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Rep. Margo McDermed

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class, Page 4

Mokena Community Park

District’s Critter Class finishes

tortoise lessons, Page 3

Building

self-confidence

Nova Quarter Horses

teaches children

confidence skills, Page 5

Making the

grade

Local students receive

academic recognition,

Page 8

Mortoise, an African spurred tortoise who is believed to be more than 20 years old, takes a bite out of a leafy green.

His diet consists mostly of vegetables like the lettuce and carrots the Mokena Community Park District Critter Class

participants got to feed him on Jan. 31. Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media

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FRIDAY

MOMS Club

10 a.m. Feb. 9, Mokena

Public Library, 11327 195th

St., Mokena. Join MOMS

Club of New Lenox, including

Mokena, Manhattan, and

Wilton Center. All ages are

welcome. There is no cost to

attend. Bring your children;

there will be a fun Valentine’s

Day craft to do. This is a great

way to meet other moms in

the area and for your children

to meet other children. For

more information, visit www.

MomsClubNewLenox.com

or www.momsclub.org or

email momsclubnewlenox@

yahoo.com.

St. Anthony WOW

7 p.m. Feb. 9, Frankfort

Township Building, 11000

W. Lincoln Highway (Rte.

30), Frankfort. Join St. Anthony

WOW, a non-denominational

social group for

Widows or Widowers for a

short meeting with entertainment

and refreshments. New

faces are welcome. Enter

through the back of the building.

For more information,

call Mary at (815) 469-4351

or Bill at (708) 478-6118.

Valentine’s Day Ride

and Dinner

7-9 p.m. Friday, Feb. 9; 4-6

p.m. Saturday, Feb. 10; and

6:30-8:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb.

10, Nova Quarter Horses,

10129 W. 187th St., Mokena.

Grab your special someone

and join us for an evening riding

lesson followed by a delicious

Italian dinner. The menu

will consist of an Italian entrée,

salad, rolls and a beverage.

Let Nova be that special place

you take your special someone

this Valentine’s Day. $75 per

couple and $20 per additional

rider. The Friday and Saturday

evening classes are for adults

only. The Saturday afternoon

class is a family class. For

more information and registration,

call (708) 479-3696.

SATURDAY

Zumba Demo Class

Deadline to register is

Feb. 10. Demo class will be

held from 6:30-7:30 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 12, The Oaks

Recreation & Fitness Center,

10847 W. La Porte Road,

Mokena. Zumba is a dynamic

class that combines Latin

rhythms and easy to follow

moves to create an exhilarating,

whole-body workout.

Classes for participants ages

16 and older. For more information

and registration,

call (708) 390-2343 or visit

www.mokenapark.com.

Cupid’s Floats

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

Old Plank Trail Community

Bank, 20012 Wolf Rd.,

Mokena. Join Old Plank

Trail Community Bank for a

special holiday treat as they

celebrate Valentine’s Day.

They will be serving refreshing

Cupid’s Floats and having

holiday themed crafts for

the kids to enjoy. Visit www.

oldplanktrailbank.com to

find a Valentine’s Day coloring

sheet to bring to the bank

for a special treat.

SUNDAY

Winter Work Day

8 a.m.-noon Feb. 11,

Hickory Creek Preserve–La-

Porte 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

rgauchat@fpdwc.org.

MONDAY

Mokena Women’s Club

6:30 p.m. Feb. 12, Mokena

Community Public Library,

11327 W. 195th St.,

Mokena. The speaker will

talk about Mokena’s historical

Pioneer Cemetery. Light

refreshments will be served.

UPCOMING

STRONG by Zumba

Demo Class

9-10 a.m. Saturday, Feb.

17, The Oaks Recreation &

Fitness Center, 10847 W.

La Porte Road, Mokena.

STRONG by Zumba is not a

dance class. This new HIITstyle

(high intensity interval

training) class also uses the

science of synced music motivation

to improve all aspects

of fitness including strength,

stamina, cardio power, mobility

and balance. Classes

for ages 16 and older. Space

is limited, and preregistration

is recommended. For more

information and registration,

call (708) 390-2343 or visit

www.mokenapark.com.

Yoga Nidra Workshop

11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. Sunday,

Feb. 18, The Oaks Recreation

& Fitness Center, 10847

La Porte Road, Mokena. Release

the stress that accumulates

during the hectic work

week. Yoga Nidra or yogic

sleep is a stage in which the

body is completely relaxed,

and the practitioner becomes

increasingly aware of the inner

world by following a set

of verbal instructions. This is

different than meditation. The

workshop will start with gentle

yin yoga poses followed by restorative

poses leaving you full

of peace and relaxed and ready

for a restorative sleep. Essential

oils will also be discussed.

Participants should bring a

blanket, small pillow and wear

comfortable attire. Class is for

ages 16 and older. Registration

cost is $21 before Feb. 15. For

more information and registration,

call (708) 390-2343 or

visit www.mokenapark.com.

Senior Driving Seminar

10 a.m.-noon Tuesday,

Feb. 20, New Lenox Library,

120 Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox. State Representative

Margo McDermed will provide

four senior driving seminars

over the course of the

year for older drivers looking

to refresh their memory

of the written driving test, a

necessary step to renewing

their license. Each two-hour

seminar will be taught by an

instructor from the Secretary

of State’s Office. The seminar

will cover an overview of

the contents of the Rules of

the Road booklet and include

a sample test. The seminars

are offered free of charge.

For more information and to

RSVP, call (815) 277-2079.

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 www.

mokena159.org.

ONGOING

Mokena Woman’s Club

Scholarships

Applications must be postmarked

by March 15. Graduating

Mokena high school

students pursuing higher education

are eligible to apply for

the FRWC Mokena Woman’s

Club Scholarships. The funds

for the scholarships were

raised at the Club’s 44th Annual

Holli-Daze Arts and

Crafts Show which is the

Club’s major fund raiser and

a year-round project. Over

the past 55 years, the Club

has awarded 210 scholarships

totaling more than

$143,000. The application

is available at Lincoln-Way

East High School, Lincoln-

Way Central High School

and Providence Catholic

High School as well as at the

Mokena and Frankfort Public

Libraries for other students.

Submit the completed application,

an official transcript,

a letter of career goals, and

a letter of recommendation

to GFWC Mokena Woman’s

Club, Scholarship Committee,

P.O. Box 1008, Mokena.

Chorale Scholarships

Applications must be submitted

to the school counselor

by March 8. To meet its mission

of enriching and enhancing

musical opportunities in

the community, Lincoln-Way

Area Chorale will be awarding

a scholarship to one senior

student from each of the

Lincoln-Way High Schools.

The student must be planning

on majoring in vocal performance,

vocal education,

or musical theater in the fall

semester of 2018. Qualifying

students should see their

school counselor or music

teacher for the application.

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, treelined

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 turnaround

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 lincol

nwayhalfmarathon.com.

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.


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Critter Class wraps up turtles, tortoises unit

Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor

What is the difference between

a turtle and a tortoise?

This was the central question

for the Mokena Community

Park District’s Critter

Class this time around.

During the four-week unit

with Crosstown Exotics,

which culminated Jan. 31

with a visit from Mortoise

the Tortoise, a group of children

got to encounter the

reptiles up close.

While turtles are semiaquatic

or full-time water

dwelling reptiles, tortoises

mostly prefer their time spent

on land. Some have differences

in their eating habits, as

well, with tortoises preferring

an all plant diet and turtles

eating an omnivorous diet.

Last week’s star of the

show was Mortoise, a 20- to

25-year-old African spurred

tortoise, also known as a sulcata.

Other critters that made

an entrance were Tank, a

22-year-old sulcata, Tut, a

9-year-old leopard tortoise,

and the very tiny Ego, a

baby Burmese mountain tortoise

who hatched just last

August.

The class is taught by Colin

Langenderfer and Mike

Levins, who own Crosstown

Exotics. Between the two

of them, they own dozens

of animals that they use for

their educational programs,

including birthday parties and

appearances at park districts

and children’s museums in

the area.

Mortoise even got a taste

of the spotlight during an episode

of “Chicago Fire,” where

Langenderfer said he had his

own trailer and a stunt double.

Silliness of tortoise acting

stars aside, the children at the

MCPD’s class were delighted

to meet all of the creatures

and got to feed them as much

lettuce and carrots as they

wanted.

Safety of both the children

and the animals is taught

hand-in-hand with the reptilian

knowledge, and Levins

said it is especially important

during feeding time.

“No petting the face typically,

or when you’re feeding

it to watch your fingers,”

Levins said. “...They’re not

trying to bite you to bite you,

they’re like, ‘Hey, it’s a carrot’

and then chomp, chomp,

chomp. And, We don’t want

accidents to happen.”

He said having the children

sit calmly while being

introduced to the animal and

allowing the animal a chance

to get used to them, as well, is

important. The tortoises like

Mortoise are pretty easygoing,

but some can get scared

by all the commotion.

Upcoming Critter Classes

will include a unit on snakes,

featuring boas and pythons,

as well as native species,

hopefully followed by a unit

on insects.

Most of the animals that

Langenderfer and Levins own

and care for have been given

to them by people who either

couldn’t take care of them

anymore, didn’t want them

or were unaware of how large

they would get and didn’t

have the space for them.

“We don’t claim to be a

sanctuary,” Langenderfer

said, “but when you have animals,

people are like, ‘You’re

Please see tortoise, 11

Emma Moses feeds some lettuce to Mortoise the tortoise.

An African spurred tortoise can live for more than 75 years

and can weigh upwards of 100 pounds.

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Seniors take on technology during McDermed, AT&T seminar

Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor

We live in a time where

technology is ubiquitous,

and those without access to

it are being more and more

left behind.

To combat some of the

confusion, and sometimes

even fear, that can come

with new technology, State

Rep. Margo McDermed

sponsored a second senior

technology seminar Thursday,

Feb. 1. AT&T representatives

assisted seniors with

their devices and answered

questions ranging from privacy

settings to software

updates.

“It’s really important for

seniors to be able to comfortably

utilize all the technology

and tools that are

out there for them to keep

them connected, to keep

them safe, and to improve

the quality of life and fun

and connection with family,”

McDermed said. “So,

we don’t want people to be

intimidated by it. We don’t

want people to be bullied

or taken advantage of when

they’re using their technology.

We want it to be a fun

connection for them.”

Many families, including

McDermed’s, are spread

across the country, or even

the world, and McDermed

said technology and social

media are great tools for

people to use to stay connected

with the ones they

love.

“Grandma and grandpa

can be part of their grandchildren’s

lives with Skype,

with Instagram [and] with

some of the other technologies

that are available to

us,” she said.

In addition to helping seniors

stay connected, Mc-

Dermed noted how using

mobile banking and bill pay

can help seniors during the

winter months.

Freezing temperatures

and icy surfaces can put

people at risk for falls during

the cold season, and seniors

are at an increased risk

for serious injury from such

a fall.

“These are all things that

make your life simpler and

easier and more convenient,”

McDermed said, “So

to be able to use those fearlessly

is a big advantage.”

One of the most talked

about topics was social media,

and Jeff Adducci, director

of external affairs at

AT&T, said didn’t surprise

him.

“We’re seeing that seniors

are connecting with their

families through social media

[and] connecting with

their friends through social

media,” Adducci said.

While sites and apps such

as Facebook, Instagram

and Snapchat are great at

helping keep seniors from

feeling isolated, especially

those with limited mobility,

Adducci discussed the importance

of online security

and demonstrated how to

use the privacy settings on

popular sites.

Most, if not all, of the

seniors at the seminar were

well-versed on phone and

email scams going, but

Adducci said it is always

good for them to get updates

on new techniques

being used by criminals to

steal personal and financial

information.

“Scammers have new

scams coming out every

day so we were just talking

about some of the ones that

they were experiencing,”

Adducci said.

Adducci said more than

60 percent of seniors are

using some form of technology

to get online.

“I think it’s important that

they use it, but they need to

be comfortable with it,” Adducci

said.

Senior Driving Seminars

Seniors will get a chance

Carol Winemiller (left), of Homewood, and Judy Totosz, of Frankfort, update the privacy settings on their Facebook

accounts during the Senior Technology Seminar hosted by State Rep. Margo McDermed’s office Thursday, Feb. 1, at the

Frankfort Township building. Photos by Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media

to review the rules of the

road before taking their

driver’s license renewal

test. Instructors are from the

Secretary of State’s Office,

and participants will be provided

with a study book and

a sample test during these

free seminars. For more information

and registration,

call (815) 277-2079.

