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D210 Board of Education


7 p.m. May 16, Lincoln-

Way Central High School,

1801 E. Lincoln Highway,

New Lenox. Meetings are

held on the third Thursday

of every month at the

Knights of the Roundtable

at LWC.


Mokena Community Public

Library District

May 17, Mokena Community

Public Library District,

11327 W. 195th St.

in Mokena. The Mokena

library will be closed for a

staff development day

Southwest Area Music

Teachers Association

10 a.m. May 17. Southwest

Area Music Teachers

Association will have

their final meeting of the

2018-2019 school year.

The meeting will be held

in Mokena at the home of

President, Kathy Hoster.

Members will meet to

discuss potential program

ideas for the 2019-2020

school year and will enjoy

brunch together. Contact

President, Kathy Hoster,

at (815) 641-6812 for

information about this

meeting. All area music

teachers are invited to attend.


Brewga =


9:30-11 a.m. May 18,

Tribes Beer Company,

11120 Front St. in Mokena.

Join us for our first

collaboration with yoga

teacher Marti LaHood,

Tribes Beer Company on

Front Street and the Mokena

Public Library for a

fun all-levels yoga class.

After class join us for a social

hour. Relax and enjoy

a delicious beer or wine

within an awesome community.

Doors open at 9

a.m., get there early to get

your spot because class

starts promptly at 10 a.m.

Must be 21 to participate

so please your bring identification.

Tickets must be

purchased in advanced.

Tickets will not be available

at the door. Get your

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The Magic of Trent James

1-2 p.m. May 18, Mokena

Community Public

Library District, 11327 W.

195th St. in Mokena. Join

the Mokena Community

Public Library District and

Magician Trent James for

an afternoon of amazement.

James’ fast paced

show is jam packed with

modern mysteries and

new tricks that will make

you believe you believe

you are witnessing the impossible.

To register, call

(708) 479-9663 or visit


St. John’s UCC Blood Drive

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

May 18, St. John’s United

Church of Christ, 11100

Second St. in Mokena.

To schedule an appointment,

contact the church at

(708) 479-5123 or visit ver Walk-ins are welcome,

but appointments

are appreciated and encouraged.

Photo identification

is required. Questions

on eligibility? Call

(800) 7TO-GIVE. As a

thank you, all attempting

donors will receive a $10

e-gift card of their choice.

Donors must have a valid

email at time of registration.

Sensory Mindfulness


Noon-2 p.m. May 19,

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327

W. 195th St. in Mokena.

Join the Mokena Community

Public Library District

and Kim Cuenca for

Sensory Friendly Playtime

and Mindfulness Sunday,

a low-sensory event for

children with autism spectrum

or sensory processing

disorders. The library will

limit admission to 8 families

(ages 3 and up), turn

down sounds and lights,

and provide yoga mats to

offer a safe and fun experience

for all. A healthy

snack will be provided.

To register, call (708) 479-

9663 or visit mokenali and register your

family name. Please include

the number of family

members in the notes field.


Happy Back Yoga

7-8 p.m. May 21, Mokena

Community Public

Library District, 11327 W.

195th St. in Mokena. Yoga

for a Happy Back Class

is designed to cultivate

optimal spinal health and

comfort. Alignment Based

Yoga postures are taught to

create stability and space

in the hips and spine, as

well as relieve tension in

the upper back, neck, and

shoulders. All levels are

welcome. Participants are

encouraged to bring a yoga

mat; however, one will be

provided to use during the

class if needed. Class size

is limited to 25 people. To

register, call (708) 479-

9663 or visit mokenali


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1-2 p.m. May 25, Mokena

Community Public

Library District, 11327 W.,

195th St. in Mokena. Join

nationally-acclaimed entertainer

Johnny Gray as

he returns to the Mokena

Community Public Library

District in his patriotic

Memorial Day Remembrance.

This program honors

Americans who have

sacrificed for our country

during war, conflict and

9/11 featuring many uplifting

musical performances

including: “A Salute to

the Services” medley honoring

each branch of the

Armed Services. To register,

call (708) 479-9663 or


Mokena VFW Memorial

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10 a.m.-2 p.m. May 27,

William Martin VFW Post

725, 19852 S. Wolf Road

in Mokena. Join the members

of the William Martin

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beginning at 10 a.m. with

a memorial service at St.

Mary’s Cemetery, proceeding

to Pioneer Cemetery

and then to St. John’s

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Moms, daughters reflect

on special day together

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Audrey Tuminello, of

Mokena, had no doubt

about what makes Mother’s

Day special.

“Tea parties,” was the

3-year-old’s answer.

So, it was a good thing

for her and her mother,

Lindsey, that Mokena

Community Park District

decided to host exactly

that Saturday, May 11, at

Yunker Park’s red barn.

This was the second

time the park district put

on the event; the first was

in 2017, but then took a

hiatus last year because of

a scheduling conflict with

the Chi-town Showdown


About 40 mothers and

daughters came out for

the Mother’s Day Tea

and were treated to cakes,

crumpets, sandwiches

and, of course, tea.

Mothers and daughters

got to make special sun

hats with flowers hotglued

onto them for the

occasion, as well as paint

miniature watering cans

that could double as a


Nicole Rogers, of Mokena,

was busy painting

the planters with her two

daughters Lauren, 10, and

Amelia, 11.

“It’s quite special because

they actually invited

me to come today,”

Nicole said. “That was

very nice.”

Lauren said she was inspired

when looking for

something completely unrelated.

“Me and my dad were

going to do a 5K, and

we were on the [Mokena

Community Park District

website], so that’s how we

found out about it.”

Amelia said one of

the special things about

Mother’s Day is getting to

spend time with her mom.

And what does Amelia

like to do with that time?

“Shopping,” she said.

Some of the tables at

the tea party included

multiple generations of

mothers and daughters,

such as the Houekenga

family, of Mokena — with

mom Courtney, 5-yearold

Cayleigh and 8-yearold

Calyssa — along

with mother-in-law Janet

Houekenga from Wheaton

and Janet’s mother,

Kim Peglow, of Tinley


The family reflected

on what it meant to have

several generations of

women and girls, bridging

two families, sitting at the

same table.

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LWSRA Disability Fair showcases area inclusion services

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

Everything from equestrian

therapy to financial

advice to camp options

for individuals with special

needs was found

at Lincolnway Special

Recreation Association’s

2019 Disability Fair.

The Saturday, May

11, expo – held onsite at

LWSRA – featured vendors

sharing information

about services available

to parents, teachers and

individuals with disabilities.

Four presentations

further educated attendees

on disability services

available in the Lincoln-

Way area.

Karyn Reczek, LWS-

RA’s marketing, outreach

and fundraising coordinator,

explained that the

2019 fair was building on

the success of last year’s

inaugural event.

“This year we have 34

vendors sharing everything

and anything that

a family with a disability

might need some guidance

on. They can come

here, check it out, talk to

people, get some information

and take it from

there,” Reczek said.

The idea for the Disability

Fair originated

from a conversation

between Reczek, Helping

Hands Children’s

Therapy Parent Liaison

Tessa Quinlan and Renewal

Disability Services

Founder Gina Smith.

“We wanted to have all

of the disability services

under one roof so that not

only can the community

know that all of us exist

to help, but also as business

owners we can help

one another to refer out

clients in case they need

something that we don’t

offer,” Smith said. “This

is a dream come true.

It was really successful

for its first year, so I’m

excited to see what this

year’s going to hold. I’m

sure it’s going to be even


Smith had a booth at

next to Helping Hands

Children’s Therapy

where physical therapist

Rhonda Kleber shared

information about the

organization’s many programs.

“We offer speech therapy,

occupational therapy,

physical therapy and we

have a parent liaison on

staff. We also have a behaviorist

on staff that can

help with issues at home,

school or wherever you

may need something,”

Kleber said. “We also

collaborate with day care

centers and we have lots

of summer groups available.”

Discovery Toys, VIP

Service Dogs, Chicago

Blackhawks Special

Hockey, Everyone Cares

Camp and many more

vendors participated in

the 2019 event. The presentation

program included

Greg Zibricky sharing

a day-to-day blueprint for

autism, Trinity Services

giving an overview of its

offerings, Robert H. Farley

speaking about navigating

the Illinois disability

system and Prudential

going over its special

needs planning caregivers

tool kit.

Representatives from

LWSRA were also on

hand sharing information

about upcoming programs

— including adaptive

basketball camps,

weekly park parties and

its eight-week summer

camp — and spreading

the word about two new

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T.J. Kremer III, Editor

A photo surfaced May 4

on Instagram that reportedly

showed Lincoln-Way

Central students in what

some people believed to be

blackface at the Speedway

on Front Street and Wolf

Road in Mokena.

The photo appeared

to show three Caucasian

youths wearing black

volcanic ash charcoal

acne masks while inside

of a vehicle at the gas station.

Mokena Police were

notified of the situation

and declined to pursue

any criminal investigation,

but referred the matter to

a resource officer with

Lincoln-Way Community

High School D210, according

to Mokena Police

Chief Steve Vaccaro. The

alleged students in the

photo all were under the

age of 18, Vaccaro confirmed.

Mokena Mayor Frank

Fleischer said that he had

been made aware of the

incident, and that he understood

the situation to be

that the students we wearing

black volcanic ash

charcoal acne masks and

decided to go to the gas

station for snacks while

the masks dried.

Fleischer said that while

the actions of the students

may have been ill-advised,

there was “no reason [for

anyone] to be offended,”

adding that, “There’s no

From May 7

“These are things that have been in the news,

have been in the media, and for the young people

to still do it, to say, ‘Hey, it’s not a big deal. It’s

just a charcoal mask,’ is kind of like a way of

brushing it off and saying that it’s OK.”

Sylvester Williams — who posted a photo of students in black acne face

mask to Instagram, on why he felt it was important to share the post on

social media.

law or ordinance against


“Kids get a chance to

make mistakes,” Fleischer


The person who posted

the Instagram photo —

Sylvester Williams, who

goes by the Instagram

handle 1st_generation_life

— said he did so at the

request of the person who

took the photo but wishes

to remain anonymous because

of personal safety


Williams said he posted

the image not to “bash”

the students but, rather,

to bring the adults of the

community together to

have a conversation about

racial issues, especially

with the string of recent

similar incidents that have

happened locally and nationally.

“I live in the area, and

I know how the area can

sometimes be,” Williams

said. “I know that there

are good people and bad

people everywhere; however,

this was a situation

that had just came up with

the high school not to far

away, Homewood-Flossmoor.

Prior to that Gucci

had some issue and Prada

had some issues. These are

things that have been in

the news, have been in the

media, and for the young

people to still do it, to say,

‘Hey, it’s not a big deal.

It’s just a charcoal mask,’

is kind of like a way of

brushing it off and saying

that it’s OK.”

The Homewood-Flossmoor

incident Williams

mentioned referred to an

April 27 posting of a video

to social media showing

the four students in

blackface driving through

a carry-out window at a

McDonald’s and making

racist remarks to a black

female employee. Prada

in December was forced to

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Gucci, in February

received criticism for its

sweater that angered many

over its blackface appearance.

