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Free music in the park

7 p.m. June 6, Yunker

Park, 10824 W. LaPorte

Road in Mokena. 4th Point

will perform. This is a free

event. For more information,

visit Mokena Community

Park District’s

website at mokenapark.

com, or call (708) 390-



Mokena Fire’s Family Fun


Noon-2 p.m., June 8,

Mokena Fire Station No.

1, 19853 S. Wolf Road in

Mokena. This event will

include lots of fun & educational

activities, including

Dress the Firefighter;

Play Water Ball; Stop,

Drop, and Roll; Touch

a Truck; and Put out the

house fire. In addition

to these activities, a free

lunch will be served. There

are no fees for this event

and everyone is welcome.

For more information, visit

Pride Fest

Noon-8 p.m. June 8,

Yunker Farm, 10824 W.

LaPorte Road in Mokena.

This year marks the 50th

anniversary of the gay

pride movement and Instill

Pride would like to recognize

this momentous event

in our country’s history

with a day of fun and inclusion.

Admission is free.

For more information, call

(708) 529-9328, or email



Emily McCabe Summer

Theatre Program

Registration is open

through June 10 or until

registration is full. Participation

is open to children

in grades kindergarten

through eighth grade. This

four-week camp begins

June 10. Grades K-3 will

perform “The Bear Went

Over the Mountain,” and

grades 4-8 will perform

“Frozen.” Camp cost is

$395. For more information

or to register, visit cct.

Village Board Meeting

7 p.m., Village Hall,

11004 Carpenter St. in



Free movie in the park

8:15 p.m. June 13, Yunker

Park, 10824 W. LaPorte

Road in Mokena. Mokena

Community Park District

will show “Harry Potter

& The Sorcerer’s Stone.”

Visit for

an optional event, Father’s

Day at Hogwarts, for children

and dads before the

movie. Pre-registration

required. Movie rain date

June 18.

Gina Marie Glam Camp

June 12-13 and June 19-

20, Ginamarie Skincenter

9850 W. 190th St. Unit

B1 in Mokena. Two day

camp dedicated to inspiring

adolescent minds on

what it means to be strong,

beautiful and confident

young women. For children

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Includes mini skincare Kit,

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Ladies Night Out - Summer


5-8 p.m. Thursday, June

13, Orland Park Crossing,

14225 95th Ave., Orland

Park. Free event featuring

music, a fashion show, and

a variety of vendors with

health tips and screenings,

fashion and beauty, food,

home decor, shopping, and

more. Free tote bags to the

first 200 people. Fashion

show by Jenny Applegate

of The Leading Image.

Make-and-take project

with DIY Sign Party (additional

cost). For more information

and registration,

visit 22ndcenturymedia.


Annual Flea Market and

Antique Show

9 a.m.-3 p.m. June

15, Marley Community

Church, 12625 W 187th

St. in Mokena. Rain or

shine. Vendors welcome.

$50 per space. Enjoy this

mostly outdoor event under

the shade trees in our

park. Food booth available,

homemade pies, traditional

BBQ sandwiches

and much more. Indoor

Church White Elephant

Booth. Register at marley under “events”

or call (825) 485-8587 for



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8 a.m.-4 p.m. Ongoing.

District Administrative

Center, 20100 South

Spruce Drive in Frankfort.

Summit Hill School

District’s 2019-20 kindergarten

registration drive

continues. Parents may

access studentregistration.

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of documents needed

for registration. Parents

have the option of enrolling

their kindergartener in

the extended day program

or the half-day program.

Registration fee for extended

day is $150. Registration

fee for half day is

$125. Payment options are


Mokena Fire Protection

CPR Class

6-9:30 p.m. Ongoing.

Mokena Fire Station

1, 19853 S. Wolf Road,

Moknea. The Mokena Fire

Protection District offers

monthly CPR classes for

the public. Students are instructed

in adult, child and

infant CPR and AED. The

cost of the class is $35 for

Community CPR and $40

Healthcare CPR. Register

for specific dates at

Lincoln-Way Toastmasters

7:30 p.m. Thursdays,

Frankfort Village Hall, 432

Nebraska Street, Frankfort.

Meets the 1st and 3rd

Thursday of each month.

Toastmasters is a community

based organization

whose primarily goal is

to help people overcome

their fear of public speaking

while also developing

leadership skills.

3D Printer Class

10-11 a.m. every third

Saturday of the month,

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327

W. 195th St. Visit the YA

Computer Lab to create

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Mobile Workforce Center

1:30-3:30 p.m. Fridays,

Mokena Community

Public Library, 11327 W.

195th St., Mokena. The

Mobile Workforce Center

travels to communities

throughout Will County.

Township Trip to Ireland

Register now for the

Frankfort Township’s trip

to Ireland Oct. 15-22.

Visit the Emerald Isle for

a night’s stay in a castle,

stand on the Cliffs of Moher

and tour Dublin. There

will be whiskey tastings,

visits to churches and other

historic sites including

the Blarney Stone and the

Blarney Castle. For more

information, call Jodi at

(815) 806-2766.

Mokena Ladies Group

7 p.m. Tuesdays, St.

Peter’s United Church of

Christ, 12 W. Sauk Trail,

Frankfort. All women are

welcome. For more information,

call (815) 469-

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the mokena messenger | June 6, 2019 | 3

Students’ growth in spirit and

knowledge shine at graduation

Lee Cruz, Freelance Reporter

An abundantly positive

spirit filled the air throughout

the Mokena Junior

High School Class of

2019 graduation ceremony

held at Lincoln-Way High

School on Friday, May 31.

Featured speakers shared

valuable life lessons, offered

helpful suggestions,

and provided a high level

of encouragement to the

graduates throughout the

occasion, all of which bolstered

the self-confidence

of the students in their

capacity to negotiate the

transition to high school.

The program started

with the Presentation of

Colors by VFW Post 725,

the Pledge of Allegiance

led by classmates Jack

Barrett and Jackson Moran,

and a wonderful rendition

of “The Star Spangled

Banner” performed by student

Caitlin Genardo.

Diplomas were awarded

to 165 students, with 67

earning a medallion for

maintaining at least a 4.67

grade point average — on

a 5.33 scale — throughout

their junior high school

years, and 27 earned cords

for completing the required

number of service

hours and maintaining the

GPA standards for membership

into the National

Junior Honor Society.

The welcome remarks

were presented by student

Connor McMahon, who

expressed gratitude for the

encouragement and support

the graduates received

from their elders throughout

their years at MJH.

“Our parents, teachers,

and administrators have all

furthered our knowledge

Mokena School District Superintendent Don White

greets graduating Mokena Junior High eighth-graders

with their diplomas Friday, May 31 at Lincoln-Way

Central High School. Diplomas were handed out to 165

students in the Class of 2019 for MJH. Lee Cruz/22nd

Century Media

and increased our ability

to succeed in life,” Mc-

Mahom said. “We appreciate

what all of our teachers

have done for us, and

realize the importance of

education. We will always

remember these years.

We have grown not only

in knowledge, but also in


Principal Michael Rolinitis

then broke away

from tradition at the ceremony

by not sharing his

own words of wisdom for

the graduates. Instead, he

turned that honor over to

Assistant Principal Eric

Melnyczenko, who will

be leaving the school for a

higher administrative role

with another district.

Melnyczenko urged the

graduates to have a strong

sense of self-belief and to

work fervently to muscle

through challenges.

“I firmly believe the way

you react, adapt, and take

action in your life will lead

you to achieve your goals

and to lead the life you

love,” Melnyczenko said.

He noted how boxing

star Muhammad Ali’s

self-belief enabled him

to achieve greatness even

though he was not the

tallest, most muscular or

strongest boxer on the


“He became the greatest

of all-time because he

believed it,” Melnyczenko

said. “Ali stated, ‘It’s the

repetition of affirmation

that leads to belief. And

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begin to happen.’

“As you grow in life

and become adults, you

will encounter difficulties,

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Be positive and be unstoppable.”

Superintendent Don

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graduates some ideas

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5K on a not so rainy day

Yasmeen Sheikah

Freelance Reporter

The Chi-town Showdown,

held by the Mokena

Community Park District

on Saturday June 1, was

full of people of all ages

ready to sprint into the

warm season.

The park district prepared

for all forms of

weather as the community

came together to kick off

the summer run.

Mokena community

members came out to the

Main Park, 10925 W. La-

Porte Road, Saturday to

run the new 3.1 mile-long

course. The event was

held as a way to promote

fitness, as well as to bring

north and south Mokena

together for some summer

welcoming fun.

Despite the stormy forecast,

the race started out

with a warm-up in front of

the main stage just before

the 8 a.m. start. The runners

got their heart rate up

by doing simple jogs in

place, along with stretches.

There were about 280

people in attendance, some

under the age of 10, who

were able to run the Kid’s


Runners were also given

goodie bags filled with bug

spray, sunglasses, a frisbee

and more. This was given

by the park district’s volunteers

as well as the race

sponsors. Those who registered

for the event prior

to May 18 were also given

a 5K T-shirt to wear the

day or the race.

After all the races were

complete awards were given

to best overall male and

female, as well as Top 3 in

each given age group.

The annual event brings

many friends and families

together, such as Lauren

Sanders and Daryl Dahlberg.

“We’re best buddies,”

Sanders said. “We love

running races together, and

this one was a lot of fun.”

“The scenery is really

nice because you get to see

all of the forest preserves,

which is much nicer than

running through the neighborhoods,”

Dahlberg said

referring to previous locations

the race was held. “I

finished in about 33 minutes.”

Families have been

coming out to the event

for years. Rebecca Mott

said she had been walking

these trails since her

son Tyler Mott was in a

Runner make their way toward the finish line of Mokena Community Park District’s annual Chi-Town Showdown 5K

Saturday, June 1. Photos by Yasmeen Sheikah/22nd Century Media

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Patrick Mizwicki 5K supports education, community

Laurie Fanelli

Freelance Reporter

The over 300 participants

who signed up to run

or walk the course of the

Patrick Mizwicki Strive

for 5 Foundation 5K were

surrounded by inspiration

as they gathered at the

starting line near Breidert

Green Park.

Proceeds from the Saturday,

June 1 event, which

benefited the Patrick Mizwicki

Strive for 5 Foundation,

provided $1,000

scholarships for four

Lincoln-Way East seniors

who all epitomize the five

pillars — determination,

sportsmanship, hard work,

friend to everyone and do

your best — of the foundation

and its namesake, Patrick


Along with the scholarship

recipients, Mizwicki,

who was fatally struck

at the age of 14 by a vehicle

in 2011 while running

with his cross country

team, was a big source of

inspiration throughout the

morning as his memory

encouraged participants to

dig deep, do their best and

help each other, just as he

always did.

Mark Zelenika, the

foundation’s president and

Patrick’s Frankfort Eagles

baseball coach for seven

years, explained that he

sees Patrick’s hustle and

heart in the participants of

the annual 5K.

“This is a community

event. Patrick left an indelible

mark on not only his

classmates, but the entire

community because of the

kind of kid he was,” Zelenika

said. “He was one of

those kids who may not

Runners beginning the Patrick Mizwicki Strive for

5 Foundation 5K along Old Plank Road Trail. Laurie

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have been the most talented

baseball player, but

he exuded confidence, excitement

and he had the

will to go do whatever you

needed him to do. He was

just that kind of kid. It’s

such a loss for society that

we lost Patrick because I

really do believe he would

have went on to do something


Patrick’s mother,

JoAnne Mizwicki, noted

her son’s drive and perseverance.