• 10 a.m.-noon Feb. 20,

New Lenox Public Library,

120 Veterans Parkway, New

Lenox.

• 10 a.m.-noon May 22,

Parker Road Bible Church,

18512 Parker Road, Mokena.

• 10 a.m.-noon Aug. 21,

Frankfort Police Station,

2002 Lincoln-Way Lane,

Frankfort.

• 10 a.m.-noon Nov. 13,

Pipefitters Hall, 10850 W.

187th St., Mokena.

Jeff Adducci, director of external affairs at AT&T, helps Monee resident Pete Rogers update

his laptop software during the seminar.


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Horse-sized boost of confidence

Nova Quarter Horses

holds first selfconfidence

boosting

class for children

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

Children are increasingly

spending time with internet

connected devices, which

may be a factor in an overall

decrease in self-confidence

because of a lack of personal

interactions, according to

Nova Quarter Horses owner

Lorri Ebeling.

Ebeling said she’s noticed

children are more likely now

than in the past to avoid eye

contact, hide behind their

parents and generally show

more signs of shyness when

they come for riding lessons.

So, she decided it would

be a good idea for Nova

Quarter Horses to hold a

self-confidence building

class Sunday, Feb. 4.

Around a dozen children

ages 6-10 showed up for

the first of its kind class, a

decent turnout for children

who are dealing with confidence

issues.

The class was led by Kathleen

Carlson, MSW, LCSW,

BCD therapist and owner of

Equine Pathways to Change,

who led the children through

several individual and team

confidence building exercises

designed to bring out their

strengths.

“It wasn’t a teaching experience.

That’s not what

this is about,” Carlson said.

“This is about encouragement

and support. Like I said

to the kids, ‘You’ve got a lot

of tools; you probably don’t

even know you have them.

I want you to leave here today

knowing that you’ve got

a lot of good things inside

you.’

“You saw the delight and

the confidence when they

figured it out. And that’s

what I was going for. It

wasn’t about, ‘Oh, everybody’s

got to accomplish the

task.’ It was about the trying.”

The day began with some

icebreakers to get the children

to know each other and

warm up to the idea of working

both independently and

with a team to try to accomplish

tasks, such as getting a

horse to lift its hooves so the

children could clean them,

and leading a horse through

an obstacle course.

“The child and their team

member each had to go

through the course the way

it was demonstrated by using

just a piece of ribbon or

piece of string, to either put

around the horse’s — they

could do it any way they

wanted to do it,” Ebeling

said. “A lot put the string

around the neck, some put it

around the halter, so it was

diverse; there was no wrong

way of doing it. Everyone

cheered each other on.

There the teamwork came

in, which, of course, builds

more confidence.”

At the conclusion of the

class, Carlson encouraged

children to talk about their

own struggles with selfconfidence

and apply what

they learned in other areas of

their lives.

“To just have this be an

isolated experience is useless,”

Carlson said.

The children were each

given journals so they could

write down their experiences

in building self-confidence

and what they took away

from the class so that they

could continue to apply the

lessons learned.

Ebeling said that although

there are no immediate dates

set for future self-confidence

building classes, she is definitely

interested in offering

more in the future.

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perform individual and team tasks. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media


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Mokena college

students recognized for

academic excellence

Staff Report

Parents, family, friends

and former teachers have a

lot to be proud of from the

2017 fall semester: Nearly

two dozen students were

recognized by their respective

colleges for outstanding

academic achievements.

The Messenger wishes to

congratulate the following

students:

University of Alabama

•Jennifer Franceschini, President’s

List

•Lauren Franceschini,

Dean’s List

•Darby Lang, Dean’s List

•Valentine Lang, President’s

List

•Ellie Novotny, Dean’s List

•Joshua Perch, President’s

List

•Allyson Shipley, Dean’s

List

•Caroline Ward, President’s

List

•Sydney Whalen, President’s

List

Augustana College

Dean’s list

•Danielle Janacek

•Gillian Nevins

•Brittany Pospishil

•Rafael Rodriguez

Carthage College

Dean’s list

•Bryan Jack

The Citadel

Dean’s list

•Sarah Dobrich

Cornell College

Dean’s list

•Charlotte Imlach

University of Dayton

Dean’s list

•Maximilian Bonoma

•Steven Cap

•Meghan Marth

•Jimmy Sharkey

•Mitchell Sharkey

University of Iowa

Fall graduates

•Ryan Tempel, B.S. human

physiology

•David Van Geertry, B.A.

biochemistry

Knox College

Dean’s list

•Jason White

Miami University

Dean’s list

•Chase Fugett

Olivet Nazarene University

Dean’s list

•Morgan Brzeszkiewicz

•Maricruz Chavez Zepeda

•Carson Lau

•Abigail Pattara

•Blake Van Bruggen

•Julie Warning

•Austin Wegforth

Southern Illinois University

Edwardsville

Dean’s list

•Taylor Cross

•Jakub Kowalski

Tulane University

Dean’s list

•Michael Maurer

Upper Iowa University

Dean’s list

•Madison Brownrigg

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Mokena student earns service academy nomination

Submitted by U.S. Senator

Dick Durbin

U.S. Senator Dick

Durbin released on Jan. 25

the names of young men

and women whom he has

nominated to attend four of

the nation’s service academies.

“I am again honored to

nominate some of the best

and brightest young men and

women from all across Illinois

to attend our nation’s

service academies,” Durbin

said. “These individuals are

the leaders of tomorrow, and

I have no doubt that they

will make their families and

their country proud.”

The academies include:

U.S. Military Academy at

West Point, New York; U.S.

Air Force Academy in Colorado

Springs, Colorado; U.S.

Naval Academy in Annapolis,

Maryland; and the U.S.

Merchant Marine Academy

in Kings Point, New York.

Everyone who wishes to attend

a service academy must

secure a nomination from

one of a few sources, including

a U.S. Senator. Prospective

students at the service

academies must apply for

a nomination and demonstrate

exceptional academic

achievement and good moral

character.

Nominated for the Air

Force Academy was Jared

Bachman, of Mokena, son of

Robert and Karen Bachman.

LW Central Mathletes win division conference final

Submitted by Lincoln-Way

Community High School

District 210

On Jan. 24 the Lincoln-

Way Central Mathletes won

the Southwest Suburban

Blue Division Conference

Finals. The Knights took

home 693 points against

Lincoln-Way West’s 665

points. Central students

won medals in all 15 areas

of competition by earning

two fourth-place medals,

three-third place medals,

four second-place

medals and six first-place

medals.

Seniors Alex Manka and

Ben Bethke earned fourth

place in their oral on graph

theory with 37 out of 50

points. Senior Emily Parker

and junior Kalei Bass

earned second place in their

oral on functions and graphs

with 47 points. Freshmen

Jay Parker and Ashvi Patel

placed second in their matrices

oral by scoring 48

points.

Knights placing first

were: the freshman graphs

team of Anna Bethke, Nolan

Cales, Michelle Mikos,

Liam Papier, Jay Parker

and Behrooz Shamsaddin;

the sophomore linear

functions team of George

Burchfield, Jordan Carter,

Matthew Flais, Jared Kreis,

Danny McNulty and Chelsea

Verheyen; the freshman/sophomore

calculator

team of Ryan Curran, Payton

Eggert, Matthew Flais,

Courtney Cagnolatti, Cales

and Ashvi Patel; the freshman/sophomore

group of

Kreis, Verheyen, Parker

and Sarthak Shah; the junior

systems of equations

team of Kalei Bass, Jeremy

Brown, Jonah Haskins, Ennis

Lange, Behnam Shamsaddin

and Michael Zhan;

and the junior/senior group

of Ben Zuraitis, Behnam

Shamsaddin, Haskins and

Burchfield.

Lincoln-Way Central

Mathlete President Emily

Parker praised her team.

“Way to go Mathletes,”

she said. “I know we practiced

hard for this win and

you deserve it.”

The Knights now set their

sights on a victory at the

Regional Competition in

late February.

LW Foundation makes $100K donation

Submitted by Lincoln-Way

Community High School

District 210

On Jan. 24 Executive Director

Bob Kennedy and

board members of the Lincoln-Way

Foundation presented

Lincoln-Way Superintendent

Dr. R. Scott Tingley

with a check in the amount

of $100,000. In addition to

that donation, the Foundation

raised more than $5,000 for

the Lincoln-Way Transition

Program, bringing the grand

total donation to $105,670.

“From the funds donated in

2017, we have made a huge

technological impact that benefits

thousands of students at

The Lincoln-Way Central Mathletes pose Jan. 24 after

taking home the division conference final. Photo submitted

all three schools, as well as

those students in the Transition

program,” Kennedy said.

The funds were raised

through various products and

events hosted by the Foundation.

Sales of Lincoln-Way

school calendars and commemorative

bricks, local

business support through the

Foundation Partner Program,

as well as the Lincoln-Way

Half Marathon and Gala Dinner

events all contributed to

the grand total.

”The Foundation had a successful

year in 2017 thanks

to the continued support of

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The band was a-howlin’

The Summit Hill Junior High School Pep Band traveled to the All-

State Arena on Jan. 21 to perform at the Chicago Wolves hockey

game. The pep band is comprised of seventh- and eighth-graders.

Members of the Summit Hill Junior High Pep Band pose at the All-State Arena Jan. 21, where

they performed before the start of the Chicago Wolves hockey game. Photo submitted

Students teaching students

Mokena Elementary School second-grade student Mshenda

Diming recently taught his classmates in Mrs. DeSalvo’s and Mrs.

Meehan’s classes how to read and write braille.

Mokena Elementary student Mshenda Diming teaches fellow students how to read and

write in braille. Photo submitted

LWC Music Boosters hold Trivia

Night fundraiser at The Alley

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

Lincoln-Way Central Music Booster President Karen

Bussean, of Mokena, enjoys her food and wine pairing

during the trivia contest fundraiser at The Alley Grill and

Taphouse Friday, Feb. 2. Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media

While sports fans were

gearing up for Sunday’s big

game, supporters of high

school music were engaging

in an epic competition

of their own during a Friday

night fundraiser.

Trivia was the MVP of

the LWC Music Boosters

first-of-its-kind fundraiser

— which took place on Friday,

Feb. 2, at The Alley

Grill and Tap House — and

the delicious food and wine

pairings served during the

event were all-stars in their

own right. Prizes and splitthe-pot

added to the fun and

gave attendees additional

ways to raise money in support

of the music programs

at Lincoln-Way Central.

LWC Music Booster

Treasurer-Elect Linda Marquardt

explained that the

fundraiser was designed not

only to raise money for the

school’s music program, but

also as a way for parents to

spend time together.

“We wanted to have an

adult event that would give

parents a chance to meet

each other and greet each

other and have a good night

together while raising funds

for our kids,” she said.

Entry to the event cost

$40 and included five tickets

for food, wine and

beer, and additional funds

were raised throughout the

trivia competition as players

could purchase “mulligans”

to eliminate wrong

answers. Money raised will

go toward supporting the

students in Lincoln-Way

Central’s music program

as they grow as singers and

musicians.

“We give scholarships for

summer camps and private

lessons and we just commissioned

a piece of music,”

Marquardt said. “Lincoln-Way

Central is hosting

the Mid-America Guitar

Festival and the Boosters

commissioned a piece that

they are going to debut at

that event.”

Mokena residents Sharon

and Keith Koc were among

the 60 attendees at the fundraiser.

Their son Joey is a

percussionist at Mokena Junior

High School and he will

be attending Lincoln-Way

Central for high school.

“This is going to be his

future and Lincoln-Way

Central will be his school.

We would love to see him

stay involved with music,”

Sharon Koc said, adding

that the event itself was also

a motivating factor in attending

the trivia night.

“We’ve got some really

good friends who are already

involved in the LWC

Booster program as well,

and, add a little trivia, food

and wine, we thought it

would be a fun night,” she

said.

Brad Aronson of Pub

Trivia USA hosted the trivia

portion of the evening, during

which guests were able

to enjoy food along with

drink pairings from Louis

Glunz Wines. Everyone

was divided into six teams

and whichever team had the

most points at the end of the

competition won a prize.

“I ask a variety of questions

in a variety of categories

as easy as a first-grader

can answer and as hard as

your high school kid would

say, ‘Who knows that?’” Aronson

said. “The first round

has a wide range of categories

including history, children’s

literature, one-sentence

movies, sports venues

and American history.”