Lincoln-Way Community

High School District

210 issued the following


“On Saturday, the Lincoln-Way

210 School

Resource Officer was in

contact with the Mokena

Police Department. Any

questions regarding the

alleged incident should be

directed to the police.”

The Messenger has requested

further comment

from district administration,

including how LW

administration plans to

handle this incident.

“We have no additional

comments,” Jen Hannon,

director of communications,

wrote, continuing

to direct comments to the

Mokena Police Department. news

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their black belt test at Family

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award of the rank of master April 28 at Family Martial Arts in Mokena. Tyler’s mother,

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• Jim Martin was appointed as the D161

representative to the Lincoln-Way Area Special

Education District 843 Governing Board, with Trudy

Sturino selected as the alternate; Rich Marron

was appointed as the Summit Hill Educational

Foundation liaison; and Stacey Borgens was

chosen as the D161 representative to the Illinois

Association of School Boards Governing Board and

the Three Rivers Governing Board.

• Board members approved an online intervention

resource for mathematics.

• The board approved a contract with Malcor

Roofing to recoat the Mary Drew roof.

• A continuation of D161’s supplemental bus

transportation program was approved for the 2019-

2020 academic year.

• The board approved a .5 math improvement/.5

resource teacher position.

• A family insurance proposal for D161 noncertified

staff was approved.

While the goals would

be finalized in June,

Board President Rich

Marron said he wanted to

start the discussion early

to avoid an “elongated

meeting.” The Board

opted to table action on

the item and return to the

matter during a future


The four tentative goals

are student achievement,

which comes with subgoals

of student growth,

standards alignment and

rigor, algebra readiness

and technology integration;

focus on the whole

child, which has subgoals

that aim to address chronic

absenteeism, socialemotional

supports and

bullying and cyberbullying;


which includes subgoals

of telling the district’s

story and having two

readiness dashboards;

and human and fiscal resources,

which is tied to

a single subgoal of building


“The subgoals would

be the ones that would

be measured, reported on

and then ultimately would

tie, into, in our case, the

superintendent’s review,

as it has in the past and

then would presumably

flow into the principals’

and other administrator

reviews,” Marron said.

Several Board members

expressed concerns

or asked for clarification

on some of the subgoals,

particularly with how

student growth would be

measured. That subgoal

comes with two indicators:

a 3 percent gain in

students meeting and exceeding

standards in the

English language arts and

math portions of the Illinois

Assessment of Readiness,

along with 70 percent

of students meeting

individual growth targets

on local assessments.

“As soon as we make

this a goal, and as soon as

we put in standards, then

we’re sending a message

that if push comes

to shove, teach to the

test, because that’s the

best way to get the quick

jumps,” Board member

George Leonard said.

“And I wonder if we’re

sending the right message

by setting a firm percentage

increase based off of

different kids and everything


Marron told the Board

he was unsure why social-emotional


should be included as a


“I’m not fully understanding

it, because I

don’t want to attach percentages

to giving kids

social-emotional supports,”

he said. “Why are

we giving it a target? ...

When somebody needs

help, I don’t want anybody

thinking about a


Leslie DeBoer, D161

Director of Special Education,

explained the District

has a student risk

assessment in place, with

universal targets for the

majority of students and

different levels of supports

for those who may

need more help.

“It’s just showing that

if our numbers do fall in

with them, then we are

providing the appropriate

amount of support for

the students who are in

need,” she said. school

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Children, parents enjoy day

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Sean Hastings

Contributing Editor

Nothing beats the Friday

night lights during a

football season. The whole

town comes out to the respective

schools they root

for, packing the stands to

watch their team play.

But something that

ranks right up there with

that is the time a parent

can spend with their child

on a football field. Local

residents had the chance to

do that May 5 as the Lincoln-Way

Central football

program hosted a father/

son camp. Some mothers

and daughters came out to

participate, as well.

The camp was led

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All the drills are ones

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The weather could not

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Campers and their parents

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“Anytime you can incorporate

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Being able to be the

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Chase Carter pushes the sled as he participates in

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children got to compete against their fathers in the


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“I actually get to be a

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There were smiles all

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One of those campers

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“I think I did the best at

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Chase also said he wants

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There are many organizations

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“Our mission is to assist veterans

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golf course, and it’s been a very

good experience for everybody,”

said Dakota Stariha, who is the

event coordinator for an upcoming

5K fundraiser. “We provide

therapeutic services through

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single week for the summer.”

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If any resident is still considering

buying tickets for the Triple

Play Concert Series, they are in

luck, because some tickets still

remain but will for much longer,

Mayor Tim Baldermann said.

Tickets for all three concerts

are $75 each and can be purchased

at the Village Hall from

8:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday.

There is no limit on how

many tickets can be purchased

by one resident.

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Blue Oyster Cult on July 20 and

Kenny Loggins on Aug. 31. The

headlining acts are scheduled to

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The first supporting act performance

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to start at 6 p.m., with the second

performance beginning at 7:30


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A few years ago, Kelvin Grove

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window at an unused piece of

land near the playground and

imagine it being a special place

for her students: a garden.

And with the garden came the

inception of the Calvin Grove

Nature Club.

“I put in a letter of interest

for the Nature Club,” Soulian

explained. “We started with the

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were so excited to have a club.

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For more than three decades,

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Now in its 32nd season, the

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performances scheduled for every

Sunday through Aug. 25.

The concerts, sponsored by the

Frankfort Chamber of Commerce,

are typically held at Breidert

Green, but in the case of

stormy weather, the shows will

move indoors to the Founders

Community Center.

“Continued generous donations

from businesses, churches,

civic groups and individuals to

fund these concerts are the reasons

we have been able to bring

high-quality free entertainment

to the Green for so many years,”

said Pam Griffin, a member of

the Frankfort Concerts on the

Green committee.

Eight volunteers are tasked

with reviewing the hundreds of

bands that request to perform for

the occasion. This year’s lineup

encompasses a broad range of

musical genres, from Motown

and R&B to Caribbean reggae

and calypso.

While several familiar acts

will return to the Breidert Green

stage, such as the Joliet American

Legion Band and retro rock

and roll band Rosie & The Rivets,

three new groups are scheduled

to perform.

“As always, we try to provide

variety in the 10 concerts we

present, and hope to please the

audiences,” Griffin said.

Reporting by Nuria Mathog, Editor.

For more, visit FrankfortStation.



LTHS students dominate in

drafting and design competitions

LTHS drafting and design students

are making their names

known after recent victories at

Illinois Design Educators Association

and SkillsUSA competitions.

Seven out of eight LTHS students

who participated in the

IDEA annual state drafting and

design competition on April 27

placed first. Those included Matthew

Stonis, who got first (state

champion) in 3D Assembly

Modeling; the architecture design

team of Aldo Guerra, Naser

Salem and William Centano,

who got first (state champion)

with a perfect score; and the engineering

design team of Jonathan

Naughton, Daniel Arechiga

and Caleb Speechley, who got

first place (state champion) with

a perfect score. Bryce Bejlovec

won the regional in March and

also competed in the Introductory

CAD division.

The competition featured individual

drawing problem events,

as well as an architecture design

competition and an engineering

design competition.

Beyond that, out of the 37

drafting, engineering and design

students who went April 11-13

to the Illinois SkillsUSA annual

State Leadership and Skills Conference,

10 successfully earned

positions to compete in nationals

June 24-29.

“This is by far the most we’ve

had in the SkillsUSA qualify for

nationals,” said Jeff Brown, vice

president of IDEA and instructor

on architecture, engineering and

design courses at LTHS. “It was

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Social snapshot

Top Web Stories

From as of Monday,

May 13

1. Deep passion for pooches inspires

Mokena pet stylist

2. Breaking: Alleged blackface incident

draws mixed responses from


3. Standout Student: Jay Bettenhausen,

Mokena Junior High eighth-grader

4. Homer Glen: Homer man charged with

DUI, reckless homicide, leaving scene

in fatal I-55 crash

5. Photos: Local artists’ work on display

for Mokena library’s Art Galleria

Become a member:

“Wedding bells were chiming today at SMS!

Q and U celebrated with royal weddings in

both Mrs Pell and Mrs Hedrick’s kindergarten


St. Mary Catholic School Mokena posted

this to its Facebook page Friday, May 10.

Like The Mokena Messenger:

“Lincoln-Way East state champion

cheerleaders honored tonight at the Joliet

Slammers game!”

@LWDistrict210 posted this to its Twitter

account Thursday, May 9.

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From the Publisher

We can do better as a community

Joe Coughlin



was embarrassed by

my community this

week and I would like

to tell you about it.

I know and I love this

community. I was raised

in New Lenox, went

through public schools

at District 122 and LW

D210, and remain a community

member, though

living with my family in a

western suburb.

This community is

compassionate, loyal

and proud. It believes in

respect and kindness. And

those values seemed to be

at odds last week.

Through our reporting,

we learned that three

young people (juveniles)

who reportedly had on

black face-cleansing

masks allegedly drove

to a local gas station for

snacks while wearing the


I am not interested

in debating their intention.

It is irrelevant to me

whether they wanted to

do harm, thought it was


From Page 18

very successful. Ten students

is quite a bit, and the

IDEA contest, I had eight

students qualify for state,

and seven of them won the

a meaningless joke, or

were completely ignorant

to “blackface” and its


That’s because either

of the options is a problem,

and a problem we

as a community need to


“Blackface” has a racist

history, one in which

it was used to degrade,

demean, insult and generally

disrespect persons of

color. Wearing blackface,

regardless of your intention,

aligns you with that


And this is where I

grew embarrassed, not

necessarily by the kids or

their act, but by our community’s

reaction as the

incident became news.

That reaction was a

general shoulder shrug.

We need to admit that

what these kids did was

wrong — not because they

are racist, not because

they meant offense, but

because we as a community

respect each other and

believe in accountability.

While this community

lacks diversity (and that’s

not a crime), we value and

respect all our neighbors.

Therefore, we must recognize

how an act like this

affects everyone.

This community is

proud and believes in

loyalty. Those attributes

are at the top of the list of

reasons I love it. We rush

state championships. So,

you don’t get much better

odds than that. And all

around, it has been a really

successful year.”

Reporting by Alex Ivanisevic,

Assistant Editor. For more,


to protect our own and

defend what is ours.

In that rush, though,

amid that fierce loyalty

and wall of pride, we can

lose perspective — forget

the other values we hold

dear, like our steadfast

belief in right vs. wrong.

Think about the times

you remained silent even

though you felt uncomfortable

with a friend’s or

relative’s behavior. Our

love for and loyalty to that

person may keep us from

being honest.

But we know better.

We know true friendship,

true leadership is calling

out our loved ones and

our neighbors when they

need calling out. Love is

based on mutual respect,

and mutual respect allows

us to constructively challenge

each other.