Despite not being

selected as a member of the

Lincoln-Way East baseball

team as an incoming freshman,

he kept a positive

attitude and switched his

focus to cross country.

“He loved running. He

loved the camaraderie of

the team,” she said. “He

was a real go-getter and

unified everybody. He was

a fun person to be around

so he blended with those

kids really well.”

In the foundation’s

eight-year existence,

$60,000 has been awarded

to Lincoln-Way East students

as scholarships in

Patrick’s name. This year’s

recipients — Tyler Keuch,

Maggie Alexa, Alexis

Storen and Gage Palmer

— were each selected due

to excellent applications

and compelling essays detailing

how they exemplify

the five pillars of the foundation.

Palmer has plans to use

his scholarship towards an

11-week program to get

his commercial driver’s license.

He will then begin

the process to follow in his

father’s footsteps by applying

for Local 150’s apprenticeship


“I think it’s awesome

how everything comes together

and how a job site

can start out as grass and

become a 30-story building,”

Palmer said. “I will

be applying for Local 150

in November. Hopefully,

I can get into the apprenticeship

program as fast as

I can.”

Hugs, high fives and

smiles were generously

exchanged from Strive

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as the event felt

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Joanne DeAdam (left to right), of New Lenox; Lauren McIntyre, of Mokena; Jenni

Coleman, of Monee; and Kelly Lieser, of Frankfort, enjoy the first 2019 Live on

the Lawn event at the Village Common in New Lenox Sunday June 2. Laurie

Fanelli/22nd Century Media


From Page 4

“I walk this trail all the

time. It’s basically my

backyard,” Rebecca Mott

said. “I have an injury and

did not do as well as I had

hoped, but I still came out

because I love how the

community comes together

for an exercise event.”

Although he has asthma,

Tyler Mott, 13, scored an

impressive 33rd place and

said it was really fun.

“I love coming to runs,

my mom is the reason I

come out, we have a great

time together,” he said.

An event that takes

place once a year takes

an immense amount of

planning, according to

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“Once this event ends,

we have our recap meeting

to discuss what went well,

what didn’t work and what

we need to do differently

next year,” Phetteplace

said. “We basically start

planning for next year the

very next day.”

Phetteplace said that the

weather was something

she was prepared for, as

one year they were rained

out. Luckily, the storms

came hours after the event

had wrapped.

Phetteplace said she

hopes to have an even better

event next year, with a

higher attendance.

“Our numbers have been

up and down. We definitely

want to bring them up,”

she said.

For more information

on upcoming Mokena

Community Park District

events, visit mokenapark.

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Mokena Village Board

$100K to be spent on

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The Village of Mokena

Board of Trustees approved

more than $100,000 worth

of streetscape improvements

to the downtown

district May 28.

The streetscape work

— awarded to Bernardin

Landscaping, of Mokena,

in the amount of $102,335

after a 3-1 vote — will take

place along the north side

of Front Street, from Wolf

Road to Mokena Street, as

well as the node areas on

Front Street for Wolf Road

and Mokena Street.

Trustee Joseph Budzyn

cast the lone dissenting

vote, while Trustee Joseph

Siwinski was not present

for the discussion and did

not vote on the item. Trustee

Jim Richmond was absent.

“This is a maintenance

project that includes excavation,

disposal, preparation

of the base, installation

of brick pavers and

restoration of the affected

areas,” Public Works Director

Lou Tiberi said during

the discussion.

Tiberi said that because

of the timing of the project,

funding for it would

be scheduled for the fiscal

year 2020 budget.

He also said the Village

received three bids for

the work, with Bernardin

Landscaping submitting

the lowest.

“Bernardin has performed

landscaping work

for the Village of Mokena

in the past, and they do

have satisfactory experience

in this type of work,”

Tiberi said.

Round it Up

A brief recap of other items discussed during the

May 28 Village of Mokena board meeting

• In a 4-0 vote, the trustees voted to approve the

Village’s new food truck ordinance. Trustee Jim

Richmond was absent, and Trustee Jillian Hersted

was not present for the discussion or vote.

• As part of the Consent Agenda, the trustees

voted 5-0 to approve an agreement with Melrose

Pyrotechnics, Inc., of Kingsbury, Indiana, for the

fireworks display on the Fourth of July.

• Also part of the Consent Agenda, the trustees

approved the use of municipal resources for the

Mokena Community Park District’s 15th annual

Farm and Barn Fest. The event is scheduled for

Aug. 10, at Yunker Farm.

Before the rest of the

board commented, Mayor

Frank Fleischer asked

Trustees George Metanias

and Jillian Hersted to give

their thoughts on the project,

as he had previously

asked the two of them to

take the lead on working

with staff to put together

the project details.

“I think this enhancement

of our downtown is

past due, not only for the

looks but [also] for safety,”

Metanias said. “[Trustee

Hersted] and I, and staff,

met there a few times. We

tried to figure out what

was best and what would

look good and what would

be safe. We came up with

a plan, and staff put it all

together. We put it out

for bid, and I think this

will not only enhance our

downtown to make it look

nice and clean but I think it

will be maintenance-free.

But it will be safe also for

people walking around.

There was a lot of work

put into it.”

Hersted added that they

looked at many different

options and weighed

the pros and cons of each


“We came to this conclusion,”

she said.

Not all of the trustees

were on board with

the project as presented.

Budzyn asked whether or

not the project could be

paid for using TIF funds.

Village Administrator

John Tomasoski said that

the Village could go that

route, legally, if the board

decided to do so.

“Can I ask why we’re

not using TIF funds?”

Budzyn asked.

Tomasoski said one of

the reasons was that it

would limit the availability

of some of the TIF funds

for any other TIF projects

in the future.

Budzyn also stated some

concerns regarding the

trees that would be in the

middle of some of the pavers

and the electrical boxes,

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From Page 7

measurements were not

included in the bid documents.

He said he was

told earlier in the day that

the trees that are currently

in place in that area are in

“various stages of decline,”

with some dying. He asked

if staff had an arborist come

out to look at them.

Tiberi said there had not


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tree root problems,

specifically a section about

surface roots. He read that

removing roots from the

surface could disrupt the

moisture supply to the

trees, which could cause

serious stress to the trees.

He also read that covering

the roots could cut off the

oxygen supply. Both, he

read, could lead to declining

health of the tree.

“The best solution is

to usually mulch the area

district. They were presented

with plaques to

show appreciation for

their contributions and

dedication that have

made a lasting impact on

our community.

The new commissioners

who were recently elected

— Tim Ozinga, Mike Gandy

and Steve

Jacobson — were welcomed

to the board and

sworn-in to start their fouryear


Mokena Community

Park District also has a

current vacancy on the

Board of Commissioners

to finish the remainder

of the term through May

under the tree with compost

and/or wood chips,”

Budzyn read. “And then,

continuing on, it says for

roots and pavement, it says

to provide for a minimum

distance of 4 feet between

the tree and the pavement.”

Budzyn said he believes

the proposal is “jeopardizing

those trees.”

“The likelihood of

these trees surviving and

remaining viable is questionable,

and I have serious

concerns about it,”

Budzyn said. “... If those

trees die next year, now

we’ve got a dead trunk

sticking out of the pavers.

How do we get the trunk

out? We’ve got to remove

the pavers to do it. So, we

just spent $100,000-plus

on pavers that we may be

tearing out. If we remove

the trunk, the electrical

box is now sticking up in

the pavement there.”

He continued to explain

his dissenting ballot in his

comments to the board later

in the meeting.

2021. Commissioner John

Oliveri has stepped for

personal reasons.

The position is open

to anyone with a passion

for parks and recreation

and serving the


Applications are available


Return completed applications

to Executive Director

Mike Selep by 5 p.m.

on Thursday, June 13. The

board may wish to meet

with candidates to discuss

the position. If requested,

candidates must be available

to attend the June 25

meeting to meet with the


“I’m not opposed to

having our Front Street

look presentable and safe

to our residents,” he said.

“What I am opposed to is

frivolously spending our

taxpayer dollars. In my

opinion, this was frivolous.”

Budzyn said his vote

against the expenditure

also was not a reflection

of what he felt about Bernardin

Landscaping, as

he used the landscaper on

a few projects over the


“I’m completely pleased

with his work,” Budzyn


But Budzyn said he felt

this project, as a whole,

was “putting the cart before

the horse.”

Metanias disagreed with

Budzyn during his own

comments to the board.

“In my opinion, I don’t

think we are spending

money frivolously to improve

our downtown and

make it safe,” Metanias

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old friends than any kind

of competition. Frankfort

Mayor Jim Holland was

on hand to welcome everyone

and countdown to the

start of the 5K and Kayley

Smetana, a previous scholarship

recipient, sang the

National Anthem.

After participants finished

the course, awards

were handed out to the

Top 3 male and female finishers,

including the first

place finishers Ben Walczak

and Debbie Simental.

Later, Zelenika hosted a

trivia contest with prizes

from local businesses.

JoAnne Mizwicki gave

her appreciation for the

community at large.

“The people here have

been wonderful. The mayor

has been wonderful. We

get such a great amount

of volunteers coming out

each year,” she said. “The

people is what makes our

town so great. It’s heartwarming

that they’re still

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Sleeping motorist charged with drug possession, DUI-alcohol, more

Edward J. Papierski, 24,

of 11369 W. York Court

in Frankfort, was charged

May 18 with DUI-alcohol,

possession of drug equipment,

possession of cannabis

fewer than 10 grams

and operation of an uninsured

motor vehicle.

According to police reports,

an officer on patrol

around 2 a.m. observed

two cars stopped side-byside

at the intersection

of S. Wolf Road and W.

Lincoln Highway, even

though the light was green.

The officer approached the

vehicles and found Papierski

asleep at the wheel. The

officer tried to wake up Papierski

but was unsuccessful,

and the vehicle began

to roll into the intersection.

The officer continued to

try to wake Papierski and,

after his vehicle struck a

curb across the intersection,

he finally woke up.

Upon speaking with

Papierski, the officer reportedly

could smell alcohol

on his breath, detect

slurred speech and

observed Papierski’s eyes

to be bloodshot. Papierski

was asked to perform field

sobriety tests but allegedly

refused. He was placed under

arrest for DUI-alcohol.

A search of Papierski’s

vehicle revealed: a black

velvet bag containing a

grinder with burnt residue;

two glass pipes with

burnt residue; a water

bong with burnt residue;

a tin box with rolling papers

and one joint inside; a

box labeled “Cresco Rise

Sativa,” which contained

a wax-like substance; and

a green medicine bottle labeled

“Cresco Refresh Hybrid

Marijuana” that contained

.6 grams of a green

leafy substance, which

later tested positive as cannabis,

police said.

May 26

• Brendan P. Pospishil, 19,

was charged with driving

on a susupended/revoked

driver’s license and failure

to yield to a stop sign.

According to police reports,

an officer was dispatched

to the area of

Breckenridge Drive and

La Junta Court for a report

of a reckless driver. Upon

arrival, the officer spoke

with the complainant who

said she observed a black

Chevy Cruze blow through

the stop sign, and provided

the officer with video footage

from her doorbell video


The officer located the

vehicle nearby. The officer

spoke with Pospishil,

who reportedly identified

himself as the driver. A

check of Pospishil’s driver’s

license came back as

suspended. He was then

placed under arrest.

May 25

• Tiarra C. Thomas, 23, of

17740 Country Club Drive

in Country Club Hills, was

charged with driving on a

suspended/revoked driver’s

license, possession

of cannabis fewer than 10

grams and improper lane


According to police reports,

an officer on patrol

traveling eastbound in the

8700 block of West 191st

street observed Thomas

traveling westbound driving

on the median. The

officer initiated a traffic

stop. Thomas produced an

Illinois State identification

card, but a check of her

driver’s license came back

as suspended. She was

then placed under arrest.