Parents had a great time

during the competition but,

ultimately, the event was

about the kids.

“I have two sons that

have been in the music program.

Jason is in Orchestra

and Will is in the Chorale.

We just want to support

them,” Marquardt said.

“That’s what we do, that’s

what all the LWC Booster

parents do, and we want to

raise funds to help them get

the best musical experience

possible.”


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Police Reports

Police: Obstructed windshield leads to arrest

tortoise

From Page 3

the animal guys. Take our

stuff.’”

And, they’re happy to do

so, but at the same time it is

similar to the fate that many

pets face when the nostalgia

and newness of the pet wears

off.

“It’s a long-term pet,”

Levins said. “A lot of people

don’t realize that it’s going to

live as long as them.”

Langenderfer said an African

spurred tortoise like

Mortoise will generally live

for 75 to 100 years.

In lieu of being to have all

these animals as pets, Langenderfer

said he hopes more

parents sign their children up

for the program in the future

because it is an opportunity

for them to get some handson

learning.

“When we go to the zoo,

you get to see a lot of really

cool stuff, but most of that

stuff is hiding in its display,”

Leonard Anthony Campagna,

23, of 352 Whitney

Lane in Joliet was charged

Jan. 30 with operating an

uninsured motor vehicle,

driving on a suspended/revoked

driver’s license and

having obstructed/tinted

windows.

According to police reports,

an officer on patrol at

West LaPorte Road spotted

Campagna’s vehicle with

an obstructed windshield

travelling southbound on

LaGrange Road. The officer

initiated a traffic stop, where

it was reportedly discovered

that Campagna’s driver’s license

was suspended. Campagna

was then placed under

arrest.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Mokena

Messenger’s police reports

come from the Mokena Police

Department. Anyone listed in

these reports is considered to

be innocent of all charges until

proven guilty in a court of law.

Langenderfer said. “When

you go to the zoo, you get to

look at stuff; you don’t really

get to interact with things on

a hands-on basis.

“From this class, we’d

like to get a more intimate

experience when it comes to

interacting with animals you

wouldn’t normally get to see

on a day-to-day basis.”

For more information

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Kennedy said. “My Board

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over 1,500 students will

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Old Plank Trail Community

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is to increase the minimum wage

paid to its eligible noncommissioned

hourly employees to $15 an

hour. This decision comes as a result

of the recently enacted tax reform

legislation and the bank’s continued

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Wintrust expects that more than

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Mokena Chamber

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Early voting,

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Election is March 20; however,

Will County residents can take

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Early voting provides an opportunity

for voters to skip the line

at their polling place on election

day.

Any registered Will County voter

can cast a ballot at the Will County

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Feb. 8, through March 19. The Will

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on Lincoln’s Birthday — Monday,

Feb. 12 — and President’s Day —

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or by mail is Feb. 20, and the last

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Early voting for Will County residents starts Thursday, Feb. 8. Photo submitted

A celebration was held at Tuscany Falls

in Mokena Jan. 26 to congratulate President

Skye Bergeson and the Board of Directors

on their inauguration as the 2018

leaders of our Chamber of Commerce.

The evening’s festivities were led by

Master of Ceremonies Robin Urbaszewski.

They included cocktails and networking,

raffle opportunities, diner, dancing,

photo booth, and the installation of officers

by Mokena Mayor Frank Fleischer

and the official welcoming toast given

by State Rep. Margo McDermed. Also

giving speeches were outgoing President

Troy Griffiths and incoming President

Skye Bergeson.

Members of the 2018 Mokena Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors (left to right) Vice President Ed Kasza, Kevin Mathers, SK Patel,

Mahja Bortocek, Bridget Fogarty, Secretary Michelle DePaolis, Lora Healy, President Skye Bergeson, Treasurer Mary Frost, Past President

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Tinley Park native training

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Jim Perkins grew up gliding

on wood.

Rolling on eight wheels,

the 51-year-old Tinley Park

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of thousands of miles at the

Tinley Park Roller Rink and

several other suburban hardwood

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child, sometimes seven days

a week. But no amount of

experience can prepare Perkins

for what he is striving

to achieve — something

that has never been accomplished

before.

On June 20, Perkins intends

to embark on a 7,000

mile journey starting in

Lewiston, Idaho, that will

ideally wrap up 120 days later

in Kittery, Maine. Along

the way, he intends to ride

through all 48 continental

states, shattering the previous

Guiness Book World

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completed on roller blades

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mission has been a dream for

Perkins since he was a child

further inspired by his father,

who is currently bedridden

and battling cancer.

“It doesn’t matter how old

you are, you can aspire to

be better everyday,” Perkins

said. “This is an opportunity

to inspire people every day

for those people who might

need a little inspiration. I

don’t want to break the record;

I want to crush it.”

A quest tracking page, aspire2bbetter.com,

has been

set up and Perkins has also

created a GoFundMe page,

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with a goal of raising

$100,000 to help offset the

cost of equipment, supplies

and a follow-behind car for

safety.

A portion of the proceeds

are to be designated to the

American Cancer Society.

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From THE FRANKFORT STATION

Emil’s Brrrew Fest offers

craft beers on tap

There was a golden opportunity

brewing for the

return of a wintertime craft

beer festival in the Village of

Frankfort.

Now in its third year,

Emil’s Brrrew Fest featured

more than 45 different beers

and spirits from more than

20 breweries. The annual

event took place Jan. 27 at

CD & ME in Frankfort.

“We get a lot of feedback

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a partner of CD & ME and

Frankfort Spirits. “They like

that it’s run really well. We

try to give people a really

great experience.”

Between bits of food and

conversation, festivalgoers

enjoyed live music throughout

the event.

“It’s just an event where

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themselves,” Vaundry

said. “In the winter, people get

tired of doing stuff [indoors.]”

Typically, Emil’s Brrrew

Fest brings in roughly 300

attendees.

“We just feel like we [are

a solid host of] an indooroutdoor

event,” Vaundry

said. “We got all these fire

pits that really makes it conducive

to having an indooroutdoor

event.”

Nicole Morgan, of New

Lenox, had never previously

attended Brrrew Fest, but

she was excited to come out

this time around.

“Our friends let us know

that they were coming, so

we decided to try it out,” she

said.

Out of all the beers she had

tried up to that point, her favorite

was Goose Island’s

Bourbon County Stout, she

said.

“It’s a dark beer, kind of

sweet, maybe a little bit of

chocolate,” she said.

Reporting by Megann Horstead,

Freelance Reporter. For more,

visit FrankfortStation.com.

FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT

IDOT identifies possible

alternatives to address I-80

concerns

As part of the Illinois

Department of Transportation’s

plan to reconstruct Interstate

80 from Ridge Road

to the west and Route 30

to the east in New Lenox,

a public meeting was held

Jan. 31 to seek the public’s

feedback on the range of

potential alternatives IDOT

identified to address concerns

about transportation

infrastructure.

The study area encompasses

a number of communities

across Kendall, Grundy and

Will counties, including the

Village of New Lenox.

IDOT officials have developed

three categories of

alternatives to receive further

evaluation with possible

opportunities for corridorwide

reconstruction, reconstruction

of bridges or reconstruction

of interchanges.

Steve Schilke, project

manager for IDOT, said the

proposed improvements to

Interstate 80 are anticipated

to last through 2040, given

the actual and projected

growth in population, and

industrial and warehouse developments.

The meeting brought in a

number of representatives

for transportation organizations,

State and municipal

officials, residents, and other

community members to

learn more about the project

and provide feedback.

“I’m interested in the projects,”

said Kristi Kijowski,

of Shorewood. “I no longer

travel I-80 as much. I commuted

to the Joliet train station

and back for 4-5 years.

Getting on and off Chicago

Street [to use] I-80 was unsafe.

You’d have to merge

two times. Every time, I was

gritting my teeth.”

IDOT’s study of the Interstate

80 corridor is anticipated

to reach completion by

the fall.

Reporting by Megann Horstead,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit NewLenoxPatriot.

com.

FROM THE HOMER HORIZON

Young School students paint

hallway mural with local

artist

Meet Homer Glen resident

Amy Blank.

She has been an artist for

22 years and specializes in

painting wall murals. She

started painting murals when

she was 16 years old and got

her professional start when

she painted a mural inside

the business that was owned

by her friend’s father.

Blank is a full-time artist

and paints murals mainly in

homes but also in commercial

businesses. She prefers

oil and acrylic painting to

water colors, and she studied

painting at Northern Illinois

University.

“I love working with a

client who has an idea of

something, but they’re not

quite sure what that is, and

I feel like my particular skill

is that I can artistically bring

to conception their idea,”

Blank said.

On Jan. 31, Blank collaborated

with students at

Young School in Grades 1-4

to paint a mural in one of

the school’s hallways. Every

year, students in Homer

Community Consolidated

School District 33C get the

opportunity to “Meet the

Artist” through the school

program that brings in local

artists to share more about

their craft.

Blank spent seven hours

painting the top half of the

mural that’s of a superhero

in space, which is part of

Young School’s superhero

theme for the academic

school year. Blank made

a grid at the bottom of her

painting, where the students

could pick one of any of the

over 360 squares to paint.

“I really love this project,”

Blank said.

Reporting by Jacquelyn Schlabach,

Assistant Editor. For

more, visit HomerHorizon.com.

FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

Police officer raises money

in advance of Super Plunge

When someone told Lockport

Police Officer Debbie

Schenk to go jump in the

lake, she did not think twice.

On Feb. 16, Schenk is

to make her first jump into

Lake Michigan at 1 p.m. and

continue jumping once each

hour for 24 hours. The event

is called the Super Plunge,

and it benefits the athletes of

Special Olympics Illinois.

“I do this because I have a

brother with special needs,”

Schenk said. “My brother’s

name is John. He lives in a

group home in Orland Park.

He has participated in Special

Olympics since he was

5 years old. Today, he is 46.

My brother functions at an

8-year-old level.”

On Jan. 28, Schenk held a

spaghetti dinner at the Lockport

VFW Post 5788 to raise

funds to participate in the

Super Plunge.

“This is the only fundraiser

I do for the 24-hour Super

Plunge,” Schenk said. “I do

have businesses that donate.

I have to raise a minimum of

$2,500.”

As of press time, Schenk

had raised roughly $1,000.

The spaghetti with all the

trimmings was donated and

cooked by Schenk’s best

friend Merv Nolte. That

name may be familiar to

Lockport residents, because

in addition to owning Sizzles

and Whizzy Puffs in Lockport,

Nolte is constantly giving

back to the community.

“We met at a fundraiser,

where she helped me raise

funds in a dunk tank,” Nolte

said of Schenk. “There are

a lot of people in Lockport

who have come together. It’s

really nice to see.”

Reporting by Mary Compton,

Freelance Reporter. For more,

visit LockportLegend.com.

FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE

Community supports veterans

at annual Chili Challenge

There were approximately

18.5 million veterans in the

United States as of 2016, according

to the United States

Census Bureau. And for Orland

Park’s John Mackey, a

U.S. Army veteran and owner

of Mackeys’ Pub, helping

his fellow veterans and building

awareness for them is a

necessity.

On Jan. 28, Mackeys’ Pub

hosted its fourth annual Chili

Challenge, which benefited

the Disabled Patriot Fund

and the Village of Orland

Park Veterans’ Commission.

“We’re appreciative for

anything that we can give,”

Mackey said. “[The veterans]

gave so much.”

After its first year, it was

clear that the Chili Challenge

was a hit, Mackey

said. So, he got an idea.

“At first, it was just the

competition,” Mackey said.

“Then, I realized we could

make a fundraiser out of it.”

The Disabled Patriot Fund

supports veterans and their

families who have been adversely

affected by the War

on Terrorism, according to

its website.

The Chili Challenge donations,

along with the other efforts

by Mackeys’ Pub, help

drive the reach of the Disabled

Patriot Fund, allowing

it to help more veterans, said

Gail Blummer, a member of

the Disabled Patriot Fund

Fundraising Committee and

volunteer co-coordinator.

“It means everything,”

Blummer said. “The [U.S.

Department of Veteran Affairs]

doesn’t cover much of

the disabilities that veterans

have from war … and they

have to wait for benefits.

They do get them eventually,

but sometimes they take

a while to kick in, and we’re

here in the meantime to offer

support.”

