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Mental health

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Linden Oaks expands to

Mokena, Page 4

Budget

breakdown

D210 budget explained

ahead of public

presentation, Page 5

Tour of the

town Mokena

Chamber of Commerce

offers 2018 Community

Resource Guide, Inside

Bio-Blitz uses aquatic bugs to determine water health, Page 3

Volunteers for the Watershed Bio-Blitz examine trays with specimens from Crystal Creek in Mokena. The group

was looking for bugs that would indicate the health of the water. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

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Sips and Smocks

6-8 p.m. Sept. 13, Mokena

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11327 W. 195th St., Mokena.

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Sept. 16, Hickory Creek

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Survivor Conference

8 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 15,

Chamberlain College of Nursing,

8624 W. Creek Drive,

Tinley Park. Join the Cancer

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Community Expo

9 a.m.-1 p.m. Sept. 15,

The Oaks Recreation and

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the Mokena Chamber of

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The Legends of Sun Records

1-2 p.m. Sept. 15, Mokena

Community Public Library,

11327 W. 195th St., Mokena.

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Jerry Lee Lewis, and Carl

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Randy Walker will teach

about the history of some of

America’s most beloved early

rock n’roll and also play

some classic songs we all

know and love. To register,

call (708) 479-9663 or visit

the events calendar at www.

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BBQ Bonanza

4 p.m.-12 a.m. Sept. 15,

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10852 Wolf Road, Mokena.

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music by Ron Rodeghero,

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6:30-8 p.m. Sept. 18, Mokena

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Ongoing through Sept. 29,

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the Mokena Messenger | September 13, 2018 | 3

Saving the planet,

one creek at a time

Watershed Bio-

Blitz helps identify

pollution in

waterways

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

When it comes to determining

the health of a water

system, macroinvertebrates

— or bugs that live in the

water and can be seen with

the naked eye, to the lay person

— can tell ecologists a

lot.

And so approximately a

dozen volunteers — some

young, some not so young

— showed up on a damp

Saturday, Sept. 8 morning to

help tweeze the tiny critters

out of the waters of Crystal

Creek in Mokena.

Dan Peloquin, public works

department employee for the

Village of Mokena, said the

Bio-Blitz outing — in its fifth

year — was a group effort

between the Village, Hickory

Creek Watershed, Conservation

Foundation and Huff &

Huff, where the samples are

sent for further testing.

The event was coordinated

with other surrounding

communities so ecologists

can get a wider view of the

inter-workings of the area’s

water systems.

Jamie Viebach, of the

Conservation Foundation,

said the methods are

a “quick and dirty” way to

test the water, rather than

spending a lot of time of resources.

Some bugs, such as certain

types of snails and fly

larvae, only thrive when

there are low levels of pollutants

in the water. Plus, it’s

a neat way to find unexpected

life, such as the time Viebach

found a water scorpion,

which looks nearly identical

to a small log. It didn’t tell

her much about the quality

of the water, but it was still

a neat find, she said.

Jay Womack, with Huff

& Huff, had a few tips for

homeowners to help reduce

the amount of pollution that

trickles down into the waterways,

such as establishing

rain gardens and rain barrels

to collect rain water coming

down off downspouts.

“Realizing how many

downspouts are on your

house and where they’re actually

going is the first step

in being an environmental

steward,” Womack said.

“It’s a great opportunity to

do some really simple things

to protect our environment

because all that water

goes from your roof, to the

ground, to the road, to our

local waterways all the way

down to the Gulf of Mexico,

where there is currently a

10,000-square-mile Gulf of

Mexico desert, and we contribute

to it from Illinois.”

That idea of being good

stewards of the Earth isn’t

reserved only for those with

years of experience and advanced

academic degrees.

Emma Engler, 11, of Mokena,

wanted to come out

because she saw the notification

in the Village’s newsletter

when the water bill came.

“She’s a Girl Scout and

she’s techy and she likes

things like this, so we decided

to let her come out

here and see what’s up,” said

Emma’s mother, Michelle

Engler-Brooks.

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Mokena, uses her

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found in Crystal

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Behavioral health center expands to Mokena location

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

When the state of Illinois began

shuttering its doors to many of its

mental health centers in 2009, the

hope was that individual communities

and mental health care providers

would step up and pick up the

slack for the tens of thousands left

without treatment options.

One such provider, Linden

Oaks Behavioral Health, did, and

opened its most recent location

Sept. 5 at 9697 W. 191st St., in

Mokena.

The Linden Oaks Mokena Outpatient

Center offers services such

as: assessment and referral; a partial

hospitalization program, with

six hours of daily structured programming

for individual, group

and family therapy; an intensive

outpatient program, with a threehour

daily outpatient treatment

plan; and has its own medical

group, including psychiatrists,

nurses and therapists.

Specialized programs focus on

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to help create an inspiring and comfortable surrounding.

mental health, including depression

and anxiety, addictions, and

psychiatric services. These programs

are designed for both adolescents

ages 12 and up, and adults

over 18 years of age.

“We’ve been treating people

from the Mokena area at our outpatient

facility in Naperville for

many years, and we’re excited now

to have [programs] that are closer

to their homes because we know

that easy access to the programs is

Dana Naskrent (left), of Linden Oaks Behavioral Health, gives Chris

Fischer a tour Sept. 5 of the new Mokena facility. Photos by T.J. Kremer

III/22nd Century Media

very important to individuals in recovery,

as well,” said Gina Sharp,

president and CEO of Linden Oaks

Behavioral Health.

The Mokena location already is

sering about 25 clients, with the

potential to serve about another 20

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Understanding ins and outs of LW’s budget

Budget scheduled

for public

presentation

Thursday, Sept. 20

Megan Schuller

Freelance Reporter

The Lincoln-Way Community

High School D210

Board of Education is

scheduled to vote on its

fiscal year 2019 budget on

Thursday, Sept. 20. Since

promoting its projected operating

surplus of $2.77 million

for its upcoming budget,

questions were raised

as to how the district could

claim a surplus if it still had

outstanding debt. The Messenger

takes a closer look at

the numbers.

Having a surplus but still in

debt

According to the proposed

budget, D210 will

have an operating surplus

of nearly $2.8 million; however

this does not mean the

district is out of debt. The

district still owes $281 million

in short- and long-term

debt. Under current predictions

by Assistant Superintendent

of Business Brad

Cauffman, the long-term

debt will not be paid off until

at least 2026.

While revenue in the

2019 budget trends down,

the expenditures are up

from the 2018 budget. But

this has minimal impact on

the overall budget for now.

The FY2019 budget has increased

from the FY2018

budget by $2.74 million. According

to fiscal year projection

documents, the majority

of the increase is going

toward capital projects and

salaries. D210 plans to spend

$3 million from the Capital

Projects fund on necessary

capital improvements and

maintenance that it has put

“The district spent more than they took in for many years and ran the

fund balance down to the point they need to start borrowing to pay

expenditures. Now we are spending less then we collect and we are rebuilding

back the fund balances.”

Brad Cauffman — LW D210 assistant superintendent of business

off, according to Cauffman.

The district also continues

to rely on tax anticipation

warrants as it heads

into the next fiscal year. In

2016, the district borrowed

nearly $30 million in TAWs.

By FY2019, the district expects

to borrow $17 million.

D210’s long-term budget

aims eliminate the need for

TAWs by the fiscal year

2026, according to Cauffman’s

projections.

Paying down the debt

In early January, an enrollment

study was done to

forecast enrollment for the

next several years using the

“Cohort Survival Method,”

which tracks several possible

outcomes. It concluded

that over the next five

years D210 could expect

enrollment to drop by approximately

340 students,

which would bring total enrollment

to approximately

6,600 students for the fall

2022 semester. While this

is a gradual change in enrollment,

a more drastic

drop in enrollment can become

a barrier to paying

down debt.

Since more than 70 percent

of the district’s revenue

comes from property

taxes, this becomes a factor

in lowering the debt. From

the 2018 budget to the 2019

proposed budget, tax revenue

has increased by $1.6

million. While the School

Board has not set the 2018

tax levy yet, the FY2019

budget is based on a 2.1 percent

increase in the current

taxes, plus taxes on new

property growth.

The district plans to increase

the operating surplus

by 3 percent each year as

the district builds the fund

balance to $31 million in

operating funds. Ideally, the

district would reach its fund

balance goal by 2026. According

to Cauffman, at the

end of FY2018 the district

was at 9.2 percent for all

operating funds and at the

end of FY2019 the district

is estimated to be at 12.10

percent, with an end goal to

be at 33 percent. Cauffman

said he expected the CPI to

be around 2 percent in the

future as they plan out the

budget.

“The district spent more

than they took in for many

years and ran the fund balance

down to the point they

need to start borrowing to

pay expenditures,” Cauffman

said. “Now we are

spending less then we collect

and we are re-building back

the fund balances.”

Cauffman said that the

surplus from the operating

fund will go toward rebuilding

the fund balances, which

will in turn increase the cash

reserve.

“As we continue to build

high cash reserves the asset

side of our financial balance

sheet will get higher, which

results in higher fund balances,”

Cauffman said. “If

your cash balance increases

faster than your debt, then

your fund balance will increase,

also.”

Based on data collected

and future budget assumptions,

the financial 5Cast

model is projecting surplus

budgets over the next

five fiscal years, which

will start to restore the

District’s fund balance. In

turn, this will reduce the

need for TAWs, increase

the District’s Financial

Profile Score and restore

bond credit rating down the

road as financials become

more stable.

Looking ahead

According to Associate

Professor of Teacher Education

at DePaul University

and Illinois Board of Higher

Education member Marie

Ann Donovan, school districts

are limited in ways

to dig out of deficits, so the

methods are fairly standard

when it comes to paying the

bills for schooling in America.

The most standard methods

of decreasing debt are:

Cutting what the school

board considers “extracurricular,”

or otherwise nonessential;

proposing tax

referenda; deferring maintenance;

consolidating facilities;

or changing school

transportation schedules.

“Chicago Public Schools,

for instance, is still dealing

with the negative effects of

closing schools,” Donovan

said.

D210 is also still dealing

with the effects of closing

Lincoln-Way North. Cauffman

said that closing North

has saved the district over

$5 million annually. North

is considered a capital asset

that is being paid off by a

separate tax levy, known as

the Debt Service Tax Levy,

to redeem the outstanding

bonds; however, even

though the school isn’t being

used, it still has to be maintained,

which is costly. The

FY2019 budget includes

$59,000 for security/maintenance

staff; $112,000 for

cleaning, repairs and maintenance;

and $246,000 for

utilities.

As for the plausibility of

Lincoln-Way getting out

of debt within the next 10

years, Donovan said that it

depends on several factors,

such as how much debt the

district is in and what can be

cut to save money.

“Districts in Illinois held

hostage by the over twoyear

budget stalemate drew

down on their reserves

to such an extent that, for

some, there’s nowhere else

they can cut or borrow

from, and their bonding options

are limited,” Donovan

said.

Cauffman said at the

Aug. 30 board meeting

when he presented a fiscal

year worst-case scenario

that since more than

70 percent of the budget

is salaries and benefits, a

compromise on cuts would

Spending breakdown

A quick look at what

D210 spends its budget

on

Education/Salaries:

$65M

Debt Service: $9.4M

Operations and

Maintenance: $9.2M

Working Cash: $2.3M

Transportation: $2M

Tort: $732,835

Capital Projects:

$681,512

Municipal retirement/

Social Security:

$418,936

Projected Operating

Fund Balance fiscal year

2019: $10.6M

All Fund Summary Total:

$202.7M

have to be made there first

if the need would arise for

such cuts.

“If district revenue was

not enough to fund expenditures

the first reduction

(short-term) would be to

reduce capital expenditures

then reduce staff cost for

long-term savings,” Cauffman

said.

Donovan said that school

districts can overcome debt,

some with more sacrifices

than others, but it takes time

to do so. It is less of a race

and more like a crawl to get

back on track over time, she

said.

“The way district administrators

and school boards

think, as they climb out of

debt, is that you’re playing a

long game — i.e., five years

— not a short one — i.e.,

three years. And you have

to accept that you have to

rewrite your ‘Business As

Usual’ metric,” Donovan

said.

The district just recently

approved to hire PMA Fi-

Please see D210, 8


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Police: Speeder with no DL arrested

Maria Constantino, 44, of

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was charged Aug. 29

with driving on a suspended/

revoked driver’s license, operation

of an uninsured motor

vehicle and speeding.

According to police reports,

an officer on patrol

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northbound at a high

rate of speed. A check of the

on-board radar reportedly

showed the vehicle travelling

at 55 mph in a 35 mph

zone.

The officer pulled a u-turn

and initiated a traffic stop.

The officer asked Constantino

for her driver’s license

and proof of insurance,

which she was unable to

provide. A check of her information

revealed that her

license was revoked, and she

“However, understand

100 percent of this debt was

referendum debt, approved

by the voters, and carries a

separate unlimited tax levy

to pay these bonds off as

they come due,” Cauffman

added.