A search of Thomas’ vehicle

revealed a prescription

bottle with a 2.9 grams of

a green leafy substance,

which later tested positive

as cannabis.

May 23

• Anita N. Morawska, 37,

of 9051 Roberts Road in

Hickory Hills; Corey Lynn

Noble, 45, of 8125 S. 84th

Ave. in Justice; and Kevin

George Bell Jr., 37, of 510

Oneida St. in Joliet, were

all charged with retail


According to police reports,

an officer was dispatched

to the 1100 block

of West Lincoln Highway

for a report of a retail theft

in progress. Upon arrival,

additional officers had apprehended

two of the subjects.

The third subject fled

on foot, but was later apprehended.

The subjects had 11 bottles

of baby formula and five

bottles of infant formula

on their persons, with a

total value of $283.31.

Noble and Morawska were

charged with class 4 felony

retail theft, while Bell Jr.

was charged with class A

misdemeanor retail theft.


Mokena Messenger’s police

reports come from the

Mokena Police Department.

Anyone listed in these reports

is considered to be innocent

of all charges until proven

guilty in a court of law.


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school. His message centered

on how the concept

of control can play a key

role in success.

“Focus on what you can

control, and then control

those very things,” White

said. “Control what you

can control, and don’t fret

about what you can’t control.”

Closing remarks were

presented by student Samya

Walker, who expressed

gratitude and hope

because of the support provided

by the entire MJH


“We are thankful that we

have had friends, family,

and everyone at Mokena

Junior High to guide us

through our struggles and

to celebrate our triumphs,”

Walker said. “We ask that

you continue to stand with

us as we enter high school

and the next phases of our

lives. It is good to know

that, no matter what happens,

we will never have

to do it alone.”

Several students received

distinguished honors

for academic achievement

and leadership

service. Kristen Grant,

PTA president, presented

the PTA Heritage Award

for community involvement

to Nicholas Brunner.

Mokena Mayor Frank

Fleischer presented the

Student Government

Award for leadership to

Max McKenna.

James Hogan and William

Martin, who represented

VFW Post 725, presented

the VFW Awards

for leadership to Madalyn

Ziesmer and Connor Mc-


Band Director Karen

Bussean presented the

three Music Awards, each

of which were bestowed

to students based on their

involvement, leadership

and skill in their respective

specialties. Alyssa

Maves earned The Fred

Waring Award for Choir,

Caitlin Genardo received

the Director’s Award for

Band and Natalie Sebastian

attained the Director’s

Award for Musical Theatre.

Teacher David Balis

presented the Des Plaines

Valley Conference Awards

for student-athlete academic

achievement to

Morgan Huisman and Aidan


Principal Michael Rolinitis

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Relay for Life to raise

more funds for American

Cancer Society

Area residents will continue

the American Cancer

Society’s tradition of supporting

cancer research

and honoring cancer survivors

this week at the Relay

for Life of Greater Will


The annual event is

scheduled from 3-11 p.m.

Saturday, June 8, at the

Lincoln-Way North building,

19900 S. Harlem Ave.

in Frankfort.

For Event Chairperson

DeAnn Anzaldi, a breast

cancer survivor, seeing

all of the cancer survivors

wear the event’s distinctive

purple shirts gives her


“The more purple shirts,

that means that more

people are beating the disease,”

she said. “That’s

why I feel special about

it. I know the American

Cancer Society does a lot

of great things, but for me,

it’s just a symbol. If there’s

100 purple shirts out there,

it gives me inspiration that

it can be beat.”

This year, 15 teams are

participating in the Relay

for Life, with an average

of 10 people per team.

Anzaldi expects 200-300


Anzaldi said she hopes

this year’s relay raises approximately


Reporting by Nuria Mathog,

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Tinley girl’s lemonade

stand raises big bucks for

good causes

Most children start a

lemonade stand to buy

a toy or a bike. Kiera

Fitzmaurice started hers to

give away the proceeds.

With her sixth annual

charity event approaching,

the 9-year-old from Tinley

Park has raised more than

$5,500 to date for a variety

of causes.

“I wanted to give something

away, but I couldn’t

think of what,” she said,

telling the story of how she

came up with the idea. “I

realized I really like lemonade,

and a lot of people

like drinking it on hot

days. So, I realized I could

sell lemonade and give the

money away.”

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a nonprofit dedicated to

equipping first responders

with mental health counseling

and training.

In addition to the lemonade

— made from the same

recipe each year and costing

just 50 cents a glass

— the event has grown to

include fire trucks, engines

and ambulances from the

Tinley Park Fire Department,

as well as a collection

of other custom vehicles.

Grilled meats and

other barbecue foods are

part of the mix, too.

The stand will be open

from around 10:30 a.m.-

2:30 p.m.

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Doughnuts and beer

making return to

Arrowhead Ales for

Father’s Day

Not too long ago, Arrowhead

Ales Brewing

Company in New Lenox

teamed up with Home Cut

Donuts in Joliet to create

a beer. All 700 22-ounce

bottles of that beer sold in

one hour.

So, the two entities are

coming together again to

make twice the amount of

beer this time around, adding

a blueberry variant set

to come out on Father’s

Day, Sunday, June 16.

“It’s going to be a good

day,” said Mike Bacon,

owner and head brewer of

Arrowhead. “We’re offering

a special menu with

traditional barbecue items

paired with our new beer

releases. It’s a great way to

spend Father’s Day — barbecue,

beer, doughnuts.”

Arrowhead Ales opens

at 11 a.m. on June 16 and

is located at 2101 Calistoga

Drive in New Lenox.

Reporting by Sean Hastings,

Editor. For more, visit


Cruise nights ride back into

Big R parking lot for 2019


There is nothing quite

like spending a day in the

sun, listening to oldies and

looking underneath the

hood of classic cars.

After getting rained out

with its first attempt at its

season opener, the Lemont

Classic Car Club held its

first weekly cruise night

of the 2019 season on May

26 in the Big R parking lot.

The parking lot was filled

with cars of all makes and

models, from vintage to

modern. And with every

car was a story its driver

was excited to tell.

Since the club’s founding

as a nonprofit in 2001,

the Lemont Classic Car

Club has used its classic

cars to raise money for

local charities. By using

funds raised from weekly

50/50 raffles at cruise

nights, as well as entry fees

to the annual car show, the

group has been able to assist

charities in the community

such as One Step

at a Time, a camp for children

with cancer; Shady

Oaks, a camp for people

with disabilities; and the

TLC Animal Shelter.

For club secretary Sharen

Moscato, of Homer

Glen, classic cars and

charity go together.

The car club will gather

in the Big R lot from 4-7

p.m. every Sunday through


Reporting by Rochelle

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Police nab man who

allegedly robbed Disc

Replay with pellet gun

A man who allegedly

pointed a pellet gun at an

employee May 27 when

he robbed the Orland Park

Disc Replay store was

caught later the same day

in Matteson.

Lance R. Payne, 25,

of 21202 Old N. Church

Road in Frankfort, was

charged with aggravated

robbery, a Class 1 felony,

according to a press release

issued May 28 by

the Orland Park Police Department.

Police were called

around 10 a.m. May 27 to

the store, 15015 LaGrange

Road. They arrived to

learn a man, later identified

as Payne, entered the

store and requested to see

a cellphone, according to

the report. An employee

retrieved it from a locked

case, and Payne took it

and began to run out of the

store, police said.

As Payne left the store,

he allegedly pulled out

what appeared to be a

black handgun from his

waistband, pointed it at the

employee and fled southbound

in a vehicle on La-

Grange Road.

Shortly after 11 a.m., a

business located in Matteson

notified Disc Replay

that a person fitting the

description of the offender

was inside of a business

there, attempting to sell

the stolen phone, police

said. Matteson police reportedly

were notified, responded

and took Payne

into custody.

A replica firearm identified

as a pellet gun was

recovered from Payne,

police said. His vehicle

reportedly was located and


Payne was identified by

the Orland Park victim

during a formal lineup,

according to the release.

He was transferred to the

Orland Park Police Station

for processing.

Reporting by Bill Jones,

Editor. For more, visit


Lockport children’s theater

group stages second

musical production

Bragi’s Players Children’s

Theatre is bringing

some youth and children’s

stories to Taft School’s

80-year-old theater this

weekend with its second

musical production.

“Seussical Jr.,” a musical

by Lynn Ahrens and

Stephen Flaherty, based on

the stories of Dr. Seuss, is

to be performed by Bragi’s

Players at 7 p.m. on June

6, 7 and 8, and at 3 p.m.

on June 9 at Taft School,

1605 S. Washington St. in


Patty Colella, the producer

and director of the

Bragi’s Players, said after

the fun and success they

had with putting on their

first musical production

of “Grease” last year, they

decided to come back with

another this year. She said

although “Seussical Jr.”

is based on familiar children’s

book characters, it

is a Broadway production

and is meant for audience

members of all ages to enjoy.

Colella and Co-Director

LaDonna Lopez both said

it is important to them to

keep the theater going for

children who wish to be a

part of it.

Reporting by Alex Ivanisevic,

Assistant Editor. For more,

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Social snapshot

Top Web Stories

From as of Monday,

June 3

From the Chief Marketing Officer

This one’s for the girls

1. Mokena Village Board: $100K to be

spent on downtown improvements

2. Group of ‘Assassins’ creeping into


3. Softball: History doesn’t repeat:

Knights win regional

4. In Memoriam: Yorke

5. Police Reports: Retail theft suspect

caught with help of Frankfort PD

Become a member:

“Our 8th graders graduate tonight! We’re so

excited for them to begin their high school


Mokena School District 159 posted this to

its Facebook page Firday, May 31.

Like The Mokena Messenger:

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Team! These Knights are ready to get to

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Five reasons you

should spend your

Thursday nights

with us

After we saw a record

attendance at our Lady - A

Women’s Expo event in

2018 of more than 1,500 attendees,

we knew we could

do female-focused events

well. Last August, we held

our first Ladies Night Out

event at Georgios, and we

were blown away by what

we had thought would be

a “small” event of maybe

200-300 attendees, with 50


Instead, we wound up

with 70-plus vendors and

more than 800 attendees

throughout the night.

We knew then that we

would continue this event,

but this year we have turned

it into a series of four Ladies

Night Out events. We

have a lot of exciting elements

with each event.

For complete details, visit


Our first event is Ladies

Night Out - Summer Social

from 5-8 p.m. Thursday,

June 13, at the Orland Park

Crossing outdoor shopping

center. Following are five

reasons why you should

join us June 13.

1. When is the last time

you’ve taken time for you?

Bring a friend, or come

alone and make some new

friends. This is a girls night

out, so come and have

some fun with us.

2. Looking to update your

look or wondering what’s

in for summer? Check out

our fashion show at 6:30

p.m. presented by Jenny

Applegate of The Leading

Image. Applegate is a certified

personal stylist and image

consultant who had an

apprenticeship with Stacy

London of TLC’s “What

Not to Wear.” The show

will not be one to miss.

3. We have more than 50

vendors scheduled for this

event and the diversity in

what they offer alone is reason

to visit. From clothing

and jewelry to health and

beauty, there will be something

for everyone. Stop by

and find out what these local

businesses have to offer.

4. Come and tap into

your creative side by doing

a project with DIY Sign

Party for a small fee.