Reporting by Amanda Del

Buono, Freelance Reporter.

For more, visit OPPrairie.com.


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Social snapshot

Top 10 Web Stories of 2017

From MokenaMessenger.com as of

Monday, Feb. 5

From the Editor

On Super Bowl selfies

1. When giving feels as good as receiving

2. ‘Back on the road to financial recovery’

3. Knights finish season with third-place

title at state

4. Physical ‘D’ leads Knights over Warriors

5. Central’s second half the difference

maker against Andrew

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TJ Kremer iii

tj@mokenamessenger.com

Well, that was a

heck of a game.

Super Bowl LII

lived up to hype, as most

Tom Brady/Bill Belichick/

Pats Super Bowls happen

to do. As a Bears fan — for

now, at least — I had no

dog in this fight, but I was

silently rooting for the underdog

Philadelphia Eagles.

More than that, though, I

was rooting for a decent

showing of Super Bowl

commercials and halftime

show.

It seems to me that the

quality of the commercials

had dropped off a bit in

recent years. We can probably

blame the internet for

that; why would companies

shell out millions of dollars

to run an ad on such a woefully

antiquated medium as

… *snootily* … television,

when they could just as

easily get more exposure,

and for far less money,

on the interwebs?! They

wouldn’t. Until they did.

Hooray for television!

And hooray for the return

of what I thought were some

pretty hilarious ads. So, here

are the T.J. Kremer III Top 3

Super Bowl ads:

No. 3 - Random Eli

Manning NFL ads. Could

it be that Eli is as funny as

his older brother, Peyton?

Probably not, but these random

appearances leading

up to the “Dirty Dancing”

finale got a good chortle

from me.

No. 2 - Solo: A Star

Wars Story. OK, little

fact about me: I LOVE

Star Wars. (Disney, not so

much.) This movie about a

young Han Solo is something

Star Wars fans have

been waiting a long time to

see. Plus, it’s going to come

out in May and not during

the winter, so us crazy fans

can get back out and tailgate

before the movie.

And the big winner is …

*drumroll, please*

No. 1 - Doritos/Mt. Dew

- Peter Dinklage and Morgan

Freeman lip syncing to

Busta Rhymes (one of my

all-time favorite musicians)

and Missy Misdemeanor

Elliott (another of my alltime

favorites) had me in

awe of those actors’ talents.

Who needs to slay dragons

or escape a prison when you

can lip sync rap like those

two?!

And finally, kudos to

Justin Timberlake for giving

a shout-out to Prince. I

would’ve liked to have seen

a bit more of a tribute with

a few more artists, but the

gesture still seemed sincere.

All in all, I’m giving Super

Bowl LII an “A.” Solid

all around showing. Get

ready, 2019, the ads seem to

be back.

“Springtime is in the air, order your tickets

online now.”

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Facebook page Feb. 1.

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“Good luck to our Lincoln-Way Central

Cheerleaders! #Statebound”

@LWDistrict210 posted this to its Twitter

account Friday, Feb. 2.

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Letter to the Editor

Mokena Chamber prez

welcomes village

Dear Editor,

It is an honor to be part of

an organization that has done

so much good for our community

and local businesses.

As we begin 2018, I look

back on my time thus far

with the Mokena Chamber

of Commerce. I think of the

many people who warmly

welcomed me into the Mokena

business community

and the friendships I have

made with people I have

met at the many Mokena

Chamber events. Most of all

I think about what a joy and

honor it is to truly connect

to the Mokena community

through my own business.

That is why our 2018

theme will be “Connecting

Chamber to Community.”

Time changes many things,

but one thing that should not

change is our objective as an

organization to do everything

in our power to help local

businesses thrive. We will

build on some of the things

we are already doing well

and explore new ideas and

initiatives. We want to empower

our members, and the

Mokena community to help

us achieve our full potential

as a chamber. I believe the

key to this will be improving

our ability to successfully

communicate with both our

membership and the Mokena

community at large.

We want to hear from you.

If there is something we can

improve, we want to know.

When you have a new idea

that will benefit the Mokena

community, we want

to know. Most importantly,

we want to know what we

as an organization can do to

spotlight your business and

help you grow. However, that

means we need your help in

understanding how we can

best help you to position your

business for success. We will

be creating opportunities for

open discussion and education

on how to build strategic

working relationships.

I believe that partnering

with others offers us the ability

to grow in new and exciting

ways that we could not

achieve on our own. I will look

forward to partnering with

The Village of Mokena, The

Mokena Park District, The

Mokena Library and many of

the surrounding Chambers of

Commerce to help strengthen

our local business community.

Thank you for entrusting

this mission to the 2018 Mokena

Chamber of Commerce

Board of Directors. We are

proud and honored to serve

the Mokena community. Together,

there is no limit to

what we can accomplish.

Skye Bergeson, 2018 Mokena

Chamber President

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Victory Baptist Church (13550 US Route

6, Mokena)

Sunday School

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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)

Traditional Service

8 a.m. traditional mass,

9:45 a.m. contemporary &

traditional music in a service

of praise and reverence. Supervised

childcare available.

For more information, call

(708) 479-5123.

Garden Club

8 a.m. Tuesdays. For more

information, call (708) 479-

5123.

Cards for a Cause

7 p.m. the second Monday

of each month. Bring your

tape, scissors and colored

pencils — if you have them

— and plan for a creative

evening with lots of fun.

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

shut-ins.

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)

479-1110.

Community Prayer Gathering

2:30 p.m. every 4th Sunday.

Breakfast

9 a.m. every third Saturday

of the month.

Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Newcomers welcome.

Weight Watchers Wednesday

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

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gmail.com.

Junior High Youth Group

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

more information, email

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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.

Worship

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)

350-2279.

Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Sundays. Mokena

Baptist offers Sunday

School classes for all ages.

For more information, call

(312) 350-2279.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515 115th

Ave., Mokena)

Church Service

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

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

p.m. Sundays

Adoration

Wednesdays following

8:00 a.m. Mass in the Chapel

until 6:45 p.m.

Holy Rosary

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

Tuesday evenings.

Parker Road Bible Church (18512 Parker

Road, Mokena)

Worship Service

10:30 a.m. Sundays. Be

sure to arrive early for our

Sunday Worship Service to

enjoy a hot, complimentary

cup of coffee every week at

the church. Following the

Christian Education Hour

(9:15 - 10:15 a.m.), all beverages

can be found just outside

the sanctuary.

Grace Fellowship Church (11049 LaPorte

Road, Mokena)

Narcotics Anonymous

7-9 p.m. Mondays. All

those struggling or who have

struggled with a narcotics

addiction are welcome. All

meetings are confidential.

For more information, call

(708) 479-0300.

Spanish Church

12:30 p.m. Sundays.

Worship Service

10 a.m. Sundays. All are

welcome.

Women’s Bible Study

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

and 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays.

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A talented bunch

Students show off

their best moves

for talent show

fundraiser

Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor

Providence Catholic

High School students sang,

danced, entertained and

even beatboxed their hearts

out during the school’s second

Provi’s Got Talent Show

Jan. 29.

All the students were part

of a group who volunteered

to put on the show to benefit

the senior prom, and Assistant

Dean of Students Jennifer

Williams said she was

happy to see a variety of students

and talents throw their

hats in the ring.

Unlike the popular show

“America’s Got Talent”

there were no eliminations

or harsh critiques but, rather,

a show of never-failing support

from the students in attendance.

There were repeated

standing ovations, and the

students got involved in the

performances, singing along

with Megan Kulpinski’s

piano medley, and clapping

to the beat as Gabby Huminsky,

and her friend Francesca

Lolli, Irish danced around

the gym floor.

While the performers

and spectators were primarily

seniors, there were

a few underclassmen in the

spotlight, as well as one of

Providence’s international

students.

“Tommy Gong is one of

our international students, so

this is his first year at Providence,”

Williams said. “So,

for him to come out and do

beatboxing was surprising

for all of us.

“...I think it really does

show them being united,”

Williams said. “By having

freshmen and sophomores

come out with all seniors —

pretty much the whole audience

was the majority seniors

— and it takes a lot to

get up here and sing in front

of those kids.”

Although some of the students

said they were nervous

about performing in front of

their peers, they all said they

felt supported by the other

students, which was evident

by the crowd’s thunderous

response to each and every

student who performed.

Sophomore Lauren Carpenter

said it was her first

time performing solo in front

of her peers, and after being

involved in the school’s fall

production of “Godspell”

she had more confidence to

perform on her own.

“Originally, I was kind of

hesitant to perform... I was

nervous about it but it was

okay,” Carpenter said, who

sang “Titanium” by Madilyn

Bailey.

Gabby Huminsky, a junior

at Providence, has been Irish

dancing since age 4, and

studies Irish dance at Trinity

Academy of Irish Dance in

Elmhurst. She and her friend

Francesca Lolli performed a

duet for the show.

“Everyone is so nice at

Providence. We all get along,

and there’s no, like, bullying

or putting people down.

It’s just all about supporting

each other,” Huminsky said.

Senior Jacob Hilty, of Mokena,

kept his performance

under wraps until it was time

for him to take the stage,

with nothing other than

“Surprise” listed on the program

for the event.

“When people heard I

was doing the talent show,

everyone knew it was going

to be something goofy,

something funny because

that’s just the way I am,”

Hilty said, who performed

a humorous rendition of

Providence Catholic High School’s Emma Budd, of Mokena, performs Jan. 29 during Providence’s Got Talent hosted at

the school gym. Photos by Adam Jomant/22nd Century Media

Providence students end the talent show by singing “Sweet Caroline” by Neil Diamond.

Omi’s “Hula Hoop” song,

which was featured in the

movie “Despicable Me 3.”

He and Billy O’Neil, a junior

at Providence, and Joey

Dawczak, a senior at Lincoln-Way

Central, danced

before their peers with multiple

hula hoop tricks and

silly dance moves.

“...I guess in front of a

big crowd we were nervous

that we were maybe going to

make too big of fools of ourselves,”

Hilty said.

In the end however, he

said the family atmosphere

at Providence resulted in a

fun and supportive reception

from the audience members.


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Matt’s Old Mokena

Winter march to war

Mokena Munchies

An unusual combo for breakfast or lunch

Matt Galik

Contributing Columnist

In the midst of winter, we

focus on what’s in front

of us. It’s the harshest

time of year, and keeping

warm and protecting our

property supersede almost

everything else. It’s very

easy to forget that our village

is in the midst of marking

the 100th anniversary of

one of the most historically

significant periods of the

20th century, namely that

of the First World War. In

today’s column, we take up

where we last left off, in examining

a conflict that was

then in its fourth year, as it

entered the first of American

participation, and how it all

played out in the then-small

town of Mokena.

No one could say that our

community forgot about

their boys in the military.

At the end of November

1917, a sheet of paper

was placed in post office

seeking contributions for

baseballs and bats to be

sent to American soldiers

in France. Being a perennial

favorite in town, some

of Mokena’s baseball fans

readily gave donations to

this cause. The local Camp

Fire Girls, a group much

like today’s Girl Scouts,

was busy knitting all things

woolen for local soldiers,

while the ladies of the local

Red Cross unit continued

making bandages and compresses

for use in overseas

combat zones, not to mention

over a dozen comfort

kits for hometown soldiers.

In early December, some of

their gauze got lost, which

caused their diligent work

to hit a speed bump, but

nevertheless, the Mokena

ladies comprising the group

forged onward.

The Red Cross and its

work on the home front

were held as an especially

worthy cause by Mokenians

of 100 years ago, as

is seen by the fact that the

owners of the Mokena Hall

on Front Street donated

its usage to the group. The

huge, multipurpose building

was used by the Red Cross

to screen movies around

Christmas time, which

financed their work. St.

John’s German Evangelical

church also generously

helped them raise funds. In

a December thank you note

to the church’s pastor, the

Rev. William Kreis, the Red

Cross’s village secretary

praised the congregation,

but also gently chided the

men of Mokena, who in the

face of the active ladies,

were asked to “do their bit”

as well.

As the calendar moved

forward to January 1918,

no Mokenian would’ve

forgotten it was winter, and

a bad one at that. The community

was perilously close

to being frozen out by a

coal shortage so severe that

some residents were relighting

ashes doused with

oil to heat their houses.

Around 15 inches of snow

fell on Jan. 11 and 12, in a

blizzard that is still known

as one of the worst in Illinois

history. It was the first

time in living memory that

trains on the Rock Island

stopped running, while

extreme cold even caused

the village streetlights to

quit. Those brave enough

to venture from their homes

reported “frozen faces.”

