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8 | April 12, 2018 | The Mokena Messenger news mokenamessenger.com Morgan’s Place adding a storefront to their repertoire LW Central student inspiration for name Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor Like a scene from HGTV’s “Fixer Upper,” Mike Moyzis and Stacey Burke are constantly creating something new from something old. Vintage and repurposed home goods are their specialty, which will soon be showcased in downtown Frankfort at Morgan’s Place. Moyzis and Burke, who run the store, have been creating for countless years, and teach woodworking and crafting classes at their warehouse near Center and Laraway roads. During the store’s grand opening celebration on Sunday, April 15, visitors will get a chance to meet the shop’s namesake Morgan Schiller, a Lincoln-Way Central senior who is the daughter of Burke’s longtime friend Michelle Schiller. The two have been friends since attending the College of St. Francis together, and Burke said Morgan has had a significant impact on the lives of her and her friends. Of the four friends, Burke said they have “been through hell and back,” but have remained friends and leaned on one another through it all. All of life’s “junk,” as Burke calls it, can start to wear you down, but she said Morgan, an outgoing and friendly teen, has been inspirational for them because of her beautiful personality. “It’s been a journey for us throughout her life, she’s been though a lot, but because of who she is she’s just such a good person,” Burke said of Morgan, who was diagnosed with Williams syndrome as a young child. “Being that good of a person, I think that’s what I believe, and what Mike believes, is who most people are at their core.” The goodness, kindness, friendship, loyalty and love that Burke said they have learned from Morgan is what fuels the pair’s business model, and she and Moyzis want to bring that to everyone who comes into their new shop. Besides being able to pick up just about anything on the side of the road and turn it into something useful or decorative, Burke, who has a master’s degree in social work, said she believes that “there isn’t anybody that you can’t work with, and you can’t help, and you can’t shape and mold.” “Everybody just wants to be loved, everybody just wants love in their life and friendship, so we like to be the home base for people in general,” she said. Moyzis said the business is an opportunity for them to give back to the community through their customized approach and attention to detail in each project they work on. “Our society is so ‘me, me, me’ orientated right now,” Moyzis said, “so this is an opportunity for us to give back, so to speak ... We want this to be a place where you can come and enjoy the love and enjoy the opportunity to have things made for yourself and hopefully a place where we can make a difference in kind of a different way in people’s lives.” Burke said people are often surprised that they are able to recreate or customize something a customer has seen on Pinterest or taken a photo of at another store. “That’s the cool thing about this store: everybody Morgan’s Place Co. sells a variety of home goods, many of them handmade by owners Mike Moyzis and Stacey Burke. The two have been teaching woodworking and do-ityourself classes at their warehouse in Frankfort for years. is wired differently,” Moyzis said. “They can walk in and get what they want.” In addition to creating unique pieces for people, they also teach classes at their warehouse for people to learn to do it themselves and will sell a variety of paints and stains and other do-it-yourself supplies at their shop. Their talents are put to work in setting up in-home parties for locals as well, and Burke’s friend Tara Triefenbach is known for her in-home cooking that accompanies many of those events. Triefenbach will be making the food for the grand opening, and Moyzis said he hopes people will come and hang out for a while during the event to soak up the love — and maybe some sun, if the weather cooperates. Featuring 20+ fun things to do in your town over the summer! Publishes May 17, 2018 Space Reservation Deadline: May 2nd Ad Approval: May 8th 2018 Guide PLEASE CALL: 708.326.9170 TO RESERVE YOUR AD One of the semi-customized products at Morgan’s Place are cards with various quotes and sayings on them that can be framed. Photos by Amanda Stoll/22nd Century Media

