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Candle in the


Longtime Marley Candle

owner dies, Page 5

The Cancer Support Center unveils new

facility, Page 3

Pick six

Crafted Bottle Shop &

Tap Room offers variety

in beer selection,

Page 6

Follow your


22CM’s Valentine’s Day

card contest end draws

near, Page 11

xThe Cancer Support Center’s Development Coordinator Kathy Kahlhammer (middle, with scissors) cuts the ribbon Jan. 17, officially marking the

opening of the Center’s new office in Mokena. Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer (to the right of Kahlhammer) and Mokena Chamber of Commerce

President Skye Bergeson (right of Fleischer) were also on hand for the ceremony. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media


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Winter Book Sale

Noon-5 p.m. Jan. 26 and

9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday,

Jan. 27, Mokena Community

Public Library, 11327

W. 195th St., Mokena. The

Friends of the Mokena Library

will host their Winter

Book Sale with bargains galore

as most books sell for

only $1, and many for less.

The sale features all types

of books including audio

books, DVDs and children’s

books as well as puzzles,

games and CDs. The public

is encouraged to attend and

support the library.


Open House

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Jan.

28, Providence Catholic

Children’s Academy, 1800

W. Lincoln Highway, New

Lenox. Providence Catholic

Children’s Academy (PCCA)

was founded in 1992. Under

the Diocese of Joliet, PCCA

serves the religious and educational

needs of young

children between the ages

of 3 and 6. PCCA provides

a nurturing environment by

professional teachers who

help develop the social, emotional,

cognitive and physical

skills of students in a loving

Christian atmosphere.

PCCA offers both full day

and morning preschool and

prekindergarten and full day

kindergarten. Before and after

care is also offered, which

helps to accommodate working

parents and is more affordable

than most day care

facilities. PCCA is located

on the campus of Providence

Catholic High School. More

details can be found by visiting

the school’s website at or calling

the office at (815) 485-7129

to schedule a tour.

Noonan Open House

Noon-2 p.m. Jan. 28,

Noonan Elementary Academy,

19131 Henry Dr., Mokena.

All new or prospective

families for the 2018-19

school year are welcomed

and encouraged to attend

this informative open house.

For more information, visit or call

(708) 479-8988.


Owl Prowls

Register by Jan. 31. Program

will be held from 7-9

p.m. Friday, Feb. 2 and Saturday,

Feb. 3, at Hickory

Creek Preserve–LaPorte

Road Access, 10537 W. La

Porte Road, Mokena. Join

naturalists on a 1.5-mile hike

to search for and learn about

owls. After the walk, enjoy

a fire, hot cocoa and marshmallows.

Bring your favorite

mug and camping chair to sit

by the fire. The free program

is for all ages. For more information

and registration, visit or

by call (708) 946-2216.

Chicago Art Institute

9:15 a.m.-3:15 p.m. Jan.

31. Join the Frankfort Township

for a trip to the Art Institute

in downtown Chicago.

Cost is $40, and bus transportation

is available for $4.

Lunch is on your own. For

more information and reservations,

call (815) 806-2766.


Early Learning Center


9 a.m. Thursday, Feb. 1,

Community Center, 7540

W. Braemar Lane, Frankfort.

Registration for Frankfort

Square Park District’s Early

Learning Center begins on

Thursday. For more information,

call (815) 469-3524.

Senior Technology Seminar

9:30-11 a.m. Thursday,

Feb. 1, Frankfort Township

Community Room, 11000 W.

Lincoln Highway, Frankfort.

Attend State Representative

Margo McDermed’s Senior

Technology Seminar to get

assistance with smart phones

and tablets, review internet

security and app safety. There

will be demonstrations and

an opportunity to ask questions.

Participants are encouraged

to bring their own

devices. Refreshments will

be provided. For more information,

call (815) 277-2079.

After Hours Game Night

6-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 2,

Mokena Community Public

Library, 11327 W. 195th St.,

Mokena. Join the Mokena Library

for an after hours game

night every first Friday of the

month. The program will begin

when the library closes at

6 p.m. With the exception of

the Reading Room and the

restrooms, the library will be

closed down. Registration is

suggested. This program is for

ages 14 and older. A signed

waiver is required for anyone

that participates. For more

information and registration,


LW Preschool Registration

Monday, Feb. 5. Registration

for Lincoln-Way High

Schools 2018-2019 preschool

programs, sponsored

by the Family and

Consumer Sciences Early

Childhood Education classes

will be held at the following

times: 8-11 a.m. in room

D119 at Lincoln-Way Central;

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. in room

166 at Lincoln-Way East; and

10 a.m.-noon in room B126 at

Lincoln-Way West. Children

must be three years old by

September 1, 2018, must be

toilet trained, and must reside

within the district to be eligible.

Parents must complete

the written applications; no

telephone applications will

be accepted. The registration

form can be found at lw210.

org under “Current Resources.”

For more information,

contact Molly DeCarlo (Central)

at (815) 462-2187; Beth

Russler (East) at (815) 464-

4299; or Amy Lidy (West) at

(815) 717-3618.

Winter Work Day

8 a.m.-noon Sunday, Feb.

11, Hickory Creek Preserve–

LaPorte Road Access, 10537

W. La Porte Road, Mokena.

The Forest Preserve District

of Will County’s network of

volunteers will be pitching in

this winter to help improve

the preserves. If you love nature

and you want to help the

environment, consider joining

them by signing up for a

resource management workday.

A District representative

will be there to coordinate

the day’s activities. Registration

is required. To register,

call (815) 722-7364 or email

Board of Education Meeting

7-8:30 p.m. Wednesday,

Feb. 21, 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, visit mo

Parent Academy

6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday,

Feb. 22, Mokena Elementary

School, 11244 Willow

Crest Lane, Mokena. Join

Mokena District 159 student

services for a parent academy

focusing on practical

solutions to tough childhood

problems. The session will

be held in the district board

room adjoining the cafeteria.

For more information, call

(708) 342-4911.

Candlelight Bowling

7-10 p.m. Friday, March

23, Thunder Bowl, 18700 Old

Lagrange Road, Mokena. Join

the AshleyCan Pediatric Cancer

Foundation for a candlelight

bowling fundraiser. Cost

is $40 for adults and $35 for

children and includes three

hours of bowling, shoes and a

buffet dinner with fried chicken,

Italian beef, baked rigatoni,

salad, rolls, soft drinks and

dessert. There will be a cash

bar, raffles, 50/50 and a silent

auction. To purchase tickets,



Lincoln-Way Half Marathon

Registration is open for

the 2nd Annual Lincoln-Way

Half Marathon. Race will be

at 7 a.m. Sunday, April 22 and

will begin at Breidert Green,

123 Kansas St., Frankfort. After

2.7 miles of running on the

scenic, tree-lined Old Plank

Trail, runners will turn off into

the Hickory Creek Forest Preserve.

The rolling hills of the

forest preserve will provide a

picturesque tour as they reach

the halfway and turn-around

point in the race. Current

registration cost is $70. Volunteers

are being sought for

the race as well. For volunteer

sign-up and race registration,

visit lincolnwayhalfmarathon.


Women’s Club Scholarships

Applications must be postmarked

by Feb. 15. The General

Federation of Women’s

Clubs Illinois is offering

scholarships, through the

GFWC Mokena Woman’s

Club sponsorship, for students

planning on enrolling in

an Illinois college, university,

trade or vocational school

for the Fall Semester 2018.

Applicants are not limited to

current high school seniors.

Applications are available

on the Lincoln-Way High

Schools, Providence Catholic

High School, Mokena Public

Library and Frankfort Public

Library websites. Mail applications

to: Judy Rader, 132

11th St., Lincoln, IL 62656.

To submit an item to the

printed calendar, contact

Amanda Stoll at (708)

326-9170 ext. 34, or email


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the Mokena Messenger | January 25, 2018 | 3

Cancer Support Center expands with new home

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

The Cancer Support Center,

in Mokena, unveiled

to the public its new facility

Jan. 17 during a multi-

Chamber ribbon cutting

event; however, those familiar

with the old location

won’t have to travel far to

find the new place: It’s right

next door.

The new facility offers

more space and upgraded

amenities. There’s a workout

room and a children’s play

room, as well as new offices

for staff and a new kitchen

for nutritional training.

The Center serves over

1,400 people, but when you

include families and friends

of the clients, the number

grows to about 4,500, according

to Ben Cipra, a grant

writer for the Center.

The Center works with

Silver Cross, Joliet Oncology-Hematology


and Advocate South Suburban

to offer some of its

services at those locations,

Cipra said.

The relocation became

necessary to keep pace with

the growth the Center has

seen over the past several


“The growth factor, in

general the last two years,

has grown 40 percent. So

what does that tell you?

The need is here. And all of

these services are free,” said

Board Member Leslie Susralski,

whose husband, Ed,

has terminal prostate cancer.

“The important thing is,

how do we get the word out

to the community that we

Mokena Chamber of Commerce President Skye Bergeson

(right) presents The Cancer Support Center’s Development

Coordinator Kathy Kahlhammer Jan. 17 with a certificate

recognizing the Center’s work in Mokena.

T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

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that it’s free. That’s very important.

If you think [someone]

needs help, but the insurance

doesn’t cover it or

they don’t have insurance,

the important thing to know

that everything’s free, every

last thing — the counseling,

the yoga, the nutrition

classes, everything we do,”

Susralski said.

Mokena Chamber of

Commerce President Skye

Bergeson thanked the Center

for its work in the community

over the last decade.

“I’ve had multiple clients

who have gone through

the struggle of cancer.

And to have something local

— where you’re going

and talking to a person, it’s

not a phone call where you

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that personal relationship

with the community is what

we’re trying to strive for

through the Mokena Chamber,”

Bergeson said. “And,

so, to have a partner like The

Cancer Support Center that

really helps those in need,

means the world to us.”

Mokena’s Mayor Frank

Fleischer was also in attendance

to show his support

for the Center and spoke

about the benefits of having

the Center as a resource in

the village.

“All of us know people

who are afflicted [with cancer]

in one way or another

— if not ourselves, then

somebody in the family —

and they don’t know where

to go,” Fleischer said.

“And that’s what’s nice

about having this in our

town, in our area, where

people have a place to go

and talk to somebody and

find out that they’re not

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doctor tell you that you have

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Mokena D159 Board of Education

Fees for 2018-2019 under review

Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor

Fees for the upcoming school year

were discussed during the Jan. 17

meeting and are expected to largely

remain the same except for transportation

fees, which are expected

to be eliminated for some students.

Last year those fees were increased

to compensate for a projected deficit

in the transportation fund.

Transportation costs were recommended

to be waived for students

living more than 1.5 miles from their

school and for those living less than

1.5 miles from their school along a

hazardous route. The fee recommendations

for students living less than

1.5 miles away are recommended to

remain at $375 per student.

There is also a proposed maximum

family expense of $750,

which would impact families with

more than two children riding the

bus and living within the 1.5 mile

radius of their school.

Transportation fees for the current

school year were $200 per student

living more than 1.5 miles from the

school and $375 for students living

closer than 1.5 miles regardless

of living along a hazardous route.

There was also no established cap

for families with multiple children.

Registration fees for kindergarten,

early childhood and grades first

through third were proposed to remain

at $250 with a $25 tech fee for

kindergarten through third grade.

Early start program fees remain

undetermined because the district

applied for a grant that could fully

or partially fund the program. Fees

for the current school year were

$607.50 for students in the program.

Registration fees for fourth

through eighth grade were proposed

to remain at $275 with a $25 tech

fee for grades fourth and fifth. The

technology fee for sixth through

eighth grade were proposed to double

from $25 to $50 for the upcoming

school year.

Dr. Kathleen Wilkey, assistant

superintendent of instruction, said

the increased cost will help support

the district’s 1:1 students to laptop

computer initiative, as well as pay

for cases for the devices and offset

Round it up

A brief recap of other matters

discussed during the Jan.

17 D159 Board of Education


•In addition to the fee

recommendations, Dr. Teri Shaw,

chief school business official, gave

the board a written update from the

custodial staff regarding repairs

and maintenance done around the

district buildings during winter break.

•The kitchen floor at MES was

replaced, the main circulation pump

motor for the hot water heater

at MIS was repaired, the bearing

assembly on the air handler at MES

was replaced, a packing leak on

the sprinkler system at MJHS was

repaired as well as various, minor

plumbing and electrical repairs at all

three schools.

•The board of education is expected

to meet next during their regularly

scheduled meeting at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 21. Board members

are expected to vote to approve

fees and could vote on the calendar

for the upcoming school year. The

calendar was still being finalized as

of the January meeting.

any costs stemming from accidental


The tech program is expecting students

to be able to use the same devices

through their time at the junior

high and take them with them when

they graduate from eighth grade.

Jake Smith, director of technology,

said the district does not pay for

insurance on any of the student devices,

which cost about $175 including

cases and software. The cost of

insurance is comparably high at $25

to $35 per device, so he said the cost

to repair or replace such an inexpensive

device is not worth the cost of

the insurance.

Extra curricular fees will remain

at $50 for team sports including

band, jazz band and choir. Fees

for clubs, including percussion ensemble,

will remain at $25, and intramural

fees will remain at $10 per


Lunch fees will remain at $3.05

per lunch and milk fees will increase

from 30 cents to 35 cents for

the upcoming school year.

Personnel changes

The board unanimously approved

district bills and voted in favor of

the personnel recommendations.

