have just,

everyone’s been amazing

— from the way the

film was put together with

great people, in terms of

the financing and the cast

and the crew — it’s really

been a great experience all


In addition to getting everything

ready for the premiere,

Podowski, his wife

Becky and their two children,

Miles, 6, and Cora, 4, recently

moved to Mokena from

their home in Matteson.

In addition to his own

film, Podowski owns his

own video production company,

BP Video+, doing

mostly corporate work and

also works part-time for a

construction company doing

their marketing, social

media, graphic design and


For more information

about “Redemption Way,”

along with tickets for the

premiere and how to see

the film, visit www.redem puzzles

the Mokena Messenger | August 3, 2017 | 19

crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku

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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


1. Sanctioned

5. Actor’s award

10. Jokes

14. Capitol Hill worker

15. Central New York


16. Earth Day subj.

17. __-high boots

18. Amphibians

19. Ivan the Terrible,


20. Sign up for college

22. So-so grades

24. 12 on a sundial

25. Island west of


29. Tried

33. Wobbles

35. Transgressions

36. March Madness


37. Robe de ___ (evening


38. Top corporate


39. TV series with

sleuths Shawn and Gus

41. Remedy

42. Welder type

43. Between Molokai

and Kauai

44. Off-pitch

45. See 1 down

47. Tinley Park

recreational sports


50. Big name in stationery

51. Prefix with dermal

52. Activist

55. Storyteller

59. Bangkok native

62. Inert gas

64. Off-ramp

66. Opening run

67. Adulate

68. Dueler’s choice

69. It’s no big thing

70. Customs

71. Attracted to, with



1. Homer Glen school,

goes with 45 across

2. Cow (pl.)

3. Tree of life site

4. Bambi’s kin

5. Extend

6. Unemotional

7. Government agency

8. Kind of adapter

9. Tear down

10. Reaches

11. Temperature controls,


12. Region of India where

“The Bourne Supremacy”


13. Abbr. in a camera


21. ___ moron?

23. “___ Enchanted” (Anne

Hathaway film)

26. Interstellar gas cloud

27. Noah’s mountain

28. Specks in the sea

29. Slip away

30. Goes with madre

31. Snowmobile trademark

32. Balaam’s mount

33. Communication regulator

34. Sound during a massage

36. Big Apple sch.

39. ____ gow poker

40. Ship, affectionately

41. Ozone layer pollutant

43. Words after “little” or


46. Chemical salt

47. Earlier

48. Guesses

49. Food catcher

53. Midterm, for one

54. Renovate

56. “Where’s the __?”

57. Industrial show

58. It means nothing to the


59. Beret

60. Movie channel (abbr.)

61. Appear

63. Negative alternative

65. Innovative Talks

How to play Sudoku

Each sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3x3

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

box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

Sudoku by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan



The Alley Grill and Tap


(18700 S. Old LaGrange

Road, Mokena; (708) 478-


■9 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:


Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(11247 W. 187th St.,

Mokena; (708) 478-


■6 ■ p.m. Thursdays,

Fridays and Saturdays:

Performance by Jerry


Jenny’s Southside Tap

(10160 191st St.,

Mokena; (708) 479-6873)

■6 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Acoustic Avenue,

Psychic night -

second Tuesday every


■9 ■ p.m. Thursdays:


■Fridays ■ and Saturdays:

Live bands


The Outpost Pub & Grill

(14929 Archer Ave.,

Lockport; (815) 836-


■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays and

Thursdays: Live DJ and


Strike N Spare II

(811 Northern Drive,

Lockport; (708) 301-


■8-11 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:


■7-10 ■ p.m. Fridays

and Saturdays: Cosmic



Mullets Sports Bar and


(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-


■7 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:



Pete Mitchell’s Bar & Grill

(21000 Frankfort Square

Road, Frankfort; (815)


■6-8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free N’ Fun Bar Game.

Free to play.

To place an event

in The Scene, email



20 | August 3, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger dining out

The Dish

Dave & Buster’s pushes grill-style menu to ‘the next level’

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

Despite Dave & Buster’s longstanding

slogan to “Eat, Drink,

Play (and watch Sports),” its Orland

Park location has fielded bizarrely

similar calls over the past

five years, with many first-timers

not understanding why the “Eat”

is actually first in the list of the entertainment

center’s offerings.

“You have pizzas or something,


As an arcade games-focused

establishment, Dave & Buster’s

tends to get lumped with others of

its ilk under the assumption that its

offerings will be limited to some

thin-crust pizzas of questionable

quality, maybe those soft pretzels

with the bright “cheese” sauce,

hot dogs that have been rolling

around under a heat lamp for the

better part of a day and something

sticky for good measure, like cotton


The funny thing is, Dave &

Buster’s does not even sell pizzas,

unless you count the Carnivore

Pizzadilla. And that is, technically

speaking, not a pizza but a 12-

inch quesadilla served pizza-style

in eight slices. It is stuffed with

manchego and cheddar cheese (a

far cry from the neon ooze), pepperoni

and Italian sausage, then

topped with more pepperoni and

Italian sausage, with some bacon,

marinara, mozzarella and Parmesan

cheese for good measure.

“There’s a lot of surprise about

the menu,” said Kylah Bishop,

assistant general manager of the

location. “They come in for the

gaming, but they’re excited to see

the menu.”

They should be. Though the

cover of D&B’s online menu may

be “a little biased” in its claim of

“our most amazing, innovative,

high-quality, social-media worthy

new chef-crafted food and drinks

ever,” at least the spirit of that

proclamation can be found in most

everything over the course of its

17 pages.

“It’s a lot of new, innovative

menu items,” Bishop said. “We’re

always rolling out something new.”

Some of it is designed to fit

themes, like the dynamite fried

shrimp on the Catch the Surf portion

of the menu. That item features

large, crispy shrimp drizzled

with spicy bang bang sauce and

chile honey soy glaze, served with

garlic-ginger mashed potatoes,

tempura battered green beans and

more spicy bang bang sauce for


Others are simply interested in

provided a well-rounded meal.

The bang bang chicken with spicy

Thai peanut noodles, for instance,

features tender, crispy boneless

chicken, tossed in spicy bang bang

sauce, served on a bed of noodles

tossed with Asian vegetables and

spicy peanut sauce.

But much of the menu’s overthe-top

design plays to the atmosphere

of Dave & Buster’s. The

space is all about having a party

— in many instances, literally

— and the kitchen is designed to

reflect what is happening on the

other side of the building — again,

sometimes literally, when menu

items play to particular games or

partnerships with which the company

is involved.

