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Mokena Park District’s

Farm and Barn Fest

offers fun for whole

family, Page 5

Tee time

LWSRA golf outing

draws more than 100

golfers, Page 3

Who’s

looking at LW

North State Sen.

Hastings sees potential

for new State Police

HQ for closed school,

Page 6

A pair of overzealous goats inside Millers Petting Zoo look for more food from Christi Schmidt, of Mokena, to the delight of her

3-year-old granddaughter Ryley Archer, also of Mokena, at Mokena Community Park District’s Farm and Barn Fest Saturday, Aug. 10.

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Thursday

Mokena Park District’s

Back to School Bash

6:30-8:30 p.m., Aug. 15,

Yunker Farm, 10824 W.

LaPorte Road in Mokena.

Free fun for the whole

family. Face painting,

ice cream, bounce house,

games and a concert by

Cheryl Rodey. For more

information, call Mokena

Park District at (708) 390-

2401 or go to mokenapark.

com.

Saturday

Fifth annual Motorcycle

Run in memory of Pfc.

Aaron Toppen

10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., Aug.

17, UA Local 597 Pipefitters

Training Center,

10850 W. 187th St. in Mokena.

Motorcycles, cars,

trucks and any road worthy

and legal vehicles are

welcome to participate in

the 50-mile, police-escorted

ride down to Abraham

Lincoln National Cemetery

in Elwood. After

party featuring vendors,

music, cash bar, food and

raffles scheduled for noon-

3:30 p.m. Cost for drivers

is $20, passengers are $10.

Cost for just after party is

$10. For more information,

visit ourfallenherofoundation.org.

Monday

Infant social time at the

Library

10-11 a.m., Aug. 19,

Mokena Community Public

Library District, 11327

195th St. in Mokena.

Come and meet other infants

and toddlers at the

Mokena Community Public

Library District. You

can play, socialize, and

listen to music and stories.

Age’s newborn through 3

are welcome. To register,

call (708) 479-9663 or register

on our events calendar

at mokenalibrary.org.

TUESDAY

Family board game night

at the Library

6-8 p.m., Aug. 20, Mokena

Community Public

Library District, 11327

195th St. in Mokena. Enjoy

a night out with your

family or friends at the

Mokena Community Public

Library. Play classic

games Monopoly, Twister,

Chutes and Ladders, Guess

Who, Go Fish, Clue, and

much more. Choose one to

play with your group from

the big collection we have.

We will also be raffling off

a few new board games.

Refreshments and snacks

will be served. To register,

call (708) 479-9663 or register

on our events calendar

at mokenalibrary.org.

UPCOMING

Good Neighbors of Lincoln-

Way annual golf outing

Noon, Aug. 23, Sanctuary

Golf Course, 485 Marley

Road in New Lenox.

Join Good Neighbors of

Lincoln-Way to benefit local

families in need. Check

in at noon, shotgun start at

1 p.m., followed by dinner,

drinks and an award ceremony.

Cost is $125/person

for golf and dinner, which

includes cart, hotdog and a

beer. Cost for dinner only

is $50/person. For more

information, visit good

neighborsoflincolnway.

com/index.php/events.

Lincoln-Way Foundation

half marathon and new

10K

7 a.m. Sept. 14, Breidert

Green in downtown Frankfort.

Join the Lincoln-Way

Foundation for a day of

running, music, food, refreshments,

exhibitors

and more. Net proceeds

will fund scholarships as

well as grant requests for

educational enhancements

made on behalf of the

students at Lincoln-Way

Community High School

District 210. This event is

open to people of all ages.

For more information,

visit lincolnwayhalfma

rathon.com, email robert.

kennedy@lw210.org, or

call (815) 462-2976.

Trivia Night

6 p.m. Sept. 21, Mokena

VFW Post 725, 19852

Wolf Road in Mokena.

Join the Mokena Miracles

for Trivia Night. Get a

group of six to eight people

for a table, or come

meet new people. Pizza

dinner included in ticket

price, cash bar available,

50/50 raffle, raffle baskets

and more. Tickets are $25/

person or $150/table. For

more information, call

(708) 580-6479, or email

mokenamiracles@gmail.

com.

LW Class of 1989 30-year

reunion

8 p.m.-midnight, Sept.

21, Trails Edge Brewing

Co., 20 Kansas St.

in Frankfort. The Class

of 1989 will be holding

a 30-year reunion. This

is an ‘80s-themed occasion,

dressing ‘80s style

is highly encouraged. The

cost is $25 per person advance

purchase, $30 at

the door. Alumni can purchase

tickets via Venmo

or PayPal to stacynasr@

gmail.com. You can also

purchase tickets directly

at Ranch Frostie, 1259

N. Cedar Road in New

Lenox. Other LW classes

are welcome to purchase

tickets at the door. Please

contact Sheryl Carter at

(312) 859-6770 for more

information.

Lincoln-Way High School

50-Year Class Reunion

Saturday, Oct. 12,

New Lenox VFW, 323

Old Hickory Road, New

Lenox. LWHS class of

1969 will be celebrating

its 50-year reunion. The

cost is $35 per person and

the deadline to register

is Sept. 1. A Friday night

gathering is also being

held at 3 Corners Grill &

Tap, 901 E. Lincoln Highway,

New Lenox. Other

LW Central alumni are

welcome at both events.

For more information

contact D. Holm at (815)

485-9228.

ONGOING

Al-Anon

6 p.m. Sundays, Mokena

Fellowship Center, 11137

W. 191st St., Mokena; 7

p.m. Mondays and 6 p.m.

Thursdays, Old Plank Trail

Bank, 20012 Wolf Road,

Mokena. Meetings are

open to anyone who feels

their life has been affected

by a problem drinker.

There are no dues or fees.

All meetings are confidential.

For more information,

call (815) 773-9623.

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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.

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 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.

We are Lions

7 p.m. first Thursday

of each month, Doc’s

Smokehouse, 19081 Old

LaGrange Road #105 in

Mokena. The Lions Club

of Mokena hosts is monthly

meeting. For more information,

email Moke

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Lincoln-Way Residents Looking to

Move Have Clear Choice …

Participants at Lincolnway Special Recreation Association Foundation’s annual

golf outing vie for a chance to out drive LWSRA’s Executive Director Keith Wallace

(left) on hole No. 8 at Sanctuary Golf Course in New Lenox Friday, Aug. 9. Former

Executive Director Lana Graser did so. photos by t.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

Scores scramble to Sanctuary

course to support LWSRA

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

With a pale blue sky

overhead and a slight

breeze to keep the conditions

cool, 159 golfers teed

up for Lincolnway Special

Recreation Association

Foundation’s 12th annual

golf outing Friday, Aug. 9,

at Sanctuary Golf Course

in New Lenox.

Rows upon rows of golf

carts lined the driving

range area for the 11 a.m.

shotgun start, as golfers

eagerly drove off for a day

on the links and the opportunity

to contribute to

LWSRAs programs, which

serve approximately 400

individuals with special

needs in the surrounding

communities, including

Mokena, New Lenox and

Frankfort.

Some holes had special

challenges — such as longest

drive, longest putt and

closest to the pin — where

golfers could earn prizes

or additional raffle tickets

for some of the many raffle

baskets.

Scott Lorenz, president

of LWSRA Foundation’s

board of directors, said he

was glad so many people

chose to participate in this

year’s golf outing because

the money raised goes toward

nearly every aspect

of LWSRA’s programs —

from support of its various

athletic programs to

behind the scenes logistics

that help make any organization

run — all of which

directly or indirectly benefit

the participants.

“I see the benefits that

— not just my son, but all

the participants enjoy with

all the activities, the social

activities, that are available,”

Lorenz said. “It’s

invaluable to their growth,

not only in sports but in

their everyday life. It really

makes a big difference.”

Executive Director of

LWSRA Keith Wallace

said a big part of the golf

outing is the exposure it

brings for LWSRA and

reaching out to members

of the community who

may not know what the organization

does.

“One in four has a disability

or knows someone

with a disability. So, we

know there’s more people

out there,” Wallace said.

“So, our goal is to spread

the word and spell the love

of what we do so we can

get the people who don’t

know about us to join our

programs.”

Some participants were

members of other local

organizations with similar

goals as LWSRA.

Charlie Ryl-Kuchar and

Paul Hammerton, both of

whom work with Knights

of Columbus, said it was

important that organizations

such as theirs work

together to help as many

people as possible.

“We do a lot of charity

work with [LWSRA]. It’s

just a nice organization to be

raising money for, and we

enjoy it,” Ryl-Kuchar said.

“The work that they do

with kids is absolutely

phenomenal,” Hammerton

added.

For more information on

LWSRA, visit lwsra.org.








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Farm and Barn Fest offers something for all

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

An estimated 3,000-

4,000 people attended

the 15th annual Farm and

Barn Fest at Yunker Park

hosted by Mokena Community

Park District on

Saturday, Aug. 10.

With so many people in

attendance, one might think

the Park District would

struggle to find something

for everyone to do. Yet, the

Park District’s jam-packed

lineup of activities seemed

to offer a little for everyone,

from Millers Petting

Zoo and horse rides courtesy

of Nova Quarter Horses,

to food trucks and a flea

market featuring more than

50 vendors.

“We’ve had more food

vendors than we’ve had

in the past few years; we

finally got barbecue out

at Farm and Barn Fest,

which is a perfect fit, so

Smokin’ Z BBQ is out

here,” said Recreation Supervisor

of Special Events

Rebecca Phetteplace. “A

few more games and we

added a second stage, so

definitely growing.”

The day kicked off with

a Country Cutie contest,

where children showed up

in their best Western attire

to win over judges.

And there was plenty of

musical entertainment, as

well, with performances

by New Lenox-based

Cloggin’ Craze, the Mokena

dance team and line

dance lessons.

Later in the afternoon

and into the evening, the

all-day party shifted gears

slightly for the opening of

the beer tent and performances

by Miss Jamie’s

Farm, Firechicken and

Hillbilly Rockstarz.

