The Mokena Messenger 021518

’a great man’ Community morns sudden passing of Mokena resident, IL State Trooper, Page 3 Souper Bowl Sunday Frankfort Township Food Pantry gets donations from KidsWorks, Page 6 BBQ and bridges Doc’s Smokehouse scheduled to help benefit Chefs’ Auction for Bridge Teen Center, Page 7 mokena’s Award-Winning Hometown Newspaper • February 15, 2018 • Vol. 11 No. 27 • $1 A ® Publication ,LLC Trio prepares for top bodybuilding competition, Page 3 The bodybuilding team of (left to right) Carol Milkins, Adrian Michalewicz and Wendi O’Brien of Iron Warzone prepares to muscle in on the competition at the Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media 18809 Parkway • Mokena $369,000 Walnut Ridge • Frankfort $564,900 FREE MARKET ANALYSIS! Kim Tumas 708.363.2073 Ken Hoffman 708.941.8188 19222 S LA GRANGE RD • MOKENA, IL 60448 VIEW ALL MLS LISTINGS | BUYING OR SELLING? WE WORK 3 TIMES AS HARD!

2 | February 15, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger calendar In this week’s Messenger Police Reports................. 7 Pet of the Week.............. 9 Editorial........................13 Faith Briefs....................16 Puzzles..........................22 Classifieds................ 24-34 The Mokena Messenger ph: 708.326.9170 fx: 708.326.9179 Editor TJ Kremer III, x29 assistant editor Amanda Stoll, x34 Sales director Lora Healy, x31 real estate sales Tricia Weber, x47 Classified Sales Kellie Tschopp, x23 Recruitment Advertising Jess Nemec, x46 Legal Notices Jeff Schouten, x51 PUBLISHER Joe Coughlin 847.272.4565, x16 Managing Editor Bill Jones, x20 president Andrew Nicks EDITORIAL DESIGN DIRECTOR Nancy Burgan, x30 22 nd Century Media 11516 West 183rd Street Unit SW Office Condo #3 Orland Park, IL 60467 Chemical- free printing on 30% recycled paper circulation inquiries The Mokena Messenger (USPS #025404) is published weekly by 22nd Century Media, LLC, 328 E Lincoln Hwy New Lenox, IL 60451. Periodical postage paid at New Lenox, IL and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send changes to: The Mokena Messenger, 328 E Lincoln Hwy New Lenox, IL 60451 Published by Amanda Stoll THURSDAY Frankfort Square Park District Board Meeting 7:30 p.m. Feb. 15, 7540 W. Braemar Lane, Frankfort. For more information and meeting agendas visit SATURDAY STRONG by Zumba Demo 9-10 a.m. Feb. 17, The Oaks Recreation & Fitness Center, 10847 W. La Porte Road, Mokena. STRONG by Zumba is not a dance class. This new HIIT-style (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 3D Printer Class 10-11 a.m. Feb. 17, Mokena Community Public Library, 11327 W. 195th St., Mokena. Join the MCPL the third Saturday of each month in the YA Computer Lab to create 3D nameplates with the Makerbot 2X 3D Printer. Register online at mokenali Mo’ Beat Blues 1-2 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 17, Mokena Community Public Library, 11327 W. 195th St., Mokena. Join the MCPL for a Mardi Gras Party. Register online at SUNDAY Yoga Nidra Workshop 11:45 a.m.–1:15 p.m. 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 MONDAY Township Office Closure The Frankfort Township office will be closed in observance of President’s Day. Village Board Work Session 6 p.m. Monday Feb. 19, Mokena Village Hall, 11004 Carpenter St., Mokena. The Mokena Village Board is scheduled to have a work session. For more information, meeting agendas and minutes visit TUESDAY Senior Driving Seminar 10 a.m.-noon 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. WEDNESDAY Design your own Scarf Trip will depart at 9 a.m. Feb. 21, from the Frankfort Township Office, 11000 W. Lincoln Highway, Frankfort. Design your own silk scarf at this event. Lunch is included. Cost is $45. For more information and registration, call (815) 806-2766. NOTE: There are stairs at this location with no elevator. Board of Education Meeting 7-8:30 p.m. 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 UPCOMING Parent Academy 6:30-7:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, Mokena Elementary School, 11244 Willow Crest Lane, Mokena. Join Mokena District 159 student services for a parent academy focusing on practical solutions to tough childhood problems. The session will be held in the district board room adjoining the cafeteria. For more information, call (708) 342-4911. College Planning Workshop 7-8:30 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 22, Mokena Community Public Library, 11327 W. 195th St., Mokena. This workshop will cover the complex world of admissions and financial aid as well as how admissions decisions are made. The workshop will also unveil important strategies you can use to get into — and afford — the college of your choice. Both parents are encouraged to attend this free 90-minute seminar presented by My College Planning Team at the Mokena Community Public Library. To register, call (708) 479- 9663 or online at mokenali Candlelight Bowling Fundraiser 7-10 p.m. Friday, March 23, Thunder Bowl, 18700 Old Lagrange Road, Mokena. Join the AshleyCan Pediatric Cancer Foundation for a candlelight bowling fundraiser. Cost is $40 for adults and $35 for children and includes three hours of bowling, shoes and a buffet dinner with fried chicken, Italian beef, baked rigatoni, salad, rolls, soft drinks and dessert. There will be a cash bar, raffles, 50/50 and a silent auction. To purchase tickets, visit Woodcock Walk 6:30-8 p.m. Saturday, March 24, Hickory Creek Preserve-LaPorte Road Access, 10537 W La Porte Road, Mokena. Search for the male woodcock as the sun sets, and watch as he makes his way to the edge of a field and prepares for his extraordinary courtship performance. For more program details, including registration deadlines, visit the event calendar at Reconnec 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. Current registration cost is $70. Volunteers are being sought for the race as well. For volunteer sign-up and race registration, visit lincol To submit an item to the printed calendar, contact Amanda Stoll at (708) 326-9170 ext. 34, or email a.stoll@22ndcenturymedia. com. Deadline is noon Thursdays one week prior to publication. news the Mokena Messenger | February 15, 2018 | 3 Bodybuilding a reputation for success T.J. Kremer III, Editor The world of bodybuilding might be foreign to most of us, but for three competitors who train out of Iron Warzone in Mokena, it’s a way of life. Bodybuilding is different than powerlifting, in that the top competitors, especially on the women’s side, are judged on their overall physique and appearance, and not necessarily on how many butts they look like they could kick. That desire to be in top physical fitness is what drove Carol Milkins, of Mokena, and Wendi O’Brien, of New Lenox, to team up with Iron Warzone owner Adrian Michalewicz, of Green Garden, to compete in this year’s Arnold Sports Festival in Columbus, Ohio, March 1-4. Building more than muscles “Over the course of the last 15 years, you put on weight, you focus on the children, and I decided it was time for me to put myself first and live a healthier lifestyle,” O’Brien, who is a mother of four, said. O’Brien said she had no intention of ever doing bodybuilding, but now that she does it, she loves it. She said she lost about 25 pounds working with a trainer, and in about nine months was ready to try getting on stage to compete in the master women’s bikini division. Yes, the competition takes her out of her comfort zone, but part of the trick to being successful is to have a mentality that you deserve to be there. “It does definitely give me a greater sense of self-confidence. I have really grown in that area,” O’Brien said. “It’s always something I’ve struggled with since childhood: I was always the tallest Wendi O’Brien, a 45-year-old mother of four from New Lenox, works her triceps and shoulders in preparation for the Arnold Sports Festival March 1-4 in Columbus, Ohio. Photos by T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media Carol Milkins, a 56-year-old grandmother of three, works on her biceps. Milkins is a former masters bikini champ, and is looking to repeat that success at her first Arnold Sports Festival. one, I was always the leanest one, and so got made fun of a lot for being real skinny and I was never really athletic, I never played sports, I was never part of a team. So this is really my opportunity now to be an athlete and be part of a team now, and it’s something I can do for myself. “When I’m up there, it’s not just about being up on a stage, because the stage kind of frightens me, but it’s the end of the journey and the goal that you’ve worked so hard and trained so hard and been so disciplined, to get up there and do that, it’s sort of the icing on the cake, so to speak.” Milkins, a 56-year-old grandmother of three, used to be an instructor in group exercises and a runner. After running her first marathon, she suffered an injury and went to the gym to rehab. She started hitting the weights harder because she couldn’t run and is now in her fourth competition, where she previously has won a master bikini division title, but this will be her first showing at the Arnold Sports Festival. “I love it,” Milkins said of the competition. “It’s sort of like soaring with the eagles. It’s hanging with the best of the best, and I like being part of that. It’s a tough road to go down. The discipline it teaches you is amazing. It makes you realize you have a lot more in you than you think you do, and it rolls over into every area of your life. So, you can just be stellar everywhere and not just in the gym.” She, too, gets taken a little out of her comfort zone on stage, but she said she hopes that by overcoming those jitters and showing what she’s able to do, that she’ll be able to help inspire other women. “It’s a little nerve wracking to get out there,” Milkins said. “But then something takes over, it’s just like I deserve to be here, just like everybody else. I’ve worked hard, I’ve earned this, and it’s the best I can be.” Putting in the work The women work with Michalewicz throughout most of the week, and what time they don’t spend in the gym training, they spend working out on their own and taking care of the rest of their normal daily functions. O’Brien trains five days a week, plus cardio workouts throughout the week; three days a week on legs and the rest on thighs, triceps and shoulders. During competition preparation, she gets up at 5:30 a.m. to do 30-45 minutes of cardio, lift for about an hour, then more cardio. “Get up early, get it done and then get back to family, to work,” O’Brien said of her regiment. “I could make excuses. I could say, ‘Oh, I couldn’t get here because of the snow,’ or whatever, but if it’s something that you really want to do and it’s a goal of yours, then you’ll get it done.” Michalewicz emphasized the point: “Not preparing is Please see bodybuilder, 7 Mokena remembers Kozik, co-founder of Tinley Wish Cody Mroczka Contributing Editor Rich Kozik, 58, of Mokena, a co-founder of Tinley Wish and lieutenant with the Illinois State Police, died on Feb. 6. Illinois State Police Director Leo P. Schmitz announced Kozik had passed on duty in District 15 while Rich Kozik (Downers Grove) at approximately 11:01 a.m. after suffering a medical emergency. He later died at the hospital, according to a press release. “Rich was not only a great leader, but a personal friend. Rich was a dedicated 19-year-veteran who was respected and revered by many both inside and outside our department,” Schmitz said. “Rich will be remembered for his dedication to the Illinois State Police and living up to our motto: ‘Integrity, service and pride.’” Prior to becoming the District 15 Special Operations Lieutenant overseeing the Motorcycle Unit, Truck Enforcement Unit and the Criminal Patrol Team, Kozik spent several years as part-time police officer with the Tinley Park Police Department. In 1996, Kozik and friend Dennis Mahoney started Tinley Wish, a not-for-profit, community-based organization that raises money throughout the year to give back to Tinley Park families in need with the help of village employees, churches, schools and private citizens. “Rich Kozik was a genuine person with a heart of gold who wanted to make a difference,” Tinley Wish said in a statement. “Rich was an extraordinary human being who genuinely cared for people. He will be missed by so many. Please keep the Kozik family in your thoughts and prayers.” It was during his time as a part-time officer when he became friends with Rick Bruno, who retired from the force in 2010. Bruno said Kozik courageously battled cancer for many years, but always kept a smile on his face. “People say it’s a cliche when people say, ‘What a great guy.’ But he really was great with a capital ‘G.’ He was such a gentle, quiet individual,” Bruno said. “I think one of the things he really loved was helping out the community. I was fortunate enough to meet a lot of good men and women, but I think he was the best. People like that, I don’t know if they come around everyday.” Visitation services were scheduled for Sunday, Feb. 11, at the Robert J. Sheehy and Sons Funeral Home in Orland Park followed by a mass for family and friends on Monday, Feb. 12, at St. Francis of Assisi Church, also in Orland Park. The Illinois State Police also conducted an honorary procession route Feb. 12, departing from St. Francis of Assisi Church immediately following the funeral service on Monday. The procession departed the church at approximately noon following a designated route to the cemetery. Intersections along the route were blocked to allow the safe travel of the vehicles in the procession. Interment was private at Resurrection Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations to Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 8168, Springfield, IL, 64791, isphf. org/donations, or Tinley Wish, 7850 W. 183rd St., Tinley Park, 60477, tinleywish. org, would be appreciated.

4 | February 15, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger mokena Our NEW Walk-In Clinic is NOWOPEN in TINLEY PARK! OPEN EVERYDAY 7:00AM –9:00PM NO APPOINTMENT NEEDED 708-444-1512 Convenient Same-DayHealth Care and much more... 80th Ave. 167th St. 171st St. Harlem Ave. N 16650 Harlem Ave. Tinley Park 708-444-1512 •School Physicals •Sports Physicals •Employment Physicals •Insurance Physicals •X-Rays •Laboratory •EKGs •Flu Immunizations •Pneumonia Immunizations •Drug Screens •Rapid Drug Screens •Workers Compensation Injuries •Workers Compensation Drug Screens •Dept. of Transportation Physicals •Dept. of Transportation Drug Screens •Dept. of Transportation Breath Alcohol Testing Franciscan Physician Network Tinley Park Walk-In Clinic •16650 Harlem Ave., Tinley Park MOST INSURANCE PLANS ACCEPTED news the Mokena Messenger | February 15, 2018 | 5 Volleying for a cure Submitted by Mokena Elementary School Mokena School staff vs the Mokena fire fighters and police went head to head again this year to raise money for the Mokena Cancer Support Center. Between the money raised from the raffle baskets, the 50/50 raffle, the concessions and a portion from the sale of the T-shirts, $2,045 was raised. What a great night for the community to get together for a great cause. (School staff won 2 out of 3 games... but who is keeping score?!?) 2017 WINNER Pictured are teachers from Mokena School District 159 and members of Mokena Fire Protection District and Mokena Police at their sixth annual Volley for a Cure event. Together, they were able to raise $2,045 for the Mokena Cancer Support Center. Photo submitted Extra, Extra! The Arbury All Stars have been participating in a newspaper club. The students work together collaboratively to fill in the “Miss Know-it-All” column, establish and conduct a poll of students, and work together to make the next issue great. RIGHT: Arbury Hills Newspaper Club members, Julianna Barajas (left) and Brooke Malysa, check the mailbox for the Club’s advice column “Miss Knowit-All.” Photo submitted An Independent Living Community with Brighter Days for Seniors • 3 chef prepared meals served daily • Full daily activity program, entertainment & trips • Weekly housekeeping • All utilities included • Library, chapel, coffee shop and beauty/barber shop on premises • Private Formal Dining Room available • Home health care services available on premises • Walking distance to Tinley shops & restaurants • Veterans Financial Assistance Available WELLNESS CENTER COMING SOON! Call for Details! EVERYTHING INCLUDED IN ONE AFFORDABLE FEE 16301 S Brementowne Rd. Tinley Park, IL 60477 708.532.7800 • Call for questions or to schedule a private tour!

