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2 | January 25, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger calendar In this week’s Messenger Police Reports................. 9 Pet of the Week.............10 Editorial........................17 Faith Briefs....................20 Puzzles..........................28 Classifieds................ 32-40 The Mokena Messenger ph: 708.326.9170 fx: 708.326.9179 Editor TJ Kremer III, x29 assistant editor Amanda Stoll, x34 Sales director Lora Healy, x31 real estate sales Tricia Weber, x47 Classified Sales Kellie Tschopp, x23 Recruitment Advertising Jess Nemec, x46 Legal Notices Jeff Schouten, x51 PUBLISHER Joe Coughlin 847.272.4565, x16 Managing Editor Bill Jones, x20 president Andrew Nicks EDITORIAL DESIGN DIRECTOR Nancy Burgan, x30 22 nd Century Media 11516 West 183rd Street Unit SW Office Condo #3 Orland Park, IL 60467 Chemical- free printing on 30% recycled paper circulation inquiries The Mokena Messenger (USPS #025404) is published weekly by 22nd Century Media, LLC, 328 E Lincoln Hwy New Lenox, IL 60451. Periodical postage paid at New Lenox, IL and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send changes to: The Mokena Messenger, 328 E Lincoln Hwy New Lenox, IL 60451 Published by Amanda Stoll FRIDAY 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. SUNDAY 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. WEDNESDAY 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. UPCOMING Early Learning Center Registration 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, visit 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, visit ONGOING 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. com. 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 a.stoll@22ndcenturymedia. com. Deadline is noon Thursdays one week prior to publication. news 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 Associates, 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 years. “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 exist and, more importantly, 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 call an 800 number — it’s 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 alone. Once you hear the doctor tell you that you have this, that you have cancer, your whole life will never be the same. 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