Up next for the Park

District is its Back to

Bennett Lavalle, 2, of New Lenox, spends time with a goat in the Millers Petting Zoo

at Mokena Community Park District’s Farm and Barn Fest Saturday, Aug. 10.

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

Ryley Archer, 3, of Mokena, feeds a donkey in Millers Petting Zoo.

School Bash from 6:30-

8:30 p.m. Thursday, Aug.

15, at Yunker Park; Woofstock

from 1-4 p.m. Sept.

7 at Yunker Farm; and

disc golf enthusiasts’ Ace

Race at 11 a.m. Sept. 15

at The Oaks Disc Golf

Course.

For more information

on upcoming events, visit

mokenapark.com.

To view more photos online,

visit MokenaMessenger.com.

Kai Piers, 2, from North Carolina, rides a horse led by

Aryana Ensley of Nova Quarter Horses. Piers was in

Mokena visiting her grandparents during Farm and

Barn Fest.

Country Cutie contestant Aiden LaPorte, 2, of Mokena,

exits the stage alongside his mother.

Three-year-old Henry Dobis, of New Lenox, takes a

break from the action to cool down in the splash pad.


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State Sen. Hastings

latest to show interest

in LW North building

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

State Sen. Michael Hastings,

along with representatives

of Lincoln-Way

Community High School

District 210 and Illinois

State Police, toured the

shuttered Lincoln-Way

North building June 27.

Hastings then posted on

social media on July 29

some details of the tour.

Hastings wrote that he

is interested in looking at

the possibility of repurposing

the closed high school

as a new headquarters for

District 5 State Police. Its

current headquarters is in

Lockport.

Additionally, the space

not used by ISP could potentially

be used by other

State agencies, including

Central Management Services,

Illinois Emergency

Management Agency,

Department of Natural

Resources and the Department

of Public Health.

Hastings said in an interview

with The Mokena

Messenger that he and other

State agencies planned a

follow-up visit “in the next

two to three weeks.”

Hastings said he was not

familiar with the potential

limitations for any sale

of the building under the

current bond agreement

that provided the funds to

build Lincoln-Way North

and Lincoln-Way West,

which voters passed in a

2006 referendum; however,

Hastings stressed that it

was in the best interest of

D210 “to look at anything”

to get the bond debt off the

taxpayers.

“You got to make a decision

here soon or the taxpayers

are going to pay for

it,” Hastings said.

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Four wheels as good as two for Motorcycle Run

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

The fifth annual Motorcycle Run

in honor of Pfc. Aaron Toppen is

scheduled for 10 a.m. on Saturday,

Aug. 17, at the Mokena Pipefitters

Training Center, located at 10850

W. 187th St. in Mokena.

Organizers of the event want the

public to know that it is not just for

motorcyclists; cars, trucks, military

vehicles, or “anything roadworthy

and legal” are welcomed to participate

in the ride, said Pam Toppen,

mother of the late Aaron Toppen.

The 50-mile, police-escorted ride

starts from the Pipefitters Center,

past Pioneer Cemetery on Wolf Road

where Aaron is buried and down to

Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery

in Elwood before returning to

the Pipefitter Center at approximately

noon where an afterparty — open

to anyone — will feature vendors,

food, a cash bar, raffles and music

from Whiskeyfist, as well as a brief

ceremony featuring bagpipe music

played by Band of Brothers.

Registration for riders begins at

The fifth annual Motorcycle Run in honor of Pfc. Aaron Toppen is

scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 17. Organizers are encouraging nonmotorcyclists

to also participate in the 50-mile ride to Abraham Lincoln

National Cemetery and back. 22nd Century Media file photo

7:30 a.m. Aug. 17. The cost is $20

for drivers and $10 for passengers.

Those who wish to only partake in

the afterparty will be charged $10.

Proceeds from the Motorcycle Run

benefit Our Fallen Hero Foundation

and Operation Warrior Wish, Pam

Toppen said.

For more information, visit our

fallenherofoundation.org.

Mokena Park District readies for 20th Woofstock

Submitted by Mokena

Community Park District

To celebrate its 20th annual

Woofstock — scheduled

for 1-4 p.m. on Sept.

7 at Yunker Farm, 10824

W. LaPorte Road in Mokena

— the first 200 dogs

in the Mokena Community

Park District event will

receive a goody bag. It

also will award prizes in

20 categories for the pet

parade this year, such as:

Most Exotic, Best Family

Costume, Exceptional

Tail, Golden Oldie, Yunker

Yelper, Pet/Owner Look-

A-Like and more. A list

of all 20 parade categories

is posted on the Park

District’s website at mo

kenapark.com. Free Pet

Parade registration begins

at 1 p.m. The parade is

scheduled to start at 1:30

p.m. All animals are welcome

for the parade.

Pet Parade awards and

the Social Media Star

Award will be presented

at 2:30 p.m. To enter the

Social Medial Star contest,

send your dog’s best photo

to info@mokenapark.com

by 5 p.m. on Aug. 28. The

Top 10 submissions will be

chosen to go on Mokena

Community Park District’s

Facebook page, and then

voting will go live on Aug.

30 until 5 p.m. on Sept. 6.

After the parade and

awards, the entertaining

canine contests begin.

Dogs can compete in categories

including Best

Trick, Musical Sit, Hot

Dog Relay and Canine

Obstacle Course. Free registration

for dog contests is

Attendees strut their pooches in the Pet Parade to

kickoff the Mokena Community Park District’s annual

Woofstock in 2017. 22nd Century Media file photo

from 1-2 p.m.

For the safety of pets

and others, please be sure

that your pet’s vaccinations

are current. All dogs

must be on a leash. Times

and activities are subject to

change.

For more information,

call Mokena Park District

at (708) 390-2401, or visit

mokenapark.com.


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The Mokena Chamber of Commerce would like to thank the Sanctuary Golf Course and the following sponsors for once again making our golf outing on June 12 a huge success.

Chaired by Bob Diamond of Diamond Financial Services, and Don Lorenz of Lorenz Appliance

2019 Premier Sponsor: Beverage Cart Sponsor:

Lunch & Dinner Sponsor: Bloody Mary Bar Sponsor:

Hole Flag & Tee Sponsor:

Diamond Financial Services

Fox’s on Wolf

Lorenz Appliance

Magical Marketing

Meijer

Golf Cart Sponsor:

Berkot’s Super Foods

Fox’s on Wolf

HTH Mechanical

McCutcheon Insurance

Post Game Pub and Sedona Grille

Driving Range Sponsor:

Bettenhausen Automotive

Tee Sponsor:

American Combustion Service, Inc.

Aurelio’s of Mokena

Bettenhausen Automotive

CNB Bank & Trust, N.A.

Diamond Financial Services

Eternally Green Lawn Care

FNBC Bank & Trust

Fresh Start Sanitizing Solutions

Gas N Wash

GFWC Mokena Woman’s Club

Guaranteed Rate

Homewood Disposal

LincolnWay Community Bank

LincolnWay Special Recreation Association

Little Blossom Early Education

Maertin Heating and Cooling

Medulla

Mokena Lions Club

Nothing Bundt Cakes

Old Plank Trail Community Bank

Olivieri Real Estate

Shark Shredding

Sterk Family Law Group

The Creamery

Thomas P. Maloney DDS

We would also like to

thank our raffle prize and

goodie bag sponsors.

And a huge thank you to all of our

volunteers! Mark your calendars for

the 2020 Chamber Golf Outing on

June 10 at

The Sanctuary Golf Course

in New Lenox!

THANK YOU SPONSORS

FROM THE MOKENA CHAMBER OF COMMERCE

This year’s Parade Grand Marshals were longtime Mokena Crossing Guards Phyllis Karpola and Kay Oehmen

Thank you to our Parade Chair Cindy Gamboa of Interior Insight Marketing, and co-chair Ed Kasza of The Little Guys Home Technology.

Thank you to all of our volunteers for putting on this huge event year after year.

SILVER SPONSORS

American Combustion Service, Inc.

Mayor Frank Fleischer

Meijer

Midwest Animal Hospital

Prudential Financial Advisors

Thomas P. Maloney D.D.S.

Whitmore Ace Hardware – Mokena

FRIENDS OF THE PARADE

Sons of the American Revolution

Sun Run Home Solar

CANDY BAG SPONSORS

Aesthetica Day Spa

Angle Drone Solutions

Axion Dental

Century 21 Pride Realty – Bob and Teresa

Kroll

Diamond Financial Services

Doc’s Smokehouse and Craftbar

LincolnWay Community Bank

Lisa Thomas Salon

Need A Hand Handyman Services

Oasis Hospice and Palliative Care, Inc.

Relentless Carpentry

Same Day Tees

Squeegee Squad

Sterk Family Law Group

TTS Photography

Wausau Homes

Whitmore Ace Hardware – Mokena

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Home for Guardians sponsorship makes

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Sean Hastings

Contributing Editor

John Greenan, of Orland

Park, was the first to

ever compete in an American

Quarter Horse Association

showmanship with a

service animal.

Greenan began riding

at Nova Quarter Horses

in Mokena three years ago

as a therapy technique for

his multiple sclerosis, lupus,

post-traumatic stress

disorder and his traumatic

brain injury.

But his MS started acting

up a year-and-a-half

ago and required 10 surgeries

in a roughly sixmonth

time frame, during

which he was unable to

ride.

Lorri Ebeling, owner

of Nova, helped come up

with the idea that Greenan

would learn halter and

showmanship with one

of the horses at the barn

along with his service dog

Buggs since the MS and

traumatic brain injury both

caused instability walking,

and continuous numbness

and loss of feeling sensation

in his right leg.

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“We started practicing,

and it took us about six

months to a year to get the

service dog and the horse

orientated enough with

each other,” Greenan said.

“Immediately, though,

Cappuccino [the horse]

and Buggs took to each

other as best friends.

“That part was easy.