5. It’s free admission.

You can RSVP for us at

Ladies Night Out Event Dates

Summer Social 5-8 p.m. Thursday, June 13 -

Orland Park Crossing

Last Call Before Fall 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 8 -


Ghouls Night Out 6-9 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 3 -

Konow’s Corn Maze

Mistletoe Market 4-7 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 5 -

Orland Park Crossing

For more information:


summersocial so we know

how many people may attend.

I hope to see you June 13

or at one of our other Ladies

Night Out events this


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Classic Italian Technique,

tradition come together at Parmesans

Station in Tinley Park, Page 21

Traveling display puts

stories of domestic

violence in full view,

Page 17

Andrea Ramirez-Justin (left),

vice president of Old Plank Trail

Community Bank in Mokena,

along with Deborah Fahey, a board

member of the Crisis Center for

South Suburbia, stand in front of

the Crisis Center of South Suburbia

Silent Witness Display at Old Plank

Trail Community Bank in Mokena

May 23. Each display tells a true

story of a person killed by domestic

violence. Mary Compton/22nd

Century Media

16 | June 6, 2019 | the mokena messenger faith

Faith Briefs

St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515

115th Ave., Mokena)

Corpus Christi Procession

Saint Mary will hold a

traditional Corpus Christi

procession on June 23 after

the 11 a.m. Mass. The

procession will be along

195th Street in Mokena,

ending at the old Saint

Mary Church on Wolf


Church Service

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

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

p.m. Sundays

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.

Cards for a Cause

7 p.m. the second Monday

of each month. Bring

your tape, scissors and colored

pencils, if you have

them, and plan for a creative

evening with lots of


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-


Bible Study

7 p.m. Tuesdays at the

church. For more information,

call (708) 479-1110.

Marley Community Church (12625 W.

187th St., Mokena)

Church Service

10 a.m. Sundays. Childcare

is provided.

Sunday School

9-10 a.m. Sundays.

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


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5 p.m. Saturdays and 9

a.m. Sundays.

Mokena Baptist Church (9960 W. 187th

St., Mokena)

Sunday Services

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

more information, call

(312) 350-2279.

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

In Memoriam

Gary M. Chess

Gary M. Chess, 63, of

Mokena, died May 27.

He was the devoted father

of Stephanie (Dave)

Barrett, Lindsay Smith and

Craig Chess; and proud

grandfather of Addison,

Jessica, Cooper and Colt.

sure to arrive early for our

Sunday Worship Service

to enjoy a hot, complimentary

cup of coffee every

week at the church.

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.

For more information,

call (708) 479-0300.

Worship Service

10 a.m. Sundays. All are


Victory Baptist Church (13550 US Route

6, Mokena)

Sunday School

9:30 a.m. Sundays.

Morning Worship

10:45 a.m. Sundays.

Have something for

Faith Briefs? Contact

Editor T.J. Kremer at tj@

or call (708) 326-9170

ext. 29. Deadline is noon

Thursday one week prior to


Ronald C. Clark

Ronald C. Clark, 87, of

Mokena, died May 24.

He is survived by his loving

children Debbie (Barry)

Prescott and Charles

(Cynthia) Clark; their

mother, Dorothy Clark; his

cherished granddaughters

Shannon (Matthew) Mahar,

Nicole Prescott and

Stacey Prescott; and his

adored great-granddaughter,

Madison Mahar.

He was preceded in

death by his parents,

Charles and Frances Clark;

his brother James Clark;

and wife Michelle (Halm)

Clark. In lieu of flowers,

memorials may be directed

to a charity of your choice.

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. life & arts

the mokena messenger | June 6, 2019 | 17

Display gives voice to domestic violence victims

Silent Witness display

makes stop at Mokena


Mary Compton, Freelance Reporter

According to a 2010 report by

the Centers for Disease Control

and Prevention, nearly 20 people

per minute in the United States are

physically abused by an intimate

partner. In one year this equals to

more than 10 million women and

men being abused.

Because of these statistics,

Paul Slade, chairman and CEO

at Orland Park Bank and Trust, a

branch of Old Plank Trail Community

Bank along with Old

Plank Bank Community banks,

wanted to show the impact of domestic

violence to bank customers.

Slade’s idea was to have the

Crisis Center for South Suburbia’s

traveling Silent Witness Display

in five bank locations.

The travelling display made a

stop at Old Plank Trail Community

Bank’s Mokena branch May


“For us bringing the Crisis

Center for South Suburbia traveling

Silent Witness Display was

simple,” Slade said. “It’s the right

thing to do. The communities that

we serve have been very good to

us over the years. So, we have an

obligation to help where we can.

We take that very seriously.”

The Crisis Center for South

Suburbia’s traveling Silent Witness

Display features cutouts of

victims who were killed by domestic

violence. On each cutout

are stories on how they lost their

lives to domestic violence.

“We interact with thousands of

people in the community everyday”

said Slade. “We want to help

raise awareness. It’s part of us as

a community bank. We wanted to

show this is an issue in our community

including ours. This is

a call to action. If we engage a

few, we’ve made a difference and

that’s why we’re here.”

Crisis Center for South Suburbia’s traveling Silent Witness display shows individual’s stories on

domestic violence. The traveling display was made stops in Mokena from May 20-24, two stops in

Frankfort from May 6-20 and in Orland Park May 24-June 3. Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

Andrea Ramirez-Justin, vice

president of government banking

and community outreach at

the Old Plank Trail Community

Bank in Mokena and Orland Hills

resident, shared the story of her


“Domestic violence comes in

all forms,” she said. “It does not

have a race. It does not have a

color. It doesn’t have an individual

origin. You could be standing next

to a person who has been a victim

of domestic violence and never

know it.

“It happens to people you may

not think it happened to. I’m one

of those people. This happened to

me many, many years ago. I will

tell you it was the Crisis Center for

South Suburbia that helped me get

through that time.”

More than 30 years ago,

Ramirez-Justin was a victim herself.

“Back then, I lived in a far

south-suburban town,” she said.

“It was not to be spoken of. It was

kept quiet. I never even told my

parents. It was the Sisters of St.

James Hospital that connected

me to the Crisis Center. It wasn’t

until I went to the hospital that it

became an, ‘Ah ha,’ moment. I

thought, ‘This isn’t right, and it

needed to stop.’”

It was because of this experience

that she joined Slade in

bringing the Silent Witness exhibit

to five banks.

“I think it’s an important piece

that you can survive from domestic

violence,” Ramirez-Justin said.

“Have there been people who

have not survived? Absolutely.

Those people we remember and

think about every single day. It’s

important to have awareness because

there are men and women

who are subjected to domestic

violence keep it quiet. They seem

to think it’s their own problem.

They seem to think that they did

something wrong to be involved

in a violent situation. Domestic

violence is not just the brutal hits.

It’s mental abuse. It can happen to


Crisis Center for South Suburbia

board member Deborah Fahey

said her dedication to help serve

domestic violence victims is key.

“The Crisis Center for South

Suburbia’s traveling Silent Witness

Display was at four Old

Plank Trail Community Bank locations

already,” Fahey said. “It

is our 40th anniversary, so this

is why the displays are traveling

throughout the south suburbs. We

like to bring the display out to the

community and to events. For information

on domestic violence to

get out to the public is extremely

important. Domestic violence is

everywhere. Everyone is associated

with someone who has suffered

from domestic violence.

“This exhibit touches so many

people in different ways. It’s hard

to explain.”

All services through the Crisis

Center for South Suburbia are

free to those individuals who need

help. Last year, the Crisis Center

assisted more than 12,000 people

through their life-saving programs

and an array of services. Clients

are assisted through: the 24-hour

emergency shelter; the Transitional

Housing Program; a 24-hour

hotline; the counseling program;

court advocacy; Live Safe Patient

Advocacy; Law Enforcement And

Victim Outreach program, which

partners with 19 local police departments;

education and prevention

programs; and the Partner

Abuse Intervention Program.

According to Jay Capron, marketing

director for Crisis Center

for South Suburbia, there are misconceptions

regarding domestic

violence. In an email Capron outlined

some of those misconceptions.

• [False]Domestic violence only

affects minorities or low-income

families. [True] Domestic violence

affects people of all cultural

backgrounds and income levels

• [False] Victims should ‘just

leave’ their abuser. [True] Leaving

an abusive situation can be very

difficult. In many cases the relationship

began with love and the

abuser often uses power and control

to intimidate the victim.

• [False] Domestic violence is

always physical. [True] There are

many forms of abuse, including

physical, psychological, emotional,

verbal, economical and sexual.

“For me, there would be times

when I wouldn’t tell anyone about

my story,” Ramirez-Justin said.

“You find the right time to do that.

It took me a long time. I did not

wish to have domestic violence

define me because I’m much

stronger than that.”

Businesses can request the

Crisis Center for South Suburbia

traveling Silent Witness Display.

Also, If you or someone you know

is going through domestic violence

call (708) 429-7233 or visit

the website at

18 | June 6, 2019 | the mokena messenger life & arts

LW East student’s Eagle Scout project inspired by faith

Mokena business

provides material

for project

Mary Compton

Freelance Reporter

When a member of the

Frankfort United Methodist

Church teen group approached

Pastor Ken Roh

about doing an Eagle Scout

project at the church, Roh

thought of one word: community.

The young man was

Frankfort resident Michael

Clarkin, a Boy Scout in

Troop 270. Clarkin will be

a senior at Lincoln-Way

East in August.

“Late last year, Michael

came to us and expressed

his desire to do his Eagle

Scout project at his

church,” Roh said. “He

went before our church

and proposed to put in a

new fire pit in our front

lawn. We enthusiastically


On May 25, Clarkin,

fellow Scouts from Troop

270 and a host of volunteer

parents spent eight hours

installing a fire pit and

patio at the church. According

to Roh, the church

has been around since the

founding of Frankfort.

The materials for the

project were donated by

Area Landscape in Mokena

and Bertrand Landscape

in Monee. Aurelio’s

in Frankfort provided


“We’re excited,” Roh

said. “We’re going to bless

the fire pit as a congregation

and have periodic

outdoor services around

it. We’re so grateful for

the troop and for Michael


Lo vingMemory

Gail DiGiacomo

Gail DiGiacomo, nee Sullivan, age 75,

beloved wife for 57 years to Lawrence

“Larry” DiGiacomo, Ret. CPD. Loving

mother of Mark (Margaret) DiGiacomo

and Lori (Gerard) Ramirez. Cherished grandmother of Matthew

(Linda) Ramirez, Jillian (Eric) Jillson, Jennie DiGiacomo and Mia

DiGiacomo. Dearest sister of Darlene (Walter) Marquardt, Virginia

Jamieson and Keith Sullivan. Fond sister-in-law of Bonnie (Charles)

Consola. Dear aunt of many nieces and nephews. Gail retired from

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Express your thoughts and condolences at 708-


Michael Clarkin (center) poses May 25, in front of the fire pit he and other Scouts built

at Frankfort United Methodist Church for his Eagle Scout project. Mary Compton/22nd

Century Media

and his family — they are

an important part of our

church family.

“This is a landmark for

the Village as much as it

is for our church. This is

a community project. We

love to be a place where

the community [can] gather

and utilize our space.

We are here for the community.”

It wasn’t just a one-day

job for Clarkin, as he had

to get permits, gather materials,

find sponsors and

ask for volunteers. As he

and 14 other Scouts dug

the area, sanded wood,

placed the blocks and

much more, Clarkin made

sure everything was perfect.

“My church has given

me such great memories

from my childhood, so

I wanted to give back,”

Clarkin said. “This project

captures my passions

for my church and for Boy

Scouts. Today, we’re putting

the fire pit and patio

down. We have a big troop

and most of the Scouts

help each other with Eagle

Scout projects.