Cauffman said that the financial

outlook for the next

10 years looks very good

for the district as it continues

to rebuild the fund balance.

“The FY2019 budget is

one more step on the path to

recovery by having at least a

3 percent operating budget

was placed under arrest.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The

Mokena Messenger’s police

reports come from the Mokena

Police Department. Anyone

listed in these reports is

considered to be innocent of all

charges until proven guilty in a

court of law.

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Southwest Area Music Teachers

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Submitted by Southwest

Area Music Teachers

Association

The fall kick-off meeting

of the Southwest Area Music

Teachers Association,

a local chapter of Illinois

State Music Teachers Association,

is scheduled to take

place from 9:30-11:30 a.m.

on Sept. 21 in Mokena at

the home of member Sarah

Maranto. Guest speaker,

Michelle Freeland, will give

the presentation, “Inspire!

Feel! Create! Leading Your

Studio to Motivate All Students.”

Freeland is the orchestra

director of Lincoln-

Way East High School and

for Lincoln-Way Youth

Strings, a feeder orchestra

program. She has been

teaching for more than

15 years, and has worked

with elementary, middle

and high school orchestras

throughout the Chicagoland

area. She holds bachelors’

of music degrees in

violin Performance and

music education from the

University of Illinois, and

a master’s of music education

degree from Northwestern

University.

All area music teachers

are welcome to attend this

meeting. Southwest Area

Music Teachers Association

is a non-profit organization

that exists to cultivate

skills and exchange

ideas unique to music

teaching. For more information

about this meeting,

contact Maranto at (708)

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Mentor Night brings families together

Submitted by Noonan

Elementary Academy

Noonan Elementary

Academy, an independent

Catholic school in Mokena,

hosted its annual Mentor

Dinner on Thursday, Sept. 6,

to connect new families with

established families within

their school.

The event was hosted by

the Holy Family Association,

Noonan’s version of a

Parent Teacher Association.

Noonan works to take the

initiative to build and then

foster a connection with all

of their families.

“The Mentor dinner

serves as an opportunity to

welcome our new families

into the Noonan community,”

said Joseph Dunn, principal

of Noonan Academy.

“It’s the families that bring

forth the life into our school.

The more involved a family

is within our community, the

more they will feel like they

are at home when they are at

Noonan.

“This personal connection

allows them to understand

what we are about while getting

firsthand information

about our school from families

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on Joliet Highway.

The parade will then turn

northbound on Schoolhouse

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The parade is scheduled

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Bowlers have time to ‘spare’ for a good cause

Megan Schuller

Freelance Reporter

Bowlers from across the

area came together to bowl

for a charitable cause this

weekend. The Chicagoland

United States Bowling Conference

held a two-day benefit

tournament Saturday,

Sept. 8, and Sunday, Sept. 9,

at Thunder Bowl in Mokena

to raise money for prostate

cancer.

Associate Manager of

Chicagoland Bowl USBC

Kristee Bylls said that this

tournament is one of the

many that they do in the area

for different causes. They

also hold a “Bowl for the

Cure” tournament and have

tournaments to raise money

to support veterans.

“We try to support local

charities as much as we

can, as well as national ones,

too,” Bylls said.

For some bowlers, bowling

for the cause was not

only recreational, it was personal.

Yronne Terry of Woodridge

came out to bowl

for the cause since she has a

relative suffering from prostate

cancer.

“It’s an honor to bowl today.

Everything I can do to

support cancer awareness I

will do,” Terry said.

Sheryl Sanchez of Joliet

came to watch her 10-yearold

son Alex participate in

the tournament. Beside her

to cheer on Alex was her

father, who is a survivor of

prostate cancer.

“Alex likes to bowl and

he just loves bowling for

causes like this,” Sanchez

said. “He has a lot of fun

doing it. Today he bowls for

his grandpa who is recovering.

I’m always his biggest

fan.”

The annual prostate cancer

tournament has been

held since 2014 and raises

more than $2,000 each year

to go to the local charity. It

began after a member of the

Chicagoland USBC board of

directors fell ill with prostate

cancer. Ever since, it

has been held throughout the

area each year to raise money

for the cause.

The tournament was a

two-day event where bowlers

competed against one another

to win prizes and donate

toward the cause. They

got warm up time and before

playing three games.

“The funds will go back

into the community to the

Cancer Support Center for

prostate cancer. We’re giving

back to the local community,”

Bylls said.

Manager of Thunder Bowl

Brian Vesely said that it was

a pleasure for him to host

the tournament at Thunder

Bowl.

“It’s a real nice thing. It’s

good for the cause and the

community with us hosting

it right in town here,” he

said.

RIGHT: Chicagoland Bowl

United States Bowling

Conference Associate

Manager Kristen Bylls

(left), manager of Thunder

Bowl Brian Vesley (middle)

and Chicagoland USBS

Assistant Associate

Manager Grace Kido

worked together to put

the two-day benefit

tournament “Bowl for the

Cure” together at Thunder

Bowl in Mokena Saturday,

Sept. 8, and Sunday, Sept.

9. The fundraiser went

toward raising money for

and awareness of prostate

cancer.

Alex Sanchez, 10, of Joliet, bowls to raise money for prostate cancer, which his grandpa is a survivor of. Photos by Megan

Schuller/22nd Century Media

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Old costumes in search of new homes at library’s second annual swap

Amanda Stoll, Assistant Editor

Helping residents save

money and finding new

homes for old costumes is

all in the spirit of Halloween

this year at the library.

Again this year, the library

will collect gently used

costumes for their costume

swap on Friday, Oct. 5. Anyone

who brings in a costume

can then come back for the

swap to pick out one for

themselves.

Office Manager Tracy

Domzalski said the event

brought in more than 60 costumes

and about 30 people

participated in the swap.

This year, she’s hoping the

event will grow even more.

“For our first year, we felt

that was kind of a good start,

so we decided to go ahead

and do it again,” Domzalski

said. “The patrons that did

participate felt that it was a

great opportunity for ... them

to swap out their gently used

costumes and get new costumes

for the kids. And the

kids loved it.”

It does not matter whether

they are full costumes,

masks, accessories or props,

the library is looking for

items that are clean and in

good condition. For adult

costumes, they request that

they be family-friendly; no

risque or grotesque costumes,

please.

Items will be accepted

through Sunday, Sept. 30.

After the turnout last year,

Domzalski said the swap will

move downstairs to the community

room this year, which

will allow for more space.

Domzalski said she got the

idea from the Programming

Librarian website, where she

often searches for new, fun

programming ideas for the

library. The costume swap

idea came from a library in

Pennsylvania, and it caught

her attention immediately.

The event is frugal all

around as it does not cost the

Costume Swap

Mokena Community

Public Library, 11327

195th St. in Mokena

Accepting costumes

through Sunday, Sept.

30

Swap will be held 10

a.m.- 5 p.m. on Friday,

Oct. 5

Halloween Party

Mokena Community

Public Library, 11327

195th St. in Mokena

1-3 p.m. Saturday, Oct.

20

This year’s event will

celebrate the 200th

anniversary of Mary

Shelley’s “Frankenstein”

and will include a

costume contest,

scavenger hunt, arts and

crafts

library much to put on, and it

helps patrons save money on

costumes for the season.

Any costumes left over

will be donated. Last year,

the extra costumes were given

to KidsWork Children’s

Museum in Frankfort for use

with their programs.

Last year, the swap

brought in costumes for a

variety of ages and interests

and even included a few fun

adult costumes. Batman,

princesses, a mermaid and a

ninja costume made appearances

for the children, while

a Minnie Mouse and a chef’s

costume were up for grabs

for the adults.

“It did save the patrons

a lot of money as far as the

quality of costumes that we

got, too,” Domzalski said.

“It wasn’t just a random shirt

or top, it was a whole entire

costume that got brought in,

so a lot of people left here

with costumes they would

have walked out [with] from

the store. So, they were real

happy with that.”

Antonella Avete, 3, of Mokena, carries a pumpkin she decorated during the library’s annual Halloween party in 2016. This

year, the Halloween party will take place on Oct. 20 and will have a “Frankenstein” theme in honor of the 200th anniversary

of Mary Shelley’s classic horror story. The library also will be hosting a costume swap on Oct. 5 for local families looking

to save a little money this Halloween season. 22nd Century Media file photos

Grace Sandor, 6, and her brother Joey, 4, of Mokena, reach their hands into jars containing strangely textured contents

intended to resemble hearts, brains, eyeballs, fingers and teeth during the library’s 2016 Halloween party.


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Jensen

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Society 9981 W. 190th St.

Mokena, 60448

Jensen is a handsome,

young, male Lab mix who

is looking for a home. He

is a very playful, friendly

and energetic boy who

loves attention and

going for walks. Please

email Stacy at stacy@

nawsus.org or call (708)

478-5102 to setup an

appointment with an

adoption counselor to

meet this wonderful boy.

Want to see your pet featured

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sentences explaining why

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CrossFit Mokena to fundraise

for P.A.W.S. of Tinley Park

Staff Report

On Sunday, Sept. 16,

CrossFit Mokena — located

at 8421 W. 191st St., in Mokena

— is scheduled to host

its annual charity event. This

year, the beneficiary will

be P.A.W.S of Tinley Park.

Last year, CrossFit Mokena

raised more than $4,000 for

1Pet 1Vet.

The day is scheduled to

start at 8:30 a.m. with a children-only

workout and then

have heats of adults doing

workouts starting at 9:30 a.m.,

which will conclude at noon.

There will also be a silent

auction as part of the fundraising.

Cost for children ages 6-11

is free, and $25 for those 12

years old and up.

For more information,

visit crossfit-mokena.triib.

com/events/celebrate-withcrossfit-mokena-and-sup

port-paws-of-tinley-park, or

call (815) 690-7745.

Announcement

Girouxs celebrate 60 years of marriage

Congratulations to John and

Edeltraut Giroux, of Mokena, who

recently celebrated their 60th

wedding anniversary.

When this couple got married in

1958, a gallon of gas cost 25 cents,

the one TV in the house had maybe

10 channels and telephones had

cords. John and Edeltraut met and

married in Germany, then moved

to Chicago, and finally moved to

Mokena in 1970. They raised six

children, and were further blessed

with 13 grandchildren and six greatgrandchildren.

Currently, a gallon

of gas costs about $2.80, TVs have

hundreds of channels, and even

these amazing great-grandparents

have mastered smartphones.

A lot has changed over the years but

one thing that has remained is John

and Edeltraut’s commitment to each

other. Cheers to 60 years. Happy

Anniversary Mom and Dad!

Make a FREE announcement in The

Mokena Messenger. We will publish birth,

birthday, military, engagement, wedding

and anniversary announcements free

of charge. Announcements are due the

Thursday before publication. To make an

announcement, email tj@mokenamessenger.com.

Spay, neuter discount program returns

Submitted by Will County

Executive Larry Walsh’s

Office

Will County residents who

have their pets spayed or

neutered at participating veterinary

offices in September

can receive a $40 countysponsored

discount.

The discount applies for

up to two animals per household

and is exclusively for

pet owners who live in Will

County. More than 18,000

pets have been treated since

the program originated in

2007.

“This continued partnership

between our Animal

Control department and

the many veterinarians in

Will County is the key to

protecting the health of our

residents’ pets,” said Will

County Executive Larry

Walsh.

To be eligible for the $40

discount on a pet’s spay or

neuter:

• Pet owners must show

proof of residency in Will

County;

• Pets must be registered

with Will County Animal

Control and reside with the

owner;

• Proof of current rabies

vaccination and Will County

registration tag must be

provided on the day of surgery;

• Rabies vaccination can

be administered on the day

of surgery, as well as registration

tag purchase;

• Surgery must take place

between, September 1st and

September 30th.

Pet owners should call

their veterinary office and

confirm that the facility is

participating.

Will County Animal Control

is under the County Executive’s

office and is led

by Dr. L.P Schild. For additional

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FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

Siegel’s continues to promote

family atmosphere at Pumpkin Fest

The first day of fall marks the

beginning of family-fun activities

and pumpkins galore at Siegel’s

Cottonwood Farm Pumpkin Fest.

For the last 28 years, Siegel’s has

brought countless attractions, food

and educational opportunities to

the thousands of people who attend

Pumpkin Fest each fall.

“We’re hoping that they’re going

to harvest family memories while

they’re here — that it becomes

tradition,” said Kaity Siegel-Grimmenga,

general manager of Siegel’s

Cottonwood Farm. “A lot of

our families that come out here, it

has been a tradition for them.”

Pumpkin Fest kicks off Sept. 22

at the farm, 17250 Weber Road in

Lockport. Each year, Siegel-Grimmenga

said there are new attractions

added to the lineup. This year,

there is to be a cow ball throw,

which features old fashioned milk

cans into which people are to throw

balls. The mountain slide is not

new, but it has been made “bigger

and better this year,” she said.