We can, at the same

time, support our young

people (like the three

teens in the facemasks)

and take a stand against

insensitivity (like wearing

blackface). We can

shoulder this burden as

a community and say,

“Kids, this was an error

in judgment, but you are

not villains. We believe in

you, and we apologize for

not showing you the way.”

We have a responsibility

to do that together.

Our community leaders,

like those in charge of our

education at LW District

210, have a responsibility

to speak up.

Silence sends a message

that is loud and clear that

we condone these acts. By

ignoring them, we enable


This leads into a final

point: We can do better.

No doubt, there are

worse things you can do

than wear face-cleansing

masks to a local gas

station, but it is behavior

— malice-free or not

— that is not acceptable

anywhere and certainly

not here. We need to ask

and discuss why anyone

would think it is OK to

go out in our community

while wearing black facemasks.

It is not a simple question

to ask or answer. It

forces us to take a hard

look in the mirror, and I

hope our community leaders

— from government

officials to educators to

longtime residents — ask

themselves that question.

I know I did. I hope you

do, too.

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Singer channels spirits of

legendary rockers, Page 24

From Ireland to Orland Park

The Irish Patriot owners bring traditions from the

homeland to south suburban pub, Page 27

Salon Rhapsody finds new home in

Mokena, Page 23

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22 | May 16, 2019 | the mokena messenger faith

Faith Briefs

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


Wednesdays following

8 a.m. Mass in the Chapel

until 6:45 p.m.

Holy Rosary

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

Tuesday evenings.

St. John’s United Church of Christ

(11100 Second St., Mokena)

Traditional Service

8 a.m. traditional service,

9:45 a.m. contemporary

and traditional music

in a service of praise and

reverence. Supervised

childcare available. For

more information, call

(708) 479-5123.

Bundles of Love

In Memoriam

Nancy E. Scanlin

Nancy E. Scanlin, 70, of

Mokena, died April 22.

She was the beloved

wife of William E. Scanlin

Sr.; loving mother of Jennifer

Scanlin and William

D. Scanlin; Caring grandmother

to Liberty; and

cherished Brother of Joe

(Marcia) Rhodes.

She was preceded in

death by brothers Jeffrey

Rhodes and David Rhodes.

In lieu of flowers, donations

to the American Cancer

Society and Laporte

County Small Animal

Shelter would be appreciated.

Richard Anthony




Golden, 88, of Mokena,

died April 26.

He was the son of the

late Edward and Elsie

(Coty) Golden; beloved

7 p.m. the second and

fourth Tuesday of each

month. Enjoy fun and fellowship

while making

baby quilts for infants baptized

at St. John’s and lap

quilts for shut-ins.

Mokena United Methodist Church

(10901 LaPorte Road, Mokena)

Service and Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Sundays.

Church service and children’s

Sunday School will

be held. For more information,

call (708) 479-1110.

Bible Study

7 p.m. Tuesdays at the

church. For more information,

call (708) 479-1110.

Community Prayer


2:30 p.m. every fourth



husband to Eleanor (Larimore)

Golden; loving

father of Eugene (Deborah)

of Lenexa, David

(Maureen), Frank (Louise),

Ted (Cindy) and

Laura (Daniel); caring

grandfather to Timothy

Golden, Cassandra (Jeffrey)

Davidson, Carissa

(Brian) Shelton, Robert

(Elizabeth) Golden,

Kevin Mitchell, Matthew

(Jennifer) Golden, Jeffery

(Michelle) Golden,

Kimberly (Michael) Herrera,

Ryan Golden, Lisa

Golden, Aimee (Todd)

Barnhill and Nicholas Allen;

11 great-grandchildren;

and many nieces

and nephews.

He was preceded in

death by brothers, Edward,

Eugene and John (Linda);

and sisters Virginia (Pat)

Thomas and Alice.

In lieu of flowers the

family requests donations

to PAWS Tinley Park or

9 a.m. every third Saturday

of the month.

Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays.

Newcomers welcome.

Weight Watchers


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 marleycommu

Junior High Youth Group

the National Multiple

Sclerosis Society.

He served in the U.S.

Air Force from 1951

-1954 providing airplane

maintenance services at

Kindley Air Force Base,


Steven Douglas Berg

Steven Douglas Berg,

52, of Mokena, died May


He was the devoted

companion of Tyson;

loving brother of Paul

S. (Akiko) and Mike K.

(Karin) Berg; beloved

son of the late Robert E.

and L. Marcia (Zaremba)

Berg; dear uncle of Jeremy,

Lexi and Alicia Berg;

fond cousin of Tamisine

Berg, Jenni Berg, David

Schmidt and Jim Berg;

and great-cousin of Joseph,

Jonathan and David


In lieu of flowers, memorials

to cure ALS.

6-7:30 p.m. Fridays.

For more information,

email marleycommunity

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)

Vacation Bible School

9-11:30 a.m. June 17-

21. For children 4 years

old through fifth grade.

3 year olds are welcome

with the accompaniment

of an adult. The theme

is “Miraculous Mission:

Jesus Saves the World.”

Registration is available

online at immanu and at the

church office. From the

Ministries link, click Vacation

Bible School for

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Ross Jonathon


R o s s


Mathews, 55, of Wilmington,

died May 7.

He was the beloved son

of Robert H. and Peggy S.

(Nelson) Mathews of Mokena;

devoted brother of

Scott W. (Julie) Mathews

and Sean P. (Deborah)

Mathews; and is survived

by many loving aunts, uncles,

nieces, nephews and


He was a proud U.S.

Army Veteran and a very

active volunteer and supporter

of community activities.

Do you have someone’s life

you’d like to honor? Email

Editor T.J. Kremer III at tj@ with

information about a loved

one who was a part of the

Mokena community.

Robin’s Nest

Live on and love well

Robin Melvin

Contributing Columnist

If you follow my column,

then you probably

know about my

daughter, Ashley Nicole.

She was born on May 1,

1984 and passed away

nine days later. I honor her

little life by putting a positive

spin on heartbreak. I

grab grief and flip it.

It’s amazing what we

see when we look at it

from another angle. It

doesn’t mean we hide

our pain or stuff away the

memories. We simply see

grief in a new light. We let

it grow our ability to live

and love with purpose. In

so doing, our people live


Because of our losses,

there comes a day when

we can look in the face

of profound grief and

smile. A few weeks ago,

by God’s grace, I did just

that. I greeted guests who

came to our church for a


I never met 14-year-old

Ellie Cuiching, but soon

learned she didn’t lose her

9-year fight with cancer.

She kicked its butt and

inspired whole communities.

Her message has

gone worldwide. Ellie

flipped pain, sickness and

death and used it for good.

Because of grief, I can

empathize with her family.

I saw their strong spirit as

they allowed joy and grief

to coexist. There were

smiles and tears and hope

and raw sorrow. They let

it all intermingle. Empowered

by Ellie’s legacy,

they are determined to live

on and love well.

My pastor attributed

Ellie’s courage to this:

“She knew she was loved.

She found purpose in her

pain.” And her parents

found strength in knowing,

“God’s grace is truly


Can you see that power?

God uses a heart that is

gouged by sorrow. Will

you believe it’s possible?

God fills our emptiness

with peace so we can

know deeper joy, deeper

compassion and a higher

purpose. We honor God

and the ones we miss by

embracing those still here.

My friend, courage and

compassion are woven

into our divine design. It’s

okay if we don’t always

feel it. I bet Ellie didn’t

either. Yet, she tells us,

“Live on and follow your


We are loved. We find

purpose in our pain because

God’s grace truly is amazing.

He took Jesus’ cross

and flipped it in to something

beautiful. May we let

him redeem our heartbreak

and use it for good.

“What a wonderful

God we have — he is the

Father of our Lord Jesus

Christ, the source of every

mercy, and the one who so

wonderfully comforts and

strengthens us in our hardships

and trials. And why

does he do this? So that

when others are troubled,

needing our sympathy and

encouragement, we can

pass on to them this same

help and comfort God has

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New space, new look makes Salon Rhapsody pop in Mokena

Salon makes move

after 11 years in


T.J. Kremer III, Editor

Mokena has pulled off a


Salon Rhapsody, which

spent the last 11 years in

Frankfort, is now a part of

the Mokena business scene

on Lincoln Highway.

The salon held its official

grand opening May 8

at its new location, 11400

W. Lincoln Highway.

With a new space comes

a new ambiance, though

the quality of service patrons

have come to expect

remains the same, said

owner Heather Fox.

“We changed everything

[inside],” Fox said. “So,

everything is repurposed,

reused, recycled in some

way. All of the chairs [in

the waiting area], some

of them were from my

grandma’s house, and she

passed away 15 years ago.

So, I repainted them, reupholstered

them. Some were

some the thrift store and

we reupholstered them.”

And it doesn’t stop with

the waiting area. All of

the hairstyling stations, of

which there are eight, are

outfitted with old, wooden

doors that have had mirrors

placed in the panels and

crystal door knobs used as

purse hangers to give the

stations a rustic chic look.

Designing and constructing

the space was a

special project for Fox and

her father, Jim Romeli.

The pair spent about three

months putting all the details


“It was a lot of fun,”

Fox said. “We did pretty

much everything together.

He helped me with all the

ideas. … It was a fun project

for me and my dad.”

Salon Rhapsody owner Heather Fox (middle in green

shirt) poses with her staff during the salon’s grand

opening and open house.

The space is smaller

than it was in the Frankfort

location, but that just adds

to the cozy, comfy feel of

the salon, which returning

clients from Frankfort and

new clients both appreciate,

Fox said.

“They all love it,” Fox

said. “They said it’s homier,

it’s smaller, quaint. They

like the atmosphere better

than the old location.”

Some of Fox’s staff

made the transition from

Frankfort to Mokena, and

some new faces have since

come on board. The salon

employs eight stylists —

Cat Minnick, Linda Nolan,

Michelle Blazek, Ellen

Gengo, Sarah Casler,

Heather Fox, Kristen

Hippenhammer and Geri

Melyon — nail technician

Donna Kelliher, estheticians

Sarah Teare and Kate

Karkacova, and receptionists

Mallory Eisfeller,

Erica Cundiff and Isabelle


Fox said the decision to

move the business went

hand-in-hand with her

family’s decision to move

to Mokena, as well.

“I moved to Mokena

myself and my family four

years ago, and I just love

the town,” Fox said. “I was

looking to buy a building, I

was looking to see where I

wanted to go. Then I found

this space, and I really like

the location of it because

there’s so much building

going up around it. So, we

thought it would be a better

fit for us.”

Salon Rhapsody specializes

in everything hair

related — from cuts and

colorings to extensions

and keratin treatments —

as well as nail care, eyelash

extension, facials,

massages, microblading

and body waxing. Staff are

even being trained on how

to offer and apply CBDinfused

skin care products,

which does not get a client

“high,” but, rather, helps

to relieve pain associated

with arthritis and other

aches and pains.