6 | February 15, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger news Souper Bowl party gathers food for those in need Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor On the one day in the United States where the majority of Americans are huddled around their TVs watching the big game, the commercials or the halftime show, a different kind of party was going on at KidsWork Children’s Museum. Before all the beer and wings, their first Souper Bowl party brought families together for hours of fun for a good cause. Each attendee at the party was asked to bring a non-perishable food donation to the museum to help stock the shelves at the Frankfort Township Food Pantry. Nicole Underwood, executive director of KidsWorks Children’s Museum, estimates 70 families stopped by the event, and some brought more than one item. For those who forgot or didn’t have a food item to bring, there were some prepurchased items available to “buy” for $3 and put in the donation bin. Underwood said the idea was popular with parents who had their hands full with children, strollers and diaper bags but still wanted to contribute to the cause. KidsWork Children’s Museum is a nonprofit organization, and Underwood said it is nice to see one nonprofit be able to help out another. “We feel so fortunate at the museum with people helping us out,” she said. “We get donations daily: craft stuff or toys or even monetary donations. We always feel so grateful for it.” Jeannine Hetfleisch, director of the Frankfort Township Food Pantry, said they receive their donations from a variety of sources, but much of the food on the shelves comes from citizens who drop off food once in a while, as well as scouts and other organizations, such as KidsWorks, who do food drives. During the growing season, she said many people bring in their extra produce from their gardens, which is always a nice treat for people who come to pick up food from the pantry. Still, others donate their time or their money to the pantry, which Hetfleisch said makes a difference because the pantry only has herself and Mike Hilton, the food harvester, as employees. Hilton visits area grocery stores each day to pick up food donations from them, and some of the volunteers spend their time shopping sales and picking up items that the pantry needs, as well. Hetfleisch said over the years she has seen a lot of faces come in and out of the food pantry, but certain cases seem to stick with her the most. She said she tries to talk to everyone who comes through the door personally to find out what they’re going through and how she and the pantry can help. “It’s hard to share that kind of information, too, because who wants to admit that?” Hetfleisch said. The people and families in the community who are in Please see pantry, 9 Nicole Underwood, executive director of KidsWorks Children’s Museum, stands among the shelves of donated food at the Frankfort Township Food Pantry. Retail BINNY’S IS HIRING! Binny’s Beverage Depot is the Midwest’s largest upscale retailer of fine wines, spirits, beers and cigars, and due to our continued growth, we are now looking for dedicated individuals to join our team at the following location: MOKENA RECEIVER We are currently seeking qualified applicants for the position of Receiver. The position requires a strong retail background with a strong work ethic. It also requires knowledge and understanding of Binny’s products and the ability to verify information compared to the product received. In return for your skills, we offer growth opportunities and attractive compensation. Please apply online at (search for Mokena) OR Apply in person at our stores EOE Ken Wurtz, of Mokena, unloads food donated from KidsWork Children’s Museum’s Souper Bowl Party Feb. 7. Photos by Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media

® news the Mokena Messenger | February 15, 2018 | 7 Police Reports Police: ‘Zero tolerance,’ wrecked vehicle leads to teen arrest Brooke E. Beveridge, 19, of 20141 S. Rosewood Drive in Frankfort, was charged Jan. 26 with causing an accident with property damage, failure to reduce speed to avoid an accident and illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor, which carries a separate charge of zero tolerance for underage drinking. According to the report, an officer responded to the 19300 block of Beaver Creek Lane after 911 dispatchers received a call where a voice could be heard yelling for help and requesting an ambulance before hanging up the call. Upon arrival, the officer could see a male inside the residence and heard yelling coming from inside. Officers were able to get one of the subjects to answer the door, and Beveridge and two other subjects were found arguing about an accident Beveridge had been involved in, police said. The officer then asked to see the vehicle that was involved in the accident and reportedly found it in the grass 15-20 feet from another residence. The vehicle allegedly had mud on the roof from being flipped over, all the airbags were deployed, the back windshield was shattered and a tree had been broken in half. The officer alleged he could smell alcohol on Beveridge’s breath and issued several field sobriety tests, all of which she reportedly passed, but she was placed under arrest for underage consumption under the zero tolerance law. Beveridge later was found to have a BAC of .071, police said. Jan. 29 •Steven M. Ulman, 42, of 1116 Loral Ave. in Joliet, was charged with possession of methamphetamine, operation of an uninsured motor vehicle, driving on a suspended/ revoked driver’s license, speeding and failure to yield to a stop sign. According to police reports, an officer parked in a parking lot in the 11600 block of Francis Road running stationary radar observed Ulman driving 45 mph in a 30 mph zone. The officer then got behind Ulman and allegedly observed him rool through a stop sign on Front Street, where the officer then initiated a traffic stop. Ulman reportedly gave the officer an Illinois I.D. and told the officer that he had an Indiana driver’s license. The officer ran the ID and discovered that Indiana had suspended Ulman’s driver’s license. He was then placed under arrest for driving on a suspended driver’s license. A search of Ulman’s vehicle allegedly resulted in the discovery of a clear plastic bag containing several white/ clear chunks that were believed to be crystal meth. At test at Mokena Police Department later concluded the substance to be positive for methamphetamine in the amount of 1.5 grams. Jan. 27 •Justin C. Berndt, 21, of 11510 Francis Road in Mokena, was charged with DUIalcohol, DUI with a BAC over .08, improper lane usage and driving off the roadway. According to police reports, an officer responded to a call for assistance at the intersection of South Wolf Road and Old Wolf Road. Upon arrival, the officer reportedly found Berndt in his vehicle with an open 12-pack of beer behind the front passenger seat. Berndt was asked to perform several field sobriety tests, all of which he reportedly failed. Berndt was then placed under arrest for DUI. He later was discovered to have a BAC of .110. Dr. Beyer Offers Innovative Chiropractic Care for Your Spine and Joint Problems & Functional Medicine for Many Metabiotic Conditions Skilled in helping headaches... back and neck pain... peripheral neuropathy...knee pain... herniated discs... and metabolic conditions such as thyroid, IBS. Three Simple Steps to Healing: 1. Comprehensive Consultation 2. Detailed, Specific Evaluation 3. Personalized, Unique, State-of-the-Art Treatments Compassionate Treatment in a Timely Manner Located in the Olivieri Business Park on 190th Place in Mokena Ask About our $65 Exam, X-ray and Three (3) Treatment Special Offer for New Patients 708.478.0690 - For Metabolic Conditions receive a consultation, exam, and lab review for $49 - Visit for more information Broker - Management Team bodybuilder From Page 3 preparing for failure.” Milkins follows a similar workout routine. “This time around, I’m training with Adrian three days a week,” Milkin said. “Roughly hitting lower body twice a week. Upper body, I do my own training for upper body and arms two days a week. So, I’m five days of weights, probably six days of cardio … I’m usually in the gym for about two hours per day. I start usually around 6 a.m., and I’m home around 8:30 a.m., and I start work later in the afternoon, so I meal prep and my house always smells like chicken.” Both women and Michalewicz stressed how important a strict diet is to success. Michalewicz, who was active in sports when he was younger but ended up losing his scholarships due to injuries, got into bodybuilding, went to college to get degrees and certifications in personal training and as a dietician while working at several “big gyms” before starting out on his own to focus more on individual clients’ success. He said he started training people with meal plans, then moved on to personal workouts. Michalewicz manages each person individually based on weekly results; if something isn’t working, then he adjusts the plans accordingly, based on the individual’s goals. ‘A selfish lifestyle’ Both women and Michalewicz stressed how important it is to have family and friends who support them in their endeavors. The sport is inherently selfish, Michalewicz said, so making sure your family is on board with all the time spent alone or with other bodybuilders is essential. But, for those who dedicate themselves to the sport, comfort can be found in the extended family that comes with being around the other competitors. “When you’re up there with all the other women who have trained so hard and look phenomenal, it’s very empowering because you realize that this can be done,” O’Brien said. “The strength that you can pull from these other women is an inspiration.” O’Brien said that she doesn’t expect family to participate, but, “It’s great to be an inspiration to them,” in that she shows them that you can be fit and be happy. For Milkins, satisfaction comes not only from competing and winning, but from being a role model for her family and other women. “I hope I can be an inspiration to others that it’s never too late and you’re never too old.” NEW YEAR. NEW SUCCESS. ADVERTISE YOUR BUSINESS IN The Mokena Messenger LORA HEALY 708.326.9170 ext. 31 CONTACT “10” Visit us online at

8 | February 15, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger mokena Check your heart healthtoday Youwon’t believethe STANDARD features! 3 MODELS OPEN Sat. Feb. 17 th 10am - 5pm & Sun. Feb. 18 th 12pm - 5pm •Spacious 2,400+ sq ft Lighthouse Pointe Estates Sales Office &Models: 8890 Holland Harbor Circle Frankfort •Custom Carpentry -Crown Molding, Columns, Wainscoting, Fireplace •Andersen Windows •Walk-In Shower with Body Sprays and Seat •9ft. Basement with Roughed-In Plumbing •Cinder Block Wall between Units •Spacious Lots (Walk-Outs &Look-Outs available) When you have alifetimeof love in your heart,it’s never toosoontoprotect it. We offerstate-of-the-artheart andvascular screenings to identifypotential problemsbefore an emergency. Together,wecan makesureyou – andyourheart –are readyfor better moments, andmoreofthem. Schedule your heart and vascularscreening (866)790-2229 From the $400’s Open every day Call 815.953.9100 View avirtual tour at community the Mokena Messenger | February 15, 2018 | 9 Mokena business set to participate in Chefs’ Auction benefit Submitted by The Bridge Teen Center For the fourth consecutive year, the long-running Chefs’ Auction fundraiser will support the mission of the Bridge Teen Center in Orland Park. One of this year’s featured restaurants is Doc’s Smokehouse in Mokena. This will be the first-ever appearance by Doc’s at this fundraiser, and the first time a traditional barbeque restaurant has ever participated. In addition to sampling some of their creations to an expected more than 300 event attendees, the restaurant will auction off a oneof-a-kind dining experience during the live auction. “The Bridge is thrilled to get a Mokena restaurant pantry From Page 6 the most need of basic food and supplies are not always the people some might expect, and she said it just goes to show that you can never be sure what someone is going through. The pantry serves 325 families per month, which each of those families eligible to come in once a week for staples like meat, milk, fresh produce, refrigerated items and bakery items, as well as once a month to shop for non-perishable foods. Underwood said the food drive at KidsWork was a great learning opportunity for many of the children and an opportunity to learn about having empathy for others who don’t have as much as others might have. Many of the parents got on board with the message as engaged in this community fundraiser, and we couldn’t be more excited about Doc’s being involved,” said Rob Steinmetz, founder and director of marketing for The Bridge Teen Center. “We’re big barbeque fans, and we are certain this will be a welcome addition for our guests.” This year’s Chefs’ Auction event is scheduled to be held March 8 at a brand new location: Silver Lake Country Club. Featured restaurants include “veteran” participants, such as Cooper’s Hawk, Wooden Paddle and Rocco Vino’s, as well as newcomers, such as Doc’s Smokehouse, Houlihan’s and Smallcakes. Due to cuts to the Village of Orland Park’s recentlypassed budget, the popular Ralph Madsen, of Frankfort, examines a dent in a can to see if it’s a superficial dent and one that could be potentially dangerous. Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media well, which Underwood said helped the message sink in. “You heard the parents fundraising event will now continue under the sole direction of The Bridge Teen Center instead of the Village’s Parks and Recreation Department. “Over the last 3 years, the Village of Orland Park has helped raise over $120,000 for The Bridge Teen Center through this highly-anticipated event,” Steinmetz said. “We are grateful for the opportunity to carry on this tradition in the community, to continue raising much-needed support for The Bridge’s free programs, and to take this event to new heights.” Enhanced entertainment is also planned for this year’s event, including a live performance from Chicago-based singer/songwriter Mark Rose. Rose has sold more talk about where this [donation] was going,” Underwood said. “...I wanted to get the younger [children] than 200,000 albums, and some of his original music has been featured on Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Live jazz music and interactive culinary demonstration stations are also planned for this year’s event. Individual tickets to the event are available for purchase now, and remain priced at $50 each, with a limited number of sponsorship packages and corporate tables also remaining. Tickets, tables and sponsorships can be purchased online at chefs2018.ges, or by contacting Rachel Blunier at (708) 532-0500, or rachel@the Additional event information can also be found at theb under the “Donate” tab. understanding about food and how some do not have food, and I think the parents really drove that home.” Serena NAWS Illinois Humane Society 9981 W. 190th St. Mokena, 60448 Serena is a beautiful, 5-year-old, spayed, female domestic medium hair. She is a sweet and gentle girl that likes attention and enjoys being held and petted. She would make a wonderful companion. She is not always fond of other cats and would do best as the only cat in a home. Contact Wendy at (708) 478-5102 or to meet her. Want to see your pet featured as The Mokena Messenger’s Pet of the Week? Send your pet’s photo and a few sentences explaining why your pet is outstanding to Editor T.J. Kremer III at or 11516 W. 183rd St., Office Condo 3, Suite SW, Orland Park, IL 60467. I’LL SELL YOUR HOUSE IN 60 DAYS OR LESS, OR Bob Spychalski Real Estate Expert BOB SPYCHALSKI I’ll pay you $ 500! * * Call for details. Call 630.728.8490 today for aFREE, no obligation market analysis. Call 630.728 Your property may be worth more than you think! •