To compound the chaos,

what is now Wolf Road

was totally closed for at

least three weeks, due to

a monster, six-foot-deep

snow drift that covered the

thoroughfare for a distance

of about 600 feet immediately

south of town. The

village board wound up

hiring farmer George Marti

to cut through it in early

February.

Meanwhile, Mokena

garage worker and new

soldier Fred Steinhagen

was in training at Camp

Logan, Texas, where he was

bowled over by an illness

that swept through that

camp around New Year’s

1918. Fred Hentsch and

Theron Watt were also new

inductees into army life,

coincidentally being also

being stationed at Camp

Logan, where they bumped

into Steinhagen from time

to time. That January also

held an important development,

one that separated a

particular soldier from the

rest. Town barber George

Kraus’s son Karl arrived in

France with his regiment at

the end of January, being

seemingly the first Mokena

soldier to set foot on

European soil during WWI.

Unlike his neighbors still in

training camps, Karl Kraus

was headed onward into the

bloodiest warzone the world

had ever seen.

While the end of the war was

less than a year distant, there

was still much to transpire that

would affect not only Mokena,

but also her residents in uniform.

Stay tuned to this column

for the ever-continuing story.

Beth Krooswyk

Contributing Columnist

Who knew that tasty,

“clean” food could

be found at an

airport? That’s exactly what

we discovered recently at

London’s Gatwick Airport.

In October, I was incredibly

blessed to go along

on one of Joel’s business

trips: his company’s yearly

sales summit to the island

of Crete, Greece. What a

fantastic opportunity, and a

definite 2017 highlight.

Our connecting flight was

in London, so while waiting,

we searched out some food.

That’s when we saw Gatwick’s

Grain Store Café.

For some reason, we were

both drawn to the unusual

“sweet potato stack” on their

breakfast menu.

Yes, I am one of those

weirdos who takes photos of

food, especially when it’s unusual,

delicious or amazingly

presented. In this case, all

three. But we were so hungry

and time-crunched that I

didn’t stop to take a photo.

Instead, I’ve recreated it at

home since our trip.

While my kids don’t think

it’s that great, Joel and I do,

and after sharing the concept

with my sister MaryLou,

my niece Jonalee and my

BFF Julie, I know there are

others who do agree that this

unusual combo is quite tasty

and worthy of its own recipe

column.

So, as promised, here’s

my vegetable-laden recipe to

balance out the dessert from

last time.

A Sweet Potato Sideways Stack, inspired by a similar dish

discovered in a London airport, serves tow and is ready in

about an hour. Beth Krooswyk/22nd Century Media

Sweet Potato Sideways Stack

Ingredients

•2 sweet potatoes

•Olive oil

•Sea salt

•1 ripe avocado

•Roasted tomato salsa* (I

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•Feta cheese crumbles

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Scrub sweet potatoes. Poke

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sea salt.

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45-60 minutes, or until fork

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leave peel on for extra fiber

and nutrients.

Cut avocado into slices.

Alternate sweet potato and

avocado slices. If desired,

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restaurant did!

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Serves two.

*Note: Use tomato chutney

or a different salsa. Optional:

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LWSRA raises funds for programs, promotes inclusivity through Jumpfest

Megann Horstead

Freelance Reporter

To help ensure that local

children do not succumb to

cabin fever during the winter

months, at which point

there’s often a lull in community

event offerings, the Lincolnway

Special Recreation

Association hosted its annual

Jumpfest Jan. 27 at its New

Lenox facility.

The event was open to the

community, and it served,

in part, as the organization’s

fundraiser.

“We hold it for pretty

much the [same] reasons

why we hold a lot of our

community events: It’s

just for awareness,” said

Karyn Reczek, marketing,

outreach and fundraising

coordinator for LWSRA.

“We know that everybody

knows someone with special

needs.”

LWSRA dedicated the first

hour of play for parents and

children with special needs to

try everything out.

“We actually had our staff

out there talking to the people

that were there were not familiar

with us,” Reczek said.

“We got three of them that

Kerry Marshall takes a photo of her son Gavin Marshall,

who is bouncing inside a jumpy.

now want to do some [LWS-

RA] programs.”

LWSRA prides itself on

continually looking to make

its presence known in the

community. They offer Special

Olympic and adaptive

sports, as well as social recreation

programs for individuals

who have physical and

cognitive disabilities through

a special cooperative agreement

with the Frankfort,

Manhattan, Mokena, New

Lenox, Peotone, and Wilmington

Island park districts.

“We find there’s so many

people who aren’t aware of

who we are, so we’re out

there to tell them who we are

and what we offer to the community,”

Reczek said.

Funds raised through

Jumpfest support LWSRA

scholarships.

“We do get quite a number

of scholarship requests every

year,” Reczek said.

Last year, Jumpfest brought

in 212 jumpers to take part in

the festivities. Reczek said

she thinks they’re fairly close

to being on target with that

this year.

Jumpers were met by a

number of different jumpies

to try out, with two of them

set up for smaller children,

Volunteer Michael Squires (left) watches as children prepare to descend the slide during

LWSRA’s Jumpfest Jan. 27. Photos by Megann Horstead/22nd Century Media

as well as slides, an obstacle

course and other similar apparatus.

“It’s just a good time,”

Reczek said. “It’s a nice way

for parents to get the kids out

of the house in the middle of

winter.”

Reczek said when there’s

a lull in activities during the

winter months for families to

take part in, the LWSRA is

happy to meet the communities’

need.

“Even today was a really

nice, it’s just nice to be able

to have the kids come out

and do something locally,”

she said. “You don’t have to

travel far for it, and they can

just come out and play.”

Jumpfest is made possible

thanks, in part, to its volunteers.

Students came out from

many of the area schools, including

Providence Catholic

High School, and Lincoln-

Way East, Central and West

high schools.

“We had an awesome turnout,”

she said. “We had 28

volunteers come out. I put

them into two shifts, and

they’ve just been phenomenal.

… I couldn’t run this out

without the volunteers.”

Adventure

on the stage

St. Mary students search for

treasure, wax figures come

to life

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at the Wax Museum” Thursday, Feb.

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Across

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11. Weak-___ (lacking

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Carlos

28. Noted storyteller

30. Rap sheet letters

31. Art gallery

32. “Peer Gynt” dramatist

33. Stars, in Kansas’

motto

35. Hire

39. Poison remedy

40. Start of a Chinese

game

42. Flying disc

45. Iron pumper’s pride

49. Really let have it

50. High school subj.

52. Therefore

54. Pretentiously cultured

55. Butterbean

56. Bibliographic abbr.

57. Copter’s forerunner

58. Urban blight

60. Toll unit

61. Stare, open-mouthed

64. Failing grades

66. Payroll ID, at times

MOKENA

The Alley Grill and Tap

House

(18700 S. Old LaGrange

Road, Mokena; (708) 478-

3610)

■9 ■ p.m. Tuesdays: Karaoke

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(11247 W. 187th St.,

Mokena; (708) 478-8888)

■6 ■ p.m. Thursdays, Fridays

and Saturdays: Performance

by Jerry Eadie

Jenny’s Southside Tap

(10160 191st St.,

Mokena; (708) 479-6873)

■6 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Acoustic Avenue,

Psychic night - second

Tuesday every

month.

■9 ■ p.m. Thursdays:

Karaoke

■Fridays ■ and Saturdays:

Live bands

NEW LENOX

Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-

1099)

■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Piano Styles by Joe

HOMER GLEN

Front Row

(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-

7000)

■7 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Trivia

FRANKFORT

Pete Mitchell’s Bar & Grill

(21000 Frankfort Square

Road, Frankfort; (815)

464-8100)

■6-8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free N’ Fun Bar Game.

Free to play.

LOCKPORT

Port Noir

(900 S. State St.,

Lockport; (815) 834-

9463)

■4-7 ■ p.m. Monday-Friday:

Happy Hour

■8-10 ■ p.m. Thursdays:

Comedy Bingo

■8-11 ■ p.m. Fridays

and Saturdays: Live

Band

■7-11 ■ p.m. Sundays:

Open Mic Night

To place an event

in The Scene, email

a.stoll@22ndcenturymedia.

com.

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ORLAND PARK,

IL (February 8,

2018)-Improvements

to healthcare are

extending life spans for

millions of Americans

while presenting a

new set of concerns.

It is a delicate balance

between providing

care for aging parents

while still providing

opportunities for them

to maintain their

independence. Related

living homes are

gaining in popularity as

more and more families

are returning to this

type of lifestyle as a

solution that relieves

parents of the burden

of home maintenance

while allowing for them

to be more active with

their grandchildren.

The Carson model

by T. J. Cachey

Builders, currently

under construction

in the Western

Trail Subdivision in

Manhattan, is a perfect

example of related

living.

There are no steps in

the ranch plan of the

NEW MAINTENANCE-FREE VILLA RANCH HOME

AVAILABLE FOR IMMEDIATE OCCUPANCY

Carson model

to navigate, and

zero threshold

showers and

grab bars can be

added if needed

or set up to

anticipate future

needs. T. J.

Cachey Builders

is a semi-custom

home builder. The

Carson boasts an

open floor plan with

a kitchen overlooking

the family room, three

bedroom layout and a

flex room, and is priced

from $314,900 to

$370,000. The master

bedroom has three

closets (two are walk-in),

and a private bath. The

second bedroom or

the related living suite

has a private bedroom,

bath and kitchenette/

living room. It’s a great

opportunity for Mom

and Dad to have their

own space. In addition

to the Carson model,

there are three other

three bedroom ranch

plans to consider from

1,500 square feet and

starting at $240,900.

Stop by the model to

call (708) 349-1575 or

(815) 462-0242 today to

set up a private tour of

the Carson.

The final phase of

Sky Harbor in New

Lenox is now open,

priced from $296,900

with look-out lots

and the popular

Stagecoach

model available

for sale, as well

as one lot left in

Phase 1. Come

see the Stage

Coach model

in Sky Harbor,

located at 2198 Alta

Vista in New Lenox,

between 11 a.m. and

3 p.m. on Friday,

Saturday, or Sunday.

There are only four lots

remaining in Cherry

Hill South starting at

$240,900, and one lot

available at Western

Trail in Manhattan.

Choose from five other

home plans or design

a custom home from

scratch in any one of

these communities.

T. J. Cachey Builders

also offers duplex ranch

and two-story villas

in Manhattan from

$204,900. Many of

which include first floor

bedroom suites.

Families who purchase

a home from T. J.

Cachey Builders can

take comfort in the fact

that the company is

celebrating its 91st year

in business, survived

the recent recession,

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.


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The Mokena Messenger’s

Sponsored content

of the

WEEK

Spacious two-story on a

gorgeous lot.

Where: 18809 Parkway

Lane, Mokena, 60448

Amenities: Spacious

two-story with finished

basement. One of the

largest models on a

beautiful lot with gorgeous

park setting views. The

gourmet kitchen has

custom 42-inch cherry

cabinets and crown

molding, granite counters,

and chef’s-grade Viking

appliances. Updated main

level full bath. Hardwood

flooring. Full wet bar in

family room with two wine

fridges and gas-start

fireplace. Upscale molding

and wainscoting in the

basement and foyer. Large

master suite. Huge loft

area overlooking vaulted

living room. Finished

basement boasting

recreation room, workout

area and additional

bathroom. Outside large

deck with decorative rails

is great for a big party or a

nice day with pool, hot tub

and storage shed. Front

paver brick patio. Bridge to

nearby park features acres

of open space, gazebo,

ball fields, playground and

tennis courts. Convenient

location. Close to Metra

Train and Interstate 80.

Asking Price: $369,000

Contact: Team Tumas —

Kim, Al or Ken — Coldwell

Banker The Real Estate

Group. For a private tour or

more information on this

property, please call (708)

363-2073 or see virtual

tour at teamtumashomes.

com

Want to know how to become

Home of the Week? Contact

Tricia at (708) 326-9170 ext.

47.

Jan. 2

• 19531 116th Ave. D,

Mokena, 60448-1846

- Deborah M. Pazera to

Monika Glowacz, Tom

Winiarksi, $110,000

Jan. 3

• 9993 Cambridge

Court, Mokena, 60448-

7915 - Ryan N. Connelly

to Richard Surbaugh,

Francine D Surbaugh,

$202,500

Jan. 4

• 19885 Lakeview Way,

Mokena, 60448-7717 -

Rita Spantideas Trustee

to James Williams,

$186,500

Jan. 5

• 10658 Revere Circle,

Mokena, 60448-2466

- Chicago Title Land

Trust Co Tt to Joseph E.