For more information,


find them on Facebook at

sody, or call (815) 469-


Staff at Salon Rhapsody listen to a presentation on CBD-infused products from Jeff

Bemis (far right), owner of Seven Leaves, during the salon’s grand opening and open

house May 8. Photos by T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

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Mokena library showcases ‘Legends of Rock n’ Roll’

Caitlin Fyfe

Freelance Reporter

Mike Valentine works the crowd for some audience

participation during his show.-

“We’re going to go back

in time today,” said front

man Mike Valentine as

he greeted the crowd on

the afternoon of Saturday,

May 11.

That marked the beginning

of a musical tribute

to rock n’ roll classics —

ranging from Dean Martin

to Neil Diamond — in the

aptly named “Legends of

Rock n’ Roll” show at Mokena

Community Public

Library District.

Valentine served as a

conduit for each era and

brought the spirit of Las Vegas’

golden age to Mokena

for all of the family to enjoy.

“I mean, to be honest, it

gives me a nostalgic feeling,”

said Mokena resident

Brandon Achterberch. “It

brings me back to being a

kid eating ice cream in the

summer listening to Elvis

with my Uncle Mark.”

Valentine covered popular

tunes closely associated

with some of the greatest

entertainers of all time,

such as “Ring of Fire,”

“Blue Suede Shoes,”

“Can’t Take My Eyes Off

of You,” and “Pretty Woman.”

As the afternoon carried

on Valentine remained

consistent with his solid

performance, even informing

the audience of the

Billboard chart numbers at

the date of release.

“He’s got a great voice

and covers all of the hits I

like to listen to at my car

shows,” said Bob Gamboa,

owner of Showcase Classics,

“It’s almost that season,

and I’d love to have

Mike and his band come


Valentine effortlessly

captured each musicians’

sound, mannerisms and

legendary musicianship

with the help of the audience’s

interaction. His

Elvis, in particular, channeled

the same refined

nature and distinction, far

from an impersonation.

Even his look channeled

“The King” himself, wearing

a bead embellished

red silk shirt with bell bottoms.

Magic seemed to happened

when Valentine

asked the audience for

suggestions and queued

the instrumental. With little

help from Valentine, the

audience knew exactly the

direction to follow.

Singer Mike Valentine channels his inner Elvis during his “Legends of Rock n’ Roll”

show Saturday, May 11, at Mokena Community Public Library District.

Photos by Caitlin Fyfe/22nd Century Media

“I love to be able to create

a memory for the audience,

especially when they

remember a special time in

their younger days when I

perform a song that triggers

a memory,” Valentine said.

Classic rock n’ roll music

has been permanently

imprinted into America’s

collective consciousness

and history. At this point,

one does not even have

to know the musician to

know the song. Rock n’

roll has become a timeless


“I will continue performing

this music as long

as I have an audience that

wants to have fun,” Valentine


And the audience at

Mokena Public Library

did just that, from singing-along

and dancing to

the familiar tunes of their


“These events are important

to the community

because this music touches

the older generation that

sometimes the children of

today forget about,” Valentine

said. “The music of

the past is what made the

music of today.”

For more upcoming

events at the Mokena library,

check out its online

calendar at mokenalibrary.



From Page 22

given us.” 2 Corinthians


To see more of Ellie’s

story visit

For more with Robin,


contact or on Facebook,

Robin Melvin, Author.

The thoughts and opinions

expressed in this column are

those of the author. They do

not necessarily represent the

thoughts of 22nd Century

Media or its staff.


From Page 22

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5 p.m. Saturdays and 9

a.m. Sundays.

God’s Kids Club

10:15 a.m. Sundays in


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-


Parker Road Bible Church (18512

Parker Road, Mokena)

Worship Service

10:30 a.m. Sundays. Be

sure to arrive early for our

Sunday Worship Service

to enjoy a hot, complimentary

cup of coffee every

week at the church. Following

the Christian Education

Hour (9:15-10:15

a.m.), all beverages can

be found just outside the


Grace Fellowship Church (11049

LaPorte Road, Mokena)

Narcotics Anonymous

7-9 p.m. Mondays. All

those struggling or who

have struggled with a narcotics

addiction are welcome.

All meetings are

confidential. For more information,

call (708) 479-


Spanish Church

12:30 p.m. Sundays.

Worship Service

10 a.m. Sundays. All are


Women’s Bible Study

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

and 2-3 p.m. Tuesdays.

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.

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Ted Fuka inspires with local landscapes at Meet the Artist event

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

From the natural wonder

of Hickory Creek to

the iconic steeple of St.

Mary’s Church, Mokenabased

artist Ted Fuka finds

inspiration in the heart of

his community. He bathes

his local landscapes in

light beaming from the

sun, moon or in reflections

bouncing off blankets of

snow found in his favorite

artistic season: winter.

Fuka shared how he

enjoys exploring his own

backyard with his pastel

paintings during the May

3 edition of Orland Park

Public Library’s Meet the

Artist series.

“Mokena is great,” Fuka

said. “This whole area is

great. I always enjoy venturing

out into rural areas,

the woods, the forest preserve.

I really enjoy that.

There’s an infinite amount

of reference in there. You

can walk in there every

day and it’s a different

place. It all depends on the


Fuka takes “time to notice

what presents itself”

as he drives to his job as

a commercial artist, walks

around his neighborhood or

hikes in the woods. One of

his pieces, called “Schoolhouse

Road,” depicts the

magic of a foggy day.

“I was on my way to my

studio one morning, and I

had to capture the fog that

was just so dense,” Fuka

said. “It was incredible. If

you were there on a clear

day you’d see so many

more things. The feeling

was great. It was a challenge,


“Hideaway,” which

makes viewers want to

reach out and pet the

curled-up young fawn that

is the painting’s subject,

originated simply by Fuka

looking out his window.

“This one of the fawn

over here was right beside

my home,” Fuka explained.

“We saw her from

our window ,so I went out

there and went crazy taking

photographs. This was

the result of that.”

Fuka is inspired by Mokena

and — along with

beautifully capturing local

scenes — he gives back by

participating in community

events. For over a decade,

he has shared tips and techniques

with young artists at

Lincoln-Way Community

High School District 210’s

annual ArtWorks event.

“I really enjoy Art-

Works, especially because

of all the like-mindedness

that’s there,” Fuka said.

“It’s hard to find that in

one spot. And with all the

kids’ work — they bring

their parents and grandparents

— it’s a really nice

place to be.”

The medium of pastel

also is a source of inspiration

for Fuka.

“The medium is immediate,”

Fuka said. “That’s

the one thing that I really

enjoy. I don’t have to wait

for it to dry. I can just go

ahead and work with it in

a different variety of ways

— the different papers I

use get different effects —

and the subjects are close

to my heart.

“I belong to Chicago

Pastel Painters, and one of

the points they really try to

get across is that pastel is a

viable medium. You think

of fine art and you think of

oil paint, watercolor and

all those, but pastel is just

as important. It’s an important

medium; there’s no

doubt about it, and it’s fun

to work with. It’s amazing

what you can do with it.”

Orland Park Public Library

Outreach Department

Assistant Cathy Di

Giorgio explained that

Fuka’s exhibit is perfect

for the month of May.

“He’s got some really

awesome stuff,” Di Giorgio

said. “We like his colors

— look at how great

his colors are — and it’s so

nice for this time of year.

It’s a transition period

from winter to spring, so

we like how he brought in

some pieces with flowers

and the water scene with

the ducks. He does some

beautiful pastels. We’re

really happy to have his

work here through the end

of the month.”

Along with Fuka’s work

— on display on the second

floor throughout May

— the library is featuring

upcycled art with a purpose

in its two first-floor

displays. Gina Sabo’s

purses made from books

can be found in the small

display case, and the large

case if full of string instruments

created by Rick

Wasserman from old cigar


For more information

about the work of Ted

Fuka, visit pastels.fukail

“Minus 18” features Ted Fuka’s vision of Yunker Farm in Mokena on a sub-zero

winter day.

Pastel painter Ted Fuka, of Mokena, shows off his work at the Orland Park Public

Library. Photos by Laurie Fanelli/22nd Century Media dining out

the mokena messenger | May 16, 2019 | 27

The Dish

The Irish Patriot: a taste of Ireland in Orland Park

Alex Ivanisevic

Assistant Editor

Rather than travel the

3,600 miles across the Atlantic,

one needs only to

head to the Historic District

of Orland Park to get a taste

of Ireland at The Irish Patriot.

Owners Vincent and Fiona

Tuohy came to America

from Ireland roughly 10

years ago and purchased

the building at 9875 W.

143rd St. in 2010. Today,

they are serving classic

Irish and American food to

locals in a traditional pub


“It’s a historical building

here; it is the first brick

building ever built here in

Orland Park,” Vincent said.

“When we bought it, it was

crumbling down and the

roof was caving in and the

walls were falling down. It

was a little piece of history

falling apart. We’ve left

this place in good shape for

another 100 years, I hope.”

After two years of remodeling

and much-needed

repairs, The Irish Patriot

opened in March of 2012.

“We tried to use the classical

Irish pub look, like

you’d see in small villages

in Dublin,” he said.

At the center of the dining

room is a large, stone


“Wouldn’t be an Irish

pub without one,” Vincent


The pub is open from

11-2 a.m. Sunday through

Saturday, and serves “a

pretty extensive menu of

American and Irish fare,”

Vincent said. “Since we

opened in 2012, our three

top sellers are our fish and

chips ($14). They’re really

famous here. We use

North Atlantic cod, and we

make our own batter with a

One of the Top 3 items on The Irish Patriot’s menu is its Kinsale Fish & Chips ($14), made with North Atlantic cod.

Photos by Alex Ivanisevic/22nd Century Media

secret ingredient, and then

our burger ($12) is hugely

popular as well as our Reuben

($13). They’re always

in our Top 3.”

Also on the menu are traditional

Irish dishes, such

as corned beef and shepherd’s

pie, among other options.

In addition to serving

guests at the hardwood bar

in the pub section and in the

dining room throughout the

week, The Irish Patriot allows

its dining area to be

booked for parties.

Vincent said the restaurant

sees a lot of wedding

parties, communion and

confirmation parties, “as

we’re quite close to St.

Michael’s Catholic Church

here. ...We got a church

down the street and a funeral

home across the street, so

we do some funeral work,


The Tuohys also own

The Irish Legend in Willow

Springs and the Burbank

Pub in its namesake town.

They take pride in the connection

they have made to

the communities around

The Irish Patriot Pub

9875 W. 143rd St. in

Orland Park


• 11 a.m.-2 a.m. daily

For more information ...



their pubs.

“We see a lot of regulars

here,” Vincent said. “We

are classically a neighborhood

bar. It is something

like ‘Cheers’ with the characters

that are in here.”

Fiona said the time commitment

to running the pub

is “completely 24/7,” and

she also remarked on the

regulars they see come to

The Irish Patriot.

“I love it, because we get

to know so many people

here, and I call them regulars

but they are actually

friends,” she said.

Similar to the way Vincent

described their “neighborhood-bar

vibe,” Fiona

said, “There’s a lot of people

who came here on their

own and just became best


The Irish Patriot owner Vincent Tuohy was sure to include a fireplace in the pub,

something he says no pub is complete without.