That effort to create an atmosphere

includes Loco ’ritas, with

mini-bottles taking a “nosedive”

into blends of liquor, fruit and

ice; both alcoholic and non-alcoholic

beverages featuring glowing

cubes; Monster Isle punches (rumbased

cocktails with commemorative

sea monsters); and food like

the Mountain O’Nachos, The

Caveman Combo and the highstacked

crispy Nashville-style hot

chicken plate all begging to be

posted to Instagram. And that has

become ever-important in today’s

market, Bishop said.

“People love to take pictures of

what they’re eating,” she said.

But Dave & Buster’s is more

than happy to oblige by creating

photo-worthy presentations. The

social media attention helps dispel

that notion of flat pizzas and stale

beer. And everything about the dynamic

looks and tastes speaks to

what Dave & Buster’s is all about.

Dave & Buster’s

49 Orland Square Drive in

Orland Park


• 10 a.m.-midnight Sunday-


• 10 a.m.-2 a.m. Friday-


For more information ...

Web: www.daveandbusters.


Phone: (708) 428-2100

“You’re going to play games

and have fun,” Bishop said of visiting

D&B. “That fun doesn’t have

to stop in the dining room.”

In fact, the two regularly get

paired with things like Dave &

Buster’s Eat and Play menu, offering

deals on select menu items and

Power Play cards when purchased

together. Though, the business

also is happy to cater to any one

interest, be it catching a game on

one of the 32 televisions and grabbing

a drink; working on national

charity projects; or hosting big,

corporate parties.

April Koerber, the location’s

special events manager, is in

charge of the latter of those possibilities,

and she said people often

are surprised by what D&B can

do. Sure, children’s parties with

finger foods are par for the course,

but the Orland Park spot also has

catered to events by instituting

full carving stations. It has set up

fajita bars and nacho stations, as

well as worked up mini-desserts

and fondue. It even hosted a wedding

for a couple that met at Dave

& Buster’s.

All of that speaks to the diversity

of D&B’s regular menu, too,

which ranges from finger foods

served in a hurry so people can get

back to the games to New York

strip steaks for a more relaxed, sitdown


“We have something for everyone,”

Koerber said.

Bishop added, “We think outside

the box. We go that extra



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OMG! Bang bang chicken with spicy Thai

peanut noodles is one of the items featured on

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Dynamite, indeed! Found these dynamite fried

shrimp on the Catch the Surf menu at Dave &

Buster's in Orland Park. #PHOTOS BY BILL


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In that sense, Bishop and Koerber

sometimes do not mind the

misconceptions about Dave &

Buster’s menu. It provides an opportunity

to have some fun and

surprise people with an experience

they didn’t see coming.

“It’s an American grill with new

innovations,” Bishop said. “We try

to put a fun spin on all of our menu

items. It’s not reinventing the wheel;

it’s taking it to the next level.” local living

the Mokena Messenger | August 3, 2017 | 21



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insulation values with

Recently closed Prairie Trails Arbor Model

energy efficient windows and

high efficiency furnaces. Before

homeowners move into

their new home, Distinctive

Home Builders conducts a

blower door test that pressurizes

the home to ensure that

each home passes a set of very

stringent Energy Efficiency


Typically a wide variety of

homes are available to tour

that include ranch and twostory


Distinctive is also offering

a brand new home, the

Stonegrove, a 3,000 square

foot open concept home with a

split foyer entry, formal living

and dining rooms, a two-story

great room, four bedrooms

and an upstairs laundry room.

Distinctive also offers Appbased

technology allowing its

homeowners to be updated

on the progress of their new

home 24 hours a day, seven

days a week at the touch of a


Prairie Trails is also a beautiful

place to live featuring a

20-acre lake on site, as well

as direct access to the 22-mile

Wauponsee Glacial Prairie

Path that borders the community

and meanders through

many neighboring communities

and links to many other

popular trails. The Manhattan

Metra station is also nearby.

Besides Prairie Trails, Distinctive

Home Builders has

built hundreds of homes

throughout Manhattan in the

Butternut Ridge and Leighlinbridge

developments, as well

as thousands in the Will and

south Cook county areas over

the past 30 years.

Visit the on-site sales information

center for unadvertised

specials and view the numerous

styles of homes being

offered and the available lots.

Call (708) 737-9142 for more

information or visit us online


The Prairie Trails

new home information center

is located three miles south

of Laraway Rd. on Rt. 52. The

address is 16233 Pinto Lane,

Manhattan, IL, 60422. Open

Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Closed Wednesday and Thursday

and always available by

appointment. Specials, prices,

specifications, standard features,

model offerings, build

times and lot availability are

subject to change without notice.

Please contact a Distinctive

representative for current

pricing and complete details. real estate

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kitchen includes stainless

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seat overlooking the pond.

Spacious master bedroom

and bath suite featuring

a whirlpool, separate

shower, walk in closet and

skylight. Excellent den/

family room with glass

French doors and inviting

fireplace. Screened patio/

deck has sliding glass

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for at least three seasons.

In-unit laundry room, full

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1003 Help Wanted


F/T Manufacturing Opportunities Available!

Attend our Job Fair August 4 from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Holiday Inn-Bolingbrook

205 Remington Blvd.

or apply online at:

Tinley Park Safety Dept.

looking for individuals to

work with on-boarding

driver applicants for

Transportation Company.

Candiate must have

knowledge of Microsoft

Office and possess good

communication skills. Will

train the right candidate.

Please forward resume to


Professional company

located in Frankfort

looking for reliable

individual to apply dry

fertilizer. Experience a

plus, but not necessary.

For interview call:


Hiring Desk Clerk (3-11

p.m & 11 p.m.-7 a.m.) &

Housekeeping (Morning)

Needed at

Super 8 Motel

Apply within:

9485 W. 191st St, Mokena

No Phone Calls

Looking for copy editors

and freelance writers for

weekly, SW suburb

publication. P/T hrs.

Email resume to

Help Wanted

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per line 7 papers


$30 7 4 papers


Outdoor work: F/T

year-round & seasonal


Potential for paid winters

off. Benefits incl. health,

dental, IRA. Clean driving

record a MUST. Starting

rate: $14/hr. Time and 1/2

over 40 hrs. Apply

in-person 7320 Duvan Dr,

Tinley Park M-F 8a-4p or

email resume to

Part-time Telephone Work

calling from home for

AMVETS. Ideal for

homemakers and retirees.

Must be reliable and have

morning &evening hours

available for calling.

If interested,

Call 708 429 6477

M-F, 10am - 1pm Only!

F/T Landscape/Lawn

Maintenance Foreman. CDL

License req. Frankfort.