Lisa Zielinski abstained from the

personnel vote, but declined to comment

on her reason for doing so.

Personnel recommendations included

the resignation of Angelo

Makropoulos, the fourth and sixth

grade band instructor and part-time

physical education teacher at Mokena

Intermediate School. Makropoulos

had been working in the district

since the fall of 2016.

The board also approved the retirement

of Administrative Assistant

Cheryl Paben effective in 2020, the

hiring of Andrew Boss as a part-time

physical education teacher at Mokena

Intermediate School and a temporary

assignment for Lisa Pezzuto as a

payroll assistant for the district.

Superintendent Dr. Omar Castillo

sent a draft of the contract with

Xplosion Basketball Organization,

which is up for renewal. The organization

uses the gymnasiums at Mokena

Elementary School and Castillo

had good things to say about the

organization during the meeting as

well as in his written report.

“The district and the organization

has maintained a positive partnership

for the last four years and our

school district students benefit from

this outside sport organization,”

Castillo stated in his written report

to the board.

Wilkey gave the board an update

on the music program and the short

term plans in place in the wake of

Makropoulos’ resignation.

Diane Leo, music and art teacher

at MIS, and Rebecca Cheney, music

and choir teacher at Mokena Junior

High School, are assisting Karen

Bussean with the MIS and MJHS


Administrators, staff and board

members all commended and

thanked Bussean for her dedication

to keeping the music program

running as smoothly as possible as

school started again for the year.

Bussean also recently led a five-day

junior high band trip to Walt Disney

World and Universal Studios in


Lincoln-Way Community High School D210 Board of


Future uncertain for

LW North building

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

The question of what to do

with Lincoln-Way North, which

shuttered its doors at the end of

the 2015-16 school year, was addressed

during the Thursday, Jan.

18, Board of Education for D210

meeting; however, the answer remains


Superintendent Scott Tingley,

during his district report to the

Board, brought forth for consideration

a plan to put out a request

for quotation among potential appraisers

to estimate the value of the


Tingley said he has received —

through the District’s architects —

the names of several potential appraisers

that would be capable of

performing the appraisal, though

the cost of such a service wouldn’t

be known until the RFQ process is


Any potential sale would have

to cover in excess of $100 million

remaining in bonds issued by the

District for LW North.

Tingley said the District spent

about $300,000 last year in operating

and management costs and, if

the building were to be used as a

school again, then the costs would

increase to about $6 million per year.

“We have not yet had any organization

or group that has been willing

to cover at least [approximately

$2 million cost to operate the building

in a non-school capacity] for me

to come back to the Board and say,

‘OK, somebody’s willing to at least

cover the cost now. What would we

determine the cost for depreciation

and use in addition?’ We’re not to

that point,” Tingley said.

Tingley said he anticipates being

able to provide the Board with

the results of the RFQ at its Feb. 15


Keeping a roof over their heads

It was announced during the meeting

that the District has accepted a

bid to restore, rather than retrofit,

Round it up

A brief recap of other items

discussed during the Thursday, Jan.

18, Board of Education meeting

•It is anticipated that enrollment

across the District’s schools will

drop by about 340 students over

the next five years, according to

data collected and used in a “cohort

survival method,” a method that

takes known elementary feeder

districts’ and applying a grade

progression ratio.

•A request to push back to March 6 a

land sale agreement for 71.9 acres at

7551 W. 191st St. in Tinley Park was

unanimously approved. A $900,000

difference in the asking price and

what the buyer, Woodman’s Food

Market, Inc., is willing to pay was cited

as the reason for the amendment to

the land sale agreement.

•Assistant Superintendent

of Curriculum Timothy Reilly

announced changes to several

academic programs, including: a

social sciences shift from a focus on

western civilization to world history;

starting all incoming freshman, with

rare exceptions, in algebra I; and

making environmental biology as the

first year option for biology classes.

Lincoln-Way East’s roof, potentially

saving the District approximately

$150,000 and adding up to an additional

30 years on the existing roof,

according to Director of Buildings

and Grounds Rich Wilkey.

Wilkey told the Board that tests

of the current roof showed it was

a good candidate for the cheaper

restoration option.

“The way we’re looking at this,

once you retrofit or put another

roof on top of the existing roof,

your next step is a complete tear

off,” Wilkey said. “To do a complete

tear off on the roofs of these

school buildings means upgrading

the insulation to the new energy

code … It becomes very, very,

very expensive very quickly. The

longer we can keep our roofs intact,

the better for the District, in

terms of dollars, in the long run.” news

the Mokena Messenger | January 25, 2018 | 5

A light goes out

Marley Candles

owner dies, leaves

behind legacy of


T.J. Kremer III, Editor

It seems some people begin

life with a natural tendency

to shuffle around this

Earth, constantly in search

of the next adventure or

challenge to occupy their

time here. And so it was with

John Fixari, the longtime

owner of Marley Candles,

before he died Dec. 25.

The oft-travelled Fixari —

who, at various times, has

called New Lenox, Lockport,

Minooka and Stark,

Florida, home — claimed

careers in construction, the

bar industry, horesery, the

hotel industry and trailer

park owner, not to mention a

tour in WWII as a Navy pilot

and flight instructor, and, later,

a private flight instructor.

“He had never been not

self-employed; he had a hard

time working for other people,”

said Fixari’s daughter,

Nancy Fixari, who now runs

Marley Candles.

The late Fixari purchased

Marley Candles in 1979,

just after his stint as a hotel

owner in Florida. At first,

the idea was it would make

a nice way to enjoy retirement,

Nancy said. But that

quickly changed as John

poured his typical go-all-theway

attitude into the business

by building additions to

the store, “re-inventing the

wheel” by coming up with

faster, more efficient ways to

produce candles, and adding

as many as 16 employees in

the early ‘90s.

“In the beginning, it was

manageable, it was fun,”

Nancy said. “... Then things

started to grow and grow,

and we had to have a lot

more employees … And my

parents were very adverse to

hiring more people; let’s just

work harder.”

And work harder he did,

shattering any idea of an

easy retirement with his

quest to produce more and

more candles.

“My dad would tell me

and my sister, ‘You kids ruined

the business,’” Nancy

jokingly said, laughing as

she fondly recalled memories

of her father.

But that strong work ethic

was seemingly just what

John’s nature was: Even in

post-retirement retirement,

John Fixari, longtime owner

of Marley Candles, died

Dec. 25. Photo submitted

John felt the need to have a

“hobby,” and so in March

when he moved into Clarendale

of Mokena he began

painting WWII planes.

Nancy said she has

thought about selling Marley

Candles in order to give

the business a new generation

of life to keep it going,

but, so far, people seem to

shy away once they discover

how much work is actually


And so the business will

stay with Nancy for the foreseeable

future. And John

now finally gets that retirement

he so richly earned.

‘No tax increase’ referendum to be put on March ballot

Staff Report

The Frankfort Square

Park District Board of

Commissioners adopted a

resolution that will allow a

referendum question to be

placed on the March 20 general

primary election ballot,

providing $1.5 million in

bond proceeds to complete

capital improvement and

park and facility repairs

throughout our District.

Approval of the “NO

TAX INCREASE” minireferendum

was supported

by Park District residents

responding to the recent,

independent community

survey, completed by the

University of Illinois, with

82 percent of respondents

supporting this action.

The question to be put

on the ballot is: “Shall the

Frankfort Square Park District,

Will and Cook Counties,

Illinois, purchase and

improve land for new parks,

improve existing parks and

facilities of said Park District

and issue its bonds to

the amount not to exceed

$1,500,000 for the purpose

of paying the costs thereof?”

Mini-referendum information

will be distributed

to all Park District households

in the winter/spring

brochure that will be mailed

in mid-December, posted on

the Park District’s website


22ND CENTURY MEDIA is looking


and PHOTOGRAPHERS to cover events,

meetings and sports in the area.

Interested individuals should send

an email with a resume and any clips to




when he worked for Coleman

in the 1940s.

Ultimately, they chose

the location at 19200 South

LaGrange Road because of

its proximity to Interstate

80 and the Holiday Inn that

is currently under construc-

6 | January 25, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger news

Craft beer scene in Mokena keeps growing


shop pours, sells

many local brews

Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor

The ever-expanding craft

beer scene has another dot

on the local map, but coowner

Denver Worker said

the supportive and collaborative

nature of craft

brewing supports the multitude

of bottle shops and

craft breweries along the

“I-80 beer corridor,” as he

calls it.

“Ultimately, all of us together

is kind of a great

place for people to come

looking for beer,” Worker

said. “A lot of the beer

drinkers come seeking it

out. They want to go to multiple

places, and we felt like

we could be a part of that.”

He and Dan Rusnak, who

have been friends since

growing up in Tinley Park

together, have talked for

years about opening a business

together. The ideas

were varied, but none ever

came to fruition — until

they dreamt up Crafted.

The two have both been

fans of craft beer for years,

but Worker said the decision

to start a business

around it took a lot of convincing

for themselves and

their wives. Only after attending

multiple craft beer

festivals throughout the

years and visiting numerous

shops in the area with

similar business models

were they finally able to


The shop, which sells

packaged beers and offers

as many as 12 beers on

tap, focuses on Midwestern


beers, but occasionally features

beers from around the

country, as well.

Worker and Rusnak, who

live in Lockport and Orland

park, respectively, both still

hold their full-time jobs.

Worker said it has been a

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huge commitment since the

build out, which they did

almost entirely themselves,

and shop opening nearly

two months ago.

“Basically everything

else was hand-built and designed

by us, and [we] put a

lot of effort into it,” Worker

said. “... We wanted to be a

little bit different than the

typical bottle shops that we


One special touch that

might not be evident to

newcomers is the lighting

above the bar. The beam

used to support the lights

was once part of Rusnak’s

grandfather’s workbench

Please see crafted, 9

Crafted’s ribbon cutting ceremony Thursday, Jan. 18, drew a small crowd to the shop to try

beers and celebrate Mokena’s latest contribution to the area craft brew scene.

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Flower from Abraham Lincoln’s funeral discovered in Will County

Jacquelyn Schlabach

Assistant Editor

Abraham Lincoln, the

16th president of the United

States, was assassinated 150

years ago.

It wouldn’t be until December

2017 that the flower

lain on his funeral bier in

Washington, D.C. in April

1865 would be discovered

— in Lockport.

Executive President at the

Will County Historical Society

Sandy Vasko discovered

a dried pale rose bud

inside a box that was stored

in one of the rooms of the

building. She was working

by herself one afternoon

when she began exploring

the room and found a box

that had items belonging

to James G. Elwood, who

served in the Civil War, and

whose father was the first

mayor of Joliet. Inside the

box were documents, ribbons

from conventions, and

medals from various organizations

and time periods,

mainly from 1900-1919,

Vasko said.

There was a smaller,

sealed box inside the cardboard

box full of artifacts

that had a clear casing where

Vasko could see the dried

rose bud. A note was secured

tightly under the rose bud

that she tried to read from

the outside.

Vasko turned the box over

and noticed that it had been

sealed and there was writing

in 19th century script.

General J.S. Todd, who was

the cousin of Lincoln’s wife

Mary Todd, had given the

rose bud to General I.M.

Haynie, who was from Illinois,

and Haynie had then

passed it on to Elwood’s

wife, “Mrs. Jas G. Elwood

(nee Pearce),” which was

how it was written on the


Vasko was amazed at what

she had found.

“I thought that I didn’t

read it right,” Vasko said.

According to The National

Museum of American

History, about 25 million

Americans attended the memorial

services for President

Lincoln in Washington,

D.C. His body traveled to

Springfield on a nine-car funeral

train. The train reached

Springfield on May 3, 1865,

and Lincoln was buried on

May 4.

The Philadelphia Inquirer

wrote an article regarding

Lincoln’s funeral in 1865,

and mentioned that there

were white japonicus’ and

roses on the bier, according

to Vasko. The Will County

Historical Society sent photos

of the rose bud to the

Abraham Lincoln Presidential

Library and Museum,

which verified that the rose

was authentic.

There are still some unanswered

questions, according

to Vasko: Why did

New year, new workout, new you

Will County Historical Society Executive Director Sandy

Vasko stands beside the display case that contains the

flower bud from Abraham Lincoln’s funeral bier that is to be

unveiled Feb. 17. Jacquelyn Schlabach/22nd Century Media

General Todd give the rose

to Mrs. Elwood? How did

they know each other? Why

was her maiden name mentioned

on the bottom of the

box? Was it referring to a

different Mrs. Elwood? And,

of course, the big question:

Who gave the artifacts belonging

to James Elwood to

the Will County Historical


“At this point, we don’t

know who gave this collection

to us,” Vasko said.

“We may have to go delving


Vasko said she hopes to

have those questions answered

in time for the Lincoln

Funeral Flowers: A

Sneak Peek Event Feb. 17 at

the historical society, where

the flower will be unveiled.

There is a limit of 50 attendees.

Tickets will be $50, and

include a buffet dinner, silent

auction and an Abraham

Lincoln-related speaker.

Proceeds from the event will

go toward the restoration of

the log cabin belonging to

the Brown family, who were

early pioneers of Jackson


Mokena resident,

CrossFit owner helps

others reach goals

Jacquelyn Schlabach

Assistant Editor

Going to the gym and eating


These are probably the two

most common New Year’s

resolutions for people as soon

as Jan. 1 rolls around. It can

be difficult to get motivated

to change one’s lifestyle, but

there are many different options

to jumpstart the “new

year, new me” mantra, including

one that people don’t

always think about — Cross-


“I try to tell people when

they ask what [CrossFit] is,

or they’re scared of doing it,

I’m like don’t pay attention

to what you see on TV or the

internet or whatever because

it’s not like that,” owner Luke

Ahlfield said.

Ahlfield explains that the

main difference between

competitive CrossFit and the

CrossFit workouts he runs is

that in the sport it’s all about

the speed of the workout and

incorporating high intensity,

whereas at CrossFit Homer

Glen, the goal is to move well

and burn calories. The length

of workouts at the gym are

shorter compared to those

who compete.

“It’s like saying I don’t

want to play basketball, I see

how they do it in the NBA,”

Ahlfield said.

CrossFit is scalable to fit

the needs of each person that

workout, Ahlfield said. The

approximately 70 people a

week that come to the gym

are at all different fitness levels,

and Ahlfield and his wife

Bridget, who also instructs

programs, modify the workouts

to benefit each person.

Ahlfield and his wife work

one-on-one with each member

to identify their goals and

help them make improvements.

“Keeping tracks of their

weights, we know how

strong they are and stuff like

that and how they move with

certain weights,” Ahlfield

said. “But also, being that

me and Bridget are pretty

much the only coaches, we

know everybody in and out

pretty well and what they

can do.”

CrossFit Homer Glen’s

rates are based per month. For

$75 a month, people can get

access to just the bootcamp

classes or just the strengthening

classes, and $125 a month

grants members unlimited

access to any CrossFit, bootcamp

or strengthening class.

In celebration of its fourth

year in business, there will

be a 40 percent off special for

the month of February.

Also for the New Year,

Ahlfield wants to incorporate

more open gym time where

people can come in between

classes and do their own

workouts. If someone isn’t a

member, then they can still

stop by and pay $20 to utilize

the gym during open gym


While CrossFit Homer

Glen rings in the New Year

with changes for 2018, those

whose New Year’s resolution

is to go to the gym can join

CrossFit and make their own

changes for the year ahead.

CrossFit Homer Glen is located

at 15753 S. Bell Road.

For more information, call

(618) 599-6569 or visit cross

Mokena resident and CrossFit Homer Glen owner Luke

Ahlfield (left) instructs a morning class Jan. 4 during the

one arm dumbbell push press and toe-to-bar exercise.

Photos by Jacquelyn Schlabach/22nd Century Media

Gym members (left to right) Connor Ganzer, Sam

Bettenhausen and Shane Mowery work out during a

CrossFit class.

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the Mokena Messenger | January 25, 2018 | 9

Police Reports

Police: Arrest for speeding, suspended DL

tion across the street from

the shop.

Worker, who works full

time for Southwest Airlines,

said he and his wife

travel fairly often and always

make an effort to

seek out local breweries

and frequently bring

beer home with them from

their trips.

“I’ve always enjoyed

seeking out different styles

of beer and trying different

things,” said Worker, who

said he has tried just about,

if not every, beer they sell in

the store.

Beside the handmade

shelving, fixtures and furniture

in the shop, Crafted

is a bit different from other

bottle shops by the way they

sell and sort their packaged


Worker and Rusnak allow

any package of multiple

beers, such as a six pack, to

be broken up and sold separately

without an upcharge.

Many shops offer a buildyour-own

six pack, but end

up charging more per bottle

Esteban Barajas-Vera, 22,

of 1802 58th Court in Cicero,

was charged Jan. 10

with driving on a suspended/

revoked driver’s license and


According to police reports,

an officer on patrol observed

Barajas-Vera travelling 57

mph in a 40 mph zone, westbound

on 191st Street at

Schoolhouse Road. The officer

allegedly locked the speed

into the dash-mounted radar

unit and initiated a traffic

stop. Barajas-Vera’s driver’s

license reportedly came back

as suspended when the officer

checked it. Barajas-Vera was

then placed under arrest.

than if they were sold in a

six pack of like beers.

Rather than sorting the

beers by where they were

made, like most shops do,

they chose to sort their stock

by type of beer. Worker said

it makes it easier for people

to browse the shelves when

they have certain styles or

types of beer they enjoy

over others.

There are a few exceptions

to that rule, such as the

four rotating featured breweries

that occupy their own

shelf space. Another shelf is

home to the leftover beers

that dwindle down as people

purchase single beers.

The section with stragglers

is a popular place for

people to begin shopping,

which Worker said surprised


Allowing people to break

up packages has some disadvantages

as a business

owner and imparts some

risk for the owners, but

Worker said it is worth the

risk for them to give people

the option to try new

things without worry that

they will buy a six pack


Messenger’s police reports

come from the Mokena Police

Department. Anyone listed in

these reports is considered

to be innocent of all charges

until proven guilty in a court

of law.

LW Central Music Boosters fundraiser announced

Submitted by Lincoln-Way

Central Music Boosters


From Page 6

The Lincoln-Way Central

Music Boosters is scheduled

to host a trivia/wine/

beer/food tasting at The Alley

Grill and Tap House and

Thunderbowl in Mokena at

7 p.m. Feb. 2. Tickets are

$40 and includes five tickets

for food, wine, beer, which

can be can be purchased

in advance or at the door.

Please contact Michelle Obrecht

at michelle.obrecht@ The event

will also feature a trivia

contest, prizes and split

the pot.

and find out they don’t like

their choice.

“We want to create a better

beer drinker,” Worker

said. “We want to have the

opportunity for people to try

as many styles as they can.

“...One of the things that

breweries thrive off of is

their flights and being able

to try different beers. ...This

model is kind of that. We

want to give you the opportunity

to bring home a

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Two weeks left to spread

the love, show off artwork

Valentine’s Day

Coloring Contest

deadline is Feb. 7

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

The Valentine’s Day Coloring

Contest is off and running.

And this year, we are

making it as easy as it has

ever been to enter.

Last week, we announced

the return of 22nd Century

Media’s annual competition.

We provide you with

a blank heart. Children fill

it with love and creativity.

Veterans receive cards

right around Valentine’s

Day. And a few lucky entrants

win prizes, and even

more get to see their work

in print.

We are once again asking

children ages 3-12 to get

creative by downloading the

form from the home page of —

or find it on Page 29 of this

week’s issue of The Messenger

— creating just one

outstanding valentine per

entrant and sending those

valentines our way.

Entries must be mailed to

or dropped off at 22nd Century

Media Southwest Chicago

c/o Editor Bill Jones,

11516 W. 183rd St., Unit

SW Office Condo #3, Orland

Park, IL, 60467.

The deadline to submit

entries is 5 p.m. Wednesday,

Feb. 7. Publisher 22nd

Century Media’s Southwest

Chicago staff will review

all entries and select winners

in each of three age

groups — ages 3-5, 6-8 and

9-12. The winning entries

are to be published in The

Mokena Messenger’s Feb.

15 edition, along with other

favorites, at the editor’s discretion.

For this year’s contest,

we will be picking first-,

second- and third-place entries

from each of the three

age groups. All three of the

9- to 12-year-old winners

are to receive two hours of

free bowling for up to six

people, including shoe rentals,

along with a pizza and

pitcher of pop, at Laraway

Lanes, 1009 W. Laraway

Road in New Lenox. The

three 6- to 8-year-old winners

will get a multi-use

pass for the Splash Park

run by the Mokena Community

Park District. And

the 3- to 5-year-old winning

entrants will take home a

$5 gift certificate to Dairy

Queen, 950 E. 9th St. in


Winners will be chosen

based on creativity and

neatness. Entries must use

and fit on the form provided.

As in past years, 22nd

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Chicago is to team up with

an area organization to help

distribute the finished valentines

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Library Winter Book Sale dates announced

Submitted by The Friends of

the Mokena Library

The Friends of the Mokena

Library are pleased

to announce that their Winter

Book Sale is scheduled

to be held at the Mokena

Public Library, 11327

W 195th St. in Mokena,

on Friday, Jan. 26, with

our expanded hours from

noon-5 p.m., and Saturday,

Jan. 27, from 9:30 a.m.-

3 p.m. There are bargains

galore as most books sell

for only $1, and many are

even less.

The sale features all types

of books, including audio

books as well as DVDs. A

large number of children’s

books are available, as well.

Puzzles, games and CDs

will also be placed on sale.

The public is encouraged to

attend and support your library.

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Noonan Elementary Academy

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school in Mokena serving

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grade. It will be hosting their

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Noonan students going to

school an equivalent of 30

additional days per year, the

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schools. The student-faculty

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Nominees include

students from LW

Central, East and


Submitted by Congressman

Bobby L. Rush

On Thursday, Jan. 18.

U.S. Representative Bobby

L. Rush announced the

selection of 12 young men

and women from the 1st

District of Illinois to receive

nominations to America’s

top service academies.

For the U.S. Naval Academy:

•Trevor Horn, of Frankfort,

Lincoln-Way East

•Jonathan Horak, of New

Lenox, Providence Catholic

High School

For the U.S. Air Force:

•Jared Bachman, of

Mokena, Lincoln-Way


•Angelo Minetti, of New

Lenox, Lincoln-Way Central

“It is an honor and a privilege

to nominate a group

of tremendously qualified

individuals to our nation’s

esteemed service academies,”

Rush said. “I’m

inspired by these young

men and women for their

commitment to service, not

only to their communities

but to our nation. I applaud

their intelligence, tenacity

and leadership, and I

am confident that these individuals

will become the

future leaders of our country.

Thank you all for your

commitment to serving our


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judges can earn extra compensation

if they are assigned

to pick up and drop

off election supplies.

All interested individuals

should apply to be an election

judge at

and our staff will

call to schedule your training


Applicants must be U.S.

citizens, live in Will County

and be entitled to vote

at the next election, or be

high school seniors in good

standing. They can also be

students enrolled in a public

or private school, community

college, or private

secondary school.

Nova Quarter Horses’ workshop announced

‘Building Self

Confidence: An


Workshop’ upcoming

Submitted by Nova Quarter


Nova Quarter Horses’

three-hour workshop is an

equine-assisted, growth

and learning opportunity

designed to improve the

self-confidence skills in

children ages 6-10. The

workshop includes structured

exercises in which

horses and participants will

form a unique hands-on experience.

Please be advised

horse knowledge and/or

experience is not necessary;

this is not a riding


The class is scheduled

from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Feb.

4. The cost is $75 per participant.

Please call (708)

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Lincoln-Way East senior Mikayla Gardner practices for the upcoming performance of

“Orchesis: Musical Edition” scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 26, and Saturday, Jan. 27.

Photo submitted

LW East presents ‘Orchesis: Musical Edition’

Submitted by Lincoln-Way

School District 210

On Friday, Jan. 26, and

Saturday, Jan. 27, Lincoln-

Way East dancers are scheduled

to perform the East

Orchesis Dance Concert

entitled “Orchesis: Musical

Edition.” The shows is

scheduled to begin at 7 p.m.

in the Lincoln-Way East

Fine Arts Center. Tickets

will be sold at the box office

a half hour prior to each

show. Admission is $7 for

adults and $5 for students.

Children aged 3 and younger

will gain free admittance.

Orchesis is a dance organization

that gives students

with a strong desire and

talent to dance the opportunity

of expressive movement

through the art of dance performance.

The goal is to

educate and strengthen the

appreciation of dance as an

art form. All dances are choreographed

by high school

students and allow them an

opportunity to participate in

leadership roles. Fifty dancers

from grades nine through

12 have been preparing since

August for the performance.

“We have a very talented

group of girls this year,”

said Orchesis Director Julie

Widinski. “Their dedication

and hard work has produced

a very entertaining show.”

This year’s dance performance

is a compilation of

various choreography designed

as a tribute to musical

favorites. Dancers will perform

all styles of dance from

hip hop to ballet. Music selections

include hits from the

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Three men, one juvenile

charged in string of


Three men and one juvenile

reportedly were apprehended

near the Village

Commons the morning of

Jan. 15 in connection with a

string of burglaries in New

Lenox and neighboring communities.

A public works employee

who was plowing the streets

observed the four checking

on cars around 4 a.m. near

Old Plank Trail Community

Bank and called the police,

according to New Lenox

Police Deputy Chief Louis

Alessandrini. When authorities

responded to the area, all

four fled, he said.

One was found hiding in

an unlocked vehicle; two

were found hiding in bushes;

and the other was caught as

he was running across Route

30 — all in a short amount of

time, Alessandrini said.

Omar Ali, 22, of Harvey;

Tyler Cupit, 21, of Dolton;

and Abullah Mansurmasa,

20, of Calumet City, each

were charged with possession

of a stolen car and burglary

to a motor vehicle. The

juvenile, who is from Harvey,

was released to his family and

will be petitioned to court at a

later time, Alessandrini said.

Alessandrini said the four

traveled to New Lenox in

a car that was stolen out of

Highland Park. Inside the vehicle,

police reportedly found

items that were connected

to car burglaries from New

Lenox and other towns over

several days.

Reporting by James Sanchez,

Editor. For more, visit New


Faith United Methodist

presents first of safety

training series

This winter, Faith United

Methodist Church of Orland

Park is opening its doors for

a series of Church Safety &

Disaster Preparedness Training,

aimed to help its congregation

— and members of

the community — gain skills

to put to use in any number

of emergency situations.

On Jan. 17, the first of

these classes — two additional

courses are slated to

be offered later in the season

— was presented in two

parts. Orland Park Police

Deputy Chief Joe Mitchell

led a session on church

safety and, later, members

of Faith United Methodist’s

own Emergency Response

Team led a session on Disaster

Preparedness Training.

It can be tough to engage

in conversations about active

shooters and bomb threats,

but Mitchell explained the

importance of “what if”

thinking and developing response

plans to such horrible


“We’re going to talk a

bit about the background of

what’s going on in houses of

worship, active shooter situations

that occur, and how

to build and maintain site

security,” he said before his


Faith United Methodist

Church is slated to offer the

program again at 11 a.m.

Feb. 17 (the Orland Park Police

presentation only) and

at 10:30 a.m. Feb. 25 (both


For more information,

visit or call

(708) 444-8560.

Reporting by Laurie Fanelli,

Freelance Reporter. For more,



Mayor administers oath to

two new police sergeants

Two longtime members

of the Frankfort Police Department

were sworn in as

sergeants during the Jan.

16 meeting of the Village


Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland

administered the oath of

office to Sgt. Michael Jaicomo

and Sgt. Leanne Bender.

“I don’t think our residents

necessarily know how

complex and difficult it is to

become a sergeant in the police

force,” Holland said.

Jaicomo began working

for the Frankfort Police Department

in 2005 and participated

in the Police Training

Institute at the University of

Illinois. Throughout his 12-

year career in Frankfort, he

has been assigned to several

functions with the department,

including the Investigations


In 2006, Jaicomo received

the department’s life-saving

medal after assisting a man

experiencing a heart attack.

The new sergeant also has

been a part of the Will-Grundy

Major Crimes Task Force

and the South Suburban Major

Crimes Task Force, with

which he has assisted with

multiple investigations, including


Bender joined the department

in 2002 as a patrol

officer and began working

as a crime prevention officer

in 2006. During her

time in crime prevention,

Bender played a role in

implementing department

programs such as the Night

Out Against Crime, Citizens’

Police Academy, Seniors on

Patrol, Trunk or Treat and

school safety programs.

Reporting by Nuria Mathog,

Editor. For more, visit Frank


New computer program

at Homer 33C opens

communication between

parents, students

It is normal for parents

to ask their children what

they did at school when they

come home. Too often, however,

the answers tend to be,

“nothing” or ”not much.”

But a new educational

program called Seesaw is

changing the way parents

and children communicate

with one another about the

activities done throughout

the school day at Homer

School District 33C.

All grade levels at Schilling

School and select teachers

at Goodings Grove, Butler

and Young schools are

using Seesaw, which allows

students to post throughout

the day the various activities

and assignments they have

completed for their parents

to see. Parents can sign into

Seesaw via the smartphone

application or directly on

the website, and get notifications

when their child has

made a post.

“We do so much on the

computers now that the

parents don’t get the opportunity

to see, and now students

are able to screenshot

the things that they make;

they’re able to upload files,

any Google slideshows, and

it’s just great for the parents

to see what they’re doing

on a daily basis in the classroom,”

said Alisha Neil,

third-grade teacher at Schilling


At the start of the 2017-

2018 school year, teachers

updated from the free version

of Seesaw to the school

edition, which has more capabilities.

“Really, we were looking

for it to empower our

students to showcase their

learning, but also really to

kind of engage our families

more in communication, we

wanted students to be able

to show that authentic work

sample,” said Kathleen Robinson,

assistant superintendent

for instruction at Homer


Reporting by Jacquelyn Schlabach,

Assistant Editor. For

more, visit LockportLegend.



Lockport boys swimming

overcomes Warriors 105-

77, awaits postseason

With an eye on the upcoming

conference meet and

sectional to follow soon after

that, the Lockport Township

and Lincoln-Way West boys

swimming teams tuned up

last week.

The two teams met in a

SouthWest Suburban Conference

crossover dual meet

on Jan. 16 in New Lenox.

There, Lockport outdistanced

the host Warriors


“We’re nearing the end,

so we’re looking to finetune

everything,” Lockport

swimmer Erik Firganek

said. “Our turns, our touches,

our walls, everything.

We’re swimming tired now.

Some of the younger guys

are looking ahead to the conference,

while the guys that

have been on varsity longer

will look to taper more toward

the sectional.”

Firganek, a senior, captured

the 100-yard butterfly

against West with a time of

59.06 seconds and also was

on a pair of winning relay


Also winning individual

titles for the Porters was junior

Michael Bates (25.58

seconds) in the 50 freestyle

and Connor Hecker (51.83),

who outraced fellow senior

teammate Colin Onak

(55.37) in the 100 free. Also,

sophomore Augusto Ureta

(5:30.14) won the 500 free

by more than 18 seconds.

In the diving, senior Logan

Morgan (271.05) outscored

junior teammate Wrigley

Fields (263.60).

The week before, on Jan.

11 against Sandburg, Morgan

set a new Lockport pool

record with a six-dive score

of 289.80.

Reporting by Randy Whalen,

Freelance Reporter. For more,



Applications open for

Benches on the Avenue

One of Tinley Park’s favorite

traditions is to return

this May for its 15th season.

The Village of Tinley Park

recently announced applications

are now open for

Benches on the Avenue, with

this year’s theme of “Treasured

Family Musicals.”

Artists of all degrees and

experience are encouraged

to submit two designs that

will be become the art base

for each handcrafted wooden

bench sponsored by a

local individuals and businesses.

The 6-foot benches

are to be on display from

May to October along Oak

Park Avenue in Tinley Park’s

downtown district.

“We are looking for exciting,

imaginative, threedimensional

designs depicting

some of the most classic

musicals of both stage and

screen,” according to a press

release issued by the Village.

“Anyone with imagination

and a bit of artistic creativity

can be part of Benches on

the Avenue.”

An application and design

form are available on the Village’s

website, and selected

artists will receive $400 for

supplies, as well as a chance

to win one of several awards

based on various criteria,

such as Best First-Time Participant

and Judge’s Choice.

Entries must be postmarked

no later than Feb. 2

or can be dropped off at the

Tinley Park Village Hall,

16250 S. Oak Park Ave. Artists

whose designs have been

selected are to be notified by

Feb. 23, with an artist meeting

planned for Feb. 28.

Benches will be available

for pickup on March 1 at

which point the selected artists

will work on the project

from their homes or studios

before the benches are due

back by May 4.

Reporting by Cody Mroczka,

Editor. For more, visit Tin sound off

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Social snapshot

Top 10 Web Stories of 2017

From as of

Monday, Jan. 22

1. ‘Every 21 Seconds’ debuts at Emagine

2. Dance fever catches on for LW Central


3. District (sort of) moves closer on LW

North fate

4. Accelerate brings high-speed fun for all


5. Griffins outlast Eagles despite off

shooting night

Become a member:

“Great ribbon cutting at Accelerate in

Mokena last week. If you haven’t been yet,

you must check it out. Fun for everyone and


Skye Bergeson posted this on his Facebook

page Thursday, Jan. 17.

Like The Mokena Messenger:

“Boys Swimming Senior night! Thank you

for your hard work and commitment!”

@LWCKnights posted this to its Twitter

account Thursday, Jan. 18.

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from the assistant editor

Making plans for Valentine’s Day?

Amanda Stoll


know many people are

divided on the topic of

Valentine’s Day — with

the pressure to create an

ultra-romantic evening for

your significant other and the

torment it can have on those

without someone special to

share the occasion with.

I’d argue that there is

room in everyone’s heart,

regardless of relationship

status, to spread love on the

holiday devoted specifically

to it.

Think about the people

in your life who mean the

most to you. Maybe it’s a

close friend, child, parent or

teacher. Let this be an opportunity

for you to remind

those you love how much

they mean to you.

Consider taking them out

for a modest lunch or doing

something a little different

that allows you to simply

enjoy each others’ company.

A stroll through one of the

county’s many parks or a

trip to the movies might be

just the thing to do for a fun


For those of us with a

special someone to dote on

romantically, Valentine’s

Don’t just

list your

real estate


Day doesn’t have to break

the bank. Last year I was

sick as a dog on Valentine’s

Day, so we stayed in, ordered

pizza and ate chocolate

on the couch while

watching a movie.

Sure, there’s nothing

wrong with going out to a

fancy dinner, but if you’re

on a tight budget there’s no

need to feel pressured to do

something extravagant.

In my opinion a beautiful,

handwritten note, a homemade

dinner or an evening

spent learning something

new is just as meaningful —

if not more — than something

expensive or sparkly.

I don’t give these suggestions

to dampen the

romance of an exquisite,

candlelight dinner at a

fancy restaurant or a gift of

jewelry but, rather, to offer

suggestions for people looking

for something different

or more affordable this

Valentine’s Day.

The one thing I am

against is the idea of an

anti-Valentine’s Day.

I think our world could

always use more love to go

around, and this is a chance

for us to all do just that.

Single folks, go out and

find a friend, neighbor or

coworker to do something

fun with. Volunteer your

time somewhere you can

do some good or take some

time to have a long phone

conversation with a loved

one miles away.

Locally, there are a couple

of events in the Lincoln-

Way area that could prove

to be quite a fun way to

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celebrate the day of love.

New Lenox Park District’s

Valentine Heart Contest

for ages 2-13 begins on

Thursday, Feb. 1. Guess the

number of candy hearts in

the jar. Whoever guesses the

closest wins a prize. The jar

will be in the lobby at the

Lions Community Center in

New Lenox.

The Frankfort Park

District’s annual Senior Valentine

Luncheon is perfect

for the 55 and older crowd

to enjoy live entertainment

and a catered meal followed

by dessert and dancing.

The luncheon, which will

be held at noon on Feb. 13,

costs $12, and registration

ends Feb. 8.

Frankfort’s Winter on the

Green also has a Valentine’s

event each year, with 2018

being no exception. The

event will begin at noon

on Feb. 10 at the Breidert

Green at Kansas and Ash


Not only will there be

chocolate fondue, but the

Heartland Blood Center will

be taking blood donations

beginning at 10:30 a.m.

Volunteering and donating

is such a great way to show

love and compassion to

your fellow humans.

That same weekend,

head over to Nova Quarter

Horses in Mokena for a

two-hour Valentine’s Day

Dinner and Ride event.

There are sessions at 7 p.m.

Feb. 9 and 6:30 p.m. Feb.

10 for adults only as well

as a family session at 4 p.m

Feb. 10. Cost is $73 per pair

and $17 for each additional

rider. To register, call (708)


The Mokena Park District

is hosting a sweet event for

moms and their sons at noon

Feb. 10 at Morgan’s Thunder

Bowl in Mokena. The deadline

to register is Jan. 26, and

the cost includes unlimited

bowling, shoes, pizza, soda,

cake and a gift. The event is

for boys ages 5-10 and, of

course, their mothers.

“Darkness cannot drive

out darkness; only light can

do that. Hate cannot drive

out hate; only love can do

that.” — Dr. Martin Luther

King, Jr.

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opinions of the author. Pieces

from 22nd Century Media are

the thoughts of the company as

a whole. The Mokena Messenger

encourages readers to write letters

to Sound Off. All letters must be

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20 | January 25, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger faith

Faith Briefs

Victory Baptist Church (13550 US Route

6, Mokena)

Sunday School

9:30 a.m. Sundays.

Morning Worship

10:45 a.m. Sundays.

Evening Worship

6 p.m. Sundays.

Weekday Worship

7 p.m. Wednesdays.

St. John’s United Church of Christ (11100

Second St., Mokena)

An Evening of Music

7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28.

This free concert will be

held in the sanctuary. The

concert will feature chamber

music played by professional

musicians during

the first half and a short

rock conert during the second

half. Chamber music

selections will include music

from Handel, Faure,

Mozart and John Williams.

The rock music will feature

the music of Michael Grant

Baron, a Nashville singer/

songwriter who is originally

from Western Springs.

A free-will offering will be

collected and will be used

to provide scholarships to

the youth of St. John’s to attend

summer music camps.

There is plenty of parking

at the church and it is within

walking distance of the

downtown Metra station.

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 children’s

Sunday School will

be held. For more information,

call (708) 479-1110.

Bible Study

7 p.m. Thursdays. For

more information, call (708)


Community Prayer Gathering

2:30 p.m. every fourth



9 a.m. every third Saturday

of the month.

Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Newcomers welcome.

Weight Watchers


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

more information, email


Church Service

10 a.m. Sundays. Childcare

is provided.

Sunday School

9-10 a.m. Sundays.

Men’s Group

6 p.m. Sunday nights in

the church basement. All

men are welcome.

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

(10731 W. La Porte Road, Mokena)

Contemporary Worship

5 p.m. Saturdays.


9 a.m. Sundays.

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. Sundays.

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)

School Open House

Noon-2 p.m. Sunday,

Jan. 28, St. Mary Catholic

School, 11409 195th St.,

Mokena. Visit St. Mary

Catholic School to experience

the vibrant, warm and

welcoming environment.

Feel the sense of community,

meet faculty, teachers,

families and students

in preschool through 8th

grade. For more information,


Church Service

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

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

p.m. Sundays




8:00 a.m. Mass in the Chapel

until 6:45 p.m.

Holy Rosary

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

Tuesday evenings.

Parker Road Bible Church (18512 Parker

Road, Mokena)

Worship Service

10:30 a.m. Sundays. Arrive

early to enjoy a hot, complimentary

cup of coffee. Following

the Christian Education

Hour all beverages can be

found outside the sanctuary.

Grace Fellowship Church (11049 LaPorte

Road, Mokena)

Spanish Church

12:30 p.m. Sundays.

Worship Service

10 a.m. Sundays.

Women’s Bible Study

8:45-9:45 a.m. Sundays

and 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays.

Have something for Faith

Briefs? Contact Assistant

Editor Amanda Stoll at

a.stoll@22ndcentury or call (708) 326-

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Thursday one week prior to


In Memoriam

John J. Kerins

John J. Kerins, 66, of Mokena,

died Jan. 12.

He was preceded in death

by his parents Jeremiah and

Josephine Kerins; survived

by beloved wife Rita Kerins

(Hernon); devoted father

of Josie (Sean), Angela

(David), Rita (Rich), Sheila

(Mark), Tina (Mike) and

Eileen (Daniel); cherished

grandfather to Declan,

Aileen, Adelyn, Claire,

Keenan, Logan, Michael

and Ivy; dear brother of the

late Eileen (Peter) Tangney,

the late Sheila (Pat) Kissane,

the late Tema Kerins,

the late Tom (Joanne) Kerins,

Joan (David) Browne,

Liam (Ingrid) Kerins and

Jeremiah Kerins; and fond

uncle and close friend to


Dolores H. Dauphinais-Kobit

Dolores H. (May) Dauphinais-Kobit,

97, of Mokena,

died Jan. 11.

She was the beloved

wife of Benjamin Kobit,

the late William E. Dauphinais

and the late John

J. Mays; loving mother of

Robert (Therese) Dauphinais,

Jacqueline (Thomas)

McInerney and Madelaine

(Joseph) D’Angelo; Cherished

step-mother of seven;

proud grandmother of eight

and great grandmother of

14; caring sister of Joseph

(Barbara) May; and fond

aunt of many nieces and


Allan J. Stoll

Allan J. Stoll, 80, of Mokena,

died Jan. 10.

He was the beloved husband

of Judith (Kolenko)

for 56 years; loving father

of Kathleen Stoll, Sue (late

John) Robinson and James

(Susan) Stoll; proud grandfather

of Elizabeth and Celia;

caring brother of Noel (late

Roy) Spaargaren and Thomas

(Geri) Stoll; dear brother-inlaw

of Stephen (Barbara) Kolenko,

John (Carol) Kolenko,

Tony Kolenko and Patrick

(late Susan) Tatar; Fond uncle

of many nieces and nephews;

and dear friend to many.

Catherine Plunkett

Catherine (O’Donnell)

Plunkett, 59, of Mokena,

died Jan. 9.

She was the beloved

wife of Oliver; devoted

mother of Maureen (Chris)

Mackintosh, Thomas (fiancée

Elly) Plunkett and

Oliver Plunkett; loving

daughter of Catherine and

the late John O’Donnell;

dear sister of Joan (John)

Starcevich, Maureen (Jim)

Sault, Rita (Jim) Curtin,

Ann O’Donnell, Sheila

(Pat) Roberto, Colleen

(Denny) Gaffney, Timothy

O’Donnell, John (Kelly)

O’Donnell and Mary (M.J.)

Napoli; cherished daughterin-law

of Kathleen Plunkett;

caring sister-in-law of Eileen

(Bob) Coverick, Maryanne

(Martin) Heneghan,

Bernie Plunkett, Colette

(Jim) Curtin and Colleen

Plunkett; kind aunt to many

nieces and nephews.

In lieu of flowers, memorials

directed to the family

are appreciated.

Gloria S. Anderson

Gloria S. (Swanson) Anderson,

89, of Mokena, died

Jan. 9.

She was the beloved wife

of the late Don Igle and the

late Carl E. Anderson; she

is survived by her children

David (Barbara) Anderson,

Carol (Bruce) Kolman and

Ralph (Diana) Anderson;

grandmother of Kevin,

Shelley (Jay), Susan (Jon),

Jeffrey (Lauren), Scott

(Sarah), Eric (Marisa),

Lisa (Jonathan), Michelle

(Mark) and Anthony Carl;

great-grandmother of 13;

sister to the late Kenneth

Swanson; and aunt to Terry

and Karen.

She was preceeded in

death by per parents Oscar

and Selma (Olovsson) Anderson.

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New St. Jude principal aims to strengthen schools’ arts, writing

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

It may be her first year on

the job at Saint Jude Catholic

School in New Lenox,

but Kathy Winters is no

stranger to catholic school or


The Mokena resident,

who is midway through her

first year as principal of St.

Jude, attended St. Richard’s

Elementary School and

Lourdes High School when

she was a child. Later, she

attended Loyola University

Chicago and University of

Illinois at Chicago, earning a

bachelor’s degree in medical

laboratory sciences.

But after spending 15

years working in clinical

laboratories for hospitals,

Winters was ready to move

in a different direction.

“I always enjoyed teaching,

and there’s a lot of a

teaching involved in [clinical

laboratories],” Winters

said. “You’re teaching new

lab techs and patients.

“I always have had that

desire to be a teacher, and I

had taught preschool [religious

education] classes before

I went back to school to

get my teaching certificate.”

Winters went back to

school in 1997 to get her

education degree. From the

beginning, she knew she

wanted to go into the catholic

school realm.

“It was never even a question,”

she said. “I’m a product

of the catholic school

education — all my schooling

except for two years of

lab tech school. That whole

aspect of it is very important

to me — the idea of teaching

the whole student, not

just academically and emotionally

but also spiritually.

That’s always appealed to

me. It’s such a calling to be

involved in the bringing up

of students in that aspect

also — that you are a part

of raising them to be good

people and have that faith.”

While attending school,

Winters worked as a firstgrade

teacher’s aide at St.

Mary’s in Mokena. In 2003,

when she completed her

degree, Winters became a

first-grade teacher there.

After the school expanded,

she became a junior high

teacher, teaching science

and other subjects for 10

years or so.

She said it wasn’t difficult

transitioning from teaching

younger students to junior

high students.

“Kids are kids — they’re

just taller and bigger,” she


Along the way, Winters

developed an interest in curriculum

planning. She decided

to go back to school to

earn a degree in administration.

Then, last March, the

principal position at St. Jude

opened up. She applied and

was hired.

Her first day was June 1,


“Being a principal in a

catholic school, you’re kind

of wearing more hats than

you do in a public school,

because you’re the one responsible

for a lot more

of those things,” Winters

said. “Whereas, in a public

school, they have a curriculum

director and assistant

principals. This position [at

St. Jude] kind of encompasses

it all. It’s really nice.”

In her role, Winters said

she interacts with the students,

parents and teachers.

She said her first year has

gone really well.

“I have a wonderful staff,

and the kids are phenomenal,”

she said.

Among some of her highlights

in the first year, she

said she was able to get the

St. Jude principal Kathy Winters has spent her entire career in education working for Catholic schools, and grew up as a

student through the Catholic school system. Photos by James Sanchez/22nd Century Media

seventh-graders to participate

in the science fair again

after a brief hiatus. She also

is working with the junior

high teachers to create a

more rigorous writing curriculum.

Winters said she also

wants to strengthen St. Jude’s

fine arts curriculum.

“Right now, kids just have

music and art once a week,”

Winters said. “I’d like to see

them have it more often.”

She also noted how the

smaller class sizes at St.

Jude allow teachers to dedicate

more individualized focus

on the students.

“Each individual student

is not just a number on a

class roster,” Winters said.

“We do take a more individual

approach to each individual

student. Even though

we don’t have all the resources,

we do tailor instruction

to each student and their

(Left to right) St. Jude students Bobby Kernwein and Olivia Fitzgibbon, both of New Lenox,

pose for a picture with Kathy Winters, of Mokena.

specific needs. We’re huge struck by since I’ve come

proponents of differentiated here to St. Jude is the support


of the other people in the

She also mentioned the parish,” she said. “We have

sense of camaraderie and cooperation

between the differ-

involved in the school and

a wonderful pastor, who is

ent facets of the parish. very supportive of the students

and the staff. We “One thing that I’ve been


a wonderful parish staff. Everybody

works together.”

For more information on

St. Jude School, the school,

located at 241 W. Second

Ave. in New Lenox, will

host an open house at 10

a.m. Sunday, Jan. 28.

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Tribes debuts new beer at Meet the Brewer Night

Megann Horstead

Freelance Reporter

John Lawlor pours a beer for one of the patrons on hand Jan. 16 during Tribes Beer

Company’s Meet the Brewer Night held at its Mokena location.

Photos by Megann Horstead/22nd Century Media

Matt Voelker understands

how the craft beer industry

ebbs and flows.

Like many businesses,

Tribes Beer Company and

its sales go through a lull

during the winter months. To

entice patrons, Voelker was

working on a batch of the

brewery’s new beer, Mon

Frere, a Belgian-style tripel.

The new release served

as the featured beer on tap

Jan. 16 during Tribes Beer

Company’s Meet the Brewer


“Stylistically, it’s different

because we don’t have

a Belgian [-style] tripel on

[tap]—at least of ours,”

Voelker said. “As far as Belgians

are concerned, the tripel

is a little lighter in color,

body and character. So, it’s a

little bit easier to drink. It’s

also higher in alcohol, so it’s

kind of deceptive.”

Voelker is the new head

brewer at Tribes Beer Company,

and he has more than

seven years of experience in

the craft beer industry.

“Personally, tripels have

been my first favorite style,”

Voelker said. “I mean, I

drank beer before that, but

I liked the [India Pale Ale

and American] Pale Ale,

but when I found my first

Belgian [-style] tripel, I was

like, ‘Oh, my god. This is

amazing. You can have one

and feel like you’ve had

three beers.’”

Typically, the head brewer

will prepare batches of the

featured beer for Meet the

Brewer Night, have it kegged

and place it on tap.

Erin Daly, sales manager

for Tribes Beer Company,

said this is done immediately

because they want everyone

to try the new beer.

The Belgian-style tripel

commonly has draw among

beginning consumers of

beer, in part, because the tripel

is considered fruitier and


“It has more of an approachable

taste to it,” Daly

said. “It’s not very bitter.”

Voelker agreed.

“It’s not like opening

a typical American-style

beer,” he said.

In the past, Tribes Beer

Company has placed similarly

styled beers on tap.

“We’ve done some Belgians

before, but I don’t

think we’ve ever did a Belgian

[-style] tripel,” Daly

said. “This is the very first

one. Taste-wise and [Alcohol

By Volume]-wise, it’s

the first for us.”

The brewery currently

has two other Belgian-style

beers on tap for patrons to

choose from.

When asked how the new

release will compare in sales

to similarly styled beers,

Daly said it all depends.

“Sales-wise, time of year

makes a difference,” she

said. “Belgians are okay

throughout the entire year

because they have [traces]

of fruitiness, and they are a

A number of people were on hand Jan. 16 during Tribes

Beer Company’s Meet the Brewer Night held at its Mokena


little bit on the lighter side to

drink. So, anything new will

probably do really well.”

Patrons do not tend to

drink Porters, which are

common during the summer

months, as much as they

usually would.

Going into the spring, the

brewery prides itself on timing

the release of its new beer.

“I had wanted to release

this a little bit sooner because

of the higher [concentration

of] alcohol,” Voelker said.

“It would be good for the

winter, like a winter warmer

type thing, but it works out

better that we waited a little

bit longer to release it.”

To try the brewery’s Mon

Frere, it cost $7. It is currently

on tap at Tribes Beer

Company’s Tinley Park and

Mokena locations, both of

which are open for business

from 11:30 a.m.-midnight

Sunday through Tuesday and

11:30 a.m.-1 a.m. Wednesday

through Saturday.

Tribes brewer Matt Voelker poses in front of a vat.

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Mokena’s Front Street plans highlight multi-chamber event

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

A night of networking

brought the south suburban

business community together

to share ideas, business

plans and a few laughs at

Little Joe’s in Frankfort.

On Jan. 11, members of

four local Chamber of Commerces

— Frankfort, Mokena,

New Lenox and Tinley

Park — met in Frankfort

for a Business After Hours

hosted by Spa Remedy and

Little Joe’s, the latter of

which was where the event

took place. The gathering

gave business owners

and employees a chance to

brainstorm ideas with colleagues

while enjoying a casual

night full of food, fun

and music.

“Getting all of the Chambers

together in one place

makes it easy for everyone

to come together and network

and see what else is

out there,” explained Frankfort

Chamber of Commerce

Board Member and incoming

Treasurer Gretchen

Dust. “It’s great to connect

with so many people from

the area since we do have

members who come from

other communities that are

part of the Frankfort Chamber

as well.”

Members of the Mokena

Chamber of Commerce had

a lot to celebrate at the event

as earlier that day they welcomed

a new business to the


“Today was exciting. We

had the grand opening and

ribbon cutting for Accelerate

Indoor Speedway,” said

Mokena Chamber of Commerce

Director April Jackson.

“Half of the proceeds

from any go-kart race that

you purchased and participated

in during the opening

went towards benefitting the

Special Olympics, so it was

a big fundraiser, too.”

Revitalizing Front Street

and drawing more businesses

to Downtown Mokena is

one of the priorities for the

Mokena Chamber, a goal

that echoes Tinley Park’s

Downtown makeover.

Tinley Park Chamber

of Commerce Executive

Director Jackie Bobbitt

explained that her organization

is focused on representing

the Village’s new

tagline, “Life Amplified,” at

each and every business.

“We’re trying to incorporate

live music into all of our

businesses, all of our events

and all of our logos,” Bobbitt

said. “We’re working

on getting all of our downtown

businesses involved

and making that theme a

real draw for Downtown


Along with sharing similar

goals and visions for

their communities, the

south suburban chambers

also share several businesses,

including one of the

event’s hosts, Little Joe’s,

which has locations in Tinley

Park, New Lenox and


“It’s great to have a business

that is really ingrained

in the culture of our communities

come out and

host this event,” said New

Lenox Chamber of Commerce

CEO Emily Johnson.

“Little Joe’s is a really

gracious and welcoming

host and partnering with

Spa Remedy makes it especially

nice as we can add

something extra special to

the event.”

Spa Remedy also provided

chair massages to guests

during the Business After

Hours on top of co-hosting

the Multi-Chamber gettogether.

Food, drinks, entertainment

and socializing

added to the communityfocused


“Our communities are so

close knit, as we all share so

many wonderful businesses

and our memberships overlap

so much,” Johnson said. “All

Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer (second from left) and his wife, Laurie, chat with Frankfort Mayor Jim Holland (right) and

his wife, Stacy, at the Multi-Chamber After Hours Thursday, Jan. 11. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

Vicki Lyons from Home Helpers in New Lenox gets a massage from Maggie Kuckie of Spa Remedy Frankfort.

of our chambers focus on

different things and getting

together gives everybody a

little bit of a different perspective

and an opportunity

to engage with their peers.”

She added: “When we’re

able to come together to do

a multi-chamber event like

this, it’s such a benefit to

the business community at

large.” dining out

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The Dish

Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage credits community involvement for success

Jacquelyn Schlabach

Assistant Editor

Pop’s Italian Beef & Sausage

credits its success to being

involved in the communities

it serves.

For almost 38 years, Pop’s

has continued to grow not

only in locations and menu

items but also in building

connections with its customers.

Pop’s has 15 locations

across the suburbs, and each

one is involved in its communities

and sponsors various

events. Kacie Dancy, VP of

operations and owner Frank

Radochonski’s daughter

works at the original Pop’s

location in Palos Heights and

said the restaurant supports

the local baseball and softball

teams, sponsors reading

programs at the local schools

and library, and gives out

coupons for free hot dogs on

Halloween to children.

Other Pop’s locations,

including the one in Tinley

Park, has fundraiser

nights for local sports teams,

churches and schools, and

even gives schools coupons

for free hot dogs to their

teachers for Teacher Appreciation

Week, according to

franchisee Burke Matyas.

“I’ve always believed in

supporting the small guy,”

Matyas said. “We’re a small

mom and pop shop, so [it’s

important] to give back to the

community, knowing they

support me.”

Not only do customers

keep coming back because of

the support they receive from

Pop’s but also, of course,

for the staples of the restaurant.

The famous Italian beef

($5.29) is sliced, cooked and

served fresh daily. The beef

is served on 6-inch French

bread, and customers can add

Pop’s homemade giardiniera

or sweet peppers.

“Everything that goes on

[the Italian beef] I think my

dad has tried really hard to

pair our giardiniera and our

sweet peppers to match the

flavors,” Dancy said. “A lot

of the same seasonings are

used between the peppers

and the beef, so they compliment

each other really well.”

Dancy also said the hot

dog ($2.99) is another crowd

favorite. The hot dog is Pop’s

brand, and customers cannot

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mustard, pickle, sport peppers

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It is the only menu item that

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When Pop’s was first

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Over the years, chicken has

been incorporated into the

menu, like the grilled chicken

breast on a pita ($4.79),

which is one of Dancy’s favorites.

There also are six

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Around the time of St. Patrick’s

Day, the corned beef

on rye ($5.19) or Reuben on

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28 | January 25, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger puzzles

crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku

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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


1. Jaeger bird

5. Poetry on a grand


9. Glee club

14. Like a wet noodle

15. Verdant

16. Exterminator’s


17. Kuwaiti

18. __ no good

19. In spite of the fact,


20. Male cat

21. Mokena youth

softball team nickname

23. ‘’La Dolce ___’’

(Fellini film)

25. Govt. workplace


26. Law and Order


29. Promote

32. Music downloader

34. Mexican musicians

39. Food compilation

40. Genesis brother

41. Soviet Union

labor camp

43. Regan’s father

44. Yard pest

45. As a rule

47. Kind of gown

50. Isaac’s firstborn

51. Canadian city,


52. Mokena is part of

this county

55. Thingy

58. Scavenger kitty

61. 180° turn, slangily

63. “That’s hogwash!”

66. Board partner

67. Oceanic raptor

68. Cankers

69. A while back

70. Old French coins

71. Shot

72. ‘’Time ___ My

Side’’ (Stones song)

73. “Hey, there!”


1. Fence piece

2. Bolshoi rival

3. Type of taste

4. Police alert, for short

5. Jewish month

6. Kind of platter

7. Prefix with -pathy

8. TV Guide listings

9. Necktie

10. Financial predicament

11. Quaker cereal

12. First person in Germany

13. Sweater letter

21. Cake with a kick

22. Yellowfin tuna

24. Followed

26. Look of contempt

27. Corrupt

28. Bad loan

30. Cardiology chart, for


31. Calendar abbr.

33. Two dots placed over

a vowel

34. Rumba relative

35. Cancel an event or


36. Started a fire again

37. French Guiana’s

Royale, e.g.

38. Learned one

42. Astronaut Grissom

46. Café au ___

48. Unafraid

49. Rapper prefix

53. The king of France

54. Center of Beaujolais


56. Mozart is on some of


57. Maitre d’s offerings

58. Those in favor?

59. 2017 animated movie

60. Dinner starter ender

62. Tomorrow’s opposite,


63. Chinese food additive

64. “She loves __” Beatles

65. Before, in poetry

67. Clairvoyance, e.g.


The Alley Grill and Tap


(18700 S. Old LaGrange

Road, Mokena; (708) 478-


■9 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Karaoke

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(11247 W. 187th St.,

Mokena; (708) 478-8888)

■6 ■ p.m. Thursdays, Fridays

and Saturdays: Performance

by Jerry Eadie

Jenny’s Southside Tap

(10160 191st St.,

Mokena; (708) 479-6873)

■6 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Acoustic



Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-


■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Piano Styles by Joe


Front Row

(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.


Port Noir

(900 S. State St.,

Lockport; (815) 834-


■4-7 ■ p.m. Monday-Friday:

Happy Hour

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-


■9:30 ■ p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Mondays: Quartermania

To place an event

in The Scene, email




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 mokena

the Mokena Messenger | January 25, 2018 | 29










Phone ( ) - Age





The contest is open to children ages 3-12. There will be three winners chosen in each age group (Ages 3-5; Ages 6-8; and Ages 9-12). Prizes will be awarded to the

first-, second- and third-place entrants in each age group. Completed entries will be judged on creativity and neatness by 22nd Century Media's staff. The entry form

must be filled out completely in order to be eligible. Only one entry per person is allowed. Entries are due by 5 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 7. Winners will be notified by

phone on Friday, Feb. 9.

The winners in each category will be published in the Feb. 15 edition of the paper. Entries can either be dropped off or mailed to: 11516 W. 183rd St. 3SW, Orland

Park, IL, 60467. Office hours are 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. 22nd Century Media is not responsible for lost, late, misdirected or postage due entries. For more

information or questions about the contest, call (708) 326-9170 ext. 20.

30 | January 25, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger local living


(January 25, 2018)-

Recent transferees and

homebuyers looking

to move into a new

home quickly will be

pleased to hear that

T.J. Cachey Builders

at Leighlinbridge

Townhomes of

Manhattan, is offering a

stunning, maintenancefree

ranch and two

story townhomes with

master bedrooms on

the first floor. These

immediately available

units are unbelievably

priced starting at


All villa homes built

in Leighlinbridge

come standard with

central air conditioning,

an abundance of

beautifully crafted

hardwood cabinetry,

a breakfast bar in the

kitchen, energy-efficient

gas forced air heating,

and select rooms are

pre-wired for ceiling



fans, cable television

and telephones.

Cachey is also

willing to customize

these homes with

hardwood flooring,

granite or solid

surface countertops,

skylights, fireplaces

and much more.

For comfort of the

homebuyers, T.J.

Cachey Builders

did their homework

before designing

the Arklow, a

ranch townhome.

For example, after

studying human

behavior, they

determined that

family and friends

spend a lot of time

in a home’s kitchen

and breakfast areas.

To make these rooms

more comfortable

as a gathering place,

the square footage

of the rooms is

sized accordingly to

accommodate larger

tables, more chairs, and

open views to the main

living areas. In contrast

to most villas/condos/

townhomes, the furnace

and other mechanicals

were moved out of

kitchen closets and

into the basement.

This accomplished two

things, reduced noise

transmission into the

homes most cherished

gathering place and

increased the efficiency

of the gas forced-air

heating unit.

The sales center at

Leighlinbridge Villas

is open from 11 a.m.

to 3 p.m. Friday,

Saturday and Sunday.

For more information

about Leigh I in bridge

Villa homes call (815)

680-503 7 or visit

The community is

conveniently located on

the west side of Gougar

Road, approximately½

mile south of

Manhattan Road. To

reach the community

take Laraway Road to

Route 52 south and look

for Gougar Road at

a Y intersection Uust

past the cemetery)

on the north side of

Manhattan. At this

intersection bear

right and continue

south for less than

I mile and look for

community on the

west side of the road.

T. J. CacheyBuilders

is also offering

custom built single

family homes in New

Lenox communities.

The final phase of

Sky Harbor is now

open, priced from

$296,900 with lookout

lots. The popular

Stagecoach model

is available for sale,

as well as one lot left

in Phase I. There are

only four lots remaining

in Cherry Hill South

starting at $240,900.

The Carson, a new

ranch plan, starts

at $314,900. It is

the perfect design

for related living. A

Carson is currently

under construction in

Manhattan. It has a

separate living area for

Mom or Dad.

Families who purchase

a home from T. J.

Cachey Builders can

take comfort in the

fact that the company

survived the recent

recession and has over

90 years of experience,

is financially secure

and has constructed

thousands of homes for

satisfied homeowners

in Chicago, South

Holland, Oak Lawn,

Orland Park, Palos

Park, Homer Glen,

Frankfort, Manhattan

and Mokena. Tom

Cachey is a third

generation president

of T.J. Cachey Builders

and former president

of the Southwest

Suburban Home

Builders Association. real estate

the Mokena Messenger | January 25, 2018 | 31

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interstate access, schools

and more. Nestled in a

cul-de-sac, the exterior of

this home has a new roof,

a three-car garage, covered

front porch and a huge

backyard with patio. Step

inside to the 3,200-squarefoot

interior, which has

a formal living room and

dining room, family room

with brick fireplace, and a

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cabinets, stainless steel

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second floor there are two full bathrooms and four bedrooms, including a huge master

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Asking Price: $374,900

Listing Agent: Lincoln-Way Realty Joseph Siwinski, managing broker and owner, (708)

479-6355 or

Want to know how to become Home of the Week? Contact Tricia at (708) 326-9170 ext. 47.

32 | January 25, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger Classifieds


Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Paint Bay Assistant and

Mechanics Assistant

needed full-time. Please

call Al: 630.327.2435.



1003 Help Wanted

P/T Store Warehouse Associate

We’re looking for a customer-oriented individual who is

responsible, well-organized and dependable. Duties incl’d:

load customer merch; merch preparation; special event

assignments; handling special projects. Will also assist w/

display furniture handling and other duties throughout the

store. You will have the ability to work independently, and

as a team, and possess good interpersonal skills as you will

interact w/ customers and coworkers in areas throughout

the company. We will train you, if you are: detail oriented;

have proficiency w/ computers & solid data entry exp;

some inventory exp a plus; must be able to work a flexible

schedule to accommodate special sales events.

Darvin Furniture

15400 S. LaGrange Rd

Orland Park, IL 60462

Fax: 708.460.4142

P/T Front Office

Cashier/Credit Dept

We’re looking for upbeat,

personable office assoc. to

join our team. Will train

right person. Must have

good customer service and

computer skills. Cash

handling skills pref. Must

have the ability to work

flex. evening hrs & wknds.

You will process

transactions, handle the

paperwork process,

interact with customers,

process credit applications,

handle customer inquiries,

and other clerical duties.

Attention to detail, strong

customer orientation, and

problem resolution skills.

Apply online at

Fax: 708.460.4142


15400 S. LaGrange Rd.

Orland Park, IL 60462

Homer Glen-Home Office

adding to permanent office

staff. Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm.

Exp in cust serv, computer,

some accting. Start @

$12/hr w/ pd vacation +

raises. Solid work history

+ reliability a must. Only

serious need apply.

Send resume to:

Greenhouse Assistant

Wanted. P/T or F/T. Plant

knowledge recommended.

Caring for greenhouse

materials. Assisting retail

customers. Melka Garden

Center. Send resume to:

Immediate openings

for house cleaners in

SW suburbs.

P/T wkdays. No



P/T Shampoo Assistant

for Lockport salon & spa.

Apply within: Studio 305

230 E. 8th St, Lockport


1003 Help


Growing Media Company

Seeks Sales Directors

Position Overview:

22nd Century Media, a media

publishing company based in

Orland Park, is seeking Sales

Directors to join their team.

Responsibilities Include:

Proactively prospecting and

qualifying potential new

advertising accounts; handling

incoming leads; guiding ad

copy for clients; identifying

business opportunities and

working with decision makers

to obtain customer

commitment; and achieving

weekly revenue targets.


Ideal candidates will possess

1–3 years of experience in

local/retail advertising sales

and/or media environment.

Must have a strong work ethic

and ability to work

independently as well as with

a team. Excellent

communication skills,

time-management and

interpersonal skills required.

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resume to:

No phone calls please. EOE

Are you a Certified Fitness

Trainer? Do you want the

freedom of being your own

boss and creating your own

hours? Looking to grow or

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space is available for rent. For

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1004 Employment



Make $1000/week mailing

brochures from home!

No exp. req. Helping home

workers since 2001!

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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

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Mt. Carmel for prayers

answered. CP




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1074 Auto for


2009 Nissan Murano LE

67k mi. Comes w/ Bose

speaker system, 6 disc CD

changer, heated seats, dual

sunroof & extras.

Good Condition. $10,400.


Help Wanted

per line $13

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1225 Apartments for Rent

Oak Forest Terrace

15815 Terrace, Oak Forest

Spacious 1 & 2 Bdrms.

Serene setting & Beautiful

Grounds. Tennis, Pool,

Walking Trails. Near metra.


Orland Park


Large, 1BR w/ balcony, super

clean, quiet, security building.

NEW carpeting, appliances.

& blinds. Washer & dryer.



Storage for summer car

wanted. Drop off now, pick up

in May. 815-556-7084 Rick

Real Estate


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Oak Forest

2BR, 2nd floor, newly remodeled,

heat &water included,

no pets. Close to

Metra, credit check and 1

&1/2 month security deposit



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Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

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2080 Firewood


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Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

92” queen sleeper sofa, nuetral

colors. Smoke/pet free home.

$100. Love seat extra


Black & Decker edger/trimmer

$15. Keyboard &stand $25.

Snow shovel $5. Trunk 4’x2’


Brand new J.Reynolds electric

guitar w/ case &extra strap,

medium brown, white in middle

&shiny, plus guitar book

(from 1978) Mel Bays $100.


Cherry wood cigars box w/ 5

drawers $25. Sharp 19” TV

never used, flat $25. Panasonic

fax machine, like new $25.

Ask for Lou. 708.448.9597

Christmas Cannonball “2002”

special edition train collectors

item $75. 708.403.2473

Copper train cookie cutter set,

new $8. 12” clay bell pot $8.

Womens magazines .50 each.

Four green wine glasses, boxed

$15. Bike seat 10”Wx10”D $5.


Craftsman rare vintage commercial

long barrel air hammer

9 pc chisel set & case $75.

New American camper kerosene

lantern vintage 12” high

sturdy metal construction $25.


Crystal: baskets & candy

dishes (5 pieces) each $20.


Dell Precision T3400 computer

with Dell monitor, keyboard

and mouse included (hard drive

has been wiped) $75.


Dozen Coke glasses, circa

1970’s $35. New Santa musical

car from M. Fields $12. Orange

ceramic pumpkin w/ lid,

new $12. Complete nat’l park

map $6. 708.460.8308

General Electric profile over

the range micro -convection

microwave oven, does not

work. Needs 1part, stainless

steel $75. 815.348.2884

George Foreman grill $20. HP

printer, copier, scanner $20. 2

pairs cross country skis, boots

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This Week In...

Knights varsity


Boys basketball

■Jan. ■ 26 - at Lincoln-Way

West, 6:30 p.m.

■Jan. ■ 27 - at Beecher

Shootout, TBA

Girls basketball

■Jan. ■ 30 - hosts Thornton, 6


■Feb. ■ 1 - at Thornwood, 6:30


Boys bowling

■Jan. ■ 26 - IHSA State Final,


■Jan. ■ 27 - IHSA State Final,


Girls competitive


■Jan. ■ 26 - IHSA Sectional

Final, TBA

The Griffins’ Carolyn Waleski goes up for a shot against a Bolingbrook defender. Waleski

finished with a game-high 17 points in the loss. Julie McMann/22nd Century Media


From Page 46

with 35 seconds remaining.

She then came up on defense

to trap with Nekola, which

led to the basket by Sheehan

and the one-point lead.

“I’m usually not up there,”

Hunter said of being that

high on the trap. “But I was

in that position and had to do

something. We trapped her

and Kaley made the shot. I

was super excited to get the

steal, but knew [after the

basket] that we had to get

back on defense.”

East did, but the speedy

Raiders responded by getting

upcourt where Gabby

Smith (11 points, 7 rebounds)

scored what proved

to be the winning layup. The

Griffins called timeout at the

six second mark, but threw

the inbound pass away for

only their second turnover

of the quarter and 13th of

the game. Bolingbrook was

fouled with 3.2 seconds left,

but in the bonus situation,

stepped over the line. That

nullified a made free throw

and gave the ball back to

East for one final shot.

Junior point guard Katchie

Savic (3 points) was able to

get an attempt off before

time expired, but her hurried

30 foot shot from the right

side was a little too hard and

smacked off the backboard

at the buzzer.

Senior forwards Delani

Grayer (6 points) and Lily

Hicks (4 points) - who had

a couple of nice fullcourt

passes, along with senior

guard Cambrii Alexander

(3 points) added to the East

scoring. Sophomore swing

player Danyel Middleton (10

points, 6 rebounds) and senior

post player Jahari Smith

(8 points, 11 rebounds) also

contributed for the Raiders.

“We still haven’t come together

the way that we need

to on the court; we’re still

a work in progress,” said

Bolingbrook coach Chris

Smith, who saw his team

commit 16 of its 26 turnovers

in the second half. “The talent

is there, it’s just about playing

together as a team. Any time

that we play East, it’s always

going to be a tough game, so

we were looking to get into

this environment. Hopefully,

these games benefit us at the

end of the season.”

East had early leads of 2-1,

6-3 and 7-5. With the game

knotted at 10-10, the Raiders

scored the final five points

of the opening quarter for a

15-10 lead and maintained

it the rest of the half. A key

part of the game was the final

minute of the first half.

Ahead 23-21, Gabby Smith

scored on a layup and senior

guard Taylor Robinson hit a

3-pointer at the buzzer for a

28-21 Bolingbook halftime


Hicks had a pair of layups

as the Griffins opened the

third quarter with an 8-0 run

to go up, 29-28 with 6:05

left in the quarter. But Jahari

Smith scored four points as

Bolingbrook bounced back

with seven straight points.

The Raiders led 41-36 after

three quarters and matched

their largest lead at 43-36 on

a layup by Marable to open

the fourth quarter.

“We did some very good

things,” East coach Jim Martin

said. “When we got down

and I called a timeout with

about seven minutes to go,

and I told them to be patient

and just play their game. I

told them that we’d get some

runouts and some easy baskets.

This [the Raiders] was

a team that’s undefeated in

conference with only two

losses, and they’re going to

be a one-or two-seed in the

sectional, so I’m proud of our

kids. I would have loved to

have the lead in conference,

but hopefully we can win out

and finish at their place.”

The two teams end the

SWSC season with a 5 p.m.

game Feb. 6 at Bolingbrook.

Boys basketball

Lincoln-Way Central 51,

Thornwood 59

Matt Maloney (11 points),

Chris Robinson (10 points)

and Luke Handley (10

points) led the way for the

Knights Jan. 12

Lincoln-Way East 64,

Oswego 54

Sam Shafer (28 points)

paced the Griffins Jan. 15.

Lincoln-Way Central 39, TF

South 56

Sean Curran (10 points)

led the Knights Jan. 16.

Girls basketball

Lincoln-Way Central 51,

Maine South 61

Abi Baumgartner (24

points, 6 rebounds) and Regan

LoConte (15 points) led

the way for the Knights Jan.


Lincoln-Way Central 46,

Belvidere North 49 (OT)

Abi Baumgartner (9

points, 10 rebounds) and

Natalie Spudic (9 points, 6

rebounds) led the way for

the Knights Jan. 13.

Lincoln-Way East 56,

Huntley 40

Carolyn Waleski (14

points) and Lily Hicks (9

points) led the Griffins Jan.


Lincoln-Way East 65,

Bartlett 58

Carolyn Waleski (14

high school highlights

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points) and Kaley Sheehan

(14 points) led the Griffins

Jan. 13.

Lincoln-Way Central 35,

Rockford Lutheran 48

Abi Baumgartner (16

points, 13 rebounds) and Regan

LoConte (14 points) led

the way for the Knights Jan.


Lincoln-Way Central 60,

Johnsburg 48

Abi Baumgartner (22

points, 9 rebounds), Regan

LoConte (16 points) and

Natalie Spudic (8 points, 8

rebounds, 8 assists) led the

Knights Jan. 15.

Lincoln-Way East 65, Rock

Island 70

Kaley Sheehan (16 points)

and Carolyn Waleski (14

points) led the way for the

Griffins Jan. 15.

Lincoln-Way East 59. Maine

South 52

Carolyn Waleski (14

points) and Katchie

Savic (14 points) led

the way for the Griffins

Jan. 15.

Boys bowling

Lincoln-Way Central places

second overall at Joliet West


Steven Plane (1,344) was

overall champion and Alex

Nolan (1,242) took eighth

place to lead the Knights

Jan. 13.

Lincoln-Way East finishes

sixth at Joliet West


Demitri Przybylinski and

D.J. Armbrecht advanced to

sectionals for the Griffins

Jan. 13.

Boys swimming

Lincoln-Way Central finished

seventh at the Al Gillberg

Invite Tournament

Tim Murphy, Matt Senese,

Danny O’Brien and

Joe Bozzi placed fifth in

200 medley relay; Tommy

Kirk placed seventh in 200

IM; O’Brien placed sixth in

100 butterfly; and Murphy

placed fifth in 100 backstroke

to lead the Knights

Jan. 13.

Lincoln-Way Central 113,

Lincoln-Way West 64

Justin Hearne, Matt

Senese, Tommy Kirk and

Joe Bozzi kicked off Senior

Night Jan. 18 for both

teams with a win in the

200 medley relay. Also,

Danny O’Brien won the

200 and 100 freestyle;

Josh Fox won the 50 freestyle;

Bozzi won the 500

freestyle; Tyler Quigley

won the 100 breaststroke

and Tim Murphy won the

100 backstroke. The relay

team of Murphy, Hearne,

Zach Athos and Fox won

the 200 freestyle relay, and

the team of Fox, O’Brien,

Murphy and Hearne won

the 400 freestyle relay.

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—Kenn Wells, former lead dancer of the English National Ballet


Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Sydney Tyler

“A gift


—Georgianveteran journalist

Helena Apkhadze

Tyler is a junior on the Griffins

girls bowling team

How’d you get started

in bowling?

I started young, when I

was 4, and my family was

really big on bowling, so I

jumped right in with them.

What’s your spirit


I would say a tiger because

it’s fierce and strong.

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What are your plans for

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become an interior designer.

I would like to go to Nebraska

because they have a

really good bowling team,

and I would like to continue

bowling in college;

Duke because that was the

first college I went to, and I

found it stuck with me over

the years; Vanderbilt because

they also have a good

bowling team; and Drexel

because I did a summer program

over the summer for

interior design.

What’s your ideal postgame


Sushi. I really like seafood.

If you won the lottery,

what’s the first thing

you would buy?

A car. A Cadillac CTSX.

What item do you

currently own that you

couldn’t live without?

My Phone. I do a lot of

stuff with it; I play a lot of

games, and I watch a lot of

Netflix on it.

If you could pick two

people to bowl a game

with, who would they


I would pick my grandma

and my aunt. They got me

started with bowling and

they always helped me, gave

me tips. And my aunt because

she has bowled a 300

before and I want to be just

like her.

If you could own an

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exotic pet, what would

it be?

A monkey. They seem fun.

Do you prefer the lanes

to be oiled too much or

not enough?

Not enough because the

ball will hook more.

What one lesson has

bowling taught you

about life?

It’s not how you start, it’s

how you finish.

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Girls Basketball

Warriors get revenge after Thanksgiving tourney title loss to Knights

Steve Millar

Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way West’s girls

basketball players have not

forgotten what happened

the first time the Warriors

played crosstown rival

Lincoln-Way Central this


In the championship

game of the Lincoln-Way

Central Thanksgiving Tournament

Nov. 21, the Knights

jumped out to an 18-0 lead

and beat the Warriors 63-57.

When the teams met again

Jan. 16, West’s primary mission

was an obvious one.

“We had to get off to a

better start than last time,”

junior guard Tara Hastings


Hastings made sure the

Warriors got off on the right

foot this time, scoring 10

of her game-high 22 points

in the first quarter as West

topped the host Knights 58-

37 in a SouthWest Suburban

Red game.

“We had a chance to redeem

ourselves for a loss,

which was big,” West coach

Ryan White said. “We’re

battling for a conference title.

We still control our own

destiny, and we wanted to

leave here still controlling

our own destiny and not

needing any help. So, this

was a big win.”

Taylor Gugliuzza finished

with 16 points and eight

rebounds for the Warriors

(20-3, 5-1), and Tara Gugliuzza

scored 10 points.

Abi Baumgartner led

Central (10-12, 3-3) with 10

points and nine rebounds,

while Natalie Spudic contributed

eight points and

eight rebounds.

The game was tied 5-5

midway through the first

quarter before Hastings hit

back-to-back 3-pointers to

give the Warriors the lead

for good.

The Knight’s Abi Baumgartner goes up for a shot against the Warrior’s Taylor Gugliuzza

Jan. 16 during an intradistrict matchup against Lincoln-Way Central.

Photos by Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

“It was really big,” Hastings

said. “I was able to hit

some shots and get the team


West led 14-10 after a

quarter, a sharp contrast to

the 24-6 deficit it faced after

one in the teams’ last meeting.

“We wanted to make sure

we came out strong right

away,” White said. “It was

huge for us to get off to a

good start.”

Taylor Gugliuzza had a

big second quarter, scoring

eight points, to help the

Warriors open up a 32-21

halftime lead.

“In the beginning of the

game, I was passing up shots

and not being as aggressive

as I should have been,” Taylor

Gugliuzza said. “Tara

handled everything in the

beginning, though, so that

was great.”

West scored the first 10

points of the second half to

put the game away, extending

the lead to 42-21. The

Knights did not score in the

first 4:50 of the third quarter.

“We did a good job defensively

in the first half,” Central

coach Dave Campanile

said. “We were able to contain

some of their guards a

bit and keep it pretty close.

“Then the third quarter

really hurt us. We were already

kind of cold offensively,

and we went colder

than cold. I told the girls we

were mostly getting good

looks. You just have to believe

and knock those shots


The Knights finished just

5-for-34 in 3-point shooting.

“We have the size advantage,

but West does a great

job with their zone, so if

you don’t shoot well, it’s

going to be a long night,”

Campanile said. “I think

maybe West looked back at

that game in November and

thought it didn’t go the way

it should have. We knew

they’d give us their best


Molly Ryan added five

points and five rebounds for

the Warriors. Ryan cracked

the starting lineup with

guard Sydney Swanberg

out after suffering an injury

early in the teams’ previous

game against Andrew.

“Sydney’s tough to replace,”

White said. “She’s

capable of scoring 20 any

night, and she rebounds for

us. Everyone’s picking up

the slack, though. We’re

scoring like we normally


“Molly gives us a little

more size. There’s been no

drop-off. Everyone’s picked

each other up, which has

been great to see.”

It was the eighth straight

win for the Warriors.

“All of us work together

as a team really well,” Taylor

Gugliuzza said. “Since

Central’s Lindsey Harvey takes a 3-point shot as West’s

Tara Gugliuzza tries to contest it.

we don’t have many post

players, other than Molly,

that makes it tough, but we

all work off each other.”

Haley Ragland and Haley

Stoklosa scored four points

each for the Knights.

The game capped a very

busy 72 hours for Central,

which played two games

Jan. 13 and two more Jan.

15 in DeKalb’s Martin Luther

King Jr. Day Invitational.

“I think we need a bit of

a mental break,” Campanile

said. “We had a couple

long days up in DeKalb and

a quick turnaround for this

game. It was hard just to get

them excited and ready for

another game.”

Campanile said he hopes

his team can hit its stride


“We’ve got some adversity

with a couple injuries

and we’re struggling a bit,”

he said. “We battled some

tough teams early in the season,

played a really difficult

schedule, and the idea was

that it’d pay off in the end.

“We just need to keep

working hard, hopefully

have some gas in the tank

for the end of the year and

finish strong.” sports

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LW Central to state for first time since ‘08


Freelance Reporter

In sports people often refer

to the home field advantage.

For the Lincoln-Way Central

and Lincoln-Way West

boys bowling teams, it was

the home lanes advantage.

Led by individual champion

Alex Nolan and thirdplace

finisher Jack Davern,

Central cruised to the title of

its own sectional last weekend.

The Knights, who will

be making their first trip to

state since finishing third in

2008, led from the start and

put up a score of 6,343 on

Saturday, Jan. 20, at Laraway

Lanes in New Lenox.

That was 445 pins better

than runner-up Lincoln-Way

West (5,898), which also

calls Laraway Lanes home.

The Warriors, who were

equally led by their two

returning seniors, George

Dennison and Caleb Kirby

(1,232 each), jumped to second

in the final game and

advanced downstate for the

second straight season.

The other four qualifying

teams were Joliet West

(5,828), Minooka (5,789),

Plainfield Central (5,688)

and Oswego East (5,662).

The state finals are this

weekend, Friday, Jan. 26,

and Saturday, Jan. 27, at St.

Clair Bowl in O’Fallon.

A master motivator, Lincoln-Way

Central coach

Coley O’Connell made all

the right moves to get his

team ready.

“We have practiced for

this moment all season

long,” said O’Connell, who

wore special black, red and

white checkered pants for

the occasion. “We set up different

situations throughout

the season on the lanes. We

wanted to really frustrate the

kids. Get them used to any

situation we could possibly

think of to have no unknowns

when this time came. These

kids were mentally ready for

[the sectional]. We won four

tournaments this season and

have pointed to this for a

long time.

‘It’s a huge advantage to

bowl the sectional in your

own house, but we were the

only school to submit to the

IHSA to host the sectional.”

Nolan, a sophomore, finished

with a pinfall count

of 1,364. That was 12 pins

better than senior Matthew

McCarthy, a senior from

Chicago Christian. Nolan

had every game be a 200 or

better. He had a high of 244

in Game No. 2, during which

the Knights finished with a

1,254 total.

“I’m just happy to be able

to do that,” Nolan said of

winning the individual title.

“I never thought I’d be able

to with all these excellent

bowlers. But I was able to

maintain a [nearly] 230 average

for the day.

“Our goal was to make it

to state, since we were bowling

in our own house. Coach

[O’Connell] has thrown different

things at us all season.

He’d give us all these weird

things and situations, but it

helped at the end.”

The extremely large

crowd that was in attendance

for the sectional also got to

see something weird during

the intermission. That was

Davern working behind the

counter. His parents, Jerry

and Kim, have owned the

bowling alley for 10 years,

so he was pressed into duty

before heading back to bowl

the afternoon session.

“This means a lot,” Davern

said. “All the hard work paid

off. Give coach [O’Connell]

all the credit in the world for

making us better. It’s the first

Lincoln-Way Central’s Alex Nolan sends one down the lane during sectional play Saturday, Jan. 20 at Laraway Lanes in

New Lenox. Nolan finished with the top score of 1,364, and the Knights cruised to an overall first-place finish with a total

of 6,343. 22nd Century Media file photo

time for all of us at state. I’m

looking forward to bowling

our best and placing.”

Davern, a junior, finished

with a 1,341 total to grab

one of the Top 4 medalist

spots. He had a high of 266

in Game No. 2.

Steven Plane (1,226, high

of 246 in Game No. 2), who

won the individual title at

the Joliet West Regional the

week before, was 20th overall.

Fellow seniors Trevor

Amir (1,220, high of 234

in Game No. 2) and Ricky

Wesel (1,192, high of 264 in

Game No. 2) were right behind

for the Knights.

RIGHT: The Knights’ Steven

Plane, who finished 20th

overall, lets one fly during

sectional play. Geoff

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East falls to Bolingbrook


Freelance Reporter

Lauren Hunter wanted to

give herself and her basketball

team a birthday present.

With about half a minute

to play in the fourth quarter

of last week’s big SouthWest

Suburban Conference showdown

it appeared that Hunter

might just do that. The

Lincoln-Way East senior

post player and junior guard

Sydney Nekola trapped on

the halfcourt press near midcourt.

That resulted in a steal

by Hunter, who got the ball

forward to Kaley Sheehan.

The junior guard converted a

layup for her only points of

the game with 21 seconds to

play to give the Griffins the


But unfortunately for

them, it was short-lived.

Gabby Smith came right

back and converted a layup

of her own with nine seconds

remaining. The points

by the senior swing player

proved to be the final ones of

the game and gave Bolingbrook

an exciting 47-46

victory over the Griffins in

a first-place SWSC Blue

showdown on Thursday, Jan.

18 in Frankfort.

It was the third straight

close win for the Raiders

(15-2, 5-0), who are bidding

for at least a share of their

10th conference title since

the league formed for the

2005-06 school year. East

(21-3, 4-1) lost for the second

time in three games. The

Griffins, who tied Bolingbrook

for the SWSC Blue

title in 2014, fell 70-65 to

Rock Island on Monday,

Jan. 15 in the semifinals of

the Rock Island Tournament.

They rebounded for a 59-52

win over Maine South in the

third place game later that


But last week’s loss hurt

since it put Bolingbrook in

the driver’s seat for the conference

title. Still, it was a

tremendous effort by East

to get back in a game where

it was outrebounded 46-30,

including 31-18 in the first


“I wanted a birthday win,

so it’s disappointing,” said

Hunter, who still kept her

spirits up by handing out

cupcakes for her 18th birthday

after the game. “But we

kept our composure and that

was good to see.”

The Griffins did that despite

leading scorer Carolyn

Waleski (17 points) being

saddled with foul trouble

throughout. The senior

guard eventually fouled out

with 48.4 seconds to play.

But not before she helped

East pull within a point, at

43-42 by capping a 6-0 run

on a layup with 3:20 to play

in the game.

There was no more scoring

for over two and a half

minutes, until sophomore

guard Jayden Marable (9

points) converted both free

throws after being fouled by

Waleski. Those were two of

the six free throws the Raiders

made all game as the shot

33 percent (6-of-18) from

the line.

Hunter (11 points, 7 rebounds)

scored on a layup

Please see basketball, 41 sports

the Mokena Messenger | January 25, 2018 | 47


East wrestlers take second place at SWSC tournament

Julie McMann/22nd Century



Awards Season

1. Devin O’Rourke

(above, center right)

The Lincoln-Way

East senior was given

Defensive Player

of the Year honors

at a ceremony Jan.

17 for the area’s

standout football

players .

2. Brendan Morrissey

The Griffins starting

quarterback was

named Player of the

Week for his Week 2

performance against

Maine South where

he went 8-8 for 191

yards and 2 TDs,

and another 73

yards on the ground

on 11 carries in the


3. Matt Pollack

The LW Central

running back was

named Player of

the Week for his

3 TD performance

in Week 6 against


Jason Maholy

Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way East was

the runner-up at the Tom

Lahey Invitational Tournament

last weekend in Palos

Hills, while Lockport wrestlers

won five individual

titles and finished in the Top

6 in 12 of 14 weight classes

as the Porters ended the regular

season by rolling to the

team title.

The two-day event, which

this year substituted for the

annual SouthWest Suburban

Conference Tournament,

was held Friday, Jan.

19, and Saturday, Jan. 20, at

Stagg High School. It featured

17 teams, including

all 13 SWSC programs.

Lockport, which has experienced

growing pains

one season after winning the

Class 3A state title, dominated

a challenging field

and cruised to the tourney

crown with 249 points. East

finished second with 170.5,

followed by Sandburg with

163, and Lincoln-Way

West and Andrew, which

tied for fourth with 159

points each. Lincoln-Way

Central finished 11th with

57 points.

Griffins coach Ty Byrd

was encouraged by his

team’s second-place finish,

and believes East has a shot

to win the Bradley Regional

if his grapplers wrestle their

best. The field at Bradley-

Bourbonnais High School

on Feb. 2 and 3 will include

Providence, Marian Catholic,

and 2017 Class 3A runner-up

Lincoln-Way West.

Lincoln-Way East’s Devin O’Rourke (left) faces off against Homewood-Flossmoor’s Jeff Griffin at the Tom Lahey

Invitational Tournament, held Friday, Jan. 19, and Saturday, Jan. 20. Geoff Stellfox/22nd Century Media

Nick Mihajlovic (182)

and Devin O’Rourke (285)

won titles for the Griffins,

with O’Rourke outlasting

Jeff Griffin of Homewood-

Flossmoor, 6-5, in the

championship match. The

bout had the feel of a state

title match, with O’Rourke

battling back from an early

4-1 deficit to emerge victorious

in front of a raucous


“That’s a fun one,” Byrd

said after the tournament’s

final match. “That was a

huge match for him, metnally,

seeing he can battle

back from behind and he

can wrestle all three periods.

He kept his head, kept

forging forward, and ends

up winning a close match.”

O’Rourke’s 2016-17

campaign ended when he

broke his hand in his first

match of the season, against

none other than Griffin. But

that wasn’t on the mind of

the towering heavyweight,

who will play football next

season at Northwestern.

“He’s just a great wrestler,

so I’m really happy about

it,” O’Rourke said. “He got

a couple takedowns early,

but it didn’t really faze me.

I persevered, I knew I could

win the match still, so that’s

what I went for.”

Mihajlovic, a junior who

has come into his own this

season, beat top-seeded

Alex Hirschfield of Sandburg,

5-1, to win the title at

182 pounds.

“It feels great, I’ve been

training hard all year and

feel like I’m wrestling a

lot better now (than last

season),” said Mihajlovic,

who’s goal coming into the

year was to finish in the top

three at state. “I’m stronger

and I feel good heading into

the state series.”

Listen Up

“It’s a huge advantage to bowl the sectional in

your own house, but we were the only school to

submit to the IHSA to host the sectional.”

Coley O’Connell – LW Central boys bowling coach on having the

home-lane advantage during sectionals Saturday, Jan. 20.


Girls Basketball

Lincoln-Way Central Hosts Thornton

6 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 30.

The Knights look to move up in the SWSC

Red Division standings.


42 – Athlete of the Week

41 – This Week In

FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor T.J. Kremer III, tj@moke

mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | | January 25, 2018

The bigger they

are... LW East finishes

second, LW Central 11th

at wrestling tournament ,

Page 47

Payback West

girls basketball gets its

revenge against East,

Page 46

LWC takes sectional to move to

state championship, Page 45

Lincoln-Way Central’s

Ricky Wesel takes

aim down the lanes as

he sets to roll during

the sectional match

Saturday, Jan. 20. The

Knights claimed the

sectional title and is

headed to the state

championships. Geoff

Stellfox/22nd Century


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