“My nieces tested it out this past

weekend to make sure it was good

for them,” Siegel-Grimmenga said.

“So, they came out and had fun on

it.”

There is also to be a children’ssize

schoolhouse, which was built

by the Amish and represents an

old-fashioned school house in

which children can play. More than

30 activities and attractions are on

the farm, and Siegel-Grimmenga

estimates that if someone did all

of them, it would take them at least

eight hours.

For more information on Pumpkin

Fest, visit ourpumpkinfarm.

com or call (815) 741-2693.

Reporting by Jacquelyn Schlabach,

Assistant Editor. For more, visit

LockportLegend.com.

FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT

Library caters to high-schoolers

with its first art contest

The New Lenox Public Library

is expanding its services to high

school teens, starting with its first

high school art contest.

This is the first time the library

has catered its services specifically

to those in grades 9-12. It was an

idea spearheaded by marketing and

graphic design manager Liz Wetmore,

as well as new teen program

coordinator Melissa Leggero. Other

events planned for the future are

a claymation program and a poetry

night.

The library is accepting submissions

of paintings, drawings, sculptures,

photographs, 3D and digital

art through Wednesday, Oct. 31.

In addition, the art must be school

appropriate, because it will be displayed

at the library.

All artwork is to be displayed

Friday, Nov. 9, during the Teen Art

Gallery Exhibition, taking place

from 6-8 p.m., after the library

closes. The winner will be selected

during that evening. Judges will be

artists and art teachers within the

community, who will grade three

categories: creativity, originality

and quality.

First prize will be an e-reader.

Second place will win a $50 gift

card. Third place takes home a $25

gift card.

For rules, additional information

and to download a submission

form, visit newlenoxlibrary.org/

contest.

Reporting by James Sanchez, Editor.

For more, visit NewLenoxPatriot.com.

FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION

Permits, rezoning allow for new

downtown development

A series of measures approved

Sept. 4 by the Frankfort Village

Board will permit SDW Investments

LLC to move forward with

the construction of a planned

mixed-use development project in

downtown Frankfort.

The development involves creating

an 11,462-square-foot mixeduse

commercial building on a portion

of 7 N. White St. property,

converting the existing residential

structure located at 11 N. White

St. from residential to commercial

use, and constructing a new public

parking lot around the converted

home.

Trustee Mike Stevens said the

mixed-use building will provide

space for four tenants, including

two retail units along White Street,

an office to be occupied by Frankfort-based

accounting firm and a

5,454-square-foot restaurant space

located along the southern portion

of the building, adjacent to the Old

Plank Road Trail.

To accommodate the future development,

trustees gave the green

light to multiple items requested by

the developer, including a zoning

change from residential to historic

district and special use permits to

allow for a planned unit development,

a full service restaurant with

liquor sales, extended hours of operation

and an outdoor seating area.

The board also approved the final

plat for the portion of land where

the development will take place.

“I’m glad that this parcel is actually

going to existing residents of

Frankfort, existing business owners

of Frankfort who are going to

put their business in this location,”

Trustee Bob Kennedy said.

Reporting by Nuria Mathog, Editor.

For more, visit FrankfortStation.com.

FROM THE HOMER HORIZON

Parkview Junior High Ministry

gets colorful with Paint Wars

Fellowship is fostered in many

ways.

On the evening of Sept. 5, the

members of Parkview Christian

Church’s Junior High Ministry

found a creative and vivid way to

come together as a group, with an

event dubbed Paint Wars. Splatter

Dodgeball, Giant Soccer and Protect

the President were among the

friendly competitions that were

highlighted by lots — and lots —

of brightly colored, washable paint.

The fun and cooperative event,

held at the church’s Homer Glen

campus, encouraged participants

to use teamwork to get as messy

as possible. In the process, white

T-shirts — which were worn by

most Junior High Ministry members

— were transformed into oneof-a-kind

abstract designs during

the event.

Junior High Ministry leaders

host a similar event annually —

last year’s Color Wars featured

play with powdered paints, along

with ketchup and mustard battles

— and Parkview Homer Glen Student

Campus Pastor Matt Williard

makes it a priority to keep things

fresh and exciting for the participants.

“We try to mix it up,” he explained.

“We don’t like doing the

same thing year after year. One

year, we did a food fight, and we

always try to find something new

and something different.”

Reporting by Laurie Fanelli,

Freelance Reporter. For more, visit

HomerHorizon.com.

FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION

D228, South Suburban College

partner for alternative education

program

A revamped alternative education

program is allowing Bremen

High School District 228 students

to either catch up or get ahead on

schoolwork through a new partnership

of South Suburban College.

Approximately 135 at-risk students

from Tinley Park, Hillcrest,

Bremen and Oak Forest high

schools are enrolled in D228’s Alternative

Education Program which

was started in 2008. This school

year, the district partnered with the

local community college to open a

new wing in its Oak Forest building,

where high school students

can complete online coursework to

make up credits or even earn college

credits toward professional

certificates, such as welding, maintenance

and emergency medical

services.

“South Suburban College is all

about accessibility, so we see great

value in supporting a program

that creates additional pathways

for student success,” said Lynette

Stokes, South Suburban College’s

president-elect. “We are always

pleased to partner with Bremen

High School District 228. They

share our educational mission,

and we have great respect for their

administration, their schools, and

their teachers.”

Using an online course catalogue

called Edgenuity to complete

courses, students have a designated

amount of time to finish a course,

and the new program allows for

more classroom time during the

day, as opposed to previous offerings

only at night.

“The purpose of the new program

is to broaden the range of

academic, behavioral, and social

and emotional interventions,” said

Erin Collins, alternative education

director. “This program should

help students meet state standards,

successfully complete their education,

and have a plan for their postsecondary

future.”

Reporting by Cody Mroczka, Editor.

For more, visit TinleyJunction.com.

FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE

Orland Parker to take awardwinning

car to Chicagoland

Speedway show

A lot of stuff has happened between

the first time Phil Bianco Jr.

bought a 1956 Chevrolet Bel Air in

1958 and another in 2004.

In those 46 years, the Chicago

native went into politics and earned

a seat as a State representative in

1978 and 1980, and was involved

in State Senate races in 1976, 1982

and 1986.

He worked for Standard Oil/

Amoco for 30 years and moved to

Orland Park in 1994.

Now retired, the 79-year-old Bianco

is busy winning awards with

his second Bel Air. And he said he

hopes to add to the prize collection

when he puts it back on display at

9 a.m. Sunday, Sept. 16, at the Super

Chevy Show at Chicagoland

Speedway in Joliet.

Organizers say that this will be

the largest collection of Chevrolet

vehicles in one place, ranging from

classic to modern. The show will

feature an all-GM car show, which

will be judged professionally by

a panel, including Event Director

Ron Fetter.

Bianco said he loved the car he

drove during his younger years and

heard that there was a car for sale

that was “so clean you could eat off

of it.”

So, he purchased the car from

Robert Van Bolhuis in Stickney in

2004.

“It’s a great car,” Bianco said.

“Rob bought the car in Texas in

1988 and restored it to its original

condition.”

Reporting by Jeff Vorva, Contributing

Editor. For more, visit OPPrairie.com.


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From the Editor

On the coming of fall

TJ Kremer iii

tj@mokenamessenger.com

Ah the brisk, cool

weather is finally

on its way, and

that makes me one happy

(indoor) camper.

Soon, the season of sweat

will be over and there will

be much rejoicing across the

land.

Of course, fall isn’t all

piles of leaves and candy;

there will be a plethora of

pumpkin spice everything,

and shorter

days mean less sunlight for

those of us in an office most

of the day, but I’ll still take

fall over summer any day

of the week and twice on

Sundays.

And speaking of Sundays,

fall is also football season,

so an extra “Hooray!” for

that.

Both Lincoln-Way

Central and Lincoln-Way

East football are off the fast

starts again this year, which

could make for another state

title run for either or both

teams.

This is good news if, like

me, you’re a Bears fan and

the beginning of fall over

the past

decade or so has brought

no joy to us on the football

field.

(Can Aaron Rodgers

please just retire so we

can get on with our lives

as Bears fans?! Hasn’t the

town of Green Bay inflicted

enough pain and suffering

on us?! Please, just make it

stop!)

But the schools don’t just

play football, and the other

varsity sports are making

some waves this season,

too, especially on the girls

side.

East’s girls golfers are

driving and putting themselves

right into the thick of

a conference championship

race,

and the upstart girls of Central

volleyball seem to be

playing beyond their years

so far in the early part of the

season.

Yep, there’s a lot to be

excited about with our

Lincoln-Way school sports,

which is why we must take

care not to get too distracted

and become complacent

when it comes to the overall

financial health of the

district.

You may have noticed

the rather lengthy article

explaining the proposed

fiscal year 2019 budget

for D210 (it’s on Page 5

in case you missed it). We

thought it was important to

try and break down some

of what’s in that proposed

budget since the Lincoln-

Way Community High

School District 210 Board

of Education is scheduled to

vote on it next week, at its 7

p.m. meeting on Thursday,

Sept. 20.

One of the key takeaways

from the article should be

that although the district

is putting forth a proposed

budget with a surplus in its

funding, it is very far from

being debt free.

Now, members of the

administration and the board

may tell us that they have a

solid plan for paying down

that debt — and, in fact,

they do — but we should

continue to be aware of

what those plans entail,

how the plans will affect

taxpayers and families, and,

most importantly, how those

plans might affect education

and services for the

students.

The district has put forth

best- and worst-case scenarios

in the past; however,

there’s no magic ball to tell

us which

future the district will end

up facing and, likely, it will

be a hybrid of both cases,

as is often true with most

things in life.

Budgets are complicated

things. School budgets are

a whole different beast

entirely. The sheer amount

of numbers and how those

numbers get split into

different funds to pay for

everything from chalk (or

whatever today’s equivalent

is) to buses and everything

in between can boggle the

mind.

But that’s kind of the

point: We must continue to

educate ourselves on these

things to make sure our

elected school board is collectively

making the most sound

financial and practical decisions

so that we can go on

enjoying a well-educated

student populace and get to

keep cheering for the home

team.

To take a look at the

proposed budget in full,

visit boarddocs.com/il/

lw210/Board.nsf/Public,

click on the “Meetings” tab

and look for the Aug. 30

meeting. Then click “View

the Agenda,” where you’ll

find in Section F, “FY2019

Budget.”

See, budgets can be

complicated, even just to

look at.

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Faith Briefs

Victory Baptist Church (13550 US Route 6,

Mokena)

Sunday School

9:30 a.m. Sundays.

Morning Worship

10:45 a.m. Sundays.

Evening Worship

6 p.m. Sundays.

Weekday Worship

7 p.m. Wednesdays.

St. John’s United Church of Christ (11100

Second St., Mokena)

Blood Drive

8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Sunday,

Oct. 14. Join St. John’s

for a blood drive with the

Heartland Blood Centers. To

schedule and appointment,

call (708) 479-5123. Walk

ins are also welcome. All

donors will receive an entry

voucher for Siegel’s Cottonwood

Farm Pumpkin Fest.

Traditional Service

8 a.m. traditional mass,

9:45 a.m. contemporary &

traditional music in a service

of praise and reverence. Supervised

childcare available.

For more information, call

(708) 479-5123.

Garden Club

8 a.m. Tuesdays. For more

information, call (708) 479-

5123.

Cards for a Cause

7 p.m. the second Monday

of each month. Bring your

tape, scissors and colored

pencils — if you have them

— and plan for a creative

evening with lots of fun.

Bundles of Love

7 p.m. the second and fourth

Monday of each month. Enjoy

fun and fellowship while

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Mokena United Methodist Church (10901

LaPorte Road, Mokena)

150th Celebration

5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 27.

To RSVP, call the church at

(708) 479-1110 and leave

your name, the number of

people who will be attending

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Church service and children’s

Sunday School will

be held. For more information,

call (708) 479-1110.

Bible Study

7 p.m. Tuesdays at the

parsonage. For more information,

call (708) 479-1110.

Community Prayer Gathering

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

Breakfast

9 a.m. every third Saturday

of the month.

Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Newcomers welcome.

Weight Watchers

Wednesday

Weigh-ins take place at

6:30 p.m., while the meeting

is at 7 p.m.

Marley Community Church (12625 W. 187th

St., Mokena)

Church Service

10 a.m. Sundays. Childcare

is provided.

Sunday School

9-10 a.m. Sundays.

Senior High Youth Group

7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

For more information, email

marleycommunitychurch@

gmail.com.

Junior High Youth Group

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

more information, email

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Men’s Group

6 p.m. Sunday nights in

the church basement. All

men are welcome.

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

(10731 W. La Porte Road, Mokena)

Preschool Registration

Registration is underway

for the 2018-2019 school

year at Immanuel Lutheran

Preschool in Mokena. Classes

are available for children

from 2 1/2 to 5 years old, and

they must be toilet trained.