708.941.9254 (Spanish)







1003 Help


P/T Medical Receptionist

The Kennedy Center for

Counseling is looking for a

self-motivated, dependable,

and punctual receptionist to

perform clerical duties such

as: scheduling appointments,

answering phones, and taking

payments. Will train. Must be

H.S. graduate.

Contact Emily or Tracy to

apply: 815.320.3749

Pool Table Guy looking

for helper. Heavy lifting

req. $14/hr. Email info:

1004 Employment



$100/week mailing brochures

from home! No exp. req.

Helping home workers since

2001! Genuine opportunity.

Start immediately!

1023 Caregiver

Caregiver Services

Provided by

Margaret’s Agency Inc.

State Licensed & Bonded

since 1998. Providing

quality care for elderly.

Live-in/ Come & go.


Heaven Sent Caregivers

Professional caregiving

service. 24 hr or hourly

services; shower or bath

visits. Licensed & bonded.

Try the best! 708.638.0641

1025 Situations


TTT IL AQ Chapter is

looking for former TTT

campers from Arbury School

and/or families. We are

planning a pizza/ice cream

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1037 Prayer /


Oh, Holy StJude, Apostle &

Martyr, great in virtue and rich

in miracle, near kinsman of Jesus

Christ, faithful intercessor

of all who invoke your special

patronage in time ofneed. To

you Ihave recourse from the

depth of my heart and humbly

beg to whom God has given

such great power to come to

my assistance. Help me in my

present and urgent petition, In

return, I promise tomake your

name known and cause you to

be invoked. Say three Our Fathers,

three Hail Marys and

glories for nine consecutive

days. Publications must be

promised. St. Jude pray for us

all who invoke your aid.

Amen. This Novena has never

been known tofail, Ihave had

requests granted. D.B.

Thank you to the Holy

Spirt for favors granted.




1052 Garage Sale

Barn Sale

Frankfort, 22919 Scheer Rd.

8/4-8/5, 9-4p. Antiques, furn,

tools, pool supplies, patio sets,

piano, & RC planes. Everything

must go. Prices Low!

Frankfort , 951 Milton Bridge

Trail, 8/4, 8-5p. Retired Antique

Dealer selling antiques,

primative, vintage, folk art,

quilts. Rain or Shine.

Homer Glen 13934 W. Timberlane

Ct. 8/3, 8/4, 8/5 &8/6,

8-3p. Tools, leather purses,

holiday decor, novelties &


Homer Glen, 13307 W.

Woodland, Sat. 8/5, 9-3. Furn,

tools, house decor, kids

clothes, toys, DVDs &more!


Mokena 10643 St. John Dr

8/4-8/5 9-3pm Home theatre

recliners, toys, clothes, books

& tools. Huge sale!

New Lenox, 112 W. First Ave.

8/3 -8/5. 8-3:30p. Golf clubs,

lawn furn, some tools, lots of

misc items. Some New!

1052 Garage Sale

Orland Park 14061 Stonegate

Ln 8/5 8-2pm Household,

clothes, decor &much more!

Don’t miss this sale!

Tinley Park 16425 S 84th Ave

8/4-8/5 8:30-3pm Clothes,

household items & much more!

Something for Everyone!

1058 Moving Sale

Monee 25324 S. 80th Ave.

8/4-5, 8-3. Furn, hshld, children’s,

and much more! Everything

must go!

Don’t Junk

Your Vehicle!

$$CASH$$ Paid

Vehicles Running or Not

Cars, Trucks, Vans etc.


1061 Autos Wanted

1057 Estate Sale

Tinley Park, 7006 Plymouth

Ct. 8/4-8/5, 9-3p. Furn, small

appliances, linens, kitchen

ware, garden & hand tools,

golf clubs, lamps, many collectibles

& unique holiday


1053 Multi Family


New Lenox, 613 Central Rd.

8/4-8/5, 8-3p. Baby items,

kid’s clothes NB-3T, maternity

clothes, hshld items, home decor

& more!





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7631 Wheeler Drive,

Orland Park

Sun. August 6th Noon- 2pm



Sat. August 5th 1-3pm

22736 S. Butler Lane

South, Frankfort IL

Sought after Catalina subdivision!!

4BR w/ double closets, 3

full bthrms, recreational room

w/gorgeous skylights & a 2nd

kitchen w/family rm perfect for

entertaining! Enjoy your summer

days on the beautiful patio orin

the inground swimming pool surrounded

w/aprivacy fence. This

beautiful tri-level w/sub-basement

has 2fireplaces, anew roof in

2016, &is in walking distance to

a great park, basketball courts,

tennis courts &volleyball area.

Dont miss this one! $284,900

Monica Pizano

Speckman Real Living


3bed, 2Bath, custom DRY-

WALL. 1.5 car garage.1608

sq ft. corner lot. GATEWAY

senior community. Passed inspections

inJune, being sold

as is w/ many updates MLS#

09694121. $68,736

Liz Wayson, Coldwell

Banker - 815-922-0472


1225 Apartments for Rent

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Tinley Park

Clean, modern 1BR 2nd

floor, $770/month, 2BR,

$870/month plus security

&credit check, heat, laundry

& AC, no pets.



2BR, newly remodeled, 1st

floor, non smoking &no

pets. $885/month plus one

&ahalf month security,

good credit, background &

credit check. Call for apts.


New Lenox

2BR, 1Ba, no pets, 1year

lease, credit check,

$875/month, plus $980 security



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1226 Townhouses for Rent


2-3BR, 2Ba, finished

bsment, all appls,

private patio, garage,

Close to metra, I-80/

I-355 & schools.



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Stoves & Ovens • Microwaves

Garbage Disposals


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2004 Asphalt Paving/Seal Coating

B-3 Asphalt Inc.

43 years Experience

Family Owned

Residential Commercial

Resurfacing Concrete &

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Repairs Sealcoating

Patching Excavation

Free Estimates

708 691 8640

Owner Supervised

Insured Bonded


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2006 Basement Waterproofing


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2007 Black Dirt/Top Soil



Pulverized Black Dirt

Rough Black Dirt

Driveway Gravel Available

Bobcat Services Available

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2017 Cleaning Services

Experienced Polish

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Frank J’s Concrete



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“Design/Build Professionals"



Windows, Doors, Decks Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling, Plumbing Interior and

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- IN THE -



2703 Legal
















17CH 01121


MOKENA, IL 60448



Scott K Sterchele a/k/a Scott Sterchele

Cathleen Sterchele

Unknown Owners and Non-Record


defendants, that this case has been commenced

inthis Court against you and

other defendants, asking for the foreclosure

of a certain Mortgage conveying

the premises described as follows, to












Commonly known as: 11120 Bonness


Mokena, IL 60448

and which said Mortgage was made by,

Scott K Sterchele a/k/a Scott Sterchele,

Cathleen Sterchele

Mortgagor(s), to

ABN AMRO Mortgage Group, Inc.