It was the difficulty of

learning how to work with

a 1,000-pound animal and

a 70-pound animal you’re

using for stability and

walking, and sometimes

trotting along with the

horse in a pattern.”

When Greenan competes

in AQHA shows, he

is in the Equestrians with

Disabilities class. At the

end of June, he competed

with Buggs and Cappuccino,

becoming the first

service animal, horse,

handler trio in AQHA history.

It is now an official rule

that others can compete in

the same style.

It is Greenan’s dream to

be able to continue competing

and Tony and Jessica

Martinez, of Century

21 Pride Realty, licensed

in New Lenox, and their

Homes for Guardians program

has made it possible.

Sponsorship turns

friendship

Needing help financially

to be able to continue

to compete, Greenan went

to Facebook to find local

businesses and sent out

roughly 200 letters explaining

his unique situation

with Buggs and the

riding program and that

they needed help to live

that dream out.

That is where Tony and

Jessica came into play.

Tony and Jessica responded

as they were

moved by Greenan’s story,

especially because Tony,

himself, is a disabled veteran

who has PTSD.

“We sponsor him now

and with every sale, we

give him a portion of it

and it goes to helping him

compete in his shows and

cover any expenses he has

with traveling because

money is tight for him being

on disability,” Jessica

said. “We just help him

anyway we can.”

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Posing for a photo at the Nova Quarters Barn in Mokena are (left to right) Cappuccino

(horse), John Greenan, Buggs (dog), Jessica, Tony, Tony and Sadi Martinez. Greenan

said he would not be able to compete in horse shows if it were not for Tony and

Jessica, of Homes for Guardians. Sean Hastings/22nd Century Media

Greenan has a fund

through Nova Quarter

Horses, which is where

the money goes for his

AQHA shows.

The decision to sponsor

Greenan was an easy one,

as Tony and Jessica are already

involved in similar

sponsorships and partnerships.

Tony and Jessica have

their own entity away

from Century 21 called

Homes for Guardians,

an organization where

they work with veterans,

first responders, teachers,

union members and medical

professionals. Homes

for Guardians is a home

buying/selling rebate program

for the “guardians.”

They can be contacted

at tjmartinezc21@gmail.

com

“We are open to sponsoring

others and with

John, we want people

to reach out and help as

many people as we can,”

Jessica said. “Anyone that

suffers from PTSD — my

husband is a disabled veteran

and that is how we

started Homes for Guardians

— that was his outlet

and that grew for us and if

someone didn’t help him,

I don’t know if he’d be

here. Now we’re trying to

pay it forward.”

Naturally, Tony and

Jessica are happy they are

able to be a part of Greenan’s

journey.

“Before I started this

program with my lupus,

MS, my traumatic brain

injury and PTSD, I was

really the kind of person

that stayed home a lot and

shut myself out,” Greenan

said. “The whole program

brought me out of my

shell and now with the

financial help from Tony

and Jessica, I’m able to

be an advocate and inspire

other people with disabilities

to pursue a dream.”

Greenan said the mold

has been broken in AQHA

and thinks he has opened

a door for other people

with disabilities and may

want to compete with a

service animal.

Jessica said they try

to make it to as many of

Greenan’s shows as they

can.

“He’s our friend now,”

Jessica said. “He and his

dog I hold really close to

my heart. I’m very blessed

to have found him.”

And Greenan said that

he feels the same way.

“None of this would

have been possible without

the help from Tony

and Jessica,” Greenan

said.


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FROM THE ORLAND PARK PRAIRIE

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month on PR firm in effort

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The Village of Orland

Park is looking to improve

its public image to the tune

of up to $20,000 by the end

of 2019.

On Aug. 6, the Orland

Park Village Board voted

5-2 in favor of a proposal

to hire Reputation Partners,

a Chicago-based public relations

firm to amplify the

Village’s positive attributes

and offerings at the rate of

$4,000 per month.

Trustees Jim Dodge and

Kathy Fenton voted against

the contract.

In the firm’s proposal to

the board, it states, “In recent

years, some of the media

coverage for the Village

of Orland Park hasn’t reflected

well on the Village.

Too much of the coverage

has focused on various political

issues, rather than the

innate advantages of living

in the village, its many

positive attributes and the

significant progress that’s

been made toward the Village

of Orland Park’s economy

and infrastructure.”

Dodge was in opposition

of the proposal based on

“process and mindset.”

“I was struck by the language

in this firm’s proposal,

which goes to mindset,

and I’m quoting, ‘Too

much of the coverage has

focused on various political

issues,’” he said. “OK?

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thing to think about as

a firm focused on brandbuilding

for the Village of

Orland Park.”

Trustee William Healy

said he was in favor of the

idea, especially after the

success of the Taste of Orland.

The new strategy is to be

implemented until December,

with the contract being

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The suspect is described

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FROM THE LOCKPORT LEGEND

Young resident recovers

amid community support

A young Lockport resident’s

accident on June 7

had left the community

devastated.

Four-year-old Gabby

Matlak had fallen into the

pool at a friend’s house,

sustaining life-threatening

injuries, and was subsequently

taken to the Lurie

Children’s Hospital. After

days of agony, Gabby’s

condition has taken a turn

for the better.

According to Becca Matlak-Hodges,

Gabby’s aunt,

her breathing tube has been

removed and that was “a

very big step for her.”

“She is currently using

the BiPAP at night but is

breathing room air majority

of the day,” Matlak-Hodges

said.

Gabby was having trouble

feeding, and the doctors

had to use a nasojejunal

tube — used for those with

weaker digestion — that

bypasses the stomach to

carry food to the second

portion of the small intestine.

But, she is now able to

use a nasogastric tube instead

that carries food directly

to her stomach.

“She has been opening

her eyes gradually the last

few weeks; she is not focusing

on anyone or anything

yet but it’s nice to be

able to see her pretty blue

eyes,” Matlak-Hodges said.

“She has also been able

to be pushed in her chair

around on her hospital

floor.”

The next step for her is to

come home and begin the

rehab program.

Matlak-Hodges said she

is overwhelmed by the

community’s support and is

in awe of the sheer volume

of people who “can come

together for a little girl.”

Reporting by Abhinanda

Datta, Assistant Editor. For

more, visit LockportLegend.

com.

FROM THE NEW LENOX PATRIOT

Meal-planning class coming

to library

The New Lenox Public

Library is giving residents

a chance to learn how to

better prepare and plan

their meals each week.

The event, slate for 5:30-

7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug.

28, is geared toward the

ones who struggle with the

daily question of ‘What’s

for dinner?’

Kelli Svancarek, programming

coordinator for

the library, said it is a perfect

time to have this event

because school is right

around the corner. With the

busy schedules students

are about to have, having

a plan for the week will be

beneficial for everyone.

“We have had a lot of

requests for anything we

could do for cooking demonstrations

and classes,”

she said. “Especially with

school starting and having

to make meals for active

kids and families, it’s nice

to get started early and prepare

for the school year.”

The class will be taught

by professional speaker

and organizer Beth Randall.

She has worked on a

number of projects with

people, helping them become

more organized in

any facet of their lives.

“If you can figure out

what day you will prep

your week’s food and get in

that habit, you’re set for the

whole week,” Svancarek

said.

People interested are required

to register for the

event and can do so at new

lenox.librarymarket.com/

meal-planning-program.

For any more questions,

contact Svancarek at ks

vancarek@newlenoxli

brary.org.

It is a free event, and attendees

are encouraged

to bring materials to take

notes.

Reporting by Sean Hastings,

Editor. For more, visit New

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FROM THE HOMER HORIZON

LTHS alumna excited to

play volleyball close to

home

Hannah Pacheco was determined.

The recent Lockport

Township graduate was going

to play college volleyball,

and she was going to

play it someplace far away.

“I was looking at a lot of

schools,” she said. “But I

wanted to go away, go far

away.”

Instead, this week Pacheco

will start her collegiate

volleyball career at the

University of St. Francis in

Joliet.

“It’s 10 minutes away,”

Pacheco said with a laugh.

“At first, I thought, ‘I don’t

want to go there, I want to

go far away.’”

But a little over a year

ago, that all changed.

“I went to Florida with

my club team at UNO,”

Pacheco said. “Then the

next month [July 2018], I

went to a camp in West Virginia.

I was looking at two

colleges there, Salem University

and Fairmont State

University. But between

going away with my club

team and going to a threeday

camp in West Virginia

I was like, ‘No, I can’t be

away from my family for

that long.’”

So, it was back to looking

local.

“I decided to email the

coach at St. Francis,” Pacheco

said of Cara Currier,

who will begin her 18th

season as the head coach of

the Fighting Saints this fall.

“She was like, ‘Come on

in; we have an open gym.’

So I did. I really liked the

girls, they were all awesome.

I walked the campus

and it felt like home.”

Reporting by Randy Whalen,

Freelance Reporter. For

more, visit HomerHorizon.

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FROM THE FRANKFORT STATION

Park district class

introduces children to

baking

Briella Price came to the

Founders Community Center

ready to cook — and

donned a princess apron

just for the occasion.

The 5-year-old Frankfort

resident was one of several

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I

don’t think I’ve ever

met anyone who

doesn’t like music. Of

course, we all don’t like

the same music, but we all

like music just the same.

It may seem as though

I’m pointing out the

obvious, but with the

50th anniversary of

Woodstock this week,

the Mokena Community

Public Library District

brought back historian Jim

Gibbons to give a presentation.

(That story is on

Page 17.) As an aside, if

you haven’t ever stopped

to listen to one of Gibbons’

lectures, you really

should. He’s quite an enjoyable

man who makes

learning about the past a

lot of fun.

Of course, Woodstock

happened in New York.

But, here in Mokena, we

have our own festivals,

too. One of them, Farm

and Barn Fest (story on

Page 5), also features live

music.

Gibbons pointed out that

perhaps Woodstock’s most

lasting legacy was peace.