10 | February 15, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger mokena Walt’s Certificate 3 DAYS ONLY! FRI. FEB. 16th FOOD CENTERS Coupon Good Friday Feb. 16th thru Sunday Feb. 18th, 2018 $5 SUN. $ 5FEB.18th 00 SAT. FEB.17th OFF apurchaseof $ 50 00 or more. Valid at Time of Purchase Only. One Coupon Per Customer PerVisit. Not Valid with Any Other Offer. Family owned business built on Trust! All Plumbing Repairs | Installations Sewer & Drain Hot Water Heaters | Sump/Ejector Pumps FREE ESTIMATES Upfront Flat Rate Pricing! ing! No Hidden Costs! SENIOR AND MILITARY DISCOUNTS Licensed Plumbers Protect the Health of the Nation 708.223.7041 ® $ 25 OFF Any Plumbing Repairs 22CM.NEWS/DRCP LIC#055-043295 $ 50 OFF $ 100 OFF Water Heater Installation Any Sewer Repair Let Schaaf Window ® show you what over 50 YEARS in the industry can do for your shower! Nothing lets life into your home like products from Schaaf Window ® . Visit our Showroom to see our vast selection of Showers! 708.342.0900 | 18445 Thompson Ct. Tinley Park, IL 60477 | Monday - Friday 8am - 5pm mokena the Mokena Messenger | February 15, 2018 | 11 SOUTHHOLLAND HOMEWOOD TINLEY PARK FRANKFORT CRETE DYER BEECHER WALT’S SALE DATES: WED.FEB. 14th thru TUES. FEB. 20th, 2018 FOODCENTERS STORE HOURS: Mon.-Sat. 7amto9pm Sun. 7amto7pm View Our Ad &Current Values at Doc’s Choice Tilapia Fillets 16 Oz. $ 1 98 From Our Country Bakery Lenten Special New Limit 3, Add’l. $2.99 Walt’s Own Glazed Blue Bonnet Sour Cream Cake Donuts $ 2 98 Best Donuts in Town Palermo’s Thin Crust Pizza 12 Inch 4/ $ 8 88 Made Fresh in our Store 1Lb. Qtrs. 88 ¢ Hudsonville Premium Ice Cream 48 -56Oz. $ 2 88 $ 1 28 Lb. Crop! Starkist Tuna 5 Oz. 58 ¢ Limit 6, Add’l. 89¢ Wonder Bread 16 Oz. 98 ¢ Red Ripe Sweet Strawberries $ 1 88 Best Choice Potatoes 28 -32Oz. $ 1 88 Selected Varieties 23-26 Oz. or Hi-Yield 30.5 Oz. Wake Up Roast 30.65 Oz. $ 5 88 Indiana Kitchen “All Natural” Premium Pork Boneless Pork Combo Pack Value Pack $ 1 78 Lb. From Our Deli Hut Polish Style Ham $ 4 98 Lb. $2.49 1/2 Lb. Gluten Free Boneless Roast & Chops Yoplait Selected Varieties 4-6Oz. 10/ $ 4 88 Walt’s “All Natural” Fresh Chicken Value Pack 88 ¢ Lb. No Hormones Added Head Lettuce Baby Carrots 88 ¢ Ea. Fancy Grape Tomatoes Full Pint 88 ¢ Super Sweet! Best Choice/Pleasant View/ Prairie Farms Milk Gallon $ 1 88 Limit 2Total

12 | February 15, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger news FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION Love in the air (and on the walls) at Vogt Visual Arts Center Amour. Amore. Liebe. Across the globe, there are many words for love, but nothing quite captures the concept like a picture or paintings, jewelry and sculptures. Through Feb. 24, the walls of the Tinley Park-Park District’s Vogt Visual Arts Center are to be adorned with images of endearment for its display called “What Do You Love?” The opening reception the afternoon of Feb. 3 gave art fans the chance to see the show and chat with local artists about their inspirations. Vogt Center instructor Carol Chirafisi said she loves sharing the joy of art through her paintings and as a teacher. “I mostly love working in oils and depicting concepts that relate to people, so it’s portraiture but it’s not in the traditional sense,” she said. For gallery director Julie Dekker, this show has special meaning. She not only does she love art in all of its forms but also has a deep love for the center itself. She even included the gallery in her wedding when she married her husband, Kurt, on the grounds in 2010. Gallery hours and additional information can be found at tinleyp Reporting by Laurie Fanelli, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit Tin FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT Pair teams up to take over longstanding eatery, expects to reopen in March Ranch Frostie has been delighting New Lenox residents for nearly 50 years with soft-serve ice cream, hot dogs and more. And while this spring will usher in some changes, new owners John Sestak and Jackie Potocki want to make one thing clear. “We’re not changing anything,” Sestak said. “Everything is going to stay close to the same.” Sestak said he and Potocki have lived in the area for close to 44 years. While taking over the New Lenox cultural hotspot will require a learning curve, he said they are going to be ready for it. “It’s honestly an honor for her and I to keep this place open,” Sestak said. “And the support [from the community] is unbelievable.” More than 45 years ago, Harold and Teri Hoyt purchased what would become Ranch Frostie and moved it to the other side of Route 30, located at 1259 N. Cedar Road. In late 2017, Teri decided it was time to move on to the next stage of her life. But while her time with Ranch Frostie was nearing its end, she wanted to ensure the business would live on. When Sestak and Potocki approached Hoyt about taking over, she said she felt good about it. “I knew him and his connection with New Lenox and Frostie,” Hoyt said about John. “With his business in New Lenox and having known him as a child, I had really good feelings.” Reporting by Jon DePaolis, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit NewLenox FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE Orland Park police officer praised for going ‘above and beyond’ An Orland Park police officer was recognized Feb. 5 at the Village of Orland Park Board of Trustees meeting for going above and beyond the call of duty in order to help a resident. During the recognition portion of the meeting, Orland Park Police Chief Tim McCarthy presented Officer Phillip Glecier to the board members. McCarthy said around 9 a.m. on a January morning, Orland Park police received a call from a senior citizen about a “possible suspicious person near her home … because she saw some tracks in the snow.” McCarthy said Glecier was dispatched to the home, did an investigation and checked the area. While he did not find any signs that would indicate criminal activity, Glecier listened to the woman’s concerns about the lock on her storm door being broken. “Officer Glecier said he might be able to come by after work to fix that,” McCarthy recounted. “After work, he did. He went out and bought a lock for the door and new parts at the Home Depot. He came back and repaired the door for [the woman].” The resident wound up writing a letter thanking the police department and Glecier. “We don’t pat our officers on the backs enough for those types of things, for which we really do receive a lot of letters,” McCarthy said. Mayor Keith Pekau said he receives several of these types of letters, but he noted that this instance was “above and beyond.” Reporting by Jon DePaolis, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit OPPrairie. com. From THE FRANKFORT STATION East falls to Bolingbrook in last game of regular season The stage was simple enough, when Lincoln-Way East faced Bolingbrook in a big girls basketball tussle last week. In the final regular season game for both teams, whoever won was the outright Blue Division champion in the SouthWest Suburban Conference. Unfortunately for the Griffins, it was not them. Bolingbrook made too many big shots and pulled down many more second-half rebounds to pull away for a 56-46 victory over East Feb. 6 at Bolingbrook. With the victory, the Raiders (21- 4, 9-1) won at least a share of the SWSC Blue for the 10th time in the 13 seasons since it formed in 2005- 2006. East (25-4, 8-2) tied Bolingbrook for the SWSC Blue title in the 2013-2014 season. But that was because of Homewood-Flossmoor forfeiting all of its wins that season. H-F, which would have won it except for the forfeits four years ago, captured the conference title the past three seasons. This season, H-F, now coached by former Bolingbrook coach Tony Smith, knocked off the Raiders 60-59 in double overtime Feb. 1 in Flossmoor. That set up the winner-takeall meeting between East and the Raiders last week. But it was not to be in the end for the Griffins, who defeated H-F in a pair of close games this season but lost the previous meeting to Bolingbrook 47-46 on Jan. 18 in Frankfort. “I feel as a team we didn’t bring forth what we know we can,” East senior guard Delani Grayer said. “We got nervous that we would have made school history [as outright SWSC Blue champions for the first time] if we would have won.” Reporting by Randy Whalen, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit Frank FROM THE HOMER HORIZON Platinum Cheer Association looks to empower youth cheerleaders Encouraging young athletes to “Be Fierce. Be Brilliant. Be Platinum,” Platinum Cheer Association is gearing up for its first year of competitive cheerleading. All eight board members met at Front Row in Homer Glen for their last meeting before registration opened Jan. 30. Last year, the women embarked on the opportunity to create a new cheerleading program that was not connected to a football program. Having an independent program will allow for a stronger focus on cheerleading as a sport, giving PCA athletes an edge as they move into high school cheerleading, the board members said. “We’re the first in the area to do cheer on a recreational level not connected to a football program,” Homer Glen resident Jen Wirth said. The board members and founders all have children who were previously involved with another cheer program. After discussing the benefits their children would receive from a cheer-centric program, they decided to create their own. “We knew we wanted cheer to stand alone as a sport,” board member and Homer Glen resident Jill Roberson said. “We had a really strong program before, but we saw athletes looking to move to All-Star levels, so we wanted to create a program at the All-Star level without the All-Star price.” PCA accepts cheerleaders from anywhere in the area. “We don’t want anyone to feel excluded based on what town they’re from,” Roberson said. For more information on programs, events, pricing options and fundraising, visit platinumcheer or the program’s Facebook page at platinumcheerassociation. Reporting by Amanda Del Buono, Freelance Reporter. For more, visit FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND Lockport resident’s impact on community lives on after passing The three ways Dan Niehaus would best describe his late father, Gary, are: role model, cheerleader and loving father. “Gary was the dad who, after coaching our basketball team, would throw a pizza party in celebration of the year and give out personalized awards to all of the team members to recognize their strengths and make us feel great about the season,” Dan said while giving his father’s eulogy Jan. 29. The 68-year-old Lockport resident died suddenly Jan. 27. Gary lived in Lockport for 13 years after moving from Orland Park. He became heavily involved in the Lockport and Homer Glen communities almost immediately upon moving. He was involved in 11 different organizations over the period of time from when he lived in Orland Park to the time he died. Gary was a retired police commissioner of Lockport, chairman of the Lockport Veterans Commission and a member of the chambers of commerce in both Lockport and Homer Glen. In addition, he won numerous awards including “2014 Person You Should Know,” presented by Lockport Mayor Steve Streit; “2012 Senior Citizen of the Year Award,” presented by Congressmen Daniel Lipinski; and “2012 Volunteer of the Year,” presented by former Lockport Mayor Dev Trivedi. “Gary was just one of those tireless volunteers in the community,” Streit said of giving Gary the “2014 Person You Should Know” award. “He worked hard for a number of organizations, put his time and his talents to making the community better, and it’s just very appreciated.” Reporting by Jacquelyn Schlabach, Assistant Editor. For more, visit Lock sound off the Mokena Messenger | February 15, 2018 | 13 Social snapshot Top 10 Web Stories From as of Monday, Feb. 12 1. Kozik, co-founder of Tinley Wish, Mokena resident, remembered by community 2. Matt’s Old Mokena: Winter march to war 3. News from Your Neighbors: Tinley Park native training to break world record, more 4. Girls basketball: Warriors slam door on Knights’ win streak 5. Critter Class wraps up turtles, tortoises unit Become a member: “Mokena this morning. 191st St going East” Timothy Dragoo posted this on his Facebook page Friday, Feb. 9. Like The Mokena Messenger: “Congrats to all of our student athletes who participated in Lincoln-Way Centrals signing day!!” @LWCKnights posted this to its Twitter account Feb. 7. Follow The Mokena Messenger: @mokenamessenger From the assistant editor Thank you for your Valentines cards Amanda Stoll As the Valentine’s Coloring Contest came to a close and the editorial staff began selecting the winners, it is just a reminder of the power Weathering the Storm Extreme cold gives way to normal temperatures Mark T. Carroll Contributing Columnist December-January weather in review The beginning of January started the same way December ended: very cold. The Christmas Day to New Year Day sevenday period was the second coldest Dec.25-Jan. 1 on record for the area. The high temperature Jan. 1 was 1 degree, which was the coldest maximum temperature for that date. The temperature remained below 20 degrees from Dec. 26 through Jan. 6 a simple act can have on another person’s life. Yes, winners are selected and not everyone can win. The 623 entries we received won’t be judged on their creativity or neatness by their recipients. Some of those entries can be seen in today’s paper, but many of them will never reach the pages of our paper or the eyes of our readers. Instead, they will be reaching the hearts of our veterans. This year, they will be making their way to the men and women at Hines VA Hospital, who no doubt will love them regardless of if which tied the record of 12 consecutive days below 20 degrees. High winds from Dec. 31 through Jan. 2 produced wind chills of -25 to -40 degrees. A brief warmup occurred on Jan. 10 and 11, with the high temperature of 59 degrees on Jan. 11, which was 2 degrees below the record of 61 for that date. Below normal snowfall for the winter season continued through January. A light freezing drizzle and rain event began during the afternoon of Jan. 7 and continued until changing to light snow with generally less than a half-inch of snow accumulation. Because of the extreme cold in the two weeks prior to Jan. 7, the pavement was very cold, causing the rain and drizzle to freeze on contact, producing slick roads. A freezing drizzle event Jan. 24 produced hazardous driving conditions. During they are colored in the lines. They might be surprised, as I was, by the obvious amount of time put in by so many of the youngsters who sent in their coloring pages, or by the talent and attention to detail of others. Valentine’s Day is such a special time, but this coloring contest is a great example of how it doesn’t have to be reserved for romantic relationships. These Valentines will be tacked up on the walls or placed at the bedsides of veterans who have served our country and, I hope, will put a smile on their faces every time the early morning hours, a truck collided with a car near 175th Street and LaGrange Road in Tinley Park, killing the driver of the car. The most significant snowfall of January began around 8 p.m. on Jan. 14 and continued until the morning of Jan. 16. February and beyond The forecast from the National Centers for Environmental Prediction called for below-normal temps and they look at it. I think this is a great opportunity to remember that so often it is the little things in life that have the biggest impact. So, why not do the same for a friend, neighbor, coworker or teacher? Little things like taking someone out for a coffee or dropping off a kind note can make all the difference in someone’s day. It might be a Hallmark holiday, but I think Valentine’s Day is a great reminder for all of us to spread some love in a world that has far too much hate. above-normal precipitation, which suggests abovenormal snowfall for February (the normal snowfall for the month of February is 9 inches). NCEP also is predicting continued below normal temperatures and above normal precipitation through April. Mark T. Carroll is the president of CALM Weather LLC, a meteorological consulting service based in Oak Forest. For more information, visit Sound Off Policy Editorials and columns are the opinions of the author. Pieces from 22nd Century Media are the thoughts of the company as a whole. The Mokena Messenger encourages readers to write letters to Sound Off. All letters must be signed, and names and hometowns will be published. We also ask that writers include their address and phone number for verification, not publication. Letters should be limited to 400 words. The Mokena Messenger reserves the right to edit letters. Letters become property of The Mokena Messenger. Letters that are published do not reflect the thoughts and views of The Mokena Messenger. Letters can be mailed to: The Mokena Messenger, 11516 West 183rd Street, Unit SW Office Condo #3, Orland Park, Illinois, 60467. Fax letters to (708) 326-9179 or e-mail to tj@mok

14 | February 15, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger mokena Lincoln-Way Foundation Half Marathon Sponsored By SUNDAY • APRIL 22, 2018 • All Runners Receive A Tech Shirt • All Finishers Receive A Medal • All Runners Receive A Goody Bag • Chip timed • Course runs through the Old Plank Trail and Hickory Creek Forest Preserve • Proceeds benefit Lincoln-Way High School students Race Entries Are Limited Don’t Miss Out! Use promo code LWHALF for $5 off registration! Race will start at 7 a.m. at Breidert Green on the corner of Kansas and Ash Street in Downtown Frankfort Lincoln Way Half Marathon Sponsors DR. ALAN J. HEATH Need aDoctor? Seea DOCTOR! EVERYDAY • 7AM–11PM HEALTHCARE ~ Sponsorship Opportunities Are Still Available Contact Us For More Info. ~ •Board-Certified Physicians •Easy Access/Parking •Prompt Attention MOST INSURANCE PLANS ACCEPTED LA PORTE RD N 45 TACO BELL ST. FRANCIS RD COLORADO AVE Sunday, February 18, 2018 FRANKFORT • 815-464-2010 LaGrange Road @St. Francis Road

the mokena messenger | February 15, 2018 | Taste of Thai Flavor, quality ingredients key at Oy’s Thai Cuisine, Page 19 Spitting image Despite change in ownership, family keeping Kismet traditions strong, Page 21 Winners of Valentine’s Day Coloring Contest announced, Page 17 Some of the nearly 100 entries from 22CM’s Valentine’s Day Card Contest cover our conference room table. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