“Once I get this project

done, I should get my

Eagle Scout. Boy Scouts

has been a huge part of my

life. Just achieving Eagle

Scout will help me in so

many places in my life.”

According to the Boy

Scouts of America website,

in 2000, only 3 percent

of Scouts earned the

rank of Eagle Scout, while

in 2013, that percentage

increased to 7 percent.

It takes at least 21 merit

badges to be eligible for

the rank.

“Scouts has made me

a better leader as well,”

Clarkin said. “It’s helped

me find who I am. A lot

of my close friends are in

Scouts. This is an awesome

day to culminate all

of this.”

Clarkin is interested in

environmental engineering

and hopes to attend the

University of Michigan.

Brad Rudy, a fellow

Lincoln-Way East student

and close friend of Clarkin,

came out to help with

the fire pit project. Rudy is

the Senior Patrol leader for

Troop 270 and is planning

his own Eagle Scout project

with the Lincolnway

Area Special Recreation


“This is a boy-led [project]

so the adults are essentially

to advise, so I’m in

charge,” Rudy said. “I help

plan what the troop does

along with leading. A huge

part of the Boy Scout organization

is doing things for

the community and giving

back. This is part of that.

We do service projects all

year long.”

Troop 270 is sponsored

by the Frankfort Fire

Protection District, and

boys in fifth grade and

up are welcome to join.

The troop’s meetings are

held 7 p.m. Thursdays at

Frankfort Fire Station No.

3 Training Station, located

at 24420 S. LaGrange Rd,

Franfort, throughout the

school year. Meetings will

begin in August.

“Scouting is an incredible

way to grow as a

person” Rudy said. “If I

weren’t in Scouts I would

be a lesser person than I

am now. It’s a lot of selfimprovement

and a lot of

self-discovery. I wouldn’t

trade it for anything.”

Chuck Rudy, of Frankfort,

is the Troop 270

chairman. He has helped

out as a parent volunteer

with six other projects.

“Michael has been working

on the merit badges for

seven years,” Chuck Rudy

said. “This is a process that

takes a long time. He talked

with a lot of businesses in

this town and other towns

trying to get donations for

his project. Since 1966, our

troop has [had] over 100

make Eagle Scout.”

The fire pit is scheduled

to be blessed at 9 a.m.

June 9 at Frankfort United

Methodist Church, 215

Linden Drive in Frankfort.

The public is invited to attend

the event. life & arts

the mokena messenger | June 6, 2019 | 19

Treasure tomes

Annual Spring Book Sale nets nearly $3K for Mokena library

June Live


Eric Ortiz


6:00 - 9:00

Jordans & James

June 14th

6:00 - 9:00

Elaine Olson, of Orland Park, rummages though books during Friends of the

Library’s Spring Book Sale at Mokena Community Public Library Friday, May 31. The

two-day sale raised $2,826.97. Photos by T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

The Beat 2

June 1st

7:00 - 10:00

Justin Griffin

June 1st

6:00 - 9:00

Eman Thursdays

6:00 - 9:00

June 7th, 8th

21st, & 22nd

6:00 - 9:00

Bob Hartwell

June 29th

6:00 - 9:00

Malachi Mackay, 4, shows off the book he found at the Spring Book Sale. Mackay was

in town from Kansas visiting his grandmother.

Mike Valentine &

the Heartbeats

June 28th

6:00 - 9:00

11247 W. 187th St. Mokena


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The dish

At Parmesans, classic dishes are made with classical techniques

Freshness, style

set Parmesans

Station apart

Nuria Mathog

Contributing Editor

Frankfort resident Michael

Papandrea believes

food is best when it goes

from the garden to the


That is part of the philosophy

behind his Tinley

Park restaurant, Parmesans

Station, which opened in

2013. It is the second restaurant

in the Parmesans

franchise, which also includes

Frankfort’s Parmesans

Wood Stone Pizza.

When Papandrea and

his wife, Mary Ann, developed

the concept for

Parmesans, they knew

what they wanted the food

to taste like.

“I wanted a bit of the

garden in it, and I wanted

it to feel very, very fresh,”

Papandrea said. “I knew

that things like using my

garlic rolls to make the

breading for chicken Parmesan

was going to be

very unique. The word

‘Parmesan,’ or ‘a la Parmigiana,’

is to bread and

serve with sauce and

cheese, and bake, and I

knew there was going

to be a lot of that on the

menu. So, it just seemed

like it would fit.”

Papandrea’s journey

through the culinary world

began with his parents,

who were both Italian and

taught him the value of

fresh-grown ingredients.

“They both were very

frugal and very much

working from the garden

most of the days,” he said.

“Even through the winter,

they would can and

package and do all that

stuff to keep things going

Parmesans Station

18001 S. 80th Ave. in

Tinley Park

For more information ...


Phone: (708) 532-


through the winter. For the

amounts that they planted,

they would always have


Papandrea was one of

the first students to attend

the New England Culinary

Institute in Montpelier,

Vermont. After graduating,

he served as the poissonniere,

or fish chef, at

La Caravelle, a restaurant

in New York City specializing

in French cuisine.

Later, Papandrea spent

time teaching French classical

cooking at his alma

mater, traveling through

Europe, opening a restaurant

in The Hamptons and

operating a wedding catering

service before eventually

relocating to Illinois

to be closer to Mary Ann’s


In late 2012, Papandrea

learned from a customer

that the Tinley Park site,

located at the 80th Avenue

Metra station in Tinley

Park, had became available.

“We took a look at it

and we knew how beautiful

it was, and we thought

it was a perfect place for

showers and weddings,”

he said.

Today, the business caters

roughly 25 weddings

and 100 showers annually,

Papandrea said, adding

that “attentive service” is

a staple of the restaurant’s

business model.

“That was one of the

biggest things I saw going

to a wedding locally,” he

said. “I noticed, just sitting

there, just waiting for

At Parmesans Station in Tinley Park, the chicken Parmesan pizza ($14.50) is one of the restaurant’s top sellers.

Photos by Nuria Mathog/22nd Century Media

my server to come back,

and I thought, ‘It would be

so much different if they

would hover, just a little

... It’s very important to

make sure that [table No.

18] feels just as important

as table No. 1.”

At Parmesans, the pizza

is always a crowd-pleaser.

The restaurant offers

a wide variety of gourmet

pizzas, including a

chicken Parmesan pizza

($14.50) and a cheeseburger

pizza ($12.95) that

comes with small patties,

mozzarella and American

cheeses, ketchup, mustard,

and pickles.

“[There are] things that

are so unique that you

would think, ‘Woah, that’s

different,’” Papandrea

said. “And then you eat

it and you’re like, ‘Woah,

that was like a fresh-baked

cheeseburger on its own

little crust.’”

Many of the dishes incorporate

the restaurant’s

The fettuccini Alfredo ($13.50) can be paired with chicken for an additional $2.95 or

made with gluten-free pasta for an additional $3.95.

signature pesto — a sauce

made in-house that can be

found on many of the pizzas,

as well as appetizers

such as the pesto mozzarella

bread ($6.95).

Out of all of the items on

the menu, Papandrea’s favorite

is the fried calamari,

which comes with marinara

and lemon ($12.95).

Parmesans’ desserts,

which include Italian specialties

such as the cannoli

($3.95) and tiramisu ($34

for a whole cake, $5.95

for a slice) are all made at

the restaurant, without any

canned fillings, Papandrea


“If I make an ice cream,

it’s maybe creme anglaise,

so I make the base first,

then we make the ice

cream,” he said. “It’s the

same thing with any frosting

or icing we use — I

never open a can, let’s put

it that way. So, that makes

the difference.”

22 | June 6, 2019 | the mokena messenger puzzles

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

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Cindy LaFleur


1. Flat-nosed pooch

4. Camel’s back


9. Gave up

14. “Every day ___

new day”

15. Covered with


16. Cast

17. Computer network,

for short

18. Jane Fonda’s

role in a film where

she starred with

Jennifer Lopez

20. Provides support


22. Looker

23. O.K.

26. Fixer

31. Conception

32. In a virtuous


34. Israel’s Dayan

36. Remove scars

37. Retract, as words

41. Where Switz. is

42. ____ Brothers

43. Chemistry

Nobelist Otto

44. Shady bower

46. Lincoln-Way

North alum who

acted in “Contagion,”


49. Go ballistic

52. Michener best


53. Comedian who

bought a home in

Frankfort, ____


56. Rotator cuff injury

tests, for short

59. Invite request

60. Dance floor


67. Emirates, for


68. Committee

69. S.A. ruminant

70. Wind direction

71. Sentient

72. Fluctuates wildly

73. Prosecutors, for



1. Rice with meat or fish

2. The lightning Bolt

sprinter at the Olympics

3. One of the most successful

protesters of 20th

century politics

4. Director Peckinpah

5. The ark’s magic


6. Informant

7. Tennis great, Arthur

8. Muffet food

9. Cricket sounds

10. “Velvet” finish

11. Cowboys abbreviation

on scoreboards

12. Actress, Longoria

13. Drops on blades

19. Country singer


21. French for “south”

24. Martin of cognac


25. Chinese philosophy

27. ___ never happen

28. Steady

29. “... or ___!”

30. Dark loaves

32. Barbarian

33. Basil, e.g.

35. One-named “Kiss

from a Rose” singer

37. “This is bad!”

38. Bubkes

39. Play perhaps

40. Tolstoy heroine


42. Highlands hillside

45. Sphere

47. Light-footed

48. Cork’s country

50. Warning sound

51. Followed

54. Mother of Donald Jr.

55. Fencing swords

57. Italian coffee brand

58. Storage site

60. Place for a mud bath

61. Playing marble

62. Ribonucleic acid, for


63. “___ the ramparts ...”

64. Jovial

65. Wellness grp.

66. Profs’ helpers, for



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

Strike N Spare II

(811 Northern Drive,

Lockport; (708) 301-


■9:30 ■ p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Mondays: Quartermania


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

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Tasteful Kitchen Completes Luxury

Townhome Experience at Brookside Meadows

The heart of the home is your

kitchen. It is the gathering place for

family and friends to enjoy food,

kindle relationships and make great

memories. Crana Homes puts a

great deal of thought into your

Brookside Meadows kitchen with

stylish layouts, attractive materials

and quality appliances all designed

to complete your ‘tasteful kitchen

experience.’ These attractive luxury

townhomes, now in their final

construction phase, are quietly

hidden away in Tinley Park behind

a large wooded tract with lakes

and open spaces. Since prices are

still ranging from the upper-$200s

(including site) demand is high and

buyers are urged to visit soon before

prime sites disappear.

Crana Homes’ decades-earned

reputation for craftsmanship,

customer satisfaction and high

resale value culminates at Brookside

Meadows. These homes uphold

the Crana quality promise for

design, quality and attention to

detail. Buyers can select from three

different award-winning floorplans:

the Fahan II, the Lennan II, and

Crana’s newest offering here, the

Dunree II.

All floorplans follow a large open

space kitchen design featuring

stunning granite countertops

surrounded by beautiful custom

maple cabinets. The Fahan II is

a roomy and beautiful 3,303 total

square foot luxury townhome

(including a 1,216 sq.’ basement)

with an attached twocar, dry-walled

garage and cement driveway. The

1st floor master bedroom offers an

optional coffered ceiling and the

optional master bath plan includes

a relaxing soaker tub. The two-story

entrance foyer is stately and inviting

and spreads out to a split level

floor plan that has three bedrooms

(fourth bedroom optional) and two

and a half baths.