The fact that some half-amillion

people could come

together and not clash with

each other speaks volumes

about the goodness of the

human spirit.

An estimated 3,000-

4,000 people from all over

the area attended Farm

and Barn Fest — just

slightly off the Woodstock

mark, but a significant

number of people, nonetheless.

So, here’s the thing: We

often identify a community

as those living within

a shared but limited space,

but a community also can

be centered on a concept,

out of which encompasses

a much larger, albeit non

physical, space and, more

importantly, culture,

where there is room for

many.

So, perhaps our strongest

bonds, the glue that

really holds communities

together, is found in our

shared cultures. And one

thing that we all have

in common is a need to

express and find meaning

in a shared culture with

others.

Woodstock may have

happened half-a-century

ago, and some of the

music has lasted through

the years. But I think

Gibbons was right: Peace

is the lasting legacy from

Woodstock. We continue

to see it today, even in

our own small nook in the

world. And that peace was

centered on the concept of

culture.

That, dear readers, is

timeless. Rock on and

peace out, Mokena.

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From Page 12

Aug. 7 Chocolate Chip

Explosion class, which

instructed young chefs in

baking basics.

Instructor Sharon Koczor,

of Frankfort, has been

teaching children to cook at

the Founders Community

Center for three years and

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Gatto’s in Orland Park traces cuisine

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50th anniversary. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media


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St. Mary’s Catholic Church (19515

115th Ave., Mokena)

Church Service

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

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

p.m. Sundays

Adoration

Wednesdays following

8 a.m. Mass in the Chapel

until 6:45 p.m.

Holy Rosary

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

Tuesday evenings.

St. John’s United Church of Christ

(11100 Second St., Mokena)

Church Service

8 a.m. traditional service,

9:45 a.m. contemporary

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Marley Community Church (12625 W.

187th St., Mokena)

Church Service

10 a.m. Sundays. Childcare

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Sunday School

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Senior High Youth Group

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Men’s Group

6 p.m. Sunday nights in

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men are welcome.

Immanuel Evangelical Lutheran Church

(10731 W. La Porte Road, Mokena)

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

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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.

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the mokena messenger | August 15, 2019 | 17

Woodstock’s legacy of peace

carries on 50 years after event

T.J. Kremer III, Editor

Peace.

That is the lasting impact

from a three-day concert

festival held a half

century ago known simply

as Woodstock.

Historian Jim Gibbons

was on-hand at Mokena

Community Public Library

District Saturday, Aug. 10,

to give a lecture on Woodstock

— which officially

turns 50 Thursday, Aug. 15

— and provide audience

members with some insight

into how organizers,

musicians and, by some

estimates, some 500,000

festival-goers made it all

possible.

“A whole great big

bunch of people together

and everybody was totally

in harmony with each other,

which is unbelievable

to have, like, 500,000 people

there — and I want to

say that there were a million

behind that, there was

a lot of people there — and

to have total peace, that is

truly amazing,” Gibbons

said.

Gibbons gave much of

the credit for the festival’s

success to Michael Lang,

the co-creator of Woodstock,

who was only 24

years old at the time.

To understand just how

special that peace was,

Gibbons said, you must

place Woodstock in the

context of the turbulent

times that were the 1960s.

“We were having in the

’60s nothing but chaos,”

Gibbons said. “President

[John F.] Kennedy was

assassinated, Robert Kennedy

was assassinated,

Martin Luther King, we

had riots, we had the war

Historian Jim Gibbons poses by a memory board

from the 1969 Woodstock festival used during his

presentation of the 50th anniversary of the festival

Saturday, Aug. 10, at Mokena Community Public Library

District. T.J. Kremer III/22nd Century Media

in Vietnam, all this kind

of — in fact in 1968 at the

Democratic National Convention

we had all the rioting

and that kind of stuff,

and to have all this peace

[at Woodstock] was unheard

of. But [Lang] was

able to pull that off and accomplish

that by the end of

the decade in 1969.”

Gibbons pointed out that

only three people died during

Woodstock: one had an

appendix burst, one died

from a heroin overdose

and one was tragically run

over by a tractor.

While festival-goers

managed to avoid significant

problems with their

fellow man, Mother Nature

was a different story;

however, one of the performers,

Melanie, came

up with a makeshift solution

that has passed down

through the ages.

“They had tremendous

problems with weather

that was very, very bad,”

Gibbons said. “In fact,

at one point they weren’t

sure if the lights were going

to go out and they’d

lose power. So, what she

did is she put candles up

on the stage. And, so, with

that, some of the crowd

started putting candles

out, and here came out the

cigarette lighters. And now

today we have cellphones.

And all that [crowd lighting

up a venue] came out

of Woodstock.”

One interesting tidbit

Gibbons shared with

his audience was a little

known fact that Lang actually

had someone other

than Jimi Hendrix in mind

to close out the festival:

Roy Rogers.

“They wanted him to

sing, ‘Happy Trails,’ the

Roy Rogers sign off,” Gibbons

said. “Roy Rogers

turned them down because

he figured, ‘Hey, what the

heck, these hippies, gypsies

and flippies are going

to boo me off the stage.’”

In the end we got Hendrix’s

iconic version of

“The Star Spangled Banner,”

which turned out

pretty good.

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The Dish

Gatto’s offers delicious Italian fare, familial comforts

Abhinanda Datta

Assistant Editor

For those looking to take

a break from their routine,

there is a quaint eatery in

Orland Park that not only

boasts delectable fare but

also affable staff members

who work to ensure diners

are treated like family.

Gatto’s Italian Restaurant

and Bar located at

8801 W. 143rd St. in Orland

Park was born out of

brothers Frank and Chuck

Gatto’s love for food and

an appreciation of their

rich Italian heritage.

“Growing up, we both

worked for restaurants in

Little Italy, and in 2000 we

decided to give our own

place a try,” Frank said.

“We are 100 percent Italian,

and our families are

great cooks. We borrowed

all the recipes from them

and started this journey.”

The first Gatto’s opened

in Tinley Park and, after

winning hearts in a few

southwest suburban neighborhoods,

heard about an

opportunity in Orland Park

in 2014.

“This town has a diverse

population, and I think every

town like this needs a

place like ours — a place

where you can come in

with your family or your

date and enjoy reasonably

priced food with a good

atmosphere and great service.”

Frank said. “It is a

place where you can really

feel comfortable.”

With oodles of charm

and a decor reminiscent of

a restaurant tucked away

in a corner of a winding

street in Italy, Gatto’s may

not be the only place in the

area serving this cuisine,

but it is unique.

“We created this concept

that we like to call comfort

food,” Frank said.

“It is basically all the

food you love eating at

home, really simple items

from pastas to chicken

Parmesan, with fresh ingredients

and made to order.”

The menu has more

than 70 items from salads

to desserts, and an array

of appetizers and entrees

in between. According

to Frank, guests usually

like to begin with Gatto’s

Garbage Salad ($8.25), a

dish that creates visual,

culinary chaos on the plate

with a host of vegetables

such as romaine lettuce,

roasted red peppers and

onions, along with ham,

and blue and Fontinella

cheeses, topped with an

Italian vinaigrette.

Next on the list is the

fried calamari (10.95) —

breaded squid rings and

tentacles, served with a

zesty cocktail sauce and

lemons.

“This is my favorite

dish, too,” manager Denise

Sexton said. “It is the best

fried calamari I have eaten

anywhere.”

Choosing an entree can

be confounding, but Gatto

himself has a clear winner:

a pasta that harks back to

his childhood days.

“I love the Portofino

[$21.95], because that is

what my brother and I enjoyed

the most,” he said. “It

is basically a hearty concoction

of fresh shrimps,

mussels, clams, calamari,

on a bed of pasta, with a

thin marinara sauce.”

Although there are plenty

of desserts from which

to choose, the tiramisu

($5.95) is the perfect dish

to cap off the meal. It has

the right blend of bitter

espresso, balanced by the

sweetness of the rich co-

Gatto’s Italian

Restaurant and Bar

8801 W. 143rd St. in

Orland Park

Hours

• 4-10 p.m. Monday-

Thursday

• 4-11 p.m. Friday-

Sunday

For more information ...

Phone: (708) 349-

8700

Web: gattosrestaurant.

com

coa and whipped cream,

enclosed within a scrumptious,

smooth texture.

Made from scratch and

fully customizable, special

items are offered each day,

and Gatto’s will even prepare

items that are not on

the menu.

“We can make any dish

you want,” Sexton said.

“You can choose the kind

of pasta or the kind of sauce

and even a whole dish

like the chicken Milanese

($17.50) that was offered as

one of the daily specials.”

The restaurant also has

a rooftop bar with a view.

And every Wednesday,

Gatto’s hosts a Cruise

Night — a classic car

show for the family. There

are no additional costs for

participating, but goodies

such as T-shirts are sold

at the venue, the proceeds

from which are donated to

a local charity.

“We always try to do

something that impacts the

community in a positive

way,” Frank said. “This

year, we are donating to

a local veterans organization.”

Frank’s great-grandparents

were immigrants

from Bari, Italy, and every

Sunday Frank would drive

to their house to savor a

The angel hair broccoli aglio ($11.75) is easy on the palate, with flavors of olive oil

and garlic. Photos by Abhinanda Datta/22ndCentury Media

The eggplant Parmesan ($15.25), served over a bed of pasta and covered in marinara

sauce, is a popular vegetarian dish.

day with his big family.

“We did not have a lot

back then, except each

other and food,” he said.

“And it was some of the

best foods you could ever

imagine.”

With an inherent regard

for familial bonds, Frank

made sure his restaurant

had a very clear motto:

“You arrive as friends and

leave as family.”

Despite the challenges,

he said he feels fortunate

“to do something I love.”

And while the food is important,

offering a friendly

service is what truly drives

him.

“This business is tough,

and you spend long hours

away from your loved

ones,” Frank said. “But we

wouldn’t change a thing,”

“Our staff is trained to

interact with the guests,

because everyone wants

to be treated nicely. We

consider our customers as

family and want to give

them a place in this town

that they can call home.”