16 | February 15, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger faith Faith Briefs Victory Baptist Church (13550 US Route 6, Mokena) 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. FUNERAL SERVICES DIRECTORY Kim O’Neil Golob Kelli Hartseil Mores Kelly Furlong Foresman, Secretary It was easy to decide on cremation. Now, what about the rest of the decisions? Colonial Chapel Funeral Home Private, On-site Crematory 15525 S. 73rd Ave. (155th/Wheeler Dr. & Harlem) Orland Park, Illinois Family owned for 40 Years 708-532-5400 The Cremation Experts. Mokena United Methodist Church (10901 LaPorte Road, Mokena) Service and Sunday School 10:15 a.m. Sundays. Church service and children’s Sunday School. For more information, call (708) 479-1110. Marley Community Church (12625 W. 187th St., Mokena) Church Service 10 a.m. Sundays. Childcare is provided. Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church (10731 W. La Porte Road, Mokena) 2017 WINNER "BEST FUNERAL HOME" ©2006 Copyrighted Material Contemporary Worship 5 p.m. Saturdays. Worship 9 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. St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515 115th Ave., Mokena) Church Service 5 p.m. Saturdays; 8 a.m, ADVERTISE YOUR FUNERAL SERVICES. 9:30 a.m., 11 a.m. and 6: p.m. Sundays Parker Road Bible Church (18512 Parker Road, Mokena) Worship Service 10:30 a.m. Sundays. Have something for Faith Briefs? Contact Assistant Editor Amanda Stoll at a.stoll@22ndcentury or call (708) 326- 9170 ext. 34. Deadline is noon Thursday one week prior to publication. Contact Jessica Nemec @708.326.9170 ex.46 In Memoriam Wayne LaBotz Wayne LaBotz, 64, of Mokena, died Jan. 24. With saddened hearts we say goodbye to Wayne. Passing away much too young, we lost a close friend and beloved family member. He enjoyed his retirement from a long career as a state correctional officer. Wayne will be missed by many and forever in our hearts. Alfred L. Trawczynski Alfred L. Trawczynski, 92, of Mokena, died Feb. 4. Traxczynski was born in Chicago to the late Ignac and Josephine (Staczak) Trawczynski; he was the beloved husband of the late Therese A. (Stachura); loving father of Deborah (J. Patrick) Freeman; cherished grandfather of Christopher Patrick “Chris” (Katie) Freeman, Kathryn Marie “Katie” (Brad) Millar, Kevin Patrick (Val) Freeman and Cara Marie (Jon) Beach; proud great-grandfather of Kristen, Collin and Connor Freeman, and Victoria, Landon and Alexander Millar; dear brother of Frances (Joe) Jasniecki, Elizabeth (Walter) Haczynski, Edwin (Lorraine) Trawczynski, Henry Trawczynski, Alfred (Therese) Trawczynski and Stanley (Marian) Trawczynski; and dear uncle of numerous nieces and nephews. Richard Kozik Richard Kozik, 58, of Mokena, died Feb. 6. Kozik was a member of Illinois State Police #4929, Cadet Class ‘96. He was the devoted son of the late Adolph and Helen (Jachimiec) Kozik; cherished brother of Mary Ann (Wayne) Draudt, Gregory (Sandy) Kozik and Camille (John) Murray; and loving uncle of Donald (Amy) Draudt, James Draudt, Jennifer (Brian) Draudt-Scully, Anthony Kozik and Jessica Kozik. In lieu of flowers, donations to Illinois State Police Heritage Foundation, P.O. Box 8168, Springfield, 64791, donations, or Tinley Wish, 7850 W. 183rd St., Tinley Park, 60477, would be appreciated. Edwina M. Murray Edwina M. Murray, 98, of Mokena, died Feb. 3. She was born in New York City to parents Otto and Edith Listen; married 43 years to her late husband Bernard Murray and lived the majority of her life on the south side of Chicago; she was a mother of Paul (JoAnn), Wayne (Nancy), Glen, Pamela and Gayle (Michael); proud grandmother to Edward, Jennifer (Kirk), Renee (Michael), Craig, Chad (Christina), Melissa, Michael (Danielle), Patrick, Kyle (Emily) and John; she was a greatgrandmother to 10; aunt to many nieces and nephews. The family wishes to express their gratitude to daughter Gayle and her husband Michael who, along with their sons, took such wonderful care of our mother in her final years. In lieu of flowers, donations to Aspire Social Services are appreciated; 1815 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, 60162 or aspirechicago. com/donate/. Do you have someone’s life you’d like to honor? Email Editor T.J. Kremer III at tj@ with information about a loved one who was a part of the Mokena community. Visit us online at life & arts the Mokena Messenger | February 15, 2018 | 17 Publisher announces winners of 2018 Valentine’s Day Coloring Contest Creativity, compassion on display across 623 total entries Bill Jones, Managing Editor Proving once again to be one of the most popular annual contests run by 22nd Century Media, the 2018 Valentine’s Day Coloring Contest saw 623 total entries across three age groups and seven towns. And while a lucky nine have been chosen (see accompanying images and awards) as winners, the gigantic collection of entries was to be delivered to area veterans with the help of a local organization. With that in mind, 22nd Century Media would like to thank everyone who took the time to enter and spread the love this Valentine’s Day. As for the contest, this year we picked first, second and third in each of the age groups. Winners were chosen based on creativity and neatness. All three of the 9- to 12-year-old winners are to receive two hours of free bowling for up to six people, including shoe rentals, along with a pizza and pitcher of pop, at Laraway Lanes, 1009 W. Laraway Road in New Lenox. The three 6- to 8-year-old winners will get a multi-use pass for the Splash Park run by the Mokena Community Park District. And the 3- to 5-year-old winning entrants will take home a $5 gift certificate to Dairy Queen, 950 E. 9th St. in Lockport. Publisher 22nd Century Media also would like to thank the contest’s generous sponsors. Ages 3-5 Ages 6-8 Ages 9-12 1st Place 1st Place 1st Place Peter Tadros, Orland Park Rania Siddiqui, Frankfort Gabriella Escobedo, Orland Park 2nd Place 3rd Place 2nd Place 3rd Place 2nd Place 3rd Place Lily Kudla, New Lenox Ivee Aftanas, New Lenox Angelina Tadros Orland Park Audriana Lang, Lockport Emma Vogler, New Lenox Maddie Giampaolo Frankfort

18 | February 15, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger life & arts Motherly love bowl More than 40 people turn out at annual Mother and Son Valentine Bowl T.J. Kremer III, Editor On Saturday, Feb. 10, more than 40 mothers and sons braved the snow and cold to bowl unlimited games for two hours, while being treated to pizza, pop and cake. The event was hosted by Mokena Community Park District. Amy Ambrose, of Mokena, does her best to get a strike. A makeshift photo booth greets participants at the annual Mother and Son Valentine Bowl at Morgan’s Thunder Bowl in Mokena Saturday, Feb. 10. Photos by T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media dining out the Mokena Messenger | February 15, 2018 | 19 The Dish A culinary adventure comes to New Lenox Oy’s Thai Cuisine offers classic Thai staples at affordable prices Nuria Mathog Contributing Editor Long before they launched their new restaurant, co-owners Bryan and Churairut “Oy” Hunsaker had a single goal in mind: to bring the flavors of Thai food to the southwest suburbs in a convenient, accessible way. For the New Lenox couple, the opening of Oy’s Thai Cuisine in January was the culmination of a longtime dream. “Oy has been cooking her whole life,” Bryan said. “She’s been cooking for friends and neighbors for the past 27 years, and everybody always tells me she should start a restaurant. ... We’ve talked about it for a long time, but we realized it was very demanding, so we didn’t want to do it until our kids were older.” Now that the couple’s youngest child is to graduate from Lincoln-Way West in the spring, the Hunsakers are investing their time and effort into their new business. “We want it to be a destination where you’d be comfortable bringing a friend or family member, but we want to have the convenience, as well,” Bryan said. “And I would say it’s authentic. It’s fresh food — we’re not pulling it out of the freezer and putting in the microwave. The preparation process is quite detailed.” The restaurant’s topselling dish is Oy’s Famous Pad Thai (prices vary by protein), which features rice noodles stir-fried with green onion, bean sprouts, egg, crushed peanuts and Oy’s special sauce, which contains six different ingredients. “Her sauce is different,” Bryan said. “You won’t find her pad thai anywhere else. It is a different flavor, and people seem to like that.” Another popular dish is the stir-fried cashew plate, which comes with stir-fried meat, cashew nuts, white onion, green onion, water chestnuts, bell pepper and chili peppers, and is served with a side of white rice. “It’s really a lot better when you make it hot,” Bryan said. “You tell us you’re Level 1, Level 2 or Level 3. ... We might put in one more pepper Level 2 or 3, and the sky’s the limit for the rest.” He also recommends the tom yum soup — a hot and sour soup that contains mushroom, tomato, white onion, green tomato, cilantro, lemongrass and lime juice — can be served with either a clear broth or a creamy coconut milk broth. As far as appetizers are concerned, the fresh spring rolls ($5.95) — which can come with or without shrimp — are another top item on the menu. The rolls — made with rice noodles, carrots, lettuce, bean sprouts and cilantro wrapped in rice paper — are served with a sweet and sour dipping sauce made in house and filled crushed peanuts. Hunsaker said he enjoys all of the dishes served at the restaurant, but he is particularly fond of the pad ped — a “reasonably spicy” dish involving meat marinated in a curry paste and fresh green beans — as well as the red and green curries. Oy’s Thai Cuisine 1880 E. Lincoln Highway, New Lenox Hours • 11 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Thursday • 11 a.m.-9 p.m. Friday- Saturday Closed Sunday For more information ... Phone: (815) 462-9000 Web: Happy hour for Lincoln-Way students From 3-4 p.m. Monday- Wednesday, Lincoln-Way students can pay $5.99 and get and entrée (choice of chicken pad thai, chicken fried rice, egg rolls or crab rangoon) and a soft drink in a can. He said he also would like to add a Thai version of a dish similar to pho, a Vietnamese noodle dish, to the menu someday. “The Thai [version] has a larger variance of vegetables,” Bryan said. “You have bean sprouts, sometimes carrots, a lot of cilantro, chopped onions.” For diners looking to pick up a quick meal during their lunch breaks, the restaurant offers a $7.99 lunch special, served daily until 3 p.m. The specials, served daily until 3 p.m., come with an entrée, steamed rice, two fried wontons and the soup of the day. Customers can choose to substitute beef for chicken for an additional $1, or add $2 for shrimp. Lincoln-Way students can take advantage of a special happy hour offer, available from 3-4 p.m. Monday The stir-fried cashew chicken ($10.95) dish at Oy’s Thai Cuisine contains stir-fried chicken, cashew nuts, white onion, green onion, water chestnuts, bell pepper and chili pepper, and comes with a side of white rice. Photos by Nuria Mathog/22nd Century Media The tom yum soup includes mushroom, tomato, white onion, green tomato, cilantro, lemongrass and lime juice, and can be served with a clear or creamy broth. through Wednesday that includes an entrée and a soft drink for $5.99. Ultimately, Bryan said he hopes customers will get a quality introduction to Thai cuisine — and keep coming back for more. “We’re here for at least five years — we’re on a five-year lease — and beyond that we just hope that people will come and that we serve food that they like,” he said.