An elegant loft overlooks a

comfortable great room which is

adjacent to the kitchen. Elegant

hardwood oak is hand chosen for

doors, floors, railings and trim.

Ceramic tile covers the floors in

the foyer as well as the bathrooms

- which also feature granite vanity

tops. Entertain family and friends

with a full lookout basement and

a patio which are included in the

Fahan II.

The Lennan II is a stately two/

three bedroom split level home

which includes most of the features

of the Fahan II except the spacious

master suite is located on the upper

level and the Lennan II features a

dining/family room. It has 3,167

square feet of total space (including

a 1,049 sq.’ basement) with a twocar,

dry-walled garage and cement


The Dunree II has 3,194 square

feet of living space (including a

sizable 1,226 sq.’ basement). There

are three bedrooms and two and

half baths. The master suite - with

walk in shower and seat - is on the

first floor. A 12’ x 12’ exterior deck is

great for hosting guests.

All homes have underground

utilities, deluxe landscaping and

first floor laundry rooms. Buyers

can select options like an impressive

fireplace, walkout basement,

coffered ceilings, skylights and a

soaker tub in the master bath.

Sprinkler system, smoke detectors

and Lake Michigan water are

provided in all homes. Brookside

Meadows homes include costefficient,

energy-saving features like

a high-efficiency furnace and Lo-E

glass throughout. Other ‘green’

features include an Energy Miser

hot water heater, vented soffits,

1.75” insulated entrance doors,

energy efficient appliances and

Tuff-R insulated wall sheathing.

Hidden inside Tinley Park,

Brookside Meadows is still close

to everything: retail, dining,

transportation routes, Metra rail

station and airports. The school

system is among the best in the state

and Tinley Park, named “The Best

Place In America to Raise a Family”

by Bloomberg’s BusinessWeek,

maintains 40 parks and the huge

Bettenhausen indoor recreational


The heart of your home is an

attractive and fully functional

kitchen. See for yourself at

Brookside Meadows’ fully furnished

and beautifully decorated models.

The sales center is open Monday

through Thursday 10:00am to

4:00pm; Saturday and Sunday

from noon to 4:00pm; and Friday

by appointment.

To visit Brookside Meadows take

I-80, exit La Grange Road south

for just under two miles to La Porte

Road and turn east for one-half

mile. If mapping by way of a GPS,

enter the address: 19839 Mulroy

Circle, Tinley Park, IL. Options,

dimensions and specs can change

so contact a Sales Associate at 708-

479-5111 for any updates or go

online at


1 st FloorMaster Suitewith

Walk-in Closetand Large Bathroom

3Bedrooms,Plus Loft,2½Bath -Chicago Water

Large Open kitchen featuring granitecounter-tops

surrounded by beautiful custom maple cabinets

Crana Homes’Decades-Earned Reputation forCraftsmanship,

Customer Satisfaction and High Resale Value

Since 1970

Contactthe Sales Center fordetails at 708.479.5111

and visit online anytime at

Visit OurDecorated Models

Mon-Thu10am-4pm Sat/Sun Noon-4pm FridaybyAppt.

Exit I-80 at La Grange Road south forjust undertwo miles to

La PorteRoad andturn east forone-halfmiletoBrooksideMeadows.


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Amenities: Country living within

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this ranch was inspired by one

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May 1

• 19506 S. Hunter Trail, Mokena,

60448-8841 - Herta Skowron Trustee

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1003 Help


1004 Employment


1023 Caregiver


for Custom Rubber Products Company

At Aero Rubber Company, Inc. we value the desire to succeed,

providing a great customer experience, and supporting our teams.

As a business development professional at Aero you’ll receive

in-depth training on our rubber products, so you can actively

identify new targets and establish new business from inception

through to final sale. To succeed, you’ll need to evaluate

opportunities, build relationships, and develop leads with

the support of targeted marketing campaigns. You’ll call on

qualified targets, provide technical sales consultations, develop

quotes, and provide outstanding customer service to ensure

loyal customers. Throughout the entire process you’ll track

your leads with our CRM system and report on your results.

This is an inside non-commissioned position;

it is not a telemarketing position.


- 3-5 years minimum successful B2B business development and

industrial sales experience

- Prior consultative sales experience and relationship building

(not catalog sales)

- Proven track record of achieving results

- Strong phone presence with excellent verbal communication

and listening skills

- ISO and/or quality system experience a plus


- Medical/Dental/Vision

- 401K

- Performance Bonus

-Relocation Package

About Aero:

Located in SW Suburb of Chicago

46+ Years Strong

ISO 9001:2015

To Apply:

Send cover letter and resume to:

Full-Time Legal Secretary

Law offices (Mokena & Joliet) seeks qualified individuals

for full-time position.

Duties include preparing legal documents, assisting in the issuing

and tracking subpoenas, e-filing pleadings, scheduling

and calendaring appointments and deadlines as required,

composing routine correspondence, arranging depositions,

coordinating arrangements for services of messengers,

court reports, etc.

Operating office equipment including scanners,

photo copy machines, printers, transcribers, etc.

Must have excellent typing skills and be proficient in

Microsoft Office includingOutlook and Excel.

Some knowledge of Abacus and Timeslips preferred.

Forward resume and salary requirements to



Homer Township is

accepting applications for:

Seasonal Maintenance


Includes, but not limited

to lawn care,

weed & trash removal,

restroom care, painting,

building maintenance.

Not to exceed 1,000 hours.


Part-time Telephone Work

calling from home for

AMVETS. Ideal for

homemakers and retirees.

Must be reliable and have

morning &evening hours

available for calling.

If interested,

Call 708 429 6477

M-F, 10am - 1pm Only!

Hiring Cook

Atleast 2 years of

kitchen experience

(708) 349-2205



Due to our rapid growth and

expansion, Tinley Park

Industrial Manufacturing Sales

office seeks detail-oriented

Sales Assistant for full-time

position. A Sales Assistant at

ARC does both sale’s

administrative and customer

service functions. This is a

very diversified position in our

FAST-PACED office. The

ideal candidate must be


needs to possess strong

organizational &

communication skills.

Excellent computer literacy

needed, including MS Word &

Excel. Industrial customer

service experience a plus.

Repeat customer & supplier

contact. No telemarketing or

cold calling required.

Competitive salary & benefit

pkg incl. 401K.

Send letter & resume to:

Kirby School District 140

We are currently seeking

Full-Time Bus Drivers

A CDL License, with current

School Bus and Passenger

endorsement is preferred,

but we are willing to train.

$13.00/hour for training;

$17.00/hour with CDL and

SBP endorsements.

Benefits offered

Apply at

Hiring Desk Clerk

(must be flexible w/ shifts)

& Housekeeping


Needed at Super 8 Motel

Apply within:

9485 W. 191st St, Mokena

No Phone Calls

Medical Office in

Orland Park seeks P/T,

licensed medical X-ray

technician for 1 day/wk.

Fax resume to 708.460.9254

or email

1010 Sitters



LWE Honors Student with

American Red Cross certific.

Flexible schedule -

days, evenings, weekends

Multiple children are OK

Reasonable fees

LW Area preferred

Call (815) 517-6603



Loving mom in New Lenox,

will provide daily care in my

home, Monday-Friday.

Nelson Prairie School area

and Spencer Kindergarten.

Call Stacy at


1021 Lost &


Lost Cat

Name: Izzy

Solid black, green eyes

6 years old, 10 pounds



Very timid

Missing since May 25th

near Illinois Highway &

Cedar Road in New Lenox

Offering Reward

If found or seen, please call

or text (773)428-1766

1023 Caregiver

Caregiver Services

Provided by

Margaret’s Agency Inc.

State Licensed & Bonded

since 1998. Providing quality

care for elderly.

Live-in/ Come & go.


1037 Prayer / Novena

Oh holy St. Jude, Apostle &

Martyr, great in virtue and rich

in miracles, near kinsman of

Jesus Christ, faithful intercessor

of all who invoke your special

patronage in time of need.

To you Ihave recourse from

the depths of my heart and

humbly beg to whom God has

given such great power to

come to my assistance. Help

me in my present and urgent

petition. In return, I promise to

make your name known and

cause to be invoked. Say three

Our Fathers, three Hail Marys

and Glories for nine consecutive

days. Publication must be

promised. St. Jude pray for us

and all who invoke your aid.

Amen. This Novena has never

been known tofail. Ihave had

requests granted.

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1052 Garage Sale

Frankfort, Gateway Homes

Annual Community Garage

Sale. Individual Homes Just

East of LaGrange Rd. &

North of Steger Rd.

Fri. June 7th 9am-4pm &

Sat. June 8th 9am-4pm

Homer Glen 13835 W. Dublin

Drive. Fri. 6/7 and Sat. 6/8,

8-3pm. Huge sale! -clothing,

home items, and decor

Homer Glen 14922 Wilco Dr.

6/8, 9-3pm. Yard tools, bakeware,

electric cooking ware,

furniture, rugs, and more!

Matteson 21415 Butterfield

Pkwy 6/6-6/7 10-4pm Furn,

DVDs, knick knacks, lamps,

heater & much, much more!

Tinley Park 6402 Jeanette Ct.

Fri. 6/7 & Sat. 6/8, 9-1pm.

Vintage Weber grill, furniture,

antiques, household items, and

much more!

Village of Manhattan

Community Wide

Garage Sale

Friday, June 7th and

Saturday, June 8th


All participant’s addresses will

be listed in a map of the community.

Maps will be available

for distribution on Monday,

June 3rd at Village Hall

located at 260 Market Place,

Manhattan, IL and online at

For questions please call

Village Hall at (815) 418-2100

1053 Multi Family


New Lenox - St. Jude School,

241 W. Second Avenue. Fri

6/7 -Sat 6/8 from 8am-4pm,

Sun 6/9 8am-1pm. Four rooms,

gym, and hallway loaded w/

adult, children, and baby clothing,

coats, shoes, purses, luggage,

backpacks, sporting

goods, holiday items, household

items, linens, glassware,

home decorations, books, CDs,

DVDs, toys, craft supplies,

fabric, games, tools, furniture,


Orland Park, 17648 Olivia

Ln. 6/7-8 8-2pm. Baby furn.

kids clothes &toys hshld items

& furn. Good quality items!

1054 Subdivision


Lockport Thunder Hill Subd,

off of Gougar & 167th 6/6-6/8

9-3pm Kids, baby clothes,

electronics, household & more!

New Lenox, Grand Prairie

Subdivision. on Haven

between Nelson and Gougar.

Saturday, June 8th. 8-3pm.

Windy Hill Farm

Subdivision Sale

Near Route 30 and Pfieffer

in Frankfort

Sat. June 8th, 8am - 1pm

Numerous Homes

Anything from Toys and

Clothes to Tools and Decor

1057 Estate Sale

Orland Park 14126 S 86th Pl

6/8-6/9 9-4pm High end furn

for all rooms, toys, dishes, antiques,

kitchen supplies. Bring

atruck and help toload. Cash


Orland Park 15308 S Orchid

Ln 6/7-6/8 9-5pm Ent cent,

bedroom furn, china cab &

china, Xmas items, piano &



1074 Auto for


2010 Honda Civic - 67,270

miles. Recent breaks & tires,

automatic. Very good shape!

$7950 Mark: 708-912-0250

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Gateway Homes Senior


Just East of LaGrange Rd. &

North of Steger Rd.

Friday June 7th 1-4pm

Saturday June 8th 1-4pm

Several houses available for

sale. Watch for the open

house signs in the community.