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airer

29. Roman 102

30. Pat

33. Limb

35. High flier at the

beach

36. Kind of list with

tasks

39. Available

40. “Se7en” sin

41. Wildcat

42. NHL Cup

44. Civil War inits.

45. A kind of soup

46. Watch closely

47. British special

forces, for short

50. Hospitals for vets

51. First name

among Israeli PMs

53. “Mean Girls”

star, Lindsay ____

56. Process of adding

to a collection

60. Russian inland sea

61. Flat necked snake

62. Land measurement

63. Basketball Hallof-Famer

Harshman

64. Lend ___

65. Barbie buddies

66. Away form the

wind

67. Graceful fliers

68. Secy.

Down

1. Good Books

2. Like some short plays

3. Represents

4. Bygone Mideast

leaders

5. Nerve

6. Prefix with logical

7. Jumper

8. Very small

9. Resort with mineral

springs

10. Oscar’s “Odd

Couple” roommate

11. Grocery store need

12. ___ the finish

13. Darlings

21. Cry before disaster

22. Parisian me

24. New Mokena

pizza place, goes with

47 down

27. Ordinary writings

28. Oscar de la ___

29. Origami bird

30. Loud noise

31. Off-roader’s purchase,

for short

32. Governor in the

Ottoman Empire

33. Murdoch company

34. One ___ time

35. Lock opener

36. Special attention,

for short

37. Sounds of woe

38. Genetic code

43. Brain readings, for

short

45. Cooking vessel

47. See 24 down

48. Prettifies

49. Least wild

50. Flow controller

52. Honshu city

53. Buddhist monk

54. Congress testimony

type

55. Fast one

56. First-class

57. Many a trucker

58. Lead-in to “apple”

or “berry”

59. Dumbo’s likeable

trait

61. It has nine lives according

to legend

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

To place an event

in The Scene, email

a.datta@22ndcenturymedia.

com.

answers

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 1-9.

LEVEL: Medium

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Distinctive Home Builders Introduces New Craftsman Homes

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

New designs are a result of buyer feedback

Two refreshing designs mark

the beginning of a new series

of Craftsman-style homes

available from Distinctive Home

Builders at its latest new home

communities: Prairie Trails;

located in Manhattan within the

highly-regarded

Lincoln-Way

School District and at WestGate

Manor in Peotone within the

desirable Peotone School District.

“Craftsman homes were

introduced in the early 1900s in

California with designs based on a

simpler, functional aesthetic using

a higher level of craftsmanship

and natural materials. These

homes were a departure from

homes that were mass produced

from that era, “according to Bryan

Nooner, president of Distinctive

Home Builders.

“The Craftsman design has

made a comeback today for many

of the same reasons it started over

a century ago. Our customers

want to live in a home that gets

away from the “mass produced”

look and live in a home that has

more character. As a result of

our daily interaction with our

homeowners and their input, we

are excited to introduce these two

homes, with additional designs in

the works.”

Nooner, who meets with each

homeowner prior to construction,

has been working on these plans

for a while and felt that the

timing was ideal for the debut.

“Customers were asking for

something different and simple

with less monotony and higher

architectural standards.” The

result was the Craftsman ranch

and the Prairie two story, now

available at Prairie Trails and

WestGate Manor. The Craftsman

ranch features an open floor plan

with Great Room, three bedrooms,

two baths and a two-car (optional

three-car) garage. The Prairie

features a two-story foyer and

Great Room, three bedrooms

and one and one-half baths, a

convenient Flex Room space

on the main level and a two-car

(optional three-car) garage. The

Craftsman architectural elements

on both homes include brick and

stone exteriors with cedar shake

accent siding, low-pitched gabled

bracket roofs, front porches with

tapered columns and stone piers,

partially paned windows, and a

standard panel front entry door.

Distinctive Home Builders

offers a Craftsman-style trim

package offering trim without

ornate profiles and routers. The

trim features simplicity in design

with rectangles, straight lines and

layered look trims over doors for

example. The front entry door

will have the standard Craftsman

panel style door. Distinctive has

also created a Craftsman color

palate to assist buyers in making

coordinated choices for the

interior of their new Craftsman

home. Colors, cabinet styles and

flooring choices blend seamlessly

with the Craftsman trim package

and are available in gray tones

package and earth tones.

Distinctive offers custom maple

kitchen cabinets featuring solid

wood construction (no particle

board), have solid wood drawers

with dove tail joints, which is

very rare in the marketplace.

“When you buy a new home

from Distinctive, you truly are

receiving custom made cabinets

in every home we sell no matter

what the price range,” noted

Nooner.

Distinctive Home Builders

works to achieve a delivery goal

of 90 days with zero punch list

items for its homeowners. “Our

three decades building homes

provides an efficient construction

system,” said Nooner. “Many

of our skilled craftsmen have

been working with our company

for over 20 years. We also

take pride on having excellent

communicators throughout our

organization. This translates into

a positive buying and building

experience for our homeowners

and one of the highest referral

rates in the industry.” Nooner

added that all homes are highly

energy efficient. Every home

built will have upgraded wall and

ceiling insulation values with

energy efficient windows and

high efficiency furnaces. Before

homeowners move into their new

home, Distinctive Home Builders

conducts a blower door test that

pressurizes the home to ensure

that each home passes a set of

very stringent Energy Efficiency

guidelines.

With the addition of these two

new designs, there are now 15

ranch, split-level and six two

story single-family home styles

to choose from each offering from

three to eight different exterior

elevations at both communities.

The three- to four-bedroom

homes feature one and one-half

to two-and-one-half baths, two

to three-car garages and a family

room, all in approximately 1,600

to over 3,000 square feet of living

space. Basements are included in

most models as well. Distinctive

also encourages customization

to make your new home truly

personalized to suit your lifestyle.

Oversize home sites; brick

exteriors on all four sides of the

first floor; custom maple cabinets;

ceramic tile or hardwood floors

in the kitchen, baths and foyer;

genuine wood trim and doors

and concrete driveways can all

be yours at Prairie Trails and

WestGate Manor. Most all home

sites at Prairie Trails andWestGate

Manor can accommodate a threecar

garage; a very important

amenity to the Manhattan

homebuyer, said Nooner. “When

we opened Prairie Trails and

WestGate Manor we wanted

to provide the best new home

value for the dollar and we feel

with offering Premium Standard

Features that we do just that. So

why wait? This is truly the best

time to build your dream home!”

Prairie Trails is also a beautiful

place to live and raise a family

featuring a 20-acre lake on site,

as well as direct access to the 22-

mile Wauponsee Glacial Prairie

Path that borders the community

and meanders through many

neighboring communities and

links to many other popular trails.

The Manhattan Metra station is

less than a mile away.

Besides Prairie Trails,

Distinctive Home Builders

has built homes throughout

Manhattan in the Butternut Ridge

and Leighlinbridge developments,

as well as in the Will and south

Cook county areas over the past

30 years.

Distinctive has two early

delivery homes available at its

newest community, Cedar Creek

in Joliet where you can choose

your colors now and move in 45

days. One is a three-bedroom

Princeton ranch with two full

baths in an open floor plan with

kitchen and Great Room. Priced

at $289,990 this home has over

$20,000 in free upgrades. The

second home is a Brentwood

three-bedroom raised ranch with

an oversized garage. Priced at

$279,900, this home features

many interior and exterior

architectural details and over

$30,000 in free upgrades.

Visit the on-site sales

information center for

unadvertised specials and view

the numerous styles of homes

being offered and the available

lots. Call Lynne Rinck at (708)

737-9142 or (708) 479-7700 for

more information or visit www.

distinctivehomebuilders.com.

The Prairie Trails and WestGate

Manor new home information

center is located three miles

south of Laraway Rd. on Rt.

52. The address is 24458 S.

Rt. 52, Manhattan, IL. 60422.

Open Daily 10:00 a.m. – 5:00

p.m. Closed Wednesday and

Thursday and always available by

appointment.

Specials, prices, specifications,

standard features, model

offerings, build times and lot

availability are subject to change

without notice. Please contact

a Distinctive representative for

current pricing and complete

details.


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The Mokena Messenger’s

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Where: 11527 Bryn Mawr Way in Marilyn

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Amenities: Set on 2 acres, this 9,200-squarefeet

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at every level. Guest entry mimics a luxury

getaway, with grand foyer encircled by a great

room, a bath house, and an indoor aquatic park complete with a 16-feet-deep

pool, diving board, slide, and hot tub. You’ll know you’ve arrived as you step

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loft. A $60,000 glass staircase unites this wing with the main home featuring

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massive dining. Tucked behind is an additional private, main-level living quarters

for in-laws, maid or guests. There is 1,800 square feet of unfinished basement,

three-car, deep garage and circular paver drive. Surrounded by two gazebos, a

four-season room, and your own deep, stocked pond.

Asking Price: $945,000

Listing Agent:

Mike McCatty,

(708) 945-2121 for

complete details or

private tour.

Listing Brokerage: Mike

McCatty and Associates

Want to know how to become “Home of the Week”? Call (708) 326-9170, ext. 47. For more,

visit MokenaMessenger.com/realestate.

June 28

• 18427 Conlee Drive,

Mokena, 60448-9547 -

Martin D. Staniszewski

to Scott Sopousek,

Tiffany Sopousek,

$435,000

• June 28 - 10836 First

St., Mokena, 60448-

1502 - Barfield Trust

to Edward C. Donnelly,

Meghane E. Luce,

$265,000

July 2

• 19809 S.

Schoolhouse Road,

Mokena, 60448-1709

- Chicago Title Land

Trust Co Tr to Michele

Christensen, $325,000

• 18910 Wolf Road,

Mokena, 60448-9445

- Matthew Cullen to

Stephen J. Litto, Carrie

L. Litto, $290,000

• 11334 Wild Berry

Lane, Mokena, 60448-

1371 - John Murray

to Nicolette Ambrose,

$264,900

• 11306 192nd St.,

Mokena, 60448-8967

- Michael J. Boomsma

to Andrew Gunther,

$235,000

July 3

• 10209 Cambridge

Drive, Mokena, 60448-

7907 - William J.