20 | February 15, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger mokena NEW NEW NEW NEW $259,900 $349,900 Lockport • Offered at $214,900 • 4 Bedrooms, 2.1 Baths 16411 New Castle Way • Beautiful & Upgraded! • Finished Walkout Basement! Mokena • Offered at $299,000 • 3 Bedrooms, 2.1 Baths 9841 Sussex Ct. • Open Floor Plan! • Grasmere Subdivision! Mokena • Offered at $349,900 • 3 Bedrooms, 2.1 Baths 19533 Waterford Ln. • Beautiful Ranch Home! • Tara Hills Subdivision! Mokena • Offered at $619,000 • Stunning Custom Home! 20007 White Pine Ct. • Impressive Open Floor Plan! • Picturesque Location! New Lenox • 3 Bedrooms, 2 Baths • Meticulously maintained! 1113 Greeley Dr. • Enormous Fenced Yard! • Convenient Location! New Lenox • 4 Bedrooms, 2.1 Baths • Numerous Updates! 678 Wagon Dr. • Open Floor Plan! • Finished Basement! $364,900 $359,000 Tinley Park • 4 Bedrooms, 2.1 Baths • Immaculate Home! 19825 Maydell Ct. • Great Open Floor Plan! • Lincoln-Way Schools! Frankfort • 5 Bedrooms, 2.1 Baths • Beautiful & Open Layout! 21975 Thyme Ln. • New Roof & Windows! • Sandalwood Estates! $374,900 $439,000 Mokena • 5 Bedrooms, 3 Baths • 3200 Square Feet! 18761 Chestnut Ct. • Cul-de-sac Location! • Walk to Park & Playground! Homer Glen • 4 Bedrooms, 3.1 Baths • Impressive 2 Story! 16833 Deer Path Dr. • Finished Basement! • Tranquil Wooded Lot! $439,900 $519,000 $539,000 $559,900 $829,900 $850,000 Homer Glen 17814 Crystal Lake Dr. • 4 Bedrooms, 2.1 Baths • Scenic 1 Acre Lot! • Custom 3400 Sq Ft home! • Beautifully Updated Kitchen! Mokena • 4 Bedrooms, 4 Baths • Beautiful Custom Home! 11333 189th St. • Related Living Quarters! • Wooded ¾ Acre Lot! Mokena • 4 Bedrooms, 3 Baths • Absolutely Stunning! 11915 Golden Gate Dr. • Wonderful Open Layout! • Fully Upgraded Home! Orland Park • 5 Bedrooms, 3.1 Baths • Impressive & Immaculate! 17242 Deerview Dr. • Main floor Master Suite! • Finished Basement! Kankakee • 40 Beautiful Acres! • Custom Ranch Home! 3421 W. 1500N Rd. • Walkout Basement! • Fantastic Location! Wilmington • Beautiful & Scenic 20 Acres! • 4800 square foot Barn! 15557 W. Wilmington-Peotone Rd. • Custom Ranch Home! • Finished Basement $45,000 $69,900 $169,900 $399,900 FOR LEASE INVESTMENT Monee • Beautiful 1.5 Acre Lot! • Tree lined, Flat & Level! 6504 Lakeway Dr. • Easy Access to I57! Mokena • Build your dream home • Beautiful Lot! 18736 Bruce Ct. • Just under a Half Acre! • Cul-De-Sac Location! Mokena • Over Half Acre Corner Lot! • Lookout Elevation! 20024 Alison Trl. • Fantastic Location! • The Lakes at Foxborough! Mokena • Gorgeous 1 Acre Lot! • Heavily Wooded! 12649 Brighton Ct. • Walkout Elevation! • The Lakes at Foxborough! Manhattan • 2700 sqft Commercial Space! • High Traffic Location! 360 W. North St. • In the center of town! • Call for complete details! Peotone • Offered at $625,000 • 10 Fully Occupied Units! 511 Schroeder Ave. • Well Maintained! • Prime Location! dining out the Mokena Messenger | February 15, 2018 | 21 The DIsh Kismet carries on as family business of destiny Orland Park eatery now run by former owner’s nephew Thomas Czaja Contributing Editor Kismet means destiny or faith in Turkish. When the Kismet restaurant was first opened in Orland Park in 1977 by Roy Tufekcioglu, it was an act of faith — one that materialized in four decades and counting of selling its signature gyros and other food items. Last April, Tufekcioglu decided to retire and hand the reins of the business over to his nephew Ervin Ramazanoski, who now heads the day-to-day operations, though he owns it with his mother, father and brothers. For Ramazanoski, keeping the business in the family and leading it was a destiny he knew he wanted to fulfill. “It was destiny for us to be here,” Ramazanoski said. “We plan on keeping it going for another 40 years.” Since acquiring ownership, Ramazanoski has kept the menu largely the same, with the aforementioned gyros — as well as the burgers, beef, chicken, hot dogs, soup and salads — but he also made a few tweaks. He introduced delivery service for the first time as an added convenience for customers. He made the catering more extensive, utilizing a simple menu, so customers can easily pick up the phone and get what they want, while still being able to customize different orders, he said. Another thing Ramazanoski did is add a number of items. They decided to add a number of wraps, including a gyro wrap. They also added a honey mustard chicken sandwich, beef roll and chicken Parmesan that all cost $6.99 each. He even has eggs and will sometimes make a breakfast dish for customers, if they ask for them, though those and none of the other new things are officially listed on the menu. The owner said he plans to have all them remain available but not list them to keep things simple. But Ramazanoski knows what will always be No. 1. “The gyros were on the menu and will always be on the menu,” Ramazanoski said. “It’s what we’re known for. When I took over, I had nothing but gyros for a month.” The gyros are cut fresh off the spit, right in front of customers. Kismet uses Kronos gyro meat — a seasoned blend of selected beef and lamb — and adds its personalized touch. “We have a special blend of seasonings that we use,,” Ramazanoski said. “It’s like a Mediterranean, Turkish blend.” The gyro dinner and grilled chicken gyro dinner (both feed two and are $12.75) are popular choices, with the former coming with extra meat, extra pita, tomato, onion, olives, feta cheese and homemade cucumber sauce, and the latter the same extras and ingredients plus lettuce. “Everything is fresh ingredients,” Ramazanoski said. “While other people cut corners, we sharpen our edges. We do not skimp on anything. Everything is brought in pretty much daily ... whatever doesn’t get used is thrown out.” To completely summarize or sample Kismet, a patron needs to save room for dessert, as 16 different flavors of ice cream are available year-round, not to mention shakes, malts and other desserts, such as Oreo cookie balls ($1.78) and baklava ($1.99). “Our ice cream comes from Wisconsin and is Cedar Crest,” Ramazanoski said. “People love the flavors. I got birthday cake, butter pecan or chocolate vanilla, strawberry, if you want to keep it simple. ... On top of that, you can make any shake out of my ice cream. ... Make it how you like it.” Those who venture into Kismet Monday through Friday can try a daily special each day for $4.99. Ramazanoski also began serving quesadillas — again, not on the menu — and said they have become a Friday special. “We have the flour tortillas, and we already use cheddar cheese, so we just put them together,” Ramazanoski said of the quesadillas. “It came out phenomenal. ... It just makes sense.” No matter what patrons get, they keep coming out. When Ramazanoski’s uncle first opened the establishment, he decided to pay homage and show appreciation to his customers by putting up a collage of their photographs on the wall. It eventually extended and “blew up” to the many photos that still adorn the interior of Kismet, according to Ramazanoski. The current owner plans to sustain that tradition. “We are in the works of getting another [collage of photos of customers] Kismet 9931 W. 151st St. in Orland Park Hours • 10:30 a.m.-9 p.m. Monday-Saturday • 10:30 a.m.-8 p.m. Sunday For more information ... Web: kismetorlandpark. com Phone: (708) 349-2205 made,” he said. “We’re going to keep it going.” Ramazanoski added he “stepped in with wet feet” for knowing how to run things with 13 years of experience in the restaurant industry. He has thoroughly enjoyed getting to know customers both old and new. SINGLE FAMILY •815.462.0242 Immediate occupancy available. Kismet owner Ervin Ramazanoski holds the gyro dinner ($12.75), which feeds two and comes with extra meat, extra pita, tomato, onion, olives, Feta cheese and homemade cucumber sauce. James Sanchez/22nd Century Media “I love it,” Ramazanoski said. “I love my customers. They’re great. They work with me, and I work with them. If they want to try something different, I’ll always help them out. ... I love them all.” TOWN HOMES •815.680.5037 First floor master bedrooms &ranches available. Immediate occupancy available. Model open 11:00-3:00 Friday, Saturday and Sunday

22 | February 15, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger puzzles crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur Across 1. Sandwich filler 5. Alternative to steps 9. Ides rebuke 13. Prefix with pad 14. The Sorbonne, e.g. 16. Mardi Gras, e.g. 17. Pro __ (proportionately) 18. Actress Streep 19. Some addresses 20. Much may follow it 21. He wrote “The Shogun” 22. ‘Survivor’ team 24. Heart problem 26. W.C. 27. Last-qtr. month 29. Hoops stats 30. Frankfort trampoline park 33. ___ de vivre 34. Leisurely walks 35. Pieces of expensive jewelry 36. [It’s gone!] 38. 1980s band, with Adam 39. “Darn it all!” 40. Sea flier 41. 49er foe 43. Attack word 44. Peak 46. “__ dreaming?” 49. Wind dir. 50. Brown, for one 51. Event to show off pet IDs in New Lenox 53. Body trunks 55. Math class: abbr. 57. Neutral color 58. Cheer starter 59. Weariness 61. “___ chance” 62. “Mockingbird” singer Foxx 63. Bulrush, e.g. 64. “The devil __ the details” 65. Nothing more 66. Poet John, of “Grongar Hill” 67. Volcano in Sicily Down 1. Bubba Gump’s forte 2. Jimmy Carter product 3. Nuptial sites 4. Unhealthy atmosphere 5. Notes 6. Succeeded with something 7. Extra 8. Layer 9. Case for needles and small scissors 10. Airplane propulsion 11. Systems for long distance communications 12. Ship title 15. British megastar poprock singer 23. ___ v. Wade 25. Air force, abbr. 26. Flipped out 28. Third word in “America” 31. Annually 32. Divided into regions 34. Horror writer, Edgar Allan 35. Long-snouted fish 36. Untouched 37. Quick look 39. Defaulter’s comeuppance 40. Tee preceder 42. Riskier 44. Pronoun 45. Prestigious institutions 46. Not marked up 47. Small swallow 48. Lizard 52. Bottle inhabitant 54. Tear down 55. Gibb or Gump 56. Olympic sled 58. Dash 60. Legendary Aussie outlaw Kelly 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 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 The Outpost Pub & Grill (14929 Archer Ave., Lockport; (815) 836- 8893) ■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays: Live DJ and Karaoke Strike N Spare II (811 Northern Drive, Lockport; (708) 301- 1477) ■9:30 ■ p.m.-12:30 a.m. Mondays: Quartermania To place an event in The Scene, email a.stoll@22ndcenturymedia. com. answers How to play Sudoku Each sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of 3x3 squares. To solve the puzzle, each row, column and box must contain each of the numbers 1 to 9. LEVEL: Medium Sudoku by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan local living the Mokena Messenger | February 15, 2018 | 23 Distinctive Home Builders Introduces New Craftsman Home Series At Prairie Trails in Manhattan and WestGate Manor in Peotone! Two new designs (with more to follow) are a direct result of buyer feedback Two refreshing designs mark the beginning of a new series of Craftsman-style homes available from Distinctive Home Builders at its latest new home communities: Prairie Trails; located in Manhattan within the highly-regarded Lincoln-Way School District and at WestGate Manor in Peotone within the desirable Peotone School District. “Craftsman homes were introduced in the early 1900s in California with designs based on a simpler, functional aesthetic using a higher level of craftsmanship and natural materials. These homes were a departure from homes that were mass produced from that era, “according to Bryan Nooner, president of Distinctive Home Builders. “The Craftsman design has made a comeback today for many of the same reasons it started over a century ago. Our customers want to live in a home that gets away from the “mass produced” look and live in a home that has more character. As a result of our daily interaction with our homeowners and their input, we are excited to introduce these two homes, with additional designs in the works.” Nooner, who meets with each homeowner prior to construction, has been working on these plans for a while and felt that the timing was ideal for the debut. “Customers were asking for something different and simple with less monotony and higher architectural standards.” The result was the Craftsman ranch and the Prairie twostory, now available at Prairie Trails and WestGate Manor. The Craftsman ranch features an open floor plan with Great Room, three bedrooms, two baths and a two-car (optional three-car) garage. The Prairie features a two-story foyer and Great Room, three bedrooms and one and one-half baths, a convenient Flex Room space on the main level and a two-car (optional three-car) garage. The Craftsman architectural elements on both homes include brick and stone exteriors with cedar shake accent siding, low-pitched gabled bracket roofs, front porches with tapered columns and stone piers, partially paned windows, and a standard panel front entry door. Distinctive Home Builders offers a Craftsman-style trim package offering trim without ornate profiles and routers. The trim features simplicity in design with rectangles, straight lines and layered look trims over doors for example. The front entry door will have the standard Craftsman panel style door. Distinctive has also created a Craftsman color palate to assist buyers in making coordinated choices for the interior of their new Craftsman home. Colors, cabinet styles and flooring choices blend seamlessly with the Craftsman trim package and are available in gray tones package and earth tones. Distinctive offers custom maple kitchen cabinets featuring solid wood construction (no particle board), have solid wood drawers with dove tail joints, which is very rare in the marketplace. “When you buy a new home from Distinctive, you truly are receiving custom made cabinets in every home we sell no matter what the price range,” noted Nooner. Distinctive Home Builders works to achieve a delivery goal of 90 days with zero punch list items for its homeowners. “Our three decades building homes provides an efficient construction system,” said Nooner. “Many of our skilled craftsmen have been working with our company for over 20 years. We also take pride on having excellent communicators throughout our organization. This translates into a positive buying and building experience for our homeowners and one of the highest referral rates in the industry.” Nooner added that all homes are highly energy efficient. Every home built will have upgraded wall and ceiling insulation values with energy efficient windows and high efficiency furnaces. Before homeowners move into their new home, Distinctive Home Builders conducts a blower door test that pressurizes the home to ensure that each home passes a set of very stringent Energy Efficiency guidelines. With the addition of these two new designs, there are now 15 ranch, split-level and six twostory single-family home styles to choose from each offering from three to eight different exterior elevations at both communities. The three- to four-bedroom homes feature one and one-half to two-and-one-half baths, twoto three-car garages and a family room, all in approximately 1,600 to over 3,000 square feet of living space. Basements are included in most models as well. Distinctive also encourages customization to make your new home truly personalized to suit your lifestyle. Oversize home sites; brick exteriors on all four sides of the first floor; custom maple cabinets; ceramic tile or hardwood floors in the kitchen, baths and foyer; genuine wood trim and doors and concrete driveways can all be yours at Prairie Trails and WestGate Manor. Most all home sites at Prairie Trails and WestGate Manor can accommodate a three-car garage; a very important amenity to the Manhattan homebuyer, said Nooner. “When we opened Prairie Trails and WestGate Manor we wanted to provide the best new home value for the dollar and we feel with offering Premium Standard Features that we do just that. So why wait? This is truly the best time to build your dream home!” Prairie Trails is also a beautiful place to live and raise a family featuring a 20-acre lake on site, as well as direct access to the 22- mile Wauponsee Glacial Prairie Path that borders the community and meanders through many neighboring communities and links to many other popular trails. The Manhattan Metra station is less than a mile away. Besides Prairie Trails, Distinctive Home Builders has built homes throughout Manhattan in the Butternut Ridge and Leighlinbridge developments, as well as in the Will and south Cook county areas over the past 30 years. Distinctive Home Builders chose the Will County village of Peotone for its newest community of 38 single-family homes at WestGate Manor within walking distance of the esteemed Peotone High School. Its convenient location between Interstate 57 and Illinois Route 50 provide easy access to I-80 and commuters enjoy several nearby train stations and a 35-minute drive to Chicago. Visit the on-site sales information center for unadvertised specials and view the numerous styles of homes being offered and the available lots. Call Lynne Rinck at (708) 737-9142 or (708) 479-7700 for more information or visit www. The Prairie Trails and WestGate Manor new home information center is located three miles south of Laraway Rd. on Rt. 52. The address is 24458 S. Rt. 52, Manhattan, IL. 60422. Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Closed Wednesday and Thursday and always available by appointment. Specials, prices, specifications, standard features, model offerings, build times and lot availability are subject to change without notice. Please contact a Distinctive representative for current pricing and complete details. 22-DISTINCTIVE_110217