For more information, call

(708) 479-5600, email il

pmokena@att.net, or visit

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Worship

9 a.m. Sundays.

God’s Kids Club

10:15 a.m. Sundays in

Sept.-May.

Adult Bible Study

10:15 a.m. Sundays in

Sept.-May.

Mokena Baptist Church (9960 W. 187th St.,

Mokena)

Sunday Services

11 a.m. and 5 p.m. For

more information, call (312)

350-2279.

Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Sundays. Mokena

Baptist offers Sunday

School classes for all ages.

For more information, call

(312) 350-2279.

St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515 115th Ave.,

Mokena)

Church Service

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

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

p.m. Sundays

Adoration

Wednesdays following

8:00 a.m. Mass in the Chapel

until 6:45 p.m.

Young at Heart Senior Club

1 p.m. the first and third

Wednesday of the month.

Join the senior club for activities

and outings Sept.-

June. For more information,

call (708) 699-5018.

Holy Rosary

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

Tuesday evenings.

Parker Road Bible Church (18512 Parker

Road, Mokena)

Worship Service

10:30 a.m. Sundays. Be

sure to arrive early for our

Sunday Worship Service to

enjoy a hot, complimentary

cup of coffee every week at

the church. Following the

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Prayers for pets here and gone

Mokena United Methodist

Church gives pet

blessings

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

It was an unusual crowd when

Rev. Mary Steinwandt of Mokena

United Methodist Church prepared

to give the day’s blessing Saturday,

Sept. 8. There was a lot more drooling

and panting than usual.

That’s because nearly a dozen

furry, four-legged friends were the

subject of the blessing.

It was the church’s first pet blessing.

Steinwandt, who was appointed

to the church two years ago,

said she’s performed the blessings

before in other states, but not here.

The idea came from a member of

the congregation, and other members,

including President of Mokena-based

Heartland Service Dogs

Linda Fox, helped spread the word.

Steinwandt started the blessings

with a general prayer for the

assembled pets and for those pets

who were waiting on the “Rainbow

Bridge” to be reunited with their human

companions.

Then, one by one, or in

pairs, the humans brought their

fur babies up for individual

blessings, where they received a

certificate and a medallion to commemorate

the occasion.

Sean and Kate Cassidy, of Mokena,

brought their golden retriever,

Rosie, after noticing the signs in the

area.

Cassidy said he was hoping the

blessing would “have the good Lord

look over [Rosie]. Just give her better

health, I guess.”

To be clear, the blessings were

not intended to forgive any sins the

pets may have accumulated over

the years, such as eating sneakers or

chasing cars.

“We’re not absolving, we’re just

blessing them, and we just hope that

it brings calmness to them,” Steinwandt

said. “... No matter what your

faith beliefs are, we should all have

blessings.”

Lauri Polusky, a member of the

church from Mokena, brought

photos of her past cats Itty and

Bekins, as well as a photo of Joey, a

friend’s cat who passed.

She said she didn’t know what to

expect at the blessing, but knows

that she enjoys receiving grace from

Steinwandt and hopes that her furry

friends in the great beyond will feel

the same grace, too.

“I’ve been waiting for this day

because I truly believe that when

they pass and we pass, which we

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Sean and Kate Cassidy (left) of Mokena, present their dog Rosie for

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All your healthy living needs in one place

More than 50

vendors at third

annual Health Nutz

health fair

Amanda Del Buono

Freelance Reporter

Health and wellness can

have a different meaning to

different people. Making it

easy for community members

to find the solutions that

are right for them, Health

Nutz hosted its third annual

Community Health & Wellness

Fair on Saturday, Sept.

8. The event featured more

than 50 local and national

health and wellness vendors

who provide everything

from natural and organic

food and personal care products

to massage and acupuncture

services.

“We’ve gotten the event to

a place that people are really

looking forward to it and see

it as an opportunity to come

and get their health needs

met,” said Kris Geigner, coowner

of Health Nutz with

Tammy Spatola.

Offering healthy lunch options

and produce at the fair

was Dover’s Trail Natural

Farms of Minooka, which

is a family-owned organic,

pasture-raised, antibioticand

hormone-free farm.

“We’re all about feeding

people healthy and clean

food,” said Koren Finnestad,

owner of Dover’s Trail

Natural Farms. “… We want

to help people start learning

how to eat local and clean

and how it will affect your

health.

“… I appreciate Kris and

what she does here [at the

fair] and the passion for

health and wellness that she

has,” she added.

New to the health fair this

year was a lecture from Bev

Clarke, a nationally recognized

health and wellness

Vendors and patrons pack Health Nutz’ Community Health & Wellness Fair. The third annual event was held on Saturday,

Sept. 8, in Mokena. 22nd Century Media file photo

speaker. The presentation,

titled “Inflammation and

pain: The root cause of disease,”

discussed the impacts

of inflammation on the body

and ways to naturally treat

inflammation to maintain

health.

For this year’s fair, Spatola

and Geigner wanted to

showcase vendors offering a

variety of goods and services

in the health and wellness

space.

“We learn each year how

to improve it,” Spatola said.

“I think the quality of the

vendors are more closely

oriented to our industry this

year. We’ve been able to

find some quality people in

our own area, and to see that

happening is just amazing

for Kris and I.”

Among the vendors in attendance

was Body Fountain,

which offers custom

therapeutic massages and is

located in Frankfort.

“We want to help provide

massages to people who are

in pain and share what we do

with the community,” said

Alanna Turner, a massage

therapist at Body Fountain.

“We want to help people not

only to relax but to deal with

stress in life not only emotionally

but with pain, too.”

Tracie Gradi, a massage

therapist at Body Fountain,

added: “Massage helps

promote overall wellness.

Whether you want to come

relax or have a shoulder issue

that needs to be worked

out, we work to promote

health as a whole for each

individual’s needs.”

Another key aspect of a

healthy lifestyle is exercise.

Yet, everyone has their own

level of exercise that’s right

for them, and this is what

Steve Tomczak, owner of

Mokena’s Body Tech Total

Fitness, wanted to share at

the fair.

“I think people are becoming

more aware. … People

are much more savvy and

have knowledge about the

importance of their health,”

he said. “We have a lot of

offerings where people feel

comfortable exercising,

whether it’s a senior class or

a yoga class or they want to

do more intense workouts.”

Attendees noticed and appreciated

the variety of vendors.

Mokena resident Nancy

Cerny happened upon the

health fair on her trip to the

grocery store.

“It’s nice. There’s a nice

variety of different vendors

all under the small scope of

healthy living for your body,

and I think it’s a good thing,”

she said.

Regular Health Nutz customers

Sharon Simpson of

New Lenox and Michelle

Craven of Frankfort, mother

and daughter respectively,

were excited to attend this

year’s Health Nutz Community

Health & Wellness Fair.

“We’re both into health

and wellness. We thought

this would be great and it is,”

Simpson said. “Kris is super

smart. She’s very helpful

and gives great recommendations.”

Craven, a lifestyle health

coach and personal trainer,

added: “It’s nice to see

there’s a few new things we

haven’t seen before. We’ve

always been very wholesome

and natural, so it’s interesting

to find new things.”

With the addition of the

speaker and increased number

of health- and wellnessfocused

vendors this year,

Spatola and Geigner are seeing

the event become what

they had imagined it would

be, they said.

Spatola and Geigner have

a goal to help the community

become more healthful,

whatever that might

mean for each individual. As

they’ve been able to attract

more health- and wellnessfocused

vendors, they’ve

been able to provide the

community solutions to fit

their needs, Geigner said.

Although Health Nutz is

a store, Geigner and Spatola

want it to be more than that

to the community: They want

Health Nutz to be a healthyliving

resource for everyone,

with knowledge of solutions

beyond what they offer at

their store to help with everyone’s

unique needs.

“Our goals have stayed the

same [throughout the past

three years]. Our goal is to

help people live a healthier

lifestyle. We’ve worked hard

to develop relationships with

other healthy minded people

in the community, and we

want to be a resource for

knowledge of healthy options

in our community,” Geigner

said. “… Our passion is to

help everybody to be healthy

in whatever way we can.”


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Master Illusionist shows his ‘tricks’ of the trade at Mokena Library

Rochelle McAuliffe

Freelance Reporter

While some magicians

can be as predictable as the

rabbit in the hat trick, others

can truly make you question

the reality unfolding in

front of their eyes. On Saturday,

Sept. 8, guests at the

Mokena Community Public

Library District were mystified

by the performance

of Master Illusionist Bill

Cook.

Bill Cook is a magician

from the Chicagoland area

who boasts the title of threetime

award winner of the

prestigious World Magic

Seminar, as well as being a

headliner on 2017’s Masters

of Illusion live tour. Cook

has performed at exclusive

clubs around the world and

has been featured nationally

and internationally on

TV networks, such as ABC,

CBS, NBC, Fox, Showtime,

SyFy, The Movie Channel,

Telemundo and Cannale 5 in

Italy.

His hour-long set combined

music, drama, jokes

and, of course, magic.

While some tricks, such as

the “coin behind the ear”

trick, were familiar favorites

with an added twist by

Cook, other tricks like the

ripped-up newspaper that

appeared reassembled left

the audience blown away,

which is one of Cook’s

goals.

“It’s a blast looking out

and seeing people [asking]

their significant other,

saying, ‘What did we just

watch?’ I love the kids doing

the face melts, and there

were a lot of those today,”

Cook said.

Tom and Rose Stropoli

of Orland Park are frequent

visitors of the Mokena library,

with the couple attending

the library’s entertainment

and musical

programming on an almost

weekly basis. Expecting

Using a regular balloon, Cook was able to thread a giant

needle through the balloon without damaging it.

something ordinary, the

Stropoli’s were amazed by

the complexity of Cook’s

illusions, with the dancing

hanky being their favorite.

“[Cook] was excellent. I

thought it was just going to

be the normal tricks and illusions

you see wherever,

but it was better than anyone

I’ve seen before,” Rose

complimented.

“He’s obviously a professional,”

said Tom.

Jolene Baker, a 9-yearold

from Mokena, had

seen Cook’s show at the

Mokenalibrary before, but

thought that this year’s

show was a lot more exciting.

“The balloon dog trick

was my favorite. [The

show] this year was a lot

more cool than last years,”

Baker said.

As part of his show, Cook

talked about the beginner

magic book that he accidentally

checked out over

20 years ago, but as he put

it, “was an accident that he

found it, but it accidentally

got him a career.” It was no

surprise that the magic book

and others like it were quick

to be checked out after the

show.

For the aspiring illusionists

that may want to try

their hand at magic, Cook

has some interesting advice

for them.

“Learn to say, ‘Thank

you,’ and keep your hands

clean,” Cook advised. “If

someone tells you that you

did great, just say, ‘Thank

you.’ They don’t know if

you messed up. Keep your

hands clean because your

hands are your stage. When

people watch your hands,

you don’t want to look like

you were digging in the

mud.”

For Cook, magic is a

nearly-universal language.

Joking that they’re the second

oldest profession in the

Illusionist Bill Cook makes sure the audience is actively participating in order for his next

trick to go as planned during his hour-long set of tricks at Mokena Community Library

District on Saturday, Sept. 8. Photos by Rochelle McAuliffe/22nd Century Media

Rylee Buchler, 8, of Mokena, is stunned by the reappearing balloon dog trick.

Bible, Cook explained that

no matter where you go in

the world, people will understand

and be amazed by

illusions.

“I’ve worked in China

twice, having to do a half an

hour set completely silent.

It’s tough, but not impossible.

Still, they got it and

were there with me to cheer

and they clap and applaud,

just like we did here,” Cook

said. “Magic transcends borders,

languages and beliefs.”


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Critter class offers

hands-on learning

Mokena-based Crosstown

Exotics leads discovery class

Megan Schuller, Freelance Reporter

Several children huddled around nature

expert Colin Langenderfer on the bank of the

pond in downtown Frankfort as he pointed

out a turtle in the pond. The children’s faces

lit up and they exclaimed, “I can see it!” as

they all pointed at the turtle that popped its

head up near the pond’s edge.

The pond visit on Thursday, Sept. 8, was

a part of a four-week hybridized critter class

taught through the Frankfort Park District by

Langenderfer, who owns Crosstown Exotics

in Mokena. Each week the students go to the

pond and explore, and then come back to the

Founder’s Community Center to meet Langenderfer’s

critters from his collection that

he brought in to show the class.

“I have hundreds of animals in my collection,”

Langenderfer said. “This provides

them with hands on interaction with animals

they wouldn’t get to see on a regular basis.”

This was the first class of the four-week

course. Throughout the class students will

learn about and get to touch reptiles, bugs

and amphibians.

This was the first critter class taught in

Frankfort; however Crosstown Exotics has

been teaching classes in Mokena regularly.

“This class was inspired by a class I do in

Mokena. It’s a critter class, but it was such a

hit in Mokena that Frankfort thought it would

be cool to bring it here,” Langenderfer said.

