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Making sausage

Mokena site for pizza chain meat

producer, Page 4

Back at the table D161

committee recommends K-12 district

study, Page 6

Taking the torch

Mokena police part of Special Olympic

run, Page 8

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THURSDAY

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

mokenapark.com for an optional

event, Father’s Day at

Hogwarts, for children and

dads before the movie. Preregistration

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

in fifth-eighth grades.

Includes mini skincare Kit,

Glam Camp T-shirt and

information to last a lifetime.

For more information,

call (800) 452-2116,

or visit ginamarieproducts.

com/glam-camp.

Ladies Night Out - Summer

Social

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.

com/events.

FRIDAY

Food truck Friday

5-7:30 p.m. Friday,

June 14, Hickory Creek

Preserve, LaPorte Road

Access. Food trucks are

back for a third season.

Enjoy your favorite fare

on wheels right in your

community. Forest Preserve

staff will be on-site

with preserve information,

activities and items for

checkout — binoculars,

field guides and bags — to

get you out exploring the

preserve and exercising.

For more information, visit

reconnectwithnature.org

Lincoln-Way Rock

Orchestra Concert

6 p.m. Friday, June 14,

at Center for Performing

Arts at Lincoln-Way Central

High School, 1801

E. Lincoln Highway in

New Lenox. More than

80 young string musicians

from the surrounding communities

will perform hits

from the ‘70s to now, orchestra

style. Songs from

BonJovi, AC/DC, Def

Leppard, Guns n’ Roses,

Coldplay, Cake, Metallica,

Goo Goo Dolls, The

Police, Heart, Fleetwood

Mac, Eurhythmics and

more. For more information,

or to hear some songs

from previous concerts,

visit their Facebook page

at Lincoln-Way Rock Orchestra.

SATURDAY

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

church.org under “events”

or call (815)485-8587 for

info.

Teddy Bear Picnic

Noon-1 p.m., Saturday,

June 15, Mokena Community

Public Library

District, 11327 W. 195th

St. in Mokena. The Mokena

Community Public

Library District is bringing

back one of its favorite

children’s programs.

The Teddy Bear Picnic is a

fun day for all: mom, dad,

grandparents and friends.

Get your team together,

pack a lunch and don’t

forget a blanket to sit on

and your favorite teddy.

All children participants

will receive a special commemorative

teddy bear. It

will be an afternoon filled

with reading, music and

great memories. To register,

call (708) 479-9663

or register on our events

calendar at mokenalibrary.

org.

TUESDAY

T-Rexplorers – Dinosaur

Discovery Program

10-11 a.m., Tuesday,

June 18, Mokena Community

Public Library

District, 11327 W. 195th

St. in Mokena. Join us

for a Summer Read program

that you will not

forget. The whole family

will enjoy this interactive

T-Rexplorers Dinosaur

Discovery Program. Get

a glimpse of what it’s like

to go on a paleontological

dig by exploring museumquality

fossil specimens

from species like Tricerotops

and T-Rex. Families

will also have a chance to

investigate the fossils for

up to 30 minutes after the

program. To register, stop

into the library and join

the Mokena Community

Public Library’s Summer

Reading Program.

UPCOMING

Mokena Park’s Music in

the Park

7 p.m., June 20, Yunker

Farm Bandshell, 10824 W.

LaPorte Road in Mokena.

Join Mokena Community

Park District for an outdoor

concert featuring The

Walk-Ins. For more information,

visit mokenapark.

com.

I pledge for Ice Cream

11 a.m.-7 p.m. June 27,

The Creamery, 19100 Wolf

Road in Mokena. Children

12 years and younger who

can recite the Pledge of

Allegiance by memory can

receive a free kid cone.

ONGOING

Kindergarten Registration

Drive

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.

org to review the checklist

of documents needed for

registration. Parents have

the option of enrolling their

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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 available.

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 moke

nafire.org.

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.

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-

2220.


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Sunshine and pride cast upon Mokena at festival

Yasmeen Sheikah

Freelance Reporter

“You’re not alone, there are

people who will be there for

you and accept you for who

you are,” said 17-year-old Jack

Lindsey, former president of

Gay Straight Alliance at Lincoln-Way

East. “You do you

and go out and slay.”

Pride Fest took place on Saturday,

June 8, at Yunker Park,

10925 W. LaPorte Road, and

featured a variety of different

vendors, activities and performances

for people of all ages

to enjoy. More than 500 people

were in attendance as the Pride

Fest kicked off from noon-8 p.m.

Activities included giant Jenga,

a magic show, dancing and

more. Vendors had activities

and sold products from food,

homemade soaps, and even

gave away free seed to plant

flowers to represent growth and

acceptance.

One of the booths on the

prideful day was PFLAG. The

organization is the largest of

its kind and prides itself as a

group that unites families with

those who are members of

the LGBTQ+ community. At

the booth was board member

Kathy King-Watters of Tinley

Park.

“We came out here last year

and it was amazing,” she said.

“We brought with us today safe

cards which can be placed in a

car or a window to let members

of the LGBTQ+ community

know they are safe near that

person and that they are accepting

of the community. It

can be confusing for parents,

for kids apart of the community

at first, but we’re here to

help them adjust and accept

by telling them that this is still

their child and to love them the

same.”

Kerry Kraemer, a member

of Moms Demand Action, was

spreading another message at

her booth by encouraging people

to get involved in her organization

if they wish to have

stricter gun laws.

“I lost my stepfather to suicide

by gun,” Kraemer said.

“We decided to come out here

today because we don’t want

any member of the LGBTQ+

community to feel unsafe or

that there is something wrong

with them.”

Other vendors sold products,

such as Elevated Arts located

on Front Street. Jeremy James

and Maggie Bisaga were selling

crystal rocks to help with

anxiety and depression.

Rocks painted in rainbow colors display messages of support.

“I’m a spiritual medium,”

James said. “We’re here today

to read people’s aura and tell

them the energy we are receiving.

This is our first time at

this event and we love the acceptance

and think it is a great

thing to have in Mokena.”

Event coordinator Charlotte

McIntosh said they started

planning the event in January

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Mokena warehouse where the sausage gets made

Mary Compton

Freelance Reporter

Joe Aurelio’s life is all

about pizza. Even his license

plate reads, “PIZ-

ZA.”

Back in 1959, before

Joe was even born, his

father Joseph A. Aurelio,

started a pizza parlor in

Homewood. Today, Joe is

the president and CEO of

Aurelio’s Pizza.

“Aurelio’s Pizza was

founded by my father,”

Aurelio said. “We were

living in Chicago Heights

at the time and [he] wanted

to start his own pizza place.

Being from Calabria, Italy,

my father brought the family

recipes and Italian influence.”

Currently here are 41

Aurelio’s locations in six

states. Because of such

growth, Aurelio’s purchased

a 10,000-squarefoot

warehouse in Mokena

about seven months ago.

At the warehouse, they

hand-make all the Italian

sausage fresh. They also

distribute the cheese and

other meat products from

the warehouse to all Aurelio’s

locations.

“We outgrew our former

facility” Aurelio said.

Joe Aurelio, president and CEO of Aurelio’s Pizza Franchise Limited, stands next

to a photograph of his father, Joseph A. Aurelio Jr., in Aurelio’s corporate offices in

Mokena. The senior Aurelio started Aurelio’s Pizza in 1959.

Photos by Mary Compton/22nd Century Media

“This is a perfect location,

being so close to the

Interstate, to reach our locations.

This is a great expansion

for us. It allows us

to grow.”

Aurelio said that the site

was a former pharmaceutical

warehouse, where

it was a sterile and clean

environment, and he has

maintained an emphasis

on keeping it clean today.

“It’s a USDA-inspected

facility,” he said. “We

make 12,000 pounds of

fresh Italian sausage a

week. We use ... a very

lean product with simple

spices with no preservatives

or fillers.”

Aurelio explains they

owns the sausage company.

“We want to keep

integrity of the brand that

will never be skimped or

compromised” said Aurelio.

“I’m in charge of

everything that goes out

of this building. By doing

this we also save money

for our franchises and

keep the costs down because

your keeping out the

middle-man.”

In that sense, Aurelio is

still following in the footsteps

of his father.

“When my dad was

looking to buy a place, he

found a pizza place that

was going out of business

[in Homewood],” Aurelio

said. “It already had

an oven and a couple of

tables. He had $2,500 in

his pocket and borrowed

$1,500 from the bank. He

was the cook, the waiter

and the delivery guy.”

In 1968, the senior Aurelio

began to add on to the

four-table business.

“People waited hours

to get in,” Aurelio said.

“Today, we are the largest

pizzeria in the world.

The Homewood location

today sits 650 people. We

have 150 employees in the

one building, we still have

lines on the weekend.”

Aurelio said that being

close to the restaurant’s

customers is still part of

the business’ philosophy

today.

“My dad started that.

He walked around every

table and made sure every

customer felt like a family

member,” Aurelio said.

“We still do that today.

Aurelio’s distribution

center and corporate

headquarters employs 13

people at the Mokena location.

They grind and make

fresh sausage four times

a week and deliver five

times a week. There is also

an Aurelio’s restaurant in

Mokena.

“They’re always giving

back to the community,”

Aurelio said. “Our

Frankfort location is very

entrenched in the community,

as well. [It] has

been there for 30 years. I

know the Aurelio’s brand

in Frankfort and Mokena

are very well recognized.”

The Aurelio family

owns the Homewood location,

as well as the South

Loop location on Michigan

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Summit Hill D161 Board of Education

Committee recommends K-12 district study go forward

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

A 3-0 vote June 5 by

the committee of the

Summit Hill D161 Board

of Education to examine

the feasibility of creating

a new K-12 district

resulted in an uproarious

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The vote means that the

full board was expected

to take up the issue at its

Wednesday, June 12, regular

meeting.

Summit Hill D161 first

began looking at the idea

of purchasing the currently

underused Lincoln-

Way North High School

building from Lincoln-

Way Community High

School District 210 and

splitting off from the district

to start its own K-12

unit district.

Committee members

laid out the details of

what the feasibility study

would include, and all of

its members agreed that it

would be in the best interest

of the district to start

the process sooner rather

than later because the

study itself would be bear

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pride fest

From Page 3

and that the turnout for

the event was bigger than

last year’s.

“We have this event

to support the LGBTQ+

community in the southwest

suburbs of Chicago

fruit to the district regardless

if that study showed a

move to expand to a K-12

district would be beneficial

or not.