Mortgagee, and recorded inthe Office

of the Recorder of Deeds of Will

County, Illinois, as Document No.

R2004104947; and for other relief.

UNLESS YOU file your answer orotherwise

file your appearance in this case

in the Office of the Clerk of this


Andrea Lynn Chasteen

57 North Ottawa Court

Joliet, IL 60432




By order ofthe Chief Judge ofthe Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Circuit Court,

this case isset for Mandatory Mediation

on September 12th, 2017 at, 1:00 p.m.

at the Will County Court, Annex 3rd

Floor (Arbitration Center) 57 N. Ottawa

Street, Joliet, Illinois. A lender representative

will be present along with acourt

appointed mediator todiscuss options

that you may have and to pre-screen you

for a potential mortgage modification.

For further information onthe mediation

process, please see the attached







on or before August 28, 2017, A JUDG-













McCalla Raymer Leibert Pierce, LLC

Attorney for Plaintiff

2703 Legal


tto ey o a t

1 N. Dearborn St. Suite 1200

Chicago, IL 60602

Ph. (312) 346-9088

File No. 262425-112231




Under $100

2 table &chair sets $35. Small

drop leage &2chairs. Larger

table, 4 chairs & leaft $50.


20 ft. Aluminum ladder. Good

condition. Must sell fast! $50.


26” mens bike 10speed $40. 2

folding saw horses $12.

Dishes, service for 12, fruit

pattern $35. 815.463.0282

36 inch TV Panasonic, great

p icture $100 obo.

708.478.5338 LM.

36” TV, Panasonic. Good/great

condition. $100 obo.

708.478.5338 LM.

4 Star Trek collector plates

$50. 40 laser discs $50.


5 drawer Craftsman tool chest

on wheels $45. 8” Skil drill

press $60. Bench saw with

stand $50. 708.479.0193

60 record albums $50. 300 70’s

& 80’s 45 RPM records $50.


Antique brass &white stiffel

formal table lamp $45.


60 record albums $50. 300 70’s

& 80’s 45 RPM records $50.


Antique brass &white stiffel

formal table lamp $45.


Cabbage shredder with two adjustable

blades, 24” x9” $30.

Meat grinder $10 with access

$20. 708.301.3528

Complete set ofblack Weather

Tech floor liner and mats, front

2nd & 3rd row seats for Chevy

Traverse LTZ. Excellent condition!

$100. 708.212.4366

Digital tire gauge, 5-150 PSI

$8. Large bone sponge $1.50.

1999/2003 CHGO Auto Show

newspapers $5. Blue coreal uphols

cleaner $4. 708.460.8308

Food dehydrator $10. Car

waxer/buffer $10. Thermes

Grill 2Go $25. Wood swivel

desk chair $25. Bookcase $20.

815.348.2884. Frankfort.



Under $100

2 table &chair sets $35. Small

drop leage &2chairs. Larger

table, 4 chairs & leaft $50.


20 ft. Aluminum ladder. Good

condition. Must sell fast! $50.


26” mens bike 10 speed $40. 2

folding saw horses $12.

Dishes, service for 12, fruit

pattern $35. 815.463.0282

36 inch TV Panasonic, great

p icture $100 obo.

708.478.5338 LM.

36” TV, Panasonic. Good/great

condition. $100 obo.

708.478.5338 LM.

4 Star Trek collector plates

$50. 40 laser discs $50.


5 drawer Craftsman tool chest

on wheels $45. 8” Skil drill

press $60. Bench saw with

stand $50. 708.479.0193

IKEA DVO glass cabinet, $25.

Sofa table, $25. Shelves, $15.

Universal audio entertainment

stand, $30. 815.534.5273

Kitchen table w/ 4chairs, oak

56Lx40W with extra leaf. $75.

Patio chairs (high style) 3 $30.


Lazy susan chrome revolving

tray, five glass pieces, 1960’s

$35. Green wine glasses or

champagne glasses, new,

boxed $15 ea. 708.460.8308

Light weight high chair, can be

lifter &held in one hand. Folds

flat for portability &storage.

Excellent condition $20.


Makita grinder $20.


Mattress set, full size. Very

good condition, clean. Tinely

Park $100. 708.532.7041

Mushroom ceramic canister set

$20. Singer sewing machine

$25. 815.485.5886

One 100 used gold balls. All

brands. $29. 708.301.7645

Wall coverings smoother brush

$3. 24 pc. foam brush set $5.

3” brass wire wheel $2. Misc.

new 4” one coat paint brushes

$5. 708.460.8308

Yard trailer $15. 2sets ofcar

floor mats $10 each. Pipe

wrenches, aluminum ladder

$10. 815.320.6178

Half face black motor cycle, sz

small. Brand is ZRP-2M. Worn

only twice, excellent condition.

Comes in original box with

owner’s manual. $25.

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Orland Park, IL 60467


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34 | August 3, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger sports

Athlete of the Month

Ahtlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Brendan Morrissey

Colin Kelly, a recent Tinley Park High School graduate who

pitched and played first for the Titans, won the July Athlete

of the Month competition for publisher 22nd Century

Media’s Southwest Chicago branch. 22nd Century Media File


Tinley Park High grad

named July winner

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

Tinley Park High School’s

Colin Kelly was all about

getting it done on the diamond,

whether he was standing

on the pitcher’s mound

or over at first base.

So, it should come as little

surprise that Kelly recently

was named July Athlete of

the Month in 22nd Century

Media’s Southwest Chicago’s


The recent graduate

earned the most votes to take

the title.

The Athlete of the Month

competition pits featured

Athlete of the Week selections

from our south suburban

newspapers against one

another in an online voting


The next contest is to begin

Thursday, Aug. 10.

To vote, visit Moke, hover

over the “Sports” menu tab

and click “Athlete of the

Month.” Readers can vote

once per session per valid

email address. Voting ends

at 5 p.m. Aug. 25.

All athletes featured in

the July Athlete of the Week

sports interviews are automatically

entered into the contest.

Brenden Morrissey is a

rising senior and a quarterback

on the Lincoln-Way

East football team. This

is his second year on the

varsity team.

Tell me about last


Last year was the first

year with Lincoln-Way

North and Lincoln-Way

East. I think we really had a

good team. Depth-wise, we

had a lot of talent. That got

us far in the playoffs and the

regular season.