This week Langenderfer brought in two

ball python snakes, one blue tongue skink lizard

and a Russian tortoise. The children got

to hold the animals and even wear the snakes

around their necks.

“I enjoyed the snake around my neck,”

said 8-year-old Sophia Pacini, of Frankfort.

“Getting to touch and hold them is my favorite

part of the class. I hope we get to see a

baby snake and a toad.”

The students held out their hands as the

lizard crawled across, and the snakes slithered

around their necks and across the table

over their hands. Some were frightened or

shocked at first, but Langenderfer put the

children at ease and helped them overcome

any fear of the animals.

“We saw lizards and snakes, but petting

them was my favorite part of the class,” said

Students of the critter class pet and hold

Colin Langenderfer’s (right) blue-tongue

skink lizard Thursday, Sept. 6. Langenderfer

owns Crosstown Exotics, in Mokena.

Photos by Megan Schuller/22nd Century

Media

A shy Russian tortoise peeps his head out

of his shell.

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Langenderfer said that this kind of class is

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“I’m able to bring it closer to home. Hands

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Langenderfer said he hopes his students

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them a well-rounded knowledge of nature

that might spark interest and curiosity.

“When I was younger I would have loved

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Weathering the Storm

Above-normal temperatures, thunderstorms at month’s end

August weather in

review

Mark T. Carroll

Contributing Columnist

The above-normal

temperatures we

experienced in June

and July continued through

August.

The average temperature

for August 2018 was nearly

4 degrees above normal.

From Aug. 26-28, we experienced

three consecutive days

with temperatures exceeding

90 degrees and high humidity.

A total of five days had

a maximum temperature of

90 degrees in August, which

is above the average of 3.6

days for the month.

Through the end of

August, there were 21 days

with a maximum temperature

of at least 90 degrees

in 2018. The 21 days of 90

degree temperatures was

the highest total we have

had since 2012, when 46

days of 90-degree or higher

temperatures. We normally

have one 90-degree day

each September.

90-degree days by year

• 2012 — 46

• 2013 — 13

• 2014 — 3

• 2015 — 10

• 2016 — 16

• 2017 — 16

• 2018 — 21 (through

Aug. 31)

The end of August

brought the end to meteorological

summer (June, July

and August). While astronomical

summer does not

end until Sept. 22, meteorological

summer ends on

Aug. 31. The 2018 meteorological

summer produced

the fifth hottest summer

since 1975 (44 years). Officially,

for Chicago, Chicago

O’Hare International

Airport recorded the 10th

wettest summer since 1975.

June and August had much

above-normal precipitation

Cutting

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at O’Hare, while July was

the driest for that month in

the past 44 years.

As is typical during the

summer months, precipitation

varied greatly throughout

northeast Illinois during

August because of localized

thunderstorm activity. Much

of the precipitation data

provided in this and previous

articles have come from

the Community Collaborative

Rain, Hail and Snow

Network. CoCoRaHS is a

volunteer network of weather

observers in our communities.

Most volunteers take

precipitation observations

once each morning (usually

at or near 7 a.m.), recording

how much precipitation

has occurred in the previous

24 hours. The CoCoRaHS

volunteers provide critical

information to assist National

Weather Service forecasters

for determining potential

flood and drought conditions.

Below is some of the

precipitation data recorded

by our local cooperative

observers during the month

of August. Some communities

have more than one

observer. For example, on

most days, there are three

CoCoRaHS observers who

report precipitation data for

New Lenox.

For the 24 hours ending

around 7 a.m. local time on

Aug. 21.

• New Lenox 3.3 E —

2.50 inches

• New Lenox 2.9 ENE —

2.07 inches

• Mokena — 1.33 inches

• New Lenox 1.8 E —

1.33 inches

• Lockport — 0.75 inches

The three New Lenox

observers recorded different

precipitation amounts,

which highlights how

precipitation can vary

significantly over a short

distance during thunderstorm

activity.

From the night of Aug. 28

into the morning of Aug. 29.

• Homer Glen — 1.07

inches

• Lockport — 0.95 inches

• New Lenox — 0.85

inches

During the evening of

Aug. 31, precipitation

totals were not excessive

(Homer Glen 0.38 inches,

New Lenox 0.29 inches),

but brief localized heavy

rain and lightning caused

the postponement of the

Lincoln-Way East versus

Naperville Central, and

Lincoln-Way West versus

Lincoln-Way Central

football games. The Village

of New Lenox cancelled a

fireworks show scheduled

for the evening of Aug.

31. Also on the evening of

Aug. 31, for the second time

in two home game starts,

White Sox pitcher Michael

Kopech’s start was cut short

by a rain delay.

Precipitation totals for

August

• Mokena — 3.97 inches

• New Lenox — 3.85

inches

• Homer Glen — 3.75

inches

• Lockport — 2.67 inches

The weather for August and

beyond

The temperature forecast

from the National Centers

for Environmental Prediction

for August was not

accurate, as normal temperature

was predicted. We

experienced near-normal

precipitation in August

while the NCEP prediction

was for normal precipitation.

The Centers’ forecast

for September is for abovenormal

temperatures and

above-normal precipitation.

The prediction for fall (September-November)

is for

above-normal temperature

and normal precipitation.

Mark T. Carroll is the president

of CALM Weather LLC, a

meteorological consulting

service based in Oak Forest.

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The Dish

House specials are the standout sellers at La Dolce Vita

Nuria Mathog

Contributing Editor

With a menu packed with

pastas, sautéed shrimp and

other Italian specialties,

Frankfort’s La Dolce Vita

Della Piazza aims to bring

a piece of Italy to the southwest

suburbs.

The Old Frankfort Way

establishment, which has

been in business for the past

15 years, is one of the restaurant’s

two locations, with the

second in Plainfield.

Manager Todd Severin has

been in charge of the Frankfort

restaurant for the past

eight years and got his start

at a now-closed location in

Western Springs, working

his way up the ranks to the

front of the house.

“I started off as a dishwasher,

expediter for the

food — all of the positions

in the back,” he said. “So, I

was groomed from the back

to the front with that. Now,

I manage the front of the

house, so I try to do the best

I can and keep everybody

happy. Every day’s a learning

experience. Overall, everything

is very good.”

Pasta lovers have their

pick of noodle dishes at the

restaurant, from fettucine

Alfredo to a choice of spaghetti,

mostaccioli or linguine,

served with meat or

marinara sauce, as well as

the menu’s variety of veal,

beef, chicken, pork and seafood

dishes, sure to please

any meat-eater’s palate. But

diners often gravitate to the

restaurant’s house specials,

Severin said, including the

melanzane al forno, or eggplant

Parmesan ($17.95),

a stack of sliced eggplant

baked in a red tomato sauce

and topped with melted

cheese. Severin described

the dish as a meal “to die

for.”

“It’s cooked until it’s nice

The housemade tiramisu ($7.95), includes mascarpone

cheese, cream, lady fingers dipped in espresso and a

coffee liqueur.

and tender,” he said. “It’s

fresh and made to order.

Everything’s made to order.

The red sauce is kind of

tangy.”

Another frequently-ordered

item is the filetto di

manzo portabello ($27.50),

a dish featuring sautéed beef

tenderloin medallions, surrounded

by artichoke hearts,

portobello mushrooms and

sweet peppers in a red wine

sauce. All items on the house

specials menu are served

with the diner’s choice of

pasta, topped with either

meat or marinara sauce, as

well as a complimentary

house salad.

Depending on seasonal

availability, diners can enjoy

unique drinks, such as fresh

pineapple and peach martinis

with their meals. And caffeinated

classics, such as the

restaurant’s espresso ($4), are

offered year-round. La Dolce

Vita also offers a selection of

desserts, including lemon ice,

spumoni and cannoli. In particular,

Severin recommends

the house-made tiramisu

La Dolce Vita Della

Piazza

21 Old Frankfort Way in

Frankfort

Hours

• 4-9 p.m. Monday-

Thursday

• 4-10 p.m. Friday-

Saturday

• Closed Sunday

For more information ...

Phone: (815) 806-9989

Web:

ladolcevitarestaurante.

com

($7.95), which includes mascarpone

cheese, cream, lady

fingers dipped in espresso

and a coffee liqueur.

“It’s an unbelievable recipe,”

he said. “We do such a

great job. People rave about

it.”

The restaurant, which is

open during dinner hours

Monday-Saturday, intends

to provide a cozy, comfortable

dining experience for

customers, Severin said.

“The food is exceptional,

At La Dolce Vita Della Piazza in Frankfort, the melanzane al forno, or eggplant Parmesan

($17.95), includes sliced eggplant baked in a red tomato sauce and covered with cheese.

It served with the diner’s choice of pasta and a house salad. Photos by Nuria Mathog/22nd

Century Media

The filetto di manzo portabello ($27.50) comes with sautéed beef tenderloin medallions,

surrounded by artichoke hearts, portobello mushrooms and sweet peppers in a red wine

sauce. The dish is served with pasta and a house salad.

and you get a warm feeling

when you come in, a family

atmosphere,” he said. “We

treat everybody like family

when they come in. We

have a lot of regulars — and

not-so-regulars that become

regulars. Our restaurant, it’s

like our dining room. ... We

bring them into our home.”

More than anything, Severin

said he is especially proud

of the restaurant’s commitment

to quality service.

“There’s no big turnaround

in the staff,” he said.

“Everyone that works here

has been here since the restaurant’s

opened, from the

bartenders to the servers,

cooks, everybody. That’s a

hard thing to do, keep everybody

happy, once you’ve

worked with everybody side

by side for so long. We have

a good family bond, I would

say.”


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The Alley Grill and Tap

House

(18700 S. Old LaGrange

Road, Mokena;

(708) 478-3610)

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Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(11247 W. 187th St., Mokena;

(708) 478-8888)

■6 ■ p.m. Thursdays,

Fridays and Saturdays:

Performance by Jerry

Eadie

NEW LENOX

Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-

1099)

■5-8 ■ p.m.

Tuesdays: Piano

Styles by Joe

HOMER GLEN

Front Row

(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-

7000)

■7 ■ p.m.

Wednesdays: Trivia

FRANKFORT

Pete Mitchell’s Bar & Grill

(21000 Frankfort Square

Road, Frankfort; (815)

464-8100)

■6-8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free N’ Fun

Bar Game. Free

to play.

LOCKPORT

Port Noir

(900 S. State St., Lockport;

(815) 834-9463)

■4-7 ■ p.m.

Monday-Friday: Happy

Hour

■8-10 ■ p.m. Thursdays:

Comedy Bingo

■8-11 ■ p.m.

Fridays and Saturdays:

Live Band

■7-11 ■ p.m.

Sundays: Open Mic

Night

The Outpost Pub & Grill

(14929 Archer Ave., Lockport;

(815) 836-8893)

■8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays and

Thursdays: Live DJ and

Karaoke

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com.

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Distinctive Home Builders Introduces New Craftsman Homes

In Manhattan and Peotone – From the mid-$200’s

New designs are a 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 forawhile 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.

distinctivehomebuilders.com.

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.


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SOUTHWEST SUBURBAN HOME BUILDERS ASSOCIATION

TO IMPRESS BUYERS WITH TOUR OF HOMES ENCORE

For second year, premier

homes in Chicago’s growing

southwest suburbs will be

highlighted by professional

organization

ORLAND PARK, ILLINOIS

The SouthWest Suburban

Home Builders Association

(SSHBA) is back to show area

home buyers in the south and

southwest suburbs the best

their market has to offer.

After the success of last year’s

inaugural Tour of Homes,

the SSHBA returns better

than ever with its 2nd Annual

Tour of Homes, which is

generously sponsored by

both James Hardie Building

Products and Searls Windows

& Doors Inc. Sixteen builders

are ready to show off their

craftsmanship of 21 model

homes on two different

weekends this September.

The first set of tours will be

held Sept. 15-16 from noon

until 5 p.m. and will feature

homes in 11 desirable south

and southwest suburban

communities. The second set

of tours will run from Sept.

22 to 23, also from noon until

5 p.m., and admission is free

for both weekends.

Moving is a major life step,

and SSHBA is hoping to

help you take that step by

highlighting homes ranging

in size from 1,700 square feet

to 6,800 square feet and that

offer a variety of custommade

features to fit any

family’s needs. Homes range

in price with townhomes

starting at $269,000. The

most expensive home on the

market is a 6,800-square-foot

home for $1.5 million.

“These are family-friendly

towns that we’re promoting

with good school districts,

and they give that city

life without the city,” said

Shannon Rocha, executive

officer for the SSHBA. Rocha

urges potential home buyers

to think of new construction

as an option, and the 2018

Tour of Homes is the perfect

setting to explore that option

with professional builders

talking about their histories

and specialities during the

tour.

The 2018 Tour of Homes

will offer 21 unique home

options for all types of buyers,

including single-family and

townhome options.

Single-family home options

include:

• Castletown Homes

14253 Lacey Drive, Lemont;

12123 Fairmont Lane, Lemont

• Flaherty Builders, Inc.