She said she appreciates

how friendly and outgoing

people are, and it creates a

“family atmosphere, which

is really nice.”

There are a few special

events The Irish Patriot

enjoys celebrating with its

guests — one of them being

St. Patrick’s Day.

“We have a very special

party here for St. Patrick’s

Day,” Vincent said. “It’s

basically a week here. The

weekend before [the holiday],

we have a trolley bus

and work with all the fellow

pubs in the area and

have a trolley bus crawl,

and then I fly in musicians

from Ireland every year for

the holiday, and they stay a

few days. We have a lot of


Vincent said they are

looking forward to opening

the pub’s patio for the summer,

which he said can get

crowded in those months

but provides a fun atmosphere

for patrons.

“You got to love this

business,” Vincent said.

“It’s the long days I don’t

love; they’re a bit daunting.

But I love the people,

and every day is different.

When people are in a pub,

you know they’re relaxing.

You’re getting people at

their best who are coming

here to enjoy themselves.”

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crosstown CROSSWORD & Sudoku The crosstowns: Frankfort, Homer Glen, Lockport, Mokena, New Lenox, Orland Park, Tinley Park



Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur

1. ‘Mamma ___ !’

4. On your own

8. Certain camera, for


11. Liquorish flavor

13. Not fully shut

14. ___ bit (slightly)

15. Play

17. Place for parishioners

18. British rocker Gallagher

19. Ad

21. Spider is one

22. Having no sequel

23. Tax form ID

25. Browns, on the


27. Decimal basis

28. T in a fraternity

29. Whichever

31. Kubla Khan’s


34. Regional flora and


35. Tarzan creator’s


37. Escape

38. One-striper (abbr.)

39. Bass-like fish

41. Gossips at shul

44. “Dynasty” vixen

46. Codgers’ replies

47. Business watchdog

for customers (abbr.)

50. Somewhat civilized


51. One of Lee’s men

53. Wetter

55. Road with a no.

57. Catholic high

school in New Lenox

59. Breakfast staple

60. Shout in the street

61. Grain fungus

62. Thought-provoking

63. Balanced

64. Show a client the


65. Still-life subject

66. Chinese dynasty

67. One in 100, abbr.

1. Elephant for the

Crimson Tide

2. Chant

3. Pilots perhaps

4. New Lenox golf


5. Resort town near

Santa Barbara

6. Volcano outputs

7. You better

8. Cause to operate

9. Handouts

10. Deep sleep

12. Additions

14. Part of IPA

16. Conductor


20. Horse color

24. Writer

26. Geological time


30. Fastens

31. PlayStation 2


32. Fitting

33. Inspiring fear

35. Projection


36. Discoverer of


39. Favorite uncle

40. White wine


42. Restaurant type

43. Digression

45. Seven singers

47. Drunken sprees

48. Look good on

49. Inhabitant of


52. Hooray!

54. Scholastic sort,


56. Medium-like


58. Yoked beasts

59. Dean’s e-mail

address ender


The Alley Grill and Tap


(18700 S. Old LaGrange

Road, Mokena; (708)


■9 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:


Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(11247 W. 187th St.,

Mokena; (708) 478-


■6 ■ p.m. Thursdays,

Fridays and Saturdays:

Performance by Jerry



Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-


■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Piano Styles by Joe


Front Row

(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-


■7 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:



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.


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

Strike N Spare II

(811 Northern Drive,

Lockport; (708) 301-


■9:30 ■ p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Mondays: Quartermania

■10 ■ p.m.-midnight Saturdays:

Cosmic Bowl


Traverso’s Restaurant

(15601 S. Harlem Ave.,

Orland Park; (708) 532-


■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays and

Saturdays: Karaoke

To place an event in The

Scene, email a.ivanisevic@


How to play Sudoku

Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of

3x3 squares. To solve the puzzle each row, column

and box must contain each of the numbers

1 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan mokena

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to land a newly

constructed home,

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recently announced the

opening of Sky Harbor

Phase II in New Lenox.

The subdivision,

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airport, has more than

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and is opening a new

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May 16, 17, 18 and 19th





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104th and Bruns Rd. Fri. 5/17,

8-4pm and Sat. 5/18, 8-2pm.

Huge sale -antique, vintage, &

collectibles. Large variety of


Homer Glen 14027 Kickapoo

Trail. 5/17, 8 - 3pm and

5/18, 8-1pm. Tools, household,

and other good finds!

Lockport 1224 St. Charles Dr.

5/17 &5/18, 8-3pm. Baby

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lots of good stuff!

Lockport 507 Thornton St.

Fri. 5/17 8-5pm, Sat. 5/18

8-2pm. Man’s Sale - shop

equip., machinery, fixtures,

engine stand, 2ton hoist, tools,

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Episcopal Church,

11th & Washington

Rummage & Bake Sale

Fri. 5/17 & Sat. 5/18 8-2pm

New Lenox 730 Churchill Dr.

Fri. May 17 - Sat. May 18,

8-4pm. Baby and toddler

clothes, misc. baby items, and


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Trail. Fri. 5/17 - Sat. 5/18,

9-3pm. Household, jewelery,

tools, garden, things for all!

Orland Park 7538 Hemlock

Dr. Fri. May 17 -Sat. May 18,

9-3pm. Clothes, household &

kids stuff. Everything must go!

Orland Park Church

Rummage Sale for Orphans

ALL proceeds will benefit

families from our church

community that are adopting!

Selling baby equipment, toys,

furn, hshld items, & much

more! The sale will be held

on Fri, May 17, 8am-2pm &

Sat, May 18 from 8am-noon.

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Drive, Orland Park, IL

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Dr 5/17-5/18 8-2pm

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May 18th 8 - 2pm

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chime wall clock, and misc.

household items

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18108 Imperial Lane

Orland Park

May 16th, 17th, and 18th

8 AM - 2 PM

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CAR GARAGE.). On the 30th day of

May, 2019 to be held at 12:00 noon, at

the Will County Courthouse Annex, 57

N. Ottawa Street, Room 201, Joliet, IL

60432, under Case Title: NATION-











Case No. 18CH 1886 in the Circuit

Court of the Twelfth Judicial Circuit,

Will County, Illinois.

Terms of Sale: ten percent (10%) at the

time of sale and the balance within

twenty-four (24) hours. Nojudicial sale

fee shall be paid by the mortgagee acquiring

the residential real estate pursuant

to its credit bid at the sale or by any

mortgagee, judgment creditor, or other

lienor acquiring the residential real estate

whose rights in and tothe residential

real estate arose prior to the sale. All

payments shall be made in cash or certified

funds payable tothe Sheriff of Will

County. Judgment amount is

$342,285.70 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 bysubdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and the assessments

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.

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Defendant. No. 18 CH 1886


Public notice ishereby given that pursuant

toajudgment entered in the above

cause on the 26th day of March, 2019,

MIKE KELLEY, Sheriff of Will

County, Illinois, will on Thursday, the

30th day of May, 2019 ,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

or bidders the following-described real















MENT NO. R92-87718 AND CER-



PHASE 1, RECORDED 4/27/1993 AS

DOCUMENT NO. R93-031988.

Commonly known as: 19849


MOKENA, IL 60448

Description of Improvements:



P.I.N.: 19-09-08-478-003-0000

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

$342,285.70 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 bysubdivisions

(g)(1) and (g)(4) of Section 9and the assessments

required by subsection (g-1)

of Section 18.5 of the Illinois Condominium

Property Act.

Pursuant to Local Court Rule 11.03 (J)

if there is asurplus following application

ofthe proceeds of sale, then the

plaintiff shall send written notice pursuant

to 735 ILCS 5/15-1512(d) to all parties

to the proceeding advising them of

the amount ofthe surplus and that the

surplus will beheld until aparty obtains

acourt order for its distribution or, in

the absence of an order, until the surplus

is forfeited to the State.




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Knights clinch conference,

extend win streak to 17

Steve Millar, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way Central’s Torince Muczynski produces one

of her three RBI in the Knights’ 7-0 win at Andrew on

May 6. Steve Millar/22nd Century Media

Lincoln-Way Central senior

Amanda Weyh knows

her team is strong in many

areas. If the Knights have

a bad pitching day, their

offense and defense will

likely come through. If the

Knights struggle offensively,

they likely won’t

need many runs due to a

lights-out pitching staff.

Most of the time,

though, Central gets the

job done in all facets.

“I think we do a lot of

things good as a group,”

Weyh said. “Everyone

goes up swinging, looking

to put the ball in play. We

always practice hard and

work hard and have each

other’s backs.

“It’s great knowing I

have such a great defense

behind me when I’m on the

mound and girls are going

to make plays. I know if I

gave up a run, we’re going

to come back out swinging

and get those runs back.”

Weyh tossed a complete

game shutout and had

three hits and scored two

runs in a 7-0 win at Andrew

on May 6.

The Knights swept a

doubleheader with Thornton

two days later, winning

both games 15-0, to run

their winning streak to 17.

Central improved to 23-2

and 10-0 in the SouthWest

Suburban Red and has

wrapped up the outright

SouthWest Suburban Red


“We’ve been playing

great,” first baseman Torince

Muczynski said. “We

bond really well together.

Everyone seems to be

playing well and we’re going

to make it far. The key

is keeping our confidence

up but not getting too far

ahead of ourselves.”

Muczynski sparked the

Knights’ offense against

Andrew with three RBI,

including a run-scoring

double in the first inning.

“It felt good because

I’ve been in a little bit of

a slump,” Muczynski said.

“It’s easy to do when my

teammates are always on


Throwing her first pitch

in the bottom of the first

with a lead already in hand

helped Weyh settle in.

“It’s nice to get those

early runs,” she said. “It

takes the pressure off a

little bit, but you have to

make sure you never lose

any focus or let down.”

The Knights added a

pair of runs in each of the

third and fourth innings to

pull away.

Muczynski produced a

sacrifce fly and Sydra Seville

drove in a run with a

double in the third. Carly

Alvers (3-for-4) added an

RBI single and Muczynski

picked up her third RBI on

a groundout in the fourth.

“It’s not always one person

in our lineup,” Central

coach Jeff Tarala said. “It’s

someone different every

day. Tori, Ashley [Platek],

Amanda. Gabby [Gedville]

is doing an unbelievable

job at the top of the


Gedville went 3-for-5

and added an RBI single

while Alvers was 3-for-

4 with a home run that

capped the scoring.

The Knights also found

out last week that they are

the top seed in the Class

4A Thornwood Sectional.

Central will open the

postseason at home, taking

on Romeoville or Joliet

Central in a regional

semifinal at 4:30 p.m. May

22. Plainfield Central and

Homewood-Flossmoor are

the other teams in the regional,

and the final is set

for May 24.

“Hopefully the girls stay

confident,” Tarala said.

“That’s a lot of it. We’re

just preaching to always

have productive bats.

There’s always something

to do, even if you don’t

have it that day with the

bat, you can make a play

with your glove or find

some way to contribute.”


