10 | June 13, 2019 | the mokena messenger community mokenamessenger.com Duke Submitted by Gene Siepka of Mokena 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 Resale for Rescues in Mokena. Want to see your pet featured as The Mokena Messenger’s Pet of the Week? Send your pet’s photo and a few sentences explaining why your pet is outstanding to Editor T.J. Kremer III at email@example.com or 11516 W. 183rd St., Office Condo 3, Suite SW, Orland Park, IL 60467. 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 Mokena. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media
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