1886 Mays Drive, New Lenox;

11100 Deer Haven Lane,

Orland Park

• Brian Wille Construction

15810 Mueller Way, New Lenox

• M.C. Custom Homes, Inc.

16735 W. Deerwood Drive,

Lockport

• McNaughton Development

11650 Bridewell Dr., Burr Ridge;

8390 Waterview Court,

Burr Ridge

• Beechen & Dill Homes, Inc.

10022 Franchesca Lane,

Orland Park

• Gardner Luxury Homes

27232 W. Deer Hollow Lane,

Channahon

• A & J Construction, Inc.

15338 Oak Run Ct., Lockport

• Riverview Builders, Inc.

15827 Aster Drive, Lockport

• The Ville Design Build

2325 Trillium Lane, Naperville

• O’Malley Builders, Inc.

20491 Abbey Dr., Frankfort

• J. Michael Builders

25832 W. Canyon Blvd.,

Plainfield

• 5th Avenue Construction, Inc.

12878 Collina Lane, Lemont;

13030 Dunmoor Drive, Lemont

• Putman Builders, Inc.

22358 Majestic Lane, Frankfort

• T.J. Cachey Builders Inc.

2130 Highview Drive,

New Lenox;

25532 Riley Erin Road,

Manhattan (ranch town home)

• Pearl Home Builders

(three-story town home)

17900 Oak Park Ave.,

Tinley Park

With a clearly defined tour

route and a pocket-sized

map, buyers can explore

the tour simply. The route

was designed for ease of

navigation and allows buyers

to view multiple homes, by

multiple builders, over the

course of a weekend.

“The idea is we want to

make it easy to get to,” Rocha

said. “Whenever you’re on a

tour it kind of makes it fun.

You’re seeing more than one.

You’re going, you’re taking a

look and you’re seeing what’s

available.”

Flags with the SSHBA

logo will be

placed outside

subdivisions and

homes included

in the tour to help

tourgoers. Raffle

prizes will also be

offered at each

location visited by

tour guests.

FREE ADMISSION!

“We’re hoping to get the

SSHBA name out there,

since there is not licensing

in Illinois,” Rocha said.

“Builders do not have to

have licenses, so by being a

member of the SSHBA they

are receiving education and

we want [home buyers] to see

how our builders are set apart

from a builder that is not a

member with us.”

SouthWest Suburban Home

Builders promotes high

standards, professionalism

and service within the

building industry and

supports the American

dream of home ownership.

As the unified voice for

building industry issues, the

SSHBA promotes advocacy

and awareness, provides

educational programs,

networking opportunities,

and opportunities for

consumer referrals.

For more information,

visit www.sshba.com.

Models will be open from noon to 5 p.m. each weekend.


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Hiring Desk Clerk

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2701 Property for

Sale

2703 Legal

Notices

2703 Legal

Notices

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 by subdivisions

(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:

marinosci law group, p.c. - illinois

134 North La Salle St., Ste 1900

Chicago, Illinois 60602

P: 312- 940-8582

F: 577- 571-4228

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

U.S. Bank National Association, as trustee,

onbehalf ofthe holders of the Adjustable

Rate Mortgage Trust 2007-3

Adjustable Rate Mortgage Backed Pass

Through Certificates, Series 2007-3

Plaintiff,

vs.

Salameh Abuelhawa; Khadejeh Almasri;

Velocity Investments LLC; Unknown

Owners and Non-Record Claimants

Defendant. No. 16 CH 0597

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 5th day of December,

2017, MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

27th day of September, 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 to the highest

and best bidder orbidders the following-described

real estate:

LOT 1IN PINEGROVE RE-SUBDIVI-

SION, OF PART OF LOT 2 IN

SCHOOL TRUSTEES' SUBDIVISION

OF SECTION 16, TOWNSHIP 35

NORTH, RANGE 12, EAST OF THE

THIRD PRINCIPAL MERIDIAN, AC-

CORDING TOTHE PLAT THEREOF

RECORDED JULY 13, 1995, AS

DOCUMENT NO. R95-48355, IN

WILL COUNTY, ILLINOIS.

Commonly known as: 19912 Pinegrove

Drive, Mokena, IL 60448

Description of Improvements:

Brown brick, two story single family

home, attached two car garage

P.I.N.: 19-09-16-206-005-0000

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. Judgment amount is

$503,055.47 plus interest, cost and post

judgment advances, if any.

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 by subdivisions

(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:

PIERCE AND ASSOCIATES

1 N. Dearborn Suite 1300

Chicago, Illinois 60602

P: 312-346-9088

F:

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

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

U.S. BANK TRUST, N.A., ASTRUS-

TEE FOR LSF10 MASTER PARTICI-

PATION TRUST

Plaintiff,

vs.

NICHOLAS GENEMARAS A/K/A

NICHOLAS G. GENEMARAS; SU-

SAN GENEMARAS A/K/A SUSAN

M. GENEMARAS; BANCO POPU-

LAR; UNKNOWN OWNERS AND

NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS

Defendant. No. 17 CH 1474

Consolidates with case(s):

17-02609

NOTICE OF SHERIFF'S SALE

Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 19th day of July, 2018,

MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

20th day of September, 2018 ,com-

mencing 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 29, (EXCEPT THE WEST 286

FEET THEREOF) IN ROBERT

BARTLETT'S SUNNY ACRES, A

SUBDIVISION IN THE SOUTHEAST

QUARTER OF SECTION 6, AND

THE NORTH HALF OFSECTION 7,

TOWNSHIP 35 NORTH, RANGE 12,

EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL

MERIDIAN, IN WILL COUNTY, IL-

LINOIS.

Commonly known as: 18800 113TH

AVENUE, MOKENA, IL 60448

Description of Improvements:

Single Family

P.I.N.: 19-09-06-401-012-0000

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 by subdivisions

(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:

marinosci law group, p.c. - illinois

134 North La Salle St., Ste 1900

Chicago, Illinois 60602

P: 312- 940-8582

F: 577- 571-4228

Plaintiff's Attorney

MIKE KELLEY

Sheriff of Will County

PRE-FILING NOTICE:

NOTICE is hereby given that the

office of Mokena Fire Protection

District will be open from 8:00 am

to 4:00 pm beginning September

18, 2018 through December 17,

2018 Monday-Friday for the purpose

of accepting candidate petitions

or certificates for the consolidated

election tobeheld onApril

2, 2019 for the following office:

(1) 6-year term for the position of

Board of Trustee member

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This Week In…

Knights varsity

athletics

Football

■Sept. ■ 14 - at Lockport, 7:30

p.m.

Girls volleyball

■Sept. ■ 14 - at Oak Lawn

Invitational, 5 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 15 - at Oak Lawn

Invitational, 9 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 20 - host Bolingbrook,

5:30 p.m.

Boys soccer

■Sept. ■ 15 - at Pepsi

Showdown, TBD

■Sept. ■ 17 - host Rich Central,

6:15 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 18 - at Lincoln-Way

East, 6:15 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 20 - at Lockport, 4:30

p.m.

Girls tennis

■Sept. ■ 15 - at Sandburg

Invitational, 9 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 18 - at Lincoln-Way

West, 4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 20 - host Stagg, 4:30

p.m.

Boys cross country

■Sept. ■ 15 - at Minooka Flight

Invitational, 8:30 a.m.

Girls cross country

■Sept. ■ 15 - at Peoria Notre

Dame Invitational, 9 a.m.

Boys golf

■Sept. ■ 15 - host Green

Wedge Conference Challenge,

7 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 18 - host Stagg

(Senior Night), 4 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 19- at Stagg, 4 p.m.

Girls golf

■Sept. ■ 15 - at Providence

Invitational, 8 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 15 - at LaSalle Peru

Scramble, 9 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 18 - at Lincoln-Way

West/Andrew, 4 p.m.

Griffins varsity

athletics

Football

■Sept. ■ 14 - at Sandburg, 7:30

p.m.

Boys golf

■Sept. ■ 14 - host Plainfield

North, 4:15 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 15 - at Green Wedge

Classic, 7 a.m.

■Spet. ■ 20 - host TF South,

4:30 p.m.

Girls golf

■Sept. ■ 15 - at 30th PCHS

Celtic Swing, 11 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 17 - at Lockport, 4:30

p.m.

■Sept. ■ 20 - at Oak Forest, 4

p.m.

Girls volleyball

■Sept. ■ 15 - at Wheaton

Classic, 8 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 17 - host Joliet

Catholic, 5:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 18 - host Thornwood,

5:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 20 - at Thornridge, 6

p.m.

Boys soccer

■Sept. ■ 15 - at Bloom Pepsi

Showdown, TBA

■Sept. ■ 18 - host Lincoln-Way

Central, 6:15 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 20 - host Lincoln-Way

West, 6:15 p.m.

Boys cross country

■Sept. ■ 15 - at Dave Brady

Invite, 8 a.m.

Girls cross country

■Sept. ■ 15 - at Peoria Notre

Dame Richard Spring Invite,

TBA

Girls tennis

■Sept. ■ 15 - at Sandburg

Invite, 9 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 18 - at Lockport, 4:30

p.m.

■Sept. ■ 19 - at Neuqua Valley,

4:30 p.m.

■Sept. ■ 20 - at Homewood-

Flossmoor, 4:30 p.m.

Girls swimming and

diving

■Sept. ■ 15 - at Normal

Community Invite, 8:30 a.m.

■Sept. ■ 20 - host Sandburg,

5 p.m.

T-BOLT

From Page 53

wandowski complimented

East’s defensive line and defensive

line coaches after the

game.

“They do a fantastic job,

and my hat’s off to them,” he

said. “They are a very solid,

very good program. They do

everything right. They are

the defending champions for

a reason.”

A bright spot for the T-

Bolts was the second half, as

the offense was able to gain

102 yards. That included

tennis

From Page 50

with Oswego East in the

second round.

Oswego East won the

match 6-7, 7-5 (6).

But that duo was able to

push its way through the

back draw to grab 1.5 key

points for East in a win over

the LaSalle-Peru for a fifthplace

finish.

Cooley said Central and

West both have good squads

going 5-for-15 in the passing

game, getting some big

yardage plays.

“We really felt like there

were some open opportunities

in their secondary, and

that’s what we wanted to try

to do — make some throws,”

Lewandowski said. “We had

some real openings, but we

weren’t making the connections.

We were not getting the

ball to the receiver. [Schiller]

stood in there, though. It was

a gutsy performance.

“Now, you go back and

figure out what you can do

better. You get better, and

this year and likes the competition

both schools bring.

Central’s No. 1 doubles

team of sisters Emma and

Kara Rimkunas also had a

second-round loss to Oswego

East on a tiebreaker. But

the Knights found success

in the back draw to snag 1.5

points for fifth.

The Knights’ No. 2 doubles

team nearly followed

suit to what the No.1 duo

did, but lost a tiebreaker to

Homewood-Flossmoor in

you get healthy again, and

play next week.”

On the other side, Zvonar

complimented Lewandowski

and the Andrew program.

“That program is improving

on a daily basis, and

they are a much better team

than even just a year ago,”

Zvonar said. “We were very

impressed with them.”

Concerning his own team,

Zvonar said he believes the

2018 defensive group is

starting to establish its own

identity.

“I think there’s a lot of

pride of playing defense at

the back draw final. Sophomore

Micaela Cesta and

junior Lily Malas won their

first-round match over the

Morris duo.

East’s singles play was

similar to its doubles play:

a first-round win and tough

loss in the second round.

Senior Mia Lamantia

won 6-2, 6-3 in the first and

nearly grabbed the fifthplace

spot in the back draw.

The same went for senior

Malaika Stokes, who won

Lincoln-Way East, and there

are certain standards that

you’re expected and upheld

to try to meet,” he said. “I

think these kids are taking

ownership of that and trying

to be that next best Lincoln-

Way East defense and team.”

Christensen was in lockstep

with his coach.

“We’re just getting

started,” Christensen said.

“We’re getting used to new

people and learning how

[everyone] plays … and we

haven’t reached our potential

yet. But it’s going to be

scary when we do.”

6-0, 6-2, but lost to Lockport

in the final back draw.

At this point, Cooley

would love to see first-place

finishes, but is more concerned

about each player’s

growth, especially after the

turnover this season. East

graduated nine out of 11

starters from last year.

“I like where we’re at

and I like how the team is

progressing,” Cooley said.

“The team is responding

well.”

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high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

Boys golf

Lincoln-Way East 164,

Sandburg 165

Scott Schipiour shot a 37

to lead the Griffins Sept. 4.

Lincoln-Way East 156,

Homewood-Flossmoor 153

Matt Kelley was the medalist

with a 35 to lead the

Griffins Thursday, Sept. 6.

Girls golf

Lincoln-Way East 167,

Bradley 223

Kailey White was medalist

for the match with a 40 to

lead the Griffins Sept. 4.