McNeely, Christine C.

McNeely, $295,000

• 10737 Revere Circle,

Mokena, 60448-2467

- Chicago Title Land

Trust Co Tt to Patrick J.

Shannon Jr., $304,000

Jan. 8

• 19398 Wolf Road 12,

Mokena, 60448-1162 -

Kelly Walsh to James R.

Murray, $92,000

• 19403 Tramore Lane,

Mokena, 60448-8610 -

Edward M. Lukin to Larry

Edward Dinsmore, Laurie

A. Dinsmore, $252,000

Jan. 9

• 12032 Ashbrook Lane,

Mokena, 60448-8159

- Klimaitis Construction

Inc to Grant McCracken,

Tiffany E. McCracken,

$557,500

• 12062 W. Josephine

Drive, Mokena, 60448-

9210 - Barbara L. Weidner

to Kevin S. Cucci, Meghan

M Chovanec, $220,000

The Going Rate is provided by

Record Information Services,

Inc. For more information,

visit www.public-record.com

or call (630) 557-1000.


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Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Help

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1003 Help Wanted

F/T and P/T RESIDENTIAL CLEANING

PROS NEEDED!

START IMMEDIATELY! Up to $13/hr plus tips and

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708.873.9044 - MaidPro.com

customer_service_chisw@maidpro.com

Growing Media Company

Seeks Sales Directors

Position Overview:

22nd Century Media, a media

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Orland Park, is seeking Sales

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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

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Qualifications:

Ideal candidates will possess

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Must have a strong work ethic

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No phone calls please. EOE

Landscape Help Wanted:

Must have a valid CDL

driver’s license & labor

exp. Self-starter & quick

learner a +. Pay based

upon exp. English

speaking a benefit. Call

Mon-Fri between 9-4 at

815. 258.4042.

Safety Assistant

Tinley Park Safety Dept.

looking for individuals for

full-time office positions at

transportation company.

Multiple positions available.

Candidates must be proficient

with Microsoft Office and

possess good commuication

skills. Will train the right

candidates. Please forward

resume to

recruiting@shipgt. com

Licensed Insurance Sales

Representative wanted

IMMEDIATELY FULL-

OR PART-TIME. We are

located at 17121 88th Ave,

Tinley Park, IL 60487. If

interested, call The Ken

Anderson State Farm

Agency at 708.407.8000 to

schedule an interview.

Immediate openings

for house cleaners in

SW suburbs.

P/T wkdays. No

evenings/weekends.

815.464.1988

P/T Associate for Travel

Agency in Orland Park.

Exp. and open availability

required. Approx. 16-24

hrs/weekly. Send

resume to:

travel@goodbuytravel.com

Paint Bay Assistant and

Mechanics Assistant

needed full-time. Please

call Al: 630.327.2435.

1003 Help

Wanted

P/T Medical Receptionist

The Kennedy Center is

looking for a motivated,

dependable and organized

person with excellent

communication skills. Must

be computer literate and a

H.S. graduate. Contact Tracy

at 815.320.3749.

Lawn Technician Wanted

F/T exp preferred, valid

driver’s license req.

$14-16/hr. Healt

h insurance avail. Office &

routes in south suburbs.

Call 708.995.5549.

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Sales, canvassers, and

installers needed. Call Trela

Roofing & Remodeling:

(708) 422-7204

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Opportunities

PAID IN ADVANCE!

Make $1000/week mailing

brochures from home!

No exp. req. Helping home

workers since 2001!

Genuine opportunity.

Start immediately!

www.MailingTeam.net

1022 Caregiver

Wanted

Looking for skilled nursing 48

hrs (Sat from 7a-Mon 8a) in

Flossmoor area for senior.

Please call: 708.309.4004

1023 Caregiver

Heaven Sent Caregivers

Professional caregiving

service. 24 hr or hourly

services; shower or bath

visits. Licensed & bonded.

Try the best! 708.638.0641

Sell It 708.326.9170

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DEADLINE -

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Automotive

Automotive

$52

4 lines/

7 papers

1023 Caregiver

Caregiver Services

Provided by

Margaret’s Agency Inc.

State Licensed & Bonded

since 1998. Providing

quality care for elderly.

Live-in/ Come & go.

708.403.8707

1074 Auto for

Sale

2009 Nissan Murano LE

67k mi. Comes w/ Bose

speaker system, 6 disc CD

changer, heated seats, dual

sunroof & extras.

Good Condition. $10,400.

(708)645-0358

Real Estate

1090 House for

Sale

Orland Park

13643 Deerpath Drive

2,200 sq ft ranch. 3BR, 2Ba,

2.5 car garage, 1/2 basement

unfinished +crawl, laundry,

living rm, family rm, dining

rm, kitchen w/peninsula countertop,

fireplace, patio, hardwood

floors. Master bedrm+

bath. 10K sq ft lot. New windows,

roof, A/C, and gutters.

$5,136 taxes. Call or text today.

312-343-6378 FSBO

Help Wanted

per line $13

4 lines/

7 papers

Rental

Real Estate

$50

7 lines/

7 papers

1220 Condos for Rent

Mokena

Upscale 2BR, 2Ba, condo

on 2nd floor, with fireplace.

$1,700/month plus

1st & last month security.

815-351-5437

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.

708-687-1818

oakterrapts@att.net

Merchandise

$30

4 lines/

7 papers

New Lenox

2BR, 2nd floor, freshly

painted, new flooring, no pets,

one month security deposit.

Available now. Senior citizen

discount. Call 708-829-6294

1250 Garages for Rent

SPACE WANTED

Storage for summer car

wanted. Drop off now, pick up

in May. 815-556-7084 Rick

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CLASSIFIEDS

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Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Sell It 708.326.9170

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Charge It

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Help Wanted

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DEADLINE -

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CLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

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$30

4 lines/

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CALL TODAY FOR AFREE ESTIMATE

Aprilaire HumidifierInstalled $495

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per line $13

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7 papers

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$50

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Fashions

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Merchandise

$30

4 lines/

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2170 Plumbing

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Kusay Tax Service

Accounting /Payroll /Financial Planning

Call for an Appointment Today! Drop-Off Returns Welcome.

708-645-1188

“What do you say?...you say KUSAY!”

Serving The Southwest Suburbs since 1947

15939 S. Bell Rd. Homer Glen

(Behind the Bonfire Restaurant)

CLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Merchandise

Directory

2489

Merchandise

Wanted

Metal Wanted

Scrap Metal, Garden

Tractors,

Snowmobiles,

Appliances, Etc.

ANYTHING METAL!

Call 815-210-8819

Free pickup!

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CLASSIFIEDS

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2703 Legal

Notices

TO:

OCCUPANT;

LAPORTE DEVELOPERS, LLC;

DJ FAMILY LLC;

CHESTER PASCUAL;

WILL COUNTY CLERK;

AND ALL UNKNOWN OWNERS

AND PARTIES INTERESTED.

TAX DEED NO.: 17TX300

FILED: 12/13/2017

TAKE NOTICE

County of Will

Date Premises Sold 12/03/2015

Certificate No. 14-02437

Sold for General Taxes of (year) 2014

Sold for Special Assessment of(Municipality)

and special assessment number Not Applicable

Warrant No. Not Applicable

Inst. No. Not Applicable

THIS PROPERTY HAS BEEN SOLD

FOR DELINQUENT TAXES

Property located at 10508 W LA

PORTE RD., MOKENA, IL 60448

Legal Description orProperty Index No.

09-17-201-019-0000

This notice istoadvise you that the

above property has been sold for

delinquent taxes and that the period of

redemption from the sale will

expire on 06/07/2018.

The amount toredeem is subject toincrease

at 6 month intervals from

the date ofsale and may be further increased

if the purchaser at the tax

sale or his orher assignee pays any subsequently

accruing taxes or special

assessments to redeem the property

from subsequent forfeitures or

tax sales. Check with the county clerk as

to the exact amount you owe

before redeeming.

This notice is also to advise you that a

petition has been filed for a

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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Kalei Bass

Kalei Bass, a junior, is one

of the top bowlers on the

Lincoln-Way Central girls

bowling team.

How’d you get started

in bowling?

I joined the bowling club

over at Martino [Junior

High] in seventh-grade. My

friends were doing, so I

thought, “this sounds interesting,

I’ll try it.”

What’s a life lesson you

could take away from

bowling?

Probably to stay out of

your own head and take

things with a grain of salt if

it goes bad.

Who’s your favorite

teammate?

I don’t think I could pick

just one because we all work

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Conroy keeps the team

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and Marianna Hristakos,

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our freshman, always brings

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What’s the most

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Probably the 6-7-10 because

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even when you hit it where

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twice in a tournament and

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This Week In...

Knights varsity

athletics

Boys basketball

■Feb. ■ 9 - hosts Thornton, 6 p.m.

■Feb. ■ 10 - at IHSA Sectional,

TBD

■Feb. ■ 15 - at IHSA State

Final, TBD

■Feb. ■ 13 - hosts IHSA

Regionals, TBA

■Feb. ■ 15 - hosts IHSA

Regionals, TBA

Girls basketball

■Feb. ■ 12 - at IHSA Regionals,

TBA

■Feb. ■ 13 - at IHSA Regionals,

TBA

■Feb. ■ 15 - at IHSA Regionals,

TBA

Girls bowling

■Feb. ■ 10 - at IHSA Sectional,

TBD

Boys track and field

■Feb. ■ 10 - at Lockport Quad,

10 a.m.

Griffins varsity

athletics

Boys basketball

■Feb. ■ 9 - hosts Sandburg,

6:30 p.m.

■Feb. ■ 10 - at Westinghouse,

12:30 p.m.

Girls bowling

■Feb. ■ 10 - at IHSA Sectionals,

TBA

Wrestling

■Feb. ■ 9 - at IHSA Sectionals,

TBA

■Feb. ■ 10 - at IHSA Sectionals,

TBA

■Feb. ■ 15 - at IHSA State

Finals, TBA

Wrestling

■Feb. ■ 9 - at IHSA Sectional,

TBD

cheer

From Page 46

Gaynor, Tiffani Gergely

Alyssa Goodman, Kelly

Hausner, Claire Hawkinson,

Karley Kalchbrenner,

Megan Moylan, Grace Karana,

Kait Oritz, Madison

Parnello, Mary Kate Perisin,

Amber Pluzycki, Lexy

Selvaggio, Mia Stewart,

Sterchele, Tessa Troike,

Kylee Underwood, Payton

Wallace, Kanya Washington,

and Julie Zelenika

“It was such a great

weekend,” Julianne Polad

said. “Few have the opportunity

to make a difference

and we do to our school and

our community. This is the

most talented team we’ve

ever had. We did so well

in the stunts and tumbling.

We look forward to coming

back here next year and doing

well in 2019.”

For the Lincoln-Way

Central cheer team, it was a

breakthrough weekend. The

Knights were making their

first state appearance since

2008 and second in school

history. They placed 12th in

the preliminary round, on

Friday, Feb. 2, with a score

of 82.23. That was less than

a half of point from the

Top 10 and advancement to

the finals. Glenbard North

Girls basketball

■Feb. ■ 12 - hosts IHSA

Regionals, TBA

(82.53) was 11th while

Prospect (82.64) was in the

10th and final spot.

“For us to get to state and

be 12th overall is a fantastic

accomplishment,” Central

coach Danielle Emmart

said. “It had been 10 years

since we’ve gone to state.

We were very close to making

it [to the final day]. If

we would have been clean,

we would have made it.

But being 12th in the state

is an accomplishment

in itself.”

The seniors on the team

were: Brianna Bowers, Taylor

Cortese, Ryann Hosman,

Maria Kulchytsky, Gianna

Ruiz, Emily Sciaccotta, Megan

Wallace, and Sydney

Zakowski.

“Brianna Bowers, Ryann

Hosman, and Emily

Sciaccotta were all at state

with Lincoln-Way East as

freshmen,” Emmart said.

“So to make it back to state

their senior year too was really

big for them. Also Taylor

Cortese was at state with

Oak Forest before she transferred

to Central.”