mokenamessenger.com news the Mokena Messenger | April 12, 2018 | 9 LW cadets earn ‘Cadet of the Quarter’ title Submitted by Lincoln-Way Community High School District 210 Arwen Rolinitis: First-Year Winner. Photos submitted Oliver Mate: Third-Year Winner On March 1 the AFJROTC board met from 3-5:00 p.m. to score cadet candidates for “Cadet of the Quarter.” Cadet of the Quarter recognizes cadets who have excelled in the Lincoln- Way AFJROTC program. After students are nominated, they fill out a nominee package questionnaire, worth a maximum of 45 points, and then meet the board in person for another possible 55 points. Cadets who meet the board are issued study guides that will help them prepare for potential questions from board members. The nominee package questionnaire asked the cadets eight questions pertaining to their involvement in AFJROTC, the school, the community and demonstration of leadership skills. Upon completion, the cadets submit the questionnaire and meet with the board. The board is chaired by the cadet group or senior deputy group commander. The board members consist of the cadet deputy group commander and four cadet squadron members. These cadets are: Cadet Col. Elizabeth Ihrke, board president and unit deputy group commander; Cadet CMSgt. Jessica Sumrow; Cadet Capt. Arick Hauschild; Cadet 1st Lt. Ani Smentek; and Cadet SMSgt. Aiden Hart, and are referred to as “The Top.” The board evaluates the applicants through an inspection of their uniform, a drill command performance, and a series of questions. Once the scoring is complete, the board recommends a winner in each category, based on the cadet’s year in AF- JROTC, to Col. George Ramey. “The cadets who are nominated to meet the board have been selected by peer leaders and instructors to represent the very best for each year in the program,” Ramey said. “The cadet board members do a remarkable job of recommending the cadet they believe should be the winner in each category. Although the board is very competitive, the winners have earned their selections.” Winners of the competition were announced on March 5. The winners by Abigail Knippel: Second- Year Winner Angelo Minetti: Fourth-Year Winner year in AFJROTC are: • Arwen Rolinitis: First- Year Winner • Abigail Knippel: Second-Year Winner • Oliver Mate: Third-Year Winner • Angelo Minetti: Fourth- Year Winner All winners will have their official unit photo displayed and each will receive the Superior Performance Ribbon at the semester awards ceremony. Police: ‘Don’t be a victim’ Rash of vehicle thefts, break-ins prompt police to ask for public assistance Staff Report Mokena police are asking residents to team up with them to help proactively deter burglaries from parked vehicles throughout the community. The Lincoln-Way area has experienced an increase in the number of these types of crimes recently, most frequently by out-of-area suspects during overnight hours. The common denominator in most of these vehicle burglaries is an unlocked vehicle parked in a driveway or on the street with valuables left out in clear view for would-be thieves. In some cases, the vehicle keys or a proximity fob has been left Bruno NAWS Illinois Humane Society 9981 W. 190th St. Mokena, IL 60448 inside the unlocked vehicle, resulting in the vehicle being stolen. Open, unsecured garage doors additionally invite criminal activity. Police are encouraging residents to help prevent these types of crimes by being “eyes and ears” for their neighbors and the community at large. Police are asking residents to call 911 if they see suspicious activity in their neighborhood. Descriptions of suspicious people and their clothing, along with vehicle descriptions and license plates, are extremely helpful. Proactive overnight patrols are conducted by Mokena police personnel on a regular basis, using both marked and unmarked vehicles. You can help them deter potential crimes by taking the following simple steps: • Lock your vehicle. • Remove valuables such as wallets, purses, laptop computers, and phones from your vehicle while it is unattended. • If removing valuables from the vehicle is not practical, place them out of view. Make sure you lock the vehicle. • Every night before going to bed, conduct a security check at your home. Ensure your vehicles are locked, your garage door is closed and your residence is secured. The above steps take only a few minutes and can help prevent you from becoming a victim of crime. Those with additional questions regarding how they can partner with Mokena police to make the community safer are encouraged to contact Crime Prevention Officer Dennis Boardman at (708) 479- 3912. Bruno is a handsome Great Pyrenees and St. Bernard mix. He is a young and friendly boy who is looking for his forever home. Please email Stacy at stacy@ nawsus.org or call (708) 478-5102 to set up an appointment with an adoption counselor to meet him. 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 tj@moke namessenger.com or 11516 W. 183rd St., Office Condo 3, Suite SW, Orland Park, IL 60467.