The study, if approved

by the full board as presented

by the committee,

would be conducted by

District Leadership Solutions

LLC. and would require

the work to be completed

in several phases.

The first phase would include

four parts, each with

its own price tag attached

to break down the costs for

the entirety of the study.

The first part would

include a student enrollment

study, and would

examine issues surrounding

facility usage, staffing,

curriculum offerings,

State aid and facility

planning. This portion

would expect to be completed

by Sept. 30 of this

just as the [LGBTQ+]

movement began 50

years ago in New York

city,” she said. “Conservative

people are not

the enemy… We put

our shoes on one leg at

a time, as well. We just

want to have a good time

today.”

McIntosh added that

the board members want

everyone to leave the

event feeling accepted.

sausage

From Page 4

still growing.

“We have inquiries for

future franchise Aurelio’s

for Lockport, Lemont,

Homer Glen and Orland

Park,” Aurelio said. “We

try and separate the restaurants

6 miles apart. Orland

year and would cost the

district $9,250.

The second part of

phase one would examine

the overall tax impact,

and would assess issues of

debt, provide a comparison

of financial profiles

for each district, estimate

tax rates for each district,

provide five-year financial

projections and examine

fund balances. This work

would also be expected to

be completed by Sept. 30

and would have a price tag

of $10,000.

The third part would examine

the tax impact on

providing a baseline high

school experience to that

of D210, including curriculum

and extracurricular

opportunities for students.

This would be expected

to be completed by Nov. 1

and cost $10,000

The final step in phase

“This is such a historic

milestone for the

community of Mokena.

Today is about inclusion

and family. June is pride

month worldwide, and it

was started here in the

United States, and this is

an outstanding event put

together by outstanding

people.”

Attendees of the event,

such as Cathy Nolan, said

they had a great time. She

one would examine the

final tax impact on D161,

including the purchase of

LW North. This would also

be completed and present

along with the third part

and cost $2,000.

Public comment, which

lasted for nearly an hour,

was overwhelmingly in favor

of pursuing the study.

One commenter called the

district’s plan “visionary

thinking,” while just one

commenter said the district

should “stay in your lane”

and stick to its K-8.

Karen Miner, a nonvoting

member of the committee,

said that “it would

be financially irresponsible”

if the district did

not pursue the feasibility

study, given the potential

benefits of getting hard

data on how the district’s

demographics are trending.

was unable to attend last

year and said she was excited

to be able to attend

the event to support the

community.

“I am so happy they are

doing this event again. I

came out with my family

today and we are having a

fun time watching all the

performers dance,” Nolan

said. “I hope they do this

again next year so we can

come again.”

Park has become a mega

restaurant destination.”

The newest part of the

business is Aurelio’s own

bottled marinara sauce.

They have recently created

a tomato basil and vodka

sauce. Presently you can

find the sauce at all the

Walt’s grocery stores. Aurelio

said that they are pursuing

other supermarkets,

as well.

“We want to be known

as the family pizzeria,

where you share a meal

and share conversation,”

Aurelio said. “We have six

generations of customers.

We want to be known as

that place where you feel

at home.”


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Teachers’ day

Mokena D159 honors Teachers of the Year, longtime crossing

guards

Mokena D159 Superintendent Don White (left) presents crossing guards Phyllis

Karpola (middle) and Kay Oehman with special recognition awards.

(Left to right) Mokena Intermediate School teacher Tina Coltri, Mokena Elementary

School teacher Kris Vanderberg and Mokena Junior High School teacher Ashley

Dawczak receive awards for recognition and $100 gift certificates from Mokena

Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Melissa Fedora and chamber President

Michelle DePaolis Thursday, June 6. Photos by T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

Bring it on

Summit Hill Junior High eighth-graders

ready to make move to high school

More than half the graduates didn’t get the memo on

when to throw their hat during Summit Hill Junior

High’s eighth-grade graduation June 3 at Lincoln-Way

East High School.

Photos by Julie McMann/22nd Century Media

Katherine Ehmen gives

the student address

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High’s graduation.

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Whom do you look up to

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I look up to my sister

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My favorite class is science

because we do so

many fun things. For example,

the ponds that we

are doing right now. I also

have an amazing class and

teacher, Mrs. Storino, who

makes everything lots of

fun.

What’s one thing that

stands out about your

school?

One thing that stands

out about my school is

how welcoming everyone

is when there is a new student.

What extracurricular(s) do

you wish your school had?

An extracurricular that I

wish my school had is lacrosse.

If you could change one

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According to police reports,

an officer was dispatched

to the 11300 block

of West Lincoln Highway

for a report of retail theft.

Upon arrival, the complainant

advised the officer

that he had an employee,

Johnson, in custody for

allegedly switching UPC

labels on items, which he

then scanned and paid less

than the actual items’ values.

He further advised the

officer that Johnson had

been the subject of observation

since May 18.

After viewing video

surveillance of the alleged

thefts — which included

T-shirts, underwear and

food worth a total value of

$52.27 — the officer placed

Johnson under arrest.

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Police officers and volunteers from Orland Park and

Mokena pose with the Special Olympics Torch of Hope

June 5, ready to pass it off to Frankfort Police.

Caitlin Fyfe/22nd Century Media

The annual Law Enforcement

Torch Run benefiting

Special Olympics

Illinois continued through

the southwest suburbs the

morning of June 5 with

the help of Mokena and

Frankfort police.

This stretch of the torch

run, which was 3.1 miles,

started at the intersection

of 191st Street and La-

Grange Road in Mokena.

The route proceeded

south on Lagrange, where

Mokena police and volunteers

then handed the torch

off to Frankfort police and

volunteers.

The torch run joined two

community’s for a cause

that helps raise money and

awareness for athletes who

participate in the Special

Olympics.

According to Special

Olympics Illinois, the Torch

Run includes an annual intrastate

relay conducted by

officers representing every

branch of law enforcement

within the state, as well as

with federal partners.

Special Olympian and

Ambassador for Special

Olympics Illinois Rikki

Kirsch participated in the

Mokena leg and rode her

bicycle. She was accompanied

by Mokena Chief

of Police Steve Vaccaro on

a bicycle.

Throughout the week, approximately

3,000 officers

carried the Flame of Hope

which traveled 1,500 miles

from June 2-7. The Torch

Run was held through various

Illinois communities

where 23 different routes

were designated. This lead

up to the opening ceremony

of the Special Olympics Illinois

Summer Games that

began on Friday, June 7, in

Normal, where torchbearers

ran into the stadium to create

a stream of flames.

“Anytime you can help

with an event like the Special

Olympics it is great to

be involved,” said Frankfort

Chief of Police John

Burica. “The run signifies

the kick-off of the games,

and this helps bring attention

to these athletes and a

great cause.”

Since 1986, the Law Enforcement

Torch Run has

raised nearly $51 million

while bringing awareness

of Special Olympics Illinois

athletes.

Vaccaro said the Mokena

Police Department

raised about $6,000 so far

this year through the Cop

on a Rooftop and Chase a

Cop events.

To donate to Special

Olympics Illinois, visit

soill.org.

visit us online at

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STUDENT

From Page 7

thing about your school

what would it be?

One thing I would

change about my school

is that I wish the start

time was later because I

am not a morning person.

What’s your favorite thing

to eat in the cafeteria?

My favorite thing to eat

in the cafeteria is the waffles

and fries.

What’s your best memory

from school?

My best memory from

school was going to

Springfield for the seventh-grade

field trip and

seeing Lincoln’s Library,

the State Capitol Building

and Lincoln’s Memorial. I

also enjoyed the bus ride

home from Springfield because

everyone took their

lanyards, connected them

and hung them all around

the bus.

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feature for The Mokena

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Duke is a friendly 125-pound Great Dane. Duke is about 7 years old and

recently completed training to become a therapy dog for the Wags program at

Palos Community Hospital. Duke was rescued by us four years ago when his

previous owner passed away. Duke is very popular at the Palos Hospital and at

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Moving on up: Mokena chamber’s new

office draws community’s attention

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

The Mokena Chamber

of Commerce officially

moved from its previous

location on Wolf Road to

its new digs at 11104 Front

Street June 3, and the

move has already started

having the desired effect.

“We’ve already had so

many businesses, residents,

people from the

community who are in the

area [stop by],” said Mokena

Chamber of Commerce

Executive Director

Melissa Fedora. “... It’s

been really interesting, and

maybe it will start to wear

off eventually, too. But I

have a hard time focusing

on my computer. Everyone

who walks by, I’m looking

up and waving, and I’m

spending all day waving.”

The office space still

needs a few little cosmetic

details, but Fedora

said she’s happy with how

things are progressing.

On top of dealing with

the logistics of the move,

Fedora has been spending

much of her time getting

the chamber’s next several

big events in order, too.

This year, the banners

displaying the many businesses

that are part of the

chamber reached a new

high at 96. The previous

high was 70.

“I was about 50 percent

of the way through that

and then, of course, my

computer went in a box

and was moved over here.

“... And then we have

our membership meeting

on [Tuesday, June 11]

and our golf outing on

[Wednesday, June 12],

not to mention the Fourth

of July parade in less than

a month. It’s been great

though having everybody

stop in. It’s been nonstop

visitors.”

One of the reasons for

the move was to help highlight

Mokena’s downtown

area, Fedora said. And the

strategy seems to be already

working.

“I think us being here it’s

bringing a lot of business

owners to [Front Street],”

she said. “So, hopefully,

that gets them on Front

Street looking at Front

Street, shopping what is

here, maybe getting ideas

of bringing more business

here.”

Along with the move,

the chamber started a new

initiative to welcome new

residents to Mokena. Now,

when new residents go to

sign up for water service

at Village Hall, they’ll receive

a card that they can

bring to the chamber’s

office and be welcomed

with a “swag bag” of items

and information about the

many businesses that are

chamber members.

“I think that’s just a

good way for residents to

feel welcome here,” Fedora

said.

The chamber is still

taking nominations for

its Fourth of July parade

grand marshall. This year’s

theme is “Heroes among

us.” For more information

or to register as a sponsor,

visit mokena.com/4th-ofjuly-parade/.

Mokena Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Melissa Fedora poses outside

the chamber’s new office space Thursday, June 6, at 11104 Front Street in downtown

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FROM THE TINLEY JUNCTION

Fire department’s first

Citizens Fire Academy set

for August

The Tinley Park Fire

Department is to host its

first Citizens Fire Academy

starting in August,

and is currently accepting

applications.