LW East’s Johnston savoring time in US

Steve Millar, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way East senior

Brooke Johnston is

determined to make the

most of her final weeks as

a Griffins soccer player.

More than that, though,

she’s out to create some

memories of her final

months living in the United


Johnston is from Australia

and plans to move back

with her family at the end

of the year and attend college

in her home country.

“My dad works for BP

and we moved here for

three years for his job,”

Johnston said. “It’ll be

the end of three years at

the end of 2019, so we’re

moving back.”

Johnston moved to

Frankfort in the middle of

her sophomore year – and

in the middle of the winter

- at the start of the 2017.

“I’d never really seen

much snow in my life, so it

was pretty crazy,” she said.

Johnston played soccer

in Australia, and the sport

helped her adjust to life in

a new country. She joined

the Griffins and quickly

bonded with her teammates.

“I was really glad that

I made it here in time for

soccer season,” she said.

“It made it so much easier

because I got to see all my

teammates six days a week,

which made me make

friendships right away and

it helped me get comfortable

in school, too.”

Johnston said it was

tough leaving behind

members of her extended

family – and even two siblings

– in Australia.

“Two of my older brothers

still live in Australia,

so it was different being

apart from them,” she said.

Australia native Brooke Johnston has had a strong

senior season for Lincoln-Way East. Steve Millar/22nd

Century Media

“Meeting new people every

day was kind of crazy

at first, but now it’s great.”

Johnston, who’s been

playing soccer since she

was 5 years old, quickly

carved out a role with the


She was expected to be

a key part of the team’s

attack last season but suffered

a concussion early in

the year.

Johnston’s concussion

symptoms lingered, and it

took about a month and a

half for her to be cleared to

return to play.

“I knew I’d be out at

least a few weeks, but I

had to keep going back

each week for six weeks

until I finally got cleared,”

she said. “It was really

frustrating, but I was so

excited when I finally got


Johnston returned at the

end of the regular season

and scored the game-winning

goal in the Griffins’

regional championship

victory over Lincoln-Way


Her season, though, was

much too short for her liking.

“I’m just so glad to be

back playing,” she said. “It

was hard being out. I still

got to go watch my friends

play, so that was still nice,

but it wasn’t the same as


Johnston has returned

with a vengeance, scoring

14 goals and adding three


“Brooke has been outstanding

for us this season,”

Murphy said. “She’s

been putting in important

goals for us.”

Johnston hopes to close

her high school career with

a deep postseason run for

the Griffins.

“Our team’s been really

good, and I think we’re going

to have a really good

season,” she said. “I’m excited.”

Soon after the season

ends, she’ll be headed

back to Australia. It’ll be a

bittersweet move.

“It’ll be sad to say goodbye,”

she said. “I’ve made

some great friendships that

will last forever, though.” sports

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District split: LW Central falls to West after beating East


Freelance Reporter

Call it a bounce-back


That’s what took place

May 9 when Lincoln-

Way West defeated rival

Lincoln-Way Central 25-

11, 27-25 in a hard-fought

boys volleyball match at


The win moved the Warriors

to 29-4 overall and

5-1 in the Southwest Suburban

Conference. It came

just one day after West was

upset 25-23. 21-25. 25-20

by Sandburg and kept the

Warriors involved in a logjam

atop the SWSC standings.

“A loss in the conference

was a big hit,” West coach

Jodi Frigo said. “The guys

did a great job today getting


West started quickly in

the opening set against

Lincoln-Way Central’s Sebastian Olmos digs a ball during

the May 9 match against Lincoln-Way West. The Knights

fell in two games. JULIE MCMANN/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

Central. With Nico Studer

serving, the Warriors

scored eight straight points

to take a 15-5 lead. Eventually,

two nifty kills by

Alex McDonald ended the


“The first game we just

came out tight and nervous,”

Central coach Mary

Brown said. “It wasn’t

even a game. West was

flawless. In the second set

I felt we were competing.

We just couldn’t stop them

at the end.”

The Knights looked like

they may take the second

set. It was a see-saw battle

as the hosts took a 24-22

lead on back-to-back aces

by Tyler Casey. A kill by

West outside hitter Ben

Pluskota prevented Central

from getting the winning


Eventually the set was

tied 25-25 before West senior

Louden Moran served

the final two points. The

contest ended on a kill by

Chris Dargan, his fourth of

the set.

“I was missing some

serves earlier this season

so it was good to find

it again,” Moran said.

“There’s a lot of pressure

at the end when you’re

serving with the game on

the line but I felt good.

“We knew Central was

a good team so we wanted

to try to take control early

and just handle it throughout.

We had some lapses in

the middle of the game but

we got it done at the end.”

Frigo was pleased with

the way her team rebounded

from the loss to the


“[Against Sandburg],

we were just off as a whole

team,” Frigo said. “We

made errors left and right.

Sandburg played their

butts off but our guys need

to know that if we’re going

to be one of the top teams

in the state, everyone is

going to come at us and

play their best game.

“It was nice coming in

this gym as a bunch of our

guys all started high school

at Central and then when

(Lincoln-Way) North

closed they got moved to

West. They felt like it was

their Senior Night here

and they had something to


Pluskota knows the reason

for his team’s success.

“Our ability to be consistent

is our strength,”

Pluskota said. “Every

game we’re passing well,

we’re serving well, and

even if someone has a bad

game, there’s somebody

who picks them up.”

Central was coming

off a stunning victory

two days before when the

Knights defeated rival and

defending state champion

Lincoln-Way East 25-17,


Jack Yurkanin had eight

kills, Sebastian Olmos

finished with six kills and

four digs, Jimmy Kapsalis

had four aces and 17 assists,

and Sam Gorecki had

seven digs in the win over

the Griffins.

“We were fired up,”

Brown said. “We had not

beaten East since May

18, 2011. It was just really

exciting for us to beat



Lincoln-Way players bow out on day one of state tournament

Underhill gets

first state win in

final meet with LW

Central Knights

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way West’s top

doubles team of junior Allison

Hullinger and senior

Shauna O’Malley won a

sectional title and earned

a 13-16 seed for state tournament.

The pair had their sights

set on making it to the second

day at state, but fell

just short of the top 16, going

2-2 at Eastern Illinois

University in Charleston.

“I thought they gave it

their all,” Thompson said,

“We knew it was going to

be hard against Bradley.

We beat them three times

this season and they were

all close matches, so it

was difficult to face them


Hullinger and O’Malley

opened the tournament

Friday, May 10 with a tight

29-27, 23-21 loss to Bradley’s

Myra Zaheer and

Josie Majka.

The Warriors’ duo then

bounced back to beat Schaumburg’s

Vickie Wang and

Lora Kusaku 21-11, 21-19

and Sandburg’s Kate Hudson

and Britany Higgins

21-18, 21-10.

In the consolation third

round, Friday’s final round,

Hullinger and O’Malley

fell 21-15, 11-21, 21-16

to Hinsdale Central’s Lily

McCain and Angela Berti.

“That second game

against Hinsdale Central

was the best they’ve

played all tournament,”

Thompson said. “I thought

they were back. I think

Shaunna had a little muscle

pull in her back and

that hurt them in the third


West’s No. 2 doubles

team of Kayla Wojcik and

Emilia Evans dropped

its two matches, 15-21,

21-17, 21-17 to Downers

Grove North’s Katie Hilt

and Claire Drobny, and

21-15, 21-14 to Buffalo

Grove’s Lindsey Lehrfield

and Grace Martin.

“I told them that when

we look back over the

season, they’re going to

realize how awesome it

was,” Thompson said. “I

couldn’t ask for greater

people to be around.”

The tournament was

the final one of a 25-

year coaching career for

Thompson, who’s retiring.

“It was really awesome

to be honored at state,”

Thompson said. “Now,

I’m a little sad.”

Lincoln-Way Central

senior Gillian Underhill

made her second state appearance

and got her first

win at state, going 1-2.

She beat Joliet Central’s

Daisy Catalan 21-16, 21-

18 in the consolation first

round, but dropped matches

to players from Hinsdale

South and Prospect.

“Her getting that win

was great,” Central coach

Ryan Pohlmann said. “It

was something that she

had as a goal at the beginning

of the season.”

Underhill went through

some struggles this season,

finishing last at the South-

West Suburban Red meet,

but rebounded to win a

sectional title and get a

victory at state.

“Going into sectionals,

she just said it was her senior

year and she was going

to lay it all on the line,

play with a little reckless

abandon,” Pohlmann said.

“She’s confident and she

kind of relied on that.”

Lincoln-Way East seniors

Paige Carlson and

Casey Kirschsieper were

both able to finish their careers

at state, though both

went 0-2.

Carlson fell 21-9, 21-13

to Willowbrook’s Hanna

Konrath and 21-17, 21-15

to Hersey’s Susan Ferris.

Kirschsieper lost 21-8,

21-14 to T.F. South’s Ivy

Flores and 21-16, 21-9 to

Buffalo Grove’s Claire


44 | May 16, 2019 | the mokena messenger sports

Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with Ryan Kraft

Mokena resident Ryan

Kraft is a sophomore

pitcher/infielder on the

Lincoln-Way Central

baseball team.

How long have you

played baseball and

how did you get


I’ve been playing baseball

since I was about 4

years old. My dad [Greg]

and my grandpa [Jim] used

to always play catch with

me and throw batting practice

to me. I’ve just always

loved the game.

What do you love

most about it?

I just really like the

competitiveness and I really

like being a part of a

team and knowing your

teammates are always going

to be there if you have

a bad day.

The team’s really

come on strong lately.

What’s been the key?

We’re just relying on

each other to make plays

and knowing that we’re

here for each other. If

someone doesn’t make a

play, there’s no need to

panic because we know

someone will be there to

pick them up.

You’ve hit the ball

well all year. How

have you had that

Steve Millar/22nd Century Media


I feel like I’ve just been

hunting first-pitch fastballs,

knowing where my

zone is, and driving the


You’re already

committed to play in

college at Indiana.

Why did you pick


My grandparents went

there and my sister, Lauren,

is there now so I’ve

always kind of had a connection

to the school.

I’ve always wanted to go

to Indiana since I was a

little kid. I really like the

coaches there and the atmosphere.

Does having that

decision out of the

way help you?

Yeah, it takes a lot of

weight off my shoulders

and takes away a lot of the


If you could be

anybody else for a

day, who would you

want to be?

Nolan Ryan. He’s one of

my favorite baseball players

of all time and obviously

a really good pitcher.

If they were making a

movie about your life,

who should play you?

I’d say my dad because

we’re both very similar, we

like a lot of the same things.

We both love baseball.

You’re stranded on a

deserted island and

can have an endless

supply of one food.

What do you pick?

Watermelon. It’s my favorite


Who would you pay to

see in concert?

I’d see Queen. They’re

one of my favorite bands. I

like old stuff. I really loved

“Bohemian Rhapsody.”

Interview conducted by

Sports Editor Steve Millar


Mokena Foot & Ankle celebrates 25-years of providing

superior care to the Lincoln-Way Community

Dr. Phillip Narcissi

and Dr. Johnny Rossi

are honored to be named

the best podiatrist in the

South Suburbs in the 2019

Southwest Choice Awards.