24 | February 15, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger Classifieds Help Wanted 1003 Help Wanted Growing Media Company Seeks Sales Directors Position Overview: 22nd Century Media, a media publishing company based in Orland Park, is seeking Sales Directors to join their team. Responsibilities Include: Proactively prospecting and qualifying potential new advertising accounts; handling incoming leads; guiding ad copy for clients; identifying business opportunities and working with decision makers to obtain customer commitment; and achieving weekly revenue targets. Qualifications: Ideal candidates will possess 1–3 years of experience in local/retail advertising sales and/or media environment. Must have a strong work ethic and ability to work independently as well as with a team. Excellent communication skills, time-management and interpersonal skills required. Next Steps: For more information or to be considered for this opportunity, email a resume to: No phone calls please. EOE Mokena School District Bus Driver $14.50/hr; 4.25 hrs/day Submit completed application to Rachael Aguirre, Lead Bus Driver. Mokena School District 159, 11244 Willowcrest Ln, Mokena, IL 60448 or email FULL/PART TIME TOW TRUCK DRIVER Days & Nights. Must be 23 yrs & over, Clean MVR. Exp. preferd. Will train (708) 525-8990 HIRE LOCALLY Reach over 83% of prospective employees in your area! CLASSIFIEDS Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise Sell It 708.326.9170 | Fax It 708.326.9179 Charge It | DEADLINE - Friday at 3pm 1003 Help Wanted INDUSTRIAL SALES SW Suburban (Tinley Park) Manufacturing Company seeks a person with experience in B2B Sales of industrial products (non-chemical). This is an inside, consultative Sales position which will focus on new product sales development and existing product sales. This sales/marketing function selects and targets decision makers to discuss the product features relative to the prospect’s existing & potential needs. Successful candidates should be proactive and have strong sales experience. Excellent salary and fringe benefits. Annual performance bonus potential. It is NOT an outside sales, telemarketing, nor a commission paid position. Send resume to: AERO Rubber Company, Inc. Outdoor work: F/T year-round & seasonal Employment Potential for paid winters off. Benefits incl. health, dental, IRA. Clean driving record a MUST. Starting rate: $14/hr. Time and 1/2 over 40 hrs. Apply in-person 7320 Duvan Dr, Tinley Park Tu-F 8a-2p or email resume to 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. CALL TODAY FOR RATES & INFORMATION 708-326-9170 Automotive $52 4 lines/ 7 papers Real Estate $50 7 7 papers lines/ 1003 Help Wanted Help Wanted $13 4 lines/ per line 7 papers Merchandise $30 7 4 papers lines/ Plant Lovers Wanted for Propagation Help! April-June We are looking for P/T help for spring propagation in our greenhouses. The work will include transplanting of seedlings and general care of plant stock. Applicants should be able to lift 25 pounds, to stand for several hours while transplanting, and be willing to work in a hot, humid greenhouse environment. Flexible hours and casual environment. Experience is not required, but love for plants is a must! If interested, call Stephanie to set up an interview. Possibility Place Nursery 7548 W. Monee- Manhattan Rd Monee, IL 60449 (708)534-3988 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. 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. 1003 Help Wanted Are you a Certified Fitness Trainer? Do you want the freedom of being your own boss and creating your own hours? Looking to grow or start your business? Office space is available for rent. For more information call: ANATOMY PHYSICAL FITNESS @ 815-405-2209 Hiring Desk Clerk (must be flexible w/ shifts) & Housekeeping (Morning) Needed at Super 8 Motel Apply within: 9485 W. 191st St, Mokena No Phone Calls 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: FALL IN LOVE WITH A NEW CAREER! JOIN OUR ABC TEAM. CALL TODAY: 708.349.1866 Exp. hair stylist needed. Apply within: Hair Trenz 16637 S. Oak Park Ave. Tinley Park (708)429-0055 Sales, canvassers, and installers needed. Call Trela Roofing & Remodeling: (708) 422-7204 Bartender & Doorman. Will train. Must be over 21. Frankfort.708.612.5040 1004 Employment Opportunities PAID IN ADVANCE! Make $1000/week mailing brochures from home! No exp. req. Helping home workers since 2001! Genuine opportunity. Start immediately! 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 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 Heaven Sent Caregivers Professional caregiving service. 24 hr or hourly services; shower or bath visits. Licensed & bonded. Try the best! 708.638.0641 Garage Sale 1057 Estate Sale Orland Park, 18012 Kansas Ct. Eagle Ridge Townhomes Sat Feb 17th, 9-4p. Furniture, small kitchen appliances, clothing (sz S/M), Weber grill & collectibles. Everything must go! Automotive 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 DRIVE CAR BUYERS TO YOUR DOOR WITH A CLASSIFIED AUTO AD CALL US TODAY at 708.326.9170 Rental 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 New Lenox 2BR, 1.5Ba, comfortable, clean & convenient downtown location, close to metra, shopping, restaurants & banks. $1,250 includes gas, water, heat, sewer & garbage. No pets, no smoking Also 2BR, 1Ba $995.00 815-485-2528 1250 Garages for Rent SPACE WANTED Storage for summer car wanted. Drop off now, pick up in May. 815-556-7084 Rick Advertise your RENTAL PROPERTY in the newspaper people turn to first CALL US TODAY: 708.326.9170 Classifieds the Mokena Messenger | February 15, 2018 | 25 CLASSIFIEDS Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise Sell It 708.326.9170 Fax It 708.326.9179 Charge It Automotive Help Wanted Real Estate Merchandise per line DEADLINE - $52 $13 $50 $30 4 lines/ 4 lines/ 7 lines/ 4 lines/ Friday at 3pm 7 papers 7 papers 7 papers 7 papers LOCAL REALTOR DIRECTORY Selling your home? Get ready With Mike McCatty 708-945-2121 ONE BILLION IN CLOSED SALES SINCE 1999 Are you a REALTOR? YOUR AD COULD BE HERE! Call Today! 708-326-9170 ext. 47 Contact Classified Department to Advertise in this Directory (708) 326.9170

26 | February 15, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger real estate Sponsored content The Mokena Messenger’s of the WEEK The sellers absolutely love the layout and convenient location of this home. What: Fully upgraded home in The Bridges of Mokena. Where: 11915 Golden Gate Drive, Mokena, 60448 Amenities: This custom home has been finished with volume ceilings, hardwood floors, twopanel doors and Colonial trim. Step inside to the foyer which leads into an open floor plan encompassing a dining room, custom kitchen, family room, executive office/fifth bedroom and a formal living room. Offered on the second floor are two full bathrooms and four bedrooms, all with walk-in closets, and including a master suite with sitting room and an enormous walk-in closet. The basement offers additional living space with a recreation room and play room. Highlighted on the professionally landscaped exterior is a three-car garage and a large backyard with patio. This home is set in a desirable neighborhood that has custom homes, a park, playground, scenic pond and a prime location to Old Plank Trail, shopping and dining. Asking Price: $539,000 Listing Agent: Joseph Siwinski, Lincoln-Way Realty managing broker and owner, (708) 479- 6355, or jsiwinski@ Want to know how to become Home of the Week? Contact Tricia at (708) 326-9170 ext. 47. Jan. 10 • 10167 Kirkstone Way, Mokena, 60448-7926 - Marjorie M. Tagliavia to Janet R. Cassettari, $192,000 Jan. 12 • 19500 Sarkis Drive 250, Mokena, 60448- 8751 - Fox Lots Llc to Kristin Sullivan, Daniel Sullivan, $82,500 • 11130 Denny Ave., Mokena, 60448-1613 - Jenylle M. Rys to John W. Malloy, Sarah E. Malloy, $270,000 • 21618 Skyway Drive, Mokena, 60448-2005 - Glen Haven Builders Inc to Philip A. Gurgone, Kristina J. Jones Gurgone, $575,000 Jan. 16 • 19048 Ruth Drive, Mokena, 60448-9805 - Julie A. Ficht to David E. Goeing, Melissa J. Goeing, $295,000 • 21039 Tail Feathers Drive, Mokena, 60448- 2443 - John T. Murphy to Kelly J. Hines, $423,000 Jan. 17 • 18895 S. Vanderbilt Drive, Mokena, 60448- 8881 - Joleen Katula to Mark Palen, Lira Palen, $177,000 • 19326 Tramore Lane, Mokena, 60448-8616 - Dawn Klaver to John S. Farej, Denise M. Martin Farej, $230,000 The Going Rate is provided by Record Information Services, Inc. For more information, visit or call (630) 557-1000. Classifieds the Mokena Messenger | February 15, 2018 | 27 CLASSIFIEDS Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise Business Directory 2001 Attorney Sell It 708.326.9170 Fax It 708.326.9179 Charge It DEADLINE - Friday at 3pm Automotive Real Estate $52 4 lines/ 7 papers Help Wanted $50 7 lines/ 7 papers Merchandise 2006 Basement Waterproofing Leaky Basement? • Bowing Walls • Concrete Raising • Crack Raising • Crawlspaces • Drainage Systems • Sump Pumps • Window Wells (866) 851-8822 Family Waterproofing Solutions (815) 515-0077 FREE ESTIMATES 2011 Brick/Chimney Experts $13 per line 4 lines/ 7 papers $30 4 lines/ 7 papers 2025 Concrete Work 2017 Cleaning Services 2060 Drywall Experiened Cleaning Lady Will Clean House or Apartment. Free estimates! 815 690 7633 place your Classified Ad! CALL 708.326.9170 2003 Appliance Repair Drywall *Hanging *Taping *New Homes *Additions *Remodeling Call Greg At: (815)485-3782 Advertise your RENTAL PROPERTY in the newspaper people turn to first CALL US TODAY: 708.326.9170 QUALITY APPLIANCE REPAIR, Inc. • Air Conditioning • Furnaces Refrigeration • Dishwashers Stoves & Ovens • Microwaves Garbage Disposals Washers&Dryers Family Owned &Operatedsince 1986 Someone you can TRUST All work GUARANTEED BEST price in town! 708-712-1392 HIRE LOCALLY Reach over 83% of prospective employees in your area! Place a garage sale ad & reach over 96,000 homes across the southwest suburbs! FOR $42 YOU’LL GET ASINGLE FAMILY AD 4 LINES in 7 PAPERS CALL THE CLASSIFIED DEPARTMENT: 708.326.9170 With the Purchase of a Garage Sale Ad! CALL TODAY FOR RATES & INFORMATION 708-326-9170 A+ 2025 Concrete Work Want to See Your Business in the Classifieds? Call 708-326-9170 for a FREE Sample Ad and Quote!

28 | February 15, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger Classifieds 2070 Electrical EXPERIENCED ELECTRICIAN R E A S O N A B L E D E P E N D A B L E SMALL JOBS CALL ANYTIME (708) 478-8269 CLASSIFIEDS Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise 2090 Flooring Sell It 708.326.9170 Fax It 708.326.9179 Charge It DEADLINE - Friday at 3pm Automotive Real Estate $52 4 lines/ 7 papers Help Wanted $50 7 lines/ 7 papers Merchandise 2120 Handyman $13 per line 4 lines/ 7 papers $30 4 lines/ 7 papers Don’t just list your real estate property... Sell It! With a Classified Ad See the Classified Section for more info, or call 708.326.9170 2075 Fencing 2130 Heating/Cooling 2080 Firewood MORTGAGE ALERT! LOCK-IN MORE BUSINESS. ADVERTISE LOCALLY. CONTACT THE CLASSIFIED DEPARTMENT 708-326-9170 2120 Handyman place your Classified Ad! 708.326.9170 HANDYMAN SERVICE —WHATEVER YOU NEED "OVER 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE" Windows, Doors, Decks Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling, Plumbing Interior and Exterior Painting Wall Paper Removal Professional Work At Competitive Prices CALL MIKE AT 708-790-3416 CALL TODAY FOR AFREE ESTIMATE Aprilaire HumidifierInstalled $495 Furnace Clean & Check $80 *Must present coupon to receive offer. Expires 2/28/18 (708) 532-7579 Visit our newwebsiteat 2132 Home Improvement ThinkingofRemodeling? Exp ($25 Value) CODE # Ideal Firewood Seasoned Mixed Hardwoods $115.00 per FC Free Stacking & Delivery 708 235 8917 815 981 0127 Advertise your RENTAL PROPERTY in the newspaper people turn tofirst CALL US TODAY: 708.326.9170 Crockett Construction provides Design, Materials and Installation; on time and within budget. KITCHENS BATHROOMS ADDITIONS BASEMENTS DECKS PERGOLAS Showroom: 1223 N. Convent, Bourbonnais Homer Glen Office: 708-301-8522 Insured Est. 1994 A+ BBB Rating Classifieds the Mokena Messenger | February 15, 2018 | 29 CLASSIFIEDS Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise Sell It 708.326.9170 Fax It 708.326.9179 Charge It DEADLINE - Friday at 3pm Automotive Real Estate $52 4 lines/ 7 papers Help Wanted $50 7 lines/ 7 papers Merchandise $13 per line 4 lines/ 7 papers $30 4 lines/ 7 papers 2150 Paint & Decorating 2132 Home Improvement 2132 Home Improvement place your Classified Ad! CALL 708.326.9170 2135 Insulation 2150 Paint & Decorating Neat, Clean, Professional Work At ACompetitive Price Specializing in all Interior/Exterior Painting MARTY’S PAINTING Interior / Exterior Fast, Neat Painting Drywall Wallpaper Removal Staining Free Estimates 20% Off with this ad 708-606-3926 Advertise your RENTAL PROPERTY in the newspaper people turn to first JPF Custom Decorating Painting & Remodeling Fully Insured Free Estimates 30 Years in Business (708)476-1034 CALL US TODAY: 708.326.9170 • Drywall/PlasterRepair • WallpaperRemoval • Deck/Fence Staining • PowerWashing Free Estimates Senior Discounts Forquality & service you can trust, call us today! Custom Painting I NTE R I O R /EXTE R I O R Free Estimates | Prompt Service Call Today!! (708) 371-6303 KENNEDY’S PAINTING Interior/Exterior Clean, Neat &Reasonable FREE ESTIMATES Insured • 30 Years Experience Call Mike (708)247-7335

30 | February 15, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger Classifieds 2170 Plumbing CLASSIFIEDS Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise Sell It 708.326.9170 Fax It 708.326.9179 Charge It DEADLINE - Friday at 3pm Automotive Real Estate $52 4 lines/ 7 papers Help Wanted $50 7 lines/ 7 papers Merchandise $13 per line 4 lines/ 7 papers $30 4 lines/ 7 papers 2170 Plumbing 2200 Roofing HIRE LOCALLY Reach over 83% of prospective employees in your area! CALL TODAY FOR RATES &INFORMATION 708-326-9170 10% OFF With Ad! 2200 Roofing KASCH PLUMBING Inc. • Waterheaters •SumpPumps • Faucets Lisense #055-043148 Complete Plumbing Service • WaterLeaks • RPZ Testing • Ejector Pumps •Disposals • Toilets 815.603.6085 Classifieds the Mokena Messenger | February 15, 2018 | 31