The academy will provide

participants with

hands-on experience of

what fire service is like in

Tinley Park, Deputy Chief

Dan Riordan said.

“This is the first time

that we’ve done anything

like this,” Riordan said.

“It was something that

Fire Chief [Forest] Reeder

thought would be a great

opportunity to get people,

if they live in town or work

in town, to interact with

the fire department in a different

way, and really get

some understanding of all

the things that a firefighter

would be expected to do

during their normal work

shift, and you’ll get to experience

a little bit of that

yourself.”

All of the participants

will get certified in CPR,

learn how to use an automated

external defibrillator

and a fire extinguisher

during the eight-week

course. Additionally, participants

will be involved

in training tower demonstrations

at the local training

facility, Riordan said.

The program is open to

adults ages 21 and older

who live or work in the

Village of Tinley Park.

Classes will take place

once a week for 2-3 hours

beginning Aug. 7 through

September. Applications

are due July 1, and a background

check will be completed,

according to the

application packet.

Questions about the

program can be directed

to Jack Janozik, Tinley

Park’s education officer, at

(708) 444-5200 or jj

anozik@tinleypark.org.

Reporting by Amanda

Del Buono, Freelance

Reporter. For more, visit

TinleyJunction.com.

FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT

Torch Run for Special

Olympics brings smiles to

officers’, athletes’ faces

Route 30 in New Lenox

was briefly shut down the

afternoon of June 4 as

Torch Run volunteers from

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awareness, and help kick

off the Special Olympics

Summer Games, which

were held in Bloomington

June 7-9.

New Lenox’s runners

“took the torch” from the

Joliet volunteers at Providence

and to the Commons,

where the closing

ceremonies were held and

Special Olympic athletes

and other Village officials

waited.

Officer Paul Simon was

the organizer for the New

Lenox leg of the race. The

Torch Run took place all

over Illinois and included

more than 3,000 officers

who covered approximately

1,500 total miles.

Simon said all the volunteers

came to him before

he was able to reach

out and ask who wanted to

participate.

Sonia Little, who works

with the Village, has been

taking part in the event for

five years.

“I do it because I think

that Special Olympics is

important — to participate

and to donate and give

back to them,” she said.

“I run everyday. At first, I

thought it was just people

in law enforcement. But

they’ve welcomed me.”

Reporting by Sean Hastings,

Editor. For more, visit

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FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

Car show cruises back into

Lockport for 2019

On June 3, people were

dancing while “little deuce

coupes” were lined up

along S. Hamilton Street

in Lockport. The scene

meant one thing: Cruisin’

into Lockport officially

opened.

“This night is always

fun,” Lockport Mayor

Steve Streit said. “Everyone

likes gathering on a

Monday. It’s a small festival

we do. where we get to

say ‘hi’ to neighbors.”

Streit and his wife, Wendy,

were checking out the

muscle cars at the Monday

night event.

“I’m going to try and

bring out my Willys Jeep,”

Steve Streit said.

Hundreds of residents

turned out for the first

festival of the summer in

Lockport. As residents

and friends sat on folding

chairs and blankets, others

danced where they could.

Providing the music for

the evening was Cadillac

Grove. There is to be a different

band at each Monday

night event.

Reporting by Mary Compton,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit LockportLegend.

com.

FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION

Police: Men in 60s robbed

Frankfort Township gas

station with screwdriver

Two men police say

were in their early 60s allegedly

robbed a Frankfort

Township gas station

of cash and cigarettes the

early morning of June 4.

Police were called at

3:12 a.m. to the Speedway

at 7218 W. Lincoln Highway

in response to the robbery,

according to a press

release issued by the Will

County Sheriff’s Office.

A store clerk told deputies

she observed two

men enter the store. One

of the men — described

as black, wearing a black

hat, black coat, jeans and

a button-up denim shirt —

began walking around the

store, according to police.

The other — described as

black, wearing a black hat

and a black jumpsuit with

white stripes down the

arms and legs — went into

the washroom, police said.

The man walking around

the store went to the counter

to purchase cigars,

and the other man moved

behind the counter and

placed a screwdriver at the

back of the employee, police

said. The men told the

clerk to lay on the floor,

and they robbed the store

of $585 in cash and 40

packs of cigarettes valued

at $315.60, according to

Deputy Chief Dan Jungles.

The employee was then

ordered to the rear of the

store, and the two men left

in a white SUV, possibly a

Cadillac Escalade, police

said. They fled eastbound

on Lincoln Highway, according

to Will County

Sheriff’s Police spokesperson

Kathy Hoffmeyer.

Reporting by Bill Jones,

Managing Editor. For more,

visit FrankfortStation.com.

FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE

Descendent of Orland Park

pioneers reminiscences on

time in village

At 19, Leon Cooper was

not exactly ready to buy

his first house. But now,

nearly 60 years later, he is

glad he did.

The 77-year-old Cooper

purchased his house on

Beacon Avenue in 1961

from his grandfather, but

his family’s roots in Orland

Park were planted

well before. Cooper is a

descendent of one of the

first families to settle in

Orland Park, coming to

the area in 1850 from England.

“I’ve lived here all my

life,” Cooper said. “I grew

up on the farm working.”

In 1961, Cooper and his

new bride, Betty, bought

the home in which they

still live today.

Leon has watched Orland

Park evolve from a

sleepy, little farm town

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Pride Fest returned

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second straight year,

and this time around was

even more well-attended

than last year. (You can

find that story on Page 3,

in case you missed it.)

And to all those who

came out in support of the

LGBTQ community, I say,

“Kudos!” to you.

It’s hard to believe

that this year marks the

50-year anniversary of

the Stonewall riots in

the Greenwich Village

neighborhood of New

York City.

How much, or how

little, progress we’ve

made since then is debatable;

however, one thing

is clear: The pride movement

isn’t going away

anytime soon, nor should

it.

It’s really unfathomable

to me that there are

still people filled with

such hatred in their hearts

that they would commit

violent acts against

others just because of

their sexual orientation

or because of how people

choose to identify with

their gender.

I’m proud that we

don’t seem to have such

extreme examples of that

kind of hatred here in

Mokena, but that doesn’t

mean we should become

complacent or adopt a

blind-eye policy toward

the truth that discrimination

against the LGBTQ

community still exists.

Pride month is all about

acceptance; acceptance of

our differences, acceptance

of who our neighbors

are and acceptance of

who we are. The hope is, I

think, that through acceptance

we find understanding.

And with understanding

comes the removal

of fear, the one thing that

most leads to hate.

So, let us keep in mind

as we watch the monthlong

festivities celebrating

LGBTQ pride continue

some true words of wisdom:

“Fear is the path to

the dark side. Fear leads to

anger. Anger leads to hate.

Hate leads to suffering.”

- Yoda.

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into the bustling metropolis

it is today.

When Orland Square

was built in the 1970s,

he said “everything just

exploded,” developmentwise.

With the mall’s arrival,

subdivision after subdivision

was built, swallowing

up most of the farmland

Leon worked. But even

with all the development,

Leon commends the Village

of Orland Park for

staying true to its roots.

“We live in the Old Orland

area, which is like

being in the country but

with all the convenience

of being in the city, because

everything is within

a few miles,” he said. “Orland

is really good about

parks and bike trails. They

could’ve just subdivided it

like a lot of towns around

here did, but they really

took care of the area.”

Reporting by Erin

Redmond, Freelance

Reporter. For more, visit

OPPrairie.com.

FROM THE HOMER HORIZON

Seventeen Porters make

college commitments

official

Lockport Township

High School has always

taken pride not only in

how its athletes perform

while at the school but also

in how they perform after

they graduate and go on to

play in college.

A couple of weeks ago,

17 more of those studentathletes

announced their

intent to play at the next

level as Lockport held its

final signing day of the

school year on May 22 in

the Porter Room at East

Campus.

This was the second of

two Spring Signing Days

Lockport held.

“Lockport High School

is proud to celebrate our

Spring Signing Day Part

2,” Lockport Athletic Director

Mike Dwyer said.

“We had 17 student-athletes

join us for the day.

High school athletics is

about providing experiences

and opportunities

for our students to grow,

learn and continue to be

selfless community members.

“The work ethic, character

and commitment

from these young adults

is amazing. Thank you

to these student-athletes,

their families and our

school community for the

great memories and moments.

There are great

things ahead for these Porters.”

The Porters baseball

team had its 36th-straight

winning season this

spring. It had plenty of

talent, and that has shown

not only on the field but

off, as they had five athletes

sign to play in college

in May.

Reporting by Randy Whalen,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit HomerHorizon.

com.

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Storied building Contributing columnist

reveals history of Mokena landmark, Page 18

Kicking off summer LWSRA invites

community to party in the park, Page 19

Mokena Fire, families come together for

annual fest, Page 17

Nolan King, 4, of Mokena, sits in a firetruck Saturday, June

8, during Mokena Fire Protection District’s annual Family

Fun Day. Yasmeen Sheikah/22nd Century Media


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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 Road.

Church Service

5 p.m. Saturdays; 8 a.m, 9:30

a.m., 11 a.m. and 6 p.m. Sundays

Young at Heart Senior Club

1 p.m. the first and third

Wednesday of the month. Join

the senior club for activities and

outings Sept.-June. For more information,

call (708) 699-5018.

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 fun.

Bundles of Love

7 p.m. the second and fourth

Tuesday of each month. Enjoy

fun and fellowship while making

baby quilts for infants baptized

at St. John’s and lap quilts for

shut-ins.

Mokena United Methodist Church (10901

LaPorte Road, Mokena)

Service and Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Sundays. Church

service and children’s Sunday

School will be held. For more information,

call (708) 479-1110.

Bible Study

7 p.m. Tuesdays at the church.

For more information, call (708)

479-1110.

Community Prayer Gathering

2:30 p.m. every fourth Sunday.

Breakfast

9 a.m. every third Saturday of

the month.

Choir Practice

7:30 p.m. Wednesdays. Newcomers

welcome.

Weight Watchers Wednesday

Weigh-ins take place at 6:30

p.m., while the meeting is at 7

p.m.

Marley Community Church (12625 W. 187th St.,

Mokena)

Church Service

10 a.m. Sundays. Childcare is

provided.

Sunday School

9-10 a.m. Sundays.

Senior High Youth Group

7-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays. For

more information, email marley

communitychurch@gmail.com.

Junior High Youth Group

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

information, email marleycom

munitychurch@gmail.com.

Men’s Group

6 p.m. Sunday nights in the

church basement. All men are

welcome.

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church (10731

W. La Porte Road, Mokena)

Vacation Bible School

9-11:30 a.m. June 17-21. For

children 4 years old through fifth

grade. 3-year-olds are welcome

with the accompaniment of an

adult. The theme is “Miraculous

Mission: Jesus Saves the World.”

Registration is available online

at immanuelmokena.org and at

the church office. From the Ministries

link, click Vacation Bible

School for more information and

the registration form. Fee is $15/

child or $40 for 3 children or

more for one family.

Worship

5 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m.

Sundays.

God’s Kids Club

10:15 a.m. Sundays in Sept.-

May.

Adult Bible Study

10:15 a.m. Sundays in Sept.-

May.

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

Mokena)

Sunday Services

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

information, call (312) 350-

2279.

Sunday School

10:15 a.m. Sundays. Mokena

Baptist offers Sunday School

classes for all ages. For more information,

call (312) 350-2279.

Parker Road Bible Church (18512 Parker Road,

Mokena)

Worship Service

10:30 a.m. Sundays. Be sure

to arrive early for our Sunday

Worship Service to enjoy a hot,

complimentary cup of coffee every

week at the church. Following

the Christian Education Hour

(9:15-10:15 a.m.), all beverages

can be found just outside the

sanctuary.

Grace Fellowship Church (11049 LaPorte Road,

Mokena)

Narcotics Anonymous

7-9 p.m. Mondays. All those

struggling or who have struggled

with a narcotics addiction are

welcome. All meetings are confidential.

For more information,

call (708) 479-0300.

Spanish Church

12:30 p.m. Sundays.

Worship Service

10 a.m. Sundays. All are welcome.

Women’s Bible Study

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

2-3 p.m. Tuesdays.

Victory Baptist Church (13550 US Route 6,

Mokena)

Sunday School

9:30 a.m. Sundays.

Morning Worship

10:45 a.m. Sundays.

Evening Worship

6 p.m. Sundays.

Weekday Worship

7 p.m. Wednesdays.

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In Memoriam

William Kelner

William Kelner, 81, of

Mokena, died June 3.

He was the devoted husband

of Patricia (Rashkow)

for 53 years; loving father

of Beth (Darryl) Parker,

Holli (Donald) Rieve,

Deborah (Bill) Dentzman

and Jason (Mary) Kelner;

proud grandfather of Matt

(Caitlin) Rieve, Lauren

(Anthony) DeMeo, Sophie

and Jackson Kelner; greatgrandfather

of Anthony,

Dominic, Talia, Leo and

Teagan; and uncle to Susan

Hofer and Harriet Sailors.

Kimberly A. Haug

Kimberly A. (Crumpley)

Haug, 49, of Mokena,

died June 5.

She was the beloved

wife of the late Joseph Jay

Haug Jr.; loving mother of

Devin and Dylan, and stepmother

of Brett (Mallory)

and Brandon Haug; dear

daughter of Susan (Daniel)

Sbalchiero and Donald

(Johanna) Crumpley; caring

sister of Gerilyn (Earl)

Granberry, Evelyn Crumpley

(Tom Herman) and

Brittney Crumpley; and

proud aunt of Jonathan,

Matthew, Samantha Granberry

and Daniel Foster.

Do you have someone’s life

you’d like to honor? Email

Editor T.J. Kremer III at tj@

mokenamessenger.com with

information about a loved

one who was a part of the

Mokena community.

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Splash, climb and a good time at annual Family Fun Day

Yasmeen Sheikah

Freelance Reporter

Firefighters Mike Hullenger

and Tim Wiencek

stood in the back of an

ambulance with a stretcher

and various other aid

packages while explaining

to a crowd what each

object is used for at Mokena

Fire Protection District’s

annual Family Fun

Day event Saturday, June

8.

The event had people

of all ages come out to

fire station No. 1, 19853

S. Wolf Road, for the free

party that allowed people

to learn more about fire

safety and prevention

while having a good time.

The afternoon party

had a higher turnout than

previous years because

of the warm weather and

sunshine. The event featured

many family fun activities

that mimicked the

day in the life of a firefighter,

including water

ball, dress the firefighter,

sitting in the fire truck,

put out the house fire and

more.

Lieutenant Eric Moller

said the event is important

and brings families together

to learn more about fire

safety while having a good

time.

“We have a lot of activities

going on today where

kids can learn more about

fire safety, such as at station

for kids to put out a

fake fire,” Moller said.

“They get to really see all

of our equipment.”

Attendees came from

various areas of Illinois,

including the Keyes family

from Plainfield. The

family was taking pictures

dressed in firefighter costumes

while enjoying the

day.

“I always look for fun,

family events on Facebook

for us to go to, and this one

sounded fun and educational,”

Catie Keyes said.

“We’re having a lot of fun

and the kids are having a

blast.”

Jessica Lewis, who

moved from Mokena after

she got married, found

herself traveling an hour

back to town for the event

with her children.

“My kids love firemen

and policemen so this is

very exciting for them,”

Lewis said, adding that

they visit Mokena to see

her family.

Mokena residents had

family time, as well. Nolan

King, 4, was able to sit in

the fire truck and view its

features as he posed for a

picture. His mother, Angela

King, said Nolan was excited

to play with the fire hoses

in the back before he left.

“We are meeting up

with some friends that we

haven’t seen in a while,”

King said. “Nolan loves

the fire truck but [my

daughter] Emily is only 2

and scared to go in. It’s a

fun event, we will definitely

come again.”

Ryan Lewis, 3, of Mokena, gets some help putting out a “house fire” during Mokena

Fire Protection District’s annual Family Fun Day Saturday, June 8. Photos by Yasmeen

Sheikah/22nd Century Media

Mokena firefighters Mike Hullinger (left) and Tim Wiencek display their gear and

educate the public on what it does.

(Left to right) Catie, Keith, Kaylen and Logan Keyes, from Plainfield, try on fire fighter

gear.


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Matt’s Old Mokena

Building’s rich history tells tales of Mokena’s past

Matt galik

Contributing Columnist

On Front Street

there stands a

simple building

with an old-fashioned

false front and two front

doors, portals through

which Mokenians of all

walks of life have passed.

Things are quiet there

now, but the ghosts of

the past still hold court at

this place, where villagers

excitedly picked up

their mail from loved

ones near and far, and

where town gentlemen

exchanged gossip while

their hair was cut. Bearing

the address 11037, it’s one

of a dwindling number

of time-honored, historic

structures in the village.

The place’s earliest days

are nebulous, but with

scraps of information that

have survived the years,

it seems the building

was constructed in 1902,

during the presidential

administration of Theodore

Roosevelt. On March

1 of that year, the village

post office moved into the

building under the leadership

of Ozias E. McGovney,

son of Mokena’s first

mayor and keeper of the

title of postmaster for

the past five years. That

Friday evening, during a

night of nasty weather, a

party was given there by

Mrs. Georgiana McGovney

to a throng of 24

Mokena youngsters to

give the place “a first class

warming up.”

Shortly after the new

place opened, it along

with a nearby general

store were broken into

under the cover of darkness.

Luckily, nothing

inside the post office was

taken, whereafter a local

journalist quipped that the

“robbers evidently had

a wholesome regard for

Uncle Sam’s property.”

In these early days,

there was no house to

house delivery service

for mail, which instead

required a visit to the

post office. It was a very

personal experience, as

the postmaster and his

assistant kept a numbered

mailbox for every

resident, from which

mail would be given to

a customer directly. The

popularity of mail-order

catalogues by the likes of

Sears & Roebuck in the

early 1900s led a certain

Mokenian to hang around

the post office and cast

snooping glances into the

work space, looking to

see which packages had

arrived for his neighbors.

Eventually the postmaster’s

patience was worn

thin by this, and years

later Mokena historian

Florence Pitman would

remember how cardboard

was hung over the post

keeper’s cage to ward off

busybodies.

One local business

has a particularly strong

association with this

building, as barbering

is an important part of

the place’s story. Alvin

McGovney, the son of

Postmaster Ozias E. Mc-

Govney, set up shop here

in a space shared with his

father when the building

was brand new. So it was

that in 1911, that George

Kraus, a newcomer from

Chicago, opened his own

barbershop in the west

side of the building, while

the post office was in the

other half. The shop was

the backdrop of Mokena’s

history; Kraus’s son Clinton

witnessed the 1924

robbery of the Mokena

State Bank from its front

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While the post office

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LWSRA says ‘Thank you’ to community with free party

Yasmeen Sheikah, Freelance Reporter

Awareness, acceptance and a good

time were brought about on June 3 at

the Community Park, 20261 S. Graceland

Lane in Frankfort. The Lincolnway

Special Recreation Association

had their free kick-off summer event

including a bouncy house and snacks.

Children ran through the park

enjoying the day, along with over

100 other community members. According

to marketing, outreach and

fundraising specialist for LWSRA

Karyn Reczek, the foundation works

to promote events, such as this one,

to give children with special needs a

good time.

“I have a child on the autistic spectrum,”

Reczek said. “These events

are put together to raise awareness

and are free to the public… We are

an organization with over 390 participants.”

Reczek added that LWSRA has

200 programs a year that serve the

Lincoln-Way area, including Mokena,

Frankfort and New Lenox. Those

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“I want people to leave here today

feeling like they had a good time and

knowing more about who we are and

why this is such an important organization

for people with special needs,”

Reczek said. “Whether you are related

to someone or know someone with

special needs, this is an organization

that needs to be seen.”

Scott Pedziwiatr, another organizer,

was the DJ for the day.

“This event is about spreading

what our organization represents and

we just really want everyone to have

a good time,” Pedziwiatr said. “We

are a recreational opportunity that

provides inclusion and service to

those with special needs.”

Event goers, such as Becky Ziada

and her daughters, said they had a

blast. Ziada said she found out about

the event from a friend who texted

her.

“I live in Tinley Park but I grew

up in Frankfort,” Ziada said. “I think

this is a great organization and what

Attendees at Lincolnway Special

Recreation Association’s Party

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bouncy house June 3 at Frankfort’s

Community Park. Yasmeen

Sheikah/22nd Century Media

they are doing for those with special

needs is amazing. My family is having

a blast.”

Brenda Molloy happened to be

passing by the event with her family

and saw the sign for the party.

“It looked like fun so we decided

to stop by,” Molloy said. “We love

to support organizations with good

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matts

From Page 18

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Ona McGovney, another

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Ozias E. McGovney. The

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McGovney family over

the years, that it was

long known around town

simply as the “McGovney

Building.”

Every set of ears lowered

in this space over the

decades is innumerable,

for after George Kraus

passed away in 1946,

barber Andy Harr opened

his own shop in September

of that year, having

completely remodeled the

place. Harr was an interesting

man who counted

Hungary as the land of his

birth, having immigrated

to America as a 12-yearold.

Like his predecessor,

he had been a barber in

Chicago, and after serving

in the Navy during World

War II, he found himself

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whence all roads led to

Mokena. Former village

mayor Richard Quinn

was a customer of Harr’s

in the 1960s, and recalls

how when sitting in his

chair, one faced a wall

graced with the famous

piece of American kitsch,

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this period, the building

also housed a pool room.

Among Mokena youth,

Harr’s barbershop was

also known to have a

better selection of comic

books than its competitor

further up Front Street.

The old place is in

transition yet again, with

a new owner recently taking

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who was a University

of Illinois basketball

star, ___ Augustine

14. Board member, for

short

15. Large lake

16. “Gone with the

Wind” star

17. Dance at a Jewish

wedding

18. Verge

19. Cod relatives

20. Flap

21. Film genre

23. ___ the finish

25. Jose or Juan

26. Profitable rock

29. Flytrap

32. Gwyneth Paltrow

character in a film with

the same title

34. Short, as a play

37. Brain readings, for

short

38. ____dextrous (can

use both hands)

42. Place-setting place

43. In between black and

white

44. Road shoulder

45. Grapevine tidbits

47. Perfect place

49. “St. Elsewhere”

singer, ____ Barkley

53. Herbal beverage

54. Goose egg

56. Dixie pronoun

57. Former MLB player

for the Yankees who is a

Lincoln-Way East H.S.

alum

62. Palindromic title

64. Bad, as a situation

66. Oscar winner for

“Hud”

67. Moved ___ the freeway

68. Chicago airport

69. Hill crest

70. Christmas

71. Trifler

72. Japanese subway

tokens

73. Part of ADA

Down

1. Snarky laughs

2. Strange and

exciting

3. Sheep breed

4. Sacred beetle of

ancient Egypt

5. So-so grades

6. Pakistani language

7. Sets up

8. Attention-getters

9. Cash, for one

10. Triumphant

cries

11. Thorough

beauty treatment

12. Palindromic

conjunction

13. British special

forces, for short

22. New York’s

time zone

24. Late lunch hour

27. Port city of

Latvia

28. Like pie

30. Board Amtrak

31. Male companion

33. Piece of

chicken

35. 1972 treaty

subj.

36. Block up

38. Share a border

with

39. Allot

40. Manhattan

destination

41. Mischievous one

46. Put into words

48. Sillier

50. Jim Reeves

song

51. Almost treeless

plains

52. Writing tablets

55. Like Ichabod

Crane

58. Word on an

Irish euro

59. Hawaiian goose

60. Curry extra

61. Austrian peaks

63. Shed feathers

64. That was a lie!

65. Detective’s cry

How to play Sudoku

Each Sudoku puzzle consists of a 9x9 grid that

has been subdivided into nine smaller grids of

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

and box must contain each of the numbers

1 to 9.

LEVEL: Medium

Crossword by Myles Mellor and Susan Flanagan

answers

MOKENA

The Alley Grill and Tap

House

(18700 S. Old LaGrange

Road, Mokena; (708)

478-3610)

■9 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Karaoke

Fox’s Restaurant and Pub

(11247 W. 187th St.,

Mokena; (708) 478-

8888)

■6 ■ p.m. Thursdays,

Fridays and Saturdays:

Performance by Jerry

Eadie

NEW LENOX

Little Joe’s Restaurant

(1300 N. Cedar Road,

New Lenox; (815) 463-

1099)

■5-8 ■ p.m. Tuesdays:

Piano Styles by Joe

HOMER GLEN

Front Row

(14903 S. Bell Road,

Homer Glen; (708) 645-

7000)

■7 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Trivia

FRANKFORT

Pete Mitchell’s Bar & Grill

(21000 Frankfort

Square Road, Frankfort;

(815) 464-8100)

■6-8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays:

Free N’ Fun Bar Game.

Free to play.

LOCKPORT

Port Noir

(900 S. State St., Lockport;

(815) 834-9463)

■4-7 ■ p.m. Monday-

Friday: Happy Hour

Strike N Spare II

(811 Northern Drive,

Lockport; (708) 301-

1477)

■9:30 ■ p.m.-12:30 a.m.

Mondays: Quartermania

ORLAND PARK

Traverso’s Restaurant

(15601 S. Harlem Ave.,

Orland Park; (708) 532-

2220)

■8 ■ p.m. Wednesdays

and Saturdays: Karaoke

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Scene, email a.ivanisevic@

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of the

WEEK

This is a wonderful and truly wellmaintained

home.

Where: 19748 Greenview Ave. in

Glennell Heights

What: Three-bedroom, two-bath

true ranch home awaits you in

Mokena.

Amenities: Enter through the

leaded glass front door and

immediately be greeted by a large 17-foot living room with sun-drenching bay

window. Share meals in the 16-foot eat-in kitchen with beautiful 42-inch solid

oak cabinets, refrigerator, cooktop-with-range and dishwasher. Or take the sliding

glass doors to eat al-fresco on your huge patio with canopy overlooking the fully

fenced yard with shed. Sturdy wood laminate floors escort you down the hall to

the main full bath and three ample-sized bedrooms, two with double-windows.

Second full bath near laundry room with washer and dryer staying. One-and-a-halfcar

heated garage with work-space cabinetry and pull-down stair to floored attic

for great storage.

Asking Price: $199,000

Listing Agent: Tom

Morrison with Mike McCatty

& Associates (708) 267-

6725 call for details.

Listing Brokerage:

Century 21 Affiliated

Want to know how to become Home of the Week? Contact Tricia at (708) 326-9170 ext. 47.

May 2

• 21328 Prairie Ridge Drive,

Mokena, 60448-1951 - Tristan

Gabriel Martinez to Kyle A.

Hemenover, Lisa Hemenover,

$514,000

• 18833 Crystal Creek Drive,

Mokena, 60448-1183 - Daniel A.

Alberts to Ann L. McGuire, $249,000

• 11120 Bonness Ave., Mokena,

60448-1603 - Us Bank Na Trustee

to Victoria Butler, Adam Lucius,

$155,000

May 3

• 9078 Adare Ave., Mokena, 60448-

9018 - Elizabeth Gerlach to Douglas

W. Zawada, Kathleen Zawada,

$337,000

• 19220 Puritan Drive, Mokena,

60448-7504 - Michael P. McGlynn to

Chelsea Rocha, $277,000

• 9525 Birch Ave., Mokena, 60448-

9310 - Kooy Investments Llc to

Daniel A. Alberts, Patricia A. Alberts,

$210,000

May 6

• 11607 Jenyglenn Drive, Mokena,

60448-8648 - David Zakrzewski to

Joseph D. Carlson, Lori M. Carlson,

$440,000

The Going Rate is provided by Record Information

Services, Inc. For more information,

visit www.public-record.com or call

(630) 557-1000.


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BABYSITTER AVAILABLE

LWE Honors Student with

American Red Cross certific.

Flexible schedule -

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Multiple children are OK

Reasonable fees

LW Area preferred

Call (815) 517-6603

1021 Lost & Found

NEED BABYSITTER

HELP?

Loving mom in New Lenox,

will provide daily care in my

home, Monday-Friday.

Nelson Prairie School area

and Spencer Kindergarten.

Call Stacy at

630-776-4103.

1050 Community Events

New Lenox Printing Company

is looking for a full-time

energetic person to work days

in our post-press department

and make deliveries in the

Chicago area.

Must be 18, able to lift 60 lbs.

& have a good driving record.

Shipping and receiving

experience a plus.

Send Resume to

jobs@inlandgraphics.com

Or call (815)717-7114

Permit Coordinator

Tinley Park Transportation Co.

looking for a full-time

permitting assistant.

Must have experience in

Microsoft Office & possess

good communication skills.

Please forward resume to

recruiting@shipgt.com

Hiring Desk Clerk

(must be flexible w/ shifts)

& Housekeeping

(Morning)

Needed at Super 8 Motel

Apply within:

9485 W. 191st St, Mokena

No Phone Calls

Part-Time Accountant

Weekdays

Flexible Schedule

Email: lucykate5@aol.com

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 KSD140.org

Homer Glen-Home Office

adding to permanent office

staff. Mon-Fri, 9am-3pm.

Exp in cust serv, computer,

some accting. Start @

$14/hr w/ pd vacation +

raises. Solid work history +

reliability a must.

Only serious need apply.

Send resume to:

apm-resume@comcast.net

Are you a person with

attention to detail?

Hiring P/T House Cleaners

No Evenings/Weekends

Will Train

(815) 464-1988

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 datkenson@aol.com

Hiring Cook

Atleast 2 years of

kitchen experience

(708) 349-2205

1004 Employment Opportunities

Lost Cat

Name: Izzy

Solid black, green eyes

6 years old, 10 pounds

Female

Micro-chipped

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

Caregiver Services

Provided by

Margaret’s Agency Inc.

State Licensed & Bonded

since 1998. Providing quality

care for elderly.

Live-in/ Come & go.

708.403.8707

1024 Senior

Companion

Senior Companion

Do your loved ones need

grocery shopping, to be

taken to a doctor appt,

errands run or just

socialization? If so

Call Betty (815)545-4935

Want to

See

Your

Business

in the

Classifieds?

1023 Caregiver

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Heaven Sent Caregivers

Professional caregiving

service. 24 hr or hourly

services; shower or bath

visits. Licensed & bonded.

Try the best! 708.638.0641

1037 Prayer /

Novena

High Praise and Thanks to

B.V.M., St. Jude, and St. Rita

for wishes granted!

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1052 Garage Sale

Frankfort 10835 Cardinal

Lake Drive. Sat. 6/15, 8-2pm.

Longaberger, furniture, garden,

seasonal, decor, linens, household,

full mattress, etc.

Mokena 11631 Kluth Drive.

Sat. 6/15, 9-2pm (?). Antiques,

toys, trains, vintage bikes, and

lots of other good finds!

Mokena 11971 Heinecke Dr.

Fri. 6/14 &Sat. 6/15, 8-2pm.

Tons of furniture and kid’s

items in excellent condition!

Houseware and more.

Mokena 18813 Sara Road.

Fri. 6/14 &Sat. 6/15, 9-3pm.

Antiques, glassware, linens,

holiday, and vintage items

Romeoville 1530 Benzie

Circle, in Grand Haven subdivision.

Thurs. 6/13, 4-7pm. Fri.

6/14 & Sat. 6/15, 8am-2pm.

HUGE selection of large

women’s clothing including up

to 5X shirts, men’s pants size

42x30, giant selection of 2XL

t-shirts, sweatshirts, & jackets.

Homegoods such as roll top

desk, tools, king sized bedding,

& lots of knick knacks! We

can’t wait to show you how

BIG our sale is!

Garage

Sale

1052 Garage Sale

Orland Park 15411 Edgewood

Drive 6/13 -6/14 8-2pm

Tools, garden tools, household

items, clothes.

Mokena 19227 Weber Road.

June 14th -15th, 8am -3pm.

Dining room set, microwave,

and many other items!

Tinley Park 16206 S. 85th

Ave. 6/13, 6/14, & 6/15,

9-3pm. New and used household

items, clothes, games,

DVDs, costume jewelery, and

much more!

1053 Multi Family

Sale

Mokena 12960 W 184th Pl

6/14-6/15 8-2pm Attn: teachers!

Hshld, furn &decor, mega

girls clothing, shoes & toys

Tinley Park 17012 & 17018

Milford Ave 6/14-6/15 8-2pm

Kids stuff, furn, bikes, plasma

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LOCAL

REALTOR

READYTO SELL

YOUR REAL ESTATE?

CALL

Mike McCatty

& ASSOCIATES

708-945-2121

BILLION IN SALES

5000 SOLD

DIRECTORY

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1054 Subdivision

Sale

Lockport Creekside Estate

South Subdivision, Oak Run

Court. 6/14-6/15 9-3pm. Kids

clothing and toys, home decor,

seasonal, etc.

1057 Estate Sale

Business Directory

2003 Appliance

Repair

CLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

2006 Basement Waterproofing

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7 lines/

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2011 Brick/Chimney Experts

$13

per line

4 lines/

7 papers

$30

4 lines/

7 papers

New Lenox 353 Central(Wildwood)

6/13 8-2pm - 6/14

8-12pm High end beautiul decor

from large home, Christmas,

golf, houshold, kitchen.

2007 Black Dirt/Top Soil

Rental

1225 Apartments

for Rent

Oak Forest Terrace

15815 Terrace, Oak Forest

QUALITY

APPLIANCE

REPAIR, Inc.

• Air Conditioning • Furnaces

Refrigeration • Dishwashers

Stoves & Ovens • Microwaves

Garbage Disposals

Washers&Dryers

Family Owned &Operatedsince 1986

Someone you can TRUST

All work GUARANTEED

BEST price in town!

708-712-1392

Sawyer

Dirt

Pulverized Black Dirt

Rough Black Dirt

Driveway Gravel

Available

For Delivery Pricing Call:

815-485-2490

www.sawyerdirt.com

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2018 Concrete Raising

Spacious 1 & 2 Bdrms.

Serene setting & Beautiful

Grounds. Tennis, Pool,

Walking Trails. Near metra.

708-687-1818

oakterrapts@att.net

2004 Asphalt

Paving/Seal

Coating

Mokena/Weber

Wills Apartments

1 Bedroom apt. $ 850

2 Bedroom apt. $ 980

2025 Concrete Work

CLOSE TO METRA AND 1-80

708-479-2448

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2070 Electrical

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$50

7 lines/

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$13

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4 lines/

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$30

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2070 Electrical

2120 Handyman

HANDYMAN SERVICE —WHATEVER YOU NEED

"OVER 30 YEARS OF EXPERIENCE"

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

Exterior Painting Wall Paper Removal Professional Work At Competitive Prices

CALL MIKE AT 708-790-3416

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2075 Fencing

2090 Flooring

2130 Heating/Cooling

2032 Decking

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Make It Safe - Make it Sturdy

708 479 9035

2120 Handyman

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2060 Drywall

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2132 Home Improvement 2132 Home Improvement

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Walls, Firewood

Since 1973

708 856 5422

815 210 2882

2145 Lawn Maintenance

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2170 Plumbing

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• Deck/Fence Staining

• PowerWashing

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Real Estate

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2294 Window Cleaning

P.K.WINDOW

CLEANING CO.

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Gutter Cleaning

Power Washing

Office Cleaning

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708 974-8044

www.pkwindowcleaning.co4

2378 Architects

2390 Computer Services/Repair

2489 Merchandise Wanted

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2703 Legal

Notices

IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OFTHE

TWELFTH JUDICIAL CIRCUIT

COUNTY OF WILL, STATE OFILLI-

NOIS

NATIONSTAR MORTGAGE LLC

D/B/A MR. COOPER,

Plaintiff(s),

vs.

CAROL J.DELGADO, THE PRIVATE

BANK AND TRUST COMPANY

NOW KNOWN AS CIBC BANK USA,

UNKNOWN OWNERS AND

NON-RECORD CLAIMANTS,

Defendant(s).

19 CH 641

PUBLICATION NOTICE

The requisite Affidavit for Publication

having been filed, notice is hereby given

to you: CAROL J.DELGADO, NON-

RECORD CLAIMANTS, UNKNOWN

TENANTS and UNKNOWN OWN-

ERS, Defendants in the above entitled

suit, that said suit has been commenced

in the Circuit Court of Will County,

Chancery Division, by the said Plaintiff,

against you and other Defendants, praying

for foreclosure of a certain Real Estate

Mortgage conveying the premises

described as follows, to wit:

LOT 47 IN UNIT 1 OF

WILLA-BROOK, BEING A SUBDIVI-

SION OF PART OF THE NORTH-

EAST QUARTER OFTHE SOUTH-

WEST QUARTER OF SECTION 2,

TOWNSHIP 35 NORTH, RANGE 11,

EAST OF THE THIRD PRINCIPAL

MERIDIAN, ACCORDING TO THE

PLAT THEREOF RECORDED NO-

VEMBER 10, 1970 AS DOCUMENT

NO. R70-20639, IN WILL COUNTY,

ILLINOIS.

Tax Number: 15-08-02-310-007-0000

commonly known as 18748 TAMMY

DR MOKENA IL 60448; and which

said Real Estate Mortgage was made by

CAROL J. DELGADO, and recorded in

the Office of the Will County Recorder

as Document Number R2014017591;

that Summons was duly issued out of

the said Court against you as provided

by law, and that the said suit is now

pending.

Now, therefore, unless you, the said

named Defendant, file your answer to

the Complaint inthe said suit or otherwise

make your appearance therein, in

the office of the Circuit Court of Will

County, located at 57 N. OTTAWA

STREET, JOLIET, IL 60432, on or before

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Volleyball

Mokena’s Polka shines on court and in classroom

JOE BIELANSKI, EDITORIAL INTERN

People often use the term student

athlete. For many, being

both a student and an athlete

can be a difficult thing to balance.

This is not the case for Mokena

resident Jessica Polka.

She has graduated from Lincoln

Way West and looks to continue

her winning ways this fall.

While at West, Polka played

middle hitter for the Warriors

volleyball team. Throughout

her time at West, Polka did

more than play volleyball. She

worked with Best Buddies and

was also an adaptive PE leader.

She worked with special needs

students and tried to give them

the best high school experience

possible.

Additionally, while looking

to make her community a better

place, she also excelled on

the court, with the Warriors

and with UNO Volleyball Club.

Because of her strong play, she

had the opportunity to compete

at the next level and she has

committed to play volleyball at

Benedictine University.

Polka is grateful for all her

experiences at Lincoln Way

West.

“During my freshman year,

everyone had been saying to get

involved at school,” Polka said.

“So, once I knew that from the

start, I was really excited to try

new things and get involved

with clubs and sports. I did volleyball

there and I also did Best

Buddies senior year. I was also

an adaptive PE leader, it’s a PE

class for special needs students.

“We work with them every

day; those experiences definitely

made my high school experience

exciting every day. I just

loved seeing those kids and the

impact we were able to have.”

She is also grateful for the

lessons that coach Matt Lawrence

was able to pass on while

playing volleyball.

“I think coach Lawrence

taught me that wherever you

are whether that be on a team or

in life, if you keep working towards

what you want, you will

eventually get there,” Polka

said. “I think volleyball in general

has taught me that as well

as coach Lawrence.”

Polka didn’t stop with getting

accepted into Benedictine with

a spot on the volleyball team.

She was also accepted into the

Scholars Program; this is an

elite group of students in which

only fifteen are accepted each

year. The Scholars program

looks to enhance the traditional

Lincoln-Way West’s Jess Polka

(right), of Mokena, signs to

continue her volleyball career

at Benedictine University

while UNO Volleyball director

Terri Baranski looks on. Photo

submitted

college rigor of its students.

Students in the Scholars Program

need to go through an application

process. This consists

of writing two essays and doing

a 30-minute interview with the

director of the Scholars program.

Before the student gets this

opportunity, these are some of

the basic requirements to apply

for the program: a cumulative

high school GPA of 3.75 or

higher on a 4.0 scale, a rank in

the top twenty percent of the applicants’

high school class, and

a minimum composite score of

27 on the ACT or 1,280 on the

SAT.

Polka met all of these requirements

during her time at West.

She explained what sets apart

Benedictine’s Scholar program

from other universities.

“As a freshman, I’ll have

to take additional courses,”

she said. “Then, I’ll have the

scholars’ program. It’s a lot

of additional courses that normal

college classes wouldn’t

be a part of. There are courses

about your career after college,

and additional ethics courses as

well.

“You have to be proficient

in another language. I had to

interview for the program, it

was kind of a scary experience.

I honestly didn’t think I’d get

into the program, the director

told me that she only admits a

small amount of people. When

I found out I had gotten into

it, I was really excited, and it

helped me decide that Benedictine

was the place for me.”

The program focuses on academics,

leadership, and service

in a global context. It looks to

help give students the opportunities

and experiences to make

them an exceptional member of

society moving forward. Polka

is grateful for the opportunity

to be a part of something special.

“Part of the program is doing

community service and faith

studies,” Polka said. “At a lot

of schools, those are things that

you don’t have to worry about.

After Benedictine, since I’ll be

having all of those community

service hours and staying committed

to faith, which is important

to me, I think it will help

me and I’ll be better off in my

career for it.”

While at Benedictine, Jessica

looks to study business management

and continue the endeavor

of being both a student

and an athlete. She’s used to

doing this and doesn’t look to

slow down anytime soon.

“I’ve always been involved

with things,” Polka said.

“When I was little, I did cheer

and dance. Then, I started volleyball

in sixth grade. Since

I’ve always been involved with

something, I’ve adapted to having

to balance responsibilities

within my life. It’s sort of ingrained

in me.”

Conference titles, rivalry wins highlight LW Central success

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Lincoln-Way Central won 27

SouthWest Suburban conference

championships over the course

of the 2018-2019 school year, a

new school record according to

athletic director Matt Lyke.

“We have great kids,” Lyke

said. “Our student athletes are

extremely proud to wear the red

and black. They do their very

best to represent our school and

community.”

Highlights during the year

included the Knights’ girls golf

team finishing third in Class 2A,

led by runner-up Brianne Bolden

and seventh-place finisher Grace

Curran. Curran’s brother, Sean,

finished second in Class 3A in

boys golf.

The girls water polo team also

reached state and won a sectional

title.

Lincoln-Way co-op’s girls

gymnastics, boys lacrosse and

girls lacrosse teams - featuring

athletes from Central, as well as

LW East and LW West - all won

sectional titles, also.

“The leadership of our senior

class was outstanding,” Lyke

said. “I truly believe that success

will follow in their footsteps.”

The Knights also had tremendous

success against their neighborhood

rivals.

According to Lyke, Central

finished 12-8 against Lincoln-

Way East, 20-8 against Lincoln-

Way West and 6-0 against Providence

in head-to-head, regular

season competition.

Beating rivals always has extra

meaning.

“Any time we can beat another

Lincoln-Way, it’s a lot

of fun,” said senior soccer star

Nicolette Gossage after her

team’s regular-season win over

LW East.

The Knights’ soccer team also

beat East in the playoffs. Both

victories were especially big for

Gossage, who started her career

as a freshman at East before

moving to Central after the closing

of LW North.

“I’ll never talk bad about my

time there, but anytime I play

against them I want to come

out strong,” she said. “It’s always

a big game for all of

us.”


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22nd Century Media chose the best boys volleyball student-athletes based on coach and writer

recommendations, as well as player statistics, in its seven-town southwest suburban coverage

area to place them on one super team — Team 22. The team features student-athletes from

Lincoln-Way Central, LW East, LW West, Providence Catholic, Andrew, Tinley Park, Lockport

Township and Sandburg high schools.

—Compiled by 22nd Century Media staff

First team

OH: Ike Papes, senior,

Providence

462 kills, 200 digs, 55

aces, 38 blocks. All-CCL

Green. All-Tournament

at Smack Attack and

the Argo invite. Led area

players in kills for the

season.

OH: Wil McPhillips,

senior, LW East

363 kills, 62 digs, 46

aces, 34 blocks. All-

SWSC. The Griffins’

standout is planning

to attend Ball State

to continue playing

volleyball after high

school.

RS: Jake Whyte, senior,

Lockport

329 kills, .221 hit

percentage, 138 digs,

55 aces, 33 blocks. All-

SWSC. All-Tournament at

Marist and Argo invites.

Committed to Erskine.

M: Brendan McCarthy,

senior, LW Central

99 kills, 74 blocks, 40 digs,

27 aces. All-SWSC. The

Knights middle hitter made

a mark bigger than his

numbers on the conference

during his senior season.

S: David Flores, senior,

LW West

784 assists, 188 digs,

172 service points, 99

blocks (23 for kills), 52

kills, 30 aces. SWSC

Athlete of the Year.

Directed the action all

season long.

L: Danny Pacini, senior,

LW East

450 digs, 2.44 passing,

46 assists. All-SWSC.

The Griffins defensive

specialist is planning to

continue his dominance

at Dominican University

next season.

Utility: Luka Vukanic,

senior, Sandburg

227 kills, 100 digs, 36

blocks. All-SWSC. Vukanic

mostly shined as a scorer

for the Eagles at outside

hitter but proved versatile

in his defensive efforts.

Honorable mentions:

OH: Cort Jensen, senior, Sandburg; Matt

Arens, sophomore, Lockport; Ike Mahajan,

senior, LW East; Tyler Holubek, senior, LW

West; Nico Studer, senior, LW West; Zach

Nelson, senior, Tinley Park; Connor Keating,

junior, Andrew.

RS: David Vales, junior, Sandburg.

M: Jake Maly, junior, Lockport; Michael

Sherwood, senior, Andrew; Jay Pillai, senior,

Tinley Park; Chris Dargan, senior, LW West;

Darryl Farrow, senior, Andrew.

S: Nathan Ryan, senior, Tinley Park.

L: Tyler Vedder, junior, LW West.

U: Matt Russo, senior, Providence.

second team

OH: Ben Pluskota, senior, LW West

310 kills, 176 service points, 148 digs, 78 blocks, 39 aces, 20

assists. All-SWSC.

OH: Jack Yurkanin, senior, LW Central

307 kills, 2.45 serve receive, 165 digs, 74 aces, 36 blocks. All-SWSC.

RS: Louden Moran, senior, LW West

233 kills, 135 blocks (44 for kills), 133 digs, 126 service points, 45

assists. All-SWSC.

M: Michael Sherwood, senior, Andrew.

133 kills, 34 block kills, 10 aces. All-SWSC.

S: Cam Petrusevski, senior, Sandburg

700 assists, 127 digs, 57 kills, 46 aces. All-SWSC.

L: Jeremiah Burden, sophomore, Sandburg

300 digs, 70 assists, 16 aces.

U: Trevor Lewis, junior, LW East

411 assists, 172 kills, 169 digs, 48 aces, 41 blocks.


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Athlete of the Week

10 Questions

with George Burchfield

Mokena resident George

Burchfield, a LW Central

student, just finished his

junior season on the LW

co-op lacrosse team.

How long have you

been playing lacrosse?

I started in third grade

and originally played in

Naperville. In fifth grade,

I started playing at Lincoln

Way and for True Lacrosse.

What made you want

to play lacrosse?

My mom was a tutor at

Benet, and she had some

students in eight-grade that

showed me the sport and

how to play it. I originally

played baseball, but it was

a little too slow for me.

What’s your favorite

thing about lacrosse?

I love the fast pace. It

combines skill, athleticism,

and physicality all

into one sport.

How has it been being

a part of the rise of

lacrosse?

It’s been really awesome.

We’ve had a lot of

great players and having

had play together since

youth has really helped

that. We’ve had great team

chemistry and have known

each other since elementary

school.

What makes you a

successful lacrosse

player?

I think it is really important

to have a team

mentality and not be selfish,

just wanting to score.

Have fun with it and take

advantage of the opportunity.

It’s also a great way

to meet new people and

have fun.

If you could be anyone

else for a day, who

would it be?

I would want to be

Teefu. He is a professional

Fortnite player and is

amazing. It’d be really fun

to be able to win Fortnite

so easily.

If a movie about your

life was made, who

should play you?

I’ve always liked David

Spade. I think that he has a

similar sense of humor to

me. He’s just really funny

Mark Korosa/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

and I really like Benchwarmers.

Favorite TV show?

I really like Modern

Family. I always watch it

with my mom. I don’t really

watch TV often, but

when I do, it’s usually that.

Who would you like to

see in concert?

I’m not a huge music

fan, but I do like Lil Mosey.

He’s a rapper and really

good.

You also play football,

soccer and lacrosse.

Any other hidden

talents?

I really like math, I’m

pretty good at it. I can also

juggle.

Interview conducted by

Sports Editor Steve Millar.

Softball

LW East excited about

future after sectional loss

RANDY WHALEN

Freelance Reporter

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

With only five seniors

on its roster, Lincoln-Way

East’s softball team still

put together a strong season,

going 22-7, winning

its 13th regional title, and

reaching at least 21 wins

for the 16th time in 18 seasons

of existence.

The Griffins failed to

reach the sectional finals

for the first time since 2013

when they fell to Lockport

in the Thornwood Sectional

semifinals on May 30.

The future, however, appears

bright.

Some of East’s reasons

for excitement were on

display even in the seasonending

defeat.

Take Madison Pomykalski.

The freshman pinch

hit for the Griffins in the

top of the fifth against

Lockport and pounded a

two-run home run to center

field that hit the flag

pole and bounced back on

the field.

That bookended a nice

freshman season that saw

Pomykalski hit two home

runs, in her first and final

at-bats of the season. In

her first at-bat, on March

29, she hit a game-ending

two-run home run in the

bottom of the fifth in a

12-1 win over Normal

Community.

“No, I didn’t know it

was gone,” said Pomykalski,

of her sectional homer.

“When I rounded second

I saw the ball on the field

and thought it was in play.”

Pomykalski knows

about talent and winning.

As an outfielder, she won

Catcher Chloe Honchar is one of several Lincoln-Way

East softball starters expected to return next season.

STEVE MILLAR/22ND CENTURY MEDIA

three straight state championships

as a member of

the Hickory Creek Middle

School softball team.

“We’re always talking,

we’re always loud,” Pomykalski

said, describing

the atmosphere around the

East team. “We always try

to stay up, our confidence

is really high. “It’s going

to be nice, it’s going to

be a good one in the next

couple of years. We have

a bunch of girls that are

coming in that are young

and it’s going to be good.”

Junior and Pitt recruit

Danielle Drogemuller had

a strong first season in the

ace’s role after previously

pitching sparingly as Alex

Storako - now at Michigan

- carried the heavy load.

Drogemuller went 16-7

with a 2.01 ERA and struck

out 161 batters in 125.1 innings

pitched. She also hit

.333 with five home runs.

Drogemuller figures to

give the Griffins a chance

to win just about every

time out in 2020.

Her battery-mate, catcher

Chloe Honchar, is also

expected to return after

hitting .375 with three

home runs and 28 RBI as

a junior this season.

Junior Paige Geraghty

sparked the Griffins all

season from the leadoff

spot, hitting .457 with 18

stolen bases and 35 runs.

Freshmen Ashley Esposito,

Chloe Geijer and

Danielle Stewart were also

among the seven underclassmen

who started the

final game of the season

against Lockport, which

also included sophomore

Taylor Hochman and junior

Kara Frencl.

“I’m excited about next

year,” Geraghty said. “We

can have a great season.

We just need to have confidence

in ourselves and not

let little things determine

the game. Just because

someone hits a home run

against us or something

like that, the game’s not

over. We have to keep going

and produce runs.”


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Healthy Henning enjoys recruiting experience, track season

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

It was a whirlwind

spring for AJ Henning.

Lincoln-Way East’s

star wide receiver/running

back, ranked as the

top recruit in Illinois in

the Class of 2020 by 247

Sports, travelled across the

country on recruiting visits

to some of the nation’s top

football programs. He still

managed to find the time

to compete on the Griffins’

track and field team.

Henning’s unofficial

visits in the spring included

stops at Illinois,

Northwestern, Georgia,

Florida, Alabama, Louisville,

Notre Dame and

Michigan.

He’s tried to soak in the

whole experience and enjoy

all the trips.

“It’s a blessing,” Henning

said. “Not a lot of

players have that opportunity

to do it, so it’s a very

special thing.”

There have been some

surreal moments along the

way, like meeting Alabama

coach Nick Saban and posing

for a picture with him.

Henning was also excited

to get to know Michigan

coach and former

Bears quarterback Jim

Harbaugh.

“Getting to meet all

these coaches, Nick Saban,

Harbaugh, I’ve always

dreamed of that,” Henning

said. “It’s pretty cool to

actually meet them in person,

shake their hand and

have a conversation with

them.

“There have been a lot

of fun moments and I’m

just trying to enjoy the

whole process.”

Henning, a consensus

four-star recruit, has

over 30 offers from major

programs. Nearly the

entire Big 10 - Illinois,

Indiana, Iowa, Michigan,

Michigan State, Minnesota,

Northwestern, Ohio

State, Penn State, Purdue,

Nebraska, Rutgers and

Wisconsin – has offered.

Alabama, Georgia,

LSU, Missouri and Tennessee

have all come calling

from the SEC, as have

Boston College, Duke,

Florida State, Miami and

Syracuse from the ACC

and Stanford of the Pac 12.

Henning is ranked as the

No. 78 player and No. 16

receiver in the nation by

247Sports.

Rivals has him as the

No. 3 all-purpose back,

No. 84 overall and No.

2 in Illinois behind East

St. Louis safety Antonio

Johnson.

Back on the track

Henning finished third

in the state in the 100-meter

dash as a freshman but

missed his entire sophomore

track season after hip

surgery.

Injuries have kept him

off the football field for

portions of the last two

seasons, as well, but Henning

said he felt great this

spring while picking up

where he left off on the

track.

“It’s been awesome,” he

said. “It’s been great to be

with the team and be able

to compete on the track

again. It’s been a lot of

fun.”

“That was my thing all

year, to get back down [to

state] and show I’ve still

got it in the 100.”

Henning qualified for

state and saved his best

race for Charleston as he

turned in a season-best

time of 10.73 seconds in

the finals to finish fourth in

the state.

“The whole goal was to

make it back to the finals

and have a good race,”

Henning said. “The drive

phase, then you hit your

top end and try to maintain

it the rest of the race.”

Henning felt the track

season helped him get

primed for a huge senior

year on the football field.

“Being out there competing

again really meant

a lot to me,” he said. “It

keeps me sharp and keeps

me fast heading into the

fall.”

The decision looms

Henning plans to return

to several of his spring

destinations for official

visits over the summer.

He made his first official

visit to Georgia the first

weekend of June and was

scheduled to visit Notre

Dame last weekend. A

Michigan trip is coming

up.

Forty-three percent of

247Sports’ experts predict

Henning to choose Notre

Dame, 29 percent pick

Michigan and the rest are

undecided.

Henning says he falls

into that latter category as

well, and he’s in no major

rush to make a choice.

“I’m taking it slow,” he

said. “I plan to make a decision

over the summer or

in the fall.”

Henning is an excellent

student and will factor academics

into his decision as

well.

“It’s just about finding

the right fit all around,”

he said. “Academics are

important, fitting in with

the players and the coaching

staff is important. It’s

finding the place that feels

right for me.”

Whatever school lands

Henning will be fortunate,

according to East coach

Rob Zvonar.

Last fall, Zvonar called

Henning “a special talent

with an incredibly bright

future.”

The immediate future will

be highlighted by one more

season at East, one Henning

plans to make special.

“I’m really excited for

the fall,” he said. “I think

we’re going to have a great

team and I’m ready to get

after it. I’m ready to go out

there with my guys and

chase after a state championship.”

Lincoln-Way East wide receiver/running back AJ Henning, who will be a senior in the fall, is one of the nation’s top football recruits. 22ND CENTURY MEDIA FILE PHOTOS


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fastbreak

Volleyball

LW Central’s Yurkanin headed to MIT

JULIE MCMANN/22ND CENTURY

MEDIA

1st and 3

THREE THINGS TO

KNOW ABOUT LW EAST

FOOTBALL STAR AJ

HENNING

1. Four-star recruit

Henning (above) has

over 30 scholarship

offers from top

college football

programs. 247Sports

ranks him as the top

recruit in Illinois in

2020, while Rivals

places him second.

2. Four-star person

Henning is a strong

student and has a

personality that is

also attractive to

college coaches.

That was shown in a

video which gained

popularity last

weekend, showing

Henning visiting

a local fan on his

eighth birthday.

3. Fourth in state

After missing his

sophomore track

season, Henning

returned this year

and finished fourth

in the state in the

100-meter dash.

RANDY WHALEN, Freelance Reporter

Getting accepted into the Massachusetts

Institute of Technology

in Cambridge is a pretty big deal.

So recent Lincoln-Way Central

graduate Jack Yurkanin is a pretty

big deal.

Yurkanin, a four-year varsity

volleyball player for the Knights,

will be the third New Lenox resident

to recently play for the volleyball

team at MIT when he joins

the Engineers next season. The

others are 2015 Lincoln-Way West

graduate Jake Gasparich and 2016

Central graduate Mike Kulinski.

“You can’t say that’s a coincidence,”

Yurkanin said of the other

two also being from New Lenox.

“They are brilliant, amazing athletes

and it will be fun to say that

we all played there. When I was

younger I was at a camp where

Jake Gasparich was the coach and

Mike Kulinski was my setter at

Central when I was on the varsity

as a freshman. So it will be nice to

play with him again.”

When it comes to brilliant,

amazing athletes, Yurkanin certainly

joins the list. He graduated

from Central with a GPA of 5.512.

His reasoning for going to MIT,

however, is simple.

“When I was looking for colleges

I saw that they were at the top

of the list,” he said. “So I reached

out to them and they invited me

out there.”

Yurkanin has applied for an

early action program at MIT and

hopes to leave to go there in August.

In the meantime, he will play

club volleyball this summer for

Ultimate 18u Gold.

But he certainly left his mark

Lincoln-Way Central’s Jack Yurkanin is headed to MIT to play

volleyball. 22ND CENTURY MEDIA FILE PHOTO

on the Knights the past four years.

Playing middle hitter as a freshman,

before moving to the right

side as a sophomore and an outside

hitter the past two years, Yurkanin

helped the Knights win a

pair of regional titles in that time,

including one this spring.

In fact this spring, Yurkanin had

his best season. He established a

new single-season school record

for aces with 74. He added 307

kills, 36 blocks, had a 2.45 serve

receive percentage to go along

with 165 digs.

“Serving is one of the only

things that you have control over,”

Yurkanin said of his new singleseason

school record for aces. “I

just knew to always be as aggressive

as I could.”

Marist recently won the boys

volleyball state championship.

During the RedHawks’ run to the

championship they never went to

three sets in the postseason and

only went past 25 points once to

win a set in that run. That was in a

25-18, 26-24 victory against Central

on May 24 in the semifinals

of the Marist Sectional. There,

Yurkanin served an ace to tie the

second set at 24-24 but then had

a service error trying for another

one and the RedHawks prevailed.

“That gym was so loud,” Yurkanin

said of the sectional. “But

the team depended on me so I was

going to go back and rip it.”

Central coach Mary Brown

knows that being aggressive was the

only way Yurkanin knew how to be.

“Jack is an amazing player,”

Brown said. “He’s been a fouryear

starter on varsity here at Lincoln-Way

Central. He’s extremely

intelligent and we are excited for

him to go to MIT and make a difference.

We wish him the best of

luck.”

While many started playing volleyball

at a very young age, Yurkanin

did not, at least not competitively.

“My cousins were really involved

in the sport,” Yurkanin said.

“It was my aunt, Cathy Yurkanin,

who got me to go to an Ultimate

camp when I was 12 and I really

started there. I’ve never left from

playing club there. I played some

other sports like basketball, baseball,

and even soccer when I was

younger, but volleyball is the only

sport that I played in high school.

“I really enjoy hitting the ball

in volleyball. I like how the team

works together and has that ability

to be creative on the court. But

it’s not about yourself. It’s a huge

team sport. I really enjoy the people

around me.”

Plus, you might see him playing

sand volleyball this summer.

“Yes, I love sand volleyball,”

Yurkanin said. “There’s a wide

range of things you can do and

opportunities when you play that.

Plus, it doesn’t hurt as much when

you dive for the ball.”

Yurkanin is ready to dive if he

has to at MIT.

“I’m not sure what position I

will play there yet,” he said. “I

know there’s a lot of talent around

there and I will play where ever

they want me to.”

No matter what happens at MIT,

Yurkanin will never forget his

time at Central.

“I think it’s amazing the opportunities

that the [Lincoln-Way]

schools here give us,” he said.

“The community and the people

within it will always help you.”

LISTEN UP

“Since I’ve always been involved with something, I’ve

adapted to having to balance responsibilities within my

life.”

Jess Polka – Mokena native and Benedictine volleyball recruit, on

thriving athletically and academically

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Boys basketball, Friday, June 14 and Saturday, June 15

Ray Milnes Summer Shootout at Stagg HS

• Lincoln-Way East, LW Central, LW West and

Providence are all competing in the summer

showdown.

Index

37 - Athlete of the Week

35 - Team 22 Boys Volleyball

FASTBREAK is compiled by Sports Editor

Steve Millar, s.millar@22ndcm.com.


mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | June 13, 2019

THE AREA’S

BEST Meet our

Team 22 for boys

volleyball, Page 35

BRAINS AND BRAWN

Mokena’s Jess Polka thrives

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Lincoln-Way East’s AJ

Henning is one of the top

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22ND CENTURY MEDIA FILE

PHOTOS

LW East star spends spring

visiting top college

football programs,

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