What got you hooked

on football?

A lot of my friends had

played, and my brother and

my dad played. I just wanted

to play, too. I loved the NFL

growing up, and watching

college football, too.

How is the transition to

quarterback going?

I played quarterback

freshman and sophomore

year, too. Last year as a junior,

I wasn’t really going

to start, so I played running

back but now I’m moving

back to quarterback.

I think it’s been going

well. I worked on it a little

bit last year in the summer

before I started playing running

back, so I knew some

of it. I knew most of our

plays, so it’s just getting

back used to playing it.

What have you had to

work on?

Just throwing. It’s a

whole new part of the game,

playing quarterback and to

throw the ball and everything.

What have you been

doing in the offseason?

We’ve had camp, and

we’ve been doing conditioning

since January. It’s

been going really well. Everyone

is working really

hard, and we’re becoming a

close team.

That’s really going to help

us this season, come the

playoffs. Our team is really

close this year, and everyone

knows each other better

than they did last year. You

have a whole year to mold

and become a family, and I

think that’s really going to

help us out.

Do you see yourself

stepping into a leadership

role this season?

Yes, being a senior and

being the quarterback. Especially

as a senior. I think

everyone who is a senior is

supposed to help the juniors

out and show them the way

and show them what to do.

During the summer when

we’re going through our

plays, the juniors are usually

the ones who just need

help to figure everything

out. You just need to help

out the juniors to help them

be able to not think and just

play, you know?

What are your plans

for after high school?

I’m going to college. I

might play college football,

but I’m not 100 percent sure

if I will or not. It just depends

on where I can play.

What are your goals

for next season?

As a team, we break it

down into goals: we want

to win our non-conference

games, then win conference,

win in the playoffs

and then the state championship.

Who are your role


I look to some past Lincoln-Way

East players. My

brother played at Lincoln-

Way East and he was a good

running back, so I definitely

try to carry the torch with

him being my brother. Other

quarterbacks that have been

Photo submitted

here, like Tommy Fuessel

— he played in a state

championship game — or

same with Anthony Kropp.

Not just those two, but all

the players at Lincoln-Way

East who had success and

helped their teams make far


How do you get ready

before a game?

Mostly just being with

everyone, you get in that

mode. It’s game time. Before

games, it’s always a

nerve-wracking thing. Everyone’s

quiet, everyone’s

focused. That’s how I get in

the zone. We have a game

day routine, so once we’re

doing that, I get ready mentally.

Interview by Contributing Editor

Kirsten Onsgard. sports

the Mokena Messenger | August 3, 2017 | 35


Despite championship loss, East proves depth


Freelance Reporter

When the members of the

Lincoln-Way East baseball

team look back at the summer

of 2017, they will remember

the journey, not the

final result.

The whirlwind two-week

period, which included seven

victories in a short time,

came to a sudden end. That’s

because the Griffins were

stymied by Diego Koval,

who fired a complete game in

leading St. Rita to a 4-1 win

in the Illinois High School

Baseball Coaches Association/Phil

Lawler Summer

Classic State Tournament

championship game on Monday,

July 24, at Benedictine

University in Lisle.

It was the fourth summer

state title for the Mustangs

(15-3-1) in the past 13 seasons.

The others were 2005,

2009 and 2013.

East (9-2) had its eightgame

summer winning streak

snapped. It was the first summer

state title game appearance

for the Griffins since

they won it in 2008. Lincoln-

Way, back when it was still

one school, won a summer

state championship in 2000.

The now-closed Lincoln-

Way North also won summer

titles in 2011 and 2015.

Despite the outcome, the

Griffins enjoyed a great run

to the title game.

In mid-June, they didn’t

know if they’d even play

summer baseball. But when

Eric Brauer was named new

head baseball coach for the

team on June 15, he put together

a few summer games

in a short span. Those were

wins over Crete-Monee and

Stagg sandwiched around a

6-5 loss to Marist.

When the IHSBCA waved

the 10-game minimum to get

in the summer league playoffs,

the Griffins joined the

field at the Lockport Township

Regional. There, they

won four games in 36 hours

to capture the regional title.

Then at the Lawler Classic,

East won three games between

July 17-19 by a combined

score of 24-4 to advance

to the title game.

That was scheduled for

Thursday, July 20, but it was

rained out and pushed back to

the following Monday.

“We had fun working

hard and winning baseball

games,” Brauer said. “That’s

what the summer is about.

The success is going to make

us work harder.”

It proved the Griffins will

have strong players at their

disposal next spring. Four of

them made the All-Tournament

Team: junior third baseman

Zack Jurgans, junior

pitcher Cole Kirschsieper,

senior catcher Jared Mutter

and senior second baseman

Jake Slager,

Someone who didn’t make

the All-Tournament team,

but still had his moments for

East was Julian Everett. The

senior right fielder accounted

for the Griffins only run in the

title game when he smashed a

home run down the right field

line that stayed fair and sailed

over the 315-foot sign for a

solo shot and a 1-0 lead.

“It was a fastball,” Everett

said of the pitch he hit for a

homer. “[Koval] had come

with back-to-back curve balls

and then threw a fastball and

I jumped on it. It felt really


Everett was the second batter

in the bottom of the first

and his blast followed a 380-

foot fly out to straight away

center by Slager. The Griffins

thought they’d score more

runs, but no one else on the

team crossed the plate.

That was due in large part

to Koval, who settled in after

that for the complete game

win. The junior right-hander,

who was the ace of the Mustangs

sophomore team in the

spring, allowed the one run

on five hits with no walks and

three strikeouts.

“It made me feel a lot more

intense,” Koval said of giving

up the home run to Everett. “I

had to bring it back for my

team. Everything was working,

but mainly my curve and

fastball were working really

well. I was excited to get the

start. This game gives me a

lot of confidence going into

the spring.”

Koval got the lead when

St. Rita scored four runs in

the top of the second. Sophomore

designated hitter Luke

Napleton (2-for-3) led off

with a single to center, and

sophomore pinch runner

Winston Hill later scored on

an errant throw to third —

the Griffins lone error of the

game. Senior second baseman

Mike Skoraczewski

(1-1, R, RBI) had a perfect

squeeze bunt to score junior

third baseman Matt Callahan

(1-for-2, R), who had singled.

Senior catcher Jake Zylman

(1-for-3, 2 RBI) added a

two-run single to left to cap

a six-straight batter stretch of

reaching bases.

That also chased out East

starter junior right-hander

Ethan Lambrigger and

brought in Kirschsieper. The

left-hander got a strikeout

and ground out to end the inning

and then went the rest

of the way for the Griffins.