Lincoln-Way East 170,

Sandburg 167

Natalie Papa (39) and

Grace Wilk (43) led the

Griffins Sept. 5.

Boys soccer

Lincoln-Way East 1, Hinsdale

Central 2

Jackson Seida scored a

goal and Victor Parada had

16 saves in net to lead the

Griffins Sept. 4.

Lincoln-Way East 1,

Sandburg 0

Dante Wright had the lone

goal, while Vic Parada saved

a penalty kick to lead the

Griffins Thursday, Sept. 6.

Lincoln-Way East 2,

Romeoville 1

Ethan Barranca and Cory

Pitlick each tallied a goal to

lead the Griffins Saturday,

Sept. 8.

Girls volleyball

Lincoln-Way Central beats

Providence 25-16, 20-25,

25-20

Nicole Ramirez (3 aces, 22

assists), Nicole Dvorak (10

kills) and Rachel Kolodziej

(5 kills, 1 block) led the way

for the Knights Sept. 4.

Girls tennis

Lincoln-Way Central 2,

Homewood-Flossmoor 5

Emma Rimkunas and

Kara Rimkunas won in No.

1 Doubles 6-3, 6-2 to lead

the Knights Sept. 4.

Lincoln-Way Central 7, Joliet

West 0

Katy Klepser won in No. 2

Singles 3-6, 7-5, 10-6 to lead

the Knights Sept. 5.


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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Sean Curran

Sean Curran is a sophomore

on the Lincoln-Way Central

golf team. He also plays on

the school’s varsity basketball

team.

When did you start

playing golf?

I started playing golf at

a pretty young age, I’d say

right around 3 years old. So

it’s been a long time.

What got you

interested?

My dad always really

liked golf, and I kind of just

picked it up. I picked up a

club when I was young, and

ever since then I’ve really

liked the sport.

What is your favorite

thing about playing

golf?

I like that it’s a team aspect

sport and individual. I

think that’s cool that you get

to play for a team but also

individually.

What is the biggest

challenge for you when

you’re golfing?

I’d say staying strong

mentally is probably one of

the hardest challenges, just

remaining calm out there

and focused.

What are your goals for

this golf season?

I’d love to make it down

state as a team, and I know

we got conference, regionals,

sectionals and state coming

up here soon in about

three weeks. So, I think it’s

going to be fun. We’ve got

some seniors on the team,

and I’d love to make it to

the draw in the playoffs with

those guys.

For the playoffs, what

do you think will be the

biggest challenge for the

team?

Obviously, there’s some

good teams in our area,

but I think if we play our

game and just shoot long

and straight — it’s a tougher

course, but I think if we

play well we should have no

problem making it down to

state this year.

How do you balance

being in two sports?

I like playing both sports

and I think it’s awesome, but

mainly the season that I’m in

I try to focus mainly on that

sport, and it’s worked out for

the most.

Have you thought about

playing in college?

Yes, I’d like to play golf

22nd Century Media file photo

in college, and I’ve talked to

some schools, but I’m going

to keep my options open and

see where it takes me.

What’s one thing that

people that don’t play

golf might not know

about it?

Not many people know

how many cool things

there are about it. Some of

the courses you’ll go play,

it’s awesome. And even if

you’re not great at it, just

the scenes and the views and

the things you get to see are

pretty cool.

If you could take a

vacation to anywhere in

the world, where would

it be?

I’d have to say Spain. I

think it would be cool to go

over there and play some

sports and see the culture

over there. And it would be

fun to see a soccer game I

think. I think that would be

a good atmosphere.

Interview conducted by Assistant

Editor Amanda Stoll

PROVI FOOTBALL

From Page 52

the fourth time this season

and extending his streak of

games with at least one interception

to three.

Offensively, rarely does

a freshman come onto the

scene and make as much of

an impact as Vaughn has and

the tandem with Martus has

been clutch.

“Our backs did a great

job,” Coglianese said. “Every

time [Vaughn] touches

the ball, he’s amazing people

with what he can do

with it.”

St. Laurence (1-2) showed

some resolve, scoring on

a 29-yard touchdown pass

from Darius Wilson to Miles

Scott in the first quarter,

but the Celtics wouldn’t allow

them to score again, as

they’ve now outscored opponents

104-13.

The Celtics used the clock

to their advantage the remainder

of the first half,

keeping the ball away from

St. Laurence. Martus scored

twice, getting a 4-yard

touchdown with 3:55 left

in the first quarter and then

a 6-yard touchdown in the

opening minute of the second

quarter.

Martus found the end zone

for a third time from 5-yards

out midway through the third

quarter while Vaughn broke

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Knights tennis

fundraiser a huge success

Girls brave the heat,

raise $1,200 for

tennis lessons

Submitted by South

Suburban Tennis Academy

The Lincoln-Way Central

Girls tennis team enjoyed

a huge success on Aug. 26

with its fundraiser.

The girls on the tennis

team taught 120 thirty-minute

tennis lessons earning

$10 for each lesson.

“The athletes really do enjoy

the day of helping others

learn the lifetime game of

tennis,” Central coach Sue

Schneider said. “I tell the girls

a quote that I learned from my

father: ‘To teach is to learn

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Schneider is enjoying a

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Girls tennis

Central, East tie for fifth at invite

Sean Hastings

Freelance Reporter

The Lincoln-Way East

girls tennis invite brought

out some of the toughest

competition the area has to

offer Saturday, Sept. 9.

Just 4.5 points separated

Lockport (24.5), Latin (22)

and Sandburg (20) for the

Top 3 spots. East and Lincoln-Way

Central ended

in a tie for fifth with 12.5

points and Lincoln-Way

West came in at 10th with

six points.

Central junior Kiana

Sikich played two hardfought

first- and secondround

matches at the No.

2 singles spot. She fought

past West sophomore Vica

Maratea (6-3, 6-4) and

slipped past Sandburg junior

Julia Canellis (6-4,

6-4).

That is when she ran into

Lockport junior and No. 1

seed for the match, junior

Natalie Barth. Barth had

a first-round bye and then

beat Sikich 6-0, 6-0.

The trio of District 210

schools all ran into trouble

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Porters won 6-0, 6-0.

Juniors Ellie Marrion and

Maddie Harper played at

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first round matchup with

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East head coach Wes

Cooley was not able to see

many of the girls play Saturday

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with how his team played,

he said.

“[Our No. 1 doubles

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Cooley said. “They probably

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first match, then drew into

the No. 1 seed and lost to

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how the girls played and

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he said. “It’s always fun to

watch this high-level competition.”

East’s No. 2 doubles team

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The last time Providence

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wasn’t that long ago, but

long ago enough that freshman

Aaron Vaughn was still

in elementary school.

The year was 2014 and

for the first time since that

unforgettable championship

season, the Celtics are 3-0

after running all over visiting

St. Laurence, 35-6, at

Bishop Kaffer Stadium and

Matt Senffner Field in New

Lenox.

Providence led from the

get-go with Vaughn electrifying

the crowd with a 96-

yard kickoff return to start

the game.

“It think it was all adrenaline

on my part,” Vaughn

said. “The hole that my

blockers opened was big

enough to fit two semi trucks

in there so that made it easy.

That play gave me a boost

of confidence, and I know it

gave the whole team confidence.”

Providence 14 7 7 7 35

Top Performers:

1. Ben Martus, Providence

Rushed for three touchdowns.

2. Aaron Vaughn, Providence

Returned the opening kickoff for a 96-yard touchdown.

Also rushed for a 21-yard touchdown.

3. Ryan Manikowski

Providence. Had an interception, his fourth on the season,

and has had at least one in all three games.

If there were any reason

for the Celtics to doubt

themselves, it would probably

be because of injuries

that have sidelined starting

quarterback Kevin Conway

and defensive back Max

Pignotti for the rest of the

season.

While their absence hurts,

others have stepped in to

help fill the void. At quarterback,

it was Logan Phillips,

who although he didn’t have

to air it out, he did his job

admirably getting the ball

into the hands of Vaughn and

Brenden Martus.

“Providence football is

always about running the

ball,” Celtics coach Mark

Coglianese said. “There will

come a time when we’ll

have to put it up [in the air]

and we’ll be ready for that,

but there wasn’t any big

need tonight.”

Martus acknowledged that

the team didn’t want too put

too much pressure on Logan.

“We felt like it was important

for us to make things

easier [on him], but we had

all the confidence in the

world in him, too,” Martus

said. “We know we can pass

the ball with him at quarterback,

but we like to run it.”

As for Pignotti, once again

Ryan Manikowski came up

big, intercepting a pass for

Please see PROVI FOTBALL, 47

Our offensive line has been doing a great job of

opening holes for our running backs and our

running backs have been doing a good job of

running hard. It’s going to get tougher with the

games we have coming up, but they are definitely

taking care of business right now.”

Mark Coglianese — Celtics boys football coach, on Providence’s performance

in last week’s game against St. Laurence


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Football

Smothering defense stymies T-Bolts in Griffins’ win

Jon DePaolis

Freelance Reporter

Facing the prospect of

taking on a fellow unbeaten

team that was also coming

in on short notice did nothing

to stymie Lincoln-Way

East’s hot start to the 2018

season.

Putting forth a smothering

defense and a highpowered

offense, East (3-0)

dispatched Andrew 42-0 Friday,

Sept. 7, in Frankfort.

The Griffins’ defense held

the T-Bolts to just 129 total

yards of offense in the game

— most of which came in the

second half, as the T-Bolts

gained 73 yards in the fourth

quarter. East only gave up

a total of 49 yards rushing

to the T-Bolts — impressive,

considering Andrew’s

option-heavy offense. Also,

with many Week 2 games

being moved to Saturday

because thunderstorms, the

Griffins only had four days

to prepare.

“As coaches, we kind of

know what to look for — but

to have our kids learn that in

a short work week of three

or four days was good,” East

coach Rob Zvonar said after

the victory.

East senior linebacker

Box Score

Gus Christensen credited

his coaches for the defense’s

play against Andrew.

“During our preparation,

Coach Z always tells us to

take it one play at a time,”

Christensen said. “Don’t

look forward to the next

drive — just one play at a

time, keep focused and get

the task done.”

Paving the way for the

Griffins’ dominant defensive

performance were senior

linebackers Christensen and

Danny Scianna, and senior

defensive lineman Dylan

Shelton, all of whom recorded

a sack in the game.

Zvonar said East’s stout

run defense is a mindset

that has carried over from

the 2017 state title-winning

team into this year’s group.

While East’s base defense

1 2 3 4 f

Andrew 0 0 0 0 0

LW East 7 14 14 7 42

Top Performers:

1. Devon Williams (LWE) - 111 rushing yards, 3 TDs

2. Jack Baltz (LWE) - 172 passing yards, 2 TDs, 1 INT

3. Jackson Ritter (LWE) - 112 receiving yards, 2 TDs

4. John Bickel (Andrew) - 74 receiving yards, 23 rushing yards

does help with stopping the

run, he said the team has a

philosophy of being a “stop

the run first” team.

“I think we’ve had two,

back-to-back tremendous

defensive lines, with some

pretty salty linebackers,”

Zvonar said of the 2017 and

now 2018 squads.

Christensen agreed, stating

run-defense is a mentality.

“If you make a team onedimensional

by stopping

the run, and all they can do

is pass, it just makes it a lot

easier on defense — especially

the [defensive backs],

knowing they don’t have

to come up and fill,” Christensen

said. “They can just

stay deep.”

Zvonar also credited the

defensive line for the run defense.

“We are pretty athletic,

with good sized kids,”

Zvonar said. “They are able

to not only own their gap

but to have the ability to

get off the block and make

the way into another gap, as

well.”

Zvonar credited Shelton,

as well as defensive linemen

Jeremiah Dawnson, Adrian

Wilson, Mick Stewart and

Sean McLaughlin.

“I think we’ve developed a

lot of chemistry with one another

over the past couple of

summers, and the D-line really

has been working hard,”

Shelton said after the game.

“Our coaches are calling

great stunts out there, and I

think it’s a team effort.”

Meanwhile, leading the

way on offense in the 42-0

effort was junior running

back Devon Williams (12

rushes, 111 yards, 3 TDs),

who first got the Griffins on

the board with an electrifying

73-yard touchdown run

with 9:08 left in the first

quarter. He followed with a

1-yard touchdown run early

in the second quarter — and

later got in the end zone on

a 16-yard run in the third

quarter.

East senior quarterback

Lincoln-Way East running back Devon Williams breaks

a run past an Andrew defender Friday, Sept. 7. Williams

finished with 111 rushing yards and three TDs in the 42-0

win. Photo by Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

Jack Baltz (12-of-20, 172

yards, 2 TDs, INT) also had

a big day, connecting with

senior wide receiver Jackson

Ritter (6 receptions, 112

yards) for two touchdowns

— a 5-yard pass in the second

quarter and a 51-yard,

catch-and-run score in the

third quarter.

East’s final touchdown

came on a 24-yard run by

Cameron Cartee in the

fourth quarter.