1225 Apartments

for Rent

Oak Forest Terrace

15815 Terrace, Oak Forest

Spacious 1 & 2 Bdrms.

Serene setting & Beautiful

Grounds. Tennis, Pool,

Walking Trails. Near metra.



Wills Apartments

1 Bedroom apt. $ 850

2 Bedroom apt. $ 980



Business Directory

2003 Appliance





• Air Conditioning • Furnaces

Refrigeration • Dishwashers

Stoves & Ovens • Microwaves

Garbage Disposals


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2006 Basement Waterproofing

2007 Black Dirt/Top Soil



Pulverized Black Dirt

Rough Black Dirt

Driveway Gravel


For Delivery Pricing Call:



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2011 Brick/Chimney Experts


Help Wanted

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per line 7 papers


$30 7 4 papers


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2032 Decking

2070 Electrical

2011 Brick/Chimney Experts

2018 Concrete


2025 Concrete


2017 Cleaning Services

Barb’s Cleaning


We clean your home the

way YOU want it

cleaned! Good

Quality, Professional,

Reliable, and


Please call for



Calling all

A All American

Concrete Lifting

Concrete Sinking?

We Raise & Level

Stoops Sidewalks

Driveways Patios

Garage Floors Steps

& More!

All Work Guaranteed


Ask About Special



2025 Concrete Work


Deck & Fence

Repair, Rebuild or


Make It Safe - Make it Sturdy

708 479 9035

2060 Drywall


*Hanging *Taping

*New Homes



Call Greg At:


2090 Flooring







(708) 478-8269

2075 Fencing

2018 Concrete Raising

2120 Handyman

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2120 Handyman

2132 Home Improvement

24 Hour

10% OFF 708-942-6200



• Kitchen & Bath

• Basement Renovations

• Home Movie Theaters • Decks

• Handyman Services at $65 per hour

• Trash Pick-up & Dumpster Rentals






Windows, Doors, Decks Kitchen & Bathroom Remodeling, Plumbing Interior and

Exterior Painting Wall Paper Removal Professional Work At Competitive Prices

CALL MIKE AT 708-790-3416

2140 Landscaping

2130 Heating/Cooling


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2145 Lawn Maintenance

2150 Paint & Decorating

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2140 Landscaping


$30 7 4 papers


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2150 Paint & Decorating

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Neat, Clean, Professional

Work At ACompetitive Price

Specializing in all

Interior/Exterior Painting

• Drywall/PlasterRepair

• WallpaperRemoval

• Deck/Fence Staining

• PowerWashing

Free Estimates

Senior Discounts

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can trust, call us today!

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2170 Plumbing





Sodding, Seeding, Trees

Shrubs, Pavers, Retaining

Walls, Firewood

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2200 Roofing

2170 Plumbing 2174 Propane

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2200 Roofing


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2220 Siding 2294 Window





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Window Cleaning

Gutter Cleaning

Power Washing

Office Cleaning

call and get $40.00 off

708 974-8044


2276 Tuckpointing/Masonry

Help Wanted

$13 4 lines/

per line 7 papers


$30 7 4 papers




2480 Furniture

Couch $100, Dining Room Set

$500, Coffee Table $100, Corner

Curio $125, Curio $150,

End Tables $50 each, TV

Stand $50, Occasional Chairs

$35 each, Brass Bed $75

708-717-6134 Frankfort

Dining Room Set, 11pcs,

$700. Bedroom Set, 7pcs,

$700 708-770-3444

2489 Merchandise


Metal Wanted

Scrap Metal, Garden



Appliances, Etc.


Call 815-210-8819

Free pickup!

2703 Legal





a public hearing will beheld onthe

Tentative Budget of the MOKENA


in the Counties of Will and Cook,

and State of Illinois for the fiscal

year beginning on June 1, 2019 and

ending on May 31, 2020 at the

Mokena Fire Station located at

19853 S. Wolf Road, Mokena, Illinois

on July 9, 2019 at 7:00 p.m.

The Tentative Budget for MOK-


TRICT for said fiscal year ending

on May 31, 2020 is now posted on

the bulletin board of the said


DISTRICT station in said fire protection

district, and isconveniently

available for public inspection.

Dated June 6, 2019.



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What would you attribute this

season’s success to?

We’ve worked well as a team. We all

get along really well and play with a togetherness.

We try to stick together as a

team, even when we’re down.

How do you feel the season went

for you individually?

I’d say it went pretty well. It was cool to

have the opportunity to play on varsity. I

just wanted to be myself and play my hardest,

and I feel like I did that pretty well.

What would be one thing you

would take away from this


I really enjoyed the team bonding. We

all got along and really exemplified teamwork.

There was really a “we” mentality

and not an “I”.

Any plans on playing collegiate


I don’t have any commitments anywhere

since I am a freshman. I’d like to stay close

to home because I love my family. I also

Who is one athlete that you


I’d have to say Javier Baez because of

how hard he plays. He has a lot of passion

for baseball, and I admire how hard he has

worked to get to the level of play he has

done so far.

If you were stranded on a desert

island, what is one thing that you

would bring?

I’d have to say my younger sister. She


is very good at finding resources and we

work well together. I feel like we’d be

able to survive well and find what we

would need to in order to survive.

When did you start playing


I started playing when I was around 10.

I knew it was the right sport for me.

If you could meet anyone famous,

who would it be?

I would like to meet Serena Williams. I

feel like she would be an interesting person

to meet because of how well she has

done and how hard she has had to work

coming back from a pregnancy. Her abilities

are right where she left off and I’d

love to ask how she’s able to stay so devoted

to the sport she loves.

What do you look forward to the

most in your high school career?

Being able to do things on my own. Seeing

the world for what it really is and being

able to experience new things that can help

me grow as a person. Seeing the world

through my eyes and not my parents’.

What is the best part of being a

Lincoln Way East athlete?

The opportunities we get. I also enjoy

the team chemistry that we have and being

able to play what I love with people I

enjoy being around.

Interview conducted by Editorial Intern Joe

Bielanski sports

the mokena messenger | June 6, 2019 | 35


Historic seasons end for Lincoln-Way co-op boys, girls in supersectional

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way co-op’s

boys lacrosse team did

its best to endure an early

blitz from Glenbard West

in the Andrew Supersectional

on May 28.

Lincoln-Way’s defense

and goalie Trevor Stanevicius

held up well early,

only allowing two goals

over the first nine minutes,

but couldn’t keep the

Hilltoppers down over the

long haul.

“For the amount of

time that their offense had

the ball, our defense did

great,” said George Burchfield,

a Lincoln-Way Central

junior. “I don’t think

it was an effort thing but

I think we just had the

mindset that the other team

was so good and we didn’t

have a chance. With that

pessimistic attitude, things

weren’t going to go well.”

Lincoln-Way fell behind

by five goals in the first

quarter and couldn’t recover,

falling 17-4.

“It’s hard to get things

going after you’re down

by so much,” Burchfield

said. “When you get the

ball, you want to slow

things down because the

defense needs rest.”

Burchfield, Central senior

Brendan Sullivan,

East senior Vince Grunert

and East sophomore Ethan

Sieb each scored once for

Lincoln-Way. Coach Mike

McCormick also credited

the effort in goal of Stanevicius,

an East senior.

“There ended up being

a lot of goals up there,

but Trevor played a great

game,” McCormick said.

“We didn’t play our best

game, but take nothing

away from Glenbard West.

They’re a great team. They

played well, and we just

got beat.

“I couldn’t be prouder

of these guys for what they

did all year, though, winning

the conference and

winning the sectional. It

was a great year.”

Despite the loss, there

are many fond memories

to take away from a season

in which Lincoln-Way finished

15-5, won the South

Suburban Conference and

the program’s first sectional

title, and was one of the

last eight teams in the state

still playing.

“It’s the best year I’ve

had in my Lincoln-Way

experience,” Sullivan said.

“We had the most fun and

we made history.”

Lincoln-Way co-op’s Trevor Stanevicius makes a save

during a 17-4 loss to Glenbard West in the Andrew

Supersectional on Tuesday, May 28.


Sullivan believes big

things are ahead for the


“I see us being better

than [Glenbard West] in the

future,” he said. “I see us

winning a state title soon.”

LW girls fall to defending

state champs

Hinsdale Central won

the first IHSA girls lacrosse

state title last season and

has been a longtime power

going back to the days of it

being a club sport.

For a growing Lincoln-

Way co-op program, the

Red Devils are a team to


“We see the quickness

they have, the camaraderie

they have,” East junior

Caroline Behrens said.

“We have that, too, but we

can elevate our game even

more to get to that level.

“This gives us an example,

kind of a role model

of what we want to be and

what we definitely can be.”

Lincoln-Way hung

tough with Hinsdale Central

early in the Andrew

Supersectional on May 28

but could not keep up with

the high-powered Red

Devils, falling 18-5.

Lincoln-Way finished a

tremendously successful

season at 17-2, won the

program’s first sectional

and reached the IHSA

Elite Eight.

“Hinsdale Central is a

phenomenal team,” Lincoln-Way

coach Kathryn

Allison said. “I have nothing

but respect for them.

They’re the defending


“We never even expected

to be here. Just to be

here was such an honor for

us. Winning that sectional

title was so great.”

Behrens, a Harvard recruit,

scored three goals

to lead Lincoln-Way. East

freshman Erika Ho added

two goals.

Lincoln-Way fell behind

4-1 in the first eight minutes

but pulled within 5-3 with

5:41 left in the first half after

goals from Ho and Behrens.

“I thought we came out

with a good pace, and we

really wanted to go out

and compete our absolute

best,” Behrens said. “We

knew coming in that it’d

be a really tough game

against a really good team

and we were excited to get

the opportunity to play

them. It’s a big leap for our

program to get to play in a

game like this.”

Hinsdale Central scored

the final two goals of the

half to go up 7-3 and ran

away with things in the

second half.

Despite the Red Devils’

scoring output, Lincoln-

Way goalie Elizabeth

Myotte – an East junior –

made several quality saves.

Ho has three more seasons

to help Lincoln-Way

continue to progress toward

Hinsdale Central’s


“They’re kind of more

renowned for lacrosse,”

Ho said. “They’ve played

longer up there, and they

have the coaching, have

the players. They have

the all-around dedication.

They start early fall and

work the whole year.”

Lincoln-Way will lose

just four seniors – Central’s

Delia Dohm, and

East’s Brie Rush, Bailey

Simpson and Grace Vavrik

– and figures to return nine


With a star like Behrens,

a young talent in Ho and

a strong goalie in Myotte,

plus several other key contributors,

all the pieces are

in place for a big 2020.

“Next year’s our year,”

Allison said.

Athlete of the Month

LW Central soccer player earns crown in May competition

Bill Jones, Managing Editor

Lincoln-Way Central’s

Megan Hutchinson has

been on the soccer field

since she was 4 years old,

and the sophomore forward

has been scoring

goals ever since.

She has made a name

for herself with both the

Knights and the Eclipse

club team, and she already

has committed to play at

Purdue University.

Hutchinson also recently

won 22nd Century Media’s

May Athlete of the

Month competition.

The Athlete of the

Month competition pits

featured Athlete of the

Week selections from our

south suburban newspapers

against one another in

an online voting contest.

The next contest is to

begin Monday, June 10.

To vote, visit,


over the “Sports” menu tab

and click “Athlete of the

Month.” Readers can vote

once per session per valid

email address. Voting ends

at 5 p.m. June 25.

All athletes featured

in the May Athlete of the

Week sports interviews are

automatically entered into

the contest.