The rest of the Knight

squad was juniors: Kelly

Gromnicki, Maddie Powers,

and Lexi Troy. Sophomores:

Brooke Aker, Allison

Ceh, Madison Fields,

Sophia Gambino, Aubrey

Girls track and field

■Feb. ■ 9 - at Homewood-

Flossmoor Quad, 4:30 p.m.

Lake, Sydney Steffens, and

Emily Vargas. Freshmen:

Katie Engerman, Mickayala

Kukowski, Elizabeth

Miller, Jamie Nightingale,

Abbey Schissler, and Samantha

Youngren.

“It really was a rewarding

season,” Emmart said.

“A lot of school marks were

made. We placed third at

Joliet West in December.

We were pretty consistent

with how the kids maintained

their placement and

got better and better at some

things. We placed fourth

in the toughest sectional in

the state [at Andrew] to get

to state and that was huge,

too.”

Emmart, who cheered at

Tinley Park before the IHSA

state series was launched,

was the head cheer coach

at Lincoln-Way North for

one year before the school

closed in the spring of 2016.

That last season the Phoenix

placed fifth in the state. She

is in her second season at

Central and hopes for much

more success.

“I’m excited for the programs

future and for the

changes we’ve made,” Emmart

said. “It’s a very exciting

experience for these

kids. We have some more

talented kids coming up and

they believe in it.”

The Summit Hill eighth-grade girls basketball team poses with its regional championship

plaque. Photo submitted

SHJH 8th-grade girls basketball

ends season as regional champs

Submitted by Summit Hill

School District 161

The Summit Hill Junior

High eighth-grade girls’

basketball team recently

completed a successful 2017

season, and finished with a

record of 17-7.

The Spartans, which compete

in the Des Plaines Valley

Conference, finished

Boys Basketball

Lincoln-Way East 74,

Bolingbrook 72

Zach Parduhn (22 points),

Sam Shafer (21 points) and

Brandon Petkoff (12 points)

led the way for the Griffins

Jan. 26.

Lincoln-Way East 65, Joliet

Central 53

Brandon Petkoff (23

points) led the Griffins Jan.

27.

Lincoln-Way Central 56,

Bradley-Bourbonnais 52

high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

Sean Curran (19 Points),

Andrew Hancock (10

Points) and E.J. Charles (8

Points) led the way for the

Knights Feb. 2.

Girls Basketball

Lincoln-Way East 52,

Sandburg 35

Lauren Hunter (14 points,

10 rebounds) led the way for

the Griffins Jan. 30.

Lincoln-Way Central 48,

Thornton 31

Abi Baumgartner (17

points, 22 rebounds) and

Natalie Spudic (13 points,

in fourth place with a 9-5

record. The team defeated

Kankakee Junior High to

win the IESA Regional

Championship, before falling

to Flossmoor Parker

in the IESA Sectional title

game.

Hailee Marek and Jamie

Eggert were named to the

DPVC All-Conference team,

while Eggert was also recognized

as the team’s DPVC

Sportsmanship Award winner.

Members of the 2017

team include: Ashley Carroll,

Andriana Kilias, Grace

O’Hanlon, Kiley Ward,

Madi Glaum, Marek, Alisia

Salman, Emily Legno, Rachel

Logan, Mackenzie Gallagher,

Mackenzie O’Brien,

Eggert, and managers Jailee

Clemmons Sophia DeLise.

7 rebounds) led the way for

the Knights Jan. 30.

Lincoln-Way Central 64,

Stagg 45

Lauren Hunter (14 points)

and Kaley Sheehan (12

points) led the way for the

Griffins Feb. 1.

Lincoln-Way Central 60,

Thornwood 49

Abi Baumgartner (26

points, 11 rebounds), Regan

LoConte (16 points, 5 rebounds)

and Haley Stoklosa

(9 points, 5 rebounds) led the

way for the Knights Feb. 1.


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Wrestling

LW East takes 2nd in regional behind Provi

Steve Millar

Freelance Reporter

Providence coach Keith

Healy knew the Celtics would

have to be nearly perfect to

take down highly-ranked Lincoln-Way

West and Lincoln-

Way East, and the rest of a

loaded field at the Saturday,

Feb. 3, Class 3A Bradley-

Bourbonnais Regional.

“We knew we needed our

full lineup to step up and get

big wins for us to win this,”

Healy said. “We needed

all the kids, not just our top

guys, to contribute.”

The Celtics delivered,

scoring 197 points to capture

the team title and advance

to take on Edwardsville in a

dual team sectional Feb. 20 at

a site to be determined.

Providence came into the

URBAN LIVING.

SUBURBAN SETTING.

meet not ranked in the Top

25 of Class 3A by the Illinois

Wrestling Coaches and Officials

Association, but outscored

No. 16 Lincoln-Way

East (171) and No. 4 Lincoln-

Way West (160.5) to win the

championship.

Lincoln-Way Central finished

seventh with 47 points.

The championship was especially

meaningful for the

Celtics with Healy set to retire

at the end of the season

after a 26-year stint as Providence

coach that’s included

six state championships.

“I just want to send (Healy)

out with a bang,” junior Jake

Lindsey said. “He deserves it

after everything he’s done for

so many people in this sport.”

Lindsey, a 113-pounder,

was one of five champions

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after missing most of

the season with a torn labrum

and rotator cuff in his right

shoulder.

He beat Homewood-Flossmoor’s

Briscoe Watson by

major decision, 12-3, in Saturday’s

finals to improve to

9-1 on the season.

Providence advanced nine

wrestlers to Saturday’s Alton

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Dominick Ambrose, the

runner-up at 138, and thirdplace

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Lincoln-Way East’s Devin O’Rourke is one of eight Griffins to earn a spot at sectionals on

Feb. 20. 22nd Century Media file photo

Lincoln-Way East had a

strong showing to take second,

led by champions Nick

Mihajlovich (182) and John

Christensen (195).

Mihajlovich dominated H-

F’s Tommy Dantzler to win

a 9-0 major decision in the

championship match. He improved

to 27-3 on the season.

“I knew he was a good opponent

and he was tough on

top,” Mihajlovich said. “So

I tried to stay away from tieups,

and tried to get points

shooting in.

“It was good to wrestle one

of the top guys that I haven’t

wrestled before. It was a

good learning experience.”

Christensen (26-10)

grabbed a big lead early and

cruised to a 7-3 win over

Lincoln-Way West’s Jordan

Telez in the finals.

“I wrestled him earlier in

the season and won, so I was

feeling good, but I couldn’t

get overconfident,” Christensen

said. “Just getting to

sectionals is a big accomplishment,

but my work’s not

done yet. I’m looking forward

to next week.”

The Griffins advanced

eight wrestlers to sectionals,

including runners-up

Gus Christensen (152), Chris

Wilder (170) and Devin

O’Rourke (heavyweight),

and third-place finishers Paul

Malito (132), Noah Alsguson

(160) and Jaden Hacha (220).

Mihajlovich said the Griffins

have come a long way as

a team this season.

“We’re more of a team than

we’ve been in the past,” he

said. “We bond well together,

we help each other out in the

room, and I think that’s been

a big part of our success.”

Junior Mason Sargent was

the lone Lincoln-Way Central

wrestler to advance to

sectionals, picking up a thirdplace

finish at 182.

Sargent (31-17) battled

Providence’s Antonio Tuminello

in a thrilling third-place

match, getting a last-second

takedown to emerge with a

10-9 win and keep his season

alive.

“I just had to dig deep and

think about what we’ve been

practicing all season,” Sargent

said. “I thought about what

my coaches taught me, and it

just all paid off at the end.

“I knew I just had to get

that takedown. I couldn’t not

do it, or else everything was

for nothing.”

The win was especially

satisfying for Sargent after

he finished fourth at regionals

last season, failing to advance.

“This feels really good after

I didn’t get to go to sectionals

last year,” he said. “I

was ready to come here and

compete this year and make

it this time.”

Lincoln-Way West was

without three starters, two

who were injured last month

and one who missed weight

for the tournament.

Warriors coach Brian

Glynn felt his wrestlers

competed well despite being

shorthanded.

“I was pretty happy,” he

said. “We met or exceeded

most of our seeds. We had a

good day, but we were missing

some pieces. We’re a team

that needs everybody. We

don’t have those top-tier guys

that are going to carry us. We

need all 14 to contribute, and

we just didn’t have that.”

Kyle Quinn (32-9) was the

Warriors’ lone champion as

he topped Wilder 4-2 for the

title at 170.

The Warriors will be wellrepresented

with nine wrestlers

at sectionals.


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Girls gymnastics

‘Everybody pretty much did what they needed to do’

Lincoln-Way co-op

coasts to regional

title trophy

Chris Walker

Freelance Reporter

Madi Flondor has nothing

against spectators.

She just doesn’t want to be

one right now.

Rather, she wants to be

one of those gymnasts that

entertains the fans who are

packed into the bleachers.

The Lincoln-Way co-op

senior took on the reduced

role of an onlooker as the coop

went on a fantastic postseason

run last winter, which

culminated in a sixth-place

finish at state in Palatine,

which was also its first appearance

in the finals since

2008.

While it was an amazing,

long overdue season for

Lincoln-Way co-op, Flondor

didn’t compete in the postseason

due to an injury.

Now she’s healthy and

trying to get back there during

her final season.

She and her teammates

took the first step to do that,

cruising to victory in the

Lincoln-Way East regional

with 144.9 points on Jan. 29,

easily in front of runner-up

Hinsdale South’s 136.525.

“Coming back from an

injury has been really exciting

because I didn’t get to

compete with the team at

state and to be a part of everything

on the floor with

them,” Flondor said. “So

it’s a different feeling for me

now that I’m back with the

team, which is where I need

to be. It’s a big confidence

booster and everyone on the

team has been supportive

and we’re all good working

together.”

Lincoln-Way co-op simply

owned the vault and

beam as it had gymnasts

place first, second and third

on vault while snagging the

top four spots on beam.

Sophomore Korina Jarosz

led the way on vault with a

9.45 and was followed by

Flondor and freshman Grace

Kmak, both of whom earned

a 9.3.

On beam, it was senior

Una Farrell leading the

way with a 9.4 as she edged

Flondor’s 9.35. Jarosz followed

with a 9.225 and

sophomore Erika Waaso

added a 9.175.

“Everybody pretty much

did what they needed to do,”

Lincoln-Way coach Kim

Lago said. “There are a couple

of smaller things to work

for on bars to get their confidence

up a bit and once we

do that we should be good.”

The team’s highest scores

came on vault (37.3) and

beam (37.15) while there

was a substantial drop on

bars (34.1) so any boost

there at sectional would be a

huge gain.

Still, the team was consistent

on bars as its five competitors

scored between 7.95

and 8.75.

“The falls on bars are

things we can get better on,”

Jarosz said. “We just want to

keep doing the best we can

for each meet and see where

it takes us.”

Jarosz edged senior teammate

Gabby DeVito 9.175 to

9.15 on floor for top honors,

although Jarosz shared first

place with Lyons’ Olivia Kalata.

Sophomore Allie Reis and

Farrell provided the team’s

final two counting scores on

floor.

“We’re still trying to break

that 145 this season and trying

to overcome that 144.9,

which we’ve done multiple

times,” Farrell said. “At the

regional is when it really

Grace Kmak, a freshman at Lincoln-Way Central, launches off the vault Jan. 29 during the Lincoln-Way East regional. The

Lincoln-Way co-op team took the regional title. Photos by Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

starts to matter and the pressure

builds up.

“How we handled it (on

Jan. 29) is a good representation

of how we’re going to

do it at the sectional. I think

we’re pretty cool under pressure

and I think if we keep a

good head on our shoulders

we’ll be at state.”

Kalata won the all-around,

edging Hinsdale South’s

Alex Caruso, 36.6 to 36.55.

Farrell (36.4), Jarosz (36.2)

and Kmak (35.175) followed

for Lincoln-Way co-op.

“It was a very consistent

meet and I think we were all

proud of our team,” Flondor

said. “I was happy with the

way we worked together to

go out there and put up the

score that we needed.”

And now they need to do

it just one more time to get

to state.

LW co-op gymnast Allie Reis, a sophomore from LW East, performs during the floor

routine.


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Griffins top Celtics, win 7th straight

RANDY WHALEN

Freelance Reporter

There are many factors

that have contributed to the

fact that the Lincoln-Way

East boys basketball team

is in the midst of having its

best season in school history.