32 | February 15, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger Classifieds Kusay Tax Service Accounting /Payroll /Financial Planning Call for an Appointment Today! Drop-Off Returns Welcome. 708-645-1188 “What do you say? 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! BUY IT! SELL IT! FIND IT! - IN THE - CLASSIFIEDS 708.326.9170 2701 Property for Sale SHERIFF'S SALE OF REAL ESTATE of 18812 Creekview Lane, Mokena, IL 60448 (Single Family Home). Onthe 8th day of March, 2018 to be held at 12:00 noon, at the Will County Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, under Case Title: CitiMortgage, Inc. Plaintiff V. Martin Quezada; et. al. Defendant. Case No. 17CH 1034 in the Circuit Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit, Will County, Illinois. Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the time of sale and the balance within twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights in and tothe residential real estate arose prior to the sale. All payments shall be made in cash or certified funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will County. In the event the property is acondomin- ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified that the purchaser of the unit, other than amortgagee, shall pay the assessments and legal fees required bysubdivisions (g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium Property Act. Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J) if there is asurplus following application ofthe proceeds of sale, then the plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties to the proceeding advising them of the amount ofthe surplus and that the surplus will beheld until aparty obtains acourt order for its distribution or, in the absence of an order, until the surplus is forfeited to the State. For Information Please Contact: Codilis & Associates, P.C. 15W030 N. Frontage Road Suite 100 Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527 P: 630-794-5300 F: 630-794-9090 PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. 2703 Legal Notices PURSUANT TO THE FAIR DEBT COLLECTION PRACTICES ACT YOU ARE ADVISED THAT THIS LAW FIRM ISDEEMED TO BE A DEBT COLLECTOR ATTEMPTING TO COLLECT ADEBT AND ANY INFORMATION OBTAINED WILL BE USED FOR THAT PURPOSE. STATE OF ILLINOIS ) ) SS. COUNTY OF WILL ) IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS CitiMortgage, Inc. Plaintiff, vs. Sell It 708.326.9170 Fax It 708.326.9179 Charge It DEADLINE - Friday at 3pm Automotive Real Estate 2703 Legal Notices Martin Quezada; et. al. Defendant. No. 17 CH 1034 NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE Public notice ishereby given that pursuant toajudgment entered in the above cause on the 6th day of December, 2017, MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the 8th day of March, 2018 ,commencing at 12:00 o'clock noon, at the Will County Courthouse Annex, 57 N. Ottawa Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL 60432, sell at public auction tothe highest and best bidder orbidders the following-described real estate: LOT 13, IN CREEKVIEW UNIT ONE, BEING A SUBDIVISION IN THE SOUTH 1/2 OF SECTION 6, TOWN- SHIP 35NORTH, RANGE 12, EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL MERID- IAN, ACCORDING TO THE PLAT THEREOF RECORDED MARCH 2, 1988, AS DOCUMENT NO. R88-08174 IN WILL COUNTY, ILLI- NOIS, AND CERTIFICATE OFCOR- RECTION RECORDED JUNE 22, 1988 AS DOCUMENT NO. R88-27145 Commonly known as: 18812 Creekview Lane, Mokena, IL 60448 Description of Improvements: Single Family Home P.I.N.: 19-09-06-312-017-0000 Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the time of sale and the balance within twenty-four (24) hours. No judicial sale fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring the residential real estate pursuant to its credit bid at the sale or by any mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other lienor acquiring the residential real estate whose rights inand to the residential real estate arose prior to the sale. All payments shall be made in cash or certified funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will County. In the event the property is acondomin- ium, in accordance with 735 ILCS 5/15-1507(c)(1)(H-1) and (H-2), 765 ILCS 605/9(g)(5), and 765 ILCS 605/18.5(g-1), you are hereby notified that the purchaser of the unit, other than amortgagee, shall pay the assessments and legal fees required bysubdivisions (g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and the assessments required by subsection (g-1) of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium Property Act. Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J) if there is asurplus following application ofthe proceeds of sale, then the plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties to the proceeding advising them of the amount ofthe surplus and that the surplus will beheld until aparty obtains acourt order for its distribution or, in the absence of an order, until the surplus is forfeited to the State. FOR INFORMATION PLEASE CON- TACT: Codilis & Associates, P.C. 15W030 N. Frontage Road Suite 100 Burr Ridge, Illinois 60527 P: 630-794-5300 F: 630-794-9090 Plaintiff's Attorney MIKE KELLEY Sheriff of Will County $52 4 lines/ 7 papers Help Wanted $50 7 lines/ 7 papers Merchandise 2703 Legal Notices $13 per line 4 lines/ 7 papers $30 4 lines/ 7 papers 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 tax deed which will transfer title and the right to possession of this property ifredemption is not made onor before 06/07/2018. This matter is set for hearing inthe Circuit Court ofthis county inthe Will County Court Annex , 57 N. Ottawa St., Courtroom 236, Joliet, Illinois on 07/12/2018 at 9:00 a.m. You may be present at this hearing but your right to redeem will already have expired at that time. YOU ARE URGED TO REDEEM IM- MEDIATELY TO PREVENT LOSS OF PROPERTY Redemption can be made atany time on or before 06/07/2018 by applying to the County Clerk of Will County, Illinois at the Office of the County Clerk in Joliet, Illinois. ADDRESS: Office of the Will County Clerk, 302 North Chicago St., Joliet, IL 60432 For further information contact the County Clerk TELEPHONE: 815.740.4623 American Tax Lien, LLC Purchaser or Assignee. Dated this 24th day of January, 2018. 14-14-02437 Classifieds the Mokena Messenger | February 15, 2018 | 33 CLASSIFIEDS Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise 2900 Merchandise Under $100 Sell It 708.326.9170 Fax It 708.326.9179 Charge It DEADLINE - Friday at 3pm Automotive $52 4 lines/ 7 papers Help Wanted per line $13 4 lines/ 7 papers Real Estate $50 7 lines/ 7 papers Merchandise $30 4 lines/ 7 papers 6 Elvis Presley record albums: His Hand in Mine, Blue Hawaii, Welcome to my World, Madison Square Garden - Elvis on Stage, Legendary Magic of Elvis. All for $100. 708.612.7373 All trade air plus air tools: grinder, air hammer, ratchet, wrench sockets &chisels. Ampro air hammer $99 for all. Please call 708.567.8999 Antique brass fireplace glass dorrs &screen, excellent condition. Fireplace tools to match, never used. All for $85. 815.469.6554 Antique vintage iron, Geneva IL #8 star made of cast iron, nice condition $35. Rare CJ vintage gasoline U.S. 5gallen can & spout by Jayes Can Company $35. Vintage original Stanley Handyman mitre hand saw box $20. 708.466.9907 Cabbage shredder with 2adjustable blades 24”x7” $30. 3 gallon clay crock $30. 708.301.3528 Chessie system 16 oz beer glasses $15 ea. Four wine glasses, green color $15. 1960 lazy susan set, glass &chrome revolving tray $35. 708.460.8308 Craftsman hand plane w/extra blades $35. Palm sander $15. Gear wrench socket set, new $50. 708.214.4022 Electric Fireplace. New $70. 708.599.6796 European wall tapestry, 16” wide, 26” long. Old world scene $100. 815.838.9179 FREE “gumballs” from sweet gum tree. Great for crafts. 708.460.7185 Graco infant car seat &base $30. Dog trolley 50’ cable & pulley $20. 6’ artificial house plant (tree) $25. Very warm hand knit sweaters (M) $25. 708.449.8920 Hamilton beach 4quart cooker, model 33249, brand new in box $20. Bluetooth kareoke machine, model IJB5858 new in box $25. 708.349.1636 Hickory sticks x4, $15. Spalding golf balls x12, 20¢. Titleist Pro V-1 Adams 7wood, $40. 708.614.4678 Ironite Ironer (Mangie) with new ironer roll pad $100. 815.462.3242 Ladies 2pc dress, size 14-16, perfect $15. Ladies maroon hooded jacket XL $15. New red leather change purse $12. Petite cleaned wedding dress $50. 708.460.8308 Ladies dresser, $30. Men’s double door chest, $30. Kitchen table, $20. Night stand (old), $20. 708.448.3093 Ladies long fur lined coat 14-16 reversible, water repellant. Bought atFurrier, excellent condition $90. B.O. fake fur mid length jacket, new $40. 815.545.0383 Leather chair, maroon, $25. Silver-plated silverware w/ wood case, $50. 708.349.3238 Like new Fender squier strat with effects pedal and gig bag $100 firm. 708.204.9326 Mens black ariat cowboy boots, size 11 $75. Resistol black cowboy hat size 75/6 $25. 815.469.6027 Mikasa gold trim crystal wear 8-stem wine &12 stem goblets, $50 cash. 815.588.1214 Lockport. Mike Jordans, $2. Holiday b eanies, $2. Chris 708.203.5667 Modem/WiFi router, used, G.C. $20. Computer speakers, Logitech, G.C. $20. Outdoor TV Antenna, flat HD, new $40. 708.822.8819 New 54” TV media fireplace with storage & doors. Beautiful dark wood finish, will hold up to 75” TV $100. 708.349.1942 New car stuff: windshield cover, fits most $10. Car cover, soft fabric up to 16 ft 8 in, $39. PPG 1998 car color chip book $35. Car cover cable &keys set $12. 708.460.8308 New tools: 10 pc deep wall socket set $12. 3inratcheting clamp $5. 7.5 in circular saw blade $4 ea. 50 pc B&D screwn driving bit set w/ case $19. 708.460.8308 Nishijin Pachinko machine, needs repair, $50 obo. 708.774.8999 Nishijin Pachinko machine, needs repair $50 obo. 708.724.8999 North Face mens Olympic vest, large. Red, white &blue, D enali Sochi $95. 708.301.5136 Pair of table lamps, white w/ scroll leaves, very nice cond w/ shades, 30”h, $50/pair. 708.403.2473 Prom dress, size 2-4, baby blue. Will send pictures. $100. 708.715.0887 Prom dress, size 2-4. Pink. Will send pictures. $80. 708.715.0887 Refrigerator GE, dorm size $30. Hockey left sticks $10 ea. Beer sign, Coors, $25. Leather coat sz large, long, like new $35. 708.301.5136 Small black guitar case (like a bar) dice, shotglasses, long spoon cups &spot for bottle (never used) $40. 708.612.7373 Snowblower Toro CCR2000 2-cycle, runs great, includes operator’s manual. Only $40. Call 708.460.6762 after 5PM Stained glass pool table light, tan & brown, 36x16. 5 pool cues, balls &rack $100 obo. 708.921.1784 Starwars original soundtrack (2 album in folder) from 1977 & original poster $60. 708.612.7373 Stereo, 5 CD changer, AM/FM, cassette player/recorder, bluetooth remote 240 watts $100. (630)917-2245 Toddler bed, mattress, sheet & comforter, like new, $35. Call/ text 708.552.1691 Toilet for disabled; never used. Sells for $65, asking $40. Jag jeans, new, sz16 $20. Hunter Douglas, new shade $10. 708.955.7023 Vacuum, Herby Heritage, like ew $35. 2-bar stool $25 set. 708.444.4380 Vintage original Stanley handyman mirtre hand saw box $25. Beautiful Gucci replica purse with shoulder strap, has all the Gucci emblems and tags $60. 708.466.9907 White canopy/poster twin bed and box spring. No smokers/no pets. $75. Large box of books (50? various authors) $25. 708.224.8003 Buy It! SELL It! FIND It! in the CLASSIFIEDS CALL 708.326.9170 FREE FREE FREE CLASSIFIED MERCHANDISE ADS!!! In this tough economy, we'll give you a free merchandise ad totaling $100 or less. · Write your FREE ad in 30 words or less. · One free ad per week. · Same ad may not be submitted more than 3 times. · The total selling price of your ad must not exceed $100. · Ads will be published on a space available basis. · Free Ads are Not Guaranteed to Run! GUARANTEE Your Merchandise Ad To Run! Ad Copy Here (please print): Name: Address City/State/Zip Phone $30 for 7 Papers Free Merchandise Ad - All Seven Papers Merchandise Pre-Paid Ad Payment Method(paid ads only) Check enclosed Money Order Credit Card Credit Card Orders Only Credit Card # Signature ® $30! 4 lines! 7 papers! Exp Date Please cut this form out and mail or fax it back to us at: 22nd Century Media 11516 W. 183rd St, Suite #3 Unit SW Orland Park, IL 60467 FAX: 708.326.9179 Circle One:

34 | February 15, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger mokena This Week In... Knights varsity athletics Boys basketball ■Feb. ■ 16 - at Thornwood, 6:30 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 20 - host Thornridge, 6 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 22 - host Lincoln-Way West (Senior Night), 6 p.m. Girls basketball ■Feb. ■ 19 - at IHSA Sectionals, TBA Girls bowling ■Feb. ■ 16 - at IHSA State Final, TBD ■Feb. ■ 17 - at IHSA State Final, TBD Wrestling ■Feb. ■ 16 - at IHSA State Final, TBD ■Feb. ■ 17 - at IHSA State Final, TBD Boys swimming and diving ■Feb. ■ 17 - IHSA Sectional, TBA Boys track and field ■Feb. ■ 17 - at Proviso East Invitational, 9 a.m. Girls track and field ■Feb. ■ 19 - host Crete-Monee/ Providence/Andrew, 5 p.m. Griffins varsity athletics Boys basketball ■Feb. ■ 16 - at Stagg, 5 p.m. ■Feb. ■ 20 - host Bolingbrook, 6:30 p.m. Girls basketball ■Feb. ■ 19 - at IHSA Sectionals, TBA Girls bowling ■Feb. ■ 16 - at IHSA State Finals, TBA ■Feb. ■ 17 - at IHSA State Finals, TBA Wrestling ■Feb. ■ 16 - at IHSA State Finals, TBA ■Feb. ■ 17 - at IHSA State Finals, TBA Girls gymnastics (Lincoln-Way co-op) ■Feb. ■ 17 - at IHSA State Finals, TBA Boys swimming and diving ■Feb. ■ 17 - IHSA Sectional, TBA CLASSIFIEDS Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise Sell It 708.326.9170 | Fax It 708.326.9179 Charge It | DEADLINE - Friday at 3pm Automotive Real Estate $52 4 lines/ 7 papers Help Wanted $50 7 lines/ 7 papers Merchandise $13 per line 4 lines/ 7 papers $30 4 lines/ 7 papers Boys Basketball Lincoln-Way Central 52, Andrew 69 Sean Curran (16 points) and Mike Maloney (11 points) led the way for the Knights Feb. 6. hockey From Page 39 high school highlights The rest of the week in high school sports Girls Basketball Lincoln-Way Central 54, Thornridge 27 Abi Baumgartner (17 points, 5 rebounds), Haley Ragland (11 points, 5 assists, 9 steals) and Natalie Spudic (8 points, 17 rebounds) led the way for the Knights Feb. 5. Lincoln-Way East 46, Bolingbrook 56 Carolyn Waleski (14 points) and Lauren Hunter (14 points) led the way for the Griffins Feb. 6. ada,” said defenseman Nathan Purpura, of Mokena. “It was probably the best time I ever had playing hockey. Overall playing for team USA versus Canada was amazing. The experience to play with a team and trying to win a championship for USA is incredible,”, said Orland Park native and team forward Nathan Petrusevski. “It was pretty cool representing our country. I think we all felt pretty excited that we were able to pull off the win,” said Grant Illsley, of Orland Park, who was the team Goalie for the championship game. “It was a great experience when we won it [Nations Cup] and all the USA kids came on the ice and were all cheering ‘USA! USA!’” said defenseman Nick Mistro, of Mokena. The players received medals for their win against Canada and guaranteed a return to the tournament this year, according to Holke. With this season now winding down it’s no time for the team to let up. The Vikings have to keep up the intensity if they want to make an impact in the state playoffs and the NIHL tournament. The team will be traveling to Crystal Lake this month for its upcoming NIHL playoff games. The finals are scheduled to take place in March in Joliet. Advertise your RENTAL PROPERTY in the newspaper people turn to first Visit us online at CALL US TODAY: 708.326.9170 | sports the Mokena Messenger | February 15, 2018 | 35 Athlete of the week 10 Questions with Allie Reis Allie Reis is a sophomore at Lincoln-Way East on the girls Lincoln-Way co-op gymnastics team. How’d you get started in gymnastics? My mom signed me up for the Mommy and Me classes when I was, like, 1 year old. It’s pretty much been my whole life. What’s your favorite event? Floor, for sure. I just love tumbling. It’s always been my favorite event. It’s something where you can express yourself. If you won the lottery, what would be the first thing you would buy? Definitely plane tickets for around the world. I love traveling. [First i’d go to] Bora Bora. It’s on my bucket list. Who or what is your inspiration? Pretty much all the Olympians because they dedicate their whole life to gymnastics and I admire that so much. And they put in so much effort, and I love how it pays off for them. What’s your favorite part about gymnastics? Definitely, for high school, it’s just being part of a team and everyone’s so supportive. And it’s so much fun to support my teammates and it’s great to see it all pay off for all of us, especially when we win a meet. What’s the most challenging part of gymnastics? I would have to say when you see one of your teammates mess up, or you mess up yourself, because you see them work everyday. Obviously, everyone works so hard, and it’s just really hard to see someone disappointed. If you could own any exotic pet, what would it be? I would say a monkey, because I love monkeys and over the summer I went to Europe and saw a lot of live monkey in Great Britain. I just really love them. [I’d probably name the monkey] George, of the show, “Curious George.” Do you have any plans for college? 22nd century media file photo I do not. I know I want to do something pre-med, probably something in the medical field, but I’m not sure about a college yet. I’ll probably go looking this summer. If you could add a new event in gymnastics, what would it be? I would probably want to add the rings, like the guys gymnastics, for the girls because they look really fun. What’s one life lesson you’ve learned from gymnastics? I think the No. 1 thing that I’ve learned is to not let anything bring you down. You need to learn resilience in life because, obviously, the world will keep moving on and you just need to bounce back. Interview conducted by Editor T.J. Kremer III basketball From Page 36 63-57 on Nov. 21 in the title game of the Lincoln-Way Central/West Thanksgiving Tournament at Central. But in the SWSC Red game Jan. 16 at Central, the Warriors turned the tables and emerged with a 58-37 victory. When the Knights won the game back in November, they went on an 18-0 blitz to start the scoring. Against West, Reagan LoConte hit back-to-back 3-pointers to open the game for Central and it looked like a repeat feat of a large game-opening run was possible. But the six points would be all the sophomore guard would score in the contest. West quickly scored six straight to tie the game at 6-6. A couple of baskets by junior forward Abi Baumgartner (13 points, 7 rebounds) put the Knights back ahead 10-6. West answered with seven straight points, but Central scored the last three points of the quarter, including a layup by senior forward Natalie Spudic (6 points, 6 rebounds) right before the buzzer to knot the game at 13-13 after one quarter. “When they made those, we knew we had to pick it up,” Tara Gugliuzza said of the Knights hitting the early 3-pointers. “We picked it up, made more shots and worked on defense. We knew if we hit our shots that we’d be OK.” Sure enough Tara Gugliuzza scored eight points, including hitting a pair of 3-pointers, as the Warriors went on a 14-2 burst to open the second quarter. Tara Gugliuzza, who had 11 points at halftime, capped the burst on a 3-pointer for a 27-15 lead with 2:39 left in the first half. Sophomore guard Sydney Swanberg swooshed a 3-pointer at the buzzer to give West a 34- 20 lead at halftime. Taylor Gugliuzza had seven points in the first quarter and had 12 at halftime. Baumgartner scored four points to open the third quarter and cut the lead to 10. That gave the Knights a glimmer of hope, but it was soon closed as West connected on 5-of-10 3-pointers in the game in the final five minutes of the quarter. Hastings, who had 12 second half points, popped in a pair of treys and had eight points in the third quarter. The Warriors led 51-34 after three, and if there was any doubt at that point, it was soon gone as they embarked on a 10-0 run to open the fourth quarter. Swanberg (6 points) and senior guard Rachel Chavez (5 points) each added 3-pointers in that spurt. “As the season went on I’ve seen us step up and hit shots,” White said. “Plus we’ve become more active and are moving our feet on defense. The crowd here was awesome. Central did a good job guarding us to start, but then, all of the sudden, things opened up for us.” Junior guard Corryn Mejdrich also added six points for Central. The Knights have been hampered in the second half of the season as senior post player Lauren Kraft, who had 20 points and 16 rebounds when Central defeated the Warriors, tore her ACL in the Medieval Classic Christmas Tournament and was lost for the rest of the season. “With West it’s pick your poison,” Campanile said. “Do you try to take away their dribble penetration, or do you help too much and give them the open looks? They hit 10 threes and we didn’t pass the ball too well (22 turnovers).”

36 | February 15, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger sports Girls basketball Warriors slam door on Knights’ win streak RANDY WHALEN Freelance Reporter There was more at stake for the Lincoln-Way West girls basketball team than just a victory over its crosstown rival in the rubber match of the season last week. Like an outright Red Division SouthWest Suburban Conference championship. Taylor Gugliuzza poured in a game-high 18 points as the Warriors got that with a 63-39 victory over Lincoln- Way Central on Thursday, Feb. 8, at West. Not only did their 14th straight win give the Warriors (26-3, 11-1) their first outright SWSC Red title, the victory also establishes a new West school record for wins with 26. The old mark was 25, set with a 25-2 record in the 2014-15 season. That was also the same season that the Warriors won their only other SWSC Red title, a shared one with Lincoln-Way North. Central (14-14, 7-5) saw its four game win streak snapped. “We looked at this game as a playoff game,” Central coach Dave Campanile said. “It was a great atmosphere and I wanted us to play a hard fought game. West won the conference championship and that’s good for them. But afterward I was completely positive. We all hit the reset button now and are 0-0 going into the postseason.” The door opened for West “With West it’s pick your poison. Do you try to take away their dribble penetration, or do you help too much and give them the open looks? They hit 10 threes and we didn’t pass the ball too well.” Dave Campanile — Lincoln-Way Central head coach, on the loss to Lincoln-Way West to take the conference title outright when 2-time defending league champion Bradley-Bourbonnais was upset Feb. 6 in a 54-50 loss to Thornwood. West had split its games with the Boilermakers (20-7, 10-2) this season. “Coach [Ryan White] told us at practice [on Wednesday, Feb. 7],” West freshman guard Tara Gugliuzza said of Bradley-Bourbonnais losing. “So we knew [what was at stake]. I’m really excited and it’s really good. All the hard work we’ve put into the season paid off.” As has been the case numerous times this season, Tara Gugliuzza (14 points) saw her older sister, sophomore guard Taylor Gugliuzza, lead the team in points. Junior guard Tara Hastings (16 points) also made big scoring contributions in the win. “No, honestly I didn’t think so,” Tara Gugliuzza said when asked if she thought she’d step into a team this good her freshman year. “I knew we’d be good, but not this good.” Neither did her coach, who has been the head coach at West for all of the nine seasons of its varsity existence. “We lost three seniors from last seasons team and two of them [Emily Atsinger and Courtney O’Donnell] were 4-year varsity kids,” said White of last years group, which finished with a record of 24-6. “So I’m just amazed how everyone on the team has stepped up to fill a role. I couldn’t be more pleased with everything.” Central and the Warriors split their previous two meeting this season. The Knights won by a score of Please see basketball, 35 LennanII Phase II -Now Open Decorated Models areOpen Mon-Thu 10am-4pm | Sat/Sun Noon-4pm | Friday byAppt. Since 1970 Contactthe Sales Center fordetails at 708.479.5111 and visit online anytime at Exit I-80 at La Grange Road south for just under twomiles to La PorteRoad andturn east for one-half mile to Brookside Meadows. OPPORTUNITY mokena the Mokena Messenger | February 15, 2018 | 37 RIZZACARS.COM 8100 W. 159th Street | Orland Park 8130 W. 159th Street | Orland Park 8150 W. 159th Street | Orland Park 8425 W. 159th Street | Tinley Park

38 | February 15, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger sports Lincoln-Way earns trip back to state Chris Walker Freelance Reporter Una Farrel performs on the beam, where she took third with a 9.3 score and automatically qualified for individual competition at state with a fourth-place finish. Lincoln-Way East sophomore Allie Reis performs her floor routine. And the seniors have led them back to Palatine. Lincoln-Way co-op seniors Madi Flondor, Erica Dice and Una Farrell each advanced to state in at least one event and those contributions boosted the team score, which proved to be plenty for the entire team to join them in Palatine for the state finals. At the Sandburg Sectional on Feb. 5, where all but two teams improved their scores from what they scored during each team’s respective regional the previous week, Lincoln-Way co-op collected 143.275 points, easily in front of runner-up Downers Grove North’s 137.575, which entered as just the fifth-highest scoring team among the six-squad field. Dice was third on vault with a 9.25, Flondor tied for fifth on bars with a 9.025, and Farrell took third on beam with a 9.3, tied for fifth on the floor exercise with a 9.025 and ensured she’d compete in all four events by earning fourth place in the all-around with a 36.125. The top five placers in each of the four events, as well as the all-around automatically qualify for state. “We definitely made a few mistakes, but the scoring was probably a little harder, so this will help us get ready for state,” Farrell said. “We knew we have a very good chance to win the sectional title, but at the same time, we didn’t want to let it get to our heads. We just came in not trying to be overconfident, which can throw you off.” Team depth once again was apparent for Lincoln- Way as eight gymnasts contributed to the team total. Farrell led the way in all four events, while Flondor and sophomore Korina Jarosz added three scores apiece. Jarosz also finished ninth in the all-around with a 34.725 and was sixth on vault. Freshman Grace Kmak, who placed 11th in the allaround with a 34.5, saw her beam and floor routine lift the team’s final score, while Dice, sophomore Allie Reis and seniors Sabrina Wenk and Gabby DeVito delivered to that same total in one event each. Lincoln Way co-op took sixth in state last February. “We know we’re not going to be the highest-ranked team there, but we’re going to go there and have fun and enjoy the excitement,” Farrell said. “And we’ll show the younger girls the ropes.” The pressure is kind of off the team now that they’ve punched their ticket to Palatine. “I felt like there was more Lincoln-Way gymnast Korina Jarosz performs a flip during her floor routine Feb. 5 at the Sandburg Sectional in Orland Park. Photos by Julie McMann/22nd Century Media Madison Flonder is one of three Lincoln-Way co-op gymnasts to qualify for an individual event at the state championship. pressure this year with people expecting us to make it again, and we had to fight through some injuries,” Farrell said. “I kept thinking about what would happen if we didn’t make it and if we let anyone down. So now that we’ve did it, we’ll continue to push ourselves to get better because we know it’s not going to be easy competition.”

will never forget. “It is amazing because it’s like you’re actually in the Olympics playing for USA. Having all the other teams play together trying to win it [Nations Cup]. It was fun. I like playing against Can- sports the Mokena Messenger | February 15, 2018 | 39 fastbreak Youth hockey team prepares for national title defense 22nd Century Media File Photo 1st-and-3 LW Central Nat’l Signing day (above) 1. Football Mike Morgan, South Dakota State University; Peyton Nigro, Concordia University (Minnesota); and Brett Widule, University of Wisconsin- Platteville 2. Baseball/Softball Ryan Vice, Western Michigan University; Andrew Hancock, University of Evansville (Indiana); Sarah Wilson, Cardinal Stritch University (Wisconsin); Trey Korbel, Triton College; and Matt Helwig, University of Wisconsin-Parkside. 3. Volleyball Kylie Kulinski, University of Pennsylvania; Cassidy Wyman, St. Xavier University; Hannah Stacey, St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame. Craig McCarthy Freelance Reporter On Monday and Wednesday nights the Arctic Ice Arena in Orland Park is where you’ll find the Pee Wee hockey team known as the Vikings. This team of children aged 12 years and younger consists of 17 players from the surrounding area. While the team is preparing for the end of their season, with the upcoming Northern Illinois Hockey League tournament and state playoffs, they’re still reveling in a win that goes back to Nov. 24-26. It was then that this group of young skaters were not only playing for themselves, their team and their families, but also playing for an entire nation. “It was just a bunch of little 11- and 12-year-olds chanting for their country. There were American flags going through [the arena]. It was crazy. Usually it’s just the parents that watch the game, but this game we had a crowd,” said team manager Kristen Bruns. Bruns, whose son is one of the goalies on the team, is referring to the final game of the annual Nations Cup. The tournament, held in Detroit, had teams from the U.S. and Canada competing not only for the cup but for national pride. The Vikings played in the championship game and beat Canada 4-1 to cap off an amazing run. Pictured are the members of the Orland Park Vikings 12-and-under youth hockey team. The team has its sights set on defending its Nations Cup title, which it won this past Thanksgiving 4-1 against Canada. Craig McCarthy/22nd Century Media “The last game came down to if we win the game we win the Nations Cup for all the teams in our division. The whole stadium was packed with USA fans,” said assistant coach Tim Rieman. “It was pretty rewarding to see them work as hard as they did and to win everything. To see them smiling and happy, it was pretty great,” said assistant coach John Gannon. “The experience can be summed up in two words: simply amazing. The kids had a blast, the coaches had a blast,” recalled head coach Ryan Holke. Approximately 300 people were in the arena during the championship game running around with flags, according to Holke. It’s something he and his coaches said they had never experienced at that level. For the players, it’s something they Please see hockey, 34 Listen Up “[N]ow that we’ve [made it to state] we’ll continue to push ourselves to get better, because we know it’s not going to be easy competition.” Una Farrell – Lincoln-Way co-op gymnast, on what to expect in state competition TUNE IN Girls Basketball 6 p.m., Monday, Feb. 19 Lincoln-Way East opens sectional title week. Index 35 – Athlete of the Week 34 – High School Highlights FASTBREAK is compiled by Editor T.J. Kremer III, tj@

mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | | February 15, 2018 USA! Youth hockey team looks to build on championship run, Page 39 Win streak stopped West over Central in girls basketball regular season finale, Page 36 Lincoln-Way co-op gymnast Grace Kmak cartwheels toward the vault Feb. 5. The Lincoln- Way squad took the sectional title and moves on to the state playoffs. Julie McMann/22nd Century Media LW co-op gymnasts take sectional title, state up next, Page 38 363 NORTH HARLEM, PEOTONE IL 708-258-9200 % 0 72 NO X APR MOS $ 2,000 FORD BONUS CASH AND PAYMENTS UNTILSPRING 2018 ON SELECT NEW FORDS. =$13.89/$1,000 FINANCED. MUSTFINANCE THROUGH FMCC. SEE DEALER FOR DETAILS. EXCLUSIVELY AT TERRY ' S FORD

More magazines by this user
Similar magazines