Dr Narcissi started this

practice in 1993 as the first

ankle and foot specialist

in Mokena. “It seems like

yesterday I answered the

phone to schedule my first

patient.” He remembers

driving and walking through

Mokena trying to find office

space. Lucky for him, Dr.

Chip Patterson had office

space adjacent to his dental

practice become available.

With his families help,

he was able to build out

the space and begin the

practice. Dr. Narcissi

immediately became very

involved in the community

with volunteering, coaching

and forming the St Mary’s

Men’s club. Over the past 25

years, he and his wife Diane

continue to be involved in

Mokena as they raise their

six children. With a growing

practice, Dr. Narcissi moved

to their current location at

19841 Wolf Rd, added

additional offices in Hazel

Crest and Beecher and

hired Dr. Johnny Rossi. Dr.

Rossi was born and raised

in Lansing, Illinois. Also a

graduate of the University of

Illinois, he is married and has

three children. Dr. Rossi has

trained extensively in rear

foot and ankle surgery.

What sets Mokena Foot

and Ankle apart is they are

a family friendly, state of the

art, comprehensive practice

that takes care of all your

foot and ankle needs. In the

current age of corporate

and large group medical

practices Dr. Narcissi and

Dr. Rossi pride themselves

on staying on top of the most

cutting edge medical and

surgical techniques and new

advancements in medicine

while continuing with the

tradition of compassion

and empathy with a personal

touch. The staffs, Maureen,

Denise, Kelly and Delilah,

are friendly, accessible and

knowledgeable who will

know you by name and not

by number.

What has defined Dr.

Phillip Narcissi and Dr.

Rossi over the past 25 years

is not just their knowledge

and expertise but their

philosophy of conservative

care first approach. Although

both are board certified

surgeons by the American

Board of Foot and Ankle

Surgery and Fellows of the

American College of Foot

and Ankle Surgeons they

believe surgery should be

the last option. They pride

themselves on using the latest

techniques from platelet

enriched plasma to amniotic

cells to k-laser to encourage

the body to heal itself.

At Mokena Foot and

Ankle, your entire ankle

and foot needs can be

treated from children to

adults, sports medicine to

fractures, forefoot to ankle

surgery, diabetic routine

care to wound care, skin

to nail conditions, nerve

pain to neuropathy, with a

comprehensive more personal

medical environment.

Dr. Phillip Narcissi, Dr.

Johnny Rossi and the staff

of Mokena Foot and Ankle

would like to Thank You

for allowing us to be part

of your medical family and

community for the past 25

years and voting us as the

best Podiatric Practice in

the Southwest Suburbs in

the 2019 Southwest Choice


Submitted by Dr. Phil Narcissi,

Mokena Foot & Ankle Clinic

19841 Wolf Road Mokena IL

60448 708-479-0790

www.mokenafootandankle sports

the mokena messenger | May 16, 2019 | 45

Girls Track and Field

Brownrigg wins sectional title as Knights send four to state

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way Central

senior Mackenzie Brownrigg

has been waiting a

long time for the track


It’s what she’s been

working toward ever since

a stress fracture in her tibia

kept her out of the entire

cross country season last


“Being out that time

was definitely a big internal

motivator for this

track season,” she said.

“My teammates kept me

motivated going to rehab,

which was difficult in itself.

“I kind of lost my competitive

edge at the beginning

of the season, but

going from indoor to outdoor

season, something


At the Class 3A Homewood-Flossmoor


on Friday, May 10,

Brownrigg, an Illinois

State recruit, battled to the

end of the 1,600 with her

longtime rival, East’s Jenna


Brownrigg pulled out

the win in 5 minutes, 19.23


“It’s good to have that

competition with [Couwenhoven],”


said. “I was excited to get

this win and now I want to

go to state, make the finals

and run a sub-5 [minutes].”

The host Vikings ran

away with the team title

with 141 points, followed

by Lincoln-Way East (85),

Thornwood (60), Lockport

(44), Bloom (42) and Lincoln-Way

Central (40).

The state meet is set for

Friday, May 17 and Saturday,

May 18 at Eastern Illinois

University in Charleston.

Brownrigg’s fellow

distance runner on the

Lincoln-Way Central senior Mackenzie Brownrigg

pulls away to win the 1600 meters at the Class 3A

Homewood-Flossmoor Sectional on Friday, May 10.


Knights, Merrigan Allen,

will join her at state after

a runner-up finish in the

3,200 (11:27.80).

“My plan was to just

hang with the front pack in

the first mile, but the pace

was kind of not there, so I

just decided to go out and

lead, which is very not usual

for me at all,” Allen said.

“It wasn’t my plan at all,

but it still turned out well.”

Central’s Jess LiVigni

earned her first trip to state

with a second-place finish

in the pole vault (11 feet-3


“In conference last

week, I jumped 10-3 and

won it,” LiVigni said. “I

came here and had people

to push me and ended up

getting a PR by a foot.

It’s awesome to have that

competitive aspect.”

The Knights’ Nora Ansburg

qualified with a thirdplace

finish in the discus


In the 300 hurdles,

Lincoln-Way East’s Katie

Sciarini pulled away from

a talented field that included

five state qualifiers

to win by nearly a second,

finishing in 44.48 seconds.

It’s the top time in the

state this season.

“I just really wanted to

get that [personal record]

really bad and get that

first-place spot,” Sciarini

said. “This feels great going

into state. My goal is to

medal at state.”

With a fifth-place finish

in the 100 hurdles, Sciarini’s

time of 15.53 was

enough to send her to state

in that event as well.

She also qualified on the

Griffins’ 1,600 relay team,

along with Ibukun Ajifolokun,

Sophia Barnard

and Taylor Wright, which

finished second in 4:03.62.

Like Sciarini, Wright

advanced to state in three


Along with the 1600

relay, the Eastern Illinois

recruit finished third in

the long jump (18-4) and

fourth in the 400 (58.26).

“I’m very excited,”

Wright said. “I had one PR

today [in the long jump] so

I was really excited about

that. My 400 wasn’t the

best, but there’s always

a lesson to learn for state

and I’m just glad I made it.

“I want to make the finals

in both events at state

and one of my biggest

goals is to end with a PR

in the 400.”

East’s Emma Barnard

won the pole vault (11-3),

emerging atop a highly

competitive field as three

vaulters topped 11 feet and

five qualified for state, including

her teammate, Ali

Van Dyke (10-3), who was


“Everyone’s goal [at

state] is to win,” Barnard

said. “I just hope I do personally

my best. It doesn’t

matter what others do.

“It’s more of a mental

game. It’s just breathing,

not letting the moment

control you, making it a

positive thing and loving

the sport that you’re doing.”

Couwenhoven advanced

to state with her runnerup

finish in the 1,600

(5:22.93), while freshman

Mariam Azeez also qualified

in the long jump (18

feet), with a fourth-place


The Griffins won the

3,200 relay with Couwenhoven,

Ashley Mills,

Kate Guderjan and Grace

Newton posting a time of

9:32.60, while their 800

relay team of Azeez, Sophia

Barnard, Ibukun Ajifolokun

and Ore Ajifolokun

(1:43.69) qualified with a

fourth-place finish.

high school highlights

The rest of the week in high school sports

Boys track and field

Knights take SWSC Red


Andrew Englert posted

a personal-record time of

1 minute, 59.25 seconds to

win the 800 meters at the

SouthWest Suburban Red

meet on May 9 at Thornridge,

helping Lincoln-

Way Central win the team


Also winning championships

for the Knights

were Jared Kreis in the

1,600 (4:45.75), Caden

Simone in the 3200

(10:18.85), Max DeVito

in the 300 hurdles (41.42),

Jacob Erickson in the pole

vault (13 feet-2 inches)

and the 3,200 relay team


Four conference champs for


Fard Farrakhan had a

personal-best high jump

of 6 feet, 6 inches to win

the SouthWest Suburban

Blue title on May 8. He

helped Lincoln-Way East

(125 points) finish third

in a tight race for the team

title, behind Homewood-

Flossmoor (133.5) and

Lockport (128).

Other champions for the

Griffins were Brett Gardner

in the 1,600 (4:26.88),

John Kruzel in the discus

(164-4.5) and Julian

Bendy in the pole vault



LW Central sweeps


Connor Barry and Tyler


From Page 46

far. Of course, he still

spends plenty of time at

East sporting events.

“Stepping back from

Misch each drove in three

runs as the Knights beat

Thornridge 16-0 in the

second game of a doubleheader

May 8.

Kyle Labedz had three

RBIs and Johnny McGuire

added two the lead the way

in an 11-1 victory in the


3-1 week for Griffins

Cole Kirschsieper fired

a three-hit complete game

shutout as Lincoln-Way

East knocked off Joliet

Catholic 1-0 on Friday,

May 10 in a battle of two

of the state’s top teams.

Ryan McCoy drove in the

lone run.

The Griffins also beat

Burlington Central 7-4

on Saturday, May 11, and

split a pair of games with

Stagg – falling 2-1 on May

6 and winning 13-6 on

May 8.

Boys lacrosse

Lincoln-Way co-op 13,

Dunlap 5

Vince Grunert had four

goals in the Saturday, May

11 contest to lead Lincoln-

Way (14-3, 9-0) to the road

win, which sealed its second

straight conference


Girls lacrosse

Lincoln-Way co-op 25,

Downers Grove co-op 13

Caroline Behrens scored

eight goals and Erika Ho

added five as Lincoln-Way

stayed undefeated, improving

to 13-0.

the game, I miss it, but

I’ve had an enjoyable year

watching games, sitting

in the stands, watching

people coach, and trying to

be a mentor if I can in any

way,” he said.

46 | May 16, 2019 | the mokena messenger sports

Hall of Fame induction a ‘special’ moment for Martin

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Longtime Lincoln-Way

East girls basketball coach

Jim Martin has always

felt a bond with his fellow

coaches, so earning admiration

from those within

the profession means a bit

more than getting it from


That’s why Martin was

so touched when he heard

he’d been chosen for the Illinois

Basketball Coaches

Association Hall of Fame.

He was inducted into the

hall in a May 4 ceremony

in Normal.

“It was a special night,”

Martin said. “It was very

nice recognition from my

coaching peers. These are

the basketball coaches, so

these are the guys you’ve

worked with, coached

against. To be recognized

by them makes you feel

respected and that you’ve

done some good in the

coaching world.

“When I started out of

college in 1981 coaching

junior high basketball,

who would have ever

thought that 38 years later

I’d be inducted into a Hall

of Fame?”

Martin, a Frankfort

resident, was the only

girls basketball coach in

Lincoln-Way East history

until he retired in June last

year and was replaced by

his longtime assistant, Jim


After coaching boys for

nearly 20 years with stops

at Fenwick, Stevenson,

Oak Lawn and Riverside-

Brookfield, Martin – who

became an assistant girls

coach under Don Hayes

at Lincoln-Way in 1998

– was tabbed to start the

girls program at East in


He had originally applied

for the East boys job,

which went to Rich Kolimas.