One of those is the contributions

off the bench.

That was certainly the

case last week as Julian Barr

made the most of his playing

time. The 6-foot-3 junior

guard poured in a game-high

16 points as East staved off

Providence by a score of

61-47 in a matchup of local

teams Jan. 30 in Frankfort.

It was the seventh straight

win for the Griffins (17-3),

who recently vaulted into

the rankings in the Chicago

area with victories over

state-ranked Bolingbrook

(75-72 on Jan. 26 in Bolingbrook)

and Joliet Central

(65-53 on Jan. 27 at the Lincoln-Way

West Shootout).

Providence (8-14), which is

looking to get healthy after

a slew of injuries, hung in

all game. The Celtics were

led by junior guard Matt

DiNardi (14 points, 5 rebounds).

At halftime of the game

there was a special honor

for the East football team.

Many member of the Class

8A state champion Griffins,

along with coach Rob

Zvonar and assistants, were

honored by MaxPreps.

That was part of the Max-

Preps and Army National

Guard Tour of Champions.

Members of the Army National

Guard were there

to help honor East, which

went 14-0 and was ranked

No. 33 in the Nation by

MaxPreps.

Although the ceremony

made halftime a little longer,

it was Barr being brought

The Griffin’s Joey Buggemi goes for the long-range shot over a Celtic defender. Buggemi

finished with nine points.

into the game to start the

second quarter that gave the

Griffins a spark.

“We were a little weary

and a little fatigued,” East

coach Rich Kolimas said of

his squad from the pair of big

wins the previous weekend.

“Providence was playing energized

and tough and Julian

came in and gave us a lift.”

While the Griffins led

most of the way, it was when

Barr came in that they got

some separation. With East

up by five after one quarter,

he hit a 3-pointer to open the

scoring in the second quarter.

With the Griffins leading

25-17, Barr banged home a

3-ball from the left corner

with 1:16 left in the second

quarter and then added

a highlight reel play to end

the opening half. That came

when senior guard Sam Shafer

(9 points) whipped a perfect

behind the back pass to

Barr, as he streaked down

the right side. Barr glided in

for the layup with four seconds

left to give him eight

points in the quarter and also

give the Griffins a 30-17

halftime lead.

“It was a nice pass,” Barr

said of the play. “He [Shafer]

saw me cutting and I was

able to make the layup. The

coaches just told us to find

the open shooters and not to

force it. They just found me

open and it was my night.”

It was, but recently Barr

has set his own personal bar

high. He and Shafer each

had 18 points in the Griffins’

76-49 victory over Stagg on

Jan. 19 in Frankfort.

Barr added another

3-pointer in the third quarter,

which ended with East

ahead 42-28. The Celtics

cut the lead to nine on four

occasions in the fourth quarter,

the last time at 52-43

on a layup by senior guard

Scottie Slocum (7 points)

with 2:38 to play. They had

a couple of chances to get

closer, but couldn’t convert.

Doing what he does well,

senior point guard Zach Parduhn

(11 points, 5 rebounds)

drove for a trio of layups

in the fourth quarter. Barr

Lincoln-Way East’s senior guard Sam Shafer goes between

Providence defenders Jan. 30 for an acrobatic layup

attempt. The Griffins beat the Celtics 61-47.

Photos by Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

capped off his night with

five more points in the final

three minutes to also help

put Providence away.

“Zach took over the

game,” Kolimas said of the

fourth quarter. “But it was

just tough. This is a neighborhood

rivalry and we respect

[the Celtics]. They

played us tough and we

needed Julian and Zach to

pull us through.”

Junior guard Adam Taylor

added eight points for Providence,

which continued to

play without starting junior

point guard Kamaron Smith,

who has been out with a

knee injury.

“We’ve had lots of injuries

this season and it’s

been a tough struggle,” said

Providence coach Tim Trendel,

who is in his eighth

season as head coach at the

school. “But [against East]

we showed signs of life. We

cut it to nine points there in

the fourth quarter, but it’s a

matter of learning how to

get some defensive stops.

We just don’t have the consistency

we need to string a

few stops together. But good

teams make big shots.

“That [East] is a good

team. They are a No. 1 or

No. 2 seed in the sectional.

We had a similar situation

the game before [on Jan. 26]

against Leo. We were down

by only eight in the fourth

quarter to a good team before

losing (48-32). I’m not

much into moral victories,

but I could tell by this [East]

game that we’re moving forward

and that’s a good sign

that we’ll be alright.”

Junior guard Adam Taylor

added eight points for Providence,

which led 5-0 in the

first two and a half minutes

and still led 7-6 with two

minutes to play in the opening

quarter. Senior guard

Joey Buggemi (9 points)

and senior forward Brandon

Petkoff (8 points) also contributed

for the Griffins, who

used a 12-2 spurt to lead

12-7 after the first quarter.

“We were tired since

we just had two really big

games,” Barr said of coming

into the Providence matchup

after the Bolingbrook and

Joliet Central wins. “It’s

just been the team chemistry

[that’s helped the success

this season]. We all get along

and just have fun. We have

to keep working hard and

keep it going.”


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For defending large

school state champion, Lincoln-Way

East, there was

disappointment.

The Griffins came out

spirited, but had a couple

of errors in the middle of

their performance and that

dropped them to seventh

this season.

“We have no doubt that

we worked our hardest with

this team and they left it on

the floor,” East co-coach

Julianne Polad said. “Some

days it’s your day and some

days it’s not. It wasn’t our

day. But here it’s all about

the culture. You have to win

graciously and lose graciously.”

Entering this seasons

tournament, East was hoping

to go back-to-back on

state titles as it did in the

2013-14 and 2014-15 seasons.

After not qualifying

for state in the 2015-16 season,

the Griffins were back

on top last year, beating out

defending state champion

Joliet West.

Despite the disappointment,

the Griffins — who

were second in the preliminary

round with a score of

90.07 on Friday, Feb. 2 —

knew what they had done

and were capable of.

“I’m just really proud

of what we did with this

team,” East senior Olivia

Sterchele said. “It’s been a

long journey and I’m proud

of what we did [at the state

finals]. We just all wanted

it for each other. Even [after

the errors] we were in

good spirits and had to push

through till the end.”

Senior Lauren Burns was

on the varsity team all four

years. So she got to experience

a pair of state championships.

Although she

didn’t get to bring home a

final one this season, she

has no regrets.

“I’m proud of what

we’ve done this season

and I wouldn’t trade it for

anything,” Burns said. “It

wasn’t the result we wanted,

but I still wouldn’t trade

a second of it. Just being a

part of this team was such a

great experience. This was

the most unique team I’ve

ever been on and a great

group to go out with.”

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team are: Emma Barnard,

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fastbreak

Boys Swimming

LW Central captures conference meet ahead of state finals

22nd Century Media File

Photo

1st-and-3

Like fish in water

1. LW Central boys

swimming

Tim Murphy (above)

won the 100 freestyle

and 100 backstroke

en route to

the Knights’ SWSC

Red Division Conference

title Saturday,

Feb. 3.

2. Record breaker

Knights freshman

Joe Bozzi set a new

SWSC record in the

500-yard freestyle.

Bozzi’s time of

4:51.72 beat the old

record of 4:54.54,

and was still not as

fast as his personal

best time of 4:47.01.

3. Danny O’Brien

O’Brien took home

first place in both

the 200 freestyle

and the 100 butterfly,

narrowly edging

out teammates

Bozzi and Tim Kirk,

respectively.

Dave Owen, Freelance Reporter

The Knights are the kings

of SWSC Red swimming.

With Tim Murphy and

Danny O’Brien each winning

two individual events

and freshman Joe Bozzi

setting a new meet record

in the 500-yard freestyle,

Lincoln-Way Central sped

to 271 points to easily top

closest pursuers Andrew

(second-place 190) and host

Lincoln-Way West (third,

187) and win the Saturday,

Feb. 3 conference meet.

“This meet is just really

exciting,” said Murphy,

who won the 100 freestyle

(50.77) and 100 backstroke

(55.60), and also joined

O’Brien, Bozzi and Josh

Fox on the winning 200

and 400 freestyle relays. “It

means a lot to win conference,

so having that extra

motivation really helps you

push through, especially

during a hard week of practice.”

With the rest/taper imminent

for Feb. 17 sectionals,

the Knights showed no

signs of fatigue in a huge

performance across the

board. The Central junior

varsity also won the team

title by an 85-point margin.

“Varsity came in with

higher yardage [in workouts]

this week, so for that

we swam incredibly well,”

Central coach Luke Bell

said. “And JV had some

great swims, as well; Noah

Ivicic swam his personal

“It’s a new experience. The

environment [of high school

swimming] is completely different

than club season. I just want to do

my best for the team, and be here

to help out.”

Joe Bozzi — Lincoln-Way Central freshman, on

setting a new SWSC conference meet record in the

500-yard freestyle

best in the 100 fly, Will

Jager in the 500 freestyle

dropped eight seconds, and

Sean Murphy a freshman

swam best times. Great

swims all around.”

Bozzi’s 500 swim had the

most historic impact. His

pre-taper time of 4:51.72

was well off his season

best (4:47.01), yet easily

shattered the four-year-old

SWSC Red record pace of

4:54.54.

That league record impressively

added to his

high-impact freshman season.

“It’s a new experience.

The environment [of high

school swimming] is completely

different than club

season,” Bozzi said. “I just

want to do my best for the

team, and be here to help

out.”

A 2017 state meet veteran

along with Murphy,

O’Brien won both the 200

freestyle (1:49.09) and 100

butterfly (55.52) as a final

tuneup for the state series.

“I thought the meet went

great,” O’Brien said. “Everyone

was swimming really

well. I had some good

racing out there with Joe,

and our relays were good.

I’m satisfied.”

The Knights had great

double efforts in both the

100 freestyle — Murphy

edging teammate Fox by

just .06 of a second — and

the 200 free, as O’Brien

topped Bozzi by .2 of a second.

“Danny swam his heart

out in the 200 freestyle,

1:49, a great swim there,”

Bell said. “And Joe, as well

(second-place 1:49.28 in the

200). They both had phenomenal

swims.

“And Tim had his best

time in the backstroke. He

broke the 56-second mark

[at 55.52] after being 56.08

Lincoln-Way Central’s Tommy Kirk finished first in the 200

IM as the Knights took the SWSC Red Division conference

title. 22nd Century Media File Photo.

twice this season. And even

a few kids that have been

sick the past few weeks had

great times. Josh Fox had an

awesome 100 freestyle.”

Tommy Kirk (2:05.26)

and Nate Fritz (2:05.82)

were one-two in the 200 IM,

and Kirk was also second in

the 100 butterfly. Kirk also

teamed with Justin Hearne,

Matt Senese and Zach Athos

to win the 200 medley relay

(1:46.55).

“All the relays did really

good – it was a real team

effort,” Bozzi said. “Everyone

here did a good job.”

Athos showed versatility

by placing third in both

the 50 and 500 freestyles,

Senese was third in the 100

breaststroke and Hearne

placed fourth in the 100

backstroke.

Murphy summed up the

Knights’ key to success.

“We train really hard,

and I think the close team

dynamic of everyone being

friends,” he said. “Workouts

are hard during practice,

but just being able to push

each other, knowing what

someone’s going through

and how you can get them

to work even harder — that

really has made this season

more successful.”

Now the Knights confidently

prepare for higher

stakes.

“It’s different going to

sectionals,” Murphy said,

“because we try to cut back

on yards as it gets closer

so we can be rested and

swim as fast as we possibly

can.”

“A couple more days of

hard practices,” Bell said,

“and then it’s tapers and see

what they can do (at sectionals).”

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Index

“It’s different going to sectionals, because we try

to cut back on yards as it gets closer so we can be

rested and swim as fast as we possibly can.”

Tim Murphy – Lincoln-Way Central swimmer, on the Knights’

strategy heading to sectionals

Girls Basketball

TBA, Monday, Feb. 12

Lincoln-Way East opens regional title week

at home

41 – High School Highlights

40 – Athlete of the Week

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

namessenger.com.


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LW East boys

basketball cruises past

Providence, Page 45

No repeat for

Griffins LW East cheer

squad finishes seventh at

state, Page 46

Regional champs

LW co-op girls gymnastics

eye sectionals next, Page 44

Lincoln-Way East’s senior guard Zach Parduhn

drives the lane and puts up a floater against

Providence Catholic High School Jan. 30.

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