Keenan to Meghan

Tomasek, $220,000

• 19809 Center St.,

Mokena, 60448-1606 -

Jeffrey Walsh to Robert

B. Mulcahy, Amy R.

Hickey, $157,000

July 5

• 20012 Alison Trail,

Mokena, 60448-1687

- Dewitt Trust to Karl W.

Kofoid, Sandra K. Hall,

$580,000

• 20121 E. Brightway

Drive, Mokena, 60448-

1406 - Matthew

Thomas Walusek

Trustee to William J.

Quillin, $266,000

July 10

• 11749 187th St.,

Mokena, 60448-9422

- Premier Builders Llc to

Kelly A. Jakob, Zachary

M. Jakob, $315,000

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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CLASSIFIEDS

Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Maintenance &

Janitorial Positions

Full-time (w/ benefits package)

employees wanted for

janitorial and maintenance

of south-suburban apartment

community (Orland Hills)

Responsibilities would

include but not be limited to:

Janitorial - general, basic

cleaning skills

Maintenance - light electrical,

plumbing, and general

maintenance of the property

If you are interested in this

position, please email:

HRmailbox@pmdchicago.com

School Bus Drivers Wanted

Homer School District 33C

seeks quality individuals

to join our family of

school bus drivers.

$17.42/hr. + full benefits

available

Training provided.

Call (708) 226-7625

or visit homerschools.org

employment tab

Part-Time Kitchen Help

M & W 8-4 Homer Glen

Measure, blend, clean.

Must be able to lift 40 lbs.

$11 per hr. no exp,

more based on exp.

Inquiries w/ job history &

contact info:

healthbyjuli@gmail.com

1003 Help Wanted

Outside Work:

Lawn Fertilizing & Core

Aeration: Year-round &

Seasonal Employment

Potential for paid winters off.

Benefits incl. health, dental,

IRA. Good driving rec a must.

Time and a half over 40 hrs.

$15/hr starting pay.

Apply in-person 7am - 5pm

Lawn-Tech, Ltd.

7320 Duvan Dr

Tinley Park, IL

708-532-7411

Sterling Site Access

Solutions LLC.

Located in Phoenix, IL

(near Harvey, IL)

Seeking: Manufacturing

Operators (2 years exp.) &

Manufacturing Maintenance

Technicians (8 years exp.)

Submit resumes to:

recruiting@sterlingsolutions.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

Local company looking for

Exp. Dump Truck Driver

Class A & B

Full & part-time available

Dump experience necessary

815-485-2490

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Caregiver Services

Provided by

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State Licensed & Bonded

since 1998. Providing quality

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708.403.8707

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Sell It 708.326.9170

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Friday at 3pm

Frankfort 21334 Brown Dr

8/16 & 8/17 8-4pm men &

woman clothing, household

items, tools, crafts, snow

blower, recumbent bike,

kitchen items, and much more

Mokena 12513 Steamboat

Springs Dr. 8/16 &8/17 9am

to 5pm, men’s dress pants size

42, living room tables, paintings,

housewares and much

more.

New Lenox 1382 Lahard Rd

8/17-8/18 8-3pm Downsizing!

Home decor, patio sets, power

washer, tools, too much to list!

New Lenox 335 EFrancis Rd,

8/16-8/17, 9am-2pm, tools,

furn, store closed new product,

Christmas, office items, more.

Homer 12045 Meadowland Dr.

Fri. 8/16 and Sat. 8/17, 8-4pm.

Great condition home decor,

exercise equip., baby &kids

clothes/toys/gear, and somuch

more!

1023 Caregiver

1061 Autos Wanted

WANTED

I am a retired RN that

would like to care for an

elderly or disabled person

in MY loving,

well-appointed home.

Excellent references

Please call for more details

(815) 614-8140

Garage

Sale

1052 Garage Sale

New Lenox 711 Columbia Dr

8/17 8-2pm Misc items, wedding

dress, dresser, BMC tractor,

sewing machine &much

more

Orland Park 11340 Brigitte

Terrace ,8/16 &8/17 9-3pm

household items, appliances,

sporting goods, clothes, toys

Orland Park 11684 Valley

Brook Dr, 8/15 &8/16 8-1pm

hshld items, designer cloths,

jewerly, Knex sets, golf bag

1053 Multi Family

Sale

Tinley Park 180th Place &

Ridgeland Block Sale, Sat 8/17

8-2pm, kids bikes, tool chest,

tools, vacuums, vintage items,

records, decor, chairs, gardenplanters,

jewelery and more!

Automotive

Automotive

$52

4 lines/

7 papers

WANTED!

WE NEED CARS, TRUCKS & VANS

Running Or Not from Old to New!

Top Dollar Paid - Free Pick-Up

Locally Located

(708)205-8241

Help Wanted

per line $13

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7 papers

Don’t Junk

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Vehicles Running or Not

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(708)653-6799

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37.59 acres of farm land,

location in Iroquois

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call or leave message

815-216-3723 or

815-278-1576

1225 Apartments

for Rent

Mokena/Weber

Wills Apartments

1 Bedroom apt. $ 850

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CLOSE TO METRA AND 1-80

708-479-2448

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Property For Rent

2 Units Available!

Frankfort in Heritage Plaza

1900 to 2270 sq. ft.

Call for details

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Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

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$50

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Merchandise

$30

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Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

2003 Appliance Repair

QUALITY

APPLIANCE

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• Air Conditioning • Furnaces

Refrigeration • Dishwashers

Stoves & Ovens • Microwaves

Garbage Disposals

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Family Owned &Operatedsince 1986

Someone you can TRUST

All work GUARANTEED

BEST price in town!

708-712-1392

Business Directory

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2007 Black Dirt/Top Soil

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Dirt

Pulverized Black Dirt

Rough Black Dirt

Driveway Gravel

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For Delivery Pricing Call:

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per line $13

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It!

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$50

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Help Wanted · Garage Sales · Automotive

Real Estate · Rentals · Merchandise

Sell It 708.326.9170

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Circle One:

Accelerate Speedway featured on

ESPN2, preps for championship races

STEVE MILLAR, Sports Editor

Mokena’s Accelerate Indoor

Speedway was in the

spotlight Aug. 7 during a

half-hour show on ESPN2

devoted to electronic gokart

racing, titled “American

E-Kart Championship:

Anyone’s Race.”

It was all part of

“ESPN8: The Ocho,” a day

of programming that features

lesser-known sports.

The name references the

fictional network which

televises the titular sport in

the movie “Dodgeball.”

The show focused in

large part on the 2018

American E-Kart Championship,

which was held at

Accelerate in Mokena.

“When we did the first

American E-Kart Championship

in Mokena,

our goal was to get on

ESPN and we were able

to arrange that, so it was

great,” said David Larson,

managing partner of

Accelerate and Autobahn

Indoor Speedway. “We’re

continuing to grow, and

the more exposure we can

get from stuff like this, the

better.”

A replay of the show is

available on watchespn.

com.

Viewers can get a taste

of what the 2019 American

E-Kart Championship will

be like.

The event, which marks

the culmination of the E-

Karting series, returns to

Mokena from Aug. 23 to

25.

It will feature the champion

driver from each of

the 25 indoor kart tracks

that are a part of the series,

which is sanctioned by the

World Karting Association.

The winner in Mokena

Racing from the 2018 American E-Kart Championship

in Mokena was featured on ESPN2 last week. The 2019

event is set for Aug. 23 to 25 at the Mokena indoor

track. Photo submitted

will receive a $10,000

prize.

“Each facility across

the country will crown a

champion,” Larson said.

“We have a suggested

methodology, but every

facility can do it how they

want. Essentially, the goal

is to find your best racer

and send them to Mokena

for the championship.”

Larson said fans who

come out over the three

days at Accelerate will be

treated to some exciting

racing.

Qualifying will be held

Aug. 23 with tournament

races set for the following

two days. The champion

will be crowned the morning

of Aug. 25.

“The electric versions

of these go karts add a lot

of excitement, a lot more

acceleration than the gas

ones,” Larson said. “We

say they’re kind of like

a combination of a Ferrari

– because they come

from Italy – and a Tesla,

because they’re all electric

and have that power and

acceleration.”

The track will be offering

a promotion that allows

fans who come out to

watch the races to take to

the track themselves once

the event has concluded, at

a discounted rate.

“We’re expecting a big

crowd on that Sunday

morning,” Larson said.

“We’re also going to be

doing a special that anyone

who shows up by 9 a.m.

will get 50 percent off races

they buy after the tournament

is over. So, after

they watch the races, they

can go race themselves.”

That will allow locals a

chance to test the theory

that was prevalent in the

ESPN2 show: that anyone

can race e-karts successfully.

“We’re trying to promote

the accessibility of

indoor electric kart racing,”

Larson said. “A lot

of other forms of racing

require a lot of money and

a lot of personal time and

you really have to live it

day in and day out. This

gives everyone an opportunity

to experience the

thrill of racing.

“This is great for everyone,

whether you just want

to do it for fun or if you

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10 Questions

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Nick Tingley is a junior on

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basketball team.

How would you say

last season went?

It was good. There were

some ups and downs. We

came together at the end,

we got some wins. We

have good leadership,

some of the new guys need

to step up and take on a

leadership role.

What have you

learned from coach

Bob Curran while

playing for him?

Coach has helped me

since I was a very young

kid. He’s pushed me to become

a better player while

my game was still developing.

Most things that

I know about basketball

came from him. It’s been

a great opportunity to continue

to play for him while

I’m in high school.

When did you start

playing basketball?

In about third or fourth

grade. Coach Curran

coached a team with me

and his son [Sean Curran].