“I would have hired

Rich Kolimas over me,

too,” Martin said. “Then

they asked me to start the

girls program at East. It

was basketball. I didn’t see

it as any different because

it was girls. I taught it the

same way, coached it the

same way.

“The girls have a few

Jim Martin was the first coach of the Lincoln-Way East

girls basketball program and won 341 games in 17


more pasta parties and

things like that, but other

than that, we did everything

the same.”

Martin’s East teams had

immediate success, with

future WNBA player Jenna

Rubino [McCormick]

starring on the first edition

of the Griffins, who went


Rubino McCormick,

who lives in Frankfort, followed

Martin into coaching

and had a stint as head

coach at Shepard.

“Coach Martin was kind

of the foundation for my

knowledge of the game,”

she said. “He was such an

offensive-minded coach.

He really understood how

to put people in position to

be successful offensively.

“I learned a lot from him

as a player and as a coach.

I’ve always appreciated

how he doesn’t settle. He

always pushed you to your

full potential.”

Martin continued to win

throughout his 17 seasons

at East, going 341-153.

The Griffins won 20 or

more games 10 times.

East won nine regional

titles under Martin.

“I had a great first group

of girls and the program

kind of blossomed from

there,” Martin said. “You

start out with Jenna Rubino,

the Scheifelbein twins

[Courtney and Kristina].

Then you have players like

Kersten Magrum and Taylor


“Having kids like that

doesn’t hurt you. I was

very fortunate to have

great players.”

Martin also credited his

assistant coaches. Nair

coached with him on the

lower levels at Lincoln-

Way, became his assistant

at East, left to become the

head coach at North when

it opened, then assisted

Martin again at East after

North closed.

“I had a great administration

that was very supportive

of me, too,” he


East athletic director

Mark Vander Kooi said the

administrators appreciated

Martin not only for his

coaching abilities, but his

skills as a guidance counselor

and for who he is as

a person.

“He’s this kind, nurturing

guidance counselor,

but then when he got on

the court, he was a very

fierce competitor and obviously

very successful,”

Vander Kooi said. “He’s

just a tremendous person,

and a great example of

what high school educators

should be about.”

For Martin, the Hall of

Fame induction served as

an opportunity for stories

to be told and many great

memories to come back.

He especially enjoyed

sharing the moment with

his wife, Cari, and children

Michael and Sarah.

“My family was very

supportive,” he said. “I

lost a lot of time. My son

played basketball and I

missed some of his games.

My daughter was in music

and I may have missed a

concert here and there.

“My wife gave a lot.

She’s an amazing coach’s

wife. She loves basketball,

she understood how

much it meant to me and

she supported it. My kids

are adults now and we’re

sharing our time together.

It was great to have them

there for the induction.”

Martin said retirement

has been good to him so

Please see martin, 45

This Week In

Knights Varsity



■May ■ 17 – at Bolingbrook,

4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 22 – at Marian

Catholic Regional semifinal,

4:30 p.m.

Girls Soccer

■May ■ 17 – hosts LW

Central Regional final, 5



■May ■ 16 – hosts Oak Lawn,

4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 17 – at Marian

Catholic, 4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 18 – at Mother

McAuley, 11 a.m.

■May ■ 21 – hosts LW

Central Regional semifinal,

4:30 p.m.

Boys Tennis

■May ■ 17-18 – at Lockport

Sectional, TBA

Girls Track and Field

■May ■ 17-18 – State Meet

at Eastern Illinois U., 9 a.m.

Boys Volleyball

■May ■ 16 – hosts Stagg,

5:30 p.m.

■May ■ 21-22 – at Brother

Rice Regional, TBA

Boys Water Polo

■May ■ 17-18 – State Finals

at Stevenson, TBA

Girls Water Polo

■May ■ 16-18 – State Finals

at Stevenson, TBA

Griffins Varsity



■May ■ 18 – hosts Naperville

North, 9 a.m.

■May ■ 20 – hosts Minooka,

4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 21 – hosts LW East

Regional semifinal, 4:30


Girls Soccer

■May ■ 17 – at LW Central

Regional final, 5 p.m.


■May ■ 16 – at Bolingbrook,

4:30 p.m.

■May ■ 17 – hosts

Charleston, 4 p.m.

■May ■ 18 – hosts Downers

Grove South, 10 a.m.

■May ■ 21 – at LW West

Regional semifinal, 4:30


Boys Tennis

■May ■ 17-18 – hosts LW

East Sectional, TBA

Girls Track and Field

■May ■ 17-18 – State Meet

at Eastern Illinois U., 9 a.m.

Boys Volleyball

■May ■ 16 – hosts Sandburg,

5:30 p.m.

■May ■ 21 – hosts LW East

Regional semifinal, 5 p.m.

■May ■ 22 – hosts LW East

Regional final, 5:30 p.m.

Boys Water Polo

■May ■ 17-18 – State Finals

at Stevenson, TBA

Girls Water Polo

■May ■ 16-18 – State Finals

at Stevenson, TBA

Lincoln-Way co-op


Boys Lacrosse

■May ■ 17-22 – at Lockport

Sectional, TBA

Girls Lacrosse

■May ■ 17-22 – at

Washington Sectional, TBA sports

the mokena messenger | May 16, 2019 | 47


Water Polo

LW Central girls, LW East boys capture sectional titles

mark korosa/22nd Century


1st and 3

THREE athletes

to watch in state

events this week

1. Taylor Wright

Wright (above), the

senior leader of a

young LW East track

team, qualified for

state in the 400

meters and long

jump, and as part

of the 1,600 relay


2. Mackenzie Brownrigg

The LW Central

senior, who missed

the entire cross

country season with

an injury, is hungry

for a big finish to her

career after winning

a sectional title in

the 1,600.

3. Megan Cales

The senior poured

in five goals to lead

the LW Central girls

water polo team to

a sectional final win

over LW East.

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

As a sophomore on a

Lincoln-Way Central team

loaded with veteran leaders,

Mady Athos typically

comes off the bench and

her playing time can be


Knights coach Pam

Dettman knows she can always

count on Athos for a

spark, however.

“Mady does that for us,”

Dettman said. “She’s not

always a starter, but whenever

she goes in, she’s super

solid and always good

for at least a couple goals.

She hustles. The girls get

excited for her.”

With a trip to state on

the line Saturday, May 11,

Athos scored a pair of key

late goals to break open

what had been a tie game

and help the Knights pull

away for an 11-8 win over

Lincoln-Way East in the

Lincoln-Way West Sectional

championship game.

“It’s been kind of crazy

because we only have two

sophomores on the team,”

Athos said. “It’s been a

great opportunity to step

up and play with the older

girls. It’s cool to be a part

of this.”

Senior Megan Cales

scored five goals to lead the

Knights (22-5), who are set

to take on Naperville North

(30-3) in a state quarterfinal

at 7 p.m. Thursday, May 16

at Stevenson.

Athos and Madi Jager

added two goals each,

Lincoln-Way Central celebrates in the pool after beating Lincoln-Way East 11-8 in the

Lincoln-Way West Sectional championship game on Saturday, May 11.

STEVE MILLAR/22nd Century Media

while Sierra Maze and

Anna Bethke each scored


Cali Burns paced Lincoln-Way

East (19-10-1)

with three goals.

Burns’ third goal, with

1:10 left in the third quarter,

tied the game 6-6.

Athos, though, sent the

Knights into the fourth

quarter with momentum

when she scored from outside

with just 24 seconds

to go in the third.

She then scored early

in the fourth, putting in a

rebound after Jackie Mc-

Guire’s shot was saved.

“It was crazy,” Athos

said. “I didn’t even think

I’d make the first one, I

was at like half-pool. I was

praying it would go in.

“I was a fresh body. I

was able to hype everybody


Dettman saw that as


“When someone comes

off the bench like that and

they do it, it gives everyone

the confidence that

they can do it, too.”

After Emma Hernandez

pulled East within 9-7

with 2:35 to go, Bethke

and Cales scored to put it


Central’s defense came

up with many big stops,

and junior goalie Bekkah

Schimick again proved

tough to beat

“Knowing we’d beaten

them twice, the pressure

was kind of on us, but we

came together and calmed

down,” Cales said. “Our

defense was exceptional,

and I think that was the


Cales carried the

Knights early, scoring

three first-quarter goals as

they took leads of 4-2 after

a quarter and 5-4 at halftime.

“I definitely rely on the

other girls a lot,” Cales

said. “Everyone carries


Cales is one of five

Knights who were on the

2017 team that advanced

to state.

“It feels amazing,”

Cales said. “I’m so excited.

We all wanted it

so bad. Now that it’s

real, I’m really excited to

see what state brings for


LW East boys headed to

state for fourth straight


The Griffins completed

a dominant run to the

boys sectional title with a

17-6 rout of Andrew in the

championship game.

“It’s always good to

play well when it matters,”

senior Adam Hudson

said. “We were out

here to prove a point and

show what we’re bringing

to state.”

The Griffins (22-8),

making their fourth straight

appearance at state, are set

to take on New Trier (21-

12) in a quarterfinal at 4:30

p.m. Friday, May 17.

Hudson led East with

four goals and fellow senior

Ryan Kilpatrick added

three. Gabe Dirienzo,

Noah Schor, Patrick Rossetto

and Bryce Wyma

scored two goals apiece

while Jacob Falejczyk and

Jayden Lott each scored


Max Gilmore made nine


“Our bench has been really

deep this year so it’s

nice to be able to rely on

those guys,” Hudson said.

“We had a lot of players

getting involved.”

The Griffins led 4-1 after

a quarter and 9-3 by


After Andrew (17-11)

pulled within 5-2 early in

the second quarter, East

reeled off four straight

goals as Hudson connected

before Kilpatrick scored

two in a row and Schor

made it 9-2.

The Griffins’ offense

was lights-out throughout

the sectional as East beat

Stagg 22-2 in the May 9

quarterfinal and routed

Lincoln-Way Central 25-8

in a semifinal on Friday,

May 10.

“I think this is the best

we’ve played all season,”

Kilpatrick said.


“To be recognized by them makes you feel respected and

that you’ve done some good in the coaching world.’”

Jim Martin - Longtime Lincoln-Way East girls basketball coach, on being inducted into the

Illinois Basketball Coaches Hall of Fame after a successful 17-year career

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Lincoln-Way Central Regional final

• The championship game of the regional, which

may include the Knights and Griffins.


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44 - Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Sports Editor

Steve Millar,

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Brownrigg wins 1,600,

LWC sends four to state,

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LEFT: Former Lincoln-Way East girls basketball coach Jim Martin (left) was inducted into

the Illinois Basketball Coaches Association Hall of Fame on May 4. Photo submitted

BELOW: Jim Martin coached Lincoln-Way East’s girls basketball team for 17 seasons

and won 341 games. 22nd Century Media file photo

Longtime Lincoln-Way East girls basketball coach inducted into IBCA Hall of Fame, Page 46


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