Megan Hutchinson (right) — a sophomore who plays

soccer for the Knights — won the May Athlete of the

Month competition for publisher 22nd Century Media’s

Southwest Chicago branch.

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Fierke, Joliet West end Lincoln-

Way Central’s dream season early

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Going into the Class

4A Thornwood Sectional

semifinal against Joliet

West on May 29, Lincoln-

Way Central’s softball

team was on a 25-game

winning streak which dated

back to April 6.

The Knights had beaten

their two regional opponents

by a combined score

of 26-0 and seemed untouchable,

destined to win

the sectional and perhaps

play at state.

Central coach Jeff Tarala,

though, knows how

quickly that can all change

in a one-and-done postseason


“That’s the nature of the

playoffs,” he said. “One

bad day and it’s over. It’s

unfortunate, but that’s just

the way it goes.”

The Knights’ bad day

came, thanks in large part

to Joliet West sophomore

Savannah Fierke, who shut

down Central over nine innings.

The Tigers got a

two-run home run from

Lauren Russell in the top

of the ninth and beat the

Knights 2-0 at Providence,

where the game was

moved due to poor field

conditions at Thornwood.

“[Fierke] was absolutely

outstanding,” Tarala said.

“I made sure to tell her

so when we shook hands.

Usually against good

pitchers, we can get to

them the second or third

time through the order

with the very good hitting

team we have. It just didn’t

happen this game. I have

to give her credit.”

The Knights finished


Lincoln-Way Central’s Melanie Nelson swings at a

pitch during the Knights’ 2-0 loss to Joliet West in the

Class 4A Thornwood Sectional semifinal May 29 at


Lincoln-Way Central’s Amanda Weyh delivers a pitch

in the Knights’ 2-0 loss to Joliet West. Weyh did not

allow an earned run in nine innings. PHOTOS BY STEVE


Central’s Amanda Weyh

matched Fierke most of

the way. She did not allow

a base runner until the

sixth inning and struck out

nine. An error in the ninth,

however, extended the inning

and Russell made the

Knights pay with a towering

two-out, two-run homer.

Weyh, a Lindenwood

recruit, did not allow an

earned run in 18 playoff innings,

but cruelly saw her

high school career end anyway.

“Amanda only allowed

five earned runs all year,”

Tarala said. “She was outstanding

again. She was

the reason we were in this


The Knights had some

chances against Fierke,

but stranded 12 runners

on base, including eight in

scoring position.

“Amanda came up in

some big spots and there’s

nobody I’d rather have up

at the plate,” Tarala said.

“Ninety-nine percent of

the time she comes up

with that clutch hit. Carly

[Alvers] had a couple opportunities.

It just didn’t

happen for any of us today.”

The Knights struggled

with execution, popping

up several bunt attempts.

“Probably [nerves]

played into it a little bit,

and our girls probably

should have laid off some

of those bunts with the rise

ball coming, which leads

to pop ups,” Tarala said.

“It was probably a combination

of a few things, but

I think it’s more just their

pitcher doing a good job.”

The Knights graduate

just five seniors, but two

of them - Weyh and Ashley

Platek - were major

contributors for four years.

Gabby Gedville was huge

in the leadoff role this season,

and the other seniors

were Jaclyn Cismoski and

Julia Izzo.

“What the seniors have

meant to the program,

you can’t even put it into

words,” Tarala said. “They

were outstanding.

“With this group, I’ll just

look back at fond memories.

Thinking about bus

rides and those fun times.

Those are the little things

I’ll miss the most with this

group, because they were

such a great group.”


LW Central’s season

filled with highlights

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way Central’s

softball season ended earlier

than expected as the topseeded

Knights fell 2-0 to

Joliet West in nine innings

in the Class 4A Thornwood

Sectional semifinals.

Still, the Knights went

32-3 and won 25 straight

games before the loss to

the Tigers. There were

many memorable moments

along the way.

An opening statement

The Knights showed

it could be a special year

when they routed crosstown

rival and perennial

power Providence 9-0 in

their season opener March

22. Torince Muczynski

drove in three runs, while

Amanda Weyh and Ashley

Platek each produced two

RBI. Weyh and Syndey

Grein combined for the


Alvers’ big day

Sophomore Carly Alvers

had a huge season hitting in

the middle of the Knights’

lineup. No performance

was better than the one she

put forth in the Knights’

10-0 win over Minooka at

the WJOL Tournament on

April 6. Alvers drove in

seven runs against the Indians,

going 3-for-4 with a

homer and a double.

Alvers said she had

good luck at Joliet’s Inwood

Complex, where the

tournament was held.

“I hit two home runs on

the same field once when I

was younger,” Alvers said

at the time. “I guess I like

playing here.”

Shutting down the


The Knights shut out

their opponenets 18 times.

Weyh, Grein, Platek and

Olivia Flinn all got in on the

domination. While coach

Jeff Tarala utilized all four

pitchers for much of the season,

it was Weyh who took

control down the stretch.

Weyh threw all 18 of

the Knights’ playoff innings

and did not allow an

earned run.

She was quick to deflect

credit to her teammates.

“They always have my

back,” Weyh said. “I know

if I let someone put the

ball in play that they’re going

to make the play. That

makes it so much easier

on me. Our defense has

played great all season.”

Conference perfection and

regional champs

Central stormed through

SouthWest Suburban Red

play with a 12-0 record to

win its third straight conference

title. Only two of

the Knights’ league wins

came by less than five


After entering the 2018

postseason as the top seed

in their sectional only to be

upset by Minooka in the

regional final, the Knights

made sure they would get

their regional plaque this


Playing at home, Central

beat Romeoville 11-0 in

five innings in the regional

semifinal and needed just

four innings to roll to a

15-0 victory over Plainfield

Central in the regional


“It meant a lot to get the

regional title,” sophomore

Sydra Seville said after

the game. “This team is

special because we all get

along, we play for each

other, and we all do our

part.” sports

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Providence rally falls short in sectional final loss to Marist


Sports Editor

steve millar/22nd Century


1st and 3



1. Amanda Weyh

Weyh (above), a

Mokena resident,

was a two-way star

for the LW Central

softball team. The

Lindenwood recruit

allowed just five

earned runs all year

and also contributed

greatly with her bat.

2. Nicolette Gossage

Gossage, a Mokena

resident, concluded

a brilliant LW Central

soccer career with

an All-State season.

She scored 26

goals and added 18


3. Cole Kirchsieper

Kirschsieper, an

Illinois recruit, was

nearly untouchable

on the mound for

the LW East baseball

team. He went 10-1

with a 0.42 ERA,

striking out 70 in 66


Even down to its final

out with a six-run deficit,

Providence wasn’t going

to go down easily to Marist

in the Class 4A Lockport

Sectional championship

game Saturday, June 1.

In typical Celtics fashion,

they made things interesting

in the seventh

inning, scoring a pair of

two-out runs and nearly

getting the tying run to the

plate before falling 9-5.

“I’m proud of our boys,”

Providence coach Mark

Smith said. “They battled

back. I don’t think a lot of

people gave us a chance

and we showed we’re a

better club than our record


“Even right there at the

end, they fought, we were

a hair away from getting

the tying run to the plate.

That’s what this program

does. It’s built on heart.

These kids fought to the

end and I’m really proud

of them.”

Providence (23-16)

pulled within four on RBI

singles from Josh Mrozek

and Homer Glen resident

Jake Mucha.

“We fight until the end,”

Mucha said. “Just keep

working harder, keep seeing

pitches, do what you

can to give your team a

chance to win.”

The Celtics had two runners

on and the tying run

in the on-deck circle after

Tyler Struck (right) consoles Aidan Goggins following

Providence’s 9-5 loss to Marist in the Class 4A Lockport

Sectional final on June 1.

Mucha’s single, but Justin

Janas induced Brennan

Geers to ground out to second

to seal the sectional

title for Marist (26-10).

“[Providence’s belief]

showed in that last inning,”

Smith said. “They

weren’t quitting. If that

ball gets through, we get

the tying run to the plate.”

Ultimately, it was two

big two-out swings that

cost Providence a spot in

the Elite Eight.

Jason Hodges and Kendal

Ewell hit three-run

home runs for Marist in

the third and fourth innings,

respectively. Both

came with two outs.

“That’s the difference in

the game,” Smith said. “Ben

[Vitas] was an out away

from getting out of that,

left it up. Good hitters do

damage to mistake pitches.

It was just a bad pitch and

[Hodges] made us pay with

three-run homer.

“Then again, the next

inning, two outs, another

three-run home run. That

made the difference.”

After Marist took a 2-0

lead in the first inning,

Providence answered with

three runs in the third.

After Homer Glen resident

Ryan O’Neil scored

on a wild pitch, Orland

Park resident Jake Hesselmann

put the Celtics

on top with a two-run


Marist pitcher Jack

Brannigan, a Notre Dame

recruit, kept the Celtics in

check from then until the


“At least we can walk

away with our heads

up knowing we at least

fought,” said Providence

senior Alex Helmin, an

Arizona State recruit. “It’s

better than laying down.

That’s something we can

be proud of.”

Helmin had a double

Jake Mucha connects for a single for Providence during

the Celtics’ 9-5 loss to Marist in the Class 4A Lockport

Sectional final on June 1. PHOTOS BY STEVE MILLAR/22ND


and a triple in a 6-2 win

over Stagg in the sectional

semifinal on May

29. Mrozek hit a two-run


Lockport resident and

Arizona State recruit

Bryce Barnett, after giving

up two runs in the first inning,

dominated the rest of

the way. He struck out 15

in a complete-game victory.

For the Celtics, reaching

the sectional final after an

up-and-down regular season

was a meaningful accomplishment.

Providence struggled

with consistency all year.

The low point was a sixgame

losing streak from

April 28 to May 8 that included

a 16-6 defeat at the

hands of crosstown rival

Lincoln-Way Central.

The Celtics responded

by winning 10 of their final

12 games, including

the postseason. They captured

their eighth regional

title in the last nine years.

“It means a lot that

through all the bad things

we went through, we

pulled through and became

a team,” Helmin said. “We

played hard for each other.

It was fun to know that

every single guy on this

team cared and wanted to

be there.”

Smith praised his team

for its perseverance.

“It’s a great group of

kids,” he said. “They

bought into everything

this year, through the ups

and downs of the season,

they never quit. They kept

their heads up and they


“It’s a team I was extremely

proud to coach.”


“It’s a team I was extremely proud to coach.”

Mark Smith - Providence basbeall coach, on the Celtics’ team that reached the Class 4A

Lockport Sectional final before falling to Marist 9-5 on Saturday, June 1

Tune In

Baseball, Friday, June 7 and Saturday, June 8

IHSA State Finals at Route 66 Stadium, Joliet

• Marist’s Max Malley, a former player for the

Mokena-based Lincoln-Way Blue Demons, is among

the local products who could be playing at state.


35 - Athlete of the Month

34 - Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Sports Editor

Steve Millar,

mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | June 6, 2019


LW co-op lacrosse teams hope

to emulate top programs

after supersectional losses,

Page 35


Central sophomore

soccer star is 22nd

Century Media’s Athlete

of the Month, Page 35

Lincoln-Way Central’s Gabby Gedville (left) and Ashley Platek

(right) congratulate Gianna Niemeier after her diving catch May 29

in the sectional semifinal against Joliet West.


Central’s Amanda

Weyh delivers

a pitch May 29

during the sectional

semifinal loss to

Joliet West. Weyh,

a Mokena resident,

did not allow an

earned run in 18

playoff innings.




LW Central softball falls in sectional semifinal, ending a year filled with highlights, Page 38


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