We were pretty good, and

I just knew that this was

something that I wanted

to do. It’s been fun in high

school and hopefully I can

continue beyond that.

What areas of your

game are you working

on this summer?

Being dedicated to the

weight room. That’s a big

thing that coach [Curran]

has talked about and

I agree with that. If we’re

stronger and bigger than

last year, we’ll have better

results on the floor. I think

that it’s not only a goal for

myself, but my teammates,

too.

This is a young team.

What’s it like to be

part of the young

leadership?

We still have some senior

leaders that can step

up this year. But being able

to help them out as a primary

scorer, it’s been great

being a part of this team.

It’s a great opportunity,

being able to step up and

help my teammates by any

means necessary.

What does your

basketball future look

like?

Playing in college is

the ultimate goal. I have

to progress a lot and grow

my game if I want to do

that. That’s what I’m motivated

to do, that’s the big

picture.

Who is your favorite

athlete?

My favorite athlete is

Stephen Curry. I respect

how he is undersized for

the NBA, but he can still

create and help his teammates.

Even if he’s not

scoring or shooting the

ball well, he puts his teammates

in the proper situations.

Since you’re a

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Media

basketball player, I

have to ask: LeBron or

Jordan?

In my opinion, it’s probably

Jordan. But I think

that LeBron is the best

player currently in the

league. Unfortunately, I

don’t have as much experience

watching Jordan like

I do LeBron.

Do you play any other

sports that could help

with basketball?

I also play golf. That

definitely helps with my

concentration and mental

game. With golf, if you

fall apart, you need to stay

strong and try to recover. I

feel that it is translatable to

basketball. I think that it is

a skill from golf that carries

over the best.

If you could meet

anyone from history,

who would it be?

I’d have to say Michael

Jordan. I’ve heard great

stories about his work ethic

and what he had to do to

grow his basketball game.

I’d love to pick his brain.

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Volleyball

Ultimate under new ownership, but few changes expected

JEFF VORVA, Contributing Editor

There is a shakeup at the top of

the Ultimate Volleyball Club food

chain, but it appears that there may

not be many changes beyond that.

After 22 years owning the

Frankfort and Mokena-based club

with hundreds of area athletes,

founder Erin Lorenz relinquished

ownership to Joel Anderson earlier

this month.

“I want to thank all of our players,

coaches and families – past

and present – for helping to build

Ultimate Volleyball Club from

one team of 11-year-old players

to a nationally recognized club

of almost 60 teams,” Lorenz said

in a statement. “After 22 years of

tremendous successes and lasting

memories, I am retiring. I am happy

to say that Ultimate will continue

and will be better than ever.

Our coaches, staff, and practice

facilities will remain the same ...

for what promises to be a banner

year.”

Anderson, who also owns Chicago

Elite and the Plainfield-based

Club 1, said that he is an admirer

of Lorenz and the program and is

not looking to change the chemistry.

“There will be no program

changes,” Anderson said. “The

only thing we may look at are

the enhancements to the already

great program that Erin built

over the 22 years. We’re looking

at developing in-house leagues

and enhanced small-group training.

Position training. Having an

academy atmosphere. As far as

the overall program goes, you

can’t disrupt something that it already

great.”

Over the years, the boys teams

have become national powers

and this year, the 18 Gold team

took 10th in the nation in the

USA Volleyball Junior National

Championships in Dallas in early

July.

Some of the players on that

squad include Chris Dargan (Lincoln-Way

West), David Flores

(Lincoln-Way West), Ike Mahajan

Joel Anderson is the new owner of Ultimate Volleyball Club, a highly

successful club based in Frankfort and Mokena. JEFF VORVA/22ND

CENTURY MEDIA

(Lincoln-Way East), Wil McPhillips

(Lincoln-Way East), Louden

Moran (Lincoln-Way West), Benjamin

Pluskota (Lincoln-Way

West), Nicholas Studer (Lincoln-

Way West) and Jack Yurkanin

(Lincoln-Way Central).

The girls 18 Gold team this

season also had a plethora of area

stars including Katie Barry (Lincoln-Way

Central), Molly Skoda

(Lincoln-Way East), Samantha

Vorderer (Lincoln-Way Central),

Nicki Bechtold (Lincoln-Way

East), Nicole Dvorak (Lincoln-

Way Central) and Brianna Knezz

(Lincoln-Way West).

Anderson, a north side of Chicago

resident who will divide his

time between his three clubs and

coaching the boys team at St. Patrick

High School, will be on the

move quite a bit so he will rely

heavily on Ultimate staff members

to run the show.

“I stay pretty busy,” he said.

“I’m running around a lot. But I

have some key staff members in

place in the other two clubs and

I’m sure it’s the same at Ultimate.

I’m just getting to know the staff

at Ultimate and getting those key

things lined up. It’s not going to

be like I have to be on the court all

the time.”

He said that after 28 years, this

will be the first time he will not

coach a club team.

Meanwhile, he enjoys the fact

that he is the boss of an established

program that will be using

the Hallmark Sports Club in

Frankfort and the Velocity All

Sport Athletic Training and Complex

in Mokena.

“It’s exciting because Ultimate

has bigger facilities to work with

and has a comprehensive staff,” he

said. “It’s very experienced. Some

of our other clubs, we were limited

on space and that presents a challenge.

When you are at Velocity

and you have 60,000 square feet to

work with, that’s a nice accompaniment

to your program. Between

Hallmark and Velocity, we have

12 courts at our disposal.”

Anderson grew up in a small

town in Iowa called Pocahontas.

He said it was a town of 2,000 and

he played every sport except volleyball

because there was no boys

program. He added that Pocahontas

Area High School had a strong

girls volleyball program and he

became intrigued with the sport.

He said he joined the University

of Iowa club team as a setter to

open his volleyball career.

He has won several coaching

awards including the Illinois

High School Association and East

Suburban Catholic Conference’s

Coach of the Year in 2009, a season

which found St. Patrick finish

fourth in the state and 46th in

ESPN’s national rankings.

In 2018, he won the Junior Volleyball

Association Junior Club

Service award for his quarter century

of coaching in the sport.

“Since 2003, Joel and I have

had a close friendship through

club volleyball,” Lorenz said. “I

like him, I trust him. I think he is

a great volleyball mind and leader.

His clubs have been highly successful

for both boys and girls at

the national level, with numerous

national championships and hundreds

of scholarships earned. I

am thrilled and confident that Joel

will take our teams and players to

new heights.”

Anderson was, however, the

subject of an unflattering TV news

story on CBS Chicago in 2016,

which said he used gym time at

Chicago Public Schools for his

clubs for free while clubs in other

sports paid fees to the CPS.

Anderson said that he was given

permission to use Payton High

School, where he was the girls

volleyball coach.

“It was nine days of a summer

camp we had at Payton,” he said.

“The principal said, ‘You should

use the gym.’ What wasn’t reported

is that I supplemented the entire

[Payton] program. They didn’t

pay for balls and carts and nets or

any of that. So the principal said,

‘Just use the gym.’

“Sometimes I think that when

you find success people find a way

to try to tear you down.”

Speaking of success, what

would happen if Chicago Elite or

Volleyball 1 faces Ultimate for a

tournament championship? Who

would he root for?

“I would flip a coin and watch

from the sideline,” he said.

This Week In

Knights Varsity

Athletics

BOYS GOLF

■Aug. ■ 15 – Oswego Invite

at Blackberry Oaks, 4 p.m.

■Aug. ■ 16 – LW West Invite

at the Den at Fox Creek, 10

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■Aug. ■ 21 – vs. LW West,

Sandburg and Homewood-

Flossmoor at Silver Lake,

4:30 p.m.

GIRLS GOLF

■Aug. ■ 15 – Barrington

Invite at Bonnie Dundee, 9

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■Aug. ■ 17 – Homewood-

Flossmoor Invite at Lincoln

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■Aug. ■ 17 – Providence

Midlothian Challenge at

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■Aug. ■ 21 – hosts LW East

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Griffins Varsity

Athletics

BOYS GOLF

■Aug. ■ 16 – LW West Invite

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■Aug. ■ 19 – Plainfield

North Invite at the Links of

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GIRLS GOLF

■Aug. ■ 15 – at Minooka at

Heritage Bluffs, 4 p.m.

■Aug. ■ 17 – Homewood-

Flossmoor Invite at Lincoln

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■Aug. ■ 17 – Providence

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■Aug. ■ 20 – hosts LW West

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LW East grad Storako makes immediate impact at Michigan

JOSH KROCKEY

Freelance Reporter

It didn’t take Alex Storako

long to establish herself

as a key contributor for the

Michigan softball team.

The right-handed pitcher

out of Lincoln-Way East

was named to the Big Ten

All-Freshman Team as the

Wolverines won the conference

regular season and

postseason tournament

titles in advancing to the

NCAA Tournament this

spring.

“I know a lot of people

growing up have had their

doubts in me and I wanted

to make a name for myself

and show others that I belonged

here,” Storako said.

“And I wanted to show

myself that I belonged here

on the Division I level.”

Storako had no problem

on that front, posting

a 14-6 record with a 2.02

ERA in 38 games, 25 of

them starts. She also struck

out 190 in 142.1 innings,

posted four shutouts, threw

four complete games and

notched two saves.

“I think mentally [it] was

a huge change [from high

school] but also physically,

too,” Storako said. “Like,

I got so much stronger, finally

being able to put on

the muscle that I needed

and all of that.

“But I would definitely

say, bottom line, mentally,

just being in a different

role and being able to play

my role in any kind of situation,

being ready to come

in at any time and really

taking some big steps as a

young kid on a big stage,

was really exciting.”

Storako provided more

than her share of thrills in

high school, compiling a

70-19 record. As a junior,

she went 22-3 with a 0.86

ERA and 289 strikeouts in

leading the Griffins to second

place in Class 4A. In

her final season, Storako

was just as impressive, going

21-2 with a 0.76 ERA

and 255 strikeouts.