In more than five innings, he

allowed no runs on two hits

with no walks and six strikeouts.

“I felt pretty good out

there,” said Kirschsieper,

who had hurled a complete

game two-hitter on July 11 in

the summer postseason opener

— a 3-1 win over defending

summer state champion

Plainfield South — and was

the winning pitcher in a 5-3

first-round Lawler Classic

victory on July 17 over Glenbard

West. “I had pitched and

thrown 38 pitches for my

travel team [on Friday, July

21]. Coach Brauer asked if I

could pitch, and I was ready.

“It was a good summer

and I got to pitch about as

much as I can. We were on

the fly. We didn’t even know

if we’d be in the playoffs and

we got things done. There’s a

lot to look forward to in the


East had some other opportunities

in the game. Senior

designated hitter John Slager

(1-for-3) led off the second

with a double to left that onehopped

off the fence. But his

twin brother, Jake Slager,

was stranded there. Jake

Slager reached on an error

with one out in the third but

never moved off first.

In the fifth, senior center

fielder Brandon Petkoff

(1-for-3) blooped a two-out

single to center, and Jake

Slager reached on another

error. Everett (1-for-3) then

drilled a ball to center field,

but it hung up and was

tracked down for the third

out. Jurgans (1-for-3) jolted a

leadoff double down the left

field line to open the sixth.

He moved to third when John

Slager grounded out for the

second out, but Koval got a

strikeout to end the inning.

In the seventh, junior left

fielder Joey Selvaggio (1-for-

3) smoked a one-out double

off the left-field fence. Then

Petkoff pounded a ball to

right that appeared to be ticketed

to go off the wall there

for an RBI double. But senior

right fielder Noah Miller

raced back and made the

catch just before he crashed

into the fence for the second

out. A grounder then ended

the game with Everett waiting

on deck.

“I was hoping to get up

again,” said Everett, who

would have been the tying

run. “At first we didn’t have a

team for this summer, but we

played free and with no chip

on our backs. [Against St.

Rita] it just wasn’t our day.

“But [when the IHSBCA

tournament] started, no one

looked for us. We just trusted

ourselves. We will train hard

in the offseason.”

Sophomore center fielder

Tommy Troesch (2-for-4)

and sophomore shortstop

Brendan Carrane (1-for-4)

also had hits for the Mustangs,

who had eight hits total.

St. Rita senior first baseman

Frank Napleton (0-3)

was held hitless. But his contributions

in the teams opening

round wins earned him

the Jack Kaiser Memorial

Most Valuable Player Award.

“I’ve got a lot better feel of

the guys on the team now,”

Brauer said of being able

to evaluate players over the

summer. “We’re a deep team.

It’s obvious that the spring

is different, as there’s more

teams you have to play. But

this [success] is a great stepping

stone to working hard

and getting better.”


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“He really made me get to

where I am. His whole theory

he really wants to emphasize

is how football is

all about building men and

building integrity, and it just

made me a better person. It

made me work harder and

made me just work on myself

and not have an ego. He

taught me it’s all about the


Cordell said it’s “really

cool” to have one of his

former players moving on

to play Division I football.

Muto’s work ethic is what

separates him from other

players, he added.

“He’s got incredible work

ethic that starts with his offseason

preparation,” he said.

“Obviously, he’s very strong,

just naturally strong, but he’s

also worked very hard at it,

and I know he’s been working

this summer to improve

his mobility and quickness,

working on his hands.”

Cordell praised Muto’s

dedication to improvement,

unselfishness and love for

his teammates.

“He is an outstanding

character kid,” he added.

“His teammates love him.

He’s an easy-going guy, but

he’s all business on the football


Illinois State assistant

coach Kane Keirnan said

Muto’s physicality and

strength are his best physical

attributes, but the player’s

work ethic was his most impressive

trait when the Redbirds

began recruiting him.

“He works incredibly hard,

he’s a very good student, he

loves the game of football,”

Keirnan said. “We like guys

that like to bash their face

into other people’s faces.

He’s into that kind of stuff.”

While the Spread Offense

– which doesn’t employ a

fullback – has become the

pre-eminent offense in college

football, the Redbirds

have a more old-school,

smash-mouth approach into

which Keirnan said Muto

will fit well.

“We play hard-nosed,

downhill football,” he said.

“We will use a fullback, and

we will try to run the ball

right behind him and knock

you over on the way.”

36 | August 3, 2017 | The Mokena Messenger sports

Girls golf

Repeat individual state champion real possibility for LW Central

Two juniors among last

year’s Top 10 to make

run at state crown

RANDY WHALEN, Freelance Reporter

As the girls golf season gets underway

next week, Lincoln-Way

Central boasts not just one, but

two players who could capture an

Illinois High School Association

individual state championship.

The Knights know how, because

they had someone do it last year.

That was Grace Curran. The

incoming Knight junior made her

initial trip to state a memorable

one by coming away with the individual

title last fall in the Class

2A state finals at the Hickory Point

Golf Club in Forsyth.

Curran finished with a 3-under

par 141 to hold off Benet Academy’s

Lauren Beaudreau by a

single stoke. But she knows that

with nine players who finished in

the Top 10 in the state last season

expected to be back, there’s no

guarantee for this season. Especially

since one of those in the Top

10 is her teammate, fellow junior

Brianne Bolden.

“It could very well be her,” Curran

said of the possibility of Bolden

winning state this coming fall.

“We’re cheering each other on,

and if [Bolden winning state] happened,

that would be great.”

There have been plenty of repeat

individual state champions

in the history of the IHSA girls

golf tournament. This will mark

the 43rd year of the state finals,

and in that span there have been

nine repeat champions, including

a trio of golfers who have done it

since the IHSA split the tournament

into two classes in the fall

of 2006.

Still, there are only two people

who can repeat as state champions

this season: Curran and incoming

Immaculate Conception Catholic

senior Maddie Hurt, who won the

Class A title in a playoff last year.

However, Curran isn’t focused

on the repeat. She’s just focused

on what made her successful.

“When I go out, I just play my

best,” Curran said. “I just play the

golf course. I know if I play even

or under that I can do well.”

So does Bolden, who birdied

her final hole last fall to finish in a

tie for 10th with a 5-over 149 and

make All-State honors.

“I get to play golf with my best

friends. What could be better?”

Bolden said of the upcoming season.

“It’s really fun playing with

Grace. She’s my best friend off

the course, as well. We just love

to hang out.”

But that hangout time this summer

hasn’t been as prevalent.

While the duo has golfed in a

couple of tournaments together,

Bolden has opted for more national

tournaments, while Curran has

stayed closer to home.