The Griffins’ offense did

all of that without star wide

receiver A.J. Henning, who

missed his third straight

game because of an injury.

For the T-Bolts (2-1),

quarterback Tom Schiller

led the way. He went 5-of-17

passing for 80 yards, while

also rushing for 26 yards on

six attempts.

Andrew running back

John Bickel accounted for 74

receiving yards on four receptions,

and he also rushed

eight times for 23 yards.

Rocco Iannantone netted 28

yards on six carries, and he

also picked off Baltz in the

first half.

Andrew coach Adam Le-

Please see t-bolt, 46

We’re not exactly sure what possessed Heather to go

off on an islands and pick Bremen over Tinley Park

but we should all be possessed like that. Heather

re-takes sole possession of first place thanks in part

to that Brave pick.

Game of the Week:

• Lincoln-Way Central (2-1) at Lockport

(0-3)

Other Games to Watch

• Lincoln-Way East (3-0) at Sandburg (2-1)

• Lemont (1-2) at Tinley Park (2-1)

• Bradley (2-1) at Andrew (2-1)

• Thornridge (1-3) at Lincoln-Way West (2-1)

• Providence (3-0) at St. Rita (1-2)

OUR STAFF’S PREDICTIONS FOR THE AREA GAMES IN WEEK 4

18-3

Heather Warthen |

Chief Operating Officer

• Lincoln-Way Central 27, Lockport

7. Knights should roll past Porters

pretty easily.

• Lincoln-Way East

• Tinley Park

• Andrew

• Lincoln-Way West

• Providence

17-4

Joe Coughlin |

Publisher

• Lincoln-Way Central 28, Lockport 7.

Not picking against the Knights (my

alma mater) again. Well-rounded

LWC will run away here.

• Lincoln-Way East

• Lemont

• Andrew

• Lincoln-Way West

• Providence

16-5

Jeff Vorva |

Sports Editor

• Lincoln-Way Central 35, Lockport 14.

The Porters almost broke into the win

column against Thornton but have an

uphill climb against the Knights after

three games away from home.

• Lincoln-Way East

• Lemont

• Andrew

• Lincoln-Way West

• St. Rita

15-6

Tom Czaja |

Contributing Editor

• Lincoln-Way Central 24, Lockport

13. Porters showed improvement

last week and will play hard in

home opener, but Knights still take

this one.

• Lincoln-Way East

• Lemont

• Bradley

• Lincoln-Way West

• Providence

15-6

James Sanchez |

Contributing Editor

• Lincoln-Way Central 28, Lockport

7. The Knights and Porters are in

different classes at this point of

the season

• Lincoln-Way East

• Lemont

• Bradley

• Lincoln-Way West

• Providence

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Run game propels Knights over Thunderbirds

RANDY WHALEN

Freelance Reporter

“Everybody contributed

and that’s what you look for

as a coach.”

Lincoln-Way Central football

coach Jeremy Cordell

couldn’t have been more

correct with the above statement.

Six different players

scored and many others registered

contributions as the

Knights put the clamps on

Thornwood for a 35-0 victory

in a SouthWest Suburban

Conference matchup on

Friday, Sept. 7.

The game was also a

special “Salute to Service”

event. The Central Athletic

Department dedicated the

football game to honor military

men and women for

their service and sacrifice.

It was the first shutout of

the season for Central (2-1,

2-0), which prides itself on

defense and had four shutouts

last season. The Thunderbirds

(1-2, 0-1), who

snapped an 11-game losing

streak and won a game for

the first time since Oct. 21,

2016, in a 52-12 home win

over Oak Lawn Community

the week before, was shut

out for the first time since a

38-0 loss at Rich Central in

last year’s opening game.

“We just approach each

game like it’s our toughest

one, so we just wanted to

come out and do our best,”

Central senior running back

Justin Ellis said. “Our O-line

sets the tone for the game

and they did a phenomenal

job. Our special teams wanted

a score and this game was

the time to do it.”

Ellis had 10 carries for

68 yards, including a touchdown,

and added four receptions

for 15 yards. But

he nearly scored on special

teams as he returned a punt

58 yards to the Thornwood

26 in the opening minute of

the second quarter.

“The punt just bounced to

me and I said, ‘Why not?’”

said Ellis of the return, which

saw him reverse field and circle

around for the big gain. “I

had all my guys blocking and

just saw daylight.”

Ellis wanted to score on

the play but was stopped

short. The Knights were,

too, on that drive, turning

the ball over on downs. They

went for it on fourth down a

half dozen times in the game,

converting three of them.

But there was plenty of

other scoring for Central,

starting on its first drive.

There running back Henry

Woods waltzed in from four

yards out and fellow senior

Chris Power put in the extra

point kick for a 7-0 lead midway

through the first quarter.

Unfortunately, Woods (5

carries, 25 yards) suffered an

injury in the second quarter

and never returned.

The Knights added to their

lead with a pair of second

quarter touchdowns. Ellis

had the first one when he

darted in from nine yards out

with 5:13 to play in the half.

The point after hit the left

upright, leaving the score at

13-0.

“It was a counter play,”

Ellis said of his TD. “I saw

the hole, Drew Parrish made

a great block on the play and

I was able to get in for the

score.”

Then, with just 39.9 seconds

left in the half, senior

quarterback Bryce Hayes

(7-of-9 passing, 29 yards)

dashed in from 10 yards out

for a TD and a 20-0 lead

which stood as the halftime

score.

“Bryce continues to do a

nice job,” Cordell said. “He

was surrounded in the pocket

on the TD run and then

broke it.”

Following a scoreless

Lincoln-Way Central’s Henry Woods outruns the Thornwood defense for a touchdown Friday, Sept. 7. The Knights used a

solid run game to win 35-0. Bob Klein/22nd Century Media

Box Score

third quarter, the Knights

polished it off with a trio

of scores in a span of 2:05.

First, senior running back

Conner McWilliams (11 carries,

84 yards; 2 receptions,

1 2 3 4 f

THORNWOOD 0 0 0 0 0

LW CENTRAL 7 13 0 15 35

Top Performers:

1. Connor McWilliams (LWC) - 11 carries for 84 yards, 92 total

yards in offense

2. Justin Ellis (LWC) - 10 carries for 68 yards, 4 receptions for

15 yards

3. Christian Miller (T-Birds) - 19 carries for 67 yards

8 yards) scored from a yard

out with 10:40 to play.

Soon after, sophomore

Jalen Cunningham’s punt

was blocked by senior Mason

Sargent. The ball was caught

out of mid-air by junior Luke

Juricek and returned 16 yards

for the special teams TD the

Knights had been waiting for.

That made it 33-0 lead with

9:01 remaining. On the second

ensuing play from scrimmage,

senior Dylan Collura

tackled Thornwood senior

running back Marques Covington

in the endzone for a

safety. That made it 35-0 with

8:35 left in the game.

Central backup quarterback

Liam Higgins completed

his only pass of the evening

for 29 yards to junior

tight end Colin Shannahan.

Sargent also partially

blocked a punt late in the

second quarter, which helped

lead the Knights to their third

TD and the 20-0 halftime

lead. Sophomore running

back Christian Miller (19

carries, 67 yards) was most

of the Thornwood offense.

The Thunderbirds were limited

to six first downs and

never crossed midfield.

“Any time that you throw

a shutout you have to be happy,”

Cordell said. “A shutout

is one of our program’s goals

every week no matter who

we play. We got the score on

special teams, a blocked punt

and return. When you incorporate

all three phases into a

game, that’s a good win.


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fastbreak

Girls volleyball

LW East holds home court against LW Central

22nd Century Media File

Photo

1st-and-3

Gridiron roundup

1. Shutouts abound

Both Lincoln-Way

Central and Lincoln-

Way East football

teams posted Week

3 shutouts against

Thornwood (35-0)

and Andrew (42-0),

respectively.

2. Ground and pound

The Knights’ used a

solid running game

— with contributions

from Connor McWilliams

(11 carries,

84 yards) and Justin

Ellis (10 carries, 68

yards) — to pound

Thornwood into submission.

3. Arial attack (Above)

The Griffins got contributions

through

the air from quarterback

Jack Baltz

(172 passing yards,

2 TDs) and Jackson

Ritter (112 receiving

yards, 2 TDs).

Sean Hastings

Freelance Reporter

In a season where Lincoln-Way

East is still getting

used to its new and younger

team, the Griffins started the

season at 2-5, something it is

not used to doing.

But the Griffins rallied

around senior outside hitters

Molly Skoda and Nicki

Bechtold on its home court

to beat District 210 rival

Lincoln-Way Central 2-0

(25-16, 25-12) on Thursday,

Sept. 6.

The duo combined for 15

kills and led a forceful Griffin

attack, hardly skipping a

beat. Even with a few key

diving digs to keep intense

rallies alive, East was still

able to regain composure

and get into position for a

kill.

“I thought the biggest

part of our game is that we

passed the ball really well,”

East head coach Kris Fiore

said. “When you pass the

ball on the net, it opens up

a lot of lanes for your hitters

and it’s difficult to block on

the other side. That allowed

Molly [Skoda] and Nicki

[Bechtold] to get going. All

of our hitters were very successful.”

Senior setter Hannah

Kowalczyk dished out 17

assists, and sophomore setter

Ava Porada accompanied

Kowalczyk’s mark with 10

of her own.

The two setters did a

good job spreading the ball

around, Fiore said.

And when it came time to

try and stop East’s hitters,

Central was not able to do it.

“I thought that maybe

our serve-receive would

struggle, because they have

some good servers, but we

couldn’t control their hitters,”

Central coach Mary

Brown said. “Our block was

off timing and our defense

wasn’t where it belongs.”

It was the tale of two stories

between the two Lincoln-Way

rivals. What East

found success doing, Central

did not.

As strong as the Griffin

servers seemed, the passing

was not the biggest issue for

the Knights, Brown said.

The Knights passed a 2.2

out of 3, but the East defense

made that all for not.

“[East] had a solid block

on us and our hitters just

couldn’t hit around them,”

Brown said. “We just really

had an off night. We’re definitely

a better team that we

showed [Sept. 6].”

The Griffins racked up

three blocks as a team with

sophomore middle hitter

Ali Sorenson, setter Jordan

Lindsey and opposite position

Lexi Hanley each contributing

one.

The Knights accumulated

14 kills as a team to the Griffins’

28. Senior Dani Lauer

led the Knights with 4 kills.

The Knights were unable

to hit around the outstretched

Griffin arms, and

when they did, it was dug by

the Griffin defense. East had

28 digs in the match with

junior libero Olivia Molnar

leading the way with 6.

“Defensively, we served

the ball aggressively and

they struggled with their

serve-receive,” Fiore said

about the team’s aggressive

play. “It helped out our defense

and I think that was [a

key to the game].”

The two teams came into

the match with two completely

different starts. The

Knights came in at 7-3 and

the Griffins were 2-5. And

now they leave with different

plans of action moving

forward.

The Knights will be looking

back on this game to see

what can be better, and the

Griffins hope this is a stepping-stone

to getting back to

being the team they should

be.

“I think our girls have a

good mindset,” Fiore said.

“We know that we’re introducing

a lot of these girls [to

varsity]. A lot of them didn’t

play varsity last year. We’re

playing in the regular rotation

three sophomores. Two

of them were on freshman

last year so they made the

jump from freshman to varsity.”

Fiore said there has to be

a period of adjustment being

dealt that situation.

After having two weeks

off to work on their game

leading up to the match with

Lincoln-Way Central captain Dani Lauer led the Knights

with 4 kills in the match against Lincoln-Way East on

Thursday, Sept. 6. East held home court and won 25-16, 25-

12. 22nd Century Media file photo

Central, the Griffins are set

to play four days the week of

Sept. 9.

And for Central, Brown

said the team would especially

focus on blocking and

hitting in the coming practices

and matches.

“We have a small team

and there’s not that many

people I can replace people

not doing their jobs,” Brown

said. “We’re going to have

to work the kids we have

in there and work on their

blocking and hitting.”

Listen Up

TUNE IN

Index

“Any time you throw a shutout you have to be

happy. A shutout is one of our program’s goals

every week no matter who we play.”

Jeremy Cordell – Lincoln-Way Central football head coach on the

35-0 win over Thornwood

Football

7:30 p.m. Friday, Sept. 14

• Lincoln-Way Central travels to Lockport for a

SWSC matchup.

47 – Athlete of the Week

48 – High School Highlights

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

mokenamessenger.com.


mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | www.mokenamessenger.com | September 13, 2018

Blowout

LW East dominates Andrew

42-0, Page 53

holding court

LW Central, East girls tennis tie for

fifth in invite, Page 50

Lincoln-Way Central running back Justin

Ellis follows his lead blocker Drew

Parrish Friday, Sept. 7, during a game

against Thornwood. The Knights used a

heavy run game in the 35-0 shutout. Bob

Klein/22nd Century Media

Knights go heavy on ground game in win, Page 54

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