Storako was named an

Underclass All-American

by MaxPreps in 2017

and made MaxPreps’ All-

American team in 2018.

“Alex has a very athletic

mindset; she’s very

determined,” Lincoln-Way

East coach Elizabeth Hyland

said. “And I think that

postseason run we had [in

2017] is a tribute to who

she is as an athlete, as a

leader and role model, as

well as the other girls we

had on the team that year.

“I think it was the perfect

mixture to what you

“But I would definitely say,

bottom line, mentally, just being

in a different role and being able

to play my role in any kind of

situation, being ready to come

in at any time and really taking

some big steps as a young kid on

a big stage, was really exciting.”

Alex Storako — LW East graduate, on having

success as a freshman pitcher at Michigan

need to be successful. You

know, there was a codependency

between her as

the pitcher and the defense

behind her. They all had to

work together and rely on

one another and they did.”

The transition to Michigan

was not entirely

smooth for the freshman.

Storako had a rough start

to her collegiate career, going

5-6 in the first month of

the season.

She rebounded, though,

to win her last nine decisions.

The streak included

a seven-inning complete

game against Michigan

State on April 16, when

Storako allowed four hits

and struck out a careerhigh

15.

She earned back-to-back

Big Ten Freshman of the

Week honors to close out

the regular season as the

Wolverines - under the direction

of Carol Hutchins,

the winningest softball

coach in NCAA history -

swept the conference regular

season and postseason

tournament championships

for the seventh time in

school history.

“The Big Ten is an amazing

league,” Storako said.

“It’s really some of the best

of the best. The power five

(conference) schools are

really great and you are

LW East graduate Alex Storako went 14-6 with a 2.02

ERA as a freshman pitcher at Michigan this spring.

Roger Hart/Michigan Photography

held to a higher standard

for sure.

“Playing for the University

of Michigan is a higher

standard, and I think Coach

‘Hutch’ has really just set

an example for a lot of

people all around. She’s a

great coach to play under,

and you really put everything

out there and you

leave every last bit on the

field.”

Michigan was eliminated

by James Madison in

the regional round in May

as the Wolverines finished

45-13 in advancing to the

postseason for the 26th

consecutive year.

“I feel that I definitely

held my own, but I have a

lot ... I have bigger expectations

for myself coming

into my sophomore year,

Storako said.

“I just know that I’m

coming in with a year of

experience now. So, just

being mentally tough and

being able to go seven innings

all the time and just

having a stronger mentality

against the batters ... and

really being able to hold

my own.”

Sports Briefs

Allegretti, Boykin make

NFL debuts

Lincoln-Way East and

Illinois graduate Nick Allegretti

saw his first preseason

action with the

Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday,

Aug. 10. Allegretti

was part of the second

team offensive line and got

plenty of playing time in

the Chiefs’ 38-17 win over

the Cincinnati Bengals.

Providence and Notre

Dame graduate Miles

Boykin, meanwhile, debuted

with the Baltimore

Ravens on Aug. 8. Boykin

led the Ravens in catches

with four for 39 yards in a

29-0 win over the Jacksonville

Jaguars.

Grabavoy to enter Joliet

Hall of Fame

Former Lincoln-Way

soccer star Ned Grabavoy

will be part of the 2019

class inducted into the

Joliet Area Sports Hall of

Fame on Sept. 14. Grabavoy

was the 2000-2001

Gatorade National High

School Player of the Year

and led Lincoln-Way to

two state runner-up finishes

before playing 13

seasons in the MLS.

Oilmen fall in MCL

championship series

The Northwest Indiana

Oilmen, featuring Mokena

native Nate DeLoian,

Frankfort native Brandon

Petkoff and New Lenox

native Jackson Dvorak,

advanced to the Midwest

Collegiate League championship

series, but were

defeated in two games by

the Bloomington Bobcats.

LW East’s Stanwich

commits to Tennessee

Alex Stanwich is only

entering his sophomore

year at Lincoln-Way East

and had a brief stint on the

varsity baseball team as a

freshman, but he’s already

committed to an SEC

school.

Stanwich, who had an

impressive summer as a

pitcher and hitter and has

continued to turn heads in

travel ball, announced his

commitment to Tennessee

via Twitter on Aug. 8.

Sports Briefs are compiled by

Sports Editor Steve Millar,

s.millar@22ndcm.com.


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fastbreak

22nd Century Media file

photo

1st and 3

THREE PLAYERS

TO WATCH AS HIGH

SCHOOL GOLF SEASON

STARTS THIS WEEK

1. Sean Curran

Curran (above), a

LW Central junior,

finished second

in the state last

season, just one

stroke behind

Lockport’s Ben

Sluzas, and has

competed in some

of the top junior

tournaments in the

country this summer.

2. Carly Schiene

Schiene is one of

four players returning

from the LW Central

girls team which

finished third in the

state last season,

but must replace its

two graduated stars:

Brianne Bolden and

Grace Curran.

3. Kailey White

White qualified for

state as a freshman

last season at LW

East and is looking

for even bigger

things with the

Griffins this year.

Going Places

Mokena’s Couwenhoven follows family footsteps to Indiana Wesleyan

JOE BIELANSKI, Editorial Intern

Jenna Couwenhoven’s

running career wasn’t always

easy.

The Mokena native and

Lincoln-Way East Class of

2019 graduate had her last

two cross country seasons

cut short due to health issues.

She had to fight back

during track season to

achieve her goals, capping

it off with a state trip this

spring in track.

“My cross-country season

didn’t go great,” Couwenhoven

said. “I noticed

during races that I was

getting unusually tired,

just no energy. We didn’t

know what was wrong, so

I finally got my iron levels

tested. When the test came

back it showed that my

iron was a level 12, when

it should be at 30.

“Junior year, I couldn’t

compete because I had

mono. So, it was kind of a

bummer that I had another

health issue out of my control.

But everything started

to pick up once track started.

I did really well in the

mile and [3,200 relay] races.

It was fun to be able to

go down to state in track.”

Couwenhoven will now

continue her running career

at Indiana Wesleyan

University.

Couwenhoven credits

East coach Brian Evans

for helping provide the

motivation she needed to

get back to competing.

“Whatever you do, always

try your hardest,”

Couwenhoven said. “He

[coach Evans] always

says to be there for other

people. It’s important to

cheer other teammates on

and support everybody. It

can be applied in a team

scenario or in general. You

have to practice as hard as

you run during a race.”

After the trials and victories,

she is excited for

her high school career to

end and college to begin.

“It was fun, but I’m glad

it’s over,” Couwenhoven

said. “It did go by super

quick, but I was able to

make some really good

friends. I also made a lot

of good memories. It was

kind of difficult at times,

but I made it through.

I’m excited to move on to

the next four years of my

life and see what happens

there.”

Couwenhoven’s journey

to IWU is also interesting.

She initially wasn’t interested

in going there but is

now excited for the opportunity.

“The coach actually

played a big role in that,”

Couwenhoven said. “My

older sister used to be a

teacher there, so when

she was working there,

I thought it was a nice

school but didn’t think that

it was for me. When I went

for my official visit, I ended

up falling in love with

the school.

“The atmosphere is so

positive and welcoming.

When I visited the team,

they were all so friendly

Lincoln-Way East Class of 2019 graduate Jenna Couwenhoven is set to continue her

running career at Indiana Wesleyan. 22nd Century Media file photo

to me and I got to know

them super quickly. At

that point, I already knew

that this was the school for

me. I’m very excited to be

there in about a month.”

Once she arrives, she

won’t be the only Couwenhoven

on campus.

Jenna’s sister, Erin, is currently

a senior on the track

and field team.

“I think that it will be

very comforting just to

have a family member

there with me,” Couwenhoven

said. “My sister and

I are super close. I think

that it will be good for both

of us. We’ll be able to push

each other both at practice

and in the classroom. I’m

really looking forward to

it.”

Erin will have to show

the younger Couwenhoven

how to be successful in

college, on and off the

track.

“She has actually been a

really big help,” Couwenhoven

said. “She’s helped

me with all the paperwork

and other things that I

need to get done over the

summer. She’s guided me

through everything.

“She’s even helped with

picking out the things that

I’ll need for my dorm. She

always makes sure that

I’m keeping up with the

workouts and doing everything

that I should during

practice.”

As a freshman, Couwenhoven

knows what she

wants from her college experience.

“I plan on going into

elementary education,”

Couwenhoven said. “I’m

really looking forward to

making new friends on the

team. I’m excited to get to

meet new people.

“Being on a team is like

a family atmosphere, so

I’m looking forward to

that. Forming bonds with

the team will be pretty

cool.”

Even though Couwenhoven

is moving away

and beginning college, her

time at East will always be

on her mind.

“I’m very thankful for

meeting the friends that

I have at East,” Couwenhoven

said. “It’s a blessing

to be able to have something

to miss as I’m leaving

because of the friends

that I’ve made. It’s just

awesome to have something

that is so hard to say

goodbye to.”

LISTEN UP

“This is great for everyone, whether you just want to do it for fun or if you

want to be a professional driver.”

David Larson — Managing partner of Accelerate Speedway, on the

accessibility of electronic kart racing as the Mokena track gets set to host

the American E-Kart Championship

Tune In

Girls Golf, 4:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 21

• LW Central hosts LW East and Lockport for an earlyseason

triangular at The Sanctuary Golf Course in

New Lenox.

Index

37 - This Week In

34 - Athlete of the Week

FASTBREAK is compiled by Sports Editor

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


mokena’s Hometown Newspaper | August 15, 2019

CHANGE AT

THE TOP

Ultimate Volleyball

Club has a new

owner, Page 37

SPEEDWAY

SPOTLIGHT

Racing at Mokena

track featured on

ESPN2, Page 33

LW East grad Storako quickly finds

prominent role as freshman pitcher

at Michigan, Page 38

Lincoln-Way East

graduate Alex

Storako had a big

freshman season

at Michigan,

going 14-6 with a

2.02 ERA. Roger

Hart/Michigan

Photography

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