“It’s been crazy,” said Bolden,

who has been in Kentucky, California

and everywhere in between.

“I’ve only seen my house for one

full week this summer.”

She was in the American Junior

Golf Association’s Polo Golf Junior

Classic event in New Jersey

the last week of June. A third-place

finish in the AJGA Otter Creek Junior

Championship during the first

week of July in Columbus, Indiana,

gave her an exemption in the

AJGA for another year.

Bolden also played in The

IMG Academy Junior World Golf

Championships, an annual international

tournament that was held

between July 10-14 in San Diego.

“I shot a 76, 79, and 74 and just

missed the final day cut,” Bolden

said of the difficulty of that tournament.

“But there were people

from all over the world there. A

total of 19 states and 27 countries

were represented. Plus, there were

a ton of college coaches. It was a

good experience.”

Even with all the national tournament

experiences, Bolden can’t

wait for one thing: the high school


“I’m really excited,” she said.

“We should have a stacked team.

We have [senior] Taylor Miron, as

well as [sophomore] Carly Scheine,

[junior] Maddie Pyle and

others. I believe the team will go

downstate this year.”

Curran, who has already committed

to continue her golf career

at the University of Minnesota,

has played numerous state

events, including the IJGA Illinois

Women’s Open at Pine Meadow

Golf Course in Mundelein and the

Women’s Western Amateur Golf

Championship at River Forest

Country Club in Elmhurst.

She won the title at the IJGA

Challenge Cup in a playoff on July

21 at Highland Park Golf Course.

“The summer was a little rocky

to start, but it’s been good [at the

end],” Curran said. “I didn’t start

out as well as I’d like, but then I

got some better scores. I’ve been

staying close to home, but it’s

definitely been good golf competition.”

She said she hopes that momentum

carries into the high school


“I’m very excited for the high

school season,” Curran said. “We

have a lot of great golfers on the

team, and all want to make it to


Central’s season tees off on Aug.

10 at 1 p.m. with the Lincoln-Way

Cup match at Green Garden Golf

Course. On Aug. 11 at 5 p.m., a

home dual meet is scheduled

against Marist at Sanctuary Golf


From there, the Knights travel

to the Homewood-Flossmoor

Invitational on Aug. 14 at 7:30

a.m. at Linden Oaks Golf Course

in Crete. On Aug. 15, there’s a

triangular meet with Providence

and Minooka that’s scheduled

for 4 p.m. at Heritage Bluffs Golf

Course in Channahon. On Aug.

19 at 7 a.m., Central is at the Joliet

Central Golf Invitational at

Wedgewood Golf Course in Plainfield.

Central players find success at tennis tourney

Submitted by South Suburban

Tennis Academy

The South Suburban Tennis

Academy/District 230 tennis

tournament was held on July

21-22 with eight divisions of


Kiana Sikich, a Mokena resident

and Lincoln-Way Central student,

took first place in the 15-year-old

girls division.

“Our annual tournament is a

great opportunity for players to

use what was learned in area summer

tennis camps held by the

Lincoln-Way and District 230

schools,” Tournament Director

Steve Yates said. “Singles and

doubles divisions for ages 12 to

18 are featured each year in the


Girls’ 18-year-old division doubles

winners were New Lenox’s

Katie Blake and Lincoln-Way Central’s

Natalie Spudic. A great final

match was played with Blake and

Spudic defeating Orland Park’s

Janna Philbin and Tinley Park’s

Lily Darman, 6-0, 4-6, 6-3.

RIGHT: Lincoln-Way Central tennis

players Katie Blake (left) and

Natalie Spudic won the 18-yearold

doubles division during the

South Suburban Tennis Academy/

District 230 tennis tournament on

July 21-22.

Lincoln-Way Central tennis player Kiana Sikich placed first in the

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Muto a fit for Illinois State’s smash-mouth offense

Jason Maholy

Freelance Reporter

For as long as Nico Muto

has been playing football,

he’s always wanted to be a

running back.

It didn’t matter that Muto

was the self-described

“little fat kid” who looked

nothing like the prototypically

sleek, angular players

often among the fastest and

most agile on the field. Going

back to the days when

he played flag football on

the school playground at recess,

he has loved toting the


“When I was a little kid,

when I was in fourth and

fifth grade, I was that little

fat kid they would throw the

ball to, and I would just run

kids over,” he said. “I’ve

always wanted to be a running

back. I was 5-feet tall

and so chubby, but I was

fast. People couldn’t catch

me, and if they did I would

drag them.”

Muto is no longer the little

fat kid, though at 5-foot-9,

250 pounds, he still doesn’t

look like a typical running

back. However, that didn’t

keep him from excelling

at the position during his

final two years at Lincoln-

Way Central, where he did

his fair share of outrunning,

bulldozing and dragging opponents,

while helping the

Knights to their best season

in more than a decade last


Muto’s success, and the

hard work that contributed

to that success, have earned

him the opportunity to continue

living his football

dream at Illinois State University,

where he will begin

his freshman season this

fall. His first college training

camp begins July 30.

“I’ve been waiting all

summer, counting down the

days,” he said. “It really is a

Lincoln-Way Central graduate Nico Muto will continue his football career at Illinois State

University in the fall. 22nd Century Media File Photos

Nico Muto served as one of the running backs in coach Jeremy Cordell’s system, despite

being the heaviest player on the team.

blessing; a lot of guys don’t

get to play college football.

“I’ve always dreamed of

playing Division I, and I

never thought I’d be good

enough. I worked so hard,

and I finally got to that level

of being one of the top athletes

in high school, and

now it truly is a dream come

true. This is just the first

step of something great, I

feel like.”

Muto was among several

running backs that were featured

prominently on Central’s

run-heavy offense last

season, but he is expected to

fill more of a fullback role

for the Redbirds. He will be

asked to do a lot of blocking

and some receiving out

of the backfield – tasks he

did not do much of in high

school – but all he cares

about is contributing any

way he can to ISU having


The day after last season

ended with a second-round

playoff loss, he has since

been working to improve

every facet of his game –

from his strength, speed and

quickness to catching the


“I know there’s competition

out there, this is D-I,”

he said. “I’ve always tried

to be the strongest person

on the field, the most powerful

and still with some

speed. Whatever they want

me to do I’ll be good at. I

have to compete for my

spot, but obviously the goal

is to start, to play, and I feel

like I do fit and can compete

with them. I feel like I’m


Muto entered his senior

season at Central with the

goal of rushing for 1,000

yards and scoring 20 touchdowns,

and six quarters into

the 2016 campaign, it appeared

those marks were

well within reach. But a

broken hand against Sandburg

in the second game of

the season – during which

he rushed for 120 yards

before halftime – derailed

any hopes of him attaining

those goals. He missed the

following four games, and

the bad break also prompted

some schools that had been

recruiting him to all but

abandon their efforts, he


“There were quite a few

schools looking at me after

my junior season, and I just

think that set me back, me

breaking my hand,” Muto

said. “I knew I would have

had a great season if I didn’t

break my hand; but, in my

opinion, it made me work


One school that kept

Muto in its sights was Illinois

State, the alma mater

of Knights coach Jeremy

Cordell and the program

for which Muto has wanted

to play since he attended

football camps there prior

to his sophomore season at


“They have a great program

there, I love how

things are done there, and

I’m so happy they stuck

with me,” he said. “Ever

since my sophomore year

I’ve wanted to go there, and

it’s amazing that I actually

am. A lot of people want to

go to a big school – Florida,

Alabama, stuff like that –

but me, I’ve always wanted

to go to Illinois State, no

matter how good I was.”

Muto is excited to be part

of a Redbirds team he believes

is on the rise.

“I just really feel like

good things are going to

happen with that school,

they’re just starting something

really great,” he said.

If he’s asked to run the

ball, he’ll be thrilled to

display his power running

style he compared to the

Oakland Raiders’ Marshawn

Lynch and the Jacksonville

Jaguars’ Leonard


“I’m not at their speed yet

– I mean, I’m trying – but

they run hard, and I feel like

I definitely run as hard as


Muto credits Cordell

with helping him grow as

a player and person during

the coach’s two years

at the helm at Central. The

two have a tight bond, and

shared a celebratory moment

last year after Muto

committed to ISU.

“He called me down to

his office and he gave me a

big hug, and he’s like, ‘I’m

so proud of you.’ We were

both so happy,” Muto said.

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Girls volleyball

Central falls in quarterfinals to eventual summer league champs East


Freelance Reporter

22nd Century Media File



The Nico Muto edition

1. Boulder carrying the


LWC grad Nico Muto

was the heaviest

player on the team,

yet served as one of

the team’s starting

running backs last


2. Redbird pride

Muto had his sights

set on going to Illinois

State since his

sophomore year, no

matter what other

schools recruited

him. He broke his

hand during the

2016 season, but

ISU still never lost

interest in signing


3. Fitting the scheme

Most college offenses

employ a spreadtype

system, Illinois

State runs a traditional

offense, which

is why they recruited

the 250-pound

bulldozer to be the

team’s fullback.

It may have been the

last match of the pool play

in summer league, but the

Lincoln-Way Central girls

volleyball team displayed

the passion and will to win

that it plans on showing this


With all the other matches

long finished the Knights

kept battling. They saved

a half-dozen match points

before finally falling to

Bradley-Bourbonnais 25-

22, 28-30, 18-16 on July 25

at the Palos Courts summer


While that dropped the

Knights to a 6-4 record and

fourth place finish in Pool

B, they showed that they

should be in most matches

this coming fall.

“I feel like we’re starting

where we left off last

year,” Central coach Mary

Brown said. “We were 15-

22 last year, but had improved.

We’ll be better this


After a rough start to last

season, the Knights improved.

They upset Joliet

Catholic Academy 25-18,

25-16 in the semifinals of

the Class 4A Plainfield Central

Regional. That ended

the Angels 15-year regional

title streak.

A couple of key returners

for Central are senior setters

Kylie Kulinski and Cassidy

Wyman. They know there’s

still room for improvement

as the season approaches.

Lincoln-Way Central’s Nicole Dvorak (right) tips the ball

over Lincoln-Way East blockers Thursday, July 27 during

the Palos Courts Summer League Tournament. Photos by

Geoff Stellfox/22nd Century Media

“I think we have to step

up and get some better sets,”

Wyman said. “But once the

actual season starts, we’ll

have it down.”

Kulinski agreed.

“Our communication

has to get better,” Kulinski

said. “We’ve got a lot

of young girls and it’ll just

come with time. But we’ve

got this.”

Senior libero Lucy Chesla

also returns. A position

that’s still being vied for is

outside hitter. Senior Hannah

Stacey does return in

that position and will be

looked to make an impact.

Sophomore Layne Stevens

has played well at middle

hitter this summer.

“We have a big hole at

outside hitter,” Brown said.

“We will have to see who

else will step up.”

In the summer league

playoffs, which were held

on Thursday, July 27, the

Knights captured their

opening match. That was a

25-15, 27-25 victory over

Jones College Prep. They

then lost to the Lincoln-

Way East Black team, one

of two entered by the Griffins,

25-20, 25-18 in the


Knights’ setter and outside hitter Kylie Kulinski passes the


The East Black squad rallied

past the Sandburg Blue

team 23-25, 25-20, 15-9

in the title match. It was

the second straight Palos

Courts summer title for the

Griffins, which defeated

Tinley Park 25-17, 25-23 to

capture the championship

last season. It was the only

loss for the Sandburg Blue

team (13-1 overall).

“We had over 100 kids

at our grade school camp,”

Brown said. “So the future

looks good.

“But this [Palos Courts]

is a good opportunity to see

what everyone can do ahead

of tryouts. We have good

setters back, but we don’t

have a big hitter this season.

So we have to play defense

and play smart.”

Central will open the

season on Tuesday, Aug.

22 with a 5:30 p.m. match

against T. F. South in Lansing.

That is followed by

five matches on Friday,

Aug. 25 and Saturday, Aug.

26 at the competitive Plainfield

North Invite. The following

week the Knights

travel to Glenbard North

for a 6 p.m. match on Monday,

Aug. 28. The next day

brings the home opener,

which is also the South-

West Suburban Conference

opener, against Stagg at

5:30 p.m.

Listen Up

“I’ve been waiting all summer, counting down

the days. It really is a blessing; a lot of guys

don’t get to play college football.”

Nico Muto – former Lincoln-Way Central football player, on

starting Illinois State’s training camp on July 30


Girls Golf

1 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 10

• Lincoln-Way Central and Lincoln-Way West will

compete in the Lincoln-Way Cup at Green Garden

Country Club in Frankfort to kick off the golf season.


35 – Baseball

34 – Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor TJ Kremer III, tj@mok

mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | | August 3, 2017


LWC girls volleyball ousted by

eventual champs, Page 39

Repeat Central

LWC girls golfers have eyes on

state championship, Page 36

Nico Muto to bring size,

speed, toughness to

ISU program, Page 38

Lincoln-Way Central grad Nico Muto carries

several defenders while running with the football

during a